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

February 22, 2015

         Announcing publication of a new Civil War book on a Texas County. KAUFMAN COUNTY, TEXAS IN THE CIVIL WAR contains 220 pages of data on Civil War veterans and/or their widows who received a Confederate pension for their husband’s service.

         The information included dates of birth, death, burial [when it could be located] as well as their military service, pension records, and any prisoner of war records.

         This volume contains 220 pages, in soft cover, and sells for $30.00 plus tax and $5/00 shipping and handling. – $37.47. Order your copy from Ericson Books,. 1614 Redbud Street, Nacogdoches, Texas 75965-2936.

         A few of the veterans, like Watkins and Weatherly, were born in Nacogdoches County or in Cherokee County and later moved to Kaufman County.

         Would like to contains anyone in the East Texas area who is working on the CLAYTON family. I live in Tennessee, and find it difficult doing research by long distance.

         Danny Lee Clayton <>

Another early Nacogdoches obituary:

Thursday, March 28, 1901


The Houston Herald of yesterday reported a terrible tragedy enacted on the streets of Houston in which Miss Mattie Graham shot to death Jack Walsh, a member of the fire department. Miss Graham charges Walsh with seduction under promise of marriage.

         Miss Graham is the niece of our townsman, George W. Graham, and some time ago spent several weeks on a visit to his family here and made a large number of acquaintances who deeply deplore the unfortunate occurrence and sincerely sympathize with the relatives in their distress. Walsh is said to be of excellent family and was a most excellent member of the fire department, yet his treatment of the girl is severely condemned and universal sympathy goes out to his unfortunate slayer.

         Mrs. Bertha Meadors, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. A. W. Meadors, died last night at the family home south of this city of pneumonia. The deepest sympathy of all acquaintances is tendered the family in their bereavement.

         {Bertha Meador, born 4 July 1884, died 27 November 1901, buried Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery.]

Friday, April 5, 1901


John Harden Killed by Will Harden in a Drunken Row

         What appears to be a most cruet and heartless murder occurred near the city last night. Four brothers, John, Wall, Robert and Charles, all of whom live up on Indian creek, were in the city yesterday on a trading trip, remaining in town until late in the evening, when they went out about a mile on the Tyler road and camped for the night. After striking camp they returned to town and began drinking, which they kept up until about 11 o’clock, when they started back to camp. On the way, when out beyond the planer of Galloway and Wright, Rob. Harden became too drunk to go any further and fell by the wayside. After a time he revived and was taken to camp. Will and John got into a dispute of the question as to whether to return to town with Bob or take him back to camp. The dispute ended in a drunken row in which Will shot John twice with a double barrelled shot gun, resulting in his death instantly. John was shot once in the right breast and one in the back to the left of the back bone, either of which would have proved fatal. After the killing Will Harden came to town and was taken in charge by Sheriff Spradley and was guarded in the Sheriff’s office by J. W. H. King and Henry Kinney until this morning, when he was placed in jail.

         The dead body of John Haden was placed in a wagon this morning and brought to town and left at Spradley’s stable where it was viewed by hundreds of people.

         The deed is a most unnatural and deplorable one, and is profoundly regretted by everyone. It was purely the result of a drunken debauch, and is a chapter written in blood against the terrible evils of strong drink. The deepest sympathy goes out to the families of both men.