Dallas County Missouri
DARBY, William H.
William H. Darby, a carpenter and farmer of Urbana, Dallas County, was born in what was then Polk and is now Hickory County, Mo., in 1842. His parents were Daniel and Phoebe (Evans) Darby, the former of whom was born in Ohio in 1799, and the latter in 1801. After their marriage they moved from Ohio to Illinois, and later settled in Polk County, Mo. Of their thirteen children six are still living, viz.: Ezra, Ruami, Ephraim, William H., George W. and Isabelle, all living near Urbana, Mo. Daniel Darby was a wagon-maker and farmer, and served as justice of the peace many years; he died in 1862, and his widow in 1880. The paternal grandfather of our subject was Jedediah Darby. William H. Darby spent his early life in his native county. In 1863 he enlisted in Company F, Seventh Missouri State Militia Cavalry, under command of Col. John F. Phillips and Capt. B.H. Wilson, and took part in the battles of Jefferson City, Boonville and Big Blue, Mo., and Westport and Mine Creek, Kas., receiving an honorable discharge in 1865. In the same year he married Emily Andrews, who was born in Buffalo, Mo., in 1843, and is a daughter of Mark and Virginia (Thompson) Andrews, both natives of Virginia. Mark Andrews was a physician and farmer, and moved from Virginia to Buffalo, Mo., in 1840, and thence to near Urbana, Hickory Co., Mo., in 1850. In the Andrews family were ten children, seven of whom are still living, viz.: Martha Darby, Virginia Fletcher, Emily Darby, Lucy Reser, John Andrews, Joseph Andrews, Harriet Coon, Susan Darby and Mark Andrews. Mr. Darby owns 160 acres of land, of which eighty-five acres are under cultivation. He served as justice of the peace in Hickory County four years, and in 1880 bought and removed to his present home in Dallas County. He is a Democrat in politics, and cast his first presidential vote for Abraham Lincoln in 1864. Mr. and Mrs. Darby are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. [Source: "History of Laclede, Camden, Dallas, Webster, Wright, Texas, Pulaski, Phelps and Dent Counties, Missouri", Chicago: The Goodspeed Publishing Co. 1889; Transcribed by K. Mohler]
Joseph Davis is a farmer and miller of Urbana, Dallas Co., Mo., where he was born in 1842. His parents were Shepherd and Nancy (Cox) Davis, the former born in New Jersey in 1819, and the latter in North Carolina in 1822. They first moved from New Jersey to Illinois, whence they went to Dallas County, Mo., in 1839, returning to Illinois in 1843. In their family of three children our subject is the only survivor. Shepherd Davis, who was a farmer by occupation, died in 1849. The paternal grandparents of our subject were Ezekiel and Rachel Davis, natives of New Jersey, who subsequently moved to Illinois; the former was a farmer and cooper. Mrs. Nancy Davis was a daughter of John and Sarah (Owens) Cox, who went to Illinois from North Carolina, and in 1839 removed to Dallas County, Mo. John Cox was also a farmer. Joseph Davis was reared to farming in his native county, and in 1863 he enlisted in Company I, Eighth Missouri Cavalry, Union Army; he participated in the battles of Little Rock, Brown’s Station, Pumpkin Bend and Augusta, and received an honorable discharge in August, 1865, when he returned to his home in Dallas County. Mr. Davis owns 540 acres of land, and a three-fourths interest in a flouring and saw mill at Urbana, as well as three lots in the town of Urbana. In 1872 he married Miss Rosetta White, who was born in Grant County, Wis., in 1849, and is a daughter of Nathan White, a native of the State of Tennessee, and a farmer by occupation. Mr. and Mrs. Davis have four children, viz.: Olive Lula, Cora Nancy, Oscar Lee and Ruiah Rowena. Mr. Davis is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and his political sympathies are with the Republican party. [Source: "History of Laclede, Camden, Dallas, Webster, Wright, Texas, Pulaski, Phelps and Dent Counties, Missouri", Chicago: The Goodspeed Publishing Co. 1889; Transcribed by K. Mohler]
George Delaplain, sheriff of Dallas County, was born in Licking County, Ohio, September 15, 1835, and is a son of John and Orpha (Overturf) Delaplain, the former being an early settler of Ohio. He immigrated to Polk County, Mo., in 1849, but in 1852 came to Dallas County and located in Benton Township, where he lived until his death in 1871. His wife died in 1859, having borne a family of nine children, five of whom are yet living. George Delaplain resided in his native State until fourteen years of age, and continued to make his home with his parents until 1855, when he was married and began doing for himself. In August, 1862, he enlisted in the Eighth Missouri Cavalry, Company I, serving three years, and was in a number of skirmishes, but was in no regular engagement, as he was on scouting duty the most of the time. He also served as blacksmith of his company, and after receiving his discharge on the 2nd of August, 1865, went to Illinois, whither his family had moved for protection. He remained there about one year, then moved back to Dallas County, where he has since been engaged in farming, and is the owner of ninety acres of land in Benton Township, the most of which is under cultivation. He was elected to the office of county sheriff in 1882, and was re-elected in 1886 and in 1888, and in his official capacity, as well as socially, he stands high in the estimation of the people. He was first married to Isabel Patterson, of Ohio, by whom he became the father of five children, four of whom are living: Elvira, Orpha, Eva and Adam. His second marriage was to Miss Mary J. Cowden, who bore him one child, Charles, and his next marriage was to Miss Adaline Johnson. His present wife was Mary Battoms, who was born in Tennessee. He is a member of the A.O.U.W. and G.A.R., and he and wife belong to the Baptist Church. [Source: "History of Laclede, Camden, Dallas, Webster, Wright, Texas, Pulaski, Phelps and Dent Counties, Missouri", Chicago: The Goodspeed Publishing Co. 1889; Transcribed by K. Mohler]
Silas Dillion, an enterprising farmer of Lincoln Township, Dallas County, was born in Virginia in 1819, and is a son of William and Mary (Plyburn) Dillion, both natives of Virginia, who were born respectively in 1793 and 1787, and spent their lives in their native State. They had a family of ten children, seven of whom still survive, viz.: Louis Dillion, Jacob Dillion, Lydia Sink, Silas Dillion, Jesse Dillion, Reed Dillion, Tyra Dillion. Those deceased are Becky Bonson, Polly Dillion and Moses Dillion. William Dillion, who was a farmer, died in 1846; his widow lived until 1876. The paternal grandparents of our subject were Jesse and Elizabeth (Blankenship) Dillion, of Virginia, where the former was a large planter and slave-holder. Silas Dillion was reared in his native State, where he spent his early manhood. In 1840 he went to Kentucky, and engaged in teaming until 1843, when he returned to Virginia, but the following year again went to Kentucky. In 1847 he married Elizabeth J. Vaughan, who was born in Kentucky in 1830, and was a daughter of Jeremiah and Frances (Barker) Vaughan, also natives of Kentucky, the former a farmer and merchant. Mrs. Dillion died in 1869, leaving seven children, viz.: Mary Frances Brown, Jeremiah, Anna E. Wattenboyer, William, Robert, Jennie E. Bonner and Crawford. In 1871 Mr. Dillion married Sarah E. Sample, a native of Tennessee, and a daughter of John and Elizabeth Sample, of that State. By his second marriage Mr. Dillion has five children, viz.: Dona Belle Crudginton, Jacob, John L., Mella S. and Rebecca J. In 1862 Mr. Dillion enlisted in Company E, Missouri State Militia, under command of Col. McClurg and Capt. Allen, and served until the close of the war, participating in the battles of Sentinel Prairie and Vaughn Station. He removed from Kentucky to Missouri in 1856, and first settled in Polk County, where he remained one year, and then went to Hickory County, removing to Dallas County in 1865, which has since been his home. He owns 278 acres of land, 100 acres of which are under cultivation, and devotes his attention entirely to farming. In religion he is a Free Will Baptist, and politically he is non-partisan. [Source: "History of Laclede, Camden, Dallas, Webster, Wright, Texas, Pulaski, Phelps and Dent Counties, Missouri", Chicago: The Goodspeed Publishing Co. 1889; Transcribed by K. Mohler]
Jacob Drake, dealer in saddles, harness, bridles, collars, whips, etc., at Buffalo, Mo., is a native of Jackson County, Ind., and was born in December, 1841, and when four years of age was taken by his parents, Jacob and Sarah (Sheline) Drake, to Vinton County, Ohio, where they resided until 1856. Coming west they located in Dallas County, Mo., where the father entered 160 acres of land, heavily covered with timber and totally unimproved. Here he erected a little log cabin, in which he lived until he could make better improvements, which was done in a few years. In 1869 he removed to Kentucky, where he spent the remainder of his days, his death occurring in 1875. He was born in Massachusetts in 1809, his wife having been born in the “Keystone State.” Five of their eleven children are living at the present time. Jacob Drake, the subject of this sketch, resided in Ohio until about sixteen years of age, since which time he has lived in Dallas County, Mo. When the war broke out he enlisted first in Company F of the Home Guards, but shortly after joined Phelps’ six months regiment, and after serving over seven months he joined Company A, Eighth Missouri Cavalry, serving as corporal until the close, doing duty principally as a scout, and participating in a number of sharp skirmishes. He was mustered out and discharged in August, 1865, after nearly four years’ service, and was engaged in farming until the spring of 1881, when he was elected county collector, and served four years. He was also engaged in the real estate business until June, 1888, since which time he has been occupied in his present calling, the firm being known as Drake & Lovan, and besides this property he owns several houses and lots in Buffalo. He is a member of the G.A.R. and A.O.U.W., and he and wife, whose maiden name was Delilah B. Robbins, and whom he married in 1866, are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. They have an adopted child, named James P. Drake, but his father’s name is F.M. Routh. The child was born March 9, 1886; his mother, A.J. Routh, died when he was nine days old. [Source: "History of Laclede, Camden, Dallas, Webster, Wright, Texas, Pulaski, Phelps and Dent Counties, Missouri", Chicago: The Goodspeed Publishing Co. 1889; Transcribed by K. Mohler]