In 1866 immediately following the Civil War my family (Davis, Craig. Tavenner and maybe Wells connections) They were Methodists moving from Morgan County, Ohio to the Pilot Grove area. I have only been able to find a Mitzel of no relation who moved there from the same area
in Morgan County and who had moved to PG before them.
WHY Cooper County?
My beloved Grandmother was even puzzled as to why her grandparents and parents would bypass such desirable farmland in central Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois to settle in central Missouri.