30 May 2018

1929 Drowning Deaths of Gideon V. and Sabra Brown Lincecum

What happened to this young couple?

I'm tempted to label these deaths as mysterious. What is more likely, however, is that I just don't have easy access to the right source…

Gideon Val "Gid" Lincecum was born May 1895 in Gonzales County, Texas to Val Dies Lincecum (1860-1958) and Mary Elizabeth "Mollie" Murray (d. 1949).

Some time before 1917, Gid married Sabra Elizabeth "Bettie" Brown. She was born 7 May 1896 in Mississippi to J. T. Brown and Amada Gilim.

A daughter, Floriene, was born to Gid and Bettie 2 September 1918. It was noted on her Texas birth certificate that this daughter was Bettie's second child, and the only one living.  Floriene became an orphan in the Spring before her eleventh birthday, when both of her parents died on the same day – 21 April 1929. The cause of death for both was drowning.

Gid's death certificate is found under the name V. E. Lincecum. His father was noted as the not-quite-accurate E. D. Lincecum, and his mother was properly stated to be Miss Mary E. Murray. This certificate also provided that V. E. died about midnight on the above mentioned date, and that a physical examination confirmed diagnosis.


Bettie's death certificate is found under the name Mrs. V. E. Lincecum. The time of death was not as precise as that of her husband, nor was any "test" listed that confirmed diagnosis.


James S. Mann, MD was the physician that signed off on the cause of death for both V. E. and his wife. He was also the informant of personal information for both. I wonder, what was his connection (if there was one) to the couple?

g-blincecum-fagA slightly rough-hewn granite stone was placed for Gidion and Bettie at Columbia Cemetery in West Columbia, Brazoria County, Texas.

Floriene, after the deaths of her parents, spent at least some time with her grandparents Lincecum – she was listed with them for the 1930 Brazoria County, Texas Federal census. Upon her death in 2006, Floriene was laid to rest in the same cemetery as her parents.

Can anyone provide more detail about the drowning deaths of Gideon and Bettie Lincecum?

27 May 2018

Toy Pistol Caused 1901 Death of George L. Lincecum

George Lachoen Lincecum was born 4 February 1886 in Texas to George Durham Lincecum (1854-1931) and S. Frances Amada "Fannie" Stubblefield (1867-1947). Fannie was a daughter of Stephen Potts Stubblefield (b. 1824). Research suggests young George was the eldest of six children born to Fannie and her husband.

George, Fannie, and the kids were in Gonzales, Texas for the summertime taking of the 1900 census. By the end of NewYear's Day of 1901, young George was dead.

DallasMorningNews5Jan1901Dallas Morning News (Texas)
Saturday, 5 January 1901 - pg. 3 [via GenealogyBank]

Toy Pistol Caused Death.
Gonzales, Tex., Jan. 3 -- George Lachoen Lincecum, aged 15 years, who was shot in the finger Christmas with a toy pistol, from which lockjaw resulted, died New Year's day at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Lincecum.

An obituary that ran a couple days before in the Gonzales Inquirer stated, "He was an excellent boy and was liked by all who knew him. He worked in his father's store on North Avenue and was well known. During the holidays he was wounded in the hand by a toy pistol, and a part of the wad from the cartridge remained in the wound."

gllincecum-fagBurial was in the Gonzales Masonic Cemetery.

As  mentioned previous, young George had five siblings:

  • Stephen Omeaux "Oma" Lincecum (d. 1970)
  • Sarah Daisy Lincecum Patton (d. 1982)
  • Val Lincecum (b. abt. 1892)
  • Norton Lincecum (b. abt. 1895)
  • Parula Russell Lincecum (1896-1971)

I have yet to find Val or Norton after the 1900  census, and wonder if they might have died at a very young age.

[Note: There is an image of young George on a remembrance card issued (presumably) about the time of his death on his FindAGrave memorial.]

25 May 2018

So I Finally Spit in the Tube – DNA Results are In

100_6264I resisted taking a DNA test for a long time. When it wasn't popular, I easily resisted. As it became more and more popular, I still (fairly easily) resisted. Why? Well, I've been "doing" my personal genealogy off and on for more than 20 years – oftentimes more off than on, to be truthful – and believed I had a basic handle on where I came from. I don't mean I was one of those who proclaimed to have a "completed tree" or anything silly as that – I've yet to really even "cross the pond" with my (personally documented) research!

I felt I had done enough to get a sense of things, I guess.

Then someone close to me had their DNA tested. His largest chunk was 39% Iberian Peninsula. And it was totally expected. What was unexpected was the mash-up rest. So many different regions (people from) came together to create him. He often says, "I have a Spanish Dad and a Hillbilly Mom." His test results were a complex confirmation of that, and the day those results came in ended with him being on the phone for hours with his siblings.

I'm pretty sure I was jealous. Not long after, my own AncestryDNA kit was ordered. When it arrived, I spit in the tube and had it back in the mail the very next day. It didn't languish on the table – where some of my other mail does – for any length of time. I was officially all in.

Fast forward a month. The results were in…and I bowed my head and said aloud, "I knew it!"


I might even have been a little angry. As silly as I know that sounds. I also owe my ancestors a huge apology, because I even remarked – more than once – that I have boring DNA. And those migrations? What a joke. I could have dictated those to anyone before taking the test.

After my arrogant attitude passed, I started enlarging that map and looking closer at the results.


Great Britain breaks down to England, Scotland, and Wales. Where that largely overlaps with the (11%) Ireland / Scotland / Wales is obvious. But do I know anything about Scottish history or culture? Nope. What about Wales? How is it different from England? Don't know. I have a lot to learn.

Where did that Scandinavian 5% come from? And what about that Finnish/ North Russian 7%? Those appear to overlap largely over Sweden. Knew nothing of that! So I have a lot to learn.

My results show no connection to the Motherland of Africa…or do they? Digging deeper into my 2% Asian South region reveals something else I didn't know (emphasis mine):

The Asia South region includes the modern-day nations of Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan and is home to approximately 20% of the world’s population…The first human migration out of Africa is thought to have followed a southern coastal route along the Indian subcontinent into Southeast Asia.

Oh, and might I throw in – I have a trace from the Iberian Peninsula!

Questions Raised, Questions Answered.

  • What about the story (seems every family has a rendition, here's mine) that Grandpa's grandma was Native American? (Answer is Nope.)
  • I have six generations of Campbells in my family tree – all born in the United States. Will I ever get back to Scotland? (Answer is Probably).
  • I have a theory that the Logues came from Ireland. Is that true? (Answer is Maybe.)

One Two More Things

Not long after I received my DNA test results, Ancestry emailed me about a new or recently updated database, U.S. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Swedish American Church Records, 1800-1946. This is a database I might have never searched prior to testing my DNA. Guess what? Found two Lincicums. Are we related? Who knows. I have a lot to learn.

And, yes, I am aware that my DNA reaches back much farther than my personally researched genealogy. But, c'mon, when you "do" genealogy, you can't help but think of your research when looking at those DNA results. :-)

So take that DNA test (if you're the least bit interested in that sort of thing). Even if you know where you came from. Just keep an open mind. And do yourself a favor – check your arrogance before clicking on the results.

24 May 2018

Individual Report for Elizabeth Lincecum Huckaby Reat (d. 1900)

Individual Report - ELHReatElizabeth Lincecum was born 31 October 1829 in either the Arkansas Territory or the state of Mississippi. She was a daughter of Grabel Lincecum and his wife Wilmoth.

In trying to narrow down a birthplace for Elizabeth, I have the following bits of information to offer:

First is from the Rhode Island American and Providence Gazette, dated 14 November 1828 --

Burrell Jones, of Little Rock (Arkansas) was called to his door, the 23d ult, by two of his neighbors, who pretended to be travellers, and while Jones was gathering some wood to kindle a fire, the villains shot him through the body. -- The unfortunate man died the next day, having disclosed the names of his murderers, Dr. Charles C. P. Welsh and Gabrel Lincecum, who fled the following morning.  Welsh and Jones had had a slight difference, a few days before the murder.

Next is from Historical Sketches of Oktibbeha County (Mississippi) by Thomas Battle Carroll, pub.  1931 --

  • Page 12 -- "The white population gradually increased. I do not know the names of some who settled here during the decade ending in 1820...I am almost sure that Grabel Lincecum was here in 1830..."
  • Page 22 -- "Many of the tribe did not remove within the three years. Sometimes trouble arose between an individual Indian and an individual white man. In 1830, near the turnpike in southeast Oktibbeha, Grabel Lincecum in a personal altercation killed a Choctaw. The act was probably justifiable, or at least excusable, under the white man's law, but not under the Indian's, which in case of homicide admitted no legal defense, requiring that he who had killed another, no matter what the circumstance, accidental or intentional, should forfeit his own life. Lincecum thought it prudent to leave. Accordingly, with his wife, his seven-year-old son, and their baby in the mother's arms, he journeyed to Arkansas, following Indian trails. Later, having made a settlement satisfactory to the Indians, he returned with his family to this county. To and from Arkansas, the family journeyed on horseback; Lincecum taking his son behind him on one horse; the wife, carrying the baby in her arms, on another…" [That baby was almost certainly Elizabeth.]

Grabel died about 1837, so Elizabeth was most likely in the household of her mother – Mrs. W. Lincecum – for the 1840 Noxubee County, Mississippi Federal census. And this is where she married (at about age 17-18) Jackson Huckaby on 31 August 1847. The 1850 census (same location) showed he was a planter, born about 1819.


Elizabeth and Jackson had three children:

  • Grabel Epluribus Unum Huckaby (1848-1932)
  • Gaius Lincecum Huckaby (d. 1908)
  • Marcella Jackson Huckaby Duty (1853-1930)

Rumor has it Jackson Huckaby died from injuries sustained in a wagon accident, but I have no good source for that information. I do know his widow married John F. Reat at Noxubee County in the summer of 1857. He was born about 1815 in Virginia.

[To back up slightly, it's interesting to note a J. F. Rheat was the neighbor of Elizabeth and Jackson for the 1850 Noxubee County, Mississippi Federal census. The couple's neighbor on the other side was Elizabeth's brother Bartlett (Bartley).]


Elizabeth and John had two sons:

I have yet to find all members of this blended family in the 1870 US census, but did find Geo. E. U. Huckaby in those records. He was born about 1849 in Mississippi, occupied as a bookkeeper, and located in Burleson County, Texas.

Daughter Marcella Jackson married her husband Robert Emmett Duty in Washington County, Texas 2 April 1874. With the exception of this (at the time) young mother of two, who was in Travis County, the entire Reat-Huckaby family was found in the 1880 Lee County, Texas Federal census. And this is where Elizabeth would live out her days.

John F. Reat died 20 June 1889, making Elizabeth a widow again. She lived eleven more years, and passed away 21 days before her 71st birthday. Both John and Elizabeth were buried at Scott Cemetery in Lee County.


23 May 2018

26 Names Gleaned from the Will of James Travis Reat (d. 1932)

James Travis Reat was born 25 November 1860 in Noxubee County, Mississippi to John F. Reat (1815-1889) and Elizabeth Lincecum (1829-1900). She was a daughter of Grabel Lincecum (d. bet. 1836-1837).

LastWillandTestament-JTReatOn 1 February 1932, the county court of Lee County, Texas (in the city of Giddings) began that month's term for probate matters with "The Matter of the Estate of James Travis Reat, Deceased."

Now come your petitioners, Travis N. Reat and Strobia Elmo Reat, and respectfully show to the Court that…James Travis Reat is dead; that he died on or about the 18th. day of January, 1932, in the Town of Marlin in Falls County, Texas, where he was temporarily residing for the benefit of his health.

…That at the time of his death he was seized and possessed of real and personal property of the value of several thousand Dollars, most of which is situated in Lee County, Texas, and left a written will, duly executed and herewith filed, in which your petitioners were appointed executors…

James made his last will and testament a week before he died. Though he was a widower, to the best of my knowledge, he had no children of his own. James also was the next-to-last survivor of five siblings (full and half). Grabel Huckaby, born twelve years before James, followed him in death seven months later.

So James Travis Reat bequeathed an interest of his estate to twenty-two nieces and nephews, each being a grandchild of Elizabeth Lincecum:

…It is my will and desire that all of the property, both real and personal, I may die seized and possessed of,  after the payment of all my just debts, together will all expenses incident to the probating of this will and the carrying out of the terms hereof, shall pass to and vest in fee simple in those of my nieces and nephews hereinafter designated and in the proportion hereinafter designated…"

Receiving an undivided 2/33 interest were each of the children of full brother John Strobia Reat (then deceased):

  • Strobia Elmo Reat
  • Travis N. Reat
  • Olena E. Moses
  • Willie M. Standifer
  • Clara D. Attaway
  • John Arvel Reat
  • Grover D. Reat
  • Hobson H. Reat
  • Ruth E. Reat
  • Lelia Wheeler
  • Nannie Reat

Receiving  an undivided 1/33 interest were the children of half brother Gaius L. Huckaby (then deceased):

  • Gaius L. Huckaby, Jr.
  • Theodore E. Huckaby
  • Hugo H. Huckaby
  • Geneva Lanthripe
  • Blanche Blancet
  • Claud C. Huckaby
  • Marcella Harl
  • Ada Thomas
  • Elizabeth Shaw

Receiving an undivided 1/33 interest was a child of half sister Marcella Jackson Duty (then deceased):

  • Estella Hill

Receiving an undivided 1/33 interest was a child of half brother Gravel [sic] E. U. Huckaby:

  • Ethel Mallory


If interested, the possible Scottish heritage of the John F. Reat family is mentioned at The Raitt Stuff.

Take all mistakes as good wishes.

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