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
Andrew G. Nixon, a native of Tippecanoe County, Ind, is the son of James Nixon and grandson of Andrew Nixon, formerly of Ireland. The latter served in the War of 1812, and lived to be eighty- five years of age. James Nixon moved to Indiana about 1825, and his son, Andrew G. Nixon, the subject of this sketch, moved to Benton County, Mo., in 1865, and was married September 20, 1866, to Miss Mary E. Yancey, daughter of Joel Yancey, of Benton County, formerly of Kentucky, who came with his family to this county in 1854, and granddaughter of Joel Yancey, of Barren County, Ky., who served his State in the Senate for several terms. To Mr. and Mrs. Nixon were born five sons: Joel Edward, Herbert Andrew, William, Louis and Melville. Mr. Nixon enlisted as a member of Company I, Second New York Cavalry, August 9, 1861, and served three years. He then re-enlisted, and served until June 23, 1865. Gen. Kilpatrick was his lieutenant-colonel, and Davis was colonel of the regiment. Mr. Nixon served in the Army of the Potomac under Phil. Sheridan, and was through all the campaigns before Richmond, being in the second battle of Bull Run, was at Antietam, South Mountain, Chantilla, the Wilderness, Petersburg, Winchester, Fisher's Hill, besides numerous cavalry skirmishes. He was hit twice by minie-balls, but escaped with slight wounds. Since coming to Benton County Mr. Nixon has resided in the neighborhood where he now lives, and where he has 240 acres of excellent farming land, besides fifty acres of timber. He is a Republican by birth and education. Samuel Orr, druggist at Lincoln, Mo., was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, December 23, 1839. His father, Samuel Orr, was born in Ireland, and was brought to the United States in 1801, when only four years of age. They settled first in New Jersey, and in 1815 moved to Ohio, and were among the early pioneers of Muskingum County. Here Samuel Orr, our subject's father, grew to manhood, and was married to Miss Lucy C. Burham, whose ancestors, the Burhams and Olivers, came to America at an early day, and participated in the Revolutionary War. In the spring of 1840 they moved to Benton County, Mo. (having entered land in Lindsey Township in 1839), and here they improved a farm and reared their family, which consisted of two sons and five daughters, three of the family being now deceased. Samuel Orr, our subject, received a fair common-school education and after remaining with his father until he attained his majority he determined to seek his fortune in the West, and accordingly in 1864 went to Idaho, where he spent about seven years engaged in freighting and farming. In December, 1870, he returned to Missouri, and after spending one year in the stock business he formed a partnership with a brother and embarked in the drug business, but the latter's death occurred in the fall of the same year, and Mr. Orr then assumed management of affairs, and has continued up to the present time. In connection with drugs he also keeps a line of school-books and stationery, and has an established and profitable trade. He was married in Pettis County, Mo., in October, 1872, to Miss Sallie Drake, of Pettis County, Mo., a daughter of David Drake, and by her has one daughter, Bessie R., a miss of twelve years. Mr. and Mrs. Orr are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and Mr. Orr is a Master Mason. Henry T. Patten, one of the prominent citizens of Benton County, was born in Boston, Mass., in 1840, and is the son of Thomas H. and Elizabeth (Taylor) Patton. The father was born in Leeds, England, and the mother was born in Tennessee. H. T. Patten was reared and educated in New England, and graduated from Allegheny College, Meadville, Pa., in 1857. In 1859 he went to Iowa City, Iowa, and after studying law was admitted to the bar in 1862. He then served in the War Department at Washington, D. C., under Secretary Stanton for three years, and then resigned his position and went to Quincy, Ill., where he engaged in the law and real estate business until 1879. Removing to St. Louis, he there followed the same business until 1880, and then moved to Benton County, locating at Warsaw. Here he has followed the law, real estate and loan business ever since. January 1, 1883, he was elected probate judge of Benton County for a term of four years. He was also elected mayor of the town, and served two years. He was married to Mrs. Mary F. Murrell, a native of Kentucky and the daughter of Benjamin F. Bibb, an old resident of the county. They have one child, Harry C. Mr. Patten is at present engaged in the loan, real estate and insurance business. He represents the J. B. Watkins Land Mortgage Co., of Lawrence, Kan., and the Insurance Company of North America, the Home of New York, the Hartford, the Springfield Fire and Marine, and the Pennsylvania Fire. Mr. Patten is a Democrat in his politics. John W. Payton, sheriff of Benton County, Mo., was born in the "Blue Grass State," Nicholas County, April 18, 1834, his parents be ing Joseph M. and Lucinda (Caldwell) Payton, who were also Kentuckians, the father having been born in Carlisle in 1801. In 1838 they moved to Indiana, and were among the pioneers of Boone County, the father becoming a well-to-do tiller of the soil in that region, and there died in 1852. His widow still survives him, and resides on the old homestead with one of her sons. John W. Payton grew to manhood in Boone County, and remained on the home farm until he arrived at manhood, being married there on the 11th of August, 1853, to Caroline Stone, a native of Kentucky, born in Nicholas County and reared in Boone County, Ind. After their marriage they moved to Warren County, Ind., and settled on a farm, where they resided up to 1867, then sold out and moved to Missouri, making a settlement in the northern part of Benton County, the farm which he cleared at that time being still in his possession. Mr. Payton is a Republican in politics, and has ever held to the principles and supported the men and measures of that party. In the fall of 1886 he was elected by his party as sheriff of Benton County, and was re-elected in 1888, the duties of which position he has filled in a very creditable manner. He has always taken an active interest in politics, and has served as a delegate to numerous county and state conventions. His family is as follows: Anna M., wife of Everett Golden; Mary E., wife of John Kennedy; Callie L. and Minnie B. Mrs. Payton is a member of the Christian Church. S. P. Priestley was born in Benton County, on a farm three miles northeast of Fort Lyon, and is the son of J. Q. Priestley, who came from Virginia when a young man, and was married to Miss Mary F. Cleveland, of Benton County, Mo. She is the daughter of George Cleveland, who was a native of Bourbon County, Ky. Mr. and Mrs. Priestley are still living, and hope to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding on the 19th of May, 1890. They were the parents of twelve children, seven of whom are living. S. P. Priestley was the sixth child in order of birth. He attained his growth in his native county, and was united in marriage to Miss E. A. Gallaher, daughter of William Gallaher, of Benton County, who served his State gallantly during the late Civil War in his brother's company, composed mostly of Benton County men, who were enrolled as State Militia to keep down lawlessness within the county. To Mr. Priestley's marriage were born five children, three of whom died in childhood. The two now living are named as follows: Georgia V. and Alger Paul. Mr. Priestley has a fine farm of 160 acres lying a few miles southeast of Fort Lyon, and aside from his farming interest he is extensively engaged in buying and handling stock. He is a member of the Baptist Church; and a Republican in politics. John Ranken, whose success in farming and stock-raising has made his name well known throughout the county, was born in Germany August 9, 1835, and is the son of Claus and Katie Ranken, both natives of Germany, where they died, the father in 1865 and the mother, previous to this, in 1848. John Ranken attained his growth in his native country, and was there married, in 1858, to Miss Anna Maggie Greemkan, who was also a native of Germany. In the fall of 1867 Mr. Ranken and family immigrated to the States, purchasing a farm in Benton County, Mo., and there located. In 1881 he settled on his present farm, which consists of 350 acres of land all in one tract, with about 135 cleared and in cultivation. Mr. Ranked has a large brick residence and good barns and out-buildings. He and wife are members of the Lutheran Church. To their marriage were born eight children: Claus, Katie (wife of Henry Allday, of Kansas), Martin, John, Fred B., William and August. All but Kate are single and at home. When he first settled in the county Mr. Ranken bought eighty acres of land, but by economy, industrious habits and good business ability he has accumulated considerable of this world's goods, and is now prepared to enjoy the fruits of his labor. Robert Reed,who now resides on Section 6, Union Township, is a comparatively new man in Benton County, and although his residence here has been but a brief one, he has made many friends, and merits the respect and esteem of all who know him. He is a native of Indiana, and was born November 30, 1831. He was but seven years of age when his parents, Joseph and Elizabeth (Milkins) Reed, were laid to their final rest in one grave. He was the youngest of nine children, all now living with the exception of one, and his youthful days were not made any the pleasanter, nor was he any more tenderly cared for by his brothers and sisters, on account of being the youngest child. In fact, he had a pretty hard time of it, and as soon as he became a man he left them and came west. His ancestors were very wealthy, but he and his brothers and sisters, being orphans, were cut out of their share of the estate. He was about nineteen years of age when he began working for himself, and at the age of twenty-two, having saved some money, he was united in marriage to Miss Anna Vanvoorhis, also an orphan, who knew but little of her parents. Her father was supposed to have been killed, and her mother died when she was young. After their marriage, which occurred in 1858, Mr. and Mrs. Reed came to Missouri and settled in Greene County, where his wife died, leaving him four children: Joseph C., now at home; M. Alice, now living in Warsaw; Louella, now in Warsaw, and Henry, at home. Mr. Reed married Mrs. Orange (Patrun) Shirtleff, June 16, 1877. He came to Benton County, Mo., November 18, 1884, and entered 160 acres of land, forty acres of which are under cultivation and fenced in. By his second marriage were born five children, viz.: John, Rosella, Arthur, Melvin and Elsie, all of whom are at home. Mrs. Reed is a church member, and she and her husband are members of the Wheel. Mr. Reed is a Republican in politics. D. B. Rolstin was born in County Huldeman, Canada, and is the son of Alexander Rolstin, who was born near Dublin, Ireland. D. B. Rolstin, with his parents, two brothers and his two brothers-in-law, came to Benton County, Mo., in May, 1865. Later they all, with the exception of the subject of this sketch, moved back to Canada, and there the mother died. D. B. Rolstin bought a farm three miles west of where he now lives, but afterward sold out and bought 560 acres, on which he is now living, four miles northwest of Lincoln. He pays considerable attention to stock-raising, and is one of the successful agriculturists of Benton County, Mo. He has been prominently identified with the Democratic party since living in Benton County. Five years ago Mr. Rolstin joined the Christian Church. He was married to Miss Josephine Chastain, daughter of Elmer and Elizabeth Chastain, formerly of Kentucky, and six children were the fruits of this union, viz.: Mary E., Jessie, Adalaide, Anna C., Edna N. and Frankie H. Mrs. Rolstin died at the age of thirty-seven years, May 24, 1886, on the place where she was born July 16, 1849. J. W. Rolstin came from Ontario, Canada, in June, 1865, and left that country with the intention of going to Memphis, Tenn. He proceeded as far as Louisville when he found affairs in an unsettled condition, and also that a pass was necessary from the Federal authorities to enable him to go farther south, so he concluded to look for a location near where he was. Himself and brother, Henry, who was looking for a location to settle as a practicing physician, and who had graduated from the Buffalo (N. Y.) Medical College, arrived at St. Louis, and went from there to Sedalia, where they hired teams and went over the country searching for a location. They found Missouri, and especially Benton County, the most delightful spot ever seen. Here Mr. Rolstin invested in land and bought the farm known as the Bowman place, situated four miles west of where Lincoln now stands. In 1870 Mr. Rolstin bought the place where he now lives, and afterward built one of the finest residences in the county. Two years after coming here he returned to his native country and brought back a bride-Miss Eliza Clark, daughter of William Clark, of St. William, Ontario. This happy union resulted in the birth of three daughters and one son: Brittie, Belle, William and Louise. Mr. Rolstin is a member of Veritas Lodge No. 379, I. 0. O. F., located at Lincoln. He is a supporter of the Democratic party. Alonzo Rouse, who is also classed among the prominent and enterprising farmers and stock-raisers of the county, is a native of New York, born in Jefferson County, February 19, 1818. He is the son of Hon. William Rouse, a native of Connecticut, and Sophia (Collins) Rouse, a New York lady by birth. The father followed farming in Jefferson County, N. Y., for many years, and represented his county in the New York Legislature several terms. He held other local offices in his county; was a soldier in the War of 1812, and died January 21, 1886. Alonzo Rouse grew to mature years on the farm in Jefferson County. He remained with his parents until twenty-one years of age, and was married in that county January 31, 1841, to Miss Olivia Crumb, a native of Jefferson County, who was reared and educated there, and who is the daughter of Weightstill Crumb. After his marriage Mr. Rouse settled on a farm in Jefferson County, and there tilled the soil until 1866. He then moved west in February of that year, locating at Cole Camp, and purchased a farm adjoining that village. He has 200 acres principally of meadow land and fifty acres of timber. Mr. and Mrs. Rouse have reared several orphan children, and have two with them now, rearing two in New York State. They are both members of the Congregational Church, and Mr. Rouse is a deacon in the same. The latter lost his first wife June 18, 1856, and was married the second time, in Jefferson County, January 31, 1858, to Miss Rebecca Canfield, a native of Jefferson County, and the daughter of Albert Canfield, also a native of that county. Mrs. Rouse is also a member of the Congregational Church. Louis Schroeder, a successful merchant of Cole Camp, Benton County, Mo., was born in the county November 9, 1856. Cord Schroeder, his father, was born in Germany, and when a lad of nine years was brought by his parents to the United States (in 1839), and made a location in Benton County, being among the first settlers of Williams Township. After reaching manhood, Mr. Schroeder was married to Miss Margarita Ohlrogge, who was also born in Germany, but was reared and educated in Benton County. Mr. Schroeder and family reside on the old Ohlrogge homestead. During the late war he served in the State Militia. Louis Schroeder, our subject, received a good education in the schools of Sedalia, and afterward began clerking in a store in that town, remaining six years, and becoming thoroughly familiar with the details of retail mercantile business. At the age of twenty he entered a wholesale store, and then became a commercial traveler for a Sedalia house, afterward being connected with a Cincinnati house in the same capacity. He then traveled for a St. Louis house for about two years, but left the road in the latter part of 1884, and formed a partnership in the general mercantile business, and opened a large retail store in Cole Camp. The firm dissolved partnership in March, 1888, since which time Mr. Schroeder has been in business alone, and has been very successful, his trade extending over a large area. He was married in Benton County, September 25, 1887, to Miss Meta Schnakenberg, who was born and reared in Benton County. They are members of the Lutheran Church, and are the parents of one child, Augusta. Frederick Schwettmann, merchant of Lincoln, Mo., was born in the City of St. Louis, July 25, 1858, being a son of William Schwettmann, who was born and reared in Prussia, Germany, and who came to the United States when a young man, marrying in Charleston, S. C., Miss Minnie Meyer, who was also born in Germany. They became residents of Benton County, Mo., in 1866, and here purchased land and made the farm on which they are now residing, near Lincoln. Frederick Schwettmann, our subject, grew to manhood on a farm in Benton County, and received a good education in the common schools and the State University at Columbia. After finishing his education, he engaged in farming and stock-dealing for about four years, and then purchased an interest in the mercantile business of Stege & Schwettmann, continuing thus connected until about two and a half years later, or until January 1, 1888, when our subject and his father purchased the entire stock of goods and became sole proprietors. Their establishment is, in all probability, the largest of the kind in the county, their annual sales amounting to about $30,000. They also deal in all kinds of farming implements. Mr. Schwettmann is a member of the I. O. O. F., and has been Noble Grand of his lodge. Judge B. F. Shaver, one of the leading men of Union Township, is a native of Middle Tennessee, born February 15, 1844, and is the son of William and Susan (Langford) Shaver, also natives of Tennessee. The father was a carpenter and farmer by occupation. He died in the fall of 1846, and the widow and six children then came to Benton County, Mo., settling in Fristoe Township, where the mother spent the remainder of her days. She was a member of the Baptist Church, and died September 22, 1881, at the age of sixty- three years. Judge B. F. Shaver grew to manhood in Benton County, and was there married to Miss Leatha M. Black, a native of Benton County, and the daughter of James M. Black. Mr. and Mrs. Shaver are the parents of five children, all at home: James H., Mary S., Thomas W., Jesse and Luther Dee. Judge Shaver and wife are members of the Methodist Protestant Church, and he is steward of the same. He is the owner of 430 acres of land, and is one of the prominent farmers of the county. He is a Republican in his political views; was elected by that party to the position of associate judge in 1886, and held that office two years. He commenced life a poor boy, and has made all his property by his own individual labor. He is engaged in farming and stock-raising. For a number of years he was occupied in teaching school. He enlisted in the war for the Union, in 1863, and served until cessation of hostilities. He was in numerous skirmishes with the bushwhackers. Jordan L. Shaver, merchant at Fairfield, Mo., is a native of Wilson County, Tenn., born April 2, 1846, and the son of William H. Shaver, who was born in Sumner County, Tenn., and who was married in the same county and State, to Miss Susan E. Langford, also a native of Tennessee. The family moved to Missouri in 1839, and located in Benton County, where they remained one year, but afterward moved back to Tennessee. Mr. Shaver died in 1846, and in 1859 his widow returned to Missouri, and settled in Richwoods, Benton County. She died November 22, 1881. To their marriage were born six sons, and Mrs. Shaver was the mother of one child by her subsequent marriage to T. W. Dalton. The brothers are all living, four in Benton County and three in Tennessee, and all are married with the exception of the eldest brother, James M., who is in the store with his brother, J. L. Shaver. The last named was but thirteen years of age when he came to Missouri, and his youthful days were spent on the farm, where he received a good practical education in the common schools of Benton County. This was supplemented by a year at New Middleton College, Tennessee. Later he followed teaching in Benton County for three years, and in 1878 commenced merchandising at Mt. View, Benton County, where he sold goods up to March, 1888. He then sold out, and purchased his present property in October of the same year. He succeeded A. J. Wisdom, of Warsaw. Mr. Shaver carries a stock of general merchandise, and has built up a good trade; has also a stock of drugs, and aside from this is the owner of a good farm. He was married in Benton County, Mo., December 5, 1872, to Miss Florence V. Smith, a native of Pennsylvania, but who was partly reared in Wisconsin, and the daughter of Lafayette Smith. This union resulted in the birth of eight children: William C., Bertha I., Nellie B., John R., Jordan E., Florence V., Leslie V. and Vivian. Sewall W. Smith was born in Lewiston, N. Y., July 23, 1823, and after a number of years' residence in his native town moved to Youngstown, near Fort Niagara, where he succeeded in obtaining employment, his residence there being varied by occasional trips as a sailor on the steam, sailing and fishing vessels on the Lakes, St. Lawrence River, and also on the Welland Ship Canal. He acted as ferryman' s assistant, also, on the Niagara River, and was clerk in his father' s store, but, owing to his love of adventure and roving disposition, his early school experience was limited, although he had choice of all of the advantages of the common schools and academies of that period. After a time he was tendered a clerkship on one of the sections of the Illinois & Michigan Canal, and at the age of seventeen years made the long trip around the lakes to Chicago, which was then the frontier of civilization, and found himself in that city without a cent, but among true friends. He could have bought many acres of land there for a very small sum of money at that time, but like the man who was offered a thousand acres of land for a jackknife, he had not the jackknife. During the intervals of severe attacks of intermittent and malarial fever, his leisure was spent at the home of his father, who had moved his family there, passing much time in shooting wild ducks and prairie grouse around ponds at and near the spot where the Palmer House now stands. After a short residence in Joliet, Ill., Grand Rapids, Mich., and other towns in the latter State, he drifted back to Chicago at a time when, in spite of commercial depression, it was being rapidly built up. Salaries, however, were small, and after a period of clerking, medical study and school-teaching, he accepted an offer of a lieutenancy in a marching company in the war with Mexico. The company was consolidated with another, and after enlistment in the ranks, and months of exposure in the malarial districts of Tampico, he was stricken with a severe attack of yellow fever; his coffin was sent for, and guard detailed for his burial, but the crisis passed, and he soon began to recover. He then spent some time in caring for others stricken with the fever; was attached to the medical department in line of promotion, and later received orders to march to Vera Cruz, Perote and the City of Mexico, thence back over the route to Pueblo delos Angelos, where he was promoted to a vacancy as captain in command of Company I, Sixth Illinois Infantry, and at the close of the war returned to Chicago. He served as bookkeeper for the Two Rivers Lumber Company, then engaged in business with E. R. Smith, and in 1855 he entered journalistic life, founding the Manitowoc (Wisconsin) Tribune, which is still running. He was an ardent politician, and was a number of times chairman of the county, senatorial, and assembly district committees; was an officer in the Wisconsin Legislature; commanded the "Wide Awakes," and assisted in the equipment of a number of regiments, serving as a staff officer in the Thirty-ninth, and was captain in command of a company in the Fifty-second Regiment Volunteer Infantry, during the late war. He was complimented by Govs. Randall and Harvey with high military appointments in the militia, but never assumed duty under them. Becoming favorably impressed with the advantages offered in Missouri, he came to Benton County after his muster out at the close of the war, and established the Warsaw Times, assisted by Assistant Adjt. Gen. John M. Read, who soon retired, and the paper has since been published without a week's intermission or change of management. He has served six years as judge of Benton County Court, nearly as long as justice of the peace, seventeen years as notary public, and is now serving a fourth term as mayor of the city of Warsaw; for over sixteen years was chairman of the Republican County, and a member of the senatorial and congressional executive committees; is an elder in the Presbyterian Church, and was, for a number of years, a superintendent and president of the Sunday-school Association of the county. He is a past presiding officer of the subordinate lodges of the Masons, Good Templars and Sons of Temperance; president and vice-president of editorial associations; was Grand Master in the R. W. Grand Lodge of Wisconsin, and Dis- trict Deputy and authorized Grand Lecturer of the Missouri 1. 0. 0. F. He is a prominent officer in the G. A. R., and was a delegate to the State Encampment; is president of the Missouri State Central Association Veterans of the Mexican War, and prominent as representative in the national conventions of that organization. Few of his relatives are living; one brother, Hon. 0. B. Smith, is State senator from St. Augustine District, Florida, and more than ordinarily prominent as an ex-army officer, journalist, railroad official, and an extensive business man in that city; one, P. A. Smith, died recently at Pontiac, Ill.; another, W. N. Smith, who was a Chicago postal clerk, former route agent and late justice of the peace and postmaster at Englewood, Ill., is now in business in Savannah, Ga., where a widowed sister, Mrs. Hattie, relict of Dr. E. McArthur, with her son, F. E. McArthur, prominent as a business man, also resides. Another sister, Mrs. J. E. Throop, resides in Los Angeles, Cal. Mr. Smith is a son of Hon. Obed Smith, a soldier of 1812, who was probate judge, justice of the peace, and prosecuting attorney at Alpena, Mich., and was once prominent in the business circles of Western New York; was building and managing ship and ferry owner at Lewiston and Youngstown; was a heavy contractor on the Illinois & Michigan Canal, and at the time of his death, which occurred quite recently, held claims against the State of Illinois for work unpaid for as such, amounting to many thousands of dollars. His wife, whose maiden name was Asenath Goff, died in Joliet, Ill., in 1842. Mr. S. W. Smith's first marriage was at Manitowoc, Wis., with Miss Lena Schetky, a teacher in the public schools of Philadelphia, and sister of Commander Schetky, of the United States Navy, and of Rev. Dr. George Schetky, late rector of St. James, Marshall, Mich., of H. P. Schetky, cashier of the C. E. National Bank of Philadelphia, and Mrs. Lizzie Taylor, of Ridgefield, N. J. Her death occurred at Manitowoc, Wis., in 1853. His second marriage was to Mary A. Laird, a granddaughter of Capt. John Stevens, of the United States Army, and a niece of Mayor Laird, of Erie, Pa. His present wife has the management of the composing and press-rooms of the Times, and also assists in the sales department of the stationery establishment, which nets them a fair income. Of a large family of their children but two are now living. One son, Fred. H. Smith, former local editor and foreman of the Warsaw Times, is now residing in St. Louis, and another, Charles Smith, is in business at Kansas City, both assuming some prominence in societies and business circles. Frank, a young man of rare promise and fine qualifications, died recently, aged twenty-two, in New Mexico, on his way home from California, and is buried in the Warsaw cemetery. The industry and efficiency of all these three young men have left their imprint upon the Times establishment, which can justly claim prominence among the progressive institutions of Benton County, the Osage Valley and the city of Warsaw. Lewis B. Thomas, a merchant at Hastain, Union Township, Benton County, Mo., was born in Dallas County, Mo., in 1853, February 23. He carries a full stock of general merchandise, and is one of the wide-awake, thorough-going business men of the county. His business was established in 1883 by C. W. Young, and was purchased by Mr. Thomas in February, 1887. The latter has been a resident of Benton County since 1880. He is a son of Elizur and Catherine (Reser) Thomas, natives of Kentucky and East Tennessee, respectively. They came to Missouri at an early day, and here the father followed agricultural pursuits all his life. He was a soldier in the Mexican War, and was also in the late war. He died while in the service. Lewis B. Thomas was educated in the district schools, and supplemented this by attending the graded schools. At the' age of seventeen years he commenced working for himself as a school teacher and followed this occupation for nineteen years in Benton and other counties. He was married February 13, 1877, to Miss Nancy A. Walls, a native of Indiana. He is a Republican in politics, and in 1888 was elected to the office of county assessor by that party, serving two years. His wife is a member of the Methodist Protestant Church. William M. Thompson, a native of Kentucky, is the son of Horatio and Lucy (Thompson) Thompson, and grandson on his father's side of John Thompson, and on his mother's side the grandson of Samuel Thompson. William Thompson was reared in Kentucky and married Miss Lucy C. Yancey, of the celebrated Yancey family of Virginia. She is the daughter of Joel Yancey, and the granddaughter of Joel Yancey, who served the State of Kentucky in the State Senate and in the Lower House of Congress for almost fifteen years. Mrs. Thompson's maternal grandfather Twyman was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. In 1856 Mr. Thompson moved to Benton County, Mo., brought his wife and family, which consisted of two children, with him, and settled on a farm a few miles north of where they now live. In 1858 they moved to their present property, where they have a tract of five hundred acres. They became the parents of three more children after coming to Benton County, and at the present time both Mr. and Mrs. Thompson are living with their sons, Joel A. and John P. Another son, William G. T., is in Columbia College, from the medical department of which institution he expects to graduate next year. Mattie died of consumption at the age of twenty-four, and L. G. T. was accidentally killed by the discharge of a gun when he was thirteen years of age. Mr. Thompson is Democratic in his political views, and is a member of the Christian Church at Cloverdale. He is quite extensively engaged in farming and stock-raising; has a number of fine horses, of which he is justly proud, and some very fine cattle. Mr. Thompson is a direct descendant of the Jennings family, his great-grandmother being a Jennings. William S. Thurston, a resident of Section 5, Union Township, and one of the pioneers of Benton County, Mo., having been a resident of the same for fifty-eight years, was born in Pettis County, Mo., August 10, 1831, and is the son of William R. and Mary (Walker) Thurston. Their family consisted of nine children, who were named as follows: Jane (deceased, who was burned to death), Elizabeth (deceased), Nancy, John. Sally, William S. and James and Myra (twins, and both deceased) and Samuel (deceased). William R. Thurston, father of our subject, was born in Virginia in 1792, and died in the year 1858. He came to Missouri at a very early day, settling in Pettis County, but afterward moved to Benton County, where he was successfully engaged in agricultural pursuits. He was a Democrat in his political views. Mrs. Thurston was a native also of Viriginia, born in the year 1788, and died in 1879. Their son William S. was but a child when his parents moved to Benton County. He grew to man hood in that county, and at the age of twenty-two years was united in marriage to Miss Matilda Philips, who bore him thirteen children: three died in infancy, William Hiram (deceased), James S., Eliza J. (deceased), Margaret A., Robert F., John C., Charles J. (deceased), Hannah L., Mary E. (deceased), Nancy M. Mrs. Thurston died October 31, 1880, and Mr. Thurston married Mrs. Cassie (Maybery) Riley, February 11, 1886. Mr. Thurston owns 240 acres of land, with some 175 acres of farm land and 160 acres under cultivation. He handles about 100 head of cattle, and about thirty or forty hogs. He has never held an office, and does not aspire in the least to official positions. His father, though, was justice of the peace for thirty years. Mr. Thurston is a Republican in politics; is a member of the G. A. R., and of the Wheel. Henry Tiemeier, ex-judge of Benton County, Mo., and a prosperous farmer and stock-raiser of Williams Township, was born in the Kingdom of Hanover, Germany, February 16, 1832. His parents, C. A. and Anna M. Tiemeier, were also native Germans, and in 1842 immigrated to America, locating in Cass County, Ill., where they bought a farm, reared their family, and spent the remainder of their lives. Henry Tiemeier, our subject, is the eldest of two sons and six daughters, all of whom grew to mature years and became heads of families; he is the only one living in Missouri. He was reared in Cass County, Ill., and remained with his father until he attained his majority, and was there married, about 1858, to Miss Anna Decker, who was born in Prussia, a daughter of Anton Decker. They resided on a farm in Cass County until 1882, then sold out and moved to Missouri, where they purchased the farm on which they are now residing, which consists of 240 acres, and is considered one of the valuable farms of the county, it being well improved, with good buildings and orchard. Mr. Tiemeier has always been a Democrat in politics, and in the fall of 1886 was elected on that ticket as judge of Benton County for two years, which position he filled very creditably. While a resident of Cass County he held several local offices. He and wife are members of the Lutheran Church, and are the parents of the following children: John and Frank, in Dakota; Lizzie, Anna, Lydia, Henry, Carrie, Rudolph and Herman. Another child died in early childhood. Henry C. Tonjer is one of the prominent men of Benton County, and is closely associated with the farming and stock-raising interests of that county. He is the son of Claus and Anna (Schroeder) Tonjer, and was born in Hanover, Germany, May 14, 1854. The parents were both natives of Hanover, Germany, and there passed their last days. Henry C. Tonjer grew to manhood in Hanover, and received a fair education in his native language. At the age of eighteen, or in 1872, he immigrated to the United States, locating in Benton County, and worked on a farm for several years. He was married in that county March 5, 1880, to Miss Kathrina S. Muller, a native of Benton County, and the sister of Henry Muller, whose sketch appears in this history. After marriage Mr. and Mrs. Tonjer purchased their present property, which now consists of 340 acres of land, 300 cultivated. Mr. Tonjer has excellent buildings on his farm, and aside from his farming interest he is engaged in raising and feeding stock. He is the father of two children, Anna Sophia and Gerhart Ernest Amiel. Mr. and Mrs. Tonjer are members of the Lutheran Church. G. W. Weaver was born in Montgomery County, Ohio, and is the son of Gabriel Weaver, a native of the same place, who moved to Benton County, Mo., in 1869. His family at that time consisted of three married sons and two married daughters, his wife and one single son, the subject of this sketch, being the eldest of the four. J. C. Shepherd and R. N. Sharp, who had married daughter of Gabriel Weaver, came to Missouri the next year. Mr. Shepherd still lives in Benton County, where he has a family of three children. Mrs. Weaver died in December, 1884, but Mr. Weaver is still living. G. W. Weaver was married in Ohio, May 10, 1859, to Miss Morris, of Darke County, Ohio, who lived only two years after arriving in Benton County. Afterward Mr. Weaver lived in Illinois a few years, and returned to Missouri in 1878, where he was united in marriage, January 28, 1878, to Mrs. Sallie F. Thomas, daughter of William Mc- Daniel, of Benton County. Mrs. Thomas was the widow of J. P. Thomas, of Callaway County, Mo., who died in March, 1872, leaving three children, W. S., C. P. and Susie. William McDaniel came to this section before the county was formed, and settled on the place where he now resides, being probably the longest continuous resident on the same farm of any man now living in the county. On this place Mrs. Weaver was born, and she says she can remember distinctly hearing the wolves howl and also recalls seeing Indians as they were on their hunting expeditions from the Territory of Kansas. Samuel M. Wenger, of the firm of Wenger & Carlin, proprietors of the Lincoln Flouring Mills, was born in Rockingham County, Va., October 20, 1839, and is a son of John Wenger, who is also a native of Virginia. The latter was married there to Anna Burkholder, and afterward moved to Indiana, about 1851, and spent two years in Elkhart County. They next took up their abode in Grundy County, Ill., where they made a farm, reared their family and resided until their respective deaths. Samuel M. Wenger grew to manhood in Illinois, and remained with his father until the latter's death, his time being employed in farming and running a threshing machine. In October, 1872, he was married in Greene County, Mo., to Emma P. Hunter, who was born in Missouri, and was reared and educated in Morgan County, and from that time until 1875 was engaged in tilling the soil. At the latter date his wife died, and he then went to Missouri and located in Stoddard County, and at the end of two years took up his abode in Morgan County, and spent the summer of 1879 in Pettis County. In the fall of the same year he came to Lincoln and purchased the flouring mill, with which he is now connected. The mill was then quite old and Mr. Wenger caused it to be rebuilt and put in new and improved machinery, the mill being now one of the best in Benton County. In the spring of 1884 he took two of his brothers in as partners, but in the fall of 1888 they sold their interest to Mr. Carlin, and he and Mr. Wenger are now equal partners. Mr. Wenger married, in Morgan County, Miss Mary E. Gabirel, a native of Morgan County, who has since died at Lincoln. About 1882 he married, in Benton County, his present wife, Mary Ann Orr, a native of Ohio, and by her has two children, Agnes A. and Henry H. Mr. Wenger is a member of the I. O. O. F., and is the treasurer of his lodge. T. B. White, editor and proprietor of the Enterprise, an instructive and carfully edited Democratic newspaper published at Warsaw, Mo., was born in Kalida, Putnam Co., Ohio, May 7, 1843, being the youngest of seven children. By the death of his father he was left an orphan at the age of five years, after which his mother moved to Ashland County, of the same State; and in the towns of Perrysville and Londonville, Mr. White received a good common-school education and a brief academic course. He then served a four years' apprenticeship in the office of the Ashland (Ohio) Times, and in November, 1861, enlisted in Company H, Forty-second Ohio Infantry, of which James A. Garfield was the first colonel, and was with his regi- ment in active service as corporal and sergeant in Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana, and received a flesh wound in one of the assaults on Vicksburg. He was also on detailed service in Maryland, and after three years' service was honorably discharged at Washington, D. C., in December, 1864. He then began working as a journeyman printer in Iowa and Colorado, and was married in Denver, of the latter State, in 1872, to Miss L. A. Walker, of Canandaigua, N. Y., to whom have been born five children, all living. For about six years, from 1.875 to 1881, he was in the mercantile business at Antioch, Cal., and has also lived temporarily in New York, North and South Carolina and Kansas. Since October, 1883, he has resided in Warsaw, Mo., where he has been the proprietor and editor of the Enterprise, one of the best advertising mediums of South-central Missouri, and a paper of large circulation and of recognized merit by the press and the public. Peter Wienberg, one of the leading farmers of Williams Township, Benton County, Mo., was born in Germany, April 21, 1846, and is one of six children: Mary, Margaret, John, Peter, Henry and Claus, who were born to John and Anna M. (Gafleman) Wienberg. Peter Wienberg left Germany in September of the year 1865, and landed at New York after a voyage of nine weeks. He remained in New York a short time and then came to Illinois, where he remained at Peoria for about four and a half years engaged in working by the month at various employments. In 1869 he left that State and care to Missouri, settling in Benton County, where he worked by the month for three years. He then bought eighty-six acres where he now lives, and afterward, in 1874, he was united in marriage to Miss Martha Barke, a native of Benton County, Mo. To this happy union were born five children: Anna Maggie, born April 21, 1875; John J. (deceased) was born September 14, 1877, and died February 2, 1889; Emma M., born April 14, 1880; Claus, born March 14, 1883; and Catherine, born July 23, 1886. These children are all at home. In his political views Mr. Wienberg affiliates with the Republican party. He and wife are members of the Lutheran Church William M. Wright, proprietor of Warsaw or Power's Ferry, also farmer and stock-raiser of Tom Township, was bora in Warren County, Ky., December 25, 1826, and is the son of J. B. Wright and Mary G. (Wallace) Wright, both natives of Kentucky. The parents left their native State for Missouri in 183, and located in Benton County, near Warsaw, where the father entered land at the Springfield land sales. Here he died August 13, 1863, being shot by militia. William M. Wright came to Missouri with his parents when a lad of thirteen years. He spent his youth on the farm until 1884, when he purchased the ferry property at Warsaw, and this he has been engaged in running ever since, and it is said to be the oldest ferry on the Osage, having been established some time in the 20's. Aside from this Mr. Wright is also occupied in agricultural pursuits, and has been quite successful. His first marriage was in Benton County, Mo., to Miss Elizabeth Powers, a native of Missouri, where she was reared. She died in 1850. Mr. Wright was married in Henry County, Mo., to Miss Sarah L. Higden, a native of Kentucky, but who was reared in Missouri. This wife died in 1879. Mr. Wright is a member of the Baptist Church, and one of the first-class citizens of the county. One son, John Edward, was born to his first marriage. He grew to manhood in Benton County, was here married to Miss Lizzie Denison, a native of Missouri, and to them were born two children-Mattie E. and Charles C. Mr. Wright and son, John Edward, are the owners of 400 acres of land, with about 300 acres under cultivation.