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Biographical Sketch of Mathew Daugherty

Mathew Daugherty was born September 24, 1839, in the State of Arkansas, third son of James Daugherty. He attended school till he was ten years of age in Texas County, Missouri, after which (in 1849) he moved with his father to Denton County, Texas, where he went to the neighborhood schools till 1854, after which he entered McKenny College, Clarksville, Texas, and in 1857 commenced the study of law, which he continued until the outbreak of the war, when he enlisted in the Choctaw and Chickasaw mounted rifles. After the close of the war he admitted to the bar, and elected to the office of county judge, which position he held till 1868 and resigned. Since that time he has been practicing his profession in Denton County, and at this writing is contemplating a removal to the Cherokee Nation, of which he is a citizen, and intends settling in Tahlequah, where he will practice in the courts of that district. In November 1868, Mr. Daugherty married Miss Josephine Stimler, daughter of John Stimler, a merchant of Denton, by whom he has four children, Stimler, Mathew, Lawrence and Mosby. Their mother died in 1873, at Granbury, Hood County, Texas. Mr. Daugherty owns property to the amount of about $4,000, in town; a fine residence and 1000 acres in Wise County, Texas, together with 500 acres in Denton, Texas. He is five feet, seven inches high, weighs 145 pounds, and is a man of deep and varied knowledge, having a profound mind which he still continues to cultivate in the various branches of learning. Mr. Daugherty is also an excellent lawyer,...

Biography of Evan D. Roberts

EVAN D. ROBERTS, a prominent citizen of Jobe Township, Oregon County, Missouri, was born in Hamilton County, east Tennessee, June 19, 1847, and was third in order of birth of an old-fashioned family of twelve children born to Joseps M. and Mary (Davis) Roberts, natives, respectively, of east Tennessee and North Carolina. The parents made their home in east Tennessee until 1870, and then came to Missouri and located in Texas County, near Houston, where they reside at the present time. For the most part he has been engaged in the blacksmith’s trade, and many years ago he was postmaster at Zion Hill in east Tennessee. Both parents are members of the Missionary Baptist Church. On his father’s farm in east Tennessee our subject grew to mature years and learned the blacksmith’s trade. He also received his scholastic training there and after growing up started out for himself as a farmer. He came to Missouri with his parents in 1870, and made his home in Texas County for about nine years near Houston. From there he came to Oregon County and located on Frederick Creek, three miles above the mouth, where he bought a farm, part of which he still owns. Where he now lives he owns 145 acres, some of which is under cultivation, and he built the mill near the Blue Springs. This is the best water-power mill in the county. He established the office at Bill More and was appointed postmaster. In the year 1880 Mr. Roberts was married to Miss Martha Jane Thomason, a native of Alabama, and the daughter of W. J. Thomason. Two...

Biography of John Goldsberry

JOHN GOLDSBERRY. The parents of this much esteemed citizen, William H. and Elizabeth (Fouts) Goldsberry, were natives of the Old North State, born in either Davidson or Randolph Counties. In 1836 or 1837 they left their native State and came to Missouri, locating on Gasconade River, in Pulaski County, where they made their home until 1846. From there they moved to Polk County and after living there a short time moved to Hutton Valley, Oregon County, before Howell had become a county. From Hutton Valley they moved to the place where Mountain View now stands, and there the mother died in 1870, when about sixty-three years of age. The father afterward lived with his children until his death in July, 1893, when eighty-one years of age. He was a minister in the United Baptist Church from the time he was a young man. He had a severe attack of the gold fever in 1849, which a trip to the Pacific coast alone would allay, and he crossed the plains with ox teams. At the end of six months, on account of sickness, he returned home by the Isthmus, New Orleans and Mississippi River. He helped to organize a great many of the pioneer churches and became one of the best known and best respected citizens in the section. Goldsberry Township, in Howell County, was named in honor of him. In politics he was a stanch advocate of the Democratic party. His family were old North Carolina people and his wife’s were of German origin. Of the seven children born to this worthy couple only one besides our subject is...

Biography of James Martin

JAMES MARTIN. Industry, uprightness and intelligence are characteristics which will advance the interests of any man, and will tend to the prosperity to which all aspire. Such are some of the traits of the gentleman whose name heads this article, one of the prominent farmers and stock-raisers of the county. James Martin was born in 1835, in Tennessee, of which State his parents, William and Leatha (Hart) Martin, were natives. Both were born in the year 1812, the former in Warren and the latter in Bedford County. The parents were married in their native State, and about 1843 moved with ox team to Missouri, locating in what is now Texas County, where they passed the remainder of their lives, Mr. Martin dying in 1858 and his wife in 1869. Farming had been Mr. Martin’s occupation through life, and he was an honest, enterprising and prosperous tiller of the soil. He was third in the order of birth of nine children born to the marriage of James Martin. The others were named as follows: Col. George W., Alex., Samuel, Polly Douglas, Elizabeth Ross, Mrs. Mahala Johnson, Mrs. Nancy Hilderband and Mrs. Hannah Barnes. The father of these children was probably a native of North Carolina, and of Irish origin. He located in Texas County, Missouri, many years ago, and died there previous to the Rebellion. Henry Hart, James Martin’s maternal grandfather, was an Englishman, and died in Bedford County, Tennessee, where he was engaged in farming. The brothers and sisters of James were named as follows: Nancy Caroline, wife of A. J. Douglas, of Texas County, Missouri; Eleanor J., who...

Biography of Spencer Hugh Ware

SPENCER HUGH WARE. Efficient, capable and trustworthy would be the verdict passed upon the character and official standing of our subject by any one in Shannon County to whom the question might be asked. Spencer Hugh Ware, circuit clerk and recorder of this county, is a most ardent Democrat, and most loyally stands by and works for the nominees of his party. He is a native Missourian, born in Licking, February 10, 1851. The son of Henry and Martha (Mitchell) Ware, natives of Maryland and White County, Tennessee, respectively, the father born in the year 181I. Henry Ware left his native State when a young man and went to Georgia, where he remained a short time. From there he went to Memphis, Tennessee, thence to St. Louis, Missouri, and about 1836 came to Licking, Texas County, Missouri, where he died in 1854. He was a blacksmith by trade, but after going to Licking, Missouri, turned his attention to selling goods and farming. Mrs. Ware is now living at Salem, this State. The original of this notice was but three years of age when his father died, and he grew to manhood in Salem, Dent County. When grown he attended college at Alton, Illinois, afterward Rochester, New York, and finished at Columbia, this State. When but a lad he had medicine in view, but gave that up for law, and studied at Salem under S. H. Sherlock, now of Fort Smith, Arkansas. In the year 1874 he was admitted to the bar, and two years later came to Shannon County, where soon after he was elected prosecuting attorney. Afterward he...

Biography of Dr. A. J. Stephens

DR. A. J. STEPHENS. The profession of the physician and surgeon is one that has drawn to it, at all periods of its history, the brightest and most honorable men; for none but an intelligent, well-informed man could be a physician at all, and no physician unless a man of honor, could long retain a profitable practice. Howell County, Missouri, has always been fortunate in its physicians, and it is especially so, during recent years, in its younger generation of practitioners, who have contributed much to the enhancement of the city’s reputation as a center of medical knowledge. Conspicuous among these is Dr. A. J. Stephens, who was born in middle Tennessee, Clay County, November 22, 1853, a son of Nathan and Matilda (McQuery) Stephens. The father was born in Russell County, Kentucky, as was also the mother, and soon after this marriage they moved to Clay County, Tennessee, where both died. The father followed farming through life. He was a soldier in the Confederate Army for a short time, and in politics was a Democrat. His father, William Stephens, was a native of the Old North State and an early pioneer of Kentucky. He came to Clay County with his son, and there passed the closing scenes of his life. He was a soldier both in the War of 1812 and the Mexican War, and his father was a Revolutionary soldier. The Stephens family is of Irish origin. Grandfather Zanby McQuery was a soldier in the War of 1812, and the Mexican War also. He was a native of South Carolina, and an early pioneer in Kentucky, in...

Biography of James A. Jadwin

JAMES A. JADWIN. It is quite probable that there is not a manin Shannon or the adjoining counties better known than James A. Jadwin, the popular treasurer of this county. He is a native of this State, born in Texas County, September 24, 1854, and is a son of Martin C. and Mary W. (Williams) Jawdin, who were natives of DeKalb County, Tennessee. Martin C. Jadwin came to Missouri when a single man, before he had reached his twenty-first birthday, or about 1844, and was married in Texas County to Miss Williams who had also come here when quite young. After marriage this young couple resided in this county for a few years and then moved to Dent County, Missouri In 1892. Mr. Jadwin moved to Shannon County and now resides a short distance from Eminence. He is a Mason, and he and his worthy companion hold membership in the Christian Church. Of the ten children born to their marriage, eight sons and two daughters, six sons and a daughter are now living. James A. Jadwin passed his school days in Salem, Dent County, Missouri, under the able instructor, Prof. Lynch, and when but a small boy worked hard to earn money to pay for his schooling. His earnest endeavors to educate himself met with the best of results and he subsequently became a teacher, following this profession six years in Dent County and five years in his home district. After this he embarked in merchandising at Salem, but subsequently moved from there to Sumnerville, Texas County, where he carried on the same business. Later he came to Shannon...

Biography of James McCaskill

JAMES MCCASKILL. This resident of Texas County, Missouri, owes his nativity to Maury County, Tennessee, where he was born February 13, 1854. His parents, William and Mary (Blassingame) McCaskill, were born, reared and married in Giles County, Tennessee They immigrated to Shannon County, Missouri, in 1855, where they entered land and began making a home for themselves and family. Mr. McCaskill served in the Confederacy under “Old Pap” Price during most of the war and was with him in his famous raids through Arkansas and Missouri. He was captured on Pike Creek, Shannon County, but effected his escape and returned to his command. After the war he resided in Shannon County until 1876, when he moved to Texas County, where he died April 17, 1881. He and his wife are most estimable people and to them were born the following children: Eliza, James, George, John, Elizabeth, William, Zimri, Levi, Alice and Dona. The paternal grandparents were pioneer settlers of Tennessee, from the ” Old North State,” where they became well and favor-ably known. The grandfather served under “Old Hickory” in the War of 1812. James McCaskill was reared principally in Shannon County, Missouri, and received but a limited education owing to the war and the scarcity of schools. He remained at home until twenty-four years of age, when he married Alcy Summers, daughter of Jesse and Ditha Summers, early settlers of Texas County, the town of Summerville, that county, being named in honor of the family May 1, 1881, Mrs. McCaskill died and three years later Mr. McCaskill married Miss Orpha, daughter of William and Eliza Wekley, who moved...

Biography of George Washington McCaskill

GEORGE WASHINGTON MCCASKILL. This gentleman is one of the leading farmers and stockmen of Shannon County, Missouri, and in the development of this section he has done heroic work, for here he was born in 1856, and has all his life devoted his attention to agriculture. His parents, William and Mary (Blassingame) McCaskill, were born in Giles County, Tennessee, in 1827 and 1833, respectively, and were reared and married there. In 1855 they came to Shannon County, Missouri, and located in the woods several miles from any other settlement. Here he improved a good farm and lived until about 1879, when he removed to Texas County and there died soon after, in 1881, having been a very thorough going and successful man of affairs. He was for three years a soldier in the Confederate Army, for thirteen months was with Gen. Price, was with him on his raid through Missouri, and was at one time captured. His father, Allen McCaskill, was a South Carolinian by birth, but in 1855 he also came from Tennessee to this section, and was here called from life when about eighty-four years of age, his wife’s death occurring here at about the age of ninety. He was of Scotch descent and was a soldier of the War of 1812. The maternal grandfather, James Blassingame, was for a long time a resident of Tennessee, but during the war Mrs. McCaskill lost all trace of her people, and nothing has been heard from them since. She is still living, a worthy member of the Christian Church, and her union with Mr. McCaskill resulted in the birth...

Biography of John C. McCaskill

JOHN C. MCCASKILL. This prominent citizen is one who has built byyears of industry and good management a business that is recognized as being one of the best in the vicinity. In the life of Mr. McCaskill we have a character representing integrity, industry and unconquerable will that overcomes all obstructions, which brings success under all circumstances; at least so it has been with him. Mr. McCaskill was born in Winona in 1860, and is a son of William and Mary (Blossingame) McCaskill, natives of Giles County, Tennessee, the father born in 1827 and the mother in 1833. There they were reared and married, and there they made their home until 1855, when they came to Shannon County and located in the woods a mile above where Winona now stands. Mr. McCaskill cleared his farm of 380 acres, made many improvements, and became a substantial and much esteemed citizen. About 1879 he moved to Texas County, and there his death occurred in 1881, when about fifty-four years of age. He was a self-made man, a public-spirited citizen, and fought in the Confederate Army all through the war, partici-pating in many battles. In politics he advocated the principles of the Democratic party. Mrs. McCaskill is still living and resides in Texas County. They reared nine children, and of these John C. was sixth in order of birth. He received a fair education in the schools of Summersville, Texas County, and when twenty years of age left the schoolroom to engage in business for him-self. He first commenced on a limited scale, and for eighteen months was at Eminence, Shannon County....
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