Thursday at the Cemetery #40 ~ Mount Tabor Cemetery ~ Odessa, Missouri part 4

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.

Ruby Pauline Couch, my paternal 2nd cousin, was born January 19, 1929, in Odessa, Lafayette County, Missouri. She was the 2nd of 8 children born to George Couch (1900-1958) and Elsie Mae Willard (1906-1997). In 1953 she married Ernest Young (1927-2015) and they had one son. After their divorce she married Donald G, Elliott and the had 7 children, 3 sons and 4 daughters. At various times of her life, she had owned a beauty shop in Lake Lotawana, Missouri, sold real estate in Denver, Colorado, was a deli manager at Albertson Grocery, and was an antique dealer in Greenwood, Missouri for 30 years. She enjoyed traveling, painting, golfing, and bowling. She died on April 11, 2019, in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri at the age of 90.

Robert Franklin Couch, my paternal 2nd cousin, was born July 18, 1931, in Mayview, Lafayette County, Missouri. He was the 3rd of 8 children born to George Couch (1900-1958) and Elsie Mae Willard (1906-1997). He married Shirley R. Withrow (1931) on September 26, 1953, in Independence, Lafayette County, Missouri, and they never had any children. Robert was a machinist. He died on December 15, 1987, at the age of 56.

George Ennis, is my maternal 1st cousin 5x removed, in 1810, in Warren County, Kentucky. He was the 5th of 11 children born to John Ennis III (1775-1840) and Rachel Campbell (1778-1820). He married Rebecca Cole (1817-1894) on April 27, 1834, in Lafayette County, Missouri. They had 5 children, 2 sons, and 3 daughters. George was a farmer. George died on January 1, 1855, in Lafayette County, Missouri at the age of 56.

Robert Warren Page, my maternal 3rd Great Uncle, was born on February 19, 1847 in Page City, Lafayette County, Missouri. He was the 8th of 9 children born to Richard Fountain Page (1815-1852) and Margaret Richey (1814-1890). He married Lula C. Richey (1859-1908) on May 7, 1885, in Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri. They had 7 children 3 of whom died at birth. The surviving were 3 sons, and 1 daughter. Richard was a farmer owning a large farm outside Dover. He died on April 27, 1810, in Washington, Lafayette County, Missouri, at the age of 63.

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Here’s Your Sign #16 ~ Rosewell

For many years I have been collecting photos of and information about the various signs that have been placed in honor of some of my ancestors. These signs are a glimpse into some event and/or place where they lived. Some of the signs are small like a placard with a few poignant words, some are large, and they go into great detail, and then there are those that are somewhere in between. Each one gives added life to those ancestors.
The Rosewell Mansion located in Rosewell, Gloucester, Virginia, was the finest example of brickwork in the English colonies. It was constructed in 1725 by my 8th Great Grandfather Mann Page I. The home remained in the Page family for more than one hundred years. The mansion stood three stories tall. It contained fine paneling and wood carvings. In 1916, a fire swept through it, leaving a magnificent shell that is a testament to 18th-century craftsmanship.

Mann Page I (1691-1730) was the son Matthew Page (1659-1703) and Mary Mann (1672-1707). He married Judith Carter (1694-1734) on July 16, 1718. They had 5 children, 4 sons, and 1 daughter. Many years later the Grandson of Mann and Judith, John Page, lived in Rosewell and was good friends with Thomas Jefferson. It is said that Jefferson completed the draft for the Declaration of Independence while staying at Rosewell.

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My Ancestors Signature #18 ~ Mary Ellen (Smith) Page

signatureHow 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. I am very excited because I found the signature of a female ancestor as they are hard to come by!

My 2nd Great Grandmother

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Mary Ellen Smith Page on DC 1900 2

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From her son’s “Will” dated 1881

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Thursday at the Cemetery ~ Page Cemetery, Page City, Lafayette County, Missouri #4

pic TATCFour weeks ago, I wrote about how to honor our ancestors who do not have a headstone on their grave. This Cemetery is the one that prompted my query. This is an old, abandoned, neglected Cemetery in Missouri. As a matter of fact. the town no longer exists. It has been incorporated into a town a few miles away and all that is left of the original are farms and the Cemetery.

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The last burial in this Cemetery was in 1925. There are only 23 graves there and of those, 19 are related to me. This is the last one in this series.

 

SONY DSCEugene Webb Page, my first cousin 4x removed, was born in April 1868. He is the only child born to William A. (1836-1902) and Margaret F. (Hillock) Page (1846-1868).  He died on December 8, 1868, in Page City at the age of 8 months.

 

 

 

Sophia Page dau Granville Page esqSophia R. Page, my first cousin 4x removed, was born May 1, 1879. She is the 8th and last child born to Granville R. (1816-1894) and Lucinda F. (Johnson) Page (1830-1925). She died on May 1, 1879, at the age of 8 years old.

 

 

thomas hunt page HSThomas Hunt Page, my first cousin 4x removed, was born September 4, 1854. He is the 11th of 13 children born to Joseph Henry (1813-1893) and Elizabeth (Couts) Page (1819-1906). He married Emma Taylor (1853-1921) on September 4, 1884, in Buchanan County, Missouri. They had 3 children 1 son, and 2 daughters. He was a farmer. He died on April 5. 1925 at the age of 72, He was the last person buried in the Page City Cemetery.

 

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My Ancestor’s Signature #17 ~ Richard Fountain Page

signatureHow 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 3rd Great Grandfather

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Richard F Page Land Deed

Richard Fountain Page 1815-1852

From a Land Deed Dated July 1, 1845

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Thursday at the Cemetery ~ Page Cemetery, Page City, Lafayette County, Missouri #3

pic TATCThree weeks ago, I wrote about how to honor our ancestors who do not have a headstone on their grave. This Cemetery is the one that prompted my query. This is an old, abandoned, neglected Cemetery in Missouri. As a matter of fact. the town no longer exists. It has been incorporated into a town a few miles away and all that is left of the original are farms and the Cemetery.

 

The last burial in this Cemetery was in 1925. There are only 23 graves there and of those, 19 are related to me. I will spend the next few weeks honoring each one of them.

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Notice in newspaperJoseph Henry Page Jr., my first cousin 4x removed, was born in 1843. He is the 5th of 13 children born to Joseph Henry (1813-1898) and Elizabeth (Coats) Page (1819-1906). Joseph was a farmer and a blacksmith by trade. He served in the Civil War in the Confederate Army beginning in 1863 at the age of 21. After the war, he married Elizabeth Jane Petticord (1847-1894) on August 30, 1865, in Lafayette County. They had 6 children, 4 sons, and 2 daughters. He died on January 8, 1910, in Page City at the age of 67.

 

SONY DSCElizabeth Jane Petticord, the wife of Joseph Henry Page Jr, was born on July 23, 1847, in Lafayette County, Missouri. She and Joseph got married on August 30, 1865, in Lafayette County. They had 6 children, 4 sons, and 2 daughters. She died in Page City on February 14, 1894, at the age of 47.

 

 

SONY DSCJames Henry Page, my second cousin 3x removed, was born on June 1, 1868, in Page City, Lafayette County, Missouri. He was the second of 6 children born to Joseph Henry (1843-1910) and Elizabeth Jane (Petticord) Page (1847-1894). James died on April 12, 1870, at the age of 22 months. Only half of his headstone could be found.

 

find a graveJessie J Page, my first cousin 4x removed, was born on March 20,1849, in Lafayette County, Missouri. He is the 8th of 13 children born to Joseph Henry (1813-1898) and Elizabeth (Coats) Page (1819-1906). Jessie was a very successful farmer. He lived his entire life in Page City. He never got married. He died on February 3, 1909, in Page City at the age of 59.

 

SONY DSCMary Elizabeth Page, my first cousin 4x removed, was born on February 3, 1948, in Page City, Lafayette County, Missouri. She was the 5th of 5 children born to Granville R. (1816-1894) and his first wife Mary (Ridge) Page (1818-1850). Mary never married but she was the beloved Aunt of numerous nieces and nephews. Mary was killed when she was hit by a car crossing the road in Higginsville, Lafayette County, Missouri on May 15, 1920, at the age of 72. She is buried in the Page Cemetery.

 

 

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Here’s Your Sign #5 ~ Rosewell Mansion, Gloucester Co, Virginia

For many years I have been collecting photos of and information about the various signs that have been placed in honor of some of my ancestors. These signs are a glimpse into some event and/or place where they lived. Some of the signs are small like a placard with a few poignant words, some are large, and they go into great detail, and then there are those that are somewhere in between. Each one gives added life to those ancestors.

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Mann Page Sr. (1691-1730), my 8x Great Grandfather, was born on the property that was to become Rosewell Plantation in Gloucester County, Virginia. His parents and his grandparents on both sides were all deceased by the time he was 16 years old and he was left with all of the property and wealth they had all acquired. The building of the mansion began in 1725. It was built of brick with imported marble casements, and it was 3 stories high, not including the basement. It was then and for many years afterward the largest house in Virginia. The rooms were cubes in their proportions. The large hall was wainscoted with polished mahogany and the banister of the grand stairway was made of the same material and it was carved by hand to represent baskets of fruit, flowers, etc. From the roof of the Mansion, you could see the Nelson House at Yorktown that was 15 miles away. It is said that Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence in this house before going to Philadelphia.

 

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Thursday at the Cemetery ~ Page Cemetery, Page City, Lafayette County, Missouri #2

pic TATCTwo weeks ago, I wrote about how to honor our ancestors who do not have a headstone on their grave. This Cemetery is the one that prompted my query. This is an old, abandoned, neglected Cemetery in Missouri. As a matter of fact. the town no longer exists. It has been incorporated into a town a few miles away and all that is left of the original are farms and the Cemetery.

 

The last burial in this Cemetery was in 1925. There are only 23 graves there and of those,19 are related to me. I will spend the next few weeks honoring each one of them.

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SONY DSCJoseph Henry Page Sr., my 4x Great Uncle, was born on April 16, 1813, in Bowling Green, Warren County, Kentucky. He was the 4th of 6 sons born to Axcel (1785-1840) and Sarah Sally (Innes) Page (1785-1831).  Joseph grew up on his fathers’ farm in Kentucky and at the age of 14, he moved with his family to the area that became Page City, Missouri. He married Elizabeth Betsy Couts (1819-1906) on January 7, 1836, in Lafayette County, Missouri. They had 15 children, 8 sons, and 7 daughters. When they first married, they lived in a small one-room cabin on 50 acres of land. Joseph made all the furniture by hand. Over the years the farm grew in acreage and it prospered. They then built a large home with room for their family and luxurious furnishings. The farm had many buildings, machinery, animals, crops, and orchards Joseph is credited as being the founder of Page City along with his younger brother Granville. Joseph died on May 8, 1893, in Page City, Lafayette County, Missouri at the age of 57.

 

SONY DSCElizabeth “Betsy” Couts, the wife of my 4x Great Uncle, was born on September 5, 1819, in Bowling Green, Warren County, Kentucky. She is the 3rd of 10 children born to Christopher and Frances (Barton) Couts. Betsy’s family is considered one of the pioneers of Lafayette County. She married Joseph Henry Page (1813-1898) on January 7, 1836, in Lafayette County, Missouri. They had 15 children, 8 sons, and 7 daughters. Twelve of the children lived to adulthood. She outlived her husband by 13 years and at the time of her death on April 10, 1906, at the age of 87, she had lived on the Page farm for 70 years.

 

Granville R Page hsGranville R. Page, my 4x Great Uncle, was born on December 15, 1816, in Bowling Green, Warren County, Kentucky. He was the last of 6 sons born to Axcel (1785-1840) and Sarah Sally (Innes) Page (1785-1831). At the age of 11, he moved with his family to the area that became Page City, Missouri. He first married Mary Ridge (1818-1850) on July 22, 1835, in Lafayette County, Missouri. They had 5 children, 2 sons, and 3 daughters before her death. Granville then got married a second time to Lucinda Flower Johnson (1830-1925). They had 7 children, 4 sons, and 3 daughters. He is credited as being the founder of Page City along with his older brother Joseph. He died on February 12, 1894, in Page City, Lafayette County, Missouri at the age of 77.

 

find a graveMary Ridge, the 1st wife of my 4x Great Uncle, was born in 1818 in Warren County, Kentucky. She moved with her family to Lafayette County, Missouri in 1832. She married Granville R. Page on July 22, 1835, in Lafayette County, Missouri. They had 5 children, 2 sons, and 3 daughters. Mary died in childbirth along with her child in 1850 in Page City, Lafayette County, Missouri. She was 32 years old.

 

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Lucinda Flower Johnson, the 2nd wife of my 4x Great Uncle, was born on January 21, 1830, in Missouri. She married Granville R. Page on January 5, 1856, in Lafayette County, Missouri. They had 7 children, 4 sons, and 3 daughters. After the death of her husband, she moved to Higginsville, Lafayette County, Missouri. She died on March 29, 1925, in Page City at the age of 95.

 

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 ~ Page Cemetery, Page City, Lafayette County, Missouri

pic TATCLast week I wrote about how to honor our ancestors who do not have a headstone on their grave. This Cemetery is the one that prompted my query. This is an old, abandoned, neglected Cemetery in Missouri. As a matter of fact, the town no longer exists. It has been incorporated into a town a few miles away and all that is left of the original are farms and the Cemetery.

The last burial in this Cemetery was in 1925. There are only 23 graves there and of those, 19 are related to me. I will spend the next few weeks honoring each one of them.

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SONY DSCAxcel Heath Page, my 4x Great Grandfather, was born on April 3, 1785, in Albemarle, Virginia. He was the only child born to Joseph (1765-1805) and Elizabeth (Steventon) Page (1766-1798).  At the age of 20, he purchased 260 acres of land in Warren County, Kentucky. Two years later he married his longtime girlfriend, Sarah “Sally” Innes on April 12, 1807, in Amherst, Amherst County, Virginia. They moved to Kentucky and had 6 sons. In 1829 he moved his family to Lafayette County, Missouri.  He purchased 600 acres of land in what became Page City. He died on August 20, 1840, at the age of 65.

 

FAGSarah “Sally” Innes, my 4x Great Grandmother, was born on February 22, 1785, in London, Lancaster, England. She immigrated to Virginia with her father John Innes Sr. She married Axcel Heath Page on April 12, 1807, in Amherst, Amherst County, Virginia. They moved to Kentucky and had 6 sons. In 1829 she moved her family to Lafayette County, Missouri. She died in 1831 in Page City at the age of 46.

 

SONY DSCRichard Fountain “Fount” Page Sr, my 3x Great Grandfather, was born on February 12, 1815, in Wayne County, Kentucky. He was born the 4th of 5 sons born to Axcel (1785-1840) and Sally (Innes) Page (1785-1831). Fount moved with his family to the frontier land of Missouri in 1829. They settled it in Lafayette County. His mother died here in 1831 when he was 16 years old. He married Margaret Richey (1814-1890) on January 17, 1834. They had 9 children, 6 sons, and 3 daughters all of whom lived to adulthood. By 1845, he owned over 5000 acres of land in Lafayette County and he was a prosperous farmer. In the 1850 Census, it states that his real estate holding was worth $10,000. Fount died on May 15, 1852, in Page City at the age of 37.

 

Margaret RitcheyMargaret Richey, my 3x Great Grandmother, was born in 1814 in Bourbon County, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Robert (1790-1831) and Sarah “Sally” (Warder) Page (1792-1845). She moved with her parents to Lafayette County, Missouri in 1830. They had 9 children, 6 sons, and 3 daughters all of whom lived to adulthood. She outlived her husband and 3 of her sons and died on December 16, 1890, in Page City at the age of 76.

 

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Saturday Dilemma ~ One Less Brick in this Brick Wall

Brick wallA week ago Wednesday I wrote a blog for the 52 Ancestors 52 Weeks about my favorite discovery. I wrote how, after over 20 years of searching I finally found information on my Great Grandmother Sarah Jane Page. I also express my frustration with the fact that I still had no leads on my Great Grandfather Pleasant Smith. It is amazing what a difference a week can make.

I am still missing a huge amount of documentation and facts about Pleasant but last Pleasant Smith burgalar 22 March1890 Lex Intelligencerweekend when they offered the free searches on Newspapers.com, I took advantage of it. Let me tell you a little background before I move forward. I have Pleasant’s date of birth because it was written in my baby book. I know this is not evidence nor proof however all of the other names and dates have proven correct, so I believe this one is also. I do have my Great Grandparents’ marriage records and his name on my Grandfathers death certificate. I also have the wild tale my mother had told us when we were growing up. It was that Pleasant had been a Creek Indian and he was murdered, dismembered and placed on the railroad tracks because he had left the tribe. His remains were found before the train came. No time frame was given so from Sarah’s marriage to her third husband in 1894 I assumed he must have died prior to that.

Pleasant Smith burgalar 25 Jam 1890 Lex Intelligencer CaughtNow to my latest discovery. I knew that my Great Grandparents had lived in the Dover Missouri area. So, I looked in the Lexington Intelligencer newspaper for his name and gave it a 10-year window from his death date estimation for searching. Imagine my surprise when a Pleasant Smith popped up. I read the short article and thought this can’t be him. This person had been arrested in 1890 for burglary and larceny of a store in Waverly, Missouri. He was being sentenced to 3 years at the Missouri State Penitentiary. I started to “turn the page” when I noticed one of the men who were also named in the article. The name was John Page. I realize this isn’t solid proof, but Sarah had a brother named John! I kept searching and found 2 more articles about the burglary and sentencing. I then went to the website for the State Penitentiary and found his intake information. Again, not proof but it described Pleasant as fair-skinned with blue eyes.  My Grandfather and my mother had fair skin and blue eyes. At least I have a lead I can try to follow.

I contacted the Missouri Historical Society which holds the Penitentiary files and theyPleasant Smith Prision Record discharge date told me they will send me all the information they have on him. I am excited to see where this may lead. Now I am thinking that the “story” my mother told us was either part of her mental illness or it may be that the family was so embarrassed by Pleasant’s actions that they made up the story. I also am thinking maybe Pleasant and Sarah got a divorce before she got remarried and he wasn’t dead.

I anxiously await the information from the Historical Society and now I believe I have been able to knock one more brick off Pleasant’s wall.

My dilemma is: where to go next in finding his death information. Any Suggestions?

 

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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.