Thursday, June 12, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #130:
20 Mar 1990

by Rocky Macy

Genealogy not only bonds us to our ancestors, it also fosters ties of friendship and camaraderie between and among researchers. The allies acquired in this never-ending pursuit of family history are among the best of people, always ready to share their advice and experience. Take for example, Rootbound's good friend, Phyllis CHANCELLOR HOLLEY of Neosho...

When Phyllis isn't busy teaching second graders the Three R's she can often be found in the Genealogy Room of the Neosho City-County Library. She is the president of the Genealogy Friends of the Library. Much of what is on the shelves in the Genealogy Room has been purchased by the Genealogy Friends. Phyllis can even be found in the Genealogy room one night each week teaching a genealogy course for Crowder College.

With that background, it really wasn't surprising when Phyllis CHANCELLOR HOLLEY phoned recently to answer Rootbound's call in dealing with the Social Security Administration. According to Phyllis, information found in social security applications will be forwarded to descendants of the person involved if the researcher will provide a copy of the death certificate and the social security number of the deceased. The request should also state exactly what information is being sought. The address is: Social Security Administration, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235. Thanks, Phyllis!

Mrs. William LONG (240 Wagon City, Mission, TX 78572) is on the trail of the FORD family, residents of the area around Pea Ridge, AR, during the latter half of the last century. The husband's first name is unknown, but he is reportedly buried in the Ford Cemetery near the Pea Ridge National Battlefield. His wife was Lydia FORD (born 1818, TN; died 1893, AR). She is buried in the Hickman Cemetery in Pea Ridge.

The FORD's had at least three sons: Joe, Ben, and William R. William R. FORD was born 25 June 1856 and died on 1 May 1923 in St. Joseph, MO. He married Martha HUTCHESON, a daughter of William Ragsdale HUTCHESON and Lydia (WAID) HUTCHESON (born 17 Feb 1819, IN). William R. and Martha had two daughters, Martha and Jane. Jane married a Mr. HUBBARD and lived with Charlie and Ollie CUNNINGHAM in Bentonville, AR. Mrs. LONG also has a photograph that suggests that William R. and Martha may have had a couple of sons as well. Do any of our readers have information to share on the FORDs of northwest Arkansas?

Jacqueline Wiilliam JUDAH (P.O. Box 3924, South Padre Island, TX 78597) reports that she is researching the following surnames in Arkansas, Kentucky, and Missouri: DEAN, DOYLE, HICKERSON, HUNT, JUDAH, JUDY, MILAM, PATTERSON, RAINEY, SETTLE, SMILEY, SUTTLE, WHITE, and WHITLEY. She would enjoy hearing from others who are working the same names.

Mary SUTHERLAND (202 South 12, Garland, TX 75040) has written to say that since the query on her ancestor, Samuel STEWART, ran in Rootbound, she has been hearing from a woman in Anderson, MO, who has done a lot of SETWART research. It's always gratifying to hear that Rootbound is working!

Rootbound continues to encourage its readers to use the genealogical facilities of the many local libraries. We've been to most, and always found an outstanding collection of genealogical material just waiting to be tapped by eager ancestor hunters. Visit your local library this week and check out the ancestor department!

Happy hunting and happy trails!

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