Friday, May 2, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #73:
Feb 14, 1989

by Rocky Macy

The postman recently dropped off copies of two books for review. Summit Publications (P.O. Box 222, Munroe Falls, OH 44262) forwarded Scotch-Irish Family Research Made Simple by R.G. CAMPBELL. The sixty-five page book uses clear text and maps to demonstrate how to trace a Scotch-Irish line to the immigrant ancestor who landed in America in the 1700s, and then how to contact sources in Ireland. Public archives and church sources are listed, as are other books which might be of assistance as research progresses. The book may be purchased from the publisher for $7 plus $1 postage and handling.

Summit Publications (address above) also publishes "how to" guides for researching German, Irish, Polish, English, Italian, French, French-Canadian, Mexican, and Spanish family lines. The prices of these volumes vary, so write to the publisher before trying to place an order.

Carolyn WEIDNER (W. 2206 Borden Rd., Spokane, WA 92204-9668) compiles query books for the states of Missouri and New York. She accepts free queries dealing with either state. When enough queries have been received to fill a twenty-five page state booklet, Carolyn goes to press. The volumes are soft bound and contain an every-name index. The cost is $5 per copy plus $1.25 postage and handling. Please specify Missouri or New York when ordering.

Along with the nice copy of Missouri Queries (Vol. 3), Carolyn WEIDNER (address above) enclosed a query for our readers. She wishes to correspond with any descendants of John CHAMBERLIN who was born in Posey Cunty, IN, in 1826. John was residing in Benton Township of Newton County, MO, in 1870 along with the following children: Margaret (age 17, born AR), James (22, AR), and Alvin (12, MO). A daughter may have married a COZETTE in Illinois. Carolyn will share material on this family.

Alva M. SMITH (1153 Rock Creek Dr., Garland, TX 75040) is a g-g-granddaughter of William Aaron BAKER, and she is interested in learning more aobut his brother, Johnathan (John) BAKER. John BAKER (born 1817, Cape Girardeau County, MO) married Elizabeth HURLEY on 31 Dec 1835 in Greene County, MO. According to the 1850 census of Prairie Township, Carroll County, AR, they had the following children: William R. (born ca. 1837, MO), Charles W. (ca. 1840, AR), John S. (ca. 1842, AR), Elizabeth (ca. 1843, AR), Melvina C. (ca. 1846), and Barbara M. (ca. 1849).

Family tradition has it that the BAKER family moved to Texas, but Alva has been unable to locate them on any 1860 census in Texas. Did they move back to Missouri to be near the HURLEYs? Alva M. SMITH would like to know. She's waiting by the mailbox in Garland, TX.

Ida C. MADISON (1522 Silverleaf, Carrollton, TX 75007) would like to contact others who are on the trail of any of these surnames: STEWART (Polk County, MO), ARCHER (Taney and Polk Counties, MO), and STUTSMAN (Franklin County, AR). Can any of our readers lend a hand?

Janet K. PEASE (10310 W. 62nd Place, Apt. 202, Arvada, CO 80004) would like to exchange information on John POINTS who is listed on the 1880 census of Mountain Township, Barry County, MO, as the six-month-old adpoted son of the Charles CORALSON family. John was actually the son of Francis and Julia A. POINTS. Julia was killed in the "Marshfield Storm" pm 18 April 1880 in Flat Creek Township, Barry County, MO. Was this youngster the same John R. POINTS who married Mabel A. ALLEN in Barry County in 1898? C.A. CARLSON consented to the marriage of John R. POINTS. Janet has a great deal of information about the POINTS family that would be of interest to her Ozark cousins. Get in touch!

These Ozark surnames are of interest to Sue BRADFORD (Rt. 6, Box 195, Kaufman, TX 75142): DEVOE, GATES, KERN, MAGNESS, MOCK, PARK, SHACKELFORD, STAUFFER, SUTHERLAND, and WELLS. Do they ring any bells with our readers?

Jan CRAIGIE (1298 Spring St., Arcata, CA 95521) reports that she is "totally lost" on one branch of her family tree in Missouri. Charles HOUSTON died on 2 Mar 1878, and his daughter, Mintlo HOUSTON, was born three days later - both a Boolinde (?), MO. A librarian in Jefferson City suggested that the town might have been Boone's Lick. The family originally came from Pope County, IL. Can any of our readers provide Jan with assistance on this HOUSTON family?

Rootbound loves the mail! Send those queries, bits of history, and even books for review to Rootbound in the Hills in care of this newspaper.

Happy trails!

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