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SAMUEL NASH; farmer and stock raiser, section 24, post office Gower, is a native of Franklin County, Kentucky, and was born May 25, 1811. His father, Jeremiah, was a native of Virginia, and died when Samuel was in his seventh year. When in his fourteenth year, the subject of this sketch, with his mother and her family, came to Missouri, locating in Clay County, near Liberty, residing there two years, then moved to Fishing River, where they remained some years, eventually locating in Clinton County, on the farm now occupied by them. Mr. Nash has been one of the most industrious and progressive citizens of the county, and has contributed his share towards its development. He came to the county when in meager circumstances, and has made a handsome competency by his own exertions. On the 12th of January, 1834, Miss Annie Williams became his wife. She is the daughter of John and Catharine Williams, and was born in North Carolina, March 27, 1815. They have had thirteen children, four of whom are living: Wilson, Justina, Mary E. and Samuel Jackson. Lost nine: Beckie, Jerry, George, William J., Melinda, Sarah Catharine, Amanda, E. M., Emma A.
(Source:  The History of Clinton County Missouri; published 1881; O.P. Williams & Co.; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack)

ABRAHAM NEELY; a son of Abraham Neely and Hannah, nee Dill, was born on the 31st day of March, 1809, on a farm, near Little Flats, Herkimer County, New York, and, with his parents, moved to the western part of the state, in 1825. After acquiring a common school education, in 1831, he entered Lawn Seminary, at Walnut Hill, Cincinnati, Ohio, in which he remained for two years. In 1833, he and sixty others left the institution on account of the anti-slavery question. He then entered Oberlin College, in Lorain County, remaining as a student till 1834. He then spent some two years at the Utica Institute, New York, and afterwards returned to Oberlin College, and continued therein for one year. Going to Galesburg, Illinois, Mr. N. engaged in the door and sash business, and, in 1870, came to Clinton County, Missouri, and purchased his present farm, consisting of eighty acres of finely improved land, surrounded by an osage hedge. He was married, on the 15th day of June, 1836, to Miss Charlotte Johnson, a native of New York, born October 4, 1815. She died October 3, 1842, leaving three children: Edwin, Charlotte and Ann M. Mr. N.'s second marriage occurred the 23d day of April, 1843, to Miss Eliza Pratt, a native of Massachusetts, who was born February 11, 1809. She died on the 7th day of March, 1881, leaving two children, Sarah P. and Eliza Julia. All of the family are church members.
(Source:  The History of Clinton County Missouri; published 1881; O.P. Williams & Co.; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack)

WILLIAM R. NEWMAN; section 27, post office Edgerton, is a native of Kentucky, and was born April 11, 1826. At the age of eleven years, with his father's family, he removed to this state and settled in Platte County, where he followed the occupation of farming. In 1849, he came to this county, and settled where he now resides, in 1869. He has 363 acres of land, the principal part of which he has under cultivation. William, the father of the subject of this sketch, was an old resident of this county and a man of sterling worth in the community in which he resided. He raised a large and interesting family, six of whom are now living; his death occurred in 1865. Mr. William R. Newman is a successful and progressive farmer and stock raiser, and has done much toward raising the grade of stock in this county. He was married January 10, 1851, to Miss Martha A. Woodard. They have, from this union, nine children: Celia A., Pleasant C, Mary E., Theodore L. Sterling P., M. L., William J., Henry, and Alexander R. They are members of the Baptist Church.
(Source:  The History of Clinton County Missouri; published 1881; O.P. Williams & Co.; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack)


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