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People and History
LETTERS FROM A CONFEDERATE SOLDIER:
11TH TEXAS CAVALRY
FANNIN COUNTY TEXAS
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
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.
Grass to High Cotton"
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
Telephone # 903-496-2226
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;
SCATTERLINGS: BLAIR, WILLIAMS
AND TURNER TO TEXAS-
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
"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
"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
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:
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
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
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.
can be obtained from the author at [email protected], or by writing him at
5408 Corto Drive, Granbury, Texas 76049.