For about the past six months my father has taken up the hobby of genealogy. I don’t know what sparked this interest all of a sudden, but as a student of history I can appreciate the curiosity of wanting to know where our family came from.

For about the past six months my father has taken up the hobby of genealogy. I don’t know what sparked this interest all of a sudden, but as a student of history I can appreciate the curiosity of wanting to know where our family came from.


When he started his research in January, my father was able to track traces of our family line back to Ireland and England, but less was known about how we first got to the United States. Since then, we’ve been able to identify at least one ancestor who made the long voyage from England to the new world.


Francis Hutchins was born in Cornwall, England in the year 1613. My ancestor arrived in Virginia in 1654, finally making his home in Westmoreland, Virginia. Two years later he married a Mary Miffoner and had one child, Richard Hutchins.


Outside of this, we know very little about Francis Hutchins. I don’t know what he did for a living, what kind of life he lived, or what convinced him to gamble on a new life in a placed called Virginia. I may never know.


Outside of tracking our family line to its origins in the United States, my father has been trying to trace our ancestors’ various conflicts and wars. While we knew of a Hutchins who fought in the War of 1812, it wasn’t until recently we were able to track other ancestors to the Texas Revolution and, more recently, the American Revolution.


Jacob Lawson was born in 1761 in Bedford County, Virginia and died in 1833. This would make him my great-great-great-great-grandfather on my grandmother’s side of the family. During the revolution, Lawson enlisted three times, serving a total of seven months. It wasn’t until 1839 that his widow applied for his pension at the age of 74.


The history books list him as simply a private in a conflict that involved many of the men who helped shape this country, I still wish I could find out more of his story. Sadly, sometimes the story of one man is lost to the ages, but one can hope.



Happy birthday Thursday to Roy Allen, Detra Holland, Nick Niblet, Barry Hughley, Natalie Mask, Elbonee Elbey, James Dunn, and Elaine Gaines, all of Sherman; Brenda McFail and Grady Murphy, both of Denison; Linda Melton Clark of Whitesboro; Jessica Babers of Durant, Oklahoma; Andel Brown of Duluth, Minn.; Joel Scott of Tom Bean; Stephanie Nelson of Dallas; and Elaine Jaines.


Happy anniversary Thursday to Jerry and Andrea Shannon of Sherman, 5 years.