Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #117:
19 Dec 1989

by Rocky Macy

Marie DeLAMAR, genealogy columnist for The Albany Hearld of Albany, GA. has written to say that Rootbound's previous mention of her column, Knowing Your Ancestors, stirred mail from our readers here in the Ozarks. Marie, who has been writing her column for over seventeen years thought that she would have run out of material by this time, but she has found that there is always something more! Any of our readers wishing to help fuel Marie through year eighteen should write to her at 1006 Sixth Avenue, Albany, GA 31701,

Joan E. MURRAY (1281 N. Linden Avenue, Palatine, IL 60067) is trying to glean any available information on Isaac M. BUNNELL and his wife, Sarah Sofronia (LEONARD) BUNNELL, who were residents of Anderson, McDonald County, MO, during the years 1912-1914. At that time they were attempting to buy land in Benton County, AR. The BUNNELLs eventually did move to Benton County, and Isaac is buried there. Joan would like to find out just how long Isaac and Sarah lived in McDonald County. She would also like to know the location of their property. Isaac and Sarah may have belonged to a Baptist church while in McDonald County. Which of our readers can assist in this search?

And also from Illinois...

Linda Kay MIRES (1331 McCameron Avenue, Lockport, IL 60441) is seeking to learn more about her g-g-grandparents, Thomas Moss BRINSON (born 11 Nov 1813, TN) and Mary (REIFF) BRINSON (born 4 Aug 1814, TN). The couple were married in Tennesse. Thomas, a regular Baptist clergyman, was a resident of War Eagle and Walnut Townships, Benton County, AR, in 1860, along with his second wife, Elizabeth (age 31, born IL), and the following eight children: James (age 14), Clementine (12), Ann (10), Jessie (9), Thomas (7), William (5), Mary (3), and Sarah (2).

Linda Kay MIRES has this information regarding the children of Thomas Moss BRINSON from a separate record: John M. (born 7 Sep 1835, TN), Susan F. (20 Mar 1838, IL), Martha A. (24 May 1840, AR), Elezibeth E. (1842, AR), James I. (19 Nov 1845, AR; died 15 Nov 1919, TX), Margaret A. (11 Dec 1848, AR), Jessie C. (12 Jan 1851, AR; died 17 Feb 1907), Thomas H. (19 Aug 1853, AR), William W. (15 Jan 1855, AR), Mary A. (11 Dec 1857, AR), Sarah C. (11 Aug 1859, AR), and Richard A. (Sep 1864, AR). Linda Kay speculates that Clementine who was on the census record of 1860 in the Thomas Moss BRINSON household may have been a step-child.

The 1860 census of Benton County also lists a J.M. BRINSON (age 24, born TN) who was very probably John M., the eldest son of Thomas Moss BRINSON. Residing in that household were the wife, Syrie (age 23, born AR), DeWit (4, AR), Andres (2, AR), and Henry (3 months, AR). J.M. BRINSON may have lived in the Fayetteville, AR, area in the 1880s and been a charter member of Travis Post 19 of the Grand Army of the Republic.

Linda Kay MIRES will answer all correspondence regarding Thomas Moss BRINSON or his descendants, and she would be very willing to exchange information with other researchers.

Cathy TRIPP (P.O. Box 1301, Newberry, FL 32669) is tracking the brothers and sisters of her husband's grandfather, Thomas TRIPP, who was born in Madison County, MO, in 1863. His parents were David and Nancy (BRADEN) TRIPP. Thomas was residing in Madison County in 1870 and 1880, and he was in Dent County, MO, by 1900. The siblings were Elizabeth, Mary Ann, Mourning, William, Hawthorne, Bartlett, and Daniel. Some reportedly went to Buffalo City, AR, while others migrated to Oklahoma, Indian Territory. Cathy is waiting by the mailbox in sunny Florida to hear from any of our readers with knowledge of a TRIPP line in the Ozarks.

The holiday season is a great time to start working on genealogy. And when the questions begin to outdistance the answers, just send them along to Rootbound in the Hills in care of this newspaper!

Happy holidays and happy trails!

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