Location: Jackson Missouri

Biographical Sketch of John B. Dinsmore

Is a native of Daviess county and was born in Jackson township on the 10th of April, 1850. He was reared and received his education wholly in this county. In August, 1870, he went to Kansas and there engaged in railroading. Part of his time in that State was spent in Emporia, where he remained till September, 1872. He then came to Daviess county, and locating in Jackson township, was soon called on to serve his fellow-citizens in a public office. He was elected township constable and collector, and served two years, refusing reelection. From that time he turned his attention to farming and stock-raising, till his health failed him. He made a trip to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and after his return came to Jamesport, where he went into his present business of butchering and stock-trading. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now Mr. Dinsmore was married on the 9th of March, 1876, in Harrison county, Missouri, to Miss M. M. Travis, daughter of Mr. David Travis....

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Biography of Samuel P. Cox

Samuel P. Cox was born in Williamsburg, Whitley county, Kentucky, December 16, 1828. In 1839 his parents, Levi and Cynthia Cox, removed to Missouri and located in the eastern part of Daviess county, now known as Jackson township, and the subject of this sketch lived at home and worked upon the farm until 1847. In the spring of that year he enlisted in company D, Captain W. H. Rogers, Oregon Battalion, Lieutenant-Colonel Powell, commanding, for the war with Mexico. He served until November, 1848, when he received his honorable discharge at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Returning to the old homestead he engaged in work upon the farm during the years 1849 and 1850. In this latter year, on the 7th of July, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Ballinger. In the spring of 1851 the removed to Gallatin and entered the mercantile business with George W. Poage as a partner, under the firm name of Cox & Poage, and transacted general business until 1853, when the firm closed out. The next enterprise we find Mr. Cox engaged in is the taking of cattle to California, and he left Daviess county for his drive across the plains in the spring of 1854, and arrived in the “Land of riches,” settling in Grass Valley, Nevada county, where he continued to reside until the fall of 1855, when he removed to...

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Biography of John Oxford

The subject of this sketch was born in Clay County, Kentucky, April 9, 1833. His parents are Jonathan and Elizabeth Spurlock Oxford, the former a native of North Carolina, and the latter of Kentucky. His father was one of the first settlers of Daviess County, and was taken out and shot during the war, April 4, 1863; his mother still resides upon the farm where they first settled upon their arrival in this County- Young Oxford was about three years old when his father migrated from Kentucky to this County, and here he was reared upon the home farm, attended and received his education in the common schools. On June 16th, 1859, he was united in marriage to Miss Martha J. Lockridge, daughter of Andrew Lockridge, of this County. By this union they have eight children; namely, William L., Mary E., Flora B. (now Mrs. James H. Parberry), Charles T., Martha A., James C., Elmer B. and Howard L. Mr. Oxford was called upon to mourn the loss of his beloved wife and companion, December 25, 1880, when her spirit took its flight to the other world. Both himself and wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he is a member of the A. O.U. W. Lodge No. 39. Mr. Oxford owns a valuable farm of 265 acres, all under fence, 150 acres under cultivation, and 115...

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Biographical Sketch of John W. Burge

Was born in Patrick County, Virginia, September 21, 1838. He is the son of Woody Burge, now living in Daviess. County; his mother died in Virginia in 1836. Our subject was reared principally upon his father’s farm in Virginia. September 10, 1836, he left Virginia for Platte County, Missouri, where he made his home until 1857, at which time he came to Daviess County, where he has been ever since. In 1861 he enlisted in the Confederate army under General Sterling Price, and was in the battles of Carthage, Pea Ridge, Sugar Creek, Pleasant Hill, and finally surrendered at Shreveport. Soon after his surrender he returned home and resumed his labors on the farm. October 29, 1874, Mr. Burge married Miss Nannie Peniston, daughter of Robert Peniston, now living in Livingston County. The issue of this %union is three children; viz., Robert W., William E. and Iva V. Mr. Barge and wife are both members of the church; he of the Cumberland Presbyterian, and she of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. They are regarded .as good neighbors and valuable...

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Biographical Sketch of Theodore Peniston

Was born in Jessamine County, Kentucky, May 6, 1812. His father, Robert P. Peniston, was one of the first settlers of Daviess County. His mother’s maiden name was Miss Nancy Nuttall. Our subject was principally reared on a farm, and educated in Kentucky. In 1831, he came with his parents to Daviess County, Missouri, and settled where the old town of Millport formerly stood. It was in this town that Robert P. Peniston operated one of the first mills in the County. February 17, 1848, Theodore Peniston was married to Miss Susan Witdams, daughter of George Williams, both natives of Virginia. The issue of this union was six children, whose names are as follows: Frances Matilda, wife of Dr. A. F. McFarland, of Gallatin; George W., Anthony, William P., Mary Ann and Robert. Our subject is one of the oldest settlers now living in this section of the County, and has done a great deal to promote the County’s welfare. In former days he practiced law in addition to superintending the working of his farm. He is regarded by all who know him as a quiet and valuable...

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Biographical Sketch of William B. Smith

Was born in Howard County, Missouri, November 21, 1829. His father, Asa Smith, and his mother, Frankie Maupin Smith, are both natives of Kentucky. When about ten years of age our subject left Howard County for Daviess County. From that time his life was spent in Platte County, Saline County and Pay County. In 1866 lie returned to Daviess County, where he has since resided. January 28, 1866, he married Miss Mary A. Davis, daughter of James A. Davis, of Livingston County. The issue of this union is six children; viz., Francis P., James A., Emma K., Mary V., William S. and Marion C. Mr. Smith has been township commissioner and clerk for some time, and in 1874-75 represented the County in the legislature. He is a man highly respected by all who know...

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Biographical Sketch of Dr. W M. P. Johnson

William P. Johnson was born in Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa, April 25, 1855, in which State he was reared and educated. He left college in 1873 and immediately began the study of medicine under Dr. H. B. Miller, and read with him as preceptor until the spring of 1881 when he went to Orlinda, Linn County, Missouri, and there began the practice. In October, 1881, he came to Daviess County and located at Jackson Station, where for a young gentleman, lie is getting a good practice. Dr. Johnson is a man of high ambition, which he has the force of character to realize. Energetic sober, reliable and studious he is one stamped by nature with all the characteristics of success, which will doubtless follow him through...

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Biographical Sketch of George W. Litton

This gentleman was born in Livingston County, this State, on the 16th .day of May, 1842, and was reared and educated in the County of his birth. He commenced life as a farmer in his native County, and continued there until the fall of 1880, when he came to Daviess County locating at Lock .Springs, where he engaged in the dry goods and grocery business. In the following August he took in as partner, Mr. Minnick, the firm now being styled Litton & Minnick. Mr. Litton was married, in Livingston County, May 21, 1865, to Miss Nancy E. Minnick, a native of this State, who was born March 21, 1846. Six children have been born of this union, five of whom still survive. Those living are: Susannah F., born November 13, 1866; Mary L., born January 21, 1869; Alexander J., born August 11, 1870; Elizabeth C., born March 27,1870; and Nancy E., born August 9, 1878. An infant child born June 17, 1873, died the same month. Mr. Litton is a gentleman of thorough business turn of mind, and has already won the esteem and confidence of the people in his new place of abode, and has a large and growing trade in his...

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Biographical Sketch of Turner Langford

The subject of this sketch was born in Harrison County, Indiana, January 20, 1828. He is the second child of Anderson and Nancy Boston Langford. His father is a native of Virginia, and is now living in Iowa. ‘Our subject left Indiana when about six years of age and went to McDonald County, Illinois. Two years afterward he moved to Van Buren County, Iowa. He grew to manhood in Iowa, working on his father’s farm. On March 18th, 1852, Mr. Langford was joined in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Davis, daughter of Beden Davis, at that time residents of Iowa. He remained in Iowa until 1855, at which time he came to Daviess County, where he has made his home ever since. Mr. and Mrs. Langford are the parents of six children; viz., Clay C., Anderson, Alexander, Clarissa A., Tillman and Turner. Mr. Langford is one of Daviess County’s most valuable citizens. He owns a very fine farm and deals largely in...

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Biographical Sketch of James H. Carter

The subject of this sketch was born in Jasper County, Missouri, July 11, 1843. His parents were Salathiel and Charity Cook Carter; the former died in 1871, but the latter still resides in this County. James was but nine years of age when he accompanied his parents in their removal from Jasper County to this County, of which he has been a resident ever since, growing to manhood and receiving his education here. In 1861 be enlisted for six months in the Missouri State Militia, and at the expiration of that time reenlisted and served until the close of the war. He began to farm for himself at the age of twenty-two, and as the result of his industry owns a valuable farm of 180 acres, all under cultivation. Mr. Carter was united in marriage to Miss Amanda F. Rhinehart, daughter of E. R. Rhinehart, of Greene County, Iowa, on the 31st of August, 1865. The issue of this union was three children; namely, Charles A., Florence E. and Franklin. Mrs. Carter died May 28, 1876. On the 28th of February, 1878, Mr. Carter married Miss Mary R. Youtsey, daughter of A. S. Youtsey, of this County. By this marriage they have two children, Arthur, and an infant. Mr. and Mrs. Carter are members of the church, he of the Cumberland Presbyterian, and she of the Christian. They are...

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Biography of George M. Smith

Was born in Roan, now Davie County, North Carolina, October 3, 1824. His father, John Smith, was a farmer and a native of North Carolina; his mother, whose maiden name was Prudence Smith, was a Virginian by birth, and was born at Norfolk. Both his. parents are dead, his mother dying in 1867, and his father in 1870. When George was twelve years old his parents removed from his native State to Rush County, Indiana, and there he was reared to manhood on a farm, and received such education as the early schools afforded. January 23, 1848, George M. Smith was united in marriage to Miss Sarah A. Murnan, daughter of Jacob Murnan. She was born in Franklin County, Indiana, February 22, 1824. After this marriage Mr. Smith removed to Hancock County, in the Hoosier State, where he lived and engaged in farming for five years, and then changed his place of residence to Richland County, Illinois. In the fall of 1858, after a five years sojourn, in the State of Illinois he migrated to Missouri, and settled upon a farm in this County, where he has since made his home. He owns a splendid farm of 340 acres of rich, productive land, well watered and improved, and gives his attention to general farming and stock-raising. He has 270 acres fenced, 195 under cultivation and seventy in timber. Mr....

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Biographical Sketch of James Critten

The subject of this sketch was born in Putnam County, Ohio, March 26, 1840. His father, Isaac Critten, is a native of Ohio, as was also his mother, Mary Nichols Critten; they are now residents of Daviess County, having left Ohio when our subject was but fifteen years of age, and settled in this County where the father is a well-to-do and respected farmer. James was reared on a farm and received his education in the common schools of this County. He enlisted in the Missouri State Militia in 1861, for six months, which time lie served and then reenlisted in the First Missouri State Militia under Col. J. H. B. McFerran and served three years. Returning home after his honorable discharge, he engaged in farming. He now owns an excellent farm of 160 acres, eighty of which are under cultivation and yield a handsome harvest. His farm is all under fence, and he deals to some extent iii stock. Mr. Critten and Miss Samanthe Macy, daughter of Captain Seth Macy, of this County, were united in marriage, September 13, 1868. They have two children; namely, Mary M. and Otto E. Mr. and Mrs. Critten are highly esteemed members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He is, politically, a Republican, and held the office of justice of the peace in 1871, giving perfect satisfaction to the citizens of the...

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Biographical Sketch of Joseph Critter

Was born in Putnam County, Ohio, March 4, 1843. His parents, Isaac and’ Mary Nichols Critten, are both natives of the Buckeye State, and are at this writing residents of Daviess County. Our subject was twelve years of age when he accompanied his parents in their removal from Ohio to this County, where he has been reared upon his father’s farm and received an education in the district schools. In 1861 he gave his services to the cause of the Union, enlisting in the Missouri State Cavalry, under Colonel James H. B. McFerran, for four months, and at the expiration of that time again en-listed and served faithfully and well until the close of hostilities, when he returned home. He owns a fine farm of 165 acres, 125 of which are under cultivation. His farm is well watered and adapted to stock-raising, in which he is engaged to a considerable extent. On the 7th of October, 1866, Mr. Critten was united in marriage to Miss Samanthe Story, a native of this County. By this union, which has proven a happy one, Mr. and Mrs. Critten have two children; namely, Orpheus E. and Olive E. Mr. and Mrs. Critten are consistent members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Politically, Mr. Critten is a...

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Biographical Sketch of John B. Marley, M. D.

John B. Marley was born in Greene County, this State, March 23, 1834, .and was reared and partly educated in the same County. In the spring of 1860 he went to St. Louis for the purpose of attending school, and did attend one year; but the Civil War coming on in 1861, he quit school and -gave his services to the cause of the sunny South, till the close of that hopeless struggle. Returning to St. Louis after the war, he remained there till .1867, when he went to Keokuk, Iowa, and there entered the medical college. He graduated from that institution in the spring of 1868, and went to Chariton County, Missouri, and there remained till the following year, when he went to Dallas County, Texas, where he practiced medicine until 1870. In the last named year, Dr. Marley came back to this State, and located for practice in Caldwell County, where he continued for some time. He also practiced in Mooresville till the spring of 1880, and then came to this. County and located at Lock Springs, and has here remained ever since engaged in his profession. Dr. Marley was married, in Chariton County, Missouri, July 10, 1869, to Miss Nancy S. Hooper, a native of Illinois. Five children have been born to Dr. and Mrs. Marley; namely, Laura A., Rosa L., Nellie M., Freddie V. and...

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Biography of A. L. Martin

Alphonso L. Martin was born in White County, Tennessee, October 19, 1827. His father, George Martin, was a native of Kentucky, and a substantial farmer; be died in 1852. His mother was a Virginian by birth, and her maiden name was Margaret Bates; she died in 1879. In the fall of 1828 our subject: accompanied his parents in their removal to Cooper County, Missouri, and’ there he lived until he was about ten years of age, when his parents changed’ their residence to Platte County, settling upon a farm near Weston, and of” which County his father was one of the first settlers. He lived with his parents and grew up on the home farm, attending school in winter and working upon the farm in summer. On the 8th of November, 1849, Mr. Martin was joined in marriage to Miss Mary Jane Burge, daughter of John Burge. The issue of this marriage was two children, both of whom are now dead. Mrs. Martin died in Platte County, Missouri, November 25,1855. In the fall of 1856 he removed with his family to this County, where he has since made his home. He owns a large farm of 448 acres, all under fence, 150 acres under cultivation, and’ 224 acres of valuable timber land, the whole well watered and improved. August 30, 1856, Mr. Martin married Miss Rachel A. McCue, daughter...

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