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William Usery and Jane Dawson
Information provided by Kathie Clendenen

William Usery was born Dec 15, 1818 in Pulaski Co., KY and died Aug 21, 1896 in Crawford Co., MO. His wife was Jane Dawson, daughter of
William and Mary Bailey Dawson. She was born Jan 30, 1817 in Simpson Co., KY and died Jun 12, 1894 in Crawford Co., MO. They had the
following known children:

  1. James H. Usery b: 1845 d: Feb 22, 1863 in Vicksburg
  2. Elisha Benton Usery b: 1846
  3. Hiram Usery
  4. Nancy Jane Usery
  5. Martha Elizabeth Usery
  6. Mary Francis Usery married Thomas Cook. Known children: Mary A. Cook d. Aug 16, 1888 at 16 months; Infant son died 9 Jan 1886 at 14
    months; Ada L. b. 1877; and Ida C b. 1880.

Hiram Usery and Wives: Sarah Godby and Lucy Hanson
Information provided by Kathie Clendenen

Hiram Usery was born Apr 9, 1848 in St. Genevieve, MO to William Usery and Jane Dawson. He died Jul 27, 1922 in Crawford Co., MO. His first
wife was Sarah Jane Godby, the daughter of John and Sophia Ann Godby. Sarah was born in 1847 and died in 1881. They had the following
known children:

  1. Mary Usery
  2. Emma Usery

His second wife, Lucy Hanson was born Nov 23, 1853 in Chicago and died Oct 6, 1911 in Huzzah Co., MO. They had the following known

  1. Luther Hanson Usery
  2. Alice Usery d: in about age 7
  3. Mary Usery d: Abt. 1954 mar. Chris Dotson Maybe a half-sister
  4. Emmy Usery d: Mar 1957 mar. Burlis Orr in Crawford Co., MO on June 14, 1892 Maybe a half-sister
  5. Sarah Usery d: in in infancy -twin to Carrie
  6. Carrie Usery d: in in infancy -twin to Sarah
  7. Margaret Usery b: Abt. 1886 mar. Fred Wright and Charlie Morris
  8. Hattie Frances Usery b: Aug 21, 1888 in Berryman, MO and d. Jan 14, 1967. mar. Beny Wilkerson. *2nd Husband Otis Kaysinger
  9. Laura Usery b: May 21, 1892 d. May 2, 1958 mar. Irving Gillian
(On Nov. 9, 1960, in Steelville, MO., Mr. John Usry interviewed Mrs. Hattie Frances Usery Nixon, who was the daughter of Hiram and Lucy Usery.
She stated that she was born Aug. 21, 1888 in Berryman, MO. She first married Beny Wilkinson, then Otis Kaysinger. She stated that her mother
was born three weeks after arriving from England. She identified all of her siblings. [It could be that she married a third time to a Mr. Nixon])


Luther Hanson Usery and Birdie Almeda Browning
Luther Hanson Usery was born to William Usery on Mar 29, 1883 in Berryman, MO. He died Aug 7, 1964 in Bonne Terre, MO. His wife was Birdie
Almeda Browning who was born Oct 29, 1885 in Scotia, MO and died Feb 27, 1923 in Huzzah Co., MO. They had the following children: (Usry
Bul 139 pg 2)

  1. Jewell Irene Usery b: Aug 6, 1907 mar. Floyd Britton
  2. Mary Florence Usery b: May 27, 1909 mar. Paul Richards *2nd Husband : Charles Mayfield
  3. Melvin Glen Usery b: Jun 28, 1911 mar. Gladys Britton *2nd Wife : Ruth McKinney
  4. Kenneth Usery b: Jan 3, 1913 d: 1958 mar .Lula Barr
  5. Myrna Usery
  6. Charles William Usery b: Nov 30, 1916 in Huzzah Co., MO mar. Mina Guinevere Sheets b: Jan 20, 1920 in Maldin, MO
  7. Jesse Mitchell Usery Usery b: Nov 10, 1918
  8. Zella Lloyd Usery b: Jan 31, 1922 d: Aug 29, 1925
  9. Everett Usery


James Cherry and Elisabeth Essery
James J. Cherry, a son of James and Rachel (Tolliver) Cherry, was born in Warren County, Tennessee on January 1, 1837. His father, James
Cherry was born in Rowan County, NC, September 3,1806, and when five years of age removed with his parents to Tennessee, making the trip
across the country in a two-wheel cart. The paternal grandparents were both born in North Carolina, whence they immigrated westward, settling
in Tennessee in 1813. There they lived and died, the grandmother dying when our subject’s father was an infant. The maternal grandparents
were both also born and reared in the "Old North State", and at an early day removed to Tennessee, where they remained a number of years,
after which they came to what was then Old Salem, then Barry Co., MO., on November 29, 1839. Grandfather Tolliver was uneducated; he was
kind and generous and always willing to lend a helping hand to any one who went tohim for assistance. Rachel Tolliver was born in North
Carolina, and was taken by her parents to Tennessee, in which State she was married to James Cherry, about 1830. They became the parents
of nine children, who grew to maturity. Those living are Mary A. (Mrs. John P. Williams); John H.; Nancy E. (Mrs. S.P. Pollitt); James; William E.;
Louisa; Sarah (Mrs Evan Buck); Wade H; and Amanda J. Those dead are Amelia E.; Marion F; and Joseph A. The subject of this sketch had
very poor educational advantages, buthe attended the subscription schools prevalent in his young days. He attended the first Sunday school
held in this section of Missouri, which was four miles from his home. In his boyhood days Indians were frequent visitors to Lawrence County,
where they came to hunt, trade, gamble and practice other avocations common to their race. The country was very sparsely settled, and there
was no church in the country, but the people were not without religious worship, for many sermons were preached in private houses. Schools
were held in log cabins with one log taken out for a window.
Mr. Cherry was married on August 6, 1857 to Elizabeth Essery, who was born in Perry County, TN., on September 26, 1839, and to them were
born nine children, of whom one, Matilda J., is dead. Those living are J. Thomas; Mary L. Orr; William C.; Florence Johnson; Lula A.; Lenna E.;
Charles J; and John Emery. In the fall of 1874 Mr. Cherry was elected collector of revenue for Lawrence Co., and his being a staunch Democrat
and receiving a majority of 344 votes in a Republican county illustrates his popularity. He filled that office two years; and served as deputy sheriff
for six years. He is a prosperous farmer. His home farm, which is in one tract of 400 acres, is all under cultivation. He also owns a part of his
father’s old homestead of 150 acres. There are indications of rich lead deposits on his farm, which he is now having prospected. Mrs. Cherry is a
member of the Old School Presbyterian Church. Mr. Cherry is a member of the Masonic Order.(God Speed History, Lawrence County, MO
published 1895.)

W. J. Brown and Miss Martha Jennings
W.J. Brown, farmer at Mount Vernon, MO., is of English descent, and the son of W.M. Brown, who was born in Tennessee, February 10, 1819.
The father came to Lawrence County, MO., in 1839, settled near Mount Vernon, and there worked at the saddler’s trade with George White.
One year later, or in 1840, he (W.M. Brown) married Miss Mary Frances Tolliver, daughter of John and Polly (Dick) Tolliver, of Tennessee,
formerly from North Carolina on the border , latter of whom was of German descent. Mr. and Mrs. Brown were married at the residence of William
Orr and to them were born these children: John; Alexander; Daniel; William J.; Richard Jonathan (deceased) and George H. The father was an
energetic, industrious man, and died of typhoid fever when but thirty one years of age. He was a kind husband and father. The mother is still
living, and is sixty-seven years of age. She is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. ( For sketch of the parents of Mrs. Brown see
sketch of J.A. Brown). W.J. Brown, the subject of this sketch, was born on a farm in 1845, and has always lived on the old homestead. He was
enrolled in the State Militia during the latter part of the late war. He received a limited education, and married Miss Martha Jennings, daughter of
Robert and Sarah M. Jennings, who were among the early settlers. Six children were the result of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Brown: Emma A.;
Sarah F.; Cora E.; George A.; Robert A.; and William L. Mr. Brown took his wife to the old homestead, and there he has since resided. In political
views Mr. Brown is a Democrat, and both himself and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Mr. Brown takes a active
interest in the good of the schools, and has been director and clerk for about six years. He is a man of excellent understanding, morality and
industry, and is a descendant of a good stock of ancestors on both sides.(God Speed History, Lawrence County, MO published 1895.)

John A. Brown and Adaline Essary
John A. Brown, farmer at Mount Vernon, MO., is the son of William H. Brown who was born in Tennessee, and came to Lawrence County, MO in
1839,when a young man. Williams first worked in a saddler’s shop kept by George White and there remained two years. He then, in 1840,
married Miss Mary Frances Tolliver, daughter of John Tolliver and Polly (Dick) Tolliver, who had formerly lived in North Carolina, Virginia and
Tennessee, and had come to Missouri in 1838. Mr. and Mrs. Brown were the parents of five children: John A.; Daniel; William J.; Richard J.; and
George W. After marriage, Mr and Mrs. Brown resided at Salem, and then settled on 160 acres of land, now owned by the family. He died in
1851 at the age of thirty-one. Mrs. Brown still continued to reside on the farm and reared her family, all now being settled near her. Her son,
John A. Brown was born in 1841 on the Orr farm, and received but a limited education. He was enrolled in the State Militia, but was in no battles,
although in many skirmishes. In 1864,he married Miss Adaline Essary, daughter of Thomas and Matilda (Jackson) Essary of Tennessee. She
had come with her mother to Lawrence County in 1851. To Mr. and Mrs. Brown were born eight children: William; John H.; Minnie F.; Mary E.;
Effie; Lulie; and Rosella. One died in infancy. After marriage the young couple remained at home with Mrs. Brown until 1870, when Mr. Brown
bought his present farm of 200 acres of fine farming land. Both Mr. and Mrs. Brown are members of the Presbyterian Church and his a Democrat
in his political views. Mr. Tolliver, the maternal grandfather of our subject, owned 517 acres of land one half mile from Phillips, on of the best
tracts of land in the county. He was a great help to the early settlers in getting them their homes; and in giving them food and other necessaries
to start in life. During the late war the Kansas troops landed on his farm, burned his property and as a slave owner he lost heavily. He was an
industrious man of excellent character, and died at the age of eighty-one. His wife at the age of ninety-one.

(God Speed History, Lawrence County, MO published 1895.)