My great great grandfather was named William Starkey Spinks. He was married to Mary E. Dunham. My great grandmother was Frankie Spinks. I don't remember how he died but my great grandmother told me that she was only a young child (about 5 yrs). I believe she said he was a sharecropper. He purchased a camera took pictures to earn extra money. He was hurt and they had to move. They piled their belongings onto a wagon and he was on top of the heap. She recalled running around the wagon shouting that he needed to be taken down from there as she was worried that he would fall and get hurt. Because he had a camera he took pictures (tin types) of the family. After his death Mary worked at other folks homes doing housework. Their shack of a house caught fire. She saw the flames and hurried to her home. My great grandmother and her siblings ran into the burning house to save what they could. They pulled out a family bible and a picture of their father but left them to near the house and the heat from the fire destroyed them. However, my great grandmother showed me tin types that were perserved. I made copies of a couple of them. If you think my William Starkey is the same man you are looking for I will share the photos. I noticed your posting is dated 2001 perhaps you have already located his death information. If not, I found an image of his tombstone at www.findagrave.com. The tombstone lists his birth year as 1854 and death as 1900 in New Salem Cemetery, Rockdale (Milam County), Milam County, Texas. Hope to hear back from you. :)
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