Warsaw, Missouri is located 106 miles Southeast of Kansas City, Missouri. It is a small rural community that is bordered on 3 sides by rivers and lakes. The current population is a little over 2000 residents and it has a total of 12 cemeteries. Most are small and 3 are family only ones. The Post Oak Cemetery is where my 2 times great-grandfather, George Hershel Hughes is buried.
George Hershel Hughes was born on February 22, 1792, in Caroline County, Virginia. He is the only proven child of James Hughes (1764-1804) and Rachel Pennington (1852-1820). He married Jane Hale (1788-1822) on February 21, 1810, in Franklin County, Virginia. They had one son. George enlisted in the Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry at Newport, Tennessee in 1812. After the war, the family moved to Parrottsville, Tennessee. In 1822 Jane died giving birth to a second child. He then married Catherine Parrott (1799-1864) in 1825. They had 6 children. 4 sons, and 2 daughters. In 1832 George and his family moved to Pettis County, Missouri, and he is considered to be one of the first settlers to move to this County. Here he purchased 120 acres of land. By 1845 he was appointed as a Judge in the County. They then moved to Warsaw, Benton County, Missouri in 1850. He died on December 3, 1859, at the age of 67, and was buried in the Post Oak Cemetery.
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