Note for: Nellie M. Muse, 20 OCT 1885 - AFT. 1910
Information on Nellie Muse and Husband Edward is from marriage
records and the remembrances of Mary Elizabeth (Molly) Muse Krousa
(Niece) of Kansas. Nellie and Edward had children but we have been
unable to Identify who they were. Nellie died of consumption (TB) and
the folklore on Edward was he was killed by a horse and wagon accident.
Note for: Della Muse, 12 AUG 1890 - BET. 1912 - 1920
Information on Della Muse and husband Russell Knowles was from
remembrances of Mary Elizabeth (Molly) Muse Krousa (Niece) of Kansas and
Court Records in Doniphan County Kansas of John James Muse's Estate. The
children of Della and Russell are enumerated with their Grandparents on
the 1920 census of Buchanan Co. Missouri, living in St. Joseph. Della's
marriage recorded in Bk. W, Pg. 434, Buchanan Marriage Records.
Note for: LeRoy Muse, 28 JUN 1893 - 22 DEC 1957
Information on LeRoy Muse was provided by Mary Elizabeth (Molly) Muse
Krousa. LeRoy Muse was both Uncle and Stepfather of Molly and her
siblings. Mary (Guiiette) Muse divorced Isaac and then Married LeRoy who
was brother to Isaac. There was no Issue between LeRoy and Mary.
Note for: John Lemual Muse, 24 FEB 1904 - NOV 1980
Information on John Lemuel Muse was provided by his son Claude Muse
of California. Information is first hand knowledge and remembrances of
John Lemuel Muse and Family.
Note for: Vernal Vester Muse, 5 OCT 1905 - 21 JUL 1969
All information on Vernal Vester Family provided by Acel Muse(Son) and
Verna Mae Muse Bird (Daughter) of Utah. Information is first hand
knowledge and remembrances of Vernal Vester Muse and Family.
Note for: Walter Goodwin Muse, 5 JUN 1911 - 28 JAN 1974
Information on Walter Goodwin Muse and family was provided his son Robert
M. (Bob) Muse of Washington State. Information is first hand knowledge
Note for: Pardee Charles Muse, 31 DEC 1923 - 6 OCT 1983
Note for: Nancy Ann Jackson, 22 APR 1878 - 20 JUL 1918
Information on Nancy also provided from Grandson Kennith and Great
Granddaughter Bonnie from family records of Daisy (Muse) Rhodes.
Note for: Violet B. Muse, 19 FEB 1909 - 30 JAN 1950
Information provided from family records of Daisy (Muse) Rhodes provided
by Grand Daughter. She Married twice but had no issue.
Note for: Daisy Luetisha Muse, 11 AUG 1897 - 26 JAN 1991
Enumerated on the 1920 Doniphan Co. census, living in Elwood, Kansas.
Married Joseph Rhodes at the County Court House Doniphan Co. Kansas by
James M. Flynn JP, Witnesses:Parents of Bride and Groom. Marriage
Recorded Bk. 31, Pg. 418, Buchanan Co. Mo. marriage records.
Note for: Unk Meyers, -
No Issue of this marriage.
Note for: Isaac Muse, 1827 - MAY 1878
The marriage of Isaac Muse and Nancy Shepherd was not published or
recorded in any of the marriage bond books in Russell Co. Ky. but was
found as a result of researching the County Courthouse and locating the
original document among a lot of unrecorded marriage bonds and minister
returns. What led us to this search was that the late Emogene McFarland
Roy of Russell Co. who compiled this same information in an unpublished
manuscript for the Russell Co. Historical Society. A copy of this
manuscript can be found in the Russell County Library Genealogy Section.
During our research we revealed that James Muse blessed none of his
Son's marriages and only one minister had sense enough to put James as
the father on one marriage and that was of Galen Muse who married Nancy
Tarter. We have researched this line with more endeavor due to Isaac was
the line I descended from. Because the rules of genealogy are cut and
dry when it comes to parentage we assembled enough circumstantial
evidence that proved Isaac was a son of James Muse and Elizabeth (Betsey)
Chesney-Muse. To prove our initial information passed down through the
family we spent months of research at the National Archives and a week of
research in Missouri and Kentucky.
Our family history retrieved from two different family lines of John
James Jennings Muse, son of Isaac and Nancy, revealed that the father of
Isaac was a James or Jimmy Muse. Jimmy came from one line and James from
another. We found no proof of collaboration between the two lines. To
better understand the history and facts we found during our research you
must understand those involved. The Shepherd's, McDaniel's, Osborne's
and Jennings were all living near or around James and Elizabeth in either
Pulaski County or Russell County Kentucky in the 1800s. In this
relationship and among these different families there were recorded
marriages of the children of James and Elizabeth to members of each of
these families not to exclude various land sales. Isaac Muse was
involved in some of these in various ways.
When Riley Osborne married Scotia Jane Muse, James Muse, father gave
written consent and Isaac was the Surety. When Isaac married Nancy
Shepherd her father John Shepherd was Surety. After Lynnville Shepherd
married Sarah Muse they moved in next door to James and Elizabeth with
son's John C. Muse and Richard S. Muse living two doors up. All of this
is supported by 1850 Russell Co. census, page 215. Isaac was involved in
a land sell to Albert Jennings, who married Polly Ann Muse. This marriage
was with the written consent of James Muse and Surety for the bond was
Lynnville Shepherd. When John Shepherd Jr. married Sally Mcbath, Isaac
was the Surety. So from what we could tell and assume based on the facts
was that Lynnville, Elizabeth and John Jr. were sisters and brothers of
Isaac's wife Nancy and Children of John Shepherd Sr. who as a widower
married Widow Jane Combest of Russell County. Preston Jennings was
apparently brother to Albert Jennings. When you look at this information
by itself alone it carries no weight. However when you add their
movements to it based on census record research you can see a picture of
In 1849 Riley Osborne and wife Scotia Jane (Muse) Osborne along with
their children moved to Montgomery Co. Irving Township, Illinois. This
fact is further supported by the birth of their son James R. Osborne,
born in Kentucky, about 1849. They are also enumerated on the 1850 census
of Montgomery Co. Irving Township, Illinois. In January 1855 Isaac and
wife Nancy sold the last of their holdings on Goose Creek to Fredrick M.
Bradshaw of Russell County Ky. Goose Creek was the same Water Course that
father James Muse had most of his deeded land on. After the sell of
their property they moved in to Missouri along with Lynnville Shepherd
and Wife Sarah (Muse) Shepherd, Preston Jennings and wife Elizabeth
(Shepherd) Jennings. In evaluating census records of 1860 Montgomery Co.
Illinois all three couples had children born in Missouri. They spent
approximately three years in Missouri. This fact is further supported by
the place and dates of birth of some of their children that was disclosed
on the 1860 census of Montgomery Co., Irving Township, Illinois.
In the census of 1860 census of Montgomery County Illinois, Irving
Township you will find Lynnville Shepherd and Wife with Preston Jennings
and no wife who have moved in next door to Riley Osborne and wife.
Further up the road you will find Isaac and wife with their children plus
Harriett Jennings age 7 months living with them. It appears that
Elizabeth (Shepherd) Jennings died in Missouri or Illinois and Nancy
(Shepherd) Muse was caring for the infant child.
Sometime around 1865 all three of these families packed up and moved
out of Illinois and into Northern Missouri. This movement is supported
by the birth of Isaac and Nancy's last child Malvira who was born in 1866
Macon County Missouri and Malvira's birth information is supported by her
death certificate issued by Missouri. Eventually all three families
ended up in Green Township, Oxford, Worth County Missouri and Gentry
County, Missouri in north western corner of Missouri. Lynnville and
family was enumerated on the 1870 census of Worth County, Riley and
Family was enumerated on the 1870 census of Gentry County and Preston
Jennings was missed on the 1870 census. Some where along the line Albert
Jennings and wife Polly Ann (Muse) Jennings Joined the trip and ended up
in Sweetwater County, Wyoming on the 1870 census. Isaac and Nancy where
not enumerated at all.
It appears after settling in Worth County that Isaac and possibly
his older son's returned to Kentucky. We found a deed record in Pulaski
Co. Kentucky where Isaac bought some land on 18 September 1869 from John
Weddle and Wife and then resold this land 22 July 1872 to the heirs of
Galen E. Muse, deceased brother of Isaac. When Isaac sold this land he
stated he was a resident of Casey County. James Muse and wife were
living in Casey Co. at this time as supported by the 1870 census of Casey
Co. Kentucky. So it appears that Isaac was living with his father and
stepmother prior to the sell of this land but was not enumerated on any
census records we could find.
In Worth County Missouri we found court records that disclosed the
following information on Nancy and Isaac. In February of 1870 in Worth
Co. Missouri and while Isaac was away and in Kentucky, Nancy Muse died
intestate and her brother Lynnville Shepherd was made executor of her
estate. The estate was inventoried and then sold off and a record of all
transactions of the sale was recorded that showed Riley Osborne and
Lynnville Shepherd were both buyers of the estate property. The 1870
census of Gentry Co. Missouri shows son's, John J., Thomas S. and
Greenville (Scott Green) Muse living with Aunt Scotia Jane (Muse) Osborne
and Uncle Riley Osborne. Malvira was found in Worth County living with
her older sister, Margaret E. ( Muse) Harmon and John Houston Harmon,
husband. Son's, Lynnville and William Muse could not be located.
We assume that sometime around the end of 1872 Isaac returned to
Worth County and discovered his wife had passed and his property was sold
off. We also assume after this he collected up his children and
re-established himself in Oxford and lived out the rest of his days.
This fact is further supported by court documents in Worth County that
show he died intestate and his minor children were made wards of the
court. To further support this family folklore passed down stated that
Isaac and Nancy Muse died in Parnell Worth County, Missouri. It was this
same family folklore that lead us to Worth County and the discovery of
the estate records while we were in Missouri doing our research.
Other supporting evidence is that the oldest son of Isaac and
Nancy, John Muse, was given the middle name of Jennings. Our research
here disclosed that two of John's daughters recorded his middle name as
Jennings in family records. One of these transcriptions was made in his
youngest daughter Goldie (Muse) Schnirl's bible that was passed down upon
her death her daughter Alma (Schnirl) Hendricks. We also discovered
during this research that upon John's death his oldest son, Ira Muse, put
down on John's death certificate the middle name of James. So in
conclusion Isaac's oldest son had two middle names, one of his
Grandfather and one of his Uncle's.
Other facts involved, dealt with names. Isaac and Nancy named one
of their sons Lynnville Rice Muse after Lynnville Shepherd. Lynnville
and Sarah (Muse) Shepherd named their first daughter Scotia Jane Shepherd
after Scotia Jane Muse who was married to Riley Osborn.
Based on the evaluation of the facts presented, there is overwhelming
evidence that the James Muse of 1820-1870 Kentucky was the same James or
Jimmy Muse that was identified as father of Isaac in the family folklore
and memories we collected.
Based on court records and supported by the fact that there were
only two cemeteries in the area at the time and that Nancy's burial
coffin was purchased in Oxford, it is believed that Isaac and Nancy were
both laid to rest in the Oxford Cemetery in Worth County, Missouri.