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E.M. Weber

E.M. Weber, real estate agent of Bloomfield, was born in the Province of Westphalia, Prussia, February 14, 1832, and is the son of Bernhardt and Sophia (Reinhard) Weber, both natives of Germany. The father was a line officer in the Prussian army for several years. He was under Napoleon, and was with him in Russia and at the celebrated retreat of Moscow. He was also in the Prussian army against Napoleon in 1813-15. He was the owner of the Iron Cross, and was appointed by the governor as mayor of the town of Camen, which position he held until his death. He was one of Prussia's prominent and active citizens and was known throughout the province. He was the father of six sons, only one now living. Emil M., who was born and reared in Prussia. He was reared to mercantile pursuits and pursued the same until coming to America. He received his education in his native country and completed his studies at an institution of education, a high school. In 1852 he started for America, taking passage at Antwerp on a sailing vessel, and landed in New York City after an ocean voyage of forty-nine days. He remained in that city seven years, being engaged in merchandising. He then went back to the old country where he remained one year, than returned to America, locating in New York City for a short time, and then removed to New Orleans, but from there to St. Louis where he engaged in merchandising until the breaking out of the late war. He then enlisted in Buell's battery and was sworn in for three years service as quartermaster sergeant, but was afterward promoted to the rank of second lieutenant, by Gen. Prentiss. He was soon discharged for being in excess of the organization. He went back to St. Louis, but after remaining there a short time returned to the army and took a position as sutler Ninth Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He served in this capacity until the three years service expired. Mr. Weber again returned to St. Louis and here he remained until 1867, when he came to Bloomfield and engaged with his brother in general merchandising, which they carried on until 1872, when they sold out. The same year Mr. Weber engaged in his present business, at which he was quite successful, and at which he has continued ever since. He was married in 1874 to Elizabeth Weber, nee Prack, a native of Germany. To this union were born four children: Franz, Carl, Anna and Emma. Mr. Weber has been school director several terms, and justice of the peace one term.

Edward Weber

Edward Weber, merchant at Dexter, was born at Dortmund, in the Province of Westphalia, Germany. October 23, 1859. His parents E.W.C. and Hennina (Duclen) Weber, embarked at Bremen for the United States in 1867, and giving up allegiance to the fatherland, located in Missouri, at Bloomfield, where with E.M. and R.W. Weber, he engaged in business for about two years. After spending about eighteen months in mercantile life at Castorville, he spent a year in farming and another year in business at Bloomfield. During the centennial year he became a resident of Dexter, where he died on October 18, 1885. While in Europe he was bookkeeper for a large coal mine, and for some years was an officer in the German army. For some time he was a civil engineer on the Iron Mountain Railway. Mr. Weber's widow is still living, and of her two children, the subject of this sketch is the only one living. Young Edward was a boy of eight years when they landed in America, and while his father lived was in business with him. Since the latter's death he has carried a large and well selected line of general merchandise, including dry goods, boots and shoes, groceries, etc., besides a supply of agricultural implements. His stock is now valued at about $10,000, and constitutes one of the leading trades of Dexter and its vicinity. Mr. Weber has served as city clerk ever since December 20, 1883. He is a member of the Knights of Honor.

Daniel E. Welch

Daniel E. Welch, a young and enterprising citizen of Pike Township, Stoddard Co., Mo., was born near his present place of residence September 2, 1857, and is the son of Carney H. and Nancy (Crews) Welch. The father was born in Rutherford County, Tenn., and died in Little Rock, Ark., in 1862, and was about thirty-five years old at the time of his death. When a boy he came with his parents from Tennessee, and settled in Stoddard County, where he resided until the war, when he moved to Arkansas, and afterward enlisted in the Confederate army. While on a furlough he was taken prisoner, and died while in prison. He was a farmer by occupation. The mother died when Daniel E. was but an infant. The latter was one of three children, two now living: Sarah Edna (who is the wife of Dr. James Lockhart, of Lakeville, Stoddard Co., Mo.), Henry G. (who died when twelve years of age) and Daniel E. After the death of his first wife Carney H. Welch married Susan Travelstadt, who bore him two children, one now living, named Carney H. a farmer in Scott County, Mo. Daniel E. received a limited education on account of being an orphan. After the death of his father he went to live with his grandmother, Temperance Newkirk, and he remained with her until fifteen years of age, after which he lived with his uncle, Jesse Crews, for three years. He then lived in various places, was in Scott County, Mo., Rutherford County, Tenn., Nashville, Murfreesboro and other places in Tennessee. March 10, 1878, he married Miss Sarah V. Lee, a native of Arkansas, born April 11, 1863, and the fruits of this union were three children: Arthur O., Minnie M. and Cora A. After marriage Mr. Welch began farming for himself, which occupation he has since continued. He is a member of the Wheel, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. He is a Democrat in politics, but not so radical but that he crosses the line for better men.

William L. White

Capt. William L. White, a prominent citizen of New Lisbon Township, Stoddard Co., Mo., was born near Nashville, Tenn., October 5, 1826, his parents being William H. and Mary C. (Williamson) White, who were natives of Halifax County, Va. The father was born May 20, 1788, and died in Bloomfield, Mo. August 23, 1873, at the age of eighty-six years. The mother was born December 13, 1790, and died September 29, 1879, at the age of eighty-nine years. They were married in Halifax County, Va., and moved to Davidson County, Tenn., where they resided until 1832, when they moved to Obion County, West Tennessee, and lived there until 1858. They then moved to Dunklin County, Mo., and from there in 1867, to Stoddard County, where they passed the remainder of their days. Mr. White began as a farmer and followed this occupation all his life, but also devoted his time for sixty-five years to his ministerial duties, being a minister in the Methodist Church. He was a great revivalist as long as he was able to carry on a meeting. The mother had also been a member of that church from early girlhood. They were the very best citizens, and were respected by all. Mr. White was a Whig before the war, and afterward a Republican. To their marriage were born ten children, six of whom are now living: Elgin C., John W., William L., Mary M. (wife of Leander Page), George S. and Archibald. William L White was married March 2, 1848, to Miss Mary A.V. Price a native of Pennsylvania County, Va., born in October 1830, who is the daughter of Christopher Price. This union resulted in the birth of eight children, five of whom are now living: Sarah H., Margaret E. (wife of William W. Perry), Dona (wife of George Ferston), Ellis and Elwood. Those deceased are Laura Ann, who died September 22, 1858, at the age of five years; Fernando, who died September 9, 1858, at the age of three years, and Narcissa who died November 14, 1860, at the age of one year. When Mr. White began for himself, it was as a farmer in Obion County. There he has since continued to reside, with the exception of five years. In 1871 he went to Bloomfield, and engaged in the hotel and livery business, which he continued four years. He then moved to Dexter and operated the farmer's Hotel, conducting the livery business in connection. In 1858 he left Tennessee for Dunklin County, Mo., and after living there eight years, moved to Stoddard County. In 1872 and 1873 he was appointed United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Missouri. At the same time he served as postmaster at Bloomfield. In October, 1864, he enlisted in Company F., of the Fiftieth Missouri Mounted Infantry, Federal service, as a private, and in March, 1865, he organized the Stoddard County company. He was elected and commissioned by the governor of the State as captain of this company. When starting for himself he had limited means. Now he is the owner of a well located and improved farm, in New Lisbon Township, and he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is a Republican politically and is a member of the G.A.R.

James H. White

James H. White, farmer, is a native of Lincoln County, Tenn., born May 21, 1831, and is a son of Uriah and Hannah (Gallian) White, both of whom were natives of Tennessee, and of Irish descent. Their ancestors emigrated from Ireland several generations back and all settled in Tennessee. The grandfather was a resident of Tennessee when he died. Uriah White was a mechanic by trade and also followed the carpenter's trade from his boyhood up to the time of his death. He owned a farm in Tennessee which he carried on in connection with his trade. January 28, 1848, he left Tennessee to go to Arkansas, but upon arriving in Stoddard County, Mo., concluded to stay there, and stopped right on the place where he now lives, in a little log house that was on the place. In this they lived until they could build another one. Wild animals of almost every kind abounded in the wood, and deer could be killed from the cabin door. Thus, they commenced their life in the woods. It required many years to get his farm under a state of cultivation, but is now one of the finest in the county. The father died in 1864, and the mother in 1878. Of the eleven children born to this union seven are now living: Peter, James H., Milton, Henry, Jane, Louisa and Elizabeth. James H. Was but sixteen years of age when he came to Stoddard County. He remained with his parents until his marriage, receiving such educational advantages as were to be hand at that day. In 1850 he married Miss E. Back, a native of Tennessee. To this union were born nine children, seven now living: William, Thomas, Peter, Robert, Jacob, Martha I. (wife of William McAmalla) and Missouri E. (wife of Wilson Anderson). After marriage Mr. White settled on the farm now owned by William Elmore, where he lived until 1866, when he bought the homestead and has resided there since. He owns 120 acres of land with about seventy five acres under cultivation. He and Mrs. White are members of the Baptist Church, and are well respected.

George S. White

George S. White, one of the prominent merchants of Stoddard County, Mo., who is doing business at Leora, was born in Davidson County, Tenn., near Nashville, April 27, 1832, and is the son of Rev. William H. and Mary C. (Williamson) White, natives of Halifax County, Va. The father was born May 29, 1788 and died in Bloomfield, Stoddard Co., Mo., August 23, 1873 at the age of eighty-five. He, when a young man, joined the Methodist Church, and at the time of his death had preached over sixty-three years. He was a good man in every sense of the word. He was never heard to wish anyone harm, nor was he ever heard by his intimate friends to utter profane or vulgar language. Although a Southerner himself he was in favor of the freedom of the colored race. He was a farmer and in connection taught school, at which he was very successful. He was a Republican in politics. His wife as born December 13, 1790, and died in Stoddard County October 30, 1879, at the age of eighty-nine. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for over sixty years. They were married at Sparta, White Co., Tenn., December 26, 1813, and spent sixty years together. Ten children were born to their marriage, six of whom are now living. They moved to Davidson County, Tenn., after marriage, from there to Dyer County, West Tenn., and in 1868 they came to Stoddard County. George S.White's advantage for receiving an education were limited. By reading, observation and experience he acquired a good practical education and is considered a well- informed man on all subjects. He remained at home until twenty-five years of age, when he came to Dunklin County, Mo., and engaged in agricultural pursuits. September 3, 1857, he married Miss Margaret V. Frazor, a daughter of Thomas and Isabella (Kirkpatrick) Frazor, and a native of Sumner County, Tenn., born January 15, 1837. To this union were born nine children, seven now living: Mary A., John t., Laura L., Bettie, Nora B., Walter F. and Leora. Lula died when an infant and Robert died November 4, 1884,at the age of nineteen. Mr. White, his wife and three daughters are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he is a Republican in politics. After farming for ten years Mr. White came to Stoddard County, Mo., located near Leora and continued to farm until November 1, 1882, when he sold his farm and moved to Leora. Here he engaged in merchandising, which he has since continued. He carried a general stock of goods valued at $2,000. January 1, 1883, he was appointed postmaster, which office he held until March, 1887. In November, 1876, he was elected justice of the peace, and has been magistrate at Leora since and will serve two years longer. During the war he served in the Fiftieth Missouri Militia, Union service, and was discharged on account of disability after a short time. In 1870 he kept the register's office.

Jacob L. Williamson

Jacob L. Williamson, a farmer, was born in Roane County, East Tenn., in 1836, and is the son of John and Sarah (Anthony) Williamson. The father was an East Tennessean by birth, and a farmer by occupation. He moved to Stoddard County, Mo., in 1845, locating near Bloomfield, where he followed farming until intending to make a trip to his native home, he arrived in Cairo on his way there, and was attacked with cholera, dying at Cairo in 1850. He had four children, three of whom survive: Joseph R., Mary C. and Jacob L., all married. Jacob L. came to this county with his parents in boyhood, and remained with them until he was married, in 1862, to Milly Smith. By her he had seven children, six now living, vis: Marian J. (married to Maria Corsno), Augusta, Annie, Ida (married to Joseph Carlew), Ella, Albert and Emma. Mr. Williamson was a soldier in the late war, enlisting under Maj. Preston (Capt. Farmer) and serving about one year, when he was captured at Bloomfield and upon being released, returned home to look after his farming interests. He owns 200 acres of valuable farming and timber land, and on the latter has two saw mills, which saw large quantities of lumber. For this he finds an easy market in St. Louis. He is a member of the Golden rule. Mr. Williamson lost his wife in 1886.

Nicholas M. Willis

Nicholas M. Willis was born in South Carolina, June 4, 1844, and is a son of Robert and Sarah (Stone) Willis, who were born in South Carolina. The family moved to Carroll County, Tenn., about 1847, where they remained several years. The father died at Jackson, Miss., and the mother at Osceola, Ark. They became residents of Stoddard County, Mo., in 1860. The father in 1862, was taken prisoner, although he told his captors that he was no soldier, and was kept at Alton for some time. He was then taken to Jackson, Miss. Where he was exchanged, but died before he could get away. He was the father of eleven children, seven of whom are living: Nicholas M., Daniel, Samuel, George W., Robert A., Martha J. and Mary A. Nicholas M. Willis was only eighteen years old when he came to Stoddard County. In 1862 he enlisted in the army, and served until the close of the war. He was in the battle at Poison Springs, being sixty days in that campaign. He was with Price, on his raid through Missouri, and was captured and taken to St. Louis, thence to Alton, where he was kept four months, thence to Richmond, Va., where he was exchanged, and came home and resumed farming. He rented land for several years, but after his marriage purchased and located on a farm. He now owns seventy acres of good land. August 22, 1867, he married Elizabeth Barham, by whom he had five children, four now living: Sarah J., Hugh W., Jesse and Hannah. Mr. and Mrs. Willis are members of the Baptist Church.

William C. Wilson

William C. Wilson is a son of James and Mary (Keiger) Wilson, and was born in Perry County, Tenn., April 10, 1828. His parents were natives of the same State, and were farmers by occupation. After their removal to Missouri the father followed blacksmithing. They resided in various portions of State, and finally located on the Castor River, where the father died in 1853. Of their ten children only three are now living: William C., Angeline and Polly. William C. was but five years of age when his parents moved to Stoddard County. At the age of seventeen he began working for himself, and after his marriage purchased a farm about a mile east of where he now resides. About a year and a half later he moved to his present farm of 400 acres, which he has finely improved. Mr. Wilson is one of the pioneers of Stoddard County, and tells many interesting tales of early times. His marriage to Hannah Tankersley occurred in 1848. Of nine children born to them six are living: John, Mary, Emeline, James, Robert and Sarah.

Alexander Wilson

Alexander Wilson, son of Jesse and Rebecca (Sitz) Wilson, native of North Carolina, was born in Madison County, Mo., April 16, 1829. The father died in Stoddard County, Mo., about 1854, and was forty-nine years of age at that time. He was a brick-mason and a farmer by occupation, a Democrat in politics, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South for many years. The mother died about 1871 at the age of fifty-nine. She was also a member of the Methodist Episcopal church South. Of the ten children bore to their marriage Alexander was the eldest. She of these children are now living and are residents of Stoddard County. They are named as follows: Alexander, Henry, Noah W., D.F., Susannah (wife of E. Slaughter), Mary E. (wife of Charles Bradshaw). All are farmers or the wives of farmers. The father and mother of these children came to Missouri when young people, and before they were married. After marriage they moved to different counties, but finally settled in Stoddard County, when Alexander was a boy nine years old. He made his home with his parents until twenty-four years of age, when he married Margaret Jane Like, a daughter of Jacob and Drucilla Like. She was born in Stoddard County, Mo., September 5, 1837 and by her marriage became the mother of six children, three now living: Rebecca A. (wife of George A. Breden), John and Eli. Eli is unmarried, and is living at home. Alexander Wilson early in life began farming, which he has since continued, and is now the owner of 280 acres of land, which is well improved. He is a good citizen and is respected by all. During the war he served in the Enrolled Militia, Company C. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and he is a Democrat in politics as are also his sons, who are also members of the Wheel. Both John and Eli have taught several terms of school in their own neighborhood. Mr. Wilson's children, who are deceased, were named as follows: Green, Jacob and an infant.

P.G. Wilson

P.G. Wilson, probate judge, was born in Cape Girardeau County, Mo. October 8, 1833. He is a son of Benjamin and Virginia (Bull) Wilson, natives of Virginia and North Carolina, respectively. The father moved to Southeast Missouri in 1810, and settled on the St. Francois River. He was nineteen years of age at that time, and came with his parents. He died in 1870, and his wife in 1852. They were the parents of two children: William B. and P.G. The parents were both married twice, the father having four children by his first marriage and the mother two. At the age of sixteen years P.G. Wilson left the paternal roof, and came to Bloomfield, Stoddard County, and was engaged in merchandising with his uncle for over a year. He then entered college at Arcadia, where he remained two sessions, and then began studying law with Greer W. Davis , of Jackson, Mo. Soon after his admission to the bar he was united in marriage, and gave up the practice of law and engaged in farming, which occupation he followed until the death of his wife. He then moved to Cape Girardeau and engaged in the book and drug business, continuing the same until 1865, at which time he came to Stoddard County. From that time until 1871 he was engaged in mercantile business and the following four years farmed near Bloomfield, and the succeeding four years was engaged in the milling business. Since 1880 he has been a resident of Bloomfield, and in November of the following year was elected probate judge, which office he has held to the satisfaction of all concerned. He held the office of county and probate judge for four years. He is the owner of 800 acres of good land, a portion of which joins the city of Bloomfield. He was married in 1855 to Mary A.E. Reeves by whom he had one child, Oscar S. His wife died in 1857 and in 1871 he wedded Mary Q. Yeargain, eight children being born to them: Benjamin, Bettie, Willie, Nannie, John and Maggie. Mr. Wilson is a Mason.

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