Name: James Rasmus "Rab" JOLLIFF
Birth: 8 AUG 1858 in near Rover, Oregon Co, MO
Death: 26 SEP 1930 in Rover, Oregon Co, MO
Burial: 27 SEP 1930 Jolliff Cem, Near Rover, Oregon Co, MO
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Rab is my great-grandfather.
"Rab" was named for his father's two grandfathers Erasmus Nobles and James Jolliff. He also was a fourth cousin of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain).
1880 Oregon Co, Mo, Highland twp:
James Jolliff - 21 Mo IL Mo
Matilda - 20 Mo Mo Mo
Mandy - 1 Mo Mo Mo
1900 MO, Oregon Co, Highland twp, p 5:
Jolliff, James R. (head) - Aug 1858 - age 41, m 21 yrs, b MO, par b IL/MO
. . . . Matilda M. (wife) - Feb 1859 - age 41, m 21 yrs, b MO, par b KY/MO
. . . . Elizabeth M (daug) - b May 1881 - age 19, b MO
. . . . Nora. B. (daug) - b Sept 1885 - age 14, b MO
. . . . Elijah S. (son) - b Mar 1887 - age 13, b MO
. . . . William R. (son) - b Mar 1890 - age 10, b MO
. . . . James. R. (son) - b Jan 1892 - age 8, b MO
. . . . George A. (son) - b Mar 1895 - age 5, b MO
. . . . Ava M (daug) - b Jan 1900 - age 5 mos, b MO
1910 MO census - Oregon Co, Highland twp, p 70:
Jolliff, James R. (head) - 51, m 31 yrs, b MO, par b KY/MO
. . . . Matilda (wife) - 51, 12 ch/6 liv, b MO, par b KY/MO
. . . . James R. Jr. (son) - 18, b MO
. . . . Aaron G. (son) - 15, b MO
. . . . May (daug) - 10, b MO
Rab was a Baptist preacher and though we don't know that he ever pastored a church, he did preach around, filling in for pastors and put much work into Shiloh Baptist Church in Rover, (Oregon Co.) Mo. Two mentions of his preaching were found in the South Missourian newspaper in Alton: Mar 15, 1900, community of Grabb (later Rover): "Bro. Rab Jolliff filled Bro. Hodges' appointment, and delivered quite an interesting sermon at Park's Chapel Sunday eve." Mar 29, 1900, Grabb: "Bro. Rab Jolliff delivered quite an interesting sermon at the Baptist Church Sunday." His granddaughter, Fay Kimbrough, thinks that he pastored at Shiloh church and also pastored Elk Creek, but she is not positive about either.
The Shiloh Baptist church in Rover burned in the 1920's. Rab had been paying the insurance on the building for years, but some of the people didn't want him to have a say in what was being done, so he gave the insurance money to the trustees to build a new church. They spent all the money without buying new insurance, and had the church almost rebuilt when a tornado blew it away on Thanksgiving Day, 1926. So Rab and another man in the church, John French, mortgaged their farms and built the church that is now standing. He spent a lot of time visiting the people in their homes trying to raise money to pay for it. When the building was finished he said, "God has His hand on this church, it will stand" (and it did). Matilda often got upset about him spending so much time with the church because some of the people treated him so badly and talked about him. But Rab's philosophy was, "If they are talking about me, they are letting someone else rest." His daughter, Nora Bell was often hurt for him and said, "A few of the people wanted him around only when they could use him." But he continued, and when he was old he walked to the church and cleaned it regularly until he could no longer walk.
Rab & Tilda lived on a farm on the main highway a few miles north of Rover, Mo. Tilda's obituary said that they had 12 children. Only 9 of them have been accounted for: seven of these lived to adulthood; two died young-in 1882/83 their first child, Mandy died (age 3-4), and in 1899 another baby died at 18 months (name unknown). After their children were grown Elijah contracted tuberculosis from a man that he carried the mail with. He died in 1919, and his wife Lillie (VonAllmen) died from T.B. in 1920. Two of Elijah's children, Marie and Ed, lived with Rab & Tilda after their parents died (Ed first lived with Harlin VonAllmen). Rab and Tilda also kept May and her baby, Vada, until May died of T.B. Lizzie and her two children came to live with them, and she also died of T.B.
Only 4 of Rab & Tilda's children outlived them: Nora, Randle, Razie, and Aaron. Tilda died a few days before her 70th birthday.
On Feb. 7, 1929, the front page, near the bottom, of the South Missourian Democrat had this news article:
"News was received of the death of Mrs. Rab Jollif (sic) of near Rover on Tuesday morning. Mr. & Mrs. Jollif have been residents of Highland Township many years and their many friends will be sorry to hear of her death."
Tilda was carried to Jolliff Cemetery in the back of Clara (granddaughter) and Hade Trantham's Model-T truck. It was snowing the day she was buried.
On Feb. 14, 1929, Matilda's obituary was printed on the front page, near the top:
"Matilda M. Jolliff was born February 12, 1859 and died February 5, 1929; age 69 years, 11 months, and 23 days. She was married to J.R. Jolliff, July 11, 1878. To this union twelve children were born; four of them and the father survive. Mrs. Jolliff had been a member of the Missionary Baptist Church for 39 years, and lived a faithful Christian life. She was devoted to her family, friends and church and will be greatly missed in her accustomed place. Funeral services were conducted by the pastor, Rev. Perry Bennett, at the Rover Baptist Church Thursday the 7th, and she was laid to rest in the Jolliff Cemetery to await the resurrection morn."
After Tilda died Rab kept his orphan grandchildren, Marie and Ed for as long as he could. When he began to get sick, he gave his property and everything he had to son, Aaron, and went to live with him.
Both were buried at the Jolliff Cemetery.
Missouri Death certificate:
James R. Jolliff, farmer, widowed
born Aug 8, 1858, Rover, Mo
father: Randle Jolliff
mother: Peggy Huddleston
wife: Matilda Jolliff
died Sept. 26, 1930, Highland twp, Oregon Co, Mo
of infection of chest and stomach trouble, Dr. Hogan, West Plains
no undertaker listed
buried Sept 27, 1930, Jolliff Cemetery
informant: Aaron G. Jolliff, Rover, Mo.
For map of Oregon Co, Mo. go to:
Jolliff Cemetery is off 160 hwy. halfway between the turn off to Rover and the turn off to Thomasville.
The Jolliffs lived just north of Rover on M hwy.
FamilySearch.org PIN# - L4S1-TS7
Find A Grave Memorial# 15496819
Father: Randolph Casey JOLLIFF b: 9 DEC 1818 in Kentucky or Indiana
Mother: Margaret L. "Peggy" HUDDLESTON b: APR 1824 in Pope Co, IL
Matilda Marilla "Tilda" TATUM b: 12 FEB 1860 in Stoddard Co, MO
11 JUL 1878
in Rover, Oregon Co, MO
- Amanda JOLLIFF b: 1879 in Rover, Oregon Co, MO
- Elizabeth M. "Lizzie" JOLLIFF b: MAY 1881 in Rover, Oregon Co, MO
- baby JOLLIFF b: ABT 1883
- Nora Bell JOLLIFF b: 13 SEP 1885 in Brady, Oregon Co, MO
- Elijah Summers JOLLIFF b: 28 MAR 1887 in Rover, Oregon Co, MO
- William Randle JOLLIFF b: 1 MAR 1890 in Rover, Oregon Co, MO
- James Rasmus "Razzie" JOLLIFF b: 8 JAN 1892 in Rover, Oregon Co, MO
- Aaron George JOLLIFF b: 22 MAR 1895 in Rover, Oregon Co, MO
- baby JOLLIFF b: ABT JUL 1897
- Ava May JOLLIFF b: JAN 1900 in Rover, Oregon Co, MO
- baby JOLLIFF
- baby JOLLIFF