Thursday at the Cemetery #43 ~ Friend Cemetery ~ Bona, Dade County, Missouri part 2

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.

Margaret “Peggy” Divine is my maternal 2nd cousin 3 times removed. She was born on February 16, 1852, in Dade County, Missouri. She was the sixth of nine children born to Alfred Divine (1817-1900) and Artemisa McNabb (1816-1890). She was the first the children to be born in the State of Missouri. She married John Wesley Friend Jr on February 6, 1869, and they had twelve children, three sons, and five daughters, and three that died at birth. They made their home on a farm outside the town of Morgan. She died on August 1, 1948, from a heart attack at the age of 96.

John Wesley Friend Jr is the husband of my maternal 2nd cousin 3 times removed. He was born in 1844, in Dade County, Missouri. He was the son of John Wesley Sr (1815-1884) and Elizabeth Ann Johnson (1817-1904). He married Margaret Divine on February 6, 1869, and they had twelve children, three sons, and five daughters, and three that died at birth. They made their home on a farm outside the town of Morgan. He died in 1921, at the age of 77.

Alfred Friend is my maternal 3rd cousin 2 times removed. He was born on November 19, 1871, in Dade County, Missouri. He was the son of John Wesley Jr (1844-1921) and Margaret Divine (1852-1948). He married Eva Maude Painter (1882-1946) on November 19, 1896, and they had six sons. They made their home on a farm outside the town of Greenfield. He died on December 27, 1937, at the age of 65.

Eva Maude Painter is the wife of my maternal 3rd cousin 2 times removed. She was born on March 14, 1882, in Dade County, Missouri. She was the daughter of James C. Painter (1850-1909) and Sarah Ellen Kelley (1853-1930). She married Alfred Friend (1871-1933) on November 19, 1896, and they had six sons. They made their home on a farm outside the town of Greenfield. She died on June 11, 1946, at the age of 64.

Infant Son, is my maternal fourth cousin once removed, was born and died on May 26, 1911.

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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