Friday, March 27, 2009

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, it is the largest State Capitol Building in the world and second in size to the Capitol of The United States.

Photo by Texas Highway Department

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

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:

  1. What was your father's mother's maiden name?
  2. What was your father's mother's father's name?
  3. 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?
  4. 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 mother was Willie Laura Homsley, born June 21, 1894 in Klondike, Delta Co., Texas
  • Willie's father was Obediah Black Homsley, born July 6, 1863 in Pickwick, Hardin Co., Tennessee
  • Obediah's father was William H. Homesley, born July 6, 1825 in Hardin Co., Tennessee
  • William's father was Joseph Homesley, born in England

Willie Laura Homsley had two brothers:
  • Obediah Black Holmsley, Jr. born and died November 12, 1902 in Poolville, Parker Co., Texas
  • Robert Adrian Homsley, born September 12, 1904 in Peaster, Parker Co., Texas
I do not have information on Robert Adrian Homsley's children, if any. I will need to research this line further.

Thanks, Randy. This gives me a starting point for my next research of this part of my family.

Monday, March 23, 2009

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 constitution had been overthrown; a military despotism established; troops were already in or marching on Texas from Mexico, to enforce the change, in October, 1835.” H. A. Alsbury said in an address in August of that year, “all those who had immigrated into Texas from the United States, since April 6, 1830, were to be driven from the country or dealt with by the military.” There was a long list of persons to be arrested and tried by “drum-head court”, and future immigrants were to be from Mexico only.

After a Mexican army marched on San Antonio, five hundred more were landed at Matagorda Bay and marched into the interior, all under orders from Santa Anna. A Mexican force was sent from Bexar to demand a cannon that had previously been given to the citizens for defense against the Indians. They refused to give it up, a fight ensued and the Mexicans retreated. The commanding official at Bexar wrote to Stephen F. Austin saying that, “unless the gun was promptly given up war would be commenced on the colonists.”

This roused all the people of Texas. Flight, extermination, or resistance were the alternatives placed before them. They prepared for the latter.

Our ancestors found themselves in the middle of this upheaval and in order to keep their land and the homes they had built and stay in Texas they had to join their neighbors in the resistance.

Mary and Charles had the following children:

1) William B. Richards, born 16 January 1814 in Rhea Co., Tennessee; died 21 December 1892 in Bosque Co., Texas; married Catherine Burch 4 December 1838 in San Augustine, San Augustine Co., Texas.
2) James S. Richards, born 11 December 1816 in Blount Springs, Blount Co., Alabama; died 2 May 1889 in Shelby Co., Texas; married Sallie after 1850.
3) John S. Richards, (MY ANCESTOR) born 1818 in Blount Springs, Blount Co., Alabama; died 6 October 1875 in Shelby Co., Texas; married (1) Nancy S. about 1844; married (2) Caroline Conway about 1851 in Shelby Co., Texas.
4) Stratford Wade Hampton Richards, born 14 August 1825 in Blount Springs, Blount Co., Alabama; died 22 July 1900 in Stephenville, Erath Co., Texas; married Elender Caroline Cooper 12 December 1845 in Shelby Co., Texas.
5) Eliza Jane Richards, born 4 September 1827; married William H. Bean Mays.
6) Charles Hampton Richards, born about 1832 in Alabama; died after October 1899 in Limestone Co., Texas; married Emily Wren.
7) Debby Ann Richards, born 1832 in Blount Springs, Blount Co., Alabama; married James A. Wills.
8) Elizabeth B. Richards, born 1834 in Texas; married Joseph Burns.
9) Susan Richards, born 1835 in Texas.
10) Matilda Richards, born 1836.

If you are a descendant of Charles and Mary Sapp Richards, I would love to hear from you. If you have new information or a correction to my post please let me know.


  • Baker, D. W. C. A Texas Scrapbook, Made up of the History, Biography, and Miscellany of Texas and Its People. Reprint. Originally published: New York: A. S. Barnes, 1875. Texas State Historical Association, Austin, Texas, 1991.
  • Richards, Phillip Wade Hampton. Autobiography of Phillip Wade Hampton Richards.
  • The David Rumsey Map Collection, s.v. “A New Map of Texas, With The Contiguous American & Mexican States”,-With-The-Contig (accessed March 13, 2009).
  • 1850 U. S. Census, Shelby County, Texas, microfiche. (accessed January 2007)
  • El Camino Real , s.v. “El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail” (accessed March 23, 2009).
  • Carol Carwile Head, a fellow Genea Blogger
  • Descendants of Charles and Mary Sapp Richards: Connie Johnston, Melinda Tillman, Sharon Wilson

Thursday, March 19, 2009

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 to shade because we were barefooted (and the sand burned our feet).

Wesley, Jr., our cousin and Irene let the cows out at the barn and chased them down the road. Vernell let the pigs out. While chasing them she fell over some barbed wire fence and cut her leg.

Grandpa was always going to the creek and killing squirrels for us to eat. When we left for Oklahoma in 1926 from Parker County, Newberry Community, (we) went by to tell Grandpa and Grandma Gailey goodbye. Grandpa was laing on the cot and Grandma was in the rocker under the big oak tree in the front yard.

After we arrived in Oklahoma and got settled on Mr. Kirk's place on the highway to Oklahoma City. We started to school and had to walk through 2 sections, going through Mr. Wiggley's cloverfield and pasture to get to the main road.

Vernell and I were so small for our age they put us in the 2nd grade at times when the weather was cold and it snowed. Tim would start a fire in the ditch so we could warm, and classes had just started and a man came and said, "Someone set my cornfield on fire." None of us said a word! When it snowed, Mr. Wiggley would pick us up in the wagon.

In the summertime when we walked, we'd hear a car coming so we'd run and put sticks in the bridge cracks. It was people that lived in town. They stopped and turned around. We would run up the creek and watch them and wait until they left. Then we went on home.

We lived two different times on the Tankersley place. Our house had a tin roof and when it rained it sounded like it was hailing. There was a spring at the back that run the year around. That was where we got our water.

While there at this place all 3 of us got the measles. Mother put us all in the same bed and fixed the room as dark as night.

When we lived in the other house Mother was driving the Model T and us kids was with her. She ran an old man with his wagon and team off the road!

Mother walked in her sleep one night. Daddy woke up and as the moon was shining bright, he seen her going down toward the road. She had Jim Bob in her arms. He woke her up just before she fell in this big ditch.

As we were going to school one morning we had got down to the main road and we saw a big dog coming toward us. We got scared and turned around and went home. Mother said, "Turn around and go to school or I'll give each of you a dose of caster oil and put you to bed." SO we went to school.

There were so many storms in Oklahoma. Our house was blown off the foundation twice within 3 weeks. The first time as a storm was coming toward our house; Daddy had gone down to the barn and opened the gate so the stock could get in the barn. Daddy jumped the fence and had just got to the cellar door and had pulled the door down when it (tornado) struck. When it was over it (the house) was almost on the cellar. After putting the house back on the foundation, and after a week, there was another tornado and Daddy had put a shovel and pick in the cellar in case it (the house) landed on the door!

I almost forgot to tell about the time we went with Grandpa Puckett (Harvey V. Puckett) to pick cotton. We were at the pile of cotton and decided to smoke some grapevines. The cotton caught on fire and Grandpa got to the end of the row and said, "Oh, my God, they've set the cotton on fire!"

When we were in school and taking a test, Mr. Wilson discovered almost everyone had copied off each other. Me and two more that didn't copy the papers didn't get a spanking. He used a paddle; the girls kept their coats on and it didn't hurt so much.

One year when we lived on the Glover place we rode the school bus into Blanchard (to school). One evening as we got off the bus, Mother was looking for Jim Bob and he had hid under the house, as the house was up off the ground. When school started we all had to have shots for Typhoid, and they sent word that the (younger) children could take the shots also.

Mother brought Jim Bob to school and when he took the shot, the next week he took sick. I'm sure it was caused from the shot. He was sick for almost two weeks. We had a warning of his death. As we used lamps then, there wasn't any wind blowing, but the lamps went out as if the wind was blowing. Nine days after that he passed away. There was a knock (knocking sound) every night until he passed away. He passed away as we were getting off the school bus.

Judy, I've copied everything except "Memories of Growing Up" and I'd like to have them back, as I just don't feel like doing all that writing. If you want this in my handwriting, will you please copy them off? I enjoyed doing this for you. Now everything has been copied, including the pages Mother wrote, so I have them (originals).

P.S. Don't lose anything, or you'll be out of luck!

Written in her hand 1998
Maedell Gailey Carlyle

Original Pictures belonging to Judith Gail Richards Shubert

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 in order to make up my own mind about whether or not that skeleton in the closet is really there!

From a family tree researched by Kathy (Probably Katherine Ann Sapp) on Family the Sapp line to my ancestor runs as follows:

Ancestors of Mary Sapp (6)

1) John Sapp, born 1640 in Allegany Co., Maryland or England

2) John Sapp, born 1672 in Allegany Co., Maryland and died in Maryland

3) Henry Sapp, born 1698 in Kent Co., Delaware and died May 2, 1743. He married Alice Moore.

4) Benjamin Sapp first appeared in North Carolina when he entered 200 acres on the waters of Muddy Creek in Surry County (now Stokes) on April 2, 1779 and 100 acres also on the waters of Muddy Creek on January 27, 1785 through the Land Grant Office at the North Carolina Department of State. On the 1782 tax list of Surry County, Benjamin Sapp was listed with 2 horses and mules, cattle, 300 acres of land on Muddy Creek.

5) John Sapp, born about 1764 in Maryland.

6) Mary Elizabeth Polly Sapp, born July 30, 1797 in Atlanta, Georgia and died 1879 in Buena Vista, Shelby County, Texas. She married Charles Harrison Richards in Rhea County, Tennessee. He was born February 29, 1780 in Blount Springs, Alabama and died 1839 in San Augustine, Texas.

The Sapp line gets a little hard to understand past Mary and her parents and her father’s 2nd and 3rd wives. I will share what I have found in the different family trees online and from conversations with other distant cousins. But I must emphasize that you need to research this family and come to your own best conclusions, as I have no documentation on the family Sapp. I do know that Mary Sapp and Charles Richards are my ancestors because of family records matching the information from others.

I have been in communication with a Richards descendant who is from the area of Shelby County where our line of Richards settled. She remembers conversations with her great-grandmother who had first hand information and knowledge of the family.

Our John Sapp, Mary’s father, was a watchmaker and silversmith in Augusta, Georgia before he moved to Rhea County, Tennessee where he operated a grist mill. John advertized in the Augusta Chronicles in the 1790s. The area where the grist mill was located is now in the middle of a lake. John may have married two Elizabeths – a King and a Sanders.

Some say that John left one Elizabeth to run off with her sister-in-law, the other Elizabeth. Another theory has it that John Sapp, father of our John Sapp, married one Elizabeth, while our John, the son, married the Elizabeth, sister-in-law of his father’s wife. At any rate, our John’s Elizabeth died and our John married Winnifred Anderson who was remembered by her step-children as a wicked stepmother. Family lore has it that our Mary Sapp, age 13, married the older Charles Harrison Richards to escape Winnie.

Mary’s siblings are listed as:

  • Thomas Sapp, born August 1803, died between 1860-1870, Stokes County, North Carolina*
  • Benajah Joan Sapp, born 1801, died 1887, Shelby County, Texas
  • Stratford Henry Sapp, born January 1, 1802, Cooke County, Texas, died August 4, 1865
  • John Sapp, III
  • Hilliard Sapp, born 1811 in Tennessee, died about 1854
  • Benjamin Harrison Sapp, born May 9, 1813, Rhea County, Tennessee, died December 17, 1863, Mobile, Alabama
  • Alexander Sapp*
  • Serena Sapp*

John Sapp was gone from Rhea County, Tennessee by 1810. Some of his children went to Alabama. Perhaps John and Winnie did, too? But John and Winnie are in the 1850 census of Shelby County, Texas. Did they go back to Alabama or Georgia? Did some of the Sapp children go with the Richards families to Texas to take part in the adventure of taming a new land? Whatever the answer, my 3rd great-grandparents, Mary and Charles Richards, made their way with family members to the eastern border of what is now Texas. I will pick up their story in the next post.

CORRECTION: On June 13, a descendant of Stratford H. Sapp (brother of my Mary Elizabeth Polly Sapp Richards) wrote the following:

You have his [Stratford H. Sapp] death date wrong. He died in Marysville, Cooke County, TX and is buried there in the Marysville cemetery, along with his wife, Elizabeth HAIRGROVE Sapp. His death date is March 12, 1884. I do not believe Thomas is a sibling, nor Serena or Alexander.*

*My original files do indeed have his death date listed as March 12, 1884, and show only 6 siblings:
Mary Elizabeth "Polly" Sapp
Benajah (Benager) Johann Sapp
Stratford Henry Sapp
John Sapp
Hilliard Sapp
Benjamin Harrison Sapp

I appreciate all comments and corrections.


Picture of Mary Sapp Richards sent to me by Richards descendant in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


Connie Johnston
Melinda Tillma
Sharon Wilson
Carol Carwile Head, a fellow Genea Blogger, and I have discovered a family connection in the Sapp family and the Gailey family.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

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

GAILEY James 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 on this frontier, and, as an inducement, offered a liberal donation of land to each family.”

In the Autobiography of Phillip Wade Hampton Richards, Mr. Richards states, “My father’s father was Charles Richards, was raised in Alabama, but came to Texas May 1833; was in the Mexican War, with Sam Houston; was killed by a horse on the streets of old San Augustine in 1838.”

March the 27th 1837

This is to certify that

Charles Richards joined my

company on the 4 of July last

for the term of three months.

William Scurlock, Capt

Thos Rusk

(In 1836 Thomas J. Rusk was serving as secretary of war for Texas.)

William Scurlock was with Colonel J. W. Fannin and his command when the slaughter took place that was called “Fannin’s Massacre” in Goliad. “Of the whole number who were marched out for slaughter on that memorable Sunday, fifty-five only escaped.” Scurlock was one of that number. In Baker’s A Texas Scrapbook of 1875 a letter of Samuel T. Brown, a nephew of Colonel William Ward, first appeared in the Voice of Sumpter (an Alabama newspaper) on November 28, 1839. The letter gave a summary of the various companies and showed the numbers detained, escaped, and killed. The numbers were 35 detained, 55 escaped, and 385 killed.

According to Notes from an Unfinished Study of Fannin and His Men by Harbert Davenport, 1936, Scurlock “made his escape and returned home [San Augustine] to secure a company [of volunteers] and joined the command of Col. Thos. J. Rusk, under whom he served until the 4th October, 1836.” It was this company and during this time that my 3rd great-grandfather joined the fight as indicated in the above document on file at the Texas State Archives in Austin.


Baker, D. W. C. A Texas Scrapbook, Made up of the History, Biography, and Miscellany of Texas and Its People. Reprint. Originally published: New York: A. S. Barnes, 1875. Texas State Historical Association, Austin, Texas, 1991.

Daughters of the Republic of Texas, s.v. “Ancestor Surnames” (accessed March 13, 2009).

TSHA Online, s.v. “Notes from an Unfinished Study of Fannin and His Men” (accessed March 13, 2009).

Richards, Charles. Certification of Service, 1837. Copy. Texas State Archives, Austin, Texas.

Richards, Phillip Wade Hampton. Autobiography of Phillip Wade Hampton Richards.

The David Rumsey Map Collection, s.v. “A New Map of Texas, With The Contiguous American & Mexican States”,-With-The-Contig (accessed March 13, 2009).

1850 U. S. Census, Shelby County, Texas, microfiche. (accessed January 2007).

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

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.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

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 David Lingleville, 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.

Homsley Reunion, Seymour, Texas

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