Sunday, May 21, 2017

Digging For Your Roots

Digging For Your Roots  is a page I created to start finding families and ancestry for other people for a low fee.   I am currently researching 7 families. I am researching Fortune, Mullins, Emory, Spahn, Callahan, Simmons, and Phillips families.  Plus I am still doing some on my own.  I enjoy doing research and have spare time to do others.  You can contact me at if you would like to hire me to research your family.  Please put Family Research in the subject line.  I will need all and as much information as you can about whoever you know of in your family to get started.  The more information you have to give me, the less time I spend looking and that is cheaper for you.

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Dimmit County Mesquite Roots Sal A. and Lillie Cude Armstrong page 137-138

Sal A. and Lillie Cued Armstrong on the occasion of their golden wedding anniversary on August 10, 1948.  (photo courtesy Dolly Cramer Armstrong)

  Sal A. Armstrong was born in Somerset, Texas on April 8, 1880.  His father, George W. Armstrong, died when Sal was nine year old.  His grandfather William "Billy" Armstrong raised Sal and his three brothers on the San Miguel Ranch near Pearsall, Texas.
  Billy Armstrong was born in the vicinity of Cincinnati, Ohio in 1823.  His parents were George and Theresa Rice Armstrong.  William left home at an early age.  He went to the headwaters of the Mississippi River, where he hunted, trapped, and traded furs and skins on Lake Pippin for winter.  He came to Austin, Texas, where he joined the ranger service as a member of Captain Katy's company and served three months.  Then he joined Captain Ross's company for six months.  In 1884 he married Zaruah Fulcher, a native of Arkansas.
  After they were married the Armstrongs moved to Lavaca County, Texas, where Billy farmed and did stock raising.  In 1864 Zaruah died, leaving him with five sons and a daughter.: Sam, Tom, George, Bill, Jim, and Theresa.
  Bill Armstrong married Nancy Ryan the following year.  In 1868 he moved to Bee County, Texas and bought a ranch below Beeville.  He came to Frio County, Texas in 1882 and owned the 6,000-acre San Miguel Ranch on the McGill Creek, 12 miles from Pearsall.
  Sal A. Armstrong grew up in this household.  He married Lillie Cude on August 10, 1898.  She was born October 17, 1880 near Seguin, Texas and moved to Frio County, within 15 miles of Pearsall, when she was seven years old.  She was the daughter of Willis Franklin and Mary Elizabeth Harrell Cude.  Her brothers and sisters, in order of age, were Milvern, Elmer, Lillie Lee, Pink, Alice, Scott, Bessie, Sydney, Roy, Jack, Mamie, and Tim.
The SAl A. Armstrong family.  Left to right: Lillian (Little), Sal Alvin, Marie (Huffhines), Jewell (Kincaid), George, Edythe (Rosenberry), Earl, and parents, Lillie Cude and Salt A. Armstrong. (Photo courtesy Dolly Cramer Armstrong)

  In 1906 Sal and Lillie arrived in Dimmit County from Pearsall.  They had three children then.  In 1910 Sal Armstrong helped organize and name the town of Big Wells.  In 1912 he was elected commissioner of Dimmit County Precinct No. 3 for two years.
  In 1922 Sal was elected commissioner again.  He resigned in 1924 when he bought a ranch and moved over the county line to Zavala County.  From 1923 to 1939 he was a partner with Charles H. Hoyle, establishing the Hoyle-Armstrong Cattle Company.  Hoyle was a resident of St. Louis, Missouri.
  In 1930 Sal Armstrong moved to Carrizo Springs and built the house on the Eagle Pass highway that is now owned by the James B. Catletts.  Sal served as director of the Citizens State Bank in Carrizo Springs during the 1940's.
  Sal A. and Lillie Cude Armstrong had eight children:  Earl of Crystal City, Texas; Edythe Armstrong Rosenberry of Wichita FAlls, Texas; George of Uvalde, Texas; Marie Armstrong Huffhines of Wichita Falls; Jewell Armstrong Kinkaid of Uvalde; Sal Alvin on Big Wells, Texas (see separate story); Lillian Lee Armstrong Little of San Antonio, Texas; and Travis, who died in 1920 at the age of four years.
  Sal and Lillie were known and loved by all.  Sal was an enthusiastic participant of rodeos and ropings, and was instrumental in staging them in Dimmit County.  Harry Williams of the San Antonio Light wrote of him in column "Trails," reprinted in the Carrizo Springs Javelin on July 31, 1930.  "A rodeo in that country without Sal at or around close to the head of it would be lacking something."
  In a similar article reprinted in the Javelin May 1, 1930, Williams said,
   A word about this Sal Armstrong.  You know how these old cowboys are about nicknaming one another.  Well, around 35 or 40 years ago when Sal was just beginning to step out in this world and put on white collars and go to dances, some wag just had a fancy to call him Sam around the ranch and round-up, and the name stuck.  Really, he's one of the Great Big Guys of the ranch world of the great Brush County.
  He's handsome as any Helen, Maria, or Apollo that ever went into a drug store, for part of it, and then just a regular fellow for the rest of it, and big and able after that.  
  Sal Armstrong was dedicated to civic improvement.  He helped start the rodeo grounds, ballpark, football field, and airport in Dimmit County.
  Florence Fenley wrote stories about Sal and LIllie.  They were first printed in the Cattleman magazine, then in Fenley's book, Oldtimers of Southwest Texas (Uvalde: Hornby Press, 1957).  Fenley brought out Sal's sense of humor and storytelling ability.  The following is from her book, quoting Sal's description of courtship of Lillie Cude.

  "She had a bunch of brothers." said he, "and I used to buy this Mexican candy at ten cents a pund and bring it out to their place for the boys.  I sure had 'em on my side after I fed 'em candy for a while and I had 'em trained to steal the other fellow's candy he brought out and eat it up before he could get to give it to her.  That was usually nice chocolate candy.  Once I brought a lot of that Mexican candy out to the boys and had it tied up in a flour sack.  I didn't know the sack had a hole in the corner and I scattered candy all the way to her home.  When I got there, it was nearly all gone, but them boys took the trail and picked up candy all the way to Frio river."

  Sal A. Armstrong died on April 16, 1949.  LIllie Cude Armstrong died on July 29, 1969.  Both are buried in Uvalde.
                                   Sal Alvin Armstrong
                                    Big Wells

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Power Cooker 6 quart Pressure Cooker Recipe for Southern Style Pot Roast

This is fairly simple to make.  What takes the most time is cutting up your vegetables.  You can really use any kind you prefer.  Below is a list of the items I use in my Pot Roast.  I live in Texas, so I use locally grown products and organic if I can.

Here is a guideline of what you might like to use.  I never really "go by" recipes, but use them as guidelines. You can go by it exactly if you like.

1/2 white onion, chopped up
5 cloves of garlic, chopped
4 stalks of celery, peeled and chopped
one bell pepper (any color is fine, I use green)  seeded and chopped
6 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
4 nice sized potatoes peeled and cut into chunks
Chuck roast ( I like mine with some marbling to it for flavor)
salt to taste
pepper to taste
About 2-3 tablespoons of oil.  (I use olive oil, but you can use what ever you like)

First, rinse your chuck roast off with cool water, then pat it dry with a paper towel.  Season it with the salt and pepper.  You can add other spices if you like.  Once you have this done, place the roast into the pressure cooker and then put the lid on it, press brown.  I brown mine on both sides in my pressure cooker.  After half the time is up, lift the lid, then flip the meat and let it continue to brown until the timer stops.
Next add about 2 cups of water or broth, beef or vegetable.  Give or take if you like more juice.  Throw all those vegetables in the pot together with the meat. At this point, I shake some more salt, celery salt, and pepper to the mix.  Do what you like.  Place the lid on the pressure cooker and make sure the pressure release button on top is in the CLOSED position, then press the STEW button.  Simple as that.  The machine will automatically go to KEEP WARM when it is done cooking.  This is very simple.

By the way, some of my vegetables I keep already cut up in zip lock freezer bags, so all I have to do is put my hand in the bag and throw fists full of veggies into my stews when I cook them.  Some veggies that I cut up to freeze are bell peppers, (green, red, orange, and yellow), onions, celery, carrots.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Dimmit County Mesquite Roots - Andrew Jacob and Armenta Jo Redus Armstrong Family page 137

  Andrew Jacob Armstrong was born March 15, 1930.  His parents were Clarence Avery and Vera Aylese Ballard Armstrong.  Clarence was born in Gaston County, North Carolina in 1898.  Vera was born in Stanley, North Carolina.  Andrew was born in Gaston County.
  Armenta Jo Redus was born in Pearsall, Texas on May 22, 1929.  Her parents were Delma Schmidt and Lora Rumfield Redus.  Delma was born in Hondo, Texas in 1898.  Lora was born in Covey Chapel, near Dilley, Texas.  Delma's father, George Redus, herded sheep in Dimmit County in the early 1900's.
  Andrew and Armenta Jo first met in 1949.  Andrew was in the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.  Armenta Jo was attending Mary Hardin Baylor College in Belton, Texas.  They were married May 27, 1950, and spent two years in southern Germany with the U.S. Army of Occupation.
  The Armstrong's traveled in Austria, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Holland, and Switzerland.  Andrew served in the military for six and one-half years.  He served as personnel sergeant major and instructor in the Adjutant General's School, with one year in Korea and Japan.
  The Armstrong's lived in Dilley, Texas, Armenta Jo's home town, from September of 1953 until November of 1958.  At that time they moved to Carrizo Springs and bought a home from Sam Branbo at 103 South 12th Street, where they reside today.
  Andrew and Mr. Redus purchased the Wilson-Speed Chevrolet Company, formerly Al Vivian Chevrolet, at 307 Nopal Street.  This business was sold to Carl Schmidt in November of 1970.  Andrew, a former president of the Dimmit county Chamber of commerce, was employed as the full-time manager in February of 1971.
  The Armstrongs had four children:  David Redus born May 31, 1951; Michael Andrew born in Germany on December 13, 1952; Joe Andene born May 11, 1956; and Kyle Forrest born January 20, 1960.  All graduated from Carrizo Springs High School, with David and Michael leading the golf team to district, regional, and state honors and securing scholarships in that sport at Howard Payne College and the University of Houston, respectively.  Andene was a delegate to Girls State and honor student in high school and at Texas W omens University.  Kyle is now attending Southwest Texas Junior College at Uvalde, Texas.
  All members of the family are members of the First Baptist Church of Carrizo Springs.  Andrew has served in all areas of civic service, including District Governor of Lions International District 2-A2, covering the San Antonio and south Texas area, with 72 clubs in all.  He has attended six international conventions.
  Armenta Jo has taught in the public schools for over 27 years.  She served as Worthy Matron of Sarah Chapter 353, Order of the Easter Star, and is president of Delta Kappa Gamma society.
  Andrew is twice Past Master of Dimmit Lodge #566,  AF&AM and served as District Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Texas in 1973-1974.  He has held all offices of the Lions Clubs in Dilley and Carrizo Springs and has 25 years of perfect attendance.  Also he has served and Commander and Adjutant of Clarence Mobley American Legion Post 359; trustee of Dimmit Memorial Hospital; chairman of the Building Committee for the Dimmit County Medical Center; chairman of the Industrial Team to promote the clothing factory; president of South Texas Chamber Managers Association; Eagle Scout scoutmaster; precinct chairman and election judge; president of the Golf Club during construction of the new course in 1963-1964; member of San Antonio Commandry, Knights Templar; and Worthy Patron of Eastern Star.
                                 Andrew Jacob Armstrong - Carrizo Springs.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Dimmit County Mesquite Roots pages 136-137 The Samuel Henry "Sam" Anderson Jr. Family

Samuel Henry (Jr.) and Doris Culver Anderson.  (Photo courtesy Sandra Anderson Wetzig)  Baby in chair:  Samuel Miles Anderson Sr. at age two in 1918,  (Photograph courtesy Sandra Anderson Wetzig)

The Samuel Miles Anderson Jr. family.  Left to right, rear; Sammy, Miles, and Jackie.  Front:  Lynn, Debby, and Mark.  (Photo courtesy Sandra Anderson Wetzig)

Samuel Henry Anderson Jr. was the son of Samuel Henry Sr. and Mary Lee Williams Anderson, early Dimmit County residents.  Sam Jr. was born in Carrizo Springs on February 5, 1894.  He was in France during World War I, and in the Civil Air Patrol during World War II.
Sam married Doris Culver, who was born April 16, 1896 in Naugatuck, Connecticut.  Sam and Doris had two children, Samuel Miles and Doris Margaret.
Doris Culver Anderson died on March 10, 1922.  She buried at the Mission Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.
Sam H. Anderson Jr. later married Mary Alarcon, who was born in 1908.  They had one child, Robert Henry.
Samuel Miles "Sammy" Anderson Sr.  was born in San Antonio on December 7, 1916.  He married Virginia Fain on July 15, 1939.  Virginia was born July 15, 1920 in Ancone, in the Canal Zone.  Sammy and Virginia Fain Anderson had two children, Samuel Miles Jr. and Sandra Louise.  Samuel Miles Anderson Jr. married Jackie Priour and they have four children: Miles, Lynn, Debby, and Mark.  The family lives in Corpus  Christi.  Sandra Louise Anderson married Donald Wetzig (see separate story)
Doris Margaret Anderson was born in San Antonio on December 20, 191.  She married W. C. "Bill" Davisson and they had four children (see separate story).
Robert Henry Anderson was born in 1934.  He married Carrie Lee Harrbison in 1956.  They had four children:  Robert Clyde born in 1957, Jennifer Lorraine born in 1958, Meredith Leigh born in 1960, and Alice Louise born in 1965.  Carrie Lee Harrbison Anderson died in 1965.  Robert married Barbara Ann Steadman in 1968.  They had three children:  Benjamin Alexander born in 1969, Elizabeth Siobhan born in 1973, and Samuel James "Sammy" born in 1975.
Mary Alarcon Anderson died in 1960.  Samuel Henry "Sam" Anderson Jr. died in December of 1960.  He is buried at Mission Cemetery in San Antonio.

Margaret Anderson Davisson Spring, Texas 
Sandra Louise Anderson Wetzig Carrizo Springs.