Hi Stephen, My family is also from East Texas. Although my brothers and I were raised in Houston, our father, Thomas Pilkington was born and raised in Angelina, County. His father, Clearance Pilkington and his brothers were all born and rasied in East Texas as well. As kids we made many a weekend trip to Hunington , Texas to visit our East-Texas relatives.
I've been trying for years to put the pieces together on our family in East Texas, but have run into some problems with my great grand father J. T. (possibly Thomas) Pilkinton. (The g appears to come and go in records, etc.) I know he died in 1913 I belive in Manning, Texas in Angelina County. I can't find any record of where he came from our if he had any other family like brothers or sisters in East Texas. It appears he lived in Angelina, Hunt and Rainse counties at differnt times. I believe my grandfathers brother older brother William Pilkington (Homister -- his stepfather's name) lived in your neck of the woods. So, I'm wondering if we might just be kin folks as they say.
Did your father or grandfather ever talk about relatives in Angelina County. They may have been know by the name Homister all though their real names were really Pilkinton. Like you and your family, me and my family thought for many years we were the only Pilkingtons in East Texas. In fact when I was a kid growing up in Houston, there was only two Pilkingtons listed in the Houston phone directory.
I can't help but think you somehow we may be kin and you might have answers to some of the many questions I have. I would love to exchange information with you. You might ask your dad if the names William, Clearance, Eligah/Lige or Riley Allen Mickey Homister/Pilkington from Huntington, Texas means anything to him. These were my grandfather and his brothers. He may have known them by their stepfather Fred Homister's name. Anyway, it's good to hear from another set of Pilkingtons in East Texas. Thanks in advance and looking forward to your reply.