"Our Loose Ends" Genealogy Column
by Lynna Kay Shuffield
Houston, Texas

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 2 Mar 2000

"Descendants of Goliad"

After the fall of the Alamo at San Antonio, Colonel James Walker Fannin and approximately 400 volunteers were ordered by General Sam Houston to retreat from Goliad to Victoria. On March 19, 1836, the troops withdrew, a Mexican force commanded by General Urrea surrounded Fannin's volunteers.

The following day, the Texans surrendered on the belief they would be treated as prisoners of war. This was not to be the case. On March 27th, Palm Sunday, 342 prisoners were marched out of Goliad in three columns and massacred on orders of General Santa Anna. They were lined up and shot in cold blood. The bodies were stacked in piles and burned in common funeral pyres.

In 1883, Texas erected its first memorial to Colonel Fannin and the men of Goliad at the site of the massacre. Since then, several additional memorials at the site have been added.

That day, the battle cry, "Remember Goliad" was added to "Remember the Alamo." To preserve the memory of the men who were murdered, the "Society of the Descendants of Goliad," a patriotic group has been organized.

According to Charles E. Phebus, President General of the organization, their goal and purpose is to "promote a better awareness of the Texas heroes of the Battle of Coleto and Goliad and their place in Texas history."

Membership is open to all descendants of the men who fought for Texas Independence and died at the Battle of Coleto; to those who were killed by order of General Santa Anna at Goliad; to those who were spared from death; and, those who escaped from Goliad. For membership application or more information, write the Society of Descendants of Goliad at P. O. Box 1208, San Antonio, Texas 78294.

Every year, there is an "Annual Goliad Massacre Living History" re-enactment of the battle. This year's event will take place March 25th & 26 in Goliad. For information call: (361) 645-3752.


Have you ever wondered about the meaning of nicknames? For years, we have searched for an ancestor named Biddy Ledbetter in Anson Co., NC. We couldn't find her anywhere. Sound familiar? We finally came to believe that she was hiding under a rock or was placed here by aliens. But that wasn't the case. Biddy was actually Bridget Ledbetter.

We are all familiar with the Southern nickname, Bubba; but, during the 17th and 18th Centuries, nicknames were actually shortened or alter form of an individual's actual name.

To find help with your nickname problems, you should check-out the following two websites:

A Listing Of Some 18th and 19th Century American Nicknames


Nicknames and Naming Traditions


Upcoming Genealogy Seminars

Saturday, March 4th from 9 am to 4 pm the Computer Interest Group, East Texas Genealogical Society will hold a seminar on "Blending . . . Genealogy & Technology" by guest speaker John & Barbara Wylie at the First Christian Church, South Broadway & Loop 323 in Tyler, TX. For more information visit: http://www.rootsweb.com/~txetgs/Programs/March4.html.

Saturday, March 4th the Cass, Harrison, and Marion County Genealogical Societies will hold "Seminar 2000" with guest speaker Russell Pierce Baker at the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church, 305 West Henderson Street, Jefferson, TX. For more information write Genealogy Seminar, 47 Holiday Harbor, Jefferson, TX 75657 or visit http://www.rootsweb.com/~txharris/hcgensoc.htm or e-mail: museum@shreve.net.

Saturday, March 25the the Hopkins County Genealogical Society will hold a seminar "In Pursuit of Your Ancestors-2000" with guest speaker John A. Sellers at the League Street Church of Christ, 1100 South League St, Sulphur Springs TX. For information write: P O Box 624, Sulphur Springs TX 75483 or e-mail hcgs@1starnet.com.

In this column, I will be glad to highlight and review any family history, genealogy, county history, or similar book, free of charge, if you donate a copy of the book or item. After it has been highlighted and reviewed, on a space available basis, it will be donated to the genealogy section of a library. You will receive an acknowledgment of the donation from the library. Mail item or book to me at the below address.

Lynna Kay Shuffield has written several books related to Texas genealogy and military history. She has spoken before numerous genealogy and veterans groups. Also, is a County Coordinator for the Texas GenWeb Project. Regretfully, she cannot help with individual genealogical research. Please visit the website for this column at: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Academy/2670/ COLUMN-001.htm or if you have any questions, comments, suggestions for column topics, genealogy or historical society announcements, please contact her at: P. O. Box 16604, Houston, Texas 77222-6604 or e-mail: lksfriday@sbcglobal.net

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