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Josiah Ellingsworth. One of the well-known and highly respected residents of Andrew County is Josiah Ellingsworth, now living retired in Rochester Township, for many years after completing his honorable service as a soldier in the Civil war, having been a farmer in Missouri. He is a native of this state, born on his father's homestead on Shoal Creek, near Mirabile, in Caldwell County, July 1, 1841. His parents were James and Elizabeth (Estis) Ellingsworth.
James Ellingsworth and wife were natives of Maryland and married in that state. In 1833 they moved to Quincy, Illinois, and from there, in 1837, to Caldwell County, Missouri, where Mr. Ellingsworth secured a homestead on Shoal Creek, and there his first wife died when their son Josiah was ten years old. His second marriage was to a Mrs. Green, a widow, and in 1852 they moved to DeKalb County near Maysville, and in 1867 he died on his farm near Stewartsville. He was a man of solid worth and was widely known, was a stanch democrat in politics and a consistent member of the Christian Church. To his first marriage the following children were born: Margaret, who is deceased, was the wife of Thomas Williams; Josiah; Martha, who is deceased, was the wife of W. N. Tucker; James, who is deceased, served almost four years in the Civil war as a member of the Twenty-fifth Missouri Regiment; Elizabeth, who died at the age of four years; and William, who now lives in Washington, served three years of the Civil war as a member of the Twelfth Missouri Volunteer Cavalry. One daughter, Lucy, was born to the second marriage. She was the wife of Louis Davis and is now deceased.
Josiah Ellingsworth was reared on the home farm and went to school in boyhood as opportunity offered. At the outbreak of the Civil war he was at Sardis, in Mason County, Kentucky, on a visit and great excitement prevailed there, people taking sides as is usual in such cases, no one being permitted to be neutral. At once companies were raised for both the Federal and Confederate armies and Mr. Ellingsworth enlisted in the former, in Company A, Sixteenth Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, in which he served out a first enlistment of ninety days. On September 23, 1861, he enlisted for three years, in the same company and regiment, and the first battle in which he participated was that of Ivory Mountain in Kentucky, on November 8, 1861. Then followed others thick and fast, including the siege of Knoxville, all the engagements of the Atlantic campaign in which his regiment, as a member of the Twenty-third Army Corps, took part, following which came Nashville with two days of fighting, and the fierce battle of Franklin. He fought in two engagements after his time of enlistment expired, serving until February 28, 1865. In some ways he and his brothers were very fortunate. They served in different regiments and faced thousands of dangers but all lived to return home without suffering wounds, and Mr. Ellingsworth was not once posted on the sick list. On two occasions he was knocked down by the explosion of shells in his vicinity and at the time was blinded and deafened, suffering loss of hearing in his right ear.
After his military life was over Mr. Ellingsworth returned home and for forty years engaged in farming, residing on one farm, in Sherman Township, DeKalb County, one-half mile from the Andrew County line, where he owned 170 acres. After selling his farm property he moved to St. Joseph, where he resided for two years, in 1912 coming to the home of his son. Hugh O., at Helena, where he has since resided, surrounded with all the comforts dear to his age.
Mr. Ellingsworth was married in October, 1867, to Miss Missouri Graham, who was born in Andrew County in February, 1840, and died on the farm in October, 1896. Her parents were Alexander and Elizabeth (Miller) Graham, the former of whom was born in Scotland and came first to Canada and then to Andrew County, Missouri. Mr. and Mrs. Ellingsworth had two sons: Hugh O., who is in business at Helena, Missouri; and Charles, who died when aged eight months. Hugh O. Ellingsworth married Miss Belle Dixon, and they have one son, Everett.
In politics Mr. Ellingsworth has always been a republican but has never consented to hold a public office. For many years he has been an Odd Fellow. His interest in the Grand Army of the Republic has never failed since he united with this noble organization, and it is but reasonable to suppose that these old soldiers find much of interest to quietly discuss as they, from the peaceful country their valor and patriotism won, watch another generation on the battlefields across the ocean. Knowing well what a soldier's life is, they can give a kind of sympathy that no others can. Mr. Ellingsworth is a member of the Baptist Church. He has a fund of recollections of early days that are interesting and instructive to those permitted to listen to their recital.
[Source: A history of northwest Missouri, Volume 3; Edited by Walter Williams; Publ. 1915; Pgs. 1512-1513; Transcribed and submitted by Andrea Stawski Pack]

William Ent. In point of years of continuous residence William Ent is the oldest citizen of Lincoln Township, Andrew County. More than fifty-five productive and useful years have been spent in this community. It is difficult to measure the work and influences that can properly be ascribed to such a man as William Ent. If he has prospered beyond the average of men, his success is only a just desert, since through all these years he has gone about among his fellow men with the uprightness of conduct and the incorruptible integrity which more than justify any material reward that has followed his labors.
William Ent is a native of Ohio, born in Knox County, December 25, Christmas Day, 1836, a son of John and Susanna (Baxter) Ent. His father was born in Pennsylvania, and his mother in Knox County, Ohio. John Ent was taken by his parents when a child to Knox County, Ohio, grew up there, became a farmer, and died in March, 1847, when his son William was only ten years of age. The Ent family was established in Andrew County by the grandparents, Peter and Elizabeth (Davis) Ent. Grandfather Ent was a native of New Jersey, lived in Pennsylvania and in Knox County, Ohio, but in 1847 settled among the pioneers of Andrew County. He bought a farm, a portion of which is now owned by his grandson, William Ent. Peter Ent died in Andrew County in 1862, and his wife passed away within the same week of his death, both being advanced in years, past eighty. All their ten children came out to Andrew County except John Ent, who had died in Ohio the same year the rest of the family went to the West. William Ent's mother died in Savannah, Missouri.
William Ent grew up in Knox County, received a limited education from the local schools, and in 1854 started out to satisfy the usual longings of a boy for travel and adventure. His chosen destination was the Pike's Peak gold district, but he never reached Colorado. His mother had gone to Iowa to live with her people and the son met her in that state in 1856, and in November, 1858, he arrived in Andrew County, with an ox team and wagon. On the way he had encountered the typical Missouri mud, and it was all he could do to make progress with an empty wagon and three yoke of cattle. Arriving in Andrew County he never proceeded further west, since his grandfather managed to hold him in this part of Missouri. William Ent was one of a family of five children, the others being: Delilah Graham, of Iowa City, Iowa; John, deceased; Samantha, deceased; and Mary Webber of Albia, Iowa. The mother of this family came to Andrew County about 1870.
William Ent has lived in Andrew County continuously since 1858. His career has been one of effective endeavor, not only as a farmer, but also as a business man. At the present time he owns and occupies eighty acres in section 12 of Lincoln Township, land formerly owned by his grandfather. He bought this land in 1865, and developed it as a splendid fruit orchard. Much of the old orchard has since been cleared away and is now used for other purposes. For fifteen years Mr. Ent was engaged in the fruit packing business at Savannah and packed as high as twenty thousand barrels of apples in a single season besides manufacturing about a thousand barrels of cider. During 1864-65 he conducted a sawmill in Andrew County. From these facts it can be seen that Mr. Ent has lived and worked in such a way as to profit himself and to furnish a service to the community.
As a citizen voter Mr. Ent's record goes back nearly sixty years. His first presidential vote was cast for James Buchanan in 1856, but on the whole he has been identified with, the republican party, having voted the democratic ticket only three times in the course of fifty years. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and has been particularly prominent in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, a fraternity with which his membership has been identified more than half a century. He is the oldest member in good standing of Savannah Lodge No. 14, and has represented his home lodge both in the Grand Encampment and in the Grand Lodge in the State of Missouri. During the Civil war he served nine months in the Missouri State militia on the Union side.
In 1859 Mr. Ent married Miss Annie Spencer, who was born in Portage County, Ohio, and died in 1870. She was the mother of three children: Perry, who died in 1905; Kitty, who died at the age of twenty years; and Flavia, wife of James Harless, of Wichita, Kansas. In 1872 Mr. Ent married Mrs. Artemisia Cameron Waterson, a widow who brought him three children of her own, and who died in 1883, the mother of four children by Mr. Ent, two of whom died in infancy, and the other two are: Bertie, of St. Joseph; and Frank, of St. Joseph. On December 7,1886, Mr. Ent married Mrs. Louisa S. Piper. She was also the mother of two daughters by her former marriage, one of them now deceased.
By his third wife Mr. Ent has a son, Lawrence S., who is now engaged in the active management of the home farm in Lincoln Township. Mr. Ent's son Perry left four children, and three of these have been reared by their grandfather and are now living with him, named Ruby, Beulah and William. Mr. Ent sometimes speaks of his homestead in Lincoln Township as the orphans' home. Besides his own children it has been a home for half a dozen children by the previous marriages of his two wives and also the home of his three grandchildren.
[Source: A history of northwest Missouri, Volume 3; Edited by Walter Williams; Publ. 1915; Pgs.1960-1961; Transcribed and submitted by Andrea Stawski Pack]


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