Make your own free website on



Welcome to my front porch, I hope you will stay for a while and enjoy your visit.  If you have been here previously, please "refresh" or "reload" as you enter each section to see the latest changes or additions.  There are many sections, I hope you will visit them before you leave. I have a lot to share, so feel free to visit often.

I call this my "front porch" as it is the gathering place for us to begin our visit.  As a child I often sat on the front porch of my grandparents home, enjoying the coolness of the evening as the various family and neighbors gathered to discuss the daily events of our lives.  This ritual is disappearing from today's society as we are a scattered community, sometimes barely knowing our next door neighbor, and rarely are they our families.  As we pass houses in our neatly arranged neighborhoods, seldom do we see the once familiar porch swing inviting those passing by to stop and visit, now replaced by the security measures we take to protect ourselves, the porches merely entrances, bare except for the occasional decorative plants.

The information and materials you will find on this site has been contributed by many people, especially the photographs.  The information may be freely shared for personal use, but please do not place the photo's or information on another web site without the written permission of the owner, especially the photographs.

A part  of my site is dedicated to the collection and preservation of historical and genealogical heritage of Bowie County, Texas.  A couple of friends have joined me, so we are adding our family information and it changes often.  If you have family in Bowie County, or have materials on it, please feel free to share your family with us.  We will be expanding this section to other areas as we can, and hopefully, one day to have a general research center covering several states.  We are independent, have no affiliation with any historical or genealogical network on or off the Internet, but do fully support them, especially local genealogical societies.

Another special section is dedicated to the Autrey family, Absalom and Elizabeth (Norris) Autrey, who moved from Perry County, Ala. in 1847 to Dubach, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, where they raised their 15 children.  Absalom and Elizabeth had 12 children who survived the Civil War who later presented them with 107 grandchildren, many of whom moved into Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.  It is my life-long dream to find and gather our Autrey family under one huge tree.  If you are a part of this family tree, please feel free to join with me in preserving our heritage. If you are an Autrey researcher, please join me on the Roots AUTREY-L Surname mailing list, everyone is welcome.


I have started with the AUTREY family, but much is to be added, especially on my side of the family, so please visit often.  The most current section will be the family gedcom file.

The materials you will find on the following pages has been shared by  family members, friends, and other researchers who became friends.  The genealogical file consists of three families:

  • Alexander/Autrey/Beasley/Endsley  - This is the family of my husband, Joe Elbert Autrey, many of whom still live in Bowie County.

  • Gaddis/Lyon/Carpenter/Sheppard  -This is my family, researched by my sister , Betty D. Mitchell. Current family members are mainly in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

  • Griffin/Mitchell  (This is the family of my brother-in-law, Michael Wayne Mitchell, researched by my sister)

If you have materials or information to share, please contact me.  If you find areas of information which need correcting, or if you have constructive suggestions on how to make this site easier to use, please let me hear from you.

  Last Update on:   06/29/00

Web Rings

Last Updated: 06/29/00 06:25:20 AM

phenom.gif (7716 bytes)

This was given to me by a good friend!


Add Me!

1999, 2000 by Jo Autrey or the contributor. All rights reserved.  This information may be used by libraries, genealogical societies, and for personal use, however, commercial use of this information is strictly prohibited without prior permission of the owners. Photographs and other documents on this site are not to be copied and redistributed on any web site or in any other format, printed or electronic without specific written permission of Jo Autrey or the owner. If copied, this copyright notice must appear with the information.