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Elmer, Missouri - Early History
Bunce Cemetery Obituaries
(taken from MACON COUNTY OBITUARIES, compiled by Phyllis Means)
Mrs. Elvira Bailey, 79, died 15 April 1905 at her home near Ethel. She is survived by three sons and two daughters, one daughter being Mrs. W.S. Hawkins of Clarence, Mo.
Joseph Bailey, 70, died at his home in Walnut township 28 January 1895. He was born in Shenendoah County, Virginia, and came to Macon County when but 5 years of age where he has resided ever since. He was married in 1843 to Elvira Lovern and has lived on the same farm since the year of his marriage. He was buried by the Masonic order of which he had been a member for 40 years. He leaves a wife, nine children, one brother and one sister.
Mrs. W.F. Bergmann died at her home near Walnut, 3 March 1904. Interment in Bunce Cemetery.
Donce Brammer, of Bevier, Mo. died at his brother-in-law’s, William Lynch 14 February 1901. Burial in the Bunce graveyard.
Daniel Bunce, 74, for many years a citizen of Macon county died at Eldorado Springs 2 May 1904. He was born in Crawford county, Ohio 22 December 1828. His mother died when he was but two years old and his father when he was 14. The poor orphan boy was taken under the fatherly care of Ben Sanford. He soon went to Michigan where by hard work he earned 80 acres of land. Later he returned to Ohio. On 1 January 1852 he married to Miss Mary Ann Sanford and in 1859 they returned to Missouri locating in Russel township, Macon county. He lived five miles northwest of New Cambria until the spring of 1865 when he located in what is now Walnut township where he resided until 1889. His first wife died 20 February 1882 leaving four sons and two daughters. In the summer of 1881, he married Miss Annie Herrin, to them was born one son now 18 year of age. In the spring of 1887 he moved to Cedar county, Mo. And in 1891 to St. Clair county. He left five sons and one daughter. One daughter having lost her life in a railroad accident 11 December 1883. The remains were brought to Macon county and buried in Bunce Cemetery.
D.T. Gunnels, son of D.W. Gunnels residing south of Elmer, died 21 January 1906. Intement in the family cemetery.
George Hawkins died at his home north of Ethel, Mo. 21 September 1905 of typhoid fever.
J.S. Hays, 63, died 2 June 1913 at his home in West Eagle community of heart failure. He leaves a wife, four sons, and one daughter, Mrs. D.J. Lamberson and Chas. Hays of Macon, J.E. Hays of North Macon, M.E. Hays of Springfield and Wm. Hays of Hannibal. Interment in the Bunce cemetery near Elmer, Mo.
Mrs. Sarah M. Kessinger, 37, died at her home in Ethel, Mo. 24 May 1897. She was the daughter of Joseph and Elvira Bailey and was born 24 March 1861. She married Jas. S. Kessinger 24 September 1867. She lived in this vicinity until 1874 when they went to Queen City, Schuyler county, Mo., where they lived sixteen years. Two years ago they returned to Macon county settling in Ethel where they have since lived. Funeral in Ethel church with burial in Bunce cemetery.
Lewis A. Keyte died at his home in Kirksville, Mo. 29 August 1907. He had been a resident of West Walnut township until about six years ago. Interment in Bunce cemetery.
Mrs. Katie Kiser died 6 August 1904 at her home near Callao, Mo. From consumption. She leaves three children, two boys John Kiser and Robert Kiser and one daughter Amanda Kiser. Interment in Bunce cemetery.
Mrs. Lerma Lynch, 62, of Walnut township, Macon county, Missouri died 31 August 1886 of cardiac dropsy. She was born in Kentucky but had been a resident of Missouri for fifty years. She was a widow. Interment in Bunce cemetery.
Mrs. Wm. Lynch of West Walnut township died 11 February 1901. Mary Ellen Campbell was born 25 October 1847, was married to Wm. Lynch 13 January 1867. She was a member of the Baptist church and had been an invalid for the last thirty years. She leaves a husband, four sons and one daughter, one brother, and one sister. Interment at Bunce cemetery.
Nona B. Lynch, 23 month old daughter of Lena and Alta Lynch died 15 March 1898. Burial in the Bunce graveyard.
Joseph Lovern, 69, died 17 April 1904. He was born 10 April 1835 in Virginia and came to Missouri in 1859. He was a veteran of the Civil War. He leaves a wife and seven children, four sons and three daughters. Interment in the Bunce cemetery, beside a daughter who was buried there two weeks ago.
John Mott, 39, was found dead on the Burlington railroad track west of Bucklin 17 June 1910. He had lived in Elmer for a number of years and was an employee of Santa Fe. He leaves a wife, Edna and little son, Carl, besides his parents, Dick and Mary Mott of Nind and a brother, William Mott and sisters, Ada Walker, Mola Lynch, Susie Pyles. Interment in Bunce cemetery.
Denzil Bailey, 26, died 13 May 1931, at the home of his parents, Mr. And Mrs. Charley Bailey. He leaves his wife and little son, James Denzil Bailey, grandparents, Mr. And Mrs. Jeff Helton, Mr. And Mrs. Charles Bailey, two brothers, Dennis Bailey and Freeman Bailey and two sisters, Mrs. Vernie Labon of Linneus and Mrs. Freda Smoot.
John Bunce, 76, died 29 March 1929. He leaves his wife, who was formerly, Miss Nancy Burns, two daughters, Mrs. John Agee of La Crosse and Miss Mary Bunce at home, three grandchildren, Wilmer, Eleanor, and Norbert Agee, two brothers of Colorado and one half-brother of Kansas City. Burial in Bunce cemetery.
James B. Burns, 87, died at his home near Elmer, Mo. 2 October 1923. He was married in 1858 to Mary Broyles. She died in 1868. To this union four children were born, Nancy Bunce of Elmer; Nathanie Burns of California; Fannie of Oklahoma; Walter Burns of Springfield, Mo. In 1871 he was married to Mary Elwell and to this union there were five children born, Maud Miller of Oklahoma; Callie Arisman of Macon’ Clinton Burns of LaPlata, Mo.; Arthur Burns of Wyoming; Fred Burns of Elmer survive along with his wife. Interment in Bunce cemetery, near his old home.
James Ross Burns, 10, son of Fred and Myrtle Burns died 15 March 1922 of pneumonia. He was born 28 August 1911.
Mrs. Fred Burns, 43, died 5 October 1926 in the Ethel community. She leaves her husband, two daughters and two sons. She was buried at the Bunce cemetery.
Theodore Moore, 77, died 26 October 1932 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Al Tate, east of Bevier. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Tate, Mrs. Emma Mosley, Belle Fourche, South Dakota, and Mrs. Mellie Majors of Lead City, South Dakota, and two sons Luther Moore and Claude Moore, both of Hot Springs, South Dakota. His wife died a number of years ago. Burial in Bunce cemetery, near Elmer.
William Mott died 3 July 1933. He leaves his wife Forrest of Elmer, and Edwin at home; five daughters, Mrs. Vilia Mozer of Milwaukee, Wis.; Mrs. Welthia Canterberry of Forrest City, Ark.; and Mrs Juanita Wood of Elmer.Mrs. Robert Wakely, 83, died 16 July 1925 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Delila Willet of Elmer, Mo. Survivors include her husband, five daughters, Mrs. Pleasant Abner of Elmer; Mrs. Delores Wilcoz of Macon; Mrs. Edna Prikett of Adrain; Mrs. Hallie Reynolds of Barnard, South Dakota; Blanche Wakley of Allendale, North Dakota; and Delila Willet of Goldsberry, Mo. Burial at Bunce cemetery.