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Mark Hurley (#47524931)
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Mark Hurley
Hardy to Hurleys
Virginia, thank you for your reply. I'm new to the science and art of genealogy, and have been casually researching the Hurley and Fondren branches of our family for approximately five years. I am humbled by the hard work of those who have preceded me, as I have greatly benefited in my pursuit from the diligence of those such as you.
My g grandmother, Elizabeth Hurley, has always remained a mystery to our family. Unfortunately, I have found that the documentation of female lineage is typically marginalized when compared to men and their lineage. This was certainly the case with our Elizabeth. Once I finally found the time to look in her direction, there was little hope of any success whatsoever.
Knowledge was, of course, my first goal - providing a long absent grave marker was my second goal. But, how sad it would be to engrave the information I found regarding my g frandfather and leave nothing regarding my g grandmother.
I started with only her birthdate, an incorrect state of birth, a correct town of birth, and anecdotal stories of Creek Indian heritage.

She was born May 2, 1875 outside of Abbeville, Alabama (not Tennessee as my grandfather assumed.) Her mother was a full blooded Creek Indian. She died in 1957 and is buried next to her husband George Carroll Hurley in Lakeview Cemetery in Galveston, Texas. From what you have provided, we may discern she was the last child of William and Louisa (Loija) Hobby. From what you have provided we now know the lineage of our gg grandfather William Hobby. From what you have provided we now know there is little hope in revealing Loija's personal prior history, but feel confident we may now weave the story of the Trail of Tears and it's orphans into the fabric of our family story.

If you desire information for your research regarding Elizabeth's downward lineage, please let me know. If you have any readily available information regarding William and Loija running a boarding house in either Corsicana or Texarkana, Texas, please let me know, as I am presently looking in that direction.

A portal into the past, and with that the illumination of history made relevant - this is the good that wonderful people like you bequeath.
Again, thank you from our families.
Mark Hurley
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Added by Mark Hurley on May 18, 2012 10:40 AM
Virginia Buckalew
RE: Hardys to Hurleys
It is with great pleasure to receive your heartfelt gratitude for finding more about your ancestors. I know the feeling when you find something new. I didn't grow-up knowing about my 2great grandparents taking in two Indian children. It was from the Indian boy Lenoir's descendants that I learned of the white family taking in the Indian children. Would truly love to know the "whole" story of how this all came about. Do you have any background on the account?

Thanks again,
Virginia Hardy Buckalew
Added by Virginia Buckalew on May 19, 2012 1:10 PM
Janice Vandeventer
RE: George Carol Hurley

My daughter shows George Hurley as her paternal gg grandfather, the father of Emma Mae Hurley, her g grandmother. The information on findagrave was taken from Georges death certificate that she has on file. At this time that is all the info she has regarding the Hurley family. You may view the family tree we have set up on the following website.

Please contact me via the family tree site regarding the access code.

Added by Janice Vandeventer on Jun 04, 2011 6:07 PM
Virginia Buckalew
Hobby - Hardy families
Thanks for your kind words. Glad you were helped. How are you related to the Hardy family?
Added by Virginia Buckalew on May 17, 2012 9:31 PM

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