Monday, August 31, 2009

Francis Marion Maxwell 1881-1898

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.

Francis Marion Maxwell (pet name Frank), son of the late James Bird, and sister Nancy Cordelia Maxwell, was born on Pea Ridge, Phelps County, MO, July 5, 1881 and died near Moab in Pulaski County, MO, Feb 25, 1898 at 5 p.m., aged 16 ys, 7 ms and 20 ds. A funeral sermon at old Sister Burgett’s Feb. 27, 1898 at 11 a.m. from the text found in 1st Thess. 4X13 and 14 verses. Interment at the Copeland Cemetery at 2 p.m. Mother, 2 sisters and 1 brother survive.

The following was originally published in the Rolla Herald March 3, 1898, and was reprinted in the Old Settler’s Gazette in 1998.

Died, near Moab, in Pulaski County, MO, February 25, 1898, at 5 o’clock am, Francis Marian, son of the late Jesse B, and Delia Maxwell, aged 16 years, 7 months, and 20 days. He was born on Pea Ridge, Phelps County and has many relatives in Arlington and Miller townships. He had just returned home from a visit to his native county when he was stricken with typhoid fever. Rev. J.J. Watts held the funeral Sunday.

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