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Saturday, September 20, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #35 Claud Clarence Thompson Left his Brother's Home And Was Never Seen Again.

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the dotted lines indicate that direct evidence has not yet been found to
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Claud had been drinking. Floyd, his older brother, told him that he could not live with Floyd and his family if he continued to drink. Claud left the home and was never heard from or seen again. Juanita, Floyd's daughter, told me this to me in 2001. 
No Story Too Small


Juanita's cousin, Nadine, wrote Uncle Claud Thompson left home when he was about 18 and has never been heard of since. Daddy tried to find him but never could even get a lead.


Another cousin, Marie, wrote The Thompson family had a brother named Claud Thompson that disappeared the year of WWII. He was staying with Floyd and Ora and left one morning and was never heard from again.

Floyd never stopped looking for Claud. Juanita said that asking his brother to leave upset him so much that he cried for two days. Nadine's father, Edgar Richard Thompson would look for Claud's name in telephone books each time that he visited a town outside his home in Erath County. 


According to his WWI draft registration, Claud Clarence Thompson was born on June 4, 1891. A farmer, he was tall and slender with dark hair and brown eyes. Claud was the son of Martha "Mattie" Hairston Chisum Thompson and John A. Thompson of Erath County, Texas. Claud's father died when he was a young boy. The family lived in the Bethel Community which appears to later become part of Morgan Mill. Claud can be found living with his mother on the 1900, 1910, and 1920 United State Census records of Erath County, Texas. After 1920, he has not been positively identified.


Juanita was a child when Claud disappeared so the time was probably the 1920s rather than the 1940s. Claud would have been in his late 20s or early 30s at the time of his disappearance. 

On the 1930 United States Census, there were over fifty Claud/Claude Thompsons born about 1891 in Texas. Many of these Claud/Claude Thompsons could be eliminated from my list of possibilities immediately, but some required research.

If Claud was transient, there may be no record at all. There were a few boarders or lodgers, living in Texas, listed on the 1930 census without families that could have been Claude. There were Claud Thompsons in California, Oklahoma and Denver that matched his age and place of birth.  A forty-two year old C. Thompson died in San Antonio on December 13, 1933 of tuberculosis. He was so sick when he was brought to the hospital that he was not able to give them much information.  

Additional Internet and library searches may turn up more clues, but there are so many possibilities!

Diana

© 2014

Sources

Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.

Ancestry.com. Public Member Trees [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2006. Original data: Family trees submitted by Ancestry members.

Ancestry.com. Texas, Death Certificates, 1903–1982 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.

Thompson, Marie (Fort Worth, Texas) to "Dear Diana" [Diana Quinn]. Letter. 12 October 2000. Bryan-Quinn Genealogy Papers. Virginia Beach, Virginia.

United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls. Imaged from Family History Library microfilm.

Waugh, Nadine Thompson (Stephenville, Texas) to "Dear Diana" [Diana Quinn]. Letter. 26 September 2000. Bryan-Quinn Genealogy Papers. Virginia Beach, Virginia. 

Year: 1900; Census Place: Justice Precinct 1, Erath, Texas; Roll: 1631; Page: 36A; Enumeration District: 0064; FHL microfilm: 1241631.

Year: 1910; Census Place: Justice Precinct 1, Erath, Texas; Roll: T624_1550; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0020; FHL microfilm: 1375563.

Year: 1920; Census Place: Morgan Mill, Erath, Texas; Roll: T625_1801; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 17; Image: 453.

Friday's Photo: Borger, Texas

Dad (Whit Bryan) with niece, Jackie, and sisters - Marie, DeRay, and Willa Mae
614 North McGee Street in 1943




Most of Dad's childhood memories were of Borger, Texas. His sister, DeRay Bryan, moved to Borger in 1927 to teach. Dad said that teacher salaries offered by Borger were the highest in that part of the state. Dad and his other two sisters moved from Seymour to Borger after their father died in 1929. 

In 1930, Dad and his sisters were living at 608 Cable Street. There were several other families living in the house so it must have been apartments or a boarding house. DeRay wrote that they moved to 614 North McGee Street in 1932 where they rented an apartment owned by Homer E. Hardeman. When Homer died in 1972, he left the building to one or more of the Bryan sisters. DeRay and Marie passed away in in the 1980s and Willa Mae died in 1991. The home was sold by Willa Mae's daughter in 1992. 


614 North McGee Street in the 1980s

614 North McGee Street - September 17, 2014

I visited Borger, for the first time, earlier this week. The house on North McGee Street is still standing and well taken care of. My cousin, Sharon, and I enjoyed the museum, the antique shops on Main Street, and lunch at a wonderful restaurant. A nice day in Borger, Texas. Dad would have enjoyed it!


Diana

© 2014



Sources

Ancestry.com. Texas, Death Certificates, 1903–1982 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.

Hutchinson County Historical Commission. History of Hutchinson County, Texas: 104 years, 1876-1980, Book, 1980; digital images, (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20204/ : accessed September 19, 2014), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Hutchinson County Genealogical Society, Borger, Texas.

Year: 1930; Census Place: Borger, Hutchinson, Texas; Roll: 2360; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 0002; Image: 554.0; FHL microfilm: 2342094.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #34 Martha Elizabeth "Mattie" Hairston Chisum Thompson - A Timeline and Surprising Information about a Well Circulated Photograph


The solid lines indicate that the connection to the family is documented while
the dotted lines indicate that direct evidence has not yet been found to
make the connection. Click on the family tree to see a larger image.




The woman in this photo is probably not Mattie Hairston. 
The girl may be Mattie Hairston. The girl is not Stella Chisum. 




Click on the timeline to see a larger image.


Diana

© 2014

Ancestry.com. Public Member Trees [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2006. Original data: Family trees submitted by Ancestry members.

Ancestry.com. Texas, Death Certificates, 1903–1982 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.

Chisum, Stella Rhoetta, Certificate of Birth (1942), Texas Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics. 

Chisum, J. C. and Hairston, M. E., Marriage Certificate, The State of Texas, County of Falls. 

"Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records and Online Memorials." Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records and Online Memorials. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Sept. 2014. <http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=24032035>.

"Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective." Finding family history in your picture mysteries.. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Sept. 2014. <http://www.maureentaylor.com/>.


"Texas Items." Galveston Tri-Weekly News.  13 Apr. 1870, 97 ed.: 1. GenealogyBank.com.

"The Moses S. Thompson Family." RESEARCHING BRYAN, HAIRSTON, CRISWELL, DAVIS, GLYNN, GIDDENS, MURRAY, DRISCOLL, STAUBACH, AND QUINN. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Sept. 2014. <http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bryanquinn/Thompson,%20Moses.htm>

Year: 1860; Census Place: Hinds, Mississippi; Roll: M653_582; Page: 674; Image: 206; Family History Library Film: 803582.

Year: 1870; Census Place: Precinct 2, Falls, Texas; Roll: M593_1584; Page: 31B; Image: 66; Family History Library Film: 553083.

Year: 1880; Census Place: Falls, Texas; Roll: 1302; Family History Film: 1255302; Page: 190B; Enumeration District: 038.

Year: 1900; Census Place: Justice Precinct 1, Erath, Texas; Roll: 1631; Page: 36A; Enumeration District: 0064; FHL microfilm: 1241631.

Year: 1910; Census Place: Justice Precinct 1, Erath, Texas; Roll: T624_1550; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0020; FHL microfilm: 1375563.

Year: 1920; Census Place: Morgan Mill, Erath, Texas; Roll: T625_1801; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 17; Image: 453.

Year: 1930; Census Place: Precinct 1, Erath, Texas; Roll: 2326; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 0006; Image: 177.0; FHL microfilm: 2342060.

Year: 1930; Census Place: Precinct 1, Erath, Texas; Roll: 2326; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 0006; Image: 187.0; FHL microfilm: 2342060.

Year: 1930; Census Place: Precinct 1, Erath, Texas; Roll: 2326; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 0007; Image: 218.0; FHL microfilm: 2342060.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #33 Ezekiel P. Hairston

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the dotted lines indicate that direct evidence has not yet been found to
make the connection. Click on the family tree to see a larger image.



No Story Too Small
Some of you know that by writing about and researching my Hairston family and my "possible" Hairston ancestors, that I am trying to connect Hugh Brown Hairston to John L. Hairston, my great-great-grandfather.  In turn, I hope to find a proven connection to Hugh Brown Hairston and his said to be parents, John Hairston and Ann Robertson. I have learned quite a lot these 33 weeks. 

Researching these "possible distantly related ancestors" has helped me determine where to look for more documentation and has given me an opportunity to collaborate with others researching this Hairston family. 

Ezekiel P. Hairston, another said to be son of John Hairston and Ann Robertson, is #33 of my 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge. Ezekiel, sometimes seen as Peter, was born about 1794 in South Carolina. 

Ezekiel P. Hairston married Jane Barnett on November 19, 1819 in Montgomery County, Alabama. He appeared on the 1830 census record of Montgomery County and purchased two parcels of land in that county then next year. One parcel was purchased with Ann Hairston. Ezekiel P. Hairston was in Austin, Texas by 1850 and paying Burnet County taxes in 1852.  It was said that Hairston Creek, in that county, was named for Ezekiel Hairston. He and his family lived in the nearby Hairston Creek community. 

Children of Ezekiel and Jane were listed in The Hairston History as Martha Ann, Jerushua, Mary Jane, Sarah Jane, Elizabeth Ann, Lucinda, and Mayacha Pinson. 

Ezekiel and his wife, Jane, died in March of 1870 in Burnet County, Texas. They are said to be buried in unmarked graves on their land at Hairston Creek. 

Diana

© 2014

Ancestry.com. U.S., Federal Census Mortality Schedules Index, 1850-1880 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.

Ancestry.com. U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.

Dodd, Jordan R., comp. Early American Marriages: Alabama, 1800 to 1920.

"Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-13685-12703-16?cc=1827575 : accessed 24 Aug 2014), Burnet county > 1852 > image 2 of 3; citing State Archives, Austin.


Hairston, Victor , and Edward Bregenzer. The Hairston History.  1998. Print.

Year: 1830; Census Place: Montgomery, Alabama; Series: M19; Roll: 2; Page: 212; Family History Library Film: 0002329.

Year: 1850; Census Place: Austin, Travis, Texas; Roll: M432_915; Page: 158A; Image: 299.

Year: 1860; Census Place:  , Burnet, Texas; Roll: M653_1289; Page: 161; Image: 330; Family History Library Film: 805289.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #32 Hezekiah Hairston

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the dotted lines indicate that direct evidence has not yet been found to
make the connection. Click on the family tree to see a larger image.

Hezekiah Hairston is another Hairston who is though to be a son of John Hairston and Ann Robertson and a possible brother to Hugh Brown Hairston. He is said to have been born around 1800. 
Hezekiah Hairston witnessed an 1818 deed record in which a John Hairston sold land to a Daniel Hairston or Houston {maybe David Hairston} in Jasper County, Georgia. 

The Hairston History gives Hezekial Hairston a marriage date to Susan Westmoreland of about 1825 and their children are listed as Joseph S., John B., Robert S., Narciss, and Welborn Dickson. Information about Susan and the children were reported to have come from a Westmoreland family bible. Where is this bible? 

In 1830, a Hezekial Hairston was living in Montgomery County, Alabama. His household consisted of two white males under the age of five, one female under the age of five, one male between the age of 20 and 29 and one female between the age of 20 and 29. On the same page is Ezekiel Hairston, another possible son of John Hairston and Ann Robertson. On the next page of the 1830 census, Ann Robertson Hairston and another possible son, David Hairston. 

In 1831, a Hezekiah Hairston of Montgomery County, Alabama purchased land at the General Land Office in Cahaba, Alabama.  

The Hairston History gives Hezekiah a death date of 1840; however, there is no known source for this date. 

Hezekiah B. Hairston, son of David Hairston, is often confused with Hezekiah Hairston. Hezekiah B. Hairston was a private in the Alabama Volunteers during the Florida Indian Wars and received land in Arkansas that he appeared to pass onto his brother, William L. Hairston in 1858. Hezekiah B. Hairston lived in Arkansas from at least 1850 until his death. 



Diana

© 2014

Sources
Ancestry.com. Arkansas, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1819-1870 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.

Deed of Sale from John Hairston {spelled Hairston, Houston, and Hutchenson) to Daniel {possibly David} Hairston, 7 July, 1818. (filed 31 Dec. 1818), Jasper County, Georgia. 

Hairston, Victor , and Edward Bregenzer. The Hairston History.  1998. Print.


United States. Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records. Automated Records Project; Federal Land Patents, State Volumes. http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/. Springfield, Virginia: Bureau of Land Management, Eastern States, 2007.

Year: 1830; Census Place:  , Montgomery, Alabama; Series: M19; Roll: 2; Page: 212; Family History Library Film: 0002329.

Year: 1850; Census Place: Pennington, Bradley, Arkansas; Roll: M432_25; Page: 107B; Image: 217.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday's Photo: What are the chances?



This photo fell out of my childhood album when I was looking for an old family vacation photo. On the back was written "Wanda and Arnette." From age 12 to age 14, I worked as a volunteer each summer at the Good Neighborhood Kindergarten near my home. I played with the students and helped with clean-up and art projects. This photo, taken at Good Neighborhood Kindergarten, was dated 1968. What are the chances that this is my friend, Wanda C.? 

Wanda C. and I work in the same building. We met about 10 years ago when, I transferred to my current job. She corrects and submits my travel reports, helps me with orders for classroom materials, and is better than a GPS when I need to find a school or neighborhood. When you hear Wanda's voice on the phone, you usually know that you forgot to sign something or your numbers just didn't add up.


Wanda C. and I grew up in the same part of the city. So what are the chances of our meeting in 1968? Apparently the chances were good because, after scanning the photo at 1200dpi, although a little fuzzy, I could see that it was definitely a young photo of Wanda C.  

Diana

© 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday's Photo: Happy Birthday!






Happy Birthday to my wonderful husband. You are still as much fun as you were 35+ years ago. 

Diana

© 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #31 Robert Hairston Married Sarah Lang

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the dotted lines indicate that direct evidence has not yet been found to
make the connection. Click on the family tree to see a larger image.


No Story Too Small
I am a little behind in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge. This is post #31 and by Wednesday, I hope to be caught up with post #33. 

Since my last post about John Hairston of Alabama (NOT my great-great-grandfather), three distant relatives mentioned Robert Hairston and Sarah Lang in their email. So, as usual, I had to know more. 

The Hairston History and many Public Trees at Ancestry.com state that John and Ann Robertson are the parents of Hugh Brown Hairston, Robert Hairston and several others. However, no sources were given to verify this information. 

So, I don't know if Robert Hairston and Hugh Brown Hairston were brothers or even the sons of John Hairston and Ann Robertson, but my DNA matches indicate that they were probably related in some way. Note, on my family tree, dotted lines indicate that no direct evidence has been found to make the connection. 

In a 1981 publication of the Texas State Genealogical Society, Maxine Alcorn submitted a transcription of Robert Hairston's family Bible which gives a record of Robert Hairston, his wives, and his children.  Click on this link to The Portal to Texas History to see the two page transcription. 


The will of Ann Robertson Hairston, as found in The Hairston History, gives everything to Sarah Ann Hairston, a granddaughter. According to Robert Hairston's Bible, he had a child named Sarah Ann.  So, what do we know about Sarah Ann? Can this Sarah Ann can be definitively linked to Ann Robertson Hairston?  

Diana

© 2014

Sources 

Ancestry.com. Public Member Trees [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2006.

Hairston, Victor , and Edward Bregenzer. The Hairston History.  1998. Print.

Texas State Genealogical Society. Stirpes, Volume 21, Number 3, September 1981, Christine Knox Wood, editor, Journal/Magazine/Newsletter, September 1981; digital images, (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29528/ : accessed August 15, 2014), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Genealogical Society, Tyler, Texas.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday's Photo: Rockaway Beach

Doris wrote " Rockaway - July 2, 1949 me, Jeannette, Marie, Lil, Rita"


Last week, I posted a photograph of my mother at what I thought was Jones Beach and she corrected me saying that it was Rockaway Beach. Her parents lived in Queens at the time and Rockaway Beach is a neighborhood on the south shore of Long Island in the borough of Queens.  


This Friday's Photo, also at Rockaway Beach, is one that once belonged to my mother-in-law, Doris Staubach Quinn. Doris is at the top left, looking so very glamorous at the beach. At the time, Doris lived in Manhattan with her mother and was working in an office. It is thought that these are co-workers as some of these women have been found in other photos from office events or parties. 

Diana

© 2014