Family Legend ~ 52 Ancestors 52 weeks #2

I only remember ever hearing 4 or 5 stories of my mother’s life or her family while growing up. They all stuck with me through the years because. for the most part, they were so outlandish. You would have had to know my mother to understand why I doubted anything she said. I didn’t realize until I was about 13 years old that she had a mental illness.

All but one of her stories I have been able to debunk over the years. None of these had any element of truth in them. However, one did, so I have spent the last few years trying to discover the truth. Here is the story I was told.

My Great Grandmother, Sarah Jane Page (1860-1938) was born in a small Missouri town called Page City. The town was established by her Grandfather and his brothers and it was laid out by Joseph Page on twenty acres of land belonging to himself, and eleven acres belonging to his brother, G.R. Page. It has never amounted to more than a station point, with small business interests and the many farms owned by the Page family. The family had owned this land in Lafayette County for over 40 before it was finally granted township in 1871.

The Legend was that the Page family had owned slaves going back several generations. This unfortunately turned out to be true. The next part of the Legend was that my Great Grandfather treated his slaves horribly. The tales my mother told me about his treatment of these people are too horrible to recount. She told me that God had sent his judgement on the Page family by sending a powerful tornado that destroyed all of the farms owned by the Page’s. This part has not been substantiated. What I do now is there is nothing left of the town except the very small cemetery and a street named Page City Rd. My husband and I made a trip from Arizona to Missouri about 10 years ago, and we drove through the area twice before we realized that this was indeed where the town had been.

I have searched everyplace I know of and can not find any information about a tornado that wiped out a town in Lafayette County before the end of the Civil War. At this point I will just keep searching in hopes that one day I will find the truth.

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

2 thoughts on “Family Legend ~ 52 Ancestors 52 weeks #2

  1. If the town wasn’t granted township until 1871, did it have a different name before then? If the town didn’t officially exist before or during the Civil War, that might explain why you aren’t finding anything. ?? I don’t know. But good for you tracking down the story. My family legends don’t amount to much either.

    1. It was known as and called Page City before it was officially a town because there were 7 farms there owned by the Page families. Back in the 1970’s the land where the the original town was located were merged with the nearby city of Dover. The page Cemetery is the only thing still there. All of the buildings where torn down and there are farms there now.

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