by Rocky Macy
The Civil War would be over within weeks, and throughout the ravaged countryside war-weary soldiers were beginning to wander home in search of a normal existence. Thoughts of life after that bloody tragedy were undoubtedly on the minds of James H. FONTAINE and Maria WELLER when they were united in marriage in Ray County, MO, on the second day of March, 1865.
James and Maria made a home in Ray County where each of their seven children were born. In 1884 the family moved to Willow Springs, MO, and a son, John W. FONTAINE, settled in Joplin, MO, in 1898.
Someone (it was probably Maria) recorded a great deal of information about the FONTAINE family in a four-inch thick leather Bible. The Bible was also used to store newspaper clippings and family obituaries. It is, quite obviously, a wealth of genealogy.
Betty MARTY (1212 Lou Ida Drive, Neosho, MO 64850) has that old FONTAINE family Bible in her possession. It was given to her mother by someone in Monett, MO, many years ago. Betty would be happy to share the material with any FONTAINE researchers. Are descendants of James and Maria reading Rootbound?
William McMILLAN and Jane SLOAN were married in Lawrence County, AR, in 1829. They were living in Benton County, AR, in 1850, and William was killed in a mill accident in Benton County five years later. Mary REED RASMUSSEN (1524 Bessie, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701) is interested in contacting descendants of this couple, and she is also on the trail of Malcom and Joanna JACOBS McMILLAN who died in Boone County, AR. Can any of our readers help Mary in her quest.
Leslie ERICKSON (600 East Ocean Boulevard, Apt. 701, Long Beach, CA 90802) wants information on Robert MORROW and his wife, Julie SIMPSON. Robert was born around 1796 and died in 1849 at Ozark, MO. L.J. MORROW and I.N. MORROW were the administrators of his estate. L.J. MORROW may have had a brother named Demosthenes.
L.J. MORROW (above) married Harriet Boliver TIPTON on 24 Nov 1847. Harriet, a daughter of John TIPTON, was born 28 Dec 1830. L.J. and Harriet were living in Springfield, MO, in 1850. Nancy TIPTON (age 37) was the head of another household in Springfield at that time. A John TIPTON (age 6) resided in Nancy's house. L.J. MORROW and his young John TIPTON eventually went to California together. How were they related? Who has material to share on the MORRTOWs and TIPTONs?
Virgie MILLER (6416 January Court, Weed, CA 96094) is searching for material on her great-grandparents, James and Elizbeth RIDGEWAY. James was born in Vermillion County, IN, on 20 May 1829. He moved to Nevada, Vernon County, MO, around 1873, and died on 2 Jan 1884. James and Elizabeth's children were: Frank (born 1852), Edward (1856), Charles (1858), James (1860), Harry 1862), William (1864) Henry (1867), Mary (1868), and Lulu (1871). Are any of our readers climbing a RIDGEWAY tree?
As the membership chairman of the Council of Genealogy Columnists, this writer has been compiling an extensive list of people who write columns similar to Rootbound. We have identified over two hundred and forty such individuals nationwide (and three on foreign soil), and there are undoubtedly others. We would welcome any information that our readers might have regarding genealogy columnists who might not be aware of our association. And for those of you who would like an address for a columnist in another state, just send the request and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Rootbound in the Hills in care of this newspaper. We'll put you in touch with someone who is closer to the roots of your family tree!