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Thomas Finley Stacy

Born 1833 in Illinois died 1888 at 55 years old

Father Benjamin Franklin Stacy

Mother Sarah W. Collier


He married Elizabeth Ann Graham on May 24, 1855.


Lizzy was born on January 18, 1838 in Madison County Missouri the 8th child of

Father Elijah Graham born 1797 in North Carolina of Scottish Descent

Mother Anna Lee born 1800 married May 30, 1825 Green County Kentucky


Tom was third child of Benjamin and Sarah, born 1833 in Illinois. When he was five years old his family moved to Madison County Missouri.


Tom passed his boyhood on the Twelve Mile Creek homestead, where he had learn to hunt, fish, grow crops and move timber to clear land.


Thomas was a handsome man with a heavy black beard and strong features. On May 24, 1855 Tom caught the eye of a pretty little scotch lass and was taken off the market.


Elizabeth Ann “Lizzy” Graham who’s father was a very respected member of the community. Lizzy was thought to have been part Indian, but that was never proven. She was fairhaired and blue eyed with very high cheek bones and a handsome face. 


Thomas and Elizabeth acquired 320 acres upon their marriage and here they built there home and reared 11 children; the eldest John Findley, our great grandfather.


John Finley   Born March 14, 1856

Mary M           Born January 1857 in Carter, MO. She died before 1937. 

Sarah Ann     Born 1858 was born on June 27, 1858 in MO. 

Mariah Christine  Born 1862 was born in 1862 in Madison, MO. She died in Ellsinore, Carter, MO. She died in Ellisore, Carter , MO. She was married to George Griffin on October 5, 1882 in Madison, MO.  They had the following children:

Mary Giffith

Anna L. Griffith was born on Febuary 13, 1889. She died on February 26 1971.


William January 1865 in MO.

Barbara Rose March 9, 1868 was born March 9, 1868 in Madison County, Missouri. She died on September 8, 1963 in Ellsinore, Carter, Mo.  She married the Minister Zaccheus Stephens on November 17, 1889 in Madison County, Missouri. They had the following children:

  Chester Washington Stephens

  Verbie Lula Stephens

  Buelah Hannah Stephens

  Walter Madison Stephens

  Hanah B. Stephens

  Alva Gennatte Stephens was born on September 11, 1890

  Alvia A. Stephens was born in 1891 in Missouri.

  Cora Stephens was born September 28, 1983 in Ellsinore, Carter Missouri She died on August 7, 1894 in Ellsinore, Carter, Missouri

  Albert Benjamin Stephens was born on January 29, 1895.  He died in 1976.

  Earnest R. Stephens was born in 1896 in Missouri.

  Bethual Lula Stephens was born June 15, 1896.  She died November 28, 1934.

  Ernset Reed Stephens was born March 1, 1898. Died October 30, 1980.

  Roy E. Stephens was born November 13, 1899 in Ellsinore, Carter, Missouri and died January 21, 1900 in Ellsinore, Carter, Missouri.

  Dessie Amelia May Stephens born on November 13, 1901 and died in 1986.


Joseph born 1870 was born in 1870 in Arkansas 

James born 1871 in Arkansas

Henry Benjamin Franklin Lee born August 6, 1873 in Madison, Missouri. He died on May 7, 1948 in Kennett, Dunklin, Missouri.  He married Nora Victoria Ballard on December 29, 1897 in Kennett, Dunklin, Missouri. Nora Victoria Ballard was born November 17, 1880 in Carter, Missouri.  Died November 25, 1955 in Kennett, Dunklin, Missouri.  They had the following children:

  Ethel Ray Stacy

  Opal Stacy

  Ruby Stacy

  Ima Jean Stacy

  Ada Mae Stacy born October 21, 1898. Died October 31, 1972.

  Elmer was born on June 29, 1903 died October 5, 1957.

  Velva born April 6, 1905 died December 27, 1973.

  Velma Stacy born April 6, 1905 in Ellsinore, Carter, Missouri. She died on April 6, 1905 in Ellsinore, Carter, Missouri.

  Hona Stacy was born February 5, 1909

  Pearl Stacy was born on September 7, 1917. Died in December 1982.


Poley Wilson born May 20, 1877 in Madison County, Missouri. Died Septembet 12, 1937 in Quapaw, Oklahoma.  He married Lucinda Abigail Stratton on January 4, 1898 in Carter, Missouri. 

Lucinda Abigail Stratton was born October 6, 1880 in Ellsinore, Carter, Missouri.  She died on January 28, 1948 in Miami, Oklahoma. 

They had the following children:

Gertrude P Stacey

Stella M. Stacey

Raymond L. Stacey

Alfred W. Stacey was born 1899 in Missouri.

Wesley Alfred Wiley Stacy born March 28, 1899. Died July 14, 1967.

Thada U. Stacey was born in 1901 in Missouri.

Gracie Cordilla Stacy was born on February 26, 1902. Died August 25, 1934

Gertrude Frohiann Stacy born May 30, 1904. Died November 8, 1955

Stella May Clementine Stacy born December 10, 1904. Died November 25, 1978.

Raymond Joesph Lee Stacy born March 20, 1909. Died December 8, 1956.

Myrtle Deleta Stacy born May 15, 1911 Died August 12, 1975.

Iva Inez Stacy born June 16, 1913. Died October 14, 1985.

Cecil Seldon Stacy born April 13, 1916 in Picher, Oklahoma. Died 1917 Picher, Oklahoma.

Floyd Fredrick Stacy born January 12, 1918. Died August 29, 1988.

Charles W  born 1879 in 12 Mile Township, Madison, Missouri. Died June 1906 in Ellsinore, Carter, Missouri.  Murdered/ Barber by trade.


Sometime after 1880 Thomas and Elizabeth moved to Carter County Missouri and farmed several acres on Cane Creek.


Though Elizabeth was a small woman, she was of sturdy pioneer sock, she grew up in the new wilderness. When Thomas died in 1888 she continued to farm as long as she could with three of her sons. 


Lizzy died October 10, 1913 and is buried at the Smith Chapel Cemetery, with only a small marker that has faded through the years.


Thomas is buried in the Kearney Cemetery, where only a rock marks his final resting place. 


Marriage Record On Books Reads


Before me on the 24th day of May 1835 being a Minister of the Gospel, Thomas Stacy and Elizabeth Ann Graham was United in the Bond of Matrimony.


                                                                                             Josepfito DJohnson                                                                                                           Filed and Recorded 29th day May 1835

                                                                                                                                 Test.Edward Evans Clark


We tend to forget if it wasn’t for our mother we wouldn’t be who we are. So I’m going to tell you about a very strong and courageous woman who just kept on keeping on.  She had children and a farm to run and she did it.

Elizabeth as a child when she saw the new wilderness first hand.  She worked at a very young age to help her mother.  She learned to hunt, plant, clean and cook daily meals.  

When Lizzy married she had a child almost every year of her married life, every year, now I love my grandchildren, which I have eight of,  but I can give them back when I’m through spoiling them. Lizzy had to take care of her children, run a farm, see that they learned to read and write, knew how to do there chores and teach them to survive the wilderness at only 17 years old.

Think about what you were doing at 17 years old, I don’t think any of us were building a log cabin.

When she had her last child she was 41 years old and she was 50 years old when her husband died, leaving at least 5 children at home, in a man’s world.

Lizzy gets a page about where she came from, so we as her grandchildren, know where we came from.

Elizabeth Ann “Lizzy” Graham


FATHER Elijah Graham born 1797 in North Carolina of Scottish Decent died October 12 ,1859 in Twelve Mile Township, Madison County, Missouri

MOTHER Anna L. Lee born 1800  Married May 30, 1825 Green County Kentucky died 1857 in Madison County, Missouri


Elijah Graham was raised in Kentucky where his family was connected to the “Long Hunters” of Kentucky.  (A Long-hunter (or long hunter) was an eighteenth century explorer and hunter who made expeditions into the frontier wilderness for as much as six months at a time. Hamilton asserts that “The Long Hunter was peculiar to Southwest Virginia only, and nowhere else on any frontier did such hunts ever originate” although the term has been used loosely to describe any unofficial American explorer of the period. Most long hunts started in the Holston River Valley near Chilhowie, Virginia. The hunters came from there and the adjacent valley of thClinch River where they were land owners or residents. The parties of two or three men (and rarely more) usually started in October and ended towards the end of March, or early in April. The information gathered by long-hunters in the 1760s and 1770s would prove critical to the early settlement of Tennessee and Kentucky. Many long-hunters were employed by land surveyors seeking to take advantage of the departure of the French from the Ohio Valley at the end of the Seven Years War, and some would later help guide settlers to Middle Tennessee and southeastern Kentucky.) 


On May 30, 1825 in Green County Kentucky Elijah Graham married Anna L. Lee.  In the Spring of 1831, Elijah, Anna, four of their children and several of Elijah’s brothers moved to Madison County Missouri. When he viewed the heavily wooded forest of the territory, and desided to stay.  He acquired many acres of land.

Being a first class timber man and farmer, the Grahams were among the leading citizens of Madison County. They were devout Baptist and politically were staunch Democrats.  They were eager to advance the growth of the community.

Elijah and Anna Graham’s


Pleasant born 1826 Kentucky died Madison County Missouri

Mary born 1827 Kentucky died Madison County Missouri

Melvin born 1828 Kentucky died Madison County Missouri

John born 1830 Kentucky died Madison County Missouri

Elijah Lee born February 25, 1834 died October 31, 1912 in  Madison County Missouri

Francis Marion born 1836 Madison County Missouri

Elizabeth Ann born January 17, 1838 died October 10, 1913 and is buried at the Smith Chapel Cemetery, with only a small marker that has faded through the years. She was 75 years old.  She lived a hard life, but kept on keeping on.

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