JAMES A. RHODUS, an old-time resident and successful agriculturist and stock-raiser of Clay County, whose pleasant home is in Claytonville, township 53, range 30, has long been one of the most highly respected and energetic citizens of this portion of the State.  Our subject is the son of Daniel and Mary (Roberts) Rhodus, the former a native of Madison County, Ky.
James A., having attained to manhood, began life for himself in 1850, and in August of that year was united in marriage with Miss Nancy J. Wilson, who became the mother of a family of four children, one of whom survives, Nancy Jane, who was born in 1860, and is the wife of W. P. H. Turner.  Malissa J., born in 1854, died in 1867; Mary E., born in 1856, died in 1868; Catherine born in 1858, died in 1879.  In 1866, the beloved mother passed away.  January 30, 1869, Mr. Rhodus married Margaret Ketron, and they became the parents of the following children: Susan, born in 1870; James, in 1873; Charles, in 1875; Lula, who was born in 1877, and died the same year; Thana, whose birth occurred in 1880, and who died in 1881;  Lena, born in 1884, and Elsie in 1886, who still survive.
Our subject owns a fine farm of three hundred and sixty acres, and devotes his time to the cultivation of the fertile soil.  He is also largely interested in raising a superior quality of stock.  Mr. Rhodus is one of the oldest Republicans in the county and is a firm supporter of the party.  He and his good wife are valued members of the Christian Church and are ever ready to assist in the social and benevolent enterprises of merit.  During the Civil War he enlisted in 1862, in the Sate service, under Capt. James Moss, of Company C.  An earnest and intelligent citizen he has ever been closely identified with the best interest of his State and country, aiding as an able and upright man in progressive movements tending to assist in the advancement of those less fortunate than himself.  Bound by the associations of happy years, Mr. Rhodus in known to all the community in which he dwells and commands universal respect and esteem.
(Source: PORTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD of Clay, Ray, Carroll, Chariton and Linn Counties, Missouri, Page 218, Chicago:, CHAPMAN Bros., 1893. Transcribed by Genealogy Trails Transcription Team)

THOMAS K. ROSS, an energetic and successful general agriculturist and stock-raiser, owns a valuable homestead of two hundred and seventy acres and a half, located in township 54, range 32.  He is widely known as a longtime resident of Clay County, and a thoroughly upright and honored citizen.  Our subject was born in Madison County, Ky., in 1834, and is the son of William and Nancy (Hawkins) Rose.  William Rose was born in 1809, and his wife, a native of Madison County, Ky., was born in 1814.
The father of our subject was a native Virginian, and came with his parents to Kentucky in a very early day.  His father died when he was fourteen years of age, and from that time he made his own way in the world.  His first employment was running an engine in a mill.  In 1840 he came to Clay County, and bought land near where our subject now lives.  Here is ambitiously engaged in the double avocation of a farmer and miller, running both a flour and saw mill.  He dammed Smith Fork of Platte River and re-built upon an old mill-site.  Living a life of busy usefulness he gained the respect and good-will of all who knew him.
A gang of horse thieves and desperate characters infested Clay County at that time, and were known as the Schackelford and Callaway gang.  In the fall of 1854, William Ross and son with several neighbors met these brutal men in Smithville, and in the encounter Mr. Ross was shot several times, and his son and a young named Douglas were killed.  Three of the murderers were seized by the enraged citizens of the country, and were all hung upon one tree in Smithville.
The parents of our subject were married in 1830, the mother being a daughter of Phillip and Nancy (Brooks) Hawkins.  To them were born nine children, as follows: Squire J., who was killed; Thomas K., our subject; Eveline, wife of B. F. Rollins; Andrew B.; Catherine, wife of H. J. Hawkins;  Mattie H., wife of Samuel Moore; James M.; William D.; and Elizabeth W., wife of J. D. Megger.  The father was a member of the Masonic order in good and regular standing, and politically was a firm Democrat.  He died in 1876, of paralysis, his wife having passed away five years before him.
Our subject remained upon the homestead until he had attained manhood, when he bought eighty acres of good land, and there engaged in agricultural pursuits.  About that time he was united in marriage with Miss Mary S., daughter of Lee and Susan (Penn) Rollins.  Their home was blessed by the birth of seven intelligent children.  Charles A. was the eldest of the family; Jennie became the wife of George W. King; Mattie I. married Rice Barnard; Richard; William, Birdie and Cannie complete the list of sons and daughters, who together with their father and mother enjoy the confidence and esteem of a large circle of friends and acquaintance.  Our subject and his wife are valued members of the Christian Church, and are prominent and liberal supporters in the extension of the good work of the religious denomination.  In social and benevolent enterprises of their neighborhood and vicinity, they take an active part and are numbered amongst the leading residents of the county.  Politically, Mr. Ross affiliates with the Democrats, although his earnest desire is that the best men shall receive the offices of importance, thereby insuring to this great republic a peaceful and prosperous administration.
(Source: Portrait and Biographical Record of Clay, Ray, Carroll, Chariton and Linn Counties, Missouri, 1893.  Page 228. Transcribed by Genealogy Transcription Team)

CHARLES G. RUST, an enterprising and successful general agriculturist and prominent stock-raiser, making a specialty of blooded horses, is a native of Clay County, and is widely known as an energetic and progressive citizen.  His home for many yeas has been on section 16, township 53, range 30.  Our subject is the son of Mace and Nancy (Kincade) Rust, and is one in a family of eight children.  The father was a native of Virginia, but early settled in Kentucky, from which State he emigrated to Missouri in 1842.  He was a practical and experienced farmer, and became the owner of a valuable property of four hundred acres, where he pursued general agriculture, also bred good horses and raised a variety of stock.
Mace Rust was politically a strong Democrat.  He was a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church, and ever a promoter in the good work of that religious organization.  His father-in-law was a man of prominence and held several county offices.  The father of our subject was seventy-two years of age at the time of his death, and was mourned by all of his old friends and neighbors, when, in 1864, he passed away.  Charles G. Rust was born in Clay County, Mo., November 19, 1858.  Having received the benefit of instruction in the schools of the neighborhood, and spending much of youth in assisting in the work of his father’s farm, he grew to manhood a hard-working and industrious man, well fitted to make a home for the wife he married in 1880.  The lady of his choice was Miss Anna Green, of Clinton County, and is the mother of four bright and interesting children, two sons and two daughters.  One child died in infancy.  John H. is the eldest of the family and born in May 29, 1881.The others are, Ruby G., born December 10, 1883; Elizabeth, May 9, 1887; and Charles Richard on the 14th of December, 1892.  The family resides upon the pleasant home farm of eighty highly cultivated acres.  Mr. Rust, like his father, devotes much of his time to the raising of horses, but he also neglects nothing that will conduce to the success of the cultivation of the soil.  Politically he is a strong Democrat, and always an interested observer of the conduct of local and national office.  For one term he discharged the duties of a Constable with fidelity and efficiency, but is not an active politician in the usual significance of the term.  He and his wife are both members of the Presbyterian Church, and are among the promoters of its social and benevolent enterprises.
One of the brothers of Mr. Rust was killed during the first year of the war, the mournful event occurring in 1861.  The young soldier, a cavalryman, was shot at the siege of Vicksburg.  The family was in favor of the South, and this brave young life went out as a sacrifice to the cruelties of the Civil War.  Mr. Rust, as a native of Missouri, has witnessed wonderful progress and improvement in the last quarter of a century, and has in the year since he attained his manhood been an active factor in local growth and prosperity.  He has an extended circle of acquaintances, and enjoys the best wishes of a host of friends.
(Source: Portrait and Biographical Record of Clay, Ray, Carroll, Chariton and Linn Counties, Missouri, 1893. Page 245. Transcribed by Genealogy Transcription Team)