Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #70:
24 Jan 1989

by Rocky Macy

The University of Missouri at Columbia is looking for people who can trace their roots back to the school's founding a century and a half ago. Nine hundred Boone County residents donated $117,921 in 1839 to establish the University. Their descendants are being invited to a huge barbecue on June 18th in Columbia, a major event in the University's sesquicentennial celebration. Those who believe their ancestors may have donated to the founding of the University of Missouri at Columbia should visit their local library. Lists of the 900 benefactors have been mailed to every public library in Missouri.

And there's still more mail from Texas! Marie ESTES McMAHAN (4229 Longleaf Drive, Garland, TX 75042) is researching John H. ESTES (born 1807, MO) and his wife, Phebe ROSS (born 1809, KY - died 1867). Phebe is buried in Roscoe Cemetery near Alpena, AR, and John is rumored to be buried on the old McMAHAN place near Alpena.

John and Phebe ESTES were the parents of seven children: William Jones (married Tempest HULSEY - he was killed by bushwhackers near Roscoe during the Civil War); Franklin (born ca. 1836 - died after 1860); Isaac Bascum (born 25 Sep 1839, married Agnes Avaline KIRKPATRICK); Sarah Melinda (born ca. 1842 - married Dr. TAYLOR); John H. (born ca. 1849, married Naomi ROBERTS); and, James Osgood (born ca. 1852, married Rebecca Caroline WYATT, died 1939, buried at Red Oak, OK). All seven children of John and Phebe were born in Arkansas.

Marie's grandfather was Isaac Bascum ESTES, and her father was David Ross ESTES (born 1882, died 1918 at Dallas, TX). She would be pleased to exchange information with any interested Party.

Jim PARKS (1215 Lou Ida, Neosho, MO 64850) is tracking the following surnames: ADAMS, CARTER, LEEPER, LEFLER, MURPHY, PARKS, SIVERLY, SMITH, SWEET, WHITE, AND WHITSET. Researchers who might be out on one of the same limbs should contact Jim in Neosho.

Former Rootbound correspondent Joan MEEKER STRASBURG (2406 Elm Ave., Sheboygan, WI 53081) wrtoe to say that she has had a couple of responses from her previous query. Joan has found her great-grandparents, James Anderson and Elizabeth ELMORE DANIELS, in Benton County, AR, census for 1900. She believes they were in Benton County during 1880 and 1890 as well, but can find no census entry for those years. The family had a farm (as shown on a 1903 map) two or three miles northeast of Sulphur Springs on Deer Creek near the G.A.R. Cemetery where James A. DANIELS has a stone. Can any of our readers provide Joan with more information about her Benton County ancestry?

Joan MEEKER STRASBURG (address above) would also like to learn how to obtain court and/or prison records for Benton County. She is tracking a DANIELS in-law (outlaw?) who was sent to prison for bigamy in the 1890's. Perhaps some our friends in the Northwest Arkansas Genealogical Society could respond to that one.

Norma F. MILLWEE (4011 Kiva Trail SW, Los Lunas, NM 87031) is on the trail of John C. DAVIS (born 1828, TN) a son of Thomas J. DAVIS and Elizabeth GLEN/GLENN. John married Mary Ann between 1850 and 1853. They are listed on the Newton County, MO, census of 1860 with these children: Martha, Benton, and Nancy Matilda. The 1870 census of Newton County has a listing for John C. DAVIS with his mother, Elizabeth DAVIS, and Mattie, Benton, Matilda, and Diann. That census states that all of the children were born in Missouri with the exception of Diann who place of birth is listed as Texas.

Norma believes that John C. DAVIS was married a second time in Newton County. She would like to know what became of his first wife, Mary Ann, as well as the dates of death and places of burial for any members of this family. DAVIS is a common name, but I suspect that our readers can help.

Next week we'll look through some more of that wonderful Texas mail, and maybe even get out to the west coast. Until then...happy trails!

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