1998 Roosevelt Co. Queries


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I have family that settled in Roosevelt Co. around l900. Judge James (Jim) WALLIS and several people in Elida are mentioned in a book titled "Sagas of The Wallace Clan" now out of print. It may be in your library there.  Written by George Wallis.  If you know of anyone researching the WALLIS surname, I would appreciate hearing from them. Also the surname BELL.  This is a small piece out of the book:
This little cow town, where homesteaders were chopping to pieces the Jeff White and Littlefield ranches, was near the county line of Roosevelt and Chaves counties. The nearest county seats and law were at
Portales, twenty-five miles to the northeast, and at
Roswell, sixty-five miles to the southwest. Jim Wallis was elected Justice of the Peace to serve the ninety-mile gap between the two county seats. He backed by a deputy sheriff named Milt Kornega. While Roy Bean was "Law West of the Pecos" 200 miles farther south, Jim Wallis became law east of the Pecos for half of two counties.
I am interested in anyone who is researching Justice of the Peace, Jim Wallis. Thanks
Barb Wallis

I believe that Martin L. MOODY (my grandfather) was the first magistrate of Elida, N.M.  He reportedly laid out the town and assisted in its charter.  My father (also named Martin L. MOODY) was born in Elida 2/18/1906. Grandmother Eunice Rufana (Laxson) Moody died in April 1908, during childbirth and her gravesite should also be in Elida.   Grandfather was distressed from the loss of his wife and returned to Texas with all of the children.   I am interested in the early history of Elida and confirmation of the above information if possible. Sincerely, DeWitt H. Moody, 1729 Wind Harbor Road, Orlando, Florida 32809

Any info on John Jefferson TEEL, who moved to NM from TX, (originally from TN) somewhere around 1900.  He died 02/02/1907 and I believe is buried in the Portales area. Please e-mail me if you have any info -- I'm at a dead-end.  Contact J.R. Teel

Looking for information on a family that lived in Portales in 1943, or
Roswell.  The families name is Daniel or Daniels not sure of the spelling.
Unsure of husbands first name.  Do know the wife's name was Clara Daniel.  They
had a daughter named Nellie Daniel could have been in school there in 1943.
The reason for me looking for these people is that my father, who Edward
Edgar Robinson, stated that these people were his family.  And when I received
his military records it show them as of next to kin.  And when he got out of
the military he went to Portales and received his selective service card at
1118 College Ave.  If I could find the daughter maybe she could give us some
information on why her mother was put as his mother. When I received his
card from Social Security it stated that his mother was a Mary Rodriguez and
father's name was Charles Robinson. If you could search for some information
for me I sure could use the help.  Thank you
Mary Robinson Griffin

Looking for Leona M. (Swearingen) & Emmett Potts*.  Last seen in 1958-60,
they lived in
Portales, NM. I was told that Leona was buried in small
cemetery outside of Portales, thought to be Elida, next to her mother
Nancy Jane (Titsworth) Swearingen who died in 1943.  If anyone can shed some
light on these people, I would be greatly appreciated.  Leona was my Great
Aunt and Nancy was my Great Grandmother, Father's side.  Thanks in advance.
Sue Swearengen

Thanks for all your trouble, Janelle Foster found them in Causey, NM and
also she found that their name was
PROPS* instead of Potts, because my
GGrandfather James S. is buried there too

Looking for any information or stories about K.K. RUNNELS.  Lived on his ranch in the northeastern corner of Roosevelt County from 1910 (?) until he died in 1967.  He was said to have been quite outspoken and politically minded, writing many letters to the editor of the State Line Tribune for a column called "Sage of the Sandhills".  He probably spent more of his time in Texico, Parmer County Texas.  Have heard he had a feed store in Texico, and there is a city park named for him there as well.  Would welcome any bits of information about him - OR - anything about his daughter, Kathleen Runnels who lived near Texico, and was socially active - even working for Congressman Harold Runnels for several years.   Contact Steve Gilchrist

Seeking any information regarding Frederick David and Ruth SPINKS AUBURG.
They were my grandparents. They lived in Portales and near Elida in the late
1930's and early 1940's and moved back and forth from the Tell, and
areas. Fred had been a farmer, but was in failing health by that time.
Their 2 youngest sons Joe Don and Billy Bob were still at home with them.
Possibly, Marshall "Dean" was with them also.  Thanks in advance for any
information available.  Contact
Jane Stevenson Ingram

Seeking anyone who might have know Bud & Genell "Nell" NUTT who lived in
Portales spring of 1942.  Nell was my aunt, and I was born in their home on
March 20, 1942.  They were divorced a short time later.  Thanks in advance
for any information regarding this couple.  Contact
Jane Stevenson Ingram

Laney Ann COOK b: 04 March 1873 in Blooming Grove, Navarro Co., TX
06 January 1934 in Portales, Roosevelt Co., NM        
#1. Ben Hugh SLANE     b: June 1861 m: 12 July 1894     d:
22 February 1901       
        1. Amos Oda SLANE     b:
17 September 1895    d: 28 December 1897        
        2. Bennie Hugh SLANE b:
18 January 1897                
        3. B Floyd SLANE     b:
21 September 1898                
        4. Mary Jane SLANE     b:
25 September 1900                
#2nd Husband of Laney Ann Cook:                    
   +George Bee MYERS m:
23 December 1903 in Decatur, Wise Co., TX  
        1. John (Jack) Orion MYERS      b:
04 September 1904
            +Jimmie Luvator CUMMINGS                     
        2. Stella May (Mae) MYERS      b:
22 November 1905                
        3. Luerindie Josephine MYERS b:
30 April 1907     d: 21 November 1909       
        4. (Twin) Haydie MYERS      b: Abt. 1909                
        5. (Twin) Archie MYERS      b: Abt. 1909                
        6. Thomas (Tommy) Oliver MYERS      b:
18 July 1910    d: 26 April 1911        
        7. Eleanor (Elivena) Vashti MYERS      b:
16 June 1911                
            +Unknown BOYD                     
        8. Oscar Wesley MYERS      b:
24 August 1915                
            +Wilma RAWLS                     

Parents of Laney Ann COOK:
Henry COOK     b:
20 May 1801 in GA.    d: 14 May 1883 in Navarro Co., Or
Jack Co., TX. Father: James COOK    Mother: Margaret HAWTHORNE
   # 2nd Wife of Henry Cook:                    
       +Effie Jane MCPHAUL   b:
12 April 1837 in MS  m: 29 Jun 1870 in Navarro Co., TX  d: 28 Dec 1901
Father: Husband MCPHAUL Mother: Sara Jane UNKNOWN

Happy to exchange information on this family.  Contact
Elnora Frances Cook-Wyrick

In the Portales, NM Cemetery Harold Kilmer has located the following
three tombstones:

MYERS,  George B., Aug. 23, 1875 - Mar. 23, 1956 
MYERS,  Gerald Douglas, son of Mr. & Mrs. J. O. Myers,
July 16, 1930 - Mar. 21, 1933
MYERS,   Laney Ann, wife of G. B. Myers, Mar. 4, 1873 - Jan. 6, 1934

Subject: Roosevelt Query. Date: Sunday, October 18, 1998. BEAVERS - Roy L. Beavers was born in Portalas, Roosevelt County, New Mexico on 21 Oct 1908. He and his family were gone from there by his high school years according to his obit which places him then in Springfield, Missouri. I am trying to find out who his parents are and where they were from. Any assistance appreciated. Thanks. Leah L. McCalmon

Subject: Roosevelt Query. Date: Sunday, September 27, 1998. I am looking for information about Joseph KNIGHTON or KNIGHTEN. He moved from Alabama and lived in New Mexico in late 1800's-early 1900's. I have a postcard sent from Banks, New Mexico around 1910. I also have pictures of Joseph. He was a son of William and Sarah Knighten of Northeast Alabama. Please contact me if you have any information about him or Banks, New Mexico. My name is Bob Austin. My mailing address is P O Box 114, Jacksonville, AL 36265.

Answer to one question: There was a Banks, New Mexico in Roosevelt County in 1910. It was north and a little east of Ft. Sumner, NM nearly due east of the Sumner Lake Dam. It may have been on the Almogordo Creek. Harold Kilmer

MORGAN, Millard Bennett married c 1902 in Portales, Lucille Smalley daughter of Dr, J. and Frances_____ Smalley. Would like to locate information concerning M.B.Morgan parents. His parents died and is buried there. Sibling of M.B. Morgan was possible Frank, Charlie, Amos, and Lillie . A daughter of the bride and groom is now close to 85 years old and would like to know information concerning her paternal grandparents. M.B. and Lucille Smalley Morgan return to Tayler County TX Jean Bushnell

Subject: Roosevelt Query. Date: Monday, September 07, 1998. Looking for any and all available information re: Rosa Belle ROSE born 16 Dec 1889 Comanche,Comanche, TX as Rosa Belle FISHER, father Joseph James FISHER, mother Mary Francis ROBBINS married George Jackson ROSE Feb 1906 Brownfield, Terry, TX. Family history has it she might have run a series of motels in New Mexico and died and was buried in Clovis in 1976. Thanks in Advance. Tom Clements

Answer: Clovis News Journal, Mon., Feb. 16, 1976 ROSA BELLE ROSE Funeral services for Mrs. Rosa Belle Rose, 87, will be conducted at 11 a.m., Wednesday at graveside in the Richland Cemetery at Pep (New Mexico) in Roosevelt County with the Rev. Earl Landtroop of the Highland Baptist Church officiating. Mrs. Rose, born Dec. 14, 1888, in Texas, died early Sunday morning (Feb 15) at a nursing home in Clovis. She had been a resident of this area for 55 years and had lived in Fort Sumner and Portales as well as Clovis. Harold Kilmer

Subject: Roosevelt County Query. Date: Wednesday, September 09, 1998. HENSLEY, WILLIAM W. Born May 4, 1839, Tennessee. Died 30 January, 1929, Portales, N.M. I have some information concerning his parents and siblings. One of his brothers was my gr-gr-grandfather. William moved to Portales in 1918. I'm looking for descendants of his to share information. Michelle W

Subject: Roosevelt County. Date: Wednesday, August 26, 1998. Searching for MCKAY's who might be buried in Roosevelt Co., NM in late 1900 or early 1910's. Mother, Atha Domez Bohana Fletcher McKay (Choctaw Indian), born Jan 1851,her son, Archie McKay born Jan 1893 died in RedLand, NM. Both may be buried in same cemetery. Atha was married to John F. McKay. They moved from San Saba Co Tx to Kent Co., Tx. They had seven children, William Albert born 10-21-1872, died 9-26-1911 in Kent Co., Jess born 7-1878 married Mary Floyde one child Anna D. Cook, Sam born 12-1886, Charles Wesley (Bodie) born 6-16-1882 buried 9-29-35 in Fargo Ok., Archie born 1-1893, Hattie born 5-1880, Bittie born 7-1889. Will McKay married Alice Ester Smith on 12-31-1899. Any info is appreciated.

Mary Nell McKay, 704 Azalea Dr., Lewisville, Tx., 75067. 972-221-2207

Subject: Roosevelt Query. Date: Saturday, August 22, 1998. I am looking for any one with information on J. H. TROUTT in the Portales area. He first married an Emma (maiden name unknown) in Bryan County, OK. They had six children (Ernest, Lillian, Malcomb, Sam, and Maude). When Emma died Mr. TROUTT moved to Portales, NM and remarried they had three sons (Adam, Will, and Jack). Mr. TROUTT died sometime after 1926. Jean Harris

Nora PROBASCO is interested in starting a central PROBASCO database to direct researchers to others who are researching their PROBASCO line.  PROBASCOs have been in Roosevelt County since the early 1900's

Date: Monday, July 13, 1998. Searching for information of a GOSSARD family. Betty Lea GOSSARD attended Eastern NM College graduating in 1945 or 1946. Her father was dean at Eastern NM College. She had one older brother and one younger sister. Any information greatly appreciated. Richard L. Reynolds 201 943-3370  

HAYNES, Stephen G., lived in Kenna, NM in 1921, per clipping in the "Dallas News."  He was born in Jackson County, AL in 1865, and died in 1948.  He married Emma NOONKESTER in Brown County, TX in 1891.  Arrived with mother and two brothers, John William and Fields Allen in Rising Star, TX in 1884. Deane Simpson would like information about his family in NM.  Thanks very much.  Posted 29 May 1998

TURNER, Lillian Mae, born 26 April 1926 on family ranch between Tolar, Roosevelt, NM and Taiban, De Baca, NM.  Father's name George Caldwell TURNER, stepmother Stella Mae TURNER.  Tessie O'Talley would like to know identity of Lillian's birth mother

WOOD, George W., born 1840, Washington County, AR, lived in Eastland County, TX, and wife, Jane Maxwell WOOD, born July 1837.  Moved to Portales and homesteaded there.  Civil War enlistment in Texas: "started in the armey (sic) under Capt. Tubles in Col. Gifin Regment bound for Galveston"

  • Known Children:
    Bess Wood
    Benjamin F Wood    b.  Sept 1870
    Keith E Wood           b.  March 1875
    Ruth                             b. 1876

Moved to New Mexico (Santa Fe area) around 1900.  Then I lost the trail.  Any help or suggestions would be wonderful and muchly appreciatedCarol T. Wright has a letter by him, dated January 1913.  Wife was very ill, daughter Ruth lived with them.  Carol would like: any census records; date of death; place and name of cemetery; any information of a will or probate. Willing to pay for all costs involved.  Needs all the information and help she can get.  2002 Ditchley Road, Kilmarnock, VA,   22482-3302

****Sent: Wednesday, June 12, 2002 2:10 PM. Subject: Roosevelt County Query. Seeking current address for Carol T. WRIGHT who posted a query in 1998 in Roosevelt County. Have information on George WOOD and wife, Jane WOOD (buried in Portales Cemetery) Please contact me. Janelle Foster.

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