Friday, August 5, 2016

Returning photos to their family

On June 13, 2015, we posted a request for help in locating the family of Angelina Picciano Proctor .
On August 5, 2016, we heard from a family member!  It took over a year, but our efforts paid off and these photos will soon make their way back to New York.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

CHANGE OF MEETING LOCATION 

A reminder:

The March 16, 2016, meeting of the Kerrville Genealogical Society will be in the UGRA building, 125 Lehmann Drive, in the classroom near the KGS Library and Research Center.

The program, which begins at 2 p.m. is "So You Think You Have an Indian Princess in Your Family!", presented by Nancy McLarry.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Assorted News Items About Kerr County, 1876-1877

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Galveston Daily Times, May 10, 1876
From the Frontier. Movements of Roving Redskins. Austin, May 9, 1876
Adjutant General Steele has a letter from Capt. Caldwell, commanding Company F, Frontier battalion, dated Camp Merrit, Kerr county, April 30, which states that two parties of Indians had been on his part of the frontier line that month.  He supposed each party numbered ten.  A man and a boy were killed on the Nueces, and another man wounded on the South Llano.  The Indians drove off thirty head of horses.  He was unable to overtake them, but during his trip came across other trails, evidently of thirty Indians.
*****
Galveston Daily News August 8, 1876
Kerr County.
Judge Paschal has appointed A. McFarland to the office of District Clerk of Kerr county.  Governor Coke's recent decision made an appointment necessary.

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San Antonio Express, October 20, 1876
Notice to Consumptives.
I have recently opened in Kerrville, Kerr county, Texas, a Sanitarium, for the reception of invalids who may wish to try the mountains during a part of their stay in this climate.  Game, such as deer, bears, Turkeys, quail, etc., and excellent trout fishing right at hand.  Good saddle ponies free to the Invalid Patrons of the Home. Conveyance furnished to  Kerrville and return when requested.  Address G. R. Parsons, M.D. by letter or telegram.
*****
Galveston News, December, 1876
Kerr County.
The preliminaries are being arranged for a grand shooting match, to come off in Kerrville on New Year Day, 1877.  For the prize shot and championship of the county, only breech-loading arms are to be used.

*****
Galveston Daily News, February 6, 1877
Kerr County.
Kerrville Frontiersman: Some of the wants of this village: A shoemaker, a tailor, a butcher, and other like useful folks.  Either or all of the three named could do excellently well here....Mr. Ben F. Denton, long a sufferer, died some time last night at his residence, it is reported.  An old and well known citizen gone....Mr. Jones, of Smith & Jones, of Bandera county, has been purchasing hogs in the western portion of this county.  Price paid has been about three cents gross per pound, and the number so bought will reach from two to three hundred....Kerrville boasts of a lady, long past the meridian of life, yet still hale and hearty, who depends not on masculine labor when anything as to be done. She plows her field, with three horses abreast, as well as the best man of them all; she puts up stone fence like an expert, and hauls wood for all her household purposes.
*****
Galveston Daily News March 14, 1877
Kerr County.
The Frontiersman: Messrs. Gooch and Light, from the live stock county of Mason, have been here this week endeavoring to make purchases of a thousand cattle or so.  Succes did not crown their efforts, their figures not being enticing....Mileposts have been placed along the new Fort McKavett road from the mouth of Johnson's creek to Squire Nelson's....Messrs. Faltin & Schreiner have just sold twenty bales of cotton to be shipped to Mexico via San Antonio....Prof. T. U. Webb, of New York, arrived at Sanitarium this week. He comes for the restoration of his health....County Surveyor Brown is still kept busy locating the public domain for private parties.  Some 7000 acres were located this week about twenty-five miles west of Kerrville, part being for intending settlers and the rest for investment by outside parties.
*****
San Antonio Express, March 24, 1877
We received a call yesterday from John W. Brown, of Kerrville. He is here in the interest of the Kerrville Immigration Society, which has large bodies of land in Kerr and adjoining counties, for sale.
 *****
San Antonio Express, May 17, 1877
We extract from the Frontiersman the following items:
Messrs. Lowrance & Rees, Centre Point, have one of their irrigating pumps in operation, we hear.  Let's have the particulars, gentlemen.
Mr. Wiedenfeldt, of Comfort, informs us that clouds of grasshoppers came down in that vicinity Wednesday and damge to the growing crops was done.
Mr. Dolph Rees, whose beautiful farm is about a mile above town, has about four acres of barley which is expect to yield sixty bushels or more to the acre.  It stands, on an average, about four feet high.  Who can beat it?
Alfalfa is one of the crops enlisting increased attention in this locality, Mr. Rees, Capt. Tivy and others are making experiments....

*****
Galveston Daily News, June 26, 1877
Kerr County.
The Frontiers-man says that on the night of the 9th instant there was considerable frost, to the surprise of everybody and the injury of a few.  Up the river there were more sufferers than below Kerrville. Corn blades clearly showed signs of the unwelcome visitor, but it does not appear to have done serious damage....
 *****
San Antonio Express, June 30, 1877
 Mr. S. P. Spotts, of Kerr County, returned to the city yesterday, and made the Express a call.

*****
San Antonio Express, July 8, 1877
The 4th at Kerrville.
Our Kerrville correspondent under date July 6th, sends us the following:
 Messrs. Editors San Antonio Express:
The 4th of July reached our quiet little village in a small way on last Wednesday this being the first attempt for a general gathering of the citizens for many years.  The principal feature of the day was a shooting-match with breech-loading rifles, at a distance of 80 yards with a rest, or 60 yards off hand.  Mr. Jones Glenn made the best two out of three shots, and received the first prize of fie Mexican dollars known as the Hamer prize.  Mr. John Tedford won the scond prize, a silver plated castor, donated by Mr. Holekamp.  Dr. Parsons gave a prize of a fine pair of boots and spurs for the best two out of three shots made with a six shooter, while mounted and under full gallop, at a target the size of a man. Out of nine competitors Jimmy Holiman was the lucky shot and Mr. Hamp Johnson got a fine new hat, donated by Mr. Nathan Herzog, as the second prize.  In the evening Dr. and Mrs. Parsons gave a public ball, which was attended by forty-five couples.  The dancing was in the Court House and supper at the Sanitarium. Everything passed as merry as a marriage ball "till broad day light," when the boys went home with the girls in the morning.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Assorted News Items About Kerr County, 1870-1875

Galveston Flake's Daily Bulletin, May 11, 1870
We learned that Kerr county was visited on Wednesday evening by a terrific hail storm, which completely demolished the crops, dismantled the trees, etc.

*****
Galveston News, November 17, 1870.  The mail rider from Austin to Sisterdale says a party of Indians chased him the 9th.  The same day the Indians took capture of a negro boy, 13 years old, from the town of Comfort, Kerr county.

KGS note: the 13 year old boy was Jack Hardy, who eventually escaped and returned home. His descendants still live in Kerr County.

*****
Galveston Flakes Daily Bulletin, November 18, 1870.
We saw yesterday something new and something we never before saw in Texas--namely, two large barrels full of golden-colored, sweet and clean butter, made by a lady the past summer in Kerr county--thus solving the long-mooted problem as to whether it was possible to but up in or climate butter equal to the best Goshen.
*****
San Antonio Daily Express, July 12, 1872
R. J. DeWitt offered his services as an agent to all cattle owners who would provide him with power of attorney, and include their marks and brands...
"because of the numerous heads of cattle that collect on the heads of the rivers Nueces, Frio, Guadalupe  and other streams near them, and drovers often finding in impossible to discover the owners because of their distant residence form those points varying from 10 to 250 miles."

*****
 Galveston Daily News, September 28, 1873
The State Gazette deprecates the action of the officials at San Antonio for sending Federal troops to Kerr County, claiming that it is unconstitutional....Without entering the details of the question we trust that, between the two parties, state and federal, the good people of Kerr county will receive protection for life and property.

*****
Galveston Daily News, November 15, 1874
A report reached here today that a band of about sixteen Indians are operating in Kerr county.  They were divided in parties of four to five, are are making a general clearing up of horses.  They are supposed to have taken some forty head from the Spring Creek settlements.  When last heard from they were on the head of Johnson's Creek, depredating.
Information by mail from General Mackenzie says that he is still at Camp Supply, but has sent a column westward to the Staked Plains in search of Indians.

*****
San Antonio Express, June 19, 1875
The notable killings of the week [includes] ... the fight of the Kerr County Mounted Rifles.

*****
San Antonio Express, December 3, 1875
Fels & Ward have recently formed a partnership for the publication of a newspaper at Kerrville, Kerr County, Texas, to be called "The Frontiersman". ... Kerrville is one of the finest and most attractive villages of the West, and is noted for its healthfulness and beautiful natural surroundings.
*****
Galveston Daily Times, May 10, 1876
From the Frontier. Movements of Roving Redskins. Austin, May 9, 1876
Adjutant General Steele has a letter from Capt. Caldwell, commanding Company F, Frontier battalion, dated Camp Merrit, Kerr county, April 30, which states that two parties of Indians had been on his part of the frontier line that month.  He supposed each party numbered ten.  A man and a boy were killed on the Nueces, and another man wounded on the South Llano.  The Indians drove off thirty head of horses.  He was unable to overtake them, but during his trip came across other trails, evidently of thirty Indians.
*****
Galveston Daily News August 8, 1876
Kerr County.
Judge Paschal has appointed A. McFarland to the office of District Clerk of Kerr county.  Governor Coke's recent decision made an appointment necessary.

*****
San Antonio Express, October 20, 1876
Notice to Consumptives.
I have recently opened in Kerrville, Kerr county, Texas, a Sanitarium, for the reception of invalids who may wish to try the mountains during a part of their stay in this climate.  Game, such as deer, bears, Turkeys, quail, etc., and excellent trout fishing right at hand.  Good saddle ponies free to the Invalid Patrons of the Home. Conveyance furnished to  Kerrville and return when requested.  Address G. R. Parsons, M.D. by letter or telegram.
*****
Galveston News, December, 1876
Kerr County.
The preliminaries are being arranged for a grand shooting match, to come off in Kerrville on New Year Day, 1877.  For the prize shot and championship of the county, only breech-loading arms are to be used.

*****
Galveston Daily News, February 6, 1877
Kerr County.
Kerrville Frontiersman: Some of the wants of this village: A shoemaker, a tailor, a butcher, and other like useful folks.  Either or all of the three named could do excellently well here....Mr. Ben F. Denton, long a sufferer, died some time last night at his residence, it is reported.  An old and well known citizen gone....Mr. Jones, of Smith & Jones, of Bandera county, has been purchasing hogs in the western portion of this county.  Price paid has been about three cents gross per pound, and the number so bought will reach from two to three hundred....Kerrville boasts of a lady, long past the meridian of life, yet still hale and hearty, who depends not on masculine labor when anything as to be done. She plows her field, with three horses abreast, as well as the best man of them all; she puts up stone fence like an expert, and hauls wood for all her household purposes.
*****
Galveston Daily News March 14, 1877
Kerr County.
The Frontiersman: Messrs. Gooch and Light, from the live stock county of Mason, have been here this week endeavoring to make purchases of a thousand cattle or so.  Succes did not crown their efforts, their figures not being enticing....Mileposts have been placed along the new Fort McKavett road from the mouth of Johnson's creek to Squire Nelson's....Messrs. Faltin & Schreiner have just sold twenty bales of cotton to be shipped to Mexico via San Antonio....Prof. T. U. Webb, of New York, arrived at Sanitarium this week. He comes for the restoration of his health....County Surveyor Brown is still kept busy locating the public domain for private parties.  Some 7000 acres were located this week about twenty-five miles west of Kerrville, part being for intending settlers and the rest for investment by outside parties.
*****
San Antonio Express, March 24, 1877
We received a call yesterday from John W. Brown, of Kerrville. He is here in the interest of the Kerrville Immigration Society, which has large bodies of land in Kerr and adjoining counties, for sale.
 *****
San Antonio Express, May 17, 1877
We extract from the Frontiersman the following items:
Messrs. Lowrance & Rees, Centre Point, have one of their irrigating pumps in operation, we hear.  Let's have the particulars, gentlemen.
Mr. Wiedenfeldt, of Comfort, informs us that clouds of grasshoppers came down in that vicinity Wednesday and damge to the growing crops was done.
Mr. Dolph Rees, whose beautiful farm is about a mile above town, has about four acres of barley which is expect to yield sixty bushels or more to the acre.  It stands, on an average, about four feet high.  Who can beat it?
Alfalfa is one of the crops enlisting increased attention in this locality, Mr. Rees, Capt. Tivy and others are making experiments....

*****
Galveston Daily News, June 26, 1877
Kerr County.
The Frontiers-man says that on the night of the 9th instant there was considerable frost, to the surprise of everybody and the injury of a few.  Up the river there were more sufferers than below Kerrville. Corn blades clearly showed signs of the unwelcome visitor, but it does not appear to have done serious damage....
 *****
San Antonio Express, June 30, 1877
 Mr. S. P. Spotts, of Kerr County, returned to the city yesterday, and made the Express a call.

*****
San Antonio Express, July 8, 1877
The 4th at Kerrville.
Our Kerrville correspondent under date July 6th, sends us the following:
 Messrs. Editors San Antonio Express:
The 4th of July reached our quiet little village in a small way on last Wednesday this being the first attempt for a general gathering of the citizens for many years.  The principal feature of the day was a shooting-match with breech-loading rifles, at a distance of 80 yards with a rest, or 60 yards off hand.  Mr. Jones Glenn made the best two out of three shots, and received the first prize of fie Mexican dollars known as the Hamer prize.  Mr. John Tedford won the scond prize, a silver plated castor, donated by Mr. Holekamp.  Dr. Parsons gave a prize of a fine pair of boots and spurs for the best two out of three shots made with a six shooter, while mounted and under full gallop, at a target the size of a man. Out of nine competitors Jimmy Holiman was the lucky shot and Mr. Hamp Johnson got a fine new hat, donated by Mr. Nathan Herzog, as the second prize.  In the evening Dr. and Mrs. Parsons gave a public ball, which was attended by forty-five couples.  The dancing was in the Court House and supper at the Sanitarium. Everything passed as merry as a marriage ball "till broad day light," when the boys went home with the girls in the morning.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Assorted News Items About Kerr County 1856-1869

Galveston Weekly News, May 13, 1856
The new counties of Kerr and Parker have been organized.  Officers of Kerr county: Chief Justice, Jonathan Scott; County Clerk, D. A. Rees; District Clerk, J. E. Rees; Sheriff, W. D. C. Burney; County Commissioners, Geo. M. Ridley, _____Hendrix, T. Jones, E. A. McFadden; Treasurer, James S. Brown; Surveyor Rufus K. Brown, Justice of the Peace, G. P. Phillips; Constable, Edward W. Brown.
 *****
Civilian and Gazette (Galveston), April 14, 1857
From Kerr county, in the mountains....their corn and cotton, never more promising, have been killed by frost.
No recent Indian troubles in the mountains, says our Kerr county correspondent.
*****
Civilian and Gazette (Galveston), September 22, 1857

The crops in Kerr county...prove almost a total failure this year; but the rains of August had brought forward a splendid crop of grass, upon which stock of all kinds were doing well.  For the reason breadstuffs would necessarily be high and scarce.

*****
Flake's Daily Galveston Bulletin April 18, 1867
Kerr County.--Judge Wm. E. Jones has just returned from his ranch in Kerr county. He reports the people in that section very despondent.  The Indians have been through, and after killing large numbers of horses and calves, drove out what horses they could gather.  There were upwards of fifty carcasses of calves where they had been killed, cut to pieces, the sinew all taken and here and there a choice piece of meat cut out. It is the opinion of the Judge that the Indians are in large number on the frontier, and being unable to get sinews of deer sufficient, they have made this last raid in order to supply themselves with the necessary material of war.  It is feared the present full moon will be attended with great depredations from the savages.
San Antonio Ex. April 12.
 ***** 
Galveston Flake's Daily Bulletin, February 23, 1869
Headquarters 5th Military District, Austin, Texas, Feb. 18, 1869
The following appointments to civil office are hereby made:
Kerr County.--James Farr to be County Clerk, to fill an original vacancy.
Bernhard Sublett to be Sheriff, to fill an original vacancy.
Christian Dietert to be Justice of the Peace for Precint [sic] No. 1, to fill an original vacancy.
Wm. C. Boerner to be Justice of the Peace for Precint [sic] No. 3, to fill an original vacancy.
James Eiler to be Justice of the Peace for Precint [sic] No. 4, to fill an original vacancy.

*****
Galveston Flake's Daily Bulletin, April 13, 1869
Political disabilities imposed by the fourteenth amendment of the Constitution of the United States, by reason of participation in the late rebellions, be, and are hereby removed, from the following persons, namely:
Kerr county: Casper Real and Fritz Tegener.

Friday, February 26, 2016

John Napoleon Crow Family Bible





These are the original pages of a family Bible originally belonging to the John Napoleon Crow family. The originals may be viewed at the KGS Library and Research Center.  John Napoleon Crow died in San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas, in 1944.

John Napoleon Crow and Sallie M. Camp....[married] at Thomas H. Camp's on 6th day of October in the year of our Lord 1897.



















John Napoleon was borned [sic] Nov. 7, 1871, died Oct.
 26, 1944.






















Births
John Napoleon Crow was born Nov. 7, 1871. Sallie Medora Crow was born Oct. 6, 1877
Ella Lillie Crow was born Sept. 25, 1899
Etna Mabel Crow was born December 14th 1903
Bertha Mattie Crow was born July 27, 1905
Maggie Bula Crow was born July 30 1907.
Dottie Lorene Crow was born May 10, 1909
Virgil Napoleon Crow was born Aug 2, 1910
Winston Pershing Crow was born Sept 2 1917
Victor Carson Sloan was born Aug 24th 1917
Margaret Faith Sloan was born Aug 14  1919

J. N. Crow & Sallie M. Camp were married Oct 6 1897
Ella Lillie Crow married [unclear]
Aug 2 to Elmer F. Sloan


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

CHANGE OF MEETING LOCATION 

The February 17, 2016, meeting of the Kerrville Genealogical Society will be in the UGRA building, 125 Lehmann Drive, in the meeting room at the other end of the building from KGS.

The program, which begins at 2 p.m. is "Personal Stories from the American Civil War", presented by Barbara Sheffer.