Levi Shuck and Eliza Kitson children

See separate file for James B. Shuck (1839-1903) .


            Elsberry Democrat
Elsberry, Missouri, Friday, December 28, 1928
       Vol. XXIX, No. 44, Page 1
  Cornelius Shuck Passes Away at Ripe
       Old Age of Eighty-Eight
  Cornelius Shuck, for sixty or
seventy years a resident of the community
around Dameron, died rather
suddenly Christmas day at the home
of his daughter, Mrs. Wm. Overall,
west of Winfield, from the infirmities
of old age.  He was in his eighty-ninth
  While he had been in declining
health for two or three years, he was
as well as usual last Thursday,
partaking of a hearty dinner.  He became
ill during the late afternoon and
passed away Tuesday morning, when
the world in general was celebrating
the birth of our Savior.
  The body was brought to Elsberry
Wednesday morning.  Funeral services
were held in the Methodist
church here, conducted by Rev. A.
W. Darter, of Winfield, assisted by
Rev. B. D. Sipple, local pastor, after
which the burial took place in
Elsberry cemetery.
  Cornelius Shuck was the son of
Levi and Eliza Shuck and was born
in Kentucky June 30, 1840.  Early in
life he came to Missouri and settled
in the vicinity of Smith Chapel, and
the greater part of his long life was
spent in that community.
  On April 17, 1866, he was married
to Miss Ellen A. Smith.  Seven
daughters and two sons were born of
this union.  Three of these survive
him.  They are: Mrs. Mollie Overall,
Mrs. Carrie Parks and Levi.  The
wife and other children preceded the
father to the grave many years ago.
In addition to the three children, he is
susvived by one brother and one sister,
Wm. Shuck and Mrs. Belle Smith,
of Elsberry, and several grandchildren
and great grandchildren.
  Many years ago he united with
Smith Chapel M. E. church and
remained an active member there for
years.  Later he transferred his
membership to Elsberry.  Following the
tragic death of an unmarried daughter
at Dameron a few years ago, he
moved to Elsberry, and later to the
home of a married daughter near
  Many friends from the community
in which he lived the past few years
drove to Elsberry Wednesday to
attend the funeral and burial.


No known obituary of Ellen Agnes Smith Shuck,
wife of Cornelius.  She died 1885 and no
newspapers of that time apparently survive.


(Have not yet transcribed obit. for William Shuck, died
  September 11, 1931.)


Obituary for Mrs. Wm. Shuck (1846-1923)
The Elsberry Democrat, Elsberry, Missouri, Friday, January 19, 1923.


Elsberry Woman Passes Away Following Illness of Many Months

Mrs. Wm. SHUCK, whose critical illness was noted last week, passed away
Saturday night about 10 o'clock and was buried Monday, after funeral services
at Oak Ridge church, in the nearby cemetery.

Margaret Elizabeth Frances, daughter of Reuben Wyatt and Mary Frances LYON
GRAVES, was born in Albemarle County, Va., January 22, 1846, and died in
Elsberry January 13, 1923, at the age of 76 years, 11 months, and 22 days.
She came to Missouri about 1858 with her parents, who settled on a farm six
or seven miles north of Elsberry, afterward buying a nearby farm which
eventually passed into her hands, she being the only surviving member of the
family. She was one of six children, four of whom with their father, died
within a few weeks, in 1863, of scarlet fever. One brother, Reuben James,
attained manhood and died in 1869. Her mother's second marriage was to John
F. HUCKSTEP. Both died about two weeks apart in 1889.

On April 2, 1863, occurred the marriage of Miss GRAVES and Wm. SHUCK and to
this union six children were born, as follows: William Lee, Robert Fletcher,
Sterling Price, and Selser Price, twins, Birdie Frances, now Mrs. Jas.
SIMPSON, and Mary Isabella. The latter died at the age of five years and
Selser Price died in mere infancy. The aged husband and the three sons and
one daughter mourn the departure of a dear wife and a precious mother. There
are also left to cherish the memory of a devoted grandmother the following
grandchildren: R. N. STONEWALL, Margaret, Mable, Myrtle, and Ruby Tom
OMOHUNDRO, J. T., Robert, Mary, Arthur, and Jesse SHUCK and Mrs. Velma SHUCK
PHOEBUS; and two great-grandchildren, beside a host of other relatives and
friends who will mourn her passing.

Early in life Mrs. SHUCK united with the Methodist church and was a faithful
attendant at Smith Chapel so long as her health permitted her to attend
services. She lived an earnest Christian life and was rewarded in seeing her
children follow her counsel and example. Hers was an utterly unselfish nature
and even in her last illness when her sufferings were at times intense, she
patiently endured them and planned for the comfort of others.

About twenty years ago she moved to Elsberry with her husband and had been a
semi-invalid for most of that time. When stricken about a week before her
death her condition became at once dangerous and her children were summoned
to her side. She rallied for a day or so, but was too frail to long resist
the course of disease which had laid hold of her.

Funeral services were held Monday at 11 o'clock at Oak Ridge church and
interment was made in the adjoining cemetery. Rev. J. W. TANQUARY, pastor of
Elsberry and Smith Chapel churches, officiated, assisted by Rev. F. J.
YOKLEY, pastor of the Christian church. The following near relatives acted as
pall bearers: C. C., Lee and J. W. BROWN, Rush WATTS, and H. T. and F. L.


            Elsberry Democrat
Elsberry, Missouri, Friday, July 27, 1928
       Vol. XXIX, No. 22, Page 1
        Aged Woman Passes Away.
  Mrs. Elizabeth Reneau, aged 81
years, died at home of her son, Lee
Brown, near Dameron, last Friday
and was buried in Oak Ridge cemetery
Sunday afternoon, following
services in the church, Rev. J. S.
Eames, her pastor, officiating.
  Elizabeth Shuck was the fourth
child in a family of ten children born
to Levi and Eliza Kitson Shuck and
grew to young womanhood on her
father's farm in North Lincoln county.
She was married April 5, 1864
to William Brown, of Aberdeen Turpin
neighborhood, Pike county.  Five
children were born to them, Joseph
W., Lee, Ada Belle (Mrs. Ada
Davis, Charles C. and Willie, all of
whom are living with exception of
the last named, who died February
26, 1912.  The husband and father
fell a victim to cholera, during the
worst epedemic ever known in this
section, and the widow and small children,
some of them ill, were removed
to the home of Mrs. Brown's parents,
where they made their home for about
ten years, or until her second
marriage, when she became the wife of
Richard Stewart.  His life was cut
short by an accident while he was
working on the farm.
  After death of her parents, the
twice-widowed woman went to home
of her son, Lee, near Dameron, and
to this place came "Uncle Billy"
Reneau, who not only won hearts of
the people in the community, but won
for a wife Mrs. Elizabeth Brown-
Stewart.  Mr. Reneau died June 3,
1917, attended through his last years
by his devoted wife and her two
grandsons, Russell and Harry Brown,
the latter having made his home with
the from age of two years, at time
of his mother's death.  In August,
1926, Mrs. Reneau suffered a fall,
from which she never fully recovered,
and the two grandsons nursed her for
months, returning the devotion she
had shown them.  Russell died in
1927 and that year she again was
moved to home of her son, Lee, where
she passed her last days.
  She is survived by the four children
named above, besides 21 grandchildren,
22 great-grandchildren, one
sister, Mrs. Belle Smith, and two
brothers, William and Cornelius
  The venerable woman was a charter
member of Elsberry Baptist church,
having made the Christian's confession
and obeyed the rites of baptism
at Smith Chapel, when it was used
jointly by Methodist and Baptist
congregations.  Through her long and
useful life she was ever devoted to
church activities, a lover of all that
pertained to the benefit of humanity.


William "Uncle Billy" Reneau died 3 June 1917
and is buried next to Lizzie at Oak Ridge.
Obituary search pending.

William Montjoy Brown died 5 August 1873 and
is buried at a family cemetery near Clopton
School, Lincoln Co., Missouri.

Richard Stewart died in a farm accident;
no further information.


            Elsberry Democrat
Elsberry, Missouri, Friday, September 22, 1922
       Vol. XXIII  No. 29, Page 1
        Death of Mrs. D. R. Watts

Mrs. Daniel R. Watts passed away
last Saturday evening, after an illness
of short duration, at the age of 73
years.  Mrs. Watts during the last
two years of her life had begun to
feel the weight of her years, but was
confined to her bed less than two
weeks, and was in town only a few
days before stricken with her final
illness.  Funeral services were
conducted at Smith Chapel M. E. church
Monday morning at 11 o'clock and
interment was made in the Clarksville
  Mary Shuck Watts was a native of
Lincoln county and was born near
Sledd on September 8, 1849.  She
died September 16, 1922, at the age
of 73 years and 8 days.  On November
29, 1870, she was married to Daniel
R. Watts, by whom she is survived.
There are also left to mourn her loss
one daughter, Mrs. Addie L. Patton,
and three sons, John Fulton, Oten
Clay and Claude Rush, besides eight
grandchildren, three great-grandchildren,
two sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Reneau,
of Dameron, and Mrs. G. W. Smith,
of this city, and two brothers, William
and Cornelius Shuck, of this city.
  Mrs. Watts united with the Methodist
church in early life and lived a
consistent Christian life from that day
until her death.  She was devoted to
her family, home and friends, and
has been spoken of by one who lived
her as "the best neighbor anyone ever
had."  Truly a good woman has gone
to her reward.
  The funeral services were conducted
by Rev. J. W. Tanquary, assisted
by Rev. B. Marvin Harris, of Paynesville,
in the presence of a large
gathering of relatives and friends.


            Elsberry Democrat
Elsberry, Missouri, Friday, May 27, 1927
       Vol. XXVIII  No. 13, Page 1
Daniel Watts Meets Instant Death in
         Trying to Stop Team.
  Daniel R. Watts, 83 years old and
one of the most substantial farmers
and stockmen in this section of the
county, was instantly killed about 8
o'clock Thursday morning when he
attempted to stop a runaway team
along the highway near the home of
Louis Watts, a neighbor.
  Mr. Watts lived near the Smith
school house, some nine miles north-
west of Elsberry,  His son, Rush, and
John Dickerman, a farm hand, were
engaged in hauling rails on what is
more familiarly known as the "Jamison
place, for years owned by Mr.
Watts.  The wagon was about half
loaded when the team became frightened
and ran away.  Reaching the
highway the horses ran down the
school house road at breakneck speed.
Mr. Watts, who was in a field south
of the school house, observed the runaways,
climbed over the fence and
ran out in the middle of the road and
endeavored to stop the frightened
animals.  He was struck either by
the end of the wagon tongue or neck-
yoke and buried a distance of ten or
twelve feet with such ciolence that
he was killed instantly.
  As the tragedy occurred along the
road near the home of Louis Watts,
Mr. and Mrs. Watts and Tom Calman
witnessed it.  Dr. Keeling was
hurriedly summoned to view the body,
after which is was removed a short
distance to his late home.
  Mr. Watts was regarded as one of
the most successful farmers and
stockmen in northern Lincoln.  He
was a large land-owner and his
industry was largely responsible for his
tragic death.  His wife preceded him
in death a few years ago.  He is
survived by three sons, John F., of
Elsberry, and Oten and Rush, at home,
and one daughter, Mrs. Addie Patton,
north of town.
  He was a brother of A. L. Watts,
west of town, L. C. Watts, of Annada
neighborhood, and Mrs. Eliza Sanders,
north of New Hope.


Obituary for Mrs. Belle Smith (1863-1934)
The Elsberry Democrat, Elsberry, Missouri, February 16, 1934.

Obituary of Mrs. Belle SMITH

Mrs. Belle SMITH, widow of the late George W. SMITH, died Tuesday morning,
following a brief illness, at home of her daughter, Mrs. E. C. FINES. Her
death followed an attack of pneumonia which her frail constitution was
powerless to overcome. Funeral services were held in Elsberry Baptist church
at 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon, conducted by her pastor, Rev. L. D. GREGORY,
and interment was made in Oak Ridge cemetery.

Sarah Isabelle SHUCK SMITH, daughter of Levi and Eliza SHUCK, was born
January 5, 1863, near Sledd, Pike County, Missouri, and departed this life
February 13, 1934, at home of her daughter, Mrs. Pearl FINES, with whom she
made her home for the previous four years. She was 71 years, 1 month and 8
days old. Mrs. SMITH was the youngest of ten children, all of whom have
preceded her to the grave. Early in life she confessed her faith in her
Savior and became a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where she faithfully
attended as long as her health permitted.

She was married December 2, 1880, by Rev. METHEENY, to George W. SMITH, who
departed this life March 25, 1925. To this union were born five children:
Fred, of Quincy, Ill.; Maggie NORTON, of Aberdeen; Pearl FINES, of Elsberry;
Elsie UPTEGROVE, who departed this life June 5, 1924, and one daughter who
died in infancy. Se also reared two grandchildren as her own; Harry SMITH of
Hannibal and Viola VALLIER of Sparta, Ill. Besides these she leaves 12 other
grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren to mourn her passing.

Mrs. SMITH was held in high esteem among her friends and relatives and in
addition to her immediate family she leaves other relatives and a host of
friends who are grieved over her passing.


[George Washington Smith (1858-1925)]

         Elsberry  Democrat
         Elsberry, Missouri

       Friday, April 3, 1925
          Vol XXVI, No. 5

 Death Relieves Patient Sufferer Fol-
     lowing Years of Invalidism.
   Following several years of impair-
ed health, George W. Smith, aged 67
years, died last Friday.  Funeral
services were held at Oak Ridge
church Sunday afternoon at two
o'clock and interment was made in
the church cemetery.  Mr. Smith had
suffered from rheumatism for a long
time and a year or two ago had
several light strokes of paralysis.
About three weeks ago he was again
stricken and failed to rally from the
last attack.
   George W. Smith was the son of
James and Mary Smith and was born
in St. Louis county March 14, 1858,
dying March 28, 1925, at the age of
67 years and 13 days.  At time of his
death he was residing at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Brown, in southern
Pike county.
   On December 2, 1880 he was united
in marriage with Sarah Isabel Shuck,
by whom he is survived.  Five chil-
dren were born to them.  One died in
infancy and a daughter, Mrs. Thos.
Uptegrove, preceded her father to the
Great Beyond less than a year ago
on June 5, 1924.
   Early in life Mr. Smith united with
with [sic] the Baptist church at Ebenezer,
during the pastorate of Rev. Jno.
Robenett.  He later united with the
Methodist church.
   Besides the widow there are left to
mourn his departure three children,
Fred R. Smith, residing in the state
of California, Mrs. Gene Norton and
Mrs. Everett Fines, or near Elsberry,
fourteen grandchildren and three
great grandchildren.  All the grand-
children were present at the burial
except Harry Smith, who is ill in a
St. Louis hospital.  Mr. Smith's aged
mother, past 92 years of age, is also
living, and there are three sisters and
three brothers surviving, in addition
to a host of other relatives and
   Funeral services were conducted in
the presence of a large gathering of
frinds [sic] and neighbors at Oak Ridge
church on Sunday afternoon, Rev. J.
S. Eames, of Olney, officiating.


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