Queries 2007 - Dent Co. Missouri

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Researcher: Mindy Gibbs mindyrussell0325@yahoo.com


Posted: 22 Oct 2007

I remember a huge hole in the ground before the "s" curves on highway 19, and was told it was an old flooded mine. I am curious about the history of that abandoned mine. Or was it a sink hole? Does any one know?


Researcher: Donna Denton Boarman bobchilders2001@yahoo.com

Surnames: Denton, Nelson

Posted: 19 Oct 2007

I'm looking for the children of,  my grandfather, John James Denton & Margaret Robinett Peck Nelson, I think they were married in 1891, they had a boy & girl, I was wondering if their names were Annabelle & Vernon, if anyone can help me please e-mail me at . 

Thank You,
Donna Denton Boarman


Researcher: mwilson1693@cfl.rr.com

Surnames: Bradshaw, Chandler, Johnson, Hill, Toney,

Posted: 16 Oct 2007

I am still trying to find information on Amber Bradshaw Chandler, B.1933 WV
and died in Dent Co., Missouri in 1995: Below is her lineage to the Bradshaw's.

Amber Bradshaw & Samuel Chandler
William Edward Bradshaw & Mabel Johnson
John W. Bradshaw & Lillian Hill
George Wesley Bradshaw & Mary Frances Toney
Daniel Bradshaw & Jane Holstein Bradshaw
Moses Bradshaw & Sarah Bates Bradshaw

If anyone has any info regarding Amber, please notify me at


Researcher: Bert K. Waits waitsb@math.ohio-state.edu

Surnames: WAIT (or WAITS or WAITE)

Posted: 25 Sep 2007

I have an Waits ancestor Thomas WAIT (or WAITS or WAITE) b. about 1830 in PA. He is listed in the 1880 census for Linn township, DENT Co., Missouri . Here is what the index’er transcribed:

1880 United States Federal Census

Name: Thoas Weight
Home in 1880: **Linn, Dent, Missouri **
Age: 43
Estimated birth year: abt 1837
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Relation to head-of-household: Self (Head)
Spouse's name: Jane
Father's birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's birthplace: Pennsylvania
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Laborer
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Household Members: Name Age birthplace
Thoas Weight 43 b. 1837 PA
Jane Weight 44 b. 1836 PA
Mary Weight 22 b. 1858 Ohio
Lee Weight 20 b. 1860 Ohio
Alton Weight 17 b. 1863 Ohio
Cata Weight 16 b. 1864 Ohio
Lisey Weight 13 b. 1867 Missouri
William Weight 10 b. 1870 Missouri
Oren Weight 2 b. 1878 Missouri

I know the “Weight” surname is Waits in this case – it could also be Wait or Waite. The children born in or before the 1870 census for Phelps Co. “match” the above 1880 list. Thomas Waits was in Phelps Co, MO in the 1870 census living two townships away from his brother John F Waits. Thomas moved from Phelps Co to Dent Co. between 1870 and 1880. I can not find Thomas or his wife Elizabeth Jane Waits (Maiden name unknown) after the 1880 census. I would like any information about them and their 7 children before or after 1880 in Dent Co. (death records, birth records, marriage records, family files, etc.) .

Any help very much appreciated.


Bert K. Waits
Professor Emeritus of Mathematics
The Ohio State University

3100 Juneberry Terrace
Oviedo, FL 32766
407 542 6477


Researcher: bigbears@bartnet.net

Surnames: Hoy

Posted: 25 Sep 2007

Looking for any information on a John C. Hoy of Licking who is charged with child molestation. We are following the case as he is the estranged father of my wife.

Thanks, Bill


Researcher: Lela D. Pollock- Ernsberger easterchild_53@yahoo.com

Surnames: Nelson, Hobson, Saddler / Sadler

Posted: 07 Aug 2007

My GGrandfather Nelson, William Caroll and Hobson, Nancy C were married 4 Aug 1870 by Hotchkiss, Marvin (Rev) in Dent County MO. From this union was born six children. James B, Edward, Lela Jane, my grandmother b 6 Jan 1875 Salem, Dent Co; MO, Wesley N, Betty and Walter.

As you can see I have my grandmothers birth but am having a hard time finding her other siblings birth date. I do know that grandma's brother Edward is the Grandfather of Edward Sheffield Nelson of Arkansas, and I don't know his Fathers name, I only know he married a Saddler or Sadler.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Sincerely Mrs. Lela D. Pollock- Ernsberger


Researcher: Michael Christiaens mccsc@verizon.net

Surnames: Plank, Blaylock, Powell, Peck

Posted: 03 Aug 2007

I am seeking the death date and place of burial for Franklin Plank, who lived and probably died in Dent County. He was the s/o John Wesley Plank and Margaret Jane Blaylock. Franklin married Tabitha Jane Powell, d/o William J Powell and Mary Anna Peck, in 1888. It appears that Franklin died 1900-1910, prior to the 1910 census.

Michael Christiaens mccsc@verizon.net


Researcher: dbton@yahoo.com

Surnames: Dunn, York

Posted: 08 Ju1 2007

I have a John Merriott Dunn who died 04 Dec 1848 Dent Co., MO. He was born 1815 in AL or TN to William Wesley and Elizabeth Merriott Dunn.
That is absolutely all I know of him.
Would there be any kind of records that I could search to try to find information about him? Would there be a tax record or such. I need to know if he was married and such.
I believe his mother Elizabeth Dunn was living in Dent County in 1870 but I do NOT know if she was there in 1848 when he died.
I am really trying to research a George W. Dunn b. 1844 in either TN or MO (shown both ways on later census records) that I believe to be a grandson of the Elizabeth Dunn found in Dent County in 1870. I just thought the John M. Dunn might be his father as I know he was the son of the Elizabeth Dunn.
The George W. Dunn could also have been the son of a brother to the John M. Dunn, George J. G. Dunn b in TN and NOT found in MO census ever. So I really have nothing to go on.
The George W. Dunn married in Dent County in 1871 to Harriett York, but on the marriage record the surname was spelled DINE in one record and DUNE in one record.
That is the only reference to my George W. Dunn in connection to Dent County as being married there; and that is the only record of the John M. Dunn as dying there and the Elizabeth Dunn was on census records in the county.

If you have any clues for me to research, please contact me: dbton@yahoo.com


Researcher: Mabel Wilson mwilson1693@cfl.rr.com

Surnames: Chandler

Posted: 16 Jun 2007

I am looking for information on a Amber Bradshaw Chandler, b. 1933, d. Oct. 29, 1995 in Salem, Dent, Missouri, USA. She is a cousin of mine and I would like to have it for genealogy purposes.


Researcher: Sally Williams aoakley1950@yahoo.com


Posted: 11 May 2007

Hi there!

I had the pleasure to camping last weekend at Whispering Pines Campground at Jadwin. We rode horses out of the campground along the river and were told of an old schoolhouse and hospital near a springs. Could you provide us with some information about these early structures and some of the settlements in that area?
Thanks much!
Sally Williams aoakley1950@yahoo.com


Researcher: Richard Combs julieandrich@charter.net

Surnames: Noblin, Swofford, Williamson

Posted: 10 Apr 2007

I'm searching for any information regarding Peter B.
Williamson who married Elizabeth Jane Nelson Swofford
abt 1863 in Dent Co. Elizabeth Jane would later marry
Zach Gamblin.

Peter B. Williamson and Elizabeth Jane Nelson Swofford
had a daughter named Emily C. Williamson who would
marry Samuel James Noblin.

What happened to Peter B. Williamson? Where was he
from? Who were his parents? When did he die and where?

Thanks for any help.
Richard Combs
2639 Brittany Dr.
Jackson, Mo. 63755


Researcher: Vernetta Nelson  - 2006 query answer - view query

Surnames: Rogers

Posted: 2 Apr 2007

This information comes from the Dent County, Missouri, Cemeteries & Families book:
John Russell Rogers b. 9/24/1837 & d.6/28/1915 : m. Martha Louise Lewis in PA b. 7/16/1839 & d. 2/27/1926. John is buried in Patterson Cemetery, Dent County, MO & Martha is buried in Sherman, TX. Their children: John Franklin "Frank" b. 5/2/1859 & d. 11/21/1927. He m.Florence Lee Bullard & moved to Sherman TX circa 1897; William m. Rachel Campbell, 1886 in Dent County. They had 4 children, two died young & are buried near the Chal Campbell home. They also moved to Sherman, TX ; Lester Lewis b. 7/4/1871Eria County, PA & d. 8/25/1947. He m. Matilda Elizabeth Walker, daughter of Henry Walker & Martha Louisa Jane White.
They had 4 children & are both buried in Patterson Cemetery; Henry Elias b. 6/4/1878 Dent County, MO & d. 4/11/1959. He married Lillie Mae White b. 10/29/1871 & d. 10/7/1936 , daughter of Talton & Cass White 1/9/1912. They had 8 children, lived most of their lives in Carthage, MO, then moved to CA, & back to MO for the 12 years of his life. He & Lillie are buried in Patterson Cemetery; Hattie m. John Earley, she is buried in Hepsoda Cemetery; Alta M. & Mattie, both buried in Hepsoda Cemetery. John & Martha moved to Dent County, near Joy circa 1875 from Erie, PA; He was a Corp. Union Army 9 Regt. NY Cav. in the Civil War.
There are errors in the information in this book so you need to confirm this information.
Vernetta Nelson v.b.nelson@earthlink.net


Researcher: Julia Harding julrispets@cableone.net

Surnames: Hutson, Snow

Posted: 2 Apr 2007

On the 1870 Dent County Census, Meramac Division there is George Hutson, Wife Nancy. George was born in Scotland, Nancy in N.C. The children are Elihu, Eli, Adam, Lucinda, Hiram and C.S. I found all but Adam on the 1880 Short Bend Township, Dent County Census. According to World Family Tree, Adam married Sally unknown last name. Maggie was born in 1879 to Adam and Sally and later Alta was born. Maggie married John Snow in Dent County Aug 1, 1896. My grandmother Alta Bell Snow was born Aug 22, 1897. John Rueben Snow was born in 1901. John Snow died 1901-1903. I found the family John, Maggie and Alta on the 1900 Census in St. Francois County. On the 1910 Crawford Census Maggie is married to William Gahr from Germany. They have 3 children, Cyrus, Everett, and Norene with Charles being from William's first marriage, and Rueben as a step son. Alta was living with a Robert and Mary Sims as a servant.
If there is anybody that has any information about Adam and his wife Sally, or about John Snow please let me know. I haven't found any information about where and how they died or where they are buried.

Any information is appreciated.
Thank you Julia Harding julrispets@cableone.net


Researcher: Cathy


Posted: 17 mar 2007

Can you give me more information on Scotia cemetery? Directions as to where it is located. And if there is information on who is buried there. If I come to visit do I need to contact somebody or is there somebody that can give me more information? I believe that I have relatives buried there.

Thank you so much


Researcher: Lloyd bfp@fidnet.com

Surnames: Gillespie, Smith

Posted: 13 feb 2007

We are looking for information about Sarah Ellen Gillespie who
married William Franklin Smith in 1878 Dent County Mo.



Researcher: Tom Simms tom.simms@gmail.com

Surnames: Bell, Wisdom

Posted: 20 feb 2007

Looking for information concerning William Bell and/or Ona (Oma) Wisdom. William Bell was born Mar 30, 1848 in Iron County(?). William married Ona (Oma) - date and place unknown - and at least three sons were born to this marriage in Dent County; Henry Fred, Oscar Avery, and Marion Francis. The family apparently moved to St. Francois County (Randolph, Desloge, and Farmington).

Any assistance would be appreciated.

Tom Simms







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