"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 1996

President – Charles Hubert
Vice President – John Guillote
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

Meetings: The next meeting will be June 6th. Regular meetings are on the 1st Thursday of each month beginning at 7 p.m. All are held at the Lucy Hill Patterson Library in Rockdale. The July meeting has been changed from July 4th to July 11th, due to the holiday. DUES: Our membership dues are as follows:

Special membership is open to all on a limited or fixed income, generally considered to be anyone under the age of 18 or over the age of 65. All dues are payable annually on or before the February meeting date.

NOTES: There is still time for anyone interested and eligible to apply for the First Families of Texas Certificates. They must be postmarked by Dec. 31, 1996. To qualify the applicant must directly or collaterally descend from an ancestor who settled in Texas prior to Feb. 19, 1946. Collateral descent must be through a brother or sister of the early Texan. A $25 fee, which is not refundable, is required for each ancestor. One does not have to be a member of the Texas State Genealogical Society to apply. The Society plans to publish a book of all qualifying applications and applicants are also encouraged to include biographical information on their early Texas ancestor. Rules do apply on the information to be provided and exactly what sources are accepted (locally, our society has a few copies) you may send a SASE (55˘ postage) to:

Wanda L. Donaldson
3219 Meadow Oaks Dr.
Temple, Texas 76501-1752

REMINDER: The annual membership drive for the Friends of the Library began in April. Contributions are: $5 for Student/Senior Citizen, $10 for Individual, & $20 for a Family. By joining the group, you are supporting viable programming, collection development and capital improvement for all patrons of Milam County. Lucy Hill Patterson Library has provided our meeting place since this society began at no charge and our Society does contribute a regular business donation of $25 to show our appreciation. The Friends of the Library has purchased some of our research materials as well as the viewer. If you would like to join this group, you may do so at the library or mail.

SPECIAL REQUEST: At the last meeting, I spoke for a couple of minutes on some publications that I have found worthwhile. It was requested that I give the name, address and subscription rates in the newsletter. They were as follows:

The Family Historian
Michael Matthews, Editor/Publisher
P. O. Box 116605
Carrollton, Texas 75007

Cost: $19.48 per year and is a quarterly publication (August next issue). Mr. Matthews also has the radio show each Sunday evening 10 p.m. to midnight from Dallas KRLD 1080 (College Station WTAW 1150) on genealogy that is quite popular. It is a call-in show. He has well-known genealogists as quests each week. Myra Vanderpool Gormley, a nationally syndicated genealogical columnist, the genealogy computer bulleting board manager of Prodigy (an on-line bulletin board service) and a specialist in Cherokee research is scheduled to be on the June 9th program, but subject to change.

PC Novice
P. O. Box 85380
Lincoln, NE 68501-9647

Cost: $29.00 per year and is my favorite monthly computer magazine. The name implies “novice” but everyone can find it helpful. It is written in everyday type language about problems we all have from how to use a CD-ROM to things to do to make our computer faster. It also has a page each month on each of the seven major software titles (word processors, spreadsheets, Quicken, etc.). As most of us have picked up the computer as a hobby and have no formal training, this is a great help! Very little advertising is used which perhaps accounts for the subscription rate. It is worth it! You can call 1-800-733-3809 with your credit card.

Genealogy Bulletin
P. O. Box 329
Bountiful, UT 84011-0329

Cost: $18.00 per year for individual. This is a bi-monthly publication with Bill Dollarhide as Managing Editor. Free queries for all subscribers.


Janice Williams (Mrs. Vernon), 4707-9 Midway Dr., Temple, Texas 76502 - She has local relatives and may be able to attend some of our meetings. We will look forward to meeting her soon.

Linda Faust Houck (Mrs. David), 601 W. Fawn St., Caldwell, Texas 77836 - Her Milam County ancestors: Buffington, Lunsford, Royall, Small & Young.

QUERY: Betty Hollowell, 6198 County Road 4508, Athens, Texas 75751 - Asked if we also served Burleson County and I don’t think we will be able to help on this one, other than to publish this in hopes someone might read it and have information. - Seeking descendants of B.F. & Viney Swoap / Swoop in hopes of gaining information on Viney’s son by her first marriage. He was R. Troublefield in the 1860 Burleson Census, age 13. B.F. & Viney married in 1856 and he had two sons: Wiley & William. They had 3 or 4 children together. Where did R. Troublefield go when he reached adulthood?

QUERY: Kerry Acker, 1507 S. Kenneth, Monahans, Texas 79756 - Needs information to qualify for First Families of Texas certificate. He is a descendant of Josiah Lester (b. 9 Mar 1794 - d. 25 Mar 1867) through his son, William Henry (W.H.) Lester (b. 7 Nov 1823 - d. 25 Aug 1870). They were early settlers of Milam County arriving in 1849. He needs documentation to prove that W.H. was the son of Josiah. He is asking for information on what kind of records were destroyed and the dates. He would like for a society member to check Deed Book A 1, p. 424 and see if the heirs of Josiah & Seleta Lester are listed (the estate was divided into seven parts and W.H. was administrator). He has a copy of W.H.’s appointment as administrator of their estate recorded, Deed Book 132, p. 180, Milam Co. dated 26 Nov 1867 and filed on 29 Mar 1875. This record does not state he is an heir (son). If the fire was in 1874, the record he has was re-recorded in 1875. The records indicated a copy of Josiah’s Will was attached. If someone from Cameron will take this query to respond, a copy of this letter will be available.

QUERY: Denice Jackson Lipscomb, 20 Summit Place, Cedar Hill, Texas 75014 - She is one of our members and has requested the burial place of her great-grandfather, James W. (J.W.) Jackson, deaf, killed by a train while walking on the tracks on 12 Feb 1895 when an unscheduled train came through. He was a sharecropper on the W. O. Cone place. She has visited Minerva Cemetery and also the Sanders Cemetery and could not locate the grave. [Note: Charles and I were in the Sanders Cemetery last week and made a video that we will show at the meeting on June 6th] Last year, some Minerva residents cleaned the area aand tried to fix stones back, etc. A second visit might be more productive although his name does not appear in any cemetery in the book 150 Years of Cemetery Records in Milam County by Perry Holder. Mr. Holder noted about 25 stones with in inscriptions. Ms. Lipscomb is also seeking the burial place of Eliza Anderson Jackson (her great-grandmother) who died in 1901. She also is not listed in the Holder book. She was in Milam County in 1900. Also seeking information on Henry Parker (b. 1827, SC). He was living in Milam County in 1850 & 1860. In 1850, he lived next to his father-in-law, Alexander Black. He received a homestead grant in 1863 but sold it in about 1868 to Seaborn Stiles.

CENSUS TIPS: Census enumerators were instructed to take the census as of the census date, regardless of the visit date. Babies born after the “date” were not included, but deaths were. (Although all enumerators did not apply this rule, you should know and heed when researching)

PROGRAM FOR NEXT MEETING: June 6th: Local Cemeteries & Gravestones by Charles & Marie Hubert

ROCKDALE EXPO 1996: Peggy Wright is planning for the exhibit at the Homemaking Building, Fair Park, June 8th. Please try to volunteer to help. We will have hand-outs, etc.

The Book Index for all the names with obituaries published in the book Some Central Texas Obituaries has been printed and will be available for sale.

HIGHLIGHTS OF MAY 2ND MEETING: Discussed the purchase of all the microfilm of Milam County records for the Lucy Hill Patterson Library. This would include all deaths, births, deeds, wills, etc. This would be a great help for research even though we do not have a microfilm printer at this time.

Visitors: Mr. & Mrs. Wilburn Beckhusen of Buckholts. We hope these folks will join with us.

“Show & Tell” began with John Guillote and he presented his notebook (a big one) that he started with the births of his first grandchild. It was a very well documented and very professional work. He encouraged all of us to leave our autobiography for our families.

Melba Wells described her records and how she organized them 28-years ago. She had her pedigree charts and family charts cross-referenced and each of her books is one family. Melba suggested that when you go visit, ask all the family to meet to discuss family history. Melba has probably done more genealogy work than any of us and has a large library of books, bulletins, etc.

Jon Cook described his research and stated his family goes back to the first biennium. He stated that none of his lines are in Texas and research has been difficult. He has ancestors in Germany that went to Russia and lived by the Black Sea. He keeps his documentation in separate folders. Jon downloaded his information from the Family History Library (FHL) and stated the FHL should be in by the end of summer at the LDS Church in Rockdale. This will be a great thing for Rockdale area genealogists.

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