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Don Raney (#46818918)
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Bio Photo Donald Ray Raney was born on 24 August 1933 in Wood Co., TX. He graduated from Mt. Vernon High School and attended SMU, graduating in 1957 with a BS in Civil Engineering. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and was employed by Lone Star Gas Co. in Dallas, TX for 42 years retiring as Director of Engineering in 1997. He served in the Air Force and AF Reserves for 28 years and retired as a Lt. Colonel, Civil Engineers, Sheppard AFB,in 1985. His main hobby is genealogy and he teaches Genealogy Courses at DCCCD Richland College. (1506 Comanche Trail, Garland, TX 75043, Phone: 972-278-3381)
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RE: Martin Varner's Marriage
I did not know Martin Varner had a will--I knew that Jacob Rice, his father-in-law, had one which named him and his wife. Is a copy of the will obtainable? We have nothing thus far that proves Martha Varner Baldwin was his daughter.

I will check to see with her about your book. If it were my family, I would snap it up in a heartbeat. I am working on a similar book project (William Roberts of Woodford Co., Ky., 1724-1791)in our family and it is truly a labor of love--I am doing notes and citations right now, after wrapping up the narrative. It's a project years in the making.

Thank you so much for your help. Yours is a fascinating family--and the little I have seen about the younger Martin Varner sounds intriguing. I read about the depredations by the Comanches in Texas that went on for so long. What tough people the pioneers were.

If you want we can carry on the conversation by email. I am at, and live in Illinois.

Added by Kocart on Aug 09, 2014 5:27 PM
NW Mountain Man
RE: Stokkes Family
Not related. Thank you
Added by NW Mountain Man on Aug 09, 2014 5:16 PM
RE: Martin Varner's Marriage
I am doing research for a descendant, and I noticed the date. Thanks for fixing it. I hear of a bible that names Martha Varner a daughter of Martin Varner and Elizabeth Reich. Do you know of it? It seems several hands removed from being published.

Kristen Cart
Added by Kocart on Aug 08, 2014 6:23 PM
drew sanner
Thomas/Frances Jackson
Hi Don,
I am hoping to find out who entered the detail on the Frances richardson Jackson listing on The detail lists the 12 children of Thomas and Frances including Susannah, my wifes ancestor. We are trying to find a document listing her as a child to complete the line for my wife. Is this your detail or has someone added it to your listing? If it is yours, any info you have on the family is very welcome.
Drew Sanner
Added by drew sanner on Sep 29, 2013 4:42 PM
Tom Browning
Moody Cemetery
Do you know the location of the Moody cemetery in Wood county? Please reply to Thanks.
Added by Tom Browning on Dec 14, 2012 6:06 PM
Bobby Lofton
Thomas Jackson cemetary
Mr Raney do you have the exact location of this cemetary in East Feliciana Parish Louisiana. I am kin to Thomas Jackson thru Temperance Jackson and the Wilkinsons of Amit Count Ms. Thanks.
Added by Bobby Lofton on Nov 19, 2012 3:19 PM
RE: Susanna Levie
I have a family tree on if you would like an invitation. You could find out what I have on the Levie family.
Added by Texasbird on Sep 19, 2012 9:34 AM
Susanna Levie
Susanna Levie who married Benjamin Turner Gibbons was NOT the daughter of Peter Levie. Peter was her brother. He never married, died in 1828 in Autauga CO, Alabama. Susanna Levie's parents were Anthony Levie, b. abt. 1755, France and his wife Ann, b. abt. 1770, England. Anthony and Ann Levie and their 15 children were Catholics, who immigrated to Charles Co., Maryland. They are on the 1790, 1800, and 1810
Charles Co., Maryland Federal Census. Anthony Levie died in 1818. His wife and children eventually moved to Alabama.
Added by Texasbird on Sep 18, 2012 7:42 PM
NW Mountain Man
RE: Houston Stokes
No Transfer needed. Thank You.
Added by NW Mountain Man on Jun 24, 2012 9:02 AM
Dorothy Jane Allen Denzinger
Genealogy Research
I am looking for a woman who wove a counterpane by a process know as woven candle wicking. Her name and the date are woven into both ends of the counterpane. Inscription reads "Sarah Rang her counter pin wove August, 15, 1815", making it almost 200 years old. It came into my family through a great aunt by marriage, Novella Houston Wright, of Nashville Tennessee. It was passed to my favorite aunt, Mary Ruth Strother Matthai, and then to me. The story in the family is that the counterpane was woven in steerage on the way to the US. Novella's father was Joseph Houston who had barrooms in Nashville and her mother was Mary McAllister from Alabama.

I have had a lot of success researching ancestors using my grandmothers notes. However, I have searched in all directions trying to find Sarah Rang with no success. Of course, she would not actually be an ancestor, but the counterpane is so wonderful I intend to claim Sarah Rang if I ever find her.

Do you have any suggestions as to how I should proceed? The search through the census records has not been successful.

Thanks so much for reading and considering my request.

Sincerely, Dorothy Jane Allen Denzinger
Added by Dorothy Jane Allen Denzin... on May 01, 2012 3:50 PM
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