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Drover (#47318946)
 member for 6 years, 1 month, 20 days
Paul R Mobley Jr
RE: Robert Branch Johnson
Thank You Drover

Added by Paul R Mobley Jr on Jul 19, 2014 8:33 AM

Paul R Mobley Jr
Robert Branch Johnson
Hi Drover, I am the great-great-grandson of Robert Branch Johnson, my Grandmother Virginia Ruth (Johnson) Mobley, his Grand-daughter, passed away earlier this year and I have been doing research. I would like to take over management of his memorial so I can get him connected to the rest of the family. If you wouldn't mind transferring his memorial to me I would be very grateful and proud to take on the responsibility of preserving his memory. Memorial number 66630510.

Thanks so much,

Added by Paul R Mobley Jr on Jul 19, 2014 7:32 AM

Vicki Hittson
Great Western Cattle Trail
I was hoping to possibly meet you at the Abilene rodeo in May 2014 when Fort Griffin was setting up a booth & exhibit on behalf of the Great Western Cattle Trail, along with their Longhorn herd. Unfortunately, the rodeo producer wanted too much money for them to produce a non-profit exhibit. Thank you for your remarks on my 2nd Great Grandfather's memorial. (John Nathan Hittson) My retirement project is to walk the trails in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado and learn as much as I can about his history.
Much love,
Vicki Hittson

Added by Vicki Hittson on Jun 26, 2014 5:25 PM

David Hill
RE: Ruth, Louisiana
Not heard of Ruth, LA. But a search on map shows Ruth to be south of Breaux Bridge on LA 31.

Added by David Hill on Apr 17, 2014 2:04 PM

Les Varner
RE: col. James Ellison
I was just following through on a Find a Grave request so I have no particular interest.

For you particular interest:
1. Rufus Campbell, the original owner of the "Campbell Place" in Knox Co., TX, who was the cook for the Trail Driver and rancher Burk Burnett (Burkburnett, TX is named for him). The family also owned other property (in the Uvaldie area. My mother was raisen in that property.
2. James M. Latham, my great grandfather, was on trail drives in his early teens. He is buried in the Bomerton Cemetery, Baylor Co., TX. The story told to me that members of the family were interviewed about his early "cowboy" experience by researchers for James Mitchner in prep for his novel "Centenniel". If you saw the mini series you will remember the character Jim on the trail. Obviousely his marriage later in the story to a princess is not my great grandmother!

Good luck with your interest,


Added by Les Varner on Aug 29, 2013 1:10 PM

Les Varner
col. James Ellison
I look for his grave but did not find it can you feel it helps in me discovering where he is buried? Thanks Les

Added by Les Varner on Aug 27, 2013 12:22 PM

Nancy Hutzler
Gathering Photos of old trail drivers
I thought this was just a great idea and a wonderful project to document the trail drivers mentioned in "Trail Drivers Of Texas". I live in central Texas and have ties to Mason, LLano, Medina, Hays and Bandera Texas. I am in and out of these cemeteries a great deal of time and have lots of pictures of random headstones. I have ordered the book and will most certainly keep a close eye out for any possible names you are seeking and pass along the information to you. My great grandfather, John Lackey Teague,helped drive cattle from Mason Texas. I would like to think that he is mentioned in the book but, I sincerly doubt it. We don't have much information on his trail drives only that he traveled quite far and was gone for long periods of time. He died of TB after a long drive when he came home with a "bad cold".

Thank you for helping document history. Let me know if I can help you in any way.


Added by Nancy Hutzler on Aug 22, 2013 4:12 AM

Judy Richards
RE: Thank You
Thank You!!

Added by Judy Richards on Dec 17, 2012 4:26 PM

Judy Mount
Successful Transfer
Drover, I was successful in transferring two of the Memorials but found that the third one was not managed by me but by Steve Stapleton. That was Dean Oden's Memorial. You might explain the situation to Steve and tell him you would like to keep them together. Good luck with this. Keep me posted. Judy

Added by Judy Mount on Oct 06, 2012 12:35 PM

Judy Mount
RE: Leona River
Drover, My family lived all around this area too. They had such a hard time of it but I don't think they even realized it. Indians and tornados were normal to them. I found a way to change the name of the river and put in a request to do so. I would be glad to have you take this over. I appreciate your love of these people and this state. Let me figure out how to do that and I'll get it done and let you know. Let me know when the graves are found, will you. Judy

Added by Judy Mount on Oct 06, 2012 12:04 PM

Judy Mount
RE: Leona River
Drover, I'll do what I can. I have no control over the names they put up but I will contact the Find A Grave people and tell them this story and see if they will change it. This is such a sad story. What is your interest in it? Were you kin to any of the boys? Do you want to take over this Memorial? You are welcome to if you want to.
I'll get back to you on what they say. Judy

Added by Judy Mount on Oct 05, 2012 12:31 AM

Judy Mount
Leona River
Drover, I am sorry but I don't remember anything about this. I don' think these three people were related to me or I would remember. Tell me more about the Leona River. Is it the lost river? I assume from your note there is a Leon River, too and it is in Bell Co. Is that correct. Tell me what you think I need to do. What county is the Leona River in? Tell me the names of the three people so I can find them. Thank you for letting me know these things.

Added by Judy Mount on Oct 03, 2012 9:30 PM

Kim S.
RE: Bernice Robbins
She had one son, Riley Robbins, but I wasn't close to him, and didn't keep in touch. I doubt the photos are still around, but can't say for sure, nor do I know how to find out. I do have some great Texas cowboy photos, and just got a coffee-table-type book of cowboy photos at an antique store, looked for my own family or the ranch at Ft. Griffith, or the large ranch in Childress; didn't find any, so gave it to a friend who has redecorated their son's room as a cowboy room now that they are empty nesters. I also have a book of my family history that has the history and photos of the fort/park/ranch and of the ranches at Childress from the very early days.

Added by Kim S. on Sep 23, 2012 7:17 PM

Kim S.
Texas history
Also (sorry to inundate your inbox!) I have a lot of obscure Texas history... the house that was used as the murderer's house in the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre was the house my dad was born in, in Round Rock. On my mom's side, Ft. Griffin State Park was once my great grandpa's ranch - full of longhorns. The big stone home became the park headquarters. . . I have family who came very, very early in TX history and were part of the original settlements, lived in soddies in northwest TX, etc.

Added by Kim S. on Sep 23, 2012 6:19 PM

Kim S.
But I see you have created some memorials for Lytles: I have a first cousin who married a Lytle in Southern Washington...

Added by Kim S. on Sep 23, 2012 6:16 PM

Kim S.
RE: Bernice L. Robbins
You know, I'm not sure where she lived because whenever I saw her it was at one of the aunt's or uncle's homes, or her mom's - my Aunt Effie. Effie and my grandma were twins and Effie took care of my grandma as she died, and my dad with her, since he was a tiny baby. Bernice was actually my cousin, though I always felt funny calling her Bernice instead of Aunt Bernice! LOL!

How are you connected with her?

Added by Kim S. on Sep 23, 2012 6:14 PM

Desert Wind
RE: Thank You
Hello Drover - You are welcome! And Thank YOU! You're kind words have made my day. God Bless -- Laurel

Added by Desert Wind on May 04, 2011 7:52 PM

RE: Rev. J S. Abbott Grave
unfortunately, I still have not been able to confirm if it is him or not - I'm still searching


Added by Carl on Feb 19, 2011 4:54 PM

Elmer (Mec) Meckel
S. B. Brite
The article "A Thorny Experience" by S. B. Brite of Pleasanton (Atascosa, Texas) is in the book "Trail Drivers of Texas". I'm fairly certain that he is Samuel Barton Brite buried in Burton Cemetery in Dale, Caldwell County, Texas.

Added by Elmer (Mec) Meckel on Jan 20, 2011 12:32 AM

RE: Your Ellis Kin
I believe J Rance Pettitt Sr.(Joseph Rance Pettitt)is the son of George and Mary Ann (Ellis) Pettitt. She is the daughter of Kinchen Ellis.
I believe they are buried in Junction Cemetery Kimble County.
Pettitt, Joseph Ransom, Jan 11 1863, Sep 16 1946
Pettitt, Mary Ann Ellis, Apr 30 1829, May 10 1901

Added by Wynell on Jan 18, 2011 6:22 PM

Thomas Dewees
The information entered for DOB and DOD as entered on the memorial page are the same as on the tomb stone.

Added by LKat on Oct 21, 2010 4:35 AM


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