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HALE, John Blackwell, a Representative from Missouri; born in Brooks (now Hancock) County, Va. (now West Virginia), February 27, 1831; attended the common schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1849 and commenced practice in Brunswick, Mo.; member of the State house of representatives 1856-1858; presidential elector on the Democratic ticket of Douglas and Johnson in 1860; colonel of the Sixty-fifth Regiment, Missouri Militia, and of the Fourth Provisional Regiment, Missouri Militia, in the United States service during the Civil War; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1864 and 1868; member of the Missouri constitutional convention in 1875; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1887); unsuccessful candidate for renomination on the Democratic ticket and defeated for reelection as an Independent; resumed the practice of law; died in Carrollton, Mo., on February 1, 1905; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.
(Source: Biographical Directory of the US States Congress, 1774-Present)

Bernard Hanavanwas born around 1817 in Ireland and immigrated with his wife and children to America, passing thru New York City and eventually made his way to Carroll County Missouri. He married Catherine Short, also born in Ireland. They had many children together, and most of them remained in Carroll County their entire life.

Bernard served in the Civil War, according to his enlistment records he was 49 years old which would make him born earlier than 1817.

He and his wife are buried in the Hanavan Cemetery on land that he donated for a Catholic Church and cemetery. So far most of the burials in this cemetery were of children. Some were their children and grandchildren and others were children of friends.
(Submitted by Linda Craig)

Lina P. Helmwas born March 3, 1854 in Fauquier County, Virginia to Richard Pope Helm and Eleanor Smith. He spent his early childhood years in Virginia. Around 1858 Richard and Eleanor moved their family from Virginia to Carroll County, Missouri arriving in 1859. Lina married Julia Standley, the daughter of Bartlett Standley and Nancy Mahaney, on March 22, 1876. We know from family records that the first six of their eight children were born in Carroll County. In the year of 1893 they moved their family by covered wagon to the Indian Nation settling near the towns of Earlsboro and Seminole. By census records we know that Lina was a farmer, but he was extremely interested in the education of children, as he served on the school board at one point. My Aunt Bessie(Littleton) Hardy told me stories that her mother Edna Blanche Helm (Littleton) Dyer told her about their journey in the covered wagon. She said at one point they ran out of money and that Lina stopped in a town somewhere near what is now Bartlesville, Oklahoma and borrowed $100 to complete their journey. Upon settling his family in their new home he soon made a trip back to that banker to repay him the loan. Lina Helm departed this live on November 15, 1933 and was buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery at Seminole, Oklahoma. At the time of his death he was survived by his wife Julia and children: Edna Dyer, Violet Gibson, Douglass Helm, Charlie Helm, Myrtle Vanlandingham, Forrest Helm, Stanley Helm and Lottie Thomas. Lina was one of the best known men of his community, public spirited, and an active worker in the cause of temperance, education and the church. Mr. Helm votes with the Democratic party. Lina was listed in "A History of the State of Oklahoma" 1908 on pages 518-519
submitted by Linda (Dyer) Craig

Richard Hathaway Helm was born March 14, 1852 at Fredricksburg, Virginia to Richard Pope Helm and Johanna Smith. In 1859 he moved with his parents and siblings to De Witt, Carroll County, Missouri. He married Stella Lee Cook on July 31, 1900 at Bosworth, Carroll County, Missouri. They had on son, Richard Lee Helm that was born November 25, 1901. They are buried at Wharton Cemetery near Bosworth.
(Submitted by Linda Craig)

Richard Pope Helm who was the son of Thomas Helm and Johanna Hathaway Helm. It is in family records that he moved his family from his Warrenton, Fauquier, Virginia farm to Carroll County, Missouri about 1859. We do know that he married Eleanor Smith on September 25, 1843. They had the following children: James Thomas Helm, Frances Elizabeth Helm, Johanna Eleanor Helm, Lucinda Jane Helm, Richard Hathaway Helm, Lina P Helm, Harriet Roberta Helm, George William Helm, Henry Clay Helm and Mary Emma Helm. His wife Eleanor died in 1864. He then married Roberta Collett on December 23, 1866, they had one son, John Helm. Richard Pope Helm died October 23, 1873 at Bosworth, Carroll County, Missouri.
(Submitted by Linda Craig)

The name is Henry, Henry Humphries to be exact. I was born on Christmas Day in the year 1815. I was a Christmas present to my family so to speak. My father was William my mother was Cinthia. Her birth name was Cinthia Manning. I was born on the family farm in good ole Kentucky. When I was twenty-one years old I married a fine lady form Kentucky on August 13,1837 in Chariton County, Missouri, her name was Elizabeth Ashby, she was the daughter of Jesse Ashby and Sally (Lucas) Ashby. We had our first child William, in May 24,1838 in Missouri. After that we had a total of ten children including William. They were as follows: Of course there was William in 1838, then there was Syntha in 1840, Adaline in 1841, Benjamin in 1843, Mary in 1846, Larkin in 1848, James in 1851, Arminda in 1852, Elizabeth in 1855, and last but certainly not least Josephine in 1857. All of these children were born in Missouri some in Carroll County of that state and some in the Town of Bosworth of that County. In 1850 me and my nephew Benjamin Ashby went to El Dorado County, California in search of gold if you wanna know if we had any luck well what do you think? Well all you need to know is that we came home to Missouri. Well when the war broke out we hadn't the slightest clue as what to do. Neither my sons nor me liked the Yankee Invader coming South telling us what to do. So with Dixie we stood. I figured I was too old to fight. Or so I thought. I was 45 years old. My son William had married a women named Louisey Winfrey in 1858 and already had one child. My grandson. His name was Harrison. My daughter Syntha had married a man named Clark McClary. He was good man. Well my son Benjamin came to me on day when I was working in the barn. He told me his intentions of joining a Regiment. So I went along with him. He went into town and enlisted in CSA army, 11th Co. Col. F.L. Robertson's Reg't, Missouri State Guard. F.L. Robertson was the colonel commanding a regiment raised for service in the Missouri State Guard, which had not been permanently organized when we was captured, Dec. 19, 1861, near Milford, Mo., while enroute from Grand Pass, Saline County, Mo., to join Gen. Sterling Price's army. My son and I were sent to Jefferson Barrack, Federal prison, St. Louis, Missouri. I decided to take the oath of allegiance on January 18,1862 I was 47. There were other ways I could help Dixie with out fighting. It was better than being in a Prison Camp doing nothing, taking orders from Yankees. Mo son saw differently, so he stayed, but then decided the same. He signed the oath on February 18,1862. We went home. After that we did just about anything to support Dixie. He cheered on General Turner Ashby who was actually a distant cousin of my Wife Elizabeth, until he was killed. When the war was over. I felt a senses of relief but sadness still. I died at the age of 58 on December 6,1873 in Bosworth, Carroll County, Missouri. I was buried in Winfrey Cemetery. I was only a few days short on my 59th birthday.
(This is a Speech I wrote to use when I portray Henry in my Reenactment Group. submitted by Christopher Bribiesca)


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