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

March 1, 2015

An example of some of the information contained in the new Kaufman County book follows:

         WILLIAM BAILEY MOORE- born 30 October 1823 Georgia, died 18 December 1872 Kaufman County, Texas. Buried Wilson Chapel Cemetery, Kaufman County, Texas

         Married Eliza Fidelia Fall, married 2 April 1857 Nacogdoches County, Texas;

         Served in Company B., 3rd Regiment, Texas State Troops; and 37th Texas Cavalry; enlisted 27 April 1862.

         Comments: Moved to Kaufman County in 1867. Blacksmith.

         RICHARD OVERTON WATKINS, JR. Born 6 August 1846 Nacogdoches County, Texas; Died 20 April 1919 Kemp, Kaufman County, Texas; buried Kemp Cemetery, Kemp, Kaufman County, Texas.

         Parents: Richard Overton & Amanda (Polk) Watkins.

         Service: Company G., 12th Texas Cavalry.

         WILLIAM HILL “HEIL” WEATHERLY Born 14 October 1838 Hardin County, Tennessee; died 20 August 1917 Kemp, Kaufman County, Texas; buried Kemp Cemetery, Kemp, Kaufman County, Texas.

         Married Louisa Rebecca Parmlee, married 27 June 1867 Nacogdoches County, Texas.

         Parents: John Alexander & Cynthia (Parmlee) Weatherly

This is just an example of some of the entries from the new publication;

KAUFMAN COUNTY, TEXAS IN THE CIVIL WAR CONTAINS 220 pages in soft cover. Total cost including tax and shipping and handling is $37.47. Order from Ericson Books, 1614 Redbud Street, Nacogdoches, Texas 75965-2936.

         Seeking information on Simon ARRIOLA (ARREOLA) that would connect him to the Arriolas in Nacogdoches County or just find out about his family. He enlisted in the Battle of San Jacinto and was in Captain Juan Seguin’s Company 23 February 1836 and was discharged at Nacogdoches July 31, 1836.

         On February 2, 1838 he was granted a headright in Bexar County. He was listed on the tax roll for 1837, 1841 and 1842 in Bexar County. He was born between 1797 and 1807.

         He married MARIA JOSEFA RITA RUPERTA FLORES DE ABREGO 24 March 1809 in San Fernando de Bexar. Her parents were Joseph Flores de Abrego and Maria Perez.

         Would like to hear from anyone having information on this couple. If they are related to the Arriola family in the Nacogdoches area — How?

         Jo Ann Anderson <>

Another early obituary from the Nacogdoches papers.

Tuesday, April 9, 1901


         Drummer Joe Levy brought the sad news to Teneha Saturday afternoon that the second son of W. B. Wood of Joaquin had accidentally killed himself with a target rifle. From the best information we can get the boy was sitting on a log out near where some men were shopping and when he caught the muzzle of the gun and pulled it to him, something caught the hammer, causing the gun to discharge. The ball took effect in the boy’s head and killed him instantly. The New Era deeply sympathizes with the good family in their hour of affliction and bereavement. Teneha New Era.

         [William Arthur Wood, born 16 June 1888, died 30 March 1901, buried Joaquin Cemetery, Shelby County, Texas]



Born 31 March 1876 Melrose, Nacogdoches County, Texas

Died: 18 December 1944 Nacogdoches, Texas. Pneumonia following his appendectomy

Buried Mast Cemetery, Nacogdoches County, Texas

Parents: D. C. And Mary (Teutsch) Mast

Comments: Church of Christ. Survivors: Dr. T. A. Mast, Mrs. Elena Hunter, Mrs. Mollie Kendrick and Mrs. O. H. Buckner.