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Biographical Sketch of James H. Barngrover

James H. Barngrover. The subject of this sketch was born in Ohio, February 12, 1825, and lived there until he was twelve years old, when his parents moved to Indiana, bringing him with them, and in the latter State he grew to manhood and completed his education. He began farming in Indiana, and continued there until the fall of 1853, when he went to Greene county, Iowa, and remained two years. In 1855 he moved to Daviess county, this State, and settled in Lincoln township, where he has ever since been engaged in farming and stock-growing. His splendid farm contains 480 acres of fine land, and naturally and artificially adapted to the stock business. His average production of live-stock per year is, of cattle, twenty-five head; hogs, 100 head; and sheep, 550 head. Mr. Barngrover was married, in Indiana, June 17, 1852, to Miss Mary A. Payne, a native of Ohio, born March 31, 1833. Three children have resulted from this union: John R., born June 5, 1853; George W., born July 17, 1856, and died May 1, 1880; Sarah E., born January 1, 1860, and died September 2, 1881. The last named was married to Mr. William Booram, April 21, 1878, and they became the parents of two children, James E. and Charles W whom Mrs. Booram was forced to leave motherless after a short illness. Mr. Barngrover has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church over forty years, and his good wife has been a member for upwards of thirty years. This exemplary couple is worthy the emulation of all newly-married young people who would be...

Biographical Sketch of Isaac W. Booram

Isaac W. Booram. This gentleman was born in Kanawha county, Virginia (now West Virginia), August 23, 1830. At about twelve years of age he came with his father to Grundy county, this State, and there received his education. On arriving at the proper age, he commenced farming for himself, and still continues in that worthy walk of life. In March, 1853, Mr. Booram moved to Lincoln township, this county, where he has ever since resided. He owns a well-improved farm of 200 acres, on which he has a good residence and barn, the entire place being well appointed in every particular. Mr. Booram was married, in Harrison county, Missouri, June 10, 1852, to Miss Emily Mitchell. This lady died October 27, 1859, and he was married to his second wife in Harrison county, October 14, 1860, her maiden name being Kittie A. Meyers. Four children were born of the first marriage, three of whom still survive, named Erastus 0., Sarah L., and William, living, and Arvila J., deceased. By the second union he has three children, two of whom, Izola and Walter J., are living, and Myrtle, deceased. Mr. Booram is well known as a fair-minded, liberal man, and good...

Biographical Sketch of William Harden

William Harden. The subject of this sketch was born in Coshocton county, Ohio, November 18, 1831. His parents moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, when he was four years old, and there William was partly educated. When he was fifteen years old, they again moved, this time to Westfield, Indiana, where he completed his education. Farming was the occupation chosen by William as a life-calling, and he engaged in that honorable and independent vocation, soon after leaving school, and continued it several years in Indiana. He went to Lucas county, Iowa, from Indiana, and remained there till the fall of 1854, when he moved to Missouri, settling in Grundy county, where he engaged in farming and stock-raising, residing there till 1870. He then moved to this county and located in Lincoln township, where he has ever since resided. Mr. Harden owns a fine stock-farm of 320 acres, which is well improved and in a high state of cultivation. It has a neat residence, and is fenced with Osage orange, having four and one-half miles of hedge fencing.. He was married, in Lucas county, Iowa, June 5, 1858, to Miss Sarah Smith. Five children have been born to them; named, Laura, Frank, Annie, Monroe and...

Biography of William M. Witten

William M. Witten is a Virginian, and was born in Tazewell county, that State, on the 9th of September, 1837. He was partly educated in the county of his birth, but left there before completing it. In 1851 he came to Grundy county, Missouri, locating in Edinburg, and soon afterwards entered Grand River College, where he completed his education. After leaving school be began life as a farmer, working with his father. He came to Daviess county in 1856 and settled in Lincoln township on a fine tract of land containing about one thousand acres, which his father had given him. After fencing this place, and putting it partially in cultivation, he must have returned, temporarily, to Virginia, for we find him in 1861, enlisted in the cause of the Confederacy, in Company A, of the Twenty-third Virginia Volunteers. He served with credit until the war closed, having held the rank of lieutenant since 1862. After the war he returned to Daviess county and again engaged in farming and stock-raising, and is now one of the most successful stock-men in the county. He has one of the best appointed farms in North Missouri, consisting of 1,200 acres, it being about the largest in the county. From. this place Mr. Witten ships, or sells, about 200 head of cattle per year, besides, mules, horses, etc. Mr. Witten was married, in Tazewell county, Virginia, on the 22d of December, 1858, to Miss Pamelia Gillespie, a native of that State.. She died October 6, 1879, after bearing him six children. In March, 1881, he married Mrs. Ella O. Witten, a native of...

Biographical Sketch of John Terry

John Terry was born in this county March 10, 1850. His parents moved to Grundy county when he was five years old, and there John was reared and educated. He began life as a farmer and has been engaged in farming and stock-dealing ever since. In the fall of 1874, he went to Texas and there engaged in stock-raising, remaining till the fall of 1878, when he returned to Missouri and settled in Daviess county, where he has ever since resided. He owns a good farm of 160 acres in Lincoln township which he has especially adapted to stock-raising and annually produces about eighty head of cattle which he ships or sells to other dealers. Mr. Terry was married, in Grundy county, November 19, 1871, to Miss Catharine E. Kackley, a native of Grundy county, born June 30, 1848. They are the parents of three children; named, respectively, Olive M., born October 22, 1872; Lillie M., born April 22, 1874; and Effie A., born in Texas, April 16,...

Biographical Sketch of George W. Griffith

George W. Griffith, a native of Pennsylvania, was born June 12, 1826. He received his education in the State of his birth, and, on leaving school, learned the wagon-maker’s trade, at which he worked for three years. He then took up the trade of mill-wright and worked thereat five years. Next he engaged in the saw-mill business, continuing in that line until 1862, when he began farming. Mr. Griffith moved to Missouri in April, 1866, and located first at Chillicothe, Livingston county, where he remained until the spring of 1867, when he came to this county, and has lived here ever since, engaged in farming. He owns a good farm of 152 acres of land in Lincoln township, on which he and his family reside at this writing. Mr. Griffith was married, in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, December 14, 1853, to Miss Sarah Shultz. Thirteen children were born of this union, nine of whom are still...

Biographical Sketch of William R. Sparks

William R. Sparks was born in Owen county, Indiana, May 20, 1839, and received part of his education in the county of his birth, living there till he was twelve years of age. His parents then moved to Boone county, Iowa, and there William grew up and finished his education. He began farming in Iowa, continuing .there until 1870, when he moved to this State and county, locating in Lincoln township. He owns a farm of 140 acres of well improved land, which he has fenced with hedge fencing. Mr. Sparks was married, in Boone county, Iowa, September 14, 1862, to Miss Deborah Williams. Nine children have been born of this union,. eight of whom are still living. Their names are; John C., Florence A., Nathan O., William E., Grace F., Douglas B., Melvin E., and Nancy A., surviving, and Thomas, deceased. Mr. Sparks is a good practical farmer, whose honesty and fair dealing has won him many...

Biographical Sketch of John L. Gooding

John L. Gooding. This gentleman was born in St. Clair county, Illinois, July 21, 1839. His parents moved with him to Adams county when he was three years old, and there be grew up and acquired his education. He started in life as a farmer, and. has ever since been engaged in the same calling. In November, 1868, he came to Missouri and located in Lincoln township this county, where he has ever since resided, engaged in farming and stock-dealing. He has a well improved and well adapted farm of 162 acres of good land, on which he has a neat, new residence, so located as to afford a good view of the surrounding country. He is a good practical farmer and successful stock man. Mr. Gooding was married, on the 2nd of September, 1869, in Adams :county, Illinois, to Miss Fannie Dayton, a native of Adams county. By this union they have been blessed with two children: Abram O., born November 21, 1870; and William H., born September 6,...

Biographical Sketch of John A. Graham

John A. Graham is a Missourian, and was born in Grundy county on the 6th of August, 1849, and reared and educated in the county of his birth. After leaving school he commenced milling and teaming in Livingston county, and continued in the same business until October, 1870, when he came to Daviess county, where he has since resided. In this county he has been engaged in farming, and now owns a neat little farm of eighty acres in Lincoln township, which he has put in a high state of cultivation, and improved into a comfortable and profitable home. Mr. Graham was married, in Grundy county, August 27, 1871, to Miss Carolina B. Witten. They are the parents of four children, of whom James K. and Henry W. are living; and Iola H. and Bettie J. are...

Biographical Sketch of Caleb Scott

Caleb Scott is a Kentuckian, and was reared and educated in his native State, the date of his birth being December 12, 1808. He became a farmer on starting in life for himself, and followed that occupation in Kentucky till the fall of 1829. Being then of age, he went to Indiana and there engaged in farming and school-teaching till the fall of 1850, when he went to Sangamon county, Illinois. He remained there till some time in 1855, when he came to Daviess county, of which he has ever since been a citizen. Two years. after his coming he was elected justice of the peace, which office he resigned, however, on account of ill-health. Mr. Scott was married, in Kentucky,. February 28, 1830. to Miss Sarah Scott. By this union they have had twelve children, eleven of whom are still living. The names of the surviving ones are Thomas M., Matthew 0., Volney B., Timothy G., Oliver G., Matilda, A., Edward D., Mary J., John W., Jacob C., and Martha E. The one deceased was a son named William. Mr. Scott has been a citizen of this county for over a quarter of a century; and his upright character and value as a neighbor and friend are well known and fully appreciated by all his...
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