Monday, August 31, 2009

William Pleasant Ousley 1867-1909

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.

William P. Ousley died at the Tom. Ousley house, Dec. the 25th 1909 at 1 o'clock a.m., aged 42 ys., 10 ms., & 7 ds, leaving a widow and 7 children. Three by 1st wife & 4 by 2d wife. He was a son of Malinda and Crawford Ousley, and of a family of 19 children, 12 surviving. Cris, James S., Cata Dotson, Joseph S., Bida Chambers, Walter, Ela, Thomas, Charles, Hattie, Ida and ____.

18 February, 1867 - 25 December, 1909

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