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 when He made man.