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Surname: Bates County History Book
Submitter: John Brach. Email:
Date: 26 JAN 2009
In a Phoenix bookstore there is a history of Bates County Missouri to the year 1900. It must be a first edition because it is 500.00 I think. I did not know if anyone in Bates county would be interested. If you are, write back and I will give you the phone number to the book store.

Surname: BELL
Submitter: Don Eoff.  Email:

Looking for any info on Bell Families in Bates County Mo. Thanks, Don Eoff

Surname: ELKINS
Submitter: Mabel Phillips. Email:
Date: August 29, 2010
James Thomas Elkins 9 Apr 1872 - 16 Dec 1933 was a representative of the Hall Drug Company. He married a daughter of Dr. Wiley P. & Martha E. (Jackson) Hall, founder of Hall Drug Company, probably in Bates County, before Dec 1898. She died of meningitis during an 1898 Christmas visit
to his family in Ozark, Missouri. Dr. Hall has twin daughters, Armintha A. "Minnie" and Dora A. born 1877 and Nettie B. born 1879. WHICH
daughter married James Thomas Elkins? Their death certificates say Dr. & Mrs. Hall and their sons are buried at Oak Hill, Butler, and she may be
also. This was the obituary in the Ozark newspaper:  "Elkins, ? (Hall) died 23 Dec 1898 Christian County Republican 19 Dec 1898 A Sad Death Died, at the residence of Dr. C. B. Elkins of this city Friday morning of spinal meningitis, induced by the measles. Mrs. Jas. Elkins of Adrian, this state. Mr. and Mrs. Elkins were visiting relatives here for the holidays when Mrs. Elkins was taken with the measles, caught cold and death was the result. Her father, Dr. Hall, a prominent physician of Adrain, was telegraphed for and reached her bedside Wednesday and was with her in her last hours. The remains were taken to Adrain Friday for interment. Jas. Elkins is a brother of Dr. C. B. Elkins and a druggist of Adrain. Dr. Elkins accompanied the bereaved husband and father in their sad journey."

Surname: KING
Submitter: Judy Bennett. Email:
Date: 27 JAN 2009
I am looking for information on Lewis Cyrus King who lived in Bates County sometime after the 1870's. His wife was Elizabeth (Fooke) King and he had 9 children. His son, William Lewis King, was my great grandfather. He married Mary Ette Woodall in Cornland in 1891. I think both Lewis & Elizabeth, along with a lot of family members, are buried at Double Branch Cemetery. Any information would be appreciated.

Surname: LEONARD
Submitter: Dennis Schjeldahl.  Email:
I am looking for information/ OBIT about Maude (LEONARD) SALTER of Rich Hill, Bates County, MO. She was born Aug 23, 1909 probably in Rich Hill area.  She married Earl Henry James “James” SALTER June 1, 1932, in Rich Hill. She died December 12, 1997 in Paola, KS and is buried next to her husband “James” in the Pleasanton Cemetery, Pleasanton, KS. Other relatives could be Jerry Leonard, Larry Leonard, Gary Leonard, Darryl Leonard and George Leonard.  Possibly Roy Parsons – they were pall bearers at James SALTER’s funeral. Thank you for your help

Surname: MCNEELY
Submitted by: Jackie Bowen.  Email:
Date: May 24, 2010
I have been told that a James E McNeely is buried in Rich Hill and His father is buried in Foster Does any one know about them and can help me find the father of James E McNeely Jr.

Surname: PAYNE and STEELE
Submitted by: John Gibson.  Email:
Date: May 24, 2010
Looking for any information about these 2 lawyers who moved from Woodford County, KY to Butler, MO., probably before 1870.
John Steele and Simeon Payne. Also, A.F. Settle, born in Virginia, moved to Butler in 1861. His wife was Nancy J. Majors, born in KY.
 Any information will be appreciated. John Gibson, Columbus, Ohio

Submitted by: Linda Stiteler Wiley. Email:
Date: May 26, 2010
I am trying to locate the cemetery in Bates Co. Missouri where my GG Uncle and Aunt are buried. I believe they were residents of Rich Hill , Mo. Isabell Adams Rinehart Nov. 27, 1896-Oct 13, 1987 and husband Frank Wm. Rinehart b. Mar 18, 1894 d. Dec. 11 1945 or 1946. Frank was my grandfather (Henry Rinehart’s brother).

Surname: STANLEY
Submitter:  Mary Lahan
Date:  24 May 2009
Looking for information re: Joseph Stanley, born in Indiana about 1821, married to Nancy Scott, born in Indiana about 1820, family all living in Hickory County, MO in 1870 and Bates County, MO in 1880. Also looking for information re: Joseph's parents, who were born in NC and Nancy's parents, who were born in KY and TN. Thank you in advance for any assistance.

Surname: VAIL
Submitter: Vail Fruechting
Date:  7 June 2009
I am a descendant of the Vail Family. I have a picture of a large white tombstone with "Vail" on it, and i believe it is from the Rich Hill cemetery. I can't see any more details from my picture. Can you help me any further, please?

Surname: WASSOM
Submitted by: Shirley Rust. Email:
Date: May 31, 2010
 Looking for information on John Wassom. If you have any other info on him or his family, I would appreciate it. He had several children, such as Nannie Mae, Sally (or Sarah), James, Catherine, Hesberth (sp) and Mary. Nannie Mae and Sally were twins. My husband's mother was the daughter of Sally who married David Grooms.

Surname: WASSOM
Submitted by: Shirley Rust. Email:
Date: May 24, 2010
Looking for information on John Wassom of Bates County. John was supposedly Indian and had several children: Catherine, Annie/Nannie Mae, Hesbarth, possibly Margaret and Sarah who were twins, Sally, and  James who was M. Ro Queenie. If you have any other information about this family, please contact me. I am very interested in finding out more about this family. 

Surname: WATERS
Submitter: Mary Ann Looney
Date: 27 April 2009
I’m searching for any information on Martha Rogers Waters and Alexander Waters who lived in Lone Oak Twp., Bates County in 1880 with four of their children: Ida May, Thomas, Joseph Gideon, and W. Jane. According to family records, Martha died 6 Jul 1886 and I thought she might have died in Bates Co. Contact information:

Submitted by: A.L. Swearingin.  Email:
Date: May 24, 2010.
I am looking for information on Mary Ann (Woods) Walker Laney and her family, especially daughter, Maria Virginia (Walker) McBride Crain. Mary Ann married 2nd James R. Laney in Illinois and moved to Missouri before 1890. He is buried in Round Prairie Cemetery in Bates Co., but we don't know what happened to her or daughter, Maria Virginia (Who was married 2nd to Edward F Crain, buried in Bates county, or to granddaughter Julia McBride. Any information would be welcome.