Location: Howard County MO

Peace Attempts with Western Prairie Indians, 1833

What was known as the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek was entered into in Mississippi with the Choctaw Indians September 27, 1830; 1Kappler, op. cit., vol. ii, 221. pursuant to the terms of the treaty, in 1832 the movement of the Choctaw to their new home between the Canadian and Red rivers was under way but they were in danger from incursions of the Comanche and Pani Picts 2Called by early French traders Pani Pique tattooed Pawnee, and known to the Kiowa and Comanche by names meaning Tattooed Faces. [U.S. Bureau of Ethnology, Handbook of American Indians, part ii,...

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Kit Carson, His Life and Adventures – Indian Wars

The subject of this sketch, Christopher “Kit” Carson, was born on the 24th of December, 1809, in Madison County, Kentucky. The following year his parents removed to Howard County, Missouri, then a vast prairie tract and still further away from the old settlements. The new home was in the midst of a region filled with game, and inhabited by several predatory and hostile tribes of Indians, who regarded the whites as only to be respected for the value of their scalps. The elder Carson at once endeavored to provide for the safety of his family, as far as possible,...

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Biography of Abraham Snethen

Abraham Snethen and his wife, Elizabeth Stewart, were natives of Germany. They emigrated to America and settled in New Jersey, where they had eleven children, of whom the names of only seven are now remembered. They were William, John, Reuben, Polly, Lydia, Elizabeth, and Margaret. William married and settled in Kentucky in 1792, and in 1810 he removed to Ohio, where he lost his wife. He then started to return to New Jersey, but died of cholera, at Hagerstown, Md. John was born in March, 1789, and when he was eight years old his mother died. He was then bound out to a man in Elizabethtown, N. J., to learn the trade of wheel-wright. He remained with the man seven years, and then having had a misunderstanding with his landlady, he ran away and went to Philadelphia, where he embarked on board a ship as a sailor He followed the sea seven years, and during the latter part of that period, while the ship was returning from the West India Islands, with a cargo of sugar and coffee, the yellow fever broke out among the crew and all of them died except Snethen, the cook, and one sailor. They succeeded, however, in bringing the vessel safely into port, and delivering her to the owners, whose admiration of Snethen’s bravery and skill was so great that they proposed to educate...

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Biographical Sketch of James Rodgers

James Rodgers of Pennsylvania, settled in Nelson Co. Ky., where he raised a large family of children, and gave each of them a Bible. Presley Rodgers, his son, married Elizabeth Folay, of Kentucky, by whom he had Matha A., Mary E., James. John. Plicehe, Felix G , Elizabeth E., Nancy, Jitlia A.. Fernesia, and America. Mr. Rodgers came to Missouri in 1831, and settled in Howard County, afterward in Boone, then in Saline and finally in Montgomery. He was a blacksmith, and worked at his trade until his death, which occurred in December, 1863. He built the first blacksmith shop in Montgomery City. Eight of his eleven children are still living, and seven of them reside in Montgomery...

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Biographical Sketch of William Hudnall

William Hudnall, of England, married Fannie McGeorge, of Ireland, and their children were John, Thomas, William, and Richard. The latter was a soldier of the revolutionary war. He married a Miss Cresey, and they had a son, Jack, who settled in Missouri in 1835. William was married twice. By his first wife he had Polly, Catharine, Lucy, and Elizabeth. He was married the second time to a widow, whose maiden name was Nancy Williams, and by her he had Jabez, Samuel, Patsey, Nancy, Parthena, Susannah, and William R. Catharine and Lucy married and settled in Howard Co., Mo. Samuel (now living in Callaway County) married Julia A. Hewett, and settled in Montgomery County in 1837. He got a good ducking in Loutre creek, one day, in the following manner. He was sitting on his horse, about the middle of the creek, talking to Ned Hudnall and William Elliott, who were engaged in a playful scuffle on the bank. Ned finally threw Elliot into the water, which amused Hudnall so that he became convulsed with laughter, and rolled off of his horse into the creek. He happened to roll into deep water, and had to swim to the bank, while his horse swam out on the other side. Mr. Hudnall says he will never for-get the first deer he killed. The weather was very cold, and the deer froze fast...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Clarence L. Samuel

(See Adair, McNair and Downing)-Carrie M. Mayes born January 27, 1880. Graduated from Howard Payne College, Fayette, Missouri, in 1891. Married January 29, 1909 Clarence L. Samuel, born March 23, 1876. They are the parents of: Clarence L born December 26,1909; Martha Elizabeth born March 10, and Samuel Charles Samuel, born Feb. 22, 1916 and died May 9, 1917. David Vann, born January 1, 1800, married Martha McNair, born September 1. He was murdered on December 23, and his widow died in March 1875. They were the parents of: Clement Neeley brilliant attorney, Lieutenant Colonel in the Confederate service and Treasurer of the Cherokee Nation; Nicholas Byers; David Lucullus; Mary Delilah graduated in the second (1856) from Female Seminary, married George W. Drew and Joel Bryan Mayes twice elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation; Charles Avoy; Joseph Lewis and a Elizabeth Vann born at New Hope October 4, 1852, married Nov., 9, 1871 ,1 Houston Mayes, born May 11, 1845, She died Dec. 27, 1907. Samuel Houston youngest brother of Chief Joel Bryan was elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation August 5, 1895. Chief Samuel Houston and Martha Eliza. (Vann) Mayes were the parents of William Lucullus, Dr. Joseph F. and Carrie M. the subject of this...

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Biographical Sketch of Dr. Joseph F. Mayes

(See Adair McNair and Downing)—Dr. Joseph F. Mayes, born December 21, 1877, educated at Male Seminary, Central College, Fayette, Missouri and the Medical Department of Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from the two latter institutions. He located in St. Louis in his profession and rapidly built up a large practice. He married there on June 14, 1909 Miss Esmeralda Berry born November 4, 1887. They are the parents of Esmeralda Mary, born January 21, 1913 and Samuel Houston Mayes, born August 11, 1917. Dr. Mayes is a thirty-second degree Mason and a Shriner. John Adair, a Scotchman married Gahoga, a full blood Cherokee of the Deer Clan. They were the parents of: Walter Adair, called “Black Watt” born December 11, 1783, married May 15, 1804 Rachel Thompson born December 24, 1786. He died January 20, 1835 and she died April 22, 1876. They were the parents of: Nancy Adair, born October 7, 1808, married January 22, 1824 Samuel Mayes born April 11, 1803, in Tennessee. He died December 30, 1858 and she died March 18, 1876. They were the parents of: George Washington, John Thompson, Frank A., James Allen, Joel Bryan, Rachel, William Henry, Samuel Houston, and Wiley B. Mayes. John Thompson Mayes was a Captain in the Confederate service. Joel Bryan and Samuel Houston Mayes were Principal Chiefs of the Cherokee Nation the latter was born...

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Biography of John D. Coulson

John D. Coulson was born near McMinnville, Warren county, Tennessee, February 9, 1807, and was there reared and educated. He attended the old time subscription schools, taught in a log cabin with dirt floor, warmed from a huge fireplace, seats of split logs raised on pegs, and the only window being the space left by an absent log; thus he acquired his early education, and there he lived until he attained his twenty-third year. Leaving his old home in 1829, he journeyed toward the West, and arrived at St. Louis on the 3d of March, the eve of General Jackson’s inauguration as President of the United States, and for whom he had cast his first vote. He arrived in Howard county on the 8th of March, stopped on a visit to his sister, and was soon after employed by Bull & Graves, of Old Chariton, as a clerk, remaining until the 18th of August, when he was united in marriage to Miss Mary E. Lewis, a sister-in-law of Mr. Graves. With his bride he then took a pleasure trip to his old home in Tennessee, returning in November and settling in Chariton county, where he engaged in farming, stock-raising and hunting-enjoying the latter sport especially. In November, 1840, he removed to Daviess county and settled on a farm two miles south-west of Gallatin, which he improved and lived on...

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Biography of Alfred F. Barnett

Alfred F. Barnett was born in Mercer County, Kentucky, November 23,1816, and lived there two years, when his parents, Zacharius and Nancy Burnett, migrated to Missouri and settled near Fayette, Howard County. There he was reared, and lived until 1847, when he removed to Daviess county and settled on a farm in Jefferson township, continuing in agricultural pursuits for two years. In 1849 he came to Gallatin and engaged in the mercantile business with R. S. Owings, under the firm name of Barnett & Owings, and continued in the business until the summer of 1851, when he retired from the firm, and, for a short time, again engaged in farming. He next went to Smithton, Kansas, and was the manager of a store at that place for the firm of Holt, Tipton & Co., of Savannah, Missouri, remaining there until 1857, when he returned to Gallatin and was appointed deputy sheriff by James J. Minor, holding the position four years. In 1861 he joined the Confederate army, enlisting in General Sterling Price’s brigade as a private, and served during the war, returning to Gallatin after the declaration of peace in 1865. His first employment was the running of a steam flouring-mill for R. T. West, in which business he was engaged up to 1874, when he was elected treasurer of Daviess county, reelected in 1876, serving both terms and...

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Biographical Sketch of David H. Coulson

David H. Coulson, son of John D. Coulson, was born in Chariton County, Missouri, near the town of Keytesville, November 16, 1830. He remained in the place of his birth until he was about seven years of age when his father moved to Howard County, Missouri, where the family remained about two years. In 1839 the family came to Daviess County and settled in Union township. David remained at home until he was about twenty-one years of age. Mr. Coulson was engaged in farming in Union township, Daviess County, Missouri, for three years. He then moved to Liberty Township, where he remained one year. Removing a short distance from this place, he gave his attention for about eleven years to farming and stock-raising. Moving then to Sheridan township he purchased land in section thirty-five where he is now living. In 1860 Mr. Coulson went to Nevada City where he was engaged in mining about eighteen months. He returned home in 1862 when he was enrolled in the Home Guard Militia, and served at intervals during the war. Mr. Coulson was married, in 1852, to Miss Elizabeth J. McBrayer. They have had six children: Samuel D., Sarah M., Thomas R., May C., William B. and Charles...

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Biography of Richard Johnson Payne, M. D.

Making his advent into professional circles in St. Louis in 1913 as an interne in Bethesda Hospital, Dr. Richard Johnson Payne has continuously engaged in practice in this city save for the period of his service in charge of the ear, nose and throat department of Base Hospital, No. 20, in France during the World war. Thorough study, earnest purpose and close adherence to the highest standards of the profession have gained for him a creditable place and large practice. Missouri numbers him among her native sons, his birth having occurred in Fayette on the 14th of April, 1888. He is a son of William Payne, also a native of Missouri and descended from ancestry from Virginia and Kentucky. The grandfather, Richard Payne, came to Missouri in the early part of the nineteenth century and settled in Howard county, where he engaged extensively in farming and stock raising and also became identified with banking. The father was reared and educated in Howard county, where he, too, engaged in agricultural pursuits for many years but is now living retired. He married Nannie May Walker, a native of that county and representative of one of its old pioneer families, her father being John Walker, a prominent statesman, who at one time filled the position of auditor of Missouri. Mrs. Payne passed away in 1900, at the age of thirty-nine years. In the...

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Biography of Noah S. Magruder

Noah S. Magruder is the president of the Mound City Trust Company, a newly organized banking institution of St. Louis which in the brief period of its existence has met with substantial growth pointing to a successful future. Mr. Magruder is well qualified by training for the work which he has undertaken as executive head of the institution, for throughout his entire business career he has been identified with banking interests. Moreover, his entire life has been spent in this state and he knows well the people and their standing. He was born in Howard county, Missouri, November 29, 1886, his parents being Thomas and Louella (Pemberton) Magruder, who were also natives of Howard county, the latter being a daughter of Tilford Pemberton. The father was born in 1855 and after attaining adult age became a prominent farmer and stock raiser of his native county. Noah S. Magruder attended the high school at Armstrong, Missouri, and afterward became a student in Pritchett College at Glasgow, Missouri, thus being qualified by liberal educational training for life’s practical and responsible duties. He started out in the business world as clerk and bookkeeper in the Farmers’ Bank of Armstrong, Missouri, and his developing powers won for him promotion to the position of assistant cashier in 1908. He remained with the bank until 1913, in which year he was appointed state bank examiner...

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Biography of Emmett R. North, M. D.

Dr. Emmett R. North, a St. Louis oculist of highly developed skill and proficiency along professional lines, was born in Labaddie, Missouri, October 13, 1877, his parents being Eugene Benton and Mary Sale (Pipkin) North, both representatives of old Missouri families. The father is now deceased. The North family was founded in America prior to the Revolutionary war by one of the name who settled in Virginia. The grandfather of Dr. North was Flavius Josephus North, who came to Missouri in the early part of the nineteenth century and served as a member of the first Missouri state legislature. The Pipkins were also an old Virginia family of French origin and became connected with St. Louis county in the days of early Missouri settlement. Eugene Benton North was a physician and surgeon and at the time of his death was filling the position of chief surgeon of the Wabash Railroad. He passed away in 1887, at the comparatively early age of thirty-four years. His widow is still living and makes her home in St. Louis. They had but one child. Dr. North was a pupil in the public schools of Labaddie in early boyhood and afterward attended Central College at Fayette, Missouri, from 1893 until 1897. Determining upon the practice of medicine as a life work he pursued studies in the Beaumont Hospital Medical College, now known as the...

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Biography of H. J. Westhues

H. J. Westhues, filling the office of prosecuting attorney of Cole county and a well known resident of Jefferson City, was born in Westphalia, Germany, June 6, 1889, but in 1892, when only four years of age, was brought to America by his parents William and Teresa Westhues, who settled in Howard county. The father was a farmer, living a most active and useful life and becoming recognized as one of the prominent agriculturists of his community. H. J. Westhues obtained his education in the Catholic school of Glasgow and when his textbooks were put aside assisted his father on the farm for a time. Desiring, however, to enter upon a professional career he went to St. Louis to 1908 and took up the study of law in the St. Louis University, from which he was graduated with the class of 1912, winning the LL. B. degree. However, he was admitted to the bar in the previous year upon successfully passing the required examination at Jefferson City. He entered upon the general practice of law in Jefferson City in 1912 and was elected soon afterward to the office of city attorney. In 1918 he was elected prosecuting attorney for Cole county by a majority of more than a thousand, notwithstanding he is a supporter of the republican principles and Cole county normally gives a strong democratic majority. In 1920...

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Biography of Hon. A. E. L. Gardner

Hon. A. E. L. Gardner, lawyer and lawmaker, representing the twenty-fifth senatorial district in the upper house of the general assembly, makes his home in Kirkwood but practices in Clayton and is also a representative of some of the more important corporations of St. Louis. He was born at Millersport, Ohio, December 4, 1867, and is a son of Thomas W. and Maria (Lindsey) Gardner, who were also natives of the Buckeye state. The father was engaged in mercantile business in Lancaster, Ohio, for many years and in 1879 came to Missouri, settling in Sedalia, where he engaged in merchandising to the time of his retirement from active business. He was a veteran of the Civil war, serving as a captain in the Ninetieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He lived to the advanced age of eighty-eight years, while his wife passed away at the age of seventy-six. Their son, A. E. L. Gardner, was educated in the public schools of Sedalia, Missouri, including the high school. Determining to take up the practice of law, he entered Lewis College at Glasgow, Missouri, where he concentrated his efforts and attention upon preparation for the bar and was graduated with the B. L. degree in the class of 1889. He then entered the Missouri State University and won the LL. B. degree with the class of 1891. Mr. Gardner located for practice in...

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