Who am I? And what do I have to do with the book, Trek to Texas?
Hello, my name is Kathy. I am a 6th generation Texan and a direct descendant of the family in the book, written by my grandmother’s cousin, Pearl Foster O’Donnell.
- Thomas Jefferson Foster, son of Mary (Armstrong) Foster and Joel Lewis Foster
Thomas Jefferson Foster was one of the first settlers in Texas sometime between 1832 and 1841. Though born in Tennessee, I still consider him a “True Texan”, since he and his family were among the first Texas Pioneers.
- M. Berry Anderson Foster
- Minnie Sue Foster
- Evvie Reeves
- Kathy <– That’s me!
I own and run an online gift shop, Yellow Rose Designs, making my own handmade jewelry, stained glass, and other handmade items, as well as creating designs for sale on apparel, mugs, journals, greeting cards, clocks and other gift items.
Growing up, I was always fascinated by the book written about our family. The tales and stories inside kept me fascinated for hours. According to Grandma, there were only a few copies printed, one being given to each branch of the family. I heard stories that Pearl intended to update the book again, with current generations added, though she never had the opportunity to do so. Knowing that Cousin Pearl wrote it with the intention of sharing the lineage with the family and passing on the knowledge contained within the stories, I am doing my part to pass the stories on to the next generation, or anyone who wants to know what life was really like on the Texas Frontier.
Before she died, Grandma gifted 2 things to me that I will always hold dear. One was my grandfather’s cap that he wore in his years working on the Texas Railroads. The other was this book, Trek to Texas. I hope you enjoy it as much as I always have.