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Surnames: Funk
Submitter: Ben Worley
Date: March 29, 2004

I am searching for Laben & Susan Funk, my g.g.g. Grandparents. They lived in Moundville, Vernon, MO. Laben was born in 1832 in IL., and Susan Lavina (Whitworth is the possible maiden name) was born in 1833 in KY. Susan is last seen in the 1910 census of Moundville, Vernon, MO. Laben is last found in the 1920 Moundville, Vernon, Mo. census. I am trying to locate where they might be buried so I can get an exact death date for the two of them & find out more about their familyies. On the census', they are said to have had 9 children all together....5 died before their parents. I only have the names of two of their children: my g.g. grandmother, Laura Ann & her brother Isaac. Does anyone know the rest of their children? Or the death dates of Laben & Susan? Thanks a bunch!!

Lisa Worley

Surnames: Van Horn
Submitter: Patti Vickery
Date: March 18, 2004

I am looking for information for regarding my Great Grandmother. Here are the only facts I know:

Name: Mary E. Van Horn
Married: David Cheatham
They lived in Cass County MO from 1867 until 1870. Then they moved to Bates County where they lived until 1889. Then they moved to Vernon County where she passed away.

Death date: Dec. 3, 1895

She was supposedly buried in Berea Cemetery. But I don't know what town that is considered to be. I do have a town called Consumption where she could have been living at the time of her death.

I also know she was a member of the Church of Christ at Double Branch Bates County.

If you know of anyone who could help me obtain a copy of her obituary, I would certainly appreciate it.

Thanks so very much.

Mrs. Patti Vickery
822 Stonebridge Ln.
Crystal Lake, IL. 60014

Surnames: Kelly, Thornhill, Wilson
Submitter: Eric Andersen
Date: March 13, 2004

Thomas H. Kelly had several children, including Rachel (b. 1837) and Nancy (b. 1843). Both were born in Warren or Vernon County, MO. Rachel married John Thornhill in 1861 in Warren County, MO. She probably died in Vernon County about 1879. I believe Rachel's widowed husband, John Thornhill, married Nancy (Kelly) Wilson after Rachel died. Nancy had previously been married to Robert Wilson before 1861. They had children Thomas M.(b. about 1861), Bertha L. (b. about 1864), Nancy L. (b. about 1866), and Mary E (b. about 1869). They're on the 1870 and 1880 census in Vernon County. I believe that John Thornhill, whose mother was Jane, married sisters. I am trying to find Robert Wilson's wife's (Nancy) maiden name. The Missouri State Archives and was not able to locate a marriage record for a Robert Wilson to a woman named Nancy in Vernon County. Any help is appreciated! Thank you!

Surnames: St. John
Submitter: Jeanne Unruh
Date: March 3, 2004

Am interested in searching the St. John surname. Luther St. John married Hulda, last name unknown. They only have one daughter that I know of, Caroline "Carrie." Any info would be appreciated. I found them on the 1870 and 1880 Vernon Co., MO Montevallo twp.

Thank you, Jeanne Unruh (

Surnames: Huse
Submitter: Vicki Ouellette
Date: February 21, 2004

I am looking for my birth father, Robert Emmett Huse - born in the 1930's in Missouri. Any information would be appreciated.


Surnames: Carpenter, Rhamy
Submitter: Tammy Johnson
Date: February 13, 2004

We are looking for the family of William H. CARPENTER and Eliza Ellen RHAMY. William was born 1833, Tn and died in 1911 VIrgil City, Vernon Co, Mo. Eliza was born in 1845, Ind, and died in 1910, Virgil City, Vernon Co, Mo. Thier children are Richard Lyons Carpenter b in 1862 Ia, died in 1933, Brown co KS, William b 1883 Ia , d 1892 Ia, Mary b 1867 Ia died 1895, Martha b est 1869 died unknown, John A b 1880 Ia died unknown, and 2 children unknown and both died before 1900.

We show that William and whole family lived in Virgil, Vernon Co, Mo in the 1900 census, Mary and Martha are not listed on the 1900.

1900- WIlliam, Eliza, Mabel E, Ralph, John A.
1910- William , Eliza, John, Richard, and Ralph ( son of Richard)
1920- Richard only
1930- Richard only

We was wondering if anyone can help us on this family, we are hitting brickwalls with them. We are also seeking any info on MABEL E. CARPENTER, b 26 Aug 1893, Iowa who died ( according to family story) in 1909 Virgil City, Vernon co, Mo. She was to have accidently set her dress on fire and died due to the injuries from it. Please reply to mixedup2much @ with CARPENTER FAMILY in the subject area.

Thank you for your consideration and help.

Surnames: Thomas
Submitter: Lynda Knobloch
Date: January 11, 2004

I am searching for Josiah W. Thomas and family who lived in Vernon County in 1870. He is listed, along with his family, in the 1870 Vernon County, Henry Township, census but cannot be found after that. He was born 1829/30 in Clark County, Indiana, the son of Josiah and Mary Shawhan Thomas. They moved from Clark County to Adams County, Illinois, between 1850 and 1860. Would like to find out what happened to him and his family and will gladly share information I have.

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