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|Donald Wilkerson||Hays/Huff Relationship|
First it is nice to meet a relative. Second my reason for contacting you was to invite you to a McGraw/Hays/Huff Genealogy Reunion. My aunt Evellyn Killman-Robertson will be camping at Roaring River State Park, Cassville, Missouri from June 8th-June 14th. We are trying to get everyone together on June 14th. If you can come we will be in Campground #1, Campsite #74. If you can't find us stop at the Park Rangers Station and ask them they will no where we are. I know it is short notice but if you cant make it mark your calendar for next year. We go down to Roaring River every year. I would like to keep in touch with you and maybe exchange info or pictures but would prefer to do it through private email. You can contact me at BILLSRTOOMUCH@aol.com if you want too keep in touch. Again it was nice to meet you.
Donald L. Wilkerson
Are you related to the McCraw family?
Donald L. Wilkerson
|J Martin Graham||Bessie Sittre headstone photo|
Thank you so much for taking your time to photograph this grave site.
|Greg J. Kouba||Sheriff Augustine W. Sillaven|
Wonder if this is possibly the same person? Any help you may give would be greatly appreciated!
Thorndale, Milam County, Texas
Sheriff Agustus W. Sillivan, or "Sullivan" or "Sillaven" (as name was eventually corrupted) was born about 1806, possibly in South Carolina. Agustus W. Sillivan came to Texas sometime in October 1835, probably after the first skirmish between Texans and Mexicans. After establishing himself at Port Sullivan, (east of present day Branchville) he was elected Sheriff of Milam County on June 28, 1839 and records show he served until February 1, 1841. He did not receive a land grant in 1835, but he did acquire title to a plot of real estate late in 1835. On December 12, 1835 Sillivan received title to one-fourth league of land from Edwin Caruthers. The eastern part of this quarter league of land along the Brazos became known as Sillivan's or Sullivan's Bluff. Little is known about Sillivan before his arrival in Texas, or even after his arrival. He was about 29 years old at the time he came. Sillivan, according to some sources, took part in the siege of Bexar in December 1835. The muster rolls at the General Land Office of Texas do not list any Sillivan or Sullivan in the Army in San Antonio at that time. His purchase of Sullivan's Bluff from Caruthers took place within a week of the action in San Antonio. In fact, after his purchase of land in 1835, his name does not appear on any other records until February 2, 1837. He may have left the area until the times became more settled. The last part or 1835 and early part of 1836 saw trouble not only develop between Texans and Mexicans, but also between the Texans and the nearby Indians. In April 1838, a petition was sent to the Senate and House of Representatives of the Republic of Texas from the "citizens of the County of Milam, a part of your Northern Frontier inhabitants." The petitioners wanted the Congress either to call out the militia or to create a "Corps of Mounted Volunteers" for their protection. Several of those signing the petition lived around Nashville. A. W. Sillivan added his signature to the petition also. Sillivan was again in the neighborhood of his bluff in 1837. He purchased an additional tract of land on February 2, 1837, which consisted of 1,107 acres situated in the fork of the Brazos and Little rivers, on the west and north banks, respectively, and about one mile from Sullivan's Bluff. In the early part of 1838, Sillivan worked with the county surveyor as a marker or blazer. On June 28, 1838, Sillivan was elected sheriff of Milam County. Sillivan was well known by the few settlers in the area in the late 1830's. In 1846, the Legislature of the State of Texas decided that Nashville was too far south in Milam County to be the county seat. Only seven years before Nashville had been described as the extreme northern populated area of the county. The Legislature appointed a commission of seven members to locate a site for the permanent county seat. Agustus W. Sillivan was one of the commissioners. Sillivan by this service gained experience in choosing sites for towns. His bluff was too close to Nashville and the southern and eastern boundaries of the county to warrant much consideration. The site for the county seat was selected along Little River about twenty miles west of Sullivan's Bluff. Cameron, the name of the new town, was said to have been surveyed by Sillivan and three other men late in 1846. Port Sullivan was primarily established to be a port. The first attempt to establish steamboat communication with Sullivan's Bluff appears to have been a failure. Early in 1851, a shipment from Washington was consigned to "Sillivan's Bluff," aboard the Brazos. The cargo was to be delivered "in like order and condition at the port of Sullivan's Bluff unto Hubby and Sillavan, who jointly owned a warehouse there. The subscriber having completed their new warehouse at Sillivan's Bluff, are ready to receive and forward freight, and solicit patronage from the public. Port or no port, Port Sullivan was a boon to Agustus W. Sillivan, owner of the town site. In 1847, the 1,107 acres in the Caruthers Survey owned by Sillivan was assessed at $277. Ten years later this survey, minus the few acres devoted to the town, was assessed at $5,485, or twenty-fold the previous mentioned value. In 1858, Sillivan sold less than one-third of the land in the survey for $6,140. He also made money from the sale of lots; and, in addition, he owned a combination store and warehouse in the town. The town made Sillivan fairly important in the area. After the town was built, he became a county commissioner and a member of the County Democratic Committee. The 1850 Federal Census shows him as being 44 years of age; a farmer; from South Carolina. In 1854, Sillivan was listed as a notary public for Milam County. Thus he was a man of local respectability and standing, all of which, perhaps, aided him in making transactions in Port Sullivan. As mentioned, Sillivan owned a warehouse jointly with Caleb M. Hubby, a businessman in Cameron and later in Waco. Hubby sold his interest in the warehouse to Sillivan on October 1, 1851. Sillivan continued in the warehouse business for a little over a year. During this time he had trouble collecting debts owed him. A Justice of the Peace in Milam County, L. H. Bolinger, advertised in a Washington paper for a certain John C. Lewis to appear before him. Sillivan claimed that Lewis had failed to pay off a note of forty-two dollars. Sillivan reported in 1852, "I have such an attachment for the place [Port Sullivan] than I will never leave it." He did, however, soon leave the town which had been named after him. A deed signed by him on December 22, 1858, reveals that he had become a citizen of Prairie County, Arkansas. Perhaps the town grew too big for him. Whatever the reason, Port Sullivan continued to prosper without him.
Milam County Records
1850 Federal Census
extracts from John Martin Brockman's Master's Thesis "PORT SULLIVAN, TEXAS: GHOST TOWN" submitted to the History Dept. of Texas A&M in 1968.
|Amy Bloodworth||RE: Robert & Loni Andrews|
That's ok. I'm pretty sure that Robert was married to Sallie Ussery, the dates seem right. I'll check some more when I'm able to go to the library in December.
Thank you for checking!
|Amy Bloodworth||Robert & Loni Andrews|
I'm doing some research on Sallie Ann Clarity Ussery Andrews and I'm hoping you can help me.
I have that the widow Sallie married Robert Oscar Andrews on 24 Nov. 1900, per the Egger marriage book. A Bob Andrews was listed in her household as a boarder, age 27, when the 1900 census was taken 06 June 1900. Sallie died 25 August 1909.
In the Egger Marriage book, Robert Andrews married Loni Westbrooks on 24 February 1910.
Do you know if Loni Andrews' maiden name was Westbrooks? She is 34262091.
Do you know if she was Robert's second wife?
The dates fit for their marriage and birth of Ludie #60828641. I wanted to check with you though. Robert's # is 34262108.
Thank you for your help!
|Amy Bloodworth||RE: Richard T Henderson|
That would be fine. I can add his children and parents information.
Thank you so much for adding it!
|C.M. Wright||RE: Walters Cemetery|
Would appreciate any correspondance about the Walters line. We know our ancestor George W. Walters (1848-1924) is somehow related, we just dont know as of yet how. He is not Micajah's, James, or Luthers. Not Anderson F. Walters but yet he shows up around Anderson before he left Franklin Co. GA. Then as he and family made the westward movement,they end up in Monroe Co. MS, where my Great Grandparents meet and marry at Aberdeen, MS. His parents the Ropers from Amory.
George and family, Joe Roper and family travel on to Texas and Oklahoma.
Researchers and others think G.W.Walters is illigitimate son of Elizabeth Pierce Walters, oldest daughter of Moses and Elizabeth (Pierce)
I am just pleased to know he belongs someplace. for it has been a hard find.
Thanks for your help. C.M.Wright
|Michael Logue||Coleman Bio Links|
Links made. Good to hear from you.
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