Harrison County, Missouri
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First Settlers, Harrison County, Missouri

 

The time or place of the first settlement in the county is not definitely known. Joseph Arnold, who until his death some years ago lived about three miles south of Bethany, is accredited with being one of the first settlers and he stated that in the spring of 1838 his father and Levi Hunt settled on the west bank of Big Creek about five miles south of Bethany. That they found there when they came John Fields living a little lower down the creek on its east bank. That he had a little log hut and a small field enclosed and in cultivation. In the year 1838 William Mitchell, Jacob Mitchell and others settled on Sugar Creek in the southeast part of the county.

During that year and 1839 several families settled in the county at different points and the neighborhoods were known by the names of some of the more prominent of the first settlers. There were such neighborhoods as Dunkerson's Grove, Taylor's Grove, Harris' Mill, Foster's Farm, Allen's Big Spring, and like designations were common about the country by which different localities became well known among the people, and as commonly referred to as are now the towns and villages.

In the history of Harrison County, published in 1888 and edited by the late Colonel D. J. Heaston, of Bethany, we learn that efforts had been made to obtain the names of the actual settlers prior to 1850 and to arrange them by neighborhoods, but it was found impossible; but the following list then taken from public records and interviews then had with pioneers was published therein alphabetically: 

County Settlers

C. B. Adkins
Abel W. Allen
Calloway Allen
John S. Allen
Josiah Allen
Stephen C. Allen
Thomas Allen
William R. Allen
William Allen
Sampson Alley
Samuel Alley
Benjamin Archer
John J. Arnold
Joseph Arnold
Thomas Arnold
Benjamin Ashby
William C. Atkinson

Boone Ballard
E. T. Baldwin
Ed Baldwin
Aaron Bales
William Barber
Daniel Bartlett
Joseph Bartlett
John Bedford
James B. Bell
Jonathan Bender
Noah Bender
William H. Bender
Elisha W. Benton
James Blakely
Howell Blaketer
Wilburn Blankenship
Christopher Blessing
E. J. Bondurant
Jonathan Booth
Alexander C. Brady
E. H. Brady
James Brady
Isaac Brady
Aaron Bridges
Allen Bridges
James Bridges
John Brooks
Adam Brown
Aseph Butler
James G. Broughton
B. A. Brown
Isaac Brown
Jacob A. Brown
James Brown
John A. Brown
John W. Brown
Thomas Brown
William S. Brown
Austin Bryant
Stephen Bryant
Bethuel Buck
David Buck
Henderson Buck
Robert Bullington
Dennis Burgin
Simpson W. Burgin
Benjamin S. Burns
Solomon Burson
William E. Burris

Lott Cain
William Canaday
Thomas M. Carnes
James Case
Harrison Casebolt
John W. Casebolt
John Q. Chambers
William Chambers
Arthur Charlton
John Charlton
Lewis Charlton
Dennis Clancey
Eli Clevinger
William Clopton
Luther T. Collier
Luther Collins
W. W. Collins
John Conduit
D. C. Courter
Sam Courter
A. M. Cox
C. W. H. Cox
Fleming Cox
William Crawford
John Y. Creswell
William Cumming
John Cutshall

A. E. Dale
James A. Dale
Alfred Daniel
John Daniel
Pleasant Daniel
Thomas Daniel
Willis Daniel
George Davis
Phillip Davis
John P. Devers
Willis Dickinson
W. E. Dodd
John Dovney
John Duley
Thomas Dunkerson

James M. Edmiston
John P. Edmiston
Samuel Edmiston
John H. Elliott
L. H. Elliott
Edward L. Ellis
Samuel Ellis
Abram Endsley
Hugh Endsley
Aaron England
Anthony Enloe
John D. Enloe

Joel J. Fair
George Fallis
John Fanning
Dilwood Fields
John Fields
Levi Fields
Charles Fitch
Sam Fitch
Samuel P. Fleenor
Simon Fleenor
Asa Fleming
Elijah Fleming
John Flint
Thomas Flint
John J. Ford
R. Y. Ford
Richard Ford
Robert Ford
Samuel Ford  
George Foster
John Foster
Thomas Foster
William T. Foster
Jesse Fowler
S. L. Fox
Matthew Franklin
Henry Fuller
James Fuller

Ananias Garton
David Garton
Thomas M. Geer
John Gibson
William B. Gillespie
John Gillespie
Joseph Gillespie
Elkanah Glover
Noah Grant
O. P. Green
Benjamin Grubb
Jacob Gutshall
Russell Guy

Robert Hall
William Hall
William Hamaker
William Hamblin
Henry C. Hamilton
Isaac Hammers
William W. Harper
A. B. Harden
Porter Hardin
Benjamin Harris
David Harris
J. D. Hardin
Joel Harris
Phillip Harris
Joseph W. Harper
W. B. Harper
William W. Harper
Thomas Hart
John J. Hatton
Charles Hauck
John M. Haynes
William Hendricks
Henry Herrington
Alfred Hickman
Edward Higgins
Thomas J. Higgins
Alex Hinkley
E. H. Hobbs
John W. Hobbs
Nelson Hockridge
Granville Hogan
J. J. Hogan
Enoch Holland
John Honan
Marshall K. Howell
E. L. Hubbard
Elijah Hubbard
John Hudson
E. S. Hughes
Shephard Hulse
Edward Hunt
Joseph Hunt
Lewis Hunt
Henry Hunter
William Hunter
Thomas Hutchens
J. B. Hyde
John Hyde

Charles L. Jennings
E. M. Jennings
Martin Jennings
Miles Jennings
Samuel O. Jennings
Ichabod Jincks
Joseph C. Johnson
Lee P. Jones
John Jones
Joseph Jones

Jesse Kelley
Charley Killyan
John P. King
Simon P. King
William King

Jacob B. Ladd
Isaac N. Ladd
Leonard Ladd
Thomas Ladd
William N. Lauderback
John Liggett
William Liles
William G. Lewis
C. A. Long
John Long
William Long
Joshua Looman
Alvin P. Low
Ivan Low
Joshua Low

David Macey
Reuben Macey
Kader Madden
John R. Maize
James Mallett
Nathaniel Martin
William Martin
Eli McDaniel
Patrick McGill
John McGinley
John McGraw
F. H. McKinney
Jacob H. McLey
Allen S. Meek
Elisha Meeker
G. M. Mendenhall
John Merrifield
Rolla Merrifield
Adam Miller
Charles Miller
F. B. Miller
Dr. J. G. Miller
S. C. Miller
Daniel Mitchell
Jacob Mitchell
James M. Mitchell
John Mitchell
William Mitchell
Hugh T. Monson
Thomas Monson
Arch Montgomery
Daniel Morgan
James Moss
William Munns
Cornelius Murphy
John G. Musick
Abram Myers 
William Nally
James Nash
Samuel F. Neal
S. M. Nelson
Henry O. Nevill
James H. Nevill
George W. Noah
Harrison Noble

Clem Oatman
Hardin Oatman
John Oatman
Drury Obion
John Orain
Jonathan Oxford
Jacob D. Oxford
William Oxford

_____ Peery
Logan H. Peery
Robert Peery
William Pelcher
Peter Pettit
J. A. Piburn
J. M. Piburn
Christopher Platz
Anthony Plymell
James Powell
John Poynter
Thomas Poynter
John Prewitt
Samuel Prewitt
James Price
Joseph Price
Peter Price
Veazey Price
William L. Price

Benjamin S. Ramey
James Ramey
John Ramey
Perry Reed
James K. Rees
James Rhodes
William Rice
Shedrick Robertson
Solomon Richardson
Henry Rice
John E. Roberts
William Robinson
Hugh Ross
Jacob Ross
Samuel Ross

Benjamin Salmon
Eli Salmon
John Sanders
Allen Scott
Charles M. Scott
John R. Scott
G. W. Selby
William M. Selby
Thomas Shain
Daniel Shumate
William Simpson
A. J. Smith
Ed Smith
George Smith
Jonathan H. Smith
Sylvester Smith
Vincent Smith
William Smith
Noah Snell
Samuel Spires
Amos Spurgin
James N. Stafford
Rod Stark
Wright Stephens
John W. Stephenson
Ephraim Stewart
James Stone
Jacob Stumbaugh

Birdine Taylor
Chris Taylor
James Taylor
John Taylor
Thomas Taylor
Thomas Terry
Daniel M. Thomas
J. F. Thompson
L. Dow Thompson
Thomas Thompson
Reuben D. Tilley
Sanford M. Tilley
Elkanah Timmons
Hiram Tinne
Beverly Travis
David Travis
William A. Travis
Daniel Tucker
Thomas Tucker
Ben Tull
Jeptha Tull
John Tull
Allen Turner
Silas Turner

Jesse Vail
Daniel Vanderpool
Isaac Vanhoozier
Valentine Vanhoozier
John W. Virden
William M. Virden

Daniel Walker
Richard Walker
Richard Watson
Hiram K. Weddle
Jonathan Welden
W. B. Welden
Zachariah Welden
B. T. Whedbee
Noah Whitt
Elijah Wilcot
John Wilcot
Solomon Wilkinson
Alfred Williams
Andrew Williams
Calvin Williams
David Williams
George Williams
John Williams
John B. Williams
Mark P. Wills
Adam H. Wilson
Sharp Winningham
Joel H. Worthington

Jeremiah Young
Harvey Young
R. R. Young
F. B. Young
William Young 

The first settlers of this county were all an exceptionally good class of citizens and all accounts we have learned of them agree in this. No county was ever settled by a better class of men than:

First Settlers

John S. Allen
William R. Allen
Daniel Bartlett
John W. Brown
David Buck
Aseph M. Butler
Lewis Charlton
James A. Dale
T. M. Dunkerson
Samuel Edmiston
Thomas Flint
Henry Fuller
T. M. Geer
Philip Harris
M. K. Howell
C. L. Jennings
Elisha Meeker
Ephraim Stewart
David Travis
William A. Travis
Thomas Tucker

Those who settled with them near Bethany. Even William Penn and his early colony were no better.

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Source: History of Harrison County, Missouri, by Geo. W. Wanamaker, Historical Publishing Company, Topeka, 1921

 

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