John Inglish

Taken from pages 961-962 of History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage Counties, Missouri. Chicago: The Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1889.

John Inglish, ex-county judge, was born in Moniteau County, Mo., December 6, 1829, and is the son of Amon and Helena (Martin) Inglish, the father a native of East Tennessee, and the mother of St. Louis County, Mo. The paternal grandfather, John Inglish, Sr., was a native of New River, Va., and the Inglish ferry, in Virginia, was named after the Inglish family. The family came originally from England, and all settled in Virginia at an early day. The paternal grandfather was captain of a company under Gen. Jackson in the War of 1812. He immigrated to Missouri in 1819, coming through in wagons, and located in Franklin County, Mo. Here he remained until 1820, and then moved to Cole County (now Moniteau), and settled on the Moniteau Creek, where he entered a large tract of land, and was one of the first settlers. He erected a rough little log cabin in the forest, and kept his table supplied with bear and deer meat, which he brought down with his rifle. He died on that farm in 1844. He was the father of eight children, only two now living: Boyd and Betsey (wife of Robert Gray, deceased). Grandfather Inglish was a member of the Legislature for some time; was a very prominent man, and was a stanch friend of Thomas H. Benton. Amon Inglish, father of our subject, was only about ten years of age when he came to this country, and lived near his father until his death, which occurred in 1842, when only about thirty-nine years of age. He was collector and assessor of Cole County. By his marriage to Miss martin he became the father of eight children, four now living: John, Lewis, Elizabeth, wife of Nicholas Martin, of Maries County, Mo., and William. John Inglish attained his growth in Moniteau County, receiving a limited education in the pioneer schools, and the Inglish family are mainly self-made and self-educated people. He remained at home until of age, and in 1861 he enlisted in the State Guard, and later enlisted in the Confederate service at Springfield. He organized a company, of which he was made captain, and was Price’s escort until going east of the river. He then enlisted in Company F, Third Missouri Cavalry, and was lieutenant, in which capacity he served until the close of the war. He was in the battles of Lexington, Pea Ridge, Corinth, Miss.; was under Gen. Marmaduke at Shreveport, and was with Gen. Price in his raid through Missouri. He was wounded in the hip by a gunshot wound near Camden, Ark., and was wounded the second time at Blue Mills, by a gunshot in the foot. He had several marvelous escapes. Previous to the war, in 1851, he located on the farm where he now lives. He settled in the woods, cut the first road through his section, and is now the owner of 410 acres of good land, which he has improved mostly by himself. He has a nice residence and other good buildings. He was elected county judge in 1876, and served four years. He was married, in 1852, to Miss Missouri Martin, who was born in North Carolina, and who became the mother of eight children, six now living: Ellen L. (widow of Peter C. Latham), Robert (married), Abbie, John, William and Amon. Mr. and Mrs. Inglish are members of the Christian Church. He has been a member of the Masonic fraternity for twenty years, is a Good Templar, is a member of the Agriculture Wheel, of shich he is president, and is one of the enterprising and public-spirited citizens of the county.


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