ODEN, John Oden, of England, settled in Loudon
Co., VA. His children were Hezekiah, Thomas, John, Lewis, William and
Vinson. Hezekiah married ELIZABETH LEACH, of VA., and settled in Pike
Co., MO in 1828. They had John, William, Vinson, Harriet, Maria, Polly,
Sally, and Alfred. Vinson married MARY HOUSE, and lives in Montgomery
Co. William and Polly died in KY. Sally was married first to JOSEPH
THOMAS, and 2nd to GARLAND T. HUDSON. She is a widow again, and lives
in Audrain Co. Maria and Alfred married and remained in Pike Co. Harried
married JOHN KING, who moved to New Orleans, LA. PRICE, Miles Price,
of Wales, settled in Lincoln Co., N.C., prior to the Revolutionary war.
He married a MISS SHARP, and had a son named Thomas, who was a soldier
of the revolution. He married ISABELLA SHARP, and they had Elizabeth,
Thomas, Jr., Reese, Isaac, James, John, Isabella and Ellen. John married
ANNA BARBER, of North Carolina, and they had 4 children previous to
their removal to MO., viz.: Elizabeth L., Cynthia, Miles S., and Thomas
J. They came to MO and settled in Pike Co., in 1819, after which they
had the following children: Robert B., John H., Sallie A., Emily I.,
and Lucinda J. All of his children except Miles S., who is a member
of the county court of Montgomery co., settled in Lincoln Co. Mr. Price
was constable and justice of the peace in Pike co. for thirty years.
He was also a great snake killer, and every spring he and his neighbors
would have a snake hunt. One spring they killed 9,000 rattlesnakes.
Isaac Price first settled in St. Charles Co., and afterward in Lincoln.
He married TABITHA WILKERSON of the former county.
PEGRAM. The parents of Daniel Pegram were
Scotch. Daniel was born in Petersburg, Va., but settled and lived in
Bedford Co., where he raised 10 children, six sons and 4 daughters,
each of whom was more than six foot in height. Thomas, a son of Daniel
Pegram, married NANCY HOPKINS, whose mother's maiden name was CLARK,
and who had a brother, CHESTER CLARK, who drew $100,000 in a lottery.
Thomas had but three children... James L., Edward T., and William. The
latter died in Virginia in his 19th year. James L. married JULIA R.
OLEY, of Virginia, and settled in St. Charles Co., MO in 1839, and in
Montgomery Co., in 1845. Mrs. Pegram died in 1863. They had 8 children,
four sons and four daughters. Edward T. Pegram married MILDRED CRANE,
of Montgomery Co., and had 2 children, a son and daughter.
PEVERLEY, Peter Peverley and his wife,
LIBBIE MYERS, of KY., had the following children... Polly, Peggy, David,
Daniel, Elizabeth, Jacob & Peter. The 3 daughters married and settled
in Montgomery Co., MO. David died in TX. Daniel married MISS CASSETY,
of KY, and settled in Montgomery Co. in 1824. Jacob married CRECY BUNCH,
of Montgomery Co. Peter married JANE DANGOM.
PATTON, Jacob Patton and his wife, REBECCA
BARNETT, of N.C., had 4 children, James, Thomas, Mary and Rebecca. They
settled on Loutre Island, in Montgomery Co., in 1810. James, the eldest
son, married VIOLET DOUGLASS, and they had Robert, William, Jesse, Samuel
D., Amelia, Cynthia A., and Violet. Jesse married NANCY BURRELL, and
lives in Boone Co., Amelia married ELI JOHNSON, and is now a widow in
Callaway Co. The rest of James Patton's children are dead. Thomas, brother
of James Patton, was bitten by a mad wolf, at his home on Loutre island,
in Jan. 1816, and died of hydrophobia on the 16th of the following August,
in the 43rd year of his age. His wife died in Dec. 1867, in her 90th
year. Their children were James, William, Robert H., Thomas H., Elizabeth,
Rebecca, Jane, Violet, and Mary. Rebecca, daughter of Jacob Patton,
married JOHN GIBSON. She is now in her 88th year, a widow and resides
in Calloway Co. Mary married THOMAS PATTON, and their children were
James B., William, Robert H., Thomas H., Eli M., Elizabeth, Rebecca,
Jane, Violet, and Mary.
PEW, Reuben C. Pew was left an orphan at a
very early age. According to the custom of those days he was "bound
out" for his living, and got a very poor one. His master treated
him badly, worked him hard, and gave him no education. When he was 16
years of age, he could not read or write, and his master, desiring to
get rid of him, induced him to sign the muster roll of a company that
was recruiting for service in the revolutionary war, telling him it
was only a common piece of writing, and could do him no harm. The consequence
was that he had to go into the army, very much against his will. He
was captured soon after his enlistment, and held as a prisoner for several
years, during which time he experienced all the horrors of the British
prisons of those times. After the war he married a MISS SMITH, and settled
in N.C., where he and his wife died, leaving 7 children, viz.: Reuben
P., Benjamin F., Anderson S., Frances, Jemima, Polly, and Zilphey. Reuben
P. was born in 1789. In 1810 he married his cousin, SARAH PARK, who
died in KY in 1818, leaving 4 children - Erasmus D., Permelia H., James
S., and William H. When the war of 1812 began, Mr. Pew enlisted, and
was taken prisoner at Dudley's Defeat, but afterwards exchanged. After
the death of his wife, he came to MO., and made a contact to haul a
lot of tan bark to St. Louis. He returned to KY., got his team, came
back to St. louis, fulfilled his contract, and cleared $1,200. He then
returned to KY., and removed his family to Montgomery Co., MO., where
he settled in 1819. Here he married NANCY YATER, by whom he had 8 more
children, Anderson J., George W., Amanda C., Frank M., Sally, Frances
S., Mary J., Judith E., and Nancy E. Mr. Pew built the first horsemill
in the northern part of the county, and made good flour; which was a
rarity in those days. He put the flour into sacks and sent his boys
on horseback to peddle it out over the country at the rate of one cent
per pound. They frequently went as far as 30 miles from home to sell
a few pounds of flour. Benjamin F. Pew married ELIZABETH CLARK, of KY.,
and settled in Audrain Co. Andrew S. married ANNA BETHEURAM, and settled
in Montgomery Co., in 1836. They had William D., Reuben C., Mary A.,
Jane H., Eliza A., and David A. Mr. Pew and his wife died at the same
time, in 1844, and were buried in the same grave. Frances and Jemima
married and settled in Grundy Co., MO. Polly married SIMPSON STEWART,
who came to MO. in 1821, but afterward removed to Illinois. Zilphey
married a MR. POLK, who settled in Indiana.
PEERY, George, William and James Peery emigrated
from Scotland and settled in Tazewell Co., VA. George married MARTHA
DAVIDSON, of Ireland, and they had 3 sons and 9 daughters. Joseph, the
youngest son, married ELIZABETH HALL, of Virginia, and settled in Montgomery
Co., MO in 1836. Their children were Charles, Albert G., Gordon C.,
Thomas, Andrew, William H., Joseph A., and George. The members of the
Peery family are a genial, hospitable people, and highly esteemed by
their neighbors and acquaintances. Dr. Thomas Peery, who died in 1875,
was especially distinguished for his many excellent qualities, and his
loss is deeply felt by the community in which he lived.
PURVIS, John Purvis and his wife, MARGARET
STROTHER, of VA., had Frank, George, Strother, John, William, Thomas,
Elizabeth, frances, Harriet, and mary. Strother married ELIZABETH STERNE,
and settled in Montgomery Co., in 1839. They had 9 children.
POWELL, William G. Powell, of Holland,
settled in Albemarle Co., VA. His son, Lewis G., had 3 sons, James,
Buck and lewis, Jr. James married NANCY SHELOR, of Germany, and settled
in Montgomery Co., MO. in 1820. They had John W., James W., William
L., Thomas J., and 2 daughters, who died in infancy. After the death
of James Powell, his widow, who lived for many years afterward, proved
herself to be a woman capable of managing the business affairs of life
and carrying them to a successful issue. During the cold winter of 1831-2,
she had what is called a "jumping sleigh" built, and went
in it to VA., one thousand miles distant, by herself, and brought back
some negro slaves in another "jumper" similar to her own.
Very few woman have ever accomplished such a feat as that. Buck Powell
was a very stout man, and it is said that he could life a barrel of
whisky by his teeth and drink from the bung hole. He won a bet of fifty
cents one day, by biting a ten penny nail in two, and he certainly earned
his money. Thomas J., son of James Powell, is a prominent attorney and
citizen of Montgomery Co., and lives at New Florence. He has been sheriff
of the county several times, and wields a large influence in political
PEARLE, William Pearle, of VA., settled
in Lincoln Co., KY., among the first settlers of that state. During
a portion of the Indian troubles he took refuge with his family in the
fort at Crab Orchard. His son, Henry, married POLLY OWSLEY, sister of
GOVERNOR OWSLEY, of KY., by whom he had 12 children, 7 of whom lived
to be grown. The names of the latter were Samuel, William S. F., Patience,
Joel, Henry, Nudigit O., and Catharine. Samuel married SALLY DUGAN,
and settled in Warren Co., MO in 1830. Joel married REBECCA WYATT, and
settled in Montgomery Co. Henry married his cousin, SALLY A. PEARLE,
and settled in Montgomery Co., in 1833. He was a school teacher and
farmer, and concluded once that he could preach as well as anybody.
So he gave out an appointment at the school house, and when the time
arrive, a large congregation was in attendance to hear him. He gave
out the hymn, sang, and led in prayer as well as any one, but when he
arose to preach, his subject "flew from his brain", as he
graphically expressed it, and he could not preach at all. He apologized
by saying, "We thought we could preach, but we can't preach",
and took his seat. Another incident of an entirely different character,
but equally embarrassing, happened to him soon after he came to Montgomery
Co. Four of five of his horses strayed away, and he spent several months
in hunting them, during which time he rode four or five hundred miles,
and at last found his horses within five miles of home, where they had
been all the time, grazing on the prairie. Patience Pearle married WILLIAM
S. WYATT, of Warren Co., and settled in Montgomery Co., in 1836. The
rest of the Pearle children settled in Montgomery co. at a later date.
POINDEXTER, Joseph Poindexter, of Bedford
Co., VA., was a captain in the rev. war. He married ELIZABETH KENERLY,
and they had a son, Richard, who married a MISS FORD., of VA., and settled
in Montgomery Co., in 1837. They had Elizabeth A., Parthena S., Caroline
K., Hezekiah F., Eliza, Edward L., Joseph C., James W., John D., and
mary L., most of whom settled in Montgomery Co.
QUICK, Jacob Quick, of Germany, married
a widow named MORRIS, whose maiden name was RHODA MOORE, of Ireland.
They first settled in Maryland, where they had Aaron, Alexander, Jacob,
Jr., Sarah and Rachel. Mr. Quick then removed with his family to KY.,
and in 1811 he came to MO. and settled on Loutre Island in Montgomery
Co. Previous to his removal to KY., his children had never tasted cornbread.
In 1812 he built a blockhouse for protection against the Indians, in
Best's Bottom, on that place that was settled by JOHN HANCOCK, for whom
Hancock's Prairie was named. Mr. Quick died at this place in 1822, and
his wife, in 1834. During their residence there an old Indian named
PHILLIPS lived with them for several years. He finally left them, and
his body was afterward found away out in the western wilderness, with
his gun lying by his side. Aaron Quick, the eldest son, died a bachelor.
Alexander married NANCY GILBERT, of KY., where they resided 13 years
and then came to MO. Their children were Elizabeth, William, Stephen,
Sarah, Samuel, Aaron, Rhoda, Alexander, James and Gilbert. Jacob, Jr.,
married PHOEBE COPPS , of KY., and settled in Montgomery Co., on Whippoorwill
Creek, in 1811. They had 8 children, William, Jacob, Sampson, Polly,
Patsey, Sally, Peggy, and Elizabeth. Sarah Quick married JACOB GROOM,
and Rachel married ROBERT MCFARLAND, of KY. They had only 2 children,
Joseph and Sally, both of whom settled in Montgomery Co.
ROCKAFELLOW, Peter Rockafellow, an
old rev. soldier, was of German descent. He married the WIDOW MCGLATHAN,
and settled in Montgomery Co., MO., in 1822. (He lived a short time
in St. Louis Co., when he first came to MO.) He had but one child, Anna,
who married ANDREW HUNTER.
RUSSELL, Robert Russell, of Campbell Co.,
VA., settled in Montgomery Co., MO., in 1830. His wife's maiden name
was BRIDGET BRYANT. Their children were James, Harrison, John, Mary,
Susan, Elizabeth and Sarah. Mr. Russell died in 1831 and was the first
person buried in the noted old Virginia graveyard, of Montgomery Co.,
which received its name from the fact that nearly all who were buried
there were Virginians.
RICE, William B. Rice was a rev. soldier.
Previous to his enlistment in the army he accompanied Daniel Boone on
one of his expeditions to KY. He married REBECCA ARLINGTON, by whom
he had David, William G., Benjamin, Samuel, Callier and Sophia. Mr.
Rice settled in Montgomery Co., in 1825, and died in his 95th year.
His eldest son, David, married ELIZABETH HENDERSON, by whom he had a
daughter named Louisa, who married JUDGE WILLIAM G. SHACKELFORD, son
of JOHN SHACKELFORD, of VA. The judge was left an orphan at 4 years
of age, and was raised by his uncle, SAMUEL LAWRENCE, who educated him
for a lawyer. He came to Montgomery Co., in 1835, where he lost his
wife, by whom he had 6 children. He
afterward married ANNA RICE, daughter of WILLIAM G. RICE, by whom he
had six other children. Judge Shackelford was judge of the county court
of Montgomery Co., for 21 years. He was a successful farmer, also, but
never had a cart or wagon on his place. His corn and other produce were
gathered in baskets and carried to the barn. William G. Rice was married
first to MARY VANDIVER, by whom he had 3 children. His 2nd wife was
SALLY VANDIVER, by whom he had 9 children. Mr. Rice was elected Assessor
at a time when the county was in debt, and he made such a thorough and
accurate assessment that he paid the debt and left some money in the
treasury. It is said that he rode an ox most of the time as he traveled
over the county, and although the assertion cannot be substantiated,
it is universally believed, and is doubtless true. But no matter what
sort of an animal he rode, he made one of the best assessors Montgomery
Co., ever had, and his horned steed no doubt greatly assisted him in
climbing over the mountainous region that borders upon the head waters
of Loutre. Mr. Rice also kept tavern ion the Booneslick road, where
MRS. DAVAULT now lives, and when a traveler asked the price of dinner
he would be told that he could get cornbread and "common fixins"
for 25 cents, but if he wanted wheat bread and "chicken fixins"
it would be 37 1/2 cents. If the traveler decided to take both kinds
of "fixins", he paid 62 1/2 cents, ate his dinner and departed
much amused at the singular terms of his eccentric host.
RODGERS, James Rodgers, of PA., settled
in Nelson Co., KY., where he raised a large family of children and gave
each of them a bible. Presley Rodgers, his son, married ELIZABETH FOLAY,
of KY by whom he had Martha A., Mary E., James, John, Phoebe, Felix
G., Elizabeth E., Nancy, Julia A., Pernesia and America. Mr. Rodgers
came to Mo. in 1831 and settled in Howard Co., afterward, in Boone,
then in Saline, and finally in Montgomery. He was a blacksmith, and
worked at his trade until his death, which occurred in Dec. 1863. He
built the first blacksmith shop in Montgomery City. 8 of his 11 children
are still living and 7 of them reside in Montgomery Co. STROBE, Christian
Strobe, of PA., removed first to Indiana, and from thence, to Audrain
Co., MO. His wife was MARRY MILLER, of KY., and they had William H.,
Eliza, James, Isabella. George, Rebecca, Mary and Christian, Jr., most
of whom have families and live in Audrain and Montgomery counties.
SANDERS, Christopher Sanders settled near
Loutre Lick, in Montgomery Co., at an early date. He was a great hunter,
but somewhat indolent, and generally depended upon borrowing a gun to
shoot his gains with rather than perform the labor of carrying one.
He raised four sons and two daughters, Jack, James, Joseph, William,
Nancy and Rachel. William married LIBBY SLAVENS, a daughter of STEWART
SLAVENS, of Middletown.
SHARP, Thomas Sharp was a native of Ireland,
but emigrated to America, and settled first in Pennsylvania, from whence
he removed to Washington Co., VA. He was married twice, and by his first
wife he had John, Thomas, Jr., and Benjamin. By his second wife he had
but one child, David, who became a Methodist minister and lived and
died in Virginia. Thomas Jr., settled in KY. Benjamin was a soldier
in the Rev. war, and was in Colonel Campbell's command at the battle
of King's Mountain. He married HANNAH FULKLERSON, of VA., and their
children were James F., John D., Polly C., Jacob L., Catharine E., Attosa
P., Hannah D., Peter L., Elvira E., Malinda M., Margaret J., and Benjamin
F. In 1816 Mr. Sharp removed to MO. with all his family except John
and Malinda, and settled in (now) Warren Co., three miles east of Pinckney.
When Montgomery Co. was organized in 1818, he was appointed clerk of
the county and circuit courts, and held the position until the state
was admitted into the union. A small log cabin was built in his yard
and used as a court house, until the county seat was located at Pinckney,
which was named for his daughter, Attosa Pinckney Sharp. Mr. Sharp died
at the old homestead in 1843; his wife died two years previous. Their
son, James, married CATHARINE NEIL. Polly C., married JERRY H. NEIL.
Jacob L. married HARRIET VANCE. After the organization of the state
government he bought the offices of County and circuit clerk from a
man named LONG, who had been appointed by Gov. McNail. He paid $100
for those offices, and continued to hold them by election until 1865.
He was a bald-headed man, and wore his hat on all occasions, including
the sitting of the courts, a privilege which all the judges allowed
him. While the county seat was located at Lewiston he made a regular
practice of taking the prisoners out of the jail and exercising them.
He died in 1869. Attosa Sharp married CAPT. JOHN WYATT, a soldier of
the war of 1812. Hannah D. married B--TON (BEATON? BESTON?) CALLAHAN.
Peter L. married JANE JOHNSON. Elvira married JAMES HUGHES. Catharine
E. married CONRAD CARPENTER. Margaret J. married FREDERICK HAMILTON,
was was editor of the Columbia, MO. Patriot. Benjamin F. is a physician
and is the only one of the twelve brothers and sisters who is still
living. He married MARY H. MCGHEE, and resides on his farm near Montgomery
City, respected and honored by all who know him. Samuel T. and Benjamin
F., sons of Jacob L. Sharp, are well known and prominent citizens of
SEE - The See family is of German origin.
Three brothers, Adam, George and Michael, with seven sisters, were raised
in Hanly Co., VA. Their father, George, and a negro man were all killed
by lightning while stacking hay. The girls married and settled in KY
and Ohio. Adam was a prominent lawyer, and lived and died in VA. Michael
married CATHARINE BAKER, of Hardy Co., VA., by whom he had Mary, Elizabeth,
A--in C. (Adain?), Barbara, Anthony, Jacob, John, Solomon, and Noah.
Mr. See was a soldier in the war of 1812. He settled in Montgomery Co.,
MO. in 1837. His daughter, Elizabeth, married HUGH HART, who settled
in Montgomery Co., in 1839. Barbary (?) married THOMAS MCCLEARY, who
settled in Montgomery Co., in 1840. Jacob married RACHEL MORRISON, and
settled in Montgomery Co., in 1837. He has been justice of the peace
and deputy sheriff and is now the representative of his county in the
state legislature. He was also a prominent member and office of the
Evanix Society, in Danville. Mr. See is very fond of fine stock, and
in 1871 he raised eighteen hogs that averaged from 700 to 1000 pounds,
each. He took them to St. Louis, had them made into bacon and sent the
hams to Memphis, Tenn., but they were shipped back, with a statement
from the commission merchant that they were not buying HORSE HAMS. Mr.
See also raised and still has in his possession, the largest ox in the
world. He has made a good deal of money by exhibiting this mammoth brute
in various parts of the United States, and everywhere he goes, crowds
gather to see the wonder. John See married MARGARET STEWART, and settled
in Montgomery Co., in 1839. Noah See was married 1st to his cousin,
MARGARET SEE, and after her death, he married MARY A. SAYLOR, and settled
in Montgomery Co., in 1839. He is an influential and wealthy citizen,
and has been county surveyor for a number of years.
SAYLOR, Emanuel Saylor and his wife, ANN
HULETT, were early settlers of Montgomery Co. They had James, John H.,
and Thomas. James married LIBBEY COBB, and they had 11 children. John
H. married VIRGINIA M. PERKINS, of KY. Thomas married MARIA RICE, and
after his death, his widow married JOHN HAYS.
STEVENS, Richard Stevens was a noted
hunter and trapper. He married SALLY AMBROSE, and settled in Montgomery
Co., in 1831. The first day after his arrival in Montgomery, he killed
6 deer, and during his residence in the county he killed 400 deer, 40
bears, and so many wild cats, raccoons, etc., that he could not keep
an account of them. He had 6 children, Hiram A., Emily, Willis, Lucretia,
Virginia, and Joseph. Hiram A. married SARAH A GARRETT and lives in
Montgomery Co. Emily married EVANS B. SCALE, and also lives in Montgomery
Co. The rest of the children settled in other states.
STEVENS, Thomas Stevens emigrated from
England and settled on the James river, 1209 miles above Richmond, VA.,
prior to the rev. His children were John, William, Susan, Delila, Elizabeth
and Lucy. John married AMANDA THORNHILL of VA., and they had Thomas,
William, Absalom, Elizabeth, Nancy, Susan and Hope. Thomas was a soldier
in the Rev. war. He married AGNES PERKINS , and settled in MO., in 1826.
His children were John, William, Agnes, and Eliza. He was married the
2nd time in MO. William, who was a Baptist preacher, was born in May,
1786. He married FRANCES A. FERGUSON, daughter of DOUGAL FERGUSON AND
ELIZABETH ARCHER, whose father was the 3rd owner of Bermuda Hundreds
on James River. William Stevens settled in Montgomery Co., in 1830.
His children were Dougal F., William H., John A., Thomas, Eliza, Mary
S., France A., and Virginia. Nancy, daughter of John Stephens, married
JACOB MAXEY, who settled in Montgomery Co., in 1835. They had William
B., Joseph, Redford, Jacob, Elizabeth, Mary and Nancy.
SINGLETON, Spiers Singleton was the
son of George Singleton, of N.C. He married LUCINDA WHITESIDES of Christian
Co., KY., and settled in Illinois, where he died, leaving a widow and
7 children. Her brother, James Whitesides, brought her and the children
to Montgomery Co., and attended to their wants until the children were
grown, and at his death, he left most of his property to them. The names
of the children were James W., Ewell D., John S., Emeline, Cynthia A.,
Polly and Mary A. SNETHEN, Abraham Snethen and his wife, ELIZABETH STEWART,
were natives of Germany. They emigrated to America and settled in New
Jersey, where they had 11 children, of whom the names only 7 are now
remembered. They were William, John, Reuben, Polly, Lydia, Elizabeth
and Margaret. William married and settled in KY in 1792, and in 1810
he removed to Ohio, where he lost his wife. He then started to return
to N.J., but died of cholera, at Hagerstown, MD. John was born in March,
1789, and when he was 8 years old, his mother died. He was then bound
out to a man in Elizabethtown, N.J., to learn the trade of wheelwright.
He remained with the man 7 years, and then having had a misunderstanding
with his landlady, he ran away and went to Philadelphia, where he embarked
on board a ship as a sailor. He followed the sea seven years, and during
the latter part of that period, while the ship was returning from the
West India Islands, with a cargo of sugar and coffee, the yellow fever
broke out among the crew and all of them died except Snethen, the cook,
and one sailor. They succeeded, however, in bringing the vessel safely
into port, and delivering her to the owners, whose admiration of Snethen's
bravery and skill was so great that they proposed to educate him and
give him command of a ship. He accepted their offer, but in the meantime
paid a visit to his friends in N.J., who persuaded him to abandon the
sea. He then went to KY., and arrived at Maysville (then called Lewiston)
in Dec. 1799. Here he first heard of the death of General Washington.
From Maysville he went with his brother, Reuben, to visit their brother,
William, who lived in Estell Co. There he became acquainted with and
married SUSAN BOX. He remained in that county 7 years, and bought several
tracts of land, all of which he lost on account of defective titles.
In 1808 he placed his wife, 3 children, and all their household goods
and chattels on a two-year old filly and a little pony, and came to
MO. He settled 4 miles about Loutre Island, on the MO. river, where
he remained 1 year. During that time he was visited by a party of French
hunters, who expressed surprise that he had settled in the bottom, "For",
said they, "our fathers have seen the water over the tops of the
sycamore trees". He became alarmed at their statement and removed
7 miles northward, and settled on Dry Fork of Loutre, where several
other families soon gathered about him. In 1812, he removed to Howard
Co., in company with MUKE BOX, ELISA TODD, JAMES, JOHN & WILLIAM
SAVAGE, WILLIAM WARDEN AND ROBERT BENTON, and their families. They placed
their families in Kincaid's Fort and joined the rangers to assist in
protecting the settlement against the Indians. Mr. Snethen afterward
removed his family to Hempstead's Fort, which was larger and stronger
than Kincaid's. They remained there until 1814, when they removed to
Cooper's Fort. On the night of the 14th of April of that year, Capt.
SARSHALL COOPER was killed by some unknown person, who picked out the
chinking of his chimney and shot him through the opening as he was seated
in his cabin. Mr. Snethen was seated by his side at the time, but was
not hurt. In 1818 Mr. Snethen returned to his old place on Dry Fork
of Loutre, where he remained until his death, which occurred on the
first of Jan., 1859. He raised 12 children of his own, and twelve negro
children, and there was not a death on his place for 45 years. He saw
81 of his grandchildren before his death. Mr. Snethen and his wife were
both members of the Old Baptist Church. Their children were Aley B.,
John, Jr., Polly, Elizabeth, William, Sally, Reuben G., Muke B., Nancy,
Emeline, David S., and Matilda. Aley B. was a Baptist preacher and a
physician. He married CAROLINE JOHNSON, and had 14 children. John Jr.
was a merchant at Troy, MO. for 37 years but has retired from business.
He is an intelligent gentleman, and can give a vivid portrayal of the
dangers and trials of pioneer life. He went to school with Kit Carson
in Cooper's Fort, and received most of his education while they were
living in the forts during the Indian war. He married EUPHEMIA WELLS,
a sister of CARTY WELLS, by whom he had 6 children. Mr. Snethen clerked
in the store of CHARLES DRURY, at Loutre Lick from 1824 to 1826. Polly
Snethen married JOHN CUNDIFF, and they had 14 children. Elizabeth married
WILLIAM CLARK. William married SUSAN GROOM, and they had 11 children.
Sally married HOLLAND WHITESIDES. Reuben G. was married 3 times; first
to REBECCA DIXON; second to CATHARINE HUNTER, and third to LUCINDA J.
SALLEE. He had 12 children in all. Muke B. married JULIA A. LEAVELL,
and they had 5 children. Nancy was married first to JAMES RUSSELL, 2nd
to ALFRED WINDSOR, and 3rd to NEWTON J. HUNTER. Emeline married TOLESON
HUNTER. David S. married KEZIAH FELKNIFF. Matilda married BENJAMIN F.
CLARK. Reuben Snethen, brother of John Sr., married a MISS SMITH, and
settled on Duck River in Tennessee. Abraham, another brother, was married
twice, and lived in Calloway Co.
STEWART, John Stewart, of Bath Co., VA.,
was of Irish descent. He married HANNAH HICKLAND, of VA., and their
children were James, John, Edward, Jacob, Miranda, David, Margaret,
Nancy and Jennie. John married his cousin, MARY STEWART and they had
Octavia, Tabitha, Osborne, Margaret, Alonzo, Emily, Martha and Cortez.
Mr. Stewart settled in Montgomery Co. in 1839. His 3 younger children
died before they were grown. Octavia married FRANK DEVINE. Tabitha married
REV. MARTIN LUTHER EADES, who died in old age, and she afterward married
LEWIS BUSBY. Margaret married JOHN SEE.
SUBLETT, Hill Sublett, of Green Co., KY.,
married DELPHI JENNETT, of VA. In 1817 he came to MO on a prospecting
tour, returned to KY and brought his family out in 1822. He had 10 children,
6 daughters and 4 sons.
SLAVINS, William S. Slavens was born in
Greenbriar Co., VA., Sept. 15, 1787. He was married 5 times; first to
ANNA HAWKINS, by whom he had 3 children, second to MARY RIGGS, third
to ELIZABETH ELSBURY, by whom he had 7 children, fourth to the WIDOW
THOMAS, whose maiden name was REBECCA STANLEY, by whom he had 2 children;
and fifth to the WIDOW MEYERS, whose maiden name was PAULINA HUNT. Mr.
Slavens settled in Montgomery, on Brush Creek, in 1820, and removed
to near Middletown in 1829. He owned part of the land that Middletown
was built upon. Mr. Slavens came to MO. in company with his brother,
Thomas, and a MR. MCCARTA, in a little horse cart. Their stock consisted
on 1 cow, the property of William Slavens, which they drove before them,
and for which he was offered forty acres of land within the present
limits of St. louis; but thought his cow was worth more than the land,
and kept her. Mr. Slavens had $640 in money, which he loaned to Mr.
McCarta, who invested it in Irish potatoes, and planted them on 10 acres
of land in Illinois. The potato crop was a failure, and the money was
never repaid. The names of Mr. Slavens' children were James H., Sarah,
Isabella, Lydia A., Martha A., Aaron, William N., Henry B. Euphemia,
Louisa, Elizabeth and Mary S. The youngest son, now in his 47th year,
has 16 children and ten grandchildren.
SUMMERS, Caleb Summers was raised in Montgomery
Co., Maryland, where he married RACHEL CRAWFORD. In 1796 he settled
in Jefferson Co., KY. His children were Polly, Benjamin, Robert, Thomas,
and Malinda. Robert married his cousin, GRACE SUMMERS, and settled in
Pike Co., MO. in 1834. His children were William B., Elizabeth, Caleb
L., Noah, Benjamin F., George, Robert A., and Thomas. William B. married
the WIDOW TUCKER, whose maiden name was MARGARET J. BRYAN, and settled
in Montgomery Co., in 1840. Caleb L. married SALLIE A. BRYAN, and settled
in Montgomery Co., in 1840. Benjamin F. married ANTOINETTE SHARP, and
settled in Montgomery Co., in 1842. Noah married and settled in Montgomery
the same year. Benjamin, son of Caleb Summers, Sr., married POLLY RAFFERTY,
and settled in Montgomery Co., in 1839. The father of Caleb Summers,
Sr., came to America in 1750, and the boots he wore then, are in the
museum at Cincinnati.
SPRY, Enoch Spry came to Mo. from Clark Co.,
KY., with SIMON GRIGGS and CORNELIUS HOWARD, when he was 15 years of
age. He married MARY A. LOGAN, the only sister of WILLIAM, ALEXANDER,
HUGH AND HENRY LOGAN, and settled in Montgomery Co., in 1817. They had
8 children. Soon after steamboats began to navigate the MO river, Mr.
Spry happening to be in the vicinity of the river one day, heard a boat
blow its whistle, at which he became very much frightened, and ran home.
He told his neighbors that a panther had caught a man down on the river,
and he never heard any one halloo like he did. His story created so
much excitement that a company was organized and went in pursuit of
the "panther", which, of course, they could not find.
SMITH, Col. John Smith, of the rev. war,
lived in Franklin Co., VA., where he married FRANCES BURK , by whom
he had William, C---- (Calum? Calvin?), Stephen, John, Wyatt, Henry,
Susan, Mary and Frances. William married ELIZABETH FERGUSON, of VA.,
by whom he had Samuel, Thomas, Stephen, William H., Mary, Frances, Susan,
Martha, Elizabeth, Sarah P. and Julia. Mary married KEMCOL
C. GILBERT, who settled in Callaway Co. Frances married COLONEL
PETER BOOTH, of KY., Susan married COLONEL F. A. HANCOCK, who settled
in Alabama. Martha married THOMAS J. HOLLAND, who settled in Montgomery
Co., in 1832. He represented the county in the state legislature one
term and was justice of the peace in Warren Co. for a number of years.
He died in 1862. Sarah P. Smith married her cousin, WRIGHT SMITH, who
settled in Warren Co., in 1837. Julia married JOHN CRAIGHEAD, who settled
in Callaway Co.
TRIPLETT, Thomas Triplett, of Randolph
Co., N.C., had the following children, James, William, George, John,
Rebecca, Nancy and Lydia. William married HANNAH COX, of N. C. and settled
in Montgomery Co. in 1830. He was a blacksmith and wheelwright by trade,
and a staunch member of the Baptist church. It was at his house that
Macedonia church was organized by JABEZ HAM, in 1831. His children were
Olive, Mary, Margaret, Harriet D., Rebecca C., Narcissa J., Lydia, Thomas,
Zaccheus, David, Isaac M., and William H. Mary married WILLIAM E. WELLS,
who settled in Montgomery Co. in 1830.
TALBOTT, Matthew Talbott, of England,
had a son named Hale, who was born in Dec. 1754. He married ELIZABETH
IRVINE, who was born in Sept. 1778. Their children were Christopher,
Thomas, William, David, Elizabeth, Polly, Nancy, Sophia and Jane. Mr.
Talbott came to the territory of MO in 1809 with his eldest son, Christopher,
and two negro slaves. They cleared a small farm on Loutre Island, and
raised a crop of corn and vegetables. The following year (1810) the
rest of the family came out and settled at their new home. Mr. Talbott
brought to Mo. 76 fine mares, from which he raised horses for the western
and southern trade. During the Indian war he kept the greater portion
of his stock on the opposite side of the river, where they could not
be molested by the savages. Christopher Talbott married SUSAN PARRISH,
by whom he had Hale, Jr., Thomas, John, James, William, Matthew, Susannah,
Martha and Mary A. Major Thomas Talbott, the second son, was a roving,
fun-loving youth. On one occasion, his father sent him to Cotesansdessein
(?) for some apple barrels, and gave him the money to pay for them.
He wa gone about a month, and came back without the barrels or the money.
In 1828 he made his first trip to Santa Fe. He was afterward employed
by the government as Indian agent, and while acting in that capacity,
the Indians stole a lot of mules from him that were his individual property.
The government promptly paid him $5,000 for his mules. On one of his
expeditions to Santa Fe, there was a MR. BRADUS, of KY., in his company,
who one day accidentally shot himself in the arm. The pain of his wound
soon became so great that he could not endure it, and it was decided
that his arm must be amputated to save his life. there were neither
surgeon nor surgical tools in the company, but they made much preparations
as they could, and successfully performed the operation. The flesh was
cut with a butcher's knife, the bone separated with a hand saw, and
the veins seared with the king bolt of a wagon, which had been heated
for the purpose. The man got well and lived to a ripe old age. A number
of years after this event, Maj. Talbott took a number of horses and
mules to S. C., but finding no sale for them, he loaded them on onto
a couple of schooners, and sailed for Cuba. During the voyage, a violent
storm came up, and the rolling of the vessels excited the animals so
that they began to fight one another, and several of them had their
ears bitten off. But these sold as well as the others, and the Major
had a very successful trip. That was the first importation of American
horses to Cuba; but since then, the business has been extensively carried
on. The major was married twice, and became a consistent member of the
Methodist church before his death. Colonel William Talbott, the third
son, was a ranger in Nathan Boone's company, and was afterward chosen
Colonel of militia. He was married twice; first to JANE FERGUSON, and
after her death, to a widow lady named BASCOM, a sister-in-law of BISHOP
BASCOM, by whom he had one daughter, Emma, who married a MR. LINBERGER,
of Boonville. At the time of his death, which occurred June 14, 1874,
the colonel was living with his daughter in Boonville. David Talbott
married SUSAN CLARK, and they had Isaac H., William H., Mary E., Sarah
A., David R., Susan j., Adda A., and Ellen. Mr. Talbott died in Nov.
1852, and his wife in June of the same year. Elizabeth married JUDGE
MATTHEW MCGIRK. Polly married JAMES PITZER. Nancy married COL. IRVINE
S. PITMAN, Sophia married FLETCHER WRIGHT. Jane married DR. JAMES TALBOTT,
who was in the first state constitutional convention, which met in St.
Louis in 1820. He also represented Montgomery Co. in the state legislature
VANBIBBER, Peter and Isaac VanBibber,
of Holland, came to America and settled in Botetourt Co., VA., previous
to the revolution. Peter married MARGUERY BOUNDS, and they had Peter,
Jr., Jesse, Jacob, James, Joseph, Matthias, Nancy, Sophronia, Ellen
and Olive. James married JANE IRVINE, and settled in St. Charles Co.,
in 1803. He was coroner at the time WILLIAM HAYS was killed by his son-in-law,
JAMES DAVIS. In 1817, he removed to Callaway Co., and settled on the
Auxvasse. His children Joseph, Irvine, Frances, Lucinda, Melissa, Daniel
and Minerva. Joseph was a surveyor and made the government surveys in
range eight, west of the fifth principal meridian. Olive VanBibber married
NATHAN BOONE. Isaac VanBibber, brother of Peter, was Captain of a company
in the battle of Point pleasant, in 1774, and wa killed there. He left
a widow and four children... John Peter, Isaac and Rebecca. John and
Peter married and settled in Powell's Valley, East Tennessee. Isaac
was born in Greenbriar Co., VA., Oct. 20, 1771, and was only two and
a half years old when his father was killed. He was adopted and raised
by Colonel Daniel Boone, and at the early age of thirteen years, acted
as a scout against the Indians in Virginia. In 1800 he came to MO with
Nathan Boone and settled first in Darst's Bottom/ During the Indian
war he was Major of the militia under Col. Daniel M. Boone. He was married
in 1797 to SUSAN HAYS. In 1851 he settled at Loutre Lick, now in Montgomery
Co. The place was first settled by THOMAS MASSEY in 1813. The land was
a Spanish grant of 460 acres, made to Nathan Boone, who sold it to VanBibber.
The latter built several cabins where he settled, and afterward erected
a large frame house, which he used as a hotel, and made a great deal
of money. His children were Matilda, Marcha, Susan, Elvira, Frances,
Erretia, Pantha, Isaac, Jr., Ewing, and Alonzo. Major VanBibber died
in 1836, his wife having died some time before.
WORLAND, Charles B. Worland, of Maryland,
married MARTHA A. WHITE, and settled in Washington Co., KY. Their children
were Benedict, Charles B., Thomas N., Maria, William T., John H., Stephen
W., Edward H., James P., and Martha A. Mr. Worland, his wife and a portion
of their family settled in Montgomery Co., in 1839. They are excellent
people; honest, industrious, intelligent, kind-hearted and friendly.
WHITESIDES, Thomas Whitesides was a
native of Virginia but removed to and settled in North Carolina. He
had a son named Francis, who married ANN CLARK, of Kentucky, and settled
in Montgomery Co., MO. in 1818. Their children were James, Holland,
John C., Susan, Lucinda, Sarah J., Ann, Polly and Nancy.
WILLIAMS, Frederick, son of Richard Williams,
of Pulaski Co., Y, married NANCY HANFORD, and settled in Montgomery
Co., MO in 1832. Their children were Liberty, Margaret, Mary, William,
Harriet, Martha, Ross A., John, Euphema, and Clara A. Margaret married
JAMES GRAY. Mary married JOHN CRUTCHER. Harriet married STEPHEN MANNING.
Martha married SYLVESTER MILLSAP. Ross A. married CHRISTOPHER MILLSAP.
Euphema married JOHN CRUTCHER, JR.
WHITE, Esquire William White settled in
Montgomery Co., in 1836. He is a brother of Benjamin White, who lives
near Danville. He married ANNA FLETCHRALL, of Maryland, and their children
were John, Daniel, Ann, William, Benjamin, Stephen, Mary, Dorcas, and
Elizabeth. Elizabeth, a sister of William White, Sr., married WILLIAM
SMITH and settled near Jonesburg.
WINDSOR, Sampson Windsor, of Prince William
Co., VA., had four sons... William, Christopher, Burton, and Alfred.
Burton married ELIZABETH TINSLEY, and settled in MO in 1833. Alfred
married SARAH CLARK, and settled in Montgomery Co. in 1833 He had a
son, John R., who married MARY A. FITZHUGH of Tennessee, and died, leaving
a widow and nine children. Five sons and four daughters. William T.,
another son of Alfred Windsor, married JANE B. BRYAN, a daughter of
REECE BRYAN AND JANE EVANS, by whom he had 7 sons and 4 daughters.
WHITE, Matthew L. White was born and raised
in Virginia, but removed to East Tennessee, from there to Alabama, and
in 1829 he settled in Montgomery Co., MO and entered the land upon which
the celebrated Pinnacle Rock stands. He married RHODA STAGDON, and they
had Nancy, William, thomas S., James H., Isaac M., John R., Mary J.,
Rebecca, Samuel M., Margaret A., and Martha L.
WHITE, Benjamin White, Sr., was a native
of Wales. He married ELIZABETH SMITH, and their son, Benjamin, Jr.,
married REBECCA CHESELL. They all lived in Montgomery Co., MD. Benjamin,
a son of Benjamin White, Jr., was born Nov. 4, 1796. He was married
in 1821 to REBECCA DARBY, who died, and in 1831 he married LUCY SCOTT.
In 1837 they came to MO and settled in Montgomery Co. Their children
were Edward G., William H., Richard G., Benjamin, Susan, Mary A., and
Sarah E., all of whom are married and living in Montgomery Co.
WOODRUFF, Charles Woodruff, of Buckingham
Co., VA., married a MISS GATEWOOD, and their son, Wyatt P., married
MARY TALPHRO, and settled in St. Louis Co., MO in 1825. In 1827, they
removed to St. Charles Co., and from there to Montgomery Co., in 1832.
They had John, Charles E., Robert H., Francis S., and David B., all
of whom live in Montgomery Co.
WRIGHT, James Wright and his wife, DICEY
GALARBY, of Amherst Co., VA. had George G., Ellis, Shelton, William,
Daniel, and Nancy. George G. married SALLY JACOBS, of Nelson Co., VA.,
and settled in Montgomery Co., MO. in 1837. Their children were Margaret,
Ana V., Catharine and George G., Jr. Margaret married JOHN R. ARNOR.
Anna V. married ISAAC H. TALBOTT of Montgomery Co. Catharine married
HON. NORMAN J. COLMAN, editor of Colman's Rural World and Lieut.-Gov.
of Missouri. George G. Jr., lives in Montgomery Co., is an influential
citizen and a leader of the democratic party of his locality.
WITCHER, James Witcher, of Virginia, married
MARTHA WATSON, and they had three sons and three daughters. Ephraim,
their eldest son, who was a soldier in the war of 1812, settled in Montgomery
Co., MO., and married WINIFRED B. HOLLEY, by whom he had 6 children.
He died in 1845 and his widow married COL. REUBEN PEW, who also died,
leaving her a widow the second time.
WADE, Henry Wade and his wife, LUCY TURNER,
lived in Culpepper Co, VA. They had Luke, Zackfill, Henry, Andrew, John,
Orinda, Polly and Sally. Henry married MARY D. WALLER, in 1810 and settled
in Lincoln Co., MO in 1835. His children were William, Henry, John,
Richard, Andrew, Martha, Judith, Lucy, Polly and Margaret. William married
SUSAN SITTON, of Lincoln Co. Henry lives in California, unmarried. Richard
died in that state. John married LAVISA WRIGHT. Andrew died in his youth.
Martha was married first to PETER SHELTON and after his death, to GEORGE
DYER. Judith married JOHN CARTER, and is now a widow. Lucy married JAMES
BERGER, of Montgomery Co. Polly was married first to JOHN C. WHITESIDES;
after his death, to CAPT. WILLIAM QUICK, and she is a widow again. she
has in her possession, her mother's wedding costume that was spun and
woven with her own hands in 1810. Margaret Wade was married first to
JOHN T. WRIGHT, and second to GEORGE OUSLEY.
WRIGHT, John Wright, of England, came
to America and settled in Pittsylvania Co., Va. He had 4 children, John,
William, Nancy, and another daughter. William married ISABELLA THRAILKILL,
of VA and settled in Clark Co., Y. He served five years in the revolutionary
war. He had 12 children, ten of whom lived to be grown, and were married.
His fifth son, William, married NANCY OLIVER, of KY., and they had 11
children... Harvey S., James T., William M., stephen, Isaac W., Elizabeth,
Susan, Nancy, Emeline, Louisa and lucinda. Mr. Wright settled in Montgomery
Co, MO in 1824 on a place adjoining the present town of Danville, where
he lived and kept tavern for many years. A Methodist minister named
PRESCOTT, stopped at his house one day to get his dinner, and there
being no men present he went to the barn to feed his horse. While looking
around for the food, he saw some large, flat gourds, which he supposed
to be pumpkins, and fed a lot of them to his horse. After that he was
called Gourd Head Prescott. In 1833, Mr. Wright sold his place to REV
ANDREW MONROE, a well known pioneer Methodist preacher, who lived there
and kept tavern for some time. ISABELLA WRIGHT, sister of William Wright,
Sr. married JOHN STONE, who settled in Montgomery Co., in 1818 but afterward
removed to Arkansas.
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Notes from readers:
Kimcol C. Gilbert should be Kemuel