Happy Birthday Great Grandmother!

One hundred seventy-five years ago today, Austin’s first recorded birth of a female child took place in a small cabin on Pecan Street. Elnora Van Cleve was born on the 14th day of April 1841. Parents Margaret Smith and Lorenzo Van Cleve married in July; one of six marriages in the first year of Austin’s existence.

Lorenzo made a canopy bed for his bride; adding a small trundle bassinette which pulled out from underneath. The bed is on display in Anson Jones’ restored home at Barrington Farms, Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park.

Her maternal grandfather, Thomas W. Smith, would be killed by Indians before she was four months old. Her mother died when Elnora was nine. She helped her father raise five brothers. In the census of 1860, three of her siblings still lived with her and Dan Brown, who she married September 13, 1859. Elnora and Dan Brown had 14 children, the last my grandmother Lilly Brown-Bowles born December 19, 1880.

Elnora was truly a Daughter of The Republic of Texas; born just blocks from the first permanent capitol, five years after the Battle of San Jacinto.

Great grandmother, Elnora Van Cleve-Brown, died January 2, 1900 at home on the family ranch at Spicewood, Texas. She is buried on private property near Pace Bend Park Road (FM 2322), Spicewood.

Great Grandmother

Texas Ranger Memorial Cross Dedication

TxRangerBadgeEarly Travis/Hays County settler and Texas Ranger, Henry Garrett Thurman, Jr. (1855-1928), will be honored by the Former Texas Ranger Association (FTRA) and Moses Austin Chapter Sons of the Republic of Texas (SRT). The Memorial Cross Dedication will be conducted by retired Texas Ranger Captain Carl Weathers of Lubbock, Texas. SRT Color Guard and Black Powder Boys in period uniforms will provide military honors accompanied by musket and cannon salute.


Saturday, October 3, 2015 – 10-11 a.m.

Wallace Mountain Cemetery

Highway 290

Dripping Springs, Texas

Directions from Dripping Springs: Going east on Hwy 290 from Dripping Springs, the cemetery is exactly ½ mile east from RM12 (formerly known as Ranch Road 12), directly across from the water tower. There are NO signs for the cemetery. Look for the letter “S” on the open gate. You will be directed to the private cemetery.

Directions from Austin: Going west on Hwy 290 from Austin, the cemetery is exactly 2 miles west from Deep Eddy Distillery, directly across from the water tower. There are NO signs for the cemetery. Look for the letter “S” on the open gate. You will be directed to the private cemetery.

Henry and Caroline Maxey-Thurman had 10 children, many still live in Travis and Hays Counties. Organizers hope that all their descendants will attend. Some of the earliest family names were Puryear, Pearson, Cox, and Ellis.

For more information contact Event Coordinator, Will Barkley at FTRA willb@formertexasrangers.org or David Bowles, Family Member Sponsor david@westwardsagas.com phone 210-827-4122.


My Dad

Malcolm Bowles was born June 24, 1912, on the family ranch located on the east side of the Pedernales River at the confluence of the Colorado River. The nearest community was Mudd, which Lake Travis covered after completion of the Marshall Ford Dam. The area is now known as Spicewood and Briarcliff.

Dad always had cows to tend. He raised cattle like his father, grandfather and three brothers, all Travis County pioneers. Yet, I never heard him referred to as a cowboy by anyone, until his funeral. I remember the neighbors seeking his guidance with calving, parasite control and fencing. He enjoyed working his herd well into his eighties.

Today, he would have been 102 years old, the eleventh year since his death. He passed away one minute after midnight, June 24, 2003. His service ended with Willie Nelson’s song “Mamma’s Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys.” He is buried beside his wife of 46 years, Ida, at the Live Oak Cemetery in Manchaca, Texas.

Malcolm Bowles born 1912

The Ballad of Adam Mitchell

I would like to share with my family, friends, and followers a song written by Bob and Judy Mitchell of Littleton, Colorado. Not many families have the talent to write a song about the Battle of Guilford Courthouse and our patriot ancestor, Adam Mitchell. For my musical friends and family, hope you will enjoy the Ballad of Adam Mitchell also known as the Battle of Guilford Courthouse. 

Join Ann Winkler Hinrichs and the rest of the Mitchell descendents http://westwardsagas.com/2012/05/22/galbreathmitchell-106th-annual-reunion/ to sing along to the Ballad of Adam Mitchell.

Galbreath/Mitchell 106th Annual Reunion

My Illinois cousins are having their 106th annual reunion, which is the granddaddy of all reunions. This reunion is open to all descendants of James and Martha Mitchell Galbreath and their parents, William and Phebe Foreman Galbreath and John and Mary Ann Barnes Mitchell.

Saturday, July 14, the family will have a genealogy workshop at the former home of Walter and Elizabeth Galbreath Winkler at 1515 Jackson, Charleston, Illinois from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Local genealogist, David Kent Coy, will be available to help with questions.

Sunday, July 15, Reunion will be held at Walnut Point State Park, north of Oakland, Illinois starting at 11 a.m., Hickory Point Pavilion. There will be a “pitch in meal” with fried chicken and drinks provided (we will pass the hat to cover the costs). All families are asked to bring a side dish or dessert. Afterwards, there will be a business meeting to discuss Mitchell cemetery restoration project and other topics. Please bring with you family yearly updates of marriages, births and deaths. They are hoping to be entertained again by singing the “Ballad of Adam Mitchell,” written by Judy and Bob Mitchell.

*Please note, in the event of a “Heat Warning” for the day of the reunion, it will be moved to the basement of the Ashmore Presbyterian Church.

For any questions, please contact Galbreath Reunion Secretary:

Ann Winkler Hinrichs – Annewc615@aol.com

RSVP to Ann by Friday, July 6, 2012

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