JUDGE JOHN T. WILLOUGHBY, ex-county judge and ex public administrator of Jasper county, was born in Allen county,
Kentucky, January 18, 1834, being a son of William Willoughby, also a native of Kentucky, who moved with his family
to Jasper county, Missouri, in 1851. In 1854 John T. Willoughby went to Newton county and erected a sawmill and
engaged in the lumber business. There, January 21, 1858, he married his wife, Miss Ann Lawrence. In 1859 he returned
to Jasper county, purchasing a farm west of Sarcoxie, on which he afterwards resided, except temporarily leaving
it during the war.
During the war Judge Willoughby was a stanch Union man and was made to suffer for his sentiments by the destruction
of his home and property. He became a member of Company F, Forty third Regiment of Missouri State Militia, and
participated in battles and skirmishes in the state.
He returned to his farm in the fall of 1865. In the fall of 1868 he was elected an associate justice of the county
court, serving with fidelity in that position until the beginning of 1871. He served also as justice of the peace
and held other positions of trust, and in 1892 was elected public administrator of Jasper county, serving four
years in that position. Judge Willoughby died at his home in Jasper county, rather suddenly, on the 13th day of
January, 1898, but had suffered a stroke of paralysis some months previous, from the results of which his health
was impaired. He left his wife and a family of five sons and four daughters surviving.
Judge Willoughby, although his father was a slave owner and born and reared in a slave state, was always opposed
to slavery and since the war always acted with the Republican party.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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