Monday, June 16, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #138:
15 May 1990

by Rocky Macy

Rootbound loves those flea markets! Not only do they capture the cultural history of the country as no textbook can, they also offer up occasional gems of genealogy. As a case in point, Norma CREWS of Neosho phoned in a report that she and her husband had found an old family Bible at a flea market in Granby. The vendors said the Bible had come from a recent estate sale in Fairland, OK. Norma and her husband did not purchase the Bible, but they did copy the family information that had been preserved on its pages. That genealogical material follows:

The Bible was originally the property of Dr. Ireneus Duncan HITCHCOCK who was born in Iowa on 6 Sep 1864 and died on 24 Feb 1930. His wife, Lula OSBORNE, was born in Missouri on 11 Aug 1859. They were married in Bates City, MO, on 10 Oct 1893.

Dr. HITCHCOCK was the son of Isaac HITCHCOCK (born 28 Feb 1825, Indian Territory; died January 1911) and Elizabeth Ann DUNCAN (born Indian Territory; died 4 Oct 1886). Isaac and Elizabeth were married on 8 Feb 1857. Lula OSBORNE was the daughter of Syrus OSBORNE (born 26 Jan 1812, VA; died 20 July 1902) and Sarah Ann WALKER (born 8 April 1826, MO; died 23 July 1908. Syrus and Sarah were married 15 June 1843.

Dr. and Mrs. Ireneus HITCHCOCK had a daughter, Sarah Elizabeth (born 18 May 1895), and a son, Osborne Brown (born 25 June 1897). Sarah Elizabeth HITCHCOCK married Morgan STAPLES, a native of New York, on 10 Oct 1925. He died on 12 April 1942. Osborne Brown HITCHCOCK married Margaret ROGERS (born 26 July 1902) on 10 Jan 1925.

Thanks, Norma, for helping to preserve this important family history! Are Dr. HITCHCOCK's descendants reading this?

Ruth MEADOR SCOTT (1349 Briarcliff Drive, Rantoul, IL 61866) wishes to learn more about the parentage of her great-grandparents, Martin and Malinda EPPERSON, who were married in McDonald County, MO, around 1860. In 1880 the couple was residing in Pineville Township of McDonald County with the following children: Hezikiah (age 19), William (17), Silas Peter (15) Amanda J. (11), Charlotte (9), George W. (6), Mary A. (4), and Thomas Moore (2).

Ruth would enjoy hearing from any of our readers with a knowledge of Martin and Malinda EPPERSON. Perhaps they have descendants still living in this area.

Schuyler C. BROSSMAN (Box 43, Rehrersburg, PA 19550) has sent word that Rootbound's mentionis popular Pennsylvania genealogy column, Our Keystone Families brought mail from the Ozarks. In fact, the sample column that he sent had a query from a lady in Neosho. (Hope that she found what she was seeking!)

Schuyler's column runs each week in The Daily News of Lebanon, PA. He prints queries that have a Pennsylvania connection, at least one date, and do not exceed one hundred and fifty words.

Seymour and Christine ROSE (1474 Montelegre Drive, San Jose, CA 95120) have announced that the fourth ROSE Genealogical Conference, aptly titled, "Everything's Coming Up Roses," will be held at Salt Lake City, UT, this June 22-24. The event is open to all researchers interested in the ROSE surname, and it will feature several nationally known speakers. Our thanks to Rose STAUBER of Grove, OK for making Rootbound aware of this important family conference.

The stack of mail on the Rootbound desk is steadily diminishing. This would be a great time to write a genealogy query and send it to Rootbound in the Hills in care of this newspaper. We're as close as the mailbox!

Happy hunting!

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