31 March 2009

Thomas Oscar Vinson

Thomas Oscar Vinson was born 5 February 1908 in Georgia to William Emmette and Frances Isabella Vinson. He married Marian Roesel Stanford and had a few children. Roesel was born 24 March 1910 and died 4 February 1985. Thomas died 6 November 1994.

Thomas and his family were found living in Houston County, Georgia for the years 1910, 1920, and 1930.

Thomas, a medical doctor, graduated from Emory University and the medical school in Augusta. He was head of the Public Health Departments of Spalding and DeKalb Counties, Georgia.

Thomas and Roesel were both buried in Liberty United Methodist Church Cemetery; Bibb County, Georgia. Roesel's gravestone included a tribute from her husband:

Roesel Stanford Vinson
Mar 24, 1910
Feb 4, 1985
A Model Mother of Three;
A Perfect Wife.

Sources Include:
- Tombstone Inscriptions
- US Federal Census Records
- History of Peach County, Georgia

30 March 2009

Benjamin Franklin Vinson

Benjamin Franklin Vinson was born about August 1845 in Georgia to Benjamin Vinson and Mary Renfroe. He first married Jane Elizabeth Cherry. She was born 27 September 1842 in Georgia and died 24 May 1900.

Benjamin and Jane had seven children: William Emmette (1872-1961), Marcus Franklin (1874-1889), Ella Gertrude (1875-1892), Thomas Marvin, Mary McCallum, Kittie (1882-1896), and Joseph B. (1884-1885).

Benjamin later married Josephine Adams. She was born 3 May 1871 and died 21 February 1961. Benjamin and Josephine had a son, Benjamin Franklin Vinson, Jr. (1908-1991).

Benjamin, Sr. and his family can be found in Houston County, Georgia during the years of 1850, 1860, and 1870. In 1900, they are in Bibb County, Georgia.

Benjamin's occupation was listed as farm laborer. He was a leading planter in the Rutland District; Bibb County, Georgia.

Benjamin Franklin Vinson enlisted in the War Between the States at 17 and was active in the battles of Atlanta, Griswoldville (where he was wounded in the ear), and others around Macon. He was in Company G, 8th Regiment, Georgia Militia.

Benjamin, Jane Elizabeth, and Josephine are all buried in the Liberty United Methodist Church Cemetery; Bibb County, Georgia. Benjamin's gravestone reads as follows:

Benjamin Franklin Vinson
Veteran -- Confederate Army
Co G, 8th Regt, GA Militia
July 1863 - Apr 1865

Sources include:
- US Federal Census Records
- Tombstone Inscriptions
- History of Peach County, Georgia
- Obituaries
- World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918: This database contains an index and images of World War I draft registration cards completed by approximately 24 million men living in the U.S. in 1917 and 1918. Information that may be found for an individual includes name, place of residence, date and place of birth, race, country of citizenship, occupation, and employer.
- Joe Brown's Pets: The Georgia Militia, 1862-1865

29 March 2009

Al Lowe, Head of WNEX

When searching for information about Mr. Alfred Leonard Lowe, I came across his obituary. It is located on Riverside Cemetery's website (the cemetery is where Mr. Lowe was buried). The obituary headline: "Al Lowe, 57, Dies; Was Head of WNEX."

The obituary states that Alfred Leonard Lowe was president and general manager of the Macon (Georgia) Broadcasting Company. The radio station WNEX was started in 1945 by Mr. Lowe, his brother Ed Lowe, Peyton Anderson, and Ellsworth Hall.

There is even an article on Wikipedia about WNEX. The story goes that when WNEX was about to go live, and the FCC asked Mr. Lowe if he had thought of any call letters, Al looked down at a partially covered box of Kleenex and came up with WNEX.

Alfred Leonard Lowe was the son of Henry Edward Lowe and Mary Elizabeth Mumford. He was born 26 June 1917 and died 19 March 1975 in Atlanta, DeKalb County, Georgia. Mr. Lowe was buried in Riverside Cemetery; Macon, Bibb County, Georgia.

Alfred Lowe married Judy Tucker, and they had three children. Judy Tucker Lowe wed Mr. George after the death of Alfred. She died in 1994 and was buried next to her first husband.

Sources Include:
- Social Security Death Index
- US Federal Census: 1920, District 5, Macon, Bibb County, Georgia
- Riverside Cemetery, digital images (http://www.riversidecemetery.com)
- "Georgia Deaths, 1919-98," database, The Generations Network, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com)

28 March 2009

George T. Barrentine, Cotton Mill Worker

George T. Barrentine was my uncle's great-grandfather. Since this particular uncle is technically an "in-law," Mr. George T. Barrentine is of no relation to me. I like to work on this family's history for my young cousin...

Here is an entry in the 1930 U.S. Federal Census for George T. Barrentine:

Ward 4, Macon, M.D. 716, Bibb County, Georgia
Sheet 13B
11 April 1930
Maple Street
Dwelling 239 (line 75)
Barrentine, George T. (head) age 68 - widowed - 1st m. age 27 - b. Georgia - mother b. Georgia - occ. Gate Watcher at Cotton Mill
Jackson, William A. (son-in-law) age 35 - 1st m. age 26 - b. Georgia - occ. Runs Machinery at Cotton Mill
Jackson, Pearl M. (dau) age 33 - 1st m. age 18 - b. Georgia - parents b. Georgia - occ. Runs Frames[?] at Cotton Mill
Fountain, Nellie M. (granddau) age 14 - b. Georgia - parents b. Georgia

Three members in the household working at the cotton mill got me curious. A little research led me to a cotton mill located off of Vineville Avenue in a part of Macon known as Payne City (the mill was named Payne, and the mill village that surrounded it was Payne City). Maple Street, where the Barrentines lived in 1930, is less than five miles away from the Payne Mill. I wonder if this is the mill they worked?

A little Georgia Cotton Mill history from the Georgia Encyclopedia:

Georgia has always been part of the textile industry, from colonial days forward, beginning in 1734 with silk production. In less than fifty years, however, cotton was the king crop for plantation owners.

After the War of 1812, cotton mills were on the rise. The earliest mills in Georgia were Antioch Factory in Morgan County and Bolton Factory in Wilkes County. They were both built around 1810 and were failing by 1820. The idea of cotton mills for profit resurfaced a decade later.

Georgia's first successful mills were Georgia Factory in Athens and Richmond Factory in Augusta. The first mill village was in Athens, connected to the Georgia Factory. By 1840, nineteen mills were in production in Georgia.

By 1850, Georgia had 38 mills. By 1900, 98 mills were in operation.

After 1900, the profitablility of mills continued to rise, and companies began branching out into new types of textiles. By 1908, the Bibb Manufacturing Company of Macon was operating seven mills producing hosiery, carpet yarn, twine, spooled cotton, and tire fabric. Bibb Manufacturing Company would eventually be the owners of the Payne Mill in which George Barrentine and family might've worked.

Bibb Manufacturing Company was one of Georgia largest employers in the mid-1950s. It originated in Macon in 1876. Their second mill, Macon Manufacturing Company, was acquired in 1878.

By 1895, Bibb Manufacturing Company employed 700 workers. By 1898, more mills were acquired -- Macon Knitting Company, Taylor Manufacturing, Cordele Manufacturing Company, and two mills at Porterdale.

In 1900, the Columbus Mill was built. The surrounding community was called "Bibb City." This would become the largest cotton mill in the country, In 1905, the Payne Mill in the Vineville community in Macon was open.

Bibb Manufacturing Company continued to expand after both World Wars. By 1966, there were fourteen operating mills.

In 1933, the National Industrial Recovery Act was passed as part of F.D.R.'s New Deal. It required mill operators to follow rules related to workday hours and wages. When some mill operators ignored the rules, workers protested.

Protests increased and, in September 1934, the workers called a strike. Approximately 44,000 Georgia workers participated.

Violence sometimes broke out between picketers and mill guards. Instances of this were recorded in Cedartown, Columbus, Macon, Porterdale, Trion, and Augusta.

I wonder of George, his daughter, and/or his son-in-law were part of this strike? Did they witness any violence? Further research suggests that even when the strike was over, the workers thought the mill owners had won. I wonder what kind of working conditions the Barrentines endured.

George T. Barrentine at the very least witnessed the shaping of Textile Unions in this country. At age 68, during the depression, I wonder if George was able to take the time to realize he was witnessing history.

27 March 2009

The 1860 Blackshear Family Neighborhood

In Henry County, Alabama in 1860, the Blackshear family stayed close together. Here are three families living side by side. Note: Randal Blackshear was the father of Joseph and Elijah.

1860 US Federal Census
Page 74
Columbia Beat 3, Henry County, Alabama
18 July 1860
Dwelling 503, Family 502 (line 3)
Blackshear, Joseph - age 34 - Farmer - b. Alabama
Blackshear, Susanna - age 25 - b. Alabama
Blackshear, Jessie - age 4 - b. Alabama
Blackshear, R. V. - age 1 - b. Alabama

Dwelling 504, Family 503 (line 7)
Blackshear, Elijah - age 41 - Farmer - b. Alabama
Blackshear, Nancy - age 32 - b. Alabama
Blackshear, Mary - age 16 - b. Alabama
Blackshear, Alexander - age 14 - b. Alabama
Blackshear, Wm W. - age 11 - b. Alabama
Blackshear, F. R. - age 9 - b. Alabama
Blackshear, Cintha J. - age 5 - b. Alabama
Blackshear, J. H. - age 2 - b. Alabama

Dwelling 505, Family 504 (line 15)
Blackshear, Randal - age 70 - Farmer - b. Georgia
Blackshear, Nancy - age 37 - b. South Carolina
Blackshear, H. J. - age 4 - b. Alabama
Blackshear, B. B. - age 2 - b. Alabama
Scott, Wm - age 13 - b. Alabama [I don't know who this is.]

26 March 2009

Number of Children Born & Number Now Living

In the 1900 Falls County, Texas US Federal Census, Mosie (Mossie?) Sasser's future mother-in-law Elenor Crosby shows 11 children born to her with all 11 of those children still living. What are the odds of that?

In the 1910 Coleman County, Texas US Federal Census, Mosie's own mother Melissia (Allen) Sasser shows 13 children born to her with only 5 of those children still living. Can you imagine burying 8 of your children?

I cannot vouch for the validity of the numbers, but that's a serious contrast between Elenor and Melissia. I guess it shows the seemingly randomness of child deaths, as well as possibly the lack of medical knowledge of the time.

25 March 2009

The Sasser - Blackshear Connection

Oftentimes, when inserting data into my family tree program, I am more concerned about how the individuals relate to me instead of how they relate to each other. I may know there is a connection between families, but don't really go out of my way to see what it is.

When looking for Lewis Henry Sasser in the US Federal Census, I had very little trouble finding him. In 1860, he and his family were in Henry County, Alabama. This included Henry, his wife Temperance Elizabeth, and their children: Jasper N., Solomon T., Rachael Jane, and E. P.

Like a good little researcher, I also scanned the families living around the Sassers. Good thing, as Temperance's parents Aquilla and Rachael Dyess were living next door. On the other side was the Joseph and Susanna Blackshear family. Wow! They're in my tree, too. What a nice coincidence. This is where I inserted data into my program without question.

In the 1870 US Federal Census, Lewis Henry Sasser and family are still in Henry County, Alabama. The family includes Lewis Henry and wife Temperance Elizabeth with children Jasper N., Solomon C., Rachael, James P., and Susan H. As before, I scanned the surrounding families. Just five doors down are some more Blackshears! Moses and his wife Elizabeth, to be exact.

Can you guess who is next door to Moses Blackshear? His brother Joseph and wife Susanna. What a find! When I got around to studying the entries for the Blackshears (remember, I was originally focused on the Sassers), I came across something interesting. Moses and Elizabeth Blackshear had two boys in their household: William and James Allen. Furthermore, Joseph and Susanna Blackshear had a girl by the name of Malissie Allen in their household. I had an "Aha!" moment.

Moses and Joseph Blackshear had a sister named Frances. Frances married Matthew Tolbert Allen. They were the parents of the three ALLEN children mentioned above. Both Matthew and Frances were dead by the time of the 1870 US Federal Census. It appears the Blackshear family took in their niece and nephews.

What does all that have to do with the Sassers? Well, Jasper N. Sasser, son of Lewis H., married Malissa Allen, daughter of Frances Blackshear. With that union, these Sassers and Blackshears are forever connected.

As research always does, this whole saga brings to mind more questions. I wonder if Jasper and Malissa knew each other as early as 1860? That would mean they knew each other as "little kids." When did Jasper begin to look at Malissa as a possible wife? Malissa was 16 years old when she married Jasper. Were the Blackshears anxious to get her "married off?" Did they think it was in Malissa's best interest to do so? Guess I'll keep digging.

23 March 2009

Samuel W. Ketchum: Cowboy, Husband, Father & Outlaw

Earlier today, George Geder of Santa Fe's African American Graveyard Rabbit posted a photo of a gravestone from Odd Fellows Cemetery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The gravestone was for Samuel W. Ketchum, and it reads:

Samuel W. Ketchum
Cowboy, Husband, Father & Outlaw
Born Jan 4, 1854 Caldwell Co, TX
Shot & Captured by Posse And
Died Santa Fe, NM July 24, 1899
Brother of Thomas E. "Black Jack" Ketchum

Here are a couple of news articles regarding his death:

Santa Fe New Mexican 27 July 1899

The Brother of Samuel Ketchum Came to Attend to the Burial.

This morning G. W. Shield, sheriff of Tom Green county, Tex., and G. B. Ketchum, of the same county, arrived at Santa Fe to attend to the burial of Samuel Ketchum, who died from the effect of a wound received at the hands of a posse of officers seeking the robbers who held up a train near Folsom recently.

The scene when Mr. Ketchum first saw his brother's body was very affecting. Mr. Ketchum had neither seen nor heard of his brother for many years, and had hoped that perhaps the report of death was false after all. But when he saw the body he was convinced, and tears stood in the eye of the strong man. He was unwilling to speak upon the subject, and no information could be gathered from him in reference to the early life of the dead man. Mr. Ketchum is a highly respected and wealthy citizen of San Angelo, and the manner in which his brother met death was a terrible shock to him. The remains were embalmed some days ago by order of the brother of the dead man, and this afternoon Undertaker Wagner interred the body at Odd Fellows' cemetery.

After attending to the funeral of his brother, Mr. Ketchum and Sheriff shield left for their home in Texas.

The Biloxi Daily Herald 27 July 1899

Dead Robber
Santa Fe, N.M., July 26 -- Samuel Ketchum, the train robber, recently arrested at Cimmaron, is dead at the penitentiary of blood poisoning, resulting from the wound in the arm he received in the fight with the sheriff's posse. He refused to make a statement, although he knew he was dying.

Peter R. Ketchum, Jr., uncle to Samuel, was my 2nd cousin, 6x removed, in law.

Davis (David?) Vernon Sasser's Death Certificate

I found the death certificate for David Vernon Sasser via Texas Deaths, 1890-1976 at the FamilySearch Records Search site. As often happens when a new record is discovered or viewed for the first time, more questions arise along with new information it provides.

I have this Mr. Sasser listed as Davis Vernon Sasser per his World War I draft registration. His death certificate lists him as David Vernon Sasser, with his wife ("Mrs. Love Sasser") as the informant.

D. Vernon Sasser was the son of Jasper Newton Sasser and Easter Malissa Allen. He was born 6 September 1893 in Bruceville, McLennan County, Texas. By 1912, his family was residing in Memphis, Hall County, Texas. Vernon lived there the rest of his life. According to his draft registration, Vernon was tall and slender, with blue eyes and brown hair.

In 1917, Vernon was a farmer. His address was R. F. D. #1, Memphis, Texas.

Vernon married Lovie Lamb 21 May 1920, and they had at least two children. Vernon eventually retired from farming.

Vernon died 34 years ago on 2 January 1975 at the Hall County Hospital in Memphis, Texas. According to his death certificate, the cause of death was cardiac arrest. If I am reading the handwriting correctly, another "significant condition" was emphyzema. D. Vernon Sasser was buried in Fairview Cemetery; Memphis, Hall County, Texas 5 January 1975.

Sources include:
- World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918: This database contains an index and images of World War I draft registration cards completed by approximately 24 million men living in the U.S. in 1917 and 1918. Information that may be found for an individual includes: name, place of residence, date and place of birth, race, country of citizenship, occupation, and employer.
- Death Certificate
- Matthew Tolbert Allen Tree
- Ancestry World Tree

20 March 2009

Asa & Malinda Had Nothing But Their Health & Strength to Start the World With

My 5th Great-Grandparents were Asa B. Lincecum and Malinda Nevels. They met and were married in South Carolina about 1802.

In Lois Burkhalter's book about Gideon Lincecum II (1793-1874), some of Gid's writings were quoted. Here is what he had to say about his cousin Asa and Malinda:

[Gideon and family were enroute to Tennessee from Georgia.]

"After getting over into South Carolina we only had time to get out into the timber before night. Here we camped. While collecting wood to make a fire, the young lady came up with a heavier log on her shoulder than a man could carry. My father said: "Cousin Asa (the oldest son of Aunt Sally Kelly...who had joined us a few days previous), relieve the lady of her tote," and he took it and threw it on the fire. The young lady observed to Cousin Asa, "Young man, I don't know your name but I can throw you down." Asa replied, "Neither do I know your name, but I can tell you that is a big banter, for I have not seen the man yet that can throw me down; and further, I will say as you are young and pretty and of an agreeable, jolly temper, I will agree to marry you if you throw me two best in three falls. On these conditions I accept your challenge." In reply to this the young lady remarked, "Young man...the proposition you have made...pleases me, and I have neither house nor home, kith nor kin, nor lover, nor aught of impediment or obstruction to prevent me from doing what suits me best; and that I am sound and in good health I will prove to you when we test the question." And turning to my father, said to him: "Sir, if you will see me fair play, I accept the conditions offered." My father assured her most earnestly that she should be fairly dealt with.

She threw Asa the first two falls and he declared she was as strong as a horse.

"I am clearly beaten, but I'll stick to it though I don't even know her name" and he went to where she was seated and making a low bow said: "Madam, will you honor me so far as to communicate the name of her to whom I am indebted for the two severe upsettings I received just now?" She very distinctly and in a sweet musical voice replied, "Malinda Nevels. Now, Sir, will you return the compliment?" "With pleasure, Miss. My name is Asa Lincecum," and they approached each other and shook hands.

We remained at that camp three days and Malinda was so industrious and handy in helping about the camp that Mother fell in love with her. Father had been gone two days with an old drunken Irishman who came to our camp the next day after we got there. Mother was uneasy and said she didn't understand it, that it was mighty bad to lose three days pretty weather in such a long journey. But Father came back on the evening of the third day and astonished us all by informing us that he had rented an excellent house and farm on Calhoun Creek, Abbeville District, South Carolina. So we geared up and went there the very next day and sure enough found the house a good one and the land fine.

There were two good sets of houses on the farm. Asa agreed to crop it with my father, as there was plenty of open land on the farm. To make everything go more smoothly, Asa informed Malinda that he was ready to settle up what he had lost with her in the wrestle at camp. She was ready to receive it, and they sent for Parson Porter who witnessed the payment and fixed the papers legally and they were man and wife.

They had nothing but their health and strength to start the world with, not even a blanket, but they had courage and went bravely to work, cleaning up and fixing up the other set of houses. Mother lent them a bed stick and some blankets...Asa made a fine crop of cotton and corn and Malinda spun and made cloth sufficient for clothing."

19 March 2009

My Last Name Should Not Be Lincecum, But I'm Not a Kelly

Yes, it's true. My last name should not be "Lincecum." Yet, it is. It's all a bit confusing, so I'll try to type clearly. :-)

My name is Stephanie Lincecum.
My father is Michael Lincecum.
My grandfather is Billy Lincecum.
My great-grandfather is Charley Wilbur Lincecum.
My ggreat-grandfather is Francis Marion Lincecum.
My gggreat-grandfather is Benjamin Lincecum.
My ggggreat-grandfather is Harmon Lincecum.
My gggggreat-grandfather is Asa B. Lincecum.

Going back further is where things get tricky. Asa's mother was Sarah Lincecum, daughter of Gideon Lincecum and Miriam Bowie. I do not know who Asa's father was, nor do I know why Asa chose to keep the Lincecum name. I presume Sarah knew who Asa's father was, but stranger things have happened.

Sarah went on to marry Mr. Tyre Kelly, and that union produced several children. I have come across nothing to suggest Tyre was Asa's father, and I do not believe he was.

It is a family history mystery, for sure. Something that disturbs me more than not knowing who Asa's father was, though, is when other researchers are all to eager to "solve" the mystery and attach me to the Kelly name. I have found myself listed on many a websites listed as Stephanie Kelly. Some are a little more generous and call me Stephanie Lincecum Kelly.

Please hear me now. My name is Stephanie Lincecum. Period. That's it. It's a name I'm proud of, so please get it right.

11 March 2009

Found More Cousins in the 1900 Census

I found some "new" cousins in the 1900 U.S. Federal census!

Andrew Lincecum (my third cousin 5x removed) was born about May 1859 in Louisiana to Rezin and Annisa Bowie Lincecum. He married Minerva about 1887. In June 1900, Andrew and Minerva are living in Rapides Parish, Louisiana. They have five children, my "new" fourth cousins 4x removed:

Wallace Lincecum b. Feb 1888 LA
Mary Ann Lincecum b. Oct 1890 LA
Rollo Lincecum b. Oct 1892 LA
Otta Lincecum b. Nov 1893 LA
Edward Lincecum b. Dec 1896 LA

I'm happy to meet them!

06 March 2009

Dr. A. L. Lincecum's FBI Case File

Another interesting find on Footnote -

FBI Case File
Old German Files, 1909-1921

Report Made By: Erby E. Swift
Place Report Made: Laredo, Texas
Date: 6/26/17
Title of Case and Offense: Dr. Oscar J. Mayer / German Matter

At Laredo Texas:

If the number of unfavorable reports partly substantiated count for anything, the man listed in above caption is certainly playing a highhanded game of intrigue.

The Military, Immigration, Health and Customs Depts. have all stated to me that they believe Dr. Mayer is very pro-German. Dr. A. L. Lincecum, Asst. State Health Officer while here recently stated to me that he was actually afraid of the man as he was making from one to five trips monthly into the states from Tampico Mexico without apparent reason. That he writes him (Lincecum) letters of such a nature that if they were read by anyone it would be thought that he was an intimate personal and professional friend, while he hardly knows the man and has no business relations with him whatsoever. That these letters are written from all points in Mexico and the U.S. and refer to Colonization, Health, friendly meeting etc. and that he cannot explain such uncalled for letters except that Mayer is doing it with intent to make him a 'goat.'

Attached to special Agent in Charge Barnes' copy of this report are two original letters which Dr. Lincecum sent me as samples with the request that I bring them to the notice of the Dept. I will only quote one which I must admit certainly has an unusual compostition in view of the statement of Dr. Lincecum that he has no relations of any nature to in any way justify such mystifying letters which infer decided intimacy between the two. The one letter reads as follows:

Monterrey, Mexico, May 24th, 1917.

Dr. A. L. Lincecum, Asst. State Health Officer, Austin Texas.
My Dear Doctor: Just to tell you that I am on my way to Mexico City where I will stay some 3-7 days. I may then have to go to Washington or return to Laredo prior to going back to Tampico. I will keep you informed so you are posted. Trusting you are attending to our mutual interests, I am, with best regards.
Yours very tryly,

In the other letter attached written from New York and date June 16th, last he informs the Dr. Lincecum that he is in Washington on matters of great interest about which he will acquaint him (Lincecum) when he seems him etc.

Lincecum assures me that the letters are absolutely unwarranted in their freedom of expression, apparent familiarity and the appearance of professional relations and that he believes this man Mayer may be simply using him as a protection.

Dr. Mayer is at all time interested in al Germans detained at the Detention Quarters of the Immigration. While he claims to have only a benevolent interest I distrust him as does every person who knows him.

His unwarranted letters to Dr. Lincecum, his too frequent trips to our cities of New York, Washington etc. from Tampico where he is simply a physician, his general appearance and the many reports from Tampico as to his anti-american stand there at which place he is the official physician of the German interned sailors causes me to consider him as up to dangerous work which he is "putting over" in a very delicate manner.

He crossed to Mexico through this port yesterday and will return soon. It is possible that more would be gained by closely watching him than in searching as he would be more apt at seeing someone than in carrying papers etc. Could I have instructions regarding him? [End of first report.]

About 10 months later, another report was written on the subject of Dr. Oscar J. Mayer, Pro German Suspect, and his relationship with A. L. Lincecum:

Report Made By: R. W. Tinsley
Place Report Made: San Antonio, Tex.
Date: April 27, 1918
Title of Case and Offense: IN RE: DR. OSCAR J. MAYER / PRO GERMAN SUSPECT

At San Antonio, Texas.

The following information from A. L. Lincecum, Capt. E.R.C. Co. 9, 3rd Battalion, Camp Greenleaf, Chickamauga Park, Ga, dated April 25, 1918, has been received at this office:

"In reply to your request for information as to the whereabouts of Dr. Oscar J. Mayer, formerly of Tampico, Mexico, I will state that I have heard nothing from or of him since last July or possibly August first. The last correspondence I had from him I sent to Mr. Swift by D. H. C. Hall of Laredo, Texas. I was in Tampico in September 1917, but Dr. Mayer was not there. Harry Greer of Tampico thought your department possibly had him in charge at that time. Dr. Mayer's wife resides in San Francisco, and her brother in Chicago, so Mayer told me. My suspicions were first aroused by his scheme to colonise American-German farmers in the state of Vera Cruz adjacent to the oil bearing territory. He then began to wire me of his moves in Mexico and the U. S. Those telegrams I could find I sent to Mr. Swift."

Copies of this report are being furnished the New York Office and Major Barnes, Intelligence Officer, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, for their information. [End of second report.]

The file contains further information about the searching for Dr. Mayer in New York. He was not located. I sure would like to know if he was ever found!

05 March 2009

Letha Gandy Lincecum Researched Her Family History, Too!

I found something pretty cool on Footnote. My 3rd cousin, Letha Gandy Lincecum (husband of Dr. Addison L. Lincecum) wrote a letter in 1928 to the Commissioner of Pensions in Washington, DC. She was inquiring about a pension file for a Revolutionary War soldier named Edward Patrick. She was hoping to use information found in the file to gain membership into Daughters of the American Revolution. She wrote the letter on her husband's professional stationary.

"El Campo, Tex
June 30 - 28
Commissioner of Pensions
Washington D.C.

Dear Sir: - Please help me find the Rev. war record of Edward Fitz Patrick or Edward Patrick, the Fitz was dropped from the name but we do not know when but after coming from Scotland. He served in the Rev war in the State of N. Carolina and his wife and widow Mary (McCord) Patrick drew a pension from the U.S. Gov. while living in the State of Tenn - after her removal to that State after her husbands death --

Please help me get this war record so can join the D.A.R.
Most sincerely
Mrs. A. L. Lincecum
El Campo

Letha did receive a reply to her letter, confirming the details of Edward F. Patrick's Revolutionary War service and receiving of pension, as well as his marriage to Polly McCord and her receiving a widow's pension. I'm not sure if this information helped Letha get into DAR, or not.

04 March 2009

Texas Under Many Flags: Addison L. Lincecum

From Texas Under Many Flags by Clarence Wharton (© 1930) -

ADDISON L. LINCECUM. Three generations of the Lincecum family have been physicians and surgeons in Texas. Dr. Addison L. Lincecum, who has done a great deal of public health work, is practicing medicine and conducting a high class private hospital at El Campo.

His grandfather was a physician and a personal friend of General Sam Houston in the early days of the Texas Republic. He was in his generation a scientist, deeply versed in the physical sciences, and also a thorough physician. This pioneer doctor of Texas was an uncle of the famous historical character, James Bowie, whose name is associated with the "Bowie Knife," and who was one of the victims of the Alamo massacre.

Dr. Addison L. Lincecum was born in Washington County, Texas, April 8, 1874. His father, Lucullus G. Lincecum, was educated in Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia, then the outstanding medical college in the country, and he located in Texas, settled in Washington County in 1848 and in 1878 located at Lampasas, and practiced medicine until his death. He was a surgeon in the Confederate army. Dr. Lucullus Lincecum married Fannie Rainwater, a native of Mississippi. Of their eight children six are deceased.

Dr. Addison L. Lincecum secured his early education at Lampasas, attending the Centenary College there. He was matriculated in medicine at the University of Texas at Galveston in 1894, and in 1903 took his diploma from Baylor University. From 1897 to 1908 he was in practice at Jackson, Texas, and from 1908 to 1914 at El Campo.

Dr. Addison left El Campo to serve as assistant health officer at Austin from 1914 to 1917. In 1917 he took a commission and went overseas with the One Hundred and eleventh Engineers, spending thirteen months in France, two months of that time being on the firing line. He returned home in 1919 and was discharged at Fort Sam Houston in June of that year with the rank of captain.

After this military service Doctor Lincecum served with the U. S. Veterans Bureau for about six years and in 1925 returned to El Campo and resumed his private practice, and since 1927 has also conducted a well equipped private hospital there. Doctor Lincecum is president of the City and County Medical Society. In addition to his professional work he has a large amount of real estate and other business interests to occupy a portion of his time. He is a Republican, member of the Christian Church, and is a Lodge and Royal Arch Chapter Mason.

Doctor Lincecum married October 24, 1897, Miss Letha Gandy. Mrs. Lincecum is a Texas author, has been an investigator and writer on historical topics, and many of her writings have been published and have secured for her special recognition and honors from the university and other institutions. Her great-grandfather, John Gandy, of North Carolina, was a soldier in the American Revolution. Her parents were Barnabas P. and Mary (Allen) Gandy, her father a native of Alabama and her mother of Mississippi. Doctor and Mrs. Lincecum have three children, Barney, Ruth and Addison, Jr. Barney of Houston. Ruth is the wife of Ray Hilton, a chemist at Houston, and they have a daughter, Dorothy and son, Addison III. Addison, Jr., is a pupil in the public schools at Washington, D. C.

03 March 2009

Ruth Lincecum Crosby Loses Her Father & Husband on Same Day?

Addison L. Lincecum, son of Lucullus Garland Lincecum and Fanny Rainwater, died 6 December 1965 in Lavaca County, Texas. Here is a Texas newspaper article devoted to his death.

Dallas Morning News
7 December 1965

Widely Known Physician, Dr. A. L. Lincecum, Dies
EL CAMPO, Texas (AP) - Dr. A. L. Lincecum, last surviving member of the Baylor Medical School's first graduating class and widely known country doctor for 5o years, died Monday. He was 91.

Moments after his daughter, Mrs. Ruth Crosby, a want ads employee for the Houston Post, learned of his death at his isolated ranch near El Campo, her husband, certified public accountant T. A. Crosby, 64, suffered a fatal heart attack.

Dr. Lincecum set up practice in Wharton County a few years after his graduation in 1903 from the medical school. He retired in 1953 and devoted himself to his role of "roving reporter" for KULP radio station in El Campo until he was paralyzed by a stroke in 1958.

He was a soldier with Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders in the Spanish-American War, got a special Texas Rangers commission to help hunt the bandit Pancho Villa in Mexico after a fellow doctor and friend was killed in a border raid, and served as a combat surgeon in France in World War I.

He is credited with making the first report that the malaria-bearing anopheles mosquito from Mexico was in this country in 1905. He later won recognition for research on bubonic plague.

Funeral services for Dr. Lincecum will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Wheeler Funeral Chapel in El Campo.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by two sons, Bill Lincecum and Barney Lincecum. Dr. Lincecum's wife, Letha, died in 1959.

02 March 2009

A Happy, Gay, Hospitable People

Addison L. Lincecum was born 8 April 1874 in Washington County, Texas to Lucullus Garland Lincecum and Fanny Rainwater. He married Letha Elizabeth Gandy 24 October 1897, and they had three children: Barnabas Gandy Lincecum, Ruth Lincecum, and Addison Turney Lincecum.

From Lois Burkhalter's book Gideon Lincecum, 1793-1874 (© 1965):

Lucullus' younger son, Dr. Addison Lincecum, born in Long Point on April, 1874, seven months before Gideon died, is alive at this writing. There is much of the old Gid in him. He studied at Baylor and Texas University medical schools, working his way through medical school as an engineer on trains transporting granite blocks for Galveston jetties. He graduated in 1903, and acquired six additional medical diplomas. Dr. Addison was elected a vice president of the Texas Medical Association in 1912; he went to Cuba as a physician with Roosevelt's Rough Riders; he was commissioned a Texas Ranger in 1917; he served as captain with the 36th Division in World War I. In civilian life he served on the state board of health, investigating bubonic plague in Texas; and he was mayor of El Campo, Texas, where he became a public institution: developing a long practice; serving as superintendent of a hospital and as postmaster; and conducting a weekly radio current-events forum. Dr. Addison and Letha Gandy were married in 1897. They had three children: Mrs. Ruth Crosby of Houston, Addison (Bill) of Brazoria, and Barney, with whom the doctor lives in the century-old Gandy house deep in the sandy swamp lands out of Morales in Jackson County on the Gandy Bend Road. The Addison Lincecums are a happy, gay, hospitable people and their household is much as Gideon's must have been. All the Lincecums are musical. Dr. Addison was regarded as the champion fiddle player in El Campo.
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