Sunday, August 10, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #221:
17 Dec 1991

by Rocky Macy

Scrapbooks are an easy way to preserve family history. Every home should have a special place to collect those invitations, announcements, snapshots, newspaper articles, and whatever so that they would be handy for working into a scrapbook every few months or so. Wouldn't that be a treasure worth leaving to posterity!

Dixie HAASE (Rt. 1, Box 1057, Granby, MO 64844), a past contributor to Rootbound has forwarded a copy of an article that she found in a scrapbook. The article, which wasn't dated, was about Julia ROARK of Seneca, Newton County, MO, who was celebrating her 90th birthday that February 25th. Mrs. ROARK was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William BLANKENSHIP, and she was the widow of Curtis ROARK who had died in 1934. Julia and Curtis were married in 1885.

The children of Julia ROARK who were mentioned in the article included: Mrs. Mamie WINN of Los Angeles, CA, Mrs. Emma BARNES of Denver, CO, Mrs Mable NEIL of Fresno, CA, Mrs. Callie PATTON of Cardin, OK, and Mrs. Cassie MONTGOMERY of Seneca, MO. A son, Charley, had passed away in 1935.

How did Curtis ROARK tie in with William Carroll and Comfort (POE) ROARK who have been mentioned in this column many times?

There is a great deal of material on Julia ROARK in this clipping. Rootbound will send a copy to any of her descendants who send a request and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Rootbound in the Hills in care of this newspaper.

Penny C. LITTLE (625 East Monterey, Denison, TX 75020) is seeking information on a POLSON family that was rooted in northwest Arkansas or southwest Missouri. Of particular interest to Penny is G.W. POLSON, his father, Louie, and his brothers, William, David, and Andrew. Penny is also tracking Asberry and Cynthis CHAPMAN. G.W. POLSON's children were supposed to have attended school around Bentonville or Fayetteville, AR, in the 1880s. Are any of our readers researching this same family?

Related trivia: The Polson Cemetery that lies a few miles of Southwest City, MO, just across the Oklahoma line, is the final resting place of Confederate General Stand WATIE, the on;ly Cherokee Indian to rise to that rank.

Rootbound's old friend, Nova A. LEMONS (12206 Brisbane Avenue, Dallas, TX 75234-6528) would like to hear from any of our readers who have LEMONS ancestors in Missouri or Arkansas. Her special interest is Alfred William A. LEMONS who was born around 1859 in Missouri or Arkansas. Who were his parents? Was his mother a full-blooded Indian? He may have had a brother named Gaston LEMONS.

Alfred William A. LEMONS (above) was going by the name of William A. LEMONS when he married his first wife, Amanda Florence CARDER, in Montgomery County, AR, in 1879. Prior to that time he had lived in Polk County, AR. Do any of our readers have a knowledge of this individual?

The CASTOR Association of America collects information on the following surnames: KUSTER, KOSTER, CUSTER, KUSTERD, KUESTER, KESTER, CUSTARD, KUSTARD, KISTARD, KISTER, GERSTER, CASTER, CASTOR, KASTER, KASTOR, KOESTER, KIESTER, and KEISTER. The group has recently announced publication of its fourth book, The Descendants of Paulus and Gertrude KUSTERS. this volume covers the first four generations of descendants as well as the ancestry of Paulus and Gertrude in Germany. For further information on the group or their latest book, please contact the group's president, Jean M. WHITE at 1141 East Sandra Terrace, Phoenix, AZ 85022.

Fellow genelaogy columnist Donna POTTER PHILLIPS (2204 West Houston, Spokane, WA 99208-4440) is marketing a collection of her columns that ran in the Spokane Chronicle from 1886 until 1990. The subjects covered in those columns ranged from genealogy lessons for beginners to explanations of little-known sources or records. The collection is available from Donna for the postage-paid price of $15.00.

Winter's here! It's a great time to cozy up next to the fire and work on genealogy. And while you're at it, sort out those questions and send them to Rootbound. One of our readers may just have the answer that you have been looking for.!

Happy hunting!

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