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Location: Gallatin Missouri

Biography of Joab Woodruff

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Joab Woodruff was born in Johnson county, Indiana, near Nineveh, October 25, 1825. His parents Joab and Sophia Woodruff lived upon a farm, and there the subject of our sketch grew to manhood, giving most of his time and attention to work upon the farm, and having little opportunity to enjoy the advantages of education, receiving only three months schooling, during the winters, from the time he was of school age until he was sixteen years old. The school houses were of the most primitive pattern of the old log variety, sad the three months sessions during the winters were not calculated to instruct the youth of the day in anything but the simplest branches. Having reached the age of eighteen our subject started out for himself, doing farm work during the season and working at wagon-making and carpentering the balance of the year. November 29, 1846, Mr. Woodruff was joined in marriage to Miss Paulina, daughter of John and Ann Fisher, who lived near Middletown, Shelby county, Indiana. He and his young wife began life together by settling upon a farm given him by his father, near the old homestead, and there they lived happily for ten years. In 1856 they left their Hoosier home and removed to Missouri and settled in Gallatin, where they...

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Biographical Sketch of John B. Williams

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now John B. Williams was the son of Cordey and Mary Williams, was born upon a farm in Callaway county, Missouri, August 11, 1844. When he was two years old his parents removed to Montgomery county and settled on a farm near Danville, where he lived until seven years of age. In the spring of 1853 his parents again changed their place of residence, this time moving to Gentry county, near Albany, where he lived until he reached his seventeenth year, when, in 1861, he enlisted in the Union army, joining Colonel Manlove Cranor’s regiment of six months militia. At the expiration of that time he enlisted in Company A, First Regiment of Missouri State Volunteer Infantry, and served three years, part of the time on detail duty as clerk in the adjutant general’s office at Benton Barracks, St. Louis, where he was mustered out when his time expired. Leaving St. Louis he went to Mexico, Missouri, and established himself in the drug business with his brother, under the name and style of R. N. Williams & Bro., doing business eighteen months, when they removed to Albany, Gentry county, and carried on the drug business one year. In 1867 they removed to Gallatin, where they continued in the same business until 1868, when his brother retired from...

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Biographical Sketch of Joseph A. Wickham

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Joseph A. Wickham was born in Monroe, Michigan, November 14, 1844. When he arrived at the age of ten years his father died, and he left his native place and went to Brunswick, Chariton county, Missouri, to live with an uncle. There he lived for five years and attended the common schools of that place. In 1861 he served in the Missouri State Guards under General John B. Clark, and in 1862 went to Norwalk, Huron county, Ohio, to finish the jeweler’s trade under James A. Wilkinson, with whom he worked a year before leaving Brunswick. In 1863 he enlisted in Company C, Sixty-eighth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, served during the war; was mustered out at Louisville, Kentucky, and received his honorable discharge at Cleveland, Ohio, in 1865. Returning to Norwalk he was engaged by his old employer in the jewelry business, and remained with him until the following February, when, he removed to Richmond, Missouri, and established himself in the jewelry business. In Richmond he remained until 1872, then came to Gallatin and opened his present drug and jewelry store. Mr. Wickham was elected mayor of Gallatin in 1875 and reelected in 1876. In the spring of 1877 he was appointed city treasurer of Gallatin, and is now serving his fifth consecutive term in that responsible...

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Biography of Ebenezer West

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Ebenezer West was born near Parkersburg, in Montgomery county, Indiana, February 9, 1829. He lived in his native county until he reached the age of eight years, when his parents removed to Boone county, same State, and settled near Lebanon, where he lived with them until attaining his majority. On the 28th of November, 1850, he was united in marriage to Miss Julia Ann Robinson, and began farming upon a farm he had previously purchased, in Boone county, and there continued to live until 1853, when he sold his farm and removed to Lebanon. There he was employed for two years in the county recorder’s office, then as book keeper for Conrad Perkins, a merchant of the same place, after which he learned the photographer’s art and carried on that business in Lebanon until 1859. In this latter year he removed to Missouri, and settled in Bancroft, this county, where be engaged in photographing until the breaking out of the war, in 1861. He gave his services to the cause of the Union, enlisting in Company H, Twenty-third Missouri Volunteer Infantry, under Col. Jacob T. Tindall, and was elected second lieutenant of his company. In September, 1861, while his company was in quarters at Benton Barracks, St. Louis, he was detailed on a recruiting expedition to...

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Biography of John H. Townsend

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now John H. Townsend was born at Smyrna, Costa (now Kent) county, Delaware, March 16, 1843. When seven years of age his parents removed to Madison county, Indiana, and settled at Collinsville, where he lived with them until he reached the age of eighteen years, and was there educated. On leaving home in 1861 he went to Placerville, California. On his arrival there he had but six dollars. On the first day after his arrival he was employed as a clerk by B. Meacham, a dry goods merchant, at a salary of six hundred dollars per year and board, and remained with him until 1865, receiving an increase of salary each year. By investing his earnings in mining stock and loaning he accumulated enough to return to the East. Leaving Placerville in October, 1865, by steamer, and by way of the Nicaragua route, arriving at Brunswick, Missouri, where his parents had removed to during his absence, in the following November. In the spring of 1866 he engaged in the mercantile business at Brunswick with his uncle, Luke Townsend, in the firm name of L. & J. H. Townsend. Their co-partnership was of short duration as his uncle died in nine months after. However, young Townsend purchased his uncle’s interest of the executors and continued in business at...

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Biographical Sketch of George Brethard Thomas

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now George Brethard Thomas was born in Hancock, Washington county, Maryland, on the 29th of March, 1842. His father died when the subject of this sketch was twelve years old, and he continued to live with his mother at the old homestead until he reached the age of eighteen, and then migrated to Missouri, arriving in St. Joseph in the spring of 1860. He remained in that city some two months, then came to Gallatin, where he secured employment as clerk in the hotel owned by Thomas Clingan, and remained in that capacity until February, 1861, when he engaged in farming and continued in that “noblest of all pursuits,” until May, 1881. From 1866 to 1875, in addition to his farm occupations, he was a member of the firm of Thomas & Brosins, in the meat market business. He was clerk of the Shriver district, Liberty township, for over ten years, showing by his long continuance in the office that the people appreciated his valuable qualities. On the 14th of February, 1861, Mr. Thomas was united in marriage to Miss Epha Brosins, of Liberty township. From this union, which has proven a happy one, they have five children; namely, Lucinda M., Annie May, Mary Louvenia, Floyd and Georgia, all living at home. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas are...

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Biographical Sketch of Oliver A. Smalley

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Oliver A. Smalley was born on a farm near Wayne Center, Wayne county, New York, June 16,1848. When he was eight years of age his parents, Silas H. and Almira Smalley, removed to Manchester, Delaware county, Iowa, and there he lived until he was seventeen, receiving his education in the common schools of that place, supplemented with a course in the Commercial College of Dubuque, Iowa. Leaving home in 1865 he entered the office of the Dubuque & Sioux City Railroad Company, at Manchester, as assistant freight agent and baggage master, and remained in the employ of that company until 1868. In 1869 he removed to Missouri and located in Gallatin, engaging in the hardware business with his father, under the firm name of S. H. Smalley & Son. This firm continued to do business until 1862, when they closed out and the junior partner accepted a position as traveling salesman for Ladd & Talcott, of Quincy, Illinois, holding the position until 1874. From that date until 1876 he was variously employed, and in 1877 engaged in the butcher business, and from that time was employed as salesman in different houses in Gallatin until 1881, when he engaged with G. W. Henderson in his present business of dealing in flour, feed, grain, etc., under the firm...

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Biographical Sketch of Thomas R. Shaw

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Was born near Decatur, Macon county, Illinois, June 19, 1845. In 1846. his parents removed to Iowa and settled near Mount Pleasant. He completed his education in the Mount Pleasant high school under Prof. John. A. Smith, in 1861. From that time until 1864, he was employed as a clerk, excepting one year spent in visiting relatives at Lexington, Kentucky. In 1864 he enlisted in Company A, Forty-fifth Iowa Volunteer Infantry for a term of 100 days. At the expiration of his enlistment he returned home and soon after made a prospecting tour to the Missouri River, visiting Omaha, Plattsmouth, and Nebraska City, and finally came to Gallatin in September 1865, where he began the study of law under Col. James H. B. McFerran and was admitted to the bar in May, 1865, by the Hon. K A. DeBolt and at once began the practice of law at Gallatin. In 1871 he was appointed, public administrator, to fill a vacancy, by Gov. Joseph McClurg, and in 1872 was elected to the same position. In 1876 he was elected Probate Judge and in 1880 was reelected his own successor. September, 1867, Mr. Shaw was joined in marriage to Miss Jane Buchhols, a lady who was born and reared in Gallatin. They have five children; namely, Pinkie, Milo...

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Biographical Sketch of George Washington Schaffer

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now The subject of this sketch,¬†George Washington Schaffer, was born in St. Louis, Missouri, July 4, 1847. His parents removed, during his boyhood, to Galesburg, Illinois, where they resided several years. Returning to St. Louis, Mr. Schaffer engaged in the butcher business, and continued there until the fall of 1868. His next field of operation was Kansas City, where he followed his trade for some time. From Kansas City he went to St. Joseph, where he remained until 1874, and then returned to St. Louis. He lived in St. Louis one year, during which time he had a rib broken while separating some unruly cattle. The butchers association, to which he belonged, then sent him out with Cole’s Lightning-rod Company, and he traveled with them in Kansas. After another trial of the butcher’s business in Kansas City, he went to Chicago in the fall of 1875 and remained there one year in the employ of Fowler Brothers. From Chicago he proceeded to Atchison, Kansas, and thence again to St. Joseph. On first coming to Daviess county, he stopped in Gallatin, but moved out to Jamesport in the spring of 1880, and again began butchering beef for the hungry. He is one of the firm in the meat-market business of Dinsmore & Schaffer, and is also senior member...

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Biography of Hon. Samuel A. Richardson

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Samuel A. Richardson was born in Anderson county, Kentucky, July 26, 1826. He was the second son of Colonel John C. Richardson, who was a native of Virginia, but in early life moved from that State to Anderson county, Kentucky, and in the spring of 1831, with his family, moved to Missouri and settled in the Missouri River bottom, above Camden, in Ray county, and afterwards removed to near Lexington. The family are descendants of the numerous family of Richardsons, from Virginia and Kentucky. Judge Nathaniel Richardson, grandfather of the subject of this sketch, moved from Kentucky and settled in Lewis county, this State; and Samuel Arbuckle, grandfather on his mother’s side, also moved from Kentucky to Missouri at an early day and located in Ray county. They both lived to an advanced age and left large families in their respective localities. Samuel A. Richardson was a robust, healthy boy, inured to all the hard-ships of frontier life, and with his elder brothers and the assistance of four negro boys, helped his father in opening up and improving three farms in the Missouri bottoms. He became proficient as a prairie-breaker and ox-driver, and broke hemp, split rails, and was especially fond of hunting. Up to his fifteenth or sixteenth year he attended school but little, his...

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Biography of James W. Miller

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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...

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Biography of Benton Miller

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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...

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Biographical Sketch of Jacob Mettel

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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...

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Biography of Major Joseph H. McGee

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Joseph H. McGee was born in Clermont county, Ohio, July 6, 1821. His grandfather, Peter McGee, in company with seven brothers, emigrated from Ireland to the United States prior to the Revolutionary War, and settled in New Jersey. Peter McGee was a major under Washington and participated in the celebrated battle of Monmouth, New Jersey, at which place he now lies buried. Charles McGee, the father of our subject, was born near Monmouth, where he lived until 1815, when he removed to Ohio and settled in, Clermont county. The family lived in the Buckeye State until 1837, Joseph then being in his sixteenth year, when they migrated to Missouri and settled in Daviess county. Young McGee was a tailor by trade, having served a six years apprenticeship in Cincinnati; he located in Gallatin and engaged in that business until burned out by the Mormons during the difficulties which finally culminated in their expulsion from the county. After the Mormon War he worked at his trade and taught school alternately until 1850, in which year he joined the throng who made the trip to California during the memorable gold excitement, and returned in 1852. In 1856 he was elected county clerk, served the full term of six years, and was reelected in 1862 without opposition. He was...

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Biography of Independence Mann

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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...

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