J.C. Cain.
was born November 2, 1865, and is a son of Peter and Missouri A. Mullins, natives of Kentucky.  The father came to Misouri when there were but two or three houses in Princeton, and once owned the land where Princeton is now built.  He donated the property for the depot there, and assisted in organizing Mercer County.  He served twice as sheriff and once as judge of the county, and was one of the most influential citizens of the locality.  To himself and wife eleven children were born, seven of whom are living:  Mary, Rebecca, Sarah, Jonathan, J.C., David and Rose.  Mr. Peter Cain was a Democrat in politics, and one of the enterprising and public spirited men of his county.  His death occurred in 1874, and his wealth at this time was estimated at between $150,000 and $200,000.  J.C. was reared upon his father's farm, and after attending the district schools in the neighborhood attended Wheaton College, near Chicago, Ill., and upon graduating from the preparatory department of same studied the higher branches another year.  He has now been engaged in the grocery business under the firm name of C.B. Woodward & Co., for over a year, and is also the owner of a fine farm in Harrison County containing over 800 acres of well stocked and improved land.
Source: The Histories of Harrison and Mercer Counties, Goodspeed Publishing, 1888

J.Q. Chambers-
was born in Jennings County, Ind., in 1831, and is a son of John and Elizabeth Chambers.  John Chambers was a native of North Carolina, and immigrated to Indiana in an early day.  He married Elizabeth Hankins, afterward settled in Jennings County, and remained there until 1832, when he moved to Decatur County, where he reared a family of thirteen children, all living but one.  In 1845 he immigrated to harrison County, Mo., and entered 320 acres of land.  He and wife were members of the Baptist Church.  He died from the effects of a wound received by a fall in 1851.  His wife lived until 1862, when she died, and was buried by the side of him in the same graveyard, near Cainesville; his family are all dead now but four-two girls and two boys.

J.Q. Chambers lived with his father until of age, when he maried a Miss M.E.E. J. Bishop, a daughter of Absalom Bishop.  He subsequently entered land, and farmed for a few years, then sold his farm, and went to blacksmithing, which trade he has followed most of the time since.  Himself and wife have had ten children, fiveof whom are now living, viz: Joab, Mary C., Talitha J., David M. and Ida B.  Mr. C. owns his shop and residence in Cainesville.  He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and himself wife and family, except, one son, are all church members.  During the war Mr. Chambers enlisted in the United States army, Company F, Thirty-fifth Missouri Infantry, under Col. Kimball, but was not in any regular engagement, and was soon discharged on account of disability, from which disability he still suffers.
Source: History of Harrison and Mercer Counties Missouri, Goodspeed Publishing 1888

George W. Chancy-a farmer of Sugar Creek Township, was born in Russell County, VA, in 1831, and was the eighth of ten children of John and Elizabeth (Blair) Chancy, who were also natives of that State, living there until there marriage.  About 1840 they moved to Grundy County, thence in 1853 to California, where he died in 1854.  Mr. Chancy was twice married, and his life ling occupation was farming in connection with blacksmithing.  The mother died in Minnesota about 1877. 

George W was reared at home, without the advantages of educaton, and was married in 1852 to Elizabeth, daughter of John and Isabel Hudson, formerly of Tennessee, where their daughter was born.  This union has resulted in eight children, seven of whom are living: John Henry, Mary (wife of James Jolly, of Kansas); Andrew Green, Emerson, Milton V., Thomas R. and Albert E.  Mr. Chancy remained in Grundy County but a short time, then settled in Sugar Creek Township, twenty miles southeast of Bethany, where he has since resided (with the exception of two years spent in California, where he engaged in mining and teaming)  following the occupation of farming, and as a result of his efforts he has a fine farm of 240 acres.  During the war he served under Capt. Hutton in the Missouri Militia.  Politically he was formerly a Whig, asting his first vote for Pierce.  Both he and his wife are members of the Baptist Church, and take a great interest in all educational and other laudable enterprises.
Source: History of Harrison and Mercer Counties, Missouri, Goodspeed Publishing 1888.

Oliver W. Curtis-an expert automobile mechanic, but who is at present farming in Butler Township, was born in Van Buren County, Michigan, at Hartford, April 3, 1883, the son of Ezra and Julia E. (McNitt) Curtis.  Ezra Curtis was born in New York, April 11, 1834 and is now living at Kalamazoo, Michigan, and his wife died in Hartford, Michigan, October 11, 1914.

Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Curtis were the parents of the following children:  Barney, of California; Alva and Mrs. Leona Tierney, both deceased; Mrs. Bertha Brague, of Kalamazoo Michigan; John, of St. Joseph, Missouri; Harry of California; Ada, of Kalamazoo, Michigan; Oliver W, of this sketch; and Grover C. of Benton Harbor, Michigan.

Oliver W. Curtis was educated in the public schools of Michigan, and sent three years in Lewis Institute at Chicago, a mechanical and mathematical school, and after finishing his education, he was in the automobile business in Chicago anf followed this line of work until recently, when he traded his garage in Blythedale, Missouri, for his present farm in Butler Township in May, 1921.  He has eighty five acres one and one half miles east of Matkins, formerly the C.M. Vance place;  fifteen acres are in oats, fifteen acres in corn, fifteen acres in hay and the remainder in pasture.

Mr. Curtis was married in 1914 to Beulah Walton of Blythedale, Missouri, a daughter of J.W. and Rosa Walton, both of whom live at Blythedale.

Mr. Curtis is a member of the Masonic Lodge at Eagleville, Missouri, and of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Blythedale, Missouri.

Although Mr. Curtis is an expert automobile man and a very efficient mechanic, he has always wanted a farm and is now doing the work he likes best.  He can make an entire automobile and desires to study electrical work further.
[Source: History of Harrison County, Missouri, by Geo. Wanamaker, 1921].

Judge Italus M. Curry
was born in Indiana in 1842.  He came to Eagleville in 1875 and lived there until his death, June 14, 1813.  He was a member of the County Court of Harrison County for four years and left a clean record.  He was a member of the G.A.R.

transcribers note:  Judge Italus M. Curry is buried in the Masonic Cemetery in Eagleville, Mo.  his death date is listed June 14, 1913

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