Judge D. M. Inglish, a leading citizen of Morgan County, Mo., was born in Cole County, Mo., in 1827, and is the son of Joseph and Jane (Miller) Inglish, natives of Tennessee. The parents left their native State and were among the earliest settlers of Cole County, Mo. The father was a farmer by occupation. They were the parents of six children: Pollie, widow of William Welch, is now deceased; Thomas, who died at the age of twenty-five years; H. B., who died in the Choctaw Nation; W. Y., now a hotel proprietor at Montrose, Mo.; Hannah, wife of John Hart, now of Texas, and D. M. The mother was a member of the Baptist Church, and died at the age of forty-five years. The father was one of the leading men of the county; took an active part in politics, having held the office of sheriff and collector of Greene County, Mo. While in Cole County he served a term as assessor, and also served many years as justice of the peace and constable. He died in Moniteau County, at the age of seventy-six years. He was a Democrat in politics. The paternal grandfather, John Inglish, was a native of Tennessee, and came to Cole County, Mo., at an early day. He was a farmer by occupation, was captain of a company in the War of 1812, and died in Moniteau County, Mo, at the age of seventy-six years. He was a very prominent man, and was a member of the General Assembly eight terms, or sixteen years in all, after which he declined to run for another term. He was also a member of the first Democratic convention ever held at Jefferson City. Judge D. M. Inglish attained his growth on the farm, and received a fair education for those early days. His parents moved to (now) Cedar County, Mo., when he was but six years of age, and at a time when there were but three white families within ten miles of them and when Indians were numerous. Here he remained until twenty years of age, when he left the parental roof, went to Calhoun County, Ill., and engaged as a wood chopper for two years. He then returned to Cedar County and remained two years, after which he went to Moniteau County. Here he was engaged as a farm hand until 1856, when he went to Texas, remained there one summer, and then came hack to Moniteau County, where he established a brick-yard at California. In 1859 he engaged as a hired hand to drive an ox-team across the plains to Pike's Peak, and in 1860 he returned to Moniteau County, where he was married the 12th of October of the same year to Miss Margaret Yows, a native of Moniteau County, and the daughter of Dedrick Yows, an old settler of that county. Mr. Inglish made that county his home until April 1, 1866, when he moved to Morgan County, Mo., and has since been a resident of the same. He bought over 502 acres of partially improved land, and now he has one of the best improved farms in the county. To his marriage were born six children: S. R., a farmer of this county, but formerly a merchant at Barnett; F. W., a merchant at Barnett; Q. R., died in childhood; W. P., at college; M. H., at home, and D. M., also at home. Judge and Mrs. Inglish are members of the Christian Church, and he is a liberal contributor to the same and to all laudable enterprises. He is a Democrat in politics; held the office of justice of the peace four years, and was presiding judge for four years. He is a stock farmer of considerable note.
History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage Counties, Missouri, Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1889.