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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.

My tenth Great-Grandfather is Johannes Nevius. He was born in Solin or Soligen, Westphalia about 1626. He emigrated to New Amsterdam and married Ariaentje Blyck on November 18, 1653. He was a ferryman by trade but was also a literate man who held some prominent posts in early Colonial America. He was a schepen (modern day alderman or magistrate) from Oct 1654-1655. In 1658 he was the secretary to the Burgomaster of New Amsterdam also known as the City Secretary.

On 7 September of 1664 he witnessed the surrender of New Amsterdam by Colonel Peter Stuyvesant to Colonel Sir Richard Nichols of England.

Surrender of New Amsterdam

I found the above information in the records here in the New Jersey and New York sections of the Genealogy Center.

From Pennsylvania section records I found the will of his grandson Joris Neefies, and the baptism of his great-grandson, Cornelius Neafus.

Cornelius Neafus married and moved to Kentucky. In the Kentucky records I found he owned land and passed it on to some of his children. His daughter Susannah Neafus (2 Great-granddaughter of Johannes) married Jeremiah Fryrear and moved to Scotland County, Missouri.


The descendants of Jeremiah Fryrear and Susannah Neafus Fryrear have moved to Iowa, Louisiana, Arizona, Texas, and on to California.

Johannes never traveled further than the New York / New Jersey area. His descendants have moved from New Jersey across the continental United States to California.

Here at the Genealogy Center we have information from all of the 50 United States.

Come in and let us assist you as you seek out your ancestors (where they lived/married/died) and/or the paths they may have traveled.

Good Hunting!

For years I have been told that my 2nd great-grandfather and mother (Henry C. Matthews and Mary Ann Davidson) are buried in the Bear Creek Cemetery in Adair County, Missouri. Henry was born in Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky to Daniel and Rachel Matthews. Mary Ann Davidson, was born in Indiana or Missouri or Tennessee. (Three different records and three different locations.)

Recently I ventured to the http://www.findagrave.com website and SURPRISE!

Someone (not from my line) has stated the grave I thought was my 2nd great-grandfather and mother belongs to a Henry C. Matthews, born in Indiana to John and Nancy Denny Matthews, and wife Mary Ann Taylor.

So I am now on a quest. Which Henry C. and Mary A. Matthews really are buried in the Bear Creek Cemetery? If these are not my ancestors, where are my 2nd great-grandparents buried?

Matthews, Henry C. and Mary A. tombstone

Unfortunately, there are no dates on the marker to give any indication of births or deaths. On to other records.

My search of family history materials does not reveal an obituary for either Henry or Mary. The marriage record of Henry C. Matthews and Mary Davidson indicates they were married on 27 December 1855 in Adair County, Missouri. (At least I have a marriage record and cemetery plot in the same county.)

The 1870 Federal Census shows Henry MATTHEWS with his wife and their children, while the 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930 census records all show their children spelling the name both MATTHEWS and MATHEWS. So far, J.R.(James R.) Matthews marriage to Alice McCormick is the only one that indicates parents as H.C. Matthews and Mary Davidson.

Family history and oral records indicate at least two of Henry C. and Mary Ann Davidson Matthews’ children are buried in this same Bear Creek cemetery though there is no record in http://www.findagrave.com. I have not yet found documentation confirming or denying the children are buried in this same cemetery.

What to do next?

I continue to search for deeds, wills, marriage certificates, and other documents that could provide additional information. To obtain these documents I must contact the County Clerks for both Schuyler County Missouri and Adair County Missouri. I also need to contact both the Schuyler County Missouri Historical Society and the Adair County Missouri Historical Society. (Bear Creek Cemetery in very close to the county line dividing Schuyler county from Adair county. Records could be in either place.) Hopefully I will obtain records that can help answer my questions regarding the deaths or burials of Henry C. Matthews, his wife, Mary A. Matthews or their children.

I am anxious to walk the cemetery myself, but that will have to wait until I venture back to northern Missouri.

Not every search is a “quick find” as this case proves. It will be most rewarding when I am able to identify which Henry and Mary Matthews are buried in Bear Creek. I will be overjoyed when I find the true resting place of my ancestors.

I wish you GOOD HUNTING in your searches.

Lizzie Carpenter

I have been working on the Diary of Lizzie Carpenter from 1880-1890.  I know that Lizzie dies in 1882 and her husband takes over the diary after that.  I’ve reached June 8, 1882 and know she dies by September.  I’m melancholy as I realize what is going to happen soon.  I’ve been following her life for nearly 30 years.  I’m “tolerbly” knowledgeable about her.  I loved how she used “tolerbly” for nearly every description. “There’s tolerbly no one here.” “The weather is tolerbly cool today.”

On June 8, 1882 in her journal she writes “We had a Phrenologist to lecture at Bethany some two or three weeks ago – in his lecture he said every nineteen years repeated itself – or was the same in regard to seasons – crops – fruits etc – I believe it is true – and now I remember nineteen years ago – was a very plentiful year – I have it set down in my old day book and now whoever sees nineteen years to come, may find an account of this fruitful year in this my journal.”

I decided to see where 2015 fell in the “every 19 years” from 1882.  This is the year.  I couldn’t believe that. We’ve gone through 19 years seven times since 1882.  So, 2015 should be a plentiful and fruitful year for us.

I will miss Lizzie Carpenter as I finish her entries in her diary. She has been a wonderful caring woman.  She loved her sons and husband. She cared for her neighbors and family. She worked very hard although she would say “I did tolerbly little to day.”

Family history stories provide interesting and sometimes conflicting accounts of the same event.

Sylvanus (Vene) Cooper Gambell and his wife Nellie F. Webster Gambell along with their daughter of 1 year, Margaret Gambell all perished when the schooner Jane Grey sank on May 2, 1898.

Vene Gambell was a missionary from Iowa, on the way to St. Lawrence Island, Alaska when the ship sank. According to Captain Crockett, the ship started to flounder about 2:30 a.m. when most of the passengers were asleep. The first launch lowered was swamped and sank. The second launch held 27 survivors.

One of the family histories states that Nellie was “offered the opportunity to be rescued but she preferred to share her husband’s fate.”

Another account quotes a newspaper story which reads, “Mr. Gambell refused place his wife and child into the launch stating, “The vessel is doomed and we shall die together.” Somewhere between these two versions is the truth.

I will be checking to see if there are additional accounts of the last moments of the Jane Grey to verify which story is correct, or if both are correct.

When you find conflicting stories seek out as many different resources as possible. Census records, bible records, family histories, newpapers, official documents – wills, deeds, military records, etc. – all provide information and may or may not be correct. Do your best to document what you find and where you obtain it, so you will know and be able to provide “the real truth.” Multiple resources help to establish correct information and possibly verify or correct “tales” or assumptions.

Good Hunting!


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