Jesse Case & Elizabeth McMinn Case

Jesse & Elizabeth (McMinn) Case (son of John Case Sr.)

By: Lee Case : Saturday, April 15, 2000


Jesse Case - Elizabeth McMinn

As the white population increased in the southeastern states the Indian tribes of that region became crowded for land the wild game was growing scarce. This led to frequent raids of the white settlers by bands of Indians from the native tribes.
In 1808 a delegation of Cherokee Indians from southern Appalachian region went to Washington to ask Pres. Jefferson to grant them permission to migrate west of the Mississippi River. Their request was granted in June 1809. In 1824 Pres. Monroe recommended to Congress that a tract of land west of Arkansas and Missouri be set aside for the colonization of Indians from the states east of the Mississippi River.
Between 1824 and 1830, the date of the establishing of Indian Territory, there was such dissatisfaction in some of the Indian tribes, whose old members did not wish to leave the land of their ancestors. This was especially true in the Cherokee tribe in Georgia.
There were many small migrations of Indians to the land west of Arkansas and Missouri before the great forced trek of 1828, known as the Trail of Tears.
During one of these Cherokee migrations the Gov. of Georgia commissioned Robert Case, son of Jesse, along with other citizens of Georgia, to escort a band of Cherokees to the land west of Arkansas Territory. They must have ferried the Mississippi somewhere south of the mouth of the Arkansas River.
Bob Case was discharged from his duty as guide and guard to the Indians, he left Fort Smith, Arkansas and traveled northeast through Ozark region of north Arkansas and south Missouri to St. Louis, where he ferried the Mississippi, and traveled on to his father's new home in East Tennessee. All this traveling was done on horseback.
About the time Bob started on his mission with the Indians his father, Jesse Case, moved his English family to East Tennessee, where they became neighbors of the Scotch-Irish Jacksons of East Tennessee, the English William Riley Matthews of Western Virginia, the Irish Millers of East Tennessee, and the Irish Warren Wrights of Kentucky. Although they lived in three different states they were close neighbors.
When young Bob Case arrived home with such enthusiastic descriptions of the great bubbling springs of sparkling water and the rich valley land, of the rivers and creeks all through the Ozark Mountains just waiting to be homesteaded, the above named neighbors decided to migrate to Missouri.
Under the guidance of young Bob they organized a caravan and started for the St. Louis ferry in the spring of 1832.
The women and children along with their food supplies and the necessary household furnishings were transported in oxen driven wagons. The men and boys herded their farm animals along with the caravan. As ox-team travel was very slow the herded animals ate their fill each day along the trails and road sides.
When they reached the drainage basin of Gasconade River in Pulaski Co., Mo. the Matthews, the Cases, the Jacksons and the Wrights, made permanent camp and the head man of each family began to look around and choose the land he wished to homestead.
The Millers drove further north along the Gasconade River and chose their land in Osage Co., Mo. where the country was not so hilly.
This group of pioneers were public spirited and always answered the call of public service in the community. They were consecrated Baptist in their church life and followed the leadership of William Riley Matthews in community service.
As soon as the log-cabin houses were built and occupied and their fields were fenced with oaken rails split from the great oaks cleared from the fields which the fence enclosed, they turned their spare time to building a log church, using the trunks of the huge white oak trees of the primeval forest. They hewed the sides of each log flat and fashioned a room 16 feet square with a large stone fireplace in one side. The land for this church and the church yard (cemetery nearby) was donated and deeded to the state by members of the Matthews family. The old log church served the community for religious worship and also as a school house for more than three generations. The school term consisted of three months in late summer and early autumn.
This church was known for miles around as the Pisgah Baptist Church of Pulaski Co., Mo. and the organization is still in existence but they have a neat little frame building with cushioned pews.
Jesse and Elizabeth (McMinn) Case had eleven children: Robert, John, William, Elizabeth, Caroline, Virginia, James, Mary, 2 infant daughters and one infant son.