Collection: History of Daviess County Missouri

Biography of C. Reno

Was born in Hardin County, Kentucky, October 9, 1834. When he was about sixteen years of age he came with his parents to Macoupin County, Illinois, and shortly after they arrived there his mother died. In 1854 he went to California and remained three years, then returned to Montgomery County, Illinois, and remained until 1856, when he came to Missouri and located in Daviess County. His father, William P. Reno, came with him and lived with him until his death, which occurred November 4, 1875. His mother, Lititia Reno, died in 1850. His parents were natives of Kentucky and of

Biographical Sketch of Greenville Blankenship

Greenville, son of John and Agnes Blankenship, was born in Greenupsburgh, Greenup County, Kentucky, June 2, 1817. His mother died when he was about four years old, and his father removed to Lawrence County, Ohio, where he lived until reaching his sixteenth year, when, in company with his father, he returned to his native county in Kentucky and there remained until 1849. In that year he came to Missouri, stopped one winter in Ray County, then came to Daviess County and settled in Benton Township, near old Pattonsburg, in the spring of 1850. He purchased a tract of wild land,

Biographical Sketch of James H. Barngrover

James H. Barngrover. The subject of this sketch was born in Ohio, February 12, 1825, and lived there until he was twelve years old, when his parents moved to Indiana, bringing him with them, and in the latter State he grew to manhood and completed his education. He began farming in Indiana, and continued there until the fall of 1853, when he went to Greene county, Iowa, and remained two years. In 1855 he moved to Daviess county, this State, and settled in Lincoln township, where he has ever since been engaged in farming and stock-growing. His splendid farm contains

Biographical Sketch of Isaac W. Booram

Isaac W. Booram. This gentleman was born in Kanawha county, Virginia (now West Virginia), August 23, 1830. At about twelve years of age he came with his father to Grundy county, this State, and there received his education. On arriving at the proper age, he commenced farming for himself, and still continues in that worthy walk of life. In March, 1853, Mr. Booram moved to Lincoln township, this county, where he has ever since resided. He owns a well-improved farm of 200 acres, on which he has a good residence and barn, the entire place being well appointed in every

Biographical Sketch of John Terry

John Terry was born in this county March 10, 1850. His parents moved to Grundy county when he was five years old, and there John was reared and educated. He began life as a farmer and has been engaged in farming and stock-dealing ever since. In the fall of 1874, he went to Texas and there engaged in stock-raising, remaining till the fall of 1878, when he returned to Missouri and settled in Daviess county, where he has ever since resided. He owns a good farm of 160 acres in Lincoln township which he has especially adapted to stock-raising and

Biography of William M. Witten

William M. Witten is a Virginian, and was born in Tazewell county, that State, on the 9th of September, 1837. He was partly educated in the county of his birth, but left there before completing it. In 1851 he came to Grundy county, Missouri, locating in Edinburg, and soon afterwards entered Grand River College, where he completed his education. After leaving school be began life as a farmer, working with his father. He came to Daviess county in 1856 and settled in Lincoln township on a fine tract of land containing about one thousand acres, which his father had given

Biographical Sketch of George W. Griffith

George W. Griffith, a native of Pennsylvania, was born June 12, 1826. He received his education in the State of his birth, and, on leaving school, learned the wagon-maker’s trade, at which he worked for three years. He then took up the trade of mill-wright and worked thereat five years. Next he engaged in the saw-mill business, continuing in that line until 1862, when he began farming. Mr. Griffith moved to Missouri in April, 1866, and located first at Chillicothe, Livingston county, where he remained until the spring of 1867, when he came to this county, and has lived here

Biographical Sketch of William Harden

William Harden. The subject of this sketch was born in Coshocton county, Ohio, November 18, 1831. His parents moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, when he was four years old, and there William was partly educated. When he was fifteen years old, they again moved, this time to Westfield, Indiana, where he completed his education. Farming was the occupation chosen by William as a life-calling, and he engaged in that honorable and independent vocation, soon after leaving school, and continued it several years in Indiana. He went to Lucas county, Iowa, from Indiana, and remained there till the fall of 1854, when

Biographical Sketch of Caleb Scott

Caleb Scott is a Kentuckian, and was reared and educated in his native State, the date of his birth being December 12, 1808. He became a farmer on starting in life for himself, and followed that occupation in Kentucky till the fall of 1829. Being then of age, he went to Indiana and there engaged in farming and school-teaching till the fall of 1850, when he went to Sangamon county, Illinois. He remained there till some time in 1855, when he came to Daviess county, of which he has ever since been a citizen. Two years. after his coming he

Biographical Sketch of William R. Sparks

William R. Sparks was born in Owen county, Indiana, May 20, 1839, and received part of his education in the county of his birth, living there till he was twelve years of age. His parents then moved to Boone county, Iowa, and there William grew up and finished his education. He began farming in Iowa, continuing .there until 1870, when he moved to this State and county, locating in Lincoln township. He owns a farm of 140 acres of well improved land, which he has fenced with hedge fencing. Mr. Sparks was married, in Boone county, Iowa, September 14, 1862,