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Monday, December 19, 2016

More Tidbits in the Dublin Progress for Lancaster Families

I love newspapers, especially small town newspapers with lots of tidbits about local people and their doings. Recently I found The Dublin Progress a newspaper published in Dublin, Erath County. The count seat was Stephenville and there were newspapers published there, too. Dublin is a bit west of Stephenville and this newspaper covered all of the small farming communities around it, such as Hickey, Harbin, Howell Springs, and Purves.

This newspaper can be found in digital form on The Portal to Texas History website where they have many newspapers available in the Texas digital Newspaper Program Collection. I can search the papers by name and I have found many hits on the names Lancaster, Coor, Loveless, and Welch. These are some of the family names who lived in Erath County, Texas in the early part of the 1900s.

Here is an example of a hit I received. This clipping is from the community of Hickey in the 13 November 1914 newspaper.[1] There are four different references to Lancaster family members and a Loveless family.

13 Nov 1914, The Dublin Progress

“R. L. Smallwood and Grandpa Lancaster went to Highland last Sunday.” This Grandpa Lancaster was likely George Wilson Lancaster, father to William Carlton  “W.C.” 
Lancaster. He was seventy-five years old in 1914. Often this paper referred to the older gentlemen as “grandpa.” R.L. Smallwood was a Baptist minister.

“Singing at W.C. Lancaster Saturday night was enjoyed by all present.” 
W.C. Lancaster was William Carlton, sometimes referred to in the paper as Carl. There have been many notations of singing by W.C. or at W.C.’s home.

“Mr. and Mrs. Rob Loveless of Stephenville visited Warren Lancaster and family Sunday.”  
Here Warren Lancaster was George Warren Lancaster, son of W.C. Lancaster. Rob Loveless was the brother of W.C.’s wife, Lela Loveless Lancaster. Rob’s wife was Lillie Moon.

“Warren Lancaster, Huts Loveless and Jesse Butler left Sunday night for the west to pick cotton.” 
Again, Warren was the son of W.C. Lancaster. Huts Loveless was William Hutson Loveless, the brother of Warren’s wife, Lela Loveless Lancaster. Huts had married Warren’s sister, Josephine, often called Jodie in the newspaper.

So these newspapers give clues. Clues to where they lived. Clues to their activities. Clues to other relationships and friendships. From the first tidbit, I could learn with more research that the family was Baptist. From the second, I learned that W.C. Lancaster liked to sing or was involved in singing. From the third, I learned that Rob Loveless and his wife lived in Stephenville and confirmed a relationship between the Loveless and Lancaster families. From the fourth, I can research about raising cotton in the area and migrant cotton picking.

Soon the Stephenville Tribune and Stephenville Empire newspapers will be online. I’m sure I’ll find more articles about Lancaster, Loveless, and Coor families.


[1] “Hickey,” The Dublin Progress, 13 Nov 1914, p. 7, col. 1, Lancaster & Loveless mentions, digital image, The Portal to Texas History (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ : accessed 26 Nov 2016).


Copyright © 2016 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, Mam-ma's Southern Family

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A Bargain, Land for Sale by G.W. Lancaster

Here's another story from a news item from The Dublin Progress.

An ad was found in 1905, where G.W. Lancaster was offering land for sale, described as an 174 acre farm on Alarm Creek, six miles southwest of Stephenville.[1]

21 Jul 1905 The Dublin Progress

This G.W. Lancaster could be George Wilson Lancaster, my third-great-grandfather, who married Martha Jane Polly. Their oldest son was William Carl Lancaster, whom I’ve written about earlier.

The ad gave some detail but not the land description. It had ninety acres in cultivation and the balance was in timber and grass. He had peaches, blackberries, grapes, and some young apples. The house on the property had four rooms. There were also outhouses, two good wells, and a windmill. It also said it was a bargain. Did that mean he was selling it for less than it's value? Or were other properties without such anemities? 

Earlier in the 1880's, G.W. and his wife were living in Maricopa County, Arizona, near where Phoenix is today. He had purchased forty acres of land from the federal government.[2] He and his wife later sold the land for two thousand dollars in 1889.[3]  So sometime between 1889 and 1905, GW Lancaster moved back to Erath County. 

I checked the deed indexes which are located at FamilySearch.org. There are indexes online up to 1896. The Family History Library has on microfilm indexes up to 1902 and deeds up to 1901. I checked the indexes that were online and found the following:[4]

Item 2, Deed Index Vol 4, 1887-1892,
·         Nothing in the Grantor section
·         G.W. Lancaster, from I. Pipes & wife, Deed, Sep 20 1890, filed 23 Sep 1890, BK 29, p 606

Item 3, Deed Index, Vol 5, 1890-1893
·         Nothing in the Grantor section
·         G.W. Lancaster, from Isaac Pipes, Release, Dec 3, 1891, filed Dec 3, 1891, Bk 37, p. 127-8

Item 4, Deed Index, Vol 6, 1893-1896
·         Nothing in Grantor section
·         Nothing in Grantee section

This piece of land that was listed in the index in volumes 4 and 5 may be the one that G.W. was trying to sell in 1905. In order to be sure, I need to check the later Grantor indexes.

Because the Family History Library does not have further indexes, I’ll have to write to the County Clerk in Erath County. First I’ll ask for the two references above and then ask them to check the index for the sale of the property sometime after July 1905 by G.W. Lancaster.

These still won't answer the question of why he was selling the land with a good house and fruit trees. He was sixty-six, so perhaps he was finally ready to retire. By 1910, he was living with his son, William C. Lancaster.[5]



[1] “Miscellaneous Advertisements,” The Dublin Progress, 21 Jul 1905, p. 4, G.W. Lancaster For Sale; digital image, The Portal to Texas History (https://texashistory.unt.edu : accessed 27 Nov 2016).
[2] Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office, database & digital images, http://www.glorecords.blm.gov, AZAZAA 014321, Serial Patent, Cash Sale, George W. Lancaster, 1890.
[3] Territory of Arizona, Maricopa County, Land Deeds, Bk 21, p 32, 1889, Lancaster-Coulson; FHL film 2196859.
[4] Family History Library, Film 1428484 Items 2-4
[5] 1910 U.S. census, Erath Co, Texas, pop. sched, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: ), T624, Stephenville, enumeration district (ED) 19, sheet 225, William C. Lancaster.

Copyright © 2016 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, Mam-ma's Southern Family

Sunday, December 11, 2016

One for the Dallas Fair: 12-Pound Sweet Potato

In The Dublin Progress, which I have been reading for mention of my Texas family names, I found an article in the October 27, 1897 issue about Dempsey Perry Coor, son of my g-g-great-grandfather, James Madison Coor. His farm was located outside of Dublin and he had brought in a very large sweet potato, of the Southern Queen variety, that weighed over twelve pounds.[1]



I love sweet potatoes, so I wondered what the Southern Queen variety is. According to Mother Earth News article, the Southern Queen matures in about 105 days. It produces “long, narrow tubers with white skin and white flesh. The original strain was introduced from South America in 1870.”[2]  Some people refer to these white sweet potatoes as yams (my father did) but they are not related to true yams at all.



It seems that sweet potatoes grow well in the south because they thrive in “warm, sunny climate and prefers loose, well-drained soil”[3] and have a long growing season. I also learned that southerners tended to like the sweeter varieties and northerners preferred the drier and mealy varieties.

I looked for a result of his sweet potato at the Dallas fair but didn’t find any other mention. However in the next issue the following week, there was another large sweet potato brought into town by E.P. Purvis that weighed fifteen pounds.[4] His certainly topped Dempsey’s sweet potato.

And even though Dempsey was not my direct ancestor, his growing of sweet potatoes was still a clue that my great-great-grandfather, W.C. Lancaster, who married Dempsey’s sister, Martha Jane “Doll” Coor, probably grew sweet potatoes, too.



[1] “Local Items,” 29 Oct 1897, The Dublin Progress, p 5, col 2, D.P. Coor, digital image, The Portal to Texas History (https://texashistory.unt.edu : accessed 27 Nov 2016).
[2] “A Brief History of Heirloom Seet Potato Varieties,” by William Woys Weaver, Mother Earth News (http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/heirloom-sweet-potato-varieties-zewz1310zpit : accessed 11 Dec 2016).
[3] Ibid.
[4] “Local Items,” 5 Nov 1897, The Dublin Progress, p 5, col 3, E.P. Purvis, digital image, The Portal to Texas History (https://texashistory.unt.edu : accessed 27 Nov 2016).

Copyright © 2016 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, Mam-ma's Southern Family

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Treasure Chest Thursday -- Girl's Basketball at Stephenville High School


Here is a photo of the Stephenville High School girls basketball team in 1924. Two of the girls on the team are related to me but not to each other.

Circled in blue is Pearl Lancaster, who was my great aunt. She was the sister of my grandmother, Pansy’s father, George Warren Lancaster.

The girl circled in yellow is Faye Loveless. She was my first cousin, twice removed. Her father was my great-grandmother, Lela Ann Loveless’ brother, Arthur Loveless.


The clipping was sent to my grandmother by her brother, R.D. Lancaster. My grandmother also played sports in high school but this would have been a few years before her time. Someday, I hope to find her yearbook. 

Ancestry.com has high school yearbooks but the earliest for Stephenville High School is 1937. Pansy married in 1933 at the age of 20, so my guess is she graduated either in 1931 or 1932. At Classmates.com the earliest yearbook they have is 1937 also. I will need to research when yearbooks were produced for the high school.

Copyright © 2016 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, Mam-ma's Southern Family

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Singing Was Enjoyed By All

It appears that my great-great-grandfather, William Carleton Lancaster, was a singer. In the newspaper, The Dublin Progress, there were many articles about singing at W.C. Lancaster’s home.[1]

Singing at WC Lancaster Saturday night was enjoyed by all present.[2]
It seemed there were singing events at least once a month. At least, that was how often they were reported or maybe the singing was at the Lancaster house only once a month.
What kind of singing was it? Church singing? Singing where someone played the guitar, banjo, violin, or harmonica? It was not clearly stated in the newspaper.

Singing at W.C. Lancaster’s Sunday was well attended and enjoyed by all. The singing class has bought new books, and we now have one of the best singing classes in the county. We sing every first and third Sunday evenings. Everybody invited to come and sing with us.[3]
So this article said the singing was twice a month but did not state where, though it could have been at W.C. Lancaster’s. Because of the singing being on Sunday, it could be church music that they sing. Of course with Sunday being the “off” day of work, they could have been singing other types of songs as well.

In August of 1913, there was a singing convention and W.C. Lancaster was the president.

The central singing convention of Erath county will meet at Hickey school house Aug 31st, the fifth Sunday. Dinner will be served on the grounds. W.C. Lancaster is president of the convention.[4]
Sometimes W.C. Lancaster went to other locations to sing.

WC Lancaster and Omer Bost attended singing at Alarm Creek Sunday afternoon.[5]

Now, if the singing had to do with church or religion, I haven’t figured out yet which church the family attended.  A hint though could be found in researching the minister who married Lancaster family members. R.L. Smallwood married W.C.’s son, George Warren in 1912.[6] Census records for 1900-1920 listed his occupation as farmer. He lived in Stephenville in 1930 and his occupation was listed as preacher. On his death certificate, he was listed as a preacher for the Baptist Church.[7] So perhaps the church they attended was the Baptist church. The next step is to find out if there are any records of the Baptist church.

As for the singing, I have not heard any stories about this. My grandparents never sang. None of my siblings got the musical talent either, although we all love to sing-along to records, radio, and musicals. Maybe it’s enough that we love music.

Group of men, women and children singing to piano accompaniment
New York Public Library Digital Collections[8]




[1] All of these newspapers were accessed 26 Nov 2016 on The Portal to Texas History (https://texashistory.unt.edu).
[2] “Hickey,” The Dublin Progress, 13 November 1914, digital image, The Portal to Texas History.
[3] “Hickey,” The Dublin Progress, 16 May 1913, digital image, The Portal to Texas History.
[4] “Personal Mention,” The Dublin Progress, 13 Aug 1913, digital image, The Portal to Texas History.
[5] “Hickey,” The Dublin Progress, 17 September 1915, digital image, The Portal to Texas History.
[6] Texas, Erath County, Marriages, Book M, p 278, GW Lancaster-Lela Loveless; FHL Film #1428410.
[7] "Texas Deaths, 1890-1976," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K3M7-V9F : 5 December 2014), Robert Lee Smallwood, 17 Jun 1938; citing certificate number 27568, State Registrar Office, Austin; FHL microfilm 2,117,696.
[8] "Group of men, women and children singing to piano accompaniment," Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library, New York Public Library Digital Collections (http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e3-3cf5-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99 : Accessed December 7, 2016).

Copyright © 2016 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, Mam-ma's Southern Family

Monday, December 5, 2016

Where did my ancestors live? Communities in Erath County, Texas

I have been searching in old newspapers pages of The Dublin Progress, a newspaper published in Erath County, Texas, where many of my mother’s ancestors and cousins lived. I am fortunate that many issues of this paper is digitized on The Portal to Texas History website. I searched on the surnames and many hits came up.

One of the interesting things I learned were the names of the many small communities these families lived in, such as Harbin, Hickey, Alexander, Bunyan, Live Oak, Greens Creek, Lone Oak, and Howell Springs. I had heard of Dublin and Greens Creek before but not any of these other towns. These families were mostly farmers, so this part of Erath county must have been very rural with perhaps a small area where a few buildings such as a store, gas station, church, or school might be located. Now I wanted to learn a bit more about these communities.

Here is a map of the county showing some of these communities:

1907 Map of Erath Co Post Offices

You can see that they are now far from each other. Wikipedia gives information about Harbin: The community had a peak population of about 80 in 1950 where it “had a school, two stores and a Baptist church.”[1] The Texas Handbook gave the location of Harbin on “State Highway 847 four miles east of Dublin.” A landowner named Harbin donated land for a church. By the 1900s there was a store and cotton gin and the Fort Worth and Rio Grande Railroad. For a short five years, a post office operated until 1905.[2]

I could find nothing about Hickey, except there is a cemetery named Hickey Cemetery.

Alexander used to be called Harper’s Mill. It was also a stop on the Texas Central Railroad and was thriving by 1900.

Bunyan is located west of Stephenville on Farm Road. The Texas Handbook gave the names of two of the first churches: Elkin’s Chapel which was erected by Methodists and Cow Creek by the Baptists, which later was named Bunyan Baptist. Later the Methodist Episcopal church was organized.  The community had a one time a flour mill and cotton gin, a post office, and several blacksmith shops at different times.[3]

The only thing I could find about Live Oak is there is a cemetery called Live Oak (Purves) Cemetery, which is located east side of Dublin. There is also a creek called Live Oak Creek. This creek flows into the North Bosque River. These two items are not located near each other.

Greens Creek is a creek, located just east of Bunyan and flows southeast to the North Bosque River. There are two creeks: Upper and Lower and both have dams on them. Greens Creek Baptist Church is located on County road 380 between Dublin and Stephenville. This church has been in the area since the late 1800s.[4]

Lone Oak. There was a Lone Oak Church, located on County Road 179. A newspaper account of a reunion was found, held in 2012.[5]

I couldn’t find Howell Springs on a map or in the Texas Handbook.

I tried to find a way to communicate with the local genealogy society but they don’t have an email. I will need to write a letter. I also found a historical commission and sent them an email asking for help about these communities.




[1] “Harbin, Texas,” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harbin,_Texas : accessed December 02, 2016.
[2] Handbook of Texas Online, "Harbin, TX," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hnh08 : accessed December 02, 2016.
[3] Handbook of Texas Online, "Bunyan, TX," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hnbms :  accessed December 04, 2016.
[4] Greens Creek Baptist Church, http://www.greenscreekbc.com/home
[5] “Former Students and Parishoners Invited to Lone Oak Reunion,” Stephenville Empire-Tribune, 9 May 2012, http://www.yourstephenvilletx.com/article/20120509/news/305099926

Copyright © 2016 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, Mam-ma's Southern Family

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Treasure Chest Thursday: Ebbie Loveless Married Again

My great-great-grandfather, Ebenezer Loveless married first Eliza A. Rodgers on 19 Mar 1871 in Chattooga County, Georgia.[1] They moved to Faulkner County, Arkansas where their eleven children were born. After Eliza’s death from dropsy on 27 Aug 1907[2], Ebbie moved to Erath County, Texas where his son, James Arthur, was living.

On 11 Sep 1908, Ebbie took out a marriage license to marry Mrs. M. M. Blunt. A list of marriage licenses were in the newspaper.[3]  Here is the image of the newspaper account.
The Dublin Progress, 11 Sep 1908, p1

They were married by the minister, J.F. Adams, on 12 Sep 1908.[4] Here is the image of the marriage record.
1908 Marriage between E Loveless & Mrs MM Blount

Who was Mrs. M. M. Blount? 
She was married previously. Looking at the 1910 census with Ebbie and his wife, more clues are given as to her identity and these will be helpful in finding records previous to her marriage to Ebbie. Here is the household of Ebby:

Loveless, Ebby, head, m, w, 59, married 2nd, 1 yr, b. GA, parents SC, farmer, general farm
               Melissa, wife, f, w, 42, 22, 1, Missouri, MO/KY
               Wm H, son, m, w, 16, sing, Arkansas, GA/GA, laborer, home farm, school
               Lela, dau, f, w, 14, sing, Arkansas, GA/GA, laborer, home farm, school
Blount, Mary, step dau, f, w, 16, sing, Texas, AL/MO, laborer, home farm, school
            Vernon, step dau, f, w, 14, sing, Texas, AL/MO, laborer, home farm, school
Settle, Aunie Mrs, mother-in-law, f, w, 73, wd, Kentucky, OH/VA


This household had two of Ebby’s children from his first marriage with Eliza: William H and Lela; two of Melissa’s children from her first marriage: Mary and Vernon Blount; and Melissa’s mother, Annie Settle. Melissa’s maiden could have been “Settle” unless her mother had remarried.

Checking marriage records in Erath County brought up a marriage between M.P. Blount and Miss MM Settle on 21 Jan 1886.[5] Melissa M. Settle was her maiden name.

Ebbie and Melissa moved to Rotan, Fisher County, Texas and Ebbie died there in 1929.[6] Malissa lived until 1950, when she died at age 83.[7]




[1] Chattooga County, Georgia, Marriages, Bk 1a, 1861-1880, p 156, Ebby Loveless & E.A. Rodgers, 1871, digital images, Georgia's Virtual Vault (cdm.sos.state.ga.us), citing Georgia State Archives.
[2] Desmond Walls Allen, Pence Funeral Home Conway, Arkansas 1904-1926 Vol II (Rapid Rabbit Copy Co, Conway, AR), p 51, Eliza Loveless.
[3] “Erath County Marriage Licenses,” The Dublin Progress, 11 Sep 1908, E. Loveless-Mrs MM Blount, digital image, The Portal to Texas History (https://texashistory.unt.edu : 26 Nov 2016).
[4] Texas, Erath County, Marriages, Book L, p 42, 1908, E. Loveless to Mrs. MM Blount; FHL 1,026,028.
[5] Texas, Erath County, Marriages, Book D, p 79, 1886, MP Blount to Miss MM Settle, digital image, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : 1 Dec 2016); citing FHL film 1026025.
[6] Texas Department of Health Bureau of Vital Statistics, death certificate no. 2972 (1929), E. Loveless, digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 14 Jul 2008).
[7] Texas Department of Health Bureau of Vital Statistics, death certificate no. 8502 (1950), Malissa Million Loveless, digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 1 Dec 2016).

Copyright © 2016 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, Mam-ma's Southern Family

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Sorting out the husbands of Faye E. Loveless

It all started with scanning photographs and papers from the files of my grandmother, Pansy L. Johnston, who died in 2013. I’m trying to clean up the office and put away some of the records I have stored in boxes.

Three photos were taken on 5 March 1994, I think in honor of William Hutson “Hutts” Loveless’ birthday, which was on March 1. He would have been 100 years old. I don’t know who sent the photos to my grandmother, but likely it was Dorothy Lamm, her double cousin. Dorothy was Hutts’ daughter. Her mother, Josephine Hazel Lancaster was the sister of my grandmother’s father. And Hutts was the brother of my grandmother’s mother. That made Dorothy and Pansy double cousins.

Faye Moon (sitting) with Dorothy Lamm (standing)
Another person in the photos was Faye Moon. She was another cousin, the daughter of Hutt’s brother, James Arthur Loveless.  My question: “Who was Faye Loveless Moon and what happened to her?”

I have spent the past 12 hours researching Faye, her sister, LaVerne, and brother, Bishop Glenn “B.G.” Loveless. I had their birthdates but nothing about marriages or deaths. Seeing as they were all born before 1920, I figured they were probably deceased by now. This is a write up of what I know now and I’ll make notes within of future research needed.

What I know
Let’s start with their parents. James Arthur Loveless was born 1 March 1879 in Faulkner County, Arkansas to Ebenezer Loveless and Eliza A. Rodgers.[1] Sometime in 1900 or 1901, he moved to Erath County, Texas, where he married Lula Kate Ferguson on 18 August 1901.[2] They had five known children:
  • Dewell Ebby, born 1 Jul 1902
  • Loyce, b. 1905[3]
  • Faye, b. 15 Mar 1908
  • LaVerne Louise, b. 26 Feb 1912
  • Bishop Glenn “B.G.”, b. 26 Oct 1914

James Arthur worked as a farmer until his death, 10 Dec 1933, of a ruptured appendix.[4] His wife also had a chicken farm, probably raising eggs and chickens.[5] She died of influenza a year before James on 31 Jan 1932.[6]

In October 1995, I made a trip to Stephenville, Texas with my grandmother. I wanted to see where she and my mother had lived. We stayed with her brother, R.D. Lancaster, and toured around town one day and visited some family on the other. One of the people I met was Faye Moon and her daughter, Susan. At the time of meeting her, I didn’t quite know how she fitted into the family. She told me that she was the daughter of Arthur Loveless (James Arthur). She also told me that I looked just like Josephine Lancaster, William Hutson (Hutts)’ wife.  She told me her brothers and sister’s names, and their spouses. It’s funny that she never talked about her own spouses.

Faye Moon died 18 Mar 1999. Her obituary from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, listed her survivors as:
  • Daughter and son-in-law, Lou Ann and Duane Gilly
  • Daughter, Mary “Sue” Greenway
  • Brother, B.G. Loveless
  • Sister, LaVerne Holsomback
  • Four great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.[7]

Faye’s name on the obituary was “Faye Greenway Moon.”  The two names Greenway and Moon are clues to possible past husbands. A daughter had one of the same names.

A marriage was found between Boyd Greenway and Fay Loveless on 2 Feb 1933 in Erath County, Texas.[8] They were married by C.L. Savage, the same minister who married her sister, LaVerne Loveless to James Thomas Punches on 24 Aug 1935.[9]

So what about the marriage to Emmet Moon? My grandmother told me he was married to Faye Loveless. He’d been a pall bearer at Martha Jane (Coor) Lancaster’s funeral in 1942.[10] Martha Jane was the mother-in-law to Lela Ann (Loveless) Lancaster, sister to Arthur and Hutts Loveless. However, the only marriage I found was a marriage between Emmett Moon and Elza F. Loveless, which occurred on 26 Mar 1970 in Somervell County, Texas.[11] This was a late marriage. Had he been married before? He died 31 Jan 1980, and the Find-a-Grave memorial shows his tombstone shared with Stella W. Moon, who died in 1968.[12]  With his wife’s death in 1968, it is possible this is the correct marriage between Faye and Emmett in 1970. Now the name of the bride in the marriage was Elza F. Loveless.

The only reference to an E for a middle name was with the 1920 census, where Faye E. was listed as an eleven-year-old daughter of James A & Lula K Lovelace.[13] The names could be reversed. There can also be a reason that Faye was using her maiden name again. Had there been a divorce from Greenway?

A check of the Find-a-Grave website, Boyd Greenway memorial was found. He was born 2 Feb 1908 and died 18 Jul 1963.[14] His spouse was listed as Faye Greenway, who was born 15 March 1908 and died 18 March 1999.[15] Their two grave markers have the same style. In the Texas Death Index, Elza Faye Moon was listed as dying on 18 March 1999 in Taylor Co, Texas. The obituary gave her death location as Alzheimer's care center in Abilene, which is located in Taylor County.[16]

Analysis
There are lots of conflicts but it’s time to figure out what I really have.
  • Her birth certificate listed her name as Faye Loveless with no middle name.[17] However, this is a delayed birth record, created in 1960.  
  • The birth of her daughter, Mary Sue Greenway on 19 Feb 1944, listed the mother as Faye Elsie Loveless.[18]
  • She was listed as Fay Loveless on the 1910 census and Fay Lovelace on the 1930 census, in the household of her parents and as Faye E Lovelace in the 1920 census.[19]
  • She was Fay Loveless in her marriage to Boyd Greenway.
  • She was Faye Greenway with her husband, Boyd S. Greenway in the 1940 census.[20]
  • Boyd Greenway died 18 July 1963 and was buried in West End Cemetery in Stephenville, Texas. His wife was Mrs. Faye Greenway.[21]
  • Elza F. Loveless married Emmett R. Moon in Somervell County on 26 March 1970.[22] [Need to order marriage record]
  • Emmett R. Moon died 31 Jan 1980 in Stephenville. His wife was listed as Faye Loveless Moon.[23] [Need to find his obituary]
  • Faye Moon died 18 Mar 1999. Her obituary stated her name as “Faye Greenway Moon.” The cemetery record listed her name as “Faye Greenway.” Her tombstone was designed identical to  Boyd Greenway’s and the birthdate looks more worn than the death date. It is possible that her stone was made at the time of Boyd’s death and after her burial, her death date carved in.  [Need to order her death cert].
  • Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Greenway of Duffau visited Mrs. Greenway’s brother, Mr. B.G. Loveless on August 25, 1940.[24] This news article clearly points that the Faye Loveless who married Boyd Greenway, was the sister of B.G. Loveless.

Conclusion
My current thinking without having a few records (obituaries and death certificates), is Faye E. Loveless married first, Boyd S. Greenway. They had two daughters. After his death, she married Emmett Moon. Emmett was buried with his first wife and Faye with her first husband.


[1] Texas Department of Health Bureau of Vital Statistics, death certificate, 54770, 1933, James Arthur Loveless,23 Mar 2011, digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org :  14 Jul 2008). His parents were listed as E Loveless and Elza Rogers.
[2] Erath County, Texas, Marriages, Bk I, p. 201, JA Loveless to Lula Ferguson, 18 Aug 1901; citing FHL 1026024. He was listed in the household of his father, Ebenezer Loveless in East Fork Township, Faulkner County, Arkansas in the 1900 census.
[3] I need to work on Loyce, as I have no full birthdate. He last appeared with the family in the 1920 census, so he did not die in the influenza after WWI.
[4] Texas Department of Health Bureau of Vital Statistics, death certificate, 54770, 1933, James Arthur Loveless,23 Mar 2011, digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org :  14 Jul 2008).
[5] 1930 U.S. census, Erath Co, Texas, pop sched, Just Prec 1, ED 72-6, sht 8a, p. 94 (stamped), `dwelling 157, family 161, James A. Lovelace, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: 23 Nov 2016). Lula had a chicken farm.
[6] Texas Department of Health Bureau of Vital Statistics, death certificate, 51657 (1932), Mrs. J. A. Loveless, digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 23 Mar 2011).
[7] “Faye Greenway Moon,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 19 Mar 1999, typed transcript, GenealogyBank.com (http://www.genealogybank.com : accessed 23 Nov 2016).
[8] "Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1977," digital Images of Marriage Records, Erath Co, p. 247, Greenway-Loveless, 1933, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : 23 Nov 2016); FHL microfilm 1,428,412.
[9] "Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1977," digital Images of Marriage Records, Erath County, Bk R, p. 501, JT. Punches to Laverne Louise Loveless, 1935, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : 23 Nov 2016); citing FHL film 1,428,412.
[10] "Mrs. Lancaster Dies at Home after Short Illness," Stephenville Tribune, 18 Sep 1942.
[11] "Texas Marriages, 1966-2010," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : 23 Nov 2016), Emmett R Moon and Elza F Loveless, 26 Mar 1970; citing Somervell, Texas, United States, certificate number 035816, Vital Statistics Unit, Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin. There was no image, so this would need to be ordered.
[12] Find A Grave, database with images (http://www.findagrave.com : 23 Nov 2016), memorial# 13207786, West End Cemetery, Stephenville TX, 1980, Emmett Robert Moon.
[13] 1920 U.S. census, Erath Co, Texas, pop. sched., Just Prec 1, ED 4, sht 3a, p 41 (stamped), dwelling 43, family 42, James A Lovelace, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : 23 Nov 2016); citing National Archives and Records Administration, T625.
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[16] “Faye Greenway Moon,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 19 Mar 1999.
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[24] “Alexander,” The Dublin Progress, 30 Aug 1940, Mr. & Mrs. Boyd Greenway; digital image, The Portal to Texas History (https://texashistory.unt.edu : 26 Nov 2016).

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