Lincoln County, Missouri Genealogy and History

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; [53] 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 (, 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.

Year: 1821 1830 1840 1850 1860 1870 1880 ... 2000
Population (Goodspeed, pg. 196) 1,674 4,060 7,449 9,421 14,210 15,960 17,496 ... 38,944
Households ... 533 1,323 1,223 ... ... ... ... ... 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 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.


The purpose of this page is to present some information about Lincoln County, Missouri History and Genealogy that is supplemental to that on the Lincoln County, Missouri USGenWeb site

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.

Family History Research in Lincoln County

Family research in Lincoln County is as good as it gets. Genealogical data that is available to researchers is extensive and among the most comprehensive of any county in the USA, thanks to the efforts of many people past and present. Following are some notes about key resources from my own personal experience. This section is just an introduction; more details are given on the Lincoln County, Missouri USGenWeb site. Note that if you can't find a family or an individual you're looking for in Lincoln County - or lose track of them - be sure to check surrounding counties of Pike, Audrain, Montgomery, Warren and St. Charles in Missouri and Pike and Jersey Counties across the river in Illinois. There has been a lot of migration among these counties, including my own family.

On This Website

External Links

Online Data

Geographic Feature Type listings and Maps

Following are just a few of the online facilities that provide information about geographic features in Lincoln County. Be forewarned that none of them includes all feature objects (both current and historical) in the country. So, if you don't find what you're looking for, that doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Some of the facilites have objects the others don't, sometimes the names are different or presented differently.


The historical censuses in Lincoln County were organized and reported according to the following divisions:


   Bedford Twp.
   Clark Twp.
   Hurricane Twp.
   Millwood Twp.
   Monroe Twp.
   Prairie Twp.
   Union Twp.
   Waverly Twp.


   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.")


   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.


   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.


   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.


   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 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.

Towns, Settlements and Populated Places

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.
[Discussion continued on GNIS website.]
Also of interest: Item 4. "What does the classification “historical” mean?"
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 into:  

Waverly - November 7, 1825
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 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.

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.

Towns and Settlements

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.


Townships reported in the censuses:

                     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

Post Offices

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), and Sulphur Lick Post Office (historical).
However, GNIS is not always correct and a lot of these names are not familiar.

Place Notes (selected)



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.

These railroads are shown on the 1895 Lincoln County Map

Surrounding Counties Information

Counties adjacent to Lincoln County are Pike to the north, Montgomery to the west, Warren and St. Charles to the South and Pike, Calhoun and Jersey across the Mississippi River to the east in Illinois. Callaway and Audrain are one county over past Montgomery to the west. St. Louis County and St. Louis City (City Independent of the County) are one county over past St. Charles to the south.

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.

Special Topics: Revolutionary War Patriots

About 44 years had elapsed between the beginning of the Revolutionary War in 1776 and the first white settlers migrating to Lincoln County, so it is possible one or more may have fought or otherwise supported that effort. However, I do not currently have any names.

Special Topics: Civil War

Many men from Lincoln County fought in the Civil War on both sides. More TBA.

Special Topics: Gold Rush

1849-1856 More TBA.

Special Topics: World War I

More TBA.

Special Topics: World War II

More TBA.

Historical Notes

A few cryptic (for now) historical notes.

Migration to Lincoln County

This now lengthy following family section began as a few modest notes about the migration of my own ancestors into Lincoln County. It grew unexpectedly. What follows are notes, observations and comments from information I have found through my own research and do not represent a systematic or complete study of migration. This section will also include some families that were actually in southern Pike County, near the border with Lincoln County.

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.

Families - Recap table

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.

Achor Admire Alexander Alloway Anderson Ashbaugh Baskett Bibb
Birkhead Blackaby Brown Buchanan Carr Clendenny Cooper Crenshaw
Cunningham Damron Davis Dodson Dorsey Downing Eastin Edrington
Elliott Ellis Ellis2 Elsberry Elsberry Elsberry? Elston Estes
Finley Fisher Frazier Hammett Hammonds Hardesty Hawkins Hilton
Houston Hudson Hunter Ingram Kemper Kitson Lilley Logan
Lovell Luck Mabry Maddox Magruder Mayes Mayes McIntosh
McQueen Mountjoy Overall Palmer1 Palmer2 Palmer3 Park/Parks/Parke Patton
Pence Porter Potts Ransdell Reddish Reeds Reid Reneau
Roberson Roberts Robertson Rogers Shannon Shields Shocklee Shuck
Sitton Smith-James Smith-Others Sullenger Sutton Taylor Uptegrove Vaughn
Wallace Ware Waters Waters(2) Watts Weeks Wells Whiteside
Wommack Yates Young

Families - Henry & Shelby Co. Kentucky Connection

Besides sharing a common border, the history of Shelby and Henry Counties in Kentucky is very closely linked, Henry having been formed from Shelby on June 15, 1799. Families typically had members in both counties. ... More TBA (see LDC ... ) ... The shared history included the adjoining counties of Trimble, Oldham and Carroll also, but to lesser extent. The original boundary of Henry County and, prior to its formation Shelby County, included a few miles along the Ohio River. The Ohio River was a major transporation route of the times and a significant migration corridor. (That Ohio River access was subsequently whittled away by the formation of Carroll and Trimble Counties.)

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.

  1. Shuck - 1839/1840

    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).

  2. Kitson

    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.

  3. Smith - 1822

    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.

  4. Clendenny

    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.

  5. Ellis

    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; Alphabetical Index: "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.

  6. Elliott

    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.

  7. Reddish

    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.)

  8. Wells

    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.

  9. Edrington

    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.

  10. Blackaby/Blackorby/Blackerby/Blackeby/Blackabee/etc.

    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:

  11. Lilley/Lilly: 1836-1839.

    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:

  12. Whiteside 1828 :

    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.)

  13. Alloway abt 1836

    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.

  14. Hardesty abt 1833-4

    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"

  15. Magruder abt 1855-1857

    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.

  16. Baskett - 1841

    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"

  17. Davis 1835-1838:

    Rev. Ephraim Davis (1788-1851), his wife and children.

    Click on above link for details.

  18. Ware BEF 1840:

    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.

  19. Murphy and Ware 1829-1830:

    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.

  20. Carr abt 1830

    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.

  21. Reid/Alexander/Shannon/Finley/Wallace ca 1830's - 1840's

    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.

  22. Palmer (1)

    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.

    Note that there were four (at least) (maybe five) separate, unrelated Palmer lines in Lincoln County:

    1. John Palmer (1750-1821) (above) and Elizabeth Goodrich of Fauquier County, Virginia. Ancestors of this Palmer line have been reported back to 1585 on various internet websites.

    2. William 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. 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 to the John Palmer (1750-1821) family, but connection not known (John had a different son William (1794-1839)). More following section - "Palmer (2)".

    3. Burton Palmer (1788-1858) and Rebekah "Betty" Bruce (1792-1846) of Garrard and Howard County, Kentucky. Rebekah born Augusta County, Virginia. They buried (reported, unconfirmed) Palmer Cemetery II; It doesn't look like any of their children or descendants remained in Lincoln County. Burton was son of Nixon Palmer and Mary Beasley; ancestral lines have been researched and more available.

    4. William Henry Palmer (1847-1925) born 16 Jul 1847 in Michigan, died 26 May 1925, buried Elsberry City Cemetery, married 10 May 1875 in Lincoln County to Alice Jane Kitson (1859-1943). Eight children in Elsberry. It is some of these children that are the Palmer's buried in the Elsberry City Cemetery. William Henry Palmer (1847-1925) was son of William H. (1809/1810-aft1880) (born New York) and Esther S. (1811/1812-aft1880) (born Vermont) Palmer. Parents in 1870 and 1880 censuses in Washtenaw County, Michigan. Alice was d/o John Martin Kitson (1829-1916) and Priscilla Jane Shelton (1835-1900), both buried at Sled Cemetery.

    5. Alexis Palmer (1791-1872) b. 30 Jun 1791 in St. Louis s/o Guillermo (William) Palmer dit. Beaulieu who was born in France; m. 18 Jan 1820 at St. Louis to Rebecca Jump (1801/1802-1860/1860); d. 3 Jan 1872 at Lincoln County. Ch (found by me): Catharine Palmer m. 2 Jan 1843 at Lincoln Co. to James M. Hammack; William Palmer born July 1825 in Missouri, died aft 1900; Elizabeth Palmer (1827/8-aft1850). Cannon's History of Elsberry has much more about this family.

  23. Palmer (2)

    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:

  24. Achor (aka Akers) - 1826

    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.

  25. Robertson - abt 1826

    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 NO Pike County in Virginia (or West Virginia).

  26. Yates - 1851

    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)

  27. Young

    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.

  28. Fisher - 1842

    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

  29. Taylor - Bef. 1834

    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.

  30. Cunningham - Bef. 1834

    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

  31. Cooper - bef 1830

    William L. Cooper b. 6 December 1787 at Shelby County, Kentucky, d. 18 August 1872 at Stevens Point, Portage County, Wisconsin, bu. Forest Cemetery, Stevens Point, Portage County, Wisconsin; married 11 June 1807 (bond 08 June 1807) at Nelson County, Kentucky to Winifred Ann "Winnie" ("Winney") 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; buried at Troy City Cemetery, Lincoln County, Missouri. Six children (Cooper), three reported born in Shelby County, Kentucky: Malinda b. 4 November 1809, d. abt 1875 at Calhoun County, Illinois, married 20 June 1826 at Spencer Co., Kentucky to Simeon Shelburn; Esther b. 5 January 1818, d. 2 Dec 1903 at Lincoln County, Missouri, m. Andrew Taylor Cunningham (1818-1870/1900); and David S. Cooper b. 4 Jun 1822, d. 16 July 1904 at Brussels, Lincoln County, Missouri. Other children with limited information: Walter Stallard b. 1811; Benjamin F. b. abt 1815, d. 1870/1880 at Stevens Point, Portage County, Wisconsin, bu. Forest Cemetery, Stevens Point, Portage Coounty, Wisconsin, m. Frances _________; Julia b. abt. 1823.

    While living near Auburn, Mr. Cunningham made the acquaintance of Esther Cooper, who was born January 5, 1818, in Shelby County, Ky., and their marriage was celebrated in 1838. The lady's parents were William L. and Winnefred (Stallard) Cooper. The former was born in Shelby, and the latter in Nelson, County, Ky., and they were married in the latter county, where they lived until 1829, then moving to Missouri. On coming to this county, they settled in this township, living on several farms for a number of years, and then both came to dwell with our subject. Subsequently they removed to Troy, where the mother died in 1862, after which event the father went to Wisconsin to live with a son, and died near Doddsville, in 1872. Mrs. Cunningham is one of six children, the others being Melinda, Mrs. Simeon Shelburn; Walter S., who married Frances Wells, and later wedded Amanda Parker; Benjamin F., who married Frances Coliick; David S., who married Matilda Duff, and is now living in Kentucky; and Julia, who died in the Blue Grass State, at the age of three months.
    - Portrait and biographical record of St. Charles, Lincoln, and Warren counties, Missouri online, P. 38-39
    It appears that this was the William Cooper in the 1820 census in Shelby County, Kentucky (would be age 32) and the 1830 census (would be age 42) 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 who reportedly was born in Virginia and died about 1814 in Shelby County, Kentucky.

  32. Logan - 1848

    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.)

  33. Dodson - 1834

    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:

        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-

    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.

  34. Luck - 1857

    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.)

  35. Sullenger - 1854

    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) 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:
        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.

  36. Frazier - 1837

    Obituary for William Frazier (1828-1906)
    Uncited clipping.

    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) ]


  37. Weeks - 1851

    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.

  38. Hunter Bef 1850

    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.

  39. Downing

    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:

  40. Elston

    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 ( 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.

    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).

  41. Admire 1832-1844

    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.

  42. Buchanan

    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 Montgomery Co. adjoins Lincoln Co.

    Re: Sandy Baugh
    Chester C Buchanan (View posts) Posted: 9 Feb 2008 5:19PM
    Classification: Query
    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.

  43. Anderson

    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

  44. Sutton

    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, at least some transcribed ones. 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 Sutton
    A 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

    Other notes:

  45. Morgan

    "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.

  46. Woolfolk

    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.)

  47. Turnham

    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.

  48. Ransdell?

    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.

  49. McIntosh?

    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.

  50. Roberts?

    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.)

  51. Bibb?

    There were Bibb's in Henry County, Ky and Lincoln Co., Mo. Not sure if connected to Lincoln County Bibb's. TBR

  52. Mayes?

    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.

  53. Ellsberry

    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).

  54. Elsberry?

    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.

  55. Estes?
    MAY have come from Henry/Shelby but very speculative. There were Estes' in those counties.

  56. (Others? This is still a research work in progress.)

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.

Families - From Other Places

It looks like many other Lincoln County families also shared common place origins, although some may have migrated at different times. Groups of families did migrate together. I have come across apparent common origins of some other families. I have not researched these in depth or completely and some information is from secondary sources, so information following is tentative, piecemeal and advisory. The overwhelming numbers of families came from Kentucky and Tennessee, most of those having previously resided in Virginia and/or North Carolina. Also, it does appear that a few families came directly to Missouri from North Carolina and Virginia. It is my informal understanding that in the latter 1700's, the borders between Virginia and North Carolina were not well settled or understood. So one may find apparent contradictions in the records and ancestors may appear in both states while residing in only one place. Also, movement between the two may have been common.

For nativity of various other families, see Mudd: List of Patrons of the Atlas of Lincoln County, Mo. 1876 starting Page 57.

Families - Various Other

Families - Group Recap Notes

Various families carried the same surname but were apparently unrelated. Following is a recap of some of those surnames.

To Other Places

A few notes about emigration from Lincoln County to other places.

Funeral Directors and Undertakers

I do not know of a comprensive, authoritative list of historical funeral directors/embalmers/undertakers in Lincoln County. The following are ones identified from various random documents and sources, but mostly death certificates, obituaries and newspaper advertisements. I have only looked at death certificates that are online. As of August 2010, the dates online are from 1910 to 1959.

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.

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.

Elsberry Burial Association

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.

Shapley Ross House

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.


    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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