Thursday, April 24, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #61:
22 Nov 1988

by Rocky Macy

Folks in the Ozarks often head toward Kentucky to hunt ancestors, but today's first correspondent is doing just the opposite. Mrs. W.H. RODGERS (716 E. Main, Glasgow, KY 42141) has sent the following:
"I am searching for some information on a family that lived around Stella or Rocky Comfort, MO, several years ago: John and Quintilla GRIGGS. Mrs. GRIGGS was my grandmother's sister. All that I have been able to find out about my aunt so far is where she lived.

"If you could help me in any way it would be greatly appreciated. If any descendants are living there now, I would like to make contact with them."

Does Mrs. RODGERS have any cousins who read Rootbound? Get in touch!

Mildred Maxine (DICKSON) FRISBIE (415 N.W. 2nd Ave., Miami, OK 74354) is researching William LATTY and his wife, Susan Carol ABERNATHY. They were born in Tennessee and later lived in Arkansas. Their daughter, Frances Lucinda, was born 20 Jan 1870. Who has information that will help Mildred with this family line? We've had LATTY queries previously.

Former Rootbound correspondent Orpha SPEARS ANDERS SMYTHE (P.O. box 463, Pineville, MO 64856) has forwarded a wealth of material on the SPEARS family. She would like to contact anyone who is interested in her research or who has information to share. Mrs. SMYTHE would appreciate an SASE (self-address, stamped envelope) with all correspondence. Her SPEARS research is summarized beolw:
Mrs. SMYTHE's g-g-grandfather, John T. SPEARS, was born in Albette County, GA, in 1807 and moved to Bedford County, TN, in 1819. His wife, Agnes _____, was born in NC in 1809. The family was living in Carroll County, AR, in 1850. At that time their children included Dickson (age 23, born TN). Samuel (18, TN), Thomas J. (16, TN), Pleasant (14, TN), Willa (or Milla) (12, TN), Elizabeth (AR), and Susan (AR). The family later resided in Newton County, AR.

Samuel H. SPEARS, Mrs. SMYTHE's great-grandfather, was born in Tennessee in 1832 or 1833. He was the husband of Elizabeth Ann ROBINSON (Betty Ann), a Blackfoot Indian who was born in 1839 in Tennessee. Samuel fought for the Union Army in the Civil War.

William Riley SPEARS, Mrs. SMYTHE's grandfather, was born in Arkansas in 1870. He married Menerva MARTIN in Arkansas in 1889. Their children included James, John (married Sallie MARTIN), amd Frances "Frankie" (married Henderson SPEARS).

Menerva MARTIN SPEARS was a native of Arkansas, born in 1868 or 1869. She was the daughter of John MARTIN (born 1840, TN) and Susan HARDISTY (born 1851, AR). John was a Confederate soldier in the Civil War. Susan applied for a military pernsion after his death, and she also received a payment from the Cherokees. Their children were Mary, Menerva, Samuel, James, Sarah, Luetta, Martha M., Ellie M., and William C. (born 1887, AR).

William Turney SPEARS was Mrs. SMYTHE's father. He was born in Western Grove, Newton County, AR, in 1890.

Special thanks to Orpha SPEARS ANDERS SMYTHE for sharing her lineage with Rootbound. Can some of our readers add to it?

And this from Genealogy Friends Newsletter (Neosho - Genealogy Friends of the Library). Enid DUNLAP WOOD. a retired teacher who lives near Arma, KS, is a member of the Old Fort Genealogical Society. She will accept genealogical queries for the column she writes for the newspaper in Fort Scott. Address queries to Mrs. WOOD in care of The Tribune, Box 150, Fort Scott, KS 66710).

Need an address for a genealogy column in some other section of the United States? I have a copy of the 1988 Directory of Genealogy Columns in Newspapers. Just drop a note (and SASE) to Rootbound in the Hills in care of this newspaper requesting the address for a column in a specific ares (such as south-central TN, etc), and I'll let you know what's available. And, as always with Rootbound, there's no charge!

Happy trails!

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