Robert MEANS

Male 1815 - 1909  (94 years)


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  • Name Robert MEANS 
    Born 28 Feb 1815  Hopkinsville, Christian Co, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 2 Mar 1909  Pierce City, Lawrence Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Lawrence Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Headstone of Robert and Polly Means
    Headstone of Robert and Polly Means
    Notes 
    • From Robert's Granddaughter - Minnie
      Added by rwood32 on 23 Sep 2007

      The little information my grandmother could give me is as follows: Robert and his wife Mary, who was known by her nickname of Polly, came in a "covered wagon" from Kentucky to southern Missouri. There is a blue pitcher and glass set that is in our family and is in my father's home at this time, that has been passed down from Robert and Polly, and the story was that this beautiful set came in the covered wagon. I don't know what the Antiques Roadshow folks would say, but to me it is priceless! Polly, always covered and never exposed her skin to the sun, as a "lady" would never do this. After her death, my great grandmother Means sewed lace cuffs to the end of the sleeves of her burial dress so that her hands would not be exposed.

      There is a large family portrait that I have only seen one time, and it was never found in my grandmother's belongings after her death in 1997, even though she had told me it would be somewhere in her attic. It is absolutely one gorgeous family - I do not believe there was a homely child in the bunch. If any descendant happens to read this and has access to this photo, I would love a copy. With all of the electronics that can be used for photos in this day and age, I am sure it could be accomplished.

      Obituary:
      March 12, 1909 Monett Times Died March 2: Robert Means at his home 4 miles north of Monett. Born February 28, 1815, near Hopkinsville, Jackson County, KY. Came to Missouri and married Polly R. Ferguson of Lawrence County on Nov. 13, 1840. Had 13 children, 5 boys and 6 girls living, 2 daughters died in infancy. Leaves wife and children. Burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. (Marriage date incorrect here.) [1]
    Person ID I2421  William Means Descendants
    Last Modified 1 Jun 2010 

    Father Joseph MEANS,   b. 1784, Mecklingberg Co, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1882  (Age 98 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth CRAVENS,   b. 1790, Christian Co, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 23 Feb 1809  Christian Co, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Marriage license for Joseph Means and Betsy Cravens
    Marriage license for Joseph Means and Betsy Cravens
    Family ID F893  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Elizabeth FERGUSON,   b. 30 Dec 1830, Rhea Co, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1922, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 19 Nov 1849  Lawrence Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. James Calvin MEANS,   b. 27 Jul 1851, Lawrence Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Feb 1924, Pierce City, Lawrence Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    +2. Isabelle MEANS,   b. 27 Jul 1851, Bates Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1918, Lawrence Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    +3. Elizabeth Ann MEANS,   b. 30 Dec 1852, Barry Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jun 1923, Monett, Barry Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     4. Abigail MEANS,   b. 1855, Lawrence Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1855, Lawrence Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     5. Jane MEANS,   b. 1855, Lawrence Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1855, Lawrence Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +6. Mariah Josephine MEANS,   b. 11 Aug 1857, Lawrence Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1928, Purdy, Barry Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    +7. Asa MEANS,   b. 22 Apr 1860, Lawrence Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1942, Pierce City, Lawrence Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    +8. Sarah Frances MEANS,   b. 1862, Lawrence Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1934  (Age 72 years)
     9. Ellen Sherman MEANS,   b. 23 Jan 1865, Lawrence Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Sep 1946, Lawrence Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     10. Grant William MEANS,   b. 23 Jan 1865, Lawrence Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Nov 1937, Nevada, Vernon Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    +11. Martha Caledonia MEANS,   b. 2 Apr 1868, Lawrence Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1969, Monett, Barry Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 100 years)
    +12. John Logan MEANS,   b. 11 Jan 1871, Lawrence Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 May 1943, Lawrence Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    +13. George Washington MEANS,   b. 1 Dec 1873, Lawrence Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1942, Lawrence Co, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    Last Modified 25 May 2007 
    Family ID F897  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    The 'lost' Robert Means Family photo.
    The 'lost' Robert Means Family photo.
    Unfortunately its only a xerox of the original photo. Family members would still like to find a better quality copy of this photo.
    Robert and Polly Means children.
(another poor xerox copy)
    Robert and Polly Means children. (another poor xerox copy)
    Bottom row was marked: Ellen, George, Myrt, John and Norah?
    Who is in the top row?

  • Sources 
    1. [S27703] Cynda Van Horn, Cynda A. Van Horn, (Trees.ancestry.com).


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