Underwood Dooley


"History of Monroe and Shelby Counties, Missouri"
Published 1884 By St. Louis: National Historical Company  p. 482

Underwood Dooley
(Farmer and Stock-raiser, Post Office Stoutsville)

"Mr. Dooley’s grandfather, Jacob Dooley, a native of Virginia, was a gallant soldier under Washington in the War for Independence, and his son, Job Dooley, the father of the subject of this sketch, was a soldier in the American army during the War of 1812, and afterwards drew a pension on account of disabilities received whilst in the service of his country. The Dooley’s became pioneer settlers of Kentucky, and Job Dooley married Miss Lucy Searcy, of the well-known family of that name in Virginia, Kentucky, and Missouri, and several other states.
Underwood Dooley was born of this union in Madison county, Kentucky, May 6, 1809, and was reared in his native State. After he grew up he spent four years in the stock trade between Kentucky and North Carolina. In the fall of 1838 he was married to Miss Martha Dooley, a daughter of his uncle, Jacob Dooley, of Kentucky. But in the meantime both he and his father’s family had come out to Missouri. He came here in 1832 and entered land and improved a farm on Otter Creek, in Jefferson township, of Monroe county, and his father’s family came out the year following, where they also opened a farm. The father died here in 1854, and the mother May 15, 1874. Mr. Dooley lived on his first farm for a number of years, but since then he has bought land and improved three other farms in this township. He came to his present farm which he improved in 1854, and has been residing on it continuously for 30 years. This place contains 270 acres, and, indeed,  constitutes two farms, having two sets of improvements. His house is a substantial two-story building, and the other house is a one-story building of three rooms. Both places are well improved. Mr. Dooley’s first wife died September 3, 1855. By her he reared a family of seven children; Angeline, who died after becoming grown; Thomas N., Christina, Perry W., Cicero, and Alexander, twins, and Lizzie, the second child also deceased. To his present wife Mr. Dooley was married May 26, 1858. She was formerly Miss Arzelia Renfro, daughter of John Renfro, of this county, but originally of Madison county KY. There have been four children by this union; John W., deceased; James P., Sallie and Laura. Mrs. Dooley is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church."

Submitted by    Debra Branigan  4 Jul 2000