Thursday at the Cemetery ~ Elizabeth Chestnutt ~ Antioch Cemetery, Ray Co., Missouri

pic TATCOnce again, we are looking at the heartbreaking results of a cemetery that has been neglected. This one is the Antioch Cemetery 3 miles north of  Millville, Ray County, Missouri. It is also known as Wild Church Cemetery. It was founded in 1845 and it has 136 marked graves.

Elizabeth Chestnutt my 3x Great Grandmother, daughter of Samuel Chestnut and Rachel Antioch CemeteryGumm, was born on October 1, 1808, in Kentucky. There is not a lot of information about her.  I do know that she married her first husband, Felix Wild who was born in South Carolina on July 7th, 1798. At some point, he moved to Kentucky and met then married Elizabeth on April 24, 1826, in Clay County, Kentucky. She was 17 years old and he was 27. They soon moved to Grape Grove, Ray CO. Missouri where Felix bought 120 acres of land. Their only son, Samuel was born on April 22, 1827. Felix died on May 14, 1837.

Elizabeth then married Henry Marsh in 1938. He was born in Canada in 1780. They had a daughter, Elizabeth born on December 31, 1841. Henry died in 1850.

Elizabeth Chestnutt HS Antioch Cemetery Millville Ray Co MOLast but not least Elizabeth married Henry Wild born April 30, 1797, in North Carolina. He was the younger brother of her first husband Felix. He had been newly widowed in August 1854. He and Elizabeth were married on October 22, 1854, in Grape Grove. He died on September 8, 1862.

Elizabeth outlived all three of her husbands. She died in November 1868 at the age of 60. Elizabeth, her first husband Felix and their son Samuel are buried here.



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