Mercer County Missouri Queries
January - December 2003

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Surnames: SCOTT ARBUCKLE VAN EMAN
Submitter: Diane Ethridge (deae@consolidated.net)
Date: 06 May 2003

I am somehow connected to the Dr. James H. SCOTT family in Mercer Co 1920 census. Scott's wife is listed as Maymie; 2 children, Jay & Annilee, & an Alice ARBUCKLE as "Mother-in-law". These folks were in attendance at my gr aunt's wedding in 1918, Kansas City, MO. My gr aunt, Ruby VAN EMAN,, was the grand-dtr of Wm ARBUCKLE b 1825, Knox Co, OH. I believe that "Alice" was the widow of one of Wm's brothers - probably Norton or John. Any info on this ARBUCKLE or SCOTT family would be appreciated.
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Surnames: THOMAS SWOPES
Submitter: Duane Thomas (wdt10538@aol.com)
Date: 27 Mar 2003

I am looking for information on Anderson THOMAS, who married Margaret SWOPES in Ray County, Mo., 1840. They are in the 1850 & 1860 Mercer Co. census. Moved to Illinois 1868? Any information on his family or her family will be apreciated.
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Surnames: BUTCHER RITTER
Submitter: Alice Stanley (stanleya@ctcis.net)
Date: 09 Mar 2003

I am looking for any information that I can find about Sarah RITTER. She was married to John W BUTCHER and lived in Mercer County in the 1880s. Her daughter Mary Alice BUTCHER was my grandmother. She was born in Mercer County in 1885 in Millgrove. I believe that her parents were John and Susan RITTER, who also lived in the area during this time.
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Surnames: GORMAN ELLIOTT JOHNSON BARKER
Submitter: Diana Ross (dianalross@yahoo.com)
Date: 21 Feb 2003

Looking for information on my GORMAN relatives. My grandfather, James Edward GORMAN (1895-1982) lived on a farm in Mercer County, Missouri a little east of South Lineville, Missouri. The farm was in Missouri but right on the border of the state. He had a sister, Myra GORMAN, and several half-siblings, Cleve JOHNSON, Hattie JOHNSON, Margaret JOHNSON, and Florence JOHNSON BARKER. I'm looking for information on James GORMAN'S parents. His father's name was Patrick GORMAN. Patrick was born in Ireland and died in Missouri in approximately 1904. His mother's maiden name was Virginia ELLIOTT. I don't know where she was born but she died in Oregon. Virginia married Mr. JOHNSON and had four children. After Mr. JOHNSON passed away she married Patrick GORMAN and had two more children. Patrick GORMAN came to Missouri with his brother John GORMAN. I believe that John had a son named John and perhaps a grandson named John. I think that the son married a woman named Elizabeth. I would appreciate receiving any information that you have on any of these people. I hope to track down where in Ireland Patrick and John GORMAN were born before going a trip there this summer. Thank you
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Surnames: HUGHS/HUGHES BRADBURN
Submitter: Janet Wright (
j.wright@comcast.net)
Date: 20 Feb 2003

Looking for death date and place of Elizabeth HUGHS (HUGHES) last known from 1880 census Mercer County, MO, Ravanna Twp, widow age 67. Living with daughter Minerva 31, and son James T HUGHS 24. Elizabeth's maiden name was BRADBURN, born in Virginia. Thanks!
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Surnames: RHOADS/RHOADES/RHODES WELLS
Submitter: Doreen Thomas (rene33@totelcsi.net)
Date: 16 Feb 2003

Harvey RHOADS married to Memory WELLS. Lived in Mercer Co., moved to Byron, Okla. in Alfalfa Co. He was born April 22, 1842 in Ohio and died Feb. 09, 1911. Buried in Byron/Amorita Cemetery, Alfalfa Co. Okla. They are my great grandparents. I would like to know the names of his mother and father, brothers, and sisters. I believe one sister may have lived in Mercer Co. My grandad's name was Otto E. RHODES,(he changed the spelling). He was born in Ravanah, Mercer Co. Can someone help me put these pieces together? Would so appreciate it. Thanks Doreen
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Surnames: BOWERS SHILT
Submitter: Judy Parkhurst (judyandrp@aol.com)
Date: 14 Feb 2003

I am looking for information and photos of Michael BOWERS, Jr., (my gg grandfather) and family. In the Mercer County History book there were two photos of the family. I would like to find the person who has these photos and pay to have copies made of them. I would also like to find photos of Cryus SHILT. Any information would greatly be appreciated.Thank you. Judy Parkhurst
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Surnames: RECTOR SMITH
Submitter: Sharon Orlowski (slorlowski@hotmail.com)
Date: 12 Feb 2003

A couple of years ago I was contacted by a woman living in the Mercer County area concerning Hester "Belle" SMITH who was married to Charles RECTOR. She said she had information/documentation that Belle was a Native American. She was unable to send me the information at the time because of an illness in the family. I have lost her name and would like to contact her. So if you see this please contact me. Sharon
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Surnames: HICKMAN BROWN
Submitter: Georgia Ferry (jenie@madisontelco.com)
Date: 07 Feb 2003

Looking for the family of John Henry HICKMAN of Mercer Co., Mo who married Hylah BROWN abt. 1890 Grundy Co., and their son Fred HICKMAN who married Eva (no last name). Would like to find more on this family line. Thanks
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Surnames: HEUMPHREUS COLLIER POLSTON
Submitter: Paul Heumphreus (paul.r.heumphreus@boeing.com)
Date: 22 Jan 2003

Please verify the information below that is included in Mercer County records. Please also let me know where the cemeteries mentioned are located. You can reach me by phone at 636 578-8110 if you need additional detail or clarification. Thanks!

1) Charles Walker Heumphreus: Burial: February 1892, White Oak Cemetery, Mercer County, Missouri, USA.

2) Mary Jane Heumphreus, born June 28, 1861 in Marion Township, Mercer County, Missouri, USA; died August 17, 1916 in Mercer County, Missouri, USA. She married Milton Moore November 11, 1880 in Mercer County, Missouri, USA; born March 11, 1850 in Mercer County, Missouri, USA; died May 6, 1919 in Mercer County, Missouri, USA.

3)Ransom Woodrow Heumphreus, born November 28, 1855 in Greenup County, Kentucky, USA; died April 24, 1934 in Cawker City, Mitchell County, Kansas, USA. He married Catharine Susan Ragan 1886 in Mercer County Missouri, USA; born abt. 1866 in Columbus, Johnson County, Missouri, USA; died July 4, 1896 in Asherville, Mitchell County, Kansas, USA.

4)Hannah Margaret Collier December 25, 1875 in Lineville, Wayne, Iowa, USA; born November 24, 1857 in Mercer County, Missouri, USA.

5)John Donaldson Heumphreus: Burial: July 1932, Fairview Cemetery, Furnas County, Nebraska, USA. Cause of Death: Cardiac failure. Medical Information: Chronic Myocarditis, Chronic aortitis and Senility. Military service: Pvt, Co D, 51 Reget MO Inft, Civil War. Residence: Bet. 1857 - 1903, Mercer County, Missouri, USA. Residence (2): 1904, Frontier County, Nebraska, USA.

6)Hannah Margaret Heumphreus, born February 4, 1846 in Gallipolis, Gallia County, Ohio, USA; died June 25, 1886 in Cowley County, Kansas, USA. She married Isaac Jones August 20, 1865 in Mercer County, Missouri, USA.

7) John Wesley Heumphreus (Joseph1 Humphreys) was born bet. 1819 - 1820 in Gallipolis, Gallia County, Ohio, USA, and died August 25, 1864 in St.Louis, Missouri, USA. He married Mary Jane Donelson June 2, 1840 in Gallia County, Ohio, USA, daughter of Ebenezer Donelson and Barbara Shaffer. She was born abt. 1820 in Greenfield Township, Gallia County, Ohio, USA, and died November 29, 1897 in Marion Township, Mercer County, Missouri, USA. More About John Wesley Heumphreus: Burial: 1864, Underwood Cemetery, Mercer County, Missouri, USA. Cause of Death: Yellow Fever. Military service: 1861 - 1864, Civil War Co. B 5 Kansas Volunteers - Cav.
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Surnames: COX SNYDER
Submitter: cartersa@pacbell.net)
Date: 21 Jan 2003

Looking for John William COX, born in Mercer CO., MO. in 1870. Father was George Washington COX, born 1840 Whitley CO., KY. Mother was Sarah Ann SNYDER, born in 1844 Whitley CO., KY. George came to Mercer CO., MO. with the SNYDER family and later married Sarah and raised 10 children, 9 girls and 1 son. If you can help me please email me. Thank You. Shirley
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Surnames: FRAKES, YATES, SCOTT, GRIFFEY, BRYAN
Submitter: Barbara Berry (twins4627@yahoo.com)
Date: 20 Jan 2003

I have in my possession an old marriage certificate which is for Alexander FRAKES of Mercer Co., MO and Minnie YATES also of Mercer Co., MO, who were united in marriage on 27th day of December, 1900. James R. Nordyke, O.M.S. performed the service at the home of the bride and witnesses were "George SCOTT, Wm BRYAN and family, Ed Applegate GRIFFEY, other relatives". If anyone can help me figure out the exact relationship in my family, I would so appreciate it. The GRIFFEY and SCOTT names enter into my family and have been searching for information for years on this line. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Also, anyone wishing a copy of this marriage certificate, I'm more than glad to do so.
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Surnames: RECTOR SNELLING CAMPBELL
Submitter: Georgia Ferry (jenie@madisontelco.com)
Date: 11 Jan 2003

Looking for the first name of Rebecca Elizabeth RECTOR'S husband. She married a Mr. SNELLING and they had two children, Ethel May, in 1891 and Jesse. Do not know any more about this family line. Rebecca (Lizzie) was born in Mercer County, daughter of Jacob RECTOR of IN. and Minerva CAMPBELL of MO. Also, would like to have information on the Ethel Mae and Jessie. Thanks.
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Surnames: COOKSEY FRANCIS
Submitter: Ron Scott (rdtb@discoverynet.com)
Date: 04 Jan 2003

I'am looking for info on Vincent COOKSEY, on 1870 census. (Franklin age 6 in 1870, married Josie FRANCIS, is my connection). Any info on deaths or marriages while in Mercer Co. will help. Thank Ron Scott
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