Hi folks! I am trying to see if I can solve a family mystery. My GG grandfather John Wesley Short (m. Rachel Catherine Cook) seems to have disappeared between 1872-1879. We would like to know if anyone has located any historical records that might shed some light on what happened. Family rumor is that he was murdered, probably in Benton County.
In 1870 they were still residing in Marion, Jasper County, where he was farming. His father was listed as a minister in Marion. By the 1880 census, Rachel Catherine is married to Jeremiah Arnold and living in Benton Co., where the children lived and raised their own children. Rachel Catherine Arnold, John Conner Short and other family members are buried in Mount Pleasant Church Cem near Lincoln. I can't find John Wesley's grave anywhere. Anyone have any thoughts?