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Tue, 31 Dec 1996 [Subject: Bonnie Blue Flag]
Howdy. I am in the Corps of Cadets, Company L-1 (Lone Star One), at Texas A&M University. One of the flags on our crest is the Bonnie Blue Flag. Yet for some reason it is extremly hard to find a picture of it anywhere on the net. Could you please aid me in finding it. I have searched your site and can't seem to find one. Thank you for your help. --Jonathan Fricke, College Station, TX (jefricke@msn.com)
.....Take a look at Bonnie Blue for both an image and a brief history of the flag. --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)

Tue, 24 Dec 1996 [Subject: Historically Correct Novel]
I'm writing a western novel and would like to make it as historically correct as possible. I would like the setting to be on a ranch, with a neighboring ranch nearby, and a small town semi-close to the ranch. Would it be unreasonable for there to be ranches around Austin during the 1840's? If someone could offer me some help I would greatly appreciate it. --Lisa Scoville, 352 Co. Hwy 146, Gloversville, NY 12078 (wtch1@klink.net)
.....A ranch near Austin in the 1840's is possible but not probable since Austin was on the very western frontier of settlement when it was founded in 1839 (people thought Mirabeau Lamar was crazy for locating the capitol there). A more plausible location would be in one of the river valleys south and east, say near La Grange, Gonzales, Victoria, or Goliad, or on the coastal plains near West Columbia, Refugio, or Matagorda. You might want to look at the maps in Terry Jordan's fine book about ranching in Texas at that time, Trails to Texas to see where the concentrations of cattle ranches were. I look forward to reading your novel. --Lonn Taylor (taylorl@nmah.si.edu)

Fri, 20 Dec 1996 [Subject: Celebration]
Can someone help me find any information on a big celebration of Texas that took place I believe in 1986 or 1987. My husband is trying to get a video or some kind of documention on that celebration. Thanks in advance. --Olga DeLeon, Houston, TX (odeleon@Compassnet.com)
.....You are probably thinking about the celebration of the sesquicentennial of Texas independence in 1986. This was not one event but a number of events all over the state, many of them on Texas Independence Day, March 2, and on the anniversary of the battle of San Jacinto, April 21. Your best bet for locating video footage of some of these events might be to write the Texas State Library and Archives, Box 12927, Capitol Station, Austin, Texas 78711 (512-475-2166). If they do not have footage they should know who does, and they should also have the records of the Texas Sesquicentennial Commission. --Lonn Taylor (taylorl@nmah.si.edu).

Tue, 17 Dec 1996 [Subject: Railroads Routes]
I am trying to identify the name of the railroad for which my grandfather worked in the 1895-1925 timeframe. It ran from New Orleans thru Jacksonville, Texas to El Paso. I've been told it could be the Texas Railroad or even the Southern Railway. Are there any existing records that list railroad employees? Any information would be much appreciated. --Genie Buffaloe, P.O. Box 676, Edgewood, TX 75117 (buffherd@computek.net)
.....The T&NO, now part of Southern Pacific, is the only RR I know of running from NO to El Paso. Santa Fe used to run from Fort Worth out through west Texas and connect with SP east of El Paso. Southern Pacific looks like your best bet. Hope this helps. --Dan Flanders (danflan@alaska.net)
.....Your grandfather might well have worked for the Texas and New Orleans Railroad, which ran from New Orleans to Dallas through Jacksonville and connected with Southern Pacific to El Paso. It was a subsidiary of Southern Pacific from 1888 until it was absorbed by them in 1961. I do not know of any way to ascertain if someone worked for a railroad by using public records, but there is a Southern Pacific History Web Site that might be helpful. Another possibility would be the International and Great Northern Railroad, which also ran through Jacksonville but did not link New Orleans and El Paso over its own tracks. Good luck in learning more! --Lonn Taylor (taylorl@nmah.si.edu)

Tue, 3 Dec 1996 [Subject: Richland Springs Newspaper]
I am interested in researching newspapers for Richland Springs, San Saba County, TX circa 1906. Is there a library in Texas that has old newspapers for Richland Springs? --April Bivens, San Angelo, TX (ATBivens@aol.com)

Mon, 2 Dec 1996 [Subject: Morgan family]
I am looking for information on the Morgan family who owned Emily Morgan, the "Yellow Rose of Texas." I understand that they came from Wilcox County, Alabama (my home county). Will appreciate any help. --Scott Mitchell, Due West, SC (smitchel@erskine.edu)
.....According to the New Handbook of Texas, James Morgan (1787-1866) was born in Philadelphia, PA and lived in North Carolina as a child. Although he was a slaveholder when he moved to Texas, he brought a number of Scottish highlanders and free blacks from New York in his role as agent for a land development company. Emily D. West, better known as Emily Morgan, or "The Yellow Rose of Texas," was one of this group. --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)

Sun, 1 Dec 1996 [Subject: Glenwood Cemetery]
I was visiting Houston's Glenwood Cemetery where I met someone who informed me that the first elected president of the Republic of Texas was buried there. I have since forgotten the name, but the headstone indicated that he was a mason as well. I would appreciate any information about his name. Thanks, --S. David Cho, Rice University, Houston, TX (sdavid@rice.edu)
.....Anson Jones, a mason and the fourth and last president of the Republic of Texas, is buried in Houston's Glenwood Cemetery. The first elected president of the Republic, Sam Houston, was also a mason. However, Houston is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Huntsville, his home at the time of his death. --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)

Fri, 15 Nov 1996 [Subject: Brazos Co. in 1870s]
I would appreciate any information or suggested sources about what it was like to settle in Texas in the 1870s, specifically in Brazos County. --Heidi Sauer, College Station, TX (heidi@MAIL.tamu.edu)
.....Both the town of Bryan and the A&M College of Texas were founded in Brazos Co. during the decade of the 1870s. Any of several early histories of A&M should provide the answers you need. Try the two-volume A Centennial History of Texas A&M University by Henry C. Dethloff (College Station, Texas A&M University Press, 1975) or A Pictorial History of Texas A&M University by the same author.
.....The following are a few excerpts from the second reference: "In those early years the area served as an assembly point for drives that took Texas beef to Dodge City. Longhorns and mustangs could still be seen nearby. It was a wild, unlikely environment for the beginnings of a great institution of higher learning. One young student came to enroll and was attacked by wolves during the day, in full sight of the main building. Another was jumped by a hungry pack just after dinner....Visits to Bryan required special permission from the president, as that town had 'fourteen or fifteen saloons, an average of two per block, and incidental gunplay.'"
.....You may also want to contact the Bryan Public Library, now celebrating the city's 125th anniversary. They can be reached at 201 E. 26th Street, Bryan, TX 77803 (409-361-3715) --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)

Tue, 12 Nov 1996 [Subject: Cone Johnson]
Can someone tell me about Cone Johnson (or Johnston)? I understand he was a fairly well known Texas politician around 1900. Where was he from and what happened to him? Did he ever run for Governor or other high office? Thanks! --Mike Moffitt, Charlottesville, VA (seacrest@esinet.net)
.....According to the New Handbook of Texas, Cone Johnson was born in Georgia in 1860. He settled in Tyler, Texas in 1880 and soon afterwards was admitted to the Texas bar. He served terms in both the Texas House and Senate, and in 1910 made a bid for the governor's office, but failed to secure the Democratic nomination. Although starting his political career as an opponent to prohibition, Johnson later reversed his position and became known as staunch prohibitionist, as well as an effective orator. He remained active in Texas politics until his death in 1933. --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)

Fri, 1 Nov 1996 [Subject: Fort Bolivar]
One of my ggg-uncles, James T. Collier, is said to have died during the Civil War at Fort Bolivar. Does anyone know anything about such a place? Is it related to Bolivar Pennisula? I believe that he was part of the 11th (Spaight's) Battalion, and was active in the region around Jefferson Co. Any help would be greatly appreciated. --Susan Weaver, 2040 Chevy Chase Lane, Beaumont, TX 77706 (weaver@mail.pernet.net)

Wed, 30 Oct 1996 [Subject: Camp Moss]
I am looking for info on Camp Moss, a confederate training camp, supposedly located in Limestone County, TX, possibly near Kosse (Heads Prairie). I can't seem to locate any info about it. Any help would be appreciated. --Michael Nance, P. O. Box 157, Thornton, TX 76687 (MNance@mexia.com)

Thu, 24 Oct 1996 [Subject: Frontier Life in Texas]
Looking for a copy of "Frontier Life in Texas..." by Capt. Jeff Maltby. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you. --Carl Berry, P. O. Box 773, Ramona, CA, 92065 (cberry@4dcomm.com)

Thu, 24 Oct 1996 [Subject: State Flag]
I am especially pleased to read about the Texas flag and the 6 flags that flew over Texas. I am a keen student of vexillology--the study of flags--and my particular interest centres on state and provincial flags. I am desparate for some help in obtaining material to study and understand the flag of Texas, its historical development and the current protocol with regards to its use. Are there some brochures, publications that at I could obtain to help in this study? Thank you. --Thomas W. Koh, Singapore (twk@po.pacific.net.sg)

Tue, 15 Oct 1996 [Subject: Stacy, TX]
I am looking for history about a little town called Stacy. I have forgotten what county it was in, but my mother grew up there. Stacy, Texas no longer exists so I would like any info about it and/or the neighboring towns. --Ruth Hill, Cedar City, UT (dickandruth@sisna.com)
.....There is a tiny community in McCullough County (Brady is the county seat) called Stacy. It is located on FM 503 a half mile south of the Colorado River and six miles north of Doole. The post office there was opened in 1897. There may be other communities called Stacy in the state but this is the only one listed in the New Handbook of Texas. I hope this information will be helpful to you. --Lonn Taylor (taylorl@nmah.si.com)

Tue, 15 Oct 1996 [Subject: Oldest Texas Town]
What is the oldest Texas town that is still populated today? --Charley Holloway, Houston, TX (charley@flash.net)
....."Oldest," like "first", is a term that historians shy away from because of the difficulty of defining the other terms in the proposition (for instance, exactly what is meant by "town"?), but here are three candidates: (1) Ysleta, just southeast of El Paso, was founded in 1680 by Indians from Ysleta Pueblo in New Mexico who had remained loyal to the Spanish during the Pueblo Revolt and had fled from New Mexico with them. It was originally on the south bank of the Rio Grande, but in 1829 the river shifted and placed it within the present boundaries of Texas. (2) A Spanish mission was founded at Nacogdoches in 1717 in order to Christianize Caddo Indians who had been living there in organized communities since about 1250. The mission was abandoned from 1719 to 1721 and again from 1772 to 1779, but the Indians continued to live there, and there has been a continual European-American presence since 1779. (3) Missions and a presidio (military post) were founded at San Antonio in 1718, and a villa (town) was formally created there by the Spanish government in 1731. Legal purists might therefore hold out for San Antonio, but I'd say there were other candidates. --Lonn Taylor (taylorl@nmah.si.edu)

Fri, 11 Oct 96 [Confederate Articles of War]
I am looking for a copy of the Confederate Articles of War as I had an ancestor court martialed several times under provisions of that document. --Marylee W. Knight, Panola Co., TX (panola911@sat.net)

Sun, 6 Oct 1996 [Subject: Texas Rangers]
Where might I find a list of Texas Rangers during the 19th century? Thanks. --Richard Gage, Winters, CA (rbgage@mail.telis.org)
.....See the inquiry (and detailed response by Lonn Taylor) posted on this forum dated 20 June 96.

Thu, 3 Oct 1996 [Subject: First Harris County Courthouse]
Does anyone know what happened to the first Harris County Courthouse? It was reportedly built in 1837 and remodeled in 1841. One source says it burned, but as far as I know that cannot be documented. I would appreciate any related information. --David D. Itz, Houston, TX (itz@juno.com)

Wed, 2 Oct 1996 [Subject: O. M. Roberts]
Much has been written on the career of Oran Milo Roberts (Governor of Texas from 1878-1883), but little seems available on his wife and seven children. Who were the children? --Bob Puff, 9606 27th NW, Seattle, WA 98117 (puff@phys.washington.edu)
.....I cannot give you any information about Governor Robert's children, but his second wife was Catherine Border from San Augustine, Texas, the widow of my grandmother's uncle John Border, who was an early settler of San Augustine and a Confederate colonel who commanded a unit with the wonderful name of "Border's Batallion of Dismounted Cavalry." They were married, I believe, in the mid-1870's and she survived him by many years. --Lonn Taylor (taylorl@nmah.si.edu)

Sun, 24 Sep 1996 [Subject: Poetry Book]
I believe that a book (perhaps poetry) was written by a lady by the name of Isabel or Isabella Lambert from the Port Isabel-Brownsville area. Would like to know more about the book (title, publisher, etc.). Thank you. --Ernestine Grace, Moreno Valley, CA (egrace@knowledge-tree.com)

Tue, 24 Sep 1996 [Subject: Donation Land Certificates]
Would appreciate any information about Donation Land Certificates, one of which was issued to Juan Antonio Ximenez (1810-1877) in 1855 for his participation at the Siege of Bexar (1835). --Arthur F. Talamantes, 209 Twin Oaks, San Angelo, TX 76901 (art455@webstar.net)
.....Donation Land Grants were issued for participation in specific battles of the Texas Revolution. Those who participated in the Siege of Bexar and the Battle of San Jacinto, as well as hiers of those who fell at the Battle of the Alamo and in the Goliad Massacre, were eligible to receive 640 acres each. Altogether, more than 1800 certificates were issued under this program for well over 1,000,000 acres of land. Records of these grants are on file at the General Land Office in Austin. --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)

Sat, 21 Sep 1996 [Subject: Medina County History]
I am interested in any information about Rio Medina, or Hondo, TX from 1905 to 1915. I have spoken to a nice librarian at Hondo and she is trying to research what she can for me since there is no written history of Medina County. --Cheryl Straily (strailmr@iguana.ruralnet.net)

Sat, 21 Sep 1996 [Subject: Source for Texas Flag]
I'm a homesick Texan living in New Hampshire. Do you know where I can get a real Texas State Flag? Thank you. --Cindy Irvine (altaloma@interwebb.com)
.....Hi Cindy. If you don't get a better offer, I'll be glad to handle the purchase and mailing of one to you. I live outside Austin and am sure we can find one somewhere close. There are also flags available which have flown over the Capitol; a new one each day. Let me know if you're interested. --Wayne Clampitt (WGClampitt@aol.com)

Wed, 11 Sep 1996 [Subject: Stephen F. Austin's Siblings]
Does anyone know how many siblings Stephen F. Austin had (primarily sisters). I am trying to trace one of his sisters who supposedly married someone named Coffee, then later a Scott. Thank you for any light you might shed on this search. --Tim Way, Fort Worth, TX (a0008812@airmail.net)

Wed, 11 Sep 1996 [Subject: El Paso History]
I am a graduate student writing a paper on the history of El Paso. If anyone can recommend any good sources on El Paso history, please let me know. --Rob Inerfeld, University of NC at Chapel Hill (inerfeld.dcrp@mhs.unc.edu)

Thu, 5 Sep 1996 [Subject: Ranch in Pecos County]
I am trying to find information on Leon Springs Irrigated Lands, which I believe is a ranch located in Pecos County. My research indicates that my g-g-grandparents met and worked on this ranch and I would like to find out some background information on it (location, owners, etc.). Is there anyone out there who can help shed some light on this ranch? Thanks! --Mary Lopez, Bedford, MA (siloalpha@earthlink.net)
.....I am a cartographer for the Texas Dept. of Transportation and do not find any place name for Leon Springs on my maps. If you know the approximate year, my suggestion would be to write the Pecos county clerk's office and pay them a small fee to research the name in the Brand Book. This official register should have all the brands used and registered in that county. I hope this helps. --Wayne Clampitt (WGClampitt@aol.com)
.....I had the opportunity to look through a book that came through our library called Pecos County History. On page 18 there is a description and a picture of Leon Water Holes. The picture is titled "One of the big springs, Leon Valley, 8/21/15." The article goes on to describe the springs and mention an irrigation company that was formed. The article was taken from Pioneer Surveyor, Page 102. --Virginia Davis, Information Specialist, Will C. Miller Memorial Library, Southwest Texas Junior College, 2401 Garner Field Road, Uvalde, Texas 78801 (210-591-7248) (virginia.davis@swtjc.cc.tx.us)

Thu, 5 Sep 1996 [Subject: Moses Austin]
I need any information on Moses Austin. Encyclopedia says he was a Connecticut Yankee who settled in Virginia, but does not list his birth or death dates. --Ruth L. Ward (rrld@i1.net)
.....Moses Austin was born October 4, 1761 in Durham, Connecticut. He died on June 10, 1821, and is buried at Potosi, Missouri on land he once owned. After leaving Connecticut at the age of 21, Austin moved first to Philadelphia, then established a business in Richmond, VA. By 1800, Austin was operating a successful lead mining operation south of St. Louis, Missouri. Nineteen years later at the age of 58, he developed a plan to settle a colony of Americans in present day Texas. Although Austin's death in 1821 prevented implementation of the plan, his deathbed wish was that his son Stephen complete the task. Over the next fifteen years, Stephen Austin accomplished just that. In the process, the younger Austin emerged as a central figure in the Texas revolution, and became known as the "Father of Texas." --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)

Fri, 30 Aug 1996 [Subject: Texas Folklore]
I have heard most of my life that when Texas joined the union several conditions were placed on the agreement. Three of these which I have heard repeated on many occasions are: (1) that the Texas flag would be flown at the same height as the U.S. flag; (2) that Texas reserved the right to leave the Union; and (3) that Texas reserved the right to divide into as many as four states. Any truth in these favorite claims? Thanks for any help you can give me on this as my son says his history teacher says those tales are nothing more than folk tales and are definately not true. --Bob Landingham (bjlandingham@mmm.com)
.....For now, we'll defer on the first two parts of this three-part inquiry...
.....(Part 3) The claim that Texas could divide into multiple states has basis in its annexation agreements. The Resolution Annexing Texas to the United States was adopted by the U. S. Senate in the Spring of 1845. It was subsequently accepted in an Ordinance passed by the Convention of the People of the Republic of Texas on July 4 of the same year. Both agreements contained the following clause: "New States, of convenient size, not exceeding four in number, in addition to said State of Texas, and having sufficient population, may hereafter, by the consent of said State, be formed out of the territory thereof, which shall be entitled to admission under the provisions of the federal constitution." Although Texas was never divided into "New States," the original boundaries claimed by Texas at the time of annexation included portions of the present states of New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, and Wyoming. It was not until the Compromise of 1850 that disputes over these territories were finally resolved. Some of the plans leading up to the Compromise of 1850 did provide for the division of Texas into two or three separate states. --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)]

Fri, 23 Aug 1996 [Subject: Redden Russell and Sam Houston]
My ancestor, Redden Russell, came to Texas from Illinois with his in-laws the Rattan family. They settled in Peters Colony. Redden was made Sheriff of Paris, Texas in 1840, but two years later he just disappeared. I have spent years looking for what happened; killed, died, divorced, moved, etc. Family history says that Sam Houston was a very close friend to Redden and that the Russells and the Rattans had a very interesting business arrangement with Sam. Sam would "aquire" cattle and my ancestors would "clean them up for re-sale". Or in plain talk the Russells would change the brands and sell them for Sam and then split the money. I don't know if it is true but my grandfather and his brothers would recount the story time and time again when I was very young. Does any one know about Redden and if he "worked" with Sam Houston. --Cliff Russell (crussel1@airmail.net)

Sat, 17 Aug 1996 [Subject: Civil War Units]
I would like to know if unit histories or rosters are available for two Texas units of the Civil War: Co. A, 1st Texas Heavy Artillery; and Co. I, 2nd Regiment Texas Calvary (2nd Texas Mounted Rifles). Ancestors are known to have served in each. Thanks for any information. --Juanita Naron, Santa Anna, Texas (naron@web-access.net)
.....The Harold B. Simpson Confederate Research Center, Hill College, Hillsboro, Texas (Dr. B. B. Patterson, Director) has the histories of nearly all of the Texas Regiments, as well as service records of their members. I located my g-grandfather's regiment and service records there and obtained copies of same for a small fee. They are most helpful in searching if supplied with a minimum of information. They are not listed as having an E-mail address, nor a URL. However, Hill college had one, and maybe they will forward a request for the Research Center to mail you information on how to obtain what you need. The Hill College E-mail address is marak@hillcollege.hill.college.cc.tx.us. Wishing you success, --Bill Woodard (billwood@tab.com)

Fri, 2 Aug 1996 [Subject: Powhaton Archer]
For a book I am writing on Texas Republic patriot Branch Tanner Archer, I am seeking information regarding his son, Powhatan Archer who served in the Civil War. I have been unable to locate his Texas regiment and would greatly appreciate any leads you might generate. If my information is correct, Powhatan Archer was a medical doctor and was killed in action in the Civil War. I have no further information. Thanks in advance for any help you might provide. --Patty Macsisak (macsisak@informix.com)

Thu, 1 Aug 1996 [Subject: William Barrett Travis]
Am trying to locate early history of William Travis before he came to Texas. --Russell S Luce, Jr. (luceruss@tri-town.net)
.....Two fairly recent books about Travis should be useful to you: Archie P. McDonald's Travis (Austin: Jenkins Publishing Company, 1976) and Martha Anne Turner's William Barrett Travis: His Sword and Pen (Waco: Texian Press, 1972). Your local library should be able to obtain both through inter-library loan if they do not have them on their shelves. --Lonn Taylor (taylorl@nmah.si.edu)
.....Note: a reprint of Archie McDonald's book is currently available from Eakin Press, who is also a sponsor of Lone Star Junction. --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)

Thu, 25 Jul 96 [Subject: Historical Marker]
Can anyone tell me what happened to the "Despain Bridge" historical marker that was on the highway between Sulpher Springs and Cooper. It was just south of Cooper in Delta County. I made a special trip from Louisiana to take a picture, and all I found was the cement it used to stand on. --Elaine Emmons, Mooringsport, LA (lainey@popalexl.linknet.net)

Fri, 19 Jul 1996 [Subject: Notable Texans after 1900]
Hello, I've been surfing a long time for information on Harry F. Wurzbach who was a US Congressman from San Antonio during the 1920s. Haven't found anything. Can you point me in the right direction to find information on this man? Thank you. --Peter Wurzbach (wurzbach@onramp.net)
.....Note: because of the length and detail of the responses to this inquiry, they are presented on a separate web page. --Editor

Wed, 3 Jul 1996 [Subject: Temple Lea Houston]
I named my youngest daughter "Temple Lea" after Gen. Sam's youngest son. I am interested in knowing more about Temple Houston so that I can tell her about her namesake as she grows. I am also interested in knowing how my daughter can join the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Thanks --Bob Mims (bmims@tyler.net)
.....There is a biography, Temple Houston, written by Glenn Shirley (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1980). I have a copy in my library and can vouch for its thoroughness. --Gerard Moran, LaPorte (gpmoran@tenet.edu)
.....Temple Lea Houston was the first child born in the Governor's Mansion in Austin. He achieved some prominence as a lawyer in the Texas Panhandle and in Oklahoma Territory in the 1880's and '90's. You can read more about him in Glenn Shirley's book (see above) and in Bernice Tune's The Golden Heritage and Silver Tongue of Temple Lea Houston (Burnet, Texas: Eakin Press, 1981). Both of these books are out of print but your public library could obtain them for you through inter-library loan. I think it's great that you named your daughter after him and that you want her to know more about him. --Lonn Taylor (taylorl@nmah.si.edu)
.....Just another interesting lil tid-bit on the "Temple Lea" name. Temple Lea was the name of Margaret Lea Houston's father. Therefore, the name has an ancestory background, also! :) --Patty Smoot (vis_pms@shsu.edu)

Wed, 26 Jun 1996 [Subject: Robert Potter]
I am interested in sharing info on the family of Robert Potter, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and participant in the Battle of San Jacinto. He settled near Nacogdoches where he was killed at his home in 1842 during the Regulator-Moderator War. His only surviving son, I believe, was John David Potter. My great grandparents were James Travis Potter and Ellen Barnham Potter. I have been told that we are direct decendents of the above Robert Potter and am trying to estabish this. Any help or info is greatly appreciated. --J. Travis Potter (slidefader@aol.com)
...Howdy Travis. I have a fairly lengthy biography on Robert Potter, and can say that John D. Potter was his only surviving child. His mother, Harriet A. Page Potter Ames, wrote a manuscript, "The History of Harriet A. Ames During the Early Days of Texas," in 1890 at the age of eighty-three. She wrote it while living with her youngest daughter, Adeline (Addie), the wife of Dr. Frank Marreo, a skilled physician and member of a prominent New Orleans family. The date of Harriets' death is unknown, but her grave was located across Lake Ponchartrain in Covington, Louisiana, in the 1930's. Her manuscript is supposedly with relatives in Florida, so you might have some new cousins! Harriets' memoirs were retold in "Love is a Wild Assault" by Elithe Hamilton Kirkland in 1959. By many, Robert Potter was considered among the "baddest" men in Texas and Harriet one of the "bravest" women. Let me know if you have specific questions I might be able to answer. Good luck. --Wayne Clampitt (WGClampitt@aol.com)

Mon, 24 Jun 1996 [Subject: San Saba Mob]
I am the great grandson of James Turner. He was murdered by vigilantes known in 1889 as "The Mob." He was the Postmaster for the Locker community northwest of San Saba. I wish to locate other descendents of James Turner. --George Loudder (geoloudd@cy-net.net)

Sun, 23 Jun 1996 [Subject: Capt. Brees of Texas Navy]
Looking for information on Capt. Brees or Breese who was in the Texas Navy with his own boat out of New Orleans. Thanks. --Arthur L. Brees (abrees@ix.netcom.com)

Thu, 20 Jun 1996 [Subject: Why is it the "Lone Star State"?]
I live and work in Santiago, Chile, but I am originally from Wichita Falls, TX. As you know, the Chile flag and the Texas flag are very similar and I receive many questions about this fact. But the one question I cannot answer is: "Why is Texas called the Lone Star State"? I regret that I do not know the answer. --David Waggoner (davidw7638@aol.com)
...You're not alone, David. Many others have asked the same or similar questions (see inquiries on the Forum dated April 15 and May 1, 1996). There is no definitive answer, such as an early event or legislative act that proclaimed Texas as the Lone Star Republic, or later, as the Lone Star State. The origins of the "Lone Star" go back to the time of the Texas revolution. Members of the Convention of 1836, only days after the fall of the Alamo, adopted a resolution providing for "a single star of five points" to be used as the "peculiar emblem" of the Republic of Texas. Later that year, after Texas independence was won at the Battle of San Jacinto, the first official flag of the new republic was approved by President Sam Houston. It consisted of a single golden star of five points placed on a dark blue field. The Lone Star Flag that we know today was adopted a few years later, in January of 1839. It served as the national flag of the Republic of Texas until annexation in 1845, when it was adopted as the state flag. Texas' nickname as the Lone Star State evolved from these early emblems. --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)

Thu, 20 Jun 96 [Subject: Texas Rangers]
Does anyone know how to find out if a person was actually a member of the Texas Rangers. An uncle of mine says my great-grandfather, Robert Lafayette Malpass, was once in the Texas Rangers, as well as a great-uncle, Jesse "Buddy" Malpass. R. L. Malpass was born in 1865 in Georgia and died in 1937 in Mississippi. I do not have dates for Jesse Malpass. Any advice on how to proceed would be appreciated. --Claudia Brocato (cbrocato@felix.TECLink.Net)
...An individual's service in the Texas Rangers can be verified by consulting the Ranger Records at the Texas State Archives in Austin. These records are Record Group 104 of the Adjutant General's Papers, and they include lists of everyone who ever served as a Ranger along with their dates of service. There is a card index by name and, I think, an electronic index. You can visit the Texas State Library and Archives web site at http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/, and you can read a long description of the Ranger Records by navigating that site to the holdings of the Texas State Archives, under "executive" and then "adjutant general". You can also call their reference desk at 512-463-5455. I have tracked down individuals in these records and have found the staff to be extremely helpful. --Lonn Taylor (taylorl@nmah.si.edu)

Thu, 13 Jun 1996 [Subject: Mexican Army after San Jacinto]
I am researching the retreat of the Mexican Army through Wharton County after the battle of San Jacinto. They entered what is now Wharton Co. on April 26th 1836 and were in our county for 3-5 days. Artifacts have been found over the years and we are trying to document their exact whereabouts. I have read most of the accounts of the Mexican officers but have found little info from any of the Texans that trailed them out of the state. Any additional information would be helpful. --Gregg Dimmick (gdimmick@marlin.utmb.edu)

Wed, 5 Jun 1996 [Subject: Salt and the Civil War]
Hi, I have a question that so far no one seems to be able to answer. Where in Texas might there have been salt mines during the Civil War where salt (or perhaps saltpeter) was mined for the Confederate Army? Someone told me the Houston area might be the spot, but so far I've had no luck finding out. My family apparently came down to Texas from Missouri when the Civil War started and worked there mining salt until the war was over. They returned to Missouri. There are no family records indicating where they were during those "lost" years. Anyone have any ideas? --Sidney Stevens (cebel@success.net)
...During the Civil War, salt was in short supply for the Confederacy. As a result, the Confederate government operated an important mine at Grand Saline in northeast Texas. This site, by the way, is not far from Marshall, Texas--the wartime capital of Missouri. It might therefore be the best place to start looking for your ancestors. Other significant salt plants in Texas during the Civil War were located at Palestine, also in east Texas, and at El Sal del Rey, in south Texas. The state took over production of salt at El Sal del Rey in 1862, but the site was captured by Federal forces the following year. Good luck in you search. --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)

Wed, 22 May 1996 [Subject: Yellow Rose of Texas]
Sorry, again a question and no information. We're looking for ANY information on the legendary Emily Morgan. Where would one search for such an elusive figure? There are few references to her and no facts (even pseudo-facts) that I can find. Thanks. Great site! --Bob (festival@earthlink.net)
...As you indicated, there are very few "facts" known about Emily Morgan. One of the more in-depth accounts of her and the song that she inspired is found in The Yellow Rose of Texas: Her Saga and Her Song, by Martha Anne Turner (Austin, Shoal Creek Publishers, 1976). While the book includes speculation and "pseudo-facts," it is based on actual events and is documented with detailed bibliographic endnotes. Check your library or perhaps an out-of-print book dealer. --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)
...We have also received a reply to your inquiry from Marjorie Walraven, who with her husband Bill authored the book The Magnificent Barbarians, Little-Told Tales of the Texas Revolution. About one page of the book is devoted to the story of Emily Morgan, which we quote here with the authors' permission. Due to the length of the excerpt, we have presented it on a separate web page. --LJH

Fri, 17 May 1996 [Subject: Gunfight in 1890s]
How can I find information on a gunfight between some members of my family and another family around 1890-1910. Evidently members of the Collings family rode against members of the White family and shots were fired. I would like to find out what really happened. I have heard that several people were killed. My grandfather (who was a small child at the time) had nightmares about it his entire life. Any suggestions? It could have been somewhere else between Texas and Oklahoma, but my ancestors had lived in Grayson Co for about 30 years then moved to Oklahoma Territory. Guidance in where to look will be greatly appreciated. --Linda L. Andrews (land@icon.net)

Fri, 17 May 1996 [Subject: William Goyens]
I read in a Texas Dept. of Education information sheet on Social Studies curriculum for K-6 that a famous Texas figure was one William Goyens. Our surname, which has Belgian roots, is extremely rare in North America. Do you have any information on this person and his role in Texas history? --Chrys Goyens (lionswin@magnet.ca)
...According to the Handbook of Texas, William Goyens came to Texas in 1820 and settled in Nacogdoches in east Texas. His father was a free mulatto and his mother was white. He married a white woman, Mary Sibley, in 1832. Goyens was one of the few that enjoyed the trust of the Texans, the Mexicans and the Indians alike. During the revolution, he assumed the critical role of negotiating to maintain friendly relations with the Indians. Afterwards, he became a successful businessman in Nacogdoches, where he died in 1856. --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com) ..."His skin was black; his heart, true blue" reads the historical marker on William Goyens grave five miles east of Nacogdoches. He was born a freeman in NC. Check the book Monument to a Black Man by Daniel James Kubiak for his life's story. --Wallace McKeehan (wlmckeehan@msn.com)

Tue, 7 May 1996 [Subject: Joshua Parker]
I am researching my ancestor, Joshua Parker, one of the Old 300 led by Stephen Austin. Do you know if the publication Handbook of Texas gives any detail on Joshua Parker and his role in Austin's colony? If so, how do I obtain a copy of this book? Thanks. --Patrick Fern (pfern@tiac.net)
...According to a brief write-up in The New Handbook of Texas, Joshua Parker (1790-1838) met Moses Austin in Arkansas in 1821 and signed up to settle in Austin's planned new colony in Texas. He and a partner received title to land in what is now Wharton County on July 24, 1824. A census in 1826 listed Parker as an unmarried farmer and stockman. Two years later, he married Nancy Sophronia Bell. Records show that Joshua was acquainted with William B. Travis at San Felipe in 1833. He died on July 24, 1838 at Independence, Texas .... The New Handbook of Texas, just off the press, is available from the Texas State Historical Association, 2.306 Sid Richardson Hall, University Station, Austin, Texas 78712. Telephone 512-471-1525. Price for the monumental 6000-page six-volume set is $395. --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)

Wed, 1 May 1996 [Subject: Austin Colony Petitions]
Several of my ancestors petitioned Stephen Austin to move to Texas - some from Tenn/others from upstate NY - apparently some of these petitions remain in the archives - how do I obtain copies - they would make wonderful additions to the family book I am working on - the names were Goodman & Peck - also some of the Goodman sons and my gg grandfather Nathaniel Peck Sr served in Houston's army - how do I get more information on their service? Thanks. --Faye Cox (FCOX@wow.com)

Wed, 1 May 1996 [Subject: State Nickname]
Please help us with a homework question. "Why is Texas known as the 'Lone Star State?'" --Jessica Triska (73014.1703@compuserve.com)
[see response to Forum inquiry dated 20 Jun 96. --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)]

Sat, 27 Apr 1996 [Subject: Texas Cemeteries]
Is there a source you know of which lists, preferably by county, public and private cemeteries? --Bert Dimock (BertJr@aol.com)
...Hi. Our organization, Save Texas Cemeteries, Inc., maintains a database of cemeteries by county and currently lists approximately 10,000 of the estimated 50,000+ cemeteries in Texas. They do not contain inventories of individual graves, but some inventories are available in the State Archives Geneology Section. Our database lists cemetery names, location, care taker, and physical condition. Email and reports of vandalism or destruction can be posted to me. Membership and information may also be directed to: Save Texas Cemeteries, Inc., PO Box 202975, Austin, TX 78729, (512) 258-5688, (Attn: Karen Thompson). --Wayne Clampitt (gclampitt@aol.com)

Mon, 15 Apr 1996 [Subject: French Presence in Texas]
Hello. I was told during a recent visit to Austin that there are actually regions of Texas where French is spoken. Is it true? If so, would you have any additional info. I work with a very well-known musical group from Montreal called Hart-Rouge that would be very interested in such a topic. I thank you in advance. Regards, --Roland Stringer (103125.1705@CompuServe.COM)
...French influence in Texas dates from La Salle's landing in 1685, to Jean Laffite's pirate operations on Galveston Island in the early 1800s, to French envolvement in politics and the establishment of colonies during the Republic of Texas. We'll leave it to our viewers, however, to identify the areas of strongest French influence today, and perhaps provide you some points of contact. Good luck in your search. --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)
...I think that the only place in Texas where French is spoken today, outside of university classrooms, may be in the Beaumont-Port Arthur area of southeast Texas where migration from southern Louisiana has brought speakers of Acadian French. This is documented in the cultural geographer D.W. Meinig's book Imperial Texas. There are still a few Alsastian speakers in Castroville and other Medina County communities just west of San Antonio who are descendents of the Alsastian colonists who settled there in the mid-1840's. Also in the mid-1840's there was a French utopian settlement called La Reunion a few miles west of Dallas, but it broke up after a few years and many of the settlers moved to Dallas. Some of their descendents are still in Dallas, but they do not form a distinctive French-speaking community. I hope that this information will be helpful. --Lonn Taylor, Washington, DC (taylorl@nmah.si.edu)

Mon, 15 Apr 1996 [Subject: Flag of the Lone Star]
Please answer this question. Why is there 1 star on the State Flag and what does it mean? This will end an argument. Thank you, --Charles A. Beltram (amadeus@gte.net)

Mon, 15 Apr 1996 [Subject: Flag Height]
Hi, my mother (80) wanted some info about the flying of the Texas Flag. We know you can fly it at the same height as the US, but she is looking for info to prove it to a friend! Thanks. --Larry Hilley (hilley@airmail.net)

Sat, 13 Apr 1996 [Subject: Twin Sisters and Jenny]
I have been invited to a San Jacinto Celebration Party in Raleigh, North Carolina. The host gave us some historical "challenges" associated with The Battle of San Jacinto. I have solved most of the challenges. Two challenges remain to be solved. Who/what were the "twin sisters" and who is Jenny, without whom San Jacinto may not have been possible. I found the quote, "A volley from the Texan's "Twin Sisters" artillery brought him (Santa Anna) to a sudden halt." This quote does not enable me to conclude whether the twin sisters were people or weapons. Can you help me with pointers on the "twin sisters" and Jenny? Thanks. Sincerely, --pgibney@ibm.net
...Sounds like a fun party! As your reference suggests, the "twin sisters" were a pair of desperately needed cannons used by the Texans at the Battle of San Jacinto. They had been donated to the Texans by the citizens of Cincinnati, Ohio, and received not long before the battle was fought. We are not sure about identity of Jenny, unless this is perhaps a reference to Emily Morgan, a twenty-year-old slave girl captured by the Mexican army under Santa Anna. At least by tradition, she is credited with "keeping Santa Anna occupied" just prior to the battle, thus contributing significantly to the overwhelming victory by the Texans. She is also credited with inspiring the writing of The Yellow Rose of Texas, the popular song known today throughout the world. --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)

Thu, 11 Apr 1996 [Subject: Birdville, Texas]
Greetings from Tennessee! I am a history major at East Tennessee State University and I am currently doing some research on a man named Benjamin Bowman. Mr. Bowman moved to Birdville, in Tarrant Co. Texas sometime before 1860. In correspondence with his brother back here in Tennessee, Mr Bowman stated that he was planning on moving to a larger farm in Collin Co. The letter that I am researching deals with topics such as the Texas slave insurrection of 1860, and a very severe drought that hit that area in 1860. If anyone has any information, or directions on how to get at this information over the internet, I would greatly appreciate it. Please feel free to e-mail me with any suggestions. Thanks in Advance. --Nathan Gough (znhg1@access.east-tenn-st.edu)

Wed, 10 Apr 1996 [Subject: Elena Colony]
I'm doing some genealogical research on Nathan Blevins, who once lived in Elena Colony, Texas (in the last half of the 19th century). Does anyone know precisely where Elena Colony was, and where its records would now be? I believe it was around what is now Austin, but I'm not sure. Thanks in advance. --Mike Jewett (mdjewett@jeffnet.org)

Tue, 2 Apr 1996 [Subject: Edwards Plateau]
At the risk of being accused of hogging these pages, I further invite anyone with historical interest in the Edwards Plateau to contact me. I must confess that I have only snippets of information but when jigsawed with that of others who have similar snippets, our joint efforts might add up to something significant that would otherwise be overlooked. I am working toward establishing a site for the exchange of information regarding this area and hope that we may unearth untold stories that will supplement those that have been told over and over, but which don't necessarily reflect the true history of the region. I lived in that area as a schoolboy and now that I am retired I find that there is very little recorded about the area that I knew as a boy. Time is running out, and those who have family tales about the area may think them inconsequential, but when they are gone, there will be little left to remember them by. But if we get the information down now, countless generations will thank us for preserving their heritage. --Harry Geron (danflan@alaska.net)

Mon, 1 Apr 1996 [Subject: Charcoal Burners]
In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century there dwelt a group of people along the Guadalupe valley near Sisterdale who were employed in the industry of burning charcoal. Apparently for some of the settlers it was an off season method of making a cash crop from the leavings of land clearing. Among others it became a predominating occupation and way of life. There are indications that other people immigrated into the area from the Appalachians and even from Europe. In the thirties there were migrant people who traveled and lived in gypsy style caravans in the hills of the Edwards Plateau following land clearing and making charcoal. I had a boyhood encounter with some of these people. Twenty to thirty years ago the Topperweins of Boerne published a study of those residing along the Guadalupe. I would like to hear from anyone with information regarding these interesting people. --Harry Geron (danflan@alaska.net)
...You might enjoy reading E. J. Rissman's short article, "The Charcoal Burner" in Wilson Hudson and Allen Maxwell, The Sunny Slopes of Long Ago, Publications of the Texas Folklore Society, No. 33, Dallas, Southern Methodist University Press, 1965. Rissman describes the charcoal burners of the Texas Hill Country and the process they used to produce charcoal. The book could be obtained by inter-library loan. --Lonn Taylor, Washington, DC (taylorl@NMAH.SI.EDU)

Sun, 31 Mar 1996 [Subject: Captain John Bird]
Greetings! I am a descendant of Captain John Bird who died at a battle now known as "Bird's Victory." Does your organization have internet facilities that can be used to research this Texas pioneer? Thank you. Regards, --Pat Ryan (patwryan@wt.net)
...Pat, thanks for your e-mail. We don't know of any internet resources that would provide such details. You are probably aware of the reference to your ancestor in the Handbook of Texas, quoted as follows: "John Bird, son of William Bird, was born in Tennessee in 1795. After serving under Andrew Jackson in the War of 1812, he returned to Tennessee, where he married Sarah Denton, by whom he had four children. Bird came to Texas about 1829 as a member of Stephen F. Austin's colony and was given title to a league of land in present Burleson County in 1831. As captain in the colony militia, he built up a reputation as an Indian fighter. In 1832 he led volunteers against the Comanche on the Brazos River. In November, 1835, he engaged Mexican cavalry near San Antonio. He left San Felipe in March, 1836, in command of sixty volunteers and a wagon train to guard the western Brazos frontier. In 1839 he was in command of Fort Milam in Falls County; while on a scouting party with thirty rangers, Bird was killed in a campaign against some three hundred Indians on May 26, 1839. A marker near Temple commemorates the Bird's Creek Indian Fight." --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)
...I, too am looking for Byrd relatives. The Brazoria Co. Museum web page (www.tgn.net/~bchm/default.html) lists the "Old 300" original settlers with a _____ Byrd and a Micajah Byrd as receiving grants. Does anyone know more about these two? --Joan Elwell (jgill29@mail.idt.net)

Sat, 30 Mar 1996 [Subject: Guadalupe Valley; Edwards Plateau]
The quality of your web-site is superb, and deserves commendation... As a long time displaced Texan I am searching for HISTORICALLY oriented web-sites in the predominantly German cities and particularly interested in the Guadalupe valley and the Edwards plateau. I have found city pages which are predominantly civic and commercial with little historic content, Can you help with links? Thanks, --Harry Geron (danflan@alaska.net)
...We aren't aware of any websites (yet) with a theme that is that narrowly focused. However, we are posting your e-mail in the hope that perhaps others may be able to help with your research and contact your directly. Good luck. --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)

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