Category Archives: Surnames

52 Ancestors: #6 Murder of John Franklin Cobb (1859-1915)

My father told me that both of his grandfathers were murdered and he never knew either of them.  His father’s father was the first ancestor I wrote about for Amy Johnson Crow’s “52 Ancestors Challenge”.  He was killed in a … Continue reading

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52 Ancestors: #5 Perry Tunnell (1787-1826)

Perry Tunnell, son of Rev. Stephen and Kezia Money Tunnell, was born in 1787, probably in Virginia since his parents lived in Virginia until 1788.  Like his father and four of his brothers, Perry was a Methodist minister.  He married … Continue reading

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52 Ancestors: #4 Frances Ann Rushing (1857-1931)

GRANDMA FANNIE TESTIFIES! A little known fact about my great great grandmother – this is the record in an old 1921 court case which originated in Van Zandt County, Texas.  Statement of Facts, Cause No. 7698, The State of Texas … Continue reading

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52 Ancestors – #3 John Thomas Martin (1848-1914)

All of my life I heard family stories of the Cherokee blood that was passed down through my 2nd great grandfather on my mother’s side, John Thomas Martin.  Every time his name was mentioned to any one in the family … Continue reading

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52 Ancestors: #2 Harvey David Trevathan

The second of my ancestors in the “52 Ancestors” series is the son of my first ancestor.  I remember my father saying that his father had a sad life.  Unfortunately, my grandfather’s early life was very much like his father’s … Continue reading

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52 Ancestors: #1 James Augusta Trevathan

 James Augusta Trevathan was born on 19 February 1862 to Thomas Leander Trevathan and Sena Roberta Gallion in Trevat, a small farming community in Trinity County, Texas, which was settled by Thomas Leander Trevathan and his mother, Rhoda Leander, sometime … Continue reading

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