Monday, July 7, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #179:
26 Feb 1991

by Rocky Macy

Funeral homes are one important source of genealogy that novices to the sport of ancestor hunting often fail to check. Not only do their records usually provide the full name of the deceased, they can generally be counted on to give other useful information such as the person's place and date of birth, date of death, place of burial, name of spouse, and names of parents. Unfortunately funeral homes, being private businesses, are not always readily accessible for research.

But that doesn't have to hamper genealogists in Neosho, Newton County, MO. Violet CARRICK, Juanita WILBANKS, and Barbara AUGSPURGER have recently compiled and published the Records of Thompson Funeral Home of Neosho, Missouri 1928-1945. The book is a well organized fountain of information, and essential reading for anyone with roots in the Neosho area. It may be purchased for the postage-paid price of just $12 from Vivibar Publications, Rt. 4, Box 257-A, Neosho, MO 64850. Rootbound has a copy and we recommend it highly!

A companion book to the one mentioned above, Records of the Bigham Funeral Home of Neosho, Missouri 1916-1945, was published a couple of years ago by the Genealogy Friends of the Library. That volume is also a "must" for those doing Neosho area research. It is still available from the Genealogy Friends of the Library (P.O. Box 314, Neosho, MO 64850) for $13 plus $1.25 postage and handling.

Are there other publications available on area funeral homes? Let us hear...Rootbound will help spread the word!

Margaret JOHNSON (Rt. 3, Box 146, Port Lavaca, TX 77979) wishes to correspond with anyone having a knowledge of Mary COOK DAVENPORT HUBBARD. Mary was born around 1816, probably in Franklin County, TN. She married Mr. DAVENPORT in Tennessee and had the following children by him: Nancy C. (born circa 1836, TN), Lavinia (circa 1838, TN; married Mr. PERCELL), Mary Jane (circa 1840, TN; married Mr. SILVERTOOTH), Florida Adeline (1844; married John F.M. DOWNUM), and John W. (1845). When and where did Mr. DAVENPORT die?

On 31 Aug 1849, Mary COOK DAVENPORT, a widow, married Benjamin HUBBARD in Washington County, AR, and the couple lived for many years in Benton County, AR. Mary died around 1897 while living with her daughter, Charlotte HUBBARD KILLEBREW, in Sarcoxie, Jasper County, MO. Are her descendants still in this area?

Dr. Gene GIBBS (2525 Bel Air Court, Minot, ND 58701) would like to correspond with anyone researching the surname GIBBS. His particular line involves a Quaker family who migrated from Vermont to Iowa. Have they branched into the Ozarks?

Rootbound's best friend in Maine, Connee JELLISON, reports that her genealogy column is no longer being carried by the Bangor Daily News. Connee has printed queries for our readers in the past, and we know that her departure from the pages of that newspaper will represent a significant loss to the field of genealogy.

The 1991 DEMENT Family Reunion will be held July 19-21 at the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, TN. For further information, please contact Samuel DEMENT, Reunion Chairman, at 110 Westwood Trace, Nashville, TN 37212.

Need help shaking the old family tree? Write to Rootbound in the Hills in care of this newspaper. We're as close at the mailbox!

Happy hunting!

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