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Biography of W. K. Johnson

W. K. JOHNSON. The public services of Mr. Johnson, the efficient and capable treasurer of Christian County, Missouri, have been characterized by a noticeable devotion to the welfare of his county, and his ability and fidelity in his present position have been seen and appreciated by all. He is a native of Tennessee, born in Grainger County September 22, 1837. He is a son of Joshua and Sarah (Dent) Johnson, both natives of Tennessee, the father born in Hawkins and the mother in Grainger County. They came to Christian County, Missouri, in 1868, and here both passed the remainder of their days, the mother dying in 1877 and the father in 1881. Both were worthy members of the Missionary Baptist Church. Of the eleven children born to this worthy couple, five are still living: Lavesta, who married, died when twenty years of age; Mariah is a widow and resides in this county; John M. died in Tennessee; Luanna died in Missouri; Thomas died in Christian County; James died when small; G. B. Johnson died while in the army; Amanda married H. H. Roy and is living in Stone County; Tempy married W. C. McCraskey and resides in this county; and Frances, who married A. H. Soloman, also resides in this county. The Johnsons are descended from an old pioneer family of Tennessee, and the Dents are of Irish extraction. Our subject remained in Tennessee until 1859, and was there married to Miss Nancy J. Matthews, a native of Hamilton County, Tennessee. In the last mentioned year he brought his family to Missouri and located in Christian County, buying land...

Biography of James C. Chilton

JAMES C. CHILTON. As a follower of the primitive occupation of man-farming-this worthy “son of the soil” has become widely known and has accumulated a fortune, and the prosperity which he enjoys is but the result of worthy qualities rightly employed. He is a native of Grainger County, Tennessee, and was born on the 2d of May, 1831, a son of Thomas and Rebecca (Daniel) Chilton, who were born, reared, educated and married in Tennessee, and there made their home until 1836, when they came by boat to the Mississippi River, and thence by wagon to what is now Shannon County, Missouri, locating two miles below the mouth of Jack’s Fork, where they improved a good farm. There Mrs. Chilton was called from life about 1859, and her husband afterward removed to Blair’s Creek, where he died about 1866. He was a lifelong and successful farmer, and was assessor of Shannon County for over a quarter of a century, the section over which his duties lay being very extensive and included what is now several adjoining counties, and at that time was very thinly settled. He was one of the first to settle in this section, and the thickly wooded country, peopled with bears, wolves, panthers, deer, and wild turkeys, afforded a paradise for the knight of the gun. The nearest market was Potosi, eighty miles away, and thus the people were often forced to make their own clothing, including shoes, etc. They depended on the merchants for nothing but groceries, and although their lives were full of deprivations and hardships, yet they had their enjoyments and were usually...

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