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James Patton Helms and Susan DeBusk
Susan DeBusk was the daughter of Elias DeBusk and Martha Edmondson. She was born 29 Mar 1845 in Washington County, Virginia and died 07 Jan 1907 in Burkett, Coleman County, Texas. She married James Patton Helms (son of Thomas Helms and Nancy Thompson) 09 Jan 1866 in Lee County, Virginia. He was born 27 Feb 1842 in Claiborne County, Tennessee and died 10 June 1929 in Burkett, Coleman County, Texas. They are both buried in the Smith Cemetery, Brown County, Texas. They were part of the party that accompanied Elias DeBusk from Lee County, Virginia to Texas. They settled near Pecan Bayou on the north side just inside Brown County, Texas. Their house was in Coleman County, Texas and the barn in Brown County, Texas
Descendants of Susan DeBusk

1 -- John Elias Helms was born 21 October 1867 in McMinn County, Tennessee and died 23 February 1938 in Ysleta, El Paso County, Texas. On 11 March 1886 in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas he married Julia Ann Francis Westerman the daughter of John Wilson Westerman, Sr. and Rhode "Rody" Jane Harris. She was born 17 December 1869 in Collin County, Texas and died 09 March 1955 in El Paso, El Paso County, Texas. They are both buried at Sierra Alto Ranch, Hudspeth County, Texas. John Elias was around 3 years old when his parents moved from Lee County, Virginia to Collin County, Texas. Later they moved to Brown County, Texas. He only attended the first four grades in school before he took up the life of of cowboy. In the fall of 1892 he and his wife and and three children moved west to Crow Flat, near the present day town of Dell City, Hudspeth County, Texas. They initially lived in a tent made from wagon sheets. Later they lived in a dug out, a hole in the ground covered with logs and branches. He drove cattle over the Guadalupe Mountain. In 1906 he leased 144 sections of University land from the state. In 1907 he sold Crow Flats to H.H. Altman. From 1905 to 1908 his family lived in Hud, Fisher County, Texas. The family moved to the Sierra Alto Ranch in Hudspeth and El Paso Counties. The ranch was located 38 miles east of El Paso and 7-1/2 miles north of U.S. Highway 62, (the highway to Carlsbad, New Mexico. The main house and headquarters of the ranch was built in 1929 on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Alto Mountain. The rock house still stands today and is in excellent conditon. The Butterfield Trail, route for the stage coach, ran through the ranch. "John Helms is one of the few remaining Cattle Barons of the West" was written in an El Paso newspaper dated 5 July 1922. When the ranch was at its larges, it was 27 miles by 65 miles or aroud 1,123,200 acres. He ran thousands of head of cattle all wearing the A Bar brand. He died at his ranch home 23 February 1938 and is buried at the foot of the Sierra Alto Mountain. He was inducted posthumously into the Radford School of Western Heritage Hall of Fame on 16 April 1994 along with his son James Oliver "Tobe" Helms. His only remaining daughter Nellie Frances Helms Williams, 96 years old, of El Paso, Texas accepted the plaque.

2 -- Fielden Jasper Helms was born 07 March 1869 in Lee County, Virginia and died 13 March 1959 in Wilkinson Hospital, Roby, Fisher County, Texas. On 10 January 1893 in Washington School House, Burkett, Coleman County, Texas he married Mary Mercie Keller the daughter of Peter Oscar Lewis Keller and Julia Elizabeth Freels. She was born 29 April 1872 in Audrain County, Missouri and died 29 December 1942 in Home Ranch, Scurry County, Texas. They are both buried at Cottonwood Flat Cemetery, Scurry County, Texas Father. Jasper and his wife and two children went to Cottonwood Flat in northeastern Scurry County, Texas in 1897. His brother Camel and the two Bogart brothers bought four sections of land in the Cottonwood Flat area. They camped among large cottonwoods along a creek until lumber for the top of the dugout could be hauled the 50 miles from Sweetwater, Nolan County, Texas. They lived in a dugout for two years. In 1899 he traded two steer calves to Billie Johnson for a ready-made two room house with upstairs. Seven or eight years later they built the main ranch house. He managed the ranch on a profitable basis when others were failing due to drouth and depression. He even bought several more sections of land. He divided his property among his children by having an independent appraiser divide his property in equal value parcels. His children drew for the parcel from his hat. He maintained his herd until his death at the age of ninety. Mary Mercer Keller had diabetes which resulted in the loss of both legs. Her friend Fonie Bogart move in and took care of her.

3 -- Christopher Elijah "Lige" Helms was born 26 September 1870 in Fannin County, Texas and died 30 December 1929. He is buried at Cottonwood Flat Cemetery, Scurry County, Texas. On 08 November 1891 he married Mary Mahaley "Minnie" Wesley the daughter of John William Wesley and Laura Amanda Gilbert. She was born 19 October 1875 in Lavaca County, Texas and died 17 August 1934 in Fisher County, Texas.

4 -- James Camel Helms was born 08 May 1872 in Fannin County, Texas and 15 October 1951. On 10 December 1905 he married Mentie Conel "Dollie" Latham the daughter of Emmitt Latham and Lula Brittin. She was born 25 February 1889 in Hill or Bosque County, Texas and died 04 July 1978. They are both buried at Cottonwood Flat Cemetery, Scurry 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.

5 -- Martha Emaline Helms was born 11 May 1874 in Collin County, Texas and died 22 October 1961 in Almagordo, Otero County, New Mexico. She was buried at Cross Plains, Callahan County, Texas. On 12 December 1893 in Burkett, Coleman County, Texas she married James Henderson McDaniel the son of Henry Lee McDaniel and Susan Victoria Penelopa Cochran. He was born 23 October 1870 in Mena, Polk County, Arkansas and died 30 May 1949 in Cross Plains, Callahan County, Texas. He moved from Arkansas to Cross Plains, Texas when he was 9 years old.

6 -- Nancy Ann "Nan" Helms was born 21 August 1876 in Collin County, Texas and died 23 March 1951 in Burkett, Coleman County, Texas On 10 January 1893 in Washington School House, Burkett, Coleman County, Texas she married George Homer Keller the son of Peter Oscar Lewis Keller and Julia Elizabeth Freels. He was born 29 April 1872 in Audrain County, Missouri and died 12 February 1944 in Burkett, Coleman County, Texas. They are both buried at Burkett Cemetery, Coleman County, Texas. Her brother Fielden Jasper Helms married George Homer Keller's sister Mary Mercie Keller. Her sister Martha Laura Keller married her cousin William Layne DeBusk, the son of William Andrew DeBusk and Martha Jane McAbee. George Homer Keller and his brother Granville Beverly Keller owned one half of the Peter Keller Estate. They paid their sisters cash for their interest in the estate

7 -- Sallie Jane Helms was born 19 August 1880 in Brown County, Texas and died 19 February 1965 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. On 27 December 1903 she married Ellis Briscoe. He was born 11 August 1882 and died 26 May 1968.

8 -- Elizabeth Louise Helms was born 05 June 1882 in Brown County, Texas and died 26 February 1967 in Crowell, Foard County, Texas. She married Britton Lilly

9 -- William Thomas Helms was born 23 May 1884 in Brown County, Texas and died 21 October 1943 in Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas. On 14 January 1912 in Acker Place in Longhorn Valley, Fisher County, Texas he married Sallie Pearson Underwood the daughter of George Washington Underwood and Eliza Ann Rodgers. She was born 15 December 1893 in Kent County, Texas and died 02 September 1970 in Rotan, Fisher County, Texas. They are both buried at Cottonwood Flat Cemetery, Scurry County, Texas. He was a baptist. He donated the land for the Baptist Tabernacle. When the church disbanned, he moved the building to use as a barn. They ranched and farmed in the Fisher and Scurry Counties. He died following surgery.

10 -- Julia Malisia Helms was born 14 September 1886 in Coleman County, Texas and died 09 November 1973 in Burkett, Coleman County, Texas. On 07 September 1922 she married Elmer E. "Eph" Knight. He was born 18 October 1899 and died 15 Jauary 1975. They are both buried at Burkett Cemetery, Coleman County, Texas. Elmer E. Knight also married Mineola Edington the daughter of Hugh Barto Edington and Molly Ann DeBusk.

11 -- Joseph Franklin Helms was born 28 August 1888 in Coleman County, Texas and died 15 December 1971 in Scurry County, Texas. He married Elizabeth Jane Murphree the daughter of Jesse Reding "Pat" Murphree and Frances Lurida "Fannie" Fowlkes. She was born 15 February 1894 in Longhorn Valley, Fisher County, Texas. and died 01 September 1961 in Mountainair, Torrance County, New Mexico. They are both buried at Mountainair, Torrance County, New Mexico. He and his brothers Jasper, Camel, and Lige all left Coleman County, Texas and settled in Cottonwood-County Line communities in the early 1900's. He came to the Fisher/Scurry Counties after his brothers. After he married, they bought the Lucy L. Jackson survey in the Longhorn Valley. Later he sold this land to Frank Clegg in March 1913.