Don’t Miss the Code — Read / Photocopy Preface

Do you ever get in such a hurry doing research that you miss something important? That is usually my issue. I am trying to make myself slow down and record all of the information needed for a citation. However, during a recent research trip, I didn’t follow one of Michael John Neill’s tips: Read the Preface.

Because I didn’t read the preface or truly study one of the sources I used, I did not realize that the entries incorporated a code for the bibliography citations. As a result, I didn’t photocopy the introductory pages that decoded the citations.

Early Settlers of Gentry County, Missouri
Biographical Data
Researched Material Relative to Early Settlers of Gentry County, Missouri
1876 to early 1888

Researched by Carmeta Pierce obertson
Ancestor Lore
Ozark MO
997

Publisher
Carmeta (Pierce) Robertson
Ozark, Mo 65721-7518

Page 50


Crawford, Benjamin, young man
B: Gentry Co, MO, ca1858 D: Gentry CO, MO, 1880
PAS: George W. and Elizabeth (Wheeler) Crawford
Int: Cem, Gentry CO, MO
SUR: PAS: Mr. and Mrs. George Whitley Crawford, Gentry CO, MO
Siblings: Sophia Crawford (M. Mr. ? Pryor), Gentry CO, MO
Martha Crawford (M Mr. ? Shultz) Gentry CO, MO
James A. Crawford, to Oklahoma
Isaac N. Crawford, Gentry CO, MO
Ulysses S. Crawford (M Olive Sarah Trower), Gentry CO, MO
Anna Crawford (M Mr. ? Groomer), Gentry CO, MO
Miriam Crawford (M F. D. Gist), Gentry CO, MO
Margaret “Ceni” Crawford (M A. W. Gartin), Gentry CO, MO
Lueva “Lou” Crawford (M Wm. A. Patton), Gentry CO MO
Alverda \ Alberta Crawford (died at age 8 months)
Elsie Crawford (M 1) George Washington Gist 2) Joseph Baldock), Gentry CO, MO
GCMO Census 1870 & 1880, Miller Twp (Benjamin not listed in 1880);
McCammon, pp. 842-43; Goble, p 61

page 72

Crawford, William, husband of Julia A. (Williams) Crawford
B: KY, about 1836 D: ?Howard CO, MO, Mar 21, 1881
PAS: ? William and Nancy (?) Crawford
Sur: Widow: Mrs. Julia A. (Williams) Crawford
Ch: John Crawford, Vandalia, MO
G. T. Crawford, Fayette, MO
Dr William E. Crawford, Council Grove, KS
Jefferson D. Crawford (M Avis Clark, daughter of Joseph Silas and Martha Jane (Robertson) Clark)
Mrs. Enoch (Cleora) Brewer, McFall, MO
Mr. Crawford was a farmer and stockman and came to Howard CO, MO in
1880. Other children listed are: Margaret, Jaems, Chester, Dr.
Charles L. and Pauline Abigail Crawford, all deceased by 1922 when
McCammon was published.
GCMO Census, 1850, household #154; McCammon, pp 645-46

Page 98 – continued on page 99

Pryor, Sophia, wife of William Milton Pryor (M Gentry Co, MO, 1871)
B: Gentry CO, MO, sep 10, 1853 D: Gentry CO, MO, Apr 19, 1882/1883
PAS: George W. and Elizabeth (Wheeler) Crawford
Int: Old Friendship Cem. Gentryville, MO
p. 99
Sur: Husband: William Milton Pror, Gentry CO, MO
PAS: Mr. and Mrs. George W. Crawford, Gentryville, MO
Siblings: Martha Crawford
Benjamin Crawford
James A Crawford
I. N. Crawford
Miriam Crawford (M F. D. Gist), Gentry CO, MO
Cenia Crawford (M A. W. Garton\Gartin), Gentry CO, MO
Lou E. Crawford (M Wm. Alexander Patton), Gentry CO, MO
Ulysses S. Crawford (M. Olive Trower), Gentry CO, MO
William Milton’s parents were John and Miriam (?) Pryor.
McCammon, p 842; AL, Oct 1936; Old Friendship Cem Record

Since the above information was pulled from other sources, I need to find those sources. This is where that photocopy of the ‘code’ would have come in handy!

McCammon
AL
Old Friendship Cem Record
GCMO Census
Goble

GCMO likely stands for Gentry County Missouri census records, which I’ve already used. I was able to use Google to figure out that McCammon was a reference to the History of Davies County (Missouri) which I was able to find on Archives.org. I’m guessing that AL might refer to a periodical or journal since the note includes a month and year. Unfortunately, I don’t know what periodical or journal. And the ‘Goble’ citation is a complete mystery.

Since I was able to figure out the McCammon citations, I was able to locate the information in that source.

McCammon – History of Davies County
on archive.org – https://archive.org/details/historyofdaviess00leop/page/842

page 842

William A. Patton was married April 10, 1890, to Lou E. Crawford,
a daughter of George W. and Elizabeth (Wheeler) Crawford. Mrs.
Crawford was born in Kentucky in 1833, the daughter of Benjamin
Wheeler, a Baptist minister of the pioneer days who would never accept
a state salary for preaching. He was a well known man of his time.
Mrs. Crawford is now living in Miller Township at the age of 88 years.
George W. Crawford, an early settler of Miller Township, owned 260
acres of land at the time of his death in 1889. His remains are buried in
Old Friendship Cemetery. To the union of George W. and Elizabeth
(Wheeler) Crawford the following children were born: Sophia, married
William Pryor and died in 1882; Martha, deceased was married to

page 843

Lewis Shultz; Benjamin, died at the age of 24 years; James A., now liv-
in in Oklahoma; I. N., living in California; Miriam, deceased, was the
wife of F. D. Gist; Elsie, the widow of G. W. Gist of Miller Township
Cenia, married to A. W. Garton of Miller Township; Pou E., now Mrs.
Patton; and U.S., living in Miller Township.
Mr. and Mrs. Patton have 11 children as follows: Edith I, the wife
of V. C. Humphrey of Defiance, Okla.; Walter V., mentioned later: Jen-
nie, lives in Columbia where she is married to Paul E. Turner, a World
War veteran who served overseas and was wounded while in service;
Anna C., the wife of Marion Christie of Harrison County; Homer C., now
living in Montana; W. A., at home; Ruth, a teacher at McFall; Rose,
was a student in the King City High School for three years, graduated at
Palmer College, and is now at home; Hugh, a student in the McFall
High School; Louise, at home; and Charles, at home. Walter V. Patton
enlisted for service in the World War in September, 1917, and was com-
missioned second lieutenant at Camp Taylor, Aug. 1, 1918. He helped
train the rcruits at Fort Sill and remained there until he was mustered
out of service, Dec. 20, 1918. He is now living in Montana.

McCammon – History of Davies County

page 645

Mr. (Enoch) Brewer was married to Cleora Crawford, a native
of Fayette, Howard County, Missouri. She was educated in high school
and the Stanberry Normal school and was successfully engaged in teach-
ing for 13 years before her marriage, having taught in Kansas and Gen-
tryville and McFall. Mrs. Brewer is a daughter of William and Julia A.
(Williams) Crawford both natives of Kentucky. William Crawford
came to Missouri in 1880 and settled in Howard County where he was
engaged in farming and stock raising and was an extensive land owner.

page 646

He was a Democrat and a member of the Christian Church. He died
March 2, 1881, and his wife died June 1, 1891. There were the parents
of the following children: Margaret, James, Chester, Dr. Charles L.,
and Pauline Abigail, all of whom are deceased; G. T. a farmer and
stock raiser, Fayette, Mo.; Dr. William E., a physician and surgeon,
Council Grove, Kan.; John, a farmer and stockman, Vandalia, Mo.; and
Jefferson D., a salesman. To Mr. and Mrs. Brewer has been born one
child, Benjamin, born Nov. 12, 1907, a student in the public schools.

This isn’t the first time I’ve forgotten to copy key information from a source. Hopefully, I’ve learned my lesson.

Eliza Part 2

As discussed in my recent post, Duplicate or Different, I followed up on a ‘notice of change’ message to discover two Eliza Van Valkenbergs on Family Search. By looking at the differences between the two women, I discovered some clues that led to more information in Eliza.

One of those clues was the differing death dates for Eliza. In one case, the death date was given as between 1920 and 1930. I’m sure this was due to not finding Eliza in records.

The other Eliza had a death date of 1943 listed. Knowing that Eliza had been married several times, I suspected that a different surname was contributing to the difficulty in finding records. When I searched Newspapers.com for the term Eliza in 1943 in St. Joseph, Missouri, I found a notice of her death.

Since Eliza died in Missouri, I then checked for a Missouri death certificate.

Both of these documents contain clues that connect Honora Eliza Schleininger to Eliza Huntchinson Phay. First is her maiden name: Van Valkenburg. The marriage record for Eliza and Albert Hutchinson gives Eliza’s name as Eliza Van Valkenberg.

Albert Hutchinson’s entry on the 1895 census in Doniphan County, Kansas includes an Eliza Hutchinson along with a Howard Nolan and a Peter Nolan. One of the affidavit’s by Eliza Phay in the pension application file for Elmer Hutchinson states that Eliza was married to Henry Nouland prior to her marriage to Albert Hutchinson.

Thus, when the obituary identifies Peter Nolan as the son of Eliza Schleininger, it provides another clue connecting Eliza Schleininger to the Eliza that married Albert Hutchinson.

The other clue obtained from FamilySearch was not only the year of death (1927) for Elmer Elsworth Hutchinson but also the comment in the change log that his cousins caused his death. Those two pieces of information led me to Newspapers.com. I wasn’t able to find anything in 1927 but I did find information regarding his death, including the funeral notice in the 30 Aug 1926 issue of the St. Joseph Gazette.

Based on the information found in these records, I concluded that these ‘duplicate’ people were actually the same individuals. Thus, I added sources and then merged the duplicates.

I’m thankful for the nudge to do further research and the hints found on FamilySearch. I hope that others who follow Eliza Van Valkenberg and Elmer Hutchinson will find this work useful.

Duplicate or Different

Do you ever check out someone else’s tree to see if they have something that disagrees with what you have? I know I’m usually looking for confirmation, but I appreciate seeing conflicting information. That conflicting information makes me re-look at what I have and to look harder for additional sources to support what I have.

That’s likely one of the reasons I work with the tree on FamilySearch. On this tree, I can look at the changes made to an individual. If those changes differ from information I have compiled, I can message the user making the changes and/or post a discussion about the change.

Thus, I utilize the ‘watch’ button to mark individuals I’m researching. Not only have I marked my ancestors to ‘watch’ but I’ve also marked other individuals in my research that I’m having trouble finding sources. Each week, I get notified of changes to those ‘watched’ individuals.

This morning’s notification list included Eliza Honor Van Valkenburg, the second wife of my ancestor, Albert J Hutchinson. That’s when I discovered that there are TWO of them in the Family Search tree.

Since I haven’t found birth or death information for her, I have no idea which  Honor Van Valkenburg is the correct one. However, I do believe that these are the same women and that they are the same person I have in my database as Eliza Honor Van Valkenberg.

Unfortunately, Eliza (or Honor Eliza) may have been married multiple times. Thus, it becomes difficult to locate information for her since her name changes constantly.

Eliza Phay applied for a pension for her minor son, Elmer E. Hutchinson, based on the service of Albert Hutchinson. This file contains information that helps in identifying some of these marriages. In an affidavit by Eliza Phay dated July, 17, 1913, Eliza Phay states she was married to Henry Nouland prior to her marriage to Albert Hutchinson.

Honor L Vanvolkenberg was married to Henry H Nolen on 25 March 1885 in Doniphan County, Kansas.

In 1893, Miss Eliza Valkenburgh married Albert Hutchinson. The marriage took place August 8, 1893 in Buchanan County, Missouri.

The 1895 Kansas census for Doniphan County shows the family of Albert Hutchinson. Listed in the household are Eliza Hutchison, Howard Noland and Peter Noland.

In 1898, Mrs. Honor E Hutchens married Samuel King in Buchanan County, Missouri.

On 7 August 1900, Mrs. Eliza Nolan was married to John McColgin.

On 23 May 1906, Mrs Eliza McColgin married Osceola Phay.

In 1910, Eliza Phay was listed in the household of Osceola Phay on the census for Buchanan County, Missouri. Also listed in the household was 13 year old Elmer Hutchinson along with Howard Nolan and Peter Nolan.

The family of Osceola Phay and Eliza, his wife is found on the 1920 census living in St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri. Also listed in the household was a son, —– Elmer. 

In the fall of 1923, Oceola Phay petitioned for divorce from his wife,  Eliza. According to the 6 Oct 1923 issue of the St. Joseph Gazette (St. Joseph, Missouri), the divorce was granted by Judge Utz.

The divorce of Oceola and Eliza would explain why records for Eliza are difficult to find after 1923. Since no one has shared a source for her death, it is difficult to determine when she died and thus difficult to determine which Eliza Van Valkenberg is the correct one.

William Crawford

1.     William Crawford was born on 28 Apr 1784 in Kentucky, United States.12 He was the child of James and Rebecca (Anderson) Crawford .3
On 14 Oct 1811 in Jefferson, Indiana, United States.4 William and Isaac Crawford, assignee of James Crawford, made full payment for the North East quarter of section twenty of Township four in Range 10 East as tenants in common on 15 Apr 1815 in Jeffersonville, Clark, Indiana, United States.5 He lived in Jefferson, Indiana, United States in 1820.6
In 1843–1850 he was a Justice of the Peace in St. Francois, Missouri, United States.79 William lived at District 80 in St. Francois, Missouri Territory on 7 Oct 1850.10

He died on 3 Apr 1864 at the age of 79.1 William was buried in Andersonville National Cemetery, Macon County, Georgia.1
William Crawford and Elizabeth Davis were married on 28 Apr 1804 in Garrard, Kentucky, United States.1113Elizabeth Davis14 was born about 1785 in Virginia, United States.14 She lived in St. Francois, Missouri Territory in 1850.15 William Crawford and Elizabeth Davis had the following children:

11. Milly Crawford16 was born in 1816 in Indiana.16 She died in 1849 at the age of 33 in St. Francois, Missouri, United States.
Milly Crawford and John Douglass were married on 23 Apr 1830 in Decatur, Indiana, United States.1718John Douglass17 was born (date unknown).

12. Davis M Crawford16 was born in 1807 in Kentucky, United States.16,19 He lived in Decatur, Indiana, United States in 1840.20 He lived at District 80 in St. Francois, Missouri, United States in 1850.21 Davis died on 9 Dec 1863 at the age of 56 in St. Francois, Missouri, United States.16
Davis M Crawford and Grace Forsyth were married on 30 Mar 1833 in Decatur, Indiana, United States.19,2225Grace Forsyth26 was born in 1814.19 She lived in St. Francois, Missouri, United States in 1850.27 She died in 1890 at the age of 76.19

13. Anderson D Crawford16 was born in 1808 in Kentucky, United States.16 He lived in St. Francois, Missouri, United States in 1850.28 He lived in Liberty, St. Francois, Missouri in 1860.29 Anderson died on 29 Oct 1862 at the age of 54 in Pendleton Township, St. Francis, Missouri.16
Anderson D Crawford and Ann Crawford were married on 22 Jan 1837 in Decatur, Indiana, United States. Ann Crawford3234 died before 1845.
Anderson D Crawford and Nancy Ann Cartee were married on 24 Jul 1845 in St. Francois, Missouri, United States.8,3031Nancy Ann Cartee lived in St. Francois, Missouri, United States in 1850.28 She lived in Liberty Township, St. Francois, Missouri, United States in 1860.29

14. Ann B Crawford16 was born in 1813 in Indiana.16 She lived in St. Francois, Missouri, United States in 1850.35 She died in St. Francois, Missouri, United States.16
Ann B Crawford and James Cartee were married on 2 Dec 1841 in St. Francois, Missouri, United States.3639James Cartee lived in St. Francois, Missouri, United States in 1850.35

15. James Crawford14 was born on 25 Aug 1819 in Indiana, United States.14,4041 He lived at District 80 in St. Francois, Missouri, United States on 7 Oct 1850.42 He died on 27 Dec 1859 at the age of 40 in St. Francois, Missouri, United States.40 James lived in Liberty Township, St. Francois, Missouri, United States in 1860.43 He was buried in Doe Run, St. Francois, Missouri, United States.40
James Crawford and Isabella Cartee were married on 30 Sep 1847 in St. Francois, Missouri, United States.7,4447Isabella Cartee14 was born on 1 Oct 1828 in St. Francois, Missouri, United States.14,48 She lived in St. Francois, Missouri Territory on 8 Oct 1850.42 She lived in Liberty Township, St. Francois, Missouri, United States in 1860.43 Isabella died on 11 Aug 1894 at the age of 65 in St. Francois, Missouri, United States.48 She was buried in Doe Run, St. Francois, Missouri, United States.48

16. John Maxwell Crawford16 was born on 27 Jun 1822 in Frontenac, Ontario, Canada.49 He lived at District 80 in St. Francois, Missouri, United States in 1850.50 He lived in Liberty Township, St. Francois, Missouri, United States in 1860.51 John enlisted in the military serving as a Corporal in Company C 33rd Missouri Infantry on 9 Aug 1862 in St. Francois, Missouri Territory.52 He lived in Pendleton Township, St. Francois, Missouri, United States in 1870.53 He lived in Pendleton Township, St. Francis, Missouri in 1880.54 John died on 31 Jul 1917 at the age of 95 in Doe Run, St. Francois, Missouri, United States.49
John Maxwell Crawford and Rebeccah Cartee were married on 5 Jan 1843 in St. Francois, Missouri, United States.5557Rebeccah Cartee57 was born about 1823 in Missouri, United States.50 She lived in St. Francois, Missouri, United States in 1850.50 She lived in Liberty Township, St. Francois, Missouri, United States in 1860.51 Rebeccah lived in Pendleton Township, St. Francis, Missouri in 1870.53 She lived in Pendleton Township, St. Francis, Missouri in 1880.54

17. Elizabeth Jane Crawford16 was born before 1811 in Indiana, United States.16 She died before 1848 at the age of 37.
Elizabeth Jane Crawford and Moses Cartee were married on 4 Jan 1843 in St. Francois, Missouri, United States.5861Moses Cartee was born (date unknown).

18. Isaac Crawford14 was born about 1827 in Indiana, United States.14 He lived in St. Francois, Missouri, United States on 8 Oct 1850.42 He registered for the military draft  in Dec 1863 in Pendleton Township, St. Francis, Missouri.62
Isaac Crawford and Manervia Ross were married on 9 Oct 1850 in St. Francois, Missouri, United States.9,6364

Sources:

        1. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online August 2016), memorial for Pvt. William Crawford (1784-1864), Find a Grave Memorial no. #41330733, created by Tombstoner, citing Andersonville National Cemetery, Macon County, Georgia;, William Crawford.        

2. Mary Hedges Reiner, compiler, Oregon State Roster of Ancestor DAR 1963 (Portland, Oregon: 1929), p. 84; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online April 2017.        

3. Florence Wilson Houston, Maxwell History and Genealogy (Indianapolis, IN: Press of C. E. Pauley & Co., 1916), p. 255; digitized copy, Internet Archive (https://archive.org/details/maxwellhistoryge00hous : downloaded copy May 2019.        

4. , , , (Crawford.IN.074).        

5. United States Bureau of Land Management, “General Land Office Records,” database with images, BLM.Gov (http://glorecords.blm.gov : viewed online April 2019), James Crawford.        

6. 1820 U.S. Census, Jefferson County, Indiana, population schedule, Jefferson County, Indiana, image 25 of 47, Isaac Crawford; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online August 2016); NARA microfilm publication M33.        

7. Marriage license record, vol. 1-2 1836-1876 St. Francois County Missouri, image 75 of 343 – James Crawford – ISabella Carter, 30 Dec 1847; digital image, FamilySearch.org http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online July 2017. Original Source: St. Francois County Court House.        

8. Marriage license record, vol. 1-2 1836-1876 St. Francois County Missouri, Anderson Crawford, 14 Aug 1845; .        

9. “Missouri, Compiled Marriages, 1754-1850,” Ancestry.com, (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (July 2019), Isaac Crawford.        

10. 1850 U.S. Census, St. Francois County, Missouri, population schedule, District No 80, St. Francois County, Missouri, page 387, dwelling 580, William E Crawford; digital image, Ancestry.com (ancestry.com : viewed online April 2019); NARA M432.        

11. “Kentucky, Compiled Marriages, 1802-1850,” database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online April 2017), William Crawford – Betsy Davis.        

12. Garrard County, Kentucky, Register 1797-1853, William Crawford, 28 Apr 1804; database with images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online April 2019.https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L9SQ-1JZB?i=14&cc=1804888.        

13. Kentucky, County Marriages, 1783-1965, Garrard, Kentucky, William Crawford – Betsy Davis, 28 Apr 1804; database with images, Ancestry.com http://www.ancestry.com . viewed online April 2019.        

14. 1850 U.S. Census, St. Francois County, Missouri, population schedule, District 80, St. Francois County, Missouri, page 194 (image 85 of 103), household 280, William E. Crawford.        

15. 1850 U.S. Census, Decatur County, Indiana, population schedule, Clay Township, Decatur County, Indiana, image 44, household 318, Cynthia Crafton; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online April 2017); NARA microfilm publication M432.        

16. “Ancestry Family Tree”, family tree, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2019), “Worth Family Tree,” John Maxwell Crawford; submitted by Marion Worth, [contact information for private use].        

17. “Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941,” Ancestry.com,  (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (July 2019), John Douglass – Milly Crawford.        

18. Indiana, Decatur. Marriage Records, v. B 3 Nov 1829 – 14 Jan 1834.  Film #1516965 DGS 4170593. John Douglas – Milly Crawford, 23 April 1830 digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online July 2019.        

19. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online July 2019), memorial for Davis M Crawford (1807-1863), Find a Grave Memorial no. #149435576,        

20. 1840 U.S. Census, Decatur County, Indiana, population schedule, Decatur County, Indiana, page 379, line 16, Crawford D M; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2019).        

21. 1850 U.S. Census, St. Francois County, Missouri, population schedule, District No 80, St. Francois County, Missouri, image 24 of 103, family 159, Davis M Crawford.        

22. “Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941,” Davis M. Crawford.        

23. “Indiana, Compiled Marriages, 1802-1850,” database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2019), Davis M Crawford.        

24. Dodd, Jordan, “Indiana, Compiled Marriage Index, 1802-1892,” Ancestry.com,  (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (July 2019), Davis M. Crawford.        

25. “Indiana, Marraiges, 1810-2001,” database, Ancestry, (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2019), Davis M Crawford.        

26. Indiana, Decatur. Marriage Records, v. B 3 Nov 1829 – 14 Jan 1834, Davis Crawford, 30 Mar 1833; .        

27. 1850 U.S. Census, St. Francois County, Missouri, population schedule, District 80, Decatur County, Missouri, image 24, family 159, Davis M Crawford.        

28. 1850 U.S. Census, St. Francois County, Missouri, population schedule, District No. 80, St. Francois County, Missouri, page 163, family 155, Anderson Crawford.        

29. 1860 U.S. Census, St. Francois County, Missouri, population schedule, Liberty Township, St. Francois County, Missouri, page 70, family 454, Anderson Crawford; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2019).        

30. “Missouri, Compiled Marriages, 1754-1850,” Anderson Crawford.        

31. “Missouri, Compiled Marriages, 1766-1983,” Ancestry.com,  (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (July 2019), Anderson Crawford.        

32. Dodd, Jordan, “Indiana, Compiled Marriage Index, 1802-1892,” Anderson Crawford.        

33. “Indiana, Compiled Marriages, 1802-1850,” database Anderson Crawford – Ann Crawford.        

34. “Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941,” Anderson Crawford.        

35. 1850 U.S. Census, St. Francois County, Missouri, population schedule, Division 80, St. Francois County, Missouri, page 194, family 572, James Cartee.        

36. Missouri, St. Francois. Marriage license record, vol. 1-2 1836-1876.  Film #914393 DGS 7578667. James Cartee – Ann Crawford, 2 Dec 1841 vol. 1: p. 46; digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online July 2019.        

37. “Missouri, Compiled Marriages, 1754-1850,” Ann Crawford.        

38. Woodruff Howard W, Marriage Records, St. Francois County, Missouri: Book “A” and “B,” 1836-1866 (Kansas City, MO: Mrs. H. W. Woodruff, 1970), page 6; digitized copy, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2019.        

39. “Missouri, Compiled Marriages, 1766-1983,” Ann Crawford.        

40. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online July 2017), memorial for James W. Crawford (1819-1859), Find a Grave Memorial no. #8062129,        

41. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online July 2019), memorial for James W Crawford (1819-1859), Find a Grave Memorial no. #8062129,        

42. 1850 U.S. Census, St. Francois County, Missouri, population schedule, District 80, St. Francois County, Missouri, page 194 (image 85 of 103), family 573, William E. Crawford.        

43. 1860 U.S. Census, St. Francois County, Missouri, population schedule, Liberty Township, St. Francois County, Missouri, page 70, family 458, James M Crawford.        

44. “Missouri, Compiled Marriages, 1754-1850,” James Crawford – Isabella Carter.        

45. “Missouri, Compiled Marriages, 1766-1983,” James Crawford – Isabella Carter.        

46. Woodruff Mrs. Howard, Marriage Records St. Francois County, Missouri: Book “A” & “B” 1836-1866 (n.d.), p. 13; digital image, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : viewed online July 2017.        

47. “Missouri, Compiled Marriages, 1766-1983,” Ancestry.com James Crawford.        

48. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online July 2017), memorial for Isabell Cartee Crawford (1828-1894), Find a Grave Memorial no. #8062144,        

49. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online July 2019), memorial for John Maxwell Crawford (1822-1917), Find a Grave Memorial no. #23117401,        

50. 1850 U.S. Census, St. Francois County, Missouri, population schedule, District 80, St. Francois County, Missouri, page 194, family 595, John M Crawford.        

51. 1860 U.S. Census, St. Francois County, Missouri, population schedule, Liberty Township, St. Francois County, Missouri, page 70, family 456, John Crawford.        

52. 1890 Veterans Schedule, Saint Francois County, Missouri, Veteran’s Schedule, Pendleton Township, St. Francois County, MO, ED 195, page 4, line 48, John M Crawford; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2019).        

53. 1870 U.S. Census, St. Francois County, Missouri, population schedule, Pendleton Township, St. Francois County, Missouri, page 17, family 123, Crawford John; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2019).        

54. 1880 U.S. Census, St. Francois County, Missouri, population schedule, Pendleton Township, St. Francois County, MO, ED 128, Page 17, family 142, Crawford Jno M; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2019).        

55. “Missouri, Compiled Marriages, 1754-1850,” John Maxwell Crawford.        

56. “Missouri, Compiled Marriages, 1766-1983,” John Maxwell Crawford.        

57. Marriage license record, vol. 1-2 1836-1876 St. Francois County Missouri, John Maxwell Crawford, 5 Jan 1843; .        

58. Missouri, St. Francois. Marriage license record, vol. 1-2 1836-1876, Eliza Jane Crawford, 4 Jan 1843; .        

59. Missouri, Missouri, Marriage Records, 1805-2002, Eliza Jane Crawford, 4 Jan 1843; digital image, Ancestry.com http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2019.        

60. “Missouri, Compiled Marriages, 1754-1850,” Elizabeth Jane Crawford.        

61. “Missouri, Compiled Marriages, 1766-1983,” Elizabeth Jane Crawford.        

62. “U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865,”Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com:  accessed July 2019), card for Isaac Crawford, St. Francis County, Missouri; citing Consolidated Lists of Civil War Draft Registrations, 1863-1865, NM-65.        

63. “Missouri, Compiled Marriages, 1766-1983,” Isaac Crawford.        

64. Marriage license record, vol. 1-2 1836-1876 St. Francois County Missouri, Isaac Crawford, 9 Oct 1850.

Finding the Daughters

Have you ever tried to piece a family together without the aide of a document identifying children. That’s what I’m trying to do with William E. Crawford, son of James and Rebecca (Anderson) Crawford.

I’m using public member trees on Ancestry and the family on the FamilySearch tree as clues. Then I’m trying to find records to support the relationships.

Based on these trees, I think William E. and Elizabeth (Davis) Crawford had three daughters: Milly Crawford, Ann B. Crawford and Elizabeth Jane Crawford.

I believe I have found marriage records that may be for these three daughters.

Milly Crawford married John Douglas on 23 April 1830 in Decatur County, Indiana.

Film #004170593 (Decatur County, Indiana Marriage Records vol. B 1829-1834)
image 138
page 26

I do certify that I joined together n the holy
state of matrimony John Douglas and Milly
Crawford given under my hand this 23 of April
1830
David Douglas Elder Church of Christ

Ann Crawford married James Cartee on 2 Dec 1841 in St. Francois County, Missouri.

Image 48 of 343 (Film 914393  St. Francois County Missouri Marriage Record Vol. 1 1836-1852)
page 46

State of Missouri – County of St Francois
This is to certify that I solemnized the wrights of
matrimony between James Cartee and Ann Crawford
on the 2nd day of December 1841 both of this county.
Givenunder my hand this 2nd day of July 1842
C T Welborn Justice of the peace
Filed and Recorded August 5th 1842
John Coble Recorder

Eliza Jane Crawford married Moses Cartee on 4 Jan 1843 in St. Francois County, Missouri.

Image 51 of 343 – page 52  (Film 914393  St. Francois County Missouri Marriage Record Vol. 1 1836-1852)

I hereby certify that I joined together inthe holy state of matrimony Moses Cartee andEliza Jane Crawford on the fourth day of Januaryin the year 1843 both of St Francois County andState of Missouri. Given under my hand March 1st1843

William E Crawford

Justice of Peace

Filed for record March 29th 1843

John Coble Recorder


The 1850 census for St. Francois County, Missouri suggests that Milly Crawford Douglas died prior to 1850. Page 194 in District 80 shows the following families: James and Ann Cartee, William E Crawford, John W Douglas, John M Crawford, and William Crawford. The birthplaces of the children provide hints that the family migrated from Indiana to Missouri around 1841. 

I found a second marriage for Moses Cartee and Ellen Cochran on 29 May 1848 in St. Francois County, Missouri. This marriage was performed by William E. Crawford, Justice of the Peace.

Image 78 – page 103  (Film 914393  St. Francois County Missouri Marriage Record Vol. 1 1836-1852)

State of Missouri

St Francois County

Joined together in marriage Moses Cartee and Mary Ellen Cochranboth of St. Francois County MO Given under my hand 29th May 1848 William E Crawford Justice of Peace

Recorded June 10th 1848

Jno Coble Recorder by Wm R Taylor DC

If the Moses Cartee is the same individual that married Ellen Cochran in 1848 as the one that married Eliza Jane Crawford in 1843, then either Moses and Eliza Jane were divorced prior to 1848 or Eliza Jane died prior to 1848.
Further research is needed to support my theories about these families. Since I have potential names for spouses, it will be easier to find documents about these women and hopefully tie them to the family of William E. Crawford.

Crawford Marriages

St. Francois County, Missouri
Marriage license record

Marriage license records, vol. -2 1836-1876
FamilySearch Film 914393 DGS 7578667

Indexed
Search for Crawford

LC Crawford – James J Short — 11 March 1866
Lucy E Crawford – Ira Howe – 10 APril 1865
James Crawford – Isabella Carter – 30 Sept 1847 – page 97
Isaac Crawford – Manervia Ross – 9 October 1850 – page 130
Isaac Crawford – Mary Ann Calihan – 18 Sept 1867
Synthia A. Crawford – Hu Lovsom – 14 APril 1871
John M Crawford – Lucy Ann Needham – 17 June 1869 – page 51
William E. Crawford – Emeline Sullins – 23 March 1854
Eliza Crawford – William Lowery – 28 March 1872
Anderson Crawford – Nancy Ann Cartee – 24 Jul 1845 – page 74
Irene B. Crawford – William Thompson McFarland – 25 June 1866
Mary Elizabeth Crawford – Henry Singleton – 7 October 1851
Ann Crawford – James Cartee – 2 Dec 1841
James A Crawford – Sarah J Porter – 26 Mar 1874
John S Crawford – Rebecca L Farmer – 28 Jan 1869
James A Crawford – Rachel C Wawn – 7 March 1867
Eliza Jane Crawford – Moses Cartee – 4 Jan 1843
Rachael Crawford – Francis M Sego – 2 January 1876
William E Crawford – Perlieza C. Murry – 7 APril 1861

Volume 1
Crawford James 97
Crawford Isaac 130
Crawford Anderson – page 74
Crawford John M – 51

Image 50 – page 51

I hereby certify that I joined together in the holy state
of Marriage John Maxwell Crawford and Rebeccah Cartee
on the fifth day of January in the year 1843 both of St.
Francois County and State of Missouri
Given under my hand March the first 1843
William E Crawford
Justice of the Peace
Filed and Recorded March 29th 1843
John Coble Recorder

Image 62 – page 74

I joined together in the holy estate of Matrimony Anderson
Crawford and Nancy Ann Cartee both of St Francois County
and State of Missouri the 24th day of July AD 1845
Given under my hand this 14th Auguste 1845
William E Crawford JP
Filed for Record August 19th 1845
John Cobb Recorder

Image 75 – page 97

State of Missouri
County of St Francois
I hereby certify that I
joined together in marriage James
Crawford and Isabella Cartee both
of St Francois County MO on the
30th day of September 1847
Given under my hand the 28th day
of December AD 1847
William E Crawford
Justice of the Peace
Recorded Dcem 29th 1847
John Cobb Recorder
by W R Taylor DR

Image 91 page 130

State of Missouri
County of St Francois
Joined together them in marriage
Isaac Crawford and Monervia Ross both of St
Francois County MO this 9th day of October 1850
William Crawford JP
[11:50 ] December 1850
Filed Decr 9th 1850
by Marten I Horns DR

Image 106- Volume 2
Craford Jno S page 230
Crawford Jno M page 245
Crawford James A 352
Craford Wm E 29
Crawford Wm E 113
Crawford Isaac jr 195
Crawford James A 183

Image 146 – page 28

State of Missouri
St Francois County
Joined together in in marriage William E Crawford
Junior and Emeline Sullins the 23rd day of March 1854 both of
St Francois County MO Given under my hand this 19th day of
June AD 1854
Anderson Crawford JP
page 29
Filed for Record June 19th AD 1854 Anderson Crawford
Preacher of the Gospel
John Cobb Recorder

Image 189 – page 113
State of Missouri
St. Francois Co
Joined together on this 7 day of April
1860 Wm E Crawford and Perlieza C Murry
Wm Crawford Minister
of the Christian Church

Image 226 – page 183

State of Missouri
County of St. Francis
I Wm J Murray a minister of the
Gospel do hereby certify that I solemnized the rites of matrimo
ny between James A. Crawford and Rachel C Wawn on
the 7th day of March 1867 ni said county
Given under my hand the 24th day of April 1867
W J Murrah
Filed April 24th 1867
Wm A Taylor Recorder

April 17 1861
W R Pauley Recorder

Image 232 – page 195

Joined together in marriage September 18th 1867
by William Crawford minister of the gospel of St.
Francois Co Mo Isaac Crawford and Mary
Ann Calihan, both of St. Francois Co. MO
Wm Crawford
Filed Nov 25th 1867
Wm R Taylor Recorder

Image 260 – page 246
State of Missouri
County of St Francois
I William J Murray a minister of
the Gospel do hereby certify that I solemnized the rites of
matrimony between William C Murray and Susan Crawford
September 9th 1869
W J Murray
58 Stamp
Filed Sept 21st 1869 W R Taylor Recorder

Image 316 – page 352
State of Missouri
County of St Francois
This is to certify that I did on the 26th day of March
1874 solemnize the rites of matrimony between James A Crawford
and Sarah J Porter both of t Francois County Missouri
Matthew Wann
Minister of the Gospel
Filed April 23rd 18474
Franklin Murphy Recorder

George W. Crawford

Have you ever just stumbled across something that others may seem minor when it provides major clues. That’s what happened yesterday when I did a simple Google search for ‘Isaac Crawford Nancy Miller’.

That search led to a biography of George W. Crawford of Gentry County, Missouri in the book, The History of Gentry and Worth Counties, Missouri on page 421.

George W. Crawford

section 5, township 61,l range 30, is the owner of 223 acres of land, about
120 acres of which are under fence and in a fine state of cultivation. He
has a comfortable house, a good barn and a fine orchard. Mr. Crawford
the son of Isaac and Nancy (Miller) Crawford, both Kentuckians by birth.
During his infancy his parents died, and he was reared by his grand
parents. At the age of two years he was taken to Garrard County, Ken-
tucky, where he remained until ten years of age. In 1833, he moved
to Clay County, Missouri, continuing to reside there until about the year
1838, when he came to Gentry County. In 1846, he went to Santa Fe,
New Mexico, returning to Gentry County in the spring of 1847. In
1849, he took a trip to California and remained there until June, 1851,
when he again came to Gentry County, and here he has since lived. He
located on his present farm in 1852, and is a prominent farmer and stock
raiser of this vicinity. Mr. Crawford was married in Gentry County,
October 14, 1852, to Elizabeth Wheeler, who was born in Garrard County,
Kentucky, September 3, 1833. She is the daughter of Benjamin and
Sophia (Bradshaw) Wheeler, both of Garrard County. The result of 
this union was twelve children, ten of whom were living: Sophia J., James
A., Benjamin, Isaac N., Ulysses, Annie, Miriam, Cenie Margaret, Lueva
and Elsie. Mr. Crawford and wife are both members of the Baptist
Church.

Not only does this biography contain information about the travels of George W. Crawford as an adult, but it explains how Isaac Crawford’s children got from Indiana to Kentucky.

Since several of Nancy Miller’s siblings settled in the same area of Missouri at about the same time, this biography suggests that I need to do more research on those Miller siblings to learn more about the children of Isaac and Nancy Crawford.

Thanks Google for leading me to this biography. These are fantastic hints!

Aristippus Brown

As part of my CRAWFORD research, I’m trying to determine whether the Isaac Crawford of Jefferson County, Indiana is the same Isaac Crawford who married Nancy Miller in Garrard County, Kentucky. Thus, I’m trying to locate information on potential children. One of those potential children is Elizabeth Crawford who married Aristippus Brown in Clinton County, Missouri.

Unfortunately, I’m having trouble locating much information on Aristippus Brown. What I’ve been able to locate is a marriage record, land records and mentions in county histories.

Aristippus Brown was married to Elizabeth Crawford in Clinton County, Missouri on 3 August 1836.

According to the History of Davies and Gentry Counties, MIssouri, Aristippus Brown was from Kentucky and lived near Genntryville in 1839. The history indicates that Aristippus Brown moved to California.

In May of 1840, Aristippus Brown and Elizabeth Brown his wife, sold land in Garrard County, Kentucky. This deed identifies Elizabeth as Elizabeth Crawford, daughter of Isaac Crawford and granddaughter of Jacob Miller.

Garrard County Kentucky
Land and Property

Deeds, Vols. N-O 1838-1843
FamilySearch Film 183247 DGS 8568105

Page 396

No. 1381 
Aristippus Brown [sc] to William W Duff
Deed
This Indenture made and entered into this 2nd day of May in the
year 1840 between Aristippus Brown and Elizabeth Brown his
wife, late Elizabeth Crawford, daughter of Isaac Crawford son
in law of Jacob Miller decd of the County of Clinton and State of
Missouri, by James Crawford their attorney in fact of and part
and William W Duff of Garrard County and State of Kentucky
of the other part, witnesseth that the said James Crawford attorney
as afsd for and in consideration of the sum of seventy five dollar
rs to him in hand paid, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledg
ed has sold and by these presents conveys to the said Duff, all

page 397

the right, title and interest of the said Brown and wife in
and to a tract of 197 1/2 acres of land, lying in Garrard Co Ky
on the waters of Paint Lick, and being the same on which
their ancestor Jacob Miller died, and from whom said Interest
descended, being the one sixth of one eleventh part of said land
supposed to be a fraction over three acres to the said Duff
his heirs [jc]
And the said Brown and Elizabeth his wife, by their said
attorney James Crawford by these presents covenant and agree
to and with said Duff that they will warrant and forever def
end the title to the Interest aforesaid free adn discharged of
all right Interest claim or demand of themselves their heirs
or assigns and from the claim or claims of all and every other
person or persons, whatever to said Duff, his heirs [jc] absolutely
In testimony whereof the said parties of the first part 
by their aforesaid attorney have hereunto set their hands and affix
ed their seals the date afsd
Aristipus Brown (seal)
Elizabeth Brown (seal)
by James A Crawford (seal)
State of Kentucky
Garrard County
I certify that this deed from Aristippus
Brown and Elizabeth Brown his wife, by James A. Crawford
their attorney to William W. Duff was produced to me in my
office on the 2nd day of May 1840 and acnd by the said
James A. Crawford attorney as afsd to be his act and deed
for the purposes therein mentioned.
Whereupon the said deed together with this certificate
is truly recorded, this 2nd day of May 1840.
Alex R McKee ck

According to the ‘Early History of Gentry County’ published in the 13 February 1936 edition of the Albany Ledger (Albany, Missouri), Aristippus Brown was living in Miller Township of Gentry County about 1845.

In June of 1845, Aristippus Brown of Mills Township was appointed justice of the peace according to the History of Davies and Gentry Counties.

In July 1847, Aristippus Brown sold land in Gentry County being a fractional part of section 33, Township 56 range 33 containing twenty five acres. The deed did not mention a wife.

Gentry County, Missouri
Deeds v. C-D 1842-1850
FS Film 1005936 DGS 8593563

Page 41

This deed, made and entered into this twelfth day of July, eighteen hundred and
forty seven by and between Aristippus Brown of Gentry County and State of Missouri
of the first part, and William R. Powe of Clinton County and State of Missouri of the
second part, witnesseth, that the said party of the first part for and in consideration
of the sum of one hundred and eighty dollars to him in hand paid by the said party
of the second part receipt whereof is hereby confessed and acknowledged has granted,
bargains and sold, and by these presents doth grant, bargain and sell, convey and
confirm unto the said party of the second part, and to his heirs and assigns forever,
a certain tract, piece or parcel of land, lying and being in the County of Clinton and
State of Missouri to wit: the lot or South part of fractional section thirty three (33)
in Township fifty six(56) of range thirty three (33) containing twenty five acres
and twenty hundredths of an acre more or less. To have and to hold the same, with all
the rights privileges and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining
unto him, the said party of the second part, his heirs and assigns forever; the said Aris
tippus Brown, party of the first part hereby covenanting that he his heirs executors and ad-
ministrators will warrant and defend the title to the said premises and every part thereof,

page 42

to him the said party of the second part & to his heirs and assigns, against the lawful
claim or claims of all and every person or persons whatsoever, claiming or to claim the
same or any part thereof.
It witness whereof, the said party of the first part has hereunto set his hand and
seal, the day and year first herein written.
Aristippus Brown (SS)
Done in presence of
State of Missouri
County of Clinton ss
Be it remembered that on this twelfth day of July eighteen
hundred and forty seven, before me, the undersigned Clerk of the Circuit Court with-
in and for the County aforesaid, personally came Aristippus Brown, who is personally
known to me to be the same person whose name is subscribed to the foregoing instrument
of writing, as party thereto, and he acknowledged the same to be his act and deed
for the purposes therein mentioned.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal
(S.S.) of said Court, on the day and year above written.
Winslow Turner, Clerk
Mem. The foregoing deed was received by me for record on the 12th day of
July A.D. 1847.
Winslow Turner, Recorder.

In June 1848, Aristippus Brown filed patents for two tracts of land in Gentry County, Missouri. Certificate 5112 was for 40 acres in section 1, Township 60 Range 31. Certificate 4664 was for the SE 1/4 Section 36, Township 60, Range 31. (Bureau of Land Management)

Certificate
No. 5112


The United States of America
To all to whom these Presents shall come, Greeting:
Whereas, Aristippus Brown, of Gentry County, Missouri
has deposited in the General Land Office of the United States, a Certificate of the Register of the
Land Office at Plattsburg whereby it appears that full payment has been made by the said
Aristippus Brown
according to the provisions of the
Act of Congress of the 24th of April, 1820, entitled “An Act making further provision for the sale of Public Lands,” for
Lot number One of the North East fractional quarter
of section one in Township sixty one of Range thirty
one in the District of Lands subject to sale as Platts
burg, Missouri, containing, Forty acres
according to the official plat of the survey of said lands, returned to the General Land Office by the Surveyor
General, which said tract has been purchased by the said
Aristippus Brown
Now Know ye, that the
United States of America, in consideration of the Premises, and in conformity with the several acts of Congress,
in such case made and provided, Have given and granted, and by these presents do Give and Grant,
unto the said, Aristippus Brown
and to his heirs, the said tract above described; to have and to hold the same, together with all the rights
privileges, immunities and appurtenances of whatsoever nature, thereunto belonging, unto the said
Aristippus Brown
and to his heirs and assigns forever
In Testimony whereof, I James K Polk
President of the United States of American, have caused these letters to be made Patent, and
the seal, of the General Land Office to be hereunto affixed.
Given under my hand, at the City of Washington, the first day of June
in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty eight and of the 
Independence of the United States the seventy second
by the President; James K Polk
by J F Stephens [Afor} Sec’y
S H Laughlin Recorder of the General Land Office

______

Bureau of Land Management
Patent Image

Pre-Emption
Certificate
No. 4664


The United States of America

To all to whom these Presents shall come, Greeting:
Whereas Aristippus Brown of Gentry County Missouri
has deposited in the General Land Office of the United States, a Certificate of the Register of the
Land Office at Plattsburg, whereby it appears that full payment has been made by the said
Aristippus Brown
according to the provisions of the
Act of Congress of the 24th of April, 1820, entitled “An Act making further provision for the sale of Public Lands,” for
the South East quarter of Section Thirty Six in Township Sixty
two of Range Thirty one in the District of Lands subject to 
sale at Plasttsburg Missouri containing one hundred and 
sixty acres
according to the official plat of the survey of the said Lands, returned to the General Land Office by the Surveyor
General, which said tract has been purchased by the said Aristippus Brown
Now Know ye, that the
United States of America, in consideration of the Premises, and in conformity with the several acts of Congress,
in such case made and provided, Have given and granted, and by these presents do Give and Grant,
unto the said Aristippus Brown
and to his heirs, the said tract above described: to have and to hold the same, together with all the rights,
privileges, immunities and appurtenances of whatsoever nature, thereunto belonging unto the said Aristippus Brown
and to his heirs and assigns forever.
In testimony whereof, I James K Polk
President of the United States of America, have caused these Letters to be made Patent, and
the Seal of the General Land Office to be hereunto affixed.
Given under my hand, at the City of Washington, the Tenth day of June
in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty eight and of the
independence of the United States the twenty second
By the President: James K Polk
by J K Stephens [Sfor] Sec’y
S. H. Laughlin, Recorder of the General Land Office

In 1876, Aristippus Brown was listed on the California Voter Registration records living in Lake County, California.

I’m hoping that by learning more about Aristippus Brown, his wife Elizabeth Crawford and her siblings I’ll be able to determine whether the Isaac and Nancy Crawford of Jefferson County, Indiana is the Isaac Crawford who married Nancy Miller in Garrard County, Kentucky.

A Random Clue

Yesterday, I had the privilege of driving a friend to the airport in Kansas City. Since she had an early flight, I decided to take the advantage of being in the Platte City area and do some research on my BURKE line. I was looking for information on the siblings of Henry F Burke (RootsMagic version) who might have been in the area at the time. Unfortunately, court was in session and there wasn’t a parking space to be found around the courthouse.

PlatteLibraryThus, I decided to start at the Platte City Library. I knew they had the ‘old’ cemetery books but was surprised to find a large collection of microfilm of probate records — and an index. With this microfilm, I was able to find the probate file for Alva Graves mentioned in the Annals of Platte County.

Since I’ve yet to transcribe the probate record, it was the cemetery books that contained a gem of a clue. On the same page as the entry for Henry Burke in the Weston City Cemetery was an entry for Sarah I Vance Parrott.

Parrott-Sarah

I’ve yet to verify that Henry F. Burke’s grandmother was Judith Parrott Graves. However, one of Henry’s brother was named Franklin Parrott Burke, so the relationship is possible. Since Parrott is an unusual name, I decided to see if there was any mention in the Annals of Platte County. There, I found an entry for Henry M. Parrott followed by brief information on his brothers, David and Joseph.

Parrott-Henry

This Parrott family may not be related to Judith Parrott Graves, but they are living in the same town. Thus, it is possible that they followed the same migration paths from Virginia to Missouri. If so, these short biographies provide clues on where to look – especially in Virginia – for more records on the BURKE family.