Sunday, June 8, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #123:
30 Jan 1990

by Rocky Macy

As proven time and again in Rootbound, descendants of our rugged Ozark pioneers can be found throughout this great nation. Please read on...

Jack GLASGOW (14510 N.E. Fremont, Portland, OR 97230) is trying to learn more about Solomon and Agnes (Aggy) MEADUN and Oliver Perry and Elizabeth SPARKMAN, all residents of McDonald County, MO, in 1860. Solomon and Aggy were still in McDonald County in 1870, but the SPARKMANs had moved to Barry County, MO, by that time. Jack is also researching James MURRY COBBS who was living in Lawrence County, MO, in 1870. Jack GLASGOW will reply to all correspondence regarding these individuals.

Nancy B. SAMUELSON (139 Chapin Road, Eastford, CT 06242) is attempting to document the death and burial place of her great-grandfather, John Floyd DALTON. He was born 1 April 1846 in Carroll County, VA, and served in Company C of the 24th Virginia Infantry of the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Mr. DALTON married Penelope QUISENBERRY on 17 Feb 1867. The couple eventually settled in Dent County, MO, and had ten children. Joseph Floyd DALTON reportedly left Missouri to visit relatives in Virginia and died enroute while in Arkansas. It is possible that he died around Walnut Ridge, AR, on 29 Oct 1905. Can any of our readers verify this information?

Nancy B. SAMUELSON (address above) is the author of The Dalton Gang Family, a genealogical study that was mentioned in Rootbound a few weeks ago. She reports that she has yet to tie her DALTON branch to the outlaw tree, but that they all did come from the same area of Virginia. Nancy's twenty-page booklet is a well researched document of genealogical importance. It may be purchased from the author for the postage-paid price of just five dollars.

Daniel C. SCROGGINS (1211 Frances Drive, Columbia, MO 65203) is on the trail of Richard "Dick" SCROGGINS (born 26 Mar 1839, TN) who married Matilda Jane KEITH on 23 July 1864 in Springfield, Green County, MO. The couple had ten children, most or all born in Newton County, AR, near Ponca or Boxley. The children were George, Mary, Elizabeth, John, William, Dicey, Samuel, Marion, Virginia, and Joseph. Richard died on 6 Jan 1887 as a result of tuberculosis contracted while he was in the army. He is buried at Beechweeods Cemetery in Newton County, AR. Daniel C. SCROGGINS is particularly interested in learning the names of Richard's parents. Do any of our readers have any information on this individual and his family?

Sharon CHENEY (207 Rice Avenue, Gooding, ID 83330) is searching for the parentage and date and place of death of Permelia BARNETT, the first wife of Walter McFARLAND. She would also like to determine Walter's parentage. He was born around 1813, possibly in Missouri. Do these names sound familiar. Sharon CHENEY is eager to contact others exploring that line.

And what Rootbound column would be complete without an item from Texas? Mary Ellen LEDFORD (702 Fouts Drive, Irving, TX 75061) needs help in working the lineage of John LEDFORD (born 1811; died 1865, AR; buried at the National Cemetery in Little Rock, AR) and his wife, Menerva EVANS/IVANS (born 1813). They were married on 12 Jan 1833 in Yancey County, NC. Children of the couple included James T. (born 1834, NC), Nancy (born 1835, NC; married Alfred HAMPTON in 1856; died 1917), Clarissa (born 1838; married Albert MODE in 1865 at Polk County, MO), George Washington (born 1840, married Elizabeth MODE circa 1859), and Harriet Josephine (born 1843; married John FISHER in 1865 at Polk County, MO; died 1924, AR). Which of our readers can assist Mary Ellen in her ancestral quest?

And the mail just keeps coming...from everywhere! Check it out next week, and the week after, and the week after the pages of this newspaper.

Happy trails!

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