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Levi B. James Biography
Bollinger County, Missouri

Levi B. James Bollinger Co Mo Biography
  • Levi B. James was born on January 12, 1850, and is the son of William and Cassie (Lawson) James.

    William James was of English lineage, and was a farmer by occupation.

    In 1859 he removed with this family from Tennessee to Missouri.

    He was one of those patriotic Union men whose devotion and bravery preserved the Nation against dismemberment.

    He was a volunteer in the Third Missouri Cavalry, and was wounded at Jackson, Mo., soon after which he died.

    His first wife, the mother of our subject, was a native of Tennessee, and was the mother of five children, four of whom are living.

    After her death, Mr. James married Elizabeth Feasel, also a native of Tennessee.

    Levi B. James was born in Tennessee, and came to Missouri with his father.

    He received his education in the common schools and in St. Louis.

    At the extremely young age of twelve years he volunteered in Company I, Fourteenth Missouri Infantry, with which he remained two months, when he joined Capt. John R. Cochran's Raiders.

    In this service, the beardless boy remained through all its trials for two years, when he was mustered out at Perryville, Mo.

    Recently the G.A.R. made an investigation to ascertain who was the youngest member of the Union army.

    There were several claims asserted and only two found that were younger than Mr. James; but the reason he is not recognized as the youngest in the whole army is, the colonel was killed and he did not receive his discharge from the Missouri Infantry.

    Soon after returning home from the war he served as deputy sheriff under Erich Pape, after which he filled the position of deputy United States marshal for several years.

    During this time he was also proprietor of a general merchandise store in Marble Hill, and was one of the principal stock dealers and shippers in this section of Southeast Missouri.

    Selling his store at Marble Hill, in 1881, he followed agricultural pursuits exclusively for two years, when he became a partner in James & Slagel's general merchandise store at Bollinger Mills, which interest he still owns.

    Besides his merchandise business, he owns considerable property in Marble Hill, and 1,200 acres of land in Bollinger County.

    After the battle of Pilot Knob Mr. James carried the flag of truce under which the dead were buried and the wounded cared for.

    During the siege the women and children had fled to the hills for refuge, and at the cessation of hostilities between the forces, had come to administer to the dying and wounded.

    Thus on similar missions, Mr. James met, for the first time, Mina Pape, who afterward became his wife.

    Their marriage was celebrated in May, 1875. She is a native of Southeast Missouri, born in 1854.

    This union has been blessed by the birth of four children, viz.: Erich, August, Garfield and Otto. [p. 833]

Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri, [p. 833]
Contributed by Joe Crim

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