June 3, 2010

Genealogy DNA Project Helps Family Tree Builders Trace Roots Back to Northeast Missouri

Thanks to the Missouri Genealogy FARRIS Y-DNA project one family tree with local roots has grown.

Two young boys orphaned at the age of two years and just 2 weeks old, in 1877 started a chain of events that is just now being unraveled.

Lucinda Ellen (Harryman) Harriman-Crandall Farris (original family from the Sand Hill area) who was married to George Farris in or near Saline County Missouri left four boys with no parents. Lucinda had two boys from her marriage to George Crandall; Thomas and Ewing Crandall, who were sent to live with the (Harryman) Harriman family when she married George. Sometime in late 1876 but before February 1877 George wandered away from the home he and Lucinda shared and was never seen again. The two sons; George Washington and Samuel Sterling (Smoot) Farris were, after Lucindas death sent to live with the (Harryman) Harriman family as had Lucindas first two sons.

Now it gets complicated, said Rita Palomo, one of the family members that was instrumental in discovering the local ties. George Washington Farris was my grandfather and married to Pearl Jane Silvers Farris with three sons (Neale, Sterling and George) one of them my father.

But the trail went cold for the family history researchers. Smoot vanished and behind him were very few family stories or information. The researchers knew that Smoot married Elizabeth Minnie Lewis and the couple had four sons; Ross, Cheever, Vess and Cyril. Minnie and Vess died in Baring, Missouri from a typhoid outbreak in 1904 and are buried at the Bible Grove Christian Church Cemetery. Some time before the two deaths in 1904 Smoot too had disappeared from Baring, Missouri and Knox County and never returned similarly to his father. The three remaining boys were taken by Minnies mother Lydia Johnson Lewis to live in Minnesota. Within a couple of years Lydia had taken all three boys to an orphanage where they were independently adopted by other Minnesota.

I have spent the better portion of the last twenty years searching for clues to where my great-grandfather came from and where we went, said Palomo. I had no idea that across the U.S. someone else was doing the same thing for the same reason.

In 2007, Palomo said she stumbled onto the FARRIS Y-DNA Project on the Missouri Genealogy web page. In the process she found a second cousin to provide a DNA sample.

One year later, I received a letter from the Y-DNA Project Manager, John Farris letting me know that I had been matched to another DNA sample and 45 of 46 markers making this person immediate family, she said.

The two began to correspond in 2008 and finally on April 21, 2010 the with the same great-grandfather, met for the first time.

On April 28, 2010, at Keiths Caf in Memphis, Missouri Palomo and her four sisters gathered to spend time with their newly discovered cousin, the grandson of Smoot Farris, one of the missing links in Palomo genealogy research.

The sisters Carolyn (St.Charles, MO), Rosalyn (Elsberry, MO), Sara (Downing, MO), Rita (Grand Cayman) and Marilyn Farris (Springhill, KS); are the daughters of Neale Nicholas and Bernice June Norton Farris. They are grandchildren of George Washington and Pearl Jane Silvers Farris formerly of Rutledge, Missouri and great-grandchildren of George and Lucinda Ellen Harriman Crandall Farris.

There cousins are Don and Beth Ann Farris (Sonoma, CA), son of Ross and Ruth Golden Smith Farris. Don is the grandson of Samuel Sterling (Smoot) and Elizabeth Minnie Lewis Farris of Baring, Missouri Knox County and the great-grandson of George and Lucinda Ellen Harriman Crandall Farris.

Joining the sisters in welcoming Don and Beth Ann to the family were Gene Farris (Kirksville, MO), son of Sterling Eugene and Eva Neese Farris, grandson of George Washington and Pearl Jane Silvers Farris and great-grandson of George and Lucinda Ellen Harriman Crandall Farris and his grandson as well as the son and daughter of his brother Carl William Farris (Kirksville, MO), both men from Kirksville, Missouri. At Keiths Caf on April 28, they were also joined by Jewel Norton Brown, the girls mothers sister.

We shared family time at the home of Royce and Sara Farris Jeffries in Downing, visited Bible Grove, Memphis, Rutledge, Baring and surrounding areas tracing the places our ancestors lived and died, Palomo reported.

The bulk of the family tree history reported in this article was tied together from the sharing done during the week-long visit of the sisters and their new found cousins.

The family is still searching for more genealogy information in Scotland, Schuyler, Adair, Knox, Howard and Saline Counties in Missouri and hopes that some of the other Farris families in these counties will submit to the DNA project and help further tie together the family tree.

Scotland County R-I Elementary Menus


Thursday, Nov. 15 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, November 16 – Sausage/Gravy, Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Toast, Banana Juice/Milk

Monday, November 19 – Mini Breakfast Bites, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Biscuit, Orange Rings, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, November 20 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Wed., November 14 – No School

Thursday, Nov. 15 – No School


Thursday, Nov. 15 – Chili Soup, Chicken Noodle Soup, Hamburger Bar, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Pickle Spear, Cheese Stick, Saltine Crackers, Fruit Salad, Fresh Fruit

Friday, November 16 – Walking Taco, Shrimp Poppers, Diced Tomatoes, Cottage Cheese, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Monday, November 19 – Italian Dunkers, Crispy Chicken Strips, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Oven Ready Fries, Green Beans, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, November 20 – Chicken A La King/Biscuit, Hamburger/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Onion Rings, Peas/Carrots, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, November 21 – No School

Thursday, Nov. 22 – No School

Memphis FFA Chapter to Host Annual Coon Hunt November 21st

Connor Payne was awarded the fastest skinner plaque at the 2017 FFA Coon Hunt.FA, coon hunt

The 2018 Memphis FFA Coon Hunt will be held on Wednesday, November 21st.  Registration will be from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the Scotland County Fairgrounds in the Art Hall.  The teams will be released to hunt at 7:00 and will all need to be checked back in at the art hall by 10:00 p.m. The cost to enter is $2 per person and $3 per dog.

Rules and Regulations:

-All teams must have at least one Memphis FFA Member and at least one coon dog. (If you need an FFA Member please contact Memphis FFA Advisor, Waltedda Blessing, at 660-465-8901.)

-Everyone on the team, including the dogs, must be present at time of registration.

-Teams cannot leave before 7:00 pm (Time will be determined by official clock at headquarters.)

-All team members and dogs must return to headquarters by 10:00 pm (Time will be determined by official clock at headquarters.)

-Coons must be killed the night of the hunt.

-Coons must be brought whole back to headquarters. (NO SKINNED COONS).

-No trapping of coons can be used at the hunt.

-All local, state, and federal laws must be followed, as well as the regulations of the Missouri Wildlife Code. Observed or suspected violations will be grounds for disqualifications, and appropriate authorities will be notified.

-All coons may be subjected to inspection by the conservation agent.

-Team with biggest coons by weight will be declared winner.

-If there is a tie, the second heaviest coon will be used to determine winner.

-Ruling by the hunt officials is final.

-You must have a small animal game license. (TRAPPING LICENSE DOES NOT WORK)

Plaques will be awarded for: Biggest Coon, Smallest Coon and Fastest Skinner.

The Memphis FFA Chapter is holding a coon hunt as a fun event and to encourage community involvement. They would love to see members from the community participate and many teams sign up.

Soup and refreshments will be available at headquarters upon return from hunting.

Be safe, play fair, and have fun!!

Affordable Health Screenings Coming to Memphis

Residents living in and around the Memphis, Missouri can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. Scotland County Fitness Center will host this community event on November 27, 2018. The site is located at 541 E Grand Ave in Memphis.

Screenings can check for: The level of plaque buildup in your arteries, related to risk for heart disease, stroke and overall vascular health; HDL and LDL Cholesterol levels; Diabetes risk; Bone density as a risk for possible osteoporosis; Kidney and thyroid function, and more

Screenings are affordable, convenient and accessible for wheelchairs and those with trouble walking.  Free parking is also available.

Packages start at $149, but consultants will work with you to create a package that is right for you based on your age and risk factors.  Also ask about our Wellness Gold Membership Program with allows customers to get all the screenings they need now, but pay $19.95 a month.  Call 1-877-237-1287 or visit our website at www.lifelinescreening.com. Pre-registration is required.

Baring Man Hurt in Crash With Deer

A Baring man was injured in a one-vehicle crash in Adair County on November 7th at 1:30 a.m. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Donnie A. Swartz, 46, suffered minor injuries when the 2009 Mercury Mariner he was driving struck a deer in the roadway.

The accident occurred on Highway 11, eight miles east of Kirksville.

Swartz was transported by Adair County Ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville.

The vehicle sustained moderate damage.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the ambulance service and the Kirksville Fire Department.

SCR-I Board of Education Discusses Green House, All-Weather Track Projects

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, November 8, 2018.  President Christy Aylward called the regular meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. with five members present, Mr. Tippett and Mr. Triplett were absent. The facility tour was conducted between 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.  President Aylward brought the meeting back to order at 6:00 p.m. with six members present.  Cole Tippett arrived at 6:00 p.m.  Jamie Triplett was absent.

Financial Report

Year-to-date revenues total $1,272,136.37 which is an increase of $53,824.89 from last year.

“This revenue is mostly from the State,” said Superintendent Ryan Bergeson.

Year-to-date expenditures are $1,972,307.82 which is an increase of $145,900.02 from last year, creating an early deficit o $700,171.45.

“This deficit trend will continue until we begin to receive our local tax revenue in January,” said Bergeson.

Snow Removal Bids

The board voted 6-0 to approve the snow removal bid from The Snow Man as presented for the 2018-19 snow season.

Facility Projects

The board discussed the progress of the Monsanto Grant and the new FFA Greenhouse.  The plans are to have the greenhouse completed before the end of the 18-19 school year.

The board also discussed the LWCF Grant of $232,060  for a new all-weather track and the progress of the Committee Meeting this week.  Several committee members have split into subcommittees and are working on specific fundraisers in an effort to raise the additional funds to complete the community track and field improvements.

There is currently a Facebook Donation Site setup on behalf of the Scotland County School Foundation that will allow supporters to make donations for the track and field improvements.  In addition, there will be information coming out soon about a brick campaign.  The brick campaign will allow supports to purchase engraved bricks and/or pavers that will enhance the track and field entrance.

Additional information will be made available in the very near future and the committee is hopeful that fundraising will be successful and will lead to the project being completed in the summer of 2019.

December Meeting

The board voted 6-0 to set the December board meeting for Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Open session adjourned at 6:57 p.m.

Closed Session

In closed session the following items were approved:

Closed session minutes, October 11, 2018

Hire Allen Garrett as Bus Driver, 6-0.

Memphis Man Hurt in Crash on Slick Road

Slick road conditions Monday afternoon were blamed for a two vehicle accident that left four northeast Missouri residents injured, including a Memphis man.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Michael L. Steeples, 58, of Memphis was southbound on Highway 63 1.3 miles north of Kirksville when the 2004 Ford Ranger he was driving slid into the path of a northbound 2008 Chevrolet Silverado and struck it head on.

Steeples and a passenger in his vehicle, Edwin D. Hogarth, 60, of Queen City, both suffered moderate injuries in the crash.

The driver of the pickup, 57-year-old Robert J. Whitson of St. Louis, suffered serious injuries in the crash. His son, Ashley D. Whitson, 38, who was a passenger in the vehicle, also suffered moderate injuries. All four men were transported by Adair County Ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville.

The crash occurred at 12:20 p.m. on November 12th. The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Adair County Sheriff’s Office, Kirksville Fire Department and Adair County First Responders.

Both vehicles sustained total damage in the crash and were removed from the scene by Byers Towing and Kirksville Auto Works.

Rutledge Renegades

Martin Guinn and Reva Hustead went to Kirksville.

Neta Phillips went to Kirksville.

There were three birthdays on Saturday, November 10th.  Keith Dunn, Oren Erickson, and Ronnie Young all celebrated.  Those attending were Marilyn Dunn, Celina Erickson, Bonnie Young, Dale Tague, Larry Tague, Don Tague, Neta Phillips, “Lone Ranger”, Reva Hustead, Martin Guinn, Bob and Dorothy Hunolt, Eddie Jones, and Joe Sullivan, from Texas.

Others in this week were Dorothy Clark, Kathie McPherson, Ruth Ludwick, and Frank, from Kansas City.

Carol and Laura Hines attended Christkindl Market at Bros. and the Quincy Craft and Christmas Market at Oakley Lindsay Center.

Thomas Sets Touchdown Record in Blair Oaks District Championship Victory

Ben Thomas set a new school record with his 20 touchdown reception of the season in the Blair Oaks district championship win. Photo by Marty Beck Photography.

Former Scotland County resident Ben Thomas set a new school record on Friday night when he hauled in his 20th touchdown reception of the season in Blair Oaks’ 49-2 victory over South Calloway to secure the Class 2 District 5 championship.

Quarterback Nolan Hair connected with Thomas on a 34-yard scoring pass early in the second quarter of the Falcon’s victory to break the record. Thomas had five catches overall for 97 yards in the victory.

Ben is the son of SCR-I graduates Dale and Pam Thomas of Jefferson City, and the grandson of Rodney and Debbie Thomas of Gorin, and Suzy Miller and the late Glen Miller of Memphis.

The senior has put together an impressive 2018 campaign for the Falcons, now 12-0 and the #1 ranked team in Missouri Class 2, heading into the state quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon in Kahoka where they will play District 6 champions Clark County. Thomas has 45 receptions for 1,181 yards and the record-setting 20 TDs. Thomas broke the school record he set in 2017 as a junior when he had 19 TD grabs.

Information for this article was provided by Greg Jackson of the Jefferson City News Tribune.

Lady Tigers Return Four Starters, Add Depth for Push to Return to Playoffs

Kaylyn Anders will look to provide SCR-I more scoring opportunities in the paint as she enters her senior season.

A year removed from the first Final Four appearance in the program’s history, Scotland County will look to return to its recent winning ways after struggling to a 13-12 record and a first-round loss in the district playoffs in 2017-2018.

Coach Cory Shultz will return four starters, and with a talented infusion of freshmen, will look to send out its three seniors with some hardware in 2019.

Shultz will have to fill the void left by senior Ashleigh Creek. The team’s lone graduate averaged 8.2 points and a team-high 5.2 rebounds per contest.

Junior Micah Cooley likely will step into Creek’s post role. As a sophomore she averaged 4.0 points and three rebounds per contest as a reserve.

“She is one of my picks to click this year, as I think she has worked hard to get better and has improved her shooting which should help her break out into a bigger role,” said Shultz.

The team returns leading scorer Katie Feeney. The junior guard averaged 8.7 points a game and was among the team leaders in field goal percentage at 52%. She led the team in assists and steals and also grabbed 3.9 rebounds a game, earning third team all conference honors as a sophomore.

“Katie has a motor that never stops,” said Shultz. “She is intense and a competitor and is transitioning into looking for her shot more, which we need her to do.”

Seniors Madie Bondurant, Kaylyn Anders and Khloe Hamlin all return to fill starting roles.

Bondurant averaged 5.9 points a game, making a team high 24 three-pointers. Anders averaged 5.5 points and 4.2 rebounds while also shooting a team-high 98 free throws. Hamlin averaged 3.0 points and 3.4 rebounds while locking down the opposing team’s top scorer on a regular basis as the Lady Tigers’ defensive stopper.

After trotting out big lineups featuring Creek and fellow post player Nova Cline, a season ago (Cline averaged 9.5 points a game in 11 contests in 2017 before a season-ending injury), Shultz expects to speed things up this year.

“Last year we struggled at times to put points on the board,” Shultz said about his squad that averaged just 43.2 points a contest. “We’re going to speed things up and look to create some easy scoring opportunities with our full-court pressure.”

Sophomore Kylee Stott earned varsity time as a freshman and will be a key contributor in 2018-19 either as a starter or off the bench as the Lady Tigers plan to play a lot of full-court pressure defense and a more up-tempo transition game on offense.

“Kyle is long and athletic and really gets after it on defense,” said Shultz. “She is going to be a handful for other teams to have to deal with at the top of our press.”

That’s where the talent incoming group of seven freshmen will aid their new leader.

Shultz said he expects the newcomers to team with sophomores Morgan Blessing, Hailey Kraus and Kilee Bradley-Robinson to provide plenty of depth for the new up-tempo style of play.

The team finished 3-5 a year ago in the Lewis & Clark Conference. Champions Salisbury (8-0) return all conference performers Bryn Wooldridge and Amanda Nejedly. Paris (7-1) will be led by Allison Moore but will have to replace Drew Lockhart. Knox County (6-2) brings back first team all-league performer Sidney Miller, but will need to find a replacement for guard Jessie Anderson. Schuyler County (4-4) is in the same boat, losing Teagen Wilson but bringing back Dystine Priebe.

SCR-I, Marceline and Harrisburg all finished tied for fifth with 3-5 league records. Maycee Eager will return to lead Marceline along with Kenzie Stahl while Harrisburg will lean on Sydney Fischer.

Fayette finished 2-6 and will look to second team performer Abbey Conrow to help the Falcons move up the standings. Westran (0-8) will need to replace 1st team all conference selection Maddy Denslow.

Living Life Over


Elizabeth Duzan, Kala Childress, and Abby Clatt, members of the Memphis FFA Chapter, were awarded the American FFA Degree at the 2013 National FFA Convention & Expo October 30-November 2 in Louisville, KY.

The American FFA Degree is bestowed upon a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence.

Duzan, Childress, and Clatt are 2012 graduates of SCR-1 High School.  During their senior year, Duzan and Clatt were president and vice-president, respectively.


In an effort to further grow the local Share the Harvest program, members of the Scotland County Rotary Club have joined with the Scotland County Food Pantry to provide a special transportation offer for hunters on opening weekend of the Missouri firearms deer season.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, November 15th and 16th, volunteers will be hosting a deer drop off in the rear parking lot of Gas & More convenience store on Highway 136 in Memphis.

This is the first year the drop off is being offered to local hunters in an effort to increase the total amount of venison generated by the charity food drive.  The volunteers expect it will produce added numbers for the program, as previously some hunters may not have donated due to the long drive to the Rutledge locker, which processes all of the venison for the Share the Harvest project in Scotland County.


Excellent weather conditions put record numbers of hunters into the field during the opening weekend of firearms deer season November 14-15 and helped put the harvest numbers ahead of last year’s pace.

According to Scotland County Conservation Agent Gary Miller, the state total rose by nearly 900 deer to 110,506 over the first two days of the season.

Scotland County did its part to raise the totals, increasing the deer harvest by nearly 200 compared to last year’s figures with 1,488 deer harvested.


First round action of the Missouri Class 1A playoffs did not go well for the Scotland County Tigers.  Scotland County faced the Marceline Tigers, who went away with a 33-0 victory.

Scotland County ended its football season with a record of 7-3.  The Tiger football squad shared the Tri-Rivers Conference title with the Clark County Indians.  The District 10 title also belongs to the 1988 Scotland County Football Players.


The reward being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for setting fire to the Bill Lewis home has been increased to $800.

Anyone having such information should contact the Scotland County Sheriff’s Department, a member of the Scotland County Volunteer Fire Department or the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

The Lewis home was doused with diesel fuel and then set on fire Halloween night at about midnight.  Fortunately, the family dog awakened the Lewises and their infant son, Marc, in time for the fire to be extinguished.  The community is extremely alarmed that this kind of crime could occur here and more so that it go unpunished.  The Memphis Fire Department offered the original $125 reward, and the fund has been increased to $800 by concerned citizens and businesses.


Scotland County R-1 High School boys’ and girls’ teams open the 1968-69 basketball season here against Knox County of Edina boys and girls Tuesday night, November 19, at 7 p.m.

Knox County always puts a good team on the floor and residents of the area will be interested in attending and seeing particularly the radically changed girls’ rules which are being used this year.

Scotland County R-1 teams and their coaches Tom Shalley and Michael Wagner have worked hard for this opening game which should prove to be a good one.


Twenty-nine Missouri 4-Hers have been named delegates to attend the 1958 National 4-H Club Congress in Chicago November 30-December 4, says Frank Graham, state 4-H club agent for the Missouri Agricultural Extension Service.

These outstanding club members won state honors in the National 4-H Awards program to receive Congress trips which are sponsored by various donors.  Their records will also be considered for scholarships and other awards.

Delegates named include Betty Boyer, Gorin and Dean Barber, Wyaconda.


The Memphis Business and Professional Women’s club met at the Hotel Memphis Thursday evening.  The meeting was in charge of Mrs. Esther Heitsman, chairman of Public Affairs.

The guest speaker was Mrs. Edna Mae Stump, president of District No. 5, who was accompanied to Memphis by Miss Francis Delaney.  Both are from Canton, MO.  She gave some very interesting information about the work of the club.  Appropriate music was furnished by Mrs. W. T. Ware.

The table was beautifully decorated in autumn colors and a lovely dinner was served.

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