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April 2017

Please address all correspondence to

Ray County Genealogical Assn.
901 W. Royle St.
Richmond, MO 64085

If you feel that you have not received a timely response from us please e-mail:
[email protected]


Thursday & Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The Genealogical Library is CLOSED the second Saturday of each month from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Ray County Museum is open the same days and hours.

Beginning in 2015 we will be publishing the quarterly two times a year instead of four times. The number of pages will be doubled to approximately 60 to 65 pages per issue.
This will save us money in postage. If you have any quesitons please feel free to email us.


1:00 P.M.
The Ray County Genealogical Association Monthly Program

Held at the Ray County Museum.
901 W Royle
Richmond, MO

Everyone is welcomed to attend

The Genealogical Library will be closed from 1:00 pm to 2:00 p.m. that day.

- The SPRING/SUMMER 2016 issue of the Reflections has NOT been mailed.
I have become behind in getting the quarterly finished in a timely manner. My sincere apoligy for that. ~ Lisa



Compiled by
Barbara Proffitt
Carol Proffitt
M. Virginia Mills

The genesis of this work was a desire to establish family relationships within the Clevenger families of Missouri. The research was begun by Barbara Proffitt (Mrs. Phil Proffitt), several years ago. She was joined in her research after a number of years, by Carol Proffitt, (Mrs. Paul Proffitt), who also was searching for her Clevenger connection; she later found two connections. Their combined researched proved early that the connections between the numerous Clevenger families in Ray County, Missouri were difficult to sort out into proven families.
In time, the direction of their research expanded from just looking for their connections, to a project embracing all Clevenger families in Ray county, Missouri and to the objective of compiling a Clevenger genealogical record. At that point in time, I was asked to help format all the discovered data into a readable accounting. My interest in the family was derived from my husband's direct line of decent from Richard Clevenger. Our combined research later revealed several other Clevenger connections for him.
Wilbur Allen of California, was asked to join the project. His gracious sharing of his vast store of genealogical information concerning the families of Ray County, Missouri has been invaluable. The Elsie Clevenger / Reuben Allen chapter is the work of Mr. Allen.

A work as extensive as this cannot hope to be perfect, either in completeness or in accuracy. Our aim has been to show what the records contain, and for this purpose we have usually indicated the source of vital entries, and have included abstracts of wills and distributions of estates as well as many land records. To have included even brief abstractions of all the records searched would have produced a book of overwhelming size. It is believed that errors in coping, and mistakes in judgment will be rare; but they cannot entirely be avoided unless a lifetime be spent on such a compilation as this.
We are well aware that not every person with a Clevenger ancestry has been located and noted. It is hoped that publication of this research will bring forward more information. We feel we have accomplished the best that could be achieved within the necessary constraints of time, cost and labor.
M. Virginia Mills
(Mrs. Jewell)
It is a pleasure to announced that the remaining books that were published by Barbara Proffitt, Carol Proffitt and M. Virginia Mills have been donated to Ray County Genealogical Association for us to sell.

This indexed, 302 page book may be ordered by sending a check or money order to:

Ray County Genealogical Association
901 W. Royle
Richmond, MO 64085

- Due to county budget cuts the Ray County Museum had to decrease the days that the museum is open. Until the budget has increased, the museum & genealogical library will be open on Thursday's & Saturday's from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please call the Linda Emley, the manager of the museum for details if you would like to help the Ray County Historical Society with donations.

- We had a request via email for information about the murder of Haden/Hayden Jackson in 1856. We did find in a book pertaining to newspapers articles across Missouri a short mention of his murder in a Jefferson City, MO newspaper. Our issues of the 1856 newspaper was not on microfilm. With much digging and suggestions the researcher found in a Lexington, MO a short article about the murder of Haden/Hayden Jackson. Richard Cottum did the deed but we are assuming that he was never caught since there are not any court records. A full story will be published in the Spring/Summer issue of the Reflections. Though we know by the newspaper article the why, how and when of the murder, there are still many unanswered questions about all of Haden/Hayden & Lousia (Williams) Jackson's children. It was and still is a fun research project for those of us who jumped in to help.

- We would like to give a hint about researching in our Genealogical Library. You might come in on a day that a volunteer might say "We do not have that information." For example, if I am volunteering and I tell you that "we do not have that information" and I do not give you a suggestion where to look, such as the courthouse, etc, don't assume I know for a fact that we "do not have" that information. No one can know everything about one county unless they have spent years and hours memorizing each moment of history and the people of the county.

You might come in the next day and another volunteer is there and walks right to the book where the information is. Wait a few months and contact us again by mail and perhaps the right person will search for the information.
However, we truly hope that you are never told "We do not have that information." and that's that !
We do not have an index of every person, event, date, etc of each item in our library. As most research libraries, there are not enough volunteers.

- We enjoy meeting researchers who come to our Genealogical Library. Volunteers enjoy helping and when a researcher is "related" to one of us it is enjoyable to meet a distant cousin.

- If you plan on making a trip to our Genealogical Library we are always pleased when we are handed family group sheets, copies of wills, probate, land records, etc. to add to our family files.

- Monthly Genealogy Meetings are held, with the exception of May, on the second Saturday. Each meeting begins with a short business meeting to inform our members and guests what the Association has accomplished or what is in the works. This is followed by a program. We have speakers educating us in the field of genealogy or a topic that the members and guests may enjoy pertaining to Ray County history or American history. Some meetings we have a show and tell. After the program refreshments are provided. Everyone is welcome to attend. You do not need to be a member to attend our general meetings.

We strongly recommend a visit to this historic building, which was opened as the County Poor Farm in 1910. Later it became the Elm Park Nursing Home and in the early 1970's, the county allowed the Ray County Historical Society to display donated items. The Ray County Museum is owned by Ray County, which funds several of the expenses for the building. The Ray County Historica l Society displays of each "theme" room, with artifacts pertaining to the history of Ray County, the United States, and ancestral artifacts of those who came before us to this county are worth the time to view. If you do not have a connection to Ray County, and you enjoy antiques a tour is worthwhile !!!

-The Genealogical Library is staffed by Board Members of the Ray County Genealogical Assn. Some who have been involved for over 15 years.

- Do you have a family web site with connections to Ray County? If you would like for us to put a link on our web site to yours please email us.

- Please help support your Genealogical or Historical society and or both in the locations that your ancestors settled. If not for them it would be hard to tell where information about your ancestors would be stored.

Note: The Ray County Genealogical Assn. does not have Internet access at the Ray County Museum where the Genealogical Library is housed. Our e-mail is monitored by me and any questions of information that needs to be researched at the Genealogical Library may take a while to be completed. If extended research is required a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope is appreciated when writing to us with a research request. Cost of copies and postage is required if information is mailed.

2017 Board Members

President - Carol Proffitt

Vice President - Jenne Layman

Secretary - Karen Joiner

Treasurer - Lisa Smalley

Membership - Neal McCullough

Librarian - Terri Sickles

Pioneer Certificate - Neal & Lynn McCullough

Historian - Lynn McCullough

Quarterly - Lisa Smalley

Publications - Carol Proffitt

Publicity & Programs - Jenne Layman

Corresponding Secretary - Linda Emley

Email Correspondent - Lisa Smalley

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