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Saturday, June 25, 2011

John Bristol Wornall


John Bristol Wornall (1822-1892) = Gentleman Farmer. Trustee at Wm. Jewell College. Kentucky-born on October 12 in a transplanted Scottish family. He emigrated with his family twenty-one years later to the future Kansas City area. His father paid John Calvin McCoy, son of the Baptist missionary, Elder Isaac McCoy (1784-1846), $2500 for the 500 acre farm 2 ½ miles east of Westport and they moved into the 4-room farmhouse.
John married three women and had two boys that lived past childhood,Frank C. & Thomas J. He married Matilda A. Polk in 1850, and Eliza Johnson, daughter of the Rev. Thomas Johnson of the nearby Shawnee Methodist Indian Manual Labor School in 1854, and in 1866, he married Eliza’s cousin, Roma Johnson. Roma survived him by forty-one years.
Mr. Wornall was a founding member of the Westport First Baptist Church known originally as the Regular Baptist Church at Big Blue which was organized on July 4, 1840. A Brother Burris was the first pastor. There is said to be a stained glass window dedicated to John Wornall at the historical church.
Mr. Wornall, a former trustee of William Jewell College, with a building named in his honor on campus (it burned down in 1913), was named President of the General Association of the Missouri Baptists in 1872. He served in that capacity for the rest of his life. The Missouri Baptist Association was an assembly representing upwards of 80,000 people with 900 ministers at that time.
He built a two-story, red -brick farmhouse for Eliza on the main county road in 1858. The Wornalls lived there off and on. During the Border/Civil War, it was ransacked occasionally and served as a hospital to troops of both sides. In 1964, the Jackson County Historical Society purchased the home and restored it as a museum.

More to Read:
1. The John Wornall House Museum , Kansas City, Missouri Tourist Brochure.
2. Here Lies Kansas City. Wilda Sandy. 1984.
3. The Heritage League of Greater Kansas City Directory of Historical Sites and Organizations History Map brochure. PO Box 10366, Kansas City,
4. The Interpretive Site Coalition (ISC) 2011 Kansas City’s Passport to Adventure.
5. 1870 US Census, Ancestry.com
6. Following the Santa Fe Trail: A Guide for Modern Travelers. Marc Simmons, 1986.
Shifra Stein’s A Kid’sGuide to Kansas City, By Diana Lambdin Meyer & Kathryn Lutz Dusenbery 2010
7. “Stained Glass Windows.” By Marguerite Milliken. Wornall Columns; Kansas City, MO. Fall 2008. P. 3.
8. Westport: Missouri's Port of Many Returns. By Patricia Cleary Miller. Lowell Press, Kansas City, Mo. 1983.
9. Blue River Baptist Association Missouri. By Marshall Louis Mertens and O.P. Joyce. Brown-White-Lowell Press, Kansas City, MO.1947.
10. Life in Missouri During the Civil War
11. Findagrave #22141


Places to see in KS. or Mo.
1. John Wornall House Museum, 6115 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64113
2. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (portrait of Roma Johnson Wornall), 4525 Oak St, Kansas City, MO
3. Forest Hill Cemetery, 6901 Troost Ave, Kansas City.
4. 1855 Harris-Kearney House, 4000 Baltimore Ave, Kansas City (Westport), MO.
5. 1963 Westport Historical Society Marker Dedicated to the Memory of the Pioneers Who Settled the Town at the Westport Shopping Center, 1002 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO.
6. Wornall Road, Kansas City. [Runs north and south. Begins in Westport near the Missouri river with the present day Broadway St and changes over to Wornall Road abt. 50th St. (56 Hwy) and ends in Martin City on 135 Street (150 Hwy)].
7. First Calvary Baptist Church, 3921 Baltimore, Kansas City
8. Wm. F. Partee Center for Baptist Historical Studies. William Jewell University, 500 College Hill, Liberty, MO 64068.
9. Shawnee Methodist Mission Cemetery (1839-1930), 3201 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS.

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