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

     If you are a Texan, do you realize it is Independence Day? On this date in 1836, the convention at Washington-on-the Brazos adopted the Declaration of Independence, which proclaimed the separation of Texas from Mexico. The Republic of Texas became a reality when Sam Houston defeated Santa Anna at San Jacinto on 21 April 1836.

     Useful genealogical material can be found in a wide variety of sources. For example, data concerning several Texas residents can be found on pages 65-68 of PROCEEDINGS, FIFTY FOURTH ANNUAL SESSION (SEVENTEENTH SINCE CONSOLIDATION) OF THE BAPTIST GENERAL CONVENTION OF TEXAS HELD WITH THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF WACO, NOVEMBER 7-10, 1902. The front pages containing publication data are missing from this particular copy, but Mayes Printing Co., Brownwood, Texas, appears at the bottom of page 264. The Texas Baptist Annual was probably published in 1903.

     Although the index states that “On Co-operation” is the topic of pages 65 and 67, the material refers to deceased members. The following biographical information appears on page 65.

     Francis Marion LAW, D. D.

Born in Sumpter County, S. C., May 15, 1828.
Entered the Baptist Ministry, 1853.
Chaplain in the U. S. Navy, 1858.
Resigned and came to Chappell Hill, Texas, 1859.
Pastorates in Texas: Chappell Hill, Bellville, Plantersville, Anderson, Houston, and Bryan.
Trustee, Baylor Female College, since 1866.
President of Board of Trustees, Baylor Female College, for more than a quarter of a century.
Died at Belton, Texas, May 16, 1902.
His picture can be found on page 66.

     Rev. John Calhoun GENTRY

Born in Cherokee County, Texas, March 3, 1856.
Entered the Baptist Ministry, 1879.
Pastorates in Texas: Henderson, Overton, Jacksonville, and Luling.
General Missionary Sunday School and Colportage Convention, 1898.
General Missionary Baptist General Convention, 1899-1902.
His picture appears on page 67.
(Editor’s note: According to page 672 of CHEROKEE COUNTY HISTORY, compiled by the Cherokee County Historical Commission and published in 1986 by Publications Development Company of Texas in Crockett, J. C. GENTRY was pastor of the First Baptist Church in Jacksonville during the years 1887-1888.)

     “To the Memory of Our Beloved Dead” is the title of page 68, which lists these individuals:




Mrs. J. M. P. MORROW.


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