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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 10 October 2002


Not Finding What’s Already Found

This week, I received a wonderful letter from Judy, one of my readers, who lives in California. She graciously allowed me to share it with you so, as the saying goes, “don’t make the same mistake I did.”

From Judy in California - Below is a portion of a letter written to me over a year ago. It is a family of Elias B. CRISS and I have been trying to find the parents of the wife, Sarah E. STUMP Criss. She is my husband’s great-great-grandmother.

This story is about her husband Elias Criss and I have not been around any relatives of these people, have not heard about them, did not recognize any names, did not know the relationships, did not know the children’s names. I put it in a file in my computer genealogy section on CRISS and remembered only that the old man broke his hip in a tree accident.

I Totally MISSED the mention of the name Elias B. Criss' in-laws -- ISAAC ALFRED and ALLIE -- by not realizing that the grandson mentioned in the letter was Sarah's son. It took a wasted and a long YEAR of looking before Isaac Stump and Margaret A. Stump in were found in the 1860 Census living in Niles Township, Delaware Co. Albany, IL. This census showed Sarah E. Stump as a child and proved her parent’s names!

I MISSED the place to look for census.

I MISSED the approximate date of a death of the grandson.

I MISSED the name of the grandson and approximate birth age.

I MISSED the approximate year of the grandpa's death and a mention of his age.

I TOTALLY missed what I was wanting – The names of the parents the wife of Elias B. CRISS and they were alive in 1912.

I TOTALLY missed the letter says he lived also with a daughter--and names her in the end of the letter.

Lastly, why would a man go and live with his in-laws if he was separated from his wife? She was most probably DEAD? This just whizzed by me.

The point of this -- IS I HAD THE ANSWER ALL THE TIME -- I just did not see it by not "picking apart the story" and listing every bit of data I could glean from it! I DID NOT analyze or abstract the data it contained. I just read it on the surface and didn't get the bones of the information.

This is the story from the letter: A story told by a relative, Bess Morgan --

"When I visited a grandson of Elias B. CRISS near Maysville, OK in 1980, (now deceased) he remembered his grandfather well, as he was 26 when Elias B. died. He thought that Elias B. and Sarah were separated since Elias came to live with the grandson's parents, Isaac Alfred (I.A.) & Allie by 1912. Elias B. went to live with a daughter after I.A. died in 1927. He went on to tell me Elias loved the woods and spent his time cutting trees to supply the family with firewood. When he was past 90 he had cut down a tree and climbed up about 6-foot on the trunk to cut the branches off. The tree twisted throwing Elias B. to the ground and breaking his hip. His daughter didn't want to have his hip pinned as she said he -- end of letter – “

Rereading this letter totally woke me up to my not paying attention to what I already had!

Henry-Davis Kith 'n Kin Reunion

On Saturday, Oct. 19th, the “2000 Henry-Davis & Henry-Sharp Family Reunion” will take place at the Rockdale Christian Church Educational Building, Rockdale Road & Sager Road in Rockdale, Milam County, Texas.

The reunion is for the descendants of William Paschal Henry (1836~1912) & his bride, Josephine Wingfield Davis Henry (1842~1899):

For more information, contact Vickie (Pounders) Everhart e-mail: RockdaleTexas@aol.com or write P. O. Box 2402, Red Oak Texas 75154 or visit: http://forgetmenot.faithweb.com/newsletter.html.

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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