When we were young, my sister Ann and I read the Williamsburg series by Elswyth Thane. Those books piqued my interest in family history. My personal search began in earnest in the fall of 1980, a year after my husband and I moved from California to Springfield, Missouri. During our many trips to DeSoto, my paternal Aunt Mary Lou shared Schlett/Cook/Bequette information with me. One of the family stories was that my great-great grandfather, James Cook, had 20 children. Many years ago my first "eureka" moment came when I found James in the 1860 census with his first wife, Susan, and six (6) children. Eventually I confirmed a seventh (7th) child with Susan and 10 children with Marie Marguerite (his second wife and my great-great grandmother). Thus it is possible that he did, indeed, have 20 children. Some of my distant cousins list "Asa" as James' middle name and that he was born in Cumberland Gap, Kentucky. At this point I have not verified either his middle name or his place of birth. If anyone can direct me to sources, I would be most appreciative. Another family story was that we were descended from Captain Cook, the explorer. Apparently this is a story familiar to many, many Cook families. However, Captain Cook's children did not have any issue so the common ancestor must be Captain Cook's parents. The Saint Louis Genealogical Society has been a valuable resource for my Bequette lines and my other "French Connections." An early find was "Kaskaskia Under the French Regime" by Natalia Maree Belting, originally published in 1948. Ms. Belting's research was from actual Catholic Church records. A more recent source for Bequettes is "Bequet, Bequette, Beckett Family History" by Eugene Austin Beckett, Tanit Jaqueline Langley and Patricia Ann Moore (look for sources as appropriate). My paternal great grandparents, Bernhard and Justine (Morherr) Schlett have been my brick wall. I knew that Justine was born in Mainaschaff, Aschaffenburg, Bavaria, Germany and that in 1882 Bernhard returned to Germany to bring her toSaint Louis. Within the last couple of years I found a World War I German military record for an Adam Schlett born 18 May 1880 in Mainaschaff, Aschaffenburg, Bavaria, Germany. My grandfather, Adam Schlett, was born 22 May 1883 in De Soto, Missouri. Perhaps my grandfather was named after the Adam Schlett born three years earlier in Mainaschaff? My direct maternal lines are Gunning and Berks. I have researched those families as well as allied lines. I obtained information from my Mom and my aunts and uncles. The majority of Gunning and Berks information is from my first cousin, Connie, who also has a 30+ year history of researching. See her website: www.dcouch.com/connie/. Although I have concentrated on my Dad's family, I have researched my husband's side. Some of his surnames are Harris (of course), Krumpos, Petcka and, Rabbitt. Over the years I have been negligent about siting many of my sources but I hope to fill-in as time permits. As you look through my information, you may encounter various anomalies. These anomalies include mistakes which I made as well as problems caused by a computer "bug" on my first computer in the late 1980's. Some day I will be retired and able to devote more time to genealogy. I hope you enjoy poking through my family information.
Christine Schlett Harris
628 E. Morningside St.
Tel: 417 770-0540
Send email to: ChristineL1949@msn.com
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