Collection: History of Daviess County Missouri

Biographical Sketch of Samuel T. Howell M.D.

Samuel T. Howell is a native of Gentry county, Missouri, born February 22, 1843. His father, James M. Howell, was a native of Virginia, and his, mother, Rachel R. Howell, was born in Kentucky. Our subject was reared upon a farm and was educated in the common schools, supplemented by a few terms at the Camden Point College, of Camden Point, Platte county, Missouri. At the age of twenty-four he began, the study of medicine at Albany, Missouri, with Dr. G. W. Stapleton, and in 1866, entered the Missouri, or McDowell, Medical College, of St. Louis, and graduated at the Jefferson College, of Philadelphia, in 1871, and also graduated with distinction and honor in the department of surgery under a separate faculty, having made that a special study. He began the practice or his profession within three miles where he was born. In 1874 he removed to this county and has been engaged in an active practice ever since, giving special attention to surgery. Dr. Howell is a cousin to the Hon. John C. Howell, present judge of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit. Dr. Howell was married, January 18, 1869, to Miss Julia A. Evans, of Andrew county, Missouri. She was born July 22, 1845. They have four children; namely, Jessie M., born March 7, 1870; William H., born December 23, 1873; Emmet O., born July 10, 1877; and Samuel...

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Biographical Sketch of Henry Holloway

Henry Holloway was born in Berkshire, near London, England. His parents were Philip and Charlotte (Tibble) Holloway, also natives of England. Our subject was reared and educated in his native land, finishing his scholastic course at the schools of London, He learned his trade of cabinet-making in England after attaining his majority and worked at it there until he emigrated to America in the month of March, 1854. Mr. Holloway was married, in his native country, on the 24th day of December, 1S49, to Miss Ellen Castleman, daughter of William and Jemima Castleman, natives of England. Mrs. Holloway was born in Hampshire, England, March 7, 1824. They have six children now living: Henry, Fannie (now Mrs. E. P. Groves), William C., Edward P., Charles A. and Mary E. Himself and wife have been communicants of the Episcopal Church for more than forty years. He came to Jamesport in 1875, where he has resided and engaged in business ever since. He is a thoroughly capable, experienced and industrious business...

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Biographical Sketch of Joshua H. Higdon

Joshua H. Higdon was born in Franklin County, Indiana, June 25, 1845. He is the son of Peter W. Higdon, a native of Ohio, and was reared and educated in his native State. He learned the blacksmithing business in Decatur county, Illinois, and worked at that trade in connection with farming until the outbreak of the ” War between the States.” He enlisted in October, 1863, in Company H, One Hundred and Twenty-third Regiment Indiana Volunteers and served bravely in the cause of the Union throughout the war. He was engaged in the battles of Chattahoochie, Kenesaw Mountain, Columbia and Nashville, besides numerous skirmishes; was discharged from the army at Washington, D. C., June 20, 1865. Returning to Indiana disabled and unfitted for work, he came west in 1869 and located at Chillicothe, Missouri, near which place he farmed during eight years. He came to Jamesport March 5, 1880, and established the blacksmithing and agricultural implement business, which he at present conducts so successfully, in company with Mr. Seth H. Powers. Mr. Higdon was married to Miss Emma J., daughter of William R. Humphrey, a native of Virginia. Mrs. Higdon was born in Decatur, Indiana, November 1, 1847. The issue of this marriage is two children now living: William Edwin and Ora Albert. Mrs. H. is a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal...

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Biographical Sketch of Frank M. Harris

Frank M. Harris was born in Marshall county, West Virginia, January 7, 1843, and is a son, of John and Drusilla Harris, both natives of Virginia. Our subject received a common school education in his native State, and learned the carpenter’s trade with his father, but has given his attention, almost entirely to farming. He came to this county in 1877. Mr. Harris was united in marriage, November 30, 1865, to Miss Eliza A. Wilson, who was born May 29, 1844. By this union they have had four children: John A., born October 30, 1866-is dead; Hanson, born May 5, 1869; Lionel, born February 7, 1871; Lydia A., born July 23, 1873- is...

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Biographical Sketch of James C. Harrah

James C. Harrah was born in Daviess county, Missouri, November 29, 1844. He is the son of Robert H. Harrah a native of Greenbrier county, West Virginia. His father came to Missouri in 1840, and died in Holt county in February, 1865. His mother’s maiden name was Elizabeth Nation, and she was a native of East Tennessee. Our subject was reared and educated in his native county and has spent his life thus far here. He began farming on his own account at an early age and continued (except during the war) in that avocation until the winter of 1872 when he commenced dealing in nursery stock which is his present occupation. Mr. Harrah enlisted in the First Regiment Missouri State Militia, February 23, 1862, and served three years participating in all the engagements of the campaign during that time in Southern Missouri. He was discharged at St. Louis, February 23, 1865. Mr. Harrah was married at Waverly, Lafayette county, Missouri, March -4, 1867, to Miss Cornelia B. Scott, daughter of M. C. and Margaret Scott. Mrs. Harrah is a native of Saline county. They have five children: Robert M., Virginia L., Emmett O., Georgia A., and Floyd. Mr. H. is a member of the Baptist Church and his excellent lady of the Christian Church; He moved to Jamesport in 1878 and has since resided there, and is highly...

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Biographical Sketch of S. B. Guthery

S. B. Guthery was born in Pike county, Ohio, October 27, 1817. His grandfather was a colonel in the Revolutionary War, and in 1800 immigrated to the then far West – now the State of Ohio. When our subject was a boy he was employed by William Parmer, of Bourbon county, Kentucky; in keeping training and running fast horses. In 1837 he turned his attention to farming and has followed that business ever since, together with handling stock; with the exception of a short time he was engaged in grading on the Portsmouth & Columbus turnpike in 1840, and conducted a tannery in Scioto county, Ohio, a few years. In April, 1847, he settled upon the farm where he now lives. Mr. Guthery was united in marriage November 21, 1840, to Miss Nancy L. March. She was born January 24, 1822. They had four children: Nancy-dead; William B., born April 3, 1845; James A.-dead; and Sarah-dead. William B. Guthery, son of S. B. Guthery, was born in Lucas county, (Ohio, and lives on the old homestead, where his father settled in 1847. He was educated at Smith’s Mercantile College, of Portsmouth, Ohio, and was engaged from 1869 to 1873 in the mercantile business and in the handling and shipping of mules at Jameson. Since that time he has been engaged in farming. William B. Guthery was united in marriage,...

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Biographical Sketch of Daniel Gosnell

Daniel Gosnell was born in Huntington county, Pennsylvania, March 20, 1816. When he was ten years old his parents moved to Ohio, where he was reared on a farm, and has made agriculture his business through life. At the age of twenty-one years he settled in Edgar county, Illinois; in 1840 removed to Jasper county, in the same State, and in 1855 came to this county, and settled upon the spot where he now lives. He owns a farm of 235 acres, well improved, and has given his attention chiefly to stock-raising since he settled in Missouri. Mr. Gosnell was united in marriage, July 16, 1844, to Miss Rebecca Mathen. By this union they had three children, Emeline, Rhoda and Sarah E. Mrs. Rebecca Gosnell died March 16, 1851. Mr. Gosnell was married, August 23, 1851, to Miss Lucinda Poor, who was born August 24, 1826. By this marriage they have ten children, eight of whom are living: Stephen S., born June 11, 1852; Samuel H., born November 27, 1853; Frederick, oborn September 13, 1855; Isabel J., born December 31, 1857; William H., born July 17, 1860; Olive A., born January 26, 1862; Daniel W., born November 21, 1863; George W., born September 18,1865; Mary E., born June 11, 1867; and Osta F., born September 2,...

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Biographical Sketch of William J. Gillilan

William J. Gillilan was born in Daviess county on the 6th day of May, 1849, and is a son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Jordin) Gillilan, natives of Pocahontas county, Virginia. They came to this State in 1839, and to Daviess county the year following. Our subject received his education and grew to manhood in his native county, and began business for himself at the age of eighteen years as a blacksmith at Jamesport and continued that business about eight years, then entered mercantile business in company with George W. Miller, in 1877, under the firm name of Miller & Gillilan, which business they still continue very profitably. Mr. Gillilan was married in Grundy county, Missouri, October 30, 1872, to Miss Melissa King, daughter of Rufus and Henrietta King. The issue of this union has been two children, named Bessie and Virgil. Mr. Gillilan is a member of Evening Star Lodge No. 39, A. O. U. W., of Lodge No. 339, I. O. O. F., and of Lodge No. 201, A. F. & A....

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Biographical Sketch of Joseph D. Feurt

Was born in Scioto county, Ohio, August 15, 1817. His father, Thomas Feurt, was a native of Maryland, and his mother, Mary Feurt, was born in Pennsylvania. Our subject was educated in the common schools of Ohio, and at the age of seventeen learned the blacksmith trade, which was his principal business until 1870. He came to this county in 1840 and put up a shop that year in the old town of Di-Amon, which was the first blacksmith shop, north of Gallatin, in Daviess county. After four years working there he bought a farm in what is now Grand River township, and run his shop in connection with his farm until 1870. In 1878 he moved to Jameson, where he now lives. Mr. Feurt was united in marriage, July 7, 1842, to Miss Rachel Walls, who was born January 10, 1822. By this marriage they had eleven children, six of whom are living; namely, Mary C., born July 17, 1843-dead; Nancy, born November 15, 1844-dead; Benjamin, born February 13, 1846; Joseph H., born January 7, 1848-dead; George W., born August 30, 1849; William A., born May 4, 1851; Caroline, born May 4, 1853-dead; John D., born January 4, 1856-dead; Eli, born May 5, 1857; Everett, born November 8, 1859; and Ella, born April 6, 1862. Mrs. Rachel Feurt died May 10, 1862. On the 21st of March, 1869,...

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Biographical Sketch of S. L. Doty

S. L. Doty was born in Greene county, Tennessee, August 13, 1831. His parents, Jesse and Rebecca Doty, were both natives of Tennessee. Azre Doty, grand-father of S. L. Doty, was a soldier of the Revolutionary War, and was under General Marion, ” the Swamp Fox.” Our subject was educated in the common schools, and at the age of eighteen began to learn the cabinet-making trade, which he made his business until 1865, and since that time he has been farming. He came to Missouri in 1853 and settled in Liberty, Clay county, where he remained four years, then removed to Platte City, Platte county, and in 1865 came to this county and settled on a farm, where he now resides. Mr. Doty was united in marriage February 21, 1858, to Miss Mary M. Wills, who was born in Clay county, Missouri, August 18, 1840. Her family is of Scottish descent, her grandfather having emigrated from Scotland to this country before the Revolutionary War. Mr. and Mrs. Doty have three children: Charles F., born July 31, 1861; Augustus H., born December 14, 1865; and Clara B., born September 26,...

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Biographical Sketch of John B. Dinsmore

Is a native of Daviess county and was born in Jackson township on the 10th of April, 1850. He was reared and received his education wholly in this county. In August, 1870, he went to Kansas and there engaged in railroading. Part of his time in that State was spent in Emporia, where he remained till September, 1872. He then came to Daviess county, and locating in Jackson township, was soon called on to serve his fellow-citizens in a public office. He was elected township constable and collector, and served two years, refusing reelection. From that time he turned his attention to farming and stock-raising, till his health failed him. He made a trip to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and after his return came to Jamesport, where he went into his present business of butchering and stock-trading. Mr. Dinsmore was married on the 9th of March, 1876, in Harrison county, Missouri, to Miss M. M. Travis, daughter of Mr. David Travis. Mr. Dinsmore is a thorough business man, and his worth, in this particular, is duly appreciated by his many...

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Biography of Nathaniel G. Cruzen

Nathaniel G. Cruzen was born in Jefferson county, Virginia, October 14, 1826, and is the son of Richard R., and Aurelia W. (North) Cruzen. His father was born in Loudoun county, Virginia, and for thirty years filled the position of inspector of the National Armory at Harper’s Ferry. His mother was born in Fairfax county, Virginia. Our subject was educated at Harper’s Ferry and worked under his father’s instructions in the armory until he was twenty years of age, and then immigrated to Missouri and settled upon a farm in Saline county, where he remained until 1849. Then becoming imbued with the “gold fever,” young Cruzen went to California and engaged in mining there during four years with fair success. Returning to Saline county he purchased a farm near his father’s, upon which he lived until the outbreaking of the Civil War, when he enlisted at Miami, in December 1861, in Company A, commanded by F. S. Robertson, and followed the fortunes of the cause of the “Sunny South” through four long years of civil strife. The first engagement in which Company A participated was at Kirkpatrick’s Mill, near Knob Noster, December 19, where the whole command was captured by Col. Jeff. C. Davis. Mr. Cruzen was taken to St. Louis and thrown with others into Gratiot Street Prison. After remaining in confinement there during three months, he was...

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Biographical Sketch of Samuel Cropper

Samuel Cropper was born near Manchester, England, May 12, 1831. His parents were Benjamin and Mary Cropper, also natives of England. He received his education and grew to manhood in his native country, and emigrated to the United States in May, 1853, locating in Rhode Island, where he learned the art of photographing. He has since spent some time in various States of the Union, engaged at his trade. He located in Jamesport in 1875 and has since erected a commodious gallery and built up a good patronage. Mr. Cropper was married in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, October 5, 1853, to Miss Jane, daughter of Mark and Jane Broadbent, all natives of England. The issue of this marriage is four children living: Elizabeth A., Albert W., Samuel B., and Jennie A. Mr. Cropper is a member of the A. F. & A. M., and I. O. O. F. He is Republican in politics, a good artist, and popular...

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Biographical Sketch of Charles A. Corman

Charles A. Corman was born in Manitowoc county, Wisconsin, March 20, 1849. He is the son of Dennis V. and Louisa Reynolds Corman, natives of New York. He was educated at Manitowoc and grew to manhood in his native State. He began life on his own account as a lumberman, and pursued that business during four years. In January, 1874, he came to Missouri and located at Jamesport, where he entered the dry goods and grocery business, which he continued for five years. He then established his present drug and book store, and has ever since done a thriving trade. His stock is one of the most complete in town and his patrons are treated with fairness and politeness. Mr. Corman was married in his native county, November 16, 1873, to Miss Isabella, daughter of John and Elizabeth Spencer, natives of England. Mrs. Corman was born in the same county as her husband, on the 14th day of August, 1852. The issue of this union has been three children: Charles W., born July 16, 1874; Lulu Mabel, born August 9, 1876; and Lee, born March 16, 1879. Mr. Corman is a member of Jamesport Lodge No, 339; I. O. O....

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Biographical Sketch of Allen Conner

Was born in Greene county, West Virginia, July 10, 1824. His parents, William and Mary Conner, were both natives of Virginia. Our subject was educated in the common schools of his native county, and when young learned millwright work, which he followed for five years, then learned carpentering and cabinet-making, which he followed until 1851, when he migrated to this county, and now owns a farm of 200 acres, well equipped with necessary implements. Mr. Conner was united in marriage October 9, 1850, to Miss Margaret Warren, the date of whose birth was January 4, 1830. They were blessed with three children: Garrett A., born March 7, 1852, died August 31, 1880, from a blow on the head by the swing of the well-auger; while letting the auger down, he accidentally fell and when he was getting up the sweep came around and struck him on the head which produced death in a few hours. Stewart P. was born March 30, 1854; and Mary O., born April 19, 1856. Mrs. Conner died in April, 1859. Mr. Conner married, January 5, 1860, Miss Martha M. McClung. She was born September 7,...

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