Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #185:
9 April 1991

by Rocky Macy

What is this fascination that America has with bad guys? It seems that the deadliest of desperadoes became folk heroes almost before their carcasses quit jerking at the end of the hangman's rope. And our interest in the good guys is no less intense, whether it is the marshals of the old west or the G-Men chasing down rum-runners during prohibition.

For those whose taste in history runs to cops and robbers, the Fraternal Order of Police of Joplin has published an outstanding book that provides a history of crime in southwest Missouri in words and photographs. The book, Lawmen and Outlaws, has stories of officers who were wounded or killed in the line of duty, as well as biographies of the famous outlaws who played a part in this area's history. Rootbound purchased a copy of this hardcover treasure. It's great!

Lawmen and Outlaws may be ordered from the Fraternal Order of Police by sending a check for $22 (that includes postage) to: FOP History Book, Box 1134, Joplin, MO 64802. And don't forget to mention that you heard about the book through Rootbound!

Jane LEE SCALLON (211 Barron, Rusk, TX 75785) is searching for any information on the surname FARQUHARSON. Her grandfather, Charles Byron FARQUHARSOON, made oil well supplies and was an inventor. He was born in March of 1869 and died in August of 1935. Charles Byron FARQUHARSON is buried at the Catholic Cemetery in Tulsa, OK. Jane would be very pleased to correspond with anyone regarding this unusual surname.

Florence ESTES (1134 Oewsnup Avenue, Gridley, CA 95948) is trying to learn more about Hiram ESTES (born 1790, TN) and his wife, Mary Jane DOYLE (born 1794). They had three sons, all born around Union, Franklin County, MO. The boys were Thomas Doyle (born 1818), Hiram (1820), and Elisa (1822). Our correspondent would especially like to learn the names of the parents and siblings of Hiram and Mary Jane ESTES.

Bertha L. JEFFERS (92-1041 Makakilo Drive #83, Ewa Beach, HI 96707) is seeking information and descendants of Ezekiel and Hannah (JEFFERS) CORDELL. Hannah M. JEFFERS (born 1851, Greene County, TN) was the daughter of William Pierce and Hannah M. (BRADLEY) JEFFERS. She married Ezekiel on 2 Feb 1872 at Pineville, McDonald County, MO. Hannah (JEFFERS) CORDELL was living in Arkansas in 1907, and she was a resident of Chance, OK, in 1914. She may be buried at Pea Ridge, AR.

Ezekiel and Hannah CORDELL (above) were the parents of Ezekiel, Jr. "Zeke" and Effie. Another child may have been Thomas Jefferson CAUDILL (born 19 June 1884, McDonald County, MO). His parents were listed as Ezekiel CAUDILL (born Benton County, AR) and Hannah JEFFERS (born TN). Bertha L. JEFFERS is anxious to hear from any of our readers who are exploring a local CORDELL or CAUDILL connection. She's waiting by the mailbox on the beach in sunny Hawaii!

The Thomas MINOR Society was founded in September of 1979 in Chew Magna, Somerset County, England, and was named for the group's immigrant ancestor who left Chew Magna in 1629 enroute to America. This year the organization will hold a reunion in the Stonington/Mystic area of Connecticut on August 19-23, 1991. Those desiring more information on the reunion or the organization should contact Geral WILDE (815 #300 West, Provo, UT 84604).

Your local LDS Library is a great place to do family research. These facilities house major genealogical collections on microfiche, and they weeill assist researchers in obtaining books and other material from the main library at Salt Lake City. And the best part is that there is an LDS Branch Library near you! Check it out!

Happy hunting!

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