Monday, August 31, 2009

Bessie Marilda McCourtney 1897-1908

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.

Bessie Marilda McCourtney, daughter of John M. and the late Belle McCourtney, born on the L.L. Lawson farm on Six Crossing Valley in Phelps Co., May 21st 1897 and died on the Jas. Allen farm in Phelps Co., April 24th 1908, at 7 p.m., aged 10 ys., 11 ms., & 3 ds. Buried at Watts Lawn April 25th at 4 p.m. Service at the grave by me, assisted by Bro. Robt.

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