Thursday at the Cemetery #53 ~ Cedar Valley UMC Church Cemetery ~ North Carolina

This week I am honoring some of my paternal Hughes/Hayes family. There are several of my ancestors buried in this quaint cemetery located in Caldwell County, North Carolina.

I will be spending the next couple of weeks writing a bio about each one relative and posting it in a series of blogs.

Colbert Blair, my 6th Great Grandfather, was born on April 8, 1729, in Berks County, Pennsylvania. He was the son of James Blair (1715-1776) and Mary Colbert (1705-1757). He moved with his family to Caldwell County, North Carolina, in 1740. His family were pioneers in what was then Burke County, but is now Caldwell County. In 1749, he married Sarah Morgan (1731-1827) the daughter of John Morgan (1696-1746) and Sarah Lloyd (1701-1747). They had 5 children, 3 sons and 2 daughters. Colbert fought in the 9th regiment of the North Carolina Militia in the Revolutionary War. He died in 1805 at the age of 76.

Sarah Morgan, my 6th Great Grandmother, was born on September 22, 1731, in Beverly, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of John Morgan (1696-1746) and Sarah Lloyd (1701-1747). He moved with her family to Caldwell County, North Carolina, in 1739. She was the first cousin of Daniel Boone through her mother. In 1749, she married Colbert Blair (1729-1805) the son of James Blair (1715-1776) and Mary Colbert (1705-1757). They had 5 children, 3 sons and 2 daughters. She died in 1805 at the age of 96. No stone has been found found for her.

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.

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.

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.

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.

This day at the Cemetery #49~ Cleveland Cemetery ~ Purlear, Wilkes County, North Carolina ~ Finale

I just discovered this small cemetery that is the final resting place of some of my Cleveland ancestors. It only has 27 graves on it, the first one was in 1732 and the last one was in 1981. That means it was in use for 249 years! It appears to be located on private land. The grounds are overrun with tall grass but the wrought iron fence that surrounds it is in good condition.

19 graves in this cemetery belong to my ancestors so I will be spending the next few weeks honoring those who are buried here.

Leander Carmickle Yates is my paternal 4th cousin 3 times removed. He was born on January 6, 1853, in Purlear, Wilkes County, North Carolina. He was the second of 10 children born to Jesse C. Yates (1817-1898) and Sarah Caroline Eller (1831-1919). He lived his entire life in the town of Purlear. He married Jeslin Martha Phipps (1874-1952) on March 3, 1890 in Ashe County, North Carolina. They had 7 children, 6 sons and 1 daughter. Leander was a farmer and he owned his own farm. He died on June 14, 1922, at the age of 69. No headstone has been found.

Jeslin Martha Phipps is the wife of my paternal 4th cousin 3 times removed. She was born on September 3, 1874, in Chestnut Hill, Ashe County, North Carolina. She was the daughter of Robert Phipps (1850-1939) and Caroline Yates (1849-1923).She is listed on the Dawes Rolls as a Cherokee Indian. She married Leander Carmickle Yates(1853-1922) on March 3, 1890, in Ashe County, North Carolina. They had 7 children, 6 sons and 1 daughter. She died on November 7, 1952, at the age of 90. No headstone has been found.

Vannoy Cleveland Yates, is my paternal 5th cousin 2x removed. He was born on April 14, 1891, the oldest of 7 children born to Leander Carmickle Yates (1853-1922) and Jeslin Martha Phipps (1874-1952). He joined the army in 1914 and served until 1919. He married Lillie Barbara Shew (1893-1981) on February 6, 1825, and they had 4 children, 3 sons and 1 daughter. Vannoy owned a 300 acre farm in Stanton, Wilkes County, North Carolina where they had moved after they got married. Vannoy died September 9, 1968, in Wilkes County, North Carolina at the age of 77.

Lillie Barbara Shew, is the wife of my paternal 5th cousin 2x removed. She was born on March 2, 1893, to Simon Shew and Carolina Yates, She married Vannoy Cleveland Yates (1891-1968) on February 6, 1825, and they had 4 children, 3 sons and 1 daughter. They moved to Stanton, Wilkes County, North Carolina after they got married. Lillie died January 1, 1981, in Wilkes County, North Carolina at the age of 88.

Robert Harrison Yates, is my paternal 5th cousin 2 times removed. He was born on June 11, 1899, in Purlear, Wilkes County, North Carolina, the 5th child born to Leander Carmickle Yates (1853-1922) and Jeslin Martha Phipps (1874-1952). Robert died on December 8, 1905, at the age of 6 from scarlet fever. No headstone has been found.

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.

Thursday at the Cemetery #48~ Cleveland Cemetery ~ Purlear, Wilkes County, North Carolina ~ Part 3

I just discovered this small cemetery that is the final resting place of some of my Cleveland ancestors. It only has 27 graves on it, the first one was in 1732 and the last one was in 1981. That means it was in use for 249 years! It appears to be located on private land. The grounds are overrun with tall grass but the wrought iron fence that surrounds it is in good condition.

19 graves in this cemetery belong to my ancestors so I will be spending the next few weeks honoring those who are buried here.


All 4 of the following graves do not have a Headstone

David Yates, my paternal 3rd cousin, 4 times removed, was born in 1805, in Lewis Fork, Wilkes County, North Carolina. He was the fourth of nine children born to John Yates Jr (1780-1875) and Elizabeth Cleveland (1783-1850). He married Elizabeth Church (1816-1853) on January 5, 1847. They had 4 children, 3 sons and 1 daughters. David was a farmer whose main crop was tobacco. David died in March 1860, in Lewis Fork, Wilkes, North Carolina, at the age of 55. He committed suicide by hanging himself in the barn.

Elizabeth Church, wife of my paternal 3rd cousin, 4 times removed, was born on March 15, 1816, in Lewis Fork, Wilkes County, North Carolina. She was the daughter of John Church and Sarah Billings. She married David Yates (1805-1860) on January 5, 1847. They had 4 children, 3 sons and 1 daughters. Elizabeth died on June 14, 1853, in Lewis Fork, Wilkes, North Carolina, at the age of 37. She died 2 weeks after giving birth to their fourth child from complications caused by the birth.

Presley Cleveland Yates, my paternal 4th cousin 3 times removed, was born on October 18, 1850, in Wilkes County, North Carolina. He was the son of David Yates (1805-1860) and Elizabeth Cleveland (1816-1853). He married Sara McGlamery (1860-1930) in 1879 in Lewis Fork, Wilkes County, North Carolina. They had 7 children, 4 sons and 3 daughters. Presley was a farmer. He died on December 22, 1923, in Purlear, Wilkes County, North Carolina at the age of 73. It is not known when or where his wife died nor where she is buried.

Margaret Virginia Yates my paternal 3rd cousin 4 times removed, was born in 1852 to John Yates Jr (1780-1875) and his second wife, Fanny Lamira Laws (1823-1912). She was the oldest of their 3 daughters. She died from pneumonia in 1864 at the age of 11 years old.

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.

Thursday at the Cemetery #45 ~ Friend Cemetery ~ Bona, Dade County, Missouri part 4

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.

Byron Alder Friend is my maternal 4th cousin 1 times removed. He was born on May 26, 1912, in Greenfield, Dade County, Missouri. He was the fifth of 18 children born to Alfred Friend (1871-1937) and Eva Maud Painter (1882-1946). He never married. He did serve in the Army during WWII. Not much more is known about him. He died on August 30, 1974, in Nevada from a heart attack at the age of 61.

Homer Friend is my maternal 4th cousin 1 times removed. He was born on June 29, 1913, in Greenfield, Dade County, Missouri. He was the sixth of 18 children born to Alfred Friend (1871-1937) and Eva Maud Painter (1882-1946). He died on July 1. 1913, at the age of 2 days old. He died from an unknown cause.

Laverna A. Friend is my maternal 4th cousin 1 times removed. She was born on February 2, 1920, in Greenfield, Dade County, Missouri. She was the eighteenth of 18 children born to Alfred Friend (1871-1937) and Eva Maud Painter (1882-1946). She died on October 27, 1920, from pneumonia, at the age of 8 months old.

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.

Thursday at the Cemetery #44 ~ Friend Cemetery ~ Bona, Dade County, Missouri part 3

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.

Ozina Friend is my maternal 3rd cousin 2 times removed. She was born on April 16, 1875, in Greenfield, Dade County, Missouri. She was the seventh of nine children born to John Wesley Friend Jr (1844-1921) and Margaret Divine (1852-1948. She married John William Lamb (1875-1943) on April 17, 1875, and they had three children, one son, and two daughters. They made their home on a farm outside the town of Morgan. She died on June 9, 1905, at the age of 30. Her husband was buried in another cemetery in the county.

Arthur Taylor Friend is my maternal 3rd cousin 2 times removed. He was born on May 20, 1886, in Dade County, Missouri. He was the sixth of nine children born to John Wesley Friend Jr (1844-1921) and Margaret Divine (1852-1948). He married Myrtle Montgomery (1891-1971) on April 11, 1906, and they had four children, one son, and two daughters and one child who died at birth. They made their home on a cattle ranch outside the town of Morgan. He moved his family to Mansfield, Missouri in 1912 where he pioneered the Mansfield Mining District. He was Vice President and general manager of A.T. Friend Mining Co. He also owned the town drug store as well as many other businesses and properties in the county. He was a member of the Fuson Camp # 611 and The Woodsmen of the World. He was murdered on June 30, 1918, at the age of 32. (I will be writing a blog about this incident in the near future). Myrtle remarried and moved to California.

Roslee Friend is my maternal 4th cousin 1 times removed. She was born on December 26, 1906, in Mansfield, Dade County, Missouri. She was the first of four children born to Arthur Taylor Friend (1886-1918) and Myrtle Montgomery (1891-1971). She died on January 7, 1907, at the age of 12 days old.

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.

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.

Thursday at the Cemetery ~ Buckner Hill Cemetery ~ Buckner, Johnson County, Missouri

This week I will be featuring this small quaint cemetery, located in the town of Buckner about 28 miles east of Kansas City. The grounds of the cemetery is dotted with so many large trees that almost every stone is in the shade!

I have two ancestors buried here. My maternal Grandparents.

John Pleasant Smith Sr was born on September 8, 1882, in Hazel Hill, Johnson County Missouri. He is the only son born to Pleasant Smith (1853-1893) and Sarah Jane Page (1860-1938). He was raised by his mother as his father deserted the family shortly after he was born. He married Ella McGowan (1888-1921) on September 17, 1904, in Lexington. Lafayette County, Missouri. They had 6 children, 3 sons, and 3 daughters. John held several jobs throughout his life. He was a farmer, a grave digger, a coal miner, and a carpenter. After the death of his wife Ella, he married Nellie Jane Barrett (1879-1948) on May 8, 1926. After Nellie Jane died he then married Nellie Robinson (1885-1987) on February 15, 1949. John died at a hospital in Independence MO. He died from a broken neck after 5 days in the hospital. His 3rd wife Nellie had pushed him over a lawn mower which resulted in the neck breaking. He died on June 25, 1968 at the age of 85.

Ella E. McGowan was born on September 17, 1904, in Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri. She is the oldest of 8 children born to John Henry McGowan (1863-1957) and Asenath “Dolly” Walt (1863-1931). She had 2 brothers, and 5 sisters. She married John Pleasant Smith (1882-1968) on September 17, 1904, in Lexington. Lafayette County, Missouri. They had 6 children, 3 sons, and 3 daughters. Ella was born with Valvular heart disease and had to be careful with overdoing it her entire life. The strain of having 6 children in 14 years was too much for her condition. She died of a heart attack on November 19, 1921, at the age of 33.

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.