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Six Flags have Flown over Texas

Recently I have been posting about my Richards ancestors involved in the Texas Revolution. Since Texas fought for and won her independence from Mexico she has continued to thrive first as a Republic and then as a state of the United States of America. She is the only state that has been a Republic. Six flags have flown over Texas since the explorer Cortez came to her shores in 1519.

Those flags are:

Spain from 1519-1685; 1690-1821
France 1685-1690
Mexico 1821-1836
Texas Republic 1836-1845
United States 1845-1861; 1865-Present
Confederate States 1861-1865

This 1960 postcard was purchased by me when I went to the Capitol with my family during July of that year. I sent it home with a note on the back to my grandparents, James Dolphus "Doc" Gailey and Edna Puckett Gailey and my youngest sister, Ann.

Back of card:
TK-122 - Texas State Capitol
Austin, Texas
The story of this fabulous building is as romantic as a novel. Built in 1888 of pink granite from Granite Mountain at Marble Falls, Texas…

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Judith's Paternal Grandmother's Patrilineal Line

Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings has been offering up Saturday Night fun for a while now. This is my first time to join him. It sounds simple enough - but don't know if I have enough information on that line of my ancestry. Now is the time to find out!

Randy's challenge reads as follows:

Provide a list of your paternal grandmother's patrilineal line. Answer these questions:

What was your father's mother's maiden name?What was your father's mother's father's name?What is your father's mother's father's patrilineal line? That is, his father's father's father's ... back to the most distant male ancestor in that line?Can you identify male sibling(s) of your father's mother, and any living male descendants from those male sibling(s)? If so, you have a candidate to do a Y-DNA test on that patrilineal line. If not, you may have to find male siblings, and their descendants, of the next generation back, or even further.My father's mo…

Richards Ancestors Found Themselves in Midst of War

Researchers of the Sapp and Richards family lines indicate Charles Harrison Richards and Mary Elizabeth Polly Sapp moved into Texas in the year 1833 and settled near the town of San Augustine in east Texas near the border of Texas and Louisiana. Most of the settlers traveled into Texas by the El Camino Real, which begins in "Natchitoches, Louisiana and runs from Piney Woods through rolling hills to the arid lands of Old Mexico." It is now known as Highway 6 in Louisiana and Highway 21 in Texas and has existed for more than 300 years.

It is not my intention to give you a history lesson, but in order to give you a glimpse of where our first Richards ancestors found themselves in the early years of their residence in Texas, I feel it is important to repeat here some of the events and political questions which preceded the meeting of the first convention to form a constitution in Texas.

“Texas had been a portion of the Mexican republic under the constitution of 1824. That constitu…

Memories of Growing Up by Maedell Gailey Carlyle

Maedelle Gailey Carlyle
September 25, 1921 - October 13, 2005

When Vernell and Maedell (twins) were born, we were so small the Doctor left us on the bed saying we wouldn't live long. But Grandma Gailey (Elizabeth Brock Gailey) and Granny Simpson put us in shoeboxes and took over. They put small flannel gowns on us and gave us buttermilk and bathed us, etc. They kept us warm so we wouldn't take colds. We were born September 25, 1921, and then our sister, Irene, was born October 6, 1923.

On back of postcard photograph is written in Edna Gailey's handwriting:
Maedelle on left, Vernelle on right

The year we lived in the Newberry Community we lived in the first house down from the Church. Grandma and Grandpa Gailey lived in the last house on the road, which is named Newberry Road.

When we were big enough, Mother would make blackberry cobblers and we would take some to Grandpa and Grandma as blackberry cobbler was Grandpa's favorite. As the road was sandy we would run from shade t…

Mary Sapp Richards Born in Georgia

I tend to wait until I have as many facts as I can gather before posting family information about a particular family line. But I find that I’m getting farther and farther behind. I want to put my family genealogy out there for distant cousins and those who might be interested in the migration to and settlement of my family’s home state of Texas. It is an interesting storyline but if I wait until I have all the bits and pieces I might never get it out there!

So if I post entries out of sequence, forgive me. I will try to piece things together for you all in good time.
Family legend says that my 3rd great-grandmother, Mary Elizabeth “Polly” Sapp, married the older Charles Harrison Richards, to escape her “wicked step-mother.” I am fully aware of the family frictions that can produce stories that are handed down to children that may not be entirely true. But there was a step-mother. And there was a very young bride. As a family researcher, I like to be aware of all of the family legends i…

Death Notice of James Dolphus Gailey - 1898 - 1976

James Dolphus "Doc" Gailey
November 8, 1898 - October 6, 1976
Mineral Wells, Texas

Mineral Wells, Texas Index

GAILEYJames D. Gailey, 77

Funeral services were held for James D. "Doc" Gailey, 77, Saturday, Oct. 9, 1976. Rev. Kenneth Richardson officiated and the interment was held at Newberry. Baum Funeral Home was in charge.

Mr. Gailey was born on Nov. 8, 1898 in Parker Co. He was a member of the Baptist Church and was a retired Trucker contractor. He died on Oct. 6, 1976 in Mineral Wells.

He is survived by 3 daughters: Vernell Rowbury, Pocatello, Idaho; Maedelle Carlyle, Clovis, New Mexico; Irene Stone, Mineral Wells; 1 sister and 6 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren.

Pall bearers were Luther Woods, Clyde Barnwell, E.H. Ames, J.D. Cornelius, Melvin Munro, and Aubrey Morris.

Transcribed from a yellowed newspaper clipping found in scrapbook of his daughter, Irene Gailey Stone in 2001.

Charles H. Richards in Texas Revolution

A New Map of Texas, With The Contiguous American & Mexican States by J. H. Young, 1836

My 3rd great-grandfather was Charles Harrison Richards. He is listed by The Daughters of the Republic of Texas as having been born February 29, 1780 in Blount Springs, Alabama, and died April 4, 1839 in San Augustine, Texas.
When Charles was 32 years old he married the very young Polly Sapp, daughter of John Sapp and Elizabeth King. Polly was born in Georgia and after she and Charles married they must have traveled back to his home state of Alabama since several of their children were born there.
I don’t know when they made their way to the wilderness that was then the Mexican state of Coahuila Texas, but they were there when the sparks of resistance to the tyranny and control that the Mexican usurper, Santa Anna, exerted over the citizens of the country were first fanned. Before that time, the Congress of the Mexican republic, in 1823, “...invited citizens of the U. S. of the North to settle o…

First Cousins Jim and Reggie - Wordless Wednesday

My first cousins, James Floyd Carlyle and Reginald Ray Stone, taken around 1954.
Front yard of the home of grandparents Doc and Edna Gailey, on 2nd Avenue
Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto Co., Texas

Photograph in scrapbook belonging to Edna Puckett Gailey.

11th Edition Smile for the Camera - Brothers & Sisters in Lingleville

The word prompt for the 11th Edition of Smile For The Camera at Shades of the Departed is brothers & sisters? Were they battling brothers, shy little sisters, or was it brother & sister against the world? Our ancestors often had only their siblings for company. Were they best friends or not? Show us that picture that you found with your family photographs or in your collection that shows your rendition of brothers & sisters. Bring them to the carnival and share. Admission is free with every photograph!

Brothers and Sisters in 1961 ~ Ann, Judy, Peggy, Sue, Don, and DavidLingleville, Erath County, Texas

I'm nearly sure this was just before or after a Saturday session of dancing to Elvis! We always had a lot of fun dancing together.