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John Albert Undertaking Ledger, Ironton, Missouri

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John Albert operated a funeral home, along with a carpenter shop and hardware store, in Ironton, Missouri, from July 1, 1878 until June 6, 1921. He sold his undertaking business March 1, 1923 to Bond and White. John Albert was born May 21, 1835 in Salem, Illinois. He enlisted in the Union Army June 11, 1861 and served in Company C, 22 Illinois Infantry until July 7, 1864 when he was honorably discharged. After the Civil War, Albert came to the Arcadia Valley in Missouri where he first lived in Arcadia. There he worked as a carpenter and served on the town board. Later he moved to Ironton where he built a number of houses and later opened his hardware store and funeral parlor, becoming quite successful. He married Hannah Rachel Elsner December 1, 1868, and they had nine daughters. They lived at the corner of what is now Marshall and Wayne streets in Ironton until Hannah died April 15, 1911. In February 1912, at the age of 76, he remarried to Malissa C. Hendley and they made their home in the living quarters on the second floor over his business located on Main Street one door north of what is now Ironton City Hall. They lived there until his death March 28, 1928 at the age of 92 years, 10 months, and 7 days. He is buried beside his first wife, Hannah, in the Masonic Cemetery across Stouts Creek just east of Ironton.

The Collection

Ledger entries include the item purchased (such as a coffin), name of purchaser and relationship to the deceased, date of death; and usually the name of the deceased, cause of death, age at time of death, and where buried. The ledger is in rough chronological order. Blank pages have been omitted. The ledger is bound with pages from Wilson’s History and Directory for Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois, 1875-1876. Some directory pages are missing.

Rights and Reproductions

The ledger is in the public domain. The ledger was transcribed by Betty Long Russell, Registrar Francis Valle Chapter 6-0240 MO, for the Iron County Historical Society, 1991. Contact the Iron County Historical Society for permission to use these materials. Phone 573-546-3513 or email ironcohissoc@hotmail.com.

How to Use this Collectoin

The ledger can be browsed chronologically; note that Wilson’s Directory pages are interleaved with ledger pages. To search the ledger by name or keyword, click the search link below, or, within the ledger, type into the “Search this object” box above the table of contents. Names appear in the transcripts of the ledger pages.

Related Sources

Contact the Iron County Historical Society for more information on locations of burial places. For official death records created after 1910 and over 50 years old, consult the Missouri Death Certificates. For some abstracts of death records created before 1910, consult the Missouri Birth and Death Records Database, Pre-1910.

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