Clatterbuck, William Getter
      William Getter Clatterbuck

      William Getter Clatterbuck and Caroline Leopard

      A History of North East Missouri
      by William Bryan, 1913

      William Getter Clatterbuck was a youth at the time of the family removal from Kentucky and here he solemnized his marriage to Miss Caroline Leopard. He became the owner of a well improved farm nearly of 300 acres and was of the substantial agriculturists and stock growers of the county. Prior to the Civil War he owned an number of slaves. He was originally anold line Whig in politics but later espoused the cause of the Democratic party. He died in 1874 at the age of sixty-one years, and his wife survived him by a number of years. they became the parents of seven children, all of whom are living and the eldest is not more than sixty years of age. There names are as here noted: John L., Elizabeth, William S., Benjamin F., Waller, James H., and Caroline.

      From another entry:
      William Getter Clatterbuck forth with identified himself vigorously with the activities of the pioneer community and eventually developed one of the excellent farms of this section of the state, the area of his landed estate having been nearly three hundred acres and the place having been given over to diversified agriculture and stock growing , through the medium of which he gained definite success. he owned a number of slaves prior to the Civil War and was a man of strong individuality, marked thrift and industry and of sterling character, so that he naturally wielded no little influence in the community which long represented his home and was the stage of his well ordered endevors. He originally affiliated with the Whig party but finally became an ardent supporter of the cause of the Democratic party. He died in 1874, at the age of sixty one years and hsi loved and devoted wife survived him by several years, and the names of both meriting enduring place on the roster of the honored peioneers of Northwestern Missouri.

      They became the parent sof eight childrenm all of whom are living and the names of whom are here entered in respective order of birth: John L., Elizabeth, William S., Benjamin F., Waller, James H., Robert Thomas and Caroline. Together they had eight children and developed an excellent farm of nearly three hundrend acres consisting of diversified agriculture and stock raising. He owned a number of slaves prior to the Civil war and was a man of strong individuality and marked thrift. He was orginally affiliated witht he Whig party, but finally beame an ardent support of the cause of the Democratic Party.

      William Clatterbuck was born September 23, 1812 in Shelby County, Kentucky. He came to Callaway County in 1829 with his parents, Reuben Clatterbuck and Martha "Patsy" Griffin. He married Caroline Leopard, daughter of John Leopard of Boone County, on July 16, 1835 in Callaway County, Missouri. William inherited some of his father's land, after the death of his mother. It is believed that his middle name "Getter" was after his grandmother, Elizabeth Jeter of Caroline County, Virginia. On November 2, 1838, William, along with 3 of his brothers enlisted in Captain William McKenney's Mounted unit to fight in the Missouri Mormon War. He probably never saw any action, as Joseph Smith surrendered on November 1st and they were all discharged on November 7th.

      Caroline died on February 23, 1868 and William died on July 23, 1874. They are both buried in the Dry Fork Baptist Church cemetery.

      Children of William Getter Clatterbuck

      Back, left to right: James Henry, Waller, Benjamin F., William Samuel
      Front: Caroline, John Lewis, Elizabeth

      Long Lived Family
      (News article circa 1910)

      Five sons and two daughters of William and Caroline Clatterbuck, early residents of Cedar township, probably form the largest family of children in Callaway county in which no deaths have occured in 62 years. All of them live within two and one half miles of New Bloomfield, and five of them live on the road running west from that town. All were born on Cedar Creek, west of new Bloomfield and each has spent practically his entire life in the vicinity in which he lived.

      The oldest of this remarkable family is John L. Clatterbuck, who is now nearly eighty, years old and the youngest is Mrs. George W. Wilson, who is 62 years old. The others are Mrs. Elizabeth Holt, widow of the late Timothy Holt, and W. Samuel, Benjamin F, Waller and James H. Clatterbuck.

      The father of the family, William Clatterbuck, came to this county from Kentucky in his childhood, with his parents, Reuben Clatterbuck and his wife, Martha "Patsy" Griffin. Reuben Clatterbuck settled in Cedar township, near Cedar creek, and that section has been the home of most of his descendants. In the family of his son, William Clatterbuck, there are 25 great grandchildren and a number of great great grandchildren. His other children also were the parents of a number of grandchildren. So numerous are the descendants of Reuben Clatterbuck that it is said that enough of them live west of the railroad in Cedar township to control the affairs of that part of the township on any subject which is put to a vote.

      Children of William Getter Clatterbuck

      John Lewis Clatterbuck~ b. May 6, 1836 d. Dec 27, 1929
      Elizabeth Ann Clatterbuck~ b. Spet 29, 1839 d. Oct 16, 1925
      William Samuel Clatterbuck~b. July 12, 1841 d. May 2, 1917
      Benjamin Franklin Clatterbuck~ b. August 4, 1843 d. Dec 28, 1920
      Waller Clatterbuck~ b. Sept 1845 d. Aug 1, 1928
      James Henry Clatterbuck~ b. April 19, 1848 d. Sept 18, 1915
      Robert Thomas Clatterbuck~ b. April 19, 1848 d. 1848
      Caroline Clatterbuck~ b. November 21, 1851