Thursday, May 22, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #97:
1 Aug 1989

by Rocky Macy

There is a new pre-printed postcard making the rounds which advertises a family book that contains "almost" every household of a specific surname across the United States. Rootbound would like to hear from our readers that have received this mailing. What surnames are covered in this series? And, for those of you who have ordered, how was the product? Rootbound is curious!

One book that we can recommend at this time is 800 Missouri Familites: Volume 1 by Don VINCENT. VINCENT,a popular radio and television personality in the Pacific northwest, is the genealogy columnist for the Richland Mirror of Richland, MO. His book, the first in a planned series of five, concentrates on pioneer families (1820-1860) in the Missouri counties of Pulaski, Laclede, Webster, Wright, Texas, Phelps, Maries, Osage, Miller, and Camden. Many early records from these counties were lost to courthouse fires. Vincent describes his book as a "search-and-study" work that provides information and gives new directions for research.

800 Missouri Families, Volume 1, is well researched and organzied, and it is easy to follow. It should serve as an invaluable aid for persons tracking ancestor's through the aforementioned counties. The cost of the first volume (which concentrates on 140 of the 800 families) is $25, plus $3 for shipping and handling. Orders and requests for information should be directed to the author, Don VINCENT (10223 Meridian E., B212, Puyallup, WA 98373). And, as always, let Don know that you heard about his work through Rootbound.

Colleen C. WORLEY (P.O. Box 495, Stilwell, OK 74960) is on the trail of Charles H. RECTOR, possibly the son of Cumberland RECTOR. Charles moved to Cass County, MO, by way of Illinois sometime prior to 1840. After the death of his first wife, he married Evaline IRELAND (born 1826, TN) in Barry County, MO, in 1847. Evaline was the daughter of William and Deborah IRELAND. Charles RECTOR and his family were residing in Cass County, MO, in 1860, and they were at home in Crawford County, AR, by 1870. The family had relocated to Franklin County, AR, by 1872.

The children of Charles H. RECTOR were James P. (born 1834, TN), Thomas N. (1841, TN), Francis (1842, IL), Nancy (1845, MO), Sarah A. (1848, MO), twins Mary E. and Marthy C. (1850, MO), Elvina A. (1853, MO), Izora J. (1855, MO), Elizabeth (1857, MO), Louisa M. (1857, MO), and Thomas (1861, MO). (Yes, two sons names Thomas!) Are the trails of any of these children still meandering through the Ozarks?

Colleen C. WORLEY (address above) is also researching Loverance Evans HARDESTY who was born in Madison County, KY, in 1808. He moved to Washington County, AR, prior to 1836, and enlisted in the Cherokee Disturbance War in April of 1836. Love Evans HARDESTY married Mary C. (Polly) WHINERY (born TN) in April of 1840 in Washington County. Mary, possibly the daughter of William WHINERY, died in Lawrence County, MO, on 8 July 1865. Her husband passed away in Washington County, AR, in 1896.

Colleen would appreciate hearing from any of our readers who have information to share about the RECTOR or HARDESTY families. She is waiting by the mailbox in sunny Oklahoma!

And speaking of the Sooner State, greetings to our new readers in the Grand Lake area. Welcome to the widest read genealogy column in the three-state area. Rootbound thrives on participation, so take pen in hand and share those genealogy questions - and answers! We're here to help!

Happy trails!

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