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Drover (#47318946)
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I study the history of the Texas cattle trails and the people that were involved with driving cattle to far away markets. I also nurture an interest in those people that lived along the trails. Currently I am researching the history of driving cattle east out of Texas to the New Orleans livestock market.I have found the diary of William B. Duncan to be very interesting and helpful.
I am a retired investigator for the state of Texas. I enjoy traveling the old trails and seeing the landmarks drovers mentioned in their diaries kept while driving herds. I also locate and visit the graves of the old trail drivers.
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Paul R Mobley Jr
RE: Robert Branch Johnson
Thank You Drover
Added by Paul R Mobley Jr on Jul 19, 2014 8:33 AM
Paul R Mobley Jr
Robert Branch Johnson
Hi Drover, I am the great-great-grandson of Robert Branch Johnson, my Grandmother Virginia Ruth (Johnson) Mobley, his Grand-daughter, passed away earlier this year and I have been doing research. I would like to take over management of his memorial so I can get him connected to the rest of the family. If you wouldn't mind transferring his memorial to me I would be very grateful and proud to take on the responsibility of preserving his memory. Memorial number 66630510.

Thanks so much,
Added by Paul R Mobley Jr on Jul 19, 2014 7:32 AM
Vicki Hittson
Great Western Cattle Trail
I was hoping to possibly meet you at the Abilene rodeo in May 2014 when Fort Griffin was setting up a booth & exhibit on behalf of the Great Western Cattle Trail, along with their Longhorn herd. Unfortunately, the rodeo producer wanted too much money for them to produce a non-profit exhibit. Thank you for your remarks on my 2nd Great Grandfather's memorial. (John Nathan Hittson) My retirement project is to walk the trails in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado and learn as much as I can about his history.
Much love,
Vicki Hittson
Added by Vicki Hittson on Jun 26, 2014 5:25 PM
David Hill
RE: Ruth, Louisiana
Not heard of Ruth, LA. But a search on map shows Ruth to be south of Breaux Bridge on LA 31.
Added by David Hill on Apr 17, 2014 2:04 PM
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,

Added by Les Varner on Aug 29, 2013 1:10 PM
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
Added by Les Varner on Aug 27, 2013 12:22 PM
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.

Added by Nancy Hutzler on Aug 22, 2013 4:12 AM
Judy Richards
RE: Thank You
Thank You!!
Added by Judy Richards on Dec 17, 2012 4:26 PM
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
Added by Judy Mount on Oct 06, 2012 12:35 PM
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
Added by Judy Mount on Oct 06, 2012 12:04 PM
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