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 ALLEN, Charles Allen and his wife, ELIZABETH POWELL, settled in Kentucky in 1800 and came to Montgomery Co., MO., in 1823. Their children were -Joseph H., David P., Charles P., Polly E., Elizabeth B., Anna A., Martha C., Tabitha W., Lucy J., and Catharine C. Mr. Allen was a carpenter by trade, and built the jail at Lewiston. His son, Joseph H., who was a physician, died at Troy, in Lincoln County. David P. was married first to ANN BOONE, by whom he had two children. After her death, he married NANCY COURTNEY, of St. Charles, and they had eight children. He died in 1874. Charles P. married ELIZA J. COURTNEY, by whom he had thirteen children. tabitha and Catharine died before they were grown. Polly and Elizabeth married brothers named SIMPSON. Anna married WILLIAM COWHERD, and their children were Charles A., James D., William R., Catharine C., Martha E., and Elizabeth P. Charles and William died before they were grown. James married ELLA LOGAN, of Montgomery County. Martha married JOSEPH CRANE of Callaway county. Elizabeth married CHARLES BLADES of Montgomery county.

ADAMS, James Adams, of Virginia, settled in St. louis Co., MO., in 1818. He married SALLY BROWN, and their children were Burrell, James, Polly, Sally, Elizabeth, Lucy, Rebecca, Martha and Nancy. Burrell was a soldier in the war of 1812. He came to Missouri in 1816, with JUDGE BEVERLY TUCKER and was married i 1818 to HARRIET ALLEN, a daughter of JOHN ALLEN, who died in 1830. Mr. Adams died in Danvill, Mo., during the summer of 1876 in his 82nd year. He had 8 children, William B., B. T., J. B., James B., Susan F., John A., C. C., and Sarah E. William B. is a physician, lives in Danville, and has a practice that extends for many miles over that portion of the country. He is a very intelligent man, and exercises a large influence in the affairs of the county, which he has represented in the state Legislature. He possesses a large fund of ready wit and humor, and is an entertaining conversationalist.

ANDERSON, Presley Anderson and his wife, ELIZABETH STEELE, settled in Montgomery Co., KY, in 1779. Their children were John A. S., James, William, Presley, Jr., Lucy and Eliza. John A. S., better known as CAPTAIN JACK, was a remarkable man in his day, and is well remembered by the old citizens of Montgomery and Callaway counties. We give his history elsewhere. Presley, Jr., married EUPHEMIA JONES of Tennessee, and settled first in Warren Co., MO in 1814, from whence he removed to Montgomery county in 1817, and settled near Brush creek. He brought his family to Missouri on pack-horses, and they occupied ROBERT RAMSEY's house, near Marthasville, soon after the murder of the family of the latter. The blood was still upon the floor when they went into the house and Mrs. Anderson scoured it up before they put their furniture in. During the Indian war, Mr. Anderson served as a ranger in CAPT. HARGROVE's company in Illinois. He was a devout Methodist, and the preachers of that denomination held services in his house for many years. The names of his children were Presley, Jr., Joseph, James, William, John, Margaret, Lucy, Elizabeth and Eliza. James Anderson married ELIZA JOURNEY, of St. Charles county, and settled on Brush creek in Montgomery county. He afterward removed to St. Louis county where he died. Eliza Anderson married JOHN DABNEY, who settled near Middletown in 1830.

ANDREWS, William Andrews of Virginia had a son, Robert who married NANCY EDMONDS and settled in Missouri in 1833. Their children were William, Samuel, Sally, Mary J., and Catharine.

ANDERSON, John Anderson, of England, had a son, John, who married LETITIA STEWART. They also had a son John, who married JANE CLARK, and they had Gustavus A., William E., Theresa J., Robert S., Eliza C., and John W. Gustavus A. graduated in medicine, and settled in Missouri in 1836. He was married first to JEMIMA E. FISHER, and after her death, to MARY A. TALBOTT, daughter of MAJOR KIT TALBOTT, of Loutre Island.

BUSH, William Bush, of Fayette Co., KY, had Benjamin, Ambrose, Levi, and Matilda. Benjamin married and settled in Illinois, on the bank of the Mississippi river, and was murdered under the following circumstances: Parties on the opposite side of the river owed him a considerable amount of money, and he went over on the ferryboat one day, to collect it. As he was returning that evening he was robbed while on the boat, and then thrown into the river. Levi and Matilda Bush both married and lived and died in Kentucky. Ambrose married NANCY DOUGLASS and settled first in Illinois, near his brother Benjamin, where he remained one year, and then, in 1818, he removed to Missouri and settled at Charrette, in Warren county. In 1818 he settled on Dry Fork of Loutre in Montgomery county. Mr. Bush was a shrewd businessman and made a fortune by trading in horses and other stock. He had a low, soft voice and gentlemanly manners, a d was a general favorite with his neighbors. He died in 1873, at the advanced age of 88 years. His wife died many years previous. Their children were Greenberry, Maria, Edward D., William, and Ella. Greenberry married SARAH CUNDIFF, and they had William D., Eliza A., Nancy J., Amanda G., Caroline, Mary, Clay, Edward W., Virginia and Susan. Mr. Bush served as sheriff and assessor of Montgomery county for several years. He was also elected to the legislature one term. Maria Bush was married first to AARON GROOM, and after his death she married WILLIAM M. WRIGHT. Edward D. married VIRGINIA MOSLEY, and died in 1863. His children were Livinia, John, Greenberry B., William T., Judith A., Lydia, Benjamin F., Emma, and Fannie.

BAKER, David Baker, son of ROBERT BAKER, of England, married MARY ANDERSON, in November, 1756, and settled in Norfolk, VA. They had Elizabeth, Mary, Benjamin, David, Robert, Sarah, Dempsey, Thomas and James. David was born in Nov. 1763. He married JUDITH JOHNSON, and they had Sylvester, Thomas J., and John. sylvester, who was born in 1791, married the widow of JOHN JOHNSON, whose maiden name was ELSEY WARD, and settled in Montgomery Co., MO in 1820. His children were Judith, David W., Sylvester, Jr., William M., and John F. Capt. John Baker was born in 1795. He married LIZZIE JOHNSON and settled in Montgomery county in 1820. They had Sylvester C., Elsey A., Robert W., John J., Mary K., Judith M., Margaret E., and Dicey B. V. Capt. Baker built a water mill on Loutre creek and a rather singular circumstance happened to it one day. The mill was running at full speed with a heavy head of water on, when the wheel suddenly blocked and the machinery stopped with a jar and crash that shook the mill to its foundation Upon examining the wheel a large catfish was found in it. The fish was taken out, a handspike run through its gills, and two tall negroes hoisted it on their shoulders and carried it to the house; and it was so long that its tail dragged on the ground. This is a considerable fish story, but it is true.

BAKER, Rev. Robert Baker came from Tennessee to Missouri at a very early date, and was one of the first Methodist preachers in Montgomery county. He organized the first church of that denomination in this county, at the house of REV. DRURY CLANTON, who was also a Methodist preacher. His house was situated on a branch called "Pinch", about five miles southwest of Danville, and the church was organized in 1819. Baker was an old revolutionary soldier and drew a pension from the government, all of which he gave to his church and the Sunday school cause. He had two sons, Jacob and Esau, who were as much unlike each other in personal appearance as it was possible for them to be; Jacob being six feet two inches in height, while Esau measured only four feet five inches. The former settled in Callaway county, near Readesville. He had an old yellow dog that he thought a great deal of, and in order to keep him from running away, he drove a honey locust stake in the yard and tied him fast to it. The stake took root and grew to be a large tree and its branches cast a grateful shade over the yard and dwelling.

BAST, George Bast settled in Montgomery county in 1819. His father was a native of Germany, but came to American and settled in Baltimore. George was married first to SARAH CLARK, of Lexington, Ky., by whom he had Alonzo, John, George Y., and William H. Mrs. Bast died in 1816, and her husband subsequently married EMILY COURTNEY, by whom he had two children. She also died in 1823, and Mr. Bast was married the third time to ELIZABETH FORD, by whom he had three children...Sarah, Anna and Edward. Mr. Bast was killed by the falling of a tree in Feb. 1829, and his widow married SIRENUS COX. Alonzo, the eldest son, married a Mexican lady, and lived and died in Camargo, Mexico. At his death he left a widow and several children. John married HARRIET KIBBE, by whom he had Mary, Julia, Harriet, Charles and George. George Y., son of George Bast Sr., is a physician, and lives at New Florence. He is a prominent and influential citizen of the county, where he is widely known and respected. He was married first to LEONORA HANCOCK, and they had one son, William. After the death of his first wife he married SOPHIA JACOBS, and by her, had two sons, George and Charles. William H. Bast is a merchant at Montgomery City. He also has a store in Kansas City, Mo., and is a wealthy and influential citizen. He lives at his beautiful country residence, a short distance south of Montgomery City, and enjoys himself in the society of his family and neighbors. He was married first to EPSEY MCGHEE, by whom he had William, Mary and Alonzo. After the death of his first wife, he married LOUISA GORDON, and they have one child, a daughter.

BEST, Stephen Best, of Ireland, emigrated to America many years before the revolution, and settled in Pennsylvania. His children were Isaac, Humphrey, Stephen, Jr., and Ebenezer. He also had several daughters but their names are lost. Ebenezer never married, but he educated sixty children that claimed him for their father. He was one of the celebrated horse racers of Madison Co., KY., and also indulged in chicken fighting. He once fought ten times with his chickens in one day, and gained seven of the fights, winning $1,000 each. Isaac Best and his wife came to Missouri in 1808 from Garrard Co., KY. They rode two old horses, on which they also carried their bedding, furniture, cooking utensils, etc. They settled on the bottom in Montgomery county which has since borne their name. Mr. Best like his brother, was fond of amusement, and delighted in horse racing. When the Indian war broke out he built a fort on his farm, but had to give it up before peace was declared. The Indians became so troublesome that he was afraid to leave his family in the fort any longer, and conveyed them for greater security to Fort Clemson, on Loutre Island. The following day his fort was captured by the Indians, but they found nothing to reward them for their trouble. The names of Mr. Best's children were John, Stephen, Isaac, Jr., Humphrey, Ebenezer, Polly, Phoebe, Sally and Peggy. John was married twice; first to his cousin, Polly, a daughter of HUMPHREY BEST, and second to SARAH QUICK, daughter of ALEXANDER QUICK. By his first wife he had Polly Catharine and Margaret; and by his second, Stephen, John Jr., Rice, Nancy, Rhoda, and Elizabeth. Isaac Best, Jr., died when he was nineteen years of age. Stephen, Humphrey, Ebenezer, Polly, Sally & Margaret all accompanied their father to Texas, to which state he removed a number of years ago.

BEARD, Edwin Beard and his wife, MARY BELL, of Ireland, came to America and settled in Augusta Co., VA. They had William, John, David, Charles and Samuel. The latter was a soldier in the revolutionary war, and was present at the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown. He married SARAH CRAIG, of Staunton, VA., and settled first in Pennsylvania, from whence he removed to Kentucky in 1792, and to Missouri in 1827. His children were John, William, David, Samuel, Absalom, James, Mary B., Sarah L., and Elizabeth. William was a soldier in the war of 1812, under Gen. Harrison. He married ELIZABETH FINLEY, of Lincoln Co., KY., and settled in Missouri in 1830. David married MARY DEJARNETTE, and settled in Missouri in 1827. Samuel married REBECCA FISHER, and settled in Ohio. Absalom died unmarried, in New Orleans. James was married first to MARY J. LOGAN, and second to MARTHA A. BRIGGS, and settled in Missouri. Mary married GABRIEL REEDS, of Kentucky, and settled in Lincoln Co., MO. in 1830. sarah was married first to WILLIAM C. FINLEY, and after his death, she removed to Lincoln Co., MO., where she married MCKENLY HAYS. She died, and Hays married her sister, Elizabeth.

BUSBY, Matthew Busby, of Ireland, was a weaver by trade. He came to America and settled first in Delaware, from whence he removed to Bath Co., KY., at an early date. He had seven sons, one of whom, James, Married NANCY LEWIS, of Delaware, by whom he had eleven children, Isaac, Rolley, John, James, Hiram, Lewis, Granville, Elizabeth, Lucretia, Amanda and Malinda. Lewis and James settled in Missouri. The former married ELIZA MCCLANNAHAN, of KY., and settled in MO in 1835.

BARNES, James Barnes, of Virginia, settled in KY at an early date. He had three sons, James, Jr., Noble and John. The two latter settled in Illinois, where they lived and died. James Jr. settled in Missouri. He married SARAH CALLAWAY, daughter of FLANDERS CALLAWAY, and they had twenty-two children, sixteen of whom lived to be grown, viz.: James, John, Larkin, William, Callaway F., Flanders C., Lilborn, Volney, Andrew, Rhoda, Jemima, Minerva, Margaret, Hulda, Cynthia and Elizabeth. Flanders C. married married OBEDIENCE GRIGG, and lives in Montgomery county. He has in his possession, a knee buckle and silk stocking that belonged to his grandfather, Daniel Boone. In his youth, Mr. Barnes was a great swimmer, and from being in the water so much he contracted inflammatory rheumatism, from which he suffers greatly in his old age.

BUNCH, David W. bunch, of Kentucky, settled in Montgomery Co., MO in 1826. He married ELIZABETH WRIGHT by whom he had fourteen children -Thompson H., John J., William F., Lucretia, Patsey A., Sterling L., Lewis W., Nancy D., Amanda J., Hamilton V., Eliza M., David W., Cordelia and Elizabeth.

BERGER, Jacob Berger, of Germany, came to America and settled first in Pennsylvania, but subsequently removed and settled in Pittsylvania Co., VA. His sons were William, Jacob, George and John; and he had several daughters whose names we could not obtain. William was killed in the war of 1812, having volunteered to serve in place of his brother, George, who had been drafted, and who, being a married man, could not leave his family. George married MARY BOATRIGHT, of Virginia, by whom he had Thomas A., Jacob, Louisa J., Lucy A., William J., Appalana F., Polly, David, Elizabeth, and Marialmnel. Jacob and Polly died young, in Virginia. The rest of the children came with their parents to Missouri in 1838, and settled in Montgomery Ci. Thomas married ELLEN STONE, of Virginia. Louisa married PLEASANT DAVIS, of Missouri. Lucy married BUCKNER JEFFERSON, of MO., Appalana married ERASMUS MCGINNIS of MO. Elizabeth married WILLIAM ANDERSON.

BOWLES, Gideon Bowles and wife, of Dublin, Ireland, were members of the St. James Colony that settled in Goochland Co., VA. anderson Bowles, their son, married JANE THOMAS, and settled in Cumberland Co., VA. Their children were Caleb, Sarah, james, Gideon, Ann, Anderson Jr., Virginia, Elizabeth, Augusta and David. Ann and Gideon died in Virginia. The rest of the children came with their parents to Madison Co., KY, in 1806 and in 1811 they all settled in St. Louis Co., MO., where Mr. Bowles died the following year. His widow lived until 1834. Caleb, the eldest son, was Judge of the county court of St. Louis co. several terms. He was married twice, and finally settled in Saline Co., where he died. Sarah married STEPHEN MADDOX, of Virginia, who settled in St. Louis, Co. They had fifteen children. James was a ranger in Captain Musick's Company, and was killed by the Indians at Cap-au-Gris in 1811, in his 20th year. Anderson settled in Mississippi where he died. Virginia married RICHARD RIPLEY, of St. Louis co., and died soon after. elizabeth married RICHARD SAPINGTON and lives in Illinois, a widow. augusta married JACILLA WELLS, who removed to Texas and died there. David the youngest son living, was married first to JULIA MACKAY, a daughter of Capt. JAMES MACKAY, of St. Louis, by whom he had James A., Jane, Jesse, Nathan Z., Mary E., George R., John B., Julia V., Gustave, Jefferson R., and David J. Mr. Bowles settled in Montgomery county at an early date and still resides there. He is a tanner by trade, but has pursued the avocation of a farmer the greater portion of his life, and has prospered in more than an ordinary degree. After the death of his first wife he was married, in his old age, to the WIDOW GILES, of Lincoln Co., and in that connection, his neighbors tell a story on him to the following effect: When he got his new wife home, he was so overjoyed that he danced about the room and waved his hat over his head in an excess of delight, when he happened to strike the lamp that was standing on the mantel, and threw it on the floor, where it was dashed to pieces. In a moment the house was on fire and it was only by the most prompt and energetic efforts that they were enabled to save it from destruction. Mr. Bowles was a great hunter during the earlier years of his residence in Montgomery county, and during one winter he killed 120 deer, three elk, and 400 raccoons, besides gathering 350 gallons of honey from the various bee trees that he found. The same year he killed the famous buck which the hunters had named General Burdine, and which had thirty three prongs on his horns. But one day his favorite dog got hung by a grapevine in the woods, and he has not hunted much since. During the late war he was bold and fearless in the expression of his political sentiments, which were favorable to the south and on that account he suffered severely from the depredations of the militia.

BROWN, William Brown settled on Clear creek near its mouth, in 1819. He built his house under a high bluff that ran parallel with the creek, and cut his fire wood on the top of this bluff and rolled it down to the door of his house. When the wood gave out he moved his cabin to another place, and when it gave out there, he moved it again, preferring to move his house rather than haul his wood.

COX, Sirenus Cox, of New York, settled in Montgomery county in 1820. He married a daughter of COL. ISAAC VANBIBBER, and raised a large family. His wife died, and he afterward married the widow of GEORGE BAST, an moved to St. Joseph, Mo., where they now reside.

CLEMENTS, Benjamin A. Clements was a soldier of the revolution. He married his cousin, SUSAN CLEMENTS, and they had nine children - six sons and three daughters. Two of his sons, Robert and David, settled in Missouri. Robert wa born in Fluvanna, Co., VA., Jan 19, 1783, and is still living in Montgomery Co., M. in his 94th year, being the oldest man in the county. He was a soldier in the war of 1812, and settled in Montgomery county in 1842. He married ELIZABETH THOMAS in 1809, and they had eleven children, six sons and five daughters.

CRAIG, Victor Craig, of England, came to America in 1760 and settled in Maryland. He had four sons, William, James, Robert and Samuel. William and James lived in Albemarle C., Va. Samuel was drowned in the Susquehanna river. Robert was a soldier of the revolutionary war. He was married first to SUSAN CARTER, of Virginia, who was afterward killed by the Indians. She lived nine days after having been scalped. Mr. Craig was married the second time to SARAH ELLINGTON, of New Jersey, by whom he had John, David, Victor, Jonathan, Jacob, Cynthia, Nancy and Sally. Mr. Craig settled in Montgomery County in 1829, and died the following year. His eldest son, John, married NANCY COBB, and settled in Montgomery county in 1826. He was a blacksmith by trade, and the first one at Danville. In 1831 he built the Dryden horse-mill, on the Booneslick road below Danville. The mill was run by a cog wheel, and it required three or four hours to grind a bushel of grain. The hermit, BAUGHMAN, whose history is given elsewhere, carried the stones of this mill to his cave, many years after the mill ceased running, and arranged them so he could do his own grinding, by hand. He still uses the same stones. Col. David Craig, brother of John, settled in Montgomery county in 1817, and is still living, in his 87th year. He lived two years when he first came to Missouri, with MAJOR ISAAC VANBIBBER, at Loutre Lick. The colonel remembers many amusing and interesting incidents of early days in Montgomery county, and takes great pleasure in relating them to his friends. When he came to Missouri he brought two black cloth suits with him, and one Sunday morning, while staying at Major VanBibber's, he dressed up in them and went down to breakfast. The clothes made quite a sensation, and VanBibber and all his family crowded around to look at them, having never seen anything of the kind before. One of the girls came close up to Craig, and touched his coat with one of her fingers and then sprang back with the exclamation, "Oh, ain't he nice!" But her father, who did not relish so much style replied, "Nice, H-ll he looks like a black-snake that has just shed its old skin". Soon after his arrival in Missouri the Colonel paid MRS. ROBERT GRAHAM a dollar in silver, and made 300 rails for her husband, for one pair of wool socks. ALECK GRAHAM, who was a little boy then, remembers the splitting of the rails, for Col. Craig agreed to give him a picayune (6 1/4 cents) for keeping the flies of of him while he slept on the logs at noon; but for his life he cannot remember whether he ever paid the picayune or not. The colonel served in the war of 1812, and was in Gen. McCarthy's division at the battle of Brownsville. He also served with Nathan Boone in the Black Hawk war, and was elected Colonel of militia in 1834. He was married in 1819, to SARAH WEBSTER, and they had eleven children, Narcissa, Cynthia A., Mary A., Susan T., David, George R., Green, Martha, William A., Francis, and James W. Victor Craig settled in St. Francois county. Jonathan and Cynthia lived in KY. Jacob died in Ohio. Nancy married GREENBERRY GRIFFITH, of Pettis Co., MO.

CARTER, Peter Carter, of KY., had twelve children. Larkin G., one of his sons, married JUDITH JONES, and settled in Montgomery co., MO. in 1819. He was a soldier in the war of 1812, under General Harrison, and acted as colonel of militia in Montgomery co. for several years. He died in 1847, having raised thirteen children.

CRANE, George W. Crane was born in 1792, in Kind and Queen county, VA., was married in 1818 to NANCY GRESHAM, of Franklin Co., KY, and settled in Montgomery co., Mo., in 1824. He was Assessor of Montgomery Co., Mo four years, and sheriff eight years. He was a member of the Baptist church and the first clerk of New Providence church on Loutre. His children were C. C., Thomas J., Joseph G., George W., C. D., Mildred A., Martha E., and Mary.

CLARK, Henry Clark, of Scotland, emigrated to America, and settled in KY, where he married SARAH JONES. They had Benjamin, Isaac, John, Henry, Susan, Mary A., and Sally. Benjamin died in Ky, and his widow moved to Boone Co., MO. Isaac Clark was a man of superior talents, and represented his county in the legislature for several terms; he was also assessor four years. He brought with him from Ky a set of china ware, the first that was ever in Montgomery co., and used it on a puncheon table. He was married first to a MISS CAMPBELL, of Va., and settled in Montgomery co in 1819. They had three children, Harold, Cynthia and Jane. Harold died single. Cynthia married ENOCH FRUITE, who settled in Callaway Co., in 1819. Jane married JOHN FRENCH, of Callaway co. Mr. Clark was married the second time to MARY FRENCH, and they had Henry, William, Isaac, Benjamin F., Sally, Susan, Polly A., Elizabeth M., and Mary H. Henry was married first to SUSAN A. TALBOTT, and they had two children. after her death he married CATHARINE JACOBS, and they had one son, Henry. William Clark married ELIZABETH SNETHEN, and they had eleven children. Isaac died at 18 years of age. Benjamin F. married PRUDENCE N. SNETHEN, and they had six children. Mr. Clark is an influential citizen, and an ex-judge of the county court. Sally Clark married WILLIAM KNOX. Susan A. married DAVID TALBOTT. Polly died in childhood, and Elizabeth died at the age of twenty-two. John Clark, a brother of Isaac, was clerk of the county court of Christian Co., KY., for many years. He was married first to LUCY ELLIOT, and settled in Callaway Co., MO in 1820. His children by his first wife were Edward, Narcissa, Nancy, Susan, Sally, Jane, Lucy A., James and John. He was married the second time to the WIDOW SAMUELS, by whom he had one child, Melvina. He was married the third time to the widow of ALEXANDER READ, whose maiden name was ELIZABETH CHICK, by whom he had Logan, Isaac, Shelby, Elizabeth J., Samuel, Fanny and Benton. Mr. Clark wa a good business man, a kind husband and father, an excellent neighbor, and was held in high esteem by all who knew him.

CARSON, Lindsay Carson came from KY to MO in 1810, with COL. HALE TALBOTT, who had partly raised and educated him. He settled on Loutre Island, but the following year he sold out to Colonel Talbott, and moved to the Boone's Lick country, where he was killed in 1819, by the falling of a limb from a burning tree that he was cutting down. Mr. Carson was married twice. by his first wife he had William, Anderson, Moses B., and a daughter who remained in KY. By his second wife he had Robert, Hamilton, Christopher and four daughters. Christopher Carson, called "Kit", became famous as an Indian fighter, scout and army officer. He was named for Colonel Hale Talbott's eldest son.

CLARE. There were six brothers and two sisters named Clare, who came from Germany with their parents and settled on James river in VA. The names of the brothers were Thomas, allen, George, Jacob, Daniel and Frank.

COPE, James Cope, of East Tennessee, settled in Montgomery Co., in 1837. He married a MISS HUTTON, of Tennessee, whose father was a soldier of the war of 1812. On one occasion the portion of the army with which he was acting met with some reverses, by which it was cut off from its base of supplies, and the soldiers were reduced to the verge of starvation. As a last resort, Mr. Hutton cut off a portion of his horses tail, and ate it, and thus saved his life. The horse seemed to experience very little inconvenience from the loss of his caudal appendage, and Hutton rode him during the rest of the war. The children of James Cope were Malinda, Hannah, Isabella, Samuel W., and Susan, all of whom settled in Montgomery county in 1837. Malinda was married in Tennessee in 1835 to JOHN KIZER, a blacksmith, who came to MO and settled in Troy, Lincoln Co., the same year. He remained there two years, working at his trade, as a journeyman for $30 per month. He also worked nearly every night, for which he received extra wages, and at the end of two years had saved a small sum of money. He then came to Montgomery and with his own money and $50 that he borrowed from the County Treasurer, he bought a tract of land, on which he opened a farm, and resided there until his death, which occurred i 1869. he hunted a great deal during the first part of his residence in Montgomery co., and on one occasion killed forty-five deer in a single day. At another time he killed three deer at one shot. He had nine children, eight daughters and one son, and his widow and children, six of whom are married, still reside in Montgomery county. Hannah Cope married her cousin, JAMES COPE. Isabella also married her cousin, JOHN COPE. Samuel W., who became a Methodist minister, and is now a presiding elder in his church, was married twice; first to LOUISA STEWART, and after her death, to JANE SCOTT. He lives, at present, in Chillicothe, MO. Susan Cope married DAVID GLOVER, of New Florence, Montgomery county.

CRUTCHER, Samuel Crutcher and his wife, ELIZABETH LEE, were natives of Patrick Co., VA. Their children were Elizabeth, Cornelia, Frank, Charles, and Samuel. The latter married NANCY JAMES, of Virginia and settled in Lincoln Co., MO in 1810, from whence he removed to Montgomery county in 1830. Their children were William, John, Sophia, Lucella and Samuel, Jr. John was married first to CLEMENCY WHITE, and after her death, to MARY J. WILLIAMS. Sophia married SANDY JONES, who settled in Montgomery co. in 1831. Samuel, Jr., was married three times; first to ELIZA HOLLADAY; second to a widow named HOLLOWAY; and third to the WIDOW RANDOLPH, whose maiden name was JANE WINTER. Lucella married JOHN DARBY, who settled in Randolph Co., MO. Samuel and John Crutcher settled near Middletown, and the first goods sold in the northern part of Montgomery county were sold in one en of Samuel's house, in 1836, by MATTHEW WILLBURGER and SAMUEL KING. The latter sold out to Samuel Crutcher, and Willburger & Crutcher moved their stock of goods to the present site of Middletown, into a little log cabin, which was burnt soon after, and they were both ruined. Willburger surveyed and laid out Middletown in 1836, and JOHN DUGAN built the first house there. STEWART SLAVENS owned a part of the land on which the town was built.

CAMP, Hardin Camp, of South Carolina, was of English parentage. He served his country in two of its principal wars - the revolution and the war of 1812. He married SARAH HAWKINS, and settled in Warren Co., KY. Their children were Josiah, Thomas, Hawkins, Joseph, Sarah and Elizabeth. Thomas married SARAH MIDDLETON, of KY, and settled in MO in 1842. He died soon after, leaving a widow and nine children. Joseph married NANCY SHACKELFORD, of Madison Co., KY., and settled in Warren Co., MO., in 1836. His children were Hiram H., Josiah, Mahala, Angeline, Sarah, Elizabeth, Martha, Judith A., and Mary. Mr. Camp had intended to settled in Howard Co., MO., but when he reached Jones' farm, where Jonesburg now stands, his wagon mired down, and he concluded to stop there. So he bought land in the vicinity, and settled upon it. He was Judge of the county court of Warren Co., KY., before he left that state.

COBB, Samuel Cobb, of KY, married MAGDALENE PEVERLEY, and settled in Montgomery Co., MO in 1823. They had 6 children, Philip, Samuel, Jr., Adam, Easter, Nancy and Sally. All are dead except Samuel, Jr., who is still living in the 86th year of his age. He was married first to SALLY SAYLER, of KY., by whom he had ten children. He was married the second time to LENORA TAYLOR, and they had three children. Mr. Cobb belongs to the old-fashioned style of men, and does not believe in many of our modern inventions and innovations. His brother, Adam, was a soldier in the war of 1812. He married DELILAH BODKIN, and settled in Montgomery Co., in 1823. They had ten children. Adam was the great Fourth of July orator of his day, and had a glowing speech about George Washington, of whom he was an ardent admirer, that he delivered with great oratorical effect whenever called upon. We have obtained a copy of this speech, and present it elsewhere.

CUNDIFF, William Cundiff, of VA., settled in Montgomery Co. at a very early date. His children were Joseph, John, William, Jane, Uraney, Elizabeth A., and Polly. Joseph married SALLY MCFARLAND, of KY. John married POLLY SNETHEN. William died a bachelor. Jane married WILLIAM GROOM, a son of JACOB GROOM. Polly married JOSEPH MCFARLAND. Elizabeth A. married NELSON HUNTER.

CHAPMAN, Stephen Chapman, of England, came to America when he was only fifteen years of age. When the revolution began, he joined the American army under Washington, and fought throughout the whole war. After the close of the war, he married ELIZA FLOYD, of VA., by whom he had Frank, George, William, James, John, Andrew, Isiah, Benjamin, Rachel & Peggy. Frank was a soldier in the war of 1812. He married NANCY CHESTER, of VA., whose father, DR. STEPHEN CHESTER, was a surgeon in the American army during the revolution. Their children were Sally, Polly A., John W., James B., and Wesley. James B. married SUSAN FIPPS, of VA., and settled in Montgomery Co., MO. in 1838. Mr. Chapman was a cabinet maker by trade and before he left his home in VA., he made the coffins for the parents of General JOSEPH E. JOHNSTON, who became so celebrated during the late war between the North and South. After he came to MO., Mr. Chapman took up the carpenter's trade, and became one of the most rapid workmen in his part of the country. He possessed great powers of endurance, and on one occasion, while building a house for GEORGE BRITT, he worked sixty hours without stopping, for which he received $25 in gold. When he first came to Montgomery Co., there were no roads through the prairies, and the grass was nearly as high as his horse's back. When he traveled anywhere he would tie a small log to his horse's tail, and drag it through the grass, so it would make a trail he could follow back home. He raised his first apple orchard by cutting off small pieces of the branches of apple trees, and sticking them in Irish potatoes, which he planted, and the branches grew to be bearing trees.

CLANTON, Drury & Henry Clanton, of Tennessee, settled on a branch called "Pinch", * about five miles south of Danville, in 1818. Drury Clanton was Methodist preacher, and it was at his house that the first Methodist church in Montgomery county was organized, by REV. ROBERT BAKER and himself, about the year 1819. A Sunday school was also organized at the same time and place, and the first camp meeting in Montgomery co. was held there, on what was called the Loutre campground. Drury Clanton married a MISS JAMES of Tennessee, and their children were John, James, Thomas, William, Eliza, Nancy, Angeline, Rebecca and Patsey. Henry Clanton was married twice, and his children were Wesley, Alonzo, Sally, Martha & Mary. Martha and a negro woman were burned to death on the prairie in Montgomery Co.

*Captain John Baker gave the name to this branch, because the people who lived upon it were always "in a pinch" for something to live on.

COLE, Mark Cole, of Tennessee, came to MO. in 1817, and settled in Montgomery Co. He married DORCAS HALL, a daughter of WILLIAM HALL, who settled on Dry Fork of Loutre in 1817. Mr. Cole was a hatter by trade, and the first that settled in Montgomery Co. He made "Boss" Logan's famous hat, which he wore twenty years. It was composed of twenty ounces of muskrat fur, mixed with thirteen ounces of raccoon fur, and would hole an even half-bushel. The crown was eighteen inches high, and the brim six inches wide. Mr. Cole died in 1854, but his widow is still living. Their children were Stephen H., William C., John W., Henry W., David D., James A., Robert T., Marcus L., Jerusha A., Mary M., Elizabeth S., Sarah A., and Nancy J., all of whom are still living except James A. and Nancy J.

CUNDIFF, Richard Cundiff, the grandfather of the Cundiff family of Montgomery co. was killed at the battle of Point Pleasant, in 1774. His sons, Louis and William, settled in MO., the former in 1818, and the latter in 1819. Louis married ELIZABETH TOWERS, by whom he had Polly, Elizabeth, Richmond, James, Louis, Sally & Levisa. William married SALLY MADDOX, by whom he had Joseph, James, John, William, Polly, Jane, Sally, Maria and Elizabeth A.

DIGGS, Simon Diggs, of Lancaster Co., VA., had a son named William, who married a MISS GOE, of Middlesex Co., VA, by whom he had one son named Christopher. His first wife died, and he was married the second time to MARY SEETON, by whom he had William, Isaac, Simon, John H., Dudley, Rowland, Barbee, Cole, Nancy, Polly and Elizabeth. John H. married SARAH HATHAWAY, who lived to the age of 103 years. Their children were Lawson, Christopher Y., John H. Jr., Cynthia, Malinda, Nancy, Elizabeth and William C. Lawson and John H., Jr., were ship carpenters. The former married SARAH DIGGS, of VA., and settled in MO in 1834. John H., Jr., followed the sea for a number of years, but finally abandoned that dangerous calling and emigrated to the west. He came to St. Louis in 1834 and worked on the first steamboat built in that city. In 1839 he settled in Montgomery Co., where he still lives. He married JANE JETER, a daughter of PLEASANT JETER, of Richmond, VA., and sister of the eminent REV. DR. JETER, of that city. Cole Diggs was born Feb. 25, 1791. He served as a soldier in the war of 1812, and in 1817 he settled in KY, and married JANE PACE, a daughter of REV. JOHN PACE, of Va. In 1832 he removed to MO and settled in Montgomery Co. where he still resides (1875), in the 85th year of his age. He kept hotel at Danville, for some time after he came to MO. and served as Justice of the peace for many years.

DRURY, Lawson Drury was a native of Worcester Co., Mass., but removed to New Hampshire where he married ELIZABETH JOHNSON Their children were Lawson, Jr., Charles, and Ruth. His first wife died, and he was married the second time. His children by his second wife were George, John, James and Sarah. Mr. Drury removed from New Hampshire to Ohio, where he became Judge of the county court for the county in which he lived. After the death of his second wife, he came to MO. and lived with his son, Charles, at Danville, where he died in July, 1835, in his 65th year. Charles Drury came to MO at a very early date and was the second merchant in Montgomery co., DANIEL ROBINSON being the first. Drury's first store was at Loutre Lick, but in 1834 he removed to Danville. He was an honest, enterprising man, and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. He married SALLY A. WISEMAN , of Boone Co., who was a daughter of JAMES WISEMAN & MARY TUTTLE. Their children were Lawson, James H., Susan B., Charles J., Jarrett, Joseph, Andrew M., Richard B., Mary E., and Elizabeth. Mr. Drury died in Danville in 1848, in his 47th year. Five of his children, James H., Jarrett, Joseph, Andrew M., and Elizabeth, died unmarried. Lawson was married twice; first to MARGARET FRAZIER, and second to CATHARINE WILSON. He lives in Kansas City, MO. Susan B. (who was the first child born in Danville) married DR. WILLIAM B. ADAMS. Charles J. and Richard B. live in Atchison, KS. Mary E. married CAPT. STUART CARKENER, of Danville. Joseph Wiseman, a brother of Mrs. Charles Drury, married ELIZABETH ROBINSON, of Callaway Co., and became one of the early settlers of Danville.

DAVIS, John David, of Jonesburg, familiarly known as "Uncle John", is the oldest son of the late THOMAS DAVIS, of Shenandoah Co., Va. John was born Oct. 30, 1791, in Shenandoah Co., and is now nearly 85 years of age. When he was about sixteen, his parents removed to Bourbon Co., KY, and when the war of 1812 began, he enlisted in the army and served under Generals Winchester and Payne. He was stationed at Forts Wayne and Laramie, in Ohio, for some time In 1820, he came to MO. and stopped a short time in St. Louis, which then had only one principal street, and most of the houses were made of square posts set upright, with the spaces between, filled with straw and mud, the chimneys being built of the same material. The court house was surrounded by a post and rail fence, and young Davis was sitting on this fence when the announcement was made that the Territory of Missouri had become a state. From St. Louis, Mr. Davis went to Pike Co., and settled in Clarkesville, where he lived forty-six years. In those days, rattlesnakes were much more abundant than they are now, and the old pioneers would occasionally go on "snaking" frolics. They always came back vomiting from the effects of the poisonous smell of the snakes. On one occasion, Mr. Davis and his neighbors went to a knob near Clarkesville and killed seven hundred rattlesnakes in one day. This is a pretty large snake story, but it is nevertheless true. Mr. Davis had failed in business in KY, before his removal to MO., but he worked hard for ten years after he came here to get money to pay those debts; and he often says that that was the happiest period of his life. Bankrupt and exemption laws had not been invented then, and when men entered into obligations they generally endeavored to fulfill them. For many years after he settled at Clarksville, the population was so thin that it required all the men within a circuit of ten of fifteen miles to raise a log cabin. At that time, the government sold its public lands at $2 per acre, payable in four equal installments, with interest on the deferred payments. But in 1825, a new system was adopted, and the public lands were sold at $1.25 per acre, for cash. Mr. Davis has a son living at Navoo, Illinois, who is 62 years of age; and his brother-in-law REV. THOMAS JOHNSON, was an Indian Missionary where Kansas City now stands, many years ago. His children still reside in that vicinity.

DAVIS, Jonathan Davis, of PA., married ELIZABETH BOWEN, and they had six children...James, John, Elijah, Septimus, Jonathan and Elizabeth. John and James came to MO in 1800. John was a great hunter and trapper, and spent most of his time in the woods, often being absent for months at a time. He married SUSAN BRYAN, a daughter of DAVID BRYAN, and his children were James B., JOnathan, Joseph C., John H., Unicia and Elizabeth. James, the brother of John Davis, married JEMIMA HAYS, a granddaughter of Daniel Boone, her mother being SUSANNA BOONE. After his marriage he returned to KY and remained until 1819, when he came back to MO and settled in Montgomery Co. His children were John, Elizabeth, Jesse, Susan, Narcissa, Marcha, Daniel B., Unicia, and Volney. Jonathan Davis, brother of James and John, came to MO in 1820 and married MAHALA HAYS, a sister of his brother james' wife. They had thirteen children, only four of whom are living (1875).

DAVIDSON, alexander Davidson, of South Carolina, married SARAH ELLIS, and settled in KY, from whence, in 1821, he removed to MO and settled in Montgomery Co. They had 3 children, John, Abraham and Rachel. Abraham was married first to MARY BRANSON, by whom he had 12 children, Alexander, Alfred, Abraham, Stout B., Franklin, Hezekiah, Elizabeth, Sarah, Rachel, Mary, Louisa, and Martha. His first wife died and he was married the 2nd time to the widow HUBBARD, by whom he had William and John A. Mr. Davidson was not out of the county during the last forty-five years of his life.

DRYDEN, David Dryden, of PA., married BARBARA BERRY, and settled in Washington Co., VA., where he and his wife both died. Their children were Jonathan, David, Nathaniel, William. Thomas, Rebecca, Elizabeth and Mary. Jonathan married FANNY DUFF, and lived and died in KY. David was married twice, the name of his second wife being JANE LAUGHLAN. He settled in Blunt Co., Tenn. Nathaniel was also married twice; first to ELLEN LAUGHLAN, a daughter of ALEXANDER AND ANN LAUGHLAN, but she died without children. Mr. Dryden was married the second time to MARGARET CRAIG, a daughter of ROBERT CRAIG, who was a son of a revolutionary soldier, and they had Frederick H., John D. S., Ellen E., Mary R., Jane R., Louisa W., Thomas A., Margaret, David C., Caroline, and William P. Mr. Dryden represented Washington county Va., in the Legislature of that state before he came to MO., and after, he settled in Montgomery co. in 1829, he represented that county in the MO. Legislature several terms. He also held other important positions in the county, and was an influential and highly esteemed citizen. He died in 1858, in his 75th year; his widow still survives, in her 83rd year. Thomas Dryden built a horse mill near Danville, soon after his arrival in Montgomery Co., which, being something unusual for those times, attracted a great deal of attention. It was situated on a high point of ground, where the wind had a fair sweep against it, and several persons came near freezing to death while grinding grain there during cold weather. The capacity of the mill for grinding was from 3 to 5 bushels per day. Mr. Dryden was a leading member of the Methodist church, and strict in his observance of its rules; but one day he needed some whisky for some purpose, and went to Danville and procured a jugful of that fiery liquid. On his way back home he met. REV. ANDREW MONROE, his pastor, who was bitterly opposed to the use of intoxicating liquors in any manner, and was very strict in his enforcement of the rules of the church against it. Mr. Dryden saw him coming, and wondered what he should do--he a steward in the church, with a jug of whisky in his hands! But a happy thought struck him. He remembered that MOnroe had once entertained the Governor in his house at Danville, and had sent to the saloon to get a bottle of whisky for his benefit, as he had none in the house, and the Governor had called for a stimulant. When the met, Monroe's first question was, "Well, Brother Dryden, what is that you have got in your jug?" Dryden promptly answered, "It's some whisky that I have just purchased for the Governor, who is at my house". Monroe saw the point, and let Brother Dryden off without a reprimand. Thomas Dryden, brother of Nathaniel, married ELIZABETH CRAIG, and settled n Montgomery Co. He died in 1874, in his 74th year.

DAVAULT, Henry Davault was born in France, but married CATHARINE MARIA GROVER, of Germany. They emigrated to America about the year 1764, landed near Philadelphia, and settled near Hanover, York Co., PA., where they lived and died. Mr. Davault served in the revolutionary war, under General Washington. He died at the age of 85, but his wife lived to the remarkably old age of 97 years, 4 months and 10 days They had the following children...Philip, Margaret, Elizabeth and Gabriel (Twins), Catharine, Mary, Henry, Valentine, Frederick, Julia & Jacob. Philip was one year old when his parents arrived in America. He married CATHARINE LONG. Margaret married SAMUEL LONG. Elizabeth married JOHN KITZMILLER. Gabriel married MARY KITZMILLER. Catharine married NICHOLAS KEEFAUVER. Mary married MARTIN KITZMILLER. Henry married KITTY GROSS. Valentine married LOUISA RANGE. Julia married JACOB WARTS. Jacob married RACHEL KITZMILLER. Philip Davault had the following children...Mary, Kate, Margaret Lydia, Louisa, Daniel, and Eliza. One of these children married JOHN HARSHEY, and died in Maryland. Another married WILLIAM ROBERTS, and lived in Baltimore. Another married WILLIAM LANDERS and lived in Illinois. Another married JOHN KITZMILLER, and lived in Tennessee. Another married MARY KITZMILLER, and lived in Ohio. The children of Frederick Davault were Henry, Peter, David, Mary, Elizabeth, John, Louisa, Kitty and Samuel. Most of these children settled and lived in Tennessee. Henry settled in Montgomery Co in 1831, and married VIRGINIA MAUGHS, by whom he had Mary, Elijah, and john. Peter married MARY HAYS, of Tennessee, and settled in Montgomery co in 1831. He conditionally donated the land to the county on which Danville now stands. His children were Henry, Laban, Catharine, Frederick, Alfred, John, Emma, Louisa and Mary V. The latter died in childhood. Mr. Davault died in 1872. His sister, Kitty, married a MR. CRAWFORD , of Tennessee, and removed to Kansas, but afterward died in MO. Mary Davault married JAMES DUNCAN, who settled in South Carolina. Elizabeth married JOSEPH DUNCAN, and remained in Tennessee. Louisa was married twice, to two brothers, named RANKIN, and remained in Tennessee.

DUTTON, Natley Dutton and wife, of England, settled in Maryland some time after Lord Baltimore began to colonize that state. Their son, Natley, Jr., was born and raised in Maryland. He had a son, named John II, who was born in 1790. Mr. Dutton died when his son was eleven years of age, and two years afterward, his mother had him bound out to learn the ship carpenter's trade. He worked at that business fourteen years. In the meantime, his mother had married a MR. ELTON, whose father was a Quaker and came to America with WILLIAM PENN. They had a son named THOMAS T. ELTON, and in 1818, he and his half-brother, JOHN H; DUTTON, in company with PHILIP GLOVER, started to Missouri. They traveled in a wagon to Wheeling, VA., where they bought a flatboat, and loading their wagon and team onto it, and proceeded to Louisville. There they sold their boat and came by land to MO. They located first in St. Charles Co., where they rented land, and lived two years. They then entered land on North Bear creek, in Montgomery Co., and settled there. Mr. Elton married ELEANOR GLOVER, and raised a large family of children. He subsequently removed to Grant County, Wisconsin, where he now resides. Mr. dutton married MARY BRUIN, of St. Charles Co., whose father settled there in 1808 They had John H., Jr., Evaline, Timothy B., Eleanor, James M. and Elizabeth. The two latter lived to be grown, but died unmarried. John H., Jr., lives in Warren Co. Eveline married J. B. SHELTON, of Montgomery Co. Timothy B. lives in Montgomery City. Eleanor married EDMOND F. ADAMS. John H. Dutton Sr., and his wife were members of the Baptist church of which he was a deacon for twenty years. He was Justice of the peace for a long time, and judge of the county court for eighteen consecutive years, twelve years of which time he was the presiding justice. He was a man of fine business qualifications, and was highly esteemed for his many excellent characteristics. He died the death of a christian, June 9, 1853. His widow survived him thirteen years. ENGLAND, Joseph England married MARY REED, of VA. and settled in Montgomery Co., MO in 1833. Their children were David, William, Joseph, Jr., James, John, Riley, Elizabeth and Nancy. James married ELIZABETH RUSSEL, who died in 1874. John died in California, unmarried. The rest of the children married and settled in different states.


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