Location: Daviess County MO

Biographical Sketch of E. J. Phillips

E. J. Phillips was born in Chesterfield county, Virginia, May 18, 1831. His parents, Edward and Elizabeth Phillips, were also natives of Virginia. The subject of our sketch learned the carpenter’s trade when he was twenty-one years old, and was employed in that business for seven years; next worked as a millwright for a few years, then began farming, which has been his occupation ever since. In 1852 he came to Missouri and settled in Platte county, and in 1877 came to this county, and now owns a fine farm of 200 acres. Mr. Phillips was united in marriage, September 5, 1854, to Miss Eupha Beim, who was born September 5, 1838. By this marriage they have had eleven children, six of whom are living; namely, Virginia, born in July, 1855; Martha A., born in October, 1857; John L., born January 1, 1865; William R, born February 15, 1869; Eupha A., born in May, 1873; and Dora, born in 1875. Mrs. Phillips died September 23, 1877. September 8, 1881, he married Miss Cora A. Bowen, who was born September 13,...

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Biographical Sketch of Francis M. Parker

Francis M. Parker was born in Howard county, Indiana, May 23, 1852, and there received his early education. In the fall of 1866 he came with his parents to this State and county, and settled in Washington township. Here he completed his education, farming in summer and attending school in winter. On attaining his majority he began farming for a livelihood, and continued until the fall of 1873, when he went to Kansas. He made the trip to the “grasshopper kingdom,” overland, and was fifteen days on the road. Arriving at his destination, he again resumed farming, but only stood it one year, and returned to Missouri after being eaten out by the pest of the redlegs, the Kansas grasshoppers. Something possessed him to try Kansas again, so he returned to that State, after spending less than a year in Daviess county, making the second trip in 1875. His second return to Missouri is evidence of the fact that he thinks this is the best State in the Union. At this writing Mr. Parker is keeping a restaurant and boarding house at Jamesport, where the weary may rest, and the hungry satisfy the inner man. Mr. Parker was married on the 10th of November, 1878, to Miss Martha Melton, the accomplished daughter of John A. Melton, formerly of Missouri. This lady was born in St. Clair county, Illinois, August...

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Biographical Sketch of Rev. William N. Nickell

William N. Nickell is a native of Monroe county, West Virginia, was born December 27, 1838, and is the son of John A. and Mary J. Nickell, both natives of West Virginia. The subject of this sketch received his early education in the common schools of Virginia, and completed it by an additional course of two and a half years at the Washington College, now Washington and Lee University, of Rockbridge county, Virginia. In May 1861, he enlisted in Company D, Twenty-seventh Regiment Virginia Confederate Infantry as a private, was soon promoted to sergeant, and sergeant-major of his regiment. He served two and a half years, was then engaged in carrying the Confederate mail until the close of the war. He was at the battles of Manassas, Winchester, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Culpepper Court House, and others. At the close of the war he began farming, and in 1866 moved to Miami county, Kansas, thence in 1869 to this county and settled where he now lives. In 1872 he went under the care of the Chillicothe Presbytery, as a candidate for the ministry in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and was licensed to preach in April, 1873, was ordained in 1875, and the same fall went back to Virginia; was there engaged in the ministry for three years, and then returned to this county. Since that time he has been engaged...

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Biographical Sketch of George K. Nickell

George K. Nickell was born in this county, January 3, 1816. His father, Robert Nickell, was. a native of Virginia, and his mother, Ann Nickell, whose maiden name was Kemp, was born in Maryland. His father died in this county at the age of seventy-six years. Young Nickell was reared upon a farm and educated in the common schools of this county. He has made farming his business,. and has run a threshing machine for eighteen seasons in. this county. In 1861 he went on the plains and engaged in teaming until 1865. Mr. Nickell was united in marriage, April 9, 1869, to Miss Angeline Goodbar, who was born in this county November 23,1816. By this union they have two children; namely, Orestis, born November 14, 1870; and William N., born September 24,...

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Biographical Sketch of Wilburn K. Nation

Wilburn K. Nation was born near Lexington, Kentucky, July 1, 1817. His father was a native of South Carolina. When he was a child his parents moved to Claiborne county, Tennessee, and in 1833 to Callaway county, Missouri, and in 1835 to this county. He participated in driving out the Mormons from this county, and was at the battle of Honn’s Mill, in Caldwell county. Mr. Nation was united in marriage, November 8, 1841, to Miss Nancy Tarwater, who was born September 23, 1818, and is the daughter of John Tarwater, who was the third white man that settled in this county, and who started the first ferry on Grand River in Daviess county; he settled in this county February 25, 1830. She is the oldest settler to-day in this county. By this union they have eleven children: Lithey M., born August 14, 1842; Phoebe A., born August 1, 1844; John C., born September 2, 1846; William E., born November 13, 1848; Isaac H., born January 3, 1851; Ruth J., born June. 12, 1853; Mary O., born August 28, 1855; Nancy C., born October 8, 1857; Sarah E., born August 21, 1860; Wilburn K., born December 8, 1862; and Louisa M., born April 10, 1865. Mr. Nation has made farming his business through...

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Biography of James C. Murray

Prominent among the enterprising and substantial business men of Jamesport is the subject of this sketch.┬áJames C. Murray was born in Belmont county, Ohio, April 8, 1847. He is the son of John and Rose (Moneghan) Murray, natives of Ireland. His education was acquired in the schools of his native State and immediately after leaving school, at the early age of sixteen years, he enlisted under the stars and stripes in Company E, Ninety-eighth Ohio Infantry, but had great difficulty in getting into the army on account of youthfulness, being several times dismissed and ordered home by the drilling officers, but nothing daunted young Murray’s indomitable perseverance and pluck finally prevailed and he was mustered into the army in the month of July, 1862, and subsequently participated in the battles of Perryville, Chicamauga, Missionary Ridge; was wounded at Jonesborough, Georgia, and sent thence to Nashville, Tennessee, arriving in titne to be present on the occasion of the battle in and around Nashville, where the Federal forces, under General George B. Thomas, brought to a disastrous close the Confederate General John B. Hood’s campaign in Tennessee. While convelascing in the hospital he was detailed as steward, and had under his charge one hundred and twenty patients, one of whom was taken with the smallpox, and in assisting. him in an ambulance, he contracted that dread disease and for four weeks...

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Biographical Sketch of Simon P. Miller

Simon P. Miller was born on the farm where he now lives, January 4, 1851. He is the son of Henry and Martha Miller, both natives of North Carolina. They moved to this county in 1839. They were the parents of twelve children, eight of whom are living, and nearly all members of the Baptist Church. The subject of our sketch was educated in the common schools and has made farming his business. He was united in marriage, January 2, 1876, to Miss Eliza Long, who was born in 1858. By this nnion they have two children; namely, James K., born December 27, 1876; and Mattie, born September 21,...

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Biographical Sketch of Robert Y. Miller

Robert Y. Miller, senior member of the above firm, was born in Greenbrier county, Virginia, June 27, 1838. He is the son of Robert and Rachel Miller, natives of the State of Virginia. He came, with his parents, at the age of two years, to Daviess county, and was reared and educated here. He began life on his own account as a farmer and subsequently kept hotel in Jamesport for a period of three years. Mr. Miller was married in this county, December 31, 1863, to Miss Elizabeth E., daughter of Richard and Ann Hill, natives of Pocahontas county, Virginia. Mrs. Miller was born in this county, March 18, 1845. The issue of this union has been four children, only one of whom, Ida B., is now living. Mr. Miller is a Democrat and occupies the offices of justice of the peace and town treasurer. This firm established their present business in 1879. They are energetic, enterprising merchants and carry a well selected stock of hardware and agricultural...

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Biographical Sketch of John M. Miller

John M. Miller was born in Greenbrier county, West Virginia, May 31, 1834. His parents, Robert and Rachel Miller, both natives of Virginia, when he was six years old moved to this county, where he was reared and educated in the common schools. In 1859 he crossed the plains to California, came back the same year and crossed again in 1860 and returned in time to serve one year in the Enrolled State Militia during the war. He is a farmer by profession. Mr. Miller was united in marriage, in October, 1863, to Miss Elizabeth C. Foster, who was born April 5, 1838, and died November 7, 1877. They had by this marriage six children: Mary B., born August 19, 1864; John Y., born March 24, 1866; May, born May 2, 1869; Effie, born December 22, 1871; Robert, born January 4, 1875; and Maud, born January 17, 1877. February 4, 1879, he married Miss Mary A. Goodbar, who was born .January 9, 1841, in Virginia. They have one child, Joseph, born January 7,...

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Biography of James W. Miller

Was born near Staunton, Augusta county, Virginia, May 14, 1823, where he lived with his parents, George M. and Margaret A. Miller, until his fourteenth year. He received a common school education, having attended the early subscription schools of his native county. Leaving home in 1836, he went to Lexington, Rockbridge county, Virginia, where he was employed as a clerk in the store of Moore & McCue, remaining with them until 1840, when he was employed in the same capacity by Samuel B. Finley, of the same place. From Lexington he went to Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1842, and accepted a situation as clerk in the store of John Cochran, remaining until 1843, when he returned to Augusta county and was employed by Thomas McCorkle, of Greenville, where he remained until 1847, then became associated with his employer as a partner, at Anthony’s Creek, Greenbrier county, Virginia, under the firm name of McCorkle & Miller. Retiring from the firm in 1848, he went to Hillsborough, Pocahontas county, same State, where he established himself in the mercantile business and continued there until 1854, when he migrated to Missouri, and settled upon a farm in what is now Jamesport township, this county. In 1861 he cast his lot with the Confederacy, enlisting in the Missouri State Guards, under General William Y. Slack, Captain John McNeel, and serving during the war in the...

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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 Jacob Mettel

Jacob Mettel was born in Hesse, Hamburg, Germany, August 12, 1845. His parents removed from the “Faderland” while he was an infant, and crossed the broad ocean to the “Land of the free,” settling in Franklin county, Indiana, where he was reared and attended school. When eighteen years of age he left home and went to Harrison, Ohio, where he learned the shoemaking trade with Frederick Fisher, remaining with him two years and nine months. In 1866 he went to Cincinnati, worked for Paul Shauner for two years and a half, and, at the expiration of that time, was employed by Christopher Homan, of the same city, with whom he remained three years and a half. From Cincinnati he came to Gallatin, in 1872, and secured employment in the shop of Amos Poe, remaining with him until 1875, when he opened business on his own account and has continued to run a shop ever since. Mr. Mettel was joined in marriage to Miss Catharine C. Bird, of Franklin county, Indiana, on the 12th of August, 1869. By this marriage they have four children; names and dates of birth as follows: Frederick Jacob, born July 13, 1872; Minnie Luella, born September 13, 1876; Oliver Otto, born December 3, 1878; and Harry H., born. May 8, 1881; all in Gallatin. Mrs. Mettel is a member of the Methodist Episcopal...

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Biography of William S. McNeill

William S. McNeill was born in Hardy county, Virginia, November 1, 1837. His parents moved to this county in 1855, and his father, John H. McNeill, was president of the first fair held in this county in 1856, and had at that time the only herd of Short-Horn Durham cattle in northwest Missouri. When the war began his father raised a company of cavalry for the Confederate army, and died November 11, 1864, from a wound received in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, while at the head of his company, known as the Partisan Rangers. The command then fell to his son Jesse, brother of William S. McNeill, who with sixty men executed one of the most daring feats of the late war. Going into the Union lines at Cumberland, in Maryland, where there were 10,000 Union soldiers, he went to the hotel where Generals Crook and Kelley were sleeping, went to to their rooms, took them prisoners, and got them safe within his own lines. He rode ninety miles in twenty-four hours in performing the deed. William S. McNeill was educated in the common schools, supplemented by a ten months term at the State University, at Columbia, Missouri. He enlisted at the beginning of the war in his father’s company and served eight months, then returned home and served eight months in the Enrolled State Militia. In 1875 he...

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Biographical Sketch of A. H. McLure

A. H. McLure is a native of Clinton county, Indiana, and was born May 14, 1838. His parents, Thomas and Ruth McClure, were both natives of Virginia. When the subject of our sketch was one year old his parents moved to Howard county, Indiana, and thirteen years later they moved to Warren county, Iowa, where he was reared upon a farm and educated in the common schools. He enlisted June 13, 1861, in Company D, First Regiment Iowa Cavalry, and was soon after appointed company bugler, and was regiment bugler the last year of his time. He was in the battles of Kane Hill, Prairie Grove, Honey Springs, and many smaller ones. After his discharge he returned to Iowa; and in 1868, came to this county. Mr. McClure was married, March 13, 1866, to Miss Martha J. Rogers, who was born in Nichols county, Virginia, July 6, 1851. They have five children; namely, Charles. T., born July 15, 1867; Francis S., born August 23, 1868; Laura D., born August 18, 1870; Elwood H., born November 23, 1874; and John A., born March 10,...

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Biography of W. D. McDonald

W. D. McDonald was born in Ross county, Ohio, August 6, 1826. His parents, William and Mary McDonald, were both natives of Virginia. His mother was a daughter of Nathaniel Wilson who was the first State printer of Ohio, and a sister of the late Nathaniel Wilson, who with his father started the Scioto Gazette in 1800, in Scioto county, one of the first papers of Ohio. Mr. Wilson died a few years ago at the age of ninety-two years-the oldest editor then in America. Our subject was five years old when his father died and he was reared by Ex-Governor McArthur, of Ohio, and educated in the select schools of Chillicothe, Ohio. After he quit school he dealt in cattle, driving them to the eastern markets, and continued that business for about seven years. He then engaged at farming which has been his avocation since. In 1854 he settled in Peoria county, Illinois, and in 1856 came to this county. In July, 1862, he enlisted in the Thirty-third Enrolled State Militia and at the organization was appointed adjutant, and soon after was appointed by the governor commissary of exemption, which place he filled for one year, was then appointed acting adjutant general for Colonel Williams, commanding this district, with headquarters at St. Joseph, and held that position under the following officers as they came in command of the...

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