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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 3 October 2002


Milam County Constable Killed in the Line of Duty 1886

Sheriff Deputy Greg Kouba, who is researching the history and families of the Milam County law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty, needs your help to locate the descendants and a photograph of Constable F. Y. Norman who died on Feb. 27, 1886 when he attempted to arrest Walter Lane for cattle theft.

An article in the Galveston Daily News on Feb. 28, 1886 stated: "Walter Lane was a hard citizen. Mr. Norman was an excellent officer, fearless and devoted to duty. He had been constable since 1878. He leaves a wife and four little children. The citizens of Milam County mourn the loss of a gallant officer, killed in the fearless discharge of duty."

If you have any information, contact Deputy Kouba: e-mail milamso@tlab.net or telephone: 1-877-697-7887 (toll free) or 254/697-7033 or write: 103 S. Fannin St., Cameron, Texas 76520.

For more information visit the Milam County Sheriff's Dept. website at: http://www.tlab.net/~milamso/ .

Sheffield/Shuffield DNA Project Organized - Announcement

Sheffield/Shuffield families are working to find DNA cousins and establish their common Sheffield/Shuffield ancestor. Your surname can be either spelling Sheffield or Shuffield.

If you are a MALE with the surname Sheffield/Shuffield, please join the Y-Chromosome DNA study. It doesn't matter if you live from California to Milam County, Texas to North Carolina, and all points in between can participate in the project.

If you are a FEMALE Sheffield/Shuffield family member, please spread the work to your MALE Sheffield/Shuffield relatives.

DNA projects can only track along the MALE family line from generation to generation as the male DNA does not combine the mother and father's DNA. Female DNA changes with each generation as it combines both the mother and father's DNA.

The DNA sample is obtained through a cheek swab; there is no blood involved. It is done at home, not at a clinic.

Why should you participate? We need to be able to better track the migration of the Sheffield/Shuffield family, to determine how family lines are allied and help families break through the brickwall of Sheffield/Shuffield family connections.

For information on-line, visit http://www.geocities.com/lks_friday/Shuffield-001.htm

"Family Tree DNA" will provide all testing services for this project: 1919 North Loop West, Suite 110, Houston, Texas 77008, Telephone: 713/828-4200 or visit their website at: http://www.familytreedna.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/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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