Biographical Sketch of R. L. Vallandigham

The gentleman whose name heads this sketch is a native of Ray County, this State, and was born on the 1st day of January, 1837. His parents moved to Daviess County when he was three years old and here he was reared and educated. He began life as a farmer and continued until 1868, when he engaged in the mill business, running a grist and saw-mill, with a carding machine attachment. In 1874 he resumed farming and is still so engaged. When the Civil War came on Mr. Vallandigham espoused the cause of the Confederacy, and enlisted in July, 1861, in Company F, of the regiment commanded by Col. Reeves, of Ray County. He served creditably till the general surrender in 1865, and participated in many hard fought battles and skirmishes, receiving a wound in the wrist at Pea Ridge which disabled him for five months.

Mr. Vallandigham was married, in Daviess County, March 19, 1873, to Miss M. A. Parks. Five children have been born of this union, three of whom still survive. Henry C., Lewis H., Lillie W., George A. and Vernie are their names, the two latter being now deceased. Mr. Vallandigham owns a farm of 164 acres of well improved land in Liberty Township, on which he and his family reside.



The History of Daviess County, Missouri. Daviess County, Missouri: Birdsall & Dean. 1882.

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