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

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

Shuffield/Sheffield Family Reunion

On Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004, the Descendants of James S. Shuffield will assemble for the "Annual Shuffield/Sheffield Family Reunion" at Bea's Kitchen, 101 E. Main St. in Cameron, Milam County, Texas from 9am to 3pm. Catered lunch will be served at noon, cost $6 per person.

Saturday night family members are invited to attend the Star of Texas Jamboree at the VFW in Cameron with A. T. Shuffield and his band, Milam County who are the main feature performers. Admission is $6 for adults and barbeque dinners will be available for purchase.

James S. Shuffield was born in 1824 in Georgia and was married to Martha Speed. There were eight children: 1) Harmon Jasper [m. Sletha Jane McGee]; 2) Marcus "Mark" [m. (1) Virginia Jane/Jennie Cullen & (2) Ada Donaldson]; 3) James [m. Mary Lou/Lula Moore - she m.2nd D. T. Nicholson & m.3rd J. F. Wingo]; 4) Emranda E. [m. Jesse Griffin Sherrill]; 5) Sally [m. Columbus Clinton Hair]; 6) Andrew Newton [m. (1) Rose Lindsey & (2) Sarah Newberry Ammons]; 7) Frannie W. [m. Jacob P. French]; and 8) Elvira Abbie [m. William Newton McMillan].

James and his family moved to Milam County, Texas in about 1869 from Bartow County, Georgia (known before the Civil War as Cass County, Georgia). James and two of his sons, Jasper and Mark were Confederate Veterans. There is no information on the parents of James or his wife, Martha. 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 on-line: http://www.geocities.com/lks_friday/Shuffield-001.htm.

Harry Kyle, Silent Movie Actor

Over the last few years, I have been working on developing a biographical history of HARRY LEE KYLE who was a silent movie actor in Hollywood and once lived in Milam County. Harry's life begins as a foundling having been given over to the care of his foster mother, Susan Overman Kyle, widow of Oliver Kyle. He took the surname of his foster mother, Kyle.

Oliver was a Private in Co. B, 28th Infantry Regiment, Illinois (Union) and was taken prisoner during the Battle of Shiloh. He died on Sept. 13, 1863 at Natchez, MS of disease contracted while in the service.

The Kyle family is found on the 1860 & 1870 Censuses in Linn Co., MO and in 1872, Susan and the family moved to Milam County. The family appears in the 1880 Census in Milam Co. with Susan's brother Jacob Overman.

Harry was born on Jan. 14, 1870 in Missouri or Iowa and died on June 13, 1949 at the VA Hospital in Los Angeles, CA and was buried in the VA Cemetery. During the Spanish American War, Harry served in the 115 Company, Coast Artillery Corps and Co. B, 7th Coast Artillery Infantry.

He was first married to Nora Overman and they had two sons, Grant Lee Kyle (b. 1897 - d. 1963) and Gray Kyle (b. 1989 - d. 1974) who was the Sheriff of Gray Co., Texas, from 1943 to 1950.

To date, our research has found Harry appeared in four silent movies: The Toll Gate (1920) with William S. Hart; Arizona Express (1924); The Circus (1928) with Charlie Chaplin; and, The Swim Princess (1928) with Carol Lombard. Hopefully, further research will find other movies in which he appeared.

Many of the members of Harry's foster family still live in Milam Co and have been very helpful with this project.

We will up date you on this fascinating project that has included research in Texas, Oklahoma, California, the National Archives (Washington, DC), U.S. Army Military History Center, Screen Actors Guild and the Academy for Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Harry had a very interesting life and to read more of the details of this research project and to view his photograph, visit: http://www.geocities.com/milamco/milam-912.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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