Thank you so much for the information. I was very excited to get it. Would you please tell me the details of the book (author, publisher, year of publication, etc.) so that I might have it for my source citation? Do you happen to know if this book is still in print and available for purchase? If so, do you know of a source? I would love to have a copy of it. I'm sure it's not still available, but I thought I'd ask anyway.
I would definitely like to contact Barbara Jo Ealand Collins if she's still living. I've been doing research in an effort to locate her. She's not on the Texas Death Index (as is her husband Ernest C. Collins), but it's only up to 1998. There are two Barbara Collins on the S.S.D.I. who've died since 1998, but I don't think either is her. One died here in Fort Worth and the other died in Austin (if I recall). I did find a bunch of Ealands on a telephone search, including four living in Jasper, TX. I figure they may be descendants and possibly related to me. I intend to contact them to see if they can shed some light on the family. I'm very excited and hope to make a connection.
As I said, the information is great. I'm anxious to have complete copies of both articles. If Barbara Collins is still living, and if I can locate her, perhaps I can get copies of the articles from her. The stories about my Great Aunt Lula were very interesting. They solved a mystery for me. There is no Lula on the census, although there is a Louise/Louisa. So now I know why I couldn't find a Lula, this was not her real name. She was considerably older than my Grandfather. Her age listed as 69 in 1936 and 95 in 1962 (when she died) match her age on the census within one year and that's probably because of a birthday. I wish I had known about her living until 1962. It would have been great to talk to her. My Grandfather died in 1941 before I was born. My Dad never talked about her or the rest of his family. I've been able to connect with only two Atherton cousins. I'm sure my Grandfather's other siblings had descendants if I could just locate them. Perhaps I can locate some of Lula's descandants.
What a coincidence that she helped one of your Great Aunt Ada Luce. It sure is a small world. I'm glad that you found a reference to your family while doing a favor for me. That makes me feel good.
You have given me new avenues to research and I appreciate it tremendously.
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