Henry L. Acton Farmer, section 21, was born in Morrow County, Ohio, March 12, 1836. His ancestors were natives of England, and his father, Osborn Acton, was born in Maryland. He was married in Ohio to Miss Rachel Hetrick, a native of Pennsylvania, whose ancestors were from Germany. Henry L. was the fourth in a family of six children.

In 1851 he came with his father, to Holt County, Missouri, where he has since resided, excepting about two years, when he lived in Kansas. In 1872 he moved to his present location, and now owns a farm-of 160 acres. During 1861 he was in the Missouri State militia for six months. March 8, 1863, Mr. Acton was married to Miss Nancy A. Kunkel, who was born in Morrow County, Ohio, January 3, 1844. Her father, Barnabas Kunkel, was a native of Pennsylvania. Her mother's maiden name was Catharine Secrest, a native of Pennsylvania. Mrs. A. was the second child in a family often, and in 1848 came to Missouri.

They have had five children, two of whom are now living, Lillie R. and John F. Mr. A. and wife are members of the United Brethren Church, and he is also a minister of that denomination, holding a quarterly conference license.

Source: "History of Holt and Atchison Counties, 1882" transcribed by Karyn.