Deepwater Township - Robert N. Stubblefield, a Tennesseean by birth, was born in McMinn
County, February 14, 1843. Robert Stubblefield, his father, was born in Hawkins County,
Tennessee, and his mother, formerly Matilda C. Lawson, also came originally from East
Tennessee. Robert N. moved with his parents to Missouri in 1857, and located in Henry
County, being among the pioneers of that county. He passed his younger days on a farm and
attending the common schools, where he was educated. In February 1862, he enlisted in the
Missouri State Militia, in Company H, Seventh Missouri Cavalry, and served till the close of the
war, having been elected corporal when his company was organized. He participated in the
battles of Lone Jack and Marshall, and Price's raid, and was taken prisoner at Lone Jack and
held as such for three months, when he was paroled and exchanged. After the close of the
war he returned to Henry County, where he was married January 27, 1867, to Miss Elizabeth J.
Dobson, a native of North Carolina, born in Stokes County. She is a daughter of J.B. and
Lucinda Dobson. Soon after Mr. S. located in Clinton, Henry County, and was engaged in
freighting and teaming for one year. In the fall of 1868 he came to his present farm in Bates
County, where he has eighty acres, nearly all fenced and fairly improved, with a good orchard
of 150 apple and a variety of small fruits. This place is located on section 13. Mr. Stubblefield is
Republican in politics, and was nominated and elected constable of Deepwater Township in
the fall of 1878, and has since been twice re-elected. In the spring of 1881 he was also elected
township collector and is now discharging the duties of the two official positions. He and his
wife have three children: Mary C., born March 16, 1870; John W., born in December, 1871; and
Lula, born August 21, 1879. They have lost two children: Willie, was born December 27, 1867,
and died December 27, 1879. He was a bright, intelligent child, with more than ordinary
intellect and was his parents' pride and joy, and the favorite of all who knew him. Emma J. was
born September 24, 1875, and died November 30, 1880. Mrs. Stubblefield is a member of the
Christian Church. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)