Pike County Museum and 
Pike County Genealogical Society's Genealogical Center

Pike County Genealogical Society has a new home! The old Pike County Jail building (at #5 East Church Street in Bowling Green) has been acquired and IS NOW the Pike County Museum and Genealogical Center. 

As exciting as our new home is, it comes with a definite need for money and work. Donations, whether money, supplies or labor, will be MOST welcome. You can see some of what we need here.

See and learn about our new home here.



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each time the website is updated.

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benefits of membership

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Recent Updates

Please remember: Our site is only as good as the contributions we receive from our visitors. 
--If you find useful information here, it is as a result of a contribution from another visitor. 
--If you have information you feel could be of use to another researcher, please don't hesitate to forward it to Rhonda.
--If you find errors, please contact Rhonda so that they may be corrected!


A bit about PCGS

May 24, 2013

Obituary listings added for:
     FOUNTAIN, Hattie (Jett)
     PARKS, E.A. "Druey"
     PARKS, Mamie (Dent)
     REID, Lydia (Lovelace)
Surnames added 
Pike County Cemetery Books updated
Marriage Records added
     BRIMER, William S. & SOUTH, Mrs. Polly
Correction made on Donated Pictures 
Headstone photo added for Cyrus Mackey 
New pictures added for Lydia Barnard Northcutt 
Indices added of SOME  Obits available at the library for:
     1901 Calumet Banner (weekly)
     1902 Louisiana Press Journal (daily)
     1903 Clarksville Banner (weekly)
     1904 Clarksville Banner (weekly)
     1908 Clarksville Piker (weekly)
     1914 Clarksville Banner (weekly)
     1915 Clarksville Banner (weekly)
     1934 Clarksville Sentinnel (weekly)
     1936 Clarksville Sentinnel (weekly)
     1941 Clarksville Sentinnel December only
     1942 Clarksville Sentinnel December only
     1946 Louisiana Press Journal (bi-weekly)
     1947 Louisiana Press Journal (bi-weekly)
     1948 Louisiana Press Journal (bi-weekly)
     1949 Louisiana Press Journal July-December
             only (bi-weekly)
Picture identification information received
Links fixed and additional resources added

July 9, 2012

Excerpts from The Echo added from both the Spring 2012 and Summer 2012 editions 
New Home page (well, yes, this one, too, but here I'm talking about the page for our new home! LOL) updated 
Another mystery solved
General Tweaks made :-)

May 22, 2012

Indices added of SOME  Obits available at the library for:
     1839, 1840, 1841, 1878, 1879, 
     1880, 1881, 1884, 1885, 1890, 1891, 1899, 
     1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1919, 
     1924, 1925, 1926, 1929, 1939, 
     1940, 1941, 1942, 1945
Dorsey Family story added 
Civil War Resource added 
Obituary listings added for:
     BRIMER, Alexander Hamilton
     BRIMER, John Stewart
     BRIMER, Mary Ann (Sparks
     BRIMER, William S.
     HADIX, Susan A. (Brimer)
Surnames added 
Photo and information added to Jordan-Buffalo Cemetery 
Added 3 new pictures to "Who Is It?"
Various corrections made - if you have submitted a correction, please verify it has been made and let us know if it hasn't

Contact Made Easy


For Information or Research Help . . . . 
Audrey Jones 
   Research Help

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Audrey Jones - (573) 470-9880

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Contribute Information for the Web Site . . . . 
Comments or Questions about the Web Site . . . . 
Web Site Corrections . . . . 
Rhonda Stolte Darnell  

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On Your Mark, Get Set ...

Tips for getting started.

CAUTION: Addiction ahead!

Queries and Searches

Thanks to the untiring efforts of spammers, 
we have had to close our Query Forum. 

 To post future queries please go to:
MOPIKE RootsWeb Mailing List
Pike County, Missouri Ancestry Message Board

Archived Queries

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New Researchers Added For:

April 2013
Beeswick Bracy
Burbridge Colvin
Curry Roberson
Robinson West





No-Longer-A-Mystery Marriage License  

Do you have a marriage announcement or 
license you would like to add? We are now 
adding actual announcements and licenses 
to our listings. 
You can see an announcement example here.
You can see a license example here.

Bios and


John Walter Basye

Buffum Tool Company

Curry Family

Hughey A. Henry

O'Brien Pictures (& Article)

William Patterson - 1759-1847

The Price Family in Pike County

Sketch of Miles S. Price

John E. Scott

Scott's Spring

David Tombs


Here you will find bits, pieces and clippings from old newspapers. These give us wonderful glimpses into the lives of our ancestors. If you have any newspaper stories/clippings you would like to add, please forward them to Rhonda Stolte Darnell.

Please be considerate and do not forward material 
which is copyrighted by someone else.


1860 Indian Creek Township  
Pike County Poor Farm: 1870-1920 
1870 Census Index by Township 
Census Questions by year


All census records for Pike County are now available at the Genealogy library in book form. 

Missouri Death Certificates, 
1910 1962 Now Online!

There are links to most images and
they will send you photocopies of the others for only $1.00 each!



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We are happy to add actual obituaries - transcription and/or a scanned image to our listings. 

If you have an obituary you would like to add, 
you may send it to Rhonda
Please include the date and name of 
the newspaper in which it was published.

We have a partial listing of the obituaries available at our library. You may see a list of them here.

Are you looking for information 
on an ancestor buried in Pike County? 

Although we have a lot of that information on this website, a new resource has been created by the Pike County Genealogy Society. Click here to learn more about this tremendous new resource and to learn how you can help!

We Need Photos!!

The new cemetery books need your help in order to make them awesome!! That is, we need your photos of your family in Pike County Cemeteries.  Their page includes a picture of their stone, obit, death certificate, & photo of the person.  If you have their obit & death certificate if it was after 1961 we need it. Having all of that makes these books better resources for future generations.  Please share what you can and please do it soon.  Our address is: PCGS, PO  Box 313, Bowling Green, MO 63334.

Only YOU can make them AWESOME!

Churches and 


Our cemetery pages include: 

  • some with complete census listings.

  • tombstone pictures on some.

  • a few just have pictures of the cemetery.

We truly hope you find what you are looking for, but please keep in mind our offerings are only as good as our contributions! If you have pictures or listings, we would be more than happy to receive them. You can always email them to us!


or By Township


Cemetery Cleaning Project
PCGS Resources
For Sale 
For Research

External Resources
 Military Tips

List with prices and descriptions 
Printable Order Form



Most Not For Sale
Brick Wall Mysteries

We have added a section in which PCGS 
members are welcome to list their personal
"Brick Walls". If someone receives a tip which
helps break their brick wall, we would love to hear
about it and will post it with the original mystery!

Mystery Marriage License SOLVED!
Dickie, Who was this small, one-armed boy?
Felix Buchanan - Where did he go? SOLVED!
Cox / Kull - Who does this Bible belong to?



The townships of this part of Missouri were once divided into four great divisions (when Pike County was still part of the Louisiana Purchase), known as Cape Girardeau, Sainte Genevieve, Saint Louis and Saint Charles. Once Pike County was established in 1818, it contained four of its own townships: Buffalo, Calumet, Mason and Peno. In 1981 there are 10 townships within Pike County, legally designated as Ashley, Buffalo, Calumet, Cuivre, Hartford, Indian, Peno, Prairieville, Salt River and Spencer.

More Sources of Information

What Does That Mean?

Pike County Poor Farm Cemetery Restoration information
WWII POW Camp in Louisiana, MO Gone - and, too often, forgotten
Orphan Train Preservationists fight for old cemeteries
Amish in Pike County 1913 letter from Louisa Petty Milburn
Shortline Railroad 1809 Newspaper Article
Bond for the Building of the Bethlehem Meeting Article Shorts from the Middletown Chips, pub. July 17, 1930
          House & Commissioners Order Article Shorts from the Middletown Chips, pub. May 22, 1930
Probate Information Pike's Past Lost in the Woods
History of Old  Buffalo Fort 1813 Letter to Secretary of War

1910 Letter from Chicaskia Stock Farm to Mr. M.O. Biggs
Photos from Around the County - Both new and old 1911 Letter from E. C. Long Mfg. Co. to Dr. M. O. Biggs
County Churches Articles from the Bowling Green Times
Louisiana Murals Article Reporting Jordans Killed by Indians
Old Post Cards of Pike County News Clippings from the Past
World War II News Clippings including pictures of soldiers

My Journey by Audrey Jones Pictures Shared by our Friends 
How Christmas Came to the Poor House.... Who Are These People and Where Are They?
Fair weather stories What?  Where?  Who?

Pictures were found in the attic of the Biggs' House
Pike County US GenWeb Site Pictures donated by Bertha Marshall

New Hartford School Pictures
Research by Bowen A. Rogers regarding Louisiana cemeteries

Civil War Soldiers from Pike County
Riches Mined from the RootsWeb Review
How to Communicate Effectively in Genealogy Little Africa
Photography - History and Preservation


Family Pages

Kerley Family 
LowAry Home Page 
Marilyn Hudson Moore Home Page 
Martin Family 
(Contact Patricia T. for access) 
Whitledge, etc. 


Library Hours are:

Except January and February ...
Thursday -
1:00-4:00 pm

After hours by appointment ONLY

January and February by appointment ONLY, weather permitting

Staffed entirely by volunteers
For an appointment, call
Audrey - (573) 470-9880

For information about the Pike County Genealogical Society or to request research, please contact Audrey Jones.

To request information be added or removed from the website, or if you have questions about the website itself, please contact Rhonda Darnell.

Benefits to Members:
Free use of the Genealogy Library
4 issues of The Pike County Missouri Echo (or available for $4/issue)
One free query per year
You may submit your ancestor's biographical sketch for publication in the Echo
Have your "Brick Wall Mystery" listed on this website

Membership year: Jan. 1 to Dec. 31
Individual membership only $12.00

Apply for Membership.

The charter for the Pike County Missouri Genealogical Society as a non-profit corporation was granted in 1997 under Mo. Code 355 RSMO. The Society's purpose is to preserve the history of the people of  Pike County, to aid researchers in their quest for information on their ancestors in Pike County, and to teach and encourage new researchers. 

Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month (except December) at 1:30 p.m. at the Genealogy Library at #5 East Church St., Bowling Green, MO.  You can find some minutes of meetings by clicking here.

Current officers are: Valerie Kottwitz, President; Fran Jackson, Vice President; Linda Jo Harmon, Secretary; Audrey Jones, Treasurer; Marie Haught, Director



Our research, documentation and library are provided and staffed entirely by volunteers. If you would like to volunteer your time or make a tax-deductible donation, please contact:
Audrey - (573) 470-9880.


We remember.



Webmaster: Rhonda Stolte Darnell
Last Updated 05/24/2013

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