I was born, raised and have lived in Missouri all my life. My profound interest in the history and the lives of early pioneers and relatives in Missouri has lead me to do research into the past lives of them. With the help of my grandparents my interest has only grown throughout the years. My studies have been mainly of the history of Caldwell, Ray and Lafayette Counties in Missouri.
I enjoy searching for... photographing and documenting the history and gravestones of my past relatives!
If you have any questions or information... Feel free to email me... Tony
C. D. Holzclaw late in life Growing up in the Hume Christian Church in the late 1940s, I knew members who were acquainted with C. D. Holzclaw, his brother James who was church secretary, and their sister who cared for them.
For some reason, James and C. D. did not get along despite living together. They took meals separately at the same table prepared by the sister. When one prayed during church services, the other would audibly cough and sputter, clear his throat, spit on the floor and grind it into the floor with his boot. James was a bonified Confederate soldier while C. D. was a noted Guerrilla chieftain apparently allied with "Bloody" Bill Anderson. C. D. was present at the notorious raid at Centrailia, Mo.
Whether they differed over Civil War era matters or for some other reason, I cannot say; the old timers who related the above about the brothers' mutual disliking did not know, in fact, they did not know or had forgotten C. D.'s prominence in guerrilla warfare in Mo. That history is well worth pursuit and is documented in modern histories, e.g., Bruce Nichols' three volumne work on Guerrilla Warfare in Missouri.
stapp cemetery, Lexington, MO Since you are a MO native, I hope you can find this cemetery and answer all the grave finder requests for it. My husband and I spent a very interesting afternoon and finally found its location - an isolated cemetery, the oldest in Lafayette Co., and about a two mile hike off the road through a corn field, across a creek, into a woodsy brushy area perfect for hiding a group of bushwhackers and their horses. The people who own the adjoining land visited it in the 70s and said the last burial was in the very early 1900s. So we leave this grave finders paradise to a younger and more able personage to explore and photograph. It is north of Bates City near the corner of D and FF. You should expect to clear the brush and clean the stones as I expect it is probably about 100 years since anyone has done that. Good luck. And please post your findings as I am indeed curious. BA