Monday, July 21, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #193:
4 June 1991

by Rocky Macy

Over the past few years Rootbound has meandered through the pages of many good community newspapers. Some we stayed with, others we didn't. And in the process of switching and searching for the widest possible coverage, several good friends were misplaced. But Katie NEATHERRY has found her way back to Rootbound! Please read on...

Katie NEATHERRY (508 Johnson Drive, Noel, MO 64854) is the wonderful lady who wrote to Rootbound a couple of years ago advising us of an old autograph book that she had found at a flea market in Fayetteville, Washington County, AR. The book contained signatures and personal notes collected by a little girl, Chubby CHAPMAN, during the early years of this century. After her find was mentioned in Rootbound, Katie was able to return the book to the original owner, now a senior citizen living in Joplin, MO.

Well, Katie has been shopping again! This time she has come up with an old copy of The Norman Shield, the manual of Sigma Chi Fraternity. The owner was Chris Allen SELBY. The inside cover has the signatures of fifty-seven of Chris's fraternity brothers, along with their hometowns, most of which were in Arkansas. Katie would like to return this book to Chris or one of his fraternity brothers. Will this be another success story for Katie? It could happen twice!

Kay ROBERTS MARTIN (Rt. 4, Box 440-1, Oak Grove, MO 64075) is another perennial contributor to Rootbound. Kay is currently searching for the parents, siblings, and first husband of Nancy DOUGLAS(S) SORRELS (born 1845, MO) who married William C. SORRELS in 1866, probably in Arkansas. William C. SORRELS was born in Missouri. Nancy had a son, Joseph DOUGLAS(S), who was born 4 Feb 1861 in Arkansas. Her SORRELs children included Violet (born 1867, AR), Thomas (1868, AR), Alexander (1871, AR), Frances, Lizzie, William (1882, ID), Nina (1888, OR), and possibly others. The family had relocated to Indian Territory, Oklahoma, by 1900.

Kay ROBERTS MARTIN (above) is also tracking the parents and siblings of Melissa Jane (possibly LOFTIN or SLAUGHTER) who was born 25 Mar 1856 in Arkansas and died 16 Feb 1918 in Carson County, TX. She married Joseph DOUGLAS(S) around 1879, possibly in Oregon. Melissa Jane lived most of her adult life in LeFlore and Pittsburg Counties, OK. Her children who lived to adulthood were Laura J., Sarah M., R.A.E. "Bettie," and Willian "Bert" DOUGLAS(S). Are their descendants still in this area?

Dorothy SCHLAUD (6303 Woodsdale Drive, Grand Blanc, WI 48439) is researching William Bird KEITH who was born 14 Nov 1803 on Duck River in Bedford County, TN. He married Sarah Ruth MAY about 1859. William died in Maysville, AR, on 8 April 1860. Many of his descendants carried on the name "Bird." Consequently, Dorthy SCHLAUD is looking at the possibility that it once was a surname. Does anyone know of a BIRD/KEITH connection, possibly in Tennessee or further east?

Roots in the Old South? Mississippi Memories is a new quarterly that contains a variety of records from throughout the state of Mississsippi. For specifics, please contact editors Joyce SHANNON BRIDGES and Wanda VOLENTINE HEAD at P.O. Box 18991, Shreveport, LA 71138. And remember to let those good ladies know that you heard about their publication through Rootbound!

Curtis Media Incorporation (P.O. Box 376, Diamond, MO 64840) has announced that pre-publication orders are being accepted for their new book, Newton County Missouri to 1990, a pictorial history. In preparing this work, the publishers collected pictures from Seneca, Neosho, Stella, Wentworth, Ritchey, Granby, Newtonia, Stark City, Diamond, Fairview, Spurgeon, McElhaney, Redings Mill, and Camp Crowder . Contact Curtis Media for more information. Rootbound is anxious to see this one!

Do any of our readers have knowledge of the JENT family, many of whom are buried at the Belfast Cemetery in Newton County, MO? Was Dicey JENT ROARK a member of this clan? Rootbound is curious!

Happy hunting!

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