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Name: Sue Akin Riddle <sriddle@dellepro.com>
Date: 2002-07-03
What is your postal address? 1925 Glen Hill Dr., Carrollton, TX 75007
Your website? No
Surnames in Collin County? Akin, Smith
1)Martin L. Akin and wife, Elzada Cobb Akin, (my grandparents)moved from TN to the Princeton, TX area in 1886. Want information on Elzada Cobbs's place of birth and names of her parents. 2) Henry Washington Smith moved from GA to the Nevada, TX area. He married Laura Ida Penn (my grandparents). Want to know Laura Ida Penn's place of birth and the names of her parents....From the editor: M L and Elzady are buried at Princeton, TX in the IOOF Cemetery Dec 29 1856- Feb 13 1918; Mar 3 1858- June 14 1919. See also the McKinney Courier Feb 13 1918 p7; June 25 1919 p1 where she is shown as Elzyda.

Name: Juanita Pruitt <JJCHRY@AOL.COM>
Date: 2002-06-29
Surnames in Collin County? Pruitt, Holsomback
My great grandfather, Lewis H. Pruitt born 1819, died in Farmersville, Collin Co., in 1869, I'm looking for a death certificate to see what he died from. Also what happened to several of his children. I believe his wife Pollyanne Pruitt born 1822, died in Farmersville in 1859, I would like info on her as well. They are not buried in Collin Co.
Lewis' sister, Mary "Polly" was married to a Holsomback, I believe she died a year before Lewis. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Juanita Pruitt
....Editor note: I did not find Lewis in the 1860 Census. Where did he go after Pollyanne died? Death records were not kept in Collin County until 1903.

Name: Dave Rabing <BigDaveR92599@AOL.COM>
Date: 2002-06-25
What is your postal address? Modesto, California
Your website? http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=bigdaver92599
Surnames in Collin County? Hall- Pattereson

William C. Hall who was a deputy sheriff who was killed in March 1869 during the Lee-Peacock feud. He was with a posse that rode out to the home of Colonel William Fitzhugh where they found 2 men named Penn and Hayes. He died in a gun battle. I cannot find where he is buried or what happened to his wife, Elizabeth Ann (Patterson) or his children after he died. I understand he came to Collin County from Tennesse around 1850.

Would like to find were he is buried and what happened to his wife Elizabeth and children. I do have info on William A. Hall.
....Editors note: Did she remarry? The 1860 census shows #471--502 William C Hall, 28 TN; Elizabeth 28 IL; William A 5 TX; Marth F 3 TX. They lived in McKinney.

Name: Shelly Boardway <shellyboardway@yahoo.com>
Date: 2002-06-21
What is your postal address? 26218 Kiltartan, Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Your website? no
Surnames in Collin County? Handy, David Mills
Any information whatsoever about David Mills Handy.....Ed note: not listed in Mrs Pitts Cemetery book.

Name: Donna Jo Bell <donna_h19@yahoo.com>
Date: 2002-06-18
Surnames in Collin County? Millican,Clonch,Williams,Osborn
I know that William M. Millican and Rebecca (Clonch) came from Mo to Collin CO. Texas in 1858, I know that they raised a family there and also are buried there just cant find out their parents ,William b.1810 d. 1872 Rebecca b.1815 d. 1862 Estate is doc. in the McKinney records.Have copy of them. William also married Amanda Bybee after Rebecca's death.

Name: Anita Cowan <anitacowan@msn.com>
Date: 2002-06-12
What is your postal address? 602 Woodland St, Denton, TX 76209
Your website? no
Surnames in Collin County? Billingsley, McCrummen
I am interested in knowing more about Mary Anderson Billingsley Williams Dupree Chisholm. (I am a descendant of Mary Billingsley and Reuben Anderson Williams. Also, I descend from a line of McCrummens. Specifically, I am trying to trace descendants and ancestors of Norman McCrummen(1820-1899)and locate his burial place. I know that several descendants lived in the Nevada and Lavon area.

....Ed note: Mary Chisholm Oct 10 18__- Mar 4 ___; Enoch B Mar 23 1871- Oct 24 1872 in Millwood Cemetery. John L McCrummen Mar 1 1858- May 25 1951; Martha J Neeley 1832-1927; Mary E 1856-1932 are buried in Nevada Cemetery.

Name: Claudia Hohman <claudiahohman@prodigy.net>
Date: 2002-06-12
What is your postal address? 2010 Feather River Blvd Oroville CA 95965
Your website? no
Surnames in Collin County? Yeary
John and Mary Yeary, David and Mahala Yeary, Walter and Molly Yeary, Virgie and Lester Chapman. David and Mahala moved to Parker county at sometime and I would like to find Molly Kyles parents and siblings.....Ed note: Have you looked at the IOOF Cemetery in Farmersville?

Name: Christy Winchester <christyusa55@hotmail.com>
Date: 2002-06-11
What is your postal address? 10750 FM 128 Ben Franklin, TX 75415
Your website? www.geocities.com/glen2964/index.html
Surnames in Collin County? Jordan, West, Johnson, Terry
rumor has it that my husband's great aunt died in a train/car accident in McKinney abt the early 1900's. I'm still searching this wonderful sight. Who knows, I may find her. If any one of you reading the guestbook, knows of an auto/train accident, I would sure appreciate your info. Thanks for all you've done here. It's a great place to visit. Christy....Ed note: It would be helpful to have a name. Maybe there is a death certificate then you could look at the newspaper account.

Name: Rachel Barrier <RBarrier5884796@aol.com>
Date: 2002-06-10
What is your postal address? 300 J C Maples Road
Surnames in Collin County? Gant, Howard, Stimson
I have considerable info on Isaac Stimson, but very little on Jarrot Howard or John Lee Gant.....Ed note: what city and state are you in? There are 3 Jarrot Howards buried at Plano Mutual Cemetery. The first was July 31 1810-Nov 25 1854. Lee Gant 1867-1920 is also at Plano Mutual. The Plano paper is on microfilm.

Name: James R. Graves <jrgco2@ netscape.net>
Date: 2002-06-07
What is your postal address? 218 S. Yale Dr. Garland, TX 75042
Your website? no
Surnames in Collin County? GRAVES, MAYERS, ALDERSON, ALLEN
Just beginning.....Ed note: Good Luck.

Name: Nancy Faulk White Adams <jadorah9@excite.com>
Date: 2002-06-07
What is your postal address? 2756 North F M 312, Winnsboro,Tx. 75494
Your website? no
Surnames in Collin County? COFFMAN, COOK,
They all lived in Josephine, Tx. The Coffman men were lawyers. They moved to the Dallas area then to the Houston area. They were members of a Baptist church.
Susie L. Cook b.1901/d.1/22/1996 married John Dewey Coffman b. 1898 d. 1965. They married in 1920. They had 4 girls. David Green Coffman married Othella Ray, they had 9 kids.
I am trying to find any stories about these family, or church records. Thanks so much. This is a great site.


Name: Pat Elliston <aztex@c2i2.com>
Date: 2002-06-02
What is your postal address? 122 Douglas Street, bisbee Az 85603
Your website? no
Surnames in Collin County? Elliston Burkhard Morrow Harris Glass Wilcoxson
My ancestor Robert Lemuel Elliston married Ella Burkhardt
who had half sisters/brothers named Morrow. Robert
Lemuel Elliston's brother Andrew Harvey married Martha
Allen Wilcoxson.

Seeking info on Elliston Brother's Meat Market in operation
in both McKinney and Farmersville circa 1900, and info
on families of other brothers John Elliston Jim Elliston
Wesley Elliston and K Elliston.

Pat Elliston Bisbee Az


Name: D. Graham <mikendebby@juno.com>
Date: 2002-05-31
Surnames in Collin County? Viser
Looking for info on Rufus Washington Viser (Dubb) that lived in Collin County and was in the US Army in the 1940's. ....Ed note: There was a Joe Glenn Viser Jan 23 1936-Jan 3 1973 in Princeton Cemetery.

Name: Bettrell Whitehead <betttx@yahoo.com>
Date: 2002-05-28
What is your postal address? 7315 1st street, Lubbock, Tx79416
Your website? www.maxpages.Familypuzzle.com
Surnames in Collin County? Schindler/Shindler,Johnson,Bass, Sauls,Jeffcoat
The Johnson, lived in a community all their own, around Altoga, Blue Ridge, in the mid to late 1800's,
William Robert Johnson was married to Katy Jemima Routen/Rouden, in Missouri, all their children married someone from the area. Bass, Sauls, Shindler married into this family. I believe they attended church in Blue Ridge.
The Schindler/Shindler family, from Missouri, also in Collin county in the late 1800's.
Narcissus Dillon Shindler, married a Williams
Son John Shindler married Lydia Ann Thompson
Son Albert Benjamin married Mary Ellen Johnson
daughter Barbara Ann married Webster Jeffcoat
All are buried in the Altoga, and Snowhill cemeteries.
John Shindler d. of typhoid fever at a young age, Lydia ann remarried and moved from the area, where i don't know.
Albert died in 1914 from T.B., can't find a death record anywhere, or a obit. Why.
Katy Jemima, also died of T.b. in or around 1915-16.
any contacts with family of these families would be great.
....Ed note: Snow Hill Cem shows Shinler, John no dates; Infant son of John and LA Apr 15 1903; Barbara Ann Jeffcoat 1871-1951. Altoga Cem shows Mary E Conger 1888-1969; AB (spouse Mary) April 26 1876-Dec 28 1914; infant of AB and ME Aug 28 1910- Aug 29 1910.

Name: Michael Roy Saunders <saunders@frontier.net>
Date: 2002-05-27
What is your postal address? 7589 Highway 550, Durango, CO 81303
Your website? no
Surnames in Collin County? Boyle
Jan Bennett MacFarland's abstraction of The Weekly Enquirer for Feb 2 1878 (vol. 11, no. 50) has, under "District Court": "Lee Boyle and Alfred Boyle, theft of mares, both...plead quilty...punishment of five years in pententiary."

How can I find out if Lee and Alfred are brothers Leroy Boyle (born in Dallas County, TX, c.1857) and Alfred Boyle (born 1Oct1860 in Dallas County and/or town of Weatherford; died 19 Apr 1934 in Witchita Falls,TX) who married Effie May King 25Apr1886 in Red Oak, Iowa. Other siblings were Doctor Dick Boyle ["Doctor" is his first name, not a title] (c.1859-?) who married Rachel Glover and Mary Florence Boyle (c.1865-?) who married Thomas Griffith.

The McKinney Letter List for Dec 29, 1977,
(ed note: 1877) indicates mail being held for "Boyle, Leroy" -- which adds weight to the possibility that Lee's formal name was Leroy.

Alfred Boyle/Effie May King were greatgrandparents of mine on my mother's side. It would be amusing to discover that Mom's Alfred Boyle was convicted of stealing mares -- for it was my father, a life-long horse lover, who would joke that one of his relatives surely must have been hung as a horse thief.


Name: Billie Ratliff Staggs <Geneio@aol.com>
Date: 2002-05-25
What is your postal address? 823 W. 9th St. Shawnee, Ok 74801
Surnames in Collin County? Bell, Joplin, Hankins,
Am interested in purchasing a copy of Collin Co. cemeteries surveyed.....Ed note: Minnie Champ still has copies available for sale.

Name: C. Doutherd <CDoutherd@Juno.com>
Date: 2002-05-14
Surnames in Collin County? Hare/Haire, Epps, Hodge, Harrington, Wells
I would like some more info on the "Harrington" name -- Albert family. Any one out there know info on Leander Harrington, son of Matilda Harrington -- both slaves. Lost in 1900 Census, don't know where they might have ended up, or if Matilda died.

There was another son for Matilda with the last name Harrington also. There were a few slaves mentioned in the will of Albert Harrington to his wife; then his wife to children.

Anyone know any further info on Harrington family? Owners?
Did Harrington family come from kentucky?

Also would like some info on Epps slaves, born perhaps in Missouri.

.....Ed note: 1870 Census shows Matilda, 35; Anderson, 7 and Leander, 5 (459). 1860 Slave Schedule shows Herrington had 12 slaves #217; Robert Epps had 1 slave #184. In 1850 Herrington had 6 slaves #279. Martin Epps was a minister and performed a marriage in 1866. Also found Dave Epps married to Bell Wells 12 Dec 1876 by Judge Autrey; Emanuel Bolin to Amanda Epps 23 Sep 1877 by AM Scott, minister; Charlie Epps to Emily Wells 7 Aug 1879 by CA Stanton, Baptist minister.

Name: Barbara <bcee1@1s.net>
Date: 2002-05-13
What is your postal address? 4224 W 38th AV
Surnames in Collin County? Cook, Lemons
I have a picture taken from the book, "Collin Co TX Families" by Minnie Champ. The picture is of a postmaster, it only says "Cook". Is there any way to tell his first name? My ancestor is Thos G Cook, had a large family in Collin Co.thanks for all your help. ....Ed note: see previous message for Minnie Champ's website.

Name: Deborah Abbey <azabbey@aol.com>
Date: 2002-05-12
What is your postal address? PO Box 9528, Chandler Heights, AZ 85227
Your website? no
Surnames in Collin County? Waters
My Great Grandfather was born in McKinney, Texas on 3/13/1913. His name was Earnest Waters. I believe his fathers name was Francis Waters. I am searching for information on Both parents of Earnest Waters. Possibly where they came from and any other relatives and information that is related to them.

Name: Greg Lee <glee446@aol.com>
Date: 2002-05-12
What is your postal address? 2123 Sunrise Trl, Richardson, Texas 75081
Your website? no
Surnames in Collin County? Birdwell
My GGGrandfather, Joseph W. Birdwell was born in Collin County, Texas in 1843. Joseph Birdwell married Joanna Elizabeth Fisher. Joanna Fisher was born in Collin County, Texas, in 1847. They had a daughter, my GGrandmother, Anna Lorena Elizabeth Birdwell, b. September 15, 1869, in Collin County, Texas. Anna Birdwell married, Morgan Ross Lee, in Young County, Texas. They are both buried in Amarillo, Potter County, Texas. Anna Birdwell Lee died June 18, 1885.
Joanna Fisher's father was Peter Fisher, Mother, Elizabeth Tinsley Scott, no other info on them. I need to find where Joseph Birdwell and Joanna Fisher are buried. I live in the area and will follow up on any leads. Most of the locations are refered to as Collin City, Texas, but I also found it refered to as Collin County, Texas. Any info on the above people would be great. Thanks, Greg Lee
....Ed note: Did not find him in 1860 census nor in the Cemetery Inscription book. 1860 shows Joanah E Jackson 19, MO with Peter Fisher and her 9 mo old son Wm. N Jackson. They lived in McKinney. Peter is 72, PA and Elizabeth 39, MO. Peter D (Oct 24 1832- Nov 23 1856) is buried near Forest Grove Cemetery.(S/W)

Name: d.j. daniels <leonnis@hotmail.com>
Date: 2002-05-12
What is your postal address? 10601 Calle Linda, Corrales NM, 87048
Your website? no
Surnames in Collin County? Daniel; Brown; Sledge; Holloway
H.K.(Hezekiah) Brown and Sarah Sledge were married in Collin county in 1878 by John McKinney. There first child was Laura Brown. Like to find more info about Hezekiah and Sarah after 1880.

Name: Dena Thornton <denat@geusnet.com>
Date: 2002-05-01
What is your postal address? 4002 Western Circle, Greenville Texas 75401
Surnames in Collin County? Rich

Killion Rich was my g-grandfather.When and where did he die?
Also need death date and where did his son Cazzie die?I have found all of the deaths of other children.Ophelia Rich married John Nall.They were my grand parents.
Thanks for any help.Dena
....Ed note: Cemetery Inscription book does not list them.

Name: Ken Jossenberger <jossenberger@cox.net>
Date: 2002-05-01
Surnames in Collin County? Jossenberger
Family moved to Collin County after the Civil War from Fort Smith, Ak.