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Grundy County Missouri Queries
January - March 1999



Submitter: Michael Gunderson (
Date: 30 Mar 1999

What is the easiest way to travel (highways, etc.) to Grundy County, MO, from Kansas City, MO?


Submitter: Kelly Greer (
Date: 29 Mar 1999

HI, I am trying to find out what became of a sister of my great great grandfather, George Irvin ROBERTS. Her name was Eliza Jane ROBERTS. She was born May 2, 1842, in what is now Grundy Co., MO. The last record I have of her was her listing in her mother's home on the 1850 Census of Grundy Co., MO. (dist. #55). Her father, James A. ROBERTS died in Franklin Twp., Grundy Co., MO., on June 27, 1847, and the 1850 census listed her as an 8 year old daughter of her mother Minerva ROBERTS. I would also be interested to know where her father was buried. I could find no record of his burial in the cemetery records on the web site. Would also be interested in any other information regarding the ROBERTS or the KING families of Grundy County, Missouri. Thank you./Kelly Greer P. O. Box 15691 Boise, ID. 83715-5691.


Submitter: Christina Cochran (
Date: 17 Mar 1999

Dear Researchers,
David MILNE and his wife Alice Cordilia (WHITAKER)MILNE went to Missouri shortly after being married in 1880. Their first born, Claude MILNE was born near Trenton, Grundy County, MO. David MILNE worked in lumber and sometimes in the railroad. Any suggestions about how to find out more about this family? Christina


Surnames: ELLEDGE
Submitter: Mark Elledge (
Date: 15 Mar 1999

Looking for information on the family of James H. ELLEDGE, Thomas Boone ELLEDGE. Very interested in the children of Thomas Boone ELLEDGE. Both of these families lived in Grundy County.

Mark D. Elledge
1621 Beverly Pl
Tracy, CA 95376
(209) 836-5711

Submitter: Michelle Hammett (
Date: 27 Feb 1999

I am looking for information on Alva Scott Black,born 1876, married Mary Elizabeth Price,born 1875.I have been told they both grew up in or around Galt or Trenton, MO. I believe Alva's fathers name was William Alva Black. If anyone has any information on any of these names I would greatly appreciate your response. Thank you for your time.


Submitter: Tricia Colcleasure Carothers (
Date: 25 Feb 1999

Looking for information on the COLCLASURE families found living in Grundy Co., MO. Found the family of NOAH COLCLASURE, with brother George in the 1850 Census. Believe their sister Eleanor married John CARR in 1850 there. Noah married an ATTERBERRY and a HOLLOWAY. Brother George married a LUKE. I believe this COLCLASURE family left Illinois with the GILES SONGER family also found in the 1850 Grundy County census, living right next door. Any information on these family lines helpful and I am happy to share. Please e-mail me at: Thank you!


Surnames: DAY VOLK
Submitter: Kim Day McClure (
Date: 22 Feb 1999

I am looking for info on the parents and siblings of my ggrandfather, Mathias DAY. He was born in Grundy Co, MO, on Sept 20, 1883 and died Jan 19, 1934 in Sioux City, Iowa. He married Clara VOLK. They had 3 children; Robert Mathias (b 1915 Moville, IA), Ruth Charlotte (b 1918) and George Lynn (b 1924).


Submitter: Hazel Conway (
Date: 22 Feb 1999

I am looking for any descendents of Mrs. Charles Haynes; Clara Haynes died 18 Nov. 1967 buried in Grundy Center Cemetery. She stated she was the Granddaughter of Nancy Childers Songer and that is also my line and am wishing to contact any living relatives of hers. Clara Haynes is the daughter of John Songer and Nannie V. Shanklin Songer. I will be willing to share any family history I have with Mrs. Haynes' descendents. Please contact me at


Submitter: Jody Thomson (
Date: 20 Feb 1999

About 1865 Eli Harrison and Victoria (Heath) TURK moved from Appanoose County, Iowa to Grundy County, Missouri. Eli's parents, Charles and Mary (Alexander) TURK, as well as Vicca's parents, Daniel D. and Hulda (Brown) HEATH, moved to live nearby in Trenton. Daniel and Hulda HEATH d. in neighboring Daviess County in 1877 and 1878. Vicca also died there in 1878. Charles TURK d. 1893 in Trenton and his wife, Mary, d. 1904 also in Trenton. Other family: Daniel B. and Similda (Alexander) HEATH with their very large family also lived nearby. I have a great deal of information to share with anyone researching these families. I would especially like to know what happened to Daniel and Similda's family after 1880. Thank you.


Submitter: Leatha Spagnuolo (
Date: 19 Feb 1999

I am looking for information on my ggg-grandfather.William BAILEY, b.1822 d.1864 in Grundy Co. Mo. His wife was Louisa Jane MOFFIT/MOFFAT or some semblence of the spelling of the name. Any and all information will be greatly appreciated. For we have hit a brick wall. Thanks. Leatha


Surnames: HAMPTON
Submitter: Edith Johnson (
Date: 16 Feb 1999

Seeking information on Ethel A. HAMPTON, wife of Luther L. (L. Luther) HAMPTON. Luther and Ethel were married Jan 1923 or 1924 in LaPlata County, CO, and resided in San Jaun County, NM until Ethel returned to Missouri in May of 1924. Ethel was in Trenton, Grundy Co MO, at the time of her divorce in April 1943. We know of no children born to Luther & Ethel. Would like any information regarding Ethel, especially what became of her and/or an obituary. Thank you!

Edith Johnson
R-1 Box 83
Revere, MO 63465

Submitter: Maxine Baldin Westerfield (
Date: 15 Feb 1999

I am a descendant of William ROOKS, a son of Joseph and Elizabeth Jackson ROOKS of early 1800s in Grundy Co. Mo . Mahala Smithson was mar to William 1837 in Randolph Co Ind prior to moving to Grundy Co. Mo in abt 1840 in Marion TWP. Mahala died abt 1856 ?? William may have mar. a Martha ? as she is on 1860 census with family. What happened to Martha? and 4 sons left behind when William left abt 1961/2 with Millie Maxine youngest ch. for Susanville, Ca where he died in abt 1864. I am looking for any and all descendants connected to the ROOKS families down to present time. Joseph had 15 children. I am happy to share my collection with those looking for Rooks connection and any Descending cousins.

If you think you may fit in some-place in any ROOKS line E Mail me. A Data base is in progress to help those searching for their ROOKS Roots, I am looking for siblings of my ggrandmother, Millie Maxine Rooks Brannan, Louise who mar. Joseph Boring 22 feb 1860 in Clinton Co, Oh., one known child, Ida H Boring b 10 Jun 1874, others not located are Isaac, Harrison, Smith, Allen, sons of Wm and Mahala. b between 1839 and 1846. Others connected are, Chrisman, Holloway, Mc Alister, Scott, Waltz, Beals,Linny , Miller, Poff, Snodgrass, Seymore and others. Thank you,
Maxine Baldwin Westerfield


Surnames: GERREN
Submitter: Julie A. Gerren (
Date: 13 Feb 1999

Looking for any information on John W. Gerren who married Rosannah Roberts in Trenton, Grundy Co in 1896. Does anyone have any information where this man came from before he showed up in Grundy Co. He died in Grundy Co in 1930. Any and all information will be greatly appreciated.


Submitter: Sam Witten (
Date: 12 Feb 1999

Looking for information about probate wills for Grundy County, Mo. Would like to know or obtain copies of wills on James Standley Witten and his son Samuel K. Witten. Also trying to locate the Family Bible of Samuel K. and 1st wife Nancy Peery, 2nd wife Mary Frances (Brown) Witten.

Any help on these persons would be appreciated. Also marriage licence for my ggrandfather Samuel K. Witten (Jr) and Anna Booth.

Sam Witten
1002 Meadow Oaks
Azle, Tx 76020-6210

Submitter: chuck probst (
Date: 10 Feb 1999

Looking for info on Detonnancourt(?DeTonnencourt)/Spickard families. Wanda DeTonnancourt was born in Trenton, MO Oct 4, 1920. she was the daughter of Thelma Spickard and Wilfred DeTonnancourt. Don´t know where Thelma or Wilfred come from. She was born in 1899, daughter of Eugene Erastus Spickard and Genoa Belle Newton.


Submitter: Barbara Hammons Davis (
Date: 10 Feb 1999

SCHOOLER STANTURF and VANDERPOOL families of Grundy Co. Will gladly share info. Thank You, Barbara


Submitter: Barbara Hammons Davis (
Date: 10 Feb 1999

ETHERTON FLOWERS HAMMONS KING McKERN and RANDALL Families of Grundy Co. Will share info. Thank you, Barbara


Submitter: gail carter (
Date: 08 Feb 1999

Need info on the family of James Anderson CHAPMAN m. Frances FLOWERS c. 1865-1870. Their daughter, my grandmother Helena "Lennie" Rivers CHAPMAN, was born in Spickard, Grundy Co., MO. Believe she was also married in Spickard to William L. CLEMENS of Mercer Co. William "Bill" Clemens was the son of J. E. "Ebb" Clemens and Hannah Jane Cox, who farmed in the Middlebury, Mercer Co. area, but who had a lot of Grundy Co. ties.

James Anderson Chapman was the son of William CHAPMAN, wife Jane, they had Willliam R., James A., Mallinda, Henry and John. There may have been more children. Would greatly appreciate any info on these families.


Submitter: Sherie Holt (
Date: 07 Feb 1999

I am searching for any info. on the parents of Lydia O´DELL born March 3, 1863 in Norfolk, Virginia died Aug. 16, 1957 in Grundy Co., MO. She is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Trenton, Grundy Co., MO. On her headstone it says she is the daughter of Moses O´DELL and Charlotte. Her husband John INMAN was born May 5, 1861 Grundy Co., MO. died Jul. 10, 1941 Trenton, Grundy Co., MO. he is buried in Metcalf Cemetery. I need to find out who their children are as well. One child of John INMAN and Lydia O´DELL I know is Anna Belle Inman. Anna Belle married Frank ELLIS; these are my Grandparents. I need any info. on John INMAN and Lydia O´DELL; this is all I have.


Submitter: Nina Stanton (
Date: 05 Feb 1999

Lindley M. STANTON married Mary Etta BARTHOLOW on 15 Oct 1859 at Edinburg, Grundy Co., MO. Mary Etta´s parents were Daniel BARTHOLOW and Hannah WHIPPLE. I am researching the BARTHOLOW name. Can anyone help?
Nina Stanton
Quincy, CA 95971


Submitter: Mo Oliver O´Neil (
Date: 03 Feb 1999

Seeking info on Adeline Isabel OLIVER, m.Nov. 2,1860 to William Marion Lock(e),in Grundy Co.,Mo. Daughter of James OLIVER and Sarah CROW.


Surnames: CORBIN
Submitter: L. Mingo (
Date: 30 Jan 1999

I am looking for info on Roy CORBIN, b:1888, MO d: Sept 1968 Trenton, Grundy Co, MO. Anything about spouse, parents, siblings, or cousins.Thank-you


Surnames: BONDERER
Submitter: David A. Norris (
Date: 30 Jan 1999

Does anyone know anything about a short movie, with a cast of children from Trenton, that was filmed in a park in Trenton around 1937? My mother-in-law, then named Grace Bonderer, remembered auditioning for this in a basement somewhere in Trenton. The movie was made by an itinerant film company that apparently made these local in various towns and states. I have seen a similar movie that was made in Reidsville, NC, about 1939.

The plot of the movie involved a child being kidnapped, then being rescued by the children of the town. The rescue was possibly followed by a talent show, if it follows the model of the one made in North Carolina.

Our family would appreciate hearing from anyone who remembers this little movie being made. My mother-in-law´s family saw it in a theatre, but has never heard anything about it since. We´d love to get a copy of it, or possibly get a snapshot taken during the filming, or perhaps see a newspaper clipping about it. Thank you.
David A. Norris
Greenville, NC


Submitter: Karen Banner (
Date: 30 Jan 1999

GLEASON Adalaide was married to Daniel GLEASON and resided in Grundy co, where they are buried in the Fox Cemetery. Her daughter, Amanda MORRIS FRY is my ancestor; she is buried in Mercer co Mo. Adalaide was married to ? MORRIS. Who were Adalaide´s parents?


Submitter: Jackie Foster (
Date: 28 Jan 1999

Would like to hear from any one working on Wooldridge line in Grundy Co. Need marriage ca 1862 for William Stewart Wooldridge, born ky 1832, to Nancy Jane Gentry,born 1847 Mo.


Surnames: HATCHER
Submitter: Cary Clark (
Date: 27 Jan 1999

I am looking for information on James HATCHER, born 1850 in Sevier County, Tennessee, died 15 Jan 1910 in Galt, Grundy County, Missouri. James was the son of John HATCHER (b. 9 Oct 1821) and Aisley SMITH. Known siblings were Thomas, Martha Jane, Reuben, Nichols N., John J., Aaron, & Ely Oxley. I am interested in finding the wife of James and the names of his children. (I believe that one child is Elsie Rachel Hatcher.) Any information will be appreciated.


Submitter: Franki Clark Dickman (
Date: 27 Jan 1999

Looking for any information on surnames of CURTIS and WEAVER.

Seeking info on Joseph W. CURTIS who married Mary A. WEAVER on 08 Nov.1876 in Grundy County, Mo. If anyone has any info on either name pls e-mail me. Thanks. Franki


Submitter: Cheryl Fry (
Date: 26 Jan 1999

I am looking for any information about my Grandfather, James Franklin Middaugh, 1872-1941. He was born in Iowa, Page county, and died in Tindall, Mo. in 1941. He married Sarah Caroline Norris and they had two children, Earl aand Grace. His father was named John Middaugh,and he was a coal miner/farmer. His wife´s maiden name was Emry (EMERY?), and that´s all we know of her. Could some one search the 1940 census of Grundy County and see if James or Sarah are listed? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank You .
Cheryl Fry
331 E. Walsh
Montgomery City, Mo 63361


Submitter: Brent R. Anderson (
Date: 26 Jan 1999

I´m looking for information regarding Levi Monk and his family. He had a farm in Dunlap, Grundy County, ca. 1860-1900. He was born in New York sometime in the 1840s I believe. His second wife was Mary J. Walters (b. 29 Apr 1848 @ Table Grove, IL; d. 14 Feb 1928 at Dunlap). Mary Walters already had an illegitimate daughter named Geneva Walters (Geneva was Dunlap´s first telephone operator) when she and Levi were married. I´m looking for the parentage, birthplace , death info, etc. of Levi Monk. I also am looking for complete information on the children of Levi and Mary (they had four or five all born in Dunlap).


Surnames: SKINNER
Submitter: Peggy Dick (
Date: 23 Jan 1999

Searching for the children of Jesse Skinner who died in Perry Co OH before 1850. They moved either to Grundy or Livingston Co MO. The sons were said to have served in the Civil War. Names of the children were: James Skinner, Samuel Skinner, Oscar Skinner, Addison Skinner, Lucy Skinner and Fidelia Skinner. Any help would be appreciated.


Submitter: Clifford Flanary (
Date: 20 Jan 1999

My mother was born in Trenton in March, 1901. Her parents were Clifford E. Holmes and Flora E. Holmes (Payne). Flora´s father was Charles Seymour Payne, born 1850, probably Mo. I seek information on the Holmes and Payne line. I have unconfirmed info that Clifford´s father was Newton Holmes, probably from IA.


Submitter: Bernice Lea (
Date: 17 Jan 1999

Looking for any info pertaining to the names of Daly and Briscoe. Thomas Daly and Ellen Daly were married on Feb 12,1852-Morris,Grundy Co.They were my greatgrandparents.I do not know their parents names but the families came from Ireland. My grandmother Margaret Ellen Daly was born in Joliett and they later lived in Missouri, mainly in St Joseph or Kansas City. Any leads on these families would be greatly appreciated. I seem to have hit a brick wall! Thanks, Bernice


Surnames: BROWN
Submitter: Judy Reustle (
Date: 07 Jan 1999

Seeking information on household of Mary Brown listed 1860 Trenton Twsp, Grundy Co., including Isaac Brown, Reuben Brown and others. Reuben H. Brown enlisted 3rd Iowa Cavalry 15 Aug 1861 from Grundy Co. Discharged Atlanta, GA., 9 Aug 1865.

Reuben was born 1836 in Sangamon Co., IL; died 26 Mar 1923 in Coffeyville, Montgomery Co., KS. Have many photos of Reuben and descendants of 14 of his 16 children.


Submitter: Calista Dunham (
Date: 01 Jan 1999

Seeking information on James TUNNELL who married Pelina WINTERS. Had a daughter Nannie b 3 Dec 1853 in Grundy County and who married Harrison Knight and died 3 Dec 1941 at Milan, MO [Sullivan County-ed].


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