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May 11, 2010

 

May 11, 2010 is the date for the next meeting of the East Montgomery County Historical Society.  Come find out more about the early East County families of the Sorters and McFaddens.  Meet and great starts at 6:30 p.m. and the program at 7:00 p.m. at the R. B. Tullis Library.

Submitted by Barbara Hamilton


 

April 13, 2010

David Martin, President of the Lone Star Chapter of the Sons of the Republic of Texas #58, will be the speaker at the April 13th meeting of the East Montgomery County Historical Society.  David says his talk on the origin of the Lone Star Flag is really a timeline history of the Republic of Texas using the star flags of the revolution as a guide.  The subject is of particular interest as we approach April 21st the 174th anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto.  General Sam Houston led the Texas Army in this decisive battle of the Texas Revolution where General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna's Mexican forces were defeated in a fight that lasted just eighteen minutes.  About 700 Mexican soldiers were killed and 730 captured, while only nine Texans died.

 

Meet and Greet will start at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting at 7 p.m. at the R. B. Tullis Library on the Hwy 59 feeder raod just north of Community Drive.

Submitted by Barbara Hamilton


 

March 9, 2010

Former Splendora Rural Mail Carrier and Post Master, Van Harris, will be the speaker at the March 9, 2010 meeting of the East Montgomery County Historical Society.  Gain an insight into life in the Splendora area when the mail carrier might find a note in the mail box telling him, "We've gone to Houston. Please feed the dog."

 

Meet and greet will start at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. at the R. B. Tullis Library on Hwy 59 feeder road just north of Community Drive.

Submitted by Barbara Hamilton

 




 

February 9, 2010

The February 9th meeting of the East Montgomery County Historical Society will focus on Civil War stories. Many early settlers of East County fought in the Civil War. East County, known to many as the “Wildwoods” was an undeveloped area offering the chance to begin again after the devastation of the war years and the upheaval of reconstruction.  

 

Barbara Hamilton believes her ancestor, John Wesley Johnson, chose to move his family from the more populated side of the county to this deep wooded area to avoid having to sign amnesty papers.  Purposely or accidentally there is no listing of this branch of the Johnson family, and many other Montgomery County families, on the 1870 census. By 1880, after Texas was again readmitted to the Union in 1870 and the Amnesty Act of 1872 granted voting rights to all former Confederates, time had eased the pain of memories and the family was again enumerated on the National Census.

 

Historic events, such as the Civil War, are more than just dry information in dusty history books.  These events are made up of the stories of individuals and families.  Often times we find these individuals and families in our Family Trees and the knowledge of the history of the day can give us a deeper understanding of the lives of our ancestors.   

Three things about The East Montgomery County Historical Society:

1. They have monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of the month.

2. Time is 6:30 p.m.

3. Place: at the R.B. Tullis Library in New Caney.
 

Submitted by Barbara Hamilton


 

January 12, 2010

 

Happy New Year!!!!  The East Montgomery County Historical Society is planning another great year.  Our first meeting of 2010 will be January 12th at the R B Tullis Library, on the Hwy 59 access road just north of  Community Drive.  Meet and Greet at 6:30 and the meeting starts at 7 p.m.

 

Our speaker for the evening will introduce us to his ancestor Jeremiah May. Tracking down an ancestor can be a tedious and difficult job but as you follow all the routine steps you don’t find just a name and dates. You find a person. A person who lived in a particular time period, who participated in certain events of history. Each step of the search reveals new insights into who this person was. Clifford May will introduce us to his ancestor Jeremiah May and tell us how he found Jeremiah’s history.

 

Short term goals for the Society include continuing the restoration work on the Old Porter Community Building so that we may open an East County Museum to spotlight the local history from the time settlers moved into the area just after the Civil War until about the mid 1950s when the telephone and electricity connected everyone with the rest of the world. 

 

We plan to continue periodically display historical artifacts at the R B Tullis Library. The next display will be on personal care items from shaving gear to hair dryers. Later a display of small kitchen appliances is planned and then one of old hand tools. Most of the items will be of the “before electricity” genre. If you have items that would make an interesting display please contact Barbara Hamilton, Historian, at 281-689-2772 or retired@icansurf.net . 

 

Submitted by Barbara Hamilton


 

Saturday December 5, 2009

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009 

The East Montgomery County Historical Society will have a yard sale, Saturday, December 5th at the Museum building next to the Porter Fire Department. The sale will start at 8 a.m. and run until 5 p.m. Any members wishing to contribute items or help clean up for the sale can come by the building Friday, December 4th between 10 a.m. and noon. Call Barbara Hamilton, 281-689-2772, if you need to drop off items at another time.  

We will have a Christmas dinner for the December meeting of the Society. It will be Tuesday, December 8th at the R B Tullis, Library on the 59 Hwy access road just north of Community Drive, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.. The turkey will be furnished but side dishes and desserts are welcome. To add to the festivities everyone is asked to tell what your favorite Christmas gift was and why it was your favorite. This can be one you received or one you gave. Please join us for this wonderful time of fellowship.

The Society is setting up a Display of various Nativity sets in one of the Library display cases. This display will be up until January 4th; Displays in the future will focus on old toiletry and medicine items, cooking equipment, and small hand tools. If you have items dating from about 1950 back that would make a good display please contact Barbara to make arrangements. The display cabinets must be reserved and types of displays must be approved by the library. These displays are a wonderful opportunity to show the public we are an organization that is interested in all aspects of the local history and that our museum will be a place to learn how our forbearers lived before modern conveniences reached East Montgomery County.

Submitted by Barbara Hamilton


Tuesday, November 10, 2009 

The East Montgomery County Historical Society meeting will be November 10, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. Speakers at the November 10th meeting will be genealogy researchers  and residents of Splendora, Mr. and Mrs. Rayford Duke.  Rayford  is a direct descendant of Jeremiah Profit Duke and Mary Elizabeth Tullis, an early pioneer family of Splendora, Texas.   The meeting will be held in the R. B. Tullis Library on Hwy 59 access road north of Community Drive.  R. B. Tullis for whom the library was named was the older brother of Mary Elizabeth Tullis Duke.  Everyone is welcome to come and learn more about this pioneer family.


The Texas Heritage Society, Inc. engages in activities and services for the support, development and promotion of the East Montgomery County Museum and Archives, located at New Caney, Texas. Seeing itself as ambassador for the museum, it seeks to strengthen awareness of the museum as an important resource for the study of Southeast Texas history.

Written by Barbara Hamilton, EMCHS Historian


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The East Montgomery County Historical Society Meeting for October 2009 will be Tuesday October 13, at 7 p.m. Meet and greet is at 6:30 p.m. Our meetings are located at the R.B. Tullis Library in New Caney, and are every second Tuesday of the month.

Join us in preserving our history. The topic for this month will be: The Blunts, Fords and allied families, i.e Moores, Huttos.The speaker will be:Local researcher, Jerry Blunt, with input by Ford family member Elbert Ford.

The Texas Heritage Society, Inc. engages in activities and services for the support, development and promotion of the East Montgomery County Museum and Archives, located at New Caney, Texas. Seeing itself as ambassador for the museum, it seeks to strengthen awareness of the museum as an important resource for the study of Southeast Texas history.

Written by Barbara Hamilton, EMCHS Historian

 


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The East Montgomery County Historical Society (EMCHS) will meet September 8th at the R.B. Tullis Library, on the Hwy 59 access road north of  Community Drive.  The Meet and Greet from 6:30 to 7 p.m. is a time of lively discussions of people and places from East County History.  The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.   

Kameron Searle will talk on the early history of Montgomery County and a number of new discoveries, including the Lake Creek Settlement.  The Lake Creek Settlement was the north-eastern most settlement in Austin's Colony and until recently had been all but forgotten.  Focusing almost entirely on primary documents, his research has begun to change many long held beliefs about the county's early history.  Much of the information he will be presenting will be published in book form in two or three years.  

A seventh generation Texan, Kameron was born in Houston and raised in Waller County. Today he is an attorney, who graduated from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas.  He lives in Katy, Texas, with his wife and four children.  

Kameron has been studying Texas history most of his life and Montgomery County history for almost ten years. His fourth great grandfather, W. W. Shepperd, founded the town of Montgomery, Texas, in July of 1837. He is a member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas and the Sons of the American Revolution and is currently President of the Texas Heritage Society which actively supports the many endeavors of the EMCHS East County Museum and Archives. The Texas Heritage Society web page can be seen at www.texasheritagesociety.org .

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