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Lyndon Baines Johnson, President of the United States



From Oklahoma Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 9, No. 3, September 1964

Transcribed to Electronic form by Jo White



[Compares different types of good research techniques, using Lyndon Baines Johnson, Abraham Lincoln, and Parks Family Records as examples.  JW, Transcriber]


President Johnson’s family History is recorded in the Congressional Record – Senate, 4 March 1964.  Reference is also made to the history of President Johnson’s Georgia Ancestors which appeared originally 1 March 1964 in the Sunday Magazine of the Atlanta Journal – Constitution, written by Mr. Andrew Sparks, as the source of the article in the Congressional Record.


President Johnson’s mother, Rebekah (Baines) Johnson (Mrs. Sam Ealy Johnson, Jr.) gave a typed copy of the history she compiled to the President in 1956, two years before she died.  Her record went back to the President’s –


There is much about Georgia records and Texas in the article – the Johnsons being “GT’s” – Gone to Texas (from Georgia).  Reference is made to the late Mrs. Mary Givens Bryan, Georgia State Archives; Mr. Claude Stevens, amateur genealogist and 5th cousin to the President, Carlton, Georgia; and Mrs. Elizabeth Wood Thomas, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Mrs. Thomas has a copy of the history by Rebekah (Baines) Johnson and it was indicated se would publish it in the Alabama Genealogical Register.


The AGR appears in the list of periodicals to which the Oklahoma Historical Library subscribed.  (The OGS Editor has the 3 p. article, letter size, from the Congressional Record – contributed by E.G. Dahlgren.)


Rebekah Baines Johnson met two of the requirements of an effective family historian:

  1. She gathered information from the available family records and recorded it in manuscript form to the best of her knowledge and ability.
  2. She furnished, to those most concerned, a copy.  To such manuscripts can be added copies of official records, documentation, and later generations.



The Lincoln Marriage Documents – in Contrast



Read the narrative, referenced title, by Mrs. E.O. Kelly, Jr., and Benn Simms Haydon (President, Washington Co., Historical Society, Springfield, Ky.) in the Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine, Vol. 98, No. 4, April 1964, pp 414, 415, and 456.  Miss Mabel E. Winslow, Editor.  Names in the article familiar to Oklahoma searchers, in addition to Lincoln and Hanks are: Thompson, Berry, Parrott, and Head.  The Thomas Lincoln Marriage Bond was found in the Washington Co., Ky., Courthouse, not Hardin Co., where the President had searched because he “thought’ his parents were married there.  The bond is dated 10 June 1806.


Reverend Jesse Head, Methodist Minister and Magistrate, performed the marriage ceremony.  (The magazine is copyrighted.  Single copies may be ordered for 50 cents.)



In the same Vol. 98, No. 4, DAR Magazine will be found important source records from South and North Carolina and Pennsylvania. This magazine should be searched regularly – The format has been up-dated and genealogical historical material increased.



In the same Vol. 98, No. 4, DAR Magazine will be found important source records from South and North Carolina and Pennsylvania.  This magazine should be searched regularly.


Parks Family Records


Certified Certificate of Marriage


North Carolina, Randolph County.  I Anna Shaw . . .Register of Deeds and Custodian of the Marriage Record for County of Randolph, State of North Carolina, hereby certify that Henry Parks. . . yrs age of, and Susanna Stout . . . yrs age of . . . secured Marriage Bond and were legally Married by Washington Parkes (sic) on the 15 Day of September 1835, in the presence of John B. Troy, Washington Parks was a Bro to Henry Parks, Witnesses, and License has been returned and is now a part of the record of said County


In testimony whereof, I hereunto set my hand and affix my official seal this 18th day of February 1959


            Official Seal,                         Annie Shaw, by Maxine Brookshire Deputy,

                                                            Register of Deeds

                                                            Randolph Co., North Carolina



Soon after this couple were married they moved to Weakley County, Tennessee where all of their children were born and raised, three sons were in the Civil War, and on their return home they came back to Weakley Co., Tenn. married and raised their families in Weakley Co., Tenn.; also died in Weakley Co., Tenn.


Children of the above couple were:

1.      George Washington Parks, B. Oct. 22, 1836, Weakley Co., Tenn, D. 30 Dec, 1914, M. Susan Pope, B. Oct 31, 1849.  Parents of Susan Pope were Jorden Pope and wife, Jane Payne.

2.      Wm. or William Gaston, B. 22 March 1838, Weakley Co., Tenn. D. 19 Jan. 1866, unmarried.

3.      Ephraim H., B. July 26, 1840, Weakley Co., Tenn, D. 7 Aug 1918, M. Emily Alice Finch, B, 1851, D. 1916, Ephraim H. Parks M. February 2, 1871.

4.      Mary Elizabeth Parks, B. Aug. 6, 1841, Weakley Co., Tenn., D. Oct 14, 1886, M. W.H. Henry Lynn, B. Jan. 19, 1837, D. January 16, 1871.

5.      Thomas Parks, B. 1845, Weakley Co., Tenn., M. Mary Pope, B. 1853, D. 1930.  Thomas Parks D. 1928.

6.      Henry Samuel (H.S.) Parks, B. Jan. 5, 1882, D. Nov. 1, 1929 in Parker Co., Texas, M. Lurinda Frances Edwards, B. Dec. 13, 1855 at Helena, Phillips Co., Ark., D. July 16, 1942 at Springtown, Parker Co., Texas.  This couple married in Weakley Co., Tenn., moving to Texas in the year of 1891.  All of their children were born in Weakley Co., except us three younger children, who were born in Parker Co., Texas.  My mother and father were buried at Veal Station Cemetery, near Springtown, Texas.  This record is correct * and can be sworn to.


Signed:  Vada (Parks) Dean (Mrs. Roy Dean), Woodward, Oklahoma


*(This record has been slightly rearranged by the Editor to conserve space, but no content has been changed.  Mrs. Roy Dean, OGS Member contributed these records)



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