by Rocky Macy
There were a couple of letters for "Rootbound" in the old mailbag this week. This may turn into one of those columns that just writes itself. (Eat your heart out, Dan SHORT!)
Leonard L. DAMRON (Rt. 1, Box 118, Sulphur Springs, AR 72768) wrote to inform "Rootbound" readers about his extensive research on the DAMRON / DAMERON / DAMERELL etc. surname. His work primarily deals with descendants of immigrant Lawrence DAMERON who had a land grant in Northumberland County, VA, in 1652. Mr. DAMRON states that he can trace and prove nearly all persons having these surnames back to Lawrence DAMERON.
There were DAMRONs/DAMERONs/DAMERELLs, etc. in southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas as early as 1820 according to Mr. DAMRON. Obviously, descendants of these early settlers may still live in this area. Mr. DAMRON will provide information to possible descendants for an SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope). (Please include as much information as possible whenever writing to anyone for research assistance - and always include that SASE!)
Mr. DAMRON has compiled two books on DAMRON etc., and he is currently working on a third. He is also doing extensive research on the surnames CARVER and FERGUSON.
Mary AMOS (Rt. 1, Box 73, Colcord, OK 74338) submitted the following:
I'm very interested in knowing more about any of the AMOS family mentioned in your column of Sept. 29.
Do you have any information on the Southern Army?
Would you have time to talk to a couple of history/genealogy nuts if we came to Southwest City - Noel, or wherever you are located?
We enjoyed your paper. It's a more professional looking paper than a couple we now subscribe for. The lady working at the S&P Grocery Store at Sandusky sent this issue to me. (Sandusky, OK, or Tonneice as it is also called, is east of Colcord and west of Gentry, AR)
Many thanks for writing. Let me begin by saying "thanks" for the nice comments about this newspaper. A small band of dedicated individuals literally work day and night to bring this publication to the tri-state readership. Enjoy it - and tell your friends.
The listing in the 1890 Special Veteran's Census that you asked about was: AMOS, William H., MSM Cav.
Military and pension records may be obtained by writing to the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and asking for the appropriate request form. They will advise you as to the current fee.
I don't have information on the Confederate Army, but some information is available in the local libraries. The Consolidated Index to Confederate Veterans' Compiled Military Service Records is available at the LDS Library in Salt Lake City, and it may be ordered through LDS branch libraries. There is an LDS Branch Library on Indiana Avenue across from the high school in Joplin, MO. As of last month it was open all day on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. That's a long drive from Colcord, so I'd call first.
Here is some information on the AMOS surname in McDonald County. There is a W. AMOS buried in the Southwest City Cemetery. The tombstone dates are Dec. 8, 1865-Feb. 1, 1926. Lee W. AMOS is buried at Fairview Cemetery. His dates are Sept. 7, 1874-Nov. 8, 1904. Also, three children of W.H. (possibly the Civil War vet mentioned earlier) and G.L. AMOS are buried at Fairview. They are: David (Apr. 2, 1877-June 6,1878), William G. (May 29, 1871-March 1873), and Sarah A. )May 16, 1872-Oct. 22, 1875)/ Fairview Cemetery is located near the Oklahoma line in northern Prairie Township. Anderson Cemetery has Irene O. AMOS (1882-1930), and, on the same stone, Charles R. AMOS (1882-1962).
If any of our readers are working with the AMOS surname, drop Mary a note at Colcord. Cousins helping cousins - that's what it's all about!
(Closing note: My apologies to those of you who have dropped by our newspaper office to talk genealogy and not found me there. Weekends are about the only opportunity I have to be at the office, and then the management usually has me chained to a table in the darkroom. So, for the time being at least, I'm hard to catch. Put your questions and comments in the mail, and I'll try my darnedest to answer each and every one. Happy Hunting!
Keep those letters coming to Rootbound in the Hills at this newspaper.