Henry L. Poynor, who owns and operates four hundred and seventy acres of land in Dent township, San Joanquin county, is a native of Marion county, Tennessee, where his birth occurred January 10, 1841. His parents were Matthew S. and Sallie (Bennett) Poynor, the former a native of Georgia and the latter of Tennessee. In the paternal line he is of Scotch and Welsh ancestry and in the maternal line is of German descent. When about eleven years of age he accompanied his parents on their removal to Greene county, Missouri, where he was reared to manhood and acquired his education in the early district school. His advantges in that direction were rather limited, but he has supplemented his early knowledge by observation, experience and reaidng.

Mr. Poynor was married in 1859, to Miss Sarah A. Guynn, who was born in Greene county. They established their home in Missouri, and Mr. Poynor carried on general garming until after the outbreak of the Civil war, when in September, 1861, he enlisted as a member of Company B, Seventy-fourth Missouri Cavalry, and thus became a supporter of the Union cause in the field. With his regiment he operated against Price and Marmaduke, principally in the states of Missouri and Arkansas. He remained with the army for over three years and saw much active service as a cavalryman, several times narrowly escaping wounds and death.

When the war was over Mr. Poynor returned to Missouri, where he continued farming until 1874, when he came to California and settled in San Joaquin county. He has since made his home in Dent township, and in the fall of 1900 he located upon his present farm comprising four hundred and seventy acres of good land, to the work and cultivation of which he is devoting his energies with good results.

To Mr. and Mrs. Poynor have been born ten children, of whom eight are now living, namely: John L., a resident of San Joaquin county; Sarah M., the wife of Jmes H. Tomlinson, of the same county; Alice D., the wife of Daniel S. Ralph, of San Joaquin county; Mary E.; James B., of San Joaquin county; Plesant G., who is deputy county assessor for Dent township; Elmer B.; and Edith O. The family is well known in Dent township, where the family home has been maintained for more than thirty years. Mr. Poynor is a Republican in his political views and has served for many years as a trustee of the Willdwood school district, while at this writing he is a trustee of the Zinc House school district. He is active in religious work, serving as a steward in the Methodist Episcopal church in which he holds membership, and his influence is ever on the side of morality, right and justice. His life has ever been honorable and his friends and neighbors impose in him full confidence, of which he is in every way worthy.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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