Name: Miles PEASE
Birth: 8 JUL 1823 in Hartford, Windsor Co, Vermont
Death: 15 SEP 1879 in Richville, Douglas Co., Missouri
Change Date: 19 FEB 2016
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Miles is my ggg-grandfather.
His sister, Sophia's family Bible lists his birthdate as July 8, 1823.
His 2 olders sisters married Robinson brothers, who were cousins of Miles? wife, Susan Metcalf.
He was about six month old when his grandmother, Rebekah Pease died.
He was 19 when his grandfather, Christopher Pease II died in 1842 in Hartford, Vt.
In 1846, he was 24 years old and working in Burlington, Vt. (on Lake Champlain) when he married Susan Metcalf.
Until 2000 there was an old Pease Grain Tower in Burlington, VT, right on Lake Champlain, dating from the mid-1800?s. (The rest of the grainary was destoryed by fire in the 1980?s. In 2000 the city decided to remodel the waterfront and tore down the abandoned Pease Grain Tower. I wonder if Miles had any connection to it.
[About 12 miles south of Burlington is Pease Mountain, located at the town of Charlotte.]
from: http://burlingtonvt.gov/CEDO/Waterfront/History/ ---
?In the mid-1800?s, Burlington was the third largest lumber point in the country. The 1800?s waterfront was an incredibly active and lively place, and the economic driver of the City. Engravings from the period show a waterfront where every available space was used for lumber storage, rail siding, and other commercial activities.
?To support these activities, the shoreline of the Burlington waterfront (once a long, sandy crescent) was repeatedly filled and expanded: a process that would go on into the 1950?s. ....over 60 acres of new land area were created... on which millions of board feet of lumber were processed and shipped, thousands of trainloads and barge shipments processed, and hundreds of people worked and lived.
?The lumber industry began to decline in the early 1900?s...?
After he and Susan married they apparently moved to Lowell, Mass.
Miles was engaged in the milling business all his life. He superintended a mill in Lowell, Mass., maybe about 1846-1849 [his sister Sophia had 2 babies in those years in Lowell, Mass.] However, Miles? son, Clarence was born in Vermont in 1847, so perhaps they moved to Lowell in 1848, following his sister.
In 1850 he was in Burlington (Chittenden Co.), Vt. again with his wife and 2 sons, Clarence & George, where he ran a carden wool mill. [p338 of census]
In 1852 he was in Providence, Rhode Island where son Clinton was born.
In 1855, son Myron was born in NH.
Winona Co., Minn. was officially established with its present boundaries on Feb. 23, 1854. There were 800 people in all of Winona Co. In November, 1854, government land sales were held at Winona Co, MN.
In 1856 Miles moved west and settled in Winona county where he made his home for 4 years. His parents and his wife's parents and several of their siblings also moved to Minnesota though maybe not at the same time. [His sister Sophia later died in Kansas while visitin her sons there. His younger sister Ermina (12 years younger than him) married in Minnesota, moved California, then later to Douglas Co, Missouri where she died.]
Several of Susan's siblings also moved to Minnesota and lived in Winona and/or neighboring Wabasha Co, MN.
In 1856, Miles was on a list of all the postmasters in Minnesota:
Whitewater Falls - Miles Pease [appointed thru Dec 12, 1856]
[from ?Christopher Andrews, Letters from Minnesota & Dakota?, p 191-193]
Miles bought 120 acres on Dec. 1, 1856 at the land office in Winona.
# -Aliquot Parts- Base Line- Fractional Section- Township- Range- Section #
1-- N1P2SE-------5TH PM---- No-------------- 108 N -----10 W----27
2-- NWSW-------5TH PM---- No-------------- 108 N -----10 W---- 26
He was a pioneer of Minnesota and hauled the first printing press ever taken to St. Paul up the Mississippi River from LaCrosse, Wisc. (near where they lived) about 100 miles north to St. Paul. The Sioux Indians were very numerous in the area at that time, but were peaceful. The city of Winona (Winona Co) grew from 813 in 1855 to 2,468 in 1860. Maybe Miles thought it was getting too crowded!
Minnesota Census, 1857, Oct 31, Winona Co, twp 108 R 10
Pease, Miles - 35 VT
. . . . Susan - 34 NH
. . . . Clarence - 9 VT
. . . . George - 8 VT
. . . . Ida - 6 NH
. . . . Clinton - 5 RI
. . . . Myron - 3 NH
. . . . Alando - 1 Minn territory
It?s not known why he and Susan left all their family in Minnesota and moved to Missouri. But in 1859 they moved to Franklin county, Missouri, probably going down the Mississippi River, and there settled near St. Clair where Miles ran a tub factory making wooden tubs and water buckets.
[Miles' father, Chris III was still in Vermont in 1860. He eventually moved to Minnesota before 1870, but Miles had already moved on to Missouri. Miles had siblings still in Minnesota though--at least for a while. His parents died in Minnesota in 1873 & 1874.]
This census listing has some problems with the children [wrong sex, names, birthplaces]
1860 MO census - Franklin Co, Minimace? twp, p 225:
Pease, M - 39 b NH, manufacter [b VT]
. . . . Susan - 39, b VT [b NH]
. . . . Clar. E. (f) - 13, b NH [Clarence E., male, b VT]
. . . . Maleim? (m) - 10, b RI [George A., b VT]
. . . . I. M. (m) - 9, b NH [Ida Maria, female]
. . . . C. M. (m) - 8, b MN [Clinton Miles, b RI]
. . . . M. - 6, b MN [Myron Metcalf, b NH]
. . . . Alendo (m) - 4, b MN [Alando, b 1856 MN]
. . . . Ella (f) - 3, b MN
. . . . Ladaz (f) - 6 mos, b MO [ ??? ]
Miles stayed there 2 years until 1861 when they moved to Gasconade county and ran a steam powered grist mill on the Gasconade River. He was the postmaster at the Oak Hill PO in Gasconade Co, Mo from July 29, 1862 to 9 June 9, 1863. See:
But another site says that he was postmaster for the 2nd and 3rd quarters of 1863.
He registered for the Draft in 1863?, age 43, residence: Brush Creek (MO), profession: manufacturer of cloth, previous military experience: none
In 1865 they moved to Rolla and ran a hotel during the Civil War. His daughter Ina married Oscar Wilson in Phelps Co. in Feb 1867.
About 2 years later (1867) he moved to Arlington (in the same county) and worked in the same business, but that same year they went down into the Springfield, Mo. area and stopped at the Massey Hotel. The people there tried unsuccessfully to get Miles to build a mill in Springfield. He later regretted that he didn't, not knowing at the time what Springfield would become, but he wanted to get further back into the pine timber lands to put in a lumber mill as well as a flour mill.
So they moved to the southeast corner of Douglas county. Miles went ahead with George, Myron, & Julius, an old negro, to build a house. On March 17, 1868 they arrived at their new homesite, on the north fork of the White River, and near an immense supply of pine. Here, near the "steel bridge", he built one of the first mills built after the Civil War in that section of the country, and it was patronized for a distance of 40-50 miles.
First he built a dam across the river near the steel bridge and put up a water mill. The next year he put in a saw rig and a grist mill for corn. Then Miles told the people if they would raise wheat, he would put in a bolt for flour, and at one time they had grain from 5 counties in Missouri and 2 counties in Arkansas. The third year he had a carding machine for wool and a cotton gin. Men would sometimes camp there for a week to get their wool carded while the machine ran day and night.
There were no schools then in the county so, since Miles had 8 children himself who needed an education, he fixed up a vacant house for a school and hired a girl to teach. She was paid $20 a month with board, and after 2 years of schooling, his son George married the teacher.
In the early days, their nearest neighbors were 2 and 6 miles away, and since their house was the largest for many miles around, it became the meeting place for all public gatherings, the polling place for elections (the citizens were all Republicans at that time), for dances and various other frolics. Once a month old brother Johns, the Methodist circuit rider, got around to their place and held services in the big Pease house. Miles also put in a general store, established the Richville post office, and the voting precinct there. [The above information about their early days in Missouri is from a newspaper article written by Miles' son Myron in 1940.]
Miles was a very successful, money-making businessman, always very active and energetic. One of his prized possessions was a large framed picture of the Washington Monument that was sent to him after he made a contribution to the building of it. Miles was a Republican, a Mason, and a Methodist. Susan was a very religious person and also a member of the Methodist church.
Though he had sold the business in 1878, they continued to lived in their home that he built at the mill until he died in Sept. 15, 1879 (age 57). When he died he only had a few very small grandchildren, so they never really knew him. He was buried behind the mill (which is now gone and the grounds plowed up). Susan lived with her children in Howell County until she died in 1896 (age 73). She was buried in Oak Lawn Cemetery in West Plains, Mo. After Miles died the 5 boys scattered out, but they all ran mills around that part of Missouri.
1870 Wood-Richland twps, Texas Co, Mo, PO Houston, July 1870, p 56
[1870-1872 Douglas County's 6 easternmost townships were temporarily attached to Texas County]
Pease, Miles - 48 Vt miller,
. . . . Susan A - 47 NH [Metcalf]
. . . . George A - 21 Vt
. . . . Clinton M - 18 RI
. . . . Myron - 16 NH
. . . . Lando M - 13, Minn
. . . . Ellen L - 12 Minn
. . . . Clara M - 8 Mo
Wilson, Joseph - 67 Maine carpenter
Taylor, Julius - 23 SC (black)
Miles was 50 years old when his mother died in April, 1873 in Winona Co, Minnesota. His father died 10 months later in Feb. 1874. It?s not known whether he made the trip up the Mississippi to the funerals or not, but probably not--they were probably buried by the time he heard about it. His brother Christopher Columbus Pease was still living there.
In 1875 he bought 160 acres of land in Douglas Co, Mo.
Search for land record at: http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/PatentSearch/
The Phelps County New Era, Jun 5, 1875; Page: 2
From Mr. Miles Pease, of Richville, in Douglas county, we learned the particulars of a shooting affray which occurred in that locality a few days ago. Mr. Pease assures us that it was entirely a personal difficulty growing out of a lawsuit, and having no political significance whatever. -- He also advanced the opinion that it will result in good to the community -- in two ways: First having already killed one and caused others to "evacuate" their ranches; Secondly, by its lesson to others who may have an inclination to take the law into their own hands.
Miles lived on Norfork River near the steel bridge, north of 14 highway a few miles.
Son Myron said that he died of grief (from economic stress and disappointment). Life in southern Missouri was tough and he couldn't seem to make the kind of living that he expected and probably was accustomed to before. He was a businessman though and built a big house (probably log) and he taught all of his sons to be businessmen.
Miles was buried on his property near his house and mill, just a little ways off the road. The area had a metal fence around it. Later an outsider bought the place and plowed up the area (there is a story that he removed the remains, but we don't know where to. I've heard that his great-granddaughter, Joyce Pease Bell in West Plains might know something about it.)
Richville washed away in a flood in 1883.
Douglas County Herald (newspaper in Ava, Mo)
Feb 20, 1890 -
Harrison Souder has purchased the saw mill formerly owned by Miles M. Pease and will locate it in the northwest corner of Jackson township.
*Find A Grave Memorial# 44827075
Father: Christopher PEASE b: 16 APR 1791 in Hartford, Windsor Co, Vermont
Mother: Hannah (Anna) RANDALL b: 12 MAY 1794 in Springfield, Vermont
Susan Maria METCALF b: 2 JAN 1823 in Grafton, Croydon Twp, Sullivan Co, NH
in Croydon, Sullivan Co, NH 1
- Clarence Egbert PEASE b: 8 NOV 1847 in Vt.
- George Albert PEASE b: 30 MAY 1849 in Burlington, Vt.
- Ida Maria PEASE b: 20 APR 1851 in NH
- Clinton Miles PEASE b: 26 SEP 1852 in Providence, Rhode Island
- Myron Metcalf "My" PEASE b: 15 JAN 1855 in NH
- Alando Moses "Landy" PEASE b: 6 OCT 1856 in Winona Co, Minnesota
- Ella Louisa PEASE b: 3 NOV 1857 in prob Minnesota
- Ladaz PEASE b: MAR 1860 in Franklin Co, MO
- Clara Minerva PEASE b: 3 JUL 1862 in Douglas Co, Mo
- Text: Vital Records of Croydon, NH (by Smith & Sanborn)