Monday, March 31, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #24:
8 Mar 1988

by Rocky Macy

Rootbound in the Hills received a nice mention in the most recent issue of The Genealogical Helper, a national magazine dedicated to "helping more people find more genealogy." One of the people who read the piece was Helen HEWITT (6900 S.E. 33rd, Mercer Island, WA 98040. She asked for more information about the column and mentioned that her great-uncles, Robert WANN and Emsley WANN, lived in this area, as did her great-aunt, Jane WANN HUTSON, wife of Benjamin HUTSON. Anyone working on WANN or HUTSON lines should drop a note to Helen.

Rootbound received a second letter from Naomi F. MILLER ORTIZ (707 South Cherokee Ave, Bartlesville, OK 74003). Her query which appeared in the 9 Feb 1988 column sought information on the siblings and parents of her great-grandfather, William Henry GRIFFITH, who was born in Pennsylvania, lived in Ohio and Missouri, and died in Oklahoma. Naomi has sent her four-generation chart which contains the following surnames and locations: MILLER (MO), GRIFFITH (KS, MO, OK, OH, PA), HOOD (MO), WILSON (IA, MO), EASTER (KY), ENGRAM (MO), CLINE (MO, PA), TERRIL (no state given), GABRIEL (KY), and RAMEY (VA). She would, I am certain, enjoy hearing from anyone who might be a twig on one of her branches.

Judy ROBERSON (1239 Willowbrook Dr. #8, Huntsville, AL 35802) is seeking information on her husband's grandfather, __________ ROBERSON, who possibly worked for the railroad at one time. Grandfather ROBERSON died circa 1907 in Kansas City, MO, or Kansas City, KS. His wife was Mary Elizabeth THIEMANN. She was born on 22 Oct 1882 in Fayetteville Twp., IL, and died 27 Jan 1953 in Walla Walla, WA. They were the parents of Frank Edward ROBERSON who was born on 9 Mar 1907 in Kansas City, MO, and died on 8 Jan 1955 in Raytown, MO. Mother and son were on the 1910 census living with a Siras WELDY family in Kansas City, MO, and she was listed as a widow. Mary Elizabeth married Walter HEMBREE after 1910. Please contact Judy ROBERSON at the above address if you have information regarding her line of research.

My children's maternal grandfather was Edwin Seville ROBERSON. A native of Paonia, CO, Edwin went on to become a journeyman printer, working for The Paonian and The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel in Colorado, and eventually joining the Arkansas Democrat in Little Rock, AR. According to his mother, Edna Bashaba GOODENOW ROBERSON HULSE, Edwin was at one time the youngest printer-engraver in the U.S. Another interesting family note is that Edwin's cousin, Georgia DAVIS, was the wife of comedian Red SKELTON.

This past week the mailman brought the first issue of Genealogy Friends Newsletter, the new publication of Neosho's Genealogy Friends of the Library. The impressive newsletter contained a wide variety of information of interest to family tree researchers as well as several queries of local relevance. Issue #2 will provide a list of members and surnames that each is researching. I'll have my list in - and maybe a couple of queries to boot!

Happy trails!

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