Ephraim Ball Allison
Cockrell's Regiment
ALLISON, Ephraim Judge Capt.
Clinton Township
1883 History of Henry County Missouri, National Historical Co pg 490
Judge Ephraim Allison, dealer in dry goods, clothing, millinery, carpets,
etc., is a native of Cooper County, Missouri, and was born November 27,
1835. His father, Thomas Allison, was born in North Carolina October 27,
1800, but removed with his father, Ephraim, to Cooper County, Missouri,
while yet a boy, being raised among the pioneers of that county. He was
there married to the mother of our subject, Miss Lydia Jones, who was
born in Kentucky August 18, 1802. She had come with her parents to
Cooper County in 1812, and was in the fort near Boonville when the
famous General Cooper was killed. They resided in Cooper till 1846, in
which year they removed to Saline County, Missouri, and in 1852 to
Henry County, Missouri. Here Thomas Allison resided till 1862; then
returned to Saline County and there died in February, 1865. His widow
is still living. Ephraim at the commencement of the war enlisted for the
Confederate cause in Captain Owens' company of Missouri State Guards,
serving till their disbandment, six months later. Then he enlisted in
Company I, Sixteenth Missouri Regiment, and served actively till the
spring of 1863, but continued with the command till the close of the war,
at which time (1865) he was in Texas. Remaining in Madison County,
Texas, till the spring of 1867, he soon returned to Saline County,
Missouri, and remained there till the fall of 1868, when he came to
Clinton and engaged in the grocery business. This he continued till the
spring of 1870, closed out his grocery stock and with T. Draffen as a
partner embarked in the dry goods trade. After one month Mr. Draffen
died, and Mr. Allison conducted the business alone for six months, when
in July following the firm became Allison & Piper. This partnership
existed till the spring of 1878, when Mr. Piper retired from the firm. Mr.
A. is now carrying a very heavy stock of goods and is doing a successful
business. In November, 1872, he was elected Treasurer of Henry County,
and served in that capacity from January, 1873, to January, 1877, and in
the latter year he was elected one of the county judges under the old
township organization, serving one year. Then his services were done
away with by the new county organization, which reduced the bench to
three judges. In 1880 he was elected presiding judge of the county court
and filled this honorable position very acceptably till January, 1883. Mr.
A. was united in marriage May 28, 1868, to Miss Ruth McCarty, a native
of Saline County, Missouri. They have four children: Charlie S., Mary L.,
Anna M. and Nellie. He is a member of the Masonic Order and also
belongs to the Baptist Church.
Ephraim Ball Allison, 1872
portrait by George Caleb Bingham
More about the recent discovery of
this painting.
Ephraim Allison was killed in an attempted jail break in 1905 at
the State Prison in Jefferson City.  The below links will give you
more information about his death.

The Saint Louis Republic, November 25, 1905

The Saint Louis Republic, November 26, 1905

Ephraim Allison's Obituary, St. Louis Republic, 11/27/1905