Saturday, May 27, 2006

Genealogy Trip to St. Joe, AR

Good news! I've been pretty frustrated with my father's mother's branch of my family tree because I am not getting very far with my research.

My paternal grandmother's (Memaw's) mother's name was Nell Terrell. Her father was John William Terrell and her mother was Mary Mays. Grandma Nell told me that her parents died before she was grown. They ran the St. Joe post office. Her big brother, Kinely raised her and her little sister, Estie. They had a very hard life and were very poor. Beyond that, I haven't had much information.

However, I wrote a letter to someone at the Searcy County Library with questions, hoping for a little direction on where to look and got a phone call this morning. Geraldine Littleton was the lady that called and she had all sorts of info:
  • John W. Terrell had lots of siblings.
  • His father was William Terrell and his mother was Sarah E. Terrell (don't know the maiden name yet)
  • John W. Terrill first married someone else, but she died a year later.
  • Next, John marreid Mary Mays and they had children together.
  • Mary had died by 1910. Grandma Nell would've been 7 in 1910 and I know of at least two younger sisters (Estie and Verlie).
  • From the 1910 census, we can see that John and his mother were living with his sister, Julie Steel and her husband, Louis Steel.

Apparently, I have oodles of relations still in the area. I was planning on going down there to do some genealogy research in a couple of weeks, but Geraldine said that they're having an Ancestral Fair this coming weekend on June 2 and 3. She proceeded to tell me that MANY of my relatives will be there and that it'd be a shame to not get to visit with them and learn more about our family history, so I've decided to move my trip up a few days to be able to attend this event.

Supposedly, they have a lot of family Bible records at the Searcy County Library.

Geraldine said that there are lots of Keelings in the area that I am related to, as well. Memaw's maiden name is Keeling. I've been stuck on the Keeling side, too! Maybe I can find out a lot more about both families on this trip.

Daddy and Memaw are going to meet me there and we'll camp somewhere near the Buffalo River. It's so peaceful there. I honestly think it's one of my favorite places to be.

I'll take plenty of pictures and notes and will report back what I've found. :)


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