Mercer County Missouri Queries
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Submitter: Leona Walker (
Date: 19 Dec 1999

Hello, I am searching for any information regarding the MCKERN families that lived in Mercer County. I know that this is not full of information, but that is why I am posting this message, that is to obtain the information. Thank you for any assistance in this, and remember have a good day. Leona Springfield Missouri


Submitter: Wayne Boyle (
Date: 19 Nov 1999

Looking for descendants of William and Alta Blanch (BOYLE) CALHOUN. She was my grandfather's younger sister and the daughter of William J. BOYLE and Nancy Ellen HAMILTON of Topsy, Mercer County. She died in Los Angeles in 1976.


Submitter: Jay Puckett (
Date: 11 Nov 1999

I'm searching for any information concerning my grandfather, Eldon Donald WOODS, married to Jesse Marie POWELL WOODS. I believe that my grandfather's grandparents, (RITGERS), came over from Germany. I would like to find out information about the WOODS and RITGERS. My grandfather had a sister named Lulu WOODS RENFRO. My mother is Betty Lou WOODS. My grandfather had a farm just southwest of Princeton, Mo in Mercer County. Some of the RITGERS are buried in the Old Union Church Cemetery near where my grandfather's farm was. Thank you!


Submitter: Trudy Spanier (
Date: 09 Nov 1999

Rachel KNOX b. 3-31-1836 IL, d.12-16-1894 Sullivan Co, MO; spouse William T. COLLINS b. 7-30-1838 Grant Co, KY, d. 12-22-1921 Harris, Sullivan Co, MO. He is son of James COLLINS and Angeline SMITH.
William T. COLLINS and Rachel KNOX COLLINS are found on 1856 Iowa state census in Medicine Twp, Wayne County, Iowa, then in 1880 they are in Medicine Twp, Mercer County, Missouri. Can anyone please help me with this? I need to find this family in 1860 and 1870 census. Collins children were: James Franklin COLLINS b. 1857 Wayne Co, IA; Mary E. COLLINS b. 1859; Nancy J. COLLINS 1860; Marvilla A. COLLINS b. 1868 MO; Sarah E. COLLINS b. 1871 MO; Mattie T. COLLINS b. 1873 MO; Sidney E. COLLINS b. 1873 MO; Dolly May COLLINS b. 1886 MO.
James COLLINS, Sr. had a brother named Dillard COLLINS b. abt 1818 VA who was married to a Sidney ?? COLLINS b. abt 1836 KY. Can anyone help me with the KNOX and COLLINS families? Thanks.


Submitter: Trudy Spanier (
Date: 09 Nov 1999

Margaret FASSETT b abt 1835 Ohio, is found living in Medicine Twp, Mercer Co, MO on the 1880 census with the following children: Azubah M. FASSETT b. abt 1864-1865 IA; Sherman A. FASSETT b. abt 1867 IA; Riley D. FASSETT b abt 1869 MO; Margaret J. FASSET b abt 1871 MO; Daniel F. FASSET b abt 1874 MO; and William Erastus STRONG b abt 1861 Iowa. It appears that Margaret STRONG married an unknown FASSET sometime between 1860-1865. Can anyone help me with information on this family? William Erastus STRONG later married Mary Florence KNOX. Thanks.


Submitter: Eula Blakesley (
Date: 06 Nov 1999

Searching for HORN,CAMPBELL,CURTIS,VANDERPOOL,HARRIS, and AKERS, in Mercer Co. William and Nancy HORN were in Mercer Co. around 1844. Their son, David HORN, married Rebecca CAMPBELL, dau. of Asa CAMPBELL and Rebecca CURTIS, dau. of Elijah CURTIS and Jane VANDERPOOL. HARRIS and AKERS were also connected. Any help appreciated. Eula Blakesley


Submitter: Barbara Berry (
Date: 05 Nov 1999

Searching for information on a MORGAN who married a daughter of John and Sarah MULLINS WOLF. Not sure of the name of the Mr. MORGAN. Also a daughter of John and Sarah WOLF married a man by the name of MCKAY. Any information on either of these lines would be greatly appreciated. I have considerable on the WOLF family line. Barbara Wolf Berry


Submitter: Barbara Berry (
Date: 05 Nov 1999

Seeking information on family of my ROBERTS line. Grandfather was Johnny Jr. ROBERTS b. 1899 in Mt. Moriah, Mo area. His mother was Sarah Ann MONK(or MUNK) and his father John William ROBERTS, son of Joshua C. and Sarah Catherine SANDLIN ROBERTS. Also seeking info. on Grandmother's line. Her name is Shirley HAMILTON, daughter of Henry Monroe (Roe) HAMILTON and Ella Gennettie CAST HAMILTON. Have infor. on HAMILTONS, ROBERTS, and some on SANDLINS. Need info. on CAST and MONK lines although nothing turned down. Will share.


Submitter: Chuck Woods (
Date: 29 Oct 1999

$100.00 reward for proof of John WOODS' (1791-1867) parent or parents. John WOODS, husband of Henrietta (1810-1879) DUNN WOODS; father of Elijah WOODS (1840-1915); Nicholas WOODS (1843-1922); Martha WOODS (1837-1919). All children of second marriage. Elijah, Nicholas, Martha buried St. Paul Cem. Mercer Co. Do not know where John WOODS or Henrietta WOODS are buried, for sure. Published family history for Elijah WOODS lists father as John WOODS born VA, (my gggrandfather, David R. WOODS, half-brother of Elijah WOODS), lists TN on 1880 census as birthplace for John WOODS. John WOODS came to Decator Co. IA area from Lincoln Co. KY in 1864 with wife, children, and two grandchildren Martha (Jennie) WOODS (1856-1931) and John James WOODS, my ggrandfather (1854-1921). In 1866, Elijah and family moved to Mercer Co. MO. In 1867 Mercer Co. John WOODS died. On 1870 census, Elijah is listed with Henrietta, Nicholas, Martha, and Charles age 3. I do not know where Charles came from but he and an Oscar WOODS inherit most of Nicholas' money in 1922. Charles, in turn, leaves most of his to a Garl WOODS. Know that one of Nicholas' nieces was a WAYMAN and is buried close to his grave. Actually, would be happy to pay reward for connecting me to family from this area. I am looking for proof from family records, newpaper notices, court records, church records, etc. Thanks Chuck WOODS


Submitter: Trudy Spanier (
Date: 21 Oct 1999

I have family of John BAY b. 1807, d 1875 Wayne Co, Iowa; and wife Rhoda J. NEWMAN BAY b. abt 1820, died after 1880. They lived in Mercer County, MO from about 1840-1850. Children: Mary Amelia BAY b. 1841 Mercer County, MO; James BAY b. 1844 Mercer County; Lydia J. BAY b. 1848 Iowa; William BAY b. 1849 Iowa; Louise BAY b. 1854 Missouri; Rhoda Malinda BAY b. abt 1864 IOWA. John BAY had a sister Isabel BAY who married a KNOX. Does anyone know about these families? Thanks.


Submitter: Susan Williams (
Date: 16 Oct 1999

Can anyone out there tell me where the southwest quarter of the northwest quarter of Section 15 Township 66 Range 23 of Mercer Co. is located? I have been wondering about Sylvester WALLACE and if he and S W WALLACE were one and the same. S W WALLACE owned the Wallace hotel in Lineville, MO but was killed in 1905. According to the Sheriff's deed book, Sylvester WALLACE and Charles WOODSON sold to Mary WARREN the above property in 1898. I would like to know if anyone has information about the above.


Submitter: Karen Banner (
Date: 16 Oct 1999

Samuel FRY was born Wayne County, Ohio. On Sept.16,1858, in McLean County, Illinois he was married to Margaret SHIRLEY. He died Nov.21,1928, Mercer County, Missouri. He is buried in Topsy Cemetery, Mercer County. In the new Mercer County History there is an article on the SHIRLEY family. Does anyone know if Margaret SHIRLEY FRY is related to this family? Thanks Karen


Surnames: PHIPPS
Submitter: Ronald W Phipps (
Date: 13 Oct 1999

Seeking descendants of Joseph and Alva PHIPPS, who were the sons of Catherine PHIPPS, all of whom appear on the 1850 Mercer Co Census. William Alva PHIPPS is also on the 1860 & 1870 Mercer Co censuses. I suspect that Joseph PHIPPS b.1823 VA was in the Missouri 10th Cav Company, C CSA, and died in the war. William Alva PHIPPS b. Mar. 1827 VA, d. July 21, 1881 VanZandt, TX, veteran of 12th Missouri Cav. Co. E, Union Army.


Surnames: PICKETT
Submitter: Joan McClanahan (
Date: 11 Oct 1999

Would like to locate family of James PICKETT born in Pike Co. MO abt 1848. Family may have moved from Mercer Co. MO. Any help would be appreciated. Joan McClanahan


Submitter: Marcella Piersall (
Date: 11 Oct 1999

I am looking for information on William PROCTOR d. 1888, and Rachel ANDERSON PROCTOR d.1873. They are both (maybe) buried in Anderson Cemetery, Mercer Co., MO. Their children (maybe): James, b. 1849 KY.; H. E., b. 1852 MO.; Annie E., b. 1854; Debbie J., b. abt. 1854; Lewis S., b. 1858 in Mercer Co., MO.;Amanda M., b. 1861; Martha L., b. 1861; Mary, b. 1863; and America B., b. 1864. Any help on this family would be appreciated. Thank you, Marcella


Submitter: Cindy Lang (
Date: 06 Oct 1999

Amos or W.C. KEITH married to Permelia EKISS. Permelia & Amos had their first child, Silas C. KEITH, in Mercer County. They are my great great grandparents. Permelia's parents were Michael and Nancy EKISS. I have always been told my great grandmother was half Cherokee. I am trying to prove or disprove that point. I know KEITH is a Cherokee name. Is EKISS an Indian name? I would like to learn more about the origins of the EKISS family. I am also trying to determine Amos or W.C. KEITH's place of birth. On the 1880 Census, it was listed as Indiana, but his children stated on death certificate: Iowa.


Submitter:Lee A. Rau (
Date: 04 Oct 1999

I am attempting to research the ancestry of Elijah CAIN, who was born in Mercer County, MO, on September 18, 1865. His parents were James and Polliane CAIN. He married Susan Emily BOOTHE, who was also born in Mercer County, on June 21, 1868. Susan Emily was the daughter of Charles BOOTHE, Jr. and his second wife, Catherine GROVES. Sometime after their marriage, Elijah and Susan Emily moved from Cainsville, MO to Westboro, Mo. Elijah was my wife's grandfather. Any information that anyone might be able to provide would be greatly appreciated.


Submitter:Mark Morris (
Date:30 Sep 1999

MORRIS, Joshua L (b. 1820, VA) and wife Hattie ARBUCKLE (b. 1844), children: Rebecca (b. 1847, IL), Marcus (b. 1850, IL), Francis (b. 1852, IL), Hattie (b. 1861, MO), and Joshua (b. 1866, MO). Moved to Mercer County in late 1850's from Illinois and then moved to Iowa in late 1860's. Seeking ancestors of both parents, and descendents of children. I am descendent of Joshua MORRIS,(the son).


Submitter: James Porter (
Date:27 Sep 1999

A. D. 'Doc' ELLIS, M.D., born 1877, lived in Powersville, Mo., married Serena Josephine MADDEN, born Jun 18, 1874 in Mercer Co., MO., (daughter of William James MADDEN and Mary Jane PORTER). Serena died May 03, 1939. A. D. ‘Doc’ died Sep 26,1929. They both are buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Lineville, IA. According to Serena's obituary, they had 7 children. These names came from her obituary: 1. Gilbert R. ELLIS; 2. W. T. ELLIS; 3. Mrs. R. E. SHOPE; 4. Mrs. Don RODAWIG; 5. Mrs. John D. WILSEY; 6. name unknown; 7. name unknown. Does anyone know the given names of these children? Any other date information would be helpful. Thanks. James Porter


Submitter:Mary Kinney (
Date:25 Sep 1999

I'm searching for descendents or information on John Wesley SMITH, b. 28 Jan 1857 in Mercer Co. Mo, m. Lucetta LARASON, b. 4 Nov. 1860 in Mercer Co. John Wesley SMITH d. 1920 in Clinton, Ok. Lucetta LARASON d. 19 Oct. 1949, in Hutchinson, Tx. John Wesley SMITH was the son of Samuel SMITH b.1831 & Mary Jane BROWN b. 1835. Appreciate any info. on these families.


Submitter:Gail Carter (
Date: 24 Sep 1999

Looking for information on John A. CHAPMAN b. Mercer Co. 1856, son of William Chapman, and Clementa FLOWERS. Thank you.


Submitter: Kim McIntosh Hedstrom (
Date: 20 Sep 1999

I am in search of information on Aaron MCINTOSH, my great-great-great-grandfather, born 1826, died 1867. He was with the 44th Infantry of MO. He married Martha Pigg, b. 1826, d. 1920. Both were of Mercer Co, Mercer Twp. Any information would be of great help.


Submitter: Shelly Scott-Jones (
Date: 19 Sep 1999

Looking for info on the following SCOTT family: My gggrandfather was William H.H. SCOTT b. 11/15/1840 in Bartholomew, IN. He moved to Mercer County with his siblings and parents, as far as I know. While in Mercer Co, he married Louisa M. RICHARDSON in 1866. A few of his children were born in Mercer County: William H. SCOTT b. 1871; Bertha SCOTT m. C.C. DAUGHTERY. I would like to find info on his siblings and parents. William H.H. SCOTT moved on to Oklahoma during the land run and was the 1st doctor in Cushing, OK. I am also looking for info on Joseph CANFIELD b. 1879 MO., m. Inez RATHBUN, b. 1885, I believe in MO as well. If anyone has a connection or information regarding the above SCOTT family please contact me. I would enjoy sharing info. Thank you


Submitter: Trudy Spanier (
Date: 15 Sep 1999

John BAY b. Aug 20, 1807, spouse Rhoda J. NEWMAN b. abt 1821 Ohio. Lived in an area called Lafayette Twp, Livingston Co, MO on 1840 census. Apparently this area became Mercer County. Children of this marriage were raised and married in this same area. Lydia J. BAY b. abt 1848 Wayne Co, Iowa, married James CRAWFORD b. abt 1838 Ohio, and had children John M. CRAWFORD b. abt 1865 York Twp, Putnam Co, MO; Mary E. CRAWFORD b. abt 1868 York Twp, Putnam Co, MO.; Louise BAY b. abt 1854 MO; Rhoda Malinda BAY b abt 1864 married Charles Franklin BUNCE in Trenton, Grundy Co, MO 1885. Her mother Rhoda J. BAY may have been living with them at that time. IN 1880 they were in Allerton, Wayne Co, Iowa. Can someone please help me find the BAY family? Thanks.


Submitter:Otis Anderson (
Date: 12 Sep 1999

Emmet TALBOT m. Zorelda GARTON about 1884 in Mercer Co., MO. Della Ada TALBOT b. Jun 1885 in Mercer Co. Zorelda m. Lawrence FRY(E) abt 1892. Does anyone have any info on Emmet TALBOT or Lawrence FRY?


Submitter: Hilton Hunt (
Date:10 Sep 1999

I would like to make a connection with someone with information on Creel HOPPER who moved to Mercer Co.,in August, 1855. He and his brothers Marion, William, and Milton, fought with the 3rd. Missouri, M.S.M Calvary, in the Civil War.


Submitter: Trudy Spanier (
Date: 06 Sep 1999

John BAY b. 8-20-1807 OH and wife Rhoda J. ? b. abt 1821 Ohio. Lived in Lafayette, Livingston Co, MO on 1840 census and first child Mary Amelia BAY b. 1-1-1841 Mercer Co, MO. Mary Amelia BAY married Harrison Benjamin GADBERRY in Putnam Co, IN on Dec 6, 1859 and had the following children: John Wesley GADBERRY b. Oct 21, 1860 Wayne Co, Iowa; Sarah Katherine GADBERRY b abt 1863 MO; Joel Johnson GADBERRY b. 8-15-1866 IA; William Thomas GADBERRY B.1871 MO; Ira Wright GADBERRY b. 2-16-1873 Mercer Co, MO; Emily GADBERRY b. 1877 MO; Milton Granville GADBERRY b.1879 MO; Charles Franklin GADBERRY b. May 3, 1884 MO; Minnie Marie GADBERRY b. 1885 MO. Can anyone help me with census lookup on 1870 or 1880 census for Harrison Benjamin GADBERRY? Thanks.


Submitter: Norma Blasdel (
Date: 06 Sep 1999

Listed in 1870 census of Mercer County, Mo. is Thomas ATHAY and wife, Mary J. ATHAY with children, John W., George T., Martha J., Lavina, Christina, and James S. ATHAY. Am searching for descendants. Also would like to know where Thomas ATHAY is buried. I believe him to have died between 1870 and 1880, probably in Mercer County, Mo., but can find no burial for him. Children are with other families in 1880 census, and one is listed adopted. Did Mary J. ATHAY remarry, and if so to whom? Thomas's first wife was Susanah MICHAEL, and is believed to have died between 1850 and 1860. Thomas also had children with Susanah: Catherine, Calvin H., Allen G., Delia, Susannah, and Amandia C. ATHAY. They are also related to the PRICE family in Mercer County and Harrison County, Mo. Any help appreciated.


Submitter: James Porter (
Date: 01 Sep 1999

I'm searching for information about the parents of Nancy HARRIS and William HORN. William HORN born May-11-1801, married Dec-19-1835, in Roanoke Co., Va., died Jul-13-1861, Mercer Co, MO; Nancy HARRIS, born Sep-01-1806/07, died Aug-18-1879, buried Goshen Cemetery.
I. Elisha HORN born Jan-11-1827, married Eliza WALKER. Elisha died Mar-31-1899.
II. David HORN born Jan-11-1835, married Sarah Jane CAMPBELL, died Jun-09-1914.
III. Sarah Ann HORN born May-09-1840, married Feb-16-1860 William Anderson LOE born Apr-20-1840, (son of John LOE and Rebecca BRANHAM). William died Dec-20-1903, buried Salem cemetery. Sarah died Oct-28-1925, buried Salem Cemetery, Mercer Co., Mo.
Thanks, James


Submitter:Karen Banner (
Date: 30 Aug 1999

Listed in the 1870 Mercer County census, Harrison Twp.: No. 37-38, MORSE, A., age 32 yrs, female, farmer, born Missouri; MORSE, Joseph W., 13 yrs old, born Missouri; MORSE, Thadens, 12yrs old, born Missouri; MORSE, James B., 8 years old, born Missouri; MORSE, Amanda, 6 years old, born in Illinois; MORSE, Eliza Jane, 3 years old, born in Illinois. No. 38-39, EVANS, William B., 72 years old, farmer, born Tenn.; EVANS, Martha, 64 years old, born Va or Ia; EVANS, Julia, age 18 years, born Missouri. Adalaide MORSE married Daniel GLEASON and resided in Grundy County, Missouri and had the following children: Anna [Mrs. James CAMPBELL], Edward, Mary, Truman, and Charles. Adalaide and Daniel GLEASON are buried in Fox Cemetery, Grundy County, Missouri. Was Adalaide's maiden name EVANS? That was the information on the death certificate of her daughter, Amanda MORSE FRY. Does anyone know what happened to J. MORSE, Adalaide's first husband? Any help on these families would be appreciated. I am also related to the EWINGS, COONS, & EVERITTS of Mercer County.


Submitter: Phyllis Hoyt (
Date:30 Aug 1999

Looking for info on Alice WOOLARD (WILLARD), b.May 24, 1858 in Mercer Co, MO, and the daughter of Joe WOOLARD. Children by his first wife: John Henry, Martha, Mary. He married Elizabeth HUDNUT the second time. This was Alice's mother, I believe. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks Phyllis H.


Submitter: Laura Taylor (
Date: 25 Aug 1999

I am looking for my ancestor William Penn HOLLAND born 27 March 1857 in Goshen, Mercer, Missouri. He married a Nancy PRUITT (PREWETT) on 17 October 1875 in Saline, Missouri. William HOLLAND's father was Rufus HOLLAND, his mother was Anna MULLINS OR EVANS, both born in or about Goshen, Missouri. William HOLLAND had the following children: J.H. HOLLAND, Luda (Ludy) Jane HOLLAND, Cordeley HOLLAND, Vinnie Ann HOLLAND, AND Marion Lee HOLLAND, all born in Missouri. I am from Luda Jane HOLLAND who married William Henry TAYLOR, my great grandfather. I would appreciate any information that you have or to which you could link me. Please e-mail me soon.


Submitter: Wayne Boyle (
Date: 24 Aug 1999

I am researching the BOYLE family of Mercer and Grundy Counties. Looking for info on descendents of Stephen BOYLE and Mary Ann WILKERSON of Topsy, Medicine Township. Stella Dean (BOYLE) is buried at Half Rock Cemetery. Does anyone know what became of this family or any of the other BOYLES?


Submitter: LORI B. (
Date: 23 Aug 1999

NICHOLS, James - Medicine Twp, Mercer Co, MO. in 1860 has 5th child John, followed by Curtis, Emma, Clara & Catherine. Earlier children's names: Elias, Laura, Virginia, Sarah, Martha born in IA. First wife Mary HOBSON. 2nd wife Lucinda COOPER BALDWIN had 5 more with him: Minerva, Arthur, Thomas, Eldred & Fred Nichols. Need more data on this family. _______________________________________________________

Surnames: NICHOLS
Submitter: Lori B. (
Date: 23 Aug 1999

NICHOLS, Catherine - Mercer Co., MO - Head of household in 1870 census with Rebecca age 27, & Andrew age 21. Next door to James and Mary NICHOLS. Need info on these people.


Submitter: Pam Potter (
Date: 06 Aug 1999

Nathan Daughtery b. 1835, Ohio; died 1895, Stillwater ,I.T.[Okla]; m. Nancy Carnell b.1835, Ohio; died 1897, Stillwater, I.T.[Okla]. Children: Joseph, Hannah, Adda (b. Mar 2, 1871, Milan ,Missouri; m. 1st Edward Lang, 1888 Mercer County,Missouri; 2nd Husband Larkin Burrell; 3rd husband Arthur Lockwood), Pheobe, Elizbeth, Martha Jane, Mary, William, and Reason. They lived in Fulton County, Ohio; Sullivan County,Missouri; Mercer County,Missouri; Payne County,I.T.[Okla]

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Surnames: BRYAN
Submitter: Brenda Bryan (
Date: 03 Aug 1999

William Henry Harrison BRYAN, according to his military papers, died in Mercer County in 1903. He was a native of Kentucky. For some reason, he mysteriously disappeared about two years after the Civil War. We only know he was born in 1843 and died in 1903. That's it! My family would like to decorate his grave and possibly visit his descendants.


Surnames: WALTERS
Submitter: Dale L. Walters Sr. (
Date: 02 Aug 1999

Looking for information on my g-grandmother, Jennie Durham WALTERS who passed away in or around Mercer Co. Mo. between 1892 and 1900 with infant daughter, Winnie Pearl. This is all the information I have and I would appreciate any help. Thank you in advance. Dale L. Walters Sr.


Submitter: Margaret Cox Russell (
Date: 02 Aug 1999

Elizabeth GAY GIBSON was born in TN, ca 1832. She married (1) ____GIBSON, had three daughters two born in Iowa and the youngest in MO, probably in Mercer County. They were Margaret, Julia and Rebecca. What happened to these girls and where did they go after the death of their mother in Nov 1870? Elizabeth (their mother) married (2) to William Alfred Boxley ca 1865 in Mercer County, MO and had Elsie in 1866. Also, does anyone have info on this GAY family? Thanks


Surnames: COX BOXLEY
Submitter: Margaret Cox Russell (
Date: 02 Aug 1999

Seek information on Oliver H.P. COX, born 1826 in IN and his wife, Caroline, possibly HELM, born ca 1829 in IL. They were the parents of Franklin, Albert, Maria, Amanda and Perry (O.H.P.) Amanda married James Buchanan BOXLEY and had children with him. She died in 1890. Perry married Elsie BOXLEY d/o William Alfred BOXLEY and a half sister to James BOXLEY. Perry was my great-grandfather. Will gladly share info on any and all of these families. The COXES were in Mercer County by 1860.


Submitter: Margaret Slote (
Date: 29 Jul 1999

Looking for relatives or researchers for the Cyrus E. ARMSTRONG family. Cyrus was born 07 Nov 1830 in Highland County, OH. One of 12 children of James ARMSTRONG and Hester OWENS (also shown as Hettie DUSKEY or Hattie DRISKILL). Brothers and sisters of Cyrus are: Hannibal H., William A., Gilbert M., Clara Lucetta, J. Harrison, Finley M., O.H.Perry, Zachariah Taylor (my gg grandfather), Lucien, Izadora Gilchrist (adopted), and Charles Adrian. Other ARMSTRONG researchers show Cyrus in Mercer county around 1880. Census shows his wife and children but not him. Any information or researchers are welcome. Thanks


Submitter: Frank Hagan (
Date: 28 Jul 1999

Robert William HAGAN, b. 9/3/1847 in Farmington Township, Clarion Co. PA to Samuel HAGAN and Elizabeth HEASLEY HAGAN. According to a family history researched by Irene Hagan Sweet, Robert preceded his younger brother and mother to settle in Lindley Township, Mercer Co in 1868. He traveled from PA to Osceola, IA with a wagon train, and then walked the 30 miles to his farm. He married Sarah Martha TAYLOR 8/22/1870 (she was b. 9/13/1851 in WV.) I have genealogy information from Irene Hagan Sweet's research that was compiled by my mother, which covers the descendants of Robert William HAGAN through his son, James Stuart HAGAN to the late 1970's. I've traced the line back to Samuel Hagan, Robert's father, in PA, but can't seem to find info prior to that.


Surnames: CLARK
Submitter: Michaelenne Smith (
Date: 25 Jul 1999

I am looking for information on Joesph and Elizabeth CLARK who lived in Princeton, MO in 1903. Joesph was a brother to my g.g. grandmother. Any decsendants still in Mercer county?


Submitter: Sharon Orlowski (
Date: 23 Jul 1999

I am looking for any information on Abraham LITTLE. I have been told that he is buried in Hamilton Cemetery in Mercer County. I know of one son, Jacob LITTLE b. 27-Oct-1850, d.14-Jan-1941, and is buried in Springer Cemetery in Harrison Co. Mo with his Rebecca (ATTERBURY) LITTLE, b. 16-Jun-1874, d. 24-May-1927. They had 6 children: Izora GRIFFIN; John, b. 21-Jan-1877, d. 1936 (my great grand father); Jessie; Asa; Nancy; and Amanda. John married Rosa Belle BROWN and they had 4 children: Cloyd (my grandfather), b. 12-Oct-1906; Jake; Dorothy; and Nona LITTLE CAMPBELL.


Surnames: ROSS
Submitter: dennis (dross41601)
Date: 21 Jul 1999

Looking for info on Benjamin Frank ROSS, born in Corsicana, Texas, 1867. Lived in Princeton, Mo. Sons Albert and Claud. I believe he is buried in Union Cemetery along with wife Minnie and son Claud, daughters Ada and Addie. Need his mother's and father's names.
Thanks, Denny


Submitter: Ramona Hayden Strode (
Date: 19 Jul 1999

I am looking for and would appreciate any information on Thomas HAYDEN, Ravanna, as well as his parents. Thomas HAYDEN is my great-grandfather. He was married to Margaret Ellen KELLY (1890-1973) and fathered two children; Keith A. HAYDEN (my grandfather, 1912-1995)and Mary Catherine (Katie) HAYDEN WILKIE. I know that he was remarried and died in the 1950's, but as to whom his second marriage was, and if he had any children, I am ignorant. I was told Thomas's father was named John but I cannot verify that. Thank you.


Submitter: Andrea Isom (
Date: 14 Jul 1999

I am looking for information about my grandfather. My Mom (now deceased) said he died at the age of 19 yrs and his name was Lee SWAN. That would make him born around 1900.
He married my grandma, Stella WIDNER, daughter of Newt (nick name, I don't know his real name)WIDNER and Eleanor from Mercer Co; I believe possibly around Ravena,MO.
Stella WIDNER SWAN married again and I don't know to whom. She had two daughters.
My mom, Jessie Lee SWAN, married Leroy Clell ROSS, son of Nelson David ROSS and Mary Ellen. They had 7 children. I am the youngest.
I could use some help with SWAN & WIDNER ancestors.


Surnames: MYERS
Submitter: Tricia Burcham (
Date: 08 Jul 1999

I have a copy of a death certificate for a Rev. Thomas Marion MYERS who died 3-14-1910 in Boone Co. I also have a couple of excerpts from a book called "Mercer County" on Washington MYERS and Rev. Thomas Marion MYERS. Also some Mercer Co. Cemetery lookups on John S. MYERS; Washington MYERS; William M. MYERS, infant son of W. & E. MYERS; and Rev. T. M. MYERS. If you are interested in any of this, please let me know. Tricia Burcham


Submitter: Phyllis Hoyt (
Date: 05 Jul 1999

Looking for info on Joseph WILLARD, b. May 24,1858 in Mercer Co, MO. My great grandmother was his daughter, Alice WILLARD. She married Alfred HITES in Hardin CO, Ohio on Dec 2,1875. Mr Willard was twice married: 1st wife I do not know but children are: John Henry, Martha Jane, and Mary Elizabeth. 2nd wife: Elizabeth HUDNUT; children: William, James, Emeline, Joseph Fremont, Alice(my great grandmother),and Jennie. Would like any info available as to where he is buried and any personal notes. Thanks.


Submitter: David Moore (
Date: 05 Jul 1999

Looking for information concerning George W. MOORE, b. 31 Aug 1789, Rutherford Co. NC; d. 13 Jan 1864, Mercer Co. MO. Married to Winiford "Winnie" PEAK abt 1813. After first wife died, George married Nelena Philan SHELTON. George was the son of James C. and Susanna EPPERSON MOORE. Came to Mercer Co. in 1843. His brother, Joseph, was county judge in Linn Co.


Submitter: Richard Ross (
Date: 02 Jul 1999

Looking for information concerning a William YARGUS who married a Mattie KING. They had a daughter named Florence YARGUS who married William Henry ROSS in Mercer County, MO.


Submitter: Karen Clark (
Date: 24 Jun 1999

LOWE, John, born abt 1800, VA, married Rebecca (born abt 1810, VA), married in TN or VA, moved into Mercer Co., MO, abt 1840. Known children: John, 1831; Lewis, 1834; Mary, 1836; Susan Jane, 1838, (married abt 1858, MO, to Edward A. TIPPET); Margaret, 1840; (these first offspring born in TN and the remainder to follow born in Mercer Co., MO); Rebecca, 1842; William, 1842; Permelia, 1843; Ann Elizabeth, 1847,(married John K. WEAVER and, then April 10, 1875, Daviess Co., married Edward A. TIPPET, widower of her older sister); Sampson, 1849; James, 1850; and C. S. (male), 1852. The family was in Mercer Co. for the 1840, 1850, and 1860 censuses at least.


Submitter: Scott McKee (
Date: 18 Jun 1999

Francis Marion MCKEE born in McClean, IL on March 25, 1833, died in Mercer Co, MO, June 12 1889, and was buried in Coon Cemetery, Mercer Co. He was married on August 6, 1863 to Nancy Ann PERKINS. Nancy was born in Mercer Co, MO on October 23 1840, died March 24, 1924, and is buried in Goshen Cemetery, Mercer Co, MO. I am looking for information on the father of Francis Marion MCKEE, who's name is William MCKEE, born November 14, 1801 in either Kentucky, IL or OH. William died June 12, 1889 in Mercer, MO. William was married to Roda BUTCHER on Sept. 9, 1826. Roda BUTCHER was born Feb. 10, 1807 and died Dec. 12, 1879 in Mercer, MO.


Submitter: Nani Neal (
Date: 10 Jun 1999

WILKINSON or WILKERSON, WILCOXSON, Cornilus, born abt. 1830 OHIO. He died in Mercer County on 13 May 1869. He married Mary WATSON, born 1828, Steelville, Crawford Co, MO. Looking for her death record.


Submitter: Rose Marie Robinson Dickman (
Date: 09 Jun 1999

Hunting for information on a James Spivey ROBINSON. Died at the residence of R.N. CASTEEL in Princeton, Mo., on the 29th day of June, 1888, after an illness of twelve days. James Spivy ROBINSON was 26 years of age. Deceased was son of William ROBINSON, living on Rocastle River, Kentucky. He is suppose to be buried in the Princeton Cemetery. If anyone has information please contact me as I would like to try to find his grave site. Thanks you. Rose Marie


Submitter: Virgil D. Miller (
Date: 09 Jun 1999

J.W. (Webster) MILLER born Jan 8, 1862, place unknown (possibly KY), died 25 Sep 1894, buried Lowry Cemetery, Mercer Co., Mo. 1st name not known, only initial J. Unable to obtain birth certificate, death certificate or obit so far. He married Gertrude LINDSEY in 1888 possibly at Ottuma, Iowa. No marriage record in Iowa. It's possible they may have been married in Mercer Co. instead. They lived in Mercer Co. Mo. Had 2 children: Clifford Wm. (or Wm. Clifford) and Claude Webster MILLER. We do not know from whom J. Webster Miller decended. It has always been said he may have been born in KY. We have had records researched in Mo., but no luck so far.
We do know that probate action was filed on 23 Nov 1894, on property located in the SouthWest Quarter of the SouthWest Quarter of Section Twenty-nine, Township Sixty-five, Range Twenty-two. but it did not contain the info we are looking for.
Gertrude LINDSEY MILLER is listed on page 571, Rogers' History of Mercer Co, Mo. She was remarried to Charles E. GIRDNER, Princeton, Mo. 16 Dec 1900 (1898). This article contains more info on Gertrude's family, but none on J. Webster Miller.
Any help in this search would be greatly appreciated.


Submitter: Susan Williams (
Date: 04 Jun 1999

My great grandparents, JJ (James Jesse) and Mary Alice (MARSHALL) HIGGINS were imigrants to Mercer County (Lineville) by 1879. My great grandmother was born in 1861 into a big MARSHALL family originally from Tennessee and raised in Poplar Bluff (Butler County, MO). Her father was a Confederate soldier killed in 1862. Her mother died 4 yrs later. My great grandfather, JJ, was born in Jamestown, Indiana c. 1853 and raised in Anderson, Ind. He left there in 1875 and went to Poplar Bluff where he met and married my great grandmother. I believe his step-father, a GIBSON from either Jamestown or Anderson, Indiana, was a Union soldier who survived the war. They, my great grandparents, moved to Lineville by 1879. They lived on a farm southwest of Lineville in the 1880's, 1890's and early 1900's. My great grandmother moved to Green City in 1905. I believe they may have had some family members in the area, particularly the GIBSONS or LOWERYS of Indiana. If anyone knows of this family or have access to an 1880 census, I would appreciate the information.


Submitter: Betseylee Browning (
Date: 31 May 1999

Looking for Lemmons BRATTON/ BRATTAIN born 20 Mar 1815 in Wayne Co., IN; md Sibyl COOPER on 6 Apr 1845 in Van Buren, IA. Appears on the 1880 Census living in Lindley, Mercer, MO. Died 13 or 15 Mar 1885 in Mercer Co., MO. His wife Sibyl died on 24 Nov 1890 in Mercer Co., MO. He had seven children: Nancy Catherine, Georgianna, Stephen, William Thomas, Emma Jane, Lemmons, and Mary. Nancy Catherine married Joseph WHEELER. Georgianna married John EASTON. Emma Jane married William or M.F. RICHARDSON. Lemmons married Mary Ann EASTON. Willing to share info. Have some info on other Bratton families


Surnames: NEILL
Submitter: Craig Neill (
Date: 27 May 1999
I am interested in any information on Henry NEILL, my g g grandfather who was an early settler of Mercer County. He was born March 1, 1816 in County Down Ireland. He opened the post office in Goshen and owned about 2,000 acres. Is he mentioned in the Mercer County History Book for sale by the Mercer County Genealogical and Historical Socierty? Thanks.


Submitter: Lawrence May (
Date: 26 May 1999

Researching ancestors and descendants of Elijah G. WIGGINS and his wife, Rhoda (COLLINS); also, James Robert HODGES, Civil War veteran.


Submitter: Eula Blakesley (
Date: 26 May 1999

Searching in Mercer County for BLAKESLEY, SPARKS, UMA/OMER, CORDELL, SEXTON.
Thanks, Eula Blakesley


Submitter: Eula Blakesley (
Date: 26 May 1999

Thanks, Eula Blakesley


Submitter: Jack (
Date: 20 May 1999

Looking for ancestors of John PRESTON b.1871 Mercer,Co. and Hulda Jane RECTOR b.1871-75 Mercer Co. They married and had a daughter Lucy Eva PRESTON, spouse Lawrence Chester YATES b. 22 Sept. 1893 Mercer Co. If anyone recognize these names, please e-mail. Have more on Hulda's family to share. Need info on John's family.


Submitter: Cindy foster (
Date: 17 May 1999

Am looking for information concerning GILES brothers. John born abt. 1861 and Willie born abt 1864 in MO; mother's name Elizabeth; married to a NEWTON before 1867. These people as well as other children belonging to Elizabeth are in 1880 U.S. Census, Lindley Twp., Mercer Co., MO


Submitter: Cindy Foster (
Date: 17 May 1999

Please help me find information concerning Alice NEWTON HAMILTON, wife of Thomas HAMILTON (1865-1936) of Mercer Co., MO


Submitter: Georgia (
Date: 18 May 1999

Looking for information about Charles Millar RECTOR, born abt. 1816-1819 in Grainger Co., Tn. and died January 20, 1895 in Modena, Mercer County, Missouri. He married Hester Ann SMITH August 19, 1841 in Indiana and she died February 10, 1862 in Modena, Mercer County, Missouri.
He also had two other wives. Nancy Chandler KEITH and Rebecca CAMPBELL.


Submitter: Bonni (
Date: 16 May 1999

I am looking for any information on William Henry ROLAND who was born September 5, 1865 in Princeton, Mercer County, Missouri. He married Estella Iona CHENEY December 23, 1862 in Severance, Doniphan County, Kansas. They had several children: Letha, Omer, Ira, Myrtle, Lee, Bonnie, Bertha, Elmer,Lois Would anyone with any info please e-mail me. Willing to share Roland info.


Submitter: Barbara Wilford (
Date: 04 May 1999

Trying to find information on the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Mercer County.


Submitter: James Pirtle (
Date: 02 May 1999

PIRTLE-EVORITT. I need the earliest census for this family in Mercer Co. Missouri. I show George W. PIRTLE married Elizabeth EVORITT in Mar 5,1845 in Mercer Co. I show Thomas EVORITT and Jane (wife) were in Mercer approx 1840. I know Grundy Co. was formed before Mercer and Livingston Co was the parent co. I looked in the Livingston Co 1830-40 census but could not read it, too faded. If you have information please contact me. Thanks. God Bless.


Submitter: Nova (
Date: 02 May 1999

Looking for information or families of William CAMPBELL and wife Elizabeth. They had six children: Henry, John U., James, Mary (CAMPBELL) PAXTON, Amanda (CAMPBELL) VANDERPOOL, and my grandfather William Harve CAMPBELL. They were in the 1870 Mercer Co. census.


Surnames: STEEL
Submitter: Barbara Wilford (
Date: 29 Apr 1999

Am trying to find information on Samuel STEEL or his son Charles. Samuel is buried in the Chestnut Cemetery. Samuel lived in the Wild Chapel community, Mercer County side.


Submitter: Joyce Clodfelter (
Date: 21 Apr 1999

Looking for decendants/ancestors of J. W. CLODFELTER (born in Indiana) and his wife Melvina (KIRK), born in Missouri. They were from the Mill Grove area, county of Mercer. They had five sons and five daughters. Names known are: Ray (or Roy), Edith, Edna (MILLER), J. E. "Elmer", and William Perry. William "Perry" was born May 30, 1893 in Mill Grove. He married Lillian May FURNISH, November 2, 1914, and Perry died November 29, 1918 from the "1918 Flu Epidemic" J. E. "Elmer" had a daughter by the name of Betty Jo and she married a man by the name of Dwain E. DENNY


Submitter: Barb Roberts (
Date: 18 Apr 1999

Looking for information on George W. (b.1810 KY) and Letitia (ROBERTSON,b.c1816 KY) LEFOLLETTE of Mercer Co. MO. Living in Lindley & Harrison Twp. areas of Mercer Co. MO, by 1850. Looking specifically for connections to the Carter & Mary (SHREWSBURY) ROBERTSON family of Harrison & Mercer Counties.


Surnames: WALTZ
Submitter: Eula Blakesley (
Date: 17 Apr 1999

In the small McKay Cemetery in Mercer Co, there are 3 stones; 2 are MCKAYS, and the other is a Civil War stone. The complete inscription reads as follows:
Co. L
4th Mo Infantry
Does anyone recognize this stone?


Submitter: Judie Ruff (
Date: 16 Apr 1999

The MOSS family was in Mercer County, from abt. 1840 to 1873. Joshua MOSS died in Mercer in 1875. Joshua was married to Martha Ann (Polly) JORDAN. Their daughter Narcissus Cora Bell MOSS was born on 17 Nov 1873 in Princton, MO. Seeking any information on the family.


Submitter: Karen Goddard (
Date: 12 Apr 1999

I have found some info on a man by the name of John Jefferson GODDARD who is said to have died in Ravanna, Mercer Co, Missouri after the year 1880. His 1st wife was Margaret ULM, 2nd wife is Martha BRYANT. Any info on him or his family would be greatly appreciated.


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