I am not sure if this information will help you, or if you have already found the info you were looking for, but I thought I would let you know what I know. The following information is part of a paragraph from page 17 from the following book.
Springfield of the Ozarks; An Illustrated History
Harris & Phyllis Dark
Published 1981 by Windsor Publications, Inc.
Returning from a hunting expedition up the James River, William Pettijohn said he had discovered "the country which flowed with milk and honey, bear's oil and buffalo marrow" a settler's dream come true. Accordingly, in the spring and summer of 1822 these families began to leave to resettle on the James, where they were joined by Thomas Patterson, his brother Alexander, and a man named Ingle, who reputedly erected the first mill in southwest Missouri. Early histories of Springfield also mention Joseph Price and Augustine Friend building cabins at this time. William Friend built on Finley Creek near the present hamlet of Linden...
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