St. Charles Families - Others

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MURDOCK - James Murdock was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, but came to America prior to the revolution, and took an active part on the American side in that war. In one of the battles in which he was engaged, he received a severe wound in his heel, and died from its effects two years afterward. He had 7 children: Nancy, Grizey, Mary, James, Alexander, John, and George. Nancy married JAMES CLAY, who settled in St. Charles county. Alexander settled in St. Charles county in 1806, and married MARY ZUMWALT. John married LUCY GRIDER, and settled in St. Charles county. George married CATHARINE KENNEDY. James married LYDIA BELL, and settled in MO. in 1808. 

MOORE - John Moore, who is still living in St. Charles Co., near St. Peters, in his 89th year, is of German parentage. His father came from S. C. to Philadelphia, and learned the hatter's trade. There he became acquainted with and married ELIZABETH BOBB, and they had 3 children: Thomas, Maria and John. The two former died in infancy, and John learned the cooper's trade. He remembers well when GEN. WASHINGTON died, and saw him frequently before his death, as he often passed his father's shop. When John was 21 years of age, he went to KY., and lived in Lexington two and a half years. He then returned to Philadelphia, where he remained 5 years, and then removed to W. V. In 1822 he settled in St. Charles Co., where he has since resided. He was married three times: first to FRANCES DAWLINS; second to MARGARET MCCOY, and third to the WIDOW ELLER, who abandoned him soon after their marriage.

MCKAY - Patrick McKay came to St. Charles from Florissant, St. Louis Co., about the year 1825, and died in 1834, his wife having died 2 years previously. Their children were Susanna, Margaret, and Gregory. Susanna became a member of the order of the Sacred Heart, and remained such for 37 years. She died in 1861. Margaret married SIR WALTER RICE, who held the various official positions of county surveyor, recorder, Justice of the peace, and postmaster. He was also a trustee of the Church of St. Charles up to the time of his death, which occurred in 1859. Gregory died at the age of 21. His widow is still living, in her 70th year; is healthy and active, and bids fair to live to see many more years. She is well educated, and retains her memory in a remarkable degree.

MCELHINEY - Dr. William G. McElhiney and family, (at that time 4 in number) came from Beriar, Hartford Co., MD., in 1837. He bought a farm and settled on the Booneslick road, about 5 miles above St. Charles, where he lived 20 years, and then removed to the city of St. Charles. The doctor was born in Baltimore, Nov. 15, 1798, and retains a remarkable degree of mental and physical vigor for a man of his age. He graduated in medicine at the University of Maryland, in Baltimore, and was soon afterward appointed Brigada Surgeon by the Governor of the state; he also held the same position in MO. after his removal. He was for many years, a prominent leader of politics in his adopted state, but of late, has retired, in a measure, from the political arena. He was elected by the Democrats to represent St. charles Co. in the legislature, his opponent on the Whig ticket being WILSON OVERALL. He was one of the messengers that notified FRANKLIN PIERCE of his election as President of the United States, and was a delegate to the Baltimore convention that nominated BRECKINRIDGE and LANE as candidates for President and Vice-President. He has served as curator of the state university at Columbia, and was appointed by the governor as one of the commissioners to locate the state insane asylum. The names of his children were Martha M., Virginia, Cassandra, William H., James P., Missouri, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Henrietta, William J., Mary Julia, Robert H., and Emma. Martha, Cassandra and Emma died young, and Virginia died at the age of 12 years. William H. was drowned. James P. is a graduate of the Old School University of Pennsylvania, at Philadelphia, and resides near Cottleville, where he is engaged in the practice of medicine. He married EDNA GATY. Missouri married THOMAS GALLABER, who died in 1867 at Minneapolis, Minn., where his widow now resides. Georgia married W. W. ORRICK. Florida married WILLIAM H. GALLAHER, who died at Minneapolis two years ago, and she now resides in st. Charles. Louisiana married ROBERT F. LUCKETT; they reside in St. Charles. Henrietta married LEE GATY, and lives in St. Charles. Mary Julia married EDWARD S. LEWIS, son of HON. EDWARD A. LEWIS, the distinguished jurist, and died in Augusta, Kansas. Robert H. graduated in medicine at the MO. Medical College, St. Louis, and in now practicing at New Melle, St. Charles County.

MCDEARMON. -- James R. McDearmon and family came to St. Charles county in 1834.  Mr. McDearmon was an educated man, having graduated at St. Mary's College, Virginia.  After his settlement in St. Charles he became an active participant in the politics of his adopted State, and proved himself to be an able advocate of the principles of the Democratic party.  The Whigs at that time were in the ascendancy, but his popularity, ability and honesty were recognized by his political opponents, who repeatedly entrusted him with important public affairs.  He was Judge of the County Court, and in 1844 became a candidate for the Legislature, but was defeated by the superior numbers of the Whig party.  The following year he was appointed by Gov. John C. Edwards to the position of Auditor of State, which at that time was designated as Auditor of Public Accounts.  He held this office until his death, which occurred in 1848.  He had eight children -- Aurelia, John K., Thomas H., James R., Francis L., William N., Theodiric Fr., and Albert G.  John K. has for many years been prominent in the politics of his State and county, and, like his father, is a staunch advocate of Democratic Principles.  He was a student of the State University at Columbia, but was prevented from graduating by the death of his father.  He read law at Jefferson City under General Monroe M. Parsons, who was killed in Mexico by Mexican soldiers, since the late war between the North and South.  He finished his readings in the office of Robert H. Parks, at St. Charles; was admitted to the bar, and practiced his profession for about two years.  He was Public Administrator in 1852-53, and is at present County Clerk, a position to which he has been elected several times.  His wife was Lucy A. Orrick.  Thomas H. McDearmon was elected County Clerk in 1853, but died before he entered upon the discharge of the duties of his office.  James R. died in his 19th year, and was at the time editor of the St. Charles Chronotype.  Francis L. died in his 18th year.  William N. married Laura Sigerson, and lives in Kansas City.  He is connected with the St. Louis, Kansas City and Northern R. W., and is one of the police Commissioners.  Theodoric is a prominent attorney of St. Charles, and his name has been mentioned as a candidate for Congress on the Democratic ticket.  Albert G. married Mary Ferguson.  Aurelia is a distinguished teacher, having been engaged in that profession for more than eighteen years.  The widow of James R. McDearmon is still living, in her 75th year. [p. 167]

MURPHY.-- John Murphy, of Ireland, settled in Virginia.  He married Elizabeth Maling, of England, and they had three children -- Alexander, Nancy, and Travis.  Alexander moved to Kentucky, and from there to Ohio, and died a bachelor.  Nancy married John Gaff, of Fauquier Co., Va.  Travis settled in St. Charles county in 1834, where he is still living, in his 95th year.  He married Sally Campbell, of Virginia, in 1799, and they had six children -- Alfred, Eliza, John A., Rosanna, Julia, and William A.  Alfred lives in Georgia.  Eliza married Richard B. Keeble, who settled in St. Charles county in 1833.  John A. died at Independence, Mo.  Rosanna married Henry Lawler, of Virginia, who settled in St. Charles county in 1834.  Julia was married first to Humphrey Best, and second to John Overall, and now lives in St. Louis.  William A. died single.  Travis Murphy was a soldier in the war of 1812, and has never been afraid to stand up and fight for his rights. [p. 170]

MCATEE - James McAtee and his wife, whose maiden name was ELLEN MONTGOMERY, were natives of Montgomery Co., Maryland; their parents came from Ireland. They had several children, among whom were three sons, Elias, James and Ignatius. Elias married HENRIETTA MAGRUDER, who was of Scotch descent, and settled in Union Co., KY. The names of their children were John R., Stephen T., Mary, Elizabeth, Rose, Teresa and Maria. John R. became blind, and died in KY., unmarried. Stephen T. married CATHARINE BOWLES. Mary married VERNON BROWN, who settled in Madison Co., MO. in 1823. Elizabeth married BENEDICT WATHEN, of Illinois. Rose married WALTER BOWLES. Teresa married LEO BOWLES, and Maria died in childhood. Stephen T. McAtee removed from KY. to MO., and settled in St. Charles Co. in 1834. Mr. McAtee was prompt and reliable in all the transactions of life, and was universally respected by all who knew him. He held the office of Justice of the peace for 17 years, and died in 1863, at the age of 64 years. His widow is still living at the old homestead, in her 78th year. their children were Walter P., Mary H., John P., James E., (the two latter were twins), Stephen H., Thomas J., Phillip C., and George A.

MOORE - Zachariah Moore of Maryland, was of English parentage. He married ELSIE BORN, and in 1810, with his wife and 8 children, settled in St. Charles Co., MO., on the Missouri river. The names of their children were Elsie, Caroline, Creene, Maria, Thomas, Harriet, James D. and Elizabeth. Elsie married JAMES GILLETT, and moved to Texas, where they both died, leaving 7 children. Caroline married JAMES BEATTY, who lives in St. Louis. Creene married JOHN BOONE, and they both died, leaving several children. Maria married HORACE MOORE, her cousin. They died without children. Thomas settled first in Texas, and afterward moved to California. Harriet was married first to MR. DEZANE, and they had 1 child. After his death, she married CYRUS CARTER, and died, leaving 2 children by him. James D., better known as "Duke" Moore, married CATHARINE WARD, daughter of WILLIAM WARD and CATHARINE FRAZIER. The father of the latter owned the land upon which the first battle of the revolution was fought. He joined the American army and served during the war. Elizabeth Moore married HORACE BEATTY, and settled in Morgan Co., MO.

MCCLUER.-- John McCluer was a soldier in the war of the revolution.  He married his cousin, Nancy McCluer, the ceremony being performed at the Natural Bridge, in Virginia.  They were of Scotch-Irish descent.  The names of their children were -- Arthur, John, Nathan, Robert, Catharine, Jeanette, Nancy, and Elizabeth.  Nathan married Jane McClenny.  Catharine married Samuel McCarkill.  Jeannette married her cousin, John McCluer.  Elizabeth married a Mr. Tedford.  Nancy married James Alexander and his wife died in St. Charles county, the latter in 1833, and the former in 1835.  Robert McCluer was a physician.  He also served as a soldier in the war of 1812.  He was married in 1816 to Sophia Campbell, a daughter of Dr. Samuel L. Campbell and sister of Hon. William M. Campbell.  In the fall of 1829, he settled in St. Charles county, with his family, consisting of his wife and five children -- Jeannette C., Samuel C., John A., Susan T.,, and Sally.  Two other children, Nancy and Robert, were born after they settled in Missouri.  Dr. McCluer died in 1834 at the age of 42 years, and his wife died in 1866, in her 72d year.  John, Susan, and Sally McCluer died young.  Jeannette married John B. Muschany, and had seven children.  He died in 1861.  Samuel C. married Lucretia C. Fawcett, and they had ten children.  Nancy married Rev. Thomas Watson.  They had nine children.  Robert married Ellen S. Brown, and they had eight children.

MEEK - William Meek and his wife, of Greenbriar Co., VA., settled in Woodford Co., KY., in 1804, and in 1806 they removed to MO., in company with DAVID KINCAID and family. They left KY on a flat-boat of their own construction, on which they had their families, their horses, sheep, cows, hogs and household goods. The boat sank before they reached the mouth of the Ohio river, and they then transferred their families and household goods to keel-boats, and drove the stock through by land. While Mr. Meek lived in VA., his mother, wife and two children, (James and Rebecca) were captured by the Indians, but were rescued three days afterward by a party of white men who had gone in pursuit. The Indians placed Mr. Meek's mother on a wild young colt, thinking it would run away and kill her, but the colt, seeming to appreciate the value of his burden, acted like an old, gentle horse, and she was not hurt. Mr. Meek and his wife had 14 children, five of whom died young. Those who lived were John, Rebecca, James, Samuel, Sally, Polly, Benjamin, Joseph and Isaac. John was drowned in KY. Rebecca, James, Samuel, Sally, Benjamin, Joseph and Isaac all returned to KY., where they lived and died. Polly was married in 1807 to JOHN RAMSEY, son of CAPT. WILLIAM RAMSEY. They walked 15 miles to the house of a Justice of the Peace to be married, who performed the ceremony free of charge. POLLY BRYAN, wife of DAVID BRYAN, who was an old lady and wore a cap, acted as bridesmaid, while HENRY BRYAN, her brother-in-law, officiated as groomsman. Mr. Ramsey was an invalid, and died in 1815. He was compelled to make frequent visits to KY to consult his physician, as there were o physicians in MO at that time, and his wife always accompanied him. These trips were made on horseback, and they often had to swim the rivers that lay in their course. On one occasion, they were accompanied by DAVID MCKINNEY, ALECK MCPHEETERS, and a MR. CRAWFORD, and on reaching White river, they camped for the night. Next morning, they all prepared to swim the river on their horses, and McPheeters went first, carrying their bag of provisions, and his saddle bags containing his clothing, etc. The current was very strong, and it carried away his saddle-bags and the bag of provisions, and they had to go without anything to eat for 2 days, as there were no settlements where they could obtain supplies. after the death of Mr. Ramsey, his widow married COL. FRANCIS HOWELL, in Dec. 1816, who died a few years ago, and left her a widow again. She is living at Mechanicsville, St. Charles co., in her 88th year.

MCGOWEN - Henry McGowen, of Ireland, was a soldier of the rev. war. He married ATHA RATCLIFF, of Maryland, and they had 6 children: Daniel, Mary A., Margaret, Julia A., Henry and Martha. Daniel served as a soldier in the war of 1812. He married FRANCES CORLEY, and settled in St. Charles Co. in 1833. They had 10 children: Henry C., Sarah E., Arthur M., Daniel T., George I., Francis M., Polly A., Luther A., James A., and Martha J.

MALLERSON - Thomas Mallerson, of Connecticut, married AMY NEWTON, and moved to Alleghany co., Pa. Their children were Elijah, Elizabeth, Lucinda, and another daughter, who married a man named THANKFUL HAYS. Elijah married MIRANDA ROBBINS, of PA., and settled in St. Charles co. in 1818. Their children were Amy, Lucinda, Elias, Moses N., Abigail, Frances W., Thomas and Walter P. Amy married MICHAEL SHURE, of St. Louis. Lucinda married JOHN C. MITTLEBERGER, of St. Charles Co. Elias, Abigail, Thomas and Walter P., all died unmarried. Frances W. married NICHOLAS FICKLIN. Moses N. married MARGARET V. MCCLUER, daughter of JAMES A. MCCLUER, of Pike Co.

MACKEY - James Mackey, of Scotland, came to America in 1776, when he was 17 years of age. He settled in St. Louis, and was the first English speaking white man who ever came west of the Mississippi river. Mr. Mackey was well educated, and understood surveying, which secured him employment for a number of years under the Spanish and French governments. He was out four years on an exploring and surveying expedition, accompanied by a Frenchman and three Indians, who acted as chain-bearers and flagmen, and during their absence, they came near starving to death. In 1803, Mr. Mackey was appointed Commandant of the territory of Upper Louisiana, with his headquarters at St. Louis. At 40 years of age, he was married to ISABELLA L. LONG, who was in her 17th year. Her parents came from VA. to St. Louis in 1800. Mr. Mackey died in 1821, but his widow lived until 1860. The names of their children were John Z., Eliza L., Catharine M., Julia J., William R., George A., James B., Amelia A., and isabella L. John Z. married the WIDOW KERKER, whose maiden name was MARIA ROBINSON. Eliza L. married REUBEN COLEMAN, of KY. Catharine M. married LOUIS GUION, of St. Louis. Mr. Guion's mother brought a small trunk with her when she came to America, that is now two hundred years old, and is in the possession of Mrs. THOMAS CHAPMAN, of Montgomery Co., MO. Julia j., Mackey married DAVID BOWLES. George A. married FANNIE MILLER, of Jefferson Co., MO. William K. died in childhood. James B. married SARAH HALL, of Franklin Co., MO Amelia A. married WILLIAM A. COLEMAN, of KY. Isabella L. married SIMEON L. BARKER, of KY., and their son, S. M. BARKER, is now the county clerk of Montgomery Co. Mr. Mackey built the first brick house in St. Louis. On the 13th of Oct., 1797, the Spanish authorities granted him 13855 arpents of land, lying on both sides of Cuivre river, now in St. Charles and Lincoln counties; also 545 arpents in another tract, on the same river; 5,280 arpents on the Mississippi river and 10,340 arpents in St. Charles district. These grants were made for services rendered the Commercial Company of the Missouri rover, on a voyage of discovery up that stream, made by order of BARON DE CARONDELET. It was intended that the party should be absent 6 years, but they returned in 4, having exhausted their supplies. In addition to these grants, Mr. Mackey received 30,000 arpents of land for his services as commandant in 1803. This last grant embraced a considerable portion of land within the present limits of St. louis, and he donated a graveyard to the city, which is now covered with valuable buildings. Mr. Mackey was a fine musician, and brought with him from Scotland, a violin and flute, both of which are in the possession of his grandchildren. The violin has been in use so long that a hole is worn through it by the friction of the chin.

MCCOY. -- Daniel McCoy, for whom McCoy's creek is named, came to Missouri, or Upper Louisiana, in 1797, in company with his brothers, John and Joseph, and his father-in-law, Henry Zumwalt.  In 1804 Mr. McCoy was commissioned Lieutenant of a company of militia in St. Charles district, and served until the close of the Indian war in 1815, when he was discharged.  His discharge papers were signed by Capt. Bailey, who was First Lieutenant in Capt. Callaway's company before the death of the latter. Mr. McCoy married Rachel Zumwalt, by whom he had eight children -- John, Frances, Sarah, nancy, Elizabeth, Mahala, Margaret, and Joseph.  John died single.  Frances married her cousin, William McCoy, a son of James McCoy, who settled in St. Charles county in 1814.  They had ten children -- Nathan, Rachel, Susan, Lucinda, John, Elizabeth, Mary, William, James M. and Frances.  Sarah McCoy married Fred. Keishler, who settled in Lincoln county.  Nancy married John Cain, who settled in St. Charles county.  Elizabeth married Phillip Cannon, of St. Charles county.  Margaret married James Tenney, of St. Charles county.  Joseph died a bachelor, in St. Charles county, in 1849.  (Children of James McCoy, Sr.) James, Jr., came to Missouri with his father in 1814.  He married Rachel Doty, and settled in Lincoln county.  Four of his brothers, John, Martin, Benjamin, and David, also settled in that county.  John McCoy, Sr., brother of Daniel, had four sons -- David, John, Joseph, and Timothy.  David and John settled in Texas.  Timothy, usually called Tim, was an original character, and we give some anecdotes of him elsewhere.  He married Sarah Van Burkleo, daughter of William Van Burkleo. [p. 174]

MORRISON - William, James and Jesse Morrison, were natives of the state of New Jersey. William settled at Kaskaskia, Illinois, and made a fortune merchandising. James and Jesse settled in the town of St. Charles in 1800. In 1804, James went to New Orleans and purchased a hogshead of sugar, and as he returned, he peddled it out to the settlers, but had enough left upon his arrival in St. Charles, to supply the wants of the people of that county for 3 years. Several years afterward, he and his brother bought the salt works at Boone's Lick, and operated them for some time. James finally bought his brother's interest in the works, and the latter went to the lead mines at Galena, Illinois. The two brothers married sisters, French ladies named SAUCIER, of Portage des Sioux. James Morrison had 6 children: Adeline, Caroline, Frize, William, James, and another son, whose name we could not obtain, and who was killed by an accidental discharge of his gun, the ramrod passing through his head. Adeline married JUDGE FRANCIS YOSTI of St. Charles. Caroline married WILLIAM G. PETTIS. Frize married GEORGE COLLIER. When James Morrison courted his sweetheart, she could speak on a few words of broken English, and he could not speak a word of French. So their courtship had to be carried on principally by those glances of the eye which speak love from one soul to another, and it would doubtless have been a very slow process if the lady had not, with true French tact, brought matters to an immediate crisis. When she met him at his second visit, she blushingly inquired: "What for you come here so much? Do you want to marry me?" If you do, you must marry me tomorrow, or there is another man who will marry me in two days". That settled the matter, and they were married forthwith.

MILLINGTON, - Dr. Jerry Millington, and his brothers, Seth and Ira, were natives of the state of New York. They settled in St. Charles co. at a very early date, and the doctor was the first physician that located in that county. Seth Millington settled on a farm in 1818, and planted a large orchard. He also planted mulberry trees, and procured silk worms and made silk. Ira was a wheel-wright, and built the first shop of that kind in St. Charles.

MCNAIR - David McNail was a brother of Governor McNail. He lived in St. Charles at an early date, and built the first ice house ever erected there. He married a MISS FLORATHAY, and they had 2 children, a son and a daughter.

MCPHEETERS - Theophilus and Dr. James McPheeters settled in St. Charles Co. in 1816. The former bought 40 acres of land near the city, and went to farming. He had 2 horses, which he brought with him, and every time they could get out of the lot, they would swim the river and go back to their old home. Mr. McPheeters was an educated man, and would farm during the summer and teach school in the winter. He built a house with a very steep roof, and the cone was so sharp that all the birds that lit upon it had their toes cut off. (We don't believe this yarn, but anybody else that wants to can.) Dr. McPheeters went south to practice his profession.

MILLER - Judge robert Miller and his brother, Fleming, of VA., settled in St. Charles county, near Cottleville, in 1824. They married 2 sisters, named SIMONS. The Judge was a staunch Democrat, and a shrewd politician, and represented his county in the legislature several times. He was also a good farmer, and always got the premium on wheat. He had 9 children, 3 sons and 6 daughters.

MCDONALD - Archibald McDonald, of Scotland, had 4 children: two sons and two daughters. One of the sons, named Donald, married SARAH CRITTENDEN, of Hampton Co., VA., and their son, Dennis, married FRANCES ORRICK, daughter of NICHOLAS ORRICK and MARY PENDLETON, of VA., by whom he had 15 children, viz: Donald, Elenora, Edward C., Lucy V., Mary F., John W., Louisa, Orrick, Agnes, Glenroy, Scotland, Dennis, Maud, and two who died in childhood. John, a son of Donald McDonald, married ELENORA TIDBALL, and settled in St. Charles Co. in 1836. Their children were Anna E., James B., Lucella, Frances, Gertrude, Edgar, Scott and Elenora.

NICHOLS - Rev. Joseph Nichols, of England, came to America and settled in PA. in 1830; and in 1834 he removed to St. charles Co., MO. He afterwards removed to Warren Co., where he resided until his death, which occurred in 1872, in his 84th year. He belonged to the Missionary Baptist Church, and organized a church at Mount Hope, in St. Charles Co., and one at Warrenton. He married MARTHA R. COOK, of England, and their children were Ebenezer, Reuben, Emma, Rhoda, and Edwin. Rhoda married FRANK A. FREYMUTH, of St. Charles Co., who is a native of Prussia. His father came to America with his family in 1834, and settled in St. Charles Co. The names of Mr. Freymuth's children were Elizabeth, Clara, Gertrude, Frank A., Mary B., Frederick A., Joseph A., Theresa A., frances, Phillip, and Albert.

OVERALL - Wilson L. Overall, Sr., of Davidson Co., TN., was killed by the Indians. The names of his children were Isaac, William, Nathaniel, Wilson L., Jr., and Elizabeth. Nathaniel settled in St. Charles Co. in 1797. He married SUSAN SQUIRES and they had 4 children: Louisiana, Isaac, Jackson and Eliza. Wilson L., Jr., also settled in St. charles Co. and became County judge. He married MARY GRIFFITH and the names of their children were Ezra, Daniel, William, Samuel, Wilson, Asa, Richard H., Lucretia, and Mary. His first wife died and he was married the second time to the WIDOW GOULD, by whom he had 1 son, Oscar. His second wife died, also, and he was married the third time to the WIDOW PATTON, by whom he had 3 children: Hannah M., John H., and Eliza. Elizabeth, daughter of Wilson L. Overall, Sr., married WILLIAM R. MILLER, who was killed by the Indians while on a hunting and trapping expedition, and his head was cut off and placed on a pole by the roadside.

ORRICK. -- The parents of Capt. John Orrick were natives of Virginia, but of English ancestry.  The Captain was born at Bath, or Warm Springs, Berkeley Co., Va., January 5, 1805.  His father was a planter, and he followed the same occupation until he was thirteen years of age, when he was apprenticed to learn merchandising, at Reading, Pa., where he resided three years.  In the meantime he had saved a portion of his earnings, and during the excitement in the Pittsfield coal regions he purchased, with the assistance of his former employer, some property, from the sale of which he realized a profit of $1,000 in the short space of six weeks.  He then removed to Boonesboro, Md., and in partnership with his brother, went into the mercantile business.  But their success did not meet their expectations, and in 1833 they sold out, emigrated to Missouri, and located in St. Charles, where they resumed their mercantile business, and met with great success. But unfortunately they made heavy advances to parties engaged in the fur trade in the mountains, and in 1836, owing to the low stage of water, which obstructed navigation, and the hostility of the Indians on the upper rivers, they met with heavy losses, and were compelled to suspend.  Previous to this misfortune Cap. Orrick had been elected Justice of the Peace, and in 1840 he was elected Sheriff of the county, on the Whig ticket.  At the expiration of his term he was re-elected, and served four years in all.  In 1844 the Whigs elected him to represent the county in the Lower House of the State Legislature.  At the close of his term he engaged in farming, which occupation he followed for about two years, and then went into the boating business.  In 1851 he took the united States census for St. Charles county, and when the North Missouri railroad was built he became one of the directors, in which capacity he served about four years.  Capt. Orrick was married in 1833, to Urila Stanebru, of Washington Co., Md.  One of his sons, Hon. John C. Orrick, represented St. Charles county in the State Legislature two terms, and was chosen Speaker of the House the last term.  He is a graduate of St. Charles College, having received his diploma from Dr. Anderson.  He is at present a prominent attorney of St. Louis, and a leader of the Republican party of the State. [p. 177]

PEREAU - Joseph Pereau was born in Montreal, Canada, March 15, 1775, and settled in St. Charles, MO., sometime during the latter part of the Spanish rule. On the 13th of Jan., 1807, he was married to MARIE LOUISE SAVOY, who was an only child, by whom he had Charles, Joseph P., Isidore, Catharine M., Mary L., Sulpice P., Alexander, Ursula M., and Eleanor M. Mr. Pereau died of cholera in 1833. He possessed many good qualities of head and heart, and is remembered with pleasure by the older citizens of St. Charles. After his death, his widow married MR. LATTRAILLE, who she also survived. Her death occurred in 1847. charles Pereau married LOUISE DODIER, and died a month after. His widow subsequently married MR. LORAIN, and she died about 4 years ago. Joseph P. married MARTHA MARTINIQUE, who died five years afterward. In 1833, Mr. Pereau, in company with his brothers, opened a brickyard in St. Charles, after which he spent twenty-five years in the employ of the american Fur Company, under the various firms of CHOUTEAU, SARPIE, and the BAKER BROTHERS, at Forts Union and Benton, in the capacity of Indian trader and trapper. He is now living in Richardson Co., Nebraska. Isidore Pereau died in his 17th year. Catherine M. died in infancy. Mary L. married her cousin, WILLIAM S. PEREAU, who came to St. Charles from Montreal, Canada, in 1831. They were married by REV. CHARLES VAN QUICKENBORN, S. J., under whose supervision the Church of St. Charles was built. Mrs. Pereau and others were the last who received their first communion in the old log church, which stood on Main street, part of the square being now occupied as a lumber yard by HOLRAH & MACHANS, and which is well remembered by the older Catholics of St. Charles. A portion of the square was used as a cemetery in early days. Of that party of young communicants, only 3 are living, viz: MISS LOUISE CAUVIN, (at present residing in St. Louis), MRS. IOTT, and MRS. PEREAU. The pastor at that time was REV. P. J. VERHÆGAN , S. J., who died in 1868. He was closely identified with the early history of the church, and his memory will ever be cherished by his parishioners. Mrs. P. was also one of the first who was confirmed in the then new stone church, which was torn down several years ago to make room for the new, large, and handsome brick structure erected within the last eight years by REV JOHN ROES, S. J. BISHOP ROSATI administered confirmation to the applicants. SULPICE PEREAU died at the age of 20. Alexander married the widow of HOLLAND RICE, whose maiden name was ELIZA EARL. In 1864 he went to California from Lexington, MO., and is supposed to be dead, as he mysteriously disappeared from his family and has never since been heard from. His family reside in Oakland, Cal. Ursula M. married SAMUEL J. TYNER, and died in Hopkinsville, Ky., in 1862. two of her children, Eleanor B. and Andrew, are living in St. charles County, the former having married CHRISTY P. MCATEE; another, Mary J., living near Grenada, Miss., married SAMUEL HARPER; thomas J. is practicing medicine in Memphis, and Samuel is living in Christian Co., KY., also her other children. Eleanor M. was married twice. Her first husband was WILLIAM L. EARL who died in Lexington, MO. in 1852. They had 2 children, one of whom died. The other, James A., married the eldest daughter of AUGUST GAMACHE, and resides in South St. Louis, Station B. She was married the 2nd time to JOSEPH POURCILLIE, of South St. Louis, Station B., where she now resides. Wm. S. and Mary L. Pereau had 6 children: Thomas C., Priscilla L., Joseph H., William A., Mary U., and Charles B. Thomas C. and Charles B. died in infancy. Priscilla L. married BENJAMIN PARHAM, and died in 1856. joseph H. married his cousin, MARTHA P. PEREAU. During his youth he traveled extensively over California and Mexico, operating in the mines. He subsequently returned to St. Charles, and in Oct., 1871, in company with his brother, William A. Pereau and WILLIAM S. BRYAN, established the St. Charles News. The following year he disposed of his interest in that paper and removed to Nebraska, where he has since resided, engaged in agricultural pursuits. William A. Pereau is well known in St. Charles, from his connection with the various newspaper establishments of that place. He was a soldier of the "Lost Cause," and participated in a number of the hottest contests of that war. In Feb. 1873, after having disposed of his interest in the St. Charles News, he went to Texas and traded in "long horns", and, in a financial point of view, got badly "hoisted". Mary U. married JOSEPH MCDONALD, of St. Charles county, and is now residing near Dawson's Mill, Richardson Co., Nebraska.

PEARCE - Gideon Pearce, of England, settled in the state of Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay, about the year 1675. He had a grandson named THOMAS PEARCE, who was married 3 times. The name of his last wife was ANN EVERT, by whom he had 5 children: Gideon, James, Thomas, Jr., Elizabeth and Bartrus. Gideon, James and Bartrus died in Maryland, unmarried. Thomas, Jr., married CATHARINE COMEGYS, of Maryland, and settled in St. Charles Ci., MO., in 1820. They had 10 children: Anna, Maria, Elinga, Miranda, Caroline, William, Catharine, Thomas, Matilda, and Benjamin. Anna married CAUTIOUS MONEY, and returned to Maryland. Maria was married twice, first to RICHARD TALBOTT, and second to HENRY RENGO. Elinga married, lived and died in Maryland. Miranda and Catharine died young. william married EVE BALDRIDGE. Thomas married MRS. ELIZABETH WETMORE. Matilda married JONATHAN ZUMWALT. Benjamin married MARTHA CAMP. 

PITMAN - The grandfather of the Pitman families of St. Charles and Montgomery counties came to America with the Penn colony in 1681; but he afterward settled in Campbell Co., VA. His grandchildren were William, Thomas, John, and two daughters, Mrs. HALL, and Mrs. GILL, whose first names we could not obtain. William was one of the early pioneers of KY., on the Daniel Boone order. He lived and died in that state. Thomas married a MISS BERRY, of Warren Ci., KY., and they had 5 sons and several daughters. One of the daughters, named Rachel, married CHRISTOPHER HUTCHINGS, who settled in St. Charles Co. in 1811. They had Albert G., Beverly T., Christopher, Melvina and Nancy. Richard B., a son of Thomas Pitman, married LUCINDA HUTCHINGS, and settled in St. Charles Co. in 1811. They died and left two sons, James M., and Andrew J. The former moved to Quincy, Illinois. John Pitman, a brother of Thomas, settled in St. Charles county in 1810. He married DOROTHY ROBINSON, of VA., by whom he had 3 sons and 1 daughter: Christopher I., Irvine S., Peyton R., and Mary I. His first wife dying, he was married the second time to the WIDOW BURNS PRICE, of VA., whose maiden name was MAGDELENE IRVINE. She bore him one son, David K., and died in 1830. Mr. Pitman died in 1859, in his 86th year. Christopher, the eldest son of John Pitman, died in infancy. Irvine S., was married first to NANCY TALBOTT, daughter of COL. HALE TALBOTT, whose wife's maiden name was JANE IRVINE. After her death, he married RACHEL SWET. Mr. Pitman was a tanner by trade, and built a tanyard on Massey's creek, in (now) Warren County. In 1821, GOV. MCNAIR commissioned him Colonel of the 15th regiment of Missouri state militia. He was also the first sheriff of Montgomery Co., and served as county judge of that county for several terms. Mr. Pitman was a good violinist, and very fond of dancing. Mary I. Pitman married THOMAS D. STEPHENSON, of KY. David K., now living in St. Charles Co., was married first to CAROLINE L. HICKMAN, o Clark Co., KY., who was a daughter of RICHARD HICKMAN and LYDIA CALLAWAY. His 2nd wife was ELIZA H. BAKER. Mr. Pitman has for many years been a leading member of the southern methodist church, and has filled many prominent and responsible positions to the entire satisfaction of his brethren. He has had much to do with the educational institutions of that church, and his son, PROF. R. H. PITMAN, Principal of the methodist Female college at Fayette, Mo., is well known all over the state as an experienced and successful educator.

PRICE - Mike Price, a German, settled in St. Charles county at a very early date. He married NANCY WELDON, and they had William B., John, Absalom, Miletus, George and Allen. William B. married and had but one child, a daughter, who married an Irishman named TIM SWEENEY. REV. THOMAS WATSON performed the ceremony, and as soon as he was done, Tim pulled out his pocket-book and paid the fee, before he had seated his bride. He had provided a jug of good whisky, which he left on the outside, and the married fee having been satisfactorily arranged, Tim invited the parson out to take a drink, which he, of course, declined. Tim went home that night without his bride, and came back after her the next ay. In about twenty years, they had 12 children, and Tim surprised the district school master one morning by presenting himself at the door of the school house with nine of them, to be placed under his charge. He said he would have brought 3 more, but their mother hadn't finished their clothes. They were promptly on hand next morning, and increased the number of pupils to respectable proportions. 

PALLARDIE - Pierre Pallardie is probably the oldest native-born citizen of St. Charles county. He was born in that county in 1800, and has lived continuously in the city and county ever since. His father came to St. Charles at an early date, and died on Peruque creek, twenty-five years ago. Mr. Pallardie has lived as his present residence on Fifth, between Lawrence and Lewis streets, for 39 years. In his boyhood days, that locality abounded in deer, wild turkeys, and other game, and a man could kill all he wanted, and more, too., without exhausting the supply. After he began housekeeping, he frequently had as many as two hundred smoked venison hams ahead of his immediate wants, and often fed them to the hogs in order to get them out of the way. The howl of the wolf broke the stillness of the woods at night, and sheep-raising was a precarious business. They also had black-tailed elk and a few bear. Their plows in those days were made entirely of wood, and the only vehicle which approximated a wagon wa the French charrette, a two-wheeled concern, with no tires on the wheels. Tar was unknown, and they greased the axles with fiante de vache, (fianie?) and at a later date, soft soap. Mr. Pallardie is still able to do a day's work in the harvest field and he possesses great activity for a man of his advanced age. His health has always been god, probably because he relied more upon nature to keep his system in tone than upon nostrums and medicines. He remembers the following physicians who practiced in St. Charles city and county during his younger days: REYNAL, MILLINGTON, WILSON, STODDARD, GRAHAM, TWYMAN, LAY and WATSON. The latter came to St. Charles in 1833. Mr. Pallardie has been married 3 times: first to ELIZABETH CORNOYER; second to EULALIE SARIE; and third to SARAH JANE COLE. He has had 21 children in all, only ten of whom are living. His first wife had 2 children, both of whom are dead. A son of one of these children resides in Montgomery county. By his 2nd wife, he had 12 children, four of whom are living - Francis L., August, Elizabeth, and John. Francis L. has been in the Indian country for many years, and has made frequent visits to Washington with delegations of Indian chiefs, as interpreter. When last heard from, he was traveling toward the Black Hills. august is a broom maker, and lives with his father. Elizabeth married LOUIS MCDONALD, and lives in Livingston county. John resides at Colorado Springs. By his last wife, Mr. Pallardie had 7 children, five of whom are living, the other two having died in in fancy. The names of the survivors are: Sophie, Alberteen, Michael, Mary E., and George. Sophie married EDWARD DEVERSIS, and lives near Florissant, in St. Louis county.



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