In a previous post I discussed my great-great grandfather, Green Berry Barnes (1838-1891), and his wife Missouri Beasley Barnes (1843-1925). Widowed at the age of 47, she led a long life full of challenges. She died just a couple of months shy of her eighty-second birthday, in the process outliving at least four of her eleven children and caring for her blind youngest son* for decades.
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Missouri Beasley was born on 25 July 1843 in Bulloch County, Georgia, the eldest child of John R Beasley (1813-1899) and Nancy Parrish Beasley (1821-1860). The 1850 and 1860 censuses show her living in Bulloch County with her parents and siblings. In 1850, in an area identified only as “Subdivision 6” they are John R (37), Nancy (29), Missouri (6), America (4), Henry (3) and James (1). In 1860, near the Bengal post office, they are John R (48), Nancy (39), Missouri (16), America (14), Henry (13), James (12), Mary (7) and Eli (4). I can’t find definitive proof yet, but my belief is that John and Family didn’t move, and they were living in the area west of Statesboro, near the present-day border of or possibly in Candler County. This is partially based on the 1890 Bulloch County Tax Digest, which places John Beasley in the Club House district (Militia District 45), which surrounds the modern town of Register.
As a side note, the 1850 census form lists the value of John’s real estate as $150. By 1860 his real estate is worth $400, and his personal estate is valued at $716. To Do Item: check property records to see if John purchased additional land, or possibly the increased value was strictly due to inflation.
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Missouri Beasley married Green Berry Barnes in March 1865. This is according to her Widows Pension Applications of 1908 and 1910 (she appears to have been denied a pension both times). Even though the pension application asks that the marriage license be attached to it, there is no indication that it ever was, or that it survives if it was. So far, a search of the Marriage Books of Bulloch County for the marriage registration has proved fruitless (using the microfilms available through the Family History Library as well as the incomplete digital copies available through Georgia’s Virtual Vault). The accepted date on Ancestry.com seems to be 21 March 1865, but without further proof I can’t state that definitively. Hopefully someone, somewhere, has the marriage license or family bible and will share it with the rest of us!
I covered the period of her marriage to Green in the previous post. To summarize, in 1870 the family consisted of Green (27), Missouri (23), Ella (4), James (3) and Thomas (6/12). In 1880 the household included Green B. (41), “Masoria” [sic] (37), Ellen C. (13), James H. (11), Willis R. (10), Rosa (7), Molly A. E. (5), Magga M. (4) and John G (1), plus Green's sister Sarah (44) and a white servant, John Jones (18). Green B. Barnes also appears on the 1890 Bulloch County Tax Digest, owning 408 acres in the Court House District (1209th Military District), which is the area around Statesboro.
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In any case, the 1900 census shows Missouri as the widowed head of household with 5 of her 10 children, living in Blitch, Bulloch County, where she owned her own farm. Blitch is the name for Georgia Military District 1575, situated north of Statesboro. The residents of the farm are Missouri (56), Millie A (25), John G (21), William B (18), Eli W (16), Robert C (12) and her sister-in-law Sarah (65). I can’t find her listed anywhere on the 1910 census, but in 1920 she appears to be living on the farm of her son-in-law Welcome Akins. The census shows the family as Welcome A Akins (42), Maggie [Barnes, her daughter] (42), Floyd (17), Day (15), Fred (14), Clyde (12), Datus (10), Wilmur (8), Irene (7), Roy (5), Inmon (3) an Ernest (1) Akins, with Robert C Barnes (33) and Missouri Barnes (75). I do not yet know if this Welcome Akins farm was the Barnes farm before. The two Military Districts are adjacent, so the borders
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Digital Collection (Death Certificates,
Vital Records, Public Health, RG 26-5-95)
Missouri died on 31 May 1925, at the age of 81. This date is shown on her grave stone (at least according to the cemetery survey cited above) and on her death certificate, a digital copy of which I was able to obtain from the Georgia’sVirtual Vault web site.
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That’s about it for now.