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Found graves: Moser, Bronaugh, Paine, Johnson + connection to Mayfield
Posted by: Stephen Mosier (ID *****0920) Date: November 08, 2012 at 13:15:40
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Want to inform researchers of the location of graves I found in a pasture near Hazelgreen after a long period of research and detective work. There are six graves. Four have toppled markers and two are without markers (broken off and/or missing). The graves are located roughly between a house and barn just off Rt. 66 west of Hazelgreen. Mailbox says 33566 ROUTE 66. GPS coordinates of Moser grave are N 37° 45.894’ - W 092° 26.354’. Other graves are 10-15 ft south. All are hidden by very high grass next to some hay rolls.

1. John J. Moser (my gr-gr-grandfather). Tombstone says “JOHN J. MOSIER, BORN Apr. 15, 1816 DIED Feb. 18, 1894.” This is incorrect. Surname was Moser. He was born April 14, 1816 and died February 15, 1894. Engraved stone appears newer than 1894.

2. “SARAH wife of J. J. PAINE BORN Sept. 13, 1827 DIED Mar. 21, 1876.” Sarah’s maiden name was Bronaugh and after she died, J. J. Paine married Mary Elizabeth Hendricks Mayfield, the daughter of James Hendricks and Sarah Harrison and the widow of John E. Mayfield.

3. “CHARLES L. Husband of M. D. JOHNSON BORN Oct. 4, 1844 DIED Nov. 24, 1905. Co. M, 3rd Iowa Cav.” A Charles L. Johnson married Sarah N. Paine (daughter of Sarah Bronaugh Paine) (don’t know whether 1st or 2nd marriage).

4. “J. H. JOHNSON, CO. M, 3rd IOWA CAV.”

The following is from the National Park Service Soldiers and Sailors Database:

Johnson, Charles L.
Regiment Name: 3rd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry
Side: Union:
Company: M
Soldier's Rank In: Private
Soldier's Rank Out: Corporal
Film Number: M541 roll 14

Johnson, James H.
Regiment Name: 3rd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry
Side: Union:
Company: M
Soldier's Rank In: Private
Soldier's Rank Out: Private
Film Number: M541 roll 14

There is a strong connection to the Mayfield family. This land was most likely owned by either John Moser or Robert W. Mayfield in the 1890’s. John Moser acquired 120 acres of bottom land in this area in 1841/42 and married Lucy Elizabeth Mayfield, older sister of Robert W. Mayfield. She died in 1878. John Moser's daughter was married at home of Robert W. Mayfield. Robert W. Mayfield was administrator of John Moser’s estate in 1894. John Moser and Robert W. Mayfield sold land to each other. John E. Mayfield was Robert W. Mayfield’s brother.

It is possible that the two graves without markers are those of Lucy Elizabeth Mayfield and John J. Moser, Jr., who died in Dec 1890 (supposedly froze to death). Neither of their graves have been found. Less likely is that the graves are two young daughters of John J. Moser, Jr., having died in 1890 and 1891.

I have photos, aerial photos, and history files if anyone wants to pursue.

Stephen Mosier
Concord, NC

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