Kinsearching October 15, 2006




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

      A benefit of membership in the Leon County (Texas) Genealogical Society is a subscription to the quarterly THE LEON HUNTERS DISPATCH. In addition to queries, family group sheets, and pedigree charts submitted by members, the periodical carries a variety of material useful to researchers tracing forebears in the area.

     Topics of articles appearing in issues published in 2005 include ancestors and descendants of Thomas G. (?) CARSON, Sr., born in 1710 in County Down, Ireland, and died in 1799 in Wilkes Co., GA; some marriage licenses issued in Leon County in 1911; data on the family of Confederate soldier Pascal Motley VAUGHAN/VAUGHN; updated information about the VOLZ and VOLTZ-HUNSICKER cemeteries; family Bible record of J. Henry DONELSON; descendants of Jacob HORN, born in England and died in 1829 in NC, and wife Millicent THOMAS; early land grants in Leon County; descendants of James Phillips PARKER, Sr., born in 1819 in NC and died in 1901 in Leon County; a list and description of some migration routes into Texas and principal trails in the state; descendants of James Alexander BOYKIN, Sr., born in 1802 in GA and died in 1865 in Leon County; and an index to Leon County obituaries in 2005.

     To join the organization, mail annual dues of $15 to P. O. Box 400, Centerville, Texas 75833. For more details, you can e-mail the society at

     The National Orphan Train Complex in Concordia, KS, is selling personally engraved bricks in the courtyard of the new Research Center to create a memorial to the orphans. Although many of the bricks honor an orphan train rider or a descendant of a rider, you may also purchase bricks for $25 each for any loved ones, your business, or even yourself. For more information, go to the website and click on "Brick Courtyard Fundraiser" or call 785-243-4471.

     Perhaps one of the most overlooked repositories holding genealogical materials is the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. In addition to books and periodicals, Southwest Collection has reference files, manuscript collections, oral histories, photographs, maps, and newspapers. Areas embraced by the materials include all or parts of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, and Mexico. Since one of the focal points of the archive is the ranching industry, which encompasses trail drives, Southwest Collection has some materials on Kansas, Wyoming, and Montana.

     A few of the manuscript collections have been digitized. Those of particular interest to genealogists are the Howard HAMPTON Papers, 1659 - 1957; the Austin WISWALL Civil War correspondence, 1863 - 1912; and the Elijah Parish LOVEJOY Papers (Family Correspondence, 1804 - 1891). To view these, go to the website at and click on "digital collections."

     This item about a 101-year-old man in Wallins, Kentucky, appeared on page 2-A of the 23 May 1956 evening edition of the Texas newspaper Abilene Reporter-News: 'Uncle John' OSBORNE is a year past his ambition of reaching the century mark. The man who lays claim to 410 descendants, including 13 children, quietly observed his 101st birth anniversary yesterday in this small southeastern Kentucky mountain community.

     A huge pink and green birthday cake, given him by his daughter, Mrs. Ellen STEELE with whom he lives, and a few callers was the only observance. Mrs. Steele said her father was too feeble for a big celebration although he hasn't had a doctor for three years."

     Bonnie Bright Johannes, 5594 North 10th, Apt. 103, Fresno, CA 93710-6586 (e-mail: would appreciate information about Charles PARTON and Mary LAMBERT, who married 24 February 1833 or 1844 in Limestone County, Alabama. Who were their children?