Caleb JOBE and his wife, Martha Emily BREWER came to Collin Co,Texas about 1876 and settled in the small community of Lebanon. It is here that they appear on the 1880 cenus. After the death of 3 small boys in a short span of 5 years, this family decided to move on to Thalia in Foard Co, Texas. Grandpa Caleb was a rancher and there was lots of open pasture and he had been offered a job to take care of the cattle. Of their family of 8, only 4 of these children (Cynthia, Jesse, John, and Ina)lived to be adults.
However, not long after this, his precious wife, Martha, died on 4 February 1901 of a brain tumor. So for the next 24 years Caleb lived as a widower and was usually found in the company of one of his grandchildren. He was accidentally killed by a hunter on a Sunday morning on 2 November 1925. He was wearing a coon-skin hat and was mistaken to be a wolf.
Their son, Jesse JOBE, my grandfather died at age 46 in the flu epidemic of 1918/1919. He was a very handsome man with black wavy hair. Caleb Jobe is listed on the 1920 Foard Co., Texas Census - Town of Thalia. He is living with two of his grown grandchildren, Liter and Mary Cook, children of Cynthia.
My grandmother, Minnie (MEARS) JOBE continued to struggle to raise her large family. It was during the depression that she was forced to finally pick up and move her family to Parker County. I was blessed to have known her and remember spending many Sundays at her home, which she shared with her daughter, Annie (Jobe) Spoon and having peach cobbler. They had a garden in the back with some beautiful peach trees. She died in August 1972 just before her 94th birthday.
Though born in Cannon Co., TN, George Washington MEARS moved with his parents to Marion Co., Arkansas in 1853 when he was eight. He volunteered for Confederacy during the Civil War as a young lad. Back in Tennessee he had two brothers fighting for the Union, and Wash as he was called by family and friends was always afraid that he might end up shooting one of his own brothers. When the war was over, he decided it was time to go off on his own. He had seen enough fighting - especially brother against brother. He was offered a job as a rancher in Hill County, Texas so he jumped at the chance. It was during this time that he met and married his wife, Frances Ann Theodocia (Fanny) BOON. As ranching land was cheap and plentiful, he eventually moved his family westward and settled on the Pease River near Antelope Springs. The G.W. Mears family can be found on the l880 Throckmorton Co, Texas census, 1900 Wilbarger Co, Texas census and the 1920 Foard Co.,Texas census
Fanny had been born in Sulphur Springs, Hopkins Co, Texas in 1857. Her parents, Kinchin Boon Jr. and Mary Elizabeth Foster, had come to Texas from Georgia a couple of years earlier. During the time of the civil war, her family moved across the border into Arkansas for a short period - to return to Texas immediately after the war. It was during this awful war, that Kinchin was killed by jayhawkers! Mary was left a widow with seven young children but she, like her grandaughter (my grandmother) was a real pioneer, a survivor or whatever life brought their ways! Both remained single after their husband's deaths and continued to live very long and productive lives.
G.W. later received a pension for his civil war service. During the latter part of his life, he and Fanny seperated. Each went to live with different children. G. W. remained near my grandmother, Minnie (Mears) Jobe, and her family. He became blind the last few years and like the picture shows, he would wear a cap pulled down over his eyes. My fahter would often tell me the stories that his grandfather had told him about the war and life in Arkansas.
G.W. is buried at Thalia Cemetery in Foard Co, Texas. He was almost 89 when he passed away. Fanny lived the last years of her life with her son, Tom Mears, in Vega, Oldham Co, Texas and is buried at East View Cemetery in Vernon, Wilbarger Co, Texas.
Robert DAVIS and his wife, Exzine Cora Handy PAGE, my great grandparents came to the small communities of Bazette and Powell about 1897 from Tennessee. They had lost a baby in Pisgah in DeKalb Co, Tennessee before coming to Texas. His sister Thenia DAVIS who had married Elijah TRAMEL also came about this time. Also, some of the Pages had come to Texas earlier - so they did have family in this new county that they had ventured into.
My grandfather, Benjamin Rozias 'Ben' Davis, is the baby in his father's arms. In the group picture, he is the one on the top right. Ben died in February 1956 and I only have small glimpses in my memory concerning him.
Many of their descendants today are buried at the Prairie Point Cemetery in Bazette. Robert died in 1923 at 54 of a stroke. His father had died of the same illness. During WWII, my grandfather, Benjamin R.Davis ventured northward to the bigger cities in Dallas County.
- My 2nd Gt Grandparents - Hugh Page and Jemima Atnip
- My DeKalb Co, Tennessee Page (Various Cemetery Records)
- My DeKalb Co., TN Families (1)
- Will of Benjamin Atnip
- Will of Hezekiah Allen
- Will of Barnabas Page
- Cousin D. Mitchel Jones' Web Site - see his father for Atnip!
- Cousin D. Mitchel Jones' Web Site - see his mother for Page & Allen!
Granville Lafayette VINSON and his wife Eliza Evaline LEDBETTER lived their first two years of married life 12 miles from Memphis in Shelby Co, Tennessee where their first son was born. In 1891 this family came to Lorena, McLeannan Co, Texas where they remained for about a year before returning to Tennessee for 4 more years - going first back to Shelby Co, Tenn and then to Giles Co, Tennessee.
By 1895 this family had found its' way back to Texas. After living for a year or two in Dawson, Navarro Co, Texas, this family moved to 4 miles from Coolidge, LImestone Co, Texas. Some of the other Vinsons had meanwhile moved to this area of Texas.
Both of these people died in Texas within 6 months of each other in 1940/41 and are buried at the Old Armour Cemetery in Coolidge, Limestone Co, Texas. The Vinsons belonged to the Methodist faith and were devout believers. At the time of Granville's death, he had 9 children,18 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Three children had preceded him in death.
Granville's father, Meridith Vinson, and grandfather, Hiriam Calvin Vinson, are also buried at the Old Armour cemetery. They had made their way from Tishomingo Co., MS and McNairy Co., TN.
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