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Missouri ancestors and surnames Missouri became a state on Aug. 10, 1821. It had been part of a larger territory and parts of it were still known as Missouri Country until 1854

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Jefferson Democrat, Hillsboro, Jefferson county, Missouri

William MORTIMER LEE, an old-time school teacher of the county, but who now lives in Texas, was here last week, on a visit to his cousin, Dr. BREWSTER.

At the residence of John TUTTLE, near Vineland, May 15, 1883, Thomas DEGONIA and Miss Lucy POUNDS, were united in married, by 'Squire Thomas WELCH.

Our new subscribers for the past week are - John CASE, James HENON(?), Alexander HUSKEY, C.W. HARMONY, Rev. J. PHILLIPS, M.U. GRAHAM and Mrs. M.L. SPALDING.

M.U. GRAHAM of Byrnsville lost eleven head of sheep last Fall - seven marked with crop off left ear and under half crop on right. He will pay for information of same.

The following renewed their subscriptions - Peter DUNNINGAN, W.A. WHITE, Henry KOHR, Roman SPITZ, W. MOCKBEE, Louis IEUDE, Louisa POSTON, Louis SAYERS, R. WASHBURN and Philip MEYER.

H. Ed. GREEN and Alfonse BREWSTER arrived home, from the State University, last week. Ed. wants to get a good school for next Fall and Winter, and we can reccommend him as a good teacher.

Salathiel COLE, an old resident of this county, died at South St. Louis, on the 12th inst., aged 68 years. He for many years carried on the business of merchandising and farming in Valle township, and until the war was very prosperous. He leaves several children and three brothers.

John HARNESS, who purchased the Moss WHITE farm, on Big River, is well satisfied with his purchase. He has made considerable improvement since he moved on it, such as a new barn, stone fences, &c., and cleared out a good deal of the timber, including the box-elder shade tree, under which Mr. WHITE used to sit so much.

Marriage licenses were issued the past week to Charles BOYNE and Alice JONES, Adolph HERMANN and Mary HEINBURGER, John HOSKIN and Mrs. Josephine LASTER, James ROBINSON and Mrs. Evy HARRIS (colored), Frank LAWRENCE and Emma M. DIEHL, Wm. A. MILLER and Mrs. R.B. WILLIAMSON, Frank HENSLEY and Lily E. JOHNSON, Wm. SHEAVES and Mary HOPKINS.

Miss May JONES, who taught music in this place a few years since, and who was well known and popular among young and old, both here and at De Soto, disappeared, on the 23d of April, and her anxious friends have had no tidings of her yet, although diligent search has been made. She was a niece of Col. WEAR, who now lives at Poplar Bluff, and was making her home with him. Col. WEAR passed thro' here on the 14th inst., searching for her; but as he wished the matter kept secret, nothing was said about it, till yesterday the St. Louis papers got hold of it and published all the details. Her friends are using every means they can think of to find her. Their theory appears to be that she had become insane, and left home on some mission suggested by her diseased mind.

The FOXes are on the increase in this city. One arrived last Friday at J.C.'s, and he is not at all happy, because it is of the female persuasion.

The school board elected as teachers in the public school, for the ensuing year -J.M. SHELTON as principal, and Misses Genevieve MURPHY, Sallie PINSON, Kora THOMAS and ---- FITZGERALD, and Mrs. Fannie RANKIN, as assistants. This is a good corps of teachers, and the success of the school is assured.

Robert BRINKER, for many years a conductor on the Iron Mountain railroad, died at the residence of 'Squire RANKIN, on the 17th inst., of pneumonia, aged 38 years. He was a brother of Mrs. Charles RANKIN and universally liked. He was buried at Farmington by the Masonic lodge, of which he was a member.

MARRIED - FAKE - McNUTT - May 16, 1883, by rev. J. ADDISON SMITH, Charles FAKE and Miss Madie S. McNUTT. Mr. FAKE is but recently from Arkansas and his bride of this county.

There were a good many of their friends present - among them we noticed the Hon. N.J. COLMAN, wife and daughter and nephew; Mr. CATLIN, Miss WHITE of Potosi, and Major D.W. BRYANT of Waterloo, Ills. Among the presents we noticed a beautiful silver tea set, by Col. COLMAN and wife; a handsome silver water pitcher, By Rev. J. Addison SMITH and wife; silver set of tablespoons and holder, by Major BRYANT, and other presents too numerous to mention. After a sumptuous repast, the bride and groom started for Pevely. May they live a long and prosperous life is the wish of AN OLD FRIEND. Crystal City, May 16, 1883.

CIRCUIT COURT NOTES - M.F. BRESSIE, from whom his wife had been divorced, had his disabilities removed, so that he may legally marry again.

Max. V. FRAGSTEIN was granted a divorce from Francisca V. FRAGSTEIN.

Charles SEAPORT vs.. Elizabeth SEAPORT; judgment for defendant for $25 alimony.

Mack MARSDEN has been indicted for the murder of VAIL, and he and John MARSDEN and Allen HENSLEY for hog stealing. It will not be known until to-morrow what will be done with their cases. Mack has applied for a change of venue in the murder case, and to-morrow the court will hear evidence as to whether or not the people of this county are so prejudiced that they will not give the prisoner a fair trial. The defendant is having three witnesses from each township hunted up to swear to the prejudice, and the State is to have the same number to testify on the other side. In any event, he can not be tried at this term, as the term will have to close on Saturday, as the court begins next Monday in Reynolds county. The desire of the people, so far as we have heard any expression, is for a fair and impartial trial, at as early a day as possible, as they want to know whether the accused ----

WEDNESDAY, 16 MAY 1883 RESOLUTIONS OF RESPECT - De Soto, Mo., May 11, 1883, Hall of Industry Lodge, No. 251, I.O.O.F. - The following memorial was adopted in honor of Dr. John E. MORRIS, deceased. Whereas by a dispensation of that Mysterious Providence. Whose ways are past found out, our worthy brother, Jno. E. MORRIS, has, after a short and painful illness been removed from a condition of eminent usefulness on earth, by death, and exalted to a higher and more extended sphere of existence -possessing a generous soul and sympathetic heart, few men have passed away whose loss their friends more deeply felt, or more deeply deplored, than that of Dr. MORRIS; therefore, be it Resolved, That in the death of John E. MORRIS this lodge has lost one of its most respected members; his wife and children a very devoted, kind and loving husband and father; the community one of its most worthy and useful citizens. Resolved, That Industry Lodge, No. 251, L.O.O.F., tender to the wife and children of Dr. MORRIS their most earnest and heartfelt condolence in this, their sad afflictions and irreparable loss, and commend them to our Covenant-keeping Father, who has promised to, and ever will, watch over the widow and orphans. Chas. E. HOPSON, Sec'y. The following preamble and resolutions were adopted at a recent meeting of Dry Creek Grange, No. 1827, of Jefferson county, Mo., in commemoration of the death of B. DOVER, who departed this live, April 27, 1883. Whereas, our Heavenly Father, in his infinite wisdom, has called from earth hence. Bro. B. DOVER; and Whereas, our brother was a faithful patron and zealous worker in the grange, from its very first organization in this county, and has served faithfully as secretary of this grange from its organization until his death; therefore, be it - Resolved, That in the death of Brother DOVER this grange has sustained an irreparable loss, which it deeply mourns; the family a kind husband and father, and the community at large one of its best citizens. Resolved, That to the family we extend our heartfelt sympathies, commending them to the Great Master Above. Resolved, that a record of this action be placed upon the minutes of this grange, and that a copy here of be furnished the "Jefferson Democrat" for publication. Francis CAMPBELL, John S. McKAY, Thomas M. BAKER [committee.]
There is a new boy at Constable FRAZIER's house, since last Friday, and the Constable "feels his oats" of course.

Sheriff WEAVER took John Henry MOEHLMANN to the penitentiary last Monday. He also took Mack MARSDEN to St. Louis for safe-keeping.

'Squire E.F. HONEY united in marriage - at CLARK's Hotel, in Hillsboro, on 23rd inst.,- Jasper ALEXANDER and Miss Sarah E. ARMSTRONG, both of Crystal City.

They say that Mr. CURTISS went home to his wife the other night, rather bothered. Someone had told him to oil the fifth wheel of his buggy, and he could only find four wheels on it. (I thought people might like the humor in this one.)

LICENSED TO MARRY - Jasper ALEXANDER and Sarah E. ARMSTRONG, Wm. L. ROBERTSON and Mary McKEE, Rousain POLITTE and Alice J. SHORT, Gas. F. GROOMA and Annie COOPER, Charles R. LAMAR and M.J. FROST.

Leopold LEICHT and Miss Mary HILLIARD were married, at the residence of the bride's mother, in Rock township, on the 22d inst. A number of guests were present, and Mrs. HILLARD had a fine supper prepared, to which ample justice was done. The friends of the happy couple wish them a long and successful life.

The following renewed their subscription to the J.D. the past week - John MURPHY, S.S. WILEY, Joseph SALE, M.W. GREENE, W.J. KIRK, James BLACKWELL, Dr. B. BERKLEY, John P. LOLLAR, C.E. KENEY, Henry HOFFMINSTER, Martin HAUSE and M.ZIEGLER(?). New subscriber - Charles BOOTH and Pleasant EAVES.

Recently while Peter and Sharp DUGAN, Peter BOYER and George MERSEAL, were crossing Big River in the latter's canoe, near Frumet, a small bass jumped up and bit MERSEAL in the face, and on reaching the opposite shore, another fish jumped into the canoe. Should this seem rather fishy, there are witnesses to testify to its truthfulness.

Charles T. VINYARD, aged 62 years, departed this life, on the 21st inst., near Crystal City. He was born in Virginia and reared in Jefferson county, MO., He leaves two brothers - William and Jackson - the only survivors of a family of eleven. He leaves four children and many relatives in this county, who mourn the loss of a kind friend. His funeral sermon was preached at the grave by Rev. J.T. McMULLIN.

A FRIGHTFUL TRAGEDY - A horrible tragedy occurred near Cedar Hill, this county, last Sunday. the facts as near as we can learn, being as follows: Hiram SULLENS, a young man 19 or 20 years of age, son of Henry SULLENS, had been for some time, paying his attentions to Miss Martha McDANIEL, of the same neighborhood. Lately, a young man, named DORRENCE, had succeeded in gaining the young lady's affections, and this so enraged SULLENS that he determined to kill them both. Last Sunday he loaded his gun and tent to McDANIEL's to carry out his threat, but the family were at church; so he stationed himself near the road, where they would pass on their way home, and as DORRENCE and Miss McDANIEL came along, he fired, killing DORRENCE instantly and shattering the lady's arm. He then reloaded his gun, walked off a little ways into the woods and emptied both barrels into his own head, scattering his brains in every direction. The terrible affair greatly excited the people of that quiet neighborhood, but the deed was effectually done, and expressions of horror could not remedy it. He have not heard whether or not there is any prospect of the young lady's recovery.

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