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Is anyone on the list researching the James A. McNeill on the 1870 census in
Erath County, Texas?
On the 1870 census James is 54 yrs old born in NC, wife Margaret 52 born in
NC, daughter Margaret E. is 6 born in Texas. Next door is their son Marion
W. 24 born in Texas. His wife Mary A. is 22 born in Texas. They have son
Alexander 3 born in Texas and a daughter Laura 5 month old born in December of
1869 in Texas.
In the 1860 census in Erath County is James A. McNeill 46 yrs old born in
NC, wife Margaret 42 born NC, and son Marion W. 14 born in Texas.
In the 1850 census in San Augustine County, Texas, J. A. is 36 yrs old born
NC, wife Margaret is 30 born NC. Son Marion 4 yrs old born Texas and Son
Charles 2 yrs old born in Texas.
If anyone has any information on this family I would appreciate any help
Here are a few old Herring stories... I have quite a bit of Herring
statistics too... will try to send them later, or you can contact me direct@
These stories were told to me by Glenn Huckabee at a family reunion at
Morgan Mill, TX.
Mark Herring fought in the last Indian raid near Lipan, Texas ( named after
the tribe of Indians that lived in this area). He built a "half dugout" and
in the last raid he scalped this Indian and left him to die. They got them
into a box canyon and the Indians shot the horse out from under Mark Herring
and when he and his Uncle got down there everybody was dead except one squaw.
So Mark and his Uncle stacked the dead bodies up and later Cowboys would go
by and take the wrist bones to make horse whip handles. They took the squaw
home with them, but later they were afraid she would escape and bring the
Indians back to avenge the others deaths so one of them took her out and hit her
in the head with a hammer.
When settlers first came into the area the Indians would steal their mules.
They killed them to eat because they liked mule meat better than beef.
There was this one Indian that liked to be called "John" and "Pappy" (
William Avery Huckabee) would put a pint of whiskey in his pocket and he could
trade it to "John" for fire wood and water.
The Indians used corn shucks to roll their cigarettes.
Mark Herring and Malissa Frances Hightower Herring were one of the first
settlers in this area and they had a horse ranch here and one in New Mexico.
Mark Herring was a Sergeant in the Civil War and had a hole in his head
where a rifle ball hit him. Hair grew out of it . It was on top of his head and
he liked to make the little kids put their finger in the hole.
This story was told to me by Catharine Francis Huckabee Henson, The story
goes that Mark and Malissa Frances came first to the Granberry area, and they
brought slaves with them. Then they bought land up by Hightower Cemetery.
Aunt Lou Jane Davis ( Pappy Huckabee's sister) bought a section of land across
the road. Momma Huckabee's sister, Lou Goodman and husband Henry Goodman
had land on the other side of Lou Jane. Lou Goodman was home alone one day and
Indians rode up and gave her a head of a beef in a gunny sack and they rode
Hi! I am a Herring and my ancestors married into the
Hightowers. I have a lot of relatives buried in that
cemetery in Stephenville. I will take a look at your
site and compare familes!
Sarah Herring Claburn
> I'm new to this list but I have Several ancestors
> with the Surname Hightower from Erath if anyone is
> interested my father & I have a web site (it will be
> updated with around another 1000 Hightowers..most of
> them from Erath, or Tarrant on Friday) the URL is
> skyelersroots.95mb.com . If we have any family in
> common I would love to correspond. Melanie Ponder
> Nee Brown
Sarah Herring Claburn
Herring - Thornton - Sechrist - Lammert - Holder - Timian - Torrans - Squyres - Claburn
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I'm new to this list but I have Several ancestors with the Surname Hightower from Erath if anyone is interested my father & I have a web site (it will be updated with around another 1000 Hightowers..most of them from Erath, or Tarrant on Friday) the URL is skyelersroots.95mb.com . If we have any family in common I would love to correspond. Melanie Ponder Nee Brown