Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #140:
29 May 1990

by Rocky Macy

How closely are we bound to our ancestors? Consider the thoughts of T.K. WHIPPLE:
"All America lies at the end of the wilderness road, and our past is not a dead past, but still lives in us. Our forefathers had civilization inside themselves, the wild outside. We live in the civilization they created, but within us the wilderness still lingers. What they dreamed, we live, and what they lived, we dream."

Could it be that learning about our ancestors teaches us about ourselves?

Alida LEWIS (5258 Kerr Drive, Helena, MT 59601) wishes to find the death date and burial place of Phillip WAGNER/WAGONER who married Arminda STILES in Bentonville, Benton County, AR, on 30 May 1869. What became of two of his children, Cordelia (born circa 1868) and Andrew (born circa 1875), both natives of Bentonville? Alida would like to know!

Arlida ROBERTSON GILYEAT (5421 Fallwood Drive #111, Indianapolis, IN 46220) is interested in learning more about the parents, siblings, and descendants of Thomas Y. ROBERTSON (born circa 1821 in SC or VA) and his wife, Eliza Ann MURPHY. The first two of their eight children were born near Nashville, TN. The children of this couple were: Virginia Ann (born 30 Dec 1841; married John G. SUTTON), Sarah Elizabeth (born 6 Oct 1843; married Mr. MYRICK), William, Jane (married Mr. SAWYER), Julie (married Mr. BAKER), Harriet (married Joe POLLOCK), Thomas Y., Jr (married Mary ROGERS), and Harrison (married Sarah WARD).

Thomas Y. ROBERTSON died in 1880. The place of his death remains a mystery. Did Thomas or any of his children make trails across our rugged Ozarks?

Rose STAUBER (Rt. 3, Box 1084, Grove, OK 74344) is trying to locate descendants of Stephen Grant ROSE and Ida May ANDERSON. The couple resided in McDonald County, MO, around the turn of the century. Their children, born between 1885 and 1897, were listed in Ida May's obituary. They were (in birth order): Blanche WAKEFIELD of Tulsa, OK, Bertha HINMAN of Bartlesville, OK, Ray ROSE of Tulsa, Ethel WHISTLER of Independence, KS, Edna WHISTLER of Tulsa, Ruth COX of Elk City, KS, and C.N. (Cahrles Norman) ROSE of Beggs, OK. Are descendants of the ROSE children reading ROOTBOUND?

The Fort Worth Genealogical Society (P.O. Box 9767, Fort Worth, TX 76147) has published two books by William Hunter McLEAN that might be of interest to our readers. The first, Alexander BEALL - 1649-1744 - of Maryland, traces the author's wife's BEALL lineage from Alexander's birth in Fife County, Scotland, more than 300 years ago. The second, From Ayr to Thurber, is a history of the author's own HUNTER ancestry, the tale of which begins in Ayrshire, Scotland, and winds its way to Thurber, TX. The focus of the volume is on three brothers: Robert Dickie, William, and David HUNTER. Their story encompasses much of the winning of the West.

Both of these books by William Hunter McLEAN are hardbound, completely indexed, and very well researched. They may be pruchased individually from the Fort Worth Genealogical Society for the postage-paid price of ten dollars.

Rootbound continues to receive requests for copies of our special column on the ROARK family of Newton and McDonald Counties. It is available free of charge by sending a request and a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Rootbound in the Hills in care of this newspaper. And for those cousins who send for the column, why not include a line or two about your ROARK ancestry?

Happy hunting!

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