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45 thoughts on “Inquiries

  1. Carrie Jodelka

    I am looking for information related to William McCauley (died 6/10/1843 in Perryville/Perry Co) and his wife Suzanna Anna McCauley (White) (died 4/7/1840 in Perryville/Perry Co). Are there any records available?

    • Perry County Historical Society of Missouri

      Good Morning Carrie,
      I did some checking in our indexes, and it looks like we have an assortment of information on William McCauley, his wife, and children, including Probate records, Guardianship records, Wills, Circuit Court records, church records, land records, census records, and a copy of a book titled Lineage of William McCauley by George V. McCauley in our genealogical research library. Is there any specific information that you are looking for? That way, I can narrow the search down and get you better information on prices for research and copies. You can reply on here, or you can email

  2. Chett Huff

    I’m looking for Huff & Abernathy genealogical records.

    • Perry County Historical Society of Missouri

      Good Morning Chett,
      Thank you for contacting the Perry County Historical Society in Perryville, Missouri. I have done a preliminary search, and I think we have many records in our genealogical research library and archives that you would be interested in. Records for both families include: Newspaper Abstracts, Perry County Marriage Records, Assumption Baptisms, Census Records, Perry County Births & Deaths 1883-1893, Original Land Patents, 1915 Plat Book. For the Abernathy family, we also have seven Family Surname books, 1845 St. Mary’s of the Barrens Parish Census records, and Circuit Court records. If you provide me with the names and dates of your family members and what types of information you are looking for, I can narrow the search down. Here is our email address if you would like to respond there Thank you.

  3. Faron Bartens

    Hello, I am doing research for a project at SEMO about Singleton H. Kimmel. If you have any records that pertain to him would be great. I can come and do the research, but knowing which records to look for ahead of time would save a lot of time and effort on my part. So I would be greatly appreciative for any help you can offer!

    • Perry County Historical Society of Missouri

      Good Morning Faron,
      Thank you for contacting the Perry County Historical Society. I will take a look in our indexes and see what I can find on Singleton H. Kimmel, and I will send you an email letting you know what I have found.
      Thank you,
      Meghan Helm Welker, Director

  4. Bonnie

    Searching Brewer Family from Perry County,Mo. also the Boxdorfer family

    • Perry County Historical Society of Missouri

      Hello Bonnie! Thank you for contacting us. What types of records are you looking for about the Brewer and Boxdorfer families? We have records on probates, wills, guardianships, marriages, census, circuit court, family histories, and many more. Just let me know what you’re looking for, and I can check the indexes to see if we have anything.
      Meghan Helm Welker, Director

  5. I am interested in finding wills of many of my Perry County, Missouri ancestors from late 1880’s, specifically the families of Rhyne, Cotner, Bingee, and Corse. Do you have a publication on wills and probates. Thanks.

    • Perry County Historical Society of Missouri

      Thank you for contacting us! We do not have a publication that lists the wills and probate records, but you can find the indexes on this website. If you go to our homepage, look under “Library & Archive” on the left side. Click on “Collections” and scroll down. You should see the links for “Probate Court Records” and “Wills” on that that page. If you find something you would like to look at or if you have any other issues, just send me an email at

  6. Pattie Vines

    Looking for the names of the children of Thomas Henry Knott (1855) and Mary Elizabeth Miles, one son would be Joseph Henry Knott (1895-1939) he would be my grandfather.

  7. Lisa LaRose


    I am trying to find out any information on the Perry County Poor Farm and if there are records on specific inmates. In particular, I am looking for information on Zeff Hayden who was a resident there from around 1930 until his death in 1934. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  8. Whitney Cates

    Hi, I’m trying to find out the history and hopefully some pictures of what use to be the old Perryville hotel on the square.

  9. Looking for any information on William J. G. Hutchinson and family. He would have been my great great grandfather. Also looking for information on the marriage of William Trimmer and Nina Hutchinson.


  10. Looking for any information on William J. G. Hutchinson and family. He would have been my great great grandfather. Also looking for information on the marriage of William Trimmer and Nina Hutchinson.

  11. Laura Tullock

    I have my father’s school work from the one room school that was in the Catholic church in Belquic Mo. Would you be interested in it?

    • percohistsoc

      Sorry this is so late. Our new Director is still getting the hang of the website. We would definitely be interested! Thanks for thinking of us!

  12. Mary Kay Lyons

    I’m trying to identify the parents of Julia Ann Abernathy who I believe was born around 1819 and died around 1865. Her parents may be Harley Abernathy and Sally Abernathy. She married Clayton A. Abernathy in 1843, so both her maiden name and married name was Abernathy. Thanks for any information you can provide.

    • Theresa Hamilton

      Per my grandmother’s records you are correct. She has William Harley Abernathy and Salley’s maiden name was Rocket. I’m kind of new to all this ancestry stuff. per my notes there maybe a picture of Julia and her brother John. Contact me if you need more.

      • Mary Kay Lyons

        Thank you very much for the information. It seems to correspond with other information I found on

  13. Susan Jeffery

    I have some older photographs of ancestors from Marysville circa 1890- 1930 or so that I have scanned and stored electronically. Do you have a way to store scans for others to access? Last names include Palmer, Free, Brady, all from Marysville.

  14. Ellen O'Dell

    I am a direct descendant of James V Hynus, born 27, Feb 1862 and died in 1941 and Dora C. Russell (Hynus) born 31 July 1867 and died 27, Feb 1943 both of New Lexington. James V. Hynus was an Attorney and Probate Judge and Dora Hynus was head of the Times Recorder New Lexington Bureau. They were both prominent community members and James V. Hynus is part of the Book of Perry County publication. I have alot of family information but very few photos of James and none of Dora. I am searching for any type of archives that would provide photos of either, specifically Dora Hynus. I’d love to see what my 2x’s great grandmother looked like. Can you help ?

  15. Donna Angell

    I am interested in any information on my great grandfather, Leonard B Braun who was born in Perryville on September 14, 1858. I’d also like any information on Ignatius Braun and Sarah Otley, who I believe were his parents.
    Thank you very much

  16. Kathleen Zapien

    Hello. I am doing research on my Brewer side of the family and am looking for information on Charles and/or Thomas Brewer. They would have moved to Perry from Kentucky. Thank you.

  17. Joanne Jasper

    We are coming to Perryville, Missouri in a couple of weeks to visit Mount Hope Cementery to look for relatives–Is it open to visitors? Also would there be any way to find out where burial sites are located? I am looking for Callier’s, Brown’s, Tucker’s, Knott’s and more–are you the right place to contact about this –if not please let me know. We will be there for 2 nights so I hope to get some research done also.
    Joanne Callier Jasper

  18. From reading your booklet, I see that Spanish Land Grant 90 was originally held by Andrew Cox. My ancestor Ellen Everett the widow of John Burgett Everett owned it in 1898. How do I find out who the Everetts bought it from and who they sold it to? Thank you! Ann annhbu AT

  19. Samme Templin

    Looking for burial records for Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Perry Co., MO

  20. Media

    Could you please provide an update regarding my inquiry on the Shaner family in 1872? Was there an epidemic? Several died that year–mother Elizabeth and two or possibly three of her adult daughters. Judy Purcell

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  21. Theresa Sessio s

    My grandfather was edward albert stitcher. He was born in 1895 in perrry, missouri. His parents were William Sticher, a surveyor, and Katie Woods Sticher. Katie’s father was william woods. I believe william woods ran a boarding house, cafe and possibly a ferry in perry county. William sticher disappeared. William woods died in 1902. I am interested in any information that might be available regarding those issues.

    Also katie had at least one child after her husband supposedly disappeared. One child was fred “bonnie” sticher. I am curious if his father could be determined.

    • percohistsoc

      Hello Theresa, Thank you for your inquiry. We will have to get back with you in a couple weeks as we are going through a transition to a new Director for the Historical Society. Our recent Director has taken a new position and we are trying to get everything in order for the new Director. We should be back doing inquires in a couple of weeks. We are sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

  22. Courtney Imblum

    Hello my name is Courtney Imblum and I would like to do my master’s thesis on Margaret Wister Meigs (she is the lady that turned the Fort Hunter Mansion into a house museum). I was wondering if you have any information on Margaret or the Meigs Family. Thank you!

  23. slmoore082090

    Greetings Lisa Alberts! We have some information on slaves. Just to be clear, this inquiry is for the Perry County Historical Society in Missouri?

  24. dale Bowen

    Looking for information on Bethney Jennings Thorp/Tharp. She was a Native American given to the Jennings family around 1803-7 when her family and others where moved out of the state. She grew up to marry into the Thorp family who lived in hemlock. Her daughter Dora Bell Thorp who married my great grand father Cephas Bowen who came from Wayne/Cabell counties in West VA. They where married in 1874 in New Lexington, Ohio.

    This information comes from the family history book on the Thorp’s, and the Bowen family Bible. I have four trips taht she might have been a member of: Shawnee, Miami, Erie, and the Manahoac. All where known to be in the county’s area at one time or another. I have no other information on the trips but do have her parents name. She died at the age of 92 around 1902/3 and she was buried in the Thorp’s family cemetery on their farm. Thank you for your help in this matter.

    Dale E. Bowen

  25. slmoore082090

    Hello Mr. Kuehnert;

    Thank you for your inquiry. We will be emailing you shortly!

  26. Paul Kuehnert

    I am doing research on my Kuehnert family relatives in Perry County and World War I. I would like to find out about local news coverage of the build-up to the war in late 1916/early 1917; the declaration of war in 1917 and any local opposition to it; the draft registration day in June, 1917; coverage of those drafted and subsequently serving in the army in 1917 and 1918. Thank you very much.

  27. Suzanne Flowers

    The families of Charles Harr and James Harr are both listed on the 1880 Perry Co. census, Saline Township. I am trying to establish whether they are the sons of Sanford Harr, who lived in Randolph and Jackson Counties, Illinois. Both Charles and James indicated on the census that they were born in Illinois, and their father{s} were born in Massachusetts. Sanford was born Sandford Hoar in Massachusetts in 1807. (The family changed the spelling of their name from Hoar to Harr.) I would appreciate any lookup you could do. Thank you so much.

    • slmoore082090

      Thank you for your inquiry Suzanne Flowers. We will be emailing you shortly.

    • Sharon Owsen

      Sanford Harr was my great uncle. His brother, Charles, was my great grandfather. I have a picture of them taken around 1880 on the Harr land in Texas if you are interested.

      • slmoore082090

        Greetings Sharon Owsen! Just to be sure, is this inquiry for the Perry County Historical Society in Missouri?

      • H J Flowers

        Hi. Is this the picture where Sanford is standing behind his brother and sister in law? Of so, I may have seen it in Thanks so much for your reply!

      • H J Flowers

        I’d appreciate any info you could share. I’ve wanted to speak with someone from this side of the family.


      This message is for Suzanne Flowers. (If this message will not be seen by her, please let me know so that I may try to locate her another way) Hi Suzanne. I am a descendant of Jeptha Harr and I have him as a son of Sanford Hoar/Harr. Did you get the verification you were looking for? I have him as possibly marrying two women but some of the info is confusing. I have his first wife, and Jeptha’s mom, as Delilah Estes who passed away in 1830 (the yr of Jeptha’s birth so perhaps she died in childbirth), and his 2nd wife as Rebecca Estes, who married him in 1830 and had more children with Sanford, which would include Charles and James, as well as others. Some list her as Rebecca Delilah Estes, as I think they believe the two women are actually one, which makes it confusing. I am assuming they are sisters. But I have these marriages as occurring in Randolph Co, IL, so I do not think this historical society in Perry is the one I need to speak to. I then am looking to verify who Delilah’s (and possibly also Rebecca’s) parents are. Thanks

  28. Nancy Fricke

    Looking for the family origin of Joseph Winters b Abt 1811, he lived most of his life in Liverpool.

    • slmoore082090

      Good Morning Nancy Fricke. If you could call or email us with more information that would be wonderful. Our number is 573-768-2470 or email: Thank you for your inquiry and we look forward to hear from you.

      Perry County Historical Society, Missouri

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