Friday, June 20, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #142:
12 June 1990

by Rocky Macy

Did Grampa fight in the Battle of Carthage? Was Gramma there tending the wounded? Descendants of anyone who participated in this major engagement (5 July 1861) will be recognized during a full reenactment of the battle that will be presented by the Missouri Civil War Reenactors Association on June 30 and July 1, 1990. Those desiring more information should contact Beverly NEAL at 323 South Main Street, Carthage, MO 64836.

Charles N. FERGUSON (202-A North Tucker, Shawnee, OK 74801) is tracking Aaron M.T. ZOOK (or ZUICK) who was born in Kentucky circa 1819 and married Heithey Ann LIPSEG on 10 June 1838 in Morgan County, IN. The couple may have been in Missouri in 1850. Heithey Ann died on 1 Sep 1858 in Cuba, Republic County, KS. Does this material strike a chord with any of our readers?

Nova A. LEMONS (12206 Brisbane Avenue, Dallas, TX 75234) is in the process of compiling a book on the HARDEGREE (HARDIGREE/HARDACRE) surname. All persons with this name in their family files should contact Norma in order to have their branches included in the book.

Mrs. Emma R. PIERCE (Rt. 1, Box 33, Galva, IL 61434) is the g-g-granddaughter of Joseph Cephas RENFRO, a Baptist minister who left trails across much of Missouri and Iowa before finally settling in northwest Arkansas. He was born 1804-1805 in Kentucky and was a resident of Boone County, MO, by 1820. Reverend RENFRO founded and/or pastored churches in the Missouri counties of Ralls, Washington, Ste. Genevieve, Jefferson, Callaway, Platte, Andrew,, Holt, Atchison, and Nodaway. By 1860 he had moved his family to Fremont County, IA. Joseph RENFRO was pastor of the Friendship Church near Springdale, AR, for a few years prior to his death in 1886 at Mountain Springs, AR.

The children of Joseph Cephas RENFRO were Sarah Ann (born 1827; married Henry BAILEY, Jr.), Absolom (born 1829-1830), Susan Jane (born 1835; married Hiram LEE, Jr.), Stephen Collier (born 1838; married Melinda ANTHONY), Mary (born circa 1840), Joseph Skelton (born 1839; married Paulian LANKFORD), Chloe Esther (born circa 1848; married John JONES of Stillwell, OK), Amanda (born circa 1849), Martha Alice (born 1851; married John C. BOATRIGHT of Madison County, AR), Permelia F. (born circa 1853), and Lucretia (born ca. 1859; married William EDEN of Springdale, AR).

Emma R. PIERCE (address above) would enjoy exchanging family information with her Ozark cousins. She is waiting to hear from our readers!

Rootbound mourns the sudden passing of Dr. William R. ORTON of Fayetteville, AR. Dr. ORTON, a long-time member of the Northwest Arkansas Genealogical Society, kept this columnist informed about the programs that the group hosted. If fact, he had been scheduled to speak at the May meeting on his recent trip to the LDS Family Research Center in Salt Lake Center, UT. Dr. ORTON was a knowledgeable and kind individual. He will be missed.

Anyone with genealogical information regarding Dr. John Sanford LINDLEY might do well to share that material with Emma LINDLEY (115 Grandview Boulevard, Muskogee, OK 74403).

More About Reunions: The Noel School at Noel, MO, will hold an all-school reunion on Saturday, June 9, 1990, in the school gym. The event, which will begin at 9 a.m., is open to anyone who ever attended school at Noel. Past reunions have attracted graduates from as far back as 1923.

Something good just got better! Heritage Quest, a national magazine with a respectable following, has recently announced that this year's July-August issue will focus on kids and genealogy. The feature article will be "Genealogy Meets the Next Generation". Modesty prevents ROOTBOUND from identifying the author of that essay!

Happy hunting!

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