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Sunday, April 25, 2021

Memorial Sketch of Mrs Frank Gandy

Posted for my cousin, Corey T.    Salina Isabel Burdette Gandy is his great-great-grandmother.

Memorial Sketch of Mrs. Frank Gandy

Transcribed from, The History of Hennington and Related Families
 Compiled by Roy B., Lily May and Ollie Ray Hennington
Presumed to be from the Meridian, Texas newspaper, April 1954

                                                                    (Lina Gandy 1930)

Mrs. Frank Gandy, a pioneer citizen of Meridian, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R.W. Taubert, San Antonio, Texas on Thursday morning, April 15, 1954, at the age of 82 years, 8 months, and 2 days.

Impressive funeral services were held in the First Methodist Church, Meridian, Friday, April 16, 1954 at 2:30 o'clock p.m., conducted by Rev. B.L. McCord of Ft. Worth, assisted by Rev. J. Lester Davenport and Rev. Gordon Bays, followed by burial in Meridian Cemetery.

Miss Lina Burdette was born in Leon County, Texas, on August 13, 1871. With her parents, B.A. and Millie Burdette, she came to Meridian at the age of ten years. Here she spent the remainder of her childhood and most of her mature life.

As a child she was converted and became a member of the Baptist Church. Her parent's home was a Christian home; there she received the fundamentals of the Christian faith and of the good life.

The young Miss Lina Isabel became the bride of Mr. Frank Gandy in November of 1885. They were the parents of twelve fine children, and theirs was a happy home where parents and children knew and practiced the Christian virtues and skills. They knew and loved the Bible. In order that the family might be reared in a religiously united home, Mrs. Gandy united with the Methodist Church and continued in that communion, happily and faithfully as long as she lived. From the Gandy home in the persons of sons and daughters and grandchildren have come an amazing variety and quality of leadership in Methodist churches of this state and in other churches as well.

The husband and father, Mr. Frank Gandy, passed from this life in 1922. Besides her husband, Mrs. Gandy mourned the loss of two sons and four daughters. The sons were Jesse Terrell and Herbert L Gandy. The daughters were Olive Estelle and Erva June and Mrs. Lola Landtroop and Mrs. Ella Brown.

Surviving members of the family are two sons, C.M. and R.L. Gandy of Meridian and four daughters, Mrs. H.C. Hanna of Morgan, and Mesdames I.W. Ray, R.W. Taubert and Hayden Miller of San Antonio; also two sisters, Mrs. J.P. Jordan, Bentonville, Ark., and Mrs. Ella Hennington, Anton, Texas, one brother A.A. Burdette of Sudan, Texas, fourteen grandchildren, twenty-five great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.

Out of town relatives attending the funeral were Laudies and Rex Jordan, Plainview; Mr and Mrs  Ben Burdette and Henry Burdette, Gorman; Mr and Mrs J.E. Rogers, Okla City; Mr and Mrs Howard Snider, Ft Worth; Mrs Iva Joe Patton, Shreveport, La.; Mrs Joe Perry and Morris Landtroop, Amarillo; Mr and Mrs Jas. Landtroop and son, Plainview; Mr and Mrs Elgin Gandy and  children, Ft. Worth; Mr and Mrs Alton Gandy and children, Valley Mills; Mr and Mrs I.W. Ray, Mr and Mrs Hayden Miller and son, Kenneth, and Mrs R.W. Taubert, San Antonio; Mr and Mrs Hery Loader, Iredell, and Mr and Mrs H.C. Harris, Morgan.

My personal notes: 
At the time of her death, husband Frank had passed in 1922. Two sons Jesse Terrell and Herbert Leslie and daughters Olive Estelle, Erva June, Mrs Nola Landtroop and Mrs Ella Brown had deceased.
Surviving members of her family were:
C.M. (Charlie Maurice) Gandy of Meridian, TX
R.L. (Robert "Lum") Gandy of Meridian, TX
Mrs. H.C. Hanna (Ethel Ann) of Morgan, TX
Mrs. C.W. Ray (Emma Ida) of San Antonio, TX
Mrs. R.W. (Gladys Alberta) Taubert of San Antonio, TX
Mrs. Hayden (Josephine) Miller of San Antonio, TX

Two sisters surviving: Mrs. J.P. (Susan Elizabeth (Betty) Jordan, Bentonville, AR
Mrs. F.W. (Ella Mae Burdett) Hennington of Anton, TX
one brother: A.A. (Albert Alonzo) Burdett of Sudan, TX

Nov. 25, 2001
Request for copy of Marriage License with F.C. (Frank) Gandy for Nov. 5, 1885 in Somervell County, Texas. No records of such located for a license.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

What is Prussia? Understanding Prussian History


So your ancestors are listed in records as “Prussian,” but you can’t find Prussia on modern maps of Europe. What gives? Before being absorbed into Germany, “Prussia” (German: Preussen) was a major military and economic power in Central Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries. Let’s take a look at Prussian history to see what we can learn about your Prussian ancestors.

First of all: Where was Prussia? At its peak, Prussia included half of modern Poland and all but southern Germany. Though itself one of Germany’s many states, Prussia at one point included: West Prussia, East Prussia, Brandenburg (including Berlin), Saxony, Pomerania, the Rhineland, Westphalia, non-Austrian Silesia, Lusatia, Schleswig-Holstein, Hanover, and Hesse-Nassau. 

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Friday, April 16, 2021

25 Best Genealogy Sites - The Definitive Guide


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Monday, March 1, 2021

Women in World War II Took on Amazing Jobs


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Sunday, January 3, 2021

Your Comprehensive Genealogy Glossary


Every serious researcher knows the importance of understanding the genealogy "lingo." Like other areas of study, family history has its own vocabulary that you’ll encounter in your research. Our editorial staff has put together this list of key genealogy terms to give you a hand.

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