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