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Books for Sale about Fannin County & It's People  
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The Books on this page are still in print today
Click here -For a Bibliograpy of Books no longer in print
But can be sent for by interlibrary loan in print or on microfilm.
    Books for sale about Ladonia and its people  through the
    Ladonia Historical Preservation Society
    LHPS: PO Box 171 Ladonia 75449
  • Recollections of Ladonia - All about Ladonia - 1991- Price $ 15.00 & $2.00 postage.
  • A Community Affair 1836 Toward 2000 - Stories from families - Price $ 15.00 & $2.00 postage.
  • Documented History of Ladonia, TX. - For Historical Marker - Price $ 15.00 & $2.00 postage.
  • A History of Ladonia, TX. 1836 - 1997 - Price $ 15.00 & $2.00 postage.
  • Ladonia's Lasting Legacies - 2005 - Towns organization, businesses, cemeteries, treasures in Ladonia - Price $ 15.00 & $2.00 postage.
  • The Ladonia Historical Preservation Society has done a book on the Clark, Pecan Gap, and Ladonia Schools consolidating into Fannindel. Price 

  • $ 15.00 plus $ 2.00 shipping & handling. All known graduates through the years of all the above schools are included in this book.

Books of Interest: Fannin County People and History


This book is unlike any I've written in the past. Aside from the 140 year old original letters and documents included in the book, relevant history pertaining to the Fannin County area has also been added. Of course, the letters are filled with personal accounts of Isaac's experiences as he travels from Texas to Murfreesboro Tennessee, where he died from wounds received in the Battle of Stones River. Some 81,000 soldiers were involved in that 3-day battle...and losses were estimated at one-third on both sides. Detailed information about the boys from the 11th Texas who were killed, wounded or missing during the Tenn. battle are also included.  But aside from the historic aspect of these letters, I focused on Isaac's background and his love for home and family. Thankfully, my ability to understand him through his handwriting was a great asset and it supplied me with an inside track to his selfless character. In the end, I was overwhelmed by the senseless loss of these wonderful lives...and the sad reality of the wars that still continue today even in this new age!

For those of you who have expressed interest in the book, please email me for further details <[email protected]> .
The book is printed in Black/White/Gray as a soft cover with 110 pages.
Aside from the 17 letters/documents, a camp location map, photos and sketches are also included.
The book price is $9.99 plus tax and $2.00 shipping.
Judy Inman

 "High Grass to High Cotton"
Bailey, Celeste,Commerce, Fairlie, Gober,Wolfe City and Surrounding
Communities are the focus of this book. It is published by The Wolfe City Chaber of Commerce and Printed by Hennington Publishing Company  P.O.Box"N" Wolfe City Texas 75496
Telephone # 903-496-2226

"The Last Buffalo; 
Walter Potts, Oldest Documented Buffalo Soldier"
By E.B. Hogan
        This book Chronicles his life and family , includes some Fannin County families ,the Browns of Honey Grove and the Oliphant's of Ravenna  This book is now out of print but copies are still available in book stores and online book stores:  Publisher: Eakin Publications;  ASIN: 157168364X

By Rusty Williams
"This book is the story of three family groups, fifty-five men, women children and babies, who left tobacco farms in the Virginia Piedmont to move to Fannin County as part of the first big immigrant wave into the land south of the Red River. Settling in the area around Savoy and Bells --and giving the name of their homeland to Virginia Point ---these and other Virginia Families carved farms and homes out of the North Texas Prairie before dispersing into other parts of Texas, Indian Territory and further west."
"The book is 184 pages, hardbound and mentions more than two dozen other Fannin and Grayson County families. It was written by Julian "Rusty" Williams and published by Hearlfelt-Lincoln Pub- lishing. Much more than just a family history, Scatterlings is an every-family, story telling who so many Southern families settled in North Texas during that time, what they had to do before they could plant the first seed or cook their first meal, and the terrible consequences they encountered as they settled the rolling hills of
Fannin County,"
"Scatterlings: Blair , Williams and Turner to Texas -1858-1873"can be ordered directly from Rusty Williams at <[email protected]> $24.95 plus $4.75 for shipping and handling

Elam family in America
     "From Virginia to Texas: A History of the Elam Family with Emphasis on the Ancestors and Descendants of John H. Elam of Mississippi and Texas,"  byEarl H. Elam, was published by Gateway Press (Baltimore, MD) in November 2001. It contains xii + 395 pages, including 96 figures and bibliography and eight chapters:
1.  Elam:  What's in the Name?  -- A discussion of the origin of the name and its use in the Bible, as the name of a nation, and in England.
2.  Pioneer Elams of Virginia  --   A  historical narrative of  the Bermuda Hundred area of Virginia where the first Elams to migrate to Virginia from England settled:  Robert Elam (c. 1604-c. 1671), Ann Elam (1629-c.1692), William  Elam (d. 1689), Gilbert Elam (1629-1696), and Martin Elam (1635-1695).  Their lineages and genealogical problems are discussed.
3.  Elam Families in Virginia in the Eighteenth Century  -- A narrative of what is known about descendants of  (1) Gilbert Elam and Ann Elam (cousins who married) and (2) of Martin and Frances Elam  in Virginia to the end of the American Revolution.   Also included is a summary of  the  commercial ventures in Virginia and Rhode Island of  several members of an Elam family based in Leeds in Yorkshire, England.  A genealogical list is at the end. Historical and genealogical problems are discussed.
4.  Elam Families in South Carolina and Georgia in the Nineteenth Century -- Primary attention is given to  the  family of William Elam  (c. 17345-1809) of Charlotte County, Virginia, and Edgefield County, South Carolina, a descendant of  Martin Elam of the Bermuda Hundred.  As the years passed,William's son, Martin Elam (c. 1765-c.1810/18, and  Martin's son, George Barnes Elam (1788-1847), developed two plantations with numerous slaves in Edgefield County, South Carolina, and Lincoln County, Georgia.  The lineages of these men and their relatives are narrated to near the end of the century.
A few other Elam families not closely related to William are discussed;  in the mid 1840s descendants of one of these families moved from Georgia to the Selfs-Honey Grove area of Fannin County, Texas.
5.  The Elams of Central Mississippi in the Nineteenth Century --  This
chapter traces the life of  a great-grandson of William Elam:  George Barnes Elam, Jr.(1819-1891)  Attention is also given George's three brothers and two sisters.   George and his wife, Angeline Carter (c. 1830-1899), who lived in Holmes and Carroll counties in Mississippi and, during the Civil War, in Drew County in Arkansas, had at least ten children (8 sons and 2 daughters), including  John H. Elam (1863-1938) who grew up, married, and farmed in Mississippi until 1901.  The chapter summarizes what is known about the other sons and daughters and endeavors to dispel various myths about the family that were extant in the twentieth century.  In the late 1890s one of the daughters moved her family to Leonard in Fannin County, Texas.  Her widowed mother, Angie, soon followed, bought lots in Leonard, and apparently died there.
6.  Pioneer Elams in Texas -- This chapter traces  the births, marriages, deaths, migrations, land acquisitions, and various activities of  men named Elam who settled in Texas in the nineteenth century, beginning in the 1820s with John P. Elam, one of Stephen F. Austin's old Three Hundred settlers and his brother William Jefferson Elam, both of whom had migrated from Tennessee.  Afterward settlers named Elam came from several southern states and the Midwest to  counties across the breath of Texas, but most settled in North and Central Texas and at various places near the Gulf Coast.  A community on the railroad southeast of Dallas was known as Elam Station.  Several of the migrants settled on farms in Fannin and Hunt counties. any Elam men who were residents of Texas served the Confederacy during the Civil War;  at least one served in the Texas Federal Cavalry.
7.  John H. Elam and Descendants --  John and his wife, Marion Haynes (1866-1940), arrived in Leonard, Texas, early in 1901 with  six children (4 sons and 2 daughters).  John had been a cotton farmer in several counties in Mississippi.  He spent the remainder of his working life as a cotton farmer in the Leonard-Shady Grove area.  Three more children were born in Texas to the couple, including two daughters and the author's father, Patrick (Pat) Henry Elam (1903-1976).  John retired in 1927 and moved to Wichita Falls, Texas,  where he died in 1938;  Marion died in 1940.  The chapter summarizes the movements, marriages,  and activities of their children and the progeny of the latter down to the end of the twentieth century.  Several of them lived in Fannin County until the decade of the 1950s.   The author's family lived in the Hail community from 1938 to 1950.  He and his siblings attended school at Bartley-Woods, and he graduated from Gober High School.  Several of John H. Elam's kin are buried in the Shady Grove Cemetery between Leonard and Trenton.
8.  Conclusion -- Concluding remarks summarize the contents of the book and note unresolved historical/genealogical problems which, the author hopes, other researchers will address.
The book, the result of  several decades of information collecting and extensive research between 1993 and 2000 in all the states and local areas where the principal subjects lived, is heavily documented and has a lengthy bibliography.  The author is a graduate of Midwestern University (BA, 1961) and of Texas Tech University (MA, 1967; Ph.D., 1971).  He is a retired professor of history (Professor emeritus, Sul Ross State University, 1995),and founding director of the Center for Big Bend Studies.  He and his wife,Eleanor, live in Decordova Bend Estates near Granbury, Texas.
More information can be obtained from the author at [email protected], or by writing him at 5408 Corto Drive, Granbury, Texas 76049.

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