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Can someone help me in finding the family of James Earl WILLIAMS who was married to Thelma COOPER (b. 19-24-1905) and had a son Billy Ray WILLIAMS before their divorce?  I was told that James Earl or his parents, at one time, had a boarding house in Newton County, TX (not proven yet) and Billy Ray has relatives in San Augustine County, TX (don't know if it was the COOPERS or the WILLIAMS).  Who are James Earl WILLIAMS' parents and siblings?  And Thelma COOPER'S?  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Kim WILLIAMS -


Seeking parents and siblings of Charles Travis WILLIAMS (b. 20 Jan 1856, d. 24 Dec 1935 in Henderson County, TX) married Sarah Elizabeth PRUETT (b. 24 Jun 1853, d. 5 Apr 1932).  I was told that Sarah was married first to Charles' brother, Jim WILLIAMS.  The children I have so far of Sarah's are:  D. Sinilla (d. as infant), John Sylvester (b. 15 Dec 1880), Robert Rueben (b. 14 Dec 1888).  Robert Rueben WILLIAMS married Fannie May MILNER on 27 Jun 1920 in Colmesneil, TX.  If anyone can tell me anything of Charles Travis' family, please contact me.  Kim Williams -


I need information on the families of Clarence Allen MORGAN.  I believe his first marriage was to Mrs. Lucy THOMPSON in Jefferson County, TX in 1915.  His second marriage was to Virginia Elizabeth SUTTON in 1919.  I am looking for information on his third marriage and divorce to my mother, Ruth WIGGINS PRINE in Harris County, TX.  I also need information on his fourth and final marriage which was a remarriage to my mother, Ruth.  Any help would be most appreciated.  Ruth A. McVey -


Seeking information on Oliver "Bud" Alvin MORGAN, b. 12 Aug 1854 or 1858 in TX according to the 1900 Jefferson County, TX Federal Census.  Oliver was married two or three times.  He was married first to Florence GUTHRIE HARDING.  The 1880 Bee County, TX census shows them with a son William MORGAN age 1, b. TX; John W. HARDING age 8 (step-son); and William GUTHRIE age 17 (brother-in-law) living with them.  Did this marriage end in divorce?  Oliver next married, in Orange County, TX on 15 Apr 1882, Alice FREGIA / FRUGIA / FRUGE b. 1869 in TX.  Children of this marriage were:  Mary A. (called Molly) b. 1883; Ida J. b. 1888; Lillie I. b. 1889; Leonard Alvin (called Ping) b. 1891; Clarence Allen (called Monk) b. 1893; Sarah E. (called Sadie) b. 1899 and Georgia b. 1901.  All children of this marriage are believed to have been born in Jefferson County, TX.  Did this marriage end in divorce?  Oliver MORGAN next married? Liza/Eliza (last name unknown) on 14 Mar 1914.  They lived in Beaumont, TX for a time.  Children of this marriage were:  Pearl (called Giddy/Gideon); Florence (called Jackie); Edith and James (called Buddy).  All believed to have been born in Jefferson County, TX.  Can anyone verify any of this information?  Are any of these families still living?  Please contact Ruth A. McVey -  


Does anyone have any information on the following marriages.  George W. MCVEY / MCVAY to Mary E. RHYMES on 21 Nov 1843.  Martha Ann MCVEY to Nehemiah NICHOLS on 1 Nov 1836.  S. J. RHYMES posted bond or gave consent.  Please contact Ruth A. McVey -


Looking for the parents of Jacob WALLES (1830).  He came to the U. S. from the Alsace-Lorraine region of France in the 1840's - probably as a stowaway on a ship.  Reportedly lived in South America, New York, Missouri, Louisiana and Texas.  He married Mary CHESSON of Louisiana and had 10 children.  He died in 1896 in Orange County, TX.  Many descendants are still living in and around Jefferson and Orange County, TX.  We believe his parents never came to this country.  He served in the Mexican War under the name of Jacob WECERLE or WEIKERLE (have no idea why?!).  If you have information on this family or it's descendants, please contact Sue -


William Stephen CROSS m. Dorah Angelina RODGERS 23 Feb 1861 (filed in Tyler Co., TX).  They lived in Hardin Co., TX (see 1860 & 1870 census).   They had 14 children and divorced 7 Apr 1896 (Bk. 2, pg. 136, File #543) in Kountze, Hardin Co., TX.  Where did they go?  Where are they buried?  Who were Stephen's parents?  He came from GA with brother Henry (1860 census, Dwl/Fam#25, pg.335, P/O Providence Hill).  Will share what I have.  Sherry (Wilkinson) Noeller -


Charles Thomas PATE m. Elizabeth P. BUTCHER, 1 Aug 1872, Tyler Co., TX.  I have no information on her other than this.  Who is she?  Have photos of him.  He is buried with daughter Fannie PATE PAYNE in Village Mills Cemetery.  Will share what I have.  Sherry (Wilkinson) Noeller -


Seeking parents of Alfred William MORRIS b. 6 June 182?, m. Matilda PALMER / PARMER in 1846, daughter of Martin PARMER, signer of the Texas Declaration Of  Independence.  Also need information on descendants of this couple.  Please contact Sarah Cannon -


Seeking source of railroad company records to check the death of Guy Hooker MORRIS, my great-grandfather.  His death was caused by a steam shovel accident while working for M K & T Railroad in November of 1917 near Mineola, Wood County, TX.  Please contact Sarah Cannon -


Seeking descendants of Martin PALMER / PARMER (1778-1850) via all wives.  Seeking information on Margaret (GRIFFIN? or GRIFFITH?) NEAL (widow), and Zina KELLY, wives of Martin.  Also seeking record of his child who died at age two years, possibly of wife Luvisa (ANDERSON) LOUT.  Please contact Sarah Cannon -


Seeking information and descendants of Major Egbert HAYWOOD, b. 1730, and wife Sara WARE; William HAYWOOD, b. 1778, and wife Abigail JONES; William Henry HAYWOOD, b. 1810, and wife Eliza JONES; Robert Jones HAYWOOD, b. 1842, and wife Sarah Moores WHITTAKER, in NC and TX.  Please contact Sarah Cannon -


Seeking information of ancestors and descendants of Peyton SMYTHE, b. 1826 in VA, and wife, Otelia Ardel BUCKNER.  Peyton SMYTHE's daughter married Cheston L. HEATH, who was born in ME.  Please contact Sarah Cannon -


Seeking information of ancestors and descendants of Mark DODGE, b. 1781, and wife, Pauline, b. 1792, and their 10 children born in Brooklin, ME.  Their daughter, Martha Morgan DODGE, b. 27 May 1832, married Cheston C. HEATH.  Please contact Sarah Cannon -


Seeking information on Samuel Lewis BURCH, and wife, Dorothea BROWN, whose descendants are buried in Burch Catholic cemetery near Moscow, Polk County, TX; Margaret Matilda GREEN and husband McKenzie WOODARD (1828-1900); Catherine Dorothy GREEN and husband J. Frank WILSON (1852-1901); Annie E. HOLCOMB (1870-1898) and husband _?_ STEELE; Martha Apolis BURCH and husband William Gassoway PALMER (1861-1961).  Would like to contact descendants to update BURCH family history.  Please contact Sarah Cannon -


Seeking the parents of Elizabeth I. WILLIAMS born abt. 1826 in Macon, Georgia.  Married about 1843 to Richard WAGSTAFF, born about 1823 in Virginia.  The 1850  Heard County, Georgia census shows two children:

Family tradition says that Elizabeth died early and Richard remarried and came to Shelby County, Texas.  Nicholas did come to Shelby County, Texas first, appearing there on the 1870 census.  If you have any information to share please contact Bettye Bragg Wagstaff -


I am searching for info relating to James WILKINSON & Mary PURVIS, supposedly from Oglethorpe County, Georgia.  I found them first in the 1860 census for Polk County, Texas.  They had sons:  Jesse M. 1832 - 1898 m. Mary PEEBLES; David M. 1838 - 1877 m. Permilia "Amelia" PEEBLES; Mark 1841 - ? m. Mary YOUNG; James 1846 - ? m. Elizabeth WHITE.  All four sons served in the CSA from Texas.  

David and Amelia had children: Eugene (Eugeni) 1861 - ?; Jefferson D. "Jep" 1861 - 1942 m. Nancy Jane "Nellie" CROSS; Sarah 1865 - ?; Ella 1868 - ? m. ? OLIVER; Angie 1870 - ?.

Jep and Nellie had: Oscar M. 1893 - ? m. Dora OKERVALL; Nettie Rosetta 1895 - 1992 m. Arthur LANGSTON; Dave 1897 - 1981 m. Daisy ?; Jeff Frank "Jep" 1900 - 1994 m. Anna Dell GARDNER; Wilburn Joseph "Bill" 1904 - 1989 m. Bessie Agnes RHODES.

Anyone with information on any of the above people, please contact Sherry (Wilkinson) Noeller at


I am seeking information on my ggggrandfather, Nathan JUDSON.  At the Jasper Co., TX website the information I am seeking was abstracted from the Compiled Index to Elected and Appointed Officials of the Republic of Texas: 1836 - 1846, Volume 11, page 58.  It appears that Nathan JUDSON served at least 2 terms as Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, in Jasper County.  If anyone has any further information to offer, please email or write to Marian J. Bryson McGowen, 108 15th NW, Ardmore, OK 73401.


I Am seeking information on the ancesters and descendants of Joseph Jeremiah HOPKINS and Alice Lillian CHAMBERS. They were married in Jasper, Jasper County, Texas about 1892 to 1896.  Please email Froggie at with any information.


Looking for information on Martha MORGAN, born 1780 in South Carolina and died in Galveston County, TX on 8 Jun 1865.  She married Rees PERKINS (1774 - 1846) of Craven County, South Carolina on 8 Jan c. 1796 and they raised 7 children.  They moved to Calcasieu Parish, LA in c. 1818.  Her parents were Soloman MORGAN, Sr. and Jemima WEBB, both of South Carolina.  Please contact Harold D. Hederich at with any information.


I would like to make a connection with a descendant of the ATMAR family, of which Lynne Peter ATMAR of Groveton, Trinity County, TX was a member.  He was my uncle.  Uncle Lynn has no living descendants, however, he had several brothers, as indicated in an old photograph and I wish to learn the names of his brothers.  Please contact Sallie Cannon at with any information.


Searching for information about George Samuel SCOTT.  He had a sister Mary Lou that married a man with the last name RUTLEDGE.  He had a brother named John SCOTT.  Also twin sisters that died in the hurricane of 1900 in Galveston, TX.  There was a rumor of two others.  They were originally from Kentucky and moved to Jefferson County, TX sometime around 1890 or so.  Please contact Maggie Dobbs at with any information.


My great great grandfather was David WALDO, born in 1831 and died in 1869.  I cannot find any trace of him prior to the 1850 census when he was 19 years old, living with a DUNCAN family in Jasper County, Missouri.  He was listed as David WALDO DUNCAN.  On October 20, 1850, eight days after the census was taken, he married Nancy COSLEY in Jasper County, Missouri.  He married under the name of Waldo DUNCAN.  The 1860 census shows him as David WALDO and wife Nancy, along with children, in Taney County, Missouri.  The 1870 census shows only Nancy WALDO as head of the household and widowed in Taney County along with her children.  David WALDO was apparently a Private in the Union Calvary during the Civil War and Nancy later applied for a widow's pension which was denied.  1866 papers show David and Nancy WALDO sold 39 acres of land in Taney County to Henry LAWRENCE for $180.  Also listed on the 1850 census was a John DUNCAN.  I cannot find the parents of John DUNCAN who was 29 in the 1850 census or his wife, Katherine's maiden name or parents.  I can trace their son, who was 5 on the 1850 census, to his obituary.  He was born in Dade County, Missouri but my search of Dade County for news or my David WALDO (DUNCAN) was to no avail.  Any information on David or Nancy WALDO (DUNCAN) is very important to our family.  Please contact Mary Linda WALDO Gay at if you have any information.

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