Queries 1999

Last update: January 6, 2000

Date: Wednesday, January 05, 2000. Subject: Lea County Query. Relative: DAUGHERTY, Albert. Family folklore has it that (great-) Uncle Albert was the Sheriff of Hobbs, NM. He was married but we don't know to who. We have a picture of him on his wedding day in 1917 pushing his new bride down the street in a wheelbarrow. The story goes that she was a vagrant⁄runaway he had arrested. There weren't facilities to hold her in jail so he took her to his house - where she stayed long enough to get people to talking. The ladies in town said it was shameful for an old man (he was 30-40, we think) to have a young girl living with him so he married her. To show the townsfolk he'd made her his bride he pushed her through town in the wheelbarrow. Can anyone give me any information on him, his wife or resources to find information concerning his law enforcement career in Hobbs? I would appreciate any help you can offer. Thanks, Rita Ellerd, phone (409) 299-1141, e-mail rellerd@hotmail.com

Date: Monday, November 15, 1999. Subject: Phillip Rice. Looking for an obituary on Phillip Rice, b. 21 Mar 1900, d. Jan 1969 in Hobbs, Lea, NM. Thanks, Richard .Rice.


Date: Monday, November 15, 1999. Subject: Rakestraw in Lea County, NM. I am looking for info on George Allen and Grace Rakestraw. After George died,(do not know when or where he died), I think Grace married a Kammerer, they lived in Jal, NM. I do know that George and Grace owned some property in Jal, NM in the early 1960's. I can not find anyone on the society security wed site. Would appreciate any info anyone might have. Thanks in advance, Madelyn Rakestraw.

Date: Friday, October 01, 1999. Subject: Lea County Quarys. Looking for information on my ggrandmother Eller Thrasher, her daughter Dessie Pearl Thrasher, Her husband is Carson Bain, children are Lula May, Ruby Dale, Lois M.Bain. I can not fine information on Dessie or Carson Bain. If you have information Pleas contact me at wbtns@viagrafix. Thank You, Barbara (Joplin) Talbert

Date: Thursday, September 23, 1999. Subject: Lea County Query. I am trying to find information on my great Grand mother, COLEMAN, Surmilda, she lived for several years in Lovington NM she was born 18 March 1880, and died at Lovington NM in Sept. 1968. I am interested in marriage records, maiden name, surviving relatives. Thank you, contact Jim Rogers, JIM2002@msn.com

Subject: Lea Co. Query. Date: Monday, July 26, 1999. I am currently seeking information about my grandfather Frank NEWBURY b @1883 in Texas but i have no idea where. He was married to Virginia {Virgie] LYNCH 2nd marriage to Paul Musick. The reason I am looking in Lea County is my grandmother lived in Lovington. She had a sister, Dink Medlin, married to Hawkins and I know Uncle Hawk and Aunt Dinks family are still in the area. Perhaps someone would have some information on my grandfather Frank NEWBURY .Thanks, Paula Christensen, P.O.Box 1056, Lac du Flambeau, Wisc. 54538 or email at pnp183@yahoo.com

Subject: Lea Co. Query. Date: Thursday, June 03, 1999. I'm looking for H. Grady KENNEDY b. 1892 d. 1962 in Hobbs, Lea Co., NM. He was a doctor and he moved to Hobbs in 1941. His wife's names was Reta. They had 3 children: William G., Rosa and Caroline. Thank you, Norma Karter nckarter@flash.net

Subject: Lea Co. Query. Date: Monday, May 10, 1999. I am searching for anyone that can tell me anything about Luther Eldon VANNEST and his wife Louise JOHNSTON or his second wife Lizzie BETTS. Luther was born on 18 March, 1910 in Munson CO., the son of James Elmer and Jennie (Armstrong) VANNEST. James and Jennie lived in Sulphur OK. Luther also had a brother David Gerald also from OK. There was a daughter born of Luthers marriage to Louise, a Berth Dean VANNEST, who married George Williams in Pendleton Oregon. A child was born to Luther and Lizzie, Beverly Ann, who married George Donald Pace in 1948 and had Lenda, Gerald, Deborah, Anita. Luther died in Lovington NM May 10, 1955. I have had considerable trouble tracking this VANNEST family and descendants so all help is appreciated. The two sons Luther and David are James's second family. Thanks, Denise Darting. nrogers@muscanet.com

Subject: Lea County Query. Date: Monday, March 15, 1999. Lucy Myrtle (Summerville) NORWOOD, d April 1, 1962 in Hobbs, NM I am looking for information on Lucy NORWOOD and husband Austin Debo or Deboe Summerville. I remember visiting with grandma Summerville there in the late 1950s and she was in a wheel chair and lived adjacent to the house of A. D. Summerville, her son and my great-uncle, his wife and lots of daughters. Where was she buried? Where was her husband buried? And was her mother Phoebe Wilson and what about her? Allen Wheatley

Subject: Evelyn Miles Kemp. Date: Thursday, January 28, 1999. Seeking information on Evelyn Miles KEMP. She was born in Hamilton Co. Texas to James S. Miles and Lillie Nichols. She was last known to reside in Jal, New Mexico in 1992. Wish to contct her in reagrd to Miles family History. Please contact G. Huckaby.

Subject: Leech. Date: Sunday, January 24, 1999. My Grandfather, Leonard Leech was one of the early Lea County Homesteaders he live near Hobbs was a rancher. Would love to contact his friend's families to swap stories. Leech street in Hobbs was named after him. WeeDusty

Subject: LEA CO. QUERY. Date: Friday, January 01, 1999. Searching for information on Charles LeGrande HOLDEN and his wife, T. E. STINSON. Resided in Lovington area about 1913 or so. Mary Lane, 1830 W. Washington, Paris, TX, 75460

Subject: Lea Co. query. Date: Sunday, November 15, 1998. I would like to correspond with any descendants of William S. STAMPS, (b.1849 in MS), who married Mary "Mollie" HILL. In the 1900 census, they were living in Sherwood, Irion County, Texas with their daughters: Elma, Ada, Eunice, and Bernice. Also living with them was Nannie D. HILL (census lists her as "sister-in-law" to William) Around 1910's, they would move to Lea County, New Mexico, where Mary would die (though I haven't been able to locate death record⁄burial). Nannie D. HILL would marry her brother-in-law, William S. STAMPS and information on her tombstone suggests that she died in childbirth. The 1920 census shows William S. STAMPS as a widower living with his daughter, Eunice STAMPS-PRUIT in Lea County, New Mexico. Thank you, Alicia Brown. (xeno40@airmail.net)

Subject: Lea Co., Query. Date: Tuesday, November 10, 1998. I am looking for cemetary location for great-aunt and uncle in Hobbs area. E. B Green - d 10 Dec 1963, his wife Opal Lee Nokes Green b 15 Fen 1902 - Corbet, Navarro Co., TX d 21 Jun 1972 in Hobbs. Gary Nokes Gnokes3500@aol.com or Gnokes@Marathonoil.com

Subject: Lea County Query. Date: Saturday, October 24, 1998. Search for any of the following who were siblings, children of Allen L GRAY from Blanco Co, TX. They were named in their grandfather's, Emanuel GRAY, estate settlement in early 1911 as residing in P.O. Jenkins, NM. Claud GRAY, Lawrence A. GRAY, Maud IRBY, and Otis GRAY. jthiel@mailer.fsu.edu Juanita A. Thiel

Subject: Boone Date: Tuesday, July 28, 1998. Pate and Inda Boone were my Grandparents. They lived in Hobbs. My grandfather was a Blacksmith . my Grandmother was a hairdresser and had a little shop, next to their home. They had a Wild West Show in their younger days and travelled around and for some reason when they decided to stop travelling, they settled in Hobbs.My Grandfather was known as Pecos Pate. After some 20 years or so, they left Hobbs and moved to Christoval, Texas, because of some health problems my Grandmother had. I have been trying to find some information about ther heritage.My Grandfather had a brother, named Bob, who was a silversmith and lived somewhere fairly close. I don't remember what town he lived in. Thomas Paten Boone and Inda(Boots) Boone. Thank you for responding. Morris

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