|Walter Dunn (#46835578)|
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|I enjoy genealogy, this site has given me alot of information. I thought I should contribute. I would like to add that Christine Diaz has contributed greatly. She has made many corrections and additions and I would like to thank her.|
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|Landon Young||Sarah Ruth Sampley Davidson|
I am asking for the transfer of Sarah Ruth Sampley Davidson #16592387 to me. She is my great aunt. I have her obit information & pictures I would like to add. My contributor number is #48461183. Thanks!
|Jennifer Bennett Powers||Brwon|
Don't hate me! I found the typos because ***I*** made the same typo! I do it all the time with that word. :P
Sorry to be a pest,
|Clarissa Irene Solomon||George C Lightfoot|
Thank you so much for posting this. He was my first love.
|Bob McLellan||RE: Pugh|
Thank you so much for the transfers of Howard & Betty.
|Karen Cosme||Annetta Cole|
I am asking for the transfer of Annetta Cole #131704579 to me as I am her 1st cousin. I have her birth information & pictures I would like to add & also to attach her to my Aunt & Uncle who have also passed. My contributor @ is #47061596. Thank you so much!
Hello, could you please transfer my Grandfather's findagrave memorial to me? I really appreciate the information and pictures you've provided. Thank you very much! Emily
Added by Emily on Jun 18, 2014 4:51 PM
|Mary Neal aka Upatree||Heartfelt thanks!|
Thanks so much Walter for such a quick response and thanks also for your dedication to managing Find A Grave memorials. It is greatly appreciated by those of us who are not able to travel and visit the gravesites of our ancestors and a humbling experience to know that someone took the time and care to create a memorial for them so that once day it can be discovered by their ancestors.
With sincere gratitude, Mary Neal
|Cory Miller||RE: # 16274432|
|Cory Miller||RE: # 16274432|
Thank you so much.
|Cory Miller||#16274432 Robert Ben Masterson|
Bio that should be added to Robert Ben Masterson's Find A Grave page. MASTERSON, ROBERT BENJAMIN (1853–1931). Robert Benjamin (Ben) Masterson, an early Panhandle cattleman, the son of Robert and Elizabeth Ann (Gotcher) Masterson, was born on December 12, 1853, in Colbert County, Alabama. The family moved to Travis County in 1854 and later to Round Rock in Williamson County. Masterson wanted to follow his father in the freighting and cattle business. In addition to teaching school, he started buying, selling, borrowing, and trading stock. Gradually, he accumulated a herd of his own, which he branded with a Long S. In October 1880 Masterson married Sallie Lee Exum of Lampasas. They had two children. During the next three years, Masterson and his nephews, Robert and Charles Hamilton, continued driving Long S cattle north over the Western Trail. At one time some 15,000 Masterson cattle grazed 200,000 acres. In 1884 Mrs. Masterson died of pneumonia. On February 24, 1886, Masterson married Anna Eliza Exum, a younger sister of his late wife; they had six children. After residing briefly in Lampasas, Masterson moved his family to his new ranch headquarters, near Mobeetie in Wheeler County. On May 1, 1898, a tornado destroyed most of Mobeetie, including Masterson's adobe townhouse, and killed his infant son.
Cattle prices soon improved, and Masterson moved his family to Fort Worth. In the fall of 1898 he purchased a 40,000-acre tract in eastern King County, where he pastured 1,700 cattle and adopted his famous JY brand. After fencing and improving this tract and selling the Wheeler County properties, Masterson, with 155,000 acres and 12,000 cattle, formed the partnership of R. B. Masterson and Sons, with headquarters twenty miles east of Guthrie, King County. Masterson managed his King County ranch until 1910, when he sold 71,000 acres of pastureland. Leaving the remainder in his sons' care, he moved to Amarillo, where he bought 91,000 acres along the north bank of the Canadian River from the American Pastoral Company (LX Ranchqv) in Potter and Moore counties for a reported $334,000. Masterson was said to have chosen the north bank after winning a coin toss against Lee Bivins because on the north side of the river he would have his back to northers. On this choice acreage, quickly increased to 122,000 acres, the family grazed 8,000 cattle for the next seven years. During this time Masterson began breeding the JY's famous herd of black Angus cattle from a prize bull and six cows imported from Scotland, which he bought from Sheb Williams of Paris, Texas.
In 1917 he sold his cattle and leased his Panhandle lands at inflated prices. This enabled him to weather the severe post-World War Iqv recession in the cattle market and to repurchase for twenty-five dollars each cows that he had sold for $100. Prospects of oil also allowed him to sell leases at enormous prices, some as high as fifty dollars an acre. In 1921 Masterson divided his ranch holdings among his children, giving to his sons the King County ranch and to his daughters the pastures in the Panhandle. He continued investing in real estate, farm and ranch lands, and commercial property in Amarillo. The town of Masterson, in Moore County, was named for him. He also served on the board of directors of the Drumm Commission Company at Kansas City and the First National Bank of Fort Worth. He died in Amarillo on August 1, 1931, and was buried in Llano Cemetery. The old stone JY bunkhouse is now a part of the Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock.
Ben Masterson, "The JY Cattle Brand," Panhandle-Plains Historical Review 16 (1943). Pauline D. and R. L. Robertson, Cowman's Country: Fifty Frontier Ranches in the Texas Panhandle, 1876–1887 (Amarillo: Paramount, 1981). Zachary Taylor Scott, Robert Benjamin Masterson (Austin, 1930). Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
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