Sunday, May 4, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #75:
28 Feb 1989

by Rocky Macy

I have mine, and it's a treasure! The new book, Records of the Bigham Funeral Home of Neosho, Missouri (1916-1945), is available from the Genealogy Friends of the Library (c/o Phyllis CHANCELLOR HOLLEY, 507 W. Hickory, Neosho, MO 64850) for the postage-paid price of on $14.25. Violet MILLS CARRICK and Juanita V. WILBANKS did a wonderful job of transcribing and organizing this important genealogical material. Fred and Sue CLARK of Clark Funeral Home are to be commended for making these records available to the public. Great work!

Persons tracking the surname ARCHER might come up with some good leads by contacting the ARCHER Associaltion (P.O. Box 6233, McLean, VA 22106). The group publishes a newsletter and a quarterly centering on ARCHER queries and information.

Former Rootbound correspondent Mona E. O'GORMAN (2506 Nottingham Place, Grand Prairie, TX 75050) placed a query in December about her great-grandparents, Ira Allen and Mary Ann (FOGARTY) STEADMAN who were residents of Newton County, MO. Ira had a brother, Amos STEADMAN, who also lived in Newton County. Recently Mona forwarded word that she has been contacted by a granddaughter of Amos. Mona thanked Rootbound for making the connection, but the real gratitude needs to be directed to our readers who take the time to answer queries and help others with their genealogy.

Here's another surname group: The SHANNON Searchers (3413 Fernwood Lane, Shreveport, LA 71108) publishes a newsletter six times a year which shares queries and lineages on SHANNON families.

Sharon KELLEY (1016 Shoshone St. E, Twin Falls, ID 83301) would like to contact a genealogical or historical society which would have records on Wheaton, MO. She is researching the Charles McKINLEY family who had a daughter, Erma McKINLEY, who was a postal clerk in Wheaton in the 1930's. There are probably people reading this column who knew Erma. Please take the time to get in tourch with Sharon in Idaho.

Lena HOBBS GAMBILL (703 N. 5th St., Lamesa, TX 79331), a native of Kingston, AR, is the daughter of Vince HOBBS who was born in Marble, AR, in 1870. She would like to hear from anyone who has knowledge of her Ozark ancestry.

And the sky is still raining letters from Dallas! Kathi DUNLAP (7127 Nutmeg, Dallas, TX 75249) would like to learn more about the family of John STEPHENS (born 11 Sep 1797, VA - died 27 Jan 1870, Johnson County, TX) and his wife, Catherine HOBOUGH (HOBACK) (born 1800, KY - died 1860-1870, Johnson County, TX). They were married ca. 23 June 1820, and migrated across Missouri and Arkansas enroute to Texas.

John and Catherine STEPHENS had the following children: William Henry (born 1822, IN; married Christian HOBOUGH ca. 1843, MO; killed by Indians on the Texas prairie in the spring of 1860); Nancy A. (born 1824, MO; married Lewis TANZY); John (born 5 July 1826, MO; married first to an unknown individual in MO in 1844, and married second to Martha Jane PACE on 13 Feb 1852 in Navarro County, TX; died 6 Sep 1877, Johnson County, TX); Unisa or Nisa (born 1828, MO; married to James MACKEY ca 1845, MO); Absalom (born 1830, MO); Andrew Jackson (born 1832, MO; married Rebecca ROBINSON SKINNER on 28 Mar 1855, Johnson County, TX); Catherine (born 1835, MO; married Meredith PRICE on 12 July 1852, Navarro County, TX); Merrell W. (born 1 April 1836, MO; married Mary Jane Miller on 4 Oct 1860, Johnson County, TX); Elizabeth R. (born 1 April 1836, MO; married George W. MILLER); George Washington (born 1839, MO; married Zilpha SHAW in Feb 1866, Johnson County, TX); and, Susan (born 1843, MO; married Thomas RIDLEY).

A granddaughter to John and Catherine STEPHENS, Matilda Jane STEPHENS was born on 28 April 1859, in Johnson County, TX, married Joe M. MARSHALL in that same county on 20 July 1884, and died at Harrison, AR, on 30 Jan 1931. A grandson, John Washington STEPHENS, was born 17 Mar 1844 in Texas (possibly Texas County), MO.

Kathi DUNLAP would like to exchange information with anyone working lines that might be related to hers. Get in touch!

Keep those cards and letters coming in - Rootbound loves the mail! Happy trails!

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