The Angelina County Genealogical Society will meet at 5 PM Monday,June 17th, in the Community Meeting Room of Kurth Memorial Library at706 South Raguet Street, Lufkin, Texas.
The program will be presented by new ACGS member, Jim Bell, of Lufkin.Mr. Bell, recently retired after a long career in local broadcast media, will share his research into the life and times of his ancestor, George Thomas Wharton Collins, the first sheriff of Angelina county, Texas. Mr. Bell is expected to share some of his research
methods including his continuing efforts to seek out additional information about little known areas and times of GTW Collin’s later life in Angelina County where he died.
According to Mr. Bell, "Hundreds of families in Texas and Louisiana can trace their ancestry to a man named George Thomas Wharton Collins. GTW Collins (1812-1892) came to Texas in the 1820’s.” GTW (for short)Collins was the first Anglo to settle in the area that later became Angelina County. In 1846 he was elected the first sheriff of Angelina
County about the time when Texas became a state and Angelina was becoming an organized county.
GTW Collins was the son of an English Merchant Sea Captain, the grandson of an English Tory Loyalist during the American Revolution,and the great grandson of a man who was born in 1691 as the result of one of the most notorious kidnaping incidents of the 17th century. His ancestors on both sides of that incident were some of the most
important and illustrious people of their times, dating back to the 13th century in England and Scotland, Mr. Collins said.
The program for the July 15th ACGS meeting will be presented by ACGS member, Joe Pyle, of Nacogdoches. Mr. Pyle was a longtime active member and officer of the now dissolved Nacogdoches Genealogical Society and an experienced, expert researcher on the Pyle families of
East Texas. However, his ACGS July 15th program will center on another branch of his research into East Texas families, the Stowes and their family connections. One branch of this Stowe family were longtime owners of Stowe Lumber Company in Crockett, Houston County,
Texas. Stowe Lumber Company is still a thriving business owned and operated by Stowe family connections Mr. Pyle reported.
Vivian T. Cates, Alto, Vice-President, Program Chairman Angelina
County Genealogical Society 1-936-858-3801