Kinsearching February 18, 2007




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

     Many people, especially residents of the Lone Star State, regularly read or are familiar with The Baptist Standard, published in Dallas. Since it is the official weekly publication of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, copies are often available at various libraries and archives, including the Southwest Collection at Lubbock's Texas Tech University.

     News in the publication may include information about church members. The "Query Department" by Fred D. HALE on page 15 of the Volume 22, number 50 issue, dated December 15, 1910, contained the following items (reproduced verbatim but with surnames capitalized for emphasis):

     "Rusk. I wish to thank all the good people who have helped to lift the indebtedness for my home. May God bless each one of you, and the Church to which you belong. Mrs. J. C. GENTRY

     Lovelady. After having served as missionary for Hunt County Association I am in the pastorate again. I have accepted the call for Lovelady and Grapeland churches and entered on the work December 1. I had served these churches three years and resigned to accept the mission work of Hunt County, so I am back home again and a warm welcome. H. E. HARRIS

     Weir. It was a delightful pleasure to myself and family to arrive on our new field of labor Dec. the first....Our first services were held Dec. the 3rd and 4th....O. H. HULLINGER

     Graham. I have just returned from Newcastle, where I assisted pastor A. S. WILSON and his people in a few days meeting...Newcastle is a new town, has coal mines, which are destined to make it a great mining section... W. T. ROUSE

     Valley Mills. Took charge of the Baptist church here the first Sunday of this month....W. B. WOOLTON"

     The annual national TOLLIVER/TOLIVER family reunion is scheduled for June 22-23, 2007, at the Carl D. Perkins Community Center in Morehead, KY. The wide variety of planned activities should have something of interest for everyone. Activities include a family talent show, potluck dinner, silent auction, opportunities to meet cousins and exchange information, a continuing recipe project, and local blue grass music.

     Two highlights will fascinate many of those attending the reunion. One focus for descendants of John TOLLIVER (1760 - 1863) will be an impersonator who will express his appreciation to those who did all the work necessary to erect the new marker at his grave and restore the Old Tolliver Cemetery at Sparta, NC. The climax for others will be a series of dramatic skits by members of the Morehead Theatre Guild, who will depict major events in the infamous Tolliver-Martin feud. (The conflict, also known as the Rowan County War of 1884 - 1887, is often called Kentucky's bloodiest feud). The actors will perform in historic costume in the theatre of the restored old Rowan County courthouse.

     For further information get in touch with Emma Lee and Bill Tolliver, 472 E. Torrence Rd., Columbus, OH 43214; e-mail; phone 614-267-6556 (home) or 614-620-6556 (cell) or Dr. J. D. Reeder, 230 Lyons Ave., Morehead, KY 40351; e-mail; phone 606-784-5669. You may also want to check out the website at