LIFE OF MOSES LOCKE ALSUP

LIFE OF MOSES LOCKE ALSUP

Moses Locke Alsup 1813-1896 (part 1)

 
     Moses Locke Alsup came from Tennessee and settled in Douglas Co. Missouri. He raised his family and left numerous records of his life. He loved thorough bred horses and often traded and raced them. He made several trips to New Orleans, Louisiana to buy and trade horses. On one such trip he bought a mulatto slave lady Leatha, and her Negro son, Logan. He had only intended to buy Leatha but she screamed and cried so, that he bought her son too. He brought them back to Douglas County, Missouri. It was said Leatha and her son was the only colored living in Douglas County at that time. Moses seemed to have had a love for beautiful women also. It is said he had a daughter Mary A. who married William Glasco, and a daughter Jane who married Austin Spriggs. Also a son William Wiley Alsup, probably the son of the mulatto slave Lady Leatha. Mary A., Jane, nor William Wiley were not listed as being his children on his biography that he wrote.
 
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Statement written by Moses Lock Alsup in 1875
 
            I was born in Giles County, in the state of Tennessee, A. D. 1813. My father’s name was John Alsup; my grandfather was also named John Alsup. My father had five brothers that were raised to manhood, Thomas, Dewey, Joseph, Anderson and Peter. They were of Scottish descent and raised in Virginia State.
            The first I remember, my father lived in Lawrence County, Tennessee, moved from there to Hardeman County, Tennessee in the year 1823, when I was in my tenth year of age. My father was a man of strong intellect but of a rambling disposition and very much addicted to the intemperate use of ardent spirits which caused him to die a poor man. My mother’s name was Sally Robinson, the daughter of ———Robinson who was from Ireland. She and my father were married in Davidson County, Tennessee. I don’t know the date, both died in Missouri in the year, 1844.
            I was raised up in West Tennessee, never had but little education. What I got I secured myself and improved it at home. I married my wife in Madison County, Tennessee, in the 22nd year of my age, 1835. Her maiden name was Patsy Grant. At the writing of this we have lived together forty years and sixty-two days. We have raised eight children, five boys and three girls, all married at this time and it is to her I owe my happiest day’s for she has been a kind obedient and industrious wife to me through all the trials, troubles, and privations of life.
            This Easter Sunday, March 28th, A. D. 1875
 
Copied by Harold E. Alsup, October 3rd, 1924
 
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Notes by Pat Hardeman
Moses Locke saw a lot of the frontier in the early to mid 1800’s. He was born in Giles County, Tennessee on October 31, 1813, the son of John C. Alsup and Sarah Locke Robison (Robinson). He also lived in Lawrence County and Hardeman County, Tennessee, He spent time in Madison County and he lived in Tippah County, Mississippi. He moved around between Tennessee, Mississippi and the Missouri Ozarks in the 1830’s and 1840’s. He finally settled in what is now Douglas County, Missouri. In 1850 Lock was granted eighty acres of land on Bryant’s Fork below where highway 95 now crosses Bryant.
 
Early Settlement of East End of Douglas County, by Charles Noel Alsup
     Lock was still restless and on April 4, 1857, there started from the log cabin home of Lock Alsup (about 1 mile below Buckhart), four covered wagons each with two yoke of steers pulling it. In these wagons and on horseback were the families of Lock Alsup, Bill Alsup, Washington Riley and Henry Clay Collins. Lock and his family took along two race horses, three riding horses and 44 head of cattle. Noon the first day found the caravan on Fox Creek, on what is now the Alsup farm. The first night they camped on Prairie Hollow. In Webster County they were joined by four other wagons occupied by relatives of some of the Douglas County families.
     In due time they reached West Port Landing, now Kansas City, and here they were joined by other westward bound families. With about 30 wagons and many horseback riders with rifles before them and two experienced scouts they pulled out on the trail. The Missouri families chose Lock as their Captain. By this time there were about 15 wagons, about 15 riding horses, four race horses and 105 head of cattle in the Missouri portion of the caravan. The other portion of the train was composed by people from Illinois and Indiana.
     They had the usual hardships and fun incidents to crossing the plains.  One thing I remember as related by my great uncle was that sometimes in order to find grass and water for their livestock and themselves they had to drive off the trail a short distance. One warm afternoon after traveling most of the day without water, they came to Green River in Wyoming. When the cattle saw and smelled the water they broke into a stampede and cattle, men and horses, work steers and wagons loaded with families all plunged into the river. It was not a large stream at that point but wagons were turned over, coupling poles and wagon tongues smashed and they were delayed one whole day getting repaired.
      They reached the Sacramento Valley in September 1857, and finally settled near what is now Santa Rosa. Lock sold his steers (40 head) for $40.00 per head and had several horse races. Bill Alsup had taken claim for a homestead, but Lock, thinking the title based on Spanish rule would be no good, did not file a claim and persuaded his brother to return with him to Douglas County in 1858.
     Lock Alsup, Jack Alsup, Bill Alsup and about a dozen other Douglas and Webster County men returned by horseback to their homes in Missouri. The women folk came by sail boat from San Francisco to the Isthmus of Panama, by sail boat to New Orleans and by river boat to St. Genevieve, thence overland by team and wagon back to Douglas County. Although these early settlers were mostly uneducated as to books, many of them had a wonderful lot of expertise and knowledge of the ways of the world.
     These early settlers were for the most part healthy and strong and good workers. They raised wheat and oats in small quantities, corn being the principal crop. The outside range was very good and their livestock was usually fat in the fall of the year.
     From about 1850 until the outbreak of the Civil War, there was some scheming and conniving to get homestead land close by for all members of a family, and if some outsider got to close to where some family or close friends planned to take claims, they tried to get rid of them one way or another. Some times this strife over who got a certain homestead resulted in bloodshed or “knock-down and drag-out fights.”
     One such fight was related to the writer by an eyewitness. It happened in 1859 in what is now called and was then called “race track hollow”. There was to be a horse race between horses owned by Lock Alsup and one of the Neal’s. Some of the Upper Fox Creek boys were heard to say they were going down there and “run old Lock Alsup and his boys off, and if any of them Woods’ or Upshaw’s sided in with them they would get the same treatment”.  They were all getting to close anyway. The net result of this race track fight was that one of old Lock’s side had to be hauled away, and 13 of the upper creek fellows had to be hauled away. One was killed outright and another died a short time later.
     The law, yes there was some law and a warrant was issued for one of Lock’s men, charging him with causing the death of John Gideon, but the Civil War broke out the next year and old Lock and his crowd joined the Union Army, and for the most part the other side joined the Confederate forces. For the next four years the law was with whoever had the best gun. The year 1865 found several gaps in the ranks of the early settlers of Douglas County. The County Courthouse had been destroyed by fire and most of the records, which were few, were also destroyed. The County seat was at Vera Cruz, then located about two miles above the mouth of Hunter Creek on Bryant.
     During the Civil War there were many things happened that would now be interesting reading, but few records were kept of many events, both of kindness and heroism; and some on the side of cruelty have been forgotten. Herewith the writer wishes to relate a few he is certain that took place.
     In the winter of 1863, many of the men folk who had been away to war had returned and the county was being continually raided by bands of Rebels and other who would carry off anything they could find to eat or wear. It became necessary that the man band together for protection and these organizations were known as “Missouri Home Guards”. One of the Home Guard Companies, later mustered into Company “H” Forty-sixth Mounted Infantry under the command of Captain Moses Lock Alsup, was stationed near the County seat at Vera Cruz. In December 1863 they received word that a band of Rebels was moving from Texas County south and no doubt would be at Wheat’s Store (now Buckhart) the next day. Lock Alsup and about 10 men went to Buckhart and hid themselves and waited. The owner of the store lived in a house located about where the Frank Scherer residence now stands.
     The Alsup men divided, five went into the house, three in the barn with the horses and two stationed themselves on the bluff overlooking the spring. The road ran between the house and the spring. The Rebel band arrived about noon and two of the men dismounted and started into the house when suddenly “all hell broke loose”. The two men fell dead, and as the boys from the barn and on the bluff opened up it looked like time to go, so the remainder of the band of about 15 men fled. Some were badly wounded. The Douglas County boys soon mounted and started after them, following them as far south as the mouth of Bryant Creek, but never came in contact with them any more. The result of this fight was three Rebels killed, one horse killed and two of the Rebels’ horses captured. One of the Alsup men had a horse slightly wounded.
     Another fight with a band of Rebels happened just north of where Cold Springs now is. It was in the summer of 1864. The story was repeated by three eye witnesses, John Lock Alsup, age 9, Liza Alsup and Martha Alsup, grown women (Liza married Moses F. Woods and Martha married Jesse Cox.)
     On this day about 20 of Alsup’s men were camped at a spring about a mile northwest of where Lock Alsup lived and where several of the Alsup women were staying with their children. Lock was just leaving home one day about 10:00 A. M. when he saw coming toward his place a whole road full of Rebel soldiers. He started at once at full speed to where his men were camped. The Rebel band, about 20 men, rode up to the house and some dismounted and went in. The women told them to get out and leave or they would be killed, but they paid little attention to them and proceeded to plunder the house. After eating everything that was cooked and getting all the supplies they wanted, they set fire to the house.
     They permitted John Lock to take his one year old brother Shelt, and two sisters, Polly Ann and Patsy, out into the road. As the women would carry out the bedding and other things, the men would take them and toss them back into the fire.  Aunt Liza stated that she thought her father and the men would never come, but suddenly, she looked up the hollow and the whole field was blue men coming at full speed. Her father, Captain Lock Alsup, was riding about in the center of the skirmish line; her brother Tom was riding his favorite horse “Big Jim”, a second class race horse, and she had to laugh at big Henry Collins riding his mule “that always ran crooked”.
     On they came and the Rebels seeing they had better get, started running for their horses, and some fired their muskets at the Union men as they started to run away, but none of their fire seemed to hit. As the Douglas County boys swept past the burning house, with Tom Alsup a little in the lead, she said she saw the fire from his old Navy pistol and saw one of the Rebels reel in his saddle, but on they went. Two or three of the men stopped to help with the fire but the house was destroyed. Later when all was quiet they heard someone calling for help just around the hill, and the two girls Liza and Martha Alsup, went to see who it was, and after being told he would not hurt them they went to where a young man lay dying. He told them where his mother lived in Arkansas and they later wrote the mother. Another Rebel was killed down Fox Creek about where the New Hope graveyard is now located.
     This all happened just north of where highway “F” crosses Clever Creek. The old Lock Alsup cabin which still stands just north of the highway was built the following winter (1864), right where the one above mentioned burned.
     The last fighting between organized military units in the eastern part of the country took place on November 3, 1864, just where State Highway “F” crosses Bryant. Some of the old timers call it the battle of Vera Cruz. I have talked to two of the men who were there and took part in it and with several others who were familiar with all the details of what happened.
     Lock Alsup, in command of Company “H” 46th Regiment of Missouri Volunteer Mounted Infantry, was camped on top of the rise just north of Highway “F” on the east side of Bryant Creek, it would now be in the Charley Coats’ field. The road ran near the creek at this point up to about 50 yards below the highway bridge where it crossed the creek and ran almost due north just about where the county road now runs.
     Alsup’s men were cooking dinner and had three large kettles of beans and bacon just about done. Johnson Burris was helping with the cooking. He was rather young to be in the Army but to big to stay out. Some were eating and some were making coffee, when suddenly someone on guard came running in and reported that about 200 Rebel soldiers had just passed John Hooper’s house coming down the creek. (John Hopper lived at what is now called the John Stuttler place). Alsup’s men started for their horses when they saw two Rebels down in the road. They saw the Union men and ran back up the road with the Union men close in pursuit, led by Ben Alsup and Spence Collins. They started firing at the fleeing Rebels just about the time they crossed the creek at a point just about the west end of the present highway bridge.    
     There they were met by the main body of the Rebel troops who started firing at close range. Spence Collins and his horse both fell dead, Ben Alsup’s horse fell dead, The Coble boy fell, the Yarberry boy fell, John Bivans fell, Robert A. Martin fell, James H. McMellon fell. When Tom Alsup and Alvis Ball turned the curve and saw what was happening they hit the brush on each side of the road, Alvis riding back and yelling to the men that the road was full of bullets, and to get out of the road. Tom Alsup seeing his brother Ben behind a tree loading his cap and ball pistol, yelled to him to get out of there.  A big Rebel sergeant said, “I’ll get him out”, as he raided his musket and fired tearing the bark off the tree with a load of buckshot, just as black smoke flew from Tom’s old Navy Pistol and the big sergeant slapped both hands to his head and rolled backwards. Tom dashed up on “Big Jim”, and Ben jumped on behind him as bullets whined on both sides of them they made the creek and crossed back into the little field where several of the boys were again gathering.
     Several of the men lost had their horses and were on foot. A hasty investigation showed that they were outnumbered three or four to one. In a short time the Rebels came on down the road, formed a skirmish line at the lower edge of the little field and started up the hill. The command was given for each man to take care of
himself. The union boys all fled north into the woods and the Rebels didn’t follow.
     Several incidents happened, as is usually the case, that never are mentioned. As the fighting grew intense, Bill Coats turned and started to run down the road and had turned up the Tarbutton Creek, when two Rebels kicked some rails off the fence and started after him. Coats reached the hill and some 30 to 40 yards up the steep hill when they ran up on their horses and shouted to him to “stop you dam Yankee SOB, or we will blow you in two.” Bill said “alright, boys you’ve got me, I can’t make another step”. But by the time they had tied their horses and pulled themselves up to where Bill was, they found nothing but Bill’s boots. He had slipped off the heavy boots and fled around the hill.
     Another incident that happened was not so little for one man. When the Rebels charged up the hill to where the Union men were having dinner they found Johnson Burris still cooking his beans and bacon. They made a prisoner of him and one other fellow who could not get away for some reason. Neither was armed and after being threatened with death several times were released the next day.
     That night Lock Alsup gathered his men together and gave orders for action the next day. He thought the Rebels would continue to move on down Bryant Creek, so he stationed a few men on top of every bluff with orders to fire after the Rebels were well along and could not stop and make a stand. They were fired on at the mouth of Hunter Creek and Gaulding’s Mill, just above the mouth of Rippee Creek, and once just over the “Boat Hole” (and it was called the Boat Hole then), located just above where highway 14 crossed Bryant. Two men were shot from their horses at the Boat Hole Crossing. One died and the other was taken into a house nearby and nursed back to where he could travel, and returned to his home in Shannon County.
     The net result of this fighting was, six of Alsup’s men were killed, and a number wounded, eight head of horses killed or crippled, and one horse captured from the Rebels. On the Rebel side, six men were killed, and a number of horses were killed. A report of this fighting can be found in the records of Douglas County, Missouri.
     After this Rebel band disappeared, going south, not much trouble was had with organized bands in Douglas County.
     During the year 1865, the Civil War ended and all the soldiers from Douglas County were discharged. But prosperity soon followed peace, better houses were built, more land cleared and the work horse began to replace the oxen. Homesteaders came from the east; schools, almost unknown before the war, were being established; churches were built, and better roads were constructed. The steam engine made its way into Douglas County, sawmills and grist mills, even flour mills were soon to be found. The old wheat and grain cradle held on until about 1900, and the horse powered threshing machine continued in use until some time in the 1900’s.
     The grain reaper which was short lived made its appearance in this part of the country about 1895 and was a thing of the past by 1905. The self binder, as they were called, made its first appearance in Champion and Cass Townships in the year 1902. The Barker Brothers bought the first steam threshing machine in this section in the year 1899. Tom and Jack Alsup brought in the first double shovels in 1880. They bought just one each to try them and see if they would work. They did and the old single stock bull tongue began to lose out as a row crop plow.
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THE REASON FOR THE MOVE TO CALIFORNIA IN 1857
 
Two very diverse reasons have surfaced in my research. The first version is one from Nancie Todd Weber, an early Douglas County researcher. Her early ancestors were very Anti-Alsup
“April 1856, Locke, his family and his brother Bill joined a California bound wagon train. Bill had arranged for Andy Martin to kill Leroy Upshaw (died 1856), and he wanted to divert suspicion. They took their race horses, settled near Santa Rosa, didn’t like it and returned to Douglas County in August of 1857. Bill Alsup then married the widow Upshaw and took over the Upshaw farm.
 
The second version is from Noble G. Barker, a descendant of Moses Locke Alsup.
The California trip was made to get gold (wealth) but not with a pick and shovel. They took race horses (quarter horses) which the Alsup’s raised and raced in the Ozarks. They were successful. They also took beef cattle which they sold at a good profit. I doubt that they all intended to stay in California. Thomas Alsup’s wife and children did not go.
 
And another version of the trip back home, by an unknown writer
Thomas S. Alsup took the women and children by ship to Panama. They hired a man with ox carts to take them across the Isthmus. They took another ship to New Orleans and a steam boat up the Mississippi. The rest of the men came back overland on horses.
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NEW ORLEANS, WHO IS WILEY ALSUP- TWO VERSIONS OF THIS STORY
 
Nancie Todd Weber’s version:
Moses Locke also had an illegitimate son name Wiley, born 1855, a mulatto, by one of his slaves.
       Note: Writer unknown: Wiley’s mother, free or otherwise, probably worked in Moses Alsup’s household but wasn’t necessarily a slave, though whoever passed that information on to me years ago used the word. When Wiley was in his late teens he and his Dad did not get along, they had an argument and Wiley took off to Colorado and was not heard of again.
      Here again the writer is unknown to me. This is completely false as Wiley remained in Missouri and Arkansas and left many records. Jerry Alsup found his tombstone in an abandoned Cemetery in Jackson County, Arkansas, in a cow pasture broken into two pieces and it is now in his possession.
 
Noble Barker’s version:
Moses Lock went to New Orleans to meet the family when they returned from California by ship. While there, he went to a slave auction and bought a slave woman, Leatha, who had a little boy named Wiley. He had not intended to buy the boy but Leatha carried on so about their being separated that Moses bought the boy too.
          Over the years I have corresponded with many people about this situation. Wiley was not the little boy Leatha had at that time, as it is my understanding that the boy was Logan Alsup, born 1850. If this be true Moses bought Leatha about 1852/53, (Oh, for the bill of sale) well before the trip to California. Leatha and her son Wiley (born 1855) were more than likely along on the trip to California as Moses wife Patsy was big with child and must have taken Leatha along as a nurse and helper for Patsy. They were hardly in California when her child Cynthia was born.
      Moses must have provided well for all his children, including the boy Logan Alsup, alongside his own children as Logan was a successful merchant in Springfield, Missouri, leaving a will in the Greene County, Missouri Court records.
     The daughter Mary A. (wife of William Glasco) must have been from an unknown lady born in Tennessee. Jane (wife of Austin Spriggs) was born from a neighbor lady in Douglas County, who kept Jane for awhile then sent her to live with Moses and his family. On the 1870 Douglas County Census, Wiley was listed as 15 years of age and Cynthia is listed as 13 years old. So Wiley was born before the women folk had sailed home from California.
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 Early Settlers of Douglas County, Missouri, by Bessie J. Selleck- pages 30-35
DENLOW- True to its name, Denlow lies low within the confines of the Ozark Valley where the clear water trickles down from the big springs above and flows down toward the road and the fields of old Fox Creek. The old mill and blacksmith shop have now disappeared long before the people rode their horses there to do some trading with Uncle Sevier Upshaw’s store and to get their horses shod at the blacksmith shop long before it became known as Denlow. Drury Upshaw with his large family migrated to what is now Denlow in the year 1858. He, together with his sons acquired over 1,000 acres of land in the settlement. The old Upshaw home stood on the ground about where the Denlow School House is now located. The settlement was then known as Upshaw.
     Several other families located near there and bought government land. Among then were the families of Alsup, Woods, Starks, and others. It is related that Athol Starks was the first man to drive a wagon up what is now known as the old Fox Creek road. He cleared his way up to the top of a ridge and settled there with his family. It is said that one day he was confronted by a man who demanded that he vacate his homestead on the grounds that he was the new owner. Starks got his shotgun and ordered the intruder off the premises and that was the last of claimant.
      James Woods was living in this vicinity in 1850. After the Civil War he moved to a new location but was killed before he had a chance to live on the new homestead. His oldest son John S. Woods inherited the place and lived there until his death. Moses Lock Alsup located on Fox Creek at an early date. He was a lover of fine horses and with his brother Bill (William Newton) opened up a race track on Fox Creek. It became a popular place for the men to gather from all over the county. There they talked politics, chewed tobacco, drank corn liquor, and settled many feuds in no uncompromising manner. The local politics were mostly “Alsup and Anti-Alsup”. Among the men who owned and raced horses were Burris, Alsup, Hoffman, Hitchcock, Spurlock, Potter, Woods, Miller, Davis and Collins. The names of the horses were “Old Grinder, Cold Deck, Gulliver, Biddy, Gray Fox, Brown Kate, Paddy, Esther, Sherman, Nancy Hanks, Gray Jenny, Fly, and Red Buck”. After a few of the men went broke, the race track was abandoned. Henry Malernee now owns the land where the old track used to be.
      After the Civil War, bloodshed from “Bushwhacking” produced a reign of terror that resulted in some of the families leaving the county, in fear or their lives. One man near Denlow left his crops standing in the field and took his family to live in a more law abiding community 50 miles away. He was forced to walk while his wife rode their only horse to their destination.
      An incident which caused much speculation was the killing of Leroy Upshaw at Rockbridge in 1856. Mr. Upshaw had gone to the mill and was tying up his horse, when he was shot from ambush. Although it was claimed the assailant was known, nothing was ever done to punish the offender. Before Shelt (James Shelton) Alsup became involved in the Arkansas affair which resulted in his death, he served as Sheriff of Douglas County. It is reported that while in the office, one day he came into the Court room, threw his official report on the table, fired a shot into the ceiling and one into the floor and exclaimed, “I have the third bullet here for the first County Judge who turns down the report”. His report was immediately adopted. 
     An incident which caused many controversial stories was the killing of John Hatfield on May 5, 1871. Several persons living in Fox Creek were accused of being involved. The incident is supposed to have happened in the following manner: John Hatfield, who had married the Widow Davis, was living on the old Livingstone place. He was a Civil War veteran and known to be a good shot. Furthermore, he was not afraid of the Alsup Family or of anyone else. One day, Katie and Nancy Alsup (Ben’s and Shelt’s wives) were out picking up apples and passed the Hatfield place with their aprons full of apples. Hatfield accused them of stealing apples. Shelt went up to see Hatfield about the accusation, and his dog got into a fight with Hatfield’s dog. One word brought on another and Hatfield took a shot at Shelt. Shelt fired back, and the shot splintered the door of the Hatfield home. Later on, Shelt and Ben went up the branch one day. The branch ran parallel with the road which passed by the Hatfield house. Mrs. Hatfield was out looking for a turkey’s nest when she spied Shelt and Ben. She ran and told Hatfield, who took a shot at the boys. Ben was shot in the side and thumb while Shelt received a wound in the chest. The Alsup men headed for the Martin place, where Sarah Martin (who was about to become a Mother) tied up the wounded man’s thumb.
     A warrant for Hatfield’s arrest was soon issued. Billy Hopper was the Deputy Sheriff and John S. Woods was Constable at the time. They proceeded to arrest Hatfield. They put him on a horse and started to the Justice of the Peace. While on the way there, there were stopped by a group of men who appeared from the brush thicket and shouted, “Get out of the way”. Guns were fired and Hatfield was killed. Someone had taken a shot at the prisoner and killed him. It was reported that Moses Woods was the one who fired the fatal shot. One of the men in the party turned state’s evidence. However, so far as it is known, none received punishment for the killing.
     During the Civil War, Ben Alsup was taken prisoner by the Confederates and placed in a prison near Jonesboro, Arkansas. He was required to work in a tan yard. They placed him beside a blind mule and made him work alongside the mule, hitched to a single tree. This experience ruined his hands for life. Later after the War, Ben and his brother Bill ran across the man who had worked him in the tan yard. Ben recognized the man and killed him outright. After the above mentioned affair, Shelt Alsup moved down to Baxter County, Arkansas. It was located in a Rebel District where a “still house” was located. Shelt like to frequent the place and often imbibed to much spirits. One day after such occurrence, he got into an argument with his old enemies and a fight began. Shelt was badly beaten up. One on them hit Shelt with a rock which paralyzed his face from the blow. This happened in 1873. Shelt’s folks brought him back to Douglas County where he recovered from the injury. He then started out to avenge his persecutors. He took some men along with him from Douglas County. He watched for his chance and when he saw his old enemy coming, he ordered him to stand still and get his medicine. Presumably he killed the man, for some witnesses later identified Shelt as the one who accosted the Arkansas man.
      After Shelt returned to his Douglas County home, Sheriff Harden Vickery and a posse of men went to Shelt’s home to arrest him. He refused to come out of the house. This happened on March 8, 1879. The posse began to fire into the house and Alsup returned the fire. The shooting continued until the Alsup child, who was 5 years of age, was killed. Mrs. Alsup then went outside and told the posse that they had killed her child. Before the affray ended, Shelt Alsup and Sheriff Vickery were both killed.
     Tom Alsup was killed from ambush on election day, November 4, 1884. A man named Morg (Morgan) Riley was subsequently tried for the crime and acquitted. This affair took place on Brush Creek about 5 miles south of Buckhart. In later years Jack Alsup was found dead in the old mill pond at Mt. Grove, where he had been drowned either from accident or foul play. It had been rumored that he had been killed then placed in the pond to make it appear to be a case of drowning.
      Bert Alsup was thrown from his horse cart by a runaway horse and killed. This made the fourth death in the Alsup family by violent means. Old timers remarked “They all died with their boots on”. Ben Alsup passed peacefully away at the home of his daughter in 1880 sic(1886). Moses Woods, whose name was linked with the Alsup family, also passed peacefully away in 1908 after a long and quiet life spent during his declining years at Mountain Grove, Missouri.
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Missouri Historical Review, Vol. 25, pages 669-670
The ALSUP-FLEETWOOD FEUD
From the Kansas City Times, March 11, 1931
     Fifteen miles east and north of Gainesville are the Althea Springs, recently bought by a Chicago public utility concern, where in the future will rise another hydro-electric dam. Backwaters of the development will spread north, no doubt, into southern Douglas County and inundate the feudal grounds of the famous Alsup-Fleetwood clan. When travelers go out to the Vera Cruz and Buckhart neighborhood, at the forks of Bryant and Fox Creeks, looking over this new project when it gets under way, it will be well for them to pause and learn of the longest and bitterest feud ever waged in the Ozark hill country. This part of Douglas and Ozark counties was original Ozark feud land. Here the Alsup and Fleetwood families lived and fought each other in open warfare for half a century. Here is where more than 200 lives were lost-sacrificed to the lust of these two clans for each other’s blood.
     In the graveyard at the forks of the two Creeks are stones marking the ancient graves where Shelt and Lock Alsup are laid away. Others of the Alsup clan also were buried there, and in this same cemetery lies the remains of many of the Fleetwood’s, the Branson’s, and the Spurlock’s-all pioneer families who participated in these battles of the long ago. Historians have devoted many pages to this feud, a popular novelist made it the basis of a colorful romance of the hills (Shepherd of the Hills). Writers have come here by the dozens to gather material for stories, based upon this reign of terror, beginning in 1820 and ending after the Civil War.
    Charles Alsup, now living at Ava, Missouri, says there was never a real feud between the Alsup’s and the Fleetwood’s, but it was a case more of less of the field against the Alsup’s. He says the vendetta did not end with the Civil War, but lasted until about 1875, when Shelt Alsup, Sheriff at the time was shot from ambush. His relatives did not take up the task of punishing the assassins. Alsup said his grandfather employed by the Missouri legislature to choose a site for the Douglas county seat and that they laid out the town of Ava and sold enough lots to build the old wooden courthouse, now about to tumble in the public square.
     The first of the Alsup clan come to the Ozarks in 1812 from Eastern Tennessee. Tom headed the colony of twelve Alsup families, all large and real mountaineers. A few years later came to this backwoods region the Fleetwood’s, equally numerous and vigorous. They were from Kentucky. One clan lived on Bryant Creek, the other on Fox Creek. The level plateau dividing the two clans was common ground, later a battlefield. Trouble started between the children. A young Alsup was taking his sweetheart home from church one night when for pure deviltry, the Fleetwood boys separated him from his girl and gave him a thrashing. The boys father went over to have the fracas adjusted, a quarrel followed, and an Alsup killed a Fleetwood. News spread and the men took sides. Years passed, each seeing bloody results of the feud. Sometimes an effort was made by cooler heads to end the troubles, there would be an armed truce for a time, but for trivial reasons feud fires would blaze again with redoubled violence.
      In October 1860, it was mutually agreed to meet and fight it out in battle formation. The level plateau between the two creeks was chosen. It was, and is today, a typical post oak flat. Here the two clans met, about 100 on each side and fought in Indian fashion from behind trees. The fight was a draw, but more than twenty lives were lost. A Circuit Judge and special prosecutor brought this matter before a grand jury and fifty men were indicted. They were scheduled for trial in the spring of 1861. Then came the war and the Fleetwood’s volunteered with the Confederate. Alsup’s went with the Federals.
      When the Alsup’s came back, having fought on the winning side, they at once got into the official saddle, holding most of the County offices. (Holding all at one time). They made good officials but were dictatorial. Once, when the county court did not agree with Sheriff Shelt Alsup, he came into the courtroom, threw his official report on the table, fired one shot into the ceiling and one into the floor and said “I have a third bullet here for the first damned County Judge that turns down that report”. His report was then and there adopted. For twenty years the Alsup faction reigned in Douglas county politics after the war, than all suddenly were ousted by the official ballot and the reign of these feudists had ended.
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Reminiscent History of the Ozark Region, (Goodspeed, 1894) page 226
Biography of Thomas Livingston. Mr. Livingston was married in Howell County to Miss Susan J. Alsup, a native of Greene County, Missouri, born November 13, 1838, the daughter of Benjamin and Nancy (Thomas) Alsup, both natives of Tennessee. About 1835, Mr. and Mrs. Alsup came to Greene County, Missouri, but later located on Fox Creek. Mrs. Alsup died in Greene County in 1862, and her husband in Benton County, Arkansas in 1879 sic (1886). In 1862 Mr. Alsup was taken prisoner by the Confederates and held for three years, three months and twenty days in Southern prisons. He was not in service, and was taken prisoner at his home in Howell County. To his marriage were born the following children, John, William, Zachariah, Susan, Sarah, Elsie and Thomas, all deceased except Zachariah, Susan and Sarah. Mr. Alsup held to the principals of the Republican Party. He was County Judge of Howell County for two terms, and also a man of education and was prominent in all public enterprises.
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Last Will of Benjamin Alsup, Will Book A, page 6, Douglas Co, MO.
To my son Z. T. Alsup, to my two daughters, Susan P. Livingston, now being in Benton County, Arkansas and Sarah A Martin. (Recorded in Douglas County, Missouri, December 15, 1886.)
Benjamin Alsup married (1) Dorothy Crain, 20 January 1830 in Hardeman Co. Tennessee and had a son John, born ca 1831, who died as an infant. Benjamin then married (2) Nancy Thomas, 13 December 1833, in Hardeman County, Tennessee and had children William, ca 1834, Zachariah Taylor, Aug 1837, Susan J., 18 Nov 1838, Sarah Ann, Jul 1840, Elsie, ca 1844 and Thomas, ca 1846. Benjamin Alsup married (3) Jincy Jane Freeman, before 1880.
Benjamin was found 1840 Greene Co, MO. Census-1850 Greene Co. MO. Census-1860 Howell Co. MO. Census-1870 Howell Co. MO. Census and 1880 Douglas Co. MO census. This Benjamin Alsup was a brother of Moses Locke Alsup.
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MOSES LOCKE ALSUP

Moses Locke Alsup 1813-1896 (part 2)

Moses Locke Alsup, (son of John C. Alsup and Sarah Locke “Sally” Robinson) was born 31 Oct 1813, Giles Co, Tennessee. He died 23 Jul 1896, Douglas County, Missouri. He was buried Denlow Cemetery. He married 24 Jan 1834 Madison County, Tennessee to Martha “Patsy” Grant, (daughter of James Grant and Ursley ______) born 3 Mar 1811, East Tennessee. She died 9 Jul 1879, Douglas County, Missouri. She was buried Denlow Cemetery.
Moses was a farmer and a member of the Campbellites (Church of Christ) Church.
Known children of Moses L. Alsup.
Child of Moses L. Alsup and an unknown lady:
1. Mary A. Alsup, born ca 1834, Hardeman Co, TN. She was listed as 35 on the 1870 census. She married William Glasco, date and place unknown, and had 3 children, Harriet, 1854, Martha, 1859 and William, 1865.
Child of Moses L. Alsup and Patsy Grant
2. Thomas Shelton Alsup, born 23 January 1836. Hardeman Co, TN.
3. John Benton “Jack” Alsup, born 2 Apr 1840, Greene Co, MO
4. Benjamin Alsup, born Jun 1843, Tippah Co. MS
5. James Shelton “Shelt” Alsup, born 25 Jun 1844, Ozark Co, MO.
6. Elizabeth “Eliza” Alsup, born 1 Apr 1847, Ozark Co, MO
7. Burton A. Alsup, born 23 Aug 1850, Ozark Co, MO.
Child of Moses L. Alsup and an unknown lady:
8. Jane Alsup, born 1852, Ozark Co, MO. She married Austin Spriggs
Child of Moses L. Alsup and Patsy Grant:
9. Martha Alsup, born 3 Dec 1853, Douglas Co, MO
Child of Moses L. Alsup and an unknown lady:
10. William Wiley Alsup, born 5 Feb 1855, Douglas Co, MO.
Child of Moses L. Alsup and Patsy Grant:
11. Cynthia Ann Alsup, born 14 Sep 1857, Santa Rosa, CA.
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Moses Locke Alsup married (2) 19 Oct 1882, Douglas Co, MO to Ettie C. Smith. After the death of Moses L. Alsup, Ettie married (2) James P. McCall ca 1897.
Children of Moses L. Alsup and Ettie C. Smith.
1. Minnie Alsup, born Feb 1880, Douglas Co, MO-1900 Douglas Co, MO. Clay Twp. Alsup, Minnie 20 f Feb 1880, step/dau, living in household of James L. (40) & Etta C. (40) McCall.
2. Clementine Alsup, born Sep 1883, Douglas Co, MO-(1900 Albany Co, WY. Lookout Prect. Alsup, Clementine, Sep 1883, sister/law, living in household of Henry J. (47) & Cynthia (42) Burris.
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1850 Ozark Co, MO. 45thDist. Page 19
251-251 ALLSUP, M. L. 36 m TN farmer
Patsy 39 f NC
Thomas 4 m TN
Jack Benton 10 m MO
Benjamin 7 m MS
James S. 5 m MO
Eliza 3 f MO
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1860 Douglas Co, MO. Falling Springs, MO. page 862
217-217 ALSOP, Moses L. 46 m TN farmer
Martha 49 f NC
John B. 20 m MO
Benjamin 18 m MO
Shelton 16 m MO
Eliza A. 12 f MO
Burton A. 10 m MO
Jane 8 f MO
Martha 7 f MO
Sinthia 3 f MO (born in CA)
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1870 Douglas Co, MO. Cass Twp. Arno, MO. page 662
64-64 ALSUP, Moses L. 57 m TN farmer
Martha 58 f TN
Wiley 15 m MO
Synthia A. 13 f CA
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1880 Douglas Co, MO. Cass Twp. Page 543
316-372 ALSUP Moses L. 66 m TN TN NC farming
GLASCO, William 15 m MO MO TN grand/son
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Child # 1. Mary A. Alsup born ca 1834, Hardeman Co, TN. She married William Glasco, place & date unknown and had 3 children. Harriet, Martha and William.
1870 Douglas Co, MO. Census, Cass Twp. Arno, MO. Page 662
63-63 WOODS, Moses F. 36 m MO farmer
Eliza 23 f MO keeping house
GLASCO, Mary A. 35 f TN keeping house
Harriet 16 f MO
Martha 11 f MO
William 5 m MO
64-64 ALSUP, Moses L. 57 m TN farmer
Martha 58 m TN keeping house
Wiley 15 m MO
Synthia A. 13 f CA
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Child # 2. Thomas Shelton Alsup, born 23 Jan 1836, Hardeman Co, TN. Died 4 Nov 1884, Douglas Co, MO. He was murdered by Morgan “Morg” Riley. He is listed in the cemetery records of Denlow Cemetery, Douglas Co. There is also a headstone with the same dates in the Henderson Cemetery, in Douglas Co. He married 1854, Catherine Sweeton, (dau of William “Bill Sweeton and Delila Rebecca Riley), born 19 Jun 1837 in Indiana, and died 15 Nov 1928, Brush Creek, Douglas Co, MO. After the death of Thomas S. Alsup, his wife Catherine married Lock Riley.
Children:
1. John Locke Alsup, 29 Sep 1855, Douglas Co, MO, married (1) Mary Eaton (2) Cynthia Ann Burris.
2. Mary Ann “Polly” Alsup, 11 Mar 1860, Douglas Co, MO, married Robert “Bob” Phoenix.
3. Martha “Patsy” Alsup, born 1862, Douglas Co, MO, married (1) Alex Riley (2) Henry Marler.
4. James Shelton Alsup, born 11 Oct 1863, Douglas Co, MO, married Phoebe Ousley.
5. Benjamin Fitzwater “Fitch” Alsup, born 11 Feb 1866, Douglas Co, MO, married Lucy Ousley.  
6. William M. Alsup, born 3 Jan 1868, Douglas Co, MO, died 24 Feb 1869.
7. Eliza Alsup, born 1869, Douglas Co, MO, married Robert S. Coats.
8. Frank Alsup, born 2 Jul 1871, Douglas Co, MO, married Mary E. “Polly” Furgeson.
9. Thomas Benton “Bug” Alsup, born Aug 1872, Douglas Co, MO, married Martha Burris.
10. Zachariah Taylor Alsup, born 26 Jul 1874, Douglas Co, MO, married Susan Elizabeth Alsup.
11. Allie Jane Alsup, born 11 Feb 1877, Douglas Co. MO, died 1896.
12. Infant Son Alsup, born 24 Oct 1879, died 19 Nov 1879, Douglas Co, MO.
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1860 Douglas Co, MO. Falling Springs, MO. Page 862
215-215 ALSOP, Thomas 24 m TN farmer
Catherine 22 f IN
John L. 4 m MO
Polly 1/12 f MO
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1870 Douglas Co, MO. Cass Twp. Arno, MO. Page 658
12-12 ALSUP, Thomas S. 34 m TN farmer
Catherine 32 f IN
John L. 14 m MO
Polly A. 11 f MO
Patsy 8 f MO
James S. 6 m MO
Benjamin F. 4 m MO
Eliza 1 f MO
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1880 Douglas Co, MO. Jackson Twp. Page 540
286-299 ALSUP, Thomas S. 48 m MS
Catherine 47 f IN wife
Shelton 18 m MO son
Fitch 15 m MO son
Eliza 11 f MO dau
Frank 9 m MO son
Thomas 7 m MO son
Zachariah 5 m MO son
Alla J. 3 f MO dau
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1900 Douglas Co, MO. Richland Twp. Page 192
253-256 RILEY, Lock 35 m Jan 1865 MO. md 15 yr
13 ch/6 alive Catherine 64 f Feb 1836 IN wife md 15 yr
ALSUP, Walter 6 m Feb 1894 AR step- grandson (son of Frank)
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1910 Douglas Co, MO. Jackson Twp. Page 10
51-51 RILEY, Lock 45 m MO md (1) 24 yr
10 ch/8 alive Catherine 68 f MO md (2) 24 yr
ALSUP, Walter 16 m AR step grand/son
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Child # 3. John Benton “Jack” Alsup was born 2 Apr 1840, Greene Co. MO. And died 12 Feb 1893, Mountain Grove, Wright Co, MO. Buried in Denlow Cemetery, Douglas Co, MO. He married ca 1865, (1) Julianna Hicks, (dau of Robert D. Hicks and Catherine “Polly” Sweeton). Julianna was born 1845, MO and died ca 1884 in Douglas Co, MO. John Benton “Jack” married (2) 10 Oct 1885, Douglas Co, MO. to Mrs. Nancy Jane Coats Alsup, widow of his brother James Shelton Alsup. She was a daughter of Jeremiah Coats and Mary A. “Polly” McIntosh. Nancy was born 14 Dec 1845, MO. and died 17 Oct 1917, Springfield, Greene Co, MO.
Children by Julianna Hicks:
1. Lydia Ann Alsup, born 1866 Douglas Co, MO. md John Ousley
2. Eliza Alsup, born 18 Oct 1867, Douglas Co, MO. died 20 Dec 1869.
3. Sarah Almedia Alsup, born Jan 1870, Douglas Co, MO. md Ambrose Valentine Nelson.
4. Vina Rosetta Alsup, born 1 Nov 1872, Douglas Co, MO. md S. D. Nelson, 1910
5. Minerva S. Alsup, born 1874, Douglas Co, MO. md Francis Jilson Nelson.
6. Ursley H. Alsup, born 7 Jan 1876, Douglas Co, MO. died 29 Jul 1877.
7. Wesley S. Alsup, born Mar 1878, Douglas Co, MO. md (1) Edna Lucy Carpenter
8. Frances Rosetta “Fanny” Alsup, born 19 May 1880, Douglas Co, MO. md James Crawford Upshaw.
9. Phoebe Alsup, born 31 Dec 1884, Douglas Co, MO. md Alex McPherson.

Children by his 2ndwife Mrs. Nancy Jane Coats Alsup
1. Vincent Stewart Alsup, born 9 Aug 1886, Mountain Grove, MO. md Burnettie June “Nettie” Brixey.
2. Moses Locke Alsup, born 28 Jun 1888, Hartville, MO. md Ludy Bird Upshaw.
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1870 Douglas Co, MO. Cass Twp. Arno, MO. page 658
8-8 ALSUP, John B. 30 m MO farmer
Julianna 26 f MO
Lydia A. 4 f MO
Sarah 7/12 f MO
PERNELL, Mary E. 17 f MO domestic servant
ALSUP, Burton A. 20 m MO farm laborer (brother)
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1880 Douglas Co, MO. Cass Twp. Page 545
351-412 ALSUP, John B. 40 m TN farming
Julianna 35 f MO wife
Lydia A. 14 f MO dau
Sarah 10 f MO dau
Vina 8 f MO dau
Minnie S. 2 f MO dau
Fannie B. 1/12 f MO dau
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1900 Douglas Co, MO. Cass Twp. Page 232
4-4 ALSUP, Nancy 55 f Dec 1845 MO widowed 9 ch/7 alive
James 21 m May 1879 MO son
Vince 13 m Aug 1886 MO son
Lock 10 m Jul 1888 MO son
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Child # 4 Benjamin Alsup, born Jun 1843, Tippah Co, MS. Died 17 Aug 1920 Walla Walla, WA. He married 1863, Catherine “Katy” McIntosh, (dau of James McIntosh and Nancy Hicks). She was born 1847 Ozark Co, MO. and died Walla Walla, WA
Children:
1. John Benton “Little Jack” Alsup, born 29 Oct 1864, Douglas Co, MO. md Indiana J. “Annie” Shelton.
2. Rachel Ann Alsup born 30 Jul 1866, Douglas Co, MO. md J. M. Shelton.
3. Julianna C. Alsup, born 1 Mar 1870, Douglas Co, MO.
4. Nancy Grant Alsup, born 20 Apr 1872, Douglas Co, MO.
5. Daniel Boone Alsup, born 21 May 1874, Douglas Co, MO.
6. Lillie Pearl Alsup, born 31 Aug 1876, Douglas Co, MO.
7. Lula Mae Alsup, born 2 Jan 1879. Douglas Co, MO
8. Benjamin Andrew Alsup, born 18 Jan 1881, Douglas Co, MO.
9. James C. Alsup, born 22 Jun 1883, Douglas Co, MO.
10. Cora O. Alsup, born 26 Mar 1885, Douglas Co, MO.
11. John A. Logan Alsup, born 7 Jul 1888. Douglas Co, MO. md Teenie Proctor, 1911.
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1870 Douglas Co, MO. Cass Twp. Arno, MO. page 659
13-13 ALSUP, Benjamin 28 m MS farmer
Catherine 23 f MO
John B. 6 m MO
Rachel A. 3 f MO
Julianna 2/12 f MO
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1880 Douglas Co, MO. Cass Twp. Page 545
349-410 ALSUP, Benjamin, Jr. 37 m MS farming
Catherine 33 f MO wife
John B. 15 m MO son
Rachel 12 f MO dau
Julianna 10 f MO dau
Nancy G. 8 f MO dau
Daniel B. 6 m MO son
Lilla P. 3 f MO dau
Lula M. 1 f MO dau
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1900 Latah Co, ID. Palouse Prect. Page 229
159-159 ALSUP, Benjamin 57 m Jun 1842 MS md 35 yr
11 ch/8 alive Catherine 53 f m Jan 1847 MO wife md 35 yr
Cora 15 f Mar 1885 MO dau
John A. L. 11 m Jul 1888 MO son
SHELTON, Rachel A. 33 f Jul 1866 MO dau (widowed) 4 ch/4 alive
Audrey 10 f Jan 1890 MO grand/dau
Ovilla 7 f Nov 1892, MO grand/dau
Louisa 5 f Aug 1894 MO grand/dau
Roy 3 m Dec 1896 MO grand/son
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1920 Walla Walla Co. WA. Berney Twp. Walla Walla, WA. Page 18
ALSUP, Benjamin 77 m MS
Catherine 73 f MO wife
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Child # 5 James Shelton Alsup, born 25 Jun 1844, Ozark Co, MO. died 8 Mar 1879, Douglas Co, MO. He was killed in shootout with the sheriff. Buried Denlow Cemetery. He married Nancy Jane Coats, (dau of Jeremiah Coats and Mary A. “Polly” McIntosh). Born 14 Dec 1845, MO and died 17 Oct 1917, Springfield, Greene Co, MO. buried Denlow Cemetery.
Children:
1. Sarah “Sally” Alsup, born 1866, Douglas Co, MO. md (1) Andrew Proctor (2) John Hiram Rose.
2. Burton Alfred J. Alsup, born 10 Oct 1867, Douglas Co, MO. md (1) Martha Wilson (2) Margaret “Maggie” Lord.
3. Isabell Grant “Ibbie” Alsup, born 5 Mar 1869, Douglas Co, MO. md James Barney Miller.
4. Susan Elizabeth Alsup, born 11 Jan 1872, Douglas Co, MO. md Zachariah Taylor Alsup.
5. Mary Artena Alsup, born 13 Jun 1874, Douglas Co, MO. died along with her father on 8 Mar 1879.
6. Martha Jane Alsup, born 3 Jun 1877, Died 16 Aug 1878, Douglas Co, MO.
7. James Shelton Alsup, Jr. born 1 May 1879, Douglas Co, MO. md Hulda Elizabeth Heard.
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1870 Douglas Co, MO. Census, Cass Twp. Arno, MO. page 659
22-22 ALSUP, James S. 26 m MO farmer
Nancy 24 f MO
Sally 4 f MO
Burton A. J. 2 m MO
Isabell 1 f MO
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1880 Douglas Co, MO. Cass Twp. Page 545
343-414 ALSUP, Nancy 34 f IN widowed
Sarah 14 f MO dau
Bert A. 12 m MO son
Ebba G. 10 f MO dau
Susan E. 8 f MO dau
James S. 1 m MO son
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1900 Douglas Co, MO. Cass Twp. Page 232
4-4 ALSUP, Nancy 55 f Dec 1845 MO. widowed 9 ch/7 alive
James 21 m May 1879 MO son (by 1sthusband)
Vince 13 m Aug 1886 MO son (by 2ndhusband)
Lock 10 m Jul 1888 MO son (by 2ndhusband)
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Child # 6. Elizabeth “Eliza” Alsup, born 1 Apr 1847, MO. died 2 Sep 1916, Mountain Grove, Wright Co, MO. Buried Denlow Cemetery, married Moses F. Woods, born 15 Oct 1835, MO, died 5 May 1903, Mountain Grove, MO. They didn’t have any children.
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1870 Douglas Co, MO. Cass Twp. Arno, MO. page 662
63-63 WOODS, Moses F. 35 m MO farmer
Eliza 23 f MO keeping house
GLASCO, Mary A. 35 f TN keeping house
Harriet 16 f MO
Martha 11 f MO
William 5 m MO
64-64 ALSUP, Moses L. 57 m TN farmer
Martha 58 f TN keeping house
Wiley 15 m MO
Synthia A. 13 f CA
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1900 Wright Co, MO. Mt. Grove, MO. page 198
35-35 WOODS, Moses F. 65 m MO md 36 yr
0 ch/0 alive Eliza 53 f MO wife md 36 yr
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1910 Wright Co, MO. 3rdward, Mt. Grove, MO. page 207
5-5 CONNER, Edward 67 m IL md (2) 31 yr
2 ch/2 alive Bell 57 f IN md (2) 31 yr
WOODS, Eliza 63 f TN widowed 0 ch/0 alive
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Child # 7 Burton A. Alsup, born 23 Aug 1850, Ozark Co, MO. died 25 Jul 1894, Douglas Co, MO. buried Liberty Cemetery, Hartville, Wright Co, MO. On the 1870 Census he was living with his brother John. He married Mary C. Sprague. After the death of Burton A. Alsup, Mary C. married William MURR, 25 Apr 1902.
Children:
1. Ida Mae Alsup, born 15 Jul 1874, died 10 May 1897, Douglas Co, MO.
2. Adella Alsup, born Apr 1875, Douglas Co, MO.
3. Harriet Alsup, born 1878, Douglas Co. MO. Harriet “Hattie” md Ernest John Hulings, 1897.
4. Garfield Alsup, born 1881, Douglas Co, MO.
5. Arthur Alsup, born Mar 1884 Douglas Co, MO. md Della Huggins
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1880 Douglas Co, MO. Cass Twp. Page 545
346-406 ALSUP, B. A. 29 m MO farming
Mary C. 27 f IN wife
Ida M. 6 f MO dau
Adella 4 f MO dau
Harriet 2 f MO dau
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1900 Texas Co, MO. Morris Twp. Page 260
271-271 ALSUP, Mary 46 f Dec 1854 IN widowed
Arthur 16 m Mar 1884 MO son
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1910 Texas Co, MO. Morris Twp. Page 39
129-132 MURR, William 65 m TN md (2) 7 yr
Mary C. 56 f IN md (2) 7 yr 5 ch/4 alive (widow of Burton A. Alsup)
Willie 17 m MO son
Arthur 14 m MO son
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1910 Lawrence Co, MO. 3rdward, Aurora, MO. page 55
306-313 HULINGS, Ernest J. 32 m KS md 12 yr
3 ch/3 alive Hattie 31 f MO wife md 12 yr
Bert 11 m MO son
Fay 6 f MO dau
Hazel 2/12 f MO dau
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1910 Clay Co, MO. Washington Twp. Page 273
25-25 ALSUP, Arthur H. 26 m MO md 7 yr
3 ch/3 alive Della 23 f MO wife md 7 yr
Oliver 6 m MO son
Blanche 3 f MO dau
Catherine 1 f MO dau
HUGGINS, Oscar 20 m MO bro/law, single
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Child # 8. Jane Alsup, dau of Moses L. Alsup and mother unknown. She was born 1852, Ozark or Douglas Co, MO. She married Austin Spriggs, no other information.
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1870 Wright Co, MO. Hartsville, MO page 496-497
SPRIGGS, William F. 56 m PA farmer
Rachel 45 f IN keeping house
Austin 18 m MO school boy (md Jane Alsup)
William C. 16 m MO school boy
Annettie 14 f MO school girl
Rachel 10 f MO school girl
William 8 m IA school boy
No sign of Macy C. Spriggs/Sprague, who md Burton A. Alsup
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Child # 9, Martha Alsup, born 3 Dec 1853, Ozark Co, MO. died 17 Aug 1926, Mountain Grove, MO. buried Cold Springs, MO. She married Jesse Cox, (son of Jesse Cox and Delila Doherty) born 26 Oct 1844, TN and died 20 May 1939 Douglas Co, MO. buried Denlow Cemetery.
Children:
1. Moses Lock Cox, born 1870 Douglas Co, MO. md Etta Hodges, 1896
2. John H. Cox, born 26 Nov 1873, died 13 Jul 1883, Douglas Co, MO. Denlow Cemetery.
3. Austin Cox, born 30 Sep 1879, TX. md Eva Etta Anderson, 1900
4. Oscar E. Cox, born 5 Aug 1881, died 14 Aug 1884, Douglas Co, MO. Denlow Cemetery.
5. Pearl G. Cox, born 26 Aug 1890 MO, md Oscar W. Rambo, 1913
6. Argus L. Cox, born Feb 1892, MO, md Miss England
7. Odessa M. Cox, born May 1898, MO, md Noah M. Nash, 1916
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1870 Douglas Co, MO. Clay Twp. Arno, MO. page 665
22-22 COX, Jesse 25 m TN farmer
Martha 16 f MO
Moses L. 6/12 m MO
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1910 Douglas Co, MO. Cass Twp. Page 286
112/113 COX, Jesse 65 m TN md 41 yr
9 ch/7 alive Martha 56 f MO md 14 yr
Pearl G. f MO dau
Argus L. 17 m MO son
Odessa M. 12 f MO dau
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Child # 10, William Wiley Alsup, (son of Moses Locke Alsup and unknown, probably Letha), born 4 Feb 1855, Douglas Co, MO. died 6 May 1919, Independence Co, AR. Buried in an abandoned Cemetery, now a cow pasture) He married (1) Ruth Hickman, born 1856, MO. He married (2) 12 Oct 1892, Douglas Co, MO. Mrs. Bell Graham. Born Aug 1861. Alive 1930 Pulaski Co, AR living in household of Son William L.)
Children of 1stwife Ruth Hickman
1. Nathan Alsup, born 1873, MO. married Nora Trantham, 1894
2. Mary A. Alsup, born 1875, MO. married Thomas Bishop
3. Noah Frank Alsup, born Feb 1877, MO married Emma V. Clark
4. Henry Glitch Alsup, born 11 Nov 1884, Wright Co, MO. married Tommie Louise Trusty, 1923.
5. Frances Bell Alsup, born Mar 1887, MO, married Charles Wallace Hubbell
6. Susie Irene Alsup, born 1 Jan 1888. MO, married Edwin Andrew Riley
7. Jesse A. Alsup, born Feb 1891, MO. married Annie F. Rodgers, 1911

Child of 2ndwife Mrs. Belle B. Graham
7. William L. “Willie” Alsup, born Aug 1893, AR. Married Bertha Compton, 1913
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1870 Douglas Co, MO. Cass Twp. Arno, MO. page 662
64-64 ALSUP, Moses L. 57 m TN farmer
Martha 58 f TN
Wiley 15 m MO
Synthia A. 13 f CA
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1880 Wright Co, MO. Gasconada Twp. Page 531
91-91 ALSUP, Wiley 25 m MO
Rutha 24 f MO wife
Mary A. 5 f MO dau
Noah F. 3 m MO son
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1880 Wright Co, MO. Montgomery Twp.
39-44 COIN, Jane 50 f TN widowed
Huey J. 15 f MO dau
BURGESS, Mary E. 24 f TN dau married?
ALSOP, Nathan 7 m MO grand/son (son of Wiley Alsup & Ruth Hickman)
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1900 Douglas Co, MO. Boone Twp. Page 161
152-152 ALSUP, W. W. 45 m Feb 1855 MO md 20 yr ?
6 ch/1 alive B. B. 38 f Aug 1861 AR wife md 20 yr 2ndwife
Frances B. 13 f Mar 1887 MO dau by 1st wife
William L. 6 m Aug 1893 AR son md Bertha Campton
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1910 Cleburne Co, AR. Grassy Twp. Page 715
21/21 ALSUP, Wiley W. 55 m MO md (2) 18 yr
7 ch/1 alive Bell 52 f AR wife (md (2) 18 yr
Willie 16 m AR son md Bertha Campton, 1913
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1920 Independence Co, AR. Relief Twp. Page 133
ALSUP, Bell 61 f AR
William 26 m AR son md Bertha Compton, 1913
Bertha 22 f AR dau/law
James C. 4 7/12 m AR grand/son
Alma L. 3 1/12 f AR grand/dau md George Ernest Kampbell, 1939
Minnie B. 5/12 f AR grand/dau
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1930 Pulaski Co, AR. Big Rock Twp.
NO # ALSUP, Conway 14 m AR pupil
Living in School for the Blind
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1930 Pulaski Co, AR. Big Rock Twp.
288-331 ALLSOPP, William L. 36 m AR
Bertha 35 f AR wife (nee Compton)
J. Conway 14 m AR son (James Conway, blind)
Alma L. 13 f AR dau (md George E. Kampbell, 1939) to CA
Minnie B. 10 f AR dau
James L. 2 2/12 m AR son
Judy M. 6/12 f AR dau
Betty B. 72 f MO mother (widowed
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Child # 11, Cynthia Ann Alsup, (dau of Moses Locke Alsup and Martha “Patsy” Grant) born 14 Sep 1857, Santa Rosa, CA. died 1912, Laramie, WY. She married Henry Harrison Jackson Burris, (son of Joseph Burris and Kissiah Robinson) born Mar 1853, MO. died Apr 1918, Douglas Co, MO. buried Livingston Cemetery. Cynthia and Henry divorced and he married Matilda Magdalene Huffman, 1904.
Children:
1. Martha Burris, born May 1877, Douglas Co, MO. md Thomas Benton “Bug” Alsup, 1896.
2. Effie May Burris, born Mar 1885, MO
3. Mable Alice Olive Burris, born Oct 1890 OR, md John Patrick O”Toole
4. Ova Ernest Burris, born Jul 1893, MO, md Bess Bell
5. Minter Lock Burris, born Jan 1896, MO
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1860 Wright Co, MO. Hartville, MO. page 968
570-562 BURRIS, Joseph 30 m IN farmer
Kiziah 34 f TN
William 15 m MO
Johnson 10 m MO
Mary A. 17 f MO
Madison 9 m MO
* Henry 6 m MO
James 4 m MO
John F. 2 m MO
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1870 Douglas Co, MO. Cass Twp. Page 661
45-45 BURRIS, Kissiah 41 f IN
Mary A. 27 f MO
Squire J. 18 m MO farm laborer
* Henry J. 17 m MO (md Cynthia A. Alsup)
James N. 14 m MO
John F. 11 m MO
Josephine 9 f MO
Rosanna 3 f MO
Samuel 7 m MO
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1880 Douglas Co, MO. Census, Cass Twp. Page 545
BURRIS, Henry J. 27 m MO farming
Cynthia A. 23 f CA keeping house
Martha 3 f MO dau md Thomas Benton “Bug” Alsup
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1900 Albany Co, WY. Lookout Prect. Dist. 6, page 35
10-10 BURRIS, Henry J. 47 m Mar 1853 MO. boarding house keeper
11 ch/5 alive Cynthia 42 f Sep 1857 CA wife
Effie 14 f Mar 1885 MO dau
Olive 9 f Oct 1890 OR dau
Ova 6 m Jul 1893 MO son
Minter L. 4 m Jan 1896 MO son
ALSUP, Thomas 27 m Aug 1872 MO son/law railroad engineer
1 ch/0 alive ALSUP, Martha 23 f May 1877 MO dau
ALSUP, Clementine 16 f Sep 1883 MO sister/law (dau of Moses L. Alsup and 2ndwife Ettie C. Smith
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1910 Albany Co, WY. 2ndward, Laramie, WY. Page 87
26-27 BURRIS, Cinthia 52 f CA widowed 5 ch/5 alive (said 11 ch’n 1900) (div)
Martha 32 f MO dau md 13 yr 1 ch/1 alive (wife of Thomas Alsup)
Effie M. 24 f MO dau single
Mable O. 18 f OR dau, single
Ernest O. 16 m MO son
WYNAMS, Marie 45 f NE widowed, lodger
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1910 Albany Co, WY. Stony River Twp. Page 2
32/33 TOWNS, William C. 53 m PA rancher, single
KREYS, Sidney 22 m WY rancher, single
ALSUP, Martha 28 f MO md 13 yr domestic 2 ch/1 alive (where was Thomas?)
Don Burris 4 m WY son md Effie Bell Gordon
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1910 Douglas Co, MO. Champion Twp. Page 6
117-117 BURRIS, Henry J. 57 m MO md (2) 4 yr
2 ch/2 alive Tilda 33 f MO wife md (1) 4 yr Matilda M. Huffman
Mary H. 3 f MO dau
Ola C. 6/12 f MO dau
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1930 Crain Co, TX. Prect. 1.
298-301 ALSUP, Don B. 24 m WY (Don Burris Alsup)
Effie B. 25 f TX wife md Effie Bell Gordon
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Child # 12 Minnie Alsup, (dau of Moses L. Alsup and Ettie C. Smith) born Feb 1880, Douglas Co. MO.
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After the death of Moses Locke Alsup on 23 Jul 1896, his wife Ettie C. Smith married as 2ndwife of James C. McCall, ca 1897
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1910 Douglas Co, MO. Clay Twp. Page 175
4-2 McCALL, James F. 40 m Nov 1859 MO md 18 yr
4 ch/3 alive Etta C. 40 f Mar 1860 MO wife md 18 yr?
Effie J. 1 f Nov 1898 MO dau (by 2ndhusband)
George M. 17 m Jun 1883 MO son (by his 1stwife)
Lorence? 11 m Jun 1888 MO son (by his 1stwife)
Artie L. 8 f Aug 1891 MO dau (by his 1stwife)
Essey E. 6 f Aug 1893 MO dau (by his 1stwife)
Addie S. 5 f Feb 1895 MO dau (by his 1stwife)
ALSUP, Minnie 20 f Feb 1880 MO step/dau (child of Ettie & Moses)
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Child # 13 Clementine Alsup, (dau of Moses Locke Alsup and Ettie C. Smith) born
Sep 1883, Douglas Co, MO. married Noah Hammons.
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1900 Albany Co. WY. Lookout Prect. Dist 6. page 35
ALSUP, Clementine 16 f Sep 1883 MO sister/law
Living in household of Henry J. and Cynthia Burris
Clementine married Noah Hammons
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1910 Sherman Co, Co. OR. Grass Valley Prect. Page 22
23-23 HAMMONS, Noah 32 m MO md 10 yr
3 ch/3 alive Clementine 26 f MO md 10 yr
Harley 8 m MO son
Bertha 6 f MO dau
Osker? 4 m MO son (dim writing)
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1920 Sherman Co, OR. Michigan Prect.
44-44 HAMMONS, Noah 41 m MO
Clementine 36 f MO wife
Harley 17 m MO son
Bertha 16 f MO dau
Oskar? 14 m MO son
Claud 5 m OR son
Harold 2 6/12 m OR son
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