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Hello Joyce you should find the following VERY! informing, it is from Gene Burger USA via
. I too am related to this line
Regards Mark Hunter, Australia
By way of introduction, My mother was Grace Muse Lacey, her father was Wesley Blackburn
Muse, his father was Richard Odell Muse.
Richard Odell's brothers were Joseph, Thomas, Watson,James, Richard (died at birth),
William (also died early), Richard O,(named for his dead brother) and John.
Richard O. and John were born in America. Joseph, James, and John are all buried in Dravo
Cemetery near Pittsburgh, PA.
His mother Hannah Brown Muse is also buried there.
His father Thomas died in Squirrell Hill, PA. Thomas froze in a riverboat accident on the
Monongahela River near Pittsburgh. Richard was 5 and John was not yet born when Thomas
Thomas' last name is spelled in several ways Mews, and Mewse.
Richard changed his spelling from Mews to Muse when he quit being a river boat
captain/owner and began studying to be a Methodist minister.
Below is the obituary for Watson Muse
OBITUARY CLIPPED FROM THE TIMES REPUBLICAN, WAYNE COUNTY, IOWA, USA. (This obit came to me
via a friend in England)
Watson Muse was born in Newcastle-upon Tyne, England Sept 14 1826, and
departed this life at his home in Cambria Oct 2, 1915, being aged 89 years and 18
days. Death was the result of breakdown due to old age and the end came as quietly
and peacefully as the evening’s sunset. Loved ones at the bedside during the last
days and hours were his consolation and support during the days of passing.
In 1830 with his parents he emigrated to America, locating in Pittsburg, Pa, where
Mr Muse spent his early life in the occupations of coal miner, barge pilot and
carpenter. July 17, 1856 he married Maria Jane Shaner and to this union were born
12 children. Three children, two daughters and a son, with the wife and mother, have
preceded him in death.
The surviving children are T.H. (Thomas H.) C..W. (Charles W.) and Miss Addie Muse of
Cambria (Adda sometimes Ettie), J.C. (John C.) of Glassport Pa., R.L. (?) of Trenton,
Mo., J.S. (James S.) of Des Moines, Mrs Marie(Mary) Toot, of Kansas City, Mo.,
Edward of Washington, D.C., and Joseph of Omaha. (There were also Watson, Frank,
Anna B. Richard on a census) Besides these 9 children there are eighteen
grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
In 1861 he enlisted on the side of the Union cause in the Great Rebellion as a private
in Co. F., 12th. Pennsylvania Reserves, serving through three years of the war and
being in sixteen hard engagements, among them Gettysburg, Antietem,
Fredericksburg, Wilderness, and. Bull Run and Spotsylvania. In 1865 he came west
locating near Bevier, Mo., remaining there a year and a half, coming from there to
Iowa, locating in Washington Township, Wayne County, where he has since resided.
Watson Muse as a mere boy of eleven confessed Christ and united with the
Methodist Church in Pennsylvania. He was a man of true worth and integrity, who
had the respect and good will of all men.
The funeral services were held from the Methodist church on Sunday afternoon, the
services conducted by Revs. Parry and Place and the body laid to rest by the side
of his wife. E.A.P.
OBITUARY OF HIS WIFE, MARIA J. SHANER
Was born in Westmoreland county, Pa., Nov 9 1841 and died in Cambria, Wayne
County, Iowa, April 30 1905 aged 63 years, 5 months and 21 days….the mourners
were: the surviving children. T. H. Muse, C. .W. Muse, Addie Muse, Mary Toot,
James S. and Edward Muse of Cambria, Iowa, Joseph Muse of Omaha, Nebraska,
Annie Ratcliffe of Corydon, Iowa, and Richard Muse of Trenton, Mo., were present.
Her son J C Muse of Buna Vista Pa., found it impossible to be present. The six boys
acted as pall bearers and she was interred in Cambria cemetery…………… (snipped)