BIORGAPHY OF THOMAS S. ALSOP
HISTORY OF HOWARD AND COOPER COUNTIES, MISSOURI 1883
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP-PAGE 486
THOMAS S. ALSOP
If, as Macauley says, the biography of the people of a country is the history of the county itself, then the history of Howard County and particularly of Franklin Township, in this County, can never be written without giving the Alsop family a conspicuous place on its pages. Thomas Alsop, grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was a native of Spotsylvania County, Virginia, where he was reared and there married Miss Judith Minor, after which, in 1804, they emigrated to Kentucky. Of this union, Elliott, the father of Thomas S., was born. Subsequently to this they moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where Mrs. Alsop died. There Mr. Alsop married again a lady of his own name, but no issue came of his second marriage. In 1818, he came with his family to Old Franklin, in this County, making the whole trip from Louisville in a keel boat, and here he lived until his death. At this place he started the first hotel ever kept in the County, and was the Sheriff of the County, executing during his term in office, William G. Short, the first victim of the gallows by sentence of court, after the admission of Missouri into the Union He died in 1828, the same year the site of the old town was washed away by the river. Elliott, the father of Thomas S., was born in Scott County, Kentucky May 12, 1804. He was brought up to the plasterers and bricklayer trade and worked at these sometime after he reached manhood. By industry and economy he accumulated enough to engage in the mercantile business, which he did in 1833 in the town of New Franklin, and in this he continued until the day of his death, January, 12 1872, a period of forty years, thus establishing and building up the large business, since so well and successfully conducted by his sons. He took an active part in building up the town of New Franklin, and in 1828 or 1829, erected one of the first houses, if not the first, built in that place. He was widely known as a man of unswerving integrity and public spirit, and not only rose to wealth and social prominence himself, but contributed materially to the prosperity of the place in which he lived and of the surrounding County. On the 6th of December, 1838, he was united in marriage to Miss Julia A., daughter of Shepherd Gum, an old settler of the County, and sever children were born to this union, three of whom are now living. Thomas S., John H., and Charles C. Alsop. Elliott who was a leading farmer in this County, died some years subsequent to his father’s demise. He served for four years in the Confederate Army under General Pemberton and Jos. E. Johnson, and was classed among the bravest of brave. The other sons constituted the firm of E. Alsop’s Sons, in New Franklin. Thomas S., the eldest was in partnership with his father a number of years prior to his death and has been in business where he now lives for over thirty years. Mrs. Alsop, the mother, is still living one of the venerable ladies of the community. Known and esteemed for her many social motherly virtues. On the 4th of October, 1870, Thomas S. Alsop was married to Miss Mary A. Herndon, of this County, who died however, February 9, 1874. She left two children, Luta and Mary C., the latter now deceased. He was married the second time, October 10, 1877, Miss Mary L. Strange, of Pike County, becoming his wife. They have two children, J. Elliott and Anna B.