The photograph below is of a family that resided in Charleston, MO for a few years in the early 1900s.
1906, Charleston, MO Homestead owned by John Jefferson Gage
left to right: hired man, Tabitha Ann Metcalf Gage, John Jefferson Gage, John Gage, Lester Gage, Cassie Gage, Charles Gage.
John Jefferson Gage and Tabitha Ann Metcalf were married in 1873 in Pope County, IL. They had all of their children there, and moved to Scott County, MO prior to the 1900 census. They left Scott County and moved to Mississippi County for a time, then apparently returned to Scott County. Tabitha died in Scott County in 1913, John Jefferson Gage remarried in 1914, and died in 1924 in Scott County.
John and Tabitha were my great great grandparents.
John Jefferson Gage Family
Much of what I know about John Jefferson Gage and his family comes from census records and supplements from othe r Gage researchers. I have not verified many of the items in the information I am posting below, but intend to do so. I posess a copy of John Jefferson Gage's death certificate, and the obituary from his son Charles's death in 1980 that name John J. and Tabitha Gage as his parents.
John Jefferson Gage was born
in McNairy County, Tennessee on October 11, 1849.
His parents were Charles and Nancy Gage,
and his paternal grandparents were Samuel and Mary Ann Gage.
His uncle's name was George Washington Gage.
I found Charles and Nancy,
I found Nancy alone in the 1860 Tennessee census with children
I was recently sent information by Stella Runyon
I was sent information by Cheryl Broadway Cossey that
Ada Gage, born August 1877 in Illinois
Harriett Gage, born July 1883 in Illinois
Susan L. Gage, born August 1885 in Illinois,
I have seen a transcription of a gravestone in the Blodgett Cemetery, Scott County, Missouri, for a George Gage, born July 30, 1874. It is near several other Gage headstones, and would be in the time between John J. and Tabitha's marriage and the birth of Ada Gage. There is a birth listed in Pope County, Missouri for a Lillie Gage to John Jefferson Gage in 1879. This would place Lillie between Ada and Harriett. She is listed on the birth record as being the third child born to this couple. John Jefferson Gage died on July 24, 1924 and is buried in Blodgett Cemetery in Scott County, Missouri. His headstone has a violin carved on it. Tabitha Ann Metcalf Gage died December 13, 1913, and is also buried in the Blodgett Cemetery.
It appears that John and Tabitha Gage moved from Pope County, Illinois
between 1896 and 1900.
For a brief time, they moved to Charleston, Mississippi County, Missouri,
I know of no other descendants for this family except from the union of
Charles Cleaver Gage married and had two sons,
I would dearly love to find other descendants of John Jefferson and Tabitha Metcalf Gage, as well as descendants of John Jefferson and Mary Ethel Ownesby Gage (Adams). I have not been able to locate any information on-line about any of John's children.
The photo and information submitted by:Jennifer Gage Huffstedtler
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