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We can trace our "Rupe" side back to my third Great Grandfather, Gilead Rupe (1773-1846). We would like to venture back before himGilead lived in Virginia, Kentucky, and Missouri. He once ran a ferry at Booneville settlement in Missouri at the mouth of the Rupe’s branch of a stream at Booneville (Daniel Boone) and is said to have built the first house there.Later he travled to what is now Lexington Missouri. He was the first settler in that area.From the "St. Joseph Gazette", January 19, 1930:Giliad Rupe, like Abraham of old, contended against the wild animals that ravaged his herds, he fought for his loved ones against the savages who resented his intrusion, and like Abraham, he deplored the arrival of others of his own kind to share the land that seemed barely sufficient for his own growing fields and herds, and like his devout predecessor, Giliad Rupe listed to the voice of God. His wife, Susan, was one of the organizers of the little Sni-a-Bar Baptist Church that was established in July, 1825, but which many years ago was changed to the First Baptist Church of Lexington, and here the Rupe family were regular worshippers. It is said that Giliad Rupe, throughout his later years, devoted in his attendance at the services of the church, always appeared with his dog at his heels and his rifle in the bend of his arm, seeking the armor of spiritual protection, but from long habit keeping his material weapons close at hand.
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Updated September 5, 2000


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