Friday, June 6, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #120:
9 Jan 1990

by Rocky Macy

Several pioneering families of Granby, MO, are of interest to Glen W. KINCAID (6306 Antler Road, Deer Park, WA 99006). He would like to contact descendants of Lydia ORGAN SMITH , George L. and Mary Ellen (NICHOLS) ORGAN, and Charles W. and Adeline (ARNOLD) NICHOLS. George and Lydia were brother and sister. The families lived in Granby during 1875-1917.

Glen W. KINCAID is also tracking the lines of Pleasant N. THOMAS (born TN) and his wife, Margaret GAILEY (born GA). The THOMASes and GAILEYs were in Craighead County, AR, in 1855, and moved to Granby, MO, after 1861. Some of the family later went to Beaver County, OK. Do any of our readers have information to share with Glen?

Anyone trying to sort out the KETCHUM lines of Round Prairie Township, Benton County, AR, has a kindred spirit in LaVonne KETCHUM (5219 Royal Oaks Drive, Oroville, CA 95966). LaVonne reports that she has been working on the puzzle for twenty-seven years! Here are the basics:

Edward and Martha KETCHUM were in Round Prairie Township in 1870 with their seven children. David Franklin and Lucinda KETCHUM and their seven children arrived from Jackson County, MO, in 1872. David's brother, Edward Hickman KETCHUM arrived from Missouri by 1880 bringing his wife, Sara, and their four children. Also on the 1880 census were John and Sarah KETCHUM and three children from Illinois and Josephus and Amanda KETCHUM with their three children from Illinois. (John and Josephus were brothers, sons of Christopher.)

David Franklin KETCHUM was the son of David KETCHUM who, in turn, was the son of Joel KETCHUM of Stokes County, NC. David Franklin KETCHUM and his second wife, Louise KELLAM, left Benton County, AR, in 1886 and moved to Indian Territory in what is now Beaver County, OK.

LaVonne speculates that there was a relationship among all of the round Prairie KETCHUMs. Perhaps some of our readers can supply her with the clues to solve the puzzle. She's waiting by the mailbox in Sunny California!

Betty FIELD (2608 Natalie, Plano, TX 75074) wishes to correspond with anyone researching Moses Carroll BAKER who was born 4 Oct 1863 in Joplin, MO. Was he the same child as Moses BAKER, age seven, who was residing with Benton or Burton BAKER in Jasper County, MO, when the 1870 census was taken? Is this the Moses BAKER who came to Texas and married Mary Alice RICHEY in 1883 in Denton County? Would Benton or Burton BAKER have been a son of Moses J. BAKER? Betty FIELD wants to know!

Common surnames are among the most perplexing things that a family tree climber has to face. Take for instance the case of Daniel Dee MARTIN (788 East 8230 South, Sandy, UT 84094). He is tracking his MARTIN line from Marshall and Obion Counties in Tennessee through the Arkansas communities of Blansett, Mansfield, and Greenwood. Other surnames on his five-generation pedigree chart include BROWN, HALBERT, HAMPTON, HEATHCOCK, HOGAN, LEE, and POINDEXTER. Any takers?

Persons researching the surname ARCHER would do well to investigate the advantages of joining the ARCHER Association (P.O. Box 6233, McLean, VA 22106). The group's quarterly publication has fifty pages of useful family information and a section devoted to queries from members. The association's computerized files are open to members, and a consultant service is also available. Dues are eighteen dollars per year. For more information, please contact the ARCHER Association at its headquarters in Virginia.

And speaking of family groups, Rootbound would be very pleased to start promoting those summer reunions. Just give us the word and we'll help spread it!

Happy trails!

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