CLEVER EARLY HISTORY

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CLEVER EARLY HISTORY

Items in the CLEVER EARLY HISTORY Collection

NATHANIEL MERRITT
Mr. Merritt was born in 1816. He came to the Delaware Town area when he was about 34 years old. His wife was the former Nancy Ragsdale (1814-1883). This couple and their 6 children all came from TN. It would seem likely that Nathaniel would have…

WILLIAM MCELHANEY AND WIFE ELIZABETH
William McElhaney and his wife Elizabeth came to the Ozarks from TN. Both were born in the 1830s. They settled south of Billings and many of their descendants would become a part of the Clever community.

DANIEL MESSENGER
Daniel Messenger, born around 1838 in OH, was a son of Talcott Messenger and Nancy Vining. He served on the Union side in the Civil War. He married Eliza Estes but headed west in the 1870s leaving his family behind. She eventually remarried and…

JOSEPH MERRITT
Joseph Merritt was born in the 1830s and was raised by his grandparents, the Joseph Porter family in the Delaware district in the years before the Civil War. It was for Mr Porter that Porter Township in Greene and then Christian County was named. …

WILLIAM CAMPBELL MCCROSKEY
William Campbell McCroskey was likely born in TN in 1844 and died near Boaz in 1918. His parents were natives of VA. They were William McCroskey and Susan Bare. William Campbell wed Tempy Johnson. They operated a nice farm in what is now the Clever…

WILEY ESTES
Wiley Estes (1851-1922) was a son of Paul Estes and Perlina Carpenter. He grew up south of future Clever along the Christian-Stone County line.

WESLEY MCCULLAH
Wesley McCullah was born in 1821 to Alexander McCullah (1793-1856) and Lucy Robertson. The family arrived in the Ozarks in 1849, and very soon thereafter Lucy died. The original McCullah farm was just west of the future village of Browns Spring in…

THREE CHUMPS
This 1888 photo taken in Springfield features 3 cousins who all had some connection to the greater Clever area, close to Delaware Town and lower Wilson Creek. From left: John Harrington, a son of Al Harrington; William Harrington, a son of attorney…

JOHN HENRY ESTES AND FAMILY
John Henry Estes was a son of John Estes and Margaret Jones. He was known as "Clubfoot" because of a natural deformity. Still he served in the Civil War on the Union side. He established a fine farm east of Brown's Spring, near Union City. In this…

PAUL ESTES AND WIFE PERLINA CARPENTER
Paul Estes (1827-1907) was a son of John and Margaret Jones Estes. Paul and Perlina arrived in the Ozarks in 1848 and settled south of Clever near the Stone and Christian County border.

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