Have you ever heard of a place called Texas Maryland?

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It used to be a village in Baltimore County that was settled by Irish and other immigrants during the 19th century but grew with and then was overtaken by Cockeysville. It was once called Clark’s Switch, and Ellengowan, and there was even a Post Office there until the 1950s. If you ever lived there or had an ancestor who lived there, you know where it is, and can probably still imagine what it used to be. I hope to be able to save and share all of your memories so that others will know about the area and what it meant to those who lived there or came from there.

166 thoughts on “Have you ever heard of a place called Texas Maryland?”

  1. Zip Coded into Another Place:
    After moving back to Maryland, we took visiting fellow church members from Missouri City, Texas to see the National Cathedral. The docent proudly told them the cathedral was made of Texas marble. Yes, but the marble for the cathedral and the Washington Monument came from Texas, Maryland.

    Our first Maryland home was in the Warren part of Cockeysville. Most of Warren was submerged when the Loch Raven Dam backed up the Gunpowder Falls, killing the water flow to mills in Ashland and Phoenix. (Maryland, not Ohio or Arizona). No matter now, it’s all Cockeysville for the convenience of the Post Office.

    The part of Howard County my present house is on was originally called Guilford, home of the Guilford Quarry. The deed says Simpsonville, but the address is in Columbia. Zip Coded again. Guilford Quarry is now just a lake and the railroad bridge that served it is now a historic relic. At l;east, Texas still has a quarry,

    Another local quarry town with two names: Bangor, Harford County is across the street from Delta, Pennsylvania. Google search Rehoboth Welsh Chapel.

    ps: Note my family name below. Scotland and West Virginia. Different pits for different Celts. Once lived close to Thornton Quarry in Illinois. They held off blasting until half an hour after grade school let out, to give the kids a running start home. Then our house shook.

    1. My father told me there was a drought in depression times and the water in Loch Raven was so low you could see the tops of the houses from the old town rising out of the water. Blue Grass owns the quarry now and it is still called the Texas Quarry.

      1. When I was a child (1970’s) there were many times the water level dropped and we could see the top of the town of Warren’s flag pole.

        Local history! Thanks for sharing everyone.

      2. There were only foundations remaining. The only item left standing was the schoolhouse flag pole and it rotted away in the 40’s.

    2. My father Raymond Chaffman was born in Texas Md. His father William H and William’s brother Benjamin F Chaffman were stone cutters in the Texas Quarry. My grandmother Lena Parks Chaffman and my grandfather William Henry Chaffman lived in Texas Md

      1. My Great Great Grandfather Francis Banahan was born in 1861 in Texas MD. He grew up to be a stone cutter at the quarry.

    3. i am the daughter of Raymond Chaffman, his father was William Chaffman who was married to Lena parks Chaffman. William was born in 1849, Lena was born in 1857, and my father was born on 2-19-1898. Raymond had no middle name . The Chaffman family had 7children. William H, Benjiman E, Ira E,George, Walter C, Raymond , and Annie M. There was 3 children who did not live. The Chaffmans was suppose to have lived on Church st. , near the railroad and a tavern called McDermotts. My grand father worked in the Quarry and was supposed to have died in a Quarry accident that killed him and his brother. I am looking for any information on my fathers people. The Chaffmans worked in the quarry but i do not know the name of that quarry, i do know he died between 1901 and 1904. If any one can help me with any information i would be very happy.I have been looking for a long time and time is getting short for me, since i am now 71 yrs. old. My e-mail address is clmbowling@gmail.com

      1. The one quarry was run by Campbells (at least from the 50s on). Their “trademark” was a black camel on their cement trucks, and everybody called them Camels rather than Campbells.

      2. My grand father was Leonard Parks Sr who lived on Padonia Rd. I wonder if he was related to Lena? I grew up in Cockeyville and use to deliver Christmas presents to families in Texas through a youth group.

      3. I would love to find out if my grandmother, Lena parks Chaffman is related. We know nothing about her , Parks Family, i am speaking of. My sister Margaret remembers our grandmother, i do not, but we know she had an Uncle that was Trearure in Texas Md.Lena is buried at St.Marys cemetery, Ilchester Md.She was married to William H Chaffman Sr. and was living in Texas,Md. when her husband William died., she living with a grandaughter when she passed away.Would love to talk to you about the parks family. Peter Parks was lena,s father and i believe John parks was Peters father. This is all i know.

      4. Hello Parks cousins,
        You have that backwards. Lena father was Peter. Peter’s father was John. John Parks and Margaret Lydia Swartz had 12 children. One of them was Adeline Parks Price. She was my 3rd great grandmother. I have been researching the family and might be able to help with specific questions. Please let me know.
        Thanks Laurie

      5. Oh I forgot….
        The county Treasurer you mentioned was Adeline and Peters brother was William Parks. As I mentioned before, there father was John Parks. His father was Peter. This is where things get interesting if you are Maryland natives. Peters father was David Parks and his mother was Elizabeth Towson. Her Mother was Ruth Cromwell. Her Mother was Comfort Dorsey. Her Grandmother was Anne Howard. If you notice, these surnames are the ones we hear every day in the names of Counties and places in Maryland. It’s a regular colonial who’s who to be proud of on this line. I am certainly proud of it!!

        I do not see a Leonard Parks on my research tree. That doesn’t mean he’s not related only that I haven’t come across him yet. I would need more information to see if he was.

        I have lots more info if anyone is interested.
        Thanks!!
        Laurie

    4. Dearest Philip,
      I grew up in Cockeysville. My mom still lives there and is 93 years old. I now live in California and have for 50 years.
      I learned to swim in the local quarry there. I now have forgotten the name.
      I loved reading your version of this little known history.
      Thank you!
      Karin Lease(probably from the Scottish McLeish?)

  2. Philip, I love your observations! Interestingly, I know the Thornton quarry that you are talking about, too. It’s the one you can see from the Tri-State tollway, isn’t it? Another massive limestone quarry! When I was in 9th grade, we moved from Texas Maryland to St. Louis (for 7 months) and then to Buffalo Grove, IL. I went to Illinois State University, and traveled past the Thornton quarry many times. My parents moved back to Maryland in 1978, my husband (from Elgin, IL) & I moved (back, for me at least) to Maryland in 1983.

  3. Hi Cassie,
    My maternal great grandparents, John and Margaret Moore, immigrated to Texas, MD from Ireland. My grandmother was probably born at home in Texas, MD. She never told her age or birth date. I am just beginning research on my family. They attended St. Joseph’s church and are buried in the graveyard. Any suggestions on how I can look up her birth date, baptismal record, marriage? Her married name was Hanson, married Herbert A. Hanson.

      1. I am researching a Buckley family who all arrived on a ship named Scotia. My great great grandfather is a John Buckley who married a Jane Whelan and had three children in Texas. John is said to have died in a quarry accident but I can’t find any records. Am planning a trip to the church grave yard. I cannot find details of him or of an accident. Jane and the family were settled in DC by the 1870 census. My great grandmother was John Buckley’s youngest. I would think that he would have helped build the church.

      1. I know most if not all Catholic parish records prior to 1970 (?) for Baltimore Archdiocesan parishes are in the Maryland Archives on Rowe Blvd. in Annapolis, MD.

    1. I am just beginning to research as well and will visit the Church. Best of luck with your family. My great grandmother was born there in about 1864, Glad to have found this group. Am looking for a John Buckley’s grave. Problem is, there were so many with that name. If I visit the church, I will look for Hanson.

  4. Hi Mimi, what was your grandmother’s name – you gave me her married name but not her first name – I am assuming Moore was her maiden name. I saw Moores mentioned in the 1927 Jubilee Book for St. Joe’s – it showed a John Moore and a Cornelius Moore in Cockeysville (Cornelius was said to have been from Limerick, Ireland, who was married to Mary Buckley), and a Thomas Moore who lived in Glencoe. A mention is also made of a William Moore who was married to Cecilia Connor, daughter of Patrick and Margaret (Finarty) Connor.

    1. I am related to some of the Moores. If I have my facts straight, they were from Cork, Ireland. John Fitzgerald Moore was married to Margaret Mary Buckley who was also from Cork around 1875.. His brother Cornelius Moore was married to Mary Lindsay in 1858.

      1. I’m a photo volunteer for a site called Find-A-Grave. I am in the process of creating memorial pages and photos of headstones in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Cockysville. So far I’ve posted over a 100 and have more to add. You may want to check the site Find-A-Grave (it is free)to see if I have posted any of the names you’re looking for. You may want to check back now and then because I’m not done yet. I accidently got to this page while looking for Texas, Md because one of the graves I posted was for Rev. P.B. Lenaghan, a pastor of the church.

    2. My family carry the last name Piercy. I thought I read somewhere that Moores and Piercys are related, Im5not sure though

  5. i grew up in eastern baltimore county, Dundalk. my next door neighbor was from Texas Md. Now my husband goes to the Chatholic church there, St Joseph’s Parrish.

  6. Apparently, a distant cousin of mine married one of the “Cockey” family. I know he had something to do with the Quarry between the area of Cockeysville and Texas Maryland.

  7. Anyone have information about the Vanderbilt Quarry? It was located south east of Warren rd. I think. I remember playing there as a kid. We lived on Greentop rd until they started to develop the area around us.

      1. Small world! I remember the names Croft Billingsly and Winters from greentop rd. I think I was eight when we moved. It seems not many people knew of the Vanderbilt quarry I guess because it was no longer an active quarry.

      2. Dave, what was the quarry across York Rd from AAI! Car dealer is there now, south of Still Pond.

      1. My parents lived on Wake Robin Drive. Mother born and raised in Towson and Father worked at AAI in the 70’s-90’s. Attended St. Joseph’s Parish and played for the rec soccer team “St. Joseph’s- Texas”. Grandparents are buried in Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens. Texas, MD /Cockeysville, MD- 21030

    1. It was directly across from AAI, and be hind what was our “J” Building. I remember there where a bunch of run aways there in 1971. It was filled in in the early 1990’s

      C Hahn

    2. That quarry was filled in around 1980 an now has a office complex on it next to a townhome coumity on York road across from AAI

      1. I have lived in the area since 1976, and live close enough that I cycle, and still walk through Greentop RD. I grew up in the housing development next to Greentop on Charington Road.
        The place has changed.

  8. I started working at Westinghouse, in ‘Hunt Valley’, in 1967. At the end of Texas Ave., in Texas, MD, there was a little dive bar called McDermott’s. Small bar, a pool table, one video game and on Friday’s. . . the best oyster stew to be found in the state. It lasted until the 1980’s. I miss that place.

    1. Tom McDermott, whose family owned/operated the bar was air traffic controller serving with me in An Khe, Vietnam in 66-67

      1. The sign outside that tavern read “You know if you belong!” Does anyone else remember this?

      2. One of the owners Son’s who ran Mcdermott’s lived at the end of Greentop Road. Corner of Greentop, and Warren RD’s. Had a large very friendly dog who I would pat on the head on my way to, and from work (Walking) The house was sold, and has since sold again.
        Maybe this was Tom? I can’t remember. Most of you are a bit older than me.
        I knew somebody that worked at Mcdermott’s. I never went in the place.

    2. Weren’t they were forced to close when the light rail line was put in , because they closed off Texas Avenue, now called Church Lane, so that traffic couldn’t get across the tracks to the road running past the quarry. McDermott’s also sponsored a very successful, fast pitch, men’s softball team.

      1. Then it was destroyed, became a laundromat then Corner Stable. Did I miss anything?

    3. Jim McDermott owned the bar when I was growing up. My grandmother (Margaret Marie Schmidt) née Bode lived on Railroad Ave. I lived there at her house for 8 or 9 years.

      1. Beth

        Gladys Bode was Marie’s sister and my Grandmother. i remember going to Aunt Marie’s house when we went to my grandmothers who lived 5 houses up from McDermotts

      1. Hi Frank, Are you related to John Parks father of Peter Parks father of Lena Parks. Lena was my grandmother I am Margaret Chaffman

      2. Frank
        What year was that, that you remember a man selling live crabs outside of McDermott’s?

  9. In the 70s and 80s, if you drove north on York Rd and went through the underpass, just before Valley View Farms (there used to be a furniture/antique dealer there on the overpass), that area, I believe, was Texas.

    (A counselor from City College owned the store and his wife was a member of the MD state legislature – my husband’s memory.)

      1. Yes. Went to that store to look at the antiques many times. Helen and her husband lived in Fox Chapel (on my husband’s newspaper route). She got her paper early so she could read it on the way over to D. C.

      1. The corner stable at church rd i think. Been a long time but if u took cranbrook till it ended at the tracks. Now beaver dam rd runs through there. Grew up there in the 80s, there was mcdermits bar at the end and was genstar across. Ive always known that area as Texas

  10. In high school in the early 80s, I worked part-time for a family owned Manufacturer’s Rep company in
    Texas,MD. They were located behind St. Joseph’s church in the little group of office buildings I think are still there. That area will always be Texas, MD to me.

  11. In the 1960’s and 1970’s I went to an elderly man (whose name I simply cannot remember now) in Texas, Md. for all my upholstery needs. After he died his daughter tried to continue his business, but lacked his talent. 31 years ago I moved to Kent Island from Baltimore County– where I grew up. So, yes indeed, I know TEXAS, MD..

    1. Remember him and his daughter well, (actually not that well I can’t remember his name either), my mother used him and I would go with her to see him. The house was on the right-hand side and as I remember very small with short ceilings. He was a master upholsterer.

  12. I bet you don’t know how Texas, Maryland got its name?

    A group of Irish families from a town called Balykilklien, County Roscommon were evicted from their lands for failure to pay rent to the crown. These peasants had lived rent free since the Act of the Union (circa 1697) on lands which the noble family (the last name escapes me) had been granted by crown under a 150 year lease. In the 1840’s the lease expired and the land reverted to the crown upon which they attempted to collect rents. Needless to say, they were unsuccessful and approximately 30 families emigrated to America through Belfast with the hope of settling in Texas. The group, however, only got as far as Maryland and had to settle for the worst possible land available in what we now know as Cockeysville. (Note that the Alms House was in this vicinity.) In grand Irish tradition they named the area Texas. Fortunately or unfortunately the ground was so unsatisfactory for farming that even potatoes couldn’t grow so the families and the descendants became lawyers, tradesmen etc. Today most of what was then called Texas, Maryland lies about 500 feet down because it sat atop one of the largest silica deposits in the world. The Harry Campbell family of Scottish descent made a kings fortune mining the quarries there and White Marsh. I guess the original families never quite had the luck of the Irish but ended up doing alright. Many of their graves can be found at St Joseph’s church and earlier graves at Mt Mariah cemetery adjacent to the Immaculate Conception in Towson

    1. My husband’s great grandfather, William Rafferty and wife, Mary Ellen Connor emigrated from County Roscommon @ 1862 and settled in Texas. He was the overseer of the Captain Lee Estate (later called the Miss Anne Nesbit property).

      1. Did you know Lloyd and Irene Parks that lived on Church Lane. That was my grandparents.

    2. Steven, that story is actually not true. It has been repeated many times, but there is no factual basis for that being why the area was called Texas. And the story about the Ballykilcline immigrants is a little off, too. They did not go through Belfast – most of them went to Liverpool as they were paid for by the British crown to sail for America (New York). Some emigrants from the Strokestown Estate (Lord Hartland, the Mahon family) went through Canada/Grosse Isle. See http://www.ballykilcline.com)

    3. Does anyone know if there is a publish book written with the information. I am enjoying all of your stories to. I was born and raised and still live in Jarrettsville, MD. I am always I interested in things like this.

  13. I lived close texas I remember lindsys quarry we use to ride our motor cycles down the rr traks to mcdermida dose any one remember the white star hotel.

  14. I remember my mother telling me that her father, Henry Palmer Frankenfield grew up in Texas, Md. on the right hand side of York Rd. I remember going under the overpass and she pointed out his home before or after the overpass. He is buried in Prospect Hill Cemetary across from Immaculate Conception Cemetary

  15. I wen to St. Jo’s from 1st to 6th grade in the 60’s and 70’s. Does anybody remember the blast warnings from the quarry or the 1 o’clock whistle? Those sounds are forever engraved in my memory. I also remember my mom telling me that McDermott’s tavern had sawdust floors.

    1. I Worked at McDermott’s in the 80’s. The floors were tiled but the blasting dust made it hard to keep clean. I just came across an old picture of Jim McDermott the other day. I know Texas very well. My family has owned a house there for over 50 years.

    2. Barbara, I do remember the 1:00 whistle and the blasts, of course. I attended St. Josephs from 1956 to 1963. Great memories.

      1. I remember those blasts. They do not stop until a few years ago. 12:05 PM everyday except on the weekends.

    3. I know this is a very old post but just discovered it. You may remember me…Joan Karst…your Joan and I went to school together. I loved your family and wondering where they all are now?

      1. looking for anyone who might have any information on an quarry accident that happened around 1902, which 2 chaffman brothers were killed. The one Chaffman was William and i think the other was Benjiman chaffman. I had a news paper clipping about it, but lost it .I called the Alms House and they could not find it. The volunteer at the Alms House found it for me while i was visiting it, so i called and asked and the lady did not want to help me. I offered to join and send them money to copy and mail it to me. At that time i did not use a computer or have a printer. I am hoping some one has read this and would share it with me. I really want to find my grandfathers grave before i pass. I am 71 years old and have a lot of medical going on, i can not walk far so i need to try to reach out to the families of Texas Md .Any ideas would be appreciated.I live in West Virginia in a little Historical town called Shepherdtown.

    4. I was born in Texas. Went to St Joes and my Dad owned Al’s Tavern. He sold it to McDermotts. We moved to Warren Rd after that.

  16. My family the Piercys originated from Ireland too. I dont have a lot of info about them but I heard my ggrandmother talk about Texas MD but not top much

  17. My 2nd Great Grandmother Kiziah Tracey lived in Texas, MD with her sister Sarah, her husband William Cox and their children Clara and Charles Cox. They were together on the 1870 census. Kiziah or “KIzzie” as she was called, met David Price in Texas. They were Married September 21,1874. They lived in Texas for their whole lives. Her sister Sarah was either in the same house or next door for all their lives. Sisters!! David was a blacksmith at the quarry. Kiziah and David had 8 children while living in Texas according to the 1910 census. Since the 1890 census burned, I have only been able to find the names of 6 of the children. Although the Price line is said to be Irish, I have no information on where they came from. Kiziah was buried at Jessops in 1917. I have no idea where David was buried. He lived until 1943.

    In spite of my best efforts, I have been able to find very little information on them or their descendants. I know the most about their youngest daughter Maude Ella Price. She was my Great Grandmother. She died when my Grandfather, Robert, was little. He lost track of her family and our family knows more from research than he knew when he passed away in 1989.

    I have lots of questions still to be answered. If anyone is related and/or has any information to share, I would love to hear from you. I was told that there was a picture of Kiziah with her Grandchildren on her porch in Texas. I would love to see that or any other pictures!!! I have never seen a single one!

    Please email me directly:
    lauriepatoska@gmail.com

      1. We would love to hear from you and any other Tracey descendants.

        Please email me directly.

        Lauriepatoska@gmail

    1. Hi Laurie,
      I’ve been researching my dad’s side of the family (Price and Cougle) knowing that somewhere there was a link in my genealogy to join the DAR. (David Parks-Elizabeth Towson) Seems that we share the same great-great grandparents, Kiziah Tracey and David Price. I branch off with the oldest son George W Price who married Lottie Cougle and you branch off with the Maude Ella, the youngest daughter of the eight children in their family. So, we’re cousins, however many times removed, I’m not sure!

      1. Hello Laura,
        Yes we are cousins. I have been in contact with other people on George William Price’s line, Ann and her mother, Pat. Very nice to gear from you. How is your DAR going? I have thought about applying but haven’t gotten around to it. I would love to hear what you have discovered in your research and share anything I have as well. I did know that David and Keziah had 8 children but I am missing the name of the 4th child. Do you know? I have some interesting articles on what happened to David’s father, Robert Frank Price. He was killed by a train and it was a grim story. Please email me directly if you would like to share further. lauriepatoska@gmail.com. I would love to hear from you. Laurie

    1. My maiden name is Noppenberger.
      I have always been told my grandfather (Charles) was born in Texas Md. Are you related to the Noppenbergers?

      1. Hi Karen,
        I came across this site and some other information on Texas while I was researching a family tree for one of my nephews. I am related to the Noppenberger and Cook families through marriage only. I believe I have some information on Charles. If you have an e-mail address that you would be willing to share, I’ll send you what I have found.
        Jeanne

      2. Hi Karen,
        Do you have a sister named Sue Noppenberger? I was at St Joseph’s from 1969-’73. She was so energetic!
        Rob Jacobson

  18. My grandmother was a McDermott and my grandfather a Caslin. They are both buried in St Joseph’s Church graveyard.

  19. My ex father-in-law, Lawrence Bode, was born and raised in Texas on Church Lane until he and his family moved to York Ave (block away from Warren and York Rds) in the early 60’s, and worked for Harry T. Campbell’s.

  20. My grandfather, Raymond Poe was the quarry boss at Campbell’s. He married Margret Combs and my mother Audrey Poe was born in their house on Church Lane. In the early 60’s Pop was nearly killed when the explosives he handled detonated unexpectedly killing his coworker. I have many found memories of that dusty little town.

    1. Robert, I remember a Carrie Poe and a Pauley Poe. My parents rented an apartment from them. I have heard of Raymondville also. I lived in Texas for many years as a young girl.

  21. Texas lives on in the name of the Baltimore County Fire Station 17 located just south of Church Lane (formerly Texas Lane and the entrance to the former Campbell’s quarry.) It sits on York Road below the former Alms House.

  22. My great uncle and aunt Lloyd Parks and Irene Parks operated a small grocery market at 152 Church Lane. I have been searching my family tree and many of my family lived in Texas, MD and are buried in nearby cemeteries. I would love to see a photo of that grocery store.

    1. Penny candy from Park’s Store! I was born in Texas, MD in 1958 and lived there until 1976. My parents lived there until 2008.

      1. The Balto. Cnty Historical Society has a folder on the Parks family to which my father and I have contributed. There were many Parks’s in the area, starting with Peter Parks, 1764-1854, who had property on Chestnut Ridge.

    2. Tina,
      Lloyd and Irene were my great-grandparents! How are you related? This is very fascinating!

      Thanks!
      Brittany

      1. Lena Parks Chaffman , she was married to William H Chaffman Sr. and lived in Texas , Md. I am looking for any information o n her family,and her husband William, on where he might be buried at. The great Baltimore fire might have destroyed records that we are looking for. Can not find a Death certificate for William Chaffman, But we know he died 8-1901 for sure.Would like any information on the familys of Parks and Chaffmans

        On Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 12:16 AM, Community Engagement in Texas Maryland wrote:

        > Brittany Yarger commented: “Tina, Lloyd and Irene were my > great-grandparents! How are you related? This is very fascinating! Thanks! > Brittany” >

  23. McDermott’s Bar, the Star Hotel and Harry T. Campbell’s (Camels). For a while my dad managed an Atlantic gas station at Texas La. and York Rd. and I worked there for a while.

  24. I went to Saint Joseph from 1958 to 1964 and grew up in Lutherville many memories there is a little graveyard across the street at the County home very old don’t know anything about the people there

      1. thank you, this will save me time. I know that Lena Parks Chaffman is buried in Ilchester , Md in St. Marys Cemetery, but William Chaffman is a complete blank. My father never told me much about his father .

  25. My mom, 9 sisters and a brother grew up there. She often spoke of roller skating on a Pastors’ porch, sneaking into the fair grounds and taking the Ma & Pa train to visit her Grandparents in street Maryland. She is now 82

  26. My great-great grandfather, James O’Conor was a quarryman and lived in Ellengowan. Actually, he and most of his family is still there in St. Joe’s cemetery. He emigrated from Ireland in 1852 and was dirt poor, as most of his shipmates were. He took whatever work he could get – Irish immigrants weren’t the most sought after employees – which led him to the quarries there. His hard work paid off. His grandson went on to become the Governor of Maryland and a US Senator.

      1. Hi Alice, Aunt Helen was my grandmother’s (Mary Elenor) younger sister. When my family was moving house in north Baltimore in 1963, all the kids got farmed out to different relatives to keep us out of the way for a few days. My brother and I were the lucky ones and got to stay with Aunt Helen and Uncle Ed on Putney Way. I still remember having been fed more food there every meal than I would normally get in a day. I also loved Uncle Ed’s woodwork and I have fond memories of lots of Christmas visits with them too.

  27. I wonder if the buildings next to the train tracks, shown in the picture, are still standing, and are the tracks still there? What else is there in Texas that has been (or still can be) photographed to document its history.

  28. I knew two brothers Hajek….that worked for the baltimore sun and lived there!
    one brother was named Emil if recallect!

  29. I have so enjoyed reading about this town of Texas, which seems to be rich in history….
    My husband occasionally goes to Texas, in his dump truck, I assume to the quarry…and it is thru him I learned of this town.
    We are Irish by decent, my husband comes from the “kee” or “Key” lineage….. , we are McKee now, and his middle name is Noteworthy, which we were told was a town somewhere in Ireland…..
    We don’t know any more than that, I don’t know if any of his family ever lived in Texas…..
    But this is fascinating history….. And if anyone has photos, please please post, and any more history info would be awesome….
    Thank you all … Gil and Nancy Mckee

  30. I have great memories driving through Texas in the Fifties… on our way to Lindsay’s quarry for Skinny dipping on hot summer days. The guys that lived in Texas were no match for anyone when they were drinking…God forbid if your car broke down on the tracks by the Star. Those guys loved to fight! Thanks for the memories. Robert Gavin

  31. Parks Shipley, in a 1980 family history, “We Shipleys” , writes “… if you cross the railroad tracks on Church Lane ….before the quarries were expanded…you could continue along.. a road which led to land once owned by the Parks family…”Sunny Side” the … house of William and Charcillea Parks. Further on….. was the home of Vincent and Charlotte Shipley The two houses….may have been built around the time the two couples were married in the early1860’s…
    All along the line of the railroad tracks were the lime kilns of both families, as well as those of the Bosleys, Nesbits, Cockeys, and others.

      1. Parks Shipley, my fathers first cousin, donated a copy of this book to the Balto. Cnty.Hist. Soc.,library. It makes good reading, particularly if you know any of the individuals or area.

    1. I have traced a direct unbroken line in my family ancestry to William and Charcillea Parks. Thanks for posting this Donald. Are you directly related to this line as well? My great grandparents were Anna Mae (nee Wilhelm) Parks (1884-1927) and John Edward Parks (1876-?) They are buried in Mays Chapel in Timonium. I have hit a brickwall with my great grandmother Anna Mae and am desperately trying to find out her background. I know they lived on Texas Lane on the 1920 and 1930 census and he worked in the Lime Kilns. I can’t seem to find out much about any Wilhelm’s. Anna’s father was Manly Wilhelm. Does that ring a bell?

      1. I can’t place a John Edward Parks. Wm. and Chessie, nee Shipley, buried at Jessops Methodist Cemetery were my great grand parents. They had 6 children including a son, John Linwood, also buried at Jessops, who married Emily Jane Lee. William was the son of John and Margaret (nee Swartz), buried at Ashland Presbyterian and had five brothers. Peter, Elisha, John, David and Charles. I haven’t tracked any of these except Elisha who is also a forebearer

    2. Pretty sure a Cockey stood up for my relatives the Jacksons, they owned a bit of property that is named after them “Jacksonville Md” have their marriage certificate!!! Grew up in historic Lutherville, sold my parents house a few years ago, they bought it in the fiftys before it was built, I remember Texas Md

  32. Lowe’s and Sam’s Club are located on Texas Station Court, across from the quarry which is considered Texas. The zip code there is Lutherville-Timonium 21093, even though everything around it seems to be considered Cockeysville, 21030.

  33. My father, grandfather and great grandfather were born in Texas, Md and were altar boys at St Joe’s also. I believe we even go back a few more generations nearby. My great grandfather was the blacksmith for the Cockey family and had a shop at the corner of Padonia and York Rd.
    The last name is Anderson

  34. My grandparents Mary and dick sheeler lived in Texas md for 25 years my grandfather dick sheeler worked for Harry t Campbell for 25 yrs and retired from there many fond childhood memories are from there …. my grandparents lived at 9905 railroad ave I have pictures of the house and they lived across from Helen and sonny peacock other families I remember are the Barretts who owned the upholstery shop ms Poe who lived a couple houses down from McDermott tavern and of course the selbys and Mr whitey long .. I would go to sleep at night listening to the sounds of the quarry …. my grandparents and my parents where married at st Joseph church what a wonderful little town to grow up in and I will always call it home ….

  35. Hello There, I came across this site while researching my ancestry, and wondering where Texas, MD was or is. The ancestor in question is Thomas Eaton Thompson Sr. who appears to have arrived in Texas, MD between the 1870 & 1880 census, moving southwestward from his previous home in Hopewell Township, York County, PA. I am wondering if the Cassie Kilroy Thompson here (or spouse) also descends through this family. If so, I would like to communicate with you. Best regards, Chris Vaught redbeardrelics@aol.com

  36. Hi Chris – although neither I nor my husband is related to the Thompsons in Texas Maryland (his family is originally from Scotland to Canada to Norh Dakota to Illinois), there are a number of other Thompson relatives who have posted either here or on the Facebook group.

  37. Hi,

    I am researching the Gunning family. My great grandfather was Michael J Gunning (born in MD ~1870…not sure where…possibly Texas, MD). He married Catherine Ellis around 1890/91 (born in Ireland ~1870…not sure where; came to US ~1890).

    My grandfather, his son, also Michael J (John?) Gunning (Mar 5, 1891 – Aug 23, 1948) was born in Texas, MD and was the oldest of 4 children (Michael, Joseph, Mary, Thomas).

    According to the 1910 census, the entire family had moved to Baltimore City (Ward 9/Ward 12 – approximately Greenmount Ave and 28th St area).

    By the 1920 census, the family lived at 400 Whitridge Ave in Ward 12, Baltimore City.

    My grandfather (Michael J Gunning, the son) married Berthe Pauline Jaunon (1899 – 1970; born in France; came to US ~1921; taught French at Calvert and Gilman schools – “Madame Gunning”).

    My grandfather served in the US Army 1917-1919.

    Michael and Berthe had two children, Rene J Gunning Sr (1922-2006, my uncle) and Jean-Jacques Gunning Sr (1931 – 1993, my father).

    Michael and Berthe are both buried in Baltimore National Cemetery.

    Can anyone add any information to my search? Much appreciated if so!

    Thanks!

  38. We sent for a death certificate for William Chaffman, but got bad news they have no death record for him. Thanks to you we as least know he died in 1901. Bothy my sister Margaret and i are not well, so it is difficult for us to travel a lot.I am not going to give up, i feel we are getting close too finding him and that is my wish, that keeps me looking for him. We really prayed that we finally completed the mistery, but the Chaffman family is a strange one. My father , Raymond was the baby , as i am but my parents did not speak much of the family.We know that my fathyer had a brother George Chaffman, but can not find when he died or his brother Ira, and a sister Annie m. We called Annie , May and know she was in Spring Grove Hospital and died there, but these people just vanished. I will keep looking .Thank you again for your help.

    Carole L Bowling

  39. There is a good website about Texas .Check out Laboring in Stone : The Urbanization of Capital in The Quarry Town Of Texas Md.,and its effects, 1840 to 1940. By Adam Fracchia Dated 2014 Tom Long Sept.19 2016

  40. Was raised on Warren Road My grandfather lived in and worked in the town of Warren and was forced out of his home and job when the government and Baltimore City used intoment domain spelling? to steal the ground from these poor hard working people and put in the reservoir. Starr hotel who remembers. Texas United Methodist Church rail road running .

    1. no, i don,t know anyone from Texas MD. , except my father and his family . The Chaffman family, William H Chaffman and his wife was Lena Parks, Chaffman , and thier children. My father was Raymond, no middle name and was born Feb. 19-1898.passed away on March 25th- 1965.

  41. Pat Bosse
    Feb. 17, 2017

    My great Grandparents William and Annie Dooling are buried in St. Joseph’s Cmetery,and so is my Grandmother and her two sisters. My grandmother and her parents were born in Roscommon Ireland.
    There is a marker in the cemetery for Patrick Croghan from Beechwood Parish, Roscommon, Ireland who died in 1887. Does anyone know of a connection between the Croghans and the Doolings? My grandmother’s baptismal certificate from Ireland lists a John Croghan as her Godfather and when Annie Doling was buried in 1931 .one of the pallbearers was a Patrick Croghan. Any information would be appreciated.

    1. Pat, I don’t have anything definitive yet, but I did find a funeral announcement in the Baltimore Sun for Annie Dooling (wife of William Dooling) who lived on Harford Road but was buried at St. Joseph’s in 1911 (not 1931). Reference: The Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, Maryland) · Mon, Apr 10, 1911 · Page 6

  42. The story I was told as a child from my Family that started the Harry T Campbell Son’s Company Texas Quarry was that the town got its name for the Texans that moved to the area and worked in the quarry. Is there any historic truth to this?

    1. No historic truth to the story that it was Texans that gave the town its name. The best documented story is that some residents of the emerging village who served in the Mexican-American war were known as the Texas Greens (as they were largely Irish). They began to refer to the area as Little Texas, and when the US Post Office urged them to settle on a name in 1850, a meeting was held during which it was unanimously agreed to call the village Texas (according to a brief mention in the Baltimore County Advocate), perhaps in their honor, but the minutes of the meeting have yet to be found.

      1. Wow, great detail. I will share this with the Campbell Clan in case anyone else was given the tale I recalled as a kid! Thank you.

  43. My mom’s grandmother’s family emigrated from Crossmolina, Co. Mayo, to Texas. The father, Thomas Francis Cadden/Cadin, came over with his brother first, in 1848, mined limestone there, then sent for his wife Margaret [Canavan] Cadden and children, who arrived in Sept 1851. They had 2 more children in MD, then Thomas died it seems before the 1860 census. We’re also related to James and Joe Cadden.

  44. Hi My Great grands Daniel and Julia Kearns moved to Texas from Ireland in 1888 raised there family there I was told my Grand Aun tMary was the Post master and ran it from here kitchen table My Great grand father worked as a Lime burner and was a one man police force .Would like to try and find out more about there life in Texas .

  45. My grandfather Elmer poe worked for Harry t. Campbells. He was married to Alta.their children’s names were Elmer aka dick,Ron Raymond jack and Lillian.they moved to fowblesburg MD after he retired.

  46. Moved to Springdale in late 1971. My children went to St Joseph’s school. Campbell’squarry was still very active. At 1 PM every Monday they blasted. My children told me that everyone at school would hold onto everything on top of their desks to keep anything from falling off. I also could feel the blast at my house miles away. I remember the Lone Star Hotel (now the Corner Stable) and the houses on Church Lane. Love to see the old pictures.

  47. I attended St. Joseph’s School from 1957 to 1961; 5th through 8th grades. I remember the 1PM blasts from the quarry. Also when out on the playground, hearing the Pennsylvania Railroad trains blowing their horns for the Church Lane grade crossing. My mother bowled at Fairlanes Timonium with a lady that lived across from the RR tracks. Can’t remember her name.

  48. I was born in Texas in 1948 , in my Gram and Grand dad Poe’s home across from the Park’s grocery store, who were my Great Aunt and Uncle (Gram Poe was Aunt Irene’s sister) . !

  49. Hi. Does anyone have any information on a family named Krout in Texas, MD. My grandfather Orem George Krout was born there in or about 1909. Unfortunately he died in 1964 the year before I was born. I had heard that he may have been born as the result of an affair so I don’t know if Krout was his mother or father’s last name. I vaguely remember my father taking me to visit my great-grandmother in the early 1970’s was I was a child. At that time she was living at or near Dulaney Valley Cemetery as she and her husband(?) were caretakers there at some point. She would have had to have been in her 80’s by that time. Any info would be great. My email is Thumper357@msn.com
    Thanks

    1. Although they weren’t from Texas, they were from Baltimore my Mother’s Father’s last name was Orem, and my Mother’s Mother’s maiden name was Krout. And one of their son’s was named George Orem. Wild.
      Everybody was from Hampden.

  50. DOES ANYONE KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE KEARNS FAMILY?GGFATHER WORKD IN THE QUARRY AS A LIME BURNER,HIS NAME WAS DANIEL HIS DAUGHTER WAS THE POST MASTER AND WORKED OUT OF HER KITCHEN HAD A WHOLE SLEW OF BOYS

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