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I have opinions
and don't we all! I am voicing them and don't really mean to offend but
this is my website and I pay for it.
My cousin George
Richards has constructed a great place he calls the J. Lorraine Ghost Town.
It is located in Manor, TX, just outside of Austin, TX.
Cameron Robert Thornton
- Our Grand Son
Nikolas Scott Bass - Our Grand Son
Samantha Meggan Lewis - Our Grand Daughter
Cade Maxwell Thornton - Our Grand Son
Kai Alexander Thornton - Our Grand
Thornton - Our Grand Daughter
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Here you will find the links for every state in the US.
Reunion page is a work in
progress - check back often as I will be adding to this page.
Loud Music Terrorism
(singer, songwriter, actor, award winner and more)
No relation that I know of but his grandfather
was born in and lived in the same county many of my ancestors were from.
John Russell "Hondo" Crouch
and Luckenbach, Texas
Need help please!
I am available to do research in and around the Harris Co., TX area. I have access to the Clayton Genealogy Library in Houston, TX. I also have connections to researchers who are involved in local cemeteries in Harris Co., TX.
In April 2008, I received an
email from a lady in San Antonio, TX who said she had a Bible that belonged to
my parents. I wrecked my brain thinking "what Bible" and how would she
come in possession of it? I thought it was a joke.
I emailed her back and while
waiting for her response, I contacted my sisters to ask them if they knew
anything. During a family reunion about 6 years ago my older sister
Jenelle gave a large Bible to our nephew. This Bible was sent to our
parents from Viet Nam in 1968 by our brother, Stephen. He spent over 18
months there, sacrificing his life during the war.
When our mother died and we all
had the tearful job of clearing out her house to sell it, we each took mementos.
By the time the reunion came, our brother had died and from the time our mother
died in 1990 and our brother died in 1999, we lost contact with our
ex-sister-n-law Janice and our nephew Daniel. Neither was nowhere to be
found when we buried our brother. Between 1999 and 2001, I finally located
Daniel. A great surprise for the reunion too was our nephew Wayne came
from Indiana. This was the first time meeting his half-brother Daniel.
My sister Jenelle gave the
Bible to Daniel. Sometime while he or his mother was living in San
Antonio, this Bible was found by a remodeling crew in a vacant house. It
was on a trash pile. A nice man carried the Bible home and then his wife
tried to locate an owner of it. This would have been in about 2004.
Sometime in a 4 year period, Daniel or his mother decided they didn't need it
around. I learned in 2001 that the man Janice was with (ex good friend of
my brother) did not want her associating with our family. Why? Just
because she and our brother were divorced did not mean she had to divorce all of
us. She was the mother of our nephew. I believe it is important to
keep in touch with exes, especially when there are children involved. Some
people do not share my beliefs.
This nice lady was doing some
remodeling and cleaning around her home and came across the Bible. She got
online and tried one more time to locate an owner. She found me.
Within two weeks, she mailed it to me. Now the Bible is back in the hands
of sentimental, loving and caring hands. We haven't had any communication
with Daniel or his mother Janice since 2001. When our mother died, they
both were given quite a bit of stuff that belonged to our mother. They
seemed to care about our family back then. We can't think of a thing we
did to deserve being forgotten about. If they had a problem with our
brother, that is not our fault.
My sister Debbie found a "myspace"
page for Daniel but apparently he hasn't visited it since he created it.
He did show where he was working and what he was doing for a living in 2007.
I did locate 3 tattoo shops in San Antonio that he could be working at but have
no intention of contacting him. I want to ask "why" he left the Bible
behind. I want to ask "why" he chooses not to associate with any of his
Our Bad Weather Experiences
We were living in a mobile
home on the east side of Houston. We were without electricity for 10 days.
There cannot be enough words of praise and thanks for all the many utility
workers who came from all over the US to help restore all the many utilities and
help the millions of people try to get their lives back to normal. Ike
made landfall Sept 13, 2008 at Galveston, TX but his effects were felt several
days before this. It was a CAT 2 with surge of a CAT 4.
We were living in a house we were renting in Galena Park, TX (a suburb of Houston). It hit Galveston on Aug. 18, 1983. It was a Cat 3 with winds of 115 mph. We had been married nearly 7 months. Our street was like a river. We were without a phone for about 3 weeks and without electricity for about 2 weeks. It was hot. The
mosquito's were bad.
Tropical Storm Allison
The name of this storm replaced Alicia as this name was retired and never to be used again. It made landfall in Freeport, TX, south of Houston on Jun. 5, 2001. It moved a little north/northeast and then drifted south hitting us again on Jun. 7. We were living in east Houston where we now live. It actually hit twice. It dumped a lot of
rain and then kind of back tracked and dumped more rain. It was estimated we got about 35 to 40 inches of rain in our area. I am 5 foot 3 inches and in the middle of my street, the water was to my chin. Our home suffered a total loss as well as
we lost nearly all our contents. We were rescued by the man my daughter met during this time and later married. We lived with relatives for 7 months
until our Small Business Administration disaster loan was granted.
It was predicted for quite sometime for Rita to make landfall near Houston. It caused a major panic and everyone decided to evacuate. This caused a major traffic jam. Yes me and my family were among those who got caught in all that traffic on Sep. 23, 2005. But after Hurricane Katrina's destruction and the fact this storm was a Cat 5, it was
expected for people to be fearful.
Bow Echo Storms
On Dec. 23, 2001 about 10pm, a severe storm came from the west, a "bow echo" with winds estimated at 75 mph. It blew down a weakened tree which fell on our home. It caused about $32,000.00 in damages. We had been in our new manufactured home less than a year.
On Jun. 18, 2003 about 6am (Father's Day), a severe storm came from the west, a "bow echo" with winds estimated at 75 mph. It blew down a weakened tree which fell on our home. It caused about $30,000.00 in damages. It rained so much that we got about 18 inches of rain which got into our cars (floor and trunk). Our street was a river.
Example of a bow echo
I remember very little about
Hurricane Carla in Sep. 1961. I was living in Kingsville, TX. It flooded our neighborhood and blew shingles off of our house. This is about all I can remember. I was 7 years old at the time.
I created a profile here and two communities with one related to the high school I graduated from and one for family and friends. I hope to get reacquainted with people from school. Visit me there sometime.
Harris County, TX and surrounding area research
(birth and anniversary dates)
Who was Jesse Woodson James - The Outlaw?
Historic and Famous Relations
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Being that I am a mobile home dweller, the threat of high
winds, hurricane's and tornado's sends me into a frenzy. I suffer from
anxiety when these threats are approaching my neighborhood. Many
people tell me I just need to move. Other people (who live in houses)
welcome me into their homes. A house can be totally destroyed during a
tornado or hurricane. I understood the consequences of mobile home
living. I must live within my financial means. As long as some
of my compassionate family continue to open their homes and hearts to me
when I "freak out", I will continue to live in my home. But that photo
above is REAL!!! I want to remain alive as long as I can to enjoy
growing old with my husband, children and grandchildren and hopefully great
grandchildren. I don't want to be criticized or laughed at because I
fear my home may end up like that one above with me in it. My husband
is a good man and humors me when I freak out over possible severe storms.
He waits for me to tell him "it's time" and helps me gather the pets and we
go hang out at what we feel is a safer haven.
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