One of the early settlers in Collin County, Texas is John Madison Salmons. He was born in Illinois in 1824, sold land in Illinois in 1846 and moved to Texas.

Collin County, Texas was created from Fannin County in 1846. J.M. Salmons paid taxes for owning land in Collin County, Texas in 1846 and 1847.

He married Sarah Ann Beck, daughter of Sanford Beck another of the early settlers of Collin County. John and Sarah had 13 children. Two died as infants and one daughter died as a teen. From his 10 children John lived to see nine grandchildren born and one die.

John M. Salmons was elected a Collin County Commissioner in 1850 and appointed a County Commissioner again in 1877.

During the Civil War John M. Salmons served in Company D, Stones Regiment, 2nd Texas Partisan Rangers. In July of 1863 he resigned his commission as a 3rd Lieutenant due to medical conditions. The final approval of his medical discharge was signed by Lieutenant General E. Kirby Smith, C.S.A.

John Madison Salmons died on 4 February 1879. He is buried with his wife and several children and their families in the Murphy Cemetery, Collin County, Texas.

Salmons, J.M. headstone

During John M. Salmons life here in Texas, he lived to see and help Collin County grow. He witnessed how the county suffered through the Civil War. He was part of the post-war recovery. He saw the establishment of the towns of Sache, Parker, Decatur (later named Murphy), and Plano.

Let us show you Plano, Texas The Early Years, A History of Collin County, Texas, and Collin County, Texas Families here at the Genealogy Center. These books along with other Texas and Collin County records and materials tell the story of John Madison Salmons and his family, as well as other Collin County pioneer families.

Perhaps your ancestors were pioneers here in North Texas or in other parts of the country.

Come in and search for your ancestors.

Good Hunting!

When researching my sixth great-grandparents, I found a monument to Sgt. George W. Faucett (my 1st Cousin, 6 times removed) in the Faucett-Fellows Cemetery in Greene County, Indiana. The monument stated his birth at March 8, 1840. There is no death date, just the statement – “Died at the Battle of the Wilderness.”
Faucett, Sgt. George W. - Faucett-Fellows Cty, Greene, IN

I was curious about his life and military record.

I found his enlistment and military records at http://www.fold3.com stating he enlisted as a Private and ended his service as a Sergeant.

The History of Greene and Sullivan Counties, Indiana published by Goodspeed Bros. and Co., Inc. in 1884 states that Sgt. Faucett was wounded at the Battle of the Wilderness and died in the Union hospital in Fredericksburg, VA.

I was still curious about the circumstances of his death. The majority of deaths in the U.S. Civil War were not due to fighting, but sickness and accidents. Was he involved in the battle or a victim of “friendly fire?”

In the book, Nowhere To Run – The Wilderness, May 4th & 5th, 1864 by John Michael Priest I learned that Sgt. George W. Faucett was actually Orderly Sergeant George W. Faucett (senior sergeant of the unit.) His source list told me he obtained his information from two articles from The National Tribune by veterans of the 14th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. One article is by Charles H. Myerhoff (1st Lieutenant, Company D, 14th Indiana) dated 23 Oct 1890.
The other is by Owen T. Wright (Sergeant, Company D, 14th Indiana) dated 25 Feb 1897. These articles were written by soldiers who were at the battle and state what really happened from their point of view.

Relating his version of the day Sgt. Faucett died, Owen T. Wright states, “The 14th Ind. got to the intersection of the Brock and the Orange Plank roads about sundown with the 4th and 8th Ohio and 7th W. Va. We threw our knapsacks as we ran into line, the 14th (Indiana Volunteer Infantry) right at the crossroads…If the smoke had not been so dense they (Generals Grant and Hancock) would undoubtedly been slain, as a number of my company and a few of other companies were wounded getting those two pieces of artillery back. The Acting-Orderly Sergeant of our company, George Faucett, was mortally wounded just to the right of the artillery. I took his place next morning and where history states that “Hancock drove Hill’s Corps for a mile” I was captured, near the little field fringed with pines, where the enemy had a masked battery…”

Now I know that 1st SGT. George Faucett was mortally wounded participating in, and possibly leading, a counter-attack to recover two artillery pieces captured by the Confederate forces on the first day of the Battle of the Wilderness.

I have been extremely successful finding several ancestors and more than a few family military heroes when searching here at the Genealogy Center. Our collection contains something from all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, as well as a Foreign country section. The collection is expanding each month. The staff here at the Genealogy Center is available to assist you in your research of family relations.

Perhaps you will find some military heroes in your ancestry.

Good Hunting!

  • Delta Zeta Sorority Alumnae Directory 1991
  • German Immigrants in American Church Records Vol. 15-17, Michigan Protestant ( excluding Detroit), Michigan Detroit I & II
  • A History of Morgan County, Alabama
  • The Goodspeed Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Central Arkansas – Jefferson, Saline, Hot Springs, Pulaski, Garland, Lonoke, Perry, Faulkner and Grant Counties.
  • Indiana Negro Register 1852-1865
  • Newspaper Extracts from “The Hoosier State” Newport, Vermillion County, Indiana Jan. 3, 1894 – Dec. 25, 1895
  • German Settlers of Iowa Their Descendants and European Ancestors
  • Index to Kentucky Wills To 1851 – The Testators
  • Maryland 1830 Census Index
  • Maryland Gazette 1727-1761
  • Abstracts of Charles County, MD Court and Land Records, Vol. 1-3, 1658 – 1722
  • Early Missourians and Kin Vol. 1-2
  • Missouri Birth and Death Records Vol. 1-4
  • Greene County, MO Marriages 1833-1906, Vol. 1-12
  • Greene County, Missouri Cemeteries Vol. 1-11
  • The Early Marriages of Strafford County, NH 1630-1860 Vol. 1-2
  • The Early Marriages of Strafford County, NH 1630-1870 Supplement
  • East New Jersey Land Records 1715 – 1791
  • Linden, New Jersey
  • New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer
  • Butler County, OH Land Records Vol. 2 1816-1823
  • Abstracts of the Records of Onslow County, NC 1734-1850 Vol. 1-2
  • Oregon Burial Site Guide
  • Abbeville District, South Carolina Wills Vol. 1 & 2
  • Cemeteries of Upper Colleton County, SC
  • Darlingtoniana – A History of People, Places and Events in Darlington County, SC
  • Obituaries and Marriage Notices From the Tennessee Baptist: 1844-1862
  • Lighthouses of Texas
  • Texas 1850 Census Index
  • Miscellaneous Texas Newspaper Abstracts – Deaths – Vol. 2
  • Texas Confederate Pensions Vol. 1-3
  • Early Czech Schools (TX) Vol. 1-2
  • University of North Texas Alumni Directory 2010
  • Discovering Galveston County’s Past: Images II of Galveston County, Texas
  • The History of First Baptist Church Longview, TX 1871-1991
  • A History of Baylor University College of Medicine 1900-1953
  • The Confederate Guns of Navarro County (TX)
  • History of Parker County (TX) and The Double Log Cabin
  • A New History of Parker County (TX)
  • Pioneers Rest Cemetery, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, TX
  • Old Rappahannock County, VA Deed Abstracts 1656-1664 Vol.1-2
  • Richmond County, VA Court Orders 1721-1752: Every Name Index
  • Richmond County, VA Will Book No. 4, 1717-1725
  • Richmond County, VA Deed Abstracts 1719-1721
  • Annals of Tazewell County, VA from 1800 to 1924 Vol. 1-2
  • Alexander Beall – 1649-1744 of Maryland One Line of Descent In America
  • Hudson Immigrants and the Geography of Early Settlement
  • “Hudson Ancestors My Father Never Knew”
  • Hudson Records of North Carolina Vol. 1
  • Rogers – Skelton and Allied Families
  • Stinnett, Guest & Allied Lines

Many things happened in the last month or two that I want to share them all.

  • The biggest announcement is that the Genealogy Center received an Indus BookScanner 9000.  It can scan items up to 18″x24″.  It is available for the public and staff to use.  The first thing we scanned was the 1973 Planonian.  It took two hours to scan while earlier scans would take us up to a week to scan.  Several patrons have brought their old photographs that are too big for the home scanners.  It was very easy to scan.  They loved the outcome.  You can bring in your larger documents or photographs and scan them for free.  Just one thing — Do Not Wear Jewelry around the machine.  It can scratch the glass.
  • We have completed or nearly completed several digital collections for the Collin County Images, http://glhtadigital.contentdm.oclc.org. The Thursday Study Club and Junior Thursday Study Club Collection has minutes, yearbooks and other miscellaneous documents from the 1930s to 2002 available.  These items tell us about what the women were doing during WWII, they mention who was sick or had died, and they let us know what these women were doing over the years to support Plano and other groups in the area. The James Edwards Collection is documents and photographs from the past mayor of Plano, two-year terms from 1978 to 1982. He was the founding President of the Plano Preservation Association. He also was President of William Carey College in 1990. The documents in the collection represent his life during that time. The John Liles Collection includes photographs and documents used in his research about his family surnames Couch, Liles, and Nellis.John Liles grew up and attended college in El Paso, Texas, where his parents moved from Haviland, Kansas. He moved to Plano in 1970 to work at Texas Instruments. While in Plano, John researched and wrote two family histories, which may be found in the Genealogy Center at the Haggard Library.
  • The Gladys Bishop Harrington Collection is not complete but being added to over the next few months.  We have added photographs of her family.  We have some documents from her time operating the Plano Public Library.  We will also be adding items from her scrapbooks as she traveled all over the world with the WFAA Tour Group (farmers and ranchers from Texas).
  • We have received several new donations of older documents and photographs.  They represent the Carpenters, Sherrills, Bagwills, and a few other families of the area.  We look forward to putting them in our digital collection in the next few months.  If you have family documents or photographs of early settlers/pioneers of Collin County, we would love to scan them and be able to put them online for others to enjoy.  We accept donations to keep in our Archival Room that is temperature and humidity controlled.  But if you want the items back, we will do that. We just want to be able to share with others who lived in this area and what has happened during the years.
  • Coming Soon – Many maps of Collin County – We bought just about everything the Texas General Land Office had on Collin County.  We have to get another map case because we don’t have enough room.  I’m really excited to show all that off.   When they are ready we will let you know.
  • New England Chronicle – News of New England from January 1722 – December 1731
  • Personalities of the South
  • The Union Army Vol. 1-9
  • Who’s Who in Alabama with Notable Women 1972-1973
  • Arkansas Prior Birth Index Vol. XII
  • Columbus, Georgia Newspaper Clippings (Weekly Sun) Vol. III 1863-1868
  • Oglethorpe County, Georgia Newspaper Clippings Vol. XVII 1895
  • Butler County, Missouri History and Families Volume III
  • History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-5; Vols. 1-10 & Index Vol. 1-4
  • Diary of Millie Gray 1832-40
  • Diary of Col. Wm. Fairfax Gray – From Virginia to Texas 1835-36
  • Savage Frontier Vol. IV 1842-1845 Rangers, Riflemen, and Indian Wars in Texas
  • Galveston County, Texas in the Civil War
  • Hill County, Texas in the Civil War
  • Unionists In the Heart of Dixie 1st Alabama Cavalry, USV
  • Green County, KY Abstracts of Circuit Court Cases, Vol. 27-28
  • Green County, KY Abstracts of Deed Book 10, 1821-1823
  • Rankin County, MS Cemetery Records, 1824 – 1996
  • Genealogical Abstracts from Howard County, MO Newspapers, Vol. 5, January 5, 1888 – July 28, 1904
  • Bible and Church Records of Lower Cape Fear (NC), Vol. 1-2
  • Bible and Family Records of Bladen County, NC, Vol. 1-5
  • 1788 Tax List Bladen County, NC
  • Diary of Millie Gray (TX) 1832-40
  • The King Ranch vol. 2
  • From Angels to Hellcats – Legendary Texas Women 1836 to 1880
  • Rise of the Lone Star – The Making of Texas
  • 13 Days to Glory – The Siege of the Alamo
  • Adventure in Glory – The Saga of Texas: 1836 – 1849
  • A Texas Frontier – The Clear Fork Country and Fort Griffin, 1849 – 1887
  • County Court Records of Accomack – Northampton, Virginia 1640-1645
  • Martinsburg & Berkeley County (WV) in the 20th Century
  • Hames Heritage Volumes I & II
  • Descendants of Francis Redford Emigrant to America, 1635
  • Weights, Money and Other Measures Used By Our Ancestors
  • Sustainable Genealogy: Separating Fact From Fiction in Family Legends
  • The Colonial Clergy of Maryland, Delaware and Georgia
  • Cherokee Intermarried White 1906, Vol. 5 – 10
  • Starr Roll 1894 Vol. 1-3
  • Some Early Emigrants to America (British)
  • The Jewish Presence in Early British Records 1650-1850
  • British Aliens in the United States During the War of 1812
  • The People of Lowland Perthshire 1600-1799 Carse of Gowrie, Strathearn, Western Strathmore
  • Irish Emigrants in North America Part 8
  • Tracing Derry-Londonderry Roots
  • List of Officers of the Colonies on the Delaware and the Province of Pennsylvania 1614-1776
  • Loyalists in the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War
  • Sherman’s March to the Sea
  • Women Air Force Service Pilots of World War II – The WASP
  • First Metis Families of Quebec, Vol. 2-3
  • Scots in Southern Europe
  • The People of the Scottish Burghs – The People of Arbroath 1600-1799
  • The People of the Scottish Burghs – The People of Dundee 1600-1799 Part 1 & 2
  • The People of the Scottish Burghs – The People of Greenock 1600-1799
  • The People of the Scottish Burghs – The People of Kirkcaldy 1600-1799
  • The People of the Scottish Burghs – The People of Stirling 1600-1799
  • The Surnames of Wales – Updated and Expanded
  • Guide to Irish Quaker Records 1654-1860
  • The People of Ireland 1600-1699 Part Four
  • Death and Marriage Notices from Jefferson County, AL Newspapers Vol. 2 (1882-1906)
  • Arizona Territorial Marriages – Navajo County 1895-1912
  • A Geographic Dictionary of Connecticut and Rhode Island
  • Connecticut Revolutionary Pensioners
  • Supplement to Record of Connecticut Men…During the War of the Revolution, 1775-1783 Vol.1 & 2
  • Very Impudent When Drunk or Sober – Delaware Runaways, 1720-1783
  • 1864 Census for Reorganizing the Georgia Militia
  • Index to the 1872-1915 Death Records of St. Procopius Church Chicago, IL
  • Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Indiana (1949) With Supplement (1954)
  • Roster of Soldiers and Patriots of the American Revolution Buried in Indiana
  • Abstracts of Wills of Washington County, IN 1808-1902
  • Nemaha County, Kansas Cemeteries Vol. 1
  • History of Shelby County, Kentucky
  • History of Kentucky Edition 6 – Henry, Oldham Shelby, Spencer and Trimble Counties
  • Louisiana Colonials – Soldiers and Vagabonds
  • Natchitoches Neighbors in the Neutral Strip (LA)
  • Baltimore County (MD) Marriage Evidences and Family Relationships 1659-1800
  • Abstracts of the Debt Books of the Provincial Land Office of Maryland Prince George’s County Vol. 1-4
  • Somerset County, MD Orphans Court Proceedings Vol. 2-3, 1823-1852
  • Signers of the Mayflower Compact Three Parts in One
  • Chamber’s Confederate Journal (MS)
  • 22nd Regiment Mississippi C.S.A.
  • Davis’ Mississippi Brigade – Army of Northern Virginia – A Muster Listing
  • Featherston’s/Posey’s/Harris’ Mississippi Brigade – Army of Northern Virginia – A Muster Listing
  • Griffith’s/Barksdale’s/Humphrey’s Mississippi Brigade – Army of Northern Virginia – A Muster Listing
  • Military Annals of Carroll County, MS (Expanded)
  • The Old Cemeteries of Hinds County, MS 1811 to the present
  • Confederate Soldiers Buried at Vicksburg (MS) February 15, 1862 – July 4, 1863
  • Black Hawk, Heatherly, Osage & Seminole Wars (Jul 1832 to Jan 1838 Index for MO Militia Muster Records & Confederate Pension List
  • Mormon & Iowa Wars (September 1838 to December 1839) Index For Missouri Militia – Muster Records
  • The Mexican War The Missouri Volunteers of the 1st & 2nd Regiments Vol. 1-2
  • Civil War Records Missouri Confederate Cavalry 1st – 15th Regiments & 3rd Battalion & Boone’s Regiment to Woodson’s Company Vol. 1-3
  • Civil War Records Missouri Confederate Infantry Regiments Vol. 1-3
  • Civil War Records Missouri State Guard & Missouri Confederate Officers (Includes Bushwackers & Guerrillas Names) Vol. 1
  • Civil War Records Missouri State Guard & Confederate Artillery Batteries Plus William Quantrill’s Company & Miscellaneous Records Vol. 1
  • Civil War Records Missouri State Guard Cavalry – Regiments
  • Civil War Records Missouri State Guard Infantry – Regiments
  • Missourians In the Civil War (Transcribed From Missouri Newspapers) Vol. 12 – 16, 18
  • The Mexican War Index for Missouri Militia Muster Records
  • Audrain County, MO Marriages Vol.5-6, 1 Jan 1870 – 6 Feb 1917
  • Audrain County, MO (Misc. Records) Birth 1883-1886, Death 1883-1886, Marriage 1910-1939
  • Boone County, MO Marriages Vol. 4A – 5A 3 Sep 1871 – 26 Apr 1919
  • Callaway County, MO Marriages 1 Jan 1870 – 28 Dec 1922 Vol. 9A-10A
  • Callaway County, MO 1844 Missouri Special Census & Miscellaneous Vital Records (Birth & Death) Vol. 11
  • Callaway County, MO Special Census Records for 1852, 1864 & 1868 Vol. 19
  • Callaway County, MO Special Census Records for 1848, 1856 & 1860 Vol. 17
  • Callaway County, MO 1876 Missouri Special Farm Census Vol. 12
  • Carroll County, MO Deaths and Marriages from Miscellaneous County Papers 1 Jan 1864 – 25 Aug 1899 Vol. 1
  • Macon County, MO Deaths and Marriages from Miscellaneous Macon Newspapers Jan 1862 – Mar 1896 Vol. 1
  • Montgomery County, MO Marriages Jan 1865 – Oct 1922 Vol. 12C
  • Genealogical Abstracts From Randolph County, MO Newspapers Vol. 2-4, January 2, 1890 – December 27, 1901
  • Cemeteries of Grape Grove Township, Ray County, MO
  • New Jersey Archives First Series Volume 13
  • Mayflower Pilgrim Descendants in Cape May County, NJ 1620-1920
  • Images of America Linden, New Jersey
  • Finding Your Irish Ancestors in New York City
  • Genealogical Records Manuscript Entries of Births, Deaths and Marriages (NY), Taken from Family Bibles 1581-1917
  • Old Dutch Church Members 1659-1809 Kingston, NY
  • Marriage and Death Notices in Raleigh Register and North Carolina State Gazette 1826-1845
  • Washington and Beaufort County, NC Book Three
  • Birth and Death Records of Adams County, OH 1857
  • Allen County, Ohio Birth Books Vol. 1-4, 1867 – 1930
  • Coshocton County, Ohio Birth Records 1867-1909
  • Coshocton County (OH) Death Records Index 1867 thru 2005
  • Marriages – Coshocton County, OH 1811-1930 Vol. I & II
  • Marriages – Coshocton County, OH 1931-1960 Vol. III
  • Coshocton County, OH Marriage and Will Records
  • Baptists and Their Churches in Early Oklahoma (1885-1931)
  • Index to Seamen’s Protection Certificate Applications Port of Philadelphia 1824-1861 with supplement 1796-1861
  • Rhode Island Land Evidences 1648-1696
  • Abstracts of Wills of Charleston District, SC 1783-1800
  • Lancaster County, SC Deeds 1787-1811
  • Laurens County, SC Wills 1784-1840
  • Marriage and Death Notices from Columbia, SC Newspapers 1792-1839 Vol. 1
  • Marriage and Death Notices from Upper S.C. Newspapers 1843-1865
  • Spartanburg, SC Deed Abstracts 1848-1852 Vol. 4
  • Obituaries from Tennessee Newspapers 1851-1899
  • Images of America Signal Mountain (TN)
  • Knox County, TN Estate Book 3 1818-1824
  • Cemeteries of Roane County, TN Kingston, East Roane County, South of the River Vol. 1
  • The King Ranch Vol. 1-2
  • Wesley’s Way Methodism in Early East Texas – A History and Biographical Directory
  • Bibles Bibles Bibles – A Collection of 18th & 19th Century Family Bible Records (Texas and some surrounding areas)
  • Savage Frontier Vol. 2-3, 1838-1841
  • Ordered By the Court – Angelina County, TX County Commissioners Court Minutes 1846-1855
  • Lebanon On The Preston (TX)
  • The Best High School Football in the Country – A History of Plano, TX, High School Football from 1900 to the present
  • Kaufman County (TX) History Vol. 1
  • Montgomery County, TX in the Civil War
  • Old Northwest Texas Historical-Statistical-Biographical Vol. 1-A & 1-B, 1846-1860
  • History of Parker County (TX)
  • Tarrant County, TX Marriage Records Vol. III
  • Fort Worth (TX): A Frontier Triumph
  • Images of America Round Rock (TX)
  • The History of Virginia’s Navy of the Revolution
  • Northern Neck (VA) Wills, Inventories & Other Records 1800-1825
  • Loudoun County, VA Marriages after 1850 Vol. 2, 1881-1900
  • Marriages and Deaths from Lynchburg, VA Newspapers 1794-1836
  • Some Slaves of Fauquier County, VA from Will Books 1-20, 1759-1847 Vol. 1-2
  • Hudson Records of Virginia Vol. 1-4
  • A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland in Four Volumes Vol. 1-4
  • Historical Southern Families Vol. VIII

March 2nd is Texas Independence Day and March 6th is the anniversary of the fall of the Alamo. This week seems a good time to ask – Where did your ancestors start your migration to Texas?

For my family the Robins/Robbins came from Connecticut, the Fultons from Pennsylvania, the Fugates and Huggans from Virginia and the Colemans from Michigan. Eventually they all landed in Missouri and from there my parents and later my own family came to Texas.

The majority of folks now living in Texas did not grow up in this great state. So if you are in this category come on in to the Genealogy Center and let us show you the collection we have of states other than Texas. (For you native Texans we have a very large collection for Texas and its counties to help you identify your ancestors too.)

Your family may have come from Missouri through the encouragement of Moses or Stephen F. Austin. Perhaps they came from Kentucky/Tennessee area or moved from Georgia through Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. We have resources from each of these states plus all others.

We can show you the migration trails that lead to Texas in the 1800s, especially after the War Between the States. We have post-Civil War records of both the Union and Confederate soldiers and sailors.

Celebrate Texas.

Trace your ancestry back so you too can identify the migration paths that brought your family to Texas.

Good Hunting!

I think you will find the changes HeritageQuest is making will be helpful to you.  They begin tomorrow, March 4th.  Several of our library staff and other libraries across Texas were able to test the beta version over the last few months.  Here’s what HeritageQuest sent us today:

HeritageQuest® Online, powered by Ancestry

Coming March 4, 2015, HeritageQuest Online (HQO) will be materially improved and enhanced with a much richer content set and a more powerful, intuitive interface.

  • Complete 1790-1940 U.S. Federal Census with images and every-name indexes for all years
  • Additional census records such as Mortality and Non-Population Schedules, Indian Census Rolls, and more
  • Expanded collection of genealogy and local history books and city directories with an all-new user interface, thumbnail images and hit highlighting
  • Complete Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land record collection (NARA M804)
  • Freedman’s Bank Records with full-page register view
  • Periodical Source Index Archive (PERSI), 1800-2009
  • U.S. Serial Set Memorials, Petitions and Private Relief Actions
  • All-new research aids
  • Interactive census maps
  • And more

The product will have a more modern look and feel that will make it easier to use and help streamline the research process for genealogists.

Be sure to log in tomorrow and see the new look.  If you have any questions, you can contact us at 972-769-4240 or come by the library.  My guess is that it might be sluggish tomorrow if many people decide to login to see the new changes.  Be patient with the site tomorrow.


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