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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press & Thorndale Champion
14 October 2004

Milam County Masons

For almost 150 years, the San Andres Lodge No. 170, A.F.&A.M., a Masonic Lodge, has been active in Cameron, Milam County, Texas. One of the marvels of their Masonic Hall is a long line of 8x10 photographs of almost every Worshipful Master from 1855 through modern days.

However, there are two early photographs they are missing: W. L. Faulkner (served 1857-58) and T. G. Gilmore (served 1862-63). The lodge is seeking help from family and researchers to locate images of these two men.

In addition, the lodge is missing modern era photographs for John Hairston (served 1983-84) as well as several others.

If you can help, please contact Joe Wallace, W.M., telephone: 254/697-6856 or write: 2105 N. Fannin, Cameron, Texas 76520.

You can find information about the San Andres Lodge and the other Masonic Lodges in Milam County at: http://www.geocities.com/milamco/ (click on Fraternal Organizations).

Pretty Boy Floyd and Milam County?

We have all heard about gangster stories in our local communities. Well, last week, I received an interesting query from Clay Coppedge who is trying to track down one of those urban legends. He asked if I knew of anyone who had ever heard a story about a woman in Cameron or Milam County was along for a ride with Pretty Boy Floyd when he kidnapped someone. If this sounds familiar, please contact Clay at e-mail < claycopus@yahoo.com > or telephone: 254/778-4444, ext. 285.

Genealogy Atlas

Are you looking for old or historic maps? Well, the Genealogy Atlas, on-line at: http://www.genealogyatlas.com/ is a good place to start. They have old atlas maps from 1750 through 1900 and are in three different electronic formats: pdf, jpeg and html.

So, if you'd like a map of the state for the areas where your families live, you could not ask for a better set of maps. I downloaded a few of the maps and have link them in the scrapbook (graphics) area of my RootsMagic http://www.rootsmagic.com family tree database. I am sure they will prove most helpful in my future research endeavors, especially when I am looking at the ever-changing county-lines.

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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