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John Thomas James
a successful farmer and stockman of Benton Township, Daviess County, is a native of Daviess County.  He was born Jan. 28, 1868, in Marion Township, a son of Robert T. and Mary Jane (Pennington) James.

Robert T. James was born in Callaway County, Aug. 23, 1845, and came to Daviess County with his parents when ten years of age.  He became a prominent farmer and stockman, owning 300 acres of land in Marion Township, Daviess county and 800 acres in Kansas.  He was a breeder of Shorthorn cattle and spotted Poland China hogs.  Mr. James was a Democrat and a member of the Baptist Church.  He died Aug. 16, 1915, and his wife died in December, 1893.  They were the parents of the following children:  George F., deceased; Lester, deceased; Ellen, deceased; William, Johnson City, Texas; S. Ann, the wife of Connie J. Miller, Civil Bend, Alice, the wife of Elmer E. Bowsart, Gentry County; Rose, married Jerry Ahart, Daviess County; Alma, the wife of Robert Miller, Gallatin; Wesley, Vernon County; Ezra, Missouri; Carrie, the wife of George Fleming, Santa Rosa, Mo.; and John Thomas, of this sketch.

John Thomas James was reared in Daviess County, and recived his education in the public schools and in Stanberry, Mo.  He then taught school for eight years in Daviess county.  At the end of this time, Mr. James became engaged in farming and stock raising.  He purchased 125 acres of land and became a widely known breeder of Shorthorn cattle and black Poland hogs.  Mr. James has also been a minister in the Penticostal Church for 19 years, having been located in the Pattonsburg church of 12 years.

On Feb 3, 1892 Mr. James married Amanda E. Groomer, a native of Marion Township, Daviess County, and a daughter of Jesse and Mary E. (Cain) Groomer.  Mr. and Mrs. Groomer were both born in Missouri.  To John Thomas and Amanda E. (Groomer) James the following children were born:  Lelia, deceased; Mary, deceased; Elroy, resides in Albany; Floyd F., enlisted in the navy during the World War, and was in active service, transporting troops to France; Estie, the wife of Albert Therber, Civil Bend; Esther, the wife of Robert Devers; Florence, the wife of O.L. Butcher, Pattonsburg; Grace, Kansas City; Robert T., at home; Lilia, at home; Ethel, at home.  Mrs. James died Sept. 30, 1919.

Mr. James is a Republican.  he is well known throught the county for his progressive ideas, and he and his family are highly respected citizens.
Source: History of Daviess and Gentry Counties, Missouri, Daviess County by Johns C. Leopard and Buel Leopard, Gentry County by R.M. McCammon and Mary McCammon Hillman, Historical Publishing, 1922
Submitted by Melody Beery

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