As you may have gathered from previous posts, I’m a big fan of Marsha Hoffman Rising. She was a terrific genealogist, author and scholar.
I recently stumbled on a book she compiled that I thought merited sharing with you. She was from southern Missouri, and she has done an extraordinary amount of research in this area. This book is a derivative product from that research. While doing a research study on the first settlers of Missouri she came upon numerous records, that while they didn’t help her research, she knew would benefit others.
NOTE: Rising’s quick to point out that even if your ancestors didn’t settle in Missouri, this book could still be of assistance. They may have made an appearance in Missouri on their way West.
She abstracted “genealogical gems” from the following record types and compiled them in to this book, Genealogical Gems from Early Missouri Deeds 1815-1850 published by Willow Bend Books, 2004.
She was looking at the following types of records. And from which she drew hundreds of genealogical gems.
- Land partitions
- Deeds of gift
- Powers of attorney
- Out-of-state deeds
- Granting of slaves
- Slave manumissions
- Wills and marriages
Here are a few examples with my commentary at the end of each citation:
- 12 June 1829, Lemon Parker, present resident of Jo Daviess County, Illinois, formerly of Howard County, sold to John Ward, for $100 several separate parcels, described in arpents. [aside from the land transaction you have a migration path for Lemon Parker]
- 12 November 1830, John Ross, Sr. sold to his son John Ross, jr. 82 acres in Howard County. [land transaction & parent-child relationship!]
- 12 March 1831, George S. Foster, for natural love and affection [free] for son Josiah Foster granted him 200 acres, and the following slaves, William and Sampson. [land transaction, parent-child relationship, and slaves by name!]
- [Misc Loose Probate Files] 6 February 1843, John Sproul, aged 10 years, was bound to Isaac Jones until the age of 21 years to learn the art of farming. [Indentured Servant!!]
- On 22 July 1854, Lucy Pitts of Chattaga County, Georgia, for love and affection for daughter Elizabeth Craddock, of Laclede County, Missouri, granted three negroes: Milly about 20 years old and her children Alfred, about 2, and Mary, an infant about 3 months. [bequeathing of slaves – by name, possible migration trail of Georgia to Missouri, maiden name of Elizabeth Craddock!]
- 1 March 1814, David McEwen attorney in fact for William Sloan of Washington County, Missouri Territory, sold part of a pre-emption tract on the Big Harpeth River in Williamson County to Hugh F. Bell. [land transaction and an indication of pre-emption records]
- 1 October 1834, Sally Duncan, for $1, transferred to Ashley Duncan, 80 acres.[while this doesn’t directly specify a familial relationship, one can certainly be implied by the price of the land set at only $1]
See why Rising calls these “genealogical gems?”
Rising made it clear that this is neither a comprehensive or definitive work on the deeds of the counties in southern Missouri – only those she came across in the process of another project. That said, it is a sizable work with an every name index and not to be overlooked if this region played any part in your ancestors’ lives.