[xk] Geneology dead end :-(

Well Charles, the fine State of Texas has let me down, but I’ll give them credit
for sincerely trying to help. The Texas DOT Vehicle History section has been
trying to find me the next link in the chain of title to the original owner of
my car. My VIN, however, is not in their database and the Texas title number I
had from 1967 has been reissued as a 1992 Oldsmobile (it seems XK numbers should
be retired like they do for great athletes). Texas purged their database of
titles over 16 years old and have no way of tracking my car. I hit a serious
dead end.

The original owner was an Air Force officer at a base in Kansas that no longer
exists. Kansas has no record of the car because he probably titled it in his
home state - so I can’t start there and work forward to fill in my gap. Here’s
all I have to date. Anyone know any of these people?

Jim Reminga - Rockford, Michigan
9-4-90 - Michigan Title

George W. Lamb - Murfreesboro, Tennessee
7-17-80- Not titled

John D. Pewitt - Franklin, Tennessee
7-17-80 - Not titled

John Maxwell - Franklin, Tennessee
7-31-68 - Tennessee 13179315

William Reynolds - Nashville, Tennessee
12-14-67 - Tennessee 12608127

Robert McCabe - Hermitage, Tennessee
7-13-67

Thomas D. Wason - Durham, North Carolina
3-20-67 - North Carolina 7983092

Thomas D. Wason - Dallas, Texas
3-15-67 - Texas 33554817

Peter A. Thaanum - Arlington, Texas
3-25-65------------------
Gap in geneology

Lt. J.H. Reeves - Salinas, Kansas
May 1956 - Original Owner

Jim;
I still have the “black” title issued in '67 for my DHC… now the
titles look like fancy certificates… I would assume that the “old” black
title number were dumped and Texas started over using the same numbers…
Have you tried the various search engines on sites like
freeality.com” to look up the past owners…
We (a HS classmate and I) have been finding folks from our class
that we haven’t seen or heard from in 34 years…
It’s time consuming, as most “obsessions are” but can produce
results…
Go to www.overseasmilitarybrats.com there are links to military
personal sites where you might find the original owner Lt.
Charles #677556-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Reminga jreminga@develcorp.com
To: xk@jag-lovers.org xk@jag-lovers.org
Date: Saturday, September 02, 2000 10:17 AM
Subject: [xk] Geneology dead end :frowning:

Well Charles, the fine State of Texas has let me down, but I’ll give them
credit
for sincerely trying to help. The Texas DOT Vehicle History section has
been
trying to find me the next link in the chain of title to the original owner
of
my car. My VIN, however, is not in their database and the Texas title
number I
had from 1967 has been reissued as a 1992 Oldsmobile (it seems XK numbers
should
be retired like they do for great athletes). Texas purged their database
of
titles over 16 years old and have no way of tracking my car. I hit a
serious
dead end.

Great lead on the military brats! I found 4 members named Reeves who were in
Kansas about that time. One whose father’s name is John (my first owner is J.H.
Reeves). I sent each an email. I also found the name of the Air Force Base -
Schilling Air Force Base in Salina KS.

I’ve often thought how great Lt. Reeves looked cruising around the base in his
brand new special-ordered black, black and black OTS.

Thanks.
Jim
57 XK140MC OTS----- Original Message -----
From: “Charles E. Bishop” BISHOP-13@att.net
To: "XK@Jag-Lovers.org" xk@jag-lovers.org
Sent: Saturday, September 02, 2000 2:31 PM
Subject: Re: [xk] Geneology dead end :frowning:

Jim;
I still have the “black” title issued in '67 for my DHC… now the
titles look like fancy certificates… I would assume that the “old” black
title number were dumped and Texas started over using the same numbers…
Have you tried the various search engines on sites like
freeality.com” to look up the past owners…
We (a HS classmate and I) have been finding folks from our class
that we haven’t seen or heard from in 34 years…
It’s time consuming, as most “obsessions are” but can produce
results…
Go to www.overseasmilitarybrats.com there are links to military
personal sites where you might find the original owner Lt.
Charles #677556
-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Reminga <@Jim_Reminga>
To: xk@jag-lovers.org xk@jag-lovers.org
Date: Saturday, September 02, 2000 10:17 AM
Subject: [xk] Geneology dead end :frowning:

Well Charles, the fine State of Texas has let me down, but I’ll give them
credit
for sincerely trying to help. The Texas DOT Vehicle History section has
been
trying to find me the next link in the chain of title to the original owner
of
my car. My VIN, however, is not in their database and the Texas title
number I
had from 1967 has been reissued as a 1992 Oldsmobile (it seems XK numbers
should
be retired like they do for great athletes). Texas purged their database
of
titles over 16 years old and have no way of tracking my car. I hit a
serious
dead end.

Jim:
I went to the US Navy with the officers name who imported my 38 Delahaye
into the USA right after WW2. I gave them an open letter which I asked them
to forward to the officer, with the whole story about my car and the
questions I would like to know about. Also enclosed a self addressed
envelope with extra postage.
Took almost 5 months but I got my questions all answered along with
additional history about the car and some of the interesting things he did
with the car in the UK where he had purchased it before taking it stateside.
This was before computers so all the Air Force would have to do is plug
in his name and you might find that he lives down the street and would love
to see “his” old car again. What can you lose
Just and idea but, “it shouldn’t hurt to ask?” If you don’t ask the
answer is always NO
Mad Ludwig

Jim,
The Air Force personnel center is at Randolph AFB, San Antonio Texas.
They have a personnel locator, although I doubt that they could track
Reeves unless he stayed in and retired from the Air Force.

It’s worth a try.

Mike Carpenter
USAF Retired

Jim Reminga wrote:>

Great lead on the military brats! I found 4 members named Reeves who were in
Kansas about that time. One whose father’s name is John (my first owner is J.H.
Reeves). I sent each an email. I also found the name of the Air Force Base -
Schilling Air Force Base in Salina KS.

I’ve often thought how great Lt. Reeves looked cruising around the base in his
brand new special-ordered black, black and black OTS.

Thanks.
Jim
57 XK140MC OTS

----- Original Message -----
From: “Charles E. Bishop” BISHOP-13@att.net
To: "XK@Jag-Lovers.org" xk@jag-lovers.org
Sent: Saturday, September 02, 2000 2:31 PM
Subject: Re: [xk] Geneology dead end :frowning:

Jim;
I still have the “black” title issued in '67 for my DHC… now the
titles look like fancy certificates… I would assume that the “old” black
title number were dumped and Texas started over using the same numbers…
Have you tried the various search engines on sites like
freeality.com” to look up the past owners…
We (a HS classmate and I) have been finding folks from our class
that we haven’t seen or heard from in 34 years…
It’s time consuming, as most “obsessions are” but can produce
results…
Go to www.overseasmilitarybrats.com there are links to military
personal sites where you might find the original owner Lt.
Charles #677556
-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Reminga jreminga@develcorp.com
To: xk@jag-lovers.org xk@jag-lovers.org
Date: Saturday, September 02, 2000 10:17 AM
Subject: [xk] Geneology dead end :frowning:

Well Charles, the fine State of Texas has let me down, but I’ll give them
credit
for sincerely trying to help. The Texas DOT Vehicle History section has
been
trying to find me the next link in the chain of title to the original owner
of
my car. My VIN, however, is not in their database and the Texas title
number I
had from 1967 has been reissued as a 1992 Oldsmobile (it seems XK numbers
should
be retired like they do for great athletes). Texas purged their database
of
titles over 16 years old and have no way of tracking my car. I hit a
serious
dead end.

Jim R, once I got a reply from something like the US DEpt of State re a
member of the US embassy who had owned a car of mine. You could try the
government but it is a very long time ago now … Regards, John Elmgreen