Queries from Grundy Gleanings-1997

The Grundy County Genealogical Society

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Trenton, MO 64683

Queries from Grundy Gleanings, Winter 1997

Seeking descendants of Nicholas DENNIS, who res in Galt, MO, until his death in 1933. He was b Bath Co, KY, son of Jesse and Rebecca FISHER DENNIS. He and brother John R. moved to Grundy Co from KY. Later moved to douglas Co; after death of John in 1910 he returned to Grundy Co with family and John´s widow and ch. Nicholas and w Nancy Ellen bur at West Galt Cem with son William and dau Nellie. He was survived by 4 dau: Lucy COX, Esther BROMENSCHINKEL, Stella MILLER, Alpha GASPERSON, and one son, Homer.
Carol Albrecht, 106 Marshall Av., West Branch, IA 52358
Seek info on desc of Mary Ann McCOY, b KY 1818, m Benjamin WIGGINS of Howard Co MO 1838, moved to Grundy Co 1847, had 2 ch: James, b 1848 and Mary E. (MURPHY) b 1850. Benjamin died enroute to CA in 1850. Mary Ann WIGGINS then m James R. MERRILL in 1852, had 3 ch: Salome S. (BEACH) b 1855, Isabell B. (HOFFMAN) b 1856 and John R. b 1860. John m Cora STEWART, had one ch: Olive Jeanette (ASHER) b 1885. John R. d 22 Dec 1942. Mary Ann McCOY WIGGINS MERRILL d 23 Jun 1887 and is bur in Trenton. Any info appreciated.
Harriet Murphy Awapara, 3424 Deal St., Houston, TX 77025
BRYANT Trying to locate info on Elvin Emmet BRYANT, b 26 Jul 1909 Trenton, MO. He was in the Coast Guard and d 29 Jan 1962 in New Orleans. Brother, Harold, b 5 Aug 1907. Any help appreciated.
Ronald G. Bryant, 2350 N. Dog River Dr., Mobile, AL 36605-2608
FLETCHER< Have a photo with the writing: " the C.H. Swallow Excursion Party in the Rio Grande Valley, TX, Aug 12, 1919. Photo taken at McAllen, TX." Probably 100 people in picture. Does anyone know if this group was from Grundy Co or where they came from? One family is Ven and Bash FLETCHER from Grundy Co. They were told they could buy cheap land and get rich, but the FLETCHERs did not buy land as it was very swampy.
Lucille Fletcher, 233 Hwy Y, Trenton, MO 64683
Would like to corres with desc of Joseph and Melissa SHERMAN YAKEY, m 1884 in Grundy Co. Melissa was dau of William Parkinson and Mary BROWN SHERMAN.
Eugene White, 837 NE Yucca Wy, Redmond, OR 97756
This is a correction of previous query
Seek info on William R. SHINN b ca 1866, son of Reuben and Mariah WOOD SHINN. William m Mrs. Della KIRKMAN JOHNSON 1899 in Trenton; had to stepch: Blanche and Bewel JOHNSON. Buell reg for draft in Grundy Co 1917. Did this fam group stay in Grundy Co area? Need death date/place for William and Della SHINN and any info on JOHNSON children.
Mary Ann Cole, 4818 24th Av., Kenosha, WI 53140-4950
Seek info on family of Joseph KEMP, who m Madora (Dora) SHINN, b 1856 Grundy Co, dau of Reuben and Mary Jane ATTERBURY SHINN. Joseph & Dora m 1872 in Carroll Co, MO and had one son, Oscar Kemp, b 1874. Cannot locate fam in MO after 1880. Did they migrate west?
Mary Ann Cole, 4818 24th Av., Kenosha, WI 53140-5940
Sophia E. GODDARD is mentioned in 1875 will of William G. SMITH. Is she dau of William G. SMITH?
William Martin SMITH, son of William G. b 27 Jan 1845, m 21 Dec 1882 Katie CLOUD in Grundy Co. Where did they go? A William SMITH was killed by falling rock in a coal mine, according to a Macon Co obit. Was this the son of William G. SMITH? Need any info.
Lois Shoupe, 7997 Meadow Vista Co, Reno, NV 89511
Researching my fam, who have a plot at Maple Grove Cem. Need names, dates and other info on PETERS, SMITH or other names in the plot. They include John Armour PETERS, d 19 Sep 1892, Louisa SMITH PETERS, d 28 Dec 1909, Anna Katherine PETERS WARNER, d 4 Aug 1935.
Beverly Pauly, 1516 Old Creek Ct., Cardiff, CA 92007
MAXSON< John Edgar MAXSON, his father and four brothers built their home near Brimson. John came from Weston, Lewis Co, WV and fought in the Union Army in the Civil War.
Harold L. Maxson, 1017 Oak Av., Duarte, CA 91010
Need info on Norris METCALF b England & d Grundy Co, and his wife Mary Jane CLAYPOOL, b NC & d Grundy Co. Their son William METCALF was b 1806 Rockcastle Co, KY; his wife, Elizabeth ELKINS, b 1811 Greenbriar Co, VA. Also need info on Thomas P. BRYANT, b 1759 near mouth of Potomac river, father of Thomas and James L. Which son had a dau named Elurnenetta, who was b 1830 in KY?
Robert B. Baldwin, 10318 St. Henry Ln, St. Ann, MO 63074-2711
Robert A. SMITH, b ca 1856 son of William G. SMITH, m 4 Sep 1877 in Grundy Co Polly GENTRY. Where did they go? A Macon Co obit reads " Robert SMITH of LaPlata MO 20 Jan 1899 of consumption. He leaves a wife and 4 children. He was a member of the C.P. Church. Funeral services at the M.F. Church in Sue City and interment in adjoining cemetery." Where is Sue City? Could this be Robert A. SMITH? If so, who are his children?
Lois Shoupe, 7997 Meadow Vista Co, Reno, NV 89511
JAMES Abner JAMES m Catherine SMITH 8 Feb 1824, Adair Co, KY. Alfred JAMES m her sister Ruth SMITH 17 Mar 1825 in Adair Co. Ruth & Catherine daus of Henry and Ruth SMITH and sisters of William G. SMITH. Does anyone have info on these two JAMES fams? Death dates? Complete lists of children? Wish to corres with any JAMES desc.
Lois Shoupe, 7997 Meadow Vista Ct, Reno, NV 89511
Would like death dates for my great aunts. In 1933 all lived in Galt, Grundy Co. They are Margaret W. EVANS, b 15 May 1855; Flora B. EVANS VAN HORNE, b 30 Nov 1850; and Ina EVANS, b 19 Apr 1862. Were there obits for their father, Gaines M. EVAND, d in Grundy Co (Dunlap?) 26 Apr 1867, of for their brother, Leander J. EVANS, d 5 Feb 1889 at Galt?
Vennon F. Palmer, 4583 W. 141 St., Hawthorne, CA 90250
TINCHER Does anyone have info on Andrew and Coriene TINCHER, parents of Jasper Napoleon TINCHER, b in Scottsville, MO 1877? Jasper went to Medicine Lodge, KS to live with his aunt and her husband, Lewis LEONARD, and later became an influential lawyer and politician. Have further info on Jasper´s life and career.
Gloria Carpenter, 3819 E. 28th St., Trenton, MO 64683

Queries from Grundy Gleanings, Fall 1997

Would like to corres. with descendants of Joseph and Melissa SHERMAN YAKEY, married 6 Sept 1884 in Johnson County. Melissa was dau of William Parkinson and Mary BROWN SHERMAN.
Eugene White, 837 NE Yucca Way, Redmond, OR 97756
Seeking RILEY fam descendants with ties to southern IA and north MO. Particularly looking for George, Hemburn, William, Richard, Robert, Jackson, Armilda (Milter) J RILEY and Rachel RILEY STRICKLAND, b Pickaway Co, OH between 1817 and 1837 and moved to so. IA between 1837 and 1858.
Betty J. Hootman, 601 Skyline Dr., Brookfield, MO 64628
Researching several Grundy Co. fams: Zachariah and Elma CULVER ARMSTRONG; Albert W. and Elizabeth A. MITCHELL CULVER; Peter and Edna FOSTER ARMBRUSTER; Alva (Jack) and Ellen ARMBRUSTER STEVENS; Buck STEVENS; Arthur L. CUNNINGHAM, Hester E. ARMSTRONG and Velma COURTNEY. Would appreciate any info on any of these names.
Margaret Slote, 213 Cedar, Bonner Springs, KS 66012
Would like to corres. with any descendants of Samuel Patton SPEER, son of Robert E. and Margaret (Peggy) KELSO SPEER, or any other members of the SPEER fam. He was b 21 Feb 1846 and d 27 Dec 1937, bur in Roseland K of P Cem, Trenton. He married Amanda Jane TRAVIS of Bethany, and they had four children: Elmer, 1863-1908; George E., 1 Dec 1874-25 Jul 1964, bur Roselawn Cem; Ed; and Belle, m ? DENBO (had two sons, Morris and Hugh). Samuel had a sister, Nancy D. (Sis), b ca 1843, m Thomas ALEXANDER, and a brother, Robert E., b Nov 1849, d 1936, m Sarah.
Anna L. Mack Martin, 11205 E. 39th Lane, Yuma, AZ 85367-7647
Thomas MARRS & Mille Ann RUNYON migrated to Grundy County from Tazewell County, VA. Their son Rufus Regan MARRS m Mary Ann Virginia BUSHONG. Rufus & family went to Nebraska ca 1885 on MARRS-TABOR wagon train with uncle Wesley Price MARRS & others. Seek death record for Mille Ann RUNYON MARRS, as well as info on her parents, siblings, etc. Any help greatly appreciated.
Sandra Sanchez, 3131 Logan Ranch Rd., Georgetown, TX 78628
Seek info on g-gfather Robert MURPHY, b VA 1801, pioneer to Richland Co, OH, & wife Mary, b OH 1818. Ch: John B., b 1832; David, b 1833; mary, b 1835; Amanda, b 1836; Columbus, b 1837; Thomas Austin (my gfather), b 1841; Ann, b 1843; Benjamin F., b 1846; Louise, b 1847; William, b 1853; Laura, b 1856. Thomas Austin & Benjamin were Civil War vets. Some of fam moved to Trenton in 1869, where Thomas Austin m Mary E. WIGGINS (in 1880 census ages 79 & 61), may have d near Tindall. Where bur? John B. & David raised fams in Grundy Co. David d 1897, bur Maple Grove Cem. Any info greatly appreciated.
Harriet Murphy Awapara, 3426 Deal St., Houston, TX 77025 e-mail:jawapara@ruf.rice.edu
Looking for info on TITSWORTH family in MO. Isaac TITSWORTH came to northern MO from IN sometime ca 1865, lived in Grundy Co in 1870. Any info greatly appreciated. Also researching BLANCHARD family. Charles, b 21 Aug 1824 OH, d 22 jan 1902 Grundy Co, MO, m ca 1856 in Adair Co MO, Catherine NEFF, b 19 Feb 1834 OH/PA or Germany, d 23 apr 1909 in Grundy Co. Ch: Mahala J, b ca 1857 MO, m Andrew M. THORNBERRY 31 Aug 1879 Livingston Co.; Margaret L., b ca 1865 MO, m William S. TITSWORTH 17 Oct 1885 Grundy Co; Asa, b ca 1868 MO; Mary, b ca 1873 MO; Lemuel, b 1877 MO.
Kerry Kirk; e-mail:sleuth@mailbox.com or KKirk@kih.net
My gfa, Howard Edward DENNIS, b 15 Feb 1893, son of John R. and Sarah BECRAFT DENNIS. Sarah d age 37, bur Stepp Cem along with 2 sisters and a brother. John R. DENNIS remarried Adaline HUGHES; she is bur in Trenton. Ch from 1st marriage: Cordelia; Maggie; Mae; Charlie; John Austin; Rebecca Ellen, who m Burt LITTRELL. Some ch from 2nd marriage: Lillian, Meta, Elizabeth, Goldie, Edgar Dane, Lafe or Lafayette. Will share info.
Carol Albrecht, 106 Marshall Ave., West Branch, IA 52358; e-mail: or
Need info on Alexander LA COUNT, b ca 1797, who purchased land in Grundy Co. on 15 Apr 1851 from William HARVEY. What happened to Alexander?
Sharron Ashton; e-mail:
THRAILKILL Seek info on John THRAILKILL, early settler in Grundy Co. Need parents, wife & children.
John R. Elliott, 715 Wanaao Pl, Kailua, HI 96734

Queries from Grundy Gleanings, Summer 1997

FLETCHER Would like to find descendants of Thomas FLETCHER, b in England 1856, came to America ca 1857 with parents Benjamin and Anna FLETCHER. Family lived near Trenton, MO, also TX, South MO, Canada, NY, and possibly OH.
Lucille Fletcher, 223 Hwy Y, Trenton, MO 64683
Seek anything on Frederick LAMP and wife Mary Christiniana KUNTZ, both b in Bavaria, Germany, lived in Grundy Co. 1856-1860 and after 1870. Marr in Tuscarawas Co, OH 1844, they had these ch: Charlotte, b 1844; Jacob, b 1845; Frederick, b 1847; Samuel, b 1849; Sarah (Sallie), b 1851; Susanna, b 1873; Charles, b 1855.
Sarah E. Lamp Howe, Rt. 1 Box 15, Meadville, MO 53559

Queries from Grundy Gleanings, Spring 1997

I am researching my ancestors who came to Missouri by 1850: McLEY, HUGHS/HUGHES and ARNEY. Would like to correspond with anyone with info on these families.
Carol L. Gregory, 6672 Milhaven Dr., Mission, KS 66202-4212
SMITH Researching SMITH family of Grundy Co. William Green SMITH, born 1803 NC, died 1875 Grundy Co, had 20 known children, most of whom lived in Grundy Co. Children I need info on are: Valentine G., died Alton prison during Civil War; Robert A., born ca 1856 MO, married Polly GENTRY; Benjamin F., born ca 1861 MO, married Mollie HAMILTON; Ruth Ann, born 1825 MO, married West WALKER; Cynthia, born 1843, died 1910 in Grundy Co, married FLECK/FLAKE; Lena Leola, born MO, married 1877 Benjamin SPERRY; Sophie, married GODDARD; William Martin, born ca 1856, married Katie CLOUD. Wish to correspond with any descendant of William G. SMITH, but especially need info on descendants of those listed above.
Lois Shoupe, 7997 Meadow Vista Ct, Reno, NV 89511
"Daviess County, Indiana" Would like info on any individuals or families who moved from Daviess Co, IN area to Grundy or Sullivan Counties, MO 1850-1870.
Gloria Carpenter, 3819 E. 28th St., Trenton, MO 64683
Would like to locate Jaunita KARST, researcher of the Joseph ROOKS family of Kentucky and Lindley and Galt in Grundy County. Need permission to print materials submitted for files in Jewett Norris Library.
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