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A. H. Cashion


A. H. Cashion, dealer in furniture and farm implements at Perryville, Mo., is a native of Perry County, born on October 18, 1837, and is a son of William D. and Sarah (Hagar) Cashion.

William D. Cashion was born in North Carolina in 1809, and in 1826 came to Perry County, Mo, with his father, John Cashion, who settled on a farm eight miles east of Perryville. William D. was also a farmer and after his marriage located four miles south of Perryville, where he passed the remainder of his life, dying in 1845. His wife was born in South Carolina in 1817 and died in 1881. She was the mother of seven children, four of whom are living, William A. (of Kansas), A. H., John B. (of Perryville), and Franklin S. (of Lake County, Mich).

A. H. grew to manhood on his father’s farm and secured his education by attending the district school for three terms of three months each. In 1861 he married Margaret R. Brewer, a native of the county, born in 1840. To their union have been born six children who are living: William, Arthur, Lunette, Julian, Gilbert and Eva.

During the war, Mr. Cashion was a strong Union man, and on March 13, 1862, he enlisted in the Federal Army, joining Company F. Twelfth Missouri Cavalry, and served as corporal. After one year’s service this regiment was consolidated with the Fifth Missouri Cavalry, and Company F was Company M. Mr. Cashion was in the service over three years, and was in Missouri the most of the time. He was in the battle of Maries des Cygne, Kas., and assisted in the capture of Gen Marmaduke. He received his discharge at St. Louis, in March, 1865, after which he returned home.

He continued tilling the soil until 1866, when he was elected sheriff and collector of Perry County and removed to Perryville. At the expiration of his two years’ service he engaged in saw milling.

In 1878 he purchased a farm of 200 acres joining the town, which he has since managed. In 1881 he established a furniture store, an also keeps a large stock of agricultural implements. He was elected justice of the peace in 1876, and is still serving in that capacity.

In politics he is a stanch Republican, and is a member of the G. A. R. Since the organization of the post to which he belongs he has served as commander. It was organized two years ago with twenty-six members and now (1888) has a membership of 120. Mrs. Cashion and children are members of the Catholic Church.

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The Goodspeed Publishing Company compiled a series of histories of various counties in the U.S. in the late 19th century. The information in the History of Southeast Missouri, published in 1888, was provided by the contemporary residents of Perry County and her neighboring counties. The biographies are a valuable source of genealogical information, despite a few minor inaccuracies. We are glad to present the transcribed biographies here for anyone researching Perry County's history.

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