Re: Descendants of the Clements of Brown County
- Thanks for sharing this interesting visit. I firmly believe one makes a better connection to his ancestors if he can stand on the same soil, and look over the same vistas, flora and fauna. It is an experience every researcher should strive to make happen at least once.
To make such a trip worthwhile, one needs to fully understand who their ancestor was, and their place in history. Can you imagine trying to connect to the wrong ancestor, if you didn't know your family history?
I'd like to add to your "tenderfoot" story about TX ranch lands... I have seen many out of state visitors surprised at the custom of rural Texan drivers waving at each vehicle they meet while traveling the country roads. Just being neighborly!
I can't imagine a more neighborly person to help in such an adventure of learning about or documenting their family history in Brown County than "Just Old Clay".
--- In BloodyBillMysterySolvedGroup@yahoogroups.com, "Just Old Clay" <naturaltexasclay@...> wrote:
> Laurel Petty, great great granddaughter of Harriet Anderson Clements, visited here in Brown County, from New Mexico, to film a documentary about Harriet Clements and Texana, Harriet and Israel's daughter, the first white female born in Brown County. Harriet was a sister to Uncle Bill Anderson's wife, Martha.
> Laurel`s trip here to Brown County, was a success as far as I could tell. I took her and her brother Craig out to the old Roberts-Baugh Cemetery. The cemetery is in back of the old Leonard Pecan Orchard. The pecans had been harvested and they were busy shipping them.
> While Laurel was filming and recording the cemetery, I got out my dowsing rods and surveyed the cemetery. The current land owners had sprayed the cemetery with "Roundup" and every marker and rock in the cemetery was visible. An interesting item was when I picked up some pecans and cracked them. I offered the halves to Craig so that he could sample the wonderful taste of pecans fresh off the tree, while Laurel was filming. When Laurel took a break, I had shelled a nice pecan, leaving the two halves together with the blade in the center between the halves so that she could see how nice the pecans were. Before I could say anything, she bit half of the pecan and began to chew the pecan meats and the blade. The blade, the part that separates the halves, is normally discarded and is very high in alum. What a face she made. (grin)
> I enjoyed meeting the parents and had a good visit with them. My friend Don King, the County Surveyor, took them the next day to the area where the Clements property was. He went across country and drove up a knoll so that they would have a bird's eye view of the area. They could see Uncle Billy's barn and land East and the cemetery West across the bayou while standing on the Clements' Homestead. Don told me an amusing anecdote about his trip with them. They (parents and children) climbed into Don's large four wheeled truck and headed across the fields. Coming to the first gate, Don stopped and sat quietly. Finally, he told Craig, "Son, in Texas the driver never opens gates, that is what passengers were for (grin). To Craig's credit, he caught on real quick and was the official gate "opener and closer" from that point on.
> Not making fun of them, just observing what tenderfeet know, or don't know, about Texas customs and ranch land. I am anxious to see the results of Laurel's project. Laurel is a bright young Professor of Cinema Photography at New Mexico State University in Portales,NM.
> Happy New Year to all. . . . .