Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #128:
6 Mar 1990

by Rocky Macy

Anyone tracking ancestors across northwest Arkansas would do well to consider joining the Northwest Arkansas Genealogical Society. This group, one of the best in the area, meets on the fourth Monday of each month in the Hospitality Room of the Farmers and Merchants Bank at Fourth and Chestnut in Rogers, AR. The meetings are well attended and always center on an interesting speaker or presentation. For further information, write to N.A.G.S. at P.O. Box K, Rogers, AR 72757.

Nancy SAMUELSON (139 Chapin Road, Eastford, CT 06242) reports that several of our readers have ordered her book, The Dalton Gang Family, as a result of learning about it through Rootbound. A gentleman from Cement, OK, was so happy with his copy that he telephoned Nancy to compliment her on it! The booklet may still be ordered from the author for the postage-paid price of $5.00. Rootbound has donated a copy to the Town and Country Regional Library in Neosho.

Charles N. FERGUSON (202 A.N. Tucker, Shawnee, OK 74801) is researching Charley A. SMITH who was born in June of 1861 in Texas. Charley married Clara J. _____ (born 1870, AR), and they were the parents of the following children: John W. (born January 1865, TX), Mary E. (July 1886, TX), Charles D. (January 1893, TX), Mormon C. (February 1896, TX), and Lewis B. (January 1898, TX). The family was residing in Red River County, TX, in 1900, along with Charley's cousin, Charles A.L. FERGUSON (born April 1869, AR). Who were Charley SMITH's parents and where was he born? Was his mother a sister to Charles A.L. FERGUSON's mother? Who can help our correspondent with his genealogy?

Mary Ellen LEDFORD (702 Fouts Drive, Irving, TX 75061) needs assistance in tracing the descendants of Thomas J. LEDFORD who was born in Georgia in 1835. He was possibly the son of Absolum and Ana (LOYD) LEDFORD. The name of Thomas's first wife is unknown, but his second marriage was to Sarah WILKINS (born 1852, MO). Thomas J. LEDFORD's children were: John (born 1860, GA), Thomas (1863, GA), Martha E. (1863, GA), Eliza J. (1864, GA), Richard (1867, GA), Margaret E. (1869, GA), Emma (1870, TN), James C. (1874, AR), Noah C. (1874, AR), and Robert N. (1877, AR). Do any of our readers have knowledge of this family?

And this for our friends in McDonald County...

James R. SCHAEFFER (302 Gorman Avenue, Belen, NM 87002) is searching for data on his great-grandparents, Josephus W. and Eliza Ann (YOUNG) FORD. The couple married in McDonald County, MO, probably in September of 1869. Eliza was born in Missouri. Her
mother's maiden name is believed to have been DAVIS, and her father was possibly Uriah S. YOUNG, Jr. of Pineville, MO. Tradition has it that her father was hanged at his home during the Civil War while on a visit to his dying wife. Did tht happen? Where are they buried? James R. SCHAEFFER wants to know!

Jacqueline KELLY (P.O. Box 138, Seminole, OK 74868) has traced her g-g-g-grandparents, Salmon and Jane (CAMRON) SHERWOOD to Lost Creek Township, Newton County, MO, in 1860, but can find no clue as to their whereabouts after that. The couple's son, James S. SHERWOOD, was in Newtonia, Newton County, MO, in 1870 and Buffalo Township, Newton County, MO, in 1880. What became of his parents?

The late Buck NELSON of Mountain View, MO, gained notoriety in the 1950's over his claim to have traveled to Mars, Venus, and the moon with aliens. Rootbound
is doing some private research on this unique individual and would like to correspond with anyone who knew Buck or was a participant in one of his "Spacecraft Conventions." Please address comments to Rootbound in the Hills in care of this newspaper.

The Rootbound library now has the newest copy of the government pamphlet on where to write for vital records. Readers desiring to know addresses for obtaining birth, marriage, death, or divorce records need only send the name of the state and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Rootbound. What could be easier!

Happy trails!

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