Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri
Biographies of Mississippi County, 1888


Willis M. Chapman

Willis M. Chapman, a  substantial
     farmer and stock raiser of Mississippi County, Mo., was born  in  Ohio
     County, Ky. , in 1822 and is  a  son  of  Willis  and  Nancy  (Render)
     Chapman, natives of South Carolina  and  Virginia,  respectively.  The
     parents were married in Ohio County, KY., having  removed  there  when
     young people. Mr. Chapman was a very active and industrious  man,  and
     after his marriage engaged in farming. In March 1849, he removed  with
     his family  to  Southeast  Missouri,  and  located  near  the  concord
     settlement in Mississippi County. His wife died there  in  1853,  aged
     seventy-three years, and he died in 1859, at the  age  of  eighty-four
     years. They  were  very  active  members  and  two  of  the  principal
     supporters of the Baptist Church. Their children were born as follows:
     Robert, in1 807, died in 1845; Sarah (widow of Wm. B. Smith) in  1808,
     now living in Indiana; Judith, in 1810 (widow of  E.  Dalton);  Joshua
     deceased in his tenth year; Ezekiel, in  1814,  died  in  1861;  Eliza
     (Mrs. Randal D. Heck), in 1816, died in Texas in 1840; Mary (widow  of
     William L. Chapman, of Indiana) in 1819; Willis M.,  in  1822;  Elijah
     W., in 1824, died in Southeast Missouri in 1870.  The  father  of  the
     above was married the first time in  his  native  State  to  Elizabeth
     Dunlap, who died after their removal to Kentucky. To  them  were  born
     four children, all deceased: Lavinia, Ellis, Solomon and Nancy. Willis
     M. Chapman remained at the home of his parents, assisting on the farm,
     until he was about thirty-two years of age. In 1856 he wedded Ann Mary
     Martin, a daughter of Andrew J. Martin,  a  native  of  Kentucky,  who
     removed to Mississippi County, Mo., in 1855, and located on a farm  in
     Tywappity Township where he and wife both died. Mrs. Chapman was  born
     in 1834, and died in 1866, having borne  four  children,  as  follows:
     Andrew W., January 28, 1866. Mr. Chapman lived on his home farm, which
     is well improved. His sister Judith resides with him and takes care of
     his house. He is a member of the Baptist  Church  at  Concord,  and  a
     member of the Masonic lodge at Charleston. His  son,  Dr.  Andrew  W.,
     while attending school at Charleston,  formed  the  idea  of  studying
     medicine, and as soon as his education would admit,  in  the  fall  of
     1879, he commenced under the  direction  of  Dr.  Bondurant,  of  that
     place.  After  about  one  year  he  entered  a  medical  college   at
     Louisville, Ky., graduating from the institution  on  March  1,  1882.
     Returning to Charleston he formed a partnership  with  his  preceptor,
     which continued until 1885, when he went to St. Louis and took another
     course of lectures. In 1886 he located at East Prairie, where  he  has
     continued to practice his profession. He is a young man of good  moral
     habits, and is highly respected. He has  a  good  office  and  applies
     himself closely to his  profession,  and  is  considered  one  of  the
     leading physicians of the county.

Solomon S. Clayton

Solomon S. Clayton, a substantial
     farmer of Mississippi County, was born  in  Person  County,  N.C.,  in
     1844. When about one year of age he was taken by his parents to  Macon
     County, N.C., in which  they  resided  about  nine  years,  when  they
     removed to Benton County, Tenn. The subject of  this  sketch  remained
     there until 1874, when he came to Southeast  Missouri,  where  he  has
     since resided. He is a son of William B. and Mary P.(Heggie)  Clayton,
     natives of North Carolina. The former died in Tennessee, and his widow
     is still living in Benton County, that State. She is eighty  years  of
     age, and is  in  remarkably  good  health.  To  them  were  born  five
     children: Solomon S.,  Francis  (deceased),  William  T.,  Mary  (Mrs.
     Ingram Hargis) and Emily C.  (Mrs.  Charles  E.  Dickerson).  All  the
     children reside in Tennessee,  except  Solomon  S.  The  parents  were
     highly respected people. The  father  was  a  member  of  the  Baptist
     Church, and the mother is a member of the Methodist Episcopal  Church.
     In 1881 Solomon S. was united in marriage with Susan Combs,  a  native
     of Benton County, Tenn., born in 1848. She is a daughter of Orison  G.
     and Missouri (Broaden) Combs, natives of North Carolina,  who  removed
     to Tennessee in 1847 and  reared  six  children:  William  (deceased),
     James H., Francis, Eliza J.,  Susan  and  Artie  M.  They  lost  three
     children in infancy. The father died in 1870 and his  widow  is  still
     living in Tennessee. They were  members  of  the  Methodist  Episcopal
     Church. Mr. and  Mrs.  Clayton  are  also  members  of  the  Methodist
     Episcopal Church. He is a member of the A.F.  &  A.M.,  Lodge  No.

James Clarkson

James  Clarkson  was   born   in
     Daviess County, Ky., August 22, 1828. He is one of six  children  born
     to the union of Jabez Clarkson and Synthia  A.  Small,  the  former  a
     native of Mercer County, and the latter of  Daviess  County,  Ky.  His
     paternal grandfather, William Clarkson, came from England and  settled
     in Virginia, but afterward immigrated to Mercer County, Ky., where  he
     died. Jabez Clarkson was a farmer, and in 1833 he immigrated, with his
     family, to Mississippi County, Mo., coming to Bird's Point on a  flat-
     boat. He located on the prairie  near  where  Charleston  now  stands,
     taking up government land. He afterward bought more land, and  at  the
     time of his death owned about 1,200 acres. He died in 1858. His  first
     wife died in 1840. Their children are John,  James,  Mary  (deceased),
     Frances (deceased), Warner (deceased),  and  Jabez  (deceased).  Jabez
     Clarkson was married the second  time  to  Manica  Shepherd,  of  Cape
     Girardeau County, Mo., in 1842. She died in 1856. The children of this
     union were Margaret,  Henry  (deceased),  Taylor,  Jessie  (deceased),
     Manica (deceased). James was in his fifth year when he was brought  by
     his parents to Mississippi County. He was brought  up  to  farm  life,
     which occupation he has always followed. He is one of the pioneers  of
     his county, and has done a great deal for its improvement. In 1863  he
     was untied in marriage with Fannie daughter  of  Hansford  and  Martha
     (Randolph) Rouse, of Henderson county, Ky. Mr. and Mrs.  Clarkson  are
     the parents of three children in life and six dead. Those  living  are
     Georgia R., Nora M. and Lota M.

Isaac T. Clarkson

Isaac T. Clarkson, clerk  of  the
     circuit court of Mississippi County, Mo.,  was  born  in  that  county
     November 12, 1848, and  is  a  son  of  Jabez  and  Minica  (Sheppard)
     Clarkson. He lived on a farm until he was fifteen years  of  age,  and
     attended the common schools. He then went to Cairo, Ill., and remained
     there with a sister four or five years, attending the city schools the
     most of the time. He thus secured a common education. For some time he
     served as clerk in the wholesale grocery store of Stratton & Bird,
     in Cairo, after which he removed to Charleston, and was engaged in the
     mercantile business for a few years. In 1886 he  was  elected  to  his
     present office. He has served as city clerk for one term, and as  city
     councilman for several terms. Politically he is a Democrat, and  is  a
     prominent young citizen of Charleston. On  August  27,  1877,  he  was
     united in marriage with Jennie Rouse, by whom he  has  four  children,
     two sons and two daughters, viz: Jabez, Frank, Pearl  and  Wella.  Mr.
     Clarkson is an Odd Fellow and a member of the Encampment, and  also  a
     member        of        the        K.        of         P.         and

Thomas J. Coleman

Dr. Thomas J. Coleman was born in
     February, 1834, in Kentucky, and is a son of  Archibald  Coleman,  who
     was born in North Carolina  in  1790.  The  latter  married  Elizabeth
     Moorman, a native of Virginia, born in 1797.  Her  people  removed  to
     Kentucky, about 1813 or 1814, and located  in  Hopkins  and  adjoining
     counties. She died in 1838,  and  her  husband  died  in  1860.  Their
     children were John M., Charles H.  (deceased),  Jane  M.,  Beverly  C.
     (deceased), Archibald C. (deceased), Francis D. (deceased), Andrew J.,
     Dr. George W., (deceased), Thomas J., Benjamin F. (deceased), Mary  V.
     (deceased), and Lewis (deceased. Dr. Thomas J. remained at home  until
     he was fourteen years of age, at which time  his  father  married  his
     second wife. He then attended school and traded until he was seventeen
     years old, when he entered college at Greenville, Ky.,  graduating  in
     1856. Two years later he entered the Medical University at  Nashville,
     Tenn., graduating from  that  institution  in  1859,  after  which  he
     practiced his profession for six months in Logan  County,  Ky.  During
     the war he served as a Government agent for  the  Confederate  States,
     and in 1863 returned to Hopkins County, Ky.,  and  resumed  practicing
     his profession. In the spring of 1847 he came  to  Southeast  Missouri
     and located in Mississippi County, and continued to practice  medicine
     until 1880, since which time he has only devoted a part of his time to
     it, and has been engaged in farming. He was first married in September
     1867, to Mildred A. Harper, a native of Kentucky. She died in November
     1874, having borne five children: Mildred (deceased), Ann E., Inah J.,
     Albert H. and  Marion  V.  (deceased).  Dr.  Coleman  was  married  in
     February 1875 to Nancy Davis, also a native of Kentucky. She died that
     year, and he was married in November to Mary  M.  Horn,  a  native  of
     Benton County, Tenn. To this union were born four children: Andrew  B.
     (decease), Archibald T. (deceased), John V. and Goerge G. Mrs. Coleman
     died in January 27, 1888. Dr. Coleman was  a  member  of  the  Baptist
     Church before coming to Missouri. He is a member  of  the  A.F.  &
     A.M.     and     of      the      Southeast      Missouri      Medical

Archibald D. Coleman

Archibald   D.    Coleman,    a
     substantial farmer of Mississippi County,  was  born  on  October  28,
     1845, in Hopkins County, Ky., and is a son of Charles H. and  Marcella
     (Pennington) Coleman, both of Irish descent, and natives of  Kentucky.
     The grandfather,  Archibald  Coleman,  was  a  resident  of  Kentucky.
     Charles H. Coleman was  a  farmer  and  blacksmith,  and  in  1851  he
     immigrated to Mississippi County, Mo., making the journey  in  wagons.
     He located about one mile east of where his  son,  Archibald  D.,  now
     resides, on which farm he removed a few years later, and resided there
     until his death in 1867. His wife died in 1866. They had six children:
     Charles H. (deceased), Archibald  D.,  Unissa  (deceased),  Elizabeth,
     George W., and Andrew J. The mother of our subject was married  twice.
     By her first husband, P.E. Clark, she had five children: Jonathan  C.,
     Polly (Mrs. Jacob Hainley), Alonzo, Franklin and Phineul, of whom  the
     last three are deceased. She came to Mississippi County in  1840,  but
     after the death of her husband she went back to  Kentucky  (in  1844).
     She was there married to Charles H. Coleman, and when Archibald D. was
     about six years of  age,  they  removed  to  Mississippi  County.  The
     subject of this sketch has since  resided  in  that  county  with  the
     exception of one year that he lived in Illinois. He now owns 100 acres
     of good land, with modern improvements. In August 1870, he was  united
     in marriage with Caroline Baker, a native of North Carolina,  by  whom
     he has six children: Lenorah, James Walter (deceased), Archie, Adelia,
     Girtrude and Ethel. Mr. and Mrs. Coleman are members  of  the  Baptist
     Church. He is a member of the I.O.O.F., and of the Wheeler Society. In
     politics he is a Democrat.

William Collier

William  Collier  was  born   in
     Jackson County, Ill., in 1835, and is a son of Samuel Collier, born in
     North Carolina in 1808. The latter was the son of  William  and  Nancy
     Collier, both natives of North Carolina.  They  were  the  parents  of
     seven children, and died when Samuel was a  small  child.  The  latter
     remained in his native State until he was sixteen years of  age,  when
     he worked his way to Illinois, after which he worked as a laborer on a
     farm till he saved money enough to buy some land, when he  engaged  in
     farming for himself. He proved to be a very successful farmer,  owning
     at one time 400 acres of land. In 1830 he was united in marriage  with
     Sarah Hooker, a native of Tennessee. To this union were born  Drusilla
     (widow of Henry Fraley), William,  Eliza  (widow  of  Daniel  Reeder),
     John, Jane (deceased at the age of fourteen), Daniel (deceased at  the
     age of seven years), James (scalded  to  death  at  the  age  of  five
     years), Anna (deceased at the age of two years), and  Sarah  (Mrs.  C.
     Tucker, died in 1865, leaving an infant son). The  parents  were  very
     active members of the Free Will Baptist Church.  The  mother  died  in
     September 1854, and the father married Mrs. Sarah Davis.  He  died  in
     May 1861. William remained at his father's home  until  he  was  about
     twenty years of age, when he began farming for  himself.  In  1873  he
     removed to Southeast Missouri, and located on a farm of 200 acres, one
     mile from Bertrand, upon which he now resides. On September  7,  1856,
     he wedded Sarah Ann Stacy,  born  in  Tennessee  in  1837.  She  is  a
     daughter of Selatial and Harriet (Fowler) Stacy, natives of Tennessee,
     who removed to Illinois when Mrs. Collier was about ten years old. Mr.
     Stacy died in 1854, and Mrs. Stacy married Moses Forby, who died,  and
     she is now living, a widow, in  Southeast  Missouri.  She  had  eleven
     children, ten by her first husband,  viz:  Isaac  (deceased),  Rebecca
     (widow of George Peterson), Sarah A., Margaret (Mrs. Lycurgus Slavens,
     deceased), Hiram (deceased), Mary M. (Mrs. William  Forby,  deceased),
     John (deceased), Francis M., Jane (Mrs. Jonathan Rose, deceased),  and
     William (deceased). The other Hannah Forby, died in infancy.  Mr.  and
     Mrs. Stacy were members of the Mormon Church. Politically, Mr. Collier
     is a Republican. In August 1862, he  enlisted  in  the  Federal  army,
     joining the Eighty-First Illinois Volunteer Infantry. After the  siege
     of Vicksburg, he went home on furlough, and while on his way took  the
     sore eyes, which caused him to be transferred in 1864 to the Twentieth
     Veteran Reserve Corps, after which he was sent to Maryland to guard  a
     prison. In the spring of 1865 he was discharged. In 1861 he was with a
     company that was guarding a bridge on the Illinois Central Railroad at
     which place he was taken with the measles, from  which  he  has  never
     fully recovered. He and wife have had two children, Drusilla (who died
     when thirteen months of age), and John Henry (who was born on November
     21, 1859). He is now living on the home place engaged in  farming.  On
     January 18, 1881, he was united in marriage  with  Candies  Shelby,  a
     native of Mississippi County. Three children have blessed their union:
     Mary A., Julia Agnes and LuLu May. Mrs. Collier, is  the  daughter  of
     Wiley and Ann Shelby, both of whom died when she  was  a  child.  They
     were the parents of nine children: Ivan  (deceased).  May  (deceased),
     Josephine, Julia, Thomas, Robert, Wiley, Ann  and  Mrs.  Collier.  The
     last named lived with Joseph Russell until his death, after which  she
     lived    with    Judge    Brown,    of    Charleston,     till     her

Joseph Crenshaw

Joseph   Crenshaw,   miller   at
     Charleston, was born in Bullitt County, Ky., March 15, 1830. He  is  a
     son of Richard Crenshaw,  who  was  born  in  Kentucky  in  1804.  The
     paternal grandfather, Cosby Crenshaw, was a Virginian, and  immigrated
     to Kentucky at an early day, where he  resided,  engaged  in  farming,
     until his death. Richard Crenshaw was  reared  to  farm  life  in  his
     native State where he married Marty J. Moore, a  native  of  Maryland,
     born in 1803. In the fall of 1832, he removed his family and goods  on
     a steamboat down the river  to  Norfolk,  from  whence  they  came  to
     Mathews' Prairie. He entered 400 acres of land and erected a rude  log
     cabin, in which he lived for some years. He soon had  his  land  under
     cultivation and improved. He died in February 1836. His widow died  in
     March 1859. They were  the  parents  of  four  children:  Margaret  S.
     (deceased), Catherine E. (deceased), Richard S. (deceased) and  Joseph
     C. The last named, the only survivor of  the  family,  was  about  two
     years of age when he came with his parents to Mississippi  County.  He
     remained with them until he was grown, when he bought a farm, which he
     cultivated, and kept bachelor's hall for about two years. In September
     1852, he  wedded  Martha  A.  Bridwell,  a  daughter  of  Coleman  and
     Elizabeth (Gratehouse) Bridwell. After his marriage he  lived  on  his
     farm, and has made farming his chief vocation through  life.  However,
     since 1869, he has run the fouring-mill in charleston, which  mill  he
     equipped with the roller process in 1884. He owns 575 acres  of  land,
     300 of which are adjacent to the town of Charleston. His wife died  in
     1876 having borne him eight children, six of whom  are  living:  James
     C., Isaac A., Marty E. (Mrs. E.P.  Deal),  Henry  M.,  Marvin  B.  and
     Joseph M. Mr. Crenshaw was married in  February,  1879  to  Rachel  A.
     (Lusk) Marbury, by which union he has one child, William  C.  Mr.  and
     Mrs. Crenshaw are consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal Church
     South. He is a Mason.

I. Albert Crenshaw

I.  Albert   Crenshaw   a   very
     successful farmer and miller of Mississippi Co., Mo., is a  native  of
     that county, born on December 11, 1858, and is a son of Joseph C.  and
     Martha A. (Bridwell) Crenshaw, whose sketch appears elsewhere in  this
     volume. Albert was reared on a farm,  and  his  education,  which  was
     begun in the common schools, was supplemented by a high school course.
     He afterward entered the State University, but remained  but  a  short
     time, on account of sickness. In 1885 he purchased a half interest  in
     the flouring mill  from  his  father.  He  is  now  very  successfully
     managing the mill, and cultivating 400 acres of land,  upon  which  he
     raises annually an average of 3,000 bushels of corn and 2,500  bushels
     of wheat. Besides that, he owns fifty-four acres of  fine  land  under
     cultivation,  with  good  improvements,  upon  which  he  has  a  nice
     residence. He also deals in horses, hogs, cattle, etc.  On  April  26,
     1881, he was united in marriage with Ella Oliver, a native of Callaway
     County, Mo. Two children have blessed this union, Joseph C. and Archie
     E. Mr. Crenshaw has been a member of the  Methodist  Episcopal  Church
     since he was eleven years of age. His wife is also a  member  of  that
     church. He is a Wheeler.

Francis M. Crosswhaite

Francis M. Crosswhaite, a  farmer
     and stock raiser of Mississippi County,  was  born  in  Adams  County,
     Ohio, in 1858.  His  parents  were  George  W.  and  Deborah  (Cooper)
     Crosswhaite, natives of Bourbon County, Ky., and Adams  County,  Ohio,
     respectively. The former went to Ohio about 1850, and to Adams  County
     in 1856, where he was married the next year. He  was  a  stone  mason,
     bricklayer and plasterer, which trade he learned in  Cincinnati,  soon
     after moving to Ohio. In 1865  he  removed  his  family  to  Northwest
     Missouri, where he lived for three years, working at his trade. In the
     fall of 1869 he came to Southeast Missouri, and located  on  Shelley's
     Ridge, in Mississippi County, but  in  1874  he  bought  a  farm,  and
     located on what is known as Hoe-Cake Ridge. He improved his  farm  and
     lived there until his death  on  July  20,  1880.  His  wife  died  on
     February 8, 1879. Their children were: Francis M., Cassius, George W.,
     (deceased), Ida May (deceased),  Anna  (deceased),  Olive  (deceased),
     John (deceased) William (now in Adams County, Ohio, attending  school)
     and Robert M. (deceased). Francis M.  lived  with  his  parents  until
     1876, and then from 1878 until their deaths, spending the time between
     those dates in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. In  1880  he  was
     united in marriage with Josephine Jones who was  born  in  Mississippi
     County in 1864, and is a daughter of  Thomas  and  Parthena  (Calhoun)
     Jones, natives of Kentucky, who came to Southeast  Missouri  in  1861,
     and located on a farm near that of our  subject's.  Mrs.  Jones  still
     resides there, her husband having died in 1874. To them were born  six
     children: Laura, Adar, William, Josephine, Frank  (deceased)  and  one
     that died in infancy. Mr. and Mrs. Crosswhaite have had four children:
     Anna (deceased), Bertie, Exa and Estella.  Besides  Mr.  Crosswhaite's
     farming interests, he is also engaged in rafting logs during the  high


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