Richard ACTON was born in Richland County, Ohio; Jan. 14, 1828. His parents were from Maryland and came to OH about 1820. Richard was raised on a farm. He left Ohio in 1847, and reached Holt County, July 14 of that year. He stayed for a time with Jacob KUNKEL in Nodaway township and practiced carpentry.
He married Mary E. BROCKMAN (born Barren County, KY) on April 4, 1850. Mary was daughter of Willis BROCKMAN who came to Holt County in Sept. 1843 and settled in Nodaway township. Mr. Acton bought and settled on a farm in 1851. He followed carpentering for several years and then devoted himself wholly to farming. He owns 250 acres.
Previous to the Civil War he was a Democrat, was a Union man during the rebellion, and has since been a Republican. He has, in 1877, 9 children living. Since 1852 he has acted as justice of the peace in Nodaway township.
Source: "An Illustrated Historical Atlas Map, Holt County, MO," published by Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia, 1877
Provided by Dave Roberts of Lyon County, Kentucky, a former Holt County resident.