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[Item 1, Folder 11, Box 1] BISHOP FAMILY

Houston Post Jan. 14-1968


to America, he was instrumental in arranging and encouraging this emigration. Others of the Robinson name to appear on the records of the New World, especially in the states of Virginia and Maryland. The coat of arms illustrated here, blazoned “Green background, three red trefoils on a silver chevron, the chevron between three gold stags,” belonged to the Robinson family of Virginia, originally of Yorkshire, England.


The derivation of the Bishop surname from the ecclesiastical title is obvious. Although the name came from the upper ranks of society, it belonged to many men whose ancestors never enjoyed any place so high as that of a tradesman. Just as there are many more Kings than could ever have descended from the throne, there are more Bishops than could ever have come from the altar.

THE BISHOP was frequently a character of medieval mystery plays, and the actor who portrayed him became known as the bishop. A man who carried himself ceremoniously might well have been nick – named “bishop.” Such nick-names solidified into surnames in the same manner as did the ecclesiastical title.

For what the name may or may not lack in social prestige, it gains in antiquity. The Bishop surname is among the oldest recoded in England, being listed in the Domesday Book of 1066. William the Conqueror, immediately after his invasion of England, ordered that a census be taken, and the names and properties of his vassals be recorded for the purpose of taxation. This record, the Domesday Book, provides one of the earliest historical sources of British surnames.

The Bishop name also appears on early Scottish records. In 1291, a receipt was granted to William called “Bissope” on behalf of Sir Dovenald, Earl of Mar. John  Bischope held a land in Edinburgh around the year 1426. The name must have continued in that city, as it appears frequently in the Edinburgh Marriage Records of the 18th century.

A HERBER  Reginald Bishop, Esq is listed among the early residents of New York state. His coat of arms, illustrated here, is blazoned: “Ermine, on a sable band, three Byzantine coins, gold.”

Five other grants of arms have been made to the Bishop name, Crediton in Devon, Dorsetshire, Somersetshire, Norfolk, and Worcester, all in England.


Boyle surname is not only Irish but British as well. The Irish Boyle is the Anglicized form of O’Baoighill. The old Irish word “baigell,” from which the name most likely derives, means “having profitable pledges.” The “O” prefix (meaning “grandson of”) has, until comparatively recent times, been discarded. Today the name Boyle or O’Boyle is included in the fifty most numerous in Ireland.

The O’Boyles were a strong sept in County Donegal with a regularly initiated chieftain seated at Cloghineely. Together with the O’Donnells and O’Doughertys, they shared the leadership of the north-west. The Boyles are still located primarily in Donegal and neighboring Tyrone and Armagh counties.

THE BRITISH Boyle is of Norman origin, and derives from the name of a village near Caen, called Beauville. The name was brought to the isles by the French with the Conquest of 1066 and appears in many early records, particularly the early records of Scotland. David de Boiuil is entered as a “witness” at Melrose between 1164 and 1174. William de Boyville was one of an inquisition held in Carlisle in 1280. Later he was appointed to receive the oath of fidelity from the feudal tenants or vassals of all Galloway. In course of time the pronunciation of the name slipped into one syllable. The Boyle surname (in its modern form) first appeared on a Scottish record in the year 1482.

Both the English and the Irish can lay claim to what is probably the best known family of Boyles. The Englishman, Richard Boyle, landed in Ireland in 1588 as a young man without influence. He acquired the property of the executed Sir Walter Raleigh in County Waterford, which formed the nucleus of his future vast estates. Before his death in 1643, he had been made Earl of Cork, had held high government office, and had been termed the “first colonial millionaire.” Best known among his some were Roger Boyle, Earl of Orrery, and Robert Boyle, prominent chemist and experimental physicist.

Among the early settlers of Pennsylvania was a Thomas Boyle, who came from County Cork in Ireland and settled in Pittsburgh in 1794. His coat of arms, illustrated here, is blazoned “an uprooted oak tree, on a gold ground.”


[Item 2, folder 11, Box 1]


Dry Goods and Notions

J. G. KATRIBE, Manager

Bloomington, Texas July 7, 1916


J. J. Woodhouse

Victoria Tex

Dear Sir: I received your letter and I will help you all I can with my friends, because I know who is against you.

Yours truly

J. G. Katribe

[Item 2, Folder 1, Box 1]

Mozell McKindrick

Rt 2 Box 716

Tempe, Ariz. 85281


Dear Mr. Weisiger =

Sorry I didn’t get this information in the mail sooner. I am recovering from a car accident 31 July 1967.

This Bishop line belongs to my husband, which I am doing research for him. Altho [sic] I know next to nothing about the Bishops. That is our line. I have 9 hundred pages of Bishops from Mass, N. Y., and Conn., but none from the southern states as yet. May I suggest you write to Mr. Ira E. Bishop, 18013 Armitage Ct., Homewood, Ill, 60430. He is compiling the “Bishops Families in America” and has a lot of data to offer you. You may find your clue.

My husb. G. G. parents = Richard Painter (panther) Ala

                                         Mary Bishop                    Ala

They had 3 or 4 children b[?] in Ala during civil war they went to Memphis, Tenn. Richard served in civil war when he returned home he found all his children had died except one. Lutisha (Tisha) my husb-grandmother. Shortly after Richards return home his wife Mary Bishop died. He went back to Ala. Married an Indian woman by the name Castleberry.

This is all I know about our Bishop. Sorry I couldn’t help you, but will keep your letter on file and if I find your clue I will be most happy to send it to you.

Thanking you for your time and kindness.


Mozell McKindrick

[Item 3, Folder 11, Box 1]

[Envelope postmarked] BURLINGAME, CA 94010 Oct22 PM 1967 [from]

Mr. & Mrs. Robt. G. Harless

 1258 Cabrillo Avenue

 Burlingame, Calif. 94010

[Envelope to]

S. R. Weisiger

Rt.4, Box 115E

Victoria Texas 77901

Re Bishops & Harless Cemetery

[Item 4, Folder 11, Box 1]

Mr & Mrs Robt Harless 1258 Cabrillo Ave

Burlingame, Calif. 94010. See in H file

[Item 5, Folder 11, Box 1]

Oct. 22, 1967

Mr. S. R. Weisiger

Rt. 4, Box 115 E

Victoria, Texas 77901

Dear Mr. Weisiger:

Thank you for your letter of Oct. 15 regarding Louisa Bishop. My Louisa Bishop was the dau. Of Obediah and Ruth (Phelps) Reynolds of Dutchess Co., N.Y. The family moved to Clarksfield, Huron Co., Ohio, in 1834. Louisa married Alonzo Bishop, the son of Daniel Bishop, in 1833, probably before leaving N.Y. Alonzo and Louisa moved from Ohio sometime after 1850, probably to Wisconsin, because both Alonzo and Louisa died in that state in 1880. Their children are listed as George, Amanda and Mary. Other than that Daniel Bishop was a Rev. soldier, this is all we know about the Bishops. We do have more info about the Reynolds side of the family if this is of some interest to you.

We were particularly interested in the last sentence of your letter concerning the Harless Cemetery in Lavaca Co., Texas. We are the publishers of the Harless Family Association and are always interested in obtaining Harlesss information. We would appreciate in knowing where the cemetery is located, how it got its name and whether anyone has listed the names of the people interred there in order that we may follow up the matter for publication in our Bulletin. We would appreciate any help that you could give u in this particular area.

Incidently, [sic] my husband’s mother owns some land near a town called Seabright, which I think is near Port Lavaca. Is this any place near your home or near the Harless cemetery?

We look forward to hearing from you.


Mildred L. Harless

Mr. & Mrs. Robt. G. Harless

1258 Cabrillo Avenue

Burlingame, Calif. 94010


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Confid Record of Philip Bishop [Items 6-8]

[Item 6, Folder 11, Box 1]


[Item 7, Folder 11, Box 1]


[Item 8, Folder 11, Box 1]


[Item 9, Folder 11, Box 1]

March 30, 1967

Mr. S. R. Weisiger

Rt. 4, Box 115E

Victoria, Texas 77901

Dear Mr. Weisiger:

Your postcard inquiry of  March 26th received.

Our basic research area at the present time is Cemetery records of Etowah, Cherokee, Blount and DeKalb counties, Alabama. We have complete surveys of all inscriptions in all cemeteries in these counties, some 70,000 names. We would be happy to send you any specific information or all data on given surnames if you desire. We will send the results of our search and leave it entirely up to you as to what you would like to give to us – it goes to our Church Building fund. We are of course interested in some money, but we are also interested in helping people with their genealogical research problems.

If research is required at Courthouses, etc., we have a limited number of aualified [sic] people that can do this but the demand is such that we cannot promise results as fast as on the cemetery records searching. We would make this type search on the same “voluntary contribution” basis, or if you would prefer we would do this on a $1.50 per hour rate.

Looking forward to hearing from you if you feel we can help you.

Yours truly,

Ralph H. Allred


P. O. Box 17

Gadsden, Alabama

John Henry Haynes married Louisa Bishop, a widow in Alabama – probably Gunters Landing in present Marshall Co. moved to Lavaca Co. Texas about 1842. Louisa Bishop had 5 children by __________ Bishop – 1st husband.

John Henry Haynes had 3 children by previous marriages – one of wives of John Henry Haynes was Mary Gunter – who was daughter of _________ Gunter a Cherokee Indian and early settler on Tenn. River.

[Item 10, Folder 11, Box 1]

Bishop Families in America xmas 1967

SPECIAL NOTICE --- Be sure to read the letters answered here – in, yours is probably here.

PLEASE bear with our typographic and spelling errors. Both are due to the compilers hunt and punch typing. It seems to be very easy to hit the wrong key.


Some queries we have received, some queries of our own.

An illustration of what can be done with scant information.

A general report on our progress for the year.

A special report by Associate Gertrude W. Lundberg.

A catalogue sheet on items available.

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A Semi – Annual NEWS BULLETIN; XMAS ISSUE: Dec 1967

SEASONS GREETING – May you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

We are your CLEARING HOUSE for BISHOP info.

We try to serve you. Send us your queries.

We are building files on all early immigrants to this country, named BISHOP. Also the same on many later arrivals. We recently added to our reference files a copy of BISHOP & LAKE FAMILIES, by Dr. Samuel Bishop, 1898. BISHOP GENEALOGY, by Anna Bishop, also many photo copied extracts from records in Maine. Much from histories of McLean Co., Ill. Considerable information on those in early New Jersey plus much more we cannot mention here at this time.

New items to be ready early in 1968, A special edition of Book 10, Covering descendents of two Gt. Gt. Gt. Grandsons. Brothers, Elijah and Jonathan, born in S.W. Virginia and whose descendents now are scattered far and wide to the west and northwest. Following this shortly will be a completely revised copy of this plus the original 1st edition and 200 additional pages making a total of about 500 pages, with an index. All known descendents will be notified at publishing time with date of release and price.

SPECIAL NOTICE; If you wrote to us and have received no answer to your letter, we are including answers in brief, to about 100 letters from the months of July, Aug. Sept. and Oct. These are letters we did not have time to answer in the ordinary manner. READ COMPLETELY YOUR ANSWER IS PROBABLY HERE.

Also see Mrs. Lundbergs reports on trips she made this fall.

Hence forth this bulletin will be issued twice yearly in June and Dec. This issue is being mailed to 3000 addresses. Here after we will be mailing only to similar organizations on an exchange basis. And to all persons subscribing, to our publications. Others take note of last page.

Working Members of this voluntary group.


18013 Armitage Ct.

Homewood, Ill. 60430



91 Bayview Rd.

Niantic, Conn. 06537



1321 W. Gill Pl.

Denver, Colo., 80223



1213 Longmeadow Dr.

Glenview, Ill., 60025



309 Elmwood Ave.,

Buffalo, N.Y., 14222



Uptown Motel, Hiway 24,

Rupert, Idaho, 83350



Box 156

Evanston, Wyo., 82930



222 N. Sycamore St.,

Fairmount, Ind. 46928


MARY M. EMORY – Genealogy

Box 2674

Spartanburg, S. C. 29301

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Having accumulated about 100 unanswered letters in the past 4 months, namely July, Aug., Sept., & Oct. Ww [sic] take advantage of this BULLETIN  to give a breif  [sic] answer to those we feel have prabably [sic] given us up as bad correspondents. We do not wish to miss answering any letter or query that comes our way. However, though there are presently nine of us in this group, we are so badly scattered, that it is almost impossible to work out any time saving method of answering the mail that comes to this address. Here the compiler, is alone in this effort. With much study and compiling to do plus cutting stencil running copy and sorting and mailing of copy. Therefore the mail has a habit of going unanswered until such an opportunity as this come s along. Our mail is all numbered on arrival, and then except for some that require an immediate answer they are answer ed in numeratic [sic] order. Presently the oldest one on hand is.

#245, July 10, 1967, Mr. Dennis C. O’Bryant, Box 814, Stinnett, Tex. Thank you, for the information furnished. We hope to get more done on the South Carolina strains in the not too distant future.

#246, July 10, 1967, #310, Sept. 5, 1967, Mr. Herbert Baganz, 2028 Wells Dr. Madison, Ind, This acknowledges receipt of the large amount of information you have supplied in recent months. The press of other things has not permitted me to completely study and analize [sic] the same. However I am sure that it contains much useful data. The item Bishop Families of Conn. Is already in our files and applies to our Book 9. Other items will be studied and filed as time permits or when we know we need something it contains. Thank you sincerely.

#248, July 13, Mrs. Howard B. Horton, 672 Capitol Ave. S.W. Battle Creek, Mich. – Acknowledging; Your as you say fragmentary data. We do not presently place the subject of your search. But with the methods we use, we are almost certain to run him down on day in the future. Thank you.

#249, July 13, Mrs. Kenneth Coulson, Scipio Center, M.Y. Dear Old Friend of Ours; Thank you for the invitation. You will note later that the trip was not made. There is no doubt in my mind but what, Mathew Patrick, in Cayuga Co., was a son of Matthew of Windsor, Vt. And brother of Sarah, therefore brother-in-law of Ira Bishop, married at Windsor, and in 1836, settled at Rushford, Allegany Co., N.Y. Ira and Sarah were my Gt. Gt. Grandparents. There is some hope that I may make the trip, between the New Year and March 1st.

#250, July 14, #276, Aug. 7, n Mrs. W. M. Loveridge, 1486 Horning Way, Ontario, Oreg. Thank you. Chester Smith, ordered 3 copies of Ed. 1, Book 10, one each for himself, Mrs. Franklin, & Carl E. Smith. However he did not send any information. Read elsewhere of coming items for Book 10.

#251, July 19, Mrs. W.C. Bishop, Rantoul, Kan. Thank you for returning the family group sheets. Will eventually work them out. I made one trip to the area and hope to make another one of these days.

#252, July 17, Mrs. James W. Knight, 509 Rigsby Ave. San Antonio, Tex. Nothing in our files presently, but as above eventually, she will appear; A marriage register is now being prepared and it will be a great help in locating such subjects.

#255, same addressee as #251. What Bishops now living in that area appear to be that strain, but are not very cooperative; But we eventually ferret out information on such strains anyhow. Note, Mrs. Lundbergs report on her trips in this issue.

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#254, July 18, 1967, Lawson W. Bishop, 1314 Green Cove Rd. Winter Park, Fla. – Dear Friend: Thank for your check. I did not make the rip. However I did get to Medina for a week end. Checked the Mallet Creek Cemetery and made a tape recording of the inscriptions there. Including those on the place you have prepared for yourself. Ira.

#256, July 19, 1967, Miss Fern Carter, 1206 Valley Forge, Sun City Center, Fla. Thank you for the additional information. Also the obit. I made a personal check of the stones in the old BISHOP Cemetery, on Mooney [?] Creek, this summer. I have all inscriptions found there. I hope to run a revised and enlarged edition of Chapter !, some day. Also have learned much about the BISHOPS in Empire township, hope to have an edition on them in 1968. Thank you sincerely for your check;

b #257, July 19, 1967 Mr. Homer Baldwin, 139 Alexander Ave, Greensburg, Penn. Dear Friend; Thank you for your note of encouragement. Only hope that I shall be able to turn out an edition or two of your Book 2, while you are still with us. I have copy of or the idex to – of all imformation [sic] in the New Jersey State Library. See #262.

#258, Mrs. E. J. Bannigan, 150 Harrison Ave., Westfield, N.J. Dear Anne: Thank you your contributions of information are always appreciated. Will be getting the Goodrich information into Book 9 one of these days. July 20, 1967.

#259, July 20, 1967, Mrs. Maye W. Seode, 1844 W. 150th St. Gardena, Calif. Thank you a lot for your answer. Every scrape of info has a way of helping in the final analizis [sic]. I fully expect to properly place Damaris Bishop, some day.

#260, July 21, 1967, George W. Dohmann, 2344 Davidson, Bronx, N.Y. Also #328, Sept. 14, 1967, Thank you for the information in both. Presently I am busy trying to get out the Special Esition [sic] of Book 10, mentioned on the first page.

#261, July 22, 1967, L. R. Bagwell, Rte 2, Box 125, Tenaha, Tex. Will try to remember to send you some family group sheets with this bulletin. You are correct, all releases to date have their beginning in New England. We now have over a 100 pages of notes on the South Carolina strains, but cannot say when we will get them into a publishable condition. Most of this has been collected by Mary M. Emory;

#262, July 22, 1967, Mrs. Rebecca Bisbee Colesar. Ref. Librarian, State Library, 185 W. State St. Trenton, N. J. Our sincere thanks for the large package of New Jersy [sic] Reference material. Sorry to be so late in acknowledging the same. You can anticipate an order for some photo copy of some of the wills and other items in the index, when we find the time to work on our Book 2, JOHN BISHOP, of  Newberry, Mass. Who became one of the first settlers at Woodbridge, N. J. What is your charge for photo Copy?

#263, July 24, #271, Aug. 3 and # 324n Sept. 11, 1967; Mrs. A. Delahanty, 11021 Whitehill, Detroit, Mich. Thank you sincerely. The deaths have been carried to the proper sheets. Thanks also for your order and check, the same was shipped about Aug. 10. Your last letter indicates that your received the same. The story by your Mother, is greatly appreciated. Much of it is a repeat of what we already know, but we are always happy to get such items as the more times we find the same story the more sure we are of ourselves. The part dealing with your Grandfather was mostly new to us. I sincerely hope to bring Book 1 up to a full 500 page volume with index this next year. Your lineage will be included. All Note; Sept. 1967, Reader Digest, has a very good article on page 103, titled Try Climbing Your Family Tree.

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#264, July 24, 1967, Mrs. Willard Bishop, 9054 Jeff St. Bellflower, Calif. Have been and still am too busy to make extensive search for your needs. We have 100s of Charles Bishops, in our files. Numerous Davids, and some Henrys. Suggest you send us all you can learn on these persons, on regular family group sheets, The name David Henry, rings a bell, but have no idea in which of our publications without hours of checking. Thank You.

#266, July 28, 1967, Arthur F. Bishop, Bishop Orchards, Rte. 1 Guilford, Conn. Sorry I was not able to make the trip. Presently hoping that I can do it sometime this winter. I will surely call on you when I do. I also want to contact George Bishop at Stoney Creek. Thank you for your check and for he address in Mass.

#267, July 31, 1967, Robert J. Cantrell, 109 Shore Dr. Hot Springs, Ark. I am clear over my head with work. Thank you for your check. I hope do [sic] be able to make some progress on the South Carolina strains, early in the coming year. You will be hearing from me when I have anything worth wile to report.

#268, July 31, 1967, Mrs. Fred J. France, 559 S. Braddock Ave., Pittsburgh, Penn. We are very sorry to hear that you are not well also of your children’s non interest in their ancestors. These bulletins are mailed to everyone on our mailing list twice a year. So you will continue to receive them as long as we have your current address, please keep us advised. We will also notify you when a new and revised edition of Book 1 is available; [sic] Other than that we will not be writing you.

#269, Aug. 5, 1967, Jessie B. Bishop, Roosevelt Hotel, Rm 615, 2101 16th N.W., Washington, D.C. Thank you sincerely for your check, forwarded through our associate Mrs. Lundberg. These items are always appreciated greatly. We sincerely hope that we will eventually come up with considerable information on the strain of Bishop which is yours.

#270, Aug, 1, 1967, Miss Leo Cox, Box 113, Brewster, N.Y. Your deductions sound very probable to us. However we do not seem to have any information on your subject, other than what you furnish at this time. You will hear from us later when we do have.

#272, Aug. 5, 1967, Mrs. Robert Kirkwood, 3138 N.E. 32nd Ave. Portland, Oreg. At this writing you have a credit of $5.50 in our records. We anticipate having a new edition called a Special, dealing with two direct lineages ready about Feb. 1 and then we hope to have a 500 page revision of that and the first edition plus an added 200 pages with complete index by about Apr. 1. The first item will be priced as before at 2”.00 [sic] the latter will still be in line with those prices but due to its extensive coverage we expect to ask $10.00 or more.

#275, Aug. 5, #281, Aug. 14, and #320, Sept. 9, 1967, Mrs. Rosalie Hartinger, 3239 E. Stroop Rd. Daybon, Ohio. This will acknowledge receipt of your 3 packages of material, I hope to work on it one of these days and at this time I feel that Henry Bishop, was a brother of John Bishop, born 1739 in Delaware Co., Penn. Also died in Ohio whose children in considerable number settled in McLean Co., Ill. This is the strain to which the old gentleman I once mentioned at Red Oak, Iowa belonged. He is now deceased. This is to be covered in our chapter L of Book X, and we hope to have an edition of the same before mid year of 1968. Henry is scheduled for Chapter Q and we also hope to work on it. If the two continue to show signs of being the same we will combine them. Information in both cases is accumulating.

[Page] 6. #280, Aug. 14, 1967, Mrs. Earl Z. Arthur, 210 Surf Pl., Seal Beach, Calif. Thank you for your order and check, records indicate same was shipped Aug. 20, 1967.

#286, Aug. 15, 1967, Mrs. D. L. Selee, 5286 Sierra St. Riverside, Calif. There is no annual fee, except as requested on the last page of this bulletin. The new release on   Book 10, due about Feb. 1, may have somethink [sic] for you. It is devoted to two brothers born before 1800 in the S. W. corner of Va., and covers all their descendents we have found to date. I recall no mention of Scott Co., but certainly as close as it is there almost has to be some connection. Later editions will have more information from that section of the country. Your name and address is on my list to send notice of the above to. Also your card indicates you have a balance of $5.50 in your account.

#314 Sept. 6, 1967, same as #280. Your corrections and additions will be properly noted. The balance of your information will eventually be published, but I cannot promise in the next edition, as the material I have for Book 1, would fill the next five or six editions, if time would permit the preparation of the same.

#292 Aug. 21, 1967, Mrs. Paul Waiter, 6 Kiwanis St., Montgomery, Ala. Your letter read and noted. Your name placed on the list of those interested in South Carolina strains. This information will be mailed to you when it is ready for release.

#295, Aug. 21, 1967, Mrs. Charles Clemens, Rte 3, Box 52 Stratford, Wisc. Thinking that I probably had not filled your request for a free copy of the General Introduction to this work, I stopped and addressed the same. Oct. 30, 1967. I would be very interested in hearing further from you as Wisc. Is one of my prime objectives, it being also my native state. Was born about 25 miles north of you at Stetsonville. Yet have my closer relatives all recorded and I am sure you are not connected to my strain that is not closely, more distant parts of it are numerous in Wisc.  (#297 Aug. 23, 1967)

# Mr. Marvin Bishop, 4207 Bonham St. Dallas, Tex. Thank you for returning your family group sheet. You will hear from us when a revised copy of Book X Chapter I is ready for release.

#299 Aug. 25, 1967 Mrs. Allen L. Gillette, Box 426, Troy, N.Y. Thank you for the informative letters you have sent this past summer. It is very heartening to have persons like yourself, [sic] who have no personal interest, willing to send us what information they find and feel we can use. Thank you sincerely and please excuse this round about way of saying it.

#300 Aug. 25, 1967, Mrs. R. L. Willson, 619 Margaret Dr. Mot. Pleasant, Tex. Thank you for the contribution and information. Your comprehension of our method is very correct. In general each Book covers desc. Of one early immigrant to these shores. Our Book X handles in Chapters similar records, of several generations of a given strain that cannot be presently tied into one of the other books. With this writing I am placing your name on the list of those interested in the South Carolina strains that we hope to get out something on in the not to distant future.

#301 Aug. 25, 1967, Mrs. Stewart Griffin, 450 W. 24th St. Apt. 17B New York City,     N. Y. You are probably correct. But my Walker Bishop file is growing and we will locate his ancestry on of these days.

# # 302, Aug. 25, 1967, Mrs. Doris Lundquist, 1002 W. Summer St. Appleton, Wisc. Thank you for your check, order, compliments # etc. You will note here in that I did not make the trip, hope I can arrange it sometime this winter. When work does not interfere. I will definitely

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check your books and return them at the earliest possible date. Ira.

#306 Sept. 1, 1967, Ray O. Bishop, 1016 Lst St. Kirkland, Wash. I am certainly snowed under. Had been anticipating a new edition of Book 10, about now. But certain things developed that delayed the release date and a new one was set for Feb. 1, 1968; this was to be a Special Edition, dealing with the desc. Of two brothers grandsons of Joseph & Sarah Bouton Bishop. Will be near 200 pages. Just as I am writing this Nov. 4, I received word from the lady who was going to cut the stencil that she was unable to continue as an associate. So unless I can get someone else to cut this stencil, I will not be able to get this edition out even by Feb. 1. Right now I estimate that if I were to concentrate strictly on Book 10, I could easily put out a total of near a 1000 pages from what I have here. If your trip to Virginia netted results I will be most happy to get copy of the same.

#311, Sept. 5, 1967, Beatrice C. Brackett, 209 Cleveland St. Greenville, S. C. Thank you for your interest. If space permits will carry your query in this issue. See revised list of associates on first page. And at this writing Mrs. Jones has also withdrawn. I have a list of Bishops in the Spartanburg Co., area, also have phone directory list for Atlanta. So other areas you mention would be welcome. We make solicitation of one area at a time about twice a year as time permits. Further the 1790 census of Greenville we have in our 1790 census of the country, but those for later periods would be a big help. Note the last page where I solicit contributions for this bulletin. Other than that we make no charge, unless we sell you some published item as listed in the catalogue sheet.

#312, Sept. 5, 1967, Mary M. Hughes, 360 N. E. 43rd Ave. Des Moines, Iowa. Thank you for the pedigree sheets, I have placed you on the list of those interested in the South Carolina strains.

#315, Sept. 6, 1967, Mrs. Maybel Swanson, 406 Maple St, Box 366,Coudersport, Penn. Thank you. Your contributions of material are always appreciated. I have made contact with Mrs. Delahanty, and she has provided copy of her mother’s version of the family history, written about 1919. Adds to my personal knowledge of John C. Bishop. But otherwise is mostly a verification of what I already have written.

#316, Sept/ 8, 1967, Mrs. Wm. B. Moors, 316 Gillon Ave. Dallas, Tex. Thank you for your check and order. Read above in letter 306 for probability of when you can expect to receive copy as ordered.

#309 missed above Aug. 28, 1967 Mrs. Kieth [sic] Stanton, Flower Memorial Library, Watertown, N. Y. Thank you for the extractions from St. Lawrence and Jefferson Co., records. They are a big help.

#318, Sept. 8, 1967. Mrs. Monroe Claridge, Box 708, Safford, Ariz. Thank you for your check. Happy to hear you are pleased with your copy of Book 8. Let us know if you find anything at S.L.C. that would add to it.

#319, Sept. 9, 1967, Mrs. Mozell Mc Kendricks. Rte 2, Box 716, Tempe. Ariz. Thank you for your check. Read in 306 above what will probably be our next release.

#322, Sept. 11, 1967, Mrs. Jack Shelton, Box 225, Gonzales, Tex. There is no charge except as noted on the last sheet of this bulletin. Query will be on page for the same if space permits. This bulletin must be limited to not over 9 sheets. To add a tenth would cost us another $60.00 to our postage costs. 3000 copies being mailed.

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#323, 9-11-67, Mrs. Edith Tucker, Box 94, Oxford, Wisc. This will acknowledge receipt of your advance order for copy of the Special Edition of Book 10 containing your ancestry. Read #306 for probable release.

#327, 9-14-67, Melon Ingalls, 7317 64th Ave. N. Minneaoplis [sic], Minn. Re.-Amos Bishop, Weston Twp., Dana Co., Wisc. Found in 1880 census but not earlier. age 49 b. Vt., Helen, 44, b. Wisc., Charles 11 mo. B. Wisc., Birth of Amos not found in Vital Records of Vt., 1st time I recall Potter, but Vt. Is a main line stop on the route traveled by those in my Book 1. Potter would probably have been born about 1800, Many Book 1 people born in Vermont, settled in Wisc., including my father.

#329, Sept. 15,-67, Robert L. Bishop, 4515 Eastwood Dr., Okemos, Mich. Thank you for the cemetery inscriptions, as noted my trip was postponed. Would appreciate Jefferson Co., Bible Records you speak of.

#330, 9-14-67, Mrs. John C. Symonds, 707 W. Genesee St. Lansing, Mich., sorry, info. Is scant. Thomas Bishop Immigrant ancestor Book 6, had son Thomas, b. between 1645-50 no further info. A grandson, thru son Samuel, by Sept. 21.1683 and no more. But Samuel’s eldest child was Margaret, b. 5-17-1676, Ipswich, d. about 1718, n. 9-27-1695 Ichabod Griggs. Said Margaret will be #611 in Book 6 when compiled. Release date not yet contemplated. If you have her descendents we would appreciate them. Also I am sure our Associate Morna Howell, will check pages 931-942 Hist. of Bedford, N. H. 1903., for the Goff genealogy your reference mentions.

#331, 9-18-1967 Mrs. W. B. Flanary, Jonesville, Va. Thank you for your check and order. See letter 306 above for details on expected release date. Your request for proof of Rev. Jonathan Bishop’s ancestry, this has never been officially substantiated, but every thing we read indicates that it is as we have published it.

#339 9-26-67, Mrs. Zara Bishop, 615 W. Cherry St., Okemah, Okla. Thank you, but we do not have your line at this time, record made of you request and you will hear from us later.

#340, 9-20-67, Mrs. J. Hanson Murphy, 1416 Parsons St. Sheffield, Ala. Thank you for your query. This Abner Bishop does not appear in our records at this time. Your query filed and should we locate later you will be notified.

#341, Mrs. Douglas-Moore, Rte 1 Box 250, Wilsonburg, W. Va. General Introduction mailed 10-21-67. Nothing fund on your query at this time. Same is filed for later reference and should we locate will notify you.

#342 Miss Elizabeth Miller, 2524 Edgar St. Shreveport, La. Your query 9-29-67 filed no info at this time. You are on our mailing list.

#343 9-28-67, Mrs. Charles Lobdell, 207 E. Main St. Colfax, Ill. Thank you. Yes progress is being made. Our Associate Mrs. Lundberg made a trip to Mclean Co., in Sept. See her report this bulletin. We definitely are sure now that there were no less than three distinct and different strains of Bishop in Mclean Co., before 1840.

#343A Via Mrs. Lobdell above. Mrs. Dorothy Jones, 504 Cherry St. Sumner, Wash. We find that you are on our mailing list. The answer still is the same as in our letter #141-67. We have much Vermont information on and your John will probably show up later in our Book 1 or 8. Book 1 is the compilers own line.

#345, Mrs. Golden M. Boswell, 342 East Alta Vista Rd. Phoenix, Ariz. Only Zebina we have is our #168,43. See our June Bulletin. No record of him having been in Canada or your Zebina might have been a son. If you wish to talk to me about this, I will be in Phoenix between Dec. 16 and 31 – phone 942 3297.

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3347, Oct. 8, 1967, Mrs. Edith Gerlock, Cumberland, Iowa. Thank you. For the corrected sheets and the definite statement regarding Wayne Allen Smith. We are hopeing [sic] to have a 500 page edition of Book 10, with index ready sometime the first half of 1968, you will be notified when the same is available.

#348, Oct. 8, 1967, Mrs. Bob. Harris, 8407 East Bonita, Dr., Scottsdale, Ariz. As in #345 above give me a call between Dec. 16 and 31. Book 1 is my own lineage, I will have copy with me.

#351, Oct. 6, 1967, Mrs. Max O Love, 124 S. Main, Sheridan, Wyo. Your question rigs no bells. There is much Virginia information in both Books 9 and 10. See Catalogue back page. Prices 2.00 per 100 pages.

#352, Oct. 9, 1967 Violet B. Williams, Brady, Mont. Thank you for the order and your check for 2.00. A Special Edition, covering desc. Of Joseph, son of Joseph and Sarah Bouton, thru his sons Elijah and Jonathan is hoped for by Feb. 1 and a little later a 500 page volume of Book 10, with index is contemplated. Notice of both will be mailed.

#357 Oct. 16, 1967, Irwin L. Bishop, Rte 4, 106 Ingham St. St. Simons Island, Ga. Your several packages of material received. Thank You. See above Special Edition, The later release of 500 pages should cover some of your strain. The Coat of Arms, I distribute is similar to the snap shot you sent.

#337, Sept. 2, 1967, Mrs. Gerald Billings, Box 206, Delta, Utah. This is Nov. 4, I just found your communication of date above. At that particular time I was exceedingly busy and must have mislayed [sic] it. Your record card does not indicate that I fulfilled your request for another copy of the same as sent you earlier. I could have missed recording the same. So if you received it there is no need to write me at this time. But if you did not then by all means drop me a card and I will forward immediately. Thank you sincerely for the family group sheets you sent I have no idea now as to when I will get out another edition of Book 9 My present hope is that sometime in the coming year I shall be able to make some revisions to the pages you now have and add some 300 more with an index, I even have dreams of being able to have the same printed, but hope to hold the price to the same figure, $2.00 per 100 pages. If this dream proves out your complete lineage will be included. As I intent to also revise the outline of the entire book and starting in the fourth generation, to continue each person preaently [sic] covered with all there descendents following in a direct line. In short Stephen # 951,2, will be followed by the record of his first child, then by the first child in the next generation, straight down the line, Then we will go back and pick up the second child and follow his strain stright  [sic] down, also the pages will be numbered to permit indexing. Sorry that this method has to be used to answer letters but it seems the only possible way I can catch up.

#284, Aug. 16, 1967, R. J. Cantrell, 109 Shore Dr. Hot Springs, Ark. Your invitation receive. Sorry I could not attend, Maybe some later year.

#317, Sept 6, 1967 Mr. Harry M. Bishop, 126 E. Franklin Ave. Neenah, Wisc. Thank you. I will try to make it to Sherwood again some day. If not I think I have much of it from Mrs. Lundquist. Lost my Mother Oct. 3, and I have not accomplished things as I was doing since. Will take a two week vacation in Arizona, for Xmas.

Notice to everyone. Please read the last page facing the catalogue sheet. Changes being made in our operation are reported there.

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Having decided to expand this bulletin to 24 pages and have the same printed, there is ample room now for queries. We start with those contained in the letters answered on proceeding pages. So will give only the letter number and those wanting name and address will find it by checking back to letters anwered. [sic]

#248, Wanted ancestry of William Bishop, b, 1829, m. 8-21-1851, RHODA ANNIS, of Fredonia Twp. Calhoun Co., Mich. At Tekonsha, Mich. – Had dau. Emma Matilda, b.    3-10—1855, at Marshall, Mich. D. 5-11-1919, Battle Creek, Mich. M.B/4-1872, at Jackson, Mich. Martin John Herr.

#251, Wanted – all possible information proving this story. JOHN BISHOP with wife, possible Ellen Ann Quinn, John said to have been born in England, possibly left a wife and two children in England and married again after coming here. (Possibly wife in England had died.) Here they appear to have lived in Iroquois Co., Ill. Probably in Douglas Twp., They had 5 children, what appears to be his 1880 census record shows 4, and those named do not agree with names furnished. Probably about 1880 John was killed by a train, while taking cattle to Chicago, and is buried at Roberts, Ill. Two sons named are John Jr. and Albert Edward, births in 1873 and 1875. Anyone with information please contact the writer.

#252, Wanted information concerning MANERVIA BISHOP m. B/4 1870 JOHN MC GINNES in Arkansas,

#264, Wanted, parentage, birth, death and so forth of Charles BISHOP, with wife Elizabeth MOORE, who had a son David Henry, or Henry David. Who disappeared May 23, 1939 and has never been heard of since. He had a son Willard, who was born probably in the 1900 teens. M. 2nd, May 17, 1939. Pauline Camfield. All available information on this family Wanted

#270, quotation from our query. My great grandmother was MARY LYDIA BISHOP, who married Joseph Breen in1860 in Wyo., Co., W. Va. They had a dau. Anna Green, born 7-5-1877 and died 2-23-1967 in Berkley Co., W. Va., she was my grandmother, married Jack Cadle. Joseph Green’s bro. Joshua Jr. m. CATHERINE BISHOP, in 1866, I believe that Mary Lydia and Catherine were sisters, Joseph Green was a son of Joshua and Elizabeth GREEN who came to what is now Wyoming Co., W. VA., from Yancy Co., M.C. in 1850. In 1865 DAVID BISHOP and Joseph Green received a land grant of 114 acres on Indian Ridge, Wyo., Co., W. Va. Other tracts of land were granted to Henry, Larkin & Kier BISHOP about the same time. Any info. You can give me on any of the above mentioned names or their ancestors will be greatly appreciated.

#301. Here is one we have long searched for. Can anyone identify, one WALKER BISHOP, probably born about 1808, June 22, White Plains, N.Y. M. Jan. 5, 1833, Laurinda (Whom ? PHILLIPS OR SABINS OR STUBBINS) found 1860 in the census, for Brutus Twp,, Cayuga Co., N.Y., 1870 Livingston Co., Mich. 1876 called of Vienna Twp. Genessee Co., Mich. 1880 Thetford Twp., Genessee Co., Mich.

#312, Who ? is Solomon BISHOP, Rev. War pension claim

#30863. Want his parentage and descendents.

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#311 – Gleaned from a letter – My great Great grandparents were ………… BISHOP

WIFE Catherine CUDD, both born and died in S. C. they had a dau. Kilester, m. a NOAH BISHOP, of a northern strain, d. May 29, 1882. They had a son, RUSH BISHIP,  m. Margaret, TIMMONS in Spartanburg co., S.C. Would appreciate any and all information on the above as well as GREENBERRY BISHOP b. 1847.

#322 – WANTED – Parentage of Nancy BISHOP who married Humphery S. CAMP, Dec. 28, 1822 in Edgecombe co., N. C. His will in same County 5-15-1854, p. 17 book 5, recorded May 1856, names wife and sons Wm. S. James G. & David C. – dau.s, Martha Jane, Marianne, Lucy, Virginia Futrell, and Arabella, also his sister Mary Camp. What do you have?

#339 – Wanted ancestry of JAMES BISHOP, m. Mandy Stuart, lived in Missouri and Okla., had children JAMES BURTON, JOHN, EUIE, JESSIE AND MARY. Some connection with Jesse James. James was possible born in New York or some other eastern state.

#340 – Wanted ancestry of as well as descendents of ABNER BISHOP, m probably in South Carolina or Georgia, about 1820 MARY PAYTON KING.

#341 – What do you have.? EORGE BISHOP m. 1776 Ann BOOTHE Montgomery Co., Va. Later to Russell Co., Va. Had son JOHN m Elizabeth MUTTER, Elizabeth d, 1843, They had dau. ANNA who m. Benjamin COON. They were my Gt. Gt. Grandparents.

#342 – What was the name of the BISHOP female who m. MARION BURNS, possibly at Winnsboro, S. C. ? 1830 – 1850 They once made a trip probably about 1860 by wagon train from South Carolina to Arkkansas [sic] to visit BISHOP relatives.

The above seems to pretty well cover the questions to which answers are sought in the mail from July 1 to Nov. 1. Below we give you a few of those that came earlier in the year.

#14 – 67 Mr. Howard E. Case, 91 Newton Ave. Sussex, N. J. 07461. This writer wishes the ancestry of NATHANIEL BISHOP who has as wife. MARY JENKINS, They had at least 2 children. Elizabeth, b. Jan. 22, 1810 at Little Brittan, Orange Co., N.Y. m.. Oct. 7, 1830, app. Also in Orange co., N.Y. HENRY CASE, d Jan. 19, 1890 Mt. Hope, Orange Co., N.Y. had 8 children. 2nd Child was Harrison, b. abt 1827 – 28 pr. Westchester co.,  N. Y. m. about 1856, CORNELIA . . . . . . . . . ., lived at Goshen, Orange co., N.Y. d there after 1875. Had at least 5 children, -- Augusta M.; Jennie H; Emma.; Frank; and Kittie; Anyone with information on the above pleas communicate with Mr. Case and ourselves.

#15 – 67, Dr. Joseph R. Darnall, M.D. 3209 Duval St. Austin, Texas, 78705; Wanted information on Dr. Jacob BISHOP, b. abt. 1740, m. PENELOPE BENTON, dau of Hon. Lemeul Benton, of Darlington, S. C. The subject was a graduate of Dickenson College, Carlisle, Pa. And studied medicine under Dr. Casper Wister, in Philadelphia, Pa. He later owned a plantation called the “Crossroads” at what is now Bishopville, then in Darlington, Co., ; Now in Lee Co., S.C. This looks like a sample of the migration from Penn. In the mid 17700 [sic] s to the south, Any and all information will be appreciated.

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#34 – 67 Mrs. Frank Warfield Jr., 1945 Bowie dr. Corsicana Texas, 75110; Wanted parentage and ancestry of ABIGAIL BISHOP, m Nov. 10, 1799 NATHAN ROBERTS, in Knox Co., Tenn. A dau, ELIZABETH Roberts, m. in 1828, Jesse Beasley, in Green Co., Ala., was in Texas 1850 census, Navarro Co., We just tried to check this out in the material for the Special, Edition of Book 10, but failed to locate Abigail. However this appears to us at the present to be the most probable strain.

#83 – 67 Mrs. Percy L. Serviss, Rte 1, Box 95, Tonkawa, Okla, Wanted information on ………. BISHHOP, M. ELIZABETH MOORE Elizabeth, b, 1832 in Ill. M. and went to Texas. Was dau. Of Alexander Moore and wife poss. Deliha, 2nd of 15 children. Now refer back to #264, this could possibly be the same couple, suggest you two get together and see what you can figure out, then let us know.

#94 – 67, Mrs. Richard T. Preston, 740 Matsonia Dr. San Mateo, Calif. 94404, Wanted ancestry of DANIEL R. Bishop, b Dec. 20, 1807, Parkersburg, W. Va. D. 1890 somewhere in Illinois. M. MINERVA SMITH, time and place unknown She was b.    Oct. 5, 1811 Manchester, Bennington Co., Vt. He was a Methodist Minister. They apparently work slowly westward as far al Ill. Mrs. Preston or ourselves can furnish names of their 12 children and Mrs. Preston has her own lineage complete but wants his ancestry.

Now a page or two of our own problems, that is all queries are our problems, but those below we are the instigators of.

#1 Who was the father and mother of the late Gov. RICHARD M. BISHOP of Ohio? Was it George, a son of Henry and wife Catherine Strawyer, from Penn. To Val to Ky, OR was it Elisha, son of Joseph & wife Mary Clark, from Smythe Co., Va.. We are inclined to think it was the former of the two. While checking on this we did find an information blank and a letter in the CONE COLLECTION, bearing on the                Hon. R. M. BISHOP. Here is what we are able to figure out of it.

RICHARD M. BISHOP, b. Nov. 4, 1812, Fleming Co., Ky., d. Mar. 2, 1893, Jacksonville, Fla. M May 11, 1834, Elizaville, Ky. MARY THRILKELD, dau. Of Wm. B. June, 17, 1816, Elizaville, Ky. D. 1883, Cincinnati, Ohio. – Natl. Cyclopedia of Amer. Biog. V. 3 – p.143, Lived in Ky. Until 1848, removed to Cincinnati, and for 5 years was the head of a large grocery house. In 1859 was elected Mayor of Cincinnati. In 1877 elected Governor. Was a member of the Campbellite Church. – Biographical Encyclopedia of Ohio, 1876 p. 37, almost identical reference. Except it does not mention the election as Governor, the same occurred a year after the publication date. We find a list of his children as follows, William T. – Lizzie Worrick; Ellen T. – W. S. Dickerson; Mary A. – W. T. Moore; Richard H. – Alice Shinker; James A. – Lydia Wheeler; Anna M. – App UNM. A dau. Name unreadable – Charles H. Boaz; The blank was apparently filled out by a grandson, son of the eldest child above. WILLIAM T. BISHOP, b. Apr, 29, 1835, Elizaville, Ky. D. Aug. 31, 1908, Poss. Los Angles, Calif. M May 16, 1855, LIZZIE WORRICK b. Mar. 28, 1839, Elizabeth, Ky, d. Aug. 8, 1910,; They had one son perhaps more. But the party who filled the blank, appears

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to have been their son RICHARD MOORE BISHOP, b. Mar. 6, 1856, Cincinnati, Ohio, was living at the time, about 1912, at 456 So Spring St. Los Angles, Calif. m. May 16, 1882, Cincinnati, Ohio, CAMRIE J. BELL, dau. of John E. b. June 1860, Cincinnati, Ohio. And we find reference to a son of their’s named JOHN E. B. BISHOP, b Dec. 29, 1884, Cincinnati, Ohio and we quote what we are reading it is just a note. “Was a single man in the early 1900s and lived at 1190 West Adams St. Los Angles, Calif. Was engaged in the real estate business. His fathers name was Richard Moore Bishop, b. Cincinnati, Ohio, Mar. 6, 1856.” One of the earlier references said that the subject of this sketch was of German and English descent. We have other references which mention his grandfather Henry as being German, but this we doubt, but the grandmother Catherine Strawyer, does sound German to us. So as above our conclusion is that the subject belongs in that strain. We will be happy to study any comments or references which, tend to differ with this theory.

While searching for the above information, in the same folder we found a letter dated Aug. 17, 1935, to MR. CONE, who at the time was long deceased. The writer claimed to be a Gt. Gt. Gt. Granddaughter, of Gov. R. M. Moore’s Uncle Robert, we have spent another evening working out something on that. which we give below in as brief a manner as possible, It is our deductions from certain census records and other references we have presently.

Child #7 of Henry & Catherine (Strawyer) Bishop.

Huntington Twp., Ross Co., Ohio – 1820 – 1830 – 1840 – 1850

ROBERT b. Va. 3-5-1788, d no date +26. +40. +50. 62

SARAH b. Md. 1789 d, 6-15-1850, +26. +40, +50. d.

Benjamin, b. o. 5-19-1808 d. 6-2-1808, d.

Elizabethb.[sic] +10. +20. m. gone.

Catherine –10. +15. +20. 39

Phoebe –10. +15. m. gone

Mary –10. –15. m. gone. 

Dorcas b. 5-18-1817, o. d. 7-21-1849, -10. –15. +20. d. –32-2-3

John H. b. 12-10-1821, o., d. 3-20-1847, -10. +15. m. & d.

Henry b. –10. +15 m. gone

Sarah –5. +10 23

Robert b. 4-29-1828, o., -5. +10 22

Jacob b –5. +10 19

Martha –5 11

HENRY his father, b. 1733 d. 12-19-1830 +90 d. gone

CATHERINE his mother +90 d. gone

The following marriages are assumed to apply to the above..

Ross co., o. Vol. A-B 1798 – 1825.

p..68, ROBERT Bishop & Sally or Sarah Hill July 10, 1807

Ross Co., o, Vol. C – D 1825 – 1840

P. 306 Elizabeth Bishop & Josiah Brodress, 11-14-1832

p. 504 Mary Bishop & William Toops, 4-6-1837

Ross Co., o. Vol. 1 after 1840

p. 30, Phoebe Bishop & Daniel Shotts, 5-13-1841

p. 120 John Bishop & Sarah Chamberlain 10-27-1842

p. 321 Henry Bishop & Catherine Grubb 7-15-1846

Family record. Robert Bishop & Susan C. Bishop, 1865 –2nd cousins

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One of the many stories we have heard is this one. “With the coming of the Quakers under Wm. Penn, there were three bothers [sic] BISHOP. One of these went south another north and the last names John, settled in Pennsylvania.” As we study a mass of information that appears to be based on this strain of the name. We form this theory as a basis for some modern history of the family.

About 1700 there was a migration from England, which brought one JOHN BISHOP to America and probable settlement, near Philadelphia, in Delaware co., Penn. While he may have been married on arrival, more likely he was not but did marry soon. Like all families of that day his was probably a large one. We hope in time to find the names of all his children and the records of them and their descendents, presently we feel that we have the names of two of these children and some of their descendents. Our theory says that Henry born 1733 and John born 1739, very probably were sons of this John Bishop.

If our information is reasonably correct, then Henry married Catherine Stawyer and moved on to Berkly Co., Va. (now W. Va.) No less than eleven children were born to this couple either in Penn. or Va. very likely the last one in 1788. In the year of 1805 this family of Bishops moved on again to Ohio, where they settled in Ross Co., near Bournville, there settlement was known as Bishop’s Hill and is still known by that name. It is chiefly a Mehtodist [sic] Church and cemetery, where many of these Bishops and their allied families are buried. For the next 50 years they lived and increased their numbers in much the same general area. Spreading into Pike, Pickawy, and Scioto Counties. The deductions on the preceeding [sic] page with reference to Robert Bishop, is a sample of one of these records, it is thought that the original party at Bishop Hill was Robert, David, Frederick and Henry, with their parents Henry and Catherine. One brother George is said to have settled in Fleming Co., Ky. Also several sisters m [sic] another brother Jacob is thought to have stayed in West Virginia, but his children later came on to Ross co., Ohio. Then there is supposed to have been another son John, who could be the original settler in Pickaway Co., Ohio. and the drawing card which took others there later.

And now what we consider Henry’s brother John, born in 1739 in Delaware Co., Penn. He was married about 1765 at Cartown, Faquier Co., Va.. to Mary Ann Claypool. They had 16 children, 13 of whom lived to maturity and started a great westward migration. By a second marriage to Catherine Iden, there were 5 more children who also lived and joined the westward trek.  This is the largest family we have any record of. The story as we get it says John owned 300 acres on Goose Creek near Cartown, Va. Here these children were born and grew to maturity. And here John spent most of his life leaving only in his late years to join some of his younger children in Ohio. The names of these 18 children who lived were, Daniel, Manes , John, Thomas, Amos, Sarah, Lizzie, Mary, Lydia, Eda, Rebecca, Anna, Ruth, Aquilla, Fenley Kissiah, Iden and Catherine. Nearly all of these children were found in Clark, Co., Ohio. in the early 1800s but the

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son James an others later moved on in th [sic] 1830s to Illinois and settled in Empire Twp. Mc Lean Co., where many descendents still live. We are attempting a chapter on this strain at the present time.

The purpose of these last few pages is to stir the interest of our readers who might be connected to these lineages and help to bring in some added information that could build them up to a point where we can print a reasonably accurate account of the descendents of these people. It is also a demonstration of what is possible if people will concentrate on the possibilities of each and every iten [sic] of information they may get their hands on.

We have also begun work on the BISHOP name in South Carolina. There are a considerable number of families there as early as the 1790 census. We have had much trouble with them due to duplication of names, there are several Williams and also Edmond or Edmund, the same helps to confuse the issue no end. One strain appears fairly distinct in 1790. But with out the name of the father of the family. One son John Bishop when applying for pension in 1832, stated that he had it from his parents that he had been born in the city of Philadelphia, Penn. And brought to South Carolina as a small child in 1763 or 64, that any proof of his age had been destroyed by the British or Tories when they destroyed or carried off everything of value in his father’s house except as he was informed what his mother saved by sitting on it.. He also said they had lived at what was called Bishop’s Old Fields in Chester Dist. And he has lived in the same place every since. So it appears to us that the father could have been another brother of the Henry and John whom we talked of above who were born in Penn. In 1733 and 1739. The father of this family supposedly was taken by the British or the Tories on Aug. 18. 1781.

The family in 1790, consisted as we have been able to work it out of. The Widow Bishop = = = 0-0-2-0-0 a son Henry had been killed at the Battle of Hanging Rock on the same day his father was taken prisoner. William = = = 1-1-3-0-0; John = = = 1-2-3-0-0; Nicholas = = = 1-2-3-0-0 = = = and probably a younger son James = = = 1-2-4-1-0; There is meager information on these children but the most complete is the son WILLIAM, Like the other sons he applied for pension and also did  his heirs after his death. His was made in Hopkins Co., Ky, in 1834 where he then resided and had so done since before 1800. The children name dare Eli Bishop, Rhoda wife of Caldwell, William Bishop, Rebecca wife of Alexander Miller, Martha wife of Jeremiah Fox, James Bishop, and Hannah wife of Christopher R. Witt. There is a possibility that Eli might have been a nephew and son of the brother Henry who was killed at Hanging Rock, as is evidenced by the following. “He was in Snowy Campaign, Battle of Rocky Mt. and hanging Rock. Capt. Henry Bishop whose wife died prior to 1834 they wish that if anything be due them it be given to Eli Bishop. So here again dear reader I have given another item to stir up your desire to help us locate your ancestors. If anyone has any infromation [sic] bearing on this or other Bishop families in South Carolina please send it along.

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In Early September, Associate Mrs. B. Lundberg Jr. made two trips for the purpose above. On these trips she amassed much Bishop information. Also learned considerable for her own use in the book she is compiling on the SPRATTs. Her report as made to me appears below.

“I went to Bloomington, Ill. For first hand data on the McLean Co., BISHOPs. Bloomington is the county seat, but is closed to public search-data there costs $2.00 per item. The library in Bloomington has a good genealogical department. It offers copy service at 10 cents per page. It is the Withers Public Library. Many Bishop references to be found there. I called on a lady whom we know has a copy of the much desired BISHOP – LAKE Families. She declined to show it. Neither was she inclined to share it or other information she has, with us. On the basis that her Bishop reunion group felt it was not in their best interest to do so. (Editors note we have no idea what skeletons the lady is hiding. Everything we have found and expect to publish speaks highly of her ancestors.) I then returned to the library for further study and copy. Later I field researched and recorded BISHOP tombstones in several cemeteries – large and small; some tiny ones hidden in cornfields etc. Tore the seam of my slacks, crawling under a barb wire fence of the former Bishop family farm year. The house now falling into disrepair and deserted, in the hands of a Bloomington Bank. Despite a no trespassing sign I entered the large white frame house. The doors and windows are warped and the creatures of nature – mice and the like – have taken over. The derbis [sic] of the last tenents [sic] lies about and the once proud expance [sic] of landscaped area about the house is fast becoming overgrown. The house is two stories containing about twelve rooms all told. With – in sight of this house is another farm house – occupied. I found no way to go around the fences of barbed wire of which the top wire was electrically charges. I should have liked to get to the wooded area atop a mound behind the house about an eight of a mile, where I suspect there is a private BISHOP cemetery. This farm is about halfway (going south) between Bloomington and Heyworth. It is reached by a single lane trail going east between two cornfields, and is bounded one side by a railroad spur. It is hard to find for the corn fields hide it completely from the highway.

Then driving on to Heyworth, I interviewed and obtained genealogical data from a Bishop family, who disclaims any connections with those found in the BISHOP – LAKE Families. We are already checking this out and believe they might be descendents of one Jacob Bishop whose other descendents can be found in Dewitt Co., Ill. (Editors note I have done only scant checking on this last item. But have determined that Jacob Bishop, is a thrid [sic] and distinct strain of the name, who settled in McLean Co., in the 1830s. Several of the biographies found in McLean Co., Histories and Early Settlers of McLean Co., are definitely reference to these people. This makes three separate early starins. [sic] The BISHOP Lake, strain in Empire Twp. The William Bishop, strain in Money Creek twp, and this third one Jacob Bishop also in Empire Twp.

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From Heyworth I drove to LeRoy and Downs, stopping at many small cemeteries that I saw and others local residents sent me to. In some there were no BISHOPS in others there were many. The culmination of the trip was most successful, in that I came home with a copy of BISHOP & ALKE  families, plus bible records from a bible once the property of one of the earliest of these ancestors. For this I am indebted to a kind gentleman, a descendent of this strain. We immediately had photo copy made of these items and returned the original to the gentleman. His willingness to cooperate with us, means that the ten year search for this Bishop Lake book has ended and we have already done considerable work on compiling a 100 page chapter to be known as Chapter L Book X, and stems from A John Bishop, reputedly a Quaker who came with William Penn and settled in Pennsylvania, there had born a son, whom he named John, who moved on to Virginia where in 1765, he married Mary Ann Claypool, and to them were born sixteen children. Mary died and John married a 2nd time and fathered 5 more children. Thus he fathered the largest family we have in our many records.

Cost of this trip was, about $60.00 for personal and car expenses, plus about #12.00 copying costs, the latter paid by BISHOP FAMILIES  in AMERICA, the former by myself. Signed, GERTRUDE W. LUNDBERG

During the last half of September, Mr. & Mrs. Lundberg, made a trip to Maine, His purpose a vacation. Here a research trip. Here again Mrs. Lundberg came home with much infromation [sic] which will be of great value when we again are able to get to Book 8. Her letter below.

“Briefly, we were gone three weeks and I could have used three years to really get all that was available. We went by car into Canada via Detroit- across Canada – around  Expo’67 and down to St Albans, Vt. Here was an area where during the civil War. One Cyrus Bishop a bank cashier, was held up and robbed by a group of Confederate soldiers who had somehow managed this raid so far from their own lines. They intended to use the money to strengthen the Confederate financial position. Checked the current phone book and found only one Bishop listed there at this time.

We went on to Leeds, Me. Where I found the tombstones of many Bishops of Book 8, for whom you had asked me to search. Then to Palermo, Me. For my SPRATT research. Had splendid results. Palermo is about 24 miles from Augusta, which is the state capitol and where there is an excellent genealogical library with open stacks, enabling the searcher to select books at random. Copy service is 25 cents per page, and there is a micro-film reader also. Across the court is the building housing the vital records of Maine. The early ones being in a building nearest the State House and the later records in the newer building across the street. Found and hand copied as well as machine copied much Bishop material. Then went to the University of Maine Library in Orono, Me. Portland Historical Society Library was next. Here is a fine library, but shelves are not open to the public, but to members only. They have a good catalogue index system and the

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Ladies are most accommodating. However, I shall request membership should I contemplate going there again.

We next went to Pittsfield, Mass., as my husband wanted to visit his childhood haunts. He dropped me at the Pittsfield, library. Much material is available there, in a section apart form the main library. This section has it’s own librarian who was most helpful. Copy service, 25 cents per page. More BISHOP material obtained – hand copied.

We then proceeded to Deerfield, Mass., only to see the community ravaged by the Indians in early colonial times. The historical accuracy of the ‘old village’ is worth the time to see. However, we did not feel we could afford the $1.25 each required to enter the buildings. As it was a like charge for each structure. The balance of the trip was purely social for my husband had finally reached his limit of indulgence in my genealogical wanderings. Cost of the trip has not been computed, since it was also of a vacation type. Cost of machine copy work was $10.00 which has been paid by BISHOP FAMILIES in AMERICA.

In closing and in the light of the fact that I know this letter will be used in the Xmas Bulletin. I extend this appeal to all our readers. Send us information about the library facilities in your community, such as. Do you have a genealogical section ? Name and address of  the library. What type material do they have ? Do they have copy machine? What do they charge for photo Copy ? Do they have microfilm reader ? add your name and address too, as we may wish to contact you to pick up special information from your area.

As a final note, I suggest that genealogical field trips are best when made alone, so you can set your own pace pick your own place and not be dragged off to ‘sight see’.


1213 Longmeadow Drive, Glenview, Ill. 60025

Compiler and Editor’s note.

The material mentioned in the letters above, included as stated Copy of the            BISHOP – LAKE Families, The material from the bible record of James & Margaret (Canady) Bishop. Who were married Mar. 9, 1837 and immediately settled on a large tract of land he had purchased northeast of Le Roy. Several Extractions form various books on early settlers in Mc Lean Co., Ill, plus 100 or more cemetery inscriptions copied by Mrs. Lundberg. This information in general fits in Chapter L Box X as described earlier.

The Maine trip, brought in such items as photo copy of several sketches on the Bishops of that state, plus hand copied records from Salem, Mass. And Pittsfield, Mass. And again many cemetery inscriptions. This later material in general fits into Book 8, but there is some of it that applies to other strains including a persona interview with a man in Maine, whom we do not have his established lineage.

Beside the above trips, Mrs. Lundberg has been reading Soundex 1880 census records, since last spring. She has read Wisc., Ill., Ind., Ohio, Mich., Penn., N.Y., and Maine. So we have about 1700 records of BISHOPs in those sates in 1880, who had children in the home under ten.

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And now, it takes 5 more pages to fill a minimum size pamphlet, so I am going to tell you of some of the disappointments of this past year and some of our hopes for the year ahead.

A year ago we had hoped for a release of about 1000 pages this year, the net release was 200 pages, consisting of the 2nd edition of Book 1 and the 1st of Book 8. The reason is mostly the looseness of our organization.  The fact that it is voluntary from necessity for lack of operating funds that would permit the payment of wages for the performance of the work involved. We are always short of funds, because this is a private project undertaken solely by the compiler, instead of a public group who could put on fund raising campaigns as a charitable or educational group. So in order to keep operating we have to sell something, so what we need is twofold to produce more to sell and to aquire [sic] more coustomers [sic] for what we do produce. The work of preparing this material for publication either by mimeograph or by printing, is the prime cost. First the research, either by personal trips to the areas, or to libraries where hours and hours are spent searching for material, then more hours either hand copying the same, or paying out scarce cash for photo copy. The latter is often resorted to as a time saving element. But in our case always with a dread that we are scrapping the bottom to hard and that when we have the material prepared there will not be the cash to buy the paper and ink or pay the postage.

After the research has been finished on a particular strain, then there are hours upon hours that I as the compil [sic] must spend studying and deciding what applies and where it applies, how authentic it is and where to put the question marks of doubt. After that comes the job of cutting stencil, frequently I send the compiled material to one of the associates for that purpose. Sometimes that has worked well, but at other times it runs into a snag because the associate has other things that of necessity must come first. There have been times that I have done this only to wait as much as 6 months for the stencil of 100 pages. The other resort is for me to cut the stencil myself and this is the best deal in one sense, because it allows cutting all on the same typewriter for better appearance. But on the other hand it is bad for I am the worlds poorest typist, hunt and punch, very slow and liable to hit the wrong key. Right now I have made no less than a dozen stops for  correction of errors on this page. Average time is one hour per page for cutting of these stencils. So you see it is two long weeks of work to cut a 100 page edition. Of course some of our older readers will notice that presently I am using a different typewriter this is due to the fact that the old one suddenly broke down a couple of weeks ago after I had started typing this bulletin. This is a new and costly machine that was designed for this type of work. I also have the hope that it might be a sort of inducement to some local typist that I might find in the near future that I could induce to come here and type for me. Have my fingers crossed on that one.

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Well I have covered the phase of it providing for the preparation of stencils. Two methods are now open. Either our own mimeograph or an offset printing method. But here again the cost figures. In general our subscription list for most of the times we have produced so far has averaged a little over 100 copies sold. Hence we must mimeograph, because to get a price that will permit reproduction by the printed method we must have sale for 500 copies. Should we be able to double that figure we would really be in business, as the more copies one needs, the lower the price per copy when printed.

Our method of numbering has been quite simple for use by an individual once he or she has mastered it. Eliminating the need for indexing. However our best coustomers [sic] are the large genealogical libraries. Here the material should be indexed because the librarian cannot afford to spend their time showing each researcher how to find what he or she wants.

So for our goal for the coming year we have set our eyes and aims on a new method of presenting our information. Our first goal will be the completion of a special edition, now in process which ties into our Book 10. This will not be our compilation but is an item that has long been promised for a lady in Texas who has spent several years gathering information on her own specific strain. Has let it be known that those covered in it could expect a complete book on their ancestry at a ridiculously low price. We made a promise and we will keep that promise. This edition will be mimeographed on two sides of good paper. We will follow our standard form of recording all statistical information, but will re arrange the sequence of the records, rather than our general method of giving all records in a generation and following with the same in the next generation, we will in this edition give the first five generation, (only one record per generation) in direct line. In the sixth generation we will pick up one subject and run all descendent of his thru his first  child and then all thru his 2nd child and etc. After that we will pick up a brother of his and do the same. This is going to make about a 200 page edition. To all persons to whom this bulletin is sent , who will be covered in this edition we insert a more detailed notice of this work and its probable release date. On this insert we will show the serial number of the person to whom addressed. This means we will be personally notifying each person now living whose record will appear therein.

While we are preparing the edition above we will also be looking ahead with the thought of using the same stencil in the next item on our agenda. This means that we will revise our earlier edition of Book 10 to conform with this order of sequence of records, and we will cut enough more stencil to make approximately 500 pages including an index. The pages will be numbered to permit this indexing. If there should be anywhere near 500 copies of this book ordered by the time it is ready for printing. We will have the same printed and bound in hard covers for the same figure we are now asking, $2.00 per 100 pages.

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We feel that this last item above will make a very usable item for libraries and societies who are tying to provide their clientele with the best in genealogical reference books. The same will be repeated with other books that are already in circulation as fast as we can rework them. We will also attempt to supply the little man in this field with only his or her direct ancestry and closer relatives at a very nominal cost. That is those who want only their direct lineages and are not interested in the family as awhole. [sic] Earlier I gave you some comments on the work of our associate Mrs. Lundberg. Perhaps I could have done better but all in all she has done a wonderful job for us and we extend our appreciation. We now follow with similar comments on the rest of us.

MRS. NORINE BOYD STEWART, has been with us the longest. In my collection of infromation [sic] are thousands of pages that she has found typed and sent to me. Her attitude has been one of a faithful worker, even to the point of neglecting her own personal needs to do for this group, that we may in the end have the greatest work of a genealogical nature of all time. About a year ago she had to undergo serious surgery, and her recovery has been somewhat slow. We are more than happy to bear with her in these days of sickness and to wish her a hasty return to health, not only for what we know she will try to do for us again, but more sincerely for her own good. OUR SINCERE THANKS, NORINE, for a job well done.

In the essence of item our next oldest associate is MRS. DONNA J. (BISHOP) PORTER. Mrs. Porter has contributed considerable to our needs, though she too has had many problems of her own. Health and domestic, which have at times prevented her from turning in the amount of work for us that she would like to. Her sincere interest in this project is something that is beyond question. OUR SINCERE THANKS, DONNA, for an honest effort. At this point I am no longer sure just who is the oldest from a standpoint of time, but the order I have them listed on the front page is MRS. LUNDBERG next, and our comments are found earlier, but we add. She is a dedicated genealogist, and has for two years now been giving freely of her talents to the progress of this organization. Like most of us she is no longer a child and also has her problems with health, and we presume a few of a domestic nature. (Most of us have them). Her great and honest cooperation with us is much appreciated. Our sincere THANKS, BILLIE, FOR the many items you have so ably done. Incidentally she has no Bishop connections.

Introducing MRS. LOUETTA H. POWERS, A lady who likes to do research, like many of us does not like the copying of material. Has contributed a good many pages of photo copy of material she has found. Just enough spice in the lady to hope that if her immigrant Bishop eventually comes to light it will turn out to be Bridget the Witch. No chance Bridget had no Bishop  descendents. Again OUR SINCERE THANKS, LOUETTA, for the reams of information, paid for by yourself.

Presenting, MRS LAURA GRACE (BISHOP) (DUNN) GARVIN. Bishop by birth of her father, Dunn by his adoption shortly after birth. Wife, Mother and business woman, dedicated genealogist. Who has cut many stencils for us in the past and who is

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doing the index for the new items coming up. Again we say OUR SINCERE THANKS, GRACE, for a job well done.

NOW MRS. MORNA HOWELL, another lady with great faith in our future. Nearing retirement age, but still working for a living, finds the time to answer many letters for me as well as cut considerable stencil for our publications, has one day a week which she generally spends in the Genealogical Library at Salt Lake City, where she generally photo copies at her own expense much information found there. She has taken over a personal project I started, that of buying photo copy of the 8 volume work titles “Ancient Families of New Haven” by D. L. Jacobus. This work consists of 2050 pages. It is a very vital link for me with my earliest ancestors. Morna, sends it along in about $4.00 packages several times a year. This is one of our greatest reference works, we now own the 1st 1080 pages complete, taking us into the surname LANE, in addition to that we have about 400 more pages on specific families for whom there has been a need and these have been ordered special. I will shortly check to see just which pages are needed to make these fill ins and by this time next year we will likely have them all. With our deepest appreciation we SALUTE YOU MORNA, THANK YOU.

MRS. DARLA M. JONES. A young house wife, who over the past two or three years has done much cutting of stencil and set up a fine stack of files, including one designed to be used to cut stencil for a marriage record we plan. Mrs. Jones status has changed in recent months and she has been obliged to take on much heavier business duties and just  recently with drew as an associate, returning her accumulated files and so forth here to headquarters. Our SINCERE THANKS, DARLA, FOR A JOB WELL DONE, we hope for your return in the future.

MRS. MARY N. EMORY. The baby of the group, a very sincere and dedicated young genealogist. Now in the labors of publishing a book of her own on the SEAY Families. Recent domestic problems as well as the publishing job above, have forced a temporary curtailment of her efforts in our behalf. In the short year since she joined us she has sent in hundreds of pages from all types of sources relative to the name BISHOP in South Carolina. From which we hope shortly to start building some of those lineages. As above our SINCERE THANKS, MARY, for a great amount of information done in a workmanlike manner. We are anxiously awaiting the successful conclusion of your  SEAY venture, when we stand ready to welcome your return. In addition to the above we salute the following persons, who have been associates in the past and others who are contributing information and or funds, to help promote this project. We may miss some we should name but we are going to name all that comes to mind, with our checking thru our whole mailing list of some 3000 names. Former associates, MRS. PEARL BIGLER, MRS. BEULAH PERKINS, MRS. LOREE deROULHAC, MRS. BEVERLY BOX, MRS. THELMA PIPER. Thank you girls for the many hours of devoted labor you have spent for the good of this organization. And the cash some of you have also contributed at times. Another group we value highly are persons who while searching for information and data on there own lineage or often a diff-

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erent name, are always on the lookout for information they think we can use and copy same for use, sometimes by hand and others by photo copy. The larger contributors of this type that come to mind are MRS. ROSALIE HARTINGER, MR. JOHN F. BISHOP, MRS. EMILY WILKERSON, MR. HERB BAGANZ, MR. RAY O BISHOP, MR. IRWIN L. BISHOP, MRS. REBECCA BISBEE COLESAR. Each of these people have sent in no less than 50 pages of information this past year, there are perhaps a few others whom we have missed, but in any event we wish at this time to publicly acknowledge and express our deepest appreciation. THANK YOU ONE AND ALL.

And last but not least we wish to express our appreciation to those who have bought our books and others who have contributed funds over and above the costs of their orders. These are all the people that have held this organization together for its 8th year. Never have these sources provided enough to pay the costs, but they have made it possible for your compiler to meet the excess, because there is an unestimatably [sic] value to the collection we have here. OUR SINCERE THANK YOU ONE AND ALL, EACH FOR HIS OWN SMALL PART IN THIS GIGANTIC UNDERTAKING.

Now we have noted several times that we would discuss this bulletin on the last page. It appears that this has become a desireable [sic] item and a must for the purpose of keeping the public informed of our activities.

With the increase in our mailing list to something over 3000 names, it has become an item we can not afford, both in labor and in money. So noting that many genealogical societies and other organizations, distribute a similar item, as a part of a membership fee, usually about $2.00 per year.

But getting ahead of myself. I have now completed the cutting of stencil, for this issue, the day is Nov. 20, I could not possibly run 3000 copies of this sort it and mail it by   Dec. 15. So at this time I will run and mail a couple of hundred copies in this mimeograph form to those persons named here-in whose correspondence and queries we have answered. After which I will send copy to the printer and have 3000 copies made. These will not get mailed until some time in Feb.

Now back to subject of the future. If our readers think they like this bulletin and would like to keep it going. We suggest that you contribute the sum of $2.00 per year, for which you will receive a membership card in BISHOP FAMILIES in AMERICA not Inc. which will entitle you to the semi annual issue of this bulletin with free query service and directory of current events. We will add this last item, in which we will give all birth, deaths, and marriages you furnish us with during each period.

The above plan will separate the interested from the uninterested, reduce the number of copies needed and provide a means of paying the costs of printing and  mailing, thus giving us more time to work on our compiling and research. All societies, sending exchange copy, would be also serviced and every purchaser of our published items in the amount of  $5.00 or more would also receive membership card and copy of this bulletin. OUR SINCERE BEST WISHED FOR A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR TO ALL. BISHOP FAMILIES  in AMERICA.

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Items presently available for immediate, mailing.


EDITIONS 1 & 2 Book 1,

JAMES BISHOP, to New Haven, Conn. 1638.


Edition 1 Book 3,

RICHARD BISHOP, to Salem, Mass. 1628.


Edition 1 Book 8,

EDWARD BISHOP, to Salem, Mass. 1639.


Editions 1 & 2 Book 9,

JOHN BISHOP to Guilford, Conn. 1639.


Edition 1 Book 10,

REV. JOHN BISHOP, to Stamford, Conn. 1644.


Edition 1 book X,

Partial lineages, of more recent dates.

Coming early 1968, A Special Edition of Book 10 above. These items are all editions of 100 or more pages, mimeographed on good grade paper, 8 ½ x 11, punch for 3 hole binder. Any of the above post paid for – Each $2.00. After mid year 1968 these will start coming out in 500 page volumes, with indexx [sic] $10.00.

We also have BISHOP – COAT of ARMS, $5.00. This iten [sic] is in color on parchment paper, 9 x 12 suitable for framing. No claim is made that this is anyone in particular’s ARMS to which they are entitled. But we think they belong to those descended from Books. 1 – 3 – 4 – 5—6 -- & 9.

Other items available are.

BISHOP HEADS OF FAMILY – 1790 census $1.00.

BISHOP entries form Vermont vital records $1.00.



18013  Armitage Ct.

Homewood, Illinois, 60430


[Item 11, Folder 11, Box 1 (6 pages)]



MARCH 1968



The entire period between New Year and March 1st has been devoted to getting out copy of the SPECIAL EDITION of BOOK 10. All persons whose serial number is inserted here ___________ are recorded in that release, if you have not ordered your copy you should do so at once. It contains 160 pages of 530 records, all descendents of Elijah and Jonathan Bishop, brothers born in south west VIRGINIA, in 1793 and 94. We will supply your copy at the prepublication quotation of $2.00 until July 1st, after which time the price will be $5.00.

WE WISH TO POINT OUT AT THIS TIME, that there are many other persons on our lists who are descendents of the same immigrant ancestor, but whose personal lineage does not appear in this edition. To you we say, we will be happy to mail your copy, when you indicate you wish one. We do not want to mail to anyone who does not desire this edition.

TO OUR REGULAR SUBSCRIBERS, as above this is a Special Edition dealing only with two direct lineages. Many of you are paid in advance, but as above we would like your confirmation, that you want this edition, FURTHER, we are already working on more pages to bring this up to a 500 page edition, which we will issue with index sometime late this year. We think that you may prefer to wait for this latter issue. Please advise and we will be governed accordingly.

Now the chief purpose of this edition of the Bulletin, is to answer the mail that accumulated between Nov. 1 and Jan 1. On the following pages you will find a brief aswer [sic] we think to all letters that required an answer. Thank you for your patience.

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Noting that we would have a blank page here, we now fill it. The cost of paper and postage does not warrant, leaving any blanks.

In an earlier edition we listed libraries, who buy our work. We should also have said that the same is also available at The Maniti Branch of the L.D. S. Laibray, Manti, Utah and at the Mesa Branch, at Measa, Arizona. These copies are available because some local member in the locality, who uses that library, takes the time when doing research to make copy of their BISHOP findings and send them on to us. Thank You.

A recent check up indicated that the following now service us on an exchange basis. This is our reciprocation. Thank you all we are happy to have your bulletins.

Kentucky Historical Society – KENTUCKY ANCESTORS

Illiana Gen. & Hist. Society, - ILLIANA GENEALOGIST.

New Mexico Gen. Society – NEW MEXICO GENEALODIST.

Southern Arizona Gen. Society – SAGS + BULLETIN

Wisconsin State Gen. Society – NEWSLETTER


American Heritage Service – AMERICAN HERITAGE #

Coos Gen. Forum – FORUM

We were supplied a copy of a new item Titled Genealogist’s Digest, just checking it we see it will not be exchanged as it is a weekly, and we only received the one copy.

Decatur Genealogical Society, - CENTRAL ILLINOIS GEN. QUARTERLY.

Louisiana Gen. & Hist. Society – THE REGISTER

Southern California Gen. Society THESEARCHER

Florida Genealogical Society – The Florida GENEALOGICAL JOURNAL

Santa Clara County Hist. & Gen. Society – A BULLETIN

East Tennessee Hist. Society – ECHOES

In addition we subscribe to the following publications, GNEALOGICAL  HELPERS, CHEDWATO SERICE, ALL 3 of their publications, YESTERYEARS, and TREE TALKS.

# This is a very fine publication, and well worth anyone’s money. They seem to have adopted us as their last issue carried material specifically addressed to us. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. We are going to send you the ancestry of the party you mention and will appreciate his descendents to the present if you have them.

AN ITEM WE WISH TO CALL TO THE ATTENTION OF ALL. It is common practice for people in our position to ask for self addressed and stamped envelopes. We have never made this request We find that the average envelope is the small size and the postage for a single page not more than two. When we send out material it generally consists of several pages, and in the future will usually be sent third class. We find the cost of first class mail beyond our budget since the recent raise. WE APPRECIATE THE ENVELOPES OF THE PAST. We have a collection where the postage now amounts to quite a number of dollars. We will take a day off and steam them from the envelopes one of these days. In the future we would appreciate your enclosing the stamps loose, so that we could use them to the best advantage. Again I say THANK YOU ALL.

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We have long been puzzled about the ancestry on one David Bishop who married Feb. 4, 1702 – Rebecca Hubbard at Woodstock, Windham Co., Conn.

Attention – Robert L. Bishop, 4515 Eastwood Dr., Okemos, Mich. 48864; J.   A. del Blodgett 140 E. 56th St. – Apt. 16B, New York, N. Y. 10022; Alfred M. Forbush 98 Edgewood Ave., Longmeadow, Mass. 01106;


David Bishop m. Feb. 4, 1702 Rebecca Hubbard, both of Woodstock.

David Bishop lived between Woodstock Hill and Woodstock Lake.

David Bishop’s family in 1703 was one of twenty families living away from Woodstock village in need of defence [sic] on account of Indian troubles. (See a letter from Benjamin Sabin to Gov. Winthrop dated at Woodstock, Aug. 22, 1703) Children Bishop John and David – some information on both.

Mr. del Blodgett quotes from Bowen’s History of Woodstock. Indicating there was an earlier David, probably born about 1660. This ties into my thoughts that that was somewhere mention of a David Bishop on eastern Long Island, son of either John or Nathaniel Bishop sons of RICHARD of Salem, Mass our Book 3. ( Children of these two not yet complied) and gives more children than above. For David and Rebecca, Sarah, Rachel, John Ebenezer and David III; Mr. del Blodgett also quotes from Conn. Historical Collections Vol. 14, p 374 387 Land transactions, involving the earliest David. These turns our attention to BOOK 9 and the area around Guilford, Conn. As they mention the location of this land as lying in the Neck. Information we have shows no David born early as 1665, the first we find is 1697. We have one candidate for the David above in the person of a son of Edward and Sarah Wilde in our BOOK 8. But nothing is known of him except that he was mentioned in his father’s will in 1711. So we still think that we will eventually come up with s son of either John or Nathaniel on Long Island in the 1650’s or 60’s. Many persons from that far eastern end of Long Island did cross over into Conn. And Woodstock is only some 40 or 50 miles from New London, where they probably would have landed. Anyone making searches on this subject would do well to try and locate a will for John or Nathaniel in early records of Suffolk Co., NY. (Long Island) Should anyone find such an record, please get us a photo copy. Nathaniel is supposed to have died 1685, we have no assumption on the date of John’s death but it probably was before 1700. Mr. del Blogett is descended from Sarah Bishop and Thomas Jennings. Sarah supposedly a sister of our subject above sometimes called David II. Robert L. Bishop, believes his ancestry to be David, (1) John, (2) John, (3) Asa, (4) Anthony S.    (5) Asa Herbert, Ralph E., (7) Robert L., (8) Mr. Forbush, if memory hits me right is also interested in the Sarah & Thomas Jennings strain.

ieb/ 3-22-68

In our search for references to David Bishop, among  the Bishops descended from RICHARD of Salem, Mass. 1628, our BOOK 3, through his sons John and Nathaniel, very early settler on LONG ISLAND,. We checked a wealth of information that we mentioned in the Xmas Bulletin, Sent to us by the Sate Library of New Jersey last July. We knew it contained some information from that locality. We found it in the pages of CAPE AMY CO., MAGAZINE OF HISTORY AND GENEALOGY, June 1964 p. 54. ATTENTION, Mrs. Belle E. David, Safford, Ariz. Also checking Mrs. David’s correspondence, we find that she first contacted us Apr, 19, 1960. Her query was for the ancestry of GIDEON BISHOP. Our findings now indicate it was Gideon, 7 John, 6 Samuel, 5 Samuel, 4 Nathaniel, 3 Nathaniel, 2, Richard, 1.

B. Jan. 27, 1783 Cape May Co., N.J.

D. B/4        1837 “     “     “                “

M.              1814 “      “     “                “

MARY MC Carty dau. Of James & Grace McCarty



Children Bishop were, Nancy and Mathilda – twins born June 20, 1815, Nancy not mentioned further, Mathilda, m. July 8, 1835 James Garrison; died 1836, John b. July 16, 1817, d Oct. 1, 1838; James b. Oct. 10, 1819, d. Oct. 10, 1838 (We think an error); Sarah b. Mar. 20, 1822, m. Dec. 3, 1845 Samuel Chester, d. Oct. 28, 1894; Lydia b. June 15, 1824; Mary Ann b. July 30, 1830, M. Oct. 13, 1859, Isaac Butler, d. Apr. 8, 1902; Maria b. Oct. 1, 1810 (Another error should be either 1816 or 1820Gideon’s marriage is 1814) m. David Gandy; This latter is Mrs. David’s husbands lineage, Emma Gandy, 8 m. John Pratt Bailey Flora Fitch Bailey, 9 m. Lewellyn Shockley David; John Calvin David, 10 m. Belle Elizabeth ______ and they had children DAVID, John Calvin II, b. Aug. 28, 1925; Roger Ellis, b. Nov. 22, 1927; Gwen Ellen, b. Sept. 19, 1931; -- Now I also study a letter dated Feb. 20, 1908. Signed by John W. Bishop, Editor of the Cleo Chieftain, Cleo, Okla. Quote “My grandfather was Gideon Bishop and I have heard my father tell how his mother and the children found him dead by a shock of corn in their little field in Cape May Co., N. J. Heart trouble I suppose.” He does not name his father, but says he had a brother John, who disappeared at age 18 and was presumed to have died of “Spotted Fever” at sea. Also mentions his father had a cousins Sam and Dan. The Cape May History says “Gideon had a brother Samuel who had sons, Samuel m. Jane Holmes Gibbons and Daniel who m. Sara Smith.” We deduct that the writer’s father was James, b. Oct. 10, 1819 and married Mary Franklin Zane. We are sorry he did not give more about his family, and we hope that if some of his descendents read this they will fill us in with information on the subject. Something might be found in the records of  Major Co., Okla. Or Hamilton Co., Kan. From whence the writer was a representative in the Kansas Legislature in 1899. For readers in New Jersey, Our needs from there not found in what we have is a will or inventory of Gideon Bishop’s estate, it should be indexed on page 249 State of New Jersey Index of Wills and Inventories Etc. Prior to 1901 Vol. 1-1912. Any information sent on the subjects discussed above will help us when we attempt to compile descendents of Richard Bishop Our Book 3.

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#400 – Wanda Citron, Box 143, Coalgate, Okla. 74538. Yours acknowledged 11-2-67. The info you furnished is filed under Catherine Bishop, but is so scant that unless we accidentally locate a Catherine marrying a John Huffman we have no great chance of ever identifying her. Please more into if you have it.

#401 Mrs. Emily T. Wilkerson, Librarian Manti Branch Library, Manti, Utah. 84642, Thank you for your check, all checks are always welcome. You are right, IF ALL Bishop descendents would contribute $1.00 we would have a working capital of several million dollars. If 10%, which I estimate would be interested if located were to contribute $1.00, it would make a very substantial fund. However my mailing list is growing and if all on it were to subscribe $2.00 per year we would have enough to operate very nicely. That is on the basis we are now operating on. Of course there is ample information available for much expansion, and that would of course raise the needed funds. It can only be expanded by the use of hired help and by switching to printing instead of mimeographing. The latter item is dependent on swelling the regular subscription list so that we know that we have an outlet for at least 500 copies of any edition we run. We are pleased to know that you have set your copy up for the use of the public. I also took into the Mesa Branch, copy of everything, while on my recent vacation. Both of which will appear on later lists if published. By the way did I ever send you copy of Edition 1 of Book 8?

#402 L. V. Bishop, 2212 McClung Ave S. E. Knoxville, Tenn, 37920. Thank you for your order and check. Your copy was mailed some time ago around March 1. Have identified you as #A23, 295, 123, 2.

#410 Annette M. Ludeman, Box 309 Cotulla, Texas, 78014. Your info. Is very scant. Have placed the following note on file. Eliza Bishop m. Green Holland, she born Ala. Died San Antonio.

#415 Mrs. Marion Tucker, Rte. 1, Box 94, Oxford, Wisc. 53952. Thank you for the order and check, your copy was mailed a couple of weeks ago. Your Parsons lineage begins on page 406. The descendants of another Parsons, we think was a brother starts on page 442.

#416 and 421 Mrs. Celeste Fox. 2140 Braun Dr., Golden, Colo, 80401. Records indicate we filled your order as promptly as possible, we hope you received the same in good order and time.

#417 Mrs. T. W. Anderson, 31 Ave A. Page Mobile Village, Fort Meyer, Fla. 33901. Thank you for the information, I find nothing related to it at this time. Have filed it under John Bishop and if something developes [sic] later, will notify you. If you care to you might try contacting my Aunt, a neighbor of yours, well at least a townsman. Mrs. Glenn Talbott, Rte 5, Box 69, Ft. Meyer. Fla.

#418 Mrs. James W. McTaggart, 1101 S. Gray, Stillwater, Okla. 74074. Thank you for your family group sheets, they add to our files on the South Carolina strains, which we hope to develop some time in the not too distant future;

#422 Mrs. David E. Wilson, 465 E. Hazelhurst, Ferndale, Mich. 48220, Records indicate we mailed your request 12-2-67, we hope you received it O.K.

#423 Mrs. W. C. Bishop Rantoul, Kan. 66079, Thank you for the additional material, all I need is the time to follow it up.

#424 Mrs. Stewart H. Giffin, 450 24th St. Apt. 17B, N.Y. C. 10011, Thank you for the first subscription to this news bulletin, cards have not yet been prepared but yours and other like subscriptions are recorded so that you will get your copy.

#425 Mrs. Dorothy C. Harrison, Murray, Iowa, 50174 Thank you for your order, the same was mailed on Dec. 3, 1967. Presently I am working on my proposed 500 page volume of Book 10, Nothing interfering your lineage back to the immigrant ancestor should be in that volume. We hope to have it ready yet this year.

#426 Mrs. Ralph Piper, Rte 1, Derby, Kan. 67037. Thank you Thelma, we still hope to locate him one day.

#427 Mrs. W. B. Flanary Rte 3, Jonesville, Va. 24263; Thank you for your continued confidence, your copy of the Special Edition was mailed some days ago. Hope you like it.

#428 Mrs. Mary M. Huges, 360 N.E. 43rd St. Des Moines, Iowa 50313. Thank you for adding to our files, such cooperation as yours is bound to eventually bring forth the needed connections’ to some established lineage.

#431 Mrs. H. T. Moore, 4807 Edford Dr. N. E. Knoxville, Tenn. Thank you for your check and order the same has been mailed at this writing. In the face of other information I have I am not as yet prepared to accept the theory that the late Gov. Richard Moore Bishop of Ohio was of this lineage. Assredly [sic] he was not a child of Elisha and Katherine (    ?     ) Bishop His parents were, we feel George and his mother’s maiden name was Moore. The information in the Special Edition also pretty well explodes the theory you gave that Joseph Bishop came from Ireland. There is Irish in some strains but I think like my own picked up here later. Mine is derived from my Gt. Gt. Grandmother who was Sarah Patrick, and apparently as Irish as Paddie’s pig;

#432 Mrs. Maye W. Seide 15515 Gramercy Pl. Gardena, Calif. 90247 Thank you for the new address sand for your statements. We agree as to Alice Martin, what we need is the ancestry of Richard Bishop.

#433 Dr. Harold T. Smutz, 619 Hollywood Pl., Wester Groves, Mo. 63119 Thank you for the additional census records. Yes the Bishops are avery [sic] numerous tribe. There are probably as many of the name now as the entire population of the country was when the first census was taken in 1790. I shall try to get a copy of the register and study your lineage.

#434 Mrs. Golden Boswell, 342 E. Alta Vista, Phoenix, Ariz. 85040 Thank you for the phone call while I was in your town. Shpuld [sic] you learn more on the subject send it along, I am almost sure it should eventually connect with BOOK 1.

#435 Gene Bishop Andress, 3 Andover, Harvard, Cambridge, Mass. 02138; Records indicate you were answered in some manner and that you then placed an order which we filled and mailed Jan. 8, Suggest that if this is your ancestry, you keep in touch and forward new material on your Matthew what we may use in a later edition. The Special Edition of BOOKL 10 is now ready. It deals with a great many Bishops, early in S.W. Virginia and later in Kentucky and Tenn.

#437 Mrs. Rosalie Hartinger, 3239 E. Stroop Rd. Apt. 303, Dayton, Ohio 45440; Thank you for your kind letter and Xmas Card. We hope you had a nice vacation, we did. All you can find on Gov. R. M. Bishop will be appreciated. As in answer to #431 above I do not think he belonged to Book 1. Unless Henry – 1733 was somehow connected to it, Thank you for your check. Membership cards will be made up some day I hope, but so far this year I have been more than covered up with this special Edition of Book 10.     42-68, I to, am surprized [sic] that John F. Bishop did not receive copy of the Bulletin. I will mail another with this supplement. Keep up your good work and always feel that what you send this way is appreciated.

#438 Charles W. Bishop Box 1906, New Haven, Conn. o6509 Was very pleased to hear from you, and our records indicate we mailed you copy of the 2 available editions of BOOK 1, on Dec. 14. We hope you received them and found them of interest and that you are preparing to send us copy of what you know of the family from Abel & Mary (Barnes) Bishop down to yourself. You are related to the BISHOP ORCHARDS, people over at Guilford. Mrs. Arthur F. would be very cooperative if you were to contact him.

#439 Mrs. F. C. Rose, 226 E. Warnimont St, Milwaukee, Wisc. 53207; Thank you for the nice thought in your Xmas Card.

#440 Miss. Sue deLorenzi, Apt. 2003- 400 E. Randolph, St. Chicago, Ill. 60601; Thank you also as above.

#441 Mrs. Samuel W. Kerr, Rte 2, Waynetown, Ind. 47990 Summary. Margaret Bishop, b. abt. 1770, pr. In Union Co., S.C. parentage not known at this writing, m. abt. 1789 Thomas Randel son of Joseph & Ann (     ) Randel, b. Jan. 1, 1770 in Penn or S. C.d. Feb. 2, 1860 Fillmore, Putnam Co., Ind. Margaret d. Feb. 17, 1828 Bainbridge, Putnam Co., Ind. 4 children listed. Rachel, m. Byrd, Virginia, m. Byrd; William, m. Nancy McReynolds; John, m. not given. Information furnished by Mrs. Harold Walters Rte. 1, New Ross, Ind._______ James Bishop and Hannah Stanton See Hinshaw’s Quaker Records, Vol. 1, p. 41; N mention of a daughter Margaret and they were married Jan. 10, 1776. Craven Co., N.C. This material from our files but not compiled for sale purposed, we do not make a practice of searching for individual records, so have no idea what we would have to charge for a typed copy of all we have on this subject.

#442 Mrs. Gerald billings, Box 206 Delta, Utah, 84624; Thank you for yours of Dec. 7,. We mailed the additional copy Dec. 13,. Hope it came through O.K. We did have a nice holiday in Arizona and while there I placed copy of all my work in the Mesa Branch Library, Copy can also be found at the main Library in Salt Lake City, as well as in the Manti Utah Branch.

#443 Edward R. Bishop, 1300 Whitehorn St. Bluefield, Va. 24701 Thank you for the order your copy should have arrived earlier.

#!444 Parke Society, The Mill House, North Stonington, Conn. Yours received. I have but few Park or Parker connections, but will try to forward them some day. In the meantime, if you have any BISHOP – Park or Parker marriages or similar Bishop information we would greatly appreciate it. Wish we had a set up affording the help indicated in your bulletin.

#446 David R. Bishop, 500 Everett Dr. Lansing, Mich. 48915. Yours Dec. 11, Sorry to hear of your surgery. Yet time on my hands in a similar situation was the beginning of this project. Thank you for the corrections, they will be entered and will be made on the stencil before a new run or edition of Book 9, is made. If the proposed 500 page edition of Book 10 materializes as I hope this year, the same for Books 1 and 9 are next years goal. Thank you for the check I have set it up as a 2 year subscription to this bulletin.

#447 Mrs. Violet B. Naegele, 2107 S. Plymouth Rd. Minnetonka, Minn. 55343; Thank you for your Xmas Card and note also for letter #20-68 in Jan. 68. My vacation was wonderful. Since then the Special Edition of Book 10 has kept me on the jump. Your copy mailed a few days ago. Speaking of prolific families the BISHOPS seem to do all right. They appear to fun a close third to the Smiths and Jones, who also have many connections, adding to the size of this project. Next week or so I will be getting out another circular to you and the others of Book 10 on whose lineages I am working for later this year. It will contain copy of some records for your additions and corrections.

#448 Mrs. Charles Pierce, Rural Rte, Eagle Wisc. Thank you for the Xmas Card and the fact that you keep me in mind. I have so much on mine that I get to write very few personal letters anymore.

#449 Miss Elizabeth Miller, 2524 Edgar St. Shreveport, La. Thank you for your kind communication and your check.

#450 Mrs. J. H. Jenno, Rte. 2, Whitwell, Tenn. Thank you for your note and check, copy of Sp. Ed. Book 10 was mailed to you a few weeks ago.

#451 Mrs. Paul Hicks, 2218 Virginia, Ave, Knoxville, Tenn. 37921. Thank you for your note of query. The SP. ED. Of Book 10 mentioned on the first sheet of this, is available and contains your husband’s immediate family with their ancestry back through the PARSONS and the BISHOPS to the immigrant ancestry Rev. JOHN BISHOP, of Stamford, Conn.

#452 John R. Hoskins, 501 Indiana Ave., Etowah, Tenn. Your return was not clear. SP. ED. BOOK 10 is now ready. A note and your check will bring you a copy if you want it.

#453 Miss Ruby Hoskins, 2758 Kenilworth Lane, Apt. 2; Knoxville, Tenn. 37917. Thank you for the order, your copy mailed some time ago we hope you received it.

#457 Mrs. W. T. Bishop, 616 W. 16th St. Sedalia, Mo. 65301; Thank you for the card and information. As above SP. ED. BOOL 10 is now available.

## 458, F.D. Bishop, Forest Hills, Wheeling, W. Va. 26003. Thank you for the return of Fred Bishop; We do not place his ancestry at this time but would suspect that it could be same as the John, given on page 13 of the Xmas Bulletin.

#$60 Mr. Preston L. Bishop, 5011 Olypia Dr. Indianapolis, Ind. Thank you for your   oder [sic] and check, your copy was mailed several weeks ago.

#461 Mrs. Shirley Coons, 511 Santa Cruz Dr. Rte. 1 Warren, Ariz. 85642; Thank you Shirley; The entry has been made. Hope everything is fine with you and yours;

#462 Mrs. Irene Shaw, 710 Cresent, Denton, Texas 76201. Thank you for the order and your check to cover, the same was mailed early in Mar.

#464 Miss Augusta Bethune, 301 E. 38th St. New York City, N.Y. 10016. Thank you for the kind wishes and confidence. We still hope one day to get out some sort of an edition of Book 11, ELEAZER BISHOP. Perhaps we concentrate to [sic] much on lineages where we have many living descendants. In your case off hand I recall none outside yourself, and have only found to date a few scraps of information to add to the manuscript you so kindly furnished several years ago.

#465 Mrs. Kenneth Coulson, Scipio Center, N.Y. 13147. Dear Old Friend; - Thanks for the Xmas Card and the many nice words you send with it. Still no trip, perhaps next fall.

#467 Mrs. James H. Rankin, 1825 Lincoln Ave. #307, San Rafael, Calif. 94901. Much general information contained in this bulletin, your subject not as yet in our files.

#468 Mrs. Delores Negethon, 1801 Canning, Council Bluffs, Iowa, 51501. Thank you for the Xmas card and the information mentioned will be welcome, the sooner the more welcome.

#469 Gene Bishop Andress, 3 Andover, Harvard, Cambridge, Mass. 02138. Thank you for the order and your check to cover. Our records indicate we mailed the same in early Jan.. Please note that the Special Edition of Book 10 is now available. Only last evening I ran into some record though very scant furnished about a year ago by, I think your cousin George Wm. Bishop of Camp Springs, Md. Also a letter written your Mother about the same time, but find no answer from her. I do think that the strain I cutlined [sic] is what you want and I shall be looking forward to your sending what you know from Matthew #A23,21 to the present. The sooner the better as I am in the process of trying to work out some records from each of his brothers and sisters to the present. Also Matthew.

#470 Howard E. Case, 91 Newton Ave. Sussex, N.J. o7461. Also our #4-68, Thank you. The first was your Xmas Card the 2nd your subscription to this bulletin with check to cover for 5 years and a page of information, thank you for each item and all items.

#472 Mrs. Ruth Gadbury, Rte 2 Lometa, Texas, 76853. This bulletin contains much general information on our project. Would need more details to know if we have anything in our files on your subject.

#474 Steve Bishop, 201 E. Brookwood Pl. Valdosta, Ga., 31601. Thank you for your order and check. I have heard from your Uncle that it helped you. Please note that the new Special Edition is now available.

#475 Mrs. Mary J. Walton 9045 Jeff St. Bellflower, Calif. 90706. Thanks sincerely for your nice card at Xmas Time.

#476 Mrs. Beverly Box. 1480 Northview Dr. Marion, Iowa 52302. Nice to hear from you and thank you for the card. Should you find information it will always be welcome. If I turn out the hoped for 500 page volume of BOOK 10. this year, it will contain a great many Iowa records, especially in Madison, Warren Polk and Clark counties.

#481 Mr. & Mrs. Forde J. Bishop 4123 Arthur St. N.E. Minneaoplis, [sic] Minn. 55421, Thanks for remembering me at Xmas time. Sorry I have to acknowledge in this manner, but time is what I do not seem to have enough of. Probably nothing on our ancestry (BOOK 1) until 1969, when I hope to turn out 500 pages. Which will only dent the surface of the accumulation.

#482 Mrs. Mary Hughes 360 N.E. 43rd, Des Moines, Iowa 50313. Thank you for the added information, the same will be filed and some day we hope to make proper identification.

#485 Mrs. Oren McMackins, R. Rte. Painton Mo. 63772. Nice to have met you over the Xmas holiday. I am just now getting around to this way of acknowledging the accumulation of mail I found on my return. AS YOU WILL HAVE NOTED, my time has been well consumed with the Special Edition of Book 10 which is now ready for all and has been mailed to the many who placed pre-publication orders. Others now being mailed as ordered.

Now that seems to complete me up to the first of the year. Except for a few orders for Special Edition Book 10, I will acknowledge them and others that have been received prior to this writing, this year. By just listing your names and letter number below. Thank you one and all. By the way yesterday I received the first acknowledgement of receipt of copy mailed. It was from the kind little old lady of 93, who has been looking forward to it for several months, God Bless her.

#473, Mrs. W. A. Millard                   #36 –68 Mrs. D. D. Richter

#479, Richard J. Marquis                    #37 –68 Mrs. C. M. Dekle

#480, Mrs. Vernon M. Hendricks       #43 –68 Mrs. R. L. Danner

#483, Mrs. Julia Turner                       #47 –68 Irwin L. Bishop

#484, Robert L. Marquis                     #63 –68 Mrs. G. F. Brookhart

And now to also clear the                   #73 –68 Miss E. L. Bishop

Same item for 68.                                #75 –68 Mrs. Ethel Kennedy

#6-68 Mr. O. C. Cox                           #76 –68 Mrs. Isaac F. Carter

#8-68 Mrs. Jack Wagner                        The 93 year old lady above.

#10-68 R. C. Bishop                           #78 –68 Miss Ruby Hoskins

#13-68 Mrs. Wm. F. Koelling

#15-68 Mrs. H. H. Brown

#24-68 John R. Johnson

#31-68 David D. Bishop

#33-68 Earl W. Baccus

#34-68 Mrs. Ray Bishop

#35-68 Mrs. R. L. Johnson

We thank everyone for their cooperation, and especially those listed above for their orders and checks. We hope you will be knid [sic] enough to notify us when your copy of the above comes to you.

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We are an voluntary group of persons, dedicated to research of, compilation of and eventual publication of the available records of every BISHOP Family in this country.

Several ladies living in far distant places, are associated with the compiler. They do whatever they can in the way of research and other chores to help this along.

Here at Homewood, I the compiler, attempt to catalogue all information received and place it in the proper lineage files. I cut most of the stencils, run all the mimeographed pages, sort and assemble them into these editions, keep up an address file of over 3000 names and addresses of interested persons. Record all orders, payments with the mailing date of each. Also do all the addressing of orders plus the packaging and mailing. This in addition to working 40 hours or more per week at my trade.

You the reader can see from the above, why I have had to resort to this method of getting correspondence answered. However I feel that it has its advantage as it permits the many to see what the others are doing, and are interested in.

These bulletins are mailed to everyone, who has a letter answered in it, as well as all persons on our regular subscription list. Every person who buys or contributes in the amount of $5.00 per year or more. Many who do not fall in this last category have become subscribers to this Bulletin only at the price of $2.00 per year. It is also mailed to many societies and other wise who exchange their similar bulletins with us. SUBSCRIBERS TO THIS BULLETIN – Please note – Membership cards have not been prepared as yet, but we have your order recorded to insure that you will get this copy and those in the future.

All those buying copy of the Special Edition of BOOK 10, will note that we have changed our general outline of reporting this information. Here after all editions or volumes will be set up in this manner. A few generations of a direct linage then one or two strains with all known descendents covered each in his own direct line.

Our hopes for 1968 are to compile enough more pages of persons connected to the original 5 generations in this Special Edition, to enlarge it to a 500 page volume, page numbered and indexed. We hope to have this ready before year end. The pre-publication price will be $10.00 per volume. After release $15.00 per volume. If we receive 500 pre-publication orders before Oct. 1, 1968, we will have this printed instead of mimeographing it. Printing prices are based on quanity [sic] and 500 copies is the minimum where the price above is possible.

If the above materializes as we hope. Then we are looking ahead to 1969 when we will try to get out similar 500 page volumes of BOOKs 1 and 9.

On the Catalogue sheet you will note that we have raised the price of all editions, this was due to the increase in costs of both paper and postage.

Thank you all for bearing with me and reading the pages ahead.

Sincerely Ira Elmore Bishop – Compiling


March 1, 1968                         18013 Armitage Ct. Homewood, Ill. 60430


ITEMS – available for immediate mailing.

Editions 1 & 2 BOOK 1, JAMES BISHOP, to New Haven, Conn, 1638

Edition 1 BOOK 3, RICHARD BISHOP to Salem, Mass. 1628

Edition 1 BOOK 8, EDWARD BISHOP to Salem, Mass. 1639

Editions 1 & 2 JOHN BISHOP to Guilford, Conn. 1639

Edition 1 Book 10 REV. JOHN BISHOP to Stamford Conn, 1644

Edition 1 BOOK X 4 partial lineages, JAMES BISHOP, Shodack,

Albany Co., N.Y. 1788; John Bishop Berkshire Co., Mass. 1768;

Asa Bishop pound Ridge, Dutchess Co., N.Y. 1750; William

Bishop, b. Va. settled Mc Lean Co., Ill., 1836, d. Apr 13, 1862;

All items above, are 100 pages per edition, mimeographed one side of 20# paper. Punched for 3 hole binder.

Due to increases in the cost of Paper and supplies, a well as postage, we have raised our prices, Any edition above $3.00 any two for $5.00 Postpaid.

NEW NEW – Just released. SPECIAL EDITION, BOOK 10, Lst 5 Gen. Direct line to Joseph, settled S. W. Virginia 1170, 6th to 12th Gen. All known descendants of Elijah and Rev. Jonathan Bishop brothers. This one mimeographed two sides of 24# paper. As above punched for 3 hole binder, almost 200 pages 540 entries -                     $5.00

Other ITEMS available – BISHOP – Coat of Arms, on Parchment ---         $5.00

In colors, 9 x 12 suitable for framing……………………………………….$5.00

BISHOP Heads of Families, U.S. 1790 census 500 – 27 pages…..               $1.00

BISHOP entries in Vermont Vital Records, 530 entries…….                       $1.00

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