Millard Fillmore “Buddy” Zeagler Jr. has a lot in common with the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Alex Haley, Ashley Judd, Sarah Jessica Parker and Lionel Richie.
Like many of those recent genealogical celebrities, Zeagler is a well-known citizen, respected in the community, with solid connections to important people and with a good education.
He also shares a desire to answer the question, “Who Do You Think You Are”? That’s why he became a member of the Angelina County Genealogical Society, along with his 14 other “hereditary societies”.
Zeagler joined the ACGS in time for this year’s activities -- and now he’s planning to take part in the local society in a big way. He will speak at the group’s May 16 regular meeting beginning at 5 p.m. at Kurth Library on the topic, “My Genealogical Journey.”
After a career in trust banking and investments, the father of three who shares eight grandchildren with his wife, the former Julie Elizabeth Johnson, was named deputy executive director of the T.L.L. Temple Foundation -- an organization well-known for supporting worthy area projects.
Zeagler, a member of St. Cyprian’s Church and former member of the U.S. Air Force, graduated from Lufkin High School and went on to earn a BBA degree from Southwestern University in Georgetown and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.
He is the son of Marjorie Lucille (Perry) and Millard F. Zeagler Sr.
His “hereditary societies” include Jamestowne Society, National Society of Old Plymouth Colony Descendants, Society of Descendants of Colonial Clergy, National Huguenot Society, National Society Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims, Guild of Colonial Artisans and Tradesmen 1607-1783, National Society Sons and Daughters of Antebellum Planters 1601-1781, National Society Sons of the American Colonists, General Society of Colonial Wars, National Society Sons of the American Revolution, General Society of the War of 1812, Order of Indian Wars of the United States, Sons of the Republic of Texas, and Sons of Confederate Veterans.
At the April meeting of the ACGS, attendees got a chance to go to the Angelina County Courthouse to learn to locate records that might be helpful in their genealogical research.
They also had the opportunity to examine actual records from their past at the county clerk’s office.
Then they went to the Angelina County Appraisal District, where officials showed them maps, explained the appraisal process and answered questions.
The trips to the county clerk’s office and the appraisal office were conducted to prepare for a second talk by landman and right-of-way expert Gary Rogers, who spoke at the 5 p.m. meeting on the topic, “So You Think You Have Mineral Rights.”
Attending the meeting, in addition to Rogers, were Cynthia McMullen, June Moffett, Pat Ritter, Marjorie Moore Holt, Joseph Dufner, Betty Dufner, Jodie Keith Allred, Mary Willmon, Isaac Goodwin, Dan Cates, Charlene Ham, Bob Ham, Vivian Cates, Michael Winthrop, Wydette Barrett, Dorothy Swor, Ben Pyle, Ellen Pyle, Carol Mathis, Harold K. Williams, and Patricia Williams.