Volume 34, Number 3 - Winter 1995

Bits and Pieces
by Pauline Barton

Sheila R. Fell, 18724 N.E. Everett Ct., Portland, OR 97230, is searching information on the parents and origin of her Great-great Grandfather Robert William Road, whose wife was Evaline Caroline Hulsey. He was one of the originators of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church near Mt. Grove, MO.

Donald L. Askerman, 3914 Autumn Way, Ridgecrest, CA 93555, Tel. (619) 377-5195, would very much appreciate any help you readers can give him on the following project. He is writing a book about ships named WASHINGTON. These include every type and rig there have been. Among this number are the steamboats that worked the inland rivers until the railroads ended their days. The name could be simply WASHINGTON, but also GENERAL W., MT. WASHINGTON, MARTHAW.,MOUNT VERNON, or CITY OF WASHINGTON. He is looking for anecdotal material, narratives such as diaries, journals, newspaper articles and so on.

Cherylle S. Martens, 177 Bramblewood Lane, East Amherst, NY 14051, Phone (716) 689-9134, gave the WRVHS a generous contribution to help her research her Great-great-great Grandfather CHARLES MARION BATES, SR. He was born in Kentucky around 1840 and at some point moved to Taney County, MO. He died in the Civil War sometime between 1861 and 1863 somewhere in MO. When he died he was married to MAHALA GARRE’1T POTI’S BATES, and they lived in Taney County, MO. They were married in Taney County about 1859 to 1861, and they only had one child CHARLES MARION BATES, JR. before he died in the war.

She doesn’t know if CHARLES MARION BATES, SR., fought for the Confederacy or the Union. Are military records available? She has been told that many men from Taney County who fought for the Confederacy may have been in the 27th Arkansas Cavalry.

CHARLES MARION BATES, SENIOR’S widow married JAMES REYNOLDS, and she diedin 1915 inMissouri. His son CHARLES, JR died in Oklahoma in 1940.

Mrs. Martens is also researching her other set of Taney County grandparents. Their names were EDNA W. BATES (daughter of CHARLES BATES, JR. mentioned above) and JAMES WESLEY PARTON. Edna was born in March 1879 at Mincy in Taney Co., and James Parton was born in 1870 in Wilson County (Falls River), Kansas. They were married in October 1894 in Mincy, MO, and they had 3 children, WESLEY, LILLIE, and LOUANN. It is believed they did not leave Taney County but died in a flu epidemic and buried in the


Mincy Cemetery. Was there a flu epidemic in Taney County between 1900 and 1909? The three children appear on the 1910 Muskogee County, Oklahoma census living with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. CHARLES BATES, JR.

Betty Marshall Ergovich, 23414 West 54th Street, Shawnee Mission, KS 66226, has a two-fold research. First, she is gathering information about her Great Grandfather GRANVILLE SMITH, and his activities under CAPTAIN JAMES M. MOORE in his Independent Stone County New Home Guard and the Enrolled Missouri Militia. She thinks there must be diaries or letters someplace describing their various involvement. Her second project centers around her ancestors who migrated from Bedford County, Tennessee, to Southwest Missouri, namely in Barry, Stone, and Lawrence Counties by the names of SMITH, BUTLER and KING.

Robert W. Perkin, 6340W. Meadow Lark Lane, Las Vegas, Nevada 89103, is the Great Grandson of BENJAMIN F. (probably Franklin) KIMBERLING who was born on 25 June 1835 at White River, Missouri, and ELIZA COPELAND born 25 Jan. 1844 formerly of Tennessee. BENJAMIN F. KIMBERLING is believed to be directly related to JAMES and JOSEPH KIMBERLING who settled southeast of Ozark in 1830, and also related to the KIMBERLINGS who settled on Bull Creek.

Although not verified, the only information he knows of the original KIMBERLING is that he was a Hessian Mercenary in the pay of the British fighting against the Colonists during the Revolutionary War, and who stayed afterwards probably after serving the customary three years indenture after being "sold as a hired hand." His original name is believed to be JOSEPH KEMMERLIEN.

Mr. Perkins is especially interested in corresponding with any member of the WRVHS who may have information on the history of KIMBERLING CITY and the KIMBERLING families that settled in the White River area.

New WRVHS member, Glenn E. Logan, HC 37, Box 37, Harrison, AR 72601 wishes to correspond with any descendants of his Great-great Grandfather ALEXANDERT. LOGAN born Nov. 2,1811 in Virginia. Married first to ELIZA TURNER born 1818 in Tennessee. His second marriage was to CHARITY E. WIGGANS born 1848 in MO. ALEXANDER T. LOGAN died Nov. 28, 1888 at Branson, MO. He lived first at present day Christian County, MO, and then Taney Co., MO. He had 24 children by two marriages, and related families by marriage: GIDEON, FULLERTON, HAGGARD, CARTER, KAISER, BERRY and others.

Lynn Morrow, WRVHS Quarterly Editor, presented at the WRVHS meeting on December 11, 1994, an index listing the microfilmed Ingenthron Taney County Public Records available at the state archives and the Forsyth Public Library.

Lynn Morrow will give two slide-illustrated presentations on the recent publication of "The White River Chronicles of S. C. Turnbo: Man and Wildlife on the Ozarks Frontier" (Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1994) on Friday, March 10, 1995, at the Springfield-Greene County Public Library, 2:00 p.m., and at the Missouri Department of Conservation Nature Center, Springfield, at 7:00p.m. For the latter, please call for your reservation.

The Missouri Folklore Society is working with the Western Historical Manuscript Collection-Columbia (WHMC) to develop a Missouri Folklore Folklife Archive for manuscript, photographic, and recorded materials relating to Missouri’s folk heritage and to make these resources known to researchers. WHMC has received many valuable collections related to the folklore and folklife of various cultural groups since its establishment in 1943. It is the designated repository for the folklore society and works with the society to identify, collect and preserve resource materials on folklore and folklife.

To arrange for or discuss the gift of papers, photographs, audio recordings or videotapes, contact: Laura Bullion, Western Historical Manuscript Collection, 23 Ellis Library, University of Missouri-Columbia, MO 65201, (314)882-6028. — from Missouri Libraries, September/October 1994.

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