Kissin’ Kuzzins – February 11, 2020

Kissin’ Kuzzins

By Hershel Dixon

 (1) The Newton County Historical Commission, John Jefferson, Chairman, is pleased to announce its Newton County Genealogy Conference on Friday, February 21, 2020 and Saturday, February 22, 2020, respectively.  The first day of instruction, Friday, February 21, 2020 will take place at the Iris and Anne Howard Civic Center on 213 East Court Street in downtown Newton, Texas, to the left of the Newton County Museum History Center and Genealogical Library.  The next day of genealogical, history, and family history presentations will be delivered in a different location:  Eagles’ Landing on the campus of Newton High School.  The cost of the Conference—for both days—is $20, which includes breakfast snacks and box lunches as well as the cost of the conference.  To pre-register, contact Terri Woods before February 10. 2020 at (409) 379-2109 or At 2 p.m., Carolyn Spears will discuss “George Louis Crocket,” followed by Stanley Fletcher, of Leesville, on “The Inlaws and Outlaws of the Neutral Ground.”  At 4 p.m., John Johnson, co-chair of the Jasper County Historical Commission, will hold forth on “The Railroads of Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Louisiana.”  The next day, Saturday, February 22, 2020, opens with Stanley Fletcher discussing “Steamboats of the Sabine River” at 9 a.m. and Nelta Nolen talking about “Researching in Louisiana” at 10 a.m.  At 11 a.m., either Mary Elizabeth Fortenberry and/or Alene Dunn will explain “The Intricacies of Applying to DAR,” and at 11:30 a.m. Kathy Hillman and others will tell the audience about “Applying to Civil War Heritage Societies (for North and South).”  Conference organizer Dickie Dixon will serve as the keynote speaker during the lunch break between 11:5- a.m. and 1 p.m., elaborating the details of “Mechanics Liens:  A Wealth of Information for Genealogists, Historians, and Preservationists.”  Sherrie Leach is the speaker at 1 p.m. on “My Family’s Connections to the Texas Revolution,” and Patti Huff Smith is on tap at 2 p.m. on “Family Patterns.” Dr. George Avery will end the day with his discussion “Adding Archeological Context to Genealogy:  Excavations at Shankleville.”  (2) Jamie Carter Bollich and Herman Wright will serve on a panel discussion on freedom colonies in Texas at the February 28, 2020 meeting of the Texas State Historical Association in Austin, Texas.  Some of the land Herman owns in Jasper County was once the location of the Mount Union freedom colony.  For more information, contact Jamie at  (3)  Herman Wright, of Jasper, and Jamie Bollich, of Beaumont, will serve as members of a panel discussion called “A Celebration of Freedom Colonies” at 4 p.m. on Monday, February 17, 2020, for the Angelina County Genealogical Society meeting in the Community Meeting Room of Kurth Memorial Library on 706 South Raguet in Lufkin, Texas.  It is hoped that residents and/or historians from Trinity County will serve also to talk about Nigton as a freedom colony.  Herman now owns the land where the Mount Union freedom colony was outside of Jasper, Texas.  (4) At 6 p.m. on Monday, February 17, 2020, former Lufkin ISD administrator Joe Deason will discuss his first historical novel about his life Legacy at the Fellowship Hall of Keltys United Methodist Church on 1867 Old Mill Road in Lufkin Texas.  For more information contact Reverend Cindy Doran at (936) 852-4123 or or Dickie Dixon at (936) 671-1419 or

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