Query: Holland Cemetery, Possible School, Church

I am trying to research the history of the land and people who lived
here before us. There are rumors that maybe a school and a church
were once located next to Holland Cemetery, but I have not been able
to verify that. I know who the original land grants went to, but not
sure about land ownership from then until the Gibsons owned it. I
know that George Matthews came here from Georgia in the early 1800s
and apparently owned part of our land and Francis Holland apparently
owned the north end of the subdivision. We know that Francis and Sarah
Holland are buried in Holland Cemetery and some of the Matthews
relatives are also. Can you direct me to where I might find more
information on land ownership, the families who lived here and the
possibility of a school/church and sawmill all being here at one time?

Thank you,
Steve Chick (steveterrichick@gmail.com)

Free Search of Historic American Newspapers

What can you learn at the Library of Congress’ FREE Chronicling America Historic American Newspapers site? (link: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/)
As an example I searched on Quitman in Texas newspapers and came up with these two of many hits. You might find your own ancestors’ names there either in Texas or other states.

Prisoner returned to Quitman
From the Palestine Texas Daily Herald, Jan. 05, 1906, Image 5
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86090383/

Winnsboro hosts Educational Conference
From the Jefferson, Texas Jimplecute, Nov. 5, 1904, Image 5
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86089977/

Thanks to Randy Seaver for calling this site to my attention today in his daily tips.

June Preston 1931-2010

Long-time society member June Gilley Preston of Paris, Texas died March 3, 2010. She was interred at Colony Cemetery near Alba, Texas.

June was born July 14, 1931 in Alba, a daughter of Albert and Jewel Hathcox Gilley. She attended public schools in Alba,

June Preston

June Preston

graduated from Alba High School, and obtained her Bachelors degree in Home Economics at East Texas State Teachers College. She completed a Masters degree in Guidance and Counseling at the University of Houston. She was a member of the Lamar Avenue Church of Christ for over 40 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Nathan Gilley; and two infant sisters.

Survivors include two daughters, Geri Lynn Preston Van Stone, of Ft. Worth and Kimi D’Ann Preston Riley, of Garland; a grandson, Brandon William Riley, of Garland, who she affectionately referred to as “Best Boy”; a sister, Sonja Gae Gilley Holland, of Dallas; George L. Preston, the father of her daughters; and numerous aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

June was well-known to several members of the society. She had donated to the society genealogy research center a collection of photos: The June Preston Collection.

More details are available at the Starrett Funeral Home website.

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