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  Wright County, Missouri

FORMED IN 1841 WITH THE COUNTY SEAT BEING ESTABLISHED AT HARTSVILLE.  WHEN THE "S" WAS DROPPED FROM THE NAME IS UNKNOWN.  IT IS THOUGHT THAT THE TOWN WAS NAMED AFTER HARTSVILLE, TENNESSEE, AS MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLERS PASSED THROUGH THERE ON THEIR WAY TO A NEW TERRITORY AND ALL THE PROMISES THAT IT HELD  FOR A BETTER LIFE.

WRIGHT COUNTY OFFICIALS
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This information is being compiled by Phyllis Rippee from the nine-county
GOODSPEED'S HISTORY, published in 1889; from newspapers published in the county and other sources. If you would like to add a biographical sketch on any Wright County Official, please send it to your page host. This is an on-going project, so please check back from time to time.



1841:             County Judge, Mr. Bilderback
                       County Judge, Jesse Robinett
                       County Judge and Sheriff, John Shields

Between
1841
and
1845:             Presiding Judge, Jesse Robinett
                        Associate Judge, Mr. Bilderback
                        Associate Judge, James McMahan
                        County Clerk, Isom P.Pool
                        Sheriff, John H. Hight

1845:              Presiding Judge, Ratliff B. Palmer (had replaced Robinettwho died)
                        Associate County Judge, Mr. Bilderback
                        Associate County Judge, James McMahan
                        County Clerk, Isom P.Pool**
                        Sheriff, John H. Hight

**21 Nov 1848 The "Springfield Advertiser" shows the Sheriff offering a reward for the return of an Isham P.Pool.  $100 Reward.  Whereas Isham P'Pool, who was committed to jail, at Hartsville, Wright Co. Mo. on the 29th day of October, charged witht the crime of forgery, has broken said jail and escaped from custody on the 4th day of November 1848, I will give to any man who will deliver said Pool to me in Wright Co. Mo. the above reward of one hundred dollars, as soon as I receive him in my custody.  Said Pool is about 45 years old, about five feet nine inches high, fair complexion, blue eyes and light colored hair.  He is getting somewhat gray.--John Shields, Sheriff of Wright County, Missouri.
    From Goodspeed:  In December of 1848, Lawson Butcher and Anderson Watters were indicted for aiding in the escape of Isham P'Pool from the county jail.  An earlied entry by Goodspeed indicates that County Clerk Isham Pool had done something of a serious nature.---Info from Linda Simmons

August 7,
1848:             Presiding Judge, Ratliff Palmer
                       Associate County Judge, William R. Prock
                       Associate County Judge, Wilson Hillhouse
                       Sheriff, John S. Shields
                       County Clerk, James M. Tunnell
                       Deputy Clerk, A. McFarlane Hudson
                       Treasurer, William Franklin
    (August 7, 1848 was the oldest record of the County Court when Goodspeed's history was published.)

December
1848:             County Judge, William R. Prock
                       County Judge, Edward Garner
                       County Judge, Wilson Hillhouse
                       Assessor, William Scott
                       Sheriff, John H. Hight
                       County Clerk, J. M. Tunnell
    (At this meeting, the building of a brick courthouse was authorized.)

1850:             County Judge, William R. Prock
                       County Judge, Edward Garner
                       County Judge, Wilson Hillhouse
                       Assessor, William Scott
                       Sheriff, John H. Hight
                       County Clerk, L. C. Hudson (serving the remainder of Tunnell's term.)

October
1850:             Presiding Judge, William R. Prock
                       Associate County Judge, Samuel Boyd
                       Associate County Judge, Samuel C. Harden

1851:            Clerk of County and Circuit Courts, Dr. H. H. Lea

November
1852:            Same officials, except Sheriff, Arthur Rippee

1853:             County Judge, Ratliff Palmer
                       County Judge, William R. Prock
                       County Judge, Samuel Boyd
                       School Commissioner, Samuel H. Headlee
                       Treasurer, John M. Gorman

November
1854:            County Judge, William R. Prock
                      County Judge, Alvah Goss
                      County Judge, Philip Kincheloe
                      County Clerk, Julian Frazier
                      Sheriff, Arthur Rippee
                      Probate Court Judge, Wilson Hillhouse
                      Treasurer, Edward Garner (replaced Gorman who had  died)

1855:           County Judge, Prock
                     County Judge, Kincheloe
                     County Judge, John H. Hight
                     Treasurer, H. Moody
                     County Clerk, Julian Frazier
                     County Seat Commissioner, H. W. Riley
                     Assessor, C. A. Crain

November
1855:          County Judge, Leonard Crider**
                     County Surveyor, John L. Tate
                     Deputy Sheriff, William P. Garner
          **(Crider took the place of John H. Hight, who was unable to serve out his term)

February
1856:          Treasurer, Isacc W. Sumner**
                     Probate Judge, William R. Prock**
    **(Sumner appointed to replace Edward Garner who had moved from Hartville)
    **(Prock appointed to replace Wilson Hillhouse who died)

August
1856:          Assessor, George W. Sparks
                    Sheriff and Collector, Jesse Young

December
1856:          County Clerk, William P. Garner (succeeded Julian Frazier)

November
1857:           Associate Judge, Carson M. Berry (succeeded Leonard Crider)

January
1858:          County divided into 4 assessment districts.
                     Assessors:  James R. Bowman, Lewis Boyer**, Edward Garner,
                                            J. C. Campbell
         **(Later, John Scott replaced Boyer)

November
1858:           Presiding Judge, William Wood
                     Associate Judge, Abram P.Pool
                     Associate Judge, William J. Whittaker
                     Commissioner of the Seat of Justice, J. L. Tate

January
1860:           County Assessor, George Forkner
                      4 District Assessors: William Moore, Charles A. Crain
                                                               George W. Sparks, Jesse Bruton

November
1860:           Presiding Judge, David H. Crawford
                     Associate Judge, Wood
                     Associate Judge, P.Pool
                     Sheriff, C. F. Haggard
                     County Clerk, John M. Frazier
                     Deputy Clerk, William Nickle
                     Assessor, G. W. Sparks
                     Land Agent, Julian Frazier

    From July 1861 to November 2, 1863 the only County Court business conducted was ordering
    money collected on notes due.

November
1863:           Presiding Judge, Ratliff B. Palmer
                     Associate Judge, William F. Young
                     Associate Judge, Arnet Shields
                     County Clerk, William A. Fly
    This meeting was held in Dr. S. H. Headlee's house on the north side of the square because
     of damage to the courthouse during the battle of Hartville.

May
1864:           Presiding Judge, William Wood
                     Associate Judge, Shields
                     Associate Judge, Young
                     Assessor, Joseph Pyatt
                     Public Administrator, Littleton Freeman
                     County Clerk, Edward Beaumont**
                     Sheriff, John L. Tate
     **(Beaumont appointed to replace Fly who died)

November
1864:           County Clerk, William K. Benton
                      Treasurer, E. Beaumont

 November
1865:            County Judge, William J. Whittaker
                      County Judge, W. F. Young
                      County Judge, William Wood
    Taxes for 1861-62-63 were waived for those who remained here during the war.

1866:  County court met in the old dwelling of John Blain, on the west side of the square, the
             same judges, sheriff and clerk being present.  But in November of that year, sessions
             were resumed in the courthouse.

November
1866:            Sheriff, John Moore
                      County Clerk, Barney Amick

February
1867:           Presiding Judge, James Forrest
                     Associate Judge, Malcolm Hunter
                     Associate Judge, W. F. Young
                     Sheriff, Samuel Coday, Jr.
                     Treasurer, Edward Beaumont

April
1867:          County Attorney, W. S. Pope (by appointment)
                     County Seat Commissioner, Noah N. Nichols

    May 1867--County Court orders all money in the treasury, including the permanent school
    fund, be appropriated to use for Courthouse repairs. This amounted to $3,000.

    May 1869--Eli Burney petitioned the Court to discharge him from his liability on Sheriff
    Coday's $20,000 bond.

July 26,
1869:           Sheriff and Collector, W. J. Whittaker**
                      Treasurer, J. C. Robinson
    (Sheriff Coday could not present a $20,000 bond.  Office was declared vacant and
     Whittaker appointed)

   August 30, 1869--Edward Beaumont, contractor, reports Courthouse repairs completed.

1870:            County Judge, Forrest
                       County Judge, Robinett
                       County Judge, Hunter
                       Assessor, Andrew Ross

January
1871:           Presiding Judge, William Wood
                     Associate Judge, J. H. Robinett
                     Associate Judge, Malcolm Hunter
                     Sheriff, M. D. Gorman
                     County Clerk, Barney Amick
                     Treasurer, James Beaumont

April
1871:           Presiding Judge, James Forrest (replaced Wood)

   November 1871--new jail accepted from the contractor

January
1872:           Presiding Judge, W. J. Whittaker
                     Assoicate Judge, Hunter
                     Associate Judge, Robinett
                     County Attorney,  John M. Frazier**
   **(appointed after discussion of the legality John S. Pope's appointment led to the office
        being declared vacant)

1873:           County Judge, J. A. Pyatt
                     County Judge, Hunter
                     County Judge, Whittaker
                     Assessor, John C. Crockett

1874:           Treasurer, N. B. Gaines
                     Collector, A. P.Pool

1875:           Presiding Judge, John Royster
                     Associate Judge, William Young
                     Assoicate Judge, J. A. Pyatt
                     Sheriff, J. W. Hensley
                     County Clerk, James Forrest
                     Treasurer, N. N. Nichols
                     Road Commissioner, J. L. Tate
                     Assessor, J. C. Crockett
                     Collector, A. P.Pool


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