Karen, I have forwarded our correspondence to both researchers. Feel free to contact them. I have some information from Hal King re: Jesse and John Haskins. See below:
Based on my records, these are the same families. Alta's parents are Jessie Clarence Haskins and Rachel Francis Shipp
We have visited Alta Faubus a few times and she has had no better success than we have in getting information on John Haskins. Her recollection is that her grandfather, Jessie Jennings Haskins, came from England at about 13 years of age. He and his parents, John Haskins and Martha Jane Call, settled in Coal Hill, Missouri and Jessie was married in Missouri before moving to Winslow in Washington County, Arkansas, then, finally, to Ball Creek in Madison County.
Coal Hill is a "populated place" in Cedar County, Missouri.
When Pat and I were in London this winter, we went to the Family Center and searched a number of records and were not able to track down John Haskins.
Jim Haskins had a researcher at the Mormon Family History Center in Salt Lake City conduct some research for him and she was not successful in finding information on John either. We performed a similar search when we were in Salt Lake City and had no better luck.
Hope this helps.
You will note the Coal Hill, Missouri reference. From all the information I had received in past years, the location was Rich Hill, Mo., rather than Coal Hill. It would be a good idea to check out both cities, however if John and Jesse were not there when the census was taken, there would be no record, unless other family members remained there. On another note, while you are visiting the Madison County Record, you might check out a news clipping dated about June 1916, if memory serves me right. It is the notice of Jesse Haskins death and the header reads something like this: "Prominent Ball Creek Resident dies of Overheat" The story goes on to tell that Jesse was once the largest man in Madison County, weighing over 400 pounds. I have misplaced my copy of that article and would love to have another, if you are able to locate it. Thanks and good luck in Madison County. Please give Alta my love. Do you live in Arkansas? You may reply to me directly at my email address, if you prefer to correspond directly, rather than using this means of communication. Sincerely, Martha Anne
PS I have an old photo of Alta and Orvil if you would like a copy. I also have photos from Calvin Haskins of the whole family. I'll have to research and find them, if you're interested and if I can send them.
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