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On the 1880 census, Precinct 8, Fayette, Texas we find the Henry Breitchrez family. Henry 42, Mary 40, August 18, Julius 13, John 10, Adolf 8, Hulda 4, Emma 2, and Leonard 1. Henry, Mary, August and Julius are born in Prussia while the rest are born in Texas. I am thinking that this John Breitchrez could be the same man as John Fred Britkrite or Britekruety.
On the 1900 Census, Justice Precinct 2, De Witt, Texas, there is a John F. Britekruety, age 32 listed with Lucy 25, Ethel 1 and a sister in law by the name of Emmie Cudd 11.
I looked up the Cudd family looking for Lucy and find her in the 1880 Census, Precinct 1, Lavaca, Texas listed with her father William and possibly her mother Rachel.
On the 1910 census, Waco Ward 4, McLennan, Texas, we find Lucy as head of the household with her children Ethel De 11, Lulu M. 9, Henry F. 7 and William M. 4. In the column where it lists if you are married, single, etc., it looks like the letters M, W, D are all right there as if she did not know herself whether she was married or widowed. Which is very likely that he deserted her because........we have a John Fred Britkrite who marries my 2nd great grandmother 30 Jul 1910 in Sallisaw, Sequoyah, Oklahoma. They are listed in Oklahoma on the 1920 census. They end up divorcing in the 1920's in which case we find John F. Britkrite on the 1930 census, Precinct 8, Bell, Texas with a wife named Ann.
I was playing around on the internet this afternoon googling different things when I came across an obituary for a Troy West Britkrite who died in 2007 at the age of 79. It said he was the son of John F. and Ann P. Arnold Britkrite and he was a lifelong resident of . According to the Social Security Death Index he was born 6 Nov 1927. He does not appear on the with John and Ann. John died 31 May 1948 in Bell County and is buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Troy also is buried in the same cemetery. Ann died 13 Dec 1980. I am guessing she too is buried there as well.
When I looked on the map for Texas I see that Fayette County sits north of Lavaca. Could you see if there is a for John Fred, John F. or J. F. Britkrite (or various spellings) and Lucy Cudd? Or any other Britkrite (or various spellings). I am also curious if there are any other descendents of this family still living in the area.
I found all this information this afternoon online between ancestry.com and just googling. Any other information you can find would be very much appreciated.
Let me know if you have questions.
From Kathy Carter at the Fayette Heritage Museum & Archives
I found no Britkrite (or anything similar) or Cudd surnames in our
marriage indexes. (1838-1995)
Dear Fayette Co. Genealogical Society,
I hope this is the information you are requesting. I put the information I'm hoping you may be able to help me find. I am making a heritage scrapbook and ;making copies for family members, so photos are also of great interest.
I have researched the Bastrop Library for the information requested but found very little. I know my ancestors owned a city lot in La Grange so I'm hoping you may be able to uncover some of the questions about my family tree.
It has occurred to me that Nannie Harrington Lee might have been married before she married Nicholas Washington Eastland and perhaps Harrington was her maiden name. I am searching the names of Nannie's parents. You would expect information about the official state capitol photographer to be an easy find. Howeer, he was the photographer during a time before the state capitol was burned and records destroyed. While researching at the capitol library, I was introduced to the present photographer who was composing a book about the capitol's photographers. He is the one to explain to me that any record of my great great grandfather does not exist in the capitol records because of the fire.
My great grandparents were James Grady Eastland and Mattie Scallorn. I would like to learn the names of Mattie's parents, and when and where Mattie died.
I am computer illiterate so all my research has been in court house and from previously published books. I hope that my membership will bring answers to some of my questions.
reply | Susan Allen Warner
Sorry I haven't responded earlier - we were on vacation. Gerald D. Heinrich has done extensive research on the German Moravian Heinrich family, who immigrated from northern Moravia to High Hill, TX. There were many Josef/Joseph Heinrichs, adding to the confusion. He should be the expert, however.
Contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fayette Co. Gen. Soc.
Ms. Sneed, I am trying to locate the burial location of W. H. McClaine. He married Sallie Light Mar 9 1898 in Fayette Co., TX. On the 1900 Federal Census Sallie is listed as a Widow with two children living at Black Jack Springs so I am guessing that W. H. McClaine is buried in Fayette Co.
I do thank you for any help and wish you much success with your new Genealogical Society
I would like an obit for my mother’s family who died there 06 Nov 1944 in Flatonia. Her name was Alice Cordelia Keller. I thought her name was Alice Camey, but her death certificate has Cordelia. Her maiden name was Andrews.
Thank you in advance for your assistance.
Ed & Oleda Merrick
My name is Vernon Rankin. I would greatly appreciate any information you could find on the whereabouts of two brothers from Round Top between the dates of 1860 and 1880. William A. , born 1851 and John Taylor Rankin, born 1853 Fayette County. Their father was Dr. C.P. Rankin, he died of yellow fever in 1867. Another brother, Patton A. Rankin was killed in a gun battle in 1869. Their mother was Mary Cole Rankin, died between 1860-1867.
John T. Rankin reportedly went to school somewhere in Williamson County after his father died and was later a jailer and sheriff in La Grange. He owned a farm near Buckner's Creek in 1881. I would like to find out where these boys went to school, what occupations, if any, they pursued and their residences.
Thanks for your help,
RESPONSE AS FOLLOWS:
Has anyone responded to Vernon Rankin's query re: John Rankin on the FCGS website? If not, he needs to be referred to Roxanne Johnson's website - www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txfayett/
Judge Ed's three-part story on John Rankin is posted in the "Footprints of Fayette" section.
My Name is Gregory Loren Boyd my Grand father was Lawrence P Cavanagh and he was born in La Grange, Fayette, Texas about 1869
His father was Matthew Cavanagh and his mother was Malissa A 1870 census confirms this.
He was born in Hamilton Ohio and this last week I found a obit. from the
It confirmed that Matthew was born Feb 3, 1812 in Hamilton. It said he left Hamilton with his family at a young age and moved to Texas, It further stated that he had a demit Card from the La Grange Texas chapter Sept 2, 1874. It stated that he moved back to Hamilton about 5 months before his death March 26, 1875. He said he left a child and wife.
Here is the link to the obit.
I do not know who his father & mother was or the full name of his wife. I have a guess that because Malissa was in her thirties in 1870 and he was in his fifties perhaps he was married before . Is there a way to search local records for Matthew and his family I would like to know as many relatives as possible but right now I don’t even know his mother and dad
Thanks you for any help you can give me or and idea where to go
RESPONSE AS FOLLOWS:
I am looking for any information on Hedwiga Stang, daughter of Anton Stang, I have reason to believe she married a Hoffbauer, her sister Antonia (married to Edward H. Klesel), and brothers Anton jr. and Alfons are all buried in St Johns. Marriage records death records anything would be appreciated
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Hi my names is James Ganzer JR and I'm trying to figure out my family tree, so I
was hoping you could help me this is the info I have so far, I would like to know if its possible for you to confirm that my family in TX started off with Louis Ganzer and if your able to find out where he came from "prussia or germany and town" if possible but also if you could get some info on the parents name if possible.
thanks so much for what help you can give.. and if you know any ganzers down there let them know I said HI from Minnesota :)
This is what I have so far
Me=James Ganzer JR.
Father=James Ganzer SR.
Great Grandfather =Albert or Alfred Ganzer
Great Great Grandfather=Louis Ganzer
This is some of my family burials here. if that helps..
Williams Creek Cemetery - La Grange, Fayette County,Texas
GANZER, ALBERT W.
GANZER, DORA *
GANZER, ELLA *
GANZER, LILLIE A.
GANZER, LOUIS *
GANZER, LUI *
GANZER, ROBERT *
RESPONSE AS FOLLOWS:
Dear Mr. Ganzer,
Attached is the information that I found on your family here in . This is all I was able to locate for you, but was glad to find as much as I did.
You might try to contact a local library in that specializes in genealogy to help you find the address for the archive in that houses the records for the city of origin that I found for Louis Ganzer. That archive might be able to provide more information on his ancestors.
Good luck in your search.
MR. GANZER'S RESPONSE:
I just want to let you know that I really appreciate the help you gave, you did so much for me.
This is a really nice gift you gave to me, if there's anything you need please let me know :)
Once again Thank You.
James K Ganzer
My name is Melanie Schneider and I need some help researching my ancestor.
Her name is Harriet Elizabeth Jane Dodson (parents unproven at this time). She married Duncan Alexander Murchison in . 28, 1858 (can you help me prove that?) and I believe she died in 1862 (can you help prove that, too?). She died a few months after her daughter Harriet Lucy Murchison was born (can you help me prove she was born in ?).
Thank you so much for any help you can give,
RESPONSE AS FOLLOWS:
There were many Fillmores in and Lee County.
There are several grave marked in the Jones Colony Cemetary on Hwy 180 just north of Hwy 290. North west of Ledbetter.
There were also some Fillmore’s in Doaks Spring Community. I remember Mr. Lee Fillmore. Will ask Mother this weekend who were his family members.
Will be in touch.
Jaime Teas Dilger
One of the reasons I'm passing is that I am still gathering more information for Jamie Dilgers on her Dornak/Dedek family. Since her family came from the area around Frenstat in Moravia, our sister city, I was able to get a "ton" of information about the villages with photos, articles about their lifestyle, foods they ate and preparation, etc. The Czechs have been very good about extracting Czech names from census records, church records, marriage records, etc., so I've copied pages and pages of these records for her - all total of about 50 pages, some of which I've already sent her. The rest goes out today.
Fayette County Genealogical Society
I have an ancestor Amaziah Baker who was given a land grant in Fayette County during the Republic of Texas days. I am trying to find out the location of this land. I do know that it is Abstract 8, Fayette County, 4428.4 acres anf there is a note that just says Cummings Creek. Any help you can give would be appreciated. Thanks