Location: Grand River Missouri

Biographical Sketch of Benjamin Franklin Pugh

Benjamin Franklin Pugh was born in Daviess county, Missouri, January 31, 1842. His parents, S. W. and Elizabeth Pugh, came to this county in 1838. Benjamin was reared upon a farm and educated in the common schools. He enlisted in John McNeill’s company in September, 1861, and was with Price’s army four months; then returned home and was one year in the Enrolled State Militia. Mr. Pugh was married, October 11, 1865, to Miss Abigail Mills, who was born April 8, 1843, in this county. By this union they have two children; namely, Miles O., born August 18, 1867; and Charles H., born July 16, 1869. Mr. Pugh is by occupation a farmer, and has been fairly successful in a pecuniary point of...

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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 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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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 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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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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Biographical Sketch of John H. Kemp

John H. Kemp was born in Daviess county, June 24, 1847, and is a son of John and Ellen Kemp, the former a native of Indiana, and the latter of Virginia, who came to this county in 1838. They had six children, as follows: John H., the subject of this sketch, Francis M., Mary J., Martha E., and Martin L. John H. Kemp lives on the old homestead, and his mother lives with him; his father died in March, 1865. John H. Kemp was married, November 22, 1877, to Miss Amelia J. Brown, who was born in this county March 2, 1858, and died May, 1879. They had one child, Etna, born April 29,...

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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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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 Joseph D. Feurt

Was born in Scioto county, Ohio, August 15, 1817. His father, Thomas Feurt, was a native of Maryland, and his mother, Mary Feurt, was born in Pennsylvania. Our subject was educated in the common schools of Ohio, and at the age of seventeen learned the blacksmith trade, which was his principal business until 1870. He came to this county in 1840 and put up a shop that year in the old town of Di-Amon, which was the first blacksmith shop, north of Gallatin, in Daviess county. After four years working there he bought a farm in what is now Grand River township, and run his shop in connection with his farm until 1870. In 1878 he moved to Jameson, where he now lives. Mr. Feurt was united in marriage, July 7, 1842, to Miss Rachel Walls, who was born January 10, 1822. By this marriage they had eleven children, six of whom are living; namely, Mary C., born July 17, 1843-dead; Nancy, born November 15, 1844-dead; Benjamin, born February 13, 1846; Joseph H., born January 7, 1848-dead; George W., born August 30, 1849; William A., born May 4, 1851; Caroline, born May 4, 1853-dead; John D., born January 4, 1856-dead; Eli, born May 5, 1857; Everett, born November 8, 1859; and Ella, born April 6, 1862. Mrs. Rachel Feurt died May 10, 1862. On the 21st of March, 1869,...

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Biographical Sketch of Allen Conner

Was born in Greene county, West Virginia, July 10, 1824. His parents, William and Mary Conner, were both natives of Virginia. Our subject was educated in the common schools of his native county, and when young learned millwright work, which he followed for five years, then learned carpentering and cabinet-making, which he followed until 1851, when he migrated to this county, and now owns a farm of 200 acres, well equipped with necessary implements. Mr. Conner was united in marriage October 9, 1850, to Miss Margaret Warren, the date of whose birth was January 4, 1830. They were blessed with three children: Garrett A., born March 7, 1852, died August 31, 1880, from a blow on the head by the swing of the well-auger; while letting the auger down, he accidentally fell and when he was getting up the sweep came around and struck him on the head which produced death in a few hours. Stewart P. was born March 30, 1854; and Mary O., born April 19, 1856. Mrs. Conner died in April, 1859. Mr. Conner married, January 5, 1860, Miss Martha M. McClung. She was born September 7,...

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Biographical Sketch of Joseph Caraway

Joseph Caraway is a native of Greenbrier county, Virginia, and was born October 18, 1811. He was reared in the county of his birth and educated in the common schools of Virginia. In 1837 he left Virginia and traveled on horse-back to Vermillion county, Illinois, and after taking a rest there of two years, rode on to this county and entered the land where he now lives in 1839. He pitched his tent for once and all, and has never moved, except out of his first log cabin into his present dwelling, since 1839, or before he was married, and is one of the successful farmers of this county. He was married, October 1, 1840, to Miss Mary Kipers, who was born December 12, 1822. They had eight children; namely, Sarah J., born September 23, 1841; Elizabeth C., born September 15, 1845; Rebecca A., born December 13, 1847; Mary J., born September 23, 1850; Margaret S., born January 14, 1854; William T., born May 25, 1857; John A., born June 6, 1860; and George N., born May 11, 1863. Mrs. Mary Caraway died March 17, 1864. On August 22d, 1866, Mr. Caraway was united in marriage to Miss Rebecca McNeel. The date of her birth was May 8, 1836, in Logan county, Ohio. By this union they have two children: Eliza P., born September 12, 1869; and Joseph C.,...

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Biographical Sketch of Jesse Baldwin

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 marriage, September 21, 1859, to Miss Hattie Brannon. By this union they had...

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