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Pioneer families of Daviess County: The McBrayers

by Lanita Sconce Smith, Daviess County Genealogical Society President

Samuel McBrayer, Jr., son of Samuel McBrayer, Sr., and Elizabeth Ashe, was born on Jan. 15, 1771, in Tyron County, North Carolina [it later became Rutherford County]. In 1801 when Samuel was 29, he married Elizabeth Ann Abel, daughter of Revolutionary soldier Thomas H. Abel and Katherine Woodfin, in North Carolina. They had a good life, had 11 children that we

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Two Daviess County Bridges Long Gone

At least two Daviess County bridges are long gone, but still preserved on paper: The Lewis Mill Bridge (21408) and the Lock Springs Bridge (21412). Documentation on these two structures can be found at the Library of Congress Historic American Engineering Record.

These bridges span the Grand River. Both were lost before a bridge inventory was taken in 1996.

The Lewis Mill Bridge was replaced by a concrete bridge in

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Pioneer Families of Daviess County: The Coxes

by Lanita Sconce Smith, Daviess County Genealogical Society President

It was Dec. 16, 1828, when our next Daviess County pioneer subject was born. Samuel Porter Cox was born in Williamsburg, Whitney County, Ky., the son of Levi and Cynthia Cox. In September 1839, his parents and siblings came to Daviess County and settled in Jackson Township in the eastern part of the county. His siblings were Daniel [born 1826];

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Letter to the Editor: Altamont Soldier Buried in France

My name is Dave Nyhlen (currently living in Beaurains les Noyon, France) and understand that you maintain the website for the Historical Society and was hoping that you might be able to put me in contact with someone related to a Lt. Frands V Frazier from Altamont, MO, who died 24th of March, 1918, from wounds received while the Germans retook the city of Noyon, France, in their last offensive

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If Our Jail Could Talk…

There’s renewed interest to update and improve upon the informational displays at the ol’ Squirrel Cage Jail in Gallatin. With a little more effort, some of what’s now underway will be up in time for the fall Chautauqua.

As you know, the antique jail is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and doubles as a visitors’ information center. Sadly, there’s no funding to keep the facility open all

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Early Pioneer Families of Daviess County: The Drummonds

by Lanita Sconce Smith, Daviess County Genealogical Society President

It was Sept. 25, 1813, when James P. Drummond was born in Monroe County, West Virginia, the son of George and Easter Boyd Drummond, who were both natives of Virginia. On June 14, 1836, Mr. Drummond married Sydney Nickell, who was the daughter of George W. Nickell. It was the summer of 1839 when they left Virginia for Daviess County. In

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The Early Pioneer Families of Daviess County: The Penistons

by Lanita Sconce Smith, Daviess County Genealogical Society President

One of the first families to settle in Daviess County was that of the family of Robert Peniston, Sr. ,who came in the fall of 1831, according to son, Theodore’s, obituary. The family came from Jessamine County, Ky., when Theodore was 19. The children were: Robert Jr., buried in Livingston County; Col. William, P., buried in California; Theodore;  Francis, killed at

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Know Any of These School Children?

Dennis Cox, sportswriter at the Gallatin North Missourian, has had this family picture for several years. The picture is of Haw Branch (Blakely) School about 1912-1913. There is a mixture of family members, including Pierces, Coxes, Dunningtons, Tarwaters, Kays and Hobbs. However, it’s not certain which is which.

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Pictured, as best as could be remembered, are:

front row: ?, girl may be Bessie Pierce, ?, ?, Claude

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DAR Recognizes 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War

The Gallatin Chapter DAR with the Dockery Park Board are recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War at the opening ceremonies of the July 4 celebration and wish to honor and thank our community’s veterans and their families for their sacrifice and service. If you served during the Vietnam War we invite you to contact the Gallatin DAR. Contact Elizabeth Plotner at 660-663-5645.

The DAR’s Vietnam War 50th Commemoration

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