Crawford County Missouri Photo Album - Moutray Family



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Moutray Family

Submitted on 11 Dec 1999 by Len Slovensky

Old settlers of Crawford County

October 2, 1884 - James H. Moutray was born in Orange County, North Carolina, and when eighteen years old first started for the west.  When he reached Kentucky on the way, he found an Indian war in progress.  He enlisted in an army company and that was being raised to fight in the uprising.  After his discharge he came to St. Charles, Missouri Territory, reaching there in 1810.  Soon after, he came to the lead mines in Washington County and worked a year for John Smith T, the famed duelest and lead miner.

He next worked for William H. Ashley on Brazil Creek, near what would later be Anthonies Mill.  Ashley, of course, was the famed fur trader, explorer, legislator and lead miner.  During the War of 1812 Mr. Moutray joined a company of militia that was formed to quell an Indian uprising in the Missouri territory.  When the company was disbanded, Mr. Moutray came back to Washington County and married Miss Polly Higginbotham.  He settled on Brazil Creek in 1816 and followed the trade of gunsmith, working with the Delaware and Shawnee Indians.  After several years on Brazil Creek he moved to Jefferson County where he lived until 1839; he then moved to Crawford County and settled two miles below present day Berryman.

His parents, two brothers and sister came to Crawford County in 1820.  His brother Larkin married Miss Susan Hyde a few years after coming to Missouri.  They lived between Hinch Creek and the Harrison Cemetery.  His sister Patsy married David Greenlee; George, the other brother, married a Miss Woods.

James H. and Polly Moutray raised a family of five boys and seven girls.  Of the boys there are two now living; William A. in Crawford County and Septon R. in Santa Clara, California.  Four of the girls are living; Miss Mary, Mrs. Elba Blaunt, Mrs. Melzena Trask and Mrs. Joanna Farrar, all of Crawford County.

James H. Moutray died January 13, 1864.  His wife, Polly, died November 22, 1879.  They are buried in the Berryman Cemetery.

William August & Dorcas (Simms-Hopkins) Moutray

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