Thursday at the Cemetery #50- Maple Grove Cemetery, Sylvania, Missouri

This week I am once again honoring some of my ancestors who are buried in a small rural cemetery in Missouri. These are from my maternal side, and once again have quite a few “Divine” names. This cemetery is located in the Southwestern section of the State between Springfield and Joplin. There are 387 known graves there with the oldest one being in 1882.

Since there are several of my ancestors buried here I will be posting about this cemetery for a couple of weeks.

William Riley Divine, my 2nd cousin 3 times removed, was born on November 11. 1857, in Monroe County, Tennessee. He was the sixth of seven children born to James J. Divine (1818-1908) and Mary Elizabeth Clayton (1820-1892). He moved with his parents and siblings to Dade County, Missouri in 1863. He was a farmer, owning his own land, and he married Rebecca Jane Spurgeon (1857-1943) on November 20, 1877. They had 8 children, six sons and 2 daughters. According to his death certificate he was killed after stopping on the train tracks of the Missouri Pacific Railroad Crossing on Highway 160 in Lamar, Missouri on February 2, 1945,at the age of 85.

Rebecca Jane Spurgeon, wife of my 2nd cousin 3 times removed, was born on October 10. 1857, in Pana, Christian County, Illinois. She was the daughter of Moses (1823-1896) and Angeline (1828-1864) Spurgeon. She moved with her parents to Dade County, Missouri in 1860. She married William Riley Divine (1857-1945) on November 20, 1877. They had 8 children, six sons and 2 daughters. She died on October 19, 1943, in Golden City, at the age of 86.

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