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J. C. PARSONS & BRO., dealers in hardware, stoves and tinware, agricultural implements, etc., established business at this point in 1880. They own the building which they occupy and carry a large and complete stock, and are doing an excellent business for so new a firm. Joseph C Parsons, the manager and senior member of the firm, is a native of Marion County, Kentucky, where he was born April 10, 1852. He was there reared and educated, following the occupation of farming until 1876. In that year he removed to Cass County, Missouri, and was engaged in merchandising with the firm of W. W. Mardis & Co., (he being the Co.) until he, with his brother, established their present business . Mr. Parsons was married December 25, 1879, to Miss Kate Steele, a native of Iowa. They have one child : Josie F. Mr. P. is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and they are members of the Baptist Church. William G. Parsons, the junior member of this establishment, was also born in Marion County, Kentucky, April 9 1856. He grew to manhood in that locality, receiving a collegiate course from the Gilead College of Hart County, Kentucky, in 1876-7. From boyhood he was interested in agricultural pursuits until 1880, when he became a member of this firm.
History of Cass and Bates Counties, O.P. Williams & Co. 1883

WILLIAM D. PEARSON, real estate agent, is a native of Cass County, Missouri, and was born June 9, 1842. His father, Robert D. Pearson, was a Kentuckian by birth, and an old pioneer of this county. He was married here to Miss Jane Belcher, a native of Virginia. His death occurred January 23, 1873. William D. was the eldest of the family of children, and was here reared to manhood and educated, following farming the most of the time until 1861, when he enlisted in Captain Shanks' company at Pleasant Hill. He remained in the confederate service for nine months, after which time he was taken prisoner near Lexington, Missouri. After five weeks' captivity he was released on parole. In 1862 he removed to New Mexico Territory, and engaged in the saddle and harness trade at Union, in Mora County, there residing most of the time until 1872, when he returned to this county, and embarked in business in Harrisonville. Mr. Pearson was married July 18, 1872, in New Mexico, to Miss Laura C. Hayden, a native of Ohio. They have four children, Robert C, Zada L., Lulie C. and William D. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and is a Knight Templar in that order. He is also a member of the Knights of Honor. The family belong to the Baptist Church;
History of Cass and Bates Counties, O.P. Williams & Co. 1883

JAMES M. PHILLIPS, section 1, was born in North Carolina, July 24, 1822, and when at the age of ten years, he accompanied the family to Kentucky, and after a year's residence there, removed to Green County, Indiana, where he lived for two years. They subsequently located in Lafayette County, Missouri, resided there one year and later came to Cass County, Missouri. In 1850, he settled where he now resides. He has three hundred and seventy acres of land that will average with any in the county, all of which is well improved. Mr. Phillips was married December 18, 1845, to Miss Mary Buler, a native of Tennessee. They have eight children : America J., John H., William J., Mary E., Andrew J., Mattie C, Charles M., and Thomas W. In 1846, Mr. Phillips enlisted in the Mexican war, in Company B, Seventh Missouri Regiment, under General Taylor, and served for eighteen months. In 1863, he was a volunteer in the Missouri State Militia. He was an attendant at the first session of court held at Harrisonville, Missouri, and has held the office of road overseer for twelve different terms.
History of Cass and Bates Counties, O.P. Williams & Co. 1883

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