Saturday, June 14, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #132:
3 April 1990

by Rocky Macy

It happened in this century! Noah CONDREY, described by the Vinita Republican as being a "famous territory outlaw" and "a notorious horse thief and all around ruffian," met his death at the hands of a citizens posse near Southwest City, MO, in November of 1901. Now, a scant nine decades later, Faye DURHAM (301 South Pickwick, Springfield, MO 65802) would like to hear the rest of Noah's story...and so would ROOTBOUND! Do any of our readers have information to share regarding this criminal of yesteryear?

Faye DURHAM (address above) is seeking material on the following surnames: CONDRA, CONDRAY, CONDREY, CONDRY, CHUMBEY, and CHUMLEY. She will exchange information nationwide.

Don VINCENT (10023 Meridian East B212, Puyallup, WA 98373) has announced publication of Volume Three in his 800 Missouri Families series. VINCENT is piecing together a history o Webster, Wright, Texas, Phelps, Osage, Maries, Miller, Camden, Laclede and Pulaski Counties from many sources. His own family research was stymied by that old nemesis, the "burned courthouse," forcing the author to reconstruct the history of his ancestors by other means. One of VINCENT's standard research practices is to study the neighbors, because our ancestors often migrated in groups. As he began to sort out his own ancestors through neighbor identification, the author started acquiring a voluminous amount of material...hence, 800 Missouri Families.

800 Missouri Families, Volumes 1-3, may be ordered directly from Don VINCENT for the postage-paid price of $27.50 each. Rootbound has perused two of the books and found them to be quality publications of well researched and documented work.

Kay ROBERTS MARTIN (Rt. 4, Box 440-1, Oak Grove, MO 64075) wishes to learn more about the ancestors and descendants of Philip TATUM. Mr. TATUM was born in 1845 in Tennessee, and he died in Douglas County, MO, on 18 Dec 1915. Philip TATUM was the husband of Sarah HOLSTINE, a daughter of Henry HOLSTINE and Martha DILLON of Virginia. They were married in Douglas County, MO. Was Philip the son of John TATUM (born 1803, KY) and his wife, Leona? Kay ROBERTS MARTIN wants to know!

Mrs. John F. MAXFIELD (904 Newberry Drive, Richardson, TX 75080) is after the most common of common names: John SMITH! Her particular John SMITH was born in North Carolina in 1808, as was his wife, Serena. John's siblings (Hiram, Andrew H., Temple, Lucy, Mary, Lakey, and possibly George W.) were also born in North Carolina, and one sister, Nancy, was a native of Tennessee (probably born in Perry County in 1827).

John and Serena SMITH were residents of Greene County, MO, in 1860, along with the following children: Margaret (age 12), Mary (13), John F. (10), and Lydia (9). The children were all born in Missouri. Are their descendants still in the Ozarks?

Did you know the membership in the Arkansas Genealogical Society is only $15.00 per year? Members receive the group's excellent quarterly publication, The Arkansas Family Historian, and are eligible to submit free queries to run in that work;. For more information, write to the Arkansas Genealogical Society at P.O. Box 908, Hot Springs, AR 71902-0908.

Mary McKinney (Rt. 1, Box 117, Brookville, PA 15825) is operating a national clearinghouse and information exchange for all MOREY/MOWRY lines. Persons wishing to partake of this resource should send their family group sheets to Mary at her home in Pennsylvania.

Rootbound is beating the bushes trying to flush out GOODENOW, ROBERSON, and SPRINGER researchers. We'll exchange information on any of those surnames. Simply write to Rootbound in the Hills in care of this newspaper, and please don't forget that all-important self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Keep those cards and letters coming in because Rootbound loves the mail! Happy hunting and happy trails!

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