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 William Crockett McDaniel

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William Crockett McDaniel

  • Birth 14 Sep 1844 Cynthiana, Harrison County, Kentucky, USA
  • Death 19 Mar 1923 Derrahs, Lewis County, Missouri, USA
  • Burial Monticello, Lewis County, Missouri, USA
  • Memorial ID 5080412

My great-grandfather was a tall and sprightly farmer. He and his wife together raised five children. Grandfather had moved from Kentucky to Missouri in 1860 with his other, father, and seven sisters. The McDaniels came from a banking family in Kentucky. They surely owned farms, too, or why would Grandfather all of a sudden decide to buy a farm? His grandmother Luann McDaniel, who had been a nurse at Valley Forge, moved to Springfield, Illinois, with some of her sons, but some of them stayed behind in Kentucky, and others remained in Illinois, but for some reason, William’s father Fielding chose to take his wife and children on to Missouri. That is where they all lived, died, and are buried.

Grandfather William had his own farm, but he also owned a threshing machine. With this expensive piece of equipment, he was able to make a better living for his five children. He travelled around the state with his threshing machine and threshed grain for farmers who needed it.

Although I never knew my grandfather, I do remember in my own lifetime when the threshers came to thresh grain for my grandpa, there was always a big crew of men who had to be fed at least one huge meal. I remember Grandma and the neighbor ladies cooking huge meals to feed them at noon. Everyone always got plenty to eat.

By the time my Grandma and Grandpa had married—Grandma at age seventeen and Grandpa at 21—only one of the girls remained at home with Grandfather William Crockett, so Grandma and Grandpa moved into the McDaniel home with William Crockett and his eldest daughter, Evie. Evie was a very controlling person, especially being the oldest, and she and Grandma didn’t get along very well. Shortly after Grandma’s first child, Edna Mae, was born on their first anniversary, Grandma and Grandpa had decided that they really couldn’t live in this situation, so William C gave them a farm with a two room house, and this is where they lived out their lives.
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In the death of William McDaniel at his home north of Monticello, Lewis County lost one of that class, only too small now, that may be called the founders of our country. Born of the best Kentucky blood, the boyhood neighbor of John G. Carlisle, he came to Missouri and was united in marriage to one of the best of its families.

All of his active life was given to the development of the county and, to the development of what is best in his own character and that of his own family. An honest upright, God fearing man he stood always for what was right and no one was ever in doubt as to the squareness of his life. He said but little of his own beliefs and virtues, he lived them as a husband, a father and a neighbor.

William Crocket McDaniel was born near Cynthiana in Grant County, Kentucky, Sept. 14, 1844. He came to Missouri with his parents, Fielding and Nancy McDaniel in 1862. After a short residence near Edina in Knox Co., he moved to Lewis Co. where he spent the remainder of his life.

May 15th 1878 he was married to Rosanna F. Nall. To this union were born five children, two daughters, and three sons, all of whom survive. His wife who was his worthy companion in all things entered into her rest about eleven years before him. He was a charter member of the Grange at Derrahs and the members of this order were the pall bearers at his burial. He was converted and united with the Zion Hill Presbyterian church in the early seventies. His Christian life was a consistent and loyal one. After a slow decline of several years he passed away Mar. 19, 1923.

Two days later after services conducted by W. K. Moore at his old home church of Zion Hill his body was laid away but his memory will be ever green and his character shall effect his children and his children's children even to the third and fourth generation.



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  • Created by: Lillie Riney
  • Added: 16 Oct 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5080412
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Crockett McDaniel (14 Sep 1844–19 Mar 1923), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5080412, citing Zion Hill Cemetery, Monticello, Lewis County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Lillie Riney (contributor 22403448) .