|Place name:||Fayetteville (later Hazel Hill)|
|Description:||The earliest name of a town in the eastern part of Hazel Hill Township started about 1845. Later renamed Hazel Hill (q.v.). The original name was for Lafayette Collins ( -1877) who was a prominent merchant for years. The name Lafayette was contracted to Fayette and ville was affixed. (HIST. JOHNSON 1881, 653)|
|Johnson, Bernice E. "Place Names In Six Of The West Central Counties Of Missouri." M.A. thesis., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1933.|
Air (Hazel Hill Township)
The first post-office in Hazel Hill Township was at the residence of James Borthurt, who was the first postmaster. This was long before the town of Fayetteville was known and the name of the post-office was Air. Later, when the new village of Fayetteville sprang up the office was given the name of Fayetteville, although the village was known as Hazel Hill. The first postmaster in the town was Ben E. Lemmon, who held the office until the Civil War broke out. (--History of Johnson County, 1918, Cockrell, p. 236. Referred to later as Cockrell.)
The town was named for Lafayette Collins, who was brought up here. The name Lafayette is contracted to Fayette and ville making it Fayetteville. Ben E. Lemon kept the first store here. The first post-office was kept at the residence of James Borthick, who was the first postmaster. This was long before the town of Lafayette was laid out. The name of the office was "Air", so called for brevity and for the atmosphere around them. In the course of time the office was changed to the new village of Fayetteville, where it took the name "Fayetteville", and has borne it ever since, notwithstanding the popularity of the nickname, Hazel Hill, applied to the town. The first postmaster was Ben E. Lemon... (--History of Johnson County, 1881, p. 653.)
Fayette (Hazel Hill) three miles north of Warrensburg, on the Lexington Turnpike...contained one church, and seven stores. Population about 200 - 1874. (--Campbell, p. 290.)
It is situated at Section 11, Township 47 N, Range 26 West on Highway H west of 13.
Mail via Warrensburg; population 50. (--Rand, McNally, 1974.)
|Back row--1st left-Sam Briscoe, Front row-2nd left Lee Bodenhamer, Jr(my Daddy!), 4th from left--Charles Edwin Bodenhamer and next to him Jack Bodenhamer. Mike Bodenhamer had this picture|
|Fayetteville, Missouri Go North on MO Highway 13, |
Left on NW County Road H, Right on NW 800th Rd.
Johnson County, Missouri Genealogy Trails
Source: "History of Johnson County, Missouri"
by Ewing Cockrell, 1918
Transcribed by Karen Hammer -2009