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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - October/November 2003
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Was the MALCOLM MORRISON in the British Aliens in the US During the War of 1812, by Kenneth Scott, Richmond County, North Carolina, age 41, 10 years in the U.S., wife and two children, the same MALCOLM who went to Florida and then to Alabama, died intestate 1852, Perry County, Alabama? If you can help, write Claire M. Dixon, 120 Oakridge Dr., Warner Robins, GA 31093-2143.

Need to reach DEB KILGORE, Zephyr, TX 9/8/98). Believe her DANIEL and MARY CARROLL McSWEEN were parents of my great grandmother, CATHERINE McSWEEN/MacSWEEN, born 1818. Contact Jimmie McSween, 6306 Winton, Dallas, TX 75214.

Seeking information about JOHN BELL and wife MARY. They lived in Richmond County, Georgia in 1790 when son HUGH was born. They had another son JOHN. I am related to HUGH and know all about his family, but would like to know where his father, JOHN, and mother MARY, came from, etc. JOHN died in 1816 in Columbia County, Georgia. I have been to the Columbia County Courthouse, but found nothing. Please write John T. Bell, 4057 Alesbury Dr., Jacksonville, FL 32224 or you may contact by e-mail:

Wimberley Winden, 1511 Buckmann Ct., Houston, TX 77043-3301 needs information regarding wife and sons' names of NEIL McDANIEL/McDONALD. (Cumberland Co., NC 1777; 1772); Richmond County, NC: 1790; 1807; Darlington, SC: 1809; Duplin Co., NC: 1820; Chesterfield Co., SC: 1830. He also needs information concerning wife and sons of ARCHIBALD McDANIEL/McDONALD: Bladen Co., North Carolina 1776; 1834; Duplin Co., North Carolina: 1820; Chesterfield Co., South Carolina: 1830. These two men, thought to be father and son, used both names.

Seeking descendants and ancestors of ROBERT ROBERTSON, born ca 1833, North Carolina. Parents/family unknown, area unknown. Could ROBERT ROBERTSON's family have lived on the East coast, possibly the Cape Fear area? ROBERT said to have been one of a large family, possibly all boys. ROBERT and CATHERINE A. GARBER married September 3, 1859, Douglas County, Illinois. Six sons were born in Illinois and Indiana before the family settled in Southeastern Colorado, where ROBERT died April 8, 1905. Burial was from the Presbyterian church. Holly, Prowers, Colorado. Any information will be helpful. Mabel I. Robison, 2235 Juntura CT. S., Salem, OR 97302-2222, telephone 503-589-9567.

I have questions concerning my family's clan connections, if any. I am a lineal descendant of PATRICK, aka PETER IMLAY, who emigrated to the U.S. (Monmouth County, New Jersey) from Skene, Aberdeenshire, Scotland in 1685. According to a book about the Imlay family, a LT. COL. PETER IMLAY, DSO, of Skene Aberdeenshire has researched the family name and was reportedly certain that the name, which originated only in the Aberdeenshire Highlands of Scotland, is a more or less slurred pronunciation of the Gaelic name of the CLAN FARQUHARSON, which he said was known as the CLAN IANLA (apparently something of a nickname, derived from the Gaelic Iamlaid, pronounced Eamlay). While I am certain of the descent of the family from Skene, Aberdeenshire, I am not as convinced of the clan affiliation. Correspondence with the CLAN FARQUHARSON revealed a quote from the Black's Surnames of Scotland to the effect that the name IMLAY is a softened form of IMLACH, which is an old name with documented appearances as early as 1402, which they felt would preclude its being a derivative of CLAN FARQUHARSON, which did not appear as a clan name until considerably later. If anyone has any information, please contact Christopher D. Imlay 2140 Edgeware St., Silver Spring, MD 20905-4215, telephone 301-236-5629 or at

Burke's Peerage & Gentry donates books to Odom Library
Burke's Peerage & Gentry are pleased to make another donation of books to the Odom Library. Recently, Heritage Books, Inc. opted to feature Burke's Scots American series in their e-newsletter and in return provide Burke's with Heritage book vouchers. Vouchers from this arrangement will be given to Odom Librarian Irene Godwin to select books of her choice. This month, Irene will receive $100 worth of vouchers.

The team at Burke's Peerage & Gentry are very happy to support the Odom Library in this way and hope library users enjoy using the new resources.
Annie Christie, Editorial Director, Burke's Peerage & Gentry

Gift books provide fabulous resources...
Thank you! Thank you!
With the ways that our finances go at The Odom Library there would hardly be ANY new books...but our collection continues to grow and grow and grow. How can we do this? It's pretty simple. The Family Tree readers are the greatest and most generous people on earth! You all share with us so that our library expands and contains more and more valuable research material. Thank you!

Many thanks go to Burke's Peerage & Gentry for presenting to the Odom Library six books, one of which is Windows on the Past: Identifying, Dating and Preserving Photographs.

Thank you to Geraldine DeWitt-Edwards of Rancho Cordova, California for donating a great many books regarding records containing information of immigrants in the states of Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri and Arkansas. Many book contained information on the revolutionary wars. Ms. DeWitt-Edwards' contribution totaled 81 books. If you would like a complete listing of the titles, please call The Family Tree for more information.

Mrs. Virginia (Ginger) Horkan of Moultrie, Georgia sent a copy of The Floridians as presented by the WSCDA In Georgia, Moultrie Town Committee, Reese Newton Smith, Chairman.

Dorothy Perkins Demange of Palo Alto, California has gifted William Speer (1747-1830) His Life, Family, and Descendants to our collection.

Thank you to Dot Moore, who donated on behalf of The Class of Norman Park High School of 1948, of which Dot Moore was a member, Oracle of the Ages - Reflections on the Curious Life of Fortune Teller Mayhayley Lancaster.

We appreciate Sue F. Cowger of Tallahassee, Florida who gifted the library with The Ryves - Rives - Reaves Families of Europe and America.

Chief William R. Jackson of Albany, Georgia has made a gift of Spirit Healing - Native American Magic and Medicine. We appreciate his kindness.

We thank Lynn Harper of Milwaukee, Wisconsin for a copy of Memoirs: Our People. . .The Indians. Your gift is very important to us.

Chandler Aubrey Johnston 1825-1882 and Some of His Ancestors and Descendants was presented to the library by Charles T. Johnston, Jr. of Watkinsville, Georgia.

Linda L. Walters of Maryville, Tennessee donated a copy of Historical and Biographical Record of Southern California. We appreciate your contribution.

Debra Dommerman of Keokuk, Iowa donated in memory of Willa Mae Davis Murphy Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia, Volume 1-9; DAR Patriot Index, Volume 1-2; and Maps - New Ebenezer 1747, Town of Savannah, City of Savannah.

Cornish Heritage Society can help you
From the newsletter Cornish Crier, we received information regarding the Cornish Heritage Society East.
The Society was formed to unite descendants of Cornish immigrants, to promote the study of the ancient culture of Cornwall, and to forge and maintain bonds with Cornish around the world. The Society meets four times a year with an Annual Meeting on the Saturday nearest to St. Piran's Day (March 5).
If you'd like more information, contact Anne Stephens, Membership, 23 Weldon Road, Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey 07849.

Rich and famous website a hoot
What more could you want than to know visit with all the rich and famous people you've always heard about? Nearly 100 1930 census images of the "rich and famous" can be seen at the following website including Lucille Ball, John Barrymore, Jack Benny, Irving Berlin, Marlon Brando, President Jimmy Carter, President Calvin Coolidge, Walter Cronkite, Katharine Hepburn, Martin Luther King Jr., Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Carl Sandburg, Orville Wright.  Visit the website at Previously published in Missing Links, Vol. 8, No. 21, June 30, 2003. See

You can Win a signed cricket bat!
A very, very special cricket bat. . .a collector's dream you can win!
The Cricket Bat was used in the winter in an old grudge series against Australia in Australia. The series is called The Ashes series as the teams compete for a small urn, which holds the ashes of the bails which were burned in the first encounter between the two teams in the 19th century.
The bat is signed by the team members and a match program is included with the bat, which has a story about the Ashes matches along with pictures and stories about the team stars.
The bat came from Joe Bruce, sponsorship manager, England and Wales Cricket Board, London, England. The bat was purchased by Dick Lucas, owner of The Scottish Armoury, and donated to The Family Tree as a raffle prize.
The raffle tickets are $1.00 each and only 1,000 tickets will be sold. The drawing will be held on February 14, 2004 during Scottish Weekend 2004. Tickets may be purchased by seeing Dick Lucas at the Scottish Armoury at the Highland Games or sending $1.00 for each ticket to "Cricket Bat," The Family Tree, PO Box 2828, Moultrie, Georgia 31776. (Be sure and include your name and mailing address.)

Do you have royal blood?
What is Blood Royal? Who qualifies for such a description? According to distinguished genealogist Sir Anthony Wagner, descendants of medieval English kings number in the millions in the UK and around the world. Charles Mosley's new book Blood Royal traces British Royal lineages from the Roman Emperors and native British sovereigns, through all royal houses to the present-day Windsors. A seven page introductory chapter is available free at

Blood Royal will form a major new addition to the subscriber database in coming months when essays and genealogies of Britain's monarchs will be digitized. This will be a valuable addition to Burke's Peerage & Gentry's collection of articles on British Royalty. For more information on British social, political and family history, visit

Tillie MacDonald of Brewster, Massachusetts died August 1, 2003 from an inoperable brain tumor that manifested itself less than two months earlier. Treatments did not reduce nor help destroy this tumor. Tillie and her husband Rod (Roderick) have been staunch supports and active workers in Clan Donald for many, many years. Tillie's smiling face and ever helpful hands will be sorely missed at any Highland gathering and the New England games. Tillie leaves her husband of many years, Rod; two children...a son, the Reverend Roderick MacDonald of Burlington, Massachusetts, and daughter Jean of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A memorial service was held at her church in Brewster, Massachusetts. Donations to the Clan Donald Land Trust Foundation may be made in her name. Cards and notes of condolence should be sent to Mr. Roderick MacDonald, 14 Shady Lane, Brewster, Massachusetts 02631. More information also may be obtained by contacting Julie, Regional Commissioner, Clan Donald - New England at

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