DR. JAQUILLIAN M. STEMMONS, a leading early settler of Jasper county, was killed during the war. He was a native
of Virginia, born in 1804, and while yet an infant his parents removed to Kentucky, where the son grew to manhood,
and for many years he was a practicing physician in Logan county, Kentucky, where he was married to Miss Harriet
Allen, a native of that county. In 1853 Dr. Stemmons, with his family, removed to Jasper county, Missouri, settling
three and a half miles northeast of Avilla, on a farm of about four hundred acres, which for the most part he improved.
Here, in addition to general farming and stockraising, he practiced his profession, his practice extending over
the eastern part of Jasper county and into Barton, Dade and Lawrence counties.
Notwithstanding Dr. Stemmons owned a number of slaves, when the question of secession was advocated he was most
pronounced in favor of adhering to the Union, and partly by his influence many of his neighbors stood with him,
and during the first year of the war his neighborhood remained peaceable and he was undisturbed. In the spring
of 1862 a recruiting officer for the United States Army came into the neighborhood, making Dr. Stemmons' house
his temporary headquarters, and here he had gathered a number of recruits, when in the nighttime they were surprised
by a squad of Confederate bushwhackers, who shot Dr. Stemmons and burned his dwelling. A man by the name of Duncan
was killed at the same time.
Dr. Stemmons' first wife had died in the year 1857, and at the time of his death he was living with a second wife,
surrounded with a large family, some of whom were small children. Dr. Stemmas' descendants are among the substantial,
best citizens of the county, and nearly all of his surviving sons and daughters and their detscendants still live
in Jasper county.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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