Thanks for the response John, and Simper Fi back atcha...I retired in Nov.,1989, after 30 yrs. in the Corps (and four in the Navy before that). Always glad to hook up with a Marine.
It seems that our connection may be via the WEST family branch, judging by your response. My fraternal grandmother was MARY JANE WEST SALES (m. JAMES MONROE SALES Jan 11, 1872) and I have very little info on her and nothing on her ancestors. She was born July 25, 1856 and died Mar 15, 1920. Census records show she could neither read nor write. Her father was born in La. and mother in Miss.
Interestingly, a 1880 Federal Census of Tyler County, Texas shows my grandparents, mentioned above, and the next family on the census is a JANE WEST as head of household, age 48 with two children (sons WILLIAM B.-19 and JAMES R.-16). I am wondering whether this JANE WEST was the mother of my GM Mary Jane? Mary Jane is shown as being 23 at this census so the ages work out for a Mother/Daughter relationship. I do know that by the 1900 Census my grandparents were back in Vernon Parish, La. where the family stayed.
So...do you have any records showing a JANE WEST (married name, I assume)who would have been born in 1842/3, or the two sons?
The Census Reference is:
Tyler County, Texas, Precinct #4
Micro copy T9, Roll 1329
Dated June 1st, 1880
Family #'s 231 and 232
Incidentally, I was born in Tyler County, Texas (near Warren) and grew up there and in Hardin and Jasper counties (grades 5 thru 11 in Buna). I'm now retired in Omaha, Ne. so "it's a fur piece to my old stompin grounds." And, there is no census repository locally. Any help or leads would be appreciated. Joe Sales