Joshua Best #948 b. xx xx 1845, St Austell, Cornwall., (son of
Abraham Best #758 and Ann Bennetts #769) occupation Farmer, m.
26 Sept 1867, in East Wawanosh Township, Ontario, Canada., Lydia
Pethwick #4274, b. xx xx 1849 ???, Ontario, Canada. ????, d.
Between 1880-90, Not recorded in 1900 Missouri Census., buried:
Listed 1880 Census,Cass County.Michigan. Joshua died Bef 1910
???, Richland Township, Missouri, USA ??, buried: Unkn May be
Scott County, Missouri.????, Silvercreek, Cass County,
Michigan. FHS film 1254575. Went to Canada about 1848 with his
parents. Durham County Marriage Register of Ontario, 1871 lists
Joshua 22 yrs old. Michigan Census of 1880 that he lived in
Silvercreek with 3 children, Richard, Eliza and Joshua. 1871
Census of Ontario lists him with infant son farming in
E.Wawanosh Township in Ontario By 1880 moved with his family to
Cass County in Michigan. Listed living in Silver Creek township.
He also lived Silver Creek & Dowagiac City. Moved to Richland
Township,Missouri. Not mentioned in 1910 Census of Richland Twn.
Lydia: Parents: Philip & Elizabeth Pethwick. Both buried in Hope
Township Cemetery in Durham County, Ontario. Phillips 2nd Wife
Margaret also there, Info from Ken Beecroft who found the
graves. Lydia's parents born in England, could be Cornwall. ???
Lydia died before the 1900 Missouri Census as she is not listed
with the other members of her family. She is listed in the 1880
of Cass County Michigan, so she died between 1880 & 1890. Lived
at Richland Township, Scott County, Missouri?? Joshua Best was
at this township in the 1900 Census.
i Richard Charles Best #4513 b. xx xx 1870,
E.Wawanosh Town, Huron County, Ontario., occupation Farmer, m.
11 Jul 1894, in Dowagiac, Cass County, Michigan, USA., Book D
Page 96, Entry #1387 Cass Cnty Mar Bk1 up to 1921, Katie Bick
#5151, b. xx xx 1872 ?, Dowagiac, Cass County, Michigan, USA.,
d. Unkn. Richard died 23 Feb 1920, Dowagiac, Cass County,
Michigan, USA, buried: xx Feb 1920, Dowagiac, Michigan, USA
????, Book B Page 223, Cass County Death Records Bk 1
1867-1940. Death record for Richard Charles Best, Book B page
223, Cass County death records book 1 1867-1960. Was living in
Dowagiac, Cass County at time of death and aged 49 yrs old. As a
child, believed he lived in Silvercreek Township with his
parents. Parents moved to Richland Township, Scott County,
Missouri about 1875.??? Katie: Parents: Benedict Bick & Phoebe
Koof. Info from Patrica Grimm, Arizona, USA Living in Dowagiac,
Cass County, Michigan at time of her marriage aged 22
ii Eliza Annetto Best #5162 b. 21 Jan 1872, E.
Wawanosh Twn, Huron County, Ontario., m. Abt 1892, in Unkn
Possibly Richland Townsh, Missouri., Samuel Gossett #5271, b. xx
Sept 1973, Indianna, USA. 1900 Census of MO., occupation
Sawyer/Teamster, d. Unkn, Unkn. Eliza died Unkn. First
Christian name shown as Eliza in 1880 Michigan Census. Was
called Anne. Came to Richland Township, Scott County, Missouri
unknown. ?? Married abt 1892 no children by the time of the 1900
Census of Missouri. Previously living in Silvercreek, Cass
County, Michigan with her parents at the time of the 1880 Cass
County Census of Michigan. 1910 Census shows them still in
Richland Twn, but also mentions Sikeston City. Eliza is listed
as the Mother of 1 child in 1910 Census. No details. Samuel:
Worked in a sawmill & was a Teamster in the 1900 Census which
showed he was born in Indianna, USA. Father born Kentucky and
Mother born in Indianna.
2. iii Joshua Best (Jnr) #4624 b. xx Jun 1874
2. Joshua Best (Jnr) #4624 (1.Joshua1) b. xx Jun 1874 ?, E.
Wawanosh Twn, Huron County, Ontario.?, m. Abt 1896, in Richland,
Scott County, Missouri USA????, Georgia Unkn #5272, b. xx May
1878, Missouri, USA 1900 Census. Joshua died Unkn, Check
Richland Township, Missouri, USA??, buried: also Sikeston City,
Missouri 1910 Census. Census of 1910. Still living Richland
Township, Scott County, Missouri, but Sikeston City is also
mentioned. See Series T623 Mkcrofilm 903 Book 1 for details.
Info from Patricia Grimm of Arizona, USA.
3. i Opal L Best #5273 b. 28 Aug 1898.
4. ii Richard Best #5275 b. 8 Jul 1901.
iii Ruth Best #5276 b. xx xx 1903, Richland Township,
iv Fern Best #5277 b. xx xx 1906, Richland Township,
v Millie Best #5278 b. xx Sep 1909, Richland Township,
Missouri, USA., d. Before 1920, Poss. Scott County, Missouri.
Deceased prior to the 1920 Census. Info from Patricia Grimm.
vi Georgia M Best #5279 b. Abt 1914/1915, Richland
Township, Scott County,Missouri. 1920 Census, shows the family
living in Holland, Pemiscot County, Missouri.
vii Geneva Best #5280 b. xx xx 1920, Holland, Pemiscot
County, Missouri, USA.
viii Wanda Best #5281 b. Abt 1922-1923, Holland,
Pemiscot County, Missouri.
3. Opal L Best #5273 (2.Joshua2, 1.Joshua1) b. 28 Aug 1898,
Richland, Scott County, Missouri, USA, m. Abt 1919, in Unkn
place in Missouri, USA, Edward Blumer #5282, b. 8 Oct 1897,
Missouri. USA ???, d. xx Jan 1980, Cape Girardeau, Missouri,
USA. Opal died xx Dec 1982, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, USA.
Edward: Cape Girardeau township and same name for County.
i Dorothy Best #5283 b. Abt 1919, Cape
Girardeau, Missouri, USA. Aged 11 yrs in 1930 Census.
ii Maxine Best #5284 b. Abt 1921-1922, Cape Girardeau,
Missouri, USA. Aged 8 in the 1930 Census.
iii Ruth Best #5285 b. Abt 1923-1924, Cape Girardeau,
Missouri, USA. Aged 6 in the 1930 Census
4. Richard Best #5275 (2.Joshua2, 1.Joshua1) b. 8 Jul 1901,
Richland Township, Missouri, USA, m. Abt 1927-1928, in Cape
Girardeau, Missouri, USA ???, Edna Unknown #5286, b. 25 May
1900, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, USA ??, d. 15 Oct 1988, Cape
Girardeau, Missouri, USA. Richard died xx Oct 1968, Cape
Girardeau, Missouri, USA.
i William (Billie) D. Best #5287 b. Abt
1923-1924, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, USA. Aged 6 in the 1930
ii Richard Best #5288 b. xx Dec 1917, Cape Girardeau,
Missouri, USA. Aged 3yrs in the 1930 Census.
by James Colin Best
DATE:December 25, 2002
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James Colin Best
NOTES: Part of my BEST family lived in Richland Township,
Scott County, Missouri but eventually moved to Cape Girardeau,
I have attached a file, Joshua.rtf (Joshua Best) who was the
head of this family with his Wife, Lydia Best nee Pethwick, but
I do not know if she reached MO as she was not listed in the
1900 Census of Richland Township. I am assuming that she died
before leaving Cass County in Michigan.
I would be pleased if you could advise if you have any further
info on my BEST family additional to what is in my file. I have
no objection if you place my file on your site, providing you
list my email address in case of enquiries. I am compiling my
BEST family tree which originated in St Stephens in Brannel
Parish and St Austell/St Dennis Parishes in Cornwall, England. I
am seeking information or particularly, the name and address of
any descendants of my family, strictly for information. It is
almost impossible to access data from here in Australia.
Some of the surnames that are part of this family.
GOSSETT - BEST - BLUMER. Some other names that may be relevant
were a William and Eva Leslie. Eva Leslie may be a sister in law
to Ann Gossett nee Best. (Eliza Annetto Best daughter of Joshua
and Lydia Best) Also Bullie Oliver, believed to be a Grand
Daughter of Ann Gossett, widow of Samuel B Gossett who died
prior to 1930.
My family emigrated to Australia, New Zealand, several parts of
the USA and Canada. I am still in contact with descendants of my
family in Cornwall.