I have several family members buried in Mt. Pleasant and would love to be updated on the 150th anniversary as I plan on being in MO for a family reunion on my mother's side in September. Minter Henry Bailey as mentioned in an article written in the History of Howard & Chariton Counties was my fourth great grandfather......
History of Howard and Chariton Counties – 1883 – pages 345 and 349, which says.....
Mount Pleasant Union Christian church, situated in Bonne Femme township, Howard County, was organized by elders William White and John McCune in September, 1854. The organization numbered twenty-eight members when it was organized – twelve males and sixteen females, to wit:
John Evans Minerva Davis
Moses Cleeton Sara L Fisher
Samuel Moody Nancy Bailey
G. H. G. Jones Elizabeth Ancell
Joseph McCune Rutha Estis
Elijah Ancell Jane Bailey
John Asbury Sarah A McCune
Minter Bailey Sarah A Jones
Edward S Davis Moriah Cleeton
Anderson Johnson Agnes Asbury
John McCune Mary Manning
Thomas Ancell Lucinda Moody
Sally Ann Gilvin
Sarah J Johnson
Sarah F Ancell
The local elders were Minter H. Bailey and Edward S. Davis; the deacons, Thomas Ancell and Anderson Johnson. The church was organized at the Baldridge school-house; a house of worship was begun the same fall, which cost $700. Elder John McCune preached about nine or ten years until war troubles became so bad that he moved to the state of Illinois. The members have been greatly reduced by the organization of Locust Grove congregation, and also New Hope congregation, and by a number moving away. They now number only about 35 members. Elders at present: George W. Potter, Thomas Ancell, Elijah Ancell, Minter H. Bailey; deacons: Dr. Dougherty, Elisha Ancell and ED. St. Clair.
Minter Henry and Nancy Jane (Bradley) Bailey lived 2 miles east of Mt. Pleasant Church off Route A South near Higbee, Mo. Lived in a log cabin which may still be standing.
I have a picture of Minter Henry Bailey and his wife, Nancy Bradley, if you'd like......I'm sure I have a few other pictures that I'd be willing to contribute for your project. Does the church have any specific plan yet for the anniversary, or is it in the planning stages, still? If you haven't thought of it already, I'd like to suggest a commerative plate...........Look forward to hearing from you.......
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