Biography of J. C. Shouse of Morgan Township

J.C. Shouse, a dedicated farmer and stock-raiser in Morgan Township, Dade County, Missouri, was born in Shelby County, Kentucky, on November 3, 1834. His parents, William O. and Harriet (Bryan) Shouse, both natives of Kentucky, moved to Jackson County, Missouri, in 1837. William Shouse, of German descent, later settled in Kansas City. J.C. Shouse married Mary Ann Campbell in 1857, with whom he had twelve children. After her death in 1874, he married Mrs. Niece in 1875, having five more children. By 1882, he had settled on a 347-acre farm, with 200 acres under cultivation. Shouse was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Dadeville.

J. C. Shouse, another wide-awake, thorough-going farmer and stock-raiser of Morgan Township, residing six miles northwest of Dadeville, is a native of Shelby County, Ky., born November 3, 1834. His parents, William O. and Harriet (Bryan) Shouse, were natives of Kentucky, born in 1812 and 1814, respectively. The father was of German descent, and at an early age emigrated from his native state to Jackson County, Mo., in 1837, being one of the early settlers of that county. He is now living in Kansas City, where he has made his home for twenty-five years, and where, in about 1863, he invested in city property. He is now the owner of $150,000 in that city. To this marriage were born three children, J. C. Shouse being the eldest. The latter remained in Jackson County, Mo., from 1837 to 1880, and received his education in the common country schools. In 1857 he married Miss Mary Ann Campbell, who was born in Kentucky in 1834, and who died in Jackson County, Mo., in 1874. To this union were born twelve children, all living: William, Eva (wife of John B. Clark), Nannie, Ettie (wife of John Todd), Harry, Charley, Mary, Mattie, John C., Carrie, Edward, and Benjamin. In 1875 Mr. Shouse married Mrs. Niece, who was born in North Carolina in 1846, and is the daughter of Henry and Mrs. Muller, both now deceased. By his last marriage, Mr. Shouse became the father of five children, all living: Mattie, John C., Carrie, Edward, and Benjamin. Mr. Shouse located on his present place of residence in 1882. He has 347 acres of land, with about 200 acres under cultivation, has good buildings on the same, and is one of the county’s substantial farmers. He is a member of the Masonic Lodge at Dadeville.


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

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