Last week I wrote about how to honor our ancestors who do not have a headstone on their grave. This Cemetery is the one that prompted my query. This is an old, abandoned, neglected Cemetery in Missouri. As a matter of fact, the town no longer exists. It has been incorporated into a town a few miles away and all that is left of the original are farms and the Cemetery.
The last burial in this Cemetery was in 1925. There are only 23 graves there and of those, 19 are related to me. I will spend the next few weeks honoring each one of them.
Axcel Heath Page, my 4x Great Grandfather, was born on April 3, 1785, in Albemarle, Virginia. He was the only child born to Joseph (1765-1805) and Elizabeth (Steventon) Page (1766-1798). At the age of 20, he purchased 260 acres of land in Warren County, Kentucky. Two years later he married his longtime girlfriend, Sarah “Sally” Innes on April 12, 1807, in Amherst, Amherst County, Virginia. They moved to Kentucky and had 6 sons. In 1829 he moved his family to Lafayette County, Missouri. He purchased 600 acres of land in what became Page City. He died on August 20, 1840, at the age of 65.
Sarah “Sally” Innes, my 4x Great Grandmother, was born on February 22, 1785, in London, Lancaster, England. She immigrated to Virginia with her father John Innes Sr. She married Axcel Heath Page on April 12, 1807, in Amherst, Amherst County, Virginia. They moved to Kentucky and had 6 sons. In 1829 she moved her family to Lafayette County, Missouri. She died in 1831 in Page City at the age of 46.
Richard Fountain “Fount” Page Sr, my 3x Great Grandfather, was born on February 12, 1815, in Wayne County, Kentucky. He was born the 4th of 5 sons born to Axcel (1785-1840) and Sally (Innes) Page (1785-1831). Fount moved with his family to the frontier land of Missouri in 1829. They settled it in Lafayette County. His mother died here in 1831 when he was 16 years old. He married Margaret Richey (1814-1890) on January 17, 1834. They had 9 children, 6 sons, and 3 daughters all of whom lived to adulthood. By 1845, he owned over 5000 acres of land in Lafayette County and he was a prosperous farmer. In the 1850 Census, it states that his real estate holding was worth $10,000. Fount died on May 15, 1852, in Page City at the age of 37.
Margaret Richey, my 3x Great Grandmother, was born in 1814 in Bourbon County, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Robert (1790-1831) and Sarah “Sally” (Warder) Page (1792-1845). She moved with her parents to Lafayette County, Missouri in 1830. They had 9 children, 6 sons, and 3 daughters all of whom lived to adulthood. She outlived her husband and 3 of her sons and died on December 16, 1890, in Page City at the age of 76.
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