Monday, August 31, 2009

Alice M. Ousley 1871-1897

This entry is from the J.J. Watts collection. John J. Watts hailed from Warren, Maine and moved to the northern Ozarks of Missouri sometime after the Civil War. He was a circuit-riding Baptist Minister and his territory covered Phelps, Pulaski, and Texas Counties and parts of Maries and Dent Counties. He established a cemetery, Watt’s Lawn, which is located 1 mile West of J Highway, near the Pulaski County-Phelps County line. This collection covers 1878-1912.

Alice M., wife of William P. Ousley and daughter of William L. Phillips, was born on Mill Creek in Phelps County, MO, March 6, 1871 and died at her father’s house on Mill Creek, Dec. 13, 1897, aged 26 ys, 9 ms and 7 ds. Sister Alice was of a family of three children, 2 of whom survive her, namely: Mrs. Charles L. Phillips and Mrs. Jennie Smith, wife of George S. Smith. She was the mother of 3 children, namely: John Franklin, Charles Ernest, and Ida Ellen Ousley, all living. May 22, 1898 I preached a funeral sermon upon her life and death at the Maze School House in Pulaski County, MO, from the text found in Rev. 21X4. “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes and there shall be no more death neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain. For the former things are passed away.” John J. Watts

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