‘Family Chronicles’ looking for personal solutions to research problems

Published 12:00 am Monday, September 18, 2000

Every family roots researcher has at some time hit a dead end or &uot;brick wall&uot; in their research. The creative and innovative solutions to these &uot;brick wall&uot; problems represent a tremendous resource to all family roots researchers.

Do you have a personal tale about your &uot;brick wall&uot; solutions or a pet method you use to solve sticky research problems? If so, this may be your golden opportunity to share your tips with the rest of us who are slaves to those missing links. FAMILY CHRONICLE magazine is looking for stories about how people have overcome such problems in genealogy searches.

FAMILY CHRONICLE plans to collect a thousand &uot;brickwall&uot; solutions to be published in a special publication tentatively called 1000 BRICKWALL SOLUTIONS. These will be carefully indexed in what will become a valuable problem solving resource.

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Stories should be written in your own style and can be as short as 50 words, but should not exceed 800. Each person who submits a story will receive two copies of the finished work (valued at $25 per copy). Even if your story is not used, serious submissions will receive a discount voucher for the book.

Submissions can be e-mailed to ronwild@familychronicle.com or mailed to &uot;Brickwall Solutions&uot;, Family Chronicle, Box 1201, Lewiston, N.Y. 14092. All submissions will be acknowledged so please provide your address, phone number and email address if available. All personal information will be kept confidential and not used for any other purpose than preparing the book.

So get out your pad and pen and make a contribution to this work in progress. You may just hold the solution to some researcher’s most perplexing problem!


— Fred C. Henderson (137 Woodlands Green Drive, Brandon, Miss., 39047, e-mail: FH137@aol.com) is searching for information on his great grandfather, ELLIS HENDERSON. Ellis was born in Green County, Alabama on 27 July 1812. He married Harriet HICKS, daughter of Als Hicks, in Green County on 4 January 1834. They moved to Kemper County, Mississippi between 1837 and 1840.

They were the parents of nine children: Allen, Jane, Francis, John, Robert Ellis, Albert (Mr. Henderson’s grandfather), William David, Anna and Elvira. Ellis Henderson died on 5 May 1875 and is buried in Smyrna Presbyterian Cemetery. Does any reader have more information on this family?

— Perry W. Moore (141 County Road 2254, Saltillo, Miss. 38866) seeks the parents, brothers, sisters, or any other information on HENRY MOORE SR.

Henry was born in Georgia in 1785 and, according to county census records, was living in Madison County, Alabama, with a wife and one male child as early as 1809. He lived in Madison County, Alabama, just west of Huntsville, until his death in October 1847. His first wife was named Eliza but her surname and dates are unknown. He then married Nancy PARSONS on 1 April 1812. She died between 1822 and 1835.

His third wife was Rebecca ROBERTSON who was the mother of his last two children. In all Henry, Sr., had eight children: John (born ca1808-1809); William (born ca 1810); Jesse (born ca1812-1814); Elizabeth (born ca 1816, married John P. TRIBBLE); Henry, Jr., (born 1818, married Nancy N. HILLIARD on 11 December 1837); David (born ca 1822); Hezekia Petty (born ca 1836) and Rufus Goden (born ca 1838). Henry Sr., was a trustee of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church which was located just west of Huntsville. Any information on Henry, Sr., or his descendants (especially Henry, Jr.) would be appreciated and Mr. Moore will gladly share his research as well.

Please send your queries and announcements to FAMILY TREES, 900 Main Street, Natchez, Miss. 39120 or email to Famtree316@aol.com. Be sure and include your snail mail address as well. We look forward to hearing from you.

Family Trees is a weekly column written by Nancianne Parkes Suber of Natchez.