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I am looking for any information on my ggg grandfather Carnes Baldwin (C.B.) ALEXANDER being in the Texas State Troops or Home Guard during the Civil War. I have been told he served in the Louisiana area, but from Cherokee County.  Theresa Grimm Oct   2009


I am looking for my g grandfather Alexander Houston BLANKS, he was in Cherokee co. in 1860. He was in the city of Rusk and said he was a engineer. help!


b.1830 KY/TN arrived Cherokee County 1840's with J D CARR family. Married NANCY AUTRY around 1850. Texas land grant 1858. Looking for his parents or siblings. Any information appreciated will share what I have.  

B W  Redden Sep  2010


Looking for info on BAINES CARTER (b abt 1816 Tennessee) AND ELIZABETH WARREN CARTER (b abt 1817 Kentucky. (m 23 May 1839 Itawamba, MS.)  Listed in the 1850 and 1860 census in Cherokee County. Belived to be the parents of Elijah (Lige) Carter b 20 Mar 1855. Lige was my ggrandfather. Siblings of Lige: Abraham, Charity, Chancy, Jane, Arthula, William, Elizabeth, WB, Thomas Burleson and Jack. What happened to them after the 1860 census. I have info on Lige and his family going forward but need info on his siblings and BAINES AND ELIZABETH CARTER.  Any info greatly appreciated.

Gladys Dillard Aug  2008


Looking for W.A. CHOATE, Lou, and Johnnie CHOATE. W.A. was married to my Great grandmother, Mary Kerr CHOATE and raised my Grandmother, Mandy Kerr. Any help appreciated. Thank you.

Sandy Freeman May 2008


Looking for info. on Wm B. COOK born 9-6-1867 in Attalla Co, Miss. May have lived in the Denson Springs , Tx  area. Any leads appreciated.

Donna  Ellison 



I am trying to find a picture of the CRIM Home which was located on Highway 79 just East of Jacksonville. It was a two story white house--going East is would have been on the left side just past the railroad tracks. The house is gone, but a small memorial park remains at the site.Any help appreciated.

Sil Crim  


I am looking for info on Mrs. or Ms. P. M. DAVIS who married a Mr. D. O. GAGE at Rusk in Cherokee County around 20 June, 1920. Wondering if D O was really O. D. GAGE and what happened to her.

Lamar Anthony  


Feb  2010


I am seeking information on my grandfather, Roy Alfonso (Fonzo) DEW who is buried in Hester Cemetery, Cherokee County, Texas.  I believe his brother, William DEW, married a HESTER.  I believe he passed away in 1948 though I cannot locate his death certificate. I would very much appreciate any direction anyone could give me on Mr. Dew.

Beverly Fagan  


Oct   2009

Willis Henry DEAR

Willis Henry Dear-Looking for information regarding the Dear family. this would be my Great Grandfather. Joyce Pipkin




Seeking information concerning  Willian H. PRATHER who married Sarah  Mahalia FALLIS  17 JUN 1868. The couple had one child, a son, also named  William H. PRATHER b. ca 1870.  Sarah remarried in June of 1873 to  James Elizer DILLARD, so it is probable that her first husband died before then.   I have absolutely no information on William Prather other than his name.   Any dates or places would be most helpful.  I would also like to know what happened to the son.



James A DUNKEN/DUNCAN came to Texas around 1850 from North Carolina he farmed near Danville in what was then Rusk County, later Gregg County. His second wife, who he married in 1853 in Rusk County, was Zenannah GABRIEL. She is on the 1860 census with three small children and her stepson, John Alexander DUNKEN/DUNCAN. She must have died, because in 1870, James A DUNKEN/DUNCAN appears in Arkansas with a new wife, Elizabeth, some of  Zenannah's children, one or two who appear to be Elizabeth's children from a former marriage, and several children of their own. In the 1880 census, Elizabeth is in Cherokee County, Texas, with some of the children from the 1870 census. James A. DUNKEN/DUNCAN is probably my gg-grandfather through his son, John Alexander DUNKEN.  I can't find where James A. died or where he's buried, but I think perhaps he was back in Texas, in Cherokee County, as I can't find him in Arkansas apart from the 1879 census. Anyone know anything about these DUNKEN/DUNCAN? Anita McMurtrie    Jun  2009


I am looking for information on my grandmother SUSIE DURHAM.  My great grandfather, T.L. DURHAM owned a farm near Ironton, maybe Rusk around 1914 or so.  T.L. had a sister named AMY DURHAM BOYD that was married to a minister - SAMUEL J. BOYD and lived in the area at the time. 



Jun   2008


I am trying to locate my GG Grandfathers grave, DAVID EAKIN and his wife MARY MCINTYRE EAKIN. His DOB 1784-1854 and hers is 1786 - 1858. Both were in Cherokee County and were put to rest there. No one knows in what cemetery. I have been trying to locate them for many years. If you can help I would like to pay my respects to them and let them know that they are not forgotten. D. L. Eakin Sep  2009


My g.g.grandmother was Elizabeth EDWARDS, a daughter of James EDWARDS.   She was born in ca. 1833. I have proof that they were in Texas in 1836 and as James Edwards participated in the Texas Revolution; also that his land grant was in 1838.    Elizabeth  married Isaac DONOHO, a neighbor in 1848.  II have the marriage records, but I cannot find her with this family on a census.  In the 1850 census, already married,  she is listed as Elizabeth DONOHO.  The DONOHOS lived next to the EDWARDS family, but what I need in proof that Elizabeth Edwards DONOHO belonged in this family.  I could not find this information in courthouse records on a recent visit as the clerk claimed that the book containing wills during the 1850's was missing.  This was a disappointing trip.  Does someone know if there are family Bible records or it a reference is found of her in EDWARDS property distribution? I am almost 88 years old and live between Houston and Austin.  I can no longer travel alone and getting back to Cherokee County will be hard for me.  I would appreciate it if I can find the record I need to tie Elizabeth DONOHO to her place in the EDWARDS family.

Josephine White,
La Grange, Texas   


 May 2008


I am looking for any information about Laura KIRKLAND. Born 1873-1875. Her mother was Emma C (HAMM) KIRKLAND McMILLAN 1853-1935. The family story is after Laura was born in Texas, (Cove Springs??) her mother took her by covered wagon to GA. without a husband.  There is a possibility Emma was Native American, per verbal family history.
Linda    Feb 2010


Wilson is my Great Grandfather,  Emma Patience HARRIS SMITH MARTIN is my Great Grandmother. I am looking for information and pictures of the FORDS they lived in Rusk Cherokee, Texas buried in Mount Hope Cemetery  Rusk, Cherokee, Texas.

Elva Leona (Ford) Ellis




I am looking for any information on the Rusk Masonic Institute from around the 1880s. My grandfather ADAMS graduated from the Institute around 1885, with honors, according to bios later printed in the Tyler HS yearbook where he was superintendent from 1905 to 1916, I am also looking for anyone who has tried to document any or all of the unmarked graves in the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Rusk.                                                 Tom Adams Austin Tx    Jun   2008


Looking for information on a Hiram MERITT (Merritt).  I am also looking for information on John Sherwood MERRITT or any of the family of Merritt's that live in the Jacksonville Area that I might contact. He was my 3rd Great Grandfather. I have information on this family.  Charles Merritt     May 2008


I was trying to find info on my PARKER family that lived in and had a child in Cherokee Co. Louisa  PARKER born in Cherokee Co. Tx. 1848 and a John PARKER b. there in 1849.they came over from al. WERE THERE ANY OTHER FAMILIES OF PARKER THAT WERE THERE AT THE SAME TIME?     ANY INFO WOULD BE GREAT.

  Jevette Burciaga   


May 2008


I am looking for information on Jane McEacharn PAYNE and her forebears, wife of David Greene TEMPLETON. She was born 8 March 1826 in AL. I have her death as 26 Mar 1890 in Jacksonville but I'm not sure that is correct. No death records have been found under this date. Last census record is 1880.She married D.G. TEMPLETON in 1859 when she was 32. I'm not sure if she was married to a PAYNE before and her maiden name is MCEACHARN, or if McEacharn is a middle name. As far as I know, she did not remarry after Templeton died.   Thanks in advance for your help!
    Elizabeth Earle Blodgett   Dec 2008


Looking for any information related to Willie (Will) F. PAYNE his wife Mable M. HARRELL and their children Christine and Julian.

Tom & Val" < Nov 2009


Looking for information related to my relative, MOSES PERKINS (born abt. 1794 in SC) and second wife, DEANNAH POTTS PERKINS (born abt 1832 in GA) married in 1849 in Cherokee Co., GA.  Moved to Cherokee Co., TX between 1852-1855 and appear in Cherokee Co., TX census in 1860 and 1870.  They would have had at least 5 children while in Cherokee Co., TX. (Rusk P.O. area). Believe they moved to Johnson Co., TX between 1870 and 1877, based on children's marriages. Moses and two daughters appear in 1880 Census in Johnson Co., TX.  Are there any cemetery records for Cherokee Co., TX? Only son to young for Civil War--any other records, Salt Lists, Church Records, local jury lists, etc. that might show this family?  This family was very prominent in Cherokee Co., GA. and left a well documented paper trail. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Deborah H. Free 
Cherokee Co., GA   
Jan 2009


Seeking info:  Marion C. RIDGE, born 1856 in Mississippi (not a child of Martha Boatman RIDGE and Godfrey RIDGE).  Marion married Esther L. IRELAND July 7, 1876, in Cherokee county.  The 1880 census found them in Kaufman county, where Esther remained until 1900.  At that time, Marion was not listed and Esther was a widow.  Marion is my ggrandfather and my Brick Wall.  Any help greatly appreciated!
Brenda Ridge Konarik   


Looking for any family information on WILLIAM G. ROBERTS who arrived in Cherokee County in 1857.  He was born in South Carolina, appeared in the 1860 census as 23 years of age, joined and served in the war in the New Salem Invincibles.  Returning from the war he married NAOMI ELIZABETH WARD on October 20 1865 in Rusk County Texas.  William and Naomi remained in Cherokee County until after the 1870 census but had relocated to Hill County by 1880.  15 years of looking has failed to uncover any information on their parentage or families.   Any information will be greatly appreciated. Gary Grider  Apr 2011


Looking for info on ROBERTSON Family that lived there in and around Cherokee County. I am looking for the father of Berry Toles ROBERTSON. His father's name was Sam or Samuel, and was married to a Ann ? They are supposed to be from Alabama. Any help would be appreciated very much.

John Yura Mar 2009


I am seeking ANY information on a man who died in Cherokee County in the year 1932.  His name was MacEdonio ROJAS.  He may be my grandfather.  The only other information I have is certificate #: 50534.  I appreciate any assistance you may be able to give me or guide me to finding out more about this person.
Thank you

Dec 2008


I have been looking for My GGG Grandfather Silas SCOTT.  His wife was Lousia (COOK.)  She was Born in Ga.  Have not been able to find her.  Silas was in the 17th Georgia In.  I do not know when he Died or where.  I have a receipt for a box of pictures that was mailed from Jacksonville Texas back to  Georgia.  They were mailed to My Great Grandfather Nathan J. SCOTT.  My assumption is he was living in Texas When he died and was bury in or around Jacksonville Texas.  This is a long shot.  Why else would his pictured have been returned.
 Stephen Scott Dec 2008


I am looking for information on the SCURLOCK Family of Cherokee Co., TX. Jas W. and Mattie PRIESTLY had several children. The one I am particularly interested in is Thomas FLETCHER (aka Frank or T. F.). He was born about 1882 and died about 1919-1922. I know he was born there and believe he might be buried there, possibly in Providence Cemetery. There is also an obit listed in Bk.2, p. 214, but I have not seen it to verify. His wife's name was Cora, last name unknown. If anyone has any info they could pass along I'd appreciate it. Sherri' Cherry 2008


I am searching for information (especially parents) of William Riley SNOW born 1809 in Georgia. Married Elizabeth Garland KEY probably Walker County, Alabama. Moved to Cherokee County Texas around 1850. Any information on this family would be greatly appreciated.

Anita Snow M Feb 2009


Please help !  I am looking for information on Calvin STINSON, b abt 1843 in Tennessee.  Married Francis "Fannie" ASTON.  Would like to locate gravesites of both.  Thanks LaVerne Darwin Mar 2009