Researching a family's history is often a matter of finding little clues and linking them together. Few of us had ancestors who recorded their lives in neat little files and journals. Most families didn't have an historian who recorded all the births and deaths in the family Bible. So genealogy is a matter of finding as much documentation as possible and putting all the information together into some sort of cohesive history. The trouble is that there are always problems. Court houses burned, people eloped, children were adopted, people got divorced. Things happened that aren't recorded. Genealogists call their biggest problems "brick walls' because they sometimes encounter problems that seem insurmountable. The worst thing that can usually happen is that a person you have been tracing seems to disappear from the face of the earth. You can't determine if they died or left the country, got married, joined the circus, or simply changed their name.
One of my goals in creating this blog was to help genealogists find out information about their families. I've heard from lots of folks who have taken a name or date or event from this blog and used it to find new and important information about family members. It's my hope that I will continue to help families during the coming year. Tonight I offer some more little clues that may help someone with a brick wall.
The Star, December 4, 1874- Gen. D. H. Cooper and daughter, Mrs. Heiston, left Monday for Washington.
March 26, 1875- We are in receipt of a letter from parties in Greenfield, Dade County, Missouri, making inquiries about the two men who were found murdered in Caney Creek; an account of which was published in the Star on the 12th inst. They say that on, about, the 18th day of January, two men- R.A. Wilson and J. M. McInturff- left Greenfield in a spring wagon for Texas, and have not since been heard from. One of them was selling the right to the Monroe Davis Patent, Bee Hive; and also peddling eye water for chronic sore eyes. They had a chest of carpenter tools with them. This information may shed some light on the horrible mystery, and perhaps lead to the discovery of the murderers.
June 25, 1875- Married June 11th at the residence of the bride near Tishomingo, by Rev. N. E. Parsons, Mr. James Crockett to Mrs. Lou Thompson, widow of the late T. J. Thompson.
July 16, 1875- Miss Martha Hall, daughter of Perry Hall, who lives at Rush Springs, Choctaw Nation, on the night of the 3rd inst., eloped with a Mr. Joseph Mann of Illinois. The daughter had been closely watched for sometime by her father, but "where there is a will there is a way", and as usual in such cases, the girl finally found it. The mother, knowing how it was herself, sympathized with her enamored child and assisted her to escape.
July 23, 1875- Mr. Frank Low, bookkeeper for Marchand & Fenion, left Wednesday on a visit to his father's at Ft. Scott.
July 30, 1875- Died at Stonewall, Choctaw Nation, on the 17th inst., Lulu S., daughter of J. and Mrs. M. E. Doak, aged 6 years, 3 months, and 19 days.
October 26, 1875- Died, Walton Kemp, who was waylaid and shot last week, died on the morning of the 22nd.
November 23, 1875- Miss Lillie Stover, granddaughter of Andy Johnson, was married a few days ago to Thomas Maloney, a brilliant young lawyer of Greenville, Tennessee.
December 28, 1875- Mrs. Rooks, of Stonewall, daughter of Maj. Harlan, is in town spending Christmas.
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