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  1. Bozz10mm

    Bozz10mm TGT Addict TGT Supporter

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    Been here all my life as were my parents before me and their parents before them. I think my Greatgrand parents on both sides migrated from Germany sometime in the late 1800s. My wife's story is the same. Pure D German ancestry as are our children.
     


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  2. BRD@66

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    My paternal GGF came to TX from AL circa 1906, - may or may not've had a banjo on his knee. My maternal GGF came to TX from TN circa 1857. Neither side of my family noted where their women originally came from. Everyone in my lineage since those guys, was born in TX.
     
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  3. deemus

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    My wife's grandparents spoke only German. They came from the village there that bears the family name.
     
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  4. easy rider

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    My grandfather and uncles were truckers in the Lincoln/ Omaha area of Nebraska, they brought loads to and from Texas.
     
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  5. BillFairbanks

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    My family first came over from England in 1652.

    My ggg-grandfather was born in TN and received a land grant in Lamar County in the early 1840’s. He sold it a few years later, moved back to Arkansas, then moved back in the 1850s and operated a ferry across the Red River.

    The family lived in Dallas County and owned the land around where Sandy Lake crosses George Bush, before the war, then apparently lost everything after the war.

    Great Grandfather was born in Kaufman Country, Grandfather in Jack County (Loving), and I’m from Fort Worth.


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  6. benenglish

    benenglish Lifetime Supporter Staff Member Lifetime Member Admin

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    My parents brought me here in 1965 from the location of my birth, Mobile, Alabama. I have no family history in Texas and not much outside of it.
     
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  7. Inspector43

    Inspector43 Everything I Own Is Paid For

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    My ancestors came from Germany and Ireland. The earliest in 1630. My wife is a member of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) and I am a member of the SAR (Sons of the American Revolution). Our families settled in Iowa. We came to Texas in 1981. We have 6 children, 13 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
     
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  8. karlac

    karlac Gone fishin' ... TGT Supporter Lifetime Member

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    Born in Louisiana to a French speaking family and still have one foot there, but Dad worked on a traveling seismograph crew after he got out of the service around '46 and that took us repeatedly to Texas.

    My earliest memories of Texas were in West Texas - places like Brownfield, Fort Stockton (used to go swimming at Comanche Springs when, other than stock tanks with a windmill, it was the only wet place for miles), Odessa and Monahans; and where I learned to ride, shoot prairie dogs, appreciate BBQ, and live with scorpions, tarantulas the size of dinner plates, and sand in all the crevices you got; until we finally moved permanently to Texas in 1951, where I entered the third grade.

    I got my first Texas style indoctrination in school with the old "Texas History Movies" comic book, from which Texas history was taught in public schools in those days ... by gawd Texas history was taken seriously back then!

    Always loved to read, and Miss Anthony, in 7th grade English Literature class turned me on to J. Frank Dobie, beginning a life long love of Texas, its literature, its unique ways, the people who populated it, its music, and above all, its history.

    If its about Texas history, and by a Texan, I've read it. My most cherished possession to this day is a First Edition, autographed copy of "Goodbye To A River", by John Graves, a well known Texas author who was writing about his last trip down the old Brazos before Possum Kingdom Dam was built, and later became a professor at UT. Graves also wrote a column in Texas Monthly called "Country Notes" for years, way before it became a liberal rag, now noted mainly for ruining all the good places to eat with its "best in Texas" BS.

    I first read the book, in paperback form, when it was given to me by a Red Cross "donut dolly" who dropped out of the sky in a helicopter into an LZ in the jungles of RVN, with hot coffee, donuts and paperbacks to give away. Later, after telling that story to a studio client, she found a first edition copy, tracked down John Graves (RIP), and somehow convinced him to personally sign it to me.

    So, I basically grew to manhood in mostly rural Texas, close to the land, on a horse farm. Went to A&M in the days when you could work during the summer and make enough for tuition, books and room and board, and repeat the next year. Hunted ducks, geese, quail and dove out the back door, and deer not that much further away.

    If that was not enough, I feel really learned the most about Texas as a Texas "Landman". First running land titles in just about every county court house in Texas that had any O&G production possibilities; and then buying O&G leases from the landowners ... and nothing will give you an appreciation of old time Texas and its inhabitants more than visiting and dealing with those who still lived on land in those days, land that had been in their families for generations. Have literally thousands of anecdotes that could be told about that, from taking Heirship Affadavits, to sitting on porch swings, next the washer and refrigerator, in rural East Texas and listening to "40 acre and a mule tales", with the mule still there.

    How many of y'all know what "yard children" are?

    Wasn't born here, but I'll damned sure do what it takes to be buried here.

    That's what Texas will do to you.

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  9. grasshopperglock

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    Mom was born in Louisiana. Dad met her at a now defunct military base.

    I only saw her family once as a little boy. I can remember a jar full of pickled quail eggs sitting on the table. Wondering WTF. Her family lived about 50-100(?) Miles from the border of Texas. Half way between the top and bottom of the state.

    She was Scottish.
     
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  10. BillFairbanks

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    I was looking into joining the SAR before my wife got shot. I may have to look into again in the near future. I believe I have a few ancestors, according to my research that should qualify me, but I don’t know if I can get all the necessary documents.


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