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Clarissa Jane West b. 30 Oct 1860 Walbert/Gerald, Franklin Co., MO d. 29 Mar 1907 Shotwell, Franklin Co., MO: The Schrock-Birkey Connection
Clarissa Jane West

Clarissa Jane West[1]

Female 1860 - 1907  (46 years)

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  • Name Clarissa Jane West  [2
    Born 30 Oct 1860  Walbert/Gerald, Franklin Co., MO Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Gender Female 
    USR1 Paralysis 
    Died 29 Mar 1907  Shotwell, Franklin Co., MO Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7
    • At home.
      Shotwell was an early name of the area which became Gerald. “Shotwell, located in Township 42, Range 3 west, was so named by John Seaton, the first postmaster, from an incident which occurred in the pioneer days of the county. Mr. Alexander Gregory and an old Mr. Wages, pioneer settlers, each claimed the same deer lick, and both went to it one night to kill deer. The deer failed to appear, and, after waiting for a long time, each became aware of the other’s presence. They soon began firing at each other, and fired away all their ammunition, without personal injury to either. Shortly after this exciting but, as it turned out, harmless episode Mr. Seaton was appointed postmaster, and in honor of such good shooting named the postoffice Shotwell. The little village was built some years afterward, and the name, was, as a matter of course, applied to the village.”
    Buried 30 Mar 1907  Gerald, Franklin Co., MO Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 8
    • New Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery. W.B. Adams conducted the service. (Clarissa’s name does not show up on Find-A-Grave.)

      Source: Friday, April 5, 1907 Republican Headlight - Franklin County Historical Society - Shotwell items:
      Mrs. Thomas Blackwell died at her home last Friday, March 29. She was laid to rest in the Friendship cemetery Sat. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved.
    Person ID I665  Schrock-Birkey Connection
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2019 

    Father John William (Westley?) West,   b. Abt 1834, Franklin Co., MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 1862, Birds Point, Mississippi, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 28 years) 
    Mother Mary Jane Ankrum,   b. 1838, MO (IA?) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1908, Gerald, Franklin Co., MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 31 Aug 1854  Franklin Co., MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Franklin Co. Marriages, Union, MO Bk B p.230 #271
    Notes 
    • by John Seaton, Justice of the Peace
    Family ID F295  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family James William Henry Thomas Blackwell,   b. 2 May 1862, Franklin Co., MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 1938, Lanes Prairie, Maries Co., MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 30 Apr 1882  Shotwell, Franklin Co., MO Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Children 
     1. John Newton Blackwell,   b. 7 Feb 1883, Leasburg, Franklin Co., MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Dec 1951, Gerald, Franklin Co., MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     2. Henry T. Blackwell,   b. 8 Mar 1884, Leasburg, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 1954  (Age 70 years)
     3. Mary Jane Blackwell,   b. 27 Jun 1885, Boone Twp., Franklin Co., MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1946, Saint Louis, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     4. Effie Louella Blackwell,   b. 6 Jul 1889, Walbert/Gerald, Franklin Co., MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Apr 1964, Gibson City, Ford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     5. Ada Marie Blackwell,   b. 22 May 1894, Franklin Co., MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 May 1983, Union, Franklin Co., MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     6. Bertha Villean Blackwell,   b. 3 Jun 1903, Bourbon, Crawford Co., MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Nov 1960, Jefferson City, Cole Co., MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
    Last Modified 14 Feb 2005 
    Family ID F288  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 30 Oct 1860 - Walbert/Gerald, Franklin Co., MO Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 30 Apr 1882 - Shotwell, Franklin Co., MO Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 29 Mar 1907 - Shotwell, Franklin Co., MO Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 30 Mar 1907 - Gerald, Franklin Co., MO Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Clarissa Jane West
(1860-1907)
    Clarissa Jane West (1860-1907)
    Clarissa with daughter, Bertha

  • Notes 
    • OBIT:
      Source: Friday, April 5, 1907 Republican Headlight
      Franklin County Historical Society

      Again the Angel of Death has entered our threshold and taken from our midst Mrs. Clarissa Blackwell, the beloved wife of Thomas Blackwell of Gerald.

      Clarissa West was born near Walbert Oct 31, 1861 and was married to Thomas Blackwell May 1, 1882 and died March 29, 1907, age 45 years, 5 months, and 89 days.
      Deceased leaves to mourn her untimely death a husband, two sons, four daughters, an aged mother, one brother and two sisters.

      She was stricken Sunday morning March 24 with paralysis and while everything was done that could be done by human hands, she grew rapidly worse and all realized the case to be hopeless from the start.
      To the bereaved family our hearts go out in sympathy. Could we but relieve one pain and thus help them to bear their burden, we feel the bitter pangs of giving up a loving wife and mother.
      In her death, the husband has lost an affectionate wife and the children a fond and loving mother and the community an esteemable neighbor.

      The remains were tenderly laid to rest in the New Friendship cemetery Sat, March 30, in the presence of a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends. Rev. W. B. Adams conducted the funeral services with two fitting and appropriate sermons, one at the residence and the other at the cemetery, each paving a beautiful tribute to the faith she embraced while yet in her tender years.
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      Place name:Shotwell - https://shsmo.org/manuscripts/ramsay/ramsay_franklin.html

      Description:A former post office in the northwest part of Boone Township, about one mile east of the present Gerald. The post office was established in 1855 and discontinued in 1907. Shotwell was probably a local family name; at least one Shotwell is known to have lived in the eastern part of the county. Cf. the Illmo (formerly Shotwell) Mines, above. No record remains, however, of the origin of the name. The temptation to invent an etymological explanation was irresistible, and at least two typical but contradictory stories are current locally. One tells of an early shooting affray between two pioneers who claimed the same deer lick. They met on a dark night and began shooting at each other until they had used up all their ammunition without inflicting any injuries. In mockery of their bad marksmanship, John Seaton, the first postmaster, decided to call the new post office Shotwell. Others ascribe the name to some particular exhibition of good shooting. All the explanations cannot be true, and place names seldom originate in particular incidents anyway. (Postal Guide; COUNTY ATLAS 1878, 13; HIST. FRANKLIN, 337; Kile's BIOG. DIR., 210; Miss Johnson: G.F. Duerr; J.A. Schroeder; Dr. W.P. Fitzgerald)Source:Harrison, Eugenia L. "Place Names Of Four River Counties In Eastern Missouri." M.A. thesis., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1943.





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      Shotwell items:
      Mrs. Thomas Blackwell died at her home last Friday, March 29. She was laid to rest in the Friendship cemetery Sat. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved. [Source: Friday, April 5, 1907 Republican Headlight - Franklin County Historical Society]
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      Home in 1880: Boone, Franklin, Missouri, USA 
      Mary J. West 40 f/w wd farming Iowa 
      George M. West 23 son mar. MO [lined out-error]
      Harriett V. West 20 dil mar. MO [lined our-error]
      Virginia A. West 1 f/w gd MO [lined out-error]
      *Clarissa J. West 20 dau sgl MO
      Rachel Smith 17 dau MO
      Sarah F. Smith 14 dau MO
      ****************************************** [10]

  • Sources 
    1. [S1] Personal knowledge and family records, Donna Schrock Birkey .

    2. [S33] West Family Research, Joe Miller, Last name only.

    3. [S66] Missouri Early Births, 1863-1892, Bk A, p.30.

    4. [S47] John W. West Pension Records.

    5. [S73] Autobiography Mamie Park Cender.

    6. [S386] Clarissa Jane West obituary.

    7. [S115] History of Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, Crawford & Gasconade Counties, Missouri, Goodspeed, ( Originally published by Goodspeed Publishing Company, Chicago 1888--------Ramfre), Naming of Shotwell.

    8. [S1060] Find-A-Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/189087312/clarissa-jane-blackwell.

    9. [S91] Marriage Record of Thomas Blackwell-Clarissa Jane West.

    10. [S1060] Find-A-Grave, https:&|;&|;www.findagrave.com&|;memorial&|;189087312&|;clarissa-jane-blackwell.


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