Collection: History of Daviess County Missouri

Biography of William S. McNeill

William S. McNeill was born in Hardy county, Virginia, November 1, 1837. His parents moved to this county in 1855, and his father, John H. McNeill, was president of the first fair held in this county in 1856, and had at that time the only herd of Short-Horn Durham cattle in northwest Missouri. When the war began his father raised a company of cavalry for the Confederate army, and died November 11, 1864, from a wound received in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, while at the head of his company, known as the Partisan Rangers. The command then fell to his son Jesse, brother of William S. McNeill, who with sixty men executed one of the most daring feats of the late war. Going into the Union lines at Cumberland, in Maryland, where there were 10,000 Union soldiers, he went to the hotel where Generals Crook and Kelley were sleeping, went to to their rooms, took them prisoners, and got them safe within his own lines. He rode ninety miles in twenty-four hours in performing the deed. William S. McNeill was educated in the common schools, supplemented by a ten months term at the State University, at Columbia, Missouri. He enlisted at the beginning of the war in his father’s company and served eight months, then returned home and served eight months in the Enrolled State Militia. In 1875 he...

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Biographical Sketch of A. H. McLure

A. H. McLure is a native of Clinton county, Indiana, and was born May 14, 1838. His parents, Thomas and Ruth McClure, were both natives of Virginia. When the subject of our sketch was one year old his parents moved to Howard county, Indiana, and thirteen years later they moved to Warren county, Iowa, where he was reared upon a farm and educated in the common schools. He enlisted June 13, 1861, in Company D, First Regiment Iowa Cavalry, and was soon after appointed company bugler, and was regiment bugler the last year of his time. He was in the battles of Kane Hill, Prairie Grove, Honey Springs, and many smaller ones. After his discharge he returned to Iowa; and in 1868, came to this county. Mr. McClure was married, March 13, 1866, to Miss Martha J. Rogers, who was born in Nichols county, Virginia, July 6, 1851. They have five children; namely, Charles. T., born July 15, 1867; Francis S., born August 23, 1868; Laura D., born August 18, 1870; Elwood H., born November 23, 1874; and John A., born March 10,...

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Biography of Major Joseph H. McGee

Joseph H. McGee was born in Clermont county, Ohio, July 6, 1821. His grandfather, Peter McGee, in company with seven brothers, emigrated from Ireland to the United States prior to the Revolutionary War, and settled in New Jersey. Peter McGee was a major under Washington and participated in the celebrated battle of Monmouth, New Jersey, at which place he now lies buried. Charles McGee, the father of our subject, was born near Monmouth, where he lived until 1815, when he removed to Ohio and settled in, Clermont county. The family lived in the Buckeye State until 1837, Joseph then being in his sixteenth year, when they migrated to Missouri and settled in Daviess county. Young McGee was a tailor by trade, having served a six years apprenticeship in Cincinnati; he located in Gallatin and engaged in that business until burned out by the Mormons during the difficulties which finally culminated in their expulsion from the county. After the Mormon War he worked at his trade and taught school alternately until 1850, in which year he joined the throng who made the trip to California during the memorable gold excitement, and returned in 1852. In 1856 he was elected county clerk, served the full term of six years, and was reelected in 1862 without opposition. He was among the first to offer his services to his country and was commissioned...

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Biography of W. D. McDonald

W. D. McDonald was born in Ross county, Ohio, August 6, 1826. His parents, William and Mary McDonald, were both natives of Virginia. His mother was a daughter of Nathaniel Wilson who was the first State printer of Ohio, and a sister of the late Nathaniel Wilson, who with his father started the Scioto Gazette in 1800, in Scioto county, one of the first papers of Ohio. Mr. Wilson died a few years ago at the age of ninety-two years-the oldest editor then in America. Our subject was five years old when his father died and he was reared by Ex-Governor McArthur, of Ohio, and educated in the select schools of Chillicothe, Ohio. After he quit school he dealt in cattle, driving them to the eastern markets, and continued that business for about seven years. He then engaged at farming which has been his avocation since. In 1854 he settled in Peoria county, Illinois, and in 1856 came to this county. In July, 1862, he enlisted in the Thirty-third Enrolled State Militia and at the organization was appointed adjutant, and soon after was appointed by the governor commissary of exemption, which place he filled for one year, was then appointed acting adjutant general for Colonel Williams, commanding this district, with headquarters at St. Joseph, and held that position under the following officers as they came in command of the...

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Biographical Sketch of Dr. John Martin

John Martin was born in Morgan county, Kentucky, February 15, 1819, and is the son of Lewis Martin, a native of Kentucky. Our subject moved with his parents to Lawrence county, Tennessee, while an infant, and lived there during fifteen years, and there received the greater part of his education. From Tennessee he moved to Illinois, and was married in Hancock county, that State, September 8, 1839. He came to this State in 1845 and has lived in various counties of Missouri since, engaged in the practice of medicine and other branches of business. He came to Jamesport about ten years ago and has built up an extensive and profitable business in grain and lumber. Dr. Martin was surgeon of the Seventh Regiment of Missouri Volunteers for a time during the Civil War. He was elected to a seat in the State Senate from Sullivan county, in 1865, by a majority of her citizens, but the election returns were so handled and such a number of voters disfranchised and their votes rejected that he was not allowed to take his seat. He has eight children: Martin T., Harriet, Edmund B., A. S., Vic., Isaiah, F. L., and Philanda. Dr. and Mrs. Martin are members of the Baptist Church. He is, also, a member of Jamesport Lodge No. 201, A. F. & A. M. He is well esteemed by all,...

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Biography of Independence Mann

Independence Mann, The subject of this sketch was born near Hancock, in the State of Maryland, on the 4th day of July, 1843, and is the son of Jonathan E. and Mary A. (Brosins) Mann, natives of Marlyand. At an early age, in company with his parents, he removed to this county and received the greater part of his education in the excellent schools of Gallatin. He began his business career as a clerk in the dry goods store of T. J. Casey, at Richmond, Missouri. At the commencement of the Civil War, prompted by a spirit of patriotic devotion to his adopted State, Mr. Mann responded to her governor’s first call for volunteers and enlisted in May, 1861, in Colonel Reeve’s regiment of General Sterling Price’s command. In defense of principles he believed just, our subject fought bravely and well, throughout the entire war. He followed the “crimson banner of stars and bars ” through the battles of Carthage, Wilson’s Creek, Lexington, Pea Ridge, Cape Girardeau, Potosi, and Pilot Knob. At Pea Ridge he was disabled by a wound and fell into the hands of the enemy. After lying in the hospital for about two months, he was exchanged and joined General Joe. O. Shelby’s cavalry brigade, with whom he continued until the close of the war, and then, “when the people’s hopes were dead” and the banner...

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Biographical Sketch of Benjamin G. Kimball

Benjamin G. Kimball is a native of the town of Bradford, Essex county, Massachusetts, and was born November 17, 1814. He was educated at the Bradford College, of Bradford, Massachusetts. His father died when he was young, and when fourteen years old he began clerking in a dry goods house in Genesee county, New York; three years later he changed to the boot and shoe business, and was engaged in that business, as clerk, for two years.. Then worked at the shoemaking business for five years. In 1837 he came to Missouri and settled in Ray county, where he was employed as clerk in the dry goods business for four years. From there he removed to this county and farmed for a while, then began business for himself, in what was then known as Cravensville, or Di-Amon, with a stock of dry goods and a general assortment of merchandise. After four years in that business, he sold out and engaged in farming until 1878, when he engaged in the lumber trade at Jameson, where we now find him doing a good business. He has ever been alive to the public prosperity of the county, and has filled several offices with credit to himself and county, and is at present recognized as one of the leading farmers and business men of the county. Mr. Kimball was united in marriage, February...

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Biographical Sketch of John H. Kemp

John H. Kemp was born in Daviess county, June 24, 1847, and is a son of John and Ellen Kemp, the former a native of Indiana, and the latter of Virginia, who came to this county in 1838. They had six children, as follows: John H., the subject of this sketch, Francis M., Mary J., Martha E., and Martin L. John H. Kemp lives on the old homestead, and his mother lives with him; his father died in March, 1865. John H. Kemp was married, November 22, 1877, to Miss Amelia J. Brown, who was born in this county March 2, 1858, and died May, 1879. They had one child, Etna, born April 29,...

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Biography of John F. Jordin

John F. Jordin was born in Daviess county, September 8, 1851, and is a son of Franklin and Nancy J. Jordin. His father migrated to Daviess county from Virginia in the early days, and was among the first settlers of this county; his mother came from Kentucky with her father, Jennings Ballinger, to this county in 1848 and was married to Franklin Jordin in 1850. The subject of this sketch was one of three children, having two sisters, one of whom died in infancy, and the other, Angeline, married John W. Pinkerton, and is living at present in Ray county, Missouri. His father, who died when he was about four years old, was known as an honorable, upright man, kind, hospitable and generous to a fault. After his father’s death, in company with his mother and sister, he went to Illinois and there lived with his grandfather, Jennings Ballinger, for five years. Here, on a beautiful farm on the banks of the Mississippi River, he spent the happiest period of his life. In October, 1862, the family returned to their home in Missouri; and it was then that the battle of life began in earnest. The Civil War was in full blast and nearly all the able bodied men in the country were either in one army or the other, and the women and children were left to till...

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Biography of Isaiah H. Jones

Isaiah H. Jones was born in Hardin county, Ohio, July 27, 1837. His parents were Jonathan and Eleanor (Pugh) Jones. His father was a prominent farmer and stock-raiser, and a native of Maryland. His mother was born in Virginia. Our subject was reared and educated in his native county, and began his business career as a clerk in a dry goods store at Mt. Victory, Ohio. After two years in that business he went to Rule, Nebraska, where he remained during eight months. From there he went to Grundy county, Missouri, where he engaged in school teaching for a time, and in the Spring of 1859 started with the tide of immigration to Colorado, returned to this county, and the following spring went to Colorado and engaged in mining for about two years. He returned again to Missouri in 1861 and entered the freighting business between St. Joseph, Omaha and Denver; continued that occupation for three years, and then went to Salt Lake City and from there to Montana, where he again engaged in mining from 1863 to 1868. Mr. Jones established his present ” Great Western Flouring Mill” at Jamesport in 1872, and has since enlarged and improved his mill and machinery several tines to keep pace with his constantly increasing business. He has one of the best equipped and conducted mills in North Missouri, and turns out...

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Biographical Sketch of Richard L. C. Isherwood

Richard L. C. Isherwood, junior member of the firm, was born in Gloucestershire, England, December 6, 1856. His father was an officer of the Queen’s Revenue during about fifteen years. He came with his parents to the United States at the age of fourteen years, after having received his education at Millbrook Collegiate Institute, Devonshire, England. He located first at Carrollton, Missouri, where he spent four years learning and working at the tinner’s trade. Came to Jamesport in 1875, and soon after entered into partnership with Mr. Miller. Mr. Isherwood was married in Jamesport, October 18, 1878, to Miss Mary Gillilan daughter of John Gillilan. She was born in this county, May 6, 1859. Mr. Isherwood is a member of the I. O. O. F. lodge of Jamesport, and also of the A. O. U. W. This firm established their present business in 1879. They are energetic, enterprising merchants and carry a well selected stock of hardware and agricultural...

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Biographical Sketch of George Hutchison M.D.

George Hutchison was born April 11, 1834, in Casey county, Kentucky, and is the son of Judge Thomas Hutchison, a native of Virginia, who is now residing in Livingston county, Missouri. His mother’s maiden name was Polly Ann Tate, and she was a native of Lincoln county, Kentucky. Our subject was seven years old when his parents immigrated to Missouri and settled in Livingston county where he was reared and educated. He began the study of medicine with Dr. J. W. Rose, of that county, in 1861 and after three years of preparatory study entered the Medical College at Keokuk, Iowa. During the following winter (1866-67) he attended a course of lectures at the Missouri Medical College, St. Louis, from which institution he graduated in the spring of 1867 with the degree of M. D. He has practiced his profession at Jamesport ever since and has built up a wide patronage and a good reputation as a physician. In 1878 he built a large and commodious brick storehouse and filled it with a complete stock of drugs, stationery and fancy notions. This business he is at present conducting, very profitably, in connection with his practice. Dr. Hutchison was married, at Jamesport, February 14, 1871, to Miss Mary E., daughter of Franklin Callison. She was born in Daviess county, January 6, 1852. The issue of this union has been three...

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Biographical Sketch of Charles M. Hutchison

Charles M. Hutchison was born in Casey county, Kentucky, October 15, 1837, and is a son of Thomas Hutchison. He was reared and educated in Livingston county, Missouri, and began life as a school-teacher at the age of twenty-three, and followed that business with some interruption for a period of thirteen years. He came to Jamesport in 1870 and began merchandising, which is his present avocation. Mr. Hutchison was married in Daviess county, Missouri, January 1, 1870, to Miss Annie, daughter of James and Rebecca Lindsay, natives of Virginia. Mrs. Hutchison was born in Iowa. They are the parents of three children: William T., Minnie Lee, and Marietta. Mrs. Hutchison is a member of the Christian Church. In politics, Mr. Hutchison is a strong Democrat, and is highly respected as a man and...

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Biographical Sketch of John M. Hunter

John M. Hunter was born in Montgomery county, Indiana, May 2, 1842. His parents died when he was five years old, and he lived with Mr. Jacob Hershbarger until he reached his eleventh year, then with his brother-in-law, Rev. William Baldwin. He was educated in the common schools of Indiana, and came to this county in 1857, and early in 1861 went to Clark county, Iowa. July 4, 1861, he enlisted in Company F, Sixth Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry. His regiment participated in the battle of Shiloh, and there he was wounded in the foot; he was in the battles of Vicksburg, Scottsboro, and others. He reenlisted as a veteran December 21, 1863, and was with Sherman in the Atlanta campaign and on the march to the sea, and until the surrender of Johnston’s army, and was discharged at Louisville, Kentucky. Since the war he has engaged in farming in this county. Mr. Hunter was married, November 4, 1869, to Miss Martha A. Wiles, who was born August 23, 1853. They have six children: Clarence W., born June 12, 1871; Daniel E., born May 25, 1873 died; Cad, born December 16, 1871 died; Mary B., born February 11, 1876; William E., born July 23, 1878; and Maud, born January 28,...

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Biography of Hon. E. Hubbard

E. Hubbard is a native of Middlesex county, Connecticut, and was born April 7, 1818. His parents, Job and Hannah Hubbard, were both natives of Connecticut. He was educated in the common schools of his native State. In the fall of 1839 he left the Nutmeg State for the West in the interest of a book firm, but soon abandoned that and engaged in selling the Seth Thomas clocks, which business he was engaged in for sixteen years. He came to this county in the fall of 1834, and was engaged in selling clocks and farming until 1852, then he moved to Harrison county, this State, and was elected to the legislature five months afterward. He represented that district in the General Assembly in 1853 and 1854, and was engaged in farming in that county until the breaking out of the war, when he espoused the cause of his country, raised a force of men for home protection, and after recruiting about five hundred men marched them to Chillicothe, then to St. Louis, where they were mustered into the United States service, in August, 1861, and known through the war as “Merrill’s Horse.” He was elected first lieutenant of Company F, Second Regiment Missouri Cavalry, the regiment he had recruited in 1863, and served his country four years and two months. After his discharge he returned home and engaged...

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