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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 20 September 2001

“Shuffield/Sheffield Family Reunion”

On Saturday, October 20, 2001, the “Descendants of James S. Shuffield” will assemble for the “Annual Shuffield/Sheffield Family Reunion” at Bea’s Kitchen, 101 E. Main St. in Cameron, Milam County, Texas from 9am to 5pm. Catered bar-be-cue lunch will be served at noon, cost $6 per person.

James S. Shuffield was born in 1824 and was married to Martha Speed. There were eight children: Harmon Jasper [m. Sletha Jane McGee]; Marcus Newton “Mark” [m. (1) Jane/Jennie Unknown (2) Ada Donaldson]; James [m. Lula Wingo]; Emranda E. [m. Jesse Griffin Sherrill]; Sally (Mary) [m. (1) Columbus Clinton Hair (2) Unknown Clark]; Andrew C. [m. (1) Rose Lindsey (2) Sarah Newberry]; Frannie W. [m. Jacob P. French]; Elvira Abbie [m. William Newton McMillan].

James and his family moved to Milam County, Texas in about 1869 from Bartow County, Georgia. There is no information on the parents of James or his wife, Martha. The couple is buried in the Little River Cemetery, near Jones Prairie, with many of their children and other descendants.

For more information on the Shuffield/Sheffield family history, visit the “My Loose Ends database posted on the World Connect Project at RootsWeb.com http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=friday.

To attend the reunion, contact Betty Shuffield Angel, RR 2, Box 25, Cameron, Texas 76520 or telephone 254/697-4806.

“Flag Etiquette”

With the current surge in Patriotism, young and old are pulling out their flags and showing the world you can’t tread on us!

However, many folks are asking, How do I display my American Flag? There are many guidelines to follow but they are not too complicated. When you display a US flag over the middle of the street, it should be suspended vertically with the union (blue field area with stars) to the north in an east and west street or to the east in a north and south street.

When you displayed a US flag from a vertical staff, the flag should hold the position of superior prominence and in the position of honor to the viewer’s left. Any other flag displayed should be placed to the viewer’s right. When you display the US flag with another flag against a wall from crossed staffs, the US flag should be on the viewer’s left and its staff should be in front of the staff of the other flag.

When a flag is flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. By "half-staff" is meant lowering the flag to one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff. Crepe streamers may be affixed to spear heads or flagstaffs in a parade only by order of the President of the United States.

When you display the flag from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle from the windowsill, balcony, or front of a building, the union of the flag should be placed at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff.

When the flag is used to cover a casket, the union is placed at the head and over the left shoulder. The flag should not be lowered into the grave or allowed to touch the ground.

When the flag is displayed in a manner other than by being flown from a staff, it should be displayed flat, whether indoors or out. When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag's own right, that is, to the observer's left. When displayed in a window it should be displayed with the union to the left of the observer in the street.

When festoons, rosettes or draping is desired, bunting of blue, white and red should be used, but never the flag.

For more information on flag etiquette or flag history, visit http://www.ushistory.org/ and click on “Betsy Ross Homepage.”

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/lks_friday/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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