A. H. Hanley, P. O., Longwood. One of the early settlers of the southern portion of this county; was born in what is now West Virginia, March 8, 1819, where he was raised, and educated in the country schools then in vogue. He came to Missouri in 1840, in company with Mr. C. G. Clark, and settled in this county (both of them) in the vicinity of his present residence. When he started from Virginia he had only $37,371/2 in cash, and when he landed in Saline, he had just $12 in money, and a moon-eyed pony with which to make his fortune. Soon after reaching here, he was employed in building a bridge over Blackwater, at the Sheridan ford, at fifty cents per day. He worked 148 days, and was thus enabled to get forty acres of land, part of the tract now owned by Mr. J. Q. Bellwood. He now owns a fine farm of 340 acres of land, well improved, a fine two story house, etc. He borrowed the oxen with which he first plowed his prairie; but the farmers in those times were much more liberal and accommodating than they are at the present day – so Mr. Hanley says, at any rate. His property, which is considerable, is the result of his own energy and perseverance, except, perhaps, one thousand dollars. When Messrs. Hanley and Clark started to Missouri, they made their way to Kanawa in wagons, and by laying in their own provisions, made a contract with a boat, by which they reached Cincinnati for six dollars, and from Cincinnati to St. Louis for twenty dollars. Mr. Hanley was married three times, his last wife being Miss Pheobe E. Claycombe of this county, He is the father of eleven children, eight of them, May E., John C., Virgy, James M., Lillie B., George W., Robert Lee, and Deal, now living. In 1857, he purchased and moved to his present farm, and has proved himself a success. Page 581

Samuel R. Cockrell was born in Cooper county, Missouri, December 2, 1850, and came with his parents to Saline county in 1856. He was educated at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri. In 1870, Mr. Cockrell settles upon his farm in Saline, and commenced the business of farming, and is a young man of steady habits and good business qualifications, making a successful farmer and stock-raiser. After the death of Mr. R. V. Harvey, Mr. Cockrell purchased his farm, and there, with a young and charming wife, to whom he was married in September, 1880, and surrounded by all the comforts of life, he has a happy future before him. Page 581

F. M. Stotts. The subject of this sketch was born in Pettis county, Missouri, April 3, 1851, and received his education at the college at Georgetown, Missouri. In the year 1875, he quit farming, and engaged in merchandising at Ridge Prairie. On the 12th of June, 1876. Mr. Stotts was married to Miss Mary Swank, of Mississippi county, Missouri. He has made merchandising a success, and as he has purchased property and built a large store-room in the village, he may now be considered permanently settled, and his urbanity and strict attention to business, has won for him the respect and patronage of the people. Page 581-582

Richard W. Nicolds was born in Howard county, Missouri, in 1831, and hence is now fifty years of age. He was raised in Howard county, and educated at the old Howard high school in Fayette. In 1857 he was married to Miss Sallie A. Hurt of Saline county, and moved to Saline at the close of the war, in 1865. Mr. Nicolds was present at the first Booneville fight, having joined the state guard, under Price. In December, 1861, he was captured with Frank Robertson’s regiment, at Blackwater, and sent first to McDowell’s College, St. Louis, and then to the Alton, Illinois, prison. He was a prisoner nine months, and then exchanged at Vicksburg. He then rejoined the Confederate army, and surrendered at the close of the war, at Shreveport, Louisiana. Since the war Mr. Nicolds has resided in Saline county, and has taken an active part in the politics of the county. Page 582

Richard Marsahll, pioneer, was born in Albemarle county, Virginia, in the year 1790, and was one of the pioneers of Saline county. At the early age of eighteen, he was married to Miss Elizabeth Rhoades, of Virginia, and in the fall of 1822, he immigrated to Missouri, landing in Howard county, on Christmas day of that year. In the spring of 1823, he lost his wife, by whom he had had seven children, only two of whom are now living. In the summer of 1824, he married Miss Jane Gwin, by whom he had eight children, only three of whom are now living: Joseph, James M. and Mrs. Mary J. Thorp. In the year 1825, Mr. Marshall entered land in Saline county, upon which he settled during the succeeding year, and upon which he remained until his death, which occurred at his residence, March 26, 1872. Mr. Marshall came to this county, in moderate circumstances, but he became a large and successful farmer and stock raiser, and died one of the wealthy men of Saline county. Mr. Marshall was an honest man, and stood high for his honor and integrity, wherever known. Page 582

Joseph Marshall, the subject of this sketch, is a native of Saline county, and was born on the 20th of March, 1827, and was educated in the common schools of the neighborhood. When only about twenty years old, he volunteered in the Mexican war, and belonged to Captain Reed’s Saline county company, under Doniphan, and served in his famous expedition to Chihuahua, and was present at the battles of the Bracito and Sacramento. In 1849, Mr. Marshall started to California, but his health became so bad, he had to return home. The next year, however, went to California, and remained there, engaged in mining, until 1853, when he returned home to Saline. In the fall of that same year, Mr. Marshall was married to Miss May Porter, and in March, 1854, he moved to his present residence. Of this marriage, Mr. Marshall had two children, one of whom, R. A. Marshall resides on a farm in Pettis county. His wife dying in 1855, in 1856, Mr. Marshall married Miss Lizzy M. Lynch, by whom he has had nine children, four boys and five girls, all of whom are living. Mr. Marshall owns 800 acres of fine land, and is a successful farmer and stock dealer. Page 582-583

Reuben V. Harvey, deceased. Was born in Orange county, Virginia, March 23, 1811, and moved to Saline county, Missouri, in 1823. In 1825 or 1826 he built the first store at Ridge Prairie, and sold goods there for a number of years, running the store in connection with his farm. Besides carrying on his extensive farm, he was a large trader in all kinds of country produce, and dealer in cattle, mules and hogs. In 1856 he was married to his third wife, Margaret Cockrell. Was a member of the M. E. Church, South, having joined many years ago, under the ministry of Dr. Boyle, and up to the time of his death, which occurred January 18, 1877, he was a most useful, active and public-spirited citizen. In him society lost a genial member, and his associates a warm, true friend. He was ever ready, both with advice and means, to aid the young and struggling, and his death was greatly deplored. Page 583

Stephen Dial, is a native of Missouri, having been born in Cooper county in 1832. He emigrated to California in 1852, where he remained for three years, and then returned to Cooper county. On the 19th of August, 1855, he was married to his cousin, Miss Dial. In the fall of the same year he moved to Texas, and remained there for a number of years, In the spring of 1862 he enlisted in the Confederate army, orderly sergeant, Co. G., Stone’s regiment, Texas cavalry, and was under E. Kirby Smith in the campaigns against Banks and Steele, at the battle of Mansfield and others too numerous to mention. In 1866 he left Texas and settled at his present home in Saline county, Missouri. Mr. Dial is the father of five children, only two of whom, S. H. and Stephen P., are now living. He is a good farmer and a hospitable, clever gentleman. Page 583

O. D. Finley, was born in Boone county, Missouri, January 20, 1827, and there grew to manhood, and was educated in the schools of the country. In 1849, at the age of twenty-two, he moved with his father to Saline county, and settled in the immediate neighborhood of his present residence. On the 2d December, 1851, he was married to Miss Sallie Stoneman, by whom he had six children, of whom John, Robert H., William O., and Lewis M. are now living. Robert is a graduate of the Missouri Medical College, and is married. Mr. Finley has been a successful farmer, and has been a justice of the peace for Blackwater township for a number of years, as he is at present. Page 583

John Zeigel, P. O., Herndon. Was born in Jefferson county, New York, in 1841, and came to Missouri in 1854 with his parents, and settled in Cooper county, on the Lamine river, where he lived about twelve years. He then married Miss Louisa Vociel, and had three children: Charles, Ida M. and Esther E. His wife died in 1873, and he married the second time to Miss Fannie Housborough, daughter of Col. Housborough, of this county. They have three children: Mattie Belle, Alonzo, and William A. He is a member of the Methodist Church, South. During the war Mr. Zeigel was in the commissary department of the regular United States service, and did not participate in any battles. He has a farm of 115 acres, well improved and well stocked. He had no start, but has made all he has by his own industry and management Except about one year and a half, during which he clerked in a store, in Booneville, he has been farming most of his life. Page 583-584

Strauther Clark, P. O., Marshall, Was born in Monroe county, West Virginia, in 1829. Was raised there and lived there until 1851, then moved to this county and settled within a short distance of where he now lives, being one of the first settlers of that region. In 1866 he married Miss Rosa J. Finley, daughter of P. D. Finley, of this county, by whom he has two children: Mara and Nancy, both living at home. Mr. Clark is a member of the Christian Church, with membership at Bethlehem; is a Mason, member of the Hemdon Lodge. In the war he did not join either army, being exempt, and was not molested except by the loss of one horse. Page 584

Judge Wm. B. Napton, P. O., Ridge Prairie. Judge Napton was born in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1808, where he was raised. He first attended school for some years in Lawrenceville, under the care of Rev. J. V. Brown, and at another academy in Princeton. He entered the college in Princeton, and graduated in 1826. Through the kindness of Dr. Arch. Alexander, of the theological seminary, he was introduced into the family of Gen. W. F. Gordon, of Albemarle county, Virginia, and at that time in congress, where he lived three years, teaching his children and reading law in the general’s library. He then entered the University of Virginia, and graduated in the law department under Prof. Lomax, and at the same time prosecuted the study of modern languages, French, Spanish and Italian, under Bleutterman. Procuring a license from three judges, as the Virginia law then required, he commenced the practice of law in Charleston, Virginia, and continued there for two years, or until 1832. In 1832, at the instance of a friend, he moved to Columbia, Missouri, with the view of establishing there a political paper, but finally decided to establish the paper in Fayette, Howard county, Missouri, under the name the Boonslick Democrat. While practicing law and editing this paper, he was elected secretary of the state senate. Shortly after the expiration of the session, on the transfer of the attorney general, R. W. Wells, to the United State bench, he was appointed by Gov. Dunklin, attorney general of the state. In 1838, with the consent of the senate, he was appointed by Gov. Boggs, one of the judges of the supreme court of Missouri, which position, by appointment and election, Judge Napton has continued to hold, with short intervels, as shown by the supreme court reports, until 1880, a period of forty years. Judge Napton was married in 1838, to Miss Malinda Williams, daughter of Judge Thomas L. Williams, chancellor of East Tennessee. Mrs. Napton died in 1862, leaving nine living children, and one dead, eight sons and one daughter, the latter being the wife of Mr. E. D. Montague, of Marshall. His sons are: William B., attorney at law, now living in this county; Thomas L., attorney at law, Deer Lodge, Montana; John, James S., farming in Pettis county, Missouri; Chas. M., attorney at law, St. Louis, Missouri; H. P. Wellington, attorney at law, Joplin, Missouri; Lewis W., stockman, near Deer Lodge, Montana, and Frank. The judge started in life with nothing but a good education, but untiring energy and abilities of the highest order, has made his name known throughout the land; and he now owns a splendid farm of 1,760 acres of land in the most picturesque portion of Saline county. His residence was built in 1840, and is situated on a high wooded bluff, overlooking the Blackwater valley for miles. Judge Napton has always been an uncompromising democrat. He and Senator Benton were at one time great political friends, but as the issue arose between the Benton and anti-Benton democrats, on what are know as the “Jackson resolutions,” (of which Judge Napton was the author), he squarely antagonized Mr. Benton, and was largely instrumental in his subsequent overthrow. Page 584-585

History of Saline County, Missouri 1881

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