Harrison County Missouri Lineages

Harrison County MO Lineages

These are the earliest known occurrences of these surnames and lineages in Harrison County; they are assembled from the personal records of the submitter or the source indicated.

1859My gggrandfather, John F.HILL, and his wife, Labana E., with their children, came to Harrison Co. MO, from Iowa in 1859. Names of these 8 children:
Alexander M., born in N.C., 1845; Loretta, born in N.C., 1847; Maraih Louise, born in Shelby Co. Indiana, 1849; Nancy E., born in Shelby Co. Indiana, 1852; Mary Elizabeth, born in Shelby Co. Indiana, 1853; Irene R., born in Iowa, 1854; Aldela, born in Iowa, 1857; and Almeda, born in Iowa, 1858. Their 9th child, Narcissus, was born in Harrison Co. MO in 1860.

Alexander M. Hill joined the 23rd Volunteer Infantry in November of 1861, at the age of 16, and died in Alton, IL, May 26th, 1862, at the age of 17. His father John, entered the 3rd Cavalry, M.S.M. Co. E, April 29th, 1862. He then was attached to the 6th Cavalry, M.S.M. Co. M. He was discharged from the Army in April 8th, 1865.

Their mailing address was Cainsville. The family stayed in Harrison Co. until sometime between 1864 and 1866, before moving south to Benton Co. MO.
Victoria Sills

1854Richard MORRIS was born 2 Oct 1813 in Augusta Co., Virginia, the fourth child of Archibald and Elizabeth (CHILDERS) MORRIS. He died 13 Jul 1910 Jefferson Twp., Harrison Co., Missouri.
He married first, 5 Aug 1836, Mary Ann BUZZARD (17 Sep 1814 - 8 Sep 1842). They had three children; John Washington (23 Jun 1837 - 23 Oct 1864), Henry Thomas (31 Jul 1839 - 15 Aug 1863), and Mary Ann (10 May 1842 - 16 Jun 1845). John and Henry both died serving in the Civil War out of Harrison Co., Missouri.
His second marriage, 18 Jun 1844, in Greenbrier Co., West Virginia was to Mary Ann's cousin Susan Ann Buzzard (13 Oct 1823 - 1 Apr 1894). In the fall of 1852 Richard and Susan left West Virginia and came west to Marion Co., Mo. settling in 1854 in Harrison County.
This marriage produced nine children, (the first five born Greenbrier Co., W.V., one in Marion Co., MO, the last three born in Jefferson Twp., Harrison Co., MO): Andrew Jackson born 27 May 1846, married Martha Miriah ALEXANDER; Archibald McKindrey Riley born 29 Jun 1848, married Nancy Elizabeth GATES; Mary Jane born 11 Aug 1849; William Irving born 27 Mar 1851; Joseph Dysard born 3 Apr 1853 in Marion Co., Mo., married Nancy Ann HOLYMAN; Charles Wesley born 28 Dec 1855, married Francis E. CHAMPION; Sarah Francis born 15 Sep 1858, married John Hamilton GAY; and Elizabeth Halleck born 24 Apr 1862, married Franklin Pierce MORROW.
A farmer, Richard took five land grants by 1866, all in Jefferson Twp. In 1869 he was one of the founders of Morris Chapel church. He and Susan are both buried in the cemetery there along with six generations of descendents.
Amy Plowman
1866Joseph DEGOLIA was born 27 January 1828 in Prattsburg, Steuben County, New York, one of fourteen children of John and Hannah (HICKS) DEGOLIER. (This branch of the DeGolier family changed the spelling of its surname to DeGolia sometime in the 1840's, probably for pronunciation reasons. The name continues as DeGolier, DeGolia, DeGolyer, etc. throughout the United States.) Joseph's older sister Eleanor C. (DeGolia) LEWIS DOUGHTY (1823-1900) was my great-great grandmother. In 1850 Joseph left Steuben County for the California gold country arriving 31 July in San Francisco on the ship "Gustave," which had made the passage from Panama in 85 days via Acapulco, Mexico. During the next ten years he did some mining, general merchandising and operated a lumber business. In 1861 Joseph enlisted in Company C, Fifth California Infantry and served in New Mexico and Texas before being discharged at Mesilla, New Mexico, 30 November 1864.
Sargeant Joseph DEGOLIA reenlisted 1 December 1864 at Mesilla and served until 17 September 1866, at which time he headed for Missouri with the intention of buying stock to take to southern Colorado for resale, but when he reached Bancroft, he thought that the country thereabouts was the most beautiful he'd ever seen, and he decided to remain there.
Joseph married 22 October 1867, Sarah HAINES, daughter of Ezekiel and Minerva (COOK) HAINES of Daviess County. They had four children while living on their farm in Sugar Creek township, Harrison County, where they remained until 9 March 1901. Sarah DEGOLIA died in 1912, and some time after that Joseph moved to Liberty, Clay County, Missouri, to live with his daughter and son-in-law, Robert and Fanny HARBAUGH. Joseph died there 27 April 1918, and he and his wife are buried in the Gilman City Masonic Cemetery. The journal, from which the extracts are taken; a memoir of Joseph's life, including a description of his years in California and during the Civil War; the 1827 Bible which originally belonged to John DeGolier with a full family record; and numerous other items became available at an estate auction in Liberty in 2001. The buyer contacted me, having seen my query on GenForum, and I subsequently bought the items from him. [Please see extracts from Joseph DeGolia's Journal on the Harrison Co. website.]
Karen Griffin
1857-1859John C. CUTSHALL (or Gutshall) was born in Harrison County, Ohio, December 17, 1807, son of Johann Heinrich (Henry) Gotschall (or Gutshall) and Catherine Winnings. John married Elizabeth REESER on November 4, 1830 in Harrison County, Ohio. Their children were John R., Kitty Ann (or Catherine), Eliza, Martha, Mary, Sarah, and William H., all apparently born in Ohio. These families migrated from Ohio possibly with other family members who settled in Iowa but John and his family came to Harrison County, Missouri probably around 1857-1859. Kitty Ann married Jacob GUTSHALL, date unknown but likely in mid 1850s before or shortly after they came to Missouri. My gg-grandparents, Jacob and Kitty Ann GUTSHALL's first child, John Carter, was born around 1858, either in Ohio or Missouri. but their other children were all born in Missouri; Hiram, 1860; William W., 1865; Gideon, 1866; and Lillian, 1870. John Cutshall was a farmer and seems to have had a fairly large amount of land in that corner of the county at one time. Jacob and Kitty Ann inherited a part of this and some of their descendants farmed this land for three more generations. Other descendants farmed in the Blue Ridge area and also later around the Gilman City area. John C. died August 7, 1889 and Elizabeth died April 5, 1878. They are buried in Union Grove Cemetery in Daviess County as are Jacob and Kitty Ann and other descendants of five generations. Terry Gutshall
1856 1 James RUSSELL, JR b: August 14, 1833 in Allegany County, New York d: April 25, 1915 in Harrison County, Missouri
... +Sarah Ann CAIN m: November 23, 1856 in Harrison County, Missouri d: 1930
.... 2 Margaret Lavina RUSSELL b: December 11, 1857 in Harrison County, Missouri d: March 22, 1935
......... +C M ALLEN
.... 2 Louisa Jane RUSSELL b: June 15, 1859 in Harrison County, Missouri d: April 29, 1860
.... 2 [1] Ada Ann RUSSELL b: May 29, 1861 in Harrison County, Missouri d: April 24, 1943
......... +William Madison SOLOMON b: 1861 m: March 14, 1880 d: 1897 .... *2nd Husband of [1] Ada Ann RUSSELL:
......... +John Quincy FITZGERALDS b: 1861 m: November 16, 1897 in Harrison County, Missouri d: 1900
.... 2 [2] Lorilla RUSSELL b: May 12, 1866 in Harrison County, Missouri d: October 03, 1952
......... +Richard SMITH
.... *2nd Husband of [2] Lorilla RUSSELL:
......... +J B YORK
.... 2 [3] James Wesley RUSSELL b: December 24, 1867 in Harrison County, Missouri d: January 04, 1918 in Harrison County, Missouri
......... +Kate
.... *2nd Wife of [3] James Wesley RUSSELL:
......... +Martha
.... *3rd Wife of [3] James Wesley RUSSELL:
......... +Margaret
.... *4th Wife of [3] James Wesley RUSSELL:
......... +Mary C PIBURN m: December 14, 1890 in Harrison County, Missouri
.... 2 [4] John William RUSSELL b: January 07, 1871 in Harrison County, Missouri d: March 15, 1959
......... +Emma
.... *2nd Wife of [4] John William RUSSELL:
......... +Cora PUGH
.... 2 Melissa RUSSELL b: January 16, 1872 in Harrison County, Missouri d: March 22, 1888 in Harrison County, Missouri
.... 2 Juda Ellen RUSSELL b: July 28, 1875 in Harrison County, Missouri d: April 16, 1926
......... +Grances GIBSON
.... 2 Charles Walker RUSSELL b: November 10, 1877 in Harrison County, Missouri d: October 17, 1973
......... +Mary PUGH
.... 2 Sarah Etta RUSSELL b: February 14, 1886 in Harrison County, Missouri d: November 06, 1972
......... +Charles TAYLOR b: December 14, 1878 m: 1903 d: April 08, 1965 Hope Engelmann
1875Franklin WEARY, born Union Co, PA 8/9/1824, died St. Joseph, MO 3/24/1902. In 1850 m. Leah STOVER, son Millard. Leah died 1857.
1859 m. Mollie GRIMM SHAFER,(widow of Philip SHAFER); 4 children: Franklin Grimm, Thornton, Emma m. Charles J. DOPKINS, and Lewis. Molly died 3/9/1902, Franklin died 3/24/1902, both buried Morris Chapel in Harrison Co., MO. My notes indicate that Franklin left PA for Akron, OH, where he spent the Civil War. He was a cooper by trade. Bought 40 acres in Lena, Stephenson Co, Il in 1856, moved to Harrison Co., MO in 1875, bought 160 acres near Bethany. Helen S. Weary
1857Benjamin F. CLARK was born 1816 in Daviess Co., Ky, and died July 26,1874 in Butler Twp, Harrison Co., Mo. Married his first wife (unknown name) about 1832 in Todd Co., Ky. She died bet. 1833-1836. Had one daughter Eliza (b. 1833 Todd, KY).
Married his second wife Sally TUTTLE about 1836 in Todd Co., KY. She was born about 1820, and died bet. 1840-1842 in Todd Co., Ky. Had the following children: Susan C.(b. 1837), Virginia M. (b. 1838) and John T. (b. 4/28/1840).
Married third wife Sallie Druitt HALLOWAY in 1842 in Daviess Co., Kentucky. She was born in 1821 in Daviess Co., KY and died July 10, 1900 in Butler Twp, Harrison Co., Mo. Their children born in KY were William H.(b. 1842), Benjamin P. (b. 1844), Lucinda Ellen (1846), Sarah F. (b. 1849), twins James & Joseph (b. 12/3/1851), and Charles (b. 1853-1856). Benjamin is listed in the August 5th, 1850 census of Todd County, Ky. He lived in District 2. Listed occupation as farmer and stated value of real estate to be $600.
In 1857 the family moved to Butler Twp., Harrison County, Missouri in a covered wagon pulled by an oxen team. Reported to have taken six weeks to make the journey. The last son, Francis Marion, (b. 8/3/1857) was the only child to have been born in Matkins, Harrison County, Missouri. Settled in Harrison County and farm was passed on to his son James Baxter Clark and then to grandson James Oren [Pude)Clark.
Benjamin and Sallie were buried in the Fallis Cemetery, Gentry Co., Mo. It is located in a pasture west of Matkins on the Velma Riggins farm (the J. Thompson farm). Great grandson Ivan Clark said it is was so overgrown that he was unable to get back to it a few years ago. No road goes back to the cemetery and you cannot see it from the main road. Larry Johnston
1853John L. COOK b. 14 Jan 1823 in North Carolina and his wife Mary (Polly) Anna COFFEY b. 13 Dec 1824 in Green Co., Kentucky, came from Indiana about 1853. They were married in Morgan County, Indiana on Dec 15, 1842. Children were Catherine, Nancy Ann, John Lewis, Phillip, Christopher Columbus, Delila, Jacob Granville, William Martin, George Washington, James Thomas, and Mary Etta. The first five were born in Morgan Co., IN and the last six born in Harrison County, MO. The oldest son, John Lewis, was a Civil War volunteer.
My gg grandfather, Christopher Columbus COOK died in 1940 after outliving the three wives who bore him a total of eleven children. Christopher Columbus, known as "Lum", lived his whole life in Harrison County.
John was a farmer with an apparent measure of success. After Polly died 23 Nov, 1876, he married Pheba A. DESKINS 22 Jul 1877. John died at his residence west of Eagleville of consumption on 27 Jan 1883. He was buried next to Polly in Edwards Cemetery.
Dennis L. Gutshall
1860The Rev. Robert SPEER was born about 1820 in Indiana. He moved with his parents, Jacob and Nancy SPEER, to Grundy Co. Missouri in 1842 where he met and married Margaret F. KELSO on 8 Sep 1842. He preached the gospel to the early settlers in that vicinity until about 1860 when he moved to Harrison County. He organized the Bethany Cumberland Presbyterian Church which was located at the northwest corner of 16th and Miller Street. Later he organized the Mount Olive Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Jefferson Township. Robert died on 9 May 1876 and Margaret died 20 Aug 1903. They are both buried in the Marian Cemetery, Bethany, Missouri. They were the parents of three children, Nancy D. m. Thomas ALEXANDER; Samuel Patton, m. Amanda Jane TRAVIS; and Robert E.
Anna L. Martin
1851 Moses OVERTON was born in 1809 in Anderson County, Tennessee. He married Nancy Jane FOSTER in about 1830 in Anderson County. In October, 1851 Moses, Nancy. and their (then) 9 children left the Brushy Valley area of Anderson County for Missouri, settling in what is now Harrison County. "It was said that Moses felt sure the states were going to war and he, not believing in slavery, decided to move to Missouri, and settled west of Mercer County."

Three sons (Enoch[wounded], Joseph[died], James[wounded]) served in the Civil War on the Union side.

Moses was the father of 12. He died on 22 March 1891, and is buried in the Tennessee Cemetery in Mercer County, Missouri.
David Hughes

1837John Mac OXFORD was born Dec. 15, 1833, in Manchester, KY. In 1837 when he was around 4 years of age, John, his parents, and grandparents moved to Harrison Co, MO, (Daviess Co at that time). On May 6, 1865, he was married to Hannah O. KING, at Bethany, where they lived until 1905, when with their family, they moved to Custer Co, NE.

Hannah, in spite of the cares of a large family and living for most of her early married life under primitive conditions, was most neighborly, and was often found by a sick bed and was many times called when doctors were few and nurses unknown, to minister at the coming of children into her neighbors' homes. She was commonly called "Grandma" in her home community, and was of a happy and cheerful disposition. She became a follower of Christ early in her life at Bethany, MO, uniting with the Christian Church.

John and Hannah had 13 children: Robert, Alwilda, William Theodore, Marcus, Oscar, Wrenick, Ora, Myrtle, Celia, Charles, Herbert, Emma, and an infant who died at birth.
Dennis Lark

1854William R. KING was born Oct 24, 1805 in Greene Co. PA. His wife, Cecilia BAILEY was born JUL 9, 1803 in Greene Co. Six months after the birth of their first child, Simon Peter, they moved to Monroe Co., OH in 1828. In the spring of 1840, they moved to Wetzel Co, VA. In 1853, they moved to Marion Co, IA and in the spring of 1854, they arrived in Harrison Co, MO. They settled west of Oakland Church. William King died in 1887 at the age of 82 years and is buried at Oakland Cemetery. His wife Cecilia King died the same year at the age of 84 and is buried at Oakland Cemetery. Their daughter, Christina Clea King, died Aug 15, 1854 and is also buried at Oakland Cemetery. She was the first person buried in that plot of ground.

Their son Simon Peter moved to Bethany in 1869. The second summer he lived there, his brother, Jacob King, who was living in Holt Co, grubbed the brush off the present public square. Simon Peter taught 2 terms of school in Jefferson Township during the war, in a log house nearly half a mile southwest of Oakland. He obtained his certificate from John W. Brown, County School Commissioner. He taught three months for $50.00. In 1855, he was crippled and could hardly dress himself for 10 or 12 years. In 1880 and again in 1884, he was elected Harrison Co Treasurer.

Children of William and Cecilia were Elizabeth, Frances Marion, Simon Peter, Hannah O., Susan, John, Irene, Wlliam Alexander, Fertima, Jacob, Fanny, Christine Clea, Sarah, George, and Celia. Most are buried in the Oakland Cemetery.
Dennis Lark

1841Ephriam STEWARD/STEWART b. 1818 in VA; married Leah GROVE b. 1814 VA, in 1839 in McLean County, IL. They had one son, William when they joined a wagon train of several families in 1841 moving from the Bloomington area to the area of Bethany in Harrison County. Ephriam was an Elder and founding father of the Christian Church in Bethany along with Elder John S. ALLEN. Ephriam and Leah's children born in Harrison County: Martha E. b. 1842; Francis Marion "Frank" b. 1844; Julias W. B. 1845; John Columbus "Lum" b. 1851; Andrew Thomas b. 1854; Benjamin Franklin B. 1857. Ephriam and family are found in 1860 Harrison Co census, but in 1870, they were in Johnson County, MO.
Linda Stewart
1843Samuel Edmiston (b. 1785) and his wife Jane Gilston Edmiston arrived from Orange County, NC in 1843. Children are: Margaret Lucinda b. abt 1806 m.Dan Merrell Thomas, David Gilston Edmiston (1808-1837), John Edmiston (m. McKee?), Mary Melissa m. Daniel Walker (Walkers still live in Harrison Co.), Sarah A. m. George Brisbon Finley, James Mortimer (1816-1892) m. Susan Morgan & Mary Ann Pettit, Elizabeth Artelia m. Charles Lawson Jinnings, Henry Piquard m. America Jane Williams, and Parmelia Ann m. David C. O'Brian. Samuel Edmiston came to MO with Thomas Matkins and together they built the Matkins Church. Samuel was the first judge of Harrison County.
Charla Edmiston Manica
abt 1845John HUDSON b. ca 1807 in Surry Co. North Carolina, came to Harrison Co. with his wife Isobella SMITH ca1845. The family can be found in the U.S. Census (page 424)1850 Dist. 27, Harrison Co. Children of John and Isobella, Obediah b.20 Mar 1827,Thomas b.1829,Sarah Elizabeth b.28 Nov 1830, Richard Robbivar b. 6 Dec 1834, Sampson b.1837, Margaret b 1839, Mary Jane b 1842, John Sterling b.7 Nov 1843. John and his son Thomas died ca 1852 on a return trip from the California gold fields. Isobella d.12 Sept 1874 buried Cat Creek Cemetery (Mt.Pleasant) Harrison Co.

If any additional information is needed please contact me at brobertson@netbridge.net I have extensive information on the HUDSON, STOTTS, HUGHS, FITZPATRICK family and would be delighted to share with anyone who is researching those lines..... Sincerely,

1845 William M. WILLIS born 20-July-1813 in Grainger Co., Tn. married Mary Ann Polly SEYMOUR 6-Oct-1844 in Buchanan Co., Mo. He died 14-Sept-1871 and she died 7-Jan-1902. Both are buried at the Hughes Cemetery, Clay Township, Harrison Co., Mo. They came to Harrison Co., Mo. in 1845 from Buchanan Co., Mo.
Jerry & Pat Jones
1848John Vandike was born 1810 in Tazewell, VA. He married Ascenah Whitt March1835 in Tazewell. They moved to Daviess County, Missouri in 1844 and then to Harrison County, Missouri in 1848. He lived in the Sugar Creek area. John and Ascenah had the following children, Martha Jane, Charles, Mary, Griffey, Israel, John, William, and Richard.

John Vandike served in the Civil War in Company H, 23 Regiment of the Missouri Volunteers. He died of typhoid fever in the Marine Hospital at St. Louis, Missouri September 1, 1863.
Beverly Tracy

bef 1850William M. YOCUM - born about 1846 died 1897 in New Hampton, buried in Foster cemetery with wife Mary Jane Dahlgren whom he married in 1883 in Galva Ill.His death caused a vacancy in the office of justice of the peace. Died suddenly while attending the public sale of C.D. Lyons. He served in the 14th regiment Co. H Illinois Volunteers 1865. One of the oldest residents and an honored citizen of the community.
bef 1850BLACKETER, Howell came to Harrison Co. from Parke Co. IN before 1850, exact date unknown. He was listed in the History of Harrison Co. as being an early settler before 1850. He brought with him a family of 8 children, his wife dying possibly in Parke or Harrison Co. before 1850. He married Lucretia Baker ca. 1850. They had 3 more children. Howell served in the Civil War; Co. G, 6th MO Cav. fom Bethany. He died in March 1887.
abt 1850Issac SEYMOUR born 15-Mar-1795 in Va. married Elizabeth Norris 9-April-1823 in Grainger Co., Tn. She was born in 1802 in Grainger Co., Tn. He died 22-Sept-1877 and she died 28-Mar-1877, both are buried at the Hughes Cemetery, Clay Township, Harrison Co., Mo. They came to Harrison Co., Mo. about 1850 from Grainger Co., Tn
Jerry & Pat Jones
1850George BROOKS b. Jan 7, 1778 in Va, moved to Spartenburg Co., S.C., then to Green River, Ky where he married Editha Turpin in 1804. In 1850 George and Editha Brooks and several of their children moved to Harrison Co., where they settled in Colfax Township. Their children were Nathan Turpin b. 1805, Mary Turpin b. 1807, John H. b. 1808, Nancy H. b. 1810, Rhoda A. b. 1812, Lillyann C. b. 1813, Joshua W. b. 1815, Miles B. b. 1817, Jeremiah Vardiman b. 1819, Celia L. b. 1820, Susanna b. 1822, George William b. 1825, Editha R. b. 1826, Johnson A. b. 1828, Harriet M. b. 1830, Jacob L. b. 1832.
J. Kelly
1853James A. HAGAN born 29-Sept-1819 in Grayson Co., Ky. married Mary Rebecca MONTGOMERY 5-April-1842 in Washington Co., Ky. She was born there 15-Dec-1825. He died 23-Mar-1897 and she died 27-June-1894. Both are buried at the St. Marys Cemetery, Clay Township, Harrison Co., Mo. They came to Harrison Co., Mo. in 1853 from Knox Co., Mo.
Jerry & Pat Jones
1854Henry HOHN b. 1810 in Hesse Kassel or Hesse Darmstadt, Germany; left Germany about 1840 with his wife, Elizabeth Ripples, and three children: Cathryn, John and Lewis, staying for a time in Pennsylvania and Indiana before settling in Harrison Co. in Colfax Township about 1854. The family travelled with the Poush family from Indiana. On Feb. 25, 1856, John Poush and Henry Hohn purchased 40 acres of land from J. B. Wardrip for $300., the legal description being: S.W. quarter of N.W. quarter-section, Twp. 66, Range 27, Harrison Co., Mo.
J. Kelly
1855In the fall of 1855 Isaac GRENAWALT immigrated to Harrison County, Mo., where he arrived October 17, 1855, and soon entered 160 acres of land where he now lives.

"Isaac GRENAWALT was born in Hardin County, Ky., December 20, 1817, and is a son of John and Rachel (LOGSDON) GRENAWALT, descendants of Germany. Upon their marriage they moved to a farm in Hardin County, Ky. Isaac, the sixth child of a family of eleven boys and three girls, worked on a farm until he was twenty, then in the fall of 1837 took a flat boat for New Orleans, La., where he went to work at the carpenter's trade, until the fall of 1839. He then visited Texas, volunteered to fight Indians, and during the conflict received a wound. He was in Texas 18 months, then returned to New Orleans where he finished his apprenticeship in the summer of 1844. Soon after he went to Nashville, TN, and while there worked at this trade. In the fall of 1845 he retraced his steps to the parental home in Hardin County, Ky. He was absent 8 yrs and six months, still working at his trade. On July 8, 1847, Mr. Grenawalt wedded Miss Mary BUNT, after which they commenced housekeeping at Louisville, KY. He followed his trade until October 26, 1849, when he took a boat for Keokuk, Iowa, moving thence to Jefferson County, Iowa. He then worked at carpentering, and while there entered eighty acres of land. In the spring of 1855 he sold out, and in the fall of 1855 immigrated to Harrison County, Mo., where he arrived October 17, 1855, and soon entered 160 acres of land where he now lives. During the war he belonged to the Home Guards. Mr. and Mrs. GRENAWALT have had six sons and three daughters, of whom three sons and one daughter are now deceased. Mr. Grenawalt is a Democrat and a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Mrs. GRENAWALT belongs to the United Brethren Church. He is a well-to-do man, and the owner of 240 acres of good land."

This is retyped from copies of pages of an early Harrison Co. History sent to me by an older cousin of mine - Pat Young, Madison, WI (daughter of Nina Traxler Crouch).
Denell Burks

1856In the spring of 1856 William Perrine ROBINSON came to Harrison Country, Missouri, and followed the business of farming in school teaching in Cofax 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 Fort Sumter, loyalty and disloyalty were the all-absorbing themes of the people's attention and conversation, and excitement ran riot throughout the length and breadth 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 to active operation.

In furtherance of this object, in July, 1861, he, with about 50 or 60 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 orgainization of the regiment this Company became Company D, 23rd Regiment, Missouri Volunteer Infantry. He then removed his family to Sangamon County, Ill. 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 comissioned colonel of this regiment, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Col. Tindall who was killed in that battle, adn as such did faithful and gallant service until mustered out with his regiment at Atlanta, Ga., on the 22nd day of September, 1864.

In the spring of 1867 COL. ROBINSON returned with his family from Illinois to Harrison County, Missouri 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 he served continuously by re-election in 1882 and 1887 respectively. In politics he was an old line Whig 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 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 as 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:

Clarissa, deceased;
Fannie, wife of John L. GRENAWALT, of Lamoni, Ia.;
Mary R., wife of Charles W. BARBER, of McPherson County, Kansas;
Lucinda, wife of Frank SIMMONS, of Springfield, Ill;
George, of McPherson Co., 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 Co., 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 Colonel had six children:

Edgar P (deceased);
Jessie (wife of William O. SELBY) of Manhattan, Kansas;
Kathleen (wife of Boston CAMPBELL, of Ottumwa, Ia);
Harry P., of Manhattan Kansas;
Clifford, the youngest, who is about 14 years of age, and lives with his mother at Manhattan.

Col. ROBINSON was a member of the GAR, and was the first Comander of Lt. T. D. Neal Post No. 124, at Bethany. He was also a member of the IOOF and a 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.

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 Carissa (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 3 or 4 years before his death, which occurred while on 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 about three years, when the father was again married to Sarah Mountjoy, who bore him 3 daughters:

Mary A., wife of Dr. J. E. WHITECRAFT, of Stanton County, Kansas;
Eliza J., deceased wife of the late Alfred WILLIAMS, of Boone County, Mo.; and
Sarah A., wife of Samuel Sherman, of McPherson Co., Kansas.

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, Indiana, with the intention of giving him a thorough collegiate education, but owing to unseccessful business speculations was compelled, at the end of about two years, to take the boy home again to learn the tanners trade.

Soon after attaining his majority, in the summer of 1847, he enlisted for the Mexican War, for a term of three years or during the war, in a company of volunteers which was then being raised in his native town. This company, upon the organization of the regiment, became Compane 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 troops returned home, arriving there about the last 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 at the same until the fall of 1854, at which time he, with his family, immigrated to Iowa, and located upon a farm in Washington Co. Then in the spring of 1856 WILLIAM PERRINE ROBINSON came to Harrison Country
Denell Burks

1856Clark E. BENTON; Arrived Harrison Co MO, 1856:
Clark E. BENTON b 3 Jul 1820 Montgomery Co NC, s/o John BENTON / Jeanette MCCAULEY. Went to Carrol Co TN at a young age; 1838 attended Bloomington Academy, IN Hendricks Co, m 1839 Hendricks Co to Mary GENTRY; 1841 returned to Carroll Co TN; 1853 in IN; 1856 Washington Twp, MO Harrison Co; 1861 farmed and purchased land in Decatur Co IA; 1863 took trip thru the West for 2 yrs, visited all the states and Terr. of the West; 1865 Clay Co MO, then Jackson Co near Lone Jack; 1870 m 2nd in Cass Co to Sarah ARNOLD; 1873 Cass Co MO; d 15 Sept 1912 Cass Co MO.

Children: Richard G. b c 1841 TN; Margaret E. b c 1844 TN, m J.D. BILLITER; James H. b c 1846 TN ?m Arabella TERPENING; Allany b c 1848 TN; John C. b 1850 Carroll Co TN; David W. b c 1853 IN; Rosanna C. b c 1854 IN, m Marquis DEFFENBAUGH; Thomas Henry b c 1861 Washington Twp MO Harrison Co, m Mattie Lucile SHARP; Jessie b c 1872 Peculiar Twp MO Cass Co; Joan b 1873 Peculiar; Lillie b c 1876 Peculiar, m Clarence BRATTON; Nancy b c 1873 Peculiar.
Marcia Hardesty

bef 1860Christian Seigel LARK b. June 26, 1861 in Harrison County, MO. married in 1884 to Celia Elizabeth Wise b. Feb 1861. Parents of Christian Lark were John W. Lark b. 1829 and Elizabeth (King) Lark b. 1844 both dying in Harrison Co. MO. Parents of Celia Wise were Jacob Wise b. 1835 and Sarah (King) Wise b. 1832 also both dying in Harrison County. Both families are in the 1860 Harrison County census.
Glorene Stevens
bef 1860Cassie (Waters) MURPHY. Born 1813 in Casey Co., Kentucky. Married to Nimrod C. MURPHY on 24 June 1830 at Jacksonville, Morgan Co., Illinois. Nimrod was born circa 1810 in Kentucky, died circa 1856 in Gentry Co., Missouri. Arrived Harrison Co. before 1860 from Gentry Co. Family arrived Gentry Co. mid to late 1840s. Children included Joseph, Celia, Richard, Margaret, Paulina, Elizabeth, James, Nimrod, William J. (Jackson?)
1864Gordon WESTCOTT was b. October 22, 1829, in Morgan Co., (now Noble) OH., the youngest son of Christopher and Mary G. (Briggs) WESTCOTT, natives of RI. Gordon was also the grandson of Jonathan WESTCOTT, Stephen and Hulda BRIGGS all natives of RI. Gordon and family arrived in Harrison Co., MO in 1864 and over the years aquired 413 acres of farm land and became one of the successful farmers and stock raisers of the township. Gordon married 1st Martha Stone in 1852 in Noble Co., OH. They were the parents of Lucy E. WESTCOTT & Mary G. WESTCOTT. After Martha's death Gordon married Susan B. LAMB 15 Jan 1857 in Noble Co., OH. and to this union was born Alice C. WESTCOTT. Susan was the daughter of Alvin and Lucy (Brown) LAMB natives of MA where her father served in the war of 1812. Susan, sister Jane (Lamb) Emerson and brother Nathan LAMB all live in MO. Gordon WESTCOTT was a Democrat and was the first collector appointed under the Lincoln township organization. He was a member of the Blue Lodge in Masonry. [Ref. 1888 History of Harrison and Mercer Counties, MO., pg 646-647. Correction of marriage dates and name of first wife]
Connie Broy
1838-1844Thomas FLINT was born 20 May 1798 in Maryland. He was the son of John FLINT (born c. 1771) and Temperance HUMPHRIS (born c. 1771). He married Rachel FOSTER in 1816, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, daughter of Thomas FOSTER (born 18 Nov 1772, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania) and Elizabeth or Rachel THOMAS (born 28 Nov 1774, Philadelpha). They moved to Missouri between 1838 and 1844. Thomas died 3 May 1846 and Rachel died 4 Mar 1866, both in Harrison Co. Both are buried in the Antioch Church Cemetery, Bethany, Harrison County, Missouri.
Their first nine children were born in Ohio and Indiana. Their last child was born in Missouri. (1) Temperance, 17 Dec 1817; (2) Nancy, 1819; (3) Martha, 25 Dec 1819; (4) John N., 21 Oct 1824; (5) James Thomas, 29 Mar 1829; (6) George Washington, 21 May 1832; (7) Elizabeth "Betty", 1835; (8) Joseph H., 3 Dec 1837; (9) Thomas, c. 1838; (10) Maria (Moriah), c. 1844.
Derrill Langen
before 1872Willis Ellis NORTHCUTT was born 5 Feb 1854, Blackhawk, Waterloo County, Iowa. He was the son of Jeptha NORTHCUTT (born 27 Nov 1817, Mad River Township, Champaign County, Ohio), and Elizabeth HARBOUR( born 4 Nov 1820, probably Champaign County, Ohio).
He came to Harrison County at a young age (probably before 1872). He married Martha Isabelle MITCHELL, 10 Feb 1878, Harrison County, Missouri. She was born 26 Mar 1858, Harrison County, Missouri, daughter of Edward C. MITCHELL (born 12 Feb 1835, Tippecanoe County, Indiana) and Elizabeth "Betty" FLINT (born 1835, Indiana).
Derrill Langen
1840-1844James M. MITCHELL was born 24 Apr 1810, Ohio. He was the son of John MITCHELL (born 1786, Pennsylvania) and Ann PLUMMER (born c1786, Pennsylvania).
He married Lucinda Elizabeth CORBIN, 23 Feb 1835, Tippecanoe County, Indiana. She was born 15 Dec 1813, Ohio, daughter of Luther Colvin CORBIN (born 1 Apr 1775, Middleton Township, Rutland County, Vermont) and Mary "Polly" SHARP (born 1779, New York). He came to Missouri between 1840-1844. He was a farmer in Bethany Township, Harrison County, Missouri. James died 2 Apr 1879, Lucinda died 15 Aug 1883, both in Harrison Co. Both are buried in Harrison Co.
Their first five children were born in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. The last four were born in Bethany, Harrison County, Missouri. (1) Edward C., 12 Feb 1835; (2) Zachariah, c. 1838; (3) Elizabeth, c. 1840; (4) George Washington, 26 Jul 1840; (5) Nancy E., c. 1844; (6) Victor, c. 1847; (7) Ann Elizabeth, Feb 1850; (8) John G. c. 1854.
Derrill Langen

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