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Chapter 12
Bio of Jane & Wm.
Chapter 12b
Herrin Family Group
Chapter 12c
Herrin Scrapbook

Part 6 Appendix

Appendix 1

Maude Herrin

Appendix 2

Rev. R. L. LaFleur

Appendix 3

Maude & Robert

Appendix 4

Clovis & Hopey (Taylor) LaFleur

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Chapter 12

Prudence Jane Stark & William "Bill" Herrin Biography


William Herrin, Sr. was born in 1807 in what was called the Mississippi Territory at that time. [1] He was the son of Abel Herring. Before 1825, he married a women whose name and family is unknown. Although a record of the marriage has not been found, because William is listed in the 1820 census living in the home of Abel Herring, the marriage may have occurred in either Ouachita Parrish or Chicot County, Arkansas. The Herring land was located very close to the Arkansas border and often people from that area would go to Eudora or Lake Village to conduct business. They were living in Ouachita Parish in 1830 for a William Herrin is recorded in the census that year as being "William A. Herring, age 20-30 years old, with a spouse, age 15 -20 years old , one male child under five and a daughter under five years old." The son under five years old was probably James Herrin, born in 1826 or 1827, according to his tombstone. The daughter's name is unknown. [2] Sometime after 1830 and before 1834, Williamís first wife must have died for William then married his second wife, Prudence Jane Stark around 1834, probably in either Ouachita Parish, Carroll Parish [Was created from part of Ouachita Pariah in 1831], or Chicot County, Arkansas.

A daughter, Prudence Jane Stark, was born to Daniel R. Stark and Nancy Hawley in 1815 in Genesee County, New York.[3] William Hawley Stark, the brother of Prudence, was their first born child indicating they were probably married before December of 1808. Prudence's father purchased lots #13 & #14 in section zero of township #11, range #1 from the Holland Land Company on March 28, 1809. This property was located west of the township of Caledonia in Genesee County in an area that would later be divided into parts of Niagara County, Erie County, and Cattaraugus County. The original Genesee County was located in western New York west of the Genesee River.

Prudence had an older sister named Sarah, and a younger brother named Asahel "Asa" Stark. The youngest in this family was Amanda or Matilda, who died young. Prudence was the granddaughter of Asahel Stark who was the son of Christopher Stark, Jr. who was the son of Christopher Stark, Sr., who was the son of William Stark, Sr. who was the son of the Stark family patriarch, Aaron Stark, who migrated from England around 1630, settling in New London County, Connecticut.

Prudence lived only about one year with her family in Genesee County, New York. They were only a few miles from Niagara Falls and Lake Erie and her grandparents, Asahel and Sarah Stark, lived in nearby Penfield, Ontario County, New York. Probably living with the family was her grandfather, Samuel Hawley, a veteran of the Revolutionary War who had lived in Massachusetts before the war. Early in the year 1816, the family moved to West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, a trip of some 750 miles which was most likely made by boat. Imagine the logistics of transporting a family and household goods over such a vast distance around 1816. From Genesee County, one would move over land to the Allegheny River, located just south of the county on the New York and Pennsylvania border. The Allegheny then flows from north to south through western Pennsylvania and comes together with the Monongahela River near Pittsburgh to form the Ohio River, which then flows into the Mississippi and then south down the Mississippi to Louisiana.

The family settled on the west bank of the Mississippi River in a community called Port Allen, located directly across from the growing community of Baton Rouge. Property was purchased by Daniel R. Stark in 1817 which was described as "four acres front to the river Mississippi."[4] Prudenceís Uncles named William, Samuel, and John R. were already living in the region when the family arrived and making the trip to Louisiana from New York was her grandfather, Samuel Hawley. The Mississippi River from the Gulf of Mexico to Baton Rouge by 1816 was a fairly well settled region, for Louisiana had been admitted as a State six years earlier and there was considerable commerce up and down the Mississippi River in the early part of the 19th century.

Tragedy struck the family within fours years of their arrival when Daniel R. Stark died suddenly on June 20th 1820. With assistance from her father, Samuel Hawley, and brother-in-law, William Stark, Prudenceís mother handled the probate proceedings which provided the names of the children of Daniel R. Stark. This is the first document to be found which shows the relationship of Prudence Jane and her siblings to Daniel R. Stark and Nancy Hawley which states "Know all men by these presents that where as Nancy Holly Stark has presented a petition to this court praying for tutorship in order to administer on the property in community between [?her?] and her children and whereas this Nancy Stark has come before this court and has fulfilled all the formalities in such case required by law, it.... [Not legible] ....children named William, Mariah, Prudence, Esahl, and Amanda, and fully authorized to act as such pertaining to [?the?] laws. Given by the hand and seal this [??] of July 1820. Signed: Ph. Favrot."[5]

On September 5, 1820, William Stark and his wife, Victoria Betencourt, provided a donation of $2,200 to the children of Nancy Hawley, widow of Daniel R. Stark, with the benefactors of this donation being named William, Muriah, Prudence, Esahl, and Amanda. [6]

Nancy continued to live in Louisiana and is believed to have married a man named McGowan, although a record of this marriage has not been found but is suggested in her fatherís Revolutionary Pension Application presented in court in 1826.[7] On May 31, 1826, Samuel Hawley, living in Floyd County, Indiana declared, "...he is 68 years old ....That my occupation is that of a farmer, that I am weak, feeble and unable to labor, that I have one daughter only, her name is Nancy McGowan, aged 37 years, that she has five children, William, fifteen years of age, Maria, 13 years of age, Prudence, 10 years of age, Asahel, 8 years of age, and Matilda, 5 years of age - my daughter, her two oldest children, are able to support themselves by their labor the three others, Prudence, Asahel, and Matilda are not - all of which compose my family and looks to me for a support." If this Nancy McGowan was the same Nancy Hawley Stark in Louisiana, we find she was married to someone named McGowan before this petition was made and note the declaration names the grandchildren of Samuel, which are very similar to the names in the previous two documents. Nancy Hawley probably moved to Indiana to live with her father, presumably after Mr. McGowan died; or she obtained a divorce and moved near the Stark family living nearby in Washington County, Indiana. This document records Prudenceís age as 10 on May 31, 1826. The 1850 census reports Prudence was 35 years old establishing her birth year as around 1815. If she was 10 years old on May 31, 1826, then she may have been born after May 31st in the year 1815.


1) 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: Calcasieu, Calcasieu, Louisiana; Roll: M432_230; Page: 394A; Image: 305.


Ouachita Parish, Louisiana 1830 census. The Calcasieu Parish 1850 Census listed a James Heran, age 24 living next door to Bill Heran which would place his year of birth as 1826. James Herrin is buried in the DeHart Cemetery in Newton County, Texas where his tombstone records his year of birth as 1827. A daughter over the age of 20 is not listed in the 1850 census for Bill Heran. This daughter may have died young or was married by 1850.


"Western New York Land Transactions, 1804 - 1824"; Extracted from the Archives of the Holland Land Company, by Karen E. Livsey, page 45. Sarah's father, Daniel R. Stark, purchased land in Genesee County March 28, 1809.


West Baton Rouge Parish Probate Packet #85 of Daniel R. Stark, deceased on the 20th June 1820. See Book E, page 77 of the Parish Deed Records for when the property was purchased in 1817.


West Baton Rouge Parish Probate Packet #85 of Daniel R. Stark.


Transcription of West Baton Rouge Parish Court Document; William Stark & His Spouse give $2,200 to the Children of his Brother, Daniel R. Stark; Dated September 5, 1820; "Know all men by these presents that I, Nancy Hawley, widow of the late Daniel R. Stark, acting as mother and...[Not Legible]... [probably tutor meaning guardian] of the children of the said Daniel R. Stark, named William, Prudence, Muriah, Esahl, and Amanda, do hereby accept in the name of these children, the donation which has been made to them by William Stark and Victoria Betencourt, his wife, which donation is the sum of two thousand and two hundred dollars to be paid by the said Wm Stark and Victoria Betencourt in the month of March, eighteen hundred and twenty-two to me and any other person legally authorized to act in the name of ...[Not Legible]... children, their executors administrators. Signed: Nancy Stark." [Transcribed by Clovis LaFleur, December 2002 from copy of original in file]


Samuel Hawley Service: Revolutionary War pension of a Samuel Hawley, S34916, National Archives Trust Fund. Record of this pension granted in Indiana July 27,1826. States: "Samuel Hawley of Floyd Co. in the State of IndianaÖ."




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Prudence lived for some period of time in Floyd County, Indiana with her mother and grandfather, Samuel Hawley, and probably had contact with her grandmother, Sarah Stark, and her Stark Uncles and Aunts living in nearby Washington County. However, the Washington County Stark family members began to move to Illinois starting in 1828 for Archibald Cass Stark had twin sons born in Indiana in April of 1828 and the next child, Jasper, was born in Illinois in 1830 indicating the family was on the move.

On April 22, 1828, the Mississippi Pension Agency in Natchez, Mississippi wrote a letter to James Barbon, Secretary of War, requesting "Samuel Hawley, a pensioner on the rolls of the Indiana Agency makes application as per affidavit enclosed for a transfer to my department in having removed to the state of Mississippi. The pensioner resides in a remote corner of our State and will call for his pay (which by his statement is ...[Not legible]... since 4 March 1827) in about two months [?hence?], at which time I expect to see notification of his transfer. Signed Most Respectfully, Your ...[Not legible]..."[1] From this statement, we know a pensioner named Samuel Hawley had been living in Indiana until April of 1827. This document reveals he has moved and is now living in the jurisdiction of the Mississippi Pension Agency. If this is the same Samuel Hawley, then could his daughter and grandchildren have moved with him and where might they have been living?

Possible proof of where they were living can be found in the Ouachita Parish, Louisiana Marriage Records. Sarah Mariah Stark, most likely the daughter of Nancy Hawley, married John T. Lewis on December 28, 1828. The Lewis family had moved from Orange County, Indiana to Louisiana at about the same time or earlier and records reveal Samuel S. Lewis, the father of John Taylor Lewis, served as Justice of the Peace in Ouachita Parish.[2]

Around 1830, William Hawley Stark married Elizabeth Zachary, daughter of Benjamin Zachary and Elizabeth Odom of St. Tammany Parish.[3] At about this time, it is believed William Hawley purchased acreage in Ouachita Parish [Could have been Carroll Parish, formed in 1832 from part of Ouachita Parish] most likely using the money he received as a gift from his Uncle William Stark.[4] One would presume he received his share on his twenty-first birthday in August of 1830. Prudence and her Mother may have lived with William and his new bride until Prudence married William Herrin for the Vicksburg Register newspaper (Vicksburg, Mississippi), dated July 2, 1835 reported "Another Revolutionary Soldier is no more... Died at the upper settlement on Bayou Macon in the Parish of Carroll, State of Louisiana, on the 4th day of June 1835, Samuel Hawley, aged about 80 years, a native of the State of Massachusetts, and once a soldier of the Revolutionary army. Mr. Hawley was a pensioner and lived for several years back thus secluded and remote with his child and respected by all who knew him."[5] Since Samuel only had one child, Nancy Hawley, it would probably be correct to speculate from the newspaper report he lived with his daughter on the above property sold by William Hawley Stark in 1848 to Alex Sappington of Carroll Parish, Louisiana, which was located at the head of Bayou Macon; or probably in the region of the "upper settlement on Bayou Macon."

The date of marriage of Prudence Jane Stark and William Herrin is not known with certainty. Prudence was the second wife of William, for the Ouachita Parish, Louisiana 1830 census records there was a William A. Herring in the age range of 20 to 30 years old who was head of the household. From the 1850 census for Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, to be discussed later, we know William was born in 1807, for his age is recorded as 43 years old.[6] If the William A. Herring reported in the 1830 census is the same "Bill Heran" reported in the 1850 census, then the 20-30 year range for his age in 1830 would include the year 1807.

William Herrin was the son of Abel Herring of Ouachita Parish, Louisiana and reported living in the home of William A. Herring in 1830 was a female in the age range from 15 to 20 years old, a male in the age range from 0 to five years old, and a female in the age range from 0 to 5 years old. Therefore, the female whose age range is 15-20 could not be Prudence, for although she would have been 15 years old in 1830, the latest year of birth for one of the children in the 0 to 5 year range, assuming they were not twins, would have been 1828, when Prudence was 13 years old. The Calcasieu Parish Census for 1850 provides a clue the male, age 0 to 5, was most likely "James Heran", living next door to "Bill Heran" whose age was listed as 24, placing his year of birth in 1826 and within the range in the 1830 census.[6] If this James Herrin, to be discussed in more detail later, was a son of William Herrin, then Prudence would have only been 11 years old when he was born and could not have been the first wife of William.

The 1850 census reveals there was a son named William, age 15 years, living in the "Bill Heran" household establishing his birth year as about 1835.[6] If William Herrin, Jr. was a son of Prudence and William, Sr., then their latest year of marriage was about 1834. William Herrin was known to be living next door to William Hawley Stark in Ouachita Parish, for he sold property adjacent to William Hawley Starkís property in 1848 on approximately the same date to Alex Sappington of Carroll Parish, Louisiana.[7] Therefore, there was plenty of opportunity for Prudence to come to know and marry  William Herrin.



Copy in Samuel Hawley Revolutionary War Records.


"The Handbook of Texas Online", article titled "Samuel S. Lewis." BIBLIOGRAPHY: C. K. Chamberlain, "East Texas," East Texas Historical Journal 4 (October 1966). Mrs. Harry Joseph Morris, comp. and ed., Citizens of the Republic of Texas (Dallas: Texas State Genealogical Society, 1977). Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).


Clovis LaFleur Estimate. Their first child, Daniel L. Stark was born in 1832, according to the 1850 census records for Newton County, Texas. Bennett Hiram Zachary lived near William Hawley Stark and Elizabeth Zachary in Newton County and is believed to be her brother. He has been confirmed to be the son of Benjamin Zachary and Elizabeth Odom of St. Tammany Parish in the publication titled, "The Zachary Family, From Virginia to Texas", self published by Clovis LaFleur in 1999. See Biography of Benjamin Zachary at the conclusion of this biography.


In a land record dated October 28, 1848; deeded to Alex Sappington of Carroll Parish, La.( W.H. Stark and his wife signed this in Newton County, Texas, this being witness by Harriott Merirtt (spelling) & Nancy Hardin; 160 acres, noted in West Carroll Parish, Conveyance Old Book A, page 136. The sale here was recorded Nov 29, 1848. Transcribed & Contributed by Pauline Mobley,, September 9, 2002.


Source 1:Marriages and Deaths from Mississippi Newspapers, Volume 3: 1813 - 1850, page 173. Compiled by Betty Couch Wiltshire. Source 2: Pauline Mobley at email address transcribed & contributed Samuel Hawleyís obituary.


Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana 1850 Census. Reports "Bill Heran", age 43, was born in Mississippi and the name of his spouse was Prudence, age 35, born in New York."


Recorded November 30, 1848 one day after William Hawley Starkís transaction was recorded in West Carroll Parish, Louisiana Old Conveyance Book A, page 136. William Herrinís Transaction was recorded on page 137 of this same conveyance book and was the sell of property to Alex Sappington by William Herring of Newton County, Texas. A witness to this transaction was John De Hart, married to Williamís half-sister, Mary Commander Herring who would move to Newton County, Texas in 1849. (See more on John DeHart family on page 109.)




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William doesnít appear in the 1840 census in Louisiana, indicating he may have moved to Texas before 1840, although this is not known with any certainty. He is first recorded in Newton County, Texas September 30, 1846, when he recorded his cattle brand along with Bennett Hiram Zachary and his brother-in-laws, William H. Stark and Asa L. Stark.[1]

January 11, 1847, the Newton County Commissioners met and among those listed as competent Jurors in the County were John F. Lewis [Probably John T. Lewis, Prudence Jane Starkís brother-in-law married to her sister, Sarah Mariah Stark], Asa L. Stark, B. H. Zachary, and William Herring [Probably Herrin], the husband of Prudence. Persons on this list were qualified and liable to serve on Juries in Newton County for the January term of the County Court. On the same day, the County Court passed orders related to roads and overseers of roads within the County. The following entry was made in the minutes of the meeting;[2] "Road Precinct 5. Road from W. H. Starks to the Ford on the creek near Wm. Herrings. Asa L. Stark, Overseer. List of hands, E. S. Hunt & hired Negroes, William Herring, James Herring, Joshua Hickman, Wm. F. Dobbs Negro." Note the names William Herring and James Herring. James is probably Williamís son, who would have been 20 to 21 years old in January of 1847. The road to be constructed was to start near William Hawley Starkís home, who was the brother of Prudence, and end near the home she shares with William Herrin/Herring. Her husband was to be one of the hands working for Asa L. Stark, overseer of this project and Prudence Janeís younger brother. Therefore, these documents establish the families lived in close proximity to each other.

On July 12th 1847, the Commissioners Court ordered "Road Precinct No. 4 be omitted and Wm. H. Stark, L. D. Saunders, and T. D. Porter be added to the list of hands on Precinct No. 5." Therefore, starting in July, William Hawley Stark was working on the Road Crew with his brother Asa L. Stark as overseer and his brother-in-law, William Herrin. The last record we have for William Herrin in Newton County was the deed selling his Louisiana Property, recorded November 30, 1848 which stated William was a resident of Newton County. Sometime around 1845, James Herrin married Nancy Jane Lewis, the daughter of John Taylor Lewis and Sarah Mariah Stark who was the sister of Prudence Jane Stark. This date of marriage is based on the birth date of James and Nancy's first child, Samuel McFarland Stark June 30, 1846.

William and James Herrin and their families moved to Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, across the Sabine River from Newton County, Texas sometime after November 30, 1848 for they are listed in the 1850 census for that year living in dwelling #443, family #509 . The family is recorded in this census as follows:[3]


Bill Heran, age 43, planter, born in Misissippi

Prudence Heran, age 35, born in New York

William Heran, age 15, born in Louisiana

George Heran, age 11, born in Louisiana

Andrew Heran, age 9, born in Louisiana

Mary Heran, age 8, born in Louisiana

Stephen Heran, age 6, born in Louisiana

Asa Heran, age 4, born in Louisiana

Edward Heran, age 2, born in Louisiana


Listed in dwelling #444, family #510 was James Herrin as follows:

James Heran, age 24, Laborer, born in Louisiana

Nancy Heran, age 21, born in Louisiana

Samuel Heran, age 4, born in Louisiana

George Heran, age 2, born in Louisiana

Robert Heran, age 6/12, born in Louisiana


Also listed in the home of James was James L., age ?12?. Could this have been a nephew of William? No record record of a child named James has been found suggesting William and Purdence had a son born in 1838.

The last living record found for William Herrin and Prudence Stark was February 4th, 1854, when his brother-in-law, Asa Lafitte Stark, sold land in Orange County, Texas to H. B. Force for the sum of $50. A witness to the sale of this property was William Herring, who signed with his mark. This William Herring is not to be confused with William P. Herring, Jefferson County merchant, who could sign his name. This was most likely William Herrin who married Prudence Jane Stark and was known to be living across the Sabine River in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana as documented in the 1850 census.[4]

The 1850 census establishes the identity of Prudence Jane Stark, for the Prudence in this record was born in New York and their children, as recorded above were William Herrin, Jr., born in 1835, George Herrin, born in 1839, Andrew Jackson Herrin, born in 1841, Mary Herrin, born in 1842, Stephen Herrin, born in 1844, Asa Herrin, born in 1846, and Edward Herrin, born in 1848. Another child, Matilda Herrin, was born in 1852.[15] Little is known about these children except for Matilda and Edward.



Newton County Records, 1846, Transcribed by Melba Canty, County Clerk in 1976.


Commissioners Court Minutes of Newton County, 8/22/1845 to 2/18/1851, transcribed by Melba Canty, County Clerk, 1976.

3) 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: Calcasieu, Calcasieu, Louisiana; Roll: M432_230; Page: 394A; Image: 305.


Orange County, Texas, Deed Book B, Pages 348 & 349.


Newton County Historical Commission, Newton County, Texas Census, 1880, (Transcribed 1980), page 40, dwelling #59, reported Matilda was the wife of Napoleon B. Lewis. Reports her father was born in Mississippi and her mother was born in New York. This agrees with the birth places of William Herrin and Prudence Jane Stark, reported to be her parents. Reports Matilda was born in Texas.




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Prudence Jane (Stark) Herrin Family Group


If you would like to see more, click HERE to download PDF Formatted Three Generation Descendants Report for Prudence Jane Stark.


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Prudence Jane Stark (Daniel R. Stark6, Asahel Stark5, Christopher Stark (Junior)4, Christopher Stark (Senior)3, William Stark (Senior)2, Aaron Stark [1608-1685]1) was born 1815 in New York, USA, and died AFT 1852. She married William "Bill" Herrin Sr. ABT 1834. He was born 1807 in Mississippi, USA, and died AFT 1854. 


Children of Prudence Jane Stark and William "Bill" Herrin Sr. are:

  i. William Herrin Jr. was born 1835 in Louisiana. He married Mary Hoosier. She was born 1841.
  ii. George Herrin was born 1839. He married Mary Drake.
  iii. andrewjherrints.jpg (128528 bytes)Andrew Jackson Herrin was born 1841 in Louisiana. He died in 1911. He married Mary Jobner. He was buried in the Trout Creek Cemetery, Newton County, Texas.
  iv. Mary Herrin was born 1842 in Louisiana.
  v. Steven Herrin was born 1844 in Louisiana.
  vi. Asa Herrin was born 1846. He married Sarah M. Lewis 12 APR 1863 in Newton, Texas, USA, daughter of John Taylor Lewis and Sarah Mariah Stark. She was born ABT 1845 in Texas.
  vii. Edward Herrin TombstoneEdward E. Herrin was born 20 JUL 1849 in Louisiana, and died 28 NOV 1932 in Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas. He married Georgina Ann Zachary 18 MAR 1882 in Newton, Texas, USA. She was born 19 JAN 1867 in Newton, Texas, USA, and died 29 MAY 1935 in Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas. Both were buried in Bob Herrin Cemetery, Newton County, Texas.
  viii. Matilda Herrin was born ABT 1852. She married Napoleon B. Lewis 02 FEB 1869 in Newton, Texas, USA, son of John Taylor Lewis and Sarah Mariah Stark. He was born MAR 1850.




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Prudence Jane Stark Family Scrape Book & Photo Album

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edherrinfam.jpg (62308 bytes)Photo: Edward Herrin & Georgian Zachary Family, 1915 (Edward Herrin was the son of Prudence Jane Stark & William Herrin). Back Row L-R: Edd Herrin (Seated), with hand on Jack ??, Beatrice Herrin (Daughter of William Herrin), Georgina "Georgian" (Spouse of Edd Herrin), Holding Harold Herrin (Son of Edger Herrin); Middle Row L-R: Maude (Asa Louis Herrin's spouse), Ollie Robinson (Edger Herrin's Spouse), Mary Bell (Daughter of William Herrin), William "Bill" Herrin, Ellen Frost (William's Spouse); Down in Front: Asa Louis Herrin holding his daughter Jewel.


Edward E. Herrin

William Herrin, Sr. was born in 1807 in what was called the Mississippi Territory at that time.[1] Williamís second wife was Prudence Jane Stark, whom he married before 1835, and one of their children, born in 1848, was Edward Herrin. Edward E. Herrin and Georgian Zachary where married March 18, 1882 in Newton County, Texas. The couple settled first near Newton, Texas, possibly in the Devilís Pocket region, where their children named, William (1885-1956), Asa Louis (1886-1980), Sarah Edna (1888-1962), Maude Mae (1890-1982), Lula (1891-1892), Edger (1893-1968), and Arthur (1896-1973) were born. The family moved to Leesville, Vernon Parish, Louisiana sometime after the birth of Arthur. They were living near this community in 1909, according to Maudeís account; "When I First Heard of the Pentecost." Edward died in 1932 in Texas. Georgian died in 1935 in Beaumont, Texas. They are both buried in the Bob Herrin Cemetery located in Newton County, Texas


The Night Edward Herrin Died: Composed by Maude Mae (Herrin) La Fleur at the time of Edward's death. [Some passages were edited for clarification. Clovis La Fleur, Jr. Dec. 28, 1998.]

When my father died, Iíll always have these sweet memories as I sat by his bedside. I said, " Papa, let us pray." I prayed and he knew me so well and held my hand. He would say, "Sweet Jesus, save my soul. I love Thee dear Lord. Please take me home to heaven--Sweet Jesus-- Oh-- I love Thee sweet Jesus. Thank Thee for you saved my soul, sweet Jesus, precious Jesus, I love Thee." He said, "Hurry, I am tired.", and turned over still praying, " I love Thee Lord, sweet Jesus." He only laid then a few minutes and got up and waited on himself for his kidneys to act. He lay back down and still praying as I sat by his side, so happy to hear him praying, still softly calling on God and thanking him for saving his soul and he turned over and died instantly. So Sweetly, I shall never forget when my Dear Father died.

By Maude (Herrin) La Fleur


Poem composed by Maude Mae (Herrin) La Fleur at the time of her Motherís death. [Editorís Note: Composed by Maude in Grant Parish, Louisiana about June, 1935. Some editing has been done for clarification. Clovis La Fleur Jr., December 28, 1998]. Georgian Zachary was born Jan. 19, 1867 and died May the 28th, 1935 in Beaumont, Texas and was 68 years, Four Months, and 10 days Old.

Prayer for Georgian (Zachary) Herrin

You have left us Mother Dear,

But fond memories linger near,

Sleep on darling and rest a while,

For weíll meet again in the land of smiles.


Mother dear, when ever the tide falls,

It seems we lovingly hear you call,

" Come live with me in my heavenly house,

Where sorrow and pain are never known."


Mother dear, how we miss you,

For the family circle is broken too,

Youíve gone to your heavenly place,

To ever behold your saviors face.


We placed Dear Mothers body here,

While we sadly turned away,

She with Jesus will remain,

Until the resurrection, and rise again.

By Maude (Herrin) LaFleur


arthurbherrints.jpg (32974 bytes)Arthur Bonaparte Herrin was the youngest son & child of Edward Herrin and Georgian Zachary. He was born in Newton County, Texas, November 4, 1897, according to the family bible of Edward & Georgian. He died August 13, 1973 in Jefferson County, Texas, and was buried in the Bob Herrin Cemetery, Newton County, Texas.




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Rev. Robert Lee Vaso La Fleur & Maude Mae (Herrin) La Fleur 

[Photo taken on their wedding day, January 4, 1916]

By Clovis La Fleur, Grandson, 1998

Robert and Maude were married January 4, 1916 in Elton, Louisiana. Clovice Leevaso, Sr. was born November 8, 1916 in De Quincy, Louisiana, the same year Robert and Maude were married. He was named after his grandfather. Robert Lee "Bob" La Fleur was born April 15, 1918 in De Quincy and named after his Father. He became pastor of the De Quincy Pentecostal Church in 1919-1920. Arthur Lavelle La Fleur was born June 17, 1920 in De Quincy and was named after Maudeís youngest brother. Mary Jeanette La Fleur was born November 25, 1923 in De Quincy.


rllafleurfam.jpg (41997 bytes)[Family Photo, 1947 in Oakdale, LA - L-R: Rev. R. L. LaFleur; Maude May (Herrin) LaFleur; Clovice "Clo" L. LaFleur; Robert "Bob" Lee LaFleur; Arthur L. LaFleur; Mary J. LaFleur]

The family moved to a farm near Sugartown on the line separating Beauregard Parish and Allen Parish, about 19 miles from Oakdale, in 1929. According to their son Bob, the Parish line ran through the property. Robert was Pastor of the Oakdale Pentecostal Church from 1929 until he passed away April 2, 1964 in Oakdale. The children attended school in Sugartown, Louisiana, located 22 miles East of Oakdale in Beauregard Parish.. The three boys graduated from Sugartown High School. About 1938, Robert and Maude moved to Oakdale where Mary Jeanette graduated from Oakdale High School in 1940.

The first church I remember was built on concrete peers and wood beams. It had apparently replaced an earlier church destroyed by fire. Robert preached the sermons and Maude also preached sermons and played the piano. Visiting Ministers were my friends and the congregations enthusiasm would make the church rock on its foundation. It was an exciting time to a small child, but, also a sad time because of World War II. I can still remember seeing the names of members of the church killed in action to the left of the choir loft.

Robert would visit the congregation in the mornings and prepare his sermons in the afternoon. Church services were conducted on Wednesday nights, Friday nights, Saturday nights, and Sunday morning and night. On Sunday Morning, before church, he preached a sermon on the Oakdale radio station. Maude played and would accompany the choir. She preached sermons many times at the DeQuincy Camp meetings.

After the Death of Robert, Maude married Brother Wilkins on September 6, 1966, a retired widower Pentecostal minister. They traveled about and preached sermons for many years. After Brother Wilkens passed away, Maudeís health began to fail and she lived in Lake Jackson with her son Robert Lee until her death October 30, 1982. She is buried in the Oakdale Cemetery next to Robert.


The Passing of A Pastor

My God who looks down from above,

Upon a broken heart of love,

The sleep I need has gone tonight,

But soon there will be a new dawn and sunlight.

I think of our pastor of yesterday,

His body tonight in the cemetery lay,

And remember the years on knees we knelt,

Praying for the lost and often times he wept.

A heart full of passion and love for all,

Who were hungry for God and answered his call,

Yet, now fifty long years have come to an end,

And Iíll tell you itís not been easy, my friend,

But Pasturing a church is easy, you say,

For our faithful Brother LaFleur, my husband to obey.

I, his wife for forty eight years, can tell you for sure,

It wasnít easy, but he loved us all, did our Pastor Robert LaFleur.

[Signed: Maude Herrin LaFleur, May 11, 1964 on Monday morning at 2 AM]


edgarollieherrin.jpg (16847 bytes)Edger Herrin (Son of Edward Herrin and Georgian Zachary) was born September 17, 1893 in Newton, Newton County, Texas1 and died December 28, 1968 in Houston, Harris County, Texas. He married Ollie Lee Robinson December 27, 1913. She was born May 19, 1896 in Newton County, Mississippi and died May 24, 1986 in Houston, Harris County, Texas. Edger and Ollie were buried in the Resthaven Cemetery, Houston, Harris County, Texas. Edgerís occupation was Carpenter.


sarahednaherrints.jpg (130512 bytes)Sarah Edna Herrin (daughter of Edward Herrin and Georgian Zachary) was born March 24, 1888 in Newton County, Texas. She married first, Wilce Young, December 4, 1903. She married 2nd, Charles Edwin Staner after 1914. With Wilce Young, Sarah had three children named Clarice, Wayne, and Harold. Sarah died in 1962 and was buried in the Bob Herrin Cemetery, Newton County, Texas.




haroldherrinpic.jpg (17812 bytes)Harold Howell Herrin (Son of Edger Herrin and Ollie Robinson) was born February 24, 1915 in Oretta, Louisiana and died June 26, 1991 in Houston, Harris County, Texas. He married Mildred Alice Parr March 4, 1934 in Houston, Harris County, Texas. Harold was buried in the Resthaven Cemetery in Houston, Harris County, Texas.




loisrherrinpic.jpg (29205 bytes)Lois Ruth Herrin (Daughter of Edger Herrin and Ollie Robinson) was born March 16, 1918 in Orange, Orange County, Texas. She married Emory Maness January 19, 1935 in Houston, Harris County, Texas. They had one child named Mary Ruth Maness (b. August 9, 1936 in Houston, Harris County, Texas). Lois married second, Dee Countryman about 1943. They had no children. She married third, Fred Ellis Tucker, February 24, 1944 in Houston, Harris County, Texas. They had two children named Sally Louise (b. August 10, 1945) and Daniel Lee (b. February 6, 1947). Fred Tucker died August 22, 1995 in Missouri City, Ft. Bend County, Texas. Lois Ruth died January 10, 1998 in Montgomery County, Texas of cardiac arrest. Emory Maness was buried in the Forest Park Cemetery in Houston, Harris County, Texas. Lois Ruth and Fred Ellis Tucker were buried in the Stafford City Cemetery in Stafford, Fort Bend County, Texas. [Photo: Lois Ruth (Herrin) & Fred Tucker.]


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