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John HARMON, Sr., born ca 1790 in Louisiana, received a Republic of Texas land grant in 1846. He appears in the 1860 census of Orange County at age 70 with wife Elizabeth. She apparently died prior to 1867, as Harmon then married Eugenia, widow of John SINGLETON. We find the 80 year old Harmon still living in 1870 with a household that includes Eugenia and her Singleton children. A year later, John HARMON, Jr. married one of the Singleton daughters, Felicite Sarah, widow of Edmond CAUGHLIN. Who was Elizabeth, the senior Harmon's first wife? Did Harmon have ties to the Singleton family before coming to Texas?  If you have any information please contact Don Pusch at


I am searching for traces of a family of my relatives that I believe may have descendants in the Jefferson County or Beaumont area.  Thomas F. ROBERTS married my cousin Maude TOMS in Sabine County, Texas in 1906.  This marriage license is the last trace that I have of them.  Through a recent contact, I received information that this family may have moved to Beaumont shortly after their marriage and that they gave birth to a daughter the next year in 1907.  It was also reported that maybe Maude passed away shortly after the birth of this cihild named Maudie ROBERTS and that Thomas F. ROBERTS lived in Beaumont until his accidental death about 1914 - 1915.  I would be grateful for any bit of information on this family.  Please send responses to B. Toms -


I am looking for information on Allen and Mary DIXON CHAMBERS that left Wilkinson County, Georgia about 1860 and went to Sabine County, Texas / Southeast Texas.  Please send any information to Earl S. Chambers at


I am seeking information to confirm the birthplace of my grandfather, Frank Ray PERKINS, b. 25 Jun 1910 in Orange County, Texas.  His father was John Raymond PERKINS and his mother was Rhoda BROWNING PERKINS.  Any information or help would be very much appreciated.  Contact Perry P. Perkins at


I am trying to locate the married name and address/phone number of my great uncle's daughter.  His name was Dorough "Dud" FERRELL.  He was born in October 1898 in Bell County, Texas.  He lived and worked for most of his adult life in the Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas area.  According to a distant cousin, he was very involved in genealogy and may have had some of the missing pieces of family information we have been searching for these past years.  Hopefully, his daughter still has his work or knows where it can be found.  If you have any information that can help, please contact Dianne Ferrell at


I am searching for information on James Newton WEBB b. 2 Sep 1874 in Alabama, d. 13 Jul 1923.  He was supposedly shot to death in a little town called Remlig, Texas next to Brookland, Texas in Jasper County.  His wife was Melissa Arizona HOWELL WEBB b. 25 Dec 1876 in Comanche, Texas, d. 31 Jan 1919 in Barham, Louisiana.  Any information will be appreciated.  Contact Dale Jones -


I am searching for information on James Bruza LEWIS b. 3 Dec 1903 in Moscow, Polk County, Texas and d. 17 Jul 1943 and is buried in Mt. Piscus Cemetery in Woodville, Tyler County, Texas.  James Bruza Lewis' parents were Angus LEWIS and Lucinda (possibly Smith).  Angus and Lucinda lived in Moscow, Polk County, Texas and at one time ran a hotel.  Some of the children of Angus and Lucinda were Raymond (living), Bessie Lou, Flora Jean and others.  Angus and Lucinda later divorced and Angus moved to Jasper, Jasper County, Texas and later remarried to a Martha or Mary (last name unknown).  I would like to have any help and information I can get on this family, particularly on Angus and Lucinda such as their full names and birth and death dates.  Any help is appreciated.  Please contact Juanita Lewis at


I am searching for a Walter RITCHIE, who was married to Nannie KIRBY as possible parents to William Carl RITCHIE, b. 1887 in Orange County, Texas.  There is also a connection to Ruby Elizabeth HURD/HERD and would like to find her.  Mother of William Carl RITCHIE died shortly after 1887 and Walter may have remarried.  There was a Walter RICHEY in San Augustine County, Texas that married Mollie Horton in 1900.  Is this the same man?  I am at a loss with this family!  Would greatly appreciate any help!  Send any information or correspondence to Janelle Foster -


I am seeking contact with descendants of the SIMS family. In 1973 an Arlene Laramore SIMS, wife of William H. SIMS, of Shelby Co., TX, prepared information on her husband's SIMS line. William H. SIMS, b. Aug 9, 1919, traces back through Jesse James SIMS to Rueben Berry SIMS, to Samuel SIMS, to James SIMS II, to James SIMS I, whose mother was Elizabeth PARRISH.   There is also indian heritage in this line from the SIMS and GOLDEN families and I wish to learn more concerning the tribe name.  Please contact Sallie Cannon with any information.


Searching for any information on William Carl RITCHIE, born 1887 in Orange County, Texas.  His parents may have been Walter (?) RITCHIE adn Ruby or Elizabeth HERD.  They had come to Texas from Lousiana.  William may have had two brothers.  Very little is known about this family.  Please send any information to Janelle Foster at


Searching for the grave site of Albert Washington POSEY.  Died in a military hospital from battle wounds in Beaumont, Texas on 5 Nov 1863.  He was Caucasian.  Does anyone know the name of the cemetery where the soldiers that died in Beaumont were buried?  Please contact Marva Caughey with any information at  (that's caugh with the number one behind it)


I am seeking information about the COWART family of Tyler County, Texas.  My grandfather was Andrew Jackson COWART, born on Wolf Creek in Tyler County.  His father was called "Drew", perhaps Andrew was his name also.  Andrew Jackson COWART served in WWI and was discharged in 1919 and returned to Tyler County.  My grandmothers maiden name was Lottie Inez CROSBY.  Her family came from the Town Bluff area of Tyler County.  Any information would be greatly appreciated.  Contact David Cowart of Ballinger, Texas at with any information. 

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