Originally part of the Louisiana Purchase, Missouri was admitted as the 24th state in 1821 as part of the Missouri Compromise. The first U.S. Federal Census of Missouri was taken in 1830. A pseudo-census for 1820 was "reconstructed from portions of original records along with lists of settlers, tax lists, petitioner lists, voter lists, and other sources." The citation is Missouri 1820 Census Index ; Jackson, Ronald Vern; Bountiful, Utah : Accelerated Indexing Systems, c1981;  p., 51 leaves. Apparently, it is only available in hardcopy book form (libraries, etc.), is not available on FHL microfilm and has not been included in online databases (Ancestry.com, etc.).
White settlement of Lincoln County began in the early 1800's and it was organized December 14, 1818 (effective January 1, 1819) from St. Charles County, and named for Benjamin Lincoln, a Revolutionary War general. By 1821 the population of Lincoln County was 1,674 and in 1830 was 4,060. Following is a population table. Figures 1821 - 1860 from Goodspeed, 1888, page 196. However, there appears to be discrepancies viz a viz actual US Federal Census counts.
|Population (Goodspeed, pg. 196)||1,674||4,060||7,449||9,421||14,210||15,960||17,496||...||38,944|
Ancestry.com index of the 1830 census shows 533 heads of household in Lincoln County; 1840 census: 1,323. That's almost a three-fold increase in the 1830-1840 decade. The household count of 1,223 in 1850 is the last recorded household visitation number. The Ancestry.com index of the 1830 has numerous and pervasive errors; see my own Correct 1830 Census Index: Lincoln County, Missouri. which also includes corrections, some more commonly-recognized surname spellings and alternate spellings. Settlers came from all places eastward, but it seems that, based on the families I have looked at, most originally came from Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina.
The history of Lincoln County has been published in the History of Lincoln County, Missouri, Goodspeed, 1888; the History of Lincoln County, Missouri, Mudd, Joseph A. (Dr.), 1878; and some other publications. The History of Lincoln County, Missouri (Goodspeed 1888) book has been posted online (University of Missouri system) and is viewable as the original page image or text. The text was generated through OCR translation and will show odd formatting in places and errors. It loads the full book into the browser. Another site at Missouri State archives: History of Lincoln County, Missouri (Goodspeed 1888) The website also has a text search facility. A comprehensive name index (persons, but not places) to the Goodspeed history was prepared in June of 2007 by Emily Wilson and is available at: "Comprehensive Index of Names to The History of Lincoln County, Missouri"; Goodspeed, 1888 (Requires PDF)
The Mudd History has been transcribed. For these items and more history see: Lincoln County, Missouri USGenWeb site: History. See also "Published histories" list later.
Most of the stuff here is a work in progress, not fully complete and not in final presentable form, so be forewarned that it may change to varying degrees. This also includes supplemental information about certain Lincoln County, Missouri Cemeteries Includes general information, transcriptions and links to tombstone photos of cemeteries where the Shuck's, Park's, some of their descendants and allied families are buried. Includes Smith Cemetery I, Old Liberty, New Liberty and others.
As of April 2008, this webpage has become overgrown and duplicative in places. It needs to be reorganized. One of these days.
Thousands of family trees submitted by researchers. Searchable index. Many Lincoln County families have already been researched and I, myself, sometimes forget to start at this obvious place. I have filled in a lot of gaps from this source, but be advised that these trees usually do not include much in the way of source citation and there errors in them, both major (i.e. relationship) and in details (i.e. dates slightly off).
Censuses are one of the most powerful tools researchers have available to trace their family histories. The United States Constitution requires that a census of the population be taken every ten years. The first was taken in 1790 and through 1840 listed the names of the heads of household and a headcount by age group. Beginning in 1850, the names, ages and birth states of all individuals were listed. Various state and local censuses have also been taken for various other purposes. The first U.S. Federal Census of Missouri was taken in 1830.
Various indexes and transcriptions of these censuses have been prepared over the years in printed and computer-searchable format. The earliest such indexes were printed versions that include such items as the Ronald Vern Jackson Accelerated Indexing Systems ("AIS") indexes by state from the 1980's that were published in large books and the many transcriptions of censuses that were prepared by local genealogical societies for their respective counties. Computer-searchable formats include published CD's and online internet databases. The primary online internet sources are Ancestry.com, Heritage Quest and FamilySearch. I have also transcribed the 1830, 1850 and 1860 censuses for Lincoln County, more following.
All names in the decennial censuses have been transcribed by Ancestry.com and are online in searchable form. This is a fee-based service which sells subscriptions to the general public and to public libraries. Use at the library is free to patrons. Actual images of the census pages are also online and are linked to the transcribed names.
A similar service is Heritage Quest, the differences being: 1) HQ sells subscriptions only to institutions such as public libraries while Ancestry sells both individual and institutional subscriptions; 2) Libraries may allow their patrons to access HQ from their homes through the internet while the Ancestry institutional subscription is limited to in-library use only; 3) HQ indexes are head of household only, Ancestry is every-name; 4) sometimes HQ images are clearer than Ancestry, sometimes the opposite; 5) HQ can only search on exact names as entered (given and/or surname) while Ancestry search specification is more flexible, including Soundex and wildcard options; and 6) Ancestry includes 1850 and 1930 censuses, HQ does not.
It appears that the HQ indexes for the 1880 and 1900 censuses are now every-name. I suspect those indexes are the same as the LDS indexes, described next. HQ is accessible through the respective institution's website, so there is no link to show here.
In about 2007 the LDS Church at FamilySearch began preparing and posting images and every-name indexes of these censuses on their website. Those will be provided to the public for free. In the past one needed to "register" for a free account where all they ask for is your name and email address, but that step seems to have been discontinued. The FamilySearch indexes should be much more accurate than those from Ancestry since they are using a duplicate-keying procedure were all records are keyed twice and differences reviewed by a mediator. The FamilySearch indexing is an ongoing project and proceeding at such a fast pace that I will not attempt to post current updates here. It appears those indexes are being shared with Ancestry and HQ. Further, they seem to like to change around their site organization and links alot, and the following links have changed. Researchers will need to start navigation at the main site link. They also like to continually change around their search panels, and not always for the better.
It may be necessary to use some creative searching techniques since the handwriting may be difficult to decipher for the transcribers and spelling of names varied, sometimes significantly. Further Ancestry's census indexes are notoriously error-ridden, the result of sloppy transcribing and poor quality control. I have also some found errors on Heritage Quest as well. If a name is not found on one service, it is possible it may be found on the other. Also, Ancestry has signed a cooperative agreement with the LDS to share census index information, so those indexes are likely to be merged and eventually the same.
Each of these three sites uses a different style of search engine. HQ matches on exact spelling only and no wild card searches are allowed. FamilySearch and Ancestry default to fuzzy sound-alike searches, ranked by closeness of match to the search parameters entered. Some results may be very far-flung from the original search parameters, but may be revealing. They also allow more precise and restrictive search specifications.
As of 2013, it appears that all census indexes are complete although accuracy is not guaranteed. Availability of accompanying images in FamilySearch varies. However, as of December 2009 I was unable to find any people in Lincoln County in the FamilySearch indexes for 1850, 1860 or 1870 via their search menu and they confirmed to me via email that the search was not working properly. I do find people for Lincoln County in the 1900 and 1920 indexes, as well as the old 1880 index. I have not re-checked the current status.
The FamilySearch site lists status of: Current Projects and Completed Projects A list of collections can be found at: FamilySearch Indexing Collections Note that at the top of the search panel for each collection is a note describing its completion status.
Censuses for Lincoln County are available online for free at:
The Ancestry.com index of the 1830 census has numerous and pervasive errors. I have transcribed the 1830 census for Lincoln County: Correct 1830 Census Index: Lincoln County, Missouri. which also includes references to some more commonly-recognized surname spellings.
1836 tax lists for Lincoln County:
I have transcribed the 1850 and 1860 censuses for Lincoln County:
The LDS Church has uploaded images of the 1850 census for all 50 states to their website: FamilySearch Labs Record Search The images for 1850 are available in "Browse" mode. The image numbers of 1 to 177 correspond to the page numbers on the schedules and to the page numbers on my transcription. As of 2013, an index at FamilySearch is also complete.
A surname-only index of the 1850 census is also available at S-K Publications Lincoln County, Missouri: 1850 Census Index Unfortunately, they use the alternate pagination which does not match to the LDS online images.
As of January, 2009, the 1860 census index is complete, including Missouri and Lincoln County and can be searched for free. However, clicking to access the image brings up an "invitation" to $ub$cribe to Footnote.com Note that the FS display of index search results does NOT display the "minor" location within a county such as town, precinct or township, making it difficult so find the image through a browse look-up on HQ. images online. Status of transcriptions can be found at: FamilySearch Indexing Completed Projects
Through FamilySearch, Heritage Quest and Ancestry. Access to images varies.
The 1880 census has been transcribed in its entirety and is available for free
Select "1880 United States Census" from the drop-down menu.
Images of the 1880 censuses for Lincoln County are online at: at: Lincoln County, Missouri 1880 Census Images. This will give a list of images by the original census schedule page number.
Images may also be online (probably better quality/resolution) at: FamilySearch Labs Record Search The same index and images are also available at HQ and Ancestry.
The LDS Church has completed a transcription of the 1900 census. The transcription and corresponding images of the schedule pages are available free at: FamilySearch Labs Record Search You need to "register" but all they ask for is your name and email address.
Through FamilySearch (1910-1930), Heritage Quest (1910-1920) and Ancestry (1910-1930). Access to images varies.
Free index and images through FamilySearch, Heritage Quest and Ancestry.
I am not aware of any comprehensive online or printed source of Lincoln County births. Mandatory reporting of births did not become effective law until January 1, 1910 and was only loosely followed in the immediate subsequent years. Copies of birth records can be obtained from the Missouri Department of Health - Vital Records but there will be severe restrictions as to whom they are available due to privacy and identity theft concerns. There may be a few fragmented, piecemeal lists of births, and those will be noted here if and when found.
Original records of marriages in Lincoln County from the earliest times (about 1819) to present reside in the County Court House in Troy in the office of the Recorder of Deeds. Be advised that the early records only contain the date and names of the bride and groom and of the officiant; there is no information about parents or other relatives.
I have uploaded a searchable database of marriages recorded at Lincoln County, Missouri from 1818 to 2002. There are about 27,000 marriage records in the database for this period. This database is derived from a computer print-out of a transcription of Lincoln County marriages compiled during the years 2001 and 2002/2003 by Alvin E. Dunard. The link to the Lincoln County, Missouri Marriages 1818 - 2002 database will take you to a different host but still maintained by me. (The reason is because Comcast personal web pages do not provide the necessary search engine.) More about the database on that site. This website will also have details about other compilations of essentially the same marriage record data.
Lincoln County, Missouri Marriages for the years 1825-1881 are also indexed in the International Genealogical Index (IGI) "Batch" numbers are M515341, M515342 and M515343. This link describes how to access and search. There are other indices, but this is free and has essentially the same information.
Some additional printed sources at: Lincoln County, Missouri Research Bibliography
The Missouri Department of Health - Vital Records also maintains a central registry of marriages since July 1, 1948.
The Missouri Department of Health - Vital Records maintains a central registry of divorces since July 1, 1948.
Missouri Death Certificates from 1910-1962 have been indexed and actual images for all those years are now posted online (as of September 2013). Apparently, certificates are being added after 50 years have elapsed, so 1958 was available in 2009, so 1959 was available in early 2010, etc. The certificates were initially filed at the county level and forwarded to the state. Search criteria can be limited to county and year/month of death.
Mandatory reporting of deaths did not begin in Missouri until 1910. Typically, reporting was haphazard in the early years of death reporting but, based on known deaths, I have found reporting in Lincoln County mostly complete although a few unexplained deaths are shown in the certificate search listing. In later years, a few expected certificates are not found, but lapses in any record-keeping do occur.
Suggestions for use:
Missouri, like most other states, did not have mandated or consistent reporting of births and deaths until about 1910. Even then, it took some time for general compliance to become common. There was some reporting of births and deaths prior to 1910 and this above database from the Missouri Secretary of State's office transcribes them. Also included is background information. Images are not online (as of March 2008), but copies can be ordered for $1.00.
There are no births listed for Lincoln County, but there are a number of deaths included in this searchable database. It looks like they are from from the Register of Deaths (Roll C 3906) for 1883-1884. This appears to be a project in progress (as of March 2008), so more records/counties will be coming later and the website has a link that lists available records and transcription status.
An index of Lincoln County deaths reported in the Troy, Missouri newspapers: Troy Herald Lincoln County Herald and Troy Free Press from 1866 to 1936 has been prepared. The "deaths" reported range from very brief notices to extensive obituaries and coverage extended to all parts of the county. Adds up to 23,461 entries. The index exists in two forms as four printed volumes and the parallel online index at Ancestry.com.
Lincoln County, Missouri Volume 1, by Kenneth E. Weant, 2001. 8½x11", softbound book, 270 pages. Troy, Troy Herald, Lincoln County Herald and Free Press - 6001 Deaths and Chronological Index to Selected Articles, January 5, 1866 to December 29, 1899. AD1062-$26.00
Lincoln County, Missouri Volume 2, by Kenneth E. Weant, 2001. 8½x11", softbound book, 240 pages. Troy, Troy Free Press - 5603 Deaths and Chronological Index to Selected Articles, January 5, 1900 to December 26, 1913. AD1063-$26.00
Lincoln County, Missouri Volume 3, by Kenneth E. Weant, 2001. 8½x11", softbound book, 238 pages. Troy, Troy Free Press - 5016 Deaths and Chronological Index to Selected Articles, January 2, 1914 to December 26, 1924. Includes 1450 World War One Draft Registration List and Letters Home. AD1064-$26.00
Lincoln County, Missouri Volume 4, by Kenneth E. Weant, 2003. 8½x11", softbound book, 300 pages. Troy, Troy Free Press - 6841 Deaths and Chronological Index to Selected Articles, January 2, 1925 to December 25, 1936. AD1065-$29.00
These volumes are also listed in the FHL catalog which has the volumes in its US/CAN book collection but these volumes have NOT been microfilmed for circulation. The precise title is reported simply as Lincoln County, Missouri; Weant, Kenneth E.; Arlington, Texas : K.E. Weant, c2001-c2003; 4v.
Contents: vol. 1. 6001 deaths reported in & chronological index to selected articles from the Lincoln County herald, the [Troy] herald & the [Troy] free press, 5 January 1866 to 29 December 1899 -- v. 2. 5603 deaths reported in & chronological index to selected articles from the Troy free press, 5 January 1900 to 26 December 1913 -- v. 3. 5016 death records & chronological index to selected articles from the Troy free press, 2 January 1914 to 26 December 1924 -- v. 4. 6841 deaths reported in & chronological index to selected articles from the Troy free press, 2 Jan. 1925 to 25 Dec. 1936.
WorldCat shows only a few libraries with copies.
An index of Lincoln County deaths reported in the Troy Free Press from 1866 to 1936 hosted online by Ancestry.com. Access requires a paid subscription although it is usually available at most public libreries. This index shows, when it was included in the original obituary or notice, exact birth date, exact death date and names of relatives, sometimes with relationships. This database is transcribed from the above volumes by Kenneth E. Weant. Ancestry's description of the database is:
This database is an index to deaths reported in three Lincoln County newspapers, the Lincoln County Herald, the Troy Herald, and the Troy Free Press, from 5 January 1866 to 25 December 1936. The Lincoln County Herald was a four-page weekly paper. The Troy Herald was an eight-page weekly paper and the Troy Free Press was a six- to eight-page weekly paper. Many of the deaths reported in these newspapers took place throughout the state as well as the country, as reported deaths included relatives of resident s, former residents, and current residents of Lincoln County. Information that may be found in this index includes name of deceased, age at time of death or birth date, date of death, and date of newspaper report. In addition to death information, this da tabase also contains information gathered from the World War I draft registration lists of 22 June 1917, 14 June 1918, and 30 August 1918 published in the Troy Free Press. Other county newspapers, many of which are available at the Missouri Historical Soc iety, should be checked for additional information found in this index.
Ancestry also has the indexed deaths from local papers for Pike, Audrain and Montgomery counties (may be others). See Pike County, Missouri Deaths 1878 - 1917. This is a very important resource for researchers and it has been a huge help to me. However, access to these databases requires paid subscription to the Ancestry.com service. Many public libraries subscribe to Ancestry.com or you can purchase an individual subscription.
Newspaper coverage of events in Lincoln County began January 5, 1866 with the Lincoln County Herald and has been mostly continuous ever since under auspices of descendant and additional newspapers. A gap in available microfilms from 20 October 1878 through 4 January 1882 apparently exists. Obituaries are numerous and detailed. Those for Lincoln County residents also appear in various cases in newspapers in Hannibal, St. Louis and surrounding counties.
The State Historical Society of Missouri has microfilms of Missouri Newspapers including the Elsberry Democrat and Troy Free Press and will lend through Inter-Library Loan (ILL). There is about a three-year lag for current issues to be microfilmed. I believe that all surviving copies of Lincoln County newspapers have been microfilmed, but there are some gaps in years due to lost copies and suspension of publication.
Initially, the MHS had not posted a list of holdings for Lincoln County on its website. As of December 2007, the list is now online at: MHS Missouri Newspapers on Microfilm - Lincoln County A previous listing was posted on Newspapers ... For Lincoln County, Missouri at USGenWeb site.
In addition to full historical newspaper content for Lincoln County, many obituaries for Lincoln County residents (and descendants) have been published in the surrounding area papers and are online at "America's Obituaries & Death Notices" a service of NewsBank. The period covered appears to go back to about 1977 and includes the Hannibal and St. Louis newspapers. However, the website does not provide details of coverage by newspaper and date. It looks like this service is only available to institutions, like public libraries, and not to individuals, so check with your local public library. An up-and-coming source for online newspapers is GenealogyBank but make sure the papers and time periods you want are included before paying their subscription fee. GenealogyBank also includes searchable "America's Obituaries" since 1977. It appears to have approximately the same content as the above "America's Obituaries & Death Notices" but I can't tell for sure.
Local funeral homes have been placing obituaries online for the past few years. Those known to me are:
History of Lincoln County, Missouri
This is the most significant published history of the county. Although original copies are rare and falling apart where found, it has been re-printed a few times so contemporary copies do exist in various repositories. Also, the entire book has been scanned, posted online and is viewable as the original page image or text from University of Missouri Library System at the above link. This website also has a global search facility.
"Comprehensive Index of Names to The History of Lincoln County, Missouri; Goodspeed, 1888. (Requires PDF) Prepared by Emily Wilson.
History of Lincoln County, Missouri (1878) By Dr. Joseph A. Mudd Full text transcription.
A History of Northeast Missouri (1913) By Walter Williams; Published by Lewis Publishing Co.; 1913; From scanned Google Books, contains histories of Lincoln County and various surrounding counties viewable as original page images in PDF or text. Note that mechanical text conversion (OCR) may contain occasional character errors. See Chapter XVIII, "Lincoln County" by H. F. Childers, Troy; Pages 394-405.
Portrait and Biographical Record of St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren Counties, Missouri "Containing Portraits and Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens of the Counties, Together with Biographics and Portraits of all the Presidents of the United States." Chapman Publishing; 1895; 576 pages. Page images online. All biographies, a few of prominent Lincoln County men.
History of Elsberry [Lincoln Co.], Missouri - 1974
The history of the town since 1955 to (I recall offhand) 1974. Not online.
Elsberry Public Schools 1892-1992 100 Years
A general history of the Elsberry schools and detail histories of the graduating classes. Not online.
While these records are available to the public at the County Court House in Troy, they have been microfilmed by the LDS and are available for circulation. See library catalog: FHL Library Catalog: Lincoln County, Missouri
While these records are available to the public at the County Court House in Troy in the Recorder's office, they have been microfilmed by the LDS and are available for circulation. See library catalog: FHL Library Catalog: Lincoln County, Missouri
Lincoln County also has established websites related to land records. I have not (yet) explored them in depth, but presume they concern current ownership so will not address historical issues. But they may be of some help.
From a University of Missouri Master's Thesis, a treasure trove reference of place names in Lincoln County, including many obscure hard to find names. For each name a description of its history and location is included, though the location descriptions are usually general and may not be detailed enough to easily find the place on a map or in person. Lincoln County Place Names, 1928-1945
These were initially issued in the form of printed books, the first such publication issued for Lincoln County is (apparently) the Lincoln Co., Mo. 1836 land owners atlas of which a reprint was produced in 1982. The distinction between an "atlas" and a "plat book" as actually used is not clear (at least to me). Plat books are maps of property parcels in the county with owners' names written in. An "atlas" as actually published may be more like a plat book with additional information. Each such item needs to be checked. Plat books for Lincoln County have been produced at least to 1994, probably later.
The Hixton company produced plat books for all Missouri counties and these have been scanned and posted online. The above is a link the the copy for Lincoln County. Clicking on the link will open another browser window. Click on the drop-down menu "view other pages" to select and view subsequent pages. The UM describes the collection:
This is a collection of 114 Missouri County plat books published by W.W. Hixson & Co. Although the exact year of publication is unclear, it is estimated to be late 20's to early 30's. The plat books in this collection are held in the Special Collections Departments at Ellis Library at the University of Missouri-Columbia and the St. Louis Public Library. These plat books are quite frequently consulted. In an effort to preserve and make them more accessible, they have been made available online for the public-at-large.
The Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Company, established in 1867, compiled and published maps of U.S. cities and towns for the fire insurance industry to assess the risk of insuring a particular property. The maps are large scale plans of a city or town drawn at a scale of 50 feet to an inch, offering detailed information on the use made of commercial and industrial buildings, their size, shape and construction material. Some residential areas are also mapped. The maps show location of water mains, fire alarms and fire hydrants. They are color-coded to identify the structure (adobe, frame, brick, stone, iron) of each building.
Use the "Search this collection" link and enter the name of a town. So far, I have found maps for downtown Elsberry for 1906, 1913 and 1917; Moscow Mills for 1909 and 1919; Troy for 1895, 1902 and 1913;
The public libraries in Troy and Elsberry are the primary local repositories of family history materials in Lincoln County. Unfortunately, neither has its catalog online.
The Joseph R. Palmer Family Memorial Library;
502 Broadway, Elsberry, Missouri 63343-1236
Hours may vary depending on school calendar or may otherwise change without notice. As of October 2007: Mon, Wed., Fri 1pm-5pm; Tue, Thurs 12pm-7pm (October 2007, changed); Sat 9a-1pm. If you are coming from out of town, it is advisable to call and verify hours.
The Palmer Library has a separate room for its history and genealogy collection which includes all GBNF volumes, a cabinet full of family history books, maps, plat books, card index file, obituary books and microfilms of the Elsberry Democrat and Troy Free Press. Catalog is NOT online. I am not sure to what extent the genealogy and history collection has been cataloged at all.
Financed and named in memory of the Palmer family: Joseph Roberts Palmer (1880-1937), Florence Copher Palmer (1879-1970) and George Roberts Palmer (1907-1929) (EHS Class of 1925) by Margaret Copher Palmer (1904-1994).
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) - April 15, 1994 Deceased Name: Margaret C. Palmer -- Margaret Copher Palmer 89, of Elsberry, died Tuesday (April 12, 1994) at Lincoln County Memorial Hospital in Troy after a long illness.
Miss Palmer taught elementary school in the University City School District for more than 30 years before she retired in 1966. She was born in Elsberry and returned there after retiring.
She financed the construction of the Joseph R. Palmer Memorial Library in Elsberry in memory of her parents and brother. The library was donated to Elsberry in 1990.
She was a member of the Elsberry First Christian Church, P.E.O. Sisterhood, Lincoln County Historical Society, A.B.C. Club of Elsberry, Retired Teacers Association and St. Louis Junior League.
She graduated from Elsberry High School. She attended Culver-Stockton College in Canton and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at the Elsberry First Christian Church, Broadway and Sixth streets, Elsberry. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service today at the church. Burial will be at the Elsberry City Cemetery.
There are no immediate survivors.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Palmer Family Library or to the Elsberry First Christian Church in care of Carter-Ricks Funeral Home, 107 South Fifth Street, Elsberry, Mo. 63343.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
Date: April 15, 1994
Edition: FIVE STAR
Record Number: 9404150216
The County Seat of Lincoln County is Troy and the courthouse has the usual land records, probate case files and marriage records. Fortunately, I believe there have been no major courthouse fires, catastrophes or loss of records. Personnel will show you where records are located, but cannot perform your search. Staff is VERY limited. Be advised that the early marriage records do NOT identify parents of bride or groom or contain any information other than the date and names of bride and groom. Land records are searched via typical grantor/grantee indexes. The court building is located in old downtown Troy and about one mile west down the street is the public library.
So far, I have been able to find all the information I needed through the above resources and have not needed to contact the funeral homes. Consequently, I do not know how far back the the records go, whether records of defunct homes (i.e. those with no apparent ownership transition or continuity) have been preserved or if anything useful to researchers may have even existed in the first place. Click on above "Funeral Homes" link to see list of identified undertakers.
Map showing major State roads within Lincoln County, extracted from MODOT Missouri state highway map. JPEG image. (Left-click mouse to expand size.) Note that this map does NOT show smaller County roads.
Includes general information, transcriptions and links to tombstone photos of cemeteries where the Shuck's, Park's, some of their descendants and allied families are buried. Includes Smith Cemetery I, Old Liberty, New Liberty, Elsberry City, Oak Ridge, Corinth, New Salem and Winfield.
This index was prepared by me through a very close examination of the online images of the 1830 census and avoids errors present in the other online indexes. I also include alternate spellings of surnames that were more commonly used by the families.
This transcription was prepared by me through a very close examination of the online images of the 1850 census.
The LDS Church has uploaded images of the 1850 census for all 50 states to their website: FamilySearch Labs Record Search The images are available in "Browse" mode. The image numbers of 1 to 177 correspond to the page numbers on the schedules and to the page numbers on my transcription. You need to "register" but all they ask for is your name and email address. As of March, 2008 they are in the process of transcribing the 1850 census, but it is reported as 28% complete and does not list Missouri. Status of transcriptions can be found at: FamilySearch Indexing Completed Projects
A surname-only index of the 1850 census is at S-K Publications Lincoln County, Missouri: 1850 Census Index Unfortunately, they use the alternate pagination which does not match to the LDS online images.
This transcription was prepared by me through a very close examination of the online images of the 1860 census.
Short version from Goodspeed's 1888 History of Lincoln County Missouri
Names and descriptions of early settlers in Lincoln County. In particular, I have found (so far) over 45 families that came to Lincoln County before about 1860 from the adjacent Kentucky counties of Henry and Shelby, which is where my own ancestors came from.
Current and historical funeral directors and undertakers in Lincoln County.
Some key sections:
History of Lincoln County, Missouri (Goodspeed 1888) Entire book posted online and viewable as the original page image or text. Website also has search facility. See also "Comprehensive Index of Names to The History of Lincoln County, MissouriGoodspeed, 1888. (Requires PDF)
Sources of hard copies:
Hearthstone Legacy - 2 CD's 12383 Hearthstone; Higginsville, MO 64037. Also sell various other Missouri and Arkansas counties.
Portrait and Biographical Record of St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren Counties, Missouri "Containing Portraits and Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens of the Counties, Together with Biographics and Portraits of all the Presidents of the United States." Chapman Publishing; 1895; 576 pages. Page images online. All biographies, a few of prominent Lincoln County men.
The Elsberry Democrat is now available online and had been is free. As of about February, 2007, they started charging for the online version. Two versions are available. The first shows actual image of the printed paper and individual articles are clickable. The second is formatted for the internet and a little less flaky.
The full edition of The Lincoln County Journal is now available online and (at least for now) is free. The current edition is online.
Includes some history and photos of Elsberry as well as current events.
Elsberry, Missouri Demographic Data, map and aerial photo.
St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association (RCGA)
1860: Bedford Twp. Clark Twp. Hurricane Twp. Millwood Twp. Monroe Twp. Prairie Twp. Troy Union Twp. Waverly Twp. 1870: Bedford Twp. Clark Twp. Hurricane Twp. Millwood Twp. Monroe Twp. Prairie Twp. Union Twp. Waverly Twp. (The Heritage Quest online census database erroneously shows an additional township: an "Enterprise Twp." on two pages / two images. The handwritten page numbers are "One" and "Two" and stamped number Page 277. However, these are in Linn County. The handwritten county name is scribbled and easy to misread as "Lincoln" but the second page clearly shows "Linn.") 1880: Bedford Twp. Burr Oak Twp. Clark Twp. Elsberry; Hurricane Twp. Foley; Burr Oak Twp. Fremont; Hurricane Twp. Hurricane Twp. Louisville; Waverly Twp. Millwood Twp. Monroe Twp. New Hope; Hurricane Twp. Nineveh Twp. Olney; Nineveh Twp. Prairie Twp. Snow Hill Twp. Troy; Bedford Twp. Union Twp. Waverly Twp. 1900: 1-WD Elsberry (Hurricane Twp.) 2-WD Elsberry (Hurricane Twp.) 1-WD Troy (Bedford Twp.) 2-WD Troy (Bedford Twp.) Bedford Twp. Burr Oak Burr Oak Twp. Clark Twp. Hurricane Twp. Millwood Twp. Monroe Twp. Nineveh Twp. Prairie Twp. Snow Hill Twp. Union Twp. Waverly Twp. 1910: 1-WD Elsberry (Hurricane Twp.) 2-WD Elsberry (Hurricane Twp.) 1-WD Troy (Bedford Twp.) 2-WD Troy (Bedford Twp.) Bedford Twp. Burr Oak Twp. Clark Twp. Hawk Point Twp. Hurricane Twp. Millwood Twp. Monroe Twp. Nineveh Twp. Prairie Twp. Snow Hill Twp. Union Twp. Waverly Twp. 1920: 1-WD; Elsberry; Hurricane Twp. 2-WD; Elsberry; Hurricane Twp. 1-WD; Troy; Bedford Twp. 2-WD; Troy; Bedford Twp. Argentville; Monroe Twp. Bedford Twp. Burr Oak Twp. Clark Clark Twp. Ethlyn; Monroe Twp. Foley; Burr Oak Twp. Hawk Point Twp. Hurricane Twp. Millwood Twp. Monroe Twp. Moscow Mills; Clark Twp. Nineveh Twp. Old Monroe; Monroe Twp. Prairie Twp. Silex; Union Twp. Snow Hill Twp. Union Twp. Waverly Twp. Whiteside; Union Twp. Winfield; Monroe Twp.
These divisions are according to the online census database at Heritage Quest. Note that as population grew, certain towns were enumerated separately from the rest of their township. This can be identified above from either the absence of "Twp." after the name or a the supplemental indication of their township.
Over the course of Lincoln County history, many named places have existed. Many of these places are now long gone but their names will occur in various records and histories. These named places will include: Post Offices, Train stops, Schools, Churches and Cemeteries. Many of the above, some of which are associated with the same name and physical location, are places where people lived; some are not. For example, a train stop was usually significant enough place to have a post office, designated by the same name; Many historical post offices were small and isolated. Churches, schools and cemeteries may have been located where people lived or may have been isolated.
I often use the term "settlement" to indicate a place where a group of people lived, encompassing two or more family units, those places usually being named independently and separately from the name of the family. The early named settlements were usually associated with a train stop or post office. Only a few, however, would I call a "town" which I consider as having formal geographic boundaries, having a formal documented layout plat, incorporated, having elected officials and government and/or having the authority to tax.
The GNIS database maintains separate records for places it calls a "populated place", those records independent of and possibly of the same name as the above items, all of which it calls "features." In their FAQ's GNIS defines their classification and terminology including Item 31. "What is the difference between features classified as Populated Place and those classified as Civil? Why does my community have two records or entries, one classified as Populated Place and the other classified as Civil?" which says, in part (I suggest reading the entire description at the website):
An entry with Feature Class = Populated Place represents a named community with a permanent human population, usually not incorporated and with no legal boundaries, ranging from rural clustered buildings to large cities and every size in between; includes metropolitan areas, housing subdivisions, developments, modular home communities, and named neighborhoods (village, town, settlement, hamlet, trailer park, etc.). The boundaries of most communities classified as Populated Place are subjective and cannot be determined.Also of interest: Item 4. "What does the classification “historical” mean?"
[Discussion continued on GNIS website.]
The term “historical” as used in the GNIS means specifically and only that the feature no longer exists on the landscape. It has no reference to age, size, condition, extent of habitation, type of use, or any other factor. For example, a ghost town is not historical, only abandoned as might be noted in the historical notes field. Most historical features are (or were) man-made, but also can be natural features such as shoals that are washed away by a storm or a hill leveled by mining activity.
Another important geographic designation in Lincoln County is the township, but there are two different types, which can cause confusion. "Townships" were originally created geographically by the federal Public Land Survey System (PLSS) where the applicable part of the country is divided into "survey townships." Each survey township consists of a block of approximately 36 square miles (640 acres) divided into 36 sections one mile square which are used primarily to describe real estate place locations for ownership and recording purposes. Land is described respective to its section number (1 to 36), within its Township and Range further subdivided within section as applicable.
However, in Lincoln County, "Muncipal Townships"
which were independent of and
encompassed multiple or crossed such survey townships
were created by the courts.
The first townships were created by the court in 1819
and were Bedford, Hurricane, Monroe and Union
( History of Lincoln County, Missouri, 1888, page 262
which describes their boundaries).
These townships were subsequently subdivided
by order of the court on petition of the inhabitants
Waverly - November 7, 1825In August, 1884 a boundary change between Nineveh and Prairie was ordered by the court. No further changes were made until Hawk Point Township was created between 1900 and 1910 (don't have exact date for that one). With the exception of the 1884 change, the boundaries of the eleven are correctly shown on the county atlas published by Edward Bros. in 1878 until creation of the twelfth township Hawk Point between 1900 and 1910. The History of Lincoln County, Missouri, 1888, pages 281-284 describes the boundaries in detail. A rough hand drawn sketch outline of the current configuration is available at: Lincoln and Neighboring Counties Map with Townships Township boundaries are important to researchers because the censuses in Lincoln County were organized, taken and reported by township. A detail list of Lincoln County townships and towns from their census history follows.
Clark - February 9, 1826
Prairie - August 17, 1848
Millwood - May 31, 1856
Nineveh - August 12, 1872
Burr Oak - May 11, 1875
Snow Hill - May 11, 1875
Hawk Point - Betw. 1900/1910
In Lincoln County the townships had some jurisdictional authorities including, apparently, taxation as well as electing justices of the peace which was, in fact, exercised upon their creation. ( History of Lincoln County, Missouri, 1888, pages 281-284.) I do not know what other authorities were available to or exercised by the townships or if they ever taxed their residents. I also do not know if in current times (2012) whether these townships in Lincoln County exercise any jurisdictional, electoral or taxing authorities or if that is now all done by the county. Township boundaries are apparently currently used at least for demographic reporting and analysis, possibly according to modern censuses.
The 1888 History of Lincoln County Missouri lists and provides background about the following "cities, towns and villages" (pages 405-456). The extent of coverage varies greatly from just a couple sentences to many pages, as in the case of Troy. The places are: Alexandria, Auburn [Plat, page 47], Briscoe [Plat, page 43], Brevator [Plat, page 57], Cap-Au-Gris, Chain of Rocks [Plat, page 57], Chantilla [Chantilly] [Plat, page 43], Elsberry [Plat, page 53], Falmouth [Plat, page 55], Foley [Plat, page 51], Hurricane, Jonesville, Louisville [Plat, page 55], Monroe/Old Monroe [Plat, page 46], Moscow/Moscow Mills [Plat, page 55], Millwood [Plat, page 37], New Hope [Plat, page 29], New Salem, Olney [Plat, page 51], Owen/Owens [Plat, page 37], Silex [Plat, page 39], Sterling, Troy [Plat, page 50-51], Truxton [Plat, page 29], Winfield [Plat, page 47], and Whiteside [Plat, page 46-47].
The Plat references are from Standard Atlas of Lincoln County, Missouri G. A. Ogle and Company, Chicago, 1899. Note the plat page numbers do not correspond to the page numbers on the website. That atlas also includes: Davis [Plat, page 43] and West Port [Plat, page 55] which are not listed in HLC.
These "cities, towns and villages" vary widely in population and status from incorporated towns to small informal settlements. Most had a post office, but various other settlements had a post office and were not listed above pages 405-456. Settlements not listed above include (as I find them) Apex (Post Office 1888, page 456), Argentville (Post Office 1888, page 456), Bals (Post Office 1888, page 456), Brussels (Post Office 1888, page 456), Burr Oak Valley (Post Office 1888, page 456), Corso (Post Office 1888, page 456), Dameron (Post Office 1888, page 456), Early (Post Office 1888, page 456), Famous (Post Office 1888, page 456), Fairview (Post Office 1888, page 456), Hawk Point (Post Office 1888, page 456), Hines (Post Office 1888, page 456), Linn's Mills (Post Office 1888, page 456), Mackville (Post Office 1888, page 456), and Okete (Post Office 1888, page 456).
An exellent detail map showing the communities is "Lincoln County" from The State of Missouri, 1904. The State of Missouri, an Autobiography; Walter Williams; E.W. Stephens, Columbia, Missouri; 1904. However, it does not show township boundaries.
1860 1870 1880 1900 1910 1920 Formation Bedford Twp. x x x x x x Original-1819 Burr Oak Twp. x x x x 1875 Clark Twp. x x x x x x 1826 Hawk Point Twp. x x 1900/1910 Hurricane Twp. x x x x x x Original-1819 Millwood Twp. x x x x x x 1856 Monroe Twp. x x x x x x Original-1819 Nineveh Twp. x x x x 1872 Prairie Twp. x x x x x x 1848 Snow Hill Twp. x x x x 1875 Union Twp. x x x x x x Original-1819 Waverly Twp. x x x x x x 1825
These townships are reported in the online Heritage Quest census indexes. A rough sketch outline of the location of these townships is: Lincoln and Neighboring Counties Map with Townships
In rural environments Post Office locations are important resource in researching county and family history. There does not seem to be a complete, comprehensive, hopefully accurate list of post offices in Lincoln County. Post Offices and their postmasters as of 1888 were listed in the History of Lincoln County, Missouri on page 456. This list includes some settlements not listed as a town or village on pages 405-456. From page 456:
The following is a list of the postoffices and postmasters in Lincoln County in 1888: Apex, H. H. Morris; Argentville, O. Argent; Auburn, J. M. Terrell; Bals, George Bals; Brevator, Jacob Eisenstein; Briscoe, Cyrus Finley; Brussells, Joseph Dryden; Burr Oak Valley, Lee Frank; Chain of Rocks, Stephen Reller; Chantilla, Alfred Fil- singer; Corso, J. C. Williams; Dameron, J. W. Jenkins; Davis, William Owen; Early, Robert Howell; Elsberry, J. W. Bibb; Famous, Logan Howell; Foley, --; Hawk Point, Alexander Kennedy; Hines, F. M. Cole; Linn's Mills, F. W. Graue, Louis- ville, T. J. Higginbotham; Mackville, S. R. McKay; Moscow Mills, J. H. Anderson; Millwood, Daniel Mudd; New Hope, -; Okete, ; Old Monroe, W. T. Cambron; Olney, Theron Ives; Owen, J. V. Moseley; Silex, L. C. Kimler; Troy, George W. Mohr; Truxton, H. L. Ross; Whiteside, J. V. Moxley; Win- field, C. H. Stephenson. Fairview postoffice has recently been taken up, and there being so many in the county, it is probable that a few more of the country offices, not on the line of the railroads, may be discon- tinued. Those at the stations on the railroads, and in the larger villages, will remain permanent, but the postmasters usually dhange with every change of administration; some of them, how- ever, are retained through several presidential administrations, irrespective of their political preferences.
Some Post Offices from other lists:
Lincoln County, Missouri 1878 Township map:
Rockford, Nelson, Linn's Mill, Hawk Point,
Cuivre, Mackville, Olney, Alexandria,
Monroe, Burr Oak Valley.
GNIS online, per query 31 January 2013:
Chantilla Post Office,
Damariscotta Mills Post Office (historical),
Eagle Fork Post Office (historical),
Fairview Post Office (historical),
Famous Post Office (historical),
Highview Post Office (historical),
Hines Post Office (historical),
Hoelscher Post Office (historical),
Mackville Post Office (historical),
McLeans Creek Post Office (historical),
Rock Ford Post Office (historical),
Sulphur Lick Post Office (historical).
However, GNIS is not always correct and a lot of these names are not familiar.
Apex was a stop on the railway (Chicago, Burlington and Quincy) halfway between Foley and Elsberry in Burr Oak Township. It was shown on the very early maps and was likely nothing more that a small general store with a post office. It is seen mentioned as a place in some of the genealogical records. GNIS shows it at 390639N and 0904518W or 39.1108824 and -90.7551252 (dec). The maps show it along "Old Missouri 79" which parallels the railroad and at that point is about one mile east of current Highway 79. The Post Office began (reportedly) in 1880 and was closed February 28, 1941 as evidenced by a "Last Day in Service" Post Card signed by Postmaster D. M. Metts.
The History of Lincoln County says on page 415:
Hurricane is a station on the St. Louis, Keokuk & North-western Railroad, between Elsberry and Foley. It contains one general store."This is the same railroad running parallel to the Mississippi that later became the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy. The book does not mention Apex in its descriptions of the towns and settlements. It does mention Apex in its list of post offices, but does not mention Hurricane in that list. The railroad established stations every four miles and the distance between Elsberry and Foley is 8 miles. Halfway marked on the maps is Apex. I am wondering if "Hurricane" was an alternate name for the settlement at Apex, possibly the railroad's lingo, and fell into disuse so as not to confuse it with the Hurricane Township.
Construction of the railroads had a major impact on the history and development of Lincoln County. See Goodspeed History of Lincoln County, Missouri pages 294-295 and 295-316.
Whiteside: It was named after its proprietor, William Whiteside and is a village on the St. Louis & Hannibal (Short Line) Railway, situated in the central part of Township 51 north, Range 1 west, and about fourteen miles on a direct line from Troy. When the rail road was completed, in 1882, Mr. Whiteside, in order to secure the erection of a depot on his farm, donated to the railroad company, one-half of six acres of land for a town site, and a judgment in his favor for $500 and also built the depot. The railroad company accepted the donation and laid out the town. The first houses in the town were erected by Dayton Moxley and Benjamin Miller. These were frame dwelling houses. The first merchants were Dayton Moxley and W. Hull, under the name of Moxley & Hull, who kept a grocery... When the post-office was established, Dayton Moxley was made postmaster.
Over the decades, families routinely migrated among these counties, including those in Illinois. My own ancestors and relatives also lived at various times in Pike (MO), Calhoun, Jersey and Pike (IL). At one time there was even a ferry boat (Hamburg Ferry) that provided regular trips between the shores (not sure when it began or if still in service).
Two of my ancestral families first settled in St. Louis County in the areas around Old St. Ferdinand Township. This area is now around where the St. Louis Lambert Airport is, the "Old" St. Ferdinand Township having been divided. Notes and descriptive material on my St. Louis webpage. Very Important Note: St. Louis City separated from St. Louis County in 1876 and they are (as of 2006) still separate entities. St. Louis is referred to as an "Independent City." Records are separate and, typically, both City and County may need to be searched.
Links and brief information about surrounding counties is posted on the above Lincoln County, Missouri USGenWeb site. These sites vary as to quantity and quality of genealogical data. Include a couple especially useful links.
A few notes and key links. Information about "Pritchard" photographer of Louisiana, Missouri.
Calhoun County, Illinois is directly across the Mississippi River from Lincoln County. Over the decades, families routinely migrated between these two counties. At one time there was even a ferry boat (Hamburg Ferry) that provided regular trips between the shores (not sure if still in service).
Information about Calhoun County, Illinois Cemeteries.
Pike County, Illinois adjoins Calhoun County. Includes information about the Jess M. Thompson History of Pike County, Illinois which has been transcribed and is posted online. Various information about Lincoln County families is included.
St. Louis County was a first residence for some ancestors, relatives and allied families that later went to Lincoln/Pike County (Patton, Smith)
Note that the City of St. Louis separated from St. Louis County in 1876 and is referred to as an "Independent City." Records are maintained separately.
There have reportedly been four major outbreaks of cholera in the United States: 1832, 1849, 1866 and 1873. In the 1849 epidemic, Lincoln County experienced only a few isolated deaths; in 1865-1866 no deaths were recorded according to the Troy Herald. There was a significant cholera outbreak in 1873 from late June and continued into August, resulting in an estimated 15-20 deaths. Possibly more. Those deaths and stories chronicled in the Troy Herald See The Cholera Epidemic of 1873, in Lincoln County, Missouri
This town was named from Troy, N. Y., by Mr. Joshua N. Robbins, a native of that city, and who was the first merchant of Troy, Mo. The latter place was founded in 1802, on two Spanish grants, made respectively to Joseph Cottle and Zadock Woods. The dividing line ran through the big spring, giving one-half of it to each of the parties, Woods getting the north and Cottle the south half. During the Indian war a fort was built on Woods' land, and called Woods' Fort, and during the winter of 1813-14 Lieut. Zachary Taylor, who subsequently became a Major-General and then President of the United States, had his headquarters in this fort.
In 1824 Mr. Woods sold his land and removed to Austin, Texas, where he and several of his sons were killed during the war between Mexico and the Lone Star Republic.
In 1827 there were four stores in Troy, owned by the following gentlemen, viz.: Joshua N. Robbins, Emanuel Block, R. J. Peers
and H. C. Draper. The place contained one hotel, kept by Rev. Andrew Monroe, and thirty families, none of whom are there now. Troy was not made the county seat until 1829, when it was removed from Old Alexandria and located there.
Many exciting events occurred at and near Troy, then called Woods' Fort, during the Indian war, but as they are given elsewhere we will not repeat them here.
During early days a physician named Linn lived at Troy, and one day he was sent for to see a negro woman named Sall, who belonged to Mr. John Carty. The woman had had a chill, and the doctor inquired what time the chill came on. She replied, "Jes as Isaac cum from the mill." "Well, Isaac," said the doctor, "when did you come from de mill?" "Jes 'fore John cum wid de wood," was the reply. "Well, John, when did you come with the wood?" "Jes 'fore Bill cum home." "And when did Bill come home?" sharply inquired the doctor, whose ire was beginning to rise. "I golly!" said Bill, "jes 'fore Sall had de chill." "And how in thunder am I to find out from you blamed fools when the woman had the chill?" exclaimed the now furious doctor. Bill sighed a melancholy sigh, and replied, "God knows; I want dar."
A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri : With Numerous Sketches, Anecdotes, Adventures, etc., Relating to Early Days in Missouri; St. Louis, Mo. : Bryan, Brand & Co., 1876; reprint 1977, Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore; pages 454-455.
Also page images online at: Pioneer Families of Missouri, page 454
Six Catholic families from Czechoslovakia moved to the United States in the year 1848, and settled six miles northwest of Troy, Missouri. The land was a good location for farming and after the year 1850 more and more immigrants moved in until there were about thirty families. Twelve of these settled around Millwood, Missouri, but they came to Mashek to attend church services on Sunday in a private home. The Millwood pastor would come six times a year to say Mass for these Bohemian people. In the year 1864, after the Civil War, they built a little frame church (St. Mary's) in the Mashek area and Rev. Joseph Hessoun of St. Louis, Missouri came once a year to preach and have services. As the parish grew larger, Rev. Father Hessoun or his Chaplains would come twice, sometimes four times a year, to render services to these families.
There are two cemeteries in the area that may be confused. One is St. Mary's (Hawk Point) and the other is alternately known as the Mashek Cemetery or St. Mary's (Mashek) (GNIS). These are two separate, distinct cemeteries, located a distance from each other. The latter is apparently the one associated with the Mashek church and community, I do not know what connection, if any, the St. Mary's (Hawk Point) has to the Mashek church or community. Each is transcribed in GBNF Volume III (I have not seen). See Lincoln County cemeteries page for details.
Many early (1820's to 1850's) settlers to the Lincoln County area seem to have shared common origins. This is not surprising since families of this period and earlier migrated as groups, sometimes substantial portions of a community. Some of my own ancestors came to Lincoln County from the adjacent Kentucky Counties of Shelby and Henry. As my research progressed, I was surprised by the number my related, allied and unrelated settlers who also came from these counties to Lincoln and Pike County. They presumably knew each other previously and either passed the word about the promised land or planned to migrate together. The most extensive information I have collected so far is for Shelby/Henry County in Kentucky. Some additional information about other families. In some additional readings, I have also begun to find migration of additional families from Shelby/Henry to Pike County, Illinois. (More TBA.)
Just from my own informal observation, the vast majority of early settlers came, in approximate count order, from Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina or Tennessee. Most of those families had previously come from Virginia, secondarily the Carolina's. My casual observation has not shown any significant commonality of origin counties in Virginia, though I have less documented data to support that comment. The identification of the state of origin of a given family may be based on various sources including self-report. Note that in these early times, boundaries between states and between counties were changing or even uncertain to the inhabitants. Consequently, reports of an event, such as a birth, may be subject to apparent error, confusion or conflict. The reason may have been an uncertain or changed boundary, not necessarily an outright error. Particularly notorious were boundary changes between Kentucky and Virginia and North Carolina and Virginia. For example, Kentucky was part of Virginia until 1780, known as Kentucky County, and the initial three Kentucky counties of Fayette, Jefferson and Lincoln were originally Virginia counties.
So, for anyone researching a family not listed below, these states would be logical places to look.
The following will show limited amounts of detail; I needed to keep the descriptions here relatively brief and compact. Most families following will have much more detail and proof available, including parents, siblings and descendants. There are a few cases where information is limited, sketchy, unproven and uncertain; what is presented here seems to be the best information known. I have further information to be added about the families where I have just listed the surname. Also, a lot of the information is from secondary sources and I may not have proof. Errors are possible, so use with appropriate caution. Finally, the following listing caption of a family with a place is usually the last place they lived before migrating to Missouri. Some families may have shared common origins prior to that last place and a few of those are noted separately, as found.
The families described here were the early settlers, being those that migrated to Lincoln County before 1880.
The following summary table lists most, but not all, of the family names on this page. If the surname is not on the table, try a browser search for the name.
Starting in early 1800's families began moving away from Kentucky. Many of those families went to Indiana counties just across Ohio River and further. Included Switzerland, Jefferson and Ripley; ... further north ... Putnam, Marion (Indianapolis), Howard (Kokomo), ... Later, families and individuals went to Jefferson County, Kentucky where the larger populated area of Louisville presumably presented better economic opportunities.
But, as I began to gradually discover, a significant number of families from Shelby and Henry Counties migrated to Lincoln County, Missouri. Those families included my own direct ancestors. Why they picked Lincoln, I do not (yet) know. Maybe someday that can be discovered. But if they hadn't, I guess I wouldn't be here.
The following list is not the result of a systematic search, but what I have come across so far. It primarily includes those who migrated from Henry and Shelby Counties in Kentucky to Lincoln County, but I will also include any interrelated families who went to Pike, Audrain, Montgomery and Warren Counties. The families listed first are well researched and documented; the Shuck, Kitson and Smith families are described elsewhere on this website. Some of those listed at the end did not appear well-documented, so I have added some further details I was able to find. Note that from time to time some individuals and families went back to Kentucky for a short visit or to stay a while, so there was communication back and forth.
Levi Shuck (1817-1894) born 21 September 1817 at Shelby County, Kentucky; died 4 October 1894 at Hurricane Township, Lincoln County; married 20 March 1838 at Henry County, Kentucky to Eliza Kitson (1819-1878). Appears to have migrated to Missouri between 1839 and 1840; in Pike County, Missouri by 1840 (census) with wife Eliza and two sons, James B. and Cornelius. His grandfather Andrew was an original settler of the Low Dutch Company at Shelby County coming from Frederick (later Berkeley, now Jefferson) County, Virginia (now West Virginia).
James Kitson (est1791-?), his wife and children. More about the Kitson's elsewhere on this website but two points: 1) Records prove the Kitson's came from Fauquier County, Virginia and 2) Records prove the Kitson's resided at Henry/Shelby County prior to migration to Lincoln County. (need dates here) This is noteworthy given the number of other families listed here who also came from Fauquier County, Virginia.
James Smith (1799-1867) born 1 June 1799 at Shelby County, Kentucky; died 1 April 1867 at Lincoln County, Missouri; buried Smith Cemetery I; married 1819 at St. Louis to Elizabeth Lee "Betsy" Ellis (1802-1877). Came first to St. Louis as a boy with father and siblings (not sure about mother) before March 1810, probably about 1808/1809; then to Lincoln County in 1822. He and his wife were founders of the Smith Chapel. One sibling, Levi Smith (1797-1851), migrated to St. Ferdinand Township, St. Louis County, and some of Levi's children went to Lincoln and Pike Counties.
aka: Clendenin, Clarindering. Joseph G. Clendenny (1800/1810-1879) b. 1800/1810 in Virginia; died 24 December 1879 in Calhoun County, Illinois; married 21 Sep 1828 at Henry County, Kentucky to Hannah Shuck (1809-1891); migrated with family between 1830 and 1850 to Pike County, Missouri. Haven't found in 1840 census. 1850 and 1860 censuses in Pike County, Missouri; 1870 census he, Hannah and some children in Hurricane Township, Lincoln County. Between 1870 and 1879 he and Hannah moved across River to Calhoun County where both died. Some children stayed in Missouri; some went to Pike or Calhoun County, Illinois.
I do not know for certain where in Virginia Joseph G. Clendenny was from. A Genforum Clendenen family posting: "Andrew & Sarah Clendening m. ca, 1790, had two children Margaret b. 1794 and Andrew b. 1792. Margaret m. 1821 John Griffith; Andrew m. 1821 Ann Wright. Lived in Frederick and Berkeley Counties, VA." That would seem like a probable connection, since Andrew Shuck and family are proved to have lived in Frederick and Berkeley Counties, VA. Based on some early censuses, possible connections in "Eastern Division," Monongalia County, Virginia and/or Bourbon County, Kentucky.
Wife and some children of "Captain" Isaac Newton Ellis (1752-1833). Isaac Newton Ellis born 29 Oct 1752 at Frederick County, Maryland; died 14 May 1933 at Owen County, Kentucky; reportedly buried Port Royal Cemetery, Henry County, Kentucky but not listed in County cemetery transcriptions (Meek). He married 14 May 1779 at Catfish Camp, Washington County, Pennsylvania to Nancy Ann Downing (1762-1851), she born 16 oct 1762 in Virginia daughter of James Downing (1736-?) and Susannah _______; died 15 November 1851 at Lincoln County, Missouri; buried Ellis Cemetery (Old Trail Place., Lincoln County, Missouri. They moved to Shelby County, Kentucky in 1791 and lived there until 1829 where the younger children were born and many of those children married. In 1829, Isaac and some of the children moved to Owen County, Kentucky. More on this family in Kinfolks of William Parke and Synah Perry & Josiah Wilson and Margaret Crow ; Howell; 1967; Section 45.
From History of Lincoln County, Missouri by Dr. Joseph A. Mudd;
"Town 50 North Range 1 West of the 5th P.M.--Con."
" Isaac Ellis | Auburn | Survey 1767 | Farmer & Stock Raiser | Shelby Co. Ky | 1850"
Children to Lincoln County include:
Isaac N. Ellis (1823-1888), his wife and children (mig. 1850) (HLC pages 534-535); Disputed parents, poss. s/o John J. or William Ellis who were slblings of above who did not go to Lincoln County; John to Putnam County, Indiana and William stayed in Shelby County, Kentucky. Biography of Isaac Ellis (1823 - 1888 )
Many of this family buried Ellis Cemetery, Lincoln County, Missouri on "Old Trail Place" near Mill Creek Church. This cemetery also known as the Duncan Ellis Cemetery.
No known connection with family of Abraham Ellis (1786-1848) and Barbara Lee. He born Virginia; died 2 Jan 1848 at Callaway County, Missouri. See later.
Three children (known) of Isaac Elliott and wife Margaret: Nancy (1808-1877) w/o Duncan Ellis (1807-1889) Sarah (est1804-?) w/o John J. Ellis (est1802-abt1838IN), and Isaac (est1800/1810-aft1880KS). (I only have evidence of Nancy (and Duncan) in Lincoln County where they died and were buried in Ellis Cemetery. Isaac may have lived there, but haven't found evidence. Uncertain about Sarah.)
Kinfolks of William Parke and Synah Perry & Josiah Wilson and Margaret Crow; Howell; 1967; Section 45-8:
ELLIOTT FAMILY......Nancy Elliott and Sarah Elliott, sisters, mar- ried Duncan Ellis and John Ellis, brothers and sons of Isaac Newton Ellis and Ann Downing. These marriages took place in Shelby Co., Ky. The father of Nancy and Sarah Elliott was Isaac Elliott. He was living in Shelby County when his daughters married the Ellis brothers. Isaac Elliott's wife's name was Margaret, maiden name unknown. I have not located will for either of them and don't know where they died. It may have been Shelby County.
They had at least one more child, a son named Isaac Elliott. He married 3 times: Lucinda Hazelrig, Jane Weatherford, and Kate or Rachel Writesell. He had children by all wives. Some of their descendants lived in Lincoln County, Mo. This Isaac eventually lived in Pittsburg, Kansas, where he died. I have been in touch with several of his descendants.
Silas D. Reddish born 12 March 1805 in Virginia; living ca. 1810/1814 at Shelby County, Kentucky; died 6 March 1859 at Lincoln County, Missouri; buried Old Liberty Cemetery, Lincoln County, Missouri; married second 8 June 1839 at Spencer County, Kentucky to Mary S. "Polly" Wells. She born 1821 at Shelby County, Kentucky daughter of William Wells (1787-1832) and Mildred Edrington (abt1790-abt1835); died 24 December 1887 at Lincoln County, Missouri; buried (unknown). Silas D. Reddish REPORTEDLY married first 16 June 1817 at Franklin County, Kentucky (uncited) to Sallie Edrington (or Ellington); however, he would have been age 12. The FS-IGI online shows the Silas Reddish who married Sarah "Sallie" Elliston as born 1776 at Stafford County, Virginia; died 23 August 1748 at Lewis County, Missouri. It does seem probable, though, that he would have had a prior wife since he was 34 at the time of the second marriage. Silas D. Reddish was son of James H. Reddish who died BEF 29 April 1814 at Shelby County, Kentucky. James H. Reddish enumerated in the 1810 census in Shelby County, Kentucky (page 199). I know of only three siblings of Silas: two brothers Ransom and Robert went to County, Indiana; sister Fanny Reddish married 22 September 1813 at Shelby Co. to Reuben Stout, no further info. (Looks like there may have been some relationship between James H. Reddish and Joseph Reddish whose wife and sons migtated in 1827 to Richwood Township, Jersey County, Illinois; James and Joseph appear to have been similar in age.)
William Wells, born about 1787; died 9 May 1832; buried Bryant Creek Cemetery, Lincoln County, Missouri; married 7 July 1807 at Shelby County, Kentucky to Mildred Edrington (abt1790-abt1835). Their eleven children reportedly born 1806 to 1825 at Shelby County, Kentucky. Reportedly lived ca. 1821 at Spencer County, Kentucky. Two older children married at Spencer County, Kentucky (1826 and 1828); other children married Pike or Lincoln Co. (1832 and after); one reported as 1839 in Spencer County, but no primary record.
William Wells son of George Wells and Agnes. George Wells born 1765 of Spencer County, Kentucky; died 2 June 1817 at Shelby County, Kentucky. Don't currently have information about what happened to other nine children of George Wells.
Mildred Edrington, born about 1790; died about 1835; buried Bryant Creek Cemetery, Lincoln County, Missouri; married 7 July 1807 at Shelby County, Kentucky to William Wells (abt1787-1832). She daughter of John Edrington and Loveday Jackson. John Edrington died September 1805 at Henry County, Kentucky. Mildred had eleven siblings, don't have anything further about them but there is no evidence from a quick check of the censuses that any of them went to Lincoln County, or even Missouri.
Wife and children of Grigg Classcock Blackerby (1774-1827) and Elizabeth "Betsy" Palmer (1783-1853). Grigg Classcock Blackerby born 29 April 1774 at Saint Stephens Parish, Northumberland County, Virginia; died 1827 at Culpeper County, Virginia; married 28 January at Fauquier County, Virginia to Elizabeth "Betsy" Palmer (1783-1853). She born 9 March 1783 at Saint Stephens Parish, Northumberland County, Virginia daughter of John Palmer (1750-1821) and Elizabeth Goodrich (1750/1760-1830/1835); died 5 August 1853 at Lincoln County, Missouri; buried at Mayes Cemetery. Ten children. Spelling of surname varies erratically and unpredictably among the above listed variants and probably some others: Blackaby, Blackorby, Blackerby, Blackeby, Blackabee, etc. Note that Fauquier and Culpeper Counties adjoin.
After death of Grigg Classcock Blackerby (1774-1827), his wife Betsey (Palmer) and children moved to Henry County, Kentucky. Betsey and some of the children later moved to Lincoln County, Missouri where she died in 1853. A number of Betsey's siblings (Palmer) migrated to Lincoln County, and there are indications they were also in Henry or Shelby County. See Palmer, below.
It looks like six Blackerby children went to Lincoln County, three stayed behind in Henry County and one (Joseph) is uncertain. More details about the children, their spouses, their descendants and their ancestors at Rootsweb WorldConnect, such as Grigg Glasscock Blackerby and published books. Those children known to have migrated to Lincoln County, Missouri are:
William Lilley/Lilly (1810-1888) and Elizabeth Blackaby (1813-1892). William Lilley/Lilly born 20 June 1810 in Massachusetts (reportedly Boston); married 14 June 1834 at Henry County, Kentucky to Elizabeth Blackaby (1813-1892); died 2 December 1888 at Lincoln County. (Elizabeth Blackaby, above.) Both buried Oak Ridge. Ten children. Edward born 27 Sep 1849, died 29 July 1850, buried Smith Cemetery I; For seven children, I have found marriages and/or censuses in Lincoln County. Nothing further about George (1843/4-aft1870) and Ellen (1850/1-aft1870).
Possible origin: The 1800 City Directory of Boston shows the following:
Children of Isaac W. Whiteside (1775-1820) and Eleanor "Liny" Ellis (1780-1811) ; he born 1775 in Tyron Co., North Carolina; died Dec 1820 in Shelby County, Kentucky; she born 30 May 1780 in Washington County, Pennsylvania; died 27 Jan 1811 at Lincoln County, Missouri. They married 11 April 1799 at Shelby County where their children were born. Two sons, Davis and John died in 1827 in Shelby County. Three unknown sons presumably died very young there 1807/1815. Children to Lincoln County were: Isaac (1801-1845), Jacob (1802-1873), William (1804-1894) [mig. 1828], their wifes and children. HLC paae 627.
From History of Lincoln County, Missouri by Dr. Joseph A. Mudd; Alphabetical Index: "Town 51 North Range 1 West of the 5th P.M.--Con."
" William Whiteside | Auburn | Survey 1686 | Farmer | Shelby Co., Va [sic] | 1828"
(No Shelby County in Virginia or West Virginia.)
John W. Alloway (1802-?) b. 22 April 1802 in Kentucky; s/o William Alloway (1768-1850) and Ellen Williamson; d. Missouri; m. 10 May 1832 at Shelby Co., Kentucky to Mary Ann "Polly" Baskett (1813-?). William Alloway (1768-1850) died February 1850 in Shelby County, Kentucky. John W. Alloway (1802-?) and Mary Ann "Polly" Baskett had eight children, at least one of whom (Charles Lewis Alloway (1835-1919)) was born in Shelby County, Kentucky. Alloway's and Whitesides' lived near each other and intermarried, possibly migrated together.
Children of William H. Hardesty (1877-1858) and Jane "Jennie" Noe (est1780-1863). He born 21 Mar 1877 in Maryland, died Mar 1858 in Shelby County, Kentucky; she died 22 Dec 1862 (some give 1863) in Lincoln County, Missouri. Ten children, nine born Shelby County, many married there. Children to Lincoln County abt 1833-4 apparently are: George Washington Hardesty (1811-1897) (mig. 1836) and Francis Dudley "Frank" Hardesty (1830-1916). HLC page 548.
From History of Lincoln County, Missouri by Dr. Joseph A. Mudd; Alphabetical Index: "Town 49 North Range 2 East of the 5th P.M."
" F.D. Hardesty | Burr Oak Valley | Sec. 6 | Farmer, Stock Raiser ... | Shelby Co. Ky | 1850"
Alpheus Beall Magruder (1804-1858) , his wife Sarah "Sallie" Martini (1812-1886) and children. He born 15 Feb 1804 in Fauquier County, Virginia; died 11 Dec 1858 at Whiteside, Lincoln County, Missouri; she born 2 Nov 1812 in Kentucky, died 25 Dec 1886 at Whiteside, Lincoln County, Missouri. They married 16 Aug 1830 at Henry County, Kentucky and the children born there 1833-1854. Migrated abt 1855-1857. 1850 census: Henry County; 1860 census: Lincoln County. HLC page 572-573.
Alpheus Beall Magruder (1804-1858) was son of Elias Magruder (1784-abt1840) and Ann D. Thorn (1785-1825); grandson of Thomas Magruder (1750-1788) and Priscilla Beall (abt1754-?). Thomas Magruder was born 1750 in Frederick County, Maryland and died 21 July 1788 at Culpeper County, Virginia. Note that Fauquier and Culpeper Counties adjoin. Ten children. Three sons of Thomas (Josiah (1774-1838), Dennis (abt1785-abt1843) and Thomas (1785-1851)) reportedly lived and died at Henry County, Kentucky as well as many descendants. Elias reportedly died abt 1840 at Hickman County, Kentucky. Hickman was a point/destination of migration of some families from Henry/Shelby Counties including some Shuck's. It is on the Missouri border. Don't have anything further about the five daughters or William.
From History of Lincoln County, Missouri by Dr. Joseph A. Mudd; Alphabetical Index: "Town 51 North Range 1 West of the 5th P.M.--Con."
" Dennis Magruder | Auburn | Survey 1767 | Farmer | Henry Co. Ky | 1852"
" C. T. Magruder | Auburn | Survey 1767 | Farmer | Henry Co. Ky | 1852"
From History of Lincoln County, Missouri by Dr. Joseph A. Mudd; Alphabetical Index: "Town 49 North Range 2 East of the 5th P.M."
" Elias Magruder | Cap au Gris | Sec. 5 | Farmer, Stock Raiser ... | Henry Co. Ky | 1852"
There were other Magruder's in Lincoln County including a Lloyd Belt Magruder (1800-1877) who came from from Prince George County, Maryland through Bullitt County, Kentucky; and Richard C. Magruder (1841-1906) apparently born Missouri; do not know if/how related.
Horatio N. Baskett (Judge) (1809-aft1888) , his wife and children. He was born 6 January 1809 in Shelby County, Kentucky and married there 27 February 1838 to Almeda Griffith. He brought his family to Lincoln County near New Hope in 1841, after apparent residence in Clark County, Missouri. HLC pages 505-506. See also Alloway and Whiteside. Biography of Horatio N. Baskett (1809- ) Biography of William H. Baskett (1841- )
Horatio N.Baskett was the son of Job Baskett b. 27 July 1784 in Goochland Co., Virginia; d. 11 March 1833 at Shelby Co., Kentucky; and Sarah "Sallie" Mitchell b. 29 Jul 1790 prob. Virginia; d. 6 October 1879 at Clark Co., Missouri. Job and Sallie were married 22 March 1888 at Shelby Co., Kentucky.
From History of Lincoln County, Missouri by Dr. Joseph A. Mudd; Alphabetical Index: "Town 50 North Range 1 East of the 5th P.M."
"H.N. Baskett | New Hope | Sec. 15 | Judge of C"ty Court, Farmer ... | Shelby Co. Ky | 1841"
Rev. Ephraim Davis (1788-1851), his wife and children.
Click on above link for details.
Descendants of Nicholas Ware (1773-abt1837) of Shelby County, Kentucky.
Nancy Jane Ware Luckett (1837/1838-aft1880), Jeptha Ware (1809-1837) (married 1832 to Judith Davis (1817-?)), James Ware (1815-1860/1870), Robert Ware (1802-aft1860), William Ware (1805-?). Click on above link for details.
Family of William John Murphy (1797-1882) and Catherine Ware (1801-1892).
William John Murphy born 17 Jan 1797 at Louisville, Jefferson Co., KY; s/o Hesiciah Murphy and Mary C. Cotton; d. 15 April 1882 at Troy, Lincoln Co.; m. 17 August 1817 at Shelby Co., KY to Catherine Ware. She b. 8 September 1801 at Louisville, Jefferson Co., Ky; d/o Nicholas Ware and Catherine Jefferson; d. 8 February 1892 at Troy, Lincoln Co. This appears to be a different family from the above Nicholas Ware. Click on above link for details.
Sarah Ann Carr (1816-1894) m. 1) est 1835 to J. Garner M. (J.G./J.G.M.) Metcalf (1814/1815-1850/1860) m. 2) 1 Jan 1863 place unkn to William Whiteside (1804-1894) (his second marriage, also). William and Sarah (Carr, Metcalf) Whiteside both died at Whiteside, Lincoln Co., MO. Sarah was reported a native of Shelby Co., KY (HLC page 627) and was likely born in Henry or Shelby County. She was daughter of James Carr (1790-1863) and Susan Jones (-1834) and granddaughter of Elijah Carr and Elizabeth White. Elijah Carr was of Irish descent and settled first in Hagarstown, Maryland, then to Shelby Co., Kentucky in 1798 and then to St. Charles Co., Missouri in 1829 where he died in 1832. James Carr (1790-1863) is found in the 1840, 1850 and 1860 censuses in St. Charles Co., Missouri and is probably the James Carr found in the 1820 and 1830 censuses in Henry County, Kentucky. The widow Sarah Ann (Carr) Metcalf is found in the 1860 census in St. Charles County living with her father and daughter before her 1863 marriage to William Whiteside.
These families intermarried beginning in the 1700's in Augusta County, Virginia and continued through migration to Shelby County, Kentucky and then to Lincoln County, Missouri, resulting in a very complex network of relationships. They also used these surnames extensively amongst themselves as given and middle names which makes figuring them out even more interesting. Various information on the internet. Biographies in HLC: Reid Alexander (1827-), page 499; John J. Alexander (1832-), page 500; Joshua H. Alexander (1846-), pages 500-501; Walker Finley, page 538-539. See: History of Mt. Zion Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Organized 1834 by these Reid's, Alexander's and Finley's who were from the Associate Reformed congregation in Shelby County, Kentucky. See Reid/Alexander/Shannon/Finley/Wallace for more information.
Children of John Palmer (1750-1821) (he born 1750 at Northumberland County, Virginia; died 1821 at Fauquier Co., Virginia) and Elizabeth Goodrich. Ancestors of this Palmer line have been reported back to 1585 on various internet websites. Children were born (1775-1794) and married (1796-1817) at Fauquier Co., Virginia. Various indications that some, most or all of these children may have lived at Henry/Shelby County, Kentucky sometime around 1824-1830. Ex.: Henry Palmer (1814-1891), s/o John Palmer (1775-1850) and Betsey Mayes (1770-1853), married 17 Feb 1845 at Shelby County, Kentucky to Mary Ann Flood (1816/7-1871); All four died at Lincoln County. Most of the children of John Palmer (1750-1821) and Elizabeth Goodrich ended up in Lincoln County.
The 1830 census of Henry County, Kentucky shows these Palmer households: James Palmer, John Palmer, Joseph Palmer, Thomas Palmer. (Have not checked detail.) Of the nine children of John Palmer (1750-1821) and Elizabeth Goodrich, the following three are reported to have had residence in Henry County. John and Elizabeth did have a son James B. (1786-1859) who went to Boone County; the list of nine children does not include a Thomas. Note also that the above Kitson's resided in Fauquier County, Virginia before they migrated the Shelby/Henry County, Kentucky.
From the History of Lincoln County, Missouri; Goodspeed; 1888; Page 596.
Joseph N. Palmer is a son of Henry and Mary A. (Flood) Palmer. The father was born in Virginia in 1814, and when about ten years of age moved with his parents to Kentucky. In 1830 he came to Pike County, Mo., where he married Nancy E. McGowen, who bor e him one son and two daughters. After her death he returned to Kentucky and married Mary A. Flood, and by her became the father of three sons and three daughters. After his second marriage he returned to Missouri, and in 1848 located in Lincoln County. In 1871 his second wife died, and two years later he wedded Mrs. Lydia J. Hutchinson, nee Yeater, who is a member of the Christian Church. Mr. Palmer has been quite successful in his business ventures through life, and has become a man of wealth and in fluence. Joseph N. Palmer was born in Ralls County, Mo., March 28, 1846, and spent his early days on a farm. He worked for his father until twenty-one years of age, and then began fighting the battle of life for himself, as a farmer. In 1870, the same year he was married, he located on his present farm of 236 acres of land. He is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, and in his political views is a Democrat. His wife's maiden name was Nancy E. Giles. She was born in Lincoln County, April 9, 184 7, and is a daughter of Williamson C. Giles. She became the mother of two sons and two daughters. She is a member of the Christian Church.
- History of Lincoln County, Missouri; Goodspeed; 1888; Page 596.
Note that Joseph B. Palmer (abt1792-1839) and John Palmer (1775-1850) were brothers, sons of John Palmer (1750-1821) (died 28 May 1821 in Fauquier County) and Elizabeth Goodrich.
Note that there were four (at least) (maybe five) separate, unrelated Palmer lines in Lincoln County:
William H. Palmer (1806-1892) b. 16 June 1806 in Kentucky; died 7 December 1892 in (probably) Lincoln or Pike County Missouri; married 19 March 1827 at Shelby County, Kentucky to Nancy E. Downing. His parents unknown. She d/o Thomas Downing (1783-1815) (he s/o Robert Downing (1752-1802) and Jane McKenzie) and Catherine "Caty" Ellis (abt1786-abt1858) (she d/o Isaac Newton Ellis (1752-1833) and Nancy Downing (1762-1851)). A Catherine "Caty" Ellis in 1820 census of Shelby County, Kentucky. William and Nancy apparently came to Lincoln County in 1854. Family found in 1850 census in Warren County, Kentucky and in 1860 and 1870 in Lincoln County, Missouri. Probably related somehow to the John Palmer (1750-1821) family, but connection not known (by me).
One Rootsweb World Connect database incorrectly shows this William Palmer (1806-1892) as son of John Palmer (1775-1850) and Elizabeth Mayes. The William Palmer (per FS-AF family) who was s/o John Palmer (1775-1850) and Elizabeth Mayes was born 12 March 1802 at Fauquier County, Virginia; found 1850, 1860 and 1870 censuses in Clinton County, Indiana; died 3 December 1872 at (presumed) Clinton County, Indiana; married 12 February 1827 at Henry County, Kentucky to Permelia Higgs.
I have not attempted to trace the 13 children of this family. But did come across the following about one son:
From History of Lincoln County, Missouri by Dr. Joseph A. Mudd;
"Town 50 North Range 2 East of the 5th P.M.--Con."
" John W. M. Palmer | Burr Oak Valley | Survey 425 | Farmer & Stock Raiser | Shelby Co. Ky | 1854"
William Achor (1824-aft1888)
William Achor, a worthy farmer of Lincoln County, is the son of Abram and Nancy (Ellis) Achor, who were born respectively in Virginia and Kentucky. They moved to Daviess County, Ind., and there died at a ripe old age. Their family consisted of eleven children, eight sons and three daughters. Both parents were members of the Missionary Baptist Church, and the father was a soldier in the War of 1812. Five of his sons served in the Union army during the late war, and were in service three years, The e ldest son, William, was born in Shelby County, Ky., in September, 1824, was reared on a farm and received a limited education. At the age of twenty-one he began for himself as a farmer, and has continued that occupation ever since. In 1846 he married Mi ss Martha Sullenger, a native of Henry County, Ky., born in 1826. The same year of their marriage they moved to Lincoln County, Mo., and he has made that county his home since. To their marriage were born six children, of whom three are now living. Mr. Achor has been both school director and road overseer ever since coming to this county, with the exception of about two years. He was a Whig previous to the war, but now affiliates with the Democratic party. He has lived in this county for forty-two ye ars, is accounted a good farmer and citizen, owns 260 acres of good land, and he and wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church.
- History of Lincoln County, Missouri; Goodspeed; 1888; Page 499
Note: Six online Rootsweb WC files show Nancy Ellis b. 18 April 1807; died 22 March 1886 at Raglesville, Daviess Co., Indiana; buried Raglesville Cemetery; none gives her parents. Abraham Achor (Akers) born 19 January 1792 in Virginia; died 7 January 1876 in Daviess Co., Indiana; buried Raglesville Cemetery.
Horatio Robertson born 1784 at Chesterfield County, Virginia; married 27 Feb 1810 at Shelby County, Kentucky to Nancy Gill; died 4 July 1840 at Lincoln County, Missouri. Nancy Gill Robertson born 1790 in Virginia; died 30 Jan 1862 at Union County, Kentucky. At least two siblings of Horatio died at Shelby County, Kentucky. (FS-Ancestral File).
Benjamin F. Robertson, farmer, stock dealer and merchant, of Lincoln County., Mo., was born in Shelby County, Ky., in 1823, and is the sixth of nine children born to Horatio and Nancy (Gill) Robertson. Both parents were born in Virginia and removed to Kentucky with their parents when quite young, and were married in Shelby County, after reaching maturity. They came to Lincoln County about 1826, where the father died in 1840. The mother then went back to Union City, Ky., where her death occurred in 1860. Mills Robertson, grandfather of Benjamin F., was also a Virginian, and Thomas Gill, the maternal grandfather, was an Englishman. Benjamin F. obtained his education in the old log school-houses of early times, and at the age of seventeen years began working for himself and learned the carpenter's and cabinet-maker's trade. In 1854 he married Mary Elizabeth Gilham. She is a daughter of Tandy and Mary Gilham, of Virginia, and was born in Pike County of that State. She is the mother of four children: George (a hardware merchant of Montgomery City), Ardena T. (wife of C. C. Williams, a broker at Nevada, Mo.), Alice (wife of Samuel Marks, a merchant at Foley), and Martha E. (wife of Joseph Varnum, a merchant at Motgomery City). In 1857 Mr. Robertson settled on his present farm of 306 acres, in Lincoln County. He owns considerable property at Foley, which town he established, and since 1879 has had a store there. Soon after locating on his farm he erected a steam saw and flour-mill which he ran for fifteen or sixteen years. He was engaged in the agricultural implement business from 1872 to 1876, and is counted one of the prominent citizens of the county. He is a Democrat, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
- History of Lincoln County, Missouri; Goodspeed; 1888; Page 609-610
- "Mills Robertson, grandfather of Benjamin F., was also a Virginian" was aka Isaac Mills Robertson (1748-1781) born Henrico County, Virginia; died Shelby County, Kentucky.
- "In 1854 he [Benjamin] married Mary Elizabeth Gilham." Marriage record 26 October 1852 in Lincoln County, Missouri shows Horatio Robertson married Nancy Gillum. "Gillum" is the common spelling of that surname.
- "She [Mary Elizabeth Gilham] is a daughter of Tandy and Mary Gilham, of Virginia, and was born in Pike County of that State." There is
NOPike County in Virginia (or West Virginia).
James Haddock Yates b. 20 October 1838 at Shelby County, Kentucky s/o Samuel F. Yates and Eleanor Wells who married 18 March 1833 at Shelby County, Kentucky; married 1) 20 December 1857 at Audrain County, Missouri to Mary Ann Freeman (two children), reportedly divorced; married 2) 16 November 1865 at Montgomery County, Missouri to Emeline Straube (1840-1886) (seven children); died 4 November 1917 at Pike County; buried Winfield Cemetery, Lincoln County. Children apparently born at Montgomery County; many/most apparently married ca 1890's at Lincoln County; some buried Winfield Cemetery. See Obituaries for James Haddock Yates (1838-1917)
William Young, born in Shelby County, Kentucky Mar. 26, 1803; Died Mar. 23, 1886 presumably at Troy; buried Troy City Cemetery. Martha Ann Young, Consort of William Young born Oct. 29, 1809; died Jan. 5, 1835; presumably at Troy; buried Troy City Cemetery. Sarah Coleman Young born July 1, 1818; died May 6, 1897 presumably at Troy; buried Troy City Cemetery; share gravestone with William and Martha Ann Young.
Horace H. Fisher (1812/1813-1857) and Hannah or Harriet M. (Eads) (1815/1816-aft1888) Fisher migrated from Shelby County, Kentucky to Lincoln County in 1842. Son Thomas M. Fisher (1841-aft1888) was born March 28, 1841 in Shelbyville, came to Lincoln County with his parents in 1842, returned to Shelby County in 1857 and came back to Lincoln County in 1865. HLC page 539.
Thomas M. Fisher, contractor, builder and lumber dealer, was born in Shelbyville, Ky., March 28, 1841, and is one of seven children born to Horace H. and Hannah M. (Eads, cousin of Capt. J. B. Eads, of world wide reputation) Fisher. The parents were nati ves of Baltimore, Md. and Simpsonville, Ky., respectively. They were married in Kentucky, and became the parents of two children, remaining in that State until 1842, when they moved to Troy. He was a watch-maker, a gold and silversmith, having served se ven years as an apprentice. He died in 1857. The mother afterward married I. T. Nelson, a Virginian by birth, who had settled in Lincoln County., Mo., at an early date. Both are living, she seventy-eight years of age and he ninety-one. Grandfather Fis her was a soldier in the War of 1812. The mother was a member of the Christian Church and the father was a life-long Democrat. When about a year old, our subject was brought to Troy, Mo., and educated in the town schools. At the age of sixteen he retur ned to Shelby County, Ky., and served three years as an apprentice. In 1861 he volunteered in Company A, Fifteenth Kentucky Infantry, United States Army, and served three and a half years. He participated in the following battles: Stone River, Chickamau ga, the Atlanta Campaign, Resaca, and was discharged at Louisville, Ky., without a scratch, or having been taken prisoner. He worked in Shelbyville until 1865, when he moved to Lincoln County, Mo., and there has worked at his trade since. He has built s ome of the best business blocks and residences in Troy, also barns and residences in this county. In 1869 he married Miss Laura V. Nicklin, a native of Pennsylvania. Six children were born to this union, five now living, three sons and two daughters. H e is a Democrat in politics, is a member of the I. O. O. F. and he and wife are members of the Christian Church. He has followed his trade all his life, and has by honest work gained the confidence of the people.
- History of Lincoln County, Missouri; Goodspeed; 1888; page 539-540
Descendants of William Taylor born 1753 in Ireland; died aft 1798 (of),Rockbridge County, Virginia; and Ruth Stapleton born 1756 in Maryland. She reportedly died in Lincoln County, Missouri but no further information or confirmation. Seven children, one (Margaret) who went to went to Lincoln County via Shelby and another whose children went to Lincoln County via Shelby County. Migration of other children unknown by me.
Daughter Margaret "Peggy" Taylor, born 1790 (of), Rockbridge County, Virginia; died 5 October 1871 at Lincoln County; married first 30 October 1807 at Rockbridge County, Virginia to William Cunningham (1780 or 1788-1834); married second 17 December 1835 at Lincoln County to Jeremiah Dodson (1790-1867). Peggy and William apparently in 1820 census in Shelby County, Kentucky (did not check 1810 and 1830) and at least two sons reported born there 1818-1823. Seven children, three children documented in Lincoln/Pike County, others destination not known.
Son John Taylor (1780-1833) married 6 February 1806 at Rockbridge County, Virginia to Nancy Cunningham (1784-1833); both died 1832 or 1833 at Shelby County, Kentucky of the cholera. Eight Taylor children of which six are documented in Lincoln County: James Cyrus (1809-1888), John Taylor (1815-1861), Archibald C. (1816-1897), Job S. (1821-1901), Sarah Ann (1806-1889) (Hardesty), and Jacob (1819-1900). The other two are uncertain: William (1811-1862) and Andrew (1813-1838). One child: Jacob Taylor , born 13 May 1819 at Shelby County, Kentucky s/o John Taylor and Nancy Cunningham; married 21 November 1839 at Lincoln County to Juliet Martina "Tina" Birkhead (1923-1875); died 10 August 1900. Eight children, names from FS-AF.
Descendants of James Cunningham born 1750 at Augusta County, Virginia; died 1857 at Rockbridge County, Virginia; and Agnes Moore, born 1754 at Rockbridge County, Virginia. Thirteen children of which I have seen descendants of just two. Son William Cunningham , born 1780 or 1788 at Rockbridge County, Virginia died October 1834 at Lincoln County, Missouri. He married 30 October 1807 at Rockbridge County, Virginia to Margaret "Peggy" Taylor; she born 1790 (of), Rockbridge County, Virginia; died 5 October 1871 at Lincoln County. Missouri. Seven children. (She married second 17 December 1835 at Lincoln County, Missouri to Jeremiah Dodson (1790-1867).) At least one child, Andrew T. Cunningham reported born 4 June 1818 at Shelby County, Kentucky married 13 December 1839 at Lincoln County, Missouri to Esther Cooper and found in the 1860 census in Lincoln County with his wife and family. A William Cunningham found in the 1820 census in Shelby County, Kentucky where it appears there were eight white individuals in the household, which fits with his family list.
Daughter Nancy Cunningham , born 1780 or 1788 at Rockbridge County, Virginia; married 6 February 1806 at Rockbridge County, Virginia to John Taylor (1780-1833). See previous Taylor
Above Margaret "Peggy" Taylor (1790-1871) and John Taylor (1780-1833) were siblings. See previous Taylor
William L. Cooper b. 6 December 1787 at Nelson Co., Kentucky; d. 18 August 1872 at Stevens Point, Portage Co., Wisconsin; married to Winifred Ann "Winnie" Stallard, she b. 4 March 1789 at Nelson County, Kentucky d/o Winifred Stallard and Judah Basye; d. 9 September 1862 at Lincoln County, Missouri. Six children, three reported born in Shelby County, Kentucky: Esther b. 5 January 1818; d. 2 Dec 1903 at Lincoln County; m. Andrew Taylor Cunningham (1818-1870/1900); David S. Cooper b. 4 Jun 1822; d. 16 July 1904 at Brussels, Lincoln County, Missouri; and Malinda Cooper b. 4 November 1809; d. abt 1875 at Calhoun County, Illinois; married 20 June 1826 at Spencer Co., Kentucky to Simeon Shelburn. It appears that this may have been the William Cooper in the 1820 census in Shelby County, Kentucky and the 1830 census in Lincoln County, Missouri (page 13). Not finding in the 1850 census, but William and Winifred in the 1860 census in Lincoln County in Troy (Page 74). William L. Cooper was reported son of Benjamin Cooper, reportedly died about 1814 in Shelby County, Kentucky.
Robert P. Logan (1814-)
From History of Lincoln County, Missouri by Dr. Joseph A. Mudd; Alphabetical Index: "Town 50 North Range 1 East of the 5th P.M.--Con."
" Robert P. Logan | Auburn | Sec. 20 | Farmer & Stock Raiser | Shelby Co. Ky | 1848"
From the LDS Ancestral File: Robert Reynolds Logan born 20 July 1814 at Shelby County, Kentucky; s/o Alexander Logan and Jane McCampbell; died 22 Oct 1884; m1. 14 Jan 1840 at Scott Co. Ky to Sarah Margaret Risk; m2. est 1847/8 to Elizabeth Eleanor Irwin, she b. 1829 in Indiana. Children by first marriage: Martha Jane (18Oct1842-21Nov1863) and Ann Eliza (14Nov1840). Children by second marriage: Ten, names listed with birthdates in AF, starting with Sarah Margaret b. 2 June 1849. Family in 1850 census in Lincoln County, page 123: Robert R. Logan, age 34, born Kentucky; Elizabeth E. (21/Indiana); Ann E. (10/Ky); Martha J. (8/Ky); Sarah M. (1/Mo); Martha A. (26/Ky). (I did not check later censuses.)
James D. Dodson (1817/8- )
From History of Lincoln County, Missouri by Dr. Joseph A. Mudd; Alphabetical Index: "Town 50 North Range 1 East of the 5th P.M.--Con."
" James D. Dodson | Brussels | Sec. 32 | Farmer & Stock Raiser | Shelby Co. Ky | 1834"
James Dodson married 25 November 1841 at Lincoln County to Margret Norten. Family in 1850 census in Lincoln County, page 119: James D. Dodson, age 32, born Kentucky; Margart (29/Ky); Nancy J. (6/Mo); Jeremiah (4/Mo); William H. (1/Mo). (I did not check later censuses.)
GBNF Transcription of Dodson Cemetery, Vol I, page 017:
Dodson Jeremiah H. born April 30, 1790 died June 1, 1867 (Or 1862) Elizabeth, Wife of J. Dodson born Feb. 16, 1790 died Sept. 5, 1835 Jonathan, Son of J.D. & M.H. Dodson Aug. 31, 1842-July 27, 1844 (Jeremiah-Elizabeth & Jonathan on same stone) James D. died Sept. 7, 1899 Aged-81 Yrs. 10 Mos. 13 ds. [calculates to birth 25 October 1817] Jeremiah H. Son of J.D. & M.H. Dodson died Mar. 3, 1879 Aged-32 Yrs. 7 Mo. 25 ds. Margaret H. Wife of J.D. Dodson born June 2, 1821 died Feb. 10, 1889 [wife of James D. Dodson] Wm. H.C. born Dec. 17, 1848 died April 13, 1920 Footstone- W.H.C.D.
James D. Dodson (1817-1899) likely related to (son of?) Jeremiah Dodson (Dotson) b. 30 April 1790 in Virginia s/o Elijah Dodson and Cleo Oldham, died 1 June 1867 at Lincoln Co., buried Dodson Cemetery; married 1: 4 November 1811 at Shelby County, Kentucky to Elizabeth "Betsy" Davis, she b. 16 February 1790, d. 5 September 1835, bu. Dodson Cemetery; married 2: Widow Margaret "Peggy" (Taylor) Cunningham (1790-1871). Jeremiah Dodson and James Dodson adjoining households in 1860 census, 1054 and 1055, respectively. A Jonathan Dodson head of household 1052.
Henry L. Luck (1835/6-)
From History of Lincoln County, Missouri by Dr. Joseph A. Mudd; Alphabetical Index:
"Town 50 North Range 1 West of the 5th P.M.--Con."
" Hn. L. Luck | Auburn | Sec. 11 | Farmer & Stock Raiser | Shelby Co. Ky | 1857"
Family in 1860 census in Lincoln County, Hurricane Twp., New Hope PO, page 48/67: Henry L. Luck, age 24, born Virginia; Odessa (24/Ky); Aramantha (8/12/Mo). (I did not check later censuses.)
Jefferson Sullenger (1830/1-), s/o John Sullenger (1788/9-)
From History of Lincoln County, Missouri by Dr. Joseph A. Mudd; Alphabetical Index: "Town 51 North Range 1 West of the 5th P.M.--Con."
" Jefferson Sullenger | Auburn | Survey 1767 | Farmer & Trader | Henry Co. Ky | 1854"
US Census 1850 - Kentucky - Henry Co. - District 1 - Page 378 (left side) Ancestry.com index / ED Image 28/152 27 210 214 Sullenger John 61 M " [Farmer] Va 28 Sullenger Lucinda 40 F Ky 29 Sullenger Jas. 25 M Farmer " 30 Sullenger Sarah 23 F " 31 Sullenger Martha E 22 F " 32 Sullenger Thos 21 M Farmer " 33 Sullenger Jefferson 19 M " " 34 Sullenger Newton 17 M " " GBNF Transcription of MILL CREEK CEMETERY, Volume VII, page 29: Sullenger James-Born in Henry Co. Ky. Aug. 6, 1823 Died in Lincoln Co. Mo. Aug. 29, 1913 Eliza J.-Born in Lincoln Co. Mo. Feb. 19, 1865 June 28, 1944
In 1860 census in Lincoln County, Union Township, Auburn PO, page 13/25 or 209: Jefferson Sullinger, age 28, born Kentucky, single in own household.
Obituary for William Frazier (1828-1906)
WILLIAM FRAZIER was born in Shelby County, Kentucky, September 23, 1828. At the age of 9 years he came with his father to Lincoln County, Missouri, who settled near New Hope. The most of Elder FRAZIER'S life has been spent in Lincoln County, except sixtee n years in Colusa, California and two years in Iowa. His father died when Wm. was 15 years old and for many years the care of the family fell upon him. He confessed his faith in his divine Lord and Savior under the preaching of Elder Joseph Errett at New Hope and presented himself to Bro. Errett for baptism saying,"See, here is water what doeth hinder me from being baptized?" and was "buried with his Lord by baptism," and received into the fellowship of the church at New Hope. Early in his Christian life he was set apart to the office of Elder in the Church of Christ and he served the church in that capacity most conscientiously and faithfully. Brother FRAZIER was united in marriage to Fannie BLANTON in the early 50's (1850's that is j.g.), which union co ntinued about six years. His second marriage was with Sarah ROBINSON, and several years later he was again called to part with a loved companion. His last marriage was to Orpha Virginia CASH, nee BROWN on November 16, 1873, and his death occurred on the 3 3rd anniversary of this marriage, falling sweetly asleep in Jesus at 3:30 p.m. on the 16th of November 1906.------
[Transcriber's Note: I have 3 different years for his death. This one 1906, his third wife's obit. says 1903 and Troy City Cem tombsone has 1900. the day and month agree.
Troy City Cemetery: FRAZIER William (REV) -Born in Shelby Co. Ky. Sept. 23, 1828 Died-Nov. 16, 1900 Sarah F. -w/o Wm. FRAZIER - Died Jul.7, 1873 aged 42 years and 6 months Orpha V. April 4, 1842-Jan.11, 1917 (all on the same stone) ]
Biography of Alfred Weeks (1833-1880)
History of Lincoln County, Missouri (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1888), p. 625.
Alfred WEEKS is the youngest of seven children, and was born in Shelby County, Ky., October 29, 1833, the son of Alfred and Clarissa (DOWDLE) WEEKS, who were born in Virginia and died in Kentucky and Missouri, in 1833 and 1879, respectively. The father wa s a teamster by occupation, and a Whig in politics. In 1851 the widow and her children came to Lincoln County, and settled near Auburn on a farm. Owing to his father's early death Alfred received but little schooling, but aided his mother on the farm. At the age of nineteen years he began the battle ,of life for himself and followed carpentering for about a year, but not liking the work he returned to farming and has since continued that occupation, and is now the owner of 240 acres of valuable land. He h as been a hard working man all his life, and as a result has met with good success. In 1855 he was married to Martha E. MOUNCE, who was born in St. Louis County, Mo., February 27, 1838, and became the mother of ten children, eight of whom are living. Mr. and Mrs. WEEKS are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Mrs. WEEKS' parents were Henry H. and Edith (DAVIDSON) MOUNCE, who were natives of Kentucky and Virginia, respectively. They were married in St. Louis County, Mo., and came to Lincoln Count y in 1844. They were the parents of three children. The mother died in 1840, and the father married Louranie SITTON, who bore him two children. After her death he married Ann E. DOWNING, and by her is the father of eight children. He was a Democrat, and d ied in 1880.
File submitted to HERITAGE PAGES of LINCOLN COUNTY, MISSOURI by Phyllis Lake, 21 October 1998.
Thomas Hunter b. June 1774 in Virginia; died March 1852 in Pike County; in 1850 census in Buffalo Township, Pike County with an Ambrose Hunter, age 25. Thomas was one of eight children of Joseph Hunter (abt1750-1794) and Margaret (Willson) Hunter (1787-?). Joseph Hunter reportedly died 25 Sept. 1794 at Shelby County, Kentucky. Thomas's seven siblings all married at Shelby County; I haven't found a marriage record for Thomas. One of Thomas' brothers was a John Hunter who married 1 Sept. 1804 at Shelby County, Kentucky to Jerusha ("Jessica") Smith, d/o George Washington Smith (est1748-1810) and Mary. George Washington Smith (est1748-1810) died at St. Louis County and was the father of James Smith (1799-1867), founder of the Smith Chapel of Lincoln County, and ancestor of other Smith's in Lincoln and Pike County. I don't have anything else about these Hunter's. John and Jerusha (Smith) Hunter may have gone to Putnam County, Indiana which was a immigration destination for many early settlers from Henry/Shelby County, Kentucky.
Thomas Downing (1783-1815) married to Catherine "Caty" Ellis (abt1786-abt1858), daughter of the above Isaac Newton Ellis (1752-1833). The 1820 census in Shelby County, Kentucky shows a "Caty (Unknown) Downing." The 1820 census in Henry County, Kentucky shows a "Jno Downing." Their daughter Nancy E. Downing (1809-1890) married William Palmer (1806-1892), whose Kentucky origins are unknown, but he MAY be related to the family of John Palmer (1750-1821) who did have a Henry/Shelby Kentucky connection.
Downing lines are incomplete but some may trace back to the same ancestor. Given Ellis (and possible William Palmer (1806-1892)) connection the Shelby County and unknown father's Downing in Lincoln County, there may be a further Shelby Co. connection.
Other Downing names to look at are:
John "Jack" Elston b. 26 Feb 1795 in (probably) Morgan District, Wilkes County, North Carolina; died before 8 Aug 1851 (probate) in Lincoln County, Missouri; married: 1) 17/18 January 1816 at Henry County, Kentucky to Matilda Ransdell, she b. 20 July 1793 at Fayette County, Kentucky; died 9 January 1835 at Henry County, Kentucky; married 2) 9 June 1835 at Henry County, Kentucky to Elizabeth ________ (divorce filed 1844, granted 1849 presumed at Henry County); married 3) 16 January 1851 at Lincoln County, Missouri to Mildred Smith; she died aft 1851. Seven children by first marriage reportedly born 1816-1830 at "Mill Creek, Henry County (north), Kentucky." Not sure if there is a "Mill Creek" in Henry County; I think there is a "Mill Creek" in Lincoln County, Missouri. No reported children by second or third marriages.
At least three children also migrated to Lincoln County, Missouri: Willett Elston (1816-1872), John Samuel Elston (1828-1877), Margaret Elston (1830-1904) (m. Benjamin Franklin Admire (1829-1875)). Willet and his wife buried Admire Cemetery; look-up pending on John Samuel Elston and Margaret Elston Admire.
John "Jack" Elston (1795-1851) supposedly in 1850 census in Henry County, Kentucky but I can't find him there (Ancestry.com index). From the following, it appears he died in Lincoln County, Missouri about August of 1851 and his will was probated there 12 August 1851. From Rootsweb user file:
Henry Co. was formed in 1798 from Shelby Co. After his marriage to Matilda, John signed the marriage bond of Matilda's younger sister, Nancy Ransdell, to Nathaniel Chinn. The 1850 Henry Co. census has him born in KY but his father may not have moved, with his father David Elston, to NC until just before Benjamin Elston married in Burke Co., NC, about 1888. Benjamin's war pension claim states he lived in NC for 8 years. An 8 Aug 1851 inquest into his death ruled John's death a suicide. His 14 Aug 1849 will was probated 12 Aug 1851.
A grandson of Willett says that brothers, Willett and John Jr., and sister Margaret came from Henry Co., KY, on a flat boat and settled near Cap-au-Gris, Lincoln Co., MO. This must have occurred before daughter Mary was born in 1841. John Elston, Sr. likely moved later after he and daughter Elizabeth sold land at Mill Creek, Henry Co., KY, on 20 Nov. 1847, well after the settlement of John Sr's divorce case decree dated 17 Apr 1846.
John "Jack" Elston (1795-1851) was son of Benjamin Elston b. 25 Dec 1759 at Elizabethborough New Jersey, d. 05 January 1845 at Trimble Co. Kentucky and Elizabeth Long (09NOV1770-aftOct1845).
James Admire b. 1 November 1788 at Fayette or Henry County, Kentucky; d. 9 September 1844 at Lincoln County, Missouri; buried Admire Cemetery; married 11/16 January 1812 at Henry County, Kentucky to Letitia Chilton Ransdell (1793-1858); he s/o George M. Admire (est1760-1818) and Ruth "Ruthy" Jones. Bondsman was a John Ransdell. Ten children, first eight born Henry County, Kentucky; last born 1832 Trimble County, Kentucky. Appears entire family migrated to Lincoln County, Missouri 1832 - 1844.
Children and descendants of Evan Buchanan b. 13 June 1805 in Jefferson Co., Kentucky; d. 5 November 1885 in Montgomery Co., Missouri; m1. 14 November 1827 in New Castle, Henry Co., Kentucky to Lucinda Bryan; She b. 3 February 1802 in Kentucky; d. 29 December 1856 in Montgomery Co., Missouri; m2. to Rebecca H. Dillon she b. 1823 in Virginia. Eight children reportedly born variously at Henry or Trimble Co., Kentucky (Trimble next to Henry); descendants of all shown on Rootsweb WorldConnect. Seven childen to Lincoln, Pike and Montgomery Counties; one (Joseph) NFI.
Daughter Emma Buchanan b. 8 June 1843 at Trimble Co., Kentucky; died 22 December 1926 at Nineveh Twp., Lincoln Co., Missouri; buried 24 December 1926 at New Liberty Cemetery, Lincoln Co., Missouri; (Missouri Death Certificate); m. est 1866 to Samuel Mabry b. 28 January 1838 in Missouri; d. 17 May 1922 at Lincoln County, Missouri; b. May 1922 at New Liberty Cemetery, Lincoln Co., Missouri.
Following is from a Lincoln Co. message board posting at Ancestry.com. Montgomery Co. adjoins Lincoln Co.
Re: Sandy Baugh
Chester C Buchanan (View posts) Posted: 9 Feb 2008 5:19PM
Surnames: Buchanan, Shoush, Wilhite, McQuitty, Copher, Boone, Bryan, Stauffer, Scott,
Zerilda Ann Buchanan b, 10 Apr 1833 Henry Co., KY; d. 07 Aug 1910 Montgomery City, MO
Married Thomas J. Baugh 02 Sept 1868 in Montgomery City, MO. He was b. 28 Oct 1829 Montgomery Co., MO; d. 24 Jan 1878 Bellower, Montgomery Co, MO. Zerilda and Thomas had four children.
1st wife of Thomas' was Mary Elizabeth McGaw. They had three children.
Zerilda's mother was Lucinda Bryan. Rebecca Shaw was Evan's second wife - no children. Zerilda had 7 siblings.
I am not sure where I got Joseph as Thomas's middle name. My notes indicated that the Baugh family website uses Jefferson.
Zerilda's birth date alternately reported as 11 April 1831 and death 7 August 1907. Can't find in Missouri Death Certificate Index 1910-1956. Probably birth 10 April 1833 and death 7 August 1907 are correct.
Ransom T. Anderson (1814-1852). From transcription of gravestone at the Anderson (family) Cemetery. This cemetery is located near Fridens Church, in a field and wooded section south of the church cemetery.
Ranson T. Anderson [note spelling "Ranson"] -Born July 1st. 1814 in Henry Co. Ky. Died Sept. 29th 1852 in Lincoln Co. Mo. In The 39th Year of his age.-Footstone-R.T.A. Dearest Husband Thou Hast Left Us Here Thy Loss We Deeply Feel But Tis God That Has Bereft Us He Can All Our Sorrows Heal.
In 1850 census in Lincoln County:
18 121 121 04 Ransom Anderson 33 .. M W Kentucky 1817
No others in household.
Lincoln County, Missouri Marriage Index 1818-1945:
02-193 ANDERSON RANSOM T. 10-08-1851 WELSH SUSAN
Sutton and Sitton were two separate, distinct surnames and family lines in Lincoln County with different origins, though spellings were occasionally switched in a few records. Sitton may have been derived from Sutton where the names diverged, but that would have been in the very early 1700's or before possibly in Virginia, Connecticut or England and I have not seen that connection with the Lincoln County families.
Jesse Sutton was born about 1808 in Henry County, Kentucky; died 7 August 1882 in Hurricane Township, Lincoln County, Missouri; married 11 May 1843 at Lincoln County to Mary A. F. Farmer. She born November 1823, died 30 July 1902, reported daughter of Thomas Farmer and Hester Owen of Bourbon County, Kentucky and sister to William Farmer. William Farmer had a son Alexander Sutton Farmer who was married by Jesse Sutton. (Lincoln County marriage records show an A. S. Farmer married 24 March 1881 to a Lizzie Collan.) Jesse Sutton was a preacher of the Methodist Missouri Conference and was preacher at the Smith's Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church South in Hurricane Township. I have not found a burial listing for him or his wife.
This family is shown in the 1850 census of Lincoln County (page 135-136) where Jesse "Sitton" listed as age 40 (1809/1810) with wife Mary A. age 25 and daughters Martha A. and Amanda L. The Sutton family is shown in the 1860 census of Lincoln County (Hurricane Township, page 162) where Jesse Sutton is listed as age 50 (1809/1810) and in the 1880 census of Lincoln County (Hurricane Township, New Hope P.O., page 252, ED 90/Page No. 12) where Jesse Sutton is listed as age 72 (1807/1808). So far, not finding in 1870 census indexes.
Jesse was son of Rev. Elijah B. Sutton, b. 9 August 1772 in Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania; d. 14 August 1857 in Henry Co., Kentucky; married 1793 in Washington Co., Pennsylvania to Martha Galbraith. She born 27 December 1770 in Ireland, daughter of John Galbraith and Agnes ________; died 10 March 1848 in Henry Co., Kentucky; Agnes reportedly married first est 1790 to ________ Parks. Ancestors and descendants of Elijah B. Sutton, including his son Jesse, are found in only one following Rootsweb World Connect file (June 2009) which includes transcription of his Henry County will: Elijah B. Sutton That file summary states:
Many of Elijah Sutton's children moved north with other Henry County, Kentucky residents and settled in Clay County, Illinois, primarily in the area of Oskaloosa Township. Daughters Jane Rawlings, Margaret Griffith, Mary Dillman Sutton, Elizabeth Smith & Leanna Meek all came to Clay County, as did their oldest brother, John Sutton. Elijah Sutton and his sons John, Elijah and Jesse and his son-in-law John Griffith were all preachers for the Methodist Episcopal faith.That will transcription:
In the name of God Amen, I Elijah Sutton of the County of Henry and State of Kentucky being in reasonable health of body & perfectly in my right mind and memory, thanks be unto God, and calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appoi nted for all men to die to make and ordain this my last Will and testament, to wit: "Principally and first of all I commit my body to the ground to be buried in decent Christian burial at the direction of my Executor. Nothing doubting, I shall receive the same again by the Mighty power of God and my Soul into the hands of God who gave it the same and certain hope of the resurrection of the Dead, and with respect to this worlds goods wherewith God hath blessed me with in this life, I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. First, I will that my funeral expens es be paid out of my estate by my Executor, and all my lawful debts and then of what remains, I give and bequeath unto my dearly beloved wife Martha all and singular(?) my lands (illegible) & tenements together with my house and household (illegible) and kitchen furniture and farming utensils, together with all my horses, cows, hogs and sheep and in a word all and singular things which I possess or by my means belonging to me by her freely to be possessed and enjoyed during her natural life or widowhood, but in case of either marriage of death of my wife then I will and bequeath to my son William Sutton whom I likewise constitute the Sole Executor of this my last will and testament all and singular my lands (illegible) & tenements by him freely to be enjo yed and possessed together with my horses, cows, hogs and sheep with my household and kitchen furniture, observing the following order that out of my estate he will pay to Jane Rawlings Sixty two Dollars to Margaret Griffith Sixty two Dollars to Mary Dilm on Sixty two Dollars to John Sutton Sixty two Dollars to Martha Pawley Sixty two Dollars to Elizabeth Smith Sixty two Dollars to Jesse Sutton Sixty two Dollars to Elijah Sutton Sixty two Dollars to Rebecca Sutton Sixty two Dollars to Leannah Sutton Sixty two Dollars. I will also that my property reamins in the hands of my Executor without any appraisement or Sale and I also will that my Executor whenever he can make it convenient either in my life or after my Death pay my other ten children afs'd their re specting amounts of Sixty two Dollars the receipts of which shall entitle him to all the benefits of this my last will and testament, and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannull(?) all and every other former testaments wills legacies bequeaths a nd Executors by me in any wise before named will and bequeaths ratifying and confirming this and no other my last will and testament. In Witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and affix my seal this 25" of September 1835. (Signed) Elijah SuttonA biography of Rev. Elijah Sutton is described in The History of Methodism in Kentucky; Redford, A.H. Rev., Volume II; (From the Conference of 1808 to the Conference of 1820); Southern Methodist Publishing House; Nashville Tenn.; 1870; pages 79-84. and is online at Google Books The History of Methodism in Kentucky and the respective part duplicated at Kentucky-Missouri families: Sutton
Elijah Sutton (1772-1857) is one of twelve children of William Sutton b. abt 1730 in Virginia; d. 28 February 1830 in Moon Twp., Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania; bu. Hopewell Hebron Cemetery, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania and Margaret ________. Photos of their gravestones have been posted online and the dates are not a typo, William's stone clearly says he died "AGED about 100 years." See William Sutton (1730-1830) gravestone. and Margaret Sutton (1743-1833) gravestone. Also: William Sutton (1730-1830) will. More on a family website: Two Thompson Genealogies
"Morgan - Mordecai Morgan of Shelby County, Kentucky, married Catherine Turner, and settled in (now) Warren County, Missouri in 1814. ..." (Continues with children and descendants.)
From: A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri : With Numerous Sketches, Anecdotes, Adventures, etc., Relating to Early Days in Missouri; St. Louis, Mo. : Bryan, Brand & Co., 1876; reprint 1977, Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore; page 221.
Austin Coleman Woolfolk b. 15 December 1790 at Caroline County, Virginia (place suspect); died 4 April 1836 at Troy, Lincoln County, Missouri; married 1) 28 March 1811 at Shelby County, Kentucky to Martha Lewis Meriwether (No reported children.); married 2) 26 July 1812 to Susan Oldham Ross (Four reported children.); married 3) 29 June 1828 at Clark County, Kentucky to Elizabeth Ann Taylor (1809-1851) (three children). He was son of Robert Woolfolk III (1756-1854) and Jane "Jenny" Peay (1768-1824), Robert reported died 18 Aug 1854 at Shelby County, Kentucky. I do not see any other of Austin's siblings migrating to Lincoln County. Elizabeth Ann Taylor (1809-1851) married second to Norbourn J. Woolfolk (1804-1841), Austin's brother. (All dates and places from online reports, not verified.)
Josiah Joplin Turnham b. 11 September 1811 at Shelby County, Kentucky; died 21 October 1863 at Cameron, Milham County, Texas; buried at Turnham-McCown Cemetery (Cameron),Milham County, Texas; married 14 November 1834 at Lincoln County, Missouri to Martha Ann Woolfolk she b. 1812 at Shelby County, Kentucky; died 25 May 1854 at Milham County, Texas; buried at Turnham-McCown Cemetery (Cameron),Milham County, Texas. One reported child Sarah F. Turnham (1835-1919) who married 9 May 1854 at Milham County, Texas to Joshua Wilson McCown; possibly other children: see 1870 census at Milham County, Texas. Josiah was son of W. David Turnham (1785-) and Sarah "Sally" Joplin or Jopling (1792-), both of whom are reported born in Shelby County, Kentucky. Family in 1810 and 1820 censuses at Shelby County.
John "Jack" Elston b. 26 Feb 1795 in (probably) Morgan District, Wilkes County, North Carolina; died before 8 Aug 1851 (probate) in Lincoln County, Missouri; married: 1) 17/18 January 1816 at Henry County, Kentucky to Matilda Ransdell, she b. 20 July 1793 at Fayette County, Kentucky; died 9 January 1835 at Henry County, Kentucky.
James Admire (1788-1844) married 11/16 January 1812 at Henry County, Kentucky to Letitia Chilton Ransdell (1793-1858). Bondsman was a John Ransdell. Ten children, first eight born Henry County, Kentucky; last born 1832 Trimble County, Kentucky. Appears entire family migrated to Lincoln County, Missouri 1832 - 1844.
In the 1850 census in Lincoln County were John (age 11), James W. (age 9), Mariah L. (age 4) and Ursley (age 75 b. VA) Ransdell in hh. of Richard Fenton (age 69 b. England) and his wife Mary Elizabeth _______ Ransdell Fenton (age 31)
A lot of Ransdell in Henry County, Kentucky and buried in cemeteries there.
Family of Joseph James McIntosh b. 24 June 1792 at Fairfax County, Virginia; died 22 October 1865 at Lincoln County; buried Wilson Cemetery "C" (Hines Farm); and Sarah N. Smith b. 30 January 1803 in Virginia; died 17 October 1887 in California. Twelve children. One child reported born in 1836 in Shelby County, Kentucky (James B. McIntosh); another (Thomas Wilson McIntosh) reportedly born in Trimble County, Kentucky which adjoins Henry County. A Joseph McIntosh in the 1830 census in Oldham County which also adjoins Henry County. (Henry, Trimble and Oldham are usually grouped together for research, the latter two once having been part of Henry.) A Joseph McIntosh appears in the 1840 census in Lincoln County, Missouri. (Also a Robert McIntosh in 1840.) I have not found actual specific, hard evidence of residence in Shelby or Henry County Kentucky, but residence there (or nearby) in the 1830's appears plausible.
There were Roberts in Henry County, Ky and Lincoln Co., Mo. TBR (Joseph Roberts b. 1800/1 family apparently Virginia only; Virginia to about 1839, Missouri - Pike Co. abt 1840. HOWEVER, was at least one marriage between a Roberts (Margaret) and one of the Shelby Co. Palmer's (John William Morton Palmer.)
There were Bibb's in Henry County, Ky and Lincoln Co., Mo. Not sure if connected to Lincoln County Bibb's. TBR
From Fauquier County, Virginia. Given their association with the Palmer's also from Fauquier and possible Palmer residence at Henry/Shelby County, Kentucky abt 1824-1830, Mayes's may have also resided there for a time. That is speculation. A quick check of the censuses do not show recognized Mays/Mayes families in Henry/Shelby County, Kentucly 1810 to 1850. All four known (by me) Mayes children ended up in Lincoln County.
Ellsberry's in (1850 census) Brown, Delaware and Clermont Co. Ohio. Birthplaces of the older ones: North Carolina (1788, 1793), Connecticut (1807) and New York (1800). NOTE THAT: William Nide Elsberry (1792-1872) married 22 April 1817 at Adams Co., Ohio to Lydia C. Pavard Owen (1800-1880).
A Ben Elsbury in 1820 census in Henry County, Kentucky. In 1830 census a Jonathan Elsbury, Nneent [sic] Elsbury and William Elsbury in Oldham County, Kentucky (next to Henry/Shelby). In 1840 census a Vincent Elsberry in Shelby County; a Benjm Elsburry and John R. Elsbury in Clark Co. Kentucky; a Wm Elsberry in Hurricane Township, Lincoln County, Missouri. From 1850 census in KY, looks like the Shelby Co. Elsbury's may have come from from NC. Benjn Elsberry b. 1778 NC, 1850 in Clark Co., KY.
William Nide Elsberry born 15 Nov 1792 Maryland; married 22 Apr 1817 at Adams County, Ohio; died 16 Nov 1872 at Lincoln County, Missouri; children born 1818-1832 at Bourbon County, Ohio. William N. Elsberry From: HLC, page 535-6, bio. of Robert T. Elsberry: b. Maryland 1792 Soldier in War of 1812 Oldest child (Robert T. ELsberry) b. 1818 at Bourbon Co., KY Came to Lincoln County in 1837 d. 1871 Missouri m. 22 Apr. 1817 at Adams Co., Ohio to Lydia C. Pavard Owen (1800-1880) Widow of Isaac Elsberry d. 1845 at Greene Co. OH, a couple counties north of Adams. Geography: Adams Co. is on the southern border of Ohio on the river. Bourbon Co. KY is roughly a couple of counties to the south. The Elsberry family well-documented elsewhere.
My Shuck ancestors were part of the Low Dutch Company of Shelby County, Kentucky This Company purchased their land from Squire Boone who was a land speculator of the day, besides being a minister and brother of the legendary Daniel Boone. The History of Lincoln County, Missouri on page 288 notes that a Squire Boone had an interest in 595.45 acres of Survey 60, Township 48 North, Range 2 East. This could be the same Squire Boone. Coincidentally, Daniel Boone and his wife Rebecca both lived out their days in St. Charles County, Missouri on Femme Osage Creek (Charette Village) from 1795 to 1820 and were initially buried there.
For nativity of various other families, see Mudd: List of Patrons of the Atlas of Lincoln County, Mo. 1876 starting Page 57.
Russell County was formed in 1825 from parts of Adair, Cumberland and Wayne. As of 2010, Adair, Russell and Pulaski counties adjoin in an approximate straight line west to east, in that order. Our families lived in that part of Adair that was transferred to Russell and is just across the Pulaski border. Events occurred in "old" Adair, now Russell and in Pulaski. As of 2010 place names in that area include Parks Ridge Road, Parks Ridge Assembly of God Church, Eli (town, on map, not listed in Rand McNally map index, GNIS populated place) and Russell Springs (town).
Descendants of William Parke (abt1762-1820) and Synah Perry (176501815). Originally from Granville County, North Carolina, to Adair County about 1806. (Also Pulaski Co., Kentucky events.) It appears they were in that part of Adair that was transferred to Russell County in 1825, but before that the parents had died and the children moved on, mostly to or through Missouri. One son, Perry Parke (1792-1866) married a descendant of the Wilson's and Crow's who were from Boutetourt Co., Virginia. Nothing known about prior origins of William Parke or Synah Perry.
John Hammonds (1761-1835)
b. 1 January 1761 at Amelia County, Virginia;
died 18 April 1835 at Lincoln County, Missouri;
m. est 1780 to Wealthy Ann Robinson, her parents unknown.
Five children born Virginia, variously reported as Henry County, Virginia
or Halifax County, Virginia. Those children married
Adair County, Kentucky (three: 1806, 1810, 1816);
Pulaski County, Kentucky (one: 1811)
Lincoln County, Kentucky (one: 1818).
Generally cited as from Adair County, Kentucky but
seems to be a strong Pulaski County, Kentucky location for events.
(I need to look into this more. Check sources, compare to censuses.)
The following Ingram, Hudson and Porter families lived in the Corso area and were associated with the New Liberty M.E. church. Probably also Mabry/Mabrey.
Isaac Hudson (1763-1848). Two children reportedly married 1807 (Nancy Hudson/Jarrett Ingram) and 1818 (Elizabeth Hudson/Lemual Cox) at Logan County, Kentucky. Marriage locations need verification. Marriages betweeh Hudson's and Ingram's and Hammond's. See following Bute (now Warren) County, North Carolina.
William J. Porter (1809-1905) and Sarah Ann "Sallie" (Richardson) Porter (1815-1897) migrated to Lincoln County MO from Logan County KY between 1860 and 1870. Nine children. They buried at New Liberty Cemetery. Reportedly before Logan County were in Garrard and/or Hart County, Kentucky but I have not found hard evidence. Not finding in 1830, 1840 or 1850 censuses. 1860 in Logan County KY; 1870 Waverly Twp. (Louisville PO), Lincoln County, MO.
Wife and children of Cornelius Mabry (est1755/1759-1829) who died by drowning at Logan County, Kentucky. Wife Molly "Polly" (Chaney) Mabry (1765-1830) is first listed burial at the Old Liberty Cemetery. Six listed children, migrated to Missouri in 1828 and settled in Lincoln County. Cornelius and Molly reported of, and married 20 February 1797 at Surry County, Virginia and lived for a few years in Tennessee before Logan County. Some say of Pittsylvania County, Virginia. Census reports of one child consistently states birth ca. 1800 in North Carolina. Rest born 1802 and after (where censuses have been found) consistently state birth in Kentucky. Some look-ups in this matter are pending.
Montgomery County, The USGenWeb Project --------------------------------------------------------- Montgomery County families (surnames beginning with M-O) from A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri with numerous sketches, anecdotes, adventures, etc., relating to Early Days in Missouri. Also the lives of Daniel Boone and the celebrated Indian chief Black Hawk, with numerous Biographies and Histories of Primitive institutions By William S. Bryan and Robert Rose Bryan, Brand & Co., St. Louis, Mo., 1876 Transcribed by Joanne Scobee Morgan ------------------------------------------------- MABREY, Cornelius Mabrey, of Pittsylvania co., Va., was a millwright by trade. He was married twice, but of his first wife and her children, we have no account. His second wife was POLLY CHANEY, by whom he had Patsey, Pleasant, Letitia, Elizabeth, Polly & Philip. Mr. Mabrey moved to middle Tennessee and lived there several years. He afterward settled in Logan co., Ky., where, after a residence of several years, he was drowned. In 1828 his widow and her children came to Mo., and settled in Lincoln co., where she died two years afterward. The eldest daughter, Patsey, married GEORGE HUSS, who also settled in Lincoln co. Pleasant married BARSHEBA ENGLAND, and is now living in Pike co. He had 7 children, 5 of whom live in in Montgomery co. Letitia married JAMES EIDRUM, of Ky. Elizabeth married SHELTON COBERT. Polly married ELBERT ENERT. The 3 latter all live in Lincoln co. Philip, who lives in Montgomery co., was married twice; first to POLLY UPTEGROVE, and second to ELIZA J. HUGHES. He is a carpenter by trade, and has done well in his battle with life. In his younger days he was very intimate with DR. McFARLAND, of Troy, and they went to all the quiltings and dances together. They were both very tall men, and the lofts of the cabins had to be taken out before they could dance without striking their heads against the boards. When the dance was over they would assist in replacing the loft. Young men and women often came to these frolics barefooted; but they generally went prepared with buckskin, from which they made moccasins to dance in, before the dance began.
See above Adair, Pulaski and Russell Counties, Kentucky.
William Nide Elsberry (1792-1872) and Lydia C. Pavard Owen (1800-1880). Eight children born 1818-1832 in Bourbon County, Kentucky; all migrated to Lincoln County. From Maryland; in 1817 at Adams County, Ohio; then about 1818 to Bourbon County, Kentucky. One of their sons, Robert Thomas Elsberry (1818-1891), was founder of the town of Elsberry. Most of this family is buried at the Hammack-Elsberry Cemetery on Highway (B), except for Robert T.'s and family who are buried at the Elsberry Family Cemetery, just outside of and to the northwest of the town of Elsberry. Possibly/probably related to the Elsberry's of Cecil County, Maryland.
Thomas Dunlap Patton (1803-1879) b. 14 October 1803 at Bourbon County, Kentucky; died 1879 at (presumed) Pike County, Missouri; m. 14 April 1825 at Pike County to Julia Ann Watts (1810-1873). Thirteen children born 1829-1848 at Pike County. Descendant of the apparent Patton's of Ferrochie, Fifeshire, Scotland (late 1500's to early 1600's); County Donegal, Ireland (early 1600's late 1600's). (No known connection with "my" Patton's of Fee Fee/Pattonville in St. Louis County who came directly to Missouri from Stafford County, Virginia.)
Possibly. Unknown son. More TBA.
Jefferson County, Kentucky adjoins Shelby/Henry Counties. County seat is Louisville.
Various Rootsweb WorldConnect files give origins of the family, in particular birth of John A. L. McQueen in 1787) as Bourbon; "Bourbon County; Kentucky Formed 1785 from Fayette County;" "Bourbon County, Kentucky (now Lewis County);" Mason or Lewis County. Lewis was formed 1806 from Mason County. I see no connection between Lewis/Mason and Bourbon County; they do not adjoin. Presumably, they were in the portion of Mason that became Lewis County, but I have no primary evidence to connect them with a specific Kentucky origin.
James McQueen (1761-1817) b. 1761 at Mason (now Lewis) County, Kentucky; d. 13 September 1817 at Pike County; m. Elizabeth ___________; one known child: John A. L. McQueen (1787-1845) whose descendants lived at Lincoln and Pike Counties. John A. L. McQueen (1787-1845) m1. 25 Dec 1810 at Mason County, Kentucky to Clarissa Byram (1792-1831); m2. Samaria Lewis Nevil Vaughn (1804-?).
Most of the following is from the internet and online family trees and is uncited and should be considered unproven, particularly the Washington County, Kentucky family details and attachment of children with sets of parents. One online tree does give actual citations and recaps (! but some vague) concerning the following Stephen Hilton (1734/1741-aft1777) connecting that family with St. Mary's Co. Maryland and Bullitt County, Kentucky. Stephen Hilton (1734/1741-aft1777)
Sons of James Shocklee: Willis Paul Shocklee (1821-1877) and Robert Y. Shocklee (1825-1912), both buried at Old Liberty Cemetery. Willis Paul Shocklee (1821-1877) married 29 February 1848 at (unknown) to Margaret Ann Roberts (1822-1891). Six children. Robert Y. Shocklee (1825-1912) unmarried.
There were various Cobb individuals and families in the Lincoln/Pike County area, at least some of whose residences are traced back to Caswell County, North Carolina; others unknown. I have listed them all together here, though origins and linkages are unknown to me. Also, there were reported Cobb's in Henry County, Kentucky or that area (Shelby, Trimble, Owen). Given the numerous migrations of families from Henry and Shelby Counties to Lincoln and Pike Counties and that the Cobb surname is not widespread (606/58/9 "Cobb/Cobbs/Cob" households in 1820 census all USA from Heritage Quest index), there may be a connection though I have found no specific evidence. Note that the Caswell Co. NC group were spelled "Cobbs" in 1820 census.
Isaac Hudson (1763-1848) b. 19 September 1763 at Bute (now Warren) County, North Carolina; d. 7 August 1848 at Lincoln County Missouri; s/o John Hudson (est1739-abt1814) of Amelia County, Virginia and Warren County, North Carolina and Elizabeth Doris Allen; m. 21 December 1785 at Richmond County, Georgia to Mary "Polly" Shepherd or Shepard (est1764-1836). Children reported born Georgia and South Carolina 1782-1804. Family apparently migrated to Pike/Lincoln County area ca. 1824. Marriages of children shown in Logan County, Kentucky (1807, 1818) and Warren County, Kentucky (1819). Looks like they moved around alot. Marriage locations need verification. Marriages betweeh Hudson's and Ingram's and Hammond's.
Note 1850 US census Hartford Twp., Pike Co., MO page 246 adjoining households: Sarah "Sallie" Uptegrove Lovell (widow of William Lovell (est1790-1834)), Noah Cobb (1801/2-1862) and Bruce W. Lovelace (1802/3-aft1850). (Hartford Township in southwest section of Pike County, bordering Lincoln County.)
Apparently connections with Lovell's and Cobb's. See 1850 census Hartford Twp., Pike Co., Missouri, page 246 (stamped). Appear to have Surry Co. NC connection. (TBA)
Noah Cobb (1801/2-1862) reportedly of Surry Co., NC married 29 Jan 1820 at Caswell Co., NC to Phoebe Lovelace (est1802-1842/1850). His will probated 21 October 1862 at Pike County. Wife children came with him to Pike County about 1834/1835 according to childrens' births listed in 1850 census (Pike County), at least one child to Montgomery County. More details and Cobb's under Caswell Co., NC.
Family of Charles M. Reneau (est1809-bef1880) and
Cynthia A. Hunt (1809-1896).
So far, five sons identified: William B. Reneau (1836-1917) b. Rogersville, Hawkins Co., TN; Robert M. Reneau (1839-1918) b. Rogersville, Hawkins Co., TN; James K. Polk Reneau (1838-1918) b. Knoxville, Knox Co., TN (reportedly, not sure about that); John Anson Reneau (1847/8-1894) b. TN.; and Charles M. Reneau (1841-1881). Have not traced back in censuses, but it appears they were in the Lincoln/Pike County area by 1859 when William "Uncle Billy" Reneau (1836-1917) married Martha Damron (1838-1896). All five sons lived, died and buried at Lincoln (1) or Pike County (4).
Family of Noah M. Roberson/Robinson (1796-1876), of Hawkins County, TN; bu. Smith Cemetery I. Married abt 1818/1819 place unknown to Mary Jane Ellis (1805-1855), d/o Abraham Ellis (1786-1848) and Barbara Lee. Looks like they were in Callaway County first (abt 1831), then Lincoln County before 1850. Older children may have been born Tennessee. 1850, 1860 and 1870 censuses all spell surname as Robbinson/Robinson. Various records of descendants also alternately spell "Robinson" and "Roberson." Those censuses variously report Noah's birth-state as Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. Biography of son Noah Marion Roberson (1840-1909) reports his father's birth-state as South Carolina, which I believe is probable. Research incomplete.
Joseph Wesley Rogers (1876-1957) b. Rogersville, Hawkins Co., TN; married 11 Sep 1901 at Lincoln County to Bertha Ellen Damron (1885-1959). His sister, Martha Jane Rogers (1879-aft1900) married 4 May 1898 at Lincoln County to John Samuel Luckett (1873-aft1900). They were children of Thomas Jefferson Rogers and Sarah M. Lawson who had nine children. I do not know if Thomas and Sarah remained in Tennessee or migrated to Missouri. Another daughter, Frances Louvenia Rogers (1881-1944) married to William Alfred Smith (1871-1946); both died at St. Charles Missouri and buried at St. John's Cemetery in that county. There are reported marriages and children of other children, but places are not shown.
Families of Abraham Ellis (1786-1848). He born Virginia; died 2 Jan 1848 at Callaway County, Missouri. He married 1st abt 1801 to Barbara Lee, seven children; married 2nd 27 Aug 1818 at Hawkins County, Tennessee to Mary A. Roberts, eight children. Some claim divorced from Barbara Lee, others say she died abt 1818 in St. Louis. First family migration, based on reported births of children: Virginia > Tennessee (1802-1806) > St. Louis (1812-1818) > Callaway Co. bef 1822. Birth in 1802 of Elizabeth Ellis reported near Holston River in Tennessee. Children from second family born 1819-1834 at Callaway County. One daughter, Elizabeth Lee "Betsy" Ellis Smith (1802-1877), wife of James Smith (1799-1867) lived and died at Lincoln County. Of rest of children, some lived/died in Callaway County, others mgrated to California.
No known (by me) connection with Isaac Ellis (1823-1888) from Shelby County, Kentucky.
A Peter Ellis b. est 1770/1780 of Kentucky may be related. His family may have lived at Lincoln, St. Charles, Callaway and/or Boone Co. One known child Mary Jane Ellis (1802-1855) married Noah M. Roberson/Robinson (1796-1876), both buried at Smith Cemetery I.
William F. Hawkins, b. March 1862 in Hawkins County, Tennessee and Cyntha Philips b. Sept 1866. William F. Hawkins was s/o William H. Hawkins and in parents' household 1880 census in Hawkins County, Tennessee. In 1900 census, William F. Hawkins in Union Township, Lincoln County, Missouri with wife Cyntha Philips and eight children.
William C. Potts (1831-1894) born 1 January 1831 in North Carolina; died 1 January 1894 at (presumed) Lincoln County; buried Mill Creek Cemetery, Lincoln County; married 1) Unknown (two children) and 2) Matilda Mea @ 29 Nov 1855 at Hawkins Co., TN (six children). Son John W. Potts b. 1853/1854 in Tennessee; married 12 November 1878 at Hawkins County, Tennessee to Matilda Ash. Children born 1879-1888 at Hawkins County. John in 1900 census in Hurricane Township, Lincoln County. I do not know about William's other children: if they stayed in Tennessee or migrated elsewhere.
Wiley P. Lawson born 12 June 1856 at Hawkins County, Tennessee; son of Preston and Elizabeth Lawson; died 15 Feb 1926 at Hurricane Twp., Lincoln Co. MO; buried 16 Feb 1926 at New Hope Cemetery, Lincoln Co., MO; married 14 Nov 1899 at Lincoln Co. to Frances Ann Rebecca Potts. She born 28 Aug 1872 at Hawkins County, Tennessee; d/o William C. Potts (1831-1894) and Matilda Mea (1833-1894); died 28 June 1954 at Lincoln Co.; buried 30 June 1954 at New Hope Cemetery.
Thomas/Tomas Lawson born July 1857 at presumed Hawkins County, Tennessee; son of Wesley Ball Lawson and Ann Amanda Bench (Wesley's first wife); wife Mary E. Potts (1858-1908) (d/o above William C. Potts (1831-1894) and Malinda Mea (1833-1894)); Six children in 1900 census in Lincoln County. Parents and at least two children (Wiliam W. and Maggie Lee) buried at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Lincoln County, not clear about the other four. TBC ...
Cornelius H. Lawson born 4 January 1866 presumed Hawkins County, Tennessee; son of Wesley Ball Lawson and Elizabeth Chestl____ (Wesley's second wife); died 3 March 1915 at Lincoln County; buried 4 March 1915 at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Lincoln County; married 7 August 1895 at Lincoln County to Dona F. Potts. She born 22 April 1879; died 7 April 1963; buried August 1963 at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Lincoln County; TBC ...
The above Wesley Ball Lawson (1826/7-aft1880) last found in US census in Hawkins County, Tennessee; no indication that he migrated out of Hawkins County, Tennessee, appears to have died before 1900.
Children of Joseph Mea (1801/2) and Mary (1809/1810), of Hawkins County, Tennessee in 1850 and 1860; One daughter Matilda Mea (1833-1894) married 29 Nov 1855 at Hawkins Co., Tennessee to William C. Potts (1831-1894). Both buried Mill Creek Cemetery. A very quick check of the censuses seems to show that it was only Matilda that migrated, but that is incomplete. TBC ...
John William Waters (1835-1910) b. 2 November 1835, s/o Mortimer Waters (7Sep1808-aftJul1836) and Ethalinda/Etheilinda Askin(s); d. 14 April 1910 at Lincoln County Missouri; bu. 16 April 1910 at Elsberry City Cemetery, Lincoln County, Missouri; m. 23 Sep 1858 at Lincoln County to Mary Whiteside (1837-1916). His parents marriage 18 January 1839 in Wilson County, Tennessee; that marriage shown as FS-IGI extraction Batch No. M519857. His death certificate reports he was born "near Nashville Tennessee" which is in Davidson County, which adjoins Wilson County to the west. He is reported born Rappahannock County, Virginia but that appears unlikely supposition.
William Watts (1783-1851) b. 26 April 1783 at Jamestown, Albermarle County, Virginia; died 2 March 1851 at Lincoln County, Missouri; buried Watts Cemetery, Lincoln County, Missouri; m. est 1799 to Nancy Wommack 1786-1854). Their eight children reported born in Smith County, Tennessee, including the town of Hartsville. I have not seen any primary source citation, but have not researched them.
Richard Wommack (1804-1880)(Capt.) b. 10 January 1804 at Halifax County, Virginia; d. 25 March 1880 at Lincoln County; m1.18 Aug 1825 at Lincoln County to Cynthia Smiley (est1806-bef1831); m2.15 Oct 1833 at Lincoln County to Widow Elizabeth Harriett Hammonds Gilmore (1809-1873); m3.1874 to Mrs. Mary Morris.
According to his obituary: "He was born in Halifax county Virginia, January 10th, 1804, in 1806 went with his parents to Tennessee where his father died. He then came with his mother and family to this county Oct. 22nd 1823." Presumably this was Smith County, Tennessee since, according to Cannon's History of Elsberry, page 4, Richard and Nancy Wommack Watts were siblings.
Phillip Sitton (1774-1863) born at Rowan County, North Carolina; married 11 August 1796 at Washington District, South Carolina (area formerly known as Pendleton County, subsequently as Pendleton District) to Eleanor Gibson (1778-1826). According to the History of Lincoln County, Missouri (Goodspeed 1888) Page 236, Phillip Sitton migrated to Lincoln County in 1817. About 14 children, some older born at Smith County, Tennessee, younger ones born at Lincoln County.
Phillip Sitton was son of Joseph T. Sitton (1745-1832) and Dinah Beck (1749-1842) who also migrated to Lincoln County and are buried at Bryant Creek Cemetery. They had 13 children all of whose final destinations I do not have. Those found to have migrated to the area: William (1778-1865), Selma (1793-1844) married Guyon Gibson (1787-1848), Lawrence B. (1783-1863) married 23 August 1804 at Davidson County, Tennessee to Rachel Steel Gibson and subsequent marriages at Lincoln County; Diannah Beck Sitton (1788-1857) married 17 September 1809 in Tennessee to James Gibson (1784-1846); and Jesse (1783-1832) who along with Elder Bethuel Riggs organized the Stout's Settlement Baptist Church (later New Hope Baptist Church) and in 1828 went to Detroit Twp., Pike County, Illinois across the river from Lincoln County where he died and was buried.
The Joseph T. Sitton family apparently migrated a lot. Locations reported in the family trees in apparent date order are Culpeper County, Virginia; Rowan County, North Carolina; Randolph County, North Carolina; and Pendleton County, South Carolina. Place names are tossed around casually in these trees and I have not seen any source documentation or attempted to verify. Prior origins of ancestors of Joseph T. Sitton reported are Pomfret, Connecticut and Prince George's County, Maryland.
I do not know if any of this family other than Phillip lived at Smith County, Tennessee or where those that came to Lincoln County lived immediately prior. Brother Lawrence married at Davidson County, Tennessee. Again, this is residence is reported and I have not seen any source documentation or attempted to verify.
Births of children of Joseph T. Sitton (1745-1832) from 1780 to 1793 are reported as Pendleton County or Pendleton District in South Carolina. However, a "Pendleton County" did not always technically and continually exist during that period. It was formed 7 March 1789 from indian lands; presumably no legal jurisdiction existed previously. Subsequently, it was absorbed, separated and designation flipped between being called a "county" or a "district." I do not know the exact, specific location (i.e. town or settlement) where the Sitton's lived so am leaving birthplaces as Pendleton County for consistency of place designation, acknowledging the technical inaccuracy. One uncited event mentions Brushy Creek, which is in Greenville County and may be an avenue for research. The modern location of historic Pendleton is in Anderson and Pickens counties, but an uncited event report mentions Anderson County, so that may indicate the modern location. A timeline of the "Pendleton District" which existed as a county or district from 7 March 1789 to 20 December 1826: (Wikipedia does not make it clear, but it looks like jurisdictions in South Carolina at the time consisted of a mix of both districts and counties.)
There is a book in the genealogy room at the Palmer Memorial Library in Elsberry about the Sitton/Gibson family history. I have not examined it, just know it's there and may be helpful for with this family.
These two counties adjoin and citations to some of these families often mention both. Note that there were marriages among the Kemper's, Mayes' and Palmer's.
Martin Kemper (1778-1848) m. est 1799 to Rosanna (Rosamond) Kemper (1780-aft1850), d/o Moses Kemper (Abt1757-?) He s/o Peter Kemper and Mary Whiteside. Migrated to Lincoln County 1835. NFI about Martin's siblings. This is probably the line described in Clarence Cannon's The Kemper Book
Henry Mayes (abt1765-1850) b. Pittsburg, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; died 6 March 1850 at Lincoln County, Missouri; m. 26 December 1796 at Fauquier County, Virginia to Mary Palmer (abt1777-1847), d/o John Palmer (1750-1821). Some Mayes children reportedly born Fauquier County, Virginia. John Palmer (1750-1821) was born in Northumberland County, Virginia, died in Fauquier County, Virginia.
John Palmer (1750-1821) b. Northumberland County, Virginia; died 28 May 1821 at Fauquier County, Virginia; m. Est 1772 to Elizabeth Goodrich. All children except one (James B. of Boone County, Missouri) migrated to Lincoln County, Missouri apparently BEFore 1839, many of whom are listed as buried at the Mayes Cemetery I. See more on these Palmer's in above section for Shelby/Henry County, Kentucky.
George Vaughn (1772-1846) b. 22 March 1772 at Culpeper County, Virginia; b. 8 January 1846 at Paynesville, Pike County, Missouri; m. 24 Dec 1795 to Susan "Suki" Loving (1777-1816). Went to Amherst County, Virginia before 1799 where son Almon Vaughn (1799-1831) born; Nelson County, Virginia before 1816 where Susan "Suki" Loving Vaughn died in 1816 and son Almon married 1820 to Samaria Lewis Nevill (1804-?). (Only show one son, Almon.) Six children of Almon born 1823-1829 in Nelson County, Virginia (five) and 1831 (one) in New Hope, Lincoln County, Missouri.
Gabriel Reeds and Thomas Reeds, brothers, from Culpeper County, Virginia. In Lincoln County by the 1830 census.
The previously described Kitson's of Shelby/Henry County, Kentucky were first seen in Fauquier County, Virginia in 1763.
Sons of John Hammett b. 1785 at Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia; d. 1830/1840 at Wood County, Virginia (now West Virginia); the sons reportedly born at Leesburg; last reported of Wood County, Virginia before mitrating to Missouri; no information about any daughters. Sons: John S. Hammett (1811-bef1860), George W. Hammett (1813-1871), Richard Hammett (1817-aft1860) and Thomas S. Hammett (1819-1875). George and Richard went to Montgomery County, Missouri; Thomas S. and wife buried at Old Liberty Cemetery. John S. died before 1860, last of Millwood Township in Lincoln County, no further information. Other Hammett buried at Old Liberty Cemetery, probably related but no hard evidence.
From Sprigg Twp., Adams County, Ohio AFT 1800/BEF 1900 which is on Ohio River on Kentucky border. Adams and Brown County, Ohio adjoin E-W and their southern borders are the Ohio River. There is an Ellsberry town in Brown County, near the Ohio River. Previously in Shenandoah County, Virginia and New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Charles Lyston Pence born 2 June 1852 in Adams County, Ohio married about 1873 to Sarah C. "Sally" Maddox (1849-1928), daughter of Thompson Maddox (1812-1894) and widow of Samuel Lytle. Nine children, first seven born 1875-1887 in Adams County, apparently migrated to Missouri between 1887 and 1891. Found in 1900 census in Lincoln County, afterwards lived in Belleview Precinct, Calhoun County, Illinois. He died 19 April 1942 at Calhoun County but is buried with his wife in the Elsberry City Cemetery. More on this family and ancestors at: Pence family.
A Thompson Maddox b. 9 Mar 1812 in Adams Co., Ohio, d. 26 July 1894 in Audrain Co. MO. m1. 28 July 1831 at Brown Co., Ohio to Sarah White (1814-1838) m2. 11 October 1838 at Brown Co., Ohio to Elizabeth Early (1811-1868). Looks like all children went elsewhere except for Sarah "Sally" Maddox (1849-1928) who m1) Samuel Lytle and m2) Charles Lyston Pence (1852-1942); Sally and Charles died in Calhoun Co., across the river from Lincoln Co. These Maddox from Bedford/Franklin County, Virignia; I do not know if there is any connection to the Maddox's of Shelby/Henry County.
There were Elsberry's in Cecil County, Maryland; possibly connected. Possibly Samuel Ingram (1730/1740-1799/1801)/ancestors (before Montgomery County, Virginia > Logan County, Kentucky > Pike County, Missouri.)
This section presents some brief notes, transcriptions and misc. information about some other families with ties to Lincoln County that I have not researched further and have no additional information. Presented asis.
The various other Smith families have been researched and documented in a report: "Smith Families of Lincoln County, Missouri" - HTML also available as "Smith Families of Lincoln County, Missouri" - PDF. Note that the family group shown in this report for James Smith (1799-1867) is incomplete; there are more children and we have birth, marriage and death information for all children. Other families mentioned in this report may be incomplete as well, but it nonetheless represents a very good overview.
- 1836 Lincoln County Tax List, Monroe Township
This is correct spelling of surname, given name correctly and fully spelled is Arminius. From a descendant.
An "Isaac Grimes" is shown in certain records, including 1850 and 1860 Lincoln County, Missouri censuses. However, the surname is actually Graham q.v. From a descendant.
Isaac Graham (1837-1864) is incorrectly shown in certain records as "Isaac Grimes."
- U.S. Census 1850 - Missouri - Lincoln Co. - Page 30.
Shown as "Isaac Grimes"
- U.S. Census 1860 - Missouri - Lincoln Co. - Bedford Twp. - Page 50.
Shown as "Grimes - Isaac"
However, correctly shown in:
Lincoln County, Missouri Marriage Index 1818-1945:
02-341 GRAHAM ISAAC 09-04-1857 KINION NANCY
Joseph Page was residing with Isaac and his wife Nancy (Kinion) and their young son John, in 1860 (census) and also served with him in the same Civil War Regiment. Isaac Graham was killed in the war 23 September 1864. Isaac Graham record - Rootsweb WC tree
Isaac Graham served in the 3rd State MO Militia Cav. (2nd Org) along with Joseph Page. He enlisted 25 Jan 1862 at Troy, MO and mustered in at Warrenton, Warren Co, MO on 15 Feb 1862, at age 24. He was killed in action on 23 Sep 1964 in Boone Co., MO, while involved in serving as a guard on a wagon train carring supplies from Sturgeon to Rocheport. His service record indicates he was killed by guerrillas, which attacked the train and it is believed Jesse James was part of that group. The attack is recorded as a Civil War action in Boone Co., MO. His wife, Nancy Kinion Graham, later married John Baxter and they had 3 children. Nancy was the sister of Richard and Charles Kinion (among other siblings). Joseph Page was residing with the Grahams (Grimes) in 1860 and when Nancy's brother Charless Kinion died in 1860 from a rabid dog bite, Joseph Page married Charles' wife, Mary M. Dobyns Kinion, on 18 Dec 1861 (though the marriage record lists the date incorrectly as 1862 but reading through the marriage dates on the page reveals the error.) Mary M. Dobyns was the dau. of Arminius Dobyns and Joanna McCollom (correct spelling of the surname, though it too is so often misspelled). Mary M. and Joseph Page had three children and she died from consumption in Oct 1876 according to Joseph's military pension file. Isaac had a brother Aaron and a brother Ellis, who both served in the Civil War. Ellis married Sarah Elizabeth Kinion, after her husband Albert Rhodeman was killed in the war. Some of information from census and war records; other parts from Will Graham, the great-great grandson of Aaron Graham; and some from the Kinion family. - from a descendant.
The Palmer surname in Lincoln County originated from the following different lines. I do not know if any earlier relationship has been established. More TBA?
In 1888 brothers William Aziel Knapp Elsberry (1840-1895) and Thomas Sitton Elsberry (1843-1910) migrated to North Dakota with their families. The former died in Rolla, Rolette Co. ND; the latter in Rocklake, Towner Co., ND. They were sons of Robert Thomas Elsberry (1818-1891) and Julia Ann Buchanan (1821-1876).
Abner V. Blackorby (1848-1928), his wife and at least some children went to Towner Co., North Dakota to the Hansboro area. (More TBA; don't remember all the details offhand.) He apparently travelled between Missouri and North Dakota frequently. He died in St. Louis and was buried at Fee Fee Cemetery.
George Washington Smith (1858-1925), wife Sarah Isabelle "Belle" Shuck (1863-1934), and two grandchildren migrated to Hansboro, Towner Co., ND in the early 1900's and lived in the Blackorby House but didn't stay. Returned to Lincoln County before 1917. (have dates, need to look up; TBA)
Isaac Richard "Ike" Pointsalot (OCT1866-aft1900), wife Caroline Jane "Carey" (Mayes) Pointsalot (FEB1874-aft1900) and her brother Vascus/Bascus Alvin Mayes (MAR1877-aft1900). 1900 census.
Robert Gilmore, a pioneer preacher in Lincoln County, was born in 1792, in the State of Virginia, and subsequently moved to the State of Kentucky, where, in 1818, he married Mary Hansford. In 1819 he immigrated to Missouri, and settled in St. Charles Cou nty, and settled in the neighborhood of Old Sulphur Lick Church. Not long after his settlement in Lincoln County he professed religion, and became a member of the Baptist denomination, having been baptized by the old pioneer, Bethuel Riggs. He began preaching before 1830, but was not ordained until 1841. He was a most excellent man, had only a limited education, and was a real, old-fashioned preacher of the gospel. His labors in the ministry were confined chiefly to Lincoln and Montgomery Counties. In the spring of 1849 he, with his family and many others from his adopted State, started across the plains for California. The cholera broke out among the emigrants, and many were made its victims. Elder Gilmore, his faithful wife and one son, were among the sufferers. He died at the head of Sweet Water, on the 25th of June, 1849."
History of Lincoln County Missouri; Goodspeed; 1888; pg. 479-480.
There is apparent disagreement about whether Robert Gilmore, his wife and son died from Cholera or from drinking alkali water.
Most who went returned. More TBA See also below: Gold Rush
Keep in mind that, in early days, undertaking was a sideline business, a typical adjunct to furniture and cabinet-making establishments where the focus was primarily constructing and selling coffins. The "undertaker" may have even been a local mercantile merchant who simply sold undertaking supplies. In Elsberry, one of the early "undertakers" appears to have been the local blacksmith, Mack Britt. Another undertaking establishment was identified as Gooch Hardware at Eolia which is actually in Pike County. In the early (pre-1915) days, many families simply buried their own, handling the entire process from fabricating the coffin, dressing the body, digging the grave at the farm or family burial ground and staging the visitation and service at home or in the local church.
The following are undertakers and funeral homes known to me mostly in Lincoln County. Note that Lincoln County residents may also have been served by undertakers from surrounding counties, particularly Pike County. Death certificates also show significant numbers of burials handled by St. Louis undertakers from those who moved there or died in hospitals there. See also Lincoln County, Missouri Funeral Homes I do not know if any records of the historical establishments have been preserved or where they may be located. The list was developed informally from my review of various records including death certificates from 1910 through 1929 and 1950-1955 (available online as of December 2006). The death certificate years are a sampling only, and not a complete search. I only listed the year for the first occurrence; many burials may have been handled within each of those years. The sequence of the list is roughly most recent to oldest, loosely grouped by town.
Carter-Ricks Funeral Home, Elsberry and Winfield.
Larry and Kayla Carter purchased the Ricks Funeral Home in 1981. The Ricks Funeral Home was begun in Winfield in 1937 by O'Garlan Ricks, was suspended for a short time in the 1940's during his military service and subsequently added a location in Elsberry. See: Carter-Ricks Funeral Home History
I do not have a complete chronology. A few snippets from their current website, edited:
Kemper-Marsh-Millard dates back to 1869 when founder H.W. Kemper Sr. opened up a funeral parlor along with a furniture store. The Marsh family bought into the business in 1946 and took over the reins in 1956. Following the death of Joseph J. Marsh Sr., Lois, the beloved matriarch of the Marsh family, followed by her two sons, Jim and Clay Marsh, were well represented in the Troy area with their personal care and down home tradition of quality funeral service. Altha Marsh continues as a licensed funeral director. Troy's current mayor, Pheeze Kemper, is a direct descendent of the Kemper family who founded the funeral home and occasionally assists on funerals today.
Opened in April 2006 by Kimberly and Rick Ingersoll in the former St. Stephen United Methodist Church building. Website: Ingersoll Chapel for Funeral and Cremation Services
301 Mill Street, Moscow Mills, MO
This was Woolsey Dutton Bradley (1874-1947) (aka Wolsey) born 26 July 1874 in Lincoln Co., died 5 March 1947 at Elsberry, buried Elsberry City Cemetery, s/o Henry S. and Sarah A. (Lemery) Bradley (Missouri Death Certificate #9857). He married 9 March 1898 at Lincoln Co. to Nellie Wells, both bu. Elsberry City Cemetery.
Listed in the censuses: 1910 census in Burr Oak Township (occupation unreadable, appears to be Farmer) (ED 83/Sheet No. 9B), 1920 census in Elsberry as a Furniture Merchant (ED 102/Sheet No. 5A, page 87A) and in the 1930 census in Elsberry as an Undertaker (ED 9/Sheet No. 4B).
Appears to be Edward S. Morris. Edward Smith Morris born 2 March 1865 at Lincoln Co., died 17 September 1932 at Elsberry, buried 19 September 1932 at Star Hope Cemetery, son of H. H. Morris and Sarah Wigginton (Missouri Death Certificate #34640, occupation given as farmer). (Henry H. Morris was postmaster at Apex, Burr Oak Township.) He (E. S. Morris) married first 5 May 1887 at Lincoln Co. to Lizzie Taylor. He (Ed S. Morris) married second 7 June 1893 at Lincoln Co. to Minnie D. Lindsay.
In the 1900 census in Burr Oak Township (ED 47, Sheet No. ) Edward S. Morris is age 34 (born March 1866); his occupation is listed as a farmer; wife Minnie (born Sep 1869); son C. Lindsay (born Sep. 1894). Ed S. Morris listed in the 1910 census in Elsberry (E.D. 89, Sheet No. 6B) as a Retail Dealer in furniture. Sidebar note says North Fifth Street. He was age 45 (born 1864/5) with his second wife Minnie L., children and mother Sarah. In the 1920 census in Elsberry (E.D. 102, Sheet No. 8B), Edward Morris is shown at age 54 with wife Minnie as a Furnace Salesman. In the 1930 census as Edward Morris and wife Minnie L. [Lindsay] Morris.
Back Britt b. 23 September 1861 in Missouri, died 23 January 1944 at Elsberry, buried 24 January 1944 at Elsberry City Cemetery, son of George S. Britt and Melda Patton (Missouri Death Certificate #7638; his occupation listed as blacksmith). He married 29 December 1892 at Lincoln Co. to Bertha Eckstein. She b. 20 November 1873 at St. Louis, d/o Lewis Eckstein and Lena Wagner, d. 22 August 1950 at Elsberry.
Mack P? Britt, listed in the 1910 census (Elsberry Ward 2, E.D. 89/Sheet No.8A),
age 48 (born 1861/2),
occupation Blacksmith / "own shop" with wife Bertha E. age 35, children
and his father, George age 82 (born 1827/8).
Next household is John A. Humphrey, age 63 (born 1846/7),
occupation Engineer / "Stationery"
with wife Lizzie A., age 42? and adopted daughter.
Mack Britt listed in the 1920 census
(Elsberry Ward 2, E.D. 102/Sheet No. 9B)
age 56, occupation Blacksmith / "Own Shop",
with wife Bertha and children.
Mack Britt (1861-1944) and wife Bertha B. (1873-1950) buried at Elsberry City Cemetery. He died January, 1944 in Lincoln County; she died August 1950 in Lincoln County.
William Reginal Vomund was born 17 December 1884 in Lincoln County, son of Henry Vomund and Ann Gertrude Wheatley, lived at Millwood and Silex (last), died 8 August 1953 at Pike County Hospital and was buried at Millwood Cemetery. Missouri Death Certificate describes as single and occupation as "Funeral Director."
David Watson Scheeley was born 1 February 1893 at Silex,
son of George A. Scheely and Louisa Powell,
lived at Millwood and Silex (last), died 13 September 1930 at Silex
and was buried at Troy Cemetery.
Missouri Death Certificate describes as married to Almeda Vesta Scheeley
and occupation as "Untertaker + embalmer."
From: Missouri death certificate: 1920, 1921, 1922
In 1946, the Vomund Funeral Home in Silex was purchased by the J. O. Mudd Funeral Home of Bowling Green (Pike County). See next, Mudd-Veach Funeral Home, Silex.
In 1946, James Otis (J.O.) and Margot Mudd purchased the property at 606 West Main Street in Bowling Green (Pike County), Missouri and opened the business under the name J.O. Mudd Funeral Home. Later that year (1946), the Mudds purchased the Vomund Funeral Home in Silex. On January 1st, 1987 the funeral home business was sold to John and Cathy Veach. They renamed the business Mudd-Veach Funeral Homes and are owners as of 2008. The Bowling Green and Silex locations remain open as of 2008. More history and obituaries from 2006 to present at Mudd-Veach Funeral Homes History
Following in Pike County. The following is NOT a complete list. These are included because they were listed on the death certificates of many burials in Lincoln County or south Pike County.
There was an "Elsberry Burial Association" in the 1920's. I found two member certificates dated April 26, 1920, numbers 792 and 793, signed by a Nellie P. Bradley, President, and W. D. Bradley, Secretary. According to above, W.D. Bradley was a prominent undertaker of that time in Elsberry. This may have been an early "pre-need" arrangement or burial insurance. No further information.
In 1817 Shapley Ross and his family moved from Kentucky to Missouri Territory and settled near Clark's Fort, a war of 1812 stockade, in the area of present day Moscow Mills. After acquiring a grist and saw mill on the Cuivre River, Ross began construction of a stone house on the hill that overlooked the mill. In 1821 Ross and a group of local businesses planned the town of Moscow (later to be renamed Moscow Mills) as a competing point for the county seat. Ross died in 1823 and his widow, Mary Prince Ross, remained in the home until 1831 at which time she sold the house to Henry Martin, the first merchant of Moscow.
The Shapley Ross House is a vernacular two-story residence constructed of native limestone and is a rare example of fine stonework masonry and Georgian-styled architecture in Missouri with 10-foot ceilings and 18-inch walls. "Nine over nine" windows enclose two large rooms on each floor that are separated by a wide central hallway and a graceful staircase with a delicate walnut handrail. There are chimneys at each end of the home and the four fireplaces retain their original carved mantels. The hand-carved woodwork and six panel doors, the random width floorboards, and linen press closets throughout the house are original. The Shapley Ross House is now the home of the Lincoln County Genealogical Society.
Shapley Ross was born 12 February 1763 in Hampshire County, Virginia son of Lawrence Ross (1722-1818) and Susannah Oldham (1746-?) and died 15 October 1823 at Moscow Mills, Lincoln County, Missouri. He married 19 February 1790 at Jefferson County, Kentucky to Mary Prince (1777-1837), daughter of Sylvanus Price and Ann ______. Seven reported children. Ancestors, children and descendants of Shapley Ross are reported in numerous family trees on Rootsweb WorldConnect a good example being: "Our Family Tree"
Caroline Mary Ross was born 20 August 1798 at St. Francois County, Missouri, daughter of Shapley Ross (1763-1823) and Mary Prince (1777-1837) and died 23 June 1869 at Sand Run, Lincoln County, Missouri. She married 4 April 1815 at St. Francois County, Missouri to John Geiger (1793-1829). He was born 15 August 1793 in South Carolina and died 24 December 1829 in Moscow Mills, Lincoln County, Missouri. Eight children whose exact birth dates are posted on the public family trees (above), implying a family Bible source. After John's death Caroline married 20 September 1831 to Rev. Thomas Jefferson Wright in Lincoln County, Missouri (01-031).
Thomas Jefferson Wright was born 18 March 1803 in Bourbon County, Kentucky son of Thomas Wright and Elizabeth Groves and died 2 September 1867 in Lincoln County, Missouri Aged-64 Years 5 Months & 14 Days. Rev. Wright was pastor of the Sand Run Baptist Church and his death was reported in the Missouri Republican newspaper, St. Louis, Mo. Rev. Wright married first to Permelia Clore, born 12 November 1801 in Boone County, Kentucky and died 29 June 1831 at Lincoln County, Missouri. Seven children. Ancestors, children and descendants of one childre are reported in a couple family trees on Rootsweb WorldConnect one example being: Ray Stephens 1107
Thomas and Caroline Wright were supposedly buried somewhere in the vicinity of the Sand Run Baptist Church but that location has been lost to time. (Burial or Permelia Clore Wright (1801-1831) is unknown.) Their gravestones were found when digging a pond on a farm owned by the Kroupa brothers. I do not know the year. The location was about 1/2 mile northeast of the Sand Run Church. There may have been a Sand Run Cemetery, but any knowledge of its existance and location has apparently been lost. It is not known if the Wright stones came from that cemetery, if they were buried at another location or if the location where the stones were found was the actual grave location. Their gravestones were removed and placed in the basement of the Shapley Ross House. The two gravestones were removed and placed in the basement of the Shapley Ross House. The inscriptions were transcribed in 1990 and are documented in a section called "Wright Cemetery ("B")." There are no other known burials at that location or surviving gravestones.
Wright Thomas J.-Died September 2, 1867 Aged-64 Years 5 Months & 14 Days Caroline-Wife of Thos. J. Wright Died June 24, 1869 Aged-70 Years 10 Months & 4 Days
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