William L. McDaniel, a native Missourian, was born in Cole County in 1832. His father, Abraham McDaniel, was a son of Edward McDaniel, who came from Tennessee in 1820, and settled in Moniteau County, he (Abraham) being then about twenty years old. He married Miss Sallie Parker, of Moniteau County, daughter of Edward Parker, formerly of Tennessee. After living in Moniteau County a few years they moved to Cole County, where the subject of this sketch was born. The latter remained at the old home, which was afterward near California, and still later in Morgan County. In the spring of 1865 the father concluded it advisable to take his family to Illinois for safety, but about a month after arriving he died, in Lafayette County. William L. McDaniel married, July 13, 1854, Miss Lucinda P. Snodgrass, daughter of Edmund Snodgrass, of Cooper County. They later removed to Illinois, in 1865, but returned in 1866 to his farm near Akinsville, where they have since lived. This farm now consists of 256 acres. They have had seven children. Those now living are: William Milton, of Morgan County; Mrs. Sallie Ann Hunter, of Morgan County; Andrew Jackson, Lucy Ellender and John Leeper, at home. Mrs. Nancy Jane Harrison and an infant are deceased. Mr. McDaniel is a member of the Baptist Church. He is a Democrat in politics. Many interesting incidents might be related of the early experiences of this pioneer family if space but permitted. Their lot was the lot of others, and in another portion of the present volume an account of the hardships, customs, inconveniences and early life in general of these new-comers has been given in full.
History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage Counties, Missouri, Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1889.