First of all, yes Camdenton is in Camden Co. Mo. Then the only thing I have been going on is the census records for that county.I found a Samuel(which I am beginning to believe is really Simon) Bilyeu in the 1860 Osage Twp. Camden Co.MO.Here is what it says:
Samuel(Simon) Bilyeu age 38 born Ky.
Matilda age 34 born Ky.
Anna age 16 born Mo.(twin)
Peggy age 16 born Mo.(twin)
William B.Smith age 12 born Mo.(stepson)
John P. Smith age 9 born Mo. (stepson)
Mary Bilyeu age 5 born Mo.(this I think is my grgrgrandmother)
Isaac age 4 born Mo.
Peter age 2 born Mo.
This is second marriage for him and atI think second for Matilda also. The marriage records show her as Matilda Smith so I do not know what her maiden name is and don't know if I ever will. My Mary was born in January of the year 1855 and the census was taken July 1860 so I am hoping that this is her because she would be 5 at this time. I also have not found anymore on the Smith boys and I wonder if ny chance they changed their names to Bilyeu? I don't know if they adopted like that back then or not?? In the 1870 census of Camden Co. Mo. I found:
Matilda Bilyeu age 44
John age 19
Mary age 15
Isaac age 14
Peter age 12
Malinda age 10
She is head of the household so I wonder if Simon has passed away?? I will let this all sink in and give you my email so you can email me email@example.com
Thanks and look forward to hearing from you