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Source Information

Ancestry.com. Sullivan County, Missouri Wills, 1849-1880 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2001.
Original data: Ellsberry, Elizabeth Prather, comp. Will Records of Sullivan County, Missouri 1849-80. Chillicothe, MO, USA: Elizabeth Prather Ellsberry, c1965.

About Sullivan County, Missouri Wills, 1849-1880

This collection of wills adds to the growing number of databases in the Ellsberry Collection. The database was compiled by long-time researcher, schoolteacher, and professional genealogist Elizabeth Prather Ellsberry. These will records contain the names of people involved in Sullivan County wills between 1849 and 1880 and the dates of their proceedings. The records also often include comments about family relationships.

Ms. Ellsberry began genealogical publication in 1958, when she published her own family history, The Warrens and You. In researching her own family, she found that libraries needed additional information from cemetery records, wills, land records, probate records, census records, etc., to help people with their family history. Ellsberry decided that she wanted to help by publishing books that contained solid genealogical data. She taught school for 34 years, but on weekends and summer vacation, she would travel around to different courthouses and cemeteries, recording the information she found. She also corresponded with several researchers and helped them in their research. Ellsberry self-published more than 300 books, and most of them are available for sale.

Most of the compilation of these books took place between 1958 and into the 1970s, so the recorded information should include the cemetery and/or courthouse records of that time period.

Address:
Ms. Elizabeth Prather Ellsberry
P.O. Box 206
Chillicothe, MO 64601

Updates:
26 Jun 2019: Changes were made to improve the performance of this collection. No new records were added.