Queries from the  query board

April 2006-April 2007

Welcome the April 2007 Guestbook entries. Periodically I pull off the messages from the message board and go to McKinney to do a little research. I'm happy to share my findings with all of you. I also will place these in the query section of our Society Quarterly in hopes that a connection will contact you. Here are the latest queries:

Name: Corey Holmes <cdholmes@tds.net>
Date: 2007-03-14
 website? www.mcclanahanhistory.com
Surnames  McClanahan
Comments: I am looking for the burial site of my G-G-G-G Grandfather John M. McClanahan (Last name spelled many ways). He was born around 1807 in Tennessee. whom died some time around January 1868. I have a copy of the probate but I have been unable to locate any burial site. Any help would be appreciated.

I cannot find him in the 1860 census in Collin county or in the Cemetery Inscription book. Death records were not kept that early and the newspapers were not microfilmed until later. I checked your website for wife and children that might be here in 1870. Then I was able to find the family in 1860.

Mary "Polly" and John had:

  i. William R.4 McClannahan, born 1833 in Tennessee; died 03 Jul 1873 in Collin County, Texas. (William  in Farmersville, with wife, Jane, and children: Elizabeth, James, William, Robert and Miranda.- 4 houses from David.)
  ii. Rebeckea Ann "Beckie" McClannahan, born Abt. 1835 in Blount County, Tennessee.
  iii. David M. McClannahan, born Abt. 1837 in Tennessee; died 11 Oct 1889 in Leonard, Fannin, County, Tx..(
He is in Farmersville in 1870 with wife Mary and children: John, Henry, Frances and Joseph._
  iv. Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" McClannahan, born Abt. 1839 in Blount County, Tennessee.
  v. Martha "Mollie" McClannahan, born Abt. 1841 in Tennessee.  She married (1) McMahon.  She married (2) George M. Smith 27 Sep 1866 in Fannin County, Texas.
  vi. Peter Alexander McClannahan, born May 1844 in Blount County, Tennessee; died 17 Apr 1923 in Archer/Young Co(?), Tx.
  vii. Susan F. McClannahan, born Abt. 1845 in Tennessee.  She married Benn Wm. Butler 21 Oct 1866 in Collin County, Texas. (Her marriage certificate lists Wm. W. Butler  and Susan McClanahan by S Marshall. (Shepton Marshall is a  neighbor of David McClanahan's in 1870)  I found a couple of W.W. Butlers but no Susan Butler.)
   viii. John McClannahan, born Abt. 1847 in Tennessee. (boarder with John Henry in 1870, next door to David)
  ix. Phoebe Catherine McClannahan, born 03 Aug 1853 in Blount County, Tennessee; died 02 Aug 1932 in Arlington, Tarrant Co., Tx..
  x. Samuel George McClannahan, born 02 Dec 1856 in Blount County, Tennessee; died 04 Aug 1890 in Hunt County, Texas

1860 United States Federal Census
about John McClanahan

Name: John McClanahan
Age in 1860: 50
Birth Year: abt 1810
Home in 1860: District 15, Blount, Tennessee
Gender: Male
Post Office: Tuckaleechee
Name Age
John McClanahan 50
Mary McClanahan 47
Martha McClanahan 15
Peter McClanahan 12
Susan McClanahan 10
John McClanahan 8
Phebe McClanahan 6
George McClanahan 4


Name: N F Sanders <nfsanders@windstream.net>
Date: 2007-03-04
 address? 8076 C. R. 1202 Cleburne, Tx. 76031
Surnames SANDERS
Comments: Washington L Sanders lived in Collin Co abut 1890, Wife names Martha. Later had another wife named E. C. Sanders.
These folks probably lived near Blue Ridge. Living nearby was a brother of Washington named Melton H Sanders/wife
Betty. Any records about these two Sanders families appreciated. When the died and where they are buried, wills,
descendants etc. Thanks, N. F. Sanders

The closest I found in the Cemetery Inscriptions book was MH Sanders July 2 1848 - Dec 18 1883. in
Van Winkle Cemetery near Climax, south of Blue Ridge.

1910 United States Federal Census

Name: Washington L Sanders
Age in 1910: 57
Estimated birth year: abt 1853
Birthplace: Georgia
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birth Place: Georgia
Mother's Birth Place: Georgia
Spouse's name: Ella C
Home in 1910: Justice Precinct 2, Collin, Texas
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Name Age
Washington L Sanders 57
Ella C Sanders 39
Della V Malon stepdau 16
John R Sanders 17

1880 United States Federal Census ( Glass and Spain families are neighbors)

Name: W. L. Sanders
Home in 1880: Precinct 2, Collin, Texas
Age: 28
Estimated birth year: abt 1852
Birthplace: Georgia
Relation to head-of-household: Self (Head)
Spouse's name: M M
Father's birthplace: GA
Mother's birthplace: GA
Occupation: Farmer
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Name Age
W. L. Sanders 28
M M Sanders 23
D. H Sanders 9
W. J. Sanders 7
W. L Sanders 5
M J. Sanders 4
Betheny Sanders 1


1880 United States Federal Census
about M. H Sanders

Name: M. H Sanders
Home in 1880: Precinct 2, Collin, Texas
Age: 31
Estimated birth year: abt 1849
Birthplace: Georgia
Relation to head-of-household: Self (Head)
Spouse's name: Betty
Father's birthplace: GA
Mother's birthplace: GA
Occupation: Farmer
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Name Age
M. H Sanders 31
Betty Sanders 30
Thos. Sanders 3
I. M. Sanders 1
A. B. Sanders 6M


Name: Michael D. Harris <harris4t@fidnet.com>
Date: 2007-02-24
address? 24040 State Route P Newburg, MO 65550
Comments: I am interested in finding out more about the death of "Bushwacker" Bill Wilson. I contacted Joy Gough years ago and she helped a little but I'm still trying to find out the source of an article by Captain Roy F. Hall which appeared in the McKinney, Texas, THE EXAMINER on October 31, 1963. I found articles in the Dallas Herald in April 17, 1869 about two men who were to be hung for the murder of a man who Captain Roy Hall claims was Bill Wilson. I would like to be able to find Hall's sources for his claim Wilson was the man murdered for he seems to be quite sure. Unfortunately the Herald article doesn't mention who the man they murdered was. Could someone help direct me to where I might get more information? Or someone who has access to Hall's historical references? Bill Wilson was a fairly famous guerrilla in Southern Missouri during the Civil War and went to Texas to escape a bounty on his head. Some claim he was the bases of the Outlaw Josey Wales character. A book was written about Wilson and his exploits in the 1930's called, "Bushwacker". He was my GreatXXX uncle. Other people mentioned in the Hall article were J.B. Wilmeth (apparently Hall's grandfather)where Wilson had spent the night, William O. Blackmore and John Thompson (the murderers from Missouri), Jesse Orenduff, W.C. McKinney, Steward Mallow, Sheriff Buckhorn Simpson, Deputy Sheriff T.B.Wilson, Ex-Governor James W. Throckmorton. Thanks for your time. 

Name: Larry Hudson <m_hudson@bellsouth.net>
Date: 2006-11-12
address? 113 Cr. 305 Corinth MS. 38834
Surnames i Regnier
Comments: My GG grandfather Alban Regnier and his family lived there in 1880. I am not sure why but on the census there were many man living in the household with different surnames. It could have possible been a boarding house? It also says that most of the mens occupatation was working on the RR. If you could tell me what RR was going thru there. My gg grandfather had a daughter born in Collins Co. in 1876. Her name was Mary Frances Regnier she was born Nov, 17 1876. If you can find any thing on this would be greatful. Some of the mens names mentioned in the census with my family were Burger, Fitspatric, Gunnings, Welch, Rourke, Clark, and Brown.
Larry Hudson

The census tells us they were in Pct 3. which covers Highland, Mantua and surrounding area. In 1872 the Houston and Texas Central Railway laid tracks from McKinney to Van Alstyne in Grayson county, extending it from Houston to Denison, TX along what is now old Highway 5..  

Name: Jeanne St. Clair-Bloch <jmscb@pacbell.net>
Date: 2006-10-19
address? 24625 Los Serranos, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Surnames St. Clair, Roland
Comments: Looking for information about my ancestor, J.W. St. Clair or James Wad St. Clair. An obituary or information about
his trial 1903-1907 would be appreciated.

I found a JW St Clair1858-1923 Blue Ridge Cemetery.  

Name: JoAnn BROCKMAN Werner <d-jwerner@charter.net>
Date: 2006-10-16
 address? 1125 Irwin Drive, Hurst, TX 76053
Comments: My paternal Great Grandparents, James Littleton BROCKMAN and his wife, Mary Ann C. NORRIS Brockman lived in Collin County,
TX, arriving some time between 1869 and 1873. Mary Ann C. NORRIS Brockman was born in 1829 in Meriwether Co., GA and died in
1891 in Collin County (possibly Farmersville). I would love to know exactly what date she died. She is buried in Bear Creek Cemetery
near Nevada, Collin County, TX. James Littleton Brockman was born on 20 Aug 1819 in GA. He was a teacher, a physician, and a preacher
during his life. He died on 14 Dec 1903 in Farmersville, TX. He is also buried in Bear Creek Cemetery. I have been searching for over 40
years to determine who his parents are........all that I know about them is that they were both born in VA according to all census records.
His mother's name might have been Nancy Brockman born about 1792 in VA according the the 1850 Census record of Chambers County,
Alabama where she was living with James L. and Mary A Brockman in 1850. My Grandfather Marcus "Mark" Andrew BROCKMAN
(their son & last child) was born on April 30, 1873 in Farmersville, Collin County, TX.

I am also searching for death and burial information on George B. ANDERSON (b. abt. 1815 in VA) and his wife Susan G. KING Anderson
(b. abt. 1823 in TN). They are my maternal G-GreatGrandparents. They moved to Collin County, TX sometime between 1870 and 1880 and
lived in Weston, TX. They came from Mountain Township, Washington County, AR. George B. ANDERSON was a blacksmith. I know that
George B. ANDERSON was still alive on May 28, 1897, because I have a letter that he mailed to my Grandfather Charles R. ANDERSON
on that date. The heading of the first page of the letter states: May 28, 1897 Weston, Texas Mr. C.R. Anderson My deare Grandson I will try
to answer yours of April 27, and so on and so on........

I found the BROCKMAN name listed in Vol. 18 pg. 80; Vol. 19 pg. 16; Vol. 20 pgs. 8 & 10; Vol 21, pg 63; Vol 22 pgs. 75 & 94;
and Vol. 24 pg. 34. in your "Indexes to the Chronicles, Volumes 16-24.

Any information that you might be able to find on these two families would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. JoAnn BROCKMAN Werner

You can see the Chronicles online now at http://texashistory.unt.edu/  they are all on there except last year and this years issues.

The McKinney Newspapers Obituary Index does not list Mary Ann Brockman. Deaths were not recorded at the county level until 1903.
The Cemetery Inscription book does not list George or Susan Anderson.  

Texas Death Index, 1903-2000

Name: James Littleton Brockman
Death Date: 14 Dec 1903
Death County: Collin
Certificate: 12031


Name: Kathy Edwards <kated35765@hotmail.com>
Date: 2006-10-04
address? 1468 co. rd. 78, pisgah, al 35765
Surnames  Hess
Comments: Can you tell me what Vol XVI, summer 1995/6 has for Hess page 14 and gwynn page 94
Also, Vol. 24 Guinn 15, 92, 182, Vol. 23 Gwin page 100, Vol. 19 Guinn, Guynn/Gwin page 55
Vol. 18 page 44 Hess.
Any info appreciated. I am looking for any information on Zachariah Taylor Hess md. to Ellen Hess moved to Collin Co., Blue Ridge, TX. Living there in 1880

You can see the Chronicles online now at http://texashistory.unt.edu/  they are all on there except last year and this years issues.

Two graves at Josephine cemetery are possibilities. Hue, son of H T and Ellen, Feb 9 1890 - Mar 15 1907 and JA, son of T & E, July 29 1874 - July 14 1898. HT could easily be ZT.

Old Richards cemetery shows Taylor Hess Nov 9 1838 - Dec 14 1911.

IOOF Farmersville shows JW Hess, July 22 1872 - Dec 18 1919, Etta B 1878-1956 and Nancy Tennessee 1876- 1955, also Monta Muse 1904 -Nov 25, 1959 and Nina P 1902 - 1924.

Obituary Index shows James Washington Hess, McKinney Courier 1/9/1920 p8

James W, McKinney Democrat 11/2/1911 p1

James W,  McKinney Courier 12/20/1919 p 1

wife of  Guy Hess  (Monta Muse?) 3 Dec 1959 p8.

 1880 United States Federal Census

Name: Zacheria Hess
Home in 1880: Precinct 5, Collin, Texas
Age: 32
Estimated birth year: abt 1848
Birthplace: Georgia
Relation to head-of-household: Self (Head)
Spouse's name: Ellen
Occupation: Farmer
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Name Age
Zacheria Hess 32
Ellen Hess 30
Laura J. Hess 12
Margrett Hess 10
John A. Hess 8
Rosa Hess 5
William A. Hess 3
Mittie Hess 9M

Thanks for all the information and the website. I do not really need to add anything to the Zachary Taylor Hess query.
If you want you can add for others that they lived in Hamilton Co., TN in 1870 census and Ellen was supposed to have
been a Pettyjohn before marriage. She was buried in a nearby county close to her son I think. He was Walter Hess.

Name: Gary Tapley <gntapley@hotmail.com>
Date: 2006-09-09
address? PO Box 147 Valera, TX 76884
Surnames   Sparks
Comments: Looking for cemeteries in use in 1850's and 1860's. My ancestor Moses Sparks died in 1858 and Richard Sparks in 1866, both in Collin Co

Neither found in Collin co Cemetery inscriptions.

In the 1850 census Moses, wife, Elizabeth, children: Richard, Sarah, A?, and Elizabeth are neighbors of the Herrins, Maxwells and McCreary's so we know they were in Murphy TX, near Decatur, which existed from 1855-1860.

The railroad was supposed to go in near their property but it didn't happen and soon everyone was leaving. "Living in Murphy TX" says Moses Sparks died during that time.

The Collin Chronicles had several mentions of Moses Sparks. Vol 23 #3 p75 has a query from Patrick sparks who is a g3 grandson of Moses through Benjamin "Berry" Sparks. http://texashistory.unt.edu/permalink/meta-pth-10749:20

Also, in the same issue, probate minutes  records 1 March 1860 p 190 show that Richard Sparks filed an annual report as administrator of Moses Sparks.  

Name: Lottie Derrick Hamilton <punkin1@etex.net>
Date: 2006-09-07
 address? 216 Walnut St. Ore City Texas 75683
Surnames   Derrick, Nale, Nail.
Comments: William Young Derrick b.1840 Ala. died 1913 Little River, Ar. he married Mary L.Nale/Nail and lived in Collin Co. Tx .
They had a son that died there Frank G. or Rufus Derrick b.1865 d.Sept.3,1871 would love to find some information on
his death. Another son Arthur Derrick b.1877 d.June 10, 1891 was told he was shot and killed. Mary L. Nale Derrick's
brother Andrew J. Nale & Thomas Jefferson Nale lived in Collin Co & Mckinney Tx from 1870-1920's. Thomas Nale
was a carpenter and furniture dealer there. If anyone knows any information on this family please contact me.
Best Regards, Lottie Derrick Hamilton

I dont see their names in the Cemetery Inscription book nor in the Newspaper Index. There is an obituary listed for
Mrs Tom Derrick, McKinney Democrat 10/5/1899 p5.

1880 United States Federal Census
about Thos. Nail

Name: Thos. Nail
Home in 1880: McKinney, Collin, Texas
Age: 35
Estimated birth year: abt 1845
Birthplace: Alabama
Relation to head-of-household: Self (Head)
Spouse's name: F. R.
Father's birthplace: AL
Mother's birthplace: AL
Occupation: Carpenter
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Name Age
Thos. Nail 35
F. R. Nail 24
Jno. Nail 6
Carrie Lorance 22
M. F. Lorance 10M

1880 United States Federal Census
about A. J. Nale

Name: A. J. Nale
Home in 1880: Precinct 1, Fannin, Texas
Age: 30
Estimated birth year: abt 1850
Birthplace: Alabama
Relation to head-of-household: Brother-in-law
Father's birthplace: TN
Mother's birthplace: VA
Occupation: Farm Laborer
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Male
Name Age
W. Y. Derrick 39
Mary L. Derrick 39
James L. Derrick 18
Sarah A. Derrick 18
Wm W. Derrick 12
Alice J. Derrick 9
Mary J. Derrick 6
Arthuer Derrick 2
Oscar Derrick 2
A. J. Nale 30



Name: Karen Brown <bratnela1@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-09-03
address? 24733 Old Valley Pike Maurertown, Virginia 22644
Surnames   Murrell, & Pickens
Comments: I'm looking for a reference to the death of H. O. Murrell who died 05/06/1888 and he is buried at the Coffman/collins (actually Rollins Cem) cemetery. Is there any probate records or newspaper records I can search for this period. His wife Edna E Murrell married again to Hamilton Brown Pickens and I would like to find out When and if they married in Collins county. This would be between 1888 and 1892. I found a Murrell in collins Chronicles Volumn 19, Page 21 and a Pickens in Volumn 17, Page 90 would like to know what these are in reference to.
thank you for any help you can give me

You can see the Chronicles online now at http://texashistory.unt.edu/  they are all on there except last year and this years issues. The 1888 marriage records index is in the Chronicles. We are working on 1895 now.

Coffman Cem shows HO Murrell Jan 12 1853 - May 6 1888 and infant son died April 29 1885.

Name: Donna Idler <daryl.idler@verizon.net>
Date: 2006-07-26
 address? 6516 W. Kennewick Ct., Kennewick, WA 99336
Surnames McKinney
Comments: I am looking for Liza Jane McKinney or Liza Jane McKenney. She was married to Lee Fulkerson. She was born in 1863 in Kentucky and died in 1898 in Aberfoil, Texas.

What is her Collin county connection? 

Name: Carolyn Sampson <samp688426@aol.com>
Date: 2006-07-05
address? 3028 NW 87th Terr, Kansas City, MO 64154
Surnames Bryant, Johnson, Mantooth, Stuart
Comments: Looking for the place and death of Emaline Bryant Stuart Johnson married to Ben Johnson abt 1868. Do not know where Ben was buried or year of death. Emaline was a dau of Elizabeth Mantooth Bryant and Aaron Bryant. Thank you.

1870 United States Federal Census

Name: Emaline Johnson
Estimated birth year:    abt 1839
Age in 1870: 31
Birthplace: Tennessee
Home in 1870: Precinct 1, Collin, Texas
Race: White
Gender: Female
Post Office: McKinney

with Benjamin Johnson age 21.

Do not find a Collin county marriage

Name: Robert Tennant <rtennant@houston.rr.com>
Date: 2006-06-25
Surnames   Foster, Scott
Comments: Looking for information regarding my grandfather, Robert Houston Foster

What is his Collin county connection?

Thank you for your response.  My grandfather was Robert Houston Foster.  My information shows he was born in
McKinney 9/17/1882 and married my grandmother Elizabeth Scott 7/13/1884 also of McKinney on 12/8/09. 
I have an extensive background on my grandmother but no information on my grandfather, Robert Houston Foster's
parents or early background.  There is an abundance on information on his later life, Robert Houston Foster graduated
from TCU, University of Texas Law, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, TCU, died in 1941.
Any information on his parents or early life would be most welcome. 
My address is Robert Houston Foster Tennant, 9563 Doliver Dr. Houston, TX  77063

okay, A quick check on ancestry shows he died in Olmsted Minn. 19 June 1941.

The Texas Marriages database doesnt list them.

He shows up on

New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957

Name: Robert Houston Foster
Arrival Date: 24 Mar 1939
Estimated birth year: abt 1883
Age: 56
Gender: Male
Port of Departure: New York, New York
Ship Name: Bremen
Search Ship Database: View the Bremen in the 'Passenger Ships and Images' databasease
Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Nativity: Texas
Line: 30
Microfilm Serial: T715
Microfilm Roll: T715_6301
Birth Location: Texas
Birth Location Other: McKinney
Page Number: 60

He registered for the draft

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918

Name: Robert Houston Foster
City: Brownwood
County: Brown
State: Texas
Birth Date: 17 Sep 1882
Race: White
Roll: 1927370
DraftBoard: 0

He was a lawyer, employer was Scott Foster

Nearest relative Mrs Bess Foster (hard to read)

medium build and height, brown eyes, black hair.


1920 United States Federal Census
about Robert H Foster

Name: Robert H Foster
Home in 1920: Brownwood Ward 2, Brown, Texas
Age: 37 years 
Estimated birth year: abt 1883
Birthplace: Texas
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's name: Elizabeth
Father's Birth Place: United States of America
Mother's Birth Place: United States of America
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home owned: Own
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Household Members:
Name Age
Robert H Foster 37
Elizabeth Foster 35
Elizabeth Foster 2 4/12
Mattie Coffman 59
Scott Coffman 15

Mattie Coffman is listed as his mother in law.  

Name: William K. Nolan <oldgoat36@hctc.net>
Date: 2006-04-16
 address? 292 Goat Creek Cut-off Rd, Kerrville, TX 78028
 website? In the works-6th TX Cav Rgt
Surnames i Nolan, Nolin, Nowlin
Comments: I am seeking data on 6th Tx Cav Regiment soldiers from Collin County. I had two relatives from TN and McKinney who were with Throckmorton's Ranger Company and then went with him into the 6th. They later were transfered to Company I, which was basically a Dallas Company, which is also hard to find. Kaufman County, VanZant and Bell Counties have great data on the Civil War, but I have not been able to access any Collin County Data.

The Chronicles have preserved some Civil War information on some of its soldiers. Who are you looking for? 

Name: Pat O'Kelley <pat@okelleyfamily.com>
Date: 2006-04-15
address? Acworth, GA
website? http://www.okelleyfamily.com/
Surnames O'Kelley
Comments: great site!

Thank You

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