Query: Brown

Request for information (and Wood County birth records 1907-1917) of relative who lived in Quitman or Oak Grove Tex. in late 1800s & early 1900s

I would appreciate any help in finding birth records of my mother and her siblings. I went to Quitman in 1983 and again in 1985. Was told the court house had burned and the records lost. I have since learned the court house burned much earlier that that.

How can I go about getting copies of birth records and more information that may be available?
They were sent to Buckner’s orphanage at an early age. Their father was Burwell James Brown and their mother, Mary Jane Riley Brown.
Any other information would be appreciated. I imagine their is a charge for copies of documents.

My grandmother was Mary Jane Riley Brown married to Burwell James Brown
great grandparents John Wesley Riley and Jane Elizabeth Forbis Riley

Thank you, Nan Maedgen

Note: This is a combination of two emails sent by Nancy on June 30, 2011

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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