Early Jefferson Township Officers

The first election for township officers was under the new township organization law which remained in force until the first of January, 1878, when, it was repealed. The election in the spring of 1872 resulted as follows: Wesley Lee, supervisor; Wm. Smith, clerk; Brad. W. Stout, assessor; Olden Cole, collector; J. N. Moore, constable; S. R. Grieggs and R. Richardson, justices of the peace. 1873-Wesley Lee, supervisor; W. J. Smith, township clerk; Brad Stout, collector; J. D. M. Jacks, assessor; J. H. Mallory and Dick Richardson, justices of the peace; George Smith, constable. 1874-T. B. Crowder, trustee; W. J. Smith, …

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Jefferson Missouri Pioneers

Jefferson was one of the earliest townships to find settlers, and Anderson Smith was the first permanent white settler who located in the township. Mr. Smith came originally from Tennessee and located in Clay county, Missouri, in 1833. In 1834 he removed to Jefferson township, Daviess county, and settled on section seventeen. Just before his removal, he was married, in Clay county, to Miss Mahala A. Henderson, a sister of Judge Henderson, of this county, and his trip to Jefferson was the starting out in life of this young couple. Mr. Henderson and John Owings came the same year. John …

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Jefferson Township, Daviess County, Missouri

Jefferson township was originally a part of Grindstone township, one of the three first townships of which Daviess county was formed. It was also one of the earliest townships settled. The western part was populated largely from the people of Virginia, Kentucky and other Southern States, while the east portion drew its settlers from the Eastern and Middle States. Jefferson township seems to be the fountain head of the head-waters of innumerable creeks and streams that flow to nearly every point of the compass, north, east, and south emptying into Grand River, while those on the west pass into DeKalb …

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Incidents in the History of Jefferson Missouri

The first census of Jefferson township of record is that taken by the government for the decade ending in 1860. At that time Jefferson township included the territory of Colfax, Liberty and Marion and was given at 2,084, (of whom 114 were blacks), a number just five greater than Grand River township, the next in size in the county. In 1870 Jefferson was shorn of her territory, the townships above named, and the census of that year gave her 1,059 of whom forty-one were colored-a little over half of the population of ten years before, but three-fourths of her area …

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Churches of Jefferson Township

Union Church One of the oldest houses of worship in Daviess county is Union Church in Jefferson township. Erected in 1856, for many years it was the central, and about the only place of divine service in all that part of the country. Up to the commencement of the war, some three or four different denominations were there represented by respectable memberships. During the strife ministers ceased visiting the church, organizations became scattered, the house neglected, until now it is but a shadow of its former self: Near it is the cemetery, containing many of its founders whose names are …

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Biographies of Jefferson Township, Missouri

The following contains brief biographies of men from Jefferson Township, Missouri. You can search the entire listing using the search at the bottom of the page. Alexander, J. H. Black, John W., Rev. Elisha Frost Gamble, M. W. Harrison, Charles Hughes, William T. Kincaid, John Lee, Wesley Mallory, Joseph H. Matchett, J. T. Osborn, Robert S. Searcy, John H. Taylor, Wright

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