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"In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage -
to know who we are and where we have come from.
Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning.
No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum.
An emptiness.
And the most disquieting loneliness."

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The transcribed 1860 Census of Perry County, Missouri is finally completed. The index has not yet been consolidated, so there are separate indices for each township. Under reconstruction. 

Saline Township pages 1-28 completed.
Town of Perryville pages 29-36 completed.
Brazeau Township part 1 pages 37-71 completed.
Brazeau Township part 2 pages 72-84 completed.
Bois Brule Township pages 85-108 completed.
Saint Mary's Township pages 109-160 completed.
Cinque Hommes Township pages 161-213 completed.


1828 Tax List , Perry County, Missouri (transcribed)

Collected two years before the county's first federal census, the 1828 tax list is one of the earliest enumerations of the residents of Perry County, Missouri.


Items from The Weekly Perryville Union, 1863-1878, Perry County's oldest newspaper. Recently added new pages from July through December 1877.

We've been searching for articles related to our family, and have collected a lot of other unrelated material. We thought it would be fun to present it all here, because it provides a first-hand look at what life was like for the inhabitants of Perryville over 125 years ago.


Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri, 1888
Perry County Biographies - Completed

When we were just starting our research, a very nice lady from Arkansas somehow heard about our connection with the Klump family of Perry County, Missouri. Not having a computer of her own, she borrowed her church's computer one weekend and sent us an email which included the two bios related to the Klump's from Goodspeed's. We had no idea what "Goodspeed's" was, but since have discovered that this is a valuable resource discovering our roots in Perry County, Missouri.

The information in the History of Southeast Missouri was compiled in 1888 from interviews with many inhabitants of the area. Often the information given is what people believed to be true, but is not 100% accurate. Still, we are glad we are able to present the transcribed biographies here for anyone researching Perry County's history.

Our Missouri Roots

These are the Missouri families we are researching. All are from Dade County, Perry County and St. Louis. We're not really related to everyone who ever lived in Perry County, Missouri - it just seems like it!


Button Daniel Our great-grandmother, Effie Daniel was born in Dade County, Missouri. Her parents had come there Tennessee and Kentucky. According to legend, one of her ancestors was present at the wedding of Pocahontas and John Rolfe.
Connected with Bethel, Cantrell, Cloud, Curtis, Daughtery, Davidson, Davis, Dorton, Hurst, Woodard, Woolum

Button Doerr/Duerr Our ancestors, Andrew and Christina Doerr, were immigrants from Prussia. They arrived in America in 1835, and raised their six sons on a large farm. Their granddaughter, Christina Doerr Klump, wife of Ferdinand Klump, was our great-great-grandmother.
Connected with Bailard/Baylard/Boehlert, French, Layton, Michael/Michel, Pearce.
Biography of James Michael and Susannah Layton, our 4th great-grandparents.  

Button Klump Our great-grandfather, August Klump, was the grandson of Belgian, German and Prussian immigrants who came to Perry County in the 1820s and 1830s. He was also a descendant of John Layton who had migrated here with a large group of Catholics from St. Mary's, Maryland. His great-grandmother's brother was the perpetrator of one of the most notorious crimes of the 1840s.
Connected with Doll, Wilt.

Button McCabe When our great-great-great-grandmother, Elizabeth Richardson Rankin became a widow with 3 young sons, she married Irish immigrant Thomas McCabe.
Connected with Brewster,Riney,Smith.

Button Rankin Our great-grandfather, Sanford S. Rankin, was a veteran of the Spanish-American War and served in Cuba.   The Rankins travelled a circuitous route from Ohio to Louisiana before coming to Missouri.
Connected with Erwin, Hamilton, Kline, Massey, May, McCabe, Preston, Richardson.
Recently discovered information on the death of Sanford Rankin, 1863.  

Button Richardson Our g-g-great-grandmother, Elizabeth Richardson, was born in 1807 and raised in colonial Louisiana.   She lived the first half of her life there, marrying twice and raising eleven children.  
Connected with Akers, Durbin, Gainey, Hamilton, McCabe, McCarroll, Morrison, Murray, Palmer, Richardson, Spiller.
Livingston Parish conveyance records, 1832-1865.  

Button Thorpe Our great-grandmother, Martha Eveline "Mattie" Thorpe was a direct descendant of the first colonists in New Haven, Connecticut and St. Mary's, Maryland.
Connected with Applegate, Barnes, Bassett, Bishop, Brooke, Collins, Dayton, Dickerman, Fenton, Ford, Gough, Heard, Horrell, Little, Luddington, Manning, McClaine, Miles, Mix, Nicholl, Payne, Phillips, Rose, Stanley, Todd, Turner, Tuttle, Wimsatt, Wiseman, Yale

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Our Pennsylvania Roots

These are the Pennsylvania families we are researching. Between 1860 and 1895, the Dillons, Jones, and Williams families emigrated from Ireland and Wales and settled in Wilkes-Barre. The origins of our Kemp family still eludes us.


Button Dillon Our great-grandfather, Daniel Aloysius Dillon, Sr. was the son of Irish immigrants.
Connected with Fullerton, Gilroy, McGlynn.

Button Jones Our great-grandmother, Annie Jones emigrated from Wales with her family in 1895.
Connected with Eicke, Evans, Pealer, Williams.
New pages added February 2000.

Button Kemp Our great-grandmother Gertrude Kemp was a native of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. I finally broke through the brick wall. Check our blog for more information.
Connected with Rowe

Button Williams Our great-grandfather, John Williams brought his family from Wales and settled in Sugar Notch, Pennsylvania.
Connected with Carlisi.

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