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Stephen Pearson, of Burch county, N. C., married Mary Potts, and they had two sons, John A. and Joseph, both of whom settled in Audrain county, Mo., where the city of Mexico now stands, in 3835. When the town was laid off the following year, Joseph donated three acres of land to help it along. John A. married Nancy Carlton, of North Carolina, by whom he had— Rufus S., Leander P., John V., Marschall C., Joseph W., Clinton P., Julia A., Mary E., Emily L., and Elizabeth L. In addition to his own family Mr. Pearson had eight negro slaves, and they all lived in two small cabins for a number of years. He served eight years as a member of the County Court, and was an ,esteemed and influential citizen.
(Source:  A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri: with numerous sketches ... By William Smith Bryan publ. 1876 Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack)

James Peery and his wife, who was a Miss Jameson, were natives of Ireland. They settled in Tazewell Co., Va., and had—Thomas, James, John, William, and Samuel. Mr. Peery and his son Thomas were both soldiers in the revolutionary war. The former was wounded severely, and the latter was killed. Samuel Peery married Sarah Cartman, by whom he had—John, William, Joseph, Thomas, Martha, Elizabeth, Althamira, and Matilda. Thomas married Narcissa Canterberry, and split rails at 50 cents per 100 to get money to pay the parson. He paid his first taxes in Audrain county in 1837, to Jack AVillingham, who was the first Sheriff. His taxes amounted to two wolf scalps and half-a-pound of powder. Mr. Peery is a devoted Methodist, and loves to attend camp-meetings. He was present at a camp meeting, a good many years ago, when a violent rain and wind storm came up and broke the ridge pole of the large tent, which let the canvas sink down in the shape of a funnel, into which a large quantity of water gathered, when some one cut a hole in the canvas and the water rushed out with such violence that the
preachers wore washed out of the pulpit and the women away from the altar.
(Source:  A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri: with numerous sketches ... By William Smith Bryan publ. 1876 Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack)

Joseph Petley, of Warren Co., Ky., married Nancy Hamilton, and they had—Alfred, Allen, Alexander, John, George, Mary, Margaret, Rachel, and Nancy. Alfred settled in Audrain county in 1828. He was married first to Malinda Meigs, by whom he had three children. He was married the second time to Cynthia Howard, by whom he had nine children. Mr. Petley was the greatest hunter and trapper of his day. It is said by those who had opportunities of knowing, that he killed more bears, deer, panthers, wild cats, raccoons, and wild turkeys than any two men in Missouri. He was very stout, and was often seen carrying two deer, one strapped on each shoulder, and his gun at the same time. He would carry such a load as this for miles without seeming to grow weary. He lived to a very old age. and died in 1874. While he was lying on his death-bed he had his gun and powder horn, a set of bucks' antlers, and the skins of a wild cat, raccoon and bear hung where he could see them, and they were the last objects that his gaze rested upon as his soul took its flight to the spirit land. Allen Petley settled in Montgomery county, and married Ellen Bishop. Alexander also settled in Montgomery county. One day during harvest he cut seven acres of wheat with a cradle, and drank a large quantity of cold water while he was heated, from the effects of which he died that night. Margaret married Taliaferro Reed, who settled in Montgomery county in 1834. Rachel married William Williams, who settled in that county the same year.
(Source:  A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri: with numerous sketches ... By William Smith Bryan publ. 1876 Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack)

Thomas Powell and Nancy Chancy, his wife, were natives of Maryland, but settled in Nicholas county, Ky., in 1796. They had eleven children, nine of whom lived to be grown, viz.: John, Charles, Jerry, Thomas, Isaac, William, Robert, Polly, and Nancy. John, Isaac, and Nancy settled in Indiana. Charles, Thomas, and William lived in Kentucky. Polly married, and she and her husband lived in Ohio. Jerry settled in Illinois. Robert was a soldier of the war of 1812, and became an early settler of Audrain county, where he still lives in his 83d year. He was married first to Ceiia Murphy, of Kentucky, by whom he had—Alvin, Alfred, Monroe, Jefferson, Jameson, Columbus, Jackson, Robert T., Julia A., Nancy, and Grezella. Mr. Powell was married two other times, his last wife being the widow Hunt. All of his children live in Audrain county.
(Source:  A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri: with numerous sketches ... By William Smith Bryan publ. 1876 Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack)

John Pulis.—The parents of John Pulis, of New York City, were Irish. John was married twice, and by his first wife he had David and Conrad. His second wife was a Miss Plunkett, by whom he had Peter and John. David was married in the city of New York, to Phoebe Taylor, by whom he had—Elizabeth, William, John, Reuben, Conrad, and Samuel E. Mr. Pulis removed to Kentucky, where he lost his wife, and was married again to Mary N. Gardner, by whom he had—Thomas M., Stephen M., George, and Joseph. He then removed to Warren Co., Mo., where he died in 1848. William and John Pulis married and settled in Missouri in 1829 and 1830. Reuben ran away from home when he was sixteen years old, and came to Missouri. He landed at Hannibal, which at that time consisted of one house. There he made a bark canoe and went down the Mississippi river to St. Louis, from whence he worked his way back to Kentucky on a steamboat. He then learned the trade of a blacksmith, and married the widow Huston. Her property consisted of a feather bed, a gun, a cradle, two chairs and a pair of scissors; while he had $25 in money and a set of blacksmith's tools. He paid the $25 to a man to haul himself and wife and their property to Missouri. They settled first in Audrain county, removed from there to Callaway, and returned to Audrain again, where Mrs. Pulis died, and he afterward married Nancy McDonald. Mr. Pulis was a Justice of the Peace in Audrain county for six years. Conrad, Samuel, Thomas and Stephen Pulis married and settled in Missouri, Thomas in Audrain county.
(Source:  A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri: with numerous sketches ... By William Smith Bryan publ. 1876 Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack)

 


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