Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #165:
20 Nov 1990

by Rocky Macy

Why does Rootbound continue to receive more mail from Texas than any other state? One theory is that as our ancestors wandered into the beautiful Ozarks, some of their kin remained restive and headed south, eventually making it to the Lone Star State. Whatever the reason, that Texas mail just keeps coming! Please read on...

Janice MAUDLIN CASTLEMAN (470 Waterworks Road, Midlothian, TX 76065) is tracking the Thomas DOSS family of Washington and Crawford County, AR, the John M. MURREY family of Washington County, AR, and the Sylvester "Sil" LEE family of Benton County, AR. These families were all in northwest Arkansas around the turn of the century.

Thomas DOSS (above) married Bertha MURREY, and both eventually died in Oklahoma. John M. MURREY is believed to have come to Arkansas from Rutherford County, TN. Sylvester LEE was a native of Butler County, KY. Janice would appreciate any information regarding these individuals or their descendants.

Earl LITTRELL (6730 Blessing Drive, Dallas, TX 75214) would like to hear from descendants of Timothy William DAVIS (born 1822, NC) and his wife, Margaret WELLS DAVIS, a native of Alabama. Margaret died in Lawrence County, MO, in 1899, and Timothy passed away in that same county the following year. Their children were: Ellen (married Francis HOWARD), Frank, Eli Marion, Nannie (married Brother STOCKSTILL), and Columbus who died young in Rogers, AR.

Earl LITTRELL (address above) is also on the lookout for descendants of Joseph and Dulsabella LITTRELL. He was born 1770-1780 in Virginia and died in 1833 in Howard County, MO. Joseph and Dulsabella had fourteen children: John W.D., James, Martha (married William MELLON), Levisa (married James FORREST), George, Robert, Mary (John McCULLY), Letha (married Alfred LAY), Garrett, Elizbeth (married Seth BOTTS), David, Alsia (married George WOLFSKILL), Lucinda (married John WALDEN), and Joseph. Can some of our readers assist Earl with his family quest?

Ruthalea E. SUMMERS (1017 Pompano, Post Isabel, TX 78578) wishes to make contact with anyone having a knowledge of the EDMONDS, CHASE, and LOCKHART families who resided in McDonald County, MO, during the period 1850-1900. Of particular interest to Ruthalea are Emma Louise (LOCKHART) EDMONDS and William P. CHASE who shared the estate of John LOCKHART upon his death on 13 Oct 1879 in McDonald County. William P. CHASE's deceased mother was Jane CHASE. Was she a daughter of John LOCKHART and Mary SMITH LOCKHART? Ruthalea wants to know!

Isiah PARK (born 1806, KY) and his wife Catherine (born 1808, KY) traveled to Texas from Columbia, MO, in 1848 with the Peters' Colony. Today his g-g-granddaughter, Betty TROUTMAN (3505 Easton Meadow #212, Garland, TX 75043), would like to know if her pioneering ancestors left any descendants in the Ozarks. Betty's great-grandfather, Daniel PARK, was a Confederate soldier who was killed in August of 1862 at a battle near Orient, AR. Other children of Isiah and Catherine include Eli, Ann, Woodson, W.R. (Wiley), and Marion - all born in Missouri. Do any of their descendants remain in this area?

The holiday season is a great time to share and preserve those old family stories and traditions. This year after everyone has pushed themselves away from those wonderful meals at the family gatherings, why not take out the old tape recorders and salvage some history - before it's forgotten!

Happy hunting!

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