Gifford and Burnett Family
 Genealogy Pages


Gifford/ Sollars, Moore/ McRaven, Burnett/ Halbrook, Boyd/Villines and Turner/Lucas family trees are housed here.

Welcome to my website. I set it up in order to share documents and photos with family. Take a look around. Links to the left are family related items. Features to the right are place specific items. There are 5 family trees housed here. You can search them individually or all at once. The easiest thing to do is simply enter a name in the SEARCH box to the left. Click on the individual you'd like to learn more about (scroll to the bottom to see photos and documents linked to that person); then choose the Ancestors or Descendants tab to see the rest of the family. Though I am constantly adding and refining data, my last major update was Aug 2021.

Feature Articles

feature 1 DR. MACK - HE WILL LIVE IN THE HEARTS OF FRIENDS Dr. Claude McRaven was well-loved in Marston, Mo. An editorial and article covering his funeral attest to this. "It is estimated that about 1800 people attended the funeral of Dr. Claude McRaven." "The body was laid to rest in the Mounds Park Cemetery where 250 automobiles joined the funeral procession to his last resting place, where it is said more the 1,000 people witnessed the Masonic and Military honors rendered at the grave side. Old-timers say that it was the largest attended funeral of anyone in the county." Click on the above link to read the entire article.

feature 2 RECENTLY DISCOVERED! According to Corinne McRaven Moore, her great-grandmother Margarette had been orphaned as a young child and was taken in and raised by the Doty family. Margarette gave the name Doty on her marriage license to George Moses. We have long wondered what her birth name was. Finally, the Cook Co., IL Death Index 1887 - 1922 ( for her son Edward Moses lists his mother as Marg McKenzie. We also now understand why, when she died in 1896, Margarette (Maggie) Moses was originally buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery (St. Louis, MO) in a plot owned by Owen Vail's family - he was her son-in-law. She was re-interred 12 Dec 1928 in the Coy family plot in Bellefontaine Cem.

feature 3 CHOCTAW SCHOOL ANNUAL REUNION SIGN-IN BOOKS, 1980-1995 Click on the title or check out the Histories at the far left. This is a transcription of attendees at the annual school reunion of Choctaw School in Van Buren County, AR 1980-1995. Beginning in 1980, Choctaw School held reunions on Memorial Day weekend. Students and teachers who attended these reunions represented classes from 1926 to 1934. The sign-in books were originally kept by Irma Halbrook Burnett.

feature 4 RIPLEY, OH TO VICTORIO, BRAZIL, 1920 In 1920 Jules Verne Moore accepted a wager to sail a houseboat from Ohio to Brazil. He was accompanied by his new bride Gladys Wilson, John Moss, Capt. and Mrs. Ted Miles, Nick and Margaret Germann, and Henry and Francis Messenger. At various points during the trip, they were also joined by Zelma Nickols, Frank Germann, Jack Reddick, Gordon Bailey, Al Reynolds, Earle Transue, and Moore's servant who was referred to by the newspapers as Chin, but was likely James Steinhall who was listed as Moore's servant in the 1920 census. This is from the scrapbook J.V. Moore kept during their journey. Click on the title or check out the Histories at the far left. It is a large file - be patient.

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