Sterling County Queries
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Rick Dees April 3, 2006
I am looking for information on my father, Edward Stanley Dees. He
died in 1973 in Montana at the young age of 41. I was 9 years old at the
time. I knew he grew up in Sterling County but, I believe, went off to
the Air Force before he graduated from high school. He was born in 1932
and attended schools in your area growing up. If anyone can give me any
information regarding him or where he grew up I would be more than
grateful. Thank you very much!
Looking for info on the town of Montvale, Tx in Sterling Co, TX.
Also looking for info or pictures on the Hilliary Quinton LYLES family,
formerly of Coke Co, TX. Seeking a picture of the home of Hilliary
LYLES on his Coke Co, TX ranch. I have the info from the Milling
Around in Sterling County on H Q LYLES. Any additional help is
Evelyn January 5, 2003
I am looking for a Herbert
HEATON, born in Centre County
1906 and move to Ohio around 1930 but he died in Sterling City Texas in Jul 1976.
I was wonder if anyone could find an obit on him and email it to me
He could have used the name Carl Herbert HEATON or Herbert Carl
HEATON. Thanks to anyone that will help me solve the mystery on this man.
Morrison February 27, 2001
I'm looking for information about my family
line. I have little info. about my paternal grandfather. His name was
Robert Elra EMORY and was born in Sterling City in 1903. I don't know his
parent names. He had 2 sisters: Ethel and Delle (I'm not sure of
their names or the spellings). I'd appreciate any info. and/or leads you
can help me with.
BEEMAN, BOYCE, THOMPSON
Larry N. Allen June 9, 2001
know that my husband's grandparents were married in the area of
Sterling (or Sterling City) Texas. I have checked the
information on the internet but can not find them in your early
records. His name is Isaac Ely BOYCE and he married Rosa
(Rosetta) Mae BEEMAN THOMPSON. Her maiden name was BEEMAN and we
understand through family knowledge that her first husband died in
Texas. We are trying to find information on the BOYCE line, at
this time we have a lot of information on the BEEMAN line. Any
help would be appreciated.
Cope March 22,
Looking for any information on my ggrandfather John Everette COPE.
John's wife was Lucretia Ray COPE and most of the family
moved to Fort Stockton in 1900. I am the last of the COPE's from that
line. M. E. COPE is buried in the Old Fort Cemetery here in Fort
Stockton. His two brothers were Tom and William (my grandfather).
I believe that some of the original family went back to Sterling City
and I have lost contact with them.
Russell Smith May 16, 2002
I have a question relating to some
previous residents of Sterling County. It seems that, in or about 1903, my grandfather on my mother's side
along with his father, brothers, and sisters inherited $40,000, which in
terms of today would I guess be equal to a million dollars more or less.
The money was inherited from a wealthy doctor Foote from McKinney, TX who was my
grandfather's grandfather on his mothers side. My grandfather's
name was William Rae (W.R.) LOGAN. His father persuaded all of the
children to pool their shares and buy I think an 8-section ranch in Sterling County.
They did so, and over the strong objections of my grandmother, they
leveraged their money to the max and went into the cattle business on the
grandest scale possible, rather than pursuing a conservative course and keeping
My grandfather W.R. LOGAN had previously lived in Fisher County,
married to my grandmother Agnes Ward LOGAN, where he was ranching, undoubtedly on
a small scale. And I think their first daughter Mae Logan Dunwody,
now living in Anson, TX, was born in Fisher County (1903) about the time they
bought the ranch in Sterling County and was carried by my grandmother, Agnes
Ward LOGAN, in a buggy -- the 2 of them -- from Fisher to Sterling
County while my Aunt Mae was a new baby.
There must have been some housing on the LOGAN's ranch in Sterling
County that was not tightly constructed. The story is told that my
Grandmother would dress my Aunt Mae up on a stool, because of fear rattle snakes
had gotten in the house during the night and might bite her. W.R.
LOGAN and his immediate family -- and probably his brothers, sisters, and father
also -- continued to live on and work the ranch for a brief time. Within
a short time, there was a drought that wiped them out. I do not know
when this was, but I assume it may have been during the time period 1904 - 1910.
They may have had to take bankruptcy.
My mother, Jeanne LOGAN Smith, now living in Midland, Texas, was born
in 1910, and by that time the Sterling County chapter in their family's
lives was over, and they had moved back to Anson, Texas where my grandmother
had grown up. My mother recalls that the LOGAN's, while in Sterling
County, apparently socialized with other families who owned substantial
ranches, as my grandmother would sometimes comment on their names and describe
I have never known much about my grandfather. W.R. LOGAN, because he deserted the family in 1919 when my mother was 9 years old and never
saw them again. I understand he lived in or near Abilene TX mostly
working as a car salesman.
I have some questions and would welcome your guidance. Are there
records of the LOGAN's living in Sterling County? Is there knowledge of
where there property was located; what quality was the land; what improvements
were on the property; how long they were there; and whether they took
bankruptcy? I was trained as a historian, but I am not very familiar with county
history and county records, and I would welcome having a response.
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