"The Legacy"
published by the
Milam County (Texas) Genealogical Society
Rockdale, Texas

The Legacy

The Newsletter of the Milam County Genealogical Society

c/o Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library
201 Ackerman St.
Rockdale, Texas 76567

September - October - November 1994

President – Rusty Thomas
Vice President – John Guillote
Secretary – Joy Kornegay
Treasurer – Joy Kornegay
Newsletter Editor – Sybil Chapman
Program Chairman – Caroline Kibodeaux
Publicity Chairman – Eugenia Newton
Ways & Means – Barbara Valek
Library Chairman – Bob Narvaez
Purchasing – Lucille Towery

We will return to our regular time and place for the November meeting on November 3rd. At the November meeting we are going to discuss club projects. Ten of our members made the September 10th trip to the Waco Public Library. Those I have spoken to had an enjoyable and successful outing. I was unable to be at the October meeting and dinner at the Patterson Civic Center. I hear it was well attended by our members and sixteen paid guests who enjoyed the dinner and the speaker’s presentation “Humor in Cemeteries.”

In the box

Announcement from the Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS) concerning the 34th Annual Conference of the society to be held in Austin on November 3-5 at the Terrace Conference Center, 200 Academy Dr. If you are interested in attending, stop by the library and get a copy of the TSGS newsletter from the box.

Flier advertising Gen-Book, a program to convert Personal Ancestral File data into a Family History book. The different styles shown in the flier are interesting to study even for those who do not have “an IBM or compatible computer with PAF 2.2 and WordPerfect 5.0/5.1, or WordPerfect for Windows. Gen-Book also works with Microsoft’s Word for Windows. The program will run from either a hard drive or floppy.”

QUERY: Mrs. Billee WILLIAMS Ingram, 5325 Wheaton St., LaMasa, CA 91942 - seeking obituary for Robert Wiley WILLIAMS who died 15 July 1944 in a Cameron Hospital and is buried in the IOOF Cemetery in Rockdale. She is publishing a family history and would also like information about descendants. (Injured in car wreck, in IOOF Cemetery as Wiley 1876-1944, wife Lalah 1877-1928).

QUERY: Carine SMITH Tucker, 11420 High Springs Rd., Pensacola, FL 32534 - seeking descendants of William J. and Nathaniel H. GENTRY, twins, Baptist Pond and Hog Creeks. William’s known children: (1) Anna who married James SIMINGTON; (2) Mary L.; and, (3) Zerah. Nathaniel’s known children: (1) William H.; (2) Orrise; (3) Jennie; and, (4) Noah.

QUERY: Jean TRACY Robertson, 536 Seaward Rd., Corona Del Mar, CA 22625 is seeking information on Col. Harry TRACY and Nat TRACY.

QUERY: Cindie Espinoza, 5102 Elizabeth St., Cuday, CA 90201 is seeking information about great-grandparents, J. (believe Joseph) Holman BUCK and Minnie ALZO COWARD Buck, who lived in Rockdale about 1895. Great-uncle was Everett Nathaniel BUCK born in Rockdale on 26 Apr 1895.

QUERY: Bowman A. Price, 3116 Carroll Dr., Waco, Texas 76708 would like to exchange information with anyone researching Thomas F. HARDY, born 1860, Barbour Co., AL, died 1892, Dallas Co., Texas. Married on 5 Dec 1889 to Emma V. HEFLEY, born 1890, Milam Co., died 1896, Milam Co. Their children: (1) Thomas F., died 1890 Milam Co.; (2) Maude Vance HARDY, born 1891, Milam Co., married on 20 Apr 1920 in Cameron, Milam Co. to Jesse Clifton TUCKER, born 1892, Dallas Co., Texas.

QUERY: Stephen GERISCH, 4100 Morrow, Waco, Texas 76710 is seeking information on William B. GAGE, Louise E. GAGE, Martha HALE Gage all appearing on 1880 Census in Rockdale. William B. GAGE is buried in Rockdale Cemetery. Seeking birth/death deaths on Martha and Louise and location of family in 1870.


The SPANISH AMERICAN GENEALOGICAL ASSOCIATION (P. O. Box 794, Corpus Christi, Texas 78403-0794) is hoping their collection in the city’s library will become the central source of genealogical records for South Texas and Northern Mexico. Included in the collection are birth, death and marriage records, primarily from Monterrey and seven towns founded in the Rio Grande Valley in the 1700s. They have 624 volumes of Spanish government records. They also have plans to create a computer system using CD-ROM. Their collection continues to grow.

For more information about the group, visit their website at: http://members.aol.com/sagacorpus/saga.htm

The VIRGINIA STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES will assist a research service for all out-of-town requests for a fee. The research fee must be paid at the time an inquiry is submitted.

The fee covers up to 30-minutes of staff research and three (3) photocopies if the information is found. If there should be more copies or copies from microfilm, a bill for the additional copies will be included.

For more details, visit the Library of Virginia Reference website at: http://www.lva.lib.va.us/pubserv/reference/outofstate.htm

The JOHN E. LADSON, JR. GENEALOGICAL AND HISTORICAL FOUNDATION LIBRARY (119 Church St., Vidalia, GA 30474) is privately supported. The collection includes 21,000 books and monographs and 2,600 rolls of microfilm and is staffed by three employees of the Ohoopee Regional Library.

For more information, visit the library’s website at: http://www.toombs.public.lib.ga.us/ladson.html

FREESTONE COUNTY TEXAS NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM: The Fairfield Record, 1876 to 1923; The Teague Chronicle, 1912 to 1936; and the Wortham Journal, 1928 to 1954 are located at the public library in Fairfield, Texas.

SCOTLAND RESEARCH: When researching women in Scotland, look for their maiden names, as that is what appeared in all legal transactions, including their death records. Their name at birth remained their legal name throughout their life.

A GEORGE GOLDMINE – TAX DIGESTS: As everyone knows, only the heads of household appear in the 1790, 1800 and 1810 U.S. Federal Census. In Georgia, all free, white men over the age of 21 were required to register for the poll tax. There is a chance their names will appear on the Tax Digest during those years when they won’t on the census.

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