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Joseph P. Russell, I
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Birth: 1804, England
Death: Aug. 9, 1870
Jackson County
Missouri, USA

Joseph P. Russell 1st. left England about 1830 [we think] on his way to a better life for himself and his family. On the Voyage to America, his Wife died and was buried at Sea. He later met Jane Cuss who had lost her Husband and he was buried at Sea.
I have found evidence that Jane had a Daughter 1 Yr. old. Each one had 3 Sons, Joseph & Jane later married in Clinton, Iowa on Feb. 15, 1853 and continued on West settling near Schuyler, Neb. on the Platte River where they ran a Boarding House called The "Russell Ranch" and provided food and lodging to people going West & coming back East on the Oregon & Mormon Trails along the Platte River. It is thought that at one time the Russell Ranch may of served as a stop on the Pony Express Trail.
Joseph P. and Jane had 3 more sons, one of which was Joseph P. Russell 2nd, [My Grandfather].
They later moved to Hickman Mills, Mo. Area where they both died and are buried in the Palestine Cemetery near Hickman Mills, Mo.
Just today [8-16-2011] I received the Photo [at right Via the Internet] of Joseph P. Russell,1st, Grave Marker, which none of my family [My Dad, Uncles or Aunt] had ever seen, thanks to Volunteer's with the Find A Grave program. [Thanks you Deb & Angela.]
Since then, I have been in contact with a relative of a brother of my Grandfather, Alexander West Russell who is buried in Montgomery Co. Ks. near Elk City, Ks.

Today; April 29, 2012 I received the following from the Platte County Kin Seekers in Nebraska about Joseph P. Russell and the "Russell Ranch" that he ran near Schuyler Nebr. when they settled there.

David Anderson, who was one of the earliest pioneers of Platte Co., respectively of Colfax county, writes in the Schuyler Sun, 1880, as follows:
"When I first located in what is now Colfax county, in 1860, I found Judge Albertson and family on the homestead they still occupy; William Davis living on the farm he still owns, two miles east of Schuyler, Nebr. R. W. Corson moved onto his present farm the same spring; and Daniel Haschberger was engaged in raising corn and entertaining pilgrims where he now resides. William Gillson owned a farm adjoining Haschberger's, that now embraces a portion known as Clarkson's Addition to Schuyler. Bushnell, late of Butler County, lived on the adjoining place and next to his farm was the famous Russell's Ranch, well known to everybody, owned and run by Joseph P. Russell, an eccentric old Englishman, who, not withstanding his many eccentricities and bluff manners, was a good neighbor and a valuable citizen. Directly south of the "Russell House" was "Shin's Rope Ferry across the Platte River. I have known of more than one hundred emigrants to be comfortably entertained at Russell's at one night, Californians, Colorado miners, Oregon farmers, ranch men from off the plains and freighters to the mountains. Mr. Russsell hired a hunter to supply meat fkor the Hotei, mostly Buffalo and Venison. The Russell's House, in fact, became famous as a place of hospitality and fun. Nothing remains today to mark the spot that once was so full of life and animation, but a few locust and cottonwood trees set out by Mr. Russell whose body is now encased beneath the sod near Hickman Mills in Missouri. Directly south of Russell's ranch, the well known "Shinn's Rope Ferry" crossing the Platte river. 
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  Jane Alchurch-Cuss-Penn Russell (____ - 1863)*
*Calculated relationship
Joesph P. Russell, age:66 years
Note: Grave Marker is Weathered and hard to read. It has been broken and placed back together by some worthy Person. Thank you!
Palestine Cemetery
Kansas City
Jackson County
Missouri, USA
Maintained by: Dale Russell
Originally Created by: Deb
Record added: Jan 22, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17632981
Joseph P. Russell, I
Added by: VJS
Joseph P. Russell, I
Added by: Angela Flees
Joseph P. Russell, I
Added by: Dale Russell
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Thank you Great Grandpa & Great Grandma for coming to America.
 Added: Oct. 11, 2011

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