Wright County, Missouri

1850 Census plus Annotations
Transcribed/Annotated/Copyrighted by Gloria Bogart Carter

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CASKEY, Joseph H.  65  m  SC  bks   b 1785 Chester Co SC s/o John CASKEY b 1750 Ireland & Esther (?); J.H. d 15 Apr 1853 bur Mtn Dale Cem Webster Co MO; m 16 Jan 1817 Williamson Co TN to:
    Catharine      53  f  TN       “Caty” nee: SCOBY;  b 1797   d 16 Nov 1876 bur Mtn Dale Cem near Seymour MO; 1860 Webster Co MO in son John's household.
    Elizabeth      19  f  TN  sch   m John PEARSON s/o Jeremiah PEARSON & 2nd wife Mary TAGGART; 1860 Webster Co MO;  no children; See #20-20 Wright Co MO 1850.
    Nancy          16  f  TN  sch
    Elenor         12  f  TN
    Manerva        09  f  TN  sch
    Joseph         06  m  MO
    Mary           10  f  TN
    John S.        25  m  TN  bks    m 22 Apr 1855 Webster Co MO to Lucinda PEARSON d/o Jeremiah PEARSON & 2nd wife Mary TAGGART, see #20-20 Wright Co
MO 1850;

           John S. CASKEY Blacksmith and Bellmaker.
   He was born 11 March 1822 in Williamson County, TN, s/o Joseph H.CASKEY and Catherine “Caty” SCOBY who married on 16 Jan 1817 in Williamson Co TN.  Joseph H. was born in 1785 Chester Co, SC, to John CASKEY born in 1750 in Balleymoney, Ireland, died 5 Dec 1785 in Rocky Creek, Chester Co SC, married Esther (?) about 1769 in Ballymoney. They with one child, arrived Port Charleston in 1772.  His will recorded in Kershaw Parish SC names wife Esther, daughters Ezebell, and Mary and sons John, Robert, Thomas, and Joseph H., January court 1797. Esther remarried to a Mr. GRAHAM.
   Joseph H. CASKEY died 15 April 1853.  Caty SCOBY CASKEY was born 1797 in TN, died 16 Nov 1876 in Webster Co MO.  She is buried beside Joseph and near John S. and Lucinda,in Mountain Dale “Lick Skillet” Cemetery, near Seymour.
   John S. CASKEY followed the trade of his father and ancestors as a
blacksmith and bellmaker.  They set up their forge at Mountain Dale about1846.  He would make up a wagon load of bells of all sizes, drawn by oxen, he would haul them all around the Ozarks area to sell.
   In 1886 he made a trip to Eureka Springs, AR and on the old Harrison Road,was ambushed, killed and robbed.  Legend is that a farmer said he heard his dogs carrying-on all night, next morning he set out to see what it was  that had them disturbed, and found the wagon, the cash-box was broken open and the cash gone.  The dogs led him to a brush pile where the (yet unknown) culprit had tried to hide the body.
   Family members set out on horseback, some returned with the wagon, bearingMr. CASKEY’S remains, traveling in the blowing snow, back to Lick Skillet; while others rode for several days in the Arkansas area hoping to catch up to the killer, but never found him.
  John S. CASKEY married on 22 April 1855 in Webster Co MO, newly formed from Wright and Greene Co., to Lucinda PEARSON, d/o Jeremiah PEARSON and 2nd wife, Mary TAGGART.  Lucinda was born in Nov 1833 and died in 1899.  They had nine children.  Their youngest son, Bill CASKEY, carried on the blacksmithing trade and had a shop in Seymour.  They say while shoeing a horse he would whistle “Turkey in the Straw” and drive the nails to the rhythm.
   A daughter, Isabelle “Belle” was born 16 June 1860 at Mountain Dale,
married John Henry CARTER 29 Dec 1878 at Thornfield, Ozark Co MO.
When the Liberty Bell was cast the third time, the CASKEY brothers from
SC were called upon to do the job as they were noted for their knowledge ofthe acoustics of bells.



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PEARSON, Jeremiah   63  m  MD  fmr   scout and pioneer; d 1857.
    Mary           44  f  TN        nee: TAGGART, his 2nd wife.
    Joel (M.)      22  m  MO  fmr  Joel Hughes PIERSON  m 27 Jun 1852  Greene Co MO to Mary Jane GOOD d/o David GOOD and Martha Ann  BROYLES; 1860Wright Co MO #5;  He d 6 Nov 1864, at Lebanon, Laclede Co MO; Probate Wright Co MO 12 Feb 1866  d intestate, Admr. James KELLEY.  Sec. David YOUNG and Archable YOUNG.
    John (T.)      20  m  MO  fmr  m Elizabeth CASKEY d/o Joseph CASKEY and Catharine SCOBY; They had no children.
    Lucinda        17  f  MO  sch   Lucinda Jane b 3 Nov 1833 d 1900 bur Mountain Dale Cem north of Seymour, MO on Hwy C, on west side of road out in a  field, near the jct of Hwy C and V; m 22 Apr 1855  Webster Co MO to John S. CASKEY, see #19-19 Wright Co MO 1850;  1860 Webster Co MO.
    Mary (Ann)     15  f  MO  sch   b 30 Jan 1835 d 27 Oct 1908  bur Taylor Cem Webster Co MO; m  on 11 Mar 1858 Webster Co MO to John GOOD  s/o David GOOD and Martha Ann BROYLES;  Mary Ann was a mid-wife and was called on all hours of the day and night, she rode horseback and had a very good race type stallion, one time a panther chased her and was leaping toward her in the saddle  when she took the homespun wool shawl from around her shouldersand flung it over the panther,  next morning they returned to the area and over in the bushes the panther had  ripped the shawl to shreads.   A near escape for Mary.  John T. GOOD served with CO B 8 MO CAV, see #1759 Greene Co MO 1850 for GOOD.
    Rachel         13  f  MO  sch   b 23 Apr 1836 d 26 Aug 1881; She 1st m as 2nd w/o John DURHAM, d in the Civil War; 8 MO CAV Webster Co MO; John 1st m  Mary (?), they had a  son Thomas b 1859; 2nd m on 20 Nov 1864 Webster Co MO to Allen GRAVES b 25 Dec 1837 d 9 Mar 1915, both bur Taylor
Cem Webster Co MO.
    Isaac          09  m  MO  sch   lived in Webster Co MO for many years.  He was in the 49th  Infantry of the MO Volunteers in the Civil War.  His discharge papers state that he was 5’6”, had black hair, and a dark complexion.  He was 23 at the time of his discharge.  In 1870 Webster Co MO Isaac is 27 and his wife is Rosella  28  MO, with  dau Lucy 07 MO and sons Robert 04  MO and  Dobson  B.  01 MO: Isaac Pierson then  married to Narcissus  (3/4  Cherokee).  They had a son, Carlos Edward, born in Missouri in 1877. He married a Susan Chandler (born in Arkansas in 1877) and they had a son, Herbert, born in 1901 in Arkansas. Herbert married Effie Ervin (born in Arkansas in 1902) and they had a son, Thomas.
    Elizabeth      07  f  MO        b 1843; m 23 Jul 1865 Webster Co MO to James L. LANGDON 1860 Webster Co MO
    Elenor         05  f  MO         b 1845; m Sam YOUNG.
    James (F.)     03  m  MO        b 7 Dec 1847 d 24 Dec 1935; he ran a mill in Hartville, following the trade of his family; he m  ca 1868 to Lavina Jane YOUNG b 17 May 1844 d  11 Feb 1924, both bur Pleasant Hill Cem west of Hartville on Hwy 38; Lavina was d/o James YOUNG and Rhoda CORNETT, see #79 Wright Co MO 1850.

                        JEREMIAH PEARSON
His name is among those who were early emigrants into the Missouri area.
Their names are mentioned in Schoolcrafts’ Journal of a Tour in Missouri
and Arkansas, 1818-1819.   Jeremiah was a scout, he had backbone and the
spirit for survival.   Schoolcraft and his group camped about one half mile northeast of the confluence of Pearson Creek and the James River.  A
historical marker designates this place as one of the oldest recorded events in Greene County, MO.  Perhaps at this time, Jeremiah decided this was his “Promised Land”.   About 1822 he had obtained permission from the
Delaware Indians to build his mill, one of the very first mills in all ofSouthwest Missouri.  He settled on 161 acres in Section 5 of Township 29 in Range 20, near a large spring.  The waters from this spring forms the creekthat bears his name, the sign reads “PIERSON CREEK”.  The land patent number was 4035.  He sold this land, in 1834, to Josiah F. DANFORTH.
He was always on the move and scouting new areas, he was enumerated on
the 1830 Madison County MO census;  1833 Greene County MO Tax List
and Court Minutes; 1840 finds him on both Madison Co and Pulaski Co MO;
1850 he appears on the Wright Co MO census, this part later became WebsterCo MO in 1855.
Jeremiah first married on 2 January 1811, in Ross Co Ohio, to Susannah
LANTZ born 13 Sep 1786 in NJ, where her parents, George LANTZ and Ann
(?) resided before moving to Hocking Valley in Ohio in 1809, where they
resided in Athens Co.
Jeremiah and Susannah had one son and two daughters.
After Susannah’s death, legend is that Jeremiah took a Delaware bride in aceremony held at the Natural Well (now Springfield, Greene Co MO).
The Delawares were removed from this area in 1829.
Between 1823 and 1825 a man named TAGGART settled just south of the
mouth of Pearson Creek.  Tradition is that Jeremiah took as his wife, MaryTAGGART, nearly 20 years younger than he. They had four sons and six
daughters.   Jeremiah was left a widower in 1850.  In 1854 he married againto another Mary (her surname is yet unknown).  The divorce papers state they separated about April 1855, and the divorce granted in October 1856.
Jeremiah died in Nov 1857.  The inventory of his estate is quite lengthy, on file in Webster County MO Courthouse.  It is believed Jeremiah and Mary (TAGGART) PEARSON are buried on his Webster County land, his patent
#8085 dated 3 Apr 1848, was signed by James K. Polk, President of the
United States, contains 160 acres in the E1/2 of the SE1/4 of Section 23 and the W1/2 of the SW1/4 of Section 24 in Township 29 Range 17.
Levi PEARSON, a brother to Jeremiah, married Nancy LANTZ, a sister to
Susannah,  another sister, Elizabeth LANTZ, married Jesse H. SANDERS.
In 1818 these three young couples, along with the George LANTZ family,
removed to Madison and Marion County Arkansas and Ozark County
Missouri area.



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SLATE, John A.    63  m  VA  fmr   1860 Webster Co MO; 1st wife yet unknown, had 2 sons & 1 dau Harriet b 1837 came to MO with her father; John A. was in Henry Co TN by 1830 and 2nd m there on 10 Sep 1838 to:
    Fanny         38  f  TN        nee: Frances HAMBLIN; d/o Henry HAMBLIN & Louisa (?); no known burial place for John A. & Fanny.
    Harriett      18  f  TN       1860 Ozark Co MO #230 w/Harrison SMITH household.
    Chesterfield  10  m  TN       Henry C. b  1 Mar 1840 Henry Co TN d 8 Jan 1917 Mansfield, Wright Co MO bur Crane Cem near Mansfield; he m 24 Dec 1865 Webster Co MO to Sarah Elizabeth RHODES b 1 Feb 1841 Pulaski Co MO d 2 Feb 1929 Douglas Co MO bur Crane Cem., d/o Wm. RHODES & Elizabeth (?)  SEE # 42 Wright Co MO 1850.
    Elizabeth     07  f  MO
    Franklin      05  m  MO       Joseph F. b 20 May 1845 Wright Co MO d 6 Jan 1932 Jasper Co MO; m 9 Sep 1866 Webster Co MO to Adaline STAFFORD.
    Hester (Ann)  01  f  MO       m 22 Mar 1874 Webster Co MO to A.H. HURST.


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DILLARD, Samuel    39  m  KY  fmr
    Elizabeth    43  f  TN        d/o Stephen JULIAN & Sarah BIRAM, see #14 Wright Co MO 1850.
    Analiza      16  f  TN        m 4 Mar 1851 to James C REED see 1850 Wright Co #29; went to Oregon in 1853.
    Stephen R.   15  m  TN  fmr
    Rufus        10  m  MO
    William      07  m  TN
    Sarah        04  f  MO


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SIVILS, Spyvey  24  m  KY     Spyvey P.; 1860 Webster Co MO.
    Margaret    24  f  KY    Margaret A. b 21 Mar 1821 d 10 Apr 1866 bur Seymour Cem.
    Martha (F.) 04  f  MO     b 12 May 1846 d 9 May 1909; m 7 Apr 1867 Webster Co MO to Joseph S. CARRICK b 21 Jan 1848 d 30 Oct 1918 both bur Seymour Cem.; 1870  Webster Co MO they have four of Margaret’s siblings with them.
    John W.     01  m  MO


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ALEXANDER, James  64  m  VA  fmr   m 1808 Maury Co TN to Matilda KILPATRICK, d/o J.(Joseph or Joshua) KILPATRICK a Rev. Soldier.
    Erisaney      25  f  TN        d/o James ALEXANDER & Matilda KILPATRICK.


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ALEXANDER, George (W.)  23  m  TN  fmr   1860 Howell Co MO;  b ca 1824 Maury Co TN, s/o James ALEXANDER & Matilda KILPATRICK;  Geo. W.  2nd m  Hazelwood in Wright Co MO to Mary Ann BRIGGS. Geo. W.  served with MO VOLS; he d 8 Jan 1874 in the Boston Mtns, AR; family returned to Howell Co MO.
    Eliza (Ann)         23  f  TN        nee: BAKER;  1st w/o George;
d 1854 at birth of son James Andrew ALEXANDER.
    Elizabeth           03  f  MO
    Nancy               02  f  MO
    R.M.              6/12  m  MO


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BARNARD, Zedakiah 27  m  TN  clk   m 28 Jan 1847 Greene Co MO.
    Sarah         27  m  TN        Sarah  Narcissus   nee: CLIFTON.
    Frances       02  f  MO
    Mary       10/12  f  MO


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McCLURG, Joseph W.  33  m  MO  mer   1860 Camden Co MO; m 18 Oct 1841 Washington Co MO
    Mary C.         30  f  VA       nee: JOHNSTON, d/o of John JOHNSTON;
    William         07  m  MO        died young.
    Mary (E.)       05  f  MO       m in Jan 1863 to M.W. JOHNSON, moved to Laclede Co MO in 1877.
    Frances         04  f  MO        Fanny m C.C. DRAPER of Lebanon, Laclede Co MO.
    Joseph (E.)     02  m  MO       resided in the Dakota’s.
MASEY, N.A.         40  m  KY  stk

JOSEPH W. McCLURG was b 22 Feb 1818 near Lebanon, MO, s/o Joseph McCLURG and Mary BROTHERTON.  He was orphaned at an early age and reared by relatives in Pittsburg.  He attended schools in Ohio, studied
a short time for the ministry, taught school in Louisiana and Mississippi, moved to Texas, studied law and was admitted to the bar in Columbus, Texas. He served as clerk of the Circuit Court there.  In 1840 McCLURG returned to Missouri where he opened a general store in Linn Creek.  He was Deputy Sheriff of St Louis County, which stretched half-way across the state then, went to California in the gold rush and returned in 1852 to open both a wholesale and retail business at Linn Creek.  His “Big Store on the Osage” became the  chief trading point for southwest Missouri because the business extended into Kansas, Arkansas and the Indian Territory.  He joined the Union Army when the War Between the States started, organized, equipped and commanded the Osage Regt MO VOL and the Hickory Co Battalion.  He supplied camp utensils, lead and powder from his store valued at $6,000 and wrote off $4,000 as a loss.  Mrs. McCLURG had inherited several slaves upon their marriage and when the war started McCLURG moved to liberate them.
In 1862 he was elected to Congress from a ten-county district that includedJefferson City, Sedalia, Harrisonville, Butler, Nevada and Osceola. In his first term he voted for the abolition of slavery.  He was re-elected twice and resigned in his third term to seek the governorship, which he won by defeating John S. PHELPS by a vote of 82,107 to 62,780, PHELPS was elected governor in 1876.  During McCLURG’S administration the 15th amendment was ratified, the School of Mines established at Rolla, the College of Agriculture established at the University of Missouri, and the State Colleges added at Kirksville and Warrensburg.  He also reduced the public debt during his term, which was described as “plain, careful, conscientious, unostentations and business-like-radical in name only”.
Mary C., his wife, died in Dec 1861, leaving him with 8 small children.
When McCLURG came up for re-election, he was defeated by B. Gratz
BROWN.  He returned to Linn Creek and resumed his mercantile business,
engaged in some steamboating and lead mining and was appointed register of the Springfield Land Office in 1889 which he held until 1893.
He died 2 Dec 1900 at the home of a daughter.  While Govenor, he signed the pardon for Charles Mathias PRIESTER.  Mary C.’s mother, Frances Ann (?) JOHNSTON 2nd married Wm. D. “Pop” MURPHY.



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FREEMAN, B.D.   45  m  TN  fmr   (Bazzle Davis) 1860 Webster Co MO. b 4 Dec 1804 Roane Co TN s/o John FREEMAN & Susan Ann “Sucky” DAVIS;  B.D.  d 26 May 1885 bur in FREEMAN  Cem north of Seymour on Hwy C about 1 mile and right on AB  about ¾ mile, left at first road go about 1&1/2 mile, at curve the graves are to the southeast in a chicken yard. M 26 Jul 1827 Roane Co TN to
    Elizabeth   44  f  VA        1st w/o B.D., nee: FORTSON, d/o Stephen FORTSON & Elizabeth (?); Bazzle Davis FREEMAN 2nd m  Sarah E. (?) BURKS. In 1880 he is 75 and she is 49.
    William     22  m  TN  fmr
    Emely       19  f  TN
    John        17  m  TN  fmr   m 24 Dec 1865 Webster Co MO to Elizabeth C. d/o Lorenzo AMICK & Cyntha BURROW and wid/o Abraham McMAHAN.
    James       15  m  TN        m 31 Jul 1866 Webster Co MO to Martha Matilda GALLAHER; they moved to Cook Co Texas; James d at Marietta, Indian Territory.
    Mary        13  f  TN        m 17 May 1860 to Jesse M. COX; d 18 Nov 1914 at Springfield, MO.
    Susannah    11  f  TN        b 16 Dec 1839 d 6 Aug 1896; m Alex J. YOUNG.
    Elizabeth   09  f  TN        b 5 May 1842 d Feb 1920; m Wesley D. DAVIS.
    Stephen     07  m  TN
    Adaline     05  f  TN      m Charles GALLAHER s/o Jas. GALLAHER & Isabel (?).
    Dobson B. 5/12  m  MO      d 1850.


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FOSTER, Jessee (F.)    36  m  NC  fmr  b 30 Oct 1812 d 14 May 1887
bur Trimble Cem Webster Co MO; 1860 Webster Co MO;
    Huldah (E.)        37  f  SC       nee: ENGLAND or RHOME.
    John               08  m  TN  sch
    Thomas             01  m  MO
READ, (REED) James C.  22  m  TN  fmr   b 1828 Knox Co TN; m 4 Mar
1851 Wright Co MO to Eliza DILLARD d/o Samuel DILLARD & Elizabeth JULIAN see #22 Wright Co MO 1850; arrived Lane Co Oregon in 1853.


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BIRDSONG, Henry   81  m   NC
    Sarah         75  f   VA       nee: ROUNTREE.
ERBY, Louisa      11  f   KY


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COMMINS (CUMMINS), John  43  m  MO  fmr   1840 Pulaski Co MO; 1860
Webster Co MO; a Methodist preacher; m 19 Nov 1831 to
    Rabeca               38  f  TN        nee: ROPER, d/o John ROPER
& Nancy (LORD?), see # 32-32 Wright Co MO 1850; d 19 Nov 1851; John CUMMINS 2nd m 21 Feb 1865 Webster Co MO to Catherine BLANKENSHIP, 1860 Webster Co MO d/o Robert BLANKENSHIP.
    Drucilla            14  f  MO  sch   m 13 Mar 1856 Webster Co MO to Robert B. PURYER.
    William              10  m  MO  sch
    Nancy                07  f  MO        m A. H. LONG.
    Mary                 05  f  MO        m James H. MARTIN
    Margaret (R.)        02  f  MO        m Wm. L. SELVIDGE.

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