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									                         CHAPTER SIXTY-THREE

     RIDENHOUR WALLACE BELL ROGERS TRAVIS

                                      FAMILIES

     The Ridenhour family first appears in this state shortly before the year 1800, when John
Ridenhour, his wife Christiana, and some children emigrated from Pennsylvania and settled near
the mouth of Ridenhour (now Fiddle) Creek in eastern Franklin County. Their prior history is not
known, but the family have a tradition that their ancestors came from Holland. Through the
courtesy of Major H. F. Hansen of Union it is known that John Ridenhour applied for and
received a grant of 500 arpents of land from the Spanish authorities. This surveys into 425.35
acres English measure (a French arpent was 192.5 feet square and a Spanish arpent about 187.5
feet square). This grant, known as Survey No. 161, was later confirmed to the heirs of John
Ridenhour by the United States.

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      This territory was only sparsely settled at that time, and the Indians continued to rove over it
freely for many years thereafter. Notwithstanding this fact John Ridenhour settled on and
improved his grant which was a short distance east of the present town of Labadie. Here he
raised his family until, it is thought, about 1803, when he was killed by Indians while watering
his horses at a spring near his house. Despite this reverse his widow and children continued to
live there, and at least a part of the original grant is still in the hands of his descendants.

     John Ridenhour had at least five children that we know about. They were: Henry, Mary,
Betsey, Barnett, and Jacques; there may have been others. All the Ridenhour descendants in this
county are from one of these sons, but at present we do not know which one, although a sincere
effort has been made to find out. The one branch of this family is headed by John Ridenhour, and
the other by John Sartain Ridenhour and Elizabeth Wallace, nephew and niece of John
Ridenhour.

     John Ridenhour, the first of the family to settle here, whom we believe to have been a
grandson of the first John Ridenhour in Franklin County, was born on Riderhour Creek in eastern
Franklin County, October 31, 1802, and died at the present site of Belle August 5, 1852. He
married Elizabeth Reed, who was born in eastern Franklin County or western St. Louis County
November 30, 1800, and died here June 2, 1872. Not very long after their marriage, probably
after 1830 but certainly some years before 1840, the young couple moved west and settled in
present Maries County at a point just southwest of the present townsite of Belle. Their house site
is identifiable by a few fruit trees and an old well in the pasture now belonging to Jesse
Birdsong. They were accompanied here by Mrs. Ridenhour's brother, Edward Reed, who entered
a part of the townsite of Belle, adjoining the John Ridenhour tract.

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    John and Elizabeth Ridenhour were the parents of eight children living to maturity, of
whom Amelia Ridenhour died single; Margaret Christina Ridenhour married Alexander
Shockley, and her descendants are found under that name. The other six children were: Thomas
Benton, Adam, Reuben J., Elvira E., Elizabeth, and Martin Ridenhour.

     Martin Ridenhour married Sarah Ann Rebecca Mahon. They lived their entire married lives
near the county line west of Belle just barely in Maries County, the site of their ho me being now
occupied by the Belle High School. They were the parents of twelve children: John Shepherd,
Nancy Elizabeth, Mary Jane, Martha Louise, William Alexander, Susan Margaret Christina,
Sarah Frances, Martin Andrew Jackson, Virginia Harriett, Thomas Huston, David Jasper, and
Andrew Louis Ridenhour.

     Of the twelve John Shepherd Ridenhour was the best known. He married Dorcas Ann
Griffith and settled on a part of his father's place, where he conducted a store and post office
named Belle for many years before the Rock Island built through and raised the country to the
status of a town. He continued in the mercantile business and dealt in timber after the town was
laid out (as one of the owners of the townsite he helped sell the lots) and was for many years one
of the town's leading citizens. Of the eight children born to them, two are dead: John O.
Ridenhour, born February 2, 1878, died May 5, 1904; his wife was a daughter of Charles Pointer,
and he was the father of two children, John and May, now wife of Otto Jacobi. Charles E.
Ridenhour, born March 8, 1876, died May 31, 1909; his wife was Eliza C., daughter of Jackson
Terrill, who was born June 8, 1877, and died August 31, 1911; no children were born of this
marriage. The six living children are; Decatur who first married a daughter of Charles Pointer,
and after her death married the widow of his deceased brother, John O. Ridenhour, and now lives
in Oklahoma; Bruce who married a Milam, also lives in that state; Rainey

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whose wife was Cecil, daughter of Thomas Harrison; Ella who married Chris Koenig; Sophia
who married Ernest Tynes; and Cora, wife of Gus Mason, all live in Belle.

     Martha Louisa Ridenhour, daughter of Martin, who was born November 28, 1854, died
May 28, 1882. She was married to William Griffith and became the mother of two children, John
and Sarah, wife of Peter Seigler; both live near Belle.

     Susan Margaret Christina Ridenhour, daughter of Martin, married William Goodman who
has been dead some years; she lives at Belle.

    Sarah Frances Ridenhour, daughter of Martin, born September 12, 1862. married Julius
Schwegler November 28, 1880. She died August 17, 1924, the mother of four children: Harley,
Benjamin, Wright, and Rainey; all live in this county.

    William Alexander Ridenhour, son of Martin, died in infancy.

     David Jasper Ridenhour married Emma, daughter of James J. McQueen. He has been dead
more than twenty-five years, and is survived by his widow and his son, Ralph, both of Kansas
City, and his daughter, Ethel, wife of Samuel Root, of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

     Virginia Harriett Ridenhour, daughter of Martin, married James Groff, and lives in Kansas
City, Missouri.

    Mary Jane Ridenhour, daughter of Martin, married William Wilson. They lived in Maries
County a number of years after their marriage, a good part of the time near Bloomgarden
Schoolhouse, after which they went to the state of Washington about 1890 with the Rogers party.

    Mrs. Wilson is long since dead. Their children included George, Oliver (who is also dead),
Annie, Susan, and Warren.

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All now live in Washington and Idaho.

    Martin Andrew Jackson Ridenhour lives near Belle just over the boundary of Osage
County, hardly a quarter mile from the spot where he was born.

     Thomas Huston Ridenhour married Barbara Keeney and spent most of his married life on
the Morgan Rogers farm on Long Creek, which he bought about the time the Rogers family
moved to Washington. Both he and his wife died in early middle age, survived by three
daughters, all of whom are still living. Pearl married Walter C. Ridenhour (a descendant of
Reuben J.) and lived for some time in south Missouri; their home is now in north central Kansas;
Gertie, wife of Claude Fann, lives in St. Louis; and Augusta, wife of T. S. Wofford, has lived for
many years in Vienna where her husband is rural route carrier; previous to coming to Vienna
they lived at Belle.

     Adam Louis Ridenhour, the remaining son of Martin, married Nellie Price. They lived their
entire lives in Osage County where he died in the summer of 1937, survived by his widow and
their six children: Loyd and Oscar of Belle; Wright of Madison, Illinois; and Minnie; Frances,
and Ina, all of St. Louis.

     Elizabeth Ridenhour, daughter of John, married Samuel H. Hawkins. They lived in the
Belle vicinity for some years, but about the time of the Civil War returned to Franklin County.
None of their descendants has lived here since that time. Samuel H. Hawkins seems to have been
a son of the William Hawkins who lived at Mt. Sterling and who was a Captain of Militia in the
Mormon War. Samuel was a brother of Jacob Hawkins who at one time lived in this county, and
who was the father of A. J. Hawkins, now and for many years prominent citizen of Eminence in
Shannon County. Samuel Hawkins married again after the death of his first wife and later moved
to and died in Jasper County. One son by the first marriage now or lately

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lived at Visalia, California.

     Elvira C. Ridenhour married William Chambers. They spent their married life on the
Chambers place, just over the line in Phelps County, where she died, leaving three children,
William, Hester, and Susan. William died single; Hester married Pat Hutson and is dead, leaving
two children, Oma, wife of Floyd Moreland, and another. Susan married Joseph K. Sharp and is
also dead. The six surviving children, all residing in this county, are: Charles E., James, Henry,
Frank, Ray, and Lucy, wife of Albert Weaver; another son, Harry Sharp, died in the army in
World War I, single.

     Reuben J. Ridenhour married Hettie, daughter of Uriah and sister of Alex Shockley. The
family moved to the southern part of this state more than fifty years ago, and connection with
them has almost been lost by relatives here. Both parents are known to be long since dead.
Something like fifteen years ago their heirs were known to include the following: Jewel Fox of
Harrisburg, Illinois; Lester H. Goss, Birmingham, Alabama; Jacob Ridenhour, Waldron,
Arkansas; Ellen McGregor, Conroe, Texas; Edward McClanahan, Havelock, Nebraska; Fayette
McClanahan, West Plains, Missouri; Robert McClanahan, Willow Springs, Missouri; James
Haile, Mountain Grove, Missouri; Clyde Ridenhour, Ava, Missouri; Arthur Ridenhour, Cabool,
Missouri; and Walter Ridenhour in Kansas. The degree of relationship to Reuben J. and Hettie
Ridenhour is not known, and the above list may not be complete.

     Adam Ridenhour was twice married, first to Rachel Groff, by whom he had no children, and
then to Eliza Ann Anderson. The five children born of the latter marriage were: John W. who
married Belle Harris; Mollie, wife of Richard Ready; Louis H. who married Polly Pointer;
Alexander who married Belle Groff; and Robert R. who married Etha Bledsoe. The last named is
dead, leaving two children, Roscoe and Dewey, at Belle.

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     Thomas Benton, the remaining child of John Ridenhour, was born June 20, 1842, and died
January 5, 1927. His first wife, Julia Ann Crider, was born December 22, 1838, and died January
5, 1873, leaving five children: John A., Thomas M., William A., Margaret A., wife of Albert
Shockley, and Mary E., wife of Sam Kokenberger. His second wife was Luvicia Mitchell, and
the nine children born to them who lived to maturity were: Fred M., Lewis J., Albert A., James
L., Susan M., wife of John Green, Lennie F., wife of Charles Headman, Sarah F., wife of Alonzo
Perrin, Polly, wife of 'Cap' Pointer, and Rhoda J., wife of Oscar Rogers.

     William C. Wallace, who seems to have been the only son of the Wallace family to come to
this county, was born in Tennessee. His parents were early day settlers in the north part of
Crawford County, where he grew to manhood and where he was married on May 2, 1839, to
Elizabeth Ridenhour by Mark D. Spain, Justice of the Peace of Gasconade County. His wife,
born August 1, 1813, was a sister of the John Sartain Ridenhour elsewhere mentioned in this
chapter, but their relationship to the other Ridenhours who settled here is not known. The
generally accepted legend is that they were cousins to John Ridenhour, and also cousins to
Elizabeth Bell; the latter may have been a sister of John Ridenhour, and, again, may have been
his cousin. We do not know.

     The young Wallaces lived for a time on Wallace Creek in present Crawford County, but
moved to this county in early life and spent the rest of their lives here. His activities included
lumbering on Piney and conducting a store in the east end of this county, his partner being E. J.
Sorrell, later of Bloomington. He and Sorrell also served as First and Second Lieutenants in
Captain Matthews' company of Home Guards during the Civil War, but they saw little service
outside of a few miles from home. Mrs. Wallace died some years before her husband, who later
married Laura, widow of John C. Wallace of Lanes

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Prairie (no relation). All have been dead many years, as have also all of the eight children born of
this marriage who lived to maturity. They were: Martelia, Julia, Melcena, Sarah, Barney, James,
John, and David Wallace.

     Martelia married Thomas Willoughby; both are dead, as one of their sons, Lawrence, who
married Lennie Thompson, and is survived by one son, Ava, who now lives in Ohio. The living
children are: William, George, and John Willoughby in the state of Washington; Sally, wife of
Ed Pohl of near St. James; and Jacob Willoughby of this County.

    Julia married George Baster; both are dead, as well as one of their sons, Emmett, who
married Laura Palmer and died leaving four children, two sons and two daughters, whose names
have not been received. The other two sons, Albert and William, live near Belle; the only
daughter, Vinie, wife of Robert McGillis, lives at Kirkwood.

      Melcena married Stephen R. Atkins, and only one of their four children, Rilda, wife of Sen
Palmer, lives in this state, having lived in Shannon County for a number of years. James C.
Atkins lives at Mammoth Springs, Arkansas, and the other two children, Charlotte and Alfred,
also live in that state, the latter having long been identified with college work.

     Sarah Wallace married John B. Sewell, and her descendants are noted under that name.

     James Wallace married Jane Romine and lived in Shannon County for some years. One of
his sons, Roy, now lives at Ink, and a daughter, Zella, in the wife of the present county Collecter
there. The other four children are: Walter in Oklahoma, Clarence and William, both in Idaho,
and John in California.

     David Wallace married Alice Wideman. He lived near

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Red Bird after his marriage until his death early in manhood, after which the widow and children
lived in St. Louis for many years. It is thought there were three children, Bernice and Angeline,
whose married names are not known here, and a son, Roy, who married Ophelia Moore and died
in St. Louis leaving one daughter, Ruth Ray Wallace, now in Gary, Indiana.

     John Wallace married Hannah Backues, nee Keeney, and both have been dead several
years. Their two sons, Charles and Frank, live at Belle; a daughter, Belle, married Virgil Ousley
and lives at Eldon. The other daughter. Blanche, wife of Jack Wills, lives at Burbank, California.

     F. B. (Barney) Wallace, the remaining child of William C. and Elizabeth Wallace, married
Josephine Dessieux of Linn and was the father of twelve children, of whom one died in infancy
and Claude died single. Another son, Thomas, is also dead leaving one son, Herbert, now in
Kansas City. The living children are: E. A. (Gus), present Representative of the county; Laura L.,
widow of Jasper Love of Kansas City; Garrett; Lewis; Robert; Ony W.: and May, wife of Amos
Shockley, under which name her descendants are listed.

    The only known brother of William G. Wallace, Frank, lived in Phelps County but has not
been heard from in something like fifty years.

     John Sartain Ridenhour's first known location in this county was at the place just north of
Pay Down now and for many years owned and occupied by Robert McKinney. He was born on
Brush Creek April 1, 1815. His wife's maiden name is not known, but he is thought to have mar-
ried after he came to the county. His wife died many years before his death, which occurred
April 25, 1897. They were the parents of six children: John dark, James H., Hannah I., Mary I.,
and one who married a Gaither.

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     John dark Ridenhour, son of John Sartain, married Mary E., daughter of Henry Huffman,
and spent most of his married life farming near Steens Prairie. His wife died there, and some
time thereafter he moved to the state of Washington, where he died January 8, 1919. His son,
Leslie, lives in Idaho, and his daughter, Mrs. Belle Garcia, in Oregon.

     James H. Ridenhour married here, but his wife's maiden name is not recorded. He moved
some distance south of Mountain Grove fifty or more years ago, and both he and his wife died
there. His family included a daughter who married Thomas Reed near their home, and a son,
Walter Ridenhour of Asherville, Kansas, and probably others.

     Hannah I. Ridenhour married William Fortune, and both are long since dead. The
descendants of their sons, Allen and Alfred, all live in the state of Washington.

     Mary E. Ridenhour married Mike Baumgartner. Nancy married Louis Howerton, and the
best information at hand is that they had one son, Isvell Howerton, present address unknown;
Sarah married John, son of Silas Gaither, and their children include Thomas, James, Ida,
Emmett, and Ony Gaither. Relatives here are out of touch with them so their marital status and
descendants are unknown.

     In addition to the foregoing branches of the Ridenhour family, not less than two other
members of it have lived in this county, but we have no idea of their relationship to each other
nor to the others herein listed. One of them was William Ridenhour, who lived on a part of the
present Bremer place on Long Creek long before the Civil War. He was a miller, and among
other places he operated the flour mill that stood on the site of Jack Duncan's Indian Ford
Cabins, being in charge when it burned. His wife was Jane, sister of Willliam Mears, and after
his death his

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widow and their children, names and number not known, moved to present Oklahoma. They had
a son, John, a daughter, Martha, and others whose names are not known.

     Still another Ridenhour, Martha, connection with the others unknown, married Garret
Viemann of near Oak Hill. Their only son. Lorenzo D. Viemann was born in 1848 and was
closely connected with business affairs in the east end of this county for many years, although he
never lived in the county. His first wife was Eliza, daughter of Daniel and sister of Thomas J.
McMillan, who died childless. He later married Henrietta, widow of Franklin Benner, daughter
of William Fort of Rolla. Children were born of this marriage, but their number, names, and
present addresses are not known, except in one case--Mrs. Tayloe of Belle, who died a number
of years ago leaving two children, Leatha, wife of Henry Rohrer, and a son, Oscar Tayloe, of
Belle.

     Some reports are that William Mears married a Ridenhour as his first wife, but we have no
information with which to either prove or disprove it. She was supposed to have been a sister of
William Ridenhour.

     The first recorded appearance of the Bell family here is on February 11, 1832, on which
date William Bell entered part of the land on the upper river that we know as the Ramsey place.
He entered another part of it in 1838, after which he disappears from the records. The burning of
the courthouses in both Maries and Pulaski Counties (this land was in Pulaski County for thirty
years after its entry) and the total destruction of the early records there and the partial destruction
of them in this county, account for the lack of knowledge in many cases.

     Daniel Bell, about whom we know quite a bit more, appears on Lanes Prairie in 1834, when
he entered land in the Johnson settlement. This he sold a couple years after-ward and moved to
the farm William had entered on the

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river. Family tradition sets this as 1836, which is likely right (a very old apple tree stands, or
stood just a few years ago, in the bottom near the old house site, reputed to have been brought
there by George W. Bell when he was twelve years old, which again would make the date about
1836. One limb of the old tree was alive and sometimes bore apples more than a hundred years
after its planting; William W. (Buffalo) Bell says that no old sow was ever hungry enough to eat
one of the apples without squealing).

      The relationship between Daniel and William Bell is not known, but it is known that they
were related, and they may have been brothers. Daniel moved here from just over in Franklin
County, six miles north of Pacific. His wife was Elizabeth Ridenhour, and this location would
have placed him in or near the Ridenhour settlement on present Fiddle Creek in that county. Her
relationship to the rest of the Ridenhours is not known, the likeliest guess being that she was a
sister of the John Ridenhour who settled the present site of Belle.

     Family tradition is that Daniel Bell spent the remainder of his life and died at the Ramsey
place, the ford there being then and now known as the Bell Ford. There is also a tradition that
some of the men of the family, while trying to capture a runaway slave from up the river, 'missed
too close' and killed the fugitive. The ensuing damage suit reputedly left the family about
bankrupt, but again there is no record of this.

     Daniel and Elizabeth Bell left nine descendants of whom we have record: Lucinda, Ann
Eliza, Elizabeth, Nancy, Sarah, Martha, James M., Peter, and George W. Bell. Again we do not
know their relation to each other. The only record we have shows that the other eight conveyed
the land entered by Peter K. Bell as his heirs; Peter may, as we believe, have been a brother of
the rest and died childless, or he may have been the only son of Daniel and

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the rest his children. However the descent was, the above named persons are all descendants of
Daniel and Elizabeth Bell.

     Lucinda Bell, who was born December 20, 1831, and died September 6, 1923, married
Pleasant M. Gaddy, who was born August 13, 1831 and died February 16, 1893. They spent their
entire lives and both died in Phelps County where one of their sons, Harmon Gaddy, is now one
of the Judges of the County Court. The other surviving son, John Gaddy, lives on the home place
west of Rolla. The five other children born of this marriage, all now dead, are: Hiley, wife of
Marion Miller; Louisa, wife of William Samler; Sarah, wife of David Sloan; Samuel;
and George Gaddy. Lists of their descendants have not been received.

     Ann Eliza Bell married Francis Gaddy, Elizabeth Bell married Jerry Gaddy, and Nancy Bell
married Charles B. Riggs, and all of them lived and died in Phelps County. Names of their
descendants, their marital status, and present addresses are not at hand.

     Sarah Bell married a man named Kinley in Phelps County, and is believed to have had two
children, one of whom died single; the other married Anton Grable, a blacksmith, and spent at
least part of her married life in and around St. James. Some of their descendants live south of
Dillon in the neighborhood of the Coffman Schoolhouse.

     Martha Bell married a Wood, first name unknown. Something like sixty years ago she lived
in Moniteau County and was then a widow. Relatives here have not heard from her since that
time.

      James M, Bell married here and was the father of several children. He lived on the Dry Fork
for a time, but moved to Arkansas many years ago, probably before the

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Civil War, since which time relatives here have had no trace of him. James M. Bell seems to
have been involved in lawsuits during his residence here, and may have been the man who
'missed too close' when shooting at the runaway slave.

     Peter K. Bell died at the Ramsey place, and the likeliest guess is that he was a brother of the
others and died childless.

     George W. Bell, the remaining descendant of Daniel, was born in Franklin County April 9,
1823, and lived there until he was nine years old, when he came to Lanes Prairie with his father.
After four years there he moved to the Ramsey place at the Bell Ford. George W. is the one who,
as a boy of twelve, walked from the Prairie to the Ford carrying a sprout of the apple tree yet
alive in the river bottom. He lived with his parents until his majority, and shortly thereafter was
married to Roena Prewett, who was born in Kentucky April 20, 1832. Soon after their marriage
he entered the land at the forks of Dry Creek thereafter and still known as the Bell place. It is
now owned by the estate of John W. Parker, and is the site of the Stickney store and post office.
Here they spent the remainder of their lives and died, her death occurring November 9, 1903, and
his on Feberuary 25, 1904. The five sons born of their marriage were: James Madison, C. C.,
John, William R., and Richard T. Bell.

     James Madison, the oldest child of George W. and Roena Bell, was born February 15, 1848,
lived his entire life in this county and died here July 11, 1918. He married Eliza Parker, who was
born in Polk County, Missouri, November 13, 1843, and survived her husband until November
15, 1926. Of the twelve children born of this union one died in infancy. The eleven yet living
are; Clark, Sallie, widow of Grant Davis, William W., Isabelle, wife of John Workman, Thomas,
Henry, and Charles, all of this county; Rose, wife of R. L. Freese of Howard County; Martha.

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wife of Mike Humphrey of Miller County; Tine, wife of Isaac A. Cross of Sedan, Kansas; and
Clay, wife of Gus Berling of Pulaski County.

     C. C. (Judge) Bell was twice married, first to a Sauls and then to Hettie Jennings. Riley
Bell. the only child of the first marriage, lived in Dent County at last reports. Ida, Sylvia, and
Goldie, the three children of the last marraige, live in St. Louis; all are married but their married
names are not known here.

     John Bell married Sarah, daughter of Pleasant Copeland, and both he and his wife have
been dead many years, as has their oldest daughter, Roan, wife of James Gibson; Noah died
single and another son, Carter, married and died in St. Louis, leaving a family, none of whose
names are known. The living children are: Wilbert in this county and Columbus, at Newburg;
another son is believed to have died in infancy.

     William R. Bell was the father of two children by his first marriage, both of whom, with
their parents, are now dead. The son, William, was killed in an accident in a railroad machine
shop in Canada, leaving two daughters, Mrs. Irma Erskine and Isabelle Bell. both of Portland,
Oregon. The daughter, Rachel, married an Irick and died in St. Louis a number of years ago,
leaving a family there.

     The second marriage of William R. Bell was to Rachel, daughter of William Davis. Of their
five children four are yet living: Peter of Iowa, John W. of Edgar Springs, and Edward and
Mollie, wife of Frank Burton of Dixon. Finis, the remaining child of the second marriage, died
childless.

     Richard T. Bell, the remaining son of George W. Bell, survives and lives at Rolla.

     The daughters of George W. and Roena Bell, six in number, are: Louisa J., Mary R.,
Josephine, Alegerene,

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Melvina, and Dora E. Bell. Of the six Louisa J., widow of Warren Bartle, the oldest daughter and
second oldest child, survives at an advanced age, at Rolla.

      Mary R. Bell married Michael McAfee. They lived in this county for a number of years
thereafter, and all of their seven children, Minnie, Cora, George, Henry, Homer, Lincoln, and
another girl, were born here. The whole family moved to Shannon County something over forty
years ago, where both parents died and where the children now live. The girls are married, but
their married names are not known here.

     Josephine Bell married James C., son of William Helton. They lived in this county a
number of years before moving to St. Louis, where she died and where her husband, who has
married again, still lives, as do the five children of their marriage, Tillia, Lowell, Normal, Fred,
and Frank.

    Algerene Bell first married A. J. Williams and was the mother of seven children, Andrew,
Frank, Dennis, Clarence, Louis, Fannie, and Dorada, the last of whom married a man named
Boone in Shannon County. After the death of Williams she married George McAfee, by whom
she was the mother of three children, a son and two daughters. After the death of McAfee, now
some years ago, his widow and all her children with the possible exception of the Boones, moved
to Alberta, Canada, where she lived until her death in 193 8, and where her children and their
descendants still live.

     Melvina Bell married James Williams and spent her entire married life in this county where
she died some years before her parents. The five children born to her were:
Sumner, Hugh, and Oscar of Granite City, and John and Mary, now Mary King, of near
Newburg.

     Dora Bell, the remaining daughter, also died in 1938.

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Her first husband was George W. Sauls by whom she was the mother of three children, Ray,
Leatha, wife of Joseph Jackson, and Endami, wife of Sherman Jaycox, all of St. Louis. Three
children were also born of her later marriage to John Miller. Of these one. Oakley, is dead; his
marital status is not known; Robert lives in Kansas City, and Ruby, whose married name is not
known, in St. Louis.

      There is a story, elsewhere quoted in this book, that a band of Shawnee Indians led by their
white chief, Rogers, was responsible for the discovery of iron ore in Phelps County. This band
broke away from the Shawnee Tribe in Ohio about the close of the American Revolution, drifted
down the Ohio, hunted as they moved up the Mississippi, and helped found Cape Girardeau
under Don Louis Lorimier whose 'consort' was a member of the tribe. Rogers and his band
strayed around over Missouri as was the way of Indians. They were not a bit interested in the
iron banks they found but were entranced by the big spring--for a time. Then the curse of
wooded Missouri lowlands overtook them and they all came down with the 'aguer,' which they
knew enough about to hunt high ground. Their next stopping place is said to have been Lanes
Prairie, and some tradition points out the Ferrell land on the west side as the exact place. At any
rate this land had an old orchard on it when Ferrells settled there twenty years later. As is usual
with the Indians as well as with whites, the tribe dropped a man or two here and there. Since the
chief was named Rogers, all the men in the tribe were known as Rogers, also. They were mostly
white, there being few, if any, full bloods among them. Anyway, several stragglers from the tribe
settled here and there over this part of Missouri and did not return to Ohio with the rest.

     We do not know that the pioneer Rogers family of this county descended from members of
the Rogers band. They could have done so, however, as there is a strain of Indian blood in our
Rogers family, and they began appearing

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in the records so near the time the Rogers band is known to have been here that the dates could
easily agree. There is no actual evidence about it either way. However, the fact that both Alex A.
and Elisha Rogers married sisters of William C. Wallace would seem to tip the scales against the
Rogers theory and incline us to believe that the family came here from northern Crawford
County, and that the connection with the Shawnee tribe, if any existed, was at least one
generation back.

      Alexander S. Rogers, who was born November 19, 1804, and died September 24, 1873, is
the best known of the first generation in this county. He was already married when we first hear
of him, his wife being Belinda Wallace, sister of William C. She was born December 11, 1809,
and died July 17, 1809. His home was just over the Osage County line north of Belle, the house
standing within a hundred yards of the one now owned by and lived in by his grandson, John D.
Rogers. He had not lived there very long until he established a store which was for many years a
flourishing trading point and which was the real beginning of the present city of Belle in a
business way. As usual, most of his dealings were by barter, the produce received for goods
being sent to St. Louis and again exchanged for more goods. John D. Rogers remembers that his
father Martin Rogers spent much of his time in his young manhood hauling produce to St. Louis
and bringing back goods for the store, using oxteams and taking about three weeks for the round
trip. One of the seasonal items then in great demand in the city was homemade ash-lye soap,
which seems to have been used in the tanneries, and Martin Rogers hauled one or more oxteam
wagonloads of it into St. Louis every year. He was Presiding Judge of the Osage County Court,
performed many of the marriages and wrote most of the deeds in that section of the county, and
was regarded as the leader of the eastern end of Osage County. Both he and his wife died at their
home place in the edge of present Belle. They were survived by their seven children: Martin,
Morgan, Ann, wife of Samuel Matthews, Susannah,

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wife of T. L. Travis, Virginia, wife of George Mahon, Louisa, wife of William Mahon, and
Rachel, wife of J. S. Crain. All the children are long since dead.

     Martin L. Rogers was born February 23, 1838, and died January 19, 1916. He married
Mahala Gaither (whose mother was a Ridenhour), who was born January 29. 1839, and died July
15, 1909. Martin Rogers farmed in Maries County after his marriage, and in a way succeeded his
father as Justice of the Peace, marrying Squire, and general businessman for the northeast part of
the county. In his old days he moved to Vichy where both he and his wife died. Of the six
children born of this marriage, three are still living: John D., the oldest son, who married Alice,
daughter of Andrew J. Branson, owns and lives on the home site of his grandfather Rogers of
Belle (the house is also in sight of the former home of David Branson, grandfather of Mrs.
Rogers); James, the second son, whose wife was Emma, daughter of Joseph Pelikan, and whose
mother was a Love, lives in Denver Colorado; Maud, the third surviving child, married Charles
Love and also lives in Colorado; Delinda, Mary, and Thomas Rogers are dead.

    Delinda E. Rogers, who was born October 13, 1858, died September 29, 1916. Her husband
was James O. Keeney, who was born October 6, 1851, and died July 4, 1925. The six children
born of this marriage, Sylvester, Ralph, Ernest, Earl, Virgil, and Hattie, wife of William
Baumgartner, are all living, some in this county and some in St. Louis.

     Mary Rogers, daughter of Martin, was married twice. Her first husband was David Griffith
by whom she was the mother of four children, David, Arthur, Sophia, wife of Nathan Branson,
and Ida, wife of Morris Backues. Two children, John and Elizabeth, wife of Arthur McKinney,
were born of her second marriage, which was to Nick Schoue. All the above children of both
marriages live in

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this county.

     Thomas, the remaining child of Martin L. Rogers, together with his wife, the former Stella
Linneman, died near Owensville. Their two daughters are Minnie who married a Branson and
lives near Jefferson City, and Della who married a Boulman and lives in Osage County.

      Morgan Rogers, son of Alex S., was twice married. His first wife was Malissa Birdsong, by
whom he was the father of four children, Alex, Louis, Emma, and Malissa. One of the girls
married Nelson Huffman. No children were born of his second marriage, which was to Josie
Johnson, nee Keeney. The whole family moved to the state of Washington something like fifty
years ago, and later settled in Idaho, where both Morgan Rogers and his wife died. It is thought
that all their children are still living in the northwest.

     Susannah Rogers, who was born December 18, 1843, married Thomas L. Travis, son of
William H., September 12, 1869, and spent her entire married life within four miles of her
birthplace, dying at the Travis home on the Dry Fork January 31, 1935. Her husband, who was
born November 9, 1844, survived her until December 14, 1928 (a sketch of the Travis family is
one section of this chapter). During the term of their married life he acted as merchant and
postmaster of Steens Prairie and as Judge of the County Court, all posts which had previously
been filled by his father. Of the seven children born to them two, Mollie and Oliver, are dead; the
former, who was born July 2, 1881, was married to W. E. Spitznogle in Idaho June 30, 1909, and
died September 10, 1924, survived by her widower and their three children, Windell, Alma, and
Travis Elma Spitznogle, all of whom live in the west. A fourth child, Alfred, single, and an infant
predeceased their mother.

     Oliver Travis died April 1, 1938, in his sixty-first

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year. He served several terms as County Judge for the Eastern District, an office also filled by his
father and grandfather, was an extensive livestock dealer, and was City Clerk of Belle at the time
of his death. He is survived by his widow, Grace Travis, daughter of Thomas J. Harrison, and his
two daughters, Ruth and Ruby, both of whose married names are Gibboney. All of them live at
Belle.

     The living children of Thomas L. and Susannah Travis are: Samuel who succeeded his
father as president of the Belle Bank; and Eva and Nor a Travis, who own and live on the Travis
home place, all of this county, and Emma, who married C. O. Fritts March 28, 1891, and now
lives in Colorado.

     Eliza Ann, the fourth child of Alexander S Rogers, married Samuel Matthews, a member of
the noted Gasconade County family of that name. They owned and lived on a farm in Osage
County north of Belle until the death of Mr. Matthews. His widow probably died at the home of
her son, A, L. Matthews, east of Belle. No birth, death, nor marriage dates of either of the parents
or their children are at hand. The three living children are: William who married a Neese and
lives at Bland; A. L. (Bud) Matthews whose wife was a daughter of Judge Lee D. Love, in this
county east of Belle; and Susan, widow of Alf Anderson, near Denver, Colorado. The three
deceased children are: Lucretia, wife of Charles L. Biles, Jane, wife of William Harrison, and
Clara, first wife of Chancie Dickson.

    Both Charles L. and Lucretia Biles died at their home in the northeastern part of the county
several years ago, leaving five daughters: Grace who married Son Fesler, Eliza, wife of Homer
Baxter, Clara, wife of Floyd Willmore, Blanche, wife of Fred Suetterlin, and Gladys, wife of
Lester Martin, all of whom live in St. Louis.

    Jane and William Harrison were the parents of one son,

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Harley, now in Jefferson City; her widower lives at Belle. The marriage of Chancie Dickson and
Clara Matthews was childless.

      Virginia Rogers, fifth child of Alex A., married George Mahon, and of their six children
only one, Mrs. Mary Leuthen of Argyle, is living. Mona married John Burton Stewart, and
Malinda married his brother, Lazarus Stewart; their descendants are noted in the James chapter.
Will died in Oklahoma, single. Alex L. married a Vaughan and also died in Oklahoma, leaving a
family. Cora married Will Jones and died a number of years ago leaving three children, a son,
Clinton, and two daughters, one of whom married Oda, son of John D. Rogers; the other married
in St. Louis.

     Louisa Rogers, the sixth child of Alex S., was twice married. Her first husband was William
Wilson by whom she was the mother of two children, Octavia, wife of Baker Harris, and
William who married Jane, daughter of Martin Ridenhour. His descendants being noted in the
Ridenhour section of this chapter. Her second marriage was to William Mahon. The children
born of this marriage include Amanda, wife of Herod Wilson, Nancy, wife of Henry McKinney,
Martha, who died single, and probably others.

     Very little information is available as to Sparks Crain and his family. He was a Mason, and
died sometime in 1880 at the present Schierloh place on the Dry Fork, survived by his widow
and at least six children: John, Stephen, Nancy, Mary, Milly, and M. E. Crain. John married
Hattie Skaggs and he and Stephen, whose wife's maiden name is not known, moved down close
to the Arkansas line, likely in Douglas County, a great many years ago. Nancy and Mary Crain
both married Campbells, and M. E. Crain married William Hutchison; their descendants are
found under those names. We have no information about Milly except that she married Green
Davis. She may have moved

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to Douglas County with the others.

     In point of descendants born and still living Doswell Rogers, brother of Alexander S., and
his wife, formerly Julia Ann Crider, probably equalled the record of any two others of the Rogers
clan. Of the nine children born to them and living to maturity, seven left children who are for the
most part still living. The two who left no children were James Riley Rogers, who died single,
and America, second wife of Frank M. Thompson, who died childless. The seven (all now dead)
who left families were: William, Virginia S. (Jennie), Missouri Ann, Malinda, Mary, Margaret,
and Cynthia Rogers.

     William Rogers married Margaret Williams, and both died in the Bland vicinity some years
ago; one daughter, Eva, wife of Joseph Hendricks, died near Rosebud in recent years, but no
record of her descendants has been received. The other nine children born of this marriage, all
believed to be yet living, are: Martha, widow of Pat Shockley, and Dora, wife of Oliver Terrill,
of near Bland; Thomas, Frank, Wesley. Oscar, and Alta, widow of Chris Thompson (she has
since remarried) at Union; Betsey, wife of Bud Durbin of Conway, and Augusta, wife of Monroe
Leach at Leslie.

    Virginia (Jennie) Rogers married Thomas Thompson, and two of her children, Lee and
Laura, wife of Thomas Benedict, live at St. Aubert, as do the four children of her deceased son,
Caston, who married Maud McKinney. The remaining daughter, Frances, wife of Charles
Wilkerson, lives in Jefferson City.

     Missouri Ann Rogers married Ike Smith. They had seven children: James married Louisa
Pohl and was survived by two sons, of whom Charles later died single, and Alva lives in Iowa.
Eliza married George Fetters and left one daughter, Oma, whose present address is not known.
Edward was killed by a freight train at Bland;

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his wife was a Litton, and she and her two children now live at Jefferson City. Their four living
children are William and Elizabeth, wife of John Wallace, at Belle, John at Bland, and Alex at
Newburg.

     Malinda Rogers married Nelson Jarvis, and her family record is not complete. One
daughter, Maud, died single; another, Blanche, married Adolph Markley, and lives at Bland; still
another, Lela, is married, but her married name is not known. There was at least one more girl,
but her record has not been received.

    Mary Rogers, first wife of Frank M. Thompson, is survived by her two sons, Vernie and
Rudy, both of this county; the two daughters born to them died in infancy.

     Margaret Rogers married William Moman, and the four of her six children yet living are:
John, Jacob, William V., and Martha, wife of Curt Shockley, all of near Belle. Jesse Moman died
single, and Mary, who married Sylvester Rhodes, died in Arkansas; she left children but their
number, names, and addresses are not known here.

     Cynthia Rogers, the youngest child, married William Franklin (Bud) Leffler. They have
three children yet living: Charles of Pay Down, Alva of St. Louis, and William of near Belle. A
fourth son, Oliver, died single.

     Julia Ann, wife of Doswell Rogers, was born December 16, 1813, and died July 11, 1884.
Birth and death dates of her husband, and the date of their marriage, are not at hand.

     Elisha Rogers, brother of Alex A., lived at least most of his married life in the Long Creek
vicinity, where he died in March, 1874. His birth and marriage dates are not known. His wife
was a Wall ace, a sister of the wife of his brother Alex, and of William C. Wallace. They were
the parents of six children, of whom one, Alex (Eck), died

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single in Idaho some years ago.

     William Barlow (Barl) Rogers, probably the eldest, married a Walker and lived most of his
married life in Osage County. He had served in the Union Army during the Civil War and is
believed to have died in the Federal Soldiers Home in Dayton, Ohio. His widow afterwards
married Peter Renfro; the two children born of his marriage, Amos and Jeff, are still living; the
former near Bland, and the latter in Oklahoma.

      John A., the best known of the Elisha Rogers children, was born March 11, 1840, and died
July 3, 1909. He served in the Union Army in Company I of the 10th Missouri Cavalry, of which
he was First Sergeant. After the close of the war he married Mildred Cummings, who was born
February 10, 1841, and survived her husband until October 15, 1922. They owned a farm on
Long Creek where they lived from their marriage until about 1890, when they disposed of all
their interests in this county and moved to Crawford County, living the remainder of their lives
in and about Steelville. Their son, Warren, and their daughter, Melcena, widow of Jeff Branson
(which see) are still living, the former in Steelville and the latter in the east. William, the third
child, died childless. N. B. (Bony) Rogers is dead; he was married to Lula Key in Crawford
County April 30, 1899, and left a family, but their names, number, and addresses are not at hand.

    Rachel M. Rogers married W. C. (Clayt) Jones, and Alfred W. (Wall) Rogers married
Emily Jones; both are children of Elisha Rogers. Susan, the remaining child of John A. Rogers,
married James A. (Bud) Jones; their descendants are recorded in the Jones chapter.

     Mary L., probably the youngest child of Elisha Rogers, married John Coates; her account is
given in the Hutchison-Crum chapter.

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     Valentine (Felty) Rogers seems to have been married twice, and possibly three times. He
was first married to Malissa Durbin November 12, 1839, by Mark D. Spain, Justice of the Peace
of Osage Township in Gasconade County, and was the father of five children: Malissa, Lucy,
Isaac D., Emeline, and Cynthia Rogers.

      Malissa married James J. McQueen, and her descendants are listed in the Backues chapter.
Lucy married Isaac Liston and both are dead leaving four children: Andrew, Thomas, and Maud,
wife of John Hassler, all of Kansas City, and Edward, who later died single. Isaac D. married
Amanda, daughter of James Parker (see Roberson) and moved to Wright County with that family
and later to Mountain Grove, where he died; no record remains of their family. Emeline married
Hiram Collier and both are dead, childless. Cynthia married Herod Wilson, and after the death of
their parents the four children Lucy, William Robert and Valentine, settled near Washington,
where it is thought they still live. Lucy is married, but her married name is not known to relatives
here.

      There is some belief that Valentine Rogers married the second time after the death of his
first wife, but that his second wife died shortly after their marriage, childless. If this be true, no
record to substantiate it has been found. His last wife, who survived for some time after his death
on July 9, 1886, was Elizabeth Greenstreet, and the three children born of this marriage were
John C., Alex M., and Joseph H. Rogers. John C. Rogers married Ann Crider and always lived,
and died, in Gasconade County; we have no record of his descendants. Alex M. Rogers, single,
lives in Kansas. Joseph H. Rogers married Lula Thompson and died in Gasconade County some
years ago survived by one daughter, Pearl, who lives at Bland.

     Valentine Rogers spent most of his adult years in Gasconade County in the vicinity of
present Bland, having moved to the east end of Galloway Prairie only a few years before his
death.

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     Joseph Rogers, the fifth brother, married here, but moved to south Missouri, probably Ozark
County, in an early day. Relatives here have been out of touch with his family for many years.
He is known to have had at least one son and one daughter, and that one of them died single; he
may have had other children.

     In addition to the five members of the Rogers family herein mentioned, at least two others,
Jacob and. Reuben, lived in the same general vicinity, but careful inquiry has failed to disclose
enough about them to be worthy of being called a biography. They were no doubt related to the
others treated in this chapter, and may have been brothers, but the actual relationship is not
known. Nor is anything known of the parents of the five brothers. The fact that they all lived near
together in the northeast corner would indicate that one or both parents lived near them, at least
in the old days, but we have no record of them.

      William H. Travis, the ancestor of the family of that name in this county, was born in
Tennessee September 17, 1813, and died here February 16, 1877. His wife, nee Catherine Vance,
was born March 4, 1820, and survived her husband until June 27, 1888, their marriage date has
not been found. They moved to Missouri before the middle fifties (in 1854, it is thought) and
lived for a year near present Dillon Station in present Phelps County before settling at what was
later called Steens Prairie post office on Dry Fork where they spent the remainder of their lives.
In the course of time he operated the store and was postmaster at Steens Prairie, was mail
contractor on the star route from Chamois to the Meramec Iron Works and later to St. James, and
was for some terms Judge of the County Court of Maries County.

     The five children were all born near Woodbury, Cannon County, Tennessee, and all long
since dead, namely: William J., Thomas L., John J., Mary E., and Eliza J. Travis. the descendants
of Thomas L. Travis will be found in the

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Rogers section of this chapter. John J. Travis, born February 12, 1850, succeeded his father as
merchant and postmaster at Steens Prairie, dying single on March 27, 1899.

     William James Travis was born in Tennessee March 13, 1842, and was married here
November 27, 1867, to Elizabeth A. Hull, nee Shobe. They spent their entire married life on the
Dry Fork in the northeast part of the county. Of their nine children the five who are yet living
are: Olive, wife of E. L. John, Malissa, Jesse, and Walter Travis of this county, and Dr. Clinton
Travis of Chicksha, Oklahoma. Those dead, including a son who died in infancy, are: Ella who
married Martin V. Johnson and died early in life, leaving twin daughters, Pansy and Ora, both of
whom live in the west; Minnie who married Charles Wallace, under which name her descendants
will be found; and Della, first wife of Dr. T. E. Ferrell, now of Mountain View; she was born
April 22, 1877, married to Dr. Ferrell in June, 1899, and died May 9, 1908, leaving two children,
Dr. T. E. Ferrell Junior, a surgeon in Springfield, and Mrs. Genevieve Gose of Mountain View.

     Mary E. Travis, born December 2, 1840, died November 22, 1896, having married Samuel
Johnson and becoming the mother of one son, William H., who married Martelia, daughter of
Edmond Basham. During most of the town's existence they lived at Belle where William died
about 1930, and where his widow still lives. The children born of this marriage are: H. H. of
Belle, Blake of Clayton, Maud, wife of Garret Wallace of California, Kathryn, wife of Senator E.
W. Allison of Rolla, Ada, wife of Joe E. Karr, Opal, wife of Carl Snyder of Richmond Heights,
and Mrs. Effie Stone.

    The remaining child, Eliza J. Travis, was born June 30, 1846, and died July 20, 1877. She
married Samuel Stockton and her descendants are listed under that name.

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