? History of the Bellevue Presbyterian Church Cemetery at Caledonia, Missouri

History of the Bellevue Presbyterian Church Cemetery at Caledonia, Missouri

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History of the Bellevue Presbyterian Church Cemetery at Caledonia, Missouri by © Adella Breckenridge Moore

Elmwood Press Print, Farmington, Missouri

Credit for this work goes to Adella Breckenridge Moore who spent much time accumulating it in an era before computers.


Dear Friends:

This little book "The History of the Bellevue Presbyterian Cemetery at Caledonia, Missouri, which is the oldest Protestant Cemetery in continuous use west of the Mississippi River, comes to you on a Mission. It's mission is to try to help create enough interest in the plot of ground that sufficient money will be given from year to year to make it the best kept County Cemetery in its like area.

Within its pages you will find something of the heroic efforts of the Scotch-Irish Presbyterians who had migrated from Ireland to Pennsylvania and later farther south and west to build homes and found churches in which to worship. Many of the older people died and now lie buried in the church yards of the churches they helped to establish. And their children pushed farther westward to finally come together in the beautiful Bellevue Valley and its Presbyterian Cemetery where many of them sleep today.

Since the burying ground was a reality nearly seven years before the church was [formally] organized, I have tried to give the men who were the chief actors on the stage in those days their proper place in Missouri History. Then comes Miss Addie Sloan in whose veins runs the blood of the Breckenridges, Doaks, Gambles and Cowans of Pennsylvania, Virginia and Kentucky as well as the Sloans and Harrisses of Pennsylvania and North Carolina. She carried this same gospel of her forebears to far-away China within the memory of many people now [in 1950s] living.

May the Lord bless the fulfilling of the mission of the little book.


Adella Breckenridge Moore


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.


This cemetery, which beyond any shadow of a doubt in my mind, is the oldest "God's Acre" belonging to a Protestant Congregation and in continual service West of the Mississippi River is located one-half mile to the North-east of the little, old town of Caledonia on Highways 21 and 32 in the South part of Washington County, Missouri. It is known that Robert M. Stevenson and Martin Ruggles donated the ground. The tradition in old families is that Samuel Imboden donated one of the original three acres. We have found no proof of Mr. Imboden's donation in the County Deed Records. It is interesting to note here that in 1809 when the remains of the widow Catherine McCormick, who died at the home of her son on November 12, some six miles away were laid to rest ther4e the land was held by Spanish Grants and was not sectionalized until 1822 and the Meridian line between Ranges 2 and 3 East runs along the East side of the Cemetery. Mr. Imboden's land lay in Range 3 East.

As a location for a burying ground it would be hard to select a better in all of Bellevue Valley. The ground slopes from it in three directions. On two sides the virgin forest trees stand as sentinels to guard its sacred precincts. On the other two sides the fields of waving grain remind us of God's goodness in directing the North Carolina band of Scotch-Irish Presbyterians, who had come to the Valley to settle in 1807 to such a fertile soil with splendid springs scattered round about. If I were a painter I might paint for you its physical beauty; if I were a poet I might immortalize its sentiment in song; being neither I can only try to convey to you some of its hallowed memories and traditions. Some one has said that the cemetery bears a resemblance to the King's Chapel Burying Ground of Boston, and indeed one of the patriots who helped throw the tea overboard, lies buried there, where the stones are most crowded and sunken, and with illegible epitaphs, so there really is a connecting link.

Some have thought that this was originally an Indian burying ground. After the Concord (now Bellevue) Church was organized on August 3, 1816, the first two houses of worship wer4e built on the north acre donated by Robert M. Stevenson. The grave of Dr. Frank Eversole marks the spot where the last house there was built. It was of brick and we infer that it stood on the foundation of the log building which was burned earlier. In 1872 the present house of worship was built in the town of Caledonia on almost the exact spot where Robert Sloan had built his cabin some time before November 30, 1807, when his brother, William Sloan, and others arrived from North Carolina. The next morning the band arose and as the sun peaked over the eastern hilltops engaged in prayer. Two men of the band, William Sloan and Robert M. Stevenson, were known to have been ordained Presbyterian elders before they left North Carolina.

Little can you and I conceive in the mind's eye conditions as they were there in that early day. But Mrs. Mary Sloan Ransdell, of Irondale, Missouri, has contributed the little story her great-grandmother, Sarah Goforth Sloan, left of the time[:] "Caledonia, Missouri, April, 1883. I was born in Tennessee in 1799. My father (Miles Goforth) came to Bellevue Valley in 1803, and took up land on the west side of the branch where Caledonia now is, where he lived for a number of years. It was a wilderness when he came here. There were about 8 families in the Valley at that time. There was very little comfort here then only friendly neighbors. There was no preaching here for two years after my father came. I heard the first sermon ever preached in this valley. There was a Methodist preacher came and preached twice and that was all of the preaching we had for two more years.

"The Indians were very troublesome then stealing horses though that was all that they done (sic). I think that it was in 1808 there were two Methodist preachers came and held a two day meeting not far from where our old church was built, and ought to have stood there. Yet where so many of our dear old Christian fathers and mothers and old church members lie in their sacred tombs. O! that is a sacred spot to me.

"Right at that graveyard is where the church ought to be now, but pride got in when the old members were all gone and new people came in. They wanted something new and the church never has had such revivals since as we had before when we used to take our families and leave the things of this world behind us and camp in that church yard for 8 or 10 days and nights at a time and there were the greatest revivals that I ever saw in my life. It seemed like everybody wanted to be there.

"Everybody appeared to enjoy those camp meetings so much I thought that love to God and our Christian church was the brightest star that ever shown. My husband and I united with the church in 1822. In 1837 he was taken to that pure church above where there is no sin. I have had many hard trials to endure though I have always trusted in Him who has promised to be a father to the fatherless, and a husband to the widows. I have had the comfort of seeing my children all enjoying religion and I hope that we will meet a whole family in Heaven. Sarah Sloan"

We believe that one of the first Sunday Schools in Washington County was organized in the house of worship within this "God's Acre." And let us introduce here the following information: John Hutchings who was from Casey County, Kentucky, and represented washing County in the first Constitutional Convention of Missouri, wrote in his Diary: "In the Autumn of 1816 we moved to Missouri and settled near Big River, Washington County. In the Spring of 1817 my wife and I joined the Bellevue Baptist Church, which had been organized in 1814. The next year I heard Reverend John Mason Peck. He furnished me with a copy7 of a Sunday School Constitution. With the help of the Presbyterians we formed a Washington County Sunday School Union. Those who were appointed managers of the county were John P. Alexander, Martin Ruggles, Robert M. Stevenson and myself. In the Spring of 1818 we organized Sunday Schools in every part of the County." These men were all Presbyterians except Mr. Hutchings.

So far as we have been able to find out the names of the soldiers buried here follow:

World War I: Emmett Campbell.

Spanish American War: Wendell Sloan.

Civil War: Thomas Stewart, Riley Hull, Thomas Fortune, Nelson Adams, Robert Babel, W. H. Harris, Harrison Sweeney, Smith Breckenridge, Charles Akers, William Bogue, Harrison Queen, Jesse Taylor, Samuel Tatlor, Dabney Imboden, John Oldham, D. H. Wyatt, William Hornsey, Price Hornsey, John Hornsey, Thomas King, Lewis Queen, William G. Eversole, Thomas Whitely, Joseph Neel, J.R. Queen, George Hunt, Frank P. Marrow, George Henry, Giles Lucas, John Shields, William Townsend, John H. Russell, John Sloan, Chris Hockenheimer, W. B. Ramsey, John McLane, Samuel Reyburn.

War of 1812: Archibald Robinson, Timothy Phelps, Martin Ruggles.

Revolutionary War: Comfort Ruggles, George Breckenridge, William Sloan, Daniel Phelps.

Ruggles (94K)
See comments at bootom of this website that were received 5/2/2009
The author of the cemetery article also wrote, "It is not known what relation [Comfort] was to Martin and Salmon Ruggles." They were brothers. This is Comfort's line back to England supported by Nancy Mills' research.
1. John Ruggles married Barbara Bridge. This couple, Comfort's great-great-great grandparents, immigrated from England to America in 1635.
2. John Ruggles' second wife was Sarah Dyer
3. Benjamin Ruggles m. Mercy Woodbridge
4. Joseph Ruggles m. Rachel Tolles
5. Joseph Ruggles m. Sarah Dunning
6. Comfort Ruggles
Joseph Ruggles and Sarah Dunning had at least nine children and I'm guessing several of them hated their unique names: Comfort (b. 1760), Rosannah (b. abt. 1762), Eden (b.1766), Azor, (b.1769), Rhoda (b.1770 in New Milford, CT), Salmon, Martin (b.1775 in New England), Hannah, and Tomar.
A sad tidbit about Comfort's brother Eden: His great-grandsons were John and Charles Ruggles, outlaws. Apparently the Ruggles brothers held up a stagecoach and killed somebody. While the brothers were in jail waiting for a trial, a mob broke into the jail and lynched them on July 30, 1892 -- the last lynching in Redding, California.
A surprising detail about Comfort Ruggles is that, if his birthdate and secret are correct -- and I hope they are -- he would have been thirteen when he participated in the Boston Tea Party on December 6, 1773! Sincerely, Sharon Fehr")

There are items of interest connected with each man of the Revolution mentioned above. Comfort Ruggles seems to have lived his life in the Bellevue Valley as a mystery man. There is so little to be found in any record concerning him. It is not known what relation he was to Martin and Salmon Ruggles who took up Spanish Grants in the Valley in 1803. The only record I have ever found of him is in the Probate Office where his File is No. 138. The heirs were Rhody, Rozanna, Edmond and Benjamin Ruggles. The bond of Benjamin Ruggles as Administrator was dated December 19, 1833, and was signed by Martin Ruggles and son, Elijah S. Ruggles, and Cyrus Miner. Mrs. Fannie Sloan Towle, formerly of Potosi, Missouri, is descended from Comfort Ruggles through his daughter, Rozanna, who married Fergus Sloan. She says that Comfort Ruggles and family left Otsego, New York, to come to Louisiana, probably about 1806.

See comments at bottom of this website that were received 3/13/2000

It was she who visited my mother when I was a teen age girl and I listened as they talked of Comfort Ruggles. My mother told of the tradition which had come down to her concerning him. At one time he was sick and sent for the Doctor. He questioned the Doctor very carefully as to whether he thought his illness would be fatal. The doctor told him that he was not a very sick man and would be well in a few days. But a second time before the doctor left he asked the same question. This time it came out that before he died he wanted to tell the doctor something that he must promise faithfully that he would not divulge until after his death. Again he was reassured that he would be well in a few days. According to the tradition it was nearly twenty years later when Mr. Ruggles again got sick and sent for the same doctor and this time he was told that his end was near and the secret he told the doctor which was given to the world after his burial was that he was one of the young men disguised as an Indian who helped to throw the English tea overboard in Boston Harbor. Mrs. Towle asked if he had a grave marker and my mother's answer was in the affirmative. Although some sixty years have passed since his grave marker was erected the wording could then be read. But we are told now that the grave cannot be absolutely identified.

The only record of the service of George Breckenridge, then a lad of twelve years, was at the battle of King's Mountain. He rode beside his father, Alexander Breckenridge, from Wolf Hill Creek where the men of South West Virginia collected to form a volunteer company to help fight the British in the south, to King's Mountain where this company under the command of William Campbell placed itself in Gist's Regiment. Before they left Wolf Hill Creek, Samuel Doak, a cousin of Alexander Breckenridge led the prayer in which he made use of the expression: "The Sword of the Lord and Gideon." King's Mountain was one of [the] decisive and last fought battles of the war.

The tradition in my family is that Daniel Phelps answered the Lexington Alarm and fought through the was and saw Cornwallis surrender to Washington at Yorktown. Since there were five Daniel Phelps' in the American Army in the Revolution it would be hard to trace any one Daniel Phelps in the Revolution.

See the sketch of William Sloan's life for his War service.

P 8 1. John Amonett, born March 9, 1819; died November 14, 1888.

2. Ellen Amonett (nee Bruffey) born July 25, 1816; died December 7, 1863,

wife of John Amonett.

3. Alexander Thomas Alexander, one of the young men of the North Carolina

colony to arrive at the present site of Caledonia on November 30, 1807,

married Mary McCormick.

4. Mary Alexander (nee McCormick), born 1790.

5. John Price Alexander (brother of Alexander T. Alexander) married

Catherine McCormick, sister of Mary McCormick. These two men and their

mother and their wives and their mother are all buried in the oldest part of

the hallowed spot and have grave markers but are so weather beaten that the

dates cannot be read.

6. Catherine Alexander (nee McCormick)

7. James Alexander died January 14, 1835, aged one month.

8. Margaret E. Alexander, consort of Hiram Alexander, died May 11, 1835,

aged 28 years.

9. Sarah Atchison (nee Evans), born November 26, 1844; died July 5, 1941.

10. Hattie E. Adams (nee Hornsey), born November 20, 1876; died October 28,


11. William Adams

12. Alma Adams

13. Nelson Adams, born 1846; died 1928; Company E, 18th Missouri Infantry.

14. James Nelson Adams, born January 7, 1890; shot and killed December 22, 1903.

15. Parthenia E. Adams, wife of Nelson Adams, born 1852; died 1931.

16. George Ashbrooks, died September 21, 1830.

17. George Ashbrooks, died June 1, 1863 aged 21 years.

18. Mary E. Anderson, born May 1, 1865; died January 9, 1919.

19. Jasper S. Anderson, born August 11, 1864; died November 5, 1909.

20. Alex R. G. Anderson, died October 26, 1864, aged 29 years

21. Alex M. Anderson, died March 14, 1864, aged 74 years.

22. Ben B. Anderson, died January 13, 1864, aged 30 years, 6 months.

23. Dora Arenz, born November 12, 1868; died March 5, 1938.

24. Myra Alexander, born December 9, 1813; died April 7, 1846.

25. Lillian Altheuser, born June 17, 1885; died March 4, 1930.

26. Virginia El Altheuser, born March 6, 1853; died August 8, 1926.

27. Julia Ann Akers (nee Lucas) was born in 1850 in Virginia and died 1939.

28. Chas. [Charles] Akers, Company M, 3 months S. M. Cavalry.

29. Hazel L. Akers, born February 23, 1907; died September 10, 1915.

30. Nancy S. Akers, born 1868; died 1934.

31. James A. Akers, born 1849; died 1922.

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32. "Widow" Jane Alexander was laid to rest with other Alexanders in the

very early days of the history of the colony in Bellevue Valley. It is not

known positively who her husband was but the supposition is that she was the

wife of one John Alexander who witnessed the will of Andrew McCormick, in

then Lincoln, now Catawba County, North Carolina, in 1795.

33. Lynch Akers, born 1806; died 1871; born in Germany, married in West


34. Mrs. Lynch Akers, died one year after her husband.

35. Mahala Temperence Akers (nee Mason), wife of William Akers, born 1869;

died July 4, 1914.

36. Nancy Serena Akers (nee Hull), born in Brownsville, Tennessee, September

17, 1868; died August 22, 1934, wife of H. P. Akers.

37. Chas. [Charles] Akers, husband of Nellie Gollaher.

38. Ida Akers (nee Queen), wife of Sherman Akers was born December 23, 1868

39. Sherman Akers.

40. Jessie Adams, aged 76 years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Adams.

1. George Breckenridge, born in Virginia on July 24, 1768; died November 13,


2. Elizabeth Breckenridge (nee Cowan) born February 14, 1779; died March 17,


3. Smith Gamble Breckenridge, born November 3, 1816; died March 9, 1893.

4. Jane Breckenridge (nee Shelton), born in Virginia February 20, 1819; died

May 8, 1857

5. Elizabeth Breckenridge (nee Phelps), born October 24, 1830; died November

19, 1907.

6. William Alexander Breckenridge, born July 25, 1844; died September 28,

1845, son of Smith G. and Jane Breckenridge.

7. Robert Breckenridge was born December 22, 1858, and died the same day,

son of Smith G. and Elizabeth Breckenridge.

8. William E. Breckenridge, born May 1, 1900; died October 17, 1901, son of

Firman Smith and Anna Osterle Breckenridge.

9. Theodore Breckenridge, born August 23, 1873; died the same day, son of

Smith G. and Elizabeth Breckenridge.

10. George W. Breckenridge, born September 25, 1845; died December 25, 1863,

son of Palmer and Mary Moyer Breckenridge.

11. Mary Breckenridge (nee Moyer), born August 19,1808; died February 26,

1893. She married second Robert Sloan, an elder in Bellevue and Irondale


12. Edna Bond (nee McClurg), born December 15, 1892; died August 21, 1915.

13. Inez Bond (nee Stewart), born 1881; died 1937.

14. William Bogue, born 1850; died 1935.

15. Mary Bogue (nee Simpson), born 1854; died 1915.

16. Annie Birnie (nee Ronald), born September 23, 1862; died May 22, 1885.

17. J. C. Baker, born October 20, 1833; died February, 1916.

18. Sarah Margaret Baker (nee Plummer), born September 4, 1896; died August

6, 1906.

19. John Wesley Baker, born May 11, 1874; died February 24, 1937.

20. Berton Baker, born June 1884; died January 10, 1937.

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21. Bessie Brown (nee Queen) born 1887; died 1931.

22. Henry Brown, born September 20, 1885; died December 7, 1939.

23. Missouri Boas (nee Gollaher), daughter of John and Laura Hunt Gollaher.

24. Saron Boyer, born March 28, 1860; died October 2, 1838.

25. Margaret Butler (nee Simpson), born May 17, 1863; died September 23, 1927.

26. Harold Foster Butler, son of W.A. and M.S. Butler born December 19,

1904; died January 12, 1908.

27. Mary Lillian Butler, born September 16, 1897; died July 9, 1900.

28. James Bruce Byrd, born September 1857; died December 1921.

29. Mattie Olive Byrd (nee Hood), born January 1964; died January 1938.[Sic]

30. Etta Baker (nee Oldham).

31. Ephraim Blackburn, died July 24, 1894; aged 80 years, 4 months and 11 days.

32. Emma Blackburn, died December 31, 1898; aged 11 years and 1 month.

33. James A. Boggs, born 1832; died 1882.

34. Samuel Bond, born October 25, 1849; died January 27, 1915.

35. Oral Glen Babcock, son of A.J. and L. Babcock, born October 23, 1915;

died November 9, 1915.

36. Norman Babcock, son of A.J. and L. Babcock, born April 12, 1921; died

April 12, 1921.

37. Evelyn Bliss, born 1930; died 1930.

38. Albert J. Babcock, born 1871; died 1938.

39. A. Bell, daughter of S.A. and M. A. Mason, born 1873; died 1878.

40. Harriett N. Buxton, born December 7, 1833; died March 1, 1904.

41. Martha E. Black (nee Evans), born July 27, 1860; died February 2, 1929.

42. James Baker, born 1861; died 1883.

43. Franklin Bell, died October 27, 1868; aged 20 years, 10 months and 29 days.

44. Elizabeth Bell, born May 13, 1905; died February 1, 1894. [Sic]

45. John B. Byrd, born January 9, 1860; died November 8, 1900.

46. Thomas D. Byrd, born 1833, died 1910.

47. Lydia J. Byrd (nee Rutledge), born 1838; died 1932.

48. Willie A. Berryman, son of S.A. and M.E. Berryman, born February 24,

1895; died January 19, 1896.

49. Jane A. Berryman (nee Rayburn) wife of J.M.Berryman, born February 16,

1847; died August 12, 1876.

50. N. Bartlow, born October 20, 1832; died February 6, 1896.

51. Lucy A, Bartlow, born September 21, 1838; died April 9, 1898.

52. B.F. Bartlow, born January 1, 1857; died October 12, 1898.

53. Elizabeth Berryman (nee Bartlow), born November 13, 1868; died August

13, 1900.

54. William D. Buxton, born 1849; died 1927.

55. Margaret J. Buxton (nee Stout), born 1855; died 1939.

56. Mary E. Barger (nee Sloan), wife of James P. Barger, died November 12,

1869; aged 19 years, 7 months and 19 days.

57. B.H. Barger, born November 4, 1819; died June 4, 1895.

58. M.M. Barger, born November 26, 1818; died March 24, 1903.

59. Thomas Bartlow, born September 23, 1864; died January 23, 1906.

60. Grace Bartlow (nee Davis), born 1866; died 1932.

61. John H. Barger, born December 24, 1850; died February 5, 1920.

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62. G.T. Bartlow, born July 24, 1855 [sic?]; died July 12, 1917.

63. F.D. Barger, born July 24, 1855 [sic?]; died September 14, 1895.

64. Nancy S. Buford (nee Barger), born June 18, 1861; died October 13, 1898.

65. Elza Babel, born February 27, 1868; died March 8, 1905.

66. R.D. Babel, Company E, 75th Ohio Infantry.

67. Mary W. Braswell (nee Howard), born July 2, 1856; died March 22, 1917.

68. M.H. Beals (nee McClary), wife of Alex Beals, born March 20, 1859; died

July 4, 1903.

69. Watson Bean, born near Wheeling, West Virginia, the father of Mary

Martha Queen, wife of Harrison Queen.

70. Martha Bean, wife of Watson Bean.

1. Joseph Clarkson, born in Essex County, Virginia, July 12, 1794; died

February 17, 1871.

2. Sarah M. Clarkson, wife of Joseph Clarkson, born in Fluvanna County,

Virginia, April 22, 1805, died January 2, 1873.

3. John Dilmer Clarkson, born July 13, 1851, died December 21, 1862.

4. William Campbell, born in Tyrone County, Ireland in 1787; died March 31,


5. Liondine Carr, born January 7, 1913; died February 1, 1934.

6. Rachel A. Crenshaw (nee Lusk), born 1843; died 1923.

7. Charlotte E. Campbell (born Robinson), wife of James Henry Campbell, born

1852, died 1941.

8. William L. Carr, born September 18, 1895; died January 18, 1902; son of

A.F. and M.E. Carr.

9. Isabelle M. Carr, died July 4, 1908, aged 71 years, 7 months, 8 days.

10. Dr. Munson Carr, born May 5, 1826; died August 20, 1885.

11. Jennie Carr, born December 14, 1854; died February 9, 1881; daughter of

M. and I.M. Carr.

12. Narcissa E. Carr, died August 19, 1876, aged six years, 11 months, 9

days; daughter of M. and I.M. Carr.

13. Betty L. Carr, born June 24, 1881; died April 19, 1907.

14. Dr. Albert Carr, born November 22, 1825; died November 28, 1885.

15. Desdemonia Carr, wife of Dr. Albert Carr, born January 3, 1829; died

July 21, 1912.

16. Wyman Boas Carr, born March 28, 1921; died November 6, 1938.

17. Bert Cunningham, died May 14, 1945, aged 69 years.

18. Anna Cunningham, died in November, 1943.

19. Ann R. Clarkson, wife of James Clarkson, born in Fluvanna County,

Virginia June 15, 1830; died September 1, 1870.

20. Mollie Sue Covington, wife of W.S. Covington, died May !, 1873, aged 30

years and 6 months.

21. Mary Lee Chambers (nee Bartlow),born 1874; died 1928.

22. Emmett Campbell, born June 23, 1895; died December 7, 1918.

23. George W. Campbell, born January 5, 1855; died May 17, 1922.

24. Sallie Campbell (nee Imboden), born October 28, 1861; died December 29,


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25. Kate H. Cox, born November 26, 1855; died January 16, 1921.

26. Walter O. Comstock, born November 2, 1874; died August 29, 1921.

27. Eva May Chambers, born 1868; died 1912.

28. James Henry Campbell, born 1849; died February 8, 1940.

29. Jack Cameron

30. Robert Nicholas Carter (husband of Nevada Hull Carver) born November 9,

1867; died February 14, 1941.

1. George Anna Denton (nee Henry), born October 26, 1856; died 1940.

2. William E. Denton, born March 27, 1858; died 1939.

3. Henry Stephen Denton, born June 25, 2890; died 1893.

4. Reverend Thomas Donnell, born June 20, 1786; died February 8, 1843.

5. Eliza E. Donnell (nee Sloan), born November 19, 1800; died October 25, 1868.

6. Charles M. Donoho, born October 20, 1809; died July 17, 1856.

7. Morris Dutton, born December 8, 1912; died October 6, 1914.

8. Elizabeth Davies (nee Owen), wife of Thomas Davies, died October 8,

1865, aged 65 years.

9. Thomas Davies

1. William G. Eversole, born January 19, 1819; died January 25, 1894.

2. Rebecca Eversole (nee Rutledge), born May 6, 1830; died November 4. 1909.

3. Dr. Frank Eversole, born June 25, 1855; died about 1900.

4. Frances Eversole (nee North), born July 19, 1864; died December 3, 1935.

5. Henry N. Eversole, 1st. Lieutenant Ordinance Department,; died August 29,


6. John A. Eaton, born 1844; died 1913.

7. Ollie Eaton (nee Ramsey), born 1847; died 1906.

8. Lillie A. Eaton, born July 13, 1875; died August 16, 1877, daughter of

J.A. and O. Eaton.

9. Thomas Eaton, died December 31, 1864; aged 16 years, 8 months and 12

days. Soldier.

10. C. W. Eaton, born August 26, 1882; died October 4, 1908.

11. Wesley B. Evans, born at Caledonia, August 28, 1840 [?]; died at Mill

Springs, Missouri, March 14, 1895.

12. N.G. Evans, born September 5, 1837; died August 12, 1904.

13. Andrew J. Evans, born January 5, 1834; died February 6, 1876.

14. Chas. [Charles] W. Evans, born October 15, 1807; died January 10. 1862.

15. Nancy Evans, born June 3, 1813; died March 10, 1890.

16. Willie Eversole, son of W.G. and R.A. Eversole, born November 29, 1859;

died December 9, 1860.

17. England, wife of J.G. England, born June 15, 1791; died March 2, 1850.

18. Shirley Blanche Eversole (nee Sutherland), born January 4, 1904; died

August 14, 1940.

19. Harold Eggers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Eggers, born in 1934 and died

the same year.

20. Phoebe Eggers (nee Miller), born 1882; died January 8, 1948, wife of

Noah Eggers.

21. Minerva Evans, (nee Carr), wife of Wesley Evans, born in Farmington,

1848, died in St. Louis, 1942.

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1. Fannie Lee Farrell, born February 11, 1882; died February 3, 1920.

2. Otto B. Farrell, born 1893; died 1943, Battery F, 327 Field Artillery.

3. Thomas Mitchell Farnsworth, died in 1880.

4. George H. Fenner, born April 1884; died February 1920.

5. William J. Farris, died November 2, 1860, aged 22 years, 6 months and 14


6. Chas. [Charles] H. Harris, died February 11, 1870, aged 20 years, 11

months and 8 days.

7. Susan W. Farmer, wife of I.N. Farmer, died May 15, 1867, aged 38 years.

8. James H. Fisher, born July 26, 1834; died July 9, 1863.

9. James Henry Fisher, born May 7, 1862; died March 19, 1917.

10. Julie Lee Fisher, born July 22, 1862; died September 11, 1914.

11. Thomas Fortune.

12. Mary Jane Fortune.

13. George Fortune.

14. Chas. [Charles] Fortune, born July 23, 1874; died June 21, 1943.

1. Elijah Gragg, died August 20, 1858, aged 64 years.

2. William Redman Goodykoontz, born February 10, 1847; died May 7, 1928.

3. Amanda Goodykoontz (nee Black), born March 2, 1847; died July 25, 1888.

4. John Gollaher.

5. Laura Gollaher (nee Hunt), wife of John Gollaher.

6. David Gollaher, born December 12, 1864; died January 13, 1936.

7. Elzadia Gollaher (nee Weeks), born 1860; died 1931.

8. Lillie Gollaher.

9. Clara Goggins (nee Baked), born July 1898; died April 22, 1944.

10. Ann Gordon (nee Anderson), born September 9, 1828; died February 22, 1913.

11. Mary Gragg, wife of Elijah Gragg, died November 30, 1872, aged 45 years.

12. Ernest R. Grissom, born July 19, 1895; died August 27, 1942.

13. Frank G. Grissom, born 1858; died 1926.

14. Nancy Gollaher (nee Evans), born February 23, 1862; died May 10, 1928.

1. George B. Henry, born February 3, 1830; died February 20, 1867.

2. Angeline Henry (nee Harris), born January 19, 1831; died August 16, 1917.

3. Mary Harris (nee Henry), born wife of John A. Harris.

4. Firman Harris, son of John A. and Mary Harris.

5. Ava Harris, daughter of John A. and Mary Harris.

6. Lucetta Henry, born March 3, 1858; died April 14, 1885.

7. Nevada Henry, born March 4, 1860; died April 19, 1896.

8. Sarah Hamilton (nee Breckenridge), born March 30, 1840; died February 9,


9. Alice Howell (nee Breckenridge ), born March 10, 1860; died March 31, 1893.

10. Ula Lee Howell, daughter of B.M. and Alice Howell, born March 31, 1883;

died March 31, 1883.

11. Julia Rebecca Hicks, born May 9, 1844; died August 27, 1852.

12. William Franklin Hicks, born July 28, 1849; died August 18, 1852.

13. Hugh K. Hughes, died October 27, 1840, aged 36 years, 7 months, 31 days.

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14. Margaret Highley (nee Moyer), wife first of Hugh K. Hughes, born May 10,

1810; died December 11, 1889.

15. James W. Hunt, born October 10, 1870; died November 9, 1940.

16. Anna Hunt (nee Logan), born July 4, 1867; died November 29, 1940.

17. George F. Hunt, born June 9, 1843; died July 20, 1929.

18. Virginia P. Hunt (nee Clarkson), born September 26, 1839; died January

8, 1914.

19. Susan Ann Hunt, born February 18, 1868; died July 27, 1886.

20. Altheda Hodkins (nee Logan), born December 31, 1864; died December 26,1945.

21. Francis Henderson, born January 11, 1853; died April 15, 1893.

22. Mary Henderson (nee Logan), born March 24, 1854; died April 15, 1893.

[Same as above, so ??]

23. W. H. Hudson, born 1822; died 1888.

24. Pinkie Hudson, born 1850; died 1875.

25. Catherine Hudson, born 1817; died 1894.

26. David Hammond, born March 27, 1807; died October 15, 1871.

27. Polly Ann Hull, wife of Riley Hull, died 1919.

28. Dabney Jackson Hull, born June 13, 1851; died February 1, 1942.

29. Margaret May Hodkins, born April 3, 1907; died November 12, 1921.

30. John Franklin Hodkins, born December 4, 1904; died July 26, 1905.

31. Sarah H. Hayes (nee Wildman), wife of James M. Hayes, born October 7,

1824; died November 19, 1919.

32. James M. Hayes, died January 9, 1876, aged 60 years, 5 months, 20 days.

33. Anna Hayes (nee Bloom), born 1879; died 1939.

34. Andrew Jackson Hayes, born 1858; died 1894.

35. William W. Hornsey, born August 26, 1840; died June 28, 1916.

36. Emily Jane Hornsey, born November 26, 1867; died September 20, 1910.

37. Virginia Hornsey, born 1911; died 1915.

38. Galena Hornsey, born 1914; died 1915.

39. William Hornsey, born 1917; died 1919.

40. Evelyn Hite, born December 14, 1936; died November 1, 1946.

41. Susan Belle Hull (nee Palmer), born November 24, 1856; died February 19,


42. Elizabeth Mabel Huddleston (nee Mangan), born September 18, 1885; died

December 12, 1909.

43. Joe Hockinghomer, born October 24, 1868; died November 12, 1940.

44. Christopher Hockinghomer, born 1840; died 1930.

45. Frances Hockinghomer, born December 23, 1849; died August 13, 1938.

46. A.W. Harris, died November 3, 1893, Co. H, 12th MO S.M. Cavalry.

47. Nancy H. Hughes, born December 1828; died August 9, 1907.

48. James A. Hughes, died June 27, 1887.

49. James B. Hood, born December 31, 1838; died February 6, 1887.

50. Farrie Hays, born January 24, 1889; died February 24, 1897.

51. Jane M. Hays, born July 29, 1862; died January 17, 1897.

52. Johnnie Hays, born August 16, 1891; died April 30, 1893.

53. Miriam El Henderson, wife of T. Henderson, born November 25, 1836; died

October 26, 1873.

54. Jonas [Jr.] Henderson, born September 17, 1813; died October 27, 1952 [sic].

55. Eliza J. Henderson, died October 27, 1822, aged 32 years, 5 months.

56. John l. Henderson, died September 27, 1875; aged 21 days.

57. Joseph W. Henderson, born October 22, 1885; died March 16, 1919.

58. Emma H. Henderson, born April 25, 1858; died March 31, 1924.

59. Giles Henderson, born October 20, 1846; died March 20, 1933.

60. Andrew S. Hunter, died September 15, 1834, aged 22 years.

61. Matthew Hunter, died Sept 25, 1836; aged 38 years, 7 months, 2 days.

62. Jane Hunter, died November 3, 1838; aged 72 years.

63. Jane E. Hunter, born April 16, 1838; died December 31, 1920; married

James H. Fisher March 14, 1859; then John Amonett October 31, 1865.

64. Andrew Hunter, died November 12, 1836, aged 65 years, 11 months, 17 days.

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65. John B. Headlee, born December 16, 1831; died April 9, 1835.

66. William Hunt, died May 1, 1863, aged 84 years.

67. Elizabeth Hunt, consort of William Hunt, died April 9, 1845.

68. Samuel Hull, died August 1, 1936, aged 89 years, 3 months.

69. Daniel Hunt, died October 1835, aged 36 years.

70. Elenor C. Hunt, died February 1837, aged 17 years.

71. Mahala Hays, died December 16, 1839, aged 19? Years, 11 months, 18 days.

72. George Mahlon Hays, son of James and Sarah Hays, born October 15, 1855;

died October 27, 18d61.

73. Mary C. Hicks, born January 1, 1858; died November 28, 1900.

74. Chasteen Hicks, born in Albemarle County, Virginia, in 1821; died March

7, 1888.

75. Margaret E. Hicks, born July 21, 1824; died June 14, 1891.

76. Henry M. Hicks born March 10, 1859; died February 3, 1893.

77. W.H. Hull, born February 3, 1811; died November 17, 1896. (Note - The

father of W. H. Hull was Uriah Hull, who came to Louisiana in 1803 and

secured a Spanish grant at the mouth of Cedar Creek.)

78. Mary E. Hicks, born July 31, 1824; died November 2, 1849.

79. Catherine Hull, born October 18, 1823; died June 20, 1909.

80. Thomas Hill, born September 11, 1804; died October 7, 1892.

81. Hester E. Hill, born September 29, 1818; died November 1, 1896.

82. James C. Hill, born July 24, 1842; died February 10, 1898.

83. Sarah A, Hill, born December 10, 1845; died February 26, 1908.

84. Edward T. Hicks, born January 3, 1866; died April 3, 1932.

85. Nellie Hicks (nee Byrd), born January 6, 1869; died April 21, 1932.

86. William G. Howard, born January 2, 1818; died November 1, 1897.

87. Sarah F. Howard, born May 3, 1820; died July 11, 1901.

88. Maud E. Hardin, born February 27, 1852; died December 16, 1930.

89. Joseph C. Hardin, born July 4, 1846; died May 15, 1925.

90. Harrison N. Highley, died April 18, 1841, aged 68 years, 6 months, 20 days.

91. T. F. Hughes, born 1893; died 1926.

92. Harriet Hughes, died June 16, 1939, aged 83 years, 5 months, 10 days.

93. John W. Hughes, died September 7, 1934, aged 76 years, 2 months, 6 days.

94. T. D. Hood, born July 2, 1861; died April 5, 1927.

95. Hannah Hood, wife of J.I. Hood, died July 26, 1872, aged 50 years.

96. James I. Hood, born November 28, 1817; died February 9, 1889.

97. Nicholas Hays, born August 22, 1783; died August 20, 1822.

98. Jane Hays, daughter of Nicholas and Rachel Hays, born January 21, 1807;

died March 18, 1853.

99. James Daniel Hodkins, born June 26, 1868, at New Harmony, Indiana; died

February 18, 1947.

100. N. Riley Hull, born in Tennessee, September 13, 1843; died June 15, 1923.

101. Grace George Henry, born March 23, 1867; died April 8, 1947.

102. James Chalmer Hicks, born November 30, 1856; died March 14, 1907.

103. Lena Hull (nee Moyer), died in 1920.

104. Ora Hull (nee Petty).

105. Nora Huitt (nee Akers), died May 13, 1932.

106. Price Hornsey.

107. John Hornsey.

108. W.H. Harris.

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1. William Imboden, born January 17, 1829; died April 2, 1907.

2. Margaret Mary Imboden, (nee Shelton), wife of William Imboden, born April

21, 1834; died January 6, 1904.

3. Mary Imboden (nee Petty), born May 18, 1838; died December 9, 1910.

4. Dabney Samuel Imboden, born April 27, 1834; died April 21, 1926.

5. David A. Imboden, born October 5, 1871; died August 24, 1892.

6. Samuel Imboden, died October 16, 1874, aged 84 years, 10 months, 28 days.

7. John Imboden, died June 13, 1862, aged 72 years, 2 months, 3 days.

8. Sally Imboden, wife of John Imboden.

9. Arabella Imboden, born June 10, 1860; died April 25, 1884.

10. Rufus A. Imboden, born October 27, 1859; died December 5, 1897.

11. Ray Imboden, son of E. and F. Imboden, born April 14, 1891. Died

February 6, 1902.

12. Margaret A. Imboden, wife of Samuel Imboden, born December 8, 1828; died

April 29, 1860.

13. Elizabeth Melvina Imboden (nee Taylor), born April 25, 1834; died March

1. 1903.

14. Jane Imboden, died November 24, 1873, aged 75 years, 10 months, 2 days.

1. John Jamison, born September 25, 1818; died October 2, 1893.

2. Frank Johnson, aged 40 years, died February 4, 1827.

3. Hazel Johnson, born March 20, 1894; died February 22, 1918, daughter of

F.E. an M.A. Settle.

4. Evangeline Jamison (nee White), wife of John M. Jamison, born October 4,

1867; died November 17, 1934.

5. Eliza A. Jamison (nee Moyer), born September 11, 1817; died June 29, 1899.

6. James M. Jamison, born June 29, 1840; died September 7, 1868.

7. Lucy Jane Jamison, daughter of John and Eliza Jamison, died November 17,

1863, aged 15 years, 3 months, 10 days.

8. Nora Jarvis (nee Seabourne),died December 19, 1944, aged 70 years.

9. Mary Jones (nee Reyburn), daughter of Joseph Reyburn, first wife of

Colonel Augustus Jones.

10. Noah Jaycox, born May 3, 1895; died January 31, 1948. (NOTE: Dave Lossos received an e-Mail from Eric Jaycox on 3/15/2007 stating "Noah Jaycox is my grandfather and my grandmother Ester Jaycox is also buried in the Bellevue Presbyterian Church Cemetary")

11. John Mahion Jamison, born January 2, 1867; died January 4, 1949.

1. Charles Emory Knox, born 1859; died 1882.

2. Joanna J. Kness (nee White and former wife of Thomas Williams), died

April 2, 1944.

3. Mahala Kirkpatrick, born January 31, 1815; died September 24, 1881.

4. Clarissa Keeler, consort of J. Keeler, died September 1821.

5. Edward Lee Key, born May 12, 1934; died February 2, 1938.

6. Percy C. King, son of T.H. and F.C. King, born May 18, 1879; died October

7, 1880.

7. Willie L. King, son of T.H. and F.C. King, born November 22, 1870; died

December 11, 1870.

8. Thomas King.

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1. Robert Baxter Logan, born June 10, 1827; died August 3, 1883.

2. Frances Logan (nee Shelton, born in Augusta County, Virginia), born

February 10, 1831; died February 25, 1911.

3. Lucy Logan, daughter of Robert and Frances Logan, born September 30,

1862; died February 13, 1894.

4. James M. Logan, born November 2, 1833; died 1912.

5. Eugene M. Logan, born January 12, 1859; died 1938.

6. Ann Logan, born 1838; died 1923.

7. Allen Franklin Loomis, born in Gelisha, Ohio, March 2, 1858; died July

11, 1943.

8. Margaret Lucas, born 1873; died March 24, 1936.

9. Margaret Ann Logan, died March 14, 1863, aged 49 years, 10 months, 5 days.

10. Chas. [Charles] W. Lucas, born July 20, 1867;died November 15, 1928.

11. Mary M. Lucas, born September 13, 1839; died February 7, 1923.

12. Philip Lucas, born April 12, 1824; died December 31,1897.

13. Minnie Lucas, daughter of Philip and Mary Lucas, died November 3, 1883,

Aged 12 years, 9 months, 7 days.

14. Margaret E. Lucas, born December 16, 1872; died March 24, 1936.

15. Gladys Belle Lucas, daughter of M.E. Lucas, born November 12, 1904; died

March 26, 1939.

16. Lemro G. Lucas, son of Giles and Laura Lucas, born October 12, 1906;

died October 18, 1940.

17. Giles G. Lucas, married Selecta R. Lemons, born August 26, 1844; died

March 28, 1928.

18. Selecta Lucas, born 1844; died 1906.

19. Orville Lee Lucas, son of James and Margaret Lucas, born December 6,

1899; died July 29, 1901.

20. Eddie Lucas, son of J.C. Lucas, born October 2, 1873; died January 25, 1880.

21. Eugene R. Lucas, son of James and M. Lucas, born November 4, 1893; died

January 3, 1894.

22. Onia W. Lucas, daughter of J. and M. Lucas, born July 25, 1895; died

June 26, 1896.

23. Lovernia Olive Loomis (nee Queen), born 1867; died 1902.

24. Sidney S. Lowe, died November 3, 1883, aged 31 years, 10 months, 13

[18?] days.

25. Margaret W. Lowe, born November 5, 1828; died March 3, 1885.

26. William Lowe, son of T.E. and M.W. Lowe, born February 16, 1861; died

February 18,1882.

27. W. Glen Lowe, son of M.E. and N.A. Lowe.

28. M.E. Lowe, born August 22, 2856; died April 6, 1914.

29. Ava Lucas (nee Weeks), wife of Thomas Lucas.

30. Ona Lucas (nee McMurtrey), wife of Chas. [Charles] Lucas, born August

12, 1867; died July 13, 1942.

31. Lavinia Miner Lucas (nee McSpaden), born 1874; died 1949.

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1.Catherine McCormick (nee Adams), died at the home of her son, Joseph

McCormick, on November 12, 1809 [p 49 gives November 2, 1809], nearly seven

years before the formal organization of the church on August 3, 1816. Her

son then lived nearly six miles away. The roads were not much but Indian

trails. This is some proof that before that date Robert M. Stevenson had

built his school house near in which they could hold prayer meetings at

which an elder would read a sermon and pray for the Lord to send to them an

undershepherd to break to them the bread of life and organize them into a

church, and donated the ground for the future graveyard very early after

their coming to Louisiana.

2. Joseph McCormick, born January 17, 1778; died October 4, 1840.

3. Elizabeth McCormick (nee Sloan), born February 2, 1789; died August 9,

1812.(Note date.) [Why?]

4. Jane McCormick (nee Robinson), was born in Ireland in 1789; died October

21, 1843.

5. Dorcas A. McCormick, born February 11, 1812, died January 10. 1814.

6. John Adams McCormick, born May 16, 1826; died April 19, 1899.

7. Mary Jane McCormick (nee Sloan), born December 23, 1835; died August 24,


8. Lena McCormick, born August 26, 1874; died April 20. 1891.

9. Andrew McCormick, born December 19, 1873; died March 20.1879.

10. Virginia Elizabeth Moore, daughter of O.E. and A. Moore, born and died

August 8, 1910.

11. Joseph C. Moyer, born October 25, 1814; died November 24, 1888.

12. Virginia Moyer (nee Kirkpatrick), born February 11, 1821; died March

11, 1872.

13. Martha McClurg (nee Hughes), born April 3, 1837; died November 11, 1896.

14. George Robert Martin, born August 13, 1866; died June 18, 1914.

15. John Fletcher Martin, son of G.R. and Florence Soule Martin, born 1891;

died 1893.

16. E. McCormick, died August 9, 1812 (note date), aged 23 years.

17. Lillie McSpaden (nee Soule), wife of Lewis McSpaden, born February 18,

1859; died February 21, 1943.

18. Stewart McSpaden, born October 12, 1842; died May 15, 1929.

19. Miles Mason was born in Middlesex County, Virginia, November 13, 1846,

died March 28, 1871.

20. Oliver Mathewson, born July 17, 1800; died September 7, 1871.

21. John Mangan, born March 22, 1851; died March 6, 1927.

22. Sarah Jane Mangan (nee Banta), born April 13, 1855; died November 20. 1899.

23. Nancy Sophia McCormick, daughter of Joseph and Jane Robinson McCormick,

born 1818; died 1819.

24. Antony McLard.

25. Robert S. McClary, born 1872; died 1933.

26. A. L. McIntyre, born February 7, 1852; died July 7, 1909.(Death date corected on 11//10/2016 by

27. Missouri Ann McIntyre, born August 3, 1856; died 1937.

28. A. L. McIntyre, Jr., born October 30, 1878; died February 1915.

29. Ellen McSpaden (nee Rooker), wife of Stewart McSpaden, born October 25,

1846; died November 22, 1923.

30. Samuel E. McSpaden, died November 1, 1888, aged 22 years, 1 month, 9 days.

31. William A. Meyer, son of L.A. and E.C. Meyer, born June 7, 1866; died

August 30, 1867.

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32. Eliza Matkin, wife of W. L. Matkin, died December 27, 1908, aged 27

years, 13 days.

33. Jane M. McLane, born 1906; died 1910.

34. Stella T. Marler, born September 24, 1886; died March 31, 1909.

35. Fred E. Marler, born March 13, 1909; died June 6, 1909.

36. Frank McNabb, born 1862; died 1940.

37. Lawrence McNabb, born February 4, 1898; died February 7, 1920.

38. John F. McLane, born 1823; died 1907.

39. S.T. McClary, born August 10, 1847; died February 26, 1914.

40. Leman Maxwell, born September 18, 1890; died April 2, 1917.

41. Joannah Mason, wife of Simeon Mason, and mother of Mrs. E. H. White,

born October 21, 1812; died September 14, 1898.

42. Mary Ann Mount, wife of H.H. Mount, born March 10, 1880; died June 15, 1913.

43. William G. Moyer, son of J.C. and H. Moyer, died March 17, 1865, aged 15

years, 3 months, 29 days.

44. Jessie L. McKinney, daughter of F.E. and M. McKinney, born August 8,

1914; died July 5, 1915.

45. Mrs. Thomas McClary (nee Taylor), died July 18. 1935, aged 62 years, 6

months, 2 days.

46. Frank P. Marrow, born in Virginia April 15, 1829; died February 6, 1917.

47. Tod M. Marrow, born October 29, 1873; died February 17, 1874.

48. Helen E. Marrow (nee Moore), born April 20, 1834; died May 5, 1913.

49. Elizabeth Moore, born March 31, 1864; died November 13, 1891.

50. James Moore, died March 1, 1885, aged 83 years, 11 months, 4 days.

51. Amanda M. Moore (nee Williams), died August 4, 1887, aged 82 years, 5

months, 10 days.

52. Lenora C. Moore, died September 30, 1837, aged 11 years.

53. Carella McKinney, daughter of T.E. and M. McKinney, died October 15, 1880.

54. Martha Jane Medearis, wife of E.T. Medearis, born February 22, 1840;

died April 16, 1860.

55. Edward McClary, born July 6, 1868, and was aged 67 years, 8 months and

29 days at the time of his death.

56. Sarah McClary (nee Moyer), born February 22, 1865; died July 23, 1942.

57. Vergie McClary, born February 6, 1905; died March 12, 1920.

58. Clarence Marvin McClary, born December 10. 1896; died November 15, 1900.

59. Hallie E. McClary, born October 6, 1901; died June 21, 1903.

60. Robert (Bob) McClary.

61. Benjamin H. Marbury, born October 30. 1865; died March 7, 1938.

62. Annie Marbury (nee Eversole), born June 27, 1868; died December 29, 1917.

63. Benjamin H. Marbury, Jr., son of Benjamin and Annie Marbury, born

October 13, 1900; died July 5, 1901.

64. Thompson Eversole Marbury, son of Benjamin and Annie Marbury, born and

died October 12, 1904.

65. Edward Alexander Marbury, son of Benjamin and Annie Marbury, born and

died October 5, 1907.

66. Jacob Moyer, father of Joseph C. Moyer, from Virginia.

67. Elizabeth Moyer, wife of Jacob Moyer, (nee Russell), from Virginia.

68. Hallie McClary, daughter of Robert S. and Laura McClary, born October 6,

1901; died June 21, 1903.

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69. Clarence McClary, (brother of Hallie), born December 10, 1899; died

November 15, 1900.

70. Lewis McSpaden was born September 21, 1839; died August 14, 1888.

1. Moses N. Newman, born 1832; died February 18, 1887.

2. Mrs. M.N. Newman, died September 23, 1921.

3. Henry Newman, died May 5, 1891.

4. Sarah Neely (nee Newman), wife of George Neely, died December 14, 1890.

5. Marvin Newman, born 1879; died 1908.

6. Nancy E. Neely (nee Breckenridge), wife of John E. [H., see below] Neely,

born February 13, 1855; died August 7, 1895.

7. Robert Oliver Neely, born May 23, 1878; died October 12, 1882, son of

J.H. and N. Neely.

8. Franklin O. Neely, born October 28, 1888; died July 30, 1889, son of J.H.

and N. Neely.

9. Bernice Smith Neely, born January 12, 1883; died September 23, 1921.

10. Maud Neely (nee Bryan), wife of B.S. Neely, born March 24, 1884; died

November 16, 1926.

11. Elizabeth Neely (nee Sloan), born August 25, 1819; died May 1860.

12. Elizabeth Newcomb, wife of J.R. Newcomb, born January 16, 1832; died

February 26, 1917.

13. Capt. Joseph Neel, born February 3, 1811; died March 29, 1894.

14. Elizabeth Neel, consort of Capt. Joseph Neel, died March 25, 1853.

15. Joseph Neel, Sr. died August 29, 1843, aged 67 years. Born in Newton

Parish, Scotland.

16. Martha Neel, consort of Joseph Neel[Sr], died February 7, 1853, aged 82

years, 8 months, 15 days.

17. Henry W. North, born 1866; died 1932.

18. Mary North, born April 18, 1902; died May 12, 1924.

19. Margaret Bell (nee Byrd), wife [first] of Henry W. North, born December

14, 1871; died May 4, 1949.

1. Thomas Oldham, born in England.

2. Susan Oldham

3. Tom Oldham.

4. Jim Owens.

5. Nancy Owens (nee Weeks.)

6. John Oldham.

7. Eugene Owens, son of Jim and Nancy Weeks Owens.

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1. Margaret Peery, born 1812; died March 4, 1873.

2. Melinda Peery, born 1823; died May 11, 1866.

3. Daniel Phelps, died June 28, 1832, aged 80 years.

4. Timothy Phelps born in Vermont October 8, 1788; died December 16, 1863.

5. Cynthia A. Phelps (nee Stevenson), born December 1, 1797; died August 2,


6. Mrs. Amelia J. Pedler died December 9, 1876, aged 41 years, 2 months, 26


7. Abel J. Prosser, D.D.S. born January 1, 1851; died November 14, 1915.

8. Ettie Prosser (nee Eversole), born January 20, 1857; died June 9, 1933.

9. Mary a. Palmer, wife of G.W. Palmer, born May 2, 1838; died March 24, 1891.

10. L.L. Pace, daughter of Landon Pace, died August 3, 1876.

11. Irvin Parkins, died April 21, 1936, aged 43 years, 11 months, 21 days.

12. John Page.

13. Margaret A. Page.

14. Lulu Page, daughter of J.J. and Maggie Page, was born near Silex,

Lincoln County, Missouri, August 8, 1876; died July 4, 1896.

15. Julia Peebles.

16. Irene Pebbles.

17. Thomas Post, born in McDonough County, Illinois, July 12, 1857; died

March 27, 1942.

18. Carrie Post (nee Simpson), born March 21, 1867; died February 27, 1836.

19. Dave Palmer, born May 8, 1863; died March 7, 1948.

1. Hezekiah Queen, born 1856; died 1913.

2. Anna Queen (nee Gollaher), born 1858; died 1944.

3. Charley M. Queen, born 1882; died 1928.

4. Lillie Mae Queen, born 1890; died 1890.

5. Ira C. Queen, born 1895; died 1897.

6. Frank W. Queen, born 1902; died 1902.

7. Roy R. Queen, born 1898; died 1933.

8. Harrison Queen, born in Meigs County, Ohio, September 29, 1844; died

September 14, 1904. Corporal 194 Regiment, Ohio Volunteers, Co. D.

9. Martha Queen (nee Bean), wife of Harrison Queen.

10. Cornelius Queen, died November 19, 1870.

11. Esther Queen.

12. Lewis Queen, Corp. 53rd Ohio Infantry.

13. Emiline Queen (nee Akers), wife of Lewis Queen.

14. Docia Queen (nee Fortune), wife of C. H. Queen, born December 5, 1879;

died December 21, 1903.

15. John Queen, born March 15, 1883; died August 13, 1940.

16. Nancy Queen (nee Castor).

17. Nancy M. Queen, daughter of E.S. and A.L. Queen, died October 7, 1881,

aged 1 year, 1 month, 23 days.

18. Mary Ellen Queen (nee Seabourne), wife of Henry Queen, born January 1,

1893; died April 10, 1918.

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19. L. W. Queen, daughter of C. H. and D.T. Queen, born January 27, 1903;

died January 13, 1905.

20. J.R. Queen, Co. D, 94th Ohio Infantry.

21. D. Munson Queen, born 1872; die 1917.

22. Ellen Queen (nee Seabourne).

23. J. R. Queen, in the Civil War.

1. James Robinson, born in Ireland, March 1769; died April 1852.

2. Jane Robinson, wife of James Robinson, died January 23, 1827, aged 60 years.

3. Widow Elizabeth Robinson, mother of James Robinson.

4. Elizabeth Robinson, died October 21, 1843, aged 54 years.

5. Edward Thompson Rutledge, born February 15, 1835; died April 5, 1922.

6. Angeline Rutledge (nee Powell), born February 20, 1835; died September

12, 1888.

7. Nancy Rutledge (nee Thompson), born December 27, 1806; died June 18,

1893; born in Tazwell County, Virginia.

8. William T. Rutledge, born October 11, 1832; died March 3, 1885.

9. Mary Rutledge (nee Henderson), wife of W.T. Rutledge, born February 1, 1841.

10. Ida Rutledge, daughter of W.T. and M.E. Rutledge, born October 17, 1865;

died December 23, 1882.

11. Chas. [Charles] R. Rutledge, born October 16, 1868; died March 29, 1941.

12. James Rutledge, born May 5, 1801; died February 12, 1847; husband of

Nancy Thompson Rutledge, had been dead 46 years and lay buried on the

Rutledge farm when she died in 1893, Then the remains were disinterred and

placed in the same grave with her.

13. Joseph Reyburn, born in Augusta County, Virginia died March 15, 1838,

aged 80 years.

14. Catherine George Reyburn, wife of Joseph Reyburn.

15. Samuel A. Reyburn, born September 29, 1821; died May 1, 1883.

16. Samuel P. Reyburn, born October 22, 1858.

17. Joseph Nicholas Reyburn, born in Montgomery County, Virginia, July 28,

1788; died November 18, 1840.

18. Mary Reyburn, wife of J.N. Reyburn, born December 13, 1800; died

December 26, 1840.

19. Elizabeth Reyburn (nee Russell),born October 12, 1848; died January 18,


20. A. H. Reyburn, born December 11, 1872; died May 12, 1897.

21. James Lay Reyburn, son of James and D. Reyburn, born November 27, 1894;

died June 15, 1896.

22. James A. Reyburn, born February 22, 1867; died March 15, 1900.

23. Daisy Belle Rayburn (sic) (nee Lay), born November 11, 1868; died

February 20, 1911.

24. William Reyburn, died December 3, 1878, aged 29 years, 6 months, 1 day.

25. J. Houston Russell, born May 29, 1822; died December 11, 1898.

26. Esther J. Russell (nee Carson), wife of J.H. Russell, born February 18,

1824; died February 15, 1909.

27. James T. Russell, born November 8, 1851; died September 26, 1868.

28. Sarah Russell, died April 2, 1869, aged 8 months and 26 days, daughter

of H. and Esther Russell.

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29. John C. Russell, born August 12, 1856; died August 13, 1930.

30. Elizabeth J. Russell, born September 6, 1879; died August 25, 1936.

31. Mildred Russell, died November 27, 1923.

32. William J. Russell, born July 14, 1855; died August 1, 1929.

33. Rachel Russell, wife of J.C. Russell, born May 16, 1815; died April 24,


34. J.C. Russell, born July 22, 1815; died January 13, 1891.

35. William Russell, died February 10, 1852; aged 89 years, 8 months.

36. William Albert Russell, born August 27, 1889; died October 18, 1893.

37. Joseph Russell, born December 27, 1810; died August 5, 1835.

38. Alexander Russell, born 1781; died 1830.

39. Elizabeth Russell, wife of Alex. Russell, died January 18, 1860, aged 68

years, 1 month, 12 days.

40. John C. Russell, born August 12, 1856, died August 13, 1930.

41. Elizabeth J. Russell, born 1879; died 1939. [#30 may be same person.]

42. Amanda Ronald (nee Carson), born September 10. 1827; died February 24, 1873.

43. William Andrew Ronald, born January 10. 1852; died March 28, 1879.

44. Onslow G. Ronald, born in Bedford County, Virginia, August 21, 1822;

died July 13, 1892.

45. Arthur G. Ronald, born February 1, 1873; died December 21, 1907.

46. William B. Ramsey, born October 18, 1841; died October 28, 1913.

47. Mary Jane Ramsey, died June 24, 1902.

48. Pleasant T. Ramsey, born 1844; died 1927.

49. Ann Eliza Ramsey (nee Tennison), born 1841; died 1936.

50. Ewell Thomas Ramsey, son of W.E. and J.D. Ramsey, died in 1869, aged 4

years, 10 months, 28 days.

51. John Munson Ramsey, born March 29, 1869; died February 25, 1939.

52. Lodemia Ruggles, died August 19, 1848.

53. William P. Ruggles, died June 8, 1844, aged 9 years, 6 months.

54. Luman Ruggles died in August 1826, aged 32 years.

55. Salmon B. Ruggles died February 3, 1837.

56. Joseph M. Ruggles, born July 16, 1840; died March 11, 1842.

57. Mary Ruggles, consort of Elijah Ruggles, died October 1830, aged 19 years.

58. Letitia Rodgers, born February 22, 1838; died June 16, 1841.

59. Star Rodgers.

60. Martha J. Rawlins, wife of G.W. Rawlins, born September 13, 1865; died

April 4, 1912.

61. Archibald Robinson, born November 25, 1793; died December 19, 1863. [War


62. Mary M. Robinson, wife of Archibald Robinson, born January 2, 1808; died

January 18,1884.

63. Samuel Rawlins died January 5, 1866, aged 22 years, 6 months, 29 days.

64. Thomas Rickman, born October 10, 1852; died June 5, 1896.

65. Wesley Rickman, born January 22, 2895; died February 25, 1896.

66. Eliza Robinson, daughter of James and Jane Robinson.

67. Lizzie Rickman (nee Seabourne).

68. James Rutter, born in Tennessee.

69. Dollie Rutter (nee Shaner), wife of James Rutter.

70. Arthur Gray Ricketts, born near Mount Sterling, Kentucky, September 8,

1886; died near Belleview December 17, 1918.

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71. Desdamona E. Russell (nee Carr), wife of William A. Russell, was born in

Caledonia, June 6, 1859; died in St. Louis, August 12, 1947.

72. Druzela Rickman (nee Babel), wife of Thomas Rickman, born September 1,

1867, in Athens, Ohio; died August 10, 1947.

73. Comfort Ruggles.

74. William A. Russell, born December 22, 1849, in Bellevue Valley; died

December 4, 1935, at Potosi, Missouri.

75. Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Rickman (nee Seabourne), born June 22, 1861;

died November 7, 1889.

76. [misnumbering, on p 23 #51] Martin Ruggles was born in New England in

1775 and died August 2, 1840.

1. William Sloan, born in North Carolina, 1753; died June 22, 1827.

2. Jane Sloan (nee Stevenson), born December 28, 1762, in North Carolina;

died July 25, 1856.

3. William Stevenson Sloan, born in 1789; died February 23, 1837.

4. Sarah Sloan (nee Goforth), born November 12, 1799; died September 25, 1890.

5. John Sloan, born November 14, 1833; died January 20, 1879.

6. Nancy Sloan (nee Hicks), born August 8, 1842; died January 20, 1929.

7. Thomas Sloan, born July 30, 1799; died November 2, 1871.

8. Edith Thelma Sloan, born October 23, 1896; died July 7, 1915.

9. William N. Sloan, born in April 21, 1817; died March 3, 1883.

10. Jane Sloan (nee Wyatt), born September 12, 1822; died March 31, 1914.

11. Thomas W. Sloan, born September 15, 1852; died June 7, 1926.

12. Eliza Ellen Sloan (nee Logan), born August 8, 1860; died January 23, 1916.

13. Rebecca J. Sloan (nee Stevenson), wife of Elam A. Sloan, born November

5, 1843; died August 26, 1881.

14. Elam A. Sloan born September 18, 1840; died February 22, 1901.

15. Arthur Sloan, born April 30, 1870; died March 21, 1915.

16. Lucy E. Sloan (nee Johnson), wife of Arthur, born July 7, 1873; died 1944.

17. Henry Wendall Sloan, born December 19, 1894; died June 13, 1921.

18. Oliver C. Sloan, born November 14, 1841; died June 13, 1921. [same as

above, ??]

19. Russella Sloan (nee Breckenridge), born October 12, 1842; died November

10, 1906.

20. Nina May Sloan, born October 28, 1865; died August 29, 1917.

21. Guy T. Sloan, born March 27, 1863; died July 8, 1938.

22. Jennie H. Sloan, born 1866; died 1906.

23. Fergus Sloan, born 1829; died 1901.

24. Fergus Sloan, born in North Carolina, December 16, 1787; died November

13, 1849.

25. Thomas J. Sloan, born January 30, 1799; died December 2, 1871.

26. Bernice Sloan (nee Harris), wife of Thomas J. Sloan.

27. Thomas Donnell Sloan, born December 11, 1852; died July 27, 1856.

28. Emily Rebecca Sloan, daughter of J. and Angeline Sloan, died June 28,

1864, aged 1 year, 1 month, 9 days.

29. Thomas Donnell Sloan, born August 21, 1846; died February 19, 1897.

[second of this name]

30. Margaret B. Sloan (nee Nicholson), born November 5, 1853; died August

17, 1924.

31. Harriet Sophronia Sloan, born December 31, 1842; died March 1, 1919.

32. Mary Sloan, born 1826; died 1907.

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33. Elizabeth V. Sloan, born 1836; died 1869.

34. Claud N. Sloan, born August 1, 1885; died January 17, 1915.

35. Anna Mae Sloan, born May 25, 1891; died September 4, 1907.

36. Thomas J. Sloan, son of T.D. and M.B. Sloan, born August 3, 1876; died

November 13, 1877.

37. Mary L. Sloan, daughter of T.D. and M.B. Sloan, born Mary 25, 1880; died

September 7, 1881.

38. Mary B. Sloan (nee Moyer), born August 19, 1808; died February 26, 1893.

Wife of Palmer Breckenridge and Robert Sloan.

39. Oliver Lee Sloan, son of O.G. and R. Sloan, born December 28, 1878; died

January 21, 1885.

40. Jesse Ellis Sloan, son of O.G. and R. Sloan, died October 18, 1873.

41. George Sloan, born February 14, 1821; died February 2, 1890.

42. James B. Sloan, son of A.N. and M.E. Sloan, born January 2, 1857; died

June 2, 1858.

43. Eliza Sloan, daughter of A.N. and M.E. Sloan, born January 2, 1857; died

June 5, 1858. [Similar to one above.]

44. Mary E. Sloan, wife of A.N. Sloan, died August 27, 1860, aged 44 years,

2 months, 21 days.

45. Peachy L. Sloan, daughter of A.N. and M.E. Sloan; died July 30, 1866,

aged 1 year, 1 month, 13 days.

46. Augusta A. Sloan, daughter, of A.N. and M.E. Sloan, died July 31, 1866,

aged 1 year, 3 months, 12 days. [see one above, mistake ?]

47. John S. Sloan, son of W. A. and M.H. Sloan, born March 29, 1856; died

February 19, 1857.

48. Thomas Sloan, son of J. and Angeline Sloan, died February 27, 1857, aged

1 year, 7 months, 14 days.

49. Mary Eveline Sloan, daughter of Stevenson Sloan.

50. John Harris Sloan, died December 30, 1875, aged 42 years.

51. Genevieve Sloan, born March 29, 1905; died July 2, 1905, daughter of

Walter Sherlock and Olive Martin Sloan.

52. Dennis Sullivan, born March 1, 1831; died October 3, 1922.

53. Benton P. Sinclair, born 1875; died 1938.

54. May S. Sinclair, born 1877; died 1931.

55. Fred A. Sinclair, born 1879; died 1943.

56. Dr. Clyde R. Sinclair, born 1908; died 1945.

57. Joseph Sherlock, born October 11, 1819; died November 8, 1888.

58. Alvacinda N. Sherlock (nee Sloan), born August 27, 1826; died April 18,


59. Luther R. Stoner, born May 9, 1879; died May 18, 1945.

60. Isaac C. Stephens, born June 20, 1815; died September 30, 1867.

61. Sarah W. Stevens, born December 28, 1792; died March 30, 1860.

62. James W. Stephens, born January 9, 1820; died November 3, 1863.

63. Eveline E. Stevens, born February 25, 1819; died March 13, 1899.

64. William Sweeney, died August 3, 1886, aged 42 years.

65. Sarah Lucy Small, died February 26, 1863, aged 61 years, 2 months, 28 days.

66. Matthew Shields, born in Augusta County, Virginia, September 4, 1798;

died May 23, 1842. [One of these seems incorrect. Which?]

67. Elizabeth Shields, born in Augusta County, Virginia, September 8, 1798;

died December 18, 1844.

68. John Shields, born in Augusta County, Virginia, April 16, 1807; died May

13, 1880.

69. William Shields, born October 12, 1772; died August 1, 1835.

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70. Mary T. Shields, wife of William Shields, born September 18, 1771; died

September 11, 1834.

71. Alexander T. Shields, born July 8, 1812; died July 25, 1834, son of

William and Mary Shields.

72. James Shields, born September 23, 1804; died August 17, 1835, son of

William and Mary Shields.

73. Thomas Shields, born May 4, 1840; died December 20, 1890.

74. Jane Ann Soule, born June 10, 1826; died September 17, 1886.

75. John Soule, born July 10, 1809; died November 14, 1889.

76. Joe Seabourne

77. Cynthia Ann Shelton, born 1867; died 1917.

78. Emory J. Shelton, born April 25, 1872; died July 17, 1901.

79. George E. Shelton, born September 9, 1899; died July 6, 1900.

80. William A. Shelton, born October 2, 1860; died January 3, 1945.

81. Ella E. Shelton (nee White), born November 11, 1862; died November 22, 1943.

82. Dabney Shelton, born in Augusta County, Virginia June 14, 1784; died

October 26, 1842.

83. Catherine Shelton (nee Schemp), wife of Dabney Shelton, born September

29, 1792; died December 14, 1858.

84. Dabney Jackson Shelton, born 1834, died 1890.

85. Martha Shelton (nee Neely), born 1834; died 1886.

86. John Shelton born in Virginia, May 11, 1824.

87. Frank Shelton, born 1855; died 1880.

88. Bertha Shelton, born 1880; died 1904.

89. Frank Burton Shelton, born November 26, 1912; died March 28, 1946.

90. Joseph L. Stevens, born December 29, 1812; died September 15, 1885, born

near Bowling Green, Kentucky.

91. Leuiza W. Stephens, born March 19, 1812; died November 22, 1888.

92. Rev. J.J. Squire, born 1853; died 1934.

93. Fannie Squire, born 1860; died 1940.

94. Alonza R. Sutherland, born October 19, 1841; died June 27, 1915.

95. Laura F. Sutherland (nee Smith), born December 25, 1845; died May 18, 1928.

96. James A. Simms, born July 15, 1892; died August 20, 1896.

97. Florence E. Simms, born December 6, 1896; died August 2, 1898.

98. E. Simms, wife of L.L. Simms, born September 4, 1870; died August 3, 1903.

99. John D. Stephens, born in Bowling Green, Kentucky, February 25, 1825;

died August 21, 1905.

100. Patsy Stephens (nee Taylor), wife of John D. Stephens.

101. G. W. Simpson, died February 2, 1895. Aged 82 years, 10 months, 18 days.

102. Mary Simpson (nee Shields), born February 14, 1825; died April 7, 1906.

103. Ellen T. Simpson, born February 10, 1850; died June 10, 1921.

104. Mathew S. Simpson, born January 30, 1880; died August 28, 1908.

105. Jennie Almira Stocking, died February 25, 1904, aged 55 years, 29 days.

106. Walter Stockings, died February 16, 1903, aged 80 years, 11 months, 3 days.

107. Harrison Sweeney, born August 7, 1847; died June 20, 1889.

108. Angeline Sweeney, wife of Harrison Sweeney.

109. Delphia Jane Seabourne, died December 15, 1944, aged 76 years, 4

months, 8 days.

110. Thomas L. Stewart, born 1829; died 1923.

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111. Mary Ann Stewart, born 1845; died 1900.

112. Minta Stewart, born 1863; died 1943.

113. Catherine Sloan (nee Rayburn, married first Jonas Henderson, Jr.,

second, George Dawson Sloan), born May 18, 1819; died February 2, 1901.

114. Joe Seabourne. [Same as # 76?}

1. Margie Townsend, born June 17, 1906; died January 2, 1928, daughter of E.

and L. Townsend.

2. Francis C. Townsend, born January 23, 1847; died December 27, 1881.

3. Mary E. Townsend (nee Wyatt), born October 1, 1852; died December 24, 1882.

4. Mary E. Townsend, daughter of F.C. and M.E. Townsend, born June 6, 1875;

died November 9, 1881.

5. Hannah Townsend, wife of W.H. Townsend, died November 23, 1885, aged 49

years, 1 month, 26 days.

6. John Taylor, died June 11, 1862, aged 78 years.

7. Robert T. Taylor, born May 30, 1847; died June 30, 1920.

8. William A. Thompson, born 1864; died 1934.

9. Samuel Harrison Trout, died November 14, 1946, aged 90 years, 2 months,

24 days.

10. John E. Turner, born 1863; died 1931.

11. Julia E. Turner, born 1875; died 1941.

12. John Bunion Twomey, died Sept 15, 1939, aged 80 years.

13. Maud May Tiefenauer, died June 27, 1944, aged 55 years, 8 months, 13 days.

14. Minnie M. Talley, born June 14, 1988; died June 2, 1923.

15. Cornelius F. Talley, born December 28, 1857; died February 14, 1929.

16. Martha C. Talley, born February 20, 1860; died May 14, 1932.

17. Jane Thompson, born in Augusta County, Virginia, November 6, 1807; died

in Collinsville, Illinois, September 28, 1882.

18. William H. Thomas, born January 13, 1790.

19. Dr. John H. Thomas, born May 10, 1831.

20. John Henry Taylor, born January 28, 2875; died June 10, 1946.

21. Anna Taylor (nee Oldham).

22. Bessie Twomey.

23. Levy Talley.

24. Jesse Taylor.

25. Samuel Taylor.

26. William H. Townsend (in the Civil War), born February 27, 1842; died

December 24, 2904.

27. Mary Jane Talley (nee Weeks), born November 22, 1878; died January 12,

1949. Wife of Walter Talley.

28. Emma Thompson (nee Imboden), wife of William Thompson, born October 15,

1867; died March 2, 1949.

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1. Thomas R. Williams, born in Wright County, Missouri, April 6, 1857; died

February 1, 1886, son of Reverend J.C. Willliams.

2. Charles A. White, son of E.S. and S.B. White, aged 22 years.

3. Jacob White, son of E.S. and S.B. White, born 1886; died 1904.

4. Edwin S. White born October 12, 1859; died April 24, 1928.

5. Susan Belle White (nee Sloan), born August 20, 1860; died April 10, 1928.

6. Emory G. White, born 1873; died 1910.

7. Henry Clarence White, born April 2, 1861, at New Madrid, Missouri; died

October 17, 1875, at Belleville, Illinois.

8. Reverend E.H. White, born October 12, 1830, at Bridge, North England;

died August 30, 1907.

9. John B, White, born March 2, 1824, at Bridge, North England; died

November 17, 1875, at Belleville, Illinois.

10. Georgiana White (nee Mason), wife of E. H. White, born December 22, 1837

at South Bend, Indiana; died February 26, 1909.

11. A.G. Wiatt, son of William and Maria J. Wiatt, died August 22, 1886,

aged 25 years, 10 months, 14 days.

12. W.S. Wiatt, born December 23, 1818; died July 28, 1906.

13. M.J. Wiatt, born February 18, 1831; died October 25, 1910.

14. Annie Anderson Whitely, born 1855; died 1940.

15. Alexander Anderson Whitely, born 1859; died 1933.

16. Edward A. Wiatt, died December 24, 1865, aged 43 years, 10 months, 17 days.

17. Ben Gordon Whitely, born 1860; died 1928.

18. Thomas J. Whitely, died February 26, 1900, aged 80 years.

19. Sarah B. Whitely, wife of Thomas J. Whitely, born October 13, 1831; died

May 11, 1871.

20. Hezekiah Williams, died February 2, 1831, aged 51 years, 10 months, 21 days.

21. Lemuel Wakely died August 1814, aged 59 years. (Note the date of death

as almost two years before the Concord, later Bellevue Church was organized.)

22. William G. Wyatt, born March 21, 1788; died April 22, 1870.

23. Francis W. Wyatt, born March 19, 1787; died February 1, 1864.

24. Benjamin L. Wyatt, born August 8, 1826; died January 31, 1864.

25. George Warsing, died August 1, 1867, aged 38 years, 6 months.

26. Nancy Jane Wyatt, wife of D.P. Wyatt, born July 18, 1851; died December

20, 1917.

27. D.P. Wyatt, born May 13, 1862; died February 18, 1914.

28. Doctor H. Wyatt, born December 8, 1836; died June 28, 1911.

29. Sarah A. Wyatt, born December 5, 1834; died August 13, 1920.

30. Carrie A. Williams (nee Henry), born 1863; died 1905, wife of R.W. Williams.

31. Rufus W. Williams, born 1861; died 1935.

32. Levie H. Williams, daughter of R.W. and C.A. Williams, born 1902; died 1903.

33. Alfred Graves Williams, son of Rufus W. and Carrie Henry Williams, born

August 20, 1888; died July 1, 1890.

34. George L. Williams, born 1885; died 1886.

35. Cora Williams, died December 13, 1930, aged 43 years, 7 months, 3 days.

36. Rosena Wallen (nee Altheuser), born October 12, 1880; died April 24, 1905.

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37. Joseph Weeks, born July 16, 1827; died June 28, 1910.

38. Edith Byrd Wilkinson, born September 18, 1897; died March 30, 1918.

39. Sallie A. Wiley, born 1870; died 1929.

40. James M. Wiley, born 1867; died 1931.

41. L.L. Whitt, son of George and Lydia Whitt, born February 16, 1913 [or

1918?]; died July 29, 1918.

42. Roger Ray White, son of Walter and Ethel White, born 1928; died 1935.

43. Paul H. White, son of E.S. and S.B. White, died December 26, 1904, aged

20 years.

44. Charles Williams, born January 25, 1879; died March 1, 1882. He was a

son of William Graves and Kittie Breckenridge Williams.

45. Gideon Weeks.

46. Albert Weeks.

47. Cora Wilburn (nee Rickman).

48. Mary Louise Wood, infant daughter of Ulysses P. and Edna Robbins Wood.

1. Minnie Yates, born February 12, 1883; died December 9, 1916.

The people who made the indexing of the cemetery possible were Mrs. Eliza Ronald Farrar of 183 North Fulton St., Fresno 3, California; Mr. J. M. Marrow, 6403 Brooklyn St., Seattle 5, Washington; Mrs. Estella Carr Finnegan, 6142 Morgansford Road, St. Louis, Missouri; Mrs. Mary Partin McCormick, 7195 South St., St. Louis; Walter White, 3848 Shaw Ave, St. Louis; Judge F.E. Williams and wife, Anna Donnel [sic] Williams, 4233 Shenandoah Ave., St. Louis; Miss Jennie Greenwood, 4431 South Broadway, St. Louis 11, Missouri; Mrs. W.R. Goodykoontz and daughter, Sarah Goodykoontz Byrnes, Vandalia, Illinois.

The groundwork was done by William Finley, a Junior of the Caledonia High School.

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ROBERT MONTGOMERY YOUNG STEVENSON Robert M. Stevenson, as he signed himself in later years, was born in Iredell County, North Carolina, on May 8, 1772. He died on the farm on which Keener's Station is now located in Butler County, Missouri, on July 23, 1835. He is known to have been a resident of Lincoln County, North Carolina, in 1797, when his oldest daughter, Cynthia, was born on December First. It is not known what church in Lincoln County he was made an elder in before 1804, at which time he was appointed by King's Mountain Presbytery to visit Knob Creek and Long Creek Churches and take up with them matters of religion.

On his way west with his family he is known to have stopped in Christian County, Kentucky, and made one or two crops. While there he with some unmarried men of the party pushed on to Louisiana to spy out the land and decide on a place to settle. Just who these young men were is not known to this compiler but his brothers-in-law Henry and William Steele also Alexander Thompson Alexander and John Price Alexander and there might have been one of two of the sons of his sister, Jane Stevenson, and William Sloan in the party. It is known that they contacted Daniel Boone somewhere on the trip, which would lead us to suppose that they were north of the Missouri River as well as south. They might have seen Joseph McCormick on his way back to North Carolina after his mother and her unmarried children and he told them of Robert Sloan who was then located in Bellevue Valley and was then resident in what was afterwards the little village of Caledonia.

It was here that the Scotch-Irish colony from North Carolina arrived on November 30, 1807, made their camp for thirty people, arose the next morning, which was Cynthia's tenth birthday, and held a sun-rise prayer meeting. This was the first known Presbyterian assemblage west of the Mississippi River. He and his brother-in-law, William Sloan, were the Presbyterian elders in the meeting.

Before many months had rolled around his actions were recorded at Sainte Genevieve as witnessing a deed from Joseph Reed to David Gollaher to some Bellevue Valley land, which was in the Territory of Louisiana, District of Ste. Genevieve and Township of Bellevue. The date was April 29, 1808.

Another Ste. Genevieve record shows that on August 26, 1809, one Ananias McCoy deeds to Joseph Reed and Martin Ruggles land that is now the Rathbun Farm and mentions that the land is bounded on the west by Robert Sloan and on the east by Robert M.Y. Stevenson. The "Y" in his name appears rather frequently in the years immediately following this date. The tradition in our family is that he took the name of Young in addition to his real name. His daughter, Cynthia Phelps named her oldest son Robert Montgomery and there have been other Robert Montgomery Stevensons.

Again the Ste. Genevieve records tell us that on October 4, 1809, Frederick Bates, Secretary of the Territory of Louisiana, and exercising the government thereof, for the integrity, abilities and diligence of Robert Montgomery Stevenson, Esquire, appoints him Justice of the Peace for the township of Bellevue, District of Ste. Genevieve. The Commission was to continue during the pleasure of the Governor of the Territory for the time being. When Bellevue Township was erected it had no Western limit designated. The Western boundary of the Louisiana Purchase which was never surveyed, had been named as the Rocky Mountains. He took the oath of office before Moses Austin, on November 8, 1809, which was more than a month after the Commission was dated. It is not known how long he served as Justice but it is known that his brother-in-law, Andrew McCormick, was a Justice of the Peace for the same area in 1811. Then on March 9, 1812, Mr. Stevenson was called for the last time to do jury duty in Ste. Genevieve.

From the Ste. Genevieve Records again we learn that on March 8, 1813, he bought 100 acres of land from Ananias McCoy. Later this same year Washington County was erected out of a part of Ste. Genevieve District which had become part of Ste. Genevieve County by proclamation of Governor Howard. The first official transaction in Washington County took place on January 4, 1814. All of that year and until June of the next year the records have no mention of Robert M. Stevenson. The secret seems to be that he had taken his family back to Christian County, Kentucky, to be safer from the Indian attacks during the War of 1812. Also to give his family better school advantages. It is said that Miss Cynthia (my grandmother) then 18 returned a beautiful young lady with a cultured air.

For the next 15 years Washington County was the home of Robert M. Stevenson. His name appears so many times that we wonder how one man could have done so much work on so many different commissions and tended his farm. But he had several boys at home and there were known to have been some slaves brought all the way from North Carolina with him. During the time that he was in the saddle riding over the County to assess the property of the citizens, riding to Pots to act as one of the Commissioners of the county to sell lots in Pots, etc., his thoughts must have been much on the prospect of having a Presbyterian Church in Bellevue. To better show his feelings in regard to the situation in which they were living at that time we introduce two of his letters in full.

Copy of letter from Robert M. Stevenson to S. Hempstead:

Belle-View Washington County.

Dear Sir

I receid (sic) of the 14th by Mr. Piggot, - I heartily thank you for the interest you take in, and the concern you express for our Situation. It has been destitute indeed, and really uncomfortable to those who have formerly enjoyed the blessings of the gospel and its ordinances with a proper relish for them. - I greatly rejoice in the prospect you intimate, of the gospel being sent among us by the Missionary Society, and anticipate the satisfaction of sitting once more under the droppings of the sanctuary.

I congratulate you on the circumstances of the Revd. Gideon Blackborn, coming to reside in St. Louis - He is indeed a burning and a shining light, and I have no doubt that the Master whom he serves, will make him largely useful there - I felt much disappointed in not seeing him - I had prepared a letter to send to him, informing him something of our situation, and praying him to call on us and indulged the hope of seeing him; when to my regret I learned that he had recrossed the Mississippi the day before, on his way to Tennessee - I esteem the circumstances of an acquaintance with you, a kind of providence - I had long wished to do something to procure preachers of our own order; but I know not how to commence the thing, nor where to apply for direction, we are debtors here, to the Methodist brethren, they have done what they could for us, but our desire is for an able ministry -

The tracts you sent me, I will endeavor to distribute agreeable to your direction - There are numbers in this quarter destitute of Bibles - When you receive a supply of books, if I can aid in the benevolent design of the society, by undertaking to distribute a part of them you may command me at any time - Should any providence in future call you into this quarter, you will oblige by giving me a call - A line from you at any time, would be gladly received.

I am with high esteem

Yours &c

March 24, 1816 Robert M. Stevenson

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Belleview, June 3rd, 1816.

Dear Sir

I received your favour of May 18th by the Revd. Salmon Giddings, and take the opportunity of sending you by him, a few lines in reply - I rejoice greatly in having it once more in my power to hear the gospel preached by a minister of our own order; the prospect with us seems to brighten, and the cloud that long hung around us, I trust is passing over. God is demonstrating that the ends of the earth (in which almost, we seem to dwell) to look to has not forgotten us, by sending his servants to call us from the [? to] him and to be saved -

Mr. Giddings is well recd by all the people here; he is considered sensible and pious and very methodical in his preaching, and I hope that under God he will prove a blessing to many among us. I foresee some difficulties in forming a church here, but I think we shall accomplish the object: it will however require considerable management in our situation to effect it in such a way as to give no offence to Jew or Gentile, nor to the Church of God, which is our duty in all cases.

But I trust the Lord will aid and direct us in the business -

Mr. Giddings will be able to explain to you more fully our situation, than I can by letter - It would have added to the satisfaction I enjoyed on Mr. Giddings arrival here, to have seen you with him. When he returns here again, I flatter myself he will administer the sacrament of the supper, at which time I would be glad to have you attend -

My dear friend, I cannot express the gratitude I feel to the great HEAD OF THE CHURCH for sending the blessed gospel among us in the wilderness. I had regretted much the opportunities I left behind me, and had almost despaired of ever being again so happy, But the sorrows may continue for a night, yet joy cometh in the morning. I look forward to the approaching communion season with uncommon sensations of joy and gratitude. THE VERY SPOT ON WHICH WE SHALL HAVE SET FORTH IN LIVELY EMBLEMS, THE GREATEST EXHIBITION OF LOVE AND MERCY TO A FALLEN WORLD, WAS LESS THAN FIFTEEN YEARS AGO, THE HAUNT OF SAVAGE BEASTS OR MORE SAVAGE MEN. What a change! This the Lord's doings and marvelous in our eyes. O may it be a season never to be forgotten. May his children be brought into his BANQUETING HOUSE and his banner over them be love. And may the lifting up of Jesus on the cross be a means of drawing many onto him in this place -

I thank you for the interest you take in our concerns, and I hope the God, whose favor you have implored on our behalf, will give you the desires of your heart, and the satisfaction to see a church in Belle-View; and that he would moreover give you the satisfaction to see one organized in St. Ferdinand. I know this would gratify you, and why should we despair. The materials to work upon are there, and his grace is all sufficient. He is able of stones to raise up children to Abraham. He can make the dry bones live - THE BRETHREN HERE REQUEST TO BE MENTIONED TO YOU, AND BEG A CONTINUANCE OF THAT INTEREST IN YOUR PRAYERS THAT THEY HAVE HITHER-TO ENJOYED.

Mention me if you please to your _____________[? word torn off] I am with great respect &c

Robt M. Stevenson

We note in these letters that Robert M. Stevenson and r. S. Hempstead were busy distributing tracts and Bibles when there was no Presbyterian Church west of the Mississippi River and none in the entire State of Illinois west of a Meridian running through the mouth of the Cumberland River, where it empties into the Ohio.

We sincerely believe that this Scotch-Irish band set up the banner of Christ on December 1, 1807, in the beautiful valley where they had chosen to make their home. That Mr. Stevenson built his school house very soon after he got located on the farm at the bluff and later known as Shield's Bluff or Rattle Snake Bluff. That the school house was located within the present limits of the Presbyterian grave year. That this same school house was a church in every thing but name. In this connection note that he says; "The very spot on which we shall have set forth in lively emblems, the greatest exhibition of Love and Mercy to a fallen world, was less than fifteen years ago, the haunt of savage beasts or more savage men (Indians)." Please note that farther on in his same letter he says; "The BRETHREN here request to be mentioned to you, and beg a continuation of that interest in your prayers that they hitherto enjoyed." Who were the brethren if not the men of the same Scotch-Irish band who had been bringing their families to that school house for divine worship ever since it was built?

In a sketch of Robert M. Stevenson written by his grandson the late Henry H. Stevenson of Long Beach, California, we find the following; "Grandfather was nearly always in demand as a teacher in the Bellevue Settlement, and took great interest in school matters. It is said that he was a very able and successful teacher, and many of the young men were prepared to enter college after leaving his school. I can well remember an old key which he made for his won private use and which I often studied and attempted to copy. This key had his rules of teaching written out in full...Some in English and some in German Script...for beauty, neatness and style it was a marvel." As late as 1827 Mr. Stevenson is known to have held Justice Court in a building which he spoke of as "My Schoolhouse."

From the Missouri Gazette of October 12, 1816, we learn that on September 16, 1816, a number of respectable inhabitants of the County met for the purpose of forming a Bible Society. Rev. Salmon Giddings was chosen temporary chairman and Andrew Scott scribe. Of the permanent organization Col. John Perry was chosen President; Robert M. Stevenson, Vice president; Andrew Scott, Secretary; and Robert C. Bruffey, Treasurer. In addition Directors named were William Sloan, John Perry Jr., George M'Gahan, Israel M"Gready. John M'Illvaine, John Bricky, Joseph McCormick. Besides our three Bellevue elders, Mr. Perry, Sr., and Mr. McGready were known to be Presbyterians. Mr. Floyd C. Shoemaker in his "Missouri Day by Day", Vol. II, Page 421 says that the Washington County Bible Society was the first organized west of the Mississippi River. The Holman family of Caledonia preserved for more than 100 years the private papers of William Woods. To add other names to the list of the supporters of the Bible Society and to prove that the Society functioned for at least several years, we copy the following receipt in full. "Received of Robert Hughes $1.50 by the hand of William Woods, money subscribed to the Washington County Bible Society, March 8, 1826.

George Breckenridge, Treasurer

P 34 On August 8, 1819 (Note date of October 4, 1809), Frederick Bates, Secretary of the Territory of Missouri and exercising the government thereof, appointed Robert M. Stevenson Justice of the Peace of Bellevue Township, Washington County for four years. He took the oath to support the Constitution of America and also subscribed to the following: "That I will well and truly execute the duties of the said office according to the best of my skill and understanding, without fraud or partiality so help me God." This time the oath was taken before John Brickey who held the office of Recorder of Washington County for about 30 years. In the ten years intervening between his two appointments of Justice of Bellevue Township by Mr. Bates the area of his jurisdiction had grown much smaller. In 1812 when the Territory of Missouri was erected the Osage Indian line running South from a point very near Kansas City had been designated as its Western boundary. Then on December 11, 1818, Franklin county had been erected with territory lying directly west of Washington County leaving Bellevue its most western Township with a much reduced area from the area in 1809.

About this time the Missouri Constitutional Convention was in session. The machinery of the new State was set up. On November 6, 1820, Alexander McNair, Governor of the State of Missouri, dates a commission appointing him [RMYS?] a Justice for the same area but mentions the fact that the Federal Assembly of the State of Missouri had nominated him to the Office.

In this General Assembly Washington County had two representatives, George Hudspeth and Robert M. Stevenson. This General Assembly met in St. Louis on September 18, 1820. Mr. Hudspeth was there on that first day and was present at the organization of the House of Representatives. Then the next day it is noted that another member from the County of Washington, Robert M. Stevenson, appeared, produced his certificate of election, was qualified and took his seat. That same day a committee of five was appointed to inquire if any amendments ought to be made to the Constitution. Mr. Stevenson was one of the committeemen. He was appointed one of three to examine into the state of the Treasurer's Office. This was a joint Committee with three from the Senate.

On September 27, 1820, we find this note in the minutes of the House of Representatives of this session: "Mr. Alcorn gave notice that on Monday next he would introduce a bill, authorizing the Legislature of the State of Missouri to select 12 Salt Springs, with six sections of land adjoining each spring, set apart by the Congress of the United States for the use of said state." Robert M. Stevenson served on the committee to select the springs. The Springs selected were in Howard County. Naturally, the mode of travel was on horseback. We wonder if her rode over any of the same ground which he and his band of young men rode over previous to their coming to Bellevue in 1807.

On December 2, 1820, the House was concerned about how to prevent so much vice and immorality. A bill was reported, discussed, amended and finally referred to a committee of five to perfect. Mr. Stevenson was one of the committee. On December 13, 1820, we find another minute which shows the workings of the first House of Representatives. "On motion of Mr. Moore, the House resolved itself into a committee of the whole, with Mr. Stevenson in the chair and took into consideration (1) A Bill to regulate the offices of the Auditor of Public Accounts and State Treasurer; (2) A Bill for the appropriation of money; (3) A Bill to provide for the sale of certain lots, and the building of the State House in Jefferson City, the permanent seat of government of the state, etc." But was Missouri a state?

To help answer that question we will introduce here "Some First Hand Evidence of Missouri Struggling for Statehood." The following is a copy of one of the George Breckenridge collection of letters and papers now in my possession. The Governor's message was printed on one-fourth of a folded sheet of paper leaving three-fourths blank. Mr. Stevenson writes on the blank page opposite the printed message on the reverse of the written page is the address, George Breckenridge, Esq., Washington County, Missouri. "St. Charles, June 7, 1821, Sir: Mr. Jones (John Rice Jones who was later one of the Supreme Court Judges of Missouri) leaves this place this morning for Mine a Briton [now Potosi] which affords me unexpectedly an opportunity of sending you the Governor's Message to the two Houses of the Legislature which will give you an idea of the objects for which we have been convened. I know the great anxiety of the people upon the subject, and would ask you to give the communication publicity in your neighborhood, but it would be superfluous, for I know you will do it, feeling a desire equal with myself to gratify the people on this greatly interesting occasion. My Compliments to your family. I am with esteem, etc. Robert M. Stevenson." As there was [sic] no envelopes in those days the inside is folded and sealed with a wafer. The tradition is that his youngest son, John, who had been born in Christian County, Kentucky in May, 1807, rode beside his father to St. Charles to bring the horse back with him. In passing through St. Louis he saw his first steamboat land.

Was Missouri a State? Missouri said Yes. Congress said No and Missouri's first elected Senator and Representative did not take their seats in their respective bodies. (Note - See "Missouri Struggle for Statehood," by Floyd Shoemaker, Page 290.) A faction in Congress objected to Missouri's Constitution regarding slavery. The Resolution admitting Missouri as a state provided that Missouri would be admitted if the Legislature by a solemn Public Act shall so amend the Constitution as required and transmit the same to the President of the United States on or before the fourth Monday in November, 1821. The eyes of not only the entire state of Missouri but of the entire United States was [sic] on the deliberations of this meeting of which Mr. Stevenson writes.

That the adjourned session of the Legislature did consider some other subjects other than the one Congress noted and that Mr. Stevenson was busy as noted from the Journal of that Session. He served on the Committee on Ways and Means, and to procure the printing to be done as necessary to the House. He introduced a resolution with reference to rendition of judgments.

On page 25 of the Journal we find the following record: "The House resolved itself into a Committee of the whole on the affairs of the state, and took into consideration so much of the Governor's message as relates to the admission of Missouri into the Union upon a certain condition...Mr. Stevenson in the chair, after some time spent therein, the committee rose, reported progress and obtained permission to sit again which was granted."

On June 12, 1821, the House received a message from Governor McNair with reference to a Missionary family sent out by the United States Foreign Missionary Society of New York to the Usage Indian's which were then located on the borders and within the borders of Missouri. Mr. Stevenson was one of a Committee of three from the House with a like Committee form the Senate to locate the Missionary family among the Osages.

P 36 He also served in both the second and third sessions of the General Assembly. We do not follow him through these sessions but note that his name appears on the first and last pages of both Assemblies. In the Second and Third he served on the Committee to draft rules for the House. From the House Journal of 1835 we notice that the two representatives from Washington County were Aires Hudspeth and Joseph Miles Stevenson who were sons of the first two representatives. Mr. Hudspeth later made a brilliant record as Speaker pro tem of the Senate. This Joseph M. Stevenson lost his life in the battle of Greenville at the age of 62 in the Civil War. Robert M. Stevenson went to the State Senate from the Sixth District in 1830. Later his son, Henry Steele Stevenson, who lived on Marble Creek below Ironton at that time, followed his father to the State Senate.

In the Second Session of the House of Representatives which met in St. Charles on November 4, 1822, Mr. Philip Cole took Mr. Hudspeth's place as representative from Washington County. It was ordered that Mr. Stevenson be added to the select committee to which was referred so much of the Governor's Message as relates to religion. On November 5 on motion of Mr. Stevenson: RESOLVED that the Hall of Representatives shall be open for divine services at all times when not occupied by the House of Representatives.

The Irondale High School has three original papers showing what was paid to Robert M. Stevenson for his services as a member of the House of Representatives and also his travelling allowance to the temporary seat of government. They are signed by H.L. Geyer as Speaker of the House during those three sessions and attested by H. Douglas, Clerk. They were given at St. Charles and are dated January 5, 1822, December 4, 1824, and February 1825. One of his descendants, Mrs. Rebecca Gibson Jamison and her family now live at Irondale.

In the period from 1824 to 1830 Mr. Stevenson's name appears often in the Washington County Records. He seems to have been a Justice of the Peace in Bellevue Township much of the time. In November, 1827, the County Court was made up: John Brickey, Daniel Dunklin who was afterwards Governor and took so much interest in Public Schools that he is called "The Father of Missouri Public Schools," and Robert M. Stevenson. On November 11, 1827, the following was recorded: "ORDERED BY THE COURT THAT THE SHERIFF EXCLUDE FROM THE COURT HOUSE ALL THEATRICAL AND OTHER PERFORMANCES OR SHOWS; BUT UPON SUFFICIENT AND RESPONSIBLE PERSONS AGREEING TO TAKE CARE OF THE COURT HOUSE HE MAY ADMIT OF PUBLIC PREACHING OF ALL DENOMINATIONS AS LIKEWISE SUNDAY AND OTHER SCHOOLS."

From the Minutes of Missouri Presbytery on March 23, 1828, the following minute was recorded: Ordered that Reverend Mr. Donnell and Messieurs Robert M. Stevenson and Joseph McCormick, be the Committee to visit the Apple Creek Church." That was a ride of nearly 100 miles for the three gentlemen named. He must have had an eye for saddle horses in those days.

It was in 1830 that he was elected to the State Senate from the Sixth district of Missouri. It has never been my privilege to see a Senate Journal of that Session and so can give you no notes of his work in that body. In 1830 also he moved to the farm that is now known as Keener's Station in Butler County. It was then in Wayne County. Wayne County was organized December 12, 1818, when it comprised the greater part of the southern one-third of the state. Its records were rich in history but were burned about 1892, so we have no more county records of him for the last five years of his life. In 1942 we had the pleasure of visiting the old farm in company with Mrs. Belle Huggins and son in an effort to find his grave on the farm or in surrounding graveyards but had no success. So he and his worthy wife sleep in graves unknown to this compiler. It seems an irony of fate that he should give the ground and part of graveyard surrounding the oldest Presbyterian Church west of the Mississippi River and himself sleep in an unknown grave.



"The name of Sloan or Sllane is of ancient Celtic origin and is said by some historians to have been derived from the name Slaughn, meaning soldier or warrior. While most of the Sloans and Sloanes of America are thought to have come from Ireland, many of them were undoubtedly of Scotch descent. A patriotic, idealistic race, the Sloans and Sloanes have shown themselves to possess considerable ingenuity, determination of purpose, leadership and executive, legislative and intellectual ability." (From the Name and Family of Sloan(e) by Media Research Bureau.)

The emigrant ancestor of Robert Sloan was his father, Fergus Sloan, who most likely married in Tyrone County, Ireland, Ann Elizabeth Robinson, a daughter of Judge Robinson. Like many other Scotch-Irish Presbyterians their American objective was Pennsylvania where Irish Presbyterians had preceded them. Just when they came and how long they remained in Pennsylvania we are not told.

About 1765, we find Fergus Sloan the owner of land on Fourth Creek in Iredell County, North Carolina, where he sold the land for Statesville, the county seat of the county. There were other Scotch-Irish Presbyterians from Pennsylvania scattered within ten miles of Fergus Sloan. So about the year 1765 Fergus Sloan gave the ground for Fourth Creek Presbyterian Church (now the First Presbyterian Church of Statesville) and helped to hew the logs for the church building. The William Stevenson family might have come with the Sloan family from Pennsylvania as he helped also to hew the logs for the church building and served on the church's first board of elders. About 50 years later their sons were in Louisiana, Bellevue Valley, Washington County, praying for the Lord to send to them an undershepherd to break to them the bread of life and organize them into a church.

Fergus Sloan had a large descent and seemed to live happily among his brethren in the church and his children and grandchildren until about 1801 when he suddenly left home and friends and was never heard from again. Three of his sons came to Louisiana. Robert, who married Martha Harris; William, who married Jane Stevenson, the daughter of William Stevenson, the elder, and Fergus, who married Prudence King. Robert and William Sloan became prominent in Washington County and lie buried in the County, but of the Fergus Sloan who married Prudence King, I know nothing except the statement from North Carolina that he and family came to Louisiana.

Robert Sloan was born in Iredell County, North Carolina, August 18, 1766. He married Martha Harris, who also was born in Iredell County on February 12, 1770. She was the daughter of Samuel Harris and Rebecca Morrison who were also Scotch-Irish Presbyterians. Samuel Harris was clerk of the session of Concord Church which was a member of the same group of churches as old Fourth Creek. He was a magistrate in North Carolina under King George of England. Later he was a magistrate under the Colonial Government in the Revolutionary War and still later under the state of North Carolina after the independence of the Colonies was gained. His will was dated March 23, 1796, and devised 1000 acres of land to ten children. A number of his descendants have come to Missouri and settled in this and other Southeast Missouri Counties, especially Cape Girardeau County.

The children of Robert and Martha Harris Sloan were Nancy Elizabeth, married Joseph McCormick; Rebecca married Mr. Reed of Tennessee and died early in life. Another authority says that Rachel married Thomas Reed, moved to Hempstead County, Arkansas, about 1830 and left quite a family. Fergus; Samuel Dixon married and left two children in Hempstead County, Arkansas; Levi Alexander moved to Arkansas; Amos; Thomas J. married Bernice Harris of Cape Girardeau County, located on the farm now owned by Martin Montgomery about two miles north of Caledonia and left a large descent; James Lee married a Miss Carson of Caledonia; Robert married Elizabeth Breckenridge; Benjamin Strother moved to Arkansas; John Crowe married Melissa Breckenridge; William married Milly Ann Breckenridge; Mary might have died in infancy.

In 1801 or 1802 Robert Sloan and family left North Carolina and started westward. It is known that he stopped in the neighborhood of Nashville, Tennessee, and made one crop and then journeyed on to the neighborhood of Mine a Briton (now Potosi) where he farmed one year on the land of Moses Austin. But there seems no doubt that he had built his hewed log house in the present town of Caledonia, on the plot on which the Presbyterian Church now stands on November 30, 1807, when his brother, William Sloan, and wife, Jane Stevenson, her brother Robert M. Stevenson, and wife, Rebecca Steele, and her sister, Sarah Steele, who had married Andrew McCormick in 1805, the widow Alexander and her unmarried children with some unmarried men and slaves making about 30 persons, arrived within the present limits of the town. It was the next morning, December 1, 1807, that the company arose and met the sun in a great prayer meeting of praise and thankfulness that they had reached their journey's end. That date then became the great Natal Day of Presbyterianism west of the Mississippi River.

Just how long he occupied this hewed log house he built as the first house in the present limits of Caledonia we are not told. But there is nothing to make us think that he was living there when the town of Caledonia was platted and the lots sold at public auction on May 15, 1818. The Spanish grant which the government confirmed to him lay on Big River near the present site of Irondale. There he built a brick house which was one of the best houses for many years. There he reared his large family. He and wife lie buried in Big River Cemetery about a mile away. There we leave this Trail Blazer of the Scotch-Irish Presbyterians to Bellevue Valley.

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In writing this short historical sketch of the life of William Sloan, I omit the middle letter "A" or "Alexander", which is occasionally used by some writing the name. I do not find a middle name used in any of the public records where his name appears. And it is not on his grave stone. The name Alexander is a common name among his descendants, and it would seem quite probable that it was a part of his name, and had been dropped out by misuse. We go back to his father, Fergus Sloan, who married Ann Robinson, in Ireland. The Robinsons lived in Tyrone County, Ireland, and it is very likely that the Sloans lived in the same county, or nearby. I also find that it is claimed by the Robinsons, that some of their family came to America before the year 1747.

The records show that Fergus Sloan (father of William Sloan) bought land on March 15, 1753, in what is now Iredell County, North Carolina. Off this land in 1758, Fergus Sloan and wife sold graveyard. He also gave the land on which "Old Fourth Creek Church" was built. He also sold to the Board of Town Commissioners the site of Statesville, when Iredell County was set up in 1778. On January 8, 1801, he sold the remainder of his land, 561 acres, to David Crawford, and moved away; one tradition says to Greenville, Tennessee, but no trace of him can be found there or elsewhere. The age of William Sloan, and the date of his death, fixes the time of his birth in the year 1753, and the place at Statesville, the present county seat of Iredell County, North Carolina.

F.C. Ainsworth, War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, D.C. May 3, 1907 writes as follows:

"123928. It is shown by the records of this office that William Sloan served as private in Sharp's Company of N.C. Troops, Revolutionary War. He enlisted November 10, 1778, and served nine months."

J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State

Raleigh, North Carolina, May 2, 1907 writes as follows:

"Records of this office show that William Sloan was a private in Captain Sharp's Company, Tenth Regiment of North Carolina, having enlisted November 10, 1778, and served nine months."

Tradition says that William Sloan's old guard, Peter, went through the Revolutionary War with him and one night while on guard followed his master's orders, and shot a spy with a bear skin over him. Peter often told how awful he felt when the bear fell to the ground and groaned - he knew that he had killed a man.

A. Nixon, Clerk

Lincolnton, North Carolina March 10, 1910

In answer to inquiry, writes the following:

"The names of John Sloan, James Sloan and William Sloan occur often in the Lincoln County Records. They lived, I suppose, in what is now Cleveland County, North Carolina, somewhere between Shelby(town) and Kings Mt(town) and operated iron works. They were there prior to the Revolutionary War." Thus we find that William Sloan (great-grandfather of the writer) was a manufacturer in iron (and I have heard my father tell the story.) At one time he had a wagon load of axes and took them overland to South Carolina, and sold them out for money enough with which he bought a slave.

My father (William N. Sloan) was about ten years old at the time William Sloan (the subject of this paper) died, and remembered him quite well, and described him as being a very active, medium sized man, with light gray eyes, and did blacksmith work and operated a farm after he came to Missouri.

In the year 1807, when the Louisiana Purchase began to thrill the people of the South Atlantic States, about forty families left Bethany [Yet, the sketch about Joseph McCormick says Old Concord Church is where they were all from] (adjoining congregation to Fourth Creek) for the West - Tennessee, Kentucky, etc. William Sloan, Robert M. Stevenson (his brother-in-law) and Andrew McCormick, leaving their families in Christian County, Kentucky, went in company with Daniel Boone (famous frontiersman) on a tour of inspection into Missouri. Being attracted by the many natural resources (which were so essential in a new country at that time) they selected a site for the settlement of the colony at Caledonia, near Big River in Bellevue Valley, Washington County, Missouri. The colony set out from Kentucky on September 16, 1807, and arrived on the last day of November.

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Joseph McCormick, oldest of seven children of Andrew and Catherine Adams McCormick, was born in Rowan County, North Carolina, January 17, 1778. He was named for his paternal uncle, Joseph McCormick, a sea captain, whose ship "The Diana", a sloop, was used in bringing emigrants seeking religious liberty from Great Britain and Ireland, to America. The uncle was lost at sea. Joseph McCormick inherited a deep religious background from both of his parents. The McCormick family had been ardent Presbyterians for many generations. Two of the name had assisted in the defense of London Derry, in that historic siege which helped to determine that Ulster would remain Protestant. The father, Andrew McCormick was a Presbyterian of the deepest convictions, loved liberty next to his religion. He ardently espoused the cause of the colonists and fought through the American Revolution under General Green[That is a link!], in the campaign of the South. (See South [or North? It is misspelled South] Carolina Revolutionary Army accounts, Vol. VIII, page 23, Folio 2.) He had brothers Joseph, James and John. Joseph McCormick's paternal ancestors were probably of English extraction who had settled in Holland on account of their Puritanical faith. Here, John Adams, the maternal grandfather of Joseph McCormick was born about 1699 or 1700. He was a son of Catherine Adams and had a sister Catherine. This little family of three were living on a small fruit farm in Holland when we first have any history of them. At this time parts of the Netherlands were under the Spanish Crown, and the reading of the Bible and all Protestant form of worship was forbidden. As a result, the home of Catherine Adams had become a center where the Protestants would meet secretly for worship. The basement floor of her home, which was used for kitchen and dining-room, had walls of Dutch tile. One of the tiles was intentionally left loose, and in a pocket back of this tile, the family Bible as secreted. On dark nights, the Protestants of the community would gather here, and after posting a sentry at each corner of the house, would proceed to have divine worship.

This information leaked out, and John Adams was arrested by the Spanish authorities and impressed into the Spanish Army. He soon escaped, however, and returned to his mother's farm and immediately made plans for coming to America. While he was waiting for a vessel on which to sail, he spent the early morning hours and evening twilight dressing the vines on his mother's little farm, carefully guarding against being observed. Early one morning, while dressing some vines that were in the rear of the house, he saw his mother running toward him with some of his clothing that she had gathered up hurriedly. She told him that soldiers were coming and for him to hurry to the ship. Among the articles that she brought him was a small utility box which is still in the possession of one of his descendants. The officer and his men saw John as he ran from his mother's vineyard. Although his mother's place was forty miles for the seaport, he was able to avoid his pursuers by cutting through fields and hiding behind hedges. He reached the ship and had made arrangements with the captain for his transportation before he was detected by the Spanish officer. As he was not legally subject to involuntary military service, the captain of the ship refused to surrender him. They weighed anchor, and after a successful voyage, they entered the Delaware River, and John Adams found a new home in New Jersey among those of a kindred religion. Here his sister Catherine Adams later joined him. John Adams came to America in 1721, or about that time, and soon after his arrival, he married a woman of his native land. They were the parents of three sons, John, Peter, and Jacob; and three daughters, Mary, who married a man named Groves; Catherine, who married Andrew McCormick; and Hanna, who married a man named Lawrence.

An early note in the family record, referring to John Adams, states: "A Protestant of the Calvinistic school, he early and ardently espoused the American cause in the Revolution." He at this time was over seventy-five years of age and of course could not enter the Army.

When Cornwallis over ran New Jersey in 1776, John Adams, with his family, began their long trek through Pennsylvania and the Valley of Virginia. They probably spent the year of 1777 in Virginia, and in January 1778, they arrived in Rowan County, North Carolina. Probably, while in the Valley of Virginia, Catherine Adams was married to Andrew McCormick on March 15, 1777. Their first child, Joseph McCormick, as stated above, was born January 17, 1778. On November 10, 1782, Andrew McCormick bought a tract of three hundred and three acres of land in what was then Lincoln County, now Catawba County, North Carolina. The land was purchased of John and Abraham Lawrence, executors of the will of Joseph Lawrence. [Could this be the same family as Hanna's husband?] On this property, Andrew and Catherine McCormick began the erection of a permanent home. This plantation was located on both sides of Lyle Creek, about a mile from where this creek enters the Catawba River. The home was on the north side of the creek. Here Andrew McCormick bred fine horses and milch cows. He also maintained a cabinet maker's shop. Andrew and Catherine Adams McCormick were the parents of seven children. The three older ones were born in Rowan County, probably that part which became Iredelle County in 1788. The other children were born on the plantation on Lyle Creek.

The children were:

1. Joseph, the subject of this writing.

2. Andrew, who was born in 1780, and was married in 1803 to Sarah Steele, daughter of Captain Mortimer Steele, who lived in Iredelle County and served through the Revolutionary War.

3. Elizabeth, born June 7, 1782, and was married to Enos Sherrill September 15, 1808.

4. John, who died at Galena, Illinois.

5. Mary, born 1790, and married January 1810, to Alexander Thompson Alexander.

6. David, born in 1793, died in Brazoria County, Texas, May 30, 1836. He was married, but his wife died in Arkansas on the way to Texas. He was one of the original "Three hundred heads of families' introduced into Texas by Colonel Austin, under his first colony contract with the Mexican Government.

7. Catherine, the youngest child of Joseph and Catherine McCormick, was born January 20, 1795. She was married in 1812 to John Price Alexander, a brother of Alexander Thompson Alexander. They were married at the home of her brother, Andrew McCormick.

The family were members of "Old Concord" Church in Iredelle County, North Carolina, which church was probably organized in 1788. Old Concord Church was the daughter of "Fourth Creek" Presbyterian Church, which church was organized in at what is now Statesville, North Carolina. Fergus Sloan, the grandfather of Elizabeth Sloan, the first wife of Joseph McCormick gave the ground for "Fourth Creek" Church.

The older sons of Andrew and Catherine McCormick were ruling elders of Presbyterian Churches. Joseph McCormick helped organize and was one of the first ruling elders of Bellevue Presbyterian Church, the first Presbyterian Church west of the Mississippi River.

Andrew, the second son of Andrew and Catherine McCormick, returned with his wife and family to Christian County, Kentucky, in 1813 and in 1817 assisted in organizing "Little River" Presbyterian Church and became its first ruling elder. Both John Price Alexander and Alexander Thompson Alexander were ruling elders of "Bellevue" Presbyterian Church.

In 1794 the health of Andrew McCormick began to fail. This was the result of the strenuous life he had lived and the great exposure he had undergone during the Revolutionary war. In 1795, Andrew McCormick drew up the following will:

"After all my just debts are discharged, I bequeath to my beloved wife, Catherine, one-third of my personal property, to her own proper use and behalf forever, together with the use of the real and personal estate during her widowhood, or the time of my two sons; viz., Joseph and Andrew, arrive at the age of twenty-one years, provided she support and educate all the children out of said use of the real estate; provided, also, that if my beloved wife, Catherine, should continue a widow after my sons, Joseph and Andrew, come to the years of maturity , that then, in that case, decent support is to be provided for her out of the several dividends hereafter devised to my four sons, each to furnish an equal part. I bequeath to my two sons, Joseph and Andrew, my real estate of land on which I now live, the dividing line of said land to be the main creek running through the same. At the time of Joseph's coming of the age of twenty-one years, three freeholders indifferently chosen by Joseph and Andrew, or my executors, in behalf of Andrew, shall value the land agreeable to said line. The difference in value to be equally divided among my four sons. With regard to my two sons, John and David, I direct that after they have received their education, as soon as convenient, they be put to trades, the choice of which I leave to their mother and my executors. At the time that each of them arrives at the age of twenty-one years, that then my two sons, Joseph and Andrew, shall pay my two sons, John and David, each of them, one-fourth part of the whole value of the aforesaid land bequeathed to them. I likewise devise that the remaining two-thirds of my personal property be equally divided among my four sons; viz., Joseph, Andrew, John and David, and my three daughters; viz., Elizabeth, Mary and Catherine. I do hereby constitute and appoint William Sloan, Enos Sherrill and James Cowan, the executors of this my last will and testament.

Signed: Andrew McCormick (Seal.)

Signed, sealed and acknowledged in the presence of:

John Alexander

B.L. Miller

John Fullbright."

Andrew McCormick passed away December 7, 1797, and was buried on his plantation. [buried at the McCormick-Sherrill Family Burial Plot, E. of Claremont, NC. Per headstone states they were married 15 Mar 1777]. Here beside him, his father-in-law, John Adams, was buried in 1801.

In the record of the Superior Court of Lincoln County, North Carolina, the following entry was made:

"The committee to whom was referred the settlement of the estate of Andrew McCormick, deceased, with James Cowan, executor, reports that they find there remains in the hands of the executor upon settlement 368.16.1 pounds.

"July session 1805. Signed by: Mich. Cline Peter Settle J.P.

When the territory of Louisiana was purchased from France, there was a great influx of citizens of the United States into this territory. In fact, this purchase had been anticipated, and many American families had filtered across the Mississippi for several years before the transfer to America.

There was a movement on foot for a colony to go into this territory from Iredell and Lincoln Counties, North Carolina, and Robert Sloan and Joseph McCormick went forward in 1801 or 1802 to spy out the country. Robert Sloan was in that section which is now comprehended in Washington County, Missouri, in 1801, and it is believed Joseph McCormick accompanied him on this trip. Any way, he was in Washington County in 1803, for in that year he took out two grants on Big River near Irondale, Missouri. Joseph, at least, returned to North Carolina and immediately began to organize a colony from the members of "Old Concord" Church to go to Missouri.

By 1807 all plans were completed to make the trip to the West. It is believed that the plans included the rudiments of a church to be organized at the new home and to be called "Old Concord" after the mother church in North Carolina, of which church most of the colonists were members.

The vanguard of this band started for the west in 1807. This group was made up of the younger couples who probably left North Carolina in the spring of 1807 and stopped in Christian County, Kentucky.

This vanguard consisted of Andrew McCormick and his wife, Sarah Steele McCormick; Robert McCormick [Who, from where?] and his wife; and William Sloan and his wife. It is known that they left North Carolina in the spring of 1807, soon after Andrew McCormick sold his property, which he had inherited under his father's will. This sale took place April 3, 1807.

It is known that they stopped in Christian County, Kentucky, and raised a crop. It is contended by some that they remained there waiting for the main body, while others contend that in the late fall of 1807, they pushed forward to the Bellevue District in Missouri, arriving there November 30, and on their arrival immediately had a sunrise prayer meeting and a thanksgiving to God for their safe trip to their new home. They immediately began to prepare the way for the coming of the main body of the colony, which was due the following year.

On July 21, 1808, in preparation for departure for the west, Joseph McCormick sold the property he had inherited from his father. This property was sold to his adjoining neighbor, Enos Sherrill. The deed was witnessed by his mother, Catherine Adams McCormick.

On September 15, 1808, Elizabeth McCormick, sister of Joseph McCormick, was married to Enos Sherrill. She was the only member of the family that was to remain in North Carolina. The marriage was celebrated by all the relatives and friends, and the following day, September 16, 1808, the main body of the colony began the long trek to their new home in Missouri.

The way had been carefully surveyed and well chosen, and the company reached the Bellevue District near Irondale, November 1, 1808 (Yet another source says November 31, 1807). This company included the widow, Catherine Adams McCormick, and her children, Joseph, John, David, and daughters, Mary and Catherine; Robert Sloan and his wife Martha Harris Sloan, and their family; the widow Alexander and her sons, Alexander Thompson Alexander, and John Price Alexander, and others.

Judge A. P. McCormick, in his history of the McCormick family says: "On their arrival at their new home, the pious company organized themselves into a church organization; chose a site for a meeting-house and burying-ground; built the house of prayer; enclosed its adjoining 'God's Acre.'

"Here in the first year of the new settlement, was deposited the dust of Catherine McCormick, and close by, now, sleeps the dust of her two daughters, Mary and Catherine, and their husbands, the brothers Alexander, and her oldest son, Joseph McCormick, the son and sons-in-law having been ruling elders of the Bellevue Church."

The fact that Catherine Adams McCormick was the first person buried in Bellevue Cemetery is born out by the testimony of two or three ruling elders and others. Her death occurred November 2, 1809.

The Church was originally named "Old Concord" for the mother church in North Carolina, of which organization most of the colonists had been members.

As stated above, Joseph McCormick had taken out two grants of land on Big River near Irondale, Missouri. He settled on one of these grants, but very early on he could not establish his title. He then built his home on the other grant, which was located about one mile from the present town of Irondale, Missouri, and is usually referred to as the John Adams McCormick farm. Here he built his permanent home and reared his family. He had brought seed and plants from the old home in North Carolina, including young trees for an apple orchard. The trees sent up shoots that were still thriving in a wild state not many years ago.

The home of Joseph McCormick was a most excellent example of the better type of pioneer Scotch-Irish home in the Middle West. It was substantially constructed of large and well-seasoned hewn logs, with a wide double gallery running the full length of the house on the front. There was a single gallery the full length of the house on the back. A very large, square stone chimney provided fire-places for each room, both up and downstairs. The oldest son, Fielding, had made hand-carved cherry wood mantles for these fire-places. The min bedrooms were furnished with heavy four-poster beds in either walnut or cherry, and the boys' room had the typical pioneer beds made by boring large holes in the two log walls in the corner of the room and placing wooden beams in them, extended until they met at a right angle, where they rested on one leg. Leather straps were used for springs.

Wooden trenchers had given way largely to china and coin silver was used on the table.

The house was supported by a stone foundation and under the house was a very large cellar that was capable of accommodating plenty of apples and tubers to support the family during the winter. A large attic covered the entire space above the second floor.

Jane Robinson McCormick was known for the excellence of her handwork and the spinning wheel and loom were kept in constant action. One of her descendants has a candlewick coverlet that she made. She raised the cotton, spun, wove and tufted, and also made the design for it.

The children attended the rural school when it was in session. For the rest of the year, Joseph McCormick provided an instructor who lived in the home and instructed the children. One of these teachers was Professor John Taylor. Most of the family were given some college training and at least three were college graduates. This was rather unusual in that few of the pioneer families were able to provide any college training for their children.

Grace was always said before meals, and the day was never started or closed without the assembly, not only of the family, but the servants, for the reading of God's Word, and for prayers. There was never any exception to this rule. Joseph McCormick's Bible stand is still a prized possession in the home of one of his grandsons. No work was ever permitted on Sunday, and even the food to be used was largely prepared on Saturday. Sunday was "The Sabbath of the Lord" and no games, or boisterous conduct, were permitted.

Joseph McCormick, with the death of his father, had assumed the position as male head of the household. At that time he was only nineteen years of age. Although there is every reason to believe that he was engaged to Elizabeth Sloan when he came to Missouri with her father, yet, as long as his mother and younger brothers and sisters needed his care and attention, he remained a bachelor. Just prior to his mother's death, and after the brothers and sisters had reached the age of independence, he was married to Elizabeth Sloan, daughter of Robert and Martha (Harris) Sloan, on August 22, 1809. Joseph and Elizabeth (Sloan) McCormick were the parents of:

1. Fielding Lewis McCormick, born August 20, 1810. He was married March 30, 1836, to Angeline Ray, daughter of James Sidney Ray and Mary (Baker) Ray. When Rev. Thomas Donnell and Joseph McCormick went to Farmington to assist in the organizing of the Farmington Presbyterian Church, it is believed that they were accompanied by Fielding L. McCormick. My father stated that his Uncle Fielding told him he was twenty-one years old when he came to Farmington. This date would coincide with the date of the organizing of the church. When plans were made to erect the Old Presbyterian Church house in Farmington in 1836, Joseph McCormick sent his son, Fielding, to volunteer his service in building the church. While engaged in this work, he lived with the Boyce family. They lived on the southwest corner of Columbia and A Streets in the house later known as the Nettleton Cayce house.

Fielding McCormick purchased the lot directly west of the Boyce property and on this lot built his home, which is known as the Pipken home. He was a wood carver and about 1850 accepted employment with the Pullman Company and moved to Monroe, Louisiana. He did the fine wood-carving on the interior of the Pullman cars. He was a ruling elder of the Presbyterian Church at Monroe, Louisiana.

2. Dorcas Elvira McCormick, the second child of Joseph and Elizabeth McCormick, was born February 11, 1812 and died February 10, 1814. She was buried in Bellevue Cemetery. Her little grave marker was a work of art. It was really a museum piece. It was carved from sandstone and resembled the old-fashioned fence picket. The lower part was about fifteen inches long, two and one-half inches wide, and an inch and a half thick; and on top was a heart-shaped enlargement with her name and the date of birth and death engraved in script.

Elizabeth McCormick, wife of Joseph McCormick, passed away August 9, 1812, and was buried near the site of the original church in Bellevue Cemetery.

The people of Ireland had become so dependent upon the potato crop that when the crops failed, all classes, regardless of their financial status, were reduced to near starvation. Consequently, with the blight and almost total failure of the crops in 1812, there were a great number of Scotch-Irish Presbyterian families who emigrated to America.

Among those who came were James Robinson and his wife, Jane Robinson, and his three daughters: Jane Robinson, who later married Joseph McCormick; Eliza Robinson and Nancy Robinson Campbell, and her husband, William Campbell. He was also accompanied by his two sons, James and John Robinson.

To illustrate how bad the famine was, Jane Robinson McCormick often told her children that when the family was ready to leave Ireland, one of the neighbor's children came in to tell them goodbye. They asked her what they had for food, and the child braggingly said they were getting along fine, they had plenty of potatoes and plenty of salt.

The Robinson family was of English origin that had probably been settled in Ulster at the time of the resettlement of Ireland under William and Mary.

They landed in Newark, New Jersey, November 25, 1812, and immediately went west and settled in Washington County, Missouri.

Their home was located about a mile from the McCormick home on the road leading to Caledonia. This farm is now known as the Alex Robinson farm.

It is not known why they selected this locality for their new home, unless they were remotely related to the Sloan family and had kept in touch with their distant cousins in America. Elizabeth Ann Robinson was the wife of Fergus Sloan, I, the patriarch of the Sloan family in America.

The widow, Elizabeth Robinson, her son, James Robinson, and his wife, Jane, and daughters, Jane, Eliza and Nancy, who was married to William Campbell, were all original members of Bellevue Church and are buried in Bellevue Cemetery.

On October 17, 1816, Joseph McCormick was married to Jane Robinson. They were the parents of:

1. Andrew Guy McCormick, born August 10, 1817. He was a large sheep raiser in California and died on his ranch at Benson, Arizona. He graduated at the College of Caledonia, Missouri.

2. Nancy Sophia McCormick, born September 29, 1818, died November 5, 1819. She is buried in Bellevue Cemetery.

3. Harriet Newell McCormick was born November 8, 1822. She was graduated from Columbia College, Columbia, Tennessee. She later instructed there. On February 8, 1855, she was married to Reverend John Simpson Frierson, a prominent minister who was pastor of several important churches throughout the South. They were married by her cousin, Reverend Richard Ellis Sherrill. The following day, Reverend Frierson performed the marriage of his cousin, Miss Reed, to Reverend Richard Sherrill. Harriet Newell (McCormick) Frierson passed away at the home of her brother, John Adams McCormick, near Irondale, Missouri, and was buried at Calvary Cemetery, Columbia, Tennessee.

4. James Robinson McCormick was born August 1, 1824. He was married first to Burchette Caroline Nance, daughter of Franklin Nance and Martha Abernathy, on December 9, 1852. She passed away December 17, 1863. He was married secondly on May 29, 1866, to Susan Elizabeth Garner. He was graduated from Transylvania University at Lexington, Kentucky, and the Medical College of the University of Tennessee at Memphis, Tennessee. He also read medicine under Doctor Witherspoon at Nashville, Tennessee. He served through the Civil War as a Brigadier General.

In 1861, he was elected to the Missouri Constitutional Convention and in 1862 to the Missouri Senate. He also served three terms in Congress. He was a ruling elder of the Presbyterian Church at Farmington, Missouri. He died May 9, 1897, and was buried in the Masonic Cemetery at Farmington, Missouri.

5. John Adams McCormick was born May 16, 1826. He attended Caledonia College. He went to California with his brothers during the gold rush. John Adams McCormick was married to Mary Jane Sloan, daughter of Thomas J. Sloan and Bernice Harris. They were married May 12, 1859. He served in the Missouri Legislature. He was a ruling elder of the Bellevue Presbyterian Church, and one of the principal factors in the organization of the Irondale, Missouri, Presbyterian Church, and one of the original ruling elders of that church. He passed away April 19, 1899, and was buried in the Bellevue Cemetery.

6. Joseph Manson McCormick was born April 10, 1828. He went to California with his brothers during the gold rush, and on the way contracted cholera and died enroute. He was buried at Auburn, California.

7. Christopher Grider McCormick was born June 16, 1830. He went to California with his brothers during the gold rush. However, he came back to Washington County, Missouri, and was married to Martha Elizabeth Sloan March 10, 1857 and immediately returned to California. He was the Superintendent of the Sunday School of his church. He died August 12, 1874 from an infection resulting from the kick of a horse.

Of the family of Joseph McCormick, three of his sons were ruling elders of Presbyterian Churches, and his only daughter to reach maturity was married to a Presbyterian minister. A fourth son was Superintendent of the Sunday School of his church. As I stated above, it is believed that the colony had planned a church organization for their new home before they left North Carolina. They did have church services around at the different homes, but in lieu of the fact that the nearest Presbytery was in Kentucky, a church was not formally organized until August 3, 1816, by Reverend Solomon Giddings. Joseph McCormick was elected a member of the original board of elders and was very active in organizing the church. Out of the original thirty-two members, sixteen were related to him either by blood or marriage.

Reverend Thomas Donnell, the first Presbyterian minister to work west of the Mississippi River, was called to be pastor of Bellevue Church, then called Old Concord Church. He was duly installed as pastor at the home of William Sloan on April 23, 1818. His wife, Eliza Sloan Donnell, was a daughter of William Sloan and Jane Stevenson, and a first cousin of Elizabeth Sloan McCormick, first wife of Joseph McCormick. The church under the leadership of Reverend Thomas Donnell, and as a result of the zeal of the elders, prospered greatly.

Joseph McCormick was a man of the highest convictions. He loved his God and his Church intensely. He stopped at no sacrifice that was for the good of his church, his fellow man, and his family.

When Nancy Campbell, his second wife's niece, was made a half-orphan by the death of her mother, he took her into his home and reared her as a daughter.

Although he was not a physician, he knew much concerning the science of medicine, and when friends and neighbors became ill, he would visit them and do all he could to alleviate their pain and speed them on their way to recovery.

Early in 1832, word reached the Bellevue congregation from Farmington, Missouri, that:

"Certain individuals professing to be the children of God and desirous to enjoy more fully the worship and ordinance of God, requested to be united into a Presbyterian Church by and under the care of Reverend J.M. Sadd, who was then a located minister in the town of Farmington."

As a result, Reverend Thomas Donnell accompanied by his senior elder, presumably Joseph McCormick, went to Farmington, and on May 18, 1832, assisted in organizing the Presbyterian Church of Farmington. Alexander Boyd, who had been an elder of the first Board of Elders of the Bellevue Presbyterian Church was elected the first ruling elder. The original petitioners were Elizabeth Cobb, Corinna G. Sadd, Alexander Boyd, and his wife, Sarah Boyd, Frederick and Nancy Woolford, and John F. Rudy. Joseph McCormick, after a fruitful life of sixty-one years, was called to his heavenly reward on October 4, 1840, and was laid to rest in Bellevue Cemetery at Caledonia.

He had labored diligently in the development of Old Concord Church, North Carolina, and had been a potential factor in the organizing and development of the daughter, Bellevue Church, and the granddaughter church, the Presbyterian Church at Farmington, Missouri.

He had not only helped in carrying Protestantism west of the Mississippi River, but had set in motion those forces that have carried the Faith not only to the far West, but throughout the World.


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At the close of the regular monthly meeting of the Women of the Church, held in the Presbyterian Church parlors at 2:30 p.m., January 13, there was a little appreciation service held form Miss Addie Sloan, a retired Missionary sent to China from the Bellevue Church of Caledonia. She has many relatives and friends in St. Francois County who hold her in high esteem. She went to China in October, 1896 and was retired by the Mission Board in April, 1938.

The reason for this little service was not only the place of China in the world news of today, but the fact that the church's Foreign Missionary book of the year is about China and the Sunday evening services of the church during January were occupied with pictures of China and a discussion of certain chapters of the book each evening by Reverend Magill, the pastor of the church. At this little service some pictures were passed around and some interesting thins brought out, with reference to her experience there. When she went out there was not a mile of railroad in all China, but there have been many miles built since that time. And she was the first Missionary of the Southern Presbyterian Church to ride on a railway train to reach her speaking appointments.

In this spreading of the Gospel message she was following in the footsteps of her Scotch-Irish forbears, who, while America was very young, were forced to leave Scotland and take refuge in Ireland. These Scotch mostly settled in Ulster, North Ireland, where they largely intermarried with their own people rather than intermarry with the Irish. And then about 1720 began the migration to America. Most of them first se6ttled or at least sojourned for awhile in the surroundings of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There they built churches or united with one already built. But for some years before the Revolutionary War they had been moving in groups of related families down to Virginia, the Tinkling Springs Presbyterian Church in Augusta County, Virginia.

Miss Sloan's emigrant Cowan ancestor named Hugh Cowan, gave the ground and helped to establish the upper Octorara Presbyterian Church in Chester County, Pennsylvania, in the 1720s. It is an outstanding church in its Presbytery, and has Cowan descendants to the ninth generation on its board of officers. In 1741 her emigrant ancestor Alexander Breckenridge was one of the five commissioners who established the Tinkling Springs Presbyterian Church in Augusta County, Virginia. This church is very much alive after more than 200 years of service to its community. About 1765 Fergus Sloan and other of his Scotch-Irish friends who had come from Pennsylvania, established Old Fourth Creek Meeting House, Mr. Sloan giving the land for the building. This is now the First Presbyterian Church of Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina. Fifty years later two of his sons, Robert and William Sloan and other Scotch-Irish from Iredell and adjoining counties came out to Bellevue Valley and established Concord (now Bellevue) Presbyterian Church at Caledonia. This church is the oldest Presbyterian Church west of the Mississippi River. In 1821 Miss Sloan's Harris ancestors from North Carolina with other Scotch-Irish settled in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, and established Apple Creek Church. Just now, I am under the impression that Reverend John F. Cowan was its first pastor. He was the second pastor of Bellevue Church. So she was following in the footsteps of her forebears to carry the Bible westward and help build communities on its teachings.

Miss Sloan now lives at 1138 East 14th St., Oakland, California. Her brother, Gilbert, makes his home with her. Her sister, Gertrude, who spent about 22 years in China as a Missionary now is married and lives in Chico, California. About three years ago Miss Sloan fell and broke her hip and walks with difficulty and at times is a great sufferer.

-The Farmington Press, January 21, 1949.

(Note from Dave Lossos: This E-Mail was received 3/22/2000 - "I've been reading your site on the History of the Bellevue Church in Caledonia, MO. I have a copy of the booklet this came from. You may be interested to know that there is good evidence that several of the men who lived in that area and are buried in the Bellevue churchyard served during the War of 1812 in a unit called "Captain Hughes' Company of Mounted Riflemen, Louisiana Militia." This includes A. Alexander [most likely my ancestor, Alexander Thompson Alexander], his brother John P. Alexander, their brother James Alexander, who subsequently moved to Hempstead Co. AR, and David and John McCormick, who were brothers of the wives of Alexander and John P. Alexander. Also listed are: Nicholas Hays, Annania [sic] McCoy, and Timothy Phelps, who are mentioned in the Bellevue booklet. This regiment must have been formed just before MO became its own territory. I don't know if any of these men also served in MO regiments. Also many of the men listed in the Bellevue cemetery index are mentioned in the indexes of Territorial Papers of the United States, vols. 13,14,15, which deals with the settlement of this area. Hope this is of interest. Lorna Dunklee (ldunklee@erols.com)"

(Note from Dave Lossos: This E-Mail was received in April of 2006 - "First, I want to thank you for your work on the cemetery web site. What Adella Breckenridge Moore did was no small feat and I have no doubt many descendants, like me, have treasured reading what's been written. Hopefully what I contribute here will be welcomed as well.

The elder Imbodens buried in Bellevue Presbyterian Cemetery, Samuel & John (and his wife, Sarah "Sally"), came to Bellevue in the early 1820's from VA (originally from PA). John & Sally are my great great grandparents. Margaret A. Imboden is my great grandmother and my geneaological research seems to indicate that her husband, my great grandfather Samuel, is missing from the family plot because he died in the Civil War (Company C, 12th MO Infantry, in Pea Ridge, AR). Samuel & Margaret's third son, my grandfather, Samuel Alexander Imboden is buried in the Lesterville Masonic Cemetery beside his first wife Elizabeth Mary Irvin. His second wife, my grandmother, Cora Mae Sutterfield Imboden Denny is buried in the Sutterfield Cemetery just east of Bunker off highway TT on the West Fork.

Both elder Imbodens buried in Bellevue Presbyterian Cemetery, John & Samuel, served in the War of 1812: John with the 6th Regiment of the VA Militia and Samuel with the 5th Regiment (MsDowell's) of the VA Militia. Their father (John) and his father (John, who immigrated from Switzerland) both served in the Revolutionary War in Capt. Baltzer Orth's First Company of the 2nd Battalion of the Lancaster County Militia commanded by Major Shouffer. The immigrant John Imboden is buried in Hill Church Cemetery in Lebanon, PA and they have erected a monument to his Revolutionary War service (I have seen it with my own eyes).

I have investigated property ownership of the Imboden's in Bellevue through the MO Secretary of State's archives and the Bureau of Land Management. Samuel owned 308.6 acres in Range 3-E: W1/2SE, NESE, NWSW, SWNW & NW Aliquot Parts in 35-N as well as 37.25 acres in 2-E: NWNE Aliquot Part in 34-N. The MO Secertary of State's office tells me that they have a map of the Spanish Land Grants that is too large to photocopy, but can be viewed in the offices in Jefferson City. I hope to go there to see it one day!

I thought some or all of this information might be of interest to you because of your obvious devotion to the history of the cemetery and those buried there. Again, I thank you for the work you've done on the web site! Sincerely, Jeanne Imboden - Raleigh, NC").

(Comments from Dave Lossos: This Email was received 5/2/2009 - "My mother was a Ruggles. I read this article with interest, especially the details of Comfort Ruggles' death-bed confession.
The article says "the grave cannot be absolutely identified." I'm attaching part of a page from my photo album, a copy of a postcard of Comfort Ruggles' gravestone. The top paragraph was printed on the back of the postcard and the bottom half is a handwritten message from my Great Aunt Kit Ruggles who meticulously collected family history and was over 95 when she passed away. I don't know the date of this postcard and Aunt Kit's long involvement in genealogy doesn't help us estimate the date.

(Comments from Dave Lossos: This Email was received 12/3/2013)
New information from C. Donald Stevenson, Jr., originally of Statesville, NC now a resident of Morganton, NC. This information is a compilation of pertinent information from several reliable sources including Rootsweb World Connect; Catherine Sloan Black; the late Dr. P.F. Langenour, a Stateville dentist and local historian

Fergus Sloan was born was born in 1720 in Ireland where he married Ann Elizabeth Robinson, the daughter of Judge Robinson of Tyrone County, Ireland. He and Elizabeth came to America about 1747 and located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Later, Fergus and Elizabeth migrated to the Fourth Creek settlement in western Rowan County, North Carolina. Here, on 15 March 1755, Fergus purchased 640 acres of land on Buffalo Brach (later called Free Nancy Branch) from John Oliphant. This land had been originally granted in 1750 to Oliphant from the Earl of Granville. A land deed recorded in Book 2 in the Iredell County Register of Deeds office shows that on 7 January 1758, Fergus and his wife, Elizabeth sold “for five shillings ¾ of an acre between 3rd and 4th Creek and Buffalo Creek which empties into 4th Creek” to Robert Simonton, Thomas Allison, Samuel Thornton, Patrick Duffie, and William Simonton, Trustees for Fourth Creek Congregation, for a burying ground. Later In 1786, Fergus Sloan sold additional property to this congregation for the erection of a meeting house with the privilege of the use of a nearby spring. In 1788, Fergus Sloan deeded 68 acres of land to the town commissioners for the establishment of the village of Statesville as the county seat of new Iredell County in North Carolina.

Fergus and Elizabeth Sloan lived in Statesville for about 50 years, reared their family and tended their plantation and distillery on Free Nancy Branch (near the intersection of Brevard and Tradd Streets. This was according to tradition, the first still in backcountry North Carolina.

Soon after 1788, according to tradition, Fergus Sloan invited his wife’s nephew, George Robinson of Tyronne, Ireland to come to America. This devoted nephew, in response to his uncle’s invitation, came to America and after eleven weeks on the water landed at Charleston, S.C., from whence he arrived in Statesville in 1790. Mr. Robinson selected a home location on the northeast corner of the town square where, as a token of regard for his nephew, Fergus Sloan deeded his nephew a two acre town lot. Later a contention arose between Fergus and his wife’s nephew, George Robinson as to the amount of land conveyed and the location of its boundaries. The matter finally landed in civil court for settlement. The jury decided against Mr. Sloan at which he became so exasperated that he resolved to the leave the county, saying he would not reside in a county where any jury would render such an unjust verdict. He packed up his belongings and he and Elizabeth moved to the distant location of Gibson County near the town of Vincennes, Indiana. Fergus Sloan’s son, William Sloan married Jane Stevenson, the daughter of William and Mary McLeland Stevenson. William and his wife, Jane are buried at the Macedonia, Missouri cemetery. Posted to Dave Lossos 12/02/2013 - Note: all name spellings have been checked and corrected