ANNUAL DINNER: The Milam County and Lee County Genealogical Societies will have the annual Speaker/Dinner on Oct. 3rd at 6 p.m. at the Patterson Civic Center in Rockdale. As previously announced the speaker will be Michael Matthews, Editor and Publisher of The Family Historian and host of The Family History Show on KRLD in Dallas. Try to have your questions on genealogy ready for the Question & Answer portion of the program. Guest tickets are available for $5 each either from the Lucy Hill Patterson Library or the previously mentioned representatives from each city. Do plan to come and join us in this special meeting.
PREVIOUS MEETING: Our September meeting had 24 present. Jon Cook introduced the guest speaker, Ken Fette of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Mr. Fette lives in Plugerville and at present is microfilming in the State Bureau of Vital Statistics in Austin and expects this project will continue for several years. Our guests at this meeting were: Cheryl Cotton, Katherine Tanner and Elizabeth Freeman of the Lee County Society; Clois Green, Jeanette Jewart, Ione & Roy Bristow, Ernestine Betchan of Rockdale.
Linda Whorton, 707 Morrison, Rockdale, Texas 76567 - Linda is employed at the Rockdale Reporter newspaper and has been working on listing obituaries by name, newspaper date, location in paper, date of death, etc. so when we have queries at the Reporter, library or the Society we will know immediately if it was recorded locally. If you would like to assist in this project, just let Linda or me know and we will show you the form. We use the microfilm and viewer at the library. She is putting it all into a database. This project will take a lot of time to complete so if you can’t help now, perhaps you will sign-up later.
Linda Pounder, 601 Greenmeadow St. N., Colleyville, Texas 76034-3916 (see more in QUERY)
OUR OWN WEBPAGE: by Rusty Thomas - Check out our new webpage! That’s right, the Society has gone “high tech” by placing a home page on the Internet. Attempts were made for several weeks to identify an Internet provider that would provide free or reduced rate space on their server for non-profit organizations like ourselves. One company in Oklahoma even required that we submit a proposed webpage that they would evaluate for sponsorship. After receiving no replies, low-priced small business rates were investigated, yielding a quote of $50 a year, if we did all of the design work. We were on the verge of going with that offer when a great opportunity arose. A couple of weeks ago the Society received a letter from Mike Basham of the Dallas Genealogical Society informing us that a nationwide “GenWeb” Internet project was underway to establish a genealogy related home page for every county in the country. The Dallas group is acting as coordinator for Texas, and urged us to join the effort by “sponsoring” one or more counties. The project is intended to provide the Internet genealogist with information relevant to a county, such as a summary of the data available in the courthouse, location of libraries and their holdings, local societies (like ourselves), people who are willing to perform local research, and lastly a bulletin board of sorts where queries could be posted with your return e-mail address (or snail mail) for the whole world to see. An e-mail response was sent to Mr. Basham on Monday, Sept. 9th stating we were interested in helping with the effort, but we had no access to an Internet server, and we were already looking for Internet access for our Society. The next morning a reply was received giving the name of an Internet company in San Antonio (AIS Inc.) that was saving some space on his server for GenWeb county home pages. A quick e-mail message to AIS yielded a telephone call in about 2-hours. After explaining a few formalities, he set-up space for a Milam County home page, as well as an account ID and password allowing for direct transfer of changes to the server without his intervention. By the end of the day, there was a new Milam County GenWeb page that had a link to a Milam County Genealogical Society webpage. The following addresses are what you’ll need to access these pages, but once you reach one, they are all linked to one another, so you can navigate around among all of them.
Milam County GenWeb page:
< http://www.aisi.net/GenWeb/MilamCo > [Note: This URL and website was removed in Feb. 2001 and the URL changed to < http://www.geocities.com/milamco/ >]
Milam County Genealogical Society webpage:
< http://www.aisi.net/GenWeb/MilamCo/mcgs.htm > [Note: This URL and website was removed and the URL changed to < http://www.geocities.com/milamco/milam-002.htm >]
Texas GenWeb page:
< http://www.chrsalis.org/dgs/txgenweb.htm > [Note: This URL and website was moved (date unknown) and the URL changed to < http://www.rootsweb.com/~txgenweb/ >]
US GenWeb page:
< http://www.usgenweb.com/ >
Then came another interesting twist. About 2-days later, we got a reply from the Oklahoma company stating “Congratulations! We have accepted the Milam County Genealogical Society home page to be one of our free non-profit pages. It is set-up and is now accessible through the www. The URL for this page is:
< http://www.clever.net/westok.net/mcgstex/index.html > [Note: By 2003, this is no longer a valid URL]
What this means is that our home page is temporarily out on the Internet at two separate addresses. By the time you receive this information, our permanent home should be the Oklahoma site. The first site will remain only as a pointer to the new address, out of courtesy to those aggressive web surfers who may have already bookmarked that new address. And believe me, it doesn’t take long for resourceful people to find these pages. There are already three Milam County queries posted on the Milam County GenWeb area. They can be viewed at:
< http://www.dsenter.com/query/txmilam.htm > [Note: This is no longer a valid URL]
Thanks to the Hubert’s for their $10 donation as the one-time payment to the company (Western Oklahoma Internet Service) in return for registering our page with the major Internet search engines such as YAHOO. That should generate lots more activity for our webpage. Thanks to Gloria Martin for running down the telephone numbers, addresses and hours of the Cameron facilities (courthouse, library & museum). If volunteers will help round-up a surname list of our members, we can add a page for that. It should include an e-mail and/or mailing address for people to contact. Your new webmaster, R.A.T.
QUERY: Joyce Miller Cargill, 22122 Hockaday Dr., Katy, Texas 77450 - She enclosed a copy of a photograph taken in Milano in 1908. Several men are in the picture and she thinks perhaps it was a business group. Her grandfather Daniel Boone Miller is in this picture. We will have this at the next regular meeting. Thank you for sending this and we will be sure it is given to some collector of history for Milano. Se requested the names of anyone working on or having information on the following relatives: (1) Daniel Boone Miller & wife, Mary Eliz. “Mollie” Stroud (Milano-KY); (2) Wm. Carl Miller & wife, “Mae” Mary Malenda Williams (Milano); (3) Gray Henry Williams & wife, “Bettie” Martha Elizabeth Ditto (Milano-AL); and, (4) John Ditto (1st wife - Mary L. Tate, 2nd wife - Mary Eudy, 3rd wife - Ruby Hensly (Pin Oak-AL).
QUERY: Donna Pearcy Garrett, Rt. 1, Box 385, Graham, Texas 76450 - She is searching the Livingston family. She wonders if there are any Livingstons still in the area. Her grandmother was Ella V. Livingston. The 1860 Milam Co. Census shows: Port Sullivan Community - Livingston, John L., age 53 and wife, Mary E., age 44 (both born SC). Children listed: (1) M. (Mit?), M, age 22; (2) S.J. (Sara Jane), F, age 18; (3) W. J., M, age 17; (4) M. A. (Mary Alice), F, age 15; (5) Eugenia (is this Ella?) F, age 14; (6) Susan, F, age 11; (7) Rachel, F, age 8; (8) Julia, F, age 4; and (9) Clara, F, age 1. Children (1) through (8) were born in AL, child (9) was born TX. In the 1870 Census, Mary Alice is married to Shakelford Cox. Ella Livingston & Julia are living with them. Sara Jane is married to Thomas Martin. Julia Livingston married O. D. Faubion on Dec. 1, 1875. On the same date, her grandmother, Ella V. Livingston married Stephen Murry Kimball. If any descendants are still living, she wants to share copies of tin-type photographs of the Livingston family she has in her possession. She also offered to help any member research in Young County or Erath County.
QUERY: Lucindy Royals Mike, 3783 West Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016 - She is looking for information on Richard Royals (parents unknown - b. 1843, MS; 1st marriage about 1871-1872, TX; 2nd marriage 1884-1885, Milam Co., TX; d. abt. Mar. 1914, Marlin, TX. She would like photocopies or certified copies of any information on record and has enclosed a check to cover the costs. [Note: See correction in Nov 1996 issue of The Legacy]
QUERY: Barbara Owens, 407 Brookside Rd., Waxahachie, Texas 75167 - She is seeking cemetery records and obituary for William S. Mason who died on Mar. 24, 1917 in Milam Co. He was born in Aug. 1843 in Sumner, TN and was living along in the 1900 Milam Co. Census.
QUERY: Linda Pounder, 601 Greenmeadow St. N., Colleyville, Texas 76034-3916 - She called asking about the Live Oak Church of Christ located between Buckholts and Davilla. She is interested in securing a grant to restore it and needed some information. She has found who donated the land and also who is now the (probably) only living member, Mrs. Willie Bates. The church has not been in use for sometime. She was a Clendennen. Her father is Barney Lyn Clendennen and his father was Herman Monroe Clendennen, his father, Marian Franklin Clendennen and then James Monroe Clendennen. James Monroe (b. 1831, TN) m. Lucy Cave(Caves) (b. 1830, AL). Her father, Henry W. Cave is buried in the Hurt-Graham Cemetery (near Milano) in 1862. Others in the cemetery are: W. W. Clendennen (1859-1884) and Thomas, a son of M. Clendennen (1869-1872). She would like any information on James Monroe Clendennen. He was buried in the Holly Cemetery, Robertson Co., TX.
Created on 13 Nov 2003 and last revised on _______.