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Findley, Ulysses – Obituary

U. S. Findley, age 82, retired farmer of Macomb; died 26 Feb. at his daughter’s home in Macomb; lifelong resident of Wright Co., MO; survivors include wife Linda, sister Mrs. Mary Deaver of Singer, CA, brother W. D. Findley of Joplin, R. D. Findley of Springfield, J. H. Findley and J. J. Findley of Macomb; buried Ashley Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...

Findley, William Jason – Obituary

Findley, William Jason: Hartville, MO; died at Burge Hospital on Dec 26, 1959 at 1:26 a.m.; retired farmer; born Dec 23, 1871 in Wright Co., MO; s/o George Henderson and Mary Elizabeth Newton; h/o Essie; 1 brother Fred Findley. Burial Steele Memorial Cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...

Biography of J. G. Siler

J. G. SILER. County and circuit clerk and county recorder of Taney County, Missouri, belongs to that army of intelligent, persevering, courageous people who have gone forth from the States of their birth to become respected and esteemed in the States of their adoption. Although of American parentage, he is of German descent, and has inherited the energy, thrift and integrity of that race of people, attributes which placed him in his present responsible position. His grandfather, Jesse Siler, was one of three brothers who came from Germany to this country previous to the Revolution, and settled in North Carolina, where they became prominent and influential people. Members of this family fought in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and in the Rebellion, and were brave and trustworthy soldiers. The father of our subject was born near Nashville, Tennessee, and was one of the Georgia colony who came up White River in 1872 and made a landing at Lead Hill, in Boone County, Arkansas, whence they took wagons to the valley of Beaver Creek, where they made a settlement. The father of our subject took up a tract of land and made his home there for many years. In 1893 he moved to Webster County, Missouri, where he is engaged in farming. He is a Mason and a member of the G. A. R. The early years of our subject were passed in Taney and Douglas Counties, where he attended the best schools of both counties. After attending the Walnut Grove School in 1885 he became a teacher and followed that profession in Taney, Ozark and Douglas Counties...

Biography of Hon. Patrick C. Berry

HON. PATRICK C. BERRY. The position occupied by Patrick C. Berry as one of the prominent and influential citizens of Stone County, Missouri, has been gained by personal worth and unquestioned integrity. He is well and favorably known all over the county, few men more so, and is now enjoying the fruits of a well-spent life. In the grand old mother of States, Virginia, he was born, August 22, 1830, the seventh son and next to the youngest of the eight children of Samuel and Sarah (Hickey) Berry, both natives of Washington County, Virginia. Our subject’s grandfather, William Berry, was born in the Emerald Isle, but at an early date came to this country and settled in Virginia or Pennsylvania, dying in the former State. He was a farmer, and the old homestead in the Old Dominion is now owned by members of the family. Samuel Berry was born on this old farm in 1799, grew to manhood and married Miss Hickey. All his children were born in that State, and he remained there until 1843, when he started for Missouri, arriving here the following year. He located in Wright County and died there the same year. The family bought an improved farm, on which they resided many years and on which the mother died in 1856, when about sixty years of age. Her parents, William and Rachel (Martin) Hickey were early settlers of Washington County, Virginia, the former having been born in South Carolina, of a prominent family of that State. Mr. Berry was a wealthy citizen and a man who took an interest in all public doings....

Biography of Hon. Winfield Scott Pope

For many years Winfield Scott Pope was rated as one of the most highly respected residents and most prominent attorneys of Jefferson City. As lawyer and lawmaker he left the impress of his individuality upon the history of city and state when he was called to his final rest at the age of seventy-four years. He always held to the highest standards and ethics of the profession, his success being attributable at all times to his marked capability and merit. The story of his professional rise and progress is an interesting one. He was born in Davidson county, North Carolina, July 20, 1847, his birthplace being a farm near Thomasville. His parents, Thomas and Mary Ann (Hale) Pope, were also natives of the Old North state, where their ancestors had lived for several generations. His grandfather in the paternal line was a noted Baptist preacher of North Carolina, while his great-grandfather Pope was a native of England and on coming to America landed at Nantucket, Rhode Island, but gradually made his way southward into Virginia. W infield S. Pope of this review was a descendant of George Whitefield Pope, who was a famous Baptist preacher at the time of the Revolutionary war, and of James Pope, a cousin of Alexander Pope. George Whitefield Pope was a very outspoken man who before the colonies entered upon armed conflict with England was condemned to be shot for treason because of his utterances against the British government. He strongly advocated American independence and it was because of this that he was condemned. However, he escaped and thus managed to save his life....

Biography of Prof. J. M. Johnson

PROF. J. M. JOHNSON. This gentleman has resided in Christian County for the past six years, and though young, he is full of energy, business qualification and thoroughly fitted for the drug business which he is now following. He is a native of Webster County, Missouri, born February 24, 1862, but was reared principally in Wright County, this State. He is a son of J. C. and Mary (Russell) Johnson and the grandson of Spencer Johnson who was a Virginian by birth but of Scotch-Irish origin. The latter was an early pioneer of Tennessee, and some of the members of this family were active in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. J. C. Johnson and his mother, who was a widow at that time, came to Missouri as early as 1832, about the time the Indians were moved westward by the Government, and settled in Wright, now Webster County, four miles from Seymour. There they resided until the breaking out of the Civil War, then moved to Arkansas. The father of our subject enlisted with Gen. Price and was with him in the Arkansas campaign and in the raid through Missouri. Previous to this he was married in Webster County to Miss Russell, and after cessation of hostilities he returned to Wright County. He participated in a number of hard-fought battles and was a fearless soldier. He and his wife are still living on the old farm in Wright County and are well respected in the community. The nine children born to them were named in the order of their births as follows: J. M., subject;...

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 John H. Martin

JOHN H. MARTIN. Douglas County, Missouri, is well known for its successful, thrifty and enterprising farmers, and for its well-tilled and fertile farms, and among those successfully engaged in agricultural pursuits is John H. Martin, who was born in Blount County, Tennessee, July 27, 1842, a son of Adrian and Sallie (Kerr) Martin, natives of Tennessee, and grandson of John Martin, a native of Massachusetts, who was a soldier in the Revolutionary War and who removed to Tennessee at an early day. The maternal grandfather, David Kerr, was a Tennessean and was a son of one of the early pioneers of that State. Adrian Martin was a successful tiller of the soil and died in Tennessee in 1873, in which State his widow is still living. Their children are: John H.; Elizabeth A., wife of John N. Hutton, of Tennessee; Mary C., wife of Simeon Griffith,of Tennessee; Sarah E.,who died young; Jesse L. is in the livery business in Ava, Missouri; David C. is a man of family, and resides in Tennessee, and James M., who is living in Ava, is also in the livery business. The mother is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church as was also the father. The subject of this sketch passed his school days in Blount County, and at the age of eighteen years enlisted in Company H., Second Tennessee Cavalry, which formed a part of the Army of the Cumberland, United States Army, and served from the 7th of November, 1861, up to the 27th of June, 1865, the first year being in the Home Guards. He was at Mill Springs, Big...

Biography of Henry H. Lee

HENRY H. LEE. Prominent among the early pioneers of Christian County, Missouri, stands the name of Henry H. Lee, whose thrift, enterprise and go-ahead ativeness have placed him among the representative men of the county. He was born in Jackson County, Tennessee, February 15, 1837, and his parents, James H. and Polly (Stafford) Lee, were natives of Tennessee also. Grandfather Lee was an early pioneer of that State, and James H. grew to manhood and married there. In 1851 he emigrated to Missouri, but previous to that he had visited the State and located in Greene County, where he remained one year. He then returned to Tennessee, but in 1851, as before mentioned, he came back to Missouri, making the journey by wagon, and located in Christian County. He took up a farm of 160 acres, began improving, and remained on the same until 1875, when he sold out and bought a farm on Finley River, about eight miles from Sparta. On this he passed the remainder of his days, dying in 1887. He was a strong Union man, and during the war was in the Home Guards. Almost all his life he had been a member of the Christian Church, and was well respected wherever he made his home. He became quite well to do as a farmer, which occupation he had followed all his life, but met with the usual hardships and privations of pioneer settlers. In politics he was a strong Democrat. In educational and religious matters he took a deep interest, and gave liberally of his means to further all worthy enterprises. The Lee family,...

Biography of George A. Clark

George A. Clark, now president of the Toneka Title and Bond Company, is a representative of that class of citizen who without special ostentation have been leaders in making Kansas one of the foremost states of the Union. He is a true and typical Kansan by reason of more than thirty-five years of active participation in its life and affairs. In one respect his career had been unusual. The greater part of his life had been passed in newspaper work, ranging in locality from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains, but chiefly in Kansas. This work began as “printer’s devil” on the Southwest News at Hartville, Missouri. There, under the training of a prince of printers, Frank E. Mason, he thoroughly mustered all the details. For a number of years he followed the printing trade, and was a real journeyman, traveling from one office to the other, getting new experience and seeing new country and new peoples and communities. However in one notable respect he was unlike the average journeyman printer–he saved his money and left liquor severely alone. He was publishing a paper at Wellsville in Montgomery County, Missouri, in 1877, when fire destroyed his plant and swept away all his savings. In April, 1878, he came to Kansas and he had since many times congratulated himself on the good fortune which arose phoenix-like out of the burning of his Missouri newspaper plant. For a time he was employed in a job office at Leavenworth and then came to Topeka to act as foreman of the news room and as telegraph editor of the Commonwealth, then the...
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