Kinsearching December 26, 2010




Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     To mark its tenth anniversary, the Texas Czech Genealogical Society will host a two-day celebration on 28-29 January 2011 at the Caldwell Civic/Visitor Center in Caldwell, Texas. Featured speakers will include James Hollas, Patrick Janis, Mary Frances Bennett, Judge Edward Janicka, and John Gantt. A reception will honor the special guest speakers from the Czech Republic, Dr. Mirek Koudelka and Antonin Konarik, the mayor of Hovezi.

     Topics to be discussed on the first day of the event are the impact of wars on Czech lands and its peoples, reasons for hiring a professional researcher, and how to navigate internet sites for genealogical information. The dinner speech that night will be “Invitation to Cat Spring: From European Tyranny to Freedom to Civil War.” Subjects to be explored on the second day are preparation for immigration from Czech lands to America; Fayette County, Texas (the hub of early Czech settlements); the history of Hovezi; Czechs in Lee County, Texas; and things to know before researching in the Czech Archives.

     In addition to attending lectures, participants will be able to view the Czech Veterans’ Wall of Honor, a collage of photographs of early Czech pioneers in the Lone Star State. A parade will take place on the night of January 28.

     For details pertaining to times for the scheduled events and registration costs, write to the Texas Czech Genealogical Society (TCGS), 1231 County Road 201-A, Angleton, TX 77515 or go to the website at

     Many family researchers may not be aware that men sometimes paid others to fight in their place during the Civil War. A fascinating article about this subject is in Vol. XLIII, No. 1 (2005) of the East Texas Historical Journal. Written by Mary L. Wilson, the piece is titled “Profiles in Evasion: Civil War Substitutes and the Men Who Hired Them in Walker’s Texas Division.” It appears on pages 25-38 and contains several interesting tables.

     The December 1980 (Volume XX) issue of The Permian Historical Annual, published by the Permian Historical Society of Texas, has several articles that may be useful to genealogists. Bobbie Jean Klepper’s piece, “The White-Pool House in Odessa, Texas,” contains data on the ancestry and family of Charles WHITE (born in 1824 in Woodville, North Carolina) and Lucy HAUGHTON (born in 1830 in Raysville, Indiana), who married in 1852; it appears on pages 3-19. Joe C. Primera tells the story of an Hispanic family in “Los Hermanos Torres: Early Settlers of Pecos County” on pages 89-96. Since branding has long been a method of proving ownership of livestock, knowledge of what marks belong to which people has often been helpful in identifying families as well. For individuals tracing kinfolks in West Texas, Edna Clark Miller’s account, “Historic Brands of Borden County,” may provide clues; found on pages 67-87, it also furnishes reproductions of the marks.

     Now we conclude the selected material pertaining to people employed in the Indian school service in New Mexico on 30 June 1894. The information comes from the ANNUAL REPORT OF THE COMMISSIONER OF INDIAN AFFAIRS, 1894 (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1895). Details usually include the individual's name, position, salary, sex, "color" (sic) (White, Indian, or “Negro”), and date of "present" appointment.

     Pages 542 – 543 - Santa Fe Normal School, Santa Fe, NM:

JANN, Dora, laundress, $540, female, white, 25 Jan 1894

JONES, Mary C., matron, $720, female, white, 2 May 1894

JONES, Thomas M., superintendent, no further data

PIKE, Clara D., seamstress, $540, female, white, 4 May 1894

PIKE, Edward W., clerk, $1,000, male, white, 25 Jan 1894

SAIS, Santiago, baker, $480, male, white, 9 Feb 1894

SPALDING, Mina L., cook, $600, female, white, 9 Feb 1894

SPURLOCK, Annie, music teacher and assistant matron, $720, female, white, 24 May 1894


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