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Although I don't always have the time to answer each of your letters (I wish I did),
please be assured that I do love to hear from our TSGS members and always read, word for
word, each of your comments and suggestions. This is your society, and I do want you all to
be pleased with this quarterly. Just let me know the type of format and material you prefer,
and I'll do my best to meet your expectations.
The best days are those when I receive genealogical material from you for possible
publication in STIRPES. It isn't always easy to decide which articles would be of the most
interest to our members; therefore, I spend a lot of time making my final choices. I hope that
you are pleased with them!
The lead story in this issue by Timothy Goeke, a San Antonio teenager, was
particularly intriguing and one that I felt you would all enjoy. Please read it -- bearing in mind
that Timothy was only a 16-year-old when he prepared this (and other material) two years ago
as part of a classroom assignment at San Antonio's John Marshall High School. His teacher,
Martin Soward, our TSGS District 20 Representative, generously shared it with me. After
reading Timothy's family history, I have gained a new respect for teenagers! What a thrill to
know that the younger generation is taking such an interest in genealogy!
Several of the articles in this issue were submitted last year as entries in the TSGS
Writing Awards Competition! The one entitled "Sir Grandpa" was one of these! I'm glad I
wasn't one of the judges for that competition, as it would have been difficult for me to decide
which of the many entries was the best. But I know you will enjoy this "Grandpa" story.
There is a definite need for genealogical "how to" material. If you have had an unusual
research experience or located some heretofore unknown source -- then please share such
information with your fellow members. Just put it in writing and send it along!
At the TSGS meeting in Austin in November, the Board voted to combine the TSGS
newsletter with S7TIRPES and publish only one publication per quarter. Therefore, do please
remember to send news of your upcoming seminars and other society information directly to
me. I promise to do my best to include your notices in an appropriate issue. But, I can't print it
if I don't have it! Let me hear from you. And a special thanks to those societies who have
placed my name or their newsletter and/or quarterly mailing lists. Please continue to do so!
Unfortunately this issue will be arriving at your home a few weeks later than usual. I
apologize for the delay and will try not to let it happen again. However, the past few months
have been very busy ones for me. Let me explain. Perhaps you have noticed that I have a new
name! After being a widow for two years, I have just remarried and my name is now officially
Mrs. Edward G. Pryor. Therefore, you don't have a new editor! Your editor has a new name!
Although my husband is not a genealogist, he is certainly destined to become one - out
of self defense, no doubt. We've been to the San Antonio Library a few times researching his
family history and have had some good results. We located his Pryor grandparents, Charles
Pryor and Alice (King) Pryor, on the 1900 census at Rusk in Cherokee County. His mother's
maiden name was Browning and we found his Browning grandfather (Lucious) on the 1880
census at Grapeland in Houston County - living at the residence of his future in-laws, William
W. Lively and Sarah (Dodson) Lively! Also, we've heard there is a Pryor cemetery on
Highway 259 near the city limits of Kilgore! Do any of you have any knowledge of these
families or this cemetery? We are tentatively planning to do some traveling this summer to do
personal on-sight research, at which time we hope to have the opportunity to visit with TSGS
members along the way! In the meantime, I look forward to hearing from each of you.
Frances Condra Pryor
Sit' IR PES
Texas State Genealogical Society. Stirpes, Volume 34, Number 1, March 1994. San Antonio, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39868/. Accessed July 25, 2014.