by Rocky Macy
Rootbound's best friend in the Far North, Sue HANNAH (7048 Timothy Street, Anchorage, AK 99502), has written to say that although her query on the M.E. and Elledn KEEGAN family of the Seneca, MO, area stirred no new information, a couple of our readers did send her a copy of the column, and one even sent the entire newspaper! Our readers care!
Virginia COTTRELL (2013 Cherry Lane, Durant, OK 74701) wishes to correspond with anyone tracking a COSTEN family line. Her ancestor, William COSTEN, married Cassa Ann McALLISTER. William and Cassa COSTEN had twelve children, each born in Tennessee. The youngest child, Thomas, was born in September of 1854. Their other children were Meredith, James A., Sam Houston, Mary Ann (married William DUDLEY), William W., John C., George W., Andrew J., Eliphas P., Frances M., Susan E., and Thomas J.
Sam Houston COSTEN (above) was a Confederate soldier who was captured at Vicksburg. He received a pension in Oklahoma, and spent the last years of his life with a niece, Cassie HERN, in the vicinities of Dewar and Westville, OK. He died in Westville in 1928. Eliphas COSTEN (above) married Zalmona McCRACKEN at Eureka Springs, AR, in 1869. Their father, William COSTEN, died in Pope County, AR. Are these COSTEN lines still in the Ozarks?
The HOCKENBERRY family of this area will be the subject of an upcoming genealogical book by Anna B. METTZ (4009 East Northwestern Drive, Edmond, OK 73034). To complete her work, Anna needs to contact descendants of Bob and Roxie STEEL whose farm south of Neosho, Newton County, MO, was incorporated into Camp Crowder during the 1940s. Bob was born near Marshall, OK, on 6 July 1893 to James and Rosa Lee HOCKENBERRY STEEL. Roxie was born 5 June 1905. Descendants of any of these people should contact Anna so that they might be included in her book.
Genevieve POPE HERMAN (1904 Patricia Lane, Billings, MT 59102) submitted a query to Rootbound last year and reports that it produced some valuable results. She is currently seeking the family history of James H. POPE (alias John H. POPE) who was born approximately 1826 in Tennessee. James was first married around 1848, possibly in Tennessee. His second marriage was to Delila KIRBY RISENHOOVER COX around 1860. He resided in Missouri from 1880 until 1891. Genevieve will answer all correspondence.
Wilma JONES DANIELS (2041 Legrand Road, Columbia SC 29223) wishes to contact others researching the surname GRIFFITH. She has extensive material on her line that goes back to Wales.
The surname RUTLEDGE is being researched by Laurence E. SEITS (155 Buckhorn Drive, Apt. 203, North Aurora, IL 60542). His branch is rooted in Virginia. And that same surname is also being worked by Lois WATSON RUTLEDGE (HC 30, Box67, McCook, NE 69001). Her lines are from West Virginia and Colorado.
Eunice WILKERSON DINSMORE (227 South Dryden, Stillwater, OK 74074) is tracking the following family names in southwest Missouri - particularly McDonald and Barry County: RADER, JEFFERS, CRAWFORD, WILKERSON, and GRANT. She will exchange material with others doing similar research.
ANDRIESSEN is a Swedish surname that is being explored by Linda J. STELPFLUG (W214N10357 Oak Lane, Germantown, WI 52022). One common derivative of that name is ANDERSON. Linda would enjoy hearing from any of our readers who have this unusual surname in their family tree.
The fourth PITMAN/PITTMAN/PITMON reunion will be held on 3 Nov 1990 at the UAW Hall in Hurst, TX. Those desiring further information should contact Frances PITTMAN MALCOM at 2116 Shady Brook, Bedford, TX 76021.
Good friend and genealogy columnist for The Dallas Morning News, Margaret Ann THETFORD (3725 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75205-2124) has announced that a 1979-1989 compilation of her column, Family Tree, is now available on microfilm or microfiche, $25 postpaid. Those with Texas roots might benefit from this unique collection.
And we hope that our readers are benefiting from Rootbound! We're still as close as the mailbox.