I can’t believe that it’s been over a year since I posted something.  Time flies when you’re getting old.

In going through some family history documents I came across an announcement booklet for Ector, Texas High School for the school year 1917-1918.  My father, A.V. Kinslow, was superintendent there at that time and prepared the document.  I have scanned the booklet and will give a link at the end of this post so you can access it if you are interested.  The booklet is 100 years old this year.

During this time period the public school system in Texas apparentlt was in a state of flux.  The Texas GenWeb site has an article dated 1888 concerning an earlier version of Ector High School.  In 1911 the state legislature passed a law regulating the establishment of high schools in Texas and I am assuming the 1917-1918 document meets this new law.  A person who is more familiar than me with the development of the Texas public school system will know more about this.

Both my parents were school teachers.  School teaching was the “go to” profession in the early 20th Century.  Mr father grew up in Randolph, Texas, the son of a country doctor.  He got his teaching credentials at a so called “normal college” in Denton, Texas that later developed into what we know today as the University of North Texas.  My mother, who was a farm girl, got her teaching certificate at a ‘school for ladies’ that popped up in Paris, Texas.  I have a copy of her first teaching contract.  It was with the Kerr Schools and her pay was about $40 per month.  Not bad pay at that time for a farm girl.  She stopped teaching when my oldest brother was born in 1916.  She had four more boys, no girls.   I was child number four.  Child number 3, Billy Paul, died as a toddler before I was born.

The booklet gives a general statement for operation of the school, the calendar for the school year, a list of class subjects for grades one through ten.  Students actually went through 11 grades. I don’t know why only ten grades are listed.  There is a list of 27 rules and regulations governing the operation of the school.  School districts today could do well to observe these same rules.  The booklet also lists the names of the Board of Trustees, the Board of Teachers and a merchant or two who advertised in the document.  I have indexed those names and included the list at the end of this post.   Click this link to see the booklet.  Be patient.  It takes about 20 seconds for the large PDF file to download.  You might have to click on the ectorbook2 title that shows on the transition page.

List of Names:  J.C. Alderson, H.G. Dulaney, Mary Greenhouse, Cleo Jones, A.V. Kinslow, D.F. Linton, R.R. Morgan, Ruth Pierce, W.B. Pierce, J.J. Pritchett, Evelyn Smith, G.W. Winter, M.L. Witherspoon, Daphne Young.

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MARY WRAY – 1782-1836

This is the grave marker for my ggg-grandmother, Mary Wray, who was born in 1782 and died sometime before 1836,  The photo includes another marker which says she died in 1826.  That’s something I’ll have to resolve.  Mary is buried in the Rehoboth Cemetery in Dyer County, Tennessee.

WRAY Mary - Photo of Tombstone in Rehoboth Cemetary (A)For a long time Mary Wray has represented my earliest known ancestor on my mother’s side of the family, the Ray family.  I became aware of Mary Wray through a family history book of the family of Squire and Mary Wray Chitwood put together in 1983 by Margaret Chitwood Pope.  Much of the info in the book was inaccurate as far as I was concerned but it was all I had so I had to make do.  Most of the questionable information I have been able to overcome via the Internet.  Mary Wray had married into the Chitwood family and the book’s author traced the Chitwood family back across the pond.  Mary Wray is a “brick wall” for me.  If any of you out there have any info on her, please send it to me and help me bust through this brick wall.

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My first immigrant ancestors in America were Lutheran. As they migrated west, they had to attend whatever church was available if they were to attend church. Some information that I found in a South-Central Kentucky online newsletter several years back indicated that they had become active in the Dover Baptist Church located in Barren County, Kentucky. This was after they had migrated from the Virginia area to Kentucky.

The Dover Baptist Church was formed about November 8, 1810. The original church building was probably built of logs and afforded little protection from the severe cold weather that prevailed in the winter months. It was customary to hold services in the residences of some of the members during the cold winter months.

The Elders of the newly formed church were Jacob Lock, Warren Cash and Zachariah Emerson. Early minutes of the new church showed 13 original members. I did not recognize any of the names as ancestors.

By 1856 the church membership had grown significantly. The August 1856 minutes showed a considerably larger congregation including many Kinslows. The minutes listed 364 names although it is unlikely all were active members at the time. One can be sure that the names of deceased members as well as members who had moved on were still carried on the church rolls. The names of nine Kinslows were shown.

Reuben Kinslow               Jane Kinslow
Ambrose Kinsloe             Frances Kinslow
Ezekiel Kinsloe                 Pamelia Kinslow
Peter Kinslow                   Eliza A. Kinslow
Joshua Kinslow                Judeth S. Kinslow
Frances Kenslow              R.H. Kinslow
Barbary Kinslow              Allen Kinslow
Andrew Kinslow              Alanson Kinslow
Rachel Kinslow                Jackson Kinslow
Judith Kinslow

My next step will be to create an index of individuals names that are in my Family Tree Maker database and compare that list with the above list. The differences in name spelling is not important at this point. I recognize some of the names in the list so they are likely my ancestors. The time frame is right. For instance, my great-grandfather’s name is Peter Kinslow and his father’s name is Joshua Kinslow.

Once I get my ancestors identified and entered into my database, I will go back through the church membership list and try to identify Kinslow in-laws. This is not a high priority item and it will be conducted as time permits. Stay tuned.

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There is something in family history research called Oral Tradition.  Maybe you have heard of it.  Wikipedia has a long explanation of what the term means.  For family history researchers, oral tradition usually refers to non-factual data told around the dinner table or during family gatherings.  Sometimes it may be just a tall tale about something Uncle Joe did one time when he was three sheets to the wind.  Or, it may be related to an actual incident.  Or, it may be something that likely may not be true at all.

When I was a kid,  I heard many, many oral tradition items during family get-togethers at my maternal grandmother’s farm southwest of Bonham, Texas.  My mother had six siblings and when they would have a family gathering along with their spouses, wild tales flew non-stop the whole time.

I’ll try to remember some.  Maybe you can supply me with some from your family.  In the meantime, here’s a couple of my personal ones to get things started.  The first is “WhiteChristmas” and the second is “RoysMexicanAdventure.”  Enjoy!

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Christmas Eve Family Gathering

On Christmas Eve my grand-nieces, Christy and Cathy, hosted a Kinslow family gathering at Cathy’s and Kevin’s beer store, Craft & Growler.  I know that sounds like a strange place to have a Christmas seasonal gathering, but Google the name of the place and you’ll get a better understanding.  Here is a  picture of those who were there except for Missy, who took the picture.  Maybe I’ll figure out how to tag the faces.


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Ray Family Of Fannin County Texas

This essay is about my maternal grandparents, Roy Hilary Ray and Virginia Delilah Franklin Ray.  They had a farm in Fannin County, Texas.  It tells about Roy and Delilah, their seven children and their many grandchildren.  To read the essay  click here.  Later, I will add their family history charts.

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My Kinslow Immigrant Ancestors

During the time I was growing up I always thought my forbears came from England.   Imagine my surprise when as, as a result of my family history research, I learned that my father’s side of the family was German while the maternal side was, in fact, English.  I have done an essay on my Kinslow immigrant ancestors.  Click here to go to it.

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