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NAME: John A. Vice

DATE: 14 April 1977


Am searching for information about Laban Buzzard (born abt. 1806 in Harrison County, KY) who moved to Marion County, MO before 1850. Leban was married three times - (1) Rebecca Bean in Harrison County, KY on 14 Aug. 1827; (2) Fanny Bell in Harrison County, KY on 24 March 1835. Know children  of Laban, all by his second marriage were: Hulda J. Buzzard (born abt. 1836 in KY; and Sarah J. Buzzard  (born abt. 1850 in KY). Children by Laban's third marriage to Anna (maiden name unknown) were: Mary G. Buzzard (born abt. 1846 in KY); and Laura B. Buzzard (born 1850 in KY). Laban lived for at least awhile in Marion County, MO and probably died there. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Will be glad to exchange information. [email protected]

NAME: Bonnie Grant

DATE: 20 April 1997


John Rice and Drucella Parker, married 29 Oct. 1814 in Lebanon, Wilson, County, TN. They had children: Parmelia, Nancy Drucella, Alexander C., Catherine, Kate, William E., Emaline, Melinda. Parmelia married William I. Dingle, 23 July 1837, Marion County, MO; Nancy married Daniel Jefferson Lake, probably Marion County, MO; Alexander C. married Amanda Lake, 13 Oct. 1841 in Marion County, MO; Catherine married William H. Hickerson, 15 Feb. 1860 in Marion County, MO; William E. married Elizabeth E. Longmire, 7 April 1852 in Marion County, MO. If you hve any additional information or corrections on any of these people, please contact me. Thanks.Bonnie Grant

NAME: Maggie Shults

DATE: 21 April 1997

My father is looking or marriage and death records or certificates in Marion County, MO prior to the 1900s. Any information on how to obtain these will be most appreciated. Thank you, Maggie Shults.

NAME: Gene Wood

DATE: 26 April 1997


Interested in any information on above surnames. [email protected]

NAME: Dianne Morris

DATE: 26 April 1997


Looking for information on Thad Ray Bailey. I believe he was born and died in Hannibal (he may have been a grave digger.) He died around 1962/1963. He had several children: Glen Richard, David Eugene, Donna Lucille, Bonnie and Leannie Louise. He was married to Bertha Lucille ?. She was born ca 1905 (I believe in Hannibal) and married there. She divorced him and married Howard Davis and had two more children: Gary and Loretta Mae. The family moved to Phoenix, AZ in the 1960s. David Eugene Bailey moved from Phoenix to Portland, OR. He is the father of three girls who are my nieces who are working on the family genealogy. Donna married Samuel Douglas Shrum in Hannibal. They had four boys and at least two of them were born in Phoenix. I would really like to help them find the family, I do not remember Bertha's maiden name. Any help will be appreciated. [email protected]

NAME: Mike Noble

DATE: 26 April 1997


I am researching the history of the Noble family. First known ancestor was Alexander C. (probably Charles) Noble, born 1 Nov. 1832, probably in Ireland; married Matilda Mesner 29 Nov. 1862; died 4 July 1911, in Shelbina, Shelby County, MO. Moved to Shelbina approximately 1863-1865. Alexander and Matilda had 12 children and three died in infancy. Some members of the family also lived in Hannibal, Marion County, MO. I am Alexander's great-great-grandson through his son Charles Wesley Noble, then Mark Hannah Noble and Jerry Wesley Noble. Am looking for history of Alexander's birthplace and family and also for current descendants. [email protected]

NAME: Carla Ritchie

DATE: 27 April 1997


I've been trying to find out about my grandmother and her family, but I have very little information. My grandmother was Mable Mae Turner, born 1907 in Hannibal, MO. I think she had a sister named Helen (she might have been blind.) My grandmother cared for her ill mother and she had a brother named Jesse. I would love to know about her parents. I've heard stories that her father was robbed, hit in the head and thrown into the Salt River in about 1933. If you can help, please let me know. Carla Ritchie.

NAME: Elaine Cunningham

DATE: 29 April 1997



Looking for descendants of Jerimiah V. Holt, born 1805, Washington County, KY; married Elizabeth Brown, born 1825, Washington County, KY. Moved to Monroe County, MO about 1850 and then to Marion County, MO where he appears on the 1860 and 1870 census. He died about 1874. His children: Tabitha married a Yocum; Mary I.; Angeline married Charles E Long; George W. married Rebecca Powell; Henry married Nancy Jane Martin; Darias married Harriet ?; Mariah married Steven Bivens; America married Thompson Wright; Mahala Elizabeth married John Cunningham; William H.; and Missouri. [email protected]

NAME: Don Hopke

DATE: 1 May1997


Looking for information on Conrad Rotschka who taught school for many years in the Palmyra area in Marion County, MO. 1850 census lists Conrad, wife Josephine and sons,, Otto, age 8; and Eugene, age 4.[email protected]

NAME: Nelda Conner

DATE: 4 May1997


I am looking for information on my Pearson line. My great-grandmother, Mary Terrissee Pearson, was born in Marion County, MO on 26 Jan. 1870. Her parents were William Pearson and Sara Cann. I would like to contact anyone with information on this surname. [email protected]

NAME: Vicki Trudell

DATE: 6 May1997


Looking for information on descendants of Dr. John Bosley, born 15 July 1780, Baltimore, MD; died 14 Aug, 1849 (of cholera morbus); buried Little Union Cemetery, Palmyra, MO, lot 42. He was a medical doctor and his parents are unknown. He was married to Sarah Trapnall on 10 Feb. 1804 in KY. Their children were Nancy who married Robert Davis; John who married Sarah Arabelle White; Josh; Mildred; James T. who married Ella Summers; and Mary L. "Sucena. Dr. Bosley married (2) Louisa or Lucinda R. Wood on 3 Aug. 1833 in Mercer County, KY. There is a series of articles in the "Marion County History Book" chronicling events that took place between Dr. Bosley and a Col. Muldrow, specifically, a stabbing and a shooting. Ironically, Dr. Bosley and Col. Muldrow are buried very close to each other in the Little Union Cemetery. [email protected]

NAME: Vicki Trudell

DATE: 13May1997


Looking for descendants of this family: Michael Begley, born 18 Nov. 1823, Ireland; died 22 Oct. 1907; buried, St.Mary's Cemetery, Kansas City, MO; occupation, farmer; father, Patrick Begley; mother, unknown; married Cathryn Galuva/Gallavan; marriage date and place unknown. Their children were John Richard, Patrick Henry, Hannah, Mary Ellen, William, Julia, Nora, Katherine "Kate", and Ann Francis. Michael and Cathryn came to the United States during the potato famine 1850-1855 sometime before June, 1885. Michael and Cathryn moved from New York to Indiana. Before March, 1862, they moved to Mendon, IL. They raised their family near Palmyra, Marion County, MO. In 1888 they moved to Kansas City, Jackson County, MO. Their son, John Richard Begley was born 5 June 1855 in Indiana; died 8 March 1937 following an illness of several weeks and he is buried in the Little Union Cemetery, Palmyra, MO. He was married in 1878 in Adams County, IL to Laura Ann Sylvester, born 25 March 1858, Adams County, IL; died 6 Aug. 1911, Palmyra, MO (from gangrene, complications of leg amputation); buried Little Union Cemetery, Palmyra, Marion County, MO. She was the daughter of Allen Sylvester (1825-1900) and Elvira Prather (1830-1864.) John Richard and Laura's children were Maggie, Daniel Henry, Zella Alice, Bessie May, John Allen, Austin L., Grace Alma, Annie Laura and Richard Leo. It was written of John Richard in the Palmyra newspaper obituary that: "...widely known citizen, who had the distinction of having the largest number of living descendants of any man in the county..." "He leaves a total of ninety direct descendants..." [email protected]

NAME: Vicki Trudell

DATE: 13 May1997


Mary Jane Davis, born about 1838; died 18 Feb. 1901, buried Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Highway A, Palmyra, Marion County, MO; educated at Seminary of the Sacred Heart, St. Louis, MO. Father: Robert Davis (1802 - ); mother: Nancy Bosley (-1840). Married (1): George A. Malone on 22 Oct. 1854 at the Christian Church, Palmyra; divorced. Children: John William. Married (2) John Layton on 18 Feb. 1857 at the Baptist Church, Palmyra, MO; witness was Jamy S. Green. Children: James Emmet or Robert. Married (3) James Mooter. Children: James, Albert, Mary, Annie C. Genevieve, Kate, Frank, Lee. Mary Jane is buried next to her third husband in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery. The church is no longer standing and there is only a gravestone that says "Mother" but there is no specific marker for Mary Jane. Mary Jane was the granddaughter of Dr. John Bosley. [email protected]

NAME: Vicki Trudell

DATE: 13 May1997


Looking for descendants of this family. Emiline (last name unknown) and  ? Malone. Their children were George A. who married Mary Jane Davis; Sophie F. who married Cyrus Davis; Sarah; Rachel; Mary; and Charles. The 1840 census lists Emiline alone with no husband and two boys and four girls. The 1850 census lists Emiline alone with no husband and the names of two girls and four boys. [email protected]

NAME: Ann Juette

DATE: 19 May1997


Seaching for Juette and Heinze of Palmyra, Marion County, MO about 1889. [email protected]

NAME: Rick Osborn

DATE: 20 May 1997


Trying to find more information on the ancestry of Hugh Bays who married Mary Blakely and lived in Hannibal, MO. High was probably born in 1810-1820 in Virginia or Tennessee. He was possibly a doctor of some kind in Marion County and can be found in the 1850 census for Marion County. Hugh had at least two children, John Wesley Hays (1841 - abt. 1911) and Terisa Hays. Thanks. Rick Osborn. [email protected]

NAME: Kathleen Nichols

DATE: 20 May 1997


I am trying to locate an address for St. Mary's Cemetery in Hannibal, Marion County, MO. My grandparents are buried there. William Hayes, born 1840, Ireland; died 1921 Arkansas, body interred in St. Mary's next to wife, Elizabeth O'Brien Hayes, born 1847; died 1903, Hanninbal, MO. They had five living children. I would like to find out what is on the tombstone and contact the funerl home to obtain more info. Can someone help me? Thanks. [email protected]

NAME: Kathleen Nichols

DATE: 20 May 1997


Searching for information on above families from Marion County. Some are buried in St. Mary's Cemetery. [email protected]

NAME: Julie Oliver

DATE: 25 May 1997


Looking for information on above families from Marion County, MO. [email protected]


NAME: Doylene Evans

DATE: 26 May 1997


Would like to correspond with anyone researching the Snodgrass and Brown family in Marion County. Elijah Snodgrass, born ca. 1824 in Indiana; married 29 Nov. 1849 in Knox County, MO to Francis A. Brown, born ca. 1829 in Illinois. They moved to Marion County between 1850-1860 and are living there with their son, Robert, in Palmyra in 1900. Many of the family are buried in the cemetery at the Bethel Baptist Church. Any information that you have on this family would be greatly appreciated. I descend through their daughter, Mary Snodgrass, who married George Dunn. [email protected]

NAME: Connie Thorsen

DATE: 22 May 1997

I am looking for the Rush Cemetery in Marion County, MO. I used GNIS mapping guide and got the following information: Quincy SW lat. 39451ON and long. 0912410W. Could anyone give me beetter directions? My great-grandfather is buried there. Please send E-mail to [email protected]


DATE: 28 May 1997


William Carroll Gibson and Mary Ann Watts were married in Grundy County in 1847. Their first two children were also born in Grundy County. At some point before 1861, they had a farm in Marion County. Other children of William and Mary are: Thomas, Margaret, Jackson and Joseph. Any help will be appreciated in finding records or graves of this Gibson family. [email protected] or [email protected]

NAME: Greg Berckes

DATE: 6 June 1997


I have traced the william Hainline/Haneline/Henline family to 1850, Marion County, MO and the wife, Cynthia, with son, Wade, to 1860, Marion County, MO. Can anyone tell me if William died and is buried in Marion County? Also, was his estate probated because I am trying to establish who his children were.

William Henline, born 1793, Rowan County, NC; died 1850-1860. He was in the 3rd Regiment of North Carolina during the War of 1812. He was a carpenter. William and his family moved to Graves County,, KY between 1833-1837 and later to Marion County, MO by 1850. He was married to Cynthia ?, born about 1803 in NC, died after 1860 (Marion County, MO?) thanks for your time and help. Greg Berckes, Cedar Rapids, IA.

NAME: Linda

DATE: 6 June 1997


I am looking for the obituary or other information on "Mr. St. Clair Page, an old and highly respectable citizen of Fayette, MO, committed suicide by hanging on 9th inst. (17 June 1852)" The obituary was published in Marion County. I am researching the Page, Owen and Manning families of Fayette, Howard County, MO and Higbee, Randolph County, MO. Thank you, Linda.


DATE: 8 June 1997


Searching for Scofield and Barrett. I have found four marriages of Schfields in Marion County, MO between 1842 and 1849. I would like to locate other Scofield researchers to share information. My interest is in Alice Scofield who married Jesse Barrett. I don't have dates, but their son, John Barrett, was born 22 July 1906. [email protected]

NAME: Phil and Linda Finster

DATE: 13 June 1997


I am looking for any information on my father's ancestors. His grandfather, Alex C. Ragland, leased 70 acres of land in Marion County, MO in November, 1900. His oldest son, Yates B. Ragland, married Clara Utley on 8 March 1903, in Marion County. The other children were Everett A., Edith L. Thomas E., Loyd H. and Mae Emma (my father's mother.) The only Ragland we found in the 1900 Marion County census was Frank Ragland who I think may be a cousin. Frank Ragland provided the security when my grandfather (Alex) leased the 70 acres of land in Palmyra in November, 1900. If anyone has any information about any of these people, I would greatly appreciate hearing from you. [email protected]

NAME: Sharron Standifer Ashton

DATE: 13 June 1997


Seeking information on Joel McCoy, born ca. 1818, KY; died Decembeer 1854, Marion County, MO; married 1842, Martion County, to Susan E. Thorpe. Joel and Susan had daughters:

Mary A. McCoy, born ca. 1843

Henrietta J. McCoy, born ca. 1846

Sarah E. McCoy, born ca. 1848

Frances Thorpe McCoy, born January 1855.

After Joel's death, Susan apparently gave Frances to a couple who were passing through Marion County on their way home to New York. I believe the family was James K. and Elsie B. Hale. In 1870, this family is living in Sullivan County, MO. In 1877, Fannie Hale (aka Frances Thorpe) married Archibald Standifer in Linn County, MO. In the 1890s, Frances' mother, Susan (Thorpe) McCoy, located her daughter in Norman, OK. They corresponded for several years. In her bible, Frances wrote that her mother, Susan Alen, died in 1908. Would like to find descendants of Frances' sisters and where and who her mother married after Joel's death. Thank you, Sharron.

NAME: Phil and Linda Finster

DATE: 14 June 1997


I am looking for any information on my father, Lawrence Val White's ancestors. His grandfather on his mother's side, was Alex C. Ragland, born 1844. He leased 70 acres of land in Marion County, MO on 17 Nov. 1900. His oldest son, Yatess B. RAgland, born 1881; married Clara Utley on 8 March 1903 in Marion County, (I think in Palmyra.) The other children were Everett A., born 1844; Edith L., born 1886; Thomas E., born 1890; Loyd H., born 20 June 1893; and Mae Emma (my father's mother), born 1897. The only Ragland we found in the 1900 Marion County census was Frank Ragland who I think may be a cousin. Frak Ragland provided the security when my great-grandfather, Alex, leased to 70 acres of land in Palmyra. I don't know how long they were in Palmyra, but I estimate it to be at least 2-3 years (between 1900-1903.) If anyone has any information about any of these people, I would greatly appreciate hearing from you. [email protected]

NAME: Barb Roberts

DATE: 21 June 1997


According to the 1860 Schuyler County, MO census, James Moore, 31, M, Carpenter, born Ohio, wuife Susan, age 27, also born in Ohio. Children: Samantha, 7, born Ohio; John, 6, born Ohio; Mary, 3, born Missouri; and Nancy, 1, born Missosuri. Believe this is James H. Moore, son of Henry and Jane Lewis (Homles) Moore of Adams County, OH. In 1866, James H. and wife, Sarah J. Moore, sold 180 acres of land in Schuyler County, MO to Daniel S. Moore, probably his brother. At the time of the transaction, James and Sarah were living in  or near Palmyra, Marion County, MO. Would like to contact anyone researching Moores in Marion County MO or any descendants of James and Sarah Moore. [email protected]


DATE: 29 June 1997


Alfred Hawkins and Elizabeth Rush were married 26  June 1821 in Marion County, MO. Belileve they may be the parents of my great-grandfather, George William Hawkins, born 9 July 1832; died 13 Oct. 1917. George's death certificate says that Alfred Hawkins was his father but his mother's name was listed as unknown by the informant who was his second wife. I would appreciate any information on this family or their children. Will share the information I have on George W. Hawkins. Thanks. [email protected]

NAME: Kevin Wayne Daniel

DATE: 30 June 1997


Seeking information on Henry Floyd who was born in North Carolina and moved to Kentucky before 1814 when his daughtr was born there. His daughter, Jane, married Elisha Jackson in Logan County, KY in 1825. Henry and his son, Henry Jr., and son-in-law, Elisha Jackson, were inthe 1830 census of Marion County, MO and Henry was later in Kewis County in 1840 and 1850. [email protected] or [email protected]

NAME: Kevin Wayne Daniel

DATE: 30 June 1997


Henry Floyd was born in North Carolina ca. 1777. He moved to Kentucky where his daughter, Sarah Floyd Hostetter was born in 1814. His daughter, Jane, married ELisha Jackson in 1825 in Logan County, KY. Another daughter was Mrs. Jo Little. Henry and his son, Henry, Jr., and son-in-law, Elisha Jackson, were enumerated in the 1830 Marion County, MO census. Henry was in Lewis County, MO during the 1850 census. Any information about Henry Floyd or his descendants would be appreciated. I have extensive information about his daughter, Sarah Hostetter and her descendants. [email protected]

NAME: Denise Shindle

DATE: 5 July 1997


Searching for information on my great-great-great-grandmother, Anna Belle Chamberlain, born 10 Nov. 1873 in Marion County, MO; died 3 Jan 1910 in Emden, MO. She married James William Watkins, born 3 Feb. 1867 in KY. They had one daughter, Ina Lee Watkins, born 9 Feb. 1892 in Marion County, MO. Any information on her or my ggg-grandmother would be appreciated - parents, siblings, etc. Thanks. [email protected]

NAME: Hal McCawley

DATE: 9 July 1997


Reseearching See family that were in Marion County, MO 1818-1860+ from Logan County, KY. The family originally settled in Hardy County, WV, before 1750. Related Marion/Ralls County families are Cobbs, Cockrum, Ely and Carroll. [email protected]

NAME: Margo Fariss Brewer

DATE: 14 July 1997


I am looking for information on Gordon Gill's death and his parents. I know that Gordon Gill died on 6 May 1841, in MO opposite Quincy, IL. He was a ferryman. This information was found in a death notice published in the Quincy Whig. Family history has said that he died in a river accident, so I am hoping to find some record of his death - posible a coroner's report. Perhaps there will be a more extensive obituary in a Marion County newspaper. Gordon was maried to a Margaret McInti(y)re, daughter of Samuel and Amella McInti(y)re. Gordon and Margaret had the following children: James William Gill, Eliza Jane and Eliza Iva Gill (not sure of this child due to the similarity of names with Eliza Jane.) There are two other children that hve Gordon as the father but may not have Margaret as the mother. They are Mary B. Gill and Martha Ellen Gill. Martha Ellen Gill married Tilman Holt in LaGrange on 3 April 1849. Thank you for any help and/or suggestions. [email protected]

NAME: Angie Eggleston

DATE: 18 July 1997


Looking for information on Lee P. Peregrin Leatherbury Weatherly who lived in Round Grove Township during 1840-1860. He may have lived there longer, we are not sure. I am especially interested in  finding his wife's name, both Christian and maiden. She is very likely to be an American Indian. He was not. I do know he ws born in Somerset County, MD around 1812. [email protected]

NAME: Don W. Allen

DATE: 18 July 1997


The Allen Academy referred to on the Courthouse historical marker was started and owned by my great-grandfather, Francis Withers Allen, Sr., M.D. He was born in Howard County, MO in 1832 and moved to Middle Grove, MO in the 1930s. He started the Allen Academy in Macon in 1859 and was chased out of town by the Federallist Troops in the 1860s. The local newspaper has an article about this. He returned to Macon in 1864 and married Amanda Malvina Pearl. I am looking for information on my great-grandmother's cousin, Mary Hallaock/Halleck/Hallach. I show that they were in Macon during the 1860 census. They may have moved to the Hannibal area after that. If you have any information I would appreciate it. [email protected]


DATE: 19 July 1997


I am trying to research the surname De La Porte in Hannibal, Marion County, MO. Julius De La Porte was born 29 July 1914 and was married to Edna Mae Webster. Their children were Carl, Edward, Glenna Francis, Mildred, Richard, Donald and Kenneth Benjamin. We are trying to find his father. Thank you. [email protected]

NAME: Faith Berghofer

DATE: 27July 1997


Am interested in any information about the Berghofers, Berghoefers, Berghoffers and Betshavers in the 1850 census. They immigrated in 1844 starting with Frederich H., Frederick Ludwig, known as Uncle Fritz. My grandfather, Frederick Louis, was born in 1859 in Palmyra. He married Carolina Johlmann. Would appreciate any line on them. Frederick Ludwig was in the Mexican War. Would like information about that and wonder if he is the Frederick that was in California in 1850. Any family information would be appreciated. Where did the Johnmanns live? I know they were friends of the Zollars as grandfather and father were named Bernard. [email protected]

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