Monday, June 23, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #150:
7 Aug 1990

by Rocky Macy

No one has yet to claim the old photograph of Cora E. KELLY KING that was mentioned in Rootbound a couple of weeks ago, but one of our readers has supplied some information about the photographer. Thelma KELLY SCHNAKE (Rt. 1, Stark City, MO 64866) reports that Mr. DUNCAN was a well respected photographer in the Pierce City area for many years. He took Mrs. SCHNAKE's baby picture, and also photographed her mother as an infant in 1890.

Thelma KELLY SCHNAKE would like to learn more about her own KELLY ancestry. She knows that JOLLY (Bethel) Methodist Church was organized by a Reverend Jeptha KELLY in 1846. Her grandfather, Thomas Jeptha KELLY, was one of a family of eight boys and four girls. One of his brothers served in the Confederate Army. Do any of our readers have more to share on this particular KELLY family?

Fred and Alice LEAF (13152 Blodgett, Downey, CA 90242) have forwarded copies of articles on the LOVE family of Chillicothe, Hardeman County, TX, and the McCLELLAND family of Decatur, Benton County, AR. Those researching a LOVE or McCLELLAND line might profit by contacting Fred and Alice.

Dorothy C. RYAN (Rt. 1, Box 147, Decatur, AR 72722) would like to learn more about Colonel Henry C. HASTINGS (1793-1877), a veteran of the War of 1812, and his wife, Mary D. WORD (1807-1877). The couple migrated through Bedford County, TN, and Lincoln County, KY, before eventually arriving in Decatur, Benton County, AR. Colonel and Mrs. HASTINGS had three sons and seven daughters. They were: James M., John H., William C., Sarah H. (DAVIDSON), Nancy (PHILLIPS), Emily (RIDDLE), Eliza Belle (CURTIS, JONES), Margaret (JANUARY), Frances C. (BAKER), and Elizabeth C. (JANUARY). Those with material to share on these individuals should write to Dorothy at her home in Decatur.

Mrs. Sharon L. FULLER (11515 Roundup Road, Mead, WA 99021) will exchange data on the family of her great-grandmother, Jennie HESS, who was born on Christmas Day 1881 in Kansas City, MO. Jennie's parents were William Henry and Charlotte (HOLLY/HOLLEY) HESSEN. (William Henry shortened the name to "HESS" upon his arrival in America from Germany.) Jennie's siblings were Louisa (HELMING), Minnie (KUESTERMAN), William, Jr., and Jospehine (ESSIG). Which of our readers can assist Sharon with her search?

Louise STONE (1501-C West 5th, Plainview, TX 79072) wishes to make contact with anyone having knowledge of Fisher A. WRIGHT and his wife, Susannah PENCE, who moved from Hunt County, TX, to McDonald or Newton County, MO, after 1860. They were possibly residents of Newtonia in Newton County. Did these people spend the rest of their lives in this area or move on to someplace else?

Sandy McGUIRE (29226 SW Baker Road, Sherwood, OR 97140) needs information on Long DAVIS, a landowner around Fayetteville, Washington County, AR, who died in that county sometime during 1841 or 1842. His wife's name was Milly, and the children were Jacob Long, James, Gabriel, John, Thomas, William, and Jane. Jacob Long DAVIS (born 1 Feb 1842-1843) enrolled on 1 June 1863 in Company K of the 1st regiment of Arkansas Volunteers. Are descendants of this DAVIS clan still in the Ozarks?

And how about Roughriders? Karen GREEN (Sul Ross State University, Box 5048, Alpine, TX 79830) is writing a thesis on Teddy ROOSEVELT's Roughriders, and she wishes to make contact with deescendants of any of the twelve hundred men who joined and fought with that famous unit. And when you send a letter to Karen, why not mail a copy to Rootbound? We'd be interested in hearing of any Ozark natives who charged up San Juan Hill.

And meanwhile, let's keep charging up those family trees! Send your genealogy queries to Rootbound in the Hills in care of this newspaper. We're here to help!

Happy hunting!

1 comment:

Ted Crayne said...

With regard to Thelma KELLY SCHNAKE's inquiry about her Kelly family, she can contact me directly at for family information