by Rocky Macy
Remember the family Bible of J.H. and Martha (GARNER) WEEMS of Newtonia that stirred so much interest in Rootbound a few months ago. That Bible is now safely in the possession of J.H. and Martha's daughter, but the interest hasn't dissipated. Please read on...
Mrs. Ed LAUGHLIN (118 South 2nd, Goodman, MO) 64843) relates that Martha GARNER was a sister to her grandfather, Eli GARNER. Martha and Eli also had a sister, Angie GARNER CHURCH. Eli GARNER's first wife was Sarah HOLLOWAY, and his second wife was Sarah LEWIS. Eli's daughter, Mattie Lee GARNER, married Claude E. WOLFENBARGER - and they were the parents of our correspondent. Mrs. LAUGHLIN also reports that her grand-aunt, Martha GARNER WEEMS, ran a hotel in Newtonia or Stark City for several years. Mrs. LAUGHLIN would appreciate hearing from others who are researching this family.
A year ago this month Rootbound printed a query from Reba Jo CURRY JONES (4712 29th Street, Lubbock, TX 79410) regarding her great-grandparents, Joseph and Martha (SMITH) OWENS, who lived in Missouri before the Civil War. She received a reply from a reader in Bentonville, AR, suggesting that Joseph may have been Joseph William "Joe Bill" OWENS, the son of Peter and Nancy (Patterson) OWENS of Kentucky. Other children of that couple included: Elizabeth Long (married Sam STAPLES), Chenelsy Sharp (Mrs. Jacob HARDY), Susan Leach (Mrs. Burks HARDY), John Simeon, and Walter Henry.
Reba Jo CURRY JONES (above) needs to know if any of our readers have more specific information on Joseph William OWENS, the son of Peter and Nancy OWENS. Was he her great-grandfather?
Leslie ERICKSON (600 East Ocean Boulevard, Apt. 701, Long Beach, CA 90802) is seeking information on William Thomas Lester (born 27 Oct 1802, KY) who died 13 Mar 1859 in Crawford County, AR. He married Margaret TALKINGTON in 1830, and they resided in Hempstead and Washington County, AR, before settling in Crawford County around 1844. Leslie would be pleased to exchange material with anyone working this family line.
Lillie M. SMITH (204 South 25th, Temple, TX 76504) wishes to learn more about the following individuals: James BRADLEY (resided in Clark County, AR, 1820-1830, and in Independence County, AR, 1840); Robert MARSHALL (resided in Washington County, AR, 1830-1840); and John MARSHALL (resided in Washington County, AR, 1830-1840). Which of our readers can assist Lillie with her quest?
The fish must not be biting in Grand Lake because Rose STAUBER (Rt. 3, Box 1084, Grove, OK 74344) is back at work on her genealogy! Rose is still looking to contact descendants of Stephen Grant ROSE and Ida May ANDERSON. The couple were married in McDonald County, MO, on 5 Mar 1885. Ida May was reportedly a native of Anderson, MO. According to her 1933 obituary, Stephen Grant preceded her in death. Each of the couple's seven children survived to adulthood, and at the time of Ida May's death were living in Elk City and Independence, Kansas, and the Bartlesville and Tulsa areas of Oklahoma. Rose would exchange information with any descendants of this couple.
Rootbound tried unsuccessfully a few months ago to find a descendant of Cora E. KELLY KING who had a portrait photograph taken by Duncan Studios of Pierce City, MO, during the early days of this century. Rose STAUBER (above) mentioned in her letter that her grandfather's brother, Charles Marquis ROSE, married a Cora KELLY on 14 Jan 1910 in Grove, OK. Cora KELLY ROSE, a Cherokee Indian, died 4 Sep 1918 and is buried at Fairland, OK. Unfortunately, Rose can't make a connection between her Cora KELLY and ours - and the photograph is still in the Rootbound files waiting on anyone who can show a relationship.
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