by Rocky Macy
The Orphan Train Heritage Society of America (OTHSA) has provided Rootbound with a copy of Crossorads, the group's excellent quarterly newsletter. OTHSA was formed to preserve the history of an era in America (1854-1929) when some 150,000 homeless children, many of them orphaned, were "placed out" into receiving homes across the land. Many orphan train riders ultimately disembarked in the Ozarks to begin new lives. Persons desiring to learn more about this important organization should write to: OTHSA, Rt. 4, Box 565, Springdale, AR 72764. And when you write, remember to mention Rootbound!
Faye WETHERELL SMITH (6994 Devotion Lane, Sacramento, CA 95823) is searching for information on her great-grandfather, Isaac CRAIG. He was born 7 May 1812, possibly in Tennesseee, and married his first wife, Mary HARRISON, on 29 April 1833. Isaac's second wife was Susannah ENGLAND whom he married on 23 Dec 1847. His residences ranged from Overton County, TN, in 1833 to Greene County, IL, in 1853, to Seneca, Newton County, MO, circa 1866.
Isaac CRAIG died at Seneca on 10 Sep 1898, and he is buried in Burson Cemetery near Seneca. If any of his descendants still reside in the Newton County area, Mrs. SMITH would like to hear from them.
Kay ROBERTS MARTIN (Rt. 4, Box 440-1, Oak Grove, MO 64075) wishes to exchange material with anyone who is researching the following surnames in Missouri or Arkansas: DOUGLAS, DOUGLASS, LOFTIN, SLAUGHTER, and SORRELS. Her letter states that she would appreciate any and all help. Any takers?
Mrs. Bonnie REEDS LIPSCOMB (9239 Coachman Avenue, Whittier, CA 90605) is on the trail of her g-g-grandfather, John A. KENDALL, who was born in Bourbon County, KY, circa 1817. He came to Jasper County, MO, in 1869 with his eight children, each of whom were born in Indiana. The children were Elizabeth (born 1844), Williams F. (1846), Isaac N. (1846 - Bonnie's great-grandfather), Eliza (1853), George W. (1854), Olive J. (1863), Elisha (1867), and Martha (1869).
Isaac KENDALL married Ina Ellen CAREY in Carthage, MO. He apparently died in Newton County, MO, on 17 Sep 1885. His brother, George W. Kendall, is thought to have been married in McDonald County, MO. Can any of our readers provide Bonnie with further information about her family?
Bonnie REEDS LIPSCOMB (address above) is also hoping to find details of the early life of her grandmother, Addie Harriet KENDALL MEAD (a daughter of Isaac and Ina), who taught school somewhere in the Ozarks between 1895 and 1903. Bonnie believes that there is a photograph in existence of Addie and one of her classes - a photo that she would dearly love to have! Perhaps some of our readers who have access to old school records might be able to to assist Bonnie with her search.
Good friend Ruth GEOUGE (919 Crest Lane, Miami, OK 74354), the program chairman for the Ottawa County (OK) Genealogical Society, has written to say that she and her sister are still working these surnames in our area: GEOUGE, SCOFIELD, STOTTS, and WATKINS. They have recently found their grandfather, Wiilliam A. SCOFIELD, on the Lawrence County, MO, census for 1900. The census entry states that he was born in 1852 in Illinois. Are there any other descendants of William A. SCOFIELD that read Rootbound? Cousin Ruth is waiting to hear!
The National Genealogical Society (4527 17th Street North, Arlington, VA 22207) has a home study course entitled American Genealogy: A Basic Course for persons who are ready to start getting serious about ancestor hunting. For further information, write to the Educational Division of the NGS at the address listed above.
In an effort to keep the shine on the apple and provide better service to our readers, Rootbound has recently joined the Council of Genealogy Columnists. The group is a national organization dedicated to promoting and enhancing the work of its members. Genealogy columns, it seems, are becoming a very important resource for family trackers. But, if you've read this far, that should be obvious!