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|I am a retired state investigator and have been compiling my family history for well over twenty years. I am a history buff and usually limit my interest to Texas history now. My interest at this time is in the history of The Great Western Cattle Trail and those people who drove cattle from South Texas to the rail heads in Kansas and Nebraska. I have traveled the Great Western from Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas to Ogallala, Keith County, Nebraska.I have collected the GPS coordinates at every marker on the trail from Brownsville to Ogallala. I am now looking for the graves of the four-thousand people mentioned in J Marvin Hunters book, Trail Drivers of Texas. I'll see you in a cemetery some where. It will be awhile before I get through.|
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|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,
|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
|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.
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|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
|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
|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
|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.
|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
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