Carolyn Ericson

1614 Redbud Street

Nacogdoches, Texas


           Kissin Kuzzins is an East Texas query column entering its 43th year. It appears weekly in two East Texas newspapers: The Lufkin Daily News and The Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel. Queries are free, but they must pertain to a Texas ancestor. They may be submitted by e-mail, snail mail or by FAX to 936-552-8999. Please remember to include your snail mailing address

September 14, 2014

Hood’s Texas Brigade Symposium has been re-activated and is being held November 14-15, 2014 at the Sam Houston Memorial Museum, Huntsville, Texas. They invite the public to come and hear outstanding speakers give a glimpse of the tenacity and ferocity of Hood’s Texans.

         There will be vendors selling books and a live auction, a silent raffle, and good fellowship. The speakers include Dr. Tom Cole, M. D. He is a great nephew of John W. Thomason, Jr. Author of LONG STAR PREACHER (1941) and noted artist. Dr. Cole will discuss the career of his famous great uncle and family.

         Rick Eiserman will discuss “TRAIN RIDE TO THE RIVER OF DEATH” He will follow the Texans as they traveled by train from Virginia to Chickamauga in Georgia, through East Tennessee and back to Lee’s Army.

         Dr. Richard McCaslin will discuss ROBERT E. LEE, THE ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA AND HOOD’S BRIGADE. He is chairman of the Department of History of North Texas University at Denton, and an award-winning author.

         Dr. Richard Sommers will discuss FURY AT FORT HARRISON covering Texans during the 1864 campaign in and around Fort Harrison, Virginia. Dr. Sommers recently retired from a 44-year career at the U. S. Army Heritage & Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

         Dr. Susannah Ural will discuss MORALE AMONG HOOD’S BOYS AND THEIR FAMILIES IN ‘64. Dr. Ural is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi. Her most recent book is DON’T HURRY ME DOWN TO HADES.

         If you wish to attend this meeting, send your check payable to Hood’s Texas Brigade Association, Re-Activated to Pat Parsons, P. O. Box 169, Luling, Texas 78648. (Indicate if is for the 2014 HTBAR Seminar. Include your mailing address, telephone number and e-mail. For information on registration, contact Pat Parsons at or telephone her at (830) 875-2349. Presume you will need to call because no price was given on the flyer.

         There is ample parking around the Education Center and access through the covered walkway on the side of the building for the Sam Houston Room on the lower floor.

         A limited number of room at a group rate at $109 + tax available at the Holiday Inn Express, 148 IH 45S. Telephone 936-295-4300: indicate reservation is for the Hood’s Texas Brigade Association. Rooms held until block is filled or 10/24/2014. Note that half the rooms are 2 queens and half are Kings. So if you need 2 Queens, book early!

         I attended last year and it is a very interesting meeting. I know you will enjoy it!


Another early Nacogdoches obituary:

The Weekly Sentinel, July 27, 1900

         John Balch was born near Greenville, Green County, Tennessee September 6, 1812 and died at the residence of his son John Balch, Jr. near Attoyac, Texas 3 July 1900. He was therefore at the time of his death 87 years, 8 months and 27 days old, or 27 years longer than the allotted three score and ten. While very young he went to Mississippi and from there to the Republic of Texas, landing at Matagorda early in 1835. These were stirring times. Texas was then joined to the Mexican state of Coahuila. Santa Anna had thrown off all restraint and set himself up as dictator of Mexico, overridden the will of the people and set aside the Constitution of 1924. This was more than the Texans could stand and they made ready to resist the tyrant. Young Balch joined the small force and helped in the capture of Goliad, October 9, 1835. He was with Gen Milam at the storming of San Antonio, December 6, 7, and 8, 1835. And after Cox surrendered he left and started back east, afterwards joining General Houston at Harrisburg on his retreat from Santa Anna. He was at the Battle of San Jacinto April 21, 1836 and took an active part in that ever memorable contest. After peace was declared he returned to Tennessee; came back to Texas in 1840 and in 1841 was married to Elizabeth Rogers near where Chireno now stands. The union was blessed with 11 children – 8 boys and 3 girls. Mr. Balch was a strict member of the M. E. Church and had been for a long time.