ADAIR, Clay R.
Clinton, Clinton Township, Henry County
born: Aug 24 1869, Fayette Co, TX
Source:1919 History of Henry Co MO, Uel W. Lamkin, Historical Publishing Co pg Pg:292
Clay Adair, the well known postmaster of Clinton, Missouri, is a descendant of pioneer Missouri families on both the maternal and paternal sides. Mr. Adair was born in Fayette County, Texas, August 24, 1869, a son of Joseph and Margaret (Payne) Adair, both natives of Missouri, born at Independence. Joseph Adair was the first male white child born in Independence. He grew to manhood in Jackson County, and when gold was discovered in California in 1849 he made the trip via the overland route with Upton Hayes. After remaining on the coast for two years he returned by way of the Isthmus of Panama in 1851. In 1855 he went to Texas, where he was residing when the Civil War broke out. He enlisted in the Confederate army and after serving two years was discharged. His service was under General Myers. He died in 1904 and his wife died March 13, 1901, and their remains are interred in the Englewood Cemetery in Clinton. Margaret (Payne) Adair was a daughter of A. J. Payne, a pioneer of Independence, Missouri. He died in that locality and later his family started for California and the mother died on the way. To Joseph and Margaret (Payne) Adair were born the following children, Thomas, deceased; John, deceased; Mrs. Mary Wellborn, Chickasha, Oklahoma; A. J. Adair, deceased; Joseph D., deceased; Isaac, resides in Clinton, Missouri; Clay, the subject of this sketch; Mrs. Maggie Chapman, deceased; Mrs. Frank Taylor, El Reno, Oklahoma, and Mrs. Ray Wade, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Clay Adair was reared in Texas and educated in the district schools and Ad Ran College at Thorpe Springs, Texas. In early life he was engaged in the cattle business in western Texas, where he remained until 1888. The family then returned to Henry County, Missouri, and settled on a farm near Calhoun. Here Mr. Adair was engaged in general farming and stock raising until 1896, when he came to Clinton and engaged in the livery business. Two years later he was appointed deputy recorder of deeds for the county and at the death of William Duncan, Mr. Adair was appointed to serve the unexpired term by Governor Dockerty. In 1904 Mr. Adair was elected county treasurer of Henry County, and served one term of two years. He then accepted a position to serve as farm loan examiner for the Prudential Insurance Company, and on March 19, 1914, he was appointed postmaster of Clinton, Missouri, by President Wilson, and re-appointed to that office at the expiration of his first term in 1918. November 22, 1892, Mr. Adair was united in marriage with Miss Ollie M. Gutridge of Calhoun, Missouri. She is a daughter of John W. and Elizabeth (Pigg) Gutridge, one of the very early pioneer families of Henry County. A more complete history of the Gutridge family is given elsewhere in this volume. To Mr. and Mrs. Adair have been born three children: Eugene D., now serving as deputy circuit clerk of Henry County; Louise N., married T. L. Francisco, Clinton, Missouri, and Mary Margaret, who resides at home with her parents. Mr. Adair is one of Henry County's foremost citizens and a capable and efficient public official. He has ever been true to any public trust delegated to him. He is public spirited and takes a keen interest in all matters pertaining to the betterment and upbuilding of the county and its institutions.
ADAIR, Isaac "Ike"
Clinton, Clinton Township, Henry County
born: 1866, Gonzales Co, TX
Source:1919 History of Henry Co MO, Uel W. Lamkin, Historical Publishing Co pg Pg:829
Isaac Adair of Clinton, Missouri, has been identified with Henry County all his life and is a member of a pioneer family of western Missouri. He was born at Gonzales County, Texas, in 1866, a son of Joseph and Margaret (Payne) Adair. Joseph Adair, the father, was a native of Missouri and the first male child born at Westport, which is now a part of Kansas City, Missouri. He saw much of pioneer life on the plains in the early days. In 1849 he joined the great host of gold seekers in the rush to the Pacific coast, making the trip overland to California with ox teams. He died at Kansas City, Missouri, in 1908, and his wife died in 1904, and their remains are interred in Englewood Cemetery. To Joseph and Margaret (Payne) Adair were born the following children: Thomas, deceased; John R., deceased; Abner, deceased; Joseph, deceased; William, deceased; Isaac, the subject of this sketch, and Clay, postmaster of Clinton, a sketch of whom appears in this volume. Isaac Adair received his education in Texas, attending Adrand College, Hood County, Texas. The Adair family moved to western Texas and for ten or twelve years the father was engaged in the cattle business in that section of the country, which at that time was considered in the heart of the wild and unsettled west. When they resided there Geronimo's band of Indians caused considerable trouble, and two of the cowboys on the Adair ranch, Dick Mays and Mont Dry, were killed by the Indians. About twenty-five years ago Isaac Adair returned to Henry County and since that time has been interested in the livery business. He was elected sheriff in 1900, serving until 1905. Mr. Adair was united in marriage in 1888 to Miss Alice Sue Bowman, a daughter of Dr. A. R. and Maria (Riley) Bowman, pioneer settlers of Henry County, both of whom are now deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Adair have been born the following children: Earl Howard, a rural mail carrier, Clinton, Missouri; John, assistant postmaster at Clinton, Missouri, and he has recently been appointed a member of the post office examining board. Mr. Adair is one of the substantial business men of Clinton and the Adair family is well known and highly respected.
ADAIR, James Walter
Shawnee Township, Henry County
born: Apr 17 1875, Shawnee Twp, Henry Co, MO
Source:1919 History of Henry Co MO, Uel W. Lamkin, Historical Publishing Co pg Pg:791
James W. Adair, a leading farmer and stockman of Shawnee township, belongs to a family of Henry County pioneers. He was born on the farm where he now resides in Shawnee township, April 17, 1875. He is a son of Isaac and Nancy (Slayton) Adair. Isaac Adair was born in Henry County and spent his life here. He died in 1878 at the age of thirty-three years, and his wife departed this life in 1882, and their remains rest in the Carrsville Cemetery. They were the parents of the following children: Mrs. Dora B. Mashburn, who resides at Grant's Pass, Oregon; Mrs. Maude Ross, who is now deceased, and James W., the subject of this sketch. James W. Adair was reared in Henry County and educated in the public schools. He began life as a farmer, which has been his occupation to the present time. He is a successful stockman and raises cattle, hogs and mules extensively. He owns two hundred eight acres of land in Shawnee township, not far from the Johnson County line. This is a valuable farm and was formerly known as the James Slayton farm. James Slayton settled here about 1839, further mention of whom is made in the sketch of W. T. Slayton. Mr. Adair's residence is a commodious eight room structure and is built on a natural elevation, which gives the place an imposing appearance and offers a splendid view to the surrounding country from the residence. It is one of the attractive places of the county. January 3, 1905, James W. Adair was united in marriage with Miss Minnie Waugh, daughter of John and Julia Ann (Hamilton) Waugh of Big Creek township, both of whom are now deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Adair have been born four children, as follow: James, Jr., Julia Everett, Joseph Arthur and Martha Elizabeth, all residing at home. Mr. Adair is a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of Clinton, Missouri. He is one of the public spirited and enterprising men of the community and one of Henry County's leading citizens.
Shawnee Township, Henry County
born: Jan 26 1831, Fleming Co, KY
Source:1883 History of Henry County Missouri, National Historical Co pg Pg:660
William Adair, section 14, is among the prominent farmers and stock raisers in this county. He is a son of Abner J. and Mary (Adkins) Adair, natives of Kentucky. William was the third in a family of eleven children, and was born in Fleming County, Kentucky, January 26, 1831. While he was a child his parents removed to Missouri and settled in Jackson County, where he grew to manhood on a farm. In 1849 he went to California, and was engaged in mining and stock raising until 1851, when he returned to Missouri. After remaining a short time he took a trip to New Mexico, but a few months later located again in Jackson County where he followed farming until 1854, then he came to Henry County. His farm is one of the best improved in the county, and contains 870 acres, surrounded and sub-divided with good fences. His fine residence was built in 1877, at a cost of $3,000. Mr. Adair is one of the leading stock men of the state, and owns a fine herd of Short Horns, and feeds a large number of the best cattle shipped from this market. He is also interested in two large stock ranches in the state of Texas. He belongs to the Baptist Church, and is a member of the Masonic fraternity. March 17, 1853, he married Miss Dorcas A. Fuqua, a native of Kentucky, born June 20 1831. They have four children living, Susa Ann, Emma, Henry Clay and Canarisa. They have lost six: Martha E., Francis M., Laura, Johnnie and two infants.
ADAMSON, William W. "Dode"
Deepwater Township, Henry County
born: Oct 18 1847, Vernon Co, MO
Source:1883 History of Henry County Missouri, National Historical Co pg Pg:605
W. W. Adamson, farmer and stock dealer, section 10, is a native of Vernon County, Missouri, and was born October 18, 1847. His father, William Adamson, was a Kentuckian by birth, as was also his mother, whose maiden name was Frances Arbuckle, but she was raised in Missouri. The former came to the state in an early day, and settled in Vernon County, of which he was one of the pioneers. He died there in 1849. W. W. Adamson moved to Henry County with his mother in 1850, and here grew to manhood on a farm, attending in youth the public schools. He was married in October, 1869, to Miss Eliza Finks, of Henry County, and a daughter of Captain Mark Finks. After this Mr. A. located on a farm north of Clinton, where he farmed for three years. In 1873, he settled near Montrose, and in the spring of 1879, bought and came upon his present farm. He has 600 acres of land, all fenced, the homestead of 280 acres, being about two and a half miles northwest of Montrose. There is a large two-story stone residence on the place, and a good orchard of 300 bearing apple and some peach trees. He is one of the largest feeders and stock dealers in this county, and feeds annually from 150 to 500 head of steers and about 500 hogs, and also handles about 500 cattle and 1,000 hogs per annum. Mr. Adamson is a wide-awake business man, and one of the most successful farmers and stock dealers in the vicinity. He and his wife have a family of seven children: Alma, Katie, Tandy T., John M., Emma, Dadie and Eliza.
ADDAMS, Joseph E.
Roscoe Township, St. Clair County
born: Apr 6 1855, Gallia Co, OH
Source:1883 History of St. Clair County MO, National Historical Co. Pg:1198
Joseph E. Addams, miller, was born in Gallia, County, Ohio, April 6, 1855, his parents, Richard and Nancy (Nicenhouser) Addams, having been Virginians by birth. Joseph E., the youngest of a family of three children, remained in Ohio until sixteen years old, when he came to Polk County, Missouri, there being reared. He was engaged in farming in that county until 1877, when he was employed in a mill at Humansville. After remaining until 1881, he became occupied in the milling business at Roscoe, with Mr. Roddy. He is a member of the Christian Church. August 24, 1879, Mr. Addams was married to Miss Rebecca Roddy, a native of Tennessee. They have two children: Nancy R. and an infant.
ADKINS, Charles Malcolm
Bear Creek Township, Henry County
born: 1872, Henry Co, MO
Source:1919 History of Henry Co MO, Uel W. Lamkin, Historical Publishing Co pg Pg:407
Charles Malcolm Adkins. The Adkins family is one of the oldest of the prominent families of Henry County and dates back to the early forties when the grandfather of Charles M. Adkins came from Warren County, Missouri, to Henry County and settled upon a large tract of land located south of Clinton. C. M. Adkins was born on a farm six miles southwest of Clinton, in 1872, and is the son of Henry G. (born 1828, died 1875) and Zilpha Jane (Collins) Adkins. Henry G. Adkins was born in Virginia and was a son of John Ward Adkins, who was a pioneer in Warren County, Missouri, and came to Henry County in the early forties and made a permanent settlement south of Clinton. The mother of C. M. Adkins was born in 1828 in Tennessee, and was a daughter of Louis Collins. She died in October, 1903, in Clinton. There were five sons and five daughters. born to Henry G. and Zilpha Jane Adkins, as follows: Missouri Ann, deceased wife of Joseph A. Harness, Kansas City, Missouri, died in May, 1918; John T., Clinton township; Louisa J., wife of Robert B. Casey, both of whom are deceased; Henrietta J., wife of Isaac J. Hinkle, both of whom are deceased, the former of whom died at her home in Montrose, April 11, 1918; Mary Elizabeth, wife of Granville Taylor, deceased; William H., Greeley, Colorado; James J., deceased; Mrs. Zilpha H., deceased wife of Frank White; Charles H., deceased; Charles Malcom, subject of this sketch. Henry G. Adkins achieved a remarkable success as an extensive farmer and stockman. He became owner of 2,400 acres of farm lands in Henry County and gave to each of his children, a tract of 240 acres. He came to Henry County without any capital whatever, and entered land. He was very prominent in affairs of Henry County during the early days and was widely known throughout the county. He farmed his land on an extensive scale and was a large feeder of live stock. Mr. Adkins was a charter member of the Clinton Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. C. M. Adkins attended the district schools and the Clinton schools and pursued a higher course at Lamkin's Academy. After completing his schooling he located on his grandfather's old place in Clinton town-ship and farmed this 240-acre tract until his removal to Clinton, where he resided for ten years, coming to his present farm in Bear Creek township in 1914. Mr. Adkins was married in 1892 to Miss Ida B. Erhart, a daughter of Nick Erhart, a biography of whom appears in this volume in connection with the sketch of John Layman. Mrs. Ida B. Adkins was educated in the district school and Baird College, and studied music and art. She is an accomplished musician and an artist of ability who has produced many paintings of merit. Mr. and Mrs. Adkins have three children: Monna Lucille, born 1893, wife of D. S. Duden, Jr., Clinton, Missouri; Mildred Viola, born January 1, 1895, wife of Charles L. Grimes, Clinton, Missouri, has two sons, Charles Louis, and James Adkins; Henry Merritt, the youngest son, was born September 20, 1897. Mr. Adkins has long been prominent in the affairs of the Democratic party and he served four years as deputy sheriff under Sheriff Hall while a resident of Clinton. He cast his first vote for Grover Cleveland for the presidency and has consistently voted for the Democratic candidates ever since. He and Mrs. Adkins are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.
ADKINS, John Edward
Bear Creek Township, Henry County
born: Jun 11 1880, Clinton Twp, Henry Co, MO
Source:1919 History of Henry Co MO, Uel W. Lamkin, Historical Publishing Co pg Pg:456
J. E. Adkins, proprietor of "Violet Vale Farm" in Bear Creek township, Henry County, is making a success as a breeder of Leghorn poultry. The principal output of this farm is eggs and poultry and Mr. Adkins keeps only the purest bred Leghorns. At this writing (April, 1918) Mr. Adkins has a flock of 425 hens, the average egg production of which will exceed twenty-one dozen daily, an output which brings in a substantial income each year. The Adkins farm consists of sixty acres and is well improved with a pretty residence, good buildings and fencing. Mr. Adkins is also engaged in the breeding of Holstein cattle, a department of animal husbandry in which he has just begun. J. E. Adkins was born June 11, 1880, on a farm in Clinton township, northeast of La Due, and is the son of H. Burt and Nannie (West) Adkins, natives of Missouri and Kentucky, respectively. H. B. Adkins, who now lives retired at La Due, Missouri, was born October 8, 1860, in Davis township, Henry County, and is the son of John D. and Eliza (Hutchinson) Adkins. John D. Adkins was the son of John Adkins, a pioneer settler of Henry County. John D. and Eliza Adkins were parents of seven children of whom three are living: Tilden, Kansas City, Missouri; Mrs. Alice May Laver, Joplin, Missouri; and H. B. Adkins. After the death of John D. Adkins in 1878, his widow married Thomas Botkins, and bore him a daughter, Mrs. Kate Stevens, living near La Due. When he became of age, H. B. Adkins began doing for himself and purchased his first farm in 1883. He is owner of 230 acres of land in Clinton township which he cultivated until his retirement in 1912. H. B. Adkins was married in 1880 to Miss Anna West, who was born in Kentucky, in February, 1862, the daughter of Felix and Letitia West, who located in Henry County in 1868. To H. B. and Anna Adkins have been born five children: J. Edward, of this review; Mrs. Nettie May Cromer, Fairview township; Archie Lee, died in infancy; Fred, a farmer in Clinton township; Mrs. Pansy May Wilson, on the home place in Clinton township. J. E. Adkins received his education at Independence district school and began farming on his own account in 1900. For seven years he operated rented land successfully, and then purchased his present home place of sixty acres. He was married in 1900 to Miss Iva Selby, a daughter of Thomas Selby. Six children have been born of this marriage, three oF whom are living: Thora, Vera Glendella and Vernon Glendon (twins), two died in infancy; Retha died at the age of six years. Mr. Adkins is a Democrat in politics and is a member of the local school board and the County Council of Defense. He and Mrs. Adkins are members of the Baptist Church. He is fraternally connected with the Woodmen of the World, La Due, Missouri.
Clinton, Clinton Township, Henry County
born: 1855, Germany
Source:1919 History of Henry Co MO, Uel W. Lamkin, Historical Publishing Co pg Pg:668
B. Adler, an extensive produce dealer of Clinton, Missouri, has been identified with the business interests of Clinton and Henry County for a number of years. Mr. Adler is a native of Germany, born in 1855, a son of Samuel and Regina Adler, both of whom are now deceased. Mr. Adler came to America in 1872 and first located at Charleston, South Carolina. Eight years later he went to Jacksonport, Arkansas. He remained there until 1881, when he came to Clinton, Missouri. He obtained employment here with a Mr. Hirst, who was engaged in the produce business, and a year later engaged in the huckstering business for himself, dealing in eggs, produce and hides. He was an absolute stranger to Clinton when he came here and really it was not his original intention to remain here when he stopped. He intended going to Iowa. Mr. Adler opened his first produce store in Clinton on the northwest corner of the public square and since that time has done business at different locations here and has been at his present location, 126 North Main street, about twelve years. He owns this building, besides considerable other business and residence property in Clinton. He is probably the most extensive produce dealer in Clinton, and also deals in rubber, metal and other kindred products. Mr. Adler was married December 15, 1884, with Miss Julia Kohner of Meridian, Mississippi, a daughter of Doctor Kohner. To Mr. and Mrs. Adler have been born two children: W. S., a member of the firm of B. Adler & Company, and Regina, a teacher in the public schools of Clinton. Mr. Adler is a liberal, enterprising citizen and has the best interests of his city and county at heart. He is a liberal contributor to all patriotic causes and a staunch supporter of every movement for the up-building of Clinton and Henry County. He is one of the substantial citizens of this County.
ALEXANDER, Wiley H.
Davis Township, Henry County
born: Dec 19 1859, KY
Source:1919 History of Henry Co MO, Uel W. Lamkin, Historical Publishing Co pg Pg:386
Wiley H. Alexander. The Alexander farm in Davis township is one of the finest tracts of productive land in this section of Missouri. The tract, which consists of 180 acres, is one mile and one-eighth in length and one-fourth of a mile wide and has been the home of the Alexanders since 1896. All of the improvements were placed on the land by the present owner. The residence, a pretty white cottage, is located on one of the highest spots in Henry County and from this place one can see in every direction for many miles. Five towns can be seen from the Alexander residence, Clinton, eight miles away; Montrose and Deepwater, twelve miles distant; Urich, twelve miles to the northwest, and Hartwell, while La Due, four miles to the southeast, can be plainly seen. This farm is well improved and Mr. and Mrs. Alexander are continuously adding to the attractiveness of the place. Mr. Alexander is engaged in general farming and stock raising and has fifteen horses and mules on the place, including seven brood mares. Wiley H. Alexander was born December 19, 1859, in Kentucky, the son of John B. (born 1819, died 1887) and Julia (Rowland) Alexander (born 1826, died 1871), to whom were born children as follows: R. C., living in California; L. G., deceased; John F., California ; Mrs. Nannie S. McMurdray, Kentucky; and Wiley H., subject of this review. John B. Alexander was the son of Philip Alexander, who left Kentucky en route to Missouri in 1831 and was killed by Indians while crossing southern Illinois. His widow later made her home in Illinois, but the parents of Wiley Alexander lived all of their lives in Cumberland County, Kentucky. Wiley H. Alexander resided in his native State until 1882, when he came to Missouri, and after a residence of six mouths in Sedalia he located in Henry County on a farm situated about four miles from his present home place. He rented land for a time and then bought his farm which he improved and sold when he purchased his present place in 1896. On May 12, 1892, there occurred the marriage of Wiley H. Alexander and Miss Lillie Gragg and to this union were born children as follow: Naomi Elizabeth, a graduate of the Warrensburg Normal School and who is now teaching the Carterville High School; Mary May, who studied at the Warrensburg Normal and Oklahoma City High School and is a teacher in the Deepwater schools; Herbert Henry, who spent two years in the Clinton High School and became a student in the Quincy, Illinois, Business College, where he contracted a fatal sickness, dying on February 28, 1917, at the age of twenty years; Nina, graduated from Clinton High School, class of 1918; Ralph Lee, a student in the Clinton High School; Margaret Maurine, attending the district school. By a former marriage in 1884 with Jennie Gilmer, Mr. Alexander has two children: Mrs. Julia Gates, a former teacher of Henry County, and Georgia, principal of one of the ward schools at Carthage, Missouri, and a graduate of the Warrensburg Normal School. Mrs. Jennie (Gilmer) Alexander died in 1889. Mrs. Lillie Alexander taught school for nine years, beginning at the age of eighteen years. She studied for one year in the Pilot Grove Collegiate Institute and graduated from this institute in 1889. Mrs. Lillie (Gragg) Alexander was born in Henry County, January 27, 1865, and is the daughter of Henry H. (born 1820, died 1893) and Elizabeth (Sevier) Gragg (born 1835, died 1912), natives of Missouri and Tennessee, respectively. Elizabeth (Sevier) Gragg was a daughter of Abraham Sevier, a descendant of the famous Sevier family of Tennessee, who were of French descent and included Governor Sevier. Abraham Sevier came to Henry County and settled on Camp Branch as early as 1851. Henry H. Gragg was a son of Malcolm Gragg, a pioneer settler of Howard County, Missouri, who entered Government land in that county nearly a century ago. During the early forties, three sons of Malcolm Gragg came to Henry County and entered land in this county. Their parents also located in this county. Henry H. Gragg was twice married, being the father of seven children by his first marriage. He was married to Elizabeth Sevier in 1864 and this marriage was blessed with four children: Mrs. Lillie Alexander; George W., Rockville, Missouri; Mrs. C. O. Swift, Springfield, Illinois; Amos E., Hutchinson, Kansas. Prior to coming to Missouri, the Graggs resided in Illinois. The Democratic party has always had the allegiance of Mr. Alexander. Both he and Mrs. Alexander are members of the Mt. Carmel Presbyterian Church. He is fraternally affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen of America Lodges at Clinton, Missouri.
Clinton Township, Henry County
born: Feb 8 1852, Moniteau Co, MO
Source:1883 History of Henry County Missouri, National Historical Co pg Pg:491
Peter Alfton of the firm of Alfton & Moser, extensive carriage manufacturers, was born February 8, 1852, in Moniteau County, Missouri, and was reared in his native county until fifteen years of age. Then he went to California, Missouri, and was engaged in working at the wheelwright trade, with Hanin & Martin for four years. In 1881, he came to Clinton, Missouri, and was in the employ of Oechsli & Kilmer, till 1877, when, with Mr. Majors as partner, he embarked in carriage manufacturing. In November, 1880, he withdrew from this firm and established his present business, which he managed alone till January, 1882, when Mr. Moser became associated with him. They are doing a large business, and keep a repository well filled with work of their own manufacture. They also have a large custom trade on repair work. Mr. A. was married May 18, 1873, to Miss Emma L. Major, a native of Ohio. They have two children: Bertie and Glenn. He is a member of both the I. O. O. F. and A. O. U. W. fraternities.
ALLEN, Albert M.
Fields Creek Township, Henry County
born: Dec 27 1853, Cumberland Co, KY
Source:1919 History of Henry Co MO, Uel W. Lamkin, Historical Publishing Co pg Pg:775
Albert M. Allen, a prosperous farmer and stockman of Fields Creek township, is a native of Kentucky. He was born in Cumberland County December 27, 1853, a son of Lewis and Elizabeth F. (Pace) Allen, both natives of Kentucky, who came to Missouri in 1858 and settled in Lynn County. In 1867 the Allen family removed to Henry County and settled in Fields Creek township on a farm which is now owned by Albert M. Allen, the subject of this sketch. The father later went to Oklahoma and in 1912, after a residence there of about twenty years, died at Norman. His wife also died at Norman, Oklahoma, in 1904. They were the parents of two children, Albert M., the subject of this sketch, and James M., a banker at Humansville. Albert M. Allen got his start in life from his father, who gave him forty acres of land. Mr. Allen has been engaged in farming and stock business for himself since reaching his majority and is one of the successful and prosperous men of Henry County. He has added acreage to his holdings from time to time until he now owns over five hundred twenty-five acres of some of the best land to be found in Henry County. It is all well improved and Mr. Allen is recognized as one of the successful stock raisers of the county. He usually has on hand about one hundred head of cattle and from one hundred fifty to two hundred head of hogs. February 8, 1877, Albert M. Allen was united in marriage with Miss Nannie E. White, a native of Pike County, Illinois, and a daughter of Joseph and Lavina (Mitchell) White, the former born in Indiana in 1834 and the latter a native of Pennsylvania, born in 1835. Mrs. Lavina (Mitchell) White died March 30, 1917, and her remains are interred in the Fields Creek Cemetery. Joseph White now resides in Honey Creek township with his son, Joseph Lee. The White family came to Henry County in 1869 and settled in Fields Creek township and the place upon which they then settled is now owned by members of the family. Joseph and Lavina (Mitchell) White were the parents of the following children: Nannie, who married Albert M. Allen, the subject of this sketch; John R., lives at Rock Island, Texas; Oliver P., Joliet, Illinois, and Joseph L., a successful farmer and stockman of Honey Creek township, married Anna Ford, a native of Honey Creek township, and they have a son, Joseph G., who is now a soldier in the United States Army in France, a member of the 129th Machine Gun Battalion, and their other children are: Emily M., Ernest F., Frances N., Ruby L., Robert B., Ethel Glare, Anna Evelyn, Lindsay and Nannie May, who died in infancy. To Albert M. Allen and wife have been born two children: Elmer P., who died when six months old, and Ernest M., a farmer and stockman of Henry County. Mr. Allen is one of the substantial citizens of Henry County and takes a keen interest in local public affairs. He has served as treasurer of Fields Creek township for six years, and is one of its leading citizens. Mr. and Mrs. Allen are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
ALLEN, Albert M.
Fields Creek Township, Henry County
born: Dec 27 1853, Cumberland Co, KY
Source:1883 History of Henry County Missouri, National Historical Co pg Pg:675
Albert M. Allen, section 17, is among the prominent young farmers and stock raisers of Henry County. He was born December 27, 1853, in Cumberland County, Kentucky, his father being L. C. Allen, a sketch of whose life appears elsewhere in this work. In 1858 Albert came to Linn County, Missouri, with his parents, where they remained until 1866, then removing to Henry County. Here he was reared to manhood on his father's farm, receiving his education in the common schools of the county. When 22 years old he engaged in farming and stock raising. His farm now contains eighty acres, all in cultivation and well improved, upon which is a good young orchard. Mr. A. is a large cattle feeder and shipper. February 8, 1877, he married Miss Nannie White, a daughter of Joseph White. They have one child living, Ernest M., born December, 1881. They have lost one son, Elmer P. Mr. Allen is connected with the Cumberland. Presbyterian Church.
ALLEN, Henry C.
Clinton, Clinton Township, Henry County
born: Apr 18 1848, Henry Co, MO
Source:1917 Missouri The Center State, selected bios reprinted by Clinton Democrat
Henry county numbers Henry C. Allen among her native sons and he is known there as a prominent representative of industrial activities and a leading factor in political circles. He was born April 18, 1848, a son of Robert and Matilda (Barnard) Allen. The former was born in 1808 and the latter on the 8th of March, 1813. In early life Robert Allen followed the occupation of farming in Tennessee, but in 1832 became one of the pioneer residents of Missouri, settling in Howard County. The following year he cast in his lot with the early settlers of Henry County, became a landowner and engaged in farming. He went to Boonville for his mail and to Lexington to pay his taxes, for all this section of the state was then but sparsely settled and the work of improvement and civilization seemed scarcely begun. He was chosen the first sheriff of Henry County, which was then a part of Rives County and the duty devolved upon him of hanging the first man ever executed in the county. After his removal to Henry County he took up the study of law and was admitted to the bar. He then opened an office and engaged in practice in Clinton, at the same time continuing the cultivation of his farm until about 1866, when he sold the old home place in order to concentrate his energies exclusively upon his law practice. He won a creditable position at the Henry County bar and continued in active connection with the profession until a few years prior to his death. He was a member of the firm of R. Allen & Company and after ward of the firm of Parks, Thornton & Allen. He always prepared his cases with thoroughness, was clear and sound in his reasoning and logical in his deductions. During the latter part of the war he organized a military company for the protection of the settlers from the bushwhackers and acted as its captain. For two terms prior to the war he was representative of his district in the state legislature and left the impress of his individuality upon the laws enacted during that period. He died in the year 1875, while his wife passed away in 1879. Henry C. Allen was the youngest of their seven children and is the only one now living. He was a student in the public schools of Henry County and afterward continued his education at Notre Dame University in Indiana. He returned from that school in 1869 and purchased an interest in a drug store in Clinton, continuing in that business until 1874, when he sold out and returned to the farm. He then devoted his attention to general agricultural pursuits until elected county surveyor in 1880, which position he acceptably filled for two terms. From 1888 until 1908 he engaged in bridge contract work, building bridges and highways. He was then once more elected county surveyor and has since been the incumbent in that office, the duties of which he has discharged with promptness, capability and fidelity. He is also both county and city engineer and his official service makes full demand upon his time and attention. He belong to the State Association of Highway Engineers and is deeply interested in the good roads movement now sweeping over the country. On the 5th of September, 1872, Mr. Allen was united in marriage to Miss Mamie Shrewbury, who was born in West Virginia, and is a daughter of Samuel and Priscilla J. (Warth) Shrewbury, both of whom were natives of Virginia and come to Missouri in 1856, settling on a farm in Henry County, the father devoting his entire life to general agricultural pursuits. He joined the Confederate army during the civil War, being a secret service man, and he died ere the close of hostilities. His widow died in February, 1914. Mrs. Allen and her twin sister were the eldest in the Shrewbury family of five children. By her marriage she became the mother of five children: Lucy, who since 1901 has been bookkeeper in the Citizens Bank; Robert, a painter, residing in Clinton; Clifford, a veterinary surgeon, located in Marlin, Texas; Mary, the wife of Sake Grinstead, deputy circuit clerk of Henry County; and Katherine, who is attending high school. The family have been reared in the faith of the Roman Catholic church, to which Mr. Allen belongs, in politics he has always been a Democrat, giving stalwart support to this party and its principles. He is well known in the county and has a circle of friends almost coextensive with the circle of his acquaintances.
ALLEN, J. M.
Monegaw Township, St. Clair County
born: Oct 3 1835, Fayette Co, OH
Source:1883 History of St. Clair County MO, National Historical Co. Pg:1126
J. M. Allen, section 24, is a native of Fayette County, Ohio, and was born October 3, 1835. His father, James F. Allen, originally from Pennsylvania, married Miss Jane DeWitt, of Ohio. He settled in Ohio in an early day, and subsequently removed to Cedar County, Iowa, and lived there three years, then returning to Ohio. J. M. Allen grew to maturity in his native county, and was married at Fairview, Randolph County, Indiana, February 19, 1857, to Miss Elizabeth J. Cleveland, a daughter of M. H. Cleveland. She was born in that county. They have ten children: William H., Charles E., Francis M., Albert S., Elmer E., Alton H., Jennie, Millie J.. Anna E. and Daisy D. After living for three years in Fayette County Mr. Allen moved to Randolph County, where he resided three years, and then returned to Fayette County. In the fall of 1865 he located in St. Clair County, Missouri, coming upon his present farm of 160 acres in 1869.
ALLEN, Lewis C.
Fields Creek Township, Henry County
born: Mar 18 1831, Cumberland Co, KY
Source:1883 History of Henry County Missouri, National Historical Co pg Pg:675
Lewis C. Allen, farmer and stock raiser, section 8, was born in Cumberland County, Kentucky, March 18, 1831, being a son of George and Parmelia (Crissman) Allen. The former a farmer by occupation and a native of Virginia, was born April 23, 1787, and when a mere boy accompanied his parents to Kentucky where he was reared, educated and married. His death occurred January 31, 1858. Mrs. Allen came originally from Cumberland County, Kentucky, where she was born March 14, 1798. She died September 4, 1835, leaving a family of eight children: Mary, Norman, Martha, Albert, Alfred, Robert, Lewis C. and James C. George Allen was married the second time to Hettie Hillis, and to them were born four children. Lewis C. was brought up as a farmer boy in his native county, and was also educated there, first starting out in life for himself as an agriculturist. In 1858 he removed to Missouri, settling in Linn County, where he improved a farm, and in the fall of 1866 came to Henry County. He now owns 190 acres of well watered and improved land, the result of his own industry and good management. Mr. Allen was married March 17, 1853, to Miss Fannie Pace, of Lewis County, Missouri, born March 13, 1831. Her parents were Thomas and Dosia Pace nee Williams, both Virginians by birth. Her father was born December 5, 1801, and her mother, October 15, 1803, and after being married they settled in Cumberland County, Kentucky, moving thence to Lewis County, Missouri, in 1830. In 1841 they returned to Kentucky. Mrs. Pace died May 3, 1841, and left seven children: William, Sarah, Joseph, Fannie, Edward, John and Henry. Mr. P. is still living in Kentucky. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Allen have two sons living: Albert M., born December 27, 1853, and James M., born November 5, 1859, and one Elmer, deceased. Albert was married February 8, 1877, to Miss Nannie White, a native of Pike County, Illinois. They have one child, Ernest. Mr. and Mrs. A. are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
ALLEN, Millard Fillmore
Dallas Township, St. Clair County
born: 1850, Allen Co, KY
Source:1883 History of St. Clair County MO, National Historical Co. Pg:1166
Millard Fillmore Allen, a native of Allen County, Kentucky, was born in 1850, and was the son of Lee Allen, a Kentuckian by birth, born in 1825, who, in 1848, was married to Elizabeth Russell, of the same state. In 1853, the family leaving the state of their birth, went to Arkansas, from whence, after living there three years, they came to St. Clair County, Missouri, locating where Millard F. now resides. In 1872 he was married to Miss Samantha Myers, a daughter of Daniel Myers, of this county. They have had five children: Loge, Bird, Nola, Bert and Delia. Four of these are living. Mr. Allen is the owner of a beautiful farm of 240 acres, situated in a valley on one of the confluences of Weaubleau Creek, and for agricultural purposes this is unsurpassed in the township. Politically he is a Democrat.
ALLEN, Robert Logan Dr.
Tebo Township, Henry County
born: Jun 28 1882, Tebo Twp, Henry Co, MO
Source:1919 History of Henry Co MO, Uel W. Lamkin, Historical Publishing Co pg Pg:697
Dr. Robert L. Allen, veterinarian and farmer, Tebo township, Henry County, was born on the farm where he now resides June 28, 1882, and is the son of Robert W. Allen, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this volume. Robert L. Allen was educated in district school number nine and the Windsor High School, from which he graduated in 1900. In 1902 he entered the Kansas City Veterinary College and graduated therefrom in 1905. He began the active practice of his profession in 1905 and for a year he was engaged in the service of the Government, being stationed at South Omaha, Nebraska. In 1906 he located at Columbia, Missouri, and practiced his profession in the State veterinarian's department for two years, all of which broad experience tended to develop his powers and render him more proficient in the practice of his profession and to broaden his knowledge of the diseases of animals. In 1907 he located in Windsor and soon built up a lucrative practice. In 1909 he settled upon the Allen home place in section 12 of Tebo township. Doctor Allen is a well known breeder of Hereford cattle and is farming 400 acres of land, being owner of 120 acres in Tebo township. He is continuing his successful practice which he carries on with his farming operations. On April 4, 1909, Doctor Allen was married to Miss Myrtle Bell, who was born in Pettis County, Missouri, the daughter of John H. and Mary H. (McDaniel) Bell, the former of whom was a native of Illinois and the latter of Missouri, and are now living on a farm in Pettis County. Mr. and Mrs. Allen have one child, Robert Bell Allen, born August 21, 1910. Mrs. Myrtle Allen is a graduate of the Windsor High School and taught school for a number of years in Windsor and Weatherford, Oklahoma, and Clinton, Missouri, the greater part of her teaching experience having been in graded schools. Doctor Allen is a member of the Missouri State Veterinarian Association and the Missouri Valley Veterinarian Association. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church.
ALLEN, Robert W.
Tebo Township, Henry County
born: Sep 2 1850, Tebo Twp, Henry Co, MO
Source:1883 History of Henry County Missouri, National Historical Co pg Pg:626
Robert W. Allen was born September 3, 1850, in Tebo Township, Henry County, Missouri, and was the son of George Jones Allen, who was born April 5, 1809, in East Tennessee. His mother, formerly Miss Esther M. Mitchell and a daughter of William and Nancy Mitchell, was born May 17, 1815, in Brownsborough, Washington County, East Tennessee. They were married April 17, 1833, and by this union had four sons and four daughters, of whom there are still living four daughters and three sons. They emigrated from their native state to Boone County in 1834, where Mr. Allen was engaged in farming for one year. In the following year he removed to Tebo, then in Rives County, and entered a tract of 350 acres, where he commenced to make improvements, there remaining until his death on March 5, 1850. Mrs. A. survived him only three years, dying February 13, 1853. The homestead remained as an inheritance to their children, an estate of 350 acres of land and under a good state of cultivation, of which R. W. Allen owns 190 acres. Of the children now living the eldest is a daughter, Ann E., who was born February 2, 1836, in Rives County, and has for many years been one of the leading educators of her native county; William M. born December 10, 1838, who married Miss Julia M., daughter of Aurelius B. and Eliza Harris, of Henry County; James F. and Isabella J., twin brother and sister, were born September 17, 1841; the brother died May 8, 1863, while in the Confederate service, and Isabella is now a resident of this county; George J., born January 19, 1844, married Miss Bettie J. Fisher, daughter of Jacob and Jane E. Fisher, of Howard County, April 22, 1874; Emma E., born November 1, 1847, married Joseph W. Huston, of this county, November 2, 1871; Robert W., born September 3, 1850, married Miss Sallie Sutherland, daughter of Judge W. L. and Margaret J. Sutherland, October 9, 1879, and they have two children: Clara B., born September 1, 1880, and Robert Logan, born June 28, 1882. Robert Allen has been a constant resident of the county since his birth. For two years he attended Lenox College, in Iowa, under the tutorship of Samuel Hodge, D. D. Though not having commenced life for himself until at the age of twenty, he has been successful thus far, and now has a fine residence, a good orchard, etc. He received at first from the homestead only thirty acres, but purchased twenty acres subsequently, in 1879, and in 1881, 140 acres more, all of the original 350 entered by his father in 1835. Four members of this family are connected with the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Allen's political sentiments are Democratic.
ALLEN, Robert Walter
Tebo Township, Henry County
born: Sep 2 1850, Tebo Twp, Henry Co, MO
Source:1919 History of Henry Co MO, Uel W. Lamkin, Historical Publishing Co pg Pg:696
Robert W. Allen - Upon the old Allen homestead in Tebo township in Henry County there have been born and reared three generations of the Allen family, since the land was first entered in 1835 by George J. Allen, father of Robert W. Allen, the subject of this review. Robert W. Allen was born on this farm September 2, 1850, and is the son of George J. and Esther (Mitchell) Allen, who were parents of eight children: Mrs. Susan M. Hodges, deceased; William M. and Ann E., deceased; Belle J., Windsor, Missouri; James, deceased, twin brother of Belle J., died in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; George J., living in Montana; Emma, widow of J. W. Huston, Windsor; Robert W., youngest of the family. George J. Allen was born in Washington County, east Tennessee, April 5, 1809, and died in Henry County March 5, 1850. In 1835 he came to Henry County from Tennessee and settled in Tebo township, where he improved a splendid property and which later passed to his son, Robert W. Allen, and is now being tilled by Robert L. Allen, son of Robert W. Mrs. Esther (Mitchell) Allen was born in Tennessee May 17, 1815, and died February 13, 1853. After the death of their parents the eight Allen children all remained on the farm, the oldest children taking the responsibility of the rearing of the younger and every child grew to upright and worthy manhood and womanhood. Robert W. Allen remained on the home farm of the family and tilled his acreage, consisting of 290 acres, until his retirement to a home in Windsor in 1911. He came into possession of the Allen homestead through the gradual purchase of the interests of the heirs and built it up into a splendid property. October 9, 1879, Robert W. Allen and Miss Sallie M. Sutherland were united in marriage. Mrs. Sallie M. Allen was born in St. Clair County, Missouri, the daughter of Uriah and Margaret Jane (Harris) Sutherland. To this marriage have been born two children: Clara, wife of Rev. O. L. Byrns, Golden City, Missouri, mother of one child, Margaret; Robert L., who is managing the old home place of the family in Tebo township, a graduate of the Kansas City Veterinary College, and who combines the practice of his profession with farming pursuits, married Myrtle Bell and has one child, Robert Bell Allen. Mr. Allen has always been a Democrat, politically, and is a member of the Presbyterian church. In addition to his land interests he is a stockholder of the First National Bank of Windsor and owns stock in the Peoples Bank of Calhoun, Missouri. Mr. Allen is one of the highly valued and substantial and enterprising citizens of Windsor and Henry County.
ALLISON, Alfred Harvey
Walker Township, Henry County
born: Dec 18 1868, Bates Co, MO
Source:1919 History of Henry Co MO, Uel W. Lamkin, Historical Publishing Co pg Pg:423
Alfred H. Allison, proprietor of a well improved farm of 128.64 acres in Walker township, was born in Bates County, Missouri, December 18, 1868, and is the son of Otho C. and Zerelda (Baker) Allison, the former a native of Illinois and the latter was born in Missouri. Otho C. Allison was born in 1845 and died in 1915. Mrs. Zerelda Allison was born in 1850. Otho C. Allison came to Missouri in 1865 and drove the stage from Sedalia to Butler, Missouri, for a period of two years. He then settled on the old Baker farm in Bates County, where he resided until 1870 and then located in Henry County. He improved the farm which his son, Alfred H., now owns and lived thereon until his death. He was father of two sons and two daughters: Alfred H., Rolla C., lives in Kentucky; Mrs. Roberta G. Williams, Walker township; Mrs. Cornelia Wilcoxen, lives near Lucas, Missouri. Alfred H. Allison was educated in the district schools of Walker township and has always followed the vocation of farmer and stockman. In 1903 he purchased a farm of eighty acres and in 1915 he traded his farm for the home place. Mr. Allison was married in February, 1893, to Miss Bertie McClenny, the daughter of Frank McClenny, of Henry County. The following children were born to this marriage: Mrs. Cornelia Caldwell, Walker township; Mrs. Carrie Hart, Walker township; Ruby, at home with her parents; two children died in infancy; Hazel, the last born, died at the age of one year and eight months. Mr. Allison is a Republican and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is a good, industrious citizen, who tills his acreage so as to get the maximum yield of crops and is ever ready to assist a worthy local enterprise to the best of his ability.
ALLISON, Ephraim Judge Capt.
Clinton Township, Henry County
born: Nov 27 1835, Cooper Co, MO
Source:1883 History of Henry County Missouri, National Historical Co pg Pg:490
Judge Ephraim Allison, dealer in dry goods, clothing, millinery, carpets, etc., is a native of Cooper County, Missouri, and was born November 27, 1835. His father, Thomas Allison, was born in North Carolina October 27, 1800, but removed with his father, Ephraim, to Cooper County, Missouri, while yet a boy, being raised among the pioneers of that county. He was there married to the mother of our subject, Miss Lydia Jones, who was born in Kentucky August 18, 1802. She had come with her parents to Cooper County in 1812, and was in the fort near Boonville when the famous General Cooper was killed. They resided in Cooper till 1846, in which year they removed to Saline County, Missouri, and in 1852 to Henry County, Missouri. Here Thomas Allison resided till 1862; then returned to Saline County and there died in February, 1865. His widow is still living. Ephraim at the commencement of the war enlisted for the Confederate cause in Captain Owens' company of Missouri State Guards, serving till their disbandment, six months later. Then he enlisted in Company I, Sixteenth Missouri Regiment, and served actively till the spring of 1863, but continued with the command till the close of the war, at which time (1865) he was in Texas. Remaining in Madison County, Texas, till the spring of 1867, he soon returned to Saline County, Missouri, and remained there till the fall of 1868, when he came to Clinton and engaged in the grocery business. This he continued till the spring of 1870, closed out his grocery stock and with T. Draffen as a partner embarked in the dry goods trade. After one month Mr. Draffen died, and Mr. Allison conducted the business alone for six months, when in July following the firm became Allison & Piper. This partnership existed till the spring of 1878, when Mr. Piper retired from the firm. Mr. A. is now carrying a very heavy stock of goods and is doing a successful business. In November, 1872, he was elected Treasurer of Henry County, and served in that capacity from January, 1873, to January, 1877, and in the latter year he was elected one of the county judges under the old township organization, serving one year. Then his services were done away with by the new county organization, which reduced the bench to three judges. In 1880 he was elected presiding judge of the county court and filled this honorable position very acceptably till January, 1883. Mr. A. was united in marriage May 28, 1868, to Miss Ruth McCarty, a native of Saline County, Missouri. They have four children: Charlie S., Mary L., Anna M. and Nellie. He is a member of the Masonic Order and also belongs to the Baptist Church.
ALLISON, William H.
Clinton Township, Henry County
born: May 14 1842, Cooper Co, MO
Source:1883 History of Henry County Missouri, National Historical Co pg Pg:491
William H. Allison, County Recorder and a member of the firm of Allison & McCarty, dealers in dry goods, clothing, boots and shoes, etc., owes his nativity to Cooper County, Missouri, where he was born May 14th, 1842. When he was at the age of 7 years his parents removed to Saline County, Missouri, where they resided till 1853, in that year coming to Henry County. Here William was reared in the occupation of farming, and here he continued to reside till the commencement of the war, when he enlisted, in 1861, in Captain Owens' Company, of the Missouri Stale Guards, serving till their disbandment, six months later. Then he enlisted under Colonel Jackson, and was shortly taken, prisoner by the Federals in Saline County, Missouri, and was held as such in St. Louis, Missouri, Alton, Illinois, and Johnson Island, Ohio, spending in those prisons in all twenty-six months. He was then exchanged, and some time afterward was discharged. Returning to Missouri he spent the winter of 1865 in Saline County. The following spring he went to Montana Territory, and was there engaged in the stock business for three years, when he came back to Clinton, and in 1869 he, with Mr. Terry, embarked in the grocery business. In 1875, closing out his grocery trade, he commenced selling dry goods, and in August, 1882, Mr. McCarty became a member of the firm. In 1882 Mr. A. was elected County Recorder, and entered upon the duties of that office January 1, 1883. He was married November 7th, 1869, to Miss Mollie E. Sparks, of Kentucky. They have three children, Earl, Lester and Frank. He is a member of the Masonic and, also, of the A. O. U. W. fraternities.
AMICK, Maranda R. Judge
Tebo Township, Henry County
born: Dec 8 1846, Tebo Twp, Henry Co, MO
Source:1883 History of Henry County Missouri, National Historical Co pg Pg:627
M. R. Amick is the owner of "Elm Grove" farm of 400 acres, composed of fine rolling prairie, well watered by springs, and is under good cultivation. He was born December 8, 1846, in the township where he now resides. His father, Marandy Amick, a farmer, and millwright by occupation, was born March 25, 1808, in Kentucky. He came to Henry County in 1840, and was the architect of the first steam mill west of St. Louis, it having been erected by Major William Wall, and burned by command of Gen. Pope, during the War. His mother, who was formerly Sarah E. Wall, daughter of Major William and Elizabeth Wall, was born October 6, 1818, in Rockingham County, North Carolina. They were married June 27, 1843, and to them were born three children, of whom but one is now living, M. R. Mr. A. died February 26, 1847, and his widow died August 11, 1854. Our subject was thus left an orphan at the age of nine years. Dr. James W. Wall (his uncle) then took him under his care, and became his guardian, and he remained with that relative until he attained his majority. Falling heir to an estate of 500 acres he took charge of the same, it consisting mostly of unimproved lands. January 18, 1872, he married Miss Cerepta V., daughter of Judge M. B. and Susan A. Merritt. By this union there were six children, of whom five are living: Walter M., born February 12, 1873; the second son died while very young; Lillian Blanch, born November 24, 1875; Mary Ida, born September 18, 1877; Milton C., born January 22, 1880; Arthur, born August 11, 1881. Mr. Amick commenced his improvements in 1874, and now has a residence that is an ornament to the fine farm it helps to adorn. He is a man of great energy, is a successful stock raiser. and his superior herd of short-horns and pure Berkshires are of the finest grade. He feeds about a car load of each annually. Himself and wife are members of the Sardis-Bethlehem Baptist Church. Politically he is a Democrat.
AMLIN, Thomas J.
Polk Township, St. Clair County
born: Nov 17 1841, Franklin Co, TN
Source:1883 History of St. Clair County MO, National Historical Co. Pg:1158
Thomas J. Amilin was born November 17, 1841, in Franklin County, Tennessee, his parents being John M. and Mary A. (Childs) Amlin, the former of Ohio, born July 4, 1811, and the latter of Tennessee, born July 25, 1812. They were married in 1827 and had a family of nine children, four of whom survive. In 1842 Mr. Amlin emigrated to St. Clair County, Missouri, purchased 160 acres and was a resident of the county until his death, October 23, 1867. His widow has lived here for forty-one years. In 1861 Thomas J. enlisted in the Confederate service for a few months, when he returned home. He was married to Miss Mary C. Lawson, of Benton County, Missouri, and to them have been born seven children: Delia A., born May 9, 1864; John T., born August 7, 1866; James, born October 2, 1868, now deceased; Mary E., born September 6, 1869; Nancy J., born October 15, 1873, died October 25, 1875; Missouri A., born June 5, 1875. and Martha M., born May 31, 1880. In 1871 Mr. Amlin purchased the old homestead, upon which he lived for three years, when, selling it, he bought 111 acres in Jackson Township. This was his home for seven years, and then he disposed of it and again bought 160 acres in this township. Roland C. Amlin, his brother, was born April 1, 1844, in Jackson Township, this county, and was the fifth son and seventh child of the family. He was married April 20, 1871, to Miss Paulina Payne, of St. Clair County, and they have five children: Mahala J., born December 21, 1872; John W., born December 29, 1874; James T., born February 14, 1877; Francis C., born December 23, 1878, and Martha H., born August 26, 1881. In 1874 Mr. A. purchased the principal part of the homestead property, which he still owns. These brothers are progressive farmers and quite extensive stock raisers. Politically, they are Democratic. Thomas J. Amlin and wife are members of the Baptist Church at Hopewell, while Roland C. and his mother are connected with the M. E. Church South.
AMMONS, John C.
Taber Township, St. Clair County
born: Apr 23 1833, Warren Co, OH
Source:1883 History of St. Clair County MO, National Historical Co. Pg:1211
John C. Ammons, farmer, section 5, was born in Warren County, Ohio, April 23, 1833, and when eight years old, he moved with his parents to Henry County, and four years later to Hancock County, Illinois, where he grew to manhood. He was there engaged in farming until 1870, when he came to St. Clair County, Missouri, and here he has a farm of 200 acres. January 19, 1865. Mr. A. was married to Miss Julianna Eckles, a native of Ohio. They have five children: Florence V., Gilbert L., Ida B., Eddison S., and John R. William Ammons the father of John C. Ammons, was a son of William and Teressa (Swindler) Ammons, both of whom were natives of Pennsylvania. William, junior, was born in Warren County, Ohio, December 16, 1811. He was reared in his native county on a farm, and has followed farming through life. He was married in Ohio to Miss Mary Cassady, January 7, 1832. They have had nine children. In 1844 they moved to Henry County, Indiana, and in 1848 to Hancock County, Illinois, and in 1867 to St. Clair County, Missouri. Mrs. Mary Ammons was born in Warren County, Ohio, February 4, 1812.
Leesville Township, Henry County
born: Aug 24 1822, Lunenburg Co, VA
Source:1883 History of Henry County Missouri, National Historical Co pg Pg:773
Christopher Anderson was born in Lunenburg County, Virginia, August 24, 1820. His parents, Christopher and Mary Anderson, were natives of Kentucky. The former who was born in 1796, served in the war of 1812, and died in his native state December 23, 1865. The subject of this sketch spent his youth on the home farm, enjoying fair educational advantages in the subscription schools. In 1844 he commenced merchandising at Woodsdale, in the county of his birth, where he sold goods for about eighteen months, removing thence to Lewiston, the county seat. He continued business in the county for about five years, and in 1849, in company with William P. Gunn, started to make the overland trip to California. After going as far as Independence, Missouri, Mr. Anderson was taken with the cholera, and was left by his party, and after partially recovering he returned to St. Louis, where he was taken with a relapse. Upon recovering from this attack he enlisted in the regular army at St. Louis for a term of five years. The regiment was ordered to Florida and afterward to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and then went to the Indian Territory, where he was discharged at the expiration of his term of service. In 1854, he came to Henry County, and in the fall of 1855 bought an interest in a grocery house at Clinton. He remained here about two years and was also engaged in the stock trade. In 1857, removing to the county line of Morgan and Benton Counties, he started a country store, but after one year and a half moved to Benton County and was occupied in farming until the breaking out of the war. From 1861 until 1865 he sold goods in Sedalia, and then went to Pleasant Hill, Cass County, and embarked in a retail and jobbing trade. In June, 1867, he brought his stock of goods to Leesville, and has since continued in the trade at this place. He owns about 400 acres of land, with good improvements, and in addition to being a successful merchant is a good farmer. Mr. Anderson was first married in Benton County in 1857, to Miss Tobitha Bradshaw, a native of Virginia. She died in Sedalia in 1864. leaving one child, Martha, wife of Dr. J. H. Baugh, of Leesville. Mr. A. was married again in Otterville, Cooper County, in February, 1866, to Miss Martha Bell, a daughter of B. H. Bell, an old merchant of that place. There are four children by this marriage: Christopher, Pauline, Mason and Berry. Mr. Anderson is a member of the Masonic order. His wife belongs to the Old School Presbyterian Church.
ANDERSON, Francis Marion
Shawnee Township, Henry County
born: Nov 18 1837, Big Creek Twp, Henry Co, MO
Source:1883 History of Henry County Missouri, National Historical Co pg Pg:661
F. M. Anderson, farmer and stock raiser, section 26, is the son of Isaac Anderson, a native of Tennessee, who came to Henry County, Missouri, in 1835, and located in Big Creek Township where F. M. was born December 27, 1837. His mother's maiden name was Eliza Sharp, also originally from Tennessee. Young Anderson was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools of this county, and has since been engaged in farming, now owning 122 acres of land, well improved. During the late war he served under Colonel Lewis and participated in the battles of Lexington and Bear Creek. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. fraternity. October 19, 1860, Mr. Anderson was married to Miss Ocia Pernell, a daughter of F. A. Pernell, who served as clerk of the county court in Henry County for eighteen years. Mrs. A. is a native of Henry County, Missouri. They have two children: Ada B. and Charlie.
ANDERSON, Jasper McDonald
Big Creek Township, Henry County
born: May 28 1844, Henry Co, MO
Source:1919 History of Henry Co MO, Uel W. Lamkin, Historical Publishing Co pg Pg:592
Jasper M. Anderson, a Civil War veteran and a descendant of one of the pioneer families of Missouri, is a native of Henry County. He was born May 28, 1844, on the farm which is now owned by G. L. Park. He is a son of Isaac and Eliza (Sharp) Anderson, natives of Tennessee. The Anderson family came to Missouri and settled on the Blackwater River in what is now Johnson County in 1832. They remained there about one year, coming to Henry County in 1833 and settling in Big Creek township. The father died in 1858 and the mother in 1879. They were the parents of the following children: Mrs. Elizabeth Swift, Mrs. Jane Moody, Mrs. Sarah Middleton, James M., Francis Marion, Isaac, all deceased except J. M., the subject of this review; William P., deceased; Mrs. Carrie Murphy, Joplin, Missouri; Mrs. Eliza Ellison, Kansas City, Missouri; E. W., deceased, and Cynthia, died in infancy. J. M. Anderson grew to manhood amidst the pioneer surroundings of Henry County and received his education in the old log school house of that time. When the Civil War broke out he enlisted in the Confederate Army. He participated in the battle of Lone Jack and in that engagement received a gunshot wound in the left shoulder. After his recovery from the wound he rejoined his command and took part in a number of other engagements including the battles of Pea Ridge, Prairie Grove and a number of other skirmishes and lesser engagements. He served under Gen. Sterling Price and when the war closed he was in Texas. Shortly afterwards he returned to Henry County, which has been his home ever since. He is one of the successful farmers and stockmen of Big Creek township, and one of Henry County's leading citizens. He has a splendid farm of one hundred fifty acres of well improved land, which is conveniently located three and one-half miles southeast of Blairstown. Mr. Anderson has been twice married. He was first married in 1877 to Miss Hester Webster, a daughter of James Webster, a pioneer of Big Creek township, both of whom are now deceased. To Mr. Anderson's first marriage were born the following children: Claud, Maud and Stella, all deceased; Jessie, now the wife of Walter Waugh of Maurine, Missouri; Martha, who resides at home, and Richard, Urich, Missouri. Mrs. Hester Anderson died in 1888. Mr. Anderson's present wife, whom he married September 12, 1897, bore the maiden name of Bettie Cox, a daughter of Thomas Cox of Big Creek township. He was a native of Montgomery County, Missouri, and his wife of Shelby County, Kentucky. They are both now deceased. Mrs. Anderson is one of the following children born to her parents: Eugene, lives in California; Mrs. Ida Morton, Nevada, Missouri; Homer, California; Bettie, the wife of J. M. Anderson, and Charles, who lives in California. In politics Mr. Anderson is an uncompromising Democrat and is a good, reliable citizen.
ANDERSON, John Quincy
Montrose, Deepwater Township, Henry County
born: Nov 12 1863, Cumberland Co, KY
Source:1919 History of Henry Co MO, Uel W. Lamkin, Historical Publishing Co pg Pg:534
John Quincy Anderson, late prominent business man of Montrose, Missouri, was born in Cumberland County, Kentucky, November 12, 1863. He was the son of David C. and Phoebe (White) Anderson, both natives of Kentucky, and came to Polk County, Missouri, in 1880. The Andersons settled there on a farm in Polk County and spent the remainder of their days. John Q. Anderson was the eldest of nine children born to his parents. He was reared to farm life and being of a bright, studious nature, he received a good common school education. For some years he was a teacher in the public schools and taught at Humansville, Missouri, prior to locating in Montrose, where he was first employed as a clerk in Sol Kahn's general store when the town of Montrose was in its infancy. In 1885 he engaged in the grain and lumber business at Montrose and was very successful until his death, April 8, 1903. He organized the Anderson Lumber Company and at the time of his death he was manager of this concern, which had lumber yards at Montrose, Clinton, Windsor and Knob Noster. March 4, 1885, John Quincy Anderson and Miss Sallie Wilson were united in marriage. Sallie Wilson Anderson was born in Moniteau County, Missouri, February 20, 1866. She is the daughter of William and Irene (Williams) Wilson, the former a native of Illinois and the latter a daughter of a pioneer settler of Moniteau County, Missouri. William Wilson moved to Ray County, Missouri, in 1877 and spent the remainder of his days there. Mrs. Irene Wilson died in 1869 and William Wilson afterward married Georgia Fane. There were born to William and Irene Wilson children as follow: Mrs. Sallie (Wilson) Mann and Eliza Guffy, living in Florida. To John Quincy and Sallie Anderson were born three children: Sol Anderson, traveling auditor for a Kansas City lumber company, born and reared at Montrose; William R., Wichita, Kansas, traveling salesman for the Portland Ash Cement Company, married Bessie Peterson of Lincoln, Nebraska; Ethel Irene, wife of G. R. Hayden, Des Moines, Iowa. Each of the Anderson children graduated from the Montrose High School and received every advantage for fitting them for useful places in the world. In 1915 Mrs. Sallie Anderson was married to James D. Mann, late of Montrose, who died in that city in 1916. Elsewhere in this volume is a biography of Mr. Mann. Mrs. Mann came to Windsor in 1917 and has a beautiful home in this city. She is a stockholder in the Montrose Savings Bank. She is a member of the Presbyterian Church and is affiliated with the Order of Eastern Star. While the late John Quincy Anderson was reared to believe in the tenets of the Baptist faith, later in life he united with the Presbyterian denomination and took considerable interest in church work. He was active in the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons and was prominent in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in both of which fraternal societies he took great interest. Mr. Anderson was one of the prominent and influential leaders of the Republican party in Henry County and served as a member of the Republican County Central Committee. He was not only a successful and enterprising business man, but he took a good citizen's part in civic and public work which tended to advance the interests of his home city and county. He was one of the prime movers in the organization of the public school system of Montrose and served as a member of the school board, always being a warm and steadfast advocate of better schools. His passing marked the end of a long and successful career which has had few equals among the citizens of Henry County, and his death was a distinct loss to the city and county in which he had for so many years been a prominent figure.
ANDERSON, Mason Sr.
Clinton, Clinton Township, Henry County
born: Feb 17 1875, Leesville, Henry Co, MO
Source:1919 History of Henry Co MO, Uel W. Lamkin, Historical Publishing Co pg Pg:337
Mason Anderson, a prominent clothing and furnishing dealer at Clinton, Missouri, is a native of Henry County, and a member of one of its pioneer families. He was born at Leesville, February 17, 1875, a son of Christopher and Martha (Bell) Anderson. Christopher (better known as "Kit") Anderson, was a native of Virginia, and came to Missouri when a young man and settled on the little Tebo, near Warsaw. He was a name who had a varied pioneer experience. In 1849 he started across the plains to California, but was taken severely ill. The parties who accompanied him drove away with his team and left him sick and alone. After his return to Missouri, he engaged in the mercantile business and for a time was located at Pleasant Hill, and later at Sedalia. He served in the United States Army for a time. He came to Henry County after the close of the Civil War and engaged in the mercantile business at Leesville. He remained there until 1884, when he came to Clinton and purchased the William Allison store on the east side of the square, just two doors north of where Mason Anderson's clothing store is now located. Here he was successfully engaged in business for a number of years. He died in 1888. "Kit" Anderson was twice married. His first wife was Miss Bradshaw, and one child was born to this union, who is now the widow of Dr. J. H. Baugh, and resides at Clinton. After the death of his first wife Mr. Anderson was united in marriage with Miss Mattie Bell, a native of Tennessee, who came here with her parents at an early day. She was a daughter of Rev. William Bell, who was a minister and also engaged in the mercantile business at Otterville, Missouri, during the Civil War. To Mr. Anderson's second marriage were born the following children: Christopher, traveling salesman for the Peters Shoe Company of St. Louis, lives in Kansas City, Missouri; Pauline, who was a teacher in the Clinton schools for a number of years, and is now engaged in teaching at Waitsburg, Washington; Mason, the subject of this sketch; and Berry, manager of the Osage Mercantile Company, Osceola, Missouri. Mason Anderson was nine years of age when he came to Clinton with his parents. He received his education in the public schools and in Lamkin's Academy. After the death of his father, the mother continued the store for a number of years, and Mason assisted his mother in the business. In 1895 he went to Lowery City, Missouri, where he engaged in the drygoods, clothing and shoe business. In 1897 he moved his stock of goods to Clinton, and opened a store in the Reynolds building on the northwest corner of the square. In 1899 he sold out, and clerked for Mr. Weidemeyer in Clinton until March, 1913, when he bought out the Williams Clothing Company, on the east side of the square, where he has since conducted a first-class clothing store, with all the accessories in the way of furnishing goods that goes with it. He is located in the Weidemeyer building, which is one of the old commercial land-marks of Clinton. Mr. Anderson was united in marriage June 30, 1898, to Miss Kate Calloway, a daughter of James Calloway, a former sheriff of Henry County, now deceased. Mrs. Anderson was born in Henry County and her parents were pioneers of this section. To Mr. and Mrs. Anderson have been born three children as follows: Mason, Jr., a graduate of the Clinton High School, and now attending school at Fulton, Missouri; Berry and Frank, both attending the Clinton schools. Mr. Anderson is a Democrat and has served two terms as collector of Clinton. He is a member of the Elks and the Modern Woodmen of America and is a progressive and enterprising business man.
ANDERSON, Thomas Dr.
Roscoe Township, St. Clair County
born: Aug 7 1839, Morgan Co, IN
Source:1883 History of St. Clair County MO, National Historical Co. Pg:1198
Thomas Anderson, M.D., a native of Morgan County, Indiana, was born August 7, 1839, and is a son of Joel P. Anderson, a Virginian by birth, whose father, Eli Anderson, was a son of Joshua, of Puritan blood. Thomas' mother, formerly Lydia Vass, was born in North Carolina. In 1848 the family emigrated to Iowa, where he was reared, receiving his education at the Ashland Seminary. He followed farming till 1862, when he enlisted in Company E, Twenty-second Iowa regiment, serving till discharged, July 5, 1865. At the battle of Winchester he was taken prisoner and confined in the Libby Prison twenty days, then being exchanged. After his discharge he returned to Iowa and engaged in the practice of medicine, having in 1858 and 1859 attended the Keokuk (Iowa) Medical College. He remained there till 1870, when he removed to Polk County, Missouri, where he resided till 1875. Going to Lawrence County, Missouri, he practiced till 1877, in which year he came to Roscoe. In 1880 he was elected coroner of this county, serving one term. He is a member of the M. E. Church. Dr. Anderson was united in marriage October 13, 1859, to Miss Sarah Foster, of Iowa. They have nine children: Joel P., Anna J., John T., Mary, N. F. B., Minnie, William H. and Thomas E. Joel P. has obtained an excellent education by his own exertion.
ANGLE, George Nimrod
Davis Township, Henry County
born: Aug 7 1855, Pike Co, MO
Source:1919 History of Henry Co MO, Uel W. Lamkin, Historical Publishing Co pg Pg:304
George N. Angle. The Angle farm in Davis township is one of the finest farms in Missouri. The home farm upon which the residence is located on a sloping hillside and overlooking a vast tract of country stretching away on every hand, consists of three hundred sixty acres. In addition to this tract another farm of ninety-five acres lies in the Grand River bottoms and is noted for its fertility. Mr. Angle has made this place his home since 1883 and has gradually built improvements until it is one of the beautiful places in Henry County. The residence of seven rooms was erected in 1903, supplanting the old house which had stood on the site for many years. On the Angle farms have been sown for this season's crops one hundred fifty-six acres of wheat, one hundred fifteen acres of oats and one hundred five acres of corn. Mr. Angle's sons are farming one hundred eighty acres of their own land and one hundred eleven acres which they are renting. The Angle farm is a very productive one, which boasts a heavy output of live stock each year. Only recently Mr. Angle has disposed of a carload of cattle and one of hogs (April, 1918). The average output of Hereford or white face cattle from the place is about one hundred five head. The yearly production of Duroc Jersey hogs is over one hundred eighty head. Fifteen head of work horses and mules are maintained on the place. George N. Angle was born August 7, 1855, in Pike County, Missouri, and is the son of John and Sarah Elizabeth (Ferguson) Angle, who settled in Henry County in 1866. John Angle was born in Pike County, Missouri, February 4, 1830, and died in Clinton, Missouri, November 18, 1914. He was the son of Jacob Angle, a native of Germany who emigrated to America and settled in St. Louis in 1812. Some years later he went to Pike County, Missouri, and settled on Salt River, not far from the city of Louisiana. John Angle was reared in Pike County and there married Elizabeth Ferguson, October 26, 1854. Elizabeth (Ferguson) Angle is a daughter of John and Rebecca (Stevenson) Ferguson, natives of Kentucky who were pioneer settlers of Pike County, Missouri. Mrs. Elizabeth Angle was born September 3, 1835, and is now living in Clinton, one of the oldest of the pioneer women of Henry County. The Angle family came to Henry County in 1866 and first settled a few miles northwest of Clinton and some time later settled in Davis township, where John Angle improved a splendid farm and became fairly well-to-do and highly respected. John and Elizabeth Angle were parents of eleven children, five of whom are living, as follow: George N., the subject of this review; Sarah, died in 1855; John Richard, residing in Clinton; Harvey, deceased; Ernest Angle, died in 1905; Solon, lives in Canada, and has a family of eight children; Mrs. Orpha Dooley, lives in Clinton and has a family of four children, and Daisy Jeffries, lives in Oklahoma. John Angle became owner of two hundred sixty acres of land in Davis township and resided there until he removed to Clinton, where he died four years later. George Angle was eleven years of age when he accompanied his parents to Henry County. He received his early education in the Fields Creek school. He located in Davis township in 1879 and remained with his parents on the home farm until he was twenty-five years old. He began to make his own way when he attained his majority and has been successful from the start of his career. He purchased his first land in 1883 and with his wife's assistance and the joining of their respective capitals he became owner of one hundred twenty acres. With the exceptions of forty-seven acres, which was Mrs. Angle's by inheritance, all of the Angle lands have been purchased on time. Mr. Angle found it a good business policy to go in debt for land and make the land pay for itself with wise cultivation and good business management. His large farm of four hundred fifty-five acres is one of the best in Henry County and one of the most productive. He has deviated considerably from the old time methods of agriculture and is progressive. March 20, 1881, the marriage of George N. Angle and Miss Ella Rogers was solemnized. This marriage has been blessed with the following children: Albert F., born April 20, 1882, married Miss Marie Bassaird of Sonora, California, February 12, 1918, and resides at Sonora; John Ferguson, born April 17, 1883, died at the age of twelve years; Leslie, born April 25, 1885, resides in Isabelle, South Dakota; Bertha, born October 4, 1887, married W. L. Coonrod in October, 1915, and lives at Carterville, Missouri; Earl, born October 30, 1889, Fairfield, Montana, married Alma Zimmerman August 20, 1917; Ralph, a farmer of Davis township, born November 11, 1891, married Clara Ogan in October, 1916; William A., born November 19, 1893, graduated from the Clinton High School, studied at the State University and is now engaged in farming on the home place; Clarence, born January 19, 1896, enlisted in the United States Navy in December, 1917, and was located at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station, and is now a member of the crew of the United States battleship Wisconsin;. Donald, born April 28, 1898, is a graduate of the Clinton High School; Mary, born February 9, 1901, is a student in the Clinton High School; Velma, born May 3, 1903, died January 4, 1905. The mother of this fine family of children was born December 2, 1860, in Henry County, and is the daughter of Thomas and Lucinda (Fletcher) Rogers, the latter of whom was born on December 4, 1831, at Lexington, Missouri, a daughter of James Fletcher, a pioneer settler of Henry County. She died in 1866. Thomas Rogers was born at Winchester, Kentucky, February 18, 1824, and died May 16, 1883. He was among the earliest of the Henry County pioneers and established one of the first stores in Clinton. He was the first postmaster of Clinton and came from Kentucky to Henry County in the late thirties. His wife was the first to be buried in the old Clinton Cemetery. After her mother's death, Mrs. Angle was reared by her aunt, Mrs. Jane Trotter of Carrollton, Missouri. Mr. Angle is a Republican and he has generally taken an active and influential interest in civic matters in his home township. For over thirty-one years he has been school trustee. He and Mrs. Angle and their children are members of the Mt. Carmel Presbyterian Church. Mr. Angle is affiliated with the Modern Woodmen of America. He is a charter member of the Mt. Carmel Presbyterian Church and has served as an elder for thirty years and has been Sunday school superintendent for past thirty years.
ARENS, Nicholas Francis
born: Mar 23 1872
Source:1971 History of Montrose, Henry County, Missouri
Nicholas Francis Arens was born March 23, 1872 in Alton, Iowa, a son of Frank and Justina Koob, Arens. When 12 years of age he moved with his family to Remsen, Iowa, where he grew to manhood. There on June 19, 1894 he was married to Anna L. Hentges, born May 17, 1875, a daughter of Christopher and Anna Werner Hentges. Soon after their marriage they came to settle in the Montrose community about 1895. Mr. Arens formed a partnership with Martin Heiman, making wagons, carriages and buggies. Later buying out the entire business, he used his mechanical abilities to convert the wagon and carriage business into general repair, after automobiles outmoded carriages. He was a skilled machinist and workman, and many came to him for an intricate piece of work. Many times he gladly made repairs on youngsters' bikes or showed them small favors to make them happy. Mr. Arens installed and operated the first municipal power plant in Montrose, which gave the citizens electric current in the evenings. Also during this time when the first steam shovels were operating north of Montrose he was their mainstay in welding and repairs and saved them valuable time and money by being able to make or repair any parts needed. His favorite hobby was music, and as long as Montrose had an organized band, he was their tuba player, and at this he excelled. He also played with bands at Clinton, Deepwater, Butler and Appleton City. He was a tuba player in the orchestra and in the program had an advertisement listing himself as "The Village Blacksmith." "No break too bad to be repaired", the advertisement said, and gave wagon work and carriage painting as specialties. Mr. Arens was active in all community affairs and served as mayor, also served as president of the school board many years. He suffered a stroke in 1941 and died December 31, 1953. Mrs. Arens died September 20, 1957. Their children are, Mrs. George (Lenora) Swaters; Mrs. William (Frances) Armstrong; Mrs. Joe (Angeline) Price; Elizabeth Arens; and Clem C. Arens. - OLD MONTROSE LANDMARK IS BEING RAZED, The Montrose Tidings, November 19, 1942 - Many people have viewed with only passing interest the razing of the Arens Blacksmith Shop Building. Many of the old-timers, of course, have reflected on that long gone era when the "wagon shop" was a flourishing business in nearly every town in Missouri. For at one time the building housed a wagon shop that enjoyed an excellent business - in fact the building was erected for the express purpose of making and repairing wagons for the farmers of the surrounding prosperous community. Typical of the shops of that era - but, in the words of those who remember it, "one of the best wagon shops in this section" - the building was erected in the fall of 1886 by Martin Heiman, who moved his family from Damesville, Illinois, to Montrose in September of that year. The first fire was built in the forge late in October, 1886, by Henry Welling, who worked for Mr. Heiman for about a year and a half, and later owned a blacksmith shop of his own, and still later developed one of the largest and most complete hardware stores in any town the size of Montrose in the state. Mr. Welling is still a resident of Montrose and the Welling Bros. Hardware is operated by his sons, R. J. and John Welling. The heavy machinery and the forge equipment were located on the ground floor of the building, where the parts of wagons were constructed. The wagons were assembled and painted on the second floor and run down a ramp on the inside of the building for delivery. In 1896, Nick F. Arens formed a partnership with Martin Heiman and the two continued to operate the successful business together until 1898, when Heiman discontinued active service there to assume the management of the Montrose Flour Mill. After the construction of wagons in a shop of this type became unprofitable due to lack of demand, the advent of the automobile and the "assembly line" by large companies, Arens continued the operation of the business as a blacksmith shop (an integral part of any farming community, even today) until about two years ago when he suffered a severe attach of paralysis. Because of his long service there the building has become known throughout this entire section as the Arens Blacksmith Shop. Thus, with only the cursory glance of the younger generation, the temporary reminiscences of the old-timers, passes the physical semblance of an era that is as much a part of Missouri's great history as are her steamboats, her hound dogs or her coon hunts.
ARMSTRONG, Aurelius L.
Clinton, Clinton Township, Henry County
born: Aug 8 1854, Quincy, Hickory Co, MO
Source:1919 History of Henry Co MO, Uel W. Lamkin, Historical Publishing Co pg Pg:606
Aurelius L. Armstrong, a leading druggist of Clinton, Missouri, has been continuously engaged in business here longer than any other merchant. He is a native of Missouri, born in Quincy, Hickory County, August 8, 1854, a son of Andrew L. and Sarah Ann (Hancock) Armstrong. The father was born near Jacksonville, Illinois, in 1820, and about 1838 came to Missouri, first locating in Lincoln County, where he was married to Sarah Ann Hancock. He went from Lincoln County to Hickory County in 1852. Here he remained until 1855, when he came to Henry County and settled on a farm four miles northwest of Clinton. About two years later he came to Clinton, where he was engaged in the mercantile business until the time of his death in 1858. Although a resident of Henry County but a few years he took an active part in local affairs and became prominent in local politics. He was a candidate for the State Legislature in 1856. The Armstrong family are of old Pennsylvania stock and William Armstrong, grandfather of A. L., the subject of this sketch, came from Pennsylvania to Illinois at a very early date in the history of the latter State. Sarah Ann (Hancock) Armstrong, mother of A. L. Armstrong, whose name introduces this review, is one of the honored pioneer women of Henry County. She celebrated her ninetieth birthday on May 5, 1918, having spent sixty-three years of her life in Henry County. She is a woman of unusual physical and mental vigor and is as active as most people who are thirty years her juniors. She is a constant reader of the daily papers as well as current literature in general and carries on regular correspondence with a number of friends and acquaintances. She also does considerable fancy needlework, despite her advanced age. A. L. Armstrong was the third and youngest child born to his parents. His older brother, Hannibal H., is an attorney in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Solon, the second born, died in infancy. A. L. Armstrong received his education in the public schools of Clinton and Kentucky University, Lexington, Kentucky. After returning from college, Mr. Armstrong entered the employ of C. C. Williams, who conducted a drug store at Clinton, and for two years was thus employed. He then entered the employ of Bolton and Davis, and two years later bought the interest of Mr. Davis in the drug store and the firm became Bolton & Armstrong. This business arrangement continued for a period of five years when Mr. Armstrong sold his interest to his partner and in the fall of 1879 engaged in the drug business for himself, and has been continuously engaged in that business in the town of Clinton to the present time. His first drug store was on the south side of the square, and in 1890 he moved to the north side and has remained in that vicinity since, having occupied his present place of business about ten years. May 1, 1878, Mr. Armstrong was united in marriage with Susan May Henshaw, a native of Clay County, Missouri, and a daughter of Joseph P. and Melissa (Neely) Henshaw, both now deceased. They died in Johnson County. To Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong have been born one child, Atropa, now the wife of Charles A. Rutherford, Clinton, Missouri. Mr. Armstrong is a Democrat and has taken an active part in his party organizations since boyhood. He has served two terms in the State Legislature, representing Henry County in the Forty-sixth General Assembly in 1910, and was re-elected, serving as a member of the Forty-seventh General Assembly. He has been mayor of Clinton. For a number of years Mr. Armstrong has been a member of the Henry County Democratic Central Committee and is at present chairman of the City Democratic Central Committee. He is a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Royal Neighbors of America and a member of the Christian Church, having been an elder in the local church for over twenty-five years. Mr. Armstrong is one of the progressive and public spirited business men of Henry County, and during his long career here has built a reputation for honesty and integrity that is rarely equaled by any man in any community.
ARMSTRONG, Hannibal Hancock
Clinton Township, Henry County
born: Nov 3 1852, Lincoln Co, MO
Source:1883 History of Henry County Missouri, National Historical Co pg Pg:354
Hannibal H. Armstrong is a native Missourian, having been born in Lincoln County, this state, but may be considered a Henry County boy, having arrived in this county at the tender age of two years. He was born November 3, 1852. He is a graduate of the Kentucky State University, at Lexington, Kentucky. He finished his studies in 1871, and in 1872, entered the law office of McBeth & Price, where he remained for three years, and was admitted to the bar in 1875, and also held the office of city attorney for one year. An absence for nearly two years in Texas, from 1876 to 1878, in which he was engaged in farming, gave him, on his return to Clinton, greater zest for his profession, and he now ranks as one of the leading attorneys among the younger members of the bar. He is a rising legal light, a good talker, good student, and in fact endowed with those qualities which makes the lawyer and the mail. He was married July 19, 1882, to Miss Lucy J. Harris, of Texas.
ARMSTRONG, Harry R.
Davis Township, Henry County
born: 1867, KS
Source:1919 History of Henry Co MO, Uel W. Lamkin, Historical Publishing Co pg Pg:513
Harry Armstrong, farmer and stockman, proprietor of a well improved farm of 160 acres in Davis township, is a native of Kansas, but has lived nearly all his life in Henry County. He was born in 1867 in Davis County, near Fort Riley, Kansas, and is the son of James Armstrong, one of the oldest residents of Henry County. James Armstrong was born in Madison County, Ohio, September 20, 1833, the son of Robert and Elizabeth (Earl) Armstrong. Robert Armstrong was a son of James Armstrong, a native of Pennsylvania of English descent. James Armstrong, father of Harry Armstrong, left his native State, Ohio, in 1855 and located on a homestead in Kansas near Fort Riley. He preempted land and was induced to locate in Kansas by the free state advocates. Being an ardent Union sympathizer and patriotic he enlisted in the Union Army in 1862. Mr. Armstrong became a private in Company E, 2nd Kansas Cavalry, and served for three years in Missouri and Arkansas. He fought in the battles of Elkhorn Tavern, Prairie Grove and was engaged in many skirmishes. He was twice wounded while campaigning in Arkansas, being shot through the left thigh and in the left ankle. In 1868 he came to Henry County and purchased an entire section of land in Davis township, which is held intact to this day, and is being cultivated by the sons of Mr. Armstrong. James Armstrong was married April 16, 1867, to Miss Minerva A. Cruzen, who was born in Virginia in 1834. The following children were born to them: Harry, subject of this sketch; Dr. Claude L., a physician at Webster Grove, Missouri; Robert C., living on the home place; J. Otis, a farmer in Davis township. Mr. Armstrong has always been a Republican. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and the Grand Army of the Republic. Harry Armstrong was reared to young manhood on the home place in Davis township. When he began farming on his own account he improved 160 acres of land which was formerly a part of the Armstrong home place. He has erected a nice cottage residence and has his farm well improved. On February 18, 1897, Mr. Armstrong was united in marriage with Miss Ella P. Vickers, who was born in Bear Creek township, the daughter of W. H. and Cornelia (Peyton) Vickers, old settlers of Henry County. W. H. Vickers was the son of Stephen Vickers, who made a settlement in Bear Creek township as early as 1842. To Mr. and Mrs. Harry Armstrong have been born five children: Helen, aged twenty years; Margaret, aged sixteen; Harry V., thirteen years old; Frederick, nine years of age; and Minerva, aged five, all of whom are at home with their parents. Mr. Armstrong is a Republican. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and is affiliated with the La Due Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
Davis Township, Henry County
born: Sep 20 1833, Madison Co, OH
Source:1883 History of Henry County Missouri, National Historical Co pg Pg:728
James Armstrong was born in Madison County, Ohio, September 20, 1833, being the sixth of fifteen children, whose parents were Robert and Elizabeth (Earl) Armstrong, natives of Ohio. One sister, Mary J., is the wife of Dr. D. R. Caldwell; one is in Kansas City, and one brother, Robert, is at Shelbyville. The young days of James were spent on a farm, and he then engaged in mercantile pursuits at London, Ohio. In 1855 he moved to Bloomington, Illinois, and in 1856 to Kansas. For some years he was on the freight lines to Santa Fe. During the war he served in the Second Kansas Cavalry, taking part in some of the principal border fights and receiving two wounds. In 1868 he came to Henry County, Missouri, and began to improve a tract of land which his father had entered. His farm contains 640 acres and is one of the best in the county. Mr. Armstrong deals extensively in stock and is considered one of the most reliable men of this locality. He was married April 16, 1867, in Champaign County, Illinois, to Miss Minerva Crozen, who was born at Harper's Ferry, Virginia, May 14, 1834. They have four children living: Harry, Claude, Robert and James O. One, Gracie, died at the age of fourteen months.
ARMSTRONG, William Perry Rev.
Clinton, Clinton Township, Henry County
born: Oct 29 1837, Warrick Co, IN
Source:1919 History of Henry Co MO, Uel W. Lamkin, Historical Publishing Co pg Pg:453
Rev. William Perry Armstrong. Hollyhock Place. Unselfish devotion to duty and the cause of humanity has characterized the lives of the late William Perry Armstrong and his devoted wife, Mrs. Laura Avery Armstrong. Their beautiful suburban place in the northern part of the city of Clinton is noted the country over as "Hollyhock Place," because of the profusion of hollyhocks and flowers of all kinds which are blooming during the spring, summer and autumn. It is one of the show places of Henry County and western Missouri, and Mrs. Armstrong devotes the greater part of her spare time to caring for her flowers just to see them grow and have plenty for her friends. Rev. William Perry Armstrong was a real man among men whose work as a minister of the Gospel, in a religious and constructive sense, will endure for all time to come. He was revered and respected by all who came in contact with him, and he was widely known throughout this section of the Middle West as an unselfish and devoted laborer in the vineyard of the Lord. He was born in Warrick County, Indiana, October 29, 1837, the son of William and Mary (Perry) Armstrong, residents of Warrick County. The father of William, the elder, was born in Cork County, Ireland. William P. Armstrong was twice married, his first wife having been Mary Caroline Hartenburg, of Washington County, Indiana, who died in Indiana. One child, Harriet Helen, was born to that union, who died January 29, 1867. Mary Caroline (Armstrong) died February 16, 1868, at Salem Parsonage, Indiana. Rev. William P. Armstrong's second marriage took place at Evansville, Indiana, November 1, 1876, with Mrs. Laura Avery (Knowles) Von Hiestand, who bore him children as follow: Ellen May, born at Manhattan, Kansas, and is the wife of George A. Taylor of Green Street, Clinton, Missouri; William Earl, born November 8, 1883, at Pierce City, Missouri, and died Tuesday, September 22, 1908. Rev. William Perry Armstrong became a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church when a young man and devoted the greater portion of his life to spreading the Gospel and in religious works of a practical and enduring order. He was not only successful in his profession but achieved a success in a business sense so that during his later years he was relieved from any dependence upon the church and could devote his time and talents to the building up of small, struggling churches without need or desire of recompense. He followed the ministry, mainly, for the love of the work and not as a necessity. He served in the Evansville, Indiana, Conference until called upon to devote his time to various weak churches in different localities of the West which were in need of a strong, able man to lift church debts, erect new edifices, and place the congregations in a state of financial well being. Several years of his life were devoted to this arduous work and he felt well repaid for his successes as a builder and church financier. He built up a splendid church at Pierce City, Missouri. He came to Clinton, Missouri, in 1881 and built the present Methodist Episcopal Church and at the same time purchased a permanent abiding place consisting of a farm just on the northern edge of the city, embracing 165 acres of valuable land. From Clinton he was called to Springfield, Missouri, where during the second year of his work his health failed and he returned to his home to recuperate. For nine years after regaining his health he confined his religious and ministerial activities to purely local work and served the churches of Neosho and Pierce City, Missouri, building the Nevada Methodist Church. He built up many poor churches during his later years of active ministerial work purely for the love of doing good for the cause of Christianity. Rev. William Perry. Armstrong departed this life on November 22, 1916, deeply and sincerely mourned by thousands of people who had known and loved him as an upright man of God. Mrs. Laura Avery (Knowles) Armstrong, widow of Rev. William Perry Armstrong, was born on Catalpa Plantation on the shores of the Tennessee River, Mississippi, and when but a few hours old was taken to Glen Marion Plantation, Arkansas, a beautiful tract which had been cut out of the heart of the forest and transformed into a magnificent country estate by her older brothers. She lived on this plantation until sixteen years of age. Laura Avery Knowles is a daughter of Doctor David and Emily (Avery) Knowles, the latter of whom was a member of the old Avery family of Mystic, Connecticut, which numbers among its members many famous men and women in America. Doctor Knowles was a finely educated physician and was born in Connecticut. After his marriage he first moved to the Johnson and Bradish plantations, nine miles from New Orleans, where his first six children were born. Later he moved to Mud City, near Memphis, and then to Glen Marion Plantation. After the war he located in Mt. Vernon, Indiana, to be near his children and there built up a miniature Glen Marion in the suburbs of that city. He lived there until old age rendered him helpless and he then removed to the home of his son at Vienna, Illinois, where he died at the age of eighty-seven years. Mrs. Knowles died at the age of eighty-four years. The children of Doctor and Mrs. Knowles are as follows: Ellen, Louisa, Latham, Dudley and Henry, twins; Nancy and Amanda, twins; Emma, Adele, and Laura Avery. Laura Avery (Knowles) Armstrong was educated by governess' in her father's home in the South and attended a finishing school for young ladies at Henderson, Kentucky. Her first marriage occurred in 1864 and was a romantic character. A house party to which the young gentry of the surrounding country were invited, was being held and she and a young man whom she hardly knew were selected to pose as the bride and groom in a mock wedding ceremony. The young man was De Witt Von Hiestand, the youngest son of a rich planter who was the owner of Adams street in Memphis, Tennessee. After the social event and the performance of the mock wedding ceremony, it was ascertained that the individual who had performed the wedding ceremony was legally authorized to do so on account of being sheriff of the county. This was in 1865 and the newly wedded couple made their home in Memphis until Mr. Von Hiestand's death in 1869. Three children were born of this marriage: Charles, at home with his mother; Elihu, and Hugh, deceased. While a member of the Evansville Conference, the Rev. Armstrong saw Mrs. Von Hiestand's photograph on the wall of a home in Evansville where he was a guest, while attending the conference meeting and then and there decided and declared that if he ever married again he could be happy with the original of the picture for his wife. Strange to relate, ten years later, when Mrs. Von Hiestand was called to Evansville from her Southern home to attend the burial services of her sister, the twain met, loved at sight, and were married. The marriage was a happy and prosperous one and each was in perfect accord during the many years of their married life. Mrs. Armstrong has always been active in literary and charitable works and devotes a great part of her time and her income to assisting unfortunate and dependent women who are in need of a sister's or a mother's care. She and Mrs. Delavgerne started the first reading room in Clinton, which was the beginning of the present splendid public library. She was the instigator of the first Women's Christian Temperance Union in Henry County and has always been interested in good works of a civic character. Mrs. Armstrong has two grandchildren, Margaret Ellen and Jane Taylor. She has one great grandchild, Merry Christmas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Christmas of Cleveland, Mississippi. She is a remarkably intelligent and well-read lady who is well preserved for her age. Her beautiful home is filled with curios, and a splendid library through which one could browse for hours and be entertained. Mrs. Armstrong takes a keen interest in everyday affairs and is devoted to her home city.
Monegaw Township, St. Clair County
born: Jun 29 1840, Gwinnett Co, GA
Source:1883 History of St. Clair County MO, National Historical Co. Pg:1127
Wilson Arnold, section 4, was born in Gwinnett County, Georgia, June 29, 1840, and was the son of Colonel Henry J. Arnold, a native of Virginia, and Mary Frances (Watley) Arnold, of Georgia. Wilson spent his youth until about eighteen years old on a farm at his birthplace. In 1856 he came to Missouri with his parents and located within three miles of Kansas City, but shortly after went to Kansas. They soon removed to Bates County, Missouri, on account of the Kansas troubles. Wilson Arnold took a trip to Texas in 1859 and spent two years in that state. Returning to Missouri in 1861, he enlisted in the Confederate service in June of that year under Colonel Payton, but was afterward transferred to Shelby's First Missouri Cavalry and served till the close of the war, when he surrendered at Shreveport. He participated in the fights of Lone Jack, Wilson's Creek, Missouri; Prairie Grove, Helena, Jenkins' Ferry, Arkansas, and Cape Girardeau. He was wounded at Lexington and also at Wilson's Creek. After the final surrender he returned to his family, who had removed to Benton County, where he farmed for two years. In 1867 he went to Henry County and resided there ten years. In March, 1877, Mr. Arnold came to St. Clair County, locating on his present farm in March, 1882. He has 160 acres, all improved. Mr. Arnold was married in this county April 2, 1862, to Miss Hannah F. Hinkle, a native of Kentucky and a daughter of D. M. Hinkle, who was one of the pioneer settlers of St. Clair County. They have five children: James W., Henry J., George W., Ollie Octavia and Joseph M. Mr. and Mrs. Arnold are members of the M. E. Church, South.
ASHBY, Lewis W.
Deer Creek Township, Henry County
born: Feb 9 1857, Henry Co, MO
Source:1883 History of Henry County Missouri, National Historical Co pg Pg:794
Lewis W. Ashby, farmer and breeder of fine stock, section 14, is a native of Henry County, Missouri, and was born February 9, 1857. His father, C. P. Ashby came to Missouri from Kentucky in 1853, and was married in this county to Mrs. Susan Swift, widow of Shelby Swift; her maiden name was Susan Pinnell, and she was born in Virginia. Mr. Ashby resided in Henry County until the breaking out of the war, when he enlisted in the Confederate army, serving until his health failed. Then he went south and has since lived in Arkansas. Lewis W. was reared and educated by his uncle, W. T. Beaty, and his youth was spent on the farm and in attending common schools. He was married April 3, 1882, to Miss Minnie Palmer, also a native of this county, and a daughter of, J. M. and Julia (Goff) Palmer, both of Henry County. Mr. Ashby and his wife are members of the M. E. Church, South, and he also belongs to the Masonic fraternity. He is devoting his attention to the breeding of thoroughbred Berkshire hogs, and has some of as pure blood as can be found in the state, and all are recorded in the Berkshire record. His stock has been on exhibition at numerous state fairs and always ranked among the best.
ATKINS, John Gilmer
Big Creek Township, Henry County
born: Nov 25 1884, Johnson Co, MO
Source:1919 History of Henry Co MO, Uel W. Lamkin, Historical Publishing Co pg Pg:727
John Gilmer Atkins, a successful farmer and stockman of Big Creek township, was born in Johnson County November 25, 1884, and belongs to a pioneer family of this section of Missouri. He is a son of Robert Oliver and Dora Alice (Doak) Atkins, natives of Johnson County. Robert Oliver Atkins is now a resident of Johnson County, and at present one of the members of the board of county judges. More extensive mention of the Atkins family history is made in connection with a sketch of Ernest Ward, which appears in this volume. John G. Atkins was reared on his father's farm and educated in the public schools of Blairstown, Missouri. He remained at home with his parents until his marriage, which occurred January 25, 1911. He was united in marriage with Miss Margaret Lee Stewart, a daughter of W. H. and Isabell Frances (Cox) Stewart. The father was a native of West Virginia, born July 13, 1828, and died July 4, 1911. He came to Henry County in an early day and first located at Clinton and later removed to White Oak township, and died at Urich. His wife was born May 1, 1845, and died June 1, 1916, and their remains are interred in the cemetery at Urich. W. H. and Isabell Frances (Cox) Stewart were the parents of the following children: John E., Urich, Missouri; Jennie, deceased; Even L., deceased; Frances; William H., deceased; Charles, Kansas City, Missouri; Albert A., Urich; Earl G., Urich; Raymond Fernwood, died in infancy; Mrs. Fern Spry, deceased; Margaret Lee, wife of John G. Atkins, the subject of this sketch; Edith, wife of Ernest McCoy, Calhoun, Missouri, and Ethel, married Dr. J. N. Jerome, Urich, Missouri. By a former marriage of W. H. Stewart to Margaret Burchnell, the following children were born: B. N., Urich, Missouri; Harry, deceased; Mrs. Florence Read, Goodwell, Oklahoma; Mrs. Leslie E. Scholl, deceased, and R. B., who resides on the Gaines ranch near Clinton, Missouri. Mr. Atkins resides on his farm of eighty acres which is located three-fourths of a mile east of Blairstown, where he is engaged in general farming and stock raising and makes a specialty of big boned Poland China hogs and Hereford cattle. In connection with his farming he is also employed as rural mail carrier on Route No.23 out of Blairstown and has served in the capacity as substitute carrier for the past ten years. Mr. and Mrs. Atkins have one son, John Gilmer, Jr., born July 19, 1916. Mr. Atkins is one of the progressive and energetic young men of Henry County and is recognized as one of its leading citizens of the younger generation.
AVERY, Angus Clark
Clinton Township, Henry County
born: Jan 26 1836, Henry Co, MO
Source:1883 History of Henry County Missouri, National Historical Co pg Pg:494
Angus Clark Avery. One of the leading citizens of Henry County, and one who has attained a well merited prominence, is he whose name heads this sketch. He was born in Henry County (then Rives), January 26, 1836, and with probably one or two exceptions, is the oldest man now living, born within the limits of the county. His father, Henry Avery, whose biography appears elsewhere, was born in Roane County, Tennessee. His mother's maiden name was Elizabeth Green, a native of White County, Tennessee. The Avery family are of English origin and the earliest known progenitor, Christopher Avery, emigrated from Great Britain and settled in Connecticut in early colonial days, and their descendants took an active part in the war for independence, no less than nine of that name being killed and five wounded at the battle of Fort Griswold, on Groton Heights, September 6, 1781. Four of this number were commissioned officers. Groton Monument, commemorating this conflict, stands on ground once a part of the Avery estate. The maternal ancestry were also of English descent and settled in Virginia at an early day, and were related to General Nathaniel Green, of Revolutionary fame. John Green, the grandfather, moved to White County, Tennessee, and became a Baptist minister and died at an advanced age in 1850. Angus C. Avery was reared on a farm and received his primary education in the schools of the neighborhood in which he lived. He then entered Union Hill Academy, White County, Tennessee, and after preparing himself for one year, became a student of Burritt College, Tennessee, where he remained two years. He then returned to Missouri and attended the State University at Columbia for one year but subsequently returned to Burritt College, where he was graduated July 3, 1858, and was honored by being appointed valedictorian of the class. The same year he entered the law department of Cumberland University, Tennessee, and was graduated in the spring of 1860, and admitted to the bar by Judge Caruthers of the supreme court. Returning to Clinton, he engaged in the practice of his profession until the courts were suspended in consequence of the war. He then turned his attention to the real estate business in which he has since been actively engaged, and at the present time he is one of the largest land owners as well as tax payers of the county. He has always shown a worthy public spiritedness and every good cause, calculated to be of lasting benefit to the city or county, receives his hearty support. In railroad matters he has been specially active with others in reviving the enterprise of building the Tebo & Neosho Railroad, a charter for which was granted prior to 1860 but abandoned on account of the war. This road, after many difficulties, was completed and is now known as the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad. He was one of the largest contributors and the watch word of the company was "economy." The company records will show that though entitled to a salary, he served without compensation, even for expenses, for several years as a director, traveling by his own private conveyance from Sedalia on the east to Fort Scott on the west, attending meetings of the board and using his influence for the undertaking until it was completed. The first mile of the road was graded on his laid through which he gave the right of way. He was one of the originators of the First National Bank of Clinton and has served its interest as president and director. In educational matters he has always taken a deep interest. In his religious preference he is a Baptist and holds the position of deacon, and has served as superintendent of the Sabbath School for seven years. he is one of the trustees of William Jewell College at Liberty, Missouri, and contributed largely to its endowment. He is also on the board of trustees of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, located at Louisville, Kentucky. The Baptist Church edifice in Clinton is due largely to his munificence, as is also the usefulness of its church organization. For the past twenty years he has taken the most advanced position in favor of temperance and prohibition. No one in the past has so thoroughly canvassed against saloons in Clinton. In all places and under all circumstances he is loyal to truth, honor and right, and richly merits the esteem in which he is held. He was married July 3, 1860, to Miss Rhoda Dodge, daughter of William H. and Catherine Dodge, of Cumberland County, Tennessee, originally from New York. Their family consists of eight children: August D., William H., Howard G. and Herbert D. (twins), Angus B.,. Clara B., Rhoda E. and Walter W. Lost one daughter in infancy, Elizabeth K.
AVERY, Charles Edward & Robert Walter
Tebo Township, Henry County
born: Jul 4 1849, Henry Co, MO
Source:1883 History of Henry County Missouri, National Historical Co pg Pg:629
C. E. & R. W. Avery are the owners and managers of a fine 460 acre farm, and are sons of the late Hon. William L. Avery, who was born November 14, 1822, in White County, Tennessee, and who married January 17, 1843, Miss Saphronia C., daughter of Major John W. and Nancy A. Williams, of Henry County. She was born December 8, 1826, in Simpson County, Kentucky. They had nine children, seven of whom are living: Nancy Elizabeth was born May 10, 1845, and married Mark F. Finks, October 20, 1864; Leonora A. was born August 2, 1847, and married John W. Coppage, October 23, 1867. Charles E. was born July 4, 1849, and married Miss Lelia Theressa, daughter of Judge M. B. and Susan A. Merritt, of this county; Robert W. was born June 15, 1851; Emma O., was born September 9, 1853, and married J. W. Wall in August, 1873 (she died January 7, 1876); Idora F., who was born February 4, 1855, married Nicholas Mars, December 19, 1870, and died September 18, 1874; Mary H. was born January 28, 1857, married Peter B. Mars, October, 1874; Lillian M. was born May 1, 1861, married Nicholas Mars, and now residing in Cedar County Missouri; John H. was born September 3, 1863. C. E. Avery, after attending the Calhoun and Clinton High Schools, took a course at the Missouri State University. He is a gentleman of good education and well cultured, yet altogether unassuming in manner. Robert W., his brother is assisting in the farm management. They are capable energetic young men, and rank high as farmers and raisers of fine graded stock. They have an excellent farm upon which are good buildings, etc. This farm was settled in 1845, by their father, who although he served the county with honor to himself, and satisfaction to her people, found time aside from legal hours, to train his sons for success in future life. He was a prominent public man, his first office being that of county assessor, which position he filled for two years, in 1850-1. he was next elected judge of the county court in 1852, and served for twelve years, or until the general ousting ordinance in 1864. He was again elected in 1870, as judge of the court of common pleas, and held the office for four years. In 1874 he became judge of the probate court, holding his seat until the time of his death, March 2, 1875. Politically these brothers are Democratic.
AVERY, Henry Rev.
Clinton Township, Henry County
born: Oct 18 1793, Roane Co, TN
Source:1883 History of Henry County Missouri, National Historical Co pg Pg:492
Rev. Henry Avery. Among the early pioneers of this county there are none who were better known or whose memory is more favorably cherished than the subject of this sketch. He was born in Roane County, Tennessee, October 18, 1793, and was the son of Peter Avery, who emigrated to Tennessee at an early day. The youth of Henry was spent on a farm until the war of 1812, when he enlisted and served as a private; he also served in the war against the Seminole Indians under General Jackson, and was promoted for meritorious conduct. He was married on the 25th of November, 1819, to Miss Elizabeth Green, of White County, Tennessee. In 1830 he emigrated to Missouri, and after spending a season in St. Louis County continued his course westward and raised a crop in Morgan County, and thence moved to what is now Henry County, in July, 1831, and was one of the first to identify himself with the interests of the county. He made his permanent settlement in Tebo Township March 18, 1832, and engaged successfully in agricultural pursuits. He was probably the first man in the county who broke prairie and put in a crop, and he erected the first hewn log house in the county, which is still standing, and a cut of which is to be seen elsewhere. In this house the first white child of the county, Susan Jane Avery, (now Mrs. William H. Roberts, of Clinton,) was born. He was the first justice of the peace of the county, and the first term of the county court was held in his house on May 4 and 5, 1835, when the county first had a separate organization. The pioneer store in the county was erected and opened on his premises by Stephen Clark. In his religious preferences he was an old school Baptist, and in 1826 united with the Big Fork Church in Tennessee. After his removal to this county he became a constituent member of High Point Church, Johnson County, in 1832, and in the following spring he was ordained a preacher by a Presbytery consisting of Elders J. Warder, J. White, Thomas Ricketts and William Simpson. From this time until his death, though called an Old School Baptist, he was a great missionary, working hard on his farm most of the time and spending often from Friday until Monday preaching the Gospel in all the surrounding country without fee or reward; going east at times as far as St. Louis, and west beyond the state limits, preaching to the Indians. Through industry and strict economy he gained a competency. His house was the home of many a weary traveler, and in it elections, courts and preaching were held. He held a public debate with Elder Joshua Page, a Campbellite in Henry County, the first, perhaps, held as far west, in 1842. He had a good English education and his preaching was plain, faithful and earnest, at the same time pathetic and persuasive, and he might in truth be styled one of the old fashioned preachers and teachers, laboring as Paul did, with his own hands for a support, and the local poet might have said of him as it did of one who labored with him in the early days of his ministry: (Omitted poem) Mr. Avery died September 26, 1845, surrounded by his family to whom he spoke loving words, and after sending affecting messages to his ministerial brethren and others with whom he had been intimate as a co-laborer. The last words he was heard to utter were, "I have fought a good fight," and peacefully fell asleep. Three sons, R. L. Avery, now residing on the old homestead, A. C. Avery and J. M. Avery, of Clinton, and two daughters, Mrs. Nancy A. Fewell and Mrs. William H. Roberts, still survive him.
AVERY, James Mason
Clinton Township, Henry County
born: Jun 7 1838, Henry Co, MO
Source:1883 History of Henry County Missouri, National Historical Co pg Pg:496
James M. Avery. Of the early settlers of Henry County, Missouri, no name is more familiar than that of Henry Avery, a brief sketch of whom appears elsewhere. James M.; his son, the president of the First National Bank of Clinton, was born in Henry County June 7th, 1838. His early life was spent on his father's farm, and from 1853 until 1856 he was a student in Murritt College, Spencer, Tennessee. After leaving college he returned home and resumed farming until the outbreak of the war, when he engaged in the horse and mule trade, and continued this business until 1865. He then embarked in the mercantile business in Clinton, in company with Mr. Doyle, the firm name being Avery & Doyle. He was one of the organizers of the Clinton Savings Bank in 1870. This bank was succeeded in February, 1872, by the First National Bank, and for nearly two years Mr. Avery was cashier. In 1875 he commenced the banking business in Moberly, Missouri, the firm being Avery & Woolfolk, and here he continued until 1879, when he returned to Clinton. In 1881 he was elected vice president of the First National Bank, and in 1882 became its president. He was married June 16th, 1865, to Miss Sallie M. Woolfolk, a native of Missouri. They have a family of four children: Ella C., Charles H., Mary B. and Frank M. Mr. and Mrs. Avery are members of the Baptist Church, and Mr. A. holds the office of deacon.
AVERY, Robert Walter
Tebo Township, Henry County
born: Jun 14 1851, Tebo Twp, Henry Co, MO
Source:1919 History of Henry Co MO, Uel W. Lamkin, Historical Publishing Co pg Pg:760
Robert W. Avery - The Avery family is one of the oldest and best known of the pioneer families in Henry County, their coming to this county dating in the forties. The late Robert W. Avery of Tebo township was a sterling and worthy representative of this old and prominent family. He was born on the old Avery home place in Tebo township June 14, 1851, and was the son of Judge William L. and Sophronia Caroline (Williams) Avery, who were among the earliest of the pioneer families of Henry County. Mr. Avery was reared to young manhood on the parental farm and received a good education in the district school and was brought up to believe in the best principles of good citizenship. During his entire life he practiced the precepts of honesty and high morality taught him by his excellent parents. He always made his home upon the Avery home place and came into possession of this fine farm through inheritance and purchase. He was a successful live stock dealer as well as a splendid farmer, becoming the owner of three hundred and ninety-nine acres of good land in Tebo township. Mr. Avery departed this life April 27, 1907, sincerely mourned throughout the county as a splendid and upright and industrious citizen who left the community a better place in which to live through the example he set of industrious and right living. On December 10, 1884, Mr. Avery was united in marriage with Serena Merritt, and to this union were born five children, as follows: Walter C., Pine Bluff, Arkansas; Sidney R., at home; Lyman L., a soldier in the National Army, was in training at Camp McArthur, Waco, Texas, and is now in France; Susan C., at home. The first son of the family died in infancy, born May 1, 1887. Walter C. was born October 28, 1888, married Miss Ethel Woodard, and has three children, Lucille, Louise, Irene; Sidney R. was born August 7, 1893; Lyman was born March 3, 1896; Susan C. was born February 7, 1902. The mother of the foregoing children was born in Henry County, March 28, 1861, the daughter of Judge Milton B. and Susan A. (Fewel) Merritt, who were parents of ten children. Judge Milton B. Merritt was born in Tennessee, April 27, 1819, and was an early pioneer of Henry County. He served as county judge for a number of years and was one of the best known men of his day in Henry County. He died March 24, 1906. His widow is now living on the old Merritt home place. She is one of the oldest pioneer women in Henry County, if not the oldest; she is well past ninety-three years of age, having been born June 18, 1825. Mrs. Avery was educated in the district schools and the Warrensburg Normal and is a capable and well-informed lady. Mr. Avery was a Democrat but took little active interest in political matters. He was contented to strive and create for his family and his home, his interests in life being mainly with his home and family to whom he was very devoted, no sacrifice being too great and no endeavors being too much for him to attempt in their behalf.
AVERY, Robinson Lafayette
Tebo Township, Henry County
born: Dec 12 1824, White Co, TN
Source:1883 History of Henry County Missouri, National Historical Co pg Pg:628
R. L. Avery, farmer and stock raiser, was born December 12, 1824, in White County, Tennessee, where he also received his education. His parents, Rev. Henry Avery, born October 18, 1793, in Roane County, Tennessee, and Elizabeth (Green) Avery, born November 10, 1798, in Barren County, Kentucky, were married November 10, 1819. They had eight children, five of whom are still living, three sons and two daughters. Henry Avery at the age of nineteen enlisted under General Jackson as a private soldier, and served during the entire war of 1812. He was almost constantly with that general and on very intimate terms with him. He was engaged in general merchandising in Bibb County, Alabama, during the years 1818, 1819 and 1821, and then closing his business, was appointed secretary of state, which office he held for two years. He was for nine years occupied in farming in White County, Tennessee, and then removed to St. Louis, where he remained only a short time, when he went to Morgan County, Missouri. In 1831 he came to Lafayette (now Henry) County, and at that time was the only man that took a paper here, it being the Missouri Republican, published at St. Louis. He pre-empted 160 acres of land in 1831 in Tebo Township, and in 1838 purchased 1,000 acres of the government at $1.25 per acre, and in 1839, 340 more. He was ordained a minister of the gospel in May of 1834 by Revs. Ricketts, Warder and White, and continued to preach as long as strength lasted. He died September 18, 1845. The subject of this sketch soon received 220 acres of the homestead, upon which he commenced farming at the age of twenty-one and he has since that time continued upon it. He was for several years employed in teaching during the winter season and can show the oldest teacher's certificate in the county. He married Miss Venezuela Palmer, daughter of Drury and Mary Palmer, (born January 8th, 1839) December 8th, 1857. By this union there have been six daughters and four sons, of whom three sons and two daughters survive. Mary C., born October 5th, 1858, married David Chipman, of Henry County, December 20th, 1882. Henry F., born January 18th, 1864. Serepta E., born August 27th, 1868. James W., born September 15th, 1870. Robinson E., born November 29th, 1875. Mr. Avery has remained upon the same farm fifty-one years, and was forty years an inmate of the first dwelling house erected in the county. This house, a double log structure, was raised July 18th, 1832, by Drury Palmer, Judge Thomas Arbuckle, Rev. Henry Avery, John Wade, Martin Wade, and Judge William Goff. Mr. Avery has a fine farm, well watered, and is one of the enterprising farmers of this district, dealing quite extensively in stock. He was a Union man during the war and did much to harmonize feeling during that period. Mrs. A. is connected with the Old School Presbyterian Church, and his views are Democratic.