Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #118:
26 Dec 1989

by Rocky Macy

Do any of our readers have knowledge of a Haven SINCLAIR who was a resident of Washington County, AR, in 1840? How about Haven St. CLAIR, an inhabitant of McDonald County, MO, in 1850? Were they the same individual?

Jean GRIGSBY (P.O. Box 339, Beeville, TX 71804) is an avid researcher of SINKLER, SINCLAIR, and ST. CLAIR lines throughout the United states. Not only does she publish a regular genealogical periodical on those names, but she has recently completed a book on the surnames as well. She would appreciate hearing from Rootbound readers with a knowledge of Haven. Please read on...

Haven SINCLAIR, a male aged twenty to thirty, was living in Washington County, AR, when the census was taken in 1840. Also at his residence were one female aged twenty to thirty and two young girls under the age of five.

Haven ST. CLAIR, a male aged thirty-three (born in NY), was a citizen of McDonald County during the 1850 census. Also in that household were his wife, Sarah (aged 29, born IN), and the following children: Mary J. (14, AR), Rebecca A. (11, AR), William (9,AR), Amanda (5, AR), Mariah (3, MO), and Elizabeth (4 months, MO). From those ages it would appear as though Haven ST. CLAIR and his family moved from Arkansas to Missouri circa 1845-1847.

The name ST. CLAIR is well rooted around Noel. Perhaps some of our readers in the Christmas City could help Jean with this branch of her clan.

Jean GRIGSBY (address above) also stated in her letter that she is the President of the South Texas Genealogical Society, and she has offered to help any of our readers that have trails into her part of the world. When you write to Jean (or anyone else) for information, always remember to enclose that very important self-addressed, stamped envelope!

Barbara F. RASMUSSEN (Rt. 1, Box 162-A, Atlantic Mine, MI 49905) is tracking ancestors through the Missouri counties of McDonald and Jasper. She would like to exchange information on the HERRING family of McDonald County. Henry Asa HERRING and his wife, Ida Alice, were residents of that county circa 1890-1910. His children included Amanda Edith, Rachel Katherine, Viola, and George Asa. Also of interest to Barbara are Alexander and Mary Ann Prather (WHITCOMB) REED, residents of McDonald County during that same period.

Ida Alice (mentioned above) was Ida Alice WHITCOMB SWEENEY who came to McDonald County around 1892 with her ten-year-old son, William SWEENEY. She married Henry Asa HERRING in 1892. She is listed as divorced on the 1910 census of Jasper County, MO, and living with her son, William. Are descendants of William SWEENEY still living in the Ozarks. Barbara RASMUSSEN wants to know!

Virginia Bee (FREEMAN) WILLIAMS (284 N. 4th Street, St. Helens, OR 97051) is seeking to learn more about her grandparents, Wesley Quigg FREEMAN (1855-1929) and Callender Virginia Isabelle "Belle" (DENNIS) FREEMAN 1862-1941), former Hickory County, MO, residents who moved to Kansas around 1902. Children of the couple were Winnie, Naomi, Oral, Neva, Wesley, Dee, and Lafey Bee. Belle's brother, John Pierce DENNIS, married Helma Louise JOHNSON, and lived in Hickory County all of his life. Belle also had two sisters that married into the PITTS family. Can any of our readers give an assist to Virginia in her quest?

Edna SMITH (48 Collette's Place, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147) is trying to locate the family Bible of William Pinkston WILLIS. He and his wife, Mariah Jane BUCK, arrived in Arkadelphia, AR, from Tennessee, about 1865. Their family Bible (it probably belonged to his parents) was lost or misplaced somewhere in the state of Arkansas during World War II. Edna would love to get it back! Edna did relate that William and Mariah lived in several Arkansas counties and are buried on the family farm near Dayton in Sebastian County. If one of our readers knows the whereabouts of this family treasure, please contact Edna at her home in Pagosa Springs.

Until next week...happy trails!

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