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The History of Holt and Atchison Counties, Missouri, containing a history of these counties, their cities, towns, etc.; St Joseph, Mo.: National Historical Company, 1882.
Biographicals of Clay Township
(transcribed by Pat O'Dell: genpat@netins.net)

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Aquilla Beck, farmer, section 23, was born February 4, 1809, in Rowan County, North Carolina. His father and mother, Samuel and Mary Beck, were also brought up in North Carolina. Aquilla was the fourth child in a family of nine children. In 1816, his parents moved to Wayne County, Indiana, the state then being a territory, and there young Beck was raised to manhood on a farm, receiving a common school education. In 1834, he went to Berrien County, Michigan, where he cleared a farm of 100 acres in the heavy timber. In July, 1854, he came to Atchison County, Missouri, and located on the farm where he has since resided. ...He has been twice married. First, to Ruth Alexander, their marriage occurring in the year 1830. Mrs B. was a native of Tennessee. She died in August, 1870, leaving three children: Gazaway G., Reese W. and Ulysses H. In April, 1871, Mr Beck was again married to Susan Brickett, a daughter of Thomas and Amelia (Crosby) Brickett. She was a native of Clay County, Indiana. ...

C.E. Blake, of the firm of Van Pelt & Blake, editors of the Atchison County Mail, is the son of Daniel M. Blake, who was born in Litchfield County, Connecticut, February 20, 1807. When about ten years of age he moved with his parents to Tyringham, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, where he was married, July 14, 1832, to Miss Harriet E. Marsh. In 1843 he went to Monroe County, New York, living in Monroe and Wayne Counties till 1873, when he came to Atchison County, Missouri, where he has since resided. He had a family of nine children: William M., Homer F., deceased, Frances A., Charles R., George, Homer D., Henry S., Josephine, deceased, and C.E. Blake, editor of the Mail. Daniel M. Blake was a son of Brazella and Ruth Blake, both natives of Connecticut. Harriet E. Blake was born in Schenectady, New York, October 6, 1811, and when but one year old she accompanied her parents, William and Lydia Marsh, to Hartford, Connecticut. Her mother died when Harriet was under three years of age, and she made her home with different relatives in Connecticut and Massachusetts. C.E. Blake, whose name heads this sketch, was born in Wayne County, New York, November 7, 1854. He was reared on a farm in his native county, and was educated at the schools of Palmyra. In 1874 he came to Rock Port, Atchison County, Missouri. He ws for a few years engaged in working at the painter's trade, but since July, 1879, he has owned a half interest in the office of the Atchison County Mail. ... Mr B. was united in marriage to Miss Orpha O.Ruland, February 4, 1880. They have one child, an infant. Mrs Blake was born in Atchison County, Missouri, March 11, 1859. Her father, J.W. Ruland, was born in Carmichael's, Greene County, Pennsylvania, September 14, 1828. He was married May 15, 1853, to Miss Mary M. Dillon, who was born in Warren County, Missouri, July 5, 1832.
John Y. Bird, M.D. (page 683 - 684), is a well known medical practitioner, of Atchison County. His residence and its surroundings, which are most attractive, is located one mile south of Rock Port. Mr. B. is a son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Yeager) Bird, both natives of Virginia. There John was also born, May 31, 1818. He was the second child in the family of twelve children, and when he was but six months old, his parents moved to Hardin County, Kentucky, where he was reared on a farm, there being educated. In 1840 he began the study of medicine, and in 1842 he came to Missouri, locating in Andrew County, where he completed his study with D.W. Peter, of Savannah. In 1846 he engaged in the practice of his profession, at Oregon, Holt County, Missouri, but one year later came to Atchison County and settled in Linden, where he was engaged in practicing till 1856, except in 1850-1, when he was in California. In 1856 Dr. Bird came to Rock Port, and in 1866, to his present location, where he has a farm of 227 acres, which is well improved and supplied with many varieties of fruits. From 1855 till 1860 he served as treasurer of Atchison County, having been appointed for the first year, and elected for the succeeding four years. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity -- also of the I.O.O.F. He was married October 29, 1849, to Mrs. Sarah Baird. Her maiden name was Sarah Stivers, and she was born in Adams County, Ohio, March, 1823. They have had six children, five of whom are living. Robert E., now practicing medicine in the Indian Territory, employed by the government, Albertine, Josephine (deceased), Eugene O., George and John L.
George L. Bischof (page 684) of the firm of Bischof & Traub, dealers in hardware, stoves and tinware, was born in Germany, near Nuremburg, October 30, 1831. He was reared and educated in his native country, and when fourteen years of age he began working in the banking and commission business, which he continued till 1850. At that time he emigrated to America, landing at New York, and from there came to Atchison County, Missouri, where he was engaged in farming until 1861. After this he was for three years occupied in freighting across the plains. In 1864 he bought the Rock Port Mill, which he operated one year, after which he was engaged in farming till 1875. Mr. Bischof now has a valuable farm of forty acres adjoining the town, which is well improved, having upon it a fine orchard and vineyard. In1875 he became a member of the present firm, and, in company with Mr. Traub, is doing a thriving business. Mr. B. was married in the year 1860 to Miss Philipine Helmer. She was born in Prussia, Germany, on June 20, 1843, and came to America in 1859. They have had nine children, seven of whom are now living; Philipina, born September 27, 1863; Theresa, born October 25, 1865; William, born May 27, 1868; Charles, born July 8, 1870; Mary, born November 28, 1872; Clara, born September 8, 1875, and Frank, born October 15, 1879. Mr. B. is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and he and his wife belong to the Lutheran Church.
William T. Buckham (page 684-685) recorder of deeds of Atchison County, is the grandson of Andrew Buckham, who early emigrated from Scotland to America, and who afterwards located in Kentucky where James Buckham, the father of the subject of this sketch, was born. He was married to Lucinda Davis, a native of Kentucky. William T. Buckham, their son, was born in Union County, Kentucky, Decemeber 22, 1846. In 1859 he came to Atchison County, Missouri, where he has since resided. He was reared on a farm and, in 1868, he embarked in the mercantile trade, which he continued till 1872, after which he was engaged in writing in the circuit and county clerks offices until the spring of 1875. He was then occupied in selling drugs, as one of the firm of W.T. Buckham & Co., continuing in this business till June, 1876, since which time he has been employed in the office of the circuit clerk, except during the summer of 1879, when he was in the mountains, visiting Leadville and other points of interest. He is a member of Rock Port Lodge, No. 125, I.O.O.F. Mr. Buckham was married November 16, 1881, to Miss Ida B. McCallister, who was born in Atchison County, Missouri, August 1, 1862. Her father, John McCallister, was a native of Ohio. Her mother, whose maiden name was Jane Kirkwood, was also born in Ohio.
G.W.E. Chamberlain, M.D. (page 685-686) is a native of Heidleburg, Germany, and was born November 26, 1835. His grandfather, Charles J. Chamberlain, and his wife now live in the same town, he being 109 years of age, and the latter 108 years old. They have been married over seventy-five years, and have had a family of eleven children, all of whom are living. Their oldest child, Una, who has been but once married, now lives in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, and has had a family of twenty-five children, all of whom are living. The second child of Charles J. Chamberlain, was also named Charles J. He is the father of G.W.E. Chamberlain, and came to America in the spring of 1836, locating in the town of Somerset, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. He now lives in Ravenna, Portage County, Ohio, and follows the profession of medicine, having graduated from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, about the year 1852. He has been for several years one of the lecturers in the same institution. G.W.E. Chamberlain, whose name heads this sketch, was reared and educated in Pennsylvania and Ohio, having moved to Trumbull County, Ohio, when about seventeen years of age. In 1856, he began the study of medicine under the instruction of his father, and afterwards was engaged in practicing till the breaking out of the war, when he entered the Second Ohio Cavalry as hospital steward. He was transferred in the spring of 1863, to the Fourth Ohio Battery, as assistant surgeon, and was furloughed in the fall following. During the winter of 1863-4, he attended the medical department of the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor, and in the spring of 1864, he went to Washington, where he had charge of ward thirteen of Harwood Hospital till the close of the war. A short time afterwards he located in Farmington, Minnesota, where he was engaged in the practice of his profession till 1872, after which he was graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Keokuk. In the spring of 1873, Dr. C. settled in Albany, Illinois, and in the spring of 1876, he came to Rock Port, where he has since been successfully engaged in the practice of his profession. He also has a partner, Joseph T. Caveny, a graduate from St. Joseph, who has been studying with him for five years. He is a member of North West Lodge No. 134, A.O.U.W. also of the S.K.A.O.U.W. Dr. Chamberlain was married June 18, 1861, to Miss Mary E. Johnson, of Ohio. She died in the year 1870. They had five children, two of whom are now living: Cozella C., born March 7, 1863, and Carver C., born December 31, 1866. He was again married July 4, 1873, to Miss Maggie M. Beaty, who was born in Clayton County, Iowa, September 6, 1852. They now have two children living: Austin W., born January 2, 1880, and Oscar M.C., born September 4, 1881.
Louis C. Christian (page 686) dealer in general merchandise, was born in Cocke County, Tennessee, August 28, 1830. His father, Thomas E. Christian, was a native of Tennessee, and his ancestors were from Virginia. His mother, formerly Mary A. Doughty, was also a native of Tennessee, and her ancestors came from Maryland. Louis C. was the sixth child in a family of twelve children, and was reared on a farm in his native county. March 24, 1852, he started for Missouri, and located in Atchison County, on a farm, where he was engaged in agricultural pursuits till 1874, when he was elected county clerk of Atchison County. This position he continued to fill very acceptably till January, 1879. He was justice of the peace from 1858 till 1863, and was county assessor from 1859 till 1860. In November, 1878, he began in his present business. Mr. Christian is a member of North Star Lodge No. 157, A.F. and A.M., of the North West Lodge, No. 134, A.O.U.W., of Rock Port Legion No. 12, S.K.A.O.U.W., and the Oriental Order of the Palm and Shell. He was married August 25, 1853, to Miss Sarah M. Golden, who was born in Howard County, Missouri, March 25, 1837. She died August 3, 1875. They had ten children, six of whom are now living: John L., William B., Laura A., James T., Lydia A. and Charles M. He was married again August 2, 1876, to Mrs Charlotte E. Squire, whose maiden name was Longenecker. She was born in Richland County, Illinois, July 27, 1842. Her father, Levi Longenecker, was a native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and his father of Germany. Her mother, whose maiden name was Anna Beckwith, was born in Elmira, New York. Mrs. Christian was principally reared in Kansas, having lived there from the time she was ten years of age, till the year 1869, when she came to Rock Port. She was previously married to Albert Squire, a native of Connecticut. By this marriage she has two children, Alice, now Mrs. L.W. Campbell, and Hattie A. Mr. and Mrs. Christian are members of the Christian Church.
D.A. Colvin (page 686 - 687) collector of Atchison County, is a native of New York, and was born in Chautauqua County, February 24, 1840. His father Welcome Colvin and his mother, whose maiden name was Elmira Munn, were also born in New York. In 1847 the family moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where they lived six years, after which they became residents of Brookfield in the same state. Here D.A. Colvin was principally educated. In 1859 he came to Missouri and located at Hemme's Landing, in Holt County, where he was engaged in clerking till the beginning of the war, being employed by F.M. Thompson and one other merchant. In the spring of 1861 he enlisted in the Missouri State Militia for six months, after which he helped to recruit Company C, Fifth Missouri, and was made first lieutenant. He remained in service for about eighteen months and at the expiration of this time he helped to recruit another company for the Twelfth Missouri, but on account of his father's death he was compelled to resign and stay at home for the support of his mother and family at Rock Port. In 1864 he went to the mountains, where he was engaged in various branches of business, mining, freighting, etc. In the summer of 1865 he was elected county recorder at Helena, Montana, and was the first recorder in that county. In 1867 he was located at Fort C.T. Smith, on the Big Horn River, where he was contracting for furnishing hay and wood for that post. In 1868 he returned to Atchison County, Missouri, and the same fall was elected sheriff and collector of the county, holding that office till 1872, when he began in the livery business. In connection with this he ran a transfer line between Rock Port and Phelps. He followed this business till the spring of 1882. He was elected to the office he now fills in the fall of 1880, and has discharged his duties in a most acceptable manner. Mr. Colvin was married February 22, 1872, to Miss Ella Bennett, a native of New York. She was born in March, 1848, and was educated in Mississippi and Illinois. Her father, Thomas F. Bennett, was a native of New York, as was also her mother, whose maiden name was Diana Howard. Mr. and Mrs. C. have one child; Welcome R.
James O. Crosly (pages 687 - 688) was born in Clay County, Indiana, August 8, 1830. His father, Thomas C. Crosly, was a native of Ohio, in which state he was married to Miss Amelia Spencer, a native of Pennsylvania. In 1827 they moved to Indiana. James O. Crosley was reared in Clay and Vigo Counties, Indiana, and in 1849 he came to Missouri, locating in Mercer County. In 1851 he removed to Rock Port, and the same year he returned to Ohio, where he was married August 16, 1852, to Miss Lydia Prickett. Since 1853 Mr. Crosley has lived in Rock Port and its vicinity, and has been principally engaged in the milling business, at which he is now occupied. Previous to this, however, he was interested in farming, at which occupation he was reared. In 1871 he started a lumber yard in Rock Port, which he continued one year. Mrs. C. was born in Clermont County, Ohio, in August, 1837. Her parents, Elias and Maria E. (Clark) Prickett, were natives of Ohio. The family of Mr. and Mrs. C. consists of six children - Thomas, William, Maria, Mary B., Fannie and Rena.
Dr. William Cunnington, proprietor of the only exclusive dentistry establishment in the city of Rock Port, is one who is well worthy of representation in a public work. He is a native of County Peal, Canada, and was born November 25, 1844. His father, William Cunnington, was a native of England, and his mother, formerly Elizabeth Ceasar, was born in Ireland. The subject of this sketch was reared and educated at his native home. In 1866 he began the study of dentistry, and this profession he followed, in Canada, till 1869, after which he was engaged in the same calling, over the state of Iowa, till the spring of 1877. At that time Mr. C. came from Dallas Center, Dallas County, of that state, to Rock Port, Atchison County, Missouri, and has since been a citizen of this place. He has labored steadily in his profession and is deserving of much credit, being a skillful and careful dentist, always giving satisfaction. He is a member of Northwest Lodge, No. 134, of the A.O.U.W. fraternity. He was married August 16, 1870, to Miss Mary E. Miller, who was born in Indiana County, Pennsylvania, September 16, 1853. Her father, Samuel Miller, was a native of Union County, Pennsylvania, and her mother, whose maiden name was Fannie Mack, was from Indiana County, Pennsylvania. The doctor's family consists of four children: John N., Elizabeth F., Ella B. and Pearl M. Mr. and Mrs. C. are members of the M.E. Church.
Deuser & Brother, dealers in general hardware, furniture and farm implements, are conducting business in Rock Port and Fairfax, and are the leading merchants in their line in the county. This firm is composed of George and Charles Deuser, they being twins. They were born in Germany, October 14, 1843, and in 1850 they came to America and located in Louisville, Kentucky, where they were educated. George Deuser came to Brownville, Nebraska, in 1858, and in 1859 Charles followed. There they learned the tinners' trade, and since 1869 they have been engaged in their present business in Rock Port. George Deuser was married, March, 1873, to Miss Eliza Kuierian, who was born in Germany in 1855. They have three children: Willie, Letta and Charlie. Charles Deuser was married, May 14, 1874, to Miss Fannie Minnich. She was born in Osenberg, Ohio, January 20, 1851. They have had three children, two of whom are now living, Harry and George.

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John Dickinson Dopf, whose portrait appears in this work, is one of the self made men of this country, through his own exertions. He was born in Platteville, Grant County, Wisconsin, July 18, 1839. Frederick Dopf, his father, a native of Baden Baden, Germany, was a miner. His mother's maiden name was Jane Mahood, and she was born in Wythe County, Virginia. The subject of this sketch was deprived of his parents when he was but seven years old, and he was early thrown upon his own resources. He secured a limited education in the common schools, and when quite young was apprenticed to the blacksmith trade. He then moved to Lancaster, Wisconsin, where he served an apprenticeship to the printing business. At the expiration of his time, when eighteen years of age, feeling the necessity of a better education than he had obtained in the common schools, he attended the Lancaster Institute one year. He worked for some time as a traveling printer in different towns of Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois. In 1860 he published for the term of six months, the Independent Watchman, a weekly newspaper in Mount morris, Illinois. In the fall of the same year he moved to Polo, Illinois, where he engaged in the publication of the Rock River Press, and afterwards of the Polo Advertiser. In the spring of 1861, on the breaking out of the rebellion, he enlisted in the Chicago Zouaves, and was with the first troops that left the city. At the end of his three months term of service, he enlisted in the Eleventh Wisconsin regiment, from which he was shortly after discharged on account of disability. In the spring of 1862, he removed to Missouri, and settled in St Louis. In the fall of the same year he took charge of the state printing office at Jefferson City, remaining in that capacity till the summer of 1863, when he returned to St Louis and worked in the Democrat office several months. He then moved to Rock Port, with a view of establishing a Republican newspaper, and in September, 1863, issued the first number of the Atchison County Journal, and has ever since been engaged in its publication. He filled, with ability, the office of surveyor of Atchison County, from 1864 to 1870. He has, also, for some years past been actively engaged in the real estate businesss, and he has done much toward inducing emigration to this county, and otherwise contributing to its advancement. Until a few years ago he was also a member of the well known banking firm of Durfee, McKillop & Dopf--later Durfee & Wyatt, and now the Bank of Atchison County. He has been a member of the State Militia ever since his first arrival in the state, and at one time held a lieutenant's commission in the same. He was among those who enrolled during the war, under the famous "Order No. 24." In 1870 he united with the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he is still a member. He has for the past thirteen or fourteen years belonged to [page 690] North Star Lodge, A.F. & A.M., in Rock Port, and is also a member of Zerubbabel Royal Arch Chapter, and Adoniram Council, R. and S.M., in Phelps City, Missouri. In 1864 he assisted in St Joseph, Missouri, at the orgainization of the Grand Lodge of the Union League in the state. In politics, he has ever been a conservative Republican. In January, 1865, he married in Mount Morris, Illinois, Miss Mary A. Burnette, daughter of Rodney Burnette of that place. He has three children living--Minta, John R. and Paul. Mr Dopf is highly respeced in the community where he resides, for his strict integrity and Christian virtues. He has long been an active member of the Sabbath School, and is a person who is one of the foremost in every good cause.


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Lawson Dragoo, proprietor of livery barn, was born in Brown County, Ohio, February 24, 1838, and is a son of Franklin W. and Susan (Hawk) Dragoo, who were both natives of Brown County, Ohio. Lawson was reared on a farm in his mother county, and there received his education. In October, 1861, he enlisted in Company F, Seventieth Ohio Infantry, remaining in service for three years and one month. He participated in many important battles, among which was the battle of Pittsburg Landing, and in all of Sherman's engagements on his march to the sea. He received one wound at the battle of Kenesaw Mountain. In 1865 Mr D. came to Atchison County, where he was engaged in farming till the fall of 1881, when he began in his present business, in which he has built up a liberal patronage, being kind, and of an obliging disposition. Mr Dragoo was married, August 31, 1859, to Miss Ellen Anderson, of Brown County, Ohio, who died in October, 1862. They had two children, William E. and Jane L. He was again married, February 19, 1865, to Miss A. Mitchell. She was born in Mason County, Kentucky in the year 1840. They have two children, Anna F. and Ida L.


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Francis A. Foster, undertaker and wood carver, was born in Amelia County, Virginia, February 19, 1834. His father, Gideon Foster, was born in Charlotte County, Virginia. He died in the year 1849. His mother, formerly Sally Presize, was born in Prince Edwards County, Virginia, and died in 1841. Their family consisted of seven boys and one girl, F.A. being the fourth child. After his father's death, in the year 1849, he went to Brunswick County, Virginia, and was from that time dependent on his own resources for his living. He received a fair education, principally by self application, and when nineteen years of age he learned the carriage makers trade, which he followed till the breaking out of the war, at that time [page 691 having a large coach and carriage manufactory. In May, 1861, he enlisted in the Confederate service, Company D., Eighteenth Virginia Infantry, the last year acting as steward in a hospital at Richmond. After the close of the war he returned to Brunswick County, and worked at his trade till March, 1868, when he came to Atchison County, Missouri, and located at Milton. February 4, 1874, Mr. Foster settled in Rock Port. Since coming to the county, he has been engaged in his present business, and has done much excellent work. He is a member of the North Star Lodge, No. 157, A.F. and A.M. He has been twice married; first, February 18, 1867, to Miss Lusett J. Giannini, a daughter of an Italian. She was born in Richmond, Virginia, in the year 1844, and died in 1870. They had one child, now deceased. Mr. F. was again married, August 13, 1874, to Miss Bettie A. Williams, who was born in Lafayette County, Missouri, in the year 1850. Her father, Noah Williams, was a native of North Carolina, and her mother, formerly Mary Day, of Tennessee. Mr. F. is a member of the Baptist Church, and Mrs. F. of the Christian Church.

Andrew Fox, farmer, section 35, is a native of Pennsylvania, and was born in Lancaster County, October 27, 1832. His father, John Fox, was a native of Germany, and his mother, whose maiden name was Lear Zimmerman, was also born in Pennsylvania. They had a family of fifteen children. When John was but a small child his parents moved to Shelby County, Indiana, where he was reared and educated, living mostly on a farm. He resided in Indiana till 1861, when he came to Atchison County, Missouri, where he has since continued to dwell. He now has a valuable farm of 110 acres. Mr. Fox was married April 1, 1858, to Miss Mary C. Yager, who was born in Columbiana County, Ohio, January 9, 1842. When about ten years of age his parents moved to Shelby County, Indiana. Her father, George Yager, was a native of Pennsylvania, as was also her mother, formerly Barbara Carpenter. They had a family of ten children. Mr. Fox's family consists of nine children, four of whom are living: George W., Mahala, Emeline and William H. His farm is well improved and is in possession of a successful agriculturist.
George Freihofer, lumber dealer, was born in Germany, May 8, 1828, and was reared in his native country. His father being a cloth manufacturer, the son also followed that occupation. In 1852 he came to America, landing at New York, after which he was stationed in Connecticut and Massachusetts for three years, working in a woolen mill. He then went to Wisconsin, where he obtained employment on a farm for one year, subsequently (page 692) traveling for one year over different states. He finally became located near Galena, Illinois, where he lived till 1861, at which date he enlisted in Company F, Twelfth Illinois Infantry, remaining in service three years. He participated in many important battles, and after he was mustered out he went to St. Joseph. Here Mr. Freihofer was engaged in various branches of business till 1869, when he came to Rock Port, and since 1870 he has been dealing in lumber. He was married August 14, 1866, to Miss Eliza Heperli. She was born in Switzerland in August, 1842. They have one child: Frank.
James B. Gray, Sheriff of Atchison County, is a native of Fulton County, Illinois, and was born February 19, 1833. His father, William Gray, was a native of South Carolina, and his mother, whose name before marriage was Isabel Ritchey, was born in Pennsylvania. When James was about three years of age, his parents moved to Peoria County, Illinois, and in the year 1855, located in Butler County, Iowa. He was reared on a farm, and made his home in Butler County, Iowa, till 1868, there being engaged in dealing in stock and other property. During the years 1864-5, he was occupied in freighting and mining in the mountains. In 1868, he came to Atchison County, Missouri, and located in Rock Port, where he opened a veterinary stable, which he conducted for four years. He was also interested in trading, after which time he embarked in buying and shipping stock. In the fall of 1880, Mr. Gray was elected sheriff of the county, having previously been marshal of Rock Port, and a more suitable man for the position he now occupies could have hardly been found. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and also belongs to the I.O.O.F. Mr. Gray was married February 11, 1852, to Miss Ann Quinn. She was born near Dayton, Ohio, in May, 1831. Her parents, John and Rachel (Nash) Quinn, were both natives of Ohio. Mr. Gray's family consisted of eleven children, seven of whom are now living: Sarah A., Nancy J., John, Nettie, Maggie, Guy and Edie.
Martin Grebe, farmer, section 22, was born in Hesse, Germany, August 22, 1809. He was reared and educated in his native country, and when fourteen years of age he learned the cabinetmakers' trade, which he followed in Germany until 1836. He then came to America, landing at New York City, where he worked at his trade two years, afterwards going to St Louis, where he continued to be employed, resuming work at his trade on his own responsiblitity till October, 1847, when he came to Atchison County, Missouri. Here he has since worked at his chosen calling and has also been engaged in farming, now owning a farm of 145 acres. Mr. (page 693) Grebe was married October 19,1840, to Miss Augusta Smith, who was born in Prussia April 24, 1822. They have had six children, of whom four are now living: Martin, Rudolph, Willie and Lillie. Mr. G. is an experienced workman and has given universal satisfaction wherever engaged.
John Grieve, of the firm of John Grieve & Co., proprietors of the Rock Port Flouring Mills, was born in St. Lawrence County, New York, April 15, 1833. His father, James Grieve, and his mother, whose maiden name was Mary Watson, were both natives of Edinburgh, Scotland. John was reared and educated in his native country, and in 1861 he began working at the milling business, which he has since continued. In 1865 he came west and lived in Nemaha County, Nebraska, till 1868, when he removed to Rock Port, where he has since resided. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity. Mr. Grieve was married December 15, 1858, to Miss Mary J. Otis, who was born in St. Lawrence County, New York, January 19, 1834. Her father, John Otis, was a native of New York, and her mother, formerly Mary Graham, came from England. Mr. and Mrs. G. are members of the Baptist Church. Mr. G. is turning out a brand of flour second to none in Northwest Missouri, and in quantity, as well as quality, is surpassed by no mill in this vicinity.