Monday, April 7, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #34:
17 May 1988

by Rocky Macy

Mrs. Billie VINYARD SHORE (509 W. Shawnee, Tahlequah, OK 74464) is searching for descendants of Moab MARTIN who married Rerinda UTTERBACK in 1827. He married his second wife, Roberta JONES, in 1854/55. Moab had fifteen children in Hardin County, KY, by these two marriages. Some of the children moved to Missouri. Moab's sister, Jane MARTIN, married Abraham DUFFEE in Hardin County, KY. Mrs. SHORE is interested in learning more about the descendants of this couple as well.

Mrs. SHORE has roots in Benton County, AR, that extend back to around 1830. Her Benton County lines include HARRIS, LEAK, MASON, FITZGERALD, and VINYARD. Rootbound will print queries on those families in upcoming columns. Mrs. SHORE would be happy to exchange information with anyone who is doing related research.

And from east of the Mississippi, Cheryl M. STUBENRAUCH (990 Colony Lane, Hoffman Estates, IL 60195) has sent the following:
"The names I'm interested in are Livy (Liva) LINSCOTT who married a Mr. LAUTER some time around 1884-1887, possibly in Southwest City, MO.

"Livy's father, Francis M. LINSCOTT, filed for his Civil War pension from Southwest City in April of 1888, and didn't reapply until July of 1890 in Indian Territory.

"The 1900 federal census shows Livy's two children living in Winfield, KS, with Francis M. LINSCOTT. That census lists the children's place of birth as Indian Territory. The children were Bertha LAUTER (born August 1888) and Charles FULLER (born January 1890). Livy's second husband was George A. FULLER. In September of 1891, Livy, George, and the children were living in Texas."

Mrs. STUBENRAUCH would enjoy hearing from anyone who has information about her lines of research.

Pauline SHARP PACE (105 N. Hickory Lane, Oak Ridge, TN 37830) has spent the past fourteen years trying to determine what became of her aunt, Alice SHARP. Alice and her three children, Walter, Rose, and Eddie, left Evensville, TN, in 1904 to make their home in OK. The daughter, Rose SHARP, married William MATHIS and they lived in Greeenwood, AR. Rose and William had a son, Stanley Hayes MATHIS, in 1915. Their family (Rose, William, and Stanley MATHIS) later lived in Anderson, McDonald County, MO.

Ms. PACE learned through the Ozark Funeral Home that Rose and William MATHIS are buried in the Anderson Cemetery. She has obtained a Missouri death certificate on William who died in 1946. Rose died in 1952, but a death certificate for her is not on file in Missouri. She closes with this poignant note:
"I have learned nothing about Aunt Alice from hours and hours of record searching and microfilm reading. My hope is that someone in Anderson will remember this family and help me. It has been a long time ago, but I still beleive in Miracles. It will happen."

I certainly hope so. Wouldn't it be great if Rootbound could help make it happen!

A lady from Grove, OK, wrote recently asking how to go about locating relatives that the family lost contact with many years ago. I recommended that she write a letter, giving as many details as possible, and send it to the Genealogical Helper, P.O. Box 378, Logan, UT 84321. That magazine has a section called Missing Folk Finder which works with the specific issue of trying to locate those lost to history. The Helper has over 50,000 subscribers coast-to-coast.

Happy trails!

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