December 18, 2014

100 Years Ago In West Plains Missouri

In the last two days I have thoroughly enjoyed the book “West Plains Missouri…As I Knew It” by Robert Neathery and told to Marideth Sisco (1994).  It was the first time I had ever really gotten a “feel” for the town in which so many of my families lived and originated.

Robert mostly describes his own life growing up in West Plains and his own family, but he did mention a few of my family members, one of which was Pauline Smith Pond.  As it turns out, she also wrote a book entitled “Teacher, You’re Almost a Lady”.  Pauline, along with my other cousins were some of the earliest of my family to join the Ozark Springs DAR Society in West Plains.

Robert Neathery was in the telephone and radio business (and several other endeavors) and he tells some interesting stories of bringing electricity to the city, life before the air conditioner and refrigeration, and power outages.  As time went by and new conveniences were introduced, it didn’t matter if you needed help in Brandsville or West Plains, Robert knew how everything worked and even how to fix it!

If you are at all interested in West Plains, Missouri history you might find Robert Neathery’s book very interesting.  He describes the West Plains dance hall explosion and what caused it; local characters like his uncle who would rather do yard work for the government than put in an actual day’s work at the radio station even though he was a partner; or why the peach trees down by Brandsville eventually failed.

 

West Plains as I knew it / by Bob Neathery ; as told to Marideth Sisco

Surnames of my families that lived in Howell County: MORRISON, YATES, PENTECOST, SMITH, BREEDLOVE, WRIGHT, KELSEY, DAWSON, and HOLMES.

My Civil War Ancestors – John Watts Breedlove

john-breedlove-with-sword

My Great-Great Grandfather was John Watts Breedlove. Many of my family have called him John Wyatt Breedlove for years, but I believe his middle name really was Watts. The name Wyatt doesn’t show up in any of the naming patterns of the family, while the name Watts does, as it was his Granfather’s middle name, and John’s Great-Grandmother’s maiden name was Mary Watts. I would be happy to make corrections if someone can provide me with documented proof.

John Breedlove fought in Civil War, Volunteers of Company E, 32nd Regiment,  Missouri Infantry as a Sergeant. Enlisted August 13, 1862 at Steelville, Missouri. Discharged 18 July 1865 in Louisville, KY; promoted to First Sgt. He was with General Sherman on the March to the Sea. I have a copy of a picture of him in his Civil War uniform that had written on the back, “Chattanooga”. The 32nd Regiment was in Chattanooga, TN from Nov. to Dec. 1863.

John was a resident of Dent County, Missouri from 1865 to 1880. His father was William Martin Breedlove who migrated from Simpson County, KY to St. Francois County, MO in the early 1800’s.

John’s first wife, Mary Francis Wright, was the sister to his second wife Elizabeth Jane Wright Wilson. Mary Francis died in March 1861, soon after giving birth to a baby boy. The baby died a few months later.  Undoubtedly, John went off to the War with a broken heart and shaken spirit. His religious beliefs were no doubt what sustained him.

Just a note to genetic genealogists, John was first cousin to both of his wives, and not being a geneticist myself, I have no idea what that might have cost them as they had children. In that day and age it wasn’t unheard of to marry a first cousin, but now it is not as widely accepted because of genetic diseases that might be passed on.  As it stands now, I am my own cousin, and my son is also my 5th cousin, once removed.

John Breedlove, with second wife Elizabeth

and son Russell Breedlove b. 1889. Russell was the youngest child.

16 Great-Great-Grands of Carol Yates Wilkerson

Carol's G-G chart

I might be late with this, but I figured it was “better late than never”, right? FTM doesn’t have a ahnentafel feature that will show just the great-great grandparents, so I had to improvise and do a custom report. It really wasn’t that difficult, other than I hadn’t done it before. Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings did this for Saturday night genealogy fun, but we were home late on Sat. night, so I’m doing it on Monday.  Thanks Randy!

It kind of goes without saying that I am a combination of English and Swedish. Mostly English, with 6 Swedes.

16 Great-Great Grands of Carol Yates Wilkerson

Name    Birth date    Birth location    Death date    Death location

  1. Borjesson, Andreas    01 Jul 1833    Landa, Hal, Sweden    21 Jul 1916    Landa, Hal, Sweden SWEDISH
  2. Breedlove, John Watts    15 Nov 1841    St. Francois, MO    15 Dec 1908    Pottersville, Howell, MO ENGLISH
  3. Kelsay, Mary M.    1840    Washington, TN    Bef. 1871    TN ENGLISH
  4. Larson, Anders    14 May 1831    Veddige, Hal, Sweden        Denmark SWEDISH
  5. Larsson, Anna Lena    22 Feb 1829    Veddige, Hal, Sweden    31 Jul 1917    Hector, Renville, MN SWEDISH
  6. Magnusson, Inger Lena    14 Jul 1836    Landa, Hal, Sweden    26 Apr 1903    Landa, Hal, Sweden SWEDISH
  7. Moline, Lars Petter    03 Sep 1824    Lerbäck, Sweden    16 Jan 1890    Sätra, Sköllersta, Örebro, Sweden
  8. Moren, Per Persson    16 Oct 1817    Skollersta, Sweden    14 Sep 1887    Skollersta, Sweden SWEDISH
  9. Nilsdotter, Anna    03 Jan 1830    Ekerby, Orebro, Sweden    21 Nov 1865    Skollersta, Sweden SWEDISH
  10. Osgathorpe, Almarinda Helen    1839    TN        Jackson, TN  ENGLISH
  11. Pentecost, Eli Blankenship    13 Jun 1830    Sangamon, IL    12 Jan 1871    TN ENGLISH
  12. Persdotter, Karolina    21 Mar 1831    Bo, Sweden SWEDISH
  13. Smith, Elizabeth Jane    23 Mar 1834    Cumberland, KY    28 Dec 1919    Brandsville, Howell, MO  ENGLISH
  14. Smith, John W.    1836    Jackson County, TN    1907    Jackson County, TN ENGLISH
  15. Wright, Elizabeth Jane    04 Feb 1842    Franklin, Simpson, KY    17 Nov 1911    Pottersville, Howell, MO  ENGLISH
  16. Yates, James Knox Polk    17 Apr 1842    Roane,TN    02 Sep 1918    Roane,TN  ENGLISH

Carol's G-G chart

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