Biography of Archibald McLemore of Center Township

Archibald McLemore, born in 1817 in Knox County, Tennessee, was a respected farmer in Center Township, Dade County, Missouri. He was the seventh of eleven children of Archibald McLemore Sr. and Sarah Plumley. After his parents’ deaths in the 1820s, he lived with his brother Abram. In 1827, he helped relocate the Cherokees to Indian Territory. McLemore married Mollie Brown on September 15, 1842, and they moved to Dade County, Missouri, where he settled on a 265-acre farm. Their six children included Mary, Robert, Sarah Ann, William, and Paulina. A former Democrat, he became a Republican, voting first for Van Buren in 1840. McLemore and his wife were members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Archibald McLemore, farmer, and an old citizen of Center Township, five miles northeast of Greenfield, is a native of Knox County, Tenn., having been born in 1817. His father was Archibald McLemore, of North Carolina, who went to Knox County, Tenn. , when a young man, where he married Sarah Plumley. In 1820 they removed to Monroe County, where he died in 1825, at about the age of forty-five, his wife dying in 1 824. She was the mother of eleven children, the subject of this sketch being the seventh, who, after his parents’ death, lived with his brother, Abram, working for him until he was nearly grown. In 1827 he assisted the governor to remove the Cherokees to their reservation in Indian Territory. September 15, 1842, he married Miss Mollie Brown, who was born in South Carolina, in 1817, the daughter of Robert and Jennie (Dennis) Brown, who moved to Monroe County, Tenn., about 1820. In 1842 Mr. McLemore came to Dade County, Mo., and settled two miles from Greenville, on the farm which is now owned by John Higgin. He remained two years, when, owing to ill health, he returned to Tennessee, and, in 1849, again came to Dade County, settling on the farm which he now owns, comprising about 265 acres. Their family consisted of six children: Mary, who died in 1886, aged forty-three; Robert, a merchant at Everton; Sarah Ann, wife of James McConnell; William, merchant at Everton; Paulina, wife of George Wilson, merchant at Everton. Mr. McLemore is a highly respected citizen; in politics he is a Republican, casting his first vote for Van Buren in 1840, being a Democrat before the war. He and his wife belong to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.


Goodspeed, History of Hickory, Polk, Cedar, Dade and Barton Counties, Missouri; Chicago, The Goodspeed publishing co., 1889.

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