Letter from Ruel Gafford with updates by Phyllis Gafford King
March 14, 1990
 I, Ruel Gafford was born July 1, 1911, in Coleman, Texas, and grew up at Cross Cut.  I came to San Diego, California, in 1942; served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; and remained here.  I married Goldie Erwin in 1935, and we will observe our fifty-fifth anniversary in April.  We have one daughter, Phyllis Gafford King, who lives in Round Rock, Texas.  She has one son, Leonard Charles "Charlie" King IV.My grandfather William Wilson Gafford moved from east Texas during the late 1800s along with two of his brothers, Frank and Jim.  Granddad dealt in real estate, while the brothers farmed.  To W. W. Gafford was born a son, Joe, and two girls, Martha "Mattie" Sue Gafford Smith and Este Gafford Edwards.  By his second wife were born Byers Augustus "Gus", Carrol, and Nora Gafford Newton. I have not heard of any reunions of the Gaffords for a few years now, but they used to meet in San Marcos, Texas.Ruel GaffordLemon Grove, California
 An update, August 2, 2004:  My father, J. W. Ruel Gafford, passed away August 3, 1993, at the age of 82; and my mother, Goldie Erwin Gafford, passed away June 2, 1990, at the age of 82. My great-grandfather William Wilson had several children not mentioned above, and I inherited letters to Gus Gafford that are signed by Esta rather than Este. I now live in Austin, Texas.  My son, Charlie, who is a laser field-service engineer, is about to be transferred by his company to San Diego, where we both were born. Finally, some of the Gaffords are still having yearly reunions in San Marcos.
Phyllis Gafford King, Austin, Texas

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