Brown County Biographies
Bios From the 1901 Brown County World
Among the earliest of Brown county's pioneers were Thomas Hart. He with
his family came in the autumn of 1856 and settled near the now flourishing
little town of Reserve which then was but an Indian campground. Thomas
Hart was born in Richland county, Ohio, Feb. 24, 1826. In 1837 he migrated
to Missouri and settled in Andrew county where he remained until coming to
Nancy J. Gillispie was born near Richmond, Madison county, Kentucky,
Oct. 2, 1827. In the year 1846 she came to Missouri, where on Sept. 2, 1847
she and Thomas Hart were united in marriage. To them were born nine children
six sons and three daughters, two of whom, a son and a daughter, died young.
The remaining sever are married and comfortably located near the home of
their mother. On Dec. 13, 1895, death claimed the husband and father of the
family. In 1871 Thomas Hart and his faithful wife obeyed the call of Christ
and became his zealous followers. They first held fellowship with the Christian
church at Padonia but later they belonged with the organization at Reserve.
Of the farmers, stockraisers, and general business men Mr. Hart was one of
the most successful. He was a member of the A. F. & A. M. lodge of Hiawatha
from its earliest years. He was highly respected by the people of Hiawatha
and by all others throughout the country who knew him, never changing,
but the same kind man at home and everywhere yesterday, today and always.
Brown Co. KHHP
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