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My grandmother Isabelle Camp Jackson prior to her passing had told me about the Rockdale State Bank. Looking
at the site just now I see that many of my father's forebears (my grandmother's relatives) are listed as
prominent members of the Bank.
I am curious if there are any remaining descendants with the surname Camp in the area and if so how might I
find them? Very much want to try to connect with them so that my children can meet them and experience other
family members though now somewhat removed given family lineage.
Thank you in advance,
R. Rea Jackson
The Camp family was a very prominent family in Milam County but I don't know of many still around.
I went to school with a Nancy Camp (actually from Sharp, TX which is in Milam County). It's interesting that
her married name is Jackson also.
Her address is available at
Thank you. I am trying to get in contact with Harden and Cynthia Weidemann in Dallas - Harden is the grandson
of my great aunt Mary Camp and if ok with you will forward your info to them as a reference.
I am really fascinated by memorabilia that my grandmother Isabel Camp Jackson kept and that I still have.
I am seriously thinking of making a trip to Milam County in the future to continue to pursue this and deliver
family info to the historic society - I fear that with time these items - and there are a couple of large boxes
- will fade and become destroyed. Do you think Milam County would have interest?
Thank you in advance.
Rea, I can't speak for any group, but I'm sure we could find a good home for the memorabilia you have. We have
an excellent Museum and some really great libraries here.
I will forward your emails to the MCHC members and other interested people. You probably will be hearing from
MCHC Website Administrator
Email forwarded to MCHC members and interested others.
Ms. Jackson, First off, thank you so much for contacting the Milam County Historical Commission and offering to
share your Camp family memorabilia with us.
The Camp family truly does have a long and rich heritage in Milam County. One of our MCHC members is Carol
Camp Simank. She is a Camp family historian and lives in her grandfather's turn of the century (or earlier)
The last time that I visited her at home, she was very proud to display her grandfather Camp's turn of the
century patient log books (he being a doctor). The pay was often in barter of chickens, field crops or the
like. Some of the doctor bills were quite expensive - $ 2.50.
What a treasure to have from an ancestor.
Carol is not on the internet, but I'll call her first thing Friday morning (it's late Thursday now) and relay
your contact information. I know that she'll be thrilled to hear of your memorabilia and to talk with you.
James Camp, who is the Director of the Cameron Nursing Center, will be equally interested since he is very
proud of his Camp heritage as well.
The Camp family ancestors are interred in no less than six Milam County cemeteries, the above historic cemetery
being just one. This information is derived from 170 Years of Cemetery Records in Milam County, Texas, Vol. 1,
pg. 544, by Norinne Holman. She has graciously allowed us to share this information on MCHC inquiries.
Since you wrote of the name Harden, might the above Camp headstones be of interest to you?. Harden appears to
be a common name in their family. I happened to take photo's of them last November while assisting in the
Locklin Cemetery Associations cemetery improvement workday.
Please expect a call from Carol's (512) area code.
Once again, a sincere thank you, on behalf of the Camp family, the Milam County Historical Commission and
possibly even the Milam County Historical Museum for your thoughtfulness in preserving our local heritage.
Sincerely, Jack Brooks
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Really appreciate you responding. It will be a bit before I am able to get to you - I am in the process of
building a home in Castle Rock, Colorado (moving back to CO from Chicago) and just signed the contract
yesterday. I am thinking it will be next summer about this time before I can get down by you guys.
So you know I keep running across documents and pictures and just stuff - mostly from my grandmother Izzy.
Some I have with me at my apt. but alot is in a couple of large boxes currently in storage.
First off Harden is Harden Weidemann of Dallas - he has two brothers - one named Jonathan and the other I do
not know. Harden is the son of Flo Weidemann who was the daughter of Mary Camp Leachmann; I think. I am trying
to get hold of Harden and his wife Cynthia in Dallas to get some additional details.
My grandmother, Isabel Camp Jackson was born on and lived on a farm with her two sisters and a brother near San
Gabriel, TX. I don't know her father's name because she always called him "Papa" Camp and her grandfather
"Pappie" Camp. I think those were indearing terms from her childhood.
I do remember her talking about a Murrell Camp as well. Isabel's sisters were Lois Camp (never married) and
Mary Camp Leachmann - both lived in Dallas until the end of their lives.
Isabel passed in 1998 in Denver and is interred there at St. John's Episcopal Church on Clarkson Street just
outside of the business district of downtown Denver. Her husband is interred with her in a columbarium there.
Lois passed a bit after that and Mary earlier in the 90's I believe. Both were buried in Dallas area.
Isabel's brother Neth ran the family farm near San Gabriel until his death and from what I understand there is
still a family (Camp) member running the farm to this day.
Isabel married Robert Rea Jackson Sr. of Ft. Worth. Robert Rea was son of Joseph Jackson and Robert Rea's
grandfather (name was J.R. Jackson) was the first peace officer of Ft. Worth, Tx. They subsequently moved to
Beaumont, TX and lived there for a number of years before being transferred by what was then the Magnolia
Petroleum Co. bought by Standard oil (Mobil) to New York City where my grandfather worked as Vice Pres of
international operations for Mobil until his retirement in 1962. They then moved to Denver that year. Isabel
was mother to my father Robert Rea Jackson Jr. - a doctor who had trained at Baylor University in Houston TX.
in what was the old polio miletus clinic there.
My father and my mom (Dorothy Smith Gleason (Jackson)) moved our family from Houston in 1961 to Denver,
Colorado where my father became medical director of Craig Rehabilitation Hospital there (a suburb of Denver
called Englewood). My father passed at 59 yrs in 1984 and mom passed at age 87 in May of 2013 in Denver. My
brother and sister and I interred them last June 2014 at Ft. Logan National Cemetery in Sheridan, CO.
Dad was in the Air Force Medical Corps during the Korean War and remaining on active status with the Air Force
until 1969 while working on the civilian side in medicine.
They had three children - me (Robert Rea Jackson III), Ellen Lee Jackson (Muntean) and Mark Whitfield Jackson.
I have two children Molly Elizabeth Jackson and Evan Rea Jackson. My sister has two children Carter Muntean
and Alexandra Muntean (Orlando FL). My brother has two children one each via two marriages. Robert Camp
Jackson (via Lynnette ??? Jackson and currently in the army in S. Korea) and Isabella Jackson (via Maria Custis
Jackson of St. Mary's, KS.)
I have a hand written document that was produced by Lois Camp taking the Camp (Whitfield) clan back to the UK -
I will make a copy of same and get this to you when I have a chance to visit.
I see that there is a Camp on my grandmother's lineage via E.A. Camp that was in the war of 1812 and through
him another distant relative going back to the Georgia Colony - pre-Revolutionary War. I remember Isabel
alluding to this and I think the handwritten lineage from Lois Camp refer to this.
That is about all that I know at this point. It really was not my intent to be the family historian but it has
taken on a life of its own and something that I gladly work at when time allows. I would like to remain in
contact. If you know of any Camp family left in the Rockdale, San Gabriel area I would love to connect with
them. Even to the point of having 'family reunion' so that Isabel's great grandchildren can witness the
breadth and depth of family history to which they have entered.
Talk soon I hope.
Thank you for your prompt reply and for all the detailed Camp family information. You've found the end of your
rainbow. Carol lives on a farm in San Gabriel. I can't wait. I'm making a 20 mile drive from Taylor to San
Gabriel, right now, to deliver this email. Probably the slowest email delivery in history.
How exciting this will be for our dear friend Carol.
Holy smokes - to gather up with distant family - what a blessing from the Lord!!!
There was an E.A. Camp in Rockdale who was an attorney, co. judge and mayor for some 58 yrs. He had a son who
also practiced there also E.A. camp and there is a James Camp in Cameron that is also an attorney and owns one
of the local nursing homes. I found no referance to the Rockdale State Bank.
Present day Camps in Milam County
Carole (Camp Simank) and I are members of the Thursday Reading Club here in Rockdale. She recently lost her
husband, Dennis Simank.
Her address is: 6956 North FM 486, Thorndale, TX 76577
Hope this is some of the information you were looking for.
Love, Susie Weems
Rea, about 15 years ago when I lived in Rockdale, I was in a garden club with Carole Camp Simank. She lived in
the beautiful 'Ike' Camp family home in San Gabriel caring for Frances, her mother. She is a lovely person and
would probably be your best Camp contact. Below is the synopsis I found in Ancestry.
When Carole Edith Camp was born on October 26, 1939, in Bell County, Texas, her father, Harden Hull 'Ike' Camp,
was 29 and her mother, Frances, was 28.
She had one brother, Charles. She had two sons with Dennis Ray Simank.
I will ask Rockdale friends if they know Carole's current contact.
I lived in Milam County 70 years and was fortunate to have known Mr Emory A Camp. He was a brilliant,
successful lawyer in Rockdale. The county court house is in Cameron where his cases were tried. Mr Camp had
pretty white wavy hair and always wore a black suit, white wing-tip shirts, a hat and glasses. He lived in a
large, white colonial style home and drove a black coupe. Mr Camp was often referred to as 'Mr Rockdale'
because of his involvement in business and community affairs.
Emory A's son was Emory B who practiced law in Cameron, Milam County, Texas.
Emory B's son was Emory C who practiced law in Rockdale, Milam County, Texas.
Emory C's son is Emory D who may also be a lawyer. He no longer lives in Rockdale.
Other Camps lived, ranched and owned acreage in the small rural community of San Gabriel, Milam, Texas.
I enjoy geneology and have traced the Camp family back several generations. Mr Emory A Camp was a dear friend
to us when we were young and newly married. I can help you with location of cemeteries, etc if you visit. Let
me know if I can help you.
Here are several obits for the Camp family of Milam County, TX. Thought you might find them interesting.
Hi Jack, Rea,
I came across the email thread posted here: http://www.milamcountyhistoricalcommission.org/info_sought_47.php
Just wanted you to know that my dad, Dr. Thomas Felton Camp, Jr. now lives in Lubbock. He is 85. He grew up in
San Gabriel and was the grandson of Pappy Camp. Harden was his uncle (or maybe great-uncle). My dad went to UT
medical school, then was a doctor in the military, serving in both the Air Force and Army until his retirement
in 1992. He married his college sweetheart and they had three children, Marla Camp (who lives in Austin and is
the publisher of the magazine “Edible Austin”), Jena Camp (who lives in El Paso, teaches high school, does
community organizing, and plays in a folk band), and myself (who lives in Lubbock and twists the minds of
students so that they become lawyers, as I used to be).
I am also interested in the Camp family history. As I recall, my dad said that our part of the clan came from
Mississippi after the Civil War. At any rate, my dad can tell lots of stories about the Camp clan and we have a
great picture of four generations of Camp’s, including Pappy, his father, his son (Thomas Felton Camp, Sr.) and
my dad as a boy (Thomas Felton Camp, Jr.). I recall visiting Rockdale some years back and visiting the Camp
cemetery and met some of our relatives.
Lubbock is about a six hour drive from Rockdale.
Bryan T. Camp
George H. Mahon Professor of Law
Texas Tech University School of Law
1802 Hartford Ave.
Lubbock, Texas 79409-0004
80six-834-86zero6 (direct dial)
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Subject: Re: Camp Family Update
Rea Jackson here - I am Isabelle Camp Jackson's grandson and her grandfather was Pappy Camp and her father
'Papa' Camp. So I would assume that your grandfather would have been my grandmother's cousin? She grew up on
the farm outside of Rockdale - a farm my father, Robert Rea Jackson Jr. took me and family to when I was very
Izzy had two sisters, Mary and Lois and I think a brother named Neth.
Really interesting that I find these connections starting to develop due to a simple request of the Milam Co.
I plan on taking a trip down to the Milam County Historical Society after I get re-settled in the Denver area
this coming summer from Chicago. Most likely will be in the fall of 2016 or following spring of 2017. I would
be interested in meeting Camp clan relatives.
There is a woman I have been in contact with named Peggy Wright who seems to know alot about the Camp history
in and around San Gabriel Do you know her?
Hi Rea and Bryan,
I spoke with Carol a short time ago and she looks forward to hearing from you. I wrote in an earlier post that
she's not on the net. She allowed me to share her telephone number which was incorrect on our MCHC web site.
Carol is a very dear friend and I know that she would enjoy hearing of your common heritage.
Here’s an interesting picture my dad has always kept above his desk. It’s four generations of Camp’s. Starting
from right and moving left are: my dad as a small boy (Thomas F. Camp, Jr.), his dad (Thomas F.
Camp, Sr.), his grandfather (“Daddo”) and his great-grandfather (“Pappy”). I am sure of Daddo and
Pappy’s full names but I suspect that you and I are related through one of them. Since my dad was born in 1930,
I am guessing the picture was made in about 1933 or 1934.
After your move to Colorado, if you wanted to drive though Lubbock on your way to visit East Texas, I could
introduce you to my Dad and, if time permits, I would be interested in visiting the Camp clan in Rockdale area
as well. It’s not a side of the family that I know very well. I am closest to my Dad’s mom’s family, who are
all from West Texas.