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ODEN, John Oden, of England, settled in Loudon Co., VA. His children were Hezekiah, Thomas, John, Lewis, William and Vinson. Hezekiah married ELIZABETH LEACH, of VA., and settled in Pike Co., MO in 1828. They had John, William, Vinson, Harriet, Maria, Polly, Sally, and Alfred. Vinson married MARY HOUSE, and lives in Montgomery Co. William and Polly died in KY. Sally was married first to JOSEPH THOMAS, and 2nd to GARLAND T. HUDSON. She is a widow again, and lives in Audrain Co. Maria and Alfred married and remained in Pike Co. Harried married JOHN KING, who moved to New Orleans, LA. PRICE, Miles Price, of Wales, settled in Lincoln Co., N.C., prior to the Revolutionary war. He married a MISS SHARP, and had a son named Thomas, who was a soldier of the revolution. He married ISABELLA SHARP, and they had Elizabeth, Thomas, Jr., Reese, Isaac, James, John, Isabella and Ellen. John married ANNA BARBER, of North Carolina, and they had 4 children previous to their removal to MO., viz.: Elizabeth L., Cynthia, Miles S., and Thomas J. They came to MO and settled in Pike Co., in 1819, after which they had the following children: Robert B., John H., Sallie A., Emily I., and Lucinda J. All of his children except Miles S., who is a member of the county court of Montgomery co., settled in Lincoln Co. Mr. Price was constable and justice of the peace in Pike co. for thirty years. He was also a great snake killer, and every spring he and his neighbors would have a snake hunt. One spring they killed 9,000 rattlesnakes. Isaac Price first settled in St. Charles Co., and afterward in Lincoln. He married TABITHA WILKERSON of the former county.

PEGRAM. The parents of Daniel Pegram were Scotch. Daniel was born in Petersburg, Va., but settled and lived in Bedford Co., where he raised 10 children, six sons and 4 daughters, each of whom was more than six foot in height. Thomas, a son of Daniel Pegram, married NANCY HOPKINS, whose mother's maiden name was CLARK, and who had a brother, CHESTER CLARK, who drew $100,000 in a lottery. Thomas had but three children... James L., Edward T., and William. The latter died in Virginia in his 19th year. James L. married JULIA R. OLEY, of Virginia, and settled in St. Charles Co., MO in 1839, and in Montgomery Co., in 1845. Mrs. Pegram died in 1863. They had 8 children, four sons and four daughters. Edward T. Pegram married MILDRED CRANE, of Montgomery Co., and had 2 children, a son and daughter.

PEVERLEY, Peter Peverley and his wife, LIBBIE MYERS, of KY., had the following children... Polly, Peggy, David, Daniel, Elizabeth, Jacob & Peter. The 3 daughters married and settled in Montgomery Co., MO. David died in TX. Daniel married MISS CASSETY, of KY, and settled in Montgomery Co. in 1824. Jacob married CRECY BUNCH, of Montgomery Co. Peter married JANE DANGOM.

PATTON, Jacob Patton and his wife, REBECCA BARNETT, of N.C., had 4 children, James, Thomas, Mary and Rebecca. They settled on Loutre Island, in Montgomery Co., in 1810. James, the eldest son, married VIOLET DOUGLASS, and they had Robert, William, Jesse, Samuel D., Amelia, Cynthia A., and Violet. Jesse married NANCY BURRELL, and lives in Boone Co., Amelia married ELI JOHNSON, and is now a widow in Callaway Co. The rest of James Patton's children are dead. Thomas, brother of James Patton, was bitten by a mad wolf, at his home on Loutre island, in Jan. 1816, and died of hydrophobia on the 16th of the following August, in the 43rd year of his age. His wife died in Dec. 1867, in her 90th year. Their children were James, William, Robert H., Thomas H., Elizabeth, Rebecca, Jane, Violet, and Mary. Rebecca, daughter of Jacob Patton, married JOHN GIBSON. She is now in her 88th year, a widow and resides in Calloway Co. Mary married THOMAS PATTON, and their children were James B., William, Robert H., Thomas H., Eli M., Elizabeth, Rebecca, Jane, Violet, and Mary.

PEW, Reuben C. Pew was left an orphan at a very early age. According to the custom of those days he was "bound out" for his living, and got a very poor one. His master treated him badly, worked him hard, and gave him no education. When he was 16 years of age, he could not read or write, and his master, desiring to get rid of him, induced him to sign the muster roll of a company that was recruiting for service in the revolutionary war, telling him it was only a common piece of writing, and could do him no harm. The consequence was that he had to go into the army, very much against his will. He was captured soon after his enlistment, and held as a prisoner for several years, during which time he experienced all the horrors of the British prisons of those times. After the war he married a MISS SMITH, and settled in N.C., where he and his wife died, leaving 7 children, viz.: Reuben P., Benjamin F., Anderson S., Frances, Jemima, Polly, and Zilphey. Reuben P. was born in 1789. In 1810 he married his cousin, SARAH PARK, who died in KY in 1818, leaving 4 children - Erasmus D., Permelia H., James S., and William H. When the war of 1812 began, Mr. Pew enlisted, and was taken prisoner at Dudley's Defeat, but afterwards exchanged. After the death of his wife, he came to MO., and made a contact to haul a lot of tan bark to St. Louis. He returned to KY., got his team, came back to St. louis, fulfilled his contract, and cleared $1,200. He then returned to KY., and removed his family to Montgomery Co., MO., where he settled in 1819. Here he married NANCY YATER, by whom he had 8 more children, Anderson J., George W., Amanda C., Frank M., Sally, Frances S., Mary J., Judith E., and Nancy E. Mr. Pew built the first horsemill in the northern part of the county, and made good flour; which was a rarity in those days. He put the flour into sacks and sent his boys on horseback to peddle it out over the country at the rate of one cent per pound. They frequently went as far as 30 miles from home to sell a few pounds of flour. Benjamin F. Pew married ELIZABETH CLARK, of KY., and settled in Audrain Co. Andrew S. married ANNA BETHEURAM, and settled in Montgomery Co., in 1836. They had William D., Reuben C., Mary A., Jane H., Eliza A., and David A. Mr. Pew and his wife died at the same time, in 1844, and were buried in the same grave. Frances and Jemima married and settled in Grundy Co., MO. Polly married SIMPSON STEWART, who came to MO. in 1821, but afterward removed to Illinois. Zilphey married a MR. POLK, who settled in Indiana.

PEERY, George, William and James Peery emigrated from Scotland and settled in Tazewell Co., VA. George married MARTHA DAVIDSON, of Ireland, and they had 3 sons and 9 daughters. Joseph, the youngest son, married ELIZABETH HALL, of Virginia, and settled in Montgomery Co., MO in 1836. Their children were Charles, Albert G., Gordon C., Thomas, Andrew, William H., Joseph A., and George. The members of the Peery family are a genial, hospitable people, and highly esteemed by their neighbors and acquaintances. Dr. Thomas Peery, who died in 1875, was especially distinguished for his many excellent qualities, and his loss is deeply felt by the community in which he lived.

PURVIS, John Purvis and his wife, MARGARET STROTHER, of VA., had Frank, George, Strother, John, William, Thomas, Elizabeth, frances, Harriet, and mary. Strother married ELIZABETH STERNE, and settled in Montgomery Co., in 1839. They had 9 children.

POWELL, William G. Powell, of Holland, settled in Albemarle Co., VA. His son, Lewis G., had 3 sons, James, Buck and lewis, Jr. James married NANCY SHELOR, of Germany, and settled in Montgomery Co., MO. in 1820. They had John W., James W., William L., Thomas J., and 2 daughters, who died in infancy. After the death of James Powell, his widow, who lived for many years afterward, proved herself to be a woman capable of managing the business affairs of life and carrying them to a successful issue. During the cold winter of 1831-2, she had what is called a "jumping sleigh" built, and went in it to VA., one thousand miles distant, by herself, and brought back some negro slaves in another "jumper" similar to her own. Very few woman have ever accomplished such a feat as that. Buck Powell was a very stout man, and it is said that he could life a barrel of whisky by his teeth and drink from the bung hole. He won a bet of fifty cents one day, by biting a ten penny nail in two, and he certainly earned his money. Thomas J., son of James Powell, is a prominent attorney and citizen of Montgomery Co., and lives at New Florence. He has been sheriff of the county several times, and wields a large influence in political matters.

PEARLE, William Pearle, of VA., settled in Lincoln Co., KY., among the first settlers of that state. During a portion of the Indian troubles he took refuge with his family in the fort at Crab Orchard. His son, Henry, married POLLY OWSLEY, sister of GOVERNOR OWSLEY, of KY., by whom he had 12 children, 7 of whom lived to be grown. The names of the latter were Samuel, William S. F., Patience, Joel, Henry, Nudigit O., and Catharine. Samuel married SALLY DUGAN, and settled in Warren Co., MO in 1830. Joel married REBECCA WYATT, and settled in Montgomery Co. Henry married his cousin, SALLY A. PEARLE, and settled in Montgomery Co., in 1833. He was a school teacher and farmer, and concluded once that he could preach as well as anybody. So he gave out an appointment at the school house, and when the time arrive, a large congregation was in attendance to hear him. He gave out the hymn, sang, and led in prayer as well as any one, but when he arose to preach, his subject "flew from his brain", as he graphically expressed it, and he could not preach at all. He apologized by saying, "We thought we could preach, but we can't preach", and took his seat. Another incident of an entirely different character, but equally embarrassing, happened to him soon after he came to Montgomery Co. Four of five of his horses strayed away, and he spent several months in hunting them, during which time he rode four or five hundred miles, and at last found his horses within five miles of home, where they had been all the time, grazing on the prairie. Patience Pearle married WILLIAM S. WYATT, of Warren Co., and settled in Montgomery Co., in 1836. The rest of the Pearle children settled in Montgomery co. at a later date.

POINDEXTER, Joseph Poindexter, of Bedford Co., VA., was a captain in the rev. war. He married ELIZABETH KENERLY, and they had a son, Richard, who married a MISS FORD., of VA., and settled in Montgomery Co., in 1837. They had Elizabeth A., Parthena S., Caroline K., Hezekiah F., Eliza, Edward L., Joseph C., James W., John D., and mary L., most of whom settled in Montgomery Co.

QUICK, Jacob Quick, of Germany, married a widow named MORRIS, whose maiden name was RHODA MOORE, of Ireland. They first settled in Maryland, where they had Aaron, Alexander, Jacob, Jr., Sarah and Rachel. Mr. Quick then removed with his family to KY., and in 1811 he came to MO. and settled on Loutre Island in Montgomery Co. Previous to his removal to KY., his children had never tasted cornbread. In 1812 he built a blockhouse for protection against the Indians, in Best's Bottom, on that place that was settled by JOHN HANCOCK, for whom Hancock's Prairie was named. Mr. Quick died at this place in 1822, and his wife, in 1834. During their residence there an old Indian named PHILLIPS lived with them for several years. He finally left them, and his body was afterward found away out in the western wilderness, with his gun lying by his side. Aaron Quick, the eldest son, died a bachelor. Alexander married NANCY GILBERT, of KY., where they resided 13 years and then came to MO. Their children were Elizabeth, William, Stephen, Sarah, Samuel, Aaron, Rhoda, Alexander, James and Gilbert. Jacob, Jr., married PHOEBE COPPS , of KY., and settled in Montgomery Co., on Whippoorwill Creek, in 1811. They had 8 children, William, Jacob, Sampson, Polly, Patsey, Sally, Peggy, and Elizabeth. Sarah Quick married JACOB GROOM, and Rachel married ROBERT MCFARLAND, of KY. They had only 2 children, Joseph and Sally, both of whom settled in Montgomery Co.

ROCKAFELLOW, Peter Rockafellow, an old rev. soldier, was of German descent. He married the WIDOW MCGLATHAN, and settled in Montgomery Co., MO., in 1822. (He lived a short time in St. Louis Co., when he first came to MO.) He had but one child, Anna, who married ANDREW HUNTER.

RUSSELL, Robert Russell, of Campbell Co., VA., settled in Montgomery Co., MO., in 1830. His wife's maiden name was BRIDGET BRYANT. Their children were James, Harrison, John, Mary, Susan, Elizabeth and Sarah. Mr. Russell died in 1831 and was the first person buried in the noted old Virginia graveyard, of Montgomery Co., which received its name from the fact that nearly all who were buried there were Virginians.

RICE, William B. Rice was a rev. soldier. Previous to his enlistment in the army he accompanied Daniel Boone on one of his expeditions to KY. He married REBECCA ARLINGTON, by whom he had David, William G., Benjamin, Samuel, Callier and Sophia. Mr. Rice settled in Montgomery Co., in 1825, and died in his 95th year. His eldest son, David, married ELIZABETH HENDERSON, by whom he had a daughter named Louisa, who married JUDGE WILLIAM G. SHACKELFORD, son of JOHN SHACKELFORD, of VA. The judge was left an orphan at 4 years of age, and was raised by his uncle, SAMUEL LAWRENCE, who educated him for a lawyer. He came to Montgomery Co., in 1835, where he lost his wife, by whom he had 6 children. He afterward married ANNA RICE, daughter of WILLIAM G. RICE, by whom he had six other children. Judge Shackelford was judge of the county court of Montgomery Co., for 21 years. He was a successful farmer, also, but never had a cart or wagon on his place. His corn and other produce were gathered in baskets and carried to the barn. William G. Rice was married first to MARY VANDIVER, by whom he had 3 children. His 2nd wife was SALLY VANDIVER, by whom he had 9 children. Mr. Rice was elected Assessor at a time when the county was in debt, and he made such a thorough and accurate assessment that he paid the debt and left some money in the treasury. It is said that he rode an ox most of the time as he traveled over the county, and although the assertion cannot be substantiated, it is universally believed, and is doubtless true. But no matter what sort of an animal he rode, he made one of the best assessors Montgomery Co., ever had, and his horned steed no doubt greatly assisted him in climbing over the mountainous region that borders upon the head waters of Loutre. Mr. Rice also kept tavern ion the Booneslick road, where MRS. DAVAULT now lives, and when a traveler asked the price of dinner he would be told that he could get cornbread and "common fixins" for 25 cents, but if he wanted wheat bread and "chicken fixins" it would be 37 1/2 cents. If the traveler decided to take both kinds of "fixins", he paid 62 1/2 cents, ate his dinner and departed much amused at the singular terms of his eccentric host.

RODGERS, James Rodgers, of PA., settled in Nelson Co., KY., where he raised a large family of children and gave each of them a bible. Presley Rodgers, his son, married ELIZABETH FOLAY, of KY by whom he had Martha A., Mary E., James, John, Phoebe, Felix G., Elizabeth E., Nancy, Julia A., Pernesia and America. Mr. Rodgers came to Mo. in 1831 and settled in Howard Co., afterward, in Boone, then in Saline, and finally in Montgomery. He was a blacksmith, and worked at his trade until his death, which occurred in Dec. 1863. He built the first blacksmith shop in Montgomery City. 8 of his 11 children are still living and 7 of them reside in Montgomery Co. STROBE, Christian Strobe, of PA., removed first to Indiana, and from thence, to Audrain Co., MO. His wife was MARRY MILLER, of KY., and they had William H., Eliza, James, Isabella. George, Rebecca, Mary and Christian, Jr., most of whom have families and live in Audrain and Montgomery counties.

SANDERS, Christopher Sanders settled near Loutre Lick, in Montgomery Co., at an early date. He was a great hunter, but somewhat indolent, and generally depended upon borrowing a gun to shoot his gains with rather than perform the labor of carrying one. He raised four sons and two daughters, Jack, James, Joseph, William, Nancy and Rachel. William married LIBBY SLAVENS, a daughter of STEWART SLAVENS, of Middletown.

SHARP, Thomas Sharp was a native of Ireland, but emigrated to America, and settled first in Pennsylvania, from whence he removed to Washington Co., VA. He was married twice, and by his first wife he had John, Thomas, Jr., and Benjamin. By his second wife he had but one child, David, who became a Methodist minister and lived and died in Virginia. Thomas Jr., settled in KY. Benjamin was a soldier in the Rev. war, and was in Colonel Campbell's command at the battle of King's Mountain. He married HANNAH FULKLERSON, of VA., and their children were James F., John D., Polly C., Jacob L., Catharine E., Attosa P., Hannah D., Peter L., Elvira E., Malinda M., Margaret J., and Benjamin F. In 1816 Mr. Sharp removed to MO. with all his family except John and Malinda, and settled in (now) Warren Co., three miles east of Pinckney. When Montgomery Co. was organized in 1818, he was appointed clerk of the county and circuit courts, and held the position until the state was admitted into the union. A small log cabin was built in his yard and used as a court house, until the county seat was located at Pinckney, which was named for his daughter, Attosa Pinckney Sharp. Mr. Sharp died at the old homestead in 1843; his wife died two years previous. Their son, James, married CATHARINE NEIL. Polly C., married JERRY H. NEIL. Jacob L. married HARRIET VANCE. After the organization of the state government he bought the offices of County and circuit clerk from a man named LONG, who had been appointed by Gov. McNail. He paid $100 for those offices, and continued to hold them by election until 1865. He was a bald-headed man, and wore his hat on all occasions, including the sitting of the courts, a privilege which all the judges allowed him. While the county seat was located at Lewiston he made a regular practice of taking the prisoners out of the jail and exercising them. He died in 1869. Attosa Sharp married CAPT. JOHN WYATT, a soldier of the war of 1812. Hannah D. married B--TON (BEATON? BESTON?) CALLAHAN. Peter L. married JANE JOHNSON. Elvira married JAMES HUGHES. Catharine E. married CONRAD CARPENTER. Margaret J. married FREDERICK HAMILTON, was was editor of the Columbia, MO. Patriot. Benjamin F. is a physician and is the only one of the twelve brothers and sisters who is still living. He married MARY H. MCGHEE, and resides on his farm near Montgomery City, respected and honored by all who know him. Samuel T. and Benjamin F., sons of Jacob L. Sharp, are well known and prominent citizens of Montgomery Co.

SEE - The See family is of German origin. Three brothers, Adam, George and Michael, with seven sisters, were raised in Hanly Co., VA. Their father, George, and a negro man were all killed by lightning while stacking hay. The girls married and settled in KY and Ohio. Adam was a prominent lawyer, and lived and died in VA. Michael married CATHARINE BAKER, of Hardy Co., VA., by whom he had Mary, Elizabeth, A--in C. (Adain?), Barbara, Anthony, Jacob, John, Solomon, and Noah. Mr. See was a soldier in the war of 1812. He settled in Montgomery Co., MO. in 1837. His daughter, Elizabeth, married HUGH HART, who settled in Montgomery Co., in 1839. Barbary (?) married THOMAS MCCLEARY, who settled in Montgomery Co., in 1840. Jacob married RACHEL MORRISON, and settled in Montgomery Co., in 1837. He has been justice of the peace and deputy sheriff and is now the representative of his county in the state legislature. He was also a prominent member and office of the Evanix Society, in Danville. Mr. See is very fond of fine stock, and in 1871 he raised eighteen hogs that averaged from 700 to 1000 pounds, each. He took them to St. Louis, had them made into bacon and sent the hams to Memphis, Tenn., but they were shipped back, with a statement from the commission merchant that they were not buying HORSE HAMS. Mr. See also raised and still has in his possession, the largest ox in the world. He has made a good deal of money by exhibiting this mammoth brute in various parts of the United States, and everywhere he goes, crowds gather to see the wonder. John See married MARGARET STEWART, and settled in Montgomery Co., in 1839. Noah See was married 1st to his cousin, MARGARET SEE, and after her death, he married MARY A. SAYLOR, and settled in Montgomery Co., in 1839. He is an influential and wealthy citizen, and has been county surveyor for a number of years.

SAYLOR, Emanuel Saylor and his wife, ANN HULETT, were early settlers of Montgomery Co. They had James, John H., and Thomas. James married LIBBEY COBB, and they had 11 children. John H. married VIRGINIA M. PERKINS, of KY. Thomas married MARIA RICE, and after his death, his widow married JOHN HAYS.

STEVENS, Richard Stevens was a noted hunter and trapper. He married SALLY AMBROSE, and settled in Montgomery Co., in 1831. The first day after his arrival in Montgomery, he killed 6 deer, and during his residence in the county he killed 400 deer, 40 bears, and so many wild cats, raccoons, etc., that he could not keep an account of them. He had 6 children, Hiram A., Emily, Willis, Lucretia, Virginia, and Joseph. Hiram A. married SARAH A GARRETT and lives in Montgomery Co. Emily married EVANS B. SCALE, and also lives in Montgomery Co. The rest of the children settled in other states.

STEVENS, Thomas Stevens emigrated from England and settled on the James river, 1209 miles above Richmond, VA., prior to the rev. His children were John, William, Susan, Delila, Elizabeth and Lucy. John married AMANDA THORNHILL of VA., and they had Thomas, William, Absalom, Elizabeth, Nancy, Susan and Hope. Thomas was a soldier in the Rev. war. He married AGNES PERKINS , and settled in MO., in 1826. His children were John, William, Agnes, and Eliza. He was married the 2nd time in MO. William, who was a Baptist preacher, was born in May, 1786. He married FRANCES A. FERGUSON, daughter of DOUGAL FERGUSON AND ELIZABETH ARCHER, whose father was the 3rd owner of Bermuda Hundreds on James River. William Stevens settled in Montgomery Co., in 1830. His children were Dougal F., William H., John A., Thomas, Eliza, Mary S., France A., and Virginia. Nancy, daughter of John Stephens, married JACOB MAXEY, who settled in Montgomery Co., in 1835. They had William B., Joseph, Redford, Jacob, Elizabeth, Mary and Nancy.

SINGLETON, Spiers Singleton was the son of George Singleton, of N.C. He married LUCINDA WHITESIDES of Christian Co., KY., and settled in Illinois, where he died, leaving a widow and 7 children. Her brother, James Whitesides, brought her and the children to Montgomery Co., and attended to their wants until the children were grown, and at his death, he left most of his property to them. The names of the children were James W., Ewell D., John S., Emeline, Cynthia A., Polly and Mary A. SNETHEN, Abraham Snethen and his wife, ELIZABETH STEWART, were natives of Germany. They emigrated to America and settled in New Jersey, where they had 11 children, of whom the names only 7 are now remembered. They were William, John, Reuben, Polly, Lydia, Elizabeth and Margaret. William married and settled in KY in 1792, and in 1810 he removed to Ohio, where he lost his wife. He then started to return to N.J., but died of cholera, at Hagerstown, MD. John was born in March, 1789, and when he was 8 years old, his mother died. He was then bound out to a man in Elizabethtown, N.J., to learn the trade of wheelwright. He remained with the man 7 years, and then having had a misunderstanding with his landlady, he ran away and went to Philadelphia, where he embarked on board a ship as a sailor. He followed the sea seven years, and during the latter part of that period, while the ship was returning from the West India Islands, with a cargo of sugar and coffee, the yellow fever broke out among the crew and all of them died except Snethen, the cook, and one sailor. They succeeded, however, in bringing the vessel safely into port, and delivering her to the owners, whose admiration of Snethen's bravery and skill was so great that they proposed to educate him and give him command of a ship. He accepted their offer, but in the meantime paid a visit to his friends in N.J., who persuaded him to abandon the sea. He then went to KY., and arrived at Maysville (then called Lewiston) in Dec. 1799. Here he first heard of the death of General Washington. From Maysville he went with his brother, Reuben, to visit their brother, William, who lived in Estell Co. There he became acquainted with and married SUSAN BOX. He remained in that county 7 years, and bought several tracts of land, all of which he lost on account of defective titles. In 1808 he placed his wife, 3 children, and all their household goods and chattels on a two-year old filly and a little pony, and came to MO. He settled 4 miles about Loutre Island, on the MO. river, where he remained 1 year. During that time he was visited by a party of French hunters, who expressed surprise that he had settled in the bottom, "For", said they, "our fathers have seen the water over the tops of the sycamore trees". He became alarmed at their statement and removed 7 miles northward, and settled on Dry Fork of Loutre, where several other families soon gathered about him. In 1812, he removed to Howard Co., in company with MUKE BOX, ELISA TODD, JAMES, JOHN & WILLIAM SAVAGE, WILLIAM WARDEN AND ROBERT BENTON, and their families. They placed their families in Kincaid's Fort and joined the rangers to assist in protecting the settlement against the Indians. Mr. Snethen afterward removed his family to Hempstead's Fort, which was larger and stronger than Kincaid's. They remained there until 1814, when they removed to Cooper's Fort. On the night of the 14th of April of that year, Capt. SARSHALL COOPER was killed by some unknown person, who picked out the chinking of his chimney and shot him through the opening as he was seated in his cabin. Mr. Snethen was seated by his side at the time, but was not hurt. In 1818 Mr. Snethen returned to his old place on Dry Fork of Loutre, where he remained until his death, which occurred on the first of Jan., 1859. He raised 12 children of his own, and twelve negro children, and there was not a death on his place for 45 years. He saw 81 of his grandchildren before his death. Mr. Snethen and his wife were both members of the Old Baptist Church. Their children were Aley B., John, Jr., Polly, Elizabeth, William, Sally, Reuben G., Muke B., Nancy, Emeline, David S., and Matilda. Aley B. was a Baptist preacher and a physician. He married CAROLINE JOHNSON, and had 14 children. John Jr. was a merchant at Troy, MO. for 37 years but has retired from business. He is an intelligent gentleman, and can give a vivid portrayal of the dangers and trials of pioneer life. He went to school with Kit Carson in Cooper's Fort, and received most of his education while they were living in the forts during the Indian war. He married EUPHEMIA WELLS, a sister of CARTY WELLS, by whom he had 6 children. Mr. Snethen clerked in the store of CHARLES DRURY, at Loutre Lick from 1824 to 1826. Polly Snethen married JOHN CUNDIFF, and they had 14 children. Elizabeth married WILLIAM CLARK. William married SUSAN GROOM, and they had 11 children. Sally married HOLLAND WHITESIDES. Reuben G. was married 3 times; first to REBECCA DIXON; second to CATHARINE HUNTER, and third to LUCINDA J. SALLEE. He had 12 children in all. Muke B. married JULIA A. LEAVELL, and they had 5 children. Nancy was married first to JAMES RUSSELL, 2nd to ALFRED WINDSOR, and 3rd to NEWTON J. HUNTER. Emeline married TOLESON HUNTER. David S. married KEZIAH FELKNIFF. Matilda married BENJAMIN F. CLARK. Reuben Snethen, brother of John Sr., married a MISS SMITH, and settled on Duck River in Tennessee. Abraham, another brother, was married twice, and lived in Calloway Co.

STEWART, John Stewart, of Bath Co., VA., was of Irish descent. He married HANNAH HICKLAND, of VA., and their children were James, John, Edward, Jacob, Miranda, David, Margaret, Nancy and Jennie. John married his cousin, MARY STEWART and they had Octavia, Tabitha, Osborne, Margaret, Alonzo, Emily, Martha and Cortez. Mr. Stewart settled in Montgomery Co. in 1839. His 3 younger children died before they were grown. Octavia married FRANK DEVINE. Tabitha married REV. MARTIN LUTHER EADES, who died in old age, and she afterward married LEWIS BUSBY. Margaret married JOHN SEE.

SUBLETT, Hill Sublett, of Green Co., KY., married DELPHI JENNETT, of VA. In 1817 he came to MO on a prospecting tour, returned to KY and brought his family out in 1822. He had 10 children, 6 daughters and 4 sons.

SLAVINS, William S. Slavens was born in Greenbriar Co., VA., Sept. 15, 1787. He was married 5 times; first to ANNA HAWKINS, by whom he had 3 children, second to MARY RIGGS, third to ELIZABETH ELSBURY, by whom he had 7 children, fourth to the WIDOW THOMAS, whose maiden name was REBECCA STANLEY, by whom he had 2 children; and fifth to the WIDOW MEYERS, whose maiden name was PAULINA HUNT. Mr. Slavens settled in Montgomery, on Brush Creek, in 1820, and removed to near Middletown in 1829. He owned part of the land that Middletown was built upon. Mr. Slavens came to MO. in company with his brother, Thomas, and a MR. MCCARTA, in a little horse cart. Their stock consisted on 1 cow, the property of William Slavens, which they drove before them, and for which he was offered forty acres of land within the present limits of St. louis; but thought his cow was worth more than the land, and kept her. Mr. Slavens had $640 in money, which he loaned to Mr. McCarta, who invested it in Irish potatoes, and planted them on 10 acres of land in Illinois. The potato crop was a failure, and the money was never repaid. The names of Mr. Slavens' children were James H., Sarah, Isabella, Lydia A., Martha A., Aaron, William N., Henry B. Euphemia, Louisa, Elizabeth and Mary S. The youngest son, now in his 47th year, has 16 children and ten grandchildren.

SUMMERS, Caleb Summers was raised in Montgomery Co., Maryland, where he married RACHEL CRAWFORD. In 1796 he settled in Jefferson Co., KY. His children were Polly, Benjamin, Robert, Thomas, and Malinda. Robert married his cousin, GRACE SUMMERS, and settled in Pike Co., MO. in 1834. His children were William B., Elizabeth, Caleb L., Noah, Benjamin F., George, Robert A., and Thomas. William B. married the WIDOW TUCKER, whose maiden name was MARGARET J. BRYAN, and settled in Montgomery Co., in 1840. Caleb L. married SALLIE A. BRYAN, and settled in Montgomery Co., in 1840. Benjamin F. married ANTOINETTE SHARP, and settled in Montgomery Co., in 1842. Noah married and settled in Montgomery the same year. Benjamin, son of Caleb Summers, Sr., married POLLY RAFFERTY, and settled in Montgomery Co., in 1839. The father of Caleb Summers, Sr., came to America in 1750, and the boots he wore then, are in the museum at Cincinnati.

SPRY, Enoch Spry came to Mo. from Clark Co., KY., with SIMON GRIGGS and CORNELIUS HOWARD, when he was 15 years of age. He married MARY A. LOGAN, the only sister of WILLIAM, ALEXANDER, HUGH AND HENRY LOGAN, and settled in Montgomery Co., in 1817. They had 8 children. Soon after steamboats began to navigate the MO river, Mr. Spry happening to be in the vicinity of the river one day, heard a boat blow its whistle, at which he became very much frightened, and ran home. He told his neighbors that a panther had caught a man down on the river, and he never heard any one halloo like he did. His story created so much excitement that a company was organized and went in pursuit of the "panther", which, of course, they could not find.

SMITH, Col. John Smith, of the rev. war, lived in Franklin Co., VA., where he married FRANCES BURK , by whom he had William, C---- (Calum? Calvin?), Stephen, John, Wyatt, Henry, Susan, Mary and Frances. William married ELIZABETH FERGUSON, of VA., by whom he had Samuel, Thomas, Stephen, William H., Mary, Frances, Susan, Martha, Elizabeth, Sarah P. and Julia. Mary married KEMCOL C. GILBERT, who settled in Callaway Co. Frances married COLONEL PETER BOOTH, of KY., Susan married COLONEL F. A. HANCOCK, who settled in Alabama. Martha married THOMAS J. HOLLAND, who settled in Montgomery Co., in 1832. He represented the county in the state legislature one term and was justice of the peace in Warren Co. for a number of years. He died in 1862. Sarah P. Smith married her cousin, WRIGHT SMITH, who settled in Warren Co., in 1837. Julia married JOHN CRAIGHEAD, who settled in Callaway Co.

TRIPLETT, Thomas Triplett, of Randolph Co., N.C., had the following children, James, William, George, John, Rebecca, Nancy and Lydia. William married HANNAH COX, of N. C. and settled in Montgomery Co. in 1830. He was a blacksmith and wheelwright by trade, and a staunch member of the Baptist church. It was at his house that Macedonia church was organized by JABEZ HAM, in 1831. His children were Olive, Mary, Margaret, Harriet D., Rebecca C., Narcissa J., Lydia, Thomas, Zaccheus, David, Isaac M., and William H. Mary married WILLIAM E. WELLS, who settled in Montgomery Co. in 1830.

TALBOTT, Matthew Talbott, of England, had a son named Hale, who was born in Dec. 1754. He married ELIZABETH IRVINE, who was born in Sept. 1778. Their children were Christopher, Thomas, William, David, Elizabeth, Polly, Nancy, Sophia and Jane. Mr. Talbott came to the territory of MO in 1809 with his eldest son, Christopher, and two negro slaves. They cleared a small farm on Loutre Island, and raised a crop of corn and vegetables. The following year (1810) the rest of the family came out and settled at their new home. Mr. Talbott brought to Mo. 76 fine mares, from which he raised horses for the western and southern trade. During the Indian war he kept the greater portion of his stock on the opposite side of the river, where they could not be molested by the savages. Christopher Talbott married SUSAN PARRISH, by whom he had Hale, Jr., Thomas, John, James, William, Matthew, Susannah, Martha and Mary A. Major Thomas Talbott, the second son, was a roving, fun-loving youth. On one occasion, his father sent him to Cotesansdessein (?) for some apple barrels, and gave him the money to pay for them. He wa gone about a month, and came back without the barrels or the money. In 1828 he made his first trip to Santa Fe. He was afterward employed by the government as Indian agent, and while acting in that capacity, the Indians stole a lot of mules from him that were his individual property. The government promptly paid him $5,000 for his mules. On one of his expeditions to Santa Fe, there was a MR. BRADUS, of KY., in his company, who one day accidentally shot himself in the arm. The pain of his wound soon became so great that he could not endure it, and it was decided that his arm must be amputated to save his life. there were neither surgeon nor surgical tools in the company, but they made much preparations as they could, and successfully performed the operation. The flesh was cut with a butcher's knife, the bone separated with a hand saw, and the veins seared with the king bolt of a wagon, which had been heated for the purpose. The man got well and lived to a ripe old age. A number of years after this event, Maj. Talbott took a number of horses and mules to S. C., but finding no sale for them, he loaded them on onto a couple of schooners, and sailed for Cuba. During the voyage, a violent storm came up, and the rolling of the vessels excited the animals so that they began to fight one another, and several of them had their ears bitten off. But these sold as well as the others, and the Major had a very successful trip. That was the first importation of American horses to Cuba; but since then, the business has been extensively carried on. The major was married twice, and became a consistent member of the Methodist church before his death. Colonel William Talbott, the third son, was a ranger in Nathan Boone's company, and was afterward chosen Colonel of militia. He was married twice; first to JANE FERGUSON, and after her death, to a widow lady named BASCOM, a sister-in-law of BISHOP BASCOM, by whom he had one daughter, Emma, who married a MR. LINBERGER, of Boonville. At the time of his death, which occurred June 14, 1874, the colonel was living with his daughter in Boonville. David Talbott married SUSAN CLARK, and they had Isaac H., William H., Mary E., Sarah A., David R., Susan j., Adda A., and Ellen. Mr. Talbott died in Nov. 1852, and his wife in June of the same year. Elizabeth married JUDGE MATTHEW MCGIRK. Polly married JAMES PITZER. Nancy married COL. IRVINE S. PITMAN, Sophia married FLETCHER WRIGHT. Jane married DR. JAMES TALBOTT, who was in the first state constitutional convention, which met in St. Louis in 1820. He also represented Montgomery Co. in the state legislature

VANBIBBER, Peter and Isaac VanBibber, of Holland, came to America and settled in Botetourt Co., VA., previous to the revolution. Peter married MARGUERY BOUNDS, and they had Peter, Jr., Jesse, Jacob, James, Joseph, Matthias, Nancy, Sophronia, Ellen and Olive. James married JANE IRVINE, and settled in St. Charles Co., in 1803. He was coroner at the time WILLIAM HAYS was killed by his son-in-law, JAMES DAVIS. In 1817, he removed to Callaway Co., and settled on the Auxvasse. His children Joseph, Irvine, Frances, Lucinda, Melissa, Daniel and Minerva. Joseph was a surveyor and made the government surveys in range eight, west of the fifth principal meridian. Olive VanBibber married NATHAN BOONE. Isaac VanBibber, brother of Peter, was Captain of a company in the battle of Point pleasant, in 1774, and wa killed there. He left a widow and four children... John Peter, Isaac and Rebecca. John and Peter married and settled in Powell's Valley, East Tennessee. Isaac was born in Greenbriar Co., VA., Oct. 20, 1771, and was only two and a half years old when his father was killed. He was adopted and raised by Colonel Daniel Boone, and at the early age of thirteen years, acted as a scout against the Indians in Virginia. In 1800 he came to MO with Nathan Boone and settled first in Darst's Bottom/ During the Indian war he was Major of the militia under Col. Daniel M. Boone. He was married in 1797 to SUSAN HAYS. In 1851 he settled at Loutre Lick, now in Montgomery Co. The place was first settled by THOMAS MASSEY in 1813. The land was a Spanish grant of 460 acres, made to Nathan Boone, who sold it to VanBibber. The latter built several cabins where he settled, and afterward erected a large frame house, which he used as a hotel, and made a great deal of money. His children were Matilda, Marcha, Susan, Elvira, Frances, Erretia, Pantha, Isaac, Jr., Ewing, and Alonzo. Major VanBibber died in 1836, his wife having died some time before.

WORLAND, Charles B. Worland, of Maryland, married MARTHA A. WHITE, and settled in Washington Co., KY. Their children were Benedict, Charles B., Thomas N., Maria, William T., John H., Stephen W., Edward H., James P., and Martha A. Mr. Worland, his wife and a portion of their family settled in Montgomery Co., in 1839. They are excellent people; honest, industrious, intelligent, kind-hearted and friendly.

WHITESIDES, Thomas Whitesides was a native of Virginia but removed to and settled in North Carolina. He had a son named Francis, who married ANN CLARK, of Kentucky, and settled in Montgomery Co., MO. in 1818. Their children were James, Holland, John C., Susan, Lucinda, Sarah J., Ann, Polly and Nancy.

WILLIAMS, Frederick, son of Richard Williams, of Pulaski Co., Y, married NANCY HANFORD, and settled in Montgomery Co., MO in 1832. Their children were Liberty, Margaret, Mary, William, Harriet, Martha, Ross A., John, Euphema, and Clara A. Margaret married JAMES GRAY. Mary married JOHN CRUTCHER. Harriet married STEPHEN MANNING. Martha married SYLVESTER MILLSAP. Ross A. married CHRISTOPHER MILLSAP. Euphema married JOHN CRUTCHER, JR.

WHITE, Esquire William White settled in Montgomery Co., in 1836. He is a brother of Benjamin White, who lives near Danville. He married ANNA FLETCHRALL, of Maryland, and their children were John, Daniel, Ann, William, Benjamin, Stephen, Mary, Dorcas, and Elizabeth. Elizabeth, a sister of William White, Sr., married WILLIAM SMITH and settled near Jonesburg.

WINDSOR, Sampson Windsor, of Prince William Co., VA., had four sons... William, Christopher, Burton, and Alfred. Burton married ELIZABETH TINSLEY, and settled in MO in 1833. Alfred married SARAH CLARK, and settled in Montgomery Co. in 1833 He had a son, John R., who married MARY A. FITZHUGH of Tennessee, and died, leaving a widow and nine children. Five sons and four daughters. William T., another son of Alfred Windsor, married JANE B. BRYAN, a daughter of REECE BRYAN AND JANE EVANS, by whom he had 7 sons and 4 daughters.

WHITE, Matthew L. White was born and raised in Virginia, but removed to East Tennessee, from there to Alabama, and in 1829 he settled in Montgomery Co., MO and entered the land upon which the celebrated Pinnacle Rock stands. He married RHODA STAGDON, and they had Nancy, William, thomas S., James H., Isaac M., John R., Mary J., Rebecca, Samuel M., Margaret A., and Martha L.

WHITE, Benjamin White, Sr., was a native of Wales. He married ELIZABETH SMITH, and their son, Benjamin, Jr., married REBECCA CHESELL. They all lived in Montgomery Co., MD. Benjamin, a son of Benjamin White, Jr., was born Nov. 4, 1796. He was married in 1821 to REBECCA DARBY, who died, and in 1831 he married LUCY SCOTT. In 1837 they came to MO and settled in Montgomery Co. Their children were Edward G., William H., Richard G., Benjamin, Susan, Mary A., and Sarah E., all of whom are married and living in Montgomery Co.

WOODRUFF, Charles Woodruff, of Buckingham Co., VA., married a MISS GATEWOOD, and their son, Wyatt P., married MARY TALPHRO, and settled in St. Louis Co., MO in 1825. In 1827, they removed to St. Charles Co., and from there to Montgomery Co., in 1832. They had John, Charles E., Robert H., Francis S., and David B., all of whom live in Montgomery Co.

WRIGHT, James Wright and his wife, DICEY GALARBY, of Amherst Co., VA. had George G., Ellis, Shelton, William, Daniel, and Nancy. George G. married SALLY JACOBS, of Nelson Co., VA., and settled in Montgomery Co., MO. in 1837. Their children were Margaret, Ana V., Catharine and George G., Jr. Margaret married JOHN R. ARNOR. Anna V. married ISAAC H. TALBOTT of Montgomery Co. Catharine married HON. NORMAN J. COLMAN, editor of Colman's Rural World and Lieut.-Gov. of Missouri. George G. Jr., lives in Montgomery Co., is an influential citizen and a leader of the democratic party of his locality.

WITCHER, James Witcher, of Virginia, married MARTHA WATSON, and they had three sons and three daughters. Ephraim, their eldest son, who was a soldier in the war of 1812, settled in Montgomery Co., MO., and married WINIFRED B. HOLLEY, by whom he had 6 children. He died in 1845 and his widow married COL. REUBEN PEW, who also died, leaving her a widow the second time.

WADE, Henry Wade and his wife, LUCY TURNER, lived in Culpepper Co, VA. They had Luke, Zackfill, Henry, Andrew, John, Orinda, Polly and Sally. Henry married MARY D. WALLER, in 1810 and settled in Lincoln Co., MO in 1835. His children were William, Henry, John, Richard, Andrew, Martha, Judith, Lucy, Polly and Margaret. William married SUSAN SITTON, of Lincoln Co. Henry lives in California, unmarried. Richard died in that state. John married LAVISA WRIGHT. Andrew died in his youth. Martha was married first to PETER SHELTON and after his death, to GEORGE DYER. Judith married JOHN CARTER, and is now a widow. Lucy married JAMES BERGER, of Montgomery Co. Polly was married first to JOHN C. WHITESIDES; after his death, to CAPT. WILLIAM QUICK, and she is a widow again. she has in her possession, her mother's wedding costume that was spun and woven with her own hands in 1810. Margaret Wade was married first to JOHN T. WRIGHT, and second to GEORGE OUSLEY.

WRIGHT, John Wright, of England, came to America and settled in Pittsylvania Co., Va. He had 4 children, John, William, Nancy, and another daughter. William married ISABELLA THRAILKILL, of VA and settled in Clark Co., Y. He served five years in the revolutionary war. He had 12 children, ten of whom lived to be grown, and were married. His fifth son, William, married NANCY OLIVER, of KY., and they had 11 children... Harvey S., James T., William M., stephen, Isaac W., Elizabeth, Susan, Nancy, Emeline, Louisa and lucinda. Mr. Wright settled in Montgomery Co, MO in 1824 on a place adjoining the present town of Danville, where he lived and kept tavern for many years. A Methodist minister named PRESCOTT, stopped at his house one day to get his dinner, and there being no men present he went to the barn to feed his horse. While looking around for the food, he saw some large, flat gourds, which he supposed to be pumpkins, and fed a lot of them to his horse. After that he was called Gourd Head Prescott. In 1833, Mr. Wright sold his place to REV ANDREW MONROE, a well known pioneer Methodist preacher, who lived there and kept tavern for some time. ISABELLA WRIGHT, sister of William Wright, Sr. married JOHN STONE, who settled in Montgomery Co., in 1818 but afterward removed to Arkansas.

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Notes from readers:

Kimcol C. Gilbert should be Kemuel C. Gilbert.


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