Nellie Meeks, Brookfield MO

Nellie Meeks, Brookfield MO

On back of photo is written, "Nellie Meeks, killed by the Taylor boys." It would be interesting to know more about Nellie. A search turned up this link and others,


Nellie Meeks

Nellie Meeks was born September 23, 1887. Her parents and 3 siblings were murdered in 1894. She survived and married Albert Spray on March 4, 1905 at the age of 16. She died the next year on March 4, 1905 at the age of 17 in childbirth. She is buried at Bute Cemetery in Milan, Sullivan County, Missouri. One can check the photo of her tombstone on to verify her birth and death dates. (She did not live until 1910 as someone commented on here.)

Nellie Meeks

Nellie grew to womanhood and married Albert Spray of North Salem. She died in 1910 shortly after giving birth to a daughter Hattie.
per story on Ancestry, this took place in Sullivan County, Mo.

Nellie's mother, father, 2

Nellie's mother, father, 2 sisters, and a baby who was born prematurely during the attack were all killed in May of 1894. Nellie was adopted by the prosecutor who tried their killer, Bill Taylor. George Taylor was also involved but managed to escape custody. Bill was convicted and hanged. Happened near Browning, MO, which sits on the county line between Sullivan and Linn.

A Question and More Info

Do you know the name of the prosecutor who adopted her? According to the 1900 census, which can be found at, Nellie Meeks, born Sep 1887, was living with John and Mary C. Page. They were in Union Township, Sullivan County. John was a farmer. At first I figured these were her maternal grandparents, since she is given as their granddaughter, but perhaps these could be the people who adopted her.

According to the database "Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002", Nellie married Albert Spray 6 Jan 1904 in Milan, Sullivan county. His father and her guardians are listed as being present.

According to this same database, Hattie Spray married Wayne Jones 24 Nov 1919, also in Milan. On the 1910 census, Hattie, age 5, was living with her paternal grandparents. Her father, who is listed as widowed, was living with one of his brothers. They were all in Sullivan County.



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