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

December 21, 2014

The following sketch is taken from Mamie Yeary’s book published in 1912.

ISAAC N. DILL, Nacogdoches, Texas - Born September 26, 1840, near Clarksville, Georgia. Enlisted in the Confederate Army in August 1861, as private in Company A., Twenty-Fourth Georgia Regiment, Cobb’s Brigade, McLaws’ Division, Longstreet’s Corps, Army of Northern Virginia. My first Captain was J. N. Chandler and first Colonel was R. E. McMillan.

         I was slightly wounded in the left arm at Malvern Hill, and slightly in the right arm at Cold Harbor. Was taken prisoner August 16, and sent to Elmira, N. Y. Was promoted to Second Sergeant in company, and afterwards to Sergeant of regiment. Was in the battles of Seven Pines, seven days around Richmond, Petersburg, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Sharpsburg, Gettysburg, Chickamauga, Wilderness, Front Royal, Knoxville and second battle of Manassas.

         I was in the war more than four years, entering in August, 1861, and stayed till August 1864, when I was wounded and taken prisoner, where I remained till June 1865. I was with my command all the time except three weeks spent in the hospital. I was captured at Fort Royal trying to capture a brigade of cavalry with four little regiments. [pages 186-187 REMINISCENCES OF THE BOYS IN GRAY 1861-1865]

         I am a cousin to Stephen Fuller Austin, but I have been unable to understand how. Because of my aunt Sarah’s letter, I am fairly confident that I am related to the Austin family through my paternal grandmother, Lucile Heggie Brown. Should I prove to be a distant cousin to Stephen Fuller Austin, I would like for you to explain to me where it occurs in the family lineage. This could be a moot question because my limited research, done on the internet, has indicated that my great-great-great grandmother’s father, Archibald P. Austin, may have been an illegitimate offspring of a Captain Edward Riggs. I have also read that Archibald P. Austin and his sister Fanny were born of a union between Wealthy Prewitt (or Pruitt) and Joseph Champness Austin, before they married one another in 1777.

         My husband, Joe, who was born and reared in Lufkin, is extremely excited about learning more and passing down what we collect to our families. Can anyone help me?

         Becky Burch, 4119 Crescent Drive, Granbury, Texas 76049. Phone 501-454-5894. E-mail <>

Another early Nacogdoches obituary:

Monday, February 18, 1901

The Sentinel regrets exceedingly to chronicle the death of Miss Ada Rawlinson which occurred at the home of her father, W. L. Rawlinson, on South Fredonia Hill this morning at five o’clock. She was taken quite ill several days ago, but was not thought to be in a dangerous condition till a day or two ago. The immediate cause of her death was congestion of the brain. Miss Ada was a kind and affectionate girl, obedient child and true friend to all whom she knew. Her death is a severe blow to her friends and relatives and sympathy sincere and heartfelt is expressed on every hand. A more extended notice will appear later.

         [Ada Rawlinson, born 1 August 1888, died 18 February 1901, buried McKnight Cemetery.]

Tuesday, February 19, 1901


The Sentinel was informed yesterday of the death of Hiram Miller at his home at Libby, better known as Miller’s mill on the Naconichi creek. The cause of his death is said to have been congestion of the brain and he was sick but a few days. Hiram Miller was a good man and citizen and if he had an enemy no one knew of it. He was kind and affectionate, and helping to those who needed help. In his death the county and Libby community loses a good citizen and his place will be hard to fill indeed. The Sentinel sympathizes with all the friends and relatives. [James Hiram Miller, born 1853, died February 1901, buried Libby Cemetery.]