by Rocky Macy
It is a beautiful belief,
That ever round our head
Are hovering, on angel wings,
The spirits of the dead.
--Harriet BEECHER STOWE
J. Harold PLUNK (2801 Camelot Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73120) has done extensive national research on his ancestor, Peter PLUNK, who died in Lincoln County, NC, in 1791. He has identified over 1,600 descendants of Peter PLUNK and has this information entered into a computer data dase. Harold would love to hear from anyone with an interest in the genealogy of the PLUNK family. Other surnames which appear in his personal family tree charts include: WILKES, HOLYFIELD, GARLAND, DAWSON, AXTELL, WARF, HENRY, WHITNEY, DUNN, CLIFFORD, HOLLAND, YARBROUGH, MILLER, DANIEL, WILBANKS, FREEMAN, and LOWRANCE.
It looks as though I'm not the only newspaper person with an interest in genealogy. Alice Faye WEAVER BROWN (P.O. Box 400, Stroud, OK 74079), owner of the Stroud American, has sent word that she is researching the following Ozarks surnames: WEAVER, BAKER, JENKINS, FRAZIER, ROGERS, RODGERS, ALLEE, PHILLIPS, and HENDRICKS. Potential cousins may contact Alice at the above address.
Joyce HENSON MEEKS (108 N. Crescent Dr., Electra, TX 76360) is tracking the ancestry of her great-grandfather, Jesse HENSON, a resident of McDonald County in 1850. Other persons residing in the HENSON household at the time fo the 1850 census were Eleanor (aged 30), Polly (22), Elizabeth (21), Richard (19), Eli (15), Martha (13), Paul (12), Margaret (6), Samuel (5), Gilbert (3), Alfred (2), and John (7 months). Some of the family were living in Elk River Township in McDonald County in 1860. They were: Ellen (49), Margaret (17), Paul (22), Samuel (15), Gilbert (13), Alfred (11), Mo (10), Eugenia (9), and Wm. J. (5).
Two of Jessee HENSON's children were in Crawford County, AR, in 1880. They were Alfred, who had married Margaret Hesteranne FAIN, and John Chrisotpher Columbus HENSON, Mrs. MEEKS' grandfather. John C.C. HENSON was married first to Ethel BLEDSOE, and later to Onie SHAMBLIN. He was living in the Creek Nation of Indian Territory in 1900.
Mrs. MEEKS would like to correspond with anyone who has knowledge of her McDonald County heritage. She also commented in her letter that a group was recently formed to coordinate research efforts on HENSON, HINSON, HYNSON, and HANSON lines. Persons desiring more information about this national group may contact its president, J.J. SCHEFFELIN at 2722 Hazel, Texarkana, TX 75503.
The Missouri State Genealogical Associaltion mentioned Rootbound in its recent newsletter. That prompted a nice letter from Linda STUFFLEBEAN (6245 Celestite, Alta Loma, CA 91701). She is researching the ALBERTY family which resided in McDonald and Newton Counties in 1850, and she would like to correspond with anyone that has an interest in that lineage.
Our last letter out of the mailbag this week is from Maynard PAINTER (1 Circle Drive, Litchfield, IL 62056). His great-grandfather, Elisha PAINTER, was born in 1807, died in 1862, and in buried in the Painter Cemetery in Shell Knob, Barry County, MO. Elisha was married to Mahala WILKERSON. Their children were John, Allen, Alfred, Jacob, Thomas, Elizabeth, Elivina, William, Lucinda, and Martha. Maybnard would appreciate hearing from any of his Ozark cousins.
We already have a good variety of letters accumulated for next week. Until then...happy trails!