by Rocky Macy
The nicest people write to Rootbound, and a few even telephone! Floyd CHAMBERLAIN (4225 N.E. Laddington Court, Portland, OR 97213) called the house a few weeks ago with a query regarding his ancestry. Please read on...
Floyd is on the trail of John CHAMBERLAIN/CHAMBERLIN (born circa 1823, IN) who was a resident of Lawrence County, AR, in 1850, Newton County, MO, in 1870, and Lawrence County, MO in 1880. John married Elizabeth (born VA) and their issue included Elizabeth (married Jacob E. CROTZER), Esther A. (or possibly "Hester" - married John M. WATERS), James K., Margaret, and Alvin P. This Oregon correspondent hopes that our Rootbound readers will be able to help in his quest.
Floyd CHAMBERLAIN's Ozark ties reach right up to the present generation. He reports that his father was a native of Stella, MO, and his mother was from Newtonia, MO. And Floyd also mentioned that a query from a relative in Spokane, WA, that ran in Rootbound last spring brought some very useful information from a reader in Goodman. It sounds as though Rootbound is working!
As long as we're concentrating on the great northwest, notice should be directed to Don VINCENT (10223 Meridian E. B212, Puyallup, WA 98373) who forwarded a nice note of thanks for the review of his book, 800 Missouri Families, Volume 1, that ran in Rootbound several weeks ago. Don has finished Volume 2, and he is now busy compiling Volume 3. Rootbound has donated a copy of the first volume to the Genealogy Section of the City-County Library of Neosho, and it's waiting there to be enjoyed by all.
Michael KELSEY (905 Duval, Temple, TX 76501) has recently compiled three sets of valuable Texas genealogical materials on microfiche. The first is 220 pages of various types of legal notices (marriages, deaths, runaway slaves, etc.) of Milan County, TX, that were printed in the Austin Texas State Gazette (1849-1859). Item number two is 219 pages of miscellaneous Texas newspaper abstracts centering on Titus, Bowie, Shelby, Jasper, Houston, and Milam Counties in the years 1840-1858. And the final set is Miscellaneous Texas Newspapers, Volume II (1856-1870) which has a focus on Titus, Tarrant, and Milam Counties, and has legal sources printed from many papers including The Dallas Herald.
All of Michael KELSEY's materials are indexed. Each set may be purchased from the compiler for six dollars plus one dollar postage and handling. These microfiche contain a substantial amount of important Genealogical data.
Michael KELSEY (address above) is also chasing his forebears across the Ozarks. He is searching for James Madison HUFF (born 1812, TN), possibly the son of Samuel and Phebe HUFF. James married Elizabeth _____ (born circa 1815, AR or TN). They had the following children: Samuel (1831, AR or MO), Polly (1832, AR), Nelly (1835, AR), Hannah (1837, AR), Peter (1843, AR or MO), and James (1849, TX). James Madison HUFF was living in Izard County, AR, in 1839-1840. By 1850 he was in Shelby County, TX, and he was located in Panola County, TX, in 1860. Do any of our readers have ties to this family?
Last Call: The time is fast approaching for the big Everton's Family Tree Climbing Can Be Fun workshop in Vinita, OK. This genealogical gathering will take place on Saturday, 14 Oct 1989 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Recreation Building three miles east of Vinita. The $20 fee not only covers the entire presentation, but also entitles participants to lunch and a year's subscription to The Genealogical Helper - and the magazine subscription itself is a $21 value!
Sponsors for the above event are the Northeast Oklahoma Genealogical Society and the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Further information may be obtained by calling 918-256-3921 or 918-256-7333. We'll see you there!
And if we don't meet in Vinita, let's keep in touch through the U.S. mail. Write to Rootbound in the Hills in care of this newspaper. We're here to help!