Monday, May 26, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #105:
26 Sep 1989

by Rocky Macy

The McDonald County Library at Pineville has recently announced the following additions to their genealogy bookshelves: Virginia Northern Land Grants 1694-1775 (compiled by Gertrude E. GRAY), Early East Tennessee Taxpayers (Pollyanna CREEKMORE), Ohio Valley Genealogies (Charles A. HANNA), North Carolina Taxpayers 1701-1790 (Clarence E. RATCLIFF), The Complete Book of Emigrants 1607-1660 (Peter Wilson COLDHAM), War of 1812: Virginia Bounty Land and Pension Applicants (Patrick G. WARDELL), and Land Claims Vincennes District (Indiana Historical Society).

Other new titles in the library at Pineville include: A History of Bristol Parish, Virginia (by Rev. Philip SLAUGHTER), Marriages and Deaths from Richmond, Virginia Newspapers 1780-1820 (The Virginia Historical Society), Quaker Marriage Certificates (Gwen BOYER BJORKMAN), Founders and Patriots of America Index (National Society of Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America), The Original Scots Colonists of Early America 1612-1783 (David DOBSON), The Bristol Register of Servants Sent to Foreign Plantations 1654-1686 (Peter Wison COLDHAM), The Douglas Register (W. Mac JONES), and Genealogical Data Relating to the German Settlers of Pennsylvania and Adjacent Territory (Edward W. HOCKER).

Debbie JONES (595 S.E. Elmhurst, Bartlesville, OK 74006) is searching for material on John Washington POE who was born to William and Sarah Elizabeth (MACKEY) POE in Georgia on 5 April 1835. He married Sarah Jane STEPP on 26 July 1855 in St. Clair County, AL, and their daughter, Frances Evelyn, was born 29 Jan 1858 in Mississippi. By 1866 John Washington POE was a resident of White County, AR, where he married his second wife, Nancy Caroline SPRINGER, on 18 Feb of that year. They had ten children including a set of twins.

Although it would be of doubtful benefit to Debbie JONES at this stage in her research, Rootbound did publish a column two years ago focusing on the children of William Carroll and Cofmort (POE) ROARK. The couple migrated to southwest Missouri from Kentucky in the 1850s and founded a line of ROARKS that has grown and flourished across the Ozarks. Readers who would like to have a copy of that column need to send a request accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Rootbound in the Hills in care of this newspaper.

Mrs. C. BLANKENSHIP (P.O. Box 157, Springtown, AR 72767) ran a POWE query with Rootbound several months ago. She is now tracking a McCLELLAND line. Please read on...

It was in Tennessee in 1849 when Jesse Calvin McCLELLAND (born 1827, TN) married Malissa Ann WADE (born 1832, TN or KY). Their children included: Cassa Ann (1850, Bradley County, TN; married Calvin B. BLANKENSHIP, TN; homesteaded in Flint Township, Benton County, AR), Oloven or Cloven, George Reece (1856, Knoxville, TN; married N.R. _____; buried Sneed Cemetery, Carroll County, AR), Thomas Green (1860, Knoxville, TN; blind), Adeline, Robert Neslon (1867, Knoxville, TN; married Mary Lou FRANKLIN, AR, both killed by a hit-and-run driver in Henryetta, OK, July, 1934; buried at Henryetta, OK), Nancy Elizabeth (1863, Knoxville, TN; married John Leonard ELLIS, 1881, Benton County, AR), Mary Jane (married William KIRKSEY), and Jarrett Andrew (1872, Knoxville, TN; married Eliza Jane COXSEY, Old Carrolton, AR).

Readers with any information to share on the ancestry or descendants of Jesse Calvin McCLELLAND and Malissa Ann WADE should get in touch with Mrs. BLANKENSHIP at her home in Springtown. She's waiting by the mailbox!

While browsing throught he new books at the McDonald County Library, ask about the inter-library loan program available through the Mid-Continent Public Library of Independence, MO. This service places numerous genealogy books and the complete United States Census (microfilm up through 1910) within reach of local libraries for only the cost of postage. It's a great way to do research!

Until next week...happy trails!

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