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Biography of Alfred F. Barnett

Alfred F. Barnett was born in Mercer County, Kentucky, November 23,1816, and lived there two years, when his parents, Zacharius and Nancy Burnett, migrated to Missouri and settled near Fayette, Howard County. There he was reared, and lived until 1847, when he removed to Daviess county and settled on a farm in Jefferson township, continuing in agricultural pursuits for two years. In 1849 he came to Gallatin and engaged in the mercantile business with R. S. Owings, under the firm name of Barnett & Owings, and continued in the business until the summer of 1851, when he retired from the firm, and, for a short time, again engaged in farming. He next went to Smithton, Kansas, and was the manager of a store at that place for the firm of Holt, Tipton & Co., of Savannah, Missouri, remaining there until 1857, when he returned to Gallatin and was appointed deputy sheriff by James J. Minor, holding the position four years. In 1861 he joined the Confederate army, enlisting in General Sterling Price’s brigade as a private, and served during the war, returning to Gallatin after the declaration of peace in 1865. His first employment was the running of a steam flouring-mill for R. T. West, in which business he was engaged up to 1874, when he was elected treasurer of Daviess county, reelected in 1876, serving both terms and going out of office in 1878. Establishing himself in the lumber trade, he carried on that business alone until 1880, when he formed a partnership with T. J. Crain, under the firm name of Crain & Barnett, and they continue...

Biographical Sketch of John H. Searcy

John H. Searcy is a native of Illinois, and was born November 9, 1844. He was partly educated in his native State and completed his education in Daviess county, this State, to which his parents moved when he was about twelve years old. On arriving at an age to transact his own business, Mr. Searcy began farming and stock-raising, and is still so engaged at this writing. He owns a farm of 181 acres of land in Jefferson township, which he has well improved, having one of the finest residences in the township. He is a man of large experience and fine judgment, and his integrity of character is well known in the county. Mr. Searcy was first married, in Daviess county, to Miss Parmelia Garrison. After the death of his first wife, Mr. Searcy was united in marriage to Miss Susan E....

Biography of Rev. John W. Black

John W. Black was born in Boone county, Missouri, February 11, 1833, His father was a native of Virginia, and migrated to Boone county when a young man, and was there united in marriage to Miss Ann, daughter of Andrew Hannah, who was from Kentucky. In 1849, with his wife and family of six sons and three daughters, he removed to Daviess county, and settled in Jefferson -township, one and one-half miles south of Victoria. The good mother died November 29, 1S51, but the children all survive. The subject of this sketch having received all the advantages of a good education, when eighteen years of age began school teaching, receiving for his services the sum of $20 per month. Mr. Black acquired a proficiency in his profession and was esteemed among the best of the early educators in the county. In 1860, on-the fourth Saturday in March, Mr. Black was licensed to preach by the New Salem Baptist Church, and has continued in the ministry of that church ever since, having been regularly ordained on the fourth Sunday in December, 1877. He served one year as a missionary in the Gentry Association. He is deservedly held in high esteem, not only by the members of his flock, but by all who know him. Mr. Black and Miss Tabitha Sappington were united in marriage on the 18th of September, 1853, and the Rev. D. Doyle, an early pioneer preacher of the Baptist denomination, who was said to have preached the first sermon in the State, officiated. This marriage, which has proven a happy one, has been blessed with five children,...

Biography of J. T. Matchett

J. T. Matchett, the subject of this sketch was born in Halifax, Dauphin county, Pennsylvania, March 5, 1838. His father, George Matchett, was a native of Ireland, and his mother, Mary Matchett, was born in the Keystone State. At the age of twenty years our subject migrated to Ohio and settled in Muskingum county, where he lived until 1862. In September of that year he enlisted in Company A, Seventy-eighth Regiment of Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Capt. T. P. Wilson and Col. M. D. Leggett. After a three months’ stay in camp near Zanesville, the regiment reported ready for duty, and were ordered to the front, arriving in time to take part in the “wind-up” of the siege at Fort Donaldson, February 17, 1862. He participated in the battles of Bolivar, Tennessee, Raymond, Champion’s Hill, and the siege of Vicksburg, through all of which he passed unscathed. After the siege of Vicksburg he was on detail duty until the close of the war. Returning to Muskingum county, Ohio, he continued to reside there until September 6, 1871, when he removed to Missouri and settled in Grundy county. In March, 1876, he removed to Daviess county and settled on the farm where he now lives, consisting of eighty acres of rich, productive, land, in Jefferson township, three-quarters of a mile northeast of Winston. Mr. Matchett and Miss Mary C. Hollingsworth were joined in marriage, by the Rev. J. Q. A. Miller, February 13, 1862. Mrs. Matchett was born near Duncan Falls, Muskingum county, Ohio, May 24, 1843. Her parents were Jacob K. and Nancy H. Hollingsworth. Mr. and Mrs. Matchett are...

Biography of J. H. Alexander

J. H. Alexander was born in Kentucky, November 30, 1819, and was one of a family of nine, six boys and three girls. His father was a Virginian by birth, served. a soldier in the War of 1812, and died at the advanced age of seventy-two years; his grandfather was a soldier in the Revolutionary War and was wounded at the battle of Brandywine; his mother was a native of Kentucky and died at the age of forty-six. Mr. Alexander was united in the marriage bonds to Miss Mary V. Reid, on the 5th of June, 1845, and the same year removed to Daviess county, Missouri, and located upon his present farm, where he has since been engaged in his chosen pursuit, agriculture. His farm is situated in the southwestern part of Jefferson township and consists of 118 acres of fertile land. Mr. and Mrs. Alexander became the parents of five children; named as follows: Ann M., born February 28, 1846; Mary E., born July 16, 1847; Martha J., born December 28, 1848; James D., born October 4, 1850; and Sarah E., born March 27, 1852. Mrs. Alex-under died March 3, 1853. Mr. Alexander was united in marriage to Miss Eliza Reed, on the 3d of June, 1853. By this union three children were born; namely, Nancy M., May 29, 1854; Daniel R, September 19, 1856; and John William, March 7, 1861. On the 19th of April, 1875, Mr. Alexander made a visit to the homes of his brothers in California and Oregon, and while on his tour, which lasted until October 20th of the same year, he gathered...

Biographical Sketch of Robert S. Osborn

Robert S. Osborn is a native of Boone county, Missouri, and was born October 31, 1826. In April, 1841, he accompanied his parents in their removal to Daviess county, and has lived upon the farm upon which they settled in Jefferson township for forty years. He owns a very desirable tract of land containing 544 acres, upon which he lives and is engaged in farming and stock-raising. His parents, who were natives of Scott county, Kentucky, are both dead. Mr. Osborn was joined in marriage to Miss Maria Osborn, on the 14th of March, 1850. Their union was blessed with five children; named, respectively, Mary E., born March 11, 1851, died November 22, 1856; Parmelia E., born January 30, 1856; Richard J., born January 8, 1859; Ruth A., born February 6, 1863; and Stella L., born May 28, 1866, died January 13, 1867. Mrs. Osborn died April 15, 1872, and her remains repose in their last resting place in Victoria Cemetery. On the 2d of February, 1873, Mr. Osborn and Mrs. Agnes Reid were married. They have two children by this union; namely, Dudley C., born December 9, 1873; and Clay, born September 28, 1879. Mrs. Reid was the mother of five children by her first marriage as follows: Adelbert W., born November 10, 1861; Sarah A., born August 31, 1863; Elsie, born June 19, 1865; Oscar B., born September 18, 1869, died June 9, 1872; and Merritt, born June 23, 1871. Mrs. Agnes Osborn is a regular descendant of the Randolphs of Virginia. Mr. Osborn has a vivid remembrance of the early pioneer days when he ground corn...

Biography of Joseph H. Mallory

Joseph H. Mallory was born in Grayson county, Virginia, July 11, 1819. His parents were born, reared and died in the same State. Our subject came to Daviesso county, Missouri, in 1841, and settled upon the farm where he now resides. This farm covers 250 acres of good land, 170 of which are under cultivation, but thirty-one years ago when he first staked off his claim, the county was new and nature seemed clothed in robes of primitive beauty, while wild animals roamed the unbroken prairies and birds of many kinds flitted from branch to branch in the dusky shadows of the woodland. Then, too, people lived in peace and harmony, and were kind, friendly, generous and ever ready to render assistance when a neighbor or a stranger was in need. Time has rung the changes since. Mr. Mallory was united in marriage to Miss Myra. Creekmore, December 17, 1844. Of this union nine children were born, named as follows: Stephen W., born October 23, 1846; Emmet E., born October 10, 1848; George M., born October 10, 1853; Sophronia J., born May 23, 1856; John F., born April 22,185S; Rosamond F., born April 26, 1860; Winfield S., born March 18, 1862; Joseph G., born March 16, 1864; and Thomas M., born August 23, 1869. Mrs. Mallory died March 10, 1878. Mr. Mallory remained a widower two years and was then united in marriage to Mrs. Zeviah E. Newton, of Hamilton, Caldwell county, Missouri. Both himself and wife are members of the Church of the Seventh Day Adventists. The present comfortable residence of Mr. Mallory is the work of his...

Biographical Sketch of William T. Hughes

William T. Hughes. This gentleman was born in Franklin county, Kentucky, November 25, 1850, and six years later accompanied his parents in their removal to this County, where they settled upon a farm near the spot where the town of Winston is now located. His father was a native of Virginia, and died in this county, February 7, 1879; his mother was born in Kentucky; and is still living. When they came here in 1856, land was then subject to entry at from $1.25 to $1.50 per acre, wild game was plentiful, while wild-cats, wolves, bears, etc., roamed the woods at will. In 1871, Mr. Hughes went to Dakota and Utah on a prospecting tour, remaining two years, visiting many places of picturesque and romantic interest, among which was the summit of Mt. Uenta, the highest peak in Utah, and also made a trip into Wyoming Territory, returning to Daviess county in 1873. While on this tour he and his companion, Joseph J. Smith, had a fearful encounter with three large grizzly bears, in which Smith was badly lacerated before they succeeded in putting an end to the fierce inhabitants of the mountains. Mr. Hughes and Miss Josephine Mallory were joined in marriage by Elder ‘T. S. M. Kenney, on December 29th, 1879. They have two children; namely, Edson W., born September 30, 1880; and Judson J., born October 13, 1881. Mr. H. is a member of the Baptist Church, while Mrs. Hughes belongs to the Seventh Day Adventists. Mr. Hughes has lived in this county twenty-six years, but upon his present farm, which consists of eighty acres of...

Biography of Charles Harrison

Charles Harrison, the subject of this sketch was born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, February 29, 1841. His parents were natives of Germany; his father died in Pennsylvania and his mother in Kentucky. He came to Missouri in 1859, and when the dark cloud of Civil War began to cast its baleful rays over the country in 1861, though but eighteen years of age, he enlisted in the cause of the Union, joining Company C, First Regiment Nebraska Volunteer Infantry, under Captain Thomas C. Majors, July 8, 1861. The regiment was mustered into service on the 6th of the following August and at once boarded the steamer Hesperian, for St. Joseph, Missouri, thence by train to Hannibal, and, while en route were attacked by the rebel forces under General Clark, but with no effect. From Hannibal the regiment went to St. Louis, thence to Pilot Knob, where they were detailed to guard bridges. They were next sent to Springfield to oppose the forces under General Van Dorn, but on arrival found the enemy routed with considerable loss. Moving on to Warsaw they encountered the Confederates under General Rains, who had possession of the town, and in the engagement which ensued the rebels were defeated. The First Nebraska was’ next detailed to intercept recruits for the Confederates from northwest Missouri, and on the 18th of December, 1861, succeeded in capturing 1,300 new men on their way to join Price’s army, beside 1,000 stand of arms, 600 horses, rations, ammunition, etc. From Georgetown, the scene of this exploit, they joined the forces under General Grant and participated in the capture of Fort...

Biographical Sketch of John Kincaid

John Kincaid was born in Guernsey county, Ohio, April 25, 1848, and is a son of Jacob and Elizabeth Kincaid, both natives of Ohio; the father is now living in Grundy county, this State, but his mother died in Morgan county, Ohio. Our subject accompanied his father to Grundy county in 1865 and. lived upon the farm there until January 19, 1878, when he was united in marriage to Miss Maria Vandalson, of Mercer county, Illinois, the Rev. Charles Atherton, officiating. Shortly after his marriage he removed to this county .and rented a farm in Jefferson township, and one year later purchased his present farm of eighty acres, which he, has under a fine state of cultivation. Mr. and Mrs. Kincaid have two children, whose names and dates of birth are here given: Claude, born November 2, 1878; and Carrie P., born March Z, 1881. They are highly respected citizens of the...
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