A Genealogy Research column for Pulaski County, Missouri and her neighbors.

by the late Don Vincent of Tacoma, Washington

January 7, 1982

Correction to October 28, 1981 column: Source for correction was Tom B. Turpin, Pulaski County, Volume I:71. Adm.: Elias Riddle and G.C. Cain; Heirs: Geo C. Cain, Elias Riddle, Jane Woods, George Lawson. March 1882. Narcissus Foley married Lawrence Bench, Sr. as third wife. her second husband was ? Howard.

Queries from Tom Caullely, 419 Wood Crest, O’Fallon, MO 83366: Seeking descendants of George Hughes, probate judge of Maries County in 1889 and son of Washington Hughes of Washington Co. Missouri. John C. Hughes was a half-brother. George married Jane Wood and their children were Thomas A., William N. and Armilda E.; his second wife was Mrs. Matilda Yates (née Stone).

           Anyone know of marked or unmarked graves in the Corn Creek Cemetery between Yancy Mills and Edgar Springs in Phelps Co. Missouri. Particularly interested in Benjamin H. Caulley (d. 1918) and his nephew Willie Caulley.

           Interest expressed in Skyles family (no time frame or Missouri location). Vincent wonders if reference to John Skyles b. ca. 1808 in Tennessee on 210 Pulaski 1840; 22 Texas 1850 and House No. 50 on Texas 1860. See 1964 query in Kansas City Genealogist and Genealogical Helper (September 1969, p. 766). Family came from Green Co. Tennessee before 1850 and settled near Cabool, Texas Co. Missouri. A possible brother was William b. ca. 1800-1807 in Tennessee m. Rachel [-?-] and settled in Crawford Co. Missouri (438 Crawford 1850). Can anyone confirm if this is John Skyles on p. 197 of 1830 Green County, Tennessee?

Query from Mrs. George Bell, 5 Circle Drive, Beardstown, IL 62618: See information on descendants and relatives of Robert Bailey (one of whom lived about 1900 in Mountain Grove, Missouri). Marie Bailey b. ca. 1829 m. 1851 Ind. William Graham. Marie and Indiana Bailey (b. ca. 1831) were children of Henry and Susan (Hall) Bailey and are listed in 1850 Knox Co. Indiana census. Except for Robert, family whereabouts after 1850 unknown.

From Mrs. Patricia Sewell (Mrs. Charles), 14028 North 38th Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85023. My husband’s grandmother was Mary Louis Woolsey of Pulaski Co. and paternal grandfather was Calvin Alexander Williams b. Texas County, Missouri, but lived in Pulaski.

 Reply: 201 Pulaski 1840; 147 Pulaski 1850 lists Jonathan Woolsey b. ca. 1811 in Kentucky. 224 Pulaski 1840 George W. Woolsey and 231 Pulaski 1840 Thomas Woolsey. Thomas made Laclede land entry in 1838 in Twp. 36, Range 16 (Goodspeed, p. 28); possible daughter Nancy, born in North Carolina, was first wife of Daniel Fulbright (IBID., p. 713). One Thomas Woolsey furnished security in Pulaski estate settlement in 1835 of Julian King. Richard Woolsey b. ca. 1780 in Virginia on 172 Pulaski 1850 and near him Wesley S. Woolsey b. ca. 1819 in Kentucky. Wesley Woolsey 14 Phelps 1860 b. ca. 1838 in Kentucky.

           Offspring of Thomas and Mariah (née Musgrave, widow of Moore) Williams were Calvin, Pleasant (Pleas), Willie, Marion, Lewis, Harvey, Wesley, Andrew, Jane and Isaac. (Interview with Celia Woffard of Evening Shade, Missouri in 1965). Calvin became involved in a grievous unpleasantness with Sheriff Scott Musgrave at a Texas or Pulaski Co. sale, although they were “own” (first) cousins. Mother Mariah was daughter of Burrell Musgrave, Sr. and Olive Robinson.

January 21, 1982

From Lavonne Brimhall, Box 787, Winston, OR 97496. John Roper, a miller and Methodist minister, born 1788 in North  Carolina, lived there, Tennessee and Illinois, finally settling near Mountain Grove, Missouri (near Wright-Texas co. border). His wife Nancy [-?-] b. 1792 probably South Carolina. She .d. in Missouri about 1845. John died 1863-1865. Issue: (1) Mary b. 1810 m. Nicholas Stephenson (2) Rebecca b. 1812 m. John Cummins. (3) Francis Yewell b. 1813 m. Mary Pool (4) William Meade b. 1816 m. Mary Katherine Childress (my line) (5) John H. b. 1819 m. Nancy Irene Long (6) Elizabeth b. 1820 m. [-?-] Rippee. (7) Sarah b. 1823 m. Samuel Hardie (Hardin d.v.) (8) Nancy b. 1825 m. W.A. Long (9) Margaret b. 1827 (10) Marthy G. b. 1828 (11) Letitia b. 1830 (12) b. 1833.

 Reply: John Roper, Sr. of 227 Pulaski 1840 and 469 Wright 1850 was interest of Mrs. Ira B. McCullen of Amory, Mississippi. She deduced that Elizabeth Roper (listed just after John in 1840) was his mother—can some [one] verify? Birthplaces of children, from 1810 to late 1830 all in Tennessee. I believe John was listed on p. 97 of 1830 Monroe county, Tennessee census, part of an area of East Tennessee which was a large supplier of our group of Missourians. He may have been in St. Clair Co. Illinois in 1830—that’s where Nicholas Stephenson married Mary Roper says Mrs. McCullen. According to another descendant, Mrs. Ruth Schofield of Lebanon, Missouri, Wm. Meade Roper, John H. Roper, John Cummins and Samuel C. Hardin were in Texas in 1860. But she also states that Sam Hardin d. 1859 and is buried “on his own farm.” Born in Kentucky about 1818, Hardin was a merchant and postmaster at Hazelwood, Wright co. in the 1850’s. Robert A. Hardin of 199 Pulaski 1840 died intestate ca 1847; he made Pulaski entry 1846 Twp. 35, Range 12; he subsequently sold to James Musgrave. Robert’s estate settlement names his wife as Mary.

           William Meade Roper (ref. McCullen) died in Wright Co. in 1895 and is buried in that county’s Swedish Cemetery; his wife married secondly G.W. Williams (ref. Schofield). Issue of first marriage numbered ten.

           Francis Yewell Roper died in Mississippi in 1895; his wife Mary Pool (Pettipool) was the daughter of Margaret; they married in 1837.

           And, just to tantalize you a little—one Roger Roper was a participant in one of the Revolutionary War’s final engagements: at King’s Mountain in South Carolina (See White: King’s Mountain Men, p. 221). He “was in the battle and pensioned in Jefferson County, Tennessee in 1833. The latter county is only a short distance away from Monroe Co. in East Tennessee.”

 Query from: Mrs. Dixie Riley, 1308 West “A,” Joplin, MO 64801: Sarah Willis, born 1814 in Virginia; living 1880 Wright co. Missouri; where and when did she die? Any information of husband Joseph needed. Second, Owen Willis and wife Nellie also living there with children Leroy, Sarah, Monroe and Polly. Same census: Mary Ann Todd (née Willis) age 30 with child, Josiah Todd. Same census, Lucy Hellum (née Willis) age 27; children Josiah and Sarah. And, Laura J. Willis, daughter of Levi married in 1890 to Jim Lane. I have found no further trace of this couple.

           John Wesley Armstrong, son of James Madison Armstrong and Mary Jane Searcy, was born 1838 in Madison County, Kentucky; married Lucy Dodson and had seven children: James William, Joseph Sebastian, Mary Ella, Benjamin Alexander, John Roscoe, Charles Kavanaugh and Elizabeth. John W. Armstrong was editor and published of Rustic Stoutland of Lebanon, Missouri. He died 1880 in Laclede Co. He may have written a history of this Armstrong family.

 Query from Mrs. M.R. McCoy, 2020 W. Willow, Osage, CA 92668: William Krone, born 1830 in England married in Osage co. Missouri 1852 Elizabeth Tyree. Died when? Buried where? When and where did his sons die? Desire correspondence with descendants of Wm. Krone, Satterthwaite Tyree (b. 1803 in Virginia; d. 1860-1870 Maries Co. Missouri; married Elizabeth Standford b. 1812 in Kentucky d. Maries Co. 1880-1900.

           Isaac Helton, b. 1811 in Tennessee m. 1853 in Osage Co. Missouri Mary Ann Cowan. He d. 1886 in marries Co. Mary Ann b. 1834 in Gasconade Co. Missouri d. 1886-1900 in Maries Co. She was the daughter of David Cowan, b. 1803 in North Carolina. He d. 1877 in Maries Co.; his wife was Telitha Martin; b. 1816 in North Carolina d. Maries 1880-1900. Isaac Helton was the son of James Helton, Sr. b. 1790-1800 in Tennessee d. 1844 in Osage Co. Missouri and his wife Mary Crismon b. 1790-1800 in Tennessee d. 1840-1850 in Osage Co. Missouri. Mary Helton, daughter of Isaac was b. 1856 in Osage Co. d. 1904 in Maries Co. She married James Monroe Krone b. 1853 in Osage Co. d. 1903 in Maries.

 Reply: Our 1840 man is Thomas “Heldon” on 231 Pulaski 1840. By 1850 he was in Camden Co. p. 662 b. 1801 in Virginia; in South Carolina about 1830-1833; Missouri about 1835.

           I have an interest in one Isaac Helton b. 1837 d. 1930 bd. Palace Cemetery in Pulaski Co. where the early Vincents are said to be interred. His wife Cynthia was b. 1836; not identified further on stone.

            Everett King in History of Maries Co. mentions a Peter Helton as possible kin to your line. He went from North Carolina to Tennessee. On p. 197 of 1830 McMinn Co. Tennessee census. He appears to be a very old man—1 male under 5, 2 males 5-10, 2 males 10-15, 1 male 20-30, 1 male 60-70; 1 female under 5, 1 female 15-20, 1 female 20-30, 1 female 50-60. If Peter is the eldest, the was born about 1760-1770. It is an age that qualified him as the father of James Sr., b. 1790-1800. One Peter Helton appears in Gasconade Co. Missouri at his 1834 marriage to Emeline Anderson.

           Near Peter Helton of 197 1830 McMinn Co. Tennessee are the families of William Phillips (probably 208 Pulaski 1840 and 151 Pulaski 1850); Benjamin Wright who may be the same man on 279 Laclede 1850 and three Haymes families (202 McMinn 1830): Joshua, David and Caleb—see Goodspeed, Webster Co. section, p. 851. Another Virginia family. On 203 McMinn 1830 are two William Haymes families. There are many more: Farbank-Fairbank, Childress-Childers, Collins, Cantrell, Burnett and Mulky; family is nit his part of McMinn in 1830 that by 1840 were living in our ten-county portion of Missouri. The Vinzant-Vincent families in the area (Jonathan and John, twins b. 1800 in North Carolina) and Ezekiel of 205 and 206 McMinn 1830) are probably my kin, but I don’t yet have the proof. I have located a descendant of Jonathan’s living in Rhea Co.

           There is ANOTHER Peter Helton 296 Rutherford Co. Tennessee in 1830. His household consisted of 1 male under 5, 1 male 5-10, 2 males 10-15, 1 male 30-40; 1 female under 5, 2 females 5-10, 1 female 15-20, 1 female 40-50. This man was b. 1790-1800. Also are James and John Helton (p. 205, 302). One Vachel Heldon resides in Bedford Co. Tennessee in 1830.  

January 28, 1982

From Carol Lawrence Vidales, 3 Lakepines Drive, Irvine, CA 92714: One branch of my Lawrence family moved to Pulaski County. My fourth great-grandfather Jesse Lawrence had a nephew David B. Lawrence b. 4 February 1808 in Jefferson Co. Tennessee who moved to Illinois around 1830. He was a Quaker and was received into the Vermillion Grove Monthly Meeting in Illinois in 1830; he then moved to Missouri between 1840 and 1850. David Lawrence married 24 November 1825 Nancy Ballenger; there were nine children, I have the names of only eight: Richard M. b. 1827 Tennessee; d. 1901 Springfield, Illinois; never married; William H. b. ca. 1829; Jennie b. ca. 1831; d. by 1881; m. [-?-] Roberts; Walter b. ca. 1833; Mary S. b ca. 1835; d. 1863 m. Simon Hammer; Hannah b. ca. 1837, Allen James b. 1839-1840 in Sangamon county, Illinois d. 1894 Rock Co. Minnesota and Silas Lawrence b. ca. 1841. All children of David and Nancy Ballenger Lawrence, except Richard, were born in Illinois. David and family appear 175 Pulaski 1850 minus Richard (and possibly Jennie) who were still in Illinois. He was in Wright county, Missouri #549 in 1860; not found in 1870 in Pulaski, Camden, Wright or Franklin Counties. I am fairly certain David remained in Missouri until about 1881-1887 when he died in Illinois while visiting his son Richard.

 Reply: David B. Lawrence was a partner with a Mr. Ballard as Waynesville General merchants. Listed as Waynesville physician was W.H. Lawrence, no doubt son of David. Three Lawrence families resided in 1850 in Laclede County: Alexander b. ca. 1813 in Tennessee; Ealey (male) b. ca. 1812 in Tennessee and Jack N. Lawrence b. ca. 1823 in Tennessee. Sister’s 1830 transcription of Jefferson County, Tennessee includes the families of Lawrence-Lawrance of John p, 310, Jonathan, p. 322, Richard, p. 322 and James, p. 331.

From Hazel Cooper Schattgen, 307 Chestnut Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119: Mary Ann Owen married first Thomas Ousely and had two children. Husband and children died before ca. 1900; she then married Joseph Ousley, brother of her late husband Thomas. To this union were born eight children, seven of whom lived to maturity. Mary Ann was b. ca. 1879; the farm where she lived was “watered by the Piney river.” she died in Copan, Oklahoma in 1945.

Reply: The Piney river flows near Pulaski County’s eastern border, beside the Phelps County line.

 From Mrs. June Mahan, S.S. Rt. Box 97A-1, West Plains, MO 65775: Researching my husband’s great grandmother Mary Ann Teague, b. 1856 Denton, Texas. Her mother died at her birth and her father brought her by wagon to Miller County, Missouri when she was only a few months old. She married 1873 in Tuscumbia, Owen Robey Riggs.

 February 7, 1982

From Mrs. Shirley B. Cawyer, P.O. Box 164, Stephenville, TX 76401: List of 110 surnames on which she was working. Vincent then summarized sketch from History of Vernon County, Missouri (St. Louis: Brown & Co. 1887, pp. 194-197) on Col. Vernon from Charlotte County, Virginia. He was on the 1830 census of Rhea County, Tennessee (p. 375) and p. 212 of the 1840 Pulaski Co. Missouri.  

From Mrs. Jack Powell, Box 657, Quanah, TX 79252: After years of accumulating material in the U.S. and Canada, I have not been able to determine the parents of Pollard Wisdom not Michael S. Wisdom. Pollard Wisdom had a daughter Drucilla who married Archilles Hogg 7 April (no year) in Barren County, Kentucky. They went to Lawrence Co. Tennessee and on to Missouri where they are listed in Camden County in 1850, p. 159. William Wisdom, Jr. appears in Lawrence County, Tennessee with his wife Dorcus Cruse who were earlier in Cumberland Co. Kentucky. His son William and wife Jane appear in Camden Co. 1850 census, No. 185. One of William and Jane’s sons William Knox Polk Wisdom married Frankey Jane Jones, daughter of Sally Wisdom and James Jones and grand daughter of Pollard Wisdom. Descendants say there were cousins.

 Pollard Wisdom’s children: (1) Nancy Wisdom m. 23 October 1825 in Lawrence Co. Tennessee Edward Vandiver; moved to Dallas Co. Missouri where he died. She died 1868 in Vernon Co. Missouri. Their children: Pollard Wisdom, Nancy Lucinda m. Samuel C. Richardson, Andrew C. m. Susan H. Kimbell, William Riley m. Esther Huff, Sineth and John M. (2) Elizabeth M. m. 27 October 1831 Jacob B. Casebolt and had James S., Andrew J. and Elizabeth C., Jacob died and Elizabeth m. (2) James Cummins and had Sally Minerva. Elizabeth was living in 1860 in Laclede County, Missouri. (3) William John Wisdom b. 30 January 1814 in Lawrence Co. Tennessee. Listed in the family bible, but no more information. (4) Minerva Wisdom m. 11 December 1942 Solomon Nicholas Yeager. In 1850 Dallas Co. and 1860 Camden. Children: Anna Marie m. James Duckworth, Susannah Elizabeth m. Abraham Jobe; Martha Jane m. Matthew Green, Daniel Wisdom m. Katie Nowl and Julia Link; Elijah Marion m. Mary E. Bailey; Frances Carolina m. William Boone Dawson. (5) Pollard Wisdom Jr. m. Hester Ann and were living with Benjamin Howard in 1850 in Camden Co. They sold land to James Creach on 12 July 1858.  

The Family of Pollard Wisdom: Pollard Wisdom was b. 14 February 1780 in North Carolina. Died 20 November 1858 in Camden County, Missouri bd. Howard Family Cemetery on Niangua River in Twp. 38N, Range 19W. Married (1) 28 April 1803 in Cumberland County, Kentucky Elizabeth McCarty. She was b. 1 August 1786 d. November 1843 in Camden County, Missouri. He m. (2) 14 May 1844 in Polk Co. Charity Jane Mashburn b. 1805 in Tennessee living 1880 in Camdenton, Missouri.

Children: (1) Nancy b. 1 March 1804 Cumberland Co. Kentucky (see above) (2) James Madison b. 12 May 1805 in Cumberland Co. Kentucky d. 29 December 1861 Benton County, Missouri b. 17 April 1828 n Lawrence Co. Tennessee Susan Payne (Paine). (3) Thomas b. 20 October 1806 in Tennessee d. 11 December 1875 in Dallas Co. Missouri bd. Bower’s Chapel Cemetery (was a resident of Texas when he died). m. 17 January 1872 Crawford county, Missouri, Charity Ballew. (4) Sarah (Sally) b. 5 April 1808 in Tennessee d. 1853 in Kaufman Co. Texas m. 8 November 1828 in Lawrence Co. Tennessee James Jones. (5) Andrew Cowan b. 7 October 1809 Tennessee d. 17 August 1852 in Dallas Co. Texas m. 30 December 1840 Hinds County, Mississippi Sarah Susan McCarty. (6) Elizabeth M. b. 30 January 1811 Tennessee m. (1) 27 October 1831 Crawford County, Missouri Jacob B. Casebolt (2) 1848 James Cummins. (8) David Franklin b. 9 January 1816 in Tennessee d. 28 October 1883 in Dallas County, Missouri bd. Bower’s Chapel Cemetery m. (1) 9 June 1844 in Dallas Co. Missouri Sara Fina Hunt (2) 1866 in Dallas Co. Sarah Louise Hunt Willock. (9) Lovina b. 16 November 1816 in Tennessee d. unmarried. (10) Minerva b. 10 August 1820 Lawrence Co. Tennessee m. 11 December 1842 in Pulaski Co. Missouri Solomon Nicholas Yeager. (11) Pollard, Jr. b. 7 January 1822 in Lawrence Co. Tennessee m. 1831 Hester Ann [-?-] (12) John Lee b. 15 august 1823 Lawrence Co. Tennessee d. 1880’s Willow Creek Oregon m. 22 January 1852 Mary Susan Howard. (13) Lucy Jane b. 8 August 1846 in Camden Co. Missouri bd. Howard Family Cemetery m. 1860 Camden Co. General S. Howard.

           We have two Wisdom men in the 1840 group: William P. b. ca. 1807 and Michael S. b. 1814 in Kentucky both 220 Pulaski 1840. Two Pollard Wisdoms in 1839 Missouri census in Crawford and Boone counties. William P. was on 309 Lawrence Co. Tennessee, then Pulaski then on 273 Laclede 1850. Michael S. Wisdom by 1850 had moved to Barry County, Missouri, p. 384. 

February 14, 1982

My maternal great-grandfather, Benjamin F. (Frank) Russell was born in Miller County, Missouri in 1835 and married there twice; he moved to Camden County, Mo. where my grandmother was born in 1869. Haven’t found the family after the 1870 census. Cynthia Russell, my grandmother may have run away to marry a cowboy, Jesse A. Ward. They were in Indian Territory in 1885 when the first child was born.

           Benjamin’s children (first marriage): 1. Jane A.M. born 1858 in Missouri; 2. Nancy Elizabeth bon 1861 in Missouri. His second wife was Mahala L. Huddleston, and their issue was 3. William B. born 1867. 4. Cintha (Cynthia), as above. 5. Isabella, who married an Alexander. 6. Frances M., who married a Lane. 7. John B. and 8. Elizabeth “Betty” Russell, who married first a Kincaid, then a Smith. Surely one of these stayed in Missouri. Mrs. B.D. Hennigan 3900 Holiday Dr. Farmington, New Mexico 87401

           There was another large Russell family in Camden Co. from Kentucky. In comparing census records, deeds, etc. no connection was found. Here is Shirley Cawyer’s line: William M. Russell, born Rutherford county, N.C., 1794; died Camden 1858; buried at Roch Cemetery Wm. married in Rutherford Co. 1816 his first cousin, Nancy Reavis (1799-1877). William was a son of George Russell Jr. (born Virginia 1772) and wife Rhoda Reavis (born 1769 Virginia. Wm. Russell was listed on p. 230 of Pulaski 1840 and 1850 in Camden #643. This family line began in Virginia, traveled to Rutherford Co, (this county borders Tennessee), and arrived in Missouri before it became a state. William Russell’s known children: John Harrison b. 1816; m. Margaret Johnson; died New Mexico. (2) Adolphus Andrew b. 1817 in Boone County, Mo., d. 1860s in CSA; m. Ellen McDowell b. 1816 Tennessee. (3) Rhoda Amanda b. 1821 Boone Co., Missouri; d. 1892 Redondo Beach, California; m. Camden Co. 1841 Bennett Jackson Clinton, as his second wife. 4. Martha Jane Russell, b. 1822 Boone Co., Missouri; d. 1873 Vernon Co., Missouri; m. 1841 Camden Co. Richard Jackson. 5. Sarah Elizabeth Russell b. 1824 Boone Co. Missouri; m. (1) John Clayton; (2) Isom Cunningham. 6. William Lafayette Russell b. 1828; d. 1849 Camden Co. 7. Mary Janet Russell b. 1830 m. (1) Isom Cunningham as his first wife. 8. Harriett Ursula b. 1833; m. (1) Benjamin Nicholson. 9. Susan Catherine Russell b. 1836; d. 1934 m. John Pemberton McDaniel. 

Query: Looking for the great grandparents of my husband in Wright Co., William Hill and Lucille “Lucy” Whitehead were the parents of Sarah Jane Hill b. 1880 in Hartville. Can anyone help. Patricia A. Case, 1002 San Antonio Creek Rd. Santa Barbara, CA.  

Nathan James (James Nathan) Vaughan was not in 1840 Pulaski, but his first child was born there e1842. He m. (1) 1841, Lucinda Long b. 1824 Kentucky; m. (2) 1851 Delilah Jane Sapp b. 1832 Tennessee; d. 1911 New Mexico; bur. Denton Co. Texas. James Nathan Vaughan was b. 1818 Kentucky; d. 1885 Denton Co. Texas. Query: Who were the parents of Delilah? In 1850 of Pulaski, p. 205 she was listed with Henry and Sarah Dye while on Pulaski 1850, 206 were Mary and Benjamin Sapp, b. 1836 Tennessee and 1838, residing with the David Adams family.

           There was a Bramlett White Vaughan in Pulaski Co. (at or near) Waynesville; Nathan Vaughn named a son Bramlett White Vaughan. I feel this first Bramlett surely must a brother of Nathan, but can’t prove it.

           Believe Granberry Sapp of Warren Co. Tennessee to be the father of the Sapp children, but can’t follow through. Missouri Pioneers 16:9 gives death of Morris Squire, intestate. adminstratrix Polly Sapp. Sec: Samuel Baker and David Adams on 24 May 1848. Heirs: Mary Sapp, widow of Greenberry Sapp, deceased. John W. Morris, Nancy Morris, William J. Morris, Polly Ann Morris, Melicia A. Morris, Welmina J. Morris, all of whom are children of Squire Morris and residents of Pulaski Co. A son of Nathan Vaughan named a son Greenberry in 1895. Odessa Isbell, Route 2 box 191, Pilot Point, Texas 78256.

           Reply: Nathan Vaughan on Pulaski 1850, 201. Bramlett W., b. 1828 Kentucky may have been the father of “Polly” (Mary Jane) Vaughn, wife of Pleasant Williams. Mary Jane Vaughan b. 1858 in Missouri; d. 1931 in Kingston, OK. She was the great-grandmother of Dewel Bennett Musgrave; Mattie May Williams, daughter of Pleas and Polly m. Thomas Simpson Musgrave (1875-1937), a son of Lafayette Brownfield “Fite” Musgrave. Wife of Fite Musgrave was Mary E. Wood (1848-1923) Both Fite (1835/7-1917) are buried Rose Hill Cemetery, Ardmore, OK. Fite’s Bible burned in a 1924 house fire in Oklahoma. Thomas S. Musgrave b. 1875 in Pulaski Co.; d. 1937 Seminole, OK. His wife died in San Antonio, at the age of 88y, 5m, 22d.

           See King, History of Maries County for another Wm. Vaughan, Sr.

           Mrs. Eulah Quiring (Rt. 1, Box 381, Crocker, Mo.) reported that Nicholas and Susan Mitchell’s daughter Adelaid was married to Benjamin B. Vaughn (included 1850 census of Nicholas Mitchell family.) They had William, b. 1851, Benjamin Jeremiah b. 1855, John A. b. 1858, and Mary J. Vaughn, b. 185(6?)0. Ben went to Indian Territory and married an Indian woman. they lived at Alex, OK and had four boys: Ben, Claude, Oscar and Owen. They were also a daughter Jessie Burney Ray, who lived in Chickasha...

           The brother of Benjamin B. Vaughn, Bramlett W., was with Martin Mitchell family in 1850. Bramlett m. three times (1) Peter [sic] Ann Mitchell, daughter of  Samuel and Elizabeth Mitchell b. 1830; d. 1857. Issue: James F. b. 1853; m. R.E. Logan. Bramlett m. (2) Permelia [–?–] age 29 in 1860 in Pulaski. They had son George b. 1849 and daughter Mary who married [–?–] Page. Bramlett m. (3) Manerva A. [–?–] b. 1841; d. 1910. Both Bramlett and third wife were buried in Laughlin Cemetery, Ft. Leonard Wood.

           Bramlett b. 1827 Kentucky; d. 1894. Children: Ben, Ollie (son), Samuel B. b. 1873 in Tribune, Mo., Charles Luther b. 1877, Ed and daughter Ora Vaughn. I was told that son Ben was bushwhacked

 February 21, 1982

William Jefferson Williams b. 12 December 1818 Tennessee; 1838, Winchester, Franklin Co., Tennessee Elizabeth Ann Stubblefield, daughter of  Nathan and Polly Stubblefield. They had 12 children...entire family was born in Cooper Hill, Osage Co., Missouri, where William settled in 1839. Henry Jefferson Williams, son of Wm. J. Williams b. 1840 Osage County; married Syrena Simpson 1861 Osage County and had 10 children. Among them:

           Benjamin Franklin Williams born 1875 Cooper Hill; married Tiny May Simpson 1896 in Dixon, Pulaski County, Missouri. Ben died in 1952 at his home just outside Waynesville; bur. Buckhorn Baptist Church Cemetery with Tina, who died 1968 in Kansas City, Kansas, at her daughter’s home.

           Ben Simpson born about 1777 South Carolina, and Mary born about 1786 South Carolina had seven children. Daniel Simpson, son of Ben, born 1817 in either Missouri or Tennessee; died after 1900 in Pulaski County. Wife was Jane; issue, eight children. She was born ca. 1826 in Kentucky; her father as born Kentucky and her mother born Virginia.

           James E. Simpson, son of Daniel was born 1849 (Pulaski County?); died Helm, Missouri, 1924; bur. Dixon, Missouri; married (2) Easter Yates who had first married [–?–] Lewis. He first married Nancy Williams born about 1849; died some time after 1883. Issue, six children, including Tina Mae Simpson, wife of Benjamin Franklin Williams. All children were born and died in Pulaski County except two; all are buried in Pulaski.

 The families intermarried In complicated fashion: Ben and Mary Simpson of South Carolina had a son, James, born 1818, who married Rebecca Syrena Miller of Osage County, Missouri. James and Rebecca then had a daughter, Syrena Simpson, who married Henry Jefferson Williams. James, husband of Rebecca and Daniel, husband of Jane, were brothers. Ben and Tina were the great grandparents of the querist, who says, “... many (of my relatives) are .long-time families of Osage County. Many still live there, some on the old Ben Williams farm outside of Waynesville. As a child I often visited the farm in summer. All of Ben and Tina’s kids were born in Pulaski, and some married there, including my Grandmother, Georgia’ Faye Williams. She was called Faye. She married Guy Franklin Doolin of Waynesville. Doolin descendants still live there. His father was John Marion Doolin; and his mother was Mary Matilda Robertson, a daughter of Rev. George W. Robertson. These Doolins are (said) to have been related to the outlaw Bill Doolin of the 1890’s (who ranged in) Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Southeast Missouri ...”

 The Simpsons married into the following lines: Patton, Kelly, Young (“Taylor Young I believe was from old settlers”), Wilson, Imboden (“definitely old settlers”), Manes (“an old name In the area also, I think”), Hance, Long, Irwin E Craven, and Fritchey. (Here are) my queries: James E. Simpson, son of Daniel and Jane (Roberts) Simpson; married about 1870 to Nancy Williams, who was born about 1849 in Illinois. Desire parentage of Jane and Nancy.

Who were Nathan and Polly Stubblefield, whose daughter Elizabeth (born Tennessee 1821; died 1895) married Wm. J. Williams? Elizabeth died at Byron,. Osage County.

 Thomas Miller, son of William Miller  of Virginia and Knox County, Tennessee; born about 1782–85 Virginia. Married about 1805 Altha Sherrill; he died 1853 Osage County, Missouri. Altha was born ca. 1785- 92? in Knox or Bledsoe County, Tennessee and died 1880 Osage County. Were her parents Samuel and Altha Sherrill of Blount County, Tennessee? She is definitely related to the Sherrill line of Revolutionary fame in North Carolina and Tennessee, but how?

 James Simpson, son of Ben and Mary of South Carolina, born 1818 Tennessee; died 1849 on his way to California. Married first about 1839, Osage County Rebecca Syrene Miller, daughter of Thomas and Altha (Sherrill) Miller. Rebecca born (when?) Bledsoe County, Tennessee and died about 1848. James married secondly, Elizabeth Barbarick later that year. Her first husband may have been a Branson.

“Fite” Musgraves named a son, Thomas Simpson Musgrave; Fite’s wife was Mary E. Wood daughter of Thomas A. Wood and Rebecca, daughter of’ Reuben Morgan and Elizabeth Dowell.

 Secondly, cardex  references on Simpson: one Moses Simpson, born 1800–1810 is listed on p. 160 Gasconade 1830 Missouri; one Moses Simpson married  Gasconade 1837 Elisabeth Vinson (Woodruff: Missouri Pioneers Vol. 2: (1968) p. 79, She may have been a daughter of Thomas Leroy Vincent of that county. Next, one Daniel Simpson is listed on 161 ‘30; menfolk in the listing were born 1780–9 (probably Daniel) and 1810–1815 (probably son.) Everett King in his extremely valuable History of Maries County, Missouri (Ramfre Press, 1963 on pp. 396, 404, 397 and 405 gives a brief Simpson outline: intermarried with the Eads family of Caldwell County, Kentucky. Both families seem to have moved from that county to Osage County, Missouri, very nearly, not later than 1818. Several Simpson names appear in 1828 Gasconade tax list. King says, and “we know of five brothers of the Simpson family, but there were others. The ones we know about are Samuel, Daniel, Benjamin (my emphasis d.v.) James and William. Samuel Simpson moved to Vernon County after his marriage in Osage and spent the rest of his life there.

 Daniel Simpson spent most of his adult life in  Pulaski County; his son, (“Snurl”) married Diana, daughter of Robert L. Ransey”,(probably Ramsey; of 1840 group: ‘Pulaski ‘40, p. 206. 1850 Pulaski, p. 159 born Missouri; Goodspeed says he was born “southeastern Missouri; he died 1885; settled on the Bourbois, Maries County by 1839”, p. 598. (d.v.) “who way then a widow Helton. Benjamin and James Simpson spent their lives in Osage County. William Simpson, who married Elizabeth Derena (Serena, probably d.v.) Archer in Osage County, was born in Kentucky in 1806, the son of William Simpson, whose sister married John Eads and was the mother of Benjamin.

           Unfortunately, King is out of print as far as I know though the material is written and presented in the present tense and was actually assembled about 1943. His is an indispensable aid.

           According to Goodspeed (1893–94) Reminiscences of the Ozarks, p. 300 Reuben S. Branson was the son of Valentine and Alpha M. (Sherill) Branson, natives of Bledsoe County, Tennessee, the former born in 1810, the latter in 1819. The parents were married in that county and soon after removed to Gasconade County, Missouri This was about 1844.

           “Our subject’s maternal grandfather Sam Sherrill came from Tennessee at an early date and settled in Maries County where his death occurred before the war. Goodspeed does not list Samuel’s children.

 February 28, 1982

 Musgrave–Mitchell–Hobbs–Killingsworth–Chandler–Sheppard–Pickett–Weaver–Filpot–Brown–Ferris etc.

           The following transcript excerpted from a three-page written family history sent to me some years ago by Mr. Frank ‘Musgrave of Denver, Colorado. It was authored  by his father, James Hamilton Musgrave of, Omaha, Nebraska, and. is dated January 12, 1950.

           Musgrave: James and Frank: While we have no doubt told you boys in your younger days, the history of my grandparents on the Musgrave side (your great grandparents; you have probably forgotten most of if and since you may in the future wish you knew more about the family history, and since I need to do a little practicing on the typewriter, shall proceed to give you some of the high spots as I remember it as told to me by my parents.

           Prior to the Civil War, Grandfather Musgrave was a prosperous farmer in Cedar County, Missouri, owning several thousand acres of good land, no doubt, he had homesteaded some of it, possibly the larger part; the. home place which was located: some eight or ten mile south of Stockton, Missouri and some four or five miles east of Jerico Springs, Missouri, contained  a nice seven or eight room house, a large barn and a number of other farm buildings for housing grains and farm implements. The family consisted of five children; besides Grandpa and Grand ma Musgrave [including], Sarah, George, Frank, Louis, and Mary. When the Civil War developed, Aunt Sarah was the oldest child and I think around fourteen or fifteen years of age,

           The Missouri State Government fit, wavered for several months after Civil War was declared but finally cast their lot with the South and joined the Confederacy. As a result Grandpa joined the Army. I do not recall, whether by draft or voluntary, neither’. do I remember as to, how long he was in the Army before he died, but it must have been at, least two off, three years.

           After Grandpa; went to war, the Confederate army cameo along and commandeered (that is confiscated Grandma’s grain, livestock, including most of the horses, paying her in Confederate money; later on the Union Army came along and set fire to the home and all the buildings, possibly due to the fact that Grandpa was a Captain is the Confederate Army. Grandma and. the children; had to flee ; for their, lives, and they finally landed in Pulaski County, Missouri; near Waynesville; as to how long the were in Pulaski County I do not recall, but they returned to the old home place, as they could after the war.

           Some time during the war, Grandpa developed pneumonia from exposure and died, however I cannot recall just where he died, but it is, my recollection, that when he became sick, he was sent home and that he died  at home, although I am not sure of this.

           Aunt Sarah evidently met her future husband while living In Pulaski County, as she later married a man by the name of Mitchell and they took up their home on a farm near Waynesville, Missouri and they had seven children; Charles, Virgil, Arthur ( called “Pete”, Edward, Cora and Hattie; Harry and Edward were twins. The children are listed. as they were born, except the two girls; Cora is the oldest and should have preceded Charles and I think Hattie follows Virgil. Cora married a Mr. Hobbs and she (that is in 1950 d.v.) lives in Springfield, Missouri. Charles lives in Coffeyville, Kansas. Virgil in Kansas City, Missouri. Hatte is a widow, lives in St. James, Missouri, so far as I know, Arthur, always called Pete, lives in St. James, Missouri. Harry and Edward, are both dead. Uncle George married Mollie Killingsworth, living Cedar County, Missouri on a farm and to this union were — Maude, Arthur, Cliff, and Everett. Maude did not marry and lives in Santa Monica, California. Cliff married Courtney Chandler and lives in Los Angeles, California. Uncle George Musgrave, after marrying took up his residence in Ash Grove, Missouri, and started the practice of dentistry. He gave Arthur and Everett dental education to the point where they were ante 4 to pass the’ Missouri State Board of Dental Examiners and were given’ a certificate to practice dentistry in Missouri. Later on Everett took up the practice; of dentistry in Oklahoma...both boys were married two or three times and Everett had a girl by his first wife, but so far as I know Arthur had no children by either wife. Arthur practiced dentistry in Kansas City, Missouri for a good many years and was living there at the time of his death in 1948. Everett died several years prior to that and I think was  living in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the time of his death.

           Uncle Frank Musgrave married and had two daughters by his marriage, Dora , and Frankie as I recall. Uncle Frank died before Frankie was born, which accounts for her being named after her father. Dora married a Mr. Charles Sheppard and they lived in Golden City, Missouri. Charles was in the Lumber business. Dora died  a good many years ago; Charles, who must be at least 92 years. of age, is in a ‘Sanatorium at Eldorado Springs, Missouri, so I am told by Corda Ferris. Frankie married Charley Pickett...he and Frankie had several children and lived on a  farm near Marshfield, Missouri for a number of years, but finally sold the farm and bought; one near Farmville, Virginia, after living on this farm for a number of years he all of a sudden disappeared and left Frankie with the farm and three or four children to raise and so far as I know has never been heard of since. Frankie at the present moment is in very poor health,.. she must be at least 80 years old.

           Louis B. Musgrave, my father, was born August 7, 1856 and when he was about twenty years of age he and Uncle George migrated to Fannin County, Texas, to teach school, Uncle George did not stay but a year or so, but returned to Missouri and married. But father evidently remained for three or four; years and married Esther Adline Weaver, my mother, in September of 1877, and I was born in Fannin County, Texas on August 28, 1878; some six months or a year later my parents moved back to Missouri and settled on an 80 acre farm some five or six miles southeast of Jerico Springs and near Grandma Musgrave’s old home place. It is my understanding that Grandma Musgrave gave father 40 acres of the 80 and sold him the other 40 on time. Father taught school and farmed the 80 acres until I was about eight years of age, when he sold the farm and moved to Jerico springs to teach school and study law...after four or five years, he succeeded in passing the Missouri State Bar Examination to practice law...I think late in the fall of 1891 we moved to Ash Grove, Missouri, where father started to practice law—might have been 1889 or 1890. Aunt May was born August 11, 1880 and Uncle Ed. was born September 30, 1884.

           Aunt Mary married a man by the name of William Filpot and they located on a farm adjoining my father’s farm.—to this union four children were born— Etta, Mittie, Lea, and a boy named Claude. Etta married Andy Broom and settled on a farm near Uncle Will Philpot’s farm. Mittie married. and lives in Joplin; Missouri, but I do not; recall the name of the man she married. Lea also married and lived on a farm near Uncle Will and had one or two children. However, she has been dead a number of years. Claude married and located in California; at the present time; (that is, 1950 d.v.) I understand he lives n. Downy, California. Aunt Mary is  about 92 years of age and is now in .a. convalescent home  in Jerico Springs.

           Getting back to Grandma Musgrave, several years after the was, possibly 1872 of 1874, she married a man by the name of Morrison, and two children were born from this union Edward E. and Corda. Edward  never married, but located in Butte, Montana and died in that city. Corda married Horace Ferris and a daughter was born to this union, whom they called Birdie. Horace Ferris disappeared’ a number of years ago, and Gorda and Birdie, lived with Grandma until she died, back in 1912 or 14. He married Charles Wheeler, and they now live In Springfield, Missouri; Aunt Corda lives with them.

     Mr. Morrison did not live but a few years and Grandma finally married again, a man by the name of Church,, but no children were born to this union. As I recall, Mr. Church was several years older, than Grandma, and while he lived a good many years after they married and lived in a nice big home in Stockton, Missouri, he died’ some ten or fifteen years before Grandma did ... two or three years after Mr. Church died, Grandma disposed of the Stockton home and moved. to Ash Grove, Missouri. She bought a five room house, at which time Aunt Corda and Birdie moved in with her. As stated in the second ‘paragraph, Grandpa Musgrave had large land holdings and was considered well fixed at the time he went to war. I do not recall whether father ever said what Grandma had after the war, other than the land, as all or the greater part of her money was issued by the Confederate Government and was of no value after the war. I can recall when visiting Grandma as a little boy she had an old trunk full of five, ten and twenty dollar bills and she always gave us children a few of these bills to play with. Grandma was smart enough to protect her holdings, however, as each time she ,married a nuptial agreement was entered into, whereby Mr. Morrison and Mr. Church, or their heirs were not to participate in any part of her holdings or estate, nor she in theirs. 

    As time went on, Grandma  finally disposed of all her land and other properties and loaned the money to various and sundry persons, taking their note properly secured bearing six to eight percent interest and she lived off of the rest. However, when she died and the estate was finally settled, the heirs only received a few, hundred dollars each, and as I recall no unpaid notes, except :father’s and Uncle George’s, could be found in her safety deposit box.

           The above is the history of the Musgrave family, so far as I know and recall at this time, however, Aunt May and Uncle Ed, may remember more details than I have enumerated  although I have reproduced them to the best of my recollection, as told to me by my parents.


                                                           Your loving father,  J. H. Musgrave 

 Woolsey –Punish–Loveall–Herring-Hudgins

   James W. Woolsey, of 1030 Sanford Avenue, Richland, Washington 99352 writes to tell us that the George Woolsey listed in household 335-335 in the 1870 census of Phelps County, Missouri, was born in Pulaski County, Kentucky. He married in Kentucky Sophia Brown, Mr. Woolsey reports. George was the son of William James Woolsey and his first wife, Annie Martin. He was living with his parents in 1880 in Pulaski County, Kentucky. Here is complete 1870 Phelps listing:

           George Woolsey, 40, born Kentucky; Sophia, 36, born Kentucky. All children born Missouri: Samuel F., 18; Sarah J., 15; Harriett E., 8; Thomas T,, 6; Andrew J., 4, and Martha E:, 2: There are two other children whom the census does not show, says Mr. Woolsey: Wesley, born 1859 in Missouri; and Ida, born 1858 in Missouri.

           Another Woolsey family is Daniel Woolsey of p. 601, 1850 Camden census. I think that he could be the son of our-1840 man, Thomas Woolsey. Daniel was born, says listing, about 1822, in Missouri, wife, Mary was born about 1818 In Kentucky, and our correspondent tells us that she was a Parrish, born 27 February 1817 in Pulaski County, Kentucky, a daughter of Thomas H. Parrish and Elizabeth “Betsey” Herring. Thomas and Elizabeth were married 14 January 1815 in Duplin County, North Carolina. This Daniel Woolsey may have been a son of Richard Woolsey of 172 Pulaski 1850, born Virginia about 1780. (This part of 1850 census of Pulaski became Phelps County by 1861;, quite a number of Woolsey folks centered themselves In the Phelps area — many were quite likely from Pulaski County, Kentucky, and the are facts worth knowing. He  also are given a North Carolina county mention all this will help future tracers.

           A third group is the family of William James Woolsey whom our informant named as son of Richard and. Polly Loveall Woolsey. William was listed in house 388-381 1860 Phelps County, Missouri census;. post office was Rolla. His wife was Matilda Hudgins, and they were married in 1855 in Pulaski County, Kentucky, but returned to Missouri. Matilda was William J. Woolsey’s third wife, reports our correspondent.

           Though it is not actually our concern here (these are facts are outside our study area), I will also include some useful data on a fourth, Woolsey family; as sent: 

    In 1850 census of Buchanan County, Missouri, house No. 183, are the twin sons of Zephaniah and Rachel Harrison Woolsey: Ewvine and Henry, born Clinton County, Kentucky about 1828. The Rolla Herald of 3 July 1924 printed a life sketch of John Price Woolsey, a son of Ewvine: he, a Confederate soldier and was born in Clinton County, Kentucky, in 1841. Our informant tells us he was born in Johnson County, Missouri, and has been working on genealogy for “more than 20 years.” He asks if I have a list of Pulaski County, Missouri cemetery inscriptions (I have only a partial record those on Fort Leonard Wood and a. few others) and stresses the importance of cemetery etc. He, says, “I know there are some Woolsey in the cemetery at Rolla. Most of the Woolsey charts I’m sending were of the Mormon Faith. I’m not though.”

 Reply: It seems a good bet that at least two of our 1840 Woolsey families were from Pulaski County, Kentucky vicinity; Jonathan, and. George W. Thomas, however, may have been settled in Missouri as early the 1820s, if Daniel and Richard Woolsey of 1850 Camden census are his sons. (Richard, born Missouri about 1820, is listed on 676 Camden ‘50 ) Thomas R. Parrish, father of Daniel Woolsey’s wife, also appears, in our 1840 study group, on p. 234 Pulaski ‘40. His 1850 listing (684 Camden ‘50) has him born in Virginia in about 1790, birthplaces of children put him in Kentucky in about 1833-34. So glad to have more information on him; Goodspeed (p. 291) says he settled Camden County before 1833 on the Dry Auglaize.

 March 7, 1982

Musgrave (continued)

           Our mention the other week of the “unpleasantness” between Cal Williams and Scott Musgrave has evoked a much different account of the event, from an eyewitness. It happened ,nearly seventy years ago., Here is the story, told by Calvin Williams’ daughter from her letter dated. January 7th:

           “Having been a constant reader... I feel I must send, as YOU requested, a correction on what happened.; “I am the daughter of Calvin Alexander Williams (youngest. son of Thomas Williams ... Calvin Williams’ first wife was Mary Woolsey. His second wife, Cora Ellen Williams was my mother.

           Calvin was born in 1873 and got killed October 13, 1913. I was there. Your information is reversed. Calvin. was the “Constable” (not called sheriff at that time) and was treasurer of the;. Palace Union Church. They were putting a roof on the Church. Scott was called an outlaw: When Calvin called his attention to a tale he had told that he (Calvin) had spent church money, Scott whipped out his gun and shot my dad, then took to the woods. No one in that day dared try to bring him to justice. He had tagged thirteen more men, brothers and neighbors to kill ..,”

           Mrs. Gilbert continues, “Calvin,” “Pies,” “Ike,” Marion, Wesley, Harvey, Andrew, Willie and Louis were the sons. There was one daughter, Jane, and two stepsons, John and George Moore.

           “Grandfather Williams was Thomas Williams, born in Tennessee February 3, 1828; died December 1908. His wife was Mariah Musgrave, born May 2, 1828. Thomas was the oldest son of John and Eda Stewart Williams. Great grandfather John Williams was born December 27, 1803 in Virginia ... great, great grandfather was William Williams. I have some more information on the Williams families (children of each and wives.). I appreciate your columns very much.”

Fay Williams Gilbert, Route 2, Box 120, John Knox Village, Waynesville, Missouri 65583.

 Scott Musgrave (1860–1918) Is buried in the Palace Union Church Cemetery. Resting in that same ground are Calvin Alexander Williams, (1873.-1913), Cora E. Williams (1881-1942), and Thomas and Maria. (Marian) Musgrave Williams. Winfield “Scot” Musgrave was a son of J. “Carroll”. Musgrave and first cousin Nancy Robinson; Scott lived until his death on the old Musgrave place. He went to Alaska to mine for gold, with considerable success; he returned with several good-size nuggets to display to neighbors. He lived only five years after the shooting. Was he ever brought to trial?

 John (Balem) Musgrave (“Jack”) was Scott’s older brother, born about 1855. He is remembered locally as a loner whose main pursuits were hunting and inebriation; it was reported that he was killed accidentally in the woods with his ‘own gun. He never married; I. don’t have a death date or place of burial.

 Descendants of John E. Williams, Sr. (father of Thomas) will be interested to hear that William Williams, possible brother of Thomas, was born April 22, 1830 in Knox County, Tennessee, according to papers found in the Bible of the father of Asilea Williams, See below.

The 1830 census of Knox yields the following Williams Heads of Family;

John (“William”), p. 352 (1102001.0220001.);. Benjamin (“Williams”), p. 351; Berry, p. 348; David, p. 354; Ephraim, p. 378; Ethelred, p. 338; James, p, 315; James, p. 366; Jason, p.,379; Jesse, p. 359; Joel, p. 379; John, p. 357. (10101001-0202001); Johnathan, p. 349; Joseph, p. 331; Larken, p. 351; Moses, p. 343; Samuel, p. 346. Samuel, p. 366; Thomas L., p. 344; William, p. 350 (10001-11001); William, p. 381 (20001-00001),

I will be frank to say that neither John Williams, of p. 352, nor John Williams of p. 337 look like the right man: Tom was known to be the oldest child, yet both the above men show children older than Torn would have been; Tom would be in the first column, born as he was 1825 to 1830: Page 352’s John is too old; our John E. Williams, Sr. was born 1803 to 1805, says Pulaski census, so he would show up in 1830 in column 5. There is a man in column 5 in page 357’s listing, but he is part of a larger family. Eda Stewart Williams was born in 1808, and she would be listed in column 5, too convincingly, no woman is listed in column five of either. John’s 1830 census entry. Neither William Williams above was old enough to be 1 John’s father. 

Finally, excerpts of my recent taped interview of Mrs. Asilea Williams Bales of Waynesville. (December 2,1981),

           Bible records Bible belonged to her father. From loose papers in the front of the Bible marked “Marriages:” “William Williams and Olive Manerva Musgrave were married December 2, 1855 by James Baker Pulaski, County, Missouri. Uriah Beall and Nancy M. Williams: were married May 22nd, 1878 by Rev. Haymes (?) (looks like Denton County, Texas;--d.v.). William Williams and. Manerva Moore were married February 10, 1889.

-other side of this paper–

Deaths: Leonard Franklin Williams, the son of Wm. and Manerva Williams, died the third day of March, 1895. Win. Williams died March the 15th, 1905. 

Next piece of paper:

Births: William Williams was born April 22, 1830 Knox County, Tennessee. Olive Manerva Musgrave was born October 16, 1837, Pulaski County; Missouri. Nancy Malinda Williams ---born December 10, 1856. William . Washington Williams was born Sep­tember 1st, 1860 Pulaski County, Missouri, Sturlin Price Williams was born May 6, 1866 Pulaski. 

—other side of paper-‑

Births: John Morgan Williams was born May 9, 1862 Pulaski. Isaac Burrell Williams (Asilea’s grand-father, she stated) was born August 20, 1872 Pulaski. James Henry Williams born February 1, 1881 Pulaski. (Hard to read) Cornelius, Beall was born 1877 Ascosa Gouty, Texas. Leonard Franklin Williams, the son of Wm. and Manerva E, Williams was born January 14,1892. 

We also have a little bit more on the Tom Williams’ genealogy sketch that I picked up from Celia Woffard Williams In 1965: 

           After the last part I copied (her parents were James and Sally Robinson), add: “After I was married I moved to Texas County and bought a farm where I have resided fifty-three years, and raised a large family‑twelve boys and one girl. I am at present visiting my son, P. W Williams, at Wapanneka, Indian Territory, and I shall return to my home in Texas County, Missouri on or about September 1, 1904. Thomas Williams.”

 March 14, 1982 

Leake Family -- more from, Mrs. Womack of Mississippi:

(Excerpts of October 17 1981 letter:)

While I cannot make a definite statement that John Mask Leake (Rev, soldier and father of Wm. Leake and Mask Leake (of Rutherford County, Tennessee) was son of John Leake and wife, Ann —The John Leake I feel to be the one John M. is from — He was son of Walter Leake and Judith Mask — son of Wm. Leake and Mary Bostick--emigrant ... Bible printed in 1500, owned by Mary Leake [gives] the date they came to Virginia; (It is in “Kinfolks” by Hardlee, a good source of Leake material.) Chappalier wrote a book (taken from Hardlee’s material) about Leake family.

Another book: McDonald, Kimball, Wade Leak (and also there are) Court, Bible, Church, Cemetery and Family Records by Beatrice Mackey Daughtie — general Leake family study.

Several ladies have done a good job of compiling Luttrell material (Hannah Luttrell married John Maske Leake in Virginia...some of the Missouri descendants are from this family. Mrs. Roos Johnson, 240 Quay Street, Lakewood, Colorado 80226 [has] Luttrell going back Text Box: a
Text Box:  
to England and then to Maryland and then to Virginia.

           Wm. Leek was Bondsman when his brother, Mask Leek married Elizabeth Lewis, Wilson County, Tennessee, on 31 July, 1825. It was about this time or shortly after that the family went in different directions. Richard Leak had stayed in Knox County, Tennessee, and is there in 1850 census but father, John M. Leak and sons, Wm., James, Maske and daughter, Judith Rhea came to Wilson County, Tennessee. William, James, and Judith went on to Missouri; the father John M. Leak moved with youngest child, Mask to next county in Tennessee, Rutherford, and died there as (was) stated in “ his 1840 pension paper...

Warmly, Pauline Hartman Womack, 307 E; Monroe, Greenwood, Mississippi 38930.

 Brumley -Barber - Bilyeu

“Exchange Information on Brumley families .in Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia. Also tracing Mary Barber, first wife of William Brumley, son of James and Diannah Bilyeu Brumley.” Gladys Carlson (Mrs. R..E.), 542 Sybil Lane, Marietta,. Georgia 30067.

 Reply: On the Brumley family, see “Sharing the Past” No. 1 for a Musgrave alliance. I have twenty-two Brumley names cardexed but the query, to be candid, is 1) too general and 2) lacks mention of time — exclusions which can puzzle and discourage readers. We do ‘hope Mrs. Carlson will. again send a query, specifying where in Missouri, and in what period of time j she wishes to give and receive help. 

Miller - Watts

“Contact descendants of George E. Miller (b. 1838 N.Y.) and Eliz. (?) of Texas County, Missouri, who probably married in Ohio about 1861-1862. Their daughter, Lucetta married first (? ) Green, and secondly, Gilbert Watts. Desire first name of Mr. Green.”

Fran. Morris, 23644 Panam Warren, MI 46091. 

Davis- Jones

“Seek pars and burial place of William D. Davis, born Tennessee 1803; married about 1828 Talha (“Allie”) Jones. In Bradley County, Tennessee 1850 With issue Wm. C., Caroline, Manerva, Perry, Martha, Granville, Henry, Drury (“Drew”), and Sarah. Parents left Tennessee 1854 with children, Martha, Sarah and Drury and went to Mountain Grove, Missouri where they homesteaded 160 acres; They lived there until their deaths.”

Fran Harris (Mrs. Del), 1004 West Fremont, Selah, Washington 98942. 

March 21, 1982

Ridenhour -Zumwalt

Trade Information on very early Maries County settlers John and Christina Zumwalt Ridenhour. She was the daughter of Henry and granddaughter of Andrew Zumwalt. Henry lived in Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, in Powell’s Fort Valley. Marriage 1788 Rockingham County, Virginia. Henry and family moved to Harrison County, Kentucky, and then to St. Charles County, Missouri, on Flint Hill. John Ridenhour and Christina had a Spanish land grant near Henry on Flint Hill. They moved to present-day Franklin County, Missouri on the Missouri River, where John was killed by Indians while watering his horse, perhaps as early as 1803–1804.”              Jax Zumwalt, 3105 N.E. 85th Avenue, Portland, Oregon, 97220. 


“My great-great-;Grandfather Tarlton Tally, my great-great Grandfather James Calvin Tally, and Catherine Brewster Tally came to Pulaski County, Missouri from Monroe County, Tennessee. in 1840. My great-grandmother, Queen Tina America Tally Porter was born in Pulaski in 1855. My grandfather, James Thomas Porter was also born there in 1876. My John Steven Porter was born in Illinois, ‘1853; his parents were James Thomas Porter born North Carolina, and Ervincy [–?–] born Tennessee.”

Mary Moody Robinson, 1840 W. Tannehill, Florence, Alabama 35630.


“Grandmother Mary Ann ( White) Orrell was born 1868 in Camden County, daughter of Moses White and Amanda [–?–] , a Cherokee Indian I’ve been told. Moses White, age 21, and Amanda, age 17, are listed in 1860 Camden census, Osage Twp., p. 32. In 1900 Camden census, Warren Twp., Mary Ann Orrell is listed as. a widow. Her son, George Orrell (my father) was born in 1902. Gladly exchange.”

Geraldine (Orrell) Larsen, 2569 Poll Street, Ventura, California 93003.


‘My 2 great-great grandparents (not sure of, this handwriting - dv.) were in Missouri in 1837. Judge Wm. P. Prock helped locate the Webster County seat. My great grandfather Harrison (hard to read - dv.) Rippee was born in Marshfield about 1837.”

Mrs. Barbara Rippee Claxton, 1208 Desert Eve ,’Drive, Alamogordo, New :, Mexico 88310. 

Reply: There is a William S. Prock, born Tennessee circa 1829, on p. 978 Wright ‘60; a Wm. R. Prock, born Tennessee, circa 1813, on 956 Wright ‘60 (made entry in Gasconade Township). a Wright County Justice in 1850s); a Wm. R. Prock, born North Carolina 1811 on 476 Wright ‘50 (same man as Wright Justice?); a William Prock born North Carolina 1805 1807 on 519 Wright ‘50 and 976 Wright ‘60; and a William Prock, born Tennessee 1829 on 520 Wright ‘50, I don’t see your man in cardex, unless it’s William R. of 956 Wright ‘60. Parts of this numerous Wright County family lived in Monroe County, Tennessee in 1830. Elijah, oldest Prock seen in Wright County in the early years, was born in North Carolina about 1783. Can anyone confirm that Elijah came from p. 93 Monroe ‘30? One Christian “Prough” appears in 1790 census of Surry County, North Carolina; one Christian Prock is listed on p. 240 of 1830 census of Campbell County,’ Tennessee; see Ansearchin’ query 59-6. 

I have twenty three Rippee families in the cardex from Laclede and Wright Counties 1850 and 1860 censuses. I had to guess that the Procks and Rippees were perhaps related, so searched for several minutes to find a “Harrison?” Rippee, born about 1837. No luck. Eli Rippee of p. 211 Pulaski ‘40 and p. 240 Laclede ‘50 was born in North Carolina about 1810; he was in Sumner County, Tennessee for a time, and is an interest of our longtime friend, Art Murrell, of whom more later. According to Edward P. Cook’s Journal, Eli died February 28, 1907. Queries in 1940’s Dar Magazines discuss an Orange County, North Carolina family. See issues of February and April, 1949, and also October ‘47 for a James Rippey of Sumner County, Tennessee. Not to mislead you, let me say that, I have not yet linked the Orange County, North Carolina, family with ours of Wright and Laclede. “Harrison?” Rippee should still be living at home its 1850 census; my own transcription of Wright and Laclede does, not always include all children, so I do suggest you try to find him in the microfilm original. Keep us informed. 


“.. about the Wood family; I have some pictures of the Wood family as follows: Dr. Wm. Henry Wood and wife; James K. Polk Wood, also his twin brother George; my Dallas Wood (my grandfather) (and) his wife Blanche Temple (Montgomery) Wood; Aunt Mary Morgan, who was the wife of John Morgan who was a brother of Rebecca Wood and Mary Musgraves. Sarah (Wood) Crossland and husband Will Crossland, Mary Wood Musgraves and husband Fite Musgraves. Lizzie Tippett and husband, Jack Tippett, and his half-sister, Emily (Tippett) Christeson and husband, Walt. These are pictures that came out in the Democrat.

Mary (Wood) Nickels Route 2, Box 537, Richland Missouri 65556


August, 1981, Ochelata, Oklahoma

“... read in the Democrat you mentioned Nancy Elwisa Jane (Vincent- d.v.) whose second husband was Creed Pruitt and that she died after an accident. I remember hearing my parents speak of the incident. We lived n the Cookville area, as did my, mother’s people (the Doyels). Creed Pruitt was married three times (and) he was the father of 22 or 23 children. One of his wives was a Hammock; Samantha Olney was his oldest and there were several others by this wife. His third wife was Laura Riddle (and) they had nine children: Cinda; Mary, Pearl, Cordia, Maude, Martha, Bob, Creed, and George. The youngest, George, married my daughter, Daisy Potts (now deceased) in 1946.

 Laura Riddle was the daughter of Andrew Riddle; her mother was Cinda Bench. Andrew Riddle was a brother to my grandmother, Mariam Riddle Wood. The story: Creed was mad, whipping the horses. They were running and the wheel hit a stump and threw his wife out. She died giving birth, caused by the injury. 

           Wood is my family name. This Ben Wood who married Martha Malinda (Vincent) do you have anything on him? Who was he where did he live? [Re:] Fite Musgrave, my grandfather’s sister, Mary Wood — married Fite Musgrave. They didn’t live in the Ozarks, so we never knew what became of them. She was a twin to Jesse Wood, whom we never knew. I have pictures of Fite and Mary. Musgrave, and others of the family. (Fite and family moved to Ardmore, Oklahoma —d.v.)

 “Bud” Hicks: (your column) “For the Record” tells me Bud Hicks (Christian) name, which I never knew before.. Bud Hicks, Robert (“Bobby”) Woody, [and] James Knox Wood were first cousins, and first cousins to the late John Morgan of Waynesville. The three Morgan sisters, who were their mothers, was [sic] sisters to late John Morgan’s father. So I have always been told by my Father and Grandfather James Knox Wood (born July 12, 1845), whose mother was Rebecca Morgan. I have been told that Bud Hicks’ mother’s name was Moore. Could it be that was a first marriage or maybe she was a half-sister? Where did the name Moore get in? How can I find out?”

Mrs. Jennie B. Hamm, Box 153, Ochelata, Oklahoma 74051.

Reply: According to Watts, Martha Malinda Vincent (sister of my grandfather) was born in 1872 and died in (or near) Arlington P.O., Lincoln County, Oklahoma in 1899. No record of issue. They lived a while In Colorado. 

I am not sure of the parentage of Ben Woods, husband of Martha. June Nelson of Ogden, Iowa, seems to think he was a son of Robert J. Wood Jr. and Rebecca Morgan. After Wood died, Rebecca married Leroy Singleton Tripltt and, had one son, Jackson. 

Quoting her October, ‘81 letter: “Rebecca Morgan and Robert Jefferson Wood, Jr. were [the)] parents of Wood children on “Fite” picture. Dr. Wm. Henry Wood is there, [whose] wife was Delilah Ann Bench, [daughter] of Lawrence Bench,. Sr. and third wife, Narcissus. (Foley) Bench. Her second husband was a Howard. Dr Wood had first wife, Isanora(?) (called (“Nora”) S. Adams. Delilah Benchead had first husband, Nelson Adams; these two were Adams cousins ...”                       June Lee Nelson, Box 621, Ogden, Iowa 50212. 

March 28, 1982


Was Mary Jane Christian the wife of John Mask(e)? If so, who were her parents? John Mask(e) had a daughter, Judith Masks who married 1757 or 1758 Walter Leake of Goochland County, son of William Leake and Mary Bolstick. John C. Birmingham,. Jr. 10301 Leander Drive, Glen Allen, Virginia 28060 


Notes and comment by d.v.

On my 1988 Missouri trip, I stopped at Springfield to shop in the bookstores and, sightsee. On April 26th, I interviewed, Dr. Edward I Musgrave, a Springfield dentist. Neither of us knew at the time that we were related (see family narrative by his brother, printed here earlier.) Since Dr. Musgrave’s facts from the interview complement the previous material (and, agree, most of the time), we’ll take a moment to compare them:

 Dr. Edward Frank I Musgrave said that he, had been born in Cedar County, Missouri, October 3, 1884. His father was Lewis Hamilton Musgrave, a lawyer, born 1855 and died March, 1938. His father married in Texas Esther Adeline Weaver, who was born in 1857 and died in 1941. She was raised in Texas State (Leonard?).

           Dr. Ed’s grandfather was a CSA (Confederate States of America) Captain who. before the war drove stock to California, He died at age 35. Wife of the CSA Captain was [–?–] Stovall. After his death, she married second [–?–] Morrison, and third [–?–] Church.

           Uncles and aunts remembered by Dr. Musgrave:

           1. “G.W.” (George) Musgrave—dentist at Ash Grove, Missouri.

           2. James Musgrave—had two daughters (deceased in 1966): Dora, who married [–?–] Shepard, and Frankie, .who married [–?–] Pickett,

           3. Sarah Musgrave—Married [–?–]  Mitchell from Pulaski County; she died age 94.

           4. Mary Musgrave “from Cedar County.”

           The doctor reported that Winfield Scott Musgrave was a cousin of his father, and married Maggie [–?–]

            Brothers and sisters of the doctor: James H. (86 years old in 1960 of Omaha, Nebraska; and May Walker (Mrs. E.A ), who in ‘65 was widowed and living in Oklahoma City at age 84. Dr. Musgrave also mentioned that his sister had hired considerable research on the Musgrave family; I have never seen this material. I wrote Mrs. Walker but didn’t get a reply.

           Biggest difference between the two sets of facts on the family is that the wife of the Confederate Captain was, in Dr. Ed’s memory, a Stovall. Was this James’ first wife? We know that his second wife was Mary Jane Maxey. Mary Jane’s subsequent husbands, Morrison and Church, remain the same.

           Secondly, the good doctor credits James Musgrave as being the father of Dora and Frankie; their father was, according to the other version, Frank Musgrave (and remember “Frankie” was supposedly named after a deceased father?)

           About “Scott” In the 1880 census of Pulaski, Cullen Twp., house 6-6 are: “Winfield S. Musgrave, 32, born Mo.; mother and father, both born Tennessee. Aggie, M. L. Musgrave, 29, born Missouri; parents both born Kentucky, (listed as “wife”). There were two sons and a daughter listed Francis M., 11; Minnie M., 9, and William B. Musgrave, age 6, This was in the Colley York 14904), that the woman who’d sent me the Vincent offer, had bilked several families. Material sent back was easily-found information, summarized evidently by a high school student just learning to type and spell—Look at It this way: our hobby has gone Big-Time we’ve attracted crooks! 

Hollow vicinity: 75-year-old Elizabeth Colley, born in Kentucky, lived next door. Scott’s wife in land records was revealed to be ‘Agnes’. 


Also in 1965, in Lebanon, an interview with John and Mary (Shields) Cook, both of whom were to be 80 years old that December. They told me that:

        1. Nancy Robinson (pronounced without the middle: ‘n’)  married, a Musgrave and had Scott, who shot Calvin Williams; Jack, and Frank, who married a McElroy girl and went to California.

        2. [–?–]  Vail married Eveline Robinson, sister of Nancy Robinson.

        3. John Carroll Vincent “Carl”), son of James L. Sr. died in California during World War 2; Eliza Vincent Hicks went to her brother’s funeral.

        4. John Cook said that he was a son of Lorenzo Burton Cook, born 1855 and died February 1927. He married Susan Myers, born Pennsylvania 1862; died April 10, 1937, John Thomas Cook and Margaret Baker were his grandparents; she was a daughter of James Baker. Burton Cook was his great-great grandfather, he reported.

           5. Mary Shields Cook said that she was a daughter of Peter S. Shields, who was born in 1858 and died in 1915. H was, son of Arnett Shields, (d. 1887) who was a son of the emigrant, who .came from Ireland.

           6. Sanford Musgrave was very fat, called “Lazy Sanford.” One day, Mary said, Lazy Sanford “up and died .”

           7. Nancy Prock, who married Peter S. Shields was Mary’s. mother. Nancy was a daughter of John Prock, who came to Missouri from Tennessee before the Civil War. His wife was Charlotte Henderson.

           8. St. Anne’s “Saint Annie’s” Schoolhouse: Ben Woods married there. Old Jim Vincent married “Lindy” McElroy there, but it didn’t last long. One .day her rabbits nibbled the bark off his young peach trees—that was ALL.) Teachers at St. Annie’s included, Lacy Gresham (son of Eliot and Eliza Ann Musgrave Gresham) and Carlos Wolfe (my grandmother’s brother —d.v.)

           9. James Vincent Sr.’s farm, they said, was NOT taken over by Fort Wood. Leeman Kinnard bought the old Jim Vincent place about 1906. He was later bitten by a rabid dog; Mrs. Kinnard lived there a long time.

           10. Old “Lindy” McElroy lived in California with Lacy Gresham but she died while visiting at her daughter’s home Melvina Vincent Barnes, wife of Norman Barnes. “Lindy” Musgrave is buried at Macedonia  Text Box: ~
Cemetery as is Leonard Gresham (son of Lacy) who died when only 17 or 18 years old of appendicitis. Melvina, after Norman died, married second [–?–] Jarvis, a Christian preacher.  

April 4, 1982



           11. Elwisa Vincent married first James Williams, who died, hen, Creed Pruitt. She died giving birth to twins.

           12. The Musgrave family was generally of short stature, although Edward Musgrave was fairly tall and was dubbed “Highpockets.” He married [–?–] Baker, went to Oklahoma, and died there.

           13. Nancy Robinson Musgrave (her husband died fairly young) had Issue: “Teen” (Clementine), who married Robert Cassidy; Belle, who married [–?–] Cassidy; Jenny, married Dan Buckner; Frank, who may have died in California; Scott, who died on the old Musgrave “home place,” and Jack. (Note: these are the children of J. “Carroll” Musgrave, but at least ONE Scott Musgrave Is a son of Bennett’s second marriage, according to Goodspeed’s sketch of him – d.v.)

           14. John Vincent (son of Art—d.v.) married first Alice Musgrave, daughter of Sanford Musgrave. She died and he went off to another state. “Little Lindy” Vlncent, John’s sister, married Lacy Gresham: COMMENT: to say the least its confusing, this nickname business: Mindy-Cindy-Lindy-Missy-Minnie-Mittie-Annie-Jenny-Tennie-Wizee-Lizee-Aggie-Maggie-Nervy-Ninny-Viney. If use of a nickname indicates affection, I’d say there was plenty of love to go around.) 

So who were “Little Lindy” and “Old Lindy”? Correct me if I’m wrong (please!) but I believe “Lindy” to be a nickname for “Melinda.” We know that Bennett “Lacy” Gresham married Rebecca Malinda Vincent, from their son Leland. That’s “Little Lindy” (born 1889 or 1870; died 1939 California), daughter of Art Vincent, who died young. Art was a son of John Vincent Jr., killed at the Battle of Prairie Grove. This John Vincent, born in Tennessee about 1828, married the sister of Eliza Ann Musgrave: Nancy Malinda Musgrave, called “Old Lindy.” Born in Illinois in 1827 or 1828, she died about 1918. She was married secondly to Samuel McElroy Jr., and thirdly to her first husband’s brother James. L. Vincent, Sr. (Rabbits vs. Peach trees above.)  

Sam McElroy’s issue by his previous wife (Malinda, born circa 1824 in Alabama) included Fowles Thompson McElroy (“Eff” buried at Palace) who married a daughter of Burrell Musgrave, Nancy Melissa. Lite  McElroy’s daughter Olive Winds married James L. Vincent Jr., who; died in 1904. Her second husband was John Laughlin, father of Mary Laughlin Cook (Mrs. Arthur) of Lebanon.

 From Pulaski census returns, 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880, here is my best compilation of the children of the union of John Vincent, Jr. and “Lindy” Musgrave

           1. James Arthur (“Art”) born circa 1848-1847; wife Margaret [–?–]  Both died young.

           2. Sarah Ann born circa 1848-49;

           3. John C. born November 1850.

           4. Hiram born circa 1852-53

           5. Nancy Evoline born 1855-56

           6. Amanda born ca. 1857.

John Laughlin, above, was the brother of Jay Hugh (“Bub”) Laughlin. Bub married Lucy Largent, who had had a previous husband, (Elijah?) Burton. Lucy’s third husband had been a childhood sweetheart in Missouri: my grandfather, Lee Vincent. Both were at marriage in their 70s. Lucy lived many years in a Seattle rest home, after Lee’s death, my father visited her faithfully. Lee is buried next to his first wife in Locust section of Mountain View Cemetery here in Tacoma. Readers looking for me fifty years from now will find me in the same section, not actually BORN in Missouri, but surrounded by those who were.

 CORRECTION: Ethel Wood Brewster writes to say that I had given the wrong parentage for great aunt in column of February 21. Mary E. Wood, wife of Lafayette B. “Fite” Musgrave, was the daughter of Robert Wood and wife, Rebecca (Morgan) Wood, not Thomas Allen Wood as reported. Ethel also states that Robert Wood (middle name Jefferson according to family tradition) was born in North Carolina in 1810. The 1850 Pulaski Mortality Schedule lists him as 40 years of age at his death in April 1850. His first marriage was to Frances Hyatt, daughter of Meshack Hyatt of Haywood County, North Carolina, in 1830.

 April 11, 1982


Simeon Traw is listed in the 1850 Census of Camden Co., Mo., on p. 669. Entry states he was born about 1819 In Ky.; birthplaces of children until 1844 are also Ky. Goodspeed, p. 352, mentions Simeon and Susan Traw as being members in 1864 of the Wet Auglaize Christian Church. 

Mrs. Uene Sims Yarnell of Versailles, Mo. has found a dandy piece on the family in the Aug. 12, 1960 Issue of the “Reveille,” Camdenton, Mo., which we are happy to pass on to the reader: 

TRAW REUNION held Richland, Mo. By Mary Feldmiller

It has been told that all Traws in the country were related and that they were ail from a family that came over on the Mayflower. The beginning of the group that  met at the park Saturday ; seems to come from David and Christina Traw, parents of nine children, all of which is a matter of record in an early history book of Missouri. Simeon, eldest of the sons of this couple was the first to come to Mo. and later the rest followed, in eluding the mother, Christina Traw. Simeon Traw, a farmer stock raiser was one of the pioneers of Pulaski County, Mo., born in Va. 1818. He married Susan Smith, a native of Va., in 1837 and moved to Ky. Had eight children. The Traw family located in Pulaski County, Mo. in 1841 when the white settlers were few, and the Indians, bear, elk and wild turkeys were plentiful. Simeon would split rails all “day for 12 cents to get’a letter , out of post office from relatives in Kentucky. After living about two years on the ;Gasconade River, he moved  to Camden County where he lived on the Wet Glaize until 1881. In the latter years he lived in Richland, Mo. He owned about 800 acres of land in two tracts in Pulaski County, the result of long years and work and industry. The family, one of the most of the family, one of prominent and well known in the county, were consistent members of the Christian Church. Simeon was a Democrat and cast his  first vote for Van Buren in 1844.

Names of the older Traw family are Simeon Jackson, Andrew V., James R., Samuel J., Elizabeth Ann, Wm. A., Emily A., Milton Smith and John Nelson Traw. (List of names of descendants in attendance,  also out of town guests were given in this piece.) 

COWAN FAMILY - Crocker, Mo.-letter dated 28 Oct 1981

 “...I have the, family of Cowan from my Great Uncle Samuel Cowan’s Bible and am sending it to you. I would like to know my: Great Grandmother Permella Jane Cowan’s maiden name. My Great Grandparents Samuel and Permelia Jane Cowan came from McMinn Co, Tenn. to Missouri. [They appear] In 1860 Census [of] Miller Co. Mo., [at Iberia] and then later lived in Pulaski Co. Mo.

 Bible pages-Philadelphia, A.J Homan & Clio.; No, 930 Arch Street, 1878

 Loose page in Bible

Samuel Cowan was “bornd” 9-22.1814

Permelia Jane Cowart was “bornd” 9-20-1822.

Andrew Cowan ‘bornd” 12-21-1841

Samuel Cowan “bornd” 5-17-1844

James Cowan ““bornd’’ 6-27-1847.

Robert Cowan “bornd” 10-9-1849

Clemuel Cowan “bornd” 2-2-1853

Charlotte Elizabeth Cowart was “bored” 8-23-1855

Marget Cowan “bornd” 2-7-1858.

Minerva J Cowan was “bornd” 7-8-1861,

Sheet of paper (blurred)

(A duplication of the above, translated Into the, actual day and month— Sept. 22th 1814” for example  starts this part of the record. The name “Margaret” has its spelling righted, then:

Charlotte Elizabeth was born August 23 1855 and “Deceaset” Nov. 16 1856

Andrew. Cowan was “deceast” Oct. (blurred) 1860.

Gabriella Cowan was born Nov. 7, 1857.

James W. Cowan was born Dec. 1,1875.

Thomas S. Cowan, born Feb. 13,1878.

Mary May Cowan born May 30,1880.

Marginal notes by Mrs. Hildebrand on this second Bible record:

Willey (James W. Cowan’s son) was born 12-1-1875; Gabriella died b July 1881; Thomas S, died 7 July 1884; Mary May Cowan died 25 Sept 1881.

 Gabriella was Robert A. Cowan’s first. wife, nee Cleghorn

“My Great Grandparents and Their Offspring “ by Edna Cowan Hildebrand

 Samuel Cowan, born 22 , Sept 1814, died 18 Nov. 1869.

Married Perrnelia Jane ( ) born 20 Sept. 1822. Henry Co. Mo. She died 28 April 1884 near Cassville,

He  was born Kentucky and she probably McMinn or Blount, (pronounced “BLUNT”) Co., Tennessee. They came to Mo. in about 1854 or 1855. Their children were:

1. Andrew died Oct. 1861; married Margaret (   ).

Issue: Dorcas.

 2. Carmel, Jr.- died 16 Mar. 1912; married Eliza Jane (Cole) Morgan. He gave an acre of ground to the School District for a School earned in his honor, which is yet standing; it concrete block building with all windows on the north side. Samuel and Eliza had a family of four: Martha, Mary, Sarah Emma, and John Cowan. They lived in Pulaski County and both are buried In Antioch Cemetery,

 3. James R. (Edna’s line) died 5 May 1677; married Eliza Dodd, born 1854; died 12 Oct. 1891. She buried In family cemetery on her father’s farm on the Gasconade ,River. It was known then as the Milton Carter Dodd farm. James is buried in Turpin Cemetery, on high ground (away) from the Gasconade. The Over covers the Dodd Cemetery, when on a rise, I’ve seen it up, over the cemetery.

They had three children: Nancy Jane Cowan married George Rains; Robert Addison Cowan married Frances Vaughan, and Junes H. Cowan my father. James R. Cowan lived only four or five years after ‘marriage and died before i the birth of his last child. My father, James R. died 25 April . 1939, and Is buried in Crocker Memorial Cemetery, at Crocker, Mo. My mother was Sarah Melvina Singleton, born 3 Jan. 1843; died 17 May 1932. They were married, Sept. 16, 1900.

 4. Robert A. – Samuel’s fourth son died in December 1923. He first married to 1872 Gabriella Cleghorn and married secondly Samanthia Ellen (Hart) Shinkle. Three children resuited from the 4 first marriage; six from the second. Robert is buried in Higate Cemetery in Phelps Co., Mo.

 5. Clemuel-married Sarah Collins 1 Jan. 1879, and married 2nd Sarah Kisner 4 Sept. 1879. She was from Greene or Stone Co., Mo. One child, Minerva.

Note: These first children carne to Pulaski Co. M. with their parental from Tennessee.

 6. Charlotte Elizabeth died 16 Nov. 1858. Buried in Turpin Cemetery along with her father and brother. The Turpin Cemetery is northeast of Waynesville.

7. Margaret Catherine died 1889; married Alvin Reeder. Died in El Dorado, Kansas.

 8. Minervia Jane- died Christmas Day, 1947. She married firstly Charles Lewis Hosman in 1880. He was born 14 Nov. 1849. Her second husband was George McCall, of Ash Grove, Mo. Minervia and Charles had five children. She was buried in Kelly Cemetery of Ash Grove, as is Charles Hosman.

 The father of Samuel Cowan Sr., born 1814 McMinn„ Co. Tennessee.. or Kentucky was Robert, (William?) Cowan, born about 1765 In Rockbridge Co. Va.; his wife was Jean McSpadden.


Millie Eliza Dodd, daughter of Milton Carter Dodd, was born in 1854 near Crocker, Mo. Her mother was Nancy Carter, who was born in Term., and died near Crocker in 1869. Milton C. Dodd, born Tenn. 20 June 1818, died 15 Mar. 1881 and is buried in the cemetery on his old farm. He was the son of James Dodd, born 18 Dec 1843, and his second wife Milley Walker. James’ first wife was Mary Leek. . 


Sarah Melvina Singleton, the mother of Mrs. Hilldebrand was a daughter, of Vincent Alex. Singleton, born 1852, Cattawisa, Franklin County, Mo. He married in 1870 Sarah Jane McIntyre. She was born near Crocker, Mo. in 1852 and died in 1927 near Evening Shade, Mo.; she was buried at the Crock Memorial Cemetery. Her father was Champlin McIntyre, her mother Caroline Riddle. Caroline was born in 1830, died in 1908–1909 and is not so far further identified.

           Ossema Singleton, father of Vincent, was born 30 May? 1822 in Burke Co., North Carolina. He died about 1860 in Arkansas or Tennessee. His “wife was Cynthia Melvina Douglass, born 16 Oct 1825, also in Burke, N.C. She died near Crocker and is buried at the Antioch Cemetery. 

COMMENT: Submitted this outstanding record ( Edna Cowan Hildebrand (Mrs. Frank ), Route 1 Box 241, Crocker, Mo. 65452, writes, “I would like know who were the par of Caroline Riddle? Did she have any brothers or sisters I find her with the Sutherland family. Is it possible she was a sister of James Sutherland? In the 1850 Pulaski census (Ce (Carlin) (sic) Riddle listed with them. I have her name as “Caroline” on grandmother’s Death Certificate. I remember her as a large woman, who lost her sight in one eye. I have her eyeglass. Caroline was my Great Grandmother.” 

Vincent’s column left The Pulaski Democrat and began to be published in the Richland Mirror

 May 6, 1982


“... I am not sure that the Jacob Capps (in the 1840 Pulaski Co.. Mo. census) was, my great grandfather—assuming that the older hale was the bead of household, he was too old to be my Jacob. Also, according g to family records, Jacob’s first child was born in 1842. In 1850 my Jacob was. in Cooper Co., Mo., and in 1860 in Miller Co., Mo.. in which county he died in 1880. The most likely possibility for Jacob’s father seems to be Willis Capps, who was in Pulaski Co. 1840, but  have no proof of this. Willis was born in N.C. ca.  1778-80, was in Grainger Co., Tenn. by 1799 (my Jacob was born in Grainger in 1812), and in Lincoln Co., Mo. in 1830 with six children still at home. Willis’ wife was Elizabeth Jane Yadon, b. 1882 (shouldn’t this read 1782? dv.) in N.C. The Thomas Yadon in Pulaski, Mo. 1840 (group) was her brother. I correspond with descendants of both Willis Capps and Thomas Yadon, and have much family info on them. In another part of Pulaski Co. in 1840 was my great grandfather Jacob Quick. He was born ca 1806 in Ky. and grew up in Montgomery Co., Mo. By 1850 he was in Osage Co., Mo. Jacob Quick’s wife was Sarah Capps. I don’t know if she was related to my other Capps line, but suspect she was, as their children intermarried with each other even tho they lived a county apart. I have lots of Moulder info also—just ask...happy to exchange anything. Best wishes in your endeavor,” Sincerely, Mrs. Rosemary Capps Lee, 2001 S. Engineer, Sedalia, MO 6530. 

May 13, 1982


Wm. Rothwell, b. ca. 1816 Va., appears in 1840 Miller Co., Mo. census. Wife Margaret McHaley b. about 1816 Ohio, according to 1850 Miller listing. By 1860, family resided in Hooker Twp, Laclede Co., Mo.; six children. Margaret married 2nd ( ?) Hutton. This Rothwell line not included in Fischer’s 1964 “A Rothwell Book.” Homer R. Ficken, 3016 Gunnison Trail, Fort Worth, TX 76116.  


Seek parentage, etc. of Jacob Arnett, b. about 1805 Tenn., listed in 1850 Pulaski Co., Mo. census. Apparent wife Anna (“believed to be Anna Coffee”) b. ca 1803. Also Nelson Arnett, b. ca 1824. Marie J. Ferguson, Rt. 4, Box 454, Eureka, MO 63025. 

Summer visitors to Missouri might like to check what’s available for searching at the

University of Missouri, Rolla, Library Room G3. writes the Associate Director, Mark Stauter “...The University of Missouri’s Western Historical Manuscript Collection, and the State Historical Society of Missouri Manuscripts (Joint Collection) office has several. collections which may be helpful to Mo. searchers. Certainly the most popular has been the John J. Watts collection of genealogical records, available on five microfilm rolls. Watts, an itinerant preacher, accumulated thirty-eight volumes of family data during his travels about the Big Piney River area of Texas, Phelps, and Pulaski Counties from 1874 to 1912. Watts’ work is only partially indexed; our prices may have to be raised somewhat, so readers should write us for the cost of our microfilm reproductions before ordering..”

“...The office is open eight to five on weekdays, and by appointment. Inquiries may be addressed to the Western Historical Manuscript Collection, Room 0-3 Library, U.M.R., Rolla, MO 65401-0249; telephone 314/341-4874. The collection also actively solicits additions to its holdings...old letters, diaries, journals, photographs, legal papers, business records, and other unpublished material. In many cases photocopying or micro-filming allows the donor to retain possession of the original material, if desired.” 

In scanning the mid-January guide to all the Library’s processed collections I marked the following as being of probable interest to us:

(Section) I, BUSINESS, General

(Call number) R 13 Missouri, Phelps Co. Ledger, 1869.1923. 73 pages. PHOTOCOPY. Ledger book of. unknown authorship, possibly the owner of a mill. Contains lists of credits and debits, brief descriptions of items bought and sold, etc. VIII. GENEALOGY

R 73 De Forest, Sarah Ann Reed Sturgeon, Scrapbook, c1920-1950. 1 folder. PHOTOCOPY. Scrapbook of genealogical information on residents of Phelps and Texas Counties, Mo. Includes obituaries . .”wedding announcements, and biographical notes from the Rolla and Licking news-papers. Indexed.

R. 62 Megee, Vernon E., “Transcript of Original Manuscript Record of Marriages Performed by the Reverend William W

Megee of Ozark, Co., Mo., 1874-1920,” 1968. Nine pages and cover letter. William Megee was a General Baptist circuit rider until his death in 1922.

R , 38 Watts, John J. (1839-1912), Collection, 18741912, as above. 


R 14 Farley, Leland J. (1904-1980), . Collection, 1859.1936. 1 folder. Land grant deed for land in Texas Co., Mo. (1859); copy of Plat Book of Texas County, (ca 1920); also a copy of the “Historical Map of Texas County,” produced in 1936 as a project of the Federal Emergency Relief Administration. 


R 33 Ruyle, William A., Letter, ca 1864. 41 pages, typescript. Transcript of a long letter from Ruyle to his father describing his wartime experiences with the 5th 1 Regiment, Mo. infantry (Confederate), 1862–1864. Includes accounts of the Battle of Elkhorn Tavern (Pea Ridge) in Arkansas, and events prior to the surrender of Vicksburg, Mississippi. (Note by dv: This regiment was impressed in part from Pulaski County; three Vincent brothers - John, Henry, and James -- were forced to join up “by bushwhackers.” John was killed at Pea Ridge. Henry was “left sick or deserted” on the trail to Vicksburg (says service record) but came back to Pulaski Co. in time for the 1870 census. He passes from sight after 1870. James, my great-grandfather, was captured at Helena, Ark. in 1864 and was shipped by steamboat up the Mississippi River to the Federal Prison at Cairo, Illinois. He was later taken to prison in Virginia, My father told me that Old Jim Vincent was still alive when the family was  in Oregon, and though Dad tried hard to remember any story from the war that his grandfather might have related, he could only say “He just didn’t talk about it much.” Being held prisoner at Cairo—OR Andersonville--was no Disney movie, apparently.

May 20, 1982


Most of you tracing this family have by now seen the fine book by Edythe Maxey Clarke: “The Maxeys of Virginia.” If not, be advised that the ‘Pulaski Co. family is well documented on pp. 760.768; section includes alliances with the families Allen, .Nelson. Montgomery. Musgrave. Stevens, Cook, Williams. Morrison. Church. Lane, Scott. Craft, Shadle, Vineyard, Cantrell, Black, Rhoades. Gann, McClary, Wilson, Dawson, Rooke, Fordyce, Thornsberry, Roberson, Atherton, Louis, Franken, Cox, Mowser, Anderson, Bench, Jackson, Brownfield, Smith, Church, Fillpot, Mitchell, Carrico, Kilworth, Farris, Evans, Rainwater, Swearingen, Hester and Trammill. (Thank you, Beryl Belden, for sending this.) 

While visiting Mrs. Mary L. Cook of, Lebanon last December, 1 met Mary’s son, Howard Ransom Cook of Waterford, California. His wife, Mrs. Frenchie (Maxey) Cook, supplied family information, it is noted, for the Clarke book, Frenchie, and I did not meet her as she was attending church on the day of my visit. The Hicks twins, Howard and I stood on Mary’s porch talking, while lunch was prepared. The sun was out, and we looked across the road at bare oak trees, the stock pond; and horses grazing. I’ll never forget it.

Address of compiler of Maxey book: Edythe Maxey Clarke. 5002 Alta Vista Rd„ Bethesda, MD 20014. 


Was pleased to hear recently from Margaret (“Maggie”) Musgrave Tyre, of Lebanon, Mo., a daughter of Sanford Musgrave. Mrs. Tyre reported that Sanford died in 1896, the same year she was born, and that at the age of seven she was adopted by James Snider. At the age of twenty-four, she married Roy Tyre. Sanford had been married before, she said, but could not recall the first wife’s name. Sophia, Maggie’s mother, had also been previously wed, and married a third time after Sanford’s death.

Sanford and Sophia ( ) Musgrave had four daughters: 

1. Linda Belle m. Charlie McGinnis; lives in Indiana.

2. Clellie died in Indiana in 1950s in an auto accident.

3. Mabel married Jerry Bennett when quite young now lives near Maggie in Lebanon at age 90.

4. Margaret, the youngest, born 1896.

A daughter of Sanford by his first marriage was Alice Musgrave, who married John Vincent (see Shlelds–Cook interview in earlier column). After her death he moved to another state; a daughter lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

Mrs. Tyre, troubled by failing eyesight, is not able to answer letters. She is alert and witty, however! She telephoned me in Tacoma; in reply to a letter I wrote her last November.

The Vincent boys seemed to find the Musgrave girls irresistible! This is the THIRD Musgrave/ Vincent alliance thus far discovered.

According to the information I have, Sanford S. Musgrave, born probably Pulaski Co., Mo. 1847–48, was a child of the first wife of J. “Carroll” Musgrave; she was, according to the 1850 Pulaski census, Nancy, born Ala ca 1827, Sanford’s first wife was Louisa Cardine (?) born about 1858 Mo. Issue: Alice Musgrave. Also a child of the first union according to census was Harriet, born prob. Pulaski Co. 1849–51. She may have died young, as her name is not familiar to others knowledgeable about the family.

Nancy Robinson, Carroll’s second wife, was born ca 1836 in Mo. says census and May have been a dau of James Robinson, born N.C. ca 1776.

Mrs. Macy Laughlin Cook tells us that J. “Carroll” Musgrave and Nancy Robinson were “own (that is, first) cousins. Question: Was Carroll a son of Bennett? Bennett’s first wife we are told, in Lawrence Co. Tenn. Marriages) was a “Roberson” (Robinson). Can anyone add to what we have here?

There may be a breakthrough on this line, before long, as I am now writing an Illinois Musgrave searcher who seems to have a good grasp of the history of the early Illinois Quakers. He remembers a “Burl” Musgrave is of record in early Lawrenceville, Illinois, a Quaker settlement...He reports many North Carolina and Tennessee Quaker families located for a time in southern Illinois; Caleb Musgrave, who may have been a son of Thomas, was from Wayne Co., N.C., according to Hinshaw, and was the first of the name to arrive. He is listed in 1830 Union Co., Ill., census, p. 54 (00101-11101). “Burriel” and a James “Muskgrove” (sic) can be found in 1830 Greene Co., Ill., p. 24. (James passes from view, after this.) Bennett Musgrave was nearby in 1830, in Macoupin Co., “Maple Creek” precinct, on p, 217 (11001-210001). By 1830 there were already five children in Bennett’s household—we don’t yet know who these children were.


The Musgrave Quaker line early of Lawrence and Bedford Counties, Tennessee, and Wayne Co.,. N.C., can be traced back to Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania. They emigrated to this country in the late 1600’s from Northern Ireland. and I was told it’s “an easy jump” to trace them from Northern Ireland to “the north border country” of England. Musgrave. a bestowed name, was included in Scott’s “Ivanhoe” and in the early years, our source relates, was prominent at Eden Hall. More later, as the digging continues.. When, some years ago I related to Frank Musgrave of Denver that it was my best guess that our mutual ancestors may have been Quakers, he replied that he had never met any Musgrave who acted like a Quaker. Matter of fact, his father had told him about an early incident in Missouri: seems one of the Musgrave boys was a-courtin’ one of the pretty gals that was attending church services one hot Sunday afternoon, instead of attending to him. Well, he gathered up a bunch of his drinking buddies and they proceeded to ride ‘round and ‘round the church. yelling and shouting off their pistols, until she came out and hushed them..,”

           In the 1890s my Great-Grandparents were members of the “Campbellite” sect, now the Christian Church. Many of the Missouri Musgraves were adherents to Baptist beliefs, they divided completely on the Civil War; there was a Musgrave CSA Captain, but several Musgraves joined the Federal side too, It is said by our friend in Illinois that  the family departed North Carolina in the first place because they hated slavery. This is a Quaker belief.

Several Missouri Musgrave and Vincent families, quite prosperous at the start of the war, were penniless at its end. Three times Old John Vincent’s wife said, while the men were away fighting, troops came through their farm near old Cookville. taking everything they could Haul away, The last time they came. they removed the window frames from the house, All the livestock ,the chickens and rabbits and cattle, all went to feed soldiers whose government did not or could not adequately supply and finance the war. The men were cast upon the land, dependent upon their own resources for the barest necessities: the stripping of many Missouri farms, the meanness of the times—the murders. robberies and burnings proceeded apace.

The foregoing story courtesy Lee Gresham of Sepulveda, California. His grandmother was a Musgrave. Thank you see you next week. 

May 27, 1982


 Prize for the LARGEST shipment of material is awarded to Mrs. Michael Mounce, of 4333 Falcon Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807. Thank you! 


Two men of this name appear in our 1840 study group: 1168 Thompson Wall, p. 200. and Lorenzo Dow Wall, p. 210. The contributor guesses that one Francis Wall might have been their father; there is no proof. 


Born Tennessee 1802, he is buried at Madden Cemetery, Miller Co., Mo., First’ wife’s name not known, Issue:

1. Male (sic) born 1820–25

2. Anderson born 11-151825 Mo.; d. Jan 14 1902 Pulaski Co; m. Mary Long

3. Unknown male born 1825–1830

4. Unknown female born 1825-1830

5. Lorenzo Dow (“Dow”) b. 1832 Mo.; Feb 5, 1875, Pulaski Co.; m. Dec. 28, 1852 Nancy Anna Sellers/Sellars.

6. H. (this single initial is our only semblance of a name for this child, born 1845 Mo.; sex not identified in material)

7. J. Jess  b. 1845 Mo.

           Thompson Wall’s second marriage, to Mary McDowell (b. Jan 20, 1813) resulted in the births of:

8. Ampstead or “Amp.” born 10-13-1858 Mo.; d. March 13, 1937 Miller Co. Mo. Interment Pleasant Hill Cem. Married Martha Ann Shelton.

9. William born in Mo.; d. in Hannah, Oklahoma, He m. Dec. 23. 1875 Armintha “Mint” Shelton.  


           David Sellers, born prob. Tennessee about 1814 was the husband of Fannie Gray, b. Tennessee ca. 1816. They were the parents of:

1. Nancy Anna b. ca. 1836 Mo.; died 12-16-1902 Hawkeye (Crocker) Mo., Pulaski Co. She m. 1852 Gasconade Co., Mo., Lorenzo D. Wall, son of Thompson Wall above.

2. Calvin - b. 4-13-1841 Mo.; d. 12-.2-1886 Camden Co. Mo. No record of marriage.

3. James Calaway - b. 4-13-1845; d. 6-13-1915 Camden Co Mo. No record of marriage.

4. Cynthia b. 12-18-1848; d. after April, 1925. Three marriages: 1. Isaac Paul Shivers, son of John: ca 1860 to 1867; 2. (?) Blankinship, 1882 to 1890, and thirdly, Mr. King, in 1905.

5. Robert Anderson b. 4-13-1853; d. Jan 14, 1934 Camden Co Mo. Married Zilpha Jane Caffey (b. 2-17-1858; d. 7-22-1942). 

Sarah Fannie Wall, great grandmother of the contributor, was married three times; her first husband was Joshua D. Brumley. She then married Edward F. Wright, then thirdly (Mrs. Mounce’s line) she married Frank Eberly. 


           Joshua D. Brumley was born Jan 31, 1859. His marriage to Sarah Wall was celebrated Dec. 21, 1876. Issue:

1. Loranz Jackson b. Pulaski Co Mo. Aug 9, 1880; d. Sept 25, 1962 at (Hawkeye) Crocker, Mo. Married Oct 1, 1900 Alice McDowell.

2. Alfred Clifford.- b. Pulaski Co. at Crocker Mar 16, 1886; d. Nov 1, 1918. Married July 14, 1907, Pearl Holt.

3. Benjamin Conies (sp. “Cortez” in one place) b. Pulaski Mar 13, 1889; died Mar 13, 1940. Married Feb 6, 1941 Ethel (?), (Note that this information seems garbled , d.v.)

4. Willbert (alternate name in several refs: “Milibert”) Clinton - b. Crocker Sept 9, 1891; died Aug. 23, 1946 in Los Angeles, Calif.


Andrew Jackson Brumley, born Ky. ca 1828, and his wife Hester Cauhorn are listed as Joshua’s parents.

Daniel (sp. “Danial” most of the time in material) Brumley, Sr., father of Andrew J., was born 1779 in Ky. and died in Tuscumbia. Miller Co. Mo., in 1861. He was about the same age as Isaac Bilyeu. (“a contemporary”). Conard’s “Hist. of Mo,”.vol. 4, p. 385, says:

“About 1830 among others, Daniel Brumley and Isaac Bilyeu (sp. “Bilgeu”) settled on Cavern Creek in Miller Co Mo.”

Daniel married at least twice; his first wife was Rachel Patterson. The material gives three birthplaces for her in (about) 1829: Louisiana, Virginia, and Kentucky, in various references—her parents are reported as William Patterson and wife Mary Mercer. Rachel and Daniel were m. in Ky. Mar 16, 1804 (no location given). Daniel’s second wife was Sarah (?), born about 1800 Ky.

Daniel’s Miller Co. Mo. estate settlement names fifteen children, nine by Sarah. Daniel’s issue:

1. James b. 1805 Ky., m. Crawford Co Mo .19 Jan. 1832 Diannah Bilyeu. Ceremony by Andrew Bilyeu, Esquire. She may have been a dau of Isaac Bilyeu.

2. William—no further record.

3. John b. ca 1812 Ky.; m. Nancy McCubbin.

4. Patterson Carroll m. 1st Lucinda Denny, and 2nd Martha Ann Pogue. (made Camden land entry - dv.)

5. Maria b. ca 1817 Ill.; m. Joel Thacker.

6. Julia Ann b. ca 1824 Ill.; m. Silas Capps, b. Tenn. 1838 (see 845 Miller ‘50 dv.)

7 Pilate (or Pilot) C. b. 6 May 1825 Mo.; d. 19 April 1896. Married Willia E. (?), b. 13 Jan 1835, died 12 Feb 1911. Burial: Carroll Co., Ark.

8. Andrew J., as we have mentioned.

9. Oliver b. ca 1829

10. Rachel b ca 1830

11. Daniel, Jr., b. ca 1833 Mo.; m. Mildredge Bilyeu, b. ca 1837, a dau. of John Witten and Sarah Frances (Harp) Bilyeu.

12. Ellen b. ca 1835 Mo.; m. Carroll Co. Ark. 1852 William Harp, b. Ark 183S. He d. near Springfield, Mo. in 1862.

13. Sarah b. ca 1837 Mo.; in. R. Boyd,

14. Isaac - b. ca 1839

15. Retta - b, ca 1841

A [War of] 1812 participant, Daniel Brumley located in Russellville, Ky., (county seat of Logan Co. Ky., erected 1792 dv.) about 1806 to 1815 and was in “Whyne” (Wayne? dv.) Co., Illinois about 1820, The town of Brumley in Miller County took his name.

See you next week. 

June 3, 1982

           Andrew Jackson Brumley, son of Daniel, married Hester Cauhorn (sp. several ways in material, but photostat of marriage license says—in my estimation “Cauhorn.”) Marriage took place Aug 9, 1846 Miller County. Issue:

1. Sarah Ann b. Mo. 1847. Married Feb 1, 1866 Bennett Shelton. Married 2nd Isaac Zumwalt in 1876.

2. John H. b. Mo. 1850. Married Oct 16, 1873 Julie Shelton.

3. Nancy Ann b. Jan 3, 1851 Miller Co; died June 30, 1936. Married Perry T. Nixdorf June 20, 1880.

4. Daniel M. b. Mo. 1853. Married Mar 6, 1874 Mary Jane (Millie?) Wall.

5. Joshua D. b. 1859, m. Dec 21, 1876, Sarah F. Wall.

6. Jim b; Hawkeye; Mo.; m. Tempi R. Wall.

7. Mary Jane Married 10-21-1878 Marshal Duncan. Married 2nd Jack Thompson.

 REPLY: One Thompson Wall is listed as the heir of David Wall, in Franklin Co. Mo. 1823-24-25 Combined Land and Property List. Also appearing: John, Peggy, Robert, and Simon Wall.

           One “Lorenso” D. Wall m, Elizabeth Lowe April 4, 1831 in Crawford Co Mo. (Woodruff; “Mo. Pioneers” Crawford Marriages). David Carlock Lowe, born Ky. Ca 1813 to 1815, precedes L.D. Wall on p. 210 of 1840 Pulaski census. Lowe, ten years later, was on 51 Texas 50; this is an area I know well, as the Vincents were also on 210 Pulaski ‘40 then 51 Texas ‘50, as well as 209 Pulaski ‘50.

           On 52 Texas ‘50 Jonas Musgrave was living in house #370 in 1850; in house #366, living with John K. Sullens and Rachel, nee King (sis of Hiram King) was little Wm. C. Walls, age 9, born Mo. In house #358, with the John Watson (b. Ky. 1823) family is Nancy Walls, age 15, born Missouri. Watson also was 210 Pulaski ‘40 then 50/51 Texas ‘50  this is definitely the right area for the Wall family...Lorenzo may have died, leaving at least two children, Wm. C. and Nancy. Within shouting distance is one other Wall girl: Narcissa B., born Mo. about 1831, living with Thomas W. Stark family in 205 Pulaski ‘50. A one-year-old boy, Thomas, is listed just below her; she appears to have married a Wall, certainly.

Stark family tracers— can you help us on this? Who was Narcissa (tho it looks like “Rarcissa” in census) B. Wall(s):

           I have not yet located either Thompson or Lorenzo D. Wall in the census; Elias W. Walls, born Ohio 1811, was a resident in 1850 of Wright County: page 227 of Pulaski 1840 census area was, ten years later, at the time of the 1850 census Wright County’s territory, and the families Hopkins, Walls, Roper, Phillips (also from Ohio), Pierson, Campbell, Stevenson, Hartley, Paul, Newton, Young, Benton, Duncan and Woods appear first on 22 Pulaski ‘40 then pp. 466-523 of Wright 1850 census.

           By the way, the name “Walls” in the early records is occasionally confused wit “Wallace.” One genealogy workshop attended mentioned that firm, lasting formations of the spelling of many American surnames did not occur until about 1850. Men who found themselves with three or four nearby relatives have exactly the same name (“John” was most-often fixed name) had trouble getting their mail, signing deeds, and paying debts. They would therefore ALTER the spelling just a bit, for the sake of convenience–one cousin dropped a few letters, someone else added some. “Brumley” under such stress could become Bromley, Brantley, Brain Brumlee or even with deletion of either half of the name—”Brum” or “Lee

           As a matter of course, we expect spelling errors in the early records—even revered President Washington was at a loss to spell consistently. in colonial days only ten percent of the population was literate.

           In your searching, then, watch for SOUND of the name: my own was spelled Vinsant, Vinson, and Vincent in Pulaski County, in censuses of 1840, 1850 and respectively...all the same family.

           Remember, never “correct” the spelling as you find them. Quote it EXACTLY as is given to you, then you are then free to what you believe to be an accurate spelling....just a reminder.

 June 10, 1982


           Need information on Nathan H. Henson married Lydia Jane Blue 7 Aug. 1873 in Phelps Co., Mo. Living in Pulaski Co. during 1880 census. Died (1910?) Phelps County. Mrs. Sarah McDonald, Box 251-A, Dayton, OR. 97114.


           From my visit with Mrs. Mary L. Cook of Lebanon last December, here are a few notes taken while I perched on the edge of a chair or followed Mary back and forth from living room to kitchen. In this section, Mary’s words will come first, followed by my comments In brackets:

           1. Old Aunt Lindy was Lacy Gresham’s wife’s grandmother, [Lacy’s wife was Rebecca Vincent, and she was a dau of John and Malinda (“Lindy”) Musgrave Vincent. This is confirmed by what Mary says next:]

           2. John Vincent married Malinda Musgrave; child: Art Vincent. Art’s wife was Rebecca (?); both died young, Their dau was Melvina Vincent, Norman Barnes’ wife. She had two boys who died young, then adopted two children. [The John Vincent referred to here is my great-grandfather’s brother, killed in action in Arkansas in 1862; Malinda Musgrave, according to all sources, was a sister of Eliza Ann Musgrave, my paternal great-grandmother.]

           3. Jack Musgrave’s folks were Carroll Musgrave and his second wife Nancy Robinson, his first cousin. Carroll’s first wife, Mary, “WAS FIRST COUSINS ALSO.” First marriage resulted in the births of one boy and one girl. [As we have established, this boy was Sanford and the girl, Harriet.]

           In the Pulaski 1850 census, Carroll appears between the families of Burrell Musgrave, John Robertson (Robinson), Alfred McElroy, William Robertson (Robinson). Anna Vinson (Vincent), Isaac W. Robertson (Robinson), Daniel Bench, and Rebecca Wood, on pages 208, 209, and 210.

           But something is wrong here: Mary Cook says Carroll’s first wife’s name was ‘Mary’ but the woman with John C. Musgrave in the previously described neighborhood in 1850 is one Nancy, born Alabama about 1827, John C. stated his age as 24 (so we know, he was born in about 1826, by subtracting his age from the year of the census, 1850.) The children in the listing with them were Sanford, b. Mo. 1847, and Harriet, born .1849 Mo. [We obviously need help on this -- who was Carroll’s first wife?] Now let’s check the 1860 Pulaski census, p. 264, house 149, What do we get? Confusion? Look at this:

JAMES C. MUSGRAVE, born 1826 Tennessee; Nancy, born 1838 Missouri Sanford, born 1848 Mo., Harriet, born 1851 Mo. (but she was in 1850 census); and John B., born 1855 Mo. Clearly identifying this family are the unique names ‘Sanford’ and ‘Harriet.’ Despite the different first name (John vs. James) we surely have found “Carroll” Musgrave, as he was usually known. In later years. [John B. Musgrave was John Balem, usually called “Jack”]. “Fiat” Musgrave was at the end of Carroll’s 1860 listing, born in Illinois about 1840 -- was he a brother?

           Ten years later, in 1870 Pulaski, the entry says (p. 199 Roub. Twp.): Carroll Musgrave, born Tennessee 1826; Nancy Ann, born 1836 Mo.; Sanford, born (unknown) Missouri; Balam J., born 1855 Mo.; William D., born 1862 Mo.; Andrew J., born 1864 Mo.; Scott, born 1866 Mo.; and Mary E. Musgrave, born 1868 Mo. Again, unmistakably the same family. James Vincent, Sr. lived two households away from Carroll, with his Musgrave wife; Olive Musgrave, Old Burrell’s wife, was on p. 199 also, born N.C. ca 1809.

           Finally, let’s compare all of this evidence with the information given in 1880: Page 397, Roubidoux Township: J.C. Musgrave, born 1826 Tennessee; father and mother also born there. Nancy Musgrave, born 1837 Missouri; father b. Tenn.; mother b. Illinois. Children: Wm. D., Andrew J., Scott, Mary E., Virginia, Clement T. [Clementine, “Teen,” or “Teenie” - dv.], Mehala B., and George T. Musgrave. Ergo, Carroll lived until at least 1880.

           We can now say that since this is beyond question the Carroll Musgrave family, that his first initial is “J.” A clue: Eliza Ann Musgrave named one of her sons John Carroll Vincent (though even his daughter was surprised to learn this— her Dad was called “Carl” all his life). J. Carroll Musgrave may have been a product of the first marriage of Bennett, making him perhaps a brother of Fite, Lindy, and Elizey, but issue of Bennett’s first union has not been proved.

           A few guesses, on who the Alabama-born first wife of Carroll might have been? Okay, let’s look for other families nearby in 1850 Pulaski who mention a (rather unusual for the area) Alabama residency or birthplace. The Maxeys (Henry, born there 1817) and the Welches (John W., b. Ala 1824) qualify. Both families were in the same Tennessee county as the Musgraves, too. Jordon Sullivant’s wife Sarah (Welch) was born Ala. about 1820: they married in Lawrence Co., Tennessee  in 1835 Ansearchin’ vol. for 1973 contains Lawrence Co. marriages).

           There are probably several more names, but these can be found in census pages on either side of Carroll, and are “possibilities” as his first wife’s maiden name.

June 17, 1982


Jefferson City, Mo. Nov. 8, 1981

“Am sending copies of information obtained by Charlene Green from Clarcia Zumwalt in 1977...

“Mr. Turpin is clipping all your articles...will. send something another time on the Lane and Henson families.” Lola I. (Hook) Rice, 1825 Ella, Jefferson City, Mo. 65101.

 MANES (complied from family group sheet by dv.)

           Seth Manes, born July 26, 1814 near Rogersville, Hawkins Co., Tennessee, died near Richland, Missouri, April 15 1896. He is buried at Maze Cemetery. He was a Baptist. His father was Jacob Wilson Manes, born probably where Seth was, who died Jan, 5, 1853 at Mountain Grove. Missouri. Jacob’s wife was Mary Jane Bevelle (Lola notes, though, that “searchers other than Mabel Manes Mottaz give her name as Mary Jane “Polly” Lawson) Born in Tennessee about 1790, she died in Owen Co., Indiana Aug. 1, 1851. She Is buried at the Headings Chapel Cemetery. Rebecca Evans, dau of Archibald Evans, was Seth’s wife. Born Apr 22, 1814 in Hawkins Co., Tenn., she died Aug 21, 1864 at Richland, Mo. She also Is interred at Maze Cemetery, with a stone.

Issue of Seth Manes’ first marriage was twelve children:.

1. Mary Anne (“Polly”) born Apr 20, 1836 Spencer (sp. “Spence” in material . dv.) Co., Indiana; m. July 19, 1858 George W. Vaught.

2. Elizabeth Ellen born Nov 14, 1838 Spencer Co.; d. Jan 20, 1917 Pulaski Co., Mo.; buried Bethlehem Cemetery. She m. Jan 29,1860 William E. York in Pulaski Co.

3. Thomas Callaway born Mar 25, 1840 Pulaski; buried at Manes Cem.; m. Nancy York.

4. Francis Marion (“Frank”) born Dec 8, 1841; m. Nov 23, 1865 Elizabeth Jane Kissinger (“Betsy”).

5. Jacob Newton born Aug 11, 1843; m. 1st Sarah Tucker and 2nd Elizabeth Emaline Campbell. He died April 3, 1928 at Swedeborg, Pulaski Co. and is buried at Bethlehem Cemetery.

6. Sarah M. born Feb 12, 1845; m. May 9, 1869 Thomas Zumwalt; died Sept 5, 1896. Interment: Beulah Cem., Camden Co., Mo.

7. Simeon Henderson (“Sim”) . born May 12, 1846 Dublin community, Pulaski Co.; m. 1872 Sarah Agnes Ballard; d. Apr 18, 1932, Hickory Grove, Mo. Buried Bethlehem Cemetery.

8. John Amon born Apr 3, 1848; buried Beth. Cem.; m. Mary Adeline Green.

9. Mahala C.born Oct 7, 1849; m. John Gladden.

10. Daniel Lorenzo (“Dan”) born May 6, 1851; m. Arthusa Wilson Ballard, Eliza Jane (?), then thirdly Belle Rayl.

11. Matilda E. born Jan 19, 1852; m. Robert Green.

12. Seth McCulley born Aug 10, 1861; m. Olive M. Mayfield; buried Dublin Cemetery.

           After Rebecca’s death, Seth married Nancy York, who was born Jan 4, 1842, Issue:

1. Alice born 12 Sept 1865;

2. James, born 29 Apr 1867; Benjamin, born 24 Mar 1869; Harriet, born 30 Nov 1871; George W., born 5 Nov 1873; Samuel J., born 18 May 1875, and Jessie G., born 27 Jan. 1879. (“The above from, Mrs. Clarcia Henson Zumwalt”)

           “The following (list of heirs) is from “Our Ancestors in Pulaski Co. Mo, (Turpin), p. 61:

Manes, Seth Heirs: Mary A. Vaught, Elizabeth E. York, heirs of Calaway Planes, Simeon, John A., M. Gladden, Heirs of Sarah Zumwalt, D.I., Matilda Green, Seth, Jesse, Alice J, Saltsman, Ben F., Harriet Saltsman, George, Samuel. Adm.: F.M. Manes. Dated 22 December, 1896.”

           COMMENT: Seth Manes, progenitor of this branch of the family, is #1130 of the 1840 Pulaski group; his brother Calloway H. is #1129, and was probably listed on p. 82 of the 1830 census of Hawkins Co. Tennessee (10001.00001) where, incidentally, the name preceding him is “Atchbald”Evans. Evans is probably #614 of the Pulaski study group, being listed in 1840 on p. 218 and in 1850 on p. 203 Pulaski. Joseph Garrison of 81 Hawkins ‘30 (3100001-010001) perhaps next was our #1016. Garrison was gone in census of 1850; wife Elizabeth, b. Va. ca 1799, said births of her ch. had taken place in Tenn. from at least 1822 til 1833, on 663 Camden ‘50.

           I’m sure we’ll have more on the Manes line, as letters come in, and as I dig back for past correspondence I’ve had from descendants of Old Seth Manes, the Revolutionary soldier. (One “Sephes Manas” appears on p. 170 of 1790 No. Carolina census: Salisbury District, Rowan County. My Stockstill sp. “Stogdale” and “Stockdale” families are on the  same page! Stay tuned.)

 ZUMWALT (also contributed by Mrs. Rice) (“Information from Mrs. Clarcia Margaret Henson Zumwalt”;)

           John H. Zumwalt was married to. Lucy Hopkins 21 Apr. 1831. They were Missourians by birth, he of German ancestry, she of Welsh descent. He was born in 1813 and died in 1850; she was b. 9 Nov. 1808, and died 10 Oct 1895. Issue:

1. Cintha Ann, born 17 July 1832, “d. at age 93 in Washington”;

2. Christopher, b. 21 Oct 1833;

3. Mary E., b. 11 Sept 1835;

4. William H., b. 21 Apr 1837;

5. Sarah J., b. 9 Oct 1838;

6. Thomas J. (contributor’s line), born 11 Nov 1840, d. 18 June 1927;

7. Lucy E., born 30 July 1842, died 18 Jan 1843;

8. John, b. 11 May, 1844, d.18 July 1845;

9. Emmaline,, born 11 Jan 184;

10. Levy, b. 16 Mar 1848,

11. Franklin Zumwalt, b. 30 July, 1850.

           Thomas J. Zumwalt, Sr., born 11 Nov. 1840, married Sarah M. Manes, dau of Seth and Rebecca (Evans) Manes. Issue: J.S., born 10 Feb 1870; G.W., born 1 Mar 1871; Mahala, born 1 Sep 1872, died 9 Dec 1889; Maggie, born 24 Mar 1874, died 31 Mar 1877 (last two numbers doubtful); Lucy A., born 27 May 1875; Becca E., b. 15 Jan 1877; Sarah B., b. 26 July 1878; T.J., b. 29 July 1880, Grace T., b. 19 Apr 1883; Wm. Harrison, b. 7 Mar 1885, died 27 Aug 1946; and W.B. Zumwalt, born 24 Nov 1887.

           In a letter dated 18 July 1981, Mrs. Rice gave Charlene Green’s address as: 8404 N. B. 34th St., Spencer, Okla. 73084, and reported “Her ancestor was the brother of my Great Grandfather.. (she) is also researching the Henson-Lane (lines) and related families” Mrs. Rice also credits as sources the late Mabel Manes Mottaz of Waynesville. and Daniel Boone Manes, who is not further identified.

           In July, on her Manes line, she said “I have copies of old letters and a novel-form manuscript of the story of the first child who came from Wales by way of Bristol to Virginia as an indentured servant. After the Rev. War the family was in N.C. then Old Seth went to Hawkins Co. Tenn. Jacob W. Manes, a horse trader, was his son.” It is reported . by E.V. Breazeale of Springfield, Mo., who has corresponded with descendants of the children of Jacob who remained in Indiana, that they altered their surname to “Manners” after he divorced the mother for refusing to leave her home again. J.W. Manes remarried, (and) there is “an area on the Mo. topographical maps named after one of the sons of this wife --supposedly.

           On Zumwalt: Christopher Zumwalt, b. Mo. ca 1834, is found on 259 Pulaski ‘60; Lucy Zumwalt (as a widow), b. Ky. ca 1808, was on 276 Pulaski ‘60; Wm. H. Zumwalt in 1859 made Pulaski entries in T34, R11. 

June 24, 1982


 Jeff. City, Mo. Sept 11, 1981 Dear Don:

...Several with whom I have corresponded in various parts of the country have mentioned you and the work that you are doing...I look forward each week to receiving and reading your articles. I hope to be able to maintain a file of all of them.

           (Here is the) information that I have on the members of my family that were in Pulaski County at the time of 1840 U.S. Census...I have partially completed a family group sheet for Josiah Turpin and for each of his children, with the exception of Margaret, who never came to Pulaski. She married Dennis Igleheart and they remained in Spencer Co., Indiana, when Josiah brought the rest of his family to Pulaski County.

           An addition to [information on the Turpins] I am enclosing a sheet for Jacob Mills Barnett... Apparently, both Jacob and his wife, Martha, died prior to 1850 as I have not been able to find them in any county in Missouri. And, I have tried to come up with the names of his children based on the ages given in the 1830 Census for Lincoln Co., Mo. and the 1840 Census for Pulaski Co. and from what I could find in the 1850 Census for Pulaski. I understand that some of the descendants have taken the name BURNETT in Pulaski County, but I have not attempted to trace the family line back. I hope that there may be others who will furnish you with information that may correct any errors that I may have made.

...Should I find any corrections or additional information, I’ll send it on to you. If I can be of further assistance let me know.

With best wishes...Sincerely, Tom Turpin. 

Descendants of Josiah Turpin, 1775-1835

           Earliest of settlers within the bounds of present-day Pulaski County was Josiah Turpin, ‘born about 1775 in Franklin County, North Carolina. He married in Mercer County, Kentucky, in 1796 Eliza- , both Myers, born in Virginia in 1776. Josiah was a Son of Thomas and Averilla  (? ) Turpin. Thomas was born in Virginia in about 1720; Averilla died in 1806 in Garrard County, Kentucky. Thomas Turpin died in Mercer County, Kentucky, in 1796, the year of Josiah’s marriage to Elizabeth. Elizabeth Myers was a daughter of Michael Myers, born about ‘ 1755 in Westmoreland County, Virginia; he mar­ried in 1774 in Fauquier County, Virginia, Margaret Thornberry, born 1773 in Stafford County, Virginia. She died before 1794 in Mercer County, Kentucky. Elizabeth’ Myers Turpin died in Pulaski County, Missouri, in 1856. Josiah had departed several years previously, in 1835, also dying in Pulaski County.


1. MARGARET, born about 1798 in Mercer Co., Ky.; died in Spencer Co., Ind.; married in Ohio Co., Ky., Dennis Igleheart.

2. SARAH, born about 1801 in Mercer Co., Ky.; married 1st Charles Stuart, and 2nd William Carmack. Died in Pulaski Co., Mo.

3. MARY JANE, born about 1803 Ky.; married Thomas Myers.

4. THOMAS, born 1808 [sic; out of order] Ohio Co., Ky.; married about 1838, Nancy Jane Barnett in Pulaski Co., Mo.; died 1871 Pulaski.

5. JOHN, born about 1806 in Ohio County, Ky.; married 1830 Crawford Co. Mo., Nancy Wisdom.

6. AVERILLA, born about 1810 Spencer Co., Ind.; married in Pulaski Co., Mo. John Waldo.

7. ANNA, born about 1813 Spencer Co., Ind.; married 1830 James Bradford.

8. CHRISTIANN, born about 1820 Pulaski Co., Mo., married 1st Albert Bates, and 2nd Abraham Skaggs.


CHARLES STUART was born about 1795, and died in the mid 1830s. His Pulaski will was probated in 1835. Charles Stuart and Sarah Turpin were the parents of:

1. ELIZABETH, born about 1821 in Pulaski Co., Mo.; married (ca 1838) in Crawford Co., Mo. Silas Howard. Her Pulaski will was probated in 1878.

2. MARY ANN, born about 1823 Pulaski, of whom nothing further.

3. HENRY W., born about 1825 Pulaski; married about 1850, Maranda Colley.

4. LOUISA, born about 1827 in Pulaski, of whom nothing further.

5. MATILDA, born about 1830 in Pulaski, of whom nothing further.

6. JOHN W., born about 1835 in Pulaski, married about 1856 Lucinda (?).


WILLIAM CARMACK and Sarah Turpin were the parents of:

1. MARIANN, born about 1839 Pulaski; she married about 1855 Alexander Bryant.

2. SARAH ANN, born about 1842 in Pulaski, of whom nothing further.


THOMAS MYERS was born 1806 in Ohio Co. Indiana, and died in Vernon Co., Mo. in 1880. He was a son of Elijah Myers, who married 1802, Ohio Co., Ky., Hannah Barnett. Thomas Myers in 1843 in Bates Co., MO, married Susanna Caton. Thomas Myers was the father of

1. Elizabeth, born Pulaski 1836.

2. Melvina, born Mo., about 1844.

3. Thomas, born about 1847 Mo., married Mary Badger 1878 Vernon Co., Mo.

4. William, born about 1848 Vernon Co., Mo.; Arthusa Frances, born 1849 Mo.

5. Hannah, born Oregon about 1855.

6. Ann. born 1859 Oregon.

7 George, born about 1860 California.

8. Fred, born about 1861 California.

9. Mary, born about 1865 Oregon. 

THOMAS TURPIN married Nancy Jane Barnett, born about 1814 in Ohio Co, Ky., died 1871 in Pulaski; buried at Turpin Cemetery. She was a daughter of Jacob Mills Barnett, born about 1790 in Ohio Co. Ky.; he married there in 1812, Martha Lewellen, born about 1795 in this same county.

 Thomas and Nancy Barnett Turpin were the parents of:

1. JOHN W. born Pulaski Co., Mo. about 1842, of whom nothing further.

2. MARY J. born 1844 Pulaski, died there 1877; married 1869 Pulaski Columbus Christeson.

3. JOSEPH HENRY born 1846 Pulaski; died there 1917. Married 1875 there Tennessee Jewell

4. THOMAS M., born Pulaski about 1873, ‘ married about 1893 Jemima Allen.

5. ELIZA ANN, born 1852 Pulaski, married about 1880 William Yeakley. 

JOHN TURPIN married Nancy, daughter of Pollard Wisdom. She was born in Ky. in about 1810. Their known children were

1. N.P. (Pollard?) Turpin, born about 1841 in Pulaski Co., Mo.

2. ANDREW, born about 1843 in Pulaski. (In 1860 Census, Polk Co., Oregon).


JOHN B. WALDO died in 1849. There were no known children.


JAMES BRADFORD, born in Washington Co., Ky. in. about 1808, married secondly Sarah Crow in 1865. James and family lived in that part of Pulaski which is now Phelps until 1838, when he removed to what is now Texas County. James Bradford ‘ and Anna Turpin were the parents of:

1. MARGARET, born about 18.33 Pulaski, of whom nothing further.

2. JOSIAH I, born 1834 Pulaski, married 1856 Texas Co., Mo, Elizabeth Halbert

3. SARAH ANN, born about 1836 Pulaski, married 1867 Texas Co., Pinkney Gettys.

4. ADAM, born about 1838 Texas Co,, Mo. married there 1866 Frances H. Halbert: married 2nd Lucinda Largos 1868.

5. FRANCIS, born about 1840 Texas Co:, of whom nothing further.

6. THOMAS N., born 1841 Texas Co., married there 1867 Derinda N. Wilson; married 2nd Mrs. T.B. (Janes) Wells 1887.

7. JOHN F., born about 1843 Texas Co., married there 1865 Amanda Tate, and married 2nd Lydia Miller 1870

8. NANCY JANE, born about 1845 Texas Cu., married there 1865 Leroy s. Crow.

9. MARY ANN, born about 1847 Texas Co., married there 1867 Julius D. Randal.

10. LUCINDA, born about 1851 Texas Co., of whom nothing further.

11. MALINDA, born 1851 Texas Co. married Richard F. Johnson 1869.

12. ALBERT BATES, born in Ky. in about 1815, was a son of James Bates. He married Christiann Turpin in Pulaski Co.; Mo. in about 1836, and died there in about 1845. Albert Bates and Christiann Turpin were the parents of these Pulaski County born children:

           1. JAMES L., born about 1838; married Lucy Carmack.

           2. MARY J. , born about 1840; married (?) Franklin.

           3. AVERILLA, born about 1841; married John Robinson.

           4. WILLIAM A., born 1845, married Pulaski 1867 Cynthia Lorena Mitchell.



JACOB MILLS BARNETT, born about 1790 in Ohio Co., Ky. married there 1812 Martha Lewellen. He was son of Joseph Barnett, born Pa. 1731; married Ft. Pitt, Pa. 1764 Abigail Mills; died 1795 Ohio Co., Ky. Abigail was born in 1743. Martha Lewellen, born about 1795 in Ohio Co., Ky. was a daughter of Jacob Lewellen, born in Wales about 1760 to 1770. His wife was Jane (?).

Jacob and Martha Lewellen Barnett were the parents of :

1. JOSEPH, born about 1813 Ohio Co., Ky. married Becky Cannon 1827 Lincoln Co., Mo, d. Pulaski Co., Mo. 1878.

2. NANCY JANE, wife of Thomas Turpin, born Ohio Co., Ky. about 1814.

3. HANNAH, born Ohio Co., Ky. about 1816; married Pulaski about 1844, Wm. Case.

4. ALEXANDER, born about 1818 Ohio Co., Ky.

5. ABIGAIL, born about 1821 Ohio Co., Ky.; married in Pulaski Co., Mo. Silas Gennings.

6. JOHN, born about 1824 Ohio Co., Ky.; married about 1849 Pulaski Harriet (?):

7& 8. Female infants, unnamed.

9. Male infant, unnamed.

10. JESSE., born about 1834 Lincoln Co., Mo.

—end of Turpin family compilation, from material contributed by Tom Turpin—


July 1, 1982


Dear Mr. Coday,

           I read with delight the fine outline of the Coday family in my Fall 1981 issue of Ozar’kin, pages 87.89. (My contribution to the same issue, the Mortality Schedules of Pulaski Co., 1850 & 1860, follows on pp. 91-92.)

           As you will see, I am knee-deep in preparing a comprehensive study of all persons who were listed in old Pulaski County’s first census, in 1840. See map. In 1840, your Codays lived in an area that had by 1850 become Wright County. You are no doubt aware of all this; excuse unnecessary review.

           The only information I have so far gathered, in my own research on the Codays for the book (James, John Jr., and John Sr., are all. In my 1840 group are the census listings on pp 489, 484, and 540 in Wright 1850, and the Goodspeed outline on p 1165. I had also determined for the book that our Codays were not apparently related to William (“Buffalo Bill”) Cody, as he was born in 1846 Scott Co., Iowa to Isaac Cody “from Ohio.” One Arthur Coday married. Cynthia Garrett 1817 in Roane Co., Tenn.; Bond. Thomas Clark. (Since the Roane-Rhea-McMinn-Blount-Monroe Co. section of East Tennessee furnished SO MANY of our early Pulaskians, 1 cardexed the Coday name for luck...)  So, I was very glad to see your family was so beautifully laid forth in Ozar’kin and wish to ask your permission, sir, to include all or part of your material in my forthcoming study of the 1840 group. Publication is five to ten years away  depends on the progress we make in gathering information.

           Seventeen years now, I’ve been collecting data for the book. I hope you’ll see your way clear to permit me to quote your research.

           I’m enclosing a complimentary 1840 Pulaski Index, Bar Chart, family group sheet, Mo. County Formation Map, and samples of my past columns for your examination and permanent use.

           If you find you have other 1840 ancestors in Pulaski, it is quite possible I might help you trace them—either with my collection already on hand or with a query in the Richland paper or both.

We Vincents also came from Virginia (see, Mort Schedule, line 3) but came to Mo. by way of Rhea Co., Tennessee, in probably 1836/37.

           May I ask, who is Elizabeth Coday on p. 484 Wright ‘50? She was born Va. ca 1785; child in house born Ky. ca 1819? Wife of John, Sr.?

           THANK YOU for furnishing the genealogical community with your Coday family’s history. You have made a sizable contribution! Sharing our interest in early Missouri Families,

Don Vincent

 Dear Mr. Vincent

           Thank you very much for the information. I have been eleven years putting together information on the Coday family. It has been most difficult since all county records were lost in 1898 when the Wright County court house burned. I recently acquired a newspaper article that states  the family came to what is now Wright County in 1832. The Staceys, Binkleys and William K. Benton with the Codays were the first permanent white settlers in Wright County. An 1888 article from a, Chicago newspaper tells of their early day experiences.

The Elizabeth Coday about whom you asked, was Elizabeth “Betsy” Summers Coday, wife of John Coday. I do not know who the 13-year-old James Coday living with Elizabeth might be. John, Elizabeth, four sons and four daughters settled on Wolf Creek and Lick fork of the Gasconade River, each homestead on the site of a beautiful flowing spring. These springs still flow a large volume of water. Many of the family were buried in the Coday-Binkley cemetery on John and Betsy’s home-stead. Do you have further information about who he might be? Feel perfectly free to use any or all of my information. If I learn more about my ancestors it will be my pleasure to share it with you.

Again, thank you. 

Sincerely, Harold J. Coday 

NOTES: Harold Johnson Coday, born in Mansfield, Missouri September 1S, 1913, is a son of Marvin Calvin Coday, born Mansfield Oct. 1, 1891, died July 11, 1967, Springfield. His mother, who died in 1981, was Mabel Vina Johnson, born April 4, 1895 in Mansfield. She passed away in Springfield July 18, last year. They were married in Macomb, Mo. Apr. 11, 1911, Father of Marvin C. Coday was Thomas Coday, born Jan 31, 1852 in Wright Co, Mo.; d, Mansfield July 3, 1919. Thomas’ wife was Luello Johnson, born Apr. 20, 1863 Webster Co. Mo., died Dec 22, 1948 Mansfield. Her parents were Calvin Johnson and Mollie Russell, a dau of John Russell.

            James Coday was our subject’s paternal great-grandfather. He was born in Clay Co., Ky. July 10, 1809. He d. Sept 12, 1862 in Mansfield. His wife was Milley (?). She died in Wright County. John Coday was the father of James; his wife was Elizabeth Summers. John’s parents were James Coday and Sarah Wommack.

            Mabel Vina Johnson, mother of H.J. Coday, was the daughter of Wilbur Johnson, born July 17, 1868, in Lowdere, Tennessee. He married in Mansfield, Mo.; Margret Cooley; he died in Ava, Mo. In 1934. Wilbur was a child of Marcellus B. Johnson, born Jan 31, 1825 in Tennessee and died July 12, 1908 at Ava. His wife was Margaret Rawling, born Jan 2, 1830; died Aug 7, 1884 in Douglas Co., Mo. Madison Cooley and Martha Dennis were the parents of Margret; Martha was b. Oct 1, 1858 in Mansfield and died there. in 1936. Her parents were W.S. Dennis and Mary Burke.

           Take note, Wright Co, searchers with Kentucky lines (especially those with ancestors near the Codays on pp 225 & 226 Pulaski ‘40 and pp 484, 489, and 540 of Wright ‘50): Harold mentions CLAY County, Ky., so if you’re looking for a hint of where to start looking for your lost Kentuckian, I’d suggest scanning. It’s the same old “keep your eye on the neighbors” trick, that— in the absence of other information—can furnish tidy clues to solve your mystery.

The Pulaski “Source Book” (or whatever “name it ultimately is given) will be full of such clues, made possible by the pure and unselfish assistance of an ever-growing group: genealogists from Connecticut to Florida, Missouri to New Mexico, California to Oklahoma, Washington to Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska... 

We have started lighting candles, instead of cursing the darkness. So glad to have you with us. See you next week.

 #39 July 5, 1982 lost or misplaced

 #40 July 15, 1982 Preview of things to come.

#41 July 22, 1982 Advertising Genealogy Workshop; plan to go to Missouri.

 #42 July 29, 1982


Virginia Beach. Va.

Nov. 21,'81 (Edited . dv.)

“...Thank you for printing my (previous) letter....I was a bit chagrined to realize that I had made a mistake in one surname (which) only struck me when I read the column. Perhaps when you again print corrections to the bloopers, you can include this:

..Josiah Tippett, 62 b. Maryland in 1788, was living in the home of a Thomas Allen Wood, wife Margaret (Tippett) Wood with five Wood children and two Vaughan children.”  The October 29, 1981 edition of the Pulaski County Democrat carried the line "five Tippett children" and it was entirely my mistake...I'm so sorry to have caused this bit of inaccuracy.

 “I have received one letter from a gentleman in Richland, Mo. who wanted me to know that my grandfather, Dr. Wm. Henry Wood. had been in attendance at his birth in 1898.., and gave me detailed directions as lo where the good doctor had lived at that time. This kindness really touched me and I want you to know about some of the good that your column accomplishes. It helps when the going gets ROUGH!

           When I wrote you last, I expressed the opinion that I thought my gr. grandfather Ruben Wood had a first marriage before going to Missouri...this being based on the 1850 census of Pulaski Co. It gave 2 teenagers in the home of Rebecca Wood, that I assumed to be her step children. Just by the merest coincidence. I have found the record of such a marriage in “Early N.C. Marriages."

 At an earlier date. I had viewed a film of Mr. Tom. Turpin's book, Genealogical Information for Pulaski Co., Mo. and had copied the following probate record:

page 30

Hyatt, Meshack

Bnd. Robert B. Hyatt. Robert Wood, Jesse Ballew

Adm. Robert B. Hyatt

WB I-p.4–5

No dale was given for the probate record. Since Pulaski Co. Mo. was formed in 1833 and this appeared in Will Book 1, p. 4,5.,..1 believe it was an early record.

Except for one letter the father's name…the names on the marriage bond are the some as all on the probate record excepting Jesse Ballew). 1 believe this "find" will now enable me to continue my search for the parents and the birthplace of my gr, grandfather, Ruben Wood. I had written to the Mo. State Historical Society for the mortality schedule for Pulaski Co. for 1850. They had sent me the record of Robert Wood's death in April 1850 and noted on it that he had been born in N.C. Now I know which county he was in, at the time of his marriage In Francis Hyatt, so I can start from that point in 1830…

I like the title you chose for the column and enjoy reading it each week. Will keep you informed of other discoveries about the ancestors, if I'm so lucky!" Mrs. Ethel (Wood) Brewster. 523h Pleasant Hall CI.. Virginia Beach, Va. 23464. 


Need parentage of James M. Baker, b, S.C. 1800. and died after 1870. Moved to Ky. with parents and m. Aug. 31, 1820 Estill Co., Ky. Lucinda McGuire, b. 1803

Ky., died 1870. Buried Routh (Cook) Cem., relocated at Bloodland, Ft. Wood.

Four known children:

1. Margaret b. 1821-1831; d. 1919. Married ca 1849, John Thomas Cook (of Joel B. Cook and Margaret Mouser) 1825-1918.

2. Balaam b. 1829; m. Mary Baker (his kin). (“Ralph D. Shipp query your column earlier")

3. Wm. Wallace b. 1838 (?) Confederate soldier. Service record sent for but not received.

4. Lucinda . b. 1844/45; m. Robert Anderson Bell ("Bell genealogy by descendent being written.")

5. My ancestor Margaret ("Peggy") Baker was b. 1821-1831 at Martinsville, Morgan Co., Ind. She and Tom Cook’s children, information an whom, will be published soon in Thomas Cook genealogy (from 1630 to present) were William Henry; Sallie Ann (m. Robert Hardin Woody about 1868?; Mary Jane; Lorenzo B. ("Doc"); Iva ?) Ira?); Margaret( possibly); and Martha.

        Will exchange  Cook-Woody line; need more info, Baker-McCuire; need Morgan and Adams lines as allied to the families Hicks. Woody, Wood. and Bench. Need to contact Mouser/Mowecr or Musser descendants or searchers. All Mopuscr-Cook kin either d. in Mo. or left for Ark. and Texas. Did one brother stay In Mo.?

           William Wallace ("Wall") Baker – who did he marry? There are MANY Wm. Bakers in (early) Pulaski County. One of them was Wm Baker (page not cited). born 1848. Apparent wife Rachel (was she a Robinson?) was b. 1840. Child Margaret was b. 1869. Neighbors to this Baker were Robert H. Woody, Carroll Musgrave and James M. Baker, b. S.C. 1800. (“Robert Woody m. James M. Baker's granddaughter....Keep up the good work") June Lee (Olney) Nelson, Box 621, Ogden, Iowa, 50212. 

#43 August 5, 1982


William Leak Lanning was born Rutherford Co., Tn. Oct 28, 1826. He m. Nancy Ledgerwood July 16, 1846 in Spring Creek, the area where they lived. Need parents. siblings, birthplaces. Lee Ann Lanning, 1794 Vine Ave., McKinleyville, Cal. 95521. REPLY: No Lannings in 1840 Pulaski group, but see earlier columns—you appear related to the Tenn. Leak family, covered here recently.

           No Lanning in the cardex. (My cardex, by the way, is contained in six shoe-box size file boxes, on three-by-five-inch cards. It grew "like Topsy" when I attempted to keep track of several families who had seemingly made the jump from East Tennessee to 1840 Pulaski. It started as notes and evolved, after several years of work, into my most-used reference. Here is 9 rough outline of what it contains: 1830 census (partial or complete) Crawford and Gasconade Cos., Mo., Rhea, McMinn, Roane (complete), Anderson, Campbell. Monroe, Blount, Monroe, etc., counties of Tenn., names of interest; 1840 Pulaski Co Mo. of course, plus many names from 1840 Rhea and Meigs Co. Tenn. But the 1850 census of our ten-county area is the largest part: all of 1850 Pulaski, Texas, Wright, and Laclede; most of 1850 Miller, Camden. and Osage Cos. and names of interest culled from many surrounding counties: Greene, Taney, Shannon, Crawford, Morgan, Polk, Hickory, etc. for 1860, most of Pulaski was done; entries for most of Maries, Phelps, and Webster—those not cardexed were recent arrivals or names not familiar to me. Many entries from 1860 Texas Co. are in cardex, too, and when time permits I will continue to cardex names of my correspondents under their family name; this permits quick reference -- a cross-check on other sources, when needed.) 


Waynesville, Ill., May 30, '81

"Many of my relatives lived in Pulaski Cu., but my immediate family always lived in Laclede Co., Mo.-1'm interested in the Musgraves (because) my great grand. comber Sarah Nelson m. (first) Wm. M. Maxey in 1826 in Lawrence Co, Tennessee (she having been burn 1809 in Haywood Co., North Carolina)....I’m not sure when he died but Sarah m. a widower Bennett H. Musgrave. He left Mo. for California with his son by a former marriage and was in Napa County, Calif. when the (1850) census was taken. (He) was there three years and then (went) home. (On his) last trip to Calif. (he) drowned.

Bennett and Sarah had two sons: George Washington, born 1845 and Winfield Scott, born 1848. Sarah died Oct 4, 1870 in Pulaski Co. This material taken from “The Maxey Book," published by Edythe Maxey Clark, 5002 Alta Vista Road, Bethesda. Maryland 20014.

            I have lots of material on the Maxeys, Cooks, Mousers and others of my family...I sent and got a document from Nashville Tennessee, telling me when the place was first settled. It is called the 1780 "Cumberland Compact." One Jesse Maxey’s name was on it. I'm one of his descendants. So many came from N.C. to Lawrence Co., Tenn. I have an uncle Joe Smith whose wife's sister, Annie Baker, married Ed Musgrave. That's all I know of that Musgrave. Someday when I get the "Cook" book from Mass. I'll give you my lineage." Sincerely, Cliffie Patterson, (Mrs. W.A.), Waynesville, Ill. 61778.


Modesto, Cal. Dec. 1, 1981

           I am including material on an early settler of Pulaski County (later Laclede County): Samuel Henry Casey, born 1799. I believe he was in Pulaski by about 1835. He was related to my great grandfather who was also Samuel Henry Casey, b. ca. 1825 Rhea County, Tennessee, who moved b Webster (later Wright), ca. 1802, I do not know the relationship between these two Samuel Henry Caseys. Who knows? Perhaps one of your readers will have the answer!

Thank you very much. Sincerely, Pansy L. W Millburn Modesto, Calif.

#44 August 12, 1982

BLAND, Wright and Laclede Counties, Missouri

Walker BLAND, born ca. 1827 in Pulaski County, Kentucky, arrived in Wright County, Missouri, in the late 1860s or very early 1870' from Casey County, Kentucky. He had his sons Reuben, Edward, Thomas, and Joshua Bell Bland with him, and possibly daughters, Jane and Margaret. Edward, Thomas, and Joshua Bell Bland are shown in the 1880 Wright County census. Where did Walker Bland settle? Was his second wife a Mrs. Painter or Poyner?

 Joshua Bell BLAND, born May 15, 1854, in Casey County, Kentucky, was the son of Walker Bland and Louisa (Rabourn) Bland. Joshua Bell Bland was an ordained Baptist minister who. lived in Wright County, Missouri, from ca. 1870 to 1899 when he moved his family to Arkansas. He married Nancy Elizabeth (Casey) Bland in Wright County, Missouri on July 26, 1874, and ten of their eleven children were born them.

           How were these Blands related to Senator Richard P. Bland ("Silver Dick") of Laclede County. Family oral history says "Cousin." How? Exchange Information. 

ALLEN, CARSON, Wright County, Missouri

John Allen, born ca, 1812, in Tennessee, and his wife, Nancy (Carson) Allen, born ca. 1814, in Kentucky, moved to Wright County, Missouri, in 1852 and remained there until their deaths (John, 1869) and Nancy (ca. 1898). After John's death, Nancy married Peter Ussery of Wright, County, Missouri. The Allens moved to Wright County from Davies. County, Indiana, where they had lived since 1837. Where in Tennessee were John and Nancy (Carson) Allen married?

Since John and Nancy had thirteen children who also raised large families in Wright County, surely half of Wright County must be related in sonic way to the Aliens. I would love to hear from these descendants! 

CASEY: Wright, Webster, and Laclede Counties, Missouri (Goodspeed)

Samuel Henry Casey, born in 1799, in Grainger County, Tennessee, was the son of Samuel Casey and Anna (Biehler) Casey. His father died when he was a young baby, so he was an only child. His mothers maiden name was sometimes spelled Beelor, and she later married a Petree and a Cabage. Samuel Henry Casey married Lucretia Burke (Cayce) Casey in Williamson County, 'Tennessee, and he moved to Pulaski (later Laclede County. Mo.), ca. 1835.

           Another Samuel Henry Casey, my great-grandfather, born ca. 1825, in Rhea County, Tennessee, moved with his two brothers--James W. Casey, b. ca. 1818; and Starling, b. ca. 1823--and with their sister Elizabeth (Casey) Watson (married to George Watson) to Webster (later Wright Co., Mo.), ca. 1842. They are shown in the Wright County census for 1850. James W. Casey had a large family of children. Starling, called Star, may not have had children. Samuel Henry Casey married Sarah Ann (Allen) Casey in Wright Co., Mo. 1857.

           What is the relationship between my Samuel Henry Casey and the Laclede County Samuel Henry Casey? There is also a John R. Casey in early Laclede and Webster County, Missouri, records, and another older Casey, John and wife Anna, in early Webster County records. All of these people are from the same area of Tennessee and are related in some way. How? Descendants, please write. 

HOWARD, Pulaski County, Missouri Very early tax lists of Pulaski County, Missouri, are said to show several Howard residents, including William Howard. I have two Howard lines with ancestors born in Missouri in 1834. William D. Howard, born ca. 1834, married Tenetta (Howard) Howard, (believed to be his cousin), probably in Marion County, Arkansas. ca. 1852. They later (1860 and 1870 census) lived In Madison County, Arkansas.

           Tenetta (Howard) Howard is shown at age 16 at home with her father, another William Howard, who was born ca. 1802 in Kentucky, a blacksmith, in Marion County, Arkansas. Was his second wife a Weir?

           We believe these families connect to the Gasconade and Franklin County, Missouri Howard families. Help is really needed to sort out all the William Howards.

Thank you. Mrs. Charles Willburn, 2305 Langford Ave., Modesto, Ca 95350.  

ROWLAND-BUTLER (edited.dv.)

I was interested in your article on the Pulaski, Mo. information. My 3rd gr. grandfather lived in Pulaski Co. before coming to Oregon and is listed in the 1840 census: Jeremiah Rowland, b. 23 Nov 1805 In Montgomery Co. North Carolina, was the son of Loyd and Mary Ann (?) Rowland. Sometime before 1827 (maybe ca. 1823) they moved to Carroll Co. Tenn. where they are listed in the 1830 census. According to the birth date of his daughter Mary Ann, Jeremiah was in Missouri by 1834. In 1844 Jeremiah and children came to Oregon on a wagon train and settled in Yamhill Co. Oregon.

           Jeremiah's son, Martin Van Buren Rowland, was born 6 Feb. 1844 in Missouri, and we don't know if the mother Lucy (Butler) Howland died about that time or on the wagon train. There seems to be no further information about her. If something comes up in the newspaper I would be very glad to hear about it. I would be glad to give further information on this family and children burn at this time in Pulaski Co., if this is where they settled when they first went there.

The only other Rowland (Rolan) listed in Pulaski Co. 1840 is a Micajah C. Rolan, and I haven't found out if he is related.

Sincerely, Mrs. Paul Pennington, 38042 River Drive, Lebanon, Oregon 97355 


           John Honssinger Jr. was on the 1840 census of Pulaski Co. His wife was Matilda Gillespy. I believe they were married in October 1827 in Gasconade Co. John Honssinger Jr. was born about 1797/8 in Canada to John Honssinger and Margaret, maiden name unknown. John Jr. and Sr. were on the Tax Lists for Franklin Co. Mo 1819. John Jr.'s brother Jacob is my line and I have his birth date, and he was not on a tax list until 1821 in Boone Co. Mo. So know that John Jr. was the oldest, Jacob was born 20 Jan 1798.

Children of John Jr. and Matilda:

(1) Mary Jane b. ca 1829 m. Joel Cook d. 1857 buried Laclede Co. Mo. Margaret b. ca 1831 d. On Mortality Schedule 1850 Laclede Co.

(2) Malinda Elvira 1834

(3) William Gillespy 1836 d. 1863 Laclede Co.

(4) Matilda Angeline 19 March 1838 m. William W. Thomas d. 23 Dec. 1874 Laclede Co.

(5) Rebecca Anne 13 January 1840 m. Eli Rippey 20 November 1862; d. 13 April 1868 (6) (6) John Franklin b. 1841 in. Miriam Riddle

(7) James Oliver b. ca 1843 m. Martha Ann Cash 14 Sept 1865

            John Jr. was married to an unknown [woman] before marrying Matilda Gillespy; by this marriage he had one son Thomas Farmer Honssinger who was born 10 February 1823 in Franklin Co. Mo. Thomas Farmer was married to Mary E. Faires, daughter of Robert and Susannah Faires. 22 January 1846. The marriage license says "both of Pulaski Co. Mo." Mary Faires, was born 18 January 1823 in N.C.; she died 12 June 1870. Thomas Farmer died 15 March 1907. He was married a second time to Sarah E[lizabeth]. Simpson born 10 January 1861 and died 23 April 1938. They were married 28 February 1878. Her parents were Allen Simpson and Sarah Chambers.

           Thomas Farmer' Honssinger's children were born in Laclede Co.; I have all this if you want anything further.

           John Sr.'s other children were married in St. Charles Co., Crawford and Gasconade. There was also a Peter Honssinger on the 1840 census of Pulaski Co.; I have never found anything further on him, but suspect he was another brother to John Jr.

           Matthais Baker, also on 1840 Pulaski census married Viney Honssinger 29 May 1830 in Crawford Co. at which time John Sr. lived there, so suspect she is a daughter.

           William Baker also on the 1840, his wife is Mary b, in Canada, and they are living in 1850 next to my Jacob Honssingers children in Bates Co., and I suspect that Mary is another daughter of John Honssinger Sr., but I have not found a marriage for them.

           Maybe some of this will be helpful to you in compiling your records. If you should have information on these families sent by someone else, I would certainly appreciate it. I have not been able to make contact with any Bakers of these families.

           Another daughter of John Sr. I believe was a Rebecca who married James Williamson 5 Feb 1826 in Gasconade Co. but have found nothing further on them. In both Crawford and Gasconade Cos. a John Honssinger was on the Grand Jury; it could be either Jr. or Sr.  Mrs. Cecil R. Ketchum 2901 Hiway 99, Biggs, Ca. 95917

#45 August 19, 1982


“...Appreciate and enjoy reading “Sharing the Past,” (and especially) the Nov. 19, 1981 article on the Lowery family, as 1 am a Lowery descendant.

           The Lowerys were from my mother's side (of the family); the Thomas Lowerys (described) in the 1850 census were father and son: Thomas R. was a son of Thomas and “Cinderella” (name misspelled — we believe this to have been “Lucinda”) Lowery.

Thomas R. Lowery, born 1800, m. Sarah Jane Nicholson at Fulton. Mo. July 22, 1846. Thomas R. Lowery, born April 18, 1826 in Ky., came here to Laclede Co Mo in 1838 with his parents. Thomas R. and Sarah Jane Lowery were the parents of twelve children:

1. David, b. I850, m. Lucindia Carroll

2. Lucindia (“Lina Rilley” in family Bible) born Apr 10, 1851 (my line). Married Thomas Cusick, born in Ireland.

3. Mary (“Molly”) b. Nov 5, 1855 (54?)

4. Thomas J. b. 1858 m. Nancy Tyree.

5. George b. Dec 26, 1855? Married Martha Eliz. Ousley (See previous column for a Lowery-Ousley alliance - dv.)

6. Anna Jane (“Nannie”) b. June 1857; m. Carter Dodd

7. Nancy E. b. Apr 1863? Married Wm. H. Ousley.

8. Louisa b. 1862. m. first Wm. Copeland and after his death m. 2nd Val Clayton.

9. Jeannette b. Dec 29, 1864? Married John Waymire.

10. William Ira b. Feb. 22, 1868.

11. Kelly

12. Calvin

A female infant, Sarah Margrette, died at birth Jan 4, 1873.


THOMAS CUSICK came to U.S.A. in 1860 as a stoker on a ship. He was in Union Army; his pension started in Dallas Co Mo. He died at. Marshfield; at that time he was a Catholic.

Querist concludes, “I have a lot (of information) on the Breedloves, Carr and Sanden families...Keep your genealogy column's research going...Thank you.” Levenia Hams Mettler, P.O. Box 373, Buckner. Mo 64016

 REPLY: The 1840 Study Group contains two men named Breedlove. William, born N.C. about 1788, was in Greene Co Mo., p.727 for 1850 census; he had resided in Tenn. from about 1822 to 1828 (b-place of ch.) Also, one Wm. Breedlove, Sr. died intestate Webster Co Mo ca 1858 (same man, my #212?): Adm. was Wm. Breedlove, Jr. (Ref. Ellsberry: Webster Wills, p.24) Nov 3, 1858. The 1840 “numbers” for William Breedlove of 205 Pulaski '40 were 01001001-00000001. I have a roughed-out family group sheet for him, compiled from previous correspondence: he was in 1810 and 1820 census of Warren Co., N.C.; the 1830 census of Roane Co. Tennessee. (p. 12) and in 1840 Pulaski County, Mo.

           Second man named Breedlove was Henry, whose name followed above William in 1840, with numbers 010001-200000. I have no further record. Is your line of descent through William or Henry Breedlove? Anything on Henry? 


Joliet, Ill. Nov 23, 1982

“...The family of Lewis Rice is listed on the 1850 census for Pulaski Co. His wife Mary Rice died before the 1850 Census and she is probably buried somewhere in the county. Daughter Lydia Catherine married Moses Simpson in Marks County; Daughter Emaline married Edward Lee (Pulaski/Maries); Josephine married William Aynes (Pulaski/Maries). The other children, daughter Caroline and sons Mattison, William, Thomas and Henry, I have no knowledge of [them] after the 1850 census.

           The other gr. gr. grandparents were John Aynes and Elizabeth Valley Aynes. John Aynes was Sheriff of Maries County in about 1860. Elizabeth Aynes died about 1865 and is probably buried somewhere in Maries County. Second wife was Widow Margret Martin.

           The Rice and Aynes families are thought to have settled near the Gasconade River in the area around Spencers Cave.

           Any part of this that you might be able to fit into your col. would be greatly appreciated. Thank you...Sincerely, Kenneth O, Jyfs4o.3413 Wesline Dr., Joliet, Ill. 60435.

 REPLY: Would like readers to note, in passing, the spelling of one of the names is. Inc first paragraph above: “Mattison.” This MAY be a clue to a family named Mattison, but chances are the full name may turn out to be James Madison Rice. Some families take the Biblical pattern in naming children: Isaac, Ezekiel, Abraham, etc. others honor the U.S. Presidents: George Washington Jones, for example. Queen Isabella of Spain drew admirers; but Franklin had namesakes everywhere. Occasionally military figures inspired the naming: Gen. Winfield Scott, Gen. Sterling Price, and Francis Marion of the Carolinas: the “Swamp Fox.” One William Jasper of South Carolina, a Revolutionary hero, is probably responsible for the popularity of that appellation. Boatner, in his excellent “Ency. of the Am. Revolution,” p. 551, says “During the defense of Charleston in 1776 he braved enemy artillery to replace the flag that had been shot from the parapet of Ft. Sullivan (later Ft. Moultrie)...(later) killed while planting the colors of the 2nd S.C. on the Spring Hill redoubt in the assault on Savannah, Oct 9, 1779...” (My father's middle name was Jasper. Even after my telling him the story of the admirable Sergeant Jasper and the dashing through enemy fire, etc.-- after all that, he still hated the name') 


My great great - grandfather was listed in the 1840 census of Pulaski: Leroy McGowan was born in Tennessee and m. Sarah Branson in Gasconade Co Mo in 1834. In 1850 he was back in Gasconade Co., but had returned to Pulaski by the time of the 1870 census. Need parents, birthplaces, list of children and their spouses. Carolyn Dye, Box 396, Waynesville, Mo 65583. 

ROBERTSON (Roberson, Robinson, Robison)

My mother's father was James W. Robertson. Family sources say his father's name was also James, but I have found no record of him. He died when my great-grandfather was very young. James Robertson, Sr. was m. to Fanny Ray, a daughter of Benjamin and Eunice Ray, who came to Pulaski Co about 1850 from Kentucky. Thank you. Carolyn Dye. Box 396, Waynesville, Mo. 65583. 


Susan or Suzannah Davis. born 1 Dec 1833. Pulaski Co Mo. who were parents? Possible sister, Lucy, married a Davis, no relation and brother m.(-) Creason. Died 119 Dec 1922; buried Chitwood family cemetery near Wheaton, Mo. Susannah was the school teacher of my great grandfather, whom she married. She was sixteen years his senior. He was Van Young Chitwood of Wheaten, in Barry Co., Mo. The family opposed the union as she was so much older, so they eloped on foot to town and were secretly married, using the names Vernon Chitwood and Susan Davis. Thank you. Mrs. Rose Newton, 4409 Bridgetown Run, Fort Wayne, Indiana 40804. 


My great-uncle, Sterling Price Estes d. April 1945 at Norwood, Wright Co Mo. I am working on an Estes family history and would like to find his descendants. Happy to exchange. Floyd Ratz, 917 Vickie Drive, Del City, OK. 73115. 

REPLY: Glad to have acquired an Estes searcher among our readers, as the 1840 Pulaski census contained three men of this name: William (#947); John G. (#1036), and Townsend Estes (@1036). A Baptist clergyman, John G. Estice/Estes was born in Tennessee about 1810; he is listed on 674 Camden '50. Was he in Cooper Co Mo in 1830? Where was he born? Parentage? Children?

One Townsend Estes appears on p. 195 of 1830 Cole Co Mo census. I have no further record of William Estes. 


Joshua Davis m. Pike Co. Ill. Oct. 20, 1831 Eleanor Luke; they appear in 1850 Miller Cu Mo census: Joshua Davis, age 40, b. Ill. (“We believe Ky., is correct'); Eleanor, 37, b. Ohio; John, 18. b. Ill. He “m. Nancy Davis in Miller Co.”; Sarah,15, b. Mo. (“She m. Jesse Ray”). James, my grandfather, 8 years old, b. Mo.; and Lawson Davis b. Mo. ca. 1847 (of whom nothing further).

           We need most the parents of Joshua Davis. His oldest brother, Johnathon Stark Davis, was born in Ky., in 1807. Where? When and where, please, did Eleanor die or leave? Their youngest child, Margaret. was b. in Mo. 1851 and appears on 1860 Stone Co., Mo census with John T. and Nancy. She m. in Stone Co. but d. Pulaski in 1903. Thank you. Irene (Mrs. Herb) Burgess, Box 22. Hayden Rt., Dixon, Mo. 65459. 

#46 August 26, 1982


Mrs. Myra D. Gormley of Tacoma, whose queries are coming up next, works for the Tacoma News Tribune; their building is about five hundred yards from KSTW-TV, my place of work!.

           She writes, “The Vanderpool family has published a newsletter for eight years and has compiled much information. Would like to track down my descendants of the Vanderpools from this area of Missouri...” The contributor says to be the progenitor of the line was Abraham Vanderpool, born 1709 Albany, N.Y.; his wife was Jannette Weibling. Their son, John or William Vanderpool, was born about 1730 to 1745 in Penn. or Virginia. His wife may have been named Mary.

           Abraham Vanderpool, born N.C. 1766, was the son of John/Wm. Vanderpool. Abraham m. about 1790-1794 Phoebe Isaacs, b. ca. 1773. He d. Aug 28, 1831, in Marion Co., Ind. A son of Abraham was Wm. Vanderpool, b. 1808 Ashe Co., N.C.; m. 1828 Ky. Mary Fuston (Fuson?), b. Tenn 1803, a dau of Revolutionary soldier Thomas Fuston/Fuson, born 1760 (DAR Records), 1765 or 1768 In Hanover Co., Va. He m. 1791 Patrick Co. Rachel P. Roberson, b. N.C. ca 1770. She died 1860 Chenoa, Bell Co., Ky. Thomas d. there 1849, on Big Clear Creek.

           Wm. Vanderpool, born 1608, is my Missouri ancestor...He roamed all over Mo. and it is his children and his brother's children that settled in the Pulaski Ca. area. A Civil War veteran, he was a Mo. legislator from Putnam Co Mo. (formerly Dodge Co.) 1846-1848. His wife, Mary ("Polly"), died Aug 18, 1849 in Missouri or Iowa: Decatur/Wayne Counties. Missouri border. Wm, d. Aug 5, 1884 at Redlands, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory."

           James R. Vanderpool, William's son, was born 1831/1832 Indiana or Kentucky. In 1854-55 he m. Anna L. Henderson, b. 1839 Illinois. He d. Mar 22. 1880, in Jasper, Newton Co., Arkansas.

           Wm. Carroll Vanderpool, son of James R., was born in 1856 in Jasper. He m. Feb. 18, 1875 Mary Elizabeth Kelley. b. April, 1852 Ky.; he d. about 1930 at Milette, Okla. 

VAUGHAN: Desire parentage, etc. of  Mary “Poll” Vaughn who m. John Valentine Vanderpool in 1840 in Miller Co Mo; was she a dau of Riley or Wm. Vaughan of 1840 Pulaski census? Obadiah Vaughan, listed in Miller 1840 census, lists two females of about the right age. Myra D. Gormley, 8402 57th St. W., Tacoma, WA 98467. 


Wm. M. Smallwood, born Ind. ca 1825, was in Mo. before 1860. Was alive in Phelps Co., Mo. in 1900, living with the Hendersons in St. James. Need death date and place of burial.

Ira M. Noblett, born Tenn. 1828, resided in what was to be Maries Co. by 1839. Died 1874 and buried at Vienna. Need parents names. Rebecca Young Noblett, Ira's wife, was born Ky. 1832 and died 1917 Vienna. She was a dau of Joseph Young, b. 1806 Tenn. Who was Rebecca's mother? Where did Joseph die?

           Thomas Forester, b. 1815 Roane Co. Tenn; died 1894 Mules Co. Need his parents' names. Louisa (Kate) Daniels Forester, Thomas' wife, was born 1817 in Va. Death date? Parents? Doris Kaleta, 1340 Peppertree, Hemet, CAL. 92343.


Need to locate in 1850 James Hancock, b. ca 1800-1810 in Va. Married Elizabeth (?) in Grainger Co, Tenn., was there in 1840 with throe children. He is a brother of Edwin Hancock who resided in Pulaski Co Mo. between 1837 and 1863. Thank you --Betty Harris, P.O. Box 6053, Mohave Valley, AZ 86440.

REPLY: See earlier Hancock references in this series. 


My great-grandfather came to Pulaski Co. about 1865. It may have been his second trip. Family history has it that they came once and three children died there. They moved to Marmite, Ohio, where my grandfather Leonads Chase McDaniel was born. They then moved to Ill. and returned to Pulaski around 1865. They homesteaded out near the McCunn Cemetery on Ft. Wood. Where may 1 write to find record of this land purchase?

           My father Lucien McDaniel, was born at Bailey, Mo. (now part of Ft. Wood). My G.G. Mathew is buried at Friendship Cem. (on Ft. Wood). My great‑grand-mother. Martha Farrabee Brumbie, is buried at McCann Cem., also on Ft. Wood. My grandfather and grandmother, Leonads McDaniel and Charlotte Mary  were married by Rev. T.J. Zumwalt ("Believe It Or Not" by Ripley once featured him. Rev. Zumwalt had married more people than anyone.)

           Located Jess Brumble and John McDaniel in 1840 census of Gasconade Co. Charlotte Mary Brumble was born in Linn Creek, Camden Co., Mo, however.

Sincerely, June McDaniel Gill, Box 1183, Colfax, Cal. 95713. 


Many of my families lived in Miller and Camden Cos. in 1834; some went to Pulaski Co. about 1850 to 1860. I have at least ten connected surnames, as well as direct lines (there). Interested in William Pemberton (bio. in Goodspeed's Pulaski History) and Josiah Winfrey of Camden Co., a collateral line. Mrs. Dolores Manyik, Rt. 1, Box 139, Cathah, Colo. 80808. 


My grandfather, Samuel G. Poteet, was born near Waynesville. His parents, James and Josephine (Bryant) Poke, are buried there. Parents of James were Samuel Poteet and Narcissia Baldridge. They had eight children. Narcissia is buried in Rutan, Texas; she moved there in 1876. Marti Poteet, 600 E. Rimrock, Barstow, Cal. 92311.

REPLY: Thank you. Matti) Your great. great-grandfather is number 66 in the 1840 Pulaski census, on p. 200: 00011.0. On 10 Texas ‘50 (that is, on p. 10 of 1850 Texas Co Mo census) he says he was born in Tenn about 1814; on 280 Pulaski '60 the entry says he was born Tenn in about 1811. He was administrator of 1844 Pulaski Co. estate of Joseph Webb. One Samuel G. Poteet married Elizabeth Burkhart Jan 10, 1833 in Crawford Co Mo (Woodruff: Crawford Marriages. p. 11). One John Poker, b. Tenn ca 1810, was on 703 Webster '60...where in Tenn did the family reside? Need list of g. g. grandfather Samuel's children, If possible, for 1840 book. 


Searching for information on my great-grandparents Charles Spensor Gray, b. N.Y. 1828, and wife Mary Elizabeth Graves b. Ky 1842; my grandmother was Catherine Leola Gray, b, Tribune, Mo, May 14, 1879. She m. John Delbert ("J.D.") Hively Apr 7, 1894. Need birthplaces, date of removal to Mo., names of brothers or sisters. Any help greatly appreciated.- Joan Bench, Box 547, Waynesville, Mo. 65583.

#47 September 2, 1982

Preview of items to come and change in Vincent’s will provisions

#48 September 9, 1982

While answering a letter about the Vincents the other day, it occurred to me that I had never fully explained my proof of the move of my great-great grandfather John H. Vinsant/Vinson/Vincent from Rhea County, Tennessee, to Pulaski County, Missouri, in about 1836. I’ll attend to that now, as it will save future Vincent chasers considerable time and effort. Research material has just come to hand that sheds more light on the V. families of Middle and East Tennessee; it is an opportune moment to do so.


The letter I was answering came from Mrs. Jean Templeton, of 6902 Southwest 65th St., Portland, Ore. 97219. Her great great grandfather was Ezekiel Van Zandt, born Virginia ca 1804, son of John Van Zandt, Senior. Mrs. Templeton sent a copy of pages 70 and 71 of the "Dean-Brown" Genealogy, not further identified (can someone supply the author's name so he may be credited, and his remaining books sold?)

           By chance, the author refers first to Davy Crockett (one of Crockett's hunting companions was a Mr. Vanzant see "Auto-biography of David Crockett" (edited by Brainerd), Perkins Book Co., N.Y., N.Y., 1903, p. 86.) This part of the Photostat is incomplete; we are given only this much;

“ David and John Crockett (the one and only DAVY CROCKETT?). Mrs. Resse stated Jacob was a son of Garrett (Garad) Van Zandt of Lincoln (later Rutherford) Co., N.C.

           "In 1791, according to Mrs. H.C. Van Zandt, Edmonton, Ky., Garrett and Margaret (Smith) Van Zandt came to Ky. from Rutherford Co., N.C. on pack horses. He was on the 1810 census of Barren Co., Ky. This Garrett is evidently a son of Garret, Sr. who executed a will in Lincoln Co., N.C. 1783, and brother of Jacob who went to Tenn., as Garrett. Sr. named both in his will.

           "A Jacob and Hiram Van Zandt from Rutherford Co., N.C. were recorded In Monroe Co. Tenn (See "Tennessee Cousins" by Ray) in 1870, from where they later migrated to Ft. Worth, Texas and became prominent bankers there

           "On the 1790 and 1800 census of Bucks Co., Penn., we find the traditional Van Zandt given names, limb, Gabriel, Isiah, Joshua. John, George, Peter and Cornelius. On the 1810 census of Botetourt Co., Va., we find Christian, John, Peter and Jacob. On the Botetourt Co. Marriage Register 1770.1853 are Elijah and Isiah.

           Our fist documented record of ancestor John Van Zandt, Sr. was the 1820 census (first) of Jackson Co., Tenn. on which he and wife were listed with six boys and three girls. Neither John, Sr. or his wife were on the 1830 census, however, John. Jr., now 30–40, was listed as head of household with wife 30–40, three other men 30-40 and three minor children. Isiah 30–40 was listed nest door to John, Jr. with wife 20–30, three minor children and one man 20–30. In 1840, John, Jr., Elisha, Joshua and Isiah were listed separately. Isiah now had only two children, a boy and girl. No older men were listed with them—they probably had moved elsewhere. On the 1850 census, only Isiah and Joshua remained, and Ezekiel was listed for the first time. On the 1860 census, only Joshua and John G., son of Isiah were listed.

           “Based on the above data, it is evident that the son. of John Van 7andt, Senior were John, Jr., Elisha, Isiah, Ezekiel and Joshua. The sixth son is not accounted for. It is believed that John Van Zandt, Sr. came to Tenn. from Botetourt Co., Virginia, as two of his sons were listed on the 1850 census of Jackson Co., Tenn. as born in Va. 1800 and 1804. A younger son was listed as born in Tenn. 1815, which indicates they arrived in Tenn. after 1804 and before 1815. No record of Van Zandts was found elsewhere in Virginia.


1...John Van Zandt, Jr. was born 1790–1800. He last appeared on the 1840 Jackson Co., Tenn. census. At that time, two sons and three daughters were listed with him.

2...Elisha Van Zandt was born 1790–1800. He last appeared on the 1840 census of Jackson Co. Tenn. and had what appeared to be a "ready-made" family—a young wife, an older woman and a male old enough to be his wife's brother. Elisha was on the Jackson Co. tax list in 1839 on Jennings Creek (Abner and George Lee were also listed on the Jennings Creek in 1841). Elisha signed his name "Van Zandt.”

3,..Isiah Van Zandt, b. ca. 1800 Virginia, d. before 1860. Jackson Co., Tenn. He was listed as. a cabinet maker on the 1850 census. Isiah m. Ailcy Lee, dau. of Abner, Sr. and Franky (McFarland) Lee, b. ca. 1805 Tenn., d. after 1860 Jackson Co. Tenn. Ailcy's father, Abner Lee, Sr., was listed in the family of Isiah and Ailcey on the 1850 census. Isiah Van Zandt first appeared on the 1830 census of Jackson Co., Tenn. with two boys under 5 and one girl under 5. In 1840, one boy and one girl were listed, both 10–15. In 1850 only the son John G. was listed. (Parrizeda married In 1848). The two children of Isiah and Ailcy (Lee) Van Zandt were: Parrizeda G. Van Zandt, b. 1826. Jackson Co., Tennessee; died 1898 Van Buren Co., Arkansas; married in Jackson Co. Joel Weeks. (Second child of this couple was) John G. Van Zandt, b. 1828 Jackson Co., Tenn., m. ca 1853, Elizabeth b. 1930 Tenn. This family was listed on the 1860 census of Jackson Co., Tenn., Dist. 4, Postoffice Running Springs...

4...Ezekiel Van Zandt, b. 1804, Virginia, m. ca. 1830 Malinda (Note by dv.: the contributor of this material, Mrs. Jean Templeton, is a descendant of Ezekiel Van Zandt. She has marginally noted for us that Ezekiel's wife's full name was Malinda Lee), b. 1807, Tenn. They had five children as listed on the 1850 census of Jackson Co., Tenn., Dist. 4A, all born in Tenn.: Katherine, Nancy, Margaret, Gabriella (sp. Gabriller), and Sarah...

5...Joshua Van Zandt, youngest son of John Van Zandt, Sr., b. 1815, Tenn., m. ca 1833 Dicy b. 1814, Tenn. Their nine children as listed on the 1850–60 census, all born in Tenn., were:" (PHOTOSTAT COPY ENDS - dv.)

 For the benefit of Vincent/Vinsant/Vanzant searchers, here are excerpts from the exchanges of letters between Mrs. Templeton and I:

Vincent to Templeton. Nov. 8, 1980:

           Your name was given to me by Mrs. Alice Inveen of Tacoma, who is also interested in the Tennessee group of Vincents. My John H. Vincent appears on p. 364 of 1830 Rhea Co., Tenn Census. According to the 1850 Mortality schedule of Pulaski Co. Mo., he was born in Va. about 1785. However, my gr-grandfather in 1880 and '1900 censuses said John H., his Mother, was born in Georgia.

           I have just established, in this past week, that two Vincent girls who married Millburn husbands (bros. John and Allen) in 1824 In Rhea went to Paulding Co., Georgia, some time after appearing in 1830 Rhea census. That's Nancy and Patsey Vincent, respectively. Also in 1824 Rhea, Hamlen Vincent married Susannah Iasen; all three Vincents were married by John Farmer, minister. And, one Sarah Hill-Bourne appears just two names away from my John H. Vincent in 1830 Rhea census. This information from a Millburn descendant, whose Vincents–like mine–have twins occurring rather often through the years.       

           Alice told me your interest is Ezekiel of McMinn County; this interests me, because one Ezekiel Vinzant appears next to another John Vinzant, b. 1780-90, in 1830 McMinn census.

Templeton to Vincent, Apr 30, 1981: (excerpts)

           ..Yes (your family) did live in Ga. and mine did also. But mine is not a Vinsent or Vincent that I have as yet been able to find. I am watchful of that but so far so good. Would you by chance have a copy of that Ezekiel and John census report On McMinn Co. Tenn'. dv.) next to one another: I have not seen it.

           "There are many Vincents in Ark. and in Roan Co. Tennessee Nancy Vincent married, wm Miller In 1865..."

 Ezekiel Vinzant appears on p. 206 of 1830 McMinn Co. Tenn. census...other Vincents also in McMinn that year: Jacob, John & Jonathan, and Reuben. In 1850 census, Reuben said he was born in North Carolina, and the Info I have indicates that John & Jonathan were born there too in 1800. Are you related to the McMinn branch of the Vincents?

           Where in Georgia did your Vincent, live? Mine -- two Vincent girls were married in Rhea Co. in 1820's then moved to Paulding Co. Ga. in time for 1840 census. Don't know where in Ga. my John lived yet, though....

Templeton to Vincent, 30 Jan 1982


"No, I'm not of the Vincent line, but anytime the VanZants are anywhere near a line sounding this close I supsect anything. My Vanzants lived in Georgia only long enough to claim land 1827 and prove it up and sell it. They, and other relations, even the Lees were in Wilkes Co.. Greene, and Oglethorp — then came back to Tennessee and traded land like it was going out of style.

           "Yes. My Ezekiel Vanzant is my gr. grandfather and he is said to be of this printing (that is, Ezekiel was a son of John Van Zandt, Sr.-dv.) and he married Malinde Lee of Abner and Franky McFarland family..."My Ezekiel died in Mo. after his wife, and lived with daughter..."

 Reply: Look In Cherokee land Lottery 1827 — Georgia (Vincent) names are plentiful..."

 Sure wish I could agree with you that the Jackson Co Tennessee John Van Zant, Jr., born 1790–1800 was my man, but I eliminated him when I found him still in the county 1840, on p. 263, Numbers: 011000-201001. (He couldn't be two places a once).

Here is my abstract of Jackson Co’s Tennessee 1840 census:

p.263 (Dist #4)

Joshua M. Vansandt (01001-20001), b 1810-20;

p. 263 (same Dist)

Elisha Vansandt (0001001-00001001), b. 1790-1800;

John Vansandt (0110001-201001), b. 1790-1800;

p. 264

Isaiah Vansandt (001001-001001)b. 1800-1810;

p. 267 (Dist #5)

Jesse Vinson (0111101-1010201) b. 1790-1800

p. 302 (Dist #13)

Moses Vinson (60-70/101001001) b. 1770-1780

p. 312 (Dist #15)

James Vinson (00110001.01000001) b. 1780-90

 #49 September 16, 1982

 I found SIX John Vincents (vars. sp.) born 1790–1800 in Tennessee. 1830 census, but was able to eliminate all but two by finding them again in subsequent censuses in the same area. The two remaining are Smith Co Tenn. p. 63 (where my John U is not listed; numbers are 101001.22001.) ("Richard" Vincent is on the same page and is presumably a relation. I've never seen a single Richard V. in any of my families.) The most probable place of residency in 1830 for my John H. Vinsant is p. 364 of 1830 Rhea Co., Tern.: 200001–210001, All numbers match up completely. Additionally, MANY of the families from this Rhea/Roane/McMinn/Meigs/Monroe/Blount Co. area became emigrants to "my" part of Missouri in the 1830s, when land offices opened. Just gotta be the Rhea Co. family. I have a list of about seventy families that appear first in 1830 Tennessee then 1840 Pulaski Co Mo.

 The 1850 Mortality Schedule for Pulaski Co Mo says that John H. Vinson died of unknown causes in March of that year, and that he was born in Va. in 1785. One "Anna" Vinson appears to be John's widow in 1850; she could be the Anna Massie that one John V. married in Roane Co Term 1819. Again, births of the ch. would seem to bear this out...

But I am glad to learn the origin of the Jackson County family; I'd read about Garrett, of course...

Where in Mo. did Ezekiel live? My last record Is Jackson's 1850 census, p.404, entry showing he was born in Va. ca. 1804.

 REPLY: We are at last able to separate a few Vincents from Van Zandts in early East Tennessee. Even so, a Vanzant seems listed in Pulaski's 1840 census on page 228, a portion representing an area of Wright County, Mo. by the time of the 1850 census. One William Vanzant, born between 1810 and 1820. was listed next doer to Abraham Whittenberg of Monroe Co., Tennessee. William was alone. I have no further record of him. Page 228 also listed the John Shields family, formerly of Roane ("Rone") Co. Tennessee, p. 33; John's father Benjamin was on the same Roane census page. Benjamin Shields was born in Penn. in about 1787.

 Further down page 228 was one Calvin Newport, (011001-110001) and my manuscript notes a man of this name can be found on a list (with Asa Newport) of 4th Dist Schools of Roane Cu. in. ("Roane Pioneers" - McCluen, p. 160) Same names, Calvin and Asa Newport, are on Roane's 1830 Tax List, p. 173 McCluen.

Another Whittenburg occupies our attention next: Isaac, b. Tennessee ca 1793, is definitely also from Monroe Co. Tennessee: 1870 census, p. 88. Isaac, and Turner Climer (another 1840 Pulaskian) appear on p. 88 and are neighbors in 1850 Wright census. Valentine Garner, of 534

Wright '50, was however from Wilson Co. Tenn: In 1830, on p. 157. Joab Scott, (still scanning 228 Pulaski '40) was born in Bedford Co. Tennessee; John Hargus, b. Tennessee  ca 1820, seems to have come from Marion Co., Tennessee.

           Assessing the clues we have so far, we can say this area of Wright County, like so much of our study area, was settled by a goodly number of East Tennesseans, among others. Can anyone identify William Vanzant for us?

           Readers recalling our mention a few months ago of "Naming patterns" among families, will recognize a prominent difference between the Van Zandt family of Jackson Co., Tenn. and the Vinsant/Vincent family of 1870 Rhea ("Ray") County: the Van Zandts savored names from the Old Testament while the Vincents leaned more toward the plain and serviceable: John, James, and Henry. It is a clue worth following, in research: the choice of names given children quite often not always indicates possible ancestral names. (Great-great grandmother Vincent's father could have been James Lewis, for example, because my great-grandfather was christened James Lewis Vincent. However, James Lewis may eventually turn out to have been–not kin–but the family doctor) Anything, remember, is possible.

In the early census of Monroe Co., Tenn. are found Delila Vincent (112-2012001) on p. 161 in 1830, and Hiram "Vincants," (320001-010001) p. 116, same county and year. By 1840, Delila is listed in Hamilton Co., Tennessee on p. 153. The entry for Hiram "Vinzant" in 1840 Monroe census (1023001-0301001) matches the man of the same approximate name found in 1830 Monroe; both were born 1790 to 1800.

           Monroe Co. Tenn. records are mostly incomplete; says Pollyanna Creekmore, in her introduction to the 1830 census transcription of Monroe (in "So. Gene. Exchange" Magazine)"...(the county seat) was originally named Tellico but was changed to Madisonville in 1830. A courthouse was erected and used until it burned on Apr 10, 1833, destroying the books and papers of the County Clerk's office. The next courthouse burned during the Civil War and in 1868 another was constructed...which was used until 1899 when the present building was erected... records are fragmentary. There are no marriage records before 1838 and many records after that date are missing. All of the early county court minutes, will and estate records, and tax lists, are gone. There is, however, a recompiled book of wills for the years 1825-1869. The circuit court minutes begin in 1827. The deeds in the Register's office, are of inestimable importance to anyone tracing families."

           On the map, you can see that Monroe County, Tennessee is almost directly west of Rutherford Co. N.C.; Monroe is on the Tenn/N.C. border. The 1790 census of Rutherford contained three VINZANT families, all on p. 117. Morgan District: "Jas." (usually James), Jared, and Jacob Vinzant. Each household reported one man over the age of sixteen years.

           In the 1850 Monroe census, the formation "Vinzant" was still in use for V. descendants. In the 5th and 9th Districts, the families spelled it Vinzant on pp. 63. 71, and 137. On the latter page, Juliann Vinzant, born N.C. ca 1827, may have been related to Lorenzo V. of Blount Co. Tenn. 1850 census, p. 138, as her youngest sun in 1850 census was named Lorenzo. George Vinzant. on p. 71. had one Hiram V., not apparently his child, listed at the end of the entry. Was he a nephew?

Summing up: in my estimation our Pulaski County, Mo. Vincent family line does not at the present time appear to be related to the Jackson/McMinn Van land' family, formerly of Bucks Co., Pa. and perhaps Botetourt Co., Virginia.

           Knowing this, we can now narrow our search: it is obviously helpful to know who your family was not, at times!

           Our thanks to Mrs. Jean Templeton of Portland.


#50 September 23, 1982

 "I don't know whether you have seen this before," wrote Mrs. Ray in March, "but thought you might like to have it. I had it copied 17-18 years ago from a copy my mother's cousin had. I am related to a good many of the people in the boot..."

           (On the family of) the Fulbrights...hope you (won't make) the same mistake the old books (do)... and make my great grand. father Levi Fulbright the brother of William in Springfield. He was his son. Will send charts..."

 Mr. Chairman, Friends, Neighbors, Kinfolks; Ladies and Gentlemen:

We have met here to do "honor to whom honor is due" -- the old pioneers of/this community. We owe a debt to the sturdy men and women who braved the dangers and privations of pioneer life, that we, their descendants and others coming after might have homes and the modern conveniences and comforts we now enjoy...

           "I never felt my inability more keenly than I do on this occasion. I was never more conscious of my limitations. Few there be who could pay proper tribute to these hardy pioneers who braved the dangers and endured the hardships of real pioneer life. I will be unable to give utterance to the encomiums they merit.

           Indeed, I will be unable in the time allotted me, to even mention the names of all those we are seeking to honor on this occasion. 1 can only select a few for special mention and typical of all the rest. We have met in honor and memory of ALL to whom honor is due.

           I have not been designated for this purpose on account of any peculiar ability or special fitness, but perhaps because I too am a descendant of these early pioneers. I was born here and am of the fourth generation from the earliest settlers of this community. Three full generations of my mother's family have lived here—lived and wrought—labored and died and are buried in the soil where they made their homes. Many of my generation are already sleeping beneath the soil our forefather. wrested from the wilderness., Already some of the fifth and sixth generations have been placed beside their forefathers.

           In the fullness of time we will all sleep the lung sleep—be gathered to our fathers, and I have already, instructed my family that I too want to be buried in the soil settled by my forefathers when this was the borderland of civilization.

           I shall attempt only to mention a few of the outstanding families and individuals who were prominent in the "winning of the West" as we now enjoy it ourselves. Many worthy ones will not be mentioned at all; partly from lack of time and largely on account of my lack of ability and information.

           I knew personally a number of the grand characters we have met to honor—this not on account of my extreme age; but more on account of the fact that so many of them, and in fact, a majority of these old pioneers lived lung beyond their elicited three score and ten years. Many on account of unusual strength and clean living lived far beyond the extreme limit of FOUR score years...

           Some of the real pioneers I have known are buried here and many more in other family graveyards in this vicinity. The lust. funeral I can distinctly remember was that of Uncle Minter Hillhouse, which I understand was the third person buried here. This was in May, 1871.

           The first person to be buried here was an old man by the name of Medley, who came to the home of Uncle Minter and Aunt Margaret during the Civil War. He came sick and a stranger, but was taken into their hospitable home and cared for until his death. The fortunes of war had stripped the farm of both wagon and horses and the sons were all gone from home—some in the army wearing the blue. and one the gray. There was no means of moving the body to a distant graveyard. Uncle Minter and Uncle Dick Craddock matte a coffin and prepared a grave, dug mostly by Uncle' Minter himself. These two secured some little assistance and carried the body across the Hollow from the old home and deposited it here.

           Some years after this I remember the ' death of old Mr. Debery, Thomas Debery, the father of all the older Deberys. On account of an accident when a boy he was a cripple and unable to do farm work, but applied himself to the task of making shoes and boots for the early settlers. He was the father of twelve children—four by a former marriage before he came to Missouri from Ohio. Eight were children by Emma A., the wife we knew. She had so many grandchildren who called her "Granny" that we all—almost everybody called her "Granny." She lived until 1899.

           Another funeral I remember before I was ten years old was that of William Craft, the founder of the Craft family. At that time there were still living a number of the old pioneers. I wish I had time and ability to recount their many virtues and make proper acknowledgment of their service to future generations.

           Worthy of special mention is A.Y. Carlton, a schoolmaster of the old sort; burn in North Carolina, but who moved here from Kentucky in 1842. He once taught school in a rude school house on this farm, situated near the home where Uncle Dot died a few months ago. It was through him that many of the children of the first settlers gained all the education possible for that day and age. My mother used to speak affectionately of him, as her school teacher. One of his closest neighbors was Uncle Felix Hammer, the founder of the Hammer family. When 1 was a buy he had so many sons and grandsons settled about him that it was called "Hammer Town." All his children are now dead, except his youngest child, Grundy—who, though long past seventy years of age, still lives in the house where he was burn and has never lived anywhere else.

           One of the Hammer girls married William Winfrey—a family that deserved special mention. The large Winfrey family was most useful in the trying days of the first settlers. It is said that Uncle Joe Winfrey, was, at his death, the oldest white person born in Camden County.

           The Burke family was founded by two pioneers—Uncle Milton and Uncle Albert. Many of their descendants are present. The name of Burke will survive many generations in this community. How many descendants are now living 1 do not know, but 1 judge several hundred. Uncle Milton was the father of 19 children by two wives. Judge John A. Burke was a child by his first wife and Uncle Mark and Uncle Billy by his last wife.

           The founder of the Pritchett family was so old when I knew him that everybody called him "Dad." He reared a large family on what is now the Smith Blackburn farm. I think all his children are dead—some buried here—but many of his posterity are here.

#51 September 30, 1982

(cont. from above)

 The Riggs family was prominent in the early development of the country. Many are buried in what is knows as the Riggs graveyard near here. I remember old Dr. Riggs, who was buried at Richland.

           Old Uncle Joe Huffman was almost the only buyer for live stock that I can first remember. He bought entirely on credit and paid for the stock after they were sold. He bought hundreds of head of cattle and drove them away to distant markets—never giving any written evidence of debt. His word was as good as his bond, and as soon as he had sold the stock he would return home and ride around and pay for everything purchased.

Of the families contributing to the upbuilding of the country were the Traws; Uncle Simeon being the first of a large family of brothers to move here from Kentucky. They all opened up new farms and established homes on which they reared large families and died honored and respected by all.

           Uncle Henry and Lewis Brown reared large families on adjoining farms. They lived useful, upright and honorable lives and left a rich heritage to their descend. ants. The old homesteads are still occupied by their children and grandchildren.

           Uncle John and Adam Gorman belong to the group of honest hardworking citizens who added materially to the development of the country.

           Uncle Joe Story and his wife, Aunt Lindy lived and died honored by all who knew them.

           Uncle Dick Craddock, a helpful neighbor and active in every good work, lived on the I farm now occupied by Dr. John M. Carlton. He was a good farmer and splendid blacksmith.

           The Monday family and the Miller family were identified with the upbuilding of the country and were active In its develop. men'. Their numerous descendants are still here contributing their full share to hold and keep what their farce fathers gained.

           One of the early settlers was William Simpson a civil engineer of the highest attain­ments. Corner stones erected by him in the early days are still standing, and recent surveys have proven him to have been one of the most accurate and p making surveyors that ever handled a compass.

            I shall have little to say about my own family though they were among the first white people to settle on the Wet Glaize. You will pardon some reference to my mother's father. Dr. William M. Dodson—called Uncle Billy by many—who came here with his parents from Tennessee almost one hundred years ago. He was intimately associated with almost everyone mentioned here today. In his capacity of family doctor he was present at the birth of many present here today and many more long since dead. As a minister he married them and as a physician he treated them in their last sickness; and again In his capacity of minister of the Gospel he preached their funeral. It is generally believed that he rode more miles or, horseback, married more couples and preached more funerals during his more than eighty three years than any one who ever lived in this part of Missouri. I mention this not because he was my grandfather, but because he was a part of the early history of this community. I know he was held in high esteem by those with whom he was a co-worker during the days that tried men's souls, I must not fail to mention another pioneer preacher, he of the Baptist faith—Rev. James Gideon, whom I do not remember, though I do remember his wife, who survived him many years. His youngest son is still among us and living on the farm settled by his father.

           Nor could the history of Camden County be complete without the Vernon family, who played such a prominent part in its very organization. The first County Judges of Kinderhook now Camden County, one Labatt Ivy. David Fulbright and Miles Vernon. The first County Clerk was James N.B. Dodson, a brother of my grandfather. Martin Fulbright was the first Sheriff. The county seat was on the bank of the Osage river and was called Oregon.

I was [sic] digress sufficient to mention the fact that Uncle Minter Hillhouse was the first road overseer for Auglaize Township and Levi Fulbright was a member of the first Grand Jury. This was all in 1841. Two years later the name of the county was charged. to Camden. I was under the supervision of Uncle Minter that the lint roads were marked out in this part of Camden anti Laclede counties.

           Uncle Henry Evans was elected County Judge in 1858. The Lambeth family has long been identified with all that makes this a better and more desirable country in which to live.

           The older Rogers' were old time residents-all dead and gone now, but their descendants now living are laboring honestly and cheerfully at the task set before them.

           Others worthy of mention, though moving here later, but buried here are Boone Daniels and wife, Uncle Charles Jacobs and wife and mother, Uncle Charlie Jacobs and his mother, I understand were born in Germany and are probably the only ones buried here who are natives of that country.

October 14, 1982

Editor. Note: My apologies to Mr. Vincent and his readers. We really mixed up his column last week, so we are running the full column again. Sorry.


Seeking parents and/or exact birthplace of Daniel MEREDITH, b. ca. 1794 in Virginia. Migrated to what was later Pulaski County from Weakley County, Tenn. in 1832. Also seeking same Information on Samuel MEREDITH. Both resided in Colonies of Wet and Dry Auglaize Twp. 38 N, Range 14 W, which later became part of Camden County. Elizabeth MEREDITH, 1720 S. Gessner, Houston, Tx. 77063.

BENCH- MUSGRAVE -MILLS - NELSON - CANTRELL - BURNETT - BARNET, etc. Need help on James Thomas Bench, born 12 Nov. 1870 In Mo. Married Mary Susannah ("Susie") Musgrave in Eufaula Okla 1898. Susie married 1) George Mills in Mo.; issue: two. George Mills m. 1) Caidy or Katie Bench, sister to James T. Bench above. Susie's father was Elihu (or "Lijoo") Musgrave.

Need parentage, of Mary Elizabeth ("Lizzie") Nelson, born 1861, who married Daniel ("Little Dan") Bench, born about 1855 Pulaski Co -Mo. Children: Robert Andrew, 1878-1955; Charley, 1880-1952; Allie  m. Tom Ballinger (ran a grocery and hardware store near Lebanon, Mo.); Uteri; Rose, who m. ( ?) Barnett or Burnett. Also a dau, name unknown; she m. a Hammack.

This family moved to Ottawa Co., Okla. probably early 1900-1910, except for three married daughters..

Lawrence Bench, born 1846, (a son of Lawrence Bench and Nancy Stuckey) married Mary Alice Cantrell about 1870. Both died in Howell Co., Mo.

Francis Marion Beach, born 1848 (another son of Lawrence and Nancy) may have been killed in Missouri in 1905. Mrs. Ruth Bock, Route lox 52244, Midland, TX 79701


MURRELL FAMILY, by Art W. Murrell, 5647 So. Boston Ave., Tulsa, Okla. 74105, Jan 11, 1982

Reliving the past 200 years of my Murrell heritage is not only a privilege but a choice prerogative of this descendant. Right now would perhaps be an ideal time to turn back the pages and examine the facts and reminiscences of the past two centuries.

The progenitor of our Murrells of Laclede County, Missouri was William Thomas Murrell I who was born ca 1781 in Virginia. Tradition handed down through the family tells us there was a family disagreement over slavery as it was practiced in Virginia in that era. So it must have been about 1800 that my great great grandfather went over the hill to Tennessee and presumably never looked back. Hence to this date we cannot identify his parents or any brothers or sisters.

William Thomas Murrell I married Willie Ann Cato in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee on March 19, 1806. They were married by William Barrow, a justice of the peace, who was an affluent citizen of the Nashville vicinity. Willie Ann was born ca 1783 in Greensville County, Virginia and was a daughter of Roland Cato whose wife was a Powell, first name unknown. William and Willie Ann farmed and raised four children in Sumner County, Tennessee. Maria was born in 1812, Dreader B. in 1815, Jabez B. In 1817 and John A. on August 4, 1819.

Then William T. Murrell I volunteered for military service in the War of 1812 at Nashville, January 28, 1814 and was honorably discharged at Fayetteville, Tennessee May 10, 1814. He was a private in a company commanded by Capt. Hugh Birdwell of a regiment commanded by Col. A. Cheatham. He served In an expedition against hostile Creek Indians, under the top command of Major General Andrew Jackson. The large number of volunteers were mustered out in early May when the Creeks had been subdued.

On July 25, 1818 Daniel Parker deeded 126 ac. of land in Sumner County, Tennessee to my William Murrell. Then on September 25, 1823 William T. executed a deed of gift of the same 126 acres of land in Tennessee plus 400 ac. of land in Chatham County, North Carolina, to Jabez Murrell, his six-year-old son. It would be interesting to me to know where he got the 400 acres. it could lead to identifying his parents.

Maria married Eli Rippy on November 26 1826 in Sumner County, Tennessee. Eli was born ca 1810 in Tennessee. They had four children, all born in Sumner County Tennessee. Francis M. born ca 1828 married Mary Ellen Lewis. Willie Ann born September 2, 1830 married James W Wilson. Louisa Jane born May 24, 183 who married Thomas L. Kincheloe. Mary E. born ca 1834 married William F. Wilson on June 22, 1854. Eli was justice of the peace in the 1846-1874 era. 

Sometime between 1835 and 1838 the Rippys and the Murrells with their three sons made the trek from Sumner County Tennessee by covered wagon. Dreader was the first of the sons to marry after their arrival in Missouri. He married Sally Ballew, daughter of Jesse Ballew, born ca 1821, presumably in 1839. William F. (Buck) Murrell was born to this union on October 22, 1840 to be the first of my Murrells to be born in Missouri. A daughter, Sally Ann was born to Sally and Dreader in 1843. It must be assumed that Sally (Ballew) died between 1843 and 1849 because in 1850 Dreader's wife was one Mary E. She had two sons, Andrew T. (11) and James R. (4) by a previous marriage. Dreader and Mary E. had their only child, Benjamin F. in 1858. 

Though we know William Thomas Murrell died January 6, 1851 in Pulaski County we cannot find him or his wife Willie Ann in the 1850 U.S. Census.

Jabez B. Murrell was a 33 year old bachelor living with his sister Maria and her husband Eli Rippy as at [sic] October 19, 1850. His brother Dreader B. and Mary E. lived on an adjacent farm as of that date. In 1860 Jabez B. was still not married and living on a farm with his mother, Willie Ann who was 77 years old at the time. However, at the age of 46, He did marry Mary Monier in ca 1863. Their son Columbus was born in 1864 and Humboldt was born February 8, 1868.

Columbus (5) and Humboldt (2) were living with their Uncle John A. and Aunt Margaret Murrell on August 19, 1870. It was on June 15, 1870 that my great grandfather John A. Murrell was appoint­ed guardian of the person and estate of Jabez B. Murrell as well as custody of both Columbus and Humboldt. The 11 year old Humboldt was living with the Haislip family of Osage Township, Laclede County on June 9, 1880. Columbus married Julia Emma Chandler and he died at the youthful age of 24 on April 23, 1888. Humboldt married Margaret Elizabeth Core and secondly married Betty (Hill) Parham. His death occurred May 13, 1941 in Laclede County.

John A. Murrell married Margaret Stark in Pulaski County in 1844. She was a daughter of Thomas W. Stark and Margaret (Ballew) Anderson and was born November 14, 1827 in Crawford County, Missouri. She died January 4, 1878. Both are buried in the Murrell Family Cemetery in Laclede County. John A. married secondly Nancy J. Collett on December 2.5, 1881 and she died August 28, 1891. At the age of 83, Rev. John A. Murrell was visiting in Springfield when he was struck by a train at the depot and suffered injuries that caused his death September 19, 1902. John A. and Margaret Murrell had 13 children:

1.  William Thomas II b. Feb. 20, 1845; d. Feb. 3, 1914. He married Mary Amelia Askins Dec. 24, 1865. She was b. Nov. 7, 1834 in Tennessee and d. Oct. 23, 1907 In Aurora, MO. Both are buried In the Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora. He was married secondly to Sarah Evans July 16, 1913 at Long Lane, MO. In the last year of the Civil War William T. served the Union as a Private, Co. L, 16th Reg. of Missouri Cavalry Volunteers, from Aug. 11, 1864 to June 30, 1865. He was appointed post-master of Abo, Mo. in 1890.

2.  Jabez Andrew b. Aug. 28, 1847; d. Feb. 10. 1914. He married Martha Frances Alberty January 16, 1868. She was a daughter of Henry Alberty Jr. and Nancy Douthit and was b. Dec. 2.5, 1851 and d. Oct. 17, 1928 in MO.

3. Margaret Jane b. Dec. 9, 1848; d. Mar. 2, 1910. She married George M. D. Lewis Oct. 5, 1865. He was the son of Jesse Lewis and Martha Scates and was b. Mar. 26, 1845 in Roane County, TN; d. Jan. 28, 1921 in Little River, Arkansas.

4. Mary Willie Ann b. Dec. 9, 1848; d. ca 1840 or 1851, was twin of Margaret Jane.

5.  James Stark b. Oct. 20, 1850 d. Sept. 22, -1833. He married Mary M. Wilson June ,15, 1873. She was It daughter of Samuel M.

  Wilson and Manerva Givens Taylor and she died in Oklahoma July 18, 1921.

6.   John Warren b. Oct. 31, 1852; d. June 25, 1926. He married Melvina Lucy Davison July 11, 1878. She was a sister of John William Davison who was b. Nov. 26, 1848 in KY and d. Dec. 8, 1905 in MO. Melvina Lucy was b. Aug. 10, 1853 and d. Nov. 6, 1926.

7.  Maria M. b. Mar. 11, 1854; d. unknown. She married Bart Rose, date unknown.

8.  Lucy b. Dec. 21, 1856 d. July 25, 1948. She married Andrew Jackson (Jack) Anderson on April 7, 1878. He was born Nov. 19, 1848 d. Jan. 31, 1939 and was the son of Andrew (Andy) Anderson and Celia Morgan. Andy was b. 1820 in NC and d. May 18, 1885 in MO.

9.   Mariam (Mamie) b. Mar. 9, 1858 d. Aug. 26, 1884. She married John W. Davison, dace unknown, b. Nov. 26, 1848 in KY d. Dec. 8, 1905

10.  Elizabeth (Betty) b, Nov. 16, 1859 d. 1943. She married James P. Harrill on Apr. 24, 1881.

11.   Martha b. Sept. 15, 1861 d. date unknown. She married John A. Kincheloe Jr., date unknown.

12.  Benjamin Franklin b. Jan. 4, 1864 d. Nov. 25, 1940. He married Eliza J. Lewis on Jan. 3, 1883.

13.  Robert Henry b. Nov. 19, 1866 d. date unknown. He married Dicy Harrill born Feb. 13, 1887 and secondly married Mary Ellen (Moss) Lewis, data unknown. Mary was the widow of John Warren Lewis."

Volume 9 of "Missouri Miscellany" by Mrs. Howard Woodruff contains Pulaski's old Will, and Administrations,. Two items of interest for Musgrave and Vincent searchers: Carroll Musgrave's will, and the Administration Bond (includ­ng naming of heirs) of my great great grandfather, 1387 of the 1840 Pulaski study group. First, the will:

p. 84 - MUSGRAVE, J.C.‑Will dated 13 May 1869

"To sons Sanford Musgrave and J B. Musgrave, each a horse. Ballance of property I bequeath to Nancy , Musgrave and her heirs so long as remains single and behaves herself, an her death the estate to be equally divided among all my heirs." Executor not named Witnesses: L. B. Musgrave and A. Spencer. Filed for Record 28 November 1 (Wills, B, pages 55-56)

COMMENT: We get confirmation that Carroll Musgrave's first initial was "J" though we still don't know if his first name was John or James. One of the witnesses was Lafayette Brownfield Musgrave

("Fite"), brother of the writer's great grandmother. Was Fite a brother Carroll, and were they issue of Bennet's first marriage, to Anna Robinson/Robson/Robison? (Wills are usually filed a few days after the maker's death, so we L have an approximate date for J. Carroll Musgrave's demise.)

Volume 9 of "Mo. Miscellany" contains the wills (from Book B. 1875-1898) of Peter Anderson, Daniel Bench, John G. Burney, Joseph T. Campbell, Mary E. Christeson, Giles M. Coles, A.J. Colley, D. B. Collett, Charles Curtis, A.W. Davis, Dan M. Davis, Milton C. Dodd, John Erickson, Charles French, George W. Gibson, Isaiah Goss, Wm. Guza (a name represented in St Genevieve Co Mo. as, early as 1818 Narcissus A. Jackson,. Wm. E. Solar John J. Laughlin, Jane J. Lauson, S.C. Lewis, Thomas Logue, Lucinda J. McMarlin, Jacob Miller, John W. Mitche. Charley Morgan, Mary A. Murph, Newton Claude Murphy, (J.C. Musgrave) A.H. Nicks, Dicy Pemberton, Lewis Pharris, John M. Poulson, Wm. Puree, J.A. Rayl, Archibald W. Robinson, Catherine Russell, Mary Skaggs, N. Skaggs, Albert Smith, Martin D. Smithers, James T. Sullivan, Isaac Teeple, Simeon Traw, B.W. Vaughn (Brarnlett Whit Vaughan? dv.), and William E. Wheeler.


p. 89 VINSON (Vinsent), John, died intestate. Public Administrator, Bland N Ballard. 20 Dec. 1851. Heirs: Rebecca Rose, (no comma supplied in the original Manerva Admires, John Vinsent, Isabel Bench, Nancy Rinkle, Martha Vinsent, and James Vinsent, all of Pulaski Count) (Bonds A, 332-333)

NOTES: Mrs. Woodruff, in her transcription, has underlined the letters 'sent' when part of the name above, indicating uncertainty. (Does seem strange, but a genealogy friend once showed me a deed that had his grandfather's name spelled three ways on the same sheet of paper...we work with what we have.)

COMMENTS: This bond establishes the Vincent line and alliances, definitely. Questions raised last summer about John's children seem to have been answered. The grooms' names were: Mathew B. Rose; John Amire; ( ) Bench 1st of Isabell's unions, followed by 2) Hiram W. King; and William Wrinkle.

This section of Vol. 9 (the papers were saved by a fireproof vault) lists the bonds of Stephen G. Augney, 1849; Larkin Bates, 1852; Elizabeth Bell, 1852; Adam Brandford, Sr., 1848; Jacob Casebold, 1851; Josiah Christison, 1852; Robert Clayton, 1852; Thomas Clayton, 1852; John Cook, 1851; Charles Cox, 1851; Joseph Dellinger, 1848; W.A. Dodge, 1851; James Duerson, 1868 (sic); Stephen Duerson, 1851; James Duly (prob. Dooley = dv.)1851; Jonathan C. itibson, 1848; R.A. Hardin, 1851; Wm. `Henderson, 1851; Phillip Henson, 1851; George Henson, 1853; Silence Henson, 1852; Wm. Hudgens, 1849; Alfred B. ;Lewis, 1851; Archibald McDonald, 1849; Wm. McGlothlin, 1851; Samuel M. McElroy, 1852; Wm. Moore, 1849; Squire Morris, 1851; A.L. Morrow, 1852; John Riddle ("has no heirs"), 1851; Andrew Rogers, 1851; Wm. Spyr, 1852; Michael Stewart, 1849; Wm. Vaughan, 1849; (John Vinson, 1851); James West, 1851; Thomas B. West, 1848; Samuel White, 1851, John Withers, 1852, and Samuel York, 1852.

MARY L. COOK (interviewed by Don Vincent)

Mary L. Cook, daughter of John Laughlin and Maggie Melvina Musgrave Laughlin, was born December 16, 1891 at Cookville, in Pulaski County, Missouri and departed this life Sunday, October 3, 1982 at Cox Medical Center, following a brief illness.

On May 3, 1911 she was united in marriage with Arthur Cook and to this union were born three suns. Mr. Cook preceded her in death January 25, 1955. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Vernie on May 23, 1973 and Bill December 20, 1978.

As a young woman Mary professed her faith in Christ and united with the St. Annie Baptist Church near Fort Leonard Wood.

She is survived by one son Howard of Waterford, California; six grandchildren: Janice Nickerson, Modesto, California, Marilyn Ferguson, Waterford, California, Susan Gonsalves, Seattle, Washington, Darrell and Lonnie Cook both of Lebanon and Sandra Cook of Springfield, Missouri; nine great grandchildren and. three great great grandchildren, also several nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.

Services were held Wednesday, October 6, 1982, 11:00 a.m. at Colonial Funeral Chapel with Rev. Gary Sheets officiating. Music was provided by Rusty Shadel, soloist and Delores Shadel, organist.

Escorts were: Gary McBride, Dale Hicks, William Nickels, Everett Woody, Clyde McWilliams, and A1vic Nicks:

Burial was in the Oakland Cemetery under the direction of Colonial Funeral Chapel of Lebanon. 1982, 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Paul Swadley, Rev. Lawrence Clark and Rev. Ralph Zumwalt officiating.

Music was provided by Dwight Roam, soloist and Sharon Gundram, organist. Escorts were: Ronald Workman, Gary Brown, Charley Brown, Jack Williams, Terry Chance, and Baker Wilson, Jr. Honorary escorts were: Clayton Briggs and U.S. Shewmaker.

Burial was in the Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Colonial Funeral Chapel of Richland.


October 21, 1982 (continued from September 30, 1982)

Armstrong Family

Here are also buried Mrs. Marshall, who was born in Ireland, the mother of Amos Marshall and also his little sister who was burned to death nearly fifty years ago. Another good old citizen buried here is Samuel Seybold. He was old in years, but not so old in residence here as others mentioned. His wife was buried at Stoutland.

Another old citizen and pioneer who has long since passed to his reward was Uncle Bill Bailey. His family are all gone so far as I know, but in the olden time he was a prominent character. Though sometimes rough in manner he was honest, industrious and ever helpful. In his later life he became a devout Christian and died honored and respected. Beneath his rough exterior there was always an honest heart, and his closing days were as tranquil as his early life had been boisterous. In the early days he lived on what is now called the Widow Clifton place north of the Dick Craddock farm.

I know the time allotted me is passing, but this review would be far from complete, without mention of the McClure family and especially Uncle Dave and his wife, Aunt Mahala who lived such a long life together-always neighbors of those buried here. His wife was a daughter of Aunt Phoebe Fulbright and they celebrated their sixty-eighth wedding anniversary before their death at Stoutland only a few years ago. At the time of their death they were perhaps the longest married couple in the State.

The founder of the Kissinger family-Uncle Enos Kissinger, lived on what is now the Amos Marshall farm and reared a large family. Uncle Jim Kissinger, now 80 years old, and family are still with us and some live near the old homestead. Uncle Enos Kissinger married a daughter of Uncle Israel Light, who then lived on what is now known as the William Ware Miller farm. He was nearly 80 years old at the time of his death.

Another old-timer, but one who did not come here until later, was Uncle Jacob Uilderback, who moved here from Indiana, and was the founder of the Bilderback family. His death resulted from a fall and broken limb when he was nearly ninety years old.

Another old mother buried here was Mrs. Calistia Farquer, mother of the Farquer family, some of whom were my school mates here at the Pritchett School House. Reverting to those who were the earliest residents and true pioneers of this immediate community, I will now briefly review the early history of three of the most numerous and influential families in the early history of the county. Still numerous and influential in every activity in which the country is engaged. These three families by their intermarriage and ex­treme fecundity have become inseparably associated with us all, and I am confident a large majority of those within the sound of my voice are in some degree, either by blood or marriage, bound to these three families in bonds of kinship.

I refer to the Oliver family, the Evans family and the Hillhouse family. When I say that probably the majority of those present are in some way related to these families I have only to point to the fact that when Aunt Margaret Hillhouse died in 1895, aged 88 years, five months and 17 days, that she left 246 living descendants. The mother of 12 children, 10 were living at the time of her death, together with 68 grandchildren, 154 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren. Twenty-six of her descendants had preceded her to the grave.

First I will take up a short history of the Oliver family the foreparents of those with us now,

George K. Oliver and Parthenia Burton Oliver, who were originally from Missis­sippi, moved here from Tennessee at a very early date, and are both buried at the Hooper Graveyard, only a few miles from here. Also the parents of Mrs. Oliver, Uncle Humphrey Burton and wife, Nancy Bledsoe Burton are buried at the same place.

It is worthy of note that the Buttons were originally called Halliburton, but was abbreviated by common usage until they were generally known as Burton. So far as I can ascertain this enables the Oliver family to point to one more generation buried in Missouri than any other family. This on account of the fact that old Grandfather and Grandmother Burton (or Halliburton) came here with their daughter and husband.

They had 10 children who have had much to do with the real development of the country. These children were Mary, who married William Thompson, and lived long and reared a large family on what is now the Henry Debery farm.

Giles J. Oliver, who married Caroline Evans and reared a large family, some of whom are still living, together with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren who are present today.

Sarah, who married Mark Browning and lived a long life and reared a large family near Glaize City.

Shade, who married Prudence Evans (Aunt Prude) who still lives among us, the only living member of the older Evans family. She is nearly 89 years old and is here surrounded by numerous descend-ants.

Another was Nancy, who married William Huffman a brother of Uncle Joe Huffman. And Margaret, who married Alfred or Al Lawrence.

Another daughter, Martha, married Joseph Wilson, Poley Wilson and brothers, of the Dry Glaize are descendants of this branch of the family. One daughter, Susan, died before marriage. Ophelia married Joseph Appling and lived near Lebanon.The youngest son, Billie, married Anna the oldest daughter of Uncle James Perkins, who lived farther down on the Wet Glaize. They moved to Miller county and lived near Eldon where they raised a large family. Uncle Billy has been dead only a few years and his wife still survives.

Right here I want to point to the fact that Grandma Perkins the mother of the wife of Billie Oliver is still hale and hearty at the age of 86 years.

Giles J. Oliver, the oldest son of the original Oliver family in Missouri, and his wife Caroline Evans Oliver, were the parents of Henry M. Oliver who still survives and is the father of Dr. Oliver. Ed Oliver, Clarence Oliver and several other children who are not now living in this vicinity. A daughter of Giles and Caroline Oliver, Mabel married John Ragan, a member of one of the pioneer families, and a brother of Dr. Ragan, who lived and practiced medicine so long in Richland.

Another daughter, Frances, married E.R. Fulbright, (Uncle Eph.) They and their family are too well known to justify comment at this time.

Millie, named for his Uncle Billie Oliver, married a sister of Dr. Riggs. They were also the parents of Leander Oliver, who died when a boy and was never married.

As an evidence of the longevity of these older families, I call your attention to the fact so unusual as to be almost incredible-that the oldest child of Mabel Oliver Ragan, just referred to was nursed on the laps of six grandmothers-her grandmother Oliver, her great-grandmother Oliver and her great-great-grandmother Burton. Also her grandmother Ragan, her great-grand­mother Evans and her great-great-grand­mother Prater.

Mary Evans, whose maiden name was Dain, wife of Jacob Evans and founder of the Evans family, was left a widow and moved here from Tennessee with eight fatherless children. She was born Sept. 1, 1801 and died April I, 1879 and lies buried here in the Hillhouse Graveyard. Jacob Evans was born Oct. 27, 1790, died and was buried in Tennessee. The eight children of this remarkable widow had much to do with the making of history in the early days of our development. She also had two other daughters-Liza and Sally that married in Tennessee and never moved to Missouri. Both married men by the name of Stokes. She had four sons and four daughters who lived here. The suns were Hartwell, Henry J., John C. and Oliver Evans. Oliver was usually called Jake.

Her daughters who lived in Missouri were Caroline, who married Giles Oliver; Martha, always called "Mit" who married Jasper Light; Luvenia who was always called "Aunt Din" married John W. Pritchett-Judge Pritchett he became; and Aunt Prude, who married Shade Oliver, the father of "Little Henry" Oliver and brothers and sisters.

It will be impossible in the time allotted me, to do full justice to this remarkable family, all of whom, except Aunt Prude, have long since passed away. 1 remember them all, except possibly, Mrs. Jasper Light. Some I only remember but in no intimate way.

I remember the death by lightning of Oliver or Jake Evans, on what is now known as the Anderson Pearcy farm. I also remember the tragic event in which Uncle Henry Evans lost his eye sight. I knew him intimately for long years after this and talked with him at every opportunity. I hope I will be pardoned for making some special reference to this grand old man. He lived a lung and eventful life and died full of years and good deeds. Soon after his marriage, the United States engaged in the War with Mexico in 1846. He heard his country's call and marched away from his cabin home near here and never returned until the stars and stripes were safely planted on the walls of the Mexican forts, revenging the massacre of Davy Crockett. By his gallant decor we won an empire from Mexico the great southwest, inducting, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada and California, the Golden State. After the war was over he found his way back home and to his family and took up the pursuits of peace until the horrors of civil strife broke out in 1861, when, following the lead of his native state of Tennesseethe land of his forefathershe joined the Confederate army under Gen. Cockrell, afterward Senator of the United States from Missouri...

After the tragedy in which he lost his eyesight he gave much time to thought and meditation; giving advise and counsel out of an abundant experience and remained to his death useful to future generations.

Uncle John Evans was known as Squire Evans. I cannot avoid reference to his long service as Justice of the Peace. For a long time he was all the law many of us knew; for as a matter of fact I was never in Linn Creek, the county seat until after I was grown and married. The little differences between citizens were invariably settled in the Court of Squire Evans-sometimes not according to the technicalities of law as interpreted by special pleaders, but in keeping with rugged justice. His fairness was recognized by all and his decisions usually settled all further controversy...

"I have now reached the Hillhouse family-pioneers in every sense of the word and homebuilders and citizens worthy to be compared with the best anywhere. Here on this farm they lived for nearly a hundred years, many have died here and are buried on the farm where born,

The founders of this most numerous and important family were truly remarkable characters and worthy of all honor. The influence they exerted in the early development of this country can scarcely be computed. I am wholly unable. to do justice to their worthy names.

Josiah Minter Hillhouse was born July 22, 1805, and died May 4, 1871. He was ordained a minister of the M.E. Church, South, at a very early age, and continued a local preacher as long as he lived.

His wife, whose maiden name was Watts, was born June 12, 1807, and died November 29, 1895. This couple in the bloom of their young manhood and womanhood and after their first three children were born, moved from Giles county, Tennessee, to Missouri in 1828 and after a short stop on Cobb's or Mill Creek, they lived fur a short time on what is now the Julius Lambeth farm, but about the year 1829 or 1830 settled on this farm and reared their family of twelve children, all of whom were born here except the three oldest ones, who were born in Tennessee. All the children, except James lived to a ripe old age. These eleven children married into pioneer families and lived almost their whole lives near the old homestead. All are now dead except two daughters.

There were seven daughters and five sons reared on this farm by the founders of the family.

Emily, the oldest daughter was the second wife of Uncle Levi Fulbright, having five children by a former marriage. They were Uncle John and Bruce Fulbright; Matilda, who married William Story; Susan, who married Uncle Joe Huffman and another daughter, Ann Eliza, who married Pies Joiner. Aunt Emily was the mother of Vine, who married Wright Jones; Caroline, called "Tim," who married Harvey Pritchett; Ellen, who married Richard Jones, and Roxanna (Aunt Dutch) who married Kelly Thompson. H. sons were Ephriam, Dan, Josiah and Sat Fulbright-eight children besides the five half brothers and sisters.

Sarah E. (Aunt Sallie), first married Henderson Ivy, by whom she was the mother of two children-daughters-afterward the wives of Bruce Hutton an. Sherman Goss. Mr. Ivey, her first husband started to California during what was called the gold rush, after the discovery of gold in California and was killed by Indians on the Plains. After some years o widowhood she married John C. Evans (Uncle John). Many children and other descendants of this branch of the family are here present, and their position and influence in the development of all that is best in the community is well known.

November 4, 1982

Adaline, wife of Henry Evans, raised a family of which the community is proud today. Some are dead, but others are present, proud to be counted as descendants of this noble family.

Aunt Jane, widow of Mart Evans, who was a son of Hartwell Evans still survives and lives among us. Like her sisters who have passed away, she has long exceeded the Biblical allotment of years, but we hope she may be spared many more years in which to meditate upon a long and useful life.

Aunt Bettie, was left with a large family when her husband, Oliver Evans, was taken away suddenly by a stroke of lightning, She survived him many years and reared her family to manhood and womanhood before she was called to meet other members of her family who had gone on before.

I still remember Aunt Mandy Woods, wife of John Woods. They have both been dead many years and I am informed their children are living in or near Pueblo, Colo., except Ellen Honey, wife of Schell Honey. The baby girl of the family is Mrs. Ellen Bohannon, widow of Thomas G. Bohannon. She is present and is the mother of ten childrennine of whom are still living. Lee, her oldest son and only slightly younger than myself and one of my best friends, I understand he is largely responsible for this service, having made the suggestion at Uncle Dot's funeral some month's ago.

Of the five Hillhouse brothers-sons of Uncle Minter and Aunt Margaret, I can speak from personal and intimate association of only three. James died before my birth and Uncle Frank I only knew in a casual way. James, the boy dying before he was grown was the second one buried here and Uncle Minter himself, the third. Frank married Catherine Hensley, a half sister of Uncle Joe Laquey and died and was buried in Pulaski county near Laquey. The three other brothers I knew most intimately from my earliest recollection up to the time of their death.

Uncle Bill was an intimate friend of my father and mother. He used to tell me incidents about my parents before I was born. I was taught to reverence him when I was a boy and I revere his memory today. A grand and noble character was he. I wish I was able and had the time to attest his sterling worth. Memory of his earnest prayers remain with me both as art inspiration and benediction.

Like the rest of his family he accepted life as he found it and without complaint made the best possible use of every situation. His wife was Aunt Martha, daughter of Hartwell Evans and a sister of Mart Evans. It used to be said they "swapped" sisters. Their children grew to manhood and womanhood here on this farm. Uncle Bill was born, lived and died and was buried on the same farm, as were two of his brothers, Uncle Dot and Uncle Tom.

Uncle Bill was a leader in every good work in the community devoting the whole of his long life of 75 years-lacking only three weeks...

"In my minds eye I can see Uncle Bill and his wife, Uncle Tom and Aunt Sarah, Uncle Dot and his wife, Kelley Thompson and Aunt Dutch in this circle with many others, most of whom are dead...

"The last of the family to die and join the celestial choir was Uncle "Dot" -Monroe Dodson Hillhouse, who with his brothers, William and Thomas, purchased the old homestead from the other heirs and lived and died on the farm where they were born...         

"There never was a more noble band, t.they lived not for the selfish present, but for future generations and in full confidence of a higher and better life beyond the grave. They endured dangers, hardships and privations we can but faintly comprehend. They overcame obstacles that would have paled all but the stoutest heart. It is hard to visualize the rude conditions these early settlements. It is true, they had virgin soil and an abundance of game. Yes, but they had no market fur the fruit of their toil. They had to build for themselves crude mills to make their own meal and flour was a great luxury. There was no railroads and the ox cart was the only dependable means of travel.

Kerosene oil was unknown and the grease lamp and homemade candle was the only light to drive away the darkness. There were no matches and if the fire was permitted to go out, they had to catch fire with steel and flint. Stoves of any kind were unknown. The fire place and chimney, fashioned by their own hands, had to suffice alike to keep their bodies warm and cook their frugal meal. A skillet and lid-perhaps one pot and possibly a pan were the only cooking utensils our grandmothers had. Buckets and tubs were fashioned by the hand of some pioneer.

The head of the family had as his only implement, an ax, with which to build a shelter for his family. His trusty rifle was their protection against the criminal, the wild animals and a possible Indian upraising. The rifle then was not a think of sport, but a vital necessity.

In a whole community there was a froe and a few augers of different sizes and perhaps a foot adz in a whole township. With these rude implements only the bare necessities in the way of buildings were possible. But in such homes they lived happy, contented and useful lives. By their privations they handed down to us a rich heritage.

They had a home-made plow with a wooden mould-board with which to plow the fields we now cultivate with improved machinery. A bull tongue plow, fashioned by a pioneer blacksmith was all they had to cultivate their corn. It was all hoed by hand. I have been told that some of the old pioneers thought we were living mighty fast when the double shovel was intro­duced. It lightened their labor almost one-half. Corn planters were unknown and the cradle was the most modern machine with which to harvest their small grain. Mowing machines were not thought of, and to cut one acre of hay with a scythe was a big days work.

The wild game destroyed much of the crops they were able to raise with their, crude implements. It was no trouble to furnish wild meat for their tables, but there was constant menace from the wild life that was so plentiful. The wild buck whistled during the early morning and gobble of the turkey was heard from every hill top, but at night they could also hear the howl of the wolf and the scream of the panther. When our forefathers ventured forth to this place it was still the hunting ground of the Indian. I never heard of their having any serious trouble with them, but their very presence was a menace of possible massacre of their families. The red man was known to be treacherous and might go on the war path at any time. The American Indian has never been reconciled to the fact that our ancestors invaded their hunting grounds with the plow and builded [sic] their homes on the graves where their generations sleep.

"None but the stoutest heart, and men and women of vision, all in full confidence of their own ability to cope with the hardest conditions would have attempted w build homes and rear their families amid so many dangers and privations. Aunt Margaret Hillhouse related an experience she had soon after she and Uncle Minter moved to Missouri, and while they lived on the Lambeth place. They had only three children at that time-all girls. Uncle Minter had gone from home to assist a neighbor and on account of a heavy rain, the creek was out of its banks and he could nut get home. In the night she heard the scream of a panther near the cabin, and so she gut up and built a fire in the fireplace so it could not climb down the chimney. It was hard to gel the fire to burn, but as she tried to induce the fire to burn better, the panther jumped on top of the cabin roof and continued to give forth its blued curdling screams. She piled the rude furniture before the fire as a barricade until she finally heard the beast jump to the ground and go away, defeated in its purpose.

Oh, what dangers these noble women faced.

All clothing had to be made front virgin wool, cotton or flax, by the hands of these old pioneer grandmothers we have met to honor on this occasion. The spinning wheel and loom were made by the pioneer head of the family, and the wife spun every thread and wove every yard of cloth that she fashioned into garments to clothe the family. Bed clothes were made in the same way. The sewing machine had not bee, invented and all sewing had to be done by hand. I myself can remember seeing home-made buttons sewed on home-made clothes.

The sheep that furnished the wool from which most clothing was made, were the constant prey of the wolf, panther, wild cat and catamount. We, there posterity, would declare that sheep could not be raised under such conditions and would give up in despair.

What we demand today as positive necessities would have been considered the greatest luxuries by our foreparents. The telegraph and telephone were un­known and instead of daily free delivery of mail there was not a post office for many miles. 1 heard Uncle Simeon Traw say that he had to, make a hundred rails to get 25 cents with which to pay the postage on a letter he had been informed was in a distant post office. The letter was from relatives in Kentucky. Now the postman delivers our letters at our door and from any point in the country for only two cents...

"As an instance of the helpfulness and neighborly acts, l refer to a story told by one of the older Fulbrights.

Soon after the death of my grandfather Dodson, Mr. Fulbright told of their going to where Buffalo, in Dallas county, now stands, to assist a settler to raise a log house. Their trip was timed so as to arrive the evening before the house raising, and the return was made the day following the raising. This is only an instance. Many like ones were performed by those we honor today... "Because they lived the simple life-content to bear burdens that others might enjoy more abundantly, is sufficient to earn for them a place in the hearts of all mankind...

November 11, 1982


Who was James Bench, who m. Lucy Clark and had dau. Nora Agatha Bench, born, Feb 2, 1871 in Springfield, Mo. Neighbors were Henry and Margaret Crow?

Need parentage of Elvira Howard, who m. Chris Bench about 1851. Lived in Pulaski Co Mo in 1868 when my grandfather was born "near St. Ann school" according to family story. Listed in 1870 census Howell Co., Mo. (A picture, handed down within the family, shows a large group with "George S. Howard" written on it. Is this Elvira's father? grandfather?)


My gr., grandfather John Moon, born in Ohio; lived in Phelps Co.. Mo. In 1842, then Maries Co. In 1856.

William Linsey Phillips, my great grandfather was born in Phelps Co. In 1844 and died in Paris, Texas, In 1909. Appreciate help or leads. Sincerely; -Jean Burger, R.R 3 Hennepin, Ill. 61327.


Great grandfather Joshua Light, b. 1809; m his second cousin Polly Light, b. 1815. Where in Tenn were they from? Joshua and Polly's son Daniel, born 1842 m. Julina Williams b. 1843 in Phelps Co. December 31, 1865. Who were her parents? Barbara (Light) Copeland, P.O. Box 162, Dixon, MO


Need whereabouts of Wm. Henry Wood (b. Pulaski Co Mo 1840), just before entering service In Civil War. Laclede Co? He was a country doctor in Brownfield, Mo. vicinity until his death in 1905. He was querist's grandfather, and was a son of Robert Jefferson Wood and wife Rebecca Wood. Ethel (Wood) Brewster, 5236 Pleasant Hall Ct. Virginia Beach, VA 23464


Phillip Ikerd Sr. was in the 1830 Cape Girardeau Co., MO and 1840 Pulaski Co., Mo census. His wife Elizabeth was listed in the 1850 Wright Co., MO census living with her daughter, Elizabeth, wife of Robert Gordon Maxwell. I have not found Phillip Ikerd Jr .since the. 1840 census.

Henry Ikerd was listed in the 1850 Wright Co., Mo. census but the spelling was Ichord, as was my direct line in same census.

Henry's wife was Ruthey ( ) born about 1828-9 in Louisiana and the census showed one child, Sarah born 1849 in MO.  I have been unable to locate him since, but suspect he might have went south.

Others re Robert Gordon Maxwell, who m. Elizabeth, sister of Wm. Joseph Iker; John P. Campbell, who. m. sister of Lucinda Tygert lkerd, wife of Wm. Joseph; Josiah Tygert, brother of Lucinda, above; and Flemming Tygret, who may have been another brother of Lucinda—needs proof. A biographical sketch of John Iker, b. 1825, in the book "Bio. History of Page Co.. lowa states he settled in that county in 1854.. .a son of Philip Ikter, a native of North Carolina and a soldier in the War of 1812. Phillip and wife had six sons and six daughters.

IKERD/IKER, etc. GRATTER/CRADER/CRIDER WILLIAMS HANKS - LAWLESS - MAXWELL- TYGERT/TAGERT - ESTES - CAMPBELL. -Philip Iker, .Sr., born about 1775 in perhaps North Carolina, and Elizabeth ("Betsey") Graiter or Crader or Crider, born Va. 1775, a dau of Jacob Crader/Crider and were the parents of:

1. George b. 1802 (poss. Lincoln Co ) N.C.; died Oct 5. 1857 Webster Co Mo;  Married Mar 10, 1831 Cape Gir. Co. Mo. Nancy D. Williams.

2. Philip, Jr. born 1800-1810, of nothing further.

3. Sarah b. 1800-1810; married Feb 1827 Cape Gir. Co. David Hanks.

4. Sophia. b. 1800-1810; married Dec 20, 1835 Cape Gir. Co. John Lawless.

5. Henry . b.1811-1812 Mo.; wife: Ruthey

6. Elizabeth - b. 1814-1815 Mo married  Sept 4, 1836 Polk Co Mo Robert Gordon Maxwell.

7. William Joseph - b. ca 1815, Mo.; d. poss. 1848-1850; m. Lucinda Tygert

8. Unknown female, b. 1820-25

9., Daniel born 1822  Mo; wife Lucinda 

10. John b. Sept. 1,1825 Cape Gir. Mo.; d. College Springs, Page Co. lowa, Aug 3, 1895;  Married Sept 11, 1845 Rilla Estes

11. Female child,'' name unknown" b 1825-30

12. Unknown female, b. 1800-1810.

This column also contained a long discussion of Mr. Vincent's trip to Southwest Missouri.

November 18, 1982


John Fulbright, born 1750-1760 in Buncombe Co., N. Carolina; wife Elizabeth Coalter, born N.C. 1763. They came to Washington Co., Mo., in 1810. Issue:

John, Jr. (first Treasurer of Greene Co. Mo.); William; David; Martin; Elizabeth Williams or Cooper; Catherine Evans, Christner [Christina] Goodwin, Sarah Smithers, and Susanna Daniels.

1n 1850 Laclede Co Mo census, Susan Daniels, born N.C. 1805, was listed in the entry of Mathew and Elizabeth (Daniels) Huffman. Who was her Daniels husband? Daniel A. Claiborn married Jane E. Huffman; she was a dau of Mathew and Elizabeth, above.

At random: the feminine name "Sabel)" Occasionally appears in the old records,causing puzzlement. Note that the English sometimes use "Sabell" as a pet diminutive of "Isabell." ("Kind Hearts & coronets" - 1949 d.v.)


Art Murrell of Tulsa, Okla- has sent a photostat of Sarah Nelson Maxey  Musgrave's will, dated Aug 13, 1868. Also this time. a reprint of the Goodspeed 1889. Musgrave sketch, on p- 798 of the Bio;. Section of the History of Pulaski: W. S. Musgrave, senior member of the general mercantile firm of Musgrave & Rollins, who have been the successors of. Morrison & Dodson since February, 1888. was born in 1847, and is a son of Bennett H. and Sarah (Nelson) Musgrave, natives of Jackson County, Tenn., the former's birth occurring in 1803. Both were formerly, married in Tennessee, and after coming to Pulaski County, Mo., lost their respective companions, and were afterward married. The mother died in 1871 and the father died in 1864 on the Pacific Ocean, while en route to California, and was buried at sea. He was a farmer throughout life, and accumulated a considerable portion of this world's goods. In 1850 he crossed the plains to California, where he was engaged in mining and farming for three years. At the latter date he returned home, and from 1856-1861lived in Colley Hollow, on the St. Louis and Springfield road, where he kept a tavern known as the California House, which still bears that name. W. S. Musgrave, whose name heads this sketch, is the younger of two brothers; the elder, George, who was with his father at the time of his death, died in California about 1883. W. S. was educated in the common schools, and at the age of sixteen years began doing for himself. During the late war he drove Government teams, and in March, 1865, joined a company of Missouri Rangers for one year, but was mustered out in July of that year. After the war he farmed until 1880, and then came to Richland and became the owner of a hotel known as the Richland House. now known as the "Home." A year later he discontinued this business and began clerking in the dry goods establishment of G. W. Morgan & Co., and at the same time ran a furniture store, continuing the latter business until 1888, when he sold out and then engaged in his present occupation, the stock being valued at $6,000. January 30, 1868, he was married to a daughter of Allen and Perlina Stevens; who were formerly of Adair Co., KY., but became early settlers of Pulaski County. Mrs. Musgrave, who was a worthy and consistent member of  the Methodist Church, died on the 18th of July 1888, leaving her husband and two sons and one daughter to mourn her loss. Mr. M. is a Democrat, and cast his first presidential vote for S. J. Tilden  in 1876, and has held the office of alderman. He is a member of the A. O. U. W. Lodge No. 212; Select Knights, Lodge No. 15, and is Worthy Master in the Lodge No. 382."

The Will of Sarah Musgrave p.108 In the name of God Amen I Sarah Musgrave of the County of Pulaski and State of Missouri Calling to recollection that All persons have to die and being weak of body but of Sound mind and memory and for the better Settleing (sic) my worldly affairs after my death I do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following to wit: 1st I commend my Spirit to God who gave it 2nd That my body have a decent and Christian like burial. 3rd 1 will that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be fully paid 4th I will unto my son James G. Maxey one dollar also unto my daughter Sarah M. Cook one dollar also unto my daughter Mary J. Musgrave one dollar also unto my daughter Letty C Williams one dollar also unto my Son William H. Maxey one dollar also unto my son John A. Maxey one dollar; and to my youngest sons Viz George W Musgrave and Winfield Musgrave I will and bequeath the following described Real Estate Viz: The North West quarter of the South East quarter and the South west quarter of South East quarter of Section twenty One in Township Thirty five North of Range twelve West containing Eighty Acres- and all the appurtenances thereto belong or in anywise appertaining and I also will that after my death all my personal property of every description be Equally divided between my two sons George W. Musgrave and Winfield S. Musgrave; all of the above and foregoing I do declare to be my last will and testament for the objects and purposes therein Mentioned.

In testimony where of I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this 13th day of August A D 1868. Sarah (her mark) Musgrave. Attesters: G. W. Colley, L- H. Colley Certified by Daniel B. Colley; records,. Aug 13. 1868

COMMENTS: In the Musgrave sketch by Goodspeed, note the birthplace of the parents of W. S- Musgrave is said to have been Jackson County, Tennessee; most of that county's early records have been destroyed, in several courthouse fires, so extensive searching has not been possible there. So it is only my opinion that the Musgraves were more likely to have been in early Bedford Co. Tenn.- (with other N.C.-Quaker families) than Jackson. It is interesting to note in Bedford's 1812 Tax List (see 1960's Ansearchin'), John McWilliam's Company, that the man listed next to Samuel "Murgrave" was one Elijah Lacy and that Eliza Ann Musgrave named her second son Bennett Lacy Gresham. One Thomas Musgrave was in John Bylen's Company, that same year.

(Placement of a person's name on a county tax list does not guarantee that the personwas actually a resident there, of course. Absentee owners then, as now, were sometimes many hundreds of miles away from their property. No Musgrave name appears on the only known early Jackson Co. Tenn. Tax list, in 1802 (also published in 'Ansearchin' News-")


Readers will perhaps recall that the bondsman on Bennett Musgrave's 1821 Lawrence Co. Tenn. marriage record was one Emanuel Keltner; it is now reported from a searcher in Maury Co. Tenn. that Emanuel married Nettie Pernina Musgrave: the Keltners were earlier in Giles Co. Tenn. but from court records I know that Emanuel and Nellie were in Lawrence Co. in 1818, 1819 and 1820. I do not know when they left Lawrence but they are there in 1820 and then in Giles by 1830." (Giles is pronounced "Jiles" ryhmes with "styles" dv.) The letter continues, "When I first began researching the Keltners, "was puzzled by the Keltner names that came -down through my husband's line as I found no early Keltners with these names- But when I found the little bit of information in Lawrence Co. on the Musgraves, I knew that some of the names were taken from Nellie's side. They named a son Jonas and also one Burrell. I note that you state that Eliza Ann Musgrave was born in 1834 in Morgan Co., Illinois. One of Emanuel Keltner's brothers, Henry, is in Morgan Co. in 1835 and 1840 but left after that and settled in Iowa. The History of Morgan Co. states that Henry Keltner built the first cabin in Township 16, Range 9 in 1824,one of Emanuel's sisters, Rebecca, married George W- Fanning and they went to Morgan County...

In an April, '82 letter, our Maury Co. correspondent enclosed family group sheets for Henry Keltner, Jr- and wife. Catherine Peters, dau of John & Catherine Peters, Issue were:

1. George (1789-1868) "Went' to Mo" wife: Elizabeth Cooper

2. Solomon (1790-1854) "Went to Haywood Co., Tenn." - wife: Sarah Byler                                                        

3.  Henry (1793-1873) "Went to Ill. & Iowa " - wife: Sarah Smith

4.  EMANUEL (1795-1865) Removed to Giles Co Tenn; wife: Nellie P. "Musgrave

5.  Isaac (1800-unknown) wife: Rachel Adeline Horn

6. Michael -("Went to Ill. or Mo.") wife: Matilda?

7. ABSALOM - born 1809, of whom the writer says: "Absalom Keltner (brother to Emanuel) is on  the 1840 Index of Missouri in Pulaski

However, he went to Christian County or Greene as I suppose it was then...Isaac was another brother who went to Missouri but he died during  the 1840's. Henry Keltner (another brother) went to Madison Co., Ill., then Morgan Co., Ill., and on to lowa...we are having difficulty locating Michael. Emanuel's sister, Rebecca, the eighth known child married George W. Fanning and went to Morgan Co., Ill., where he died. Rebecca later went to Oregon to live with her son, Levi Fanning, and she is buried at Albany, Oregon,"

8. Rebecca as above

9 Rachel (?)

Emanuel Keltner died in Giles Co., Tennessee in 1865: will probated in August- The family can be found in 1850 & 1860 Giles

Co. censuses. Emanuel and Nellie Pernina Musgrave were the parents of:

1.  Jonas (1818-1861) - in. 1st Margaret Farris, 2nd Nancy White

2.  Rose Ann ("went to Mo.") (1821 - ) - m. 1st Geo. W. Hedgepeth

3.  Rachel - b. 1823; m. Wm. C. Ball

4.  Elmira Malvena Mahala - b. 1824 ("went to Mo.") - m. Henry Wesley Keltner       

5.  Emanuel Burrell-b. 1825; m. Jane ( ).

6.  Elizabeth (1826-1886) - m. Geo. W. Jones

7.  Lewis Bluford (Blant) (1827.1883) "went to Illinois" - m. Mary Farris

8.  Nancy Catherine - b. 1829; m. Wm. White 1849

9.  Mary - b. 1831; m. 1852 Wm. House

10. George ; b. 1832; "hanged by Yankees" - m. Eliz. Hannah Dugger

11. Cynthia E. - b. 1835; m. James Duncan

12. Isaac Absalom - b. 1839; m. 1st Elizabeth; (   ).

13.  Sarah m. St. John Garragus/Gargus

REPLY: I telephoned this correspondent and next day sent her about a pound of paper outlining the Musgrave family in North Carolina, Tennessee, Illinois, and Missouri. (Names of my Musgrave contacts, in Tenn. and Ili., will be divulged upon the conclusion of our exchanges.) Absalom/Absolem Keltner, our 1840 Pulaskian, is on 221 Pulaski '40. His 1850 Green. Co. Mo. listing (page number not copied) says that he was born in Tennessee in about 1810, Birthplaces' of children locate him in Tenn. between' about 1829 and 1836, and then in Mo. in About 1839. (One James A. Keltner, whose relationship to the Tenn. family is unclear, was on 342 Laclede '60, born Tenn about 1836.) Josiah Tippett of 221 Pulaski '40 --separated in 1840 from the Keltners by only one name was also from Lawrence Co. (see earlier columns) so all the pieces seem to fit. Josiah was on 304 Lawrence '30, having been born in Maryland about 1788. And a small historical note; from p. 1017, "History of Sangamon Co., Ill." this excerpt:

"John M. Keltner was born near Jacksonville, Illinois, July 24, 1830, and seven years after moved with his parents to Salem, Illinois; at that time it was the county seat of Menard county. His father kept the New Salem Hotel, and Abraham Lincoln boarded with him two years, and Lincoln painted the sign board of this hotel. During this time Mr. Lincoln kept a grocery store in Salem. John M. Keltner remained in Salem three years...he married Miss Nancy C. Keltner Aug. 20, 1852; she was born in Morgan County, Illinois, January 4, 1835; she was the daughter of Andrew Keltner, who was born in Kentucky, where he died in 1845, and Opha (Self) Keltner; who was born in Kentucky, and died in 1847; she was the mother of six children...(John's) father, Micahel [sic] Keltner, was born in Pennsylvania (marginal note b contributor: Virginia, I think.)

November 25, 1982 Trip to Missouri

December 2, 1982 More about the trip to Missouri

December 9, 1982


Carloyn Dye of Waynesville has written to tell us about the Isaac Helton buried at Palace Cemetery (see Sharing The Past Jan. 21,'82). I foolishly hazarded the conclusion that this Isaac (by virtue of location) was probably not connected to the Osage and Manes Co. family. WRONG! Carolyn writes, "the Isaac Helton buried at Palace Cem. was the son of Isaac Helton and Elizabeth Hughes Helton. Isaac Helton, Sr. married Mary Ann Cowan after the death of Elizabeth."

Cynthia Lee Smith, dau of Jeremiah and Ann Turner Lee of Illinois, was the second wife of Isaac Helton, Jr. and they were the parents of Stephen Lee Helton, Carolyn's great-grandfather. As far as I know," Carolyn says, "none of this family were in Pulaski Co:, until about 1890, (when) they moved from Maries Co. to the Big Piney area..."

Here is her descent: Peter Helton, a Susannah ( ) were the parents, James Helton. James and Margaret Cristmon were the parents of Isaac Helton born ca 1811. Isaac and first wife Elizabeth Hughes were the parents of Isaac Helton (at Palace Cent.), born 1837, died 1930. Isaac Jr. and Cynthia Lee (1836-1910) were the parents of Stephen Helton. Stephen Helton (1867-1959) and Rose Shelton (866-1945) were the parents of Stella Helton. Stella and H.F. ("Whis") Dye were the parents of Harvey Dye, Carolyn's father. Her mother: Pansy McGowan. Isaac Helton. (''there have been several Isaacs in each Helton generation") m. Elizabeth Hughes in 1828 and 2nd Mary Ann Cowan in 1853. Contributor: Carolyn Dye, Box 396, Waynesville, MO; 65583


In the 1840 Pulaski census are listed Isaac Love, p. 201; Jacob Love, p. 203; John Love, p. 203, and Isaac Love, Jr., p. 206...


Isaac Love Sr. was born in Virginia Mar 4, 1782, and died in Maries or Phelps Co Mo. Feb 15, 1866. He rests in the Miller Cem., also called Spring Creek Cemetery. His father, says contributor, was a son of Samuel Love and, probably, Samuel's first wife. Isaac Love, Sr. married Phoebe Connelly, born Jan 1, 1793 in Knox Co. Tennessee; she died Sept 18, 1863 in Maries or Phelps Cos and also is buried at Miller Cem. Issue:

1.   John born 1810-1812; died at age 35; m. Rhea Co. Tn. Sept. 3, 1836 Mary (Polly) Wessan/Wessun. She d. Aug. 1887. Her second husband was R.H. Jones.

2.   Jacob - b. ca. 1812 Tn.; d. 1860-1863. Wife: Eliza Jane Miller, clan of Martin Miller and Nancy ( ). She 2nd Mr. Kinsey and thirdly Flower Light.

3.  Harvey Connelly, born Feb 1, 1814 Tn.; died Sept 3. 1895. Buried High Gate, Mo. Married Sept 10, 1835 Martha E. Sands.

4.   Isaac J., Jr. - b. ca 1817 Tn.; wife: Nancy (  ).

5.   Margaret E. - June 5, 1821 Tn.; d. May 8, 1893. Married James Isaac Walker Dec. 26, 1841.

6.   Samuel (H." b. about Jan 20, 1824 Richland, Rhea to Tenn.; wife: Lydia.

7.   Emeline - b. June 1, 1826 Tn.; d. May 12, 1883. Married 1st Joseph Grisham, and 2nd William Marcee.

8.   L.M. (male) (Lea?) - b Sept 12, 1828; d. Apr 5, 1901. Wife: Polly.

9.   Robert A. - born ca 1832 Floyd Co., Indiana; in. Feb 2, 1853 Amanda Miller. "Possibly (there were) more daughters."

 John Love and Mary Wessan were the parents of:

1.  Margaret E., who m. J.R. Moreland. She d. June 14, 1859.

2.   Malinda/Marinda - m. William W. Miller.

3.   Phoebe - b. ca 1839. Married Thomas (L.D.?) Miller.

4.   Martha Jane - b. about 1843, in. George W. Miller.

5.  John Elbert - b. July 2, 1844; died Oct 22, 1922. Buried Vichy, Mo. Married Jan 17, 1869 Cynthia A Pinnell.

6.   Polly M. - b. Dec 25, 1848; d. Mar 4, 1907. Also buried at Vichy. Married I) Ferdinand Reike, and 2) Edward Russell James (Edward Morgan James).

Jacob Love and Eliza Jane Miller had issue:                                         

1.   Diltha - b. ca 1844 Mo.

2.  Martha Ann - b. ca 1846 Pulaski Co Mo: in. 1) Joseph Pelechan 1864, and 2) Wm. Spaulding. "Raised William N. Colvin whose parents had been killed in an accident. Not known to be a relative."

 Isaac Love, Jr. and Nancy (    ), born ca 1815 Tn., had issue:

1.   Matilda, b. ca 1845

2.   Phoebe (L.?) - b. ca 1848; in. James Jordan.

3.   Robert A. - b. Jan 16, 1850 Mo.; d. Nov. 16, 1927. Married Ellen Eliz. Brown.

4.   Pleasant L. - born June 28, 1852 Mo.; d. July 21, 1924. Married Amanda A. Barnwell.

5.   Isaac Jasper - b. Dec 15, 1855 Mo.; d. Sept 24, 1924. Wife: Mary Emily More-land.

6.   Joseph D. - b. June 14, 1858 Mo.; d Sept 9, 1933.

(This shows) "much of what I know," Mrs. Marjorie J. Baxter, Rt. 7, Box 265, Lucedale, Mississippi 39452.

REPLY: Our sincere thanks to Mrs. Baxter for her splendid outline of FOUR of our 1840 Pulaskians. I hope some of our readers will be able to fill in m some of the blank spaces for her, by way of compensation. Everett Marshall King, in his: "History of Maries Co." has a very large section on this family, pages 571-578, plus many cross-references. It is my supposition that Isaac Love, Sr. is listed on p. 99 of the 1830 census of Sevier/"Severe" Co. Tennessee; his 1850 listing, on p. 833 of Osage Co Mo, says he was born Va. ca 1745. John Love, born Tenn ca 1816, was on p. 410 Crawford '50; Jacob Love, b. Tenn' ca 1812, was on p. 158 Pulaski '50 and was a slave owner. Isaac Love, Jr., born Tenn, 1813, was on p. 411 Crawford '50. Harvey Love, born Tenn ca 1814, was on p. 833 Osage '50. Samuel Love, b. Tenn ca 1824, was on p. 158 of 1850 Pulaski, an area which by 1860 had become Phelps Co.. Mo. One Pleasant Love, born Tenn ca 1805, with children born there as late as 1845, appears on p. 625 Maries '60. Goodspeed's Bio. Appendix to Maries Co. history, p. 1119, also describes this family.


Samuel Baker was born July 18, 1771 and died Oct 12, 1849. Elizabeth, his wife, was b. June 11, 1781 and d. June 19, 1859. . Samuel's son Elijah and wife Nancy Gross were in 1850 Crawford Co Mo census. Lucy

Catherine Baser, grandmother of querist, was born Tenn in 1843. Did Samuel Baker come to Pulaski Co Mo? Elijah was born Va. July II, 1798 and died Nov 11, 1887. Nancy, b. Feb 20, 1802. died Sept 5, 1886. Mrs. Catherine Davies. Rt. 1. Box 108c-1, St. Clair, MO. 63077.


A family newsletter for the family Light., Lyle, Leicht, or Licht is published quarterly by Betty Light Behr, Rt. 8, Carmel, N. Y.

Our 1840 study group has Samuel, John. Wright, and Israel Light. Samuel Light, b. Tenn about 1813,1 appears on 171 Pulaski '50.

John Light, 4177, was not present for the 1850 census; his probable wife, Ellen. born Tenn about 1780, is listed on 158 Pulaski '50 and 621 Marks '60.

Wright/Right Light. 4240 in the study group, was born Tenn 1807-1808 and is listed on 419 Crawford '50 and 14 Phelps '60. Goodspeed says (p. 628) that he located near the site of Rolla in 1827: Everett King says his wife was Margaret Bailey, and that his brother was Flower Light.

Israel Light, #325, was born In S.C. about 1800 and was an Indiana resident in about 1826 to 1834 (prob. listed in the 1830 census, then). He appears on p. 671 Camden '50. It is highly probable that part of this family resided in Greene Co., Tenn. in 1830; see p. 197 for John. In this latter listing, John is seen next to "Obadiah ' Light; see King, p. 562. Also in this county in 1830, same page as John Light, is 1 another 1840 Pulaskian: John Skiles, #358, who is seen successively on 197 Greene Co. Tenn, 210 Pulaski '40, and 22 Texas Co Mo '50. See query in K.C. Genealogist, issue of July 1964; also see Genealogical Helper query 766 in Sept '69 issue: Lydia Chadwell, b. 1777 (of Spots. Co. Va?) m. 1795 Greene Co Tenn. William Skyles, b. 1773 Maryland.


Franklin Carnes, b. Ky. 1824, died Nov. 1862 Bourbon Co., Kansas. Married Camden Co Mo Apr 10, 1851 Elizabeth (hard to read this writing -dv.) Morris? Mairis? Marris? Alexander Carnes was possibly Franklin's father. Who was Franklin's first wife? The Alexander Carnes family lived in Camden Co. Mo. in

REPLY: Alexander Carnes, b. N.C. about 1790, is listed p. on 627 Camden '50; birthplaces of children put him in Ky. about 1829 to 1849. Our Maries County Carnes family seems to have come from the McMinn Co, Tenn (see earlier cols.). Watch for a BENJAMIN Carnes, as well as a "Franklin" Carnes.

LUEK - SCHMIDT (edited)

Great-grandparents lived for a while in Mo., going there from central Illinois and later moving on to Nebraska. August and Ernstina (Luck) Schmidt had two children born in Missouri: William, in 1881, and Charles. Charles died in infancy and is buried at Rolla, Mo. Can someone give me further info on this family, or tell me where the child's grave can be found? Thank you. Lois Schmidt-Cook, Box 83, Orchard, NE 68764

December 16 missing

December 30, 1982

The Rowden Family with PARKS - HARDEN - HICKMON - BRANDON - DIAL

This touching letter is transcribed from a photostat generously sent by Herold V. Parkes, 4410 Francis, Kansas City, Kansas. Mr. Parkes tells us it was mailed from Maries County in 1858. "This was found among family records and old papers a number of years ago," Mr. Parkes says. "We believe letter was dictated by Nathaniel Row and written by his daughter Sarah.. 'Barton' he refers to is Barton F. Parks Great Grandfather. He is known to have had five wives and at least seven children..."

State of Missouri. Maries Co.. June 16. 1858 (1852?)

Dere children, once more I ende (endeavor? intend?) to let you know my Mind as Regard to our presant situation life. tho in Bad fit for Writeing. my mind is not composed Since I received your Letter which has only been three days it affords me feelings that is quite unpleasant, to hear of the situation of your mind, as I have suffered Much in the same way, as you may suppose. I have tryed with a full desire evar sence I failed to come there to get you here. I went to enter the land I had in Reserve for you, and there was a man had Just got in Before me about the same time. all the land was taken that was worth any thing and some that you would not pay taxes for. I have understood there is plenty of good land to be had at a Bit per acre somewhere in that country, that I have been wishing to hear from (about) in your letter. But the speculaters may have got it. this thing of a final seperation goes hard, with me. Especially with my children, as I call you Both my children with your little ones. But if it will Be any inducement, I have more Land than we can all manage that produces well that you can have the use of, as long as it Belongs to me, Rent free, and a vacant Cabbin to live in and James your Brother has much more land than I have, and I suppose you can have such (the same) chance with him. 1Ihave only two hundred and Eighty acres. the Number of acres he has, I do not know. I have only about 14 acres under fence, the most of it in Cultivation. you can Joine farms with me, and you and my 2 buys work together, if it suits you. if you should come, bring all the Teem you can, as the oxen has lately Been taken out of this part to Cross the planes. (Page 2)

Remember children, the ties of Nature is too Binding for us to Be finally separated - and the way you Express you Self makes me quite unhappy. I know I have but (a) little While to live, and I should like to have my Children With me at the time I have to leave the world and Return to my mother dust from Whence I came and from where there is no Return. Common things should be Looked at as trifles, compared with things of so sacred a nature. therefore, come and stay with us. When I an gone. you will be Here with your friends.

Barton, l have never seen you but the one time I have heard you spoken of (was) as a harmless, honest man. as such, I have Ever Recognized you as one of my children and would expect to treat you as suchs if you was with me you have expressed (a) Great desire to be handy to a free school (and) here you can have it, ours is Nearly Ready. the house is up and Covered, Calculated for a School house and Meeting House (there) appears to Be a Great Revival of Religon among the people and a Camp meeting (date has been) appointed; supposed to come on about the first of September.

I think there is Some land here could be Entered at 75 cents per acre, and plenty for sale second handed. your friends wants you to come. John Harden has considerables of land so you can have a home without paying rent, and perhaps in a short time the price of land may be so that we all may wish to sell, and move to some other part and then all can move and settle together. I should not be 'Much Decteried (?) (Deceived?) if it should Be the case) at this (the intended?) time i was at Jameses the other day, his wife said to me "sell out as soon as you for l am tired of Missouri." the prospect of crops is bad, on account of so much Rain had disheartened her, and I am willing Myself to sell out if I can Get a price to suit me.

(Page 3)            ^ -     -

So come. we will all stay together, or go together and we may meet with Jane (on?) the way.

Ride,I will Enter on to another part of the subject That may Be more to your Notion. James and myself if I am able to Stand such a  intends to visit you this Summer. we want you to sell out all that you dont wish to move, and be ready to come Right on with us. your friends is not willing to Give you up. Bally, and Betsy your step Mother says you must come. they will give a start of hogs and fowels to Raise from and help you all they can. Sally has been at my hose the most of this day and sends you a coppy of her feelings towards you and her respects to Barton.

Dear Brother and sister, with much sorrow I Express (the news that) I have lost the company of my sisters, Which ones I Enjoyed with Great pleasure; Jane is gone. Susan, I cant enjoy you have Been absent so, long -- and now. to think of a final seperation is a heavy thought. Remember sister, where we lost our dear Mother? you was an infant, you had nothing like a mother I nursed you, I loved you as an infant sister. Now, I lovee you as a sister that is able to Comfort me. Come, Dear Sister and Brother, let as Enjoy the Society of Each other in our last days. so if we Never see Each other in this life (again) let us try to meet where we Shall not Grieve on account of Separation fare well. Brother and sister, with you little ones. Caroline and Melinda is Both Married, to Aron Hickmon and John Brandon. 1must conclude with leting you know we are all in Common (good) helth and wish to see you all.  you (Your) cousin Alisan Rowden lately lost 2 of his family by Scarlet fever, fare well my children. I will just say Calvin Dial has gone across the plains and left Nancy in a very Bad fix, without leting her know it Before he started [no signature; letter ends]

COMMENT: To understand how and why families moved from one 3n early times, we need to know something about their conditions of of life. This letter illustrates several valuable points: even as relatives do today, the early families urged the stay-behinds to come and join them; land speculation was a prime topic of discussion and activity; care in sanitation was lacking, leading to outbreaks of disease such as Scarlet Fever; the area was emptied of usable oxen, as the call of "California" led many to head west; and a yearning for education and church worship, the badge of civilization were much in evidence.

The 1850 census of Osage County (part of which was later Maries Co.) tells us more about Nathaniel, on p. 864, household #250: Nathaniel Rouden 63, b. Va. (possibly Henry Co.), Caroline Rouden, Text Box:  
13, b. Ill., Malinda Rouden 11, b. Ill. Isaac D. Rouden 7, b. Mo Jacob L. Rouden 5, b. Mo, Francis M. Rouden 3, b. Mo. In, the house with Nathaniel is Elizabeth Hickman, b. S.C. c1817, and five Hickman children, all born in Tennessee: Mary, Aaron, Thomas, Wm, and Sarah E. James Rowden,-born in MI. about 1812, was in house #2472 Apparent -wife Margaret was b. Ky ca. 1816;  children present were born in Tenn ca. 1836-and 1840.

A (Ake) E. Rouden, son Asa, according to (Everett King, was born in East Tenn; census (House 3248) states he was born about 1818. Asa Rowden was born Henry Co. Va according to Goodspeed, p.1122-1123. See King p 705ff. James Rowden, son of Asa, was born probably in Roane Co. Tenn. Asa Rowden surely was listed on p: 354 of 1830 Rhea Co Tenn census. Able Armstrong, in house 249, may have been listed in the 1830 census of Rhea Co. Tenn on p. 357; all numbers match. Robert Rowden, in house 259, was born 1819 in Roane Co Tenn, says one source. Joseph Wilson, in house 260, born in Whitely Co. Ky., married in McMinn Co., Tenn in 1833 Nancy Monroe, b. 1815 in Grainger Co., Tenn. (King: p. 723 f.)

Old militia rolls of Roane Co.. Tenn (see Mabel Harvey. Thornton's "Pioneers of Roane, p. 86ff) lists several surnames that later appear in Missouri; Joseph J. Thrailkill's name is on a petition for the Benefit of John Farmer; also there are Levi Thrailkill and Martin Atcheley. 1821 Jurors call included one Daniel Wrinkle. In Capt. Stockton's 1821 Roane company (p. 90) is George Silvey; in Capt. Oliver's company (p. 91) are John Thomas (a man of that name was bondsman for one John Vincent's marriage in Roane in 1819), John J. Breeden, Nehemiah Odell, James Edington, John Vincen, Edward Musgroves, several Forresters (later of record in Maries) Henry Wrinkle, Samuel Grigsby, James Tibbitt and Meschack Rowden. In Capt. Eblen's company (p. 94) is one Benjamin Shields. I cannot guarantee that all of these men are the same men who later came to Missouri--I wish to share the startling propinquity.

Goodspeed's History of Mo. (1889) specifically mentions Roane Co. Tenn. in connection with Webster Co. Mo. families Cardwell, Silvey and Smith; Wright Co. Mo. families Freemen, Dennis, McMillin, Brazeale, McDonald, Mattock, Sheilds, White, Spence and Turner; Laclede families Casey, Johnson and Bonhanan and Maries Co. family Rowden.

In my working copy of Roane Marriages, from several sources the following Rowden/Rouden, marriages appear:

Nov. 3, 1809: James Green to Susan Rowden; Ekale Rowden was bondsman. James Green probably to Miller Co. (1850, p. 50)

May 3, 1816: Mishac Rowden to Sarah McNabb; couple may later appear on 858 ,Miller Co., Mo. 1850.

June 18, 1822: Adam Brandon to Rachel Rowden; Phillip Brandon, Bond. (also to Miller Co. - see below)

Sept 26, 1825: Abraham Bowden to Ann Brandon; Adam Brandon, bond. (See Goodspeed, p. 1122, Maries Co.)

Jan 10, 1843: Jefferson Jackson to Malinda Rowden.

Says King, in his excellent "Hist. of Maries Co. Mo." (p. 712): "Nathaniel ("Natty") Bowden, brother of Asa, also came to Maries County, but at a much later date, being preceded by several of his children. It is not known whether or not he accompanied his father  and Asa to to Benton Rowden's Trading Post in Alabama. But if he did go there be did not stay long, for about the time Asa Bowden settled in Maries County) Nathaniel Bowden is already living near Jerseyville, Illinois, after a considerable stay in Weakley Co., in northwest . Tennessee...Jerseyville seems to have been 'home' to this branch of the Rowden family, for quite a number of them never left there, and others who had drifted away moved back."

King's partial list of Nathaniel Rowdens children (fifteen or more lived to maturity): Isaac D., Harrison, Wiley, James, Lonnie (Alonzo), Jacob, Andrew, John, Linda (Malinda, probably - dv.) Branham (Brandon?), Caroline Hickman, Sally Rowden she m. a Rowden), Martha Parks, Nancy Dial, Susan Lawson, and Ann Clark. Most of these, reports King, lived in Miller County, Mo., where Nathaniel died.

In the 1850 Census of Miller Co.. Mo., see houses 255 through 260: lists John Rowden, b. Tn c1827, and family; James Lawson in next house, wife Susan, b. Alabama c1825 and family; Nathan Lawson, b. Ky. c1813, wife Delila b. Alabama c1B18, and family. Also in this house, an older Nathan Lawson was listed, born in Va. about 1775; a man of this name and age bracket appears on p 136 of McMinn Co Tn 1830 Census.

In the next house is James (R.) Green, b. Va. c1790, wife Susan b. Va. c1792 and family, the latter born in Tenn between c1829 and 1831. James was certainly listed on p 355 Rhea Co. Tenn 1830 Census, twenty years previously; all numbers match up.

The following household head was William Rowden. b. Tenn c1818, wife Abigail, and family; and then Adam Brandon (sp. Branham in Ellsberry Transcription), in house #260, born in Virginia about 1799, with wife Rachel, born Georgia about 1802.(The Rowdens seem to parallel my Vincent line: Virginia early, thence to Georgia and later East Tennessee - dv.)

Rowden line of descent, according to King (p. '05) was progenitor Abram, born in Virginia about 1750. He moved to N.C. after the Rev.  War; his son Asa was born there in 1792. There were at least two other sons: Nathaniel, whose letter we have read, and H. Benton Rowden. By the early 1800's, the brothers were living in East Tennessee --"Blount County, it is thought - where they made their home until about 1815." Then Abram and Asa Rowden moved to DeKalb Co., Alabama, where H. B. Rowden had established himself as a successful trader with the Indians on Big Wills River. There Abram Rowden died in 1840. 

Two Rowden men appear on Rhea Co Tenn's 1819 Tax List: Abedaigo and Asa. H.B. Rowden may have been Hamadather Rowden of 28 Roane Co Tn 1830 census; Elijah, Abednego and Meshak Rowden are listed on pp.4 and 5 of same census. One "Saokey" Rowden, born between 1770 and 1780, was on 136 McMinn '30 census, same page as suspected older Nathan Lawson, above. She was at the bottom of p. 136; at the top of p. 137 were Elkanah (20001.10101) and John (00001-10001) Rowden.