Sunday, August 17, 2008

Susan Elizabeth Elliott Boyd obit.

as posted on Harrison County GenWeb

Submitted by: Deb Dailey (
Source: Unknown Newspaper and Date

Susan E. Elliott was born October 7, 1864 in Tippicanoe County, Indiana, and passed away at her home December 26, 1859, at 9:25 p.m. at the age of 95 years, 2 months, and 19 days. The family moved from Indiana to Iowa in 1869 and from then on to Missouri in 1870.
She was married to Santford C. Boyd on January 12, 1884, and to this union ten children were born. Maude Maroney, Cora Axsom, Alva Boyd, Alfred Boyd, Daisy Axsom, Gilbert Boyd, Mamie Flanagan, Edith King, Madge Hamilton, and Clark Boyd.

Mrs. Boyd was a grandmother many times over, having twenty four grandchildren, 73 great grandchildren, and 24 great-great grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters Mrs. Dove Moore and Gerogie Meadows.

Her husband and three children have preceeded her in death. She was baptized into the Christian Church at Fairview, by uncle Billie Moore& had remained steadfast to her faith ever since, attending church even more than her feeble strength would allow. She now leaves to mourn her passing, many endearing friends and a host of relatives.

Life's labor done, as sinks the day
Light from it's load the spirit flies;
While heaven and earth combine to say,
"How blest the righteous, when he dies!"

Crossing the Bar

Sunset and evening star, and one clear call for me,
And may there be no moaning at the bar, when I put out to sea,
Twilight and evening bell, and after that the dark,
And may there be no sadness of farewell, when I embark.
And though from out our borne of time and place, the flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face, when I have crossed the bar.

Services were held from the Christian Church in Cainsville, Tuesday afternoon December 29, 1959 at 2:00 o'clock, with the Rev. Glenn Wilson officiating. Mrs. Orel Hrdlicka and Mrs. Helen Bauer sang "Does Jesus Care", "God Will Take Care of You", and "Asleep in Jesus". accompanied at the piano by Mrs. W.S. Colville.
Pallbearers were Harold Flanagan, Warren Boyd, William Boyd, Harley Flanagan, Julian Heitz, and James Boyd.
Flower bearers were Mrs. Julian Heitz, Mrs. Slyvia Flanagan, Helen Dingman, Beatrice Boyd, Nadine Boyd, and Ruth Dale.
Interment was made in the Fairview Cemetery, E.J. Stoklasa, Mortician, in charge.

Card of thanks
Our heartfelt thanks to all who extended comforting sympathy and help in our recent sorrow. For the beautiful service, floral offerings and other kindnesses, we are deeply grateful.
Cora Axsom and family
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Boyd and family
Daisy Axsom and family
Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Boyd and family
Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Flanagan and family
Mr. and Mrs. Cliff King and family
Mr. and Mrs. Clark Boyd
Melvin Maroney and family.


Ora Axsom obit.

as posted on Harrison County GenWeb

Subject: ORA AXSOM
Submitted by: Deb Dailey (
Source: Yuma Pioneer, Thursday, August 28, 1930

Coroner's Jury Renders Verdict of Suicide, But Relatives Think He Was Murdered

Ora Axsom a resident of this section for the past fifteen years, was seriously shot and killed early Monday morning at Stratton, Nebraska.
The body of the slain man was in the basement of a barber shop where a card game had been in progress during Sunday night.
It has been possible for Yuma people to obtain only very meager reports of the tragedy. The only communication received directly was the statement from Stratton that Ora Axsom had shot himself to death and an inquest would be held. But no word in Yuma has been officially received as to the result of that inquest. It was learned from Stratton that the coroner's jury reached a verdict of suicide. But friends who have seen the body reject the idea of a self-inflicted wound. They point to the fact that the deceased's head showed no sign of ? or powder marks. They insist that if the man had held the gun to his head and fired, the explosion would have left some marks. They insist that the man would have been compelled to hold his hand in a very awkward position to fire the shot. It was reported that the coroner's jury was over 18 hours reaching a verdict with no indications that Axsom met his death by other than his own hands. A son is expected to go to Stratton today and further investigate the shooting and place the case in the hands of the district attorney.

His wife and seven children, six sons and one girl, besides his mother and other relatives survive him. During the past several months Mrs. Axsom and the youngest children have been residing in Greeley, this state, the children attending school in that city. The older boys have been attending to the farm work while their parents were away. One of the sons went to Greeley as soon as he heard of the tragedy and brought Mrs. Axsom and the young children back to Yuma.

The funeral was held from the Yuma Methodist Church Wednesday afternoon, August 27, Rev. William I. Jones officiating and the interment was at the Yuma Cemetery.


Nona May Axsom obit.

as posted on Harrison County GenWeb

Submitted by: Deb Dailey (
Source: Unknown Newspaper and Date

Nona Mary Axam, daughter of John T. and Daisy Boyd Axam, was born near Pleasanton, Decatur County, Iowa, October 20, 1908, and died September 17, 1931, near Kellerton. Her early childhood was spent in Mercer and Harrison Counties, Missouri, and later the family moved to Potter County, South Dakota, where she engaged in teaching in the public schools of that county. She leaves to mourn her departure her father and mother, two sisters, Anne and Viola, one of whom now lies seriously ill with typhoid fever at the home of her aunt, Mrs. Ed O. Moore, and two brothers, Alfred and Marvin, all residing at home in Lebanon, S.D., and two grandmothers and other relatives and a host of friends in Missouri and South Dakota. Funeral services were held from the Christian Church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Kratzer, and burial was in the Maple Row Cemetery.

Submitter's note: This was copied exactly as published in newspaper. Nona's middle name was MAY, not Mary. The surviving sister was ANNA, not Anne. Nona's last name was AXSOM, not AXAM.


Col. WP Robinson

biography from the Harrison County Missouri GenWeb page

Submitter: Denell Burks (
Source: Bethany Republican, Wednesday, June 29, 1904
Col. W. P. Robinson was born in Carlisle, Nicholas county, Kentucky, February 20, 1826, and died in Manhattan, Kansas, Monday June 20, 1904, aged 78 years and 4 months. He was a son of George and Clarissa (Holladay) Robinson, both natives of Kentucky. The father was of English descent, and his parents were early settlers of Kentucky, whither they moved from Virginia about 1790. He was a tanner by trade, and followed that occupation until some three or four years before his death, which occurred while upon a trip to New Orleans in 1853. The mother died shortly after the birth of William P., who was the only child, and was taken by his mother’s brother and cared for for a period of three or four years, when the father was again married, to Sarah Mountjoy, who bore him three daughters; Mary A., wife of Dr. J. E. Whitecraft of Stanton county, Kan., Eliza J., deceased wife of the late Alfred Williams of Boone county, Mo.; and Sarah A., wife of Samuel Sherman, of McPherson county, Kan.

Upon his father’s second marriage, William P. was taken home, where he remained until the death of his step-mother, which occurred about 1835, when, his father again breaking up housekeeping, he was returned to the home of his uncle, where he remained occasionally attending school in the primitive log school-house of that day until his 12th year. He was sent by his father to Wabash College, Ind., with the intention of giving him a thorough education, but owing to unsuccessful business speculation was compelled, at the end of about two years, to take the boy home and to learn the tanner’s trade.

Soon after attaining his majority, in the summer of 1847, he enlisted for the Mexican War, for a term of three years or duration of the war, a company of volunteers which was then being raised in his native town. This company, upon the organization of the regiment, became Company E. Third Regiment Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, of which the subject of this sketch was elected orderly sergeant. After a hard campaign of nearly one year, the regiment then being with Gen. Scott’s army at the City of Mexico, peace was declared between the two nations, and the troop returned home, arriving there about the 1st of August, 1848.

On the 31st of the same month, he was married, and a short time thereafter his father retiring from business, William P. succeeded him and carried on the same until the fall of 1854, at which time he, with his family, immigrated to Iowa, and located upon a farm in Washington county. In the spring of 1856 he came to Harrison county, MO., and followed the business of farming and school teaching in Colfax and Hamilton townships (then Marion township) until the breaking out of the war in 1861. At this period, after the flag of our country had been fired upon at Ft. Sumter, loyalty and disloyalty were the all absorbing themes of the people’s attention and conversation, and excitement ran riot throughout the length and breath of our land. The subject of this sketch boldly and zealously espoused the cause of the old flag, under which he had fought in Mexico, and with other loyal friends of the Union in the county, united in devoting their whole time and energy toward unifying the loyal sentiment and bringing it into active operation. In furtherance of this object, in July 1861, he, with about fifty or sixty other young and middle aged men, enlisted in a company at Eagleville, which had been partially raised at Cainsville by John A. Fisher, and with this addition was now full. This company was being raised for a regiment of infantry to be commanded by Col. Jacob T. Tindall, of Trenton, Mo. Upon the organization of this company William P. Robinson was elected captain, and upon the organization of the regiment this company became Company D, Twenty-third Regiment Missouri Volunteer Infantry. He then removed his family to Sangamon county, Ills. He remained in command of Company D until wounded at the battle of Shiloh, on the 6th of April, 1862, and as soon as his wound permitted him to return to the regiment, about the first of the following June, he was commissioned colonel of this regiment, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Col. Tindall, who was killed in that battle, and as such did faithful and gallant service until mustered out with his regiment at Atlanta, Ga., on the 22d day of September, 1864.

In the spring of 1867 Col. Robinson returned with his family from Illinois to Harrison county, Mo., and taking up his residence in Bethany conducted the “Harrison County Press,” a weekly newspaper for about six months, when he abandoned the newspaper business, and served as deputy county clerk until 1872, when he was elected probate judge. After filling that office for one term of four years he was re-elected for a second term, but resigned in 1878, and became a candidate for county clerk, in which office he served continuously by re-election in 1882 and 1886, respectively.

In politics he was an old line. Which from the time he was old enough to vote, and at the election in 1860 cast his vote for Bell and Everett since which time he had been a staunch and unswerving Republican and had taken an active part in all political campaigns in the county.

In 1894, Col. Robinson was chosen by the Bethany Printing Co., as associate editor of the Bethany Republican. His ability as a writer and earnest efforts in his labors, commanded the confidence of the patrons of the paper and the Republican prospered under his work. But on account of his health, he resigned as editor in January, 1899. During these years he also served a Public Administrator of this county.

The first wife of Col. Robinson was Rachel Sims, a native of Nicholas county, Ky., who died June 5, 1865, and who bore him eleven children: Clarrissa, deceased; Fannie, wife of John L. Grenewalt, of Lamoni, Ia.; Mary R., wife of Charles W. Barber, of McPherson county, Kan; Lucinda, wife of Frank Simmons, of Springfield, Ill; George, of McPherson county, Kansas; Thomas and Robert (twins), who died in infancy; Ann E., wife of Judge J. F. Bryant of Bethany; Elizabeth, wife of George R. Williams, of McPherson, county, Kans; William H. of the same place, and Charles, who died in infancy. The present wife was Sarah E. Kendall, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio by whom the Col. had six children: Edgar P. (deceased); Jessie (wife of) Wm O. Selby, of Manhattan, Kan; Kathleen (wife of Boston Campbell, of Ottumwa, Ia.); Harry P., of Manhattan, Kan; Louis P. of Leavenworth, Kan. and Clifford, the youngest who is about 14 years of age, and lives with his mother at Manhattan.

Col. Robinson was a member of the G.A.R., and the first Commander of Lieut. T. D. Neal Post, No. 124 at Bethany. He was also a member of the I.O.O.F. and Knight Templar, and one of the charter members of Bethany Commandery, No. 42. He was a member of the Christian church, and an earnest worker in the promotion of the cause of temperance and morality.


Thursday, August 14, 2008

Frisbie/Craig Reunion

The Mirror
August 13 2008
Cainsville News

Frisbie/Craig reunion was held Sunday, August 10 at the Cainsville Community Building. Approximately 50 people attended some as far away as California. A good lunch and visit was had by all who attended.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

aunt mary left a message on the machine

she has rec'd a scrapbook from great Aunt Dona, which used to belong to Great Grandma Shafer, it has a war picture of Great Grandpa Shafer, newspaper articles about the crimes of the Osborn boys (I think she said 1950s), engagement announcements for her sister Freeda & for her Aunt Betty.
That got her to thinking that someone had written articles for the Trenton Republican Times about her little brother Roger being dressed up as a girl for Halloween about age 2-3, & another article about the entire Axsom family having the mumps.
So, when time allows & I think of it, will try to look these up on-line.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Family Reunion

I originally traded around to get today off to go to the Craig/Osborn/Frisbie reunion in Cainsville, but then I needed yesterday off to help Koren move.
The newspaper ad said "Families of Cindi (Osborn) & Pete Craig, and sister Ida & Sherman Craig."