Carlian Pittman  Sept.14, 1998


Lowell Bennett (Zip) Massingill b. July 22, 1907 d. Dec.9, 1953 in Fort Worth, Tx., buried in Big Spring.  His wife's name was Juette Littlejohn Massingill.  I have no information on her. Would like to find her birth and death dates and the correct spelling of her name.


Jim Gray  Sept.7, 1998


Hello, I'm researching my family history and found an old document (Tx State Archives) from GGG-Grandfather Daniel Gray dated 26 June 1840 in Big Springs, Texas. The content is administrative about delivering papers to his lawyer.  It is strange because Daniel Gray and his family is from Bastrop, Texas.  I know he did ride with the rangers at various periods of his life, and the fact that Commanche indians often raided the Bastrop area.  Was anything going on in Big Springs in this time period?  Do you think this could be a Ranger scouting party or retalliation raid against the Commanche? Any theories or comments would be welcome.

Jim Gray


Georgia Burns Olivier  Aug.18, 1998


Looking for information regarding the families of my paternal grandparents, John L. BURNS (d 1943) and Nellie E. CHAMBERS BURNS, m. 1908, Big Spring.  Looking for relation to Mary TYREE, paternal grandmother of John L. BURNS.  Also looking for CHAMBERS info: first judge of Glasscock County, moved to Big spring, later died to contagious epidemic.  Appreciate any assistance.


Carolyn Shumate  Aug.18, 1998


PERIMAN, J.S. / PERIMAN, Brillie Shumate married 1883 in Freestone Co., TX. Looking for 1900 Howard Co. census or names of children of J.S. and Brillie PERIMAN.  Any information would be appreciated.


Shado11743  Aug.12, 1998


I am trying to find the last name of my great grandmother, born in Howard County, Feb.1861, living there until she married Wm.S. BYRD from TN.in Sulpher Springs,TX..  She would have been 19 at the time of the 1880 census, so she may well have moved away by that time.  If you happen to run across a Mary W.____, born there in Howard County, could you please let me know?

Richard Byrd  


Merlin 1410  Aug.12,1998


I have been researching the name BYRD.  I went to the Clayton Library in Houston and was able to find my great grandparents. . My great grandfather's name was William S. BYRD.  My great grandmother's name was only listed as Mary W.  The soundex said he was from TN and she was from TX. It also said Howard Co. and Sulpher Springs TWP.  Their first child was born in July 1881 in ARK. In the 1900 census he was 45 years old and she was 39 years old.  I would like to find  my great great grandfather to see what his name would be.  Would appreciate any help you could give me. 


Kassie Robbins  Aug.2, 1998


I was looking under marriages and found one that could possibly be my gg-grandparents, J.M. STEEN and Lina CALISTON-Jan.23, 1899.  I would like to find out more information about this.  Also my great grandmother was born in Big Spring on July 25, 1900, her name was Mary STEEN.


Donna S. Boyd  July 21, 1998


I am looking for any mention of William H. Boyd as head of household-actually any Boyds-in Howard County. His wife was Isabelle Frances (Eustace Boyd).  Children were Alice Ann, Mary Jennie, Elizabeth, William S., Caroline, James Ashby, and Alfred.


Ann Rawlings  July 7, 1998


I am searching for a cemetery in Howard County for genealogy research.  I went with my grandmother several times back in the 1960's to Luther. There was a cemetery by a church and her infant brother was buried there.  I am trying to find the birth and death dates for Benjamin Mathies, d. approx. 1907.


Jan Elliott  June 17, 1998


Need any info on Overton and Tyree families.  Ranched at Forsan.  Thanks.


Ron Cleavenger  June 14, 1998


I am trying to locate any descendants of a Page and Margie Cleavenger, who were living in Forsan, Howard County, TX; according to the social security index, he was born 28 Jul 1928 and died in Sept 1972, and she was born on 28 Sept 1928 and died on 1 Mar 1993.  Is there a local newspaper that might have a copy of their obituaries or is there someone who may have known this couple that might know if they had any children and where they may be?  I am willing to renumerate somebody to check on this if need be.  Thanks in advance.


Bill Lockstedt  June 2, 1998


Looking for info for the name of the cemetery that Rufus fogers and his wife Eula rogers is buried in.  He died October 1982, she died June 1984.  Any info would be a big help. Thanks.


Ladonna Viertel  May 25, 1998


Hettie Craig HENDERSON married to William Clarence (Willie) HENDERSON.  They had four daughters: Alice, Cora, Zella, and Thelma.  Looking for death dates and/or obituary since Hettie's death is not recorded in the Texas Death Records, and there is no cemetery marker for her. Thanks for any help anyone can give.


Jan Elliott  May 22, 1998


I would like to communicate with other OVERTON families from Howard County.


M Tira (Stockton) Alvar  May 22, 1998


I am looking for information on Gideon Augusta STOCKTON b. 8/30/1865 d ? He was born in Guadalupe County, Tx and Mary  Cornelia CANNON STOCKTON  (wife of Gideon) b. 11/19/1868 d. 10/30/1953.  They lived in Big Spring, Tx.  Mary died in Hyman, Tx. They are my Great Grandparents.


Nelda Conner May 4, 1998


I am trying to locate any of Vernon A. Key's descendents.  My sister is his neice.  She would like to know where her half-sister Sallie (Sally) J. Key went after 1973.  Linda learned of Sallie after their father Orville, was killed in a car accident in Stratford, Texas.  We know Sallie was around Big Spring after the accident.  We believe Sallie's grandparents on her mother's side may have raised her.  If anyone can help please contact me at nconner1@airmail.net.  I would like to know if Sallie would like to meet her half sister.  Linda's son is also doing his family tree as a school project and would like more information on this side of his family.


William Poe   May 2, 1998


I would like to know about my Dad , Luther S. POE, and his parents.  They lived in Big Springs, Texas around 1900-1920.


Michille Brochstein April 15, 1998


I am searching for information regarding my grandparents ROBERT HOOD HALBROOK and EATHEL LINDSEY (MAE) ALLRED and their parents.  They were married in Big Spring in 1917 or 1918, and had six children. My grandfather ran (owned) a domino parlor in Big spring for many years.


Ray Glasscock April 14, 1998


Looking for information on Robert Sevier STUART's family. He would be my great uncle. In the mid 1950's I went to a funeral in Big Spring. My mother Maggie Stuart GLASSCOCK said the person who died was my uncle and the children I was playing with were cousins. Any help would be appreciated.

Ray,  Boerne,Tx.


Mary Eklund  April 10, 1998


My name is Mary Frances Madewell Eklund.  I was born in Big Spring, Howard County, Texas. I am researching CLINE, McNEW, and MADEWELL.  Would love to hear from anyone with any connection.



Gloria Leslie March 23, 1998


I have information from a family  member that in the 1940's a new highway was built over the cemetery which was the interment location of our relatives. If this is a true fact, was any record kept of these graves?  The nanes I would be looking for are as follows: James BARR, Missouri Ann BARR, Minervy Ann BARR and Baby Girl BARR. The year of their deaths was 1883. Thank you for help in this research.

Gloria Leslie 46421 Madison Ave, Indio,Calif. 92201


Charles Johnson March 20, 1998


Dr. George True married Lillie Johnson:b.1872 in West Point,Lawrence Co.,Tennessee moved to Big Springs in early 1900's. Children were: Mildred True m. Jerome Lusk, Alline True m. Painter 1st, Scholte 2nd, and J.Williams 3rd, Arche True, George Earl True m.L.S. Ball, Leta True m. R.H. Miller, Valilia True m. Stanley Davis, Wanda True m. Hayden Griffith, Lucile True m. F. Harrington.  Lillie Johnson True is my aunt and we have not had any contact with any of these people in 50 years.  Please contact Charles Lee johnson, 1715 sun Valley Rd.SE,Huntsville, Ala 35801 or e-mail chuckapi@aol.com   Dr. True had delivered some 3000 babies in the Big Spring area. Any help will be appreciated.


jcoffee@ix.netcom.com March 8, 1998


Would like to find anyone researching the Lilburn COFFEE family that was in Big Spring, Howard Co., from shortly after the Civil War until the 1940's.

Thanks, Jack 


Lisa Kight  Feb.27, 1998


Seeking burial place of John S. REED (b.ca 1830-31 ARK) who died in Big Spring, Howard Co. 26 September 1887 per his Mexican War pension.  Also death/place of death for his wife Elizabeth America VEST (b.ca 1851 AL) as well as descendants of this family.  Any help on this line is appreciated.


Donna Boyd  Feb.27, 1998

Researching William H. BOYD, Isabella Frances BOYD, and James Ashby BOYD and/or Caroline BOYD ANDREWS or HERSHMAN.  The time frame would be 1890-1910.  I beleive they were prominent in Disciples of Christ Church.  James Ashby was probably called Ashby, and Caroline was Carrie. Any vital statistics would be marvelous, esp. any marraige record for Ashby.  They lived at Bisco, and Isabella's letters frequently refer to Big Spring.


 Yvonne Hall  Feb.25, 1998


JOSEPH A. QUEEN married Nellie Hanshaw in Williamson Co.,Tx.in 1890.  This couple moved to Howard Co.  Seeking information about or current descendants of Joseph and Nellie. Thanks.


 Judith A. Grace   Feb.21, 1998


Would appreciate any information on Addie Happle.  I believe she lived in Big Springs and was school teacher from 1940's and earlier. Thanks much for any help you can give.


Mitzi McIlvain   Feb.18, 1998


I am searching for info. on my great,great grandfather-JOSEPH McILVAIN.  I don't know when he was born; he married Girdy Lee ASHMORE (Sept.27,1903) and May ROBINSON(Oct. 18, 1934), and then Jessie Blanche KELLEY(Apr.5, 1956).  He died June 11, 1960.  He and Girdy had 8 children; grandfather, William Thomas McILVAIN (Aug.11, 1904-Jan.15, 1980), lived in the Big Spring area. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks.


Bobby J. Wadsworth  Feb. 16, 1998


Jeston COOTS CREWS COOTS JOHNSON GEE (b.1839 MO) was living with her son, William Henderson COOTS(1867-1939), in McLennan County in 1900.  William settled in Howard County prior to 1910, but Jeston does not appear on that census.  Does anyone know what happened to her? I have lots of GEE and other info to share. Thanks!

Wish to locate family of Leona COLLINGS WHITE (b.c1918?) who was last known to be residing in Big Spring,Tx. in 1941. I have lots of COLLINGS info to share. Thanks!


G.Leslie Feb.11, 1998


In the 1881 Howard Co. tax records I have a family member listed. The name is:

J.T. BARR (James Taylor) Could you send me the tax information listed about him? Also, the same info on W.T. BARR.


kyoti@swbell.net  Jan.19, 1998


Looking for information on Nat and Mary Elizabeth GRAY family.  They had 4 children in Big Spring, also owned a cotton farm? Help.


Rodger Connell Jan.31, 1998


My ancestors there are Hart and Molly (Mary or Lucinda) PHILLIPS.  Her parents are buried there.  Their names were John and Lucinda HARDIN. The Phillips owned a lot of property in Howard County and her obituary shows she was buried in Big Springs. Can you help me or tell me where to look for information?



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