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

October 26, 2014

Elizabeth Shown Mills has compiled another QuickSheet to help with your genealogical research. Your Stripped-Bare Guide to HISTORICAL PROOF will give you lots of clues for further research.

         Do you know how to evaluate a source? Is it an original record – or some published source or a narrative on the subject. Do you have a complete record or just a fragment?

         Can you access the original record – or do you have to use some one elses transcription? No single source can serve as “Proof”. No one piece of information can provide it. No one bit of evidence can stand alone.

         Elizabeth provides a “Process Map for Historical Researchers” which helps you become a careful researcher.

         This QuickSheet (#3872) is available for only $6.95 plus $4.50 shipping and handling. Order your copy today from Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc, 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Suite 260; Baltimore, Maryland 21211-1953.

         A woman called me from Timpson the other day seeking information on Martha Jane (Williams) Walker. Martha was born 6 August 1832, and died 22 September 1922, buried Sacul Cemetery. She needs information on Martha, her parents, the name of her husband, etc. If you have information which you can contribute you may mail it to 1614 Redbud Street, Nacogdoches 75965 or call the Timpson Library at 936-254-2966. She would appreciate your help.

Another early Nacogdoches obituary:


         On the 25th of December, W. E. Oxsheer, an aged citizen, died at his home 5 miles from Garrison. Mr. Oxsheer had been a sufferer of rheumatism for several months, but had almost recovered when he was stricken with pneumonia from which his death was caused. W. E. Oxshseer, Jr. of Joaquin, was summoned to his father’s bedside just before his death. Mr. Oxsheer was one of our oldest settlers and most honorable citizens and his death will be greatly felt by community in which he lived, and mourned by his many friends throughout the county.

         His remains were interred at the Greenwood Cemetery on the 26th under the auspices of the Masonic Lodge. GARRISON SIGNAL

[William Elmore Oxsheer, born 13 November 1827, and died 25 December 1900, buried Greenwood Cemetery, Confederate veteran]

Wednesday, January 9, 1901


The announcement that Tom Forse was dying case a gloom over the town yesterday afternoon and the entire community expresses the profoundest regret over his death which occurred at his home four miles east from this city about 4 o’clock from pneumonia. Mr. Forse was well known throughout East Texas, having been in the employ of Mr. E. A. Blount as collector and adjuster for several years past. About two years ago he moved to this vicinity from Chireno settling on the old Graham place, later known as the Larkin Chapman place – four miles East from Nacogdoches, where he lived until his death.

         Mr. Forse was well known in real estate circles, having given most of his attention to real estate since he moved to Nacogdoches. He was comparatively a young man, had hardly reached the prime of life, was full of energy and enterprise, possessing keen business judgment, and had a most promising future. His death is a sad loss to the community.

         He leaves a widow and several children to mourn his untimely death.

[Tom B. Forse, born 11 December 1860, died 8 January 1901, buried Fairview Cemetery.

Thursday, January 10, 1901

         The remains of Mr. T. B. Forse were interred in the Fairview cemetery, four miles east from town yesterday at 10 o’clock a.m. Several friends of the deceased from the city attended the funeral.

Shelby Boyett sent me this message about her recent publications. She intended to publish only one book, but found she had so much information it grew into two books. Both books available in either a full color edition or a black & white edition.

         Volume I includes the COON, HILL, POWER, MEALS, COFFMAN, LOVELL, MARSHALL, MARKHAM and WILLIAMS families. This volume contains 260 pages.


         Shelby called her books “Uprooted:An American Family Saga”

She neglected to give a price of the books and if you can order one volume without the other one. Perhaps is you visit her web site her you may find out how to order these interesting volumes . <>