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

July 20, 2014

         If you are tracing Irish ancestors, I have just the book for you! Brian Mitchell has compiled a book dealing with emigration from Derry, Londonderry. He called it “Gateway to a New World.” He tells the story of emigration from the 17th century up to the year 1939 when the last trans-Atlantic steamer sailed from the port.

         It is illustrated with pictures of the ships that sailed rom this port, and maps showing where the passengers came from. A list of names tells the date of sailing, and the county of residence. Unfortunately, there are not as many names included as you would wish. Derry was the major Irish emigration port and this gives the historical background. Some 9 million people sailed from this port to point westward to the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

         This book contains 32 pages, in soft cover and sells for only $11.00 plus $5.50 for shipping and handling. Order your copy from The Clearfield Company, 3600 Clearfield Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21211-1953.

         Have you been to Center lately? Their court house is something to be proud of. It was designed to resemble a castle in Ireland by J. E. Gibson. It is one of the oldest courthouses in Texas and the only Irish Castle style courthouse remaining in the United States. The area residents are proud of their courthouse and have not demolished it like Nacogdoches did. Notice the courthouse next time you go to Shelby County.

Another early Nacogdoches obituary:

The Weekly Sentinel, May 10, 1900

News was received by telephone announcing the sudden death of Mrs. Elisha Muckleroy, which occurred from heart disease at her home in San Augustine at 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon.

The Weekly Sentinel, May 12, 1900


The subject of this sketch, Mary J. Manning, was born in Nacogdoches County April 16, 1852 and died May 9th, 1900. She was therefore 48 years and twenty-four days old. She leaves a husband, Bob Manning, and eleven children to mourn her loss. He aged mother survives her, and also half brother Will Shepherd, living near Appleby. Sister Manning was a member of the church of Christ at Miller’s Mill, having become obedient July 13, 1887. The ceremony of baptism was performed by Jno. F. Brill, Evangelist. She has ever enjoyed the best of health ‘till about sixteen months ago when she became afflicted with polypus of the nose, which finally shifted and developed into rose cancer of the left eye. The pain and misery was terrible and excruciating yet she bore it with the fortitude of a martyr, declaring her willingness to go and expressing no fear of death, Rev. 14:13 “And I heard a voice from heaven saying write blessed are the dead that die in the Lord, from henceforth yea saith the spirit that they may rest from their labors, for their works do follow them.” Blessed thought to know that our friends and relatives die in the Lord. “Blessed are they that have washed their robes that they that may have the right to the tree of life and may enter in by the gates into the City.” Rev. 22:14 May we all take warning and remember that when we are in the midst of happiness, death is near the door.

Jas. H. Miller

[Mary Jane Simpson Manning, born 16 April 1852, died 9 May 1900, buried Libby Cemetery.]

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