Volume 7, Number 5 - Fall 1980

Bits and Pieces

NOTICE FOR QUERY REQUESTS: When asking for help on family lines that you are working on please include the following: (1) full name, (2) date and place of birth, and (3) location where tracing...be as specific as possible. When you are researching a common name it helps to have something with which to identify him. Don’t worry about the length of your query. My job is to edit it and see that it fits.

J.W. (Billy) Findley, preacher and author of "Experiences Of a Walking Preacher" has given the society a copy of his book. He was born in a log cabin in Indian Territory in 1898 and went to school in a log schoolhouse in Ozark County. He also lived in Taney Co. and is still pastoring the rural Gentryville Church of God in Ozark County. If we had a volunteer to index this book it could be very helpful as it contains many names, places, and dates. We appreciate this gift to our reference files.

Member Herbert R. James, P.O. Box 2236, Idyllwild, CA 92349 is researching his great grandfather, Rev. George W. James. He was listed in the 1870 census of Morgan Township, Dade County as 40 years of age. He was born in Tennessee and most of his children were born in Arkansas. Mr. James’ 87 year old aunt, who lives in Iowa, says that George and his wife, Hattie Cantrell James, are buried in Jamesville. Is there a cemetery in or near Jamesville? Any help would be appreciated.

"I have another query," writes Mrs. Lee G. Knox, 1213 Amherst Drive, Denton, TX 76201. "I am researching the HALE/HAIL family. Nancy Hale married William Hurst. They were in the 1860 Stone County census as was a brother by the name of Mead Hail. I don’t know what happened to this family and I would be grateful for any information."

Member Treva Edwards Nobels, Route 1, Box 37, Omaha, AR 72662 would appreciate any help on the Edwards and Moore families.

The 1850 and 1860 Taney County census gives the following: James Edwards (born about 1827 in TN) and Mary E. ? Edwards (born about 1827 in MO) had seven children, all born in Missouri. They were: William E. b ca 1847; Barbara b ca 1848; Caleb Thomas b ca 1850; Emily J. b ca 1853; Susan E. b ca 1855; Robert A. b ca 1857; and, Joshua L. b ca 1860. In 1869 Caleb Thomas Edwards (Mrs. Nobles’ grandfather) married Jencie Ann Moore, born in Lee County, Virginia and daughter of Phaniry Moore. They moved from Taney County to Texas around 1873/74. Mrs. Nobles’ father, William A., was born in Annona, TX. He also lived in Grayson County and Ladon, TX.

In 1870, it is believed, the Edwards lived in Jasper Township, Taney County, maybe Walnut Shade, where they think Mary E. Edwards is buried.

Linda Melson Mulkey, 17710 3rd Place West, Bothell, WA 98011 writes that she regrets that she didn’t start research on her family before Grandfather Graves died in 1962. She remembers him telling her dad about buying "store bought" peaches, opening the can and eating them all at one time. My dad asked him why didn’t he buy some to take home? Grandpa stopped and said, "I never thought about taking any home."

Word comes from Alice A. Boone how much she enjoys our bulletin. Her husband, Tan A. Boone, is president of the Boone Family Association of California. She writes, "We have loads of Boones here in California that trace their ancestors back to Missouri. It seems old Daniel didn’t get any farther west than Missouri, but many of his descendants did."

Alice does all the family genealogical work for the association and it would "make me very Happy" to receive all the Boone information you can give. Send to: The Boone Family Association of California, P.O. Box 751, Columbia, CA 95310.

Our thanks to Dorothy Cummings, charter and honorary member and first editor of the


Quarterly, for her donation of early issues of National Geographic to Ralph Foster Museum. The following issues, according to Ralph Lucas, WRVHS Museum Chairman, are still needed: 1912 - all issues; 1913 - February, April, May, June, July, November and December; 1914 -May, July, October, and November; 1928 - July; 1929 - July; 1930 - July; 1931 - January and March; 1932 - January, February, May, September, October, and December; 1934 -May.

Please help us find these "missing" issues. Send to: The White River Valley Historical Society, Box 565, Point Lookout, MO 65726. These contributions are tax deductible.

Mrs. C.T. Pfisterer, 301 12th Street, Brodhead, WI 53520 is wanting information about her grandmother’s marriage, Serilda May Turner to John May. Mr. May died "almost immediately" after the marriage, but records on this marriage have not been found. Serilda then married John Thomas Sims on August 14, 1870 at Taneyville, MO.

Mrs. Pfisterer is also wanting background on Thomas and Lucy (Arnold) Benton before they came to Taney County from Kentucky in 1853. If you can, please help this new member.

The Organization of Chinese Americans of Southern Alameda County, California is trying to find out about Chinese Americans who were first to do something, thus being assured of a place in history. Such as (1) the first individual in a state or locality, (2) the first family in a state or locality, (3) the first in an occupation, and many more categories. If you can assist in this project you may write this group at 466 South 5th St., #2, San Jose, CA 95112.

The St. Louis Genealogical Society, Suite 203, 1695 South Brentwood Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63144 has many new publications for sale. Write them for a list of their available "helpers and enclose a self-addressed, stamped legal size envelope.

The Hopkins County Genealogical Society, Inc. of Madisonville, KY has many books for sale: The Federal Census of several counties over many years; marriages of four nearby counties, many, many cemetery records for Hopkins County; and other books too many to list. If you want more information on their publications, write (do not phone) your editor for more details…pages and prices will be sent if you enclose postage.

Congratulations to member Paul R. Welch and family of Bremerton, WA. Word has come that Mr. and Mrs. Welch became parents with the birth of a son in August. A future historian, maybe?

Dolores Sutton, P.O. Box 118, Wayne, OK 73095 is still needing information on Jane Brittain Bly Parton who came to Taney County about 1865. She was born in 1839 and died in 1910. First husband was ? Bly, second husband was James Henry Parton. Issues: Margaret Bly married Jasper Hopper; Sara Elizabeth Bly married John Raines; George Bly married Sintha Laws; John Bly married Arminda Hopper; Munroe Parton married Retta Bell; James Parton married Edna Bates; Joe Parton married Vesta Hopper; and, Charley Married Maggie Parks.


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