This was sad to hear. She helped me with some information and I beleive had some letters that our great gandfather wrote to his "Uncle Tom". She sent me a desciption of the contents and the children he mentions are in line with our family. I would have loved to have been able to have seen them and perhaps been able to get a better idea of who "Uncle Tom" was.
Our father, Thomas Cecil son of Thomas J and grandson of Eli J., passed away this past November at the age of 91. He barely remembered his grandfather as his father died when he was two and his mother remarried and moved them away from Sipe Springs. But he remembers his grandfather coming at some point and wanting to take him with him (Thomas C. was a sickly child) but his mother was afraid of Eli J. (said he put a curse on her once and stuck her feet to the floor..LOL) so he didn't go. But Eli was quite successful in his life. We have been told he was orphaned and then I find him living (I believe) in Red River Township in AR in 1870. Census (page 9)show Eli McGinty age "11" or "16" (its hard to read) living with H.T., Shady and James E. Bradford. In July 1870 (when the census was taken) Eli J. would have been 16.
I would like to figure out who Eli's father was. I am hypothisising that it might have been Robert Newton McGinty m. Nancy Jane Couch as it appears that they were in the 1850 census and then in 1860 census they are not on it and the minor children are with other families. Could Eli (born 1855) been sent to live with Bradfords? He has a state Estae of $500. That would be strange for a 16 year old to have unless this parents died and he was given part of thier estate.
I would love to know if this is the right connection. But I am sure that the letter that Ruth had were from him. He lived in Sipe Springs, TX at that time and had the children of the ages he states and did own a lot of farm land.
Do you know anything else on this part of the family?