Sunday, July 27, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #201:
30 July 1991

by Rocky Macy

Rootbound has been out foraging through area flea markets again, and this time we've come up with a couple of beautiful old photographs that need to find their way back to family. Please read on...

The first photograph appears to be a wedding portrait. It is labeled Mr. Bert J. MURPHY and Miss Nannie MATTHEWS. The second picture is of an older couple, perhaps in their fifties, whose names are Aunt Minnie PHILLIPS VELTON and Joe VELTON. "Pierce City, MO" is also written on the reverse of the VELTON's photograph. Both of these treasures are in excellent condition, very old, and anxiously awaiting a reunion with their families.

Betty MARTY (1212 Lou Ida Drive, Neosho, MO 64850) has several old Oddfellows Journals from this area. if your ancestor belonged to the I.O.O.F, Betty might have material of interest to share.

John HUNNICUTT (Rt. 2, Box 174, Noel, MO 64854) is trying to find out more about his great-grandmother, Easter Indiana STALLCUP. We've had that surname mentioned in Rootbound before. Is there anyone out there who can help John with his ancestry?

Bonnie MARTIN (Rt. 2, Box 312, Neosho, MO 64850), a good friend and fellow genealogy columnist, would like to come in contact with anyone who knew Robert Gentry MARTIN (1853-1940), a one-time resident of the Racine, Newton County, MO, area. He was the father of Robert Harrison MARTIN, and both are buried at New Salem Cemetery west of Neosho in rural Newton County, MO, along with other members of the MARTIN family. Allied names are HOLDER, ANDERSON, LANKFORD, SPENCER, and KING. Rootbound wishes Bonnie success with her quest ... and her column!

Dorothea MASON STEFFAN (1026 Crest Court, Neosho, MO 64850) is searching for information on Moses DOTY (born 1796) who was killed in 1863 in Lone Jack, Jackson County, MO, possibly by QUANTRIILL's raiders. Moses had a freight line that ran from Lone Jack to Harrison, AR. Who were his parents? Where was he born?

Moses DOTY (above) was on the 1830 census of Marion County, TN, with a wife and three children. He married Nancy A. GREEN in 1846 at Jackson County, MO. Who was his first Wife? Dorthea hopes that some of our readers are working this same line.

The current issue of American Genealogy magazine features an article by this writer entitled "Ozark Sources." Several groups are covered including the Missouri State Genealogical Society (Springfield, MO), Northwest Arkansas Genealogical Society, and the Genealogy Friends of the Library of Neosho, MO. The works of Vivibar Publications and Larry A. JAMES, both of Neosho, are also noted. If any of the groups or individuals noted in the article receive inquiries as a result of the publication, we hope that they will let Rootbound know.

American Genealogy is a quarterly magazine. The current issue has over forty pages of interesting articles and queries, and it is completely indexed by surname. For ordering information, please contact James PYLANT, Editor, at P.O. Box 1587, Stephenville, TX 76401 (phone 817-965-6979). And remember to let James know that you heard about his work through Rootbound!

And while we're in the bragging mode...Rootbound has now gone international. The most recent issue of Generations, the quarterly publication of the Manitoba (Canada) genealogical Society, carries a reprint of our article that came to have a life of its own: "How to Built a Better Query." This is the fourth time that particular piece has appeared in print, and a couple of more groups have expressed interest in using it.

For a free copy of "How to Build a Better Query," please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Rootbound in the Hills in care of this newspaper. And while you're at it, why not include a query or two with that request? Rootbound is always ready to help track down those elusive ancestors!

Happy hunting!

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