Site of old Houston Castle in Scotland

Site of old Houston Castle in Scotland
Houston Castle Site in Scotland

Moore Houston Robertson Genealogy

This genealogy site covers surnames Moore, Houston, Robertson, Brown, Baugh, Smith, Camp, Ballard, Williams, Harrison, Davis, Milam, Arthur, Walker, and many more.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Emory A. D. Houston

Emory A. D. Houston, b. 1905 AL, d. 1961 AL.  Searching for any descendants.   Any help appreciated!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

The True History of Soft Serve Ice Cream

My wife and I, from Alabama, moved to Paraguay in 1986 and started the country's very first soft-serve ice cream store! It became very successful very fast, and is still in operation today, but we sold the business in 2003 to a nice gentleman from Pennsylvania and we moved to Chile. Our soft serve did not have all those chemicals you mentioned....but we developed our own excellent and very smooth product using the basic ingredients of pure pasteurized whole fresh milk, powdered milk, sugar, etc.....we would never consider using any "premixes". We prepared an excellent and complete history of soft serve ice cream which you may find very interesting. It is online at

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Robertson Descendants Added! 23 May 2010

Today I added about 25 new Robertson descendants, mostly descendants of Elmira Cornelia Robertson and Thomas Cooper Williams. This brings the total number of individuals to 7,097 in our online tree! 
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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Fannie Houston, b. bet, 1864 - 1867 m. Willie W. Powell

Fannie Houston was one of the 10 children from the first marriage of my grandfather Joseph C. Houston.  She married Willie W. Powell.  I will appreciate any further information about this couple, or their two children, birth or death dates, descendants, or anything!

The following is a letter from Fannie Houston dated Nov. 1898 addressed to Mr. J. C. Houston, Phenix, AL

The letter is old and obviously handwritten and not very clear, and I've done the best I can at reading it and copying it here.  I have copyed the capital letters, spelling, etc, exactly as handwritten.

Postmarked Nov 12, 1898  ELMVIEW, TEX.  on the front. On the back, postmarked HOWE, TEX NOV 12, 1898 REC'D.

Mr. J. C. Houston, Phenix, Ala   Elm View Tex. Nov 1898

Dear Pap and Family,

I guess you think I'm not going to write to you anymore. You will please forgive me for waiting so long to write.  We are enjoying the best of health. hope this will find you all enjoying the same. Willie is most done gathering wehave had a nice fall for gathering. it has not raind any here to amount to anything since July.  Cotton is not hardly worth picking it is selling at 3 @ 4 cts.  Corn is going up a little. Willie sold 100 bushels at 20 cts. per bushel. papa I have got part of my money at last and I guess I'll get the balance sometime soon. You said I seem to think that you was the caus of me not getting it  Oh, No I did not think that. I did think it was the hardest mater to get any hereing from I had gave it up and I thought I would never get it.  papa did Lizzie ever pay the money back that she borrowed from you.  I think you could have put that money to a better use than to send it here to Murry to spend cureing his old   (?-see note below)   for I know that is the way it went him and Lizzie done so bad that thay sold ever thing they had and left here in August and said thay was going back to Ala. so I don't know where thay are and dont care. Jhonnie why dont you and Oliver write to me I would be so glad to just get one word from you. well I will close write real soon. Your love, Fannie

I have scanned the portion of the letter above because I can not make out the word or words in one sentence, so I'm hoping someone can help me here!  Here is the image:
It is the middle line that is in question:  "to spend cureing his old Pack? Back? Porche?  Also I'm not sure about the word "cureing" ... I notice the image above is rather small and not clear so I've made a special page online with just that image...full size:
Will appreciate if anyone can tell me what those words are!   Thanks, Dean

Notes about Nancy Alice Robertson - Letter from March 3, 1890

Corn Hill, Texas:   Corn Hill was on Willis Creek and Interstate 35 two miles south of Jarrell in North Central Williamson County. 

Letter from (Nancy) Alice Robertson dated March 3, 1890 and postmarked March 3, 1890 at Corn Hill, Tex.     Addressed to Mrs. Exer Houston at Milltown, Chambers County, Ala.   (copied with spelling as in the letter)

Dear sister I will write you a few lines in answer to your sweet and loving letter that I received Saturday evening and was very glad indeed to hear from you. This leaves all well and I do hope and trust it will find you all the same. Well Ex I haven't much to write that will interest you to read, but I will do the best I can. We have bin having some very cold weather for the last few days but is a heap warmer today we have bin washing to day. I went to preaching yesterday and to sabath school in the morning and my fellow came home with me and we just had the biggest time atall he stayed till Aunt Aggie got supper dun and then I had to milk and get ready to go to meeting he has two other brothers out here with him and I lack them all. I have lots of fun with Frank and Oat(?) but I think John is the nicest boy of the three but he doesn't have as much to say as Frank and Oat(?) dose. I think Oat is the prettiest of the three but he is Mollie Williams best fellow. Well Ex you ask me how I enjoyed myself out here I can tell you I have had more fun for the last month than I have had in five year before. It makes me think old times when you and me used to be young folks. Nearly every one of my kind folks has an organ and I love to go to see them all. Well Ex I guess I had tell you a little about my New Ingland fellow I treated him just about lack I treated George Hall and I guess you know about that and he sed he was going back to Inglan with a broken heart and I told him I would go back to Alabama with a broken heart two. He lives at cousin Uzeak(?) Smiths. Well I will try to write a ittle more this evning I have bin helping teach school today. Prof makes one of the largest scolars help him every day and today was my day to help. He ask me if I felt lack I had bin pickin cotton wen he dismissed. I told him no little things don't tire me. I am stouter than I every was in my life. I think Ex if I keep fatning you all will not know me whin I come home. Well it is manily(?) night and will close by asking you to write to me next sunday good by for a while   Alice Robertson

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Jane WOOTEN of Burke County, GA, b. abt. 1810, died Jan. 1836

I am seeking information on Jane WOOTEN of Burke Co., GA, born abt. 1810; died January 1836. Jane was married to Andrew Young John ALLEN of Burke
Co., GA after 1830. Jane's husband died during 1835, shortly before her only son, Young John ALLEN was born on Jan. 03, 1836. Jane died later of child birth
fever, and her infant son was adopted and reared by her sister Nancy and her husband Wiley HUTCHINS. Any information on the WOOTEN, ALLEN, or
HUTCHINS families of Burke Co., GA would be greatly appreciated. Jane Wooten is in our family tree online at:

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Newly Updated Online Genealogy Tree - April 25, 2010

Today I have updated the online tree at which includes over 100 names added within the past thirty days.  Our tree now has 7059 individuals.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Searching for Nancy Houston, b. 1834, m. Soloman T. Strickland

I've hit that familiar "brick wall" with Nancy Houston, born 1834, married Soloman T. Strickland.  Nancy was the daughter of Samuel H. Houston.  Any information on this family or descendants of Soloman T. Strickland will be greatly appreciated!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Will from the father of Sarah Germany, b. Aug. 20, 1811, Pike County, GA

Will from the father of Sarah Germany:

Pike County, Georgia Court of Ord.
Book B  Page 101

In the name of God amen. 
I William Germany of the county of Pike and State of Georgia do make and ordain
this my last will and testament in manner following:

First, my will is that my just debts be paid out of my estate both real and personal. 
I leave to my beloved wife Mary Germany during her natural life or widowhood and
then to be equally divided amongst my children.  Secondly, Mary Germany formerly,
now Mary Walker one eleventh part & Sarah Germany formerly now Sarah Houston one
eleventh part & James B. Germany one
eleventh part & A. Melvina Germany formerly now Melvina Cochran one eleventh
part & William Lander Germany one eleventh part & Elizabeth Geremany formerly
now Elizabeth Hughs one eleventh part - Emily Jane Germany one eleventh part -
Bridget Cornelia Germany one eleventh part - Hilliard Germany one eleventh part &
my son, Joseph Germany an equal portion with the rest and five hundred dollars and
Above to his part and my will is that if my son Joseph should die without an heir the part
of my estate that I leave to him shall be equally divided amongst the before mentioned

My will is that my Estate both real and personal remain in the hands of my beloved wife,
Mary Germany.

My will is that my son James B. Germany shall act as Executor over my Estate and after
My debts my Executor will sell if there remains an overplus of possible property to sell
Off so much as he may consider surplus.

This thirty first October ---
Eighteen hundred and forty two
                                                                                         William Germany

Henry J. Bailey
Miles Joins
J.H. Harkins

Will was probated on January 2, 1843 in Pike County, Georgia

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Special Genealogy Site Published - George Washington

Although our first President, General George Washington, is not a part of our family tree, I thought it might be of interest to genealogy researchers everywhere to learn some unusual facts about the history and ancestral genealogy of this great man.  So I have gathered data and made a new website....

The Unusual History of George Washington including Ancestral Genealogy 

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Actress Kathleen Turner is in our Houston Genealogy Tree

How many of you know that the famous actress Kathleen Turner is a Houston Descendant?  She is in our online tree, and you may view her direct connections to our Houston family at our online page:

Here is reprinted the facts about her from the "notes" section of our site:

Kathleen Turner

Kathleen Turner AKA Mary Kathleen Turner

Born: 19-Jun-1954
Birthplace: Springfield, MO

Gender: Female
Religion: Methodist
Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Romancing the Stone

Kathleen Turner is a voluptuous, throaty, scene-stealing actress who voiced Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. She starred in numerous high-profile and critically acclaimed films through the 1980s, including the sizzling Body Heat with William Hurt, Romancing the Stone with Michael Douglas, Prizzi's Honor with Jack Nicholson, Peggy Sue Got Married with Nicolas Cage, and Danny DeVito's The War of the Roses with Douglas again.

Then she made a dull, Disneyfied film adaptation of V.I. Warshawski, which, in combination with crossing the line to middle age, virtually ended her career as a leading lady in big-budget films. She has since been featured almost exclusively in low-profile films and roles, where she still does terrific work in films like Serial Mom or The Virgin Suicides.

He parents were career diplomats, and Turner was born in America but raised in Canada; Cuba (she was there, five years old, when Fidel Castro took power); Venezuela (she still speaks fluent Spanish) and England.

Turner's husband, real estate millionaire Jay Weiss, performs in a rock'n'roll band called, suitably, the Suits, and Turner sings. His brother Stephan was, until his death, married to fashion mogul Donna Karan, which makes Karan Turner's sister-in-law.

Weiss is Jewish, but Turner didn't convert and remains Christian. Their daughter "goes to Jewish classes," Turner says, "and we celebrate all the Jewish holidays. We do the full Haggadah service at Passover, for which I cook." She is a long-time supporter of Emily's List, the political action group that advocates for pro-choice Democratic candidates.

Turner says she has one inflexible rule when reading scripts: If her character isn't integral to the plot, she won't do it. "I mean," she asks, "what's the point of being some guy's addendum?"

Father: Richard Turner (diplomat, d. 1971, cancer)
Husband: David Guc (agent, m. 1977, div. 1982)
Husband: Jay Weiss (real estate magnate, m. 1983)
Daughter: Rachael Ann Weiss (b. 14-Oct-1987)

    University: Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, MO (transferred to U.M.)
    University: BFA, University of Maryland (1977)

    Alcoholics Anonymous 1994
    People for the American Way
    Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Romancing the Stone 1984
    Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Prizzi's Honor 1985
    Risk Factors: Arthritis, Alcoholism, Smoking

    Beautiful (11-Sep-2000)
    Baby Geniuses (12-Mar-1999)
    The Virgin Suicides (19-May-1999)
    Legalese (4-Oct-1998)
    A Simple Wish (11-Jul-1997)
    The Real Blonde (14-Sep-1997)
    Moonlight and Valentino (29-Sep-1995)
    Serial Mom (13-Apr-1994)
    House of Cards (25-Jun-1993)
    Naked in New York (1993)
    Undercover Blues (10-Sep-1993)
    V.I. Warshawski (26-Jul-1991)
    The War of the Roses (8-Dec-1989)
    Switching Channels (4-Mar-1988)
    The Accidental Tourist (23-Dec-1988)
    Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (Oct-1987) Herself [VOICE]
    Julia and Julia (12-Sep-1987)
    Peggy Sue Got Married (10-Oct-1986)
    Prizzi's Honor (13-Jun-1985)
    The Jewel of the Nile (11-Dec-1985)
    A Breed Apart (1984)
    Crimes of Passion (19-Oct-1984)
    Romancing the Stone (30-Mar-1984)
    The Man with Two Brains (3-Jun-1983)
    Body Heat (28-Aug-1981)

Actress Kathleen Turner reportedly split up with her husband, mogul Jay Weiss, after 21 years of marriage. Kathleen, 51, first met Weiss when she rented one of his New York apartments.

Turner married New York real-estate mogul Jay Weiss in 1984. They have a daughter, Rachel Ann Weiss, born 1988. She was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 1992.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Edmund Napolean Camp b. May 30, 1851 in Coweta County, GA

Following are notes about Edmund N. Camp, b. May 30, 1851 in Coweta County, GA and married Texas Orlean Rollins, b. Jan. 21, 1851 in Heard County, GA

EDMOND N. CAMP, a leading fruit grower of this region, is a grandson of
Abner and Mary (Reynolds) Camp, the former a soldier in the war of 1812,
who about 1825 brought his family from North Carolina to Coweta county,
Ga., among them his three-year-old son, Abner, Jr. The latter was reared
on the farm, and in time married Miss Nancy Holland, whose parents,
Abraham and Nancy (Underwood) Holland were of South Carolinian birth, her
father also having served in the war of 1812. Edmond N., the son of Abner
and Nancy, was born in this county in 1851, and received such education
as was to be obtained in the country schools. In 1872 he married Miss
Orlean Rollins, who was born in Heard county in 1851, and is the
daughter of James and Elizabeth (Houston) Rollins. They have ten
children: James, Andrew, Fred, Wayman, Hugh, Pauline, Lee, Frank,
Victoria and Ralph. The parents are both members of the Methodist
Episcopal church. When on reaching manhood Mr. Camp started in life
for himself he worked for some years as a mechanic at the carpenter's
trade, at wagon making, etc. But he seemed to have a natural fondness
for horticulture, and in 1886 he devoted himself wholly to this, with
an enthusiasm which could not fail of success. He is recognized
throughout this region as the largest and most successful fruit
grower in the state. He now has fifty acres of fine grapes and
thirty of peaches, several devoted to pears and strawberries, has
five acres of quinces and a number in apples. He may well regard
with pride his achievements.

Transcribed from MEMOIRS OF GEORGIA published by the Southern Historical Association, 1895.