Biographical or Historical Information
Both the McFarland and the Russell families have their roots in early East Texas. In 1871, the two families came together with the marriage of Robert Everett Russell (b. October 10, 1847, d. May 24, 1922) and Catherine Christine McFarland (b. July 2, 1849, d. October 17, 1888), the daughter of Thomas S. McFarland. (Brinley, Lorine. Orange County Texas Cemetery Inscriptions, v.1. Houston: L. Brinley, 1985. p. 146; McFarland, Thomas S. A Journal of the Coincidences and Acts of Thomas S. McFarland. Burnet, Texas: Nortex Press, 1981).