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Linn County Missouri Queries
January - March 1998

Date: 30 March 1998

Name: Larry Rader 
Looking for family links to Mildred Amelia JENT (GENT) b 1857 VA, married Aug 1879 Linn Co MO to Thomas M. Higginbotham. Mildred was daughter of Ransom JENT and Virginia Ward. One child, Florence E. Higginbotham, b 1880 MO. Family records use GENT spelling; other citations (some official) support JENT.

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Date: 30 March 1998

Name: Pat Ball 
Caleb Starr HUGHES b: 1826 in McMinn County, Tennessee. Was in Clay County, Kentucky from 1839 - ca 1862. Was living in Chariton County in 1863 and at St. Catharine, Linn County, Missouri in 1868.

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Date: 30 March 1998

Name: Bill Harrington 
Looking for information on Harry and Alice (Baugher) HARRINGTON of Linn Co. They were married on July 4, 1876 (have wedding picture); also have picture entitled "Grandpa Harrington as Linn County Judge" -- who is "Grandpa"? Any information on this line would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Date: 30 March 1998

Name: Robert M. Allen 
I am hoping to communicate with descendants of Frank M. JONES (1827-after 1900) and his wife Julia Ann JONES (nee ALLEN) (1827- after 1900). They are listed in the Linn Co., MO in Parson's Creek Township in the 1880 and 1900 census. Julia Ann JONES wrote a letter in 1899 from Meadville, MO. Their children were:

Mary Elizabeth who married Robert DOHERTY,
Horace Polk who married Nadine Helen WALL,
Celestia Catherine who married N. W. MURPHY,
Ida Jo who married William ELLIOTT,
Martha Bell(e) who married John R. BELSHI,
N. P. Willard,
John R.,
Ellen F.,
Robert Lee, and
Laura who married (1st) __?__ GREINER and (2nd) William BUCK.

Julia Ann JONES (nee ALLEN) was the granddaughter of Robert ALLEN, Jr., Jane (Jean) ALLEN (nee TURK) (1749-1845) formerly of Augusta Co., VA. Jane ALLEN moved with her 11 children to Cumberland Co., KY in 1798. Her youngest son, David ALLEN (1788-1845) married Mary DOHERTY and they were the parents of Julia Ann JONES (nee ALLEN). Jane ALLEN lived with her son, David ALLEN. Both of them died in 1845 in Cumberland Co., KY. Julia Ann JONES seemed to have details concerning Robert ALLEN, Jr., and Jane ALLEN in a January 27, 1899 letter which suggests that she may have had an old family bible or other unique genealogical information about her ALLEN ancestors.

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Date: 25 March 1998

Name: Joe Spence
I am still seeking information on George SPENCE who lived in Linneus, Linn Co. MO in 1885.
He was a son of William Spence and Phebe Ann Peden. William and Phebe moved from Davis Co. IA to Grundy Co. MO around 1854 or 1855, settling in the Marion Twp. area of Grundy Co. George Spence was born in Grundy Co. MO ca. 1860. He married Idaho Huev (?) March 30, 1879 in Grundy Co. and apparently moved to Linn Co. after that. George's father died in 1866 not before 1858 as previously thought. William Spence reportedly fought in the Mexican Wars, and gained a captaincy in the Civil War. Perhaps some of this will ring a bell with someone. Thanks, Joe Spence

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Date: 22 March 1998

Name: Laura Elliott 
Looking for ancestors (all resided Purdin, MO. at some time; most died there) of:

1.James "Frank" Franklin MILLER, died 1938, married Matilda (Millie Ann) CANADAY, she died 1936, 3 children: Will, Frank, Nezida Caroline McNALLY, born 1877 Shelby, Mo., died 1959 Purdin, Mo.

2.David Alexander STREET born 11 Nov 1851 Sturgeon, Mo., married 9 Mar 1879 Linn Co. to Elizabeth Ann SCHROCK (daughter of Andrew Jackson SCHROCK), she died 1898, had 9 children: Byron D., Alonzo, Charles D., Claude L., Lola Street Gilmer, Grace Street Myers, Susa Street Nichols, Hazel Street Gooch, William Jackson STREET, born 1880 Winigan, Mo., lived near Purdin, died 1960 at daughter Lucille McNally´s, Dayton, OH.

3.George Washington PHILLIPS died 1934 (his father died Civil War), married 3 Mar.1878 to Margaret DILLINER (daughter of LT. Ebenezer & Mary). Margaret died 1937, 4 children: Alva Beryl (son), Mary died age 17 typhoid fever, Sylvia Phillips STREET born 1881, Myrtle Phillips STREET (married William Jackson STREET above) born 1881, died 1959 Purdin, MO. Thank you.

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Date: 20 March 1998

Name: Larry Rader 
Seeking family of great great grandparents, married Linn Co MO Dec 15, 1842: John GIER b KY and Historian RUNNELS d 1862 (CD 227 Soundex is Westorian Reynolds... but old family records are Runnels, possibly Runnells).

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Date: 20 March 1998

Name: Rosalee Zeier 
I am searching for Joseph and Martha MAXWELL. They lived in Laclede, Linn County. Only Joseph is listed in the 1870 census. Son, William McDowell MAXWELL and wife, Nancy Whitley MAXWELL are listed in the 1870 census as living in Laclede. I would like to find out when Martha and Joseph died and where they are buried. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much in advance.

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Date: 15 March 1998

Name: Joan Stephens 
I am looking for information on widow Charity ELITHORP who married a John TURNER 24 April l87l in Linn County, Missouri. Where did they go?

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Date: 15 March 1998

Name: Patricia Kantzer 
BUNCH, Willis Marion, bn 19 Apr 1882, Sullivan Co MO, died 15 Aug 1951, Linn Co MO married on 24 Dec 1902 Linn Co MO to Iva Ann Belzer, bn 25 Nov 1879 North Salem, Linn Co MO, died 3 Jul 1957, Adair Co Mo. Wish to contact those researching the Bunch-Belzer surnames.

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Date: 7 March 1998

Name: MR LYNN R SWADLEY
Looking for info on John Henry COTTER b.4-20-1847 in Sevier county Tennesse, came to Linn County with his parents William COTTER and mother Hannah LANE around 1844. Lived in the Linneus area. Have info from there to present. Looking for further back as well . Any help out there ? Thanks.

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Date: 3 March 1998

Name: Jefferson C. Saunders 
Marceline, MO: SAUNDERS; 1895- present
Three Welsh born Saunders boys moved from Macon to Linn Co.
Connected names: BLAKE, BONE, BOSWELL, DAVIS, DAUGHERTY, EBINGER, HANEY, HARDIN, HILE, HUTCHINSON, MORRIS, PIPPIN, RIDGES, ROBINSON, WENDT+

Also looking for grave of Welsh born Sarah (Williams) Saunders abt 1833 - 1910+ Buried in Linn County.

Marceline, MO: DAVIS; 1900 - present
Joseph Luke Davis died in Marceline in 1915.
I am seeking his wife Emily Saunders-Davis and daughter Anne Davis. She may have remarried.

Also seeking another DAVIS family: Thomas Harold Davis married Jenny B. Saunders 1919 and disappeared in 1925. She remarried Hugh Ridges.

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Date: 3 March 1998

Name: Jane Bowyer
Searching for families of HARVEY, LANE, and MORELAND in late 1800s and early 1900s. Any and all help appreciated.

HARVEY, Lewis Franklin. Died 1922. He was a pioneer in Linn County, but came from WVA by way of Ohio. He was married three times. Last marriage to Emeline MORELAND in 1879. She died in 1947. Both buried in Linn County. They had 8 children. I think that all, but Sarah, are buried in Linn County. They were:

Albert William HARVEY b.1880
Alfonzo Taft HARVEY b.1882
Maude Ellen HARVEY b. 1884
Elsie May HARVEY b. 1887
Benjamin Franklin HARVEY b. 1889
Sarah Jane HARVEY b. 1892 Married Willie Wade LANE.
Elihu Parmer HARVEY b. 1895
Jessie Ray HARVEY b. 1898

LANE, Charles Wade. Born in MO moved to TX and back to Linn County MO. Died Feb 1909. He was married to Sarah Anna DARK who died in Jul 1915. (Sarah also married Benjamin C. J. REYNOLDS after Charles died.) Three of the LANE children were born in Tyler Texas, but the youngest one was born in Marceline MO. They are:

Oscar Q LANE b.1876 Married Belle M. KENT in 1899.
Maggie A. LANE b.1879 Married E.W.HOSKIN in 1898
William (Willie) Wade LANE b.1882 Married Flossie M. LAFEE(1); Married Sarah Jane HARVEY(2)
Bennie Lanier LANE b.1889 Married Harold L. MAHURIN in 1907.

MORELAND, Thornton Samuel b.1832 in VA married Nancy Elizabeth SHELL in 1857 in Ohio(?) and buried in Linn County 1907. Nancy d. in Linn Co 1914 They had nine children including a set of twins. I know very, very little about this family. The children were:

William W. MORELAND b. 1853
Martha Frances Helen MORELAND b.1854
Melvina MORELAND b. 1858
Emeline MORELAND b. 1858 Married Lewis Franklin HARVEY
Mary E. MORELAND b. 1860
Charley MORELAND b. 1863
Lewis Walter MORELAND b.1867
Rebecca Jane Elizabeth MORELAND b. 1869
Ida Belle MORELAND b. 1875

I may be reached via email or 8901 Vantage Pt. #1522, Dallas TX 75243. Thanks

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Date: 3 March 1998

Name: Larry Rader 
Maggie A. GIER and W.W. HIGGINBOTHAM, great grandparents were married at North Salem MO in December 1875. Seek confirmation of date (Dec.22?) and full legal name of g grandmother Maggie--plus any information on either set of parents (full names, etc.) who may be recorded witnesses of the wedding vows.

FYI, these old timers migrated to the Territory of Washington in 1881, taking a homestead in dryland wheat country of Douglas County.

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Date: 25 February 1998

Name: Tom Teters 
Looking for possible marriage record for Gurtha D NESTER and Eli A TETER(S) possibly around 1910-1912. Can anyone help? Thanks
Tom Teters 1147 S Willow Ln. Springfield, MO 65804.

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Date: 4 February 1998

Name: Don Nickel
Looking for information on Isaac A. NICKELL, b.1842, OH; Sarah Frances (BIXLER) NICKELL, b.1847, KY. Primarily would like death information. They were in the 1900 Linn Co., census; only Sarah in the 1910 census. Thanks for any help.

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Date: 1 February 1998

Name: Pat DAILEY 
On August 27, 1898 Alonzo Everett POWELL son of William Bradley POWELL, married Marian Rebecca STONE daughter of William Francis STONE. William Bradley POWELL was descended from Andrew POWELL of Virginia. William Francis STONE was descended from Benjamin Franklin STONE of Greensboro, Greene, PA. Seeking ancesters OF Andrew POWELL plus proof of relationship to William Bradley POWELL. Seeking proof of relationship of Marian STONE to Benjamin Franklin STONE

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Date: 1 February 1998

Name: Flossie Libra 
William SISSONS and Caroline GOURLAY were married in Stratford, Ontario in 1870 then did not appear again in that area.  I found their address on Caroline Gourlay Sissons father's will as being Brookfield, County of Linn, Missouri.  When did they go there?  Did they remain there?  What were their children's names?  Any information appreciated.

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Date: 1 February 1998

Name: Julie Oliver 
I am looking for info on William B. WOODRUFF. He was one of the 1st settlers in Linn Co. and was a justice of the peace or judge. His son, Thomas also lived there. I am looking for any info on this family. Thanks

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Date: 29 January 1998

Name: Sherillrh@aol.com
My ancestors have the name of BECKETT and PACE--they lived in Linneus of Linn County sometime around 1880. I would appreciate any information you can give me on those names--Thomas B. Beckett and Anna Pace Beckett. They supposedly had 7 children--according to the 1910 census in Enid Oklahoma, but I can only find the names of five of them. Any records you can find on their marriage or their children's births, please. Thank you

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Date: 27 January 1998

Name: Virginia Stearns 
WALKER, Elmer Patrick of Marceline or Brookfield; married Martha Anne CASWELL and had daughter Mary Joseph WALKER and twin Joseph Mary Walker born Feb 4, 1887 in either Brookfield or Marceline. Anyone having any information or willing to do lookup I would be willing to reciprocate with help from information I have available; SS lookups, Marriage index Ohio, Ohio Vital Stats, Marriage index Il, In, Ky, Oh, Tn from Broderbund CD's. Or help for South Dakota Black Hills Area. Thank you
Virginia Stearns

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Date: 18 January 1998

Name: Linda Knapton 
I am searching for my great-grandmothers family. Her grandfather was Phillip CARROLL. He came to America with a brother from Ireland during the potato famine. I am unsure of his birth dates or his death dates. He lived in Marceline, Linn County, Missouri sometime after 1893 with (or near) one of his daughters Julia (CARROLL) CALLAHAN. I suspect he maybe buried in or near Marceline, Linn Co, Missouri.

He had 2 daughters Mary Alice "Mollie" CARROLL born @ 1861, where?. She married George Washington GRIGGS and they lived in what was then Indian Territory in Wynnewood, Garvin Co Oklahoma. They had 4 daughters: Margaret Ethel GRIGGS born @ 1885 in Wynnewood, OK Bertha GRIGGS born @ 1887 in Wynnewood, OK. Leona Massie GRIGGS born Dec 26, 1889 in Wynnewood, OK. (This is my great-grandmother). Georgia Gail GRIGGS born @ 1891 in Wynnewood, OK.

His other daughter was Julia CARROLL who married a man named CALLAHAN. They lived in Marceline, Linn Co, Missouri @ 1893. She had at least 2 children a boy born @ 1893 & girl born @ 1890.

Mary Alice (CARROLL) GRIGGS died @ 1893 in childbirth? She is buried in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. George GRIGGS then remarried to a Irma/Erma DOBBINS and had 2 more daughters Willie Lorrila GRIGGS & U.B.

George GRIGGS died Aug 1900 in Citra, Oklahoma and is buried in Wynnewood, Oklahoma next to Mary Alice (CARROLL) GRIGGS. After George died the children were split up and Ethel Griggs went to live with George's mother Massie Anne (WARNER) GRIGGS remarried to BUNN (after @ 1893) in Appleton City, Bates Co, Missouri. Bertha GRIGGS stayed with Irma/Erma (DOBBINS) GRIGGS for a few years.

Leona GRIGGS & Georgia Gail GRIGGS went to Marceline, Linn County, Missouri to live with their aunt Julia (CARROLL) CALLAHAN. Eventually Bertha came to stay with aunt Julia (CARROLL) CALLAHAN also. They did not stay very long because each girl as soon as possible left this home and moved out and away from everyone.

I am trying to trace Phillip CARROLL & his brother who came from Ireland with him and Julia (CARROLL) CALLAHAN. I would appreciate any and all help.

I have a family photo that shows Phillip CARROLL, Mary Alice (CARROLL) GRIGGS, & her husband George GRIGGS & their 4 daughters, Ethel, Bertha, Leona, Georgia GRIGGS & Julia (CARROLL) CALLAHAN with her husband & 2 children. This photo was taken @ 1893 right before Mary Alice died. I am extremly fortunate to have it since the way this family was all split up after their parents' deaths.

I can be reached at my email address: doghouse@jefnet.com or via snail mail
Linda D. Knapton, 384 S. Van Buren St, Waterloo, WI 53594

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Date: 12 January 1998

Name: Brenda Stamps 
JOBSON, AUSTIN Am searching for information on ancestry of both Paulaine (Pollie) Ann AUSTIN and Frederick Victor Emmanuel JOBSON. They were married 23 Jun 1878 in Bucklin. Pollie was born 5 Oct. 1859. Frederick was born 5 Dec. 1856; his father's name may have been Robert.. They moved to Texas sometime after marrying. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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Date: 10 January 1998

Name: Jeanne Oglesby
I am looking for descendants of William PERKINS (Meth. Minister) who married Martha Henry FONTAINE (Gr Grandaughter of Patrick Henry )who moved from Henry Co Va to Linn Co Mo. Do you have any info on this Family? I would appreciate your help. Thanks

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Date: 8 January 1998

Name: Craig Powell
My father was born in Marceline, Missouri in 1905. His father, William Morgan POWELL and his mother, Mary PAINTER WALDEN were born in Howard Co., Missouri. What I am trying to do is locate where William's grandfather and mother are buried; their names were Willis and Jane POWELL. I do not know if they were buried in Howard or Linn Co. If youknow of anyone researching POWELL, I would like to correspond with them to try and connect the family.
Thank you, Craig in Albany, MO.

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Date: 5 January 1998

Name: Jaunita Hall 
MILLER, Ruth Irene age 22 of St Catherine, Linn Co, MO married Kenneth C Steele age 22 in Putnam Co MO 23 Oct 1918. Would like to know the parents of Ruth Irene MILLER and if and where any of the family is now living.

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