Benton County Missouri Biographies  
Biographies of Benton County Citizens From Goodspeed's 1889 History *Disclaimer* I think these biographies are a great resource, but they aren't always 100% factual. I would use them as a resource, then work toward documenting what you find listed in the bio, because these weren't exactly written by the people them- selves. But they are great sources of information, and many contain two or three or more generations of the family. Good luck! Biographies D - G Biographies H - M Biographies N - Z
C. W. Davis, a prominent and much respected citizen of Benton County, was born within four miles of Lincoln, at a place known as Locust Grove, and is the son of Anderson and Susan Davis, and grandson of John T. Davis, the first sheriff of Cole County, Mo. Susan Davis was the daughter of Isaac England, one of the pioneer preachers of this county, formerly of Tennessee; was a Protestant Methodist, and was frequently with Peter Cartwright in Illinois and Missouri. Charles W. Davis is a blacksmith by trade, and is now occupied in that business in Lincoln, where he has resided for the past eleven years. He is also a dealer in farm implements, and has a fine residence in town. Mr. Davis was married in December, 1872, to Miss Mary Ham, daughter of Judge Ham, of Warsaw, and seven children were the result of this union: Lucy, Mamie, Mattie, Harrison, Annie, Margaret, Pearl and John A. Logan. Mr. Davis was in the Union service during the late war, and was the only man in his immediate neighborhood who voted for Abraham Lincoln, and was at that time a resident of the southern part of Benton County, near the Hickory County line. Joseph Eastmann, now living in Williams Township, is one of the German pioneers of Benton County, Mo. He was born in Germany in the year 1849, and is one of nine children, two now living, born to Clause and Catherine Eastmann. He left the land of his birth in 1870, took passage for America, and landed in New York, where he remained for five years. He then came to Benton County, Mo., and here purchased 160 acres of land. Previous to coming to America Mr. Eastmann had chosen for his life companion Miss Catherine Holshield, and this happy union resulted in the birth of three children, viz.: John, who is at home at present; Hermann, at home, and Anna, who is the wife of Fritz Brauer, and is now living in Pettis County, Mo. Mr. Eastmann is an industrious, enterprising citizen, and one who merits and receives the respect of all with whom he comes in contact. He has not, as yet, taken out his naturalization papers. Claus Eckhoff, farmer and stockman of Benton County, Mo., was born in Hanover, Germany, October 11, 1845, and is a son of H. H. Eckhoff and Maria (Keike) Eckhoff, also natives of Hanover. The family came to the States in the fall of 1852, and settled in Benton County, Mo., on a farm which was partially improved, and here spent the remainder of their lives, the father's death occurring on the 30th of March, 1886. Claus Eckhoff has resided in Benton County the greater portion of his life, and remained with his father until he attained his majority. When the Rebellion broke out he enlisted in Company K, Eighth Missouri Militia, and served as a private until he received his discharge on the 16th of May, 1865. At the beginning of the war, while serving in the Home Guards, he was taken prisoner at the fight at Cole Camp, May 14, 1861, but was paroled after a short imprisonment. After returning home he resumed farming, and was married in December, 1867, to Mattie Hashagen, a native of Benton County, and a daughter of Henry Hashagen. He purchased and lived on a farm near Lincoln for some time, then sold out and bought the old homestead which belonged to his wife's father. The place consists of eighty acres, and the property became his in 1883. It is all under cultivation, and besides this he has a twenty-acre tract of timber land. His house and barns are substantial buildings, and he has a good young orchard. His union has been blessed in the birth of the following children: John Henry, Herman P., William L., Anne Maria, Caroline E., Gesina, Charlie, Mettie, Paul Benjamin and Catherine. Gesina, Mettie and Catherine are deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Eckhoff are members of the German Lutheran Church. He has always been a Republican in politics. Henry Eickhoff, merchant and dealer in furniture and undertaker's goods, at Cole Camp, Mo., is a native of Missouri, born in Benton County, Mo., July 16, 1850. His parents, John J. and Katie (Meyer) Eickhoff, were both natives of Germany and born in Hanover. The family immigrated to America in 1846, locating in Benton County, purchased land and engaged in agricultural pursuits. Mrs. Eickhoff died here, and Mr. Eickhoff moved to Kansas about 1882, where he now resides. Henry Eickhoff was reared in Benton County, Mo., and learned the carpenter trade, which he followed in his younger days for a number of years. He then took up cabinet-making, engaged in the furniture business in 1883, and now has a large stock and a good trade. He was a member of the band for about fifteen years, and was leader of the same for some eight years, and four of his children played in the band when seven years of age. Mr. Eickhoff was married when about twenty years of age to Miss Mary Merhten, a native of Benton County, and the daughter of Jacob Merhten, one of the pioneers of the county. To Mr. and Mrs. Eickhoff were born six children, five sons and one daughter: Albert G., Willie, Freddie, Edward, Emil and Katie. Mr. Eickhoff is one of the prominent business men of the county, and carries a first-class stock of goods. He is wide awake and thorough-going, and makes a success of whatever he undertakes. John T. Eoff, merchant, of Fairfield, Benton County, Mo., was born in St. Louis County, Mo., October 9, 1839, and is the son of George Eoff, who was a native of Kentucky, and who came to Missouri with his father, George Eoff, Sr., when but two years of age. The Eoffs were one of the early Virginia families, and one of the streets of Richmond is named after them. George Eoff, Sr., settled in Missouri, St. Louis County, in 1803, and here George Eoff, Jr., grew to manhood. He married Miss Mary Stephenson, a native of Kentucky, but who, like her husband, was reared in Missouri, near St. Louis. George Eoff, Jr., was engaged in general merchandising, and at the same time was occupied in tilling the soil. He died in Cooper County at the residence of the subject of this sketch, in 1881. John T. Eoff reached mature years in St. Louis County, and spent his youth in assisting his father on the farm. In July, 1862, he enlisted in the First Missouri Cavalry (Gen. F. M. Cockerell, commanding), and was after- ward transferred to the infantry. He surrendered with Johnson at Nashville early in 1865. He was in the fights of Pine Mountain, Peach Tree, Ark.; Lookout Mountain, Franklin, Tenn., and Nashville, and was taken prisoner in Wayne County, and held at Pilot Knob and other military prisons for about six weeks. He was in the same regiment and in company with an elder brother. After the war Mr. Eoff located on a farm in St. Louis County. He was married in St. Louis, November 20, 1872, to Miss Anna Thomas, a native of St. Charles; Mo. Later he farmed in St. Louis County up to 1879, then sold out and moved to Cooper County, where he engaged in merchandising. He sold goods there for over one year, after which he sold out and went to St. Louis, where he again resumed business, but moved from there to Fairfield, Mo., in the spring of 1882, bought a house and put in a general stock of merchandise. He has built up a good trade and is doing finely in his business. He was appointed postmaster while in Cooper County, and again here in March, 1887. Mr. and Mrs. Eoff are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Mr. Eoff has been in business at three points, and has been postmaster at each place during his stay at these places. He is secretary of the township board, and has also been a member of the school board, being president of the same up to 1888. He and wife are the parents of three children: Stella M., Birchie E. and Minnie D. John W. Fowler, now living on Section 22, White Township, Benton Co., Mo.. is one of the old settlers and prominent citizens of the county. He was born May 16, 1842, and is the son of Samuel and Mary A. Fowler, being second in order of birth in their family of seven children, viz.: Sarah H., wife of C. C. Rainwater, now in St. Louis; John W.; Anna E., wife of Henry C. Carpenter, now in Benton County, Mo.; Louisa, wife of Henry Meisner, now in Benton County; Amanda (deceased), the wife of W. R. D. Mabry; Susan H., wife of G. W. Campbell, now at Warsaw, and Henry C., who is now south of Cole Camp, on the old homestead. John W. Fowler married Miss Francis P. Via, daughter of William Via, September 22, 1862, and one child (Mary Garnet) is the result of this union. She is now the wife of Dr. R. L. Shodburn, and is living in Windsor, Mo. Mr. Fowler entered the Union service in the fall of 1864, in Company I, Forty-fifth Missouri Infantry Volunteers. After his marriage he remained at home (with the exception of the time spent in the army) until 1866, when he moved to his present farm, which consists of 320 acres, and which was given him by his father. This farm is one of the best in the county, and on this Mr. Fowler carries on general farming; also raises a great many hogs and cattle, and at present has on hand sixty-seven mules and eight head of horses. Mr. and Mrs. Fowler are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and are much esteemed citizens. The former is Democratic in his political opinions. The improvements on his farm are worth about $7,000. James N. Freund, farmer and stock-raiser, of Williams Township, Benton Co., Mo., was born in that county June 26, 1852, and is the son of Capt. John J. Freund, a native of France. The latter came to the States when a young man, and located in Benton County, Mo., about 1840. He was married here to Miss Clarinda Carico, a native of the United States, probably born in Missouri. Mr. Freund settled in Indian Creek, Benton County, and located two miles south of Cole Camp, where he reared his family. He died December 14, 1872. He served as assessor of Benton County several terms, and held a captain's commission in the Home Guards during the late Civil War. James N. Freund grew to manhood in his native county, and January 20, 1874, he was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth McCall, daughter of Adolphus and Susan McCall, the former of Scotch birth and the latter a native of Missouri. Mrs. Freund was also born in Missouri. After marriage Mr. and Mrs. Freund farmed for some time in the neighborhood, but moved to their present location in 1879. His farm consists of 227 acres of land, all fenced and nearly all in meadow pasture and plow land. This estate is three miles south of Cole Camp, and nicely located, with plenty of living water on the place. Mr. and Mrs. Freund have two children- James Daniel, aged fourteen, and Jacob Henry, aged twelve years. They are rearing a little girl-Sadie Cook, daughter of Joseph Cook, a resident of the county. Benjamin Frisch, farmer and stockman, was born in Cole County, Mo., August 17, 1835, being one of seven children born to his parents, who were natives of Prussia, Germany, and came to America in 1834. Benjamin made his parents' house his home until he attained his majority, then began earning his own living, and came to Benton County in October, 1853, residing at home with his father until the latter's death, in March, 1862. The mother died in September, 1876. In 1869 he sold the farm on Buffalo Creek, which he had cleared and improved, and came to his present farm, which consists of 253 acres, about eighty of which are cleared and cultivated. During the late war he enlisted in the State Militia, and while on the march near Sedalia was shot through the body, which confined him to the hospital for four weeks. He was then taken to his home, and about ninety days later was entirely recovered. On the 6th of January, 1857, he war married to Margaret Anne Geisling, by whom he became the father of twelve children, ten of whom are now living: Mollie, born September 5, 1857; Josephine, born August 18, 1859; William, born January 29, 1861; Frederick, born January 8, 1863; Louis, born March 30, 1865; John, born February 12, 1867; Emil, born January 5, 1869, and died February 1, 1869; Louise, born November 25, 1869; Henry, born September 29, 1871; Anna M., born October 26, 1873; Benjamin, born December 9, 1875, and an infant, deceased. The two eldest daughters are married. Mr. Frisch and wife are members of the Lutheran Church, and he has always been a Republican in his political views. H. G. Fristoe was born March 28, 1820, and is a son of Markham Fristoe and grandson of Robert Fristoe. He was married to Miss Eliza Davidson, daughter of Alexander Davidson, of Benton County, in 1848, and brought his wife to his home near Palo Pinto, where he has since resided. Two sons and a daughter were the result of this union: Alpheus, Harvey W. and Lallie. Alpheus married Miss A. Campbell, daughter of Alexander Campbell, of Benton County, and one child, Clyde, is the result of this union. H. W.'s biography follows this. Lallie married William Atkinson, of Benton. H. G. Fristoe is now living with his son in their spacious family residence. His wife died in 1861, while his family was quite small. He has been a member of the Baptist Church since 1848, and has done a great deal toward building up the church in his neighborhood. He is also a member of Clear Creek Lodge, No. 418, A. F. & A. M., and has passed through the chairs of that lodge. In his political views he affilates with the Democratic party. Markham Fristoe was door-keeper to the Missouri Legislature in the year 1834, and while there had an act passed to locate and establish a State road from Jefferson to Springfield, and to cross the Osage River where the Alexander ferry now is at Warsaw, which at that time was only known as Fristoe ferry. At that time Pettis County extended to the Osage on the north and Greene County on the south. Before the county seat was located Mr. Fristoe, on account of sickness in his family and among his servants, moved three-fourths of a mile east of the ferry, and built a large log house, where the first circuit court was held in the county by Judge Allen. Ringo & Joplin built a store close by, and others built houses on the edge of the small strip of prairie. Several stores, a number of houses and blacksmith shops were erected, which made quite a village. The county was then organized, and the county seat was located at a point on the river about three-fourths of a mile from Mr. Fristoe's residence, and named Warsaw. Hendson Fristoe, who now lives at Palo Pinto, was one of the men who helped to raise the first courthouse, which was constructed of logs and about 20x30 feet long, as near as he can remember. At first they ground their corn in a hand mill, but this was afterward improved and operated by horse power. Their meat was almost wholly wild game, which was very abundant at that time; honey could be found in abundance, and hominy, prepared with lye, was one of the principal dishes at that day. Robert Fristoe, father of Markham Fristoe and great-grandfather of Harvey W. Fristoe, of Palo Pinto, was a Baptist preacher, and baptized the first convert in the county. He was at that time over eighty years of age. H. W. Fristoe. Prominent among the enterprising and successful business men of Benton County, and among those deserving special recognition for the energy displayed in building up the mercantile interests of the county, stands the name of the above-mentioned gentleman, whose birth occurred in Benton County, Mo. His boyhood days were spent in assisting his father on the farm, and in attending the district schools. At the age of nineteen he entered Columbia University, which he attended for two years, always standing at the head of his class, and besides, finding time to read a number of the volumes in the library at that institution. On account of failing health he was obliged to leave college, and then returned to the farm, where he remained a year. He was called upon to teach the district school, which he did for three terms, but during this time he put in all his spare time trading in cattle and hogs, at which business he was very successful. Subsequently he acted as secretary of the Grange and co-operative store which were located at Palo Pinto, and in this way obtained an insight into the mercantile business. Three years ago he had an opportunity to buy out the store, which he did, and since then he has moved into larger and more convenient quarters. He has increased his stock from about $1,000 to $5,000, and says the great secret of his success is that he knows just how and where to buy, pays cash for everything he gets, and sells his goods to his neighbors fully as cheap, and in most cases cheaper, than they can be found in surrounding towns. As his expenses are small, it leaves him a fair margin. Mr. Fristoe is the postmaster at Palo Pinto, having a snug office fixed in the rear of his store, where everything is entirely separated from his stock. He also acts as general arbiter in neighborhood affairs, being frequently called upon to decide some very knotty legal questions, until he has become well posted in law. Mr. Fristoe makes it a point to buy everything that his neighbors bring to him that is marketable, and will always pay the highest St. Louis market price. He was married December 27, 1877, to Miss M. Sue Wisdom, daughter of Judge Wisdom, of Warsaw, and three bright boys are the result-Erle W., Alpheus D. and Charles W. The family now live on their fine farm three-fourths of a mile north of the store. W. J. Fristoe is a native of Missouri, born at Lexington, Lafayette County, February 24, 1835, and is one of the first white children born in that part of the State. He came with his father's family to Benton County, Mo., when but a child, and settled across the river from Warsaw. His father began tilling the soil on an island opposite the town, and was the first man to establish a ferry. In this manner he used to accommodate emigrants on their way to settle upon the fertile regions in the West, and the ferry also served as a means of crossing to their neighbors. His father helped to construct the first court-house in Warsaw, a cabin made of rude logs. W. J. Fristoe went to Illinois during the war, and while there met and married Miss Sallie E. Smith, daughter of Dr. R. D. Smith, of Henderson, Ky. Mr. Fristoe returned to Benton County in the spring of 1866, and settled on his present property, where he has since resided. His fine residence is in one of the most elevated positions in the county, and an exhaustive view of from ten to twenty miles can be obtained from that point. Mrs. Fristoe died in 1881, leaving six children-Mark, Robert, Willie, Birdie, Georgie and Bessie. Mark married Miss Bettie Peak, of Benton County. She was living with her uncle, William McDaniel, at the time of marriage. Mr. Fristoe is engaged in farming and stock-raising, at which he has been un- usually successful. He is a member of the Masonic Lodge, No. 418; is a Democrat politically, and in his religious views is liberal, although a Baptist by education. Benjamin Fryback, or "Uncle Ben," as he is familiarly known, was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, March 22, 1818, and is the son of John Fryback, of Lancaster County, Pa., and grandson of George Fryback, who served in the War of the Revolution, participating in the battle of Bunker Hill and other engagements. Benjamin Fryback, with his elder brother, moved to Tippecanoe County, Ind., in 1840, was married to Miss Isabel Hoover, and one daughter was the result of this union. This daughter married Broham Briar, of Indiana, and is now living in Oregon. Mrs. Fryback died while living in Indiana, and in 1848 Mr. Fryback was united in marriage to Miss Emerine Steely, of Tippecanoe County, Ind., daughter of David Steely, of the same place. To Mr. and Mrs. Fryback were born six children, of whom four daughters and one son survive. They are named as follows: Nancy; Margaret, who is married and the mother of six children; Robert, married and the father of two children; Laura, married and the mother of five children; Rachel, married, and has a family of four children; and Amanda, who is also married and has two children. Mr. Fryback is a member of the Odd Fellows and Masonic lodges, having joined the former lodge, No. 22, at Lafayette, Ind., April 22, 1847. In 1865 he moved, with his family, and a party of thirteen wagons (over which they stood guard at night on account of depredations committed by guerrillas on emigrant trains), to the place where he now lives, and there located October 11, 1865. He has resided there the principal part of the time since, and is the owner of about 1,000 acres of rich prairie and timber land. On this fine farm of Mr. Fryback's, which is situated two and a half miles northwest of Lincoln, has been found a fair quality of coal, the vein being about eighteen inches in thickness; but this has never been prospected to any great extent, although there is supposed to be quite a deposit there. A good quality of limestone, which produces the very best quality of lime, is also found in abundance on the farm. In politics Mr. Fryback is an unconditional Union man, and therefore votes with the Republican party. He has filled the position of school director for several terms, to the complete satisfaction of the district. George Gallaher was born in West Virginia, and is the son of James Gallaher, a native of Pennsylvania, who moved to Virginia at a very early day, where he followed merchandising and milling. He always took an active part in the affairs of the county, and during his stay there built several large grain and saw-mills. In politics he ever espoused the Whig cause. He was the father of five sons and three daughters, all but two of whom are now living. The subject of this sketch and his brother William (living within a mile of him) came to this county in the spring of 1857, and were here during the turmoil preceding the war. When hostilities broke out they took their stand for the Union, and when the call for men was made by the State George Gallaher recruited a company among his neighbors. The first company was the Enrolled Missouri Militia, under Col. Morvin, of Henry County, which rendered service for two years in and about Benton County, acting as minute men. His orders were to preserve peace and prevent thieving, also to quiet disturbances of all kinds, and to hold themselves in readiness to be called out at any time. This regiment was dissolved in the latter part of 1863, and a new regiment was formed out of a part of the old, Col. Henry Neil commanding. George Gallaher was commander of Company G, same regiment, until after the surrender of Richmond. During the war Capt. Gallaher moved his family to Sedalia to have the advantages of a school. He remained there until 1872, then returning to his farm. Shortly afterward he was elected county judge, much against his inclination, which position he occupied for seven or eight years. His term covered the time when the county bond question was being settled, and not believing the bonds were legal he fought them through all the courts to the United States Supreme Court, where the bonds were decided valid; and when a mandamus came from the supreme court to the county court to make a levy to pay interest on bonds, Judge Gallaher being in favor of levy, and the people opposed, he sent in his resignation, which was received. Mr. Wisdom, of Warsaw, was appointed in his place, and carried the same policy that his predecessor was censured for advocating, Since that time he has resided on his farm, enjoying quiet life, having no compunctions of conscience for any act done during the great struggle. Mr. Gallaher married a Miss Simmons, of West Virginia, and to them were born seven children, five girls and two boys. One son and daughter reside in California and one in Newton County, this State; the remainder reside in Benton County. Mr. Gallaher is a member of the Baptist Church, and Republican in politics. Aaron H. Gist, of Benton County, Mo., was born in Tennessee in 1822, and settled in what was then Morgan County, Mo., in 1838, there making his home until 1874, when he located with his family on a farm on Turkey Creek, in Benton County. He is a son of Watson Gist, of Tennessee, who married Sallie Hayes, of Kentucky, a daughter of Aaron Hayes. Watson Gist was a son of Benjamin Gist, who married Miss Hines, of Tennessee. Mr. Gist (our subject) was married to Malinda Uptegrove in 1848, by which he became the father of two children-William Henderson (deceased) and Benjamin D., who married Lavina A. McGroth, of Virginia. Malinda Gist died in 1853. A. H. Gist was married to Nancy J. Gunter in 1854, a daughter of James and Mary Gunter, by whom he became the father of seven children: James L., deceased; Watson H., who married Margaret T. Langford; Sarah J., married to Billington John- son; Christopher K., who married May Allee, daughter of Logan and Dizana Allee, of Moniteau County, Mo.; Artemus R., Edgar D. and Edna B. The last two are twins, and Edna B. is married to H. D. Wright, of Benton County. Watson H. Gist is a successful merchant and farmer, and is now the proprietor of the only store in the village of Hockman, having been in business in that place since 1885. He was appointed postmaster at that time, and has since held the office, and is considered one of the intelligent and enterprising men of the settlement. He keeps an excellent stock of general merchandise, and is doing well financially. Frederick Goetze. Among the prosperous farmers, stockmen and natives of Benton County, Mo., may be mentioned Mr. Goetze, who was born in the northern part of the county August 14, 1840, being one of six children born to the marriage of John and Catherine (Byer) Goetze, who came from Hessen, Germany, sixty years ago. Frederick Goetze lived with his parents until twenty-one years of age, then became one of the Home Guards, serving until shortly before the close of the war, when he married and engaged in farming. His marriage took place on the 5th of May, 1865, to Miss Amelia Frische, which union resulted in the birth of ten children-Herman, Lena, Otto, Charley, Josie Frances, Amelia, Lora, Marilda, Alma and Oscar. Since 1874 Mr. Goetze has resided on his present home farm of 160 acres, 95 acres being under cultivation. Besides this, he has 80 acres west of his present home, 160 acres on the Osage River, with 60 acres under cultivation; 90 acres on another part of the Osage River, 45 being under tillage; and 120 acres more, with 60 acres under cultivation. His home place is well improved with good buildings, fences and orchards. He is a member of the Lutheran Church; has always been active in supporting enterprises tending to benefit the town and county in which he resides, and in his political views has always been a stanch Republican. Louis Grother, druggist, of Cole Camp, Mo., is a native of Benton County, Mo., born April 19, 1845, and is the son of Henry and Margaret (Tobaben) Grother, who were native Germans. In 1843 they immigrated to America, and settled on a farm near Cole Camp, where the mother died in 1871. Later the father moved to Fayetteville, Ark., and there died at his son's residence. Louis Grother received a good education in the common schools of Benton County, which he supplemented by an attendance in the schools of Jefferson City. At the age of eighteen he began clerking in a drug house in St. Louis, and afterward clerked in Jefferson City. In 1872 he went to Colorado, and began selling drugs in Canon City, but after one summer's work there sold out. He afterward followed merchandising in various places in Missouri, and also spent two years in Quincy, Ill. In 1877 he settled at Cole Camp, and formed a partnership in the drug business, which he has continued up to the present time. He keeps a fine line of drugs and medicines, and has a commodious and substantial store building. In January, 1870, he was married to Anna Mahnken, a sister of Henry Mahnken, whose sketch appears in this work, and by her is the father of four children: Emelia, Sena, Caroline and Samuel L. Mr. and Mrs. Grother are members of the Lutheran Church. He has two brothers living-Henry, who was born in Germany, and now resides in Fayetteville, Ark., and John, a native of London, and now a resident of Iowa. William H. Gunn is one of the old and prominent settlers of Benton County, Mo., having located in this county in 1858. He was born in Halifax County, Va., April 17, 1826, and is one of twelve children born to the union of Thomas T. and Elizabeth (Haly) Gunn. These children are named as follows: Mary Ann (deceased), Archibald T., William H., Nancy, now living in Greene County, and the wife of Thomas S. Montgomery; Susan F. (deceased), Elizabeth, widow of Stephen A. Douglas, now living in Benton County; Mary M., wife of James Welch, now in Texas; George W. (deceased), Carrol (deceased), Martha (deceased), Talitha F. (deceased), Catherine (deceased), and Samuel, now in Texas. Mr. and Mrs. Gunn were both natives of Tennessee. The former was born January 5, 1797, and died in 1881 at his home in Texas, where he moved from Missouri in 1881. He came from Tennessee to Missouri in 1841, and entered 160 acres of land in Greene County. He was quite an extensive real estate man. Mrs. Gunn was born February 11, 1801, and died in 1864. The paternal grandparents of the subject of this sketch were of Irish extraction, and the maternal grandparents were of English origin. William H. Gunn was but twelve years of age when his father came to Missouri. He remained under the parental roof until twenty-one year of age, when he began business for himself. November 26, 1847, he married Miss Margaret Smith, daughter of Joseph P. and Mickam (Robinson) Smith. She was a native of Tennessee, and died in 1861, at the age of thirty-nine years, leaving seven children, who are all deceased but two, Marian and Calvin. The former is in Arkansas. July 11, 1861, Mr. Gunn married Miss M. Levan, daughter of Daniel and Cyntha Ann (Dodd) Levan, and the result of this union was the following children: William (deceased), Elvira, wife of J. Montgomery and now at home; Frances, wife of Mr. Douglas, now residing in Louisiana; Daniel S., at home; George W., Susan, Levi Hamden (deceased), John, Alfred and Fidelia. Mr. Gunn bought forty acres of land in Benton County in 1858, and entered 200 acres more. He owns but 140 acres at present. He is a Republican in politics, and was registering officer four years. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.