Sunday, July 6, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #173:
15 Jan 1991

by Rocky Macy

Was Grampa, or perhaps Gramma, ever a member of the Missouri legislature? It would be easy to verify with the new booklet, Historical Listing of the Missouri Legislature, that was compiled by the staff of the Missouri State Archives. Hundreds of state senators and representatives are identified in this work that begins with members of the Territorial Assembly of 1818 and goes on through the present 84th General Assembly. Each entry gives the legislator's name, county of residence, position served, and years of service. This valuable genealogical and historical resource may be had free of charge by writing to the Missouri State Archives at 1001 Industrial Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65101.

ELAM is a surname that this writer has seen represented in several Ozark communities. Those with an ELAM branch on their family tree should be interested in the following query.

Monica ELAM (HC 70, Box 4775, Sahuarita, AZ 85629) is trying to locate descendants of Richard H. ELAM who was born on 11 Nov 1815 in Rutherford County, NC, to William B. and Patience (HURT) ELAM. Richard married Lockey TAYLOR (born 1820, SC), a daughter of William TAYLOR, on 2 Feb 1837 in Fayette County, IL. Richard's second wife was Elizabeth ROGERS whom he married on 5 July 1857, also in Fayette County, IL.

Richard and Lockey ELAM had eight children, most of whom moved with Richard and his second wife, Elizabeth, to Greene County, MO, between 1857 and 1860. The children were Julia Ann, Sarah E., Louise E., Mary L., James H. (born 1839, Fayette County, IL; married Louisa M.P. ROGERS on 4 Mar 1860, Greene County, MO; died 1873, Newton County, MO), Moses (born 1843, IL; married Deliah A. YOUNG on 20 Mar 1864 in Greene County, MO), William T. (born 1844, IL; married Lydia Elvira CHAMP on 18 Sep 1869, Greene County, MO; died in Newton County, MO), and Daniel Jay (born 16 Mar 1848, IL; married Frances BOX on 5 Mar 1869, Barry County, MO; died 9 Mar 1925, Franklin County, AR).

Our correspondent, Monica ELAM, would certainly like to hear from her Ozark kin.

Marian RICHTER SCHUETZ (25W611 Buurlington, Naperville, IL 60563) is seeking information on descendants of William BRUNKEN and Clara PETERSEN whose family lived in Alva, Texhoma, and Meno, OK. Related surnames include KIRMSE, KLETKE, and LINDORFER. Are any of our readers working on one of those lines?

Paul BARKER (P.O. Box 4207, Springfield, MO 65808) is searching for the date and location of the marriage of John L. BARNETT (born 19 Feb 1863, Barry County, MO) and Julia DUNCAN. John L. BARNETT died in Grove, OK, in 1932. Paul would also like to know the exact date of John's death and his place of burial. Who can help with this research?

Hunting for those elusive ancestors in Indiana, Michigan, or Illinois? Michiana Roots a weekly genealogy column penned by Rootbound's good friend, Carol COLLINS, might be able to help. Carol's column is carried each Sunday in the South Bend Tribune and has a circulation of 125,000. Queries are free and should be addressed to Michiana Roots, the South Bend Tribune, 225 W. Colfax, South Bend, IN 46626. Carol has the first four years of her column assembled in book form. It may be purchased for just $15.95 from the same address, with checks made payable to the columnist. The book covers the period 1972-1977. And when you write to Carol, be certain to tell her that you heard about her work through Rootbound in the Hills.

Until next week...happy hunting!

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