Annemarie The letters you mention are identical to Ruths. As a matter of fact they were copied from originals owned by Lloyd McGinty. Ruth and I visited Lloyd and Benoina together and were permitted to make copies of the letters and other info found in an old trunk belonging to the late Thomas and Louise Tarkington McGinty. Lloyd is a grand son of Thomas and Louise. His father was Joseph Harve McGinty the young- est son of Thomas and Louise. Thomas was Joseph Jackson McGintys' son b. 1844 Conway Co Ar. That Thomas was my Gr Grandfather. Tracing Eli McGintys' parentage has been beyond my ability. Every source I'v tried was unsuccessful. Some possibilities you might consider are four sons of Joseph Jackson b. 1770 eldest son of Robert and Deborah Jackson McGinty. Josephs' sons who moved to Arkansas in the 1830s were: Robert,John, Jonathan, and Joseph Jr. Any one of these McGintys could be Eli's father. Two McGinty men served in the Arkansas Cavalry in the Civil War and both died in the battle of Shiloh in Tenn in 1862-63. They were R.N. and J.W. (initials only). I found that info at the Los Angeles Ca central library in 1970s. Your Eli b. 1855 could have been the son of either one of those McGintys. The H.T. Bradford you mention was a great uncle of my mother, Opal May Bradford McGinty. Her father's name was also H.T. (Henry Thomas) Bradford b. 1873 a nephew of the H.T. you mention. Wish I could be more specific.