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Family Events - May 26 - June 1, 2009

On this day in history my ancestors were living their lives just as you and I are today. Some of the things happening to them were recorded and we share them with you here.

May 26 ~ in 1853 Joel Elam purchased land in Rusk County, Texas in the Laneville area. He had recently brought his family to Texas from Talledega County, Alabama. He continued his trade as a tinsmith as well as farming in Rusk County.

May 27 ~ in 1864 on a Friday morning Stratford Wade Hampton Richards, along with the other members of Darnell's 18th Regiment, Texas Cavalry, fought in The Battle of Pickett's Mill. "Almost 25,000 men fought the terrain, the heat, the fear and each other in an area that became known as 'the hell hole' to surviving veterans." See Battle of Pickett's Mill

May 28 ~ in 1718, Adam Hitch was listed as creditor to estate of Joseph Austin (Taylor). Adam and his wife, Ann, were living in Somerset County, Maryland.

May 30 ~ in 1908 Nina Belle was married to John Turner. Their double grave marker with the name WEAVER stands in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Butler County, Alabama.

May 31 ~ in 1679 Mary was born to Abraham Hitch/Heath and Ursula in Pocomoke, Maryland. Mary Hitch was one of five children born to Abraham and Ursula. Both Abraham and Adam, whom we believe to be brothers, appear in the Somerset County, Maryland Land Records in the 1600s (Liber JKL, Folio 14).

Henry Mitchell Shubert headshotJune 1 ~ in 1915, Henry Mitchell "Mitt" Shubert died from causes which may leave some to question just what took place during a gathering at Laurel Bluff, Tennessee, a day or two before his death. Mr. Bill Howerton interviewed Annie Shubert, widow of Terry Shubert, grandson of Henry Mitchell "Mitt" Shubert. She stated that " 'Mitt' was taken violently ill at the 'Decoration Day' at Laurel Bluff and died that day or the next." The death certificate lists the cause of death as "acute indigestion" and the date of death as 1 June 1915.
Henry Mitchell Shubert in photo at right.

Mary Ella Richards of Plainview, Texas

June 1 ~ in 1933 Mary Ella Richards was born to John Robert and Willie Homsley Richards in Parker County, Texas. The Richards were former residents of Lockney, Texas. In 1954, Mary Ella had one of the first open heart surgeries in the county of Dallas. She died in 2004. She was married to Verdell Burton Haws for 49 years and they had three children.

Mary Ella Richards Haws in photo at left.

Information on Mary, Abraham, and Adam Hitch from RESEARCH OF MIKE HITCH, 12310 Backus Drive, Bowie, MD 20720, (301) 805-9855,


Kay said…
This is a great idea! Taking a few days and mentioning events in your family's history.
i am not tired of seeing your mug...I noticed you live in Fort Worth. We lived there for about 2 1/2 years. I like the town but not the heat.

When we would come back to PA it always amazed me how Green it was here. It would be the same going back to TN.

I will try to set up the photo banner this weekend.

Thanks, Kay, but I can't take the credit for it. I borrowed the idea from Diana, author of Random Relatives. She has a great blog. Be sure and check out her Family Events.
Hi there TY ~

Yes, Fort Worth gets pretty warm, especially to someone from Pennsylvania, I imagine!
Of course, I have to stick around, I guess, since north Texas is my birthplace and my sisters and cousins would kill me if we moved back to North Carolina or Tennessee.

Will look forward to seeing the new banner you create for your blog.
I'll have to take up this idea too and try it out. Looks like I'm in for a very busy summer though, so it may be fall before I actually get regular blog posts done. Glad you liked my Grandpa's postcard from 1919. I appreciate your many visits to my blog Judy.
And I appreciate yours, too, Carol! Have a safe, but busy, summer and will be glad to see you return to your full schedule of blogging!!

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