Monday, August 31, 2009

Crawford Ousley 1836-1908

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.

Crawford Ousley was born in Campbell Co., Tennessee, Nov. 2d 1836, and died at Crocker, MO, Dec. 5th 1908 at 2-15 a.m., aged 72 ys., 1 mo., & 3 ds. Was three times married and had 1 son by first wife, 10 by 2d wife and 8 by 3d wife, 19 children in all, 13 surviving. 9 were present at his burial, 74 grand children, 65 now living and 4 great grand children. Bro. Ousley obtained a hope in Christ in Dec. 1907 and was baptised in May 1908 and joined the Crocker Bap. Ch. A dear good bro. is gone, was buried at the C. Ousley Cemetery by the Oddfellows after service conducted by Watts & Petty Dec. 6th 1908 at 2 p.m.

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