Posted by: marthabernie | March 5, 2017

Great Great Grandparents – Eli and Mary Jane (Mills) Massie

001These are my great great grandparents, Eli and Mary Jane (Mills) Massie.  Eli was married in Ohio but his wife died.  He then remarried Mary Jane Mills, seen here.  The Massie’s moved to Missouri about 1870, traveling southwest from Ohio with the Shank family.  They settled near Long Lane in Dallas County first, then Eli and W.H. Shank (my grandfather) moved to the Phillipsburg area in Laclede County.  Eli was born in Ohio, July 28, 1827.  He may have been the son of Jephthah Massie, whose father, Big Jephthah Massie, helped organize the Township of Jefferson, Jackson County, Ohio in 1822.  There may also be a connection to Captain Nathaniel Massie of Ohio.  Mary Jane was born August 9, 1839, the daughter of Jesse and Saphronia Mills.

Eli Massie was a successful businessman in Phillipsburg.  At one point, he ran a general store, but he seems to have been most successful at buying and selling property in the town.  He also went on hunting and trapping expeditions to Mississippi after the turn of the century and sometimes went to Crews, MS to work for several weeks at a time, despite the fact that he was well into his seventies.

Eli died Jan 8, 1915 and his wife Mary Jane Mills Massie, died Jun 8, 1917.  Both are buried in the New Hope Cemetery near Long Lane.  Their daughter, Lydia Margaret Massie, my great grandmother, married W.H. Shank.  They are also buried in the New Hope Cemetery.


  1. Hi, just wanted to say thanks for this treasure trove of photos. My grandmother, GGrandmother and many other ancestors/family were born and lived in this area. I keep hoping I will uncover a photo of one of them but no luck so far. Still, it’s been amazing seeing so many of the people and places they would have been so familiar with!


    • You are very welcome. There will be more in the new year. I am moving and relocating north so I probably won’t get organized much before spring, but keep checking back from time to time.


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