John Sisney (b. November 02, 1797, d. September 04, 1880)
John Sisney (son of Stephen Sisney and Dolly Holton) was born November 02, 1797 in Guilford County, North Carolina, and died September 04, 1880 in PONTIAC, OZARK COUNTY, MO.He married Matilda Tompkins on November 30, 1829 in Christain County,Ky.. Notes for John Sisney: John's birthday if taken from his date of death, and going back 83 yrs., 10 months, 21 days comes out to the 13 or 14 Oct 1796, but H. Dale Sisney has it as 2 Nov 1797. John (Scot) and Nancy (Matilda) were married by Samuel Younglove J.P. in Kentucky. Some people call him John (Scotty) because of a typo error made years ago by Janie Luster, a descendant of Louisa Frances Sisney. And the error spread quickly. John was nicknamed and called Scot because of his scotch ancestory. John was buried with his wife Nancy (Matilda) in Sisney Graveyard in Gainsville, Ozark County, Missouri. This is located near Gooldys Spring creek. Reports say that the cemetery is not kept up and will soon if not already be oblitarated. John listed his birthplace as North Carolina in about 1797 but the first verifiable record of his existance is his marriage to Matilda Tompkins in Christian County, Kentucky in 1829. One child was born to John and Marilda before they moved to Macon County, Illinois where their second child was born. Then they moved to Warren County, Illinois where four more children were born. Sometime before 1850 John and Matilda packed their belongings once more and crossed the Mississippi to settle in Schulyer County, Missouri where their last three children were born. But John and Matilda did not find the home they sought in Schulyer County either. They moved two more times in the state of Missouri before they settled on the southern border of Missouri in Ozark County. John, William Jefferson, and Eli (spelling their name Sisna) listed their families in the 1860 Census at Falling Spring Post Office, Douglas County, Missouri. However, John and Matilda are listed in later census data in Ozark County and he, his wife and his son, William Jefferson all died there and are buried in a rural graveyard described in writings as The Sisney Grave Yard. BURIAL: THE SISNEY GRAVE YARD by S.C.Turnbo Among the older farms in Ozark County, Mo. is the Sisney Place on Goubeys Spring Creek. I am told that John Sisney was the first man that did any work here to amount to anything. Away back in the fifties Tommy Norris and Nory Miller held revival meetings here for several years and a free will Baptist Church was organized here called the White River Church. The converts were Baptized in the creek near where the services were held. Situated on this farm is an old time grave yard where a number of old time people are at rest. The cemetery is on the slope of a hill where it is nearly clear of rock with a few pretty cedars standing scattered over the ground. On the 19th of February 1906 the writer in company with George Mahan visited this grave yard to note down some of the names of the older people whose dust is moldering here. I am told that Lucinda Hall daughter of Joe Hall who was accidently shot and killed by her brother Bill (Bully) Hall was the first internment here. I am told that Mr. Joe Hall was living on this land when the unfortunate accident occurred. The following are a few of the oldest people who are buried here. John Sisney who died September 4, 1880 was born in 1784. Mrs. Matilda Sisney his wife a very old lady is buried here. W.J. (Bill) Sisney born January 18, 1834 died May 8,1903. This last named was a son of John Sisney. Charles S. Gooly (Gooldy) More About John Sisney: Burial: Abt. September 05, 1880 More About John Sisney and Matilda Tompkins: Marriage: November 30, 1829, Christain County,Ky.. Children of John Sisney and Matilda Tompkins are:
+Elizabeth T. Sisney, b. 1831, Macon County, Illinois, d. February 06, 1905, Barry County, Missouri.