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MANSFIELD, Robert Mansfield and MOURNING CLARK, his wife, of VA., had William H., James W., Thomas M., Robert C., Joseph, Mildred, Elizabeth, Nancy H., Mary, Sarah and Susannah. William H., James W., and Joseph were Baptist preachers. Thomas M. was a Methodist preacher and Robert was a Presbyterian preacher. The latter settled in Audrain Co. in 1836, and he and Mr. J. H. SMITH entered the land on which the city of Mexico stands. They donated 25 acres to the city the same year. Robert C. Mansfield married ELIZABETH S. BEATTY, and they had Malinda, Mary, William, Edward, Charles and Lelia. Mildred, Elizabeth, Nancy H. and Sarah, daughters of Robert Mansfield, Sr., remained in VA. Mary married and settled in Illinois. Susannah married and settled in Monroe Co., MO.    Top


MARTIN, John C. Martin, of Lincoln Co., N.C. married PHOEBE ALLEN, and settled in Audrain Co., MO., in 1830. They had Allen, Thomas, Rufus, Robert, Nelson, Polly, Nancy, Elizabeth and Patsey. Mr. Martin was a devout Methodist, and held family prayers regularly, night and morning; but no one could understand his prayers, as he used language which he alone could interpret. It was his custom to give a corn shucking once every year, and wind up with a quilting, as he was very much opposed to dancing. One of his daughters married HENRY WILLIAMS, who at the time was so poor he could not pay the minister, but gave him an old spinning wheel for his trouble. Mr. Williams afterward represented the county in the legislature, and is now one of the leading merchants of Mexico. He could pay several parson's fees now, without any trouble.    Top


MCCLURE. -- John McClure, of Scotland, settled in Virginia, and afterward removed to Clark Co., Ky.  He had -- John, Andrew, Samuel, and two daughters.  John married Polly Redmon, and settled in Missouri in 1831.  They had -- James, David, John, Joseph, clay, Elizabeth, Mary, and Sallie.     Top


MCDONNALD - The parents of George and Jane McDonnald were murdered by the Indians in the early settlement of Virginia. George and his sister were in the lot, playing in a horse trough, when the attack was made. They lay down in the trough and were not discovered by the savages; but both of their parents, who were in the house, were murdered. When George was grown he married MARY MURDOCK, of Ireland, and they had John, Peter, Thomas, James, William, Elizabeth and ann. In 1795 they settled in Nicholas Co., KY., where Mr. McDonnald died, and his widow removed with her son, William, to Illinois, where she died. Thomas McDonnald married the WIDOW GRAY, whose maiden name was SARAH FRANKLIN, and settled in MO. in 1831. They had Malinda, William H., Zerelda, Arthur, Margaret, George, Elizabeth, Amanda, and Nancy, all of whom, except Zerelda, settled in MO.     Top


MCINTIRE, Daniel McIntire and his wife, who was a MISS WEAVER, were natives of Virginia, but removed to KY. and settled near Lexington. They had Charles W., Roland, Duskin, William, Catharine, Frances, Jane, and Elizabeth. Charles W. settled in Callaway Co., MO. in 1819k and in Audrain in 1836. He was married in July, 1829 to MARGARET HARRISON, of Callaway Co., and they had Donald, Thomas, William, Eliza, Cynthia and Nancy. Mr. McIntire was very fond of a joke, and never let any opportunity pass to indulge in one; but he got badly sold on a certain occasion. The people of Callaway Co. had been taunting the citizens of Audrain, and saying they (Audrain countians) had no money and in order to convince them that there was some money in Audrain, he gave a man a $20 gold piece, and told him to go into Callaway and shoe it to everybody he could see, and tell them it was from Audrain. The fellow took the money and departed, and is doubtless showing it around yet, as he never returned it to its owner. On another occasion, Mr. McIntire endeavored to borrow the entire revenue of the county from the sheriff, who was conveying it to Jefferson City. It consisted of $32 in money and six wolf scalps. Roland McIntire was born in Fleming Co., KY., in 1800. He married MARIA HUNTER, of Ohio, and settled in Audrain Co., MO. in 1831. He hewed the logs to build his house, and while they were lying in the woods, some Indians set the woods on fire, and the logs were burnt black, rendering them unfit in that condition, for use. Mr. McIntire and a party of his neighbors pursued the Indians, and caught and whipped them, to learn them not to do so another time. He then hewed his logs again and built his house. He had 8 children, Roland, Jr., Marvin, Amanda, Laura, Mary, Fleming, Catharine and Redmon. Duskin and William McIntire remained in KY. Catharine married LEWIS DAY, who settled in Audrain Co. in 1830. The widow of Frank McIntire lives in Fulton, Mo. Jane married JAMES MCCLANNAHAN, of Callaway Co. Elizabeth married WILEY REYNOLDS, of the same county.    Top


MCINTOSH, Loyd McIntosh, of Logan Co., KY., married CATHARINE HARPER, by whom he had John, George L., Julia, Rachel, and Jane. John married ELIZABETH GILLUM, and after his death, his widow settled in MO. George L. married SARAH HARPER, and settled in MO. in 1838. Rachel married WILLIAM MCINTIRE, of Fulton, Callaway Co.    Top


MUNDY, Samuel Mundy, of Albemarle Co., VA., married MILDRED CROSWHITE. Two of their sons, Logan and Isaac, settled in MO. in 1836. Isaac afterward removed to California where he died. Logan married LUCINDA CREED, and lives in Audrain Co. He came to MO poor, but has prospered, and is now possessed of a goodly supply of worldly effects.     Top


MURRAY, William Murray, of Georgia, had 5 children - Nancy, Timothy, William, Douglass and Samuel. The latter volunteered as a soldier in the war of 1812 when he was only 17 years of age. After he was grown, he married MARY A. BINNS, and settled in Audrain Co., MO., where he died in 1861, in the 65th year of his age, leaving a widow and 5 children.     Top


MUSICK - About the last of the 17th century, a small boy was found in Wales, who could give no account of his parents or himself, except that his first name was George. George manifested a fondness for music, and his friends surnamed him Musick, as the word was then spelled. He emigrated to Virginia in the beginning of the 18th century, where he raised 5 sons, viz.: Daniel, George, Alexis, Ephraim and Abraham. He also raised some daughters, but of these we know neither the number nor names. Ephraim married a MISS ROY, and raised a family in Spotsylvania Co. He raised 2 daughters, one of whom married a JENKINS, and one a CAUTHORN. He raised 4 sons, viz.: Abraham, John, Thomas R., and Ephraim. Thomas R. Musick was born 10/10/1757. He joined the Baptist Church and commenced preaching at about seventeen years of age. He went to N.C. during the rev. war, where he married MARY NEVEL. Thomas served a part of the time in the American army. He removed to S. C. in the year 1789, and in 1794, he removed to Barren Co. He visited MO. several times while it was under the Spanish Government, and preached in St. Louis County as early as the year 1797. While preaching there he was frequently threatened with violence. In the spring of 1804 he removed with his family to MO. and settled in St. Louis Co., one mile north of the present town of Bridgeton. Shortly afterward, he instituted Fefee Creek Baptist church, which was doubtless the first Baptist church west of the Mississippi river, of which he was pastor for many years. In the year of 1823 or 1824, his wife, Mary, died at home in St. Louis Co. After the death of his wife, he made his home at the house of his nephew, Ury Musick, a son of Abraham Musick. He continued to preach in various parts of MO. and Illinois until a short tie previous to his death, which occurred on the 2nd of Dec. 1842, at the home of Ury Musick. The family of Thomas consisted of three sons and six daughters, viz.: William, Nancy, Lewis, Mary, Charlotte, Sarah, Drucilla, Joyce and Thomas. William died at 7 or 8 years of age, and Thomas at 16; all the others lived to be grown and married. Lewis Musick was born the 1st day of Feb. 1784. He came with his father to MO. in 1804, and married NANCY MARTIN, who died some years afterward, after which he married MARY FITZWATER. Lewis removed to Pike Co. in the fall of 1819, and fro there to Audrain Co. in the spring of 1839. From MO. he went to California, starting on the 15th of April, 1849. He died in Sacramento Valley, Oct. 27, 1849. He was engaged in trading livestock during the greater part of his life, and in the course of his business, was occupied in driving horses and cattle in various directions, all the way from Texas to Selkirk's Colony on North Red river, the country over which he had to pass, for the most part, a savage wilderness. Lewis raised 10 children, Lawson T., Elvira, Lafrenier C., Mary Ann, Charlotte M., Sarah T., Thomas R., Ephraim L., James J and Mandana A. Lafrenier was born in St. Louis Co. on the 29th day of July, 1815, and married JANE D. HAYDEN. He joined the Baptist church in March 1833, commenced preaching immediately afterward, and was ordained in Oct. 1835. His present residence is in Audrain Co.    Top


MYERS, Drury Myers, of Ireland, settled in Halifax Co., VA. His children were Drury, William, Gardner and Beverly. Drury married NANCY DOUGLASS, who had 7 brothers in the American army during the Rev. war. They settled first in Tennessee, and removed from there to KY., where Mr. Myers died in 1828. He had 6 children, and his widow and 5 of the children settled in Boone Co., MO., in 1832. The names of the children were Sally, Drury D., Nancy, Beverly S., and William M. Sally married MARION PATE, who settled in Audrain Co. in 1835. Drury D. married MARY A. BARNES, and settled in Audrain Co. in 1833. Nancy married HIRAM G. MILLER, who also settled in Audrain Co. Beverly S. was married first to MARTHA RIDGEWAY, and settled in Audrain Co. in 1833. He was married the 2nd time to EMELIA E. BLADUS. William M. married ELIZABETH H. BARNES, and settled in Audrain co. in 1834.    Top


MYERS, Yosty Myers was of German descent, and lived in Maryland. His children were Louis, Jacob, John, Mike, Benjamin, Rebecca and Mary. Louis married ELIZABETH MCKAY, of Virginia, and settled in KY., at a very early date. His children were Isaac M., Silas, William, Lewis, Elias B., Meredity, Harvey S., Abigail M., Mary A., Elizabeth, Sally and Rebecca. Meredith married NANCY P. JENNINGS, a daughter of GENERAL WILLIAM JENNINGS, of the war of 1812, and settled in Audrain Co., MO., where his wife died. He afterward married EMELINE BLUE. By his first wife he had two sons and four daughters. Louis Myers came to MO. and bought land, intending to remove his family here, but he died on his way back to KY. His family came to MO. after his death.    Top


PEARSON, Stephen Pearson, of Burch Co., N.C. married MARY POTTS, and they had 2 sons, John A. and Joseph, both of whom settled in Audrain Co., MO., where the city of Mexico now stands, in 1835. When the town was laid off the following year, Joseph donated three acres of land to help it along. John A. married NANCY CARLTON, of N.C., by whom he had Rufus S., Leander P., John V., Marschall C., Joseph W., Clinton P., Julia A., Mary E., Emily L., and Elizabeth L. In addition to his own family, Mr. Pearson had 8 negro slaves and they all lived in two small cabins for a number of years. He served 8 years as a member of the county court, and was an esteemed and influential citizen.    Top


PEERY, James Peery and his wife, who was a MISS JAMESON, were natives of Ireland. They settled in Tazewell Co., VA., and had Thomas, James, John, William and Samuel. Mr. Peery and his son, Thomas, were both soldiers in the Rev. war. The former was wounded severely, and the latter was killed. Samuel Peery married SARAY CARTMAN, by whom he had John, William, Joseph, Thomas, Martha, Elizabeth, Althamira and Matilda. Thomas married NARCISSA CANTERBERRY, and split rails at 50 cents per 100 to get money to pay the parson. He paid his first taxes in Audrain Co. in 1837, to JACK WILLINGHAM, who was the first sheriff. His taxes amounted to two wolf scalps and a half-a-pound of powder. Mr. Peery is a devoted Methodist, and loves to attend camp meetings. He was present at a camp meeting a good many years ago, when a violent rain and wind storm came up and broke the ridge pole of the large tent, which let the canvas sink down in the shape of a funnel, into which a large quantity of water gathered, when some one cut a hole in the canvas and the water rushed out with such violence that the preachers were washed out of the pulpit and the women away from the altar.    Top


PETLEY, Joseph Petley, of Warren Co., KY., married NANCY HAMILTON, and they had Alfred, Allen, Alexander, John, George, Mary, Margaret, Rachel and Nancy. Alfred settled in Audrain Co. in 1828. He was married first to MALINDA MEIGS, by whom he had 3 children. He was married the 2nd time to CYNTHIA HOWARD, by whom he had 9 children. Mr. Petley was the greatest hunter and trapper of his day. It is said by those who had opportunities of knowing, that he killed more bears, deer, panthers, wild cats, raccoons, and wild turkeys than any two men in Missouri. He was very stout, and was often seen carrying two deer, one strapped on each shoulder, and his gun at the same time. He would carry such a load as this for miles without seeming to grow weary. He lived to a very old age, and died in 1874. While he was lying on his death-bed, he had his gun and powder horn, a set of buck's antlers, and the skins of a wild cat, raccoon and bear, hung where he could see them, and they were the last objects tat his gaze rested upon as his soul took its flight to the spirit land. Allen Petley settled in Montgomery Co, and married ELLEN BISHOP. Alexander also settled in Montgomery Co. One day during harvest, he cut seven acres of wheat with a cradle, and drank a large quantity of cold water while he was heated, from the effects of which he died that night. Margaret married TALIAFERRO REED, who settled in Montgomery Co. in 1834. Rachel married WILLIAM WILLIAMS, who settled in that county the same year.    Top


POWELL, Thomas Powell and NANCY CHANCEY, his wife, were natives of Maryland, but settled in Nicholas Co., KY., in 1796. They had 11 children, none of whom lived to be grown, viz.: John, Charles, Jerry, Thomas, Isaac, William, Robert, Polly, and Nancy. John, Isaac and Nancy settled in Indiana. Charles, Thomas and William lived in KY. Polly married and she and her husband lived in Ohio. Jerry settled in Illinois. Robert was a soldier of the war of 1812, and became an early settler of Audrain co., where he still lives in his 83rd year. He was married first to CELIA MURPHY, of KY., by whom he had Alvin, Alfred, Monroe, Jefferson, Jameson, Columbus, Jackson, Robert T., Julia A., Nancy and Grezella. Mr. Powell was married two other times, his last wife being the WIDOW HUNT. All of his children live in Audrain Co.   Top


PULIS - The parents of John Pulis, of New York City, were Irish. John was married twice, and by his first wife he had David and Conrad. His second wife was a MISS PLUNKETT, by whom he had Peter and John. David was married in the city of New York, to PHOEBE TAYLOR, by whom he had Elizabeth, William, John, Reuben, Conrad and Samuel E. Mr. Pulis removed to KY., where he lost his wife, and was married again to MARY N. GARDNER, by whom he had Thomas M., Stephen M., George and Joseph. He then removed to Warren Co., MO., where he died in 1848. William and john Pulis married and settled in MO. in 1829 and 1830. Reuben ran away from home when he was 16 years old, and came to MO. He landed at Hannibal, which at that time, consisted of 1 house. There he made a bark canoe and went down the Mississippi river to St. Louis, from whence he worked his way back to KY. on a steamboat. He then learned the trade of a blacksmith, and married the WIDOW HUTSON. Her property consisted of a featherbed, a gun, a cradle, two chairs and a pair of scissors, while he had $25 in money and a set of blacksmith's tools. He paid the $25 to a man to haul himself and wife and their property to MO. They settled first in Audrain Co., removed from there to Callaway, and returned to Audrain again, where Mrs. Pulis died, and he afterward married NANCY MCDONALD. Mr. Pulis was a justice of the peace in Audrain Co. for 6 years. Conrad, Samuel, Thomas and Stephen Pulis married and settled in MO., Thomas in Audrain Co.    Top



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