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Phyllis Mitchell Sway (#47588699)
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Bio Photo I'm giving this bio of myself to assist any relatives (nieces, nephews, cousins, etc) in their ancestral search. There are links for many of our ancestors here in FAG, so just search on your parents or grandparents name and go from there! Or, go to one of my Virtual Cemeteries (i.e, Dixon MO Cemetery) to get started!

I was born in Pulaski County, MO and grew up near Hancock. Some of the families on my father's side are: Mitchell and Roberts, Hamilton, Porter, Hancock, Routh, Claiborn(e), Lipscomb, Howey, Stewart, Wilson, Collard, Robertson and Cannon. My mother was a Richmond; her mother was a Payne and her maternal grandmother was a Cole. Her paternal grandmother was a Crismon from Maries County, MO. Other names on my mother's side are Eads, Morgan, Hughes, Simpson, Bilyeu, Carmack, Cagle and Warren. Many of these are from Maries County, MO.

I found some valuable information on the Mitchell family from my father's 1st cousin, Eulah Quiring, in a book entitled "800 Missouri Families" by Don Vincent. My great-grandfather Martin Mitchell had several brothers, most of whom went on to Oklahoma or other parts of the country. Martin's grandfather Martin Mitchell came up to Missouri from Alabama in the 1830's and settled in Waynesville. Martin Sr. disappeared entirely while hauling freight for the Union soldiers between Waynesville and Rolla during the Civil War; it is assumed he was murdered by Bushwhackers.

The Porters, including my great-grandmother Isaphenia, came to MO from Pike County, IL. Her parents, grandparents and great-grandfather James Howey are buried in the Porter Cemetery in Pulaski County. I have visited some of their ancestors' graves in Pike County (Porter, Wilson, Cannon, Collard) at the Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill and the Blue River Cemetery near Detroit, IL. Also, my 5th great grandfather James Cannon (Revolutionary War soldier) is in the Elsberry, Mo cemetery (Lincoln County).

I have also visited the grave of my 4th great grandfather named David Robertson in Hugo Cemetery in Camden County, MO. David Robertson was in the War of 1812 (Battle of New Orleans), and his father Jesse Robertson was a Revolutionary War soldier. The Robertsons are the ancestors of my great-grandfather Martin Mitchell through his mother, Nancy Claiborn.

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K. Nelson ❦❀
Judah "Judith" (Wallen) Chrisman #118473306
While researching the James Helton, Sr. and Margaret (Crismon) Helton family I found memorials you posted for Isaac Campbell Chrisman #118472364 and wife Judah Chrisman #118473306. The Maries Co., MO history book page 467, 468 mentions the following: Campbell Crismon’s wife was half-blooded Cherokee. Her name is not known, but it has been given to the writer as–in sound–very closely resembling “Wanna.” My question is, where did you find the name Judah “Judith Wallen/Walling?

Thanks, K. Nelson
Added by K. Nelson ❦❀... on Jun 04, 2017 10:13 PM
Jennifer Lynn McDowell
Hi Phylilis
My name is Jennifer Lynn McDowell I am the first grand daughter of Charles Hubert Crismon/McDowell and I am the great grand daughter of William Leonard "Tony" Crismon And Augusta Jane "Gussie" Van Loon McDowell. My grandfather was adopted so that is why I have the last name McDowell. We are related I have seen all your surnames Crismon, Robertson,Eads,Simpson,Hughes - Bilyeu, Christman,Crisman,Chrisman,Hite and so on and I would love for to contact me and give me some info on some of the families I would love to know thank you so much.
Added by Jennifer Lynn McDowell on Mar 17, 2017 8:48 PM
Patricia Giuzio
Mitchell family
Would you happen to know who Samuel Mitchell buried in Waynesville Pulaski Missouri with wife Elizabeth Nash Mitchell.........

Who his father and mother were?

His daughter Martha Alice Mitchell York would be a great great grandmother

Thank you
Added by Patricia Giuzio on Nov 12, 2016 1:37 PM
Pat Moore Taylor
RE: Jesse Robertson
So glad that you had already figured out your correct lineage!
Added by Pat Moore Taylor on Jun 30, 2016 2:24 AM
P.O.W. Dad
RE: Carmack Cemetery (Shady Grove)
Hello Phyllis

I wish I could help you, but it was over 15 years ago, and we went with a person who used to own the land. His name was Joe Thornsberry and he has since died. When we went, it was owned by a Dr. Dewitt. I don't remember the roads we took but we went through a gate onto the land, and then drove through a couple of fields to get to the area where the old homestead was, and the graves were a little ways away in a wooded area. Had he not been with us we would never have found it.

We found the headstones broken and laying down in the weeds. He remembered that when he first found the area as a kid, there were only three headstones standing, but about 10 or 12 graves, with the rest marked with a stone on each end, some that looked like the size of a childs grave. Between flooding from the river and animals kept on the land, most of the stones may never be found.

Joe was going to show the Dr. where the stones were, so if you can look them up, you may be able to get to the area.

I remember that we were across the river (Gasconade) from a old cave he called the bat cave. He said there were stories of buried gold from either Quantrill’s raiders, and/or Bloody Bill Anderson. He said that on the side of the mouth of the Bat Cave, Bloody Bill and others has carved their initials and they are still there today.

When I have time, I will see if I can find the area on google maps. My wife's mother was a Carmack, and she still has a sister and cousins living in Crocker.

Jeff & Sheri
Added by P.O.W. Dad on May 24, 2016 6:10 PM
Carlene Steel
RE: James Hamilton, Jr.
I have attached his mother & tried to find where his father was buried, however, there were many James Hamiltons who d. in Pittsburg, Allegheny, PA, but none had the dates to match his father (1746 - 29 Aug 1798). I did add that info to his son's memorial.
Added by Carlene Steel on Mar 13, 2016 3:09 PM
Pat Westerfield
RE: James Crisom
I found the will on Family Search Osage county. The lady I was working with was verified and she is now a DAR. You can get your Supplemental using her papers. Thanks for helping me. Pat
Added by Pat Westerfield on Jan 18, 2016 4:32 PM
RE: Claiborne Cemetery
also. no one in that cemetery is related to me. I was just entering it to be helpful for people so if you are interested in control of your family memorial send me an edit and I will transfer to you
Added by marge on Feb 20, 2015 3:32 PM
RE: Claiborne Cemetery
I had to get permission from the lady that ran the Decauterville store. She had someone take me there. it was easy enough to get to but I was told not to go unless I had permission because they have "Shoot on sight permission" which I was not sure was true but sounded bad. However the Decauterville store is closed down. I would imagine you would need permission from the person that owns the land. I always get that info from the county assessor's office. They are able to tell you who pays the taxes on the land.
Added by marge on Feb 20, 2015 3:29 PM
Joseph Richmond

If you will send me your email address, I will send you a copy of the page[s] from the Maries Co Cemetery Book that shows "Mary F. Richmond", died Sept. 16 1893, aged 43 yrs. As Mary is buried in different Cemetery, it was our "assumption" that this was actually Joseph Richmond. Mrs. Mary Richmond paid the taxes on their property in 1890; and it is my opinion that Joseph either died before taxes were due or there were other circumstances such as sickness, etc. I can sent you the email for the Maries Co research room and they can check to see if they have any documentation as to why Mrs. Mary Richmond would pay the taxes instead of Joseph. My email is
Added by Wanda on Oct 11, 2013 11:11 AM
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