Saturday, July 19, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #188:
30 April 1991

by Rocky Macy

It's always wonderful to hear from old friends, and Joan MEEKER SSTRAUSBURG is no exception. Joan wrote several letters to Rootbound during the column's early days. Recently she saw an article by this writer in The Genealogical Helper and was reminded of Rootbound's past help in her search for Ozark ancestors. Joan has a new query that follows:

Joan MEEKER STRASBURG (2415 Elm Avenue, Sheboygan, WI 53801-5527) is seeking descendants of Henry Bushfield HAVENS and Mary Ann "Polly" DARR/DOERR HOSKINS HAVENS. Henry was born around 1839 in Indiana, and he died at Seneca, Newton County, MO about 1891. Polly was born in Virginia around 1836, and she is thought to have died about 1873.

Henry and Polly HAVENS (above) were married in Sullivan County, MO, on Christmas Day, 1862, after the deaths of her first husband, Jasper HOSKINS (in the Civil War), and Henry's first wife, Mary Jane WILLIAMS HAVENS. The children of Henry and Polly were Letitia (born circa 1865; married John SINGLETON), Louisa Belle (born circa 1867; married Thomas CRAWFORD), Henry B. (born circa 1868; died young), Schuyler Patrick (born 8 Sep 1870; married Mary E. GLIDEWELL of Chillicothe, MO; died 6 Dec 1937 at Joplin, MO), and Julia M. (born circa 1873; married William HUTTON in 1890).

Henry Bushfield HAVENS (above) married Elizabeth CLARK KAIN in 1874 after the death of Polly, and he married M.A. RUMMERFIELD in 1878. His children by his first wife, Mary Jane WILLIAMS HAVENS, were Mariah Jane (born 1859; married H. WRIGHT and a Mr. JENNINGS; died at St. Joseph, Buchanan County, MO), Eli R. (born circa 1860; married Sarah A. LEWELLEN in 1884), and John William (born circa 1861; married Emma FRAKES). Both of these sons were buried at Joplin, MO.

Our correspondent, Joan MEEKER STRASBURG, would like to exchange information with our readers on any of the above individuals. Who can help with her research?

Joan MEEKER STRASBURG (address above) also submitted a list of surnames that she is researching in southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas. Those names include: BATES, BELL, BOYD, BUCKELEW, CLARK, CRAWFORD, CUNNINGHAM, DANIEL(S), DARR, DOERR, ELMORE FARRELL, FRAKES, GLIDEWELL, HARGRAVE, HAVENS, HOLLINGSWORTH, HOSKINS, HOUSEMAN, HUTTON, JEFFCOTT, JENNINGS, KAIN, KNIFONG, LESLIE, LEWELLEN, MITCHELL, MOSER, MOSIER, MYERS, NICHOLS, NOEL, OAKES, OVERALL, PENTONY, RUMMERFIELD, SINGLETON, SMITH WALKER, WHIPPLE, WHITE, WILLIAMS, WILSON, and WRIGHT. Persons tracking one of those names across the Ozarks might do well to contact Joan at her home in Sheboygan.

Phillis S. OWEN (1224 N. Yost, Kennewick, WA 99336) would like to hear from any ROBERTS, TODD, VINES, or MAYFIELD living in the Rootbound area. Specifically she is searching for information on Caroline ROBERTS (born 1833, TN) who married Rodney A. TODD in Barry County, MO, on 29 Mar 1849. Rodney was the son of Augustus and Margaret (LOWERY) TODD.

Phyllis learned from an 1840 Washington County, AR, slave deed that Caroline's father was one of seven children of Emsley and Sinai ROBERTS of Maury County, TN. His six siblings were Caroline (VINES), Dixie (MAYFIELD), Solomon, George, Isaac, and Emsley. Sinai ROBERTS later married John GIBSON. (When and where?)

An 1853 Washington County, AR, slave deed lists Caroline and Milly ROBERTS as each receiving a portion of their proceeds from the sale of slaves. Milly (born around 1836) and a younger Sinai (born around 1839) were daughters of Mary Ann ROBERTS. Could Caroline have been Mary Ann's daughter also? Phillis S. OWEN wants to know!

A new book on the BURDICK family has recently been published by the International Ancestry Library (2317 Riverbluff Parkway #249, Sarasota, FL 34231-5032). For more information, please contact the publisher. That group also publishes a BURDICK family newsletter.

Spring is here! Why not take advantage of the weather and go roaming through those greening cemeteries in search of lost ancestors?

Happy hunting!

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