Bacon Chapel (Old Methodist) Church and Cemetery
location, history, burials,  pictures

Walkerville Mill and Bacon Chapel community.
Walking Photo Survey of Bacon Chapel Cemetery

View is from the SW corner and standing on the west side of the original burial grounds.

The old Methodist Church in what would become known as the Bacon Chapel neighborhood was organized in the fall of 1837 with John B. and Charlotte Lewis, Charles Hunt Christian and wife Dolly Ann Wiley Christine, Mary I. Wailes, Margaret A. Moore, M. Wheeler, David Wood, William Wood and Stanford Drain as its original members.  There was no church building/structure at that time.  The group met in the Lewis cabin about a mile to the north of today's (2000+) Bacon Chapel/Cemetery on the southern hills overlooking the Salt River flowage in section 4 of T57R11.  The first Church at the location of Bacon Chapel Cem as a log cabin/hand hewn structure located to the south of the second and present Church and to the south of the original burial grounds where there are not some very large/old oak trees.

Last uploaded:  Dec 2009, Jun 2011

I became re-motivated to review the Walkerville and Bacon Chapel area:
...In March of 2005, due to an internet contact with a gggrandson of Charles Hunt Christian, I became re-motivated to review the Walkerville and Bacon Chapel area.  There are several Christian family burials at Bacon Chapel, to include original pioneers Charles Hunt and Dolly Ann Wiley Christian. 
...Charles Hunt Christian had removed from Kentucky to Lincoln Co, Missouri by March of 1825, then to 80a in the E1/2 of the SE/1/4 of sec 30, T55R4W, Spencer Twp, Ralls Co, just south of Frankford and along the Ralls/Pike Co line.  In 1834, he moved the family to his final home farm on the south side of the Salt River in section 11, T57R11, Salt River Twp, Shelby Co, MO. 
...Upon review of my notes and material collected some time ago from the Shelby Co Courthouse and Shelbina Library it became apparent that the next family upstream and on the north side of the the Salt River, in sections 3 and 4 was the family of my ggg Adam Sr. Heckart grandparent and gg John Strayer grandfather and the related in/law William Boyd family, which had removed from Butler Co,  Penn to Shelby Co in 1838.  They began building and running mills to include a horse mill in sec 4, and then the Walkerville Mill in 1840+ time frame. 
...My web pages are as much for private use and family note keeping to go along with my Heckart/Strayer genealogy as they are for public use, thus there may be material of no consequence to others.  I rarely go back to edit old pages after I move on to other projects.

Walking photo survey of Bacon Chapel Cemetery:

...In April of 2005 I took a complete photo survey of all plots and all markers that I could find at Bacon Chapel
...A majority of the marker locations and information in the original burial ground, about 80x60yds, just to the south and east of the Church has been lost.
...Attempts were made to probe and locate markers completely or partially underground and expose them for inscription photographs. About a dozen markers were exposed.  Many of the broken or fallen markers where staked next to trees or removed altogether, sometime in the past decades.  Apparently many of the footstones have been lost, stacked or used for a 'foundation' for the old utility shed/outhouse at the back of the church. Thus there are dozens of unmarked grave locations that cannot even be identified by footstone initials.
...About 35 larger displaced and/or partially buried marble markers were dug out and leaned on their bases.  Numerous footstones and markers stacked around trees were left organized with a 'fresh lean.'  The soil/growth was  removed from up to about 30 buried or partially buried marble slabs in order to photo the inscriptions.  These uncovered markers were then left 'as is,' and not recovered or removed from the flat position.  With hand tools, scrap lumber, mortar and quick-mix, and a volunteer work force with time/motivation, without major cost, many of the markers could be reclaimed.  Without an actual count, a guess would be that 50-60% of the graves are unmarked in the original burial area.
...The plots and graves were photographed in sequence and with the old partial burial listing it may be possible for one to visualize where a relative is buried or guess at an unreadable marker.  The condition of  the cemetery and stones when photographed was stable, with the general upkeep good.


1878 Atlas Shelby Co, Missouri


Bacon Chapel---1884 History of Monroe and Shelby Co, Missouri, page 819:

Original members...Salt River Township, was organized in the fall of 1837 with John B. and Charlotte Lewis, Charles Hunt and Dollie Anne Wiley Christina, Mary I. Wailes, Margaret A. Moore, M. Wheeler, David Wood, William Wood and Stanford Drain as its original members. 
Early Location...The church (congregation) was organized at at the residence of J.B. Lewis, and services were held there for a long time, and afterwards the worship of God was continued in a log cabin known as Bacon's cabin, where the first Sabbath-school was organized in 1838, Judge P.B. Moore being its superintendent.
Early Ministers...The names of the ministers who have served this congregation are:  Revs. William Pryor, Conley Smith, T. Ashby, Tyson Dines, Martin L. Eads, James M. Green, P.M. Pinkard, Jocob Sigler, James Wainright, James B. Callaway, George Smith, J.B. Baker, M.Birch, L. Newmann, James Light, E.K. Miller, William M. Bush, James Monroe, Jospeh Dines, E. Hudson, T. DeMoss, L. Bush, W.M. McMurry and B.A. Spencer. 
First Church Constructed...Their church building, a frame structures, was erected in 1845 at a cost of $1,900.  The land on which it stands was donated by George Bacon, Esq., of Hannibal, and for him the church was named.  The congregation consists of 217 members.  John W. Wailes is the superintendent of the Sunday-school, which is composed of 100 scholars.


View of looking to the northwest from the road on the south side of Bacon Cemetery.
The original hand hewn log chapel was just off the picture in the lower left corner.
Nearly all the markers in this picture are in the original burial ground of Bacon Cemetery.

View is from the gravel road on the south side of Bacon Cemetery.
Upper picture shows the west side of the cemetery area, while the bottom shows the east side.
The two views show nearly all of the burial locations.

In March and April of 2005, photo surveys were taken of the cemetery markers. 
In May and June the marker pictures are being blended with the burial database to increase information.

Cemeteries , from Missouri Revised Statures, Chapter 214
Causing damage and visiting rights:
214.131  Tombstones, fences, destroying or mutilating in an abandoned family or private cemetery--abandoned or Private burying ground defined:  Every Person who shall knowingly destroy, mutilate, disfigure, deface, injure or removed any tomb, monument or gravestone, or other structure placed in any abandoned family cemetery or private burying ground, or any fence, railing, or other work for the protection or ornamentation of any such cemetery or place of burial of any human being, or tomb, monument or gravestone, memento, or other structure aforesaid, or of any lot within a cemetery is guilty of a class A misdemeanor.  For the purposes of this section and subsection 1 of section 214.132 an "abandoned family cemetery" or "private burying ground" shall include those cemeteries or burying grounds which have not been deeded to the public as provided in chapter 214, and in which no body has been interred for at least twenty-five years.
214.132  Visiting abandoned family or private burying ground surrounded by private property, right of access, when enforcement by sheriff--court's power to disinter:  1.  Any person who wishes to visit an abandoned family cemetery or private burying ground which is completely surrounded by privately owned land, for which no public ingress or egress is available, shall have the right to reasonable ingress or egress for the purpose of visiting such cemetery.  This right of access to such cemeteries extends only to visitation during reasonable hours and only for purposes usually associated with cemetery visits.  2.  The sheriff or chief law enforcement officer of the county in which the abandoned family cemetery or private burying ground is located shall enforce the provisions of subsection 1 of this section.  3.  Nothing in section 214/13 and this section shall be construed to limit or modify the power or authority of a court in any action of law or equity to order the disinterment or removal of the remains from a cemetery and interment in a suitable location.


"Left over from last week," condensed/reworded from a May, 1924,  Shelby County, Missouri newspaper:
...We happened to be out in the country again last Sunday and as usual we attended services at Old Bacon Chapel.  Arriving a little early we had time to look around and see what we could find of interest out in the cemetery.  There is much of interest there if you only know what to look for.  What interested us most and especially was the old tombstones. 
...While we were looking, the good neighbors of our recently deceased friend, George Stone, were over in the new part of the cemetery (this would have been to the east of the draw running east of the original burial area).  They were digging a grave for his corpse, which was to be interred that evening.  Perhaps this was the cause of our idea and reminiscent mood. 
...That portion of the cemetery lying just south of the (present) church was the original burying ground utilized by the early pioneers and many of the are buried there.  In casting around for the dates of some of the older ones we knew personally, and by history, we found quite a few that were buried there long before we were born but whose history we learned from out father, and from other old and early settlers.  There names are and were very familiar to us and to others.
...The first church was located just to the southwest corner of this part of the old cemetery and it was here that the first bodies were placed.  While the (marble) slabs that mark the graves of many stand thick, there are scores of unmarked graves and only a light rise in the earth or a depression to show where some early pioneer was laid to rest.
...Among those still marked we found the following, which by no means is a full account, but will serve to show the early date of this historic old chapel.
Prettyman Blizzard, d. 1869
Mary J. Wailes, d. Aug 30, 1873
James Tarbet, d. 1874
Levina Barr, d. Oct 24, 1851   
Rebecca Mitchell, d. Sept 13, 1859, 82ys, wife of Thomas MItchell
Armstrong Carothers, d. 1858
Edmund Christian, d. Aug 1845 (we spell names as given on the stones)
Squire Barton, d. May 14, 1868
Daniel Barton, d. 1865, a confederate solder shot as a prisoner near the close of the Civil War.
Andrew McBroom, d. April 25, 1870, our grandfather.
Margaret McBroom, d. Jan 26, 1865, our grandmother.
Asbury M. Byrum, Sept 30, 1862
Joseph Carroll, d. Oct 27, 1866
James (John) Carroll, d. Nov 29, 1872, another grandfather of the article writer.
John B. Duncan, d. 1858
Elanora Duncan, d. 1860
Mary Duncan, d. 1850
Thomas H. Duncan, d. 1856
All children of John S. Duncan.
Charles Shumaker, b. 1800, d. Mar 29, 1862
John Winston, d. Mar 27, 1869
Eldon Winston, d. Dec 13, 1859
Sarah Morris, b. Feb 12, 1812, d. Feb 7, 1861, wife of Lacy Morris
William Boyd, d. 1874
Robert Rapell, d. 1872
Asbury Morris, d. 1879
Sally Lowman, d. Sept 21, 1869, wife of W.O. Lowman.
...There are many others but these are representative of the older ones.  Some of the older pioneers are buried in private cemeteries on the farms where they lived.  A great many of them exist, one on the old Minick farm west of Bacon Chapel.  Some at the old Smith burying ground SE of Walkersville.  Some n the Woods cemetery west of Walkersville, and still others at the old Coard grounds on Salt River above Walkersville. 
...These are just a few of those old hardy pioneers that blazed the trail and laid the foundation of the civilization which we as their lineal descendents enjoy today.  Like the old moving pictures of today, they were born, they lived, they played their part on the screen of life and passed off, while others took their place.  We wonder if today they came back would they be proud or disappointed.  Some of the older settlers including John S. Duncan, Sanford Drain, the Jackson's and Spicer's, we could not find markers so we judged they were buried elsewhere. 

Burials in Bacon Chapel Cemetery,
Lentner (Salt River) Twp , Shelby Co, Missouri

Walking Photo Survey of Bacon Chapel Cemetery by general areas.

The photo survey of Bacon Chapel Cemetery was made in section as shown.
E=east, C=central, NC=northcentral, NW=northwest, SW=southwest (original)?
Rows were walked, always starting from the east side of a section, moving north, then returning to the south end to start the next row to the west.
Pictures were taken just as if one were walking down a row looking ahead to the next plot/area, then focusing/zooming down to the marker/inscription.

Bacon Chapel Burials
Incomplete Alpha listing of burial inscription readings from the Shelbina Library
taken several decades ago, with a few additions. 


Walking Photo Survey of Bacon Chapel Cemetery by general areas.|
If you are looking for a surname in the photo survey, it will be easier for me to locate the plot/marker
by browsing the pics on my harddrives.

Key:  Surname -- Given -- Family -- Birthday -- Birth -- DeathDay -- Death
Althof Alice B. Unknown 1855 1919
Althof Charles A. Althof 1845 1923
Althof Frank A. Althof 1875 1962
Althof Henry J. Althof 1890 1962
Althof Lutie D. Althof 1880 1950
Althof Maude M. Turner 1887 1970
Arnold Eddie Arnold 1881 July 24 1883 1y6m
Austin Alice Austin 1854 March 07 1878 13y9m25d
Austin Susan Unknown 1833 November 08 1870 47y2m18d
B H B ? ?
Barr Albert C. Barr 1880 December 03 1911
Barr Annie O. Moore August 03 1884 December 14 1974
Barr Celia Izabel Barr 1860 September 01 1861 1y1m15d
Barr Charles S. Barr 1861 1936
Barr Elizabeth Mitchell ? February 01 1923
Barr George W. Barr January 02 1834 November 18 1894
Barr Hattie E. Barr 1880 October 20 1881 1y1m22d
Barr J. Marvin Barr December 04 1877 October 30 1930
Barr James B. Barr 1885 August 21 1894 9y27d
Barr James F. Barr October 02 1849 September 09 1894
Barr James Ridgeway Barr 1809 October 07 1879 70y5m28d
Barr John W. Barr 1846 November 16 1897 51y7m10
Barr Levina A1. Unknown 1815 September 05 1851 36y
Barr Levina A2. Barr August 22 1851 October 24 1851 2y2d
Barr Mary J. Unknown January 05 1848 December 14 1927 78y2m15d
Barr Nancy J. Unknown 1827 January 15 1918
Barr Rebecca McBroom 1820 November 07 1902 81y9m22
Barr Robert W. Barr April 23 1841 June 23 1898 54y2m
Barr Sarah E. Unknown January 14 1846 April 08 1912
Barr Sterling Price Barr February 26 1862 May 23 1891
Barr Virginia Ellen Carroll 1866 1947
Barton Daniel Weedon Barton October 25 1825 May 31 1865 39y7m9d
Barton Elizabeth A. McBroom June 06 1825 July 15 1916
Barton Emma S. Unknown 1868 November 05 1945
Barton Fletcher Fee Barton September 07 1905 November 13 1930
Barton George W. Barton December 07 1847 November 23 1895 47y11m16d
Barton Leta Marie Smith February 09 1907 April 04 2002
Barton Morgan Phillip Barton February 23 1823 January 14 1863
Barton Stephen F. Barton February 13 1858 February 17 1939
Barton Rachel Thrasher October 02 1793 December 23 1885
Barton Shelby Barton 1903 1928
Barton Squire Phillip Barton December 21 1801 March 14 1868 66y2m
Beathe J.P. Beathe 1818 February 17 1897 78y10m17d
Beathe Martha Ann Unknown 1830 February 22 1885 55y2m11d
Bennett Carrie Barton 1895 1918
Benson William LeRoy Benson September 06 1929 December 18 1987
Bigelow Frank E. Bigelow 1861 1900
Bigelow Sarah Unknown 1859 1926
Bigelow William Bigelow 1855 1926
Bixby Margaret Unknown 1816 April 05 1891 75y0m28d
Blackford Jessie Blackford 1849 March 07 1926
Blansett Hazel D. Stone 1894 1914
Blizzard Prettyman Blizzard 1805 January 12 1869 63y6m15d
Bode Stelia Stultz June 18 1896 February 20 1982
Bowers Nannie Jane Unknown July 20 1850 April 04 1880
Boyce Joseph J. Boyce October 07 1860 October 15 1861 8d
Boyce Julia A. Unknown 1883 July 29 1905 22y6m
Boyce Mary J. Unknown 1836 1892
Boyce William Ballard Boyce January 06 1885 February 15 1886
Boyce George W. Boyce June 21 1825 July 15 1895 70y24d
Boyd Frankie Boyd 1884 July 25 1885 1y2m
Boyd Harry Boyd September 29 1887 June 29 1913
Boyd William Boyd 1815 February 18 1874
Bragg Anne Elizabeth Eaton Feb 4, 1841 1840 January 16 1898 57y11m19d
Bragg Annie M. Bragg August 11 1874 May 09 1896 21y9m
Bragg Elias Franklin Bragg June 13 1831 December 20 1898 68y11m8d
Bragg Willey F. Bragg August 15 1861 September 15 1880
Britton Eva Britton December 15 1865 October 05 1886
Britton Ida Britton May 21 1868 September 05 1886
Britton Laura M. Unknown January 08 1846 August 19 1874
Britton Lizzie R. Unknown June 11 1846 March 07 1900
Britton Nellie Britton August 30 1883 October 22 1896
Britton Walter Britton August 27 1876 October 23 1878
Byers Nannie M.? Unknown April 10 1860 February 01 1940
Byers Robert Byers November 14 1858 June 17 1939
Byrum Asbury M.R. Byrum 1851 March 25 1877 11y8m3d
Byrum Emma L. Byrum 1875 March 25 1877 1y10m7d
Byrum John Byrum May 12 1833 1915
Byrum Maggie E. Byrum 1865 July 03 1886 19y5d
Byrum Rhoda A. Morris 1837 1905
Cadwell Harry G. Cadwell February 15 1872 February 16 1872 1d
Cadwell Noah H. Cadwell 1824 1897
Cadwell Sara F. Cadwell 1835 1907
Cadwell William D. Cadwell 1861 October 16 1863
Capp Edward R. Capp October 12 1878 September 22 1938
Capp Effie Unknown 1879 1960
Capp Grace A. Unknown February 01 1882 March 29 1903 21y1m28d
Capp Mary Cozette Capp April 25 1908 January 21 1927
Capps Clifford E. Capps March 03 ? May 01 1905
Carey Grace Carey 1884 July 04 1884 1m23d
Carey Nelley O. Carey 1884 December 20 1885 1y2m17d
Carey Thomas J. Carey 1847 August 12 1889 41y11m15d
Carothers Amanda B. Carothers January 25 1850 September 18 1854 4y7m24d
Carothers Armstong Carothers April 26 1815 March 27 1858 42y11m1d
Carothers Bertie Carothers 1880 1884
Carothers John William Carothers 1843 1907
Carothers Rebecca E. Harding 1828 July 27 1874
Carothers Rhoda Jennings 1837 1886
Carroll Allie Belle Gwynne July 07 1884 July 10 1910
Carroll Archie Taylor Carroll October 03 1899 February 25 1986
Carroll Benjamin W. Carroll March 19 1837 January 16 1916
Carroll Bertha Jane Unknown December 10 1883 June 13 1958
Carroll Catherine Bailey December 01 1811 February 22 1888
Carroll Cecil Glenn Carroll January 19 1920 September 14 1921
Carroll Charels Leven Carroll March 06 1863 August 04 1953
Carroll Donald Lewis Carroll October 15 1932 February 28 2004
Carroll Frances Comfort Coard April 03 1835 June 04 1917
Carroll Francis Corraine LaFon September 30 1893 April 23 2001
Carroll Hanford Spencer Carroll March 25 1868 January 25 1942
Carroll Harriette Jane McBroom April 30 1837 January 28 1911
Carroll Hattie Belle Taylor June 19 1870 November 16 1933
Carroll Hamel? N. Miles Unknown ? ?
Carroll Hugh Alexander Carroll December 05 1801 November 29 1867
Carroll Ida Fern Fitzpatrick March 17 1882 February 24 1976
Carroll James (John) H. Carroll January 08 1808 November 29 1872 64y10m
Carroll James Washington Carroll September 06 1861 April 24 1937
Carroll Jarusha Ann Bailey December 09 1812 September 29 1897
Carroll John Celic Carroll January 24 1870 March 26 1965
Carroll Joseph E. Carroll December 06 1848 October 27 1866 17y10m21d
Carroll Katie Louisa Smith August 17 1865 May 12 1948
Carroll Mary M. Unknown August 21 1823 January 18 1870
Carroll Nannie E. Unknown 1875 1933
Carroll Nellie G. Patton 1871 1948
Carroll Pleasant Bailey Carroll September 06 1829 July 31 1886
Carroll Pleasant Gose Carroll June 01 1861 January 30 1874 12y8m
Carroll Pleasant Henry Carroll December 23 1879 January 26 1949
Carroll Richard Leonard Carroll August 10 1865 June 01 1945
Carroll Sylvia Mae Carroll March 26 1924 April 01 1924
Carroll Vernie W. Carroll November 12 1896 March 04 1950
Carroll William Thomas Carroll May 20 1878 July 07 1955
Chipman B.W. Chipman ? ?
Chipman Levenia A. Unknown 1833 January 09 1887 53y3m4d
Chipman N.L. Unknown 1859 January 05 1886 26y10m3d
Christian Charles Hunt Christian July 06 1795 July 04 1884
Christian Charles Wesley Christian December 02 1833 March 15 1904
Christian Cordiella Christian 1859 September 18 1861 1y10m12d
Christian Dolly Ann Wyley February 27 1796 July 31 1885
Christian Edmond Duke Christian April 07 1822 August 30 1845
Christian George Washington Christian January 03 1840 November 14 1882 42y10m11d
Christian J. Emmette Christian 1874 September 24 1902 28y8m17d
Christian James Wylie Christian February 27 1827 August 07 1862
Christian Nancy Jane Winston July 12 1830 February 27 1909
Christian William Backman Christian January 30 1832 March 01 1862
Christian Willie A. Christian 1867 April 20 1869 1y5m7d
Churchwell Lilburn C. Chruchwell October 30 1905 July 20 1906
Churchwell Lilburn C. Chruchwell October 31 1895 July 20 1896
Churchwell Luverne Carson Chruchwell 1870 February 23 1901
Clark Annie Clark ? ? 9m
Clark Charlotte A.1 Unknown June 15 1861 November 27 1883 22y5m13d
Clark Charlotte A.2 Clark November 17 1883 July 26 1884 8m9d
Clark Isabell Unknown 1824 1917
Clark James Clark February 06 1816 July 25 1884
Clark James H. Clark 1889 April 01 1889 2m24d
Clark John W. Clark 1847 1909
Clark Leta Kelso 1892 1921
Clark Mary L. Unknown 1872 1944
Clark Orpha C. Clark 1897 February 14 1898 3m16d
Clay Charles H. Clay 1884 January 20 1885 2m
Clay Harvey E. Clay 1893 October 10 1897 4y22d
Clay InfantMale Clay 1884 January 20 1885 2m
Clay John M. Clay 1848 1936
Clay Price B. Clay 1892 September 01 1897 5y6m15d
Clay Sarah G. Clay 1850 1913
Cleek Lillie Unknown August 17 1866 November 30 1901
Coard Mary A. Shumaker January 03 1838 August 03 1856
Coard Sarah J. Shumaker May 28 1836 October 20 1887
Coard William T. Coard June 29 1829 June 10 1921
Cole William Henry Cole 1861 1937
Collins Blanche Collins March 05 1884 March 09 1884 4d
Collins Branson S. Collins April 14 1861 June 27 1940
Collins C.J. Collins January 14 1852 January 27 1908
Collins Edna Ratliff 1897 1919
Collins Ernest E. Collins January 28 1894 August 20 1896
Collins Frank E. Collins April 28 1881 December 30 1882
Collins Gertrude Opal Collins November 25 1910 January 10 1913
Collins John T. Collins 1858 May 28 1891 32y11m10d
Collins Lula M. Unknown August 29 1858 December 14 1937
Collins Nannie B. Collins April 08 1879 April 09 1779 1d
Collins William Collins October 25 1876 August 27 1877 8m
Collins Gertrude Unknown October 25 1864 June 18 1956
Connaway Annie Unknown 1849 1888
Connaway Ethel Unknown 1880 1894
Connaway John H. Connaway 1841 1920
Connaway Luther M. Connaway 1867 1894
Dale Gussie Dale December 25 1876 October 30 1920
Dale Matilda Dale May 14 1844 November 30 1917
Davis Andrew Davis February 09 1835 June 26 1902
Davis James Davis January 24 1845 January 27 1908
Davis Mary J. Unknown March 30 1831 August 26 1917
Davis Sarah Huckens July 30 1849 September 24 1912
Davis Sarah Ann Unknown ? ?
Davis Sidney D. Davis 1891 October 29 1891 8m16d
Davis Rice Davis 1889 September 07 1890 1y9d
Drain surname
...No Drain markers were located while photo surveying Bacon Chapel in 2005; bz/2013.
...Stanford Drain is buried in Shelby Memorial (I.O.O.F.) Cem in Shelbyville, Shelby.Co.MO (added 2013Jan, from relative Pete.M.Somerville.)
Draughn Gwendola Unkknown December 09 1889 November 27 1957
Duncan Elanora Duncan 1859 February 27 1860 2m26d
Duncan John B. Duncan 1850 September 18 1851
Duncan John S. Duncan ? ?
Duncan Mary F. Unknown 1841 December 11 1859 18y1m6d
Duncan Thomas H. Duncan 1838 September 22 1856 18y1m6d
E D.C. Unknown ? ?
Eaton Dema A. Unknown June 12 1892 November 09 1957
Eaton Elizabeth L. Unknown 1844 1923
Eaton Henry M. Eaton 1842 1919
Eaton Thomas F. Eaton June 12 1882 September 01 1940
Edmonds Elias John Edmonds May 01 1829 March 25 1915
Edmonds Lutie L. Unknown 1874 1948
Edmonds Mattie V. Edmonds June 16 1871 June 24 1873
Edmonds Sarah Ellen Jackson April 29 1841 August 23 1924
Edmonds Thomas J. Edmonds 1866 1949
Edmonds Verly Joe Edmonds January 20 1893 August 13 1906
Edmonson Charles Edmonson May 23 1862 March 18 1932
Edmonson Edwin Edmonson August 22 1827 April 20 1908
Edmonson John Edmonson 1860 1930
Edmonson Kiziah Unknown August 22 1832 October 22 1921
Edmonson Lillian Unknown ? April 01 1917
Edmonson Mary Unknown November 20 1866 April 07 1953
Ellis Carl B. Ellis September 07 1876 October 04 1913
Estes James Estes 1871 June 06 1871 2m11d
Estes Unknown Estes 1872 1872 8m
Farrell Arthur Farrell 1885 August 05 1885 6m11d
Farrell Lockey Farrell ? 1890
Fitzpatrick Brack Fitzpatrick 1865 1925
Fitzpatrick Ivy Unknown 1876 19??
Fitzpatrick Susan E. Blackford 1851 1948
Fitzpatrick William F. Fitzpatrick 1854 1923
Fohey Owen W. Fohey 1900 1918
Freeland Mary M. Freeland 1870 1883 13y
G J.G. Unkown ? ?
Glasscock Eliza Unknown 1847 March 07 1927 80y8m24d
Glasscock Samuel Glasscock 1837 March 25 1886 48y6m25d
Glenn James Glenn 1884 1963
Glenn James G. Glenn October 09 1810 July 11 1893
Glenn Mary Unknown October 11 1820 July 24 1891
Golay Mary L. Unknown 1859 1920
Golay R.H. Golay 1861 1934
Gray Cornelia E. Carroll 1858 1946
Gray William R. Gray 1853 1933
Griffith Juliett G. Unknown 1820 December 17 1877
Grubb Clarence E. Grubb March 18 1906 December 14 1962
Grubb Lossen G. Grubb 1856 1927
Grubb Martha A. Unknown 1866 1948
Gunby Elizabeth Byrum November 08 1828 February 03 1915
Gunby Lucy J. Unknown January 06 1854 May 08 1904
Gunby Mary A. Coard October 29 1826 November 09 1859
Gunby Perthiah C. Jackson December 10 1846 July 15 1908
Gunby Samuel T. Gunby January 28 1849 June 21 1937
Gunby Stephen Riley Gunby February 15 1817 May 21 1900
Gunby T.S. Gunby January 28 1849 June 02 1937
Gunby William Kirk Gunby March 24 1847 August 04 1935
Gurdane Janette Unknown 1833 March 20 1867
Harding Annie W. Harding 1864 August 23 1875 11y14d
Harris Mary M. Unknown October 14 1833 July 08 1904
Harris Samuel Harris May 25 1842 January 15 1901
Harrison Berdell Harrison 1906 1931
Harrison Ellen Harrison February 01 1900 1900 7m13d
Harrison Infant Harrison 1899 June 23 1899
Harrison Robert Harrison 1897 March 24 1898 4m14d
Harrison Robert Harrison 1861 1924
Harrison Vivie Unknown 1868 1936
Harvey Ida May Harvey October 25 1872 March 08 1893
Hastings Owen Hastings August 23 1896 October 08 1918
Hastings Samuel Hastings 1854 July 21 1934
Hayfer Margaret E. Unknown January 07 1839 September 06 1908
Hayfer Samuel Hayfer October 25 1830 March 06 1873
Heckart Annie Heckart January 01 1879 September 29 1881 1y9m24d
Hirrlinger Kizziah M. Barr February 28 1854 August 28 1882
Hirrlinger Louisa H. Unknown December 29 1856 November 25 1892
Hirrlinger Maria Unknown December 05 1855 February 24 1937
Hirrlinger William A. Hirrlinger June 28 1846 February 24 1925
Holder Edith Irene Carroll September 19 1904 November 30 1999
Holder George Wilson Holder September 30 1917 June 24 1979
Jackson Ellen Unknown September 04 1853 April 14 1934 80y7m10d
Jackson Mary Unknown 1808 February 05 1881 72y10m3d
Jackson Perry Jackson 1835 1925
Jackson Thomas Jackson 1808 April 28 1866 58y4m27d
Kelso Eliza J. Unknown 1837 May 28 1870
Kelso James E. Kelso March 16 1870 April 23 1941
Kelso John L. Kelso 1862 1926
Kelso Laura Belle Unknown 1866 1903
Kelso Samuel Kelso 1828 December 01 1871 43d9m10d
Kelso Sarah Kelso ? ?
Kelso William Kelso ? November 05 1930
Kelso Woodrow Kelso ? ?
King Ann M. Unknown 1845 February 26 1879 33y9m6d
King Elbert J. King March 04 1803 January 10 1887 63y10m6d
King Eleanor Ann Unknown 1832 October 18 1899 67y9m6d
King James Madison King 1837 October 17 1908 71y6d
King Joseph Henry King 1868 1945
King Perry E. King 1869 April 26 1887 18y12d
Kuhne Christ Kuhne 1841 1922
Kuhne Sopia Unknown 1842 1936
Long Eliza E. Unknown September 09 1850 January 13 1898
Lowman John B. Lowman 1836 March 18 1865 27y1m20d
Lowman Sally A. Eagon 1810 September 21 1869 59y1m6d
Lowman William O. Lowman November 13 1815 May 30 1900 84y17d
M S.J. M 1839 1846
Maddox John D. Maddox April 25 1830 July 21 1894
Martin Ramond Martin 1892 July 24 1893 1y2m20d
Martin William W Martin d. Mar 6, 1868 20y7m8d (not on database, marker buried)
Maupin Amelia Unknown January 15 1817 April 02 1894
Maupin Walter J. Maupin 1856 1935
Maupin Daniel Maupin January 14 1814 November 09 1869
McBroom Andrew McBroom 1785 April 26 1870 85y3m23d
McBroom Margaret Hirringer 1796 January 26 1865 69y8m5d
McCue Unknown McCure ? ?
McKinney Catherine Unknown 1869 1909
McKinney Jim McKinney 1899 1907
McKinney Jospeh Wm. McKinney 1864 1923
McRae Eliza A. Unknown ? September 02 1871
McRae Infant son McRae January 01 1893 January 13 1893 13d
McRae Rufus M. McRae December 14 1862 May 05 1901
Melson Effie L. Melson 1888 December 29 1888 8m20d
Melson Harry Lewis Melson June 11 1888 April 14 1889
Melson Infant Dau Melson February 01 1900 February 05 1900 4d
Melson John H. Melson 1878 January 01 1889 11y22d
Melson Larence N. Melson 1888 April 15 1890 11y4m23d
Melson Nora Alna Unknown August 27 1879 June 15 1901
Menick John Menick 1817 May 19 1890 72y10m27d
Miles Elizabeth Unknown April 06 1872 July 13 1957
Miles William H. Miles December 17 1871 November 15 1910
Minick Eliza J. Unknown 1864 1946
Minick Elizabeth Carroll November 30 1840 June 10 1919
Minick Ernie Minick 1879 August 21 1881 1y8m23d
Minick Esther C. Unknown 1834 March 17 1897 62y9m6d
Minick Infant Son Minick 1880 October 30 1880
Minick John W. Minick 1862 1930
Minick John Wesley Minick February 05 1857 November 21 1939
Minick Mollie E. Unknown January 30 1852 February 08 1898
Minick Stella Maude Unknown March 03 1883 September 22 1905
Minick W.M. Minick 1829 August 04 1903 74y6m12d
Minick Willam Thomas Minnick April 13 1841 September 06 1916
Mitchell Rebecca Ketcham 1777 September 13 1859 82y17d
Moore Dicy Ellen Unknown February 21 1861 December 05 1936
Moore Nancy Elizabeth Perry 1860 1943
Moore George W. Moore September 16 1852 July 19 1939
Moore Henry T. Moore January 01 1860 October 25 1945
Moore James P. Moore January 10 1864 July 31 1953
Moore Jesse T. Moore 1882 February 14 1883 1m15d
Moore Martha E. Unknown May 23 1832 July 17 1931
Moore Perry B. Moore April 26 1798 December 19 1875
Moore Rufus Moore August 01 1814 September 10 1863
Moore William H. Moore July 08 1832 July 06 1908
Morris Lacy Morris ? ?
Morris Sarah Unknown February 12 1812 February 07 1861
Ogal Unknown Ogal ? ?
ONeal Annie Haley Unknown 1847 1900
ONeal George W. ONeal March 14 1875 April 06 1893
ONeal W.J. ONeal November 05 1837 May 26 1910
ONeal William S. ONeal 1843 1933
Orewyler Essie G. Unknown January 07 1876 November 05 1907
Parish Chester Parish 1815 January 02 1895
Parish Julie A. Unknown 1817 March 29 1897 70y1m10d
Perry Benjamin Franklin Perry August 25 1827 May 27 1918
Perry Benjamin Franklin Jr. Perry May 03 1863 April 11 1940
Perry Charles Thomas Perry April 17 1858 March 05 1900 41y11m22d
Perry Kathy Perry ? ?
Perry Margaret Carroll December 19 1831 April 17 1914
Perry Mary Selsor 1811 March 30 1867 55y11m11d
Perry Richard Perry March 03 1805 March 13 1886 81y13d
Perry William Clinton Perry September 03 1871 November 16 1927
Perry Cassie Unknown 1900 1966
Phillips Alice A. Phillips 1914 1919
Phillips James A. Phillips 1911 1918
Phipps Edward M. Phipps April 06 1877 August 07 1891
Phipps Martha Effie Phipps January 20 1874 February 24 1874 1m4d
Phipps Martha Ellen Heckart February 13 1845 April 18 1918
Phipps William Henry Phipps March 25 1842 January 25 1933
Porter Aganes Edith Unknown 1859 1952
Porter John Newton Porter 1854 1923
Porter Katie Sinclair Porter 1885 1913
Prather Robert C. Prather December 03 1847 May 18 1904
Quigley Bert M. Quigley 1879 1920
Quigley Charles T. Quigley January 11 1862 December 07 1938
Quigley Cora May Unknown May 05 1870 March 01 1957
Quigley Samuel Quigley 1823 July 05 1885 62y5m2d
Raplee Amanda B. Unknown September 21 1846 December 22 1891
Raplee Carrie E. Unknown 1879 19??
Raplee Celestine Raplee 1862 1932
Raplee Elizabeth A. Unknown 1844 March 13 1872 27y7m2d
Raplee Franklin J. Raplee August 20 1872 January 24 1889
Raplee Infant dau Raplee 1892 April 15 1893 10m9d
Raplee Infant son Raplee December 28 1876 January 09 1877
Raplee J.F. Raplee June 02 1832 March 05 1896
Raplee James T. Raplee 1828 March 08 1897 69y1m20d
Raplee Jemima Unknown 1804 November 24 1887
Raplee Mary Lou Unknown 1891 19??
Raplee Mattie V. Unknown September 20 1867 April 03 1907
Raplee Merton V. Raplee May 07 1894 June 06 1915
Raplee Perry L. Raplee July 18 1867 January 06 1934
Raplee Robert Raplee 1800 March 31 1872 71y11m2d
Raplee Rosanna Unknown 1848 April 10 1924 75y8m18d
Raplee Unknown Unknown 1780 March 31 1872 91y11m24d
Raplee William Raplee 1877 1955
Raplee Willie M. Raplee June 12 1892 April 16 1893
Ratliff Elizabeth J. Unknown May 04 1839 March 16 1919
Ratliff George S. Ratliff 1844 April 04 1927
Ratliff George R. Ratliff 1864 1952
Ratliff Maggie Ratliff 1876 1926
Ray Alice Unknown 1869 1946
Ray Ethel Unknown July 03 1892 ?
Ray John Ray 1858 1916
Ray Martie W. Ray October 14 1886 June 04 1954
Renner Frances Unknown November 01 1863 February 03 1936
Renner Isidine Renner February 17 1869 1891
Renner James Riley Renner April 04 1860 1865
Renner James Wesley Renner March 31 1827 June 09 1877
Renner Lucy Behetable Coovert November 04 1840 April 09 1889
Renner Martha Jane Renner 1858 1865
Renner William Edgar Renner January 20 1855 April 07 1937
Renner Willie Renner July 01 1883 July 02 1884 1y1d
Reynolds James B. Reynolds 1879 1919
Reynolds Lola M. Unknown 1884 ?
Reynolds Martha Reynolds March 12 1857 May 30 1935
Reynolds A.J. Reynolds January 15 1846 March 12 1912
Rhoades Donald Lee Rhoades ? January 09 1939
Richardson Hatty Unknown May 24 1804 July 01 1864
Riddle Mary Ella Riddle 1878 November 04 1879 1y5m8d
Riggs James Riggs 1789 July 17 1867 77y8m11d
Roberts George Roberts 1871 1948
Roberts Luella Unknown 1874 1946
Roberts Orva Vanell Roberts December 25 1906 July 23 1926
Robey Alline D. Robey August 24 1901 October 10 1902
Robey Bessie M. Robey December 13 1894 December 26 1894 13d
Robey John M. Robey May 24 1842 December 11 1880
Robey Minerva S. Unknown May 17 1846 September 17 1895
Rouse Mary J. Unknown April 04 1833 February 22 1897
Ruck Joseph Ruck 1903 April 22 1904 1y1m25d
Ruck Stella E. Ruck February 23 1904 February 23 1904 1d
Ruffner M.M. Ruffner 1870 February 04 1891 21y12d
Rutter Annie Belle Rutter March 01 1868 April 22 1935
Rutter Annie Belle Unknown March 01 1868 April 22 1935
Rutter Eugene R.A. Rutter 1891 October 29 1958 67y5m
Rutter Eugene R.A. Rutter 1891 October 29 1958 67y5m
Rutter John W. Rutter October 30 1863 July 27 1920
Rutter John W. Rutter October 30 1863 July 27 1920
Rutter Mary Anna Unknown 1894 1925
Rutter Mary Anna Unknown 1894 1925
S C.P. Unknown ? ?
Shannon Eva A. Unknown March 18 1861 December 05 1921
Shannon James Shannon October 23 1832 March 10 1913
Shannon William Shannon January 24 1835 January 25 1918
Sharp Hettie E. Unknown December 17 1839 December 14 1896
Sheffler Samuel M. Sheffler March 16 1892 November 10 1902
Shumaker Celicia Unknown 1832 August 11 1868 36y2m23d
Shumaker Charles O. Shumaker November 27 1800 March 29 1862
Shumaker Eunice Unknown 1803 November 21 1873 69y11m28d
Shumaker John H. Shumaker July 08 1833 March 18 1865
Smith Barbara K. Unknown November 11 1846 August 19 1912
Smith Charles W. Smith 1872 1943
Smith Cora E. Unknown 1874 1949
Smith Elizabeth Ann Unknown 1862 March 04 1882 22y10d
Smith Henry E. Smith 1892 March 02 1898 5y8m6d
Smith John F. Smith 1853 1919
Smith Lewis M. Smith November 20 1837 January 28 1908
Smith Delany Unknown 1840 April 29 1869 28y7m3d
Smith John E. Smith ? ?
Smith Johnny M. Smith 1867 January 28 1874 6y2m2d
Sparks Anna B. Unknown October 02 1887 December 27 1958
Sparks T. Spencer Sparks December 25 1849 January 07 1909
Sparks Virginia Unknown June 20 1849 January 31 1922
Spicer James Spicer April 22 1799 March 20 1848
Starmer Albert L. Starmer November 11 ? December 28 1907
Starmer Effie M. Unknown 1871 1958
Starmer Sylvester Starmer 1865 1924
Stone George William Sonte 1886 1924
Stone Rebecca Lee Unknown 1867 1904
Strachan Bertie V. Unknown 1890 1949
Strachan Charlie H. Strachan November 28 1868 September 12 1906
Strachan George G. Strachan December 31 1881 October 27 1906
Strachan Gracie Lee Strachan 1917 1934
Strachan Henry F.W. Strachan September 25 1841 February 18 1902
Stultz John H. Stultz 1868 1937
Stultz Opal Dorothy Stultz April 07 1908 April 28 1923
Stultz Trueheart Stultz 1909 1909
Swain John D. Swain 1835 December 25 1903 78y6m22d
Swain Joseph H. Swain ? ?
Swain Lina Unknown ? ?
Swain Zipporah Unknown 1829 1878
Swearingen Clara P. Swearingen July 09 1883 May 27 1896
Swearingen Coral H. Swearingen 1873 July 12 1873 6m
Swearingen James Swearingen October 30 1839 April 22 1913
Swearingen James Henry Swearingen 1915 1918
Swearingen James T. Swearingen 1875 1944
Swearingen Laura Chipman 1857 January 19 1881 23y11m13d
Swearingen Lelia A. Unknown February 22 1881 March 12 1969
Swearingen Lizzie M. Swearingen November 15 1869 November 23 1870
Swearingen Lynn T. Swearingen July 02 1906 April 20 1910
Swearingen Mary C. Swearingen 1847 February 09 1874 27y1m3d
Swearingen Thomas E. Swearingen September 16 1887 1890
T L.S. Unknown ? ?
Tarbert James Tarbert d. Jan 19, 1874 32y2m24d (database entry updated from marker)
Taylor Emmett B. Taylor May 20 1872 July 18 1873 1y1m11d
Taylor Ethel Irene Taylor 1890 July 05 1900 9y8m30d
Taylor Hattie E. Duncan 1853 1928
Taylor Infant dau Taylor ? January 16 1882
Taylor Lilburn Spencer Taylor 1884 August 10 1886 2y4m5d
Taylor Mary H. Unknown November 22 1832 November 03 1913
Taylor Nathaniel R. Taylor 1851 1941
Taylor Perry Taylor September 03 1829 October 27 1902
Thomas Jennie R. Lillis Renner 1866 1894
Thomas Luie Ernest Thomas ? ?
Thomas Lillie Virginia Renner August 12 1866 June 01 1894  (parents, James Renner x Lucy Behetable)Coovert)
Thompson Unknown Thompson ? September 10 1882
Tobin Isaac Tobin 1790 November 10 1867 77y1m6d
Tobin James Madison Tobin 1813 January 06 1880 66y9m18d
Tobin Winneford Shackleford 1791 December 19 1877 86y1m
Tobin A. Berton Anderson 1833 December 01 1862 29y7m21d
Todd Earl S. Todd November 01 1894 1956
Todd Fredeerika Augusta Jochims 1896 1935
Turner Alfred Turner 1811 February 04 1891 79y8m
Turner David F. Turner 1834 May 27 1905 70y9m15d
Turner G.F. Turner 1846 November 28 1883
Turner James L. Turner 1866 1935
Turner Mary C. Unknown 1814 February 15 1896 82y1m19d
Turner Mary J. Unknown 1840 November 10 1901 61y1m1d
Turner Sarah L. Turner 1856 1898
Turner Unknown Unknown 1814 February 15 1896 82y1m19d
Turner William H. Turner 1864 1950
Turner Zachariah Turner 1861 November 08 1895 34y5m23d
Unknown Fieldstone Unknown ? ?
Unknown1 Unknown Unknown ? September 28 ? ?y4m28d
Vandiver John W. Vandiver 1813 September 13 1866 53y6m1d
Vandiver Julia A. Vandiver June 17 1827 October 15 1883
Vandiver Lawrence C. Vandiver 1846 October 20 1859 13y2m7d
Vandiver William F. Vandiver 1852 October 16 1859 7y8m1d
W I.H. Unknown ? ?
W N.E. W ? ?
W R.A. Unknown ? ?
W W.H. Unknown ? ?
Wailes Charles E. Wailes January 22 1857 January 10 1863
Wailes Elizabeth H. King April 07 1831 April 24 1902
Wailes Isaac H. Wailes December 02 1824 March 23 1874
Wailes Juliet V. Wailes September 02 1851 August 21 1852
Wailes Margaret A. Wailes September 15 1850 November 03 1862
Wailes Mary I. Moore 1801 August 30 1873 72y5m3d
Wailes Virginia E. Wailes October 29 1860 October 28 1862
Wailes William H. Wailes September 13 1856 June 09 1873
Wailes William K. Wailes 1855 December 15 1881 26y1m18d
Wallace Ed Wallace 1843 October 01 1904
Wallace Hannah J. Uknown October 13 1843 June 02 1889
Walthall Jesabel C. Walthall February 01 1845 December 29 1876 31y10m28d
Webdell Mary B. Webdell November 15 1869 April 15 1954
Webdell Wesley C. Webdell February 18 1868 November 16 1945
West Sally Ann Unknown 1837 October 20 1885
Wheeler Arthur E. Wheeler 1874 1913
Wheeler Frances R. Wheeler 1839 1925
Wheeler John A. Wheeler 1834 1893
Wheeler Theophilia Unknown 1862 January 04 1887 24y3m8d
Williams Ben Williams 1850 1928
Williams Mollie Williams ? ?
Wimberly Mary Wimberly 1903 August 05 1904 1y1m5d
Wingate Rosa Wingate 1870 October 11 1871 1y4m16d
Winston Alice M. Winston 1878 December 02 1878 2m2d
Winston Clelon Winston 1844 December 13 1859 15d7m25d
Winston Eldon Winston ? December 13 1859
Winston Jessie Lee Winston 1875 March 15 1897 21y5m24d
Winston John A. Winston 1832 March 27 1869 36y4m
Winston Lilie J. Winston 1884 September 17 1892 8y1m16d
Winston Mary L. Unknown 1871 March 10 1897 25y10m2d
Winston Nance E. Unknown December 14 1833 December 02 1863
Winston Overton A. Winston 1808 October 08 1870 62y1m14d
Witte Willie Witte May 02 ? February 11 18??
Wodd Jimmie B. Wood 1873 April 12 1896 22y5m17d
Wood Belle Wood January 16 1868 January 16 1868 1d
Wood Ellena Wood October 20 1863 September 25 1864
Wood Jesse T. Wood 1873 November 21 1901 28y5m29d
Wood John Wesley Wood May 03 1831 September 20 1912
Wood Kittie I. Unknown February 20 1837 May 15 1920


The original burial ground is directly to the south and east/behind the chapel location.  The original area has many buried, broken, moved/stacked markers.  It would take a great deal of attention and restoration to save/recover many of the markers.  A significant number of markers have disappeared and more will be lost in the next few years/decades. 


1902 Shelby Co, Atlas, Bacon Chapel area.
Above and below, part of T57R11
1878 Shelby Co, Atlas, Bacon Chapel area.
In 1837, the Methodist's had organized and were meeting at the Lewis cabin.  In 1838, George Bacon has S. Drain build a cabin for him at the center of the south line of section 9.  George never occupied the cabin and continued to live in Palmyra at the time.  The Methodist would continue to meet in the Lewis cabin until moving over to the Bacon cabin.

Plat from 1878 Atlas of Shelby Co, Missouri, shows many of the original pioneers into the Walkerville and Bacon Chapel area.  Walkerville Mill would be on the Salt River in sec18T57R10 as shown below, adjacent and to the right of sec 13 on the above map.  In 1878, the road from Shelbina (which was not platted until into the 1850's) to Shelbyville is the road running through the section numbers 5, 8, 17 on the map below.


Of Pioneer Walkerville and Bacon Chapel area on the Salt River
(Reference: Personal knowledge from past projects, 1884 and 1911 and other Shelby County histories and notes.

...The Walkerville, Bacon Chapel, Salt River flowage is in the south-central portion of Shelby Co, Missouri.
...The Salt River was the primary factor in the early pioneer location in area and supplied water, water power, timber, bottom land to upland habitat. 

...1803, the land of Shelby Co was acquired by the U.S. government in the "Louisiana Purchase," and was part of the District of St. Charles.
...1812, in the newly organized County of St. Charles.
...1818, part of Pike Co, when it was organized.
...1820...Palmyra in Marion Co, on what would become a direct route into Shelby Co, was a village of 150 people. A post offices was established in 1821, with mail coming by horse back out of St. Louis through New London. 
...1820, part of Ralls Co, when it was organized.
...1826, part of Marion Co, when it was organized.
...In 1831, Major Obadiah Dickerson came from Marion Co, and settled on the north back of the Salt River, on what would become the road between Shelbyville and Shelbina, sec10, T57R10.
...1831-1834, part of Warren Twp, Marion Co, until other Marion Co twp's formed.
...In 1832/33, George and Peter Roff located a mile north of Walkerville, sec7, T57R10.
...1833/34, Wm Coard located on the north bank of the Salt River, a mile north of Walkerville, sec1, T57R11.
...1833...Palmyra, a village of 600 lost just over 100 to cholera.  Some people fled toward Shelby Co to escape the disease.  However, Shelby Co would also have its share of cholera and typhoid deaths in the early years.
...1834/35, was an extremely cold, severe winter for the area.  Early fall freezes, severe winter weather, and late spring freezes killed many buds and plants.  Much sickness. 
...1835, little actual farming had occurred in Shelby Co.  Early settlers would open up a small patch in a timbered area along some stream and utilize it for garden types of plots for potatoes and vegetables, flax, corn, wheat, rye, buckwheat plots, next to a lean-to or log cabin.  Nearly everything was 'homemade,' including clothing of linen from flax and wool from sheep, or the combination of linsey-wooly.  Wild game usage was very common for food and clothing.
...1835, Cholera again hit at Palmyra, with many families fleeing westward to the country, camping in pole cabins along streams.
...1835, Jan, Shelby Co was organized; two townships, North River and Black Creek.  Oak Dale P.O. in the SE corner of the County would be the first county seat, have the first store and tavern.
...1835, Aug, first election in Shelby Co, two voting places, 85 votes cast out of 100 voters.
...1835, late fall, Abraham Vandiver, started first house/structure in Shelbyville, lot 7, bk 8, just south of the SW corner of the square.  Finished in early winter of 1836, it was a story and a half, constructed of 'huge' hand hewed (shaped, flattened with various axes).  The first Tavern (Inn) was opened at Vandiver's by June, as well as the first goods sold and the first court held July 6th.  The structure still stood in fairly good repair in 1884.
...1836, March, the first sale of town lots in Shelbyville.  All water in the Shelbyville area had to be hauled from Black Creek, a half miles plus to the south.  There was talk of moving the county seat to a location with water.
...1836, June, Abraham Vandiver contracted to dig (by hand, not drill) and wall in a well about 140 feet NW of the courthouse.  He hauled in rock to wall the well and found a weak source at about 100ft, intending to go deeper when heavy rains caused caving in of the walls.  Almost immediately another failed attempt was made on the east side of lot 6, bk 9.
...1836, John B. Lewis settled his family 1mi north and 1 1/2 mile west of where Bacon Chapel would be built.  In the Fall of 1837, the first meeting of the Methodists in Shelby Co, MO, would be held at the John Lewis cabin.  John Lewis and his wife were the leaders.  (In later years, the Lewis family would move into Hannibal and become prominent community and church leaders).
...1835-1837, Major Taylor, James Parker, Issac Tobin, Captain Nelson settled close to the Bacon Chapel area.
...1837, spring, Joseph & Thomas Holman, Robert Blackford, Robert Brewinton, all opened grocery stores (mercantile businesses, in Shelbyville).  July, Thomas & Hamlet Eskridge opened a tavern (Inn).
...1837, Perry B. Moore, Isaac Moore, from Delaware, and their sister Mrs. Mary Wailes, settled in NWsec10, T57R11.
...1837, The old Methodist Church at Bacon Chapel neighborhood was organized in the fall of 1837 with John B. and Charlotte Lewis, Charles Hunt Christian and wife Dolly Ann Wiley Christine, Mary I. Wailes,  Mrs. Margaret A. Moore, M. Wheeler, David Wood, William Wood and Stanford Drain, Mrs. Mary Parker, Mrs. Jane Parker, Mrs. James Carroll and his wife, J.S. Duncan, as its original members.  No schools or churches had been established in Shelby.Co.MO until this time.
...Bacon Chapel Charter Members were...John Lewis and wife, Stanford Drain and wife, James Carroll and wife, Margaret Moore, P.B. Moore, Mason Wheeler, David Wood, S.R. Gunby, James Barr, Lacy Morris, William Wood and Prettyman Blizzard.  Rev James Pryor of Ohio, held protracted services at the Lewis Cabin, and was the first Methodist minister in Shelby Co, MO.
...1837/38, a brick courthouse was started and completed on the square at Shelbyville.  Brick had to be burned locally.  Woodwork was hauled by wagon from the Hannibal area, 40+ miles away.  Mills were just starting to appear in the county.

...1838, James and John Barr from Delaware, to sec15, T57R11.
...1838, James Carroll, from Indiana, to sec9, T57R11.
...1838, John Adam Sr. Heckart's family, from Butler Co, Penn, to sec3&4, T57R11, accompanied by a young John Strayer and William Boyd.  The Heckart/Strayer/Boyd connection who were Penn millwrights, set up a horse mill in sec4, one of the first mills in the county and perhaps the first in the immediate area of Bacon Chapel, plus they started construction on a water mill in sec 4.  John Adam Sr, died likely from typhoid in the fall of 1838 (likely on his lots near the M.E. church in today's Shelbyville), only a few months after arriving in Missouri, but the family continued the milling operation.  However, with David O. Walker and George Barker apparently funding a mill site at what would become the Walkerville Mill site, it appears John Adam Jr Heckart, John Michael Heckart, John Strayer and William Boyd, among others went to that location to build the Mill and had it running by 1840.  The Heckart's, immediately taking over operating the Walkerville Mill and eventually its ownership through the early decades.  Mill ownership and operation often involved multiple partnerships/ownerships, and required numerous local millers, sawyers, blacksmiths, carpenters, etc.  The mill's water power was often utilized by a belt system to also operate early woodworking 'machinery' used by furniture makers, coopers, etc. 
...Walkerville would become a hub of early pioneer  'industry' on the Salt flowage until the rails and their 'stations' started to out-compete local craftsman.  The Walkerville Mill  had a 'mule' style or straight saw blade that moved up and down.  This was common with water mills as circular blades required the power/speed of steam.  The Walkerville mill would be a saw and grist mill combination, but also had early carding machines run from the water power, which were used to process or comb wool. 
...1838, a fall agricultural fair was established at Shelbyville.
...1838, the first school was built at the site of what would become Bacon Chapel.  The constructions was of logs, with a puncheon floor (rough planks hand split from logs), clapboard roof, greased paper as windows, rough log benches.  John B. Lewis was the first teacher in 1838, with about twenty students, to include Isaac, John and Mary Wailes; Anderson, Cornelia and Mary Tobin; George and Mary Lewis.  Methodist services were then moved from the Lewis cabin to the School site, from 1838-1845, (when the first Bacon Chapel was build on the corner area south of the original burial grounds).
....1838, Dr. John Hills came from Ohio, locating near the north line of sec9.T57R11, and practiced over a 20 miles radius until going to California.
...Other early settlers included W.T. Coard in sec1T57R11, Dr. James Rackliff (Ratliff?) on the NE1/4sec12T57R11.  Prettyman Blizzard, James Carothers and Michael Watkins near Bacon Chapel.
...1839...Salt River Township was organized in 1839 but would have changes involving Clay and Lentner Twps toward the end of the century.
...1839...The first bridge crossed Black Creek SxSW of Shelbyville.
...1837-1840, movement into the Salt River flowage and tributaries was fairly rapid with most of the good locations for pioneer farming and 'industry rapidly taken up as the hard times, up to about 1848,  set in to the county.  The first physicians were Dr. Mills of Bacon Chapel, Dr. Long of Shelbyville, and Dr. Edmonds.
...1840...Shelby County population was 3,056.  Six townships had been established;  Black Creek, North River, Salt River, Fabius, Tiger Fork, Jackson.  Up to this time crops were generally good without pest infestations.  What little livestock as there was,  ran in a free range type of environment in many cases.  There was little fruit in the area, but orchids would be established as pioneers brought in dormant shouts.  Money was always very scare on the frontier.  The first settlers generally traded products and/or services to include honey, beeswax, venison, hams, butter, wool, linen, whisky, etc.
...1840, John S. Duncan, from Kentucky, settled in NWsec16, T57R11, after being in the area in 1836 and continuing to prospect for locations.  John S. Duncan brought four large Kentucky draft horse which were in demand to break the virgin prairie sod, plus he had a large schooner wagon used by an entire area to 'go to mill.' 
...1840, there were two licensed places of entertainment (place to stay, inn, tavern) in Shelby Co, George Gaines at Oak Dale and Joab Moberly's tavern at Shelbyville.
...1842/3...A very bad year for crops due to chinch bug infestations.  Crops short, money scarce, very hard times.
...1844...Mail from Hannibal/Palmyra came in daily by hacks and stage except during high water.  Stock raising and shipping was becoming more prominent.  There was a tanning operation, a 'tanyard' east of Shelbyville on Clear Creek near the mill.  Very high water during the spring rains.
...1845...Bacon Chapel was the first church building in the area, built by Methodists in 1845, on the middle of the southern line of sec9, T57R11.  The construction was logs covered on the sides and roof by clapboards (boards split by hand from logs).  Father Ead's held the first service before a clapboard floor was put in place.  This initial service was after the Pilgram's style of 'deep humility and fervent sprit.'  George Bacon (from Hannibal) deeded the site for the church, thus the name Bacon Chapel and Cemetery.
...1853, John Byrum split lathes with a frow and Bacon Chapel was lathed and plastered. 
...The first Chapel building was used until about 1870, when it was replaced by the present building (2000, on the north edge of the original burial grounds). 
...In 2005 for services were still held twice a month. 

...1845...A group of German immigrants moved into government land west of Shelbyville.
...1845, By this time most areas of the county had settlers.
...1846...First county jail built at the courthouse in Shelbyville.  Volunteers from Shelby Co. were in the Mexican War.
...1848-1861, to the civil war,  the county settled into a land use similar to what would be found for many decades, then stagnated during the war years, and started a boom time from about 1866 into the mid 1870's when emigration into the area slowed with the 'panic of 1873.'
...1849...A group of Monroe and Shelby Co men made a very early move into the California gold fields in 1849.
...1853, the first newspaper, at Shelbyville.
...1855, Jan, heavy snow, followed by cold and severe drifting.  May 1855, heavy frost killed much of the hickory leaves, clover, fruit, wheat.
...1856, very high water during the spring.
...1856/57, a very wet fall followed by a wet, hard winter.  Many cattle died from exposure and lack of fodder.
...1857, Shelbina was platted along the Hannibal/St.Jo RR.  Shortly after that 'friends' of Walkerville petitioned the county to reroute the 1836 'state road' from Paris to the mouth of the Des Moines River, from a direct N/S route through Shelbyville to Shelbina, instead through Walkerville.  A 'commission' studied the proposals but retained the direct route for the state road, and established a county road to cross the Salt River at Walkerville.
...1859...The Hannibal-St. Joseph Railroad was completed through Shelby Co and would bring rapid commercial/economic and social change due to the unlimited and quick movement of people and product.  The Hannibal-St.Joseph Railroad was the first from the Mississippi River to the Missouri River.  With the movement westward,  a great amount of 'history' traveled through Shelby Co, Missouri by rail during the later part of the 1800's.
...1959, gold fever hit for Pike's Peak, but it was a 'bust,' with many not making the full trip and returning or going elsewhere.
...1860, Shelby Co had 724 slaves, most on farms in the southern half of the county near Monroe Co, and from the Kentucky and Virginia area.  This would be the largest slave population.  At the start of the civil war,  by1862/63, many of the slaves left their owners.  When totally released/freed by 1865, most of the slaves left the county for Macon or Hannibal, or Illinois and other states.
...1860/61, the turmoil leading up to the civil war was being felt all over northeast Missouri.
...1860, Shelbyville, the county seat had grown only slowly, and had been bypassed by the Hannibal-St. Joe Railroad.  The coming war would have likely crushed enterprise and advancement.
...1861-1865, Shelbyville became a Union military post.  A fifteen foot high stockade surrounded the courthouse, which housed Union troops and prisoners, with other troops in the hotel and homes.
...1865, After the Civil War, business in Shelbyville slowly revived.
...1876 and the following few years, most of the brick and other buildings around the square were completed.


Notes extracted from the
1884 History of Monroe and Shelby County, Missouri
page 660-661
...In July of 1838, Adam and Michael Heckart made application for  leave to build a mill on the North fork of the Salt River, five miles SW of Shelbyville, in the NE1/3 of section 4, T57R11, but it is not remembered that this mill was ever built.  The Heckart's ran a horse mill for some time in this neighborhood, and afterward Heckart and Strayer operated the Walker Mill at Walkersville.
...In March, a Mr. Williams, of Marion County, entered the 80 acre tract on which the mill at Walkersville now stands, and contemplated the erection of a mill on the place, but died before the work was accomplished.  The land was sold by the administrator, and David O. Walker and George W. Barker purchased it and built a mill and started the town of Walkersville, which was named for Mr. Walker.  The mill was built in 1840.
...Prior to the erection of mills in Shelby Co, and in truth occasionally afterwards, the settlers resorted to Gatewood's and Massie's Mills near Palmyra, and to Hickman's Mill, at Florida, for their grinding (of wheat and grains into flour).  Nearly all of the home Shelby Co. mills were but "corn-crackers" (grinding or 'cracking' to a grist or course type of cornmeal texture) and were not prepared to grind and bolt wheat (fine grinding and separation by size for flour).
...Of Trails...The 'Boone Trail,' made by the bee hunters (prior to the formation of Shelby Co and a short time after) from Boone County (going northward and into Iowa territory), crossed the Salt River above Walkersville (where the mill and village would be after 1840), and Black Creek SW of Shelbyville, and came up to the bluff into the arm of prairie on which Shelbyville now stands, bearing NE across the divide and joining the Callaway Trail south of the North River timbers.  From there it wriggled along through the timber up to the headwaters of the Fabuis River and even up into the waters of the Des Moines River in Iowa.  A Mr. Christian (Charles Hunt Christian) had a ferry at the "Bee Ford," over the Salt River, in 1836 (located in the SE1/4 of the SW1/4 of the NE1/4 of the SE1/4, sec 11, T57R11, Salt River Twp, about 1 1/2 air miles NW of the Walkerville bridge/mill).  The location was below the Warren Ford, near the mouth of Watkin's Branch.  The boat was a flat (flatboat), propelled by poles.

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Families living in the vicinity of Bacon Chapel and Walkerville.
T57R10:  Samuel Buckner, Anthony Blackford, James Blackford, Isaac Blackford, Dr. Wood, George Eaton, Jefferson Gash, Col. William Lewis, John Eaton, Charles Smith, Samuel J. Smith, Maj. Obadiah Dickerson, George Anderson, Peter Roff and Samuel C. Smith.
T58R10:  Albert B. Smith, Samuel Beal, Elijah Pepper, James Swartz, Mrs. Elizabeth Creel, Lewis H. Gillsspy, Alexander Gillaspy, Abraham Vandiver, Montillion H. Smith, Joseph West, Major H. Jones, John Easton, Ezekiel Kennedy, James C. Hawkins, Dr. Hawkins, Elijah Owens, E. L. Holliday, Mrs. Nancy Holliday, John Lemley, Josiah Bethard and Thom as Davis.
T57R11:  David O. Walker, David Wood, Malcom Wood, William Wood, James Carothers, William Coard, Nicholas Watkins, Perry B. Moore, Isaac W. Moore, Mrs. Mary Wailes, Pettyman Blizzard, James R. Barr, Lacy Morris, Stanford Drain, James Carroll, Barclay Carroll, John B. Lewis, James Parker, George Parker, Capt. B. Melson, Major Taylor, Robert Brewington, and Henry Brewington.
T58R11:  John Thomas, John Dunn, Elijah Pollard, Philip Upton, John T. Victor, William Victor, Aaron B. Glasscock, Martin Baker and Michael See.

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Shelby County members of Co. I, 2nd Missouri Volunteers for the Mexican War, July 1846; , Willock's Extra Battalion:  1st Lt. James A. Corothers; privates William H. Brown, George W. Baker, J. Calvin Carothers, Robert Clark (died in service, Las Vegas, Feb 22, 1847), James R. Creel, Thomas S. Dunbar, Peter P. Davis, James Parker, W.R. Strachan.

page 727+, Of the Early Civil War Years.
The 'bushwacking' near Walkerville; two soldiers and one citizen killed.
A typical account of the local fighting, hard feelings and hardships created during the war years (Edited for easier reading, and also an attempt to make it a bit more objective/scientific by removing some of the subjective/emotional vocabulary, and often slight Union 'leanings' in the original verson.)
...On Wed, April 2, 1862, Co. H.S. Lipscomb of the 11th Mo State Militia and Capt. Wilmot, with an escort of 13 men started from Shelbina heading to Shelbyville via the Walkerville road, with a wagon load of supplies.  A little less than a mile south of the the Walkerville Mill they were ambused by Tom Stacy's band of about 16 men.  Two militiamen of the 11th Missouri State Militia, Mr. Long and Thomas Herbst from Shelby Co, plus a citizen of Shelby Co, Lilburn Hale who lived 3mi SE of Shelbyville, were killed by Stacy's men.  Mr. Hale had been overtaken about a quarter mile from the ambush, on his way home by the State Militia and was riding with them.  He had gone to Shelbina that morning to mail a letter to his son J.C. Hale in Pike Co.  All the men were shot in the head at close range.  It was wondered why at least a dozen were not killed.  Ring, Deener and Henning of the 11th Missouri State Militia were wounded.
...Col Lipscomb galloped on to Shelbyville to give the alarm.  The Militia at Shelbyville, Lt. John Donahue with 25 men started immediately in pursuit of Stacy.  Lt. Holiday's squad, under Sgt. Engles, went directly to the site of the shooting and started on the trail in the muddy ground from the Walkerville area SE.  In the middle of the afternoon the next day, Lt. Donahue came upon Stacy's group at Kincheloe bride on Black Creek, ten miles east of Walkersville.  Stacy had just crossed the bridge heading north or northeast.  The Federals were going east.  The Federals charged Stacy's men, who scattered, taking to the brush, swimming back across Black Creek or just fleeing straight away. 
...Two of Stacy's men were killed outright, one drowned in Black Creek and another badly wounded was never found.  Stacy himself abandoned his horse and gear.  Stacy's men killed were, William Carnehan who lived at Walkerville, leaving a wife and child, and James Bradley from NW Shelby Co.  Bradley had been riding a mule and either jumped or was thrown off.  He then threw away a fine double barrel shotgun and started to run.  Sgt. John S. Duncan, alter postmaster at Shelbyville, being mounted, was immediately upon Bradley, who stopped, threw up his hands and called out rapidly and excitedly, "Don't shoot, I give up, I hain't done nothing," etc.  Duncan replied, "Well, I can't shoot an unarmed man," lowering  his gun.  As Bradley started to go back as for his shotgun, Duncan said, "Don't run."  
...Tom Phillaber, from NE Shelby Co. rode up just then, and without a word fired a rifle ball into Bradley's chest from about 10ft, killing him.  Bill Carnehan was shot out of his saddle farther down the creek.  The man that drowned was wounded just as he entered the water. 
...Tom Stacy fleeing, leaped from his horse, taking cover behind a tree with his short rifle.  Lt. Donahue fired twice at Stacy, missing both time.  Stacy without firing, slipped away into the brush and was not found by the searching militiamen.  No Federals had been injured as only a few shots had been fired at them.  The Federals commandeered a wagon and returned to Shelbyville with the bodies.
...Back in Shelbyville, while Stacy's band was being pursued, Capt. John F. Benjamin was enraged at the killing of Long, Herbst and Hale at Walkerville.  From a room full of Confederate prisoners in the sheriff's office upstairs at the courthouse, he declared he would shoot three of them in retaliation to the Unionists killed.  His first selection was Rowland Harvey (alias Maj. Jones) and elderly reputable citizen of Clarke Co, who had been captured near Elliottsville on the Salt River in Monroe Co a few days earlier, by a scouting party led by Capt. Benjamin, himself.  Harvey was a Lt. in a band of Confederate partisans lead my Capt. Marion Marmaduke.
...A guard grabbed Harvey out of the prison room, hurried him downstairs and outside into the stockade on the SE corner of the square, then tied him to one of the palisades (fortress like poles around the courthouse).  Harvey seemed to think it was a scare tactic to frighten him.  In two minutes six soldiers with Austrian rifles lined up, the command 'fire' was given and Harvey's head dropped while his body went limp and twisted on the retaining ropes.  Benjamin made some Confederate sympthizers cut down Harvey and carry the body into an old log building in the rear of J.B. Marmadukes's store, off the SW corner of the Square.  Harvey was prepared for burial and interred by the citizens in the Shelbyville Cemetery.
...Benjamin selected from the now terror-strickened prisoners huddled together, a young John Wesley Sigler, who had been captured with Harvey, for the next execution.  However, about this time more rational-minded men urged it would be better to wait to see the results of Donahue and Holliday's 'scout' would be.  Soon Donahue returned with the wagon bearing the corpses of Charnehan and Bradley, which were 'tumbled' into the room with Harvey.  Apparently Benjamin's wrath was mollified and nobody else was shot.
...1861/62, winter, two Union companies of Col. Glover's Regiment were quartered at the courthouse in Shelbyville.  Many local Union county men enlisted in these companies, or to others of the same regiment.  A palisade of 15ft oak poles was constructed around the square under the direction of Capt Benjamin.
...During 1862 the people of NEMO were starting to realize with more and more frequency the tragedies and hardships of the Civil war years.  Col. Glover adopted strong, aggressive, ruthless policies of pursuit.  He advised Capt Benjamin to confiscate twice as much property from rebel families as were taken by rebel partisans, and to collect from local secessionists for the support of the families of Union men killed.
...1862, April, Col. Grover advised by secret letter sent to Capt Benjamin, a list of 65 names of partisans he felt were involved with attacking and killing Union troops.  He indicated he had six in custody, and had 'killed one of the murderers,' William Musgrove.  The partisans were scattered all over the country, but actively pursue, capture and hold them.  These men are frequently to be found in the vicinity of Magruder's on Black Creek.  They have a habit of crossing the Salt River, SW of Shelbyville, on a bridge on an unfrequented road (this would be the area of the Salt River bottoms from Walkerville upstream by Bacon Chapel toward Hager's Grove). Give it some attention.  My instructions are not to bring in these fellows, if they can be induced to run, and if the men are instructed they can make them run.
...1862, June, Col. Grover was ordered to SW Missouri.  Co. John McNeil was placed in command the Union in NEMO, stationed out of Palmyra.  Gen Schofield's Order No. 18, was now, "enjoining the 'utmost vigilance in hunting down and destroying' all bushwhackers and marauders (partisans), who, the order said, 'when caught in arms, engaged in their unlawful warfare,' were to be shot down, 'on the spot.'"  This would be happening often.
...1862, saw the campaign against the most successful Confederate partisan, Col. Joseph Porter heat up and conclude with him moving into southern Missouri.  The Federals then say it proper to shoot some of Porter's men for violating their paroles (oaths) or in retaliation for killing Union men.  The Federal retaliation would include the ten men executed in what would become known as the Palmyra Massacre.  Gen Lewis Merrill would also execute ten prisoners at Macon.  Some of the executions were Shelby Co. men.
...By the winter of 1862/63,  the Missouri, Iowa, Illinois Union Troops had control of NEMO's rails, roads, rivers, commerce, people, but hard feeling would continue to run deep for a very long time.
***A fairly true visual look at Missouri in the early civil war years is depicted by the movie, "Ride with the Devil.'  Written by a Missourian, filmed in Missouri, the movie is described as, "Following four people in the turmoil of the early war years on the Missouri/Kansas border.  A staunch Union loyalist, a German immigrant's son, a freed slave, and a young widow, who form an unlikely friendship as they learn how to survive in the uncertain time, in a place without rules and redefine the meaning of bravery and honor."

...1862, warm weather, the Confederate forces under Co. Joseph C. Porter from just east of Newark in Lewis Co, were moving around NEMO recruiting troops and disrupting Federal activities.  Several hundred men from Shelby Co were in the command of Porter as well as a hundred or more with Federal forces against Porter. 

...1870, present Bacon Chapel Church finished and dedicated.



...1897, Notes edited from a "Visit to Bacon Chapel," Shelbina Paper;  The children's exercises at Bacon chapel were attended by a large crowd estimated between 1000 and 1500.  Perhaps the largest since its dedication in 1870.  Rev. John Anderson preached a strong sermon in the morning.  A collection was taken up to help pay off a debt on the parsonage at Shelbina, which about $80 subscribed.  A noon meal was served on the ground, with a table erected o the north side of the church with chicken, ham, pies, cakes, jellies, preserves, pickles, coffee.  All the victuals brought brought in were placed on the table like a big family reunion where everybody was welcome to help themselves.  About 2pm the children's exercises began.   All the seats, aisles and standing room in the church was filled with hundred standing about the windows and doors on the outside. Nathan Taylor, (Sunday School) superintendent, conducted the exercises.
...Bacon Chapel is one of the oldest church congregations in Shelby Co, MO, being organized in the fall of 1837Some of its first members were John B. and Charlotte Lewis, Charles and Dollie Christian, Mary I. Wailes, Margaret A. Moore, M. Wheeler, David and Wm. Wood, S. Drain, James Barr, Lacy Morris, Perry B. Moore, John S. Duncan, James Carroll, S.R. Gunby.  The first ministers were Wm. Pryor, Conley Smith, T. Ashby, Tyson Dines, Martin L. Eads, James M. Geen, P.M. Pinkard, Jacob Sigler, James Wainright, J.B. Calloway, George Smith, J.B. Baker, M. Birch, W.K. Miller, W.M. Bush.
...The church was organized at the cabin of J.B. Lewis, about a half mile north of the present Bacon Chapel.  Services were held at the Lewis cabin for some time, then held in a log cabin known as Bacon's Cabin, where the first Sunday School was organized, with Judge P.B. Moore being the superintendent.  This (Bacon's) cabin was built by S. Drain as a residence for George Bacon, father of Judge (George Jr.) Bacon of Hannibal.  For some reason George Bacon never moved into the cabin and it was only used as a meeting house.
(Note:  In 1835, George Bacon, age 26yrs, had traveled to Palmyra, Missouri, from his Delaware home.  In 1836, he returned to Delaware, invested $2000 in merchandise which he shipped toward Palmyra.  In 1837 he returned and settled in Palmyra, which is the same year he had S. Drain build him a cabin on land he had  apparently purchased on his earlier trip or had bought from eastern speculators.  His mother was Mary Parker.  The Parker's who entered land around the Shelbyville/Salt River very early, may have been related to his mother, thus perhaps this is the reason George Bacon had land in Shelby County and built the cabin at the SW corner of section 9, T57R11. 


George Bacon,
Information condensed from the biographies of Marion, Pike, Ralls Co, MO.
...The Bacon tree:  William Bacon >> Dodson Bacon >> John Bacon >> Henry Bacon (0/21/1781-5/24/1864) Xon11/29/1804X Mary Parker (9/11/1786-4/4/1817) >> George Bacon (11/15/1809-9/19/1874).

...Mid 1700's, William Bacon, the original 1700's colonist of the family located from England to the shores of the Chesapeake Bay.  He died on a return visit to London.
...William's son Dodson established a home 2mi S of Laurel, Del.  George's father Henry served in the Delaware Militia during the British bombardment of Lewes (Lewistown).
...George Bacon, in 1827, at 16yrs, began working a a merchant's clerk at Laurel, Del, then on to Baltimore, MD, then back to Laurel, Del.  At the same time George became quite involved in the Methodist Church and its temperance organization, giving some local lectures while young.
...When of age, in the early 1830's, George embarked in business of his own account, remaining in Laurel until 1835.

...In 1835, Catherine Lakenan (b. Feb 19, 1817, Fairfax Co, VA) ,  would become the wife of George Bacon in 1837 at Palmyra, MO
...Catherine's father was Thomas Lakenan (b. 5/17/1787, d. 5/26/1820), and probably came to the colonies with Calvert, settling on the James River in VA.  Thomas Lakenan would marry Margaret Farr (b. 4/26/1794, d. 1/12/1830)  on 9/29/1811, but before the War of 1812.  The Farr's were from Montgomery Co, MD.  Thomas served in the War of 1812, and was shot through the lungs at the battle of Baltimore, from which he never fully recovered.  The wound proved fatal with an early death in 1820. 
...His wife Margaret Farr Lakenan was left with their three little children, Thomas, Catherine, and another son (Richard Lakenan, who would become a prominent lawyer in Hannibal, was involved in various economic 'ventures, and is buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery near the Bacon plot). 
...Margaret Farr Lakenan and children, returned from Maryland to her people in Fairfax Co, VA, where the couple had been married.  Daughter Catherine  entered the Methodist Church at the age of sixteen.
...Catherine accompanied relatives (likely her brother Richard for one) overland from Virginia to Wheeling, Ohio, then took the steamer Navarion down the Ohio River to the Mississippi River, and the steamer Roanoke up to St. Louis.  From St. L. she took another steamer to 'Green's Landing' at Marion City (On old Bay de Charles on the Mississippi River bottoms just south of the chemical complex six miles north of Hannibal, 2000+/bz).  From Marion City she took a stage across the river plain and up over the river valley hills to Palmyra, a new village of only a few years.

...In 1835, in search of a 'western home,' George Bacon traveled to Palmyra, Missouri, overland by horseback through Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. 
...In 1836, George Bacon returned to his Delaware home and invested $2000 in a stock of dry goods and merchandise which he then shipped to Palmyra. 
...In 1837, George Bacon was one of two Palmyra houses that made it through a storm of general bankruptcy in the country.
...On Sept 6, 1837, George Bacon married Catherine Lakenan at Palmyra.MO.
...July 10, 1939, Thomas H. Bacon, the oldest son of George and Catherine Lakenan Bacon was born at Palmyra, MO.  Thomas would service in the Civil War and be severely wounded.  He would recover and finish his law degree, finishing out his life living in Hannibal with a successful law and public career.  More biographical info is available in the History of Marion Co, contained within his father's biography.
...In 1844, during the Methodist separation, George was a trustee in possession of the church keys.
...On March 3, 1847, George Bacon, his wife and four children moved from Palmyra, ten miles to the SE, to Hannibal, Missouri.  He established as a wholesale and retail grocer at the corner of Hill and First Street and expanding to the adjacent lot the next year.  He was immediately successful and was commanding a region of the grocery business as far west as Sullivan Co, MO.
...In 1855, George Bacon was a member of the Hannibal City Council, chairing the committee mediating with the Hannibal & St. Joe Railroad Co., the terms of access over the public grounds to the Mississippi River and the steamboat ports.  The negotiations were a troubling time, with the railroad seeking many harsh and demanding benefits.
...In 1859, the river commerce was declining as there was more movement over roads/trails, and the rails opened from the riverfront south of the Bacon warehouse, and traveling westward along Bear Creek to Palmyra and newly established 'stations' to the west.  The Bacon store was moved to 206 North Main St, where it became exclusively a wholesale establishment.
...The Bacon Wholesale Grocery and Mercantile Warehouse operated successfully until January 1, 1874, when George Bacon retired.


...On August 19, 1874, George Bacon died, and was buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, on the South Side of Hannibal.  The Bacon marker is one of the largest and most impressive in NEMO, located on the main entry ridge at Mt. Olivet.  George Jr's marker is just to the north and a bit smaller.  Catherine's brother Richard's family plot is directly to the south of the Bacon burials (far left side of the picture below).




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