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The present county clerk of Grundy county was born near Lebanon, Warren county, Ohio, July 15, 1828. From Warren county his parents removed to Logan county, Ohio, and thence to Perry county, Illinois, where his mother died in 1843, and his father followed her to the grave two years later. David, then seventeen years of age, returned to his native county in the Buckeye State, and there remained until 1853, when he removed to Putnam county, in the same State. His opportunities for acquiring an education, had been few, consisting of one year's attendance in the district schools, where the facilities for imparting instruction were meager, but with a settled resolve he persevered, using his every leisure moment at home to supply his thirst for learning, and at the age of twenty-six, when he removed to Putnam county, his ample qualifications at once gave him the post of teacher in the district school.
On the 10th of November, 1853, while a resident of the above named county, he wedded Miss Lydia Wamsley. Mr. Pugh continued to teach school during the winter months and farm during the summer until the momentous year of 1861, when, among the many gallant sons of Ohio, he volunteered in defense of the Union, enlisting in company D, of the Twenty-first regiment of Ohio volunteer infantry, and in one year's service was promoted from the ranks to corporal and then orderly sergeant, when he was discharged on account of sickness.
Returning home to rest and attention soon restored him to health once more, and on the first day of September, 1863, he again enlisted, going out as orderly sergeant of company G, of the Twelfth regiment of Ohio volunteers. He participated in a number of engagements, the most important being the sanguinary battles of Mount Sterling, Ky., Saltville, Ya., Bristol, Tenn., Wytheville, Va., and Salisbury, N. O, and was mustered out of the service as first lieutenant of his company on the 14th of November, 1865. After a short stay at his home in Putnam county, Ohio, he started out to make a home in the West and to grow and flourish with the country.
Arriving in Missouri, the fertile prairies and wooded land of Grundy county attracted his attention and he settled upon«a farm in Franklin township, and for the first seven years of his residence there divided his time between tilling the soil and "teaching the young idea how to shoot" the shaft of knowledge from the bow of learning, in the district school.
In 1872 he became cashier of the First National Bank and most acceptably filled the position for two years, when he resigned his place. In 1876 he was appointed to fill an unexpired term of county clerk, and in 1878 was elected to the position for the full term by a handsome majority. He is a clever, genial gentleman, and most worthily presides over the affairs in the county clerk's office, giving courteous attention and entire satisfaction to all comers who visit him.
Mr. and Mrs. Pugh have been blessed with five children, all daughters; namely, Josephine, now Mrs. J. B. Lindsay, of Kidder, Mo.; Mary, now Mrs. W. C. Key, of Trenton; Alice, now teaching school in Colorado; Eleonora and Florence remaining to brighten home with their presence.
Source:  The History of Grundy County, Missouri: Birdsall & Dean, publ. 1881; Submitted to Geneaology Trails and Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack 

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