There were many sad, tragic incidences just before, during, & just after the Civil War (1861-1865). One of these tragic events in the KISSEE family is related by some family records & some professional genetic researchers, as follows: Jasper S. & Lucinda (Hodges) KISSEE were listed in the 1860 Census & in land records of Douglas, Stone, & Ozark Counties in Missouri, as well as Fulton County, Arkansas. However, Jasper & Lucinda Kissee DO NOT APPEAR on any Missouri or Arkansas Census from 1870 on. In 1870, their children are living with a relative in Arkansas, Sarah Kissee Hatfield (other known children = Cynthia Elizabeth Kissee & John Kissee). There is speculation among professional researchers that Jasper & Lucinda Kissee probably lost their lives during the Civil War. There is a story that they were ‘Southern Sympathizers’ & their home was burned whereby they lost their lives as a result. This home was located in Vera Cruz, MO. (in the Mark Twain National Forest near present day Ava, MO.). Jasper's father was Thomas Kissee (originally from Kentucky) & his mother was Mahala. In the 1850 Ozark County, MO. Census, Jasper Kissee is listed as 25 years old, as well as his twin, Thomas Kissee, Jr. Also listed in this particular Census, is a Jane Kissee (16 years old) who is the wife of Thomas Kissee, Jr. Jasper Kissee’s wife, Lucinda Hodges, was born in Tennessee. There are also indications that one of the Kissee's refused to take the oath of allegiance to the Union &, consequently, moved to South America to keep from being forced to take this oath. Another family member, a woman, was said to have been tortured for information by Union soldiers by putting fire to her feet & she was left crippled for the rest of her life as a result. However, she never divulged the information they were trying to force from her. (Are these “stories” really true? Perhaps, we will never know for sure – but, I record them here for posterity in case they are true --or that even portions of the stories are true).
You have probably seen this note but added it to talk.
In the 1850 census Tom is in Ozark County, Mo with Bethina, my Marfield, Jesse and Jasper Hodge. Tom said born age 51 Virginia.
1860 census shows him in Douglas Cty. Mo with Mahala and Tom born age 63 Kentucky.
1870 census shows him in Lawrence Cty. Arkansas with his daughter Kissiah with Tom born age 72 NC.
Not one census has this man born same state. Ages change about like they should for 10 years.
Now my Marfield and son Daniel are in Douglas and Daiel marries my ggrandfathers step daughter in Taney County, Missouri which is full of Kissee's but cant connect them to our Kissee's yet anyway.
My cousin on moms side does connect to them. Ours are my dads side.
Am I reading too much into census or wrong Tom? I really would like to find the connection. Daniel's grandson married my g aunt and his brother married another aunts husbands sister. I grew up knowing his grandson and my dad knew his son.
I have just not found any other info to help with this. Daniel must have died before 1901 when his wife died and that was after she had remarried.
The name Willouby shows up in the family and is in the Kissee/Lewis line before move to Taney and Arkansas so sems to be right track.
Let me know what you think. Brenda
It states Kissiah his daughter in census and she was in Douglas County same time he was but married.
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