A new home for the Benton county mailing list has been set up. Later today, I'll send out personal invitations to the subscribers of this list to join the new group. It should be a link you can click that will let you 'accept' the invitation to join the new group. You may need to check your spam folder as I can't say when such will be delivered. Of course, folks may still post to this list through 3/1. Tim Stowell
As of yesterday, the Benton county mailing list had 47 subscribers. In light of this list closing on March 2nd, with the full knowledge of the list owner - Susan Penn Groover, I am setting up a new home for this list. I've recently set up similar homes for other Rootsweb lists that are going defunct next month. In my next email, I'll send you further information regarding this and how to join the new home for this list. Tim Stowell Chattanooga
/_*Leave a Farewell Message*_/ This post was by Judith to MODAVIES: suggestion: People may want to post a "farewell" message on the mailing list before it goes to archive, and in this message include an email you plan to keep for the foreseeable future. A separate email could be set up expressly for this purpose if it is more convenient/secure. (You'll want web-based, not provider-based.) That way, if someone peruses the archive & finds a possible connection, they would have a way to get in touch with you privately. I have been on a couple of lists that went archival at some point, and I really wish I had done that, as our old email was provider-based and - once that provider went defunct, people looking through the defunct mailing list had no way to contact me (nor I them) It's easier to track people down these days, but I'd still suggest this. I think this to be an excellent idea, wish I thought it. I would like to expand to suggest that a post to include Your name, best address to reach you (one that might be dedicated to your genealogy research), a list surname(s) of interest, a list to places of interest (country, region, state, county), subject of interest, snail mail address (at your own risk), telephone number (again at your own risk), web address if you have a website, where you “moved.” Please keep in mind these to be suggestions and you should only provide what you would be comfortable for “ibots” to find. Might not want to wait to last minute. This would give system to process information and have it posted. With this in mind, please do not be concerned when you see my post to the nearly 300 (took inventory; final count was 298 – just sharing) mailing lists I admin. I will be leaving my time capsule to the list(s) in the coming days. But I will be here til Roots Web turn off the lights and lock the door. Let me take a few lines to acknowledge all the “thank-you” I have received. I started with a few surnames and expanded to counties more recently. But you are all “welcomed.” I try serve with the volunteer spirit and a happy heart. Please overlook my frustration that may boil to the top in the coming days. Susan
/_*Ramblings from the Backseat*_/ Beginning March 2nd, 2020 the Mailing Lists functionality on RootsWeb will be discontinued. Users will no longer be able to send outgoing emails or accept incoming emails. I have already announced that as of March 2^nd , when Roots Web ceases to function as a mailing list that I will be hanging up my administrator's hat. These are my observations and suggestions going forward. First and foremost, someone needs to step-up to be new administrator, chairman, leader, whatever title you like. Next a decision should be made whether to remain a mailing list or a bulletin board. Of course, what is to say both could be established. I personally have not read, but Dick Eastman has endorsed Group.io as a venue for mailing list. From what little time I have had, I would lean toward Group.io to maintain mailing list format. I have no experience with bulletin boards therefore I have no input. I am hearing Facebook, but I have issues with privacy and whether someone would make the site secure enough. I am sure there are other venues for bulletin board format. Can not stop someone setting up FB account, just do not bother to invite me. Also, Ancestry has an established bulletin board area, it is functioning. Due to the activity on most state lists, my next suggestion would be that county mailing lists consolidate to form one state list. When activity is established divide into regions. Too much activity then establish a county list (start at the top and drill down). Under the blanket of a state list posting could use subject line to keep the identity of the county ie; SUBJECT: [AL-SUMTER] Looking for … Surname lists are a horse of a different color. Suggestion here would be to make use of subject line. Kinda like reading a newspaper, the subject line is like a headline of a newspaper. Personally I pay attention to an informative subject line. A worry in the back of my mind is with the “mass exodus” from Roots Web to other venue on whether that venue can handle the new activity or whether “we” will cause that venue to crash and burn. Here's hoping that is a needless concern. Once the list is established … there needs to be centralized place where a directory or a place of registration that searching community would go to find the list. Since I am US based, USGenWeb comes to mind. This maybe more difficult step. USGenWeb sites are individually maintained. Hearing rumblings that this may be solved in the near future. Last concern (for the moment) would be “being nice and playing well with others.” Personally, have not experienced this problem. Frustration, maybe. Especially when Roots Web fell apart and returned “fixed” with continuing problems. For example, I still have to push through a post from someone using AOL. AOL users … this is why your post takes a little longer to be seen. Sorry, I do my best with the tools I have to work with. Patience is probably going to be the keyword in days to come. Patience with the leaders that will step forward. They are going to be putting a lot on their plates and will need support in establishing a new venue and getting it working, establishing their rules, etc. Congratulation to those lists that have found a “new home.” From what I see you are in good hands! Will try to make this last posting to those newly adopted lists. (Posting to all lists today.) At this point in time, Family Trees, Message Boards, Web Sites, & Wiki at Roots Web are not effected to my knowledge. Of course, Message Boards are already part of Ancestry. So open conversation. Work on finding a volunteer to lead the list forward. I'm gonna stop rambling for the moment. I'm here till they turn off the lights and lock the door. Susan
/_*Unsubscribing from Mailing List(s)*_/ With the upcoming changes to Roots Web, some have decided to “leave early.” Which I personally understand. Since I am busy, I would like to ask for your help. Should you make the decision to close your membership to list please do the following: Insert or substitute listname before dash. To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]> with the word "unsubscribe" without the quotes in the subject and the body of the email with no additional text. OR A link is provided at the bottom of individual and digests. Help in this area will be completely appreciated and will be considered an act of kindness.
/_*Genealogy of Roots Web*_/ Since most of us are genealogists or family historians, I write this to answer the primary questions I am receiving in “genealogy speak.” Mailing lists were scattered about the Internet prior to the conception of Roots Web (ie: AOL, Prodigy, Compuserve, and others) BIRTH: Sometime in 1996, Karen & Brian Leverich, conceived what it is now known as Roots Web. Roots Web grew to host uncountable mailing list of many subjects, surnames, places, etc. These mailing lists were free to its users/subscribers. MARRIAGE: June 2000. Roots Web was married (purchased by) Ancestry, Inc. with prenuptial agreement that mailing list services would remain free. I believe to be sometime in 2015, our beloved Roots Web began to suffer health issues. My speculation is outgrew its existence and its host was unable to keep up without a major and costly overhaul. After a year plus, Roots Web reopened its doors, but a lot of her faithful subscribers had lost interest or found other vehicles to convey their passages of information. During this time, other updates on the Internet have occurred. These changes have caused some subscribers unable to participate. Not qualified to expand on this other than to say that some folks have lost connection with Roots Web, DEATH: 2 March 2020. Beginning March 2nd, 2020 the Mailing Lists functionality on RootsWeb will be discontinued. Users will no longer be able to send outgoing emails or accept incoming emails. Additionally, administration tools will no longer be available to list administrators and mailing lists will be put into an archival state. BURIAL: Archives will be available to peruse. No further information as to where, how long, or whether a price tag will be added. Hope this helps. Susan Penn Groover
There is a Family tree Y-DNA Project for this family. Online Our Benton & my Ayres family is: Haplogroup R1b-Lineage1. Note entry for participant with earliest known ancestor: Isaac Ayres d. 1795 Woodbridge, NJ. On Find A Grave you can find tombstones, early ones, for Ayres in the county for Woodbridge, NJ, and for the county of Haverhill,Massachusetts. I quite suspect these Ayres are of an Eyre Family in England. But do not know. William Erwin
http://www.durhamncscv.org/index.php/our-people/erwin-william-rector-jr/ CLICK HERE Sons of Confederate Veterans, Durham, North Carolina George Washington "Jack" Ayres - Captain Company C, 20th Alabama Infantry, Pettus' Brigade, Stevenson's Division, Lee's Corps, Army of Tennessee Relationship: 2nd great grand nephew & 3rd cousin 4 times removed Born: October 8, 1836 Pinson Valley, Jefferson County, Alabama scion of pioneer families from South Carolina and Virginia. Died: August 19, 1864 near Jonesboro, Georgia Buried: Unknown Service Summary: George resided in Jefferson County, Alabama when he enlisted for the duration of the war at age 28 beginning September 9, 1861, and was elected 2nd Lieutenant on September 16th. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in 1863 and Captain in 1864. Captain Jack Ayres stood six feet tall and had black hair and blue eyes. His lost photograph was recently identified by Mr. Erwin. He was wounded near Jonesboro, Georgia, on August 17, 1864, and died in the hospital on the 19th. His grave is unidentified. Attorney Clifford A. Sticher of Atlanta kindly looked into this matter, also consulting with knowledgeable persons. He reported “the general consensus that he should be buried in Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta.” Large numbers of Confederate dead rest there, and many records have been lost. Oakland was Atlanta’s first official cemetery, 1850-1884. General John B. Hood’s headquarters was in a farmhouse north of the Bell Tower. The 20th Infantry served in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, and North Carolina. Had Captain Ayres survived the war, he would have passed by the Bennett Place with his peers in the Pettus' Brigade of Longstreet's Army, in the spring of 1865. There are many descendants of his sisters. His grandfather, James Nash of Culpeper County, Virginia, and Abbeville County, South Carolina, served in the French and Indian War, Pontiac's War, and was a Captain in the Culpeper Minute Men, 1776, and a Private in the artillery. Dr. John Forbes Nash, Jr., Captain Jack's first cousin twice removed, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics, 1994, for his doctoral dissertation on the mathematics of Game Theory. This work opened Game Theory for use in many disciplines, the military included. Jesse Ghent Nash - Major, Company C, 41st Alabama Infantry Relationship: 3rd great grand nephew & 3rd cousin 3 times removed Born: January 27, 1822, Blount or Jefferson County, Alabama Died: September, 1897, Sherman, Grayson County, Texas Buried: West Hill Cemetery, Sherman, Texas Jesse Ghent Nash, educator and Confederate Army officer, was the son of George Nash (1772-1852) and Elizabeth (Ghent) Nash, Pioneers of Jefferson and Blount counties, Alabama, primarily Pinson Valley in Jefferson. Major Nash was the uncle of Captain George Washington Ayres (1836-1864). Captain of Co. C. 20th Alabama Infantry. The 41st Alabama served during 1862-1865 primary in central and eastern Tennessee, northwest Georgia, central Mississippi, and Petersburg, Virginia. Nash had resigned in 1864. When George and Elizabeth Nash moved with their sons to Mississippi farms/plantations, the youngest, Jesse, received money for his education. He attended Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio, in the late 1840s, apparently also at Indiana University, and graduated with an A.M. degree, 1849, form Columbian University, Washington, D.C., now George Washington University. In the same year he married Mary Louise Marsh (1826-1896) of New York state. Subsequently, he taught school near Columbus, Mississippi, and after the Civil War in Tennessee. During 1864-1865 he was president of Judson College in Marion. Alabama. They removed to Sherman, Grayson County, Texas, in the 1870s where other Nash and Edmonds kin also settled. This county, situation upon the Red River, early became an economic, religious, and educational center including the largest bank and population. Founded in 1849, Sherman in 1858 became a stop on the first stage and mail route from St. Louis to San Francisco, the Butterfield-Overland Stage. In 1876, George and Mary Nash added to Sherman's schools with Mary Nash College, a substantial institution. Major Nash's funeral in 1897 was a major local event as recorded in his obituary. For purposes here, this paragraph: "The resolutions passed by his old comrades-in-arms, Mildred Lee Camp, United Confederate Veterans, was read by Hon. J. C. Edmonds, mayor of the city." He was colonel John Carter Edmonds (1848-1907), born Fairfax County, Virginia, graduate of Virginia Military Institute, and Major Nash's distant cousin. Edmonds had been a member of Mosby's Rangers. Given the geographical and time distance from their common ancestors in Christ Church Parish, Lancaster County, Virginia, they may have lost their connection. It was the marriage of William Nash II and Amey Edmonds in the 1670s in Christ Church Parish that united them. Still, Chester Hugh Edmonds (1847-1890), born in Fauquier County, Virginia, and a Grayson County resident, was a contemporary of Mayor Edmonds. Also, Chester Edmonds was the brother of Amanda Virginia (Edmonds) Chappelear whose Civil War diary in Fauquier County has been published. Many Confederate soldiers, including Mosby's Rangers, visited her home during the war. Major Nash was the great grandfather of Dr. John Forbes Nash, Jr., Nobel Laureate in Economics, 1994, and the 2nd great grand uncle of Charles Brenton Fisk, physicist, organist, and founder of current C. B. Fisk, Ltd., makers of fine concert organs known here and abroad. Before college, Charles Brenton Fisk worked at the Manhattan Project and on the detonator of the first atomic bomb at Los Alamos.
Dear Benton Folk, The history (online) of Newbury, Massachusetts, founded 1635, has lots of information. Both Pike and Ayres, family founders immediately intermarried, arrived Newbury in 1635 on the same ship. soon to become founders of New Jersey, many descendants including my Jefferson County, Alabama, Ayres, immediate kin pioneers of Benton County. John Pike was the ancestor of General Pike for whom Pike’s Peak is named, he being an early explorer as well as a VIP of the Masonic Order, he being of the Masonic HQ in Alexandria, Virginia. See Descendants of Founders of New Jersey online. My Jefferson County, Alabama, Great Grandmother Julia Ann (Ayres) Barton (d. 1873) was of this family. Her mother was Sarah (Nash) Ayres, wife of John B. Ayres, Jr. (d.1857). Sarah was the daughter of George Nash (1772-1852), great-great grandfather of Dr. John Forbes Nash, Jr., Nobel Laureate in Economics, 1994. The Ayres track quite easily (After awhile). William Rector Erwin, Jr.
Skip to main content Descendants of Founders of New Jersey Dedicated to the Origins and Heritage of New Jersey Main menu Home About Officers Past Governors General Founder Bios Membership Meetings News Past Speakers Links Contact Us John Pike Dates of Birth and Death 1613 - 1689/90 John Pike son of John and Dorothy (Day) Pike was baptized 8 November 1613 at Whiteparish, Wiltshire, England. His first wife was Mary, perhaps Turrill or Tarville. He married second, in Woodbridge, New Jersey 30 June 1685 Elizabeth Blossom, widow of Edward Fitz-Randolph. His will was dated 24 January 1688/9 and proved 20 January 1689/90. John Pike probably came from England in the ship "James" to Newbury, Massachusetts in 1635 with his father. All of his children were born in Newbury to his first wife, and all of his living children, except Joseph, moved with him to New Jersey about 1665. Before moving, John Pike lived for over 30 years in or near Newbury, where he was a town officer a number of times and was representative in 1657 and 1658. Mr. John Pike was the first name on the list of those who took the "Oath of Alegeance and Fidelitie" in Woodbridge beginning 27 February 1667-68. In 1668 the Governor granted him 380 acres of land in New Jersey. At Woodbridge, he was its first "President" in 1671, "the prominent man of the town" and for some years a magistrate. In 1675 he was appointed captain of the militia. His will mentions "late wife Mary," children John , Thomas, Ruth wife of Abr. Toppin, Joseph and Hana. Biography Author Don Charles Nearpass #C44 References New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 1912, Vol. 66 p.260 The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Massachusetts, By David W. Hoyt, pp. 285-286, Reprint 1982 Records of the Pike Family Association of America, 1906, pp. 38-40 First Settlers of Ye Plantations of Piscataway and Woodbridge, by Orra E. Monnette, Part 5, p. 754 Colonial and Revolutionary Lineages of America, Vol. 2, pp. 250-251 New Jersey Archives, Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey, Vol. 1, p. 50 How to Become a Member Membership is open to you if you are 18 years of age or older and can document your direct lineal ancestry back to a Founder of New Jersey. Click through to learn more. Learn How to Become a Member Return to the Founders Page Click here to return to the Founders Listing Page Footer menu Contact User menu Log in
Skip to main content Descendants of Founders of New Jersey Dedicated to the Origins and Heritage of New Jersey Main menu Home About Officers Past Governors General Founder Bios Membership Meetings News Past Speakers Links Contact Us Obadiah Ayers Dates of Birth and Death 1636 - 1694 Obadiah Ayers, son of John and Hannah Ayers, was born probably in Salisbury, Massachusetts in 1636; died in Woodbridge, New Jersey in 1694. He married Hannah Pike, a daughter of Captain John Pike on 19 March 1661 at Haverhill, Massachusetts. She died 30 May 1689, in Woodbridge. With his father-in-law, John Pike, and seven associates, a tract of land was purchased in New Jersey where they founded a settlement that became Woodbridge, between 1665 and 1667. Obadiah is named many times in deeds of the area in those early years. His will of 17 November 1694 left his real and personal estate to his sons Samuel, John, Joseph and Obadiah, and to his daughter Mary. Letters testament were issued to the witnesses, Ephraim, Andrew and John Pike, all relatives of the deceased wife of Obadiah, and were affixed to the original will. Biography Author L. George Van Syckle #C 10 References First Settlers of Piscataway and Woodbridge, by Orra Monette The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Mass., by D. W. Hoyt The Early Germans of New Jersey, by T. F. Chambers New Jersey Archives, Calendar of New Jersey Records 1664-1705, First Series, Vol. XXI How to Become a Member Membership is open to you if you are 18 years of age or older and can document your direct lineal ancestry back to a Founder of New Jersey. Click through to learn more. Learn How to Become a Member Return to the Founders Page Click here to return to the Founders Listing Page Footer menu Contact User menu Log in
Good Luck My Lady! Your work has been most helpful to me. William Rector Erwin Jr. Durham, North Carolina Native of Jefferson County, Alabama. Ayres descendant there, numbers of my family were early Benton folk. On Jan 9, 2020, at 9:33 PM, Susan Penn Groover <[email protected]> wrote: > *** Benton County Mississippi [MSBENTON] Mailing List *** > > Hi everyone! > > This has been heavy on my heart since Ancestry / Roots Web announcement. > > I have been admin / moderator for various mailing lists for 25+ years > (some lists that predate Roots Web). The options for change do not fit > my personal criteria. This is, also, not happening at a time I am able > to give personal time for this change. Plus, I think Ancestry is not > given an adequate “heads up” for this change. (I personally admin 200+ > lists) So I have made the decision to become a subscriber as opposed to > an administrator. > > I will remain admin to the mailing lists I currently admin till Roots > Web makes the changes they propose on March 2^nd . > > I am leaving the decision for change to the list members. > > I am still gathering options. I will post suggestions in the next few days. > > The major option I am hearing is Facebook. I suppose this could work. > But Facebook, in my humble opinion, would be turning a mailing list into > a message board. And various mailing list members have stated they would > not Facebook. Personally, I am in this bucket. I have personal issues > with Facebook. Open discussion on the list. Voice your opinion. > > Enough for now. Will post more on other options in the future. > > Susan Penn Groover, List Administrator > > > > > > _______________________________________________ > Benton County Mississippi [MSBENTON] LINKS: > > [WIKI] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benton_County,_Mississippi > > [FamilySearch.org Research WIKI] https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Benton_County,_Mississippi_Genealogy > > [MSGenWeb] http://www.msgw.org/benton/ > > [RW Message Board] https://www.ancestry.com/boards/localities.northam.usa.states.mississippi.counties.benton/mb.ashx > _______________________________________________ > Email preferences: http://bit.ly/rootswebpref > Unsubscribe https://lists.rootsweb.com/postorius/lists/[email protected] > Privacy Statement: https://ancstry.me/2JWBOdY Terms and Conditions: https://ancstry.me/2HDBym9 > Rootsweb Blog: http://rootsweb.blog > RootsWeb is funded and supported by Ancestry.com and our loyal RootsWeb community
Hi everyone! This has been heavy on my heart since Ancestry / Roots Web announcement. I have been admin / moderator for various mailing lists for 25+ years (some lists that predate Roots Web). The options for change do not fit my personal criteria. This is, also, not happening at a time I am able to give personal time for this change. Plus, I think Ancestry is not given an adequate “heads up” for this change. (I personally admin 200+ lists) So I have made the decision to become a subscriber as opposed to an administrator. I will remain admin to the mailing lists I currently admin till Roots Web makes the changes they propose on March 2^nd . I am leaving the decision for change to the list members. I am still gathering options. I will post suggestions in the next few days. The major option I am hearing is Facebook. I suppose this could work. But Facebook, in my humble opinion, would be turning a mailing list into a message board. And various mailing list members have stated they would not Facebook. Personally, I am in this bucket. I have personal issues with Facebook. Open discussion on the list. Voice your opinion. Enough for now. Will post more on other options in the future. Susan Penn Groover, List Administrator
For those that have not heard the news ... Rootsweb will no longer be supporting mailing lists in March 2020. It will remain read only, so archives will be accessible. In my mind, I question how long. Please keep in mind that each mailing list archives is the property of RootsWeb and will not be able to moved, removed, etc. Only the mailing list members list will be accessible by the admin for that list. I am looking for alternatives which I have started listing below. Alternatives: Ancestry -- as I understand, this alternative is platform based. Meaning one would have to long into to post a message as opposed to simply sending an e-mail. Groups.io -- would keep mailing, but to get full function a fee would be required. Google Groups -- I have not researched this option. Personally, I have issues with Google and will not pursue this option as admin. I suppose the major decision is whether to remain an e-mail based Group or platform based? My personal prerequisite is that it is FREE. Discussion in open... Susan Groover, List Admin. -- --- Genealogy: Where you confuse the dead and irritate the living.
- This mail is in HTML. Some elements may be ommited in plain text. - How are you, Sorry for any inconvenience, I'm in a terrible situation. Am stranded here in Manila, Philippines since last night. I was hurt and robbed on my way to the hotel I stayed and my luggage is still in custody of the hotel management pending when I make payment on outstanding bills I owe. Am waiting for my colleagues to send me money to get back home but they have not responded and my return flight will be leaving soon. Please let me know if you can help and I will refund the money back to you as soon as I get back home. Please let me know if you can help.. Harry
This is a Message Board Post that is gatewayed to this mailing list. Author: corneliaoctavia Surnames: Classification: queries Message Board URL: http://boards.rootsweb.com/localities.northam.usa.states.mississippi.counties.benton/4126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.1.3/mb.ashx Message Board Post: I have also run across this birth record, and I am tempted to view it as the same Paul Morton who married Mary Polly Autry, but am wondering how he happened to end up in Mississippi. A lot of research on the Autrys and Mortons in Mississippi was done by Mahan Blair Autry, and he stated that no one seemed to know where Paul Morton came from. Are you familiar with his book, The Family and Descendants of Captain John Autry? Since Paul Morton is my great-great grandfather, I am really curious to know more about him. I have yet to stumble onto any information about his first wife, the mother of Nancy Morton. Important Note: The author of this message may not be subscribed to this list. If you would like to reply to them, please click on the Message Board URL link above and respond on the board. <br>
This is a Message Board Post that is gatewayed to this mailing list. Author: granbeverly Surnames: Classification: queries Message Board URL: http://boards.rootsweb.com/localities.northam.usa.states.mississippi.counties.benton/4184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.1.2.1/mb.ashx Message Board Post: Yes, I do have a copy of the Autry book. Important Note: The author of this message may not be subscribed to this list. If you would like to reply to them, please click on the Message Board URL link above and respond on the board. <br>
This is a Message Board Post that is gatewayed to this mailing list. Author: granbeverly Surnames: Classification: queries Message Board URL: http://boards.rootsweb.com/localities.northam.usa.states.mississippi.counties.benton/927/mb.ashx Message Board Post: Yes, I do have a copy of the Autry book. Important Note: The author of this message may not be subscribed to this list. If you would like to reply to them, please click on the Message Board URL link above and respond on the board. <br>
This is a Message Board Post that is gatewayed to this mailing list. Author: corneliaoctavia Surnames: Morton, Autry Classification: queries Message Board URL: http://boards.rootsweb.com/localities.northam.usa.states.mississippi.counties.benton/418.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.1.2/mb.ashx Message Board Post: Paul Morton is my great-great grandfather! I have yet to find anyone anywhere who knows his first wife's name. She is the mother of Nancy, who was 9 or 10 when Paul married Mary Polly Autry. Do you have a copy of "the Autry book" -- The Family and Descendants of Captain John Autry? This is in there. You can get an electronic copy from the LDS if you look hard enough! I recently found a birth certificate showing Paul was born in Maine to Thomas and Betsy, but whether or not that's the same Paul Morton, who knows? Several people seem to have seized on it and regard it as accurate. It seems off the wall to me, but in the Autry book, it is stated that no one knows much about Paul Morton or where he came from. Anyone interested in this topic, please, please get in touch with me! Important Note: The author of this message may not be subscribed to this list. If you would like to reply to them, please click on the Message Board URL link above and respond on the board. <br>