What Does 7 Generations of Texas History Look Like?

 Louie is a 7th generation Texan from his Paternal Grandmother. 

Louie’s 4th Great Grandfather was Thomas Hudson Barron. Barron fought at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815.  This was the last major conflict in the War of 1812. Barron first came to Texas in 1821 with Steven F. Austin’s “Old Three Hundred” colonists.  He returned to Texas in 1831 and received a land grant from Steven Austin in 1832.  From before until after the Texas Revolution, Barron was a Texas Ranger.  In 1837 his company of Rangers established Fort Fisher.  Later that same year he built a house in Independence later purchased by Sam Houston.  He was the first clerk of the McClennan County Court in 1850 and Waco’s Tax Assessor in 1860.

Louie comes from a long line of faculty, farmers, founders, and faith leaders.  In addition to Thomas Barron’s role in the founding of Waco, about 100 years later his paternal Grandfather (Richard Cecile Sullins) and Grandmother (Helen Marcile Sullins) were one of 13 Charter Member families that started First Woodway Baptist Church in the Woodway suburb of Waco.  Richard Cecile Sullins helped incorporate the City of Woodway, was the Assistant Fire Chief of the Woodway Volunteer Fire Department, owned and operated Waco House Moving Company, and built and owned Waco Midway Shopping Center.  He attended Howard Payne University and served in the Army Air Corps in World War II.

His grandfather on the other side was A. Deward Taylor who served in the Marines in World War II and was a farmer with 240 acres which is still in the immediate family.  His wife, Lena M. Taylor attended Texas Women’s University. 

Louie’s 2nd Great Grandfather on his mother’s side immigrated from Norway in 1849 at age 3.  In 1870 he helped build a Lutheran Church in Brownsboro, TX.  He became an ordained Baptist minister in 1891.

Louie’s great grandfather Carl Emil Olsen was a Texas Ranger in 1874 with the Rio Grande Company.

Maternal 2nd Great Grandfather (Martin Andreas Brown) was from Norway.  He immigrated to  U.S. on a boat in 1849 when he was 3 years old with his family. Martin’s son James, Louie’s great grandfather, was a farmer, merchant, and Tax Assessor in Bosque County, Texas.  James’ son, Cleo Mark Brown, attended Tarleton State University where he played football and was a member of the Corps of Cadets.  He was a veteran of Word War II.  For over 20 years, Cleo was the leading tomato shipper in the U.S. as the owner of C. M. Brown Produce in Waco, Texas.

Most of Louie’s immediate family attended college.  The entire family was educated in the public school system. His father, a PhD, was on the faculty of Texas A&M.  His father also had a professional career in the food industry.  Louie’s mother was very involved in education and a Life Member of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO/PTA).