Monday, March 10, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #14:
22 Dec 87

by Rocky Macy

Still searching for a last minute Christmas present for that difficult-to-please friend or relative? May I suggest the Noel Centennial Book which arrived last week. I have my copy, and it is great! What a storehouse of local and family history. The book, a hardbound edition of over three hundred pages of text and priceless photos can still be purchased for only $25.00 by contacting Mary MEEK. It's a treasure!

I had a phone call the other day from Claude BROWN of Noel who had information on the STARNS (STARNES) family mentioned previously in ROOTBOUND. He will share what he has with Anna Lee PARISH EMANUEL. Mr. BROWN related that he had been tracing his roots for over thirty years. He plans to provide our readers with some of his family research.

Mary Jo HARDING (P.O. Box 720, Jay, OK 74346) has sent in several queries. I'll run two this week and the rest as space permits.

Mary Jo is seeking information on James MILLER who married Mary CHRISMAN. She was born on 11 December 1884 and died on 13 January 1918. Apparently the MILLERs were originally from Maries County, MO. Mary Jo is also tracking William Green FOLEY, born 24 October 1827 in Boone County, MO, and who married Ana Liza Catherina WILLIAMS in Cooper County, MO.

I wrote to Mary Jo informing her that a William G. FOLEY is listed in the Southwest City, Prairie Township section of the 1890 Special Federal Census of Union Veterans. His listing reads: MSM. Her William G. FOLEY appears to be buried in the Fairview Cemetery in McDonald County. His tombstone reads: 24 October 1827 -21 Janaury 1911. Other FOLEYs in that cemetery include: Hazel (20 Aug 1902 - 5 May 1903), May (12 July 1900 - 21 October 1905), and W.B. (31 January 1874 - 15 February 1901).

How about it, ROOTBOUND readers - who can help Mary Jo?

CHRISTMAS PAST: Nathan W. ROARK, the progenitor of the ROARK family in Anderson, MO, married Margaret MEADER on Christmas Day, 1866, in Newton County. Was she widow of Francis MEADOR who was born circa 1836 in IL, and did she bring two young children, John and Mary, into the marriage with Nathan. Let's hear from the ROARK researchers.

CHRISTMAS PRESENT: May you all have a warm and joyous holiday season rooted in family and steeped in love. Merry Christmas from ROOTBOUND!

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