Benton County


An enterprising farmer of Mississippi County was born in Benton County, Tenn., in 1852, and is a son of Noah and Jane (Cowell) Strickland, both of whom were born and reared in Tennessee. Noah Strickland was born in 1816, and was a farmer, owning 500 acres of land. He was a highly respected citizen, and a member of the A.F. & A.M. His wife was born in 1819, and died in 1860. They had twelve children, of whom Joseph E., Charles H. and Susan G. (Mrs. John Allen) are deceased. Those living are Sarah (Mrs. W.C. Jernigan, of Carroll County, Tenn.), Nancy J. (Mrs. Ashley Bivens, of Benton County, Tenn.), William (of Wilson County, Tenn.), John C. (of Bertrand, Mo.), Cora G. (Mrs. Jacob Sullivan, of Williston, Tenn.), Thomas, Martha A., Louisa M. (widow of Richard Thompson) and Newton T. After the death of our subject's mother, Mr. Strickland married Elizabeth Davidson, who now lives in Long Prairie Township, with two of her daughters, her husband having died in 1879. Newton T. remained at his father's until he was twenty- five years of age. In November 1877, he was united in marriage with Sophronia I. Thompson, a native of Benton County, Tenn., born on August 17, 1855. She is a daughter of Albert and Amanda (Jarrell) Thompson, natives of Tennessee and North Carolina, respectively, who were married on August 17, 1854. The former was a son of William and Peninah (Holland) Thompson, natives of North Carolina, who early immigrated to Tennessee. They had twelve children, five of whom are living: Willis, David, Mary Ann, Rhoda (Beasley) and Jerry. Those dead are Benjamin, Lemuel, William, Charles, Albert, Dollie (Higden) and Eliza (Gossett). The father of these children died in 1848, and his widow was married to John Horn, a Baptist minister, who died about eleven months after his marriage. Mrs. Horn is now living in Benton County, Tenn., and is ninety years of age. She enjoys good health, except that she is now almost blind. She had been very active and energetic, and has ever been a good, kind mother, and a devoted Christian, beloved by all who knew her. She is a member of the Primitive Baptist Church. Amanda Jarrell was the daughter of Richard and Elizabeth (Stires) Jarrell, also natives of North Carolina, who came to Tennessee at an early day. Richard was a highly respected man, and an accomplished school-teacher. He died about 1843, and his widow followed about 1861. They had eleven children, of whom nine are deceased: Lucinda, Missouri, Calvin, Franklin, Amanda, Nancy Ann, Queene, Thomas and Susan. Those living are Daniel and Lafayette, both of whom live in Texas. Mr. and Mrs. Strickland came to Southeast Missouri in January, 1881, and located on their present farm. They are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. He is a member of the A.F. & A.M. and of the A.O.U.W. To them three children have been born as follows: Albert N., November 13, 1878; Emma E., April 12, 1881; and Eulah G., August 9, 1884.
Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri Biographies of Mississippi County, 1888