With this type of research, there will always be projects that are open-ended. However, some research projects have proven to be quite difficult to solve - even after several years of concentrated research. For me, some of the more difficult projects include the following (I'll be adding to this list over time):
- Understand the Native American connection to the Breedings: Many relatives have mentioned that we have some significant Native American blood in our family. We’re just unsure if it comes through Lettie Horn who was Huston Breeding’s grandmother. One relative talked of a story that we had some connection to “Chief Andy Horn” of the Cherokee Nation. If that were the case, the Native American connection would have to come through Lette Horn. However, in all my research, I cannot go past her father, Richard Horn, in the family tree – I’m just not able to connect Richard and Lettie Horn to Chief Andy Horn.
- Uncover Governor XO Pindall’s papers which would include the petition that Denton Baker sent him requesting to be pardoned for the charge of second degree murder of Huston Breeding
- View the “Loose Papers” (with depositions and testimony) for the following court cases:
- Pashie Breeding vs. Byram Breeding (Divorce)
- State of Arkansas vs. Denton Baker (Murder - Box 26V Carroll County Courthouse)
- State of Arkansas vs. Denton Baker (Wearing weapons - Box 27V Carroll County Courthouse)
- Lou Baker vs. Denton Baker (Divorce - Box 35C Carroll County Courthouse)
- State of Idaho vs. Dennis Baker from 1924
- I would just like to know which Breedings testified against Denton Baker at his trial so that we could see who was actually there when the murder happened. The testimony from the Denton Baker-Lou Breeding divorce might also be telling as well. We do know that a few of these documents do exist. On one occasion, I visited the courthouse in Berryville, Arkansas and convinced one of the clerks to take me to a room where the boxes of loose papers are kept. The good news is that I was able to locate the boxes regarding Huston Breeding’s murder. The bad news was that those boxes were trapped behind some very solid shelving that was anchored to the floor and this shelving held some extremely heavy boxes as well. Short of having a saw to cut out the shelving, there was just no way that I could reach those papers. Some employees from the county clerk’s office offered to take my name and phone number and promised to call me if they could get to those boxes. Of course, that never happened. I keep writing each month to the County Clerk, but to no avail – so far.
There are many other projects that our family currently has outstanding and many of these we will solve in due time. However, these projects have proven the most difficult to make any type of breakthroughs.