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Biography of Judge Shadrach Chilton

JUDGE SHADRACH CHILTON. Among the citizens of Van Buren, Carter County, Missouri, who have carved their way from a modest beginning to the rank of its prominent men, not one occupies a more enviable position than Judge Shadrach Chilton. Possessed of excellent ability, grafted upon a stock of sturdy honesty, he also possesses a goodly degree of those personal attributes that spring from a kindly heart, an honest purpose, a broad liberality and a fraternal sympathy. He is a descendant of one of the earliest pioneers in the county, John Chilton, who was born in Ray County, Tennessee, on May 9, 1805. The latter was a son of Thomas and Susan (Inmann) Chilton. Thomas Chilton was born in the State of Virginia, and at an early date moved to Tennessee. There he married and resided until 1816, when he came to Madrid County, Missouri. Two years later he moved to Carter County and settled on the Current River, being the first man to settle that high up. He improved a farm at the mouth of Henpeck Creek, and as he delighted in hunting and fishing, his table was seldom lacking meat. A few years later he moved to Shannon County and carried on a mill until his death in 1863. He was a soldier in the Creek Indian War in Tennessee, and in politics was a Democrat. He reared nine sons and one daughter, as follows: Clementine, wife of Zimri Carter; Mark, died when a young man; John, the father of our subject; Charles T.; Thomas; Shadrach; Joshua; William; James and Francis M. The father of our subject was...

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