The EastTexas Dead KinFolks Society

Updated August 15, 2010

Melinda Tillman
1900 Lenz
La Marque, TX 77568
United States
409/935-8139
matillma@aol.com

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All lines converge on northeast Texas in the early to mid 1800's. Early ancestors began their migration from Virginia, Maryland, the Carolina's and Georgia. Some took the high road thru Tennessee, and Arkansas, others took the low road thru Mississippi and Louisiana. But wherever they was from, they was GTT....
Please meet the full fledged members of my EastTexas Dead KinFolks Society: the Adairs, the Barksdales, the Bagleys, the Blantons, the Cockrells, the Costons, the Crains, the Crawfords, the Davis', the Ewings, the Freemans, the Garretts, the Grigsbys, the Hardins, the Harris', the Martins, the McLeroys, the Morris', the Popes, the Ramages, the Richards, the Sapps, the Stiefers, the Tillmans, the Wells' and a host of others. The rolls have swollen to include some 18000 souls.

One thing I know "fershur"- genealogy is ever changing. Every new find brings more questions than it answers. I could never write a book because there is no stopping point.

So here is a NOTICE of CORRECTION:
For years I was operating on an assumption that my ancestor Sarah E, wife of William Crain of Columbia Co AR was the same person as Sarah H Chivers, dau of Joel of Copiah Co MS. But I knew we made an error by the fact that William H CRAIG existed, and he was associated with Joel Chivers, and his wife Sarah H was buried near Joel Chivers in Copiah Co, years before my Sarah E Crain died. That Copiah Co marriage was my only link to Joel Chivers. I no longer believe my Sarah E Crain is a Chivers.
Now that I am convinced that Joel Chivers daughter Sarah H married William M CRAIG and they lived in Copiah Co MS. I am now looking elsewhere for a family for Sarah.
William and Sarah E Crain are missing from the census in 1850-a serious problem in resolving this issue. The family is clearly documented in Columbia Co AR in the late 1850's when William died. A number of his siblings who were in Tippah Co MS in 1850 were in Columbia Co AR by 1860. William and several of his brothers predesceased their father and are named in his will. I do believe my William who died in Columbia Co AR is the son of Stephen Crain of MS. He was living in close proximity of the other children of Stephen in Columbia Co AR AND he named a son Stephen. The older children of William and Sarah Crain consistently listed MS as a place of birth, so I believe William and Sarah were in northern MS between 1835 and 1855. He was in Panola Co MS in 1840.
I am disturbed that there is a William Crain, the right age but born in SC, living in Tippah Co 1850, very near the other children of Stephen Crain. He could be my ancestor William except that he is listed with a different family. The woman listed with him is 15 yrs younger than William and the several of the others in the household are too old to be children of this woman. There are no relationships listed, but this William is head of household.

Sept 2003: NewsFlash: Copies surfaced of an old Bible belonging to William Crain. There were surprises. William Crain had 2 wives. First, he married Druscilla Fowler 24 May 1830 (confirmed in marriage records of Hardeman Co TN. Second wife is Sarah Elizabeth Hamrick 01 September 1846. My Sarah!

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