Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday -- Thomas Newton Johnston

West End Cemetery Section 6
Stephenville, Erath Co, Texas
Photo taken by the author
Thomas N. Johnston is my great-grandfather.  He was born July 25, 1885 in Texas to Reuben M. Johnston and Olivia Jane Jones.  He married Nell Hutson, daughter of Peter H. Hutson and Helena H. Selman June 6, 1907 in Comanche Co.  They had five children live to adulthood.  He worked for many years as a manager at Higgenbotham's Lumber Yard.  He died Feb 20, 1951 and is buried at the West End Cemetery.

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Surname Saturday Meme -- Names, Places & Most Wanted Faces

Thomas MacEntee asked bloggers to list their surnames and ancestor they most wanted to find. So I decided to write about my mother's side of the family. I have several roadblocks that I'd love to get past and maybe someone will find my blog post and help me.

How The Meme Works
To participate, do the following at your own blog and post a link back here in the comments:
1. List your surnames in alphabetical order as follows:
[SURNAME]: State/Province (county/subdivision), date range
2. At the end, list your Most Wanted Ancestor with details!

1. My Entries
  • COOR; Texas (Erath Co) 1880-present, Mississippi (Lawrence Co, Copiah Co) 1820-1880, North Carolina (Wayne Co, Sampson Co) pre-1800 
  • HALEY; Mississippi (Rankin Co), 1820-1870, North Carolina 1770’s-1820. 
  • HUTSON; Texas (Comanche Co, Hood Co) 1880 to present, Georgia (Cherokee Co, Chattooga Co) 1800-1880, Virginia prior to 1800. 
  • JOHNSTON; Texas (Titus Co, Comanche Co), 1870-present; Mississippi (Yalobusha Co), 1850-1870; South Carolina 1800-1850. 
  • JONES; Texas (Titus Co, Comanche Co), 1870-1900; Mississippi (Rankin Co), 1850-1870; Virginia. 
  • KETHLEY; Mississippi (Copiah Co) 1816-1900, Louisiana (Feliciana Parish), North Carolina (Wayne Co) pre 1800. 
  • LANCASTER; Texas (Erath Co, Rockwall Co, Kaufman Co) 1860-present; Missouri (Lewis Co) 1840-1860; Kentucky (Shelby Co) 1830-1840; Virginia (pre 1830) 
  • LOVELESS; Texas (Erath Co, Fisher Co) 1910-present, Arkansas (Faulkner Co) 1880-present, Georgia (Chattooga Co); South Carolina (Greenville Co) pre-1800. 
  • NIXON; South Carolina (Greenville Co), Mississippi (Pontotoc Co) 
  • O'NEAL/NEEL; Kentucky (Jessamine Co, Shelby Co), 1800’s, Virginia (Frederick Co) pre 1800. 
  • POLLY; Texas (Rockwall Co) 1850-1900, Kentucky 1820-1850. 
  • SELLMAN/SELMAN; Texas (Cherokee Co, Leon Co, Comanche Co) 1850-present; Tennessee (Franklin Co), Alabama (Cherokee Co), Georgia (Elbert Co), Virginia (Stafford Co). 
  • WELCH; Texas (Erath Co) 1880-present, Mississippi (Copiah Co) 1820-1880, Georgia, North Carolina
2. My Most Wanted Ancestor:

  • Samuel Johnston, born c. 1796 in South Carolina. He married Elizabeth McCormick sometime before 1841 when first son, Reuben Mack Johnston was born in Alabama. They moved to Mississippi c. 1850 when son, David was born. They are found in the 1860 Yalobusha Co census. This is a burned courthouse county and I was unable to find land records for Sam. Elizabeth and children moved to Texas and are found in the 1870 Titus Co, Texas census. When did Sam die? Who are Sam's parents? And where is the family in 1850?

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Veteran's Day -- John Cyril Sullivan, Veteran of WWI

This is John Cyril Sullivan, my grandmother's brother.  We called him "Uncle Jack."

He was born 9 Feb 1887 in Mitchell, Davison Co, Dakota Territory [1].  The family later moved to Anaconda, Montana sometime in the 1890's.  He served during World War I.  His niece, Margaret Patterson, told me he was injured in France when hit by scrapnal in his leg and was in and out of Veteran's Hospitals most of his life because of the injury [2].

Jack lived in Los Angeles and later married Effa LaVerne Wilson.  He died 9 Aug 1978 in Claremont, Los Angeles Co, California, and is buried at the Calvary Cemetery in Los Angeles next to his wife [3].

Thank you, Uncle Jack, for serving our country!

[1] Baptism of John Cyril Sullivan, Holy Family Catholic Church, 321 E 3rd, Mitchell, SD 57301.
[2] Letter from Margaret Patterson, dated 27 Feb 1998.
[3] Calvary Cemetery, 4201 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023-2017; Section R, L634, grave 8.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wedding Wednesday -- Lela Nell Johnston & William Joseph Hork

Lela N. Johnston & William J. Hork
19 April 1953
Queen of All Saints Church
Concord, CA

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday -- Anne M. (Gleeson) Sullivan

Anna Marie (Gleeson) Sullivan
born 13 Feb 1860 in Carleton Co, Ontario, Canada
died 3 Jan 1912, Anaconda, Deer Lodge Co, Montana, USA
buried Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Anaconda, Montana

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