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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 18 July 2002


Terry’s Texas Rangers

Recently, I needed to do research on an individual who was a member of the Terry’s Texas Rangers during the “War Between the States” a/k/a the Civil War. Terry's Rangers were organized in Houston on Sept. 9, 1861 with just over a thousand men. They supplied their own arms and equipment, most of these volunteers enlisted for "the duration of the war.”

Their first battle was at Woodsonville, KY in Dec, 1861, then the Rangers went on to participate in the Battle of Shiloh, Forrest's Murfreesboro Raid, Wheeler's Tennessee Raid, the Battle of Chickamauga, the Atlanta Campaign and Siege, and the Carolinas Campaign. Their final engagement was at Bentonville, NC on March 21, 1865.

My great-great-grandfather, James Jefferson Claude Johnson was a member of 8th Texas Cavalry / Terry’s Texas Rangers and I continued his legacy of service in that unit, 130 years later when I was a member of the 8th Texas Cavalry, State Military Forces of Texas. I proudly wore the unit tab of the 8th Texas Cavalry on my left-shoulder.

The National Archives & Records Administration (NARA) offers five reels of microfilm for Terry’s Texas Rangers in Record Group M323 “Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations From the State of Texas” they are: (1) Reel #49 - 8th Cavalry (Terry's Regiment, 1st Rangers, 8th Rangers) Surnames A—Co; (2) Reel #50 - Surnames Cr—Hn; (3) Reel #51 - Surnames Ho—Me; (4) Reel #52 - Surnames Mi-R; and (5) Reel #53 – Surnames S—Z.

Cost for each reel is $34 and you can order them from NARA, toll-free, at 1-800-234-8861.

There are two very good internet websites “On-Line Archives of Terry’s Texas Ranger” http://www.terrystexasrangers.org/ and the “8th Texas Cavalry – Terry’s Texas Rangers” at http://www.keathleywebs.com/terrysrangers/. Both websites offer the names of the men who were in the unit, unit history, research resources, etc.

Hairston Family Reunion

On Sunday, July 28th, the Hairston Family of Texas will hold their annual family reunion at the Senior Citizen Center in Milano, Milam County, Texas. The doors open at 10:30 a.m. and lunch is covered dish style.

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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