Location: Colfax Missouri

Biography of Benton Miller

The subject of this sketch was born in Sardis, Monroe county, Ohio, December 26, 1838. He lived in his birthplace until he was sixteen years of age, when his parents moved to Missouri and settled in what is now Colfax township, Daviess county, in 1855. In 1861 he enlisted and served six months in the home guards, and in February, 1862, enlisted in Company A, First Missouri Cavalry Militia, in which he served during the war. In April, 1863, he was promoted from orderly sergeant to first lieutenaut, and for the last eighteen months he was in the service, had command of his company. He participated in all the engagements against General Joe Shelby in his raids in Missouri in 1863, also in the fights during General Sterling Price’s raids in this State and Kansas during the fall of 1864, and many skirmishes of less note with the guerrillas under Quantrell and Anderson. With his company, was mustered out at St. Louis on the 11th of February, 1865, and returned to the old homestead in Daviess county. Remaining upon the farm until the following October, he came to Gallatin and engaged in general merchandizing with his brother Michael, under the name of Miller & Brother, continuing the business until the fall of 1868, when he retired from the firm. In March, 1869, he again embarked in the mercantile business,...

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Biographical Sketch of I. B. Gurney

I. B. Gurney was born April 10, 1845, near Cleveland, Ohio. His father, Asa H. Gurney, was a native of Ohio, and his mother, Catherine Sortor Gurney, a native Allegany County, New York. When he was ten years of age his parents moved to Lake County, Ohio, where they were located on a farm, and where Mr. Gurney received his education, attending school during the winter for several years, and afterward entered college at Berea, Ohio. In August, 1863, he went to Venango County, Pennsylvania, where he became foreman in the office of the McClintock Oil Company, where he remained until 1866 when he moved to Caldwell County, Missouri, and had charge of a drug and grocery business for a year and then came to Daviess County and settled in Colfax Township. In the fall of 1871 he was appointed United States mail agent on the North Missouri Railroad, and held the position three years when he again went into the drug business at New Castle, Gentry County, finally returning to Daviess County where he has since resided, engaged in teaching and farming. Mr. Gurney has been twice married; first in 1866, to Miss Carrie M. Cole, a native of Ohio, and by whom he had one son; Asa G., born January 25, 1868. He was again married, May 17, 1879, to Miss Marilla Mullins, of Daviess...

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Biographical Sketch of Thomas J. Wood

Thomas J. Wood was born in Fountain county, Indiana, March 15, 1836. His parents were natives of Scott county, Kentucky, but migrated to Indiana, and from thence to Caldwell county, Missouri, when he was about three years of age, and soon moved to Daviess county. Mr. Wood has resided in this county since 1839. He was enrolled in the State Militia in 1862, and served two. years as one of the home guards. Since that time he has been engaged in farming and now lives on a well improved farm near Winston. Mr. Wood was married, January 1, 1869, to Miss Emily J. Ray, then living in Daviess county. Her parents were natives of Virginia. Six children were born to them: Ida L., Susan E., Joseph W., Josephine F., Edward T. (deceased), and Benjamin...

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Biographical Sketch of Lewis Evans

Lewis Evans was born in the village of Watertown, Jefferson county, New York, December 1834. His parents were natives of Massachusetts. Mr. Evans remained on the farm with his parents until he was twenty years of age, during which time he obtained his education. Going to Minnesota in 1854, he worked on a farm nearly two years, then returned to Jefferson county. At the expiration of three years more he cattle to Daviess county, first settled near Winston, afterward moved to Caldwell county, and from thence back to Daviess county, where he now resides, engaged in farming. February 22, 1866, he was married to Miss Adaline Paddock, a resident of Jefferson county, New York. They have two children: Leona B., born. August 1, 1867; and George, born February 17,...

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Biographical Sketch of Robert Carter

Robert Carter was born in Holmes county, Ohio, February 28, 1822. He was reared in his native county and there received his education. At the age of nineteen he migrated with his parents to Daviess county and settled on a farm, where he spent the next three years, and commenced farming for himself. At the beginning of the war he was enrolled in the State Militia, and during the last year of that great struggle was called into active service. After being honorably discharged he returned to Colfax township, where he now resides on a finely improved farm of 247 acres. Mr. Carter was married to Miss Sarah J. Kier, October 5, 1643. She is the daughter of Robert and Martha (Walker) Kier, both natives of Pennsylvania. Ten children have been born to them James A., John, Robert, Martha, Perlina M., Andrew J. (deceased), Betsy A., Mary L., Sarah L. and Josie...

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Biographical Sketch of Dudley Malcolm Clagett, M. D.

Dudley Malcolm Clagett was born in Natchez, Mississippi, March 24, 1846, and is the son of Hezekiah and Elizabeth Clagett. He lived with his parents at his birth-place until he was ten years old, when they removed to St. Louis, where he lived with them until 1870, excepting four years that he worked on a farm for his father in Franklin county, Missouri. He obtained his education by attending the public schools and the St. Louis High School, from which he graduated in 1865. In 1868, while on his father’s farm, he began the study of medicine under the instruction of Dr. G. O. Hardeman and graduated as Doctor of Medicine, from the St. Louis Medical College, in the spring of 1872. In the following May he came to Daviess county and settled at Victoria, where he practiced until January, 1875, when he came to Winston and established his present practice which has become lucrative and is constantly increasing, extending over Daviess and DeKalb counties. January 1, 1875, Dr. Clagett married Miss Mary A., daughter of James and Martha Wood, pioneers of Daviess county. They have one child, Oscar F., born at Winston, August 7, 1881. They have lost three children all dying when very young. In 1880 he was elected coroner of Daviess county. He is a member of Winston Lodge No. 371, I. O. O....

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Biography of Michael W. Young

Michael W. Young is a native of Europe, and was born August 17, 1831. He is a son of Michael Young, a native of Germany, born May 11, 1804. The mother of Michael W., whose maiden name was Dorothy Wander, is also a native of Germany, born in 1802. Our subject remained in his native. country until he was about four years of age when he came with his parents to the United States and first settled in Stark county, Ohio. After a short time his. mother died and he was hired out to work for his clothes and schooling. He continued to work in this way for ten years during which time he received his education and early training. He was then engaged in farming until 1858, when he was married to Miss Sarah Koons, who was born March 16th 1836, in New York. The ceremony was performed by Rev. J. Doll, in Summit county, Ohio. Soon after his marriage he moved to Will county, Illinois, where he was engaged in farming ten months, then returned to Summit county, remained on a farm four years and then returned to Will county, remained two years, and came to Daviess county, where be purchased a farm in Colfax township. He next moved to Hamilton, Caldwell county, Missouri, and engaged in making brick about four years, then returned to his farm...

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Biography of Frederick Converse Eastman, M. D.

Frederick Converse Eastman was born in Lincoln county, Ontario Province, Canada, December 28, 1842. His parents, William and Catharine Eastman, were also natives of Canada. His father dying when he was live years old, he lived with his mother until he was fourteen, when he was employed in the store of G. C. Fields, of Smithville, Canada, as a clerk. Before leaving home his mother endeavored to give him a fair education. After clerking one year he attended the Academy at Gilsonburg, Canada, and was in attendance for four years. He began the study of medicine in 1861 under Dr. Michael Turner at Smithville, but Dr. Turner dying in the following fall he resumed his studies under Dr. J. Culver, of the same place. While pursuing his medical studies he taught school to defray his expenses. In 1864 he took a medical course in the medical department of the Michigan. State University at Ann Arbor, and in the spring of that year was appointed by Dr. J. C. Hughes, surgeon general of the State of Iowa, medical cadet in the Military Hospital at Keokuk, Iowa, and while performing the duties of cadet he also entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Keokuk, from which he graduated a Doctor of Medicine on the 31st of May, 1865. After prospecting awhile he located at Alto Vista, Daviess county, November 15,...

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Biographical Sketch of Henry G. Deering

Henry G. Deering is a native of Kentucky, and was born near Grayson, August 11, 1826. His father, John Deering, was born in Stokes county, North Carolina, in 1801. His mother was a native of Virginia. When he was quite young his parents moved to West Virginia, remained but a short time and returned to Kentucky, and soon after went to Ohio. In 1848 he came, in company with his parents, to Daviess county, where he continues to reside, engaged in farming. He was married, in 1850, to Miss Melinda M. Hanna, daughter of James P. and Rebecca D. Hanna. Mr. and Mrs. Deering have had twelve children, nine of whom are living: John B., born August 25, 1852; James W., born March 13, 1854; William E., born June 4, 1858; Sanford B., born March 24, 1860; Martha F., born April 27, 1862; Ida M., born May 11, 1864; Henry E., born July 8, 1866; Albert D. and Margaret B., twins, born October 15,...

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Biographical Sketch of Joseph Henry Mallory

Joseph Henry Mallory was born near where Winston is now located, March 22, 1844, where he was reared. He is the son of George and Elizabeth Mallory, pioneers of Daviess county, of 1838. His mother dying when he was only three weeks old he was taken and reared by J. H. Mallory, a relative, until he was seventeen years old. He had no educational advantages but by personal application has acquired a fair business education. January 25, 1866, when nineteen years old, he married Miss Matilda Man-ring, of Daviess county, and began to farm which he followed until 1863, when he came to Winston and established his present business of buying and shipping stock and grain, shipping annually an average of 200 car-loads of stock. Mr. and Mrs. Mallory have three children, Roxey, Amanda, and Leona. He is a member of Winston Lodge No. 370, I. O. O....

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Biographical Sketch of A. J. Kemberling

A. J. Kemberling is a native of Union county, Pennsylvania, and is the son of A. J. and. Catherine Kemberling, both of whom were natives of the same county. He was born March 24, 1828, and remained with his parents until he attained his twenty-first year; being engaged in farming and attending school. In 1849, he went to Seneca county, Ohio, where he spent twelve years on a farm. From that place he removed to St. Joseph county, Michigan, and at the end of nine years came to Daviess county and purchased a farm in Colfax township where he resided four years, when he moved from his farm and took charge of a hotel in Winston. Mr. Kemberling was married, July 7, 1850, to Miss Rebecca Oldt, of Union county, Pennsylvania. She died in 1880, leaving four children: Mary, Ellen L., Harriet M., and Roswell...

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Biographical Sketch of Henry C. Kelso

Henry C. Kelso is a native of Daviess county, Missouri, and was born December 13, 1846. His father, E. C. Kelso, was a New Jersey farmer who came to Daviess county at an early date. Henry C. received his education and early training in his father’s home and at the age of nineteen began life for himself. He spent one year in traveling and then in 1868 entered a drug store in Hamilton, Missouri, remaining two years, when he returned to Daviess county and turned his attention to farming which now occupies his time. Mr. Kelso was married, in 1873, to Miss Virginia A. Ray, of Virginia; and daughter of William E. and Elizabeth Ray, formerly residents of Virginia. Mr. and Mrs. Kelso have had two children: Leah, born March 31, 1875; and Anna D., born May 2, 1878—died November 27,...

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Biographical Sketch of Thomas John Jefferies

Thomas John Jefferies was born in Pudymore, Somersetshire, England, November 9, 1841. He lived with his parents until he was eight years old, when he left home, while attending school, without their consent, and came to the United States, arriving at New York city in the spring of 1849. He paid the expenses of the voyage out of money given to him by his grandmother for ” pin money.” Being among strangers he found it hard work to• maintain himself, but making the acquaintance of a farmer from Herkimer county, New York, by the name of Reuben Reynolds, he was taken by him, and with whom he lived and made his home for many years. In June of 1851, he accompanied a Captain Boyer on an excursion to Europe with whom he visited France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Ireland. Returning to the United States in the fall of 1852, he again made his home with Mr. Reynolds, with whom he lived and worked for until 1870. In 1862, he attended the Knox College at Galesburg, Illinois. On leaving Mr. Reynolds-in 1870, he came to Missouri and. located at Kidder and engaged. in the agricultural implement business with A. W. Rice until 1872, when he quit that business and came to Winston and became station agent for the Chicigo, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Company. March 16, 1877, he married...

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Biography of Frank B. H. Brown

Frank B. H. Brown is a native of Canada, born near the Bay of Canta, April 14, 1836. His father, James P. Brown, is a native of Eastport, Maine, and was born in 1805. He made merchandising his principal occupation during life, and died December 3, 1874, at Danville, Dodge county, Wisconsin. Young Brown remained at his birthplace until he was five years of age, and at the age of fifteen was engaged in clerking in a store in the town of Glen-Allen, Ontario, remaining in this business for two years. In 1852 he went to Jefferson county, Minnesota, where he was engaged in farming and in the livery business for three years, and in 1855 entered a tract of 280 acres of land in Steele county, Minnesota. He remained there cultivating and improving this farm about twelve years. In 1858 Mr. Brown was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Caslor, who at that time lived in Steele county, Minnesota. His wife is a daughter of Daniel Caslor, a native of New York, and at one time a resident of Colfax township. In 1862 Mr. Brown volunteered with twenty-five or thirty of his neighbors to protect themselves from the depredations of the Sioux Indians who were at that time devastating the country, destroying property and massacring the people. Not long after this he was enrolled in Company 0, Second...

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Biographical Sketch of Samuel Stecker

Samuel Stecker was born near Easton, Northampton county, Pennsylvania, August 18, 1841. His parents are John and Sarah Stecker, who were born and reared in the same county. He lived with them until he was twenty, and was educated in the public schools of his native county. On leaving home in 1860, he went to Illinois and worked as a hand on a farm near Freeport for one year, and then went to Three Rivers, Michigan, where he worked until 1862, when he enlisted in Company D, Twenty-fifth Michigan Volunteer Infantry to serve for three years, but being wounded at the battle of Tibb’s Bend, Kentucky, July 4, 1863, he was sent to the United States Hospital No. 12, at Madison, Indiana, where he was discharged in the spring of 1865. After his discharge he returned to Three Rivers, Michigan, where he was employed again as a farm hand and worked for the same man, George Weinberg, until 1868, when he came to Missouri and located on land which he purchased one and one-half miles southeast of Winston, where he lived until 1873,. when he sold out and came to Winston and began to work at the carpenter and joiner’s trade which he still follows. January 1, 1870, Mr. Stecker married Miss Fannie, daughter of Jacob. and Catherine Fleicher, old residents of Daviess county, who at one time. owned...

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