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Picture Perfect Saturday #37 ~ Matilda M. Divine

I am currently working on my Family Genealogy Group page for Facebook. In doing so I realized I have a tremendous amount of photos. I decided to feature one a week. No, not everyone is “perfect” however, they are to me!

In honor of “Women’s History Month”, each Saturday this March I will be highlighting one of my female ancestors.

This week I am showcasing this photo of my maternal 2nd Cousin, Matilda M. Divine with 2 of her daughters, Laura and Myrtle. Matilda was born on May 26, 1855, in Tennessee. She moved to Missouri with her family when she was 2 years old. She was raised in Dade County which was still a developing area at the time, and she learned to hunt and fish alongside her brothers. Matilda married Joseph K. West on March 25, 1875, at the age of 19. The couple moved to Cedarvale, Chautauqua County, Kansas 3 years later. They had 8 daughters and no sons, so Matilda taught all of them to fish and hunt. In this photo, taken in the early 1900s, you see that they are a little over dressed to be out hunting. It appears that they may have gone to Church first and decided to shot dinner afterwards without bothering to change their clothes. Just look at those furs and shoes! Left to right is Laura, Matilda, and Myrtle. Matilda and Myrtle are holding the rabbits and the three of them look as though they are pretty proud of themselves.I am sure they had rabbit stew for dinner.

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.

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The Overall Gang #9 ~ Robert Henry Divine

A lot of time while writing about our ancestors, we focus on those who would be considered successful by current standards. After all, there is usually far more documentation and sources that we can draw from that makes developing the story of their lives much easier. Looking through photos I made a discovery! I have quite a few pictures of my ancestors wearing farmers overalls. The majority of my ancestors spent their whole lives making a home and raising a family on a farm. To them, wearing overalls was a sign of honor, and they were proud of what they did. So to honor these hard-working men I will highlight the life of one of the “overall gang”, including the photo and a brief biography of the legacy they left behind.

This week I am featuring Robert Henry Divine, my 3rd cousin 2 times removed. He was born on February 6, 1891, in Golden City, Barton County, Missouri. He was raised on the farm of his parent, John Bernard Divine (1863-1940) and Lucinda Charity Watson (1869-1906). His family moved to Miami, Ottawa County, Oklahoma when he was 6 years old, where his father continued to farm. In 1911, at the age of 20, he married Joda Shaffer (1891-1985), and they purchased a farm near his parents. Except for the 2 years he served in the Army during World War I, he spent his entire life raising corn, alfalfa, cowpeas, and milo maize (known as sorghum). They also raised 3 children, 1 son and 2 daughters. Robert died on September 23, 1959, at the age of 68.

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.

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Thursday at the Cemetery #52 – Maple Grove Cemetery, Sylvania, Missouri ~ Finale

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.

There are a few of my ancestors buried here. This is the last of them buried in this cemetery.


There was no headstone found for James nor Orlena Divine

James Monroe Divine, my maternal 2nd cousin 3 times removed, was born on February 6, 1848, in Madison, Monroe County, Tennessee. He was the third of fifteen children born to William Riley Divine Sr. (1819-1875) and Amelia “Milly” Webb (1823-1897). When he was 8 years old he moved with his parents to Jasper, Dade County, Missouri. He grew up working on the family farm. He married Orlena Jane Clayton (1850-1905) in 1868, and they had 8 children, 6 sons, and 2 daughters. They had a farm outside of Dadeville, Missouri. After the death of his wife in 1905, James started working as a coal miner. James died on January 12, 1925, in Golden City, Barton County, Missouri at the age of 76. He died from Lobar Pneumonia. No headstone has been found for him.

Orlena Jane Clayton, wife of my maternal 2nd cousin 3 times removed, was born in June, 1850, in Dade County, Missouri. She was the daughter of John and Lucinda Clayton. She married James Monroe Divine (1848-1925) in 1868, and they had 8 children, 6 sons, and 2 daughters. They had a farm outside of Dadeville, Missouri. Orlena died in 1905, in Dade County, Missouri at the age of 55. No headstone has been found for her.


Double headstone for Zora Divine and John Bishop

Zora Cornelia Divine, my maternal 3rd cousin 2 times removed, was born on October 3, 1870, in Dade County, Missouri. She was the oldest of 8 children born to James Monroe Divine (1848-1925) and Orlena Jane Clayton (1850-1905). She married John Granville Bishop (1862-1945) on November 20, 1890, in Sylvania, Dade County, Missouri. They had 4 children, 3 sons, and 1 daughter. They bought a farm in Golden City, Missouri, and they grew sweet corn. She died of pancreatic cancer on December 19, 1945 at the age of 75.

John Granville Bishop, husband of my maternal 3rd cousin 2 times removed, was born on September 30, 1862, in Dade County, Missouri. He was the son of John Bishop and Martha Hanlon. He married Zora Cornelia Divine (1870-1945) on November 20, 1890, in Sylvania, Dade County, Missouri. They had 4 children, 3 sons, and 1 daughter. They bought a farm in Golden City, Missouri, and they grew sweet corn. He also began working in the coal mines with his father-in-law in 1905. He died of a ruptured gall bladder on September 22, 1945, at the age of 82.

James J. Divine, my maternal 1st cousin 4 times removed, was born on March 3, 1818, in Greenville, South Carolina. He was the son of James Marshall Divine Sr (1793-1872} and Nancy Calloway (1796-1872). He moved with his family to Tennessee when he was 5 years old. He married Mary “Polly” Elizabeth Clayton (1820-1892) on November 2, 1843, in Monroe County, Tennessee. They had 7 children, 5 sons, and 2 daughters. They moved to Dade County, Missouri in 1860, and they bought 80 acres of land. He enlisted in the Missouri State Militia on July 1, 1863, fighting on the Confederate side. He mustered out at the end of the war. He died on January 1, 1904, at the age of 85.

Mary “Polly” Elizabeth Clayton, wife of my maternal 1st cousin 4 times removed, was born on September 10, 1820, in Monroe County, Tennessee. She was the daughter of William Clayton (1800-1820} and Elizabeth Bruton (1798-1820). She married James J. Divine (1818-1904) on November 2, 1843, in Monroe County, Tennessee. They had 7 children, 5 sons, and 2 daughters. They moved to Dade County, Missouri in 1860, and they bought 80 acres of land. She died on January 9, 1892, at the age of 71.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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Picture Perfect Saturday #25 ~ Six “Divine” Siblings



I am currently working on my Family Genealogy Group page for Facebook. In doing so I realized I have a tremendous amount of photos. I decided to feature one a week. No, not everyone is “perfect” however, they are to me!

This week I am showcasing my maternal 3rd Cousins 1 times removed. The are just five of the fifteen children born to William Riley Divine (1819-1875) and Amelia Webb (1823-1897). L to R Back Row: Martha Caroline (1852-1921) , Texanna (1850-1938), Matilda (1855-1944) Back Row: Sarah Jane (1849-1931), William Webb (1854-1931) Nancy Elizabeth (1843-1914). This photo was taken about 1908.

Poor William, he looks like being in this photo was torture. Maybe because he is the only male amongst 4, not just women, but sisters! Each of the sisters have a slight smirk on their face. It makes one wonder what was said just before the photo was taken! This is definitely a true treasure.

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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Picture Perfect Saturday’s #24 ~ Parthenia Ogan

I am currently working on my Family Genealogy Group page for Facebook. In doing so I realized I have a tremendous amount of photos. I decided to feature one a week. No, not everyone is “perfect” however, they are to me!

This week I am showcasing my paternal 2nd Great Aunt Parthenia Ogan. She was born on February 18, 1847, in Windsor, Pettis County, Missouri. At the age of 21 she married James Woodard. I really love the dress she is wearing. It gives the sense of elegance. This was taken in 1915, when she made a trip to visit her ailing sister in Covelo, Mendocino, California. I think she looks like a very friendly, kind woman.

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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My Ancestors Signature #37 ~ Alfred Divine

How many of you have searched for any kind of photo of an Ancestor and you weren’t able to find one? Especially for one who lived before photography was invented? Have you ever looked through documents like wills, or marriage licenses and you discover that your 3x Great Grandpa had signed it? This signature is a little piece of him that was left behind. By posting it online we can preserve it for future generations.

My 1st Cousin 4 Times Removed

Alfred Divine 1817-1900
From Pension Application dated 1891

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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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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Picture Perfect Saturday #20 ~ John Alexander Divine & Family

I am currently working on my Family Genealogy Group page for Facebook. In doing so I realized I have a tremendous amount of photos. I decided to feature one a week. No, not everyone is “perfect” however, they are to me!

This week I am showcasing my 2nd cousin, John Alexander Divine (1852-1936) and his family. This photo was taken about 1895. I love everything about it! You can tell they are wearing their best clothes and there is no doubt that they are related because they all look alike! It makes me wonder how long they had to pose for the picture as they all look a little tired.

Left to Right-Back row: Charles (1880-1960), Rosa (1879-1936), Mary (1882-1916), Anna (1884-1962)
Left to Right-Front row: Lafayette (1886-1967), John (1852-1936), Bess (1892- 1966), Ella (1856-1922), Winifred (1889-1929)

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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