Monday, June 2, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #114:
28 Nov 1989

by Rocky Macy

Our thanks to the good folks at The Genealogical Helper for informing their readers about Rootbound in the Hills and the thirteen area newspapers that carry this column. The magazine, with a national following for more than fifty-thousand subscribers, did a nice job of highlighting Rootbound's readership base and services. And plugs like that help to keep the mail flowing. Please read on...

Elora L. GREER (107 S.E. 14th Street, Bentonville, AR 72712) is seeking to learn more about her great-grandparents, Daniel and Polly (HUTSON) MEREDITH. They were married in Pulaski County, KY, in 1814, and subsequently became the parents of William Peril, James, Daniel, Henry, Marion, Narval N., Polly, and Nancy. Daniel MEREDITH (the father) died in 1849 at Decatur, IN. William Peril MEREDITH died in 1879 in St. Clair County, MO. Elora reports that William Peril's descendants still reside in St. Clair County. She would be pleased to exchange information with any of our readers who are tracking a MEREDITH or HUTSON line.

Irene MORGAN (432 Alcorn Avenue, Dallas TX 75217), a Rootbound regular, is trying to gather more complete data on the children of George and Elizabeth (HUTCHINSON) VANSANDT who were married in Greene County, TN. George and Elizabeth may have had as many as fourteen children, including the following:

Reverend James (born 11 Jan 1805; married Nancy WHILE; died 1887 in Coosa County, AR), Isiah (born circa 1806), Marguerite (married John Henry WAL_____in 1825), Reverend Thomas T. (born circa 1819; married Elizabeth WALLS or WELLS in 1839; killed by Jayhawkers in 1863 in Ozark County, MO), Martha (married Mr. GRIFFON; died 1861-1865, MS), Reverend Giles Pulaskie Reynolds (born 22 Jan 1822, Giles County, TN; married Ruth Ann GIBBENS 17 March 1857 at Webster County, MO). The three VANSANDT boys with the title "Reverend" were each Methodist ministers.

Any of our readers with a knowledge of the VANSANDT family might do well to contact Irene at her home in Dallas. She is a great correspondent!

Mrs. Reba CURRY JONES (4712 29th Street, Lubbock, TX 79410) is trying to identify the parents and siblings of her great-grandparents, Joseph OWENS (born circa 1840, MO) and Martha (SMITH) OWENS (born MO). Joseph may have been the son of James W. (born circa 1813, KY) and Sarah Ann OWENS (born circa 1821, KY), residents of Laclede County, MO, in 1850. Andrew Bell OWENS (born circa 1861) and John Wallace OWENS (born circa 1867), sons of Joseph and Martha, were listed on the 1880 census of Harrison, Boone County, AR, as nephews in the household of Richard B. and Josephine SMITH. (Were they nephews of Richard or Josephine?) Andrew Bell OWENS married Lucy Isabel VICKERY, daughter of Shadrick and Anna VICKERY, in Bolivar, Polk County, MO, in 1863. Which of our readers can help Reba with her research?

And this for our friends in McDonald County...

Robin J. BRYSON (2661 River Plaza Drive, Apt. 63, Sacramento, CA 95833) is searching for descendants or anyone with a knowledge of Harris BROWN (born 1808) and his son, E.H. BROWN (born 1842). Harris BROWN died in Pineville, MO, in 1881, and his son died in the same community three years later. Do we have readers tracking BROWNs across the Ozarks.

Peggy Lee COX (Rt. 1, Box 778, Spruce Pine, NC 28777) is attempting to find out which county in Arkansas her ancestor, James Augustus GREENLEE (born 1825, Burke County, NC) was a resident of when the 1870 census was taken. He left North Carolina around 1867 and headed for Arkansas. Mr. GREENLEE died in Arkansas in 1870-1871. Have any of our readers noticed this name while poring over an Arkansas census role?

Need information on how to order The Genealogical Helper? Send a self-address, stamped envelope to Rootbound in the Hills in care of this newspaper. And while you're at it, drop in a query or two!

Until next week...happy trails!

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