- From a newspaper account, supplied by her daughter, Mrs. Anna Waters, we have substantially the following, interesting account of old time pioneer ingenuity, hardihood and courage. Isaac Hostetter and two of his neighbors found on the bank of the Licking River in Ky., a large sycamore which they cut down and made from it a bateau, or canoe, sixty feet long and launched it on the Licking River. They put their three families and their effects into the canoe and floated down to the Ohio River and on down the Ohio to the Mississippi River, then paddled up the Mississippi until they reached the Missouri River and on to the city of St. Charles, Mo. All landed safely in the fall of 1798.
Their children, from the Hostetter family Bible: 1 Elizabeth born in Ky. in 1797, married Daniel Smith and died in Mo in 1827. 2. John born in 1799, in now St. Charles District of Mo., married Deneven, and died in 1871. 3. Polly born 1801, died Oct. 27, 1872, married Realing. 4. Sarah born Jan. 8, 1804, died Jan. 25, 1859, married Lewellen . 5. Annie born Nov. 28, 1805, died Feb. 13, 1905. She married (1) Jacob Roland, who was killed by lightning. She married (2) Rev. George Waters. New London Paper, Feb. 14, 1905: "Mrs. Anna Waters, who was more than 99 years of age, died at her home six miles south of here Feb. 13. She was born in St. Charles Co. Mo. Nov. 5, 1805, and was known to be the oldest native Missourian. She was probably the oldest member of the Christian Church. She drew a pension by special Act of Congress for service rendered by her second husband in the war of 1812." Her children; Squires, Elizabeth, James, Isaac, Samuel, Mrs. Ely and two or three others. 6. Patsy born in 1807, married Killebrew. 7. Enoch born Jan. 6, 1810, died Dec. 5, 1897. 8 Ammon born Feb. 2, 1812, died Nov. 6, 1875. 9 Eliza born April 17, 1814, died May 25, 1894. 10 Isaac born 1816, died 1823. 11 Eunice born July 17, married Fields, died Oct. 31, 1896. 12. Enos born March 16, 1821, died Feb. 1901. 13 Gabriel born April 4, 1824.
From "Some Missouri Pioneers," ("Some Missouri Pioneers, their Ancestors, Descendants, and Kindred from other States") by Mary Iantha Castlio, 1923