Notes from the past…

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Do you have ancestors in the Fort Worth-Tarrant County-North Texas area?

If you do, you’ll be exciting about a gift (FREE .PDF DOWNLOAD) from the Fort Worth Genealogical Society:

Footprints Topical Index 1957-2012

UPDATED for 2012 — This index will assist you in finding most items that have been published in Footprints, the quarterly journal of Fort Worth Genealogical Society, and it’s monthly predecessor, The Genealogical Society Bulletin. — 268 page digital file in PDF format.

And, if you find some of your folks in this index, you can purchase a CD-ROM containing all issues of Footprints 1957-1997 for only $10 ($5 for members).

If you’re not into football or cleaning up the kitchen mess, here’s a genealogical way to spend your Thanksgiving I-ate-too-much-and-can’t-get-out-of-the-chair holiday!


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Does your Confederate ancestor in Tarrant County, Texas need a VA headstone?

I received this from the Fort Worth Genealogical Society a few days ago:

DO YOU HAVE CONFEDERATE RELATIVES BURIED IN TARRANT COUNTY?  If you have Confederate relatives in UNMARKED graves in Tarrant County, we’d like to help.  We will obtain headstones from the veterans administration, free of charge, and will install them, free of charge, in any cemetery in Tarrant County.

The VA will now only grant markers when a blood relative is the applicant.  We’ll do all the paperwork; all we need you to do is sign the completed application.  We will put your name, address, phone number on the application.  We will have the stone shipped to us, and will get the necessary signature from the cemetery association.

We have done this dozens of times in past years.  It will cost you nothing at all.  We can send you photographs of stones we have installed in the past few months.

If you are interested, please email Mike Patterson at   This is done as a service to the public by the E. W. Taylor Camp, #1777, of Sons of Confederate Veterans, based in Bedford, Tarrant County, Texas.

Some of the larger commercial cemeteries require fees to have stones put in their cemeteries.  We know of only two which have fees…Mount Olivet and Greenwood.  We cannot pay “setting fees” or installation charges for any cemetery that has them. They will not allow anyone but their own staff to install markers on their properties.  Oakwood Cemetery in Fort Worth allows us to install markers at no charge.

Contact Michael E. Patterson at

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Tarrant County, Texas and the War of 1812

Judy Everett Ramos has written an interesting article for

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, and local residents do not need to look any further than the name of their county to see a link to this war.

Tarrant County has nearly two million residents, and the county seat is Fort Worth. The name Tarrant is everywhere, but why?

General Edward H. Tarrant was born in South Carolina in 1799. He moved to Kentucky at a very young age and became a veteran of the War of 1812 when he fought in the Battle of New Orleans  in 1815. The battle occurred when British forces attacked American soldiers on January 8, 1815. The British were out-gunned by the Americans under the leadership of General Andrew Jackson.

Edward Tarrant survived the battle and made his way to Texas. He received land from the Republic of Texas, practiced law, was a farmer, served in politics, and was active in the militia.

In 1839, he carried the rank of brigadier general as he commanded a militia group called the Fourth Brigade. In 1841, he led his group in the Battle of Village Creek, which was an Indian fight in present-day Arlington. Tarrant gave up fighting after that battle and resumed his political career, serving in the state legislature from 1849 – 1853.

He and his wife moved part of their household to Fort Belknap in 1857, where they had to deal with Indian depredations. He was considering taking action against the Indians when he died of an illness August 2, 1858. He is buried in Fort Worth.

Tarrant County was founded and named for General Edward Tarrant December 20, 1849 in honor of his service to the Republic of Texas and State of Texas.

Today, members of the General Edward H. Tarrant Chapter of the National Society US Daughters of 1812  meet at the Ridglea Country Club in Fort Worth. The chapter was founded in 1948. The organization is part of the Texas Society US Daughters of 1812, which was founded in 1903. The national organization was founded in 1892.

Chapter meetings include guest speakers, award presentations, and a Veterans Day program each November. Local members also attend state and national events, such as conferences.

Membership into the National Society US Daughters of 1812 is open to women age 18 and over and is based on proven lineage to someone who, during the period of 1784-1815 inclusive, rendered civil, military, or naval service to our country, rendered material aid to the U.S. Army or Navy, or who participated in the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

The General Edward H. Tarrant Chapter features a list of ancestors of members.

The national organization is promoting “Ring the Bells for 1812,” by asking everyone to ring bells at noon on June 18, 2012 to ring in the start of the war’s bicentennial.  For more information on upcoming bicentennial activities, visit National Society US Daughters of 1812 or the War of 1812 Website.

Quite interesting… Did you know this about Tarrant County?