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Rev. James P. Cape, pastor of the Lebanon and Sandy Baptist Churches,
was born in Washington Co., Mo., November 25, 1825, and is a son of 
Maston Cape, who was a native of Kentucky, and one of the pioneers of
Washington County, Mo.; he was a miner and farmer and a great hunter
in which vocation his boys were skillfully trained, and some bears as 
well as many panthers, wild cats, lynxes, deer, etc., fell before
their sure and steady aim.  James P. Cape received his education in 
the log schoolhouse, and his playmates were the Indians.  He was reared
on a farm, to which occupation he has devoted more or less attention 
through life; he worked in the mines some for several years, and
settled on his present farm in 1848, where he first bought forty acres
on time, only five acres of it cleared.  He has added to his first 
purchase from time to time, until he is now the owner of 217 acres, 
and has given to his children 260 acres.  His wife is Laura, daughter 
of John Breckenridge, and of their eleven children six are living,
viz.: John B., George W., William H., Nancy A., James E. and Francis.
Mr. Cape has been engaged in pastoral work in the Baptist Church for
several years, and has just closed a very successful revival meeting 
at the Sandy Baptist Church, having received about forty members; he 
has also been successful in ministerial labors elsewhere.  He is a 
member of the Masonic fraternity, a Democrat, politically, and a stanch
advocate of temperance.