Some of the records I wanted to see in Howell county had been removed so they could be input in the Missouri archives. In addition the records in the courthouse are in several locations within the courthouse and no one seems to have a good idea about where to look for what and even looking in all locations there were plenty of records missing or misplaced. They are trying to get some things organized in this one area in what seems like a cramped sort of attic space but seem to be focused on organizing contemporary records, the older records are scattered, disorganized and falling to pieces. I have done a good deal of courthouse work in various states and some places are better than others, but I was a bit surprised in general in Missouri about how cavalier the attitude is about these older records. In my mind, Missouri has such a rich and unique history particularly regarding the Civil War, and even with so much courthouse destruction during that time I would think the existing records would be regarded with more interest and sense of preservation. In a couple of counties I was told that records prior to 1900 had been destroyed because they didn't have room to house them and in one location they had destroyed certain records but supposedly had others on the computer but I couldn't find a single record for any of my people prior to 1900 in their system. It was frustrating and discouraging...anyway, such is the business of genealogy. It would be good if the archives could be counted on to house all these older records so that they will be preserved someplace if they are not well protected in their home counties. I do not know what the plans at the Missouri archives about what all records they are taking from the counties.
In the Langston/Howell Valley cemetery Dabner is buried next to his first wife, Margaret Bradford Pennington who died in 1866, and their daughter Elizabeth with her husband Edward Davidson and one of their infant children. I don't know the location of within the cemetery of Mary Ann's grave, I did see in a printed listing that she is supposed to be buried there and saw listed other Adams and Herren burials. The cemetery is about four or five miles from West Plains in the lovely countryside which struck me as looking much like the area in Tennessee from which Dabner and Margaret had come. We visited White and Putnam counties in Tennessee, a couple of years ago.