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My Ancestors and Their Histories - Connie Prater Reed

Updated April 14, 2013

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I've been collecting information on our past families & want to share this information with any family or researchers who are interested.

Endnotes about how many generations in Texas each line makes ME are a reference point for my family members; a timeline for each surname. By “4th generation”, I mean I am the 4th generation in this line to be born in Texas, not live here.

My FATHERS (Claude Lee Prater) ancestors are: PRATERs, IVYs, BISHOPs, & MURRYs:

Two PRATER brothers, Alexander Preston & Aaron came to Texas in the 1870's, shortly after the Civil War, from Hall Co., Georgia, & settled in Mason Co. With them were two of Alexanders’ grown sons, Benjamin & Augustus. The older men were about 60 & 70 years of age when they came, leaving all of Aarons’ children (by now grown) behind & most of Alexanders’, probably never seeing them again. Some of their descendants still live in Mason Co., but no PRATERs. Augustus and Benjamin and descendents are buried in Bethel Cemetery, Katemcy, as well as their uncle, Aaron. Alexander died only a few years after the move to Texas, in Collin Co., leaving behind a wife with 6 small children. Both Alexander & Aaron served in the 38th Regiment Volunteer Infantry L, Georgia. Through this line I am a 4th generation Texan.

The WILLIAM MURRYs moved to Jack Co., Texas from Sangamon Co., Ohio. His parents were born in Ireland. His wife was Angeline BENNETT. They are buried in Jack County, TX. Through this line I am a 5th generation Texan.

The ISAIAH IVYs moved to Texas prior to statehood, at least by 1844, from Mississippi, first to Rains Co., then eventually near Lometa, Lampasas Co. They have been in Texas longer than any of my family lines. Many of them are buried in Center Point Cemetery, near Lometa. Isaiah is my ggg-grandfather. Through this line I am a 5th generation Texan.

The ANDREW JACKSON BISHOP family moved to Kerr Co. Texas from Sangamon Co. Illinois, after settling for a time in Missouri. A.J. Bishop served in the Confederacy under the 26th Texas Regiment, Company B, as a scout. He and his wife Mary Ann Sophronia Elizabeth Hurt are buried at the Surber-Bishop Cemetery (see link below). Through this line I am a 4th generation Texan.


My MOTHERS' (LaRue Reed) ancestors are the REEDs, KENNEDYs, TOLLESONs, & DIXON’s:

JOHN A. REED is my proverbial brick wall. He is my gg-grandfather & he died in Wise Co., Texas, having moved there from Ohio before 1867. His wife was Mary BLOOMER, of Indiana. John died at about the age of 44; I am still looking for information regarding him. I don’t know his parents names, or siblings, but I have much more on Mary. Would be interested if anyone has more about John. Through this line I am a 4th generation Texan.

FRANCIS MARION KENNEDY was born in Missouri & moved to Wise Co., Texas with his wife Castero A. Sarah (Frankie) HOLBERT in the 1870's. They are both buried in the Hog Branch Cemetery, Wise Co. A very generous cousin, Jewel KENNEDY, supplied me with the info I have on this line.Through this line I am a 3rd generation Texan.

WESLEY J. TOLLESON served in the Civil War in the 26th Mississippi Infantry, CSA, Company D. After the war, he married a Civil War widow, Parnelia Margaret Ann KAY, nee CURTIS. After their children were born, they moved to the Dallas, Texas area. Their daughter, Elizabeth Lucretia TOLLESON was my greatgrandmother. Through this line I am a 3rd generation Texan.

SOLOMON W. DIXON of Ohio moved to Texas prior to statehood, settling in the Dallas area. His son John married Julia A. FLETCHER, born about 1839. I inherited her family bible. My dear first cousin, Sheryl Reed Rascher has supplied me with the information on the DIXON’s. Through this line I am a 3rd generation Texan.

I hope you find something of interest here.
Thanks so much for visiting!

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