by Rocky Macy
Many years ago this writer watched a beautiful old cemetery slowly disappear as the farmer who owned the surrounding pasture plowed more and more of it under each spring. Today only a few stones remain - in a wooded corner that was apparently unfit for tillage. Our first correspondent is concerned with a similar problem. Please read on...
Dorothy SCHLAUD (6303 Woodsdale Drive, Grand Blanc, MI 48439) wishes to protect the final resting place of her g-g-g-grandfather, Reynolds MAY, and her g-g-grandfather, William Bird KEITH. Her ancestors are buried at the May-Keith Cemetery near Maysville, AR. Dorothy reports that cows are knocking over tombstones and destroying the cemetery. She would like to help in getting it fenced, but does not know who to contact for permission and assistance. Could any of our readers lend a hand with this worthy project?
Donald D. DERR (301 South 21st Street, Atchison, KS 66002) would like to exchange information on the following individuals: Edward (or Emnell) E. SHATTO and his wife, Elizabeth WURKENTIRE, who were in northeastern Oklahoma after 1910; Dr. SPROUSE of Arkansas (a relative of the SHATTO's); the CLOE or CLOW families of Jasper County, MO; the INMAN families of Butler and Stone County Counties, MO; and, the SWANK families of southern Missouri. Who has material to share on one of these lines?
Mark Jay MITCHELL (520 South 1250 East, Pleasant Grove, UT 84062) is on the trail of descendants of two of his g-g-grandfathers, Alvin A. NICHOLS and Alfred T. JONES, Confederate army veterans who settled in Franklin and Johnson Counties in northwestern Arkansas. Alvin A. NICHOLS was born in December of 1841 in Marshall County, AL, to Lawson and Martha (BAIN) NICCHOLS. His wife, Sarah, was born in Kentucky around 1845. Alvin and Sarah were the parents of Silas F. (born Sep 1867, AR), Mahlon (Jan 1870, AR), Osmond Copley (16 Jan 1872, AR), Dudley (circa 1872, AR), Lawsson (circa 1875, AR), William S. (1875, AR), Wallace W. (July 1877, AR), Bud (Oct 1879, AR), Levi (AR), Ida (Dec 1880, AR), Cora (Sep 1882, AR), Laura (March 1887, AR), and Ora (Oct 1890, AR).
Alfred T. JONES (above) was born to Wilson and Judith (KIRBY) JONES on 11 Nov 1844 in Anderson, SC. He died on 28 April 1931 in Spadra, Johnson County, AR. Alfred's wife was Mary Ada McCRAVEY (born Nov 1850, AL), a daughter of Richard Holmes and Mary Ann (HOLLAND) McCRAVEY.
The children of Alfred and Mary Ada JONES (above) were Eula (born circa 1872, AL), Ethel (Nov 1872, AL), Jessie (circa 1874, AL), Laura (30 Mar 1877, Tyro, Tate County, MS), Mary Moss (circa 1878, MS), Velma (Jan 1884, AR), Julia B. (Oct 1886, AR), Nina (April 1889, AR), and Guy W. (April 1891, AR).
Our correspondent, Mark Jay MITCHELL, would certainly like to get in contact with anyone who shares a line of descent from Alvin A. NICHOLS or Alfred T. JONES. Are any of Mark's cousins reading Rootbound?
Our best friend in the Pacific northwest, Don VINCENT (P.O. Box 1467, Orting, WA 98360), has announced that his popular book series, 800 Missouri Families, is now on sale at a special low price. Volumes 1-5 of 800 Missouri Families may be purchased until July 4th as a set for just $67.50 plus $7.50 postage and handling. Rootbound has reviewed a couple of these books in the past. Each is approximately 200 pages of carefully documented research on families who settled in central Missouri. For further information or to order, please contact Don at his home in Washington.
The annual reunion of Westview, Dessa, and No. 4 Schools of rural Newton County, MO, will be held on 8 June 1991 at the Westview School located just off of Highway 60 between Nesoho and Seneca, MO. the doors will open at 4 p.m., and a covered dish dinner will be enjoyed at 6 p.m. The reunion committee urges all alumnae and friends of these schools to attend. And don't forget to bring those pictures for display!
Send word of your reunion to Rootbound in the Hills in care of this newspaper and we'll help spread it around!