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PROFFITT, RUSSELL, SWAFFORD posted by Lorraine F. Russell on Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Sallie PROFFITT married James Edward RUSSELL on 10 March 1907 at the home of Sophronia SWAFFORD in Ray County, Missouri. I would appreciate information on Sophronia SWAFFORD or Sallie PROFFITT. Who was Sophronia SWAFFORD related to? Who were Sallie PROFFITT's parents? Any help would be appreciated.

BROCKE, RUSSELL posted by Joyce Marie Russell on Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Looking for information about the William RUSSELL family of Russellville, Missouri. Where are William and Tamsen laid to rest? Maybe in Ray County or in Douglas County. Any land records, deeds, etc. would be welcome. thanks Joyce Marie RUSSELL is my maiden name; BROCKE my married name.

RUSSELL, TAMSEN, TAMSON posted by Joyce Marie Russell on Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Please tell me how I can find information about the RUSSELL family in Ray County as they descend from William. My Great Great Grandfather was Elijah Burgess RUSSELL, his father was William, mother was TAMSEN or TAMSON. They lived in Ray County Missouri in Russellville any help is appreciated

GILPIN, RALSTON, RENFRO, ROLSTON posted by Steve Boyce on Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Am searching for any information on William F. ROLSTON (RALSTON). He was born in Hart County, Kentucky, Oct 16, 1825. He was in the Mexican War and afterwards migrated to Ray County, Missouri. He is listed in the 1850 census of Ray County married to Rebecca (RENFRO). There is then a marriage record for him in 1852 to Aisley (Alice) GILPIN. They are in the Grape Grove Township census for 1860. Cannot find them in the 1870 census. He was supposed to be in Johnson County then and also serving in the state legislature. I am desperately searching for any documentation proving where he came from and in particular who his parents are. I would appreciate any help.

ALLEN, COLLEY posted by Shirlee Forsythe on Tuesday, June 21, 2005

My great great grandfather Patton COLLEY was born in Orrick, Ray County, Missouri in 1828 - married to Rebecca Jane ALLEN in 1848. Patton volunteered in the civil war. He was a captain in the Missouri Militia and I was told he died in1864 near Fredericksburg. Is this true and where is he buried?

CARSON, MILLSAP posted by Kathy Henley on Tuesday, June 21, 2005

I am looking for the name of Lorretta MILLSAP's (1910-199?) mothers parents, I know her mother went by the name Lilly, and she had a brother named Robert l. CARSON who died in 1966 in Louisiana, would like to contact anyone of Lorretta's children if possible, I know there was one JR. I am the granddaughter of Robert CARSON. Appreciate any help possible. Thank you !

BROWN posted by Beverly Brown Hart on Tuesday, August 23, 2005

My ancestors include John and Matilda BROWN; listed on Caldwell County census. My dad { who has been deceased for 30+ years} had told me his folks came from Ray county, Missouri. I have stumbled onto the website which includes “A Directory of towns, Villages, and Hamlets Past and Present of Ray County, Missouri” compiled by Arthur Paul Moser. In the appendix of the publication of previous paragraph is listed “Brownsburgh” . It was platted by John and Matilda BROWN in January, 1874 on 33 acres near Tinney’s Point. I have an old atlas and it shows a Tinney, Mo in the northeast corner of Ray County. Do you know? Is this Tinney’s Point? Any suggestions as to where I might find any more “footprints” left by John and Matilda BROWN? Are John and Matilda in your database by any chance? Thank you for your time and please feel free to forward this email to Historical Society or any group which you think might be able to help me. Beverly Brown Hart

FREE posted by LaRae Free Kerr on Tuesday, August 23, 2005

My ancestor, Absalom P FREE, was an original landowner in Ray County about 1836. But I cannot find any information about him. Do you know of any journals, diaries, reminisences from this township that cover 1836-1840? Perhaps they will mention Absalom FREE, or at least tell me what it was like to live in this township at that time. Also, if you have any idea where the earliest civil and criminal indexes are, please tell me. I was unable to find them at the courthouse. The people there were very kind, but the earliest civil and criminal index was missing - being used by a researcher I believe. Also, I have just learned, that Absalom P FREE'sparents, Andrew and Polly FREE, may have been buried in 1838 or 1839. Are there cemetery records for that time period? Thanks so much for your patience, and I hope you can answer my three questions: 1. Do first-person accounts from people living in Ray County in the 1830s exist? If so, do you know where they are and how I can look at them? 2. Do you know of any 1830s records for Ray County? 3. Do cemetery records exist that far back?

HEISINGER posted by Michelle on Tuesday, August 23, 2005

I have visited your link for the 1877 property holders Atlas for Ray County, Missouri. Do you have a link for property owners in the same area for any years between 1860-70? I notice that there are three HEISINGER's mentioned near the Lake and I am researching the location of their father's farm. He appears in the area both on the 1860 and 1870 census but is not on this map.

MARTIN, SWOPE posted by Hope Myers on Tuesday, August 23, 2005

I am looking for a Sarah Jane MARTIN , whom I think married Andrew SWOPE, and is buried in Pisgah Cemetery. If you do please contact me. This may or may not be my Sarah,

BAKER, HATFIELD posted by Ted Hatfield on Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Looking for my greatgrandfather Stanley HATFIELD (Married Ester or Hester HATFIELD in Livingston County, Missouri in 1840. Also marreid Martha Jane BAKER). He was born about 1818 in Kentucky and died about 1905 in Missouri. He was known to have lived in Decauter County, Iowa, and the following counties in Missouri: Livingston, Lafeyette, Grundy, Mercer, Daviess, Caldwell, and Ray. I don't know where he or Martha Jane are buried or even where they died. I remember hearing my father and his brothers say he was stabbed in a fight. Thanks in advance for any info you may have.

CROWLEY, HAYSON, YOUNG posted by Judy Weaver on Wednesday, August 24, 2005

I have a "picture" postcard of my g-ggrandparents and their children that was taken in Rayville in 1910. It includes Orestus CROWLEY, son of James Calvin CROWLEY. On the reverse side is a note that Clara May HAYSON - CROWLEY wrote to her brother Thomas HAYSON. Clara and Thomas were the children of Thomas HAYSON and Alice T.L. YOUNG.

TAYLOR posted by Patricia Barr on Wednesday, August 24, 2005

James TAYLOR lived in Ray County, Missouri. Wife unknown. Childern are James, born 1824, Missouri; William C. born Sept 1826, Missouri; Mary Jane, born 1825, Daviess County, Missouri. One more female child unknown. This family moved to Oregon about 1849 to 1850 or 1851. This family of TAYLOR`s are NOT part of TAYLOR`s in Cooper County, Missouri. They are also my TAYLOR`s too, but down a different line. Thank you for any help.

CHILDRESS, SHARPE posted by Joseph W. A. Childress on Wednesday, August 24, 2005

I am seeking information about descendants of Luther Dabney CHILDRESS born February 1839 in Goochland County, Virginia and died January 26, 1923 in Elmira, Missouri. He was married to Ann Elizabeth SHARPE, December 20, 1870 in Louisa County, Virginia. She was born June 21, 1844 in Louisa County, Virginia., and died June 13, 1897. Children of Luther CHILDRESS and Ann SHARPE were: Earnest Clifton CHILDRESS, Orvin Dabney CHILDRESS, Norman H. CHILDRESS, Myrtis B. CHILDRESS, Mary E. CHILDRESS and Benjamin A. CHILDRESS all born between 1871 and 1885. They left Goochland County, Virginia, and moved to Ray County, Missouri between 1880 and 1890. Luther Dabney CHILDRESS' father was Dabney CHILDRESS my GGGrandfather also of Goochland County, Virginia. Thanks for any assistance.

HALLECK, HALLOCK, MITCHELL, STILLWAGGON posted by Cary Schooling Campbell on Wednesday, August 24, 2005

My GGGG Grandparents married in Ray County, Missouri on Oct 15, 1848 - Levi MITCHELL and Mary HALLECK (HALLOCK). I would love more information on them. I know they had three children: James MITCHELL age 19 in the Platte County, Missouri on the 1860 census. Georgeann MITCHELL age 17 and married to John Andrew STILLWAGGON in Platte County, Missouri on the 1860 Census. Levi MITCHELL James is living with his sister - Georgeann and her husband in 1860 and I'm wondering if Levi (Sr.) and Mary died. Also, my father has been told that we have Indian ancestry. I saw that Ray County, Missouri was at one time an Indian reservation? Where would I find the records for those Indians and what tribe was it? I would be so grateful for any help you can give me. I am the Editor of the Yakima Valley Genealogy Society here in Yakima, WA. Thank you for your help.

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