tled on a farm (section three, township fifty-two, range twenty-nine), where our subject resided until his marriage. He was married March 1, 1839, to Miss Mary P. Lyman, by Hiram Warner, of the Christian Church. Mrs. Rowland is the daughter of Asa and Sarah Lyman, natives of the state of New Hampshire, who immigrated to Missouri in the year 1840. She was born February 7, 1818. The issue of this union was twelve children, three of whom are now dead. Their names and dates of birth follow, viz: Lyman H., born October 2, 1841; Rhoda, born March 3, 1843; George R., born January 16, 1845; Willard J., born December 18, 1846; Clarissa J., born January 24, 1849; Mary E., born November 25, 1851; Jesse D., born October 2, 1852; Rachel, born October 17, 1854; Asa D., born July 7, 1860; Maria L., born April 10, 1840, and died in 1869; Milly M., born May 12, 1857, died May, 1876; Thomas E., born April 28, 1859, died August 23, 1860. Mr. and Mrs. Rowland united with the old school Baptist Church in the year 1838 and he is, also, a member of the Albany Grange, P. of H. Mr. Rowland has been a lifelong farmer and now owns an excellent farm, well improved and stocked with good breeds of live stock. His business is very prosperous and he enjoys the confidence and respect of all who know him.


The subject of this sketch was born in Casey county, Kentucky, May 17, 1831. His parents were Matthias and Adaline Ross. His father was born in Duchess county, New York, and his mother in Lincoln county, Kentucky. In the year 1833, his parents removed to Illinois, and after living in that state for ten years, to Ray county, Missouri, and settled near where the village of Albany now stands. Our subject remained at home and engaged in working on the farm until he was eighteen years of age, and then went out into the world to fight the battle of life for himself. He began at first laboring for wages upon the farms of his neighbors and continued working in this way until 1850, when he went to California and engaged there in mining for about eighteen months with fair success. He returned home by water via the Panama route. Franklin J. Ross was married March 20, 1855, to Miss Hannah Riffe. Two daughters were born of this union. Mrs. Ross died June 4, 1864, and Mr. Ross was again married October 9, 1866, to Miss Amanda Brosher. They became the parents of one daughter; and, after living about five years after her marriage the second Mrs. Ross, also died January 27, 1872. Our subject was married the third time, June 1, 1874, to Miss Alice Roselle. Mr. Ross was principally engaged in farming until 1870, when he began merchandising at the town of Orrick and has since continued in that business, very successfully, at the same place. He has three daughters. Mary J., was married to Mr. William Richie and is now living in Utah Territory.


Laura died March 16, 1881. The youngest, Amanda, born March 16, 1871, is living at home with her parents. Mr. Ross is a popular, prosperous business man and a valuable citizen.


Henry C. Perdue was born in Buckingham county, Virginia, October 12, 1836, and is the son of Josiah and Virginia Perdue, natives of the same state. The family emigrated to Missouri in the year 1845, and settled on a farm in Ray county. His father died in 1859, and our subject, in consequence, received only limited advantages for acquiring an education. Mr. Perdue was married on the 1st day of June, 1861, to Miss Mary E. Ballard, daughter of W. H. and Jane Ballard, natives of Albemarle county, Virginia. Five children, now living, were born to Mr. and Mrs. Perdue. Their names, with dates of birth, are the following: Henry D., born March 3, 1863; Minnie, born February 27, 1865; Mary E., born December 12, 1868; Emmett, born August 3,1873; Melvin,born July 28, 1877. Mrs. Perdue died April 26, 1879. She was a very estimable lady, greatly beloved by her friends, and her death was deeply mourned by her bereaved husband and family. Prior to the year 1861, Mr. Perdue was engaged almost exclusively in farming. At the commencement of the war between the states, he joined his fortunes with the cause of the south, and enlisted in company A, commanded by Captain (afterward Lieutenant-Colonel) Reeves. He participated in the battles of Carthage and Wilson's Creek, besides other skirmishes. At the last named fight he received a wound, which disabled him, and he was absent, in consequence, from the command until Christmas, following the date of the battle. He was discharged at Springfield, Missouri, in January, 1862, and returned home to this county, where he was soon after taken by the Federal authorities, and thrown into prison at Lexington, from which he was subsequently paroled. Mr. Perdue is now engaged in business in company with Mr. M. S. Laforgee, at Orrick, in this county, under the firm name of Perdue & Laforgee, druggists.


Milton S. Leforgee was born in Fleming county, Kentucky, October 2, 1840. His parents were Nathan and Mary Leforgee, natives of the state of Kentucky. He received his education in his native county, and remained there at home with his parents, until outbreaking of the civil war. Then he joined the Confederate army, and fought bravely throughout the entire war, in defense of the cause he honestly believed to be just, and in the interest of the sunny land he loved so well. In company C, second (Kentucky) battalion of mounted rifles, he participated in the following battles: Louisa, (Kentucky) Chicamauga, McMinville, Anderson's Cross Roads, Cove Gap, King's Salt Works, Cleveland, (Tennessee,) Charleston, (Tennessee) Mt. Sterling, (Kentucky) Smithville, besides numerous skirmishes. He was discharged May 3, 1865, and at once returned to his home in Kentucky. He emigrated to Missouri, in 1869, and settled in Ray county. He is now engaged in partnership with Mr. H. C. Perdue, in the drug business, at the town of Orrick. Messrs. Perdue and Leforgee, are thrifty, enterprising, popular and successful business men.


Dennis A. Rhodes was born in Franklin county, Pennsylvania, June 13, 1847. His parents were William P. and Henrietta S. Rhodes. His father was born in Montgomery county, Maryland, and his mother in Accomac county, Virginia. In the year 1857, when our subject was ten years of age, the family removed to Hagerstown, Maryland. Here, Dennis was educated at the Academy in that place, an excellent institution. After living at Hagerstown for ten years, he emigrated to Ray county, Missouri, and settled at Orrick. He engaged as clerk with J. G. Brown, a merchant of that place, and continued in the duties of that position for two years and a half, and then went to Richmond, Virginia, and spent three months with his brother, who was doing business in that city. At the end of that time his brother sold his property in the city of Richmond and came with our subject to Orrick (this county), where they, in partnership, opened a general merchandise store, and conducted it together, for one year. Then, his brother removed to Camden, Ray county, and Dennis Rhodes continued the business alone. He was married, September 3, 1877, to Miss Isabella Rothwick, daughter of William and Matilda Rothwick. She was born in Center county, Pennsylvania, in March, 1853. They are the parents of two children: Mareb A., born, March 8, 1879; Matilda R., born, May 20, 1880. In addition to his general merchandise business, Mr. Rhodes is also conducting a large hardware store. He carries stock to the amount of $7,000.00, and also owns the lots upon which his stores are situated. He has a comfortable and conveniently appointed home, and is in a very prosperous condition. He is a leading member of Albany lodge, No. 444, A. F. & A. M.


The young gentleman whose name heads this sketch was born in Mason county, Kentucky, November 16, 1852. His parents were George W. and Minerva Mitchell, also natives of the state of Kentucky. The family emigrated to Ray county, Missouri, in the year 1859, and located on a farm in the vicinity of the town of Orrick. In the acquisition of an education, our subject was aff orded only such advantages as the common schools of the neighborhood possessed. After leaving school young Mitchell engaged in various avocations until two years ago, when he entered the hardware and agricultural implement trade at Orrick, in which business he has been engaged with good success ever since. He is an accommodating, popular and rising merchant, and although young in years, is possessed of good, practical judgment, and a degree of business acumen seldom seen in men of more mature years. He can not fail of abundant success in the future.


Elijah B. Bailey was born in Casey county, Kentucky, September 27, 1829. He is the son of Samuel and Rebecca Bailey. His father was born in Lincoln county, Kentucky; his mother, in Nelson county, Virginia. Mr. Bailey received his education, and grew up in his native state. He learned the trade of a saddler and harness-maker, in the town of Danville, Kentucky, and in the year 1853, emigrated to Missouri, and, finally, located at Orrick, in Ray county, and has ever since lived there. Mr. Bailey was first married, August 12, 1855, to Miss Miriam T. Stanley, the daughter of Larkin and Elizabeth Stanley, natives of the state of North Carolina. Mrs. Bailey died in January, 1861, and Mr. Bailey was again married, in September, of that year, to Mrs. Betty S. Ross, daughter of Thomas and Nancy Anderson, natives of Tennessee. The second Mrs. Bailey lived twelve years after her marriage, dying December 18, 1873. Mr. Bailey was married the third time, September 17,1874, to Mrs. Elizabeth Good, daughter of William and Sallie Roberts, natives of Adair county, Kentucky. Mr. Bailey has seven children living, and two dead. Their names, with dates of births and deaths, follow: George L., born June 18, 1860; Edmond S., born December 22, 1862; William T., born February 6, 1865; Kate L., born February 10, 1868; Bettie B., born March 25, 1871; Lucetta G., born December 9, 1873; Dora, born September 4, 1876; Benjamin F., died in 1876, and Jennie in 1879. In the year 1869 Mr. Bailey made a visit to Kentucky, and spent two years in that state. He is now engaged in the saddle and harness manufacturing business at Orrick. He commands a large patronage, and is an excellent workman.


William R. Erwin was born in Oneida county, New York, on the 5th day of February, 1847. At the early age of fourteen years, he enlisted in company K, 146th New York regiment of Zouave volunteers, as a private, and was engaged in the battles of Fredricksburg, Chancellorsville, second Bull Run, Culpepper C. H., Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spottsylvania C. H., Fort Wagoner, Cold Harbor, Fort Fisher, and numerous skirmishes. He was discharged in the month of June, 1865, at Raleigh, North Carolina, and returned to his home in the state of New York. Soon after, he went to Montana Territory, and engaged as clerk in a store there, for two years. He then went to the state of Texas, and, after staying there for a short time, to Colorado. From there he came to Kansas City, Missouri, in the year 1870, and the same year he went to Indian Territory, where he remained for two years, and then, returning to Missouri, located at the town of Orrick, in this county, where he has since resided. Mr. Erwin was married, in the month of February, 1877, to Miss Sarah E. Sheppard, daughter of David and Mariah Sheppard, natives of the state of Kentucky. Mr. and Mrs. Erwin have one child, Lawrence, born April 14, 1879. Mr. Erwin is now dealing in groceries and provisions, at Orrick, and commands a good patronage.


The subject of this sketch is a native of Ray county, Missouri, and was born January 12, 1847. His parents were W. J. and Julia A. Pigg. His father was born in the state of Kentucky. N. B. Pigg was educated in the schools of this county, and lived with his parents, working on the farm until he was twenty-five years of age. He was married, December 25, 1874, to Miss Mary Embree, daughter of Benjamin and S. E. Embree, natives of the state of Kentucky. She was born July 4, 1854. From 1870 to 1873, Mr. Pigg clerked in the dry goods store of E. T. Dardon. His father then bought an interest in the store, and our subject was employed to conduct it one year longer. At the expiration of that time he returned to the farm, and was engaged in farming during about six years. He then engaged in the general merchandise and agricultural trade at Orrick, and is still successfully conducting that business. Mr. and Mrs. Pigg have one child Alice, born November 17,1875. Mr. Pigg is a member of Ada Lodge, No. 444, A. F. and A. M. He is a staunch business man, and a highly respected and valuable citizen of the town of Orrick.


This gentlemen was born in Ray county, Missouri, July 24, 1843. He is the son of John and Sarah Wells. His father was born in North Carolina and his mother in Tennessee. Our subject attended the schools of this county in his youth, and worked on his father's farm until he was twenty-eight years of age, and then clerked in a store for four years, at the end of which time he opened a family grocery store on his own account, and conducted it for three years. He then returned to farming for about a year, and then served as constable, to which office he had been elected, for two years. He then returned to mechandising, at Orrick, and is yet so engaged. Mr. Wells was married January 16, 1873, to Miss Cor

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