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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press & Thorndale Champion
2 September 2004

Are You a Member?

Its fall, school is back in session and many clubs and organizations are getting back into the swing of things and gearing up after the summer doldrums. I am probably on a soap box but I cannot emphases or fail to repeat the need for you to join a local genealogy society or the genealogy society in the communities where you are conducting research.

Belonging to a genealogy society is another form of networking and will increase the likelihood you will find your ancestors and their descendants.

Membership in a genealogy society will indicate just how serious you are about your research. Many of these societies publish monthly, bimonthly or quarterly newsletters or journals.

Additionally, the society will have meetings and speakers who will share their knowledge and experience in genealogy research. Again, improving your skills. Why reinvent the wheel, learn from others and network to get the word out about the families you are researching. Many of these societies also sponsor workshops and seminars for people to attend and learn new ideas and techniques.

Even if you cannot attend the meetings, workshops, seminars, your membership allows you the opportunity to still be informed about the genealogy events and information of the organization. Many of the newsletters and journals contain a wealth of local genealogical information, stores and resources.

Lastly, you enhance your credibility as a genealogist and allow other members of the organization to get to know the families you are researching.

When you join a genealogy society, get involved even if you do not live in the area, write an article about your family for their newsletter or journal, send in your family group sheets, because your membership will benefit you as well as the organization.

Shuffield/Sheffield Family Reunion

On Saturday, October 9, 2004, the Descendants of James S. Shuffield will assemble for the Annual Shuffield/Sheffield Family Reunion at Beas Kitchen, 101 E. Main St. in Cameron, Milam County, Texas from 9am to 5pm. Catered lunch will be served at noon.

Afterwards, at 7:00 pm, the family will gather at the Cameron VFW Hall to attend the Star of Texas Jamboree featuring the band Milam County and headed up by A. T. Shuffield. At 6 p.m., they begin serving catered BBQ dinner at the VFW.

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) Virginia Jennie Cullins / Cullen, (2) Ada Donaldson]; James [m. Mary Lou Lula Moore (she later married D. Taylor Nicholson & James Wingo)]; Emranda E. [m. Jesse Griffin Sherrill]; Sally (Mary) [m. Columbus Clinton Hair]; Andrew C. [m. (1) Amanda Unknown, (2) Rose Lindsey (2) Sarah Newberry (Ammons)]; Frannie W. [m. Jacob P. French]; Elvira Abbie [m. William Newton McMillan].

In about 1869, James and his family arrived in Milam County, Texas from Bartow (formerly Cass) County, Georgia. There is no information on the parents of James or his wife, Martha. It is thought that Martha might be a second wife but this is only a theory. 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 http://www.geocities.com/lks_friday/Shuffield-001.htm.


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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