by Rocky Macy
The first letter out of the mailbag this week comes from Joan MEEKER STRASBURG (2406 Elm Ave., Sheboygan, WI 53081). She is seeking descendants of James Anderson DANIEL(S) and Frank Wade DANIEL(S). Both were in Scott County, MO, at the start of the Civil War when James enlisted in the Union Infantry and Wade joined the Confederate Calvary. James was commissioned as a Lieutenant and resigned in June of 1865.
James Anderson DANIEL(S) was born on 5 Oct 1835 in Lincoln or Franklin County, TN. He married his first wife, Elizabeth RANDLE, in Scott County, MO. She died ca. 1866 in Franklin County, KS, after the birth of a daughter, Sara Elizabeth "Bettie". (Bettie became the wife of Loyd Lee "Rebel" NOEL.) James then married Ellen Elizabeth ELMORE, a daughter of John Belton and Rebecca GRAHAM ELMORE, in 1871 in Cherokee County, KS. Their children (with spouses in parentheses) were: Lennie Frances (Shannon WHITE), Virginia Lee "Jennie" (Charles "Bud" WHIPPLE), James Wade (Lucy SMITH), William "Will" Silas (Josephine BOYD), George Franklin "Frank" (Ida MOSIER and Daisy Fay _____), Loyd Anderson (Nancy NICHOLS), Mattie Susan (A.C. WALKER), and Ellen Olena "Topsy" (Edward HARGRAVE). The family lived in and near Sulpher Springs, AR, where James had a real estate office in his retirement years.
F. Wade and Nancy _____ DANIEL(S) were the parents of at least Jonathan, Green, William E. "Willie" (who reportedly became a wealthy wheat farmer in Kansas), Arletta E., Charley S., Bell M.J., and Thomas L. Nancy and her children were living in Washington County, AR, at the time of the 1880 census and she was listed as a widow. Family legend, however, puts Wade DANIEL(S) in or around Joplin, MO, many years later where he was reported to have been "pensioned" by his son Willie.
Joan MEEKER STRASBURG is a granddaughter to William S. and Josephine BOYD DANIEL(S). She wishes to share information and learn more about any of the surnames mentioned in this query. How about it? Are her cousins still in the Ozarks?
Patricia GARETSON (4101 S. New Haven, Tulsa, OK 74135) wishes to exchange information with anyone who is researching the surname BIGGS. Her ancestor, Drusilla BIGGS, was the daughter of William BIGGS, a Revolutionary War veteran. William was born in Maryland 1753 - 1755, and died in 1827 in Madison County, IL. Other surnames of Patricia's family tree chart include: CARR, HARLOW, LEMEN, MEIGGS, OGLE, SHOOK, and TOLEN.
My g-g-g-g-grandmother was Mourning BIGGS MARTIN, the wife of Abraham MARTIN. She was born ca. 1792 in Edgecombe County, NC, and died on 29 Sep 1877 in Newton County, MO. Abraham was born ca. 1781 in Rockingham County, NC, and died on 29 April 1862 in Newton County, MO. My research indicates that several other members of the BIGGS family may have migrated to Missouri with Abraham and Mourning. Those tracking a BIGGS line should contact me in care of this newspaper and/or Patricia in Tulsa. We all may be able to help each other!
Phyllis REGIER (P.O. Box 611, Mountridge, KS 67107) would like to hear from others who are researching the surname MOSIMAN. Her ancestor, John MOSIMAN, lived near Alexandria, KY, in the early 1800's. Any takers?
And this from the West Coast...
Mrs. G.J. BAILEY (P.O. Box 772, Santa Paula, CA 93060) is searching for the location of Jacksfork, AR. She would also like to know the names of the parents and siblings of Mary Ellen LENARD / LEONARD who was born in Jacksfork in 1857. Mary Ellen was married to William SMITH, and later to James MORGAN. She died in Johnson County, OK.
Rootbound in the Hills is one year old with this week's column. Many thanks to all of the wonderful readers who have kept Rootbound going and growing!