Riffe was married to Miss Martha Good, March 11, 1865, by Rev. Thomas Brown, of the Baptist Church. The issue of this union was five children, now living: Lulu, born March 5, 1868; Katie R., born January 6, 1870; William W., born December 30, 1871; Elizabeth, born May 20, 1875; Susie, born April 5, 1878. Mrs. Riffe died October 6, 1880, greatly lamented by her numerous friends. At the commencement of the civil war, Mr. Riffe enlisted in company A, 4th Missouri volunteer infantry, Confederate army, and was engaged in the battles of Carthage, Dry Wood, Wilson's Creek, Lexington, Pea Ridge, first and second Corinth, and numerous skirmishes. He was discharged in the month of April, 1864, and returned home to Albany, Ray county, Missouri, where he has ever since resided. Mr. Riffe is an excellent carpenter, and has a wide patronage.

J. J. HANNAH. Joseph J. Hannah was born in Clarke county, Ohio, August 11, 1826. He is the son of David and Jane Hannah. His father was a native of Virginia, and his mother of the state of Ohio. He received a common school education, and at the age of twenty-one years, left home and went to Illinois, where he remained for three years, engaged in farming. He then returned to Ohio. Mr. Hannah was married August 22, 1850, to Miss Mary Calley, daughter of Nicholas and Nancy Calley. She was born February 24, 1832. Soon after his marriage, Mr. Hannah moved to Champaign county, Illinois, and purchasing a farm, resided there for about fifteen years. Then in the year 1865, he emigrated to Ray

, county, Missouri, and settled upon the beautiful place he now owns, overlooking the Missouri river, (section thirteen, township fifty-one, range twenty-nine.) This farm contains three hundred and thirty acres of very rich and productive land, well fenced and improved, and stocked with the best varieties of horses, cattle, hogs and sheep. Mr. and Mrs. Hannah became the parents of ten children, all but two of whom are now living: James S., born August 9, 1851, died August 26, 1851; Nancy J., born July 12, 1853, married J. T. Conyers, and is now living in this county; Sarah M., born May 27, 1856; Charlotte, born May 12, 1858, married J. W. Rector, and lives in Caldwell county, Missouri; William A., born April 11, 1860, now in Colorado; John W., born February 10, 1862, died November 1, 1862; Livona Isabella, born April 5, 1863, married Charles McGaugh, now living in this county: Joseph C., born May 19, 1867; Lily, born October 18, 1869; Riley N., born June 18, 1870. Mr. Hannah is a prosperous, well to do farmer, and a valuable citizen of the county.


Thornton Anderson was born in the city of Louisville in the state of Kentucky, March 10, 1851. He is the son of William and Amanda Anderson, natives of Vicksville, Virginia. The family emigrated to Missouri when our subject was nine years of age, and located first in Callaway county, where they lived four years, then went to Jackson county, and from there to Lafayette county, Missouri, whence they came, in the year 1874, to Ray county, and located upon the farm (section eighteen, township fifty-one, range twenty-eight) where our subject now resides. Mr. Anderson was married April 7, 1878, to Miss Belle Craig, by the Rev. William Leake, of the Baptist Church. Mrs. Anderson was born April 8, 1850, in Danville, Kentucky. She is the daughter of

. William and Sarah Craig, natives, also, of the state of Kentucky. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson have two children: William H., born April 16, 1879,

: and Nellie Gertrude, born February 24, 1881. Mr. Anderson is a well to do farmer and a good citizen.


William Rimmer was born in East Tennessee, March 17, 1848. He is the son of Jesse and Winnie Rimmer, also natives of East Tennessee. The family emigrated to Missouri when William was but three years old, and after stopping for one year in Warren county, came to Ray county and settled here permanently. Our subject received a common schoo education, and worked at home on the farm until his marriage. He was married December 30, 1868, to Miss Martha E. White, daughter of William and Eliza White. Her father was a native of Virginia, and her mother, of Clay county, Missouri. She was born June 13, 1853, in this county. Mr. and Mrs. Rimmer became the parents of six children: George A., born October 18, 1871; Franklin L., born May 1, 1875; Dallas, born July 21, 1877; Ira N., born September 1, 1879; Harvey, born October 28, 1869, died November 18, 1869; Julian, born December 6, 1872, died February 21, 1876. Mr. Rimmer is a member of the Farmers' Club, and has a neat, well improved and well cultivated farm of eighty acres of rich land. He is a good citizen.

S. W. COLLIER. S. W. Collier was born in Oswego county, New York, on the 18th day of July, 1827. His parents were Stephen and Hannah Collier, natives of New York. Our subject received only limited educational advantages, and at the age of eighteen years began working on his own account. He engaged upon railroads and other public works in various states, and also in Canada. Mr. Collier was married in the year 1845, to Miss Ellen Patton, in Canada. The next year afterwards he returned to the state of New York, and after remaining there for about five years, he went to Pennsylvania and resided there until 1856. From Pennsylvania, Mr. Collier emigrated to St. Louis, Missouri, and after living there until the autumn of 1863, removed with his family to Knox county, Illinois. He enlisted in the Union army and was chief of transportation in a quartermaster's department with the commission of captain. He served in this position during four years. At the close of the war he returned to his home, and soon after, having been employed on a railroad in Iowa, went thither with his family. He has ever since been engaged in railroad business either in Iowa or Missouri. He is now engaged superintending a party of men who are making railroad ties. He is located at Vibbard. Mr. and Mrs. Collier have one daughter, Helen M., born November 19, 1848. She is a school teacher.


James S. Asbury was born in Ray county, Missouri, November 21, 1847. His parents, Stephen and Nettie Asbury, emigrated to Missouri in the year 1843, first locating in the southern part of the state until 1847, and then coming to Ray county. Our subject attended the common schools of this county, and remained at home until he was sixteen years of age. He then went to Leavenworth, Kansas, and obtaining work, remained there during eighteen months. While in the city of Leavenworth, he attended night school, and thus finished his education. He clerked in a dry goods store at Plattsburg, Missouri, after leaving Leavenworth, and also at Dover in Lafayette county. He opened a store on his own account at Hainesville, Missouri, in the year 1869, and remained there for two years. He then kept store for eleven years at Lawson, in this county. At present, April, 1881, Mr. Asbury is conducting a large dry goods and grocery store at the town of Vibbard. He is also postmaster at that place. He was married April 8, 1875, to Miss Lottie C. Barrett, daughter of Rev W. C. and Nancy Barrett, natives of Williamsport, Virginia. The marriage ceremony was performed by the bride's father, who is a minister of the Baptist Church. Mrs. Asbury was born in Virginia, September 9, 1850. They have two children living: Louis J., born January 15, 1877; Herbert, born April 2, 1880. Mr. Asbury is a successful, popular merchant, and an accommodating and efficient post


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Adam Hauser was born in Ray county, Missouri, May 13, 1849. He is the son of Thomas and Susan Hauser. His father was born in Surry county, North Carolina, November 18, 1809, and died April 21, 1881. His mother was born in the state of Indiana, September 20, 1822, and is yet living. Our subject after finishing the course of study in the district schools, attended William Jewell College, at Liberty, Missouri, and at the of seventeen years,



the duties of a teacher in the schools of his native county. Mr. Hauser was married December 15, 1870, to Miss Margaret M. Odell, daughter of Henry and Anna Odell. Her father was a native of South Carolina, and her mother of Indiana. She was born in Ray county, July 18, 1853. Mr. and Mrs. Hauser have three children: Kate L., born November 1, 1871; Cleopatra A., born November 3, 1874; Virgil M., born February 27, 1878.

Mr. Hauser owns seventy-four acres of land in township fifty-two, range twenty-nine, and also two houses and lots in the town of Vibbard. He is assessor of the town and also a member of its council. He and his wife are members of the Christian Union religious denomination. He is a popular and successful teacher and a valuable and leading citizen.


Allen Sisk was born in Cocke county, Tennessee, December 9, 1833. He is the son of Lawson and Sarah Sisk. His father was born in Culpepper county, Virginia, his mother in Cocke county, Tennessee. She is dead. His father is yet living in Tennessee at the advanced age of eighty years. His grandfather, Bartlett Sisk, was a soldier in the war for American Independence. Our subject came to Ray county in 1853, and has since resided here. He was married May 13, 1856, to Miss Nancy A. Smart, daughter of Samuel and Mary J. Smart, natives of Cocke county, Tennessee. She was born in Ray county December 2, 1839. Mr. and Mrs. Sisk have six children living: Mary E., born June 21, 1857; John, born October 18, 1861; Dorothea A., born January 29, 1864; Sarah E., born July 21, 1866; James H., born July 21, 1873; William C., born August 19, 1867. Mr. Sisk united with the regular Baptist Church in the month of August, 1860, and soon after commenced the study of the ministry. He was ordained in the year 1866, and has since been diligently working in the Lord's vineyard, and his labors have been blessed with great success. He is a devout Christian and much beloved by his congregations.

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J. R. JONES John R. Jones was born in Harrison county, Kentucky, July 10, 1842. He is the son of Richard S. and Verlinda Jones, natives of Kentucky. He was educated in his native state, and grew to manhood on the farm of his father. At the age of nineteen years, in the fall of 1861, he enlisted in company D, 23d Kentucky regiment of Union volunteer infantry, army of the Cumberland, and participated in the following named battles of the civil war: Mission Ridge, Chickamauga, Franklin and Nashville, besides numerous skirmishes. He was discharged in January, 1865, and returned to his home in Kentucky. He came to Ray county, in the month of August, 1872. March 6, 1873, Mr. Jones was married to Miss Margaret F. Shelton, daughter of L. L. and Catherine Shelton. Her father was born in Kentucky, and her mother in Missouri. Four children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Jones, only two of whom are now living: Viola C., born June 18, 1877; Verlinda S., born March 6, 1881. Mr. Jones is a thrifty, enterprising farmer and stock-dealer, a leading citizen, and a much respected member of the community in which he lives.

JOHN E. WEBER. John E. Weber was born in Louisa county, Iowa, August 1, 1857. His parents are Henry and Mary Weber. His father is a native of Germany, and his mother of the state of Ohio. John attended the district schools of his native state, and obtained a fair English education, and as soon as old enough he began to learn the blacksmithing trade in his father's shop. He continued working for his father until he was twenty

. two years of age, and then left home, and began blacksmithing on his own account, in the town of Swanwick, then at Lawson, and is now doing a good business at Vibbard, this county. In the year 1858 his parents removed from Iowa to Kentucky, and after living there during twelve years, they emigrated to Missouri, and located, for two years, at the city of St. Joseph. From there they came to Ray county, and settled at the town of Elkhorn. Our subject is a good blacksmith, and very industrious. He is popular and receives a large patronage.

JOHN J. McGAUGH. Was born in St. Charles county, Missouri, October 6, 1846. His parents were Thomas H. and Sarah E. McGaugh. His father was a native of Tennessee and his mother of the state of Virginia. At the age of sixteen years our subject enlisted and served about eighteen months; he was in the affray, when the noted desperado, Bill Anderson, was killed, near Albany, this county, in the year 1864. January 20, 1867, Mr.

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