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C. S. RAY; farmer and stock raiser, section 22, post office Gower. This popular fellow citizen, who, for over a quarter of a century, has labored for the best interests of Clinton County, is a native of Randolph County, North Carolina, and was born January 13, 1830. His father, Mark, was also a native of North Carolina, and emigrated, with his family, to Missouri, in 1842, locating on Rock House Prairie, Buchanan County. The subject of this sketch was here raised and educated. In 1850, he went to California, engaged in mining, and returned in 1834. The same year, he bought a farm in Clinton County, and located on the same, which he has since occupied. His landed estate consists of 346 acres in Clinton County, and about 100 acres in Buchanan County. In stock raising and feeding, which he makes a specialty, his business will compare favorably with any in the township. In 1854, Miss P. J. Deer, of Buchanan County, became his wife. They have six children: Albert, Joshua. Edward, Mollie, Claude and Lulu. Himself and family are members of the M. E. Church South.
(Source:  The History of Clinton County Missouri; published 1881; O.P. Williams & Co.; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack)

JOSHUA RAY; farmer and stock raiser, post office Gower. This enterprising young gentleman is a son of Mr. C. S. Ray, and was born in Clinton County, in 1858. He was raised and educated in this county. His estate consists of 104 acres, seventy-five in Clinton and the balance in Buchanan County. His residence is in Buchanan County, close to the Clinton County line. In 1879, he married Miss Mary E. Cook, of DeKalb County.
(Source:  The History of Clinton County Missouri; published 1881; O.P. Williams & Co.; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack)

DANIEL REED; section 15, post office Edgerton, was born May 18, 1849, and is a native of this county, where he has been raised. John, the father of the subject of this sketch, was an old pioneer of this district, and a man closely connected with its interests from an early day. He was shot and killed by Federals in 1862. Daniel Reed is a successful young farmer, and at present is conducting the home farm, of 540 acres. This is good average land, and the larger share of it is under cultivation. Mr. R. was married September 30, 1876, to Miss Laura Cook, a daughter of an old settler, and a lady in every respect worthy of him.
(Source:  The History of Clinton County Missouri; published 1881; O.P. Williams & Co.; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack)

WATSON REED; farmer and stock raiser, section 14, post office Edgerton, although a young man is one of our representative farmers. He is a native of Missouri, and was born in this county June 16, 1855. He was here raised in the occupation he now follows, and in 1875 he settled on the place where he now resides. He has 296 acres of land that will average with any in the state, most of which is under cultivation. Mr. R. was married September 6, 1874, to Miss Anna Worth. They have two children: Albert and Elmer.
(Source:  The History of Clinton County Missouri; published 1881; O.P. Williams & Co.; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack)

P. M. ROBINETT;  farmer, stock feeder and dealer, is the owner of 280 acres on section 26, and eighty acres in Ray County. He was born in Greene County, Illinois, in 1841, and lived there until 1868, when he came to Clinton County, Missouri, here buying the farm, where he resides. The present extensive improvements, in fences, orchard, etc., and his superior skill in cultivating land, and, also, in feeding stock, show that he is in advance of the average farmer. He is a large leader of and dealer in stock, and besides owning many cattle and hogs, he has some fine horses. He has been twice married. His first wife was Miss Nancy Witt, whom he married March 17, 1862. They had six children: Inez, Effie, Orson, William, Morris, and Louis. Mrs. R. died April 29, 1874. His second wife was Nancy Claflin, of Greene County, Illinois, to whom he was married January 26, 1875. By this union they have two children: Edgar and Georgia. Mr. R. has been a hard working man, meeting with the usual obstacles in life. These he has overcome and is the possessor of as fine an estate as there is in the township. He is outspoken, upright in his dealings and is respected by his many acquaintances.
(Source:  The History of Clinton County Missouri; published 1881; O.P. Williams & Co.; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack)

WILLIS ROCKWELL; (deceased). Among the pioneers of Clinton County, the subject of this sketch is worthy of more than a passing notice. He was a native of Kentucky, and was born June 14, 1804. He there married, July 15, 1824, Miss E. B. Brockman. She was born January 21, 1809. They came to Clinton County, in 1853, locating in close proximity to where the town of Grower now stands. Mr. R. and his good wife were recognized as the most industrious and progressive of people in the neighborhood, for many years, and took an active part in working for the welfare of their adopted county. Like a score of other early settlers, they have passed away from this earth, but not from the memory of the people. Mrs. Rockwell's death occurred August 20, 1874, and on the 14th of September, 1878, she was joined, in her heavenly home, by her husband. They had a family of twelve children. A number of the sons are sterling and prominent agriculturists of Clinton County. The names of the children are: Elizabeth F., born February 22, 1826 (wife of Josiah Braly); Clifton T., born in 1828; Francis M., born May 5, 1830, and died in 1869; Louisa C, born May 9, 1832 (married S. Braly November 3, 1853); Wealthy A., born January 13, 1834, and died January 8, 1872 (married Tazwell Parr); Richard H. L., born July 13, 1836 (married Miss L. Saulsbury); Mary A., born May 7, 1839 (wife of Marion Riggs); Stephen W., born December 26, 1841 (married Josephine Davis); Lucy E., born October 30, 1844; John M., born May 6, 1847; William C, born January 30, 1850 (married Octavia Young, April 17, 1876); Isaac N., born July 15, 1852. The Rockwell estate is located on section 3.
(Source:  The History of Clinton County Missouri; published 1881; O.P. Williams & Co.; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack)

LEWIS JACKSON ROGERS; farmer, section 26, was born in Clay County, East Tennessee, October 24, 1803, and came to this state in 1841. Uncle Lew., as he is familiarly called, is one of those genial old gentlemen who are appreciated in even locality. Honest, high minded and noble, disdaining a mean act, he lives, in his extreme age, enjoying the result of the principles he has ever lived to maintain. His father was a preacher, and presiding elder of the M. E. Church and a warm friend of General Jackson, and was his chaplain and spiritual adviser all through his campaigns. He died in 1836. Lewis J. bought his father's farm, on which he remained until he came west. He settled first in Platte County, and five years later on account of sickness in his family, he located in Lathrop Township, where he improved a fine farm and reared his family. His estate embraces 240 acres of good land. Mr. Rogers married Elizabeth Carr, of Claiborne County, Tennessee, November 6, 1824. Twelve children were the result of this marriage, six of whom are living: William, David, Rueben, Sarah, John C, and Mary. Sarah was married to James Strickland August 23, 1861, and they "have five children, Molly, James, Ida, Emma, and Andrew J. Mrs. L. J. Rogers died February 8, 1868, aged sixty-two years. His son, John C. Rogers, was born June 19, 1841, in Tennessee, and received a good education at the William Jewell College. He settled in Beaver Head County, Montana, where is one of the leading men of the territory. He was elected senator in the legislature, and has ever taken a deep interest in the improvements of the territory. Mr. Lewis Rogers is a lineal descendant of John Rogers, who was burned at the stake. Like him, he has always been a positive Christian, and a member of the M. E. Church. He has taken a great interest in promoting the advancement of religion, and now his main comfort is living after the principle inherited from his father.
(Source: The History of Clinton County Missouri; published 1881; O.P. Williams & Co.; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack)

R. B. ROGERS; farmer and cattle feeder, section 14, post office Lathrop, is a native of Knoxville, Claiborne County, Tennessee, and was born on the 29th day of October, 1832. When ten years of age he, with his parents, moved to Platte County, Missouri, in 1842, and remained there till 1848, when he came to Clinton County, settling in section 25. Here he assisted on the farm till about 1868. When sixteen years of age he had begun speculating on his own account, and before becoming of age had done much business in this line, principally in the northern counties of Missouri. In 1861, he became a member of an independent, cavalry company. In 1862, engaged in the cattle trade quite extensively. During the rebellion he was an active politician, being a staunch Republican. He is a good illustration of what economy and perseverance can accomplish; having began in life with small means, and having been prudent in his expenditures, he richly merits the success which has attended his career. He found a wife in the person of Miss Nanna Allnut, whom he married in October, 1872. Their family consists of six children: Minnie, Daisy, Maggie, Richard, Ellen and Willard.
(Source: The History of Clinton County Missouri; published 1881; O.P. Williams & Co.; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack)

EMSLEY ROSE; farmer and stock raiser, section 14, post office Gower, the subject of this sketch, one of the oldest settlers of Clinton County, is a native of Harrison County, Indiana, and was born on the 14th of November, 1815, and with his parents came to Missouri in 1820. He settled in Clay County, some six miles east of what is now Liberty, and received a common school education. He afterward moved to Camden Point, Platte County, in 1837, and remained in that locality till his marriage on the 11th day of January, 1844, to Miss Eliza Price. She was a native of North Carolina, and was born on the 19th of January, 1819, and with her parents came to Missouri in 1843, and settled in Platte County. Mr. Rose came to Clinton County, and settled at his present residence in 1844. * His landed interest now embraces 340 acres of well improved land, which was purchased from the government at $1.25 per acre. Mr. and Mrs. Rose have nine children: Mary E., Sarah A., Victoria, William P., Mary Cameron, J. C. (deceased), Elvira, Vercena C. Emsley L... Edwin Lee.
(Source:  The History of Clinton County Missouri; published 1881; O.P. Williams & Co.; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack)

 

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