A place for queries about families who lived in Texas

This might be a good place for people to ask about families that may have not yet been mentioned elsewhere on this website.

Feel free to comment or ask about any family that may have lived or worked in Texas. There is a pdf linked below to the surnames found in the 1927 St. Joseph’s Church Jubilee.

18 thoughts on “A place for queries about families who lived in Texas”

  1. Hello Cassie,

    We’ve exchanged messages before…can you share in what context it is mentioned and any first names that appear with the “Gunning” surname on page 62?


    JJ Gunning Jr

    1. The name Gunning actually appears on page 92 (error in the indexing) in a list prefaced with “Moreover, as of value to the future historian of the Parish, we subjoin the following list of the earlier parishioners, as preserved in the traditions of the parish:
      IN TEXAS…

      Gunning, John
      Gunning, Richard”
      There was no further information.

    2. Mr. Gunning: you might check out the following. Maryland in the World War 1917-1919 . Open the link that shows Hati Trust.Bottom left next web page open Volume 1. When the next page opens in the upper right type in the name Gunning,click search, find. Look at and open page 829. One name stand out. Michael J Gunning living on Frisby St. Baltimore born in Texas 8/5/92 Hope this might help?

  2. Did Patrick have a wife?
    Did James come from the same area of ballykline? I also have been trying to find civil war records, I even contacted the archives, but now I know the James Banahan I found is not the same man with him residing in Maryland at that time. I have a distant relative that had told me Patrick served with confederacy and James with the union but I can’t prove that. Thank you so much for the information.

  3. Hello Ms. Thompson I was inquiring if you any information regarding Patrick Wynn’s
    Wife my cousin and I can’t seem to find information on her. Also there is James Banahan on the muster rolls for Illinois, but from your previous information that could not be him being located in Maryland at that time. A relative mentioned that Patrick joined the confederacy and James joined the union but I have no proof of that. Thank you again.

  4. (Posting for Tom Tolan) Cassie, I was thinking Edward Toolan listed in Drumman More in the Griffiths Valuation in 1857, might be the same Edward who was in the1860 census in Texas Md., three years later. But I think the Drumman More townlands are a few miles west of Loch Kilglass, on the western boundary of Kilglass civil parish. And none of the Toolans I could find in Griffiths were in Ballykilcline. I’m pretty green at this — were some of them in the Ballykilcline townlands? I talked to Rick Stoyell yesterday. and he thought some of the Toolans were from there… I’d like them to be, because there’s such a good story there…
    Thanks for keeping this site going!
    Tom Tolan

  5. Hello, I am so happy to find this page, thank you for creating it. My great great grandfather John Cooper Armstrong is described in 1877 as having property “near Texas” listed as 12 mile house on York Road. He was a stone mason. He is found on the 1877 map as “JC Armstrong in Texas Station, Ellangwan Post Office. His wife was Nancy Ellen Kelly (from Hampden Village) and his daughters married Kelly, Cockey and Halls. Any information about where his house might have been or info about the family would be greatly appreciated!

  6. My 3x great grandfather, Michael Hines (@ 1817- Aug. 1879), came from County Kilkenny, Ireland about 1850 and settled in Texas, MD. I believe he and his sons worked in the quarry. I think I found the family in Ballyfoil (Ballyfoyle), Kilkenny, Parish of Muckalee, Ireland. This family mirrors my family in the 1860 census. Michael Hines married Catherine Brennan in Ireland. I have been looking for her date of death and burial which was after the 1860 census and before Aug. 1863. Michael remarried Margaret O’Connor in 1863 and they worked on the Owens Estate. Michael is buried in St. Joseph Cemetery. It appears that James Hines, Sr (@1813- Nov 1887 Sherwood) also from County Kilkenny, was related to Michael probably a brother. James is also buried in St. Joseph.

  7. One set of my great-greats lived in the area between 1850 and 1865 (with at least one born in Texas). Looking for source material beyond the St. Joseph’s Diamond Jubilee book. In addition to finding out what I can about them specifically, I’m interested in knowing what their lives were like there.

      1. Simon Quinn (b. 1823?-d. 1887 in Harrisburg, PA) and Anna Welsh (b. 1837?-d. 1866 in Harrisburg, PA). Simon was there with his brother James. Anna was the oldest child of John and Mary Welsh (other kids were Mary, Thomas, John, and William)/

          1. Thanks! I have requested copies of the pages from the St. Joseph’s jubilee book from HSBC because those names appear in the index you posted. I’m interested in finding out everything I can about what their lives were like when they got here.

  8. Hello!

    This is a wonderful resource. You seem to really love your town.

    I’m a native Baltimoron and have been chasing a 100 year old mystery centered in Texas.

    My 3x great grandmother Mary Bell Oliphant was a resident at the alms house as late as 1897. She’s 80 in the 1880 Census. She was listed in the outdoor pensioners of the Towsontown paper in 1879 and 1880. The HSBC claims they have nothing on her but I find that doubtful.

    If she were to die in the almshouse, what cemetery is nearby? In your opinion would she have an unmarked pauper’s grave? What churches in Texas would have served the almshouse in the late century? She may have been Catholic or Presbyterian but we don’t really know.

    I have letters from the 1930s from her granddaughter

    Mother Mary (Bell) Oliphant and son Joseph O., who was just fourteen worked in the Mt. Vernon Mills. Later when Joseph O. was old enough he was employed by the lime quarry in Texas, Maryland.

    The records of the Texas almshouse revealed that Hester did indeed spend time there. It was later learned that “Aunt Hester” was listed as colored. Documents show that Hester also worked at a laundry on Old York Road in Baltimore, Maryland. This makes my search for the missing Oliphant-Bell documents slanted to Hester’s environment, her places of residence and her relatives, hoping they are still intact.

    In another, very old letter about Mary (Bell) Oliphant, her eldest grand-daughter gave a full description of her grandmother:

    “She was small, slender and short in stature, dark in complexion with coal black hair which she wore in a coil about her head. This coil was as thick as a child’s arm and when loosened covered her like a veil.”

    The letter goes on to say that the grand-daughters imitated this by coiling a towel on their heads. Mary (Bell) Oliphant had one characteristic that should make it easy to identify her, she was either blind in one eye or had one eye removed.

    “She only had one eye and died in a home or home for the poor…She always carried an old fashioned trunk with rounded top, covered in an untanned hide of some kind. She had it with her at this home and in it were the family papers.”

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