Levi B. James Bollinger Co
- Levi B. James was born on January 12,
1850, and is the son of William
and Cassie (Lawson) James.
William James was of English
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
a volunteer in the Third Missouri Cavalry, and was wounded at
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
four of whom are living.
After her death, Mr. James
Feasel, also a native of Tennessee.
Levi B. James was
Tennessee, and came to Missouri with his father.
education in the common schools and in St. Louis.
young age of twelve years he volunteered in Company I, Fourteenth
Missouri Infantry, with which he remained two months, when he
Capt. John R. Cochran's Raiders.
In this service, the
remained through all its trials for two years, when he was
at Perryville, Mo.
Recently the G.A.R. made an
ascertain who was the youngest member of the Union army.
several claims asserted and only two found that were younger
James; but the reason he is not recognized as the youngest in
army is, the colonel was killed and he did not receive his
from the Missouri Infantry.
Soon after returning home
from the war he
served as deputy sheriff under Erich Pape, after which he filled
position of deputy United States marshal for several
time he was also proprietor of a general merchandise store in
Hill, and was one of the principal stock dealers and shippers in
section of Southeast Missouri.
Selling his store at
Marble Hill, in
1881, he followed agricultural pursuits exclusively for two
he became a partner in James & Slagel's general merchandise
Bollinger Mills, which interest he still owns.
business, he owns considerable property in Marble Hill, and
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
wounded cared for.
During the siege the women and
children had fled to
the hills for refuge, and at the cessation of hostilities
forces, had come to administer to the dying and wounded.
similar missions, Mr. James met, for the first time, Mina Pape,
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]