Saturday, May 3, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #74:
21 Feb 1989

by Rocky Macy

Rootbound has an interest in the WIEDERKEHR (famous vintners) and DOERPINGHAUS families of north central Arkansas. Descendants who would like to swap information should drop us a few lines in care of this newspaper.

And speaking of Arkansas, Ellis R. VAUGHN (Rt. 12, 5218 Tevey Rd., Longview, TX 75605) is tracking the surnames VAUGHN, SNAVELY, GREGORY, and PYATT. He is especially interested in Matthew Aaron VAUGHN who went to Benton County, AR, from Union County, GA, around 1850. He and his wife, Sarah SHOPE, were born in Burke County, NC, in the 1820s. They are buried in the Bozarth Cemetery near Gentry, AR.

The children of Matthew and Sarah VAUGHN included Julia (born GA, married James F. FRASHER in Benton County, AR, on 16 April 1869), Gracie Priscilla (born GA, married a FRASHER in Benton County, buried at the Butler Creek Cemetery near Sulphur Springs, AR), Rebecca (born Benton County, AR, died 3 Oct 1867, buried at Bozarth Cemetery), Martha, Elizabeth, Mary, William (born MO in 1864), and Matthew Grant (born 12 Dec 1867 in Benton County, AR, died 13 Nov 1938, buried at Phillips Cemetery near Healing Springs, AR).

Ellis R. VAUGHN is a grandson of Matthew Grant VAUGHN. He would appreciate hearing from any of our readers who have a knowledge of his ancestry.

Several weeks ago good friend Rylan M. RUDY (143 S. High St., Neosho, MO 64850) placed a query in Rootbound about his g-g-grandparents, William Green and Charlotte (HUNTER) MORRIS who came to McDonald County and settled near Erie aroud 1850. Rylen wanted to establish contact with other descendants of this couple. A week or so after that column ran, Rylen had a nice response from John N. ROARK (1011 Farris Dr., Muskogee, OK 74403) which included a couple of family group sheets and a copy of a 1975 letter from a cousin in the state of Washington that contained a great deal of family history. Rootbound is pleased to have played a role in this connection!

Norma F. MILLWEE (4011 Kiva Trail, SW, Los Lunas, NM 87031) would like to learn more about Martha A. DAVIS and Henry BOGLE who were married in 1880. The couple had two sons, Jessie and Luther. Henry BOGLE is listed on the 1900 census of Newton County, MO, with his second wife, Ellen JONES. According to the census, they had been married for about two years, and both of Henry's sons were living in that household. Jessie married Carrie ARNOLD in 1906. Do any of our readers have information to share with Norma on this family?

Beverly JOHNS (400 N. Thompson, Coalinga, CA 93210) is on the trail of her husband's ASH, BENHAN, and DANIEL(S) lines that were rooted in the Missouri Ozarks as early as the 1850s. She would like to know about Irwin ASH and his wife, Cynthia BENHAM. Their daughter, Bettie Loutsha ASH, was born 4 Feb 1869/70 in Arkansas. She married Andrew Jackson DANIEL ca. 1890, possibly in Stone County, MO. Does Beverly's husband still have cousins in the Ozarks?

Meanwhile back in Texas: Alma MATNEY FRANCIS (1512 Karen Lane, Iowa Park, TX 76367) is tracing both families of Samuel STILLWELL, Jr. Samuel and his first wife (name unknown) were married ca. 1838 in Haywood County, NC. The wife died after 1843 in Haywood County. They had two daughters: Sarah Jane who married Joseph Lee MATNEY on 20 Sep 1860 in Webster County, MO, and Arminda Angeline who married Daniel GOSS on 12 June 1862 in Webster County. Arminda Angeline and Daniel were later divorced, and she was living with Sarah Jane in 1870. Sarah Jane and Joseph (Alma's great-grandparents) migrated to Texas in 1892.

Samuel STILLWELL's second wife was Nancy Telethia MINGUS of Haywood County, NC, and Wright County, MO. They had five daughters: Hannah Marinda (married William CRAIG), Sophia, Margaret, Laura B., and Anna.

Alma MATNEY FRANCIS is anxious to hear from anyone who has information to share about either family of Samuel STILLWELL, Jr. Get in touch!

Until next week...happy trails!

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