Tracy Nickens

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Tracy Nickens Hello, my name is Tracy and I will tell you the story that has been passed down to me through my mother, grandmother, and G Aunts. My G granny was born Ila Lola Garrett and married Samuel Sanders (seen recorded as Samuel M. Saunders). The story is that G grandaddy was half Native American and looked it. But, let's get back to Ila. I do not know where she was born or what year but my guess would be between 1890-1900. Ila and Samuel had the following children, in order, Lena, Wilda, Nola, Gladys (my grandmother), Fama Faye, William (W.T), and Alma Fay. They also had another boy who passed away at a young age. Ila passed away either in Abilene, Tx, or that area when I was young, early to mid 60's? My G grandmother must have been a stout woman to have raised all those children as Samuel died at the age of 48 (as told) from typhoid fever in the early years of the depression. Ila had her children help her make ends meet, as Granny told it, and granny sold lye soap on the streets and brought the money back to her Mother. All of my great Aunts had a hand in raising me and were truly a blessing. I miss them dearly. I would like to pass down our genealogy to my children and other family members as I am quickly becoming part of the older generation. We have been told that a book/books have been written about our Garrett ancestors and how they were involved in helping to free good people (known as slaves) during the times of the underground railroad. It has also been said that some died during the civil war, so there is much history still, and someone out there who surely knows of it--and would like to share with me and others. Whatever you would like to share would be greatly appreciated by me and those we will leave behind. Please email me at Thank you
Apr 20, 2010 · posted to the surname Garrett
Tracy Nickens My Mother tells me that Grandaddy was born somewhere in Oklahoma in the year 1913, Carl Austin Clowers, in the month of September. Since he was delivered at home, the family had difficulty in remembering his date of birth; the options, September 5 or 7. Mom says he settled on celebrating his B/D on the 7th. His mother, called Fern, lived in the Lampases, Tx area (also around Killeen). Fern was married to Lee Clowers who immigrated to the USA, when and from where is uncertain. Fern later married Audie Hughes and they ran the Williams Cafe in the Killeen area. My brother, Jack White, used to keep in contact with that side of my family, but he has since passed and I would like to reconnect with them. My mother is Ginger Clowers and I am Tracy nickens. Grandaddy passed away on Febuary 17, 1973 and is buried in the Killeen area, but I do not know where. I remember my great Aunt Daisy and Aunt Tean (spelling uncertain). If you know any history of any of the people I have mentioned, then please contact me at and type in family tree in your subject line. Thank you!
Apr 20, 2010 · posted to the surname Clowers

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