Thursday at the Cemetery #51 – 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.

Edward Walter Divine, my maternal 3rd cousin 2 times removed, was born on April 20. 1883, in Dade County, Missouri. He was the 3rd of 8 children born to William Riley Divine (1857-1943) and Rebecca Jane Spurgeon (1857-1943). He married his cousin Rebecca Elizabeth Divine (1894-1979) in 1919. They had one son. They owned and operated a farm where they grew Indian Corn and had a Jonathan Apple Orchard. Edward died on October 20, 1974, in Lockwood, Dade County, Missouri, at the age of 89.

Rebecca Elizabeth Divine, wife of my maternal 3rd cousin 2 times removed, was born on August 22 20. 1894, in Dade County, Missouri. She was the youngest of 5 children born to James M. Divine and Rebecca C. Johnson. She married her cousin Edward Walter Divine (1883-1974) in 1919. They had one son. They owned and operated a farm where they grew Indian Corn and had a Jonathan Apple Orchard. Rebecca died on August 14, 1979, in Lockwood, Dade County, Missouri, at the age of 85.

Howard Edward Divine, my maternal 4th cousin 1 time removed, was born on March 23, 1920, in Anderson, Dade County, Missouri. He was the only child born to Edward Walter Divine (1883-1974) and Rebecca Elizabeth Divine (1894-1979). He was raised on the family farm in Lamar and graduated from High School in 1939. He enlisted in the Army on January 9, 1945 in the 131st Combat Engineers Unit, and he was honorably discharged on May 14, 1946. He then moved to California where he married Jane H. Osthagon on December 6, 1949. Here he worked for the California Milling Corporation as a buyer. After divorcing Jane, he moved back to Missouri. Here he bought his own farm and began farming, and he married a woman named Rosalie, last name unknown. He never had any children. He died in Lamar, Missouri on August 4, 1961, at the age of 41. His death certificate states he died from a coronary occlusion brought on by heat stroke. It gives the secondary factor as several years of alcoholism.

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