Kinsearching May 10, 2009




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

     Norma J. Moore, whose e-mail address is, would appreciate any information on Ronald HARRIS of Houston, TX. His father was Charles HARRIS, who was raised by his aunt, Laura HOWELL, who was from Kanawha, WV. Charles's father was John Allen HARRIS, brother of Laura HOWELL.

     Due to the interweaving of genealogy and history, family researchers may be interested in the discovery of the Spanish slave ship, Trouvadore, which was sunk near the Bahamas in 1841. Since the 92 surviving Africans were freed in the Turks and Caicos, they are believed to be the ancestors of many current inhabitants of those West Indies islands. For more information, see the short article, "Beyond the Borderlands," on page 13 of the Spring/Winter 2008 (vol. 42, nos. 154-157) issue of the Southwestern Mission Research Center's periodical, SMCR REVISTA.

     Genealogists interested in families in the southern Puebla region of Mexico may want to read the article, "Marriage Alliances among Colonial Mixtec Elites, The Villagmez Caciques of Acatlan-Petlalcinco" by John K. Chance. He traces eight generations of the Villagmez family from mid-1600s to the mid-1800s. Chance's article can be found in the Winter 2009 (vol. 56, no. 1) issue of the journal, Ethnohistory.

     This week we continue the list of selected names of visitors to Spur. They can be found in the 12 November 1909 issue of the newspaper, The Texas Spur. (For background information about this series of articles, see Kinsearching column dated 8 February 2009.)


    Like many of the visitors who stayed at the Western Hotel, a variety of individuals came to Spur to scout for business prospects, either temporary or permanent. For example, "W. N. BOWERS, a traveling salesman of wind mills and pumps, from Fort Worth, spent several days in Spur last week." (p. 3, c. 1)

     "I. G. LICKIE and C. M. GLENN, of Matador, were in Spur recently with a view of locating a business here." (p. 3, c. 2)

     "Mr. LILSES, an expert meat cutter formerly of Rotan, was in Spur and will probably locate here in the future." (p. 3, c. 1)

     "G. W. PHILLIPS, promoter of the Plainview and Crosbyton auto line, was in Spur Monday, prospecting." (p. 3, c. 3)

    "J. M. RADFORD, of the firm of J. M. Radford Grocery Company, wholesale grocers, was in Spur Tuesday, looking over the town." (p. 3, c. 1)

     The Spur newspaper reprinted this item from the Albany News: "Several of Albany's citizens went to Spur City Monday, returning Tuesday night. They were Messrs. Judge W. L. MORRIS, S. A. NEWCOMB, J. Q. CLARK, N. R. PRICE, and G. A. HOWSLEY. They were well pleased with the prospects for a town at Spur City and all bought property there." (p. 3, c. 4)

     (Editor's Note: For more information about G. A. HOWSLEY, see Kinsearching column dated 22 Feb 2009. J. Q. CLARK is also mentioned in Kinsearching column dated 19 Apr 2009.)

     Visitors also came with the idea of possibly becoming residents of the new town. The Spur newspaper referred to these individuals in several ways. For instance, "Geo. BOGART, of Kent county, came up to Spur...this week to buy residence property." (p. 4, c. 2)

     "E. L. GARRETT, of near Waco, was in Spur recently, looking over the country with a view of locating here." (p. 3, c. 1)

     "Van SANDERS...later may become a permanent citizen of this place." (p. 3, c. 1)

     (Editor's Note: Van SANDERS is also mentioned in Kinsearching column dated 19 April 2009.)

(To be continued)

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