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RICHARD H. EDMONDS; Richard H. Edmonds, salesman with Rucker & Turner, Sturgeon, Missouri, was born in Fauquier County, Virginia, September 25th, 1845. He is the son of Thomas and Alice Olivia (nee Beal) Edmonds. Though but a boy when the war commenced, he enlisted in Captain William H. Payne's company, which was a portion of Turner Ashby's famous Black Horse Cavalry. His captain was afterwards promoted to the position of general. His next captain was Robert Randolph, and the third was A. D. Payne. He was in the first battle at Manassas, also at Seven Pines, and in the famous raid around McClellan's army near Richmond. Was in the second battle of Manassas, and at Sharpsburg and Brandy Station. Was with Gen. Early in his campaign in the Valley of Virginia, and at Gettysburg. He was in Stewart's second raid around the Federal army in Maryland. Was in the battle of Spotsylvania Court House, and at Yellow Tavern, where Gen. J. E. B. Stuart was killed, also the captain of the company in which Mr. Edmonds was serving. Was in the battles around Petersburg, finally surrendering at Appomattox Court House, in 1865. There were but about twenty-five of his original command left. Mr. Edmonds received a terrible wound at Harper's Ferry, being shot through the left breast with a minie ball. He was with Mosby at the time. Mr. Edmonds was the youngest of five brothers, all of whom entered the Confederate army. One of them was killed at Seven Pines, and the subject of this sketch, and two other brothers, were severely wounded. When the war closed he returned home and raised a crop. The next season they sold out, and Mr. Edmonds went into the mercantile business in Alexandria, as a salesman, remaining there two years. He then took charge of a store at Linden, Virginia, where he remained until he came to Missouri. He came to Sturgeon in 1869 and engaged in business with Maj. Rucker as salesman. He remained in the store for about two years, when he removed to Harrisburg and commenced business for himself in partnership with a man named Rowland. Their store was destroyed by fire and Mr. Edmonds removed to Columbia, where he engaged in business with a man named Campbell, also with the firm of Wells & Marks. Remained two years at Columbia and then returned to Sturgeon and resumed his former position in the store of Rucker & Turner, which he still holds, being head clerk and manager of the establishment. He was married, February 13th, 1872, to Miss Annie M., daughter of James P. and Sallie L. Harris, natives of Bourbon county, Kentucky. They have two children, Hattie May and Ida Lyell. Mrs. Edmonds is a member of the Methodist Church South. Mr. Edmonds is a member of the city council. He is also a member of the Ancient Order United Workmen. He is a genial, affable gentleman, possessing every qualification of a first-class business man.
{Source:  History of Boone County, Missouri; By Author Col. Wm. F. Switzler; Publ. 1882 by Western Historical Company; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack.


WILLIAM T. ELLIOTT. Smith Elliott, the father of William, came from Garrett County, Kentucky, in 1825, and settled near Rocheport, in this county. He afterwards removed to the Perche bottom, seven miles east of Rocheport, where he died, in 1846. The subject of this sketch was born in Boone county, March 4th, 1832. His mother's name was Margaret Hutcheson, also a native of Garrett county, Kentucky. Young Elliott was in early life strongly impressed with a desire to travel, and when gold was discovered in California, he was among the first to cross the plains, being ninety-six days on the road. Spent two years in California; then went to Panama, and from there to Cuba; thence to New York. He then returned home. Having satisfied his curiosity for travelling he was now content to remain at home during the rest of his life. He was first married December 28th, 1853, to Miss Amanda, daughter of John G. and Delina Cochran, who lived near Rocheport, Boone county, Missouri. One child, now dead, was born of this marriage, and named Louvena. Was married the second time, April 6th, 1869, to Mahala, daughter of William and Winnifred Christian. No children were born of this marriage. After the close of the war Mr. Elliott spent one year at Hamrick's Station, Putnam county, Indiana. During his stay at that place was made postmaster, by President Johnson. He is a member of the Methodist church. Mrs. Elliott is a Baptist.
[Source: History of Boone County, Missouri; By Author Col. Wm. F. Switzler; Publ. 1882; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]


A. E. ELLIS. Abraham Ellis is the son of Peter Ellis, a native of Virginia, and Eleanor Patterson, a native of North Carolina. The Pattersons and Ellises emigrated to Missouri about the same time and settled in St. Louis County, where Peter Ellis and Eleanor Patterson were married. The subject of this sketch was born on his father's farm, December 5th, 1807. He was the second son and second child of a family of six sons and four daughters. In the fall of 1818 he moved with his parents to Boone county, pitching their tent, on the night of October 1st, just two miles south of where Mr. Ellis now lives. Commenced business for himself in 1829, but remained with his father several years, conducting business in partnership at home and on a stock ranch in Arkansas. In 1840 commenced farming on the east side of Two-mile. Prairie, where he lived' until the year 1858, when he moved to the place where he now lives. For twenty-eight years he has been engaged in the mule trade, buying in Missouri and selling in the South, principally at Bastrop, Louisiana. Mr. Ellis' farm is situated nine miles south of Columbia. He has 700 acres in a high state of cultivation. He was married, April 21st, 1836, to Miss Rutha H. Young, daughter of Edward Young, of Cedar township. They have one child, a daughter, who married Lawrence Bass, of this county. He is a member of the New Salem Baptist Church.
[Source: History of Boone County, Missouri; By Author Col. Wm. F. Switzler; Publ. 1882; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]


E. P. ELLIS. Elisha Patterson Ellis, one of the most substantial farmers of Boone, county, and a man of superior intelligence and energy, was born in St. Louis County, Missouri, September 11th, 1817. His parents were Peter and Eleanor (Patterson) Ellis. They left St. Louis county the year after Elisha was born, and settled on the farm now known as the William Bass place, two and one-half miles north of Ashland, Boone county, Missouri. The elder Ellis was successful in life, being able, at his death, to give each of his ten children a farm of 160 acres of excellent land. Elisha Ellis was reared on the home place, remaining with his parents until he was twenty-five years old. He availed himself of every opportunity to procure an education, and when he went forth in the world to work out his own destiny he was well prepared for the duties of life. In 1841 he came in possession of the farm upon which he now lives. Except the dwelling, which he afterwards enlarged, the land was unimproved. He moved to this place in the spring of 1843, having the year previous married Mary Jane Sheley, sister of Judge Sheley, of Independence, Missouri. Mr. Ellis has lived on this farm since settling it, except two years, from the spring of 1873 to 1875, spent in the commission business with the firm of Godlove & Ellis, St. Louis, Missouri.
Mr. Ellis was married to Mrs. Mary Jacobs, of Holden, Johnson County, Missouri, formerly a native of Clark County, Kentucky. Mr. Ellis was for many years general of militia. Has been a member of New Salem Baptist church for forty years. Since 1840, Gen. Ellis has been steadily engaged in the mule trade, buying work mules and taking them South. His farm consists of 320 acres, situated four miles northeast of Ashland and fifteen miles southeast of Columbia, in one of the richest and most beautiful sections of this country.
[Source: History of Boone County, Missouri; By Author Col. Wm. F. Switzler; Publ. 1882; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]


J. M. ELLIS. James McAllister Ellis is the fifth son and eighth child of Peter and Eleanor Ellis. He was born in Boone County, Missouri, May 27th, 1821, and was educated at the common schools of the county. Grew to manhood on his father's farm. At the age of eighteen commenced trading in mules. Took his first lot of 1G0 to Mississippi, in 1854, and has been South annually, with the exception of a few years when trade was dull, and during the war, when there was no trade at all. Mr. Ellis has a fine farm of 760 acres nine miles northeast of Ashland and ten miles southeast of Columbia. He was married in Callaway county, December 9th, 1852, to Martha J. Glasgow, daughter of Nathan Glasgow, of Millersburg. By this marriage they had two sons and two daughters, of whom but one daughter is now living. Mr. Ellis is a member of the New Salem Baptist church, also of the Ashland lodge of A. F. & A. M.
[Source: History of Boone County, Missouri; By Author Col. Wm. F. Switzler; Publ. 1882; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]


JOHN ELLIS. John Ellis is the oldest son and second child of Peter and Eleanor (Patterson) Ellis. He was born in St. Louis county, Missouri, December 10, 1805, and came with his parents to Boone county in 1818. He was educated at the Bonne Femme Academy, completing his studies in 1828; was married March 17, 1831, to Catharine Doyle, oldest daughter of Dr. David Doyle. He then moved to a farm adjoining his father's, where he lived until 1834.
In the fall of that year he bought and moved to the farm he now occupies, consisting of 400 acres on the Two-Mile Prairie, five miles northeast of Ashland and twelve miles southeast of Columbia. He had two sons and three daughters, of whom but one is now living — Mrs. Field, of Denver, Colorado. In 1860 his son, William P., then in his twenty-seventh year, was burned to death in his store at Providence. He was a graduate of the University, and a young man of bright promise, and his horrible death was universally lamented. In 1837-8 Mr. Ellis commanded a company under Col. Richard Gentry, in the Florida war. The next year he was commissioned a colonel, and had command of a regiment under marching orders from Governor Boggs. This was during the Mormon insurrection. He was preparing to start with his regiment to the Mexican war, but was prevented by the illness of his wife, who died August 25, 1845. He was one of the first curators of the University. Of his colleagues, all are dead but one. He served as public administrator for ten years; was justice of the peace from 1844 to 1878. He now holds a commission as notary public. Few men in Boone county have been more active in public affairs, or disposed of more business, and none perhaps have come nearer rendering general satisfaction.
[Source: History of Boone County, Missouri; By Author Col. Wm. F. Switzler; Publ. 1882; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]


PETER ELLIS, DECEASED. The subject of this sketch was born in Botetourt County, Virginia, April 1, 1778. He went with his father's family to Greenbrier county, and thence to Hawkins county, Tennessee. In 1800 he went to the Scioto Salt Works, and from there to St. Louis, which was then under Spanish rule. He was married on a sand bar near St. Charles, to Miss Eleanor Patterson, a Catholic priest officiating. Mr. Ellis moved to Boone county in 1818, where he lived until his death, January 27, 1849. They had ten children — six sons and four daughters — several of whose biographies appear in this volume.
[Source: History of Boone County, Missouri; By Author Col. Wm. F. Switzler; Publ. 1882; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]

PETER ELLIS. Peter Ellis is the youngest often children, born to Peter and Eleanor Ellis, pioneer settlers, and was born in Boone county, August 19th, 182, where he was raised and educated. Was married October 12th, 1848, to Miss Sallie Mosely, daughter of William Moseley, who settled in Boone county in 1827. Two sons were born of this marriage, one of whom died in infancy the other when nearly grown. The first wife having died in 1852, Mr. Ellis was married in 1861 to Miss Amanda Moseley, sister of the first wife. By this marriage they have had four sons and three daughters, all of whom are now living. Mr. Ellis has been actively engaged in the mule trade since 1854, and has not failed taking a drove South every year except during the war. He has been a member of New Salem Baptist church since 1842.
[Source: History of Boone County, Missouri; By Author Col. Wm. F. Switzler; Publ. 1882; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]


DAVID MARTIN EMMITT. The father of David M. Emmitt was born in Pennsylvania, but has spent the most of his life in Ohio, where he now lives. His mother, Louisa Martin, was a native of Ohio. David M. was born in Waverly, Ohio, November 10th, 1843. He was the fifth of a family of six sons, four of whom are now living. Except David M., they are all citizens of Ohio. The elder Emmitt is a banker, miller and distiller. The subject of this sketch was reared in Ohio and educated at Delaware College, graduating in 1863. After leaving college he commenced business, buying grain for his father, at Circleville, Ohio. In the fall of 1866 he went to Europe with his parents and a younger brother. He remained there one year, pursuing his studies at Frankfort-on-the-Main.
In 1867, he returned to the United States, and went into the milling and distilling business with his brother, at Chillicothe, Ohio, under the firm name of Emmitt Brothers, continuing in this business for five years, when he sold out and came to Boone County, Missouri. In 1872 he bought the Rockbridge mill property, consisting of mill, distillery, store and 800 acres of land. He was commissioned a postmaster in 1875, which position he held until 1881, when he resigned.
Mr. Emmitt was married at Circleville, Ohio, May 8th, 1867, to Miss Mary L., daughter of Rev. John Wagenhals, who is still living, at Lancaster, Ohio, and is probably the oldest German Lutheran minister in the State. They have had four sons and two daughters, of whom two sons and two daughters are living. The eldest son died unnamed. William Henry died in infancy. The living are Edwin, Flora, John and Katie. In 1863 Mr. Emmitt joined the parties in pursuit of John Morgan, in his famous raid through Ohio, and took an active part in the several skirmishes that took place during that exciting campaign. He is now permanently located in Boone county, and thoroughly identified with its interests.
[Source: History of Boone County, Missouri; By Author Col. Wm. F. Switzler; Publ. 1882; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]


HOWARD EVANS; Howard Evans, farmer, is the son of Richard and Elizabeth (Nicholson) Evans, natives of Kentucky, who emigrated to Howard county, Missouri, about the year 1824, where they remained fifteen years, removing to Boone county in 1830. He settled on a farm southwest of Sturgeon where he lived until his death in the autumn of 1875, aged seventy-four years. The subject of this sketch was born in Howard County, Missouri, April 15, 1825. When fourteen years of age his parents removed to Boone County. Except twelve or thirteen years spent in California, Mr. Evans has lived in this county ever since. While in California he followed mining. Since his return from the mines he has followed farming. The subject of this sketch was married April 27, 1860, to Sarah, daughter of Tandy Robinson, a native of Virginia. They have eight children living. Their names are Marcus, Lillie Lee, Mary Elizabeth, Vienna, Susan F., Martha E., James H., Albert A.
{Source:  History of Boone County, Missouri; By Author Col. Wm. F. Switzler; Publ. 1882 by Western Historical Company; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack.}

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