BIOGRAPHY OF JOHN C. ALSUP
By David Alsup
Family stories relating about John C. Alsup:
John C. Alsup, (born about 1774, probably, VA, died 1844, MO), the son of John Alsup (circa 1745- 1831), a Revolutionary war veteran. On July 1, 1802 in Davidson County, Tennessee, John C. Alsup married Sarah Locke Robinson, who was born in North Carolina and died 1844. Her father was an Irishman. John C. Alsup was in the War of 1812. John and “Sally” lived in Giles, Lawrence, and Hardeman Counties, Tennessee, before moving to Missouri. John C. Alsup, along with some others families, first made trips into the Ozarks in 1823 and 1824 looking for new land. They went as far west as the ‘big prairie country.’ About 1833 John and “Sally” moved to Greene County. They also lived in Taney County, Ozark County, & ? County, where John died. However, they only lived on North Fork about the mouth of Spring Creek. That area was part of each of the above counties as county boundaries or names were formed and changed between 1833 and 1844. John C. is buried at what is now Twin Bridges. Sarah died at their son James’ place near Springfield and is buried there.
John and Sarah had the following children: Alsey H. Alsup, born about 1804, and died aft 1860, married Barney Clift in 1828; James Kennington Polk Alsup, born November 24, 1806, and died May 10, 1876, he married Mary Margaret Slaughter in 1829;Benjamin R. Alsup, born June 26, 1808 and died October 6, 1880 and is buried in Oakes Cemetery, Benton County, Arkansas, he married Nancy Thomas; John Pulliam Alsup, born December 9, 1811 and died November 20, 1888, buried in Sparta Cemetery, Christian County, Missouri, he married Phoebe Webster on October 21, 1836 and married Elizabeth Oldham/Odom, on December 17, 1848; Moses Locke Alsup, born October 31, 1813 and died July 23, 1896, married Martha “Patsy” Grant, January 27, 1834, She was born March 8, 1810 and died July 9, 1879 and William Newton Alsup, born 24 May 1823 and died 15 Jun 1894, married Matilda Martindale, then 2nd Mary Parsley, 3rd Mrs. Lydia Upshaw, and 4th E. A. Heard and 5th Eliza Jane (Trail) Roby. All the men lived in the Ozarks. Alsey and Barney Clift stayed in Tennessee. John’s son, Moses Lock, wrote, ‘My father was a man of strong intellect but of a rambling disposition and very much addicted to the intemperate use or ardent spirits which caused him to die a poor man.”