From A Biographical History of Central
Kansas, Vol. II, p. 1404
published by The Lewis Publishing Co, Chicago & New York, 1902
W. H. Maupin
W. H. Maupin is a progressive, intelligent and successful farmer of Victoria township, residing on section 12. A well developed farm indicates not only the thrift and enterprise of the owner but also a thorough understanding of his business, and to this class of progressive citizens belongs our subject.
Mr. Maupin was born in Howard county, Missouri, March 4, 1841, the day on which General W H Harrison took his seat as president of the United States and the same year in which King Edward, of England, was born. His father, L W Maupin, was born in Kentucky, of French ancestry, and he wedded Miss Julia Hall, a native of the Old Dominion. They had ten children, namely: Mary Jane, W H, Sarah, Nancy, Lotta, Eliza, Martha, Logan H, Walter C B and one now deceased. The parents became residents of the Sunflower state, taking up their abode in Johnson county, Kansas, where the father died at the age of fifty-six years. He followed farming as a life occupation. His wife was called to the home beyond at the age of fifty-nine, and both were members of the Christian church and were noted for their excellent qualities of heart and mind.
W H Maupin, the only one of his fatherís family living in Kansas, spent his boyhood days on a farm in Missouri, where he was early inured to the labors of field and meadow. In 1858, at the age of seventeen years, he came with his parents to Kansas, a location being made in Johnson county, but he subsequently returned to Missouri and in Howard county, that state, was united in marriage to Mary E Leggett, a native of Howard county and a daughter of Jonathan Leggett, whose wifeís maiden name was Stapp. The father was a native of the Old Dominion. Mrs. Maupin died in 1881, at the age of thirty-seven years, leaving seven children, five sons and two daughters: Ed L, C W, O B, W G, Julia May Fuson, Mrs. Florence Fuson and H L. The mother was a member of the Christian church, and in her daily life exemplified her Christian belief. In 1887 Mr. Maupin was again married, his second union being with Miss A E Stapp, a woman of intelligence and culture, who was born and reared and educated in Howard county, Missouri, a daughter of William Stapp. He was a farmer by occupation, and his death occurred in 1858, at the age of forty-two years, leaving four children, three now living, - A J, M S and Mrs. A E Maupin. One son, P G, was accidentally drowned when a young man of twenty-nine years. The mother of this family departed this life at the age of seventy-five years, and was an active member of the Christian church. Mrs. Maupin has also passed away, dying on the 14th of September, 1901.
In 1878 W H Maupin, the subject of this review, again took up his abode in the Sunflower state, where he now owns and operates an excellent farm of one hundred and sixty acres, located two miles from Geneseo. His home is noted for its good cheer and comfort, and there hospitality reigns supreme. He is an active worker in the ranks of the Democratic party, but has never been an office seeker. Mr. Maupin is a member of the Christian church, with which his wife was also identified. A man of broad mind, he is liberal in support of public interests calculated to benefit the community, and the poor and needy have often found in him a warm friend.