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Bob Turpin
RE: McQueen geneology

Wish I could help you, but the particular McQueens and Thomases in your family tree are not the ones that are more directly related to my family tree - though they are related to each other, so all I have on my tree about your McQueen and Thomas line is from other trees.

Your Ida McQueen's father, Joshua Lloyd McQueen, was a brother to the McQueen who is connected to our family - William Samuel McQueen. As you likely know, there have been hundreds of McQueens and Thomases in various parts of Buchanan County since the 1850s; both have become very large families.

I can tell you about something which I experienced when I was young - probably around 1957-58. I was visiting my grandparents in Rushville, MO and my cousin took me on a hike up into the bluffs northeast of the older part of Rushville, and showed me an old cemetery that was overgrown with brush and obviously long ago abandoned. I found a number of McQueen stones there, which didn't mean much to me at the time except that they were probably related to my uncle Frank McQueen's family. He told me that he knew about the cemetery. It was called the Dickson cemetery and was probably the oldest in Rushville, and was abandoned around 1900. Your Ida McQueen's grandfather, Joshual LEONARD McQueen (Joshual Lloyd's father) was buried up there, I later learned. By the time his wife died sometime later, she was buried at the Sugar Creek Cemetery. Anyway, much later, when I was more interested in family history I told my cousin I'd like him to take me back there sometime, since I wasn't sure I could find it myself, and - sadly - he told me that the cemetery had been badly desecrated by vandalism since the time we were there.

You may have seen this little article that was in the 1984 Buchanan county history book, about Joshua Leonard McQueen's arrival in Missouri:

Mc Queen arrival in Buchanan County - 1847

Source: Sharon Seever Skoch in Buchanan County Heritage, 1984

On April 6, 1847, Joshua and Nancy (Headlee) McQueen and two children, John (age 3) and William Samuel (age 6 months) got off a steamboat at the landing west of Rushville, Missouri. they had come from Rocheporte, Boone, County, Missouri, looking for a new home. Apparently two other children - Adeline and Alice - had died in infancy prior to the McQueens' coming to Buchanan County.

A man by the name of Green had preempted 160 acres of bottom land northwest of Rushville, but was unable to pay for it, so Joshua was given the option to finish the payments for Mr. Green in exchange for 80 acres of densely timbered land. Joshua and Nancy set to work cutting timber to build themselves a log cabin. It had a huge fireplace at one end. In the wall between the logs was stuck a queer-shaped little bowl with a spout. A wick ran down through the spout into lard and when lit, it provided a dim, smoky, smelly light.

Bob Turpin
Added by Bob Turpin on Sep 23, 2011 9:04 PM

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