Thursday at the Cemetery ~ Page Cemetery, Page City, Lafayette County, Missouri #2

pic TATCTwo weeks ago, 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.

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SONY DSCJoseph Henry Page Sr., my 4x Great Uncle, was born on April 16, 1813, in Bowling Green, Warren County, Kentucky. He was the 4th of 6 sons born to Axcel (1785-1840) and Sarah Sally (Innes) Page (1785-1831).  Joseph grew up on his fathers’ farm in Kentucky and at the age of 14, he moved with his family to the area that became Page City, Missouri. He married Elizabeth Betsy Couts (1819-1906) on January 7, 1836, in Lafayette County, Missouri. They had 15 children, 8 sons, and 7 daughters. When they first married, they lived in a small one-room cabin on 50 acres of land. Joseph made all the furniture by hand. Over the years the farm grew in acreage and it prospered. They then built a large home with room for their family and luxurious furnishings. The farm had many buildings, machinery, animals, crops, and orchards Joseph is credited as being the founder of Page City along with his younger brother Granville. Joseph died on May 8, 1893, in Page City, Lafayette County, Missouri at the age of 57.

 

SONY DSCElizabeth “Betsy” Couts, the wife of my 4x Great Uncle, was born on September 5, 1819, in Bowling Green, Warren County, Kentucky. She is the 3rd of 10 children born to Christopher and Frances (Barton) Couts. Betsy’s family is considered one of the pioneers of Lafayette County. She married Joseph Henry Page (1813-1898) on January 7, 1836, in Lafayette County, Missouri. They had 15 children, 8 sons, and 7 daughters. Twelve of the children lived to adulthood. She outlived her husband by 13 years and at the time of her death on April 10, 1906, at the age of 87, she had lived on the Page farm for 70 years.

 

Granville R Page hsGranville R. Page, my 4x Great Uncle, was born on December 15, 1816, in Bowling Green, Warren County, Kentucky. He was the last of 6 sons born to Axcel (1785-1840) and Sarah Sally (Innes) Page (1785-1831). At the age of 11, he moved with his family to the area that became Page City, Missouri. He first married Mary Ridge (1818-1850) on July 22, 1835, in Lafayette County, Missouri. They had 5 children, 2 sons, and 3 daughters before her death. Granville then got married a second time to Lucinda Flower Johnson (1830-1925). They had 7 children, 4 sons, and 3 daughters. He is credited as being the founder of Page City along with his older brother Joseph. He died on February 12, 1894, in Page City, Lafayette County, Missouri at the age of 77.

 

find a graveMary Ridge, the 1st wife of my 4x Great Uncle, was born in 1818 in Warren County, Kentucky. She moved with her family to Lafayette County, Missouri in 1832. She married Granville R. Page on July 22, 1835, in Lafayette County, Missouri. They had 5 children, 2 sons, and 3 daughters. Mary died in childbirth along with her child in 1850 in Page City, Lafayette County, Missouri. She was 32 years old.

 

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Lucinda Flower Johnson, the 2nd wife of my 4x Great Uncle, was born on January 21, 1830, in Missouri. She married Granville R. Page on January 5, 1856, in Lafayette County, Missouri. They had 7 children, 4 sons, and 3 daughters. After the death of her husband, she moved to Higginsville, Lafayette County, Missouri. She died on March 29, 1925, in Page City at the age of 95.

 

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

 

 

 

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