Red River County, Texas

2016 - 2017 Queries

TXGen Web Project

If anyone can help these researchers, please contact them. Queries are list from latest to oldest.


Carl Bell <>
Apr 3 2017 (3 days ago)

My name is Carl Bell. I live in Dallas and am very much involved in a personal research for a project, including some writing, I am doing about my family… the Giddens, who settled in Red River County in 1833.

Richard Francis Giddens and his wife Jane and children came to Red River County in February of 1833, from Vermilion County, Illinois. He was my GGG Grandfather; his son James Richard Giddens, killed in the Battle of Dove Creek in January, 1865, in an ill-advised battle with Kickapoo Indians, was my GG Grandfather. His and his wife Susan Loving (Oliver Loving's niece) Giddens’ oldest son George Wright, born in Red River County in 1848, was my Great Grandfather, and his youngest son, Grover Cleveland, born in Montague County in 1886, was my grandfather. My mother, Bessie Wayne Giddens was born in Stephens County, OK, in 1924. I was born in Okmulgee, OK, in 1944… so there is my Giddens lineage.

I know that a distant cousin of mine, Jim Giddens, has contributed a great deal for your web site, including a biography of our mutual grandparent, Richard Francis. Great stuff. I have visited the Red River County Courthouse in the past, looking through old deed records and other ephemera, and have also visited the Concord Cemetery where our patriarch Richard Francis Giddens is buried, and where his father, Reuben Giddens, who came to Texas in the 1840s, is also buried. I believe another cousin and her family led an effort to have his remains moved to the Concord Cemetery.

My efforts are mainly focused on the Westward migration of “easterners” and how the Giddens, originally from Cork, Ireland, came to America around 1740, settling in NC, then to KY, then to IL, and then joining the “Gone to Texas” movement, leaving IL after the end of the Black Hawk War, in which Richard Francis served as a Sergeant, as did Abraham Lincoln, and after the reelection of Andrew Jackson in 1832 assured the support of the United States for settlers to head Southwest to the Texas province of Mexico.

I am particularly interested in the journey the Giddens took along what surely was the Southwest Trail through the Arkansas Territory, heading west near the community of Washington, and into Indian Territory, now OK of course, and probably crossing over into Texas at Jonesborough, the same place where Sam Houston, and later Davy Crockett, crossed over into Texas, using the ferry the Jones family operated back in those days.

Here is my request… Would you be available for a conversation if I came to Clarksville? I would love to be able to talk with you and perhaps others who are doing such a great job in preserving our common heritage. And/or, could you help me with ideas about where and how I might be able to pin down as accurately as possible some personal details about wagon trains that came to Texas that year of 1833? There is plenty of information of course about the more famous wagon train in which the Parker family came to Texas later that year. But maybe there are diary entries or correspondence, even if not by members of the Giddens family, but maybe by others who may have come with them on the long journey from Illinois during that winter of 1832-1833, that could be the source for some personal tidbits about the Giddens family experience along the way and in the settling on the land they obtained in Red River County… The extablishment of the Concord Baptist Church was key of course; and helping establish the Friendship Masonic Lodge, the 17th lodge established in the Republic of Texas, was important. I’ve spoken with Masons from the Lodge there in Clarksville; tragically, there was a fire many years ago, and the historical records of the Lodge were destroyed.

But to summarize… since it is not my intention to write for publication, certainly not for any profit motive – this is my own personal project for our family – I will be happy to share with you or the Red River County Historical Society or any organization in which you and others may be involved, the results and information I gather and compile.

I hope to hear back from you if you are interested in my request and the project I am pursuing.

Thank you very much.


Carl W. Bell


Patrice Louinet <>
Hi from the other Paris, in France!

I was in contact about 15 years ago with Sharon Black, re. Robert E. Howard, Bagwell, Mary Bohannon, etc. I was wondering whether you had her email address as the one I had no longer works.
I am trying to find out more about a Francis Scott McKinney and wife Laura. This is another Robert E. Howard connection.
Thanks for any help you may provide me with.


Patrice Louinet


to RRCoordinator:

What a wonderful website.
Please tell the lady who maintains the Wavell Colony pages............the following:
(I could not find how to contact her direct.)
Under Watkins, 2 of the children are shown as Register Family #1, but I'm sure they should be #61....
Thank you.
Le Bron Camp "Lee" Preston, Huntington Beach, CA -- (Birth name...Watkins.)
1830 Wavell Colony Register

Register Family No. ... Name ... Age
105. Miller, Peter 62
105. Miller, Peter 7
61. Miller, Polly (Mrs. Joseph Watkins) 43
61. Watkins, Andrew Jackson 1
1. Watkins, Elezabeth 13 (Clearly must be 61; not 1...Lee)*
61. Watkins, John 18
61. Watkins, Joseph 56
61. Watkins, Joseph 7
61. Watkins, Polly (nee Miller) 43 6
1. Watkins, Williams 4 (Clearly must be 61; not 1...Lee)*
* No. 1 is the McKinney Family, including Scott, age 10:
1. McKinney, Scott 10


S. K. Cannady <>

Claudia, Jimmy-CUZ, jimmysmith10
Hi Patsy,
My name is Kim Cannady. I am a historian, genealogist and the Co-administrator for the Kennedy/Cannady surname group with FTDNA. I accidentally came upon your site of Red River Texas and saw the name Sampson Smith in Will Book A. Is there any way you could get me a copy of his will and any information pertaining to him and his family? I will be more than happy to reimburse you for any expenses. I have a Sampson Smith in my personal family tree. My Grandmother was a Smith. Her father was George Leonard Smith of GA. His father was Richard Sampson Smith of GA (CSA Veteran). His father was Archibald James Smith of GA. His father was Sampson Smith. All we know about Sampson was that born @ 1775-1780 in NC or GA, married in 1807 in Hancock County, GA and was not seen after @ 1820. I have only seen one other Sampson Smith in any records from the 1790 census records in Maryland. I believe that was from Lancaster County and they were Quakers.

I would truly appreciate any help you might afford me.

Thank you,
S. Kim Cannady


Wright E Harris III <>

to me
i did some hurried research in bonham and paris several years back and while in the lamar county courthouse i met a man, greg davis (1st name could be incorrect) who was compiling slave records and stories from the original red river county…i lost his info in transit back to missouri, but would like to reconnect with him as i am stymied in nailing down my ancestors who were slaves in fannin county, then my great grandfather and great aunt (at least-their mother i am not sure about at this time) were sold to a new owner in kentucky…i was hoping mr davis had published his book by now, but i would like to find out if he has seen a sale of the above mentioned people…could you put me in contact with him-he lives in the clarksville area…thanks for any response…gene harris, ferguson, missouri 324 691 0537




to me
Hattie Susan Spears b. 18 Sep 1899 m. Andrew Jackson
d. 1956 Bogata. Red River, Texas

Also if they have children buried there would be helpful.

Many thanks,

Jerry Frazier
1161 Debbie Hill Rd
Cotati, CA. 94931
707-477-1972 cell


Updated: 23 January 2018

Patsy Vinson, Red River Coordinator TXGenWeb Project

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