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Tom W. Sisson mo1@citlink.net 
Date: September 23, 2010

Searching for Pike County Missouri 1945 Era. Army Cadet Nurse Corp. volunteers.  I am researching this subject, and would like to make contact with those involved, or those having knowledge on this subject.  Contact me via my email address mo1@citlink.net.

Sandra Skillman Sealey speedy@socket.net 
Surnames: Skillman 
Date: March 29, 2009

Would like to find obits for Denton Dale Skillman 1961 - 1999; Harold Wayne Skillman 1953 - 1994; and Lucy Wynona Nelson Skillman 1932 - 1995. Denton Dale Skillman, Lucy Wynona Nelson Skillman and Thomas Jonathan Skillman are buried in Kilby Cemetery, Curryville, Pike Co., Mo. Not sure if Harold Wayne Skillman is buried there also. Thomas Jonathan Skillman 1925 - Feb. 27, 2009. 
I have his obit. These are cousins of mine. 
Thanks for any help.

Perry Jenks perryjenks@yahoo.com 
Surnames: Williams, Branstetter, Thompson
Date: January 14, 2009

I am looking for info about James Williams, b. abt 1829, the son of Elias and Eve Williams. He was alive in 1843 when he was listed as one of Elia&#39;s heirs, I have no further knowledge of him. Elias and Eve are buried in Kilby. Any info will be greatly appreciated. Thanks</p><hr><dl><dt><b>Name: </b></dt><dd>Ron Noell</dd><dt><b>Email: </b></dt><dd>krugral@gmail.com</dd><dt><b>Surnames: </b></dt><dd>Noell</dd><dt><b>Date: </b></dt><dd>January 11, 2009</dd></dl><h3>Query</h3><p>I am looking for information on a Chesley M. Noell, wife Sally. He was born in Virginia abt 1806, I have found a land deed from 1843 in his name for 35.1 acres. Deed location is:

Section 1
Twp 46-N
Range 1-E
Meridian 5th PM
Counties St. Charles

I believe that area is now considered Pike Co. I am interested in anything about him or his family pre-1830 since I am finding very few solid leads. I know his son, Henry L. Noell, served in the Civil War 3rd regiment MO State Militia Cavalry 1862-1863 from Pike Co. area.

Thanks in advance,
Ron Noell

Jonas J. Borntreger jonasb@southslope.net 
Date: January 03, 2009

I am trying to locate the current president/leadership of the Farmer Farmerette Club. 

Jonas J. Borntreger
P.O. Box 224
Oxford, Iowa 52322


Jonas J. Borntreger jonasb@southslope.net 
Date: January 03, 2009

Vannoy School Reunion: This website says that a reunion for students of Vannoy School is desired. Has such a reunion taken place? Is one being actively planned? Who do I contact to assure notification if such a reunion takes place?

My siblings and I attended Vannoy during the 50's. 

Jonas J. Borntreger
P.O. Box 224
Oxford, Iowa 52322


Susan Remen susanremen@gmail.com 
Surnames: Wilcox,Near
Date: December 16, 2008

I am trying to find a tombstone to prove a death for Jemima Near b.abt 1826-d.3 Jan 1886. She may have been visiting or residing with her daughter Delila May Near who married Thomas Harvallon Wilcox. Delila died in Louisiana,Pike Cty in 1944;Thomas died in 1906 in Hull,Pike Cty. They also lived in Tiger Fork Twp,Shelby Cty about 1900. The Wilcox family originally lived in Michigan. Jemima Jacobs Near was born in Canada. Any help would be appreciated.

Garland D. Vinyard garvintx@aol.com 
Surnames: VINEYARD
Date: November 12, 2008

Looking for information regarding JONATHAN and ALLEN VINEYARD. Jonathan Vineyard died intestate in Pike Co. His widow Temperance renounced her right to administration 25 July 1839. Letters of administration were granted to Allen Vineyard. Allen was found in the Federal Census for Pike Co. in 1840, but not afterwards. Jonathan first claimed land near Washington, Mo. in 1805. 

Jeanne Nickel mjnickel1@comcast.net 
Surnames: Parker/Pitt/Fuqua/Crowdis
Date: November 05, 2008

I am trying to identify the Pike County residents in two photographs. My mother obtained these photographs from Miss Mallie Fuqua in the late 1960's or early 1970's. We were related through the Parker side of the family. Our grandfather was John B. Parker of Spencer Township, Pike County Missouri. I am a descendant of his daughter, Elizabeth Parker Crowdis (Crowder). Miss Mallie was a granddaughter of Maryann Adeline Parker Pitt, Elizabeth&#39;s sister. Elizabeth was born in 1823 and Maryann was born in 1834. I am interested in knowing if anyone can identify these individuals. I expect them to be Parker's but I can't be sure. Also don't have a date they were taken. One is a picture of a couple taken by the Carver Studio in Vandalia, MO. and the other is a family group of mother, father and three girls and three boys ranging from approximately 20 to 22. Please contact me if you think you could help identify these people and I will forward a scan of the photos.

Jessie Hutt artistic1@centurytel.net 
Surnames: Hearn
Date: October 05, 2008

Hello, I wonder if anyone has information on Daniel Hearn who lived in Ashley township. He was listed in the 1870 census as Daniel Herring and his wife was Jane. It looks like he was born ca. 1835 in Ohio. Jane was born ca. 1834 in Ohio. Their children: Isaac; John; Henry; Isaiah (or) Josiah and James. I only found him in the 1870 Pike County census. If anyone can help me with the descendants of Daniel and Jane or mor information on Daniel, I would appreciate it.
Thank you very much, Jessie Hutt 

Dr Don Grigsby dlgrigsby@att.net 
Surnames: Parkis
Date: October 01, 2008

Henry Parkis born circa 1781 married Jane Shearer born June 11, 1794. They had a daughter Elizabeth born in 1823 and another daughter Amanda Jane born in 1825 in Pike County Missouri. The family moved to Pike County Illinois and are burried there Henry (1847) and Jane (1873).
I can find no record of the family in Pike County Missouri in any online record.
Does anyone know of this family? When did they arrive in Pike County Missouri? From where did they come? I am also looking for their ancesters.
Amanda Parkis married Strother Grigsby on July 16, 1846 in Pike County Illinois. Strother Grigsby was a teacher who study the law, was admitted to the Pike County Bar and ws elected to public office as a Whig. In 1854, Strother helped to form a new (Republican) political party attending the Convention at the "Wigwam" hotel in Chicago (called the "Wigwam Convention").
Strother Grigsby ran as a Republican for public office in 1855 and was the only Republican elected in heavily Democratic Pike County Illinois. He was elected to the office of Pike County Judge and served two terms. Judge Strother Grigsby was at the courthouse in Pittsfield on the occasion of the Lincoln/Douglas debate that was held there in 1859.
Most of my Grigsby, Ruffin, Carroll and Stark ancestors are burried in the Jordan-Buffalo Cemetery in Pike Couny Missouri.
Any information regarding the Parkis family in Pike County Missouri before they moved to Pike County Illinois will be greatly appreciated.

Sharon Macormic shamac@fidnet.com 
Surnames: NOEL - Johnson - Baxter
Date: September 11, 2008

I am trying to find information on my great grandfather Robert A. Noel's first family.
His wife's name was Martha F. Noel (believed to be a cousin) b. 1827 in Tn. and died 19 Nov. 1867 in Louisiana, Pike co., Mo.
they had 8 children, Mary E., Wm. Henry Bufford, Emma E. Samuel A., Anmeria, Alfrona, James D. & Samuel T. I have found a couple of them but the ones that would have been very young at her death seemed to just disapear with her.
Also would like to find cemetery that Martha is buried in.

Robert then married Margaret D. Johnson dau. of Wm. Collins Johnson and Jacintha Athwell Baxter. I can find nothing on Wm.'s family. Any ideas or info from anyone would be greatly appreciated.

Lydia Staton Parker lydiaparker@bellsouth.net 
Surnames: Fisher
Date: September 06, 2008

I received an e-mail from a lady searching for the burial site of her Fisher ancestors, who lived in Louisiana, Missouri in the mid 1800's.

William Fisher was born in Germany in 1831 and died in Louisiana 10 Dec 1875.
His wife was also born in Germany and was named Mary (or Maria) Dora Icenhute or spelled Eisenhut. She was born in 1836. She died 4 Apr 1889 in Louisiana.

William's trade was a cooper smith. They had nine children: John, William, Charles,Louisa,Frank, Lilley, Henry, Bobby and Edward. I have tried to find a gravesite for William and Mary, but haven't had any success. I would appreciate any input.

Thanks so much!

Inez Jones ij7224@valornet,com 
Surnames: Howing
Date: August 22, 2008

I am looking for an obituary on a William Howing who livedand died in Pike County,Missouri. He was born in Lemgo,germany on 25 July 1927 and died in pike County Missouri on 28 Jan 1906. He is buried in Eolia,Missouri Cemetary and was married to a Emelie Kneaper. I am trying to see if they are connected to the Hoewings in Clark County,Missouri Which are my ancestors.hoping an obituary will give names of relatives.their daughter married a Buchann of Pike County.

Thanks for any help you can give me.

Inez Jones 

Brenda Reagan skyline1936@earthlink.net 
Surnames: Ragan
Date: August 21, 2008

I am looking for living descendants of John Arley and Edith Ragan, who lived in Pike Co. MO. in the Bowling Green area. He died in 1975 and she died in 1986. They are both buried in Memorial Gardens there. I would like to get genealogical info on these desc. if I can find a living person who is a desc. Thanks, Brenda Reagan, TN
PS: I know I spell my last name differently. When John Arley Ragan's family left TN, they started spelling it as "Ragan." This is the way it is listed on his death certificate.

Darla Chenoweth Darla_65@msn.com 
Surnames: Reedy, Elliott, Hoskins
Date: July 20, 2008

Have hit a brick wall! Would appreciate any help at all finding info on Margaret Elizabeth Reedy, B. 2 Jun 1849, D. 3 Apr 1949 Eolia MO. Was married to John Thomas Elliott 15 Feb 1868. to that union one son John Thomas Elliott was born 10 Jan 1873. Married William Hoskins 17 Jul 1877 Pike Co, MO. I think but cannot prove that Margaret had 2 brothers, William H <1845> & George W <1846>. Possible parents were Samuel & Mary Reedy both whom were born in KY. The union of Margaret & William Hoskins produced a son, Emert Hoskins, born in Eolia and Died in Pike County, Illinois. Also another son, Horace Hoskins 1883-1968 who was born as well as died in Eolia, MO. Also possible daughter, Alma Hoskins, b. Aug 1890 in MO. In a letter to her Grandaughter, my aunt, Nellie Elliott, (Postmarked... 29 Mar 1939...) Margaret writes about her father and Emert being burried in the same cemetery. I am guessing they were both burried in Pike Co. MO. even though Emert died near Pearl, IL. John Elliott Died in Pittsfield Hospital 7 Sep 1951 and was Burried at Humphrey Cemetery, Bee Creek, IL

Date: June 02, 2008

Occupation Help? My G-Grandfather was a TOLLGATE KEEPER while living in Cuivre, Pike County in 1880. Does anyone have an idea what and where this might have been? His name was Selah Kelsey. Thanks!

Carolyn Green ceegreen@cox.net 
Date: May 13, 2008

Would appreciate it if someone could help me locate a marriage record for John Groeninger (or similar spelling)and wife Levina, Luvena or Levena (last name unknown) on April 1893 in Frankfort, MO. Thank you, Carolyn

Jeanne Nickel mjnickel1@comcast.net 
Surnames: Parker/Crowdis
Date: March 27, 2008

I am a descendant of Pike County Resident, John B. Parker. He along with other family members are buried at the Parker Cemetery. I would like to visit the cemetery but the only information I have regarding it is that it is near the Rose School. Could someone give me its location and let me know if it is accessible? Thanks.

Allen Casey amlcasey@mchsi.com 
Surnames: Casey
Date: March 22, 2008

I am searching for information on my grandparents, Elmer Lon Casey and his wife Annie Thornhill Casey, who reportedly were buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Eolia in 1956. Their daughter (my aunt) Marion Casey Parkin (1903-1988) and her husband Claude Parkin are also reportedly buried there. 

Marion and Claude lived on a farm that was reportedly about 4 miles west of Eolia which we hope to find. The mailing address in 1943 was RFD #1, Eolia. It would have been owned by them or Elmer and Annie Casey. Any suggestions on how we might find records of where the farm might be?

Thanks, and I hope you could please help us.

Allen Casey

Tina Bell msladybell@sbcglobal.net 
Surnames: Bell/Parsons
Date: March 14, 2008

I am trying to find more information on the Bell family on the African American side in Ashley,Pike,Missouri. I see that Joe Bell was born in Kentucky and moved to Ashley. I also see that he lived in the "Poor House". However, I am not able to find much info on the Bell family before Sallie Parsons (who married) Herman Bell. I do have a small amount of info. But African American info sometimes is alot harder to comb thru and come by. Any additional info if someone happens to come by some, I will greatly appreciate!

David L. Fike d.fike@insightbb.com 
Surnames: John and Floyd Fike
Date: March 06, 2008

I traced my grandfather to Louisiana City, Missouri at the 1910 census on a street, which I could not find. The street is listed as Vandeventer Hill (sp?) and he worked as a shoe cutter at a local shoe factory. I can't find the factory but I think I have a picture of it with the name "Fargo & Phelps Shoe Co" on the building itself. My great grandfather moved from Crete Nebraska to Missouri after 1900 and there are family stories of my grandfather working along side with my great grandfather in the shoe factory but the stories lead to Hannibal, Missouri. So maybe my grandfather and great grandfather worked in both Louisiana and Hannibal shoe factories. I don't know. My great grandmother was traced to Mexico, Missouri and then was listed in a 1910 Pike County "Illinois", Ross Township census which doesn't make sense unless Pike MO and Pike Ill are connected at the border. My great grandmother was traced to Mexico, Missouri on the 1910 Census and again on the 1910 Pike county Illinois census and she was listed as widowed. I don't know how it is possible to be listed on two separate census forms for the same year. Anyway, I would like to know if anyone has information on the shoe factory, where my great grandfather may have met his demise (MO & IL don't have him listed in death records), the street where my grandfather lived in Louisiana, MO and anything else about my family. My great grandfather kind of fell off the earth between 1900 and 1910 in Nebraska, Missouri or Illinois. There are some family stories about someone in my family that robbed a bank in Missouri and then dispersed the proceeds to the locals while making a get away. If he was caught, that might explain why my great grandfather disappeared and his spouse marked "widowed" on the census. Lastly, my great grandmother's name was Lillian Effie Blaine Fike (Fike being her married name and Blaine her maiden name) and she went on to remarry William Shetler possibly in Pike County in or around 1910. Her parents lived with her and they where Martha and Richard Blaine (Richard served in the Civil War Co F Illinois 28th Illinois Inf.) and attended GAR meetings (I have a picture of several Civil War Veterans in front of a house with my great great grandfather). My great grandfather's name was John Fike and his son he worked with was Floyd O Fike. Floyd had two brothers and a sister...Benjamin Fike, Lyle Fike, and Ruth Fike. Thank you very very much if anyone has any information on my family. Just send me an email if you want a copy of any pictures.

Bill Reed reedbill47_59@yahoo.com 
Surnames: Stewart and Raufer
Date: February 04, 2008

I am trying to locate information on my grandparents.....Claud Stewart and my Grandmother....Opal Stewart (Raufer). They lived most of their married lives on a farm outside of Curryville from around 1918 to 1963. Any help on assisting me with a family tree would be greatly appreciated.

Christine Hamlett Dieckmann cjd16@sbcglobal.net 
Surnames: Hamlett, Geery, Kramer, Branstetter,Ducey, Turner 
Date: January 01, 2008

I am looking for info on Peter Branstetter, born approx 1825 in Mo. Pike Co. His daughter Susan, born 1845, died 1929 was married to Marion Hamlett. This is family I am mainly interested in. He is in my line. I think they later moved to Audrain Co and are buried in Vandalia MO

Kim Cooper-Luthy kluthy@infowest.com 
Surnames: Swain/Jones
Date: November 14, 2007

I am looking for source information on the marriage of Samuel N. Jones and Frances Swain 3 Jan 1839 Pike, Missouri. Some have suggested that Frances is the daughter of Sherod G. Swain, I have no proof of this and am hoping that the marriage information may give me a lead. The parentage of Samule Nelson Jones is also unknown. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.

Virginia Summers ctx27945@centurytel.net 
Surnames: Neville
Date: November 08, 2007

William N Neville was born ca 1784 in Washington co, PA. His father purchased a 1000A land grant from Brig Gen John Neville for $1. and other considerations. This land was in Shelby co,Ky where the family moved ca 1800. The father's name was John Holton. Capt John Holton, born ca 1743 in Ireland, served in the Rev War in NJ and married Lydia Evans in Washington co, Pa Can anyone give us any other information? William N Neville married Lucy Oglesby in KY and he died ca 1859 Pike co, MO. Can someone tell me where William and Lucy were buried? They lived on the township line of Peno. I will really appreciate any information you can offer me. VS

Patricia (Patterson) Holloway Phollo4553@AOL.com 
Surnames: Patterson, Williams, McConnell, Dees, DeLong
Date: October 10, 2007

I just found this site. I am interested in William Patterson. My great-great grandfather was William Patterson. I cannot find anything on him. His son was James William Patterson born 1824 in PA. He died in Butler Co., MO. in 1906. I found in W.VA. this statement when he got married to Sarah A. DeLong: James W. PATTERSON, Blacksmith, age 32, widower, b. Penna., son of William and H. Patterson. I see that the William Patterson you have on this site was married to a Hannah and that he also had a son by the name of James. I have always looked for James's father in VA. or PA. I was wondering if this William is your William Patterson.

Sue-Ellen de Beer runaroundesigns@gmail.com 
Surnames: Angle, Soellinger, Cash
Date: October 08, 2007

I am seeking the marriage record of Amanda Soellinger to Henry Clay Angle and then after Mr. Angle's death, to J.E. Cash. Can you direct me?

Lydia Parker lydiaparker@bellsouth.net 
Surnames: Staton, Staten
Date: September 22, 2007

I have been trying to find the children of Margaret J. (Moore) Staton and her husband, Samuel Robert Staton. Margaret had passed away in 1897. On the 1900 census, Robert is listed with the children. On ancestry.com, Pike Co., MO. deaths, 1 Aug 1915, son of Robert Staton/Staten passed away. I don't know if it was Jeremiah or Benjamin. I can't seem to locate Annie M., Rosa Lee, or Lenard (Leonard?) either.
Are there any descendents of any of these Staton members? Robert was a brother to my great-grandfather, Oliver Newton Staton.


Tom W. Sisson mo1@citlink.net 
Surnames: Daniel/Brimer
Date: September 18, 2007

Looking for a researcher for Abbie Darnlene Daniel, and husband Paul Tinsley Brimer. Would like to exchange information, and I also have pictures of Abbie if interested. Contact me via email address.

Frank Spears frankspears@centurytel.net 
Surnames: Spears/Sutton
Date: September 17, 2007

Searching for information on Elizabeth Spears who married Benjamin Sutton, or on Noah P. Spears, or Henry M. Spears all of Harrison or Bourbon county Kentucky. They all moved to Pike county Missouri in the early 1800's; Thanks.

H. Scott Wolfe nswolfe42@hotmail.com 
Surnames: STARK
Date: September 15, 2007

Am researching one Walter BAKER, born in Virginia in 1816. His obituary, in 1892, states "he emigrated with Dr. STARK, to Pike County, Mo., when a small boy, and lived with him until he was nineteen years old. He then left the doctor and went into the lead mine regions of Dubuque, Iowa, and Jo Daviess County, Illinois." I note that there is a STARK cemetery, with many STARK burials, in Pike County. Can someone tell me who this DR. STARK might be? Any background on him would be appreciated.

Lydia Staton Parker lydiaparker@bellsouth.net 
Surnames: Staton
Date: August 23, 2007

I am searching for a directory of the names of deceased buried in the Bowling Green City Cemetery. I have quite a few relatives buried there, but can't seem to locate Mary Lena Briggs Staton (d. abt. 1887) and Hannah Elizabeth McMillin Staton (d. abt. 1900). Both had lived in Pike County, but since I don't know where in MO. they died, I am trying to pinpoint their final resting places. 
Any advice or information would be most appreciated.

Carl H. James lightworks.1@netzero.net 
Surnames: Mefford
Date: August 15, 2007

Am looking for info on the Meffords from Pike County, especially Nathan Mfford who came from Mason County, Kentucky and settled there. My grandmother was Emily Mefford from Ozark County, Missouri and Nathan is her great grandfather

Georgia Smith echs@eaglecom.net 
Surnames: Wood
Date: July 20, 2007

I am looking for info on James W. Wood. He arrived in Bowling Green in 1871 and stayed until 1880 then he came to Kansas. His Grandaughter recently donated two guns to our museum with the story that she was always told, that her grandfather was the one time sheriff here in Ellsworth Ks. According to our history though that cannot be proven.
We have decided that it may be that he was a one time sheriff there or maybe a city Marshall...or involved in some kind of law enforcement.
Any information would be greatly appreciated as I would really like to come up with some answers for this nice lady. Thank you for your consideration...

Dennis Todd Stobie stobie@iland.net 
Surnames: Todd, Fielder, Steele
Date: June 27, 2007

I am trying to find an obit for my ggrandfather, George W Todd who died in Paynesville around 1903. We looked in the Clarksville paper at the University in Columbia but that year is missing. George was married to Ann Eliza Steele and their son, my grandfather, John (Bud) Todd was a constable in Clarksville for several years.
Any help would be appreciated--
Dennis Stobie

Tom W. Sisson mo1@citlink.net 
Surnames: Brimer
Date: June 04, 2007

In a Peno Township, Pike County, Missouri book is listed a cemetery called "Unsell." I need driving direction to this cemetery. At least three individuals within my family branches are buried there and I need to take tombstone pictures.

Tom W. Sisson mo1@citlink.net 
Surnames: Looking for two towns
Date: March 28, 2007

Looking for two towns in Pike County (?), Missouri. Time period would be around 1921 for the town of Gazette, and 1933 for the town of Ester. I found these town names on certificates of death for two family members. Dates are the year the individuals passed away. Current Missouri map does not show these towns. 

Craig cw_StevensNOSPAM@yahoo.com 
Surnames: Stevens
Date: March 24, 2007

Just remove NOSPAM for my email. thanks. 

I am looking for information about my great great grandfather. 

I have this info. 

STEVENS, Johnson S. Born 1843 in Kentucky, (I also found 1839 in Curreyville)
Died: 16, March, 1893 Buried: Siloam Cemetary (I think most of my relatives are there)

Married on 4, Feb, 1867 in Adams, IL (also found where it said Pike County, MO)


CULWELL, Sarah Collins, Born 24, Aug 1844. Died: 1 Jane, 1929 (or 28,Dec 1928). 

There is alot of information about CULWELL, but I am looking for STEVENS. If I could find the death certificate for Johnson S. Stevens, that may point me in the correct direction. Any help would be apprieciated. Thanks! 

Laurel Anders gin10000@hotmail.com 
Date: March 24, 2007

I would be grateful if you would let me know what the relative percentages of the population of black and white inhabitants of Pike County Misouri during the years just prior to the abolition of slavery.

Even if it is not possible to provide this information, I would be grateful of an email notification of this, as it is for a university project, with a deadline of April 20th 2007.

Thank you very much.

Kind regards.

Laurel Anders 

Teresa Cunningham terse01@hotmail.com 
Surnames: Wells, Mayhall
Date: March 15, 2007

I have heard that John Wells died in August of 1909, but there is an index on Ancestry that William Mayhall's paper , The Bowling Green Times reported his death the 21 of April 1909 in the April 29, 1909 issue. Do you know if there is microfilm of the Times for loan? John married my GrAunt Ona, William was married to my GrAunt Mae. The Freeman's ran the newspaper for Mae after William's death. 
Teresa Cunningham

Joyce Love Robey madjar@socket.net 
Surnames: Arthur, Mastin H.
Date: March 08, 2007

MASTIN H. ARTHUR - was born June 24, 1808 in Bedford County, Virginia. As a boy he migrated to Tennessee with his parents and later came to Pike County, Missouri. On July 23, 1829, he married Beersheba BUTTS, a native of North Carolina with whom he had five children. Then he married Elvira Parks Keith and had one daughter, S. Tippee Arthur. 

We are unable to locate Mastin H. Arthur's parents. We would appreciate any help!

Joyce Love Robey madjar@socket.net 
Surnames: Oliver
Date: March 08, 2007

JOHN OLIVER - I am looking for the parents of John Oliver, born about 1803 in Carne, Virginia, died June 29, 1858 in Pike County, Missouri. He married Diana Ellendar Carpenter in Virginia, came to Missouri and had 14 children. I understand from a lovely lady in AZ that "John was killed by a shotgun blast by a John Burgez" however we have been unable to find John's parents. We would appreciate any help!

Susi Godfrey seg420@aol.com 
Surnames: Godfrey
Date: January 01, 2007

I know that my great grandfather, John B. GODFREY, was in Pike Co., MO, at least by 1873, when he married Nancy BENNETT on May 25. In the 1870 census of Pike Co., there is a John GODFREY listed as working on "the railroad". He was a railroad worker for many years, and I suspect that it is he who is listed in the census.

I'm trying to figure out how/why he got to Pike Co. from Ireland and am tracking down history of the railroad that was being built in 1870 for possible clues.

If anyone has any resources for me to check out, I'd appreciate hearing from you.

Susi Godfrey

Lena Idessa Nichols jancox3@aol.com 
Surnames: Nichols
Date: November 25, 2006

Looking for any info on my GGM. She was born in Frankford, Pike Cty, Mo 11/27/1871. Married to Martin Luther Hunter in Hurdland, Knox Cty, MO in 1889. Died in El Reno, OK 3/16/1935.

David Shaffer dshaffer2000@yahoo.com 
Surnames: Shaffer, Shafer, Sheffer
Date: October 31, 2006

I am looking for information on my ggggrandfather, Peter Shafer, and his family. They ended up in Lafayette County, Wisconsin, and I have a marriage certificate from Wisconsin for one of his sons indicating he was born in Pike County, Missouri. I also have a rather lengthy list of siblings, all listed in the 1850 and 1860 census records as having been born in Missouri. Unfortunately, I can't find any record of the family in Missouri. I believe Peter Shafer married Elizabeth Beene in Pike County in 1829, and I know they resided somewhere in Missouri at least until 1842. Are census records for this period not available, for some reason? I'd appreciate any help anyone can offer.

David Shaffer
Fishers, IN

Kathy Holford Holfordy@aol.com 
Surnames: Crow
Date: September 27, 2006

I am researching my family and need to know about Mary Elizabeth Crow. She was born in Pike County in 1851 0r 1850. I think she may of been the daughter of Samuel and Lorinda Crow. Any help with this would be great.

chuck tromblee ctromblee@yahoo.com 
Surnames: CARTER
Date: September 14, 2006

I am interested in finding out more about my great great grandfather, John Coles Carter (1800-1876), who moved to Pike County from Albermarle County, Va, in 1852. I am particulary interested in an alleged newspaper story about him which said he was jailed for being a southern sympathizer around the time of the Civil War. Also, I'm wondering how he seemed to have lost most of his land after the war.

Thank you.

Chuck Tromblee

Virginia H Summers ctx27945@centurytel.net 
Surnames: Devin, Garnett
Date: September 03, 2006

In the 1920s there was a Katherine Devin being raised by a Garnett family in Ralls co, MO I believe her family was from Pike co, MO
Can anyone give me any info on her? Thanks VS

Virginia H Summers ctx27945@centurytel.net 
Surnames: Neville
Date: September 03, 2006

William N Neville b. ca 1786, Shelby co, KY. Married Lucy Oglesby.
Pike co, MO census 1840/50 showed the family. When and where dis they die? 
A daughter Lydia E. Neville married P.E. Trabue. Thank you V

Pat Devoti pdevoti@charter.net 
Surnames: Brown, Fitzgerald
Date: August 25, 2006


I have a burial listed for Catherine Brown Fitzgerald in Green Lawn Cemetery,Pike County, MO. Is there such a place? Do you think it could be Greenwood instead?


Lori Keen-Justus justus5@adelphia.net 
Surnames: Modisette
Date: August 22, 2006

I am searching for information on my GGG grandfather Benjamin N. Modisette. He is listed on the 1860 Cuivre, Pike, MO census as B.N. Modisette, 27, physician, living with Stephen Henderson and family. Was there a medical school in the area? From there he moved to CA and was married to Susan N. and had 3 children. I would love to know who his parents were. Thank you for any information!

John Doig john.doig@yahoo.com 
Surnames: Bryce Letton Summers (1Feb1805-?) in Ashley Twp, Pike County as of 1870
Date: July 29, 2006

Looking for death and burial information on Bryce Letton Summers, born in KY, death and burial location not known but presumed to be Pike County. 1870 federal census shows Bryce L. Summers, 65 years of age living in Ashley Twp. with wife, Agnes, 58 years of age. The 1880 census does not list either one. Any help with their death date and burial location would be appreciated.

John Doig

Tom Chipman batescthotel@bellsouth.net 
Surnames: Chipman, Muir
Date: July 29, 2006

I am looking for information regarding my grandmother Lena Belle Muir. She also had a sister named Alta and my uncle Paul Reller was employed by Stark bros. for many years. Iam in possesion of numerous photos of her and family at Klauer studios in Louisiana Mo. Iwould appreciate any info you have that is relevant. Thank you, Tom Chipman

Mike Sparks msparks403@optonline.net 
Date: July 19, 2006

I am trying a copy of a death notice for my gr gr grandmother Rachel OAKS/OAKES who died Dec 26, 1891 in Pike Co. There is supposed to be a notice of her death in the Bowling Green paper on Dec. 31, 1891 but I've been unable to find a copy. Her son, Marshal D. SPARKS, died ca. 1839, is also mentioned. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Also, does anyone know if there are death certificates available for this time period?


Virginia Summers ctx27945@centurytel.net 
Surnames: Neville, Oglesby, Trabue, Summers
Date: July 03, 2006

I need help with the names of the parents of William N Neville. He was born ca 1764 (census says PA). 1808 he married Lucy B Oglesby in Jefferson co, KY. 1820 Shelby co, KY census places him there with family. 1840 & 1850 places him in Pike co, MO. Lucy died in (?) perhaps Jefferson co, KY. We do not know where William went after 1850. Their daughter Lydia Neville married Prince Edward Trabue 1835, Pike co, Mo and raised a family there. Their daughter Elizabeth Jane married John James Summers. I read William's father was John Hoarse Neville b 1746,(?) a grandson was named Hoarse and one Pressley. Please use my e-mail,and I hope someone can help, thanks VS

Tom W. Sisson mo1@citlink.net 
Surnames: Brown/Sisson
Date: June 10, 2006

Would like to make contact with the researcher working the family names William Rennie Brown and Jane Elizabeth Sisson; each of the Bowling Green, Pike County, Missouri area. You provided photographs a few years past, and I have lost your address.

Lynne Roberts lnr@surewest.net 
Surnames: Roberts, Martin, Gillum
Date: May 31, 2006

Am on the hunt for information about my family, namely: Jeremiah Roberts - arrived in Pike County, MO from Spotsylvania County, VA in 1835; his son, Richard Morris Roberts, buried in the Clarksville area where he Julia Porter, daughter of Gilchrist Porter. Am particularly interested in a picture of Richard Morris Roberts - he was the mayor of Joplin, and the Jasper County sheriff in the late 1800's. Joplin and Jasper County have given me lots of stuff, but we can't locate a picture. Can you help me? And I would like burial information regarding Richard and Julia. Or anything else you may have or know about the family.

Bob Graham rgraham@leeuniversity.edu 
Surnames: Edwards and Keyes

I am looking for confirmation of the marriage of my G-Grandfather Harrison Edwards to Judy Ethel Keyes (aka Julia Keice) about 5 Jan 1866 in Pike County. 

Any other information about either of them is very much appreciated.

Ursula Hickerson lala_86_04@yahoo.com 
Surnames: Hickerson

Hi, I'm looking for any records (perhaps death records would be best) on a Samuel Hickerson and his wife Margarette. They lived in Prairieville, Pike, MO in 1880 according to a census report I found. This is all I know. I believe they lived previously in Illinois and I think they had a son named John. Please if you have any information let me know. Thank you.

Ursula Hickerson, IL

Tom W. Sisson mo1@citlink.net 
Surnames: Hickory Grove School 

I understand the Hickory Grove School house on highway "U" between Bowling Green, and Curryville Pike County, Missouri has been destroyed sometime in the last few years. Also understand there was an auction for the contents. I am interested in the photographs that were sold. Would like a point of contact for any individual(s) who might have information. My G/grandfather and grandfather were board members to that school. Additionally, my father, attended school there in 1910. Any information will be appreciated as to the status of the photographs.

Nancy Misel n147@att.net 

I'm looking for an obituary for Clara Margaret or (Margaret Clara) Mayhew Misel. She was born in Louisiana, MO and returned there after being widowed in the 1930s. According to her death certificate she died near Louisiana on 30 Sep 1951 just 2 days short of her 92nd birthday. She was buried in Riverview Cemetery and I would also be interested in knowing if a tombstone exists.

Many thanks!

Pat Yarber newtdog@netease.net 
Surnames: Patton, Laird

My great-grandmother, Mary Ellen Patton Laird, died in childbirth in Pike County, Missouri in 1889. She was married to Cash (Cassius?) Marcus C. Laird in about 1879. They had three children: Harry Samuel Laird (my grandfather) and Hallie Laird (Raphael), twins born in 1886.
I cannot locate any information on either of them, except that when Cash died, he was buried in Annada in April of 1919. I have not been able to locate ANY death records, burial locations, other than that of Cash.
I DO know for a fact that the "Stark" family was associated somehow w/my Grandfather Harry. I also know that Mary Ellen was the daughter of John A. and Sarah Jamison Patton and that John and his father were wagon makers in Pike County. I remember finding information on Patton House, and there was even a connection there.
I also know there was a connection to the Wells family -- I think they took in Hallie and my grandfather when their mother died in childbirth w/a son, Clay.
ANY information would be appreciated as I cannot go farther in my research until I can "let this lost connection" rest.
Am I allowed other questions or is this the only one I am allowed? 
Thank you so very much,
Pat Yarber

Tom Fitzsimmons tjfitz@iol.ie 
Surnames: Cole, Carroll, Mackey

I have a copy of a reminiscence of a lady who lived in South Dakota, and who was descended from people who emigrated from County Roscommon, Ireland to America and eventually lived a time in Pike County. In 1869 several families left Pike County together in a wagon train for Bon Homme, Dakota Territory. The particular family described in the below excerpt was the Cole family. Mrs. Cogan of the narrative was born Bridget Cole.

"The family lived in Wisconsin for two years and since the weather was 
so severe during the winter, decided to go to Clarksville, Missouri 
where some relatives and friends lived. They went down the 
Mississippi by steamboat to Clarksville, near St. Louis. They rented 
the Mackey plantation near town and prospered, raising saddle horses, 
cattle, and doing general farming. The large plantation house became 
the scene of many parties, dances and enjoyment for the entire 

Barney who worked in logging camps was called Jack La Farge by the 
French cook so the uncle wouldn't find him. He grew into a tall boy 
and being an avid reader, entertained the men in the evenings reading 
to them around the campfires. The logsmen took Barney with them on a 
raft floating logs down the Mississippi to their lumber market in St. 
Louis. He was over six feet tall and could do a man's work in the 

After the sale of their logs, the men spent their time drinking and 
seeing shows. They spent much time in taverns, but wouldn't let 
anyone give the kid drinks. The tavern keeper asked him his name and 
said he resembled a family of Coles from whom he bought his saddle 
horses. Barney inquired about the family and their names and the 
location of their farm. He decided to walk out and see if they were 
his family. He reached the farm in the late afternoon and Tim was 
chopping wood. Barney asked him if he could stay the night. Tim, 
thinking he looked like a wild western man with his buckskin said no. 
His mother was a widow and they didn't keep strangers. Barney knew 
it was his brother and laughed. He had a very hearty laugh and his 
sister, who heard him said, 'Mother, if Barney is alive, that is his 
laugh.' His mother looked out the window and said, 'It's a tall man 
in Buckskins and not our little boy.' He laughed again and his 
sister said, 'That's Barney, I know his laugh.' His mother called 
Tim and told him to bring in the young man for supper. His mother 
looked at him closely and when he shook hands with her, she looked at 
his wrist as he had a birthmark on his right wrist. The mother and 
all the family were overjoyed to find their long lost son and brother 
at their own door after the long search. Barney stayed on the farm 
after telling his employer of his happy reunion with his family.

When the Civil War broke out, Bart and Tom joined the army and Barney 
ran off and joined the army at the age of seventeen. When he came on 
a furlough, being in the Cavalry with his uniform and pistols, Tim 
and his friend Bob Jackson were very much impressed. They decided to 
run away and join to get uniform and pistols and then tell their 
correct ages and come home. It didn't work out that way and they 
served until the war ended. Barney was wounded seriously three times 
at Vicksburg, Red River and Winchester. He lost the sight of one eye 
and had a neck, shoulder and side wounds. (When the doctor probed 
for bullets, they poured raw carbolic acid in the wounds to sterilize 

Every week Mrs. Cogan rode horseback 12 miles to East St. Louis to 
read the lists of the wounded and dead which were posted in the post 
office. She would notify all the neighbors at church on Sundays. 
Since all the boys were wounded at various times, it was an 
unpleasant task to tell her mother."

Many times during the night they were awakened and asked to prepare 
food for hungry soldiers, both Blue and Gray. They baked soda 
biscuits and fried side pork for the men. The mother never turned a 
hungry man away saying she hoped some one was feeding her sons."

Dan Devaney Genealogy4999@aol.com 
Surnames: Patterson

Just was informed about a posting to your website which was made last Sept. concerning William Patterson and family. Is anyone working on this family? Would love to be in touch with them. We are from the Patterson family in St. Louis County and have some questions and data available. This was the message:


Hope someone will help.


Marilyn Patterson Devaney and Dan Devaney in Hawaii

Chester Buchanan 99buchanan99@charter.net 
Surnames: Buchanan, Hays, Dugan, Hicks, Sidewell, Hudson, Scholl

My cousin (Maxine Bickham) posted the following message in 1999. She has since died and I am continuing her efforts. 

I am researching several families in Pike Co, MO and would like to contact other researchers working on these various lines:

Felix Buchanan d 1881 Clarksville m Penina Hays William B. Buchanan d 1895 Pike Co, m Sarah J. Dugan Dr. James Robert Buchanan d 1928 Los Angeles m. Ella V. Hicks Lloyd B. Buchanan d 1936 Pike Co m. Kate L. McConkey Doris S. Buchanan b 1863 Pike Co m George W. Hudson Georgia H. Buchanan b 1862 Pike Co m. Richard W. Sidwell Lucinda B. Buchanan b 1866 Pike Co m. Perry O. Scholl Jonathan Ingram d abt 1830 Pike Co m. Barbara Menefee Jarrett Ingram d 1851 Pike Co m. Nancy Hudson 

Sharon Macormic shamac@fidnet.com 
Surnames: Noel, Johnson, Baxter

Jacintha Athwell Baxter was born 15 Feb. 1811 in KY and d. 5 Dec. 1897 in Oak Grove, MO. She married William Collins Johnson in 1827. I am interested in finding out about her children. Also if anyone knows where William Collins Johnson is buried. I have his death in 1857, Pike Co., MO.
My Great grandfather Robert A. Noel married one of their children - Margaret D. Johnson. I would also like to know what happened to Robert's first family with wife Martha Noel. 
any help would be greatly appreciated.

Tim Campbell timcamp0@airmail.net 
Surnames: Campbell

I am looking for descendants of a Jerome B. Campbell who is on the 1860 census of Pike county MO. He was a physician and had numerous children. Was born circa 1808 and married Margaret Humes in Smyth Co VA. His oldest son, Thomas L. Campbell, was on the 1870 census of Pike Co MO. with his family. I have a great volume of files on the ancestry of this family but need information on Jerome and his descendants.

LISA WATERMAN lisa_waterman2000@yahoo.com 
Surnames: Bartlett

Searching for the Bartlett family form Louisiana,Pike, Mo William Holmes Chambers Bartlett and His brother Sanders or Saunders Bartlett, William Left Mo in 1821 wwent on to teach at Westpoint Military Academy from 1821-1878.But His brother Saunders or Sanders H. Bartlett stayed in Lousiana his whole life, he was married twice first margaret hobbs second Nancy? Margaret Hobbs and Saunders had 2 sons James Bartlett and William Holmes Chambers Bartlett. any Information on this family would really be helpful.
Thanks Lisa

Sue Snyder suesnyder@olympus.net 
Surnames: Hill, Scofield, Lewellen, Farthing, Wiley, Harwood, Lowe

My biggest stonewall is what happened to John Scofield? I find him on the l860through 1910 census...no death certificate, no nothing. He owned a farm, probably passed it on to his son Marion Scofield, (who had no children) John was born in 183l in Virginia, his wife Jane Elisabeth Lowe was born in Ohio (but family came from Penn. Her brother lived in Ralls, Zack Lowe....Help? John's daughter Elma was married to my grandfather James Monroe Hill (Ralls, I think)and died after the birth of my mother. Ruth Lee Hill was adopted by one of the Scofields....Help? I am not near any cemetaries..live on Olympic Peninsula.....but I think Marion was buried in Vandalia...

Cheryl Potter potter01@cox.net 
Surnames: POTTER/Robinson

John Matthew Potter Jr born Sept 16 1872. Does Pike county have birth certificates for this date?? Also in need of birth certificate for John Matthew Potter Sr born in Pike county (unknown date) John Sr was married to Rebecca Robinson. Any information on these people will be greatly appreciated. They are the brick wall.

WILLIAM D WILSON billrose86@charter.net 
Surnames: GROTTS


John Lowe jwlsll@atmc.net 
Surnames: STARR

I'm interested in contacting descendents of the family of William and Annie(SLAUGHTER)STARR, who lived in Louisiana, Pike County, Missouri, in the late 1880's/early 1900's. I'm specifically interested in learning the details of the accidental shooting death of Fredie STARR which probably took place in the 1890's. Thank you.

Georgia Ferry jenie@madisontelco.com 
Surnames: Daugherty/Dougherty

Would anyone be able to go to the genalogical Society or Library and look for an article or obit on James M. Daugherty/Dougherty born in Ohio and died March 4, 1873 in Pike County, MO? I don't know where he died. He was murdered and that is all we know. We don't have a burial place for him. Would like to know this also. Thanks, Georgia

Georgia Ferry jenie@madisontelco.com 
Surnames: Daugherty/Dougherty

I am looking for the place and date of my gg grandfather's death. He was James McClelland Daugherty/Dougherty born in Ohio and died March 4, 1873 in Pike Co. Mo. The family story goes that he was on his way to look for a new home for his family, when he was robbed and murdered. 
Would like to know where this all took place and where he is buried.
Sure wanting to find his burial place. He was married to Margaret Fletcher also of Ohio. 
Thans, Georgia

Tom W. Sisson mo1@citlink.net 
Surnames: Obituary research

I would like to have a researcher who is going to the Missouri Historical Society to conduct newspaper research for some obituaries (approximately six). These members are all of Pike County (Bowling Green) area. I have the newspaper name (most BG Times), and dates of deaths. Would require researching a few days from date of death to a few days after the date of death. Use my email to contact me and we can discuss research fees. Tom W. Sisson.

Jim Lowary jlowary@coin.org 

I'm Looking for informaton on any of the above families. Charles H. NORTH (who served in 12th Kansas Infantry and is buried in Wight Cem) Lived a lot of his life after the Civil War in Peno twp in Pike Co. His wife Melissa Jane (Van Wagner) NORTH went to live in Chester in Crawford Co., Arkansas after 1920-before 1930, with son George NORTH. Charles H. died in 1913 (strange they would pack up and move somewhere I've not been able to find any relatives living, George came back after her death in 1944, and he died in 1976 and is buried in Wright Cem also)

His Granddaugher Cora Belle ALLISON was born in Pike Co., Her first marriage was to Jesse M. Ardrey/Audrey (he died 8 months later in Nov 1918). His obit says they had two children, but I can only find traces of one. I can find no trace of Cora after this until family records place her Married to Robert Ernest COURTNEY (who was living in Audrain Co. in 1920) and living in Louisiana, Pike Co., when my Aunt was born in 1922. The were living in Quincy, IL when my mother was born in 1925, and in Moberly, MO in 1928 when her father William M. ALLISON died at her home. Again I find no trace of her (anywhere) till 1940 when she marries Rober Clark SMITH, and they eventualy move back to Franford area.

Since she always came back to the Pike Co. I was hoping someone else might have tripped on her in the searches, or have some info from other family line sources.

Thanks for your time and concideration on both these puzzeling lines.


-- Jim Lowary (jlowary@coin.org)

Lenora Mulock brennajne@2scbglobal.net 
Surnames: Wiggs 

I am looking for anyone researching a Wiggs family that lived in Pike Co., MIssouri in 1870. There is a Susan Wiggs w/o Robert who died in 1871. I have a Robert Wiggs who married a Mary (possibly Broyus) in 1871 possibly in PIke Co. Any information appreciated. 

Shannon Thomas cuileanjohn@msn.com 
Surnames: FARRELL, Matthew

I am trying to find a death record for Matthew FARRELL, born in Ireland in 1852 and emigrated to U.S. in 1853 with parents (father's name was James)
Matthew Farrell is shown on the 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930 census records as living in Lousiana, Pike Co. Missouri with his wife Henrietta and their children. He was 77 in 1930 so I'm guessing he died some time in the 1930's. I cannot find any record online. I am specifically trying to find out where in Ireland he was born which is sometimes listed on death certificates. 
Any info would be great
Shannon Thomas

JBoard judyboard@comcast.net 
Surnames: Bowen/Biggers

Searching for information about Dellar/Delle Bowen married to Cordie/Cordia Biggers about 1904. They had two children Jasper Orvin Bowen born about 1912 and Myrtle Elizabeth Bowen born 14 Jan. 1914. Thank for any clues.

Charli Bridgewater charlib@swbell.net 
Surnames: Bridgewater, Owens

Family members have mentioned my grandfather, John Samuel Bridgewater was born in Curryville, MO between 1895 and 1900, son of Samuel Bridgewater and Jennie(possibly Jone)Owens. What I would like to find out is if he (John Samuel) and/or his wife were in fact born here, and married here. If so, I am interested in copies of documents signifying same. 

Thank You

Audrey Jones sillydillyhillbilly@bowling-green.net 
Surnames: Bernard

am looking for the person wanting info on a Rev. Taylor Bernard i have his bio i found but have not found where he's buried I need you to contact me Please.

Rhonda pcgenweb@gmail.com 
Surnames: POWELL

I'm looking for information on the ancestors of Jerry Leon POWELL, born 1931, died 1990.

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