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Re: BARRETT family: Samuel Houston Barrett
Posted by: Clete Ramsey (ID *****6047) Date: June 15, 2003 at 14:36:59
In Reply to: BARRETT family: Samuel Houston Barrett by Ruben Barrett of 440

Reuben,

I have a hunch that your Missouri Sherring, the wife of Samuel Houston Barrett, was likely a Shearing connected in some way to my paternal grandmother’s great-grandparents, Moses and Drucilla Shearing. Moses and Drucilla appear to have moved to southeast Missouri from Kentucky at least as early as 1840.

In her “German Speaking People West of the Catawba River in North Carolina 1750-1800,” Lorena Eaker reports that after Missouri (Sherring) Barrett died, Houston Barrett (b. 1840; d, 1926, Chatsworth, Livingston County, IL) married Elmira Catherine (Shell) Perkins. Elmira was a daughter of Casper Shell III and the widow of Adam Perkins. I assume Houston Barrett was your Samuel Houston Barrett.

In southeast Missouri, Moses and Drucilla Shearing were neighbors of the Shell’s, one of their daughters married a Shell man, and they were buried in the Shell family cemetery in Bollinger County.

Moses and Drucilla Shearing had children David, Anderson, Daniel, James, Nancy, Elizabeth, Rosanna, Drucilla, and Mary.

Moses Shearing’s name appears several times in the journal kept by blacksmith/constable/justice of the peace Casper Shell III (1800-1849). Casper Shell’s journal was extracted by Lorena Eaker and printed in her “Shoe Cobbler’s Kin: Volume II.” The entries mentioning Moses Shearing are dated between July 1841 and June 1844.

Moses’ will appears to have gone through probate in Cape Girardeau County in October 1844. Based on that date and Casper Shell’s journal entries, I assume Moses died between June and October 1844.

Moses’ will mentions sons David, Anderson, Daniel, and James, plus daughter Nancy, but not Elizabeth, Rosanna, Drucilla, or Mary. I assume this was because they were minors and still living in their parents’ household at the time Moses died. I don’t know how old Moses was when he died, or what Drucilla’s maiden name was. I’ve wondered if her maiden name could have been Anderson. On census returns that give nativity data for his children, Moses’ birthplace is listed as Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia. I’d guess that Virginia was correct, although I’ve searched for candidate Shearing’s (plus any of the many other variant spellings) in Virginia between 1790 and 1830 with no luck.

Moses and Drucilla Shearing’s daughter Nancy married Casper Shell III’s younger brother Jesse in 1843.

1850 CENSUS

The widow Drucilla was head of this Cape Girardeau County “Sheron” household in 1850:

Dwelling 418

SHERON, Drucilla, 50, Female, b. VA
SHERON, Elizabeth, 18, Female, b. KY
SHERON, Roana, 16, Female, b. KY
SHERON, Drucilla, 10, Female, b. MO
SHERON, Mary, 7, Female, b. MO

Moses and Drucillia Shearing’s son James was head of this 1850 Cape Girardeau County household:

Dwelling 1366

SHERON, James, 24, male, b. MO [I think he was born in KY]
SHERON, Mary A., 22, female, b. MO
SHERON, Mary, 5, female, b. MO
SHERON, Daniel, male, b. MO

I don’t know the maiden name of James’ wife Mary.

I have no idea where Moses and Drucilla Shearing’s sons David, Anderson, and Daniel were in 1850.

My Cape Girardeau County Genealogical Society transcription of the 1850 census of Cape Girardeau County lists no Barrett households.

In 1851, the area of Cape Girardeau County where the widow Drucilla Shearing and her children had been living became part of Bollinger County. I only have access to an on-line transcription of the 1860 census of Bollinger County. Unfortunately, it lists the residents of each household in alphabetical order, not by relationship or age.

1860 CENSUS

The 1860 census of Bollinger County lists this Barrett household:

Dwelling 406

BARRETT, Emeline M., 20, Female, b. MO
BARRETT, John, 38, Male, b. TN
BARRETT, Lucy, 42, Female, b. NC

The widow Drucilla Shearing appeared in this nearby “Shern” household (which I‘ve put in order):

Dwelling 418

SHERN, Drucilla, 61, Female, b. VA
SHERN, Rosana C., 25, Female, b. KY
SHERN, Drucilla, 21, Female, b. MO
SHERN, Mary A., 16, Female, b. MO

Drucilla Shearing’s Missouri-born daughter, Drucilla Shearing, 21 here, would later marry Tennessee-born Miles S. Francis, Jr. a son of Miles S. Francis, Sr. Miles Francis, Sr., his second wife Leanna (Miller) Francis, and their family were close neighbors of the widow Drucilla Shearing in Cape Girardeau/Bollinger Counties.

In 1860, there was also this Barrett household (which I put in order) in Bollinger County:

Dwelling 431

BARRETT, Thomas, 41, Male, b. TN
BARRETT, Salina, 40, Female, b. TN
BARRETT, Thomas J., 12, Male, b. TN
BARRETT, Nancy F., 11, Female, b. TN
BARRETT, Lucy A., 9, Female, b. TN
BARRETT, Andrew J., 8, Male, b. TN
BARRETT, Mahala J., 6, Female, b. MO

From the birth dates/places of their children, it looks like the family came to Missouri from Tennessee between 1852 and 1854.

In 1860, Moses and Drucilla Shearing’s daughter Elizabeth was a resident of this household, whose head was her first husband, Andrew Jackson Crites, a son of Joel Crites and Susannah (Eaker) Crites:

Dwelling 458

CRITES, Andrew J., 26, Male, b. MO
CRITES, Elizabeth, 26, Female, b. KY
CRITES, Joel M., 6, Male, b. MO
CRITES, Permenta C. [Arminta C.], 4, Female, b. MO
CRITES, George W., 8/12, Male, b. MO
CRITES, Jacob H., 23, Male, b. ?
CRITES, Michael, 16, Male, b. MO
CRITES, Adam, 13, Male, b. ?
CRITES, Susan C., 10, Female, b. ?

Joel Madison Crites, Arminta Carolina Crites, and George Washington Crites are three of the four children Andrew and Elizabeth Crites would have before Andrew died in 1862. I’ve placed Joel, Arminta, and George in their birth order, and just listed the other four by age.

I think the Jacob H. Crites living with Andrew and Elizabeth Crites in 1860 was the like-named individual reported as marrying Rosanah C. Shering in Bollinger County on 28 August 1866. I think his bride was a daughter of Moses and Drucilla Shearing -- the Roana Sheron of 1850 and the Rosana Shern of 1860. Some researchers believe that Jacob H. Crites was a brother or half brother of Andrew Jackson Crites. I’m not convinced that was the case. I think it was more likely that he was a cousin.

Andrew and Elizabeth Crites’s fourth child, daughter Drucilla Jane, would be born in 1861, the year before Andrew died.

After Andrew Jackson Crites died in 1862, Elizabeth (Shearing) Crites married Enoch Virgin, the son of Samuel Virgin and Fanny (Hahn) Virgin. Enoch and Elizabeth Virgin were my great-great grandparents.

In 1860, Moses and Drucilla Shearing’s daughter Nancy (Shearing) Shell was in this “Schell” household headed by her husband Jesse:

Dwelling 1196

SCHELL, Jesse, 41, Male, b. MO
SCHELL, Nancy, 35, Female, b. KY
SCHELL, Casper, 15, Male, b. MO
SCHELL, Cordelia, 14, Female, b. MO
SCHELL, Laona [Leona], 11, Female, b. MO
SCHELL, Sophronia, 9, Female, b. MO
SCHELL, Daniel, 7, Male, b. MO
SCHELL, Caledonia, 5, Female, b. MO
SCHELL, Missouri, 2, Female, b. MO
SCHELL, Barbra [Barbara], 3/12, Female, b. MO

I don’t have access to the 1870 census of Bollinger County. Besides a listing of Ramsey households there sent to me by a fellow Ramsey researcher who lives in Bollinger County, the only other 1870 Bollinger County households I have are some Virgin ones, including this "Virden" household in Liberty Township of my great-great grandfather Enoch Virgin and his wife Elizabeth (Shearing) Crites Virgin:

VIRDEN [Virgin], Enoch, 39, Male, Farmer, b. MO
VIRDEN, Elisabeth, 37, Female, b. KY
VIRDEN, Joel, 17, Male, b. MO
VIRDEN, Araminta, 14, Female, b. MO
VIRDEN, George, 11, Male, b. MO
VIRDEN, Jane, 9, Female, b. MO
VIRDEN, Samuel, 3, Male, b. MO
VIRDEN, Joseph, 9/12, Male, b. MO
VIRDEN, William, 15, Male, b. MO

Joel, Arminta, George W., and Drucilla Jane are actually Enoch’s stepchildren; the children of Andrew Jackson Crites and Elizabeth (Shearing) Crites. I don’t think Enoch adopted the Crites children. Even if he did, they kept their Crites surname. Joel Madison Crites is buried in the Baker Cemetery south of Marble Hill, as are my great-grandparents, John Madison Owens and Missouri Belle (Virgin) Owens, and Ramsey grandparents, Clarence Paul Ramsey and Stella Jane (Owens) Ramsey.

Samuel Grissom Virgin and Joseph H. Virgin were two of three children Enoch and Elizabeth would have together. My great-grandmother Belle (b. 1872) was the third. I’m not sure who the 15-year-old William was.

1880 CENSUS

In 1880, the your Samuel Houston Barrett was listed as the head of this “Barrette” household in Liberty Township, Bollinger County:

BARRETTE, Samuel H., Self, Married, Male, White, 40, b. TN, Farming, Father b. TN, Mother b. TN
BARRETTE, Missouri, Wife, Married, Female, White, 36, b. MO, Keeping House, Father b. VA, Mother b. VA
BARRETTE, Eliza A., Dau., Single, Female, White, 17, b. MO, Father b. TN, Mother b. MO
BARRETTE, Rosie T., Dau., Single, Female, White, 13, b. MO, Father b. TN, Mother b. MO
BARRETTE, Alabama L., Dau., Single, Female, White, 10, b. MO, Father b. TN, Mother b. MO

This Liberty Township Baker household, with one obvious Barrette/Barrett resident, was not too far away:

BAKER, John W., Self, Married, Male, White, 30, b. TN, Farming, Father b. TN, Mother b. TN
BAKER, Lavena C., Wife, Married, Female, White, 29, b. MO, Keeping House, Father b. MO, Mother b. MO
BAKER, Robert L., Son, Single, Male, White, 10, b. MO, Father b. TN, Mother b. MO
BAKER, Petter S., Son, Single, Male, White, 8, b. MO, Father b. TN, Mother b. MO
BAKER, William W., Son, Single, Male, White, 5, b. MO, Father b. TN, Mother b. MO
BAKER, Luezer F., Dau., Single, Female, White, 4, b. MO, Father b. TN, Mother b. MO
BAKER, Thomas F., Son, Single, Male, White, 4 months, b. MO, Father b. TN, Mother b. MO
BARRETTE, Elmina, SDau., Single, Female, White, 12, b. MO, Father b. TN, Mother b. MO

Comparing Bollinger County marriage records with Lorena Eaker’s books, I think Lavena C. Baker actually was Louisa Catherine (Baker) Barrett Baker, a daughter of Peter and Melvina Baker. Her first husband was Thomas Jefferson Barrett, who apparently went by his middle name, a son of Thomas and Salina Barrett, whom she married on 2 October 1866. After Jefferson Barrett died, Louisa married John William Baker on 3 April 1870. I assume Elmina Barrette was a daughter of Thomas and Louisa Barrett.

John and “Lavena” Baker’s neighbors were Jacob and Rosana Crites, also in Liberty Township:

CRITES, Jacob H., Self, Married, Male, White, 43, b. IL, Farming, Father b. NC, Mother b. NC
CRITES, Rosana, Wife, Married, Female, White, 45, b. IL, Keeping House, Father b. VA, Mother b. TN
CRITES, John L., Son, Single, Male, White, 13, b. MO, Father b. IL, Mother b. IL
CRITES, Samuel J., Son, Single, Male, White, 8, b. MO, Father b. IL, Mother b. IL
CRITES, Mary L., Dau., Single, Female, White, 6, b. MO, Father b. IL, Mother b. IL

I’m certain Rosana wasn’t born in Illinois, but I think Jacob was.

My Virgin great-great grandparents and great-grandmother were in this Liberty Township household in 1880 Bollinger County:

VIRGIN, Enoch, Self, Married, Male, White, 50, b. MO, Farming, Father b. SC, Mother b. NC
VIRGIN, Elizabah [Elizabeth], Wife, Married, Female, White, 48, b, KY, Keeping House, Father b. NC, Mother b. NC
VIRGIN, Drusila J., Dau., Single, Female, White, 18, b. MO, Father b. KY, Mother b. MO
VIRGIN, Samuel G., Son,, Single, Male, White, 12, b. MO, Father b. MO, Mother b. KY
VIRGIN, Joseph H. Son,, Single, Male, White, 10, b. MO, Father b. MO, Mother b. KY
VIRGIN, Missouri, Dau., Single, Female, White, 8, b. MO, Father b. MO, Mother b. KY

Again, Drucilla J. Virgin was Enoch’s stepdaughter, Drucilla Jane Crites.

Drucilla (Shearing) Francis had lost her husband Miles Francis, Jr., by 1880, when she was the head of this household in Liberty Township, Bollinger County:

FRANCIS, Drusilid [Drucilla], Self, Widow, Female, White, 41, b. MO, Keeping House, Father b. VA, Mother b. VA
FRANCIS, Elvira E., Dau., Single, Female, White, 15, b. MO, Father b. MO, Mother b. TN
FRANCIS, Sanford, Son, Single, Male, White, 12, b. MO, Father b. MO, Mother b. TN

In 1880, my great-great-great grandmother Drucilla was living with her son James, who appears to have been to California and back since 1850, picking up a new, Pennsylvania-born wife in the process. He was head of this Lorance Township household in Bollinger County:

SHEARING, James, Self, Married, Male, White, 55, b. TN, Farmer, Father b. TN, Mother b. VA
SHEARING, Catharine, Wife, Married, Female, White, 54, b. PA, Keeping House, Father b. PA, Mother b. PA
SHEARING, James, Son, Single, Male, White, 13, b. CA, Father b. TN, Mother b. PA
SHEARING, Catharine, Dau., Single, Female, White, 11, b. CA, Father b. TN, Mother b. PA
SHEARING, Moses, Son, Single, Male, White, 9, b. CA, Father b. TN, Mother b. PA
SHEARING, Elizabeth, Dau., Single, Female, White, 6, b. CA, Father b. TN, Mother b. PA
SHEARING, Drucella, Mother, Widow, Female, White, 80, b. VA, Father b. VA, Mother b. VA
COOTZ, Maria, Other, Single, Female, Black, 40, b. MO, Servant, Father b. MO, Mother b. MO

I found Jesse Shell and Nancy (Shearing) Shell living in this Prairie Township household in 1880 Carroll County, Arkansas:

SHELL, Jake, Self, Married, Male, White, 62, b. MO, Farmer, Father b. TN, Mother b. VA
SHELL, Nancy, Wife, Married, Female, White, 60, b. KY, Keeps House, Father b. VA, Mother b. VA
SHELL, Sefronie, Dau., Single, Female, White, 27, b. MO, At Home, Father b. MO, Mother b. KY
SHELL, Missouri, Dau., Single, Female, White, 26, b. MO, At Home, Father b. MO, Mother b. KY
SHELL, James, Son, Single, Male, White, 18, b. MO, At Home, Father b. MO, Mother b. KY
SHELL, L., Son, Male, White, 16, b. AR, Father b. MO, Mother b. KY

SOME CONCLUSIONS

Of Moses and Drucilla Shearing’s children, Daniel, Anderson, and Daniel remain mysteries to me. As evidenced by their father’s will, they were still alive in 1844; where, I don’t know. Perhaps they stayed in Kentucky when their parents moved to Missouri, or they moved to Missouri and I just can’t find them.

As late as 1880, I know for certain where Moses and Drucilla’s son James and daughters Nancy and Elizabeth were. I’m increasingly convinced that Rosana Crites, the wife of Jacob H. Crites, was their daughter too, and that I can account for her through 1880.

I lose track of Moses and Drucilla Shearing’s daughter Mary after 1860, when she was still living with her widowed mother.

Your posting about Samuel H. Barrett and his wife Missouri Sherring raised the possibility that Mary Shearing and Missouri (Sherring) Barrett were the same person. Her age (36) in 1880 is about what I would expect for Mary Shearing, who was seven when the census was taken in 1850.

I don’t know whether she was Mary Missouri Shearing or just known in the family as “Missouri.” I can’t explain the 1860 census transcript that gives her the middle initial “L.” If that’s correct, I don’t know what the “L” stood for. Then again, maybe Mary Shearing wasn’t Missouri Sherring. That still leaves the possibility that she could have been a daughter of the mystery Daniel, Anderson, or David Shearing. There’s also the possibility that she was the Mary Shearing (aged five in 1850), who was the daughter of Moses and Drucilla Shearing’s son James.

It may be coincidence, but two of Moses and Drucilla Shearing’s daughter, Nancy (Shearing) Crites and Elizabeth (Shearing) Crites Virgin, had daughters named Missouri. One was my great-grandmother.

You may know for certain, but I’d guess that Samuel Houston Barrett was a son of Thomas and Salina Barrett. He would have been 20 in 1860, old enough to be out of his parents’ household and on his own. However, I don’t know where he was in 1860.

I think that fact that John and Lavena/Louisa Baker’s neighbors were Jacob and Rosana Crites was not a coincidence, but evidence of a connection.

There were other connections:

Lucy A. Barrett, who I suspect was a younger sister of your Samuel Houston Barrett, married Adam Crites. Adam was the younger brother of Andrew Jackson Crites, the first husband of my great-great grandmother, Elizabeth (Shearing) Crites Virgin.

Lucy’s sister, Mahala J. Barrett, married Hiram Fowler in Bollinger County on 5 March 1877.

Hiram’s brother, Lorance Fowler, had married Cordelia Jane Virgin in Bollinger County on 7 January 1872. Cordelia was a niece of my great-great grandfather Enoch Virgin.

Leona Eaker reports that Alabama Barrett (1870-1918), who I assume was the daughter of your Samuel Houston Barrett, married James David Shell, a son of Alfred Shell and Harriet E.A. (Frazier) Shell, on 3 January 1889. Lorena Eaker says James and Alabama Shell moved to Chatsworth, Illinois, where Alabama Shell died and was buried.

“Bollinger County: 1851-1976 A Bicentennial Commemorative” has a number of references to the Barrett family in Bollinger County. Among the Barrett mentions were these:

1) A.M. Barrett and S.L. Barrett were listed (p. 217) as Lutesville-area farmers who grew strawberries for shipment by rail to cities in the north, including St. Louis. Adam Crites was also listed as a farmer engaged in the strawberry trade.

2) The entry on the town of Huskey (p. 581), located six miles east of Marble Hill along Hog Creek, notes that the Barrett and Crites families had farms there. Albert Barrett, Sr., was listed as a landowner in Huskey in the late 1880s. A Carl Barrett apparently owned property there when the Bicentennial Commemorative was written.

3) S.H. Barrett, Justice of the Peace, was noted as performing a number of marriages at the Palmore Southern Methodist Church, built at Eaker Cemetery near the Hahn Post Office, between 1883 and 1890. He married Jacob W.G. Hahn and Lucinda Galloway on 25 October 1883; Jess M. Shell and Fannie E. Baker on 15 January 1887; Orkwey E. Ford and Mary A. Eaker on 29 November 1888; and, David L. Shell and Mary E. Day on 21 December 1890. My great-grandmother Belle Owens’ brother, the Rev. Samuel Grissom Virgin, performed at least one marriage there in 1909 (p. 600).

4) A biography (p. 938) of educator Claude Stone (b. 9 November 1903 in Scopus, Bollinger County), who was living in Bollinger County when the Bicentennial Commemorative was written, notes that he was one of nine children of John Stone, a Baptist minister, and Sarah Ellen (Page) Stone. The biographical sketch also notes that Claude Stone’s sister was Alma (Stone) Barrett, the wife of August Barrett.

5) An appendix (p. 969) notes that a biography of Albert M. Barrett appears on page 742 in the Bollinger County section of one of two volumes of a “History of Southeast Missouri,” published in 1912 by Robert S. Douglass.

I hope this very long and rather rambling response has a few bits of information you didn’t already know and some clues about where you might look to learn more. I’d be glad to compare notes with you.

Regards from Virginia,

Clete Ramsey


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