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Richard Hinton
Feb 04, 2005
6:48 AM
Searching for any photographs, written or newspaper accounts, or information especially on the military history of Howell M Searcy (Searsy) 1838-1929. He was known to have lived in Tampico circa 1910 and rests there. Married to Winnie Smith in 1872, and had daughters Amadon and Rosina. Any help appreciated.
Richard Hinton
Feb 21, 2005
9:53 AM
Thank you for the information. Unfortunately not much is known of Howell M Searcy. He was born in Kentucky and relocated with his family to Clay County Missouri before the Civil War. His is the grave of the only Confederate soldier buried in the Tampico Cemetery. The Sons of Confederate Veterans identify him as probably being a Missouri Partisan Guerilla; as were Jesse and Frank James. Hundreds of Missourians from the devistated region of Western Missouri rode with Quantrell, Anderson, Todd and others. Many participated on an irregular basis. Since there was a death sentence on them if caught, secrecy was of vital concern. I have been in contact with the Clay County Archives, but so far Howell's connection as a Southern soldier have not been proven. It is possible that your Richard or Christopher Searcy may be his grandsons...
173 posts
Feb 23, 2008
8:44 AM
Sterling Daily Gazette
Jan. 13, 1930 8;1
The remains of H. M. Searcy, who passed away a few months ago and was buried at Round Grove, were moved Saturday to the Tampico cemetery. Mr. Searcy and family lived in Tampico several years ago. Mrs. Searcy passed away during that time.
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The above article is also posted in our "Articles & Local History" section of site. Mrs. Howell (Winnie) Searcy is in our Cemetery Log Book and is listed as being buried in the TMC.

Burial Permit, donated by Milo Smith:
Winnie Searcy
Date of Death: Jan. 3, 1902
Age: 53y 10m 16d
COD: Heart Failure
Place of Death: Tampico, IL
Burial: Tampico Memorial Cemetery

Last Edited by on Feb 23, 2008 9:27 AM
864 posts
May 26, 2012
1:15 PM
Thought this was our guy, until I saw that he died on March 31 1864. NOT our guy. Posting it as a source of elimination:

SEARCY, H. Co.A, 8, KY Military > Selected Records of the War Department Relating to Confederate Prisoners of War, 1861-1865
From Searcy Family

also on NPS - Civil War Soldiers & Sailors
Henry Searcy (First_Last)
Regiment Name 8 Kentucky Cavalry
Side Confederate
Company A
Soldier's Rank_In Private
Soldier's Rank_Out Private
Alternate Name
Film Number M377 roll 12

Last Edited by on May 26, 2012 2:46 PM

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