Volume 35 , Number 1 , Spring 1995
Bits and Pieces
by Pauline Barton
Jackie Smith, 104 Grace Street, Burkburnett, TX 76354-3607, is trying to find information on her ancestors who lived in Taney County in the 1860s and 70s. Their last name was GARDNER. The mother died in childbirth, and she was told the father was killed in a logging accident. The mother was supposed to have been Cherokee Indian.
One of their daughters was her Great Grandmother ORPHA ELIZABETH GARDNER born about 23 Febriiary 1876, and one of her sisters was MARTHA GARDNER born about 1866. There was at least another daughter, but she doesnt know her name.
The family may have lived in Swan Township, because on the 1880 Taney County Federal Census, she found MARTHA GARDNER, age 14, living with a CORNELLIUS JOHNSON, age 61, and his wife ELISA JOHNSON, age 54, in Swan Township. It listed MARTHA as an orphan. Her Great Grandmother told
her family she lived with a couple named HENRY and MARY BAKER She found a HENRY and MARY BARER living in Big Creek Township in the 1880 Federal Census for Taney County, but there was no mention of children living with them.
Nancy Keen Edwards, 20461 Runnymede Street, Winnetka, CA 91306-2746, (818) 887-8562, is researching her ancestors who first settled in Pond Fork, Missouri around 1860-6 1. She knows that Pond Fork does not exist anymore, but is hopeful the records of this area still do. She would like to know if an obituary exists for MAśL~IHEW LAMOREIL..AMAR who was killed in Pond Fork, MO around 1860-6 1 according to military pension papers.
She has the marriage record for: LEVI H. KEEN and MARY ELIZABETH LAMAR, married 10 November
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1861, at Pond Fork, Mo by Minister J. Pyand, JP.
Mrs. Joanna Mitchell, 13683 Quaker Hill Road, Nevada City, CA 95959, wrote a letter thanking us for helping her complete the family history of the FAIN family. From what we sent her, she was able to trace a relative of the author of a genealogy called "The Descendants of Nicholas Fain,"which gave a very complete family history.
She still needs help on the DAVIS branch of the family. SAMUEL W. FAIN was married in Leadville (Lead Hill?), Boone County, AR in 1874 to either JANE DAVIS or MARY DAVIS. She is hopeful someone can help her, perhaps someone in Boone County, Arkansas.
Mrs. Mary Lee Rumley Day, 3771 Day Road, Rock-ford, TN 37853, would like some research help for these Benton County, Arkansas names:
EBINEZER REDDICK~, SR married VICIE TROIT in 1845, in Tennessee or North Carolina. They moved to Arkansas in 1850 from Bedford County, Tennessee. EBINEZER JR was born in 1854 in Garfield, Arkansas.
ROBERT RUMLEYS first wife was AMANDA
MAITIIJRIN. Their son HUSTON RUMLEY married
ANNIE GRIMES. ANNIE GRIMES father was ROBERT WILSON GRIMES and her mother was ELIZABETH REDDICK, the daughter of EBINEZER
Mrs. Days father was ALBERT RUMLEY, the son of HUSTON and ANNIE RUMLEY.
In closing, Mrs. Day said, "The book review on page
23, The White River Chronicles of S. C. Turnbo: Man and
Wildlife on the Ozarks Frontier" edited by James F.
Keefe and Lynn Morrow, is great. I ordered two of those
books from the University ofArkansas Press lastfall. Im
a great niece of S.C. Turnbo."
Two letters with dues enclosed need to be shared with you. First from Mrs. Hazie Goldsborough, Belleville, Illinois: "My mother, Myrtle Bonebrake Haslip was in the hospital and nursing home from November 1993. Although she was bedfast, she was mentally alert. We played cards and games, went for "walks" in her wheelchair and enjoyed reading, especially the White River Valley Historical Quarterly.
"On the 23rd of December 1994, after a visit from Santa Claus, she quietly passed away at the age of 99 years and 7 months. She was a lovely, sweet, intelligent lady, and I miss her terribly."
The second letter: "Greetings, Oh Brothers and sisters and Friends of the White River Valley Area.
"Im enclosing my check for another years membership. I still have my first ORIGINAL ISSUE of the
Quarterly, NOT A REPRINT. I have a couple hundred copies over the years.
"Now, at 88 years of age, (reckon that puts me behind the 8-ball, doesnt it?) I still love the area, even though my wife Bernadine and I sold our acre in Forsyth a few years ago. We never got around to building a home on it and moving down to the lot in the old DODGE CITY DEVELOPMENT CORP in Forsyth.
"Our first visit to the area was in 1935 in our 1929 Ford Sports Coupe with a rumble seat. I walked the TRAIL THAT NOBODY KNOWS HOW OLD lots more than half a century ago.
"Years ago, I wrote more than 35 stores about the Ozarks for the OZARKS MOUNTAINEER (1966-67 on to the 70s).
"We like the Quarterly. Please keep the Quarterly Ozarkie." Sincerely, Russ How, Webster Groves, MO.
The Ozarks Genealogical Societys Fifteenth Annual Fall Conference, MID-ATLANTIC CONNECTIONS, will be October 20-21, 1995 at University Plaza Hotel, 333 John Q. Hammons Parkway, Springfield, MO. For more information, write Ozarks Genealogical Society, Inc., P. 0. Box 3494, Springfield, MO 65808 or call (417)
The Missouri: Folklore Society Journal, vol. 15-16,
1993-1994, recently published, "I am Nothing But a Poor
Scribbler: Silas Turnbo and His Writings," by Lynn
White River Journal
Public radio station (KSMU/KSMS 91.1 in Springflelcl/90.5 in Branson) is presenting a local program featuringthe people and places that make up the unique culture of the Ozarks.
"White River Journal" made its debut Thursday morning, May 4, 1995, and is broadcast regularly every two weeks. The six and one-half minute program airs at 6:33 and 8:33 every other Thursday during NPRs "Morning Edition."
The host and creator of the show is WRVIIS Vice-President Bob Gilmore, and each program closes with the notice that the show is produced in cooperation with the White River Valley Historical Society.
This program gives excellent continuing publicity to the Society. It also provides opportunities for Society members to become involved by suggesting ideas for topics to be featured on "White River Journal." Members with program suggestions should drop Bob a note at Rt. 2 Box 51, Reeds Spring, MO 65737, or call him at 417-272-1333.
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