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Iím seeking information about a Belgian Family named FRANKLIN. The wife Helena and the 3 sons Marcel, Leon and Hector are registered at Ellis Island the 5 april 1904. Another son, Georges, was born about 1906 or 1907 at McDonald (PA) The father , Victor Franklin, was a coal miner.
Thanks in advance to anyone that can help me.

Eric Hamtiaux


I am looking for possible descendents of Marie M Perry Shaver Clark. She was born 11 May 1913 in Missouri to Otis L Perry and Ella Sanders Perry. She was married first to William Lee Shaver in 1932. He died in 1941. She then married someone with the last name Clark. She died 2 Sept 2002 and is buried in Anderson Cemetery. She had a twin named Theresa M. Perry. Theresa married someone with the last name Mayberry. Not sure where they married, but Theresa died in Buena Park, CA the same year, 2002.
Thank you

Nancy Matthews


Seeking information on James Thompson and Rebecca A, who was on the 1850 census in McDonald Co., MO. James and Rebecca was probably married in McDonald Co. in the early 1840.
I am wondering if Rebecca's maiden name could be Swor and they lived next to David and Mary Swor on this same 1850 census (David and Mary are on the bottom of the previous page, but the children are listed just above James and Rebecca and their family.)
If any one has information on this family would love to exchange information.



I'm searching for one of my ancestors graves in McDonald County. Also seeking any other information that might be available on the family. Saml. D. Marshall appears to have died there, or perhaps divorced, between 1880 and 1891. He was married to Ann E. with children Sarah H. and Effie J. in the White Rock Township, McDonald County, MO 1880 census. Later Ann E. is recognized in census records as Eliza A. and remained connected to Sarah H. Marshall Fields and Effie J. Marshall Nix. Eliza remarried JF Armstrong and was with him in the 1900 White Rock Township, McDonald County, MO 1880 census, having been married to him for 9 years if I am able to read the data entry on the census record. Eliza and JF are buried next to one another in Ghormley Cemetery, Mayes County, OK. Anyone have any idea what might have happened and if he died, where he is buried.
I'd sure love to learn more and perhaps get a photo of his grave marker.
Thanks in advance to anyone that can help.

Greg Cohrs


Seeking info on Charles R. McMahan b 1884 d 1958 McDonald Co. Mo. m. Sarah Ann Took.

Ann Farnsworth


I am researching Catherine A. Lane, daughter of Joseph Lane and Frances McMahon. Cassy was born September 22, 1872 somewhere in Missouri. Her first husband was James H. Franklin. James and Catherine Lane were married in 1893 in Barry County, MO. James Franklin died ca. 1901 and Cassy married (2) Albert Burton from Douglas County, MO. Does anyone have information on these families? I am preparing an article for the Douglas County, MO Journal.
Thank you,

Laura Moncrief


Need information on Polly Mahurin b c1830 Benton Co AR md Mr --- Cardwell. Polly is somehow related to the Mahurin families of McDonald & Barry Co. Two Cardwell daus: Mary Cardwell who md John D. Babb in Barry Co and Lydia Cardwell md1) Mr ---- Beshears. Two Beshears children: Lorena, Joe. Lydia md2) Robert C. Smith. Lydia and Robert had a dau Lila Jane b 1885 in Barry Co MO. Other Smith children were: Ora, Lulu, Robert, Grover Cleveland. All the above children were born in Missouri. Grover Cleveland Smith lived in Pineville McDonald Co MO, worked on the KSS RR - md Dora --- They had a son John L. Smith b 1917. Grover and Dora are on the 1910 & 1920 census of McDonald Co. Any help on Cardwell, Mahurin, Babb, Beshears, Smith families appreciated.

HARMON & WILLIAMS I'm seeking any information on an HONOR HARMON. She is listed on my grandfather's (Robert Pearl Williams) death certificate as his mother. I know nothing about her other than her name. He was born in McDonald Co, MO in 1880 and died in Barry Co, MO in 1950, so perhaps her family was from or lived for some time in McDonald Co. Robert's father is listed as . . . Robert Williams, so perhaps he was the first born son given his father's name . . . Thanks so much.

Joyce Snell


Peter and Nancy A. Simons and children: Peter L. (14), Philip A. (12), George E. (8), William Grant (5) are last known to be on the 1870 Census in Franklin Twp, Newton Co, MO. At least one additional child, James E. was born in 1873. Peterís daughter from a first marriage, Elizabeth , and son-in-law Jacob E. Moore and three children are on the 1870 Census (her brother Christian is with them) in Richwood Twp and on the 1880 Census in Rocky Comfort Twp, McDonald Co, MO. There is a marriage listing in Missouri Marriages, 1766-1983, for a Mrs. Nancy A. Simon to Jesse Jones, 30 Apr 1876, in McDonald Co, MO. In 1880, I cannot locate Jesse, Nancy , nor any of the children, which would seem to corroborate family lore that the younger children were orphaned. I would like to know when Peter and Nancy died, where they are buried, and what happened to all the children. I know in 1910 William Grant is in Clay Co, TX and James E. is in Stephens Co, OK.
Thank you,


Marriage Records for McDonald County

This question is about marriage records for McDonald County, Mo. circa 1895-1905. Specifically, if anyone has access to these records I am researching the William F. and Harriet Elizabeth Patton Moore family that resided in your county at that time. They had four daughters that would have reached marriage age during the period mentioned above. They are Mary L., Rosa F., Nomia E., and Myrtle S., Moore. I would appreciate the dates of any marriages for them as well as the name of the associated groom.
Thank you,

Jim More

REDFEARN'S of McDonald County

I'm reasearching any information on this family.My Great Grandmother Senora Alice Caldwell b.4-24-1869 in Southwest City,Mo.,McDonald county.She married John Doyle Putnam 9-15-1889 Southwest City,Mo.,McDonald county.When she married John she brought an 8 month old boy Alva F. Redfearn with her.Also on the marriage certificate there is a Jeremiah Redfearn as the minister.We have no prove that Alice was married when she brought Alva with her or that she had been married before because Caldwell is her birth name.Her mother Nancy shows up in the 1870 census at Prairie Township,McDonald county with Senora being 3 months old also in the 1880 census with Senora as 10 years old also in McDonald county.Now in the 1860 Nancy with a husband I guess Silas shows up in Honey Creek Township,McDonald county.Any one know the Redfearn's?Any help would be greatly appreciated. Please and Thank you.

Tom Putman

FARMER, John & Christina

I am searching for information regarding John & Christina Farmer. They moved to McDonald County,MO from Camden County,MO prior to 1870 as they show up in the 1870 McDonald census. Believe that Christina died in McDonald County. It was sometime after the 1870 census, believe it was about 1873, since John remarried and moved back to Camden County where he died in1878. I am particularly interested in finding out where Christina may be buried. I am also be interested in finding the name of John's second wife.

David Farmer

BREAZEALE, Francis Marion

I am looking for the marriage date of
Francis Marion Breazeale and Frances Louvina Stafford about 1895 in McDonald County.

Becky Grothe

OGAN, Nancy Louisa "Lou" Pearce

Nancy Louisa "Lou" Pearce Ogan b. June 1855 or abt Bradley Co., Tn m. 4 Nov 1877 Barry Co., MO Wm. J. Ogan. They are on the 1910 and 1920 census in McDonald Co., MO. Known children were Ernest L. Ogan b. May 1881, Ella b. Aug 1886, William Henry b. 14 Feb 1890 who went to Weld Co., CO by 1930, and Wilmer b. Jun 1897. Need to know exact date of Lou's death and location.

Doris Barfield Sanders
12504 FM Road 920
Weatherford,TX. 76088

DOBBS, Jesse

Am looking for any information on Jesse Dobbs (born 1873) who died in McDonald County, February 1909 at age 36. The newspaper obit states that his body was being returned to Webb City, where he resided. Jesse Dobbs was preceded in death by his wife, Lucretia Jones Dobbs who is buried in Lake Cemetery in Lamar, MO. There are no records to indicate that Jesse is buried there. Any clue to connect Jesse to a Dobbs family in McDonald County is greatly appreciated.



I am searching for descendants of the family of John and Ida (DORAN) ENGLAND.
They were living in McDonald County, MO in the 1920 and the 1930 census. They had the following children:
Henry R. b. ca 1899 ;
Everett b. ca 1903, AR ;
Lawson b. ca 1904, MO ;
Riley b. 1906, AR ;
Lena b. ca 1908, OK
Luther b. ca 1912, TX
Vernon, b. ca 1914, OK
Lesha?, b. ca 1916, MO (may have died before 1930)
Lorine, b. ca 1918, MO
Virgil, b. ca 1920, MO (may have died before 1930)

I would appreciate hearing from anyone researching this line.
Ida DORAN was the daughter of Rufus and Frances Elizabeth (YOUNG) DORAN.
I am a YOUNG family researcher.

Tammy Collier Davis


Trying to find death/obit on Nathaniel T. Hutchison and Lou Kate Hutchison. Probably died between 1920-1930.

Here is family on 1920 Census--
1920 Census Eric Twp, McDonald Co, MO ED 128 sheet 21A fam 393
Hutchison, Nathaniel T. head m w 70 M TN NC VA Farmer Gen Farm
Lou Katie wife f w 70 M TNTN TN none
John H. son m w 40 S TN TN TN Farmer Gen Farm
Mary E. dau f w 44 S TN TN TN none

Hope to connect with someone or at least find out when they died.
Thank you very much,
Barb Hunt

MITCHELL Family in McDonald Co., MO

I am looking for information on the Thomas Jefferson and Matilda Harrill Mitchell Family. Thomas Jefferson was b. bet. 1800 Ė 1810 and mar. Matilda Harrill b. bet. 1800 Ė 1815 TN. Matilda was the daughter of Hazel and Catherine Shanks Harrill. They were in Monroe Co., TN in the late 1820ís; sale of her share of her fatherís land in 1831. They are living in Monroe Co., TN in 1840. Jefferson Mitchell is mentioned in Monroe Co., TN Deeds in 1834 and 1836. I believe that Jefferson is son of John Harrill, who is in Monroe Co. at the same time and sells land in 1834 and 1835. Evidently they moved to Polk Co., TN by 1850 Census. However, he is listed as Thos. K. Mitchell (initial is difficult to read in the handwritten census). He and wife, Matilda 25 have the following children: Catherine 18; Minney 16; John 13; Mary 11; Sarah 9; Jesse 7; Martha 5; and Lurania 1. Matilda is sister to Absolom Harrill, Samuel H. Harrill, Mary Harrill mar. Humble; Martha (can not find after 1840); and Daniel B. Harrill. I recently found out that the Mitchells may have moved to MO along with Thomas Jeffersonís siblings. Some of Samuel H. Harrillís family moved to Laclede Co., MO.

Dede H.


My Jones family moved to McDonald Family between 1870 and 1880. Some of my Jones' are as follows: Larkin Harrison Jones, b. Jan 1831 in Tennessee, died in McDonald County about 1905 Lydia Isabelle Jones b. May 1839 in Tennessee their children were: Samuel Winfield S. Jones, b. Apr 1858, married Marilda Cook Henry B. Jones, b. 1861, married Rebecca Harris William L. "Billlie" Jones, b. Feb 6 1864, died April 21 1953 in McDonald County, MO. Married Margaret Ann Harris in McDonald County, MO May 21, 1885 Ulysses Marion Jones, b. May 1 1865, d. Feb 27 1950 in Buchanan County, MO. Married Mary Emma Spencer John James Jones, b. Dec 15 1872, d. Nov 8 1952 in Delaware County, OK. Married Dicey Walltrip in McDonald County, Missouri Nov 27 1898 I would appreciate any information on this family. Thank you, Sandy McLellan


Looking for any information on ANDREW NELLIS, b. 1840/42 in PA, died 24June 1914 in Southwest City, MacDonald Co., MO. Andrew was 2nd Lt , Co G, Fourth Regiment, PA Calvary. A Carpenter by trade. Had pension application #129386 Certification #896114. Widow Application #811316 Certification #581480. He married Julie Kurtz, 16 Nov 1865 in Allegany Co. lPA. Julie died 21 Feb1926 in Southwest City, Mo. They had the following children:

Frank Nellis b 19May1866 PA
Elmer Nelis b. 2 Dec 1867 PA
Albert Nellis b. 13 Apr 1874 PA, married Harriet E. Ripple
Catharine Nellis b. 1875 in PA
Hester Nellis
William Nellis b. 26Feb 1881
George Nellis b. 12Feb 1885
No further information on the children, except Albert. Albert and Harriett had the following children:
Beulah E. NELLIS b. 1908 MO
James E. NELLIS b. 1909 MO
Charles NELLIS b. 1920 MO
Naomi(Niomi) NELLIS b. 1920 MO
Would like any information on this fammily. email:


Looking for info on John W. Chase and his wife, Eunice, whom I believe may have been in McDonald County after 1880.

Their son, Elmer, (sometimes called Archie or A. L. or Arch) and his wife Minnie (Slavens) were in McDonald County, maybe Anderson or Split Log.

Thanks for your interest.

Ellen Vandiver

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