I also have a William and Martha (Rogers) Daniel. Following is information I
have concerning this family.
!Source: 1860 census in Laclede Co., Mo.
NAME: AGE OCCUPATION BORN
William Daniel 52 farmer Tennessee
Martha 42 housewife Tennessee
Andrew 21 Missouri
William 18 "
Mary J. 16 "
Isaiah 14 "
James H. 7 "
Elisha 2 "
Isaiah 76 farmer Tennessee (Could
this Isaiah be William's father?)
!Burial: Big Sandy Cemetery.
!In the 1870 Belmont twp. Woodson Co., Kansas census they are listed --
William Daniel, 60, Isiah, 23, James, 15, Asbury, 14, Ellen, 8, Jackson, 28,
James A. 5 yrs.
Not listed in 1860 was Reuben who married 15 Oct 1858, would have been 23 at
The above information copied from family group sheet obtained from Norvin
Laverne Puckett, Box 732, 510 N. Sumner, Syracuse, KS 67878, (316)384-5918.
My Great-great grandfather was Reuben who had already married and left the
home before the 1860 census. Reuben's birth was listed as being Shelbyville,
Shelby County, IL.
Here is some information from the notes I have on Reuben and his wife Sarah
!Source: The following information copied from family group sheet obtained
from Norvin Laverne Puckett, Box 732, 510 Sumner, Syracuse, KS 67878.
!Information from Oceanic Hopkins, Pittsburg, KS.
!Burial: Big Sandy Cemetery.
!Reuben Daniel was born to William Daniel and Martha Rogers Daniel in
Shelbyville, Shelby Co. Illinois, in 1837.
In military records from The National Archives of the Civil War, Reuben
was a private in Company G, 16th Regiment of the Missouri Calvary. He
enlisted August 6, 1864 at Hartville, Missouri.
According to these records he was reported at home sick since Feb. 10,
1865, but was present March and April, 1865. On July 1, 1865, he was
mustered out, a private at Springfield, Missouri.
In pension applications filed by his widow in 1888, it states, "He was
home with the measels and was called back to the service before he recovered
and took cold from the effects of which he never recovered, because of the
affect produced on his lungs, so much that he never was well and able to do
physical labor up to his death".
Reuben or Reubin settled in Belmont Twp. Woodson Co. Kansas, March 1,
Family records spell name Reuben but tombstone in Big Sandy Cemetery,
Woodson Co. KS. says Reubin. Some publications Spelled it Rubin.
!From the "In The Beginning" Woodson Co. KS publication;
"In the early spring of 1856, a wagon caravan of eight wagons left the
vicinity of Decatur, Illinois. There were five separate families with these
eight wagons, all named Daniel. After quite a journey these wagons reached
Kansas that seemed to be their destination, Reaching the Kansas frontier
these families and wagons disbanded, going seperate ways. Some of these came
to Woodson County.
In one of these wagons coming to Woodson Co. was Rubin Daniel and his wife
Sarah Jane. While listed in some records as Reuben, he is listed in others
as Rubin. Perhaps the name Rubin is best to use here. Rubin Daniel is listed
in Andreas History of Kansas as the first settler in Belmont Township, as
having came here in 1856. The Andreas History of Kansas was published in
It would be interesting to know just how Rubin and Sarah Jane chartered
their course for their covered wagon across the county, as there were no
roads nor trails except some Indian trails to follow. There may have been an
occasional crude cabin some traveler had built along the main streams. These
however did not stay long.
An early Indian trail followed along the ridge on the east side of Big
Sandy Creek, and here on a high bluff overlooking the Big Sandy Valley,
Rubin Daniel built their first home - a log cabin. The creek ran close to
the bluff here and then took a bend to the west. This was the south eighty
acres in the southeast quarter of section 27, Twp. 26, Range 14. This was
Osage Indian Land and had not been surveyed and was not until several years
When Rubin and Sarah Jane made their long trip to Kansas, Sarah Jane was a
bride of about 16 years of age. Her maiden name was Bowman.
Rubin and Sarah Jane were the parents of five children, namely Mary Jane,
Melissa, Martha, Reuben Jr., and Frank whose name on the 1870 census was
James. The latter was born in 1869, the same year that his father died.
Rubin Daniel died in 1869, and was buried in the Big Sandy cemetery, about a
mile up the creek from the Daniel homestead, one of the first in the
While other settlers in that vicinity were able to get patents on their
homesteads in 1869, Sarah Jane Daniel did not. She received a receipt for 80
acres on April 10, 1871. The Rubin Daniel heirs received the patent for this
80 acres, December 2, 1875.
In the meantime, Sarah, or better known as Aunt Jane, left the log cabin
on the bluff and built a house along the road a half mile to the west of the
log cabin. A road had been built on the half section line north and south
down the Valley. Reuben Daniel Jr. and family lived in this house and Aunt
Jane lived in a small house to the southwest corner of the 80 acres. Here
she lived by herself, smoking her clay pipe enjoying having company. She was
a native of Tennessee and a typical pioneer mother who knew hardships,
heartaches, and a few enjoyments that came to the very early settlers along
the Big Sandy Valley.
! We will take up the children of Rubin and Sarah Jane.
Mary Jane married John Harp. They had two daughters, Lydia and Della.
Melissa married George Smith. They had three children Ethel, Ola and
Martha married Charles Smith. They had a daughter, Iva. Later she married
Cortez Cregory. Their children were H. Ward and James Gregory, and a
daughter, Juanita E. Puckett.
Rueben Jr. married Lou Cooper. Their children were Gladys, Wayne, Jean,
Lavina, Mildred, a daughter they called Ud (we did not get her name), and
Frank married Allie Williamson. Their children were Dulsie, Vernard, and
! It seems rather odd that with the number of children, grandchildren, and
great grandchildren that Rubin and Sarah Jane Daniel had, there are not a
single one left in Woodson County at this time, in 1978, one hundred and
twenty-two years later.
During the years between 1860 and 1866, there were several marriages
performed along Big Sandy Creek and some distance on both sides from the
creek, by a "Rubin Daniel, Minister of the Gospel." Whether this was the
Rubin Daniel we have been telling about we do not know, or it might have
been another Rubin Daniel who with his family settled along Big Sandy Creek,
just over a mile up the creek from the other Rubin Daniel, before 1860.
At this time we have very little about this Rubin Daniel, although his
sons, William, John, and Jared lived along Big Sandy for years. Perhaps we
can find out more about them later."
I have been to Big Sandy and have seen Rubin's (Reuben's) gravesite. My
great-grandfather is Reuben, Jr. who I remember well. He died at age 96 in
Hutchinson, KS. The Lou Cooper referred to as the wife to Reuben, Jr is Lucy
The real children of Reuben and Lucy were Wayne (my grandfather), Franklin
Eugene (called Gene, not Jean), Gladys, Ood (not a daughter but a son and
his name really was Ood Wallace Daniel), Lovena, Dorin, Thyrzabell "Bell"
(Still living in Colorado) and Mildred. Wayne was the third child, but the
first two died as infants. Wayne died in my mother's home on 3 June 1979.
Four of his children (all in their 80's) are still living. I care for
William Lester Daniel who will be 90 in May. My mother (Zola Lillian) is now
living in Eureka, KS where my sister cares for her. Reuben Wayne Daniel is
living in Hutchinson and Samuel Paul Daniel is living here in Wichita.
As I mentioned, Thyrzabell "Bell" (she would have a fit if she knew her real
first name was being shared) is still living in Colorado. She has not known
anybody for the past 5 or 6 years but is physically doing very well at last
The George and Charles Smith who married Melissa and Martha according to the
article quoted above were Smyth according to family records.
The books quoted above were of course somewhat questionable as are most
books written about families. While I have enough information to be sure
that my Daniel line was in Shelby County, IL, I question whether they came
to Woodson County, KS from the Decatur, IL area as the family had gone to
Missouri between times. It is possible I guess that it could have happened
that way though. Obviously, some of the names were wrong in the "In the
Beginning" book, but much of it was accurate based on my conversations with
my great grandfather and others. The Daniel kids have made a habit of long
lives and I have met many of the people mentioned in the book (including
Ood, or Ud as they spelled it). They lived a ways away and other than my
grandfather (Wayne) and my Mom's Aunt Bell, I was not around any of them a
great deal. I went to the funerals of many of them. The day of Mom's Aunt
Lovina, her husband (Raymond Herrington) helped me to memorize the US
Presidents. I would have been 12 years old at this time as she died 31 Dec
1958 (45 years ago tomorrow). I can still name all the presidents as a
result of that day.
I have not had the time for the past 5 or 6 years to really work on my
genealogy and probably will not for the next few years, but hopefully one
day I'll retire and be able to really get into it again.
Happy cousin hunting,
----- Original Message -----
From: "Vickie Lomon" <vlomon(a)yahoo.com>
Sent: Tuesday, December 30, 2003 12:53 PM
Subject: RE: [DANIEL-L] Immigrant Daniel line of Prince George and
Brunswick, VA. also Henry and Patrick county, Va.
Thank you very much, this family you mention is part of my line, This
William you are referring to is a son of Basil Daniel. By the DNA matches on
the Daniel DNA project, Basil is a exact match to our Edward Daniel line.
Some say William's wife was Martha Rogers? But I have no conclusive
My Edward Daniel from Henry county, Va. had a son William also born
Va. married Martha Mayes in Grainger county, Tn. 1821, Some researchers pick
up my William Daniel in Benton county, Ark. and mistake him to the son of
Basil, My William was in Benton county, Ark. 1850 on the census and this
William was already in Texas, but some researchers get the two mixed up
claiming my William as a son of Basil, But they are related, our line is at
a brick wall, no one can get past Basil or Edward to find out who there
parents were? But I greatly appreciate all of your help, Vickie
Martha Boggs <lmboggs(a)cox.net> wrote:
Vicki, this may not add a great deal to your research, but there was a
William Daniel, age 53, b. Pendleton District, SC, with wife Martha, age
b. Kentucky, with five children, living in Van Zandt Co., TX in 1850.
thought at first they might be related to my Daniel line, but have never
connected. They were not there in 1860. The children were daughters Nancy
and E.J. born Shelby Co., IL, daughter Elizabeth born Carroll Co., AR and
sons Amon and Levi, born in Carroll Co. You may wonder how specific places
of birth were given in the 1850 census. Apparently the census taker
"country of birth" for "county of birth",
therefore giving county of
This might be some of your line.
From: Vickie Lomon [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, December 29, 2003 5:20 PM
Subject: [DANIEL-L] Immigrant Daniel line of Prince George and
Brunswick, VA. also Henry and Patrick county, Va.
Is anyone out there researching the Immigrant Daniel line of Prince George
and Brunswick county, VA.? Especially the Hugh who married Ann and John
Daniel Sr. who died in Henry county, VA. John Daniel Sr. was supposedly
married to Elizabeth and after her death married a Sarah Weatherspoon. We
have had our family descendants DNA tested using the 12 marker test and
25 marker test, both Edward Daniel of Henry county, Va. and a Basil
who was in SC. Pendilton District on the 1800 census matched, Basil was in
Buncombe county, NC. as well, . Basil left and migrated to Shelby county,
Illinois, and later on to Carroll county, Ark. Some of Edward Daniels
children also migrated to Ark. Benton county about 1848. William Daniel
married Martha Mayes in Grainger county, Tn. settled in Ark.
I am hopeing someone may know something about this bunch of Daniels,
Daniel, Hugh, Richard, and Marmaduke Daniel, the family of Edward
married Martha Daniel. I feel that are connected to the Brunswick
Chatham county, Daniel families. Also I am including some information I
found pertaining to a Samuel Witherspoon, supposedly the second wife of
Daniel Sr. was Sarah Weatherspoon, this Samuel Witherspoon was also
Shelby county, Ilinois with Basil.
BIG SPRING TOWNSHIP (SHELBY COUNTY)
IS situated in the extreme south-east part of Shelby county. It is bounded
on the north by Ash Grove, west by Prairie township, south by Effingham
county, and east by Cumberland county, and is six by nine miles in extent.
The township is about equa lly divided between prairie and timber. The
Little Wabash river passes through its entire length from north to south;
along this stream the land is quite broken. The other streams are
Drake, Bills, Brush, Hog, Rattlesnake and Clear creeks -- all
The first settlers were: Fancher, Weatherspoon and the Daniels. B. Fancher
settled the place where John Spain now lives, known as Big Spring
Post-office, in 1827.
Samuel G. Weatherspoon settled about a half a mile south of Big Spring, in
1828, near the Wabash; and the following year he built a small water-mill
this stream -- ground corn only -- it was considered at that time
improvement upon the horse-m ills. In 1832 he began grinding wheat, and
instead of a bolt be used a sifter, also run by water-power. Two years
he put in an upright saw, which was quite an acquisition to this part
country at that time, as here the early settlers could get timber
without the expense of so much labor. Prior to the putting in of this
the lumber, what little was used in the early settlement of the country,
sawed out by the use of the whip-saw, where two logs were laid across
ravine; cross-timbers were then placed on these, and the log to be
rolled on--one man stood above and one below, and by the use of a
saw they could turn out some very nice lumber; but it was a slow
hard work. The mill has lo ng since been washed away, and
hardly a sign of it now remains. But the mill and its surroundings are
bright in the memory of many an early settler in the eastern part of
northern part of Effingham, and western part of Cumberland counties.
Weatherspoon made the first land entry in this township, June 14, 1832. He
entered forty acres, the north-west quarter of the northeast quarter
twenty-nine, where he had previously settled and started an
is now a part of the A. Quicksall estate. Weatherspoon afte rwards
Bazel Daniel settled one-half mile north-east of Big Spring, about 1828.
William Daniel built a cabin near Fancher's in 1831.
Nathaniel Daniel built his cabin within half a mile of Big Spring the same
Fancher and the Daniels only held "squatter claims." They improved about
four acres each, on which they raised a little corn. However, they spent
most of their time in hunting. Fancher left this country in the fall of
for the west, and was soon follo wed by Bazel Daniel and his son
Nathaniel and Amon remarried. The Daniels were from Tennessee. Bazel
was a native of North Carolina.
The second entry of land made in this township was by Francis Simpson,
August 10th, 1833; he entered the extreme north-east forty in township,
10-6. The third entry was made by William Morgan, Feb. 8th, 1836; he
the south-west quarter of the south -east quarter of section
Copperas creek. The following November 30th, Preston Ramsey and Daniel
Stuart entered forty acres each in the north part of the township.
land was in section eighteen, and Stuart's in section five. Amon
son of Bazel, settled in the south part of the township, section five, in
about 1835. Feb. 6th, 1837, he entered forty acres in this section the
day. Nathaniel Daniel entered forty acres in section eight. Amon
raised quite a large family, a nd improved a food farm, where he resided
until his death. Nathaniel raised a family of six children, and resided in
the township until his death. Three of his children are now living. Paul
Daniel in Prairie township, and!
other two in Texas.
John Spain, a native of North Carolina, though from Tennessee, here came
into the township in 1832. Eight years later he settled permanently at Big
Spring, where he now resides. About thirty years ago he got a post-office
established here, called Big Spri ng, and he has filled the office of
post-master without intermission up to the present time. The mail route
been changed several times; when the office was first established,
came by the way of Cochran's Grove post-office. The mail now
Stewardson once a week.
John Young, who lives in the east part of the township, near Copperas
settled there in 1840. For fourteen years previous to his settlement
he lived in Coles county, about ten miles distant from where he now
He was a soldier in the Bl ack Hawk war, and went from Coles county
Captain Ross. Mr. Young was born on the road, while his parents were
emigrating from Georgia to Kentucky in 1804.
William Hart settled farther down the Copperas creek in about 1842. Thomas
Robinson was the next to settle in this part of the township, and Charles
Sawyer and John Waggoner soon followed. William Garrett settled in the
part of the township on the s ide of Wabash creek as early as 1841.
Joseph Baker settled first on Sand creek, in the year 1827, and in 1845
moved to Big Spring township, and located on section 2, town. 9, range 2.
Jesse and James Baker settled near by the following year.
Among the first German settlers in the vicinity of Sigel were Harman
John Sankmaster, Joseph Luke, Henry Kateman and Joseph Werman. There
a large German population throughout the township, so much so that
wooden shoe is in constant dema nd, and one of the prominent articles of
trade in Sigel. The Germans here are a hard-working class of people, and
doing much towards the improvement of these lands. H. Siemer built a
grist mill about three-quarters of a mile northwest of Sigel in 1855;
mill had three run of burrs, and did a good business until about 1867,
it was moved into Effingham county. Siemer also had at this place a
house, where he made whiskey for several years, and until the high tax was
put upon that a rticle, when he sold it out to one Zirngible, who carried
the business for about two years, when it became necessary for him
emigrate with his still, going to Missouri. The Swedes came into the
township, and settled !
west and north part quite numerously about 1860. But in some way they
became dissatisfied with the country, and the most of them have since
The first school built in this township was in an empty cabin on the
of John Spain, Thomas Bell being among the first teachers. This cabin was
used for school purposes for a number of years.
Early preaching in the township was at the residence of John Spain, by the
Baptists and Methodists. William Martin, Aaron Hood, and Thomas Frailkill
were the first preachers.
VILLAGE OF SIGEL
WAS surveyed out on the line of the Illinois Central R. R. north, east
quarter of section fourteen, by Charles R. Underwood, deputy county
surveyor, June, 1863; for Theodore Hoffman, proprietor of the town.
The first house built was a business house, where Martin Gay opened up a
small stock of general merchandize in the fall of 1863 he was also the
postmaster; the post-office was called Hooker until 1871, when it
changed to Sigel. The building Gay occupied at that time is now used by A.
C. Rea, as a residence. In 1864 Gay sold out to John Hemman, who began
merchandizing, which business he followed until 1875, when he was
by his son, Hugo Hemman and E. F. Hoffman. They now occupy the corne
building. It was erected by G. A Huffman in 1872. The building on the
opposite corner was built by Frank Zirngible, one of the early merchants,
1863 and '64; it is now occupied by B. H. Kohlmeyer.
The second house was erected by Henry Berchtold, in 1863, for a hotel. His
son, Henry Berchtold, jr., was the first birth in Sigel, January 13th,
The City Hotel building, the largest in the place, was built by
Sherwood, in 1866 and '67. < P> John Perkins came to the place in 1864. He
erected the building now occupied by C. Trager in that year, and opened a
general store. The same year he built the mill now owned and run by John
Knecht. It has three run of burrs, and receives a fair custom trade.
built the store-house on the opposite corner, where he sold goods in
He died the same year. His death was a severe blow to Sigel. He was a
thorough business man, and did much in his short stay, towards building up
and improving the to wn.
There are two churches in the place -- Catholic and Lutheran. The Catholic
denomination are at this time just finishing a handsome church edifice, in
place of one recently burned. They had the misfortune also of having their
school-building burned in Octo ber, 1880. It was a commodious structure.
The town commands the trade of an extent of good farming country. The
building up of Stewardson on the Chicago and Paducah R. R., now Wabash,
Louis and Paducah R. R., injured the place for a time quite
it has been fortunate in having for its business men, gentlemen of
and enterprise, who have spared no pains to advance the interests of the
place. The town is now represented by the following professional and
Physicians. -- J W. Wilhite, P. E. Chapman, William Bartles.
General Stores. -- Hemman & Hoffman, B. H. Kollmeyer, H. J. Schneiderjon.
Drug Stores. -- T. G. Frost, P. E. Chapman.
Post-master. -- T. G. Frost.
Hardware and Farm Implments. -- F. W. Jaeger.
Hardware and Tin Shop. -- Christian Trager.
Grain Dealers. -- Hemman & Hoffman, E. Orr.
Boots and Shoes and Shoemaker. -- G. Schneider.
Blacksmith Shops. -- Henry Gier, Henry Schwerdts, Henry Mense, Jacob
Wagon Maker. -- Frederick Fincke.
Butcher Shop. -- E. W. Paxton.
Wooden Shoemaker. -- B. Ruschhoff.
Saloons. -- D. Widmeir, John Kirn.
Hotels. -- City hotel by E. Orr; Union hotel by Dr. J. W. Wilhite; Sigel
hotel by Mrs. B. Berchtold.
IS a paper town laid off by Joseph Landis, Section 1, on the line of the
Illinois Central Railroad.
Supervisors of this township: A. Blythe, elected in 1860: R. S. Tweedy,
elected in 1861; E. Barrett, elected in 1862, re-elected in 1863,
1864; A. Blythe, elected in 1865, re-elected in 1866; John Spain,
1867, re-elected in 1868; H. Storme, elected in 1869; E. Carey,
1870; E. Houclins, elected in 1871, re-elected in 1872; H. Storme, elected
in 1873; J. Steele, elected in 1874, re-elected in 1875; T. Dooley,
in 1876, reelected in 1877; W. L. Cummings, elected in 187 8; Peter
elected in 1879, re-elected in 1880, and is the present incumbent.
THE present supervisor of Big Spring township, was born in Chatham county,
North Carolina, April 7th, 1832; his ancestors were of Scotch descent; his
grandfather, Peter Allen, emigrated from Scotland and settled in
Pennsylvania about 1760, and from there removed to North Carolina. It is
said that this Peter Allen, who himself served in the war of 1812, was an
uncle of Ethan Allen, celebrated for his daring deeds during the
John D. Allen, father of the subject of this sketch, was born in Chatham
county, North Carolina, and in that State married Lucretia Fogleman, who
of German descent. Peter Allen was the fourth of ten children. He
Chatham county, North Carolina , till he was twenty-one. His early
educational advantages were inferior, but he obtained a good business
education by his own efforts. On coming west in 1854 he settled in Wayne
county, Indiana, where he learned the carpenter's trade. In August, 1861,
enlisted for three years in the 33d Indiana Regiment, and on the
of his term of service re-enlisted as a veteran, and was discharged
August, 1865. His regiment formed part of the Army of the Cumberland, and
after serving in Kentucky and Ten nessee took part in the famous march of
Sherman from Atlanta to the sea and on to Washington. He was in the
of Wild Cat, Mill Spring, Stone River, Lookout Mountain, Buzzard
Marietta, Dallas Woods, Savannah, Go!
and Raleigh; he was woun ded at Dallas Woods, Atlanta, and Buzzard Gap. He
enlisted as a private and was promoted to be a sergeant. For six years
the war he had charge of the county asylum and poorfarm, in Park
Indiana. In the spring of 1874 he settled on his presen t farm in Big
township; he owns a farm of 110 acres, and is also engaged in the
business, and other enterprises. He was married in Park county, Indiana,
1866, to Elizabeth Nelson. His children are Minnie, Thomas, Clara,
John D., and James. He cast his first vote for president for Douglas, in
1860. Though he has been a republican in politics he has been independent
his political views, and has always voted for the man he considered
fitted for the office, irrespective of po litical affiliations. He is
as an energetic and enterprising business man; he was elected a
the board of supervisors in 1879, discharged the duties of the position in
and was re-elected in 1880.
THIS gentleman, one of the representative farmers of Big Spring township,
a native of Shelby county, and was born on the headwaters of Sand
Windsor township, on the 15th of May, 1830. The family to which he
is of English and Ir ish descent. His grandfather, Joseph Baker, was born
North Carolina, and moved thence to Tennessee. He was a soldier in
of 1812. His father, James Baker, was born in Tennessee. About 1820, soon
after the admission of Illinois into the union as a state, when the tide
emigration from the south was strong, the family emigrated to
settled in Gallatin county. In that county James Baker, who was a boy when
he came to this state, married
Margaret Emeline Patton, who was also born in Tennessee, and settled in
Gallatin county about the same time with the Baker family. Soon after his
marriage he settled on the head-waters of Sand creek, and was amo ng the
early settlers of that part of the county, locating there in 1827. Evan
Baker was the second of eleven children. When he was eleven years old his
father moved to Richland township; afterward lived four years on a rented
farm in the vicinity of Shel byville ; moved back to Sand creek one year,
and then, after residing three years in Clay county, settled in Big Spring
township, where James Baker died on the 31st of January, 1865. Mr. Baker
obtained his education in the schools existing in the county in his
In those days only the simplest branches were taught. By dint of hard
he secured a good education, obtained a director's certificate,
summer and fall taug ht school. He was married June 1st, 1853, to Francina
Jane Ledbetter, who was born!
Gallatin county, Illinois, and was a daughter of James Ledbetter. After
marriage he began farming for himself in Big Spring township, on the
where he now lives. He is now the owner of about three hundred acres of
land. His first wife died May 9th, 1859. His second marriage took place
29th, 1860, to Sarah Ellen Rentfrow, daughter of James M. Rentfrow.
born in Effingham County. He has seven children - - two by his first,
five by his second marriage -- their names are: Elizabeth Jane, wife of F.
M. Robinson, of Big Spring township; John Albert, who is farming on his
account; Alice Alvina, Oretta Arabelle, Florence May, James William
and C harles Rinaldo J. E. Baker. He has always been a democrat in
His first vote for president was cast for Pierce in 1852, and he has
the democratic ticket ever since on general elections; though he is a man
liberal and independent views, a nd in township elections has
voted for th!
whom he considered best fitted for the position, without regard to the
party to which he belonged. He is a man who has enjoyed the confidence of
the community, and has alwavs stood well as a citizen . He served four
as a justice of the peace, and has been township treasurer and
one of the representative men of the south-eastern part of the
name here deserves mention.
ALFRED BLYTHE (DECEASED)
ALFRED BLYTHE, one of the former residents of Big Spring township, was
in Lincoln county, Tennessee, February 29th, 1822. His parents were
and Phoebe (Dawdy) Blythe. He went to school as he had opportunity, and
secured a good common sch ool education. He was married on the 8th of
September, 1839, to Nancy Webb, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Young)
She was born in Tennessee on the 11th of February, 1822. In the fall
1840, Mr. Blythe moved to this state and settled in Ash Grove township.
After living on rented land about six years, he entered land in section
of township ten, range six. He afterward purchased additional land,
the time of his death owned about four hundred acres. He was industrious,
and full of enterpri se and energy. After having suffered from bad health
for a number of years, he died on the 20th of February, 1871. The disease
was bronchitis, which finally terminated in consumption. He was a man who
sustained an excellent reput!
the community. In all his business transactions, his character for honesty
and fair dealing, was beyond reproach. For about thirty-five years he was
member of the Separate Baptist church. He was one of the original
the Hopewell Baptist church in Richland town ship, of which he acted
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