INCLUDING AN AUTHENTIC HISTORY
OTHER TOWNS and TOWNSHIPS,
??? OF ELEGANT RESIDENCES; PORTRAITS OF PROMINENT CITIZENS; BIOGRAPH-
ICAL SKETCHES OF MANY ENTERPRISING FARMERS, MERCHANTS, MECHANICS
PROFESSIONAL AND BUSINESS MEN; A MAP OF THE COUNTY; A CON-
DENSED HISTORY OF THE STATE; THE STATE CONSTITUTION; AN
ABSTRACT OF THE MOST IMPORTANT LAWS; THE NATURAL HIS-
TORY AND RELIGIOUS HISTORY; THE COURTS AND BAR;
AGRICULTURE; HORTICULTURE AND STOCK-RAIS-
ING; WAR RECORD; TOWNSHIP HISTORIES;
CHURCHES; SCHOOLS; RAILROADS AND
BUSINESS ENTERPRISES; MISCEL-
LANEOUS MATTERS, ETC., ETC.
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J. C. DILLON.
was a native of North Carolina. The grandfather, Benjamin Dillon, was
a soldier in the Revolutionary War. The subject of this sketch was born
in Guilford County, North Carolina, April 2 1822, and was the fifth child
to a family of nine children.His advantages for an education were very
limited, there being but few schools at that early day.
In the fall of 1853 Mr. Dillon emigrated to Missouri, settling in the northwestern part of Pet-
tis County, buying a farm of 100 acres for $450. then he
entered 900 acres under the graduation act. On this farm he now lives, having improved it with fine buildings and other conveiences. Mr. Dillon was married April 2, 1867, to Miss Mary F. Merrit,a daughter of Richard Merritt, a native of Kentucky. From this union there was but one, child. Mrs. Dil-lon dying, Mr. D. was again married Dec. 10, 1857, to Miss Lucy J. Able, a daughter of Uriah Able. From this union there were six chil-dren, all of whom are now living, viz: Richard, Ida M., John W., William A., Alice J., and Ella A. Since Mr. Dillon's residence in Pettis County
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he has been engaged in farming. He owns a farm of 338 acres, well improved, and under a good state of cultivation. These lands are the product of Mr. D.'s industry and economy. Financially, he is well fixed to pass the remainder of his days in ease and retirement, should he see fit to do so.
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