Robert Davis MEANS

Male 1823 - 1902  (79 years)


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  • Name Robert Davis MEANS 
    Born 13 Jun 1823  Howard Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 6 Jul 1902  Henry Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Laurel Oak Cemetery- Windsor, Henry Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Tombstone of Frank O. Means
    Tombstone of Robert Means
    on right side
    Notes 
    • Robert D. Means and his father were the earliest settlers in Green Ridge Township, Pettis County MO. He was raised in Howard County until 9 years of age. On 4 Nov. he was brought by his father to his future home in Green Ridge Township. It was in this home that he acquired an excellent education by means of the very poor educational facilities and his personal efforts. He carried the flag for the government surveyors in sections forty-three and forty-four of his township when a boy. During the Mexican War he volunteered for service twice, but the required number of troops reported at Independence, Mo and he was left out. His father commanded a company of minute men with a captain's commission during the war of 1812, and his maternal grandfather, Wm. McDonald, as a lieutenant in the command of the celebrated Marion in the Revolutionary War.
      Miss Juliet Cooper, his first wife, was daughter of David Cooper, who was one of Johnson's first inhabitants, having settled at an early date the head of Muddy Creek. She died near Windsor.
      Robert D. again married to Miss Susan E. Tindall, a native of Kentucky. Her father and mother both died at Trenton, Grundy Co. Mo. Both his wives were acquainted with his father's family in Kentucky, living in the same neighborhood. A brother of his last wife, Col. J. T. Tindall, killed at the battle of Shiloh, was a member of the Missouri convention called by Gov. C. F. Jackson in 1861 to discuss the propriety of seceding. He had formerly represented Grundy County in the state Senate: had enlisted as a private in the Mexican War, and was soon promoted to the rank of major on Gilpin's staff: and at the time of his death was colonel of the 23rd Missouri Regiment in the army of General U. S. Grant. It was the brilliant dash of this Missouri regiment, led by their daring colonel, that saved Grant from a disastrous defeat at Shiloh, but at the dear sacrifice of the lives of Col. Tindall and all his regiment except forty. A monument has been erected to his memory at a cost of $10,000, the government having appropriated $5,000 and the citizens $5,000.
      Robert D. Means, the subject of our sketch, took his family in 1859 to the vicinity of Macon City, Mo. for the purpose of educating his children at McGee College. He then kept a boarding house for females only. Of his children there are three dead: Augusta L., who was killed with Laudanum by a Negro nurse when three years old; Edward T. who died at the age of fourteen in 1864 of spinal meningitis; and Lola M. who died in 1870. Mr. Means returned from the vicinity of McGee College in 1861. He entered the Federal service in the fall of 1863, and was connected with the Missouri State Militia, his regiment being known at first as the Old Sixtieth, then as provisional, and again as the Sixtieth, Col. Henry commanded the last Sixtieth. Mr. Means was elected captain of Company C. organized in his neighborhood, but as originally organized it did not go into service. He again joined the same company re-organized in 1862 with Judge Geo. Gallaher as captain, which was stationed at Calhoun and Fort Lyon principally. He was in several skirmishes with the guerillas, and was mustered out of service at Fort Lyon, in Benton County, Mo. in 1865 and returned to his farm. He has been justice of the peace with a few short intervals for the past thirty years, and is known everywhere as 'Squire Bob'. During the organization of the township, he was a member of the township board, He is a member of the Presbyterian Church, of which body he has been an elder since he was twenty-four years of age. His wife is also a member. Mr. Means is a prosperous farmer, and his decisions as justice of the peace are evidence of considerable legal learning and judicial capacity.
      (History of Pettis County, MO; 1882. p. 1055)
    Person ID I1313  William Means Descendants
    Last Modified 5 May 2007 

    Father Robert Stevens MEANS,   b. 8 Aug 1771, Mecklenberg Co, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Mar 1844, Pettis Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Sarah MCDONALD,   b. 1782, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1863, Benton Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 13 May 1800  Christian Co, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F476  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Juliet Granville COOPER,   b. 9 Nov 1823,   d. 23 May 1847, Pettis Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23 years) 
    Married 31 Aug 1843  Johnson Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Henry MEANS,   b. 4 Jun 1844, Windsor, Henry Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Apr 1864, AR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 19 years)
     2. James W. MEANS,   b. Jul 1846, Windsor, Henry Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co, CA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F488  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Susan Elizabeth TINDALL,   b. 23 Oct 1830, Christian Co, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1911, Windsor, Henry Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 5 Jul 1848  Johnson Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Augusta L. MEANS,   b. 11 Apr 1849, Windsor, Pettis Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 May 1849, Windsor, Pettis Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +2. Eugenia Frances MEANS,   b. 10 Jun 1850, Windsor, Pettis Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1926, Windsor, Henry Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     3. Edward T. MEANS,   b. 23 Nov 1851, Windsor, Pettis Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Apr 1863, Windsor, Pettis Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 11 years)
    +4. Susan A. MEANS,   b. 1854, Windsor, Pettis Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1922  (Age 68 years)
    +5. Mary Eliza MEANS,   b. Sep 1855, Windsor, Pettis Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
    +6. Robert Lee MEANS,   b. 1857, Windsor, Pettis Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1939, Nevada, Vernon Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    +7. Edwin Walter MEANS,   b. 1865, Windsor, Pettis Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Lola M. MEANS,   b. 23 Sep 1868, Windsor, Pettis Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Aug 1870, Windsor, Pettis Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
    Last Modified 25 May 2007 
    Family ID F490  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart


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