Bollinger family of Moundville



John J. Bollinger and family first appeared in the Vernon County Census in Coal Township in 1900:

  • John J. Bollinger, born October 1875 in Missouri
  • Etta H. Bollinger, born June 1870 in Kansas (note that next two censuses said Missouri)
  • Earnest Bollinger, born September 1896 in Kansas

The 1910 census shows them in Moundville Township and contains similar information other than stating Etta was born in Missouri.

The 1920 census showed John and Etta living in Moundville Township. Living next door was their son, his wife and daughter:

  • Earnest Bollinger, age 23, born Kansas
  • Ina Bollinger, age 18, born Missouri
  • Earnestine Bollinger, age 3 months, born Missouri

Earnest Bollinger had married Ina Saathoff, daughter of Ben and Anna Voss Saathoff.

J. J. Bollinger from the 1916-17 Moundville School yearbook when he was a member of the School Board.

Thanks to Larry Maffett for sharing this image of the John Bollinger home. Left to right are Mrs. Etta Bollinger, Mrs. Ina Saathoff Bollinger, Earnest Bollinger and John J. Bollinger.

Mrs. Etta Bollinger died January 31, 1926 in Deerfield Township. Her death certificate tells that she was born June 3, 1870 to A. G. Andrews and his wife Sarah Shepherd in Springfield. Her cause of death was by being accidentally burned. Dr. Hornback placed a note as an addendum to her death certificate giving the details of her death. He said that she was making liniment on the stove and the liniment caughtfire igniting her clothing. Burial was in Welborn Cemetery.


After Etta's death, John married Edith Adaline "Baker". NOTE, her death certificate says Baker. However, Vernon County probate records refer to her mother and brother by the surname Raper indicating that Baker was either not correct or a married name. She had been born in 1880 in Lovington, Illinois and the 1880 Moultrie County, Illinois Census shows a 28 year old Noah Raper and his wife Sarah E. These are the names of her parents listed on her death certificate - except it says Baker. Also, the 1910 Barton County, Missouri census shows Edith still single, living with her parents, Noah and Sarah Raper, in Union Township. John and Edith Bollinger lived near Bronaugh in Harrison Township. Edith died of cancer on June 7, 1937. She was also buried Welborn Cemetery.

John married a third time after Edith died. On November 8, 1957, John Bollinger was the informant on the death certificate for Lou Ann Bollinger. She had been born in 1886 in Kentucky. She was also buried at Welborn Cemetery. They were living in Bronaugh at the time of her death.

John Bollinger died in 1961 and was buried in Welborn Cemetery beside his three wives.

Grave Marker from Welborn Cemetery for John J. and Etta Bollinger.

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