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

August 2, 2015

         Announcing publication of a new book of Jefferson County, Texas. JEFFERSON COUNTY, TEXAS IN THE CIVIL WAR is a volume containing 129 pages of Civil War veterans and/or their wives who drew Confederate Pension Applications.

         The sketches contain dates of birth and death, and dates of marriage, where known. Names of parents are given, when they could be found, as well as the unit in which the men served. Mortuary Warrants were given as reference when the home in which they died in given in the information on file. If they were captured during the War, the place of captivity is given and wounds received in battle.

         Information is given on 483 individuals and place of burial is given on most of them. This is a continuation of a series of publications being prepared on counties in Texas.

         Cost of this thermal bound publication is $25.00, plus $2.06 sales tax, and $5.00 shipping and handling. Order your copy from Ericson Books, 1614 Redbud Street, Nacogdoches, Texas 75965-2936.

         John Kendrick Castleberry was born 8 August 1880 in Van Zandt County, Texas, died 15 July 1924, buried Oak Grove Cemetery. He married Orator “Artie” Partin 18 April 1900, daughter of William A. & Callie Partin. John was the son of James Simeon and Lucinda Brantley Castleberry. Occupation: physician, attended Gate City Medical College in Texarkana, Arkansas in 1904. His family was listed in the 1900, 1910 and 1920 Censuses of Nacogdoches county. They had the following known children: Artie Louella, born 9 April 1901; John Kendrick, b. ca 1902; William Thomas, Romalus E., b. 2 August 1909; Riley D., b. 2 August 1909; Fred Eugene, b. a 1913; Susie Marlessie; Jessie Paul, b. ca 1917; Ophal Elizabeth, b. 19 January 1920.

Another early Nacogdoches obituary:

         Thursday, August 22, 1901

Robt. Britt was born in Columbia County, Arkansas in 1875. He joined the Baptist Church when 14 years old. Made a profession of religion at Corinth church under the preaching of the Rev. Armstrong in 1889. Married in 1893 to Mary Ellen Smith. Came to Texas for his health in May 1901, as that fell destroyer, consumption had claimed him for its victim. He died in May 1901. Just before life left him he called his wife to his bedside and told her everything looked pleasant. He leaves a wife and three children. They have gone back to the old home in Arkansas.

         May that Great Father who promised to be a husband to the widow and a father to the fatherless bless and protect them in their distress.

         Letcher Smith

[Robert H. Britt, born 3 November 1875, died 7 May 1901, buried Eden Cemetery]

Saturday, August 24, 1901


         Soloman Haskin was accidentally shot and killed by Columbus Johnson seven miles east of town last Saturday afternoon. It seems that these boys were in company with two other boys and had started fishing. Had gone but a short distance when they came to a fence; two of them climbed and waited; there being only one gun in the crowd and was carried by Johnson, who come over behind Haskin; by some maneuver or other Johnson let the gun go off and its contents lodged in the body of Haskin. He was carried home by the boys and lived only a few hours, but confessed that it was accidental.


Thursday, August 29, 1901


         Sunday morning a man was found dead in a box car on the Cotton Belt siding hear the oil tank, having been dead several hours when found.

         Cause of death was unknown but the man had not been feeling well for several days previous though nothing serious was thought.

         He was a stranger, and had been cooking at Shirley’s restaurant. He was not a drinking man and appeared to be about 45 years of age and of a quiet industrious and peaceable disposition.