by Rocky Macy
The Genealogy Friends of the Library in Neosho have informed Rootbound of their special publication, Records of the Bigham Funeral Home of Neosho, Missouri 1916-1945, are still available for purchase at a cost of only $13.00 plus $1.25 postage. This excellent genealogical reference tool contains the name of each decease, place of birth, place of death, place of burial, father's name and birthplace, mother's maiden name and birthplace, and name of spouse. Orders may be placed by sending a check or money order to the Genealogy Friends of the Library at 507 W. Hickory, Neosho, MO 64850.
Margaret T. CROSS (300 Stewart Drive, Marble Falls, TX 78654) is searching for descendants of Morgan O'BRIANT. He died somewhere in Missouri in 1899. She would also like to contact others researching Ada O'BRIANT who lived near Parkerville, Morris County, KS, in 1892. Ada's children were John, Robert, Frank, and Theodore.
Another line that Margaret T. CROSS (address above) is tracking is that of Thomas and Mary (WARREN) RODGERS. He was the son of Josiah and Chloe RODGERS. Thomas and Mary moved to Missouri in 1835 with their children: Josiah (married Cynthia Ann FERGUSON), Edd, Elizabeth Jane, Louisea, Chloe Ann, James K. Polk, Sarah Ellen, Mary Mirinda, Tom, and Rhoda Terrece. Mrs. CROSS would appreciate hearing from any of our readers who might be working a related RODGERS or FERGUSON line. (Are you out there, Leonard DAMRON?)
Jennie SLATON (Rt. 1, Box 92, Seneca, MO 64865) is looking for descendants of Nelson Howard MOREY who moved from Missouri to Wisconsin over one hundred years ago. He married Charlotte LUKE, and they had five or six daughters and one son , Howard Nelson, who married Elizabeth CRAWFORD. Can any of our readers help Jennie in her search?
Joe CAMPBELL (22 Basildon Drive, Bella Vista, AR 72714) reports running into several dead ends while pursuing the trail of his great-grandfather, John CAMPBELL (born 1778, Fincastle County, VA). The area of his birth was later Lincoln County, KY, and it is now known as Casey County, KY. John CAMPBELL married Eleanor SCOTT in 1802 in Lincoln County, KY. Do any of our readers have information that might help Joe in his quest?
Dixie HAASE (Rt. 1, Box 1057, Granby, MO 64844) wishes to locate descendants of Peter LONG and his sister, Mary LONG McNEW. They were the children of John Carlyle and Catherine BEELER LONG of Grainger County, TN. Peter (born 1822) married Lucy a PARKER. They were last seen floating down the river with their family on the way to Texas. A letter from Mary written in Drape, Denton County, TX, on 18 Dec 1889 refers to a "Mollie J. LONG / Uncle Peter's girl."
Mary LONG (born 1822) was the wife of William McNEW. She wrote a letter from Spartenberg, Dennison County, TX, on 25 May 1908 which listed her children as Permela Elizabeth GEMSHA, Haseltine, Sarah CHATHERAN, Jim, Isaac, James, and Joseph. That letter stated that she had twenty five grandchildren with fourteen living, and twenty great-grandchildren. Present day descendants should be numerous. Hopefully some will read this and contact Dixie.
Eufaula BICKLEY AILES (2665 Texas Drive, Dallas, TX 75211) would like information on the parentage of Reuben WRIGHT, a resident of Schuyler County, MO, circa 1841-1844. Reuben (born 1799, NC) married Mary Jane RHODES, a daughter of John and Ailsey (SUGGS) RHODES. The couple had many children. During his later years, Reuben lived in Farmersville, Collin County (state not given). He died there in 1875. Do any of our readers have knowledge of this individual?
Word off of the grapevine has it that the Genealogy Friends of the Library in Neosho are also putting together a publication containing copies of the discharge papers of Newton County World War I veterans. Rootbound will publish ordering information when it becomes available.
Do you have a pedigree chart laden with Ozark ancestors? Send it - or your queries, surname lists, or items of local historical interest - to Rootbound in the Hills in care of this newspaper. We won't keep any of it a secret!