C. A. HAYDEN. The above mentioned gentleman has been a resident of Greene County, Mo., since 1835, in which year he came with his father, Joel H. Hayden, to this section from Howard County, Mo., but originally from Kentucky, in 1826. During the Civil War the father died in Howard County, in which county the mother also passed from life some years before. Her maiden name was Martha Smith. Both parents were members of the Christian Church and became well known in Howard County where they tilled the soil and reared their family. The paternal grandfather, Anthony H. Hayden, was a captain in the Revolutionary War, enlisting in the service from Virginia, in which State the early members of the family resided, having originally come from England. The brothers and sisters of C. A. Hayden are as follows: Anna L., Martha, John S. and James H., but he is the only member of this family who is living at the present time. He was a young man of twenty-one summers when he came to Greene County, his birth having occurred in Bourbon County, Ky., May 9, 1813, and for a number of years after locating here he was in a land office, then turned his attention to farming. In 1841 he was married to Miss L. Weaver, daughter of Maj. Joseph Weaver, her birth having occurred in Tennessee, and immediately thereafter located on the farm where he now lives, which comprises a tract of 400 acres, a large part of which is under cultivation. In a business way he has been very successful and now has an abundance of this world's goods, and a pleasant, comfortable and handsome home. He has resided on this farm for about fifty years and during this time has been largely engaged in the buying and raising of stock. His children are all well-to-do and are honorable men and women, commanding the respect of all. Their -names are as follows: Joel H. is a farmer of Greene County; Martha H. is the wife of John Fullbright of Springfield; Judith M. is the wife of Levi Hubbell; Gabrielle L. is the wife of, W. M. Roundtree of Springfield; Mary E. is the wife of Mr. Blunt of this county, and John L., who died at the age of three years. The Democrat party has always received his earnest support, and he and his family have long been connected with Christian Church, of which they are highly honored members. For nearly fifty years lie has been a member of the Masonic Fraternity and is connected with the United Lodge of Springfield. In an early day before the war he was engaged in the manufacture of tobacco and helped to established the first factory in the city of Springfield, and for some time was a clerk in the old Bank of Missouri at Springfield, which was the first bank establish in the city. Joel H. Hayden, his son, has a fine farm adjoining the old home place and is a wide awake and prosperous farmer. He was born in 1848 and attended the early schools of the county, where he acquired a practical education. He was married to Miss Nannie Shears, daughter of Martin Shears, who was one of the early pioneers of the county and is still living, and their union has resulted in the birth of five children. Joel H. is with his father in regard to his political -views. He is quite an enterprising and successful stock raiser and is regarded by all as one of the prosperous farmers of the county. His valuable estate is about six miles from the city of Springfield.
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