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,
James Camel Helms was born after the
got to Texas. Initially they settled
and Collin County before moving to
County, Texas. He grew up around Burkett,
Coleman County, Texas. Camel, his brother
Jasper, George Bogart, and Dick Bogart
their money and bought four sections
in northeast Scurry County in the Cottonwood
Flat Community in about 1898. When
to the Cottonwood Flat Community, the
was flat and black with few mesquites.
uninhabited area was cut with rugged
and small creeks with unreliable water
After marriage to Dollie they lived
Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos
between Goldsteins and Cox Holler Creeks.
They sold this land and moved up to
Flat where they built a large white
They were members of the County Line
Church. Camel would give each child
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
ranch for a time and then moved into
In her latter years she lived with
Roy Odell Helms in East Texas.