W. C. Grace of Bronaugh Missouri

The 1860 Vernon County census lists a William Grace as an infant son of Elkanah and Casander Grace. They lived in Drywood Township. Note - I am not certain if this is the W. C. Grace who was part of Bronaugh history - but the birth year matches, so I have listed it here.

William probably had a first marriage - The 1880 census lists 20 year old C. William Grace living with his 18 year old wife, Caroline in Milford Township in Barton County, MO.

Then we find that Caroline Grace died August 28, 1883 at the age of 22 years 1 month, and 12 days. Burial was at Bickett Cemetery.

William C. Grace then married Ruth J Mabry on 21 Oct 1886 in Nevada, Vernon, Missouri.

W. C. Grace was an early Bronaugh businessman. In 1894, he took over the Main Street building vacated by Laban Funk. There is no evidence however, that he lived in Bronaugh for extended periods.

The 1900 Vernon County census listed the farmily living in Nevada:

William C Grace


Ruth J Grace


Lora M Grace


James L Grace


Bulah P Grace


Mamie M Grace


Violet Grace


Alver Grace


Edna R Grace


The 1910 Census shows Will Grace living at 617 S Main in Nevada with his wife and EIGHT daughters:


  • William C. Grace age 50
  • Ruth J. Grace, age 42
  • Lora Grace, age 22
  • Bulah Grace, age 18
  • Mamie Grace, age 17
  • Violet Grace, age 14
  • Alva Grace, age 12
  • Edna Grace, age 10
  • Nellie Grace, age 6
  • Josephine Grace, age 4

If you have information about the Grace family, we will add it here.



W. C. Grace and friend, Allen Worsley


Bickett Cemetery

The article below, from the 1918 Bronaugh Journal, tells about Grace:

The cute photo to the left was shared by JaWan and Nancy Thompson. It is a surprisingly casual photo for one so old. The back of the photo says that these are the two youngest daughters of Will Grace.

So this photo must be of Nellie and Josephine and it appears that the photo must have been taken about 1910.

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