Sorry for the delay, I guess with the holidays, your message slipped through the cracks.
Hopefully you will find the following information to be useful.
This information obtained from: Reprint of History of Holt County 1882 (Reprinted by The Holt County Historical Society, 1973), pg. 443, Litho Printers & Bindery, Cassville, Missouri 65625
section 17, was born January 14, 1828, and is a native of Richland County, Ohio.His parents, Henry and Sarah Acton, were both born in Maryland, the former being a farmer by occupation.Richard passed his earlier days in learning the carpenter and joiner’s trade.In 1847, he came to Missouri, and on the 14th of July of that year, located in Holt County, where he now owns 170 acres of land.Since living here, he has been a successful builder, having erected many of the best residences and barns in this part of the county.During the war he belonged to the State Militia, and was a strong Union man.In 1863, he was elected justice of the peace, and has continued to discharge the duties of that position very acceptably.During the fall and winter of 1881, he spent some six months traveling through California, Oregon, and Washington Territory.He is a member of the ODD Fellow’s fraternity, and politically is a Republican.Mr. Acton was married to Mary E. Brockman, of this county, who was born in Kentucky, July 26, 1828.Her father, Willis Brockman, was born in Virginia, reared in Kentucky, and in 1828 came to Monroe County, Missouri, and to this county in October, 1843.He married Harriet F. Clemmins, in Kentucky, and by this union there were nine children.Upon coming here, Mr. B. settled on section 15, and toiled hard to improve a farm.He died in 1858, and his wife in 1868.Mr. and Mrs. Acton have nine children living: David W., John H., Jennie, George W., Dora S.,Benjamin F., Emma P., James W., and Martha S.Mrs Acton is a member of the Baptist Church.