Thursday, April 19, 2007

Paxtons Slept Here

I have been on deadline at work and not able to finish my latest encyclopedic post, but in the meantime, here are some pictures from an intrepid Paxton cousin who recently visited Montrose, Missouri.

You'll recall (won't you?) from my post about George Bailey Paxton that he grew up in Montrose, Missouri, and that his father had a farm adjacent to the town with a grain elevator. Well, the farm (above) is still there, untouched by Montrose's urban sprawl, complete with the grain elevator and a house that apparently was built by George's parents Samuel and Amanda Paxton.

Within view of the farm is the cemetery where Samuel, his mother, and a daughter who died in childhood are buried. Samuel's grave marker (left) notes his Civil War service and his Masonic affiliation.

Thanks, cousin, for the pictures!

UPDATE, 7/22/07: If you want a face to go with the name, I turned up a photo of Samuel Paxton on a recent trip home.

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