Biographical Sketch of James Raney, Center Township, Buchanan
County, MO

>From "History of Buchanan County, Missouri, Published 1881, St. Joseph
Steam Printing Company, Printers, Binders, Etc., St. Joseph, Missouri.

James Raney, postmaster, Willow Brook, also farmer and stock raiser,
section 36, was born November 27, 1829, in Lawrence County, Indiana,
and was reared there until twelve years of age, spending his youthful
days on a farm and attending the schools of that vicinity. He came
West with his parents, in the fall of 1841, his father buying the
claim on which James now resides. This he commenced improving, al-
though it contained but twelve or fifteen acres. This was then con-
sidered a large farm. During the late war he enlisted in Company H,
Eleventh Kansas Infantry, afterwards made a Cavalry. He served three
years and twenty days, and held the position of Sergeant for two years.
He took part in the battles of Cane Hill, Prairie Grove, VanBuren,
and many others, and assisted in driving Price from Missouri in 1864.
His landed estate consists of 160 acres of well improved land, upon
which is a peach orchard of about 2,500 trees. Mr. Raney has filled
the office of school director several terms. He received the appoint-
ment of postmaster in April, 1881. October 10, 1850, he was married
to Miss Margaret Means, a native of this state, born December 26,
1833. They are members of the United Brethren Church, in which he
holds the position of class leader.

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