Monday, March 10, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #15:
5 Jan 1988

by Rocky Macy

Maggie BARKER (Route 7, Box 313, Neosho, MO 64850) is researching the Indian ancestry of her husband's half-brother, Dewey BARKER, who may have lived in Seminole, OK, at one time. Dewey BARKER apparently had a scroll number. Maggie's husband and Dewey BARKER were both sons of William Wylie BARKER, who was a territorial lawman in Oklahoma during his younger days. Please contact Maggie at the above address if you can offer any assistance.

Also from the week's mailbag, Don LEGG (1845 Van Ness, Reno, NV 89503) had this to say:
"A friend recently sent me several copies of ROOTBOUND IN THE HILLS, and, yes, I have the 'Genealogy Bug.'

"I was born at Saratoga and have recently bought back the old LEGG farm there. I am planning on moving back there to retire.

"Could you send me what information you have on the LEGG family and the WARE family?

"Thank you for any help you may be able to give."

The material that I have on the surnames LEGG and WARE is in the mail, Don. Perhaps some of our ROOTBOUND readers will also be able to help.

Congratulations on the retirement move - the Ozarks are a great place to live!

Mary Jo HARDING (P.O. Box 720, Jay, OK 74346) is researching Thomas Gilford CLARK who was born on 8 October 1862 in Madison County, AR. He married Mary Jane PATRICK on 20 March 1890 in Coombs, AR.

Speaking of Madison County, AR, I am still looking for information on my g-g-grandparents, William J. ELLIS and Matilda J. COOK, who resided around Huntsville after the Civil War. Their daughter, Mary Jane ELLIS, married my g-grandfather, Alexander SREAVES, in Washington County, AR, on 15 January 1888.

I've found another good place to do genealogical research. Bill CLEVELAND, Rootbound's best friend in Lanagan, McDonald County, MO, recommended the City and County Library in Neosho. I spent most of this past Tuesday there and was very impressed with their genealogical room. The library has a good selection of census microfilm (Missouri counties complete for 1900 and 1910), records of the Newton County Courthouse on microfilm, and a large LDS microfiche collection. Numerous books and other printed materials are also available. Their hours of operation are convenient. The City and County Library is open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays; on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

The attention that all of our local libraries have begun paying to genealogy is wonderful. Let's all resolve to hug a librarian sometime during 1988.

Happy trails!

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