Members Brickwalls

Breaking Through The Brick Walls

Iron County, MO Brick Walls

Many of the members of the Iron County Genealogy Society have ran into the infamous BRICK WALL that those of us who do family research are all too familiar with. The following are some of our brickwalls. If anyone can help these people with their brick walls, please be so kind and contact them.

Sharon Hackworth has met a brick wall head on while searching for information on the parents of Elizabeth Caroline REED. Elizabeth’s parents are Joseph and Jane SWEARINGEN REED. Joseph Reed married Jane Swearingen in Madison County on January 14, 1841. Joseph was supposed to have died in Iron County before 1858. There has been no death date found or burial site located. Beyond this information she has been unable to find anything else on this Reed family. Any one knowing of these families please help Sharon crash through this brick wall.

Laura has ran into her brickwall while searching for the Civil War records of her GG-grandfather Private John Jones. He joined the Mississippi Volunteers and was in Nashville in 1863. Supposedly, his information was as follows: Private John Jones Co. K 84th Regiment, Mississippi Volunteers "at a camp near Dalton, Georgia" March 13, 1864. He supposedly was shot and died later as a results of the injury. The letters he sent home was sent to Canaan PO Tippah, Mississippi. John Jones as born circa 1838 in Mississippi, he married Ann Russum. Ann was born in Mississippi also. Have been unable to locate his military records.

Theresa has ran into more than one brickwall. The first concerning Jesse SNODGRASS. Jesse is the son of John Daniel and Mary Hill Snodgrass. He was married to Samantha Catherine STRICKLAND. Theresa has been unable to find a death date or burial location for Jesse. It is believed that he died before 1880 in Missouri. If anyone has any info that can help her to solve her brickwall please contact her.

The Second brick wall Theresa has ran into is on William STRICKLAND. William was born 1802 in North Carolina, was married to Harriet. William is found in the 1850 and 1860 Reynolds CO., census but can not be found after that. Theresa is looking any information that may help find where he died or moved to. The children of William and Harriet are: Williford, Samantha Catherine, Amanda, Agnon, Harriet Louisa, William, James, Martha, Delaney, and Thomas. If anyone has any info that can help her to solve her brickwall please contact her.

Donald R. Sessions has run into his brick wall with William E. GREGORY, of Arcadia, Iron County, who married Mabel L. SESSIONS of Bismarck, St. Francois Co. on 6 Oct. 1889. Can anyone tell him anything about the Gregory family that resided in Arcadia?

James "Ed" Chapman has quite a task on his hands. He's trying to find proof that his ancestor, Shadreck JONES, bought the land that was developed into Brunot, Missouri. Shadreck Jones, was born in 1823 in Weakly County, TN and married Nancy Jane KING in Iron County, MO. "I have been told that Shadreck bought the land that was developed into Brunot, Missouri. I have found property deeds for a total of over 1,000 acres of land that was bought by him and his wife Nancy. I would like to have some proof as to Shadreck developing the town of Brunot, as most of my Jones, King, Russell, Hamilton, Young,Chapman, Hickman, families all lived around that area."

Betty Jane Gustafson (Covert). is looking for Elijah J. BARREE b. abt. 1844 married Sarah F. BLANTON b. abt 1844 in ALA on Sept 13, 1863 in Iron County.On 1880 census shows:Jesse w. 12, Margaret 11 Mary A 9, George W. 6, Jane E4,Elijah Adkin 2James W. 10 Mos. Elijah Adkin was my grandfather d. in Wabash hosp in Decatur Ill Jan 1913.James W. died in 1939 in Oklahoma City OK.On the 1900 census the info says Elijah J and Sarah F. had 12 children.Another child Frances was born after James and she married Albert Towle and lived in Charleston, Ill in 1914 when Elijah J. died in Perryville Mo.Elijah J. and Sarah F. and probably Elijah A. are all buried in Home Cemetery in Perryville Mo. On the 1900 census it states James W. and Frances (15) living with parents and a grandson Arthur S. (unlegible) but could be Lindsey-Linsay-Linsley.I can't read it, but he is 10 so could not be Frances' child. I feel someone of Smith family would know of Sarah Blanton because I have info that she traveled with Drury & Rhoda Smith from Tenn to Ky to Mo when she was 5-6 yrs old. This information came from genealogy at Ellington, Mo library submitted by Janet (Dunn) Kochevar of 521 Stewart, Lincoln Park, MI. 48146.I wrote to her and know she has a phone, but she never answered.Too on Elijah A death certificate with James W. claiming body, James states his mothers' maiden name was Sarah Smith.

Melissa Welsby. I am looking for my gggrandmother, Mary J. BAUGHMAN, who was said to have been born in Iron County, MO on August 9, 1841.The birthdate and place came from her application for her husband's Civil War Pension.His name was William Henry HINDS.Mary and her family at some point moved to Arkansas, and then after her marriage to William, on to Braggs, OK.Their marriage date was April 15, 1861.I think they got married in AR but am not sure, it may have been MO.I looked at your surname index and saw the surname of Baughman listed in the 1870 census.I would appreciate any help from anyone who may know anything about my Baughman ancestors from Iron County, MO.

Nancy J. May. My 3 greats grandmother was Sarah D. HARRISON, daughter of Isham Harrison and Amey GILLIAM. (this per Rob Lewis's family tree). She died before 1836 so no info on her is on the 1830 except female and age group. I can't find their marriage, her birth, her death, or where she is buried. I can't find any Church records for 1800 to 1840. Her children were: George H. W. Miller, Amey W. Miller, Satah W. Miller, Eliza W. Miller, John J. W. MIller, Nancy M. C. W. Miller and daughter Elizabeth Caroline W. MIller (my 2 greats grandmother) m. Waghington N. EATON in Madison County in 1845, her father-in-law Robert S. Eaton was the minister and he was a Baptist. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Nancy

Ty James Rigler. We know my grandad and his dad had a store in Ironton area in 1930. We found William Harrson RABY and wife Ruth on 1930 cenus. We are looking for his dad and mom and Ruths famly this is important to me as I was adopted at three and am trying to trace the family please help me. Ty James Rigler.

June Rhea Johnson. Benjamin HASTY and wife Lydia Dugger HASTY, came to Iron County from Wayne County, Tennessee sometime after the 1850 Wayne Co, TN census. They were both born 1814 TN, married September 20, 1833, both died about 1854. My G-G-Grand Father, Ephraim HASTY, their son, orphaned at age 8, born Dec 25, 1846 was raised by his Uncle Wm. Jordan HASTY. Ephraim went into the US Army at Fort Davidson, Arcadia, Iron Co, Mo. 19 April 1864. My Brick Wall is I can't find any Morality records for 1854. If someone can tell me where to look for them I will be so grateful. Thanks for any information that may help to fine these Parents of Ephraim.
June Rhea Johnson, Paris, TN

L. M. Hodge. I am looking for information on Joseph W. FLEEMAN, he was born abt. 1830 in Va., he & wife Martha & 5 children are listed on the 1860C, living in Iron Co. He bought 80 acres of land in 1859, P.O. Pine Grove, MO. I can't find him anywhere on the 1870C or his wife, just one son Henry Fleeman listed w/ J.W. Long family in Iron Co. His last child Isabel was born in 1871, Joseph W. has disappeared, I can't find a death certificate or anything else pertaining to him. His wife Martha is on the 1880C, living in Washington Co. w/ 3 children, and she is on the 1900C in Washington Co. I have searched the Washington Co. sources but can't find out where either Joseph W. or Martha Fleeman died or where they are buried. Any help would be appreciated. They are my ggrandparents.
L. M. Hodge

Esther M. Ziock Carroll. Am looking for any information Elizabeth "Betsy" Henderson HARGROVE who was the daughter of Elizabeth WILSON & John HENDERSON, Sr. who settled in Jefferson County, Missouri circa 1802. Betsy was born circa 1815 in either the state of Arkansas or Mississippi. She married Jesse HARTGROVE (also spelled HARGROVE, HARGRAVE, HARTGRAVE) in Washington County, Missouri on 14 June 1835. They first resided in Washington County then Kaolin Township in Iron County. They probably didn't even move as they lived in the southern part of Washington County that became part of Iron County when Iron County was formed. Betsy & Jesse were the parents of ten children: Margaret E. who married Wm. BURNHAM; Amanda; Emily who married Samuel SMITH; Eveline; George W. who married Missouri Jane VEST; Maria R.; Amariah (or possibly spelled Americus or Emory) who married Elizabeth HARTGROVE; John L.; William L. who married Sarah MAYFIELD; and Ruth C. Elizabeth Henderson Hartgrove died in Iron County, Missouri sometime between 1870 - 1876. After that her family seems to have scattered to the four corners of the earth. Any information on her or her children would be greatly appreciated. For information on her Henderson lineage please refer to:
Esther M. Ziock Carroll

Sandra L. Conley. DORA HICKMAN, born July 1881, at Arcadia, Iron county, MO. Married Burton (Bert)CONLEY on Sept 1899. My brick wall is, I can not find DORA HICKMAN'S PARENTS NAME OR ANY OF HER SIBBLINGS. Would like to know which family of Hickmans she belonged to. Would greatly appreciate any help. Thank you. I can be contacted at
Sandra L. Conley

Paul Meesey. Looking for any information on the TWOMEY'S. C.E. TWOMEY was a State Rep. for Iron County in the 50's-60's I understand. The CE Twomey's farm was out at the end of E. Dent Street. My father bought the Twomey place back in 1965. We have recently reacquired the land and I am putting together a history of the place. I have come across one reference to a woman - maiden name Clara Loretta WHITNAH, daughter to Joseph Henry Whitnah, Jr. - born in Ohio 1826 / died Ironton 1899; buried in Cove Cemetary/Arcadia. Clara Whitnah was born Jan 3, 1862. She married Henry C. Twomey on Sep 4, 1883 in Ironton and became Clara Loretta Twomey. I can assume that Twomeys had lived in the area for some time before this marriage. And in the Last Will and Testament of Joseph Henry Whitnah, Jr. filed in Iron County Probate - 1897, listed under personal property appears to be part of what later became the Twomey Farm that we now own.
Paul Meesey

Bill E. Newberry. The two surnames that I am currently researching are NEWBERRY, EDMUNDS and BROADWATER. The names I am specifically interested in are Cyrus Newberry and his wife Sena Brodwater, Edward Jackson Newberry and Wife Sophia Edmunds and Hubert Huston Newberry. I believe that Cryus moved his family from VA to MO and document that they were in MO on the census records. What I have not been able to do is find any story's/information that would help them become people as opposed to statistical data. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Bill E. Newberry

Marcine Lohman
I am trying to find more information on the parents of Lillie C. MITCHELL who married John AMELUNG. Lillie was born 23 Mar 1870 (per church records) or 23 Mar 1872 in Washington County, Missouri and married John Amelung on 10 Apr 1888 in Iron County with her mother's permission. If the 1880 census stating she is only 6 years old is correct, Lillie was actually born in 1874 making her only 14 at the time of her marriage. The Gebken Benz Mortuary, in St. Louis, MO indicate that her father is John Mitchell and the 1910 and 1920 Iron County Census shows her mother, Verna W., living with them. I'm told Verna is buried in the Des Arc Cemetery. I have since discovered that Lillie's father is John Israel M. Mitchell, born circa 1830 in Missouri or Illinois, died 1880-1888 in Washington County, Missouri. He married Verna Margaret Small on 20 Jan 1861 in the M.E. Church (South) (Methodist Episcopal Church South), Washington County, Missouri. Does anyone know more about this family or who his parents are? I found him on the below census records:

1860 Breton, Washington County, Missouri; Roll: M653_659; Page: 189; Image: 523.
James Hill, age 34 (born circa 1826), Teamster, born New York.
Maranda Hill, age 21 (born circa 1839), born New York.
Sarah A Hill, age 3 (born circa 1857), born Michigan.
Virginia Hill, age 6.12 (born circa 1859), born Missouri.
Isreal Mitchell, age 25 (born circa 1835), Laborer, born Missouri, cannot read or write.

1870 Belleview, Washington County, Missouri; Osage Post Office; Roll: M593_825; Page: 10 (Handwritten page 19); Image: 20.
Michael, I. M. age 40 (born circa 1830), male, born Missouri, cannot write.
Michael, Virena, age 36 (born circa 1834), female, born Illinois.
Michael, Charlotta, age 8 (born circa 1862), female, born Missouri.
Michael, John W., age 4 (born circa 1866), male, born Missouri.
Michael, George P., age 9/12 (born circa 1869), male, born Missouri.
Small, Rosanna, age 18 (born circa 1852), female, born Missouri, cannot write.

1880 Walton, Washington County, Missouri Census; Roll: T9_740; Family History Film: 1254740; Page: 79.4000; Enumeration District: 174; Image: 0362.
Mitchell, Israel M., age 50 (born circa 1830), white, male, works in Saw Mill, born Illinois, parents born Illinois.
Mitchell, Laura M., age 46 (born circa 1834), wife, keeping house, born Illinois, father born Tennessee, mother born New York.
Mitchell, Ola H., white, female, age 17 (born circa 1863), born Missouri, parents born Illinois.
Mitchell, John W., white, male, age 14 (born circa 1866), son, born Missouri, parents born Illinois.
Mitchell, George W., white, male, age 10 (born circa 1870), son, born Missouri, parents born Illinois.
Mitchell, Lillie F., white, female, age 6 (born circa 1874), daughter, born Missouri, parents born Illinois.

Marcine E. Lohman
Marcine's Genealogy

Julie O'Neal Hines. I have hit a brick wall regarding JOHN O'NEAL, who died in the US Army General Hospital on 3/29/1863. His wife Eliza J. B. Sloan was a member of the DONNELLY and SLOAN families. I have got John's Civil War records (he fought for the Union and there was a family feud) but have been unable to find any birth records for him. I do have records on his and Eliza's marriage. Their son Franklin was my great-grandfather. Does anybody have any info on John's date and place of birth? Supposedly 1823-1824 in Indiana, but where?
Julie O'Neal Hines

Debbie "Clayton" McDonnell. I am looking for information for the OTTERY CEMETERY. I have recently been there and found my Grandmothers headstone "Margaret Clayton". I would like to know who would have the records for all burials in this cemetery. My BRICK WALL are the 2 stones just to the left of my grandmother that I suspect are her parents or grandparents. The stones there are either broken off or just a marker to designate the graves are there. I also would like to have some information on the little church that is at the entrance to the cemetery. Name, faith and who might hold the records for it. I am very appreciative of any help I can get.
Debbie "Clayton" McDonnell

Lois Branch. In June 1870, C. F. QUELLMEALZ was listed as Minister of the Gospel of the German Methodist Church of Flucom, Jefferson Co. MO. The 1870 Census of that county lists him as C. F. QUELLMALZ, age 46, born Saxony with wife Mary, age 35, born Alabama (probably sister of Frank H. Stringfellow) In Feb 1874, Chas F. Quellmalz was listed as Minister of the Gospel of MECS of Iron Co. MO. What happened to the Quellmalz, Quallmalz family? Where did they go after Iron County, MO?
Lois Branch

Patricia Angell. My great-great-grandfather was William James VAN HEES. I know his mother's name was Mary Ann ASHLOCK and his father's name was Wilhelm Fredrich Van Hees. I do not know Wilhelm Fredrich Van Hees's date and place of birth or date of death. The 1870 census lists Mary and their 5 children living in Pilot Knob.
Patricia Angell

N. L. Ronshausen. Anna Elizabeth HOFFMAN died 20 Aug 1965 in Iron Co., MO. Would like a copy of her obituary (will pay costs and time). First husband: Provorse. Maiden name: Ronshausen.
N. L. Ronshausen

Jean. I have met a brick wall head on while searching for information on Joseph H. STRICKLAN. Joseph is listed on the 1880 census in Iron County. Joseph H. Stricklan married Sarah Ann DAVIS. Joseph's parents are Thomas Stricklan and Cynthia S Clark-Stricklan. Joseph was supposed to have died in Iron County about 1895. I am trying to determine exact date of death and burial location.

Brenda Jo (Williams) Moore. I am searching for the pieces of my family history. I have come on to a large brick wall concerning my grandmother’s side of the family. Here is what I know; Grandmother was Mildred BATES who married Hansford WILLIAMS. Her parents are said to be Harlan and Emma Bates. Emma was said to be a JENKERSON and her parents were William S. Jenkerson and Sarah Jane BLADES. My great Great grandmother is said to be Malinda CLINTO from Elvis. Father was Daniel George Clinto. Need Help putting the pieces together.
Brenda Jo (Williams) Moore

Patricia Angell . I have found evidence that my great-great grandfather: C. Fred. Van Hees (sometimes misspelled, Ven Hees, Van Huse), but known to me as Wilhelm Frederick Van Hees, was in Pilot Knob, Iron County, MO as early as August, 1857, per 3 different property deeds where he was a "witness" to such actions. I don't know the exact date he arrived in Iron Co., Mo. and I have not been able to find a specific location of the property he owned. Supposedly, he had land near a mountain - Van Hees or Van Nees mtn. He died in May of 1870 per the Lutheran Church records. Can anyone tell me: 1) if employee lists of the mining companies exist (C. F. Van Hees was an engineer, but is listed as working as a "clerk" on the 1860 census and I feel he would have been employed by a mining company) 2) if student lists exist for the Arcadia School 3) The name of the church in Fredericktown, MO that Rev. Parmer would have been associated with in the year 1875 - he married my great-great aunt.(I would like to obtain a copy of her marriage license or certificate) The reason for my questions is because I am attempting to verify the full name of my great-great grandparents. thank you.

Patricia Angell . Where can I locate info online for the village of Middlebrook, Iron Co., MO? Student list of Arcadia High School AKA Arcadia College. I want to verify that my family attended.

Christina (Jackson) Miller. I have hit a brickwall with my JACKSON's. My GGGrandpa, Thomas JACKSON, was born in Reynolds County in December, 1832, (and I believe this was part that later became Iron County). He died July 1885 in Annapolis, Iron County, Missouri. He married Elizabeth LEWIS, d/o George Lewis. He had five children: Sarah, William, James, Persilia, John (and possibly a sixth:Ory). He is buried in the Lewis cemetery in Annapolis. There are two other John Jacksons buried there. One is his son, John, who was born in 1873. I believe the other may have been a brother, as they are buried close together, they enlisted in the Union army at the same location a day apart, and John signed his Oath of Allegiance bond papers, they were neighbors, and they frequently sold property to each other. I can't find anything ON PAPER that says they are brothers (I have a large descendant list for both). I also can't find out who Tom's parents were. Since I don't have a name, I can't look it up on the census, because there are a lot of Jacksons and the children are not listed on older censuses so I can't locate a father just by looking up Thomas's name. Thank you. I have been working on Thomas's parents for almost 10 years.
Christina Jackson Miller

Melissa Brown. Researching family, ELLIS, RUBLE, JOINES, NICHOLS, SKILES, and BROWN. Looking for info on Malinda SKILES married Henry RUBLE. Melinda’s father was Andrew Skiles. Malinda and Henry are buried in Sutton Cemetery in Vulcan, Iron Mo. Need Info on Andrew Skiles. Agustus ELLIS married Para RUBLE buried in Des Arc had several children that attended school at Woods School House in Piedmont. Children’s names: Elmer, Clarence, Lorene, and Hazel. Looking for info on Ellis Line Augustus Ellis Side…… Looking for info on Elizabeth JOINS and Isaac NICHOLS, Elizabeth was married 1st to William Riley HICKMAN, had 14 children from this union, Isaac Nichols and Elizabeth had one child, Margaret Nichols who married Henry Ruble. Need info on Isaac’s children from previous marriage……Need help with locating info on James E. BROWN and Hazel ELLIS were married and had one son my father from Piedmont Patterson area. My email address is: CRAZYBROWNBEAR@WEBTV.NETThank you sincerely
Melissa Brown.

DeLanie Marie Speir Happe. My g-grandfather was Hiram Lucky SPEIR. He moved to Iron County in 1850 from Al. He is in the 1860 census for Iron Co. He was a justice of the peace in Iron C. until the late 1860's. His wife was Jane LAY. The census says he was born in Tn. His children were Marths who married John LANE in 1860, William, Francis Marion, my grandfather, Hiram Early, James, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson. My grandfather, Francis Marion, married Mary Lane sister of John Lane. Jane and her three youngest sons and possibly Francis Marion and wife Mary, left Mo. and went to Randolph Co., Ark. with a good many of the Lane family in the late 60's or early 70's. Some Lanes lived in Iron Co. and others in nearby counties. We can not find out what happened to Hiram Lucky Speir. Also can not find who Hiram Lucky Speir's parents were. If any one could help, I would really appreciate it.
DeLanie Speir Happe

Cynthia Vorhis. Trying to find info on James F. CHANDION whom married my great aunt Alice J. RAZOR. Can find copy of their marriage in the Iron County Marriage Records 1873-1881 & find them in the 1880 census for Iron County-Arcadia, Iron, Missouri; Roll: T9_691; Family History Film: 1254691; Page: 546A; Enumeration District: 53; Image: 0478 living in the home of his father in-law Jacob RAZOR. His name is spelled different than marriage record shown as James F. CHAUDION. Can't find them anywhere after this year even using soundex. I saw on website where the 1890 special enumeration has a Chaudion but as I live in S.C. I haven't any access to record. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks,
Cynthia Vorhis

Ida W. Cheek. I am trying to determine the family of NEWTON ROBBS who married NANCY WIETT on May 14 1864. There is also mention of a NEWTON ROBBS being in Co. L of 3 Missouri S.M. Cav and also Co. B 12 Missouri S.M. Cav. Can anyone tell me where I can find more information about his military units or perhaps his full name?

Karen Due. I am searching for info on my mother...My mother's step-father was Vester WOOLEM, he was born in Ironton, Mo in May 1888...He had several siblings, one being Albert Woolem, I think, and also a Birdie Woolem....He married my grandmother, Margaret McMILLEN (her last name may have been different) around 1920 in Washington or Stoddard or St Francois Counties..My grandmother already had a daughter, name was Harlen Empo, last name unknown, born in 1913 in one of above counties..I have no info about my mother except for above info....My grandmothers parents names were Maggie McMillen nee HARGUS and father was Wm McMillen ,married in 1885 in Washington County..Are there any Woolems out there that may know of Vester Woolem and Margaret's marriage and any info about my mother Harlen Empo? Thanks so much,
Karen Due

Angela Brooks Brown. All I have is William W. CROCKER married Allie TERRY (both from Jackson County, Tennessee but not sure). James Huriah (Hugh) CROCKER married Martha Elizabeth DENNIS. Francis J. CROCKER married George W. WILLIAMS (he died in an insane asylum in Farmington on August 30, 1911). Edna Evelyn WILLIAMS married William Sylvester JARVIS. Bertha Alice JARVIS married Leonard Carl BROOKS. HELP Please!!

Thomas Tierney
I am looking for any information on John and Catherine TIERNEY (CLEARY). Catherine had two brothers Michael and Patrick, She had two sisters, Mary O'NEAL and Anna QUIGLEY (all were in Pilot Knob). They would have been around in Pilot Knob around 1857. Their children were Patrick William, Mary, Michael, Thomas, John and Bridgit. Any information would be great, but I would really like to know what part of Ireland they hailed from. Thanks Thomas Tierney.
SURNAMES:  TIERNEY and CLEARY 7905 Skinner Rdq, Granite Falls, WA 98282

Inez L. Rowley. I am seeking information on my Great Grandfather Isaac Crecene HARRIS, born in Kentucky about 1837/1838. He married Mary Elizabeth RINGER in Iron County, Mo. November 1860. He died after 1880 census was taken in June 1880 in Bruno, Wayne County, MO. He had a brother named Zed, who died before Isaac, and two brothers who were Medical Doctors in Kansas City..don't know either of their names; and two sisters also unknown. I would like any help to identify, as I cannot find Isaac C. in info prior to his marriage. Where was he in 1850 or 1860 census?

Joyce Bauer. My husband, Charles BAUER, gggrandparents were Charles and Henriette ROESLEIN (nee HOLLATZ). They were married in, I believe Pilot Knob, on May 04, 1863 by Franz Dinger, JP. I assume that means they were married in the courthouse. I was hoping there would be more to the record, such as parents, siblings, etc. Also curious how I would look for Naturalization Papers in Iron County. Thank You.

Valerie (Usery) Dysart. My GG Grandfather was WILLIAM USERY who first appeared on the 1850 census of Wayne, Mo. as 30 yrs old and pob unknown. By 1860 Iron co. he has died (by violence) according to census. His estate is handled by D. W. Shaver and is not settled until after the war in 1865. William's wife was RETTA HUBBLE. She may have been married to a MORRIS as she has a son John Morris in 1850. Wm & Retta had Geo. Washington, Wm Henry and Mary Usery. I cannot place Wm with an Usery family before 1850. Retta married John HARRISON in 1873 Iron Co. I cannot locate either of their death dates or burial locations.

Marcine Lohman.
I'm looking for more information on Heinrich SIEDICUM/ SUEDEKUM who married Catherine ZIMMERMANN on 25 Oct 1858 in St. Francois County, Missouri. He lived at Iron Mountain until after 1870. I am related to the Südikum/Suedekum family of Gordonville, Cape Girardeau County, MO and suspect he is related to this same bunch. I've found several children listed at the Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church of Pilot Knob, MO. Children: Charles "Karl" August Sedecum, born 07 Sep 1859; Henry Sidicum, born circa 1861; Maria Catharina Siedicum, born 13 May 1864; and Louise Anna Wilhelmine Siedicum, born 28 Aug 1868. Does anyone know who Heinrich's parents are?
Marcine's Genealogy

Cynthia Baker Carr. I am researching my grandmother's WOOD/WOODS family. So far, I've found info on her Aunt Hannah Francis Wood/Woods who married Thomas Henry DUTY. I found the 1880 census that shows my gr-grandfather Joseph Wood/Woods in Kaolin, Iron Co., MO with his wife Sarah, his eldest daughter Amanda and eldest son William Preston Wood/Woods. The household listed nextdoor is Joseph's parents James & Phebe Wood/Woods, on the other side of Joseph is his brother Thomas with wife Matilda and daughter Martha. I'm trying to find when and where Joseph and Sarah married. They were married before 1874, because I have a copy of info that was written in the family bible that showed a baby boy that died shortly after birth in 1874. Any info onthe family, whether it be about Joseph and Sarah or his siblings and their children, would be truly appreciated. I would be more than happy to share my info with cousins.

Rhonda Mae Harrison. I am searching for the David C. BOON family. They are definitely listed in the 1860 census for Iron Co., Arcadia twp. One problem is that his surname was garbled up very badly! It has been transcribed as 'Booriston' and 'Brown.' These were my gg-grandparents. The wife was Rhoda C. SMITH, and they had several Smith families around them in Mo. The first county that they lived in was Butler Co., then Reynolds Co., then Iron Co.

The children's names in the 1860 Iron Co. census were: James Asbury, (It looks like an 'S' for his middle initial), Elizabeth M., John D., Catherine and Louisa. Other children born after 1860 were Sarah and Nancy. One more daughter, my great grandmother, Mary Ellen was born, supposedly March 11, 1864, after her father, David, was killed. He was, according to a great Aunt's story, taken out of their home, killed or taken away, and the home burned. Rhoda left, whether with her children, I don't know, and was supposed to have gone to Ar., where Mary Ellen was born! Rhoda shows up in Phelps Co., with Catherine, Sarah, Nancy, and Mary Ellen in 1876. James was in Phelps Co., and joined the army close to the end of the Civil War! I have info. on him and Mary Ellen, but I cannot find when and where Rhoda died, or what became of the other children!! I can't find them anywhere in the 1880 census, except James, with wife and 1 mon. old son, named David S., who died young due to a tragic accident!

I am not even sure if the BOON family still lived in Iron Co. in 1864, but cannot learn if they were anywhere else!! I have not been able to find his land deed in Iron Co. in around 1860!! He owned 40 acres, as far as I know. These are my brick walls!! Does anyone know anything on this family?? I have been searching for more info. for almost 4 years!
I do have approximate dates for the children's birth. Please e-mail me if you have any idea's or advice on finding more on this family!
Thanks, Rhonda

Lois Kathleen Midkiff Koonse. My daddy, Earl MITCALF (MIDKIFF), was b. 13 Jan 1887. Mothers name Francis Mitcalf HENDERSON. MC Duncan Brunot, MO (either doctor or (?) signed birth record. When and where did my grandmother die? where is she buried? Thanks!!!!!!

Lynette Mangels. I am looking for the parents of Arbazina LOGAN she was born April 04, 1865 she also had a twin sister not sure of the spelling but was called Artie could be Artizen. in the 1880 census the sisters are living in Iron County with William Jackson Orr and his wife Lucinda. Artie is living with the Jackson married daughter. in the 1880 census they are listed with the last name of Hodge?But when Arbazina marries Benjamin Franklin Campbell February 4, 1883 she is listed as Zennie (Arbazina) Logan. She was married at the home of Smiley Orr a son of William and Lucinda Orr. Some time in August 1883 her husband dies,she is also pregnant with their daughter Laura May who is born in November 26,1883. Before Laura is born Arbazina marries Michael Staab.I have found some birth records for a son born later to Michael and Arbazina the records list mother (Arbazina) as being born in Wayne Co. I hope some one can shed some light on my tangled vine on the wall.

Cindy Becker. I am looking for all the children born to Theodore T. HARBISON and Mellie E. TINKER. There are at least 4 unaccounted for. I have thus far found the following: Pearl m. Osro GOGGIN...Joseph Tm. Lora Unknown...Eugene Elviem. Minnie Mae UNKNOWN...Irvin Wm. Myrtle UNKNOWN...Ernest Fm. Mildred M UNKNOWN (not sure if he is one of their kids or not) Eunice Hm. VirgilFRYMAN...EdgarRay..(don't believe he ever married) Faye Em. Unknown MINER...William Jeffm. Beulah UNKNOWN... Holley Lloyd..never married.There were 14 children born to Theo & Mellie. Any help with sibling of these above. Most of the family is buried in Ottery Cemetery, Iron Co.

Mary Kay Milquet. I am trying to find any information on the Capt. E. C. CLARK family.

Ellery Christopher Clark was born May 16, 1839 in Tyringham, Berkshire, MA. He married Emily J Priest November 15, 1860. She was born September 08, 1842 in Ogdensburg, Saint Lawrence County, NY. He was a captain in the Civil War. In 1879 he was elected President of Village of De Pere, WI. From De Pere, he moved to west to the Cadott, Eau Claire, or Chippewa Falls area of Wisconsin in the early 1880's. A 1896 newspaper article states: "Capt. E. C. Clark of Eau Claire has purchased a large quanity of time land in Tennessee, some sixty miles below Cairo, and is no preparing to remove his stave and hub factory from Cadott to that place. Everything but the buildings will go, including nearly all his old employees and their families.
Children of Ellery Clark and Emily Priest are:
i. Elizabeth A Clark, born June 23, 1863 in Rushford, Winnebago County, WI.
ii. Carolyn E Clark, born October 15, 1872 in Menasha, Winnebago County, WI.
iii.Harriet A Clark, born March 04, 1875 in De Pere, Brown County, WI.
iv.Ellery L Clark, born June 22, 1884 in Eau Claire, Eau Claire County, WI.
A 1900 census has him widowed and living in Arcadia Township, Iron County, MO.Any information would be greatly appreciated!

Thomas Eugene Basey. My grandmother , Esther TRYON, was born in Annapolis, Missouri in 1905 according to her second son's birth certificate (my father). I believe this to be Iron county. However, the birth recordings look like they don't start until 1910 and I am trying to find her ancestry. I have spent hours looking through censuses to no avail. Her maiden Name is Esther TRYON an she married Firl Zadock BASEY in about 1920 to 1923. Any ideas on how to trace her? Thank you. Thomas Basey Jr.

Lisa Barkley Rees. My grandmother was Pearl P. KEMP, married to Robert J MILLER. I cannot find any records on Pearl. I saw when she was married and a census record when she was married to my grandfather. I have no idea who her parents were or where she could possibly be from. I found an old photo of a grave of a Clarence and Hazel Kemp that my mother had taken so it must be a relative but I'm not sure who they are. They are buried at Libery Polk Cemetery as well as my grandparents in Iron county.

I have also found a man named Robert SEAL born in 1832 living with my relatives when he was 18. Later, another census, when Robert was 68, living with my relatives again. Not sure what relation he is to my family.

If anyone can help me with this it would be me

Debbie Mahurin. I am looking for any information on a William Asberry BARTON, born in 1877 and died Jan. 1920. He worked for the mines in Leadwood. This is where he was hurt when he died. He is buried in the Leadwood Cemetary. He was married to Patsy Louise BLACK from Reynolds County, MO. Not sure if William is from Reynolds CO or around Iron CO. He and Patsy had at least 7 children. They are listed in the 1900 census in Reynolds CO, Black River Township. Would like to know if anyone knows anything about William. I cannot find any other info on him as far as his parents or family goes. Please help me break through this wall and continue my journey.

Cheryl Lee Francis Kutheis. I am trying to locate any information on a grandfather named David Maburn LEE born in TN abt. 1810. Lived awhile and died in Iron County. He is buried in Iron Mountain Cemetery (is that the right name?) He was a minister of some kind in a little church near Taum Sauk. His son was David Barnett LEE. His father was Barnett Philander Lee of VA and TN. He had several wives. I am interested in the Mary or Jane DeROSETT side.

Vicki L. Dillon. I have been researching & trying to find out what became of ELLIS E. DILLON. He married Austella (Stella) WOOLEM. They married 27 Sept 1883. Catharine and Jacob WOOLEM were her parents originally out of Scioto Co,Ohio.  The Woolems including Issac (Stellas brother) and Austella (Stella) moved to Iron Co, approx. 1865-1870. The only reference to Ellis E. Dillon I can find besides the marriage to Stella is that they had a child, Birdie b. 4 June 1884, who passed away at 11 mos. & 5 days to which Ellis did the funeral arranging.  After this we cannot find hide nor hair of my g-g-grandfather. He was a miner. Does anyone know of any mining accidents in this timeline? Austella remarried in 1898 to a Wm U. Hill whom I can find nothing whatsoever on. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Janet Shapiro. Seeking any information on a family found in the 1860 & 1870 Iron Co. MO census. John SILVEY age 30 in 1860 born OH with wife Caroline, age 22 born IL and daughter, Ann, age 1 born Iron Co. MO. I have an Eliza jane SILVEY who married a Peter ROWE about 1870 in Iron Co. MO. Seeking her parents and a marriage record.

Buddy Hinds. William Henry HINDS and Mary Jane BAUGHMAN were my GGGrandparents. I have traced the Baughmans but cannot find who William Henry's Parents were. He was born 8-26-1840 in Tennessee. Found many Williams but none with this date of birth.

Philip Inman. Looking for information on the INMAN family of Iron County.

Opal West. I am trying to find the names for parents of my ggrandfather, William SWEARINGEN (SWEARINGER, SWARINGIM). Also trying to find when William arrived in Mo. The first record I find of him here is a land purchase in 1840. His wife's name was Mary. Children, John born in Tn. around 1920, Jane around 1826, Margaret in 1829, Tn. A daughter Sarah and Son William G. Born in Alabama. Will be glad to exchange info with anyone else researching this line.

Gary William Sallee. I am seeking parents of John O'NEAL. He married Eliza Jane SLOAN 1846, Washington Co, Mo Book-B. These are the SLOANs, GOFORTHs and STEVENSON from Caledina, Mo. Julie O'Neal HINES indicates that John O'NEAL died 3/29/63 Civil War. Would like very much to talk with Julie, to determine if she has made any headway in finding out who his parents are or might be. Have been unable to contact her. Gary William Sallee

Janet Burger. I am trying to find what happened to George W. McDOWELL, born about 1820 in No. Carolina and his wife Marsha (possibly TRUMBULL) born about 1821 in MA. They are listed in the 1850 Madison county census with their son, Jno. W. and his sister, Sarah Jane. In the 1860 census, they are listed in Iron county with son James G., daughter Amanda E and his niece, Mary Lucinda. In the 1870 census, James, Amanda and another son, George (age 8) are living with Emaline McDONALD. I can find no listing for them in the Iron or Madison county cemeteries. I have found several George McDowells listed as serving in the Civil War but not enough information to confirm that it is the George I am looking for. Any help would be appreciated.
Janet Burger

Verlie Henderson:. I am looking for the first wife of William MARLOW. Her first name was Temprence M. they were married before 1850. They are listed in the 1850 census for Madison Co. listing children as Sarah J. born 1845 and Nancy J. born 1847. On Feb. 19,1860 William married Elizabeth Wallis in Iron County. With children listed on 1860 census were Sarah, age 14, Nancy age 12, Margaret age 8, born 1851, and Mary T. age 6 born 1854, I think William and Elizabeth’s children were Cincinate born 1851, John. A., born 1852, and William born 1857. Listed in 1870 Iron County census. William married Lucy Steel LEE on Aug 19, 1873. This is my line to William Marlow.

Glenn Williams George W. WILLIAMS born abt: 1826 married Sarah (???) Williams Born abt: 1829 Married 1846 in Madison County. I believe they lived in Middlebrook.
Glenn Williams

Dawn Dooley. I am trying to find any information on a John Wesley DULEY/DOOLEY born 1868 in Pilot knob, James William Duley/Dooley born 1870 in Pilot Knob, Henry Benton Duley/Dooley born 1872 in Ironton and then Charles Edward born in 1874 in Ironton. There father was James P. DULEY and mother was Sarah SIMMONS (TIMMONS). Their father James was a farmer and logger, on the 1880 census he shows to have several boarders that worked on the farm. Please contact me if you have any information on this family. Thanks

Robert Warren Semands. I am trying to find out anything I can about my great great grandfather, James H. SEMANDS, who lived in Iron County in the late 1800s. He was born in Tennessee 29 Nov 1830 and died 27 Feb 1886. He moved his family from Kentucky to Iron County in the late 1870s as all his children were born in Kentucky, the last born in 1878. James and his wife Mary Ann had 9 children. My great grandfather, Martin Buel Semands was his 6th child. Martin susequently moved to St. Louis at some point since that is where my grandfather, William Ewart Semands was born. There is a J. N.(?) Semands buried at Mountain View Cemetery who was born on 29 Nov 180? and died on 27 Feb 1886. I suspect this is James H. Semands. His civil War records (26th Reg of the Kentucky Infantry (Union)) show his middle initial as H not N. If you can clear this up or have any information about his children Franci M. (1852), Sarah Jane (1854), Ann Judson (1855), Franklin Clay (1858), Mary Helen (1859), Martin Buel (1862), Amy Elizabeth (1866), Fannie H. (1868), and Charles Luther (1878) please contact me.

Karen Due. I am searching for info on my mother...My mother's step-father was Vester WOOLEM, he was born in Ironton, Mo in May 1888...He had several siblings, one being Albert Woolem, I think, and also a Birdie Woolem.  He married my grandmother, Margaret McMILLEN (her last name may have been different) around 1920 in Washington or Stoddard or St. Francois Counties..My grandmother already had a daughter, name was Harlen Empo, last name unknown, born in 1913 in one of above counties.  I have no info about my mother except for above info.  My grandmothers parents names were Maggie McMillen nee HARGUS and father was Wm McMillen, married in 1885 in Washington County. Are there any Woolems out there that may know of Vester Woolem and Margaret's marriage and any info about my mother Harlen Empo? Thanks so much,
Karen Due

Richard L. Combs. I've been searching for information regarding the 2nd marriage of George H. W. MILLER, my great grandfather, to a Mrs. Mary CROWNOVER in 1867 in Iron Co. George H. W. Miller lived in the Marble Creek area. Family talk says she was a WATSON, born in Arkansas, but no proof. Thanks for any information.
Richard L. Combs

Howard Lewis. I am looking for my gg-grandmother's place of burial in Iron County. I am told she was buried in Walnut Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Enough, MO. Can anyone tell me if this cemetery is still there. Thank you.

Joseph G. Feliln. he brick wall we have encountered is in tracing the MADDEN family, prior to the Civil War back to the ones that emigrated to the U.S. from County Cork, Ireland in the first part of the 1800's. Some sources indicate a MADDEN,(Samuel or James H.) worked and/or owned a store in or around Ironton, MO, maybe Old Mines? This would be about the time of the Civil War or just after? Several land patents were filed with the surname MADDEN, in the counties of Iron, Cape Girardeau, Oregon, Wayne and Ripley in the 1800's. Many thanks in advance!

Peggy Stempfly. Searching for the parents of James Henry MIDDLETON who married Grace BRAWLEY on May 7, 1910 in Iron County. I believe James had a brother named William and possibly others but cannot confirm who their parents were. In the 1880 St. Francois census I find a W.A. Middleton and his wife Mary, but cannot confirm that these are the parents of these boys. James Henry often went by the name of Henry and used this in the 1910 census in Iron County just days before he married Grace Brawley. I believe James Henry was born in February of 1876, but have not proven this yet. I find him in the 1910, 1920, and 1930 Iron County Census records. Grace and James had two sons Earl E. and Truman Middleton. Earl was born in 1912 and Truman in 1914. Grace is believed to have died shortly after the birth of Truman, and the boys were raised by relatives while there father worked in the Timber Business. I believe James Henry may have died in Iron County in 1937 and would appreciate it if anyone has an obit for this. If anyone can help establish further info on this family, I would appreciate it so very much.

Sharon (Hartzell) Smith. My HARTZELL line is: Jacob Hirzel, b abt 1580 Zurich, Switzerland
Hans Heinrich Hirzel, b abt 1617, Switzerland
Clemens Hirtzel, b abt 1657, Germany
Christoph Hirtzel, b abt 1690, Germany
Hans Melchoir Hirtzel, b abt 1718, Germany
Nicholas Hartzell, b abt 1765, Pa.
Nicholas Hartzell, b abt 1790, Pa.
Silas Hartzell, b 1820, Ste. Genevieve, Mo.
Samuel Hartzell, b 1865, Shibboleth, Washington Co., Mo.
Bruce Hartzell, b 1909, Cadet, Washington Co., Mo.

There were some Hartzell's in Iron Co. that I am trying to see if there is a connection. At Nelson Cemetery, there is buried George A., James, Ella, and James M.

On the 1920 Soundex is J. M. Hartzell, Ella (wife), Elmira Shrum (dau) and Howard Hartzell b Pa.

On the 1920 Soundex is Dave R. Hartzell b Pa., Julia B. Hartzell (wife), Wilbert and Rexford (sons), Mary Hartzell (dau),and Claude Fahland (HM).

On the 1920 Soundex is George A. Hartzell b abt 1860 Pa. and Mary M. (wife) b abt 1860 Pa.
At the library on an article/book "Ottery Creek Iron and Reynolds Co., Mo. by James E. Bell "This family lived in Ottery Creek (Belleview) for many years, but somehow managed to flout our research for the most part. The 1870 census shows this family in Iron Co. and they moved from Pa. to Mo. in 1863-1864."

"The census is as follows, all Hartzell's:

James, Julia A., George A., Mary M.,Howard W., Annie M., Ulysses G., Clara and Dolly, then in 1880 census, Julia is shown as a widow with 3 or 4 more children:Lillian, Zenas, Rosella and James"

George Hartzell, an Ottery boy was hired to run the White and Hummel Stave Company ashe was an experienced saw mill man.This was in 1917.

This family was pro North in their beliefs.

James Bell's great great grandmother, Ruth Caroline Trollinger, was staying in the Hartzell household when she was murdered in 1885.The property was in the hollow where J. R. Smith now lives.D. A. and George A. had a flour mill in Enough.In 1916, they bought the Ironton Manufacturing Company flour mill.
There was also a Lionel Elmer Hartzell b 1894 in Iron Co., employed by Hartzell Milling Co. per WW1 Draft registration.

There is a Samuel Ira Hartzell b 1889 in Iron Co., who was employed by Welch Stave Co., in Rock Spring per the WW1 Draft registration.

The above Ottery Creek book by Mr. Bell mentions that a Mrs. Trollinger was living with the Hartzell family.In my Hartzell line, my father's sister, Myrtle Hartzell married Walter Trollinger who's family was from Iron and Reynolds Co.Kinda coincidental.

Would appreciate it if anyone had any information on these families.

One of the Hartzell's married a Wright, but I don't have their names handy.

Sally Ann Madden Jackson. I am looking for the BAXTER family believed to live in the iron county area around 1875. There were seven children, Bertha, Elmer, Walter, John, Aida, Gertrude. We believe the father's name to be George, unsure of the mother, but believe that she was a Harbison before marriage. Any information would be appreciated. We also believe that Gertrude's husaband Denzil Madden along with his father James Haven Madden owned a store in the area at one time. Am looking for information on both families. 

Robyn Harris Schmidt. I am trying to locate information about the children of Noah and Sophronie (SUTTON) HARRIS. The children and their approximate birthdates are:
William A. Harris, b. 1897
Charles E. Harris, b. 1898
Carl B. Harris, b. 1906
Della M. Harris, b. 1900
Ida Harris, b. 1909

According to the 1920 Iron Co., census the three youngest children were taken in and raised by their mother's sister and her husband, Evelyn (Sutton) and Daniel Joseph.

Jeffrey Weaver. Looking for information regarding death & burial place of a James Edgar McMINN, born 1848 New York. Living in Iron MO,on 1900 census.

Carol Bell Chambers. My GGGGrand parents are John B. BELL m Elizabeth (HARBISON) BELL their one daughter Mary E. (Polly) Bell had my g-great-grandfather William T. Bell out of wedlock b.1834? Does anyone know the father of William T. Bell? And also what is the story behind Mary E. (Polly) having her four children yet never married? Where is she buried.?  Thank you if you have information on her.  I already know the names of her other children.
Wm T. Bell m Susannah Morris...children great-grandfather James F Bell m. Amanda (Parker)....the other son Wm. E. Bell lived in Mt due to the fact their father died in the Civil War Susannah m. a man by the last name of CLARK. Appreciate information you may have on my missing puzzle.
Carol Bell Chambers

Clara W. Thompson, St. Charles, MO. Searching for descendants of Adolph DETTMER, Jr. He married Julia KOLHOGER (KOHLHAGGE/KOHLHAGEN) on 25 Sept. 1890, Iron Co. Our ancestor: "Frederick KOHLHAGE, Sr. died at the residence of his son-in-law, A. DETTMAR, near Iron, MO. He was a very old man, and had resided in Iron County for many years, and was respected by all who knew him. He was grandfather of our fellow-miners, Julius and Freeland DIVEL (TEUFAL)"

The above article is a direct quotation from the Iron County Newspaper Obituary Index (1861-1896 info & "Iron County Register Newspaper" The newspaper issue was 31 July 1884.

Would love to share & compare notes with Dettmer family members...still trying to determine exactly where Frederick Kohlhagen Sr. was buried. His wife Elizabeth, apparently had died some time after 1870...she was last listed in the 1870 census for Pilot Knob.

Other KOHLHAGGE connections: Henrietta Kohlhagge...first married Franz TEUFEL (DEIFEL, DEUFFAL, DIVAL, DIVEL, etc.). Years later, she married a Mr. MERTENS, and she lived & died in St. Louis. MO.

Lois Midkiff Koonse. My grandmothers name Sarah Francis (Fannie) HENDERSON MIDKIFF born KY 1847, died Brunot, MO 1887/1893. I am looking for a book "Shirt-tail-kin" can someone tell me where I can buy it?

My William Henry Midkiff lived in Madison county, Mo also his wife who was a HUFF. Uncle James S. Midkiff along with wife & family Arizona Shoemaker. Other SHOEMAKER family members. Oliver Perry Shoemaker and Alcy WEST. THANKS

Eellitta Stone
Trying to find what happened to Annie Quigley and looking for information about William and Menetta prior to the 1880 census. Also where were the children William and Nettie born. I know absolutely nothing about this family prior to the 1880 census.
Thank you, Eellitta

Philip Paul Thurman
Several years have elapsed since my last contribution to this forum. For nearly ten years, a massive amount of circumstantial and factual documented research has linked my line to that of William (b. ~1810) and Philena Welsh Thurman of St. Francois County, MO. Any earnest research ceased once I participated in the Thurman's Quest DNA verifications resulting in empirical evidence that I was not part of that line. DNA Y chromosome testing is a proven scientific method but I have serious doubts in regard to the massive amount of evidence linking me to this line. Recent communication with a newly discovered cousin has resparked my interest.

The 1850 St. Fracois County, Missouri census reflects the following:
William Thurman 40 TN
Philena 35 NC
Henry 18 IL (my gggreat grandfather?)
Katherine 17 IL (married Elijah Shrum)
Sally 15 IL (married James Shrum)
Elizabeth 12 MO
John G. 10 MO
Jonas 6 MO (married both Susan & Nancy Strickland)
Mary 4 MO
Lafayette F. 2 MO
Juliet 2 MO 
James F 1 MO
James Shrum 23 TN
Daniel Shrum 26 TN

Next door to them is:
Levi Shrum 40 NC (born Lincoln County)
Nancy (Webb)Shrum 37 VA
Elijah 16 TN (married Katherine Thurman
Melinda 14 TN (my gggreat grandmother)
John 12 TN
Nicholas 9 MO
Lucy Ann 6 MO
Margaret 4 MO
Rebecca 1 MO

On the same page is:
Henry Strickland 43 VA
Jane 36 NC
Abial 13 MO
Daniel 11 ARK
Isabella 8 MO (my great great grandmother)
Jane 7 ?

The neighboring Iron County, Missouri census of 1860 shows a William Henry Thurman, 30 years old, farmer, born in ILLINOIS married to 
Melinda, age 25, born in TENNESSEE and one son, Henry Thurman, age 6, born in MISSOURI. It is a proven fact that their 6 year old son is 
my great great grandfather William Henry Thurman Jr.(born in the town of Munger, documented in the death certificate of 
John Henry Thurman, in the Northeast corner of Reynolds County - no longer exists)

In the 1900 census, Iron Township, Iron County, Missouri, Household #88

THURMAN, Henry, born Oct 1854, married 15 years, day laborer, born MO, parents born MO
Isabel, born Apr 1864, married 15 years, mother of six, four living
John H., born Jan 1887
Ervin F., born Jul 1891 (my great grandfather)
Ivy M., born Nov 1893
Oscar, born Oct 1899

Isabelle (Isabel) Strickland was the daughter of Abiel and Anna Hasty 
Strickland, granddaughter of Abel and Jane Goforth Strickland. (I have a copy of their marriage certificate)
Following evidence:
1) William Henry Jr. was married to Isabelle Strickland
2) Isabelle Strickland was the niece of Nancy and Susan Strickland
3) Jonas Thurman, son of William and Philena, was married to both Nancy (died after first child) and Susan, making him Isabelle's uncle
4) Henry Thurman, first child of William and Philena, born in Illinois around 1832. William and Philena's 2nd and 3 rd child, Katherine and Sarah "Sally" also born in Illinois in 1833 and 1835 respectively. (this exactly coincides with the census data)
5) Katherine married Melinda's brother Elijah
6) Among William and Philena's children were Lafayette Franklin Thurman and James Franklin Thurman. My great grandfather, son of William 
Henry Jr. and Melinda Thurman, grandson of William and Philena, was Ervin Franklin Thurman
7) Jesse Lemuel Thurman, a son of Jonas and Nancy Strickland Thurman, grand nephew of William and Philena was the death certificate signed witness for John Henry Thurman, son of William Henry Jr. and Isabelle Strickland Thurman
8) There is a William Henry Thurman b. 1832, d. 1857 and Melinda Thurman b., d. 1905 buried together on the Holt family farm.

The circumstantial evidence is too overwhelming. It is physically impossible for these Thurmans not to know of each other living in the same area and intermarrying. The only thing that would case significant doubt on the original keystone is if someone can prove William Henry Thurman, son of William and Philena Thurman, married someone other than Melinda Shrum - but the census proves otherwise.

Anyone is free to comment on this reasoning process.

Kay Brown. Give as much detail and dates as possible. I am looking for information on Dora Wilson Meadows and Ollie Wilson Radford. I was told they are the daughters of Harvey and Nancy (Poston) Wilson. They are both buried in the Meadows Cemetery. Also looking for information on Elmer Wilson. He is supposed to be a son of Harvey and Nancy Wilson. I know of 4 children. Hester Ann--Jess Tillmon--Martha-- and John Henderson.  John Wilson is my grandfather. He married Ola Valance.Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you, 
Kay Wilson Brown

Lois Midkiff Koonse
My grandmother Sarah Francis Henderson Midkiff (other spellings) dies after 1887 and 1893 when Henry Clay Midkiff (grandfather) remarried. Does any one know when she died or where she is buried. They lived in Brunot, MO. Thanks Lois Midkiff Koonse

IrmaJean (Thompson) Dicus
I have hit a brick wall on my g,g,grandfather James Thompson and wife Charlotta Jane (Battin) Thompson.They came to Belleview Valley around 1843 and settled on a farm in Coon Hollow in Washington County then in 1857, their farm became part of Iron Co, Mo. They came from Bear Creek in TN. James father was Robert Thompson from TN. In the 1850 census James and family were listed and Robert Thompson was listed living with a Barney Brewinton and wife Milly (Thompson) Brewington. Need to find out if Milly was Robert's daughter and James sister. And any information on James & James family

Ralene Guy
I am researching Mary Patterson Reeves of Arcadia a widow. Her husband was Albert Reeves born in NC in 1813. They are in the 1840, 1850 and 1860 MO census and then Mary is a widow in the 1870 Census. I can not find Albert's death. Did he die in the Civil War? Where? In the 1880 census Mary is with two granddaughters: Mary T. Campbell and Mary Cooley. Mary Campbell's mother was Mary E Reeves, married in 1873 to Thomas Campbell and in 1878 she marries, Silas Pennabecker and has one child, she then disappears also. Mary Cooley's mother is Frances Reeves and father is Mr. Cooley. In 1885 Mary Reeves dies and leaves the house in Arcadia and the farm to a Miss Eliza Carlton of the Carlton Institute of Farmington, guardian of Mary T. Campbell, 11 years old. My Brick Wall is I can not find anything on Miss Carlton or the Institute or what happened to Mary. 

Lois Midkiff Koonse
Sarah Francis Henderson Midkiff (Medcalf) b. KY 1847 as she was 13 in 1860 census Dunklin county, MO married my grandfather 1868 in Cairo, Illinois. Wm. Henry b. 1869 in Illinois lived in Madison county, MO in 1870 daughter born Iron county MO 1876 (another brick wall) lived in Brunot, MO when daddy Earl was born 1887 (have birth record) Henry Clay Midkiff remarried Sarah Elizabeth Carpenter, Helvey in 1893. They lived in Reynolds county MO when grandpa Henry Clay died 1915. Thank you.

Arthur Clive Jones
For nearly 30-years my research has centered around my mother's side of the family because of a brick-wall on the other side. Searching for any info on ARTHUR CHRISTOPHER JONES, b. 1912, Ironton, Mo. Mother: Cora Harwick. Arthur Christopher died by taking his own life while in St. Louis about 1954. (This info is confirmed with birth certificate and death info in my possession.)
My mother told me years ago that he had "a half-brother named, 'Phillip'." And that is all that I know about my father, Arthur Christopher Jones, other than he did remarry and apparently resided and died in St. Louis.
Years ago I corresponded with a lady in Ironton that had lived there "70+ years." She was not familiar with either the Jones or Harwick name. A clue gleaned from your great website lists a Helen Jones, Class 
of 1921, Lucille (1922,) Alfred (1923) and Josephine 1924. Any information appreciated. 

Robert Crowder
Almarine Alcorn (perhaps known as Joseph Almarine Alcorn) and his wife Cornelia Sutherland (or Southerland) Alcorn are listed in the 1880 U.S. Census living near, in , or around Lesterville, Mo.  What happened to Almarine and Cornelia. After the 1880 census, there doesn't seem to be any information about them anywhere!
Does anyone know this family? Thanks!

Gale Money Stellute
Henry H. Money received a land grant for 80 acres in Ironton, MO in 1876. He was married to Elizabeth Marsee in Knox County Ky in 1868 and went to Texas Co Mo shortly thereafter and then on to Iron Co. I cannot find anything on Henry or Elizabeth Money after land grant of 1876 in Ironton. Can anyone help? Thanks

Amy Womble Ashbrook
I cannot locate the parents of my GGgrandfather James A. Womble born Sept 1850 and died in 1935. All we know is Sarah ? (legend has always said Shrum) Born about 1815 in North Carolina had 7 children. 
She was listed on the 1850 census as Sarah Womble with 6 children: Jacob b. 1836 in Illinois and D. 1910 in Missouri; Elisabeth B. 1839 in Illinois; Sally B. 1841 in Illinois: Susannah B. 1843 in Illinois; Mary Melvina b. 1844 in Missouri and d. 1873 in Missouri; Elvirah b. 1846 in Missouri and died 1930 Missouri.However the census was done in August 1850 and my direct ancestor was not born until September 1850. She is neighbor's in 1850 with John Shrum b. 1798 in North Carolina and his wife Sitha and children. She is also neighbors with Marvin Munger B. 1798 in New jersey. 
In 1860 Sarah Womble disappears, can't find her anywhere. However her children are scattered. 
In 1860 Jacob (the brother of James A. Womble) is married and has changed his name to Shram (which is later spelled Shrum probably census error) and moved to Saline County Illinois. He has one daughter named Sarah 3months old. And Elvirah appears as Alvira Womble in the 1860 census living with Marvin Munger and family. these are the only two children I can find on the 1860 Census. 
But in 1870 Jacob Shrum (the brother of James A. Womble) and his family have moved to Bradshaw, Greene, Arkansas; Elvirah has married John Boggs and is living in Iron County, MO; James A. Woermer (census taker spelling error) this is my ancestor James A. Womble is living with a Jacob Shrum b. abt 1810 N. Carolina (5yrs before Sarah) there is also a Mary E. Shrum B. 1839 (claiming to be from N.C.) listed right underneath him. I am wondering if this was the Elisabeth Womble from the 1850 census with Sarah Womble and listed as born in Illinois. None of the Shrum children in this family listed on the 1870 census were born in North Carolina seems odd she would be the only one. Then two households down listed with Jasper Shrum and family there is Melvina WilliamsB. 1842 in Missouri married to Josiah Williams which I discovered on Ancestry is the same Mary Melvina listed on the 1850 census she married Josiah Williams.

In 1880:
Jacob Shrum (the brother) reappears in the Iron county Census living next to my ancestor James A. Wamble (spelled differently again) and his wife and children. And the Francis Shrum, Jasper Shrum, and Jacob Shrum B. 1810 in the 1870 census are all neighbors.Jacob Shrum (that used to be Womble and I believe is the brother to my James A.) was listed in the 1890 Reynolds County Veteran's schedule and in the 1900 Reynolds county census (states Father born in N.C. and mother born in TN). But not living next to James A. Womble anymore. James A. Womble lived in Iron county in the 1900 Census with his family just a few houses from the Hurt's which are his wifes family.
1910 James A. Womble still appears to be living in the same place. Jacob Shrum (the brother) is still in Reynolds county and dies in 1910.
1920 James A. Womble Iron County claiming his and his parents birthplaces were all Pennsylvania.
1930 James A. Womble Still in Iron County.
James A. Womble died in 1935.
There is a Sally Shrum that married a Simon Womble in 1840 in Illinois. However if this is the same woman 2 of the children were born before 1840 and she left him to come to Missouri before he died because he stayed in Illinois according to census records and he died in Illinois sometime around 1850.

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