Holt County, MO Biography

John W. STOKES is the only attorney at Craig. He is a native of Caroline Co., Maryland and was born June 25, 1839. His ancestors were old residents of Virginia before moving to Maryland. With his father, Mr. STOKES moved in 1846 to Bethel, Morgan Co., Ill. where he received his education in the public schools. In 1858 he moved to Meredosia and served several years as constable and deputy sheriff. He married Sarah H. PARKER of Morgan Co. in 1859.
When the Civil War began, he entered the United States secret service. He entered this service in 1862 and was so occupied until Feb., 1865 when he was commissioned captain of company K, recruited for the 28th Illinois Volunteers. His company was sent to Mobile and joined the regiment at Spanish Fort near that city. When the war ended, the regiment was sent to Texas to be stationed on the Mexican frontier. He was discharged on April 6, 1866 and, in 1867, became a resident of Mo. He located in St. Louis Co. where he traded stock. In 1869, he came to Holt Co. and farmed in Lincoln township for 2 or 3 years. He then decided to pursue his interest in the law profession, having studied in his young years with John L. McCONNELL of Jacksonville, Ill. He afterward studied with the Hon. I. J. KETCHUM, also of Jacksonville, until the outbreak of the Civil War put a stop to his plans. He completed his law requirements in Holt Co. and in 1872 was admitted to the Holt Co. bar by Judge PIKE. He has been successful as a lawyer and has been connected with many important criminal cases.
He has been affiliated in politics with the Democrat party and has been active in campaigns for his party in Holt Co. He was a candidate for prosecuting attorney in the 1874 election, but, the county being overwhelmingly Republican, the other candidate won.


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