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John Thurston Drinkwater

Male 1821 - 1895  (74 years)


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  • Name John Thurston Drinkwater 
    Born 15 March 1821  Cooper County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Blacksmith and farmer 
    Died 18 December 1895  Knob Noster, Johnson County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Wampler Cemetery, Johnson County Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • After the death of his mother, John was bound out to Sylvester Hall to learn blacksmithing.

      Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis Counties, Missouri. Chicago: Chapman, 1895. https://archive.org/details/portraitbiographjap00chap From pages 247–248:
      JOHN T. DRINKWATER, who resides in I township 46, range 25, Johnson County, is numbered among its leading farmers. He owns a good estate, and although his advancing age prevents him from longer actively cultivating his farm, he still maintains a general oversight of the place. He has made all the improvements which adorn it, and has contributed greatly to the upbuilding of his township.
      Our subject was born March 15, 1821, in Virginia, and when only five years of age was deprived of the care of his father. Nine years later he was doubly orphaned, as were also his two sisters and two brothers. Polly, who is now deceased, was the eldest of the household; Margaret married James Deckard, and both passed away in Pettis County, this state; William married and departed this life in Cooper County; James is married and engaged in farming in Texas. The father of this family also died in Cooper County, where he was the owner of a good farm.
      John T., of this sketch, accompanied his parents on their removal to this state, and after the death of his mother made his home with the family of Sylvester Hall until of age. He then engaged in blacksmithing near Lebanon, Cooper County, and for several years successfully carried on business there. While in that place he was married to Nancy Deckard, of Cooper County. Eight years later Mrs. Drinkwater died, and the lady whom our subject chose as his second companion was Miss Mimena Bales, daughter of Oliver Bales, of the above county.
      After his union with Miss Bales, our subject abandoned his trade of a blacksmith, and, renting property in Iowa, moved to that state and lived for two years. His ventures in this direction not proving as successful as he had hoped, he returned to Cooper County and again opened a shop, besides which he also carried on farming on a modest scale. Two years thereafter he came to Johnson County, his first purchase here comprising a tract of sixty acres. On this he built a house, and cleared the land of the thick growth of timber, making this section his home for the past twenty-seven years. During all these years he has made such improvements as seemed wise and profitable, and his property is considered one of the best in the township, and as one of its oldest residents he is honored and esteemed.
      To Mr. and Mrs. Drinkwater there were born seven children, of whom one is deceased. Sarah married Washington Harter, and lives on a good farm in this township. Brown first married Jennie Hanna, and on her decease became the husband of Willie Ramsey; he is living in Montserrat, and is the proprietor of a livery stable and blacksmith-shop. Margaret is now the widow of Lawrence Applegate, and lives in this township. William is one of the substantial young farmers of this section, of whom we will make further mention. Oliver married Annie Geary, of Pettis County, and both now reside on an estate east of the home of our subject. Fannie married William Fisher, a resident of Kansas City, where he is connected with the fire department. Rosa Leila lives at home. The two children born of our subject's first marriage were Fred, who was accidentally killed by a horse when four years of age, and James, who now lives in Utah, where he is proprietor of a hotel and runs a barber-shop.
      Mr. Drinkwater enjoys good health and retains to a large extent the mental vigor and physical strength of his younger years. In fact, it would be difficult to find in the entire county a better preserved old man. With his good wife, he is surrounded by all the comforts of existence, and has a pleasant residence. He has always been prominent in local affairs, and since being permitted to vote has upheld the principles of Democracy. Besides being the incumbent of various offices of honor and trust, he has done much toward administering the law and advancing the interests of the county. He attends the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at Montserrat, of which he is a valued member.
      William Drinkwater, a son of our subject, was married, March 27, 1887, to Miss Annie, daughter of Thomas A. and Emma (Marshall) Cruse. She was born in this county, December 18, 1870. Her father was a native of Virginia, while Mrs. Cruse was born in Saline County, this state, where their marriage was celebrated. Mrs. Cruse passed away on the 13th of May, 1885, leaving the following-named family: Annie, Minnie, Willie, Maude and Eula. James died in infancy. William Drinkwater is a stanch Democrat in politics, and a man of prominence and influence in his community.

      There is also an article on John Drinkwater’s son William Henry Drinkwater in the History of Johnson County, Missouri, which includes a paragraph about John’s family as well.

      Cooper County Marriages and Wills
      25 Jul 1844
      John L. Drinkwater & Nancy G. Deckard

      1850 Federal Census. District 23, Cooper County, Missouri
      Roll 397, page 149B
      John T. Drinkwater, 28, blacksmith, $350 real estate
      Mary G. Drinkwater, 22
      Frederick Drinkwater, 1
      Afanie[?] Drinkwater, 10, female
      John R. Courtney, 21, blacksmith
      All were born in Missouri

      1860 Federal Census. Lebanon, Cooper County, Missouri
      Roll 616, page 713
      Post Office Fair Point
      J.T. [John Thurston] Drinkwater, 39, blacksmith, $4000 real estate, $3500 personal estate, b. MO
      M. [Molema] Drinkwater, 24, female, b. KY
      J.R. [James Robert] Drinkwater, 9, male, b. MO
      S.S. [Sarah Serena] Drinkwater, 5, female, b. MO
      H.B. [Harvey Brown] Drinkwater, 3, male, b. MO
      Wm. Gum, 25, farm laborer, b. VA
      T.D. Smith, 24, blacksmith, b. OH
      Joe Fielding, 21, blacksmith, b. MO
      John Wieden, 26, blacksmith, b. MO
      The family of S. Drinkwater (age 37) lived next door.

      1880 Federal Census. Montserrat, Johnson County, Missouri
      Roll 696, page 476B
      John Drinkwater, 58, farmer, b. MO, parents b. PA
      Monema Drinkwater, 46, wife, keeps house, b. KY, father b. VA, mother b. KY
      William H. Drinkwater, 17, son, works on farm, b. MO, father b. MO, mother b. KY
      Oliver E. Drinkwater, 12, son, works on farm, b. IA, father b. MO, mother b. KY
      Susan F. Drinkwater, 10, daughter, b. MO, father b. MO, mother b. KY
      Rosa Lea Drinkwater, 1, daughter, b. ditto
      William Offit, 24, boarder, single, laborer, [birth places left blank]
      Elijah Henderson, 17, boarder, single, laborer, b. MO, [parents’ births left blank]
      Jessie Harrison, 8, male, servant, b. MO, parents b. MO

      Wampler Cemetery, Valley City, Johnson County, Missouri
      John T. Drinkwater, b. 8 Mar 1822, d. 18 Dec 1895
      Monema, wife of J.T. Drinkwater, b. 11 Nov 1833, d. 15 Jan 1928 [1]
    Person ID I144716  Schirado
    Last Modified 11 June 2015 

    Father Robert Drinkwater,   b. say 1790, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. August 1827, Cooper County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 37 years) 
    Mother Fanny,   b. about 1790, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. June 1835, Cooper County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 45 years) 
    Family ID F71065  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 1 Nancy Lee Gilbert Deckard,   b. 15 March 1827, Cooper County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 December 1852  (Age 25 years) 
    Married 25 July 1844  Cooper County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Frederick Anderson Drinkwater,   b. about 1848, Cooper County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1853, Cooper County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 5 years)
     2. James Robert Drinkwater,   b. 11 October 1850, Cooper County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 September 1921, Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    Family ID F95869  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 2 Monema O. Bales,   b. 11 November 1833, Todd County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 January 1928, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Married 12 September 1853  Cooper County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Sarah Serena Drinkwater,   b. 11 June 1855, Knob Noster, Johnson County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 April 1944, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     2. Harvey Brown Drinkwater,   b. 27 September 1857, Knob Noster, Johnson County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 January 1928, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     3. Margaret Palestine Drinkwater,   b. 29 July 1860, Lebanon, Cooper County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 January 1924  (Age 63 years)
     4. William Henry Drinkwater,   b. 29 July 1865, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 December 1958  (Age 93 years)
     5. Oliver Elzia Drinkwater,   b. 26 October 1866, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 January 1926  (Age 59 years)
     6. Fanny Frances Drinkwater
     7. Rosie Leila Drinkwater
    Family ID F95871  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S744] Jean R. Carter, ((no date)).


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