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CAPT. W. FEELY. Is a son of John and Jane (Wilson) Feely, and was born January 2, 1827, in the State of Ohio. He left his native State when about eight years old, living in Indiana two years, when he came to Missouri. He lived in St. Louis two years, and then went to his father's, in Cole county, Missouri, and from there the family moved to Cass county. He was selling goods in Harrisonville when the war broke out. Casting his lot with the Confederacy, he enlisted in the State Guards in 1861, and afterwards in Price's army, Sixteenth Regiment, Company K (of which he was captain), Trans-Mississippi Department. He served four years in the army, and only when Lee surrendered, and the cause so dear to his heart was hopeless, he laid down his arms and accepted the situation, as all good soldiers do. At the battle of Lone Jack he received a gunshot wound in the arm, which literally tore away the muscles. He was in the battles of Pea Ridge, Prairie Grove, Jenkins' Ferry, and Helena.
He was married December 27, 1866, to Miss A. J. Watkins, of Cole county, and has been blessed with four children, all of whom are now living — Laura, John Alexander, D. Postlewait and Beulah. He is now selling general merchandise in Wilton, Boone county, Missouri, and is also postmaster. He has been engaged in the mercantile business about thirty two years, fifteen of them at his present home. In connection with his store he has a steamboat landing, and does a general commission business for the farmers in the country. He also ships about twenty five thousand railroad ties every year, making that business a specialty.
[Source: History of Boone County, Missouri; By Author Col. Wm. F. Switzler; Publ. 1882; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]


DR. WILLIAM WINSTON FINDLEY. The subject of this sketch was born in Rodgersville, Hawkins County, Tennessee, December 15, 1829. He is the son of John B. and Margaret (Winston) Findley. The elder Findley was born in Orange county, Virginia. Mrs. Findley was a native of Halifax county, Virginia. They removed to Alabama in 1844, settling in DeKalb county, removing from there to Madison county. The subject of this sketch first learned the printer's trade, afterwards the duties of a druggist, and for several years clerked in a drug store. He then read medicine under Dr. Carter, at Lebanon, Alabama, for four years, at the same time occupying a position in a drug store; attended first course of lectures in 1854-55 at Nashville Medical Institute, and a second course at Marion (Alabama) Medical College, where he received the degree of M. D. After that he was in the drug business up to the breaking out of the war, when he enlisted under Capt. Thomasson, in Company E, Fourth Alabama ; was afterwards transferred to Capt. Higgins' company, Twelfth Alabama; was at Seven Pines, both battles of Manassas, and at Sharpsburg. He then went to Richmond and took charge of one of the hospitals of that city. He bore away with him numerous testimonials both in reference to his skill and of gratitude from those he had faithfully served. Rejoining the army as a soldier, he was captured by the enemy and taken to Rock Island. While a prisoner at that place he was appointed medical steward in the hospital, and was of much service to his fellow-prisoners. When released he came directly to Boone county, Missouri, where he has lived ever since. He first stopped in Perche township, in what is known as Blackfoot, where he taught school for several years. He has been practicing medicine for about ten years. He was both a soldier and a physician during his service in the army; was severely wounded at Manassas, and was sent to Richmond, where he remained in the hospital for three months. He was never married.
[Source: History of Boone County, Missouri; By Author Col. Wm. F. Switzler; Publ. 1882; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]


MICHAEL FISHER. Mr. Fisher is the son of George and Mary Ann (Harness) Fisher, both of whom were natives of Virginia. The mother lived to the advanced age of ninety-two, dying in 1881, having spent her entire life within less than a mile of where she was born. On the paternal side, Mr. Fisher is of Irish descent, and on the maternal side, of Dutch origin. Jacob Fisher, grandfather of the subject of this sketch, died in Virginia in 1835. Michael was born on his father's farm in Virginia, on the 17th day of August, 1811, and was the second son and child of a family of eight sons and three daughters. He was reared and educated in his native State, and has been a farmer all his life. In 1837 he came to Boone county, Missouri, and settled on the Missouri river, near Nashville (now defunct). He moved to the farm where he now resides in 1840, his place being now a large, finely-improved farm, six miles southeast of Columbia, on which he built his present dwelling house in 1855. Mr. Fisher was married in Virginia, August 19, 1834, to Miss Rebecca Cunningham, who died November 18, 1839. His present wife was Phoebe Ann, daughter of W. L. Woolfolk, of Boone county, to whom he was married January 4, 1853. Mr. Fisher takes great interest in educational affairs, and has served as school director for thirty-four years, being a member of the district board at this writing. He has been a member of the Bonne Femme Baptist Church for thirty-eight years, and has always labored zealously for the cause of advancement, morality, and religion. Besides the homestead farm, Mr. Fisher is owner of other lands in the fine old county of Boone.
[Source: History of Boone County, Missouri; By Author Col. Wm. F. Switzler; Publ. 1882; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]


E. W. FORBIS. Edmund Walter Forbis is the son of George Forbis, a native of Kentucky. His mother, Mary Perrigan, was also a native of that State. The subject of this sketch was born in Fayette county, Kentucky, June 16, 1811. He was the youngest of a family of twelve sons and three daughters, of whom four sons are now living, all in Boone. Mr. Forbis spent most of his youth in Oldham county, about thirty miles from Louisville. He came to Boone county in 1837 and settled on the farm where he now lives, two and one-fourth miles northwest of Ashland. The farm had been entered before, but Mr. Forbis improved it. He built the house he now occupies in 1838. He was married May 28, 1845, to Miss Ann Eliza Blanton, of Boone county, daughter of Burdette Blanton. She died, September 7, 1865, leaving two sons and four daughters. Mr. Forbis was again married, September 3, 1868, to Mrs. Eliza Self, who died February 9, 1879. He has two sons and two daughters living in this county. Mr. Forbis is an official member of the New Liberty Baptist church.
[Source: History of Boone County, Missouri; By Author Col. Wm. F. Switzler; Publ. 1882; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]


W. H. FOUNTAIN; W. H. Fountain, farmer, of Randolph county, Missouri, is of English origin, his great-grandfather, on his father's side, having been exiled from England in 1760, on account of religious disturbances which prevailed in the old country at that time. His grandfather was one of the pioneer settlers of Kentucky, and a great hunter, being remarkably proficient as a marksman. The father of W. H. was born in Clark County, Kentucky, his mother in Bourbon County, of that State. The grandfather of Mr. Fountain emigrated to Missouri in 1815, when his son, the father of W. H., was about seventeen years old. They settled on Lick Fork, in section 27, his residence being in the northwest quarter. His father was married in this county to Lucy Ann Angell, March 13th, 1838, Young E. Hicks, a justice of the peace, solemnizing the marital obligation. W. H. Fountain was born February 17th, 1839. He has one brother living. Another brother was drowned in Smoke River, while crossing the plains, July 17th, 1863. W.H. Fountain moved to Randolph County in 1870. He has two farms, the one upon which he is now living, and another in Boone county. Most of his business is in this county, and he thinks of returning to Boone to live. Mr. Fountain was first married, February 15th, 1866, to Miss Julia, daughter of Thomas A. and Martha Barnes, of Randolph County. She died in 1872, leaving three children, Radford M., Martha A., and Otis. Married second time to Miss Rachel, daughter of Eli and Eliza Lyons, of Boone County. They have two children, John F. and Eliza Beulah. He has crossed the plains some half-dozen times. He was in company with his brother when the latter lost his life, in 1863. Is a member of the Baptist church. He is also a member of the Knights of Honor. He is a Democrat in politics. Mr. Fountain is an enterprising farmer, stock raiser and trader. He has shipped as many as 138 car loads of stock in one year. So far this season (summer of 1882) he and his brother-in-law, his partner in the business, have shipped over 1,000 head of cattle. They ship from various points. Most of the Fountain family emigrated to Oregon years ago. The family, on the maternal side, is of Irish origin, the grandfather of Mr. Fountain having been born and raised in that country.
{Source:  History of Boone County, Missouri; By Author Col. Wm. F. Switzler; Publ. 1882 by Western Historical Company; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack.}


S. A. FRETWELL; S. A. Fretwell, proprietor of the Sturgeon broom factory, was born in Boone County, October 9, 1846. He is the son of Joseph and Hannah (nee Riggs) Fretwell. His father is an active, energetic farmer and stock raiser. The subject of this sketch was raised on the farm and followed agricultural pursuits until he went into the broom business at Sturgeon. He has a large establishment and employs only skilled labor. The brooms made at this factory are not inferior to the best, and his facilities are equal to that of any manufactory in the State outside of St. Louis. Mr. Fretwell was married, March 6, 1867, to Mary H., daughter of William and Martha Lampton. They have one son, William J. Mr. and Mrs. Fretwell are members of the Christian church. He is a member of the order of A. O. U. W. He is an active, energetic business man, and by industry and prudence is building up a prosperous and reliable trade.
{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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