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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Vintage Family History

In 1877 a man named James Monroe Camberon started a new generation of families. He and all his family were born in Mississippi.


They came to Texas in 1890. They came by covered wagon. When they reached a river to cross into Texas there was a toll fee. The fee was 50 cents. They did not have the money. They camped on the river bank for several months until another wagon came through, and borrowed the 50 cents from them and crossed into Texas.

After arriving into Texas, a later generation was born. As it turned out, it was the beginning of my grandparents on my mother's side of family. I loved them dearly and they lived very long, hard lives. In 1941, they put up everything they had to borrow $100.

They did not even fall into any of the following depression earnings:

Hired farm hand:
$216 Annually

Preacher:
$831 Annually

Registered Nurse:
$936 Annually

This may not be normal VTT, but it was my very first one, and you have to agree it is vintage history. Take care till next time.

Be to stop by Colorado Lady's blog for more vintage goodies on Vintage Thingie Thursday!

32 comments:

steve said...

good post will visit again

Carie said...

What in the world is my Meme up to now!!!! You would have ever known she would be found on her own personal blog of information???!!!??? I can tell turning 80 is going to be full of wonderful and exciting surprises. Never a dull moment in this family of mine. I truly look forward to reading this blog of my special grandma "Meme"....Love, Carie

Dawn said...

Yay for you for posting! That was a fascinating story--no one these days would persevere like that.

Coloradolady said...

Great job on your post. And Welcome to Vintage Thingie Thursday!

I feel sure you will have lots of wonderful things to show or tell about every week. This week was great....love the family history with the story. Nice touch!

Great Job!

Jeanne said...

Great old photos. Love the story and thanks for sharing.

Sarah said...

Thank you for sharing a most interesting post. I never tire of family history stories and the pictures that enhance them!

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Welcome to VTT, I love hearing about family history. My family settled in MS in the early 1800, some moved on but most stayed and started their families here.
I look forward to hearing more of your stories.
Welcome to blog land.
Molly

Eric said...

Good Evening MeMe. This is a wonderful website. I can't wait to see what will be posted next. Speaking of Vintage Thursday, I just sent a telegram to everyone I know about your blogspot.

With lots of Love,
Eric

Jeane said...

This is a remarkable post. Good job. What a great way to preserve history is to write about it. I think this is a fantastic post...good for you! Keep them coming...they are most interesting and well written. GO GIRL!!

Bea said...

Now, why am I not surprised you have such hale and hearty ancestors? Enjoyed the post.

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

good post and well written.. a story that will be pass down to the next generation. precious! Happy VTT

Roslyn Atwood said...

Love the covered wagon & it looks like there is quite a crowd inside!
Great story, these need to be written down.

Marie Reed said...

This is a delightful post! I find myself just gawking at the first image! You are blessed to have so much information over your family roots! Happy VTT:)

Ulla said...

Welcome to the blog world! Vintage history is just perfect for VTT.

Susan said...

Welcome to VTT. As others have said before me, this is just the kind of stories we LOVE to hear. I have told a few myself. Your family history is very interesting. I had not thought about toll bridges/roads or ferry crossings interferring with those whose went west. Old pictures are a favorite of mine too.

Elizabeth said...

Welcome to VTT! I love your story; I am a history teacher.

foxxy said...

I loved reading your story. Your picture is great! Love those old photos.

ClassyChassy said...

Great post today - and I bet you have more things to share!!! Glad you're blogging!

Miri said...

Very interesting-never knew there were tolls for covered wagons going West.

Thank you for sharing your family's history-Welcome to VTT

bj said...

Oh, my goodness...this was a DELIGHTFUL post. Oh, I am sure you can tell us some great stories. I am not too far behind you at 71 and I am having the time of my life blogging. I know you are going to love it. And, we are going to love learning things from you. I am putting you on my favorites list and following so that I won't miss a thing!
Please stop by to see me...we probably have a few things in common !!
Congratulations on this new phase of your sweet life...
xo bj

CC said...

Oh how wonderful. You love family history as well. I've worked on my genealogy for the past 7 years, off and on and I just love it. The people just seem to come alive after so much research. Happy VTT and I did love your post.

Smilingsal said...

Texas history, what could be better?

Donna said...

wow how great is that!!! love your posts so far...love all that history
keep it up!

Danica said...

Thank you for posting. I loved reading about the history.

T Lee said...

Great way to begin your blogging journey! Love the picture and the story as well. Thanks for sharing.

mannequin said...

What a wonderful post and beautiful photograph. I can't wait to hear more, I think you have stories to tell :)

It's very nice to meet you, I'll be back next Thursday!

farmlady said...

I think anything about someones history is a great VTT. Always interesting and informative. We need to know more about the lives of people in the past so we can understand and appreciate what we have now. Our ancestors were strong people..., something we need to learn about.
Great photos. Welcome to VTT.

JAS-- said...

Love your blog. My family is from Texas, too.

jas
www.ironacres.blogspot.com

SueLovesCherries said...

This was wonderful! I love geneology. Welcome to V.T.T. and hope to see more of you on Thursdays!
Sue

Sweeti said...

Welcome to blogland! I hope you continue along these lines, I find it fascinating reading about generations long ago.

Hank - Joyce said...

Very nice lv, you have started out with a great blog, keep up the good works - we love ya

Shannon @ Silver Trappings said...

Wow, can you imagine anyone today being willing to camp at the river for months till they could borrow a little money to get across? What a neat story. Can't wait to hear more about your family history!

Shannon