"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


June 1995

President – Charles Hubert
Vice President – none
Secretary – Joy Kornegay
Treasurer – Barbara Valek
Newsletter Editor – Sybil Chapman
Program Chairman – Jim Baker
Publicity Chairman – Eugenia Newton
Ways & Means – Barbara Valek
Library Chairman – Lucille Moss
Purchasing – Lucille Towery

At your May meeting, Melba Boney Wells donated books on the following Texas counties: Calhoun, Oldham, Parmer & San Jacinto. We are appreciative. John Guillote’s suggestion that we think about an autumn dinner meeting was accepted and various members volunteered to get information and find out about free use of the Patterson Memorial Center. Barbara Valek pointed out that the Brookshire Brothers 1% rebate on cash register store tapes was being closed out and that members should get their tapes in. Rusty Thomas had some suggestions about an organized approach to handling inquires about Milam County ancestors. A committee of Charles Hubert, Bill McDaniel and Sybil Chapman was formed. The committee met twice, handled some inquiries, learned more about the library’s holdings and made plans to submit proposals to the membership. Caroline Kibodeaux happened to come into the library as we were meeting and told us it is possible to get hard copies of the obituaries from the Rockdale Reporter after some dates in the 1940s. Gloria Martin reported rapid progress on the obituary publication project.

Research Hints:

From Bluegrass Roots, Vol. 22, No. 1, Spring 1995, p. 19 - “Delayed Birth Certificates” -

Examples of five delayed birth certificates showed that information regarding parents’ names, ages, birth places, residence, other spellings of names [Majors from Magers, Miller from Mueller], and names and birth dates of siblings could be obtained from such applications. Some of these “documents could include marriage licenses, military discharges, school records, insurance papers and even Bible records.”

From the Victoria Advocate, April 23, 1995, p. 8E, “Relatively Speaking” by Martha Jones -

Vocabulary: When researching original records, researchers will discover oddities in word usage and legal terminology. When reading deeds and wills at county courthouses, they will undoubtedly come up with an unfamiliar vocabulary. For example, senior and junior now used to denote a father-and-son relationship, were used in bygone eras to indicate two persons in the same locality with the same name, one older than the other. A man sometimes named his sons for his brothers and thus the junior and senior in the record may be a nephew, an uncle, or no relationship at all.

In-laws and step-children are often not clearly differentiated in old records. Often step-children were listed as in-laws. Cousin, brother and sister were all terms used loosely in the South and may not mean a direct relationship. Personal correspondence and local newspaper articles after applied these terms rather loosely. In the 17th Century, a man might refer to an uncle, a nephew or some other relative as “cousin.” Some wills include the express “my now wife.” This means the testator was limiting the stated inheritance to his present wife and did not wish to extend the inheritance to his future wife if his present wife died before he did.

The terms Mr. and Mrs. have special significance in documents from the 1600s and earlier. Mr. was applied solely to persons of the landed gentry, ministers, schoolmasters and men whose official position gave them the right of title. Mrs. was applied to both married and unmarried women in the families. The terms Goodman and Goodwife were used to denote persons of substance but did not include a position of landed gentry, nor were they ministers, schoolmasters or high ranking officials.




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