"You may all go to hell and I will go to Texas!”

Davey Crockett said it best! As a Texas-transplant from Colorado, I am a mother of 2 and a grandmother of 2 more. I have been studying my family history for about 10 years, and so far have found most of my ancestors to be natives of the southern United States. The majority of my immediate family is from north and central Texas, so that's where my journey of discovery began.

Recently, my method and madness have changed. After years of maintaining my database in the conventional manner (a desktop genealogy program and local document storage), I purchased a ChromeBook and have begun to elevate everything "to the Cloud". As I believe in sharing what I have with like-minded researchers, WeRelate seems to be the perfect solution.

I'm also doing things a bit differently in that I am not currently subscribed to any pay online database sites, such as and Although sites such as these certainly offer quite a bit of original documents and other important information, I have decided, in the tradition of my hardy Texas ancestors, to "rough it".

My username is that of my great-grandmother, Mary Tennessee Turner, the 13th of 14 children of a frontier family that settled in Texas in the 1870's.

I was 12 years old when Mary died in 1970, but I have fond memories of her. I remember her house and its high walls with faded, peeling wallpaper and I remember the hot tea with lemon and honey that she would fix for us great-grandkids. That old house is long-gone, as is Mary, but I can still clearly recall that delicious hot tea!

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