William and Mary Giddens, with their children, Elizabeth, James, Nancy, John, William and Eli, traveled from Indiana by covered wagon to Buchanan County, Missouri in 1839. They settled about 15 miles southeast of St. Joseph, near what is now Frazier, Missouri. In 1847, William took the measles and died. Mary lived to be 102 years old. They were both buried at Elder Cemetery, located a few miles north of Frazier. Williams grandson, John Wesley, had the first steam powered threshing machine, which they moved from place to place with oxen and mule.