by Rocky Macy
"Hello" to our many new readers this week. Welcome to the most widely circulated genealogy column in the Ozarks. Rootbound in the Hills continues to grow in popularity because our readers care and get involved. They take the time to answer the questions of others, and submit queries to the column about their own ancestry. We encourage each of you to participate and enjoy. Please read on...
Betty JOHNSON (Rt. 1, Box 214, Billings, MO 65610) is trying to identify the parents and siblings of her g-g-g-grandfather Frost SNOW, a native of Kentucky was was born in 1809. Mr. SNOW was in Newton County, MO, by the mid-to-late 1830's and settled near Ritchey. He died on 1 Feb 1888 and is buried in the old military cemetery at Newtonia.
Frost SNOW married Peralea "Parilly" MORGAN, who was born in Tennessee around 1821. They had the following children: Anderson (born July 1839), Sanford (1842), Eli (15 Aug 1844), Levi (circa 1850), Edmon (circa 1851), Mary (circa 1854), and Louise (12 April 1857). The children were all born in Newton County. Are their descendants still living in this area?
Rowena DeWITT OGDEN (8865 Baseline Road, Sp. 1257, Mesa, AZ 85208) is researching her great-grandparents, J. Isaac and Marcessis (LONGHORN) PIERSON. Narcessis, a half-Cherokee, was born in Missouri in 1850. The couple had children born in Missouri and Kansas, and they were residents of Arkansas between 1880 and 1900, Narcessis died in Little Rock, AR, in 1908. She and J. Isaac are both buried at Lincoln, AR.
Rowena DeWITT OGDEN also reports that she has done extensive research on the CLARK family of Anderson, McDonald County, MO, and has a pedigree sheet that follows their line back to Jackson County, TN. The CLARKs married into her PIERSON line. She would be pleased to exchange information with our readers.
Iva DAVIS (Rt. 4, Box 532, Terrell, TX 75160) is tracking the descendants of E.E. McMAHAN and Belle GILES who were married in Madison County, AR, in 1899. Their children were Ruth, Joe, Ethel, and Roberta. E.E. was the son of William McMAHAN (born 1842, KY) and Victoria NANNEY (born 1842, VA). Belle was born at Denison, TX, in August of 1879 to Matt GILES (born 1846, SC) and his wife, Elizabeth, also a native of South Carolina. Which of our readers has material to share with Iva?
Mark Those Calendars: An Everton Publisher's "Family Tree Climbing Can Be Fun" workshop will be held at the First Community Church, 15th and Connecticut, in Joplin on Tuesday, 12 June 1990. The event will be sponsored by the Joplin Genealogical Society. For more information, contact Joan ATKINS at P.O. Box 152, Joplin, MO 64802, or phone Joan at 417-624-2054. Rootbound has attended these workshops in the past and always found them to be first-rate learning experiences.
We still have the military discharge papers of Cornelius TUCKER which were left in the vault of the old Tiff City (MO) General Store more than a century ago for safekeeping. Rootbound's very good friend, Virginia SHAVER, found the documetns among the personal effects of her late husband. Virginia is in hopes that some of Mr. TUCKER's descendants still reside in this area and will come forward to claim this family treasure. Contact Rootbound in the Hills in care of this newspaper for further details.
Merle GANIER (2108 grace Street, Fort Worth, TX 76111) publishes a comprehensive listing of family surname periodicals and newspaper genealogy columns. This 25-page document is available from the compiler for five dollars. Rootbound has seen a copy - and we found it to be well done and useful.
Did you know that materials sent to Rootbound in the Hills for review are donated to area libraries. It's a fact! Another fact is that most of the libraries in this area have excellent genealogy sections.