David H. Harper
Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri
Biographies of Scott County, 1888
David H. Harper was born in Henry County, Tenn., on July 23, 1851. His parents, Robert and Nancy (Williams) Harper, were natives of Smith County, Tenn. The Harper family immigrated to the United Sates from England, and settled in Virginia, near Harper's Ferry, from whence it derived its name. Robert Harper was reared in Tennessee, and Harper's Ferry, Tenn., was named in honor of him. He removed his family to Mississippi County, Mo., in 1874 and located on a farm. In March 1878, he and his wife died within a week of each other. They were the parents of thirteen children, ten of whom grew to maturity: Elizabeth (Mrs. William Love), Maria, (widow of Caleb Mackens, of Tennessee), John B., Joseph, Thomas, David, William, Green, James (who died in Camp Douglas prison, at Chicago), and Robert (who was murdered in Carroll County, Tenn., during the war). The other three died in infancy. David H. was reared in Benton County, Tenn., remaining with his parents until coming to Missouri in 1873. Locating in Mississippi County, one mile south of Bertrand, he resided there until 1876, when he removed to his present farm in Scott County. It consists of 200 acres of land, all of which is under cultivation. Mr. Harper usually cultivates fifty acres of watermelons on his farm. In 1876 he was united in marriage with Mabel Dodge, by whom he had four children three of whom, Alvis R., Thomas H. and Otis W. are living. His wife died in 1882, and he was married again in 1884, choosing for his second wife Lucinda E. Dodge. Mr. Harper is a member of the I.O.O.F. and of the Agricultural Wheel.
Submitted by Connie Perkins
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