Dent County Missouri
Milton Godbey, M.D.
Milton Godbey, M.D., of Salem, Mo., was born in Pulaski County, Ky., April 3, 1845, and is the son of Rev. Josiah and Sena (Kelly) Godbey, and grandson of William Godbey, who was a native of Caroline County, Va., born in 1781.Josiah Godbey was born June 30, 1817, in Pulaski County, Ky., and remained at home until twenty years of age, when he married Miss Sena Kelly, daughter of Samuel and Nancy Kelly. This was in 1837. Ten children were born to their union: William C., John E., Martha J., Sarah H., Milton, Samuel M., Josiah, Maggie, Thomas and Sena A. In 1833 Josiah Godbey was converted, and commenced studying for the ministry, though by his own efforts. In 1841 he entered the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal Church, by joining the Kentucky Conference as an itinerant, being ordained two years later in Louisville, Ky., by Bishop Morris. He continued to preach the Gospel in Kentucky, meeting with good success, for eleven years. In September, 1852, he moved to Cooper County, Mo., and for over thirty-five years has been engaged in his ministerial duties in Missouri. Dr. Milton Godbey went to Cooper County, Mo., with his parents when a boy of eight years, and received his literary education in the common schools of that county, but later attended the public high-school in St. Louis. In 1866 he commenced the study of medicine, his preceptor being Dr. A.H. Conkwright, of Sedalia. In 1867 he entered the Ohio Medical College at Cincinnati, and in 1868 commenced practicing at Jonestown, Mo., in Bates County. In March, 1870, he graduated as an M.D. at the Ohio Medical College, and afterward practiced in Bates County, until 1875, when he came to Salem, Mo. Here he has since resided, actively engaged in the practice of his profession, to which he has devoted his whole time and attention. He has a large practice, and is one of the leading physicians of the county. On January 31, 1872, he married Miss Robertha P. Simpson, who was born at Harrisonville, Cass Co., Mo., February 20, 1854. They have three children deceased: Annie, Jervase and Frank; three living: Milton E., Pearl and Elizabeth S. In politics the Doctor is a Democrat, casting his first vote for Seymour in 1868; is a member of the Rolla District Medical Society, and has been its president several terms. He is a member of the United States Pension Examining Board of Dent County, and has been president of the same since its organization, eleven months ago. He is a member of the A.O.U.W., and he and wife 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;]
Peter Guthoerl, another enterprising farmer of Spring Creek Township, was born in the Kingdom of Prussia, Germany, in 1843. His parents, Jacob and Catherine (Krame) Guthoerl, were natives of Prussia, born in 1807 and 1809, respectively. John Jacob Guthoerl was a farmer by occupation, and died in 1845. In 1854 his widow and two children came to America, and located in Athens County, Ohio. In 1856 she married Jacob Bruhlman, who was a native of Switzerland, and in 1866 they moved to Crawford County, Mo., where he died in March, 1874. Mrs. Bruhlman is yet living, and resides with her son Peter. Her other child, John Jacob Guthoerl, was wounded at the battle of Peach Tree Creek, July 22, 1864, and died the 28th of the same month, at the age of twenty-six. Peter Guthoerl came to the United States with his mother when eleven years of age, and attained his growth on a farm. September 5, 1861, he enlisted in Company E, Eighteenth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, as private, and was in the fights at Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Mission Ridge, Nashville and many severe skirmishes. He was in service until November, 1865, being discharged at Camp Chase, Ohio, but was mustered out at Augusta, Ga. April 17, 1865, he was made sergeant of Company A, Eighteenth Regiment Ohio Infantry, and in May, 1865, he was appointed and commissioned, by John Brough, of Ohio, as second lieutenant of Company I, Eighteenth Regiment. These promotions were for bravery, patriotism and fidelity to the Union cause. After the war he returned to Athens County, Ohio, and in 1869 came to Crawford County, Mo., and in 1870 bought 220 acres of land in Dent County, Spring Creek Township, where he now resides. Since then, or from 1870 to 1874, he made several trips to Texas and the Indian Territory. December 24, 1876, he married Miss Missouri Jane Earney, a daughter of Judge Martin and Lydia (Deal) Earney, of Crawford County, Mo., who were among the first settlers in Crawford County. Judge Earney died in October, 1881, at the age of seventy years, but his widow is yet living. She was not outside the county for fifty years, until the winter of 1888-89, when she made her son-in-law, Peter Guthoerl, a visit. She is seventy-nine years of age. Mrs. Guthoerl was born January 10, 1853, in Crawford County, Mo., and to this union were born five children: Lydia C., Laura, Ingersoll, Firnim and William A. Mr. Guthoerl now owns 415 acres of good land, and is a well-to-do citizen. He is a stanch Republican in his political views, casting his first presidential vote for Lincoln in 1864. He is agnostic in his belief. [Source: "History of Laclede, Camden, Dallas, Webster, Wright, Texas, Pulaski, Phelps and Dent Counties, Missouri", Chicago: The Goodspeed Publishing Co. 1889;]
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