James K. Estes, a stock-shipper of Versailles, is a native of Morgan County, Mo., and was born in 1840. His youth was spent on a farm, and at the age of twenty he left home and enlisted in the State Militia, and participated in the following battles: Boonville (Mo.), Carthage, Wilson's Creek (where he was wounded), Drywood, Lexington and many others. He went home in the spring of 1862, worked on the farm one season, and in September of the same year was married to Miss Drucilla A. Tipton, a native of Boone County, Mo., and the daughter of L. D. Tipton. Mr. Estes rented land one year and then moved, in the spring of 1864, to the old Sims farm, which he rented one season. He engaged in the cattle business in 1863 and moved to Madison County, Ill., where he remained one year, after which he went back, in the spring of 1866, and rented the Sims farm, remaining there one season, and then located on a farm near Versailles, where he resided until 1879, and where he has 233 acres of land. He then settled north of town, and in 1881 moved to Versailles, where he has remained ever since, engaged in the stock business. He and wife are members of the Baptist Church. He is Democratic in politics, and is a member of the A. F. & A. M.
History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage Counties, Missouri, Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1889.