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Luster Earl Colley to Carol Lee Mattocks, e-mail, 4 October 1998

15 June 2009 2 comments

Source: Luster Earl Colley to Carol Lee Mattocks, e-mail, 4 October 1998.

Dear daughter:

We enjoyed your ‘phone call, and all the news you shared with us.  I answered your first e-mail promptly, but it seems it never arrived on your screen. I hope we have better luck this time.  I told you on the telephone that I had an e-mail address for Jo Ann SPORE, who shares our interest in the WEARS surname. Her e-mail address is:


Some time ago she shared with us this data extracted from – 1850 census of Mason Co. VA.; page 376, dwelling 212:

George WEARS 52 VA
Martha ” 49 VA
James ” 25 VA
Lucretia ” 18 VA
George ” 15 VA
William ” 13 VA
Jane A. ” 10 VA

And then I compare this with the household listed on page 778 in dwelling 18, of the 1860 census of Springfield Township, Henry County, MO:

James WEARS 35 M VA
Elizabeth ” 27 F NC
George W. ” 1 M MO
Richard B. ” 4/12 M MO
Martha ” 57 F VA
William ” 21 M VA
Jane A. ” 19 F VA
John T. ” 20 M VA

In a perfect world everyone would age exactly 10 years between the 1850 census and the 1860 census. But we are all too sophisticated to believe such perfection.

George who was 52 in 1850 has disappeared; maybe dead, maybe gone to the California gold fields as so many men had done in 1850.

Martha aged from 49 to 57.

James aged from 25 to 35, got himself a wife and children. A James WIER married Elizabeth JONES 20 Sep 1857 in Henry Co. MO. The Bureau of Land Management issued a patent for 200 acres in sections 35 and 36 of Township 42 N Range 25 W, Henry Co. MO, 1 Nov 1859, to James WEAR.

Lucretia WEIR married Richard JONES 20 Dec 1851 in Henry Co. MO. She appears on the 1870 census of Springfield Township, Henry Co. MO at age 35, with her husband and a child, and living in their household is Martha A. WEARS, born VA, now age 70, having aged from 49 in 1850.

George W. WEARS married Martha A. EMERY 25 Feb 18?? in Henry Co. MO (the year of this marriage in the printed record is reproduced as 1838, but this is an obvious error. I am guessing that the correct year is 1858). The Bureau of Land Management issued a patent for 200 acres in sections 11 and 12 of Township 41 N Range 25 West, Henry Co. MO, 1 Nov 1859, to George W. WEARS.

William has aged from 13 to 21 in the 1850-1860 interval. Jane A. has aged from age 10 to age 20. And John T. WEARS has mysteriously appeared in the 1860 household at age 20.

If we assume that the subject household removed from Mason Co. VA after the 1850 census to Springfield Township, Henry Co. MO and before the 1860 census as a family group, we know that the arrival in Henry Co. MO was previous to 20 Dec 1851. That was the date when Lucretia was married in Henry Co.

Now it comes to my attention that there was a William D. WEAR in Henry Co. MO before 1850. He appears to have been a Minister, performing marriages there. For example, I see a marriage performed by him in 1836. A Rev. David WEIR also performed many early marriages in Henry Co.

There is a tradition that our John Thomas WEARS had said that he was born in Craig County, Virginia. At the time he was born, Craig County did not yet exist. So we assume that he meant to say that he was born in what was at that time the neighborhood of Botetourt County, Virginia, which was later set aside to Craig County. The unexpected appearance of a 20 year old John T. RULE [sic] on the 1860 census of Henry Co. MO, in a household where he did not appear to belong, has exercised our interest in this household listed on page 52, dwelling 189, of the 1850 census of Botetourt Co. VA:

James HUFFMAN 30 M Virginia
Harriet ” 31 F ”
Jane ” 10 F ”
Fleming B. CALDWELL 7 M ”
Mary ” 4 F ”
Eliza WIERS 30 F ”
John ” 13 M ”
Harriet CAY 25 F ”
John ” 9 M ”

There is an obvious shortage of young fathers in this household, and again I consider the possible attraction of the California gold rush.

In the records of Botetourt County, Virginia I find that a James HUFFMAN married Harriet CALDWELL 4 December 1839. This appears to identify James and Harriet HUFFMAN and their supposed daughter, Jane, in the listed household.

Let me know if you receive this so I will know we are in communication.

Auf Wiedersehen


Luster Earl Colley to JoAnn (Wear) Spore, e-mail, 11 December 1998

25 May 2009 1 comment

Source: Luster Earl Colley to JoAnn (Wear) Spore, e-mail, 11 December 1998.

On Wed, 09 Dec 1998 20:04:52 -0700 JoAnn WEAR SPORE writes:


I just bought a new Family TreeMaker CD today and rented another one. The #227 Marriage Index: AR, CA, IA, LA, MN, MO, OR, TX 1728-1850 showed the following marriage in Henry Co., MO: George W. WEARS married Martha A. EMERY 25 Feb 1838. Is this your George and would this explain why Martha went to Henry Co. I checked to see if there was a marriage for Armisted EMBREY to Mildred _______ but found nothing. If this is the correct George and Martha he had to have a first wife? Did I get something mixed up??????

I had not thought of the interpretation that you suggest, but I think I can see your viewpoint. But I think I can offer some counter-arguments. I will describe how I came to the conclusion I have had for a long time.

Years ago, I bought a copy of the paper ound, typescript book titled, “HENRY COUNTY, MISSOURI MARRIAGE RECORDS; 1835-1861” by Betty Harvey Williams; 1966. My attention was immediately attracted to the item recording the marriage of George W. WEARS to Martha A. EMERY 25 Feb. 1838; by Daniel BRIGGS M. G. I immediately wrote in red ink my own note, “maybe 1858”. I have been a victim of errors in printed copies of records before, and I had long planned to get the film of the original marriage book to check what I suspected to be a misreading of the original source.  But I plan faster than I execute, and I still have not checked the film of the original record.

Since George WEARS has a wife (I assume) named Martha in 1850 in Mason county, VA, there seems to be a strange possibility that George WEARS married Martha A. EMERY (EMBRY) in Missouri in 1838, went to Virginia where they had children, then the mother and children came back to Missouri soon after 1850. If this happened, then the first child of the theoretical marriage would have been no more than about age 21 in 1850.  But the George and Martha WEARS in VA in 1850 had a son, James, age 25.  To explain that, we would have to assume, as you say, that George had a previous wife.

I think that the FTM people copied the record published by Mrs. Williams, errors and all, rather than going to the original record. Or maybe they just made the same mistake that Mrs. Williams made.

Here is my version, which could just be wishful thinking:

The familes headed by George WEARS, born about 1798 in VA, and by Armistead EMBREY, born about 1795 in VA, were neighbors and close friends in Mason county, Virginia. Soon after 1850, both families removed to Henry county, Missouri where they were again neighbors. On the 1860 census of Henry Co. MO the George W. WEARS family is listed in dwelling 7, while the EMBRY family is listed in dwelling 8. In the 1850 census, the WEARS family included a George WEARS, age 15, while the EMBRY family included a Martha A. EMBREY, age 10.  After moving to MO, in 1858, George WEARS was about age 23 and Martha A. EMBREY was about age 18.  Then and there they married. On the 1860 census of Henry county, MO, George W. WEARS, age 24, Carpenter, is head of a household with Marth A. WEARS, age 21, and an infant boy age 1 month. George W. WEARS was killed at Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia, 20 June 1964, a southern soldier. Martha married again to a man by surname DODSON, and they continue to appear on the Henry Co. MO census.

We have a clue to the approximate date when the WEARS family moved from VA to Henry Co. MO in the Henry Co. MO marriage of Lucretia WEIR to Richard JONES 20 Dec. 1851. I think there may be a strong possibility that George WEARS (the elder) was caught up in the gold excitement (the 49ers) and left his family in Missouri to go to the California gold fields. Many heads of families were missing at that time for that reason.  Many of these adventurers died before they could return to their families.

I copied some land patent documents from the Bureau of Land Management web site. Among them is a record for a George W. WEARS, dated 1 November 1859. The subject land was in St. Clair county. St. Clair is my birthplace, the next county south of Henry county. John Thomas WEARS later moved from Henry county to my home village of Lowry City.  I have a vague recollection of him as a very old soldier. I was married to Doris WEARS, a granddaughter of John Thomas WEARS.  Carol MATTOCKS is our daughter.

I have more “stuff” if you want to hear it.

Luster Earl Colley to Gregg Leon Mattocks, letter, 14 October 1997

9 May 2009 Leave a comment

Source: Luster Earl Colley to Gregg Leon Mattocks, letter, 14 October 1997.

October 14, 1997

Dear Gregg:

Oma sequestered all my birthday greeting mail that arrived before my birthday party.  some way, your card got by her.  So I got it directly.

My birthday was predated a little bit to Sunday, since everyone has more time on sunday.  Aldine and I went over to Barbie’s house for my birthday party.  Barbie made ham loaf and all the fixins that I like and my birthday cake was a black raspberry pie.  Barbie knows what I like.  When everyone was full of good food, they brought out a heap of mail from my descendants, that they had been saving.  They demanded that I read it all out loud and pass around the pictures.  I never had so much mail all at one time and had so many say such nice things about me.  Fathers usually have to be dead to get so much favorable fan mail.  It was so much fun I would like to be 80 again next year.

I have a new status symbol as a Family History Expert.  I have been working as a substitute at the Mormon Library for several years.  Just recently they gave me a promotion, and I am now a member of the regular staff.  There was no pay raise.  Everyone on the staff gets the same pay, nothing.  But I feel well paid in fun and being able to associate with the nicest, smartest people in the whole world.

I have been working on several projects.  One project is to gather data for an eventual history of Butler Township, St. Clair Township, MO.  A lot of your ancestors came from that place.  I doubt I will ever live so long as to write the book, but maybe you and your mother can take over where I leave off.

I have a working version of a program I wrote in “C” language that I hope will combine census records in a new useful way.  I have entered a lot of data from the 1900, 1910, and 1920 census of Butler township in a raw data base.  I hope to do the 1880 census for Butler Twp this winter.  The new idea of my program is that it will combine a sorted version of the combined censuses so the people will be grouped together.  That way, you will be able to see on a single screen how a person ages and how their situation changed as the decades pass.  I also have entered a lot of WW1 draft data and a lot of marriage records for Butler Twp and other parts of St. Clair County.

I made photocopies of the original draft records for your great grandfather WEARS and your great grandfather COLLEY.  I will enclose a photo-copy of the one for GGfather WEARS.  Both Doris and I existed at that time as mere embryos, so I imagine the registration of prospective fathers for military service was something of a shock to the prospective mothers.  Now as I take a closer look at the copy, I see that Doris had already been born.  She was born in August and I wasn’t born until October.

Just a short time ago a correspondent sent me some new material about our SAYLOR family.  The best way to explain this is to make an abbreviated Ahnentafel which I will extend a bit for later purpose:

3. Carol Lee COLLEY
6. Earl COLLEY
12. James Alvin COLLEY
13. Vida MILLER
26. Walter MILLER

[Earl makes a mistake here.  Catherine Gilley was the mother, not the wife of Walter Miller.]

27. Catharine GILLEY b 2 May 1840 Washington Co. TN, d MO
52. William MILLER
54. Abraham (Absalom) GILLIS (GILLEY) married 12 Oct 1837 Washington Co. TN
104. Henry MILLER
105. Hannah BISHOP b Chester District, SC ca1884; d Benton Co. MO after 1850
110. John SAYLOR b 1775 Lebanon Twp. Lancaster Co. PA; d TN; m 26 Dec 1797 Rockingham Co. TN
111. Betsy KYSOR
210. James BISHOP b PA; d Hopkins Co. KY
222. Henry KISOR (KYSOR)
420. Nicholas BISHOP b DE, d Chester District SC.

Items 111. and 222. I have long suspected were true, but the new data I received gives me much more confidence.  The marriage of John SAYLOR and Betsy KYSOR is recorded in the book “Rockingham Co., VA Marriages 1778-1816” by Strickler.  The book can be found in many Genealogical libraries.  The new data I got goes back several generations and says the SAYLORs were Mennonites from Switzerland.  I haven’t yet examined this story well enough to want to give it my blessing.  I sent in a request to the Main Mormon Library in Salt Lake City for a film that I hope will add some detailed proof to the story.

While I was in the process of writing this letter the mail man delivered our mail.  I received my copy of the quarterly Bulletin of the Chester District Genealogical Society.  I have subscribed to it for many years and sometimes contribute material for them to print.  In this issue is one thing of particular interest to us.  I will enclose photo-copies of three pages.  The interesting part is the inset on page 112, but I copied the preceding and following page to include some background.

Henry BISHOP was an older brother of our James BISHOP (James BISHOP is number 210 on the previous Ahnentafel).  Henry BISHOP was a Captain in the Patriot army.  The whole BISHOP family with all their Patriot neighbors formed a refugee train of ox carts and such to retreat from the British and Tory threat.  They headed for Charlotte, NC where there was a stronger Patriot army for protection.  The men with the refugee train went to attack the British at Hanging Rock to turn them away from attacking the refugee women and children.  Henry BISHOP was wounded at the Hanging Rock battle.  He was carried in the refugee train to Charlotte, where he died of his wounds.  I have long searched for additional records about the battle and the refugee experience.  The British burned houses and killed all the live-stock that the refugees could not carry along with them.  I suppose most historians did not think the battle at Hanging Rock was very important, because not enough soldiers were killed there.

I often scan the data you sent me a long time ago, and think how much time you have invested.  Since I live in the Northeast, I have been aware that our County Library may have some sources that have not been readily available to you.  I hope to take advantage of that, but I never seem to stay on one subject very long.  I keep getting diverted by peripheral quests.

I hope your mother can soon get her life back on track and have time to pursue our mutual interest in family history.  She tells me that property values in the peninsula are so poor that she expects a difficult time in selling her house.  We have the same surplus real estate situation here, and I would have a difficult time selling my house.  I would really like to avoid the tribulations of being a home owner and move back to Columbia, MO.  The Missouri Historical Society is there and the MO University Library.  As an alumnus of the University and an ex-teacher, I would be eligible for using a lot of the School facilities.

Tell me about the computer you are now using.  I still have my old 386 DX machine.  For a long time I also had another machine on my desk based on a 286 mother board that I bought second hand for $29.  But I could not run WINDOWS on that.  I resisted WINDOWS long after most of my friends were using it, but almost all software now requires windows.  When JUNO (no cost internet access) was offered it was the last straw.  JUNO requires WINDOWS.  Being too much of a tightwad to pay for “Intel inside”, I upgraded to a K5 processor made by AMD.  It works great, and I don’t see how paying the price for a Pentium would have given me any better service.  Other components are also gettig cheap, so I have 32 Meg of ROM, a slow PC disk reader, and a 2.5 Gig hard drive.

I really make good use of having two computers side by side.  I do a lot of writing.  I use the old 386 as if it were a dedicated word processor, and use the K5 machine to look up data as the subject of my writing demands.  It is possible to switch windows on a single screen to get that result, but my system allows me to have two full screens visible at the same time.

I would be glad to hear of your adventures, but I know that like all of us, your time is fully engaged.  If the next I hear from you is my 90th birthday card, I will understand.  But I will be pleased to hear sooner.

With the affection I have for all my extensive clan,

Old grandfather


John Rule, Wm. S. Rule, Breckenridge, Ligon, and Shrite (Srite) Family Stories

3 May 2008 Leave a comment

Source: L. Earl Colley, “John Rule, Wm. S. Rule, Breckenridge, Ligon, and Shrite (Srite) Family Stories” (New York: unpublished manuscript).

[Note: Much, if not all, of this manuscript has been reproduced as a series of articles in the journal of the genealogical society of Platte County, Missouri. While I saw these articles several years ago, I neglected — already having this manuscript directly from Mr. Colley — to copy the articles or note exactly where I found them.]

The John Rule Family in Platte – Clay

Most children who attended school in Platte Co. must have performed in Thanksgiving pageants. Generations of school teachers have used these pageants to teach their pupils of the history of our society. It has long been the custom at these events for a pupil to recite or dramatize Longfellow’s famous poem, “The Courtship of Miles Standish.” Miles Standish wanted Priscilla Mullens for his wife. We all know how the story ends. John Alden got the girl. But some of these pupils have not known that they would never have been born if that romance had never happened.

Phebe Byram was born in the state of New Jersey in 1766. When she was old enough to understand, she probably learned that John Alden and Priscilla Mullens were GGGGgrandparents. The Byram family moved to the wilds of western Pennsylvania, where Phebe married a young Revolutionary soldier, Thomas Rule. The Rule and Byram families left western PA to make a new home in Bourbon Co., Virginia. Soon, their new home was made part of the state of Kentucky.

Thomas and Phebe Rule lived among their Rule and Byram relatives in Kentucky. Thomas was a miller, a Justice of the Peace, and High Sheriff of Bourbon Co. Thomas and Phebe Rule had many children. As they grew old, they joined the Shakers at nearby Pleasant Hill. They lived the rest of their lives in that community.

John Rule was born 1784, one of the children of Thomas and Phebe. He was sometimes recorded as John Rule, Junior. That probably served to distinguish him from his uncle John Rule, who lived in the same neighborhood. John Rule married Theodocia (Dicy) Collins. Their marriage bond was signed in Bourbon County on 3 February 1806. John and Dicy Rule kept a tavern in Millersburg, Bourbon Co., Kentucky. He moved to Pendleton County, Kentucky, about 1819, and very soon died there.

One of the children of John and Dicy Rule was Thomas R. Rule. He was born in Kentucky 18 September 1809. He became a hard shell Baptist preacher. He married Clerissa Pence 13 September 1832 in Clay County, Missouri. It is recorded that he performed a number of marriages in the Platte-Clay neighborhood, but soon made his residence across the River in Jackson County. He later went to Colorado where he is supposed to have owned a large acreage of mountain land. He died there. Reverend Thomas R. Rule was married three times, and had numerous children. But none of them are known to have lived in Platte County.

Another child of John and Dicy Rule was Olive Rule. She married Jackson Pence in Clay County, Missouri on 11 January 1835. Her household is probably the one listed in dwelling 207, Pettis Township, on the 1850 census of Platte County. The census recorder listed the head of this household as a 38 year old male named Oliver Pense. This is probably an error, and really represents Olive Rule Pence, who was born in Kentucky. The census lists children in the household: Wm. H. Pence, age 14; Eliz’h Pence, age 12; Virginia Pence, age 10; Louisa Pence, age 8; and Adaline Pence, age 6. Olive Pence is listed in dwelling 416, Liberty Township in Clay County in the 1860 census. Three of the same children were still living with her at that time.

Another child of John and Dicy Rule was Sarah Ann Rule. She married William Rollins in Clay County, Missouri, 29 July 1832.

Mary Jane Rule was one of the children of John and Dicy Rule. She married Isaac Brink in Platte County 9 April 1840. Their household is listed in dwelling 206, Pettis Township, in the 1850 census of Platte. The children in the house were: Jackson Brink, age 9; John W. Brink, age 7; and Ann E. Brink, age 1. The adults in the house are listed as: Isaac Brink, age 30, born Mo., and Mary J. Brink, age 30, born Ky. The 1860 census of Platte again lists their household in Pettis Township.

While this little story is based on careful research of many records, the conclusions are based on fallible human opinion, and may be, or may not be, true.

The Rule Family in Platte County

Volume 2 of the Cemetery Records published by the Platte County Historical Society reproduces, among others, inscriptions from gravestones found in the Second Creek Cemetery. There are several Rule family burials here. Among the inscriptions is found:

  • William S., 1787-1879

Paxton’s Annals of Platte report that William S. Rule was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky, October 3, 1793, and died near Linkville in 1878.

A family Bible preserved by descendents of William S. Rule records his birth on 3 November 1797. The 1850 census of Platte County lists William S. Rule at age 55.

Before 1800, in Bourbon County, Kentucky, lived a widow, Sarah Rule, and her 7 sons and 3 daughters. She had been born Sarah Robinson, had married Samuel Rule, and they had lived in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, during the American Revolution. She and her family had made their home near Millersburg, Kentucky, at the turn of the century. They may well be the only residents of that time and place to bear the Rule surname. But among them, none have definitely identified as a parent of William S. Rule. William S. Rule married Mariah Bates in Bourbon County, Kentucky, on 12 April 1824. Their children, all born in Bourbon County, were:

  1. Bolivar Garret Rule, born 2 October 1825
  2. America Clay Rule born 15 December 1829
  3. Roscoe A. Rule born 21 December 1831
  4. Rivanna Jefferson Rule born 6 March 1834
  5. William Wallace Rule born 5 June 1836
  6. Robert Bruce Rule born 2 January 1839

“The Western Citizen” was a weekly newspaper published in Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky. The 5 April 1839 issue of that paper published a notice that Maria L. Rule, wife of W.S. Rule, had died on the 28th of last month after an illness of 18 months, in the 35th year of her age.

William S. Rule and Jane Robinson were married in Bourbon County, Kentucky, 5 December 1839. Jane Robinson was the widow of Joseph Robinson. Her children by Joseph Robinson were: Robert A. Robinson, James S. Robinson, Joan K. Robinson, and America C. Robinson, all under 21 years of age on 3 November 1838, when Jane Robinson made application for her dower in her late husband’s estate.

On 3 July 1843 the Bourbon County, Kentucky, Court appointed Thomas Eales as guardian for Bolivar Rule, America Clay Rule, Roscoe Rule, Rivanna Jefferson Rule, and William Wallace Rule, children of William S. Rule. These children had inherited a part of the estate of Thomas Garrard, deceased, their mother’s uncle.

The 1850 census of Carroll Township, Platte County, Missouri, lists the household in dwelling number 119:

  • Robert Robertson, male age 25, born in Kentucky
  • America Robertson, female age 17, born in Kentucky

And the household in dwelling 120:

  • Wm. S. Rule, male age 55, farmer, born in Kentucky
  • Jane Rule, female age 47, born in Kentucky
  • Rebecca Rule, female age 19, born in Kentucky
  • Jefferson Rule, female age 17, born in Kentucky
  • William Rule, male age 13, born in Kentucky
  • Mariah Rule, female age 10, born in Kentucky

And the household in dwelling 121:

  • Bolivar Rule, male age 25, farmer, born in Kentucky
  • Eliza Rule, female age 22, born in Missouri
  • Nancy Rule, female age 5, born in Missouri
  • Jane Rule, male age 3, born in Missouri
  • Ann Rule, female age 1, born in Missouri
  • Peter Henning, black male age 47, born in Kentucky

These census listings evidently identify William S. Rule and Jane Rule, their children and stepchildren. But some new questions are implied. Is the 10 year old Maria Rule a daughter of William S. and Jane Rule? Who is the 19 year old Rebecca Rule?

On 13 January 1852, William S. and Jane Rule, James S. Robison, Robert A. Robison, Albert Endicott and America Clay Endicott appeared before a Platte County Justice to make oath for a petition to sell a slave residing in Bourbon County, Kentucky. Dr. Benjamin Smith and Anthony Hume were called upon to inquire into the age and health of Mrs. Jane Rule. They reported that they believed her to be in her forty-ninth year and of apparent good constitution, although at the time affected with chills and fever.

Most of the data presented here has been gleaned from probably reliable sources. But the inferences are based only on fallible human opinion, and should be regarded as tentative.

The Breckenridge Family in Platte County

The 22 December 1893 issue of the Platte City Landmark announced the death of Mrs. Lettia Breckenridge, wife of the late Elmore Breckenridge. She was born in Clark County, Kentucky, 31 October 1801, a daughter of John and Martha Strode. She married William Shrite in Clark County 13 December 1821. They had three children.

John P. Shrite, son of William and Letitia, married America Clay Rule. They removed to Platte County, Missouri, where they raised their children and lived out their lives.

Ruth Ellen Shrite, daughter of William and Letitia, married Parson Stockwell in Clark County, Kentucky, 12 March 1844. They removed to Platte County where Parson Stockwell died. His widow, Ruth Ellen Stockwell, married Jonathan Wallace in Platte County 10 March 1859. Ruth Ellen removed with her husband and children to Nortonville, Kansas.

It is supposed that Elizabeth Shrite, daughter of William and Letitia, stayed in Clark County, Kentucky.

Letitia Shrite, widow of William, was married to Elmore Breckenridge in Clark County, Kentucky, 18 January 1838. Elmore Breckenridge had also been previously married. He had married Martha Strode, sister of Letitia, in Clark County 22 July 1830.

The Landmark article says that Elmore and Letitia Breckenridge removed to Platte County in 1843. They are listed on the 1850 census in Carrol Township, dwelling 22; and on the 1860 census in Carrol Township, dwelling 471. The census lists the Breckenridge children in the household as William, Elmore, George, James, and Marion. The first three of these children are listed as having been born in Kentucky, the last two, in Missouri.

The Landmark article states that Elmore Breckenridge died 25 November 1880. Volume 1 of the Cemetery Records published by the Platte County Historical Society record data from the gravestones of Elmore and Letitia Breckenridge. These stones are recorded with a supposed error in Letitia’s birth year, from the Farmer Cemetery near Platte City.

While this sketch is based on careful research of many records, the conclusions are based on fallible human opinion, and may be, or may not be, true.

The Ligon Family in Platte County

Richard T. Ligon has been reported to be a son of Leonard Seth Ligon and Jannett Mayo. Powhatan County, Virginia, Will Book 3, page 367, describes an obligation dated 15 November 1809, for Jannett Ligon, Josiah Smith, D.M. Wharton, and James Poindexter, executors and administrators, to deliver to Leonard, Catherine, Lenira, Seth, Charles, Richard, and William Ligon, orphans of Seth Ligon, deceased, all estates due to said orphans. Powhatan County, Virginia, Deed Book 9, page 358, records a deed made 25 July 1826 by Jannett Ligon as administratix of the estate of Seth Ligon, deceased. This deed was signed by Richard T. Ligon and Martha Ligon, his wife.

Powhatan County, Virginia, Deed Book 13, page 79, records a deed made 7 April 1835 by Charles Ligon and Virginia C., his wife, and Richard T. Ligon and Martha, his wife, to Joseph S. Ligon, all of Powhatan County.

Clay County, Missouri, records show that, on 12 September 1835, Richard T. Ligon was an owner of Clay County land. On 22 February 1837, Richard T. Liggon and Martha, his wife, sold Clay County land to William S. Colley, all of Clay County. On 28 December 1839, Richard T. Ligon conveyed land to William C. Ligon, both of Clay county. It may be significant that Martha, wife of Richard T. Ligon, is not mentioned in this transaction. Platte County records list the 27 April 1848 marriage of Emma C. Ligon and Elijah Colly (transcribed as Colby in a published copy).

Clay County, Missouri, records list the January 1850 marriage of Elizabeth Ligon and Isaac Warren.

The 1850 census of Platte County, Carrol Township, lists the following household in dwelling 148:

  • Elijah W. Colley, age 27, born in Virginia
  • Emily Colley, age 22, born in Virginia
  • William Colley, age 1, born in Missouri
  • Rich’d Liggin, age 50, born in Virginia
  • Virginia Liggin, age 17, born in Virginia

Platte County records list the 30 June 1853 marriage of Virginia C. Ligon and Simon Pancake.

On the 1860 census of Platte County, Richard Legan, age 60, born in Virginia, is again listed in the household of E.W. Colley. On the 1870 census of Clay County, Missouri, Richard Liggin, age 65, born in Virginia, is listed in the household of Isaac and Elizabeth Warren.

Volume 2 of the Cemetery Records of Platte County, published by the Platte County Historical Society includes gravestone inscriptions copied from the Pancake Cemetery. Among the inscriptions: Virginia C. wf. of Simon B. Pancake, b. 2-27-1833, d. 11-18-1890.

While this sketch is based on careful research of many records, the conclusions are based on fallible human opinion, and may be false.

The Shrite (Srite) Family in Platte County

The Platte County Historical Society reprint of the early land records of the county show that on 11 May 1844, John P. Srite became the owner of a quarter section of land near the Clay County line.

John P. Shrite was the son of William Shrite and Letitia Strode, who were married 13 December 1821 in Clark County, Kentucky. The last will of John Shrite was probated in December 1835 in Clark County, Kentucky, court. This grandfather of John P. Shrite gave a tract of land to his 3 grandchildren, children of his deceased son, William Shrite. John Clickenbeard was appointed guardian of the three orphans of of William Shrite. Bondsmen were John Ecton and Constant Strode.

The 1860 census of Platte County, Missouri, Carroll Township, lists the following household in dwelling 321. Comments have been appended:

  • John Shrite, farmer, age 40, born in Kentucky.
  • America Shrite, age 26, born in Kentucky. She was a daughter of William S. Rule.
  • Elizabeth Shrite, age 11, born in Missouri. She was Elizabeth Taylor Boggess, died 12 August 1938 in Clay County, widow of James W. Boggess.
  • Albert Shrite, age 10, born in Missouri. He married Mary R. Ebbard in Platte County 11 November 1875.
  • Emma Shrite, age 8, born in Missouri. She married George Dunlap in Platte County 29 April 1875.
  • Lavina Shrite, age 6, born in Missouri. She married James K.P. Earl in Platte County 8 October 1874.
  • Cora Shrite, age 2, born in Missouri. She married James Clay Colley in Platte County 9 October 1879.
  • Mary Shrite, age 3/12, born in Missouri.

In addition to these children listed on the 1860 census, Annie Shrites, age 8, born in Missouri, is listed in the household of America Shrites on the 1870 census of Platte. Annie Srite married Thornton Coons in Platte County 8 November 1883.

Volume 2 of the Cemetery Records of Platte County, published by the Platte County Historical Society, record gravestone inscriptions from Second Creek Cemetery. Among them are the following:

  • Skite, America C., 1830-1897
  • Skite, John P., b. 1-26-1823, d. 1-7-1876

While this sketch is based on careful research of many records, the conclusions are based on fallible human opinion, and may be, or may not be, true.