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 14, 2014

         Jeri Mills has compiled an interesting new book entitled AFRICAN AMERICANS IN NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, published by Arcadia Publishing Company. She has done a tremendous job collecting photos of the area — illustrating occupations, churches, schools, and residents of the county, such as E. J. Campbell.

         This book contains 127 pages, in soft cover, and is available in several stores in town as well as from Arcadia Publishing Company, and Ericson Books.. If you can’t find the book in town, you may order it online at or call long distance to 843-853-2070. Cost is $21.99 – plus $1.81 sales tax, and $5.00 shipping and handling, if ordered from Ericson Books.

         This is the newest addition to records available for African American research in Nacogdoches County. I know you will want to add this book to your collection of Nacogdoches county records.

Information from NACOGDOCHES – GATEWAY TO TEXAS, Volume III:, p. 130:

Edward John Campbell, born 1 January 1877, died 6 March 1937, married Mary G. Kennedy in 1906. He was the son of Burrrell & Asilee Hackney Campbell. He had only one daughter, Willie Lee, born 24 August 1910 in Nacogdoches. He was a prominent educator in Nacogdoches county.

Another early Nacogdoches obituary:

Wednesday, January 30, 1901

Ben Curl, an old time darkey, well known here and all over the eastern portion of Nacogdoches County, died at his home near Sand Hill yesterday morning of pneumonia. Ben was quiet and peaceable and in his day was a great fiddler. Few could handle the bow like ben.

Saturday, February 9, 1901


         The angel of death visited the home of Mr. And Mrs. T. J. Lloyd and carried away their little daughter Kate. She was only 12 years old, and was sick only a few days. Her remains were buried in the North Church cemetery Tuesday.

         Kate was an obedient child, always obeying the commands of her father and mother. She was noted for her sweetness and was always ready to make home happy, and cheerful.

         She was one who always had a smile on her sweet face, and a cheerful heart, ever ready to do which was right. She was loved and honored by her class-mates, and most highly appreciated by her friends who miss her more than words can tell. Grieve not dear friends only think of dear little Kate as she waits to welcome you home.

         Weep not father, mother, and sisters, for Kate is not dead but sleepeth in Jesus. May God bless father, mother, sisters and friends of our angel Kate and help us to meet her in that sweet bye and bye, is the prayer of your humble friend.

                                             Ruby Hall

[Kate Lloyd, born 30 November 1888, died 4 January 1901, buried Old North Church Cemetery.]


Monday, February 11, 1901 


         Mrs. Callie Eddings, wife of J. C. Eddings of Moral neighborhood died Saturday night and was buried at Harmony cemetery Sunday evening. Mrs. Eddings, the daughter of Uncle George Chandler of Mt. Moriah neighborhood, is well known to all people of “old Mt. Moriah” and an industrious and religious woman and wife. While quite young she was married to Cal Eddings and has since lived on the Moral nine miles southwest of Nacogdoches. She leaves a husband and seven children to mourn her loss. Two of uncle George Chandler’s daughters have died during the last six months. Mrs. Addie Peterson, who died in Diebold, Angelina County, and last, Mrs. Callie Eddings. The Sentinel extends sympathy to all bereaves friends and relatives of Mrs. Eddings. She was a good woman, a loving mother ans devoted wife and her place can never be filled at the fireside of the little family on the Moral. No never!

[Callie Eddings, born 2 March 1863, died 8 February 1901, buried Harmony Cemetery]