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St. Clair County Biographies
From the 1883
History of St. Clair County MO,
National Historical Co.
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J. WADE GARDNER, M.D. In the latter part of the last century,
the grandfather of our subject, emigrated from Scotland to America,
settling in Virginia, where he farmed until his death. His son, Robert
F. Gardner, was born August 7, 1805, in Campbell County, Virginia. He
located in Marshall County, Tennessee, in 1838, and in 1841 settled in
St. Clair County, Missouri, where he died when fifty-six years old, in
October, 1861. J. Wade Gardner, the eldest of five children of Robert
T. and Susan B. (Beck) Gardner, was born in Marshall County,
Tennessee, May 10, 1839, and when but two years old was brought by his
parents to St. Clair County, where they gave him his early education
in the schools of Osceola. In his eighteenth year he began the study
of medicine under Dr. G. W. Dollel, with whom he remained three years.
In 1859 he located in Dallas, Texas, but after remaining a short time
he returned to Missouri, and entered upon the practice of medicine,
and connected with it the drug business in Wellsville, Dade County. At
the breaking out of the war in 1861, he removed to Neosho, and was in
charge of a hospital under General Rains' command until January, 1862,
when he went to Arkansas. The following June, on his return to
Pineville, McDonald County, Missouri, he was taken prisoner, but was
released upon taking the oath of allegiance to the United States'
government, and in July, 1862, returned to Osceola. He remained on his
father's farm, practicing medicine in the neighborhood until the fall
of 1864, when he moved to St. Louis, but only stayed there one year,
when he came back to Osceola, and was appointed deputy clerk, which
position he held until January 1, 1867. From that time until January
1, 1871, he was engaged in the real estate agency and mercantile
business, and also practiced his profession.. He was then reappointed
deputy clerk and held the position six months, when he was obliged to
resign, having on the first day of July, 1871, established the Osage
Valley, a Democratic paper. The duties of his new calling demanding
all his time. But in a short time he disposed of his newspaper office
and again turned his attention to the real estate business in
connection with the practice of medicine, which he has continued to
the present time. In 1876 he was the county physician. Dr. Gardner has
always taken an active part in politics. In 1860 he was appointed
elector on the Bell and Everett presidential ticket and in 1864, to
the same position on the McClellan ticket. During Governor Brown's
administration he was elected clerk of the senate committee on
apportionment or redistricting the state into representative
senatorial and congressional districts. He was a delegate to the
Democratic State Convention of 1862, 1873, and 1874, and also held
various positions of importance in his county. The Doctor took a very
active part in opposing the payment of county bonds issued for
railroad purposes in advance of the completion of tile roads, and has
taken a leading part in the endeavor to compromise the county
indebtedness for the encouragement of immigration. He is a member of
Horeb Royal Arch Chapter No. 47, of the Masonic fraternity. September
7, 1859 he was married to Miss Mary R. Devin, daughter of Judge
William R. and Rebecca (Oliver) Devin, of Polk County, Missouri, but
originally from Virginia. By her he has one child: Rosanna, born June
JAMES D. GARDNER, one of the substantial and prosperous farmers
of Doyal Township, was born in Campbell County, Tennessee, April 15,
1820. His father, John Gardner, was a native of Scotland, but was
reared within four miles of London, England. His mother's maiden name
was Elizabeth Finch. The subject of this sketch accompanied his father
to Virginia, where he lived until 1841, and in the spring of 1842 came
to Missouri. After a residence here of five years, he returned to
Virginia, where he lived one year and then once more came to this
county, which has since been his home. November 13, 1865, he came to
where he now lives. He married Miss Charlotte T. Allen February 24,
1853. She was born in Henry County, Virginia, but came with her
parents to this county in 1838. Their family consists of two children:
Harriet J., (now Mrs. T. Wheeden) and W. F. They have lost two: Martha
E. and Mary E. Mr. Gardner is known as a man of excellent judgment,
cautious in all business transactions, upright and honorable in all
his dealings, and merits the esteem in which he is held by the
DR. R. W. GARNETT, physician and farmer, section 33, was born
in Barren County, Kentucky, June 3, 1828, his parents being William I.
and Emily (Willis) Garnett, natives of Virginia. R. W. was the third
of a family of five children. He grew to manhood in Kentucky,
receiving his education in the schools of that state and at the age of
seventeen began the study of medicine with Dr. John Green of Barren
County. He read with him about three years after which he began
practicing in that county where he remained until 1855. Then he came
to St. Clair County, Missouri, where he has since practiced his
profession and followed farming. His farm contains 200 acres and will
average with any in this section. He is a member of the Baptist Church
and belongs to the Masonic fraternity. August 2, 1860, Dr. G. was
married to Miss Julia A. Ledbetter. She was born in St. Clair County,
Missouri, September 9, 1842. They have eight children: William I.,
Lucy Lee, Ed., Docia, Ermine, Bettie, Josia, and Dick.
ALFRED L. GASH, a native of Marion County, Missouri, was born
September 20, 1823, his parents, William and Elizabeth Gash, having
been among the earliest settlers of St. Clair County. The former was
born in East Tennessee and in 1820, was married in Marion County,
Missouri, to which locality he had moved in 1818. In 1835 the family
came to this. county, locating about one mile from the present
residence of Alfred L. Here William Gash died in 1847, his wife
departing this life in 1858. In 1848 the subject of this sketch was
married to Miss Lucinda Phillips, a daughter of Gomer Phillips, an old
resident of this county. They have seven children living: Jane E.,
Mary C., William G., Martha L., John T., James G. and Lucinda L. Mr.
Gash is at present living upon and conducting the farm of a brother
who is in California.
THOMAS F. GEORGE, section 7, a native of Logan County, Ohio,
was born August 23, 1833. When four years of age he accompanied the
family to Madison County, Indiana, where he was reared on his father's
farm, there receiving his education. In 1863 he enlisted in Company B,
134th Indiana Regiment, serving till October, 1865, and in that year
he moved to Jackson County, Missouri. After residing there three years
he came to St. Clair County, settling where he now resides in the
spring of 1869. His farm consists of eighty-two acres. Mr. George was
married March 4, 1854, to Miss Prudence Cumins, a native of Ohio. They
have one child, Francis. They are members of the M. E. Church.
WASHINGTON LEE GILBERT, a native of Lincoln County, Kentucky,
was born December 14, 1837, being the son of John C. Gilbert, a stone
mason by occupation, who was born in Amherst County, Virginia, in
1784. When eighteen years of age, or in 1802, he removed to Lincoln
County, Kentucky, where he was married February 14, 1835, to Elizabeth
Huston, of that county. They had four children, two of whom are
living: Sarah A. and Washington L. Walter H., who was born February 3,
1836, died September 9, 1862, having been murdered while plowing, and
William A., born December 10, 1839, died October 8, 1857. Mrs. Gilbert
died July 22, 1846. In March, 1854, Mr. G. removed to Johnson County,
Missouri, and that year entered 120 acres of land, subsequently
locating 120 acres more, with land warrants granted him for service in
the war of 1812. He died September 10, 1868, after a residence of
fourteen years in Johnson County. The subject of this sketch was
married May 26, 1861, to Miss Elizabeth J. Helms, and they have been
blessed with six children: Ann E., born May 3, 1862, (wife of Thomas
L. Harris, of Johnson County); Patsey G., born April 24, 1866; John
H., born July 1, 1867; Clay W., born November 23, 1868; Susan B., born
October, 5, 1870, and Sally L., born May 9, 1872. August 1, 1862, Mr.
Gilbert enlisted as a private in Co. D, Sixteenth Missouri infantry,
second brigade, under Captain David Baker for three years, his company
surrendering about that time at Shreveport, Louisiana. He reached home
in June, 1865, resumed agricultural pursuits, and remained upon a
portion of the homestead until March 5, 1881, when selling the
property, he came to this county, settling in Polk Township, where he
has since been engaged in farming and stock raising. Mrs. Gilbert and
her eldest daughter are connected with the Christian Church, of Bear
Creek. He is a Democrat.
CAPTAIN DANIEL GILLSON, section 10, owes his nativity to Marion
County, Ohio, where he was born July 26, 1834. His parents were D. and
Elizabeth (Stilwell) Gillson, natives of Orange County, New York. The
family removed to Ohio in about 1816, and were among the pioneer
settlers of Delaware County, but shortly after went to Marion County.
Daniel grew to manhood on his father's farm, and received a good
education at the public schools, supplemented with a course at a
commercial college. After completing his studies he was engaged in the
mercantile business about four years. In 1856 he came west and
traveled through a number of the western states. He enlisted in
August, 1862, in Company D, 121st Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served
till discharged, in June 1865. He enlisted as a private and filled the
position of sergeant and second and first lieutenant, and afterward
was promoted to captain. He participated in some fifteen important
engagements. among which were Perryville, Chickamaugua, Atlanta,
Jonesborough, etc. He was taken prisoner at Perryville and held as
such for four months, when he was paroled. After the close of the war
Mr. Gillson returned to Ohio and resided two years in Clinton County.
He came to St. Clair County, Missouri, in 1868 and farmed about two
years, and in 1870 he was occupied in conducting a flouring mill at
Osceola, continuing it for two years. hi 1873 he removed to Appleton
City and carried on the mercantile business about five years, when he
sold out and removed to his present farm in the spring of 1878. He has
143 acres in cultivation and well improved. He devotes some attention
to the breeding and raising of thoroughbred and high graded cattle and
Berkshire hogs. Mr. Gillson was married in Lewisburg, Ohio, March 18,
1866, to Miss Emma A. Martin, a daughter of John Martin. They have one
daughter, Millie M. He and his wife are members of the Presbyterian
JOHN PARKS GORDON was born in St. Louis, Missouri, December 16,
1837, and was the son of Preston Gordon, who was born and raised in
Mercer County, Kentucky, and who settled in St. Louis when it was a
village. After living there for about twenty-five years, he came to
St. Clair County in 1855, where he purchased 1,000 acres of land. He
died in 1875. The mother of John, formerly Julia Ann Baker, was born
in St. Louis County, Missouri, and died December 7, 1861. They had
eight children of whom the subject of this sketch is the eldest. He
worked on his father's farm, making the raising of stock a leading
feature, and very soon grew into prominence as a stock dealer. In 1861
he entered in the Missouri State Guards for six months, then entered
the regular service, and served in the trans Mississippi district. He
was engaged in many hard battles, and in a skirmish in Cedar County he
received a severe wound, the ball entering near his left shoulder,
passing through his body and coming out at his right hip. After his
recovery in nine months he joined the regiment with which he remained
until the close of the war in 1865. In 1868 he went to Texas and
engaged in raising cotton and farming. Returning in 1876 he was
elected sheriff and was re-elected in 1880, faithfully discharging the
duties of this position for two terms. In 1882 he was elected county
collector. Mr. Gordon married in 1872 Mary Ann Glass Dickson, daughter
of John M. Dickson, of Grayson County, Texas. She died in 1876. He
married for his second wife Miss Ida Patterson in 1881. She is the
daughter of William N. Patterson. They have one child, William Henry.
Politically he is a Greenbacker, and religiously a Baptist, and he
belongs to the I. O. O. F. fraternity.
JAMES D. GORE, farmer and stock raiser, section 19, owes his
nativity to Macoupin County, Illinois, where he was born March 25,
1853, being the son of Michael and Mouen (Maxwell) Gore. James passed
his boyhood on his father's farm and received a fair education at the
public schools. He was married in his native county, April 3, 1873, to
Miss Margaret New, a daughter of Charles New. She was born in Scott
County, Illinois. They have one daughter, Lily May, who was born May
8, 1879. Mr. Gore farmed in Illinois until the fall of 1881 when he
removed to Missouri, locating where he now resides. He has a farm of
seventy acres, all in cultivation. Mrs. Gore is a member of the
MICHAEL GORE, section 18, was born in Trigg County, Kentucky,
April 28, 1829. His father, M. Gore, was a native of Virginia, and his
mother, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Mitchell, was a Kentuckian by
birth. Michael spent his youth on a farm in Trigg County and in 1849
he removed to Illinois and located in Macoupin County, where he
purchased land and engaged in farming and stock raising. In 1881 he
came to Missouri and settled where he now resides. He owns 170 acres
of land well improved. Mr. Gore held several local offices during his
residence in Illinois. He was commissioner of highways and bridges for
three years in Macoupin County and was then re-elected. He was married
while there, October 1, 1849, to Miss Mouen Maxwell, a daughter of
Ered Maxwell. She was born in Sangamon County, Illinois. Mr. and Mrs.
Gore have four children: Eliza (wife of John Allen), James, E. V. and
Ezra A. He and his wife are members of the United Baptist Church, and
he belongs to the Masonic fraternity.
S. M. GRACY, farmer, section 17, was born in Ross County, Ohio,
October 17, 1844. His parents were Samuel and Rachel (Snively) Gracy,
the former a native of Ireland and the latter of Pennsylvania. When S.
M was five years old they moved to Wells County, Indiana, where he
grew to manhood and received his education. Mr. G. was employed in
farming and school teaching in Indiana until 1872, when he came to St.
Clair County, Missouri. Here he has since followed teaching and
farming. His farm now contains 100 acres. In 1875 he was elected a
justice of the peace, and has since held that position. He is a member
of the Masonic fraternity and of the Grange. March 30, 1871, he was
married to Miss Mary Scoffter, of Indiana. They have four children:
Jennie, Louisa, Ettie and Charles. They have lost two: Alfred and
GEORGE GRAHAM, section 1, a native of Fayette County,
Pennsylvania, was born in October, 1822, his parents being Thomas and
Mary (Alexander) Graham. George grew to manhood in Pennsylvania on a
farm, and he married Miss Maria Moore, also of Pennsylvania. Some four
years after this he removed to Kentucky and from there to Ohio,
locating in Noble County where he resided until 1862. Then he went to
Coles County, Illinois, and farmed about fourteen years. In March,
1876, he located in St. Clair County, Missouri. Mrs. Graham died
January 18, 1881, leaving three children: Susanna (wife of L. L.
Shafner), J. G., and T. P. who was married December 15, 1881, to Miss
L. B. Leonard, and they have one child, Anna May. Mr. Graham lost two
sons, one W. M. died in 1869 at the age of twenty-five years, and G.
W. died in childhood. Mr. G. is a member of the Presbyterian Church
and of the Masonic fraternity. J. G. Graham, the oldest son of the
subject of this sketch, now owns the home farm which consists of 220
acres under good cultivation and improvement.
HARRY M. GRANTLEY, attorney and notary public, a leading and
enterprising man of Appleton City, was born at Oxford, England, July
10, 1850, and is the seventh of ten children of an old established
English family. At the age of seventeen years he came to New York,
where he remained until 1871, when, moving further west, he located at
Bloomington, Illinois. October 2, 1872, he was united in marriage to
Miss Susan Dimmitt, daughter of William Dimmitt, a prominent citizen
of Bloomington. In the spring of 1874, Mr. Grantley came to Missouri
and located at Butler where he lived a short time, then choosing
Appleton City as a more desirable point to enter into the practice of
his profession. He was soon after admitted to the bar of St. Clair
County and has since been engaged in the practice of law. He has shown
a commendable public spiritedness in promoting the interests of the
town, and in the spring of 1881 erected, at a cost of $17,000, the
Durley Opera House. He is identified with the I. O. O. F. and is a
Knight Templar. Mr. Grantley and wife have five children: Edith M.,
Alice S., Arthur W., Harry W. and Grace E.
JAMES W. AND JOHN C. GREEN are sons of Elziphaniah Green, who
was born in Bath County, Kentucky, December 15, 1815. In 1840, while
in Nicholas County, he met Miss Sarah I. Bell, to whom he was united
in marriage the following spring. They had a family of ten children,
James being the oldest and John C. the sixth child. The former was
born in Nicholas County in 1842, and in 1858 accompanied his parents
to Missouri, they settling in Cooper County. In 1877 J. W. Green was
married to Miss Martha A. Hatfield, and to them were born three
children: John W., Peter E. and Joseph Francis. The oldest son is
dead. John C. Green was born in 1858, and continued to reside with the
family on the old homestead until 1876, when he married Miss Lucy J.
Wyatt, daughter of George Wyatt. They have had two children, Elizabeth
A. and Ella S. These brothers now own and reside upon the land
formerly occupied by their father, consisting of 254 acres, in section
3. They are farmers possessed with a most energetic will.
NICHOLAS B. GREEN was born in Lafayette County, Missouri, March
29, 1838, and was a son of Joseph and Jane G. Green, natives of
Tennessee. In 1851 his parents moved to St. Clair County, Missouri. He
was reared upon his father's farm and received an education in the
common schools of Missouri. Mr. G. is now one of the leading farmers
in his township and owns a farm containing 605 acres, well improved.
Two hundred acres are under fence and in a high state of cultivation.
He is at present feeding eighty-two head of cattle. He received a
wound at the battle of Lone Jack during the war. May 2, 1861, Mr.
Green was married to Miss Elizabeth Browning, a native of Virginia.
They have six children: Susan, Permela, Isabelle, Joseph H., Robert
L., and Bessie. They have lost five children. He is a member of the
WESLEY GRIFFITH, section 1, a prominent farmer and stock man of
this county, was born in Macon County, Illinois, January 22, 1841. His
father, B. Griffith, was a native of Ross County, Pennsylvania, and
his mother, formerly Leah Deafenbaugh, of Hawkins County, same state.
The former was one of the pioneer settlers of Macon County, Illinois.
In 1851 he removed to DeWitt County, where he is now a leading farmer
and stock raiser. Wesley spent his youth on his father's farm,
enjoying good common school advantages. He came to Missouri in 1869
and located in St. Clair County, settling on the farm where he now
resides. He has 860 acres of land, with 320 in cultivation. He makes a
specialty of feeding cattle and feeds on an average three car loads of
steers and about fifty hogs annually. Mr. Griffith was married in
Henry County February 18, 1876, to Miss Sarah E. Kirk, a daughter of
James A. Kirk. She came originally from Rowan County, Kentucky. They
have two children, Maud M. and Ida. They lost one child in infancy.
Mr. and Mrs. Griffith are members of the Christian Church.
ROBERT F. GUERRANT, farmer and stock raiser, is a son of
Stephen and Sallie (Harris) Guerrant, both natives of Virginia (the
former of French descent) and was born in Buckingham County, Virginia,
February 16, 1826. He was there reared and educated, and in 1849 he
moved to Saline County, Missouri, and in 1878 came to St. Clair
County. He has followed the occupation of farming during life and his
farm now contains 176 acres, (in which is located the best residence
in Tabor Township. His other improvements are also above the average
of those in the county. Mr. Guerrant is one of the stock holders in
the First National Bank of Appleton City. He has been twice married.
First March 17, 1853, to Miss Zerrilda Hill, of Saline County, who
died November 30, 1874, leaving a family of five children: Walter, L.;
William T., Malinda A., Samuel and Ralph. Miss Susan M. Hudgen, of
Buckingham County, Virginia, became his second wife, their marriage
occurring February 20, 1878. By this union they have one child, Albert
DR. C. M. HAMBLIN was born in Franklin County, Virginia, March
4, 1824. His father, Thomas Hamblin, was a native of Giles County,
Virginia, and his grandfather, M. Hamblin, came with his wife from
England. The former died in Kentucky, in 1847, his widow surviving
until 1858. They had seven children. C. M. grew up on a farm, and by
study at home and attending the common schools, obtained a good
education. The family moved to Kentucky in 1333. In 1856, he came to
Missouri and settled in Vernon County, entering 900 acres of land,
which he commenced to improve. When the war broke out he joined the
Fifteenth Missouri Cavalry, was appointed hospital steward, and acted
as assistant surgeon with Surgeon Maynard. He had studied medicine
previous to entering the army, and he was necessarily obliged to
prescribe for the sick. Having the advice of the surgeon, and
assisting in many surgical operations, it proved a good school, of
which he at once took advantage. At the close of the war he returned
to Kentucky, where he remained until 1872, then came to Osceola, and
engaged in the practice of medicine. He has had charge of the sick at
the poor farm for five years by appointment, and is the present county
physician. Dr. H. married Miss Lucinda Sutherland in 1846. She was the
daughter of David Sutherland, of Kentucky, originally from Scotland.
They have five children living: John Robert, Daniel, Mollie, Callahan
and Minnis. The doctor is a Republican. He has belonged to the
Christian Church for thirty years, and he is a Mason. John R. Hamblin,
of the firm of Hamblin Brothers, proprietors of livery and feed
stable, is a son of Dr. C. M. Hamblin, and was born in 1850, in Logan
County, Kentucky. He moved to Missouri with his father, and settled in
Vernon County in 1856, and in 1861, he went to Humansville. In 1872,
he came to Osceola, from Kentucky, and has here been engaged in
business of various kinds, operating an engine for some three years.
In 1878, he was one of a company who took contracts for carrying the
United States mails to different points, one route being to Appleton
City, &c. In 1880, he bought with his brother the livery barn, where
he is also doing a large feed business. Mr. Hamblin married Miss
Martha Smith, in 1872. She is the daughter of Edward Smith, of Logan
County, Kentucky. They have two children, Robert and Claudius.
Politically he is a Republican. He belongs to the Christian Church,
and is also a member of the I. O. O. F. and A. O. U. W. fraternities.
He is one of the city councilmen.
HENRY F. HAND, section 27, was born in Chittenden County,
Vermont, May 27, 1845, being a son of Francis and T. (Smith) Hand, the
former originally from England and the latter from Vermont. Henry
received his education in the Brandon Seminary of Rutland County. He
grew up on a farm and has principally followed that occupation during
life. In the spring of 1865 he moved to Calhoun County, Michigan, and
in 1866 to Jackson County, of the same state. In 1868 he accepted a
position as station agent at Adrian, Michigan., for the Lake Shore and
Michigan Southern Railroad, which he held for one year. In 1870 he
came to St. Clair County, Missouri, and has resided here since, and
during this period he has been the leading sheep dealer and raiser in
the county. His farm contains 640 acres, and this is mostly utilized
in the raising of sheep and other stock. He has on an average from
1,000 to 1,600 head, and at other times has had between 1,900 and
2,000. Mr. Hand was married February 7, 1875 to Miss Charlotte Laskin,
a native of Michigan. They have four children: Emma, Freddie, Mable
EDWARD A. HARE was born in Hampshire County, West Virginia,
February 28, 1845, and was the son of Matthew and Martha (Ruckman)
Hare, of the same county, the former born March 9, 1800, and the
latter October 28, 1809. They were married February 24, 1842, and of
the original family of six sons and one daughter three sons and the
daughter only survive. In 1871 Mr. Hare, Sr., leaving his native
state, emigrated to St. Clair County, Missouri, settling In this
township. He and his sons, E. A. and Paran, purchased 287 acres and
located upon it the same year. This land was divided in 1876, Edward
retaining 165 acres on section 25, to which in 1880 he added twenty-
nine acres. To his share of 122 acres Paran has added sixteen acres.
These constitute excellent farms and are well improved. In November,
1880, Matthew Hare died, after a short illness, in his eighty-first
year. His widow still resides with her son, Edward. Mr. H. was a
church member for over half a century, and Mrs. Hare and her two sons
are also connected with the Christian Church. Paran Hare belongs to
the A. F. & A. M. fraternity.
GEORGE W. HARPER was born in Crawford County, Ohio, March 9,
1836, his father being Samuel J. Harper, born in 1805 in Cumberland
County, Pennsylvania. He lived there until 1820, and then removed to
Crawford County, Ohio, going thence to Lee County, Iowa, in 1840.
After living there until 1875 he came with his son George W. to Doyal
Township, St. Clair County, Missouri, where he now resides. In 1872
the subject of this sketch was married to Miss Arlena Morgan, of Polk
County, Missouri, and by this union there were born three children,
Edgar, Olive E. and Elmer M., making a most interesting and attractive
family. In 1857 Mr. Harper went to California and remained there,
occupied in mining, for some time, during which period he was quite
successful, and he is now recognized as being one of the solid
financial men of this county. He owns 150 acres of land on Coon Creek,
and his beautiful residence is situated on section 36, of this
township. He has never taken an active part in politics, preferring
the quiet of home life to the turmoil of strife attendant upon a life
HARVEY G. HARPER was born January 28, 1822, in East Tennessee,
being the son of John M. and Nancy (Williams) Harper, who were married
in 1818. The former a farmer and blacksmith by occupation, was born
February 28, 1794, in Christian County, Kentucky, and the latter,
originally from Tennessee, was born February 10, 1798. Of a family of
seven sons and two daughters, five sons and one daughter grew to years
of maturity. Leaving Tennessee In 1827, they moved westward, locating
in Cooper County, from whence after two years, they went to Pike
County. Here the senior Harper purchased 160 acres of land, farmed it
for seven years, when selling it in 1835, he settled in Benton County,
but bought land just over the line in St. Clair County. His death
occurred April 15, 1839. his widow surviving until the 30th of March,
1869, when she also departed this life. The subject of this sketch
first started in life for himself, when eighteen years old, as a farm
laborer. December 4, 1840, he married Miss Hannah Gover, of St. Clair
County, and they had four daughters: Martha A., born October 26, 1841,
died in 1858; Nancy D., born December 4, 1845, (wife of A. McKinzie,
of this county); Sarah K., born December 31, 1852, (now Mrs. James
Childs, of this county), and Mary L., born December 21, 1858, died in
October, 1881. Mrs. Harper's death occurred in September 1875. Mr. H.
was again married December 12, 1877, to Miss Nancy G. Walker, of
Hickory County. They have had two children: Bertha M., born January 1,
1878, and Laura G., born April 16, 1881, died April 16, 1882. Mr. H.
settled upon his present farm in 1842. and has resided in the county
since that time. He devotes much time and attention to stock raising.
He is a member of the Primitive Baptist Church, organized in 1836. In
politics he is a Greenbacker.
CHARLES J. HARRISON, attorney at law, was born in Monroe
County, Missouri, January 1, 1850. His father, Francis M. Harrison,
was born in Kentucky and came with his father, Charles Harrison, to
Missouri about the year 1830. The mother was also born in Kentucky,
her maiden name being Nancy Mildred Collins. The subject of this
sketch was the second of seven children, and his early years were
passed upon a farm. he received such education as the public schools
afforded until at the age of nineteen, when he entered the Shelbyville
Academy, where he remained one year. The following year he entered the
University at Lexington, Kentucky, for a thorough course, but owing to
reverses in his father's fortune he was compelled to abandon that idea
and return home before the end of the first year. In 1871 he came to
St. Clair County, Missouri, and engaged in the real estate business at
Appleton City. where he remained until the fall of 1872. Then entering
the office of Burdette & Smith, at Osceola, he began the study of law.
By hard study, and aided by the firm of Burdett & Smith, he was
enabled at the September term, 1873, of the St. Clair County Circuit
Court, to pass a satisfactory examination and be admitted to the bar.
On being admitted to the bar he was taken in as a partner by the firm,
under whom he read, the firm name being Burdett, Smith & Harrison. In
1874 the senior member of the firm received the appointment of
commissioner of the general land office at Washington, District of
Columbia, and removed to that city. Messrs. Smith & Harrison continued
in business in Osceola until 1875, when they removed to Sedalia,
Missouri, where Mr. H. lived one year, and then returned to St. Clair
County and was occupied in other business than the law until the year
1878, when he again resumed the practice of law. In 1880 he formed a
partnership with Hon. John C. Ferguson and Hon. F. C. Nesbit, which
continued until the fall of 1881, when the death of Mr. Ferguson
dissolved the firm. He subsequently united with Judge John D.
Parkinson, under the firm name of Parkinson & Harrison, which still
continues. Mr. Harrison was married May 18, 1876, to Miss Lulu
Constable, and by this union they have two children, Elma and Thomas.
Mr. H. is not a member of any church, is a Democrat and a Mason.
J. P. HASTAIN, farmer and stock raiser, section 10, was born in
White County, Tennessee, January 24, 1831. His father, D. M. Hastain
was a native of the same state, and his mother's maiden name was Anna
Green. In 1834 the family removed to Missouri, and first located in
Henry County, being among the pioneer settlers there. J. P. Hastain
was reared as a farmer's boy and in 1850, when in his nineteenth year,
he went to California, and worked in the gold mines for fifteen years,
returning to Missouri in 1865. He was married in Henry County, March
21, 1867, to Miss Octavia Hinkle, a daughter of M. D. Hinkle. She is a
Kentuckian by birth, but removed to Missouri with her parents and was
reared and educated in Henry County. They have a family of four
children: Cecelia, Eddie, Jennie G. and William J. Three children died
in infancy, Mary F., Lena May, and T. J. After farming in Henry County
for six years, Mr. Hastain removed to California in 1873, and spent
one season, the following year returning to Henry County, Missouri,
where he farmed about eight years. In March, 1880, he came to St.
Clair County and settled on the farm where he now resides. He has 160
acres of land all under cultivation. He and his wife are members of
the M. E. Church, South.
T. A. HAWKINS. The subject of this sketch was born in Crawford
County, Missouri, June 9, 1842. His parents were P. E. and Joannah
(Music) Hawkins, the former a native of Virginia and the latter of
Missouri. T. A. grew up in Maries County, Missouri, and was there
educated in the common schools. He was engaged in farming and milling
in that locality until 1876, when he came to St. Clair County. His
farm is situated in section 17 of Chalk Level Township and contains
120 acres. Mr. H. is constable of Butler Township. He is a member of
the Baptist Church; March 20, 1863, he married Miss Emma Blockham, a
native of Missouri. They have seven children: Eliza C., William T.,
James M., Joseph M., Mattie J., Emily and Charles L.
MILTON HEATH, one of the prominent citizens of Taberville and
owner of the Taberville Ferry, was born in Lawrence County, Illinois,
November 11, 1847. He was there reared and educated, coming to St.
Clair County in 1868. He has Followed farming principally during life,
and has been owner of the Taberville ferry since 1874. His boat in
present use was built in 1882. Mr. H. is a member of the Masonic
fraternity. His father, Judge A. Heath, a son of Ashel and Aylcy
(Curens) Heath, natives of Virginia, was the twelfth child of a family
of fourteen children, and was born in Sullivan County, Indiana, March
6, 1823 When he was an infant his parents removed to Lawrence County,
Illinois, and there he grew to manhood and was reared to the
occupation of farming, which he has since followed. In 1866, he went
to Hancock County, and in 1868 came to St. Clair County, Missouri. In
1873 he purchased the Taberville Ferry. While in Lawrence County,
Illinois, he served as one of the county commissioners three terms. In
1872 he was elected by the Democratic party as one of the county
judges of St. Clair County, serving four years. He is a member of Star
Lodge, No. 419, A. F. & A. M. Judge Heath was married August 19, 1844,
to Miss Mary Wright and they have eight children living: Robert,
Milton, Lafayette, William J. John S., Jennie, Holbert, and Sherman.
Mrs. H. was born in Ripley County, Indiana, February 19, 1828. Her
father Josiah Wright was a native of Kentucky, as also was her mother,
whose maiden name was Martha Hamilton.
JOHN D. HEDRICK, dealer in clothing and gent's furnishing
goods, is a native of Bates County, Missouri, and was born January 10,
1847. He was reared on his father's farm till thirteen years of age,
when he left home, and was engaged in farm work till June, 1862, then
enlisting in Company D, Ninth Kansas Cavalry, and serving till July,
1865. Going to St. Clair County, Illinois, he remained three months,
then returned to Bates County, Missouri, where he farmed two years. In
1872, he came to Appleton City with a team of mules and a wagon, which
he traded for a small stock of groceries, giving in addition his note
for seventy-five dollars. By honesty, perseverance and energy, he has
attained the well merited position of being recognized as one of the
successful and solid merchants of this city. In 1875, he added a
general stock of goods, and the following year his brother, C. O.
Hedrick, became a member of the firm, which was known as Hedrick
Brothers, till August, 1882. Then John Hedrick took charge of the
clothing department, and has since continued the same. He carries a
large stock of goods, and is doing a prosperous business. Mr. H. was
married, November 10, 1875, to Miss Mary M. Compton, of Bates County,
Missouri. They have five children: Frank D., Charlie, Roy C., Lulu and
Otto. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. and the A. O. U. W.
THOMAS HENLEY, farmer and proprietor of the Osceola Ferry, was
born in Herefordshire, England, in November, 1825, his parents being
Mathew and Elizabeth Henley. They came to this country in the fall of
1841, settling in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, on a farm. They had a
family of seven children. Thomas, the oldest son, remained at home
until the death of his father, in 1846. January 1, 1851, he went to
California and Oregon, but returned in December, 1852, well paid for
his adventure. Selling his interest in the old homestead to his
brother he purchased a farm in the vicinity. The oil excitement
enhanced the value of his land and he sold his farm at a large
advance. In the fall of 1866 he came to Osceola and bought land. He
began improving and repairing the damages incurred during the war, and
now has one of the desirable homes of the county. He was elected
county judge in 1870, and served one term. He was also appointed judge
by Governors Woodson and Phelps. As an official he was both capable
and honest, and performed his duties with great credit to himself and
acceptably to the county. Judge Henley was married in Pennsylvania to
Miss Ann Cook in 1850. She died in 1866, leaving four children: Mathew
C., Thomas J., William C. and Anna V., now Mrs. William Gallaway. He
married Miss Catharine Cracraft for his second wife in 1878. They have
one child, Rosa Ella, born February 7, 1880. The judge votes the
Democratic ticket and belongs to the Masonic order. In 1866 he bought
a half interest of the Osceola Ferry and 230 acres of land belonging
to it. In 1881 he bought the entire interest and now owns and manages
the ferry and farm.
Mc. HERNDON was born April 22, 1852, in Ozark County, Missouri,
his parents being Rev. H. W. and Martha A. C. (Piland) Herndon, who
were married December 2, 1847. The former, a physician and surgeon by
profession, was born in East Tennessee, while the latter, a daughter
of Samuel and Martha Piland, was born November 21,1830, in Hartford
County, North Carolina. To them were born six sons and three
daughters. One son, Joseph S., who was born September 28 ,1848, was an
honored student of the Medical College at Salem, Oregon, and graduated
at the head of a class of 100 pupils, taking the prize offered that
year. He engaged in the practice of medicine at Salem, and is now the
principal physician and surgeon at the penitentiary in Olympia,
Washington Territory, and is also the surgeon of the Northern Pacific
Railroad. He married Miss Mary E. Turner, of Linn County, Oregon. One
daughter, Mary A., born August 15, 1850, married L. H. Gist, of this
county. Mc. married Miss Mary E. Bair, of Jasper County, Missouri,
January 10, 1875, and by this union there are three daughters: Celia
L., born November 5, 1875; Nora, born April 26, 1878, and Lillie A.,
born November 12, 1880. The next daughter, Macy, who was born January
24, 1854, married Charles C. Dinney, of Oliver, born March 4, 1856,
died August 21 of the same year. Martha J., born June 11, 1857,
married William Cleveland. Jasper N., born March 30,1859, married
Lydia J. McConnell. Samuel F. and James H. were born October 9, 1865.
The Rev. H. W. Herndon died several years ago. His widow now resides
with one of her sons. Mc. lives not far from the old homestead, and is
actively engaged in farming and the raising of stock. Politically, he
is a Greenbacker. He is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church.
THOMAS DAWSON HICKS was born in Wilson County, Tennessee,
January 5, 1847. His father, James L. Hicks, was also born in that
county, December 20, 1820, and he was the son of Thomas M. Hicks, born
at Greenfield Court House, North Carolina. The mother of Thomas,
formerly Miss L. J. Hancock, of the same county, as her husband, was ]
born in 1825. They moved to Missouri and settled in Hickory County in
1852, coming to this county in 1865, and locating in Osceola. He was
shot on the street and killed June 23, 1875, by the city marshal. Mrs.
Hicks died July 26, 1871. They left three children, of whom Thomas D.
is the oldest. He learned the printers' trade in this city at which he
worked for seven years. In 1873, in company with Louis M. Reese, they
published the Osceola Herald for one year. In 1875 he was occupied in
clerical work in the county offices. In 1878 he was appointed deputy
county collector, and performed his official duties very
satisfactorily. In 1882 he was elected county clerk. Mr. Hicks married
Mrs. Mary E. Hubbs, November 9, 1873. She was the daughter of Andrew
J. Strain, of this county. They have one child, Mabel Burleigh. Mr.
Hicks is a staunch Democrat. He belongs to the M. E. Church and is a
Royal Arch Mason and is also connected with the I. O. O. F. and the A.
O. U. W. fraternities. James L. Hicks, the father of Thomas D.,
enlisted in the Eleventh Volunteer Cavalry in the spring of 1863 and
served in the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and Missouri, and
in 1865 he received an honorable discharge. His daughter, Nancy Hicks,
married Mr. James M. Pugh, circuit clerk.
GEORGE HILL, SR., section 32, son of John and Margaret
(Schineltzer) Hill, natives of Pennsylvania, was born in
Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, January 23, 1816. He was there
brought up and educated and was considered one of the most practical
farmers of that state. He followed this occupation in Northumberland
and Lycoming Counties until 1880, except from 1849 to 1863, during
which time he resided in St. Joseph County, Michigan. In 1880 he came
to St. Clair County, Missouri. He and his sons now at home have a
landed estate of nearly 600 acres. He was married February 24, 1840,
to Miss Martha Brown. They have had ten children, nine of whom are
living: Robert B., John, William B., Jane, George, Jr., Margaret,
Martha B., Charles and Susan L. Mrs. Hill is the youngest of a family
of twelve children, and was born in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania,
February 24, 1816. Her father, William Brown, was a native of Ireland,
and her mother, formerly Jane Brown, came originally from
Pennsylvania. Jane Brown was a daughter of Mathew and Eleaner (Torbit)
Brown, the former of Pennsylvania and the latter of Scotland. The
father of Mrs. Hill was a soldier in the Revolutionary war.
JOHN HILL, justice of the peace, notary public and dealer in
real estate, is a son of George Hill, and was born in Lycoming County,
Pennsylvania. He was reared in that county and there received an
academic education. In the fall of 1864 he went to Salem, Marion
County, Illinois, where he studied law with Judge Michael Schaeffer,
remaining one year. Going south he located in Arkansas, where he was
engaged in merchandising and raising cotton. In the spring of 1868 he
came to St. Clair County, Missouri, and for the first two years taught
school, and in 1870 he was elected County superintendent of schools,
holding the office two years. Since that time he has been occupied in
farming and dealing in stock, having at the present time a landed
estate of about 1,500 acres. March 26, 1879, he was commissioned
notary public, and in December, 1882, was appointed justice of the
peace of Taberville. Mr. Hill was married September 20, 1869, to Miss
Mary J. Coulthard, of St. Clair County, Missouri, born October 28,
1851. Her father, Joseph Coulthard, was a native of England, and her
mother, formerly Catherine Truxiel, was born in Ohio. The family of
Mr. and Mrs. H. consists of four children: George, Martha B., Katie M.
and Josephine B. In 1863 he enlisted in the Pennsylvania Militia, and
remained in service during the Gettysburg raid.
WILLIAM BROWN HILL is proprietor of the Taberville Hotel, and
is also a dealer in and feeder of stock. His father was George Hill,
Esq. William was born in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, March 2, 1844.
He was reared there, except three years spent in St. Joseph County,
Michigan. He was educated in the common schools of his native county
and the Wyoming seminary of the Wyoming Valley. After following
farming till 1870 he engaged in the grocery business at Williamsport
City, which he continued four years. In September, 1876, he went to
Salt Lake City, Utah, where he accepted the position as deputy clerk
of the United States district court of Utah. In July, 1877 he resigned
his position and came to St. Clair County, where he has since been
dealing in stock. His hotel has gained a good reputation and is a
credit to the place. While in Pennsylvania Mr. H. was captain in the
Twelfth Regiment of National Guards of Pennsylvania. Since coming to
St. Clair County he acted as deputy sheriff under John P. Gordon. At
the convention of the Greenback party, in September, 1882, he was
nominated as their candidate for sheriff of the county. Mr. H. is a
member of the Masonic fraternity, and of the patriot order Sons of
America, belonging to Camp 26, of Williamsport City, Pennsylvania. He
was married the first time September, 19, 1872, to Miss Josephine
Good, who was born in May, 1858. She died January 16, 1878, leaving
two children: Laura G., born October 19, 1873, and Josia G., born
November 12, 1877, and who died August 12, 1878. He was again married
January 3, 1882, to Miss Julia L. Bishop, of Rock Island County,
Illinois, born May 14, 1859. Her father, Thomas V. Bishop was a native
of Pennsylvania, and her mother, Elizabeth Gallop, of the same state.
WILLIAM H. HILLEGAS, section 9, was born May 22, 1844, in
Montgomery County, Ohio. His father, Joseph Hillegas, a native of
Pennsylvania, was born in 1805, and subsequently accompanied his
parents to Ohio, where, in 1830 he married Miss Hannah Reed, who was
also born in Pennsylvania in 1810. Upon leaving Ohio, he removed to
Indiana, thence to Illinois, and later, in the fall of 1857, to Henry
County, Missouri. He still resides there, having served two terms as
county judge. Through the failure of the railroad company he became a
heavy loser. October 24, 1868, William H. Hillegas (one of a family of
eight children) married Miss Huldah A. daughter of J. W. and Mary
Pattison, of Jasper County, Missouri. They have five children: Charles
E., born July 9, 1869; Effie M., born August 3, 1874; Gertrude, born
October 20, 1877; Joseph William, born August 22, 1880; and Michael
E., born December 8, 1883. Mr. H. became a resident of Henry County in
1857, and March 7, 1862, he enlisted in Company C, Seventh Missouri
State Militia, Cavalry, as a private. He thus served two years, was
then made corporal and served until mustered out, March 7, 1865. In
1868 he purchased 160 acres of his present farm and in the fall of
1882 120 acres adjoining, and here he now has a well improved place.
He raises cattle to some extent. Mr. and Mrs. H. are members of the M.
E. Church at Lowry City. Politically he is a Republican.
CHARLES HILTON is the popular editor of the Appleton City
Journal. The subject of this sketch came originally from Washington
County, Virginia, where he was born May 11, 1856. He resided in that
vicinity till 1868, when the family removed to Marion, Illinois. There
he began learning the printing trade in 1870, which he continued till
1878. Coming to Appleton City, he held a position on the Voice of the
People for two years, and worked on the cases of the Advocate at
Clinton, Missouri, for six months. Going to Osceola he resumed his
connection with the Voice of the People, being its local editor, for
ten months, when he accepted the foremanship of the Journal office in
this city. In November, 1882, he became its editor and publisher. Mr.
Hilton was married January 22, 1882, to Miss Anna Barnes, a native of
Osceola, Missouri. Mr. H. deserves great credit for the success which
he has made in his profession. He was left an orphan at an early age,
and his efforts to rise in life were made under many difficulties,
and, though enemies assailed him on every point, he has risen steadily
and received a well merited position. he publishes one of the best
papers in the county, and his reputation as an honest, upright man is
ELIAS HINKLEY, section 23, was born in Dauphin County,
Pennsylvania, May 8, 1830. When he was ten years of age his father
removed to Richland County, Ohio, and four years after to Noble
County, Indiana. About 1856 Elias spent one year in Wisconsin, but
returned to Indiana, where he resided until 1866. From that time until
1879, when he came to Missouri, he was engaged in milling in Michigan
in the counties of Eaton and Montcalm. Since coming to this state Mr.
Hinkley has been farming, and now has a well improved farm of eighty
acres. He was married October 20, 1855, to Miss Mary J. Warner, a
native of Ohio. They have seven children: Corydon D., Ada, Leora,
Cassius M., Harry B., C. C. and Bertie E.
JAMES HODKINS was born November 14, 1830, in Brown County,
Ohio, being the fifth of seven children and the only one now living.
His father, also named James, a native of Kentucky, was born near
Lexington in 1795. His mother's maiden name was Sarah Cross, born
about the same time as her husband in Brown County, Ohio. Their lives
were spent in Ohio, both dying some twenty years ago. Young Hodkins
was reared on the home farm, and in his eighteenth year he began to
teach school, which he followed for several years. he had taken a
course in vocal music at the Musical Academy of Decatur, Ohio, and
employed some of his time as instructor of music. In 1855 he began a
mercantile business at Higginsport, Ohio, which he followed until
1869, when he located at Hudson, Missouri, and in 1870 came to
Appleton City, opening the first store at that place. After remaining
here three years he went to the Osage Iron Works, where he managed the
company's store for some months. He then returned and for three years
had charge of the Galena House, now Appleton House. For about seven
years Mr. Hodkins has been bookkeeper for Wyckoff & McFarlane and has
repeatedly held the office of justice of the peace, and being a
prominent school man, has been placed upon the school board, where he
has done much to advance the interests of the public school of this
city. He was married October 14, 1856, to Miss Henrietta Bryan, a
native of the same state as himself. Her death occurred October 1,
1876, she leaving four children: Sallie B., Charles E., living, and
Olive H. and Clarence M., now dead. Mr. H. was again married April 21,
1880, to Miss Mary E. Bryrus, also of Ohio. They have one child, Mary
C. Mr. Hodkins has been a Mason for nearly thirty years.
FREDERICK HOFFSTROM, farmer and stock raiser, section 23, is a
native of Sweden, and was born August 26, 1829, his parents being
Niles F. and Sophia (Hardorph) Hoffstrom, also originally from Sweden.
The former was an officer in the army of Sweden, which position he
held at his death in 1846 or 1847. Fred Hoffstrom grew to manhood and
received a good education in the country of his birth, there learning
the trade of dyer and finisher. He emigrated to the United States in
1849 and worked at his trade at different places in Illinois for three
years. Moving thence to Niagara Falls he worked one and one-half years
and afterward went to Fredonia, Chautauqua County, where he engaged in
business for himself. In the spring of 1853 he took a trip to
California by way of the Isthmus, and after spending three years
returned in the winter of 1856. He then purchased land in Washington
County, Iowa, and farmed three years. In the spring of 1869 he
returned to California, going from there to Nevada, where he engaged
in mining at Virginia City. In nearly four years he retraced his steps
to his family in the summer of 1863, bringing with him a herd of
California horses. He farmed until 1865 when he sold out and came to
Missouri, locating in St. Clair County, where he purchased land and
improved the farm which he now occupies. Mr. Hoffstrom owns 400 acres
and he is one of the most successful farmers and stock raisers in the
county. He was married in Aurora, Illinois, February 9, 1851, to Miss
Almina Elizabeth Morgan, a native of New York, and a daughter of C. B.
Morgan. They have three children: Clara S. (wife of Wilson Hartzell),
Frank H. and Lilly Belle. Mrs. Hoffstrom is a member of the Christian
Church. Mr. H. is a Mason.
DANIEL K. HOLLY, druggist, etc., was born in Montgomery County,
Ohio, in 1851, his parents being Daniel and Catherine Holly, both
natives of Germany. The former came to this country in 1831 and
settled in Butler County, Ohio, moving thence to Montgomery County,
and later to McLean County, Illinois. In 1838 he came to Missouri and
settled in St. Clair County on a farm. In the spring of 1868 he
removed to Sedalia. They had a family of thirteen children, eight now
living. Daniel K. was the youngest child, and after leaving home he
was engaged in various kinds of business with varied success. In 1877
he came to Osceola. In 1879 he purchased a stock of drugs, to which he
has added, and now carries a stock that would be a credit to a larger
city. He commenced with limited means, but by good management and
attention to business has established himself in a paying trade. Mr.
Holly married Miss Frankie Archibald November 26, 1879. She was the
daughter of Thomas Archibald, of Ohio. They were of English
extraction, but were brought up in New York. They have two children,
Mabel Alice and Vesta. Politically, he is a Republican. He belongs to
the Masonic fraternity and the A. O. U. W.
JAMES M. HOOVER, JR., is a farmer on section 31. His father was
James M. Hoover, a sketch of whose life is elsewhere to he found. He
has made farming his occupation during life in this county, having
been born here February 5, 1856. He was for sometime in different
locations of Southwest Missouri, working in the lead mines. He was
married February 1, 1880, to Miss Sarah D. Suggs, a native of Moniteau
County, Missouri, and a daughter of John and Mary A. (Wade) Suggs.
Mrs. H. was born May 24, 1861. They have one child, Charles W.
J. M. HOOVER, Sr., farmer and stock dealer, section 32, was
born in Lee County, Virginia, September 1, 1823. He is a son of
Alexander and Margaret E (Smith) Hoover, the former originally of
Virginia and the latter of Ohio. They had a family of eight children,
the subject of this sketch being the third child. In the fall of 1835
the Hoover family moved to St. Clair County, Missouri, and located
near Osceola. Alexander Hoover died in July, 1865, and his wife in
October, 1880. J. M. has followed farming and dealing in stock in this
county since he grew to manhood, and is now one of the leading and
most respected citizens of his township. He has a landed estate of 388
acres. He served three years in the Missouri State militia. He is a
member of the Masonic fraternity. June 16, 1841, he was married to
Mrs. Mary N. Hembre, a daughter of Hugh Allison. She was born in
Warren County, Tennessee, December 12, 1837. Mr. and Mrs. H. have had
eleven children, six of whom are now living: James M., William S.,
Josephine, Rebecca, Eliza H. and Lillie M.
JOHN R. HOPKINS, attorney, dealer in real estate and collecting
agent, was born in Clinton County Kentucky, February 12, 1843. He
lived there till 1850, when the family removed to St. Clair County,
Missouri, and here John was principally reared, following the
occupation of farming. In August, 1862, he enlisted in Company B.,
Sixteenth Missouri Regiment, Confederate States Army, and served till
paroled at Shreveport, Louisiana, June 8, 1865. He then went to Paris
Texas, where he remained till November, 1865, when he returned to this
county. In the spring of 1866 he made a trip to Montana Territory.
After his return he resumed farming until 1868, when he embarked in
the business at Chalk Level, there continuing till September, 1870.
The succeeding two years he was in business in Lowry City, Missouri.
In 1872 he removed to Osceola and edited the St. Clair County Democrat
for three years. Coming to Appleton City, Missouri, he engaged in the
drug business under the firm name of F. McCrary & Co., and afterwards
W. G. Browning & Co., which in one year was changed to Hopkins &
Woodberry. They sold out in June, 1881. Mr. H. then, with his former
partner, embarked in the wholesale cigar and tobacco business in
Kansas City, and he is still interested in this business. In May,
1882, he returned to this city and has since been occupied in his
present calling. He was married October 31, 1867, to Miss Martha J.
Browning, a native of Missouri. They have four children: Susan A.,
Emma, Frank and Lizzie. During 1866 and 1867 he held the position of
deputy sheriff. Mr. H. is a member of the Masonic fraternity and also
of the A. O. U. W.
W. J. HORN, farmer and stock raiser, section 25, was born in
Wilson County, Tennessee, February 29, 1840. His father, Dr. S. W.
Horn, was a native of Virginia and a practicing physician. He came to
Cedar County at an early period of the county's history and had a
large and successful practice in Cedar and adjoining counties, and
though now well advanced in years, is still able to respond to the
calls of many of his old friends. His wife was formerly Margaret
Tyree, also of Virginia. W. J. received a good practical English
education. His early life was spent on a farm, and he has principally
followed this calling, excepting for four years, while railroading.
His farm consists of 160 acres of choice land, well improved. In
educational matters he has taken an active interest, and has
repeatedly served as school director. Mr. Horn married Miss A. Dudley
September 16, 1866. She was born in 1844 and is a daughter of William
and Nancy (Stevens) Dudley, natives of Virginia. They have a family of
eight children: Mary L., Cora, Maggie, Ettie F., James W., Martha
Virginia, Lemuel and Samuel W. Mr. H. is a member of the Masonic order
and the I. O. O. F.
JUDGE MAYFIELD HOSHAW, farmer, section 9, is a native of Ross
County, Ohio, and was born June 29, 1820. His parents were Jacob and
Jane (Cox) Hoshaw, the former a Virginian by birth, and the latter
originally from North Carolina. Mayfield was the fourth child of a
family of eleven children. When he was ten years old the family moved
to Indiana, where he grew to manhood and was educated. In 1839 he
emigrated to Missouri, locating in Lawrence County, and was engaged in
farming and stock raising in that and Jasper Counties, until going
overland to California. In 1851 he returned to Lawrence County,
Missouri, and in 1861, moved to Jasper County where he remained until
1864, then coming to St. Clair County. He now owns a farm of 240
acres. In 1882 he was elected judge of the county court of St. Clair
County. He is a member of the Christian Church. January 17, 1841, Mr.
Hoshaw was married to Miss Frances Hopkins, who died in January, 1848,
leaving two children: Jane and Perry. In October, 1851, he was again
married to Miss Millie Brown. Her death occurred in January, 1855, she
leaving one child: Samuel. He was afterwards married in November,
1855, to Betsie A. Nichols. She died in September, 1858, leaving two
children: Angelina and Eliza. August 11, 1859, Mr. H. was married to
his present wife, whose maiden name was Frances Moore. They have six
children: William, Lounta, Thomas, Lucy, Amos, and George W.
ALBERT HOYT, section 6. The paternal great-grandfather of
Albert Hoyt, Benjamin Hoyt, was born in England June 7, 1702, and was
killed in the battle of Ticonderoga during the French war. His son,
Robert Hoyt, was born in England May 6, 1753, and was there married to
Miss Jane Hall. Benjamin Hoyt, a son of Robert, was born in New
Braintree, Massachusetts, March 13, 1785, and died in Illinois August
31, 1845, having been married to Miss Dorothy Walker at Richmond, New
York, December 31, 1810. She was born near the White Mountains of
Vermont December 17, 1792, and was a daughter of John W. Walker, a
native of Vermont, and a descendant of an old and noted family of
England. She died in Illinois February 4, 1873, The family of Benjamin
and Dorothy Hoyt consists of eleven children, seven sons and four
daughters, of whom the subject of this sketch was the forth, child. He
was born in Middlebury, Genesee County, New York, January 14, 1818.
When he was an infant the family removed to Trumbull County, Ohio, but
after the age of twelve years was reared in Portage County, learning
the carpenter's trade with his father. He followed that occupation in
Portage County until 1838, afterward working in. different parts of
Iowa and Missouri until 1840, when he returned to Lake, County, Ohio.
There he was married December 17, 1840, to Miss Calista Norris, who
was born in Genesee County, New York, September 20, 1816. She died in
Lake County June 18, 1844, leaving two children, Julia and Albertus E.
In 1845 Mr. H. went to Adams County, Illinois, where he was engaged in
farming until 1856, then locating in Lewis County, Missouri. In 1874
he returned to Adams County, where he resided until 1877. Since that
time he has been a resident of this county. December 23, 1848, Mr.
Hoyt was married in Adams County to Miss Samantha Willard, who was
born in Overton County, Tennessee, July 12, 1827. They have had seven
children, four of whom are living: Henrietta, Calista, Addison G. and
James W. In May, 1847 he enlisted in the Mexican war, and was
discharged November 7, 1848.
F. J. HUBBARD, farmer, section 8, was born in Arkansas August
31, 1846, his parents being Henry and Mariette E. (Henry) Hubbard, the
former a native of New York and the latter of Louisiana. F. J. was the
eldest of a family of six children. When he was about one year old his
parents moved to Illinois where they remained a short time, then
coming to Missouri and locating in Benton County. There he was reared
and educated. In 1865 he came to Henry County and was engaged in
farming until 1871, at that period moving to Clinton where he remained
one year. After that he settled in St. Clair County, Missouri, where
he has been engaged in farming. He owns a farm of 120 acres. Mr. H. is
a member of the M. E. Church. In October, 1871, he was married to Miss
Eliza Bridenstine, a native of Ohio.
C. F. HUEBNER, manufacturer and dealer in boots, shoes and
harness, was born in Perry County, Ohio, August 16, 1847, and is a son
of Charles and Mary (Gremer) Huebner, natives of Germany. He grew to
manhood in Somerset, Ohio, where he was educated. His father being a
shoe maker by trade, the son also worked with him till grown. In 1869
he went to Clinton, Henry County, Missouri, where he was employed by
Captain Fike as clerk till 1872, when he came to St. Clair County.
Then he began farming and continued it till 1880, when he embarked in
business at Lowry City. He also owns a farm of eighty acres. Mr.
Huebner is a member of the I. O. O. F. fraternity. June 6, 1871, he
was married to Miss Jennie S. Christman, a native of Pennsylvania.
They have a family of five children: Minnie, Rosa, Docia, Carrie and
GEORGE G. HUNT, originally from Devonshire, England, was born
in September, 1853. His father, Nicholas Hunt, was a prominent stock
breeder of that country. His mother's maiden name. was Jane Gill, and
they were married in 1843. To them were born eight children, of whom
George G. was the fifth child. Leaving his native country in 1871 he
emigrated to America and located in West Virginia. In the fall of 1873
he removed to Lafayette County, Missouri, and after making his home
there for eight years came to his present place of residence. He is
the owner of a good farm of 160 acres, and is acknowledged to be one
of the leaders in the stock industry in Henry County. His flock of
sheep number 480 head, and other stock in proportion. He is possessed
of great thrift and energy and is one of the most enterprising
agriculturists in this vicinity. While in England Mr. Hunt was a
Conservative and is now a Democrat.
THOMAS HUSTON, manufacturer of and dealer in harness and
saddles, was born in Fulton, Callaway County, Missouri, April 9, 1837.
His father, William Huston, a saddler by trade, was a Virginian by
birth and one of the pioneers of Missouri, having come to this state
in 1828. He married Rebecca C. Huttsell, of Kentucky. When Thomas was
eight years old the family removed to Clinton County, Missouri, and
after a short residence there removed to Kansas City. In 1850 he began
learning the trade he now so successfully follows, working in that
city for three years. Going to Richmond, Missouri, he worked four
years, then returned to Kansas City and remained one year. Thence to
Ft. Scott, Kansas, where he engaged in the harness business. In 1870
he came to Roscoe. Mr. Huston was married August 2, 1862, to Miss
Martha Dickey, whose death occurred October 30, 1865, she leaving one
child, Harry. He was again married October 6, 1868, to Miss Elmirah
Burch, of this county. They have three children: Effie, Dottie and
JOHN B. JEFFRIES, farmer, section 1, is a son of Elijah G. and
Elizabeth P. (Winfrey) Jeffries, natives of Kentucky, and was born in
Carroll County, Missouri, December 5, 1853. In 1865 he moved, with his
parents to McDonough County, Illinois, and in 1869 they settled in
Bates County, coming to St. Clair County in 1875, where he has since
resided. He was reared on a farm and has followed farming during life.
His present place contains eighty-six acres and he also has forty
acres of timber. Mr. Jeffries was married February 25, 1875, to Miss
Sarrilda A. Pease. They have two children: Willie B. and Anna B.
GEORGE W. JOHN, of the firm of G. W. John & Co., grain dealers,
owes his nativity to Delaware County, Indiana, where he was born March
24, 1833. From his fourteenth year he was reared in Wayne County,
Indiana, where he also received his education, having made farming his
occupation from his youth. In October, 1868, he emigrated to Missouri,
and settled near Roscoe, St. Clair County, and was there engaged in
farming till the fall of 1872. Locating on a farm on Ohio Prairie he
followed agricultural pursuits till June, 1878. He then came to
Appleton City and embarked in the grain business. Mr. John was married
May 18, 1853, to Miss Lucy Goetel, of Pennsylvania. They have five
children: Curtis E., Mary V., Lincoln, Hudson B. and Elmer E. Mr. J.
is a member of the I. O. O. F. fraternity. He belongs to the M. E.
JOSEPH F. JOHNSON was born October 3, 1849, in Middle
Tennessee, and was the son of William D. Johnson, who was born July 2,
1826. He married about the year 1840, to Miss Lucinda Carrington, born
September 1, 1812. They had five children: James A., born May 27,
1842, died December 8, 1868; William W., born May 20, 1844, died
during the war; Henry J., born February 15, 1847; Lucinda C., born
April 6,1852, and Joseph. In 1857, emigrating to St. Clair County,
Missouri, Mr. Johnson purchased a tract of land, upon which he settled
and lived till his death, April 13, 1859. Mrs. J. died at Springfield,
Missouri, May 1, 1863. Joseph F. commenced life for himself at the age
of thirteen years as a cattle driver, but in a few months became
employed by the government as post teamster, following this business
about two years. Then with his brother, (James) and sister, he removed
to Olathe, Johnson County, Kansas, and after six months he and his
brother, with others, started over the plains to New Mexico. On
account of a severe snow storm, they were compelled to abandon the
enterprise. Returning to Kansas, he was engaged in farming for four
years, when he went to Howard County, which was his home for two
years. In 1871 he came to this county. Mr. Johnson was married
September 14, 1873, to Miss L. Zada J. Rippetoe, of St. Clair County.
They have had four children: William E. C., born June 1, 1874; died
July 4, 1881; Charles A., born December 30, 1875; Amy R., born
February 2, 1878, and Etta D., born October 18, 1882. His place
contains 166 acres of valuable land, well adapted for grazing. He is
Democratic in his political views. Himself and wife are connected with
the M. E. Church South.
THOMAS MOORE JOHNSON was born in Osceola in 1851, and is the
son of the Hon. Waldo P. Johnson, who was born in 1817, in Harrison
County, Virginia. His grandfather was William Johnson, a native of New
York, and an uncle of his was once governor of Virginia. Waldo P.
Johnson came to Missouri and settled in this county in 1842. He
received a collegiate education, studied law at Clarksburg, Virginia,
and was admitted to practice at that place. Coming west he located in
St. Clair County. He first opened an office in Osceola, and has since
been occupied in the practice of his profession. In 1846, he was
elected a member of the legislature after having started with the army
for the Mexican War, but he returned and occupied his seat. In 1848,
he was elected county treasurer. In 1850, he was elected circuit
attorney, and in 1851, he was succeeded by the Hon. Burr H. Emerson,
Mr. J. having been elected judge of this judicial district. In 1861,
he was elected United States Senator, and the same year was chosen one
of the commissioners to meet in Washington to negotiate terms of
peace. He cast his fortune and influence with the Confederacy, and
resigned his seat in the United States Senate, and became a member of
the Confederate Senate. During the war he was appointed colonel of a
Confederate regiment, and remained with it until the close of
hostilities. In 1875, he was elected a delegate to the state
constitutional convention, and was elected its president. After
remaining for some two years in Sedalia, he returned to this city, and
soon after removed to St Louis, where he has since lived. His large
property and real estate interests in this county and Southwestern
Missouri requires much of his time in Osceola. He was married in 1847,
to Miss Emily Moore. She was the daughter of Thomas Moore, of
Maryland. They have a family of four sons: William T., Thomas Moore,
St. Clair and Charles P. Thomas Moore received a classical education
at Notre Dame College, Indiana, graduating in 1871, and receiving the
degree of A. B. He studied law with his father, and was admitted to
the bar in 1872. In 1874, he was elected prosecuting attorney of St.
Clair County, and discharged the duties of the office with great
satisfaction. In 1877, he moved to St. Louis County, and opened an
office for the practice of law, and also edited a paper. He returned
to St. Clair County in 1879, and is now connected with the law firm of
Johnson & Lucas. In 1881, he was elected mayor of the city, and also
re-elected in 1882. Mr. J. married Miss Alice Barr, in May, 1881. She
is the daughter of Rev. C. J. Barr, of this county. Mr. Johnson is a
close student, is well versed with all the leading authors, and he is
recognized as a man that has given more attention to scientific
questions than any one in the county.
JAMES RILEY JOHNSTON was born in Warren County, Missouri,
October 2, 1823, and was the son of Joseph Johnston, a Virginian by
birth, born February 16, 1784, who in 1805 married Miss Rebecca Bryan.
She was originally from Clark County, Kentucky, and was born April 8,
1790. They had thirteen children, of whom only four are now living. In
1843 the family removed to St. Clair County, Missouri, and here the
senior Johnston died March 12, 1850, his widow surviving until April
5, 1875, when she also passed away. James R. came into possession of
the homestead after the death of his father, but in 1877 exchanged
this property for a farm of 120 acres in Polk Township, moving upon it
in the spring of that year. In 1872 he was elected sheriff of this
county and re-elected in 1874, and during his term of office he
resided in Osceola. Mr. J. was married September 25. 1856, to Miss
Harriet Gist, daughter of Thomas and Margaret Gist, of this county. To
them were born eight children Joseph Emmett (died July 24, 1865),
Ellen, William T., John H. (died in infancy), Andrew B., Eva O.,
Fannie and Rebecca M. Mr. J. followed farming as his chief occupation,
but at times taught school. In 1880 he was appointed census enumerator
for Polk and Dallas Townships, but on account of ill health was
obliged to give it up. He died on June 11, 1880, after an illness of
nineteen days, and having been a member of the Masonic lodge at
Osceola, was buried by that order in the family cemetery in Jackson
Township. He was a zealous member of the Christian Church, and during
his life was a man honored and respected by all for his uniform
kindness and upright daily walk.
THOMAS W. JUDY, farmer, section 5, a native of Montgomery
County, Kentucky, was born August 13, 1842, his parents being Jeremiah
V. and Lucelia (Allen) Judy, Kentuckians by birth. The former died in
April, 1862. In 1843. the family removed to Cooper County, Missouri,
where Thomas grew up on a farm. In 1859, he emigrated to California,
and was there engaged in freighting and mining. In the fall of 1869,
he returned to Cooper County, Missouri, and the following spring again
visited California, embarking in mercantile pursuits at Wheatland. In
1879, he retraced his steps to Missouri, settling in St. Clair County.
He now has a fine farm of 150 acres. Mr. Judy was married June 28,
1874, to Miss Nettie Kesner, originally from Pennsylvania. They have
four children: Maud, Fred, Murray and Harry. He is a member of the I.
O. O. F. fraternity.
JAMES R. KELLY, farmer and stock raiser, section 16, was born
in Cooper County, Missouri, and was the son of William J. Kelly, one
of the first settlers of that county. The maiden name of his mother
was Martha Mocklin. When James was six years old his parents moved to
Cole County, where they resided for about eight years, afterwards
locating in Benton County, where James was reared to manhood. In 1857
he went to California and followed teaming until 1861, when he
returned to Benton County and farmed until 1865. Then he moved to
Kentucky and was engaged in farming until 1868, when he settled in St.
Clair County, Missouri. He owns a farm of 100 acres, well improved.
Mr. K. was in the Missouri State militia during the late war.
September 3, 1865, he was married to Mrs. J. D. Townsland, a native of
Missouri. They have six children: Matilda B., William J., Maud,
Caroline, Maggie E. and Ore L.
DANIEL B. KIDD, farmer and stock raiser, section 16, one of the
representative citizens of St. Clair County, was born in Madison
County, Kentucky, August 22, 1833. His parents were Allen and Mildred
(Gorland) Kidd, both natives of Virginia. When Daniel B. was about one
year old they moved to Columbia, Boone County, Missouri, and in 1840
to Pettis County. In 1841 Johnson County became their home, they going
thence in 1843 to Lexington, Lafayette County. In 1848 they located in
Henry County, Missouri. Allen Kidd was an excellent carpenter and
worked in these various points on public buildings. Daniel B., having
learned the trade of wool carding in Henry County, located at Osceola,
St. Clair County, in 1853 and was engaged in following that business
for four years. The succeeding two years he was occupied in farming,
and then for one year gave his attention to wool carding at Taberville
and then in Sedalia, where he was engaged in manufacturing wagons and
speculating. In 1867 he returned to St. Clair County and here has
since been interested in farming and raising stock. His landed estate
consists of 3,600 acres, his home farm being well improved. He is
feeding 123 head of beef cattle and 200 head of stock cattle. He also
makes a specialty of fine blooded stock, having a superior herd of
short horns. He is a member of the Christian Church and belongs to the
I. O. O. F. November 6, 1856, Mr. Kidd was married to Miss Mary
Ledbetter, a native of Tennessee. She was born December 29, 1836. They
have five children: Christopher C., Daniel B., Jr., Charles B., Marion
and Logan C.
MOSES B. KINCHELOE, M.D. Among the well known professional men
of St. Clair County may be mentioned the subject of this sketch. He is
a native of Spencer County, Kentucky, and was born October 6, 1845.
His father, Almanyor Kincheloe, was also born in that county February
6, 1816, and his grandfather, Jesse, an eminent physician, was a
native of Virginia. The mother of Moses, formerly Elvira Buckner, was
born in Spencer County July 4, 1821. She was a daughter of Moses V.
Buckner, who was born in that county April 12, 1799. Moses B. was the
second child of a family of five children. His mother's death occurred
in October, 1856, and his early life was spent in acquiring his
primary education and working on a farm. In 1868 he took a literary
course at the Georgetown College of Kentucky. In 1869 he taught school
and passed his leisure hours in reading medicine under Dr. H. D.
Rodman. He attended the Medical University of Louisville, Kentucky,
and afterward settled in Bullitt County, Kentucky. In 1873 he attended
another course of lectures and was graduated in the spring of 1874. In
1879 he came to Appleton City, Missouri, and opened an office. In the
spring of 1880 he formed a partnership with Dr. W. E. Shelton, this
relation existing till January, 188i, since which time he has been
alone. Dr. K. was united in marriage July 7, 1881, to Mrs. Nannie
Neeley, whose maiden name was Royce, a native of Richmond, Kentucky.
He is a member of the Masonic fraternity.
EDWARD M. KING. dealer in books, stationery, confectionery,
toys, etc., was born in Brown County, Ohio, February 7, 1846. He was
reared to manhood in his native county and in 1861-2 he attended the
Antioch College, of Yellow Springs, Ohio. During the terms of 1862-3-
4, he was a student at the Miami University at Oxford, Ohio, and in
1864-5 he took a commercial course at Bryant & Stratton's College. of
Cleveland. In January, 1865, he went to Thibodaux, Louisiana, where he
was engaged in the grocery and provision business until the spring of
1868. Returning to Ohio, he remained at home until the fall of that
year. he then came to Missouri, settling in Hudson, Bates County,
where he was occupied in trade, till the fall of 1869, when he moved
his stock of goods to Appleton City. The firm was at that time known
as King & Hodkins. They erected one of the first buildings in the
place and were occupied in the grocery trade till the spring of 1872.
In the spring of 1873, Mr. King embarked in his present business,
which he has made a great success. He was united in marriage January
28, 1880, with Jennie M. Burton, a native of Randolph County,
Missouri. They have one child, an infant. He is a member of the
Masonic order, and of the Presbyterian church.
RICHARD T. KING, section 2, was born in Washington County,
Tennessee, November 28, 1817. He was reared in his native county till
twenty years of age. His parents, James and Lydia (Tilton) King, were
of Scotch-English descent. The death of the former occurred in March,
1856, his widow dying in June, 1859. When twenty years old James, with
the family, removed to McDonough County, Illinois, where he resided
twelve years. Going to Warren County, Illinois, he was prominently
occupied in farming, and there he still owns land. In September, 1879,
he came to St. Clair County, Missouri, and in February, 1879, bought
and settled where he now resides. He has 160 acres of well improved
farm land and is one of our substantial farmers. Mr. King was married
November 28, 1839, to Miss Martha A. Holden, a native of Ohio. They
have eight children: Phoebe, William, James M., Jonathan H., Mirah H.,
Isabel L., Franklin T. and Charles W. While a resident of Warren
County, Illinois, Mr. K. was supervisor of Pleasant Township and a
justice of the peace for twelve years.
JAMES A. KIRK, section 1, was born in Morgan County, Kentucky,
September 25, 1830, and is a son of Alexander and Elizabeth (Nickell)
Kirk, both Kentuckians by birth. James A. passed his youth on a farm,
and was married in Rowan County, in October, 1855, to Miss Telitha
Clark, a native of Fleming County, and a daughter of Dixon Clark.
After his marriage Mr. Kirk resided in Rowan County about eight years
and in 1863 removed to Missouri and located first in Linn County,
residing there some nine years. Selling out he went to Texas, spent
one season then he returned to Missouri and settled in St. Clair
County. He came on his present farm in the spring of 1881 and now has
160 acres all in cultivation. He makes a specialty of feeding cattle
for the market. Mr. and Mrs. Kirk have seven children: Sarah E. (wife
of Wesley Griffith), Adella F., Philip, Dixon, Emma, Herbert, and
Walter. Mr. Kirk is one of the substantial men of this locality. He
and his wife are members of the Christian Church.
JOSEPH KLEIN, of the firm of Klein Bros., merchants at Appleton
City, is a native of Austria, and was born April 18, 1848. When he was
nine years old the family emigrated to America and settled in St.
Louis, Missouri, where he was educated in the common schools of that
city. When eighteen years of age he began to learn the confectionery
trade and was so engaged for four years. For eighteen mouths
thereafter he was occupied in the rope works in New St. Louis. There
he was employed as salesman for different firms until 1870 when he
engaged in the clothing business. In 1873 he came to this city and
clerked for S. Klein & Bros. In 1876 he became a member of the firm.
Mr. K. was married April 11, 1880, to Miss Helen Wolman, a native of
Germany. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and belongs to Queen
City Lodge, No. 258, I. O. B. B., of Sedalia, Missouri.
PHILIP KLEIN, of the well known establishment of Klein Bros.,
came originally from Austria, where he was born February 27, 1850.
When he was about seven years old the family came to America and
settled in St. Louis, Missouri. When sixteen years old he became
engaged in the trade of baker in St. Louis, working for thirteen
months. Then for two and a half years he was occupied with his father
in the pottery business. After being employed as a clerk in a clothing
store until 1863, he started in the clothing business with his
brothers in St. Louis. In 1867 he went to Vicksburg, Mississippi. In
March, 1870, he came to Appleton City, and with his brother, S. Klein,
established himself in business. Mr. K. was married April 6, 1881, to
Miss Sarah Sicher, of St. Louis. He is a member of Queen City Lodge,
No. 258, I. O. B. B.
JOSEPHUS W. KNIGHT, a Kentuckian by birth, was born October 11,
1836, his parents being William and Eglentine (Winchester) Knight, the
former born in 1814 in North Carolina, and the latter, a native of
Kentucky, born in 1818. They were married in 1835, and of their family
of four sons and three daughters, all survive but two sons. In 1850
they emigrated from Kentucky to this county, settling in Chalk Level
Township, where Mr. Knight still resides, his wife having died in
January, 1851. Four years later he married Miss Mary Boots, of St.
Clair County, and to them have been born five sons and six daughters.
When twenty years of age Josephus W. took the overland trip to
California, remaining there for three years. July 2, 1860, he was
married to Miss Mary M. Short, of this county and they had three
children: Emma J., born July 27, 1870; Jennie Lee, February 16, 1872;
and Eva E., born December 21, 1874. Mrs. Knight died December 20,
1875, and Mr. K. was again married March 22, 1877, to Mrs. Servia
Sherman, widow of John H. Sherman, also of St. Clair County. She had
by a former marriage three sons and three daughters, of whom two sons
and two daughters survive. In 1862 he enlisted in Company B, Sixteenth
Regiment Volunteer Infantry as a private and served until the close of
the war, when he was discharged in Camden County, Arkansas. After the
war he settled in Saline. County, Missouri, and four years later came
to this county. He subsequently took a trip to Texas, but upon
returning settled on his present place of 86 acres. He is a member of
the A. F. & A. M. fraternity and in politics a Democrat. Himself and
wife are connected with the M. E. Church, South.
ELIJAH S. KNOWLES, section 16, is a native of Gibson County,
Indiana, and was born December 18, 1834. When three years old he was
brought by the family to Logan County, Illinois, where they resided
till 1844. They then removed to Menard County, Illinois, and there our
subject was engaged in farming with his father till the spring of
1856. Going to McClennan County, Texas, he resided in that locality
till 1864, when visited Mexico. he traveled extensively through that
country, and in November, 1864, returned to Menard County, Illinois,
where he remained till February, 1866. Coming thence to Butler County,
Missouri, he farmed till the fall of 1868, and then, after a short
residence in Iron County, Missouri, settled in Washington County,
Missouri. November 13, 1872, he came to St. Clair County, and in the
spring of 1873 located on his farm, which consists of 120 acres. Mr.
K. is a class leader in the M. E. Church, and a well known Sunday
School worker. He is also a member of the I. O. O. F. fraternity. He
was married November 21, 1858, to Miss Mary J. Taylor, of Illinois.
They have eight children: Charles E., Robert S., Albert D., James T.,
Mary E., Adam, Virgil W. and Gracie.
ASA LANDON, farmer, section 5, was a son of Rev. Edmond Landon,
a minister of the Christian Church, who was born in Canada, and who
died in St. Clair County, Missouri, in September, 1876. He married
Miss Orpha Clark, also of Canada, who now resides on section 6, Taber
Township, this county. Asa was born near Toronto December 25, 1842.
His parents moved to Adams County, Illinois, when he was but a child
and two years later went to Nashville, Lee County, Iowa, where they
resided two years. Returning to Illinois they located in Hancock
County, and in the spring of 1857 moved to Bates County, Missouri. In
the following spring they came to St. Clair County, where he now has a
farm of 190 acres. Mr. L., for the last thirteen years, has been
engaged in growing hedge plants and cultivating hedges with very
satisfactory results. Mr. Landon was married April 22, 1869, to Miss
Maria Yonce. Seven children have been born to them: Morris F., Addie
F., Mollie O., Agnes V., George L., Louisa W., and Lovica G.
ELISHA LANDON, owner of a farm containing 200 acres, is a
native of Canada, and was born November 19, 1815. His parents were
Heman and Lovica (Edwards) Landon, the former a native of New Haven
and the latter of Vermont. The subject of this sketch was reared in
the county of his birth, where he received a fair education. In 1845
he moved to Lee County, Iowa, and located in Nashville, where he was
engaged in various occupations. In 1850 he settled in Hancock County,
Illinois, and gave his attention to farming till 1869, then coming to
St. Clair County, Missouri. In 1881 he moved to Shell City for the
purpose of educating his children and there he has a fine property. He
has held the offices of clerk and collector of Taber Township, and was
treasurer of the independent district of Taberville for eight years.
October 13, 1861, Mr. Landon was married to Mrs. Louisa Turner, whose
maiden name was Chapman, a native of Indiana. They have two children:
Asa C. and Theodocia L. Mr. and Mrs. L. are members of the Christian
MERRITT LARKIN, farmer and stock dealer, section 26, is a son
of Enos Larkin, who was born in Rensellaer County, New York, October
2, 1812. July 19, 1834, he was married to Miss Permelia P. Kemp. She
was born near Lowell, Massachusetts, February 21, 1813. In August,
1835, they moved to Michigan, and in 1866 came to St. Clair County,
Missouri, where Enos died March 29, 1875. Mrs. L. now resides with the
subject of this sketch, who is one of a family of seven children. He
was born in Lenaway County, Michigan, March 22, 1836. He was reared
and educated in Calhoun County, and came to St. Clair County with his
father, having in 1860 gone to California, where he was engaged in
farming and milling till 1865. He now has a farm of 360 acres. He is a
member of the A. O. U. W., and of the A. F. & A. M. fraternities. Mr.
Larkin was married June 15, 1867, to Miss Jennie Yonce, a native of
Virginia. She died in March, 1868. He was again married June 15, 1873,
to Mrs. Sarah A. Bouland, a daughter of Calvin Parks. She was born in
St. Clair County, Missouri, February 10, 1853.
J. McH. LEDBETTER, section 24, a native of Sumner County,
Tennessee, was born December 18, 1831. His father, Ira Ledbetter, came
originally from Alabama, and his mother, whose maiden name was Lucy
Brown, was born in Tennessee. The former removed with his parents to
Tennessee when a youth and there grew to manhood. In 1841 he located
in St. Clair County, Missouri, and was among the early settlers here.
He purchased a large tract of land, was a substantial man of the
county, and owned a large number of slaves. J. McH. Ledbetter passed
his youth on his father's farm. He was married in August, 1852, to
Miss Mary Henley, a daughter of T. N. Henley. She was also born in
Tennessee. They have a family of three children: Sarah L. (wife of
John Shoemaker), Thomas Ira, and Robert M. Mr. L. now owns 386 acres
of land, 280 acres being under fence and mostly in cultivation. He
went to California in 1850, in company with Captain Ball and others
and spent about eighteen months in the gold mines, returning to
Missouri in 1852. He enlisted in 1862 in General Price's Infantry and
served till the close of the war, participating in a number of
important engagements, among which were Cornith, Grand Gulf, Baker's
Creek and Vicksburg. After the latter fight he was in the western
department and was in nearly all of the engagements of Price's army.
He received five wounds, one through the knee and one through the foot
being the most serious. He returned home after the surrender and has
since been engaged in farming and the stock business. Mr. and Mrs.
Ledbetter are members of the M. E. Church, South. He was a justice of
the peace for ten consecutive years, and has filled other local
offices being at present clerk of the school board. He is a Mason.
FELIX LEWELLEN, section 34, is a Virginian by birth and was
born November 5, 1822. His parents were Samuel and Elizabeth Lewellen,
nee Gough, also natives of Virginia. About the year 1834 the family
removed to Indiana and settled in Delaware County, being among the
early settlers there. They had twelve children, of whom the subject of
this sketch was the youngest. He grew to maturity in his native
county, and was married in the spring of 1840 to Miss Margaret Tharp,
a daughter of Alexander Tharp. They had five children: William M., of
Osceola, Elizabeth (wife of Mr. Lillard), Beersheba (wife of William
Hodgins), Sarah (wife of Mart. Boots), and Thomas. Mrs. L. died in
Indiana in the summer of 1849. Mr. Lewellen was subsequently married
to Miss Susanna Hamilton. There are six children by this union:
Rebecca, Samuel, Margaret, Jackson, Timothy and Drusilla. Mr. Lewellen
lost his second wife, who died in St. Clair County January 16, 1862.
He was married to his present wife, then Mrs. Nancy Ann Weddle, and a
daughter of Jacob Beaver, in the spring of 1865. After his first
marriage he resided in Indiana about fifteen years. In the fall of
1855 he came to Missouri and located on the farm where he now resides,
he having at this time 460 acres. Mr. Lewellen is a thrifty and
successful farmer and one of the leading citizens of the county.
SAMUEL D. LEWELLEN, farmer and stock feeder, section 21. The
subject of this sketch owes his nativity to Delaware County, Indiana,
where he was born January 19, 1853. His father, Felix Lewellen,
married Miss Susanna Hamilton in Delaware County, Indiana. Samuel
removed to Missouri with his parents in 1855 and his youthful days
were passed in tilling the soil. He was married in this county June 4,
1875, to Miss Mable Weddle, a daughter of Alexander Weddle. She is a
native of Bates County, but was reared in St. Clair. Mr. Lewellen has
a family of three children: Elmer Lee, Claud E. and Maud. His farm
contains 320 acres of land, all fenced, with 180 acres in cultivation.
He feeds about two car loads of steers yearly and about fifty hogs.
THOMAS LEWELLEN. The subject of this sketch was born in
Delaware County, Indiana, December 22, 1848, being a son of Felix and
Margaret (Tharp) Lewellen. In 1855, the family removed to Missouri and
located in St. Clair County. Thomas grew up on his father's farm and
was married August 4, 1872, to Miss Sarah Berry, a daughter of Enoch
Berry. She is a native of Moultrie County, Illinois. They had three
children: Verna, William A. and Homer. After his marriage Mr. Lewellen
settled on a farm in this township, coming on his present place in
section 14, in August 1878, and he now has 560 acres. Mr. L. devotes
considerable attention to the feeding of cattle.
JOHN W. LOUGH, section 12, a native of West Virginia, was born
in Pendleton County May 12 1835. His parents, Michael and Phoebe H.
Lough, were natives of that county, as was also John Lough, the
grandfather of John W. Michael Lough died in 1852. Our subject was
reared and educated at his birthplace, and when seventeen years old
began working at the carpentering trade, which he continued until
July, 1862. Then he enlisted in Company K., Sixty-second West Virginia
Infantry, Confederate service. In 1865 he returned home and remained
until October, 1869, when he came to St. Clair County, Missouri. His
farm is one of the best in the county and contains 480 acres Mr. Lough
is a stock feeder and dealer of considerable prominence. he was
married November 7, 1860, to Miss Jane Waggoner, of West Virginia, by
whom he had two children, Robert D. and Albert L. She died September
7, 1867. He was again married April 23, 1875, to Miss Julia Stubbs, of
Illinois. They have one child, Effie L. Mr. L. is a member of the A.
O. U. W. fraternity and belongs to the Presbyterian Church.
JOHN POPE LOVE, judge of the probate court, was born in Knox
County, Tennessee, July 28, 1828. His father, Thomas B. Love, was born
in Chester County, Pennsylvania, in 1794, being the son of John Love,
originally from Ireland, who went to East Tennessee in an early day.
The mother of John P. was formerly Susan Smith, of Tennessee. Her
father was from England. Mrs. Love died in Tennessee June 15, 1861,
and her husband died in 1874. They had seven children, of whom J. P.
is the second child. He was reared on a farm, but his early school
training was somewhat neglected, though by self-application he
acquired a practical education and attained a prominent social
position. In 1850 he moved to Cherokee County, North Carolina, where
he farmed three years. He then returned to Tennessee, and in the
spring of 1858 came to Missouri and settled in St. Clair County and
improved a farm. In 1872 he was elected county judge. In 1876 he was
elected probate judge. He was re-elected in 1878, 1880 and in 1882, a
sufficient proof of his faithful services in that important office.
Judge Love was married in 1848 to Miss Narcissus N. Niell, who was the
daughter of John Niell, of Polk County, Tennessee. She died in 1853,
leaving three children. Mr. L. married Miss Elizabeth N. Barker in
1855, daughter of Burrell Barker, of McMinn County, Tennessee. They
have a family of twelve children. The judge in his political
affiliations is a Democrat, and he is a member of the Masonic order.
In June, 1861, he enlisted in the Missouri State Guard and served
eight months. He was in the engagements at Carthage, Springfield, Dry
Wood and Lexington: In 1862 he enlisted in the Sixteenth Missouri
Infantry, Colonel Caldwell commanding, and was elected lieutenant and
promoted to captain. He served during the war, surrendering at
ELDER WILLIAM McAMIS LOVE, pastor of Prairie Grove Church, was
born in McMinn County, Tennessee, in 1845, receiving the greater part
of his primary education prior to his fifteenth year. His father was a
farmer by occupation, and though the son worked upon the home farm to
some extent, his mind was in a great degree bent upon his books and
the means for obtaining an education. When only eighteen years old he
was called upon to join the Confederate army, but his principles being
for the side of the Union, he traveled ten nights to Join the Union
army, enlisting in December, 1863, in the Fourth Tennessee Cavalry. He
participated in the battles of Franklin and Nashville, Tennessee, and
many others of less note, enduring many hardships and privations until
the close of the war, when he was honorably discharged. Returning
home, be pursued his studies and working upon the farm and teaching
school until 1869, when he came to Missouri, settling in this county.
Purchasing a farm, he commenced its improvement, and now has a
valuable place. In the fall of 1865 he united with the Baptist Church.
After this he worked on the farm in summer and taught during the
winter months as heretofore, being at the same time himself a diligent
student. In 1876 he was ordained a minister of the Baptist Church, and
has been pastor of the Prairie Grove Church since 1876, having also
preached in Benton, Henry and Hickory Counties. In 1882 he traveled
2,000 miles to fill his appointments. Soon after coming to Missouri
Mr. Love commenced bee culture and has been unusually successful in
the undertaking, having at present perhaps the largest apiary in the
county, and few men in the state are better informed than he upon the
subject of bee culture. In 1875, believing that sworn secret societies
among men were contrary to the spirit of God and of Christianity, he
began writing notices for the press and giving public lectures against
such orders, especially against Masonry. In 1876 he received the
nomination for lieutenant governor on the ticket of the American
party. January 1, 1882, he started the publication of the "Banner of
Truth" in the interests of prohibition and anti-secrecy. This is a
neat, interesting sheet, and is well patronized. Mr. L. married in
1867 Miss Sarah J. Pickens, daughter of Captain C. A. Pickens, of
McMinn County, Tennessee. She died in January, 1879, leaving six
children: Robert Grant, James B., Alice Jane, Charles Pickens, Cassie
Keturah and Ettie Eugenia. June 2, 1881, he married Clara A. Stewart,
of Springfield, Missouri, her father, Dr. Stewart, having come from
Indiana. They have one child, William Stewart. Mr. L. is thoroughly
honest in his convictions, and in his pulpit duties eloquent and
CHARLES HENDERSON LUCAS, editor and proprietor of the Osceola
Sun, owes his nativity to Danville, Kentucky, having been born there
May 27, 1854. He was a son of William C. and Hannah F. Lucas. His
grandfather (for whom he was named) was one of the first settlers, and
among the first merchants in central Kentucky. It was after him that
one of the finest female academies in the southern states was named,
Henderson (now Caldwell) Institute. Charles H. Lucas received a good
education in youth, spending one year in Centre College, but before
graduating he removed to Roscoe, Missouri, in 1870. He subsequently
came to Osceola, and has since principally made this his home with the
exception of two or three years passed in seeing the world. Becoming
desirous of familiarizing himself with the printers' trade, he entered
the office of the Osceola Democrat, and later was occupied in working
in the large job offices of St. Louis. He took editorial charge of the
Osceola Democrat for the campaign of 1874, and in June of that year he
was married to Miss Lillie J. Appler, whose parents reside in St.
Louis, where her father owns a large printing establishment, he being
editor of the National American and owner of the Personal Rights
Advocate. In 1876, in connection with the Hon. Logan McKee, Mr. Lucas
founded the Danville Tribune, which was pronounced the handsomest and
most vigorous paper in Kentucky. Returning to Missouri he accepted the
position of editor of the Sedalia Bazoc, with which he was so
connected for eighteen months. In 1880 he purchased the Osceola Sun,
and has since continued to manage that paper with marked success.
GEORGE H. LYONS, farmer, section 7, was born in Fayette County,
Pennsylvania, October 9, 1826, his father being Jacob Lyons, a native
of Pennsylvania. He was a son of William Lyons, who came originally
from Germany. The mother of George, formerly Ann Hertzog, was born in
Germany. The subject of this sketch was reared and educated at his
birthplace. there learning the trade of carpenter. which he followed
in his native state till 1855. Then he moved to Linn County, Iowa, and
worked at his chosen calling till 1867, when he came to St. Clair
County, Missouri. He now owns a farm of 240 acres of excellent land.
December 27, 1860, Mr. Lyon married Miss Sarah A. Bolton, of Indiana.
They have nine children: Jacob C., William B., Margaret R., John E.,
Mary A., Jennie E., Anna B., Abraham W. and Bertha.
MICHAEL MAJORS, farmer, section 14, is a grandson of John
Majors, a native of Maryland, and son of Elisha Majors, who was born
in Kentucky, and married Miss Catherine Hufaker, also of that state,
she being a daughter of Christopher Hufaker. The subject of this
sketch was born in Wayne County, Kentucky, July 18, 1824. In the fall
of 1837, his parents moved to Clay County, Missouri, where he grew to
manhood on a farm. He has made farming his principal occupation during
life, yet has worked some at various trades. He is a natural mechanic,
and was the architect of the buildings on his farm, which are above
the average. His landed estate in this county consists of 200 acres.
Mr. M. had but limited advantages to obtain an education in youth, but
has improved his time in reading and has taken great interest in
educational matters. During the late war he served in Gen. Joe
Shelby's command for four months. In 1849, (under the gold excitement)
he went to California, where he was engaged in mining and dealing in
stock till the spring of 1851. He has been a citizen of St. Clair
County since 1871. He was married March 3, 1852, to Miss Permeter
Crowley. She was born in Clay County, Missouri, February 23, 1833. Her
father, Samuel Crowley, was a native of Virginia, and her mother,
Nancy (Lane) Crowley, of Kentucky. They have six children: Nancy C.,
Elisha W. R., Henry B., Martha A., Perry L. E. and George S.
W. W. MALLORY was born in Monroe County, Missouri, May 20,
1849, and was a son of J. R. and Lucecia (Wilson) Mallory, natives of
Kentucky. The subject of this sketch spent his youth in his native
county, where he was afterward engaged in farming until 1871, then
moving to Hickory County. He has been occupied in teaching in
different parts of St. Clair County for nine years. He owns a farm of
eighty acres of land, well improved, in section 20. Mr. M. is a member
of the Christian Church, and also belongs to the Masonic fraternity.
July 25, 1877, he was married to Miss Florence Dolly, of Missouri.
They have two children, Erastus E. and Maggie.
J. A. MANNERING, farmer and stock raiser, section 5, was born
in Indianapolis, Indiana, March 12, 1839, and was the son of John and
Julia A. (Garwood) Mannering, the former a native of Delaware and the
latter of Ohio. When J. A. was about eight years old, his parents
moved to South Bend, where they remained one year, going thence to
Hancock County, Illinois. There our subject grew to manhood and
received his education. He followed farming and stock raising in Iowa
from 1856 to 1866,when he came to St. Clair County, Missouri. He now
owns a farm of 200 acres, making one of the best improved farms in the
township. Mr. M. has held the office of township assessor. He is a
member of the Christian Church. February 11, 1864, he married Miss
Sussa P. Evans, a native of Illinois. They have seven children: Zella
O., J. Frank, William H., Maggie, Christina, Samuel E., and James A.
GEORGE MARKEY, real estate, loan, and insurance agent, is a
native of Tuscarawas County, Ohio, and was born December 6, 1847. His
father, James Markey, was born in Ohio about the year 1811, and his
mother, formerly Sarah E. Norris, was also a native of the same state.
When George was three years old, the family removed to Noble County,
Ohio, where he was reared and received a common school education. In
February, 1864. he enlisted in Company C, Twenty-fifth Ohio Volunteer
Infantry, and served till mustered out August 7, 1865. Returning to
Ohio, he settled in Monroe County, and attended school for eighteen
months. He then entered the employ of a prominent stock dealer, with
whom he remained till the spring of 1870, when he came to Pettis
County, Missouri, and lived there until the fall of 1873. He was
engaged in the grocery business at Dresden, Missouri, until May, 1874,
and for the following two years he sold goods at Ridge Prairie, Saline
County. Thence in November, 1876, he went to Hughsville, Pettis
County, Missouri, where he was occupied in trade till December, 1877.
He then came to Appleton City and in the spring of 1878, he engaged in
his present business. Mr. M. was married July 4, 1868, to Miss Mary J.
Hartline, a native of Ohio. They had six children: Etta S., Beulah J.,
George W., Gracie B., Mary D., William T. J. His wife's death occurred
January 21, 1883. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., and also of the
A. O. U. W. and belongs to the M. E. Church.
A. C. MARQUIS, M.D., is a native of Darke County, Ohio, and was
born September 7, 1832, his parents being James and Mary (Casner)
Marquis, Virginians by birth. The former died in Cedar County,
Missouri, March 31, 1881. A. C. was the second of a family of eleven
children. When he was about three and a half years old the family
removed to Jay County, Indiana, where he grew to manhood, there
receiving his education. At the age of twenty-one years he began the
study of medicine with his father, who was an old and experienced
physician. In 1855 he graduated from the Miami Medical College.
Locating in Adams County, Indiana, he practiced for a few months, but
his health being poor, he traveled for about one year in Virginia. He
then returned to Indiana and engaged with his father in practicing. In
1858 he came to Missouri, where he was occupied in different
occupations until 1860, when he settled in Cedar County, Missouri. In
1861 he was appointed post physician and in 1863 he was appointed
assistant surgeon at Clinton. In 1863 he located one mile from
Osceola, where he practiced until 1872, when he moved to Roscoe. Here
he has since resided. The doctor is a large land owner, his landed
estate containing over 700 acres. He is a member of the Christian
Church and is connected with the I. O. O. F. fraternity. He has been
twice married, first to Miss Sarah E. Westfall, of Ohio, December 22,
1863. She died October 18, 1873, leaving four children: James,
Adeniga, Mary and Thomas. He was afterwards married to Miss Adosa
Eller, of Indiana, June 30, 1871. They have four children: Elson,
Maude, Claud and Myrtle.
WILLIAM O. MARTIN, a son of one of the oldest inhabitants of
St. Clair County and a pioneer of great ability, was born in Henry
County, Virginia, early in the spring of 1837. Samuel H. Martin, his
father, a Virginian by birth, was born February 20, 1813, and in 1834
was married to Miss Dorothy B. Allen, of Henry County, that state, and
a daughter of William Allen. She was born June 4, 1817, and at this
time is still living though in feeble health. In 1837, Samuel Martin,
together with his family, removed to Missouri, and upon looking around
for a location finally settled in Collins Township, St. Clair County.
Many were the hardships which they endured, and in the erection of a
cabin, Mrs. M. kept off the savages while her husband built the
structure. In the spring of 1839 a son, John, was born, and finally
the family numbered nine children: Joseph H., twins (not named), Jane
E. and Letha. After living upon Brush Creek one year Mr. M. moved to
the place now occupied by his widow, and while living entered here
over 1,000 acres of land. William O. Martin was married January 21,
1866, to Miss Elizabeth Thompson, a daughter of Enos and Elizabeth
Thompson. They had five children: Letha, Remus, William R., Alice F.
and an infant. Of these two only are living. Mr. M. owns 283 acres of
excellent land in Doyal Township but is now living with his mother and
conducting the affairs of her estate. His wife is deceased. During the
late war he served in the militia. He is a member of the I. O. O. F.
and belongs to lodge No. 310 at Humansville, Polk County.
A. S. AND J. R. MASTERSON are sons of George W. and Eliza
Masterson, who were natives of Kentucky. The two sons were born in
Mason County, Kentucky, A. S. September 25, 1841, and J. R. on August
20, 1843. They were reared and educated in Platte County, Missouri,
where their mother now resides and where their father died. In 1862 A.
S. Masterson enlisted in the Confederate service in which he served
till the close of the war. After this he was engaged in various
occupations in Texas till 1868, when he returned to Platte County,
where he was engaged in farming till 1871. Then he came to St. Clair
County. April 19, 1873, he was married to Miss Emma F. Wilson, a
native of Illinois. They have four children: Cora M., Zulema F.,
Robert R. and George E. J. R. Masterson resided in Platte County,
Missouri, till 1869, except during 1863-4, when he was freighting on
the plains. In 1869 he came to St. Clair County, Missouri, where he
has since been occupied in farming. In I875 he was in Arkansas dealing
in stock. Mr. M. was married November 30, 1873, to Miss M. F. Barnett,
a native of Missouri. They have one child, George W. A. S. and J. R.
Masterson are both members of the I. O. O. F. fraternity.
BEV. H. McILHENNY, was born in Bath County, Kentucky, July 2,
1828, and is the son of John C. McIlhenny, of Charleston, South
Carolina, whose father, James McIlhenny, was born in Edinburgh.
Scotland, and was a graduate of the university there. He left
Edinburgh on account of his republican principles, and came to the
United States in 1774, settling in South Carolina. He enlisted in the
war of the Revolution and was with General Marion for three years. was
subsequently promoted to colonel, and then placed on the staff of
Washington. After the close of the war he returned to South Carolina
and engaged in farming. In 1815 he moved to Kentucky, and died there
in 1840. John McIlhenny married Mary Young, of Virginia. Her mother,
formerly Mary Brice, came originally from Scotland. Mr. McIl's
paternal grandmother was also born in Scotland, and was a sister of
John C. Calhoun. They had twelve children, the subject of this sketch
being the ninth. His father came to Jackson County, Missouri, in 1833,
and returned to Kentucky in 1840, where he died. Bev. H. went back to
Kentucky in 1845. In 1847 he enlisted in the Mexican war, and was
interpreter to General Thomas Marshall. He received an honorable
discharge and returned to Kentucky, and attended an academy for two
years. Then he engaged in merchandising until 1853. In 1854, he
returned to Missouri and settled in Cass County and farmed for three
years. He then clerked in a store in Harrisonville. In 1858 he was
elected justice of the peace and served until 1861, when he removed to
Boonville and was again elected justice of the peace, holding this
position until 1866. Going to Sedalia he engaged in clerking and
remained there until 1870. He came thence to Roscoe, and in 1871 to
Osceola. He has served as justice of the peace in this city two or
three terms. Mr. McIlhenny, married Miss Mary Kincaid in 1853 in
Nicholas County, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Colonel Samuel B.
Kincaid, of Kentucky. who settled in Cass County in 1854. They have
eight children: Sarah A. (Mrs. George Monroe); Nancy B. (Mrs. Thomas
Gordon). John Calhoun, Samuel B., Bev. H., Mattie A.. Nellie Lee, and
JAMES HARVEY McKINLEY, farmer and stock raiser, is the owner of
100 acres of land on section 16. He was born in Russell County,
Kentucky, in 1834, and was the son of Solomon McKinley, who was
originally from Kentucky. His grandfather, Michael McKinley, together
with a younger brother, secreted themselves, when boys, in a vessel
and left for America, unknown to their parents. After arriving in this
country, in due time he joined the army, and was with Washington
through the revolution. In 1812 he was with General Jackson at New
Orleans, and was killed on the celebrated 8th of January. James'
mother, formerly Ann Cane, was a daughter of Charles Cane, of
Pennsylvania. Her grandfather was also in the revolution. They raised
nine children, of whom James H. was the fifth. He learned the
carpenter's trade in youth, and in 1853 came to Missouri and settled
in St. Clair County, near where he now lives. He married Miss Sarah C.
Todd in 1857. She was the daughter of Daniel P. Todd, of Kentucky.
They have eight children: William Filmore, James Daniel, Thomas Price,
Rhoda Jane, Samuel Tilden, Peter, Sarah Catharine and Edna. Three died
in infancy. Politically he is a Democrat, and he has been a member of
the Baptist Church for thirty years.
WILLIAM B. McNEMAR, of the firm of J. F. Boyd & Co., extensive
dealers in lumber, was born in Hardy County, West Virginia, October
27, 1844. His father, Elias McNemar, was a native of Virginia as also
was his mother, formerly Katherine Hilky. They reared eight children,
of whom William B. was the seventh. At the age of eighteen years he
emigrated to McLean County, Illinois, and there farmed till 1870. He
was then engaged in clerical work at Lexington, Illinois, one year,
after which he became an employee of Chasey, Mayham & Co., grain
dealers at that point, with whom he remained till the fall of 1876.
Coming to Appleton City he again gave his attention to the grain
business here and at Montrose till 1878 when he became manager of
Wyatt & Boyd's lumber business. In February, 1882, he entered as
managing partner into the firm which is now known as J. F. Boyd & Co.
Mr. McNemar was married July 3, 1881, to Miss Emma McCorkle, a native
of Iowa. They have one child, Mary E. he is a member of the I. O. O.
F. fraternity and is a Good Templar. He also belongs to the Christian
WILLIAM O. MEAD, attorney at law, is a great grandson of
William Mead, who was a native of England, and who came to America
before the war of independence. He served as a soldier during the
entire struggle. John Mead, his son, was a captain in the war of 1812.
John G., the son of John Mead, and the father of William O. was born
in Virginia. He married Elizabeth Pickel, of Virginia. She was of
German and French descent. The subject of this sketch is the oldest of
thirteen children, eight sons and five daughters. He came to Missouri
with the family in 1850, and settled in Polk County, where they still
live. He attended the common schools for several years, and in 1859 he
commenced a regular course in the Bolivar Academy. After two years of
study he left the school to take part in the war. He joined the
Fifteenth Missouri Infantry, (Union army) and after six months
enlisted in the Eighth Missouri State Militia, December 18, 1861, of
which J. W. McClurg was colonel. He served as orderly sergeant until
1863, when he was promoted to a lieutenant. In September, 1864, he
again reenlisted in the Thirteenth Missouri Cavalry, served as
lieutenant until October 23, 1864, when he received a Severe wound at
the battle of Big Blue, which caused him to resign. He came from the
army to this city in December, 1864. He had previously commenced the
study of law, and now resumed the preparation for his life work. In
1866 he was elected county clerk. In the spring of 1867 he was
admitted to the bar, before B. H. Emerson, circuit judge, and in the
spring of 1868 formed a partnership with E. J. Smith and S. S.
Burdette. In 1872 Mr. M. commenced the banking business, but in 1877
the bank closed its doors, though paying 95 cents on the dollar. In
the winter of 1877 he moved to Texas, where he practiced law for two
years. he then went to Dakota Territory for six months, and after
returning to this city opened a law office, making the real estate law
a specialty. In July, 1881, George A. Neal became a partner, and the
firm name is now known as Mead & Neal. Mr. Mead married Miss Henrietta
R. Dawson December 15, 1864. She was the daughter of John Dawson, of
this city, and was born in Virginia. They have two children, Julia and
Ethlyn. In politics he is a Republican, and religiously a Baptist. he
is a Royal Arch Mason, a member of the I. O. O. F. fraternity, and
belongs to the Knights of Pythias and the A. O. U. W. he was
interested in the railroad enterprise in the county, and from 1872
till 1876 was secretary of the same.
JAMES A. MEE, physician and surgeon, was born in Erie County,
Pennsylvania, September 17, 1858. His father, Joseph Mee, was a native
of Pennsylvania and a son of William Mee, who came originally from
England. The mother of James M., whose maiden name was Amanda
Anderson, was also born in Pennsylvania. When our subject was twelve
years of age his parents moved to Osage County, Missouri, where he was
reared and educated. At the age of nineteen he began the study of
medicine with Dr. N. B. Jones, of Maries County, Missouri, and June
28, 1881, he was graduated from the Kentucky School of Medicine at
Louisville. Then he located at Lowry City, where he has met with
excellent success. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity. March 26,
1882, Dr. Mee was married to Miss Ella Stovern, a native of Missouri.
JOHN MELOY is one of the prosperous farmers of this township.
He was born in Harrison County, Virginia, December 14, 1826, and was
reared there on a farm. After living for two years in Ohio, in 1855 he
removed to Clark County, Illinois, and resided there until 1862 when
he came to Henry County, Missouri, and after five years in the
southern part of that county settled in St. Clair County. He owns 520
acres of land and his dwelling, which is built of variegated stone,
taken from the quarries on his farm, is one of the most substantial in
the township. He married Miss Nancy Smith in 1855. She was born in
Virginia. They have three children: Mary, Sarah and Alvin.
LEVI AUGUSTUS MENTZER was born in Lancaster County,
Pennsylvania, August 3, 1840, being the son of John Mentzer, a native
of the same state and grandson of Simeon Mentzer, originally of
Maryland. Levi's mother was formerly Mary Curry, also of Pennsylvania.
They had six children. Of the three living Levi A. is the second. When
twelve years old his mother died and he went to live with an uncle in
Lancaster County, in whose store he was employed at $3 per month. He
remained there for ten years, with but little increase of pay. He then
entered the employ of Samuel Watts in Mifflin County and worked seven
years at $12 per month. Mr. Mentzer now feeling confidence in his own
ability to start business for himself, rented a room in Belleville,
where he had clerked seven years, bought a small stock of goods, and
during the three years in which he was engaged in business made his
mark as a successful merchant. In 1869 he came to Osceola and formed a
partnership in business with Joseph Landes. They remained together
until 1871, when Thomas B. Sutherland bought the interest of Mr.
Landes, and the new partnership existed for three years. At this time
Mr. Mentzer purchased the interest of Mr. S. March 8, 1874, and since
that time he has been doing a large trade in general merchandise. He
is a stockholder in the bank of this city and in 1882 was elected its
president. In 1871 Mr. Mentzer was appointed postmaster of Osceola and
has held the position since that period. In 1862 he joined the 131st
Pennsylvania Regiment Volunteer Infantry for nine months,
participating in the battles of Fredericksburg December 13, 1862. Mr.
M. married Miss Mary E. Goodhart January 11, 1865. She was the
daughter of Joseph and Nancy Goodhart. They have two children, Bertie
and Carrie. Mr. Mentzer is a Republican, and for eighteen years has
been one of the prominent and leading members of the M. E. Church. He
also belongs to the Masonic fraternity.
REV. JOHN T. METCALF, merchant at Roscoe, was born in Fauquier
County, Virginia, March 15, 1827. His father, Lewis Metcalf, a native
of Virginia, having been a son of Asa Metcalf, who was originally of
Scotland. Susan St. Clair, the mother of John T., was also a Virginian
by birth. The subject of this sketch was the oldest of five children.
When he was sixteen years of age he accompanied the family to Howard
County, Missouri, where he resided till 1850, then going to
California, where he was engaged in mining and merchandising till
1853. In 1854 he located in St. Clair County, Missouri, and commenced
farming. He now has a fine farm of 320 acres of land in section 30,
and for the past five years he has been a prominent merchant of
Roscoe. In 1856 he was elected assessor of the county, serving one
term. In 1874 he was elected representative of the county and served
in the legislature one term. July 19, 1834, Mr. Metcalf was united in
marriage with Miss Susan C. Marshall, a native of Virginia. They have
six children: Lewis H., Martha A., Mary S., William T., Laura and
Luther. Mr. M. is a member of the Masonic order. He has been connected
with the Baptist Church for over thirty years, and has been a minister
of that faith since his ordination in January, 1860.
FRANK M. MILLER, farmer and stock raiser, section 6, was born
in Benton County, Missouri, November 8, 1838. His father, William
Miller, was a Kentuckian by birth, and a son of Henry Miller, a native
of North Carolina. The maiden name of his mother was Levina Williams,
of Georgia. The subject of this sketch was reared in Benton County and
there received a common school education. He followed school teaching
in that county for about five years and then engaged in merchandising
at Warsaw for five years. In 1873 he came to St. Clair County and now
owns a farm containing 165 acres, all well improved. In 1862 he
enlisted in the Enrolled Missouri Militia, and was discharged in 1864.
Mr. M. held the office of deputy United States Assessor, for the
counties of Hickory, Benton and Camden for some time. He was also
postmaster at Warsaw under Lincoln. He is a member of the Christian
Church. November 8, 1860, Mr. Miller was married to Miss C. Gilley, a
native of Tennessee. They have nine children: Alice C., Ida M., Walter
S., Francis M., Willis H., Nellie C., Clarence A. and Clara M. (twins)
and Alma M.
L. W. MILLS, manager of F. Egger's mercantile house at Roscoe,
is a native of Washington County, Arkansas, and was born April 3,
1840. He is a son of Aaron and Millie (Samuels) Mills, natives of
Indiana. When he was but an infant the family removed to Dade County,
Missouri, there remaining till he was nine years of age, when they
returned to Arkansas, settling at Fayetteville. In 1861 L. W. went to
Texas, there residing till 1868, when he came to, St. Clair County,
Missouri. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. fraternity, and belongs to
the M. E. Church. He was married in August, 1859, to Miss Sarah E.
Edmondson, a native of Missouri. They have one child living, Lewis A.,
born October 4, 1875.
PERRY MILLSAPS was born in Wayne County, Kentucky, on the 30th
of August, 1828, being the son of H. Millsaps, Esq., who was also born
there in 1802. In 1824 he married Miss Rebecca Hoofacre, of the same
county. Emigrating to the sparsely settled territory of Missouri in
1829, the senior Millsaps located in Lincoln County, and in 1838 his
wife died. His second marriage occurred in 1840 to Miss Ellen Parsons.
Perry lived with his father until 1854 when he was married to Miss
Elizabeth Capps, of Lincoln County. They had ten children: Barton,
Clara A., Mary, Rebecca, David, Timothy, Washington, Katie, Walter and
Josephine. Mr. and Mrs. M. are members of the Christian Church, and
also belong to the Missouri State Grange. During the Mexican war of
1845-46 he served as aid-de-camp, and in the civil war he enlisted in
Henderson's Brigade, September 4, 1861, serving until the close of the
war, and being promoted from private to orderly sergeant. Politically
he was formerly a Republican.
SAMUEL D. MINKS, blacksmith and wagon maker, is a Kentuckian by
birth, and was born on April 14, 1842, his parents being Gillson and
Susan Minks, nee Carpenter, the former also a native of Kentucky.
Samuel remained at home and attended school until the breaking out of
the civil war, when, fired with patriotism, he left the parental roof
and in 1863 enlisted in Company D, First Arkansas infantry. After
serving for two years and seven months he was honorably discharged.
Upon the close of this struggle Mr. M. came to St. Clair County,
Missouri, and was married here in 1868 to Miss Melvina Burcuett. They
had five children: John W., Silas P., William H., Cora and Richard G.
His second marriage occurred in 1879, to Miss Martha Cox. Mr. Minks is
the owner of 320 acres of land in this township, with a good orchard,
residence, etc. Upon it is also a blacksmith shop, where he follows
JOSEPH MOLLENKOPF, farmer, section 11, was born in Marion
County, Indiana, October 20, 1846. His father, John J. Mollenkopf, was
a native of Germany, and his mother, formerly Julia A. Painter, came
originally from Pennsylvania. Joseph was reared and educated in his
native county, following the occupation of farming in Indiana until
1871,. when he came to Missouri, locating in Johnson County. Where he
resided until 1876. Since that time he has been a citizen of St. Clair
County, his farm containing forty-six acres. He is a member of the I.
O. O. F. fraternity. Mr. M. was married December 9, 1873, to Miss
Malissa E. Snell, of Stark County, Illinois. She was born January 14,
1854. They have two children: Emanuel W. and Samuel F.
GEORGE MOODY, proprietor of the Appleton City Marble Works, was
born in Boston, Massachusetts, March 28, 1853, and was a son of Joseph
and Johanna (Drummond) Moody, who were natives of Scotland. George
remained in his native city till seventeen years of age, when he went
to Fort Scott, Kansas, there engaging in the marble business. He
remained till 1876; then came to Appleton and established his present
business, which is perhaps the largest in his line in Southwest
Missouri. He has a branch house at Lamar, Missouri. Mr. Moody was
married August 23, 1874, to Miss Ida Manning, a native of St. Louis,
Missouri. They have three children: Albert, Mabel J. and an infant. He
is a member of the I. O. O. F. fraternity
ANDREW J. MOORE, also a member of the firm of Moore Brothers,
came originally from Rutland County, Vermont, having been born there
June 6, 1846. He was reared in that locality, and from his youth
followed the carpenter's trade. In September, 1868, he moved to Dunn
County, Wisconsin, where he remained till June, 1869, then coming to
Benton County, Missouri, where he resided one year. In December, 1870,
he removed to Osceola, Missouri, and engaged in contracting and
building till 1878, when he came to Appleton City. In the fall of 1880
he went to Butler, Missouri, and conducted a planing mill till March,
1882, when he returned to Appleton City. Here he and his brother have
since been occupied in their present business. Mr. Moore was married
May 12, 1869, to Miss Joanna Ryan, of Connecticut. They have three
children, Mattie V., Callie A. and Alman.
CHARLES MOORE, section 28. was born in Troy, New York, June 15,
1829. When four years of age he was taken to Richland County, Ohio,
where he grew to manhood, there being educated in the common schools.
He was engaged in farming and stock dealing in Ohio until 1859, when
he removed to Detroit, Michigan, where his attention was given to the
lumber business for two years. In 1861 he went to Chicago and enlisted
in Company C, Twenty-third Illinois, in the famous Milligan's brigade.
He was discharged at New Creek, West Virginia, June 15, 1864. He then
enlisted in Company A. Nineteenth Regiment, Regular army, and was
discharged at Fort Arbuckle, Indian Territory, in July, 1867. After
this he went to Fort Smith, Arkansas, and then came to Sedalia with a
drove of cattle. Returning to Ohio he remained until September, 1873,
when he located in St. Clair County, Missouri. He has since been
engaged in farming, and now owns a fine farm of 420 acres. Mr. Moore
was married November 19, 1871, to Miss Catherine Miller. They have
four children: William C., Katie, John H. and Laura R.
JOHN A. J. MOORE, of the well known firm of Moore Bros.,
proprietors of planing mill and contractors and builders, owes his
nativity to Rutland County, Vermont, where he was born March 24, 1848.
He remained there till sixteen years of age, when he went to Wayne
County, Michigan, where he lived till 1866. Going thence to Wisconsin,
he worked at the carpenter's trade. In June, 1869, he came to Henry
County, Missouri, where he engaged in contracting and building. In
1871 he went to Osceola, and in April, 1372, became occupied in mining
in Colorado. After three years he was in San Francisco, California,
and Port Gamble, Washington Territory, until December, 1876, when he
returned to Henry County, Missouri. In May, 1877, he came to this city
and commenced contracting. From 1881 to 1882 he was in Butler,
Missouri, managing a planing mill. In March, 1882, he returned and
erected his present mill. Mr. Moore was married January 2, 1881, to
Miss Lillie Childres, of Missouri. He is a member of the Masonic
fraternity and is also a Good Templar.
JUDGE R. R. MOORE, a prominent citizen of St. Clair County, was
born in Kentucky, October 15, 1825, his parents being Jonathan and L.
T. (Turpin) Moore, both Kentuckians by birth. The former was born
April 20, 1879, and died in May, 1855, while the latter, who was born
May 18, 1783, died in 1873. They were married in 1814. R. R. Moore,
the sixth child of a family of eight children, was an early settler in
this county, having come in 1845, and remained here since. In 1858 he
was married to Miss T. E. Davidson, and they have had five children:
John M., Rukins R., Mary E., Martha J. and William T. Mr. Moore served
in the capacity of county judge very acceptably for five years. He is
now one of the largest land owners in this county.
WILLIAM M. MOORE, farmer, section 10, was born in Roscoe
Township, St. Clair County, Missouri, March 1, 1848. His father,
William Moore, and his mother, Fanny Moore, were natives of Virginia.
They were among the first settlers of this county. William was the
fifth of a family of nine children. He spent his youth here and
received his education in the common schools. His present farm
contains 160 acres, well improved, upon which is a good orchard, etc.
Mr. M. is a member of the Christian Church. September 19, 1876, he was
married to Miss Eliza Hoshaw. They have three children: Ida May, Lulu
E. and Laura.
HENRY JOSEPH MORELLY was born January 18, 1852, in Kingwood,
West Virginia. His father, Charles Morelly, was born in Hanover,
Germany. He learned the stone mason and plasterers' trade in youth and
also received the excellent schooling of the country. He married
Christina Orderholt in Germany and they came to America in the fall of
1851, settling in West Virginia, and bought a farm where Mr. M. worked
at his trade. In 1864 he removed to Coles County, Illinois, remaining
there for two years. In 1866 he came to Henry County, Missouri, and
located in Clinton, where he farmed and worked at his trade. He also
opened a meat market which he conducted for several years. In 1870 he
came to St. Clair County, Missouri, purchased a farm and opened a
market in Osceola. He now has two farms and lives on section 35. Mr.
and Mrs. M. have seven children: Henry Joseph, Charles, Louisa (wife
of Harmon Weber), Priscilla (now Mrs. William Hurst), David, Lowry and
Emma. Henry J. Morelly, the subject of this sketch and oldest son of
Charles, has worked with his father and learned the stone masons'
trade and butchering business. After coming to this city he opened a
market with his father. The latter giving up the business, the son has
continued and he is doing a satisfactory business. Henry J. is a
Baptist and belongs to the I. O. O. F. fraternity.
DANIEL P. MORGAN, county recorder, was born in Sumner County,
Middle Tennessee, October 4, 1816, and was the son of Charles Morgan,
a prominent Citizen of his county, who held various offices of honor
and trust, and who died in 1860. Mr. Morgan's mother, Sally (Parker)
Morgan, was born in Tennessee. Daniel P., the subject of this sketch,
was the oldest of a family of seven children. His early life was spent
in his father's store, and in November, 1850, he came to Missouri,
settling near Osceola, where he improved a farm. In 1852, he was
appointed deputy sheriff, and served for two years. In 1854, he was
elected sheriff, and was re-elected in 1856. In 1860, he was elected
county clerk, and was serving as such when the town was burned by Jim
Lane. Mr. M. lived on his farm until 1874, when he was elected
recorder. After a period of four years he was again elected recorder,
in 1882. He married Miss Susan M. Thompson, in 1838. She was the
daughter of William Thompson, of Ohio, who in an early day moved near
Nashville, Tennessee. Her mother's maiden name was Polly Parker, a
sister of D. P. Morgan's grandfather. They have five children:
Charles, John, Daniel, Kittie and Susan. The two eldest children are
dead. Mary Jane married J. W. Barr, who died leaving two children, one
since deceased, and Edward Lee, who now seventeen years old, lives
with his grandfather. Mr. Morgan is a Democrat, is a member of the M.
E. Church South, and a Mason. He has been faithful in the discharge of
his official duties and has served the people in a manor highly
satisfactory to all.
P. A. MOTTLEY, farmer and stock raiser, section 20, was born
December 13, 1823, in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, his parents being
David and Gibia (Nichols) Mottley, Virginians by birth. P. A. remained
in his native county until fifteen years old when he went to
Tennessee, there following farming until 1846. Coming to St. Clair
County, Missouri, he settled on the farm which he now occupies. He has
since lived in this county, excepting from 1848 to 1855, which time he
spent in California and Mexico. His farm contains 1,100 acres, 300 of
which are in cultivation. Mr. M. was a soldier in the Mexican war. He
was treasurer of his township during the township organization.
January 8, 1863, he was married to Miss Zilia Parks, a native of
Missouri. They have a family of seven children: Margaret J. and James
D., twins, Francis A., George L., Merritt L., Wade H. and Sarah.
BAZZEL MYERS, farmer and stock raiser, was born October 16,
1841, in Auglaize County, Ohio. His father, Jacob Myers, a farmer by
occupation, was born November 8, 1808, in Greene County, Tennessee,
and in May, 1832, married Miss Sarah Day, who was born December 22,
1818, in Maryland. They had five children. William, Bazzel, Addison,
Elizabeth and Jacob. Two of these are deceased. Mrs. M. died May 10,
1851, and Mr. M. departed this life August 16, 1866. The subject of
this sketch commenced life for himself when eleven years old. He lived
with J. H. Dawson, of Auglaize County, Ohio, until of age and then
enlisted in Company C, Fifty-seventh Ohio Volunteer Infantry, S. R.
Mott, captain. He served through the war, receiving an honorable
discharge at Indianapolis, Indiana, October 12, 1864. Mr. Myers
returned to Ohio and engaged in farming and was married to Miss Mary
I. Huntley, May 4, 1865, in Waynesfield, that state. By this union
they had nine children, eight of whom are now living: Ida L., Joseph
W. (died May 13, 1870), Estelle M., Jacob C., Nora A., Alfred S.,
James Eddison, Kinsy L. and Martha J.