Ray County, MO

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Rainwater, Aaron
Death of a Pioneer: Aaron Rainwater, a pioneer citizen of Ray county, who had resided near Knoxville for nearly half a century, died last Friday, Jan. 17, 1902, of disease incident to old age, in his 80th year. He leaves several children and other relatives to mourn his death. The body was buried in the Knoxville cemetery. Peace be to his ashes.
Richmond Conservator, January 23, 1902


Rainwater, Amanda Elizabeth (Watson)
Mrs. Rainwater Dead: Knoxville woman passed away Tuesday morning; Burial Wed. afternoon
Mrs. John Rainwater, one of the well known women of Knoxville, died Tuesday morning. Mrs. Rainwater had been in very poor health for nearly six months, and her death was not unexpected. The funeral services were conducted from the home at 1:00 o'clock Wednesday afternoon by Rev. C. F. Coffman of Cowgill. Interment occurred at the family cemetery near Knoxville.
Mrs. Rainwater was formerly Miss Amanda Elizabeth Watson and was born near Knoxville on August 24, 1857. She was in her 65th year at the time of her death. Her parents were the late Thomas and Julia Watson, who were early settlers in this county, coming from the state of Tennessee. She was united in marriage to John Rainwater of Knoxville on December 5th, 1869, and to their union 13 children were born, 10 of whom with the husband survive. Three children died in infancy. The living children are: Hiram D. Rainwater of Moran, Ks.,; Mrs. Jobe Wilkerson, Mrs. H. C. Wilkerson, Mrs. J. A. Bales, Mrs. Cecil Clark, W. A. Rainwater, Moses Rainwater and Charles Rainwater of Knoxville, and the vicinity. Mrs. J. W. Swafford, of Benton, Ill. and Mrs. E. W. Kincaid of Richmond.
Mrs. Rainwater was converted in 1886 and soon afterward united with the Methodist church at Knoxville. She was a devoted member of the church of her faith, and had lived the life of a consistent christian. Mrs. Rainwater was a member of the Eastern Star of Polo, which order was in charge of the remains for interment in the family cemetery. Many friends throughout the county unite in extending their sympathy to the bereaved husband and children.
The Richmond Missourian Thursday February 2, 1922


Randall, James B.
Administrator's Notice
Notice is hereby given that letter of administration upon the estate of
Deceased, have been granted to the undersigned by the probate court of Ray county bearing date the 31st day of May 1892.
All persons having claims against said estate are requested to exhibit the same to us for allowance within one year from the date of the publication of this notice or they may be precluded from any benefit in said estate; and if the same be not exhibited within two years from the date of the publication of this notice, they will be forever barred.
BERRY HUGHES, Administrator
Richmond Conservator: July 21, 1892


Randolph, Elizabeth Barbee
Mrs. Elizabeth (Barbee) Randolph died Tuesday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John G. Smith (Emma Bradford Randolph), north of town.
The deceased was aged about 74 years and was a noble lady of one of the Grand Old Kentucky families.
Her husband was, in his pioneer days, the greatest grain dealer on the Mississippi River.
The funeral was conducted at the Smith home on yesterday afternoon. Internment was at the City Cemetery."

{Richmond Conservator: May, 2 1911}


Randolph, H.P.
"H.P. Randolph, who has been in poor health for a number of months, at his home near the Santa Fe depot, this city, died Monday, October 9, 1899 about the noon hour.

The deceased had been a sufferer from Bright's disease for a long time and his condition had gradually been growing worse and Monday he passed quietly and peacefully away.

At his bedside at the time of his death were his aged wife (Elizabeth Barbee Randolph) and his two daughters, Mrs. Mifflin Dallas Duval (Sallie Belle Randolph) of this city and Mrs. John G. Smith (Emma Bradford Randolph, also of this city.

The deceased was a native of the state of Kentucky and came to Missouri a number of years ago, since which time he has made this his home. He was a member of the Methodist Church South and was a good citizen, doing unto others as he would have others do unto him, as far as it was in his power to do so.

Funeral services were held this Tuesday at 2 o'clock, p.m., by Reverend J. P. Godby, after which the body was buried in the city cemetery. We join with the community in extending condolences to the bereaved family their hour of sorrow.".
Richmond Conservator - 12 October 1899


Ray, Martha J.
Mrs. W.H. Ray Dead.

Mrs. W.H. Ray, aged 22 yrs., died at her home in the southwestern part of Richmond, Saturday evening at 6 o'clock. She is survived by the husband. Burial was made at the Pisgah church in west Ray County, on Monday afternoon.
Richmond Missourian, Richmond, Ray County, Missouri, 6 JAN 1916, Front Page, Contributed by Jenna Zunker


Read, John
Near Mine #4, 1 mile south of Richmond, on Friday, Feb. 6th, 1891. John Read, of spinal meningitis.
The deceased was in his 23rd year and had been sick about ten days or 2 weeks. His remains were buried in the new city cemetery Sunday afternoon.
Richmond Conservator February 12, 1891 (Not listed on the Richmond (City) Cemetery transcription)


Reed, Samuel B.
Died at County Home.

Mr. Samuel B. Reed died at the county home, Sunday morning at 8:30 o'clock, following an illness of three weeks. He was a native of Missouri and was 73 years of at the time of his death. He had been an inmate of the county home for about 4 years.

The funeral was held from the chapel of the Jackson Undertaking rooms on West Main street at 10:30 o'clock, Monday morning, services conducted by Rev. Cecil M. Aker. Interment was made in the Lavelock cemetery near Hardin.
Richmond Missourian, Richmond, Ray County, Missouri, 20 JAN 1916, Page 5,
Contributed by Jenna Zunker


Remelius, John P.
John P. Remelius Former Resident, Killed Dec 31
John P. Remelius, a former resident of this county, met death in an accident in St. Joseph, Tues. Dec. 31. He had just alighted from a street railway bus, and started around the rear of the vehicle when a passing motorist struck him. He was taken to a hospital and given prompt medical attention but his injuries proved fatal within a very short time.

Mr. Remelius will be remembered by many of our people. He was born and reared on a farm north of Richmond. He grew to manhood here and many years ago went to St. Joseph where he remained until his death. He was city health inspector at St. Joseph.

He is survived by two brothers and two sisters; Mrs. C.H. Johnston of Richmond; Mrs. Lester Yowell of Knobknoster; Frank Remelius of St. Joseph; and Lewis Remelius of Knobknoster.

Mr. Remelius was a most likeable gentleman and has many acquaintances and friends here who regret to know of his tragic death. Funeral services were held in St. Joseph this afternoon, and interment was in that city. Mr. And Mrs. C.H. Johnston attended.
Richmond Conservator, January 2, 1936


Renfro, Henry
Died At his home in Millville on Tuesday, Mar 1st, 1892, Henry Renfro, after a brief illness. The deceased was an old resident of that section of the county and was widely known. He leaves a wife and a large family of children to mourn his death.
Richmond Conservator March 3, 1892
{Buried in McCuistion Cemetery}


Renfro, Martha McCuistion

Death of Mrs. Renfro
Martha Gabelle McCuistion, daughter of Benjamin and Rebekah McCuistion, who were among the first settlers of Missouri, was born January 31, 1838, in Ray county, near Millville. She passed away, Monday, May 30, at 12:30 p.m. at the home of her oldest daughter, Mrs. J.D. Yingling, at the age of 89 years, 3 months and 29 days.
She was married to Henry Renfro December 29, 1859. To this union were born nine children - seven daughters and two sons - all of whom are living and attended the funeral. Her children are: Mrs. J.D. Yingling, Oak Grove; Mrs. E.M. Carter, Salisbury; Mrs. Nelle Linney, Kansas City; Mrs. Rebekah Forbes, Houston, Mo.; Mrs. Anne Etherton, Kansas City; Mrs. Irene Wall, J.H. Renfro, and C.L. Renfro of Millville. Mrs. Renfro is also survived by 18 grand-children, 8 great-grand-children, 2 brothers, O.W. McCuistion, Clayton, New Mexico, and G.N. McCuistion of Richmond, besides other relatives and a host of friends.
Her husband, Henry Renfro, served in the Confederate army under General Sterling Price, and was seriously wounded at the siege of Vicksburg. He died at Millville, March 1, 1892.
Mrs. Renfro fell and injured her hip in January of the past winter. She had become able to walk without the aid of a crutch and by holding to some one when she was taken to Oak Grove about a month ago to visit her daughter, Mrs. Yingling. Mrs. Irene Wall accompanied her. A week before her death she became ill and was not able to leave her bed again.
Her body was taken to her home at Millville where funeral services were conducted by the Reverend M. Dale Humbert of Richmond. She was buried beside her husband and parents at the McCuistion family burying ground east of Millville.
Mrs. Renfro joined the Christian church in girlhood, and to her religion was a vital thing, as revealed by the Christian life which she led. During the last years of her life she read the entire Bible through several times. She was well known and loved in her community because of her cheerful, kindly disposition and her interest in her neighbors and friends. Her home was always a gathering place for her children and relatives, and it can indeed be said of her, "Her children shall rise up and call her blessed, and her price is above rubies."
The Richmond Missourian, June 9, 1927


Reyburn, Adam
NOTICE OF LETTERS: Notice is hereby given that letters of administration upon the estate of ADAM K. REYBURN, deceased have been granted to the undersigned, by the Probate Court of Ray County, Missouri, bearing date the 5th day of July 1912.
All persons having claims against said estate are required to exhibit them to us for allowance within six months from the date of said letters or they may be precluded from any benefit of such estate; and if said claims be not exhibited within one year from the date of the publication of this notice, they will be forever barred. LUCY A. REYBURN
(July 11 to August 1st; Nos. 48 to 51; Vol. 14.) Richmond Missourian, August 1, 1912

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to all creditors and others interested in the estate of ADAM K. REYBURN, deceased, that we, Lucy F. Reyburn and Joseph S. Reyburn, administrators of said estate, intend to make final settlement thereof at the next term of the Probate Court of Ray County, State of Missouri, to be begun and held at Richmond, Missouri, on Monday, the 7th day of July, 1913. LUCY F. REYBURN AND JOSEPH S. REYBURN, Administrators
(June 5 to July 3; Nos. 43 to 47; Vol. 15.) Richmond Missourian June 19, 1913


Riffe, Ruth (Martin)
The Passing Away of an Old Pioneer.

Among the earliest settlers of Ray county was Isaac Martin who moved to Missouri in 1815 and settled in Ray county with his family, and was elected one of its first represensatives to the legislature of the then territory. Shortly after Capt. Jacob Riffe emigrated here from Kentucky and located in Richmond township, where he married Miss Ruth, daughter of Mr. Martin, on the 15th of February, 1821, the first marriage in Ray county. Mrs. Riffe was born in Tennessee in 1802, and was a noble specimen of the pioneer women of that early day, when Missouri was a vernal wild, tall, lithe of limb and versed in all the skill of forest life. She was the mother of thirteen children, eight of whom are now living, her oldest, William., being the first child born in Richmond township; her oldest daughter, Mary, married Moses E. Lard, the eminent Christian evangelist, whose daughter married ex-Gov. Silas Woodson. Mrs. Riffe was among the first to connect herself with the Christian church in the county, and with her husband were consistent members of that denomination, ever faithful to her trust, till the fiat came that called her to realms beyond the stars. She died on Saturday last, February 25th, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Chas. Hultz, Kansas City, where services were held by Elder Thos. P. Haley and then the remains of all that was mortal of one that had passed four score years and a half in our busy world were brought here to be interred in the family burying ground, and her many friends allowed the sad privilege of paying her the honor due to one who had aided no little in making this section blossom like a rose. Her funeral took place from the Christian church Tuesday morning and the services were conducted by Elders Dunn and Howell and were mot impressive, a large crowd being in attendance. Thus the early pioneers are being slowly borne over the invisible river, and their descendants can look with pride on the heritage that they have left behind. The sympathy of all go out to the stricken relatives in their great bereavement as they bow to the will of the Omnipotent.
Ray County Conservator, unknown date 1893; possibly buried in White cemetery. There is a Jacob Riffe buried there who died in 1875 and an Esther Martin, wife of I Martin is buried there also, submitted by Jenna Zunker


Riggs, Monroe
DIED IN ARIZONA: Monroe Riggs 26 years old, died in Mesa, Arizona, Sunday, July, 18, 1915. He went to Arizona several months ago for the benefit of his health, having been a sufferer of taberculosis. He was a son of W.J. Riggs of this city and was born in Ray county east of Lawson. His brother Jesse left on Monday for Mesa and will bring the remains to Lawson and they will be interred in the Union cemetery east of that city.
Unknown newspaper and date. Headstone states: b. 1889 d. 1915


Rimmer, Adele (Reyburn)
Rimmer, Adele (Reyburn)
Mrs. Arvel C. Rimmer Dead: Mrs. Inez Adele Rimmer, wife of Arvel C. Rimmer, died at her home on Benton street this morning at 9 o'clock after four days sickness. Her death was due to pneumonia and measles.
Mrs. Rimmer became ill Monday and was confined to her bed. Wednesday she contracted pneumonia and Thursday measles developed, causing her death today.
Mrs. Rimmer was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Reyburn, Grandview street. She was born in this county March 9th, 1904, being 22 years old at the time of her death.
She was united in marriage to Arvel Rimmer on June 18th, 1924. Besides her husband she is survived by her nine months old baby, father and mother, one sister and one brother all living in Richmond.
Funeral services will be conducted at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Reyburn, Grandview street, Sunday afternoon at 2:30, conducted by Rev. Robin Gould. Burial at Sunny Slope cemetery. Unknown newspaper and date

Funeral Service Sunday: The funeral services for Mrs. Arvie Rimmer were held yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Reyburn on Grandview street.
Services were conducted by Rev. Rohm Guold. Burial was in Sunny Slope cemetery.
The flower girls were her friends and schoolmates, Misses Bertha Shaw, Forrestine Pickering, Irene Maloney, Helen Gibson, Ena Williams and Carmel Ogg.
Pall-bearers: Ray and Earl Pickering, Emmett Renfro, Walter Pence, Alfred Helm and Granville Burns.

Unknown newspaper and date Sunny Slope cemetery listing has death date of 1926


Rimmer, Hiram
News reached our city Wednesday morning announcing the death of Hiram Rimmer, youngest son of the late Ezekiel Rimmer, at Los Angeles, California, on Tuesday last. Early last fall, in company with his sister, Miss Maggie, he went to California hoping to regain his health, but consumption had fastened itself upon him. The telegram stated that his remains would be here about Saturday morning, and it was understood that the funeral will take place from the Christian church upon the arrival of the body. Young Rimmer had just reached the years of his majority, and the many friends of the family will be sorry to hear of his death, although it was not unexpected.
Richmond Conservator, February 8, 1888 (Front page)


Rives, William H.
Died- At the residence of his nephew Robert M. Watkins, two and ½ miles southeast of Richmond, on Monday, Feb. 9th, 1891 at 3 o'clock p.m., William H. Rives on his 80th year.
The deceased was born in Rockingham, Va. on the 21st day of Oct. 1811, and moved to Ray Co., Mo. in the year 1842. He had been a member of the Presbyterian church for 49 years and was the last surviver of the first Presbyterian congregation in Richmond. He was the oldest brother of Mrs. Chas. A. Watkins and Mrs. James R. Allen, who preceded him in death several years and a brother of the late Col. Ben Rives, who was killed in the Confede4rate army in the late war. The Funeral services were held at the residence Tuesday afternoon at 1 o'clock by Rev. Doctor McNair of the Presbyterian church and at 2 o'clock the remains were laid away in the family burying ground where they will await the summons of the master at the last day. We extend our sympathy to the relatives of the deceased.
Richmond Conservator February 12, 1891 Buried Allen Watkins Cemetery


Roach, William
At the home of his parents in Hardin, Mo. Wed. morning between six and seven o'clock of inflammation of the bowels Wm. eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Roach.
Richmond Conservator; 23 January 1890


Robinson, Margaret (Bright)
Died in Hardin
Mrs. S.C. Robinson died at her home in Hardin, Thursday morning, after a long illness. Funeral services were conducted Friday, by Rev. Jesse of Excelsior Springs, and interment followed in Hardin cemetery. Another good woman has gone to a glorious reward for a well spent life.
Mrs. Robinson was born in Kentucky, March 13, 1837, and her maiden name was Margaret Bright. In 1860 she came to Ray County with two brothers, Sam and Will Bright. In 1861 she married Mr. Robinson. The deceased had been a member of the Methodist church since her girlhood days in Kentucky.
The Richmond people attending the funeral and burial of Mrs. Robinson were Mrs. Hulda Pugh, Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Dunn, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Wollard, Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Allison.
Richmond Missourian, May 4, 1916


Rogers, Mary E. (O'Dell)
Hold Services for Mrs. Mary E. Rogers Friday at Richmond

Funeral services will be held at Richmond at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon at the Richmond Baptist church for Mrs. Mary Ellen Rogers, 60 years old, who died Saturday in Los Angeles, Calif., while visiting her daughter, Mrs. Wesley Lee. Death was attributed to a paralytic stroke. The services will be conducted by the Rev. W.E. Davis. Burial will be at the City cemetery. Thurman Funeral Home will have charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Rogers was born in Carroll County on December 13, 1881, a daughter of Preston O'Dell and Eliza O'Dell Mizner. She spent virtually her entire lifetime in Ray County. She was married on February 16, 1901, to Charles R. Rogers of Carrollton.

Survivors include two sons, John C. Rogers, Kincaid, Ill., Jewel L. Rogers, West Frankfort, Ill.; four daughter, Mrs. William F. Toepfer, Detroit, Mrs. Dorothy Monroe, Detroit, Mrs. Reid Ellis, Benton, Ill., Mrs. Wesley Lee, Los Angeles; three brothers Elbert and Arch O'Dell of Richmond, John J. O'Dell, Wilmington, N.C., and four grandchildren.
The Richmond Missourian, Unknown date, Year 1942, Submitted by Jenna Zunker


Ross, Frank J.
The death of Frank J. Ross, which occurred at his home in Orrick, Monday, August 12th, 1912, at about 11:30 o'clock, removed one of Orrick's and Ray county's oldest and best known citizens. His death came at the age of 81 years, 2 months and 25 days, and after an illness of several weeks, from the effects of a large carbuncle on the back of his neck. He had not been the best of health for three or four years prior to his death, and the carbuncle sapped his strength so rapidly and so effectively that when the carbuncle began to improve, he failed to gain his lost strength, but instead, continued to grow weaker, and the end came at the hour above mentioned.
Mr. Ross was born in Casey county, Kentucky, May 17th, 1831, and at the age of 12 years, came to Missouri with his mother, who was one of the early settlers of this locality. He remained at home and assisted his widowed mother provide for the family until he was 18 years of age, then began to fight the battles of life for himself. In 1850 he went to California where he engaged in mining gold for eighteen months with fair success; and returned home via the Panama route.
Mr. Ross was thrice married; his first wife whom he married March 20th, 1855, was Miss Hannah Riffe, and to this union two daughters were born, both of who proceeded him in death a number of years. After the death of his first wife, he was married to Miss Amanda Brasher, October 9th, 1866, and to this union one daughter - Mrs. Chas. Pigg was born. After the death of his second wife, he was married the third time to Miss Alice Rosell, who survives him.
Mr. Ross devoted himself to farming until 1870, when he engaged in the mercantile business in the old town of Albany and later moved is (sic) stock of goods to Orrick, where he continued in the business until the early 90's, when he disposed of his stock of goods and retired from active business life, and devoted a portion of his time to agricultural pursuits for a few years.
He had been a member of the Christian church for many years and throughout his Christian life followed closely in the footsteps of the Master and was known throughout the country as a just and honorable citizen.

________ yer and song service conducted by Elder J.E. Dunn, of Richmond, was held at the home Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock, and burial was made in South Point cemetery.
Unknown newspaper, August 1912


Ross, Mrs. Susan
At the residence of Elbert Zimmerman near Sandals on Sunday, February 2, 1890, at 2 o'clock, Mrs. Susan Ross of consumption. The deceased was the wife of W. S. Ross who died just one year ago this month at Lawson. She is the sister of Mrs. Elbert Zimmerman. She leaves one child, a daughter. Her remains were buried on Monday in the neighborhood burying ground.
Richmond Conservator; February 6, 1890
(Buried in Mayes Cemetery, stone reads Nancy E. wife of W.S. Ross)


Rucker, William
Wm. Rucker Dies Sunday; Born a Slave
William Rucker, 111 years old, died at 8:45 a.m. Sunday at the home of his step-grandson, Jewell Johnson, Shotwell street.
Born a slave on Oct. 7, 1850, he had many interesting stories of a by-gone era to tell. His mother was a slave named Lucy, owned by the C. J. Menger family, and his father was a slave named Louis, owned by Aaron Bruce family. The couple was given the name Rucker.
William was the eldest of 15 children, and the last of the family. He has had three wives and four children. Only one child survives, a daughter, Mrs. Odessa Starks of Richmond. He also has six grandchildren, four great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren.

Unknown newspaper and date (1961?)


Rush, Walter
Death of Walter Rush
Last Thursday evening Walter Rush, son of James J. Rush, of Camden, died very suddenly of hemorrhage of the lungs. He had been suffering from lung trouble for a number of years, frequently being unable to work. On Thursday he had been working in the garden and had started to the house, when suddenly he was taken with a hemorrhage. He called for help, but before it reached him he sank to the ground and died in a few moments. He was about 30 years old and was an excellent young man, and every one who knew him was his friend. His remains were buried Friday at the Brockman burying ground, where several other members of his family are buried. His aged father and numerous relatives have the sympathy of all in their bereavement.
Richmond Conservator, July 28, 1892


Russell, Grant
Services were held Friday afternoon for Grant Russell, 78 years old, who passed away Wednesday at his home in the Elkhorn community. He had been ill for the past nine years.
Mr. Russell was born April 30, 1868, in Ray county and had lived here his entire life. He was a son of Joseph Russell of Ray county and Mary Yoakum) Russell of Tennessee. He was married to Angeline Profitt on September 30, 1916, who survives.
Other survivors include, one son, Lee Russell of Excelsior Springs; two brothers, Clate Russell, of Braymer; one sister, Mrs. Luticia Bacon of Excelsior Springs, and two grand children.
Services were conducted by Elder Leon Clevenger. Burial was in the Crowley Cemetery near Rayville. Thurman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Ray County Herald, August 1, 1946































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