Thursday, May 1, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #72:
7 Feb 1989

by Rocky Macy

Rootbound has even found its way into the Old South. The first query out of the mailbag this week is from May Kathleen WILLIAMS (P.O. Box 32, Campti, LA 71411). She is researching her grandfather, William Green WILLIAMS, and his only known brother, Elijah. Elijah was born in Missouri in 1866. William is presumed to be the older of the two brothers. He was said to have been born in Oklahoma Indian Territory to a preacher father and a full-blood Indian mother.

William Green WILLIAMS married Sallie _____ who was raised in the NAREMORE household, but was actually a daughter of Sarah STRICKLAND, a native of Pennsylvania. Elijah WILLIAMS married Malinda _____ who was born in Arkansas in 1875.

The Williams brothers left Missouri after 1885 and headed for Texas. They eventually settled in the AR/LA/TX area, and Elijah was residing in Louisana in 1900.

May Kathleen WILLIAMS would be most grateful for any assistance from our readers. Can any of our local WILLIAMS families connect to her lines?

Last December Rootbound ran a query from Joyce CAPPS (Box 26, Fredonia, TX 76842) which incorrectly stated that her great-grandfather, William Ransom CAPPS, was born ca 1800-1810 in North Carolina. Actually, that information applies to his father, William CAPPS. William Ransom CAPPS was born in January of 1830 to William and Margaret (YADON) CAPPS. Joyce has recently forwarded a great deal of information on her CAPPS line which will be printed when the current backlog of mail has been exhausted. In the meantime, those interested in CAPPS genealogy may contact Joyce at her home in Fredonia.

Freddie P. SPAINHOUER (2851 Ava Lane, Dallas, TX 75227) is tracking the surname SPAINHOUER along with its variant spellings and the surnames BELDING and PITMAN. He would like to make contact with descendants of Emanuel and Elizabeth Jane (BELDING) SPAINHOUER and their sons, Aaron, Peter, Wesley, Warren, Dee, Yates, and Rufe.

Freddie is the grandson of Emanuel and Elizabeth Jane's eldest son, Aaron, who was born 11 Sep 1848 in Salem, IN. Aaron and his brothers, Peter and Wesley, moved to the MO/AR area in the 1880s. Freddie's father, Fred Braden SPAINHOUER, was born at Russelville, AR, in 1889. Aaron, Peter, and Wesley SPAINHOUER walked across the Ozark hills - did they leave a trail?

And here's more of that Texas mail! Col. Clarence W. GUELKER (7606 W. Rim Dr., Austin, TX 78731) would like to hear from anyone who is working one of the following surnames: DOANULL, DONALL, DONNALD, DONNELL, GELKER, GILKER, GUELKER, and GULKER. Any takers?

Ronda ANDREWS (420 W. Oak St., Butler, IN 46721) is researching John K. SLENTZ who was born in Oklahoma or Missouri ca. 1850. He married Rosann BONTRIGER. Mr. SLENTZ died on 10 Dec 1923 in Dekalb County, IN. Ronda would like to hear from any of our readers who have information to share. She's waiting by the mailbox - back home in Indiana!

Jack H. DOUGLASS (1456 Maplewood, Claremore, OK 74017) reports that he has many ancestors from Barry and Newton Counties. He is searching the trail of Harriet SNEED who was born ca. 1844, probably in Franklin County, TN. Her parents, Thomas P. SNEED and Frances M. TALIAFERRO, were married by William B. TALIAFERRO on 14 Aug 1842. All of these people, including William, moved to Barry County, MO, before 1850. Harriet married James M. CORNELIUS on 9 Dec 1858.

Jack would also like to learn the surname and parents of Margaret M. _____, wife of Noble W. VARNER. She was born in Tennessee ca. 1844 and married Noble prior to 1858. They moved from Tennessee to Kentucky to Barry County, MO, prior to 1867. Noble died on 4 Jan 1887 in Granby, MO. When and where did Margaret die? Jack is waiting for answers in Claremore.

Rootbound has found a home in several additional newspapers over the past few weeks. We appreciate the extra coverage, and trust that our readers do as well. If you enjoy these genealogical ramblings, please take pen in hand and let your local editor know.

Happy trails!

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