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Interesting "First" facts about Pike County
Recent Library Acquisitions
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|Researches and Queries
Colbert, Lindsay, Parsons, Stone, Craig, Clark, Whiteside,
Wheeler, Bailey, Stockton, Henderson, Burnett, Norton,
Jefferson, Witt, Douglas, Taylor, Slavens, Wetherell, Harris,
Allison, Emerson, Parker, Richardson, Howard, Shaw, Ferguson,
Johnson, Moore, Jordan, Richards, Underwood, Fry, McQueen,
McAfee, Coalter, Gallaher, Temple
The Quarterly Question is a new feature of the Echo, and our
first question is "What were fat drippings used for
during World War II?" This question was generated by
the finding of an article, dated 11 February 1943, in an old,
yellowed newspaper, printed during WWII, titled Save All
|Biographical Sketch of the Bankhead Family
Dr. James Bankhead, a Scottish immigrant, settled in
Westmoreland County, VA, where he married Eleanor Monroe, who
was aunt of the future president, James Monroe. Their son, Dr.
John Bankhead, married Mary Warner Lewis Lightfoot. A son,
Charles Lewis Bankhead was born to Dr. John and Mary Bankhead in
1789. Charles Lewis Bankhead married Anne Cary Randolph
(1791-1826). Their son, John Warner Bankhead (1808-1897) married
Elizabeth Poindexter Christian (1814-1895).
Archer Christian Bankhead (1833-1911) was born in Albemarle
Co., VA to John Warner and Elizabeth Poindexter Christian
Bankhead, who were among a group of Virginians who came to Pike
County about 1840 and founded ...
John Warren Bankhead (1859-1916) (called Warren) was the
eldest son of ...
Charles Archie Bankhead (1887-1976) was the eldest son of ...
John Warner and Elizabeth Poindexter Christian Bankhead, John
Warren and Selma Purgahn Bankhead and Archer C. and Mary
Chambers Bankhead are buried ...
(This sketch was submitted by Lowell Carey Bankhead, Jo.
(Carey), son of Lowell Crey Bankhead (1909-1979) and Erma Lee
Green Bankhead (1913-2004). Carey is a volunteer at the Randolph
County Historical Society at Moberly, Missouri and specializes
in his small hometown of Higbee. He would love to hear from
anyone interested in these families or possibly wanting help in
|In Memory of Mike
Last month on October 10, another dedicated genealogist, Mike
Weaver, 78, passed away at Palmyra, Missouri. We will miss Mike,
but will treasure his works on the many cemeteries he surveyed
and recorded. We will also treasure the many stories he loved to
tell about people of Pike County and others in the surrounding
areas. We will always be grateful for knowing him and for the
results of his love for genealogy. May he rest in peace.
|In Search of Your LNU Ancestors
Let's face it! We are probably all LNU descendants. Have you
had the experience of finally finding your ancestor after years
of searching? This ancestor is usually a female who has been a
brick wall for years, but suddenly, there it is -- LNU. You
wonder, "How do you pronounce that; what nationality is it
(maybe French?) and where do I go from here?" A surname
forum would be a good place to start, so you type in LNU and get
30,160 results. WOW! ...
|Election of Officers
New at the Library
Visitors since August 2004
Listing of Family History Books donated by the Bowling Green
Disposing of a Faded, Worn American Flag
Election Ballot from Pike County Post, Wednesday, Aug 5, 1896
Bits and Pieces
|Times History Column
Bowling Green Times
23 May 1918
Mrs. W.J. Rowley has our thanks for contributing the
following early inscriptions in the Bowling Green Cemetery which
Lieut. Peter C. Martin, born May 9, 1837; died Septembre 27,
James M. Martin, born in Louisa county, Virginia, October 21,
1811; died November 15, 1872
Mary S. Martin born February 17, 1805; died August 14, 1892,
aged 87 years, 5 months, 28 days
Ann M. Blain died ...
Note: Some of these tombstones have disappeared from the
Bowling Green City Cemetery. Some dates differ from the dates
which were read in 2001, when the records were updated by Donna
Darnell and Audrey Jones.
|Letter Recently Received from the Bowling
Green City Administrator
June 29, 2005
To whom it may concern:
The cemetery Board Committee of the City of Bowling Green had
asked that I forward this letter to both organizations (the
letter was sent to both the Pike County Genealogical and
Historical Societies) notifying that all unidentifiable
stones and/or grave markers within the Old Cemetery will be
The Cemetery Board Committee gave instructions that storage
will occur for two years allowing for time for any possible
identification before the stones and/or grave markers will be
If your organization would like to attempt any
identification, please contact our Public Works Manager Terry
Merritt at 573-324-2660 or myself.
|Queries and Researchers
Fielder, Berghofer, Pohlmon (Pollmon), Hartstine, Williamson,
Swalley, Barnard, Clavel, McGee, Smallwood, Starr, Hauching/Houchins,
Falkinger, Stephens, Dunn, Langford, Kenney, Kinney, McAdams,
Rosenburg, Taylor, McMillen, Schindler, Bibb, Hill, Lynn,
Henderson, Conner, Reed, Shannon, Holliday, Biggs, Love, McCune,
Ulrich, Couch, Chandler, Zumwalt, Dowell, Yager, Nesbit,
Turnbough, Clayton, Richardson, Mulherrin, Ruddell, Jones,
Miller, Scanland, Kerr, Allison, Wilson, Kerr, Carroll, Frier
|The Past, Present & Future of Bowling
(Written for the Post-Observer by Perambulator)
Bowling Green is the county seat of Pike County, situated on
a rich and fertile prairie about ninety miles from St. Louis.
Its progress and growth was very slow--no buildings of any note
being erected--until about the year 1869. At that time it
contained a population of about 600 souls. That year some
valuable improvements were made. The hard times setting in, no
improvements of special mention were made until 1874. That year
(This article which appeared in the Post-Observer
in August 1879 was submitted by Harriett Worrell. Thanks
|Haley Car is Found Sunday Badly Wrecked
Investigation by Sheriff Uncovers Accident Early Sunday
The Oakland sedan which was stolen from the garage of W.B.
Haley, Seventh and Carolina streets, early last Saturday was
found in a badly wrecked condition in a lane near the Jewish
cemetery. Mr. Haley telephoned Sheriff Harry C. Carroll who went
to Louisiana to make investigation into the theft.
It was learned that at about 1:30 o'clock Sunday morning
there had been an accident in front ofStark Brothers Nurseries
office on U.S. 54, west of Louisiana. A car having run into the
rear of a wagon. Mr. Haley and the sheriff interviewed ...
This article was found in The Bowling Green Times
Dec. 10, 1931 issue. Thanks to Mae Dameron for submitting this
|Old Grassy Creek Cemetery
Work is in progress to fence the Old Grassy Creek Cemetery
that contains the remains of many of the area's early pioneers.
There is much more which needs to be done to the cemetery. There
is evidence of 73 families represented in this cemetery. One
grave is that of J.S. Smith, Co. C., 39th Inf., a veteran of the
Civil War, who died in 1897. Other families buried there are:
Ashburn, Baxter, Biggs, Bolomey, Brimer, Bryson, Caverly,
Chapius, Clayton, Collins, Davenport, Dent, Dougherty, Douglas,
Downing, Eaton, Elder, Ferguson, Finley, Grant, Hammar,
Henderson, Hobbs, Holliday, Hoover, Houchin, Houchins, Hughart,
Ince, Jackson, Johnson, Jonhes, Kuntz, Lewis, Love, Maddox,
Markwell, Mayhall, McClellan, McCormack, McGary, McQuie, Milroy,
Nalley, Nally, O'Harrow, Poague, Reading, Richard, Richards,
Rieves, Rose, Rule, Rutherford, Schultz, Scroggins, Schwimmer,
Smith, South, Sparks, Thornton, Todd, Travis, Tribble, Waddell,
Wade and Yeater.
Donations would be welcome from anyone interested in the
early history of Pike County , Missouri. Donations may be sent
to Old Grassy Creek Cemetery Fund, c/o Elinor Waddell, 17784
Pike 135, Louisiana, MO 63353.
(Article from People's Tribune, July 26, 2005)
Census Date: Important Part of Research
Pike County Population data
Current Prices as Listed in a 1970 Diary
Fun and Facts
Farmstead Where Some Believe Daniel Boone Buried Goes on the
|Queries and Researchers
Holman, Worthington, Waugh, Bradbury, Mummey, Nichols,
Street, Grifith, Mulherin, Swisher, Amos, McKee, Gillum, Wren,
Morris, Monaghan, Gillum, Gallion, Riley, Johnson, Eddington,
Jenkins, Ayres, Hughes, Wells, Janis, Loving, Gilmer, Taliaferro,
Pace, Bondurant, Dillard, Cook, Jennings, Todd, Rogers, Lacey,
West, Thornton, Lucas, Cash, Corwine, Clift, Scott, Wahl, Edgar,
Evans, Lybarger, Evans, Lovelace, Hickman, Cobb, Abbott, Carr,
Bracy, Gosline, Tilton, Keith, Templeton, Watson, Skidmore,
Miller, Fellinger/Fillinger, Brandstetter, Chamberlain, Barrett,
|Biographical Sketch of Kitty Ann Jefferson
Kitty Ann Jefferson was born 28 May 1859, a daughter of
William Lewis Jefferson and Louise (Johnson) Jefferson. Kitty
and her three younger brothers, John J. born 1861, Wm. Freeman
born 1863 and Charles Benton born 1867, were left orphans on the
death of their mother in 1875. Two infant siblings died in 1865
On 13 October 1878 Kitty married ...
John Poenix, buried in the family burying ground on Sugar
creek, was born in Virginia, September 2, 1757, and died in Pike
county September 11, 1839. He served under General Green and was
present at the surrender of Cornwallis.
William Patterson, buried on his farm nine miles from
Louisiana on the road to Eolia, was born in North Carolina, came
to Pike county in 1818, and died in 1849.
Roland Burbridge, born in Virginia, died in Pike county in
1842, was buried in Buffalo cemetery. His tombstone inscription
states that he was in the battle of Cowpens.
James Mackey, born in South Carolina in 1743, died in Pike
county in 1855, was buried at Buffalo. The inscription on his
monument reads: "An American patriot who lived to see the
success of the American arms."
James M. McElwee, buried at ...
This article was typed as found in History of Northeast
Missouri by Walter Williams (1913) and published by Lewis
|Missouri Revised Statutes
Tombstones, fences, destroying or mutilating in abandoned
family or private cemetery -- abandoned or private burying
Every person who shall knowingly ...
Visiting abandoned family or private burying ground
surrounded by private property, right of access, when,
enforcement by sheriff--court's power to disinter.
1. Any person who wishes to visit an abandoned family cemetery
2. The sheriff or chief law enforcement officer ...
3. Nothing in section 214.131 and this section shall be
construed to limit ...
|Riverview Cemetery Entrance Repair
The entryway to the historic Riverview Cemetery at Louisiana,
Missouri was accidentally destroyed by city equipment quite some
time ago. The Pike County Chapter Daughters of the American
Revolution (DAR) commissioned the entryway in 1911 and since the
accident have worked diligently raising money to restore it
similar to the original. The iron archway alone was estimated to
cost $11,000. That amount has recently been raised through
generous donations and fund-raisers and the materials needed
have been ordered. Donations are still needed to complete the
restoration and add the finishing touches after the iron arch is
completed. The National Society DAR has been contacted to
approve a new marker and the original DAR plaque will be
remounted. Donations to help complete this long awaited
restoration can be sent to Anne Keller, Pike County Chapter DAR,
205 Washington St., Louisiana, MO 63353-1724.
|Biographical Sketch of William C. Craig
WILLIAM CYRUS CRAIG. Foremost in the ranks of the prominent
and prosperous agriculturists of Pike county, who by
indefatigable perseverance and untiring energy have hewed their
way onward and upward, stands William Cyrus Craig, whose
handsome, well-cultivated farm is located about ten miles
southeast of Vandalia. Mr. Craig comes of a family of
agriculturists, and is in the third generation of the name to
carry on operations in northeastern Missouri. His grandfather,
Thomas Craig, was born in Kentucky about 1790, and came to the
state of Missouri in 1829, settling on land in Indian township,
Pike county, about one and one-half miles north of the farm of
William C. Craig. On this land, which he secured from the
government, he spent the remainder of his life in agricultural
pursuits ,and there died in 1846. While still a resident of
Kentucky, he was married to Rachel Smith, and they had a family
of eight children, namely: John T., William, Paulina, Virginia,
Isabelle, Permelia and two died in infancy. Mr. Craig was a
stanch Whig in his political views, and with his wife and
children, attended the Methodist church, of which he was a
consistent member and liberal supporter.
John T. Craig was born 1829, in Kentucky, and was six weeks
of age when he was brought by his parents to Pike county,
Missouri. Educated in the district schools ...
William Cyrus Craig was born November 3, 1855, on his
father's farm in Pike county, and there secured his education in
the district schools. General farming has claimed ...
Typed as found in History of Northeast Missouri by
Walter Williams, published by Lewis Publishing Co. 1913.
1870 Pike County Missouri Census Now Available
A Listing of Family History Books on the Shelves at the
Fun and Facts
Conditions to be Included in Your Family Medical Tree
Websites to Check Out
The Perfect Genealogist
|Queries and Surnames
Roberts, Dudding, Alford, Howard, Smith, McCune, Burks,
Burroughs, Cash, Millner, Shotwell, Walker, Wenkle, Riley,
Dempsey, Hornaday, Russell, Palmer, Akers, Norvell, Netherlands,
Price, Gordon, Lenington, Goodin, Nelson, Jones, Smith, Beck,
Ingram, Morehead, Dowell, Henderson, Ware, Haymes, Dodd,
Griffith, Turner, Weldhy, Layne, Johnson, Moore, Roveer,
Worthington, Griffith, Warren, Boyd, Baxter, Parker, Griffith,
Fullerton, Brown, Beshears, Boyd, Butler, Carter, Collins, Doss,
Dowell, Dudley, Evans, Hendrix, Inlow, Leake, Ledford, Liter,
Livers, McCune, Phipps, Poole, Robey, Rupp, Smith, Snedigar,
Turner, Unsell, Utterback, Wasson, Weakly, Widaman, Shy,
Worthington, Morris, Cummins, Myser, Harris, Humphrey, Robinson,
Clendenny, Barnes, Sterne, Dennison, McCarter, Bell, Lytle,
Manker, Wells, Haugen, Stoops, Youse, Schumm, Sinclear, Neale,
Lane, Smarr, Glascock, Whaley, Whiteside, Bowles, Mackay,
Motley, Willard, Wright, Bonham, Branstetter, Brown, Butler,
Dowell, Gay, Hopke, Inlow, Leake, Lynn, Muffley, Rissmiller,
Trower, Woodson, Yager
The first families from North and South Carolina were the
Watson brothers -- John, James, David and Samuel; Jordon
brothers -- John, James and Robert; Alexander Allison; William
McConnell; Thomas Cunningham; John Turner; John Walker and
Abraham Thomas. All these came in 1808.
John Watson settled at ...
These are the settlers in 1808 when a colony from Kentucky
arrived -- James O'Neil; James and Arthur Burns. All settled
In 1810 a second colony arrived from Kentucky and settled on
Ramsey Creek -- Joseph McCoy, Eli Burkalew, George Myers, Daniel
McCue, Andrew Edwards and Joel Harpole. Still another band came
in 1811 including John Mackey and James Templeton, with his
nephew Mijamin Templeton, who settled on Buffalo Creek.
In December 1811, a meeting of those who had settled on
Buffalo and Noix Creek was held to consider building a fort.
Work was begun immediately. The fort was built on a farm ...
This article was copied from Sesquicentennial
Louisiana, MO 1818-1968.
Indian Creek Township Organized a Military
Company in 1844
N. Massey, Capt.
Nathan Massey settled in Indian Creek Township
early in the settlement of the western part of Pike County. He was
a good citizen, a patriotic, rock-ribbed Democrat and a leader of
men in patriotism and fidelity to the institutions of his country.
Early in the history of Pike County and the State, all men over
twenty-one years and under fifty had to be formed into companies
and muster four times a year. In 1844 Indian Creek Township
organized a company and Nathan Massey was captain and I remember
well, though but a small boy, of going with my father to muster.
They met and mustered near the spring on the farm
now operated by John Hagan and where he now lives. They drilled in
military tactics, and manifested a great interest and enthusiasm
in this government being of the people for the people.
Time of mustering was April, May, September and
October of each year.
The following is a copy of the old muster roll
which Captain Massey had ...
This article was originally printed in the
Vandalia Leader. It was copied by the Bowling Green Times,
November 9, 1916.
|Did You Know?
In 1873, suffragist, Susan B. Anthony, was fined $100 for
attempting to vote in the 1872 Presidential election. The fine was
never paid. (Women's World June 15, 2004 issue)
|Researchers and Surnames
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Biographical Sketch - Levi S. Moore
Levi S. Moore was born 31 O ctiber 1817 in Tennessee, the fifth
of a family of six children of James Moore and Elizabeth
Shellhorse. When he was an infant his father came to Missouri,
which was then only a territory. The family settled on Loutre
Island in Montgomery County in 1819 for a few months then moved to
Pike County a few miles south of the town of Ashley, where he
spent the rest of his life.
For eighty years Levi S. Moore lived in Pike County where on 3
May 1849, he married Paulina Jane Motley, the daughter of Daniel
Motley and Jane Shellhorse. The issue of this marriage was nine
children, five who were surviving at his death: Sarah Frances
Palmer, Mary Susan Harrelson, Missouri Catherine Keith, Daniel W.
Moore, and Lewis Clay Moore.
On 16 January, 1859, he was ...
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