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#1  Texas Survey

 

Work with your parents to research your family. We have left some examples from last year that you will find interesting.   

 

1.  Who was the first person in your family to come to Texas?  When did they come?  How are they related to you?

2.  Where did that first person come from?  How did they travel to Texas?

3.  What job did that person have when they first came to Texas?  Was there any other reason they moved here?

4.  Where does your family like to go in Texas?  What does your family like best about living in Texas?

5.  Where do you think you will be living and what will you be doing in ten years?  In twenty years?

 

#2  Family Research Project

 

Take advantage of visiting your extended family during the Holiday Season and research your own family history.  Interview the oldest person in your extended family to discover what life was like for children when they were growing up.  Use the questions below as starters and follow up with questions of your own to collect information that you will use in class to write a book about your family.  Make photocopies of old photos, letters, or other primary resources if you would like to add these to your family book.  You will also be completing a Family Tree, so begin compiling full names (including maiden names) and birthdates for your parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents.  Students are not required to post their information here on the Fourth Grade site, but may do so if they wish. Scroll down for tips for success and sample questions.

 

Tips for Success:
-    Seek out the folks who know most about your ancestors.  You don’t have to ask only the questions we wrote.  Let them add ideas of their own and prompt them when they give you short answers.
-    Take advantage of resources in diaries, scrapbooks, old photos, libraries, and the Internet.
-    Gather family stories about your parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc.

 

Possible Questions for Relative Interview

Name of Relative    ___________________________________________________

Relationship    ___________________________________________________

1.  Background Information - given name, date and place of birth, names of family members, places lived, etc.

2.  What is the earliest thing you can remember?  Give at least three details about this memory.

3.  Describe a typical school day.  Include what you usually did after school and in the evening.

4.  What was a major news story you remember when you were a child?  What did you think about that story?

5.  Tell me the names of your favorite songs, books, and movies when you were a child or teenager.  What made these special?

6.  If your family ever moved, why did they have to move?  Tell me what it was like moving.  Did you have to change schools?

7.  What kind of work did your parents do?  Did you ever have a job while you were growing up?  How did you spend your earnings?

8.  What machines do we have now that you wish you had had then?  Why?

9.  How are children different today from the way you and your friends were?  How are they the same?


10.  Share a family tradition that you enjoyed  when  you were growing up.  What made the tradition special to you?

 

 

 

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Comments (Show all 81)

Amy Martin said

at 7:36 pm on Sep 24, 2014

Audrey Martin - Mrs. Hunter, Abigail Martin - Ms. Perkins

1. The first person to come to Texas in our family was our great grandfather Charles Michael Martino. He came to Texas in 1925.

2. Our grandfather came from New York City on the orphan train.

3. The New York Catholic Church sent orphans down to Texas to any families that would have them. Our Grandfather was dropped off in Bremond Texas at the age of 10 to work on a ranch.

4. We like to go to Lakeway and go boating and swimming in Lake Travis. We like Central Texas because of the Lakes and Parks and outdoor activities.

5. In ten years we will probably still be in Austin attending UT and then hopefully after that we will move to a beach somewhere.

Melissa Hovey said

at 7:37 pm on Sep 24, 2014

3) The first job they had was as a cotton farmer when they first came to Texas.
4) Our family enjoys Austin. In the 1920"s my great - grandparents lived in Austin and enjoyed going to Barton Springs.
5) In 10 years I think I will be living in Michigan because I love the cold and in 20 years I think I will be living back in Austin.

Amy Martin said

at 7:44 pm on Sep 24, 2014

Audrey - In twenty years I might become an actress or a singer.
Abigail - In twenty years I would like to be an artist.

heather said

at 8:18 pm on Sep 24, 2014

Lauren A. Potts - Perkins
1. The first person in my family to come to Texas was my great-grandfather, Bill Hart and my great-grandmother Mary Hart. They came to Austin, Texas in 1946.
2. My great grandparents came all the way from Indianapolis, Indiana. They traveled by a 1938 Plymouth with their one year old son Chris.
3. My grandfather took a sales position with The Steck Company, a printing and publishing company which he later purchased and ran as Hart Graphics.
4. We like taking family trips to interesting Texas destinations and the Hill Country. We love to go horseback riding whenever we get the chance.
5. In ten years, I want to go to UT and enjoy all the wonderful opportunities available to me in Austin.

Colette Bradsby said

at 9:05 pm on Sep 24, 2014

Josie Bradsby - Ms. Leibick

1.The first person in my family to come to Texas was my great-great-grandfather, William Clark. He came to Texas in the late 1800s.

2. My great-great-grandfather came to Texas from Tennessee in a wagon. He settled in the Lockhart area.

3. He was a doctor and came to Texas to practice medicine.

4. In Texas, my family likes to go to Port Aransas and Marfa. What we like best about living in Texas is that there are so many beautiful places to go.

5. I think I will be a singer, hairdresser, librarian, or pro volleyball player in 10 to 20 years. I might be living in Austin in 10 years playing volleyball. In 20 years I will live in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia and be a librarian that host dance parties on Fridays.

Stacy Mackintosh said

at 4:45 pm on Sep 25, 2014

Nate Mackintosh- Finkle

1. My great, great, great, great grandfather John Porter came to Texas in 1833.

2. He came down the Mississippi River from Tennessee on a boat loaded with cotton. He landed in New Orleans and took a boat to Brazoria, TX.

3. He began farming and ranching in Burleson County, then became the county judge. He came to Texas because it was the frontier land of opportunity.

4. Since my family just moved to Texas from California in August, the only place we have visited together is Dallas because that is where my grandparents and cousins live. My favorite places there are Great Wolf Lodge and Hawaiin Falls. So far the thing we like best about living in Texas is the food.

5. In 10 years I'll be in college at UCLA and surfing a lot. In 20 years I'll be a famous musician.

meloneecarter@... said

at 5:09 pm on Sep 25, 2014

Tania Carter - Ms. Hunter

1. Who was the first person in your family to come to Texas? When did they come? How are they related to you?
The first person in my family to come to Texas was my grandfather James Bryant. He moved to Texas in early 1970.

2. Where did that first person come from? How did they travel to Texas?
He came from Louisiana by car.

3. What job did that person have when they first came to Texas? Was there any other reason they moved here?
When he first came to Texas, my grandfather worked in a youth home for at-risk boys and then started his own cleaning company.

4. Where does your family like to go in Texas? What does your family like best about living in Texas?
My family likes to go to the beach, Houston, San Antonio, and Waco. What my family likes best about living in Texas is the beaches.

5. Where do you think you will be living and what will you be doing in ten years? In twenty years?
I think in 10 years I will be in college studying to be a veterinarian. In 20 years I will be rescuing animals in California.

Rebecca Waldrop said

at 5:28 pm on Sep 25, 2014

Preston Waldrop- Finkle
1. The first person in my family to come to Texas was my great great grandfather, Carl Anderson Waldrop in the 1920s.
2. He came from Arkansas and traveled on horse.
3. When he first came to Texas, he worked in a soap factory.
4. My family and I like to go San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston. The best thing about Texas is the weather and the football.
5. In ten years, I think I'll still be living in Texas as a professional athlete. In twenty years, I'll be rich and famous..... and still in Texas.

ofer shaul said

at 6:01 pm on Sep 25, 2014

This is for Asher Shaul - Duquette
1.the first person in my family to come to Texas was my dad in 2011.
2.my dad came from Israel by plain.
3.my dad is a banker.
4. My family likes to go to enchanted rock out side Austin. My family likes salt licks the best in Texas.
5.I might be an artist in 10 or 20 years and I will be living in North Carolina.

ofer shaul said

at 6:01 pm on Sep 25, 2014

This is for Ella Shaul - Perkins
1.My Aba Ofer. He's related to me because he's my Aba. He came in 2011.
2.My Aba came from Israel.Aba traveled here by plane.
3.Aba was a banker.
4.Me and my family like to go to Enchanted Rock.My family likes the weather in Texas.
5.I think I'm going to live in Israel in 10 years.I will almost certainly have a baby by then.I will most certainly have a child in 20 years.

Rich Scheller said

at 6:18 pm on Sep 25, 2014

Emma Scheller - Mrs. Finkle

1. Who was the first person in your family to come to Texas? When did they come? How are they related to you?
Richard Michael Scheller, my father, came to Texas in 1994.

2. Where did that first person come from? How did they travel to Texas?
He came from Pennsylvania. He drove a Honda Civic.

3. What job did that person have when they first came to Texas? Was there any other reason they moved here?
He worked as a system administrator in Houston. He moved here to establish a career and to settledown.

4. Where does your family like to go in Texas? What does your family like best about living in Texas?
We like to go to Port Aransas, Pedernales Falls, Enchanted Rock, and local parks around Austin. We like the fact that most people are friendly.

5. Where do you think you will be living and what will you be doing in ten years? In twenty years?
I think I will be living in Austin in ten years going to U.T. In twenty years, I will be living peacefully with a house and a job.

Brenda Rarick said

at 6:21 pm on Sep 25, 2014

Ian Rarick - Ms. Duquette's class
1. My dad was the first person to come to Texas on his side of the family. On my mom's side, Johann "John" Adam Schuessler, his wife Eva, and their children came to the Republic of Texas in 1845 from Germany. He was my great, great, great, great, great grandfather.
2. The family sailed from Europe on a ship called the "Dyle."
3. The family was given a land grant of 320 acres to farm in the Republic of Texas. We believe they moved here for the opportunity to improve their lives.
4. We like to go to the gulf coast. We like the beach. We like the nice weather and the variety in the land with mountains, beaches and sometimes snow.
5. In 10 years, I'll be 19 so I will be in college living in Texas, Ohio or California because I like those places a lot. In 20 years, I'll be 29 so I'll hopefully have a nice house, a kid or two, and working as a video game designer or movie maker/animator.

Mary Rose said

at 6:27 pm on Sep 25, 2014

Marielle Musick - Ms. Leibick

1. The first people to come to Texas in my family were John William French and his wife, Mattie Loella (Ella), who came to Cherokee County. They probably came in the early 1890’s. They are my great-, great-, great-grandparents. My grandparents never wrote down when their relatives arrived, so we don’t know for sure.

2. They came from Georgia. They probably traveled by pioneer wagon, but we do not know for sure.

3. They were farmers. We assume they came to Texas for better fortune and better land.

4. Our family likes visiting the capitol building and going to San Antonio and to Houston.

5. In ten years, I will be going to college and living wherever my college is. In twenty years, I will probably have a family and live where my family decides to live.

Mary Rose said

at 8:29 pm on Sep 25, 2014

4. Forgot: The best thing we like about Texas is the winters.

duffield95 said

at 6:28 pm on Sep 25, 2014

Alison Duffield- Ms. Duquette

1. The first person to come to Texas was my great, great, grandfather Randolph Peyton Goodman in , Corsicana, Navarro, Texas. It was sometime between 1844 and 1927.
2. He left Cumberland, Virginia to Texas. We don't know how he traveled here.
3. He was one of Teddy Roosevelts Rough Riders and was involved in the oil business.
4. We like to go to to all the rivers to hike. We like to visit our family in Fort Worth, Tomball and Magnolia.
5. In 10 years I will probably be living somewhere overseas going to university. In 20 years I will be running an orphanage for the poor.

cara-mueller@... said

at 6:49 pm on Sep 25, 2014

Gwendolyn Mueller's Texas Survey - Ms. Duquette

1 & 2. On my Dad’s side of the family my uncle, my grandma and my Dad came together to Texas from Illinois in 1981. My grandma is my Dad’s Mom and my Uncle is my Dad’s brother. They came to Texas in a car. On my Mom’s side of the family my Great- great grandfather Roy Stanley moved to Dallas from Omaha Nebraska around 1900. We think he traveled by train.
3. My Grandma’s husband got a job at Du Point. Roy Stanley got a job at Son Oil Company.
4. My family likes to go on vacation. At Hyatt Los Pines Resort and la Cantera Resort. We like the weather, people and the city, Austin Texas.
5. In ten years I will …. I want to see and do some stuff in California like I think I will go to the beach every day! In 20 years I will …. Get a job as an art teacher and later I want to have kids and get married.

Chris Stromberger said

at 7:32 pm on Sep 25, 2014

Elizabeth Ann Stromberger -- Mrs. Hunter

1. Augustus Stromberger was the first person in my family to come to Texas, in 1917. He is my great-great grandfather.
2. He came from Canyon City, Colorado. He traveled by train.
3. Augustus was an officer in the army. He came to Texas because the headquarters of the 4th army was at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.
4. Our family likes to travel to the beach at South Padre Island, and to visit family in San Antonio. Things we like about living in Texas: it’s not always cold here, we have family living close by, Texas has different weather for each season.
5. In ten years I will be a student at Stanford University. In twenty years I will have kids and my own family.

Ava De Leon said

at 7:37 pm on Sep 25, 2014

Ava De Leon's Texas Survey - Ms. Duquette
1. The first people to come to Texas on my mother's side of the family were my great-great-great grandparents Feliz and Pedro Gonzalez who came to Texas in the 1860's.
2. They were from Mexico but my great-great-great-great grandfather was from Spain. They got to Texas on foot via the border in Laredo, Texas.
3. All of my great grandparents were ranch hands until my great grandfather began working as an oilfield worker.
4. I like to go to San Antonio to see relatives. I like Texas winters because its not too cold in December.
5. In ten years I hope to be living in Boston and going to Harvard University like my Uncle Doug. In twenty years, I want to be traveling to new places with my husband.

Matt Counts said

at 7:41 pm on Sep 25, 2014

McKenna Counts- Ms. Duquette

1. My great great great great great grandparents, John William and Barsheba Sadler moved to Montgomery County Texas from Tennessee with a group of family and friends in 1833.
2. They came all the way to Texas from Tennessee by covered wagon!
3. My great grandfather (x5) was a soldier and fought in the Battle of San Jacinto. He got 2 parcels of land for serving in the Army of The Republic.
4. We like to go to Granbury to visit family and enjoy playing in the country and in the Brazos River.
5. In 10 years I will be living in Austin and going to UT. In 20 years I will be a doctor at Dell Children's Medical Center.

Jay Shields said

at 7:45 pm on Sep 25, 2014

Rhett Shields – Ms. Finkle
1. Who was the first person in your family to come to Texas? When did they come? How are they related to you?
My great great great grandpa W.C. Shields moved to Texas in the early 1800’s.

2. Where did that first person come from? How did they travel to Texas?
He moved to Texas from Georgia by horse and wagon.

3. What job did that person have when they first came to Texas? Was there any other reason they moved here?
He moved to Texas to own and work a farm.

4. Where does your family like to go in Texas? What does your family like best about living in Texas?
My family and I like to go to Dallas to see family. The best thing about Texas is the weather.

5. Where do you think you will be living and what will you be doing in ten years? In twenty years?
In ten years I will be in college at Baylor. In twenty years I will be living with my wife and two kids. I will be an artist.

xiaoci said

at 8:20 pm on Sep 25, 2014

Isabella Lin - Mrs. Leibick and Ms. Duquette
1. Who was the first person in your family to come to Texas? When did they come? How are they related to you?
My dad was the first person came to Texas in our family. He came here in August 2008.

2. Where did that first person come from? How did they travel to Texas?
My father originally came from China, Sichuan Province. He took airplane to America, he first worked in Mississippi, then Florida, then he drove his car to Texas when he found his new job here. When we moved to Austin, we drove a big Uhall truck.

3. What job did that person have when they first came to Texas? Was there any other reason they moved here?
My dad's first job in Texas was software engineer. He thought the job here is a better career opportunity.

4. Where does your family like to go in Texas? What does your family like best about living in Texas?
We like to go to Barton Creek for the funs on the water. We love here because it is just so much fun things to do here. And my parent said here I can get better education.

5. Where do you think you will be living and what will you be doing in ten years? In twenty years?
I think I am going to live in the UT's dorm and being a medical school student there in ten years. In twenty years, I will be living in London and being a heart doctor.

Kitty Castellanet said

at 8:37 pm on Sep 25, 2014

Kaitlyn Castellanet - Ms. Finkle

1. Who was the first person in your family to come to Texas? When did they come? How are they related to you?
My mom, Kitty (Law) Castellanet came to Austin in 1995 after she graduated from the University of Michigan.

2. Where did that first person come from? How did they travel to Texas?
She came from Toledo, Ohio. My grandpa drove her to Austin.

3. What job did that person have when they first came to Texas? Was there any other reason they moved here?
She was recruited by a company called Motorola. She liked Austin because it reminded her a little bit of Ann Arbor, MI.

4. Where does your family like to go in Texas? What does your family like best about living in Texas?
We like to go camping and swimming in rivers & lakes. We like the friendly community.

5. Where do you think you will be living and what will you be doing in ten years? In twenty years?
I will be in college studying engineering like my parents in IN. I will own my parent's business (CostumeVille) in twenty years and have a husband and maybe two kids.

Gabriela Sarabia Morrow said

at 8:37 pm on Sep 25, 2014

Daniela Magee Morrow (Ms. Perkins)

My grandfather Thomas Francis Morrow was the first person in my family to come to Texas. He traveled by train from Philladelphia, PA. to Austin, Texas in 1942.
My grandfather came to Austin because he was in the Army and was stationed at the Bergstrom Army Airforce Base.
My family likes to go to San Antonio, Texas. We love Austin because of the weather and the beautiful trees and parks.
In 10 years I will be living in Dallas, Texas and attending Texas Christian University. In 20 years I will be a teacher at Highland Park Elementary.

Roshani de Silva said

at 8:50 pm on Sep 25, 2014

Claire De Silva-Yost -Mrs. Finkle

Who was the first person in your family to come to Texas? When did they come? How are they related to you?
My Dad’s whole family moved to San Antonio in summer of 1971.
My grandparents, aunt Lisa, aunt Amy, my uncle Michael, and my Dad.

2. Where did that first person come from? How did they travel to Texas?
My Dad’s family came from Saint Paul, Minnesota in a station wagon.

3. What job did that person have? Was there any reason they moved here?
My grandfather was a college professor. He taught statistics.
He moved to Texas to teach at Trinity College.

4.Where does your family like to go in Texas? What does your family like best about living Texas?
My family likes to go to Dallas, San Antonio, Marble Falls, and Port Aransas.
We like the beaches and the lakes.

5.Where do you think you will be living and what will you be doing in 10 years? In 20 years?
I think I will be living in California and studying to become a marine biologist. In 20 years I will be a famous marine biologist with two kids and a husband.

lmassengale@austin.rr.com said

at 8:53 pm on Sep 25, 2014

Paige Massengale - Ms. Duquette

1. 1. Who was the first person in your family to come to Texas? When did they come? How are they related to you?
Charles B. Payne was the first person in my family to come to Texas in the 1850's. He is my Grandmother's on my father's side, great, great, great grandfather.


2. Where did that first person come from? How did they travel to Texas?
He came from Alabama. He traveled here by covered wagon.


3. What job did that person have when they first came to Texas? Was there any other reason they moved here?
He moved here to farm land.

4. Where does your family like to go in Texas? What does your family like best about living in Texas? My family likes to go to Port O'Connor and Schlitterbahn. We like living in Texas because the weather is great and there are many different types of animals.


5. Where do you think you will be living and what will you be doing in ten years? In twenty years?
In ten years, I will be 19 years old, and I will be in college at Texas A & M. In twenty years I will be 29 years old and living in Austin and be a vet, or a teacher or a movie star.

Anderson Franklin said

at 9:13 pm on Sep 25, 2014

1. Who was the first person in your family to come to Texas? When did they come? How are they related to you?
I am a seventh-generation Texan. All of my grandfather's family came to Texas straight from Germany or England. The first Texas family was the Fisslers. They came from Germany in the 1830s. The Gieseckes came to Galveston in a ship they built in 1846. The Fuchs and Materns came at about the same time. All of them settled between New Braunfels and Marble Falls. The first English family was the Franklins, who came to Llano in 1875. They lived on a ranch that they bought, that is still in the family. I will someday inherit the house my great-great-grandfather was born in. My grandmother came from France. She was born in Paris. She was an actress and model there. My grandfather brought her to Texas. My mother's family came to Austin from Mississippi and Louisiana in the 1970s.
2. Where did that first person come from? How did they travel to Texas?
By boat from Germany.
3. What job did that person have when they first came to Texas? Was there any other reason they moved here?
We don't know. They came mainly for a new life.
4. Where does your family like to go in Texas? What does your family like best about living in Texas?
We like Rockport and water parks! We also like swimming, hunting, and fishing on the ranch. And working cattle. I also like listening to Austin music and going to South By Southwest and Austin City Limits Festival! I am going next week!
5. Where do you think you will be living and what will you be doing in ten years? In twenty years?
I will be living in Austin, going to UT and making music. In twenty years I will be living in New York, making music!

amykrische said

at 9:22 pm on Sep 25, 2014


Thea Krische/Finkle

1. Who was the first person in your family to come to Texas? When did they come? How are they related to you?
The first of my family to come to Texas was my mom and my dad. They came to Texas in 1999.

2. Where did that first person come from? How did they travel to Texas?
My family came from California. They came here by plane.

3. What job did that person have when they first came to Texas? Was there any other reason they moved here?
My dad came to work at U.T. He is a chemistry professor. That was the only reason they came.

4. Where does your family like to go in Texas? What does your family like best about living in Texas?
My family and I like to go to the Gulf of Mexico.

5. Where do you think you will be living and what will you be doing in ten years? In twenty years?
In 10 years I'll be working in college, but I'm not sure which college yet. In 20 years I will be an author.

ng.attorney@... said

at 9:26 pm on Sep 25, 2014

1. My grandfather, Miguel Angel Gonsalvez was the first person in my family to move to the United States and came to live in Austin back in 1977. Shortly after, he brought my grandmother Rosa, my mother, my uncle Flavio, and my aunt Claudia.

2. My grandfather was born in Lisbon, Portugal but raised in Mexico. He was the first person in my family who moved to the United States and directly came to Austin, Texas. He entered the United States without inspection because he wanted a better life for his family.

3. My grandfather worked as a cook at different restaurants in Austin, and then worked for Mrs. Baird's Bakery for 15 years. My grandfather could not find a good paying job in Mexico and decided to move to the United States to give my mother and her siblings a better education and future.

4. My family and I love to travel to Houston because of the diversity in food, music, culture. We love to go to the Houston Zoo, Children's Museum, and NASA Space Center. My family likes to live in Texas because of its rich Mexican culture and its history.

5. In ten years I think I will be living in Austin, Texas attending the University of Texas playing football for the Longhorns and learning science experiments in school. In twenty years I would like to live either in Seattle Washington and be a professional football player for the Seahawks or live in Boston, M.A. where I will be finishing my doctorate degree in either astronomy or geology.

Scott Rosen said

at 9:34 pm on Sep 25, 2014

Jack Rosen - Ms. Perkins Homeroom

1. The first person in my family to come to Texas was Reuben Hornsby on February 5, 1830. He was my great great great great great great grandfather.

2. He and his family came from Covington, Mississippi by steam boat and landed at the mouth of the Brazos River.

3. He had a job surveying land and farming. There are no other reasons they moved here.

4. We like to go to Rockport, a small town on the coast and my grandparents own a little shack right on the water. My family likes living in Texas because we like living near family.

5. I think in ten years I will be in college and in twenty years I will be the CEO of Apple and I will have an office on the very top floor of the empire state building and I will have a whiteboard and a big glass window that overlooks the streets of New York City.

Janet Teal said

at 9:42 pm on Sep 25, 2014

Robby Teal - Mrs Leibick's Homeroom

1. Simon Peter Lewis came to Texas in the 1880s with his older brother Jake, younger brother Dave, and sister Ursa. He is my great-great grandfather.

2. Simon Lewis moved to Texas from Tennessee. When the family had to move, they used wagons and mules.

3. Simon Lewis was a cotton farmer. His son JC remembered that they used mules and horses on the farm, no tractors.

4. My sister likes to go to the Tower of the Americas restaurant in San Antonio. My family likes to go to Houston to visit relatives and friends. My sister likes the Texas pride. There is an emblem of Texas on any surface possible. Practically no other state has that. It is nice that the winters are not as cold as they could be.

5. In 10 years I think I will be in college. I do not know where. In 20 years, when I’m 30, I’ll be in an apartment. I’ll be starting my life, and I’ll probably get married. I might be inventing flying devices like flying cars and skateboards. I’ll be inventing Stuff that is powered by salt water because there is so much of it.

margaret ligarde said

at 6:36 am on Sep 26, 2014

Mitchell Whitlow, Ms. Perkins class

1. Earnest William Spiegelhauer came to Texas in 1867. He is my great-great Grandfather.
2. He came from Germany by ship.
3. He was a farmer. There was a war going on in Germany. Prussia defeated his region of Saxony.
4. We like to go to Galveston and Houston. It's never too cold there and many of our relatives live there.
5. I'll be at Duke playing for Coach K, etc. In 20 years I will be playing for the Rockets and I'll have two kids, one named Jimmy and one named Mitch the 2nd.

theroses@austin.rr.com said

at 7:17 am on Sep 26, 2014

Audrey Elizabeth Rose, Mrs. Hunter
1. 2. My great, great grandfather Philip Samuel Spiller was born in 1849. He left the area because of the “The Great Storm of 1886”. He is on my mother’s side. He was in the war against the states, the Civil War. He came from Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana by wagon train and arrived in Texas in 1886.
He married my great, great grandmother Elena Rita de la Garza. The de la Garza Family is from Brownsville, Texas. Los porceones given by the King of Spain became the Texas Land Grants and one of these was the de la Garza Grants of South Texas and that also included the legendary King Ranch land.
3. Philip Spiller was an Accountant and Inventor. He invented a combustion engine in 1890’s. He also worked as an Accountant for the State Comptroller's Office, the Deaf School and later the City of Austin. The Spiller Family has a long history of Oil and Gas.
Philip Samuel Spiller’s son, Frank Finley Spiller was born in 1896, he was an inventor too. He manufactured petroleum gas generators, burners and radiators which he invented and had patents for. Owner and operator of Spiller Butane in Austin,Texas. He and his wife Violet lived on Spiller Lane in Westlake. He also won the contractors bid for installing the plumbing at the McDonald Observatory in the underground tunnels at Davis Mountains.
4. My family likes to go to Port Aransas, Texas. I like that my family lives mostly in Texas.
5. In ten years, I will be still in school living in Austin.
In twenty years, I will be living in Austin working as a Veterinarian.

Gavin Ratcliff said

at 11:03 am on Sep 27, 2014

1. Parry Humprey was the first person in my family to come to Texas. He arrived June 1, 1836. Parry Humprey is my 5th great-grandfather.

2. He was born in Lexington, Kentucky. He became an officer in the U.S. Navy. While passing through New Orleans going to Pensacola, he met an old friend who convinced him to go to Texas.

3. While in New Orleans, Humphrey’s friend introduced him to the secretary of the Texas Navy, Robert Potter. Potter arranged for the Texas President, David Burnet, to commission Humphrey to be a Texas Navy lieutenant. He was assigned to the schooner Invincible. We don’t know any other reasons

4. Our family likes to visit Brenham, TX in my Dad’s plane for ice cream. We like the large amount of family we have in Austin, and the environmental conscience of the city, we even like the backyard chicken movement that we were once part of.

5. In ten years I will be in college and hopefully living in Austin. In twenty years I will hope to be living in Austin as a neurologist or a technical engineer.

Kate Henderson said

at 7:18 pm on Sep 28, 2014

Name: Evan Henderson
Homeroom Teacher: Ms. Perkins

1. Kate Henderson, my mom, was the first person in our family to come to Texas. She arrived in May 2007.

2. My mom flew into Austin from Madison, Wisconsin to start her new job.

3. When my mom came to Texas in May of 2007, she began to work for Seton Healthcare Family. My mom moved to Austin just six weeks ahead of my dad and I. My dad's new job at the University of Texas started on July 1st, 2007. My mom and dad moved our family to Austin for their new jobs.

4. Our family likes to go to Port Aransas to play at the beach. We also enjoy going to Burnet, Texas to visit grandparents who just moved here in June of 2014. Our family likes the weather in Texas.

5. In ten years I think I’ll be living in a dorm at the University of Texas in Austin studying engineering and architecture. In twenty years I think I’ll be living in a hillside house in Austin, Texas with my dog and will be busy building a bridge or a new building in town.

vlad said

at 8:18 pm on Sep 28, 2014

Name: Alexander & Benjamin Zavadsky
Teacher: S. Hunter

1. My mother was the first person in my family to come to Texas. She moved to Texas in 1990 to teach school in Austin Independent School district. She taught 8th and 9th grade students that were in special education.

2. My mother came from Topeka Kansas. She drove to Texas with her father and her cat, and her father helped her moves all her things.

3. My mother's first job in Austin was to teach students with behavior problems. She moved to Texas to do that because it was a good job offer with better salary than in Kansas.

4. My family likes to go to Flying L Ranch in Bandera, and camping in state parks. We like the jobs, our house, our family,pir neighborhood our school, and we all have friends here.

5. In ten years, I, Alexander, will be living somewhere near my college and working on a degree. In twenty years, I might be in Austin or maybe in California, and I may be a lawyer, and be married and living in maybe a big house.

In ten years, I, Benjaminn, will be in college and living either on campus or off campus working on a college degree, In twenty years, I might be an architect living and working in maybe Austin.

mnotzonjones@... said

at 7:47 pm on Sep 29, 2014

Stevie Jones Teacher: Ms.Perkins 1.My great,great,great,great grandfather died at sea coming to the U.S. One of his sons,Alexander Notzon,was born in Poland,and made his way to Yorktown,TX in 1866. 2. He came from Prussian,Poland and he traveled by boat. 3.He was a salesman for Pioneer Flour Co. of San Antonio for 33years. 4. We like to go to Galveston and go to the beach.We also like to visit my cousins in Dallas and College Station.We love living in Austin and enjoy all the fun things to do here. 5. In 10 years I think I will be living in Austin and going to UT. In 20 years I think I will be a gymnast.

Sally Hunter said

at 8:29 am on Oct 1, 2014

From Ayden Shergur

1. The first person in my family to come to Texas was my great, great grandfather.
2. He came from Russia and sneaked in to Texas.
3. He was a farmer and he wanted to escape from a war going on back in his home country.
4. My family likes to go to Bull Creek and to the beach.
5. In ten years I want to live in Las Vegas and be an engineer. In twenty years I'll still be an engineer.

Bart Brown said

at 9:28 am on Oct 1, 2014

Jude Brown - Ms Kinlke

1. The first person in my family to come to Texas was my great grandfather. His name was Thomas Russell Putman. My dad called him Pappy. He came to the east Texas area in 1955.

2. Pappy came from Lexington, Kentucky. He drove to Texas in his blue Plymouth.

3. He first came to Texas to cover a story on a big gas explosion in east Texas. He was a writer for a newspaper. He really liked the area and decided to move his family there and start a new life.

4. My family likes to go to to Barton Springs, San Marcos river, and to the coast. We like to be in nature. The best part about living in Texas is living in Austin. We like the energy and creativity in the city.

5. In 10 years I will be an entrepreneur. In 20 years I will be a surfing instructor in Costa Rica.

Sally Hunter said

at 12:25 pm on Oct 2, 2014

From Hazel Esterak

1. The first person in my family to come to Texas was my great great great grandfather, Joseph John Bollom, who arrived in 1897.
2. He came from Morovia which is now part of the Czech Republic. He traveled to Texas by ship and landed in Galveston.
3. He was a farmer and also came to Texas to have a better life.
4. My family likes to go to Port Aransas for summer weekends, Dallas for University of Texas football games, San Antonio to visit grandparents, and Houston and Brenham to see family. My family likes living in Texas for the warm weather and the friendliness of the people.
5. In ten years I will be studying at U.T. to become a teacher. In twenty years I will be living happily with my husband and four kids in San Antonio. I will be a teacher.

denisewolleben@... said

at 7:27 am on Oct 8, 2014

From Ron Wolleben - Ms. Hunter's Class

1. The first person in my family to come to Texas was my grandfather, James Wolleben in 1961.
2. He came from Columbia, MO by plane.
3. He came to go to UT for his PhD in Geology.
4. My family likes to go to Port Aransas in the summer. We go a couple times per year, once always as a family and then over Labor Day weekends with all of our friends. We like Austin because there is always something to do and you can be outside a lot.
5. I think I will live in Texas in 10 years, be going to college and living with roommates. In 20 years, I will still live in Texas, be married, living at my house. I might be a video game designer.

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