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My father was descended from the pioneer families of the Crab Orchard (Elkhorn)/Rock Falls/Red Brush School area of Ray Co., MO. I have multiple connections to the O'Dell and Tarwater lines, among others. I don't live in Ray Co., but still visit several times a year.

I'm all for preserving headstones (I transcribed all of the stones at O'Dell Cemetery in Ray County several years back), but more important to me is preserving the histories of the people themselves. I'm interested in all surnames at O'Dell - the main ones are O'Dell, McAfee, McKissack, Brown, Roe, Riggs, and Woods. I'm also interested in the Whitton, Slover, Clark, Hall, Harris, Clevenger, and Tarwater lines...and, well, pretty much any and all of the old families of the area.

On my maternal side, I'm descended from the Shepard, Harold, Briscoe, and Hays families of Saline County, MO.

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