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Marc G. (#47134658)
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I am family related to the Murphys, Zolmans, Moores and McNews of Farmington, Missouri in St. Francois County, continuingly updating and adding family members' information to their memorial entries on Find-a-Grave.

Of the founding families of Farmington, the Murphys came from Tennessee. Sarah Barton Murphy with step-son Rev. William Murphy (Jr.) and sons Rev. David Murphy, Sr. and Joseph Murphy arrived after Rev. William Murphy (Sr.) received a land grant from the Spaniards in 1798. Unfortunately William (Sr.) died the following year returning to Tennessee to retrieve his family. The family did migrate and founded of the Murphy Settlement at the turn of the 19th century which eventually became Farmington, Missouri. Several generations of Murphys are buried throughout the cemeteries in and around Farmington starting with William Murphy Cemetery and Masonic Cemetery of Farmington (south side).

For the Zolmans, Johann Anton Zollmann & son Johann Adam Zollman arrived from Mensfelden, Germany in 1754 on the ship "Good Intent" & settled in Frederick County, Maryland. Adam's sons Philip, Jacob, and John migrated to Knox County, Ohio circa 1812/1813, most likely to escape the War of 1812 not too far off from the old farm in Maryland. These 3 brothers are the ones that dropped the second "L" and became Zolman. While younger brothers Jacob & John Zolman (buried in Quaker Cemetery and Berlin Cemetery) and their families stayed in Fredericktown, Ohio, in 1837 Philip with his family migrated to St. Francois County, Missouri. These Zolmans settled in the area later known as "Glenda Place" outside of Farmington where Glenda Cemetery resides started with the burial of Philip & wife Elizabeth Zolman. Their son Joel started the Zolman Cemetery north-east of Farmington.

As for the early Moores of Farmington, this line came to America between 1758 and 1766 from Scotland. Many Irish first immigrated to Scotland and stayed there for several years before immigrating to America. William Moore had his Last Will & Testimony filed in Feb. 1767 in Amherst County, Virginia. His son Alexander Moore, Sr. migrated to Rowen County, North Carolina after the Revolutionary War. His son was Alexander Jr., born in Rowen County. By the time Alex, Jr.'s son William was born, their part of NC was in Stokes County. In 1859 William & Polly {nee Westmoreland} Moore migrated to Ellington, Missouri (Reynolds County). William & Polly Moore's son Alexander Moore settled in Farmington after fighting in the Civil War and married into the Zolman family. Alexander had fought for the Confederacy while his brother James fought for the Union. Moore Street in Farmington was named after Alexander for this was the street Alex & Marguerite {nee Zolman} Moore's house once stood.
Credit where credit is due:
Much appreciation to the previous generation Zolman genealogists of Nancy (nee Zolman) Egert, Donn Zolman and to Art Reierson to which much of their research has been the bases in locating many old Zolman Family burial locations beyond my Missouri Zolman clan.
Also much appreciation to Patsy (nee Moore) Ginns and her assist for identifying the old Moore Family from Stokes County, NC and beyond.
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Pam Shenefield Long
RE: Reynolds vs Long info
Thank you Marc for this, it was info that I already had. The obit on the find a grave for James T Long, also specifies that Gardner Long Reynolds is his son. Find A Grave Memorial# 93790462
The obit for the wife of James T Long, indicates that she had 4 children. Gardner Long Reynolds being born 7 mos before her death in early 1914.
On the 1920 census Gardner Long is listed in the household of Wm A Reynolds and Rachel Long Reynolds as "Nephew"
On the 1930 census, Gardner Long Reynolds is listed as a "son" in the household of Wm A Reynolds and Rachel Long.
James T Long and Rachel Long Reynolds were siblings. Elnora Reynolds Long and Wm A Reynolds were siblings.
Gardner Long Reynolds continued using the Reynolds name, and his children, grandchildren use the Reynolds name.
Based on this I truly believe that Gardner Long Reynolds was the son of James T Long and Elnora Reynolds, but, was raised by his aunt and uncle Wm A Reynolds and Rachel Long.
I am attempting to make contact with descendants to prove this - if they even know .......but, the 1920 census naming Gardner Long as a nephew is pretty convincing.

Added by Pam Shenefield Long on Oct 12, 2017 2:44 PM
Carol A
RE: Downs/Zolman Family
Good morning Marc. I appreciate your reply and have enjoyed reading your history and other information very much.

I would be interested in attending reunions in the future. We visited Doe Run cemetery this fall. I noticed that someone has placed flowers on a Zolman marker somewhat recently. Intriquing. I have people I don't know!

Added by Carol A on Oct 12, 2017 9:50 AM
JoAnne Brown
RE: Geissler Line
Thank you for your reply. I am happy to give more information on our Mary Ann.

I believe Geissler may be a variation of the surname that her family passed down by word of mouth that got misunderstood as Geyser and this line may be my mother-in-laws great grandmother's family name. One can hope anyway. The family lore was that her name was Mary Ann "Polly" Geyser born in St. Louis, Missouri, but I am getting nowhere with Geyser or Geiser. With 2 DNA matches to trees on Ancestry I am trying to create a tree based on the one public tree there and it led me here. That person has not logged on in over a year so I have had no contact with them yet. Everyone they match is not one of our known lines so it must be that they are all related and on the Pratt/Geyser(Geissler?) lines.

Our Mary Ann went by Polly, Jane or Jennie at times since she did not like the name Mary so they say. She married a man with the last name Pratt. I believe his name may have been George Pratt due to her daughter Rilla mistakenly putting her own parents names on her mothers (Mary Ann) funeral record. She listed Mary Geyser and George Pratt. Mary Ann was born around 1857 in St. Louis, Missouri, she lived in Texas and had one child there and then moved to Chickasaw Indian Territory Oklahoma between 1885 and 1888. (She is not Native American. Researching non-Native Americans in Oklahoma during this time is very difficult since they were not supposed to be living there before the land run so there is little documentation that early unless you were Native American.) Mary Ann and George Pratt had 3 sons and 2 daughters,
1)Elbert Pratt(1885-?) (or a similar first name, difficult to read)
2)Walter Pratt(1888-?)
4)Charles William Pratt(1893-?)
3)Saczrilla "Rilla" Jane Pratt (1890-1981)
5)Czrena "Rena" Elizabeth Pratt(1895-1966).

George must have died around the time Rena was born in 1895 and before 1900 (probably in Oklahoma) since Mary Ann is listed as a widow in 1900 census. Rilla would be by mother-in-laws grandmother and Mary Ann her great grandmother. Rilla never spoke of her father. My husband knew her growing up, she died when he was 16.

We found Rilla with a family of the last name Stowe/Brown a county over from her mother and two of her siblings at the age of about 8-10 in one of the census records listed as a ward. I have often wondered if this was due to her father's recent passing. The family was Robert and a Maggie Stowe:
Robert 1858, Maggie 1868, a son William R 1894, and Maggie’s brother William Brown 1870. And then Rilla 1892. Both William and Maggie list parents born in Missouri.

I have not seen Mary and George on census records together, or George at all for that matter. From 1900 forward I see Mary Ann and a combination of the the 5 children with the first son being born in Texas. The locations of their father's birth state changes, Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas...who knows at this point.

Mary Ann remarried possibly in Atoka or Carter County Oklahoma to a man with the last name Allen and is buried in Ardmore, Oklahoma as Mary Ann Allen. She died in 1950. I have not be down to Atoka or Carter County to look for her 2nd marriage information. As for her death records in Oklahoma, so far they all show unknown for parents.

I did find last night that John Richard Geissler moved to Lawton, Oklahoma from Missouri by the 1910 census. Mary would have lived in Wilson, Oklahoma during that census about 85 miles away, much closer as a crow flies. John Richard was a railroad engineer I believe.

I appreciate any help you may be able to provide.
Added by JoAnne Brown on Oct 04, 2017 7:20 AM
JoAnne Brown
Geissler Line
Hello, I came upon the memorial 119247744 for William H Geissler while working from a DNA match for my mother-in-law. Family did not know/remember her great grandmother's parents only a surname. Research has led me to believe that the Polly A Geissler mentioned below on your memorial for William may be the great grandmother I have looking for over the last several years. Do you know more about Polly? I would like to see if we can connect this Polly A. and my mother-in-laws Polly Ann (Mary).

Your memorial note below:

"William H. (assumption Herman from family names) Geissler was the son of Herman August (or August Herman) Geissler and his father's first wife, Mary J. Geissler. William's siblings identified to date were Polly A. Geissler (1860-?) and John R. Geissler (1869-1939)."

Thank you,
Added by JoAnne Brown on Oct 03, 2017 10:22 AM
Carol A
Rufus Aron Downs
was the father of Francis Jr Downs who passed away May 22, 2017. He was residing at NHC nursing home in Maryland Heights Missouri. His mother was Elizabeth Jane Zolman Downs.

posted by CFuller (grand daughter to Rufus)
Added by Carol A on Sep 03, 2017 10:01 AM
Daniel Bly
RE: Sarah, wife of Philip Zollman
Thank you for your prompt attention to this.
Sarah was daughter of Adam Sibert (1767-1843), who is buried in the Old Mauckport Cemetery in Harrison County. Memorial #14277316. Adam Seibert married Elizabeth Jacobs, March 31 1802 in Shenandoah County, Virginia. She is probably buried in the old Mauckport Cemetery but I have no other information on her.
Daniel Bly
Added by Daniel Bly on Aug 13, 2017 3:25 PM
Daniel Bly
Sarah, wife of Philip Zollman
Hello Marc
Sarah,(1807-1862) second wife of Philip Zolllman (1799-1877) buried in the Zollman Family Cemetery in Harrison County, Indiana, was Sarah SIBERT, who married first to George BLY in Harrison County,Indiana, Dec. 11, 1823. George Bly died in 1836 and Sarah BLY, married Philip "Soleman" [ZOLLMAN] in Harrison County, July 3, 1848. Her daughter, Sarah Bly, married Christian Lantz [LENZ], January 31, 1849. All these marriage records can be found in the Harrison County, Indiana Marriage Registers.
Daniel Bly
Grottoes, Virginia

Added by Daniel Bly on Aug 12, 2017 12:46 PM
Bob Schmidt
Rachel (Whittenburg) Murphy
Recent information suggests that the lady buried at Masonic Cemetery in Farmington, Mo. is Rachel Thompson Whittenburg Murphy (ca 1794-3/10/1853), the 2nd husband of David Murphy (4/23/1790-3/24/1843).
Rachel's first spouse was John Whittenburg (1791-8/29/1821) born in NC and died in Cape Girardeau, Mo. does anyone have this data , have comments or new information?
Added by Bob Schmidt on Jun 15, 2017 4:02 PM
Lily Virdell
Mary Ann (Murphy) Pratt
Dear Marc, I would appreciate any information you could give me about the parents of Mary Ann Murphy. She was born Oct.15,1842 in Mo. Sources I found say her parents are David Henderson Murphy (1802-1865) and Lucretia Tabitha (Cundiff) Murphy (1802-1865). She married Wesley Deskin Pratt. I really appreciate the information you are putting on Find-A-Grave about Farmington, Mo. as I have many relatives from there. Thanks so much, Lily
P.S. I am kin to the Blomeyers of Blomeyer's Ford. (the stream not the car).
Added by Lily Virdell on May 22, 2017 10:39 AM
barry maners
Moore line
I am interested in this Moore line of Stokes, Rowan and Amherst Counties. Looking specifically for the Aaron Moore, son of William Moore of Amherst. I believe this William Moore is the grandfather of Alexander Moore Jr. Can you connect me with someone who might have good info on this Aaron.
Added by barry maners on Dec 27, 2016 8:33 PM
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