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A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri

A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri was written by William Bryan in 1876. William along with his associate, Robert Rose, traversed by horse across five counties in the state of Missouri interviewing families for the information found in this manuscript. As such, readers should not use this as the Gospel for these early Missouri families. Research is warranted to validate what the families claimed, as they were often in error, merely detailing the information passed down to them. Even William acknowledged such in his preface to the book. The five counties included were: Audrain, Callaway, Montgomery, St. Charles and Warren. At the time William wrote this manuscript, Missouri was mostly a rural state. But it had seen its largest influx of new residents in the prior two decades. Details on whom he and Robert chose to be representative of those “pioneer” families was never mentioned. One can only assume that they chose those families which were known to have been early arrivals in Missouri and to still have family in the five counties mentioned earlier. Biographies from A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri Allen, Charles Anderson, John Anderson, Presley Andrews, William Archer, Charles C. Baker, David Baker, Robert Rev. Barnes, James Bast, George Beard, Edwin Berger, Jacob Best, Stephen Bird, John Bowels, Gideon Brown, William Brown, William Bunch, David W. Burgess, Thomas Bush, William Bushby, Matthew Cain, Jesse Callaway, John B. Camp, Hardin Carnefax, William Carson, Lindsay Carter, Ithiel Carter, Peter Caton, Jesse Chambers, John Chapman, Stephen Clanton, Drury Clanton, Henry Clark, Henry Clements, Benjamin A. Clyce, William Cobb, Samuel Coil, Jacob Col. Cole, Mark...

Biography of Mrs. Julia A. McCarver

MRS. JULIA A. McCARVER. – Julia A. McCoy was born November 19, 1825, in St. Charles county, Missouri. Her parents died before she was three years old; and she was brought up by her grandfather and grandmother. At an early age she was married to Garrett Buckalew, and thereafter lived in the State of Illinois until the spring of 1847, when, with her husband and two children, and the families of eighteen neighbors, she started across the plains for Oregon. At St. Joseph, Missouri, they joined a host of other emigrants, the combined party including ninety families, who continued their journey to its destination under the guidance and command of Captain Joel Palmer, who had already twice crossed the continent, and was then after his family. Mrs. Buckalew lost her youngest child on the plains; and, while crossing the Blue Mountains in Eastern Oregon, her husband contracted a cold from which he died in a few days at Philip Foster’s place on the western slope of the Cascade Mountains. In 1848 she married general M.M. McCarver, who had crossed the plains in 1843, and whose letters to other friends in Illinois induced the Buckalews to come to Oregon. They took a Donation claim near Oregon City, the then chief town of the North Pacific region, where they made their home for eleven years. In the spring of 1849, Mrs. McCarver followed her husband to California, going by sailing vessel from the Columbia river, and returning by sailing vessel in the fall, by way of the Hudson’s Bay Company’s posts of Fort Victoria, Fort Nisqually, and the Cowlitz valley. In...

Biographical Sketch of Darst, Abraham

Abraham Darst came to Texas in the early ’20 from St. Charles County, Missouri, and settled at Damon’s Mound. This famous mound is situated partly in Fort Bend County and partly in Brazoria, all of the league of Mr. Darst being in the latter county. He was married twice, the children of the first wife being Emery, John, Edmund and Patrick. By his last wife were Rosetta and Richard. Emery Darst married Miss Mary Ann Moore. She was born in St. Charles County, Mo., and died in 1902, in the eighty-third year of her age. Her people came to Texas in 1827, when she was about seven years of age. Her father was Elisha Moore, also a native, of Missouri, and a relative of Daniel Boone. Benjamin Boone, a Mier prisoner who died in Blanco County a few years ago, was a cousin to Mary Ann Moore. Lon Moore, an old settler and, Indian fighter of Medina County, also says that he is related to Daniel Boone, and must be a branch of the same family. Some of the Darsts moved further west, and a creek in Guadalupe County is named for them. Some settled at Gonzales, and one was killed in the Alamo. Dave Darst and his family were the last ones to leave Gonzales on the approach of the Mexicans, and before they had proceeded far the smoke from the burning town was seen. The Darsts were brave, reliable citizens, as all the old settlers were, with few exceptions, who came as colonists under Stephen F. Austin. Two of the Darsts, Edward and R. B., fought at...

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