This is a new newspaper column here in Bosque County, that deals with geneology and those trying to trace their roots here.
To make it accessible to all, I will post it each week on this forum as well. Please forgive the length of this very first column.
If you would like to be included please email me.
"Out Of Our Past"
Tracing Our Bosque County Roots
by LaDawn Garland
Published February 7, 2001
Bosque County News
As I began searching for information on my Price and Boyd ancestors, here
in Bosque County, I realized just how many people, like myself, there are
trying to find information and make connections in far off towns and
counties. With that in mind I decided to try my hand at this column each
week, which will give those searching for family ties in Bosque County,
access to the knowledge of our readers.
I spend a lot of my research time on the internet, and have found it a
valuable tool for locating records on my ancestors. I have met wonderful
people both online and off who are researching their family lines here in
I hope with this column I can help bridge the gap between those searching
from far away and those here at home that just might have that little tidbit
of information someone is so desperately seeking.
This column offers the opportunity to help bring families together as well
as catch a glimpse of the history of this beautiful county of ours.
I am Wanda Mobley, I reside in Brownwood, Texas. I have been interested in
tracing my ancestors for quite some time. Several things have kept me from
this quest until about a year ago. Let me tell you a little bit about one of
the greatest adventures I have ever had. I call my story the Incredible
In the mid 1970's after both my maternal great grandfather and my
grandfather died I set out to record something of their lives. Little did I
know what a trip I was going to take. About that time I also received in the
mail a small booklet put together by grandchildren of Kittle and Liv
I had known that Will's ancestry was Norwegian but I had, as a little girl,
heard something that made me think that he was the one that came by sailing
ship to America when he was nine, when in truth it was his father.
Kittel, Liv and their six children and Liv's sister set sail in late
September on the two mast ship "Amerika". They arrived in New Orleans, La.
five weeks later and immediately bought supplies and set off for Four
Prairie in Henderson County Texas.
There they bought a farm. Many happy and sad things occurred in the eighteen
years that they lived there. I am sure home sickness was always at the back
of their throats but in the same respect we see in letters that they wrote
back home to Norway that they were happy here. The eldest son wrote that
here you did not have to carry coal the year around. When harvest was done
you could sit with you feet up if you wanted to. He also wrote that he went
to a school to learn to speak, write and read "American" so he could
fellowship with Americans just as he did with Norse
There Liv gave birth to the only child she would have in America, another
son. The oldest son married and soon produced three grandchildren. Then
tragedy struck. His wife died of "summer fever" About a year later he
married again and of this union 15 offspring were born. About the time he
remarried the Civil War broke out and he was drafted into the Confederate
Army. He spent the war years in Anderson County, at a gun factory. There he
learned the blacksmithing trade.
In 1868 the family decided to sell their farms and move to an area in which
there was a growing Norwegian Community. It was supposed to have healthier
air, better & more land. So the move was made. By this time the next son,
Nils was married and the two sons and their parents bought land near the
settlement of Norse in Bosque County.
Ole, the next son helped his parents build a house and then he moved to
Lampassas and married an American. The only child of Kittle & Liv's to do
so. The rest married in the Norwegian Community. This is where my story
When I received the small booklet in the early '70's most of this
information was in it, even a little history of the farm in Norway that they
had sold, and the ancestors that owned it all the way back to when it was
bought in 1628. This book also told of a Bible bought for one of the
ancestors by her son and how the name of each child was added to the Bible,
and how it was passed down from generation to generation , from oldest son
to oldest son. The Bible was supposed to have been published in 1633.
In the early 1990's we were raising two granddaughters, and had been living
in Brownwood, Texas for about ten years when my husband became quite ill. He
was in complete Renal Failure. He began dialysis on a daily basis at home.
He continued to work in the oil field for about a year. When he was laid off
we were struggling to make ends meet until he could go on the transplant
We decided for vacation the best we could do was take a day trip somewhere.
I got the map out and discovered that we were close to Clifton. We packed a
picnic and set off. The first place we came across was Boggy Cemetery. Lock
those brakes down! We went back and looked around. Very few Grimlands so we
set off again. I thought I was surely seeing things in front of us when I
saw the sign that said "Grimland Ranch" over the gate. We turned around and
Mr. Allen Grimland was at the barn but when I saw him walking to the house I
said "that man is a Grimland. I can tell by his walk." We visited with him a
while. He told us where Our Saviors was, where the old home place is and so
much more. You can bet I came home all geared up!
Just a few months later my husband had his transplant, and the girls became
more and more active in school activities. I also went to work to help
stretch our income some. I took a job at the age of 53 working at the
Elementary School as an Aide . So once again GGGG grandparents are on the
Then, just last year, the Social Studies teacher I work with started a unit
on the Census. Very smugly I told her that I had some copies of old census
pages I would bring for the students to look at and, If she wanted, when she
got to emigration I could tell them about my Norwegian family. She told me
to start getting things ready.
I began to research some on the computer for background information on
Norway. As I started telling the story these ten and eleven year olds were
asking questions I couldn't answer and I thought I had better buckle down
and find a few more answers.
In the year since I gave that first talk I have made contact with some of
the friendliest and most helpful people in the world. Bosque county folks.
First we attended the Lutefisk Dinner in Cranfills Gap. I might develop a
taste for it but...... There I also joined the Norwegian Society, lots of
interesting and fun people there. On the internet I have communicated with
people in Norway, who have helped me trace the farm, sent me pictures, told
me about living conditions and so forth. I have met many people that are
willing to give of their time and research abilities to help.
Derwood Johnson of Waco had some letters that the family had written to
relatives in Norway that tell of their early lives that he has shared with
me, Bruce Wiland has pointed me to descendants of other branches of the
family, as has Doris Weiner.
One of the things that the students have spurred me to do was find the "Old
Bible". This is where some of you out there can help me once again (I am
shameless when it comes to "family") I have contacted one of the members of
the oldest sons family but he knew nothing of the Bible. As I sit here after
talking to him that night I thought about it for a while and decided that I
had been looking in the wrong places. Kathleen Sommer was the granddaughter
of Kjerstie Grimeland Solberg, the only daughter of Kittel and Liv. It was
very plain that Kathleen took some of her information she shared with her
cousins out of the "Old Bible" Could it possibly be in her family? Doris was
going to talk to Joseph Solberg at church Sunday. He was also a grandson of
Kjerstie. As it turns out she had to talk to his sister and her grandson.
Neither of them know where the Bible is but agree that Kathleen had access
to it. Kevin even has some copies of the information that she had translated
My plea is if there is anyone out there that knows any thing about this
Bible please contact me. I have about 300 students wanting to know if the
Bible still exists. I would love to just know that and perhaps to take a
picture of it.
RR. 5 Post 31 Box 8
Brownwood, Texas 76801
Telephone # 915-784-6589
P.S. Just this last week-end I made contact with relatives in Lampasas that
I have been searching for for years. Good things happen in Genealogy.
Memories of Kimball Bend
I spent a lot of time in Kimball Bend, Bosque County as a young boy.
I was born on the banks of the Brazos River at about the spot where the
bridge connects to the west side of the river. Dad and Mom were married
young, Mom was only 14, and were sharecroppers of a sort. Since they were
young they did not want to stay with any one so they put up a tent and that
was my first home.
As time went on they relocated to Liberty Chapel in Johnson County and
because they had relatives in Kimball Bend they were back almost every
weekend. On the gravel road that came into Kimball Bend there was an ever
flowing spring that we used to stop at in the summer time and that was the
best water I have ever had. Maybe it was because the dust and heat would
really be bad and the water was so refreshing to us.
We forded the Brazos River and then took the road to Bruce and Adella
Bateman's place. These were my great grand parents and some happy times were
spent around their tables and listening to their stories.
Grand Mother Bateman would prepare all the meals and the one thing I really
loved was the old double oven stove, with a water warmer, the inlaid marble
on the oven doors, the cornbread and biscuits that came out of it, and of
course, the giant butter beans were out of this world.
As you came out of the front door you came out onto a wrap around porch that
extended on three sides of the house. At the porch steps there was always a
bucket of water with a gourd dipper. On either side of the steps they had
planted honey suckle and in the spring it was very pleasing to the smell.
On Sunday after lunch my two uncles and I would head out across country to
Bee Mountain. Searching for caves, poking around in them, looking down at
the river, all this brings back memories that I hope to never forget.
Bruce Atwood Bateman 1856-1923 was said to be the first baby born in the
bend. He married Winnie Cleveland 1865-1890 and they had two children, Joe
Atwood Bateman 1883-1969 and Eugene Guss Bateman 1887-1963. Bruce then
married Amber Adella Martin 1861-1950. Amber was from Centralia Trinity
County, Texas and had been married to a John R. Tullos. After John Tullos
and Winnie Cleveland died Bruce and Amber started writing to each other and
after a courtship of sorts they married. They had four children: Bruce
Carlos Bateman 1895-1897, Flora Tennessee Bateman 1898-1917, Mary Margaret
Bateman 1901-1931 and Leon Thomas Bateman 1904-1985. Bruce Atwood was the
son of William Leonidas Bateman 1847-1903 of Santa Fe, Maury County,
As a young man William studied at the University of Louisville in
Louisville, Kentucky and served his internship under Dr. James G. Smith and
Dr. Plummer. He married F.L. Tennessee Witherspoon died 1880 in Morgan
Texas. They had six children: Ariadne Bateman, David Wellington Bateman,
Earl Van Dorn Bateman, Thomas G. Bateman, William Leonidas Bateman, Jr. and
Bruce Atwood Bateman.
Lucian LaNoy Collins
A glimpse of the news around our county in the Bosque Citizen, February 3,
Personals: Judge L C Alexander left for home Saturday last.
Coloniel Murrell moved into his beautiful cottage last week.
Harry White left on Sunday and returned Tuesday.
Mrs. Frank Kell of Clifton came up Friday evening in search of a husband who
was hung on a land ease jury, and brought her beautiful baby to cheer him
Mr. County Clerk Cooke reports a lull in the license industry this week. Not
an applicant from the 18th to the 1st, when Mr. C. Christianson asked leave
to be wedded to Miss M. A. Canuteson which was promptly granted, the couple
as promptly crossed the street to Esquire Harris' office where they were
joined together in the bonds of holy wedlock.
The following is a list of people with letters remaining in the Post Office
as of Feb. 1st, 1887
M.H. Angel, William Ada, McD Coffee, Wilford T. Dawson, G.B. Dudley, A.J.
Hand, T.J. Jones, T.E. McMeans, T. B. Moore c Oil Mill, E M. Prine, Will
Strutin, Mrs. Amanda Smith, White & Grand, Tom Winslow, A.H. Anderson, W.H.
Barker, Richard P. Davis, Mrs. J. Harris, Anton Johnson, Judge M.L. Lynch,
Louisa MaCurry, Dan Murphey, Robinson & McKinney, Mrs. Nancy J Shelton, M.
B. Watson, A.Z. Wilson and Georgian Wommac.
Thank you to all who help contribute to make this column possible.
If you would like to contribute a story about Bosque County, it's residents,
or a query about your ancestors, send them to: Bosque County News, P.O. Box
343, Meridian, TX 76665 or email: email@example.com.
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