Shelby County News

Week Ending September 14, 2007

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            The King-Oats Cemetery, aka Oates at Day School, will have a Historic Texas Cemetery Medallion erected on October 13, 2007.  There will be a meeting at 9:30am at the historic Shelby County Courthouse Courtroom.  At 1:30pm attendees will meet at the King-Oats cemetery for the installation of the Medallion.  For additional information email Reece Stanley at




             Friends and relatives of the late Larkin and  Susana Tempie Bates are invited to attend the annual Bates Family Reunion.  The reunion will be held on September 29th, in Joaquin, TX at the Jackson Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.  Doors will be open at 10:30 a.m.  A covered dish lunch will be spread at 12:00 noon.  Come and enjoy the day.  For further information contact Tommie Williams, email her at



        You  are invited to join us as we honor one of East Texas’ pioneering sons, Veteran of War of 1812 and former Texas Ranger  "John May" on Saturday, October 6, 2007 from 11 am until 1 pm at the John May Cemetery (also called the Hooper-May Cemetery)
We will dedicate a new headstone and a memorial Texas Ranger cross during the ceremony.
We would also like to salute and invite the descendants of other pioneer families represented in this sacred place, including: Bird Bounds, Daniel Haight, Richard Hooper, Asa Davis, John May, JB Williams, and WW Wagstaff.  The program will feature Capt. Dan North, Texas Rangers reciting the Texas Ranger Prayer; a 21-gun salute, courtesy of the VFW Post 8904; Mike Wood, bagpipe player; food and live band entertainment
Bring your chair, soft drinks and a covered side dish -- we will provide the meat!  To get to the cemetery, take Hwy 699 north from Center, turn east on CR 3853 and proceed 1.5 miles. Turn south on CR 3865 for .4 miles. Follow the signs to the cemetery. In the event of rain, we will hold the ceremony at the warehouse of Pro-Log, Inc. 2628 Hwy. 84 E. in Paxton.    

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          I am looking for my ancestors from Shelby County. Their names are William A. Nail and George Nail.  I  know they settled there before the Texas Revolution, and also fought in the Civil War.  William was listed in Nix's Confederate Soldiers and was 3rd Corporal in Levi Truitt's Company.  Sarah E. Eidem at


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