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Re: Holbrook Kiel Whitehead all in Texas
Posted by: Joy Lyerly (ID *****7417) Date: September 01, 2002 at 15:06:46
In Reply to: Re: Holbrook Kiel Whitehead all in Texas by Joan E. Rambo of 65445

First, thank you for your help and for taking the time to reply. When I was in Texas, I was in Houston, Gulf Coast, the Holbrooks, Kiels, and Whiteheads were in central Texas and I thought that was long distance. From Tennessee is much further. About Mr. Henry Christian Kiel. He was a railroad contractor and lived for several years in San Antonio, I found him in the San Antonio Directories listed to on the net to search because the Census, 1890, was at least partially destroied. I have no idea when in 1902 he died but the train wreck in which he was killed happened in what is now Brewster County near Maxon or Maxon Springs a station stop on the Galveston Harrisburg & San Antonio, which became the Southern Pacific, which is now the Union Pacific. I found one good book on the history of Texas railroads and The Handbook of Texas History, online, which is fantastic but I haven't found any information on the wreck, no dates, nothing but verbal family history. That is also true of the Whiteheads in Tennessee, only family history, nothing else. I know that Texas gave them birth certificates in the late 1940s or early 50s but I haven't found them either and have no idea what "facts" they might contain. Ma, Florence Whitehead, told me personally that she was 96, the last four years preceeding her death in 1981. According to Ma they were of Indian blood and might still be being hunted by the authorities -- dating back to the Cherokee Trail of Tears or The Removal as it was know. I don't know but I'm looking for everything I can find. Thank you for giving me a start. Joy.


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