by Rocky Macy
Let's begin this week with a letter. Here's what Waunita BEASLEY (P.O. Box 523, Noel, MO 64854) has to say:
"I think your newspaper is great and I enjoy ROOTBOUND IN THE HILLS very much. Keep up the good work!
"I am working of the families of THOMAS, HOWELL, NOX (KNOX), FULLER, HAWKINS, and COLLINS. I would like to hear from anyone working on these names, or from anyone who has any information on any of the above - no matter how distant.
"Any information will be most welcome, and I will answer all letters as soon as possible. Please help."
It was good to hear from you, Mrs. BEASLEY. How about it, readers? Can you help Mrs. BEASLEY with her surnames?
Last week I promised to run the PRITCHARD lines of Anna Lee PARISH EMANUEL and myself. Her line is as follows:
1. William Richard PRITCHARD (1811-1885)
2. William PRITCHARD (1845-1921)
3. John William PRITCHARD (1876-1954)
4. Winnie PRITCHARD PARISH (1906-1983)
5. Annie Lee PARISH EMANUEL
Anna Lee reports that many of these are buried at the Wann, Lee, and Butler Creek Cemeteries.
Here is my PRITCHARD line:
1. Marshall PRITCHARD (born circa 1791, NY, died after 1870)
2. Eugene Marshall Stanley PRITCHARD (Born 1851, Jacksonville County, AR; married Julia Ann MARTIN 20 Feb 1870, Newton County, MO; died 11 July 1921, Newton County, MO)
3. Lou Ella PRITCHARD (born 5 Dec 1871, Newton County, MO; married William Steven MACY 3 April 1887; died 6 June 1954 in Neosho, MO)
PRITCHARD, (PRICHARD, PRITCHETT) appears to be fairly common in this area. Does anyone have information on these names that might help Anna Lee or me? Let's hear.
Leonard L. DAMRON of Sulphur Springs, AR, had this to say about the McDonald County Library in Pineville:
"The library at Pineville should not be overlooked by the way, this especially if one is only starting to research a line. I was surprised to find the amount of data that they have, and there are many printed census reports on Missouri especially. It's really an impressive facility for such a small community."
I must agree!
Leonard also mentioned a large set of books entitled The War of the Rebellion which may offer some help with regard to Civil War ancestors. Check the last volume first, because it contains the master index. This set is available at the McDonald County Library.
Rootbound Shortcut: Much good genealogical information can be found on death certificates, often including dates of birth and death, name of spouse, and the names of parents. Missouri has death certificates on file beginning January 1st, 1910. A copy of a death certificate may be obtained for $4.00 by writing to the following address and sending as much information as you have (i.e. an approximate date of death and county). State in your request that you are doing genealogical research.
Missouri Department of Health
Bureau of Vital Records
P.O. Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570
I have a list of addresses for all fifty states. Drop me a card if you need one or a few!