Holt County, MO Biography
Mr. W. H. POYNTER, one of the substantial farmers of Forbes
township, was born in Barren County, KY on Dec. 27, 1824. His
grandfather, William POYNTER, emigrated from North Carolina to
Garrett County, KY near where the town of Stamford now stands.
Mr. W. H. POYNTER'S father was James POYNTER and his mother's
maiden name was Ruth ALDERSON. When he was age 2, the family moved
to Hart County, KY where he was principally raised and educated
in the common subscription schools.
On Jan. 13, 1850, he married Frances H. ASBURY of Green County,
KY. He farmed in Hart County for 8 years, then moved to Holt Co.,
Mo. He first rented land, then settled on the farm he now owns
and occupies on Section 9, Township 59, Range 37 (about 3 miles
north of Forbes). He has 150 acres of land with substantial improvements.
His first wife died in 1862; he re-married in 1863 to Elizabeth
VAUGHAN of Holt Co. She is the daughter of John VAUGHAN and was
born in Rappahannock County, Virginia, and came to Holt Co. in
1854. Mr. POYNTER has 5 children.
He was originally a Whig, but now supports the Democrat party.
On Feb. 4, 1864 he enlisted in the 9th Missouri Calvary in the
Federal army and was orderly sergeant of Company C. He served
in North Missouri and was mustered out July 13, 1865 after the
war ended. He was once taken prisoner by the rebel Gen. Jeff.
Thompson, but was shortly afterward paroled. He has since lived
peaceably and comfortably on his farm.