Location: Lincoln Missouri

Biographical Sketch of James H. Barngrover

James H. Barngrover. The subject of this sketch was born in Ohio, February 12, 1825, and lived there until he was twelve years old, when his parents moved to Indiana, bringing him with them, and in the latter State he grew to manhood and completed his education. He began farming in Indiana, and continued there until the fall of 1853, when he went to Greene county, Iowa, and remained two years. In 1855 he moved to Daviess county, this State, and settled in Lincoln township, where he has ever since been engaged in farming and stock-growing. His splendid farm contains 480 acres of fine land, and naturally and artificially adapted to the stock business. His average production of live-stock per year is, of cattle, twenty-five head; hogs, 100 head; and sheep, 550 head. Mr. Barngrover was married, in Indiana, June 17, 1852, to Miss Mary A. Payne, a native of Ohio, born March 31, 1833. Three children have resulted from this union: John R., born June 5, 1853; George W., born July 17, 1856, and died May 1, 1880; Sarah E., born January 1, 1860, and died September 2, 1881. The last named was married to Mr. William Booram, April 21, 1878, and they became the parents of two children, James E. and Charles W whom Mrs. Booram was forced to leave motherless after a short illness. Mr. Barngrover...

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Biographical Sketch of Isaac W. Booram

Isaac W. Booram. This gentleman was born in Kanawha county, Virginia (now West Virginia), August 23, 1830. At about twelve years of age he came with his father to Grundy county, this State, and there received his education. On arriving at the proper age, he commenced farming for himself, and still continues in that worthy walk of life. In March, 1853, Mr. Booram moved to Lincoln township, this county, where he has ever since resided. He owns a well-improved farm of 200 acres, on which he has a good residence and barn, the entire place being well appointed in every particular. Mr. Booram was married, in Harrison county, Missouri, June 10, 1852, to Miss Emily Mitchell. This lady died October 27, 1859, and he was married to his second wife in Harrison county, October 14, 1860, her maiden name being Kittie A. Meyers. Four children were born of the first marriage, three of whom still survive, named Erastus 0., Sarah L., and William, living, and Arvila J., deceased. By the second union he has three children, two of whom, Izola and Walter J., are living, and Myrtle, deceased. Mr. Booram is well known as a fair-minded, liberal man, and good...

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Biographical Sketch of William Harden

William Harden. The subject of this sketch was born in Coshocton county, Ohio, November 18, 1831. His parents moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, when he was four years old, and there William was partly educated. When he was fifteen years old, they again moved, this time to Westfield, Indiana, where he completed his education. Farming was the occupation chosen by William as a life-calling, and he engaged in that honorable and independent vocation, soon after leaving school, and continued it several years in Indiana. He went to Lucas county, Iowa, from Indiana, and remained there till the fall of 1854, when he moved to Missouri, settling in Grundy county, where he engaged in farming and stock-raising, residing there till 1870. He then moved to this county and located in Lincoln township, where he has ever since resided. Mr. Harden owns a fine stock-farm of 320 acres, which is well improved and in a high state of cultivation. It has a neat residence, and is fenced with Osage orange, having four and one-half miles of hedge fencing.. He was married, in Lucas county, Iowa, June 5, 1858, to Miss Sarah Smith. Five children have been born to them; named, Laura, Frank, Annie, Monroe and...

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Biography of William M. Witten

William M. Witten is a Virginian, and was born in Tazewell county, that State, on the 9th of September, 1837. He was partly educated in the county of his birth, but left there before completing it. In 1851 he came to Grundy county, Missouri, locating in Edinburg, and soon afterwards entered Grand River College, where he completed his education. After leaving school be began life as a farmer, working with his father. He came to Daviess county in 1856 and settled in Lincoln township on a fine tract of land containing about one thousand acres, which his father had given him. After fencing this place, and putting it partially in cultivation, he must have returned, temporarily, to Virginia, for we find him in 1861, enlisted in the cause of the Confederacy, in Company A, of the Twenty-third Virginia Volunteers. He served with credit until the war closed, having held the rank of lieutenant since 1862. After the war he returned to Daviess county and again engaged in farming and stock-raising, and is now one of the most successful stock-men in the county. He has one of the best appointed farms in North Missouri, consisting of 1,200 acres, it being about the largest in the county. From. this place Mr. Witten ships, or sells, about 200 head of cattle per year, besides, mules, horses, etc. Mr. Witten was married, in...

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Biographical Sketch of John Terry

John Terry was born in this county March 10, 1850. His parents moved to Grundy county when he was five years old, and there John was reared and educated. He began life as a farmer and has been engaged in farming and stock-dealing ever since. In the fall of 1874, he went to Texas and there engaged in stock-raising, remaining till the fall of 1878, when he returned to Missouri and settled in Daviess county, where he has ever since resided. He owns a good farm of 160 acres in Lincoln township which he has especially adapted to stock-raising and annually produces about eighty head of cattle which he ships or sells to other dealers. Mr. Terry was married, in Grundy county, November 19, 1871, to Miss Catharine E. Kackley, a native of Grundy county, born June 30, 1848. They are the parents of three children; named, respectively, Olive M., born October 22, 1872; Lillie M., born April 22, 1874; and Effie A., born in Texas, April 16,...

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Biographical Sketch of George W. Griffith

George W. Griffith, a native of Pennsylvania, was born June 12, 1826. He received his education in the State of his birth, and, on leaving school, learned the wagon-maker’s trade, at which he worked for three years. He then took up the trade of mill-wright and worked thereat five years. Next he engaged in the saw-mill business, continuing in that line until 1862, when he began farming. Mr. Griffith moved to Missouri in April, 1866, and located first at Chillicothe, Livingston county, where he remained until the spring of 1867, when he came to this county, and has lived here ever since, engaged in farming. He owns a good farm of 152 acres of land in Lincoln township, on which he and his family reside at this writing. Mr. Griffith was married, in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, December 14, 1853, to Miss Sarah Shultz. Thirteen children were born of this union, nine of whom are still...

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Biographical Sketch of William R. Sparks

William R. Sparks was born in Owen county, Indiana, May 20, 1839, and received part of his education in the county of his birth, living there till he was twelve years of age. His parents then moved to Boone county, Iowa, and there William grew up and finished his education. He began farming in Iowa, continuing .there until 1870, when he moved to this State and county, locating in Lincoln township. He owns a farm of 140 acres of well improved land, which he has fenced with hedge fencing. Mr. Sparks was married, in Boone county, Iowa, September 14, 1862, to Miss Deborah Williams. Nine children have been born of this union,. eight of whom are still living. Their names are; John C., Florence A., Nathan O., William E., Grace F., Douglas B., Melvin E., and Nancy A., surviving, and Thomas, deceased. Mr. Sparks is a good practical farmer, whose honesty and fair dealing has won him many...

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Biographical Sketch of John L. Gooding

John L. Gooding. This gentleman was born in St. Clair county, Illinois, July 21, 1839. His parents moved with him to Adams county when he was three years old, and there be grew up and acquired his education. He started in life as a farmer, and. has ever since been engaged in the same calling. In November, 1868, he came to Missouri and located in Lincoln township this county, where he has ever since resided, engaged in farming and stock-dealing. He has a well improved and well adapted farm of 162 acres of good land, on which he has a neat, new residence, so located as to afford a good view of the surrounding country. He is a good practical farmer and successful stock man. Mr. Gooding was married, on the 2nd of September, 1869, in Adams :county, Illinois, to Miss Fannie Dayton, a native of Adams county. By this union they have been blessed with two children: Abram O., born November 21, 1870; and William H., born September 6,...

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Biographical Sketch of John A. Graham

John A. Graham is a Missourian, and was born in Grundy county on the 6th of August, 1849, and reared and educated in the county of his birth. After leaving school he commenced milling and teaming in Livingston county, and continued in the same business until October, 1870, when he came to Daviess county, where he has since resided. In this county he has been engaged in farming, and now owns a neat little farm of eighty acres in Lincoln township, which he has put in a high state of cultivation, and improved into a comfortable and profitable home. Mr. Graham was married, in Grundy county, August 27, 1871, to Miss Carolina B. Witten. They are the parents of four children, of whom James K. and Henry W. are living; and Iola H. and Bettie J. are...

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Biographical Sketch of Caleb Scott

Caleb Scott is a Kentuckian, and was reared and educated in his native State, the date of his birth being December 12, 1808. He became a farmer on starting in life for himself, and followed that occupation in Kentucky till the fall of 1829. Being then of age, he went to Indiana and there engaged in farming and school-teaching till the fall of 1850, when he went to Sangamon county, Illinois. He remained there till some time in 1855, when he came to Daviess county, of which he has ever since been a citizen. Two years. after his coming he was elected justice of the peace, which office he resigned, however, on account of ill-health. Mr. Scott was married, in Kentucky,. February 28, 1830. to Miss Sarah Scott. By this union they have had twelve children, eleven of whom are still living. The names of the surviving ones are Thomas M., Matthew 0., Volney B., Timothy G., Oliver G., Matilda, A., Edward D., Mary J., John W., Jacob C., and Martha E. The one deceased was a son named William. Mr. Scott has been a citizen of this county for over a quarter of a century; and his upright character and value as a neighbor and friend are well known and fully appreciated by all his...

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Biographical Sketch of Peter Nighswonger

Peter Nighswonger. The subject of this sketch was born in Virginia, March 22, 1817. At three years of age he went with his parents to Illinois, where he grew up and received his education. On arriving at an age to begin life for himself he commenced farming and has been chiefly engaged in that calling ever since. He came to this State and county in 1876,. and has resided here constantly since that period engaged in farming and stock-raising. He owns a well-improved farm of 239 acres in Lincoln township, being well watered and timbered, and has three miles of hedge fencing. His residence is beautifully and healthfully located, and commands a good view of the country. Mr. Nighswonger was married, on the 6th of March, 1838, o Miss Nancy Barringer, of Illinois, a native of Ohio, and a daughter of George and Susan Barringer. Ten children have been born of this union; eight of whom still survive. Their names in order of birth are, Angeline, Susan, Sophronia, Abram W., Eliza E., Amanda F., William A., Peter V., Lois L., and Thomas D. Those deceased are Susan and Eliza, on the respective dates of September 1, 1846, and February 12, 1861. Mr. Nighswonger has been a consistent member of the Christian Church since 1843, and is every way a valuable...

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Biographical Sketch of Joseph Rader

Joseph Rader was born in Franklin county, Indiana, February 19, 1842, where he continued to reside till ten years of age. His parents then moved to Missouri and settled in this county, where Joseph grew to manhood and acquired his education. He was reared a farmer and continued in that calling till August,. 1861, when he enlisted in Company H, Twenty-third Missouri Volunteers as a soldier and served creditably until the time of his discharge in September, 1864. He took part in the battle of Pittsburgh Landing in April,. 1862, and was there captured by the enemy and held till June 24, when he was paroled at Macon, Georgia. He was also in the campaign of Sherman, from Chattanooga to Atlanta. After he left the army Mr. Rader returned to Daviess county and was here married, on the 15th of February, 1866, to Miss Martha Brown. Seven children have been born of this union, named as follows: Thomas H., Laura B., Floyd, Sarah J., Willard H., Francis M.,. and an infant. Mr. Rader moved to the place on which he now resides,. April 15, 1871. His farm contains 160 acres of good land, well improved on which he has a nice residence. The place also has a fine young orchard and is in many respects a desirable...

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Biographical Sketch of Joseph T. Forth

Joseph T. Forth. This gentleman is a native of Virginia, born September 17, 1849, though he did not reside in that State after he was two years old, for the reason that his parents moved to Grundy county, this State, and brought the subject of this sketch with them. He went with the family on the Arkansas trip mentioned in the sketch of James Forth, and returned when they did. He received his education wholly in Missouri, and after his school-days were over, chose farming as a business, and is still engaged in the same laudable calling. He owns a neat little farm of eighty acres, which he has put in the highest state of cultivation, it being well improved and nicely fenced with fine young hedge. He was married, in Daviess county, November 12, 1874, to Miss Ellen Smith, a native of Missouri. By this union they have two children; named respectively, Nellie F., born December 5, 1876; and Alder C., born September 26, 1880. The former still survives, but the latter died January 6,...

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Biographical Sketch of James Forth

James Forth was born in Virginia, February 14, 1844. When he was six years old his. parents moved to Grundy county, this State, remaining two years, and then moved to Arkansas. His father died on that trip, in September, 1852, and was buried on the way out. The family, however, continued on the road until they reached their destination, and remained in Arkansas about two years. They then returned to Grundy county, Missouri, and there James. lived until the war came on. In 1861 he enlisted, as a volunteer, in. Company H, Twenty-third Missouri, and served three years, when he was honorably discharged. He participated in the battle of Pittsburg Landing, and was in Sherman’s siege of Atlanta. He returned to Missouri after his discharge, locating in Daviess county, where he has ever since resided, engaged in farming. This farm, in Lincoln township, contains 200 acres, nicely fenced and well watered, on which he has a large new barn 40×50 feet in size, and all other improvements to match. Mr. Forth was married, in Daviess county, Missouri, March 26, 1873, to Miss Mary J. Bear. Two children have been born of this union, one living, George W., and one deceased, Leslie L. Mr. Forth is a fine business man, who always aims to deal squarely and honorably with all, and ” to live and let live,” as God designed...

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Biography of Moses G. Netherton

Moses G. Netherton. The gentleman whose name heads this sketch is another citizen who can boast of having been to the ” manor born,” being a native of Daviess county, born February 27, 1845. He received his education in this county and. on leaving school, began farming and has been a farmer and stock-dealer ever since. In February, 1864, he enlisted in Company L, of the Twelfth Missouri Cavalry, and served till the war closed, and was honorably discharged in July, 1865. He participated in the battle of Nashville, Tennessee, under General George H. Thomas, and was in several other fights and skirmishes. He returned to his home after his discharge and again resumed farming. Mr. Netherton was married, December 29, 1867, to Miss Elmira C. Brown, daughter of John A. and Frances Brown. One child has been born of this union, a daughter named Cordia, born August 17, 1870. Mr. Netherton is one of the most successful stock-dealers and stock-raisers in the county. He owns a model farm of 280 acres of excellent land, on which he has a two-story frame residence, so located as to afford a view of the country for miles around. He has his place well stocked with fine breeds of Short-Horn cattle and Poland China hogs. He also has a fine Clydesdale stallion five years old that has taken a number of premiums...

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