Dallas County Missouri
E.L. Schofield, editor and proprietor of the Buffalo Reflex, was born in Allamakee County, Iowa, on the 27th of December, 1859, his parents, James and Cornelia (Seely) Schofield, being natives of the “Empire State,” and early immigrants to Illinois and Iowa. When about seven years of age E.L. Schofield came with his parents to Buffalo, Mo., and was here reared to manhood and educated. His early days were spent at farm labor, but he also learned the machinist’s trade, but never followed it for a livelihood. In September, 1888, he purchased the Reflex, which paper he has since successfully published, it being devoted entirely to the interests of the Republican party, and it is one of the spicy and ably edited papers of the county, and promises to further the interests of the Republican party to a great extent. In connection with his paper Mr. Schofield is also engaged in studying law, and will soon become a member of the legal fraternity of Dallas County. He was married in 1884 to Miss May Clark, of Bolivar, Mo., by whom he has one child, James C. He is a member of the I.O.O.F., and is a half-brother of Gen. Schofield, of Civil War fame.[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]
SELF, William J.
William J. Self may properly be mentioned as one of the leading farmers of Dallas County, of which he is a native. His parents, Peter and Nancy (Reynolds) Self, were born, reared and married in Tennessee, and about 1835 immigrated to Dallas County, Mo., coming in covered wagons, and located on the land now owned by J.J. Reynolds. Here he erected a very primitive log cabin, and as soon as the Government put the land on the market he took a claim, and began clearing his land. Indians and wild game of all kinds were plentiful in the region at that period, but they were little troubled by either. They did their marketing at St. Louis, but all their clothing was home-made. In 1859 the parents moved to Arkansas, where they both died, the former's death occurring in 1863. Five of their eight children are living at the present time, whose names are as follows: Polly (wife of James Hatfield), William J., Charlotte (wife of Col. John D. Allen), Eliza (wife of Jacob Mendenhall) and Ruth (wife of L.D. Little). William J. Self, whose name heads this biography, was born on the 26th of January, 1838, and has always resided on a farm in Dallas County, in which he was the third child born. His early educational advantages were very meager, and he never entered a school-room until after ten years of age, and that was a little log cabin with a dirt floor and no windows. He has always been noted for his energy and thrift, and is now the owner of a valuable farm of 240 acres, all under fence, and with 125 acres under cultivation. He has a handsome and commodious residence, substantial out-buildings, and is an extensive dealer in stock. He enlisted in the Home Guards for three months in 1861, and after serving about two years with the Rangers he enlisted in Company D, Fifteenth Missouri Volunteer Cavalry, and was mustered out in July, 1865. After the war closed he returned home, and bought the land where he now lives, which was then heavily covered with timber. He has been married four times, his first marriage being to Miss Sarah Cox, in 1857, who died six weeks later, and in 1859 he espoused Elizabeth Cowden, by whom he had three sons: James H., Francis M. and William R. This wife died in July, 1863, and in August, 1865, he wedded Mary McGinnis, who also bore him three children: Mary E., Mark L. and Nancy J. The mother of these children died in 1873, and a year later Mr. Self was married to Sarah Shaw, by whom he has four children: Albert J., Minnie P., Lulu E. and Edward W. Mr. and Mrs. Self are members of the Baptist Church, and are much esteemed as citizens and neighbors. [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]
Z.L. Slavens, a physician and farmer of Urbana, Dallas County, is a native of Springfield, Mo., and was born February 13, 1834, being the second child born in Springfield. His parents were James H. and Amanda L. (Roundtree) Slavens, natives, respectively, of Kentucky and North Carolina. James H. Slavens, was born in 1809, and when a boy went from his native State to Illinois, and from there to Montgomery County, Mo., in 1815, locating where Springfield now stands, in Southwestern Missouri, in 1831, and he was the first minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church in that part of Missouri. The following year, 1832, he married Miss Amanda L. Roundtree, who was born in 1816, and was a daughter of Joseph Roundtree and Nancy (Nichols) Roundtree, who moved from North Carolina in 1818, and thence to Springfield, Mo., in 1829, taking as a claim the land upon which Springfield is now built. To James H. and Amanda L. Slavens were born seven children, of whom four are now living, viz.: Dr. Z.L., Nancy A. Price, Lucius B. and Luther J. James H. Slavens was sent as a missionary to the Peoria and Shawnee Indians in Kansas, among whom he labored one year, when he returned to his home in Greene County, Mo., where he engaged in farming and teaching. In 1843 he took up the study of medicine, to the practice of which he devoted considerable attention until his death, which occurred in 1888. He served as surgeon in Gov. Phelps' Enrolled Militia during the late war. The paternal grandfather of our subject, Stewart Slavens, who was a farmer by occupation, was born in Virginia in 1786, and died in 1866. Mrs. Amanda L. Slavens died March 16, 1886. Dr. Z.L. Slavens spent his early life principally in his native place. He attended the high-school at Ebenezer, Mo., two years, and later John A. Stephens’ Select School, of Springfield, Mo., one year. He began the study of medicine in 1856, under Dr. E.T. Robertson, of Springfield, and in 1857 and 1858 he attended lectures at the Missouri Medical College, St. Louis. He began the practice of his chosen profession in Laclede County, Mo., in 1858, and from there went to Buffalo, Dallas County, in 1859, where he practiced until the war broke out, when he took his family to Indiana. In 1862 he enlisted the army as surgeon of the One Hundred and Fifteenth Indiana Infantry, under command of Col. John Mahan, and served one year, receiving an honorable discharge. He returned to Indiana and practiced medicine until 1865, when he again went to Buffalo, Mo., where, with the exception of a short time spent in Webster County, he remained until 1875, at that time removing to Urbana. In February, 1860, Dr. Slavens married Irene Z. Stanley, who was born in Indiana in February, 1839. Her parents were Horace and Sarah (Willoughby) Stanley, natives of Tennessee. They located in Buffalo, Mo., in April, 1839, and built one of the first houses on Buffalo Head Prairie. Horace Stanley died in 1863. Sarah Stanley died in 1877. They have three children living, viz.: Mrs. Minerva Morrow, Mrs. I.V. Cummins and Mrs. Slavens. Dr. and Mrs. Slavens have four children, viz.: Mrs. Alice L. Lightner, Lieut. T.H. Slavens, Mrs. M.I. Reser, of Urbana, and Robert B. Slavens, still at home. Lieut. T.H. Slavens graduated with honor from the West Point Military Academy in 1887, and was commissioned a lieutenant and assigned to duty in the Fourth Cavalry, United States Army, now stationed at Fort Lowell, Arizona Territory. Dr. Slavens is a member of the Masonic fraternity, is a Methodist, and in politics a Republican. [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]
L.J. Slavens, a general merchant of Urbana, Dallas Co., Mo., was born in Buffalo, Mo., November 14, 1849, and is a son of Dr. James H. Slavens and Louisa A. (Rountree) Slavens. James H. Slavens was born July 30, 1809, and in 1818 went from Kentucky, his native State to Illinois, and thence, in 1820, to Montgomery County, Mo. In 1832 he married Louisa A. Rountree, who was born in North Carolina August 31, 1816. Seven children blessed this union, three of whom are deceased, viz.: Dr. Joseph W.R. Slavens, Thomas F. Slavens and Louisa Almarinda Slavens; four are still living, viz.: Dr. Z.L. Slavens, Mrs. N.A. Price, L.B. Slavens and L.J. Slavens. Dr. James H. Slavens, father of our subject, was a minister, and did honorable service as a missionary to the Indians one year. He moved to Buffalo, Mo., in 1844, where he practiced medicine and preached, and from there moved to Ebenezer, Mo., in 1850, where he spent two years, and subsequently removed to Webster County, Mo., returning to Buffalo in 1859. In 1861 he went to Indiana, and afterward located in Springfield, Mo. In 1865 he bought a farm near Buffalo, and in 1875 settled in Urbana, where he lived until his death, which occurred June 23, 1888. During the war he served as surgeon in Col. John S. Phelps’ regiment, United States Army. He was a successful medical practitioner, to which he devoted the greater part of his attention, commanding a large patronage wherever he went. He was a son of Stewart Slavens, of English descent. The mother of our subject died March 16, 1886; her parents were Joseph and Nancy (Nichols) Rountree, natives of North Carolina. Joseph Rountree located where Springfield now stands, before the town was founded, where he lived until his death, which occurred December 27, 1875, at the advanced age of ninety-three years. He was a farmer, and served as county judge. L.J. Slavens spent his early life in Webster and Dallas Counties, Mo., receiving a common-school education. At the age of eighteen he engaged in school teaching, which he pursued for about twelve years. May 5, 1878, he married Josephine Lindsey, who was born in Hickory County, Mo., December 11, 1855, and is a daughter of Lycurgus and Lucy (Toby) Lindsey. Lycurgus Lindsey, a native of Kentucky, is now a farmer of Hickory County, Mo.; he served as lieutenant of Company B, Eighth Missouri State Militia Volunteers, under Capt. Cosgrove. Mrs. Slavens was the third in a family of seven, two of whom, Mrs. Cynthia A. Pendleton and Mrs. Mary E. Creed, are deceased. The remaining four now living are Mrs. Matilda Coon, Mrs. Emma Thurston, Mrs. Laura White and Eugene Lindsey. Mr. Slavens engaged in his present business, at Urbana, in 1881. He was appointed notary public in 1876, which office he still holds. They have three children: Joseph Rountree, Mary Louisa and Inez Lucy. Mr. Slavens is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Politically he is a Republican. [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]
The milling interests of Dallas County, Mo., are ably represented by Mr. Smithpeter, who is the proprietor of the Buffalo Roller Mills, and is a dealer in flour and meal and native lumber. He was born in Laclede County, Mo., on the 2nd day of July, 1849, his parents, Alfred and Mary C. (Dugger) Smithpeter, having immigrated from their native State of Tennessee to that county in 1840. Here the father purchased 700 acres of timber land, and succeeded in improving a great portion of it previous to his death, which occurred in 1861, he being killed by bushwhackers. His widow and six of his ten children are still living, the latter’s names being Angeline (wife of G. Dethurum), Albert, Wilburn, Ellen (wife of M.H. Case), Marietta and Florence. Wilburn Smithpeter, whose name heads this sketch, was reared and educated in Laclede County, Mo., and remained with his parents until twenty-one years of age. In 1870 he came to Buffalo and engaged in the drug business, which business he followed until 1883, when he purchased the mill he is now operating. In 1887 he put in the roller process, and now manufactures as fine flour as can be had in any city, and supplies the demand for many miles around. His mill is a three-story frame building, run by steam, and has a capacity of fifty barrels per twenty-four hours. He also owns a valuable and well-improved farm of sixty acres, and is engaged in the lumber business, having a saw-mill attached to his grist-mill. Mr. Smithpeter is one of the progressive citizens of the county, and has done all in his power to encourage worthy enterprises. He is a member of the Masons, the I.O.O.F. and the A.O.U.W., being a Select Knight in the latter. In 1873 he was married to Lydia A. Shemberger, a native of Indiana, by whom he has two children: Charles W. and Herbert V. He and wife are worthy and consistent members of the Christian 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]
STAFFORD, James M.
James M. Stafford is one of the oldest settlers of Dallas County, Mo., and was born in Hardeman County, Tenn., February 5, 1827, and is a son of Bird and Lucy (Parker) Stafford, both of whom were born in North Carolina, and died in Dallas County, Mo., whither they had come from Hardeman County, Tenn., in 1840. March 3 he landed on the place where he died. The father was a soldier in the War of 1812, and, although previously a Democrat, during the late war was a strong Union man. He was a successful blacksmith and farmer, and in 1863 was married to Miss Eliza Wingo, but died three years later. To his first union eleven children were born, James M. and L.L. being the only ones who are now living. The former served during the Mexican War, and was in a number of fierce battles with the Indians on the plains. After the war he returned home and began working at the carpenter’s trade, but afterward engaged in farming and blacksmithing. He was without means on starting in life for himself, but his labors have been attended with good success, and he became the owner of 600 acres of land, but has given all but 360 acres to his sons. He served for a short time during the late war, a part of the time acting as orderly sergeant. May 30, 1850, he was married to Avaline Maddux, a daughter of Nathaniel and Rebecca Maddux, natives of Polk County, Tenn., and early settlers of Dallas County. Mrs. Stafford was born September 21, 1832, and died in Dallas County, Mo., August 4, 1871, having borne a family of twelve children, ten of whom are living: Amanda M. (wife of George T. Edmisson), Lucy E. (wife of E.D. Fortner), Newton C., Laura E. (wife of J.M. Bennett), Rebecca J. (wife of Thomas Routh), Martha A. (wife of J.L. Hardison), John P., Harriet T. (wife of William Norton) and Margaret S. (wife of George S. Wingo). Nathaniel Bird, William A. and Sarah E. are deceased. December 25, 1873, Mr. Stafford wedded Mary B. Harmon, a daughter of James Harmon. She was born in Missouri, and died in Dallas County November 25, 1882, having borne five children: Lydia L., Felix C., Hettie B., Floyd and Mary Ellen. Mr. Stafford is an elder in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and is a Democrat in politics, and a member of the Masonic fraternity. [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]