Thursday, July 25, 2013

Those Places Thursday - Stuart Reunions of Texas

The Texas Stuart Reunions
For as long as I can remember as a child
up to a young adult, the Texas Stuart's
(which included the Stuart's, Moore's and Terry's)
of Fisher County, Texas always held a reunion. 
Why do I call them "Texas Stuart's"?  Well,
to differentiate them from our close kin -
the "Mississippi Stuart's" of Neshoba County.
In the later years, the reunion became
mainly a reunion of just the Stuart side.  In the next
few days, the DENNIS side of this family will gather
and many of their STUART family members will
be joining us in the Mineral Wells, TX area.
I remember going to Sweetwater Lake for reunions.
Then, to Cisco Lake, and later on to Lake Brownwood
after the new Texas 4-H Center was opened in
April of 1975.
Here's a couple of pictures:
Stuart women in the food line at
Lake Cisco (TX) in 1970.
The children of Jeff STUART and
Mamie TEEL and their spouses in
1980 at the Texas 4-H Center, Brownwood, TX. 
We descend from:
Nancy Emma MUSGROVE b. 2 May 1871-Neshoba Co., MS
d. 6 Jun 1899-OK
James Monroe STUART b. 26 Jan 1863-Neshoba Co. MS
d. 13 Feb 1947-Fisher Co. TX.
Orpha Abigail STUART b. 15 May 1889-Neshoba Co. MS
d. 3 Jun 1976-Roby, Fisher Co. TX [m. P.T. "Pink" TERRY]
 Jefferson Davis STUART b. 4 Jul 1891-Brown Co. TX
d. 13 Aug 1949-Roby, Fisher Co. TX [m. Mamie TEEL]
Emma Cora STUART b. 30 May 1893-TX
d. 3 May 1983-Roby, Fisher Co. TX [m. Charles Humphrey MOORE]
Happy Hunting!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Picnic on the Llano River (Texas)

Picnic On the Llano River 

from the album of Nina Ada BALDRIDGE DENNIS.
of San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas
Happy Hunting!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Faces of the Past - Betsy Ware

Betsy WARE - an "unknown" person to me! 
[no connection to my families or their friends]
In one of my vintage/antiquing adventures
I found this picture.  Do you look at old pictures
the way I do when you go to antique stores?
Betsy Ware
other names associated with Betsy:
Mildred Hart Blake
Alice Ware Hart
My antiquing companion (my sister)
knows that I love old pictures and I look through
them at antique places!  
We came across
Betsy Ware on one of our treks through
the Texas Hill Country going down to the Gonzales
area where our Baldridge, Zumwalt, Tillery,
and Callaway ancestors came (some pre-Texas revolution days).
We were headed to the Andrew Kent Muster
(he died in the Alamo and that's another
story for another day)!
Do you now who Betsy Ware is?  Are you
her family? She may be the Betsy Ware of a Rapides, LA
family, but I cannot confirm it.
Let me know and I will
gladly send you the original picture!
Happy Hunting,


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Those Places Thursday - Mamie Teel with schoolgirls Tishimingo, Indian Territory

Mamie Teel with schoolgirls and 
Teacher at Tishimingo, Indian Territory

Teacher is facing students and has her back to us in picture.
Mamie TEEL (later married Jeff STUART) is in the
middle of the picture.  

Not a real good picture, but it's one of the few
that we have of her in the Chickasaw Nation. 
We are proudly descended from 
Choctaw/Chickasaw/Cherokee lines.  Mamie's 
grandchildren recall that she still spoke 
some Choctaw in her older age. 

atDNA testing has further proven 
that our family carries 
Native American Indian DNA.

I estimate this picture to be taken ca. 1906, when
Mamie would have been about 14 years old.
By 1909, when youngest sister Bertha was born,
Mamie's father had brought them to Fisher Co. TX
and they were living at Clayton [1910]. 

Mamie was my great-grandmother.
Mamie TEEL - b. 26 Nov 1892-DeKalb, Bowie, TX
d. 25 Sept 1969-Hamlin, Jones, TX
buried: Roby Cemetery, Roby, Fisher Co. TX

William Perry TEEL - b. 27 Jul 1870-MO
d. 4 Jun 1921-River Place Home, Roby, Fisher Co. TX
m. Jennie HAM - 22 Sept 1890 - Bowie Co. TX
Jennie HAM - b. 1870-AL [1880 Fed Census: 8 years old living in Centreville, Bibb, AL]
d. 19 Apr 1909 - Roby, Fisher Co. TX

Happy Hunting 


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Wedding Wednesday - Naples, Italy

Among my great-grandmother
Nina Ada Baldridge Dennis' 
pictures were these that 
were of a wedding in Naples, Italy.  
It is believed to be the wedding of her
youngest son, who was called "Marty".
Who did he marry in Naples, Italy?

The Kiss!

The Wedding Party!

Leaving the ceremony!
Mama Dennis wrote on the back
of one of the pictures - "leaving the show"!
I have often wondered what she meant
about "the show"?

If you know anything about these pictures, 
please contact me. 

Happy Hunting, 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Darling Barber Yates II

Darling Barber Yates II
b. 9 Sept 1887 - Philadelphia, Neshoba Co. MS
d. 22 Apr 1908 - Philadelphia,Neshoba Co. MS
son of James Oliver Yates & Sue Ella Lewis Yates
Killed in a saw mill accident at the age of 21 years old 

Happy Hunting, 


Monday, July 8, 2013

Maternal Monday - Pearl Teel Frazier

Pearl Teel Frazier

Father: Thomas Alexander Teel
Mother: Catherine "Kate" Petell 
b. 30 Jun 1884 - DeKalb, Bowie Co., TX
m. Julius Caesar Frazier in 1903 - Spencerville, Choctaw, OK
d. 17 Dec 1950 - Hugo, Choctaw, OK
buried - Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Hugo, Choctaw, OK
Son: Alvin Julius Frazier

Happy Hunting!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Sibling Saturday - Ernest, Helene, Rose and Hugo Ziegenfuss

ZIEGENFUSS SIBLINGS of Prussia and Texas:
Ernest - born 7 Jan 1879 in Prussia
Helene ("Lena") Olivia - born 24 Feb 1882 at or near Magdeburg
Rosa ("Rose") - born Feb 1888 - Texas
Bruno Hugo - born 20 Jul 1876 at or near Weferlingen 

Other siblings not pictured were:
Louisa - b. 2 Jun 1870 - Prussia
Otto - 25 Dec 1872 - Prussia
Benno John - 9 Apr 1875 - Prussia
Mathilda Mae - 24 Jan 1878 - Prussia

Lena was my great-grandmother, who we called "Bum Bum".

Happy Hunting,

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Thankful Thursday - Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July, America!

Today I am thankful for the United States of America!
Thankful for my DAR ancestor Robert Baldridge, 
Joshua Tillery and more!

Thankful for the men and women 
who in my lifetime have defended our freedom!

Shall we "ponder" today what the future holds for America?
I know I am!

May God Bless America!

Wordless Wednesday - John David Baldridge, Molly Caperton Baldridge, Yolanda Robertson & Sam the Dog

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Tuesday's Tip - The Texas Heritage Museum at Hill College [Confederate Records]

The Texas Heritage Museum at Hill College
is located at Hillsboro, Texas 
off of I-35 at exit 368 (sitting on a hill
overlooking an outlet Mall).
Address: 112 Lamar Drive
Hillsboro, TX  76645
(254) 659-7750

The museum's Galleries and Collection
Division houses over 16,000 artifacts from the
1830's to present time.  It's exhibits include:
"Texas Revolution and Republic" and 
"The Blue and Gray Gallery".

I learned about the center years ago when it was called
the Confederate Research Center.  The director spoke
at a meeting of the Southwest Genealogical Society.
The Historical Research Center Division of The
Texas Heritage Museum houses one of the best 
Civil War collections repositories in the nation.

Do you have ancestors that served in the Civil War?
Whether your ancestor was Confederate or Union,
you might find some information on your ancestor(s)
in the Texas Heritage Museum's Historical Research Center.

Check out the

There's also a downloadable (PDF)
at the bottom of the page.

I've had excellent results with finding some of 
my ancestors' Civil War papers, including
prisoner of war papers.
I hope you can, too! 
Happy Hunting,