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Portrait and Biographical Record of La Fayette and Saline Counties, Missouri, Chicago: Chapman Bros., 1893
REUBEN B. EUBANK resides on section 33, township 52, range 20, of Saline County. Mr. Eubank was born in the town of Glasgow, Barren County, Ky., February 9, 1824. He is the son of Henry and Maria (Garnett) Eubank, the former a native of Virginia, and born September 14, 1795, the latter of Barren County, Ky., and born May 19, 1807. Our subject’s father had a considerable knowledge of military tactics and held the office of Captain and afterward Major in the State Militia of Kentucky. He was engaged in the merchandise and trading business in Glasgow, Ky., until 1829, when, on account of failing health he removed to his farm, giving up active business and spending his latter years in rural enjoyment. He was identified with many public interests of his county, which he served as a successful and energetic business man.
The paternal grandfather of our subject was Joseph Eubank, a Virginian, who was born May 9, 1763. He was a farmer and dealer in merchandise, and besides owned and operated a flouring-mill. One of the sons of Joseph Eubank was the acknowledged local genius of his day, and though he never patented he claimed the honor of discovering the principle of a self-feeder for a cotton gin, and also invented the steam governor for engines. He was a watch-maker by trade. Grandmother Eubank bore the maiden name of Elizabeth White, and was born in Virginia November 8, 1774. She was married to Joseph Eubank November 27i, 1794, and they became the parents of ten children, all of whom lived to years of maturity. The family is of English origin, our subject’s great-grandsire having emigrated to this country in 1727. He was one of four brothers and made settlement in Virginia, and our subject still has in his possession a little account book kept by this first American founder of the family, which shows by the accuracy with which it was kept that he was a man of education and business ability. His wife was Miss Margaret Lewis, whom he married in Virginia.
Reuben Eubank is one of a family of seven children, all of whom are now living: America, who was born in Glasgow, Ky., May 11, 1827, now lives in Jackson, Tenn.; Margaret D., born September 15, 1829, was married to Robert T. Graley, and they reside in Saline County; James, who was born April 27, 1833, and married Martha Thomas, now lives in Texas, where he is a farmer and money-loaner; Richard, who was born October 1, 1835, and married Catherine Wolfskill, lives in California and is engaged in farming and in grape culture; Elizabeth, who was born September 9, 1838, married J. C. Irby, and now lives in Tennessee, where her husband is one of the faculty of a Baptist school; Henry, who was born March 28, 1844, married Miss Fishback and lives in Barren County, Ky.
Our subject was educated in the common schools of Kentucky. He left school at the age of eighteen years, and then engaged as clerk for David R. Young, a bachelor who was store-keeper at Glasgow. Our subject received only his board and clothing, as he took the position rather to learn the principles of conducting a business. At the expiration of a year, he entered the employ of Joseph Glazebrook, in consideration of $100 per annum with board and washing. He remained with him three years and then went to Hopkinsville, Ky. After a few months in that place he returned to his former employer. Thus he was variously engaged until his marriage, when he went to farming, his wife having been presented by her father with a tract of two hundred acres of land. This was later traded for a money consideration, and he went to tobacco-raising, devoting five years to the improvement of the tract. Becoming dissatisfied with the narrow scope of his life and opportunities, he sold his little farm for $10 per acre including improvements, and in 1855 he moved to Saline County and rented a farm for two years. He then purchased a tract of partially improved land, which he bent his energies toward clearing. From time to time he added to his original purchase until he owned thirty-seven hundred acres. Part of this is improved and all is well fenced and in good pasture condition. This beautiful and well-improved home farm makes him the owner of thirty-seven hundred acres of good land, beside some eight hundred acres which he has given to his children.
The original of this sketch was married October 30, 1848, to Martha Thompson, a daughter of Robert S. Thompson, and a member of an old and representative family of Hart County, Ky. Mr. and Mrs. Eubank became the parents of three children: Robert (deceased), Henry, and Reuben. The first-born was a native of Barren County, Ky., and made his advent into the world in 1849. He married Miss Mary Bumbarger and until the time of his death, which occurred December 24, 1875, lived near Slater. He was a farmer and left one son who now lives in Bourbon County, Ky. Henry, who was born in Hart County, Ky., in 1852, married Jane Jenkins, of Slater, this county; he now lives in Chariton County, this State, where he is a farmer and preacher. Reuben, who was born in Saline County, married a Miss Campbell. They live in Lexington, where he is engaged in business.
After the death of his first wife, our subject was a second time married, his bride being Miss Elizabeth Whittaker, who was the daughter of John Whittaker, of Boone County, Ky. She was born May 18, 1834, became the wife of Mr. Eubank in Boone County, June 22, 1861, and died February 28, 1873. Their union was blessed by the advent of three children: John, Ernest, and Jerome. John was born on the 12th of April, 1863, in Saline County, married Lucy Smith, and is now engaged in farming in this county; Ernest was born on the 6th of July, 1864, in this county, where he married Lillie Gaines, and is now a farmer; Jerome, who was born October 3, 1865, married Audi Purdom, and lives in Slater, where he is engaged in stock-buying. In July of 1873, Mr. Eubank married Miss Anna, the daughter of James Leeper, who was born in Lewis County, Mo. They have been the parents of two children: Preston L. and Katie M.
Mr. Eubank has been a member of the Christian Church since 1858. In addition to his liberality in church work, he is well known for his good and charitable deeds. Impecunious young men with ambition and talent have found in him a ready sympathizer and helper. Politically, he was originally a Whig, but at the fall of that party he became a Democrat of the first water, and, although not an office-seeker, has always taken an active interest in party affairs. Numbered among the wealthiest and most honored citizens of Saline County, we feel that it is still a far greater encomium to pass upon our subject to say that his nature is as broad as his heart and impulses are true and kindly.