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Mary Jean Kelso recently received The Nevada Press Association Award and The National Press Association Award. She is a multi-genre' author who has written for many newspapers and magazines. She worked as an Editor and as a Customer Services Representative for a Raytheon Company. She has a great interest in genealogy and the early West since she descends from prominent Texas pioneer families.

Background Information


My daughter, Wendy Whiteman, and I recently co-authored a genealogy book about my g-g-grandfather, who was killed at the Alamo, and his descendents. A Visual History Record of Alamo Defender Gordon Cartwright Jennings' Family was released in March 2014 with a signing at the Alamo Society Symposium at the Menger Hotel in San Antonio. 

The book contains images of the Jennings and Williams families (both Texas pioneer families) down to me and my daughter. It also has the genealogy of the line.

A Visual History of Alamo Defender Gordon Cartwright            Jennings' Family                          

 can be ordered from its Facebook Page by the same name or at              


Story telling and Western history run in my blood. My dad was born in Texas. He was a big man, about 6'3" and was a true cowboy as a young man before working for SP Railroad. When he and my mother were first married his parents and brothers and the newly wed couple (my folks) drove a herd of cattle from Texas to Montana. On the way, my oldest sister was born in Santa Fe. It seemed, of each of us 8 kids, only 2 were born in the same state. Anyway, my grandparents then raised hay for the cavalry up in Montana. My dad's grandfather on his mother's side was a Texas Ranger and his great grandfather was killed at the Alamo. Another of his great Uncles was killed at a battle at Golaid.
My grandmother on my mother's side was a New Mexico homesteader when it was rare for women to claim land as their own. She also was a school teacher in the early days of New Mexico.


Birth Place
Eugene, OR USA

2011 The Adventures of Andy and Spirit was nominated for a Global Ebook Award.
2009, Best Spot News 2008 Award from the National Press Association
Best Spot News Award from The Nevada Press Association -- 2008
Listed in 2000 Women of Acheivement Who's Who and Who's Who in America as well as other biography compilations.

Additional Information

A Visual History Record of Alamo Defender Gordon Cartwright Jennings' Family released March 2014. The 5th in the Andy and the Albino Horse series, Andy and Spirit in Search and Rescue released in July 2013. Little Lonnie Long Ears is in the process of being illustrated by KC Snider and should release soon. The fifth in my Homesteader Series, Annabel's Story released July 1 from Wings Press. Cowboy James, a story about a little boy in Pee Wee Rodeo was recently released. The 4th in the Andy series, Andy and Spirit Meet the Rodeo Queen and The Adventures of Andy and Spirit (tween book)is released along with RV Mouse and Cowboy James -- all through Guardian Angel Publishing. Life on the Homestead (#4 in the Homesteader Series thorugh Wings Epress released in May 2009). I am currently working on #5, The Homesteader Chronicles--Annabell's Story. Also, Guardian Angel Publishing recently accepted the 7th in the Andy series along with Birds in the Flower Basket. A second illustrator, Julie Hammond (, has been assigned to do the illustrations for Birds in the Flower Basket. I look forward to working with her as well as K.C. Snider ( who has done most of my children's books and will continue to do so.

Contact Information
Mary Jean Kelso
P. O. Box 362 
Fernley NV 89408   USA
Contact Author: Mary Jean Kelso
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Mary Jean Kelso, Author
Newly constructed website for my Genealogy, Childrens', Young Adult and Adult books.

Wings Epress web site
Has interviews and information on several of my Young Adult and Adult books including the Homesteader series and Goodbye Is Forever
Information about Young Adult and Adult books written by me and published by WCP. Blue Coat and Kat's Cradle available at

Secondary personal web page
Concentrates on the Andy series with information on both author and illustrator. Also has activities for the kids to do such as brush Spirit and go to the free GAP magazine for children.

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