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Giles Jasper Nation

Giles Jasper Nation, an enterprising citizen of Pike township, Stoddard Co., Mo., was born in Jackson County, Tenn., January 2, 1841 and is the son of William and Mary Ann (Hale) Nation, natives of Jackson County, Tenn. The father was born in Ohio in 1812, and was a farmer and blacksmith by occupation, being quite successful at each. He left Ohio when a young man and came to Jackson County, Tenn., where he remained until 1849 when he came to Stoddard County and here died in 1887. He was a good man and at his death Stoddard County lost one of its best citizens. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for many years, was a Union man during the war, and was a Republican politically. Grandfather Nation was a soldier in the War of 1812, and was at the battle of New Orleans. Mary Ann (Hale) Nation, was born in Jackson County, Tenn., October 29, 1819 and died in Stoddard County, Mo., December 25, 1856. She was also a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church . Od the eight chidlren born to this union, only three are now living; the subject of this sketch, Nicholas G. and Laura Ader Foster (who is the wife of Simeon Foster, a farmer). Those deceased are named James W., John W., Matilda, Margaret Ann and Sarah. Giles Jasper received a limited education but by a life of study and attention to business is a well informed man on all subjects. In December 1861, he enlisted in Company F, Second Illinois Artillery and lacked a few days of serving one year when he was discharged on account of ill health caused by exposure. Corinth was the only battle in which he participated. In 1863 he engaged in the grocery business at Santa Fe, Ill., and later was engaged in operating a saw mill for eight years. He then added a grist-mill and has been in this business ever since, but in connection has carried on farming. He is the owner of 720 acres of excellent land and has a fine residence. He had two very large fish ponds, is raising German carp, and was the first man in the State to raise that kind of fish. In March 1864 he married Miss Sarah Sitz, daughter of Noah Sitz and a native of Stoddard County, Mo. She died about one year after marriage, without issue. In 1867 Mr. Nation married Mrs. Martha E. (Brantley) Ford, a native of Stoddard County, daughter of Joel Brantley and the widow of R.D. Ford, who died while in the Union army leaving one child Rosa Bell who has since died. To Mr. and Mrs. Nation were born one child: Giles Zadus. Looking at his farm one can readily see that Mr. Nation is a wide-a-wake enterprising citizen. Although starting with little means his success has been the result of energy and excellent business ability. He is a Republican in politics and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.


Nicholas G. Nation

Nicholas G. Nation, another successful and enterprising citizen of Stoddard County, was born in Jackson County, Tenn., December 31, 1845 and is the son of William and Martha Ann (Hale) Nation. [For further particulars of parents see sketch of Giles J. Nation.] Nicholas G. Nation received meager educational advantages, and remained at home until 1861, when he enlisted in Company F, Second Illinois Artillery and remained in service about two years. During that time he participated in the battles of Corinth and Shiloh. At the last-named battle he was dismounted and has never recovered from the effects of this accident, being discharged on account of the same. March 20, 1870 he chose for his companion in life, Miss Margaret Caroline Keaton, who was born in Carroll County, Tenn., May 9, 1847 and who was the daughter of Nicholas Jackson Keaton, who was a farmer, who came from Tennessee to Missouri in 1861 and settled in Stoddard County where he remained until his death, June 11, 1876. To Mr. and Mrs. Nation was born one son, William Jackson, who is now at home. After marriage Mr. Nation began life for himself as a farmer. He is now the owner of about 500 acres of as good land as is to be found in the county, all well improved. He is a Republican in his political views, and at all times supports the cause of education and religion, as well as all other laudable enterprises. He is a member of the Wheel, and is decidedly in favor of the liquor traffic. He and Mrs. Nation are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.


John Newcomer

John Newcomer, one of the substantial citizens of the county, and the son of Martin and Barbara (Wigner) Newcomer, was born in Gallia County, Ohio July 1, 1833, and has been a resident of Pike Township since 1855. The parents were native of Pennsylvania, and came to Stoddard County, Mo., in 1856. The father was a gun smith and blacksmith by trade, which he followed all his life. He died in Stoddard County, Mo., in 1876, when eighty-three. The mother is still living, eighty-two years old, and now resides with her son, John, who is the only one living of a family of three children. He learned the blacksmith's trade at which he has continued to work up to the present, but intends from now on to follow agricultural pursuits. He is not only a blacksmith, but is a carpenter, bricklayer, or general mechanic and excels at anything he undertakes. In 1857 he married Nancy Catherine Stropp, a native of Stoddard County, Mo., born about 1838, and the daughter of Lawson Stropp. To this union were born twelve children, five living: Jenetta Alice, Sarah Elizabeth, Joseph F., Clara C. and Ida May. From 1872 to 1882 Mr. Newcomer served as justice of the peace and proved himself as good an official as he was a mechanic. He is a Democrat in politics, is a member of the Wheel, and also a member of the Masonic fraternity. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.


S. Albert Norrid

S. Albert Norrid was born May 5, 1853, in Mississippi County Mo., His parents, P.A. and Adeline F. (Myers) Norrid, were born in Tennessee, and were married in Missouri. They came to Stoddard County in 1855, and located on a farm, where the father died April 20, 1886. S. Albert Norrid was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools. He also received nearly one year's schooling at Arcadia College. At the age of eighteen years he began teaching school, which occupation he followed for eleven years, teaching during the winter months and farming during the summer. January 12, 1882 he was united in marriage to Belle Hickman, a native of Obion County, Tennessee and daughter of Capt. H.W. Hickman whose sketch appears in this work. Mr. and Mrs. Norrid have two children: Birdie May and Daisy Ethel. Mr. Norrid purchased part of his present farm previous to his marriage and made some valuable improvements. He now owns about 260 acres of land with 180 under cultivation. His wife is a member of the Baptist Church and he is a Methodist, and a member of the Agricultural Wheel and the Knights of the Golden Rule. He is a Democrat in his political view, and since 1882 has held the office of the county assessor, giving excellent satisfaction to all concerned.


R.P. Owen

R.P. Owen, ex-judge, probate judge and attorney at law, is a native of Hopkins county, Ky, born near Madisonville, August 26, 1814 and is the son of Reuben and Patsy (Wells) Owen, and a grandson of William Owen, who had two sons in the Revolutionary War. He died in Georgia, whiter he had immigrated at an early date. The Owen family originally came from Wales and was represented by three brothers, from whom sprang the Owen family in America. The Wells family were Carolinians. Reuben Owen was a native of Virginia, and his wife a native of South Carolina. Her mother was a niece of Daniel Boone. Reuben was reared in Georgia, and in 1795 immigrated to Kentucky and in company with one young man went down the river to New Orleans, when that territory was under the Spanish Government. He remained there a short time, and came back up the river on a barge commanded by a Spanish officer. They stopped at Memphis where they built a fort, and Mr. Owen cut the first stick of timber where Memphis now stands. He came up the river to Kaskaskia, Ill., stopped there a short time, and then went to Kentucky, where he was married in Henderson County. After moving around in different counties of Kentucky, he finally moved to Stoddard County, Mo., where he lived until October, 1843. His wife died about 1850. Of their eight children, five are now living: Adrian B., Reuben P., Given, Eliza B. and Martha E. Those deceased are William, Emily and one who died in infancy. R.P., the subject of this sketch, was reared in Kentucky, where he remained until 1841, when he immigrated to Stoddard County, Mo., with his family - his wife and two children. In 1842 he located in Bloomfield, and was appointed deputy clerk. He was afterward appointed by Judge Cook to fill the vacancy, and at the next general election was chosen to fill that position. He was then elected three successive terms of six years each, and served in this capacity for nearly twenty years. During this time he studied law, and received his license in 1859. In 1863 he began practicing. During the war he ran a steam grist-mill, and had to feed both the Northern and Southern armies. In 1863 he began practicing his profession and in 1870 he was elected Judge of the Twenty-third Judicial Circuit, and re-elected in 1874, serving until 1880, when he was re-elected to the same office. He held this position about fourteen years, since which time he had been engaged in the practice of his profession. He has never been defeated in running for office, and had been in office the principal part of his life until he resigned his judgeship. In January 1885, he went to Texas, where he was engaged in the mercantile business, which he carried on until May 1886, when he came home. Many years previous to this (January 7, 1835), he married Miss Mary H. Lewis, a native of Tennessee. Nine children were born to this union, four now living: Martha M. (widow of Samuel Montgomery), Mary E. (widow of J.W. Leach), Catherine (wife of R.T. Seckel) and Minerva O. (wife of Dr. Tumbaugh). Those deceased are Laura, Lizzie A., Josephine, Adelia and Roxie A. Mrs. Owen died November 5, 1883. She was a member of the Baptist Church, as is also Mr. Owen. He is a member of the Masonic Lodge, and is one of the prominent men of Southeast Missouri - an old pioneer and a useful citizen.


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