Monday, April 29, 2013

Matrilineal Monday - Frances Wall

Frances Wall is a 3rd great grandmother on my maternal side. I know quite a bit about her and her family thanks to my great aunt Bruna and her book: Pioneer Families.
Frances was born February 15, 1842 near Morton in Ray County, Missouri. She was the third of 15 children born to Wade Wall and Luvicia Pritchard. I have seen varying accounts of the number and names of their children. The following list comes from Larry James' book The Pritchard and Wall Families of Ray County, Missouri.
That is a lot of children and all but two lived to adulthood. Frances must have spent a lot of time babysitting. Frances, sometimes listed as Franny, was born and raised in Ray County and lived her entire life there. She married Samuel Oscar McGuire on December 22, 1871.
Samuel and Frances had four children, three living until adulthood. I have to wonder if having 14 siblings made Frances want to keep her own family small.
Samuel was a farmer and Frances was a housewife. She was very involved in the Methodist church and was in several church clubs. She lived in the country near Morton, Missouri until her later years when she moved to Hardin, Missouri.

Frances died in Hardin, Missouri on November 3, 1931 and is buried with her husband in Lavelock Cemetery, just north of Hardin.
Based on the above information, I have the following due-outs for Frances:

1. Try to definitively list her siblings.
2. Find an obituary.

  • McGuire, Bruna. Pioneer Families: McGuire, Berry, Hughes. Hardin, Mo. 1954.
  • James, Larry. The Pritchard and Wall Families of Ray County, Missouri. The Mid-Continent Public Library, Neosho, Mo. 1984.
  • Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002 [database on-line]. Samuel McGuire and Frances Wall marriage record, December 22, 1871. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2007. Original data: Missouri Marriage Records. Jefferson City, MO, USA: Missouri State Archives. Microfilm.
This post is part of my on-going goal of 2013 to research each of my 32 3rd great-grandparents more in-depth. Frances is #30 on my list.

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