"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


November 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

MEETING: Nov. 7th, 7 p.m., Community Room at NBC Bank - A business meeting will be followed by a film and refreshments. Dr. Lucile Estelle will be our guest speaker at our Dec. 5th meeting.

ANNUAL DINNER: Our October Banquet with the Lee County Genealogical Society was a success. We had a good attendance with many visitors. We were especially happy to have the group from the Hamilton Genealogical Society attend. Michael Matthews was an excellent speaker and presented a very interesting program on the beginning of The Family History Show on KRLD radio in Dallas. He is also Editor and Publisher of The Family Historian. If you did not get a chance to subscribe to his quarterly you may check a check or money order for $19.48 to: The Family Historian, P. O. Box 116605, Carrollton, Texas 75011-6605. Remember, The Family History Show is on each Sunday from 10 p.m. to midnight. Locally, we can receive KRLD with an antenna (1080). Those near Bryan may tune to WTAW 1150 and Temple to KTEM 1400.

Some of our members had queries or other articles of interest this month. Both Gloria and Bob Martin have queries in The Family Historian and Nancy Perry, President of the Lee County Society has several pages from The Stephens Family Bible (that is in her possession) pictured in the September issue of Stirpes along with a story of her ancestors.

INTERNET: We have many queries on the Internet. If you are on the Internet, you may view them at: < http://www.dsenter.com/query/txmilam.htm > [Note: This URL is no longer valid] I have finally been able to get on for short periods of time and even was able to look at the queries. Rusty has prepared them with the addresses and they will be available at the meeting for hose without Internet connections. All of us in the Rockdale/Cameron area are hoping the carrier we are using (RTI) will be able to keep operating. They are under new management and none of us know for certain what the outcome will be. Most of us will not have the Internet unless a local number is available for connections. RTI from Killeen offered us that opportunity but they have had a hard time getting started. Part of our group have other carriers that they are able to use. Those in Lexington use Blue Bonnet Electric and others are able to use services where they are employed. The others use long distance service to get to their provider and that can get very expensive! Using the computer to hunt for those ancestors can be great but it needs to be affordable.

QUERY: Lucindy Royals Mike, 3783 West Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016 - She wrote to change the date of birth of Richard Royals (original query appearing in Oct 1996 issue of The Legacy) to 1854 instead of 1843.

QUERY: Katherine Magolsky, 3113 Flower St., Huntington Park, CA 90255-6117 - She sent a letter requesting information on her grandmother’s family, Locklin - Kirkman - Fokes, who settled in Milam Co. and lived in the San Gabriel Valley. Her great-great-great-great-grandmother was Catharine McLennan and McLennan County is named after her family. Some other questions concerning available records will be answered by mail.

QUERY: Ann Drown, 1076 Los Altos Ct., Riverside, CA 92507, e-mail < adrown@empirenet.com > - She is seeking to correspond with others research the Veazey / Veasey family. James M. Veasey came to Milam Co. about 1871-1874. She is trying to locate information on his two sons, James Howard Veazey m. Frances A. Unknown and John R. Veasey m. Fannie Unknown. Other surnames in Milam Co. include: Collier, Tyson, Shannon & Foreman.

NEW MEMBERS: Ann Drown, 1076 Los Altos Ct., Riverside, CA 92507, e-mail < adrown@empirenet.com > - She joined after finding us on the Internet

NEW ADDRESS: Janice Williams, 5433 Loop 205, Apt. 134, Temple, Texas 76502-4009

AREA WORKSHOP: The 35th Annual Gathering of the Scottish Clans of Texas will be held this weekend in Salado, Bell Co., beginning Friday, Nov. 8th with a genealogy workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Longhorn Room at the Stagecoach Inn. The program include: Shaking the Scottish Tree with Richelle “Saunders” Augustine, a native Scot, British Isle Research, Family Life Center, Salt Lake City, UT. Also, Computer Paths to Research with Jackie & Richard Passey, volunteers and lecturers at the Family Life Center, Oklahoma City. If you plan to attend, cost $14 per person and send to: Central Texas Museum, Inc., P. O. Box 36, Salado, Texas 76571.

GILLELAND ENDOWMENT: The Gilleland Endowment, Inc. had donated to the Lucy Hill Patterson Library, The New Handbook of Texas, a 6-volume encyclopedia and biographical dictionary which covers every aspect of Texas history. These books are an excellent reference work and should be ready for use this week. They were presented along with a copy of the Gilleland Family History in a special presentation on Oct. 26th by the great-great-great-great-grandson of Daniel & Precilla Gilleland, R. Richard Scroggins. The Gillelands were a pioneer Milam Co. family from the mid-1800s. Mr. Scroggins plans to make Milam Co. his home next year and we hope to have him as a member of our society.

CONFEDERATE PENSION FILES: from Jackson County Genealogy Society newsletter, Jackson, MI - Between 1903 and 1927, records of Confederate officers, noncommissioned officers and enlisted men were abstracted and compiled. However, the National Archives does not have any Confederate pension files. These pensions were granted by the former Confederate states - not the Federal government. For information on Confederate pensions write:

Museum of the Confederacy
1201 E. Clay St.
Richmond, VA 23219

CONFEDERATE PENSION RECORDS: Peggy Barnes Fox of the Confederate Research Center, Hill College, P. O. Box 619, Hillsboro, Texas 76645 has just compiled The Missouri Confederate Pensions and Confederate Home Application Index. It was prepared from records located at the Missouri State Archives and has over 4,000 names. The applications were not only for Missouri units, but contains many other Confederate units and organizations. If your ancestor’s name is listed, you may write to the Missouri State Archives for a copy. Her 50-page index is $32. and may be ordered from her address above.

MOST COMMON SURNAMES: from Genealogy Bulletin, Sept/Oct 1996

The most common surnames in the United States according to a survey in 1977 were:

1 - Smith
2 - Johnson
3 - Williams
4 - Brown
5 - Jones
6 - Miller
7 - Davis
8 - Wilson
9 - Anderson
10 - Taylor

FYI - CIVIL WAR: from Bluegrass Roots, Spring 1996

Q. How much ammunition did it take to kill on Confederate soldier in the Civil War?

1. A Federal expert said that each Confederate who was shot required 240 pounds of powder and 900 rounds of lead.

CENSUS RECORDS: If you subscribe to the Genealogy Bulletin, you will find some interesting reading in the Sept/Oct issue. William Dollarhide has a very good article on the census entitled, Census Records: Look Again!

MEMBER OF THE MONTH: Charles Hubert, President of the Milam County Genealogical Society is this month’s featured member. Charles is a native of Milam Co. He was born and raised in the little community of Minerva (named for his great-grandmother, Minerva Sanders), which is located between Rockdale and Cameron. He acquired the nickname “Cotton” as a small child because of his white hair and is still called that by many of his Milam Co. friends. Charles attended elementary school in Minerva, graduated from Rockdale High School in 1951 and received a B.A. degree in Business Administration from the University of Houston in 1967. He was employed by Southwestern Bell Telephone for 40-years and served in a number of positions including Supervisor, Manager and Area Manager in Houston and Austin, retiring in Dec. 1990. At that time, he and his wife, Marie, moved to Milam Co. from Austin where they are engaged in full-time ranching. They are active members of the Murry Street Church of Christ in Rockdale. Charles’ roots run deep in Milam Co. and in Texas. His great-grandfather and great-grandmother, Benjamin & Anna Maria Simpson Hubert came to Texas in 1836. His grandfather, F. W. R. Hubert, came to Milam Co. in 1876. He married Mae Minerva Sanders, a native of Milam Co., and lived here for the remainder of his life. As an active researcher for 40-years, Charles has acquired a great deal of data which he hopes to convert into a book in the future. The names he researches are: Tulley, Hubert, Sanders, Simpson & Handy.




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