Volume 5, Number 4, Summer 1974
According to some old papers and an old book, a daily diary by my Grandfather, found in Uncle Charley Pleakes old home. Also, some information from relatives. Grandfather, Elliott Van Ranchler Pleake was born March 11, 1820 in Montgomery County Kentucky. He died November 10, 1900, was buried in Goblers Knob Cemetery near Hollister, Missouri. He had four sisters and two brothers: Sally, Ann C., Elizabeth, Emily, Enoch M. and George W.; no dates of births or deaths, their parents were George and Emily Pleake. Grandmother, Polly (Burns) Pleake was born January 5, 1832, died July 22, 1870 and was buried near Cataract, Indiana. They were married in September 1850 near Hope, in Bartholomew County, Indiana. They were parents of ten children, most of them were born near Hope; names and births as follows:
George W. born 11-16-1851, died 2-1-1925, buried in Goblers Knob Cemetery. He married Dora Haggard and they had 2 girls: Harriet (Pleake) Walker, had twins, they died as infants. Louisa (Pleake) Zwahlen, had 4 boys and 3 girls.
James M. born 2-1-1853, died 3-5-1877, was buried near Cataract, Indiana. He never married. Thomas F. born 11-17-1854, died 3-6-1935, buried in Monrovia, Indiana. He married Larua Johnson and they had eight children: Grace (Pleake) Eatmore, born 10-13-1887, buried in Lancaster, California. No children.
Lula Pleake born 10-23-1890, never married.
Daniel Pleake born 6-10-1893, married, they have eleven children.
Anna (Pleake) Baker, born 4-17-1895, they have one boy.
Dewey Pleake born 7-12-1897, married, no children.
Dale Pleake born 6-2-1900, died 4-19-1949, buried in California, never married.
Gladys (Pleake) Moss born 6-29-1903, they have 2 boys 1 girl.
Doris (Pleake) Thompson born 4-14-1906, they have 1 girl.
Sarah L. (Pleake) McCullum born 9-25-1856, no children, buried in Indiana.
Charles W. born 8-3-1858, died 12-20-1943, buried in Goblers Knob Cemetery, never married.
Mary Alice (Anna Pleake) Dan Curtis born 3-13-
1860, buried in Lancaster, California, they had 3 boys and 1 girl.
Frank and George never married. Ada (Curtis) Green had 1 boy.
Lyman married and they had 2 girls and 1 boy. Elliott V.R. born 4-15-1862, died 1-31-1933, buried near Salina, Oklahoma. He married Urnesstine Jackson, born 2-1-1862, died 3-22-1934. She is buried in Goblers Knob Cemetery. They had 6 boys and 1 girl:
Allen E. born 10-31-1893, married Dinnie Savage, they had 1 girl, Ruth, and 1 boy, Junior died 9-6-1932. Dinnie died 3-24-1973, both buried in Goblers Knob Cemetery.
Verner C. born 1-13-1895, died 3-19-1969, buried Ozark Memorial Cemetery, Branson, Mo. Married Ethel Savage, they had 3 boys and 1 girl.
Golda F. (Pleake) Sullenger born 1-2-1897, no children
Chesley L. born 9-30-1899, married Wretha Gloyd, they had 1 girl and 1 boy. Wretha died 3-17-1942. Chesley married again, they had 1 girl.
Edward A. born 3-9-1902, married Laura Daniels, no children.
Ernest J. born 5-21-1904, died 10-14-1941, buried in Goblers Knob Cemetery. He married Doris George, they had 3 boys.
Lester V.R. born 1-22-1906, died 8-2-1953, buried at Sacramento, California, married Velda Jackson, was divorced, no children.
Joseph Stewban born 2-4-1864, died 10-28-1938, buried at Goblers Knob Cemetery. He married Mary Haggard, born 1-17-1875, died 4-12-1951, buried at Goblers Knob Cemetery. They had 5 girls and 2 boys:
Bessie (Pleake) Frenchie, deceased, had 2 boys. Ralph V. born 11-9-1893, died 1953, buried at Sacramento, California, never married.
Orpha and Ray died when small children, buried at Goblers Knob.
Twins: Gertie (Pleake) Edwards, no children, Bertie (Pleake) Whorton, 2 boys, and 1 girl.
Made (Pleake) Noel, 1 boy; 1 girl died as infant.
Martha E. born 7-28-1866, died 1-26-1918, buried at Goblers Knob Cemetery. She married James Caldwell, he is buried in Kansas City, Missouri, I have no dates of birth or death. They had 2 boys and 5 girls:
William never married, died and is buried in L.A. Calif., no dates.
Lula (Caldwell) Anderson had 3 boys and 2 girls.
Celia (Caldwell) Teel, married, no children.
Florence (Caldwell) Morril, married, they had 1 boy.
Emma (Caldwell) Bauman, has 2 boys and 1 girl.
Pearl (Caldwell) Hanly has 2 boys and 2 girls.
Toney, married and had 1 girl and 1 boy.
Luisa E. born 9-1-1898, died 3-10-1893, buried in Goblers Knob Cemetery, never married.
Grandfather married second time, woman named Chaney. They were divorced, there were 3 children:
Lois E. born 12-11-1871 They stayed in Indiana David D. born 4-11-1873 No other information.
Another boy, Ellsworth, was born, there are no records; although he came to Missouri with the family and married Anna Bowen, they had several children and went to Council Bluff, Iowa.
Thomas F. married in Indiana and raised his family near Monrovia, Indiana, and lived there the rest of his life. He died 3-6-1935. Aunt Laura went to California several years later to live and is buried at Lancaster, California.
Aunt Anna married Daniel Curtis from Tennessee. They went to California in the nineties and raised their family near Lancaster, California and lived there the rest of their lives and are buried there.
Aunt Sarah McCollum and husband went to California, and he disappeared there. She lived there and in Arizona a good many years and finally went back to Indiana and died, and is buried there. I dont have any dates or records.
The rest of the family moved from Hope to near Cataract, Indiana in September 1867, from there they moved to Nodaway County, Missouri. They started October 20, 1879 and arrived November 10, 1879. On October 23, 1882, they started to Texas and arrived near Denison, Texas November 21, 1882. On October 8, 1883, they left Texas and moved to Taney County Missouri, arriving December 3, 1883, and lived there the rest of their lives. Grandfather bought a farm 3/4 miles South and 3/4 miles East of Goblers Knob Cemetery and lived there several years. However, he was living with Uncle Charley Pleake, on a farm on Short Creek when he died. Two covered wagons drawn by horses were used for all this moving.
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