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Ruth Kerr Hurst et al Research

Updated July 5, 2003

James & Peggy Hurst
PO Box 464
Newton, TX 75966
United States

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This is one of the largest and detailed sources of genealogical information in existence today. Professional genealogists continue to report that this project is pioneering how "family trees should be documented." This site is particularly useful to those with ancestry in East Texas or Arkansas, or or those seeking a "Lost Tennessee Hurst."

Ruth Kerr Hurst spent 35+ years on genealogical research, and she is a widely cited first-source for pieces of her work. Her work alone is so massive that only about one-fourth has been computerized in the past five years. Only a fraction of our combined research is available online here. Click on the Internet Tree names to trace the first few thousand family lines.

Previously "lost cousins" have already added about 7,000 people and improved the documentation on many hundreds more. The "et al" was added in recognition of their massive and continuous contributions. Today, our address book has 240 cousins that are tracking and adding to this massive and original database. Some may only correct a date or contribute a single photo, but others may also add upward limbs of hundreds of throughly documented members.

More than 27,000 individuals, representing more than 9800 marriages and more than 4,000 surnames are included. The longest continuous Line goes back 25 generations and the oldest continuous Line forward begins in the year 1430.

The full benefit of this research is available only by CD obtainable from the Newton County History Commission. This CD contains more more than 150,000 "text entries" and one such entry may be five pages or more of FTM Notes. This CD likewise includes hundreds of historic photographs and document scans. The CD itself is in Family Tree Maker format Release 10, and is read-only.

The Third CD Release is now available and can be purchased from the Newton History Commission. See Link below for access.

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Family Photos

  • School or Posse? (256 KB)
    William Hall, with Etta Kerr Hall next to him, is standing by the school room door. The men on horseback are unknown, as is the reason for the photograph.
  • Hurst Coat-of-Arms (176 KB)
    British Hursts, Hirsts, and Hyrsts are members of the same family. Hurst, as a name, is more than 1,000 old and dominates Britain south and west from Bedford, England. The Crest, the Yellow Sun over the Forest, means "First in Peace." The Arms, the Red Sun on the White Shield, means "First in War." The Latin Motto, in English, means "Virtue through Labor."
  • Simeon Youngblood's notebook - 1852 (269 KB)
    Simeon's notebook is dated August 19, 1852. He died in 1864 in the Civil War.
  • James Nathan Hurst 1991 Engagement Photo (113 KB)
    James Hurst is a patented inventor, is a published author, and was in California's Who's Who for computer pioneering. Jim retired as Chief Technology Officer of Sante Fe International in 1990. He is to blame for computerizing more genealogy than is digestible by reasonable people.
  • Oakdale, Louisiana at the turn of the 1900s (148 KB)
    Taken to show W.S. Kerr's store, this photo shows life in the early 1900s.
  • Margaret Goebel Hurst 1991 Engagement Photo (96 KB)
    Peggy Hurst, aka Pete Hurst and Aunt Pete, has done more than 90% of the actual work. The data entry alone is massive, and she has already spent thousands of hours on it.
  • Ruth Kerr Hurst (181 KB)
    This is a 1940's photo of Ruth Kerr Hurst. Devoted to family all her life, her genealogy connects thousands and thousands of relatives, saved a score of family bibles, grew a library of thousands of photos, and preserved letters, deeds, and other proofs dated 1863 and earlier. Her work is so massive that it can only be published only on CD.
  • Nathan Irvin Hurst (260 KB)
    This is a 1940's photo of "Johnny" Hurst, son of Jonathan Joe Nathan Hurst and Rebecca King Garner. Johnny and his wife Ruth are a great love story.
  • Jonathan Hurst and Rebecca King Garner (89 KB)
    Jonathan Joe Nathan Hurst and Rebecca King Garner are the parents of Nathan Irvin Hurst.
  • Jonathan J. Hurst and Mary Matilda Short (103 KB)
    These are the parents of the Jonathan Hurst who married Rebecca King Garner. This is the oldest known photograph on this line of Hursts.
  • James B. and Etta Kerr Golden Wedding Photo (661 KB)
    This 1952 photo shows the three Kerr daughters and husbands with all the Kerr grandchildren.
  • William Madison Hall on horseback (138 KB)
    This Texas pioneer was born in 1842.

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