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149 Penny Gardner Wed Apr 1 1998

My husband's grandfather was born in Vernon County, Jan. 1872. His name was William Gardiner or Gardner. We are trying to find out what his parents' names were, as they died when he was about 8 or 10, presumably about 1880 or 1882. They died of the same illness a few weeks apart. Thank you for your time.

Penny Gardner
13999 west Hwy. 12
Lodi, CA 95242

150 Ronda L. Norman Thu Apr 2 1998

Hi my name is Ronda L. Norman I'm trying to find out any information on James M. Armstrong. Born 9 Dec 1804 in Christian Co KY. He died 1 Jan 1894 in Vernon Co MO. In Stotebury I think. If anyone has any information, it would be greatly appreciated. I can be reached at

151 JRineh9153 Sun Apr 5 1998

Looking for information on J.K. Harmon and his Wife Nellie Grey my great grandparents.

152 Charles Gardner Mon Apr 6 1998

I am looking for information on my grand-fathers parents and family. He was born in Vernon County in 1872 and probably lived there until 1900. Both parents died there before 1890.

153 Tracy Short-Bruce Tue Apr 7 1998

I am looking for information about ELMER BOYD SHORT. The only information I have about him is he was born in Nevada, Missouri in 1910. He is my mothers father. I would be interested in contacting other family members.

154 Penny Gardner Tue Apr 7 1998

I would like to know whether anyone may know of the burial place of CHARLES and ESTHER GARDINER. They died in Vernon County, between 1875 and 1880. They had 9 kids, unknown if any of them stayed there after parents' death. The kids were still there in the 1880 census.

155 Tina Lee Wed Apr 8 1998

I am looking for info on these surnames. John Robinett (b1844) married Mary Ann Howard (b. 09/17/1860 in Nevada, Missouri). They had 11 children that were also born in Nevada, MO. Please e-mail. Thanks.

156 Jenny Rasmusson Sat Apr 11 1998

Looking for information on the family of Robert John Coke (1878-?) who was married to Nancy Jones (1880-?). They lived in Moundville in 1920. Their children were William Harrison, Bessie, Milbur, Mazy, Myrtle, Robert and Earl. He worked on the railroad, so they moved around. Any help would be most appreciated. Thanks--Jenny Rasmusson

Jenny Rasmusson
4 Hillside Place
Winsted, CT 06098

157 Bob White Sat Apr 11 1998

Searching for GGGparents and GGGGparents. I know that GGGmother was born in Vernon County, location unknown. Her name was Mollie (or Mary) Rea. She either had a brother or father named Branch Theodore Rea who also lived in Vernon County. Seeking information on anyone named Rea or anyone with information regarding my ancestors. Thank you very much.
Bob White
Chula Vista CA 91911

158 Marie Glover Sat Apr 11 1998

Please help me if you can. Where can I look? I am new to genealogy, but have looked in records and even visited Vernon County Courthouse in the 1960's. I am seeking records of paternal great great grandmother Rebecca Jane Groomes, who, according to cemetery records was born in Vernon County, Missouri on July 18, 1856. She married Thomas Callahan Thomas (origin unknown) and moved ot Kansas City Missouri where a child was born in 1877. Her father was reported to be Joe Groomes, or Grooms.

She had a half sister Elsie Ann Clark, who was my maternal great great grandmother

Accoding to family history, there was Indian ancestry, possibly Cherokee, somewhere in one of these grandparents' lines.

A search of the census records from 1850 through 1870 revealed no information on either of the above.

Thank you very much.

Marie Glover
331 Basalt Springs
Naches, Washington, 98937

159 Shirley A. Goings-Lindsey Sat Apr 18 1998

Looking for parents of C.D. Lindsey born 1828 in Indiana, both parents born KY and his wife Jamima ___? born KY as were both parents.

CD & Jamiman are on 1880 census Dover Twnshp in Vernon Cnty, MO with their children all born in MO: Alice born 1858, John Charles born 1862, Willard born 1866, and Naomi born 1868.

160 Genevieve Kile Sun Apr 19 1998

Smith and Suggs:

After searching for 14 yrs just found out where Alexander J. Suggs married Columbia Williams in Vernon Co. Mo in 1879. Would someone who has the 1880 census be willing to look up this family and also George Washington Smith to see if Caroline and Mary Suggs are listed in that family.

These childrens Mother was Mary Ann Smith Suggs who died about 1868 and their father m. again before 1870 census then died in 1871. We had no trace of where they went until recently.

My computer says the Vernon Co Lookups URL cannot be found on my computer.

Thank you.

161 Barbara Croy Sun Apr 19 1998

Searching for any info on a EDWARD LEROY CONWAY b 1 AUG 1912 Auburn, IL. Edward listed as a foster son of NELLIE CANNON CROY who d. Nevada, MO 5 June 1928. NELLIE and husband, DAVID HARRISON CROY, lived in Nevada from 1921 until Nellie's death in 1928. EDWARD CONWAY was killed at Pearl Harbor 7 Dec 1941 on the USS Oklahoma. Who were his parents? Any info appreciated.

162 Ralph D. Swearingen Wed Apr 22 1998

I am a decedent of Richard Louis Swearingen married January 08,1901 to Cynthia L.Criglar at Rich Hill, MO Vernon County. I would appreciate any information you could send me.

163 Maryann Johnson Wed Apr 22 1998

The Surnames I am looking for are Dr. John TAYLOR and his second wife Nancy Caroline WHITE. I have them in Vernon County July 25, 1862 at which time their fourth son, George Harvey was born. The other sons were John H, William L., and James N., I only have that they were born in Missouri but not what county. John is also listed as being born in Missouri. The Kansas census shows Nancy being born in Tennessee.

If you can aid me in any way I would appreciate it.

Maryann Johnson
322 South 16th St.
Independence, Kansas 67301

164 Becky Hargett Fri Apr 24 1998

Lettie HUNTER SHUMAKER of Nevada, MO was given guardianship of her sister's children when their parents, Thomas Carter KEEL and Pruda HUNTER died in Nov. 1918 in Montgomery Co., IL. The children were: John A. KEEL b. abt 1914 and Lucille KEEL b. abt 1916. The Bond of Guardian was signed by Lettie SHUMAKER, J. A. HUNTER, Wats M. H. SHUMAKER and Wooddy SWEARINGER. Any information on any of these names is appreciated.

165 Lori Peterson Mon Apr 27 1998

I'm looking for any information about my great-great-grandparents, George and Catherina KORB, who settled in Vernon County in the early 1860s. They came with other German families who had originally settled in Clearfied Co. PA. Catherina's maiden name was ZILLIOX, and it is my understanding that other ZILLIOX familes as well as KORB familes came to Vernon County at that time. Any information about any of these families would be greatly appreciated.

166 Susan Wood Tue Apr 28 1998

I am just beginning the family genealogy of my family and would appreciate any help. My father born Nevada, Vernon, MO William Horace Wood III 1923, married Mary Patricia Cook born Cochran, Ontario, Canada. He had 2 sisters born in Nevada, Elizabeth Provin Wood Kellogg @1912 and Elanore Sue Wood Swigart.

Grandfather a train man in Nevada and other Vernon, MO towns is William Horace Wood Jr, born somewhere in Texas? @ 1892, married Louise Powell of Hannible Mo born 1897?

G-father had 4 brothers, "Buddy", Dallas, Douglas, and Jack. A sister Virginia Wood Simms was born in Nevada.

GG-father William H. Wood a City Engineer for Nevada, MO had a sister Emma Wood Lancaster married to Hershel Lancaster.

I really need a connection for W.H. Wood Jr and his links possibily in Texas? Any Nevada, MO stories would be great. Dad is 75 and I get bits of info at a time. Sure would like to give him more. These are are the only connections for the Wood family!

Thanking you in advance for any information possible. Richmond, VA.

167 Alyson Crippen Wed Apr 29 1998

I am searching for info on the William Henry PAYNE, b. 1844 and Jemima GRACE,b. 1838, Ray Co., MO. family. They had the following children: John M., William, James Manuel, Thomas H., and Edward. William and Jemima m. in Christian Co and then moved to Vernon Co., MO. That is where they lived and died. I have a lot of info on the Graces, but very little on the Paynes.

168 Alyson Crippen Wed Apr 29 1998

Searching for info on James Lawrence GRACE's wife. Her name is illegible on the censuses and in his will. James was b. 1804 NC and died in Vernon Co., MO 1867. They had their children in Ray Co., MO before moving to Nevada. Elkanah GRACE was their oldest son who admin the will.

169 Robert S. Lindley Thu Apr 30 1998

I am searching John Albert Lindley's father.  

John Albert Lindley 
b: February 06, 1858 in Godfrey, Madison, IL
m: September 17, 1875 to Anna Belle Waggoner in Godfrey, Madison, IL
d: September 16, 1927 in Sheldon, Vernon, MO

I'd appreciate any assistance in finding more information about him and his ancestors.


Robert S. Lindley
System Consultant
Innovative Systems, Inc.
PO Box 606 
Mabelvale, AR  72103-0606
(501) 218-1400
Fax: (501) 218-3133

170 Peggy Sun May 3 1998

Researching the surnames HAWKINS, LEEPER,LEWIS,CLENDENING,CLENDINEN in Vernon County 1860's to present. My HAWKINS came to Cedar County in 1850's and some moved to Vernon in 1860. Nicholas HAWKINS and wife Harriet CLENDENING resided in Vernon County until he died in 1906. He is buried in Cedar County. Nicholas,s brother's John Wesley and James William HAWKINS married sisters Mary Jane LEWIS and Martha Adeline LEWIS. They the daughters of James H. LEWIS and Matilda BARKER. John Wesley died Cedar Cty. abt. 1870, Mary took children to Kansas. James died in Oklahoma abt.1904. Martha died in 1923 and is buried inEl Dorado Springs. Harriet died in 1922 in Vernon County and is also buried in El Dorado Springs. Is there anyone with any info on this family? I have come to a wall in my research. Thank you.

171 Judy McMichael Mon May 4 1998

Ida May KING married Henry S. GOSS 15 Mar 1880 in Vernon County. They were living next to Henry's mother in Barton County on the 1880 census. I need to know who Ida's parents were. Thanks for any help you can give me.

172 Deanna Klobnak Tue May 5 1998

I have been told that I have a relative who lived in Deerfield,MO. His name was Oscar Hicks, his mother was Ivy Henderson. They are both supposed to be buried in or near Deerfield, MO. Can anyone help me prove this? Thanks in advance.

173 TulsaGrrl Wed May 6 1998

HESTER, STANDEFORD Frank HESTER b1888 married Agnes STANDEFORD, b1900, in Nevada, MO

174 Melinda Collins Larson Fri May 15 1998

Looking for Jesse D. BUMGARDNER b. 1844 WV and his wife, Rachel E. ROBINSON b. 1846 WV believed to have been in Nevada Twp., Vernon Co., MO during the 1900 or 1910 census. Jesse and Rachel BUMGARDNER had 3 children that I know of: Franklin B. b. 1872 WV m. Myrtle DAVIES, Joseph Bert b. 1874 WV, and Maud b. 1876 WV m. Frank BROWN. Rachel was the sister of my 2g grandfather. Will share information. Please e-mail me at Thank you.

175 Deanna Klobnak Sun May 17 1998

I am searching the surname of Nelson which has lead me to decendants with the surnames above. I am looking for information on the following people: Oscar Hicks b. 1931 d. 1953, buried in Deerfield cementary. His mother Ivah (Ivy) Henderson b. 1861 d. 1951 also buried in Deerfield cementary. Neither was born in Vernon County, MO but both died there. Ivy was born a Nelson and married a Frank Henderson in Springfield, MO. where he died. Ivy spent her last years in a nursing home in Moundville, MO. I am looking for decendents of Oscar Hicks who may have information to complete this limb of my family. If you have any information you can e-mail me at or write me at Deanna Klobnak / 1043 260th St. / Tracy, Iowa 50256.

176 Deanna Klobnak Sun May 17 1998

Hello, Does anyone know if I can get records on patients that were in the Nevada insane asylum back in 1908-1910? If you can help contact me at Thanks, Deanna.

177 Keith Lowrey Wed May 20 1998

According to family records, my Great grandmother was born in Vernon County, MO on March 13, 1869. Her name was Minnie Rebecca Grayson. Her father was J.W.Grayson and her mother's first name was Amanda. I would appreciate any addition information that may be provided about this family. Thanks, Keith Lowrey, Richmond, VA

178 Howard Bigham Thu May 21 1998

I would like to add names of Nathaniel Bigham and Vance Bigham. Know very little of Nathaniel except that His wife is brrried in platte Co. All I know of Vance is that he may have lived in Heney, Vernon, Johnson and Bates Co. MO. I found that he died in Bates Co in 1851. Son was born in Jackson township, Johnson Co. MO. Other Bighams were William, John, James White, and Louis.
Howard Bigham
Garland Texas

179 David Nelson Thu May 21 1998

Looking for information on the NELSON family of early Vernon county. Albert Fountain Nelson came to Vernon county in 1840's with wife Susanna Stone from Stokes county, NC. Had children Isaac Fountain Salathial Nelson and others. My grandfather, Guy Fountain Nelson, was born in Nevada and died in Tulsa county OK. Need anything on the family as they came from NC, wives, spouses, religious affiliation.
Any info deeply appreciated.

180 Jack Magee Fri May 22 1998

My great-grandparents, ALEXANDER GIVENS ANDERSON and MARY RISCELLA (PRISELLA) ROBERTS were married in Nevada, MO October 17, 1858. Do you have any information about them?

She apparently came from Sparta, TN about 1843. He was born in trimble County, KY in 1830, unknown how or when he came to Nevada.

There is a story that her father, Richard Roberts, was called out on his front poarch and shot for being a Confederate. His son may have become a bushwacker.

Any help gratefully appreciated.

181 Darlene Clay Davis Fri May 22 1998

I am searching for the birth date of Ben Clay who was born in Moundeville Township, Vernon Co., in the 1860-70's according to family tradition. Father's name: James W. Clay, born in PA., mother's name is Sarah F. Clay, born in MO. Sister, Mary Ella (Mary Helen, or Ella)Clay was born in Holden, MO. 9-12-1872. These dates are unsubstantiated. Any information would be very helpful and I will share my data with you. My email address is: BDCDAVIS@AOL.COM.
Thank you very much.

182 Ron Piper Sat May 23 1998

I am trying to locate the name of the cemetery that John L. Piper and his wife Sarah are buried in. John L. Piper and Sarah Francis Hocker were married in Schuyler Co. Mo. in 1889 and moved to Vernon county shortly after that. They lived near Milo and a news clipping from Southwest Mail and Post of Nevada indicated he died in 1938 and she in 1940. It stated she was a member of the First Christian Church of Nevada and the Rev. J.H. Parrott conducted her funeral services. Is there a cemetery adjoining this church?

183 Lauri Ashton Wed Jun 3 1998

My name: Lauri Ashton
	2419 W. Gail Dr.
	Chandler, AZ  85224

JOHN WESLEY GREEN b. 1862 place unknown, he married  SARAH ZERILDA 
THOMAS b.1865.  They were known to live in both Nevada, Vernon Co. and 
Butler, Bates Co. between 1878 until John's death in 1905.  They had 
seven children:
John, Florence, Ethel, Jess, Eugene, Ruth and Elsie Mae b.April 30, 
JOHN was also called Jesse.  He was a farmer and preacher.  He died in 
1905 on his way home from Kansas City after being paid.  He was presumed 
murdered.  If you have any information about the GREENs or THOMAS's, 
dates/places of birth for their children it could help.  Best regards. 

184 Dede Walz Wed Jun 3 1998

I am doing research on my family history.  I have a letter dated 1902
that references the following individuals from Vernon County.  Please
send any and all information that you might have to the following:

James Hex Vernon born in Tennessee - 1st wife's name was Julia Machinor.
2nd wife is someone refered to as Grandma Vernon (my closest relative
according to the letter). Her maiden name was McElroy.  Her first name
is unknown.

James' father is Miles Vernon who I believe Vernon County was named


185 Donnell Fri Jun 5 1998

I am posting for a friend who is not on-line and is stuck. This is what she

Harold Winter, born October 1894 to John Henry Winter(s) and Lillian Brown,
was 5 years old and living in Walker, Mo in 1900 census. He married Elsie
Thomas on July 14, 1917 in Nevada, MO. All records disappear after that. 

She would like to know if there is a death certificate or further record for
him or his wife? Any information would be appreciated.

Otha Flach
in care of Donnell Wisniewski
112 dogwood lane
Fairview Heights, IL 62208-2473

I will be happy to help in return with pictures of gravesites, etc. I live 13
miles east of St. Louis and don't mind driving around the area.

Thank you so much. Donnell

186 Linanka Fri Jun 5 1998

I am looking for information on my ggrandfather George B McClellan(not Cen. McClellan), b. Nov 4 1884 in Vernon County,MO. 1st m. 1901 to Edna Celser in Sheldon, MO. They had 11 children, but i believe 4 may have died in infancy. My grandfather, Tony, was born Oct 4, 1911. Edna died June 24, 1922. George sent the children to foster homes. My grandfather was raised by a family named Buhlmer that lived in Butler, Mo. George married Lottie Burnsworth on Dec 1, 1924. They had 4 children. They moved to Washington State in June of 1941. George died Oct 22, 1942 in Manson, WA. He is buried in the nearby town of Chelan, WA. My grandfather Tony and his brothers eventually found each other and moved to WA in the 1940's. They were eventually able to fine their sister, Geneva who was last known to live in Florida. I do not have any info on George's parents or any siblings. Any information would be greatly appreciated!!!

187 Cindy GRANT Atha Sun Jun 7 1998

Looking for John HARPER and his oldest son Jim HARPER. I have notes from my ggrandmother that her mother's brother John HARPER lived in Nevada, Missouri, Vernon County and his oldest son Jim also lived there. I am at a loss in finding any information on the HARPER family. My gggrandmother b abt 1847 Harriet Bell HARPER m Thomas Perry MOORE and they were living in St. Clair Co. Missouri when my ggrandmother Virginia (Jennie) Lee MOORE Allen Seay was born in Dec. 1874. Jennie told that her uncle John HARPER lived in Nevada, Missouri. Hoping to find a link to the HARPER family here. There was a sister named Tennessee (Tennie) HARPER Barnes, also. Jennie also told that Harriet's and John's father owned a plantation in Tennessee where Nashville now is and that they were related to Robert E. LEE and Davy CROCKETT. Have much descendant info. to share Any leads would be appreciated.

188 George Eaton Sun Jun 7 1998

Searching for Eatons's. My family lived in Vernon Co. 1880's, before and after. George Thomas Eaton, father was William Jeptha Eaton. Lived in Moundville and fought in Civil War. I am George Eaton @ for contact. There were eight brothers and sisters in family

189 David H. Cox Mon Jun 8 1998

My gggrandfather, Abraham Cox lived in Vernon County. He is buried in Greenlawn Cemetery in Schell City. Also, my gggrandmother, Margaret Albina Cox, is buried in Greenlawn. I seek information about their birthplaces and their parents names. Can someone obtain census data from the County that would yield this information?? I appreciate any help you can give. Thank you.

David H. Cox
1632 Cedar Court
Winthrop Harbor, IL 60096
e-mail address:  DAVIDHCOX@AOL.COM
Regular phone: (847) 872-2251

190 Dave Lowe Mon Jun 8 1998

Hi! I'm lookink for any info on ancestors of William J. Lowe, born at or near Nevada around 1892, family moved shortly thereafter to Oklahoma Territory. Thanks!
Dave Lowe
12450 Bluebird Rd.
Gravette, AR 72736

191 Jenell Rector Cremeans Thu Jun 11 1998

James R. RIDGEWAY b. May 20, 1829 in Vermillion Co. In d. Jan 2, 1884 in Nevada, Vernon, Co., MO , MARRIED Elizabeth OLDRIDGE b. 1832 in IN d. Mar 30, 1891 in Nevada, Vernon, Co. MO both are buired in Miller Cemetery, Nevada, MO owned a farm 2 miles north of Deerfield, Mo. Children: Frank Pierce Ridgeway, Jim Ridgeway, Edward G. Ridgeway, Charles C. Ridgeway, James Buchannan Ridgeway, Harry F. Ridgeway, Robert William "Wille" Ridgeway, Henry Melvin Ridgeway, Mary E. Ridgeway and Lulu T. Ridgeway. My great-grandfather, "Willie" Ridgeway b. Nov 20, 1864 Vermillion Co. IN and died Apr 12, 1898 in Vernon Co, MO he married Sylvania BRADSHAW Aug 20, 1887 at Nevada, Vernon Co, Mo. They had five children: Bessie Ridgway CARLOCK (June 1888), Franklin Ridgway (Sept 1889), Clarence Julius Ridgway (Dec 13, 1891), Ruth Ridgway BARHART (June 1893), and Lois Ridgway (July 1896). Sylvania married a man named KENNEDY after Willie's Death. I also have RECTOR relatives living in MO. I would really like to hear from any one you could tell me more about my family.
Jenell Rector Cremeans
8  27th  Street
Huntington, WV  25702-1145

192 Ray Flesher Fri Jun 12 1998

FLESHER Looking for burial of John Sherman Flesher. We have found his wife's gravesite in Lawrence Cem, Stotesbury, MO, but he does not seem to be with her. Anyone know where John is buried?
Ray in Denver

193 Georgene Sones Fri Jun 12 1998

BELL - VINEYARD - THOMPSON/TOMPSON - HENLEY - SON - HOWERY - EVANS - NORFLEET - DAVIS - EVANS - FABENS - WILSON - GALLAMORE. Wish to correspond with others researching William BELL (1800 Montgomery Co VA - 1885 Vernon Co MO) & wf Nancy VINEYARD (1797 Montgomery Co VA - 1860 Cole Co. MO). Their children: 1. Elizabeth (Henry B. THOMPSON); 2. Elinor (John HENLEY); 3. Gordon (Martha SON); 4. Virginia (George HOWERY); 5. Mariah P. (didn't marry); 6. George Wash. (Sarah C. EVANS); 7. Joseph M. (Juan NORFLEET); 8. William F. (Sarah DAVIS); 9. Robert A.; 10. Peyton J. (Julia EVANS); 11. Thomas H. B. (Eliza FABENS/Ann WILSON); 12. Nancy M. (Jesse W. GALLAMORE).

BELL - DAVIS - McKENZIE - SWEARINGEN - DEAN - HARRA - HOOD William Farmer BELL b 1834 ?Callaway Co MO; d 1876 Vernon Co. MO; mar 1867 to Sarah Wood DAVIS in Benton Co. MO. Children of William & Sarah: 1. Archie William born 1870 Vernon Co - 1938 bur Vernon Co. (wf: Anna L. DEAN); 2. Maxie born ca 1872 (Christian HARRA); 3. Curby S. 1872-1950 bur Balltown Cem (Cora L. ____); 4. Amanda (Mr. HOOD). Desire correspondence with others researching these families. Sarah Davis Bell mar 2nd to F. N. SWEARINGEN.

194 Barbara Prestridge Sat Jun 13 1998

The census says that my gmother, Agnes WAGNON, was born in Missouri. Her parents were David A. WAGNON and Mary (Molly) COVIN of Monroe Co., AL. If anyone has info on this family having been from Vernon Co., Mo, please let me know. I know there was a John WAGNON from Vernon Co. Could David be his descendant? Thank you.

195 Lila Sat Jun 20 1998

Am searching for extended William Cleveland Brundridge married to Mary Bridges information. His first wife died and was named Mary also. They are actually buried in Virgil City cemetary.

lila or

196 Bob WhiteWed Jun 24 1998

I am researching the SURNAME of REA. I know that there were two REAs in Montevallo township and that they obtained their land form the land office in 1859. Their names are REA, Jeremiah M. and his wife Sarah and his son REA, Branch Theodore and his wife Mary Waters. Branch was born in Kentucky in the 1830s and Mary was born in Arkansas Jeremiah was shot by Kansas troops at the age of 73 in 1863 while walking down a road. Jeremiah was from North Carolina, most probably Mecklinberg County One daughter fo Branch married a miner in Cathage. One daughter of that marriage is our grandmother.
Thank you
Bob White