Location: Monroe Missouri

Biographical Sketch of George Tuggle

The subject of this sketch, George Tuggle, is a native of Daviess county, and was born September 19, 1848. He lived with his parents on the farm until he reached his fifteenth year, when the spirit of adventure taking possession of him, he ran away from home and started out to seek his fortune in the wild West Denver, Colorado, was to be his destination, but before reaching the boundary line of that great mineral State, the wagon-train which he accompanied became snow-bound and was forced to abandon the trip. Nothing daunted at this disastrous turn of affairs, George bravely faced about and journeyed homeward from Nebraska City, Nebraska, on foot, and thus brought to an end his thoughts of a life in that country. He received an elementary education in the public schools of Monroe township, supplemented by an attendance at the district school at Barnesville, Clinton county, for one year, and completed by a four years course in the Westminster College, at Fulton, Missouri, graduating in 1874 from the scientific department. 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...

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Biography of Hon. James B. Reavis

Much interest attaches to the life and work of an attorney such as Mr. Reavis, whose chief endeavor both privately and professionally has been to realize a high degree of public justice. He is a man whom the people feel safe in having by; for they can trust his sagacity and integrity, knowing that he is thoroughly incorruptible by any influence, corporate or otherwise. He is one of the men of whom both unscrupulous politicians and monopolies have a wholesome fear. Glancing at his ancestry, we observe that he came honestly by these rugged qualities, being in lineal descent from among those who have subdued and civilized America. He was born in Boone county, Missouri, in 1848. His parents were Kentuckians, his grandparents Virginians, and on the maternal side were descended from the colonial Lee family of Revolutionary fame. Mr. Reavis received his education at Lexington, Kentucky, and studying law was admitted to practice at Hannibal, Missouri, in 1872. He also began to exert a wide influence in that state as the editor of the Appeal, at Monroe; but his prospects in journalism were voluntarily relinquished in view of his removal to California in 1874. In that state he engaged in the practice of his profession, making his home at Chico. His characteristic and hereditary restlessness, however, led him to seek a new field, and in 1880 he came...

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Biographical Sketch of Charles L. McCrary

Charles L. McCrary was born in Daviess County, Missouri, January 23, 1844. He is the son of Ephraim McCrary, who was born in North Carolina, March 1, 1820, and came to Daviess County in youth, where he died October 30, 1861. Charles’s mother, whose maiden name was Rebecca Linville, was born in Ray County, Missouri, in May, 1825, and is now living with our subject. Charles remained in his birthplace in Monroe Township until twelve years of age when his parents removed to Sheridan Township where the family settled. After being here about four years our subject’s father died. Charles remained on the farm until August, 1862, when he was enrolled in the militia, and was on duty at intervals for eight months. He next enlisted in Company A, First Cavalry, Missouri State Militia, in command of James McPherson, and remained on duty until the close of the war. During his term of service he was in several noted skirmishes. After the war he returned home. On April 29th, 1866, he was married, by Rev. T. Swisher, to Miss Elizabeth Neal, whose father, William Neal, was born in Darke County, Ohio, December 5, 1817. Her mother, whose maiden name was Margaret Irving was born in Darke County, Ohio, October 25, 1818. Since Mr. McCrary was, married he has been engaged in farming and stock-raising. The union of Mr. and...

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Biographical Sketch of William G. Stewart

William G. Stewart is a native of Alleghany county, Pennsylvania, born September 14, 1820, near the city of Pittsburgh. His parents were both natives of Pennsylvania. Mr. Stewart was engaged in farming in his native State until 1850, at which time he purchased land in Muskingum county, Ohio, where he remained fifteen years, raising stock and farming. He came to Daviess county in 1866, and settled in Monroe township. Since that time he has been a resident of the county, and has been largely interested in raising stock and in improving and developing his land. He now owns a fine farm, seven miles south of Gallatin, where he resides. Mr. Stewart’s last marriage occurred October 21, 1875, when he was united to Miss Mary M. Pierce, at that time a resident of Muskingum county, Ohio. Mr. Stewart is the father of eight children: Albert, George, David T., James, Sarah A., Elmer C., Lewellyn and Bertha...

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Biographical Sketch of Oliver P. Green

Oliver P. Green, the subject of this sketch, was born in Daviess county, Missouri, December 22, 1846. His father, M. F. Green, was a native of Virginia. When Oliver was ten years of age his father purchased a farm in Monroe township, Daviess county, and was a resident of the county at the time of his death. From 1861 until the close of the war Oliver was engaged in driving the United States mail coach on the Hamilton and Gallatin route, and afterward worked on the farm a number of years. He left the farm and went to Texas and the Indian Territory, herding cattle in the latter place, eventually going to Kansas and then returning to Daviess county, where he conducted a mill owned by his father. Daring a visit to Buchanan county, he was recalled by the illness of his father which terminated fatally. By his father’s death he became heir to the home property and now resides at the...

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Biographical Sketch of Abraham Reed

Abraham Reed is a native of Montgomery county, Ohio, born in the city of Dayton, August 29, 1819. He remained in the place of his birth, farming and attending school, until 1847. He was subsequently engaged in farming in the States of Indiana and Illinois during a period of six years, then came to Daviess county and worked at the carpenter’s trade one year. He enlisted in the Thirty-third Missouri Infantry Volunteers in 1862, was in active service and in many noted battles, among which were those of Helena, Sabin Cross Roads, Nashville; was also at Mobile Bay and Selma. He was mustered out at St. Louis, August 10, 1865, and returned to Daviess county. Mr. Reed was a brave soldier, serving his country faithfully, and enduring the hardships of war without complaint. January 16, 1842, he was married to Miss Catherine Reach, of Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Reed have seven children: Martin, Cynthia A., Matilda, Abraham, Stephen, David and Susan...

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Biographical Sketch of John W. Sawyer

John W. Sawyer is a native of Daviess county. His parents migrated from Tennessee to this county in 1847. John W. was born December 9, 1851, near Gallatin, and passed his early years with his parents on the farm. At the age of twenty-two he commenced farming for himself, but still made his home with his parents. In 1876 he purchased land in the northern part of Monroe township, where he remained three years, and then moved to the farm he now occupies, which is finely cultivated and well situated for farming. Mr. Sawyer was married, March 12, 1876, to Miss Mary A. Foley, daughter of James W. and Mary Green Foley. Her father was a native of New York, and her mother of Missouri. Mr. and Mrs. Sawyer have one child: Minnie B., born in Daviess county, January 13,...

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Biographical Sketch of James T. Green

James T. Green was born in Knox county, Kentucky, October 13, 1833. His father is a native of Goochland county, Virginia, and his mother a native of Kentucky. His parents came to Daviess county when he was four years of age, and purchased a farm near Gallatin, where they lived nineteen years. James T. was there reared and educated, and remained until he removed to Monroe township. His attention was given to farming previous to making his home in Hamilton, Caldwell county, where he was engaged in the stage and livery business for nine years, when he returned to Daviess county and resumed farming. His father and himself have been leading citizens of the county, the former having been elected judge of the county in 1844, and again elected in 1849; and was also sheriff of the county at one time; Mr. Green was married, March 16, 1856, to Miss Mary J. Foley, a resident of Daviess county, and daughter of Elijah and Mary Blachley Foley, both natives of Virginia. They have seven children: Oscar, William H., Charles 0., Pleasant T., Mary A., Merriwether and James...

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Biographical Sketch of William Lewis

William Lewis, the subject of this sketch, was born near Manchester, in Clay county, Kentucky, May 18, 1820. His father, Samuel Lewis, was a native of that State, also his mother, and both passed their lives in their native State. Mr. Lewis lived thirty-seven years in Kentucky and in 1857 came to Daviess county, and first located in Union township near Gallatin, where he remained a few years, engaged in farming. He then sold this farm and purchased land in Monroe township which he improved and cultivated until recently, when he purchased the farm on which he now resides. December 28, 1848, Mr. Lewis was married to Miss Cynthia C. Cook, of Tennessee, but a native of Kentucky. They have had eight children, all but one now living: Eliza A., Thomas, Ellen, John, Elvira E., Lydia L. and Mary...

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Biographical Sketch of James McKim

James McKim was born in Cambria county, Pennsylvania, June 19, 1818, being the son of William McKim, a native of Cumberland county. His mother’s birth place was Ireland. His parents moved to Pittsburgh when he was six years of age, remaining five years in that city, where James was for a time employed in a tobacco manufacturing establishment, and afterward in working on the railroad and canal, also in boating. In 1843 he began work in the coal mines which he continued until 1850, then entered the mercantile business, dealing in dry goods and groceries for a period of seventeen years. During this time he made a journey to California spending two years in the gold mines of that State. Closing up his business in Pennsylvania he migrated to Caldwell county, Missouri, remained two years and then came to Daviess county, purchased a farm in Monroe township where he now lives, giving his time and attention almost exclusively to farming. Mr. McKim was married, December 30, 1845, to Miss Elizabeth Piper, daughter of William and Sarah Piper, both natives of England. Mr. and Mrs. McKim have nine children: William, Sarah, Rosalie, John, Elizabeth, Mary, Martha, Laura and...

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Biographical Sketch of Campbell Milstead

Campbell Milstead is the son of a West Virginia farmer who immigrated to Missouri at an early date, and died in Ray county in, 1872. The mother of our subject was born in North Carolina in 1802. Campbell Milstead is a native of Tennessee, born in the town of Jacksborough, Campbell county, June 22, 1815, where he remained with his parents, farming and attending school, until he reached his eighteenth year; then went to Ray county, Missouri, and engaged in farming for a number of years. In 1863 he came to Daviess county, first purchasing land two miles north of the place he now owns. At the end of two years he moved to the farm on which he at present resides. April 8, 1838, Mr. Milstead was married to Miss Narcissa Mann, a native of Richmond, Ray county. Eight children have been born to them: Sarah A., James T., Nancy J., John H., Riley M., Amanda, Elias S. and Charles...

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Biographical Sketch of John W. Wood

John W. Wood is the son of John B. Wood, a native of Kentucky, and one of the early pioneer ministers, of the Methodist denomination, who came to Daviess county and endured the hardships incident to western life during the Mormon War: The subject of this sketch was born in Ray county, Missouri, February 10, 1833. He was brought, in his infancy, to Daviess county, by his parents, where his father died when he was but three years old. Until he reached the age of eighteen he attended school and worked on a farm, then left school, farmed for three years and then completed his education and engaged in teaching for a period of six years. He was married, August 25, 1857, to Miss Sarah J. Henry, a native of Virginia. They have five children: Joseph A., William A., Mary E., Virginia L. and Jefferson D. Mr. Wood is now living on a finely cultivated farm near Gallatin, and at present holds the office of township assessor. He has been successful as a teacher, winning the friendship of his pupils and gaining the esteem of...

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Biographical Sketch of John H. Jones

John H. Jones is a native of Halifax county, Virginia, born near the city of Danville, April 15, 1848. His father was born in Campbell county, Virginia, and his mother in Pittsylvania county, the same State. Until he reached the age ‘ of nineteen he was with his parents in his native county, farming and attending school, and also in learning the trade which he followed after his removal to Kentucky in 1867. From this State he went to New Orleans, where he was engaged as signal master on a boat, going from thence to St. Louis, and then to Saline county, Missouri, where he was for a short time engaged in farming, eventually going to Lafayette county, where he remained over eight years. In 1871, Mr. Jones was married to Miss Sue M. Flournoy, a resident of Lafayette county. She died soon after, and in 1876, September 6th, he married Miss Anna Slusher, daughter of J. Slusher, one of the pioneer settlers of Lafayette county. Mr. Jones came to Daviess county in 1879, settled in Monroe township where he purchased a farm, which he rents, and is now traveling through the different States, engaged in the sale of patents. He has three children: -James F., Forest and Ora...

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Biographical Sketch of Elias S. Langford

Elias S. Langford resides in Monroe township, on a finely cultivated farm, where he has made his home for the past ten years. His time and attention have been principally given to farming and raising stock. He is a native of Daviess county, born July 5, 1851. His parents came, at an early date, to the county and consequently endured the hardships and privations of pioneer life.’ His father was a native of Kentucky, born in 1812. He died in Daviess county, April 7, 1875. Mr. Langford was married, April 16, 1871, to Miss Cynthia J. Cox, daughter of Edward J. and Miranda Osborn Cox, of Kentucky. Five children have been born to them: Lucy B., Willard H., Carrie L., Edward T. and Marion...

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Biographical Sketch of William S. Tuggle

William S. Tuggle is a native of Knox county, Kentucky; was born June 22, 1848, near the town of Barberville. He is a son, of Spencer H. Tuggle, a native of Virginia, born March 30, 1804. His mother is a native of Knox county, and was born February 11, 1812. At the age of seven years he moved with his parents to Clinton county, Missouri, where he remained at home about elev. en years and then settled in Daviess county where he now resides. Mr. Tuggle was married, April 3, 1873, to Miss Anna C. Railsback, who then lived in Daviess county. Her parents, James T. and Mary A. Reed Railsback are natives of Kentucky. Mr. Tuggle is an experienced farmer and owns a well improved farm in Monroe township. He is the father of five children: George S., Dora B., Beulah, Dennis and Jennie...

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