Two early pioneers settle in Dallas Co.


Nathaniel Wollard Sr.

Nathaniel Wollard Sr. was born Aug. 6, 1792, and died Sept. 1, 1863. He was a Primitive Baptist minister, according to his tombstone. He was a veteran of the War of 1812. His first wife was Miss Margaret Hardison. They came to Dallas County (then Polk County) in 1837 and settled on the Niangua River in Washington Township. 

Margaret was born May 17, 1791, and died at their home Aug. 6, 1840. They are buried in the Wollard Cemetery, about 10 miles southeast of Buffalo. Nathaniel then married Margaret Able in 1841. Mr. Wollard was called to his door on the night of Sept. 1, 1863, and was murdered and robbed, and the house was burned. This was during the harsh days of the Civil War and was supposedly done by anti-Confederate sympathizers. 

A son-in-law who lived nearby was also murdered just 24 days later on Sept. 25, 1863. He was John S. Edmisson and is also buried in the Wollard Cemetery with many of the Wollard family.

Moses Griffith Bennett

Moses Griffith Bennett was born April 9, 1813, in North Carolina and died Jan. 30, 1890, at the residence of his oldest son, Nathaniel L., near March on Greasy Creek. He was buried in the Bennett family graveyard on their farm. He was married to Sarah Wollard, daughter of Nathaniel and Margaret Wollard. He and Sarah came with her parents to the Niangua River area. He remained on the river until the big flood of 1844, when they moved to a farm on Greasy Creek, where he remained until he died.

Earl Sechler and A.R. Davis are credited with the above information.

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