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Bates County Biographies


Osage Township - John D. Orcutt is a member of the firm J.F. Boyd & Co., dealers in lumber, was born in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania, July 10, 1857. His father, Orren DeWitt Orcutt, who was a native of New York, married Miss Lydia Cook, originally from Pennsylvania. In 1865 the family of Orren DeWitt Orcutt came to Missouri and located in Lewis County, where J.D. was reared and educated. He was principally occupied in teaching school there till 1878, when he came to Bates County, where he also continued the same occupation till February, 1880, when he began work in the lumber yard of Wyatt & Boyd, of Butler. In August, 1882, he became a partner in the establishment at this city, though he had moved to Rich Hill in June, 1880. On the third day of July, 1881, Mr. Orcutt was married to Miss M. Nichols, a native of Missouri. Mr. O. belongs to the I.O.O.F. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)

OREAR, Elias

Summit Township - Elias Orear was born in Montgomery County, Kentucky, near Mount Sterling, March 19, 1831. Marcus Orear, his father, was a native of the same county, while his mother, formerly Eda Gardner, was from Clark County. Elias moved with his parents to Indiana in 1836 and located in Owen County, where they bought land and improved a farm. He spent his youth on his father's farm and attended the common schools, where he was educated. He was married in Montgomery County, Indiana, February 14, 1856, to Miss Elizabeth Brush, a daughter of James Brush and a native of the county where she was married. Some time after Mr. Orear lived in Boone County for two years, when he returned to Owen County, settling at Quincy, where he went to work at the blacksmith business, which trade he learned when a young man. He followed this occupation for about five years, retraced his steps to Boone County and farmed for two or three years. Mrs. Orear died here in February, 1842. Mr. O. married his present wife, Miss Luticia A. Brannock, in Boone County in January, 1843. She was a daughter of Henry and Sarah Brannock and is a native of Kentucky. In the fall of 1868 the subject of this sketch moved to Missouri and located in Bates County. Here he bought land in Summit Township and improved his present farm, where he has 251 acres of land, 180 fenced, with fair improvements and a good bearing young orchard. He resides on section 30. Mr. Orear has four children by his first wife: Sarah B. (wife of Charles Garwood), Fletchery Y., Adolphus H. and Preston A. By his last marriage there are six: May C., Lelia J., Marcus H., Eda E., Joseph E. and Robert S. Mr. Orear and his wife are members of the M.E. Church South. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)

OWEN, Andrew B.
Grand River Township - Andrew B. Owen, farmer and stock grower, is the eldest of a family of eight children, of whom two brothers, James C. and Crayton, Jr., and three sisters, Annie Belle, Amanda M. and Dollie Lee, are living. His father, Crayton Owen, is a native of Clark County, Kentucky, and came to Missouri in 1853. His mother's maiden name was Elizabeth Haggard, a native of Missouri. They settled in Bates County, and here the family were born and reared. Andrew was born September 18, 1856. He grew up on his father's farm and has been an agriculturist all his life. His education was acquired in the schools of this county. He was married December 18, 1879, to Miss Edna F. Reeder, daughter of Joseph Reeder, also a native of Bates County, she having been born here in May, 1863. They are members of the Christian Church and he is a Mason, holding his membership at Altona. Mr. Owen has a farm of 550 acres on section 23, the same being admirably adapted to stock growing, to which his attention is directed. He has about fifty head of cattle, one hundred head of hogs, one hundred head of sheep and about fifteen head of horses. Though quite a young man, he is well situated in life and bids fair to be one of the best farmers of the country. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)

OWEN, Mastin V.
Grand River Township - Mastin V. Owen, farmer and stock raiser, is the yougest of a family consisting of three boys and two girls, children of Martin B. and Jane (Haggard) Owen, who were natives of Kentucky, and who resided for a time in Davis County, where Martin was also born. When about thirteen years of age he came with his parents to Bates County, Missouri, here being reared and educated. He enlisted in June, 1861, in Captain Moore's company, and was attached to General Shelby's brigade. He was in the battles of Lone Jack, Pea Ridge, Helena and Lexington, but left the army previous to the close of the war. After the war he went to Texas and handled stock for several months. Returning to Missouri he remained but a short time, and then visited Kentucky, where he farmed for nearly two years. Coming back to Bates County, he has resided here ever since. He lives on section 24 and has a farm of 800 acres bordering on Grand River. He has built a fine country residence, quite recently, at a cost of $2,000. His farm is well improved and well adapted to stock raising, to which he devotes considerable attention. He has about 100 head of cattle at present and about the same number of hogs, with over 300 sheep of the Cotswold breed. Mr. Owen was married, December 27, 1880, to Miss Emma D. Porter, daughter of D.C. Porter. She was born in Kansas, December 25, 1862. They are members of the Baptist Church. Mr. Owen is recognized as a leading business man by his neighbors, and has been twice elected township trustee. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)