Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday -- Elizabeth S (Neel) Lancaster

Elizabeth S. (Neel) Lancaster
Elizabeth S. (Neel) Lancaster is my 5th great grandmother.  She was born 22 Mar 1911[1] in Kentucky to James Neel and Polly Martin.  She married Ellis Wilson Lancaster on 10 Jun 1831 in Shelby County, Kentucky.  Ellis and Elizabeth had 8 children.  The family moved to Kaufman County, Texas sometime between 1850 and 1860. There is not a lot to know about Elizabeth except through her probate record.  Ellis had died sometime in 1866 and she died Jul 30, 1881.  The total of the estate was $344.82.[2]  Each heir received either $49.26 or a portion thereof (some of her children had died and the grandchildren were to receive a shared portion).

Elizabeth is buried in Rockwall Memorial Cemetery [3].  Here is the link to the Find-a-Grave page for her tombstone.

[1] Sandra Haney Tedford, Cemetery Inscriptions of Rockwall Co, Texas (N.p.: n.p., n.d.), 47
[2] Rockwall Co (Texas) Probate Records 1877-1895, FHL film 1289136, pg 302, E.S. Lancaster
[3] Tombstone of Elizabeth S. Lancaster, Find-a-Grave ( : accessed 15 Nov 2011), posted by Marian (Carlson) Johnson

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Mappy Monday -- 1940 Census Enumeration District Map - Texas - Erath County

1940 Census Enumeration District Maps - Texas - Erath County - ED 72-1 - ED 72-20
National Archives
I was looking at photos about baseball on the National Archives site when I thought to search for photos about Erath County, Texas, where my grandmother is from.  Up popped maps depicting the 1940 Enumeration Districts.  Wow, that will be helpful when the 1940 U.S. Federal Census comes out in 2012.  There will be no index immediately, so having a map to narrow down which ED to search page by page will cut my searching time down to a manageable level.

I believe my grandparents (Tom J & Pansy Johnston) and mother (Lela Nell Johnston) were living in Stephenville, Erath County, Texas in 1940.  The war hadn't started yet, so my grandfather was not yet in the U.S. Navy.  He would be working in some carpentry trade.
ED 72-1 to 72-4
There was also a description of these EDs:

My grandmother's parents, George Warren & Lela Ann Lancaster, were located in Ward 1 in the 1930 census at 1020 W Green Street.  That will be where I'll start first.  Perhaps Tom & Pansy will be living nearby.

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - List Your Matrilineal Line(s)

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings asked us for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun to:

1) List your matrilineal line - your mother, her mother, etc. back to the first identifiable mother. Note: this line is how your mitochondrial DNA was passed to you!

2) Tell us if you have had your mitochondrial DNA tested, and if so, which Haplogroup you are in.

My matrilineal line is:
  • Lisa Gorrell
  • Lela Nell Johnston (1934 Stephenville, Texas - 1992 Walnut Creek, California) married William J Hork
  • Pansy Louise Lancaster (1913 Stephenville, Texas - ) married Tom J Johnston
  • Lela Ann Loveless (1896 Conway, Arkansas - 1951 Stephenville, Texas) married George Warren Lancaster
  • Eliza A Rogers (1854 South Carolina - 1907 Faulkner Co, Arkansas) married Ebenezer Loveless

I had the mitochondrial DNA test done on my grandmother.  The Haplogroup is U5 which show Northern Europe.  This was not the result I expected.  Family stories always were we have Native American ancestry in our line.  I'm sure it's still possible, but just not through Eliza Rogers.  I still don't understand completely the results and my goal is to study mtDNA more for better understanding.

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Ahnentafel Roulette!

Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun has us first figure out how old our great grandfather would be now if he had lived.  Then divide that number by 4 to get our “roulette number.”  With this number, I find the ancestor with that number in my ahnentafel (ancestor) list.  Then we are to write 3 facts we know about that person.  Here’s mine:

My great grandfather is George Warren Lancaster, born 19 Jan 1893.  He would be 118 years old today if he still was living.  Divide that age by 4 and I get 29.5.  I’ll round that to 29 making my “roulette number” 29.  No. 29 in my ancestor list is Martha Jane Coor (1873-1942).

Here are 3 facts I know about Martha Jane “Doll” Coor: 
1.       Martha Jane was born 10 May 1873 in Crystal Springs, Copiah Co, Mississippi to James Madison Coor (1833-1890) and Melissa Ann Welch (1840-1976).  She was the ninth child of ten and was only three years old when her mother died.  Sometime between 1880 and 1890, the family moved to Erath Co, Texas.  Her father died in 1890. 

2.      On 19 Mar 1892 she married William Carl “Cary” Lancaster (1873-1946).  Cary & Doll had six children: George Warren, Willie Friend, Josephine Hazel, Margaret, Earl, and Pearl (the last two being twins). 

3.      Martha Jane died 15 Sep 1942 and is buried in the Upper Green’s Creek Cemetery alongside her husband, who died four years later, 17 Dec 1946. 

4.      (bonus fact) My grandmother says she was called “Doll” because she was a beautiful woman.

One thing I realize as I write this is I do not really know much about Martha Jane.  I will have to ask my grandmother for some more details.  Such as what were her hobbies?

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sunday's Obituary -- Lela Ann Loveless Lancaster

Here is the obituary for Lela Ann Loveless.  Actually it is a write-up about the funeral for Lela Ann.  Here is the transcription:
Obituary for Lela Ann Lancaster

"Attend Funeral for Mrs. W. G. Lancaster"[1]
      Several out-of-town friends and friends of Mrs. Warren G. Lancaster, who died last week, were in Stephenville Sunday for the funeral services. 
     They were:  A daughter, Mrs. Tom Johnson, husband and daughter of Walnut Creek, Calif.; two brothers, W.F. Lancaster and wife, and Earl, both of Slaton;  three sisters and their husbands, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Self and Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Loveless of Fort Worth, and Mr. and Mrs. Walt Fraley of Ropesville. 
     Other relatives were Mr. and Mrs. Jack Lancaster of Seagraves, Mr. and Mrs. Weldon Tudor of Ropesville, and Bill Martin Hester of Midland. 
     Out-of-town friends attending were:  Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Sikes, Jr., Fort Worth;  Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Mongik, Dallas; Babe Southerland, Dallas; W.A. Self, Fort Worth; J.T. Self, Dallas;  E.W. Self, Fort Worth, and Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Self, Fort Worth.
     Mrs. Lancaster's sister and her brothers were unable to attend.
     Pallbearers were Emmet Moon, Oliver Holcomb, Elmo White, Arch Evans, Ernest Smith and H.V. Collins.

Isn't it a shame that nowhere in the article does it state Mrs. W. G. Lancaster's first name or maiden name. In fact, none of the women mentioned in the article have first names unless they were listed without husbands.  There is a major misspelling:  Her daughter, Mrs. Tom Johnson should read Mrs. Tom Johnston.  

The article also implies that her brothers and sisters are listed in the second paragraph but then in the second to last paragraph, states that they were unable to attend.  These brothers and sisters in the second paragraph are actually her husband's siblings.

So let's break down the attendee list, describing who these people are:
  • Mrs. Tom Johnston, husband, and daughter:  this is her daughter, Pansy.  Pansy & Tom's daughter is Lela Nell.
  • W. F. Lancaster & wife:  This is Willie Friend Lancaster and wife, Hattie Ellis.  Willie is Warren's brother.
  • Earl Lancaster:  Warren's brother. 
  • Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Loveless:  This is William Hutson Loveless and his wife, Josephine Hazel Lancaster.  William H. is actually Lela Ann's brother and Josephine is Warren's sister.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Self:  This is Herbert Self and Margaret Lancaster, Warren's sister.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Walt Fraley:  This is Walt Fraley and Pearl Lancaster, Warren's sister and Carl's twin sister.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Jack Lancaster: Jack is Earl's son and wife. 
  • Mr. and Mrs. Weldon Tudor: This is Pearl's son and wife.
  • Bill Martin Hester: not sure who this is.

This obituary is full of information.  I have the names of attendee’s home towns and cities.  It shows that many moved away from Stephenville.  I will be putting this information in Legacy under Events-Residence. 

[1] “Attend Funeral for Mrs. W. G. Lancaster,” newspaper clipping, Stephenville (Texas) Empire-Tribune, 25 May 1951, p unk 

Copyright © 2011 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, Mam-ma's Southern Family

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Treasure Chest Thursday – Ebenezer Loveless Death Certificate[1]

E. Loveless Death Certificate, 1929, Rotan Co, Texas
The last known information about Ebenezer Loveless, the father of Lela Ann Loveless (my great grandmother & Mam-ma’s mother), he was living on a farm in Precinct 1 of Erath County, Texas in 1920 with his second wife named, Malissa.[2]  I began by searching the 1930 census for his children, thinking he could be enumerated with them.  No luck.  So my initial assumption was he died before the 1930 census.  I could not find Ebenezer in Erath county death records.  Where had he gone?  It was a mystery.

When the "Texas Deaths 1890-1976" database was put online at FamilySearch, I was in seventh heaven.  This database includes images of the death certificates.  Most of my mother’s family lived in Texas for a few generations so I was able to find a lot of records.  Finding Ebenezer in this state-wide database saved me a lot of time.  Do you know how many counties are in Texas?  254.  That is a lot of counties to check death records one-by-one!

This is what I find out when I found the death certificate for Ebenezer Loveless:  
  • He was living in the town of Rotan in Fisher County. 
  • He was still married. 
  • His birth date of February 8, 1851
  • He worked as a night watchman. 
  • He died of bronchopneumonia, due to flu and general debility.  He was 77 years old and this is a common cause of death for the elderly, especially in the winter. 
  • He is also buried in Belvieu Cemetery in Rotan.

Here is a list of what to research about Ebenezer next:
  • Search through land records to see when he sold the farm the 1920 census said he had.  This might give me an idea when he moved to Rotan.
  • Find an obituary for Ebenezer.
  • Find the cemetery record for Ebenezer at Belvieu cemetery in Rotan.
  • Find a death certificate for wife, Melissa.  On a quick search in the Texas Deaths 1890-1976 database, Melissa A. Loveless was not found.  She could have remarried.  She could have moved to live with one of her children from her first marriage.  Perhaps I have to research her children, too.
  • Research the history of Rotan to see what else can be researched.  A quick glance at the Texas State Historical Association at about Rotan, stated “The Rotan Gypsum Plant was founded in 1923. A series of gins was built in the town, including the Rotan Gin, built in 1925.”  Could Ebenezer have been working at one of the gypsum plants?

I do not know much about this ancestor.  He was born in Georgia, moved to Faulkner Co, Arkansas, and then finally to Texas.  I’ll continue the story when I have some of the above questions answered.

[1] "Texas Deaths 1890-1976." index and images, FamilySearch ( accessed 14 Jul 2008), entry for E. Loveless, 1929, Fisher Co, TX, death certificate no. 2972; citing Death Records, FHL microfilm 2,073,674; Texas Bureau of Vital Statistics, Texas Department of Health, Austin, Texas
[2] 1920 U.S. census, Erath, Texas, population schedule, Prec 1, enumeration district (ED) 4, sheet 4a, p. 42 (stamped), dwelling 60, family 58, Ebbie Lovelace; digital images, ( : accessed 11 Aug 2011); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T625, roll 1801.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Wordless Wednesday -- My grandmother & mother

Mam-ma with my mother 1934
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wordless Wednesday -- Margurite Luella Polly

Margurite Luella Polly (1857-1904)
Mam-ma's great grandmother's sister
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Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Faces of Genealogy

This is my Face of Genealogy.  Lela Ann Loveless is the mother of my grandmother, Pansy Louise Johnston.  This photo was taken about 1904.  Lela Ann's parents were Ebenezer Loveless and Eliza Ann Rogers.  They lived in Faulkner County, Arkansas before moving to Erath County, Texas.
Ebenezer Loveless, Lela Ann, & Eliza Ann (Rogers) Loveless
**This post is in response to the photograph posted by the LA Weekly for the Southern California Jamboree that was in poor taste.  This is the true Faces of Genealogy.

++ Post corrected 6 Sept 2013, replacing Nixon with Rogers.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wordless Wednesday -- George Warren Lancaster (1893-1964)

Pansy Louise Lancaster's father on a visit
to Walnut Creek, California, c. late 1940's

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday -- Martha J (Coor) Lancaster

Upper Green's Creek Cemetery, Erath Co, Texas
       Martha Jane Coor was born May 10, 1873 in Copiah County, Mississippi to James Madison Coor and Melissa Ann Welch. She was the ninth child of ten and the fourth and last daughter.  She was called “Doll” because she was very beautiful.[1]  Her mother died in 1876 and the family moved to Erath County, Texas sometime in the early 1880's.[2] 
       Not much is known about her early years and she was just 16 when her father died.  When her and her brother, Daniel K, estate was probated, their estate was worth about $400 consisting of land and cattle.[3]  Her brother-in-law, Samuel O. Durham was the executor of the estate and made guardian to her brother, Daniel.
Carl & Doll Lancaster with Lela Nell Johnston in the center, 
Pansy Johnston on the floor, and Carl's son, George Warren 
& Maggie Self to the rear.
       She married William Carl Lancaster on March 19, 1892.[4]  It was interesting to find in the probate record that he was referred to as “Cary.”  My grandmother always said his name was Carl.  In most official records, such as census, he was usually listed as Wm Carl.
       They had six children: George Warren Lancaster (my grandmother’s father), Willie Friend Lancaster, Josephine Hazel Lancaster, Margaret Lancaster, Earl Carrell Lancaster, and his twin Pearl Carl Lancaster.
       Doll and Carl were married 50 years before she became ill and passed away on September 15, 1942.[5]  She is buried in the Upper Green’s Creek Cemetery in Erath County, Texas.[6]

[1] Johnston, Pansy Louise, interview  1 Sep 1988.
[2] “Mrs. Lancaster Dies at Home After Short Illness,” Stephenville (Texas) Empire-Tribune, clipping, 18 Sep 1942.
[3] Erath, Texas, Probate, Bk G, p 462, Doll Coor & D.K. Coor, FHL microfilm 1428413 & 1428414i1
[4] Erath Co, TX, Marriage Record, Book F, page 65;  WC Lancaster and Miss Mattie Coor, 19 Mar 1892; FHL Film  1026025.
[5] Texas Department of Health Bureau of Vital Statistics, death certificate 39867 (1942), Martha J. Lancaster; digital image, FamilySearch (, origin, Erath County Death Record, Vol 4, pg 532.  FHL 1845916.
[6] Martha J. Lancaster tombstone, Upper Green’s Creek Cemetery , Erath Co, TX, Tombstone photo, taken by author October 7, 1995.

*Caption to photo corrected 6 Sep 2013 - Woman at rear is Maggie Lancaster Self, Warren's sister.
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Friday, April 29, 2011

James Madison Coor Probate

J. M. Coor, Probate #241, Erath Co, Texas Book G, p 458, FHL film 1428413 
Today I found the probate record for James M. Coor, my 3rd great grandfather.  He was born in Crystal Springs, Copiah County, Mississippi in 18 Oct 1833 and he died 26 Mar 1890 in Erath County, Texas.  March 26 is my birthday, though many decades later. 

I don't know when he came with his family to Texas.  His wife, Melissa Ann Welch, died 20 Sep 1876 in Coor Springs, Mississippi, leaving him nine children to raise alone.  He and his family are in Copiah County, Mississippi for the 1880 census.  He purchased land in Erath County, Texas on 6 Mar 1885.  I am not sure if this is the first purchase.  I need to make a spreadsheet of all of the land purchases to sort them out.

By 1890, however, most of his children have married and two are left as minors: my great-great grandmother Martha J. Coor, better known as Doll (even in the probate record), and D.K. Coor.

As I work my way through these probate records and land records, I will write more about this Coor family.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday -- Daniel K. Coor

     I don't know much about Daniel K. Coor, and only just learned about him this week.  It all started with a probate record for his father, James Madison Coor[i] [1833-1890] (James M. Coor is the great-grandfather of Mam-ma, my grandmother).  In the probate were guardianship records for "Doll" Coor and "D.K." Coor.  I knew from my grandmother that Martha J. Coor [1873-1942] was called "Doll".  She would have been 17 years old at the time of her father's death and would need guardianship.  However, I didn't know who this "D.K." Coor was.  His age was stated as 15.  The 1880 census showed a younger sister, named Anna, born 1875.[ii] 
      So I transcribed the entire Probate and Guardianship and learned that the estate listed the following as:

“persons entitled to receive said Estate as follows to wit:  D.P. Coor, Sallie G. Sones, Anna B. Durham, J.E. Coor, May Carr, J.R. Coor, Dollie Lancaster, and D.K. Coor.  That all of said persons are adults except D.K. Coor who is a minor and that S.O. Durham is the guardian of said minor.”[iii]  

I still did not learn the meaning of D.K., or who he was, except he seemed to be a child of J.M. Coor.  In 1895, the 1/8th undivided share to the land was sold to D.P. Coor for $325.00.  This became the end of S.O. Durham’s responsibility for the estate & guardianship.[iv]  Doll had already married William Carl “Carry” Lancaster.
      Now I needed to find this D.K. Coor after 1893.  I searched for census records.  It was difficult when you do not know what D.K. stands for.  So instead I searched for any Coor who was born around 1875.  Bingo!  I found Dan K. Coor in the 1910 Concho Co, Texas census with brother, James R. Coor[v] and Dan K. Coor with wife, Ida, in the 1930 Concho Co, Texas census.[vi]  Now that I had his full name, I also found him in the World War I Draft Index, living in Capitan, Lincoln Co, New Mexico.[vii]
Woodbine Cemetery, Artesia, New Mexico,
submitted to Find-a-Grave by Delma Ingram
      The final pieces of the puzzle I have found so far are the death and burial information.  Daniel died 5 July 1943 in Artesia, Eddy County, New Mexico[viii] and is buried in the Woodbine Cemetery in Artesia.[ix]  The death index listed his parents as James M. Coor and Malissa Welch.
            So who was that Ann Coor in the 1880 census?  My thought is the census taker misheard "Ann" for "Dan" when he recorded the child born in 1875.  I have not found any other record for this Ann.  She was not included in the probate, she was the same age as Dan, and their names rhyme, so it could be easily misinterpreted.

[i] Probate of James M. Coor, S.O. Durham, Administrator.  Erath Co, Texas Probate Records, spanning Bks G, H, & J, microfilm, Family History Library, film 1428413 & 1428414.
[ii] 1880 U.S. census, Copiah, Mississippi, population schedule, Browns Store, ED 27, p. 281d (stamped), family 164, James M. Coor; digital images, ( : accessed 23 Feb 2011); citing NARA microfilm T9, roll 646. 
[iii] Probate of James M. Coor, Annual Account, Erath County, Texas Probate Records, Bk H, p 553-56, Probate 241, microfilm, Family History Library, film 1428414.
[iv] Guardianship of Doll Coor & D.K. Coor minor, Annual Account, Erath County, Texas Probate Records, Bk J, p. 146-47, Probate 242, microfilm, Family History Library, film 1428413 & 1428414. 
[v] 1910 U.S. census, Concho, Texas, population schedule, Prec. 2, ED 27, sheet 6a, p. 23 (stamped), dwelling 87, family 87, James R. Coor; digital images, ( : accessed 27 Mar 2011); citing NARA microfilm T624.
[vi] 1930 U.S. census, Concho, Texas, population schedule, Eden Village, ED 48-3, sheet 10a, p. 244 (stamped), dwelling 231, family 236, Dan K. Coor; digital images, ( : accessed 27 Mar 2011); citing NARA microfilm T626.
[vii] "WW I Draft Registration," database and images, ( : accessed 27 Mar 2011), Daniel Coor.
[viii]  "New Mexico Deaths 1889-1945," database, FamilySearch ( accessed 27 Mar 2011); Daniel K. Coor.
[ix]  database, Findagrave ( : accessed 27 Mar 2011), Daniel K. Coor.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Three Generations

Lela Nell Johnston, Lela Ann (Loveless) Lancaster, Pansy Louise (Lancaster) Johnston c. 1940's

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday--George Warren Lancaster

Upper Greens Creek Cemetery, Erath Co, Texas
George W. (Warren) Lancaster (1893-1964)
George W. Lancaster was my great-grandfather, the father of Mam-ma.  He was born in Johnson Community, Erath County, Texas on 19 Jan 1893 to William Carl Lancaster & Martha Jane Coor.  He married Lela Ann Loveless 15 Dec 1912 in Stephenville, Erath County, Texas.

He worked as a farmer, was a good mechanic and loved working on cars on Sunday.  Friends would come with food and have their cars worked on.  Later he worked as shop foreman for the old Reid Sales Company and then had a shop of his own.[1]  He died 8 Nov 1964 in Stephenville, leaving two sons and one daughter.  His wife and one son had died previously.

He is buried in the Upper Greens Creek Cemetery.  I took this photo 7 Oct 1995 when I visited Stephenville with Mam-ma.  Upper Greens Creek Cemetery is located south of Stephenville off Hwy 377 in the Green’s Creek community.[2]  The coordinates are 320914N & 0981819W.

[1] "Warren Lancaster, 71, Services Held Monday,” Stephenville (Texas) Empire-Tribune, 13 Nov 1964, p 4.
[2] “Erath County Cemeteries”, (, Upper Greens Creek Cemetery.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Cemetery Tuesday -- James Madison Coor Tombstone

James Madison Coor
Lower Greens Creek Cemetery, Erath Co, Texas

James Madison Coor (1833-1890)
James Madison Coor was born in Crystal Springs, Copiah Co, Mississippi 18 Oct 1833 to John Coor and Ann Kethley.  He married Melissa Ann Welch Pittman 9 Oct 1856.  This is the second marriage for Melissa.  They had 10 children.  After his wife died, he moved with his younger children to Stephenville, Erath county, Texas, where he died 26 Mar 1890.  He was buried in Lower Greens Creek Cemetery.  He was my ggg-grandfather.

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Ancestral Name List Roulette

This assignment has me taking a grandfather and determining his age today, dividing by 4, then finding the ancestor in my family tree with the ahnentafel number, and writing 3 facts about that ancestor.  My ahnentafel number came up as 28 which would be Thomas Newton Johnston, my great grandfather.

Tom Johnston with granddaughters,
Lea & Sandra

Thomas Newton Johnston was born 25 Jul 1885 in Edna Hill, Comanche County, Texas to Ruben Mack Johnston and Olivia Jane Jones.  He died 20 Feb 1951 in Stephenville, Erath County, Texas. He married Nell L. Hutson on 6 Jun 1907 in Comanche County, Texas.
Three facts I know:
  • Listed as a farmer living on Gustine & Swan Hill Road in 1910 with his wife, Lea N. and daughter, Beryl M.
  • Worked many years at the Higgenbotham's Lumber Yard in Stephenville, Texas, lastly as manager.
  • Was called "Daddy Tom" by his grandchildren.
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Saturday, January 15, 2011

My Grandparents

Tom-Tom, Lisa, & Mam-ma
These are my grandparents, Tom J. Johnston and Pansy Louise Lancaster.  I am standing between them and am probably less than a year old.  I think this because I am not standing up straight.

My grandfather was called Tom-Tom by his grandchildren and my grandmother was called Mam-ma.  They were in their late thirties when I was born, as their first grandchild, and felt they were too young to be grandparents.  So we did not call them "grandma" or "grandpa."  Also, in Texas, where my grandparents were born, a common name for grandmother was "Mam-ma."  My mother called her grandmother "Mam-ma," too.

Tom-Tom was a carpenter and worked at Diablo Valley College until his death.  Mam-ma worked outside the home in clothing stores.  She also made her own clothes, probably the dress she is shown wearing here.

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