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Skeletons in the closet .You know, there are secrets in all families

While searching for some information in Texas, I ran across an obituary from a 2nd great grand uncle. I was looking for anything on Julie A Pickens my 3rd great grandmother. She was born in Alabama in 1823 and lived to the ripe old age of 95! Wow!! I had run across a headstone of two of her sons, William Thomas and Leonidas C, both born in Alabama, and brothers to my 2nd great grandfather, Harvey H PIckens. The Harvey name carries through our family for years, although, my father never liked it. He recently told me this. I have been telling him stories as much as I can, You see, he has some dementia issues. It is getting worse, but, I like to still try to tell him some history of his family. I think he likes the fact I am doing the research.

Well, here is what I found during my search. I found the headstone, and William T Pickens, has a Masonic symbol on his. I have never understood much of the masons. I really need to try to understand it more.

It seems to go through several branches of my tree. William T Pickens was a member of Rebekah Lodge, Fannin  county Texas. He is buried at Oakwood cemetery, Fannin county Texas, with mother Julie A , brother  Leonidas and sister Josie.

Read closely….how does the Masonic lodge and the Ku Klux Klan tie together?

Go West Young Man

If your family is like everyone else, some part of your tree migrated to or from Texas or other parts west. Coincidentally, my ancestors on my father’s side all were in Texas at some point. There were many reasons people were drawn to western areas. A large part was due to the land they was undeveloped and free for the taking. The Homestead Act of 1862 allowed you to file a claim for land, plow it, dig a well live there and farm it for five years, It became yours. Other reasons to move west were the movement of railroads, cattle drives, gold mining and lack of farmland in the east. I am not certain the reasons for my ancestors going to Texas. I do know they left Alabama, went through Arkansas and Louisiana and ended up in the north Texas region known as Fannin county. And, I ended up in Alabama, go figure.

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