Washington Township, Daviess County, Missouri

Washington township is in the north range and the second from the eastern line of the county. It is six miles square, the size of a congressional township. The general nature of the country is high and rolling, the bottom lands on the Big Muddy and Hickory creeks being of unsurpassed fertility, while the uplands and prairies are composed of a rich sandy loam, with a clay sub-soil, not, however, impervious to water. The timber supply is composed of some of the finest grown in Northern Missouri, and covers nearly if not quite one-half of the township. The trees are …

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Washington Missouri Officers

The township, as before stated, was not organized until 1870, and with the exception of justices of the peace and constable, there is no record prior to the year 1872 of township officers. That year the spring election resulted in the choice of the following officers: 1872-N. E. Reed, supervisor; George Yaple, clerk; F. M. McCoy, assessor; Martin G. Scott, collector; Gideon Smith, constable; Peter A. Dowell and Alfred Prindle, justices of the peace. The next year some few changes were made, and the ticket elected was composed of the following named persons: William Adams, supervisor; Samuel Dowell, clerk; Peter …

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Early Settlers of Washington Township Missouri

Washington township was one of the last of those made in-the year 1870, when the County Court, on March 10th, divided the county into sixteen municipal districts, each being a congressional township of six miles square. Washington, as may be guessed, was named after the “Father of his -country.” The first white men who located in this township for a permanent home were John Williams and James Munn; both came from Kentucky to Daviess county, but Williams was a native of North Carolina and Munn, of Tennessee. They settled in the north part of the township, on section thirty-three. They …

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Early History of Washington Township Missouri

The first wedding which was celebrated in Washington township was that of William Hardin and Miss Betsy Munn, in the spring of 1842. It was about the same time Joseph Gillespie was married, near the north line of the county, but who the bride was is not remembered. This marriage was performed by the Rev. Jonathan Smith. ‘Squire Lowe performed the interesting ceremony that united William Hardin and Miss Betsy Munn, at the residence of the bride’s father, Mr. James Munn. The first child born in Washington township was undoubtedly Miss. Rachel Foster in 1840. She was the daughter of …

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Churches of Washington Township

Pilot Grove Church This church was organized on the fourth Lord’s Day of February, 1856, and was named The Pilot Grove Church of Christ. At its organization the Rev. Martin Scott became pastor. The names of the original members are, A. J. Vinson, John McCoy, elders; John A. Brown, James Scott, Jesse McCoy, W. S. Brown, S. H. Hammond, deacons; Levi Cline, F. H. Troxel, James A. Garton, D. N. Terry, William Adams, and L G. Scott. The church was built in 1861, and is a plain, neat structure, with a substantial finish, and cost when completed $1,000. The church …

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Biographies of Washington Township, Missouri

The following contains brief biographies of men from Washington Township, Missouri. You can search the entire listing using the search at the bottom of the page. Cole, Charles O. Cole, E. H. Dowell, H. M. Flint, William F. Netherton, John L., Elder Scott, Martin G. Scott, Martin, Elder Smith, Gideon Smith, Jonathan, Elder Tourney, Ferdinand Walls, Eli J.

Accidents And Crimes in Washington Missouri

Two suicides have taken place in this township and both in the same year. It is not the right way to meet the troubles and trials of this life, but as the world is made up of all manner of people, it is to be expected that different views of this life and the life to come will be manifested. It is hard for some to live when all hope has fled, when not a ray of sunshine is to cross their paths, and the question arises with portentous force, why live ? Just so, even those who see only …

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