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My book, Tandem Lives: The Frontier Texas Diaries of Henrietta Baker Embree and Tennessee Keys Embree, 1856-1884, will be published in April 2009 by The University of Tennessee Press. I discovered these diaries during my work on my previous book, She Left Nothing In Particular: The Autobiographical Legacy of 19th Century Women’s Diaries (Tennessee, 2001). I included a chapter on these diaries in that book and I have worked on bringing this full edition to the public since 1996. Working from the typescripts available at the University of Texas Center for American History, I was determined to create an edition which did not hamper the women’s own telling of their story. Once the editing was complete and the manuscript well on its way to publication with University of Tennessee Press, I assumed my work with these diaries had gone as far as possible. I mourned that I would likely never find the originals but was also very pleased that I had been able to bring these women’s stories so far.

This was not the end of the story, however. On September 18, 2008, I received an e-mail from Debbie Bauer, the daughter of Betty Sanford Lockhart (who was the daughter of Leland Sanford, the granddaughter of Beulah Embree Sanford, and the great-granddaughter of Tennessee Keys Embree). Debbie had found me through the Belton Museum who knew of my work on the Embree diaries. She had a treasure strove of family documents she had inherited from her mother. This stunning treasure included the handwritten original diaries of Tennessee and Henrietta Embree and all of the family photographs are able to view on this website. Betty Lockhart, an avid genealogist, had inherited the materials from Gillian Embree Cresswell and had also added her own research to the story. Though Betty Sanford Lockhart had died several years previously, she had assured her daughter that one day, this material would be of some importance.  I hope she is now satisfied that she has been proven correct in that assurance. Since this fortutious encounter, I have also been in contact with other descendants of Elisha Embree and Margaret Embree Graves, the brother and sister of John W. Embree. Without their work and gracious contributions, this website would not have been possible.

Betty Sanford Lockhart

Betty Sanford Lockhart

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