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Location: Daviess County MO

Biographical Sketch of Allen Thomas Brown

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Allen Thomas Brown was born in Greenbrier county, Virginia, May 22, 1850. When eight years old he came with his parents to Cass county this state, where the family settled and lived till 1863, when they again moved and settled in Daviess county. He therefore received his education partly in Cass and partly in this county. Arriving at an age to ” shift for himself” he began farming for a livelihood and continued the same till 1880, when he moved to Jamesport, where he has since been engaged in the restaurant and confectionery business. In April, 1881, he was elected marshal of the town of Jarnesport, and though his term is unexpired at this writing, he has thus far made a most efficient officer and every way merits the trust conferred. Mr. Brown was married in Johnson county, Missouri, December 24,1874, to Miss Mary T. Olinghouse. They are the parents of three children; named, respectively, Daisy B., born July 24, 1878; Oran W., born June 26, 1880, died August 17, 1881; and Orville F., born August 6, 1881. Mr. and Mrs. Brown are both highly esteemed by the people of...

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Biography of Dr. W. S. Brown

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now W. S. Brown was born in Preble county, Ohio, September 16, 1824. His parents, Solomon and Lydia Brown, were both natives of New York, and when the subject of this sketch was but an infant they moved to Henry county, Indiana, where he was reared upon a farm and educated in the common schools. In the spring of 1847 he came to Missouri and settled in Harrison county on the 7th of May of the same year. He was appointed and served as the first postmaster at Bethany. While living in Bethany he engaged in mercantile business. In 1848 he came to this county and moved his stock of goods to Cravensville, but in 1851 abandoned the mercantile business and began the practice of medicine, which profession he had been studying for several years, and has made that his principal business since, together with farming. In 1858 he went to Texas, and after a stay there of eighteen months returned to this “county. He was elected justice of the peace in 1860. October 1, 1861, he enlisted in the six month service and was a lieutenant of the company commanded by Captain Bromfield. At the expiration of his time he again enlisted, this time in Company Thirty-third Regiment Enrolled State Militia, and was elected first lieutenant,...

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Biographical Sketch of Henry Briggs

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Henry Briggs is a native of Scioto county, Ohio, born June 30, 1834. He was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools of Ohio. In 1868 he came to this county and settled where he now lives-then in the country where the wild grass grew high around his house, but now on the business street of Jameson. He has been street commissioner for three years, and was appointed marshal of Jameson in April, 1881. Mr. Briggs was united in marriage, February 25, 1857, to Miss Annie E. Noble, of Scioto county, Ohio, born September 7, 1836. They have ten children; namely, William M., born December 5, 1857; George A., born November 26, 1859; Aaron C., born December 3, 1861; Mary I., born September 30, 1863; Jesse C., born October 12, 1865; Maggie M., born October 1, 1868; Lulu, born April 21, 1871, and was the first child born in the town of Jameson; Grace N., born March 28, 1874; Susanna E., born July 13, 1877; and Imogene, born October 3,...

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Biographical Sketch of Thomas J. Benjamine

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Thomas J. Benjamine was born in Union, Fayette county, Iowa, October 1, 1858. He is the son of Abram R. Benjamine a native of Pennsylvania. He left Iowa at the age of eight years and went to Quincy, Illinois, and from that place removed to Cameron, Missouri, where he learned his present business of railroad agent and telegraph operator. He came to Jamesport in 1877 and has held the office of agent of the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railway ever since. Mr. Benjamine was married in Jarnesport, on the 5th day of October, 1879, to Miss Fannie J. Harvey. They have one child, Clio, born May 2, 1881. In politics Mr. Benjamine affiliates with the Republican party. He is an experienced and thorough business man and enjoys the confidence and respect of his employers and all who know...

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Biographical Sketch of Jesse Baldwin

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Jesse Baldwin is a native of Logan county, Ohio, and was born June 16, 1832. His parents, David and Hannah Baldwin, were also both natives of the Bnckeye State. He was reared upon a farm and educated in the common schools of Ohio, and has made farming his business through life. In 1855 he moved to Ft. Dodge, Iowa, and two years later moved to Muscatine county, in the same State, where he lived four years. In August, 1863, he enlisted in Company G, Second Regiment Iowa Cavalry, and the regiment was sent to Memphis, Tennessee, and from there began active service, which ended only with the war. The regiment seemed to have a special charge on hand, and that was to fight, guard, run and be run by General Forest. They were with General George H. Thomas at the battles of Columbia, Franklin’ and Nashville, and at the last battle followed General Forest to Duck River, which was among the winding up struggles of the war. There were few, if any cavalry regiments in the army that did more active service during the war than the Second Iowa. After the war Mr. Baldwin settled in this county, where he now owns 440 acres of land, and does a heavy stock business. He was united in...

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Biographical Sketch of George P. Allen

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now George P. Allen was born in Botetourt county, Virginia, July 30, 1821. His parents, William and Caroline Allen, were both natives of the same State. He received his education in the common schools of Virginia, and began the study of civil engineering. He learned the surveyor’s art, and has been engaged principally in that business through life. For the first few years after leaving school he was engaged in the mercantile business in his native State. In 1854 he removed to Missouri and settled in Daviess county, and from 1856 to 1861 held the responsible’ position of county surveyor. In that year of the beginning of the great civil strife, he went south as a volunteer, under Governor Claiborne Jackson, in the Confederate army. In December, 1861, he was taken prisoner by the Union forces in Jackson county, Missouri, and remained a prisoner of war until March, 1862. After his release he moved with his family to St. Joseph, Missouri, and there resided until the close of the war, when he returned to Daviess county. In 1872 he was again elected county surveyor, and has discharged the duties of said office with credit to himself and the county, ever since. Mr. Allen was married, on the 8th of May, 1847, to Miss Sarah A. Miller, a...

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Biography of Colonel James H. B. McFerran

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now James H. B. McFerran was born in Washington county, Maryland, September 17, 1819. At the age of six years his father died, and he remained with his mother until his seventeenth year, attending school part of the time. On reaching the above age he engaged in the stone cutting business under a contractor by the name of Andrew Small, receiving seventy-five cents, per day for the first year. Owing to an aptitude for the work, the second year he was given the position of superintendent, at a salary of one dollar and eighty-seven and one-half cents per day, and continued as superintendent until he was twenty years of age. At that time he went into business for himself, taking a contract first on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, and then on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, and continued some six years, at the close-of his last work going back to his mother’s in 1845. He then decided to study law, and living with his mother he attended school and studied law under the instruction of the Hon. Samuel A. Lowe, of Hagerstown, Maryland, afterwards the governor of the State. He remained there until 1848, when he became a citizen of Gallatin, and Daviess county. Having been admitted to the bar he practiced his profession, and in...

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Biographical Sketch of Albert F. McFarland

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Albert F. McFarland was born in Platte county, Missouri, near Weston, August 5, 1838, and resided there until he was twenty-three years old, receiving his education in the common schools and at Pleasant Ridge College, of that county. He pursued a course of medical studies at St. Louis, Missouri, during the years 1860, ’61, ’62 and ’63, and began practice in the general army hospital in 1863, where he continued to practice until the close of the war, in 1865. In 1866 he made a trip across the plains to Salt Lake City, Utah, and to Virginia City, Montana, returning in the fall of that year. In December, 1867, he settled in Daviess county and commenced the practice of medicine. On the 19th day of November, 1868, Dr. McFarland was united in marriage to Miss Fannie, daughter of Theodore Peniston. He practiced his profession in the eastern part of Daviess county until November, 1874, when he was elected, on the Democratic ticket, clerk of the Circuit Court; was re-elected in 1878 to the same office, which he now holds and most credibly fills and performs the duties which devolve upon him to the satisfaction of the court and...

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Biography of Henry Clay McDougal

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Henry Clay McDougal was born in Marion county, Virginia (now West Virginia), December 9, 1844, and was the second son of John Fletcher and Elvira Boggess McDougal, who were born and reared in that county. His great grandfather, William McDougal, was a Scotch Presbyterian clergyman, who came from the highlands and settled on the Monongahela River, in Virginia, in the year 1770. His maternal ancestors came from England under the second charter granted by James I, in 1609, to the company of ” Adventurers and planters, etc., for the first colony in Virginia,” and first settled on the James River about 1621, and later, 1660, on the Potomac, in Fairfax county, from which place his great-grandfather, Lindsay Boggess, removed in 1799 to Marion county. His father was a farmer and stock-raiser, and the son lived upon the farm the greater part of the time until the commencement of the late rebellion. He received a limited education, such as was afforded in the common schools of the country, being deprived of the benefit of a collegiate course-upon which he was just ready to enter-by the commencement of the Civil War. Early in 1861 his elder brother and most of his schoolmates became avowed secessionists, and many of them at once enlisted in the Confederate army; but believing...

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Biography of William Henry McClung

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now William Henry McClung, son of Charles and Mary McClung, was born in what is now Jamesport township, this county, February 20, 1842. When he was five years old his parents removed to Greenbrier county, Virginia, where young McClung was reared a farmer, and attended the schools held an the log school houses prevalent in that portion of the country. The learning he thus acquired was meager, attending only one year, but he has by observation and study, since obtained a good business education. When he left home it was to become a soldier in the Confederate army, enlisting in the Greenbrier Cavalry in March, 1862, and served during the war in several divisions, the last being that commanded by Gen. William H. F. Lee. His regiment was among the troops surrendered at Appomattox, by Gen. Robert E. Lee. He arrived home about the first of May, 1865, and remained upon the old homestead with his mother until March 20, 1868, when he started for Missouri, arriving at Jamesport, this county, April 9, of the same year. He worked as a farm hand in that vicinity until the first of March, 1872, when he went to Jameson, and was employed as a clerk in the dry goods store of Threlkeld & Tucker, remaining in their employ until...

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Biography of William Mann

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now William Mann was born in Hancock, Washington county, Maryland, April 1, 1839. He is the son of Jonathan E. and Mary A. Mann, who came to Missouri in 1841 and settled at Gallatin, where the subject of this sketch was reared. His educational advantages were limited, only having the opportunity of attending school two or three months each year from the time he was eight until fifteen years of age. His mother died when he was nine, and his father just before he became of age. His father being a merchant, young Mann started for himself in the same calling, he and his brother, Elwood E., and Jonathan Brosins, forming the firm of Brosins, Mann & Co., in 1860, soon after his father’s death. They engaged in business until the disturbed condition of the county, caused by the war, compelled them to discontinue, which they did in 1863. Our subject then went to Nebraska City and engaged in the stove and tinware business, which he carried on until 1867, when, peace being restored, he sold out and returned to Gallatin, and in 1868 again engaged in the mercantile business, associating with him Thomas J. Crain as Mann & Crain. They dissolved in 1870, and in 1871 he became connected in the mercantile business with another brother,...

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Biographical Sketch of Elwood M. Mann

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Elwood M. Mann is a native of Hancock, Washington county, Maryland, born December 14, 1836. His parents, Jonathan and Mary A. Mann, removed to Missouri in 1844, and after stopping at Wellington one winter, came to Daviess county and settled in what is now Sheridan township. They lived there until 1846, then removed to Gallatin, where his mother died in 1848, and his father in 1859, he having lived with his parents and clerked in his father’s store until that time. In 1860 he engaged in the mercantile business with Jonathan Brosins and his brother William Mann,, under the firm name of Brosins, Mann & Co., doing business until 1862, when Mr. Brosins retired, and the firm of Mann & Bro. carried on the business until the fall of 1863. The following year he went out on the plains, remaining some six months. In the fall of 1866 he once more embarked in the mercantile business, forming a partnership with Pines R. Dunn, and transacting business until 1870 under the firm name of Mann & Dunn, when they closed out. He soon after engaged in general merchandising, continuing about one year, when he entered the grocery business, in which he has-been engaged ever since. In January, 1881, he formed a partnership with. R. R. Wynn, who...

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Biography of John A. Keck

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now John A. Keck was born in Baltimore, Maryland, October 27, 1843, but his parents, John and Elizabeth Keck, removed from his native city when he was but six months old, and settled in Bracken county, Kentucky. From there they removed, after a residence of about six years, coming to Missouri and settling upon a farm in Shelby county, where he was reared to manhood and received his education. His mother is still living, and is a descendant of the Tevis family, who founded Tevis college, of Kentucky. His father died in Gallatin in 1876. Our subject lived with his parents in Shelby county until 1862, when he enlisted in Company B, Missouri Cavalry Militia, and served one year. He received his honorable discharge at the expiration of the time mentioned on account of being disabled by a horse falling upon him, and from the results of which accident he is still a cripple. Returning to his home in Shelby county he engaged in teaching school in that and they adjoining counties of Lewis and Knox, following that profession until 1867. The year 1868 he spent in the southern part of the State, and in 1869 came to Gallatin; receiving the appointment of deputy county clerk, he served in that capacity until 1870, and was next engaged...

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Biography of Alexander M. Irving

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Alexander M. Irving was born in Chambersburg, Pike county, Illinois, January 16, 1842. He attended the common schools of his native place and thus acquired the foundation for his present educational advantages. When he had reached the age of sixteen, his father died and he was compelled to earn his own living and assist his mother, and was engaged in work upon the farm until the mutterings of coming war spread over the land in 1861, when he espoused the cause of the Union, and enlisted in Company H, Ninety-ninth Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry, in August of the year last mentioned, and served three years. He went to Harrison county, Missouri, during the fall of 1864, taught school the following winter and came to Gallatin in April, 1865, and engaged in the business of manufactaring wagons in company with his brother, until the summer of 1866. Next he engaged in the insurance business, continuing in said business until the fall of 1869, then went to work in the hardware store of A. D. Brown, continuing in that until the fall of 1870, when he entered in the drug business with C. C. Gillilan and did a thriving business until the fall of 1872, under the name of Gillilan & Irving. Retiring from the firm he...

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Biography of David F. Hanna, M. D.

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now The subject of this sketch was born in Greenbrier county, West Virginia, August 18, 1851. His father, John W. Hanna, is also a native of Virginia. His mother, whose maiden name was Rebecca Deitz, died at the birth of our subject, and he was reared by his grandmother, a most estimable and cultured lady who carefully trained the mind of her young, charge in those channels calculated to make him a pure minded, honest and honorable man and a respected and useful citizen. He was educated at Louisburg Academy and grew to manhood in his native county. After leaving school he clerked for a short time in a dry goods store at Meadow Falls, Virginia, and then, in the winter of 1870, commenced the study of medicine in the office of A. C. Kincaid, M. D., a prominent physician of that section of the country, under whose instructions young Hanna remained three years. He then attended lectures at the famous Medical College of Virginia and was during the same time resident student at Central. Lunatic Asylum at Richmond. After attending four courses of lectures at the excellent institution named above, our subject graduated with high honor and for proficiency and meritorious conduct received the appointment of resident physician and surgeon of the city hospital and alms-house...

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