Friday, July 18, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #187:
23 April 1991

by Rocky Macy

If your Scottish ancestor came to America in the period 1757-1763 and was born before 1741, he may have been a soldier with Col. Simon FRASER's 78th Highlander Regiment. This military group was recruited in the Inverness area and came over to fight the French in Canada. Many remained in America after discharge in 1763. Please read on...

Walter H. McINTOSH (Box 214, Topsfield, MA 01983) has rosters listing all officers and private soldiers in the fourteen companies of the regiment, and a separate list of the 170 men who remained in North America of their own choice following discharge. A number of them remained in Canada and married French-Canadian women, while others trickled down into New England and New York state.

For those who suspect that their Scottish ancestor may have arrived in America with the 78th Highlander regiment, Mr. McINTOSH will check his records free to see if their name appears. Please send him the full name of the ancestor as well as a twenty-nine cent stamped legal envelope. And when you write to Mr. McINTOSH, let him know that you heard about his work through Rootbound!

Frances CHAPMAN THOMSON (22 Surrey Square, Abilene, TX 79606) is searching for information on her great-grandparents, Sief and Sara Metilda (SELLERS) CHAPMAN. Sara Metilda was born in September of 1862. Their son, Elledge Osman CHAPMAN, was born in June of 1882 at Anderson, McDonald County, MO. Sief died in a logging accident around 1884 and is buried at Neosho, Newton County, MO. His widow later married a Mr. WEAVER, and they relocated to Bell County, TX. Do any of our readers have material to share on this family?

Karen S. BEISSNER (680 Village Green Parkway, Newport News, VA 23602-7075) wishes to learn more about Benjamin A. WOODS, Jr. (born between 1805 and 1810, TN; died 7 June 1899, Newton County, MO), and his first wife, Mary. They had five or six children (Julia Ann, Henry, Margaret, Franklin, and Lewis), and were all living in Newton County, MO, in 1850.

Our correspondent did not find a record of this WOODS family for 1860, but by 1870 Benjamin is listed on the Newton County, MO, census with his second wife, Cintha A. (JAMISON) and the following children: Mary, Henry T., Minnie B., Eliza Pearl, and James W. Cintha was born 20 April 1834 in Ste. Genevieve County, MO, and she died on 8 Jan 1901 in Newton County, MO. Who were her parents? When and where did she marry Benjamin WOODS, Jr.? Karen BEISSNER wants to know!

Leona HERRERA (Rt. 1, Box 95-A, Lowell, AR 75745) is seeking to discover more about her grandmother, Eva MYERS MORRIS TOLBERT, a lady of Indian descent who was born 12 Aug 1894. Eva married Thomas E. TOLBERT in Booneville, Yell County, AR, on 16 Aug 1910. She died on 1 May 1927. Do any of our readers know about Eva?

Vicky BRADY (671 South Lincoln, Neosho, MO 64850) would like to find out more about Robert Slater BRADY (born 7 April 1903, IA) who married Alma A. CLARK on 7 Aug 1926 in Newton County, MO. Alma was born 21 April 1907 in Golden, MO, and died on 17 Oct 1976. Robert BRADY boarded a train around 1941 on his way to Iowa to find work. He wired money home along the way, and that was the last that anyone ever heard of him. Robert's son, Kenneth Robert BRADY, saw a man that looked like his father in Oklahoma sometime between 1962 and 1966. Which of our readers can help solve this mystery?

Rootbound's friend, Nick Vine HALL, one of Australia's better known genealogists, has recently published Parish Registers in Australia, a listing of transcripts, microforms, and indexes of Australian parish registers. The book lists in 360 pages the locations of some 5,524 different parish registers and copies held in over 153 record centers across the country. It covers all states and territories and encompasses forty-two different religions. So, if Grampa was from Down Under, get in touch with Nick at 25 Mills Street, Middle Park, Australia 3206.

And if your roots are here in the Ozarks, write to Rootbound in the Hills in care of this newspaper. We're here to help!

Happy hunting!

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