Is the only attorney at Craig. He is a native
of Caroline County, Maryland and was born June 25, 1839. His ancestors
were old residents of Virginia before moving to Maryland. With
his father, Mr. STOKES moved in 1846 to Bethel, Morgan County, Ill.
where he received his education in the public schools.
he moved to Meredosia and served several years as constable and
deputy sheriff. He married Sarah H. PARKER of Morgan County in 1859.
When the Civil War began, he entered the United States secret
service. He entered this service in 1862 and was so occupied until
Feb., 1865 when he was commissioned captain of company K, recruited
for the 28th Illinois Volunteers. His company was sent to Mobile
and joined the regiment at Spanish Fort near that city. When the
war ended, the regiment was sent to Texas to be stationed on the
Mexican frontier. He was discharged on April 6, 1866 and, in 1867,
became a resident of Mo.
He located in St. Louis County where he
traded stock. In 1869, he came to Holt County and farmed in Lincoln
township for 2 or 3 years. He then decided to pursue his interest
in the law profession, having studied in his young years with
John L. McCONNELL of Jacksonville, Ill. He afterward studied with
the Hon. I. J. KETCHUM, also of Jacksonville, until the outbreak
of the Civil War put a stop to his plans. He completed his law
requirements in Holt County and in 1872 was admitted to the Holt
County bar by Judge PIKE.
He has been successful as a lawyer and
has been connected with many important criminal cases.
He has been affiliated in politics with the Democrat party and
has been active in campaigns for his party in Holt County He was
a candidate for prosecuting attorney in the 1874 election, but,
the county being overwhelmingly Republican, the other candidate
Source: "An Illustrated Historical Atlas Map, Holt County, MO.
Published by Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia, 1877
Provided by Dave Roberts of Lyon County, Kentucky,
a former Holt County resident.