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Montgomery County families (surnames beginning with T-W) from
A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri
with numerous sketches, anecdotes, adventures, etc.,
relating to Early Days in Missouri. Also the lives of
Daniel Boone and the celebrated Indian chief Black Hawk,
with numerous Biographies and Histories of Primitive institutions

By William S. Bryan and Robert Rose
Bryan, Brand & Co., St. Louis, Mo., 1876

Transcribed by Joanne Scobee Morgan

TRIPLETT, Thomas Triplett, of Randolph co., N.C., had the following children, James, William, George, John, Rebecca, Nancy and Lydia. William married HANNAH COX, of N. C., and settled in Montgomery co. in 1830. He was a blacksmith and wheelwright by trade, and a staunch member of the Baptist church. It was at his house that Macedonia church was organized by JABEZ HAM, in 1831. His children were Olive, Mary, Margaret, Harriet D., Rebecca C., Narcissa J., Lydia, Thomas, Zaccheus, David, Isaac M., and William H. Mary married WILLIAM E. WELLS, who settled in Montgomery co. in 1830.

TALBOTT, Matthew Talbott, of England, had a son named Hale, who was born in Dec. 1754. He married ELIZABETH IRVINE, who was born in Sept. 1778. Their children were Christopher, Thomas, William, David, Elizabeth, Polly, Nancy, Sophia and Jane. Mr. Talbott came to the territory of Missouri in 1809 with his eldest son, Christopher, and two negro slaves. They cleared a small farm on Loutre Island, and raised a crop of corn and vegetables. The following year (1810) the rest of the family came out and settled at their new home. Mr. Talbott brought to Mo. 76 fine mares, from which he raised horses for the western and southern trade. During the Indian war he kept the greater portion of his stock on the opposite side of the river, where they could not be molested by the savages. Christopher Talbott married SUSAN PARRISH, by whom he had Hale, Jr., Thomas, John, James, William, Matthew, Susannah, Martha and Mary A. Major Thomas Talbott, the second son, was a roving, fun-loving youth. On one occasion, his father sent him to Cotesansdessein (?) for some apple barrels, and gave him the money to pay for them. He was gone about a month, and came back without the barrels or the money. In 1828 he made his first trip to Santa Fe. He was afterward employed by the government as Indian agent, and while acting in that capacity, the Indians stole a lot of mules from him that were his individual property. The government promptly paid him $5,000 for his mules. On one of his expeditions to Santa Fe, there was a MR. BRADUS, of Ky., in his company, who one day accidentally shot himself in the arm. The pain of his wound soon became so great that he could not endure it, and it was decided that his arm must be amputated to save his life. there were neither surgeon nor surgical tools in the company, but they made much preparations as they could, and successfully performed the operation. The flesh was cut with a butcher's knife, the bone separated with a hand saw, and the veins seared with the king bolt of a wagon, which had been heated for the purpose. The man got well and lived to a ripe old age. A number of years after this event, Maj. Talbott took a number of horses and mules to S. C., but finding no sale for them, he loaded them on onto a couple of schooners, and sailed for Cuba. During the voyage, a violent storm came up, and the rolling of the vessels excited the animals so that they began to fight one another, and several of them had their ears bitten off. But these sold as well as the others, and the Major had a very successful trip. That was the first importation of American horses to Cuba; but since then, the business has been extensively carried on. The major was married twice, and became a consistent member of the Methodist church before his death. Colonel William Talbott, the third son, was a ranger in Nathan Boone's company, and was afterward chosen Colonel of militia. He was married twice; first to JANE FERGUSON, and after her death, to a widow lady named BASCOM, a sister-in-law of BISHOP BASCOM, by whom he had one daughter, Emma, who married a MR. LINBERGER, of Boonville. At the time of his death, which occurred June 14, 1874, the colonel was living with his daughter in Boonville. David Talbott married SUSAN CLARK, and they had Isaac H., William H., Mary E., Sarah A., David R., Susan J., Adda A., and Ellen. Mr. Talbott died in Nov. 1852, and his wife in June of the same year. Elizabeth married JUDGE MATTHEW McGIRK. Polly married JAMES PITZER. Nancy married COL. IRVINE S. PITMAN, Sophia married FLETCHER WRIGHT. Jane married DR. JAMES TALBOTT, who was in the first state constitutional convention, which met in St. Louis in 1820. He also represented Montgomery co. in the state legislature.

VANBIBBER, Peter and Isaac VanBibber, of Holland, came to America and settled in Botetourt co., Va., previous to the revolution. Peter married MARGUERY BOUNDS, and they had Peter, Jr., Jesse, Jacob, James, Joseph, Matthias, Nancy, Sophronia, Ellen and Olive. James married JANE IRVINE, and settled in St. Charles co., in 1803. He was coroner at the time WILLIAM HAYS was killed by his son-in-law, JAMES DAVIS. In 1817, he removed to Callaway co., and settled on the Auxvasse. His children Joseph, Irvine, Frances, Lucinda, Melissa, Daniel and Minerva. Joseph was a surveyor and made the government surveys in range eight, west of the fifth principal meridian. Olive VanBibber married NATHAN BOONE. Isaac VanBibber, brother of Peter, was Captain of a company in the battle of Point pleasant, in 1774, and was killed there. He left a widow and four children... John, Peter, Isaac and Rebecca. John and Peter married and settled in Powell's Valley, East Tennessee. Isaac was born in Greenbriar co., Va., Oct. 20, 1771, and was only two and a half years old when his father was killed. He was adopted and raised by Colonel Daniel Boone, and at the early age of thirteen years, acted as a scout against the Indians in Virginia. In 1800 he came to Missouri with Nathan Boone and settled first in Darst's Bottom. During the Indian war he was Major of the militia under Col. Daniel M. Boone. He was married in 1797 to SUSAN HAYS. In 1851 he settled at Loutre Lick, now in Montgomery co. The place was first settled by THOMAS MASSEY in 1813. The land was a Spanish grant of 460 acres, made to Nathan Boone, who sold it to VanBibber. The latter built several cabins where he settled, and afterward erected a large frame house, which he used as a hotel, and made a great deal of money. His children were Matilda, Marcha, Susan, Elvira, Frances, Erretia, Pantha, Isaac, Jr., Ewing, and Alonzo. Major VanBibber died in 1836, his wife having died some time before.

WORLAND, Charles B. Worland, of Maryland, married MARTHA A. WHITE, and settled in Washington co., Ky. Their children were Benedict, Charles B., Thomas N., Maria, William T., John H., Stephen W., Edward H., James P., and Martha A. Mr. Worland, his wife and a portion of their family settled in Montgomery co., in 1839. They are excellent people; honest, industrious, intelligent, kind-hearted and friendly.

WHITESIDES, Thomas Whitesides was a native of Virginia but removed to and settled in North Carolina. He had a son named Francis, who married ANN CLARK, of Kentucky, and settled in Montgomery co., Mo., in 1818. Their children were James, Holland, John C., Susan, Lucinda, Sarah J., Ann, Polly and Nancy.

WILLIAMS, Frederick, son of Richard Williams, of Pulaski co., Ky., married NANCY HANFORD, and settled in Montgomery co., Mo., in 1832. Their children were Liberty, Margaret, Mary, William, Harriet, Martha, Ross A., John, Euphema, and Clara A. Margaret married JAMES GRAY. Mary married JOHN CRUTCHER. Harriet married STEPHEN MANNING. Martha married SYLVESTER MILLSAP. Ross A. married CHRISTOPHER MILLSAP. Euphema married JOHN CRUTCHER, JR.

WHITE, Esquire William White settled in Montgomery co., in 1836. He is a brother of Benjamin White, who lives near Danville. He married ANNA FLETCHRALL, of Maryland, and their children were John, Daniel, Ann, William, Benjamin, Stephen, Mary, Dorcas, and Elizabeth. Elizabeth, a sister of William White, Sr., married WILLIAM SMITH and settled near Jonesburg.

WINDSOR, Sampson Windsor, of Prince William co., Va., had four sons... William, Christopher, Burton, and Alfred. Burton married ELIZABETH TINSLEY, and settled in Missouri in 1833. Alfred married SARAH CLARK, and settled in Montgomery co. in 1833 He had a son, John R., who married MARY A. F--HUGH. (FITZHUGH?) of Tennessee, and died, leaving a widow and nine children. Five sons and four daughters. William T., another son of Alfred Windsor, married JANE B. BRYAN, a daughter of REECE BRYAN AND JANE EVANS, by whom he had 7 sons and 4 daughters.

WHITE, Matthew L. White was born and raised in Virginia, but removed to East Tennessee, from there to Alabama, and in 1829 he settled in Montgomery co., Mo., and entered the land upon which the celebrated Pinnacle Rock stands. He married RHODA STAGDON, and they had Nancy, William, thomas S., James H., Isaac M., John R., Mary J., Rebecca, Samuel M., Margaret A., and Martha L.

WHITE, Benjamin White, Sr., was a native of Wales. He married ELIZABETH SMITH, and their son, Benjamin, Jr., married REBECCA CHESELL. They all lived in Montgomery co., Md. Benjamin, a son of Benjamin White, Jr., was born Nov. 4, 1796. He was married in 1821 to REBECCA DARBY, who died, and in 1831 he married LUCY SCOTT. In 1837 they came to Missouri and settled in Montgomery co. Their children were Edward G., William H., Richard G., Benjamin, Susan, Mary A., and Sarah E., all of whom are married and living in Montgomery co.

WOODRUFF, Charles Woodruff, of Buckingham co., Va., married a MISS GATEWOOD, and their son, Wyatt P., married MARY TALPHRO, and settled in St. Louis co., Mo., in 1825. In 1827, they removed to St. Charles co., and from there to Montgomery co., in 1832. They had John, Charles E., Robert H., Francis S., and David B., all of whom live in Montgomery co.

WRIGHT, James Wright and his wife, DICEY GALARBY, of Amherst co., Va., had George G., Ellis, Shelton, William, Daniel, and Nancy. George G. married SALLY JACOBS, of Nelson co., Va., and settled in Montgomery co., Mo., in 1837. Their children were Margaret, Ana V., Catharine and George G., Jr. Margaret married JOHN R. ARNOR. Anna V. married ISAAC H. TALBOTT of Montgomery co. Catharine married HON. NORMAN J. COLMAN, editor of Colman's Rural World and Lieut.-Gov. of Missouri. George G. Jr., lives in Montgomery co., is an influential citizen and a leader of the democratic party of his locality.

WITCHER, James Witcher, of Virginia, married MARTHA WATSON, and they had three sons and three daughters. Ephraim, their eldest son, who was a soldier in the war of 1812, settled in Montgomery co., Mo., and married WINIFRED B. HOLLEY, by whom he had 6 children. He died in 1845 and his widow married COL. REUBEN PEW, who also died, leaving her a widow the second time.

WADE, Henry Wade and his wife, LUCY TURNER, lived in Culpepper co, Va. They had Luke, Zackfill, Henry, Andrew, John, Orinda, Polly and Sally. Henry married MARY D. WALLER, in 1810 and settled in Lincoln co., Mo., in 1835. His children were William, Henry, John, Richard, Andrew, Martha, Judith, Lucy, Polly and Margaret. William married SUSAN SITTON, of Lincoln co. Henry lives in California, unmarried. Richard died in that state. John married LAVISA WRIGHT. Andrew died in his youth. Martha was married first to PETER SHELTON and after his death, to GEORGE DYER. Judith married JOHN CARTER, and is now a widow. Lucy married JAMES BERGER, of Montgomery co. Polly was married first to JOHN C. WHITESIDES; after his death, to CAPT. WILLIAM QUICK, and she is a widow again. she has in her possession her mother's wedding costume that was spun and woven with her own hands in 1810. Margaret Wade was married first to JOHN T. WRIGHT, and second to GEORGE OUSLEY.

WRIGHT, John Wright, of England, came to America and settled in Pittsylvania co., Va. He had 4 children, John, William, Nancy, and another daughter. William married ISABELLA THRAILKILL, of Virginia and settled in Clark co., Ky. He served five years in the revolutionary war. He had 12 children, ten of whom lived to be grown, and were married. His fifth son, William, married NANCY OLIVER, of Ky., and they had 11 children... Harvey S., James T., William M., stephen, Isaac W., Elizabeth, Susan, Nancy, Emeline, Louisa and Lucinda. Mr. Wright settled in Montgomery co., Mo., in 1824 on a place adjoining the present town of Danville, where he lived and kept tavern for many years. A Methodist minister named PRESCOTT, stopped at his house one day to get his dinner, and there being no men present he went to the barn to feed his horse. While looking around for the food, he saw some large, flat gourds, which he supposed to be pumpkins, and fed a lot of them to his horse. After that he was called Gourd Head Prescott. In 1833, Mr. Wright sold his place to REV. ANDREW MONROE, a well known pioneer Methodist preacher, who lived there and kept tavern for some time. ISABELLA WRIGHT, sister of William Wright, Sr., married JOHN STONE, who settled in Montgomery co., in 1818 but afterward removed to Arkansas.

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