Shelby County Rootsweb Facts
Week Ending July 11, 2003
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The Netherly Family Ninth Reunion will be held Friday, July 25, Saturday, July 26 and Sunday July 27, 2003 at the Community Center, 423 San Angustine St., Center, Texas.  Friday, July 25th from 6:00pm - 7:15pm will be family fellowship/get acquainted; 7:30pm - 8:45pm dinner (fish fry); 9:15pm - 10:00pm will be the Netherly Family Feud game.   Saturday, July 26th from 11:00am - 12:30pm family business meeting; 12:35pm - 3:00pm lunch; games will begin at 1:45pm - 3:30pm.   Saturday Evening - 7:00pm - 10:30pm - modeling, talent show and dinner.   Sunday, July 27, 2003 - 8:00am -  9:00am church services "Todd Springs Baptist Church".    If you should have questions regarding the above information, please contact me (Ella Shaw) email  


1915 - Leon Runnels of Center bogged up in Tenaha Creek at Shelbyville.  He was in route to the new Railroad and had several passengers.  He got Levi Windham to carry the men on- and he spent the night in Shelbyville.
J.C. Mott- Dental Surgeon, located 8 miles north of Center, "Reasonable Rates"
Thomas J. Todd- Steam Gin & Grist Mill 6 miles west of Buena Vista & 2 miles for Sapp's Store.
J.A. Jarratt's -Blacksmith & Wood Shop Buena Vista. "Timberskins always on Hand."   
Jesse Beck "Near Cedar Bridge?" about 7 miles north of Center has complete photographic Apparatus for sale.
D.S. Carnahan, Attorney & Counselor at Law--- Office in Courthouse.
John H. Truitt, Attorney & Counselor at Law "Will practice in the district & inferior courts."


The following was taken from Shelby County in the Civil War  by Bennie Nix and data complied by Kathryn Hooper Davis and Carolyn Reeves Ericson and People, Places and Things by Mildred Cariker Pinkston.   ****These may be the unknown/unmarked graves in the cemeteries.

W. J. Wilburn, age 73, died December 1933, has been added to the Pleasant Hill Cemetery
William T. Adams, age 78, died February 25, 1934 has been added to the North Jericho Cemetery
Caleb Belrose, age 65, died April 25, 1934 has been added to Campti Cemetery
Sallie McKee, age 92, died April 3, 1934 has been added to Fairview Cemetery
Nannie Florence Wallace, age 79, died September 17, 1934 has been added to the Newburn Cemetery
Jefferson Adams, died in war 1864 has been added to Waterman Cemetery
Samantha M. Alford, died January 28, 1921 has been added North Jericho Cemetery
Pollie Amason, died ca 1939 has been added to Methodist Cemetery
Jesse Amason, died March 30, 1870 has been added to Gibbs Family Cemetery
Milton Neal Ballard, died September 28, 1920 has been added to Fairview Cemetery
Sarah J. Beck, died December 12, 1922 has been added to Buena Vista Cemetery
James A. Blankenship, died February 21, 1908 has been added to Joaquin Cemetery
Emma Boozer, died July 21, 1922 has been added to Shelbyville Cemetery
John Martin Braddock, died October 24, 1932 has been added to Hancock Cemetery
George W. Brister, died February 18, 1901 has been added to Patroon Cemetery
Owen Jefferson Bryan, died March 24, 1923 has been added to Ramah Cemetery
William Bryant, died February 13, 1905 has been added to Sandhill Cemetery
Robert W. Burns, died April 26, 1900 has been added to Brookland Cemetery


The Turner Family reunion (descendants of Floyd and Virgie Turner) will begin Saturday, July 12, 2003 at the Huxley Bay Marina at 11:00 am.  Guest will have dinner in the newly completed dining room at Approxmently 2:00 pm.  Julie and Timmy Fisher will provide a program.  This year the focus will be on Tallis Vern Turner's life. Children, Grand Children and Great-grand children will come from several states for the visit.


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Trying to locate Billingsley, Foster and Miller connections.   Lenard Belton Billingsley, Wife, Annie Vera Foster, Willie Foster, Wife Sarah L. Miller, Born 1861, La.  Clay Billingsley, wife Mollie Hairston, Ben H. Billingsley married Woofin, Cole, Billingsley, married Mary Foster, Ollie Billingsley,  Most of these were in Shelby County, Texas.  Anyone with info please help. Mary Jane Mathis 2


1860 Census - Latimer.   Will exchange Latimer Family information for Robert W. and James Robert(son Thomas Jefferson is my grandfather.)    Ken Latimer 1    


Desperately looking for any info on a Harris family possibly in Center, TX who had a daughter named Margaret Harris, my great-grandmother. Married William Pell Hayes (who administed a school there in 1889-90), and Margaret had Leroy Hayes in 1896 in Logansport, LA.  Mary Wenzel 1





   Jimmie "J.D." Stringer, 71, died July 3, 2003 in Shreveport.   Burial was in Shelbyville Cemetery.  Born January 15, 1932, in Taylorsville, Mississippi, he was the son of William and Nelly Gray Stringer.  Mr. Stringer is survived by his wife, Sandy Stringer of Mansfield, Louisiana; sons, Dennis Stringer of Center and Dale Stringer of Mansfield, Louisiana; daughters, Debbie Smith and Denise Hopson of Houston; stepdaughter, Susan Faulkner of Cushing; stepsons Todd Jeter of Round Rock and Robert Jeter of Houston; sisters, Pat Humphries of Tampa, Florida, Elaine Murphy of Clamath Falls, Oregon and Nelda Sue Voyovich of Gulf Port, Mississippi; brother Bobby Stringer of Houston.   Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Ima Jean Bush, 70, of Center died July 2, 2003 in Center.  Burial was in Mt. Herman Cemetery.  Born January 7, 1933, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of Lewis and Della Abbott Livingston.  Mrs. Bush was preceded in death by her daughter, Brenda Bush Wright; brothers, Audra Livingston and Aubra Livingston and sister, Pat Shroyer.  She is survived by husband Coye D. Bush of Center; daughters, Beverly Slatter of Center, Sandra Walsh of Shreveport, Louisiana, Tammy Ramirez of Spring and Kim Jarjoura of Spring; sons, Elton Bush of Timpson, Dewayne Bush of Center and Randy Bush of Center; sisters, Olga Adams of Center, Faye Fleming of Humble, Pauline Brittain of Aztec, New Mexico, Joy Jones of Shelbyville Dianne Jones of Center and Linda Clifton of Garrison; brothers, Jim Livingston of Center Bill Livingston of Pasadena and Sam Livingston of Nacogdoches.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Kenneth Ray Lindsey, 60, of Bastrop County died June 28, 2003.  Burial was in Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.   Born May 31, 1943 in Center, he was the son of Luther and Celeste Lindsey.   Mr. Lindsey was preceded in death by his parents Luther and Celeste Lindsey.   He is survived by his wife Sharon DeLamar Lindsey; son, Keith Lindsey of Pasadena.  
   Billie Jo Baggett, 70, of Spurger died July 4, 2003 in Beaumont.  Burial was in Old Salem Cemetery.  Born December 8, 1932 in Minco, Oklahoma, she was the daughter of George Williams and Blanche Beulah Barnes.  Ms. Maggett is survived by her husband, Thomas Levi Baggett of Spurger; children Linda Graffagnino of Plano, Brenda Hicks of Vidor, Debbie LaBlanc of Stafford and George T. Baggett of Spurger; mother, Blanche Gongre of Vidor.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Johnny Ray Shelton, 66, of Joaquin died July 2, 2003 in Center.  Burial was in Old Home Cemetery.  Born May 8, 1937 in the Paxton Community, he was the son of Joe and Maomi Forsythe Shelton.  Mr. Shelton was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Maomi Forsythe Shelton; wife, Jeanne Hopson Shelton and son Mike Shelton.  Survivors include daughter, Ella Lou Hodges of Nacogdoches, Becky Pope of Center and Terri Matlock, of Center;  sisters Maurine Prince of Center and Bernice Grimes of Nacogdoches.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Wilma Verdell, 89, of San Augustine died July 6, 2003 in Lufkin.  Burial was in Old Salem Cemetery, Shelby County.   Born April 4, 1914, in San Augustine, she was the daughter of Thomas Calcote and Vallie Balch Calcote.  Ms. Verdell was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and brothers, Carl, Lawrence, Guy and Murray Calote; sisters, Lera Wall and Billie Merle Calcote.  She is survived by daughter, Louise Muckelroy of Lufkin.  Wyman Roberts Funeral Home. San Augustine.
   Nell Webster Logan, 78, of Center died July 6, 2003, in Nacogdoches.   Burial was in New Hope Cemetery.  Born October 6, 1924, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of Ernest Benton and Ruby Louise Green Webster.  She was preceded in death by her husband Rev. O.C. Logan.  Ms. Logan is survived by her son Burt Logan of Spring; daughter, Becky Schriewer of Center; sister, Peggy Kennedy of Center; brothers, E.B. Webster of Center and Russell Webster of Pasadena.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Ariel Haley, infant, died July 5, 2003, Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Infant Haley is survived by her parents David and Rebecca Haley; sister, Lauren Haley of Center; grandparents, Ron and Elaine Belanger and Charles Haley, all of Center and Judy Albert Reynolds of Houston. Mangum Funeral Home.
   William Frank Sanford, 77, of Center died July 8, 2003 at Nacogdoches.   Burial was in Borders Cemetery.  Born May 10, 1926, in Shelby County, he was the son of John Henry and Viola Mae Borders Sanford.   Mr. Sanford is survived by his wife, Della Sanford of Center; sons, Roger Sanford of Trinity, and William Sanford of Huntington; daughters, Vivian Lambert of New Caney and Della Taylor of Center; brothers, John Paul Sanford and Brealon Sanford, both of Center.   Mangum Funeral Home.
   Hanford M. Harris, 81, of Timpson died July 9, 2003 at his residence.   Burial was in Dixon Cemetery.  Born June 17, 1922, in Timpson, he was the son of Edgar and Willie Mae Bass Harris.  Mr. Harris is survived a son (name not given); by his daughter Terry Jackson and Vickie Carpenter, both of Galveston.

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