Kinsearching July 26, 2009




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

     Luann Allen Sides (e-mail: has been told that she is related to Martin ALLEN, one of Stephen F. Austin's "Old 300" colonists, and Benjamin ALLEN, a Revolutionary soldier who fought in the Battle of Medina in Texas on 18 August 1813. Does anyone have information on their descendants that will help with her connection to these men? Sides would like to join The Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

     Martha Moore (e-mail graciously responds to a query in Kinsearching column dated 23 June 2002 ( about Clarence COOPER of Mississippi and wife, Nancy June BULLOCK. Moore has just started researching this family but has already gotten some information. She states that Bunker Hill and Cedar Grove cemeteries are both located in Marion Co., MS.

     Moore is researching this family from the FORD angle. Stephen R. BULLOCK had a sister, Chellie Susan BULLOCK, who married Charles F. FORD. Charles was the son of Thomas P. FORD and brother to Moore's great-great-grandfather, Isaac FORD. Charles FORD's mother was Sallie BULLOCK, who remarried to Jake GRIMSLEY after Thomas P. FORD's death during the Civil War. Moore has pictures of tombstones in Indian Springs Cemetery where Charles, Chellie, Jane (Chellie's mother), and several other BULLOCK families are buried. Questions about this family can be e-mailed to Moore, who will be glad to try to help answer them.

     Last week, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (19 July 2009, section C, page 8) and other newspapers across the country carried news about the death of 113-year-old Henry ALLINGHAM, the world's oldest man. He died on 18 July 1009 in England. A veteran of World War I, he had been the last surviving original member of the Royal Air Force, created in 1918.

     Would you like to have free help with your family research in an informal atmosphere? On 17 August 2009, the Angelina County Genealogical Society will hold a free "hands-on" genealogical workshop in cooperation with the staff of the Kurth Memorial Library. The workshop will be held in the Ora McMullen Genealogy Room of the Library, located at 706 South Raguet in Lufkin, TX, from 1:00 p. m. until 6:30 p. m. Since there will be no formal presentations, those attending can come and go at any time. The meeting will be especially useful for beginning researchers since it provides the opportunity to get individual one-on-one assistance and research consultation with experienced members of the genealogical society. Because space is limited, interested persons are encouraged to pre-register by calling the library at 1-936-630-0563. Although early registration is strongly recommended, it is not required for anyone to attend.

     The library in Lufkin sets certain rules for its patrons. Only paper and pencils are allowed in the research area. No food, drink, or smoking is permitted. Since locker space is limited, ladies should wear clothing with pockets and/or a "very small" fanny pack to store such essentials as keys, money (including change for copying machines), and identification.

     The National Orphan Train Complex Museum & Research Center (NOTC) will hold the annual celebration of the "orphan train" movement on 19 September 2009 at the Complex in Concordia, KS. Deadline to register is 1 September 2009. For details, go to the website at or write to NOTC, P. O. Box 322, Concordia, KS 66901.

     The picture below was found in a book that was bought at a sale at the main library in Lubbock, TX. Can anyone identify the boy from the Clarksdale school? If someone would like to have the original photograph, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Clarksdale School Days 1948-49

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