Thursday, June 5, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #119:
2 Jan 1990

by Rocky Macy

Rootbound readers who believe they might be descendants of the infamous Dalton Gang would do well to peruse the pages of The Dalton Gang Family, a genealogical study compiled by Nancy B. SAMUELSON. This superior little book (twenty pages) has a history of the gang's activities, information on the ancestry of their parents, James Lewis DALTON and Adeline Lee YOUNGER (she was a half-sister to Henry Washington YOUNGER, patriarch of the gang that bears his surname), and concise biographical data on each of the fifteen children of James Lewis and Adeline. The book is well researched and contains a complete listing of all references. The Dalton Gang Family may be ordered directly from Nancy B. SAMUELSON (139 Chaplin Road, Eastford, CT 06242) for a postage-paid cost of just five dollars. Rootbound has a copy - and it's great!

Glen W. KINCAID (6306 Antler Road, Deer Park, WA 99006) is researching the lineage of Charles E. NICHOLS (born KY, circa 1820) and his wife, Adeline ARNOLD (born AL, circa 1825). They were probably married in Marion County, IL. The children of this couple were Mary Ellen (married George ORGAN), Nancy, Emeline, John, Charles W., Lucinda, and possibly others. The family was residing in Newton County, MO, by 1880. Glen is interested in learning the parentage of Charles and Adeline, and the dates and places of their deaths and burials. Are descendants of this couple still residing in the Ozarks?

The following surnames are of interest to Lois GOODELL (P.O. Box 225, Gillett, AR 72055): ABBOTT, ALDRICH, CARTER, CREGLOW, DIXON, LEONHARDT, RAY, ROBERTS, SHEPHERD, SMITH, and WELLS. Persons tracking one or more of those names should contact Lois at her home in Gillett.

Charli GREENLEES (11065 Kimberly Avenue, Pomona, CA 91766-4020) is on the trail of William Harvey (or Hervey) FUTHEY and his granddaughter, Ella B. Mabel FUTHEY. William enlisted as a private in "F" Company of the 9th Calvary Regiment on 15 Nov 1861 in IOLA, KS. He mustered out on 16 June 1865 at DeValls Bluff, AR. Ella was born 12 May 1894 in Arkansas or Indian Territory. Which of our readers can assist Charli with her genealogy?

Vic and Pat CASTENS (525 E. Washington, Pittsburg, KS 66762) are exploring Pat's ancestry. Her great-grandparents were Newton (Newman) RUCKER and Dolly Ann AKIN. The children of the couple, supposedly born in Newton or McDonald Counties of Missouri, were Henry (born 30 Nov 1864 or 1865), Charles Edward (27 Aug 1869), John O. (12 April 1870), Minnie Belle (31 Mar 1872, possibly at Rocky Comfort in McDonald County), and Susanna R. (6 Nov 1875).

The RUCKER children were orphaned and split-up in 1875. Henry was living with the J.M. BRIDGES family of Copper Creek Township, Barry County, MO, by 1880. That same year Charles was residing in the J.F. BLAKESLEE home in Barry County, and John was with Soloman STALLCUP and family in Richwood Township, McDonald County.

Susan RUCKER married Joseph Edward WALKER, and they were long-time residents of Siloam Springs, AR. Minnie Belle RUCKER became the wife of Joseph A. DUREE. John O. RUCKER was a lifetime resident of Joplin, MO. Vic and Pat would enjoy hearing from anyone working one of their RUCKER lines.

The Stella Historical Society (P.O. Box 182, Stella, MO 64867) has informed Rootbound that copies of its latest publication, The Stella History Book II, are still available from the group for twenty-two dollars. The volume has over three hundred pages and contains genealogical information, pictures, and memories of a great number of people. Wouldn't that make an exceptional gift for our Ozark cousins who have strayed to other parts of the country! (And maybe those cousins would order it for themselves - if someone sends them this column!)

Until next week...happy trails!

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