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H. DAUGHERTY:
Hezekiah Daugherty was born in Morgan county, Ohio, June 9, 1839. Was the son of John and Margaret Daugherty, the former a native of Pennsylvania, and the latter of Ohio. He attended the common schools of his native place and worked upon his father's farm until he was twenty-two years of age, when, on the 31st of November, 1861, he enlisted in the service of the Union as a private in company I of the Sixty-second regiment of Ohio volunteer infantry, and served three years in the army of the Potomac, participating in the many severe engagements of that wing of the service. Receiving his honorable discharge in 1864, he returned to his home in Morgan county and pursued his avocation of farming. December 29,1868, he married Miss Sarah J. Much (Meach/Meech), a native of Ohio, born November 8, 1849. Four years after his marriage he removed to Grundy count)', where he has since resided an esteemed citizen and farmer of Trenton township. Mr. and Mrs. Daugherty are the parents of three children, whose names and dates of birth are as follows: George T., born October 14,1870; John A., April 15, 1877; and Lenora P.., born April 29, 1881.
Source:  The History of Grundy County, Missouri: Birdsall & Dean, publ. 1881; Submitted to Genealogy Trails and Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack 

HON. R. A. DeBOLT:
Rezin A. DeBolt, of Trenton, is a native of Fairfield county, Ohio, born January 20, 1828. Reared on a farm, his time up to his seventeenth year was divided between agricultural pursuits and acquiring an education in the common schools of the county, the first of which was the foundation of his presents rugged and vigorous constitution and the last the beginning of future attainments. In 1845, in his seventeenth year, he was apprenticed for three years to a tanner, served his time, and followed his trade for a few years, and in the meantime gave his nights to study, "many times and oft" burning the "midnight oil," as he eagerly pored over dry volumes of legal lore. Ceaseless diligence and tireless study were at last rewarded, and in February, 1856, the whilom tanner's apprentice was admitted to the bar, to practice in the courts of Ohio. Two years he practiced in his native State, then following the tide of immigration which was flowing rapidly westward, he joined the throng, hoping to take the tide “at the flood which leads on to fortune."
Arriving in Missouri he settled in Trenton and began the successful practice of his profession in 1858. The following year he was appointed commissioner of common schools of Grundy county, and was elected to the same office in 1860, but still continuing his practice which the duties of his office did not interfere with. When the dark clouds of dread civil war first hovered over the land, he was among the first to come to his country's aid, and his voice grew strangely eloquent when he raised it in behalf of the Union and the stars and stripes. In 1861 he recruited a company; was elected captain in the Twenty-third Missouri volunteer infantry. At the head of his men he participated in the battle of Shiloh, and was captured April 6, 1862, and held a prisoner until the following October. His health had become impaired and he resigned his commission in 1863, but again entered the United States service in 1864, and was commissioned major of the Forty-fourth Missouri volunteer infantry, remaining until mustered out in August, 1865. November, 1863, he was elected judge of the Circuit Court of the Eleventh judicial circuit, which office he held by reelection until January 1, 1875, and by his impartial rulings won many encomiums.
In 1877 Judge DeBolt again entered the arena of political life, as a candidate for congress, and after an exciting and bitter canvass was elected a member of the Forty-fourth Congress, as a Democrat, defeating his opponent by two hundred and seventeen votes. Since the expiration of his term in Congress, he has given his entire attention to his large law practice. He is a man fearless, independent and outspoken in his advocacy of what he believes to be right. By hard battles against desperate resistance, he has won his way to his high position in the esteem of the people among whom he lives.
Judge DeBolt has been twice wedded. His first marriage was to Miss Maria M. McCleery, of Fairfield County, Ohio, near Lancaster, June 19, 1849. By this marriage they had a family of six children, three only of whom are living. Mrs. DeBolt died February 4, 1869.
His second marriage was to Miss Laurestine U. Dinsmoor, a native of Canada, but reared in New York. The ceremony was performed October 12, 1869. Five children have been the issue of this union, all living.
Judge DeBolt has a fine residence in the southeastern portion of the city, with grounds covering ten and a half acres, handsomely laid off with shade trees and shrubbery in front of the house. With his wife and family gathered around, it makes one of the most pleasant and comfortable homes in Trenton.
Source:  The History of Grundy County, Missouri: Birdsall & Dean, publ. 1881; Submitted to Genealogy Trails and Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack   

ABNER DRINKARD:
Was born near Glasgow, Howard county, Missouri, February 1, 1826. He came to Grundy County with his parents in 1841 and settled at the forks of Grand River, five miles northwest of Trenton. In 1862 he enlisted in the Confederate army, Captain Hugh's company and Col. Perkins's regiment, and in October of the same year was taken prisoner at Roanoke, Missouri, and kept in prison at St. Louis, and Alton, Illinois, until February, 1865, when he was liberated on parole. He went to Quincy, Illinois, and from there to Roanoke, Missouri, returning to Grundy county in 1872, settled in Trenton and worked at carpentering until 1876, when he was employed in the repair shops of the C., R. I. & P. R. R. company, and remained four years. In 1880 he went to live with his son, William E., assisting him in his grocery store at Trenton. He has been twice married, the first time to Miss Erne Maston in 1842, who died in 1843; and the second time to Miss Caroline E. Clark, in 1847, and by whom he has five children: Mary J., wife of C. Sires, of Grundy county, William E., grocer of Trenton; John W., employee" in C, R. I. & P. R. R. shops; James M., and Fronie, wife of Newton Ratliff, farmer of Grundy county. In 1852 he was elected county assessor holding the position for two years, and in 1858 was elected one of the county judges, holding that position until 1862, when he was legislated out of office.
Source:  The History of Grundy County, Missouri: Birdsall & Dean, publ. 1881; Submitted to Genealogy Trails and Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack   


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