Location: Daviess County MO

Biographical Sketch of Dr. John Martin

John Martin was born in Morgan county, Kentucky, February 15, 1819, and is the son of Lewis Martin, a native of Kentucky. Our subject moved with his parents to Lawrence county, Tennessee, while an infant, and lived there during fifteen years, and there received the greater part of his education. From Tennessee he moved to Illinois, and was married in Hancock county, that State, September 8, 1839. He came to this State in 1845 and has lived in various counties of Missouri since, engaged in the practice of medicine and other branches of business. He came to Jamesport about ten years ago and has built up an extensive and profitable business in grain and lumber. Dr. Martin was surgeon of the Seventh Regiment of Missouri Volunteers for a time during the Civil War. He was elected to a seat in the State Senate from Sullivan county, in 1865, by a majority of her citizens, but the election returns were so handled and such a number of voters disfranchised and their votes rejected that he was not allowed to take his seat. He has eight children: Martin T., Harriet, Edmund B., A. S., Vic., Isaiah, F. L., and Philanda. Dr. and Mrs. Martin are members of the Baptist Church. He is, also, a member of Jamesport Lodge No. 201, A. F. & A. M. He is well esteemed by all,...

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Biography of Independence Mann

Independence Mann, The subject of this sketch was born near Hancock, in the State of Maryland, on the 4th day of July, 1843, and is the son of Jonathan E. and Mary A. (Brosins) Mann, natives of Marlyand. At an early age, in company with his parents, he removed to this county and received the greater part of his education in the excellent schools of Gallatin. He began his business career as a clerk in the dry goods store of T. J. Casey, at Richmond, Missouri. At the commencement of the Civil War, prompted by a spirit of patriotic devotion to his adopted State, Mr. Mann responded to her governor’s first call for volunteers and enlisted in May, 1861, in Colonel Reeve’s regiment of General Sterling Price’s command. In defense of principles he believed just, our subject fought bravely and well, throughout the entire war. He followed the “crimson banner of stars and bars ” through the battles of Carthage, Wilson’s Creek, Lexington, Pea Ridge, Cape Girardeau, Potosi, and Pilot Knob. At Pea Ridge he was disabled by a wound and fell into the hands of the enemy. After lying in the hospital for about two months, he was exchanged and joined General Joe. O. Shelby’s cavalry brigade, with whom he continued until the close of the war, and then, “when the people’s hopes were dead” and the banner...

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Biographical Sketch of Benjamin G. Kimball

Benjamin G. Kimball is a native of the town of Bradford, Essex county, Massachusetts, and was born November 17, 1814. He was educated at the Bradford College, of Bradford, Massachusetts. His father died when he was young, and when fourteen years old he began clerking in a dry goods house in Genesee county, New York; three years later he changed to the boot and shoe business, and was engaged in that business, as clerk, for two years.. Then worked at the shoemaking business for five years. In 1837 he came to Missouri and settled in Ray county, where he was employed as clerk in the dry goods business for four years. From there he removed to this county and farmed for a while, then began business for himself, in what was then known as Cravensville, or Di-Amon, with a stock of dry goods and a general assortment of merchandise. After four years in that business, he sold out and engaged in farming until 1878, when he engaged in the lumber trade at Jameson, where we now find him doing a good business. He has ever been alive to the public prosperity of the county, and has filled several offices with credit to himself and county, and is at present recognized as one of the leading farmers and business men of the county. Mr. Kimball was united in marriage, February...

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Biography of John F. Jordin

John F. Jordin was born in Daviess county, September 8, 1851, and is a son of Franklin and Nancy J. Jordin. His father migrated to Daviess county from Virginia in the early days, and was among the first settlers of this county; his mother came from Kentucky with her father, Jennings Ballinger, to this county in 1848 and was married to Franklin Jordin in 1850. The subject of this sketch was one of three children, having two sisters, one of whom died in infancy, and the other, Angeline, married John W. Pinkerton, and is living at present in Ray county, Missouri. His father, who died when he was about four years old, was known as an honorable, upright man, kind, hospitable and generous to a fault. After his father’s death, in company with his mother and sister, he went to Illinois and there lived with his grandfather, Jennings Ballinger, for five years. Here, on a beautiful farm on the banks of the Mississippi River, he spent the happiest period of his life. In October, 1862, the family returned to their home in Missouri; and it was then that the battle of life began in earnest. The Civil War was in full blast and nearly all the able bodied men in the country were either in one army or the other, and the women and children were left to till...

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Biography of Isaiah H. Jones

Isaiah H. Jones was born in Hardin county, Ohio, July 27, 1837. His parents were Jonathan and Eleanor (Pugh) Jones. His father was a prominent farmer and stock-raiser, and a native of Maryland. His mother was born in Virginia. Our subject was reared and educated in his native county, and began his business career as a clerk in a dry goods store at Mt. Victory, Ohio. After two years in that business he went to Rule, Nebraska, where he remained during eight months. From there he went to Grundy county, Missouri, where he engaged in school teaching for a time, and in the Spring of 1859 started with the tide of immigration to Colorado, returned to this county, and the following spring went to Colorado and engaged in mining for about two years. He returned again to Missouri in 1861 and entered the freighting business between St. Joseph, Omaha and Denver; continued that occupation for three years, and then went to Salt Lake City and from there to Montana, where he again engaged in mining from 1863 to 1868. Mr. Jones established his present ” Great Western Flouring Mill” at Jamesport in 1872, and has since enlarged and improved his mill and machinery several tines to keep pace with his constantly increasing business. He has one of the best equipped and conducted mills in North Missouri, and turns out...

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Biographical Sketch of Richard L. C. Isherwood

Richard L. C. Isherwood, junior member of the firm, was born in Gloucestershire, England, December 6, 1856. His father was an officer of the Queen’s Revenue during about fifteen years. He came with his parents to the United States at the age of fourteen years, after having received his education at Millbrook Collegiate Institute, Devonshire, England. He located first at Carrollton, Missouri, where he spent four years learning and working at the tinner’s trade. Came to Jamesport in 1875, and soon after entered into partnership with Mr. Miller. Mr. Isherwood was married in Jamesport, October 18, 1878, to Miss Mary Gillilan daughter of John Gillilan. She was born in this county, May 6, 1859. Mr. Isherwood is a member of the I. O. O. F. lodge of Jamesport, and also of the A. O. U. W. 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 Charles M. Hutchison

Charles M. Hutchison was born in Casey county, Kentucky, October 15, 1837, and is a son of Thomas Hutchison. He was reared and educated in Livingston county, Missouri, and began life as a school-teacher at the age of twenty-three, and followed that business with some interruption for a period of thirteen years. He came to Jamesport in 1870 and began merchandising, which is his present avocation. Mr. Hutchison was married in Daviess county, Missouri, January 1, 1870, to Miss Annie, daughter of James and Rebecca Lindsay, natives of Virginia. Mrs. Hutchison was born in Iowa. They are the parents of three children: William T., Minnie Lee, and Marietta. Mrs. Hutchison is a member of the Christian Church. In politics, Mr. Hutchison is a strong Democrat, and is highly respected as a man and...

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Biographical Sketch of John M. Hunter

John M. Hunter was born in Montgomery county, Indiana, May 2, 1842. His parents died when he was five years old, and he lived with Mr. Jacob Hershbarger until he reached his eleventh year, then with his brother-in-law, Rev. William Baldwin. He was educated in the common schools of Indiana, and came to this county in 1857, and early in 1861 went to Clark county, Iowa. July 4, 1861, he enlisted in Company F, Sixth Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry. His regiment participated in the battle of Shiloh, and there he was wounded in the foot; he was in the battles of Vicksburg, Scottsboro, and others. He reenlisted as a veteran December 21, 1863, and was with Sherman in the Atlanta campaign and on the march to the sea, and until the surrender of Johnston’s army, and was discharged at Louisville, Kentucky. Since the war he has engaged in farming in this county. Mr. Hunter was married, November 4, 1869, to Miss Martha A. Wiles, who was born August 23, 1853. They have six children: Clarence W., born June 12, 1871; Daniel E., born May 25, 1873 died; Cad, born December 16, 1871 died; Mary B., born February 11, 1876; William E., born July 23, 1878; and Maud, born January 28,...

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Biography of Hon. E. Hubbard

E. Hubbard is a native of Middlesex county, Connecticut, and was born April 7, 1818. His parents, Job and Hannah Hubbard, were both natives of Connecticut. He was educated in the common schools of his native State. In the fall of 1839 he left the Nutmeg State for the West in the interest of a book firm, but soon abandoned that and engaged in selling the Seth Thomas clocks, which business he was engaged in for sixteen years. He came to this county in the fall of 1834, and was engaged in selling clocks and farming until 1852, then he moved to Harrison county, this State, and was elected to the legislature five months afterward. He represented that district in the General Assembly in 1853 and 1854, and was engaged in farming in that county until the breaking out of the war, when he espoused the cause of his country, raised a force of men for home protection, and after recruiting about five hundred men marched them to Chillicothe, then to St. Louis, where they were mustered into the United States service, in August, 1861, and known through the war as “Merrill’s Horse.” He was elected first lieutenant of Company F, Second Regiment Missouri Cavalry, the regiment he had recruited in 1863, and served his country four years and two months. After his discharge he returned home and engaged...

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Biographical Sketch of Henry Holloway

Henry Holloway was born in Berkshire, near London, England. His parents were Philip and Charlotte (Tibble) Holloway, also natives of England. Our subject was reared and educated in his native land, finishing his scholastic course at the schools of London, He learned his trade of cabinet-making in England after attaining his majority and worked at it there until he emigrated to America in the month of March, 1854. Mr. Holloway was married, in his native country, on the 24th day of December, 1S49, to Miss Ellen Castleman, daughter of William and Jemima Castleman, natives of England. Mrs. Holloway was born in Hampshire, England, March 7, 1824. They have six children now living: Henry, Fannie (now Mrs. E. P. Groves), William C., Edward P., Charles A. and Mary E. Himself and wife have been communicants of the Episcopal Church for more than forty years. He came to Jamesport in 1875, where he has resided and engaged in business ever since. He is a thoroughly capable, experienced and industrious business...

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Biographical Sketch of Frank M. Harris

Frank M. Harris was born in Marshall county, West Virginia, January 7, 1843, and is a son, of John and Drusilla Harris, both natives of Virginia. Our subject received a common school education in his native State, and learned the carpenter’s trade with his father, but has given his attention, almost entirely to farming. He came to this county in 1877. Mr. Harris was united in marriage, November 30, 1865, to Miss Eliza A. Wilson, who was born May 29, 1844. By this union they have had four children: John A., born October 30, 1866-is dead; Hanson, born May 5, 1869; Lionel, born February 7, 1871; Lydia A., born July 23, 1873- is...

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Biographical Sketch of James C. Harrah

James C. Harrah was born in Daviess county, Missouri, November 29, 1844. He is the son of Robert H. Harrah a native of Greenbrier county, West Virginia. His father came to Missouri in 1840, and died in Holt county in February, 1865. His mother’s maiden name was Elizabeth Nation, and she was a native of East Tennessee. Our subject was reared and educated in his native county and has spent his life thus far here. He began farming on his own account at an early age and continued (except during the war) in that avocation until the winter of 1872 when he commenced dealing in nursery stock which is his present occupation. Mr. Harrah enlisted in the First Regiment Missouri State Militia, February 23, 1862, and served three years participating in all the engagements of the campaign during that time in Southern Missouri. He was discharged at St. Louis, February 23, 1865. Mr. Harrah was married at Waverly, Lafayette county, Missouri, March -4, 1867, to Miss Cornelia B. Scott, daughter of M. C. and Margaret Scott. Mrs. Harrah is a native of Saline county. They have five children: Robert M., Virginia L., Emmett O., Georgia A., and Floyd. Mr. H. is a member of the Baptist Church and his excellent lady of the Christian Church; He moved to Jamesport in 1878 and has since resided there, and is highly...

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Biographical Sketch of S. B. Guthery

S. B. Guthery was born in Pike county, Ohio, October 27, 1817. His grandfather was a colonel in the Revolutionary War, and in 1800 immigrated to the then far West – now the State of Ohio. When our subject was a boy he was employed by William Parmer, of Bourbon county, Kentucky; in keeping training and running fast horses. In 1837 he turned his attention to farming and has followed that business ever since, together with handling stock; with the exception of a short time he was engaged in grading on the Portsmouth & Columbus turnpike in 1840, and conducted a tannery in Scioto county, Ohio, a few years. In April, 1847, he settled upon the farm where he now lives. Mr. Guthery was united in marriage November 21, 1840, to Miss Nancy L. March. She was born January 24, 1822. They had four children: Nancy-dead; William B., born April 3, 1845; James A.-dead; and Sarah-dead. William B. Guthery, son of S. B. Guthery, was born in Lucas county, (Ohio, and lives on the old homestead, where his father settled in 1847. He was educated at Smith’s Mercantile College, of Portsmouth, Ohio, and was engaged from 1869 to 1873 in the mercantile business and in the handling and shipping of mules at Jameson. Since that time he has been engaged in farming. William B. Guthery was united in marriage,...

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Biographical Sketch of Daniel Gosnell

Daniel Gosnell was born in Huntington county, Pennsylvania, March 20, 1816. When he was ten years old his parents moved to Ohio, where he was reared on a farm, and has made agriculture his business through life. At the age of twenty-one years he settled in Edgar county, Illinois; in 1840 removed to Jasper county, in the same State, and in 1855 came to this county, and settled upon the spot where he now lives. He owns a farm of 235 acres, well improved, and has given his attention chiefly to stock-raising since he settled in Missouri. Mr. Gosnell was united in marriage, July 16, 1844, to Miss Rebecca Mathen. By this union they had three children, Emeline, Rhoda and Sarah E. Mrs. Rebecca Gosnell died March 16, 1851. Mr. Gosnell was married, August 23, 1851, to Miss Lucinda Poor, who was born August 24, 1826. By this marriage they have ten children, eight of whom are living: Stephen S., born June 11, 1852; Samuel H., born November 27, 1853; Frederick, oborn September 13, 1855; Isabel J., born December 31, 1857; William H., born July 17, 1860; Olive A., born January 26, 1862; Daniel W., born November 21, 1863; George W., born September 18,1865; Mary E., born June 11, 1867; and Osta F., born September 2,...

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Biographical Sketch of William J. Gillilan

William J. Gillilan was born in Daviess county on the 6th day of May, 1849, and is a son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Jordin) Gillilan, natives of Pocahontas county, Virginia. They came to this State in 1839, and to Daviess county the year following. Our subject received his education and grew to manhood in his native county, and began business for himself at the age of eighteen years as a blacksmith at Jamesport and continued that business about eight years, then entered mercantile business in company with George W. Miller, in 1877, under the firm name of Miller & Gillilan, which business they still continue very profitably. Mr. Gillilan was married in Grundy county, Missouri, October 30, 1872, to Miss Melissa King, daughter of Rufus and Henrietta King. The issue of this union has been two children, named Bessie and Virgil. Mr. Gillilan is a member of Evening Star Lodge No. 39, A. O. U. W., of Lodge No. 339, I. O. O. F., and of Lodge No. 201, A. F. & A....

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