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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 25 April 2002

First Polish Families of Walker County, Texas

On 19 September 1866, in Waverly, Walker Co., Texas, 12 planters met at Meyer Levy's Store and formed the Waverly Emigration Society for the purpose of acquiring foreign workers. Levy agreed to go to his native Poland and recruit works.

On 9 Apr 1867, 45 families, totaling 143 individuals arrived in New York aboard the steamship "City of Antwerp" and from there, they sailed to Texas. Because of this original group, many Polish immigrants followed.

The Walker County (Texas) Genealogical Society (WCGS) is honoring the First Polish Families with a "Waverly Emigration Certificate" for any direct or collateral descendant of one of the original 45 families who arrived in 1867. To qualify as a "Charter Member," your application and documentation must be postmarked by 31 August 2002.

To celebrate the 135th Anniversary of this group's arrival, Charter Members will be honored at a reception on Sunday, 29 September 2002, St. Joseph's Hall, New Waverly, Texas.

To obtain an application packet, send a self-address #10 envelope with 2-stamps, to the WCGS, Attn: Waverly Emigration Registry, P. O. Box 1295, Huntsville, Texas 77342-1295 or visit http://www.dickensonresearch.com/wcgen.htm.

Genealogy Seminar

Several weeks ago, I was very honored to be asked to speak at an all-day Genealogy Seminar for the Matagorda County Genealogical Society http://www.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/gensoc.htm. I was very impressed with the busy activities of the group and the number of individuals who attended.

The organization has a number of publications for sale and is in the process or developing new resources for research. For more information related to the society, visit their webpage listed above, e-mail mcgs264@yahoo.com or write: P. O. Box 264, Bay City, Texas 77404-0264.

Executions in America

Robert Gallagher has created a unique website, "Executions in America" http://users.bestweb.net/~rg/execution.htm that lists, state-by-state, the names of 14,490 individuals who have been executed under civil authority in the United States or within territory that later became the United States.

Starting with George Kendal being shot for espionage in Virginia (1608) the database includes (when known) the convict's name, age, race, sex, occupation, crime, date of execution, and methods of execution and whether it was a single or multiple executions.

The racial breakdown of the executions listed on this website is: White 5,903; Blacks 7,084 (1,749 slaves); Hispanics 295; Native Americans 353; Asians 142; and, Unknown 700.

The website lists the first execution in Texas as George Brown, November 1819 for piracy. The website also offers a listing of names in alphabetical order.

Robert is interested in adding additional names or as much information as possible and would like to hear from anyone who has an ancestor who was executed.

For more information, e-mail Robert at rg@bestweb.net or write: 49 E. Main St., Apt. #2, Beacon, NY 12508.

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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