Monday, June 23, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #149
31 July 1990

by Rocky Macy

Remember our correspondent a couple of weeks ago who was seeking information on the GIVENS family of southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas? Bobbie WYLIE of Neosho phoned to say that she has a great deal of material on the family that she will share. Thanks to her helpfulness, Charles W. GIVENS (21401 County Road G, Cortez, CO 81321) will be getting a nice surprise package of genealogy soon. Great work, Bobbie...that's the way Rootbound is supposed to work!

Waunita BEASLEY (P.O. Box 53, Noel, MO 64854) is tracking the lineage of George W. HOWELL who married Mary Jane NOX (KNOX) on 12 June 1869 in Benton County, AR. George had been married twice previously, first to Margaret G. MARTIN and then to Martha _____. He had three children by each of his first two wives, all born in Georgia. George and Mary Jane had four children, all born in Arkansas. They were: Joseph Columbus (born circa 1878), Francis Marion (circa 1872), Mary (HAILEY) (circa 1873), and Mahalda (circa 1875). The family was at home in Benton County in 1870 and 1880.

Joseph Columbus HOWELL (above) and his wife, Minnie C. HOWELL, were residing in Sequoyah County, OK, in 1910 along with their seven children and her step-father, Steve NOBLETT.

Waunita BEASLY (address above) is also interested in learning more about William D. GATTON (born circa 1819) and his wife, Parmelia J. (born circa 1824). He was the son of Joseph (born circa 1788, NC) and Elizabeth (born ca. 1787) GATTON. William and Parmelia were early residents of Arkansas, but were living in Lawrence County, MO, in April of 1859 when their 5th daughter, Sarah Angeline, was born. Sarah married John T. OWEN (born July, 1856. Wilson County, TN). Sarah and John T. both died in 1920 and are buried in Beaver Cemetery, Benton County, AR.

The Beaver Cemetery, according to Mrs. BEASLEY, is located five or six miles east of Noel and just inside of the Arkansas line. Most of the graves are unmarked, but some of the people believed to be interred there were members of the following families: BEAVER, HANSON, COLLIER, GAROUTTE, WEKKSM CULPP, PUTMAN, DOUGHTERY, and DOFFIELD. If any of our readers have information on this cemetery or on Waunita BEASLEY's ancestors, please contact her at her home in Noel.

Pierre (Peter) COURTEOL (born 1824, France) came to Granby, MO, with his son, Julian, and one other child in the 1860's from Carondolet, near St. Louis, MO. W.S. MESPLAY became Julian's guardian after Peter's death in 1880. Now, a century and a decade later, Julian's granddaughter, Julie COURTEOL STERLING (1718 SW Myrtle Street, Portland, OR 97201), would like to gather more information on the COURTEOL and MESPLAY families of Granby. Julian lived in Granby until his death in 1940. Are there still people in this area who remember his and can help Julie with her research?

Nancy HARRIS (8750 E. Coronado Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85257) is tracing the descent of Isaac and Sarah (ROBINS) BIRKES who lived in Carroll County, AR, in 1880. They had several children, some of whom eventually moved to Benton County, AR. The children were: Martha (married James Harrison HENSON), William Marion (married Margaret Ellen EVANS), Julia Ann (married Sam HAYS, George R. (married Susan HAYS), Bertha, Henry, Richard, and Tom. Those with material to share should contact Nancy in sunny Arizona.

The Genealogy Friends of the Library of Neosho have recently come into possession of the original Newton County marriage licenses and applications that were issued from 1930 until 1984. Persons desiring to obtain their actual marriage license and application should send a long self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Genealogy Friends of the Library at 507 West Hickory, Neosho, MO 64850. Please provide the date of marriage, or at least the year of the marriage. For more information, contact the group's president, Phyllis CHANCELLOR HOLLEY, at 417-451-4523. There is no charge for this service.

Until next week...happy hunting!

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