Shelby County Rootsweb Facts
Week Ending April 15, 2005


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    We purchased land in '93, and have since built a house upon a hill next to Big Ditch. I'm just letting you know that the 'ditch' is still very much there. The ditch begins at one end of our 76-acre plot and extends completely to the other end. Plant-life has flourished due to the fertility of the soil from the springs, but the ditch is as deep as it ever was, 30 to 35 ft drop-offs in some places, with an 8ft waterfall. There are old initials on the aged trees here and there.  I'm currently 23 and my brother and sister and I have done a lot of growing up in the ditch.
    As far as dumping is concerned... there's not really trash, but there is an old 50's model car and a plethora of interesting artifacts seem to uncover themselves every now and then. My grandmother, Margie Geraldine Byford Pryor, grew up and went to school in the area. She has her own memories of Big Ditch... and she has visited it recently and claimed it is as deep as ever. Once you get past the wood's edge, the brush isn't bad in most places, and the water still runs clear and cool through the heart of it.
  Thanks, The Pryor Family


The annual HOGAN reunion will be held on April 16, 2005 at the regular meeting place  in Diboll, TX.  For more information, call Grace Foresyth in Center at 936-598-2612.Happy Easter,
Jane Sanford-Hogan Keppler


The second Myers Family Reunion will be Saturday, May 14, 2005 in the fellowship hall at Ramah Baptist Church. Please bring a covered dish for lunch and any old pictures of Paxton and family members that you may have. Get there early and plan on spending the day. For more information contact David G. Myers  e-mail , Peggy (Myers) Langley e-mail , Angela (Myers) Cervantez  e-mail


The annual Lilly - Scott reunion will be held in Jasper, Texas at the Martin Dies State Park on Sat. April 30th.   Descendants, relatives and friends of the late Mina Lilly Scott and Samuel B. Scott are all invited.   It's a covered dish affair and dress is casual. So come on down and have fun with us for more info contact


Shelby County in World War II exhibit is now open at the Shelby County Museum. Hours are 1p.m. to 4p.m. daily. To arrange for special tours call the Museum at 936-598-3613


The Myers Family web pages have been added to Shelby County Family pages


The HAIRGROVE HERITGAGE Family web pages have been added to Shelby County Family Pages


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    I am searching for information about my grandfather, Joe Elec Bryant ( J. E. Bryant) ( Joe Eleck Bryant) who was born in Shelbyville, Shelby County, Texas on 27 August, 1847.  His parents possibly were John Bryant, born 1815 in Alabama, and Lavina B. Cooper, born 1824 in Tennessee.
His mother died when he was small and he and a sister were left in the care of one set of grandparents.  At the age of 11 years he left his grandparents, setting out on his own, possibly working in the lumber camps of East Texas.  My first record of him is in Upshur (now Camp) County in the City of Pittsburg, Texas in 1864 where, at the age of 17 years,  he joined a new company of the Confederate Home Guard which was raised by Josh Johnson and proceeded to Johnson County, Texas where they served as guards at a prisoner of war camp.  After the war ended in 1865 he possibly remained in Johnson County and drove a team of oxen to Dallas, Texas hauling freight on a regular basis.
 My next record of him is in Grandview, Johnson County, Texas when he married (his second marriage) my grandmother, Sarah Elizabeth Nelson on 10 December, 1885.  Around 1900/1901 he and his family moved to Snyder, Scurry County, Texas, and then on to Terry County, Texas about 1905 where he lived until his death in 1939. Kenneth Bryant Cook 1


    Richard and Hannah Yarbrough are listed on the 1850 census of Shelby County Texas along with several children, Elizabeth, John, Mary, James, Gilbert Gains, Sary, Joel, Amandy.   Not listed is Narcissa, believed to be the oldest daughter who was married to John W. Burns in 1850, along with three daughters, Mary, Hannah, & Martha.  Richard is listed on the Shelby Tax rolls as early as 1837.  A land grant was alloted to Richard in 1839 by the Republic of Texas.  I am seeking to exchange information with other descendants of Richard and Hannah.  I am the third Great Grandaughter of Narcissa Yarbrough and John W. Burns.  Carol Vincell  1


Any information On Schoolers, Corbells and Brittains would be appreciated.  My 2nd great grandfather was Benjamin Henry Schooler.  My great grandfather was Benjamin Henry Schooler. He married Sarah Ann Corbell. Any Information On Corbells ,Schoolers and Brittains Would Be appreciated. Thanks Mary Gibson.


Looking for my cousin, Anne Doggett, who graduated from Center High School in 1971. If you know her whereabouts please email Alan Daggett at


   Joyce Smith, 7, of Center died April 7, 2995 in Sugar Land.  Burial was in Newburn Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born January 2, 1931, in Timpson, she was the daughter of John Mims and Mary Cozart.  Mrs. Smith had been a beautician.  Survivors include her husband, Joe Smith of Center; son, Dwyatt Gentry of Sugar Land; daughter, Terry Ford of Lake Jackson; brother, John Sims of Timpson; sister, Olga Hughes Marian Gentry, nd Lorine McEntire, all of Timpson.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Mattie Lou Kindle, 94, of Center died April 2, 2005.  Burial was in Westview Cemetery.  Born in 1911, she was the daughter of Caroline and Edmond Hall.   Mrs. Kindle was preceded in death by her husband Melvin Kindle and sons, Billy Denton, John William, Joe Lewis, Kelvin, Jerry and Glenn.  Survivors include daughters, Betty J. Latham of Center and Velma J. Price of Dallas; son, James Ray kindle of Dallas.  Hicks Mortuary.
   Marion Earl Thomas, 83, formally of Joaquin, Texas died April 7, 2005 in Nashville, Tennnessee.  Marion was born on Oct. 16, 1921 in Joaquin, Texas to Jessie E.and Mary A. Thomas. He graduated Joaquin High School in 1940. He was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran of W.W.II, serving 4 yrs in the South Pacific during that conflict.  He was also a 52 yr. member of the Masonic Lodge.  He is survived by his wife, Shirley Fink Thomas of Nashville, Tenn.; a sister, Bessie Mae Hanna of Houston, Texas; a brother, Herschel and wife Doris of The Woodlands, Texas.
   Dustin Lavone Hollnagel, 23, of Garrison died April 11, 2005, in Carthage.  Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Shelby County.  Born November 26, 1961, in Nacogdoches, he was the son of Bill Hollnagel; and Tammy Frazier.  Mr. Hollnagel was a truck driver. Survivors include his father Bill Hollnagel of Houston; mother and stepfather, Tammy and Ben Frazier of Center; wife, Rebecca Carroll Hollnagel of Garrison; sons, Ricky Carroll and Noah Hollnagel, both of Garrison; daughter, Hannah Hollnagel of Garrison; brothers, Chris Hollnagel of Nacogdoches and Thomas Frazier of Center; sisters, Kelly Frazier, Kelsey Frazier and Samantha Frazier, all of Center.  Taylor Funeral Home.


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