Kinsearching June 13, 2010




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

     If you have roots in Shelby County, Texas, or the surrounding area, you may be interested in the latest project of the Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society (TAGHS). The organization is currently gathering pictures for a book about Timpson. Do you have any pictures to share? Photographs—the older the better—of churches, schools, homes, people, businesses, special events, or anything historical will be appreciated. All photos will be returned as soon as they are scanned according to the publisher’s requirements. In order to meet the publication deadline, please send your pictures as soon as possible to TAGHS, P. O. Box 725, Timpson, TX 75975. If you have any questions, you may call Tempie Pike at 1-936-254-3577.

     Charles N. Ferguson, 811 South Market, Shawnee, OK 74801 (phone 1-405-275-3879) seeks the names of the parents and county of birth of Martha J. SMITH, born 17 Nov 1851 in Arkansas. She married William Riley FERGUSON on 14 Feb 1872 in Red River Co., TX. Charles has heard that Martha was orphaned at an early age and was born in Arkansas City, AR. Could she have been transferred to Red River County to go into an orphans’ home? On the 1870 census of Red River County, Martha was living in the household of Vicey BANKSTON. If she had been in an orphans’ home, was she later placed in the care of Vicey?

     “Saving History: One Family’s 300 Years in Chimayó” by Don J. Usner appears on pages 64-71 of the Summer 2010 (Vol. 115, No. 2) issue of El Palacio, a periodical devoted to the art, history, and culture of the Southwest. Usner’s story concerns a collection of papers pertaining to the ORTEGA family in New Mexico. The oldest document in the collection is a petition written by Luíz LÓPEZ in 1706 for a land grant in the Chimayó area. Grabiel (sic) ORTEGA, the founder of the line in Chimayó, bought part of the LÓPEZ grant in 1758. In addition to items concerning land, the papers include wills, testaments, estate settlements, and personal letters. Genealogists and individuals interested in the history of the Land of Enchantment may want to read Usner’s article.

     This week we conclude the roll of the names of new members admitted during the yearly meeting of the Texas Bar Association in 1912. Listed on page 288 of the Texas Bar Association Proceedings of the Thirty-first Annual Session Held at Galveston, July 2-3-4, 1912 (Austin, TX: A. C. Baldwin & Sons, 1913), the roster supplies the individual’s name and place of residence.

Chas. P. MACGILL, Galveston

W. E. MONTEITH, Houston

Edwards H. MOSS, La Grange

W. C. MCKAMY, Dallas

S. A. MCMEANS, Galveston

F. D. MINOR, Jr., Beaumont

Ballinger MILLS, Galveston

J. W. MUNSON, Angleton

Aaron W. PLEASANTS, Houston

Mart H. ROYSTON, Galveston

J. B. RYAN, San Antonio

Seth S. SEARCY, San Antonio

Hugh L. STONE, Jr., Houston

Alex F. WEISBERG, Dallas

Robert N. WATKIN, Dallas


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