Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #95:
18 July 1989

by Rocky Macy

A beautiful postcard of Maine's Acadia National Park arrived in the mail the other day bearing a note from Connee JELLISON, the genealogy columnist for The Bangor Daily News. She reported that Rootbound's previous mention of her column had stirred letters from the Ozarks, and, much to Connee's delight, one of our readers had even telephoned her newspaper with a query! The column, Family Ties, covers much of New England and eastern Canada. Queries should be addressed to: Connee JELLISON, P.O. Box 58, Salisbury Cove, ME 04672.

David F. HOUSTON (223 Behrens Street, El Cerrito, CA 94530) relates that he has been enjoying Rootbound for some time. He is seeking to learn the family background of G.W. (possibly George Washignton) SHARP who married Louisa ROBINSON in Pineville, MO, on 4 July 1895. The bride and groom were both residents of Jane, MO. Louisa was born circa 1877, the daughter of James T. ROBINSON of McDonald County. David believes that G.W. SHARP was not the George Washington SHARP who married Calidonia ARWINE and was later the husband of Sarah ARNETA. Can any of our readers lend a hand in this research?

Steve Edward LEWIS (Rt. 6, Box 136, Joplin, MO 64801) is tracking Celia Ann HAYS/HAYES, a daughter of James and Mary (JONES) HAYS/HAYES. Celia Ann was born 4 July 1839 in Goodman, MO. She married Ira Wells GILBERT. Steven would like to hear from any of our readers who have information on Celia.

Billie Jane LAMPSON (P.O. Box 6510, Kennewick, WA 99336) is trying to establish the parentage of Aaron Crawford WILLIAMS and his wife, Nancy Caroline (or Catherine) SIMMONS. Aaron was born in Hawkins County (state not given) in 1787, and Nancy was possibly a native of Effingham County, IL. Their chidlren were Louisa (born 1826, married David LONG, Elizabeth (born 1828, married George SAMUELS), Rachel (born 1830, married William COOK), Lucinda (born 1832, married Andrew DECKER), Nancy (born 1834, married Peter DEARDORF, died 1866), James (born 1836), Matilda C. (born 1837, married Thomas Armindy BRASFIELD), John (born 1838, married Zorri or Missouri GILLENWATER), William, and Wilson.

Aaron Crawford WILLIAMS (see above) is also a research target of Rose STAUBER (Rt. 3, Box 1084, Grove, OK 74344), his g-g-g-granddaughter. As mentioned previously in Rootbound, Rose is trying to locate the burial place of her ancestor - Roak or Roark Cemetery near Southwest City, MO. Readers with a knowledge of this area pioneer should contact Billie Jane and Rose.

Those of our readers with a serious interest in genealogy and roots in Arkansas might consider joining the Arkansas Genealogical Society. Membership information is available by writing to the group at: P.O. Box 908, Hot Springs, AR 71902.

AUSTIN Alert: The AUSTIN Family Association of America will hold its national convention at the Holiday Inn of Gallipolis, OH, on August 4-6 of this year. The event is open to anyone with an AUSTIN lineage. Contact L. AUSTIN (Route 1, Claude, TX 79019) for further information - and remember to tell old "L" that Rootbound sent you!

Mark Those Calendars: The Northeast Oklahoma Genealogical Society will hold an Everton's "Family Tree Climbing Can Be Fun" workshop on Saturday, 14 Oct 1989. The event will be at the Recreation Center three miles east of Vinita, and it will last from 9 a.m until 4 p.m. The cost of attendance is $20.00 which covers the excellent presentation, a sack lunch, drinks, and a year's subscription to The Genealogical Helper. (Rootbound has plugged Everton's Genealogical Helper before. It is the best genealogy magazine available, and the normal cost of a year's subscriptio is $21.00 - and that's without a workshop or lunch!) Rootbound has attended one of these events before and will definitely be at this one. See you there!

Need help shaking the old family tree? Write to Rootbound in the Hills in care of this newspaper. We're here to help!

Happy trails!

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