Sunday, June 29, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills # 158:
2 Oct 1990

by Rocky Macy

Rootbound continues to find its way to new places. It's only been a few short weeks since we printed our first query from Alaska, and now the mail has yielded a letter from Alabama - also a first! Please read on...

Ann GREGATH (P.O. Box 1045, Cullman, AL 35056) would like to know more about the GROGAN and NANCE families of southwest Missouri. Her ancestors, William GORGAN (born 1800, SC) and his wife, Permelia (born 1805, GA) were in Missouri by 1844. They were on the McDonald County census in 1850 and 1860. Permelia and her youngest son were residents of Grant County, AR, in 1870, and she died in Grant County, a widow, in January of 1880.

The children of William and Permelia GROGAN were: Hyram (born 1824, GA),Marion (1828, GA), Marcellus (1830, TN), Artilisha Lucretia (17 Feb 1834, TN), Mary J. (1838, TN), and William Lafayette (1844, MO). Hyram married America M. _____ before 1849 in Missouri. Artilishas Lucretia (our correspondent's ancestor) was first married to a Mr. WAKEFIELD, and then became the wife of Anderson HANCE in Missouri in 1859.

Ann GREGATH (address above) would enjoy hearing from any of our readers who have a knowledge of her Ozark ancestry.

Thomas Fletcher ROSE married Mary Lucinda MARQUIS on 23 Sep 1877 in McDonald County, MO. She was the daughter of William Maxwell MARQUIS, originally of Bellefontaine, Logan County, OH. Bellefontaine Presbyterian Church records provide a complete genealogy back six generations to the immigrant, William MARQUIS, who came to Opequon Valley near Winchester, Frederick County, VA, in 1720. Descendants or relatives of William Maxwell MARQUIS who would like to share this family history need to contact their cousin, Rose STAUBER (Rt. 3, Box 1084, Grove, OK 74344). It's a family treasure to be had for the asking!

Lena C. HIGH (9000 Brockington #58, Sherwood, AR 72120) is researching Peter KELLER (born 1812, Rockingham County, VA), a son of Lewis KELLER. Peter was married twice. His second wife, Julia (last name unknown), was born in Arkansas between 1838 and 1841. Peter and Julia had five children born in Vernon County, MO. He died in Coleman County, TX. Do these individauls enter into the research of any of our readers?

Gertrude GAYLOR NOLAN (10846 Biddinger Road, Harrison, OH 45030) is trying to obtain information on the GAYLOR/GAYLER surname in Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. She has the following trails into the Ozarks:

Jesse GAYLOR (born 1815, VA) settled in an area of northwest Arkansas called Gayler Mountain. Calvin Smith GAYLOR (born 1822, TN) resided in Polk and Taney County, MO. One of Calvin's sons settled in Stone County, AR, and another came to live in Newton County, MO. William GAYLOR (born 1825, GA or AL) had descendants in Yell County, AR, and Coal and Wagoner County, OK. And Eli GAYLOR (born 1840, AL) had descendants in Carter, Love, Latimer, and Pittsburg County, OK.

Undoubtedly many descendants of these GAYLORs must still reside in the Ozarks. They might be able to learn a great deal of family history by taking pen in hand and writing to Gertrude in Ohio.

Kay ROBERTS MARTIN (Rt. 4, Box 440-1, Oak Grove, MO 64075) is on the trail of Mary Elizabeth RUTLEDGE (born 1 Dec 1870, MO; died 6 June 1947, Pitttsburg County, OK). She married Obadiah GOODMAN around 1890 in Arkansas or southwest Missouri. Mary Elizbeth's parents supposedly came to Missouri from Kentucky, where he father (name unknown) was a Methodist minister. She had a sister named Rosa and a brother, Charlie. Their mother's name was Mary. Do any of our readers have information to share with Kay?

Need help in tracking those Benton County, Arkansas, roots? One excellent resource is the Benton County Historical Society. They may be contacted at P.O. Box 1034, Bentonville, AR 72712. And remember to tell those good folks that Rootbound sent you!

Happy hunting!

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