Sunday, April 20, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #54
4 Oct 1988

by Rocky Macy

Former Rootbound contributor Leonard DAMRON (Rt. 1, Box 118, Sulphur Springs, AR 72768) stopped by a few weeks ago to disucss the family books that he has completed. The list on his family books include two on DAMRON, one dealing with CARVER, and a volume centering of FERGUSON. Mr. DAMRON, a stickler for genealogical accuracy, is still researching each of those surnames along with related spellings in an effort to offer blanket coverage of each surname up through the year 1910.

Leonard DAMRON reports that his books circulate free through the mail. Persons who desire a copy send him their name and address, and he places them on a mailing list. When the book arrives, the recipient pays to copy as much as he or she wants, and then pays the postage to send the book on to the next name of the list. That's quite a marketing concept! The only thing that he receives for his work is documented research that the people who borrow his books may wish to share with the author.

Mr. DAMRON also dropped off a query. He is searching for information on Belfield "Belf" FERGUSON (born 1804, SC) who resided in Morgan County, MO, in 1840, 1850, and 1860. Where did he go after 1860? Belf was a brother to William W. "Big Creek Bill" FERGUSON, a resident of Morgan County in 1840 and 1850. Big Creek Bill was in Sebastian County, AR, in 1860.

Those having questions or answers for Leonard DAMRON should contact him at the address listed above. He is eager to share the mountains of DAMRON, CARVER, and FERGUSON research that he has compiled and sorted. What a great genealogical attitude!

Irene MASTRONI (2080 Redding Road, Fairfield, CT 06430) is researching Ambrose MEADOR who was born in 1730 in Essex County, VA, and died in 1795 in Bedford County, VA. According to Irene, Ambrose was a son of Thomas MEADOR and Elizabeth WOOD. He and his wife, Frances "Frankie" HIX were the parents of four children: William, Drucilla (wife of George BANDY), Thomas (husband of Alice DOWELL), and Frances "Fanny" (wife of Micajah DOWELL).

Irene's Ambrose MEADOR happens to be my g-g-g-g-g-grandfather. His great-granddaughter, Mary Jane MEADOR, married Charles MACY. They came to Newton County, MO, from Kentucky (via Kansas) during the late 1860s. Cousins desiring more information may write to Irene in Connecticut or drop me a line in care of this newspaper. Let's share what we know!

Dorothy HENSON THOMAS (1336 Sandy Hill Drive, West Covina, CA 91791) learned about Rootbound from a friend who lives in Newton County. She is tracking her great-grandfather, Francis Marion HENSON, who was born in 1831 in Hardeman County, TN, and eighteen years later was living in Barry County, MO, with his wife, Nancy RAY. His father's name was apparently was John HENSON.

Francis Marion HENSON may have come to Missouri with his grandfather, Richard HENSON. Richard (born 1760, Caroline County, VA) traveled to Newton County, MO, in 1845 (at age eighty-five!) to visit Martha May, his sister. While in Newton County, Richard applied for his Revolutionary War pension.

Mrs. THOMAS feels that Richard HENSON probably died in Newton County. Francis Marion HENSON died in Hot Springs, AR, in 1910. She would appreciate hearing from anyone who has information to share on her HENSON line.

The Backtracker, the excellent publication of the Northwest Arkansas Genealogical Society, mentioned Rootbound in its most recent issue. That brought a query from Nelda POTTS (P.O. Box 536, Buda, TX 78610). She is working on the lineage of John POTTS and his wife, Mary A. "Polly" _____, who lived for a time (possibly 1865-1870) in Benton County, AR. One of their children, Thomas (born 13 Dec 1827, IN) married Mary Jane CLARK(E) (born 3 Dec 1830, TN). They were living in Green Forest, AR, 1850-1867. Both families were in central Texas between 1870 and 1880. The other children of John and Mary POTTS were Davis (born 1829, IN), Ann (1832, KY), Newton (1836, MO), John, Jr (1838, AR), Henry (1842, AR), Sarah (1844, AR), and William (1849, AR).

Nelda POTTS is anxious to share family research with her Ozark cousins. Any volunteers?

Until next week...happy trails!

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