Monday, May 26, 2014

Meridian Park - 1895

Meridian Park 1895
A glimpse from the past - Meridian Park, in Meridian, Texas. This photo was taken in 1895. My grandfather, Fletcher Woosley Hennington proposed to my grandmother, Ella Mae Burdette, under one these massive oak trees. Families through out Bosque county, gathered here for picnics, hot air baloon rides, the circus, church socials, and of course "courting your sweetheart."
Ella Mae was fourteen years old when she married Fletcher in Meridian, on 25 July 1895. Most of the oak trees are gone now, as the park was moved to a new location many years ago. Precious memories of a by gone era.

Fletcher and Ella Mae Hennington

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Delay/Dunlea Ancestors from County Cork, Ireland


I have been working on my Delay ancestral line for many years. My fifth great grandfather, Lt. James Delay born 1747, was from Ireland. This information was confirmed from Revolutionary War pensions of men who served under him. I have always suspected the Delay's may have come from County Cork, Ireland.

Last week I visited the Scottish Tartan's Museum in Franklin, North Carolina, and discovered from clan books on Ireland, that the surname DELAY was originally DUNLEA, and the majority of those were in fact from County Cork, Ireland.

Very happy, that as I suspected...it was likely County Cork. This post is actually a query to any that read this post. Do you have Delay family ties - or Dunlea ? Do you have County Cork ties or information. I would be pleased to trade any Delay information with any direction you have. Great discovery ...but plenty more to do ! Please email me at gaylevanh   at   frontier.com
(photo/County Cork tartan)



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Charles Goodnight: Texas Ranger, Indian Fighter, Pioneer Cattle Rancher


"In the 1860s, Goodnight and partner Oliver Loving established the Goodnight-Loving cattle trail, which curled northwest from Texas into New Mexico and Colorado. Their friendship and adventures formed the basis of Larry McMurtry’s epic novel Lonesome Dove."

Charles Goodnight, was a Texas Ranger, noted scout and Indian fighter. He was later a pioneer in cattle ranching in New Mexico, Colorado, and Texas. Founded the Goodnight-Loving trail with Oliver Loving. His grave can be found in Goodnight Cemetery just north of the community of Goodnight, Texas which is just east of Amarillo, Texas on U.S. Highway 287. The GPS coordinates for the grave are 35.04677, -101.17467

The following is contributed by Lynda Duncan Miles.

Goodnight was born in Macoupin County, Illinois, east of St. Louis, Missouri, the fourth child of Charles Goodnight and the former Charlotte Collier. (Goodnight's father's grave is located in a pasture south of Bunker Hill, Illinois.)

Goodnight moved to Texas in 1846 with his mother and stepfather, Hiram Daugherty. In 1856, he became a cowboy and served with the local militia, fighting against Comanche raiders. A year later, in 1857, Goodnight joined the Texas Rangers. Goodnight is also known for rousing and leading a posse against the Comanche in 1860 that located the Indian camp where Cynthia Ann Parker was living with her husband, Peta Nocona, then guiding Texas Rangers to the camp, leading to Cynthia Ann's recapture. He later made a treaty with her son, Quanah Parker.

At the outbreak of the Civil War, he joined the Confederate States Army. Most of his time was spent as part of a frontier regiment guarding against raids by Indians.

Goodnight described what it took to become a scout, "First, he must be a born a natural woodsmen and have the faculty of never needing a compass except in snow storms or darkness."


Following the war, he became involved in the herding of feral Texas Longhorn cattle northward from West Texas to railroads. This "making the gather" was a near state-wide round-up of cattle that had roamed free during the four long years of war. In 1866, he and Oliver Loving drove their first herd of cattle northward along what would become known as the Goodnight-Loving Trail. Early in the partnership with Loving, they pastured cattle at such sites as Capulin Mountain in northeastern New Mexico. Goodnight invented the chuckwagon, which was first used on the initial cattle drive. Upon arriving in New Mexico, they formed a partnership with New Mexico cattleman John Chisum for future contracts to supply the United States Army with cattle. After Loving's death, Goodnight and Chisum extended the trail from New Mexico to Colorado, and eventually to Wyoming. The Goodnight-Loving trail extended from Belknap, Texas, to Fort Sumner, New Mexico

Goodnight and Loving were close friends. Goodnight sat by Loving's bed during the two weeks it took the latter to die, and reportedly kept a photograph of Loving in his pocket long after his death, and later put a photograph on his desk. As requested by the dying Loving, Goodnight carried the body from New Mexico to Weatherford, the seat of Parker County, Texas, for burial.

In order to take advantage of available grass, timber, water, and game, he founded in 1876 what was to become the first Texas Panhandle ranch, the JA Ranch, in the Palo Duro Canyon[4] of the south Texas Panhandle. He partnered with the Irish businessman John George Adair to create the JA, which stands for "John Adair". In 1880, Goodnight was a founder of the Panhandle Stockman's Association. The organization sought to improve cattle-breeding methods and to reduce the threat of rustlers and outlaws. After Adair's death in 1885, Goodnight worked in partnership for a time with Adair's widow Cornelia Wadsworth Ritchie Adair.

He also developed an acquaintanceship with W. D. Twichell, who lived in Amarillo from 1890 to 1918 and surveyed 165 of the 254 Texas counties.

After Goodnight had already left the JA, Tom Blasingame came to the ranch in 1918. Blasingame worked there most of the next seventy-three years, having, at the time of his death in 1989, become the oldest cowboy in the history of the American West.

In addition to raising cattle in 1876, the Goodnights preserved a herd of native plains bison that year, which is said to survive to this day in Caprock Canyons State Park. The herd in Caprock Canyons was actually donated by JA Ranch and there is no documentation demonstrating that this was the herd preserved by the Goodnights. Bison of this herd were introduced into the Yellowstone National Park in 1902 and into the larger zoos and ranches throughout the nation. He also crossbred the bison with domestic cattle, which he called cattalo. Charles "Buffalo" Jones, a co-founder of Garden City, Kansas, after meeting with Goodnight in Texas, also bred cattalo, or beefalo, on a ranch near Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona.

On July 26, 1870, Goodnight married Mary Ann "Molly" Dyer, a teacher from Weatherford, located west of Fort Worth. Goodnight developed a practical sidesaddle for Molly. Though he was not of his wife's denomination, Goodnight donated money to build a Methodist Church in Goodnight. He and Molly also established the Goodnight Academy to offer post-elementary education to hundreds of children of ranchers. For several years after their marriage the Goodnights resided in Pueblo, Colorado, where Goodnight had considerable financial success, having invested in real estate, buying town lots, and even becoming part owner of the opera house. The barn from Charles home west of the town of Pueblo on the Arkansas river is still standing and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Much of his money was invested in the Stock Growers Bank in Pueblo; locals there began referring to him by the title "Colonel".

After Molly died in April 1926, Goodnight became ill himself. He was nourished back to health by a distant cousin, 26-year-old nurse and telegraph operator from Butte, Montana, named Corinne Goodnight, with whom Charles had been corresponding because of their shared surname.

On March 5, 1927, his ninety-first birthday, Goodnight married Corinne, whose name became Corinne Goodnight Goodnight. He joined her Two by Twos church and was baptized a few months before his death in Goodnight, Texas. Evetts Haley had described Goodnight as "deeply religious and reverential by nature."

In his younger years, Goodnight smoked some fifty cigars per day but switched to a pipe in his mature years. He never learned to read or write but had his wives write letters for him to various individuals, including Quanah Parker. During his last illness, he gave his gold Hampton pocket watch to his pastor, Ralph Blackburn.

After he mastered ranching, Goodnight was involved in other activities, including the establishment of his Goodnight College in Armstrong County and working as a newspaperman and a banker. He lost his life's savings when the Mexican silver mine he invested in was nationalized by the Mexican government. He was forced to sell his ranch in 1919 to an oilman friend, W. J. McAlister, with the provision that Goodnight and his then first wife could stay in the home until they both died.


Charles Goodnight is buried next to his first wife, Mary Ann Goodnight, in Goodnight Cemetery near Amarillo, Texas.
(Find a Grave)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Setting the record straight on Rev. Charles George Seely


One of my ancestors is the Seely family. For the past thirty years, I've done alot of Seely research, and found a great deal of wrong information that continues to be taken as "fact."

One of the most prominent ones, is the confusion over Charles George Seely and his son Charles Harvey Seely.

Charles George Seely, was born 31 August 1826 in Missouri. Charles Harvey Seely, his eighth child was was born 26 May 1866 in Lawrence County, Missouri. He was not a "Jr." as been reported.

Charles George is present on the 1850 and 1860 Census in Lawrence County, Missouri with his wife and children. He is also present as a land owner in the Lawrence County Deed Books, 1867.

On the June 1, 1870 census, in the Osage Township, Benton County, Arkansas, is the first time we see mention of his four year old Charles. Charles George Seely, noted as a Farmer is with his wife Cynthia (she actually spelled it as Synthia) and other children; James, John, Mary, and Elzora. His older son William Henry was married about 1868 to Rozalia Ann (Elizabeth) Dye.

Two days prior the census being taken, Charles George became a Baptist preacher in Benton County, Arkansas. The Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church on Highway 72 east of Gravette, approximately six miles, was organized on Saturday May 28, 1870, in a log school house above the Cash Spring. Elder Charles Seely was moderator at the organization of the church, and was chosen as the first Pastor. Elder John Givens was the first clerk.

On the 1880 Census, Charles Seely and his wife Synthia are still in Osage Township in Benton County, Arkansas. The two remaining children in the household, are Eliza (Elzora) and Charles H. That is also the last time Charles George Seely is present on any census. He died 30 January 1891.

From there, you can follow his son, Charles Harvey to the 1900 census in Benton County, Arkansas, and is listed as Harvey C "Selly" with his wife and six children. Despite having the two given names reversed, it now gives us a middle name for Charles as Harvey, and contiues on the 10 May 1910 Census in Elmo, Kaufman County, Texas and ther 1920 Census in Navarro County, Texas. Finally, on the 1930 Census in Kaufman County, Texas, he is listed as Charles H Seely.

So where did the confusion over father and son begin ? I have received numerous emails from Seely researchers, that believed that Charles Harvey was the reverand/father and Charles George was the son. Find a Grave also list a Rev. Charles Harvey Seely in the Gamble Cemetery in Benton County, Arkansas. This is Rev. Charles George Seely, not Charles Harvey. His wife Synthia is also buried nearby.

The following Family Group Sheets, list Charles George Seely and his family - and his son Charles Harvey Seely.

Good luck to those researching all the Seely lines.

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Family Group Record for Charles George (Rev) Seely

Husband: Charles George (Rev) Seely

Born: 31 Aug 1826 - Missouri
Died: 30 Jan 1891 - Benton County, Arkansas
Buried: - Gamble Cemetery, Centerton, Benton County, Arkansas
Marriage: 15 Oct 1845 Place: Lawrence County, Missouri

Other Spouse: Mary Ann Pendergraft (1837-1914)
Date: 2 May 1886 - Benton County, Arkansas

Wife: Synthia Arrena Foster

Born: Nov 1824 - South Carolina
Died: 23 Jun 1884 - Benton County, Arkansas
Buried: - Gamble Cemetery, Centerton, Benton County, Arkansas
Father: Frederick Foster (1787-1864)b. South Carolina
Mother: Mary Unknown (1789-1865)b. Ireland

Children

1 M Elijah L. Seely
Born: 2 Sep 1846 - Lawrence County, Missouri
Died: 26 Jan 1864 - Missouri

2 M William Henry Seely
Born: 14 Apr 1848 - Lawrence County, Missouri
Died: 11 Apr 1916
Spouse: Rozalia Ann (Elizabeth) Dye (1852- )
Marr. Date: Abt 1868 - Poss. Missouri

3 M James Francis (Frank) Seely
Born: 22 Mar 1850 - Lawrence County, Missouri
Died: 8 Sep 1946 - Anderson, McDonald County, Missouri
Buried: - Forest Park Cemetery, Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri
Spouse: Martha Deema Costley (1854- )
Marr. Date: 22 Feb 1876 - Lawrence County, Missouri

4 M John Frederick Seely
Born: 25 Apr 1852 - Lawrence County, Missouri
Died: 30 May 1927 - Montgomery County, Kansas
Buried: - Robbins Cemetery, Montgomery County, Kansas
Spouse: Sarah A. (Sadie) Spivey (1845-1927)
Marr. Date: 4 Feb 1872 - Benton County, Arkansas

5 M George W. Seely
Born: 27 Apr 1854 - Lawrence County, Missouri
Died: 19 Dec 1854 - Lawrence County, Missouri

6 F Mary Ann Seely
Born: 6 Jul 1858 - Lawrence County, Missouri
Died: 5 Oct 1951 - Dickson, Benton County, Arkansas
Buried: - Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Hiwasse, Benton County, Arkansas
Spouse: George C. Bates (1856-1940)
Marr. Date: 1880 - Arkansas

7 F Elzora (Eliza) Josephine Seely
Born: 21 Sep 1862 - Lawrence County, Missouri
Died: 9 Nov 1921 - Centerton, Benton County, Arkansas

8 M Charles Harvey Seely
Born: 26 May 1866 - Lawrence County, Missouri
Died: 11 Nov 1956 - Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas
Buried: 12 Nov 1956 - Oakland Memorial Park, Terrell, Kaufman County,
Texas
Spouse: Rosa Bell Burress (1867-1955)
Marr. Date: 23 Sep 1888 - Benton County, Arkansas

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Family Group Record for Charles Harvey Seely

Husband: Charles Harvey Seely
Born: 26 May 1866 - Lawrence County, Missouri
Died: 11 Nov 1956 - Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas
Buried: 12 Nov 1956 - Oakland Memorial Park, Terrell, Kaufman County,
Texas
Father: Charles George (Rev) Seely (1826-1891)
Mother: Synthia Arrena Foster (1824-1884)
Marriage: 23 Sep 1888 Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Wife: Rosa Bell Burress

Born: Feb 1867 - Arkansas
Died: 12 Dec 1955 - Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas
Buried: - Oakland Memorial Park, Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas
Father: John Henry Burress (1826-1900)
Mother: Margaret Allen (Abt 1830-Abt 1870)

Children
1 M Ireton McElvin (Erty) Seely
Born: 7 Sep 1889 - Benton County, Arkansas
Died: Apr 1975 - Siloam Springs, Benton County, Arkansas

2 F Nellie Mae Seely
Born: 10 Jun 1891 - Benton County, Arkansas
Died: 12 Apr 1972 - Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas
Buried:
Spouse: Clarence Edward Chilcoat (1888-1951)

3 F Myrtle Lee Seely
Born: 10 Aug 1893 - Gravett, Benton County, Arkansas
Died: 8 Oct 1972 - Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana
Spouse: Charles H. Coffman ( - )

4 F Bertha Ann Seely
Born: 9 Mar 1895 - Benton County, Arkansas
Died: 26 Feb 1976 - Cedar Hill, Dallas County, Texas
Buried: - Oakland Memorial Park, Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas
Spouse: Homer Malcolm Roberts (1893-1977)
Marr. Date: 3 Nov 1913 - Kaufman County, Texas

5 M Oliver Truman Seely
Born: Mar 1898 - Benton County, Arkansas
Died: 24 Dec 1982 - Austin, Travis County, Texas
Buried: - Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery and Mausoleum, Austin,
Travis County, Texas
Spouse: Verna Campbell (1893-1930)
Marr. Date:
Spouse: Ola Mae Unknown (1910-1983)

6 M Henry Clay Seely
Born: Apr 1899 - Benton County, Arkansas
Spouse: Rossielou Fincher (1896- )

7 M Frank Lafayette (Sr.) Seely
Born: 1902 - Texas
Died: 26 0ct 1979 - Navarro County, Texas
Spouse: Bertha Beatrice Doss (1904- )

8 F Mattie Virginia Seely
Born: 1905 - Texas
(photos: Ancestry/Find-a-Grave)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Family Group Sheet: Benjamin Apling Burdette family

Benjamin and Millie Burdette
My post today is an updated family group sheet, for the family of Benjamin Apling Burdette and his wife Amelia (Millie) Elizabeth Hood. Benjamin and Millie are my great grandparents. There are several versions that are presented within family trees at www.ancestry.com,. Many include a great deal of misinformation, and assumptions.

The following is the most recent version, and has been confirmed and sourced. If you are a descendant from any of Ben and Millie's children, I would welcome your correspondence at: gayleh (at) brmemc.net

Special thanks to Bob and Julia Fox for the photo of Ben and Millie. This is a new one for me, and it is greatly appreciated.

Husband: Benjamin Apling Burdette
    Born: 23 Dec 1835 - DeKalb County, Georgia
    Died: 14 Sep 1921 - Meridian, Bosque County, Texas
    Buried: 15 Sep 1921 - Meridian  Cemetery, Meridian, Bosque County, Texas
    Father: James W.  (Jim) Burdett (1807-1868)
    Mother: Alice Falkner (1815-Abt 1862)
    Marriage: 4 Jan 1855    Place: Wedowee, Randolph County, Alabama

   Wife: Amelia Elizabeth (Millie) Hood
    Born: 1 Oct 1838 - Newton County, Georgia
    Died: 23 Apr 1926 - Meridian, Bosque County, Texas
    Buried:  - Meridian  Cemetery, Meridian, Bosque County, Texas
    Father: Josa Hood (1808-1870)
    Mother: Harriet S. Robertson (1815-1887)

Children
1  F  Maryann Martina (Mattie) Burdette
        Born: 30 Jan 1856 - Randolph County, Alabama
        Died: 29 May 1921 - Lubbock County, Texas
        Buried:  - City of Lubbock Cemetery, Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas
        Spouse: Jasper Alexander Syfrett (1849-1950)
         Marr. Date: 27 Nov 1873 - Marquez, Leon County, Texas
   
2  M  William Wesley Burdette
        Born: 13 Apr 1858 - Randolph County, Alabama
        Died: 23 Aug 1937 - Denton, Denton County, Texas
        Buried:  - Old Dublin Memorial Park, Dublin, Erath County, Texas
        Spouse: Louisa Winifred Thurman (1858-1920)
        Marr. Date: 23 Jul 1882 - Meridian, Bosque County, Texas
        Spouse: Alice Lovelace (    - Abt 1945)
        Marr. Date: Aft 1920
   
3  F  Emily (Emma) Frances Burdette
        Born: 9 Nov 1859 - Randolph County, Alabama
        Died: 11 Jun 1946 - Mexia, Limestone County, Texas
        Buried: 12 Jun 1946 - Dew Cemetery, Mexia, Limestone County, Texas
        Spouse: William Houston Bailey (1855-    )
       Marr. Date: 18 Jul 1878 - Concord, Shelby County, Texas
   
4  M  Benjamin A. Burdette
        Born: 27 Nov 1861 - Randolph County, Alabama
        Died: Abt 1862 - Randolph County, Alabama
   
5  M  James Gora Burdette
        Born: 19 Dec 1866 - Texas
        Died: Bef 1870 - Poss. Leon County, Texas
   
6  F  Susan Elizabeth (Bettie) Burdette
        Born: 3 Sep 1868 - Marquez, Leon County, Texas
        Died: 7 Aug 1959 - Spur, Dickens County, Texas
        Buried:  - Meridian  Cemetery, Meridian, Bosque County, Texas
        Spouse: John Pleasant Jordan (1846-1929)
        Marr. Date: 14 Jan 1886 - Bosque County, Texas
   
7  F  Salina (Lina) Isabel Burdette
        Born: 13 Aug 1871 - Marquez, Leon County, Texas
        Died: 15 Apr 1954 - San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas
        Buried:  - Meridian  Cemetery, Meridian, Bosque County, Texas
      Spouse: Frank C. Gandy (1866-1922)
      Marr. Date: 5 Nov 1885 - Glenrose, Somervell County, Texas
   
8  M  John Monroe Burdette
        Born: 7 Mar 1873 - Marquez, Leon County, Texas
        Died: Bet 1873 and 1880 - Marquez, Leon County, Texas
   
9  F  Lurana A. Burdette
        Born: 27 Jan 1875 - Marquez, Leon County, Texas
        Died: 1887 - Bosque County, Texas
   
10  M  Albert Alonzo Burdett
        Born: 26 Jul 1877 - Marquez, Leon County, Texas
        Died: 29 Jul 1960 - Sudan, Lamb County, Texas
        Buried:  - Sudan Cemetery, Sudan, Lamb County, Texas
        Spouse: Maggie N. Bowman (1882-1966)
        Marr. Date: 8 Oct 1899 - Comanche County, Texas
     
11  F  Ella Mae Burdette
        Born: 20 Oct 1880 - Marquez, Leon County, Texas
        Died: 21 Nov 1957 - Canyon, Randall County, Texas
        Buried: 23 Nov 1957 - Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetary, Lubbock, Lubbock
        County, Texas Plot # N 155 Space 2 (next to husband Fletcher)
        Spouse: Fletcher Woosley Hennington (1873-1953)
       Marr. Date: 25 Jul 1895 - Meridian, Bosque County, Texas
   
12  M  George Issac (Sr.) Burdette
        Born: 28 Aug 1882 - Meridian, Bosque County, Texas
        Died: 15 Sep 1947 - Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas
      Buried: 16 Sep 1947 - Shannon Rose Hill Cemetery, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas
      Spouse: Annie L. Burns (1881-   )
      Spouse: Dozie Lee Redwine (1883-1934)
      Marr. Date: 1902 - Texas
____________________________________________  
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2014/Gayle Hennington-Van Horn



Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Price of Liberty-James M. Henington, World War I


Working on my various lines from the Hennington family, is a work in progress. I am always surprised at what I discover, as I uncover more, and work the many files that were generously given to me by my cousin Bryan Hennington. Bryan, and his parent's began their journey releasing the Hennington & Related Families book editions. A special thanks also goes to another dedicated researcher, who provided many hours of Hennington work, Jim Voss. Jim was a remarkable man who devoted long hours of archive and library work, and it is very much appreciated. He went out of his way to assist me and answer many questions.

This post is a focus on a cousin, James M. Henington. His family line was originally from one of the 'Alabama Hennington' family we refer to. His parent's were Robert Richard Henington and Sallie Nichols. He was a brother to Maude Henington. He was unmarried. There was some speculation by Jim Voss, that James' middle name was Nichols, his mother's maiden name. This is a copy of his Find a Grave memorial page. Our family thanks James for his ultimate sacrifice to our country. May you rest in peace. 

James M Henington
Born: Dec. 3, 1893 Hereford, Deaf Smith County, Texas
Died: 09 Oct. 1918 France

Fort Worth Star Telegram – Wednesday, December 11, 1918

The Price of Liberty
Brief Stories of Men Who Have Been Killed, Wounded or Have Died in Armed Service of U.S.

Corp. James M. Henington of Hereford, Texas, was killed in action, Oct. 8, the date of the Attigny attack of the Panther Division. He enlisted in the old Seventh Texas Infantry, later the One Hundred and Forty-second Infantry, and was trained at Camp Bowie. He was the son of R.R. Henington.
 (photo by 'soilsister'/France)

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Herbert Victor Disney & Effie Bollinger Cruise Papers


I recently found in an auction lot box - a hand written reference to Mr & Mrs Disney, being on board the SS Minnekahda ship, September 1929. By doing research on the Ancestry immigration records, we found the parallel information of Herbert Victor Disney and his wife Effie Bollinger being on board this ship, and the corresponding dates.
Mr & Mrs Disney's name was hand written on the a ship brochure/stateroom layout. They had cruised to London, and were on their way back to America.
If you are a descendant of Herbert and Effie Disney, please email me at teakpub at brmemc.net. I will be glad to send it to you.
Gayle Van Horn