Wallen Family Cemetery
Near Irondale, Washington County, Missouri
Photographed: May, 2004

The Wallen Cemetery was kind of hard to find.  We drove around & drove around stoping at about 6 different places to ask directions but no one knew.  But we knew we had to be in the right area when we were on Doc Wallen Rd.  lol  Anyway we finally came across an old farmer on his tractor & he knew right where it was.  We had driven past it once but didn't see it as it is barely visible from the road.  So we finally made it to the cemetery & none too soon as we had a flat tire.  So we pulled up into the cow pasture (where the cemetery is) & while I photographed tombstones Gene changed the flat tire.   When we left we were so hot & sweaty that the first creek we came to we stopped to cool off.  lol  Directions to Wallen Cemetery from Potosi:  Go south on Hwy. 21 to Triangle Cafe.  Turn left on Hwy M & go 4.5 miles to Doc Wallen Rd.  Turn right on Doc Wallen Rd. &  go 2.2 miles to Wallen Cemetery on left side of road.  It is right past a modern log house which is on a sharp left curve of the road.

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Wallen Cemetery Entrance

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View from back corner of cemetery

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Elisha Wallen, Sr.

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Mary Hughes w/o Elisha Wallen

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Hays Wallen s/o Elisha & Mary

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Lewis Wallen

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Nilson Wallen

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Eliza A. Wallen

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Clay Wallen

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Mary E. & Myra E. Wallen

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Eliza E. Wallen

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Emily Caroline Wallen

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Lucinda Winny Wallen

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Mary Adeline Wallen

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Harry Wallen

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Nancy J. & Henry C. Wallen
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Tabitha Wallen

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Rosie E. Thompson

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Sharon I. Jones

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William Proffitt

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Mary Jane Settle

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Sam Cleveland Robinson

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William Harvey Jones

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Mary Sherrill

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Eliza Proffitt

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Minnie Belle Oldham

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Evaline Sherrill

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Sidney Sherrill

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Mathew Mark Jones

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Thomas Briley

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Virgle Briley

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Golda Briley

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Infant Briley

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Maggie Briley

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Lilie Briley

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Reva Briley

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Bertha Otto

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Gene changing the flat tire.

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Cooling off in the creek on Doc Wallen Rd.

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Different views of
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taken from
Hwy. M bridge

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Wallen Family History

Elisha Wallen I, called "The Long Hunter", because he with a group of men blazed trials from Virginia to Kentucky & Tennessee.   The first long hunt was about 1761.  He was born in Henry County Virginia about 1734.  Later, he moved to Carter's Valley, then to Claborne County, Tennessee where he took up land  & made his home.  The story is that his first wife & part of his family were wiped out in Indian warfare, while they were on the long hunt of about eighteen months............He later married Katherine Blevens, daughter of Captain Blevens, on of the Long Hunters............In 1806, they migrated  to Missouri along with the John Hughes Sr. family, who each took land & settled about three miles southwest of Irondale in Concord Township...............Wallens built a large log house, a part of which still stands today, however a lot of remodeling has been done.   The place was called "The Plantation".  And there is a Wallen Cemetery on this farm.................The younger Elisha Wallen was eleven years old when he came to Missouri in 1806, for he was born 30 November 1795 in Tennessee.  After bieng honorabley discharged from service in the War of 1812, he married Mary Hughes on 10 October 1815.  She was the daughter of John & Susnnah Hayes Hughes.  Mary was born 15 September 1799 in Tennessee.  She died 22 October 1866.  Elisha lived until 11 March 1872.   Bothe he & Mary are interred in the Wallen Cemetery on the homestead. From: Bellvue Valley Missouri History ~ 1763 - 1981

Henry C. Wallen, farmer, is a son of Elisha & Mary Hughes Wallen, both native Tennesseeans, & born in 1795 & 1799 respectively.  They came to Washington County, Missouri in 1806 & here spent the remainder of their lives.   The father was a farmer & a soldier of the War of 1812. In the latter part of his life he affiliated with the Democratic Party, but was formerly a Whig.  He was a stirring & energetic business man, & was a great lover of hunting, being a fine marksman.  He died in 1872 & his wife in 1866.  Their family consisted of eighteen children, nine sons & nine daughters.  Their son, Henry C., was born on the farm where he now lives, in 1843, & was educated in the subscription schools.   In 1868 he married Miss Nancy J. Tullock, who was born in St. Francios County, Missouri in 1846.  To them have been born seven children:  Eliza C., Minnie B., Samuel A., Luther H., Herman T., Louella B. & Lillie G.  Mr Wallen is a Democrat, & a member of the Masonic fraternity.  He has lived on his present farm of 251 acres all his life & besides this property, owns a fifth interest in the Wallen Copper Mines.
  From: Goodspeed's 1888 reprint of History of Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, Crawford & Gasconade Counties, Missouri


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Wallen loom photographed in the 1980's by Esther M. Carroll


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