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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
March 9, 2014
In 1841 Reverend William Craig was appointed minister at Nacogdoches. He was admitted on trial into the Tennessee Conference 10 November 1831. He was a member of the Mississippi Conference when he transferred into the Texas Conference. He was reappointed to Nacogdoches in 1842 which meant that he was the first minister to be reappointed to Nacogdoches.
In 1855, two ministers were again appointed to the Nacogdoches charge. These men were Reverend William Craig and Reverend John F. Lard. William Craig was Chaplain to the State Senate in 1857.
William Craig was born 13 May 1785 Kershaw County, South Carolina, died 25 May 1865 Henderson, and was buried in the Henderson City Cemetery; son of William Craig, Sr. His grave now has a Texas Historical Marker which was erected November 5, 19778. Craig married Rebecca Hortense Horton about 1804. He and Rebecca had six children.
In 1849 he established his home in Oakland Community of Rusk County. He served several appointments in East Texas, riding his mule, Tobe up to 300 miles on one circuit. In Nacogdoches he conducted services in the Old Stone Fort.
William and Rebecca’s children were : Cynthia Curtis, born November 17, 1807; Elizabeth Izel, born November 19, 1809; John Wesley, born 6 January 1812 and died a young man; Reuben Terry, born September 9, 1815; William de La Fletcher, born July 6, 1817, and Usuva Jane, born August 6 August 1819.
William Craig was ordained as a minister at an early age and preached in South Carolina, Tennessee, and Mississippi before coming to Texas. In 1841 he was appointed to the Nacogdoches District in the Texas Mission Conference. In 1845 he was sent to Henderson where he soon organized a building committee and the first Methodist Church was established.
Reverend Craig served as pastor for many churches in East Texas including those in Panola, Harrison counties, as well as in Tyler, Smith County and Salem and other. He was also one of the earliest members of the Masonic Lodge organization in the state of Texas.
Trying to find someone who knows about the graves that were located in Huntington on the lots at 3rd Street and W. Magnolia. In the 1970's they were still there, but sometime afterwards they were removed. Does anyone have any names? Three of the graves had markers and were inside a small fence at one time. One person recalls up to 30 graves with stone as markers.
Any help with information would be appreciated. Contact the Huntington Genealogical and Historical Society at 936-422-4064.
Make plans to attend the Family History Fair to be held Saturday, March 29, 2014 in Jacksonville First United Methodist Church at 1031 SE Loop 456. The lectures begin at 9 a.m. and the fee for the all day fair is only $30.00. Some of the lecturers include Carol Taylor of Greenville, Texas; Dr. Scott Sosebee of Nacogdoches; Christi Watkins, Chief Clinical Officer from Palestine; John Garbutt, Texas State Railroad’s Special Projects Administrator, Carolyn Ericson of Nacogdoches; and David Schochler.
To register online go to https://squareup.com/market/cherokee-county-genealogical-society For More information you may call Gordon Bennett at 903-586-0135
An early Nacogdoches obituary:
Monday, April 19, 1909
JOHN E. MCANALLY DEAD
The remains of John E. McAnnally, who died in Ft. Worth Saturday, arrived here this afternoon and were carried to Chireno, where interment will take place tomorrow. A brother, R. T. McAnally went to Ft. Worth Sunday afternoon to accompany the remains here, and this morning wired from Kaufman to C. E. Richardson to meet the train this afternoon. Mr. McAnnally has been living at Stamford for the past seven or eight months, working for a railroad company, and as nothing had been heard from him in several weeks, his brother came in Saturday for the purpose of telegraphing to find out the cause. When he arrived a telegram was awaiting him, bringing the news that Mr. McAnnally was dead at the St. Joseph’s Hospital, Ft. Worth. Deceased was well known in the county, a young man of exceptional promise, and his death will be quite an unpleasant surprise. Death was caused by typhoid.
[John E. McAnally, born about 1876, died 17 April 1909, buried Chireno Cemetery]