Welcome back to Thursday at the Cemetery. Every Thursday I will post a photo of a Headstone along with a short biography or interesting fact about that particular Ancestor. I hope you enjoy them.
My 3x Great Grandmother, Margaret “Peggy” Richey was born in 1814 in Bourbon Co. Kentucky. She was the daughter of Robert Richey and Sarah “Sally” Warder. In the spring of 1827, the Richey family along with several others made the move to Lafayette County, Missouri. They traveled the whole distance in wagons, which contained all their worldly possessions. Once they arrived in Long Grove Settlement they lived in their wagons until they succeeded in erecting some cabins sufficient for their protection. Long Grove was an area south of current-day Page City. Here they lived the life of pioneers in the fullest sense of the word.
Game was plentiful and they hunted bears, panthers, catamount, and elk. There were also “wolves by the acre”. The weapon used at the time was an old-fashioned flint-lock rifle. It was customary that on the 4th of July the men of the Settlement would organize a grand hunt. Afterward, they would use the meat and have a large barbecue to which they invited the entire town.
On April 5, 1834, Peggy married Richard Fountain Page at the Lafayette County Courthouse. The young newlyweds moved into a newly built home in Washington Township, Johnson County, Missouri. Within a year they welcomed the first of the 9 children they eventually had. From 1837 to 1843 Richard bought 330 acres of land in Johnson County. There they grew corn, hemp, and a variety of vegetables. It is not known if he sold his property here but in 1845 the family moved to Lafayette County to where the town of Page City is now and they bought 170 acres there. This town was founded by and named after Richards two brothers, Granville and Joseph Page, By 1850 Richard and Peggy had built a very respectable farm. In the census, it states that their entire belongings totaled $10,000, quite a large sum for this time.
Richard Page died on May 14, 1852, at the age of 37 years. He is buried in the Page City Cemetery. Peggy also lost 3 sons and a daughter and they are all buried there. Peggy never remarried after the death of her husband. She died on December 16, 1890, and was buried next to Richard.
I made a trip to Missouri a few years ago and I was disheartened by the condition of this Cemetery. First off, Page City is now just a few farms. The Cemetery is surrounded by them and it doesn’t look like anyone has cared for it in many years. Head Stones were leaning on each other or stacked one upon another. Many were broken or so worn they could not be read. Of the 100+ graves that are supposedly there only two were not from the Page family.
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