Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #214:
29 Oct 1991

by Rocky Macy

Recently we published a letter from a researcher in Canada who was attempting to learn more about a couple of Missouri military units involved in the Mexican War. Rose STAUBER noticed that query and has supplied Rootbound with some general information on the Mexican War that might be of interest to our readers. Please read on...

For openers, rose notes that the Time-Life series, The Mexican War, provides a good, over-all account of the conflict. That collection may be found in most public libraries. Our Canadian had two ancestors who died in that war. Battlefield casualties were low (1,721) according to information that Rose extracted from Time-Life, but an additional 11,155 perished from disease and exposure. The elements, one would surmise, were more likely to have killed the Canadian's ancestors than bullets.

Rose STAUBER reports that she has only located one Mexican War veteran in her family tree. He came from Illinois, a state that has published rosters of all its units. As a part of an inter-library loan of material on the 3rd Illinois, Rose also received microfiche for Official Army Reports from Executive Documents, 1st Session, 30th Congress, 1847-1848, Volume I. Included in this cache were reports from Winfield SCOTT on down to the regimental commanders, listing many items of genealogical significance such as the rosters of dead and wounded.

And, along with tips on Mexican War research, Rose STAUBER (Rt. 3, Box 1084, Grove, OK 74344) has also forwarded a query:

Rose is seeking information on the GAMBLE and WHEELER families. The GAMBLEs appear to have been Shawnee and adopted Cherokee. Samuel WHEELER's wife, Mary Ann FISH, was a Shawnee and adopted Cherokee. Matthew GAMBLE married Julia Ann WHEELER on 31 May 1882 in the Delaware District of the Cherokee Nation. Rose would appreciate hearing from anyone with a knowledge of there families.

Jane H. HERRIMAN (19 Portland Lane, Bella vista, AR 72714) has friends who are descendants of Henry GOODNIGHT. They (the friends) are seeking to locate relatives in the Ozarks. Henry lived around Mountain Home, Baxter County, AR, circa 1870, and he moved to the vicinity of Belton, TX, in 1892.

Owen GOODNIGHT was Henry's son. Owen's son, Dr. Clyde GOODNIGHT, currently resides at Rt. 2, Box 178-C, Temple, TX 76501. His cousin, Mrs. Gene (Jackie) GOODNIGHT, serves as the family historian. Her address is Rt. 3, Box 3568, Belton, TX 76513. Those with a GOODNIGHT branch on their family tree might do well to contact one of these individuals.

Corrine FAULKNER (P.O. Box 518, Kearney, MO 64060) wishes to hear from anyone researching a BUCKNER, CROSSWHITE, WADKINS, or WILLIAMS line in the Ozarks. Who can help?

Juanita TYLER KELLERMAN (745 West 1st Avenue, Rt. 3, Barnett, KS 66032-1100) is interested in learning more about Jonathan GRANT, an ancestor of her grandfather, Elza William TYLER, who lived in Sulphur Springs, Benton County, Ar. GRANT, a surveyor, was born around 1755. (Where?) He fought in the Revolutionary War, enlisting at Ft. Pitt, PA. Jonathan GRANT later lived in Beaver County, PA, and Columbiana and Holmes Counties of Ohio. His second wife was Sarah KELLY. Who was the first Mrs. GRANT? Who were Jonathan's parents? Juanita TYLER KELLERMAN would love to hear from anyone who has the answers to her questions.

Searching for that hard-to-find genealogical reference book, or one of the old standards? One of the best sources for building a home reference library suited to your own research needs is the Genealogical Publishing Company. For a free catalogue of their latest offerings, write to GPC at 1001 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.

And if it's those elusive Ozark ancestors that you're after, why not write to Rootbound in the Hills in care of this newspaper? We're as close at the corner mailbox!

Happy hunting!

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