Saturday, February 28, 2009

Names, Places & Most Wanted Faces

From Craig Manson at GeneaBlogie:

Graig says "I started this with a note on Facebook and it was suggested that it would make a good meme for bloggers. The idea is to publicize your surnames and locales to see if anyone else knows something about them."

Craig says to "List the surnames you are researching and the general localities. Then tell the names of your “Most Wanted Ancestors,” that is, the ones you most want to find behind that brick wall. (You can tag people if you want; I’ve chosen not to do that here so that all readers are included). Let’s see your lists; maybe we can each help someone out!"

So I have added the surnames that are most directly related to me that I am researching. I also took Thomas MacEntee's lead at Destination: Austin Family when he said "I have been "particular with the formatting of the information below and use ________ Surname hoping this will allow more people using Google and other search engines to find my post. Also I am using _______ County for the same reasons." Thank you, Craig and Thomas, for such good suggestions.

Surnames of Judith Richards Shubert

RICHARDS Surname: Texas (Shelby County, Erath County, San Augustine County) Alabama (Blount County) Wales, Great Britain

HOMSLEY (HOMESLEY) Surname: Texas (Parker County) Tennessee (Hardin County) England

CONWAY Surname: Texas (Parker County, Shelby County)

SAPP Surname: Georgia (Richmond County) Texas (Shelby County) Maryland (Calvert County)

KING Surname: Tennessee (Rhea County)

RAINEY Surname: Tennessee (Hardin County) Texas (Parker County)

GAILEY Surname: Texas (Parker County) Georgia (Hall County, Habersham County) South Carolina (Laurens County) Northern Ireland

BROCK Surname: Texas (Parker County) Georgia (Gordon County) North Carolina (Buncombe County)

ELAM Surname: Texas (Rusk County, Parker County) South Carolina (Spartanburg County)

STAMPS Surname: Georgia

PUCKETT Surname: Indiana or Kentucky, Louisiana (Sabine Parish) Texas (Hunt County, Parker County) Oklahoma (McClain County)

COOK Surname: Louisiana (Sabine Parish)

SMITH Surname: Arkansas (Arkansas County)

ROWBURY Surname: England, Utah (Sanpete County) Idaho (Bingham County)

The two ancestors I would really, really like to find are my great-great-grandparents, C. Richard Puckett and Polly Brooks Puckett. Many of us have been searching for their place of burial for several years. Richard was born in 1826 in either Indiana or Kentucky. He died around 1901 probably in Hunt County, Texas. My grandmother said his father's name was Bill. Polly was born around 1836 probably in Jasper County, Texas and died between 1900 - 1907 in Hunt County, Texas.

The 1900 Hunt County, Texas Census, Precinct 3 lists Polly (Mary) in the home of one of her sons and daughter-in-laws, Charles Rufus Puckett and Lula Bennett Puckett as a widow. This was in the later days of her life. This might indicate that she is buried in Hunt County. This research was done and given to me by a 3rd cousin, Rita Rascoe Jones, of Sabine Parish, Louisiana.

Maybe this post will find its way to someone who can help us with this puzzling piece of my history!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Great-grandfather Jim Gailey Mentioned in "Kissin' Kin"

James Newton "Jim" Gailey
Born May 24, 1869 in Clermont, Hall County, Georgia
Died April 30, 1930 in Parker County, Texas
Buried in Brock Cemetery, Brock, Parker County, Texas

My great-grandfather was mentioned in this faded newspaper article sent to me by a cousin who lives in Aledo, Texas. At the time Jim and Eleanor Brock Gailey lived in the community of Newberry in Parker County. I do not know the date of the column written by Evlyn Broumley but it was published in The Weatherford Democrat.


Around the county from The Weekly Herald, Thursday, May 22, 1924:

"Newberry: Farmers of the community belonging to the Newberry Truck Growers Association met Thursday night with their families at the schoolhouse. Geo Newberry, president presiding. Jim Gaily was elected salesman and Leonard Newberry grader of the watermelon crops. Ice cream and cake were served after the meeting to the members that came from Davis, Grindstone and Brock. Mrs. A.R. Doss and babies, Evelyn and Katherine, left last Tuesday for Bennets to care for Mrs. W.A. Reasoner, who is real sick. There will be an all day singing and dinner on the ground here Sunday, June 1st.

"Bethel Hill: Uncle Josh Lynch and family entertained family and friends Monday with a big dinner given in honor of Uncle Josh's birthday. Good time had by all. J.R. McNally and family entertained relatives this past week from Jacksboro. J.G. Hardin is still confined to his home with a broken ankle from about two weeks ago.

"Whitt: The grader crew is at work on our road now leading to the county line this side of Gibtown for which we give thanks. Miss Addie Pike of Abilene is here visiting her uncle, M.O. Pate. Ross Garland has been called to the bedside of his brother who is critically ill in Fort Worth. We will have a graveyard working here Saturday and trust we will have enough hands to do the necessary work."

Evlyn Broumley's column, "Kissin' Kin," appears Sundays in the Life section.

Send inquiries to Evlyn Broumley, c/o The Weatherford Democrat, 512 Palo Pinto St., Weatherford, Texas 76086.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Kreativ Blogger Award

I was so pleased and flattered this morning to discover this beautiful Kreative Blogger Award in my mailbox! A very good GeneaBlogger friend, Greta Koehl, at Greta's Genealogy Bog, has given my blog a thumb's up. I agree with her that the genea-blogging group is a generous and talented bunch and I am honored that she included me in that assessment.

Here are the procedures connected with the Kreativ Blogger Award:

1. Copy the award to your site.
2. Link to the person from whom you received the award.
3. Nominate 7 other bloggers.
4. Link to those sites on your blog.
5. Leave a message on the blogs you nominate.

My nominees for this neat Kreativ Blogger Award go to:
Please follow these blogs ~ I think you will be as impressed by them as I have been.

Thanks, Greta!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Baked Pork Chops – A Reminder of Home

Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompt: Week #6 - Let readers in to your kitchen. Discuss your family’s favorite foods. What was a typical Sunday dinner in your childhood house? What did grandma make that had you coming back for more? Were there any dishes that the dog wouldn’t even eat? Thanks to We Tree for the inspiration!

My father and step-mother, Leon and Mildred Richards in their home September of 1964.

Having grown up in a household where my father was a butcher for the local Safeway store and my mother worked in the same meat department, we had a variety of cuts of meat every day. Breakfast fare usually included thick slices of bacon, smoked, peppered, and honey cured. Occasionally a pork chop made its appearance on our breakfast plate beside the usual eggs and fried potatoes and onion. We didn't have that big of a breakfast every weekday because Mom spent long days at work and school was calling - we usually ran a little late with 4 teenagers and 2 elementary-aged kids to get ready. But the weekends found us all gathered in the country kitchen around the beautiful round oak table that my younger sister now has in her home.

Again on the weekends we enjoyed various cuts of meat that daddy patiently showed us how to prepare. Mom was usually in the garden or making biscuits.

Reminder of Home
I was reminded tonight of the thick pork chops that Daddy used to bring home and stuff with delicious dressing prepared just like you would for the Thanksgiving turkey. He would take a very sharp knife and cut a slit in the meat across from the bone and stuff it with cornbread dressing.

Request for Pork Chop
I had asked my hubby to please bring home some pork chops from the grocery (he usually does our shopping) because we hadn't eaten them for quite some time. He found some beautiful chops that were about 1-inch thick with the bone in. If you sometimes wonder how to cook pork chops that are that thick I find that baking them is probably the easiest thing to do.

Preparation of Meat
I rinsed the meat under running water and patted them dry. I had prepared a basil olive oil mixed with garlic salt and dry Italian seasonings that I placed in a shallow bowl. Then I rubbed this on all sides of each pork chop. I then wrapped them tightly in aluminum foil, placed them in a heavy cast iron skillet to bake in my 350º oven. I baked them for one hour.

They were delicious. And because I had wrapped them in foil I had no mess to clean up. Of course, they could just as easily be cooked in any ovenproof dish and if you chose to not use the foil, the chops would brown nicely. My were not as brown but tasted more like a pork roast.

You should try this method of cooking pork chops. I found I could not "fry" my pork chops all the time. Cooking them this way cuts down on the calories and fat.

Bon appétit.

Posted previously on my blog Food Gratitude, Judith Richards Shubert.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

GeneaBloggers Cookbook Now in Living Color

I had the distinct pleasure of participating in the creation of a great cookbook. I submitted a recipe that my grandmother, Edna Alice Puckett Gailey, made often for our family Christmas dinners. The Geneabloggers has published this first edition with the leadership of Coleen McHugh of Orations of McOhodoy!

The book has 35 recipes submitted by 18 fellow geneabloggers from around the world, and has step-by-step instructions, with many stories about the recipes and the families who enjoyed them through the years.

GeneaBloggers has posted an announcement of the Cookbook's release and you can read about it here. Thanks to all of the great editors and our own special "techie" guru, Thomas, for putting together a great cookbook.

Get your free copy today by clicking here and downloading in PDF format (file is approximately 5MB).


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Monday, February 9, 2009

Dressed in their Christmas Finery

The word prompt for the 10th Edition of Smile For The Camera is Costume? No, not as in Halloween. Costume as in dress in general; especially the distinctive style of dress of a people, class, or period. Show us that picture that you found with your family collection or purchased that shows the costumes of the rich to the not so rich, from the civil war to the psychedelic sixties. I know you have them, so share. Admission is free with every photograph!

Grace Amanda Gailey, James Dolphus "Doc" Gailey
Nelllie Mae Gailey
Circa 1908

I think this is a precious little picture! My grandfather, James Dolphus "Doc" Gailey, is the oldest sibling, shown here with Grace Amanda Gailey (Cornelius) and Nellie Mae Gailey (Tudor). They were born in Parker County, Texas in 1898, 1900, and 1903 respectively.

It looks as if Aunt Grace, Doc, and Aunt Nell may be posing with their Christmas presents. I especially like the boots that they all are wearing, the little dresses sewn just alike with doll's in their finery, as well. My Grandpa's little suit looks just right to me. I'm not sure whether he plans to hunt squirrel or rabbit. When he grew up he spent hours fox hunting - without guns - but with dogs.

I can just imagine my Grandmother Eleanor dressing the children up for the photographer. They don't look too happy. She must have been in the foreground admonishing them to stand still!

Monday, February 2, 2009

My Brock Ancestors - James R. Brock, John Henry Brock, and Eleanor Elizabeth Brock

My Great-Grandparents
James Newton Gailey - May 24, 1869 - April 30, 1930
and Eleanor Elizabeth Brock - July 25, 1871 - July 21, 1943

My grandfather was born into the Brock and Gailey families in the small north Texas community of Brock in Parker County. His father James Newton Gailey came to Texas with his brothers from his home in Hall County, Georgia. Some folks in the area simply called him “Jim”. Jim and Eleanor Elizabeth Brock met in Parker County and got married in Millsap by J.S. Huckabee in 1897, according to a Family Bible entry written in my grandfather’s handwriting.

Jim and Eleanor had three children, my grandfather, James Dolphus Gailey, born November 8, 1898, Grace Amanda Gailey, born March 1, 1900, and Nellie Mae Gailey, born December 5, 1903, all born in Parker County.

Captain James R. Brock

“Captain James R. Brock and his family were living in Rusk County near Henderson (Texas) in 1853, when they purchased 400 acres of land in Van Zandt County, Texas, near Canton. They had moved from Gordon County, Georgia, to Rusk County. He was a skilled carpenter, cabinetmaker and farmer. He was also captain of the Georgia Militia in Habersham and Gordon Counties for many years. One of these districts was known as Captain Brock’s District. He was born August 9, 1807 to Thomas and Jane Brock who settled in Georgia before 1820. James R. married Elizabeth Bryan, November 11, 1824, in Georgia. Both were born in North Carolina.”

My ancestor, John Henry Brock, was the youngest of three sons born to James R. and Elizabeth. Their other children were Thomas Jasper, Newton Vanburen and Margaret Jane. When Elizabeth died in late October of 1860 the family was devastated. Because he was so heartbroken James R. decided to volunteer with his sons as soon as the Civil War was declared in 1861. They were among the very first to enlist in the Confederate Army.

Even though James R. was fifty-four years old he joined with the rank of 1st Lieutenant, Company E, 6th Regiment, Texas Cavalry. Thomas Jasper was in Company I, 11th Regiment, Texas Infantry, Newton Vanburen was in Company E, 6th Texas Cavalry; and John Henry, who was still a student, joined Company E, 6th Regiment, Texas Cavalry. Margaret Jane, the youngest child at age twelve, was left behind to live with the J. G. W. Bivins family until her father and brothers came home from the war. Newton Vanburen, John Henry and their father, James R. all returned home to join Margaret after the war; however, Thomas Jasper was killed during his long journey home, traveling by foot.

John Henry was born in Red Bud, Gordon County, Georgia, on December 13, 1843. Before joining the Confederates he took advantage of a good education and was eighteen when he volunteered. He fought with Nathan B. Forrest in Tennessee and it was in Sping Hill that he was captured and taken to a prisoner of war camp in the north where he remained until the end of the war. He was captured “in clothing described as shoes so worn he was almost barefoot and clothing that was almost indecent.”

After the men returned they took Margaret and went back to Rusk County near Henderson. “It was here that John Henry Brock met and married Polly Sanders Elam on October 21, 1866. Polly was the daughter of Joel Elam and Sarah Eleanor Stamps, landowners adjoining the Sparkmans and Risingers and near the G. D. Buckners.” John Henry and Polly bought 160 acres of land adjoining her father’s property, where they lived “until around 1870 when they followed his father, brother, and sister to Parker County.” There was one son, Joel Walter Brock, born to them while in Rusk County, June 18, 1869.

Brannon Crossing on the Brazos River is the place John Henry and Polly settled in Parker County. He and his brother, N. V. (Newton Vanburen) bought 400 acres of land in the Hiner Community. N. V. later sold his share to his brother and moved to Ellis County.

John Henry later moved to Olive Branch and bought several lots. A skilled carpenter and cabinetmaker, he built most of the town. He built the first cotton-gin, two two-story mercantile stores, the Baptist Church, the school, and most of the houses. A post office was established in 1890, and the town’s name was then changed to Brock, in his honor. His wife, Polly, was postmaster from 1892 until two years before her death in 1924.

My Great-Great-Grandmother
Polly Sanders Elam Brock
December 25, 1843 - August 25, 1924
Postmaster Brock, Texas 1892 - 1922

Children born to Polly and John Henry were Joel Walter, who married Sally Barnett; Eleanor Elizabeth, who married Jim Gailey; Lucy, who died in her late teens; James Thomas, who married Emma (?); Margaret “Maggie Maude,” who never married; Alice, who married J. W. White; and Henry Newton, who married Ollie Bell Bish. They also reared three of the Gunn children – Dom, Ponnie, and May – children of Polly’s sister, Ann America and her husband, J. M. Gunn.

John Henry Brock died of a heart attack on September 18, 1911, and is buried in the Brock Cemetery, which he laid off at the request of Mr. Maddux. Polly died August 25, 1924, and is buried beside her husband.

Hall and Habersham Counties were adjacent to one another in this 1822 Georgia map. The two counties were formed in the year 1818. Both my Gailey and Brock ancestors lived in these counties before moving to Texas.

The Brocks moved to Rusk County near the state line of Texas and later to Van Zandt which is further west, and finally to Parker County, still farther west. The map to the right shows the counties formed in 1860.

  • Palo Pinto County History 1978 "A Word of Mouth History Book", Brock, Buckner, Elam Families by Juanita Brock McEntire
  • Family Bible belonging to James Dolphus Gailey and genealogy reports prepared by Raymond R. Stone, son-in-law, Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto County, Texas
  • Original photos in album belonging to Judith Richards Shubert.

Homsley Reunion, Seymour, Texas

Homsley Reunion, Seymour, Texas
Copyright (c) 2015 by Judith Richards Shubert