My Ancestor’s Signature #36 ~ George Ennis

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 5th Great Uncle

George Ennis 1770-1835
Marriage Bond Dated December 24, 1795

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Thursday at the Cemetery #38 ~ Mount Tabor Cemetery ~ Odessa, Missouri pt. 2

This week I will be featuring this Cemetery that is located about 36 miles east of Kansas City, MO. I was working on one of my lines when I came across several ancestors that were buried here. Once I went to Find-A-Grave, I discovered that I had a total of 20 family members from both my paternal and maternal lines! So, for the next few weeks I will be honoring each one here. I will post their headstone (if there is one) and a short bio about them.

The Mount Tabor Cemetery is located south central Lafayette County, southeast of Odessa, Missouri. The cemetery is behind the Mount Tabor Methodist Church which was founded in 1873. There are over 1,300 graves there and many do not have headstones, several of them are my relatives.

John Ennis III is my maternal 5th Uncle. He was born in 1775 in Virginia, the third of five children born to John Ennis Jr. (1735-1824) and Mary Ann Whitlock (1740-1827). He grew up on a farm in Albemarle County. His family moved to Warren County, Kentucky in 1790. He married first, Rachel Campbell (1778-1820) on September 7, 1797. They had 11 children, 4 sons, and 7 daughters. His wife died on September 5. 1820 and was buried on her families farm. John then, in 1829, he moved his large family to Lafayette County, Missouri. He then married Martha “Patsy” Hunt on September 23, 1831. The had 3 daughters. John died in October of 1840, at the age of 65. There is no Headstone for him.

Nancy Ennis is my 1st cousin 5x removed. She was born on June 5, 1798, in Amherst County, Virginia. She was the firstborn of eleven children born to John Ennis III (1775-1840) and Rachel Campbell (1778-1820). She married William Hickman on January 24, 1818, in Warren County, Kentucky. They had 11 children, 5 sons, and 6 daughters 3 of which died as infants. Her family moved to Lafayette County, Missouri along with her father and siblings in 1829. She died on May 13, 1877, in Lafayette County, Missouri at the age of 79. There is no Headstone for her.

Martha Frances Ennis is my 1st cousin 5x removed. She was born on August 4, 1832, in Ray County, Missouri. She was the oldest of 3 daughters born to John Ennis III (1775-1840) and Martha “Patsy” Hunt (1790-1877). Patsy married Granville M. Jones (1819-1896) in 1854, in Lafayette County, Missouri. They had 7 children, 5 sons, and 3 daughters. They owned a farm in Washington, Lafayette County, Missouri. She died on December 1, 1877, at the age of 45.

Granville Marthalomew Jones is the husband of my 1st cousin 5x removed. He was born on May 4. 1819 in Grayson County, Virginia. He was the seventh of eleven children born to Churchill Jones (1789-1848) and Julia Ann Jones (1790-1880). The family moved from Virginia to Missouri in 1835. Granville married Martha Frances Ennis (1832-1877) in 1854, in Lafayette County, Missouri. They had 7 children, 5 sons, and 3 daughters. They owned a farm in Washington, Lafayette County, Missouri. He died on March 14, 1896, in Odessa, Missouri at the age of 76.

Julia Ennis is my 1st cousin 5x removed. She was born in 1838, in Lafayette County, Missouri. She was the youngest of 3 daughters born to John Ennis III (1775-1840) and Martha “Patsy” Hunt (1790-1877). She died of Cholera in 1850, at the age of 12. There is no Headstone for her.

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.