Location: Jefferson Missouri

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 John H. Searcy

John H. Searcy is a native of Illinois, and was born November 9, 1844. He was partly educated in his native State and completed his education in Daviess county, this State, to which his parents moved when he was about twelve years old. On arriving at an age to transact his own business, Mr. Searcy began farming and stock-raising, and is still so engaged at this writing. He owns a farm of 181 acres of land in Jefferson township, which he has well improved, having one of the finest residences in the township. He is a man of large experience and fine judgment, and his integrity of character is well known in the county. Mr. Searcy was first married, in Daviess county, to Miss Parmelia Garrison. After the death of his first wife, Mr. Searcy was united in marriage to Miss Susan E....

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Biography of Rev. John W. Black

John W. Black was born in Boone county, Missouri, February 11, 1833, His father was a native of Virginia, and migrated to Boone county when a young man, and was there united in marriage to Miss Ann, daughter of Andrew Hannah, who was from Kentucky. In 1849, with his wife and family of six sons and three daughters, he removed to Daviess county, and settled in Jefferson -township, one and one-half miles south of Victoria. The good mother died November 29, 1S51, but the children all survive. The subject of this sketch having received all the advantages of a good education, when eighteen years of age began school teaching, receiving for his services the sum of $20 per month. Mr. Black acquired a proficiency in his profession and was esteemed among the best of the early educators in the county. In 1860, on-the fourth Saturday in March, Mr. Black was licensed to preach by the New Salem Baptist Church, and has continued in the ministry of that church ever since, having been regularly ordained on the fourth Sunday in December, 1877. He served one year as a missionary in the Gentry Association. He is deservedly held in high esteem, not only by the members of his flock, but by all who know him. Mr. Black and Miss Tabitha Sappington were united in marriage on the 18th of September, 1853,...

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Biography of J. T. Matchett

J. T. Matchett, the subject of this sketch was born in Halifax, Dauphin county, Pennsylvania, March 5, 1838. His father, George Matchett, was a native of Ireland, and his mother, Mary Matchett, was born in the Keystone State. At the age of twenty years our subject migrated to Ohio and settled in Muskingum county, where he lived until 1862. In September of that year he enlisted in Company A, Seventy-eighth Regiment of Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Capt. T. P. Wilson and Col. M. D. Leggett. After a three months’ stay in camp near Zanesville, the regiment reported ready for duty, and were ordered to the front, arriving in time to take part in the “wind-up” of the siege at Fort Donaldson, February 17, 1862. He participated in the battles of Bolivar, Tennessee, Raymond, Champion’s Hill, and the siege of Vicksburg, through all of which he passed unscathed. After the siege of Vicksburg he was on detail duty until the close of the war. Returning to Muskingum county, Ohio, he continued to reside there until September 6, 1871, when he removed to Missouri and settled in Grundy county. In March, 1876, he removed to Daviess county and settled on the farm where he now lives, consisting of eighty acres of rich, productive, land, in Jefferson township, three-quarters of a mile northeast of Winston. Mr. Matchett and Miss Mary C. Hollingsworth were...

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Biography of J. H. Alexander

J. H. Alexander was born in Kentucky, November 30, 1819, and was one of a family of nine, six boys and three girls. His father was a Virginian by birth, served. a soldier in the War of 1812, and died at the advanced age of seventy-two years; his grandfather was a soldier in the Revolutionary War and was wounded at the battle of Brandywine; his mother was a native of Kentucky and died at the age of forty-six. Mr. Alexander was united in the marriage bonds to Miss Mary V. Reid, on the 5th of June, 1845, and the same year removed to Daviess county, Missouri, and located upon his present farm, where he has since been engaged in his chosen pursuit, agriculture. His farm is situated in the southwestern part of Jefferson township and consists of 118 acres of fertile land. Mr. and Mrs. Alexander became the parents of five children; named as follows: Ann M., born February 28, 1846; Mary E., born July 16, 1847; Martha J., born December 28, 1848; James D., born October 4, 1850; and Sarah E., born March 27, 1852. Mrs. Alex-under died March 3, 1853. Mr. Alexander was united in marriage to Miss Eliza Reed, on the 3d of June, 1853. By this union three children were born; namely, Nancy M., May 29, 1854; Daniel R, September 19, 1856; and John William,...

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Biographical Sketch of Robert S. Osborn

Robert S. Osborn is a native of Boone county, Missouri, and was born October 31, 1826. In April, 1841, he accompanied his parents in their removal to Daviess county, and has lived upon the farm upon which they settled in Jefferson township for forty years. He owns a very desirable tract of land containing 544 acres, upon which he lives and is engaged in farming and stock-raising. His parents, who were natives of Scott county, Kentucky, are both dead. Mr. Osborn was joined in marriage to Miss Maria Osborn, on the 14th of March, 1850. Their union was blessed with five children; named, respectively, Mary E., born March 11, 1851, died November 22, 1856; Parmelia E., born January 30, 1856; Richard J., born January 8, 1859; Ruth A., born February 6, 1863; and Stella L., born May 28, 1866, died January 13, 1867. Mrs. Osborn died April 15, 1872, and her remains repose in their last resting place in Victoria Cemetery. On the 2d of February, 1873, Mr. Osborn and Mrs. Agnes Reid were married. They have two children by this union; namely, Dudley C., born December 9, 1873; and Clay, born September 28, 1879. Mrs. Reid was the mother of five children by her first marriage as follows: Adelbert W., born November 10, 1861; Sarah A., born August 31, 1863; Elsie, born June 19, 1865; Oscar B., born...

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Biography of Joseph H. Mallory

Joseph H. Mallory was born in Grayson county, Virginia, July 11, 1819. His parents were born, reared and died in the same State. Our subject came to Daviesso county, Missouri, in 1841, and settled upon the farm where he now resides. This farm covers 250 acres of good land, 170 of which are under cultivation, but thirty-one years ago when he first staked off his claim, the county was new and nature seemed clothed in robes of primitive beauty, while wild animals roamed the unbroken prairies and birds of many kinds flitted from branch to branch in the dusky shadows of the woodland. Then, too, people lived in peace and harmony, and were kind, friendly, generous and ever ready to render assistance when a neighbor or a stranger was in need. Time has rung the changes since. Mr. Mallory was united in marriage to Miss Myra. Creekmore, December 17, 1844. Of this union nine children were born, named as follows: Stephen W., born October 23, 1846; Emmet E., born October 10, 1848; George M., born October 10, 1853; Sophronia J., born May 23, 1856; John F., born April 22,185S; Rosamond F., born April 26, 1860; Winfield S., born March 18, 1862; Joseph G., born March 16, 1864; and Thomas M., born August 23, 1869. Mrs. Mallory died March 10, 1878. Mr. Mallory remained a widower two years and was...

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Biographical Sketch of John Kincaid

John Kincaid was born in Guernsey county, Ohio, April 25, 1848, and is a son of Jacob and Elizabeth Kincaid, both natives of Ohio; the father is now living in Grundy county, this State, but his mother died in Morgan county, Ohio. Our subject accompanied his father to Grundy county in 1865 and. lived upon the farm there until January 19, 1878, when he was united in marriage to Miss Maria Vandalson, of Mercer county, Illinois, the Rev. Charles Atherton, officiating. Shortly after his marriage he removed to this county .and rented a farm in Jefferson township, and one year later purchased his present farm of eighty acres, which he, has under a fine state of cultivation. Mr. and Mrs. Kincaid have two children, whose names and dates of birth are here given: Claude, born November 2, 1878; and Carrie P., born March Z, 1881. They are highly respected citizens of the...

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Biography of Wesley Lee

Wesley Lee, son of James and Margaret Lee, was born in Holmes county, Ohio, January 1, 1843. His father was of French descent and a native of Virginia; while his mother’s ancestors hailed from Wales, and her birthplace was in Maryland. They came to Ohio in 1815, and settled in Holmes county, where they lived, reared a family of fourteen children, and died. James Lee served as a soldier in the War of 1812. Wesley Lee traveled westward and settled in Daviess county in 1865. Shortly afterward he returned to his native State, and. was there united in marriage to Miss Sabina Bouton, of Fulton county, Ohio. They have four children; namely, James G., born July 29, 1868; John F., born April 14, 1870; Anna B., born October 2, 1871; and Loren E., born February 23, 1873. Mrs. Lee died on the 19th of April, 1875. August 1, 1876, Mr. Lee married Miss Mary E. Evernden, of this county. By this union they have two children: Homer T., born November 12, 1878; and an infant not yet named. Mr. Lee enlisted in Company A, One Hundred and Second Ohio Infantry under Captain Huston, August 9, 1862, and was mustered in at Covington, Kentucky, where the regiment was in line of battle for sixteen days, in defense of the city of Cincinnati, from the Confederate forces under General Kirby Smith....

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Biographical Sketch of William T. Hughes

William T. Hughes. This gentleman was born in Franklin county, Kentucky, November 25, 1850, and six years later accompanied his parents in their removal to this County, where they settled upon a farm near the spot where the town of Winston is now located. His father was a native of Virginia, and died in this county, February 7, 1879; his mother was born in Kentucky; and is still living. When they came here in 1856, land was then subject to entry at from $1.25 to $1.50 per acre, wild game was plentiful, while wild-cats, wolves, bears, etc., roamed the woods at will. In 1871, Mr. Hughes went to Dakota and Utah on a prospecting tour, remaining two years, visiting many places of picturesque and romantic interest, among which was the summit of Mt. Uenta, the highest peak in Utah, and also made a trip into Wyoming Territory, returning to Daviess county in 1873. While on this tour he and his companion, Joseph J. Smith, had a fearful encounter with three large grizzly bears, in which Smith was badly lacerated before they succeeded in putting an end to the fierce inhabitants of the mountains. Mr. Hughes and Miss Josephine Mallory were joined in marriage by Elder ‘T. S. M. Kenney, on December 29th, 1879. They have two children; namely, Edson W., born September 30, 1880; and Judson J., born October...

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Biography of Charles Harrison

Charles Harrison, the subject of this sketch was born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, February 29, 1841. His parents were natives of Germany; his father died in Pennsylvania and his mother in Kentucky. He came to Missouri in 1859, and when the dark cloud of Civil War began to cast its baleful rays over the country in 1861, though but eighteen years of age, he enlisted in the cause of the Union, joining Company C, First Regiment Nebraska Volunteer Infantry, under Captain Thomas C. Majors, July 8, 1861. The regiment was mustered into service on the 6th of the following August and at once boarded the steamer Hesperian, for St. Joseph, Missouri, thence by train to Hannibal, and, while en route were attacked by the rebel forces under General Clark, but with no effect. From Hannibal the regiment went to St. Louis, thence to Pilot Knob, where they were detailed to guard bridges. They were next sent to Springfield to oppose the forces under General Van Dorn, but on arrival found the enemy routed with considerable loss. Moving on to Warsaw they encountered the Confederates under General Rains, who had possession of the town, and in the engagement which ensued the rebels were defeated. The First Nebraska was’ next detailed to intercept recruits for the Confederates from northwest Missouri, and on the 18th of December, 1861, succeeded in capturing 1,300...

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Biography of Elisha Frost

Elisha Frost, the subject of this sketch was born in Grayson county, Virginia, December 26, 1812, and was there reared and received his education. His parents were natives of the same State, and both died there. On the 14th of Au- gust, 1841, Mr. Frost and Miss Elizabeth Brown were joined in marriage, the Rev. William Carico, of the Methodist Church, performing the ceremony. By this union they have nine children; namely, James H., born February 5, 1843; George H., born November 12, 1844; John W., born October 30, 1846; Nancy E., born June 5, 1848; William C., born September .24, 1850; Elisha L., born August 6, 1852; Ezekiel F., born July 4, 1854; Thomas L., born December 6, 1856; and Charles D., born June 3, 1860. Mrs. Frost died July 21, 1864, and was buried in the cemetery of the Union Church. On March 20th, 1871, Mr. Frost married Mrs. Rachel L. Black, the Rev. Mr. Horn officiating. They have one child, Laura May, born May 3, 1872. Mrs. Black was the widow of Merriwether G. Black, who was a native of Kentucky, born January 26, 1836. She was born in Wayne county, Kentucky, November 26, 1832. They were united in marriage by the Rev. L. Moore, February 21, 1858. The fruits of this marriage were two children; named, respectively, Thomas H., born April 9, 1859; and N....

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Biography of Wright Taylor

Wright Taylor was born in Simpson county, Kentucky, August 15, 1823, and his parents were natives of the same State, When only four years old his home was changed to Missouri, and for six years he lived near Liberty, in Clay county. From thence he removed to what was then known as the Grand River country, Plattsburg then being the chief town in the district, now comprising the counties of Daviess, DeKalb, Harrison, Grundy and Gentry. He went to DeKalb county from Clay, and remained there until he was twenty-one years old. On the 20th of March, 1844, Mr. Taylor was joined in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Blackburn. The fruits of this union were nine children; namely, Nancy Jane, born March 20, 1845; Henrietta, born January 25, 1847; Mary E., born February 17, 1849; David A., born August 21,1851; Martha, born April 2, 1854; William, born June 11, 1856; Benjamin F., born February 21, 1859; Jacob L., born January 12, 1861; and Rebecca E., born July 21, 1863. Mr. Taylor settled on his present farm in 1847, and there he has resided ever since. He owns 540 acres of fertile land, 400 acres of which are under cultivation, and has some two miles of hedge fence upon his farm. Mr. Taylor has traveled extensively in California and Texas, and says that he has never seen a country that can...

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Biographical Sketch of M. W. Gamble

M. W. Gamble is a native of Indiana and one of eight children, four sons and four daughters. His father was a native of Pennsylvania and his mother was born in Virginia. They removed from Kentucky to Indiana in 1857 and lived there about twenty years going from there to Illinois and settling in Logan county, twenty-five miles northeast of Springfield. From there they went to Keokuk county, Iowa, where the mother died, and the father returned to Illinois where he died. M. W. Gamble was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth L. Randolph, of Logan county, Illinois, August 30, 1847, the Rev. James Woodard, of the Methodist church, officiating. Mr. and Mrs. Gamble became the parents of ten children; namely, Mary E., born September 19, 1848, died October 16, 1876; William W., born November 23, 1849; Randolph, born November 13, 1851, died on the 26th of the same month; Medora A., born December 24, 1852, died January 3, 1853; Columbus J. and Joseph S., twins, born February 3, 1854, died on the 22d and 23d, respectively, of the same month; Sarah A., born October 16, 1855; Hattie I., born September 20, 1857, died February 9, 1860; Stephen A. D., born August 20, 1860; and Elizabeth F., born in October, 1862, died May 4, 1865. Mr. Gamble came to Jefferson township in the fall of 1866, and in 1867...

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