Location: Ripley County MO

Biography of Joseph Addison Pope

Joseph Addison Pope. He whose name heads this sketch has been familiar with farm life from his earliest boyhood, and as a follower of this the most useful of callings, he has at all times shown good judgment, and has been successful. He was born in Wake County, N. C., in 1820, in which State his parents, Simon and Martha (Cole) Pope, were also born, the birth of the father occurring in 1793. They made their home in the Old North State until about 1824, then removed to west Tennessee, and both parents died in Benton County in 1840. They were highly respected citizens, were honest and industrious, and became well to do as tillers of the soil. For a number of years the father taught school, and for some time he ably filled the office of justice of the peace. The paternal grandfather was for a short time a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He was of English origin and died in Wake County, N. C., as did also his wife. The maternal grandfather, Thomas Cole, was a farmer and was killed in a neighborhood difficulty when Mrs. Pope was a small child. His wife died in Tennessee. Simon Pope became the father of nineteen children, only four of whom lived to be grown: Harriet J., who died in Benton County, Tennessee, in 1891, the wife of Charles...

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Biography of Christopher Columbus Hughes

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS HUGHES. This prominent and successful tiller of the soil owes his nativity to Jefferson County, Arkansas, where he was born, in 1840, to Matthew and Clara (Hill) Hughes, who were born in Crittenden County, Kentucky, and Maryland, respectively. Their marriage occurred on Blue Grass soil, and in Crittenden County, where Mr. Hughes has spent his entire life, with the exception of a few years when he resided in Jefferson County, Arkansas He is now over eighty years of age, has been a lifelong and successful farmer, and prior to the war had accumulated a comfortable fortune, but lost heavily during that time. His life has been active, industrious and honorable, and he has long been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and socially a member of the A. F. & A. M. His father, William Hughes, removed to Crittenden County, Kentucky, from South Carolina in a very early day, and there died in 1852, a wealthy farmer. He served in the Revolutionary War when quite young, and was also a participant in one of the later wars. He was of Irish origin. His wife, Nancy Rowe, died in Kentucky after bearing him a large family. The maternal grandfather, William Hill, came from Maryland to Kentucky with his second wife, engaged in farming in Crittenden County, and here passed from life. His first wife, the mother of...

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Biography of P. J. Ponder

P. J. PONDER. This successful and worthy citizen, residing ten miles west of Doniphan, at the town of Ponder, is a native Tennesseean, born in Hickman County in 1838. His parents, Amos and Nancy (Dudley) Ponder, were married in the State of Tennessee, but moved from there to Ripley County, Missouri, in 1843. Mr. Ponder bought land on Fourche, a mile and a half below where the town of Ponder now stands, principally in the woods, and began immediately to improve and clear the land. There he worked and delved and gathered around him many of the comforts of life, but died soon after the war. His wife passed away about the same time. They reared a family of eight children, four of whom are now living. Of the children our subject is one of the youngest. He was about five years of age when his parents moved to Ripley County, Missouri, and as a consequence nearly all his recollections are of this county. Here he reached manhood and here he was married to Miss Martha Sandling, who died soon afterward. Later he married Miss Julia Murdock, who died during the war. His third marriage was with Miss Matilda Murdock, a sister of his second wife, and three children were the result of this union: Elizabetth, wife of Joseph Dalton, of this county; Nellie, at home, and Mary L.,...

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Biography of Hon. William A. Pearce

HON. WILLIAM A. PEARCE. The practical value of shrewdness and discrimination combined with strict probity is exemplified in the prosperous condition of those who transact business on these principles. Mr. Pearce is a man who has kept fully abreast of the times in the matter of enterprise, and is considered one of the most substantial and useful citizens of the town of Doniphan, Missouri He is a native of the Prairie State, born in Vienna in 1861, and is the son of I. N. Pearce, formerly a prominent merchant of Vienna. The father came to Missouri in 1878, settled in Butler County, and has held the office of probate judge almost ever since going there. He is now about seventy-nine years of age. William A. Pearce grew up in Vienna, Illinois, received his education in the public schools, and then branched out as a printer, working on the Old Yeoman. He left there in 1878 and came to this county, where he became a printer for the Prospect. Mr. Pearce was but seventeen years of age when he came here and he had but 35 cents to his name. He worked for Pinckney Mabrey, was in his office two years, and then went with T. W. Mabrey, who established the Prospect and the News and consolidated them as the Prospect News. In 1887. Mr. Pearce sold his interest and...

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Biography of Abner Jefferson Ponder

ABNER JEFFERSON PONDER. It is an indisputable fact that the United States stands alone in the preeminence of having an array of citizens, who, without adventitious aid or accident of birth, have attained to wealth and distinction in public affairs. This is the glory of the country, and every man who has it in him can prove himself a man. This thought naturally suggests itself in looking over the career of A. J. Ponder, for he began the hard battle of life in early boyhood, and has climbed step by step the ladder of success until he now not only commands a goodly amount of this world’s wealth, but also holds a high place in the estimation of his fellows. He is a noble type of the true American citizen, for he is loyal, public spirited and charitable, and in the community in which he has so long made his home he is a leader of thought and influencer of action, and always on the side of justice and right. He is a product of Hickman County, Tennessee, for there his eyes first opened on the light of day December 13, 1822. His parents, Archibald and Sarah (Kinzie) Ponder., having also been born there. In the fall of 1842 these worthy people started overland for Missouri, driving a yoke of oxen, their objective point being Arkansas, but upon their...

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Biography of Thomas S. Barnes

THOMAS S. BARNES, merchant and farmer of Barnesville, Reynolds County, Missouri, and one of the representative men of the county, was born January 11, 1835, in Wilkes County, N. C. His father, Thomas Barnes, was born in North Carolina, but his grandfather, Edward Barnes, although born in the United States, was of Irish parentage, his father and mother coming to America prior to the Revolutionary War. Thomas Barnes, father of subject, was reared and married in his native State and there remained until about 1835, when he started for the West, coming through by wagon. He brought his family and located at Pilot Knob, Iron County, where he bought land and farmed for some time. In 1837 he sold out and came to this section of the State, locating at Barnesville, which was then in Ripley County, but now in Reynolds County. He bought a tract of land, but soon after entered more land, and engaged in farming, following the same until his death, in 1860. He accumulated a good living and was in much better condition than the majority of emigrants. Being one of the early settlers, he saw the country change from its primitive condition, and assisted materially in that change. For many years he followed milling, owning a water mill on Logan Creek, and he also operated a distillery for a number of years. In those...

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Biography of D. F. Martin

D. F. MARTIN, circuit clerk of Howell County, Missouri, is closely identified with the welfare of West Plains, widely known as a politician, popular as a citizen and who hasbeena resident of south Missouri since 1851. Born in Lincoln County, Tennessee, December 9, 1833. He is a son of St. George and Emaline (Gaither) Martin, natives of Virginia, the former born in 1806, and the latter in 1807. The grandfather, George Martin, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and a friend of George Washington. He was born in the Old Dominion, but moved from there to Georgia, and thence to Tennessee, and was an early pioneer of that State. Settling in Lincoln County, he practiced medicine there the remainder of his days, and in connection carried on farming. He reared a family of four sons and two daughters, and all the sons became physicians. The Martin family is of English origin. St. George Martin was reared in Georgia and Tennessee, secured a medical education, and practiced this profession all his life. In 1851 he emigrated to Oregon County, Missouri, and resided there until the breaking out of the war, when he moved to the Lone Star State. In the year 1868 he started to move back, but died in Arkansas while on the way. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and was a man...

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Biography of Hon. Andrew J. McCollum

HON. ANDREW J. MCCOLLUM. The State of Missouri is well represented by the native Tennesseean, among whom are found many prominent and influential citizens, our subject not being classed among the least. He is now the most efficient circuit clerk of Ripley County and a man thoroughly posted and informed in the duties of his office as well as all other matters of moment. He was born in Hickman County, Tennessee, September 23, 1842, and the son of John and Susan (Caruthers) McCollum, natives of middle Tennessee. The father resided in Tennessee all his life and spent his days engaged in tilling the soil. He held the office of justice of the peace many years, also other positions of trust and honor, and was universally respected. He moved from Hickman County to Perry County, Tennessee, about 1851 and there died in 1877, when sixty-five years of age. After his death the mother moved to Ripley County, Missouri, and found a comfortable home with her son Andrew J. until her death in 1879, when fifty-six years of age. In politics the father was a Democrat. Andrew J. McCollum was a lad of nine years when he moved with his parents to Perry County, Tennessee, and in Hickman and that county he secured a fair education. In August or September, 1861, he joined the Forty-second Tennessee Confederate Infantry, Company H., as...

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Biography of John Morgan Atkinson

JOHN MORGAN ATKINSON. This promising and popular young man, who has just been nominated by the Democrats of Ripley County in the primary election as the party candidate for clerk of the County Court, was born in Hickman County, Tennessee, on September 14, 1870. In the spring of 1873 he removed with his parents to Ripley County and was reared on a farm. He attended the common schools of his district, the Doniphan High School and the Southeast Normal School at Cape Girardeau, Missouri His advancement in his studies was rapid and his grades were always among the highest. He has taught several terms of school and his success in both instruction and management, though teaching in the public school of his own district, among the children with whom he attended school, is remarkable. Mr. Atkinson’s liking is for the law, of which he has read considerably, and no one need be surprised to find him in the near future holding a high place in the legal profession. Being an industrious, energetic, painstaking and obliging young man, and a total abstainer from the use of intoxicants and narcotics, faithful and efficient service as a public man can be safely predicted, and as his nomination assures his election, he will, if alive take the oath of office and enter upon his duties as clerk of the Ripley County Court on...

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Biography of Hon. Thomas Mabrey

HON. THOMAS MABREY. The parents of this influential citizen, Frederick and Nancy (Mabrey) Mabrey, were natives of North Carolina and Tennessee, respectively. The father went to Williamson County, Tennessee, when a young man, married there, and in 1838 came to Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, where he was among the early settlers. All his life he had followed agricultural pursuits and was reasonably successful for that day and time. He died near Jackson, Cape Girardeau County, in 1848, when about seventy years of age. The mother died in 1837, when a comparatively young woman. Born to their marriage were nine children, of whom our subject, the eighth child, is the only one now living. He was born in Williamson County, Tennessee, June 2, 1835, and was educated in the common schools of Cape Girardeau County and in Jackson Academy, and later branched out as an educator, teaching for eighteen months in Jackson Academy. His object was to get a collegiate education, but the war broke out and he threw aside his books to enlist in Gen. Jeff. Thompson’s regiment, in July, 1861, in the six months’ Missouri State service. He held the rank of lieutenant, but subsequently entered Col. White’s regiment, C. S., with which he remained until the cessation of hostilities. He was first lieutenant of Company K, and was on detached duty for the most part, recruiting soldiers....

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Biography of William Proctor, M. D.

WILLIAM PROCTOR, M. D. (deceased), was a physician who always loved knowledge and as a physician was devoted to his profession, careful in his investigations and gave all the time he could find in his busy life to books and periodicals devoted to medicine and surgery. His range of information was broad, and during the many years he pursued the calling of AEsculapius he won a wide reputation and a large practice. He was born in Petersburg, Virginia, in 1826, and died January 10, 1890, when sixty-four years of age. He was a graduate of William and Mary College, of Virginia, and studied law under his father, Thomas Proctor, who subsequently moved to Tennessee, where the Doctor was his stenographer. During the Mexican war the Doctor joined a Tennessee regiment and fought through the war. He was in the battle of Buena Vista and the City of Mexico, and had command of the flags on the rampart. For bravery he was promoted to the rank of captain on the battlefield at Chepultepec, when seventeen years of age. After the war he went to Warren County, Kentucky; where he studied medicine. Later he went to the University of Pennsylvania, at Philadelphia, and subsequently began practicing in Warren County. When the Civil War broke out he was Government contractor for the Federal Government and furnished a post at Bowling Green with...

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Biography of James E. Adams

JAMES E. ADAMS. The calling to which Mr. Adams’ attention is devoted is one of the utmost importance to any community and is deserving of liberal patronage from the inhabitants. His well appointed mercantile establishment is located at Varner, and there he also has charge of the interests of “Uncle Sam,” and presides over the post office. He was born in Graves County, Kentucky, October 3, 1838, a son of Jeremiah M. and Hannah (Edens) Adams, who were born in South Carolina and North Carolina October 16, 1798 and June 3, 1802, respectively. In 1819. Mr. Adams went to Graves County, Kentucky, where he was married in 1823, and spent the rest of his life there. He was a strong, active and useful pioneer, and for a period of fifty years was a minister of the Methodist Church, and noble were his efforts to “rescue the perishing.” On the 24th of March, 1872, he was called from life, and his widow’s death occurred November 2, 1881. The paternal grandfather, Zadack Adams, removed from South Carolina to Kentucky in 1819, there followed the occupation of farming and eventually passed from life. He was of Irish origin, and is supposed to have been a soldier of the Revolution. He and his wife, who also died in Graves County, reared a large family. Ezekiel Edens, the maternal grand-father, was also a pioneer...

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Biography of David B. Young

DAVID B. YOUNG. Ripley County, Missouri, boasts of many prominent citizens who came originally from Tennessee, and among the number is David B. Young, born in Gibson County, near Trenton, June 1, 1850. He was about eight years of age when he came with his father, Benjamin Young, to this county. Subject’s mother died when he was an infant. She was a native of Tennessee, as was also the father. After the death of his first wife Mr. Young married Mrs. Margaret 0. Cole, whose maiden name was Slayton. He died during the war, January 8, 1863, and was in one of the Missouri regiments of the Federal Army. He was wounded at Vicksburg from the effects of which he died. By occupation he was a carpenter, farmer, and he was also a successful educator. David B. Young remained with his stepmother until his marriage, which occurred in 1870, to Miss Sarah V. Kittrell, a native of Ripley County, Missouri She died January 17, 1880, and five years later Mr. Young wedded Miss Mary J. Jones, of St. Louis. One son, Frank, was the result of the first union. He is a resident of Doniphan. To the last union have been born two children, both daughters. After his marriage Mr. Young commenced farming near Barfield, where he was elected justice of the peace of Thomas Township, when but twenty-one...

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Biography of John F. Patterson

JOHN F. PATTERSON. Among the prominent county officials of Ripley County no man is more popular or better fitted for his position than John F. Patterson, the efficient sheriff. He is a native of this county, born October 9, 1848, and has here spent the most of his life, and the people have had every opportunity to judge of his character aud qualifications. They have found him prompt and fearless in the discharge of his duties, trusty and honorable, and fully alive to the duties of his office. His father, George Patterson, was born in Malcomb County, Tennessee, and his mother, Sallie (Ferrill) Patterson, was a native of Illinois. They both came to Missouri with their parents when young, married here and here passed the balance of their days, the father dying in 1875, when fifty-one years of age, and she in 1892, when sixty years of age. Mr. Patterson was a farmer, and when starting out for himself settled on Fourche, twelve miles west of Doniphan, and was one of the first to locate in that section. He and the Daltons were about the first settlers, and he helped move the records from Thomasville to this place when Doniphan was made the county seat. He was a successful farmer, and a worthy member of the Christian Church. In his political views he was with the Democrats. He and...

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Biography of Judge Daniel K. Ponder

JUDGE DANIEL K. PONDER. In recounting the forces that have combined to make Ripley County, Missouri, what it is, more than a passing reference must be paid to the life and labors of Judge Daniel K. Ponder, of whom it may be truthfully said that no one has done more to lay the foundations of the country’s prosperity deep, and to build upon them surely and well. His ability has been backed by enterprising business measures and progressive ideas, and since 1890 he has ably filled the responsible position of county judge, and has discharged his duties with impartial fairness. He was born in Hickman County, Tennessee, in 1831, a son of Archibald and Sarah (Kinzie) Ponder, a notice of whom is given in the sketch of A. J. Ponder. The youthful days of Judge Ponder were spent in attending the public schools of Ripley County and in assisting his father to clear up the homestead, and while thus employed he learned lessons of industry and perseverance that were the stepping stones to his success in later years. At the age of twenty he turned his attention to farming on the Calumet River on his own account, and here his early experience and hard work were of material use to him, and there he laid the foundations of his present comfortable fortune. The land was quite heavily covered with...

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