Thursday at the Cemetery #42 ~ Friend Cemetery ~ Bona, Dade County, Missouri

This week I am featuring a small cemetery located a little south of the town of Bona, in southwest Missouri. There are 61 graves here and only 2 does not have a headstone. This is pretty rare. The cemetery is situated at the edge of the woods and there is lots of rolling green grass covering it.

I have 14 ancestors buried here, so over the next few weeks, I will be posting a photo of their headstone and give a short biography about each one.

William Riley Divine is my maternal 1st cousin 4 times removed. He was born in 1819, in Greenville District, South Carolina. He was the third of seven children born to James Marshall Divine Sr (1793-1872) and Nancy Calloway (1796-1872). His family moved to Monroe County, Tennessee when he was five years old. Here he grew up working on the family farm. He married Amelia “Milly” Webb on September 27, 1842, and they had eighteen children, five sons, and ten daughters, and three that died at birth. In 1853 he moved his growing family to Dade County, Missouri, and he homesteaded a 160 acre farm. During the Civil War he enlisted in the Union Army. He died on October 4, 1875, at the age of 56. (His wife was buried in another cemetery)

James Marshall Divine is my maternal 4th Great Uncle. He was born on April 20. 1793, in Beaver Dam Creek, South Carolina. He was the third of ten children born to Thomas Divine Jr (1748-1840) and Jemima Dill (1755-1848). Thomas came to South Carolina in 1765 from Dublin, Ireland, so James was a first generation American. James Divine was a soldier in the War of 1812. He married Nancy Calloway on April 1, 1816, and they had seven children, five sons, and two daughters. In 1822 they moved to East Tennessee. He carried his two children on a pack-horse, while he and his wife walked the entire distance. In 1854 the family moved to Dade County, Missouri. He died in town of Bona on January 24, 1871 at the age of 77.

Nancy Calloway, is the wife of my maternal 4th Great Uncle. She was born in 1784, in North Carolina. She was the oldest of seven children born to Major John Farrar Callaway (1773-1848) and Sarah Hardin (1773-1863). She married James Marshall Divine on April 1, 1816, and they had seven children, five sons, and two daughters. In 1822 they moved to East Tennessee. In 1854 the family moved to Dade County, Missouri. She died in town of Bona on January 24, 1872, at the age of 76.

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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