Harrison County Missouri Biographies

Harrison County Missouri Biographies

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Submitter: Barbra Chambers MOHarris-Admin@Rootsweb.com

Libby (sic) Ann Barritt was born in Virginia July 18, 1831, and came with her parents, first to Indiana and then to Missouri where she was married to Absalom Barritt. To this union were born 13 children, 6 of whom have passed away. Two sons and 5 daughters remain. Her husband died some 18 years ago in Arkansas.

Her life was one of hardship and toil but she possessed a courageous spirit and almost to the close of her life preferred to keep her own house.

She has gone to enjoy the rest that remaineth for the children of the Lord, peace to her sleeping dust. May the Holy Spirit guide her children safely home is my prayer.

J. H. Burrows
Cainsville News, Thurs. Feb. 8, 1917


Submitter: Carlton Canaday theatre@spinn.net

James B. Brower, an old settler of Harrison County, Mo., a son of Adam and Jeanette (McMurchy) Brower, was born in Clermont County, Ohio, in 1824. His father is a son of a fisherman, who was a native of Holland, and was born in Egg Harbor, N.J., in 1802. His mother was born in Scotland in 1800, and at the age of ten came to America. Adam and Jeanette were married in Clermont County, Ohio, and in 1839 they moved to Jennings County, Ind., where Jeanette died in 1880. Jeanette Brower was an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which Adam Brower was a local minister for forty years. As a resident of Jennings County, Adam Brower engaged in farming, brickmaking and building. In politics he was a Whig, but became a Republican, and he served as justice of the peace in Jennings County, IN. James B. Brower is the eldest child of his parents and during his early youth worked ten years at the brickmaker's trade. In 1846 he married Elizabeth B. Baliff, a native of Clermont County, Ohio, born in 1828, to whom ten children were born: Benjamin Russell Brower (August 14, 1847 Jennings County, IN – January 28, 1910 Tumwater, WA) who married Jane (Jenny) Little on July 16, 1868 in Harrison County; Leonora Brower (November 26, 1849 Jennings County, OH – August 13, 1908 Evanston, IL) who married Andrew Jackson Barber on February 15, 1866 in St. James, MO; Angeline Brower July 16, 1852 Jennings County, OH – August 16, 1918 Harrison County, MO) who married Christopher "Kiff" Canaday on July 3, 1870; Sylvania Brower (1854 – 1921) who married William C. Thompson on March 9, 1881 in Harrison County; James L. Brower (1856); Charles H. Brower (March 22, 1859 – June 12, 1900); Willard F. Brower (1860); Ellis M. Brower March 22, 1863 – July 27, 1887); Mary D. Brower (June 19, 1866 Harrison County MO. – December 8, 1933) who married Henry J. Coberly; and Jasper S. Brower (June 5, 1868 Eagleville, Harrison County MO – February 7, 1919 Hobert, OK) who married Elizabeth J. Hobbs. In 1853 Mr. Brower and family moved to Marion County, Iowa, and the following year (1854) they moved to Harrison County, MO., where he purchased 163 acres of good land and became a prominent citizen. Shortly after the town of Eagleville was founded Mr. Brower engaged in the mercantile business with Dr. C.M. Guilkey and they erected a building in the northeast part of town. As was the case of the other merchants it was necessary to haul all their merchandise from St. Joseph and Mr. Brower made many of these trips with a four ox team. He not only hauled goods for his store but for others who needed goods also. On one occasion while loading his wagon in St. Joseph a barrel of whiskey was rolled out to be placed on the wagon. Being the son of minister and a devout Christian himself, Mr. Brower immediately objected, saying that his cattle would not haul whiskey. The merchant insisted as the sealed order of his customer demanded it. Mr. Brower remained firm and his cattle did not haul the whiskey. In that day the cause of temperance had but few followers and this is to show Mr. Brower was a man of strong convictions and power to carry them out in active life.


Subject: REV. J. H. BURROWS
Submitter: Barbra Chambers MOHarris-Admin@Rootsweb.com

Joseph H. Burrows was born at Manchester, England, May 15, 1840 and died at Cainsville, Missouri, April 28, 1918, making him 77 years, 11 months, and 13 days old at his death. At the age of three, he came to the United States with his father and mother. His mother died enroute and was buried at sea. His father died when he was eleven years old, after which he lived with his aunt, Catherine Pressly at Quincy, Ill. and his uncle, James Burrows, at Keokuk, Ia. His youth was spent attending in school, working in his uncle's brick yard, and salesman in his uncle's mercantile establishments of various kinds. He was an apt scholar, and the opportunities given him were employed to the best advantage, and his education gained in his youth, enabled him to become a great student of the affairs of the world which his after life fully attested. In 1862 he and Miss Mary A. Shaw were united in marriage and immediately thereafter moved to Cainsville, Missouri where he embarked in the mercantile business, which business he conducted in some form until 1904. To this union there were nine children born, four of whom, Alva, Ross, Daisy, and Alice, preceded him to the spirit world. The wife and the other five children, Mrs. Gara Davisson, Mrs. Maggie Rogers, Mrs. Minnie Oden, W. J. Burrows, and Mrs. Bertha Lewis, were with him in his last hours. There are twenty living grandchildren and six great grandchildren. In 1867 he made a profession of religion and united with the Baptist Church, and immediately entered the ministry and has been a most active minister ever since. His great fund of knowledge of public affairs together with his ability as a public speaker, brought him into prominence in political affairs. He represented Mercer County three terms in the Missouri Legislature, being elected in 1872, 1874, and 1878. In 1880 he was elected from the old 10th Congressional District to a seat in the lower house of Congress. While a congressman, he appointed John J. Pershing as a Cadet to the National Military School at West Point. Mr. Burrows watched with much pride the advancement of General Pershing, who is now Commander Chief of the American forces in France. He was always pominent in church affairs, 30 years the pastor of the Cainsville Baptist Church, and either clerk or moderator of the West Fork Baptist Association almost continuously since 1870. The cause of temperance claimed much of his attention. Shortly after locating in Cainsville he began organizing Good Temperance lodges, and ever since he has been a most earnest, forceful, and eloquent advocate of temperance and prohibition of the liquor traffic. He was a charter member of the Masonic Lodge at Cainsville, MO. and was made a Knight Templar in Bethany, MO. in 1888. In 1865 he bought the farm he lived on at his death. Oak Lawn farm became known far and wide for its hospitality and across the threshold of this home friends and strangers entered and departed, always with the consciousness, that from this home, no one left without feeling inspired to do better things in life for God and man. In Appreciation The foregoing biographical sketch prepared by a member of the family, touches only the high places of a truly notable life. Having known J. H. Burrows somewhat intimately for the past thirty-two years he impressed me as being one of the greatest all around men that I have ever known. A keen business man, a successful public servant in the legislature of this state and the Congress of the United States, a pastor, evangelist, and denominational worker of high order, a pioneer leader of the forces for the prohibition of the liquor traffic, a publicist of the first rank, and best of all, a generous and loving husband, a good and gracious father, and a wise and sympathetic neighbor and counsellor. He was a man among men and at home in any circle. Mighty was the impress of his life, upon his home town and all the surrounding country. The comfortable fortune left his family is as nothing by the side of the memories of the large and useful way in which he lived. To the writer, his long time friend, and preacher of his funeral sermon, two scriptures appeared in themselves to express the story of his life: Acts 11:24, "He was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and faith; and much people were added unto the Lord", and Job 5:26, "Thou shalt come to thy grave in full age, like as a shock of grain cometh in his season." His splendid life shows at its best in his children who live to call him blessed, and all of whom are factors worth while in all that is good and uplifting in the life of the communities in which they live. The funeral service was largely atended. The spacious auditorium of the Baptist Church was taxed to its limit and many stood throughout the long service. The choir sang "Abide with Me", and "Lead, Kindly Light".


Submitter: Carlton Canaday theatre@spinn.net

William Canaday is my great, great grandfather. He was born on April 15, 1823 in Highland County Ohio and died in Blythdale, Harrison County Missouri on February 28, 1919.

My great great grandfather provided most of this information in the early part of 1900's. William's grand parents were Walter Canaday and Annie Hussey. They were Southern Quakers and they moved from Alabama in the early 1800's to Highland County Ohio with two of their young children, John and Mary. While living in Highland County Ohio two other children were born, Nathan and Christopher.

Mary Canaday married Frederick Barnard and lived in Bloomington, Illinois. Nathan Canaday became a Doctor and settled in Pekin, Illinois. Christopher Canaday moved to Lowell Mills, Iowa and according to family rumor started over the Oregon Trail in 1845 and was never heard from again. I have heard my father repeat this story more than once. John Canaday is the father of my great great grandfather, William Canaday.

John Canaday grew up in Highland County Ohio and married Sarah Purteet. They had three children, William, Nancy and Phebe. William was born in Highland County Ohio on April 15, 1823 and Nancy was born on March 20, 1828. In 1828 they decided to move to Illinois. They traveled by prairie style schooner and a carriage and crossed Indiana during the winter of 1829 and stopped for a time at Georgetown, Illinois where Phebe was born. William Canaday was about six years old at the time. The carriage was sold at this time in order to buy a sod plow mounted on wheels. The family moved on to South Central Illinois and became practically the first settlers at Short Point, then in Tazewell County but later McLean County, among the Kickapoo Indians. They settled on 160 acres, half in timber and half in prairie land near the village of Heyworth. John Canaday was recorded to be the first to flow the first furrow of sod in the county. He is also recorded as being the first white man to use an ax in felling a tree in that area. A rude log house was built and while farming, John Canaday started the first store in the county with goods purchased at St. Louis. The nearest post office was 40 miles away at Pekin, Illinois. In 1835 John became very ill and on June 3rd, died. This left his widow, Sarah, with three children. William, Nancy and Phebe. It was recorded that Phebe Canaday married a Robert Turner and later died in Daviess County Missouri and Nancy Canaday married Robert's brother, Allen. Allen Turner was born March 21, 1826 and died on March 21, 1901. Nancy died in Bylthdale, Harrison County Missouri on October 1, 1912.

After John died, Sarah Canaday married Benjamin Slatten and moved on to Harrison County Missouri. Benjamin Slatten died at Bethany, Harrison County Missouri in 1868. The Slatten children were: Martha Slatten, who died in childhood, Joseph P. Slatten, and Hester Slatten.

On March 24, 1842 William Canaday married Elizabeth Leeper in McLean County, Illinois. Elizabeth Leeper was born on September 17, 1824 in Flemming County, Kentucky and is the daughter of Samuel Leeper and Nancy Prine. William and Elizabeth began farming in McLean County and in 1854 traveled to Harrison County Missouri and purchased land in Colfax Township. In 1855 William and Elizabeth moved, with their children, to Harrison County Missouri. William was successful in farming and with his surplus income purchased more land in the area. As each of the Canaday children became of age they were given a farm. William Canaday was a charter member of the bank in Blythdale, Missouri and maintained a large interest in it. William Canaday retired in 1909.

William Canaday's first vote for President of the United States was cast for James K. Polk in 1844 and in 1860 voted for Douglas. Ironically, William Canaday was acquainted with Abraham Lincoln and even entertained him in the Canaday home. William Canaday also knew Mary Todd Lincoln and played with her as children in the home of Mary's father, Doctor Todd.

In 1861 William Canaday entered military service but didn't enter regular service until 1864 when he was commissioned as a First Lieutenant of Company E in the 43rd Missouri Infantry under Colonel Hardin. William Canaday received his discharge at the close of the war without ever participating in a real engagement.

In 1856 William Canaday was elected justice of the peace and served in that capacity until 1862, when he was elected as a county judge.

On February 19, 1859 he was one of the organizers of the Taylor Grove Christian Church.

On July 10, 1907 Elizabeth Leeper Canaday died at her home in Blythdale, Harrison County Missouri at the age of 82. She is buried at the Cedar Hill Cemetery outside of Blythdale.

On January 6, 1919, William Canaday married Mrs. Jennie Reed. On February 28, 1919, William Canaday died. He is also buried at the Cedar Hill Cemetery outside of Blythdale.

William Canaday and Elizabeth Leeper had five children. They were John W., Christopher, Phoebe A., Joseph W., and Carrie B:

1. John W. Canaday born December 17, 1842 in McLean County Illinois and died February 11, 1920 in Harrison County Missouri. On December 17, 1842 John Canaday married Martha M. Dale (May 4, 1862 – May 6, 1923). Both are buried in Eagleville Masonic Union Cemetery in Harrison County Missouri. They had ten children: Anna, Joseph A., William A., Estella, Charles, Samuel, Elmer, Clara, Hattie, and Laura.
    2. Anna Canaday (February 5, 1863 – November 1, 1956) She is buried in Eagleville Masonic Union Cemetery in Harrison County Missouri.
    2. Joseph A. Canaday
    2. William A. Canaday (January 9, 1866 – March 26, 1922)
    2. Estella Canaday – Married a Vanzant
    2. Charles Canaday
    2. Samuel Canaday (May 3, 1873 – July 22, 1962) He is buried in Eagleville Masonic Union Cemetery in Harrison County Missouri
    2. Elmer Canaday
    2. Clara Canaday (July 3, 1879 – July 17, 1963) – Clara married Jefferson T. Heckenlively (March 14, 1878 – June 30, 1925) Both are buried in Eagleville Masonic Union Cemetery in Harrison County Missouri.
    2. Hattie Canaday (June 30, 1882 – December 13, 1906) – Hattie married a Johnston. She is buried in Eagleville Masonic Union Cemetery in Harrison County Missouri.
    2. Laura Canaday (September 20, 1885 – November 23, 1956) – Laura married Harley Drew (September 25, 1881 – January 14, 1891) Both are buried in Eagleville Masonic Union Cemetery in Harrison County Missouri.

1. Christopher Canaday born October 26, 1847 in New Heyworth, McLean County Illinois and died August 4, 1938 in Blythdale, Harrison County Missouri. On July 3, 1870 Christopher Canaday married Angeline Brower (July 16, 1852 Jennings County Ohio and died August 26, 1918 Blythdale, Harrison County Missouri) Christopher Canaday and Angeling Brower Canaday are buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery outside of Blythdale, Harrison County Missouri. They had four children: John T., Harvey Preston, Mable, and Myrtle.
    2. John T. Canaday born April 21, 1871 in Harrison County Missouri and died July 10, 1928 in Los Angeles California. On July 23, 1894 John T. Canaday married Eva Klopenstein. They had three children: Ray V., Lavare J. and Nelva A.
    2. Harvey Preston Canaday born August 15, 1872 in Harrison County Missouri and died February 16, 1933 in Pleasanton, Kansas. On September 1, 1895 Harvey Preston Canaday married Nellie Tillotson Carlton (May 13, 1876 in Westerville, Decatur Iowa and died March 16, 1915 in Ensworth Hospital, St. Joseph Missouri) Both Harvey Preston Canaday and Nellie Tillotson Carlton Canaday are buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery outside Blythdale, Harrison County Missouri. They had six children: Pauline, Marguerite, John, George Christopher, Togo Crumpacker, and Marvin.
       3. Pauline Canaday (November 4, 1896 in Harrison County Missouri -?) Pauline married Clint Culbertson (5/12/1894 -?) They had four children: Nellie Ann, Onie, Bernice, and Willa.
       3. Marguerite Canaday (August 22, 1899 Harrison County Missouri -?) Married Lacy Barnett (August 3, 1895 -?) They had three children. Lawrence, John, and Russell
       3. John Canaday (1900 Harrison County Missouri - ?) Married Essie Lambert They had two children: Vera Lee, and Johnnie
       3. George Christopher Canaday (October 18, 1902 Blythdale, Harrison County Missouri – March 15, 1965) Married Mildred Edith Arney (April 7, 1907 – September 13, 1962). They had two children: Bobbie Lloyd, and Edna Joan.
          4. Bobbie Lloyd Canaday (March 14, 1924 – June 14, 1966 Freeport, Texas) On June 19, 1946 Bobbie married Jeannie Walkinshaw. They had three children: Mark Dale, Paul Lloyd, and Bruce Adam.
          4. Edna Joan Canaday. On December 24, 1950 she married Bruce Hoover Jr. They had four children: Bret Alan, Scott Bradley, Amy Jo, and Chris Brian.
       3. Togo Crumpacker Canaday (February 20, 1904 Blythdale, Harrison County Missouri - December 23, 1979 Independence, Jackson County Missouri) In January 1927 he married Maud Irene Weaver (February 21, 1905 McKenzie, Butler County Alabama) They had two children: Wanda Lou, and Carlton Weaver.
          4. Wanda Lou Canaday married Harold Talcott
          4. Carlton Weaver Canaday married Myrna Smyer
       3. Marvin Canada
    2. Mable Canaday (February 5, 1878 -?) On June 19, 1900 married Charles Baldwin. They had three children: Winifred, Susie, and Gladstone.
    2. Myrtle Canaday (July 25, 1879 – 1971) On October 24, 1897 married Pascal (Pack) J. Richardson (1873 – 1963) Both are buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery , Harrison County Missouri. They had five children: Nellie T., Phil, Ruby A., Hugh, and Helen

1. Phoebe A. Canaday (January 6, 1853 McLean County Illinois – July 13, 1904) Phoebe Canaday married William A. Poynter (November 13, 1853 -?) Both are buried in Eagleville Masonic Union Cemetery, Harrison County Missouri. They had one child: Hugh Canaday (May 14, 1885 -?)

1. Joseph W. Canaday (July 29, 1856 Harrison County Missouri – December 20, 1940 Blythdale, Harrison County Missouri) In 1880 Joseph Canaday married A.V. Willis. They had three children: Maude, Bess and Carl B.
    2. Maude Canaday (?) married a Reeves
    2. Bess Canaday (?) married a Scott
    2. Carl B. Canaday (?)

1. Carrie B. Canaday (August 29, 1869 Harrison County Missouri - ?) Carrie Canaday married H.M. Hungate. They had three children: Helen, Olga, Bryan, Lynn, Loita, and Maxine.


Submitter: Barbra Chambers MOHarris-Admin@Rootsweb.com

Alice A. Howard was born in Douglas County, MO., Sep. 3, 1858, and was the only child of John B. and Rebecca J. Howard. Her father died one year later and soon after she and her mother moved to Mercer County, and in 1861, moved to Harrison County. In 1874, she was converted and joined the Christian Church of Cainsville, MO. She was married to Joab Chambers, March 11, 1877, and to this union 8 children wer born, 4 of whom have passed away--2 boys and one girl dying in infancy, and Ernest in 1911. She united with the Mt. Moriah Baptist in 1879, as the family lived near that place at that time. They moved to Cainsville in 1886 where she united with the Baptist Church but was not able to attend services very much. In 1906 the family moved to California where they resided 11 months and then returned to Cainsville where they remained 1 year and 7 months when they again went to California where she united with the Baptist Church at Lamore, Calif., and in 1909 returned to this city since which time they have resided in and near this city. Besides the husband she leaves 1 daughter, Mrs. O. R. Bain, and three sons, Howard, Fred, and David, other relatives and many friends to mourn her death. The husband and children offer their sincere thanks to all who so kindly aided them in the illness and burial of the beloved wife and mother.

Cainsville, Missouri, Thursday, July 24, 1913.


Submitter: pattitwirler@comcast.net

Joseph Marion "Curtis" CLARK was born 9 July 1840 Hancock Co, IN, d 1904 Bethany, Harrison Co, MO. His parents were Joseph CLARK b 1813 TN, d 1843 Hancock Co, IN and Mitilda HENDERSON b abt 1820 Hancock Co, IN. Died after 1900 probably Harrison Co, MO. He had two brothers, William Perry CLARK and Benjamin CLARK (died 1843).

Joseph Marion CLARK m. 1861 Henry Co, IN 1/w Mary Elizabeth JULIUS b 1844 VA, d 1870 Harrison Co, MO.
William Perry CLARK Jr b 1864 Harrison Co, MO, d 1899 Melbourne, MO
Eliza Jane CLARK b 1867 Harrison Co, MO, d 1961 Oklahoma City, OK

Joseph Marion CLARK m. 1878 Bethany, Harrison Co, MO 2/w Mary Elisa ERSKINE b 1861 Pickaway Co, OH, d 1947 St Joseph, MO.
Children born MO:
Hazel Frances b 1878
Joseph Bushfield b 1879
Mary Anna b 1883
Benjamin b 1885
Dolly Caroline b 1887
Eva Irene b 1892
Herschel Bryan b 1897
Lois Adeline b 1898
Helen Phipps b 1895

Joseph Marion "Curtis" CLARK was Civil War Militia from MO. The family story tells of his concern for his young wife suffering from a brain tumor. He was considered to be a deserter by the Army. Supposedly he "hid out" and used "Curtis" Clark instead of his real name to avoid detection. The war ended in 1865 and his wife died 1870.


Submitter: Karen E. Griffin KEG522@aol.com

Source: HISTORY OF HARRISON AND MERCER COUNTIES (The Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1888), pp. 517-518. (Items in brackets are additions of the poster.)

Joseph De Golia, a native of Steuben County, N. Y. [Prattsburg], was born in 1828 [27 Jan.], and is a great-grandson of Joseph De Golia [this is incorrect; it should be James De Golier], who came to Canada as a French soldier, and afterward immigrated to New York colony, where he married, lived and died; a grandson of James De Golia [Jr.], a Revolutionary soldier and pensioner [James Sr. was also a Revolutionary soldier], and a son of John and Hannah De Golia, who were natives of New York, the former born March 2, 1785, and the latter June 16, 1788, and were married February 21, 1805 [Galway, Saratoga, NY], the father's death occurring in 1832 [in Prattsburg]. Joseph received an academic school education, and when about eighteen spent three years as a clerk. In 1850 he went to California, engaged in mining and merchandising, and while there, in 1861, enlisted in Company C., Fifth California infantry, and after three years' service in Texas and the Territories, was discharged in December, 1864, in New Mexico, but re-enlisted and was finally discharged in September, 1866, at Santa Fe, N. M. In that year he went to Harrison County, Mo., where he was married in 1867 [22 Oct.] to Miss Sarah [b. 21 May 1842, d. 19 Oct. 1912], daughter of Ezekiel and Minerva (Cook) Haines, residents of Daviess County, Mo., though Mrs. De Golia was born in Montgomery County, Ind. This union resulted in four children: Judson V. [Judson Ulysses, b. 24 Sept. 1868], Mondora Alice (deceased) [b. 28 March 1870, d. 7 Aug. 1871], Georgiana [b. 1 Jan. 1873] and Fanny Ellen [b. 29 May 1877]. Politically he was formerly a Republican, casting his first vote for Gen. Scott, but now belongs to the Union Labor party. He and wife are members of the Grange, Patrons of Husbandry, of the Missionary Baptist Church, and he of the G.A.R. By his perseverance and good management he has acquired a beautiful, well-improved farm near Bancroft, where he resides. Always an ardent worker in educational enterprises, and for the welfare of the public, he enjoys the esteem of a large circle of friends. [Joseph De Golia died 27 April 1918, Liberty, Clay, MO. He and his wife are buried in Gilman City Masonic Cemetery.]


Submitter: Warren Nelson warrenlnelson@bellsouth.com

Horace FITCH was born about 1824 in CT. His first wife, known only as Harriet, was born 4 August 1827 in New York. Harriet and Horace had one child, Cynthia J Fitch b October 1845, in Canton, Bradford Co., PA. Harriet died 29 Sept 1852 and was buried in Windfall Cemetery, Granville TWP, Bedford Co., PA.

On 5 July 1854 in Elmira, NY, Horace married Emma Haswell b 20 April 1831 PA.

By 1857 Horace & Emma Fitch and his daughter Cynthia settled in Eagleville, Harrison Co., MO. Their first child Emma Augusta was born there 14 Nov 1857. Their second child Clarence Boyd Fitch arrived 20 Jan 1860. A third child Alice Voila Fitch was born 26 Nov 1861.

Horace enlisted in the Missouri 35th Regiment Infantry Volunteers, Co. A 28 Sept 1862 as a Captain. He served on active duty in Helena, AR. According to records the unit was involved in guerilla warfare, picket and garrison duty. He was promoted to Lt. Col., 30 April 1863. He was mustered out 28 June 1865.

The fourth child, Samuel H. Fitch was born 22 Dec 1866 and the fifth and last Emmaline Fitch was born 20 April 1869.

While in Pa the 1850 census shows the occupation of Horace as a blacksmith.

The 1860 Harrison Co., MO census lists Horace as a merchant with real-estate valued at $175.. He was in partnership with Thomas Poynter. They were quite successful and made quite a comfortable amount of money. They erected a 2 story building on the new public square created by a survey filed by Hall and Brower. There was a large hall on the second story that was used for lodges, Sunday school, public speaking and other social gatherings. School was also held there.

By 1870, after his Civil War service, he is listed as a Hotel Keeper, with real-estate valued at $9000. and a personal estate of $2800.

1880 Harrison Co., census lists Horace as a farmer.

The 1870 and 1880 census' show Nathan B. Haswell, Emma's father living with them. He was born in about 1805 in VT. Records show he also lived in Bradford Co., PA at the same time Horace did (1850). He is listed as a school teacher in 1870 and as a retired school teacher in 1880.

In 1881 Horace and Emma and the children moved on to Eureka Springs, AR. Horace had contracted malaria while on duty in the Civil War. Eureka Springs supposedly had "magic waters" to cure ailments. Horace only stayed a few years in Eureka Springs. He then moved further south to Dade City, Pasco Co., Fl where he died from malarial related illness 2 June 1889. Emma died 28 Sept 1907, I do not know yet where. Horace Fitch was my great-great-grandfather. Harrison County cemetery records for the West Cemetery show the following graves: Emma Augusta Fitch (d 22 June 1862), Alice Viola Fitch (d 26 Dec 1863) and Samuel Fitch buried 2 Dec 1862 and wife Hanna (no date). I do not know if Samuel and Hanna were his parents or not.

Cynthia J. Fitch married William T Small 23 May 1875 in Eagleville. In 1891 they were living in Corvallis OR where he was a confectioner.


Submitter: Phil Stewart (JJHIST@grm.net)
Source: Bethany Republican, Sep 15, 1881

Personal Characteristics and Incidents of His Life

In Thomas Dudley Neal, the boy was father to the man. He formed his opinoins not from those of others, nor from his surroundings, but by the intuitions of his own mind, regulated by a conscience ever on the alert to know the right.

Born in Kentucky in 1840, he lived in that State and in Missouri all his life. Up to the civil war all influences by which he was surrounded were pro-slavery and pro-Southern; yet, as soon as he was old enough to have an opinion about anything, he had anti-slavery predilections. When 16 years old he overheard a pro-slavery man in the neighborhood of his father in Gentry County growling about the Missouri Democrat, for which he had subscribed, having been mislead by its name. He bought out his subscription, and frequently thereafter became a local correspondent to that paper. He also became at a later period, but still while under age, a correspondent of the Free Democrat, an anti-slavery paper published at St Joseph, Missouri.

It was on account of an article he had written for the latter paper that the ire of his pro-slavery neighbors was so aroused that he was compelled to seek safety in flight. He came to Harrison County, and taught a school near the residence of Dr. B. G. Miller, in what was then Sugar Creek township. Here he came in contact with a number of staunch Republicans, such as Dr. Miller, Veazey Price, Bennett Strait, George W. Meek, Jacob Wagoner, and others. Mr. Neal's fondness for newspapers was a marked trait of his character. Like Abraham Lincoln, his education was chiefly a newspaper one. This education made him practical and ready. In his boyhood, while other boys were at their sport, he would be found reading his paper.

At the close of the war he took charge of a newspaper at Bethany and continued in the business, with slight interruptions, till his death. He came to exercise great influence through his paper in politics and morals. His editorials were sharp, sarcastic, and sparkled with wit. As a paragraphist, he had no superior. I firmly believe that if his paper had had a national circulation he would have had a national reputation in this respect.

One peculiarity of Mr Neal was that he never defended himself. When attacked by other newspapers or in speeches, instead of defending himself he carried the war into Africa, and fearlessly and relentlessly attacked his adversary in turn. By this means he was generally able to force his antagonist to take the disagreeable position of defending himself. He was apt in manufacturing new epithets and pertinently applying old ones. May now remember with what success and pertinacity he applied the term "The Smeller" to the editor of a rival newspaper. In a certain case, while Neal was Prosecuting Attorney, one of the two attorneys for the defendant, in the course of his speech, compared the prosecuting witness to "Sitting Bull". Neal, instead of defending his witness, disgusted the two attorneys by comaring them to "Shacknasty Jim" and "Boston Charley".
Neal's love for the newspaper lasted him till death. About ten minutes before he breathed his last, as the shades of death were gathering about him, he picked up a folded newspaper lying on the bed, and slowly and carefully unfolding it he intently and fondly for a moment gazed upon its pages; he then as slowly and carefully folded it and laid it down. His arms fell listlessly beside him, and in a moment all was over.

Mr. Neal had a high sense of honor, and fine feelings towards those who held personal relations with him. Nothing of the kind was better than the confidence and delicacy he exhibited towards his wife by the provisions of his will. He was a tender and true though not demonstrative friend. E. R. Martin had, nearly all Mr Neal's newspaper life, been his faithful publisher or foreman, and there was between them a strong and mutual attachment. At the time his will was made he had not sold his newspaper, and such was his solicitude for his old friend that he inserted the following clause in his will, viz:

"If E. R. Martin is foreman of the office (at my death) it is my request that he be retained to run the office until a good opportunity to sell offers, and I should be very much be pleased if it could be sold to someone who would be agreeable to him and give him employment."

Mr Neal had the most perfect honesty. In conversation with his aged mother a short time before his death, the writer inquired about his boyhood. The mother replied, "He was an honest boy; he never deceived me." That he had never deceived her seemed to be the uppermost thought in her memory of the boyhood of her dying son. That a mother could truthfully say that of a child, is the noblest eulogy a human being can receive.

Mr. Neal was honored most by those who know him best. In the fore part of his professional career his clientage was purely Republican; latterly, when he professionally and personally was known better, he came to be employed largely by Democrats as well. Through all his life he grew intellectually, professionally and in popularity. The first time he was a candidate for office he ran behind his ticket; the last time he was a candidiate he ran ahead of his ticket. He had great penetration in his judgment of men, and kept at a distance those who failed to secure his confidence and respect. In all matters of reconciliation and approach to friendship, he only met men half way, and frequently required others to make the first advances. This he at times, perhaps carried too far, as it led to the perpetuation of estrangements with men he really respected. But his friendships and reconciliations were sincere. He was so sincere and truthful that he sometimes disdained to practice that harmless hypocracy involved in mere politeness. This made him more demonstrative in his dislikes than in his likes. He thought well of many men who never knew it, while when he had a contempt for a man's conduct or character he always showed it when there was an occasion for it.

Mr. Neal was the second man who enlisted in the regular United States service from this county. Though under age when he enlisted he did his duty so well that later in the war he was made a Lieutenant, as a reward for soldierly qualities. He had great personal bravery. While on service with his regiment, Merrill's Horse, in Boone County, and while on duty on a skirmish line, he suddenly and alone came upon a squad of seven or eight guerrillas in the brush. They fired a volley at him almost as soon as he saw them, several bullets passing through his cap. But instead of offering to surrender, or seeking safety in flight, he called upon his comrades to follow as if they were near, and charged them alone. The guerrillas, supposing he had help near at hand, turned and fled.

But perhaps his supreme quality was his moral courage. In this respect he was exceeded by no man. He always dared to do and speak for what he thought to be right in the face of all abuse, and even criticism of friends. This made him a moral force not easily supplied.

He was perfectly honest in his dealings. If all men were like him, the law of written contracts need not have been written. He was perfectly just in his dealings. If all men were like him the books on equity jurisprudence might well be burned. He was religious in the true sense. If all men had been like him from the dawn of creation, a blessed Saviour need not have died for man.

Mr. Neal was a stalwart in politics, a radical in morals and a conservative in religion. He believed that aggressiveness in religion should be against all prevailing vice and he utterly despised religious controversies. He believed that Christians ought to be more God-ward but with him the best evidence of Godwardness was the good that man did for man, and not his mere abstract theories on theology. While Mr. Neal would have given proper place and prominence to his early professions and expressions of hope on his dying bed, yet, if I am to believe his oft-repeated words, I cannot help but think that in estimating his hopes of a happy immortality he would have given at least a little more prominence to what he has done for the right - to the fact that the world is better for his having lived in it.

In one respect, Mr. Neal was always underestimated, and that was intellectually. He had a frail body to support his mind, and consequently his mind was never in full power in action. He had an excellent legal mind. He had great power in distinguishing and not confounding dissimilarities. He seemed always able to "spoil your case in point."

He was a natural leader of men. In the Legislature, though the youngest member there, he became the leader of his party. He was in office nearly all his life, and this is the sum of all testimony as to his character as a public officer. He did his official work well and thoroughly, and in his every official act he never, in the least, was influenced by or considered any man's politics, religion or his personal or social relations to himself.

Tom Neal., good-by! I loved you in life, and I love your memory now. You wanted to live, and good men who knew you wanted you to live. But the hereditary sentence of death was upon you. Consumption was the executioner, and you had to go. Of your brother lawyers, the beloved W. G. Lewis, the gallant Capt Elwell and the noble Fawcett had to submit to the same dread executioner. Worth Vandivert, so full of ambition and promise in life, now sleeps near you.

And again, old friend, good-by. We have lost you, but we have and will keep our memory of you. Consumption cannot take that.

NOTES AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Thomas Dudley Neal was born on Nov 21, 1840 in Kentucky, the son of Thomas & Elizabeth Neal. The family moved from Kentucky to Missouri between 1850 and 1860, and settled in Gentry County (just west of Harrison County). The family is listed in the 1860 Census of Gentry County, Missouri.
Thomas Neal died on Sep 1, 1881 of consumption. He is buried at Miriam Cemetery, Bethany, Missouri.
Thomas D. Neal is listed in the 1880 Census of Bethany Township, Harrison County, Missouri as a 39 year old lawyer, born in Kentucky. Also listed are his wife, Hattie and three children. His children are listed as:
Eugene, age 12, working as a printer
Earnest, age 10
Nida, age 1
Nida Neal: Died Aug 19, 1880 Age 1 year, 8 months, 25d Buried at Miriam Cemetery, Bethany, MO.


Submitter: Denell Burks (DB1776-vacaville@comcast.net)
Source: Bethany Republican, Wednesday, June 29, 1904

Col. W. P. Robinson was born in Carlisle, Nicholas county, Kentucky, February 20, 1826, and died in Manhattan, Kansas, Monday June 20, 1904, aged 78 years and 4 months. He was a son of George and Clarissa (Holladay) Robinson, both natives of Kentucky. The father was of English descent, and his parents were early settlers of Kentucky, whither they moved from Virginia about 1790. He was a tanner by trade, and followed that occupation until some three or four years before his death, which occurred while upon a trip to New Orleans in 1853. The mother died shortly after the birth of William P., who was the only child, and was taken by his mother’s brother and cared for for a period of three or four years, when the father was again married, to Sarah Mountjoy, who bore him three daughters; Mary A., wife of Dr. J. E. Whitecraft of Stanton county, Kan., Eliza J., deceased wife of the late Alfred Williams of Boone county, Mo.; and Sarah A., wife of Samuel Sherman, of McPherson county, Kan.

Upon his father’s second marriage, William P. was taken home, where he remained until the death of his step-mother, which occurred about 1835, when, his father again breaking up housekeeping, he was returned to the home of his uncle, where he remained occasionally attending school in the primitive log school-house of that day until his 12th year. He was sent by his father to Wabash College, Ind., with the intention of giving him a thorough education, but owing to unsuccessful business speculation was compelled, at the end of about two years, to take the boy home and to learn the tanner’s trade.

Soon after attaining his majority, in the summer of 1847, he enlisted for the Mexican War, for a term of three years or duration of the war, a company of volunteers which was then being raised in his native town. This company, upon the organization of the regiment, became Company E. Third Regiment Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, of which the subject of this sketch was elected orderly sergeant. After a hard campaign of nearly one year, the regiment then being with Gen. Scott’s army at the City of Mexico, peace was declared between the two nations, and the troop returned home, arriving there about the 1st of August, 1848.

On the 31st of the same month, he was married, and a short time thereafter his father retiring from business, William P. succeeded him and carried on the same until the fall of 1854, at which time he, with his family, immigrated to Iowa, and located upon a farm in Washington county. In the spring of 1856 he came to Harrison county, MO., and followed the business of farming and school teaching in Colfax and Hamilton townships (then Marion township) until the breaking out of the war in 1861. At this period, after the flag of our country had been fired upon at Ft. Sumter, loyalty and disloyalty were the all absorbing themes of the people’s attention and conversation, and excitement ran riot throughout the length and breath of our land. The subject of this sketch boldly and zealously espoused the cause of the old flag, under which he had fought in Mexico, and with other loyal friends of the Union in the county, united in devoting their whole time and energy toward unifying the loyal sentiment and bringing it into active operation. In furtherance of this object, in July 1861, he, with about fifty or sixty other young and middle aged men, enlisted in a company at Eagleville, which had been partially raised at Cainsville by John A. Fisher, and with this addition was now full. This company was being raised for a regiment of infantry to be commanded by Col. Jacob T. Tindall, of Trenton, Mo. Upon the organization of this company William P. Robinson was elected captain, and upon the organization of the regiment this company became Company D, Twenty-third Regiment Missouri Volunteer Infantry. He then removed his family to Sangamon county, Ills. He remained in command of Company D until wounded at the battle of Shiloh, on the 6th of April, 1862, and as soon as his wound permitted him to return to the regiment, about the first of the following June, he was commissioned colonel of this regiment, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Col. Tindall, who was killed in that battle, and as such did faithful and gallant service until mustered out with his regiment at Atlanta, Ga., on the 22d day of September, 1864.

In the spring of 1867 Col. Robinson returned with his family from Illinois to Harrison county, Mo., and taking up his residence in Bethany conducted the “Harrison County Press,” a weekly newspaper for about six months, when he abandoned the newspaper business, and served as deputy county clerk until 1872, when he was elected probate judge. After filling that office for one term of four years he was re-elected for a second term, but resigned in 1878, and became a candidate for county clerk, in which office he served continuously by re-election in 1882 and 1886, respectively.

In politics he was an old line. Which from the time he was old enough to vote, and at the election in 1860 cast his vote for Bell and Everett since which time he had been a staunch and unswerving Republican and had taken an active part in all political campaigns in the county.

In 1894, Col. Robinson was chosen by the Bethany Printing Co., as associate editor of the Bethany Republican. His ability as a writer and earnest efforts in his labors, commanded the confidence of the patrons of the paper and the Republican prospered under his work. But on account of his health, he resigned as editor in January, 1899. During these years he also served a Public Administrator of this county.

The first wife of Col. Robinson was Rachel Sims, a native of Nicholas county, Ky., who died June 5, 1865, and who bore him eleven children: Clarrissa, deceased; Fannie, wife of John L. Grenewalt, of Lamoni, Ia.; Mary R., wife of Charles W. Barber, of McPherson county, Kan; Lucinda, wife of Frank Simmons, of Springfield, Ill; George, of McPherson county, Kansas; Thomas and Robert (twins), who died in infancy; Ann E., wife of Judge J. F. Bryant of Bethany; Elizabeth, wife of George R. Williams, of McPherson, county, Kans; William H. of the same place, and Charles, who died in infancy. The present wife was Sarah E. Kendall, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio by whom the Col. had six children: Edgar P. (deceased); Jessie (wife of) Wm O. Selby, of Manhattan, Kan; Kathleen (wife of Boston Campbell, of Ottumwa, Ia.); Harry P., of Manhattan, Kan; Louis P. of Leavenworth, Kan. and Clifford, the youngest who is about 14 years of age, and lives with his mother at Manhattan.

Col. Robinson was a member of the G.A.R., and the first Commander of Lieut. T. D. Neal Post, No. 124 at Bethany. He was also a member of the I.O.O.F. and Knight Templar, and one of the charter members of Bethany Commandery, No. 42. He was a member of the Christian church, and an earnest worker in the promotion of the cause of temperance and morality.


Submitter: Chuck Woods sidmanone@aol.com

John Woods born VA 1791, orphaned while a lad, bound a blacksmith Claiborne Co., TN, married Polly Richardson Gillispie (1787-1833) (widow of Patrick Gillispie) 1816 Pulaski Co., KY. Children of this marriage: Elizabeth Ann Woods 1817, Jesse Richardson Woods 1819, Andrew Jackson Woods abt. 1823, John B. Woods 1826, David Richardson Woods 1833.

John Woods married Henrietta Dunn (1810-1879) 1836 Pulaski Co., KY. Children of this marriage: Martha WOODS 1837, Elijah WOODS 1840, Nicholas WOODS 1843. John & Henrietta WOODS, Elijah, Martha, Nicholas, and grandchildren by David Richardson (John James & Martha ) traveled to Decatur Co., IA during Civil War March 1864 and then to Mercer Co., MO in 1866.

John & Henrietta WOODS are buried in area but unknown as to where. St. Paul's Cem not established until five years after death of John WOODS. Elijah, Martha, and Nichols WOODS all buried in St. Paul's Cem.

Elizabeth Ann WOODS WADDLE buried Macon Co., MO. Jesse Richardson WOODS buried Rock Lick Cem, Pulaski Co., KY. David Richardson WOODS buried Mariam Cem., Bethany, Harrison Co., MO John James Woods buried Gree Cem., Wayne Co., IA Martha Woods buried Auburn Cem., St. Joseph, Buchanan Co., MO


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