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Families of MO
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EDWARDS.-- Ambrose Edwards and
his wife, whose maiden name was OLIVE MARTIN, were married in
Albemarle Co., VA., in 1775. They had 10 children: Brice, James,
John, Childs, Henry Joseph, Booker, Carr, Susannah and Martha.
Brice was a major in the war of 1812. He married MARTHA BARKSDALE,
of VA., and settled in Warren Co., MO. in 1836. James never married
and died in VA. John married PATSEY JOHNSON of VA., and settled
in St. Charles county, MO. in 1837. Childs married NANCY HUGHLETT,
of VA., and settled in Howard Co, MO. in 1834. Henry married SARAH
M. WALLER, a daughter of CARR WALLER and ELIZABETH MARTIN, of
VA., and settled in St. Charles Co., MO. in 1835. Their son, W.
W. edwards, was United States district Attorney and is now Circuit
judge for the St. Charles circuit. His brother, A. H. Edwards,
served 2 terms as representative of St. Charles Co. in the legislature,
and is now state senator from that district. Both are talented,
and able men, and their prospects for future advancement are good.
Their father died in 1844, but their mother is still living (1875).
Joseph Edwards lived and died a bachelor, in St. Charles Co. Booker
also died a bachelor, in VA. carr married LAVENBE LANIER, of VA.,
and settled in St. Charles Co., MO. in 1835. Susannah married
CARR WALLER, of VA. Martha married MILTON FERNEY, who settled
in St. Charles Co., MO. in 1837.
EMERSON.-- John Emerson, of England,
emigrated to America and settled in St. Charles Co., Maryland.
His youngest son, Edward D., married ELIZABETH DOWNS, of Maryland,
and settled in Pike Co., MO. in 1818. He was married 3 times and
raised a large family of children. His son, Daniel, married CATHARINE
SMILEY, and they had 13 children. His first wife died, and he
was married the 2nd time to ELLEN BOICE, of St. Louis, who bore
7 children. Mr. Emerson was captain of militia in Pike county
for 4 years. He removed to St. Charles Co. in 1840. When he was
a young man, courting his first wife, he went to see her one day,
and got very wet in a heavy shower of rain that fell while he
was on the road. When he got to the house he found no one at hoe,
so he built a fire and lay down before it, and went to sleep.
He slept sometime, and was awakened by his buckskin pants drawing
tight around his legs and body as they dried. They were so tight
that he could not straighten himself, and while he was in that
condition, his sweetheart came. She laughed at him a little, and
then procured him dry clothing in which to dress.
EMMONS.-- Benjamin Emmons and his
wife came from one of the eastern states and settled on Dardenne
Prairie, near the present town of Cottleville, in St. charles
county. Several years afterward he removed to the town of St.
Charles and opened a hotel. He was also elected justice of the
peace, and being a man of education and intelligence, was chosen
by the people of his county to represent them in the first state
constitutional convention, which met at St. Louis in 1820. He
afterward served in both houses of the legislature for several
terms, to the entire satisfaction of his constituents. In 1832,
St. Charles was visited by that dreadful pestilence, the Asiatic
cholera, and many persons were swept into untimely graves. Mr.
emmons fearlessly offered his assistance to the afflicted, and
nursed the sick night and day; thereby saving many lives. He was
assisted in this good office by a MR. LOVELAND, proprietor of
the ferry at St. Charles. Mr. Emmons had 2 children - Daphney
and Benjamin, Jr. Daphney married a MR. MCCLOUD, who was the first
editor of the St. Charles Gazette. He died, and she afterward
married ALONZO ROBINSON, a school teacher, who moved to California
and died. Benjamin, Jr. was county and circuit clerk of St. Charles
Co. for many years, and is now practicing law in St. Louis.
EASTON. -- Col. Rufus Easton, a well
known lawyer of St. Louis, removed to St. Charles at an early
date, and entered upon the practice of his profession there, in
which he was very successful, and accumulated a considerable fortune.
He raised a large family of children, whose names were -- Alton,
Joseph, Langdon, Henry, mary, Louisa, Joanna, Rosella, Adda, Sarah,
and Medora. Mary Easton, the eldest daughter, married Major
George C. Sibley, who served in the war of 1812. He was
appointed by the Governor of Missouri, a number of years afterward,
to survey the route to Pike's Peak and New Mexico. During
his residence in St. Charles he improved the beautiful place now
owned by Capt. John Shaw, and donated the land upon which Lindenwood
College is built. His wife, before her marriage, traveled
over a large portion of the United States, on horseback, in company
with her father. She made several trips to New York, Philadelphia,
and Baltimore in that way. After the death of her husband
she visited Europe several times, and made preparations to go
as a missionary to China, but death prevented her from carrying
out her intentions. She and her husband did a great deal
for the cause of education and religion in St. Charles, and will
long be remembered by the citizens of that place. [p. 149]
FULKERSON - James Fulkerson,
of Germany, came to America and settled first in N.C., and afterward
removed to VA. He had 12 children: Peter, James, John, Thomas,
Abraham, Jacob, Isaac, William, Polly, Catharine, Hannah and Mary.
Isaac married REBECCA NEIL, of Lee Co., VA., in 1799, and came
to MO. and settled in Darst's Bottom in 1814. He served in the
state senate one term. He had 10 children: William N., James P.,
Virginia, Bathsheba V., Frederick, Catharine H., Isaac D., Margaret
A., Peter H., and Jacob. William N. married ELLEN CHRISTY, and
they had 9 children. James P. married LOUISA STANBARK. Virginia
married CALEB BERRY. Bathsheba married JUDGE JOHN A. BURT. Frederick
married ANN MILLER. Catharine H. married SHAPLEY ROSS. Isaac married
MARY WHEELER. Margaret A. married GORDON H. WALLER, who was judge
of St. Charles county court one term. Peter H. married MARTHA
V. MONTAGUE, and they had 15 children. Jacob died in infancy.
FERRELL - Benjamin Ferrell, of Mecklenburg
Co., VA., had 2 children: Hutchings and Martha. Hutchings was
a merchant and married MARY PENNINGTON, of VA. They had 4 children:
Frederick, Benjamin P., Martha and Hutchings, Jr. Frederick settled
in St. Charles Co. in 1833, and never married. Benjamin P. came
with his mother to St. Charles Co. in 1832. He married SALLY HUTCHINGS,
and they had 2 children: Ann and Alexander. Martha died single,
in 1828. Hutchings, Jr. married ANN HUTCHINGS and settled in St.
Charles county in 1832. They had 4 children: Martha S., Robert
W., William P., and Benjamin H. Mrs. Ferrell died, and he was
married the 2nd tie to the widow of JOHN MCCLENNY, who had 1 child
- REDMAN M. MCCLENNY. By his last wife, Mr. Ferrell has had 6
children: Mahala, Henry, Drucilla, Susan, Julia and Jennie.
FRAZIER - David Frazier, of VA. settled
in St. Charles Co. in 1804. He had 2 sons, Jerry and James. Jerry
was killed in VA. James married JANE ANDERSON, of PA., who was
of Irish birth, and settled in St. Charles Co. in 1804. They had
12 children: David, James, John, William, Thomas, Martin, Sally,
Elizabeth, Polly, Catharine, Jane and Abigail. David married ELIZABETH
FRY, and lived in Va. James married POLLY CROW. John was married
first to MARY SHUCK, and after her death, he married SALLY T.
HALL. The latter was a granddaughter of ALEXANDER STEWART, who
was captured by the British during the Rev. war, and taken to
England, where he was kept in prison 1 year. When he returned
he found all his property advertised for sale, his friends supposing
FLINT - Rev. Timothy Flint, a Presbyterian
minister of Connecticut, settled in St. Charles in 1816. He was
an educated man and devoted much of his time to literature. Several
interesting works were written by him; but in many instances he
allowed his vivid imagination to lead him aside from the facts
of history, and his writings are not to be relied upon in regard
to accuracy. A number of his imaginary sketches of DANIEL BOONE
have been accepted as true, and copied into leading histories
of our country. One of these, representing a desperate hand-to-hand
contest between Boone and 2 savages, in which the former slays
both of his antagonists, has been represented in marble, and adorns
the capitol at Washington City. But the incident originated wholly
in Mr. Flint's imagination. He was a poet, also, and wrote some
passable verses. He organized a church in St. Charles, and performed
a great deal of laborious missionary service in different parts
of MO. and Illinois, supporting himself and family by teaching
school, assisted by his wife, who was also an excellent teacher.
He opened a farm on Marais Croche Lake, where he raised cotton,
and made wine from wild grapes. He resided in st. Charles Co.
for a number of years, and then went to the south for missionary
service, where he died soon after.
GREEN - James Green emigrated from
N.C. in 1797 and settled first in St. Louis Co., where he remained
2 years. In 1799 he removed to St. Charles co. and settled on
what has since been known as Green's Bottom, where he obtained
a Spanish grant for 800 arpents of land. Mr. Green, who was a
plain, honest farmer, had a passion for running for office, and
was a candidate at nearly every election. He was always defeated,
but did not seem to mind that, being satisfied, apparently, with
the pleasure it afforded him to be a candidate. The largest number
of votes he ever received at an election was 70, and the smallest,
11. He married in N.C., and raised 5 children: Robert, John, James,
Squire and Elizabeth. The next settler in Green's Bottom was JAMES
FLAUGHERTY, who came there in Oct. 1799. He received a Spanish
grant for 600 arpents of land. The next settlers in Green's Bottom
that we have any record of, were PETER, JOSEPH AND JAMES JERNEY,
who came there with their families at a very early date. All received
grants of land, and the liberality of the Spanish authorities
soon filled the Bottom with enterprising settlers.
GATY - George Gaty, of Italy, came to
America and settled first in PA., where he married CHRISTIANA
SMITH. In 1797, he came to MO., and settled in what is now called
St. Charles Co. He had 5 children: John, Mary, Theresa, Christiana
and George N. John married JERUSHA BURKLEO, and they had 13 children.
Mary married SAMUEL BURKLEO, and they had 5 children. Theresa
was married first to ISAAC ROBINSON, and after his death, she
married ALLEN TURNBAUGH. She had 10 children in all. Christiana
married WILLIAM BURNS. George N. married EDNA BURKLEO, and they
had 11 children.
GRIFFITH - Samuel Griffith, of New
York, settled on the point below St. Charles in 1795. He was therefore
one of the very first American settlers in the present limits
of the state of MO. DANIEL M. BOONE had been here previous to
his arrival, and the rest of the Boone family must have come about
the same time that Mr. Griffith did. They all came the same year,
at any rate. Mr. Griffith was married in N.C., and had 4 children.
Daniel A., Asa, Mary and Sarah. Daniel A. married MATILDA MCKNIGHT,
and they had 5 children. Mary married WILSON OVERALL, and Sarah
married FOSTER MCKNIGHT.
GUTHRIE - Robert Guthrie was a native
of Scotland, but emigrated to America and settled first in VA.,
from whence he removed to Williamson Co., Tennessee. He had 5
children: William, David, Samuel T., Robert and Finley. Samuel
T. and Robert settled in St. Charles Co., MO. in 1819, and the
former assessed the county in 1820. In 1821 he removed to Callaway
Co. Robert married MATILDA H. MAURY, a sister of the celebrated
LIEUTENANT M. F. MAURY, of the U. S. Navy. They had 9 children:
Diana, Eliza L., Harriet, Richard M., John M., Matthew F., Robert
M., Cornelia J., and Mary. These are all dead except Eliza, Matthew
F., Robert M. and Mary.
GILL.-- John Gill, of Scotland, married
Margaret Pitner, of cumberland Co., va., and they had four children
-- Mary, Elizabeth, Sally and John. Mary married Archibald
Bilboa, of Kentucky, and after their deaths their children moved
to Indiana. Elizabeth married James Martin, and they removed
to Missouri and settled in St. Charles Co., Mo., in 1821.
he was a carpenter, and worked two years in St. Louis before he
went to St. Charles. They had ten children -- Margaret A.,
Peter W., Sarah A., Elizabeth M., William I., John P., Bently
T., Adam F., Lucy G., and Mary B. Mrs. Gill had a sister
(Mrs. McFall,) who was scalped by the Indians, but recovered.
GIVENS - James Givens, of Augusta
Co., VA., had the following named children: Robert, Samuel, James,
Jr., John, Benjamin, and Martha. They all settled in Lincoln Co.,
KY., in 1780. Benjamin married HANNAH RIGGS, of KY., and settled
in Howard Co., MO., in 1821. John married MARTHA ROBINSON, of
KY and they had 7 children: James, Margaret, Samuel, Robert, Jane,
Alexander R., and Martha. Of these children, Martha and Margaret
died single in KY. Robert, Jane and Alexander married and settled
in Johnson Co., MO. Samuel married SARAH S. ORGAN, of Indiana,
and came to MO. in 1823, and in 1825 he removed to St. Charles
Co. He was a soldier in the Black Hawk war. They had 8 children,
five of whom are still living. Mr. Givens brought his wedding
coat (a blue "pigeon-tail") with him when he came to MO., and
his wedding boots, which had never been wet. He also brought the
gammon stick which he used for hanging hogs at butchering time.
These articles are still preserved in the family.
GRANTHAM - Joseph Grantham, of England,
came to America and settled in Jefferson county, VA. The names
of his children were John, Lewis, Mary and Jemima. John married
MARY STRIDER, of VA., and they had 1 child, a son, which they
named Taliaferro. He married MARY D. ASHLEY, daughter of MAJOR
SAMUEL ASHLEY, a soldier of the Rev. war. Mr. Grantham settled
in St. Charles Co. in 1835, and in 1836, he laid out the town
of Flint Hill, which he named for Flint Hill, of Rappahannock
Co., VA. He built a house in the new town the same year, and kept
it as a hotel. When the war with Mexico began, Mr. Grantham enlisted
and was commissioned Captain of volunteers. He had 6 children:
Samuel A., Charles W., Jamison M., Martha C., Mary C., and Maria.
GARVIN. -- Alexander Garvin, of Pennsylvania,
married Amy Mallerson, and settled in St. Charles Co., Mo., in
1819. His cabin was built of poles, and was only 16x18 feet
in size, covered with linden bark weighted down with poles.
The chimney was composed of sticks and mud. The house was
built in one day, and they moved into it the next. Mr. Garvin
and his wife had seven children -- Amy, Margaret, Permilia, Alexander,
Jane R., Julia A., and Fannie D. Amy, Julia and permelia
all died single. Margaret was married first to Thomas Lindsay,
and after his death she married Joles Dolby, and is now a widow
again. Alexander married Elizabeth Boyd. Jane R. married
Robert Boles. Fannie D. married Robert Roberts. [p. 153]
HEALD - A Mr. Heald, of England,
settled in Massachusetts at a very early date. He was married
twice, and by his first wife he had 2 sons, Nathan and Jones.
Nathan was born in April, 1775. He received a military education
and entered the army as Lieutenant, but was soon afterward promoted
to the rank of Captain, and at the commencement of the war of
1812, he was placed in command of Fort Dearborne, where Chicago
now stands. Here they were attacked by a large body of Indians,
who captured the fort, murdered the garrison, and carried Capt.
Heald and his young wife away as prisoners into their own country.
During the captivity, he was promoted to the rank of Major, but
did not receive his commission until after he had been exchanged.
In 1817, Maj. Heald came to MO. with his family, and settled in
St. Charles Co., not far from the present town of O'Fallon, where
he spent the remainder of his life. He died in 1832, leaving a
widow and three children: Mary, Darius and Margaret. Mary married
DAVID MCCAUSLAND. Darius is now living on the old place. He was
married twice; first to VIRGINIA cAMPBELL, and second to MATTIE
HUNTER. He has 7 children. Margaret died unmarried in 1837. Jones
Heald, brother of Major Nathan Heald, never married. He lived
in St. Louis until after the death of his brother, when he went
to St. Charles Co., and lived part of the time at the home of
his sister-in-law, and part at JUDGE BATES'. He died in St. Louis
not many years ago.
HUFFMAN - George Huffman was a native
of PA., but removed to Buckingham Co., VA., where he married and
lived until 1789, when he brought his family to MO. He had 5 children:
Peter, Christina, George, Catharine and Elizabeth. Peter was a
soldier in the war of 1812. He married SUSAN SENATE, of KY., and
they had 13 children. The names of 11 of these children were Elizabeth,
Margaret, John, Sarah, George, Abraham, Maria, Lucinda, Lucretia,
Elijah, and Cassander. Christina married DANIEL BALDRIDGE. George
married CATHARINE WOLFF, and they had 5 children: Peter, Elizabeth,
William, Abraham and James. Catharine married HENRY HAVERSTAKES.
Elizabeth married JOHN WELDON.
HUTCHINGS - Charles and Peter Hutchings
lived in VA. Peter married ELIZABETH BRIM, and they had 8 children:
John, Peter W., Elisabeth W., David, Washington, Charles, Ann
and Sally. 5 of these children, David, Washington, Charles, Ann
and Sally, came to St. Charles Co. in 1831. Susan married WILLIAM
PEEBLES, and settled in Williamson Co., TN. The other two children
remained in VA. David was married twice: first to SALLY BUTLER,
and second to POLLY LETT. Washington also married twice: first
to NANCY WOOTEN, and second to the WIDOW BRUMWELL, whose maiden
name was ELIZABETH HARRIS. Ann married HUTCHINGS FERRELL. Sally
was married twice: first to BENJAMIN FERRELL, and second to ROBERT
HOWELL - John Howell was born in PA.,
but moved to N.C. where he had 3 sons: John, Thomas and Francis.
John moved to TN., where he died, leaving a widow and 4 children.
Thomas lived in S. C. until after the Rev. war. He married a MISS
BEARFIELD. Francis married SUSAN STONE, daughter of BENJAMIN STONE,
of S. C., and emigrated to what is now the state of MO. in 1797.
He first settled 30 miles west of St. Louis, in (now) St. Louis
County, where he lived 3 years, and then removed to (now) St.
Charles county, and settled on what has since been known as Howell's
Prairie. Soon after his settlement there he built a mill, which
was called a "band mill", because it was run by a long band. This
was doubtless a first mill erected north of the Missouri river,
except perhaps a small one at St. Charles. Some time afterward,
Mr. Howell built another mill on his farm, which was run by a
large cog-wheel, and was called a cog-mill. His place was a noted
resort during early times. Musters and drills were frequently
held there, and Indian agents in conducting Indians to and from
St. Louis, often stopped there for supplies. Mr. Howell died in
1834, in his 73rd year, and his wife died 8 years afterward. They
had 10 children: John, Thomas, Sarah, Newton, Francis, Jr., Benjamin,
Susan L., Lewis, James F., and Nancy. John was married 3 times,
and died in his 87th year, leaving 9 children. He was a ranger
in CAPT. JAMES CALLAWAY's company. Thomas married SUSANNAH CALLAWAY,
sister of Capt. Callaway, in whose company he also served as a
ranger. They had 14 children. Mr. Howell died in his 85th year,
but his widow survives, in her 87th year. Newton married the WIDOW
RACHEL LONG. They had 10 children, and he died in his 74th year.
Francis, Jr., married the WIDOW POLLY RAMSEY, who was the daughter
of JAMES AND MARTHA MEEK. He died in his 82nd year, and his widow
is still living, in her 87th year. They had no children. Mr. Howell
served as a ranger 2 years, part of the time in Capt. Callaway's
company, and was colonel of militia for 5 years. Benjamin married
MAHALA CASTLIO, and they had 12 children. He died in his 63rd
year. He was captain of a company of rangers for two years. Susan
married LARKIN S. CALLAWAY, son of FLANDERS CALLAWAY, and died
at the age of 33 years. She had 7 children. James F. married ISABELLA
MORRIS, and died in his 33rd year. Nancy was married twice, first
to CAPT. JAMES CALLAWAY, and after his death, she married JOHN
H. CASTLIO. Lewis received a classical education, and followed
the profession of a teacher for many years. some of the best educated
men and women of the state received instruction from him. His
life has been an eventful one, dating back to the very earliest
period of the existence of our commonwealth, and as it cannot
fail to be of interest to the reader, we here present the following
autobiographical sketch, which he kindly prepared for this work,
at the solicitation of the compilers:
"When I was 8 or 9 years old, I went to school to an Irishman,
about a year and a half, who taught school near where I lived.
In about a year and a half after this, I went to school a few
months to a gentleman by the name of PROSPECT K. ROBBINS, from
Massachusetts, and when I was nearly 12 years old, I went to
the same gentleman again for a few months, and made considerable
progress during this term in arithmetic. The was of 1812 then
came on and I was nearly stopped from pursuing my studies. I
studied as I had an opportunity. After the war I was placed
by my father in a school in the city of St. Louis, taught be
a MR. TOMPKINS, who afterward became one of the Supreme Judges
of his state. I did not continue in this school long, but was
brought to St. Charles and placed in the care of MR. U. J. DEVORE,
with whom I remained several months. English grammar was my
principal study while at St. Louis and St. Charles. I was now
about 16, and when about 17, as my old teacher, U. J. Devore,
had been elected sheriff, he selected me for his deputy. I was
accordingly sworn in and entered the service, young as I was.
There were but two counties at this time, north of the Missouri
river... St. Charles and Howard, the former of which embraced
now the counties of St. Charles, Warren, Montgomery, Lincoln
and Pike. There were no settlements any further west at this
time, until you came to the Booneslick country, embraced in
Howard. I had to ride over the five counties before named, collecting
taxes, serving writs, etc. I continued in this business a few
months, when I relinquished the office of deputy and entered
the store of J. & G. COLLIER, in St. Charles, as one of
their clerks. I remained with them a few months, and as my father
and MR. JOHN COLLIER , the elder of the brothers, could not
agree on the terms of remaining with them, I went back to my
father's farm, where I labored a short time, when my father,
having some business in Kentucky, took me with him to that state.
On our return to MO., we overtook a small family on the road,
moving to our state, by the name of REYNOLDS, originally from
the city of Dulin, in Ireland. He and my father got into conversation,
and he appeared so well pleased with the description my father
gave him of this section that he determined, before we separated,
to come to the neighborhood where we were living. With this
gentleman, whom I believe was a profound linguist, I commenced
the study of the Latin language. I can say without egotism,
that I am very certain I was the first person that commenced
the study of Latin between the two great rivers, Missouri and
Mississippi. I found it very difficult to get the necessary
books, and had to send to Philadelphia for the authors which
my teacher recommended. With him, I read Ovid, Caesar, Virgil,
Horace and a few others. Shortly after this (as Mr. Reynolds
had left the state), I went and spent a few months with my old
teacher, General P. K. Robbins, where and with whom I studied
a few mathematical branches, and this closed my literary studies
at school. I finally gave out studying medicine, which I had
long contemplated, and came home to my father's. I was now about
21 years of age, and several of the neighbors and some of my
relations being very anxious that I should teach school for
them, I at last, yet somewhat reluctantly, consented, and accordingly
taught school a few months, and was not very well pleased with
the avocation. About this time, there was considerable talk
about the province of Texas, and about the inducements that
were held out for persons to emigrate to that country. In consequence
of this stir about STEPHEN F. AUSTIN's colony, a company of
us agreed to pay it a visit and examine the country and ascertain
the prospects of getting land: but all finally gave out going
except my brother, Frank, and myself. We, therefore, alone,
left Missouri January 22, 1822, for the Spanish province of
Texas, which, however, was never reached. Having gone 50 or
60 miles south of Red River, my brother, who was 7 or 8 years
older than myself, and of more experience, thought it was imprudent
to proceed further, on account of the difficulties in the way.
We therefore retraced our steps and I arrived at home between
the first and middle of March. I labored on my father's farm
until fall, and in Oct., when a few months over 22, I left home
for the state of Louisiana. I took a steamboat at St. Louis
and landed at Iverville early in November. This place was about
90 miles above New Orleans, where I remained until spring, having
been employed by a physician (a prominent man of the parish)
to teach his and a neighbor's children and to regulate his books,
etc., he having an extensive practice. I was treated rather
badly by him, and in the spring I went down to the city of New
Orleans and took passage on a steamboat and returned to MO.,
and commenced farming, my father having given me a piece of
land which I commenced improving. A year or two previous to
this I went a session to a military school, taught by an old
Rev. officer. I took, at this time, a considerable interest
in military tactics, and a year or two after this I was appointed
and commissioned Adjutant of the St. Charles militia, my brother,
Frank being Colonel of the regiment. This office I held for
several years, when I resigned, it being the only military office
I ever held; and the only civil office I ever had was that of
Deputy Sheriff, as already stated. After this time, I turned
my attention to teaching and farming, and in June, 1833, I married
SERENA LAMME, the daughter of WILLIAM T. AND FRANCES LAMME,
and great-granddaughter of COL. DANIEL BOONE, the pioneer of
KY. I was then in my 34th year. We have had 6 children, three
of whom have already gone to the grave, the youngest of those
living, being now about 22 years old. I still continued teaching,
and kept a boarding school, and had my farm also carried on,
until the close of the civil war, when I topped farming, as
the servants I owned had been liberated. I therefore rented
out my farm, moved to the little village of Mechanicsville,
where I built and commenced a boarding school, being assisted
by an eminent young lady, a graduate of one of the female seminaries
of MO. This school was carried on for 5 sessions, the last 2
or 3 mostly by the young lady before named, as my health had
somewhat failed. I have relinquished all public business whatever.
I cultivate my little garden with my own hands; am now in my
76th year; enjoy tolerably good health for one of my age; can
ride 35 or 40 miles in a day, and I believe I could walk 20.
I am a member of the Presbyterian Church, to which I have belonged
upwards of 50 years. I attribute my health and advanced age
to my temperate habits, having never yielded to dissipation
of any kind."
HATCHER - John Hatcher was a soldier
in the Rev. war, and afterward served 21 years in the legislature
of VA. He married NANCY GENTRY, of Cumberland Co., VA., and they
had 16 children, of whom the following lived to be grown: Nancy,
Susan, Polly, Joseph, Samuel, John, Elizabeth, Martha, Henry and
Frederick. John and Henry came to St. Charles Co in 1837. John
had previously married a MISS FLIPPIN, and after remaining in
St. Charles Co. a short time, he returned to VA. Henry married
SUSAN A SPEARES, daughter of JOHN SPEARES AND MARGARET BATES.
They had 12 children: Ann M., Caroline, Charlotte V., Frederick,
Martha, Mary E., Sally M., Permelia, Worthy, John H., Henrietta
and Samuel. Ann M. married STROTHER JOHNSON. Caroline married
HON. BARTON BATES, son of HON. EDWARD BATES. Charlotte V. married
DANIEL H. BROWN. Frederick never married. Martha died in childhood.
Mary E. married GEORGE W. JACKSON. Sally M. married PEYTON A.
BROWN. Permelia married WILLIAM E. CHANEYWORTH. Worthy died when
she was a young lady. John H. married CAROLINE HARRIS. Henrietta
and Samuel are unmarried.
HILL - James Hill, of Ireland, came
to America and settled in Georgia. His children were William H.,
Alexander, Middleton, Thomas, James B., Oliver and Jane. Alexander
was in the war of 1812. He married MISS NANCY HENRY, of Tennessee,
where he first settled. In 1817 he removed to MO. and settled
in Lincoln Co. The names of his children were Malcolm, James B.,
Jane and Thomas A. The latter married ISABELLA BROWN, of N. C.,
and settled in St. Charles Co., MO. He had 4 children: William
H., Andrew F., John A., and Middleton. Malcolm, son of Alexander
Hill, settled in Texas, and his brother, James B., settled in
Wisconsin. Thomas, son of James Hill, Sr., married ELIZABETH HENRY,
of Tennessee, and settled in Lincoln Co., MO. in 1871. His children
were James A., Mary, Nancy J., and Thomas L. Nancy J. married
JOHN WRIGHT, who settled in St. Charles Co., and after her death
he married her sister, Mary. James Hill, Sr., was a great hunter,
and spent most of his time in the woods. He died at the age of
HAYDEN - Russell Hayden, of Marion
co., KY., married MARY ROPER, and they had 9 children: Ellen,
Nancy, James K., Margaret, Leo, Joseph T., Eliza, Mary J., and
William B. James K. married PENINA WILLIAMS, and settled in Pike
Co., MO. Margaret married GEORGE DYER, who settled in St. Charles
Co., Mo., in 1838. Mary J. married RICHARD HILL, who settled in
MO. in 1838. William B. settled in St. Charles Co. in 1838. He
married MARY FREYMUTH.
HENDRICKS - John Hendricks was
a blacksmith and had a shop, first at Audrain's mill on Peruque
creek, but afterward removed to MR. DAVID K. PITMAN's. He married
a daughter of PHILIP SUBLETT, and sister of WILLIAM SUBLETT, the
noted mountaineer. Hendricks was an eccentric genius, and fond
of playing pranks on other people. While he was living at Audrain's
mill, he played a trick on his neighbor, Mr. ROBERT GUTHRIE, that
came near being the cause of his death. A stream of water wan
through Mr. Guthrie's farm, across which he had felled a log that
he used as a foot-bridge. One night, Hendricks sawed the log nearly
in two, from the underside, and next morning when Mr. Guthrie
went to cross the creek upon it, it suddenly sank with him, into
the water, and he had a narrow escape from drowning, as the water
was very deep at that place. at another time, Hendricks found
some buzzard's eggs, and sold them to MRS. FELIX SCOTT for a new
kind of duck's eggs. She was very proud of her purchase, and took
a great deal of pains to hatch the eggs under a favorite old hen.
But when the "ducks" came, and she saw what they were, she passed
into a state of mind that might have been called vexation. Hendricks
once had a large wen cut out of his hip, and during the operation
he coolly smoked his pipe, as if nothing unusual were transpiring.
HIGGINBOTHAM.-- Moses Higginbotham,
of Tazewell county, Va., had eleven children. His third
son, whose name was Moses, married Jane Smith, of Virginia, and
settled in St. Charles Co., Mo., in 1838. they had the following
children -- Hiram K., Elizabeth, Sidney, Ellen, George W., and
Minerva. Hiram K. married Millie Evans, and raised a large
family of children before his death. Elizabeth married William
a. Hawkins, of Warre county, Mo. sidney and Ellen both lived
in Virginia, where they married. George W., married Sarah
A. Byer, and is till living in St. Charles county. Minerva
never married, and is now living in St. Charles county.
IMAN - Daniel Iman and his wife, whose
maiden name was BARBARA ALKIRE, settled in St. Charles Co. in
1818. They had 9 children: Washington, Adam, Isaac, Daniel, Henry,
Solomon, Katy, Mary and Mahala. Washington married LOUISA GRIGGS.
Adam was married first to NANCY HANCOCK, and after her death he
married VIRGINIA THORNBILL. Daniel was married first to ELIZABETH
HANCOCK, second to MARTHA A. MCCUTCHEON, and third to ANN BRITTLE.
Mary married JOHN URF, and Mahala married BENJAMIN F. HANCOCK.
JOHNSON.-- George W. Johnson was
a native of England, but emigrated to America, and settled in
Northumberland Co., Va., where he married Mildred Dye, daughter
of William Dye, by whom he had -- Eliza J., Henry V., Robert A.,
George C., William B., and Amanda N. Henry, Robert, and
William all died single. Eliza, George, and Amanda married
and settled in Missouri. [p. 160]
JOHNSON.-- John Johnson, of England,
settled in Albermarle Co., Va., at a very early date. He
had two sons, Bailey and James. Bailey married a Miss Moreland,
and they had nine children -- Beall, Susan W., Bailey, Jr., John,
Pinckard, Smith, George, Charles, and Presley. Bailey and
Charles were the only ones who left Virginia. George was
a soldier in the revolutionary war. He married Elizabeth
Blackmore, of Virginia, and they had nine children -- Elizabeth,
Hannah, Catharine, Nancy, Charles, Edward, George, Bailey and
Jemima. Nancy, Edward, Catharine, and Jemima died in childhood,
in Virginia. Charles was married twice, first to Rachel
Woodward, and second to Harriet Ficklin, both of Virginia.
By his first wife he had three children, and by the seond four.
In 1836 he bought Nathan Boone's farm and settled in St. Charles
Co., Mo., but in 1846 he removed to Illinois. Elizabeth
married Rodman Kenner, who settled in St. Charles county in 1834.
Hannah married Joseph B. Stallard, who settled in St. Charles
county in 1835. George S. married Mrs. Eliza A. Hunter,
whose maiden name was Gautkins. She was a daughter of Edward
Gautkins and Mary Oty, of Bedford Co., Va. Bailey was married
twice, first to Catharine Forshea, and after her death to Nancy
JOHNSON.-- John Johnson, of Tennessee,
settled on "the point" below the town of St. Charles, in 1805.
His father was killed by the Indians when he was a small boy,
and he grew up with a natural antipathy to the race. He
became a noted Indian fighter, and never let an opportunity pass
to slay a red-man. On one occasion, while the people were
collected in the forts, during the war of 1812, he saw an Indian
hiding behind a log not far from the fort, disguised as a buffalo,
with the hide, to which the horns were attached, thrown over his
body. The disguise was so transparent that Johnson had no
difficulty in penetrating it, and he at once decided to give the
Indian a dose of lead for the benefit of his health. So
he cautiously left the fort, and making a wide circuit, came in
behind the savage, who was intently watching for an opportunity
to pick off some one of the inmates who might come within range
of his gun. But a ball from Johnson's rifle put an end to
his adventures here, and sent him speeding on his way to the happy
hunting grounds of the spirit land. For more than five years
after his removal to Missouri Johnson dressed in the Indian garb,
and never slept in a house, preferring to repose in the open air
with nothing but the heavens for a shelter. He was thirty-seven
years of age when he came to Missouri, and when the Indian war
commenced he joined the company of rangers commanded by Capt.
Massey, and was stationed for some time at Cap-au-Gris on the
Mississippi river. Before he left Tennessee he was married
to Nancy Hughlin, of Nashville, and they had six children -- Daniel,
Elizabeth, Levi, Dorcas, Evans, and Susan. Daniel married
Susan Smelzer. Elizabeth married Asa Griffith. Levi
married Esther Bert. Dorcas married Thomas Fallice.
Evans was married four times; first to Susan Miller; second to
Susan Sullivan; third, to Angeline Lefavre, and fourth, to Sarah
M. McCoy. Susan married William Roberts. [p. 160]
JOHNS. -- John Jay Johns was born in
Buckingham county, Va., in 1819. His father was Glover Johns,
a tobacco planter, and a magistrate, an office of great honor
in the Old Dominion in those days. He removed to Middle
Tennessee in 1831, and from thence to Mississippi in 1834.
In 1836, John Jay, then in his seventeenth year, went to the Miami
University at Oxford, Ohio, where he graduated in 1840.
He was married the same year to Catharine A. Woodruff, of Oxford,
Ohio, and returning to Mississippi, engaged in the planting business.
In the spring of 1844 he removed to St. Charles county, Mo.
That was the memorable year of the great overflow of the Missouri
and Mississippi rivers, by which untold suffering and sickness
were entailed upon the population. In 1845, attracted by
the rich lands in the Point Prairie, below St. Charles, Mr. Johns
settled there. St. Charles, at that time was a small, unprepossessing
village, and many of its merchants and citizens were struggling
against financial ruin, which threatened them on account of the
stringency of the times. In 1846 Mrs. Johns died, leaving
two daughters. There were a few scattering farms on the
Point Prairie when Mr. Johns settled there, but its prospects
soon began to improve, and a number of enterprising persons located
there. Among them were Willis Fawcett, B. H. Alderson, Abner
Cunningham, John Chapman, Charles Sheppard, and James Judge.
On the 2d of November, 1847, Mr. Johns was married to Jane A.
Durfee, daughter of Rev. Thomas Durfee and his wife, Ann Glendy,
who was the niece and ward of Thomas Lindsay. The ceremony
took place at the old Thomas Lindsay farm, near St. Charles.
In 1849, Mr. Johns, B. A. Alderson, Willis Fawcett, and John Stonebreaker
bought the first McCormack reaper that was ever brought to the
State. This gave new impetus to the production of wheat
in this great wheat groaning county. In 1851, Mr. Johns
removed his family to the city of St. Charles, where they have
since resided. he had a large family of thirteen children,
of whom ten are still living, four daughters and six sons.
Believing a cultivated and well trained mind to be more valuable
than wealth, he gave all his children a good education, and those
who are grown occupy honorable and useful positions in society.
Mr. Johns has been an Elder in the Presbyterian Church since he
was twenty-one years of age. [p. 161]
KEITHLEY - Jacob, John, Joseph,
Daniel and Samuel Keithley, came from N.C. and settled in Bourbon
Co., KY. John married and raised a large family of children, some
of whom settled in Texas and California. Joseph married in KY.,
and had but one son, John, who settled in Boone Co., MO. Daniel
married MARY MOOLER, and the names of their children were Joseph,
John, Isaac, Daniel, Jr., William R., and Katy. Samuel lived and
died in Tennessee. Jacob married BARBARA ROWLAND, and moved to
Warren Co., KY., where he died. His children were Absalom, Jacob,
John, Samuel, Obediah, Rowland, william, Levi, Daniel, Absalom,
Tabitha, Isaac, Polly, Elizabeth, Katy, Patsey, Sally, and one
not named, making 18 in all. Daniel Keithley, son of Daniel Sr.,
married a MISS HOSTETTER, and they had a daughter named Kate,
who was the largest woman in the world, weighing 675 pounds. She
died when 22 years of age. (Children of Jacob Keithley, Sr.) Abraham
married TENNIE ROWLAND, and settled in MO. in 1806. He had 4 children,
and was killed by his horse, on Cuivre river, in 1813. His widow
afterward married JOHN SHELLEY. John married POLLY CLAYPOLE, and
lived and died in KY. Joseph married ELIZABETH BURKET, of St.
Charles Co., MO. Samuel settled in the city of St. Charles in
1808. He was married twice, first to POLLY BURKET, and second
to MRS. NANCY PULLIAM. He had 22 children by his 2 wives, and
shortly before his death, he gave a dinner to his children and
grandchildren, of whom there were 82 present. He died in 1871.
Rowland was married twice. He settled in St. Charles C0. in 1816,
where he remained 2 years, and then moved to Pike Co. William
came to St. Charles Co. in 1812. He joined the rangers under NATHAN
BOONE, and served with them one year, when he joined CAPT. CALLAWAY's
company. He was married 1st to CHARLOTTE CASTLIO, who died in
1857, and he then married the WIDOW DUNCAN, who was a daughter
of JAMES LOYD. Mr. Keithley is still living, in his 84th year.
He had 8 children, four of whom are still living, viz.: MRS. PAULINA
SHARP and MRS. ELIZABETH WRAY, of St. Louis, MRS. RUTH SAVAGE,
od Wentzville, and MRS. ADELINE WARD. The names of those who are
dead are: John, Samuel W., Lucy and Francis M. Samuel came to
St. Charles Co. in 1818 and died in 1862. He was married twice,
first to a MISS OWENS, and second to EMMA WELLNOTH. He had 6 children.
Absalom settled in St. Charles Co. in 1818. He married CENIA CASTLIO,
and they had 11 children. Obediah settled in St. Charles Co in
1825, and moved to Texas in 1869. He was married twice. Polly
married ISAAC HOSTETTER, of KY., who settled in St. Charles Co.
in 1806. Elizabeth married JOSEPH ROWLAND, who came to MO. and
remained one year, and then returned to KY., where he died. Katy
married PETER GRAVES, and lived in Tennessee. Patsy married ALFRED
DITMYER and settled in Illinois.
KILE - George A. Kile was a native of
Germany, where he married and had 2 children. He then came to
America wit his wife and children and settled in Maryland, where
they had 6 children more. George, the youngest son, married NANCY
MARSHALL, of Maryland, and moved to KY., where he died, leaving
a widow and 8 children. The names of the children were Ephraim
D., Hezekiah, Alexander M., Humphrey F., Lucretia P., Susan, Stephen
W., and Alfred S. In 1837, Susan, Stephen W., and Alfred S. came
to MO. with their mother and settled in St. Charles Co. Mrs. Kile
died in August, 1872. Of the children we have the following record:
Hezekiah was married twice. Stephen D. died a bachelor. Alexander
wa married twice, lost both of his wives, and then went to Colorado.
Humphrey never married, and is still living. He once had a hen
that laid a square egg, and from the egg was hatched a pullet
that lived to be 16 years old; when she was 8 years old, she turned
perfectly white, and remained so the rest of her life. During
her 16 years, she laid 4,000 eggs, and hatched 3,000 chickens.
KIBLER - Jacob Kibler, Sr., a native
of Va., settled in St. Charles in 1820. He married VICTOIRE CORNOYER,
who was born in St. Charles, and belonged to one of the old French
families. Their children were George, William, Jacob, Jr., Catharine,
and Louis. George died at the age of 12 years. Jacob, Jr., married
MARY L. DRURY, who died in 1873. Mr. Kibler has been identified
with the press of St. Charles during the greater portion of his
life. He was one of the founders of the Chronotype; also of the
Democrat, one of the oldest German papers in the state, now owned
and published by the BODE brothers. ARNOLD KREKEL, now Judge of
the U.S. District Court, was editor of the Democrat during Mr.
Kibler's connection with the paper. Catharine Kibler died young.
Louis resides in VA. In the early days of St. Charles, Jacob Kibler,
Sr., was a hatter and dealer in furs. He died in Sept. 1875, at
the advanced age of 85, his wife having preceded him to the grave
by several years.
KENNER - In 1834, Rodman Kenner, of
Va. came to MO., and settled in Missouriton, on Darst's Bottom,
where he lived one year, and then moved out to the Booneslick
road and opened a hotel where the town of Pauldingville now stands.
Mr. Kenner was a first-class landlord, and his house became a
noted resort during the palmy days of staging on the Booneslick
road. COL. THOMAS H. BENTON and many other well known and leading
men of earlier times, often stopped there; and in fact, no one
ever thought of passing Kenner's without taking a meal or sleeping
one night in his excellent beds. Travelers always had a good time
there, and would travel hard two or three days in order to reach
the house in time to stay all night. Mr. Kenner made a fortune,
and died in June, 1876, in the 86th year of his age.
LUCKETT - Thomas Luckett was a native
of Maryland, but removed to Virginia, and settled there. He married
ELIZABETH DOUGLASS, and they ha 10 children: John, Richard, Thomas,
William, Nathan, Joanna, Nancy, Polly, Elizabeth and Ignatius.
William married NANCY COMBS, daughter of ENNIS COMBS and MARGARET
ROUSSEAU, and settled in St. Charles Co., MO. in 1835. He served
in the war of 1812. He had 6 children: Elizabeth D., Thomas H.,
Jane N., Gibson B., John C., and Benjamin D.
LOGAN - Hugh Logan, of Ireland, was
one of the pioneers of KY. He married SARAH WOODS, of VA., and
they had 10 children: Nancy, David, Ellen, Cyrus, Jane, Green,
William C., Harriet, Sally and Dorcas. William C. settled in St.
Charles Co., in 1829, and died in 1844. He married SARAH B. BELL,
of VA., and they had 11 children: Francis A., James F., Hugh B.,
Sarah W., Mary D., Samuel F., Maria E., Harriet J., Helen P.,
Charles J., and William C., Jr. Green Logan married FANNIE MCROBERTS
of Lincoln Co., KY., and settled in St. Charles Co., MO. in 1829.
His children were Sarah J., Anley M., George, Mary F., and Fannie
LEWIS - Joseph Lewis, a Frenchman,
settled in St. Charles Co. during the Spanish administration.
He married NANCY BIGGS, daughter of JOHN BIGGS, of VA., who also
settled in MO. during the Spanish administration. They had 1 son,
James, who was born in 1806. He married ELIZABETH GROSS, of KY.,
and they had 15 children. After the death of Joseph Lewis, his
widow married EDWARD SMITH, and they had 4 children: Randall,
Frances, Mildred and Lucinda.
LINDSAY.-- The original Lindsay
family of the United States sprang from seven brothers, who came
from England before the revolution. Their names were William,
Samuel, James, John, Robert, Joseph, and Alexander. William married
Ellen Thompson, of Ireland, and settled in Pennsylvania.
Their children were -- James, Jane, Elizabeth, Samuel, William,
Henry, and Joseph. Henry Lindsay and his brother-in-law,
Col. Robert Patterson, who married Elizabeth Lindsay, were the
joint owners of the land on which the city of Cincinnati now stands.
They built the first cabin there, and dug a well one hundreed
and twenty-two feet deep, when they struck a large walnut stump,
and being unable to remove it, and having become dissatisfied
with the location, they abandoned it. They were both in
the battle of Tippecanoe. Henry Lindsay married Elizabeth
Colbertson, and they had one son, William C., when Mrs. Lindsay
died, and he afterward married Margaret Kincaid, daughter of William
Kincaid, of dublin, Ireland, who had settled in Greenbriar county,
Va., By his second wife he had -- Ellen K., James, Nancy B., Preston,
John K., Henry C., and Margaret J. William C. Lindsay
settled in St. Charles county in 1827, and died in 1861.
He was married twice, first to mary Hamilton, and after her death,
he married the widow Lewis, whose maiden name was Maria Bell.
Ellen K. died single in Kentucky. James died in Lincoln
county, unmarried. Nancy married Alexander McConnell of
Indiana. Preston studied medicine, and married Jane Mahan
of Kentucky. John K. married Hannah Bailey, of Lincoln county,
where he now resides. Henry C. was also a physician.
He settled in St. Charles county in 1835, and died three years
after. Margaret J. married Dr. John Scott, of Howard county,
Mo. William Lindsay, Jr., was married in Pennsylvania to
Sarah Thompson, and settled in Pike county, Mo., in 1829.
LINDSAY. -- Thomas Lindsay and
his family lived in Scotland. The names of his children
were -- Thomas, Jr., James, John, Martha, Mary, Ann, and Jane.
James was married in Scotland to Charlotte Kettray, and came to
America and settled in St. Charles county, in 1817. His
children were -- William, Ann, thomas, James, Jr., John, Agnes,
and Isabella. Ann married John H. Stewart, and settled in
Carroll county. Agnes married Addison McKnight, of Tennessee,
who settled in St. Charles county in 1817. His mother settled
in Missouri in 1800. She was a very brave and resolute
woman, and killed several Indians during her life. On one
occasion she had a horse stolen, which she followed forty miles,
alone, found it and brought it back home. Mr. McKnight was
the owner of McKnight's Island, on the Mississippi river.
Isabella Lindsay married Nathaniel Reid, of Virginia, who settled
in St. Charles county in 1839. Mr. Reid was a carpenter
and contractor, and built the Insane and Blind asylums, and Westminster
College at Fulton. William Lindsay died a bachelor in St.
Charles county. thomas married Margaret Garvin, and was
drowned in 1841, leaving a widow and five children. James
was married first to Jane Black, of Virginia, and after her death
he married the widow of Dr. Benjamin f. Hawkins, whose maiden
name was Sarah Fleet. Mr. Lindsay is an intelligent gentleman,
and we are indebted to him for many interesting items of family
history. John Lindsay married Mary Stewart, of Monroe county,
Mo. Thomas Lindsay, jr., settled in America in 1800, and
in St. Charles county in 1816. He married Margaret Breckett,
of South Carolina. John, son of Thomas Lindsay, Sr., settled
in South Carolina, where he died. Ann, his sister, married
Peter Glendy, of South Carolina, and settled in St. Charles county
in 1817. The names of their children were -- James, Ellen,
Thomas, Ann, and Andrew. [p. 165] [Errata: Peter
Glenday and Anne Lindsay married in Scotland and came to St. Charles
in 1817; Ellen is also called Hellen. SDC1999]
LEWIS - Joseph Lewis, of England,
settled in Rock Castle Co., KY., and married SARAH WHITLEY, the
sister of WILLIAM WHITLEY, the noted Indian fighter. They had
8 children: Ruth, Sarah, Isabella, Mary A., Samuel, Joseph, William
and Benjamin. Samuel who was a brick mason, married MARY DAY,
and settled in St. Charles in 1816. His children were Joseph F.,
Victor, Andrew, Samuel, Jr., Avis, William, Mary A., Margaret
J., and Adeline. Joseph, William and Benjamin, sons of Joseph
Lewis, Sr., settled in Palmyra, MO. (Marion County) The children
of Samuel Lewis, with the exception of Andrew and Samuel, Jr.,
settled in St. Charles Co.
LACKLAND - James C. Lackland, a
native of Montgomery Co., MD., came to MO. in the fall of 1833,
and brought his family, consisting of his wife and 9 boys. He
settled first near Florissant, in St. Louis Co., but in 1835,
he removed to St. Charles, where he engaged in the sawmill business
until within a few years previous to his death, which occurred
in July, 1862, at the age of 71 years. Mr. Lackland was a model
man and citizen, and made friends of all who became acquainted
with him. The names of his boys were Richard, James, Jeremiah,
Augustus T., Benjamin F., Eli R., Norman J., Henry C., and Charles
M. Jeremiah died the first year after the arrival of the family
in MO., sometime between his 16th and 21st year. Benjamin F. was
killed in St. Charles, at the age of 21, by P. W. CULVER, who
was intoxicated at the time. Culver was tried and sentenced to
the penitentiary, but was pardoned without serving his term. Norman
J. and Charles M. live at Mexico, MO., the former engaged in the
mercantile business, and the latter in the cattle trade. Eli is
chief clerk of the Scotia Iron Mines, near Leasburg, Crawford
Co., MO. Henry C. is a prominent attorney at St. Charles. He was
Professor of Mathematics in St. Charles College from 1856 to 1859,
and also taught classes in Greek and Latin. He held the position
of School Commissioner from 1859 until the office was abolished.
In 1875 he was elected a member of the state Constitutional Convention
for the district composed of the counties of St. Charles, Warren
and lincoln, receiving almost the unanimous vote of the district.
Only 8 votes were cast against him in his own county. He was one
of the leaders of that able body of men, and made an enviable
record for himself as a legislator and parliamentarian.
LUSBY - Thomas lusby, of Ireland, settled
first in Illinois, and in 1800 moved and settled in Portage, des
Sioux, St. charles County. He married FANNY SCOTT, and they had
1 child, Elliott, who was the first white child born in Portage
des Sioux. Elliott married AVIS LEWIS, of KY., and the names of
their children were Julia A., William W., Sarah, Margaret, Thomas,
Louisa, Mary, Ellen, Samuel, Fanny and Joseph, and in addition
to these, there were 3 who died in infancy. When Mr. Lusby was
married he borrowed a dollar to pay the parson, and having no
horse, he raised his first crop of corn with an ox.
LEWIS - Capt. John Lewis and his wife,
whose maiden name was PEGGY FROG, were natives of Ireland. They
came to America and settled in VA., and their son, Charles A.,
married JUDITH TURNER, by whom he had Mary, Timothy P., Margaret,
Catharine E., Isabella S., and Louisa. In 1817 he removed to St.
Charles Co., and settled on "the point". Mary, the eldest daughter,
married SAMUEL WATSON, and rode on his horse behind him to their
home, carrying all of her wardrobe in her lap. Timothy P. died
single. The rest of the children, except Louisa, returned to VA.
with their mother after the death of their father. Louisa married
WILLIAM FERGUSON, for whom Ferguson Station in St. Louis county
was named. The land was first owned by CHARLES A. LEWIS, who sold
it for $6 per acre, and moved to St. Charles Co. Mr. Ferguson
gave ten acres of the land to the railroad company, to secure
the station. Mrs. Lewis once saved her house from burning by having
a churn of buttermilk convenient. She kept some of her clothes
in a large chest, and one evening, while looking through them
with a torch in her hand, the clothes caught fire, and they and
the chest were entirely consumed, and the house would have been
burned except for the churn of buttermilk, which Mrs. Lewis used
in extinguishing the flames.