Archive 1996-1999

Swisher County, Texas Queries

NOTE: This will be reviewed and reformatted at a later date. Sorry for the inconvenience. Due to the age of these queries, the email addresses listed may no longer work. May 13 10:13:11 2000
I am looking for any information about the RHODY

family or the BARTLEY family.  I

know the Rhodys were connected with the Tulia Bottling works in 1928.


Bill Joyce Aug 03 4:17:00 1998
Dr. Elijah BARNES reportedly died

in Tulia in 1903. He and his wife, Mollie E. (DYER),

came originally from LaRue County, KY and then Fannin County, TX. Would

be grateful for information on date and place of death of Mollie.

Gary D. Collins July

14 3:45:46 1998
Minnie Viola GROSS, born 1880, Jackson

County AL, married name BELL. She was a

long-time resident of Swisher County and I believe died there. Seeking

any information regarding this lady, my fathers’ aunt, and her family.

John Duncan July 8 8:19:55

Looking for information on Charles Stephen DUNCAN.

On his 21 Sep 1910 Missouri marriage certificate, his address is listed

as Happy Texas. Thanks for any help.

Cassie July 8 3:32:36 1998
I am doing some research on the TODD

family. William I. TODD who died in Swisher Co. 14 May 1911 was from Coryell

Co., TX. I would like to contact descendants. I am Seeking information

for a family history book. Also would like information on John TODD age

72 who died 5 June 1905 and Sabe TODD who died 21 May 1912. Is John TODD

and Sabe TODD related to William I. TODD. William I. TODDs mother, Elizabeth BROOKSHIRE

TODD was a half sister to my great grandmother, Lucinda BROOKSHIRE MEDLIN.


William Cox June 27 10:58:22

Seeking information on William Mabry COX,

b.1867. d. 1925 and is buried in Vigo Park Cemetery. Any information would

be greatly appreciated.

Wilma B. Moore Apr 20 19:33:15

LOVELADY–I am working on a surname book

and trying to identify Leroy LOVELADY (b 1881–d 1909 in Tulia, Swisher

Co., TX). Death records indicate Book No. 1, p.10–(Certificate No. 98).

Who were the parents of Leroy LOVELADY? Where is he buried? I will sincerely

appreciate any help. Thanks!

M G Baldwin

Apr 16 22:46:20 1998
I am researching JOEL/JOELL/JOWEL/JOWELL..

yes.. all the same family. I have found James Cambell JOWELL(1842-1912

born in Alabama, moved to Texas) and his wife Mary Jane MASON

(1843-1932) in the Confederate Pension index for Swisher County. I then

found W.E. JOWELL (James’ Grandson) in the obituaries for 1955. I am looking

for ANY information on the JOEL line. May 21 16:03:57

I am looking for information on the sons of Rev W.E. (Will) JORDAN.

Two of the sons are Frank Anderson, and Clifton. Frank died in Houston

in 1961 and is buried in Nebraska. I have no information on Clifton. Anyone

with any information on the JORDAN’s would be appreciated.

Thank you

Dr. Rex J. Cantrell

Apr 30 11:23:45 1998
My family was in Swisher county from 1903 to the 1960’s. I have theCANTRELL

line in America back to 1660 and will share any or all with whoever wants

it. I am currently trying to find my parents marriage license…the ONLY

thing my mother didn’t have when she died. I think they married in Tulia

1925/26. She taught school there and my father was one of her students.

The family frowned on him marrying an “older” woman. She was 3 years older

than he….shame shame shame. No black sheep in my family, just shades

of gray.

Marcia Moore Collins

Wed Apr 13 17:10:04 1998

I am seeking ANY information on the BUSSELL

family living in Swisher Co. TX circa 1870-1935. William Thomas (Tom) BUSSELL

was a Baptist Minister for 35 years before retireing to New Mexico to live

with his son W,T, BUSSELL, one of the first range riders for the Texas,

New Mexico area.

Charlie BUSSELL was the youngest son of William T BUSSELL.


1860 died Hammon OK. 1937 was sister to William BUSSELL, living next to

him in 1900. Her name at that time was Mattied Moore, a widow with 5 young

children. This is my grandmother.

I would appreciated any information you may remeber or have on this




Moore CollinsWed Nov 19 04:14:30 1997
I am seaching for information on my Grandmother, Martha Louzettie BUSSELL.

She apears on the 1900 Census in Swisher Co., TX. Married name Martha MOORE.

William BUSSELL is her older brother, also on same census as married to

Susan with three children. I have not found any information on the BUSSELL

name, so I would appreciated any help. Thank you. I also have limited census

information to share.

Date: 98-03-21 18:31:20 EST
From: (marcia collins)

Hello, I am seeking information on my Grandmother Martha L BUSSELL, born
1860, arkansa, she married ALFRED J MOORE in Hunt CO. 1877. MArtha Died
in Hammon Oklahoma 1937, her siblings were,(as I know them) RHODAM
looking for the name of Their Parents. Father possible Rhodam RICHARD
Bussell, mother possbily Celia, or Laura. I have not been able to place
Martha, or her siblings in a household in order to get any other name. I
do Have information that a branch of this family BUSSELL lived
intermixed with the family HUTSON, mainy Pike Co. Arkansa, some West
Texas. I would appreciated ANY help you could offeer.
Thank you

marcia moore Collins

Leta Boeck Feb 20 17:39:55

Oscar LaROE, my grandfather was killed

in a house moving accident around 1912. His father was Walter L. LaROE.

Oscar’s brother Homer T. LaROE lived in Happy until his death some time

after 1990. Walter L. LaROE was from the east Texas town of Ola. Could

they be in Rose Cemetery?

Ray Glover Tue Feb 10

10:28:14 1998
Researching Frank Pierce HYLES and

Lou VenaRICH and their children including my

g-grandmother Rose Belle HYLES. Also, Rose married John Thomas HALL

about 1908. I am also researching HALL.

Ray Glover, 1124 N. 18th Street, Nederland, TX 77627-4918

Barbara McCreary Mon Feb

9 15:33:02 1998
I am looking for the descendants of William Riley “Bill”PAYNE

Jr., who operated the first mail route to Silverton. He was my great-uncle.

My grandfather was his younger brother (one of the twins) George Washington

PAYNE who was part of the bunch that stayed in Greer Co. Oklahoma. I have

the family traced all the way back to 1621 and would like to share this

information with my cousins. In addition, I have the records and history

of William Riley PAYNE Sr.’s service during the Civil War, but would like

to exchange oral histories of his experience.

William H. Walraven

Sat Feb 9 06:27:32 1998
Searching for information on the surname WALRAVEN.

Lois Ketner Angel Mon Feb

4 19:29:23 1998
In 1926/28 there was a little Baptist church,

away from, a country church I think. the name of it had a view on the end

of the name. I have wondered if could have been Fairview, or something

of kind. I need to know about this church. My parents belonged to this

church before I was born and a while thereafter. I was born in Mar of 1927.

I need this information for the book that I am writting on my parents.

Debbie Blankenship Mon Jan

26 01:55:03 1998
I am searching for any STOGSDILL

in the area. I have found J. STOGSDILL and R. STOGSDILL listed on the Federal

Land Records. Anyone searching on the STOGSDILL surname please contact

me. Other surnames connected to this family, COZINE,MOMREARDAVIS.

Marti Graham Sat Aug 31

3:22:00 1997
Looking for information about Ora Belle (DICKEY)


who died August 7, 1923 in Happy or Chester, TX. Have very little information,

but will gladly share.

Judy Webster Sat Aug 16 11:20:00

I am researching Hugh L. ARMSTRONG

who married Lea Belle (?) Oct 31, 1920 in Tulia. Divorced in Winslow, Navajo

Co AZ 1923. – no children. Lea Belle had a son. (Previous marriage?) Hugh

L. ARMSTRONG was a brakeman for the AT&SF Railway Company. Father of

Hugh L. ARMSTRONG is thought to be James M. ARMSTRONG. Any information

would be welcome. Thank you

Bobby J. Wadsworth Wed Jul

23 7:08:00 1997
Seeking data on Silas T. EVANS (1881-1960)

and Ida R.E. COLLINGS (1880-1978), both

of whom are buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in Tulia. Ida was the d/o James

Jackson COLLINGS and Rebecca ROBINSON

of Erath Co., TX. I have lots of COLLINGS data to share. Thanks!

Donald L Glass Mon Jun 23 18:49:17

Would like information on Dardis TALIAFERO

[TALIFERO, TALLIFERRO]. Lived in Swisher County and died after June

1900. Would like to find death date and what cemetery buried in.

Dan Bice Wed

Jun 18 17:26:40 1997
Looking for J. Harry TRACY born about

1835 in Marion Co., Arkansas lived and died in Tulia. Son could be J. TRACY.

His brother was Nathanial TRACY who died in Milam Co., Texas, November


Maggie Stratton Wed Jun

11 19:15:19 1997
I am looking for information on my grandparents Bessie Ann GRIGGSIMPSON,

married Robert Doyle SIMPSON, in August, 1924(?), and lived in Tulia. My

grandmother’s father was John GRIGG, county clerk of Swisher County in

the early part of the century, roughly around 1930-? Thanks.



Shirley Hendricks Sun Jun 15

13:50:52 1997
I am looking for descendants of James M. and Mary (OWENS)WILSON

who moved to Swisher Co. after World War I. James Marion WILSON was the

brother of my great-grandmother, Nancy (WILSON) GILSTRAP.

My records show that James M. WILSON had three sons: William James Benjamin,

Albert Milton, and Charles Calvin.

Howard M. Brown Tue May 20

20:13:33 1997
I am looking for information on Harold Pierce BOSTICK

born Aug. 8, 1904, Hill County, Texas. He later moved to Swisher county

and ran a grocery store until 1963. He later drove a butane truck in Tulia.

He died May 5, 1971 and is buried in Rose Cemetery, Tulia. I am also looking

for someone to visit the cemetery and take a picture of his tombstone.

I would gladly pay for this service. I am looking for an obit possibly

in the local newspaper. Any help would be appreciated. I am vision impaired

and cannot make the trip to Tulia from Fort Worth.

Debbi Lehr Fri May 2 11:24:29

Looking for descendants of George W. SMITH

(b: Jan 1838) and Mary L. BROWN (b: May

1844). They had the following children: Dora (b: 1861), Ella M. (b: 1866),

Noel (b: 1868), Ledson (b: Jan 1870), Emmit (b: Oct 1873), Edgan (b: 1875),

Joseph Earl (b: Sept 1877), and Emma R (b: May 1884). Ella M. married Richard

H. KIRK and had a daughter Hazel (b: 1892).

Any information on this family will be greatly appreciated.

Marian Harris Sat Apr

12 17:12:03 1997
John Alexander COPE, son of Reuben Fletcher

COPE (Reuben COPE, died in 1907 and is buried in Joshua, Johnson County.

He married Mary LEFORS in 1851). John

“Alex” COPE (1856-1892) married Caroline PETERS

(1862-1944) on September 7, 1878 in Johnson County. Their children were

Maude COPE (1879), Ross COPE (1881), Angus COPE (1883-1918), Wilson COPE

(1886), George Willard COPE (1889-1964) and Charles Warren COPE (1892-1953).

Freda P. Summar Fri Jan

31 16:32:39 1997
Any info on Henry Cleveland SUMMAR,

cir 1890’s. Also, any info on Julian Earl MASKEW,

cir. 1890’s, also Willie Oma JACKSON,

cir 1890’s.

Ruth Montgomery Fri Dec

27 13:37:24 1996
Looking for information/descendants of Simeon Henry VAUGHT

who served in CW from Calhoun Co., KY, moved to Spencer Co., IN then to

McClellan Co., TN, died in Swisher Co., TX, bur. Jones Co., TX. Simeon

Henry b. 1 Dec 1844 Muhlenburg Co., KY d. 21 Oct 1927 Kress, Swisher Co.,

TX bur. Swan Chapel, Jones Co., TX, md 7 Aug 1871 Spencer Co., IN Martha

Ada CROWN, children: Nellie Rose b. 17

Jul 1872; Netter C. b. 24 Oct 1874; Hattie Frames b. 24 Mar 1880; Ada b.

24 Feb 1882; Henry Thomas b 15 Mar 1888; James Perry b. 27 Dec 1891.

Sharon K. Jung Tue Sep 24 22:17:21

I am looking for any info on my grandmothers family-ELKINS.

Her name was Eva May ELKINS. Her father was Albert Douglas ELKINS. She

had several half brothers and sisters who lived in and around Tulia since

the late 1800’s. Eva married Tandy BOYD.

Any info will be very appreciated.

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