Bates County Biographies
BADGETT, John A.
Howard Township - John A. Badgett, farmer, section 1, was born in Lincoln County, Kentucky, April 19, 1834, and is a son of John R. and Amercia (Bosley) Badgett, both natives of Kentucky. John was raised and educated in the state of his birth, and in 1860 he married Miss A. Meeker, of the same county as himself, born in February, 1842. Her parents were A. and Lucinda Meeker, nee Allen, of Franklin County, Ohio. Mrs. B. was also brought up in Lincoln County, and there received her education. In 1877 Mr. Badgett settled on his present fine farm of 160 acres, although he had resided in the county in New Home Township for many years. He and his wife have four children: James, Mecca, Wesley and Lulie. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
BAILEY, John W.
Walnut Township - John W. Bailey was born in Washington County, Ohio, on November 7, 1832, his parents being John J. and Mary Bailey nee Chapman, both also natives of Washington County. They had a family of five children. John W. was reared near Marietta, on the banks of the Ohio River, and in 1863, he went to Cumberland County, Illinois, having charge of government supplies at Mattoon. In 1869, he located at his present point in residence, and made his first purchase of uncultivated prairie land. This has been changed into a well improved farm of 400 acres, surrounded and subdivided by Osage hedge. His orchard contains a well selected variety of fruit. Mr. Bailey is now devoting his entire attention to the raising of cattle and fine merino sheep. He married Miss Louisa A. Carpenter, who was born in Athens County, Ohio, July 12, 1832. She was brought up and educated in that vicinity. Mr. and Mrs. Bailey have a family of four children: John F., Mabel, Mary A. and Bertha. They are members of the Presbyterian Church. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
BALLARD, Hon. J.N.
Spruce Township - Hon. J.N. Ballard, a native of Missouri, was born in Cooper County March 20, 1842. His parents were Newton and Sarah E. Ballard, nee Hutchinson, the former a native of Georgia, and his mother of Knox County, Tennessee. Newton Ballard was married in Tennessee, and moved from there to Missouri in 1836, when he located in Cooper County, among the first to settle there. J.N. spent his youth on a farm and was educated in the common schools. Early in 1863 he took a trip to Montana, where he embarked in the lumber business at Deer Lodge City, continuing it for five years. He married in Cooper County, January 8, 1868, Miss Josephine Stark, a daughter of Dryden Stark, of that county. Some time after he came to Bates County, where he bought land and improved his present farm. He has 600 acres, with 560 fenced, 160 acres of which are in pasture, and 400 acres in corn. There is a good residence and a fine orchard upon this place, which is located upon section 11. He is a thrifty farmer, and has his large farm all well fenced, and in good condition. He makes a specialty of handling and feeding stock for the market. Mr. Ballard is a Democrat in politics and is one of the best informed men, on the political issues of the day, in the county. He was appointed one of the county judges by Governor Hardin in 1876, and after serving two years, was elected to the same position, and acted in that capacity for four years. At the general election in 1880, the judge was elected representative of Bates County, and discharged the duties of that position with credit to himself and his constituents. Mr. and Mrs. Ballard have five children: Lewis B., Emmet S., Josephine, Jasper, and an infant son. Mrs. B. is a member of the M.E. Church, South. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
Homer Township - W.J. Bard, farmer and stock raiser and dealer, section 13, was born September 19, 1840, in Addison County, Vermont, his parents being John and Cornelia (Parkhill) Bard. His father, a native of the same county as himself, was born August 3, 1807, and died March 18, 1876. His mother, originally from St. Lawrence County, Kentucky, was born April 14, 1816. They were married February 7, 1839, and had two children: W.J. and Mary. The former came west while quite young, and after traveling through different states finally embarked in agricultural pursuits in Iowa, where he soon gained for himself an enviable reputation. In 1872 he came to Bates County, Missouri, and turned his attention to cattle feeding, subquently purchasing a farm. He is now recognized as one of the progressive and substantial farmers of this county, and is the owner of 880 acres of good land, the results of his own industry and good management. Mr. Bard was united in marriage, January 22, 1877, to Miss Mary V. Buckels, of Springfield, Ohio, where she had been brought up and educated, and where also her marriage occurred. The date of her birth was June 3, 1847, and she was the daughter of Henry and Mary Buckels, nee Tuttle. The former was born at Harper's Ferry, Virginia, September 10, 1820, and the latter in Clark County, Ohio, October 21, 1822. She died December 12, 1855. They were married March 31, 1845. Mr. and Mrs. Bard have two children: Mary C. and Anna. Mr. B. is a Mason. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
BARKER, Commodore P.
Spruce Township - Commodore P. Barker is one of the leading merchants of Johnstown. He was born in Logan County, Kentucky. His father, C.P. Barker, was born in Virginia and served in the war of 1812. He died in Logan County, Kentucky in 1862. His mother's maiden name was Nancy M. Ragdale, a Kentuckian by birth. Commodore spent his youth in Logan County on a farm and received a common school education. He enlisted in the fall of 1861 in the Eighth Kentucky Cavalry and served for about thirteen months in the Union Army, participating in a number of engagements. After his discharge he returned to his home in Kentucky, and in the fall of 1866 he came to Missouri and located in Henry County, where he was engaged in farming for some three years. Mr. Barker was married there May 29, 1868, to Miss Isabelle Hull, a daughter of Thomas Hull, of Henry County. In 1869 he moved to Bates County, and after tilling the soil in Deepwater Township for about ten years, in June, 1879, he came to Johnstown and embarked in his present business. He has a well selected stock of general merchandise, has built up a good trade and is enjoying a successful patronage. Mr. and Mrs. Barker have three children: James Lee, Nancy S. and Charles. He and his wife are members of the Christian Church. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
New Home Township - William Barker, of the firm of Stafford & Barker, contractors, is of English nativity and was born in Lancashire, July 13, 1841, his parents being Miles and Ann (Marland) Barker. When he was three years old the family came to the United States, and his father worked in the mines of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, for two years. Going to St. Louis, young Barker first toiled in the mines, in what is now the Twenty-seventh Ward, until twenty-six years of age. He has since worked in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, and upon settling at Alma he remained there seven years. Thence to St. Louis, and after one year, in March 1881, he came to Rich Hill and dug coal in the mines until November 1, 1882, when he entered into the contracting business with Mr. Stafford to remove the coal from Shaft No. 1 and load the cars. They are successors to Patrick Shields. Mr. B. was married in St. Louis, May 3, 1868, to Miss Ellen Lewis, a native of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. They have four children: Thomas, Lydia, William and Joseph. His father was killed at Alma, Illinois, October 13, 1872, by a train running over him. His mother died November 17, 1874, from the effects of a stroke of apoplexy. William is the eldest of thirteen children, of whom only three besides himself are living: Phoebe, Anna and Betsy. He is a member of the I.O.O.F. and the K. of P. orders, and in politics is a Greenbacker. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
Hudson Township - N.R. Barr, farmer and stock dealer, section 15, was born in Breckenridge County, Kentucky, April 22, 1834. His father, Elias Barr, was a native of the same county, and his mother (formerly Sally Beauchamp) was born in Washington County, of that state. N.R. grew to manhood in his native county, his youth being spent on the farm. In 1855, he went to Illinois, and settled in Hancock County, where he bought land and improved a farm, and where he remained until 1873, when he sold out and came to Missouri. He then purchased and improved his present farm in Hudson Township. He has 280 acres, all under fence, 160 acres being in grass, and the balance under cultivation. His orchard contains 115 apple trees, mostly bearing, and about 200 fine peach trees. Mr. Barr was married in Hancock County, September 27, 1857, to Miss Eveline Potter, a daughter of Pardon Potter. There are six children by this marriage. Mrs. B. died June 29, 1869. He was again married in Hancock County, March 10, 1870, to Miss Lucy A. Grisham, a daughter of Ezekiel Grisham. They have two children: Fannie B. and William E. The children by his first wife are Daniel T., Martha E. (wife of Smith Potter), John S., Mary L., Ulysses Grant and Charles C. Mr. Barr takes a great interest in educational matters, and endeavors to secure the best of teachers for his school district, of which he has been a director for several years. He is the present justice of the peace of his township, and was elected in 1881. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
BARRON, John A.
Osage Township - John A. Barron, farmer, section 2, is a native of Scotland and was born in Glasgow April 5, 1833. He was brought up in the country of his birth until fifteen years of age, when he emigrated to America, settling in Cooper County, Missouri, where for three years he followed farming. Then he came to Bates County, Missouri, in 1857 and located upon his present fine farm, comprising 320 acres of land, all of which is well improved. He was one of the first men to venture a settlement on the prairie, but has never seen fit to regret his choice. Mr. Barron was married, in October, 1858, to Miss Sallie A. Elliston, a native of Kentucky. They had five children: William F., Charles, James, Edward and Arthur. Mrs. Barron died in 1872. He was again married November 8, 1874, to Miss Mary E. Heddon. Their family consists of three children: Lee, Kate and Glenn. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
BARROWS, Asenath C.
Prairie Township - Asenath C. Barrows. The earliest pioneers of Bates County, a few of whom are now living, remember Freeman Barrows, the first county and circuit clerk of this county, and remembering him will doubtless recall to mind Asenath C. Barrows, his surviving widow. In 1820, her father, Rev. William F. Vaill and wife, in company with a few other self-sacrificing men and women, under the auspices of the American Board of Home Missions, embarked at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, on keel boats for the Union Mission, then located in the Indian Territory, in the state of Arkansas, whither they went to christianize and instruct the Osage Indians. During their residence at this missionary station - January 5, 1822, Mrs. Barrows was born. Her mother's maiden name was Selden, she and her husband being natives of Hadeline, Connecticut. In 1834, Miss Vaill, (now Mrs. Barrows), returned with her parents to Connecticut, where she remained seven years, spending two years of that time at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, Massachusetts, where she received a most careful and excellent education, "Like a lovely tree, She grew to womanhood," the while constantly storing her mind with useful knowledge. In 1841, she visited a few friends of her father, residing at Harmony Mission, Bates County, Missouri. While there, she met and married, August 23, 1842, Freeman Barrows, Esq., who was a native of Massachusetts, he having emigrated to Bates in 1838. Being a good business man and possessing many of the elements of popularity, he was appointed the first county and circuit clerk of Bates County, which positions he held at the time of his marriage, and which he continued to hold for the space of twelve years. Mr. Barrows died April 26, 1861, about the breaking out of the great civil war, since which time, Mrs. Barrows has continued to live on the old homestead, where she located as a young and happy bride, forty years ago. Here she has spent her days in quietude and contentment, highly appreciated and respected by her neighbors and numerous friends, not only because she is the widow of Freeman Barrows, but, because of her many virtues of head and heart. Although more than three score years have passed over, time has touched her gently, leaving as yet, no frost or snow about her brow. Being one of the earliest pioneers of Bates County, she is familiar with all the scenes adn incidents which marked the history of its settlement, and possesses a most accurate and wonderful memory, all of that transpired during that incipient period. Surrounded by loving and devoted children; blessed with health and a beautiful home, and supplied with all the comforts and cnveniences of life, she is quietly and unostentatiously enjoying the evening of her life. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Barrow were born nine children, three sons and six daughters, whose names are as follows: Theodore, John M., William Vaill, Sarah L., Abby E., Florence E., Arabella S., Susan E., and Delia. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
BARTLETT, Judge Edmund
Walnut Township - Judge Edmund Bartlett was born in Cumberland County, Kentucky, May 9, 1817, and was the son of Edmund and Sally (Packwood) Bartlett, both Virginians by birth. They died when young Edmund was a small boy, and on this account he was denied the advantage of attending any but poor schools, though in later years he has obtained a good education by self application and close observation. In 1836 he was married in the state of his birth to Miss Maria L. Cook. They have four children now living: Josephine E. (now Mrs. James McKay), Sarah Ann (now Mrs. W.M. Dryden, living in Kansas), Molly S. (wife of William Parks, residing at Cherryvale, Kansas), and James E., who married for his second wife, Miss Florence Phillips, and at present living upon the home farm. Mrs. Eliza Jane Barnett, died in 1866, in Otterville, Missouri, leaving three children, who make their home with the subject of this sketch: James E., William C., and Thomas C. In 1837 Mr. Bartlett left Kentucky with a blind horse, old wagon, and a few necessary household articles, and with his wife settled in Morgan County, Missouri, where he purchased eighty acres of land, on time, on which he made some improvements. After living thereon for five years, he disposed of it for $300, and in March 1843, came to Bates County. At first he rented a farm of Humphrey Dickinson, on Deepwater River, but the spring following moved in Walnut Township, and bought a claim, the land not then being in market. After working hard, and suffering many hardships, to acquire a home, he overcame all obstacles and has in his possession now a farm of 600 acres, 40 of which are in section 2. He has an excellent new residence and other good buildings. In 1850, he was elected county judge, and was re-elected until he served ten years, with much credit - ably discharging his official duties. He is now township collector, and has ever had his share of business to perform, relating to the township. Politically he was formerly an old Clay Whig, but is now found in the Democratic ranks. Judge Bartlett has been a consistent member of the M.E. Church for thirty-eight years. During the early days of the county's history, it was not an uncommon occurrance for him to teach school during the winter seasons. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
BARTLETT, Judge Edmund
Judge Edmund Bartlett cast his lot with the people of Bates County in the spring of 1843. He was born in Cumberland county, Kentucky, May 9, 1817, and was the son of Edmund and Sally Bartlett, both Virginians by birth. They died when Edmund was quite small. On this account his opportunities for obtaining an education were greatly limited. But by his great determination in late years he has obtained a good education. Mr. Bartlett was married to Miss Mariah Cook in Kentucky, August 11, 1836. To this uniion were given seven children, four are still living, one son and three daughters. In 1837 he first settled in Morgan county, Missouri, where he purchased eighty acres of land and made some improvements. After five years he sold it for $300 and in March 1843 came to Bates County. Renting a farm on Deepwater Creek, the following spring he moved to Walnut township and bought a claim. His nearest neighbors were the Potawatomie tribe of Indians, who were friendly and would frequently exchange products such as corn meal or a piece of meat in exchange for calico, domestic or such goods as they had to dispose of. Judge Bartlett has borne such hardships and privations as only a pioneer meets, but by hard work and great endurance has overcome all obstacles and won a good home for himself and family, and a character beyond reproach. He was a farmer by occupation, but has served the public in various capacities: as school teacher, justice of the peace, postmaster, township collector, was elected and re-elected county judge until he had served in that capacity for ten years. He ably discharged his official duties, with much credit to himself. He resided in Walnut township from 1844 until the county was depopulated by "Order No. 11", when he went to Kansas, returning to his home in 1866 where he resided until a few years ago when he removed to Butler, where he owns a nice home. (Old Settler's History of Bates Co., Missouri, published by Tathwell & Maxey, Amsterdam, Missouri; copyright 1897)
Deepwater Township - William Baskerville, a substantial farmer of the county, was born in Montgomery County, Virginia, May 20, 1828. His parents, William B. and Mary (Ferguson) Baskerville, were also Virginians by birth. In 1837, the family moved to Missouri, and first located in Cooper County, where they were among the pioneers. They resided there for about twelve years. William spent his youth on a farm and acquired a common school education. At the age of twenty-three he joined a merchant train in the capacity of teamster, and went to New Mexico. After driving for twelve months he was promoted to wagon-master, and in 1852 took a train through to California, where he arrived the following spring. He then returned to New Mexico and took a drove of 20,000 sheep through to California. Coming home in the fall of 1854, he spent the winter, and in the spring of 1855 made another trip to California, where he was taken sick. He was sick for about one year, and in the fall of 1856 he visited the West Indies, and from there came home by way of New Orleans, where he arrived late in the same year. Mr. B. then became engaged in the mercantile business with his father in Henry County, and continued this business until the breaking out of the war in 1861. From 1861 to 1865 he was occupied in farming. William B. Baskerville died February 3, 1882, at the age of ninety-two. Mr. B. was maried October 31, 1870, in Henry County, to Miss Mary Caldwell, daughter of James and Mary Caldwell. She is a native of Kentucky. They have five children: Benoni, Virginia, Martha, Judy, and Lucien M. Mr. Baskerville moved to his present farm, in section 25, in 1869. He has over 337 acres of land, nearly all fenced and in fair cultivation, with a good bearing orchard of apple and peach trees, and some small fruits. Mrs. B. is a member of the Presbyterian Church. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
Charlotte Township - Lorenzo Bateman, farmer, section 32, was born in Logan County, Ohio, January 18, 1832, and was a son of William and Susan (Rowe) Bateman. His father was born near Louisville, Kentucky, in 1808, and while a young man went to Ohio, where his marriage occurred, his wife having been born in that state in 1812. About the year 1844, the family settled on the Fox River, in Illinois, and remained there until 1849, then going to Texas, where the mother soon after died. In 1853, the senior Bateman returned with his children to Illinois, where he resided until his death, in 1873. Lorenzo first started in life for himself as a farmer, and in February, 1861, he married Mrs. Caroline Fuller (whose maiden name was Stone), and at that time the widow of Charles Fuller. She was born in New Hampshire, September 12, 1834, her parents being Samuel and Deborah Stone. The former was born in 1801, and died in 1861, and her mother was born in 1806. They were married in 1822, and when Caroline was eight years old removed to Massachusetts, where she grew up, subsequently locating in Illinois. She is a sister of Captain George N. Stone, of Cincinnati, Ohio, the first purchaser of the celebrated trotter Maud S. During the late war Mr. Bateman served some three years in the Seventeenth Illinois Volunteer Infantry. In the fall of 1866, he removed from Woodford County, Illinois, to this county and settled where he now resides. His farm consists of 200 acres of improved land. Mr. and Mrs. B. have three children: William W., Harper J., Guy L. There are living with them two young ladies: Lillie E. Fuller and Lizzie Sharp. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
Mt. Pleasant Township - E.R. Beach, editor of the Bates County Republican, is a native of Fulton County, Illinois, and was born May 12, 1841. His father, Cyrus W. Beach, was a native of Massachusetts, and an extensive carriage manufacturer. The maiden name of his mother was Mary Sloan, born in New York. E.R. was principally reared in Bureau and Peoria Counties, Illinois, and educated at the Mosely High School of Chicago, Illinois. After leaving school he went to Tennessee and taught for one year, when he returned north. Soon after the war commenced he became connected with the quartermaster's department, and again went south. In 1863 he enlisted in the regular army, and was appointed first sergeant and placed on detached service in West Tennessee. In 1864 he was in the Sturgis raid and was captured at the battle of Guntown, June 11, 1864. He was taken to Andersonville, and confined until September 19, 1864, when he was exchanged at Atlanta, Georgia. While in prison he was an eye witness to the atrocities there perpetrated on the Federal prisoners, and of which "the half has never been told". After his exchange he was commissioned first lieutenant and adjutant, for meritorious services at Guntown, and owing to impaired health was again placed on detached service in West Tennessee, serving until mustered out on the first day of January, 1866. He then came north as far as St. Louis, still suffering from his confinement, and without application or solicitation on his part, he received the appointment of mail agent on the Indianapolis and St. Louis Railroad. The following year he received the appointment of local special agent of the post office department at St. Louis and confidential agent for that district. This position he resigned in 1869, and took a trip to Colorado, and for one year was engaged in mining and mine speculation. He then returned to St. Louis, and accepted a position of press reporter. He remained in St. Louis, connected with the papers on local and editorial work, until 1871, when he visited Philidelphia, and was employed on papers in that city until 1878, when he came west and worked on most of the Chicago papers as "paragrapher". Iin 1880 he moved to Sedalia, Missouri, and purchased the Sedalia Evening News, and published it during the presidential campaign of that year. Selling his interest he went on the Eagle and did editorial work a few months before coming to Butler, June 26, 1882. Since taking charge of the Republican he has largely increased both its subscription list and advertising patronage. Mr. Beach is a Republican in politics, with a large experience in political manners for a man of his years. He was married, December 12, 1871, to Miss Francis E. White, a native of Port Byron, New York. Their family consists of three children: Duane, Alice, and Chester. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
Mt. Pleasant Township - D.F. Beegle, of the firm A.L. McBride & Co., dealers in groceries, hardware, tinware, stoves, etc., is a son of Solomon and Sarah (Shaffer) Beegle, natives of Pennsylvania, and was born in the same house as his father, in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, February 12, 1835. He was reared in his native county, and was educated there in seminaries and common schools. During his boyhood days he was engaged in clerking, and when eighteen he began the mercantile trade for himself. In 1859 he went to Atchison, Kansas, where he was occupied in clerking till June, 1861, when he returned to his native home. There he organized Company D, 101st Pennsylvania, and was mustered in as first lieutenant, remaining in service till April, 1865. He served on General Wessell's staff at Plymouth, South Carolina, and on April 20, 1864, he was captured and placed in the Libby Prison, subsequently being transferred to different prisons. He was released March 1, 1865. After being mustered out he returned to Bedford County, Pennsylvania, where he married May 10, 1865, to Miss Eliza J. Williams. Shortly afterward, the same year, he came west, locating at Pleasant Hill, Cass County, Missouri, where he was interested in the lumber business more or less for eight years. In the meantime he built the factory of the Pleasant Hill Woolen Manufacturing Company. For two years he gave his attention to the manufacturing business at Covington, Kentucky, after which he was engaged in the grocery and milling business till 1879. Going to Colorado, he mined for two years, and in February, 1882, he came to Butler and became a partner in the firm of A.L. McBride & Co. Mrs. Beegle was born in teh same county as her husband in August, 1841. They have five children: Harry W., Anna B., Laura W., James G. and Mary. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
Hudson Township - Milton Belisle, farmer and stock dealer, section 3, is a native of Kentucky, and was born in Callaway County, February 20, 1852. Ira Belisle, his father, who was born in North Carolina in 1815, moved with his parents to Tennessee, when a child, and there grew to manhood and married Lucinda Smith, who was a native of Tennessee. They had a family of eight children, six of whom were sons, the subject of this sketch being the youngest boy. He moved from Kentucky to Missouri with his parents in 1859, and first located in St. Clair County, from whence after living three years they went to Saline County, where they resided four years. They came to Bates County in the fall of 1867. Young Milton spent his youth on a farm. He was married in St. Clair County, January 12, 1871, to Miss Jael Robertson, of Missouri, and a daughter of Matthew Robertson. After his marriage, Mr. B. Located on a farm in Spruce Township, where he farmed about seven years, then coming to Hudson Township in the fall of 1878. He has 125 acres of land, all fenced, and with improvements, and an orchard of apple and small fruits. He makes a specialty of handling and trading in stock. Mr. and Mrs. Belisle have four children: Matthew R., Milton F., Minnie W., and Lizzie. Mrs. B. is a member of the Baptist Church. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
BELL, James S.
New Home Township - James S. Bell was born in Richmond County, Virginia, August 10, 1836, and is the second of twelve children, eleven of whom are now living, one, John M., having been killed October 12, 1881, by Indians in Mexico. When James was but one year old the family came to Missouri and settled in Cooper County, where his early days were spent, and where he received a fair education. During the war the Bell family removed to the vicinity of St. Louis, and James himself went to Texas. He soon after enlisted at Dallas in the Second Texas Partisan Rangers, and served mainly upon and along the Mississippi River. When hostilities closed he was at Hempstead, Texas, and in October, 1865, he returned to Missouri, and for the next three or four years was engaged in driving cattle from Texas. In 1867 he came to Bates County and secured his present situation in New Home Township, where he has a finely improved farm of 520 acres. He is one of the most extensive cattle raisers of that section of the county. Mr. Bell was married, October 10, 1878, to Miss Fanny Rand, daughter of James Rand. She is a native of Indiana. They have two children, Frank and James. Mr. Bell's parents live on an adjoining farm, and three sisters are still with them: Anna, Lida and Hattie. Two brothers also live in the same neighborhood, Melville F. and W.M. One sister Elizabeth A. Langford is in Colorado; one, Louisa N., is in the Indian Nation; one, Virginia Yagle, in Saline County, one brother, Charles, in Cedar County. In politics, Mr. Bell is Democratic, and has been entrusted with much of the business affairs of the township. He has been fortunate in his business ventures, and has accumulated a comfortable living. He is connected with the Methodist Church South. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
BENNETT, Robert S., Dr.
West Boone Township - Dr. Robert S. Bennett was born in Upshur County, West Virginia, May 24, 1851, and is the son of Stewart and Margaret M. (Swisher) Bennett, both Virginians by birth. Robert is the fifth of eleven children, of whom six are now living: James F., Andrew J., Maggie, (a teacher in Freeman), Mary Walker and Clara Fullerton, both in Nodaway County. In 1863, the family moved westward and settled in McDonough County, Illinois, living there until 1868, when they came to Cass County. They bought a farm near Pleasant Hill, where Mrs. B. is still living. The father died in Illinois in 1864. During his residence in Illinois the subject of this sketch attended Hedding Seminary, at Abingdon, Illinois. Soon after coming to Missouri he began to teach in Cass and Johnson Counties, and until 1875, his time was mostly spent in the school room. He then entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons, at Kansas City, from which institution he graduated in the spring of 1876. Soon after he located at Aubrey, Johnson County, Kansas, for the purpose of practicing his profession, and after remaining there five years he returned to Missouri, and resided for one year at Freeman. When the village of Rosier was laid out he determined to locate there, having a farm near the town. Though residing at this place but a short time, he has gained quite an extensive practice, and is recognized as being well versed in his profession. Dr. Bennett was married April 24, 1875, to Miss Nannie Guilliam, daughter of Tazewell Guilliam, of Austin, Cass County. They have two children: Ada May and Edgar Poe. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
Pleasant Gap Township - William Bever, farmer and stock dealer, section 25, was born in Warren County, Missouri, May 14, 1836. His parents, Henry and Elizabeth (Gerdaman) Bever, were both natives of Germany. The former grew to manhood and married in the county of his birth. He immigrated to the United States and settled in Warren County in an early day, and was one of the pioneers of that county. William spent his younger days on a farm, his education being limited to the common schools. He was married in Warren County, in December, 1860, to Miss Adelaide Gardyne, a Virginian by birth, and who was born September 7, 1838. She is a daugther of Peter and Mary (Hammond) Gardyne. After his marriage Mr. B. farmed in Warren County until 1864, when he moved to Crawford County, and after two years, in the spring of 1867, to Henry County. Selling his property there he located at Appleton City, where he was engaged in teaming and stock trading for two years. Then he purchased land and came to Bates County, and settled on the farm where he now resides. He has 168 acres in fair cultivation, with a comfortable house and an orchard of 250 apple and other trees. Mr. and Mrs. Bever have seven children: Elizabeth (wife of Joseph Whitely), David H., William G., Mary E., Nathaniel, John and Charles. They have lost two children: Lillie W., their eldest, died at the age of eleven months, and George at the age of fourteen months. Mr. B. is a successful farmer and stock raiser, and has made his property by his own industry. He is a noted sportsman, and keeps a number of fox hounds and occasionally indulges in the exciting pleasures of the chase. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
Charlotte Township - F.J. Bird, farmer, section 22, was born within four miles of Springfield, in Clark County, Ohio, his father being H.H. Bird, a native of Virginia, born August 8, 1809. He died April 9, 1875. He had early accompanied his parents to Ohio, locating in Clark County, where he grew to manhood. There he married Miss Catherine Tittle, of that county, born November 27, 1824. She is still living in her native county. F.J. was the second of a family of six children. He was reared and educated at his birthplace, and in 1864 enlisted in Company K, 152d Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He served for about six months in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, and at the close of the war returned to Clark County, where he continued agricultural pursuits until 1869. Then he came to Bates County, Missouri, and purchased his present farm of 220 acres of improved land, though it was then uncultivated. Retracing his steps to Ohio, he was married on February 9, 1871, to Maggie M. Snodgrass, originally from Kosciusko County, Indiana, where she was born November 26, 1844. She was a daughter of William and Sarah K. (Edgar) Snodgrass, the former born in Ohio, January 12, 1812, and died September 28, 1844. Her mother was also born in Ohio, May 9, 1817. They were married in 1838. Maggie M. was the youngest of a family of four children, and was brought up and educated in Clark County. After his marriage Mr. Bird settled in Missouri and remained here until 1874, when he returned to Ohio. In 1882 he again came to this state. He and his wife have three children living: Della, born April 23, 1874; William, born August 20, 1878; and Freddie, born July 12, 1881. Their eldest child, Harry, was born January 8, 1872, and died July 24, 1878. They are both church members. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
Deer Creek Township - A.H. Black, farmer, section 10, was born in Warren County, Indiana, March 6, 1856, and was the son of William Black, a native of Ohio. A.H. was the eldest of three children. When ten years old his parents removed to Illinois and remained there one year, when they came to Cass County, Missouri, and engaged in farming. In 1872, Bates County became their home. The mother died in 1875 and the father in 1879. His brother is a resident of Idaho. The subject of this sketch resides with his sister, Mary E., and conducts the farm which contains 180 acres of land, 100 acres in cultivation. This is above the average and is well improved, with a good house and orchard. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
Deer Creek Township - Allen Blount, farmer, section 20, was born in Smith County, Tennessee, March 29, 1835. His father, John M. Blount, was a native of North Carolina, and in 1832 married Miss Sallie Thornton, of Tennessee. They had three children, Allen being the second. When he was thirteen years old his parents went to Illinois, where they remained until the winter of 1852, then removing to Cass County, Missouri. In a short time they came to Bates County. The subject of this sketch received his education in the schools of Tennessee and Illinois. In 1853 he began working in a mill at Harrisonville, where he continued seven years. Returning to Bates County, he engaged in farming. His farm contains 115 acres of average land, with good house and orchard. He is a member of the Baptist Church, as is also his wife. October 7, 1855, Mr. Blount married Miss Eliza Jane Atkinson, who was born in Orange County, Indiana, August 27, 1833. They have five children living: John W., Eliza M., James A., Walter and Mable C. They have lost five: George W., Henry A., Albert B., Mary E. and Reuben A. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
Born in Monroe county, Missouri, October 14, 1840. His family left there on September 28, 1855 for Linn county, Kansas, passing through Butler on October 7. At that time Butler was a small village, with grass growing in the streets. Arriving at their Kansas destination on October 9th, the family remained there until the spring of 1859, then moving to Lone Oak township, Bates County, on the 29th day of March. Received a common education in school houses built of logs. When the war broke out in 1861, Mr. B.'s father being a slaveholder, this left the family to side with the south. C.C. enlisted on 27 June, 1861 and encountered opposition first in Carthage, Mo., and then at Wilson's Creek. His regiment being in the advance, and receiving the first assault, he fell early in the engagement with a minnie ball in the thigh. Taken to the hospital at Springfield, he was able to return home in the latter part of September and remained until 1863. In May 1863 he re-enlisted in the 10th Missouri Cavalry, C.S.A. Not eligible for active duty, he was detailed in the Commissary department and eventually participated in much of the closing battles, surrendering at Shreveport on June 10, 1865. Returning home, he found his parents in Henry county, Missouri on 27 June 1865. He returned to Bates county in 1867. (Old Settler's History of Bates Co., Missouri, published by Tathwell & Maxey, Amsterdam, Missouri; copyright 1897)
Rockville Township - J.M. Boreing, real estate and insurance agent, was born in Virginia, November 26, 1836, his parents being Montgomery and Ann (Leib) Boreing. J.M. was the eldest of a family of ten children. He was reared in the town of Buchanan, Virginia, until sixteen years old, the family then removing to Tennessee, where he embarked in farming. Remaining there until the age of twenty-two years, he subsequently removed to Dayton, Ohio, and taught school one year, going to Iowa in the following year. There he also taught. He was married in that state, April 5, 1860, to Miss Belle C. Laughlin, a native of Illinois. He continued to teach and to clerk in a store until August, 1862, when he enlisted in Company B, 18th Iowa Infantry, as second lieutenant, and when mustered out at the close of the war, he had received the promotion to captain of Company A. He returned to Iowa, and in 1866 went to Kansas, and in the same year came to Bates County. He has been a school teacher here and was also in the mercantile business until 1876, when he removed to Rockville. In 1881 he engaged in his present business, that of a real estate, loan and insurance agent. Mr. Boreing has been county assessor one term. He is also a justice of the peace and notary public. He is a member of the M.E. Church, and also belongs to the United Workmen. His wife died September 13, 1881, leaving five children: Elmer, Ralph, Walter, Maud and Nannie. They had lost two: Fred and Katie. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
BORLAND, George W.
Deepwater Township - George W. Borland, section 17, a native of Pennsylvania, was born in Allegheny County, October 22, 1841. James Borland, his father, and also his mother, formerly Margaret Barr, were natives of Pennsylvania. George W. was raised on a farm and educated in the common schools. He enlisted in the summer of 1863 in Company K, Sixty-first Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and served until the close of the war, participating in a number of important encounters, some of the most important of which were the battles of the Wilderness, Cold Harbor and the engagements of the Shenandoah Valley, in all about twenty-five different engagements. After the war he returned to Pennsylvania. In April, 1866, Mr. Borland came west and located in St. Louis County, where he was engaged in farming for some thirteen years. Moving from there to Bates County, in February, 1879, he bought land and improved his present farm. He has 200 acres, all fenced, with good improvements and a young orchard. Mr. B. was married in St. Louis County, October 21, 1869, to Miss Doretta Puellman, a native of that county and a daughter of Lewis Puellman. They have four children: Joseph A., George W., Jr., Margaret Jane and Cora Belle. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
BOSLEY, Andrew M.
Deer Creek Township - Andrew M. Bosley, farmer, section 22, was born in Orange County, Indiana, May 23, 1853, his parents being James W. and Sarah J. (Vance) Bosley. They had one son and two daughters, of whom Andrew was the second child. He was reared on his father's farm and was partly educated in the public schools, but owing to failing health left before completing his course. After this he engaged in the huckster business, continuing that occupation two years. He then gave his attention to farming in Indiana until 1880, when he came to Bates County, Missouri, where he resumed agricultural pursuits for a short time. Coming to Adrian he clerked in a hardware store from August, 1880, until July, 1881, when he accepted a situation as salesman with H.L. Fair. This position he held until March, 1882, at which time he again became interested in farming. His farm contains eighty acres, under fence, with good improvements. He is a member of the United Brethren Church. Mr. Bosley was married July 2, 1882, to Miss Ella B. Ward, a native of Minnesota. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
BOSWELL, John H.
West Boone Township - John H. Boswell was born June 20, 1821, in Muskingum County, Virginia, on Roanoke River and is the fourth of eight children of whom four are living. His parents, George W. Boswell adn Mildred nee West were of English origin. They emigrated to Kentucky when our subject was quite young, and where his father died in 1849. In 1856 John came to Missouri, settling in Cooper County and here he was engaged in farming until 1859, when in company with his brother he entered the mercantile business at California. He had an extensive trade until the outbreak of the civil war, at which time he disposed of the stock of goods at a great sacrifice, and then entered Jackson's State Troops and was with them for some months. He subsequently dealt in cattle for some years, spending one year in Chariton County and was in Pettis County in 1856. In 1866 he went to Texas on a business venture; having secured a supply of side saddles he traded them to Texans for mules and ponies. After spending one year in Pettis County he returned to Texas and bought a drove of beef cattle which he packed at Kansas City and sold in New York the following spring. In May, 1869, he came to Bates County and began to improve land for which he had traded in 1861. Mr. Boswell was married at Dover, Lafayette County, Missouri, February 17, 1859, to Miss Sallie Rucker a native of Kentucky. She lived but a short time thereafter, dying on August 11, following. Ten years after, December 7, 1869, Mr. Boswell married Mrs. Eliza Jane Bevin, widow of James Bevin. They have two children, both boys: George Vest and John H. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
BOTKIN, Isaac H.
New Home Township - Isaac H. Botkin, stock dealer and farmer, was born in Ohio County, West Virginia, ten miles south of Wheeling, March 10, 1834. His parents were Robert C. Botkin and Rachel, nee Vernon, the former a native of Maryland, and the latter born on the Brandywine, near where the battle of Brandywine was fought, and is of Quaker family. They settled in Ohio County about 1830. Isaac H. is the eighth of ten children, two brothers and seven sisters; of these four only are living: Benjamin and Elma A., in Adams County, Iowa; and Susan Chapman, Pennsylvania. While young Mr. Botkin learned the harness trade, at which he worked for three years in Hillsboro, Pennsylvania. In 1859 he moved to Adams County, Iowa. He tendered his services during the war, and as sergeant of a company in the Fourth Iowa Cavalry, under Colonel Porter, went south at the commencement of hostilities. His service was in Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi, and for some time he was under Gen. A.J. Smith. At Gravelly Spring, Tennessee, he was commissioned first lieutenant. When Lee surrendered he was at Macon, and carried the news of Davis' capture from Atlanta to Dalton, and received his discharge at Atlanta. He remained in Iowa for three or four years, and in 1870 came to De Kalb County, Missouri, where he was married, on December 8, of that year, to Miss Mary F. Jones. Soon after he came to Bates County and settled on his present farm, which he had previously secured. Mr. Botkin, beside feeding quite a number of cattle himself, is the most extensive buyer and shipper in his section of the county, doing nearly all of that business for a large scope of country. In 1879 he took his family to Oregon with the hope of finding a more satisfactory residence, but remained only a short time. They have two children living: Vernon and Ina. Their eldest son, Robert E., died when about six years of age. Mr. Botkin is Democratic in politics, and he and his wife are consistent members of the Baptist Church. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
Hudson Township - Henry Bottom, a native of Kentucky, was born in Mercer County, September 1, 1836. His parents, James and Mary (Nichols) Bottom, were also Kentuckians by birth. Henry accompanied the family to Missouri in 1849, and first located in Johnson County, where they lived about four years, then going to Pettis County. He spent his youth on a farm, and was married, September 3, 1857, to Miss Nancy Richardson, a daughter of Thomas Richardson. She is a native of Kentucky, but moved to Missouri with her parents when six years old, and settled in Pettis County. After this Mr. B. farmed for about twenty-two years, and in the fall of 1879 he came to Bates County, where he purchased land in Hudson Township, on section 9, and improved his present farm. He has 160 acres, 100 acres of which are fenced and mostly in cultivation, with a fair house, barn and outbuildings. Mr. and Mrs. Bottom have six children: Serilda F. (now Mrs. Charles Shell), Thomas M., William T., Rhoda A., H. Grant and Lissey E. They also have a brother's child, James F. Bottom, which they are raising. Mr. and Mrs. B. have lost two children. Mrs. B. is a member of the Baptist Church. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
BOULWARE, T.C., M.D.
Mt. Pleasant Township - This prominent member of the medical fraternity has been engaged in the practice of medicine at his present location, since 1868, and as a practitioner, has gained an enviable reputation in this community. His grandfather Boulware emigrated with his parents from Virginia to Kentucky in an early day, where Stephen G. Boulware, his son was born. He came to Missouri with his parents and located in Callaway County, where he grew to manhood, and was married to Miss Mary Ratekin, a native of Kentucky. T.C. Boulware was born in Callaway County, Missouri, February 4, 1843. He was reared to habits of industry on a farm in his native county, and there received a primary education in the common schools, completing his literary education under S.S. Laws, of Westminster College, at which institution he took a scientific course. Leaving school in 1861, he enlisted in the state service, and was then under General Price as one of his body guards, remaining as such during the war, after which he returned to Callaway County, Missouri. Previous to the war he had chosen the practice of medicine for his profession and had studied sufficiently to have acquired such a knowledge of it as rendered him capable of assisting in hospital duties during the first of his war service. He completed his studies at Fulton, and was graduated from the Missouri Medical College, of St. Louis in 1868. He then located in Marvel, Bates County, and one year later came to Butler, where he has since resided. On June 20, 1877, Dr. Boulware was married to Miss Ida J. Humphrey, a daughter of A.H. Humphrey. Mrs. B. was born in Johnson County, Iowa, February 9, 1855, and died August 2, 1882. The doctor is a most agreeable man socially, and has many warm friends among his professional brethren. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
BOULWARE, Theodrick C.
Theodrick C. Boulware, physician, a native Missourian and the leader of the medical profession in Bates County, was born in Callaway County, son of Stephen G. and Mary (Ratekin) Boulware. The former was a native of Kentucky, and a son of Theodrick Boulware, who was born in Essex County, Virginia, in 1780. Early in the life of the latter, and in the year 1784, his parents removed from Virginia to Kentucky. At that time he was a mere boy, and, with the rest of the family, walked the entire distance, pack horses being employed to carry the necessary household goods. The records of that State show that they were numbered among the founders of the Commonwealth. They were constantly surrounded by the danger incident to life in the wilderness at that period, and it is related to them that when they went to church the head of the family always carried his musket on his shoulder to save his family in the event of attack by Indians, who were then numerous and warlike in that region. The Boulware family is of Scotch ancestry, though the date of the coming of the original ancestor to America is not known. Several representatives of the family have risen to positions of prominence, an uncle of the subject of this sketch, for many years a resident of Albany, New York, having been known as one of the most eminent physicians and surgeons of the Empire State. Stephen G., the father of Dr. Boulware, accompanied his parents from Kentucky to Missouri in 1826, in the pioneer days of the State. His father finally settled in Callaway County, near Fulton, where he developed a fine farm, and also preached in Fulton and the vicinity for many years. He died, in 1868, at his daughter's plantation near Georgetown, Kentucky. As indicating his character and the principles which governed him, we transcribe the following rules, which he adopted soon afer his marriage, when quite young, and which he adhered to throughout his life: First, read the Scripture and worship God in the family; second, use regular industry and prudent economy; third, never deal on credit or go in debt, except through unavoidable necessity; fourth, make expenses less than our regular profits; and fifth, keep a regular book of both profits and expenses. Rev. Mr. Boulware was not a voluminous writer, but he published an autobiography, two or three volumes on doctrinal subjects, and a considerable number of sermons. The hardships to which the early settlers of the border Stattes were subjected, and the necessity for their relying upon their own resources to develop their strong, self-reliant natures, made them often men and women of marked mental characteristics. Stephen G. Boulware grew to manhood on his father's farm, married and raised a large family. His son, Dr. Theodrick C. Boulware, was reared at the old homestead and began his education in the common schools in the neighborhood. After his prepatory course he entered Westminster College, a Presbyterian institution at Fulton, where he pursued the scientific course. Upon leaving this school he became a student in the Missouri Medical College at St. Louis, from which he was graduated with the degree of doctor of medicine in 1868. In the same year he located for practice in Walnut Township, Bates County, but one year later removed to Butler, becoming one of the pioneers of that city, where he has remained ever since. At the time Dr. Boulware first opened an office at that point there wre but eight or ten small houses in the town. Deer and other game were abundant in the neighborhood, and he could ride a distance of ten miles on the prairie without passing a single house, for, by the famous "Order No. 11" of General Ewing, all houses in the surrounding country had been burned during the war for the purpose of depriving the Confederate forces of places of refuge. The courthouse in Butler was a small frame building, and the town had no railroad facilities. At that time Butler was the principal station on the stage route between Pleasant Hill and Fort Scott. No roads had been laid out and no bridges spanned any of the numerous streams in that vicinity. Horses were not thought capable of breaking the sod of the raw prairie, and oxen were employed in the work. The doctor relates that he has seen as many as a thousand prairie chickens at one time, while herds of a dozen or fifteen deer were not uncommon. In the fall of 1874 he witnessed the memorable plague of grasshoppers. In the middle of the day they began to descend like snowflakes, literally covering the ground. Everything growing was destroyed in a few hours, and even the bark of trees was eaten. The insects deposited billions of eggs in the ground, and with the amount of warm weather in 1875, the new generation created even greater havoc than the original pests. So general and complete was the devastation resulting from their ravages that the inhabitants of western Missouri were compelled to apply to the outside world for food to keep them from starvation. Even the common weeds were completely destroyed. But the marvelous part of the story is that the destructive visit of these pests was followed by the greatest yield of farm products that this section of hte country has ever known. Upon the outbreak of the Civil War, Dr. Boulware, then a lad of sixteen years and a student in Westminster College, was siezed with the martial fervor so common with boys at that time, and enlisted in the Confederate service. Though his expectations were that the demand for his services would cease at the end of two or three weeks, his services covered a period of four years, or until the close of the war. He at once became a member of the personal escort of General Sterling Price, remaining with that noted commander until the close of the conflict, and witnessing all the campaigns in which he participated. He was never seriously injured, though he had more than one narrow escape from injury or capture. Dr. Boulware has always exhibited a deep interest in matters pertaining to the advancement of his profession. For many years he has been a member of the American Medical Association, the Missouri State Medical Society, of which he has been vice president, the International Association of Railway Surgeons, and the Hodgen Medical Society, of which he has served as president. During the second administration of President Cleveland he was chairman of the local board of pension examiners, and for a long period he has been the local surgeon for the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company. Though a lifelong Democrat, he has never sought or consented to fill public office. Fraternally he is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He was one of the incorporators and is still a director in the Missouri State Bank, and is identified with other interests calculated to promote the welfare of the city of which he has for over thirty years been a prominent and influential citizen. Dr. Boulware's first marriage occurred June 21, 1877, to Nettie Humphrey, a native of Iowa, and a daughter of A.H. Humphrey, for many years a resident of Bates County, Missouri. They had one child, who died in infancy. She died in 1882. October 25, 1887, Dr. Boulware married for his second wife Miss Dixie Ostrom, of St. Louis, formerly a resident of Butler. She died April 26, 1896, leaving one son, John B. Boulware, now a resident of Butler. Though connected with no religious denomination, Dr. Boulware is a man of the highest moral character, and his professional career has been without spot or blemish. Of great liberality of heart, deeply interested in all matters pertaining to the well being of the community in which he has resided so long, he has assisted in the promotion of numerous measures calculated to advance the material welfare of Butler. His record is that of a liberal, broad-minded, upright and useful member of society. (Missouri History Encyclopedia, 1901)
BOWDEN, John H.
Spruce Township - John H. Bowden is among the prominent farmers and stock men of Bates County. He is a native of North Carolina, and was born in Caswell County, February 22, 1830. Benjamin Bowden, his father, was a native of North Carolina, where he grew to manhood and married Miss Anna Combs, also of that state. John H. moved with his father to Missouri in the spring of 1843, and located in Callaway County. He spent his early days on a farm, obtaining his education principally through his own efforts. In the spring of 1850, in company with Captain McCulloch and others, he made the trip overland to California, where they arrived in July. After passing about two years in the gold mines prospecting and mining, he returned to Missouri in the fall of 1852. Mr. Bowden was married in Callaway County, October 11, 1854, to Miss Emarine Wayne, a daughter of John W. Wayne. She is a native of Callaway County, where she was raised and educated. Directly after this event he came to Bates County, purchased land and improved his present farm. He has 700 acres, 400 acres in his home place, all fenced and improved, upon which is a fair house and barn and a good orchard, with 300 apple trees and an abundance of peach, etc. He resides on section 24, and is quite extensively engaged in feeding and handling stock. Mr. and Mrs. Bowden have seven children: Margara R., a teacher in the Butler school; Georgia Ann (now Mrs. William Herrel); Elizabeth W. (now Mrs. John Allison); Susie E., Ella, Charles P. and Emma J. Mr. B. is a member of the M.E. Church and his wife of the Christian Church. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
BOWDEN, William A.
Spruce Township - William A. Bowden, farmer and stock dealer, section 23, was born in Caswell County, North Carolina, June 21, 1828, and was the son of Benjamin and Anna (Combs) Bowden, both natives of North Carolina. William A. moved to Missouri with his parents in 1843, and located in Callaway County. His youth was passed on the farm, and he was educated in the public schools. He was married in Callaway County, May 11, 1853, to Miss Mary A. Chaney, a daughter of John L. Chaney, and who was born in Tennessee. After his marriage he was engaged in wagon making and carpentering in Fulton, Bloomfield and Jefferson City; coming thence to Bates County in the spring of 1868, when he located on land which he had previously bought, in the southern part of the county, and what is now Rockville Township. Here he improved a farm and lived upon it for ten years. In the spring of 1878 he settled on his present farm in Spruce Township. He has 110 acres nearly all fenced, with a fine large house and a good orchard. Mr. Bowden is a supporter of the principles of the Democratic party and has been selected by his party and elected to several positions of honor. He filled the office of assessor of Rockville Township two terms in succession, and also the office of township trustee and treasurer. He was elected justice of the peace of Spruce Township in 1881, and now holds this position. He takes great interest in educational matters, and has held the office of director of his school district for three years. Mr. B. and his wife have four children: James W., now in New Mexico, Walter S., now in Butler, Missouri, in the drug business, Laura Belle and John L. They are members of the Baptist church. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
BOYD, John F.
Mt. Pleasant Township - John F. Boyd is of the firm of Wyatt & Boyd, a lumber establishment of eight years standing, they having a yard at Butler, Appleton City and Rich Hill. They started the first lumber business in Rich Hill when the city was in its infancy. At each of the points named they have an extensive stock connected with their line of trade, and are having an immense patronage in Bates, St. Clair, Hickory and Cedar Counties. They also have at Butler one of the finest planing mills in Southwest Missouri. John F. Boyd, a son of John D. and Carrie boyd, natives of Harrison County, Ohio, was born in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, May 10, 1846. In 1856 his parents moved to McLean County, Illinois, where he grew to manhood. He was educated in the common schools of the vicinity where he resided, engaging in farming till 1864, when he accepted a position as clerk in the mercantile business at Centralia, Illinois. This he continued till 1870, when he came to Butler, where he was interested in different branches of business till he embarked in his present occupation. Mr. Boyd was married November 13, 1872, to Miss Mary Cullar, a native of Virginia. They have three children: Cora C., Eddie E. and Lee S. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
BOYER, Joseph A.
West Point Township - Joseph A. Boyer was born in Centre County, Pennsylvania, September 13, 1830. His father, John Boyer, and also his mother, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Krouse, were natives of Pennsylvania. Joseph is the second of seven children, all of whom are living, four in Illinois, one in Iowa and one in Colorado. In 1847 he moved to Kendall County, Illinois, where he learned the carpenter trade, at which he worked for ten years. In 1859 he came to Bates County, and on September 18 of that year he married Miss Almira Wolley, daughter of Elizabeth Wolley. In 1861 he went to Kansas, where he served at different times in the Home Guards. In 1865 he returned to Bates and secured the tract of land upon which he now lives. He has a farm of 420 acres near the village of West Point. Mr. and Mrs. Boyer have six children: Elizabeth Alice, who was married October 4, 1882, to Edwin Cryder, of Grundy County, Illinois; Rachael Ann, John Lincoln, Jennie Ettie, George W. and Frank Gideon. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
Walnut Township - farmer, section 30, is a native of Somerset County, Pennsylvania, was born May 6, 1846, and is a son of Philip and Mary (Gindlesperge) Boyts, who also came originally from Pennsylvania. The former, who was born in April, 1823, died in March, 1880. He was early taught the blacksmith trade, which he followed in the state of his birth, where also he married the mother of the subject of this sketch, who was born in June, 1823. She is still living. In 1867, Mr. Boyts removed to Bates County, Missouri, settling in Mount Pleasant Township, where he remained until 1880, then going to his present location. He now has a well improved farm, the results of his own industry. He was married, October 3, 1867, to Miss Caroline Lotterer, who was born in Michigan, April 25, 1850. Her parents were George and Harriet Lotterer nee Herrick. The former, born in 1809, came to America from England in 1829. The mother was born in New Jersey. They are now residents of Fort Scott, Kansas. Mr. and Mrs. B. have four children living: Miles A., Ella N., Mary E. and Dennis E. Three are deceased: George, Charles, and Duly. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
Homer Township - D.R. Braden was born in 1845 in Cadiz, Harrison County, Ohio, the native county of his father, William Braden, born in April, 1807, and who was married in Belmont County, Ohio, to Miss Anna Ritchey, who was born there in 1824. They were old pioneers of Bates County, Missouri, and the senior Braden was one of the leading men and among the most enterprising in the county up to the time of his demise, which occurred July 15, 1882. They had a family of seven children: David R., Mary A. (wife of Dr. Leech, of Chicago), Robert L., William F., James B., John P. and an infant. During the late war they were residents of Kansas. The subject of this sketch accompanied his parents to Missouri when fifteen years of age. On the breaking out of the civil war he was notified of having been enrolled in the Confederate Army, but this not being in accordance with his tastes, he enlisted in Company F, Ninth Regiment Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, and served on the border. At the close of the war he returned to his old home and devoted his time to farming and stock raising, and has since remained here, with the exception of a few years, when he was occupied in the sheep trade in New Mexico. In connection with his brother, Robert L., he is now very extensively interested in wool growing, and they rank among the leaders of this enterprise in the county. Mr. D.R. Braden was married, October 25, 1877, to Miss Lizzie Leech, who was born, reared and educated in Harrison County, Ohio. She is the daughter of John and Esther Leech, of the same county. They have two children, Lenora M. and John H. They are members of the United Presbyterian Church. Robert L. Braden, brother of David R., was also born in Harrison County, Ohio, in 1855, but was principally reared in Missouri. He was married, in November, 1875, to Miss Lizzie Robison, a native of Wayne County, Ohio, born in September, 1846, who, with her brother, came to Missouri in 1870. They have three children: Mary, Jennie and Robert M. They are also connected with the United Presbyterian Church. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
Homer Township - David Braden was born in Harrison County, Ohio, in February, 1809, and is a son of David and Margaret Frances Braden, the former of Pennsylvania, and the latter a native of Ireland. Young David was brought up within two and a half miles of the county seat of Harrison County, and upon leaving that vicinity went to McLean County, Illinois, in 1853, living there until 1868 when he came to Bates County, Missouri. In 1836 he was married to Miss Sidney Holliday, also originally from Harrison County, born in December 18180. They had four children: Margaret F., (the wife of Mr. Crawford), David T., Belle (the wife of Dr. Davidson, now a resident of Chicago), and Eliza J., who is deceased. David Braden and his wife are now residing on section 16 with their son David T., who was also born in Harrison County, Ohio, April 19, 1844. His youth and early manhood were passed in Ohio, Illinois and Missouri. August 28, 1873, he married Miss Laura Crawford, a native of Greene County, Ohio, born in 1852. Her parents were Andrew and Mary Crawford and with them she moved to Warren County, Illinois, in 1854, and in 1856 to Washington County, Iowa. In 1870 she came to Missouri. Mr. and Mrs. Braden have four children: Albert, Willie, James and Elmer. Both families are members of the United Presbyterian Church. Mr. B.'s farm contains 160 acres of fine land upon which is a large quantity of coal. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
BRADLEY, James Newton
Prairie Township - James Newton Bradley, farmer and stock dealer, section 3, was born in Scott County, Kentucky, June 12, 1828; his parents being Granville Clifford Scott and Maria (West) Bradley, both of whom were born in the year 1802, the latter in the state of Maryland. James N. spent his youthful days in Missouri, and was educated in the schools of Callaway County. In 1866, he removed to Bates County, and since residing here has served two terms as representative in the state legislature, from 1872 to 1876, and one term as senator, 1878-82. The duties of each of these positions he discharged in a manner which won for him high praise from all parties. During the war Mr. B. served four years as a private under General Price, and upon leaving the army he was a major. He was married, in 1852, to Miss Martha A. Brenham, who died in 1856, leaving one son, Eugene. Mr. Bradley is a member of the Masonic fraternity. He has ever been a leading member of the Democratic party. His present fine farm contains 640 acres of choice land. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
Mt. Pleasant Township - C. Bricker, proprietor of livery, feed and sale stable, was born in Knox County, Ohio, January 18, 1846. At the age of nine years he was taken by the family to Madison County, Ohio, where he was brought up and educated, following from boyhood his present business. In 1865, he removed to Champaign County, Illinois, where he resided for five years, then going to Vermillion County, of that state. After making his home in this vicinity for five years, he came to Butler, Missouri, in 1875, and engaged in the livery business for six months. He gave his attention to the same calling in Shell City, Missouri, until September, 1882, when he returned to Butler, purchasing the stable of T. Berryhill. He immediately opened his present barn, and now has a stock of seventeen excellent horses and eleven buggies, and is doing a good business. He was married, March 15, 1865, to Miss Cordelia Watson. They have four children, George, Alonzo, Leonard and Bert. In 1862, Mr. Bricker enlisted in Company C, 110th Ohio Regiment, serving three years. He was wounded at the battle of the Wilderness in the left shoulder and lower limb, and at Cold Harbor he was wounded in the right leg. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
BRICKER, John N.
Deer Creek Township - John N. Bricker, druggist at Adrian. The subject of this sketch was born in Henry County, Missouri, August 10, 1848, and was the son of William Bricker, a farmer and carpenter by calling, and Sarah (Ainsworth) Bricker, both of whom were natives of Tennessee. John grew up on his father's farm and was educated in the common schools of the county of his birth. In 1867 he engaged in the occupation of a miller, two miles west of Calhoun, which he continued seven years. In 1874 he removed to Bates County where he followed farming two years, after which he went to Crescent Hill and embarked in the drug trade. He remained in business there until 1880 when he came to Adrian. Mr. B. carries a large stock of drugs and enjoys a good patronage. In 1875 he was elected justice of the peace which office he has held until the present time. He is a member of Cresent Hill Lodge, No. 368, A.F. & A.M. He was married to Miss Elizabeth Whitley of Linn County, Missouri, September 25, 1868. They have lost one child, Sallie J., who was born May 30, 1872, and died July 19, 1875. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
Summit Township - Adam Brixner, section 20, is a native of Germany and was born in Wurtemberg January 30, 1826. His father, J. Brixner, and also his mother, whose maiden name was Catherine Mickels, were both born in Wurtemberg. The youth of Adam, from six to fourteen years, was spent in school, where he received a good common education. From the time he was fourteen until twenty-three he was engaged on a farm. In the spring of 1849 he emigrated to the United States, landing at New Orleans in April of that year with his brother and his wife. He then went to Cincinnati, and afterwards located at New Richmond, Ohio, where he learned the cooper's trade, working at the business for two years. Mr. B. was married at New Richmond, May 6, 1851, to Miss Caroline Beiswinger, also a native of Germany. In the fall of 1852 he moved to Aurora, Indiana, where he worked at coopering for four years. Going from there to Patriot, Indiana, in 1856, he carried on a large cooper shop and employed from twenty-five to thirty men. After four years there, in the winter of 1860, he sold out and returned to Aurora, and was occupied in the grocery and whiskey rectifying business, which he continued two years. In the winter of 1862 he went to Lawrenceburg, bought a brewery and operated it four years. In the spring of 1866 he disposed of his Indiana property and moved to Missouri and settled in Bates County, where he bought land and improved his present farm. He has 240 acres of land, with 200 under fence and 180 in cultivation. His orchard contains 300 apple, 150 peach trees and some other fruits. Mr. and Mrs. Brixner have a family of eight children: Amelia, Henry, Rosie, Carrie, Ada, Adam, Adolphus and R. Hayes. Mr. B. is a member of the Odd Fellow's order. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
Born in Madison county, Kentucky, Nov. 14, 1843. Removed to Lincoln county, Kentucky when three years old. Was educated in common schools and a private school of a Presbyterian minister. Removed to Monroe county, Mo., in 1866. Married at Macon City to Miss Kate Burton in 1868. Six children have blessed this union. Removed to Rich Hill, Bates county, Mo., in March, 1882. Clerked in hardware store of J.L. Minor 9 years. Member and Secretary of School Board 9 years; City Collector 6 years; Township Collector 3 years; Secretary Rich Hill Fair Association several years, and was elected County Clerk in 1898, as a Democrat. He is deservedly popular with the people and his party. As evidence of this he lead his ticket by a good strong vote. Mr. Broaddus is a quiet, unassuming gentleman, and is making an efficient County Clerk. (Old Settler's History of Bates Co., Missouri, published by Tathwell & Maxey, Amsterdam, Missouri; copyright 1897)
BROADDUS, Thomas M.
Shawnee Township - Thomas M. Broaddus, teacher and farmer, was born in Madison County, Kentucky, May 21, 1848, and is the son of George W. Broaddus, one of the early Baptist ministers of that portion of Kentucky, who married Elvira Hocker, a descendant of a Maryland family, but born in Madison County, Kentucky. They were the parents of nine children, of whom Thomas is the youngest; six of the entire number are living, all in Madison County, but himself and one sister, Mary A., (the wife of L.C. Haggard). Young Broaddus received a good education, having attended the Georgetown College for some time, but not long enough to entitle him to graduation. After leaving school he entered a store and for four years was engaged in selling goods. In 1870 he embarked in merchandising at Rob Roy, Arkansas, where he continued for three years, then coming to Missouri. He followed the calling of teacher in the public schools of Bates County for two years. June 15, 1875, he was married to Miss Alice R. De Jarnett, daughter of Richard J. De Jarnett. Since that time he has been farming and occasionally teaching school. He has four children: Nicholas C., Richard D., Harriet E. and Claude. Mr. Broaddus is a Democrat in politics, and holds advanced views in regard to prohibition and compulsory education. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
Osage Township - John Brodie, of the firm of Brodie & Ditten, house, carriage and ornamental painters, was born in Scotland, in 1837. He was early apprenticed to learn the painters trade, for seven years, and became proficient in the business in all its branches. In 1857 he emigrated to this country and settled in St. Louis. He returned to Scotland three times, and after coming to America in 1859 he worked in Philadelphia, New York, Chicago and Boston. In May, 1881, he removed to Missouri and started a shop in Rich Hill, where he is doing the leading business in his line in the town. In 1861 he entered the Fourth Missouri Cavalry, and remained in service for three years, two years of his time he was detailed at headquarters as clerk. Mr. Brodie was married in Chicago, in 1864, to Miss Isabella Tate. She was born in Inverness, Capitol Highland, of Scotland. They have three children: Norval Grant, Nellie, and Marshall. He is a Republican, politically, and an honored member of the Knights of Honor. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
Pleasant Gap Township - I.W. Brooks, merchant and stock dealer, and of the firm of Brooks & Mains, Pleasant Gap, was born in Branch County, Michigan, July 3, 1840. His father, Samuel Brooks, was a native of Connecticut, while his mother, whose maiden name was Effie Coolly, came originally from Canada. I.W. grew to manhood in his native county and was educated in the common schools and the Coldwater High School. In August, 1861, he enlisted in Company B., Forty-fourth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, known as the Northwestern Rifle Regiment and served until September, 1864, when he was discharged. He participated in the battles of Pea Ridge, Arkansas, Perryville, Kentucky, and Stone River, Tennessee, where he was wounded through the wrist by a gunshot wound and was in the hospital some eight months. Upon reporting for duty he was acting adjutant at the exchange barracks at Louisville, Kentucky. After his discharge at Springfield, Illinois, Mr. Brooks went to Nashville and was engaged in the grocery and produce business for about eighteen months. He returned to Coldwater, Michigan, in 1866, and was occupied in farming there for about four years. In the fall of 1869 he came to Missouri, located at Pleasant Gap, in Bates County, and embarked in the mercantile business and has since continued it at this point. The present partnership of Brooks & Mains was formed in 1871. Mr. B. was married in April, 1867, to Miss M.A. Tallmage, a daughter of Lewis and Elizabeth Tallmage, of Branch County, Michigan. She was a native of New York and was born in Saratoga, but moved west with her parents and was educated in Branch County. She died August 28, 1877. There are three children by this marriage: Lizzie M., born May 2, 1871; Jay N., born July 27, 1873; and Minnie, born October 4, 1875. Mr. Brooks was married to Miss Kate M. Boyd in May, 1882. She is a daughter of J.D. Boyd and was born in Ohio. Mr. B. is identified with the Republican party and shortly after he settled here he was elected a justice of the peace of Pleasant Gap Township and has held numerous other positions of honor. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
Osage Township - V.W. Brooks, dealer in hardware, stoves and tinware, is a son of W.T. and Elizabeth Brooks, natives of Kentucky, and was born in Clay County, Missouri, January 3, 1860. He received his education in his native county, and in 1874 went to Humboldt County, Kansas, from whicih vicinity he came to Rich Hill in March, 1881. He begain in business in June, 1882, and is now occupying a store on Park Avenue on the east side of the railroad, where he is meeting with good success. Mr. B. was married, February 7, 1882, to Miss Emelia Sick of Ottawa, Kansas. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
BROWN, Edwin Howard
Osage Township - One of the ablest representatives of western enterprise and western successes that Missouri boasts of, is to be found in the person of Edwin Howard Brown, whose name stands at the head of this sketch. Of New England origin, he was transplanted to the west in early youth, when he commenced life with rare self-reliance and a noble ambition, that have been fruitful of good to those with whom his lot was cast, and that have in their development honored him with a place among his fellows worthy of the best intellect and the best directed endeavors. His education and his training have been so distinctively such as belong to the west, that that expansive section may claim the credit of infusing into him the spirit for great enterprises and then furnishing the opportunities for their consummation. He has shown, also, a wise foresight of the drift of events around him, and has been enabled by his rare directing power and ability to perform combinations of men; to make realities and successes of the splendid schemes which he has matured. Edwin H. Brown was born in the state of Maine, August 22, 1833. His father was engaged in mechanical pursuits, and was a prosperous man in his section. The boy enjoyed good educational advantages at home and at school until he reached the age of twelve years. Even at that early and formative age, his mind had laid hold upon the possibilities of the undeveloped west, and he was filled with a desire to make it his home. This wish was gratified, and in the family of a gentleman named Baldwin, at Hudson, Ohio, he spent two years, attending school in winter and working in summer. From Ohio, he removed to Adrian, Michigan, where he enjoyed the advantage of four years' attendance at one of the best schools of the country, paying for the same with his own labor. After leaving school, he spent four years more in Adrian, where, by his industry and economy, he saved a little money, and was then attracted to Des Moines, Iowa, where the fever of land speculation was then reaching its height. Entering into this employment, requiring so much of steadiness and judgment to make it successful, Des Moines became his residence from 1856 to 1858. Later, although that city was his nominal home, his chief labors and activities were carried on elsewhere, and it was not until ten years later that he became a citizen of Missouri, and a worker, and an able one , with the people. At Des Moines, too, in 1867, he was married to Miss Eleanor E. Ayers, an accomplished and superior lady, who has helped him in the achievement of his later successes, and by whom he has five children now living. The excitement which follows the discovery of gold always tempts from older settlements some among the hardiest and boldest of its population, and, in this instance, led Mr. Brown to set out with an expedition to Pike's Peak. Reaching the land of such magnificent promise, he engaged in mining, and met with a fair share of success. He also gained what was more valuable - a fine and vigorous physique - an acquaintance with the products and resources of the western plains, and an intimate knowledge as to what was required in conducting industrial exercises in that section. He also learned the command of men in a society in which public opinion was law of itself, and laid a foundation for the conduct of those broader operations in which he was soon to take the place of a leader. The building of the Union Pacific Railway offered an opportunity which he was quick to take advantage of, and in 1864 he became a contractor upon that great national thoroughfare. Viewed in the light of a preparatory labor, his previous four years spent in the far west was a splendid investment. He worked upon almost the entire line from Omaha to Cheyenne, and even beyond; approved himself as one of the best railroad constructors, and amassed a fortune in his work. Upon the completion of that trans-continental highway, in 1868, he removed with his family from Des Moines to Carthage, Missouri, where he identified himself with a section rich in resources, and much in need of developing industry and enterprise. His practical railway experience, and the knowledge he had gained of the stimulating effects of the iron way, led him to project the Memphis, Carthage and Northwestern Railway and secure a charter for building it; the charter secured, he proceeded at once to build and secure unity of sentiment and action among the people who were to be benefitted. Subscriptions were freely made by counties, corporations and individuals when the financial revulsion of 1873 came, and with it a wide-spread distrust in the profitable future of western railways. The obstacles which Mr. Brown then encountered were serious, but he pushed the enterprise steadily on until, in 1875, the St. Louis and San Francisco road purchased the line and changed its name to the Missouri and Western Railway. Under the management of that great corporation, new life and energy was given to construction, and its extension westward to Wichita, Kansas, made it a portion of the main line of that continental thoroughfare. Meantime the mining interests of Joplin had grown into importance and required railway facilities, and Mr. Brown having closed his connection with the Memphis, Carthage & Northwestern Railway in 1876, proceeded to map out a line from Joplin to Girard, forty miles, and thence connecting with the coal fields of Southern Kansas. For this road also he procured a charter and organized a company, which continued operations for three years, when it was seen to be so clearly a necessary part of the system of the St. Louis & San Francisco Railway, that the latter corporation effected its purchase. He secured the organization of a company of which he was president, for the building of the Lexington & Southern Railway, the charter line extending from Pleasant Hill, in Cass County, to the Arkansas line. This road secured the co-operation of Mr. Gould in its construction, and is now being operated in harmony with the Gould interests. An important feature attending it was the establishing of coal mining interests in Bates County. Mr. Brown organized this company in anticipation of the building of the railway, and became its president. The first car load of coal mined and shipped passed over the road on the 21st of October, 1880. The coal is the finest quality of bituminous coal mined in the Mississippi Valley. These rich coal fields, through the enterprise of Colonel Brown, have been converted into stores of wealth to himself and his associates. In 1881, he inaugurated a minor railway scheme, which is now a feeder of the Missouri Pacific Railway. This is a road from Carthage to Joplin, called the Carthage, Joplin & Short Creek Railroad. Mr. Brown assumed the presidency of this organization. The town of Rich Hill, fostered by a town company of which he is president, has grown up with a population of 5,000 inhabitants. The new life and substantial basis for prosperity that have created a city of such remarkable promise, prove the potency of railway facilities in attaining wealth. Of the men who have brought great good to the west, and substantial growth to Missouri, Edwin H. Brown holds a foremost and honored position. Through his efforts and his genius for combination, Southwestern Missouri now has a network of railways that has brought that portion of the state into such prominence that under less favorable circumstances would have taken generations to accomplish. A man of broad, original views, he wins his way among men by the strength and clearness of the propositions he lays down and the liberality and good nature with which he carries them into effect. Keenly in sympathy with the ambition and desires of those around him, his own high personal qualities make him a leader in their enterprises, and he carries these on to brilliant accomplishment, winning successes for himself and for his friends, by open and honorable methods, that secure the good will and hearty approbation of all who know him. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
Hudson Township - John Brown, farmer and stock raiser, was born in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, June 4, 1833. His parents, John Brown, Sr., and Mary (Fanegan) Brown, were natives of the same state. The subject of this sketch moved with the family to Ohio in 1837 and settled in Hocking County, where they were among the early settlers. He spent his youth on a farm and in his father's mill, also attending the public schools. In the fall of 1862 he enlisted in the 122nd Illinois Volunteer Infantry and served three years, having participated in several important engagements and numerous skirmishes, among which are the battles of Parker's Cross Roads, Tennessee; Tupelo, Mississippi, and Fort Blakely. Previous to the war he had, in 1854, moved to Illinois and located in Morgan County. After his discharge Mr. Brown returned to Illinois, and in the spring of 1866 came to Missouri and located in Bates County, where he bought land and improved the farm on which he now resides. He has 125 acres all fenced, mostly with hedge, and cross-fenced into forty-acre fields. This place is in cultivation, with a comfortable house, barn and outbuildings and a bearing orchard, located in section 21. Mr. B. was married in Cass County, October 14, 1866, to Miss Lizzie Seavers, of Morgan County, Illinois, and a daughter of Jeremiah and Nancy Seavers. She died October 17, 1880. Mr. Brown has a family of four children: Horace E., George L., Albert and L.N. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
BROWN, John W.
Hudson Township - John W. Brown is a native of Maryland, and was born in December, 1813. John Brown, his father, a native of Pennsylvania, born in 1790, married Miss Nancy Bralsford, from the same state. John W. moved to Ohio with his parents in 1817, and located in Muskingum County, being among the first settlers there. He passed his youth on the farm and received a common school education, after which, in 1835, he went to Champaign County. On the 3d of November, 1836, he was married to Miss Elizabeth White, a daughter of Samuel and Mercy White. She was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in 1820. After this event Mr. B. resided in Champaign County for about twenty years. He came to Missouri in February, 1866, and first settled in Henry County, but in one year moved to Bates County, in 1867, where he bought land and improved his farm. He has 270 acres, 160 acres in his home place, all fenced and in fair cultivation, with a fine bearing orchard. This place is located in section 6. Mr. and Mrs. Brown have raised a family of eleven children. Amos A. and Samuel W. both died in the service of their country, in October, 1862. The former was in the Sixty-sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and died in the hospital at Annapolis; Samuel W. a member of the Thirteenth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, died in the hospital at Memphis. Three others are also deceased, Tamar, Joseph N. (who died in October, 1867), and John H., an express manager who was killed in a railroad accident in December, 1880. Those living are Thomas J., Mary A. (now Mrs. M.R. McKinley), James T., Benjamin F., Caroline E. (now Mrs. Clark Wix), and Virena (now Mrs. G.W. Pharis). Mr. and Mrs. Brown are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
BROWN, Judge David V.
Mt. Pleasant Township - The subject of this sketch - a native of Fairfield County, Ohio - was born December 16, 1855, and was the son of William Brown, originally from Ohio, who married Miss Rebecca Wyle of the same state. They had a family of eleven children, of whom David was the eldest. He passed his youthful days in tilling the soil of his birthplace, and for some time attended school, where he received a common English education. In 1864 he removed to Shelby County, Illinois, and it was while resideing here that he was township clerk of Holland Township from 866 to 1868. For the succeeding two years he was a member of the county board of supervisors from that township, and in 1871, he was appointed deputy sheriff of the county. In the spring of 1872, Mr. Brown came to Bates County, Missouri, and continued to farm and teach school until 1880, when the people of the county, recognizing his peculiar fitness for the position, elected him probate judge of Bates. The judge was married on the 27th of March, 1862, to Miss Olive Wilson, who was born in Ohio. They have five children living: Penelope B., Cosbi I., William W., Clara N., and Ollie A. They hold their membership in the United Brethren Church. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
BROWN, Rev. Sanford M.
Mt. Pleasant Township - Rev. Sanford M. Brown, pastor of the Baptist Church at Butler, was born in Yadkin County, North Carolina, July 12, 1856. His parents were Rev. W.G. and Priscilla (Eldridge) Brown, both of whom came originally from North Carolina. Sanford completed his education at the Suphur Springs Academy, North Carolina, and at the same school he took a thorough course of study in theology preparatory to preaching. While there he commenced to preach and continued to do so through the course. In 1876 he accepted a call to the Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, where he remained for three years. He then resigned in order to travel with his brother, Rev. W.J. Brown, of the Baptist Church of Nevada, who resigned his charge on account of poor health. After traveling for about a year his brother returned to Nevada and died October 4, 1881. In March, 1881, the subject of this sketch accepted a call to the Baptist Church in Butler, where he has since been located. He found the church with eighty-seven members, and his zealous labors, with the hearty co-operation of the members, have been richly rewarded by an addition to the church of 143 members. The church is being revived and additions made from time to time under his able ministrations. He is a young man of much originality of thought and great earnestness in his pulpit exercises. His father has been pastor of the same Baptist Church for twenty-six years. He has raised ten children, four of whom have died and three of whom are Baptist preachers: Solomon D., William J. and Sanford M. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
BROWN, Samuel T.
Elkhart Township - Samuel T. Brown was born in Madison County, Illinois, February 25, 1828, his parents being Thomas S. and Adalaide (Gillim) Brown. The former is a native of Illinois, his father having settled in that state in 1800. The mother was born in North Carolina. When our subject was but a few days old she died and he was put in care of his grandfather, with whom he lived in Scott County, Illinois, until the age of eighteen years. Then he began working for himself, first by the month and having acquired a fair education, mainly by home study, he commenced to teach school. At this he has occasionally been engaged ever since. In 1863 Mr. Brown bought a tract of forty acres of land in Piatt County, Illinois, and here improved his first farm. In 1868 he came to Bates County, Missouri, and secured his present home farm consisting of 120 acres in section 19. He has been married three times, his first wife being Miss Mary Ann Keller, to whom he was married in Scott County, Illinois, October 9, 1856. She died May 3, 1861, leaving one child, Eliza Adelaide, who died two years after. Mr. Brown's second marriage was on December 17, 1861, to Miss Margaret P. Conway. Her death occurred in Bates County April 8, 1872. She left three children: Orville T., Elva M. and Elbert D. He was married to Mrs. Mary E. Melsie, widow of James F. Melsie, April 3, 1873. She had one child by a former marriage, Luella J. Melsie. Mr. Brown is Republican in politics, and takes an advanced ground on subjects of education and temperance. He is a member of the M.E. Church. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
BROWN, William G.
Hudson Township - William G. Brown, farmer and stock raiser, was born in Hocking County, Ohio, September 16, 1842. John Brown, his father, was a native of Pennsylvania, and his mother, whose maiden name was Mary Amelia Fanegan, was from the same state. William G. grew to manhood in his native county, his youth being spent on the farm. He attended the common schools for some time and in August 1861, enlisted in Company E, Thirtieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served for three years. He participated in several important engagements and was in the second battle of Bull Run, siege of Vicksburg, battle of Antietam, South Mountain, Jackson, Mississippi, Mission Ridge, and all the fights of the Atlanta campaign. He was mustered out at Jonesboro, September 1, 1864. After being discharged he returned to his home in Ohio. In January, 1866, Mr. Brown came west and located in Bates County, Missouri. He was married here December 20, 1868, to Miss Mary E. Wells, a daughter of Henry M. Wells of Bates County. She is a native of Indiana and was born, raised and educated in Jefferson County. Soon after Mr. B. settled on his present farm in section 21, where he has 210 acres of land with 200 under fence and forty acres in tame grass. The past season he had 100 acres in corn. There is a comfortable house on the farm and also out buildings, and a splendid orchard of about 200 apple and 120 peach trees, mostly fine budded. Mr. Brown is a progressive and thrifty farmer, one of the best in Hudson Township. He and his wife have three children: Ira Merton, born January 26, 1870; Ora Elfie, born September 10, 1872; and Troy F., born January 1, 1882. They have lost one child, Garrie L., who died in October 1880, aged five years. Mr. Brown is a member of the Patrons of Husbandry. His wife belongs to the Cumberland Presbyterian church. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
Shawnee Township - Eli Browning, farmer and stock grower, was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky, May 22, 1830, and is the eldest of fourteen children. His parents were of Kentucky birth. His father was John M.S. Browning, and his mother's maiden name was Octavia Kennedy. Eli was reared on a farm and was educated in the common schools. He married a few months prior to his twenty-first birthday, on February 20, 1851, to Miss Amasetta Thompson, also a native of Kentucky. Soon fter he began to conduct a farm, at which he continued three years, when he removed to Saline County, Missouri, where he continued his farming operations for nine years. Retracing his steps to the home of his youth he purchased a portion of his old home farm. Three years sufficed to satisfy him that Missouri presented superior advantages to the man striving to secure a suitable home, and accordingly he returned to his adopted state and located in Bates County, where he has since resided. His farm consists of 180 acres, of which 160 are in cultivation. Mr. Browning has held the office of justice of the peace in this county and also in Saline. He has had nine children, of whom two, Amelia and Frank, have died. The eldest, John A., is a traveling salesman for a medical house; Richard H. is occupied farming; Eli, Jr., is traveling for Collins Bros., St. Louis; Mary B. is the wife of E.O. Haggard; Katie, William and Amanda. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
Deer Creek Township - J.J. Brumbach, attorney at law, is a representative citizen of Adrian. He was born May 30, 1851, in LaSalle County, Illinois. His father, Joseph Brumbach was a farmer and mechanic by trade, and a native of Virginia. His mother, (formerly Comfort Springstead) came originally from New York. J.J. was the sixth child of ten children. He was reared on the home farm, attending the district schools until 1865, when he taught school one year. He then attended college for two years, and in 1868 graduated at the Detroit Commercial College. The same year he came to Bates County, Missouri, and taught school till August 1869, when he entered the law department of the state university, at Ann Arbor, Michigan, graduating from there in 1872. Returning to Butler, he practiced law for five years. Since that time Mr. B. has been engaged in practicing law and teaching school in the northern part of the county. In 1880 he located in Adrian where he has since resided. He was elected justice of the peace in 1878, and held the office for two years. He is now a notary public. He was deputy county surveyor in Illinois for some years, during vacation. On September 15, 1874, occurred his marriage to Miss Mattie E. Misley, a daughter of William H. Misley. She was born in the state of Illinois, September 15, 1855. They have one child living, William C., born December 12, 1876. Nettie L., who was born November 15, 1879, died December 23, 1879. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
Deer Creek Township - George Brundige, farmer and stock raiser, section 34, was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, October 19, 1842. John Brundige, his father, a native of Ohio, married Miss Mary Kirkwood, of Fairfield County, same state. George was the eldest of six children, two sons and four daughters. He remained on the home farm, receiving his education in the public schools, until sixteen years old, when his father removed to Illinois. He resided with his parents until the spring of 1861, then enlisting in Company C, Seventy-ninth Illinois Infantry. At the battle of Chickamauga he was wounded and was taken to the hospitals at Nashville, Louisville and Quincy. He was sergeant of the company for a time. After the war he returned to Illinois, where he remained until 1869, then coming to Bates County, Missouri. He soon engaged in farming, and now owns a farm containing 320 acres, all in cultivatioin and well improved. This place is near the town of Adrian, which makes it quite valuable. Mr. B. handles a quantity of stock. October 5, 1869, he married Miss Emma Rush, a native of Ohio. They have one son living, John. They lost one child, Aquilla. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
West Boone Township - Reuben Bryant was born in Jackson County, Missouri, June 29, 1857. His parents, Isaac and Annie E. (Edmond) Bryant, settled in Missouri about 1850, having come from Kentucky, their native state. Reuben received a fair education in youth, and took a course in book-keeping at Spalding's Commercial College of Kansas City in 1875. In 1873 he, in partnership with his brother, James M. Bryant, began business at Brosley and continued there until 1879. He then spent three months with Christopher Bros. at Harrisonville, and in the latter part of 1879 he entered into business in Kansas. He sold out at the end of nine months and then traveled for Horner & Bond, of Kansas City, for six months, in Western Kansas. Not liking the commercial business, he entered the firm of Bryant Bros. & McDaniel at Freeman, and in September, 1881, started the branch house at Rosier. Mr. Bryant is a man well liked in this community and is building up a good trade. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
Mt. Pleasant Township - Emil Buchner, of the firm of Buchner & Joseph, manufacturers of cigars, was born in Alsace, Germany, (formerly France), August 19, 1856. His father, George Buchner, came to this country, settling in Quincy, Illinois, about the year 1873. He is still located there, employed at the railroad shops, being a machinist by trade. His wife was formerly Miss Catharine Daul. They had four children, George Adolph, Mary, Leonie and Emil. The three former all grew up and died within three months of each other, with typhoid fever. The subject of this sketch received a good education in Germany, and when sixteen years of age he emigrated to America, locating in Quincy, Illinois. There he learned the cigar making business, at which he worked until the spring of 1882, when he established factory No. 33, Fifth District of Missouri, at Butler, where he is having a good trade. He earned the money himself with which to start in life, and by his straightforward conduct has gained an enviable reputation. The family are all Catholics. Theodore Joseph, junior member of this firm, was born in Quincy, Illinois, in 1858. His father, Stephen Joseph, was born in Baden, Germany, and came to this country in 1844, soon establishing himself in business in Quincy, Illinois. The son learned the cigar trade in Quincy, and removed to Butler in 1882, engaging in business with Emil Buchner, where they are succeeding beyond their expectations. After receiving a common education Mr. Joseph attended teh St. Francis College, from which institution he graduated in 1872, with honor. He is a good business man and an excellent workman and has gained the respect and esteem of all who know him. His parents as well as himself are Catholics. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
Mingo Township - Thomas Buck, farmer, was born in the city of London, England, May 5, 1844, being the seventh in a family of nine children. His father, George Buck, was by occupation a manufacturer of edged tools. His mother's maiden name was Mary Fullagan. Thomas received his educatiion in Kent and also in France, and when about fifteen years old, having a desire to become a sailor, he secured a position on a ship and followed the ocean for two years, visiting all the principal ports of the world. Tiring of a sailor's life and hearing of the wonders of America, he emigrated to New York and obtained a position as shipping clerk with Sweet, Brow & Co., with whom he remained one year. He then worked on a farm and in a factory until 1865, when he moved westward, coming to Bates County in June of that year. The following spring, February 15, 1866, he married Miss Mary Marchall, a native of France. They have since continued to live on a farm, and now have a home on section 35. Their house is a model of taste and neatness, and was built two years ago at a cost of $1,200. The farm contains 900 acres, nearly all under fence and in a fair state of cultivation. There is a vein of good coal underlying the farm, which can be worked to good advantage. Mr. Buck handles about 100 head of cattle and feeds a number of them. He has Poland-China hogs, and takes some interest in keeping the best of stock. He was elected justice of the peace at the last township election. Mr. and Mrs. B. are members of the M.E. Church South. They have seven children: Mary E., Fannie H., Alice M., Royal DeWitt, Annie L., Leon de Lesseps, Louis Dore. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
Osage Township - Robert Buckeridge, of the firm of Buckeridge & Cheverton, proprietors of central meat market, was born in Berkshire, England, January 19, 1848. He was reared in his native country, receiving the advantages of some of the best schools there. When he was eighteen years of age he came to America,, landing at New York, and locating near Cleveland, Ohio, where he remained till the following spring. Then he went to Beloit, Wisconsin, and was engaged in the butchering business till 1871, when he settled in Fort Scott, Kansas. There he followed the same occupation. August 20, 1880, he began business in Rich Hill, and has now the leading meat market in the city. Mr. B. was married April 19, 1875, to Miss Mary L.P. Shrigley, a native of Maryland. They have two children: Robert S. and Ida S. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
Spruce Township - R.N. Bullock, farmer and stock dealer, section 16, is a native of Missouri and was born in Clay County, February 16, 1842. A.L. Bullock, his father, was born in Culpepper County, Virginia, in 1818, while his mother, whose maiden name was Sarah Harrington, came from Clay County, Missouri. The former moved to Missouri in 1836 and located in Clay County, near Kansas City, being one of the pioneers there. He was a tanner by trade and at an early day furnished Kansas City and St. Joseph with all the stock they could use from his tan yard. R.N. Bullock spent his youth on the farm and in the tan yard, having limited opportunities for acquiring an education at the common schools. In 1871 he came from Clay to Bates County where he bought land and improved his present farm. He has seventy-nine acres all improved. He was engaged in the sheep business previous to coming to this county and brought with him a flock of 1,000 head and continued the business until 1874, when he disposed of them, and has since been occupied in dealing in and feeding cattle and hogs. Mr. Bullock was married in Bolivar, Polk County, October 25, 1877, to Miss Sarah Covington, a daughter of William Covington, one of the leading business men of Boliver. She was born and educated in the town where she was married. They have two children: William L., born August 30, 1878, and Maud A., born June 11, 1880. Mr. B. and wife are members of the Christian Church. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
Mt. Pleasant Township - C.F. Burnes, of the firm of Burnes & Co., dealers in dry goods, notions, hats, caps, etc., was born in Coshocton County, Ohio, September 14, 1850. He grew to manhood in that vicinity, and in 1868-69-70, was a student of the Ohio Wesleyan University, located at Delaware. In 1870, he became connected with his father in the dry goods business at Roscoe, which he continued until 1877, when he embarked in milling. To this occupation he gave his attention till 1881, when he came to Butler, Missouri, and for a short time was in the employ of McClintock & Son as clerk. In November, 1881, he was admitted as a member of that firm, the style then becoming McClintock & Burnes, which in August, 1882, was changed to the present firm name of Burnes & Co. The stock of goods is very complete, and the remunerative patronage which they are receiving from the people enables them to conduct a fine store. Mr. Burnes is a member of hte Masonic fraternity. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
Osage Township - Among the prominent merchants of Rich Hill worthy of mention in this history is the subject of this sketch. He commenced business in this city December, 1880; first carrying only a stock of groceries but he has since added most all articles of general merchandise till his store may be classed among the first. He was born in County Perth, Canada, November 13, 1846; his parents, James and Mary Burns, both being natives of Scotland. J.C. was reared and educated in his native country where he received the benefits of the best schools. In May, 1866, he was graduated from Musgrove & Wright's Commercial College of Toronto, and now holds a second-class certificate from the Dominion of Canada which is dated June, 1866. From the time he was fourteen year of age he was taught the mercantile business which he followed principally in Canada till 1870, when he came to Missouri, locating at Seneca. For seven or eight years he was engaged in the tannery business, and after the expiration of this time he went ot Sumner County, Kansas, and one year later he located in Joplin, Missouri, where the grocery business received his attention until he came to Rich Hill. Mr. Burnes is a member of the Masonic fraternity and also of the A.O.U.W. March 16, 1869, he was married to Miss Jane Sebben, also originally of Canada, but of English and Irish parentage. They have two children: Mary J. and James G.E. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
BURROWS, Charles Myron
Pleasant Gap Township - Charles Myron Burrows was born in Exeter, Scott County, Illinois, May 19, 1831, his parents being Stephen and Nancy (Morgan) Burrows. The former was born in Windham, Windham County, Connecticut, June 19, 1792, and the latter in Genesee County, New York, May 14, 1805. Charles spent the early portion of his boyhood in Illinois, and in 1868 he came to Bates County, Missouri, commencing life in this state as a farmer with his brother, William W. Burrows, they locating on forty acres of land in section 34 of this township. From this time on the interest of these brothers was a common one and they were the joint owners of 545 acres. The residence upon this place is a fine one, and with the surroundings presents an attractive appearance to the passer-by. They were also identified as partners in the Butler Lime Works, the style of hte firm being Taggart, Clark & Co. This branch of business, although of recent date, has already yielded a satisfactory return on the capital invested. During the war he entered the Union army in Company D, 129th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry, but was disabled and compelled to return home. He married Miss Jane Ogle, of Illinois, and by this union they had four children: Ida, Charles, Curtis and George. On Monday, November 13, 1882, a more happy family than that of Charles M. Burrows could not be found, surrounded as they were with all the necessaries and many of the luxuries of life, and all in the enjoyment of excellent health. On Tuesday Mr. B. met with a terrible accident by being thrown from his wagon by unmanageable horses, and later he was found by the roadside in an unconscious condition. Upon being carried into a neighbor's house near at hand he lingered for about twenty-four hours, when he expired. The funeral, which occurred on Friday, November 17, 1882, was held from his late residence under the auspices of the A.O.U.W. fraternity, of which order he was a beloved member, the Rev. O. Spencer, of Rich Hill, officiating. The deceased had many friends, who sincerely mourned his untimely death. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)
Pleasant Gap Township - J.D.H. Butler, farmer and stock raiser, section 30, was born in Howard County, Missouri, November 8, 1838. James Butler, his father, was born in Boyle County, Kentucky, and his mother, whose maiden name was Martha Ann Jackman, was also a native of that state. The former was a soldier in the war of 1812. He emigrated to Missouri at an early day, and was one of the pioneers of Howard County. J.D.H. Butler moved to Bates County with his parents in 1855. He spent his youth as a farmer, and was educated in the common schools, and at the breaking out of the war his sympathies being with the Southern cause, he enlisted in the Confederate service in May, 1861, in Peyton's Cavalry, and was, for six months in the state, and afterwards in Colonel Jackman's Infantry Regiment, serving till the close of the war. He took part in the fighting at Lexington, Carthage, Drywood, Jenkins' Ferry, Helena, and Little Rock, and several other minor engagements. After the war he returned to Bates County and resumed farming. Mr. Butler was married here in October, 1868, to Miss Lizzie Allen, a native of Tennessee, and a daughter of Robert Allen, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this work. In the winter of 1874 he came to his present farm, where he has 250 acres, about 160 acres being under fence and fairly improved. He is Democratic in politics, and has been elected to various township offices, and has been a delegate from his township to numerous conventions. He was elected township trustee, and served for three years. He is deputy collector at this time. Mr. and Mrs. Butler have five children: Minnie J., Lucinda, Elijah A., Mary A. and Lizzie. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)