For descendants working this line, I want to give an updated email for myself as well as give you any new I have found on our lines.
Barbara Trammell Black
1401 Lawrence St.
Trinidad, Texas 75163
2202 Mission Drive
Kemah, Texas 77565
email@example.com (As of June 2001.)
I am currently near some larger libraries and could do more research on our lines if any care to put in a request. Name, date, place names would help. I also will look up specific books on our Gibson/Gipson, Morris, Lane, Ray, Miller, Tedford, Houston, Trammell lines as well as any I have forgotten to put down.
I don't know how long I will be here. I came down to my daughter's to find work and take care of some medical troubles. I expect to be here thru December 2001 and possibly permanent, but have not decided. The Clayton Library is here, and the Moore Library in Texas City. These have been helpful in the past. The Clayton is wonderful and contains almost a complete collection of every genealogy book made, at least that is how I felt when I have been there!
I know there are many of you working our lines and could use some help. My direct line is as follows:
Thomas Jefferson Gibson
m. abt.1809 Mary Lane Morris
d. abt.1865 Blooming Grove, Navarro Co.,TX
(I formerly had down, p.o.d. as Upshur County. I think it is likely Navarro. Unproven as yet.)
Names/Birthdates of children: John 1810, Leroy Lane 1822, Mary Lane 1823, Thomas Lane 1824.
I descend from their John Gibson. This is where my line gets confusing if your new at it and even if you're an old hand. I am related to him through his son Benjamin Franklin Gipson as well as both John's wives. How can one be related to both a man's wives?
Anything is possible in our family, believe me. First, John marries Tabitha Coots and they have the following children with names/short birthdates for now:
Benjamin Franklin 1839, Francis Marion 1842(A male), Sarah Adaline 1845, Mary Ann "Margaret" 1848, Celia Emiline 1850, and Nancy Angeline 1855.
My Benjamin F. was born and we have a change of place names. He was born in Caddo Parish, Louisiana. Also, Tabitha Coots, the mother of the children of this line of John Gipsons' dies during or after the last child was born. I have no death date or place. John marries in about 1849 second to Elizabeth Jane "Betsy" Tedford. He has no issue by her that I know of at this time.
After the death of John in 1874/75 in Franklin County, Texas, she remarries to R.W. Hurdle. I have not worked that angle much yet, so unknown if there was issue or any other step children by him.
Benjamin Franklin Gipson (my ancestor) marries in 1860 Titus County, Texas to Nancy Ann Tedford.
Ben's father, John, had remarried after the death of his mother to Betsy in 1849 Titus County, Texas. This is how I believe Ben met my Nancy Tedford. Nancy was the sister of Betsy Tedford Gipson.
Both Nancy and Betsy Tedford were the daughters of William White Tedford. So this is why I am related to both John's wives, although the second, Betsy, had no children with John. ***Another note on Betsy Tedford Gipson is that she is alleged to be the one responsible for the name change in this generation from Gibson to Gipson.
Benjamin Franklin Gipson married Nancy Ann Tedford and they had the following children:
Frances L.(I believe this is a female, but have no data, so unsure.)1864, Virginia Eloise 1865 (my ancestor), John Decatur "Dee" 1866, William Leroy 1870, Mary Ann "Mollie" 1872, and James F.(The James is in my files, but I think he was Ben F., Jr. as I can't find my data.) 1875.
Here we have another good kicker. Of these children, three married into the Barr family. LaVerne Williams Rodgers does a good job of keeping up with that thread of us. Her line of Williams entered when William Leroy remarried after the death of Minnie Barr. He married Melvina "Mellie V." Williams. I had an unexpected meeting of LaVerne at Pauline Mitchell Pierce's house one day. I had never met her. My mother knows her and her family well through the Willow Springs Church at Cross Roads, south of Athens, Texas. I had gone to Pauline's for a genealogical get together on our Trammell lines. My first cousin, Peggy Trammell Allen, had met LaVerne over the internet and she came with her. After a good amount of conversation, I realized this person, LaVerne, knew my Gipson line almost better than me, and in some cases absolutely better. It was a wonderous meeting. I have been allied with her ever since, and it has brought me much data on our Gipsons and our Tedfords and our Millers.
Virginia Eloise (my great grandmother),married Robert Elisha Miller 1883 and they had the following children:
Jessie Verna Miller (my grandmother) 1884,Roy E. 1887, Dannie 1889 (a female), Charles Francis Corbett 1892, Claude H. 1894, Vannie 1897, and last Lela 1899.
Here it also gets crazy. My grandmother Jessie and her sister Dannie both marry Trammell brothers and the Trammells are very numerous, having large families. By this time things are located in Henderson County, Texas south of Athens in a little farming community called Rome at the time, now known as Shady Oaks. Before that it was known as Willow Springs and Cross Roads, although that is somewhat further away from the Rome/Shady Oaks location. Not more than a mile or two but still further away. Currently I and my cousin, Peggy Trammell Allen are the ones working the Jessie Verna Miller lines. Steve Trammells wife, Sandy, years ago did Dannie's lines, but I have never seen her work. Steve is out of Dannie Millers line and is my double cousin. Presently, Charles and Denise Miller in Lewisville are working on Charles Francis Corbett Miller and his lines. Charles is out of Thomas Oren Francis Miller, son of Charles F.C. Miller. I believe he was an only child. He had several marriages. I let Charles and Denise thread the needle on that note.
Charles is moving along nicely on his work on the family and we all could use some help, so anyone holding out at this point will be drawn and quartered.
Ours is a wonderful, diverse family. Over the years, the older ones have passed on, leaving us not knowing who our present day relatives of this lineage are. I still hope we can put enough together to get some reunions up so we can share our information and have fellowship with one another. I attended a Barr reunion and a dedication ceremony in the last few years of Civil War soldiers in our family. The ceremony honored three members that day at Willow Springs Cemetery. The Barr reunion was a first timer. Maybe it will grow as well. There were Gipsons there that I had never met, although they are our line!
Thanks for reading. I very much want to hear from the ones of you who are interested in these varied lines. It is a huge puzzle.
Since we all descend through the same tree, but different branches it would be helpful to share our glory finds and our difficult brick walls. I do have addresses on some researchers. Let me know who you are working on at this time and I will try to connect you with whoever is inspired to work on that part of it as yours.
I have the Gipson line back only to Thomas Jefferson Gibson. I have the Tedford line back even further, where it intersects with Paxton and General Sam Houston. If any are working this one, let me know and I will look up what I have with me. Barbara
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