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Jesse S. Shands

Jesse S. Shands, farmer, contractor and builder, was born in South Carolina February 9, 1835, and is a son of Gideon and Mariah (Harris) Shands. The father was also born in South Carolina, and in 1845 removed to Mississippi where he resided until his death, which occurred about 1879. Jesse S. learned his trade of his father and older brother and remained in Mississippi until 1862 when he removed to Tennessee, and the following year enlisted in Company B, Sixth Tennessee Cavalry, United States army, and served two years. He then organized a company and was elected its captain, but the company was not called out and consequently was disbanded. He then went to Illinois and located in Johnson County in 1864, but in December 1865, located in Stoddard County, MO. Here he has since resided and farmed. He owns eighty acres of land, nearly all of which is improved. He was married in Mississippi January 17, 1861 to Mary E. Black, a native of Mississippi and daughter of P.N. Black. They have four children: Sarah M. (widow of Joel Glover), Ansey L. (Mrs. James Greer), David T. and Mary C.


Samuel C. Scism

Samuel C. Scism, a successful farmer, whose postoffice address is Bloomfield, was born in Stoddard County, August 23, 1854, and is the son of William and Lucinda (McPheeters) Scism. The father is a pioneer of this county and is now quite aged. His memory is quite clear, however and he can relate many interesting anecdotes connected with his early life in Stoddard County. He commenced life, a poor man, but by industry and economy has now a good home. He reared a large family, most of whom lived to be grown and were married. He owned at one time several hundred acres of land, but has divided it among his children, reserving, for himself , only a part. He has been a valuable citizen for Stoddard County. He has been a life-long Democrat in his political views. His son, Samuel C., was reared to farm life and remained at home until twenty-two years of age, when, in 1876, he married Miss Hattie M. Springfield, a native of Georgia. To this union were born six children, five now living: Eva J., Willie, Effie, Zilla and John. The one deceased was named Adelia. After marrying Mr. Scism moved to his present farm, where he has resided ever since. He owns 445 acres of land 250 under cultivation and well improved. The soil is rich and productive, and the farm is one of the finest in Stoddard County. Mr. Scism is a member of the Wheeler organization.


John D. Shoemate

John D. Shoemate, merchant, is a Tennessean, born in Nashville, December 23, 1854. His father, whose initials are J.M., was a Virginian, but spent the period of his life after his tenth year in Tennessee. There he married Miss Mary E. Elliott, of that State, and from 1869 to the time of his death, in February, 1877, he lived in Obion County. Young Shoemate grew up amid the duties of farm life, and received a good education, part of which was gained in the State Normal at Cape Girardeau. This enabled him to teach for five years, and after that period he became a clerk in the store of J.A. Hickman, where he has since been employed. In August 1887, Mr. Shoemate and his brother bought the Puxico drug store, which they are now conducting so successfully. He was appointed notary public January 26, 1888 and also served as alderman of the town of Puxico, and president of the school board. He was married July 7, 1887 to Miss Mary e. Swallows, a native of Indiana, but whose life has been spent chiefly in Stoddard County.


David M. Simmons

David M. Simmons, M.D., physician at Lakeville, Stoddard Co., Mo., was born in Logan County, Ky., April 7, 1825 and is a son of John W. and Sarah (Gallaway) Simmons, natives of Mecklenburg County, N.C. The father was a farmer and dealer in stock, and died in 1865 at the age of sixty-one years. The mother died at the age of sixty. They left their native county and came to Logan county, Ky., where they passed their last days. Their family consisted of six children, four now living. David M. was the fourth child born to this marriage. He remained at home until after the death of his mother, when he married, went to Texas, and there remained about a year. He then returned to Kentucky, to Adairsville, Logan County, where he began the study of medicine, which he continued three years. In 1850 and 1851 he attended the Medical University in Nashville, Tenn. And graduated from that institution in 1851. In 1852 he began the practice of his profession at Highland, Marshall Co., Ky. Where he remained until 1860, and then came to Piketon, Stoddard Co., Mo., and there remained four years. He removed from there to Bankston, Chocktaw Co., Miss. Where he practiced medicine until 1871, at which date he returned to Marshall County, Ky., purchased land, and started the town of Dixie. In connection with his practice he engaged in the mercantile business, also farmed and sold tobacco. At the end of seven years he came to Lakeville, Stoddard County and here he has since remained. He received a liberal education, by money earned by his own hard work. His marriage, which occurred in September, 1845, was to Miss Elizabeth Beaty, a daughter of Samuel Beaty. She was born in Logan County, Ky., in 1825 and died in that county in October, 1848. On son was born to them, November 12, 1847 and died March 27, 1885. He married Mattie E. Crow, of New Madrid County, and at the time of his death was practicing medicine at Brownwood. He had attended Vanderbilt University, at Nashville, and had an extensive practice. May 10, 1853, Dr. Simmons married Miss Cassandria F. Anderson, a daughter of John Anderson, of Marshall County, Ky., where she was born, March 29, 1836. This union resulted in the birth of one son and one daughter, Jeptha and Gertrude W. (wife of Hardin W. Watkins). February 27, 1887 Jeptha Simmons married Miss E. Alice McCray, a daughter of W.L. McCray and to this union was born one son, Clay M. Dr. Simmons is a Democrat in his political views, and a member of the Masonic fraternity, and has taken the council degrees; he was a representative at the Grand Lodge of Mississippi. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and Mrs. Simmons has been a member of the same since 1853.


Thomas Simmemon

Thomas Simmemon, farmer, and manufacturer of pottery, located three and on one-half miles north of Dexter, was born in Habersham County, Ga., February 25, 1827, being the son of Jacob and Lucinda (McCallom) Simmemon, the father a native of North Carolina and the mother of South Carolina. They immigrated to Georgia at an early day, and here the father died. The mother is still living, and is a resident of Georgia. The father was a farmer and a manufacturer of pottery, and carried on both occupations until his death. Of their eight children, five are now living: Thomas, David, James, Martha J. and Mary. Thomas Simmemon is the eldest of this family. He remained at home until about twenty years of age, when he went to Marietta, Ga., and there carried on his trade for about two years. He then went to Cherokee County, Ala., where he farmed for two years. He also stopped at East Point, Mo., for a short time. In 1852 he married Miss Mary Hill, a native of Cobb County, Ga., and to them were born ten children, seven now living: Lucinda, Lucy, Benton, Edward, Dora, Mary and Martha. Those deceased were Harrison, Robert and John. In 1858 Mr. Simmemon came to Stoddard County, where he has since resided. He started the first pottery shop in Southeast Missouri, or within hundreds of miles of where he is now living, and has carried on the business ever since very successfully, with the exception of about two years during the war, when he could not sell on account of the currency. He supplies the public with jugs, churns and pottery ware, and also ships his ware at times. He also owns a valuable farm of over one hundred acres, eighty of which are under cultivation, and carries on farming quite successfully. Mr. Simmemon is a member of the Agricultural Wheel, and has been identified with this county for over thirty years, being a valuable and successful citizen. Mrs. Simmemon is a member of the Christian Church.


Jonas Welborn Sitz

Jonas Welborn Sitz, another old and respected citizen of Stoddard County, was born in Lincoln County, N.C., November 6, 1821 and is a son of Henry and Susan (Bradshaw) Sitz, natives also of Lincoln County, N.C. In the spring of 1827 they came to Washington County, Mo., where they lived for eleven years, and then moved to Stoddard County, where they passed the remainder of their days. The father was a collier by trade, but gave that up in late years and engaged in farming and trading in stock, at which he was very successful. He was a member of Presbyterian Church, and died about 1857 at the unusual age of ninety-three, attending to his business up to the time of his death. The mother died about 1862, at the age of eighty-one. She was a life-long member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Ten children were born to their marriage three of whom are living. Jonas W. Sitz received the rudiments of a common education, which he improved by general reading, observation, etc. He remained with his parents until his marriage, which occurred in 1843, to Miss Sarah Ward. She died about 1853, leaving a family of three children, two of whom are now living: Smantha Jane and Margaret Elizabeth. The one deceased, Marcus G., died in 1884 at the age of forty-three. November 5, 1856, Mr. Sitz married Miss Caldonia Harris, who was born in Fulton County, KY, August 22, 1836 and who is the daughter of George and Almira Harris. Six children were the fruits of this union, five now living: George W., Susan Caroline, Sarah C. Altha Agnes and Alvin Alonzo. Aaron A., born December 29, 1858 died September 9, 1882. After his first marriage Mr. Sitz began farming and trading in stock, which he has since continued. He also had a general store at Piketon for five years, and was very successful as a merchant. He has a good farm of 540 acres, is a member of the Wheel, is a Mason and he has been a life-long Democrat. He and wife are members of Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Sitz having donated the land, upon which the church is built. He has just made arrangements to donate land for another church and cemetery.


James W. Smith

James W. Smith. Maryland is the native State of Dr. William Smith, of Benton County, Mo., as well as of his son, the subject of this sketch. The mother and wife, Martha (Spencer) Smith, however, is a Virginian. Dr. Smith had a considerable reputation as a physician in his native State, but since 1858 has practiced his profession at his present home. His six children spent their early lives at home, and the first independent movement of James W. was in 1861 to enlist in Company D., Fiftieth Illinois Infantry, under Capt. Recker. As he was born in 1846 this would make him a soldier at the age of fifteen. He served until 1865, however, and was discharged at Springfield, Ill. He then returned home and resumed farming. When he came to Stoddard Count he purchased the farm he now owns, which embraces about eighty acres of the land on Gray's Ridge. There is upon this farm a historic Indian mound from which many specimens of ancient Indian art have been taken. Mr. Smith met his fate in 1882 in the person of Miss Fanny McMellon, who then became his wife. Their only child is Stella.


Angeline Sparr

Mrs. Angeline Sparr was born in Stoddard County, Mo., in1835, a daughter of James and Mary Wilson, both natives of Tennessee. The father was engaged in farming until he died in the year 1855. Mrs. Wilson died in 1842, after having become the mother of ten children. William, Polly and the subject of this sketch are the only members of this large family now living. Miss Angeline Wilson was first married to Jeremiah Webb, and to them were born three children, and after his death she became the wife of Edwin Long. Their life passed along until there were five children born to them, when Mr. Long was borne to last resting place. Her last husband, Mr. Alfred Sparr, was a soldier in the Civil War in the Union army, and served in numerous server engagements, the effect of which was to make him a cripple and cause the loss of hearing. Mrs. Sparr has but three children living: James, Malinda (now Mrs. H. Lawrence) and Mary (now Mrs. R. Blermis). From the estate of Mr. Long she now owns a good farm of eighty acres, which she has placed under fair cultivation.


Hiram M. Stacey

Hiram M. Stacey, another successful farmer of New Lisbon Township, Stoddard Co., Mo., was born in Jackson County, Tenn., June 29, 1840, and is the son of Meshack and Elizabeth (Hawkins) Stacey, who were natives of Jackson County, Tenn. The father was born January 22, 1812, and died in Hardin County, Ill., January 24, 1869. In December, 1848, Mr. Stacey moved from Tennessee to Hardin County, Ill., where he passed the remainder of his days. He was a farmer by occupation. After his wife's death he married Elizabeth Finn. Hiram M. Stacey was the second of a family of six children, all dead but two: Hiram M. and Britton Stacey (who is now a farmer and deputy sheriff of Hardin County, Ill.) Hiram M. remained at home until the late war, or in July 1861, when he enlisted in Company A, Twenty-ninth Illinois Infantry, and served until December, 1865. In 1864, after serving out his time, he re-enlisted and served in all, about four years and two months. During that time he participated in many battles, the principal ones being Fort Henry and Fort Donelson - receiving a flesh wound over the right eye in this battle. He was in the battle of Shiloh, and there received a flesh wound in the right thigh, and also participated in the siege of Vicksburg, Spanish Fort, Fort Blakley and many skirmishes. He was captured at Holly Springs, but was retained a prisoner but a short time. While on a furlough June 29, 1862, he married Serena Bynum, who was born in Gallatin County, Tenn., December 21, 1844 and died in Hardin County, Ill, in 1877, leaving three children: E.J., James B. and Nancy E. The same year Mr. Stacey married Miss Ida Ellen Broughhard, a native of Hamilton County, Ky., born July 24, 1856 and the daughter of Jerry Braughhard. To this union were born six children, four now living: Cora A., Chester A., Byrum S. and Meshack. Emma May and Lillie May are deceased. Mr. Stacey has been a farmer all his life. He remained in Hardin County, Ill., until 1880, when he moved to Stoddard County and located in Duck Creek Township, where he lived until 1887, when he moved to his present farm. In connection with farming, he has also been engaged in the stock business. He is a Republican in politics, is a member of the G.A.R., also a member of the Wheel, and he and wife are members of the Christian Church. He has a fine farm well improved.


William Stiford

William Stiford, a successful farmer and stock raiser of Pike Township, was born in Obion County, Tenn., January 8, 1859, and is the son of Isaac and Nancy (Pipkins) Stiford, natives of Weakley County, Tenn. They both died in Stoddard County, Mo., in 1879, he at the age of fifty-three, and she at the age of forty. They were married in Weakley County, Tenn., and moved from there to Obion County when their son William was quite young. Mr. Stiford had learned the miller's trade and followed that business until he came to Missouri, when he turned his attention to farming. Both parents were members of the Presbyterian Church. To their marriage were born seven children, three now living. William Stiford was the third child born to this union. He remained with his parents until twenty-one years of age, when he began for himself as a farmer. December 5, 1881, he chose for his companion in life Mrs. Eliza Poplin, a daughter of Mr. Palmer and the widow of Joshua Poplin. This union resulted in the birth of two children: Dollie and Ollie. Mr. Stiford is a member of the Wheel, and is a Republican in his political views. Mrs. Stiford is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.


Henerson Story

Henderson Story, another successful agriculturist, whose postoffice address is Bloomfield, was born in Middle Tennessee, January 7, 1845, and is a son of Lemm and Sarah (Watson) Story, both natives of Tennessee. They emigrated from Tennessee to Stoddard Co., Mo., in 1854, and here entered forty acres of land on Castor River. The farmer is still living there but the mother is deceased. Of the three children born to their marriage only one is now living, Henderson. He was about nine years of age when he came to Stoddard County, and remained with his parents until of age. In 1863 he enlisted in Company A., Second Missouri State Militia, Cavalry, and served until the close of the war. He was in the battles of Marmaduke's raid, Price's raid and also in several severe skirmishes. He was discharged in 1865, came home, and in 1868 was married to Miss Nancy M. Rea, by whom he has seven children, five now living: Mary A., Ettie C., Nora G., Joseph L. and Samuel J. Mr. Story now owns 160 acres of land, partly under cultivation, with good improvements. He is a member of the G.A.R. of which he was one of the organizers of Zion Encampment.


William H. Sutton

William H. Sutton. Among the enterprising merchants of Puxico is the subject of this sketch, who was born January 2, 1850, in Tennessee. His father and mother, John S. and Emily J. (Beard) Sutton, were natives of South Carolina, but lived in Tennessee and spent their later years in Henderson County, Ky., where they moved when William was a child. Young Sutton took to the smoke of battle at very tender years, entering the Confederate service in the One Hundred and Fifth Tennessee Infantry, at the age of twelve years and continuing until mustered out at Charleston, after the final surrender. He served in the Gen. Beauregard campaigns and at Shiloh was wounded by a shell tearing away part of his leg, and at Chickamauga a shot wound in the back of the dead - these two being the chief wounds he received. He located in Louisville, Ky., after the war, and remained there three years, and occupied the following eight years in traveling through the South and West. He located at Puxico, Mo., in October, 1884 and engaged in blacksmithing, but in 1886 undertook mercantile life at Arbor, in Cape County. He returned to Puxico in October, 1887 and bought a store and a stock of general merchandise which has since grown into a first-class establishment with a good trade. While in Arkansas Mr. Sutton married Miss Elizabeth, a daughter of James F. Sirls. They were married in 1879. She is a native of Illinois. Mr. Sutton is a Mason, and while at Louisville, Ky., was made a member of the I.O.O.F. fraternity.


Thomas M. Swindell

Thomas M. Swindell, a thoroughgoing, enterprising farmer of New Lisbon Township, was born in Wilson County, Tenn., June 10, 1848. His father, Joseph Swindell, came to East Tennessee at an early date, and afterward, when still quite young, came to Wilson County, Tenn., where he married Miss Mary Jones, a native of that county, and the mother of Thomas M. Swindell, who was but a child when his parents moved to Mississippi. They remained there about one year when they went to Saline County, Ill., where the mother died. The father then moved to Hamilton County, of the same State, from there to Franklin County, also of the same State, and died in 1867, at the age of sixty. He was a blacksmith all his life and a first-class workman. He owned a good farm and this he cultivated (with his own force). He was a member of the Christian Church. Thomas M. Swindell was the seventh of ten children, seven now living. He received a fair education and remained with his parents until 1865, when he came to Stoddard County and worked for wages until 1872, when he engaged in agricultural pursuits for himself. He rented land for two years, when he purchased a farm and is successfully engaged in farming. In January, 1867, he married Miss Mary Catherine Proffer, daughter of Andrew Proffer, and a native of Stoddard County, Mo., born 1851. Nine children were born to this union, six sons living: William Leonadis, Della, Neley, Limon, Willis, Joseph Andrew, Ernest, Blaine, and an infant son unnamed. Della, Neley and Limon are deceased. Mr. Swindell is a Republican politically, is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and he and wife are members of the Christian Church.


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