by Rocky Macy
Bushwhackings continue to figure prominently in the Rootbound mail. A recent letter from Errol F. DURBIN (1203 Bird Avenue, Harrisonville, MO 64701) relates the story of how his wife's g-g-grandfather was bushwhacked in Bates County, MO, in 1861. That ancestor, Wilia SIGLER, was the son of John and Catherine SIGLER. His wife's name was Jane, and their children were Matilda and Perry Franklin. Wilia's widow, Jane, married Mark SHELTON two years after Wilia's death. Branches of this SIGLER family also lived in the areas of Joplin and Granby, MO. Errol would enjoy hearing from anyone who has a knowledge of his wife's SIGLER ancestry.
Jourdan G. MYERS (933 Champion Lane, Deer Park, CA 94576) has written a book on the MYERS family. His line came from Jackson County, TN, to Newton County, MO, between 1850 and 1860. One member of this group was Jonas MYERS who owned a farm in Franklin Township of Newton County. Next to that MYERS farm was one belonging to Reubin and Susannah KOTTI. He believes that Susannah KOTTI may have been Susannah MYERS, a sister to Jonas. Jourdan G. MYERS would be most happy to exchange information with any MYERS descendants in our area.
Ellen MERRITT (P.O. Box 857, Bentonville, AR 72712) wishes to learn more about the ancestry and lives of her great-grandparents, William H. GIPSON (born 1867, MO) and Arzula Palestine "Tine" (LANCASTER) GIPSON. Palestine's first husband was E.S. CHOATE whom she married in Illinois in the 1860s. They had nine children, some of whom were Jess, E.E., I.E., W.H., Nettie, Laura, and Leona. After Mr. CHOATE died, Tine married Mr. GIPSON in Illinois or Missouri, and they had two additional children, Winten "Willie" and Montana "Montia".
William GIPSON was killed in Oklahoma (where?) by a train in 1907. Tine lived around Halltown, MO, with her daughter, Montia HUFF, until being killed in an auto accident in Kansas in 1930. Palestine GIPSON is buried in Halltown, MO. GIPSON, CHOATE, and HUFF descendants might learn something of value by contacting Ellen at her home in Bentonville.
Bernice MATTHEWS (3538 D-E 56th Street, Maywood, CA 90270) needs information on Reuben BROWN, William HINES, and Richard HINES of Madison County, MO. William and Reuben both served in the War of 1812 and received bounty land. Both of those men moved to Sebastian County, AR, around 1840. Bernice would be pleased to share her material with others researching these same individuals.
Is there a SPENCER in your family tree? Then the SPENCER Historical and Genealogical Society (formerly SPENCER Family Association) might be able to lend a hand in your family research. For more information on this surname organization, please write to Virginia C. O'BRYAN (1326 East Lawrence Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85020-3034). And let Virginia know that you heard about her group through Rootbound!
Footsteps Through Time is a national newsletter for persons with a MACY lineage. The editor, Anna J. BEDROSIAN (9510 Superior Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80904-2569), sent a complimentary copy of the most recent issue to Rootbound, and we were delighted to find that the lead article dealt with the line of John MAYSEY of Fairfax County, VA, the progenitor of the branch that came to reside in the Ozarks. The cost of the quarterly publication is seven dollars per year, and back issues are available.
Until next week...happy hunting!