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

January 18, 2015

An interesting new publication by the Clearfield Company is THE PEOPLE OF THE SCOTTISH BURGHS - A Genealogical Source Book. The people of Montrose 1600-1799 contains hundreds of names of interest to U. S. Researchers.

         Montrose in the 17 & 18th centuries was a major Scottish port and market town. It was authorized to conduct overseas trade and had developed links with Scandinavia and the Baltic Island as well as France, Spain, Portugal, and other European counties.

         The data is listed in alphabetical order by surname, giving valuable information – such a birth, occupation, ship master, marriage partner or other items of biographical nature.

         An example of a sketch follows:

“GUISE, JOHN, born 1729, late a lieutenant of the 6th Regiment of Foot, in Montrose 1779, died 1803. Husband of Mary, daughter of Thomas Forbes of Thornton, born 1730, died 1803.”

         This volume contains 99 pages of valuable information, in soft cover, and sells for only $14.95, plus $5.50 shipping and handling. Order your copy from The Clearfield Company, 3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 260, Baltimore, Maryland 21211-1953.

Plans have been announced by the Cherokee County Genealogical Society to have a 2nd CCGS-ETHA FAMILY HISTORY FAIR Saturday, April 28, 2015 at the 1st United Methodist Church, 1031 SE Loop 456, Jacksonville, Texas.

         The 1st Family History Fair, held late last March attracted an estimated 65 attendees. It was the first major genealogy event held by the society in about 10 years, members said.

         Cherokee County Genealogical Society members are again organizing the event with the aid of a monetary sponsorship from the East Texas Historical Association based at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches.

         The event is a joint fund raising project to support the activities of CCGS and the Adult Mission Group of 1st Methodist Church for local missions in the Jacksonville area that includes their food pantry.

         Featured speakers in Tract 1 of the event will be John Versluis, Dean of the Texas Heritage Museum and Adjunct History Instructor, Hill College, Hillsboro, Texas and

         Kevin Klaus, Archivist and Information Specialist, Texas General Land Office, Austin, Texas. Mr. Klaus is considered to be the specialist on East Texas at the Land Office. He has deep roots in East Texas himself.

         Cost if $35.00 for non-CCGS-ETHA members. Special discounted price of $15.00 for CCGS and ETHA members. Prices includes a full plate lunch served by the Adult Mission Group and the use of the church building.

         Plans are being made for the day to have three full speaker tracts. Speaking slots, vendor and exhibit spaces are still open. Plans are also to have a silent auction to spark a little more interest in the event.

         For more information contact Society President Gordon Bennett at or phone 903-586-0135

Another early obituary.

Saturday, March 9, 1901


         Henry Stack of Shady Grove, called this morning and reported the death of W. W. (Bud) Shirley, which occurred at his home near Shady Grove yesterday afternoon. Mr. Shirley had been in bad health for several years with some chronic Trouble, but his death was caused from pneumonia after an illness of only a few days. He was a good citizen and an upright man and his death is deeply regretted by the entire community. He leaves a widow, but no children to mourn his death.

         [William Wiley Shirley, born 9 July 1845, died 8 March 1901, buried Shady Grove Cemetery]


The Sentinel owe the signers of the following resolution an apology for its delay in publication. It was received through the postoffice but was misplaced and was by accident discovered this morning. We give it space, delayed as it is to prove our good intentions and to show the spirit of interestedness and sympathy displayed by Prof. Tiller’s fellow workers if the Teacher’s Institute:

         Nacogdoches, Texas, March 2 - Whereas We the teachers of Nacogdoches county, in Institute assembled, having just heard of the death of the child of our fellow teacher, Prof. R. W. Tillery, hereby tender to him and his bereaves family our most sincere sympathy in this hour of sadness. Mrs. W. P. Arnold, Miss Mary Elkins, G. L. Watkins, committee.