Northwest of Salem
Submitted by Paul D. VanHoy
On or about April 10, 1890, a gentleman
by the name of David Henry Vanhoy was
buried at Pace Cemetery along with 1 or 2 of his
His name is not David Henry Vanhoy. He was born
1860 in Perry Township,
Martin County, Indiana and was named Lafayette Vanhoy. On
April 7, 1883 he
and his spouse Molly Pace obtained a marriage license in
Indiana and were married on April 10, 1883. Shortly there
after they moved to
Dent County, MO. but due to the fact that he was
suffering from consumption
he was not able to hold steady work. For some unknown
reason he changed his
name to David Henry Vanhoy and remained a mystery for the
past 130 years.
His nephews and nieces knew him as
"Uncle Laff" and relished in his humor.
He was one of nine children born to Charles B. Vanhoy and
He had 5 brothers and 3 sisters. it has been told that he
went out west and
was never heard from again but yet on April 10, 1890, his
widow, Margaret "
Molly" Pace wrote to his younger brother and told of
his passing, and that as
of that very day they would have been married 7 years.
She told of her grief
and how lonely she was and that the Doctors told her that
her husband had
died of Consumption (TB). After all his brothers and
sisters passed the
history of Laffayette Vanhoy was lost till this year.
He Stood over 6' 5" tall and had dark hair and brown
eyes with a long beard.
Hopefully, now that his whereabouts
are known and what happen to him,
his soul can finally find peace
Coordinator: R. Schmedake
Updated On Tuesday, July 30, 2013
2005 - 2013 by: Dent County, MO. MOGenWeb Coordinator