Sunday, August 17, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #239:
21 April 1992

by Rocky Macy

Donna wrote to Rootbound a few weeks ago and received several replies to her queries. So now she has decided to try a couple of others. Please read on...

Donna GUTHRIE (Route 7, Box 341, Neosho, MO 64850) is the g-g-granddaughter of Thomas W. CRAIG who was born in the 1840s in Overton County, TN, or Green County, IL. He served in the Iowa Infantry during the Civil War. Thomas W. Craig is buried at Saginaw, MO.

Information that Donna extracted from Volume 29 of Pioneers of the Six Bulls (compiled by good friend Larry A. JAMES) shows an Isaac CRAIG and his second wife, Susannah ENGLAND CRAIG, with Thomas William CRAIG as a son. Was this Thomas Donna's ancestor. (Note: Isaac CRAIG fathered twenty-one children!)

Isaac R. THURMAN was another of Donna GUTHRIE's g-g-grandfathers. This Isaac, also a Civil War veteran, was the son of Joseph and Mary THURMAN who came to Newton County, MO, from Montgomery County, MO. Isaac married Martha Jane CLARK, a daughter of Robert and Cynthia (JONES) CLARK who came from North Carolina.

Robert and Cynthia CLARK (above) had seven children: Mary, Martha, William, James, Sarah, George, and Amanda. They were living in Newton County, MO, in 1860, but later all except Martha disappear from the records. Where did they go?

Donna GUTHRIE's previous queries dealt with WYATT, WOOD, and PIERCY lines. She appreciates the help that our readers were able to provide with those.

Lucille (PENDERGRASS) WEBB (Route 1, Box 3365, Diamond, MO 64840) says that she enjoys Rootbound very much and is upset when it doesn't run in the newspaper on the correct day. Lucille is searching for the parents of William H.H. WEBB who was born 1840-1841 in Illinois or Tennessee. He married Elizabeth H. PAYTON from Kentucky on 17 Oct 1861 in Adams County, IL.

William H.H. WEBB (above) enlisted in the Illinois Infantry, Company 1, Regiment 84th, on 11 Aug 1862 when he was twenty-two-years-old. He was discharged 6 June 1864.

William H.H. WEBB settled in Westline, Cass County, MO, after the war. That is where his son, Hiram H. WEBB., was born on 15 Sep 1868. William H.H. then moved his family on to McDonald County, MO. He died in McDonald County on 19 April 1890 and is buried in the Pineville Cemetery west of Highway 71.

William H.H. WEBB and his wife had sixteen children - including four sets of twins!

It is the parentage of William H.H. WEBB that our correspondent wishes to solve. The 1850 census of Adams County, IL, shows a William H. WEBB, age 9, who was born in Illinois and living with the William PAWIN family. Perhaps this youngster's parents were dead, or he may have been the son of Mrs. Malinda PAWIN, age 24. Could his father (or both parents) have been victims of the Indian wars? Was this William the same one that our correspondent is researching? Who has those important answers?

Lucille (PENDERGRASS) WEBB (above) also included a five-generation ancestor chart with her letter. Other surnames included on that chart were: CHASE, PROCTOR, OWENS, BARD, EDWARDS, HOUSER, BROWN, and SWADLEY.

Are you familiar with Pioneers of the Six Bulls, Larry JAMES' multi-volume history of Newton County, MO? Some of the area libraries have copies of this extensive work. For information on material contained in the individual volumes, contact the compiler, Larry A. JAMES, at 400 Susan Place in Neosho, MO 64850. And don't forget to tell Larry that you heard about his work through Rootbound!

Until next week...happy hunting!

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