Posted By:Ron Bestrom
Subject:Re: Cantrell and Taylor Families
Post Date:November 19, 2009 at 11:57:02
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Forum:Denton County, TX Genealogy Forum
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I've read your posting, other postings and information. I've written up some of it here. Usually you will find bonifide researchers attempting to help before a family member stumbles on it. So, write up enough on what you have for the archives. I'd also suggest posting on, the "sister station" owned by Here is the main Texas Rootsweb, message board locator. I posted this instead of just Denton, as you may wish to post in Knox, Floyd and Montgomery also.

Your information is very good, nice write-up on on William. Again, you probably have all of the below, but I didn't and needed it for research. I've written some suggestions below; but also what you may have already known or tried. Good Luck.

The 1880 Census for Marion, Polk County, Missouri
Nancy Cantrell, 51
William Cantrell, 19, son
(The 1870 census has brother James shown also as 9, but probably 7 in 1870, not shown in the 1880)
William B. Taylor, 40, brother (to Nancy), farmer
James Caswell Taylor, 44, brother
Mary Taylor, 7, Niece
Maggie Taylor, 5, Niece.

I see your dates of 1888 and 1889 were from the Civil War Pension records for her husband John (1828-1864), who is buried in the Buchanan Cemetery, Dade Co., Missouri, on the Paul Hoover Farm between Everton and Greenville.
--John is not listed on the Buchanan Cemetery transcription on But that is far from unusual.
--Based on your information, I suspect you have already searched this cemetery for her, next to John. But, in the scheme of things, she wasn't married to him for very long in her life. I suspect you have a photo of his stone also. If not, the Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness has a volundeer in Dade County, Bonnie, that does tombstones and Public Records:

Burial place and information on son, William Cantrell:

This information, written by you, has him moving to Texas in the "late" 1880's. You indicated Nancy moved and had records identifying her in Denton County in 1881 and 1882. Did she move on her own? If so, why? There was a large Taylor Family clan in Denton County; but, it appears they had come down from North Carolina. William married Ida in July 1882 in Polk County, is it possible he had moved to Texas with his mother then returned for her, or other reasons before the marriage? I'm just trying to ascertain why she would have moved by herself, if that happened.
The William story also indicates he lived in Montgomery, Knox and Floyd Counties, then to New Mexico. "If" Nancy died in 1892, I would "GUESS" she probably died in Texas; but, you have several places to research.
Although there are many cemeteries transcribed in those counties, I would not recommend you going through them; unless you wish to spend the time. MOST cemeteries are not transcribed. Those that are, are not fully transcribed, graves were missed, stones unreadible or broken, database lists are incorrect or "misspellead".

As you probably are aware, Genealogical Society's usually charge a fee, and you never know where your money goes. I've done research for people that had already paid fee's for help, only to find the info was bogus.

ALWAYS go to the local volunteer, The Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness, I'd suggest someone that does public records:
I'd suggest doing Denton first, then waiting for results. You have the other counties and info on where William lived.

Ron Bestrom