Dean & Walt, I have some info on your family in Irondale also. The Joseph you have married to Rutha Ann Forshee is the son of John Province, who family tradition has him as an original settler in this country from Ireland. He married 3 times and had 18 children. I know of Peggy, Hannah, Henry, Herman, William, Lewis & Joseph. Joseph had a farm near Irondale and is buried in the Methodist Cemetery, Hopewell, MO. Joseph & Rutha's children were: Martha Jane married Seabourne Thompson, 4-6-1854 in Washington Co, MO.
John Alderson, b.10-9-1835, Monroe Co, TN, d. 4-17-1918, Irondale, MO, buried Hopewell Cemerty. Married Sarah Mahala Collins, 12-25-1866, Irondale. She was daughter of John Collins and born 7-18-1833, Mt Pleasant, Maury Co, TN, died 4-21-1917, Irondale-Hopewell Cemerty. Their children were born in MO. William Benjamin, Callard, Mary Lucy & Junious Donald.
William Layette,b.5-9-1838, TN, d.2-4-1917, buried Methodist Cemetery, Caldonia, MO, Married 1st-Edna Elizabeth Robinson, b. 10-23-1839 & d.9-7-1870. He married 2nd Mariah Means, 11-23-1872. She was born 11-11-1852, Bowersville, OH, d.6-11-1943. He fathered 18 children.
Margaret Isabel, born c.1840, was killed by a train near Irondale. 2nd wife of John Self.
Mary Elizabeth, born c1842, TN, died young.
James Richard, b.2-?-1848, TN, Married 2-11-1872, Mary Ann Elizabeth Gregory, b.1-?-1853, MO. Oftheir kids: Francis Malcom, Emma Sophronia, Lola V., Angorette and 7 more I don't have names of.
Joseph Elbert, b.12-5-1851, MO, killed by a tornado, 3-19-1948, married Emily Jane Gregory, b.5-8-1855 in MO, d.11-3-1904. Buried in Campbell-Forrester Cemetery. 6 children: Ida, Minnie Mae, Eliza J., Rosa Bell, Effie Viola & Elbert Cleve.
Mary (Mahala?), b.3-10-1855, d.3-5-1929. She was 2nd wife of Ben Powell, b.1-1-1846, d.1-5-1930. No children. Hopes this fits in. lori