Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Ida May Montgomery

Ida M Montgomery Austin

Ida M Montgomery AustinThis is the only photo I have of Ida May Montgomery Austin.  She is the daughter of Theodore Jonas Montgomery and Sarah Jane Hicks.  Wife of John Samuel Austin and mother of seven boys and one girl.
Born 1 July 1881 in Shelly County, Missouri.  Died 21 January 1966 in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas at the age of 84.

 [Photo from my private collection.  Date and place of photo is unknown.  Developers stamp reads "Jun 27, 1941 - Hammond..Porterville, California" .  Since this was from my grandmothers collection, it is possible that the photo was taken in Texas on a family trip and developed when they returned to California.]



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Friday, June 25, 2010

The Montgomery line furthered? or Are you my (3rd and 4th great grand) father?

I’ve been trying to further my Montgomery line for some time now.  I have bits and pieces but nothing solid.  Below is a note from my grandmother that has been pretty accurate, for the most part. 

Montgomery Notes

The information for Theodore Jonas and his wife, Sarah Jane Hicks was spot on as was the information on Ann and her second husband, Andrew Gordon.  I was also able to confirm and expand information on Theodore’s brother, Pearson.  I’ve done several posts on what I know about the Montgomery line.  Unfortunately, I’ve not been able to find my 3rd great grandfather, the above mentioned “August”.

Before I go any further, it might be best to show the basics of what I know or was told:

August Montgomery -  Born: Unknown date in Kentucky [Place from children’s census records]; Died: 1965 at the end of Civil War
Married Ann Mary Latamore when she was 15 in 1850.
They had the following children:
Pearson Clifford Montgomery - Birth: 22 August 1852 in Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky; Death: 6 February 1949 in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas
Theodore Jonas Montgomery - Birth: 09 February 1853 in Kentucky; Death: 14 September 1919 in Corpus Christi, Nueces, Texas
James "Jim" Montgomery - Birth: about 1858 in Kentucky

While looking for census’ of the above children, I came across this 1870 Federal Census from Black Creek, Shelby, Missouri:

1870 census

Notice lines 7 through 10.  Since Theodore was married in Missouri in 1877, it makes sense to find his family in Missouri in 1870.  It also makes sense that August is missing from this census as he is said to have died in 1865.  Above the Ann Montgomery family is another Montgomery family, the head being a James Montgomery aged 64.  Could this be August’s father?  And what of the John below Ann’s family?  Possibly a brother or cousin?  Certainly these Montgomerys are related as it seems James at least is “taking care of” Ann and her sons.

So the next step is to see if I can find anything on James, et all to connect them to August but where to look?  Why Kentucky, of course.  So I settled on Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky because Pearson’s death certificate lists Louisville as his place of birth.

I went to the USGenWeb site for Jefferson County, Kentucky and did some poking around.  After much searching, I found the transcription for the “Montgomery Family Bible”.  You can view it here: The Montgomery Family Bible.  I took a quick look at the page and one name in particular stood out - Pearson Clifford Montgomery.  Could it be My Pearson Clifford Montgomery?  Alas, no, I’m pretty sure my Pearson never married and he could not be married in 1862 (He would have been only ten years old.)  But….. the similarity of names including James married to Mary, the two children, Joseph and David, Pearson and another man named James Augustus.  So I started matching names with dates of birth, death and eventually marriages.

As it turns out, the bible family matches fairly well the two listed in the 1870 census and what I was told about August Montgomery.

  Census (Age) Bible Transcription (DOB) Match
James 64 Oct 27th 1805 Yes
Mary 36 March the 7 ‑ 1813 No
Joseph 18 Oct the 3 18‑52 Yes
David 16 September the 17 18‑54 Yes
John 30 December 15th, 1840 Yes

From the bible transcript, James Augustus Montgomery born March 15th, 1830 and died Died August 19, 1865.  (The death date agreeing with the family story that August died at the end of the Civil War.)

I started a new Ancestry family tree to keep the dates , etc. straight, to see what other records I could come up with and lastly to see if there was anyone else with this family in their tree.  You can access it here: The Montgomery Family Tree

My only regret now is that I was not able to contact the contributor of the family bible transcription, Gene Smith of Claxton, Georgia.  I tried the given email address and contacting the county coordinator but both email addresses no longer exist.  So the search goes on without a very important connection.   

If you have any information that might help in my search for the Montgomery family, please contact me.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wordless Wednesday – Portrait of Frank Pearson Montgomery


Frank P Montgomery


Son of Oda Montgomery and Mina Schmidt Montgomery DeLaney. 

Born 28 Sep 1916 in Bexar County, Texas.
Died 12 Feb 1997 in Fort Jones, Siskiyou, California at the age of 80.










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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday – 1919 Storm Memorial at Rose Hill Park Cemetery

Photo used with permission from photographer, FAG contributor Ron (#46831823)
1919 Storm marker - Rose Hill Memorial Park, Corpus Christi, Nueces County.Texas


The marker reads:

of the
Who Lost Their Lives
in the Storm of
Sept. 14, 1919

Erected by
The American Red Cross


You may be wondering why I chose this as a Tombstone Tuesday post.  My 2nd great grandfather, Theodore Jonas Montgomery is believed to have died in Corpus Christi during the  1919 Storm .  He has no death certificate and is not mentioned by name in any of the newspaper accounts of the storm that I can find.  He is one of the “unidentified dead”.

If you’d like to read more about the storm itself, here is a link to the Wikipedia article.  1919 Florida Keys hurricane 

An excellent source for photos can be found at the Corpus Christi Public Libraries Digital Archives.  The link to the advanced search page is here.  Typing in “1919 Storm”  will return some 200 items mostly photographs. (FYI -They are all watermarked.)


Photo from the Corpus Christi Public Libraries Digital Archives of the the unveiling and dedication ceremony for the memorial.  The original photo can be viewed here -,8086






1910 dedication program

Photo from the Corpus Christi Public Libraries Digital Archives of the unveiling and dedication ceremony program.  The original photo can be viewed here -,8087





Corpus Christi, Texas, after storm, Sept. 14th, 1919.  Panorama from the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog.

Corpus Christi, Texas, after storm, Sept. 14th, 1919


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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Prolific Dads

Here’s the mission from Randy of Genea-Musings:


Determine who is one of the most prolific fathers in your genealogy database or in your ancestry. By prolific, I mean the one who fathered the most children.


Without checking, I’m sure that my Dad’s father is one of the most prolific in my known ancestry.  My Dad was the ninth child of 13 born to Thomas Lafayette Bynum and Viola Perdue Bynum.  Some of the kids are still living so I won’t list them here but the oldest was born in 1913 and the youngest was born in 1940.  My father jokingly told my mother after they were married that he wanted more children then his father.  My mother politely told him to “take a flying leap”! 

After checking my database,  I found that Andrew Hicks and Rebecca Ellen Lasley also had 13 children that survived to adulthood.  The oldest was born in 1857 and the youngest in 1882.

I have several fathers with 12 children including Samuel Lafayette Bynum and Lula Hefner but only ten making it to adulthood.    Patram Pardue/Perdue and Elizabeth Basket also had 12 children.  I believe that 11 of them made it to adulthood.  Charles Crew had 11 with Hicksey Bean and one with Elizabeth Jackson.

Elisha Crew had 11 children with three wives.  James Montgomery also had 11 children with three wives.

Those with ten children: Robert Ash and Cyrena Herrington; Stephen Hicks and Hannah Gray/Grey; Herbert Schmidt and Alvina Spangenberg.

These are just the fathers in my direct line.  I’m sure if I expanded the search I’d find many more.

Happy Fathers Day!!


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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Wordless Wednesday – Portrait of Alvina May Montgomery


Alvina May Montgomery Walton


Daughter of Oda Montgomery and Mina Schmidt Montgomery DeLaney.  Wife of George Walton.

Born 26 November 1922 in Bexar County, Texas.
Died 5 September 1994 in South San Francisco, San Mateo, California at the age of 71.







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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Marker of J.E. and A.D. Ash


Julia Emaline Stephens Ash
6 June 1872 in Tarrant County, Texas
17 November 1959 in
Ranger, Eastland, Texas
Adolphus or Ashberry Dolph “Doll” Ash
24 September 1865 in Texas
30 December 1922 in
Gorman, Eastland, Texas

Oliver Springs Cemetery -

De Leon, Comanche, Texas

(Marker photograph courtesy of Find A Grave member, Mark Oxner.  Thank you Mark!)

The most interesting thing about this marker is that A.D. may or may not be buried here.  A.D.’s  death certificate states he was buried on 31 December 1922 in Bear Springs Cemetery.  See the death certificate below:

  Death 074

What do you think happened here?  I can think of only three possibilities: 1- The death certificate is wrong; 2- He was moved; 3 – The marker is a cenotaph.  I may never know for sure.

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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Wordless Wednesday – Dogs Are Family Too!

Me w trixcy and fancy

Me with our pure bred Cocker Spaniels, Trixie and Fancy circa 1976.  My parents bred and sold the Cocker pups for several years.  Trixie’s full pedigreed name was “Trixie, Lady of Valentine” and her daughter, was “ Fancy, Valentine Sonnet”.  (I’m guessing “Valentine” was the stud. )


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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

(Nearly) Wordless Wednesday – Another Montgomery Photo

Montgomery Family with dogs

Circa 1923 in Bexar County, Texas.

From left to right: Oda Theodore Montgomery, Pearl Spires [in dark shirt/dress.  She is about 10 years old.], Elizabeth Miller [Baby], Rosemary Miller [head down, can not see face], Owen Miller [Husband of Pearl Montgomery and father of Elizabeth and Rosemary.]


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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday – Marker & Obituary of Francis “Frank” Marion Hefner

Francis Hefner (Marker photograph courtesy of Arliss Ceccarelli. Photo taken Sept 2009.)

Francis “Frank” Marion Hefner

Birth: 1847 in Alabama

Death: 21 June 1926 in Stephens County, Texas

Burial: 30 June 1926 at Eliasville Cemetery in Eliasville, Young, Texas



Obituary Transcription


Pioneer Citizen

Passes Quietly

To Great Beyond


It falls to the lot of the Ameri-

ca to again record the death of

another hardy and honorable pio-

neer, in the passing away on Mon-

day evening at 6:30 o’clock of Frank


Death came suddenly to this

grand old citizen of Stephens coun-

ty, at the Clear Fork hanch [ranch] home

of his son, Tom C. Hefner. The

father was in as good health as

usual and with T. M. Corbett, a

neighbor and special friend of the

family for many years, was engaged

in a game of pitch with his son’s

children. The son was keeping the

score, when his father arose from

the table, asking Tom to take his

place. The elder stepped out and

got a drink of water, then return-

ed to his room and sat down in a

chair. Presently he arose and went

to the bed and lay down. Both men

steppened into the room and observed

that Mr. Hefner was ailing. A bot-

tle of soda water was brought and

he drank it, being entirely con-

scious. In a few moments, however,

he fell into a coma and was soon

beyond human ken or aid. The sud-

denness and unexpectedness of his

demise spreads a dark cloud of sor-

row over the home with attendant

grief and anguish to loving hearts.

In addition to the son already

mentioned, deceased is survived by

his aged widow and the following

children: Mrs. Clara Smith of Swen-

sondale: Mrs. Kate Hughes, Tucson,

Ariz.: Mrs. Lily Cummings, Alvara-

do: Mrs. Jennie Robinson, Abilene:

Andrew Hefner, Spur. These, with

the exception of Mrs. Hughes are ex-

pected to reach here in time to at-

tend the funeral Wednesday after-

noon at 3 o’clock at Eliasville, near

where stands the Hefner old home.

Rev. Schneider of Breckenridge,

Presbyterian minister, will conduct

the funeral, which will doubtless be

very largely attended. In the Elias-

ville cemetery Frank Hefner will

rest beside the remains of his fath-

er, A. J. Hefner, a pioneer of the

county who passed away 33 years


The Hefners came from Alabama

to Texas in the early days of the

state and numerous members of the

family settled in the Lone Oak com-

munity in Hunt county. Among those

early settlers by that name were

several brothers, one of these the

father of Frank Hefner.

Two of these drifted west and

others remained in Hunt county,

being among the highly esteemed

and honored citizens of the county.

Those coming west maintained the

reputation of the family for probity,

uprightness of character and other

elements of good citizenship, and

wherever you find a Hefner there is

nobility and manly traits, such as

friends and neighbors delight to

own and appreciate. Frank Hefner

was all these and even more and

surviving sons and daughters can

take comfort from the rich heri-

tage of well-spent and fruitful life,

with uplifting examples set before

them by an honored father.

May the clods of Stephens county

rest lightly upon his coffined form

and may loved ones prepare to meet

him again where no heartaches and

cruel separations ever come.


Citation of digital image that contains obituary per The Portal to Texas History website:

Lockett, W. C., editor. Breckenridge Weekly Democrat (Breckenridge, Tex), No. 46, Ed. 1, Friday, June 25, 1926, Newspaper, June 25, 1926; digital images, ( : accessed May 28, 2010), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting Breckenridge Library, Breckenridge, Texas.

Link directly to the newspaper:

"Breckenridge Weekly Democrat (Breckenridge, Tex), No. 46, Ed. 1, Friday, June 25, 1926 : The Portal to Texas History"


Link to photo of Frank Hefner and his wife, Matilda Skenell Key Hefner:

"Man and Woman in Farm Yard : The Portal to Texas History"


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