Farmer, post-office Blue Springs, was born in Jackson County, Missouri, April 24, 1836, and when sixteen years of age he went to California by ox-team, and was for some time engaged in hunting and working in the red woods. He attended school a short time while there, and was also engaged in the mines for about eighteen months. In 1855 he returned to Jackson County, and began farming. In 1860 he went to Pike’s Peak, where he mined, having an interest in eight claims called the Colorado Gulch, and now known as Leadville. Returned home the same year, and in 1861 enlisted in the Missouri State Guards. In the spring of 1862 he went to Texas and remained until fall, being under the employ of the Confederate Government; then went to Arkansas, and soon returned to Jackson County, and then removed to Carroll County. Thence to Shelby County, Illinois, where he remained one season, and returned to Texas. His farm contains 180 acres. He was married, April 6, 1856, to Miss Elizabeth Slaughter, a native of Jackson County, Missouri. They have had seven children, six of whom are now living: Sarah A., Lucy J., John R., Josiah L., Elizabeth M., Myrtie S. and Mary E.
Source: [Anonymous], The History of Jackson County, Missouri (Kansas City: Union Historical Co., 1881), p. 916.