My great-grandfather was William Dennis, born in Springfield, Greene, MO, Jan. 2, 1854. He died in Nebraska City, Otoe, NE, Jan. 2, 1923. On his death certificate, his father is listed as John Childers, born in MO. His mother is listed as Pacey Nerest, also born in MO.
William Dennis, a barber who lived the last 50 years of his life in Nebraska City, NE, was listed as white or mulatto on various records. Since MO was a slave state, I believe his mother was black and his father white. I know that John R. Childers purchased 120 acres in Springfield, Greene, MO between 1853 and 1857, but have not found any additional data. I would appreciate any information on John R. Childers or Pacey Nerest. Thanks.