Nancy Gurley Cemetery, Barry Co., MO

Name Born Died Research Notes & Inscriptions Researcher or Resource
HIGGS, Nancy Emeline "Nanny" (GURLEY) Mar. 12, 1870
Newton Co., MO
Apr. 11, 1906
White River Community,
Barry Co., MO
Research Note: Daughter of John Wesley Gurley and Mary Anne Combs, both born Kingston, Madison Co., AR, buried at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Wife of John "James" Z. Higgs, married on Dec. 24, 1885 in Barry Co., MO. John is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery. Family history says "Nancy burned to death on a farm in the White River Community. She was alone at the time and her body was found in the yard where she had run." - Notes from Jay Trace: This evidently is the Higgs grave in Shell Knob that the Mobarry site has sought a picture of for some years. I just happened upon it today. To get there, travel south on Highway 39 to She'll Knob. Turn right on Farm Road 1230. Go less than 5 miles into Turkey Mountain Estates. If you come to a T at Edgewater Street, you've gone too far. Anyway, as you enter Turkey Mountain Estates, 1230 becomes Airport Road. Alongside that road is a small, earthen airstrip. The stone is on the opposite edge of that airstrip, all alone. I didn't find any other stones around. I checked the plat location of that Nannie Higgs grave I photographed, vs. the 1909 Plat map. Where that grave is, is on land owned, at that time, by J. Z. Higgs, Nannie's husband.

1880 Census Place Shoal Creek, Barry, Missouri
John W. Gurley Self M Male W 41 AR Farmer AL AL
Mary A. Gurley Wife M Female W 37 AR Keeping House TN TN
Louisa M. Gurley Dau S Female W 16 AR At School AR AR
Joel M. Gurley Son S Male W 14 MO At Home AR AR
Nancy E. Gurley Dau S Female W 10 MO At Home AR AR
Mason C. Gurley Son S Male W 8 MO AR AR
Margaret V. Gurley Dau S Female W 6 MO AR AR
Henry W. Gurley Son S Male W 4 MO AR AR
Elmer Gurley Son S Male W 10M MO AR AR

1900 United States Federal Census, Missouri, Barry, Shell Knob, District 14
James Higgs, head, born Jan 1863 MO, age 37, married 14 years, farmer, father born NC, mother MO
Nancy E., wife, born Mar 1869 MO, age 31, married 14 years, mother of 4 children, 3 living, parents born AR
Ada I., daughter, born Nov 1888, age 11, born MO
Walter, son, born Dec 1892 MO, age 7
Warren, son, born May 1894 MO, age 6
Family History
MO Marriage Records
Phyllis Long
Jay Trace

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