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From: "Charlotte M. Maness" <>
Subject: [ROOTS-L] MISSOURI, Jefferson Co., BIRTHS & etc.
Date: Mon, 09 Dec 2002 20:08:04 -0700
Hello again, this is the earliest Jefferson Democrat file I am posting,
April 1870. Make note of the date. Enjoy, Charlotte
Hillsboro, Jefferson county, Missouri
FRIDAY, 29 APRIL 1870
COUNTY COURT - The sum of fifty dollars was given Peter MARX, who lately
had his possessions burned in Rock Township.
COUNTY COURT - M.W. HORINE, was appointed Court House Janitor, his duty
being to keep the yards clean, rooms swept, &c. Dancing is prohibited
in the Court Room
COUNTY COURT - A. WEBER, Jos. J. WILLIAMS and W.S. BOYCE were each
allowed the sum of $320, for services rendered in investigating the
County Treasurer's books.
FRIDAY, 6 MAY 1870
PRESIDENT LINCOLN'S WIDOW - Mrs. LINCOLN, has, after four or five years
of disgraceful, humiliating, and persistent begging, succeeded in
getting her name on the national pension-roll, and hereafter she will
receive three thousand dollars annually, as a testimonial of respect by
the nation to the memory of the husband she has so disgracefully
dishonored. This unfortunate woman is evidently in want of more
brains. she is incompetent to take proper care of her "body corporate,"
in our opinion, and should be placed in a lunatic asylum, forthwith.
The American people will long remember the outrageous farce she made of
selling her wardrobe and jewelry "for the necessaries of life." The
shrew over did the mark at the time. Congress was unusually stubborn at
the time, as also very busy, engaged in the memorable conflict with
A.J., and the nation's poor widow was left uncared for and penniless, so
much so that she had to repair to the Rhine, to recruit her health, from
whence she had accounts sent back of her fast-failing body and probable
early demise; the letters also being interspersed with various little
touches of romance--such as reports that some a Dutch Baron had taken
pity on the great woman, and was to take her to his heart and home,
which Heaven grant that he would do, and let America be free of this
ANOTHER FIRE - A short time ago, the residence of Mr. Thos. LANHAM, some
four miles north of Hillsboro, took fire, and before the flames were
discovered, they had made such progress that to make them subside was
impossible. The whole building, a large double-log house, with nearly
all the contents, was destroyed. Loss between $1,000 and $1,500. We
understand that a new house will be erected by the neighbors as soon as
planting corn is over.
FRIDAY, 3 JUNE 1870
MARRIED - On Monday, May 30th, 1870, at the residence of the brides
father, Mr. John HOLMES, by the Rev. J.P. STUART, of St. Louis, Mr.
Chas. WHITEHEAD and Miss Lillie K. HOLMES, all of Jefferson County.
FRIDAY, 3 JUNE 1870
TERRIBLE HOMICIDE - A MINER STABBED TO DEATH - Jealousy, Rage and
Vengeance - We have received intelligence of a terrible occurence, which
happened at the "Old Ditch Mines", in the Western portion of ths county,
on Wednesday morning last, 1st inst. The particulars are very meagre.
>From our information we make the statement that for some time a man
named DIAMOND, living at Old Ditch, and engaged in mining, had been
talking about the wife of a fellow workman, named HIGGERSON or
HIGGINSON, the remarks casting no credit upon the character of the
woman. This caused the rage of HIGGERSON, and, on Wednesday last he met
DIAMOND and an altercation ensued. The quarrel went from words to blows
and from blows to knives. Then the work of life and death of one or
both commenced. The deadly weapons flashed as the savage combatants
sought to sheath them in each other's flesh. The end soon came. The
fates decided against the slanderer, and he fell to the earth and died -
cut and gashed - his life's brood upon the soil. HIGGERSON went
immediately and gave himself up. His examination was to take place
yesterday, before 'Squire HUNT, of Big River township. No report has as
yet been received, but we shall try and give full particulars next week.
FRIDAY, 10 JUNE 1870
JEFFERSON COUNTY MEDICAL SOCIETY - De Soto, Mo, June 4, 1870 - The
Jefferson County Medical Society met pursuant to notice. The minutes of
the preceding meeting were read and approved.
The Committee on Membership reported favorably in the case of Dr.
ELDERS, and after a ballot being taken he was duly elected.
Dr. E.B. GUIBOR made application for membership, and on motion of the
Secretary the rules were suspended, the applicant referred to a
committee consisting of Drs. JAMES and BERKLEY, and upon the committee
reporting favorably, the applicant was duly and elected and admitted to
The delegate, Dr. EVANS, not having received the State Secretary's
report, was unable to report, in full, upon the action of the State
Medical Association, by request was granted time.
On motion of Dr. JAMES, the roll-call was adopted in the regular order
of business. Wm. EVANS, President; C. PIPKIN, Secretary
DIED - At Hillsboro, Mo., on Tuesday evening, May 31st, 1870, of general
debility, Mrs. Jane CARVER, in the 76th year of her age. St. Louis
papers please copy.
FRIDAY, 1 JULY 1870
Reminiscences and History of Jefferson County - Chapter VI--Early
Settlements, Romance and History - By Frank N. STONE
Much has already been written upon the subject of Early Settlers in
this county, and read before our Society. That these reminiscences form
perhaps the most interesting part of our past history, needs no
demonstration. How eagerly is every item sought after and devoured by
the minds of our people, and what interest is excited upon topics and
incidents which are now among the past, and can in no wise effect the
affairs of the present.
With these facts before us I am confident that I will incur no
displeasure in choosing this subject for a few remarks.
Many descendants of the first settlers in Jefferson county are now
living, and can relate with clearness and precision, incidents and
historic events which were handed down from a preceding generation.
Indeed such are the most reliable and in many cases the only sources of
information upon very remote history. And to one of these respected
descendants of the county's "fathers," I acknowledge indebtedness for
the materials of this chapter.
In the year 1802, Mr. Hardy McCORMACK, now living in Plattin Township,
landed at Plattin Rock, which lies upon the Mississippi River at the
mouth of the transparent stream which shares the same title. Rude
wooded boats were the only means of river travel or transportation--and
by this laborious mode, Mr. McCORMACK and his companions had come from
the upper Ohio down to the Great River, and had struggled a hundred and
fifty miles up the swift and treacherous stream to reach the land of
They found the country under the jurisdiction of John STURGIS, a
magistrate under the Mexican Government, whose headquarters or seat of
Government was at Ste. Genevieve, then a large and flourishing city of
some seventy-five years growth, and in the zenith of its glory.
During the winter it was customary for some four or five hundred
Indians to come and camp on what is now called the McLANE farm, and to
which is also given the significant title of "Indian Bottom." This
field is located near the head waters of the Plattin, and at the time of
Mr. McCORMACK's visit, constituted, together with the surrounding
country, one of the finest hunting regions in the West. And it was on
this account that the savages preferred to occupy it.
Mr. P.P. McCORMACK, father of Hardy McCORMACK, settled with his family
upon the place now occupied by Hardy. This is about twelve miles from
the mouth of that stream. Three years after settling here an old Indian
presented himself at McCORMACK's door. The dusky skin was recognized as
one of the former captors of the family, during their perilous voyage
down the Ohio. But no injury had been sustained by Mr. McCORMACK at the
hands of the Indians, and that none was apprehended at the time may be
proven by the recitation of an incident. -- During the sojourn of
captors and captives through the State of Ohio, they stopped at a
trading post, temporarily. Here, entirely unexpectedly Mr. McCORMACK
met an uncle who offered to buy his nephew from the Indians, and offered
the fabulous price of five gallons of brandy. This was quite an offer
for a ransom, but Mr. McCORMACK preferred his savage captors to the
clutches of an uncle who would purchase him with brandy, and so small a
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