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Does anyone know of the existence of a photo of the Mount Zion Baptist
Church at the site of the Mount Zion Cemetery? The meeting house stood
about one and a half miles north of Oakley, in Liberty township, on a
hill, surrounded by the Mount Zion Cemetery. There is a memorial marker
where the church stood, but I would like to obtain a photo of the bldg if
anyone knows of one. It was standing easily within the lifetime of living
people so that a photo could have easily been made.
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I wonder if anyone on the list is researching these families in Iowa, Kansas,
Missouri or elsewhere in their trekk out of Lucas Co., IA?
I will be as brief as possible but can hopefully get across the particulars
of these family connections that I suspect but an not finding records (I feel
because I'm not looking in the right counties yet!)
The Phillips family connections would be descendants of Lewis and Hannh Funk
Phillips, who had a number of children but the two I am most concerned about
are the son, Daniel and the daughter Catharine. Daniel is shown in
1850 Fed. Census Lucas Co.,Iowa Liberty twp
Phillips, Daniel 33 M Laborer Ind.
" , Catharine 32 F Ind.
CASTLINE, Benjamine 12 M Iowa (I believe this to be CASTERLINE!)
" , Elizabeth 10 F Iowa
" , Mary 8 F Iowa
" , Caroline 6 F Iowa
" , George 4 M Iowa
Phillips, James 15 M Ind.
VanMeter, Miles 30 M Farmer KY
" , Nancy 29 F Ind.
" , Alexander 6 M Ills
" , Hannah 5 F Ills
" , Lewis 1 M Iowa
I believe the Caroline CASTLINE above to be my gg gm, who my grandmother
Mabel Johnson always thought to have been VanMeter. Interestingly, her
marriage record shows her as Caroline Phillips married John Daniel Johnson
1871 Lucas Co., IA.
I have been contacted by the descendant of a lady named Catharine "Hattie"
Smith who married a Stephen Casterline Jr. from NY, had three children, then
he died. She later married a Barnes.
The Phillips family thinks that Lewis and Hannah Phillips's daughter
Catharine dies in early 1851 as well as her brother Daniel Phillps dies in
this time period when a plaque of some kind came through southern Iowa. The
Phillips family lost many adults including Miles VanMeter son-in-law to
Daniel and Catharine.
Now this is what I am wondering, Does anyone have information concerning
Catharine Phillips Casterline, did she have children and exactly who was her
husband, _________Casterline? Does anyone have information on this woman?
As for the brother Daniel, I believe it is his son James (the fifteen year
old above) that moves with another Phillips (brother of Daniel) to Washington
state. I wonder who this Daniel's wife was? I suspect it may have been a
Phebe Pace in Lawrence 08 Sep 1836 but I do not know. I suspect he was a
widow when he married Catharine Casterline, who I wonder if might have been
this Catharine "Hattie" Casterline who later marries a Barnes.
I do know that my Johnson family has connections to the above mentioned
family more than simply our John Daniel Johnson marrying Caroline
(?Casterline) Phillips in 1871 Lucas Co., Iowa. Their eldest son, William
Daniel ("Will") married Nancy VanMeter (who I believe is the daughter of Eli
VanMeter, from Eli's obit in Beloit, KS).
Additionally, another of the Johnson sons, Charley Johnson married a Hannah
or Nancy Smith in Douglas Co., MO. All of these woman were all somehow
connected, how I am really not sure about all the connections.
I know that my grandmother always refered to her Barnes kin and for some
reason, I have always thought those to be somehow connected with Howell Co.,
MO but it could have been Douglas, too. I just remember her saying something
to the effect that all those people were connected to gg gm Caroline Johnson.
I have posted some of the Phillips information at
when you reach that site, you may enter #4399
If anyone has knowledge or records or are connected in any way to these
families, please respond here or contact me. Thanks!
Beth Peck Cooper