Posted by: Herman I. May Date: July 04, 2000 at 19:42:27
In Reply to: Thigpen Family Riverside, Walker Co., TX by Temple Dunaway of 901


Please elaborate on which Walker Co. THIGPEN family you are researching. I am aware of two separate households circa 1900 - 1920 and am interested in both.

The family of John Allen THIGPEN is outlined in message number 262 below - posted 20 April 2000. I believe John to be the son of Ben Ashley THIGPEN, brother to my GGGgrandfather, Job. John was born in Tennessee.

There was also another family located in the county; this one from South Carolina. The patriarch of that household was a Hugh THIGPEN. From tax records, I know that Hugh and family were in the county as early as 1890. They appear in the 1900 enumeration, but by 1910 the only one that I have found remaining is Hugh - living as a hired hand in the household of J. B. Dorrell.

I have quite a bit of information on the first family, am researching the second, and am interested in any additional insight you can provide regarding either. Please feel free to contact me.



The odds were set and the point spread was in

The bets had been made, and it was obvious who would win. The team was cocky,

over-confident for sure; but on the bottom line their record was impressive and

they were good.

The overwhelming underdogs had heart; they would try hard. They promised a good game, they'd play the best they could

As usual their promises fell on deaf ears,

When the little guys talk, nobody hears.

The crowd filed in with not much excitement,

They, of course, knew the outcome before the game would begin -

The defending champions would surely coast to another win.

But on the other side of the court the little guys prepared

They would not be denied the right to prove themselves

Not intimidated or scared

They warmed up with a confidence surprising to all

They didn't seem to remember the other team was so dominantly tall

They acted as if they knew the giants were about to fall

As the buzzer sounded and the teams walked onto the floor

The crowd began to rumble; the underdog fans began to roar

Now all the talk meant nothing - for the outcome would be decided on the court

The buildup and hype had been enormous, but the game would be short

By half-time the crowd sat stunned in their places

You could see the amazement written on their faces

Could it be a fluke? Just lucky breaks for that little team!                                                                                    6

They couldn't keep up this awesome pace, it didn't seem                                                                                   

The giants started the second half almost in a daze,

The underdogs had already proven themselves too many people

The job was not over though; they did not seek only publicity

Their goal had always been outright victory

By the end of the game the crowd had shifted, the mood had changed, and the tide

had drifted.    

by Glenn Thigpen ~ 1981