I am researching the Schrage and Pinson families of Knox County in northeast Missouri. Thus far I have traced the Schrage Family back to Henry Schrage who was born about 1835. Census records from 1880 list his place of birth as being Illinois. Other Census records indicate that his place of birth was Germany and that he migrated to the US in 1844. I tend to believe that he did infact migrate here in 1844 however as of yet I have not been able to locate any doccumet to support this.
I have traced the Pinson Family back to Zephania Pinson who redided in Kentucky in the early 1800's. His Grandson Jerimiah Pinson and Wife Martha migrated to Missouri in the 1850's and thier son Alonzo was born in Knox County in 1879.
The information I have compiled is by no means complete and given that each family has names that are extremely common the accuracy is at best suspect.
Other surnames that I am researching include Mayer, Spurgeon, Wyles, Ross, Hayes, and Snell. Contact me via E-mail at email@example.com and I will be glad to share the information I have gathered so far.