Kinsearching May 12, 2013




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

     The annual Orphan Train Riders celebration will take place on 7-8 June 2013 in Concordia, Kansas. For a tentative schedule of activities, go to the website and look under “events.” For other details, send an e-mail to or write to the National Orphan Train Complex, Inc., P. O. Box 22, Concordia, KS 66901-0322.

     On 14-16 June 2013, the Ansley Family Association (AFA) will hold its 36th annual reunion in Camden, South Carolina. Founded in 1733, Camden is the state’s oldest inland city and boasts many historic antebellum homes, the National Steeplechase Museum, and “Historic Camden,” an outdoor museum focusing on the colonial and Revolutionary War eras. Driving and walking tours of the city will be available as well as guided or self-guided tours of Historic Camden. Some individuals may opt to visit the numerous antique shops in the area. In addition, Bill Ansley will present a program on genetics and how it affects Ansley descendants. For more details about costs and activities, go to the website at

     Interested persons who may not be able to attend the reunion may want to join the AFA for only $10.00 annually in order to receive the society’s twice-yearly newsletter. Edited by Roger and Marcia Spafford, the AFA periodical updates ANSLEY births, marriages, and deaths from all over the country and includes a variety of miscellaneous genealogical information and research tips. Checks, payable to AFA, may be sent to AFA Membership, Attn: James (Jim) Ansley, Jr., 359 Rainbow Lake Drive, Brevard, NC 28712-9770.

     This week we will continue with selected data from TRANSACTIONS OF THE M. E. GRAND ROYAL ARCH CHAPTER OF TEXAS AT ITS THIRTIETH ANNUAL CONVOCATION HELD AT THE MASONIC TEMPLE, IN THE CITY OF HOUSTON, ON THURSDAY, THE ELEVENTH DAY OF DECEMBER, A. D. 1879, A. I. 2409, AT THREE O’CLOCK P. M., which was published in Houston by W. H. Coyle, Printer and Lithographer, in 1880. (In the title, the M and E are each followed by three dots, representing the Triple Tau emblem of the organization. However, for simplicity, a period is used in this column.) For more information about the organization, go to

     A paragraph on page 8 of the Transactions informs members about the death of P. T. CLARK: “Companions, since last we met {,} death has claimed one of your Past Grand officers. Comp. P. T. CLARK, Past Deputy G. H. P., has been called from earth....He was a regular attendant upon the Convocations of this Grand Body for many years and was...a most zealous Mason. He was at one time one of your Grand Visitors, and was personally known to many of the Royal Craft in Texas....” A recommendation was made that a page of the Proceedings be “set apart as a memorial to his worth.” Following page 70, an unnumbered page has an illustration that contains these words: “Comp. P. T. Clark, Past Deputy Grand High Priest.”

     (Editor’s note: According to the list of officers on page 70, Clark was the E. D. G. H. [Elect Deputy Grand High] Priest, 1866-1867, and E. [Elect} Grand King in 1864-1865. The abbreviation comp. refers to companion, another term used by members of the organization.)

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