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Bates County Update
Written by Tom Rafiner   
Saturday, 01 November 2014 13:01
After 14 months of research attempting to answer the question, "Who lived in Bates County, Missouri from 1850 to 1860?" I am confident my database is sufficient to begin story collecting.  The next step will be to begin assembling material on specific families and individuals who lived in Bates County.  If you have stories or leads please get in touch.
 
Hiram B. Standiford
Written by Tom Rafiner   
Saturday, 01 November 2014 12:57
Hiram B. Standiford represented Cass County in the Missouri House of Representatives.  Standiford was elected prior to the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act.  He was an "anti-slavery man" and moderate abolitionist.  In 1855 he moved to Lykins County, Kansas Territory (now Miami County) and founded the town of Stanton.  Just three years later Cass County sent William M. Briscoe to the Missouri House of Representatives.  Briscoe was a staunch secessionist.  The Cass County's political foundation was turned on its head in a short period of time.
 
Music Coming to Web-site
Written by Tom Rafiner   
Saturday, 01 November 2014 12:53
Very soon CDs will be available for purchase on this website.  Hank Roberts, a ballad singer from the border area, has composed songs of the Border War and Civil War period.  Hank's first CD "Missouri Sounds" will soon be available for purchase.  We are now collaborating on a second CD titled "Border Ballads."  The ballads on this CD are all based on events described in my first book, "Caught Between Three Fires."
 
Book Orders, Sept. 2014
Written by Tom Rafiner   
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 07:55
Please note that any books purchased from Sept. 3, 2014 until Sept. 18, 2014 will be shipped after the 18th.  Thanks for your understanding.
Tom Rafiner
 
Bates County Update
Written by Tom Rafiner   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 11:45
In early January I completed a four month project focused on the "Stray Animal Ledger"
from Bates County.  This invaluable document allows deep research and documentation
for specific men (and families) who lived in Bates County during the 1850s but were not
captured in the censuses of 1850 or 1860.  My next step will be to read the County Court
Records.
 
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