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James Camel Helms and Mentie Conel "Dollie" Latham & Sons
Left to Right Back Row --- James Camel Helms and Mentie Conel "Dollie" Latham,
Left to Right Fromt Row --- Roy Odell Helms and Jim Wray Helms
James Camel Helms, son of James Patton Helms and Susan DeBusk, was born 08 May 1872 in Fannin County, Texas and died 15 Oct 1951. He married Mentie Conel "Dollie" Latham, daughter of Emmitt Latham and Lula Brittin, on 10 Dec 1905. She was born 25 Feb 1889 in Hill or Bosque County, Texas and died 04 Jul 1978. They are both buried Cottonwood Flat Cemetery, Scurry County,Texas

James Camel Helms was born after the family got to Texas. Initially they settled in Fannin and Collin County before moving to Brown County, Texas. He grew up around Burkett, Coleman County, Texas. Camel, his brother Jasper, George Bogart, and Dick Bogart pooled their money and bought four sections of land in northeast Scurry County in the Cottonwood Flat Community in about 1898. When he moved to the Cottonwood Flat Community, the land was flat and black with few mesquites. This uninhabited area was cut with rugged canyons and small creeks with unreliable water supply. After marriage to Dollie they lived on the Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River between Goldsteins and Cox Holler Creeks. They sold this land and moved up to Cottonwood Flat where they built a large white house. They were members of the County Line Nazarene Church. Camel would give each child and grandchild a heifer calf when they were born.

Mentie Conel "Dollie" Latham moved to Kent Culberson County, Texas when she was less than one year old.

After the death of Camel she lived on the ranch for a time and then moved into Rotan. In her latter years she lived with her son Roy Odell Helms in East Texas.
Children of James Camel Helms and Mentie Conel "Dollie" Latham

1 --- Jim Wray Helms born 10 Dec 1906. Married Tessie Blanche Brown

2 --- Curtis Helms born 21 Oct 1911 and died 02 Sep 1912. He fell in a cistern and drowned. He is buried in Cottonwood Flat Cemetery, Scurry County, Texas

3 --- Roy Odell Helms born 22 Nov 1918. He married Ila Cleveland and a woman named Louises