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A BRIEF HISTORY OF SPLENDORA, TEXAS
in East Montgomery County
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painstakingly researched and beaten into submission by:
Nathan Allen Parrish

PIONEER FAMILIES

CARR - Etheldred Thomas Carr (Dred) was a son of Aquilla C. and Martha Carr. Dred's siblings were Catherine Caroline Carr (1843-1907) who was married first to Mr. Cooper and then in Harris County 09 May 1868 to Jessie P. Carter (1825-1905), Martha Elizabeth Carr (1845-1918) who was married in Montgomery County 27 Dec 1874 to Zachery Taylor Martin (1848-1930), Claibourne Carr who was born about 1848 in Louisiana and died prior to 1850, Angelina Carr (1851-1893) who was married in Montgomery County 22 Feb 1872 to John L. Cagle (1840-1886), Peyton C. Carr (1853-1900) who was married in Montgomery County 15 Oct 1882 to Mary Foreman, Charles Carr who was born about 1859 in Texas and died prior to 1870, Isabella Irene Carr (1863-1904) who was married in Montgomery County 01 Mar 1883 to Henry Robert Vick (1858-1925), and Georgiann Joella Carr who was married in Montgomery County 24 Feb 1881 to L. J. McDonald.

Dred Carr was born in Texas 30 Jan 1856, probably in Henderson County as his father was power-of-attorney on a land sale there in 1856. He died in Montgomery County 30 Apr 1946. According to his death certificate, on which document his son (B. D. Carr, of Conroe) was the informant, Dred died at his home in Splendora of myocarditis complicated with nephritis. He was ninety years and three months old. The certificate indicates he was born 30 Jan 1856 but his tombstone shows 31 Jan 1856. The certificate also indicates he was born in Alabama but on every census record from 1860-1930 he was born in Texas. Metcalf Funeral Home of Conroe, under the direction of Leo T. Metcalf, was in charge of arrangements and Dred was buried at the Splendora Cemetery 01 May 1946.

Dred was married in Montgomery County 05 Oct 1884 to Sarah Caldonia Kelly (Dona). She was the daughter of Charles Duck Kelly and Mary Elizabeth Rowe who were married 14 Sept 1860 in Angelina County, TX. Dona was born in Angelina County 18 Mar 1866 and died in Montgomery County 13 Nov 1947. According to her death certificate, on which document her son (D. R. Carr, of Splendora) was the informant, Dona was born 18 Mar 1866 but that is inconsistent with her tombstone which shows 15 Mar 1866. The document indicates that Dona was a retired housewife and died of congestive heart failure at home in Splendora. She was eighty-one years, seven months and twenty-seven days old and had been under the care of Dr. Walter Leggett of Cleveland for eleven days prior to her death. Metcalf Funeral Home of Conroe, under the direction of George Dickerson Jr., was in charge of arrangements and Dona was buried at the Splendora Cemetery 14 Nov 1947.

Dred and Dona were the parents of seven children :

Allen filled out his WWII draft registration card in April 1942 and was then living at 2205 Main Street at Big Spring in Howard County, TX. The document indicates he was born 26 Aug 1886 at Conroe, TX and was employed by Shell Pipe Line in Forsan, TX.

Allen was married first in Montgomery County 28 Mar 1909 to Ada Ollie Rhoden. She was the daughter of John Rhoden (1869-1937) who is buried at the Oakwood Cemetery in Conroe and Delia A. Chambless (1870-1926) who is buried at the Dry Creek Cemetery in Grangerland. Ada was born in Polk County, TX 23 Feb 1893 and died in childbirth in Montgomery County 22 Jul 1910. She was buried at the Dry Creek Cemetery near her mother.

Allen and Ada were the parents of Ada Ollie Carr. She was born in Montgomery County 22 Jul 1910 and died in Bexar County 09 Sept 1974. According to her death certificate, on which document her second husband (J. F. Sample) was the informant, Ada died of metastatic carcinoma of the lung at Southeast Baptist Hospital n San Antonio. She was sixty-four years old. The document indicates her last residence was 1934 McKinley Avenue in San Antonio and she had lived in San Antonio for thirty years. Roy Akers Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements and Ada was buried at Mission Burial Park in San Antonio 11 Sept 1974. Ada was married first to Horace Clement Wilson Sr. He was the son of Eugene H. Wilson (1869-1961) and Mary Elizabeth Tigert (1873-1934) who are buried at the Big Woods Cemetery in DeKalb, TX. Horace was born near DeKalb in Bowie County, TX 22 Mar 1905 and died in Bexar County 20 Jan 1971. According to his death certificate, Horace died at the San Antonio State Hospital of broncho-pneumonia and liver failure due to severe alcohol addiction. He was sixty-five years old. The document indicates his last residence was 247 East Formosa in San Antonio, he had lived in Bexar County for forty years, he was divorced, was never in the armed forces, and was a retired refinery worker. Southside Funeral Hom was in charge of arrangements and Horace was buried at Roselawn Memorial Park in San Antoni0 22 Jan 1971 Ada's second husband was Julian Ford Sample Sr. and they were married in Bexar County, TX 10 Jun 1970. He was the son of Joseph M. Moncrief (1862-1917) who is buried at the McDade Cemetery in Bastrop County, TX and Ivy Belle Gannaway (1878-1967) who is buried at the Taylor City Cemetery in Williamson County, TX. Julian was born in Texas 09 Mar 1902 and died at San Antonio 13 Jan 1994. He was buried at Mission Burial Park.

Allen Carr remarried in Montgomery County 03 Feb 1916 to Pauline Virgie Orr. She was the daughter of Harry Orr (1862-1961) and Virgie Grimes (1882-1960) who are buried at Brookside Memorial Park in Houston. Pauline was born at Thayer in Oregon County, MO 13 Aug 1898 and died at Big Spring in Howard County, TX 04 Sept 1987. She was buried at Trinity Memorial Park in Big Spring and shares a double marker with Allen.

Allen and Pauline were the parents of Dewey Franklin Carr (1916-2002) who was married first in Montgomery County 22 Jun 1941 to Wanda Mae Lantz (1920-2005, daughter of Harry Vanner Lantz and Allie Mae Chester) and then to a woman named Barbara Jean (1925-2006), Ruth Elizabeth Carr (1918-1990) who was married 21 Nov 1942 to Clinton Harold Harrison (1920-2006; twin son of George Louis Harrison and Annie Lea Tindol who are buried at Trinity Memorial Park), James Dredferd Carr whose wife was Almarie Stamps (1919-1997, daughter of Almer Bird Stamps and Hattie Cora Myers who are buried at the Walnut Grove Cemetery in Newport, AR), Barney Joe Carr (1925-1963) who was wed to Billie Louvilla Cain (daughter of Andrew J. Cain Sr. and Alice Haynes who are buried at Trinity Memorial Park), and Barney's twin sister Josephine Carr who was wed 07 Jul 1945 to Bernard Oneil Huett (1924-2003, son of John Wesley Huett Sr. and Mary Babe Bennett who are buried at Greenwood Memorial Park in Fort Worth, TX).

Obituary for Wanda Mae Lantz-Carr, retrieved from McNett Funeral Home archives (Andrews, TX) 18 May 2005 : Funeral services for Wanda Mae Carr, 84, of Andrews will be 2:00 PM Saturday, May 21, 2005 at McNett Funeral Home Chapel in Andrews with Pastor Steve Long of Second Baptist Church in Andrews officiating. Burial will follow in the Andrews West Cemetery. She died Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at Permian Residential Care Center in Andrews. She was born June 6, 1920 in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma to Harry Vanner Lantz and Allie Mae Chester Lantz. She moved to Andrews in 1965 from Oklahoma City. She cleaned homes in Andrews. She was a past member of Bible Baptist Church in Andrews, where she also ran the nursery for 20 years. She is survived by her 2 daughters: Brenda Joyce Lemmons of Denver, Colorado and Shawna Lea Criner of Andrews; 2 sons: Dewey Lynn Carr of Burke, Virginia and David Lance Carr of Denison; 11 grandchildren; and 7 great grandchildren.

Obituary for Clinton Harold Harrison, published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram 15 Jan 2006 : BIG SPRING -- Clinton H. "Red" Harrison, 85, of Big Spring, died Friday, Jan. 13 in Lubbock. Services will be held 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16 at the First Assembly of God Church with the Rev. R.T. Havener officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. today, Jan. 15 at the funeral home. He was born June 1, 1920, in Terral, Okla., and married Ruth Carr Nov. 21, 1942 and she preceded him in death. He married Joy Decker Aug. 20, 1992 in Big Spring. He had lived in Big Spring since 1934 and had worked for Fina Oil & Chemical for 42 years before retiring in March of 1982. He was active in the Youth Horsemen Club and was a member of First Assembly of God Church. He was also preceded in death by one son, three brothers and two sisters. Survivors include his wife; one son, Gerald Harrison of Bella Vista, Ark.; three stepchildren, Eddie Decker, Tim Decker and Carol Kearney; six grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Alvie Harrison of Big Spring and Wayne Harrison of Orange; and three sisters, Faye Warren of Coahoma, Elsie Blanks of Gretna, Va., and Garnett Johnson of Comanche. Memorials may be made to the First Assembly of God Building Fund, P.O. Box 911, Big Spring, 79721- 0911. Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.

Obituary for Barney Joe Carr, published in the Colorado Springs Free Press 13 Oct 1963 : Barney Joe Carr, 37, services 11 a.m. Monday in Swan Funeral Home, Rev. George E. Smith and Rev. John C. Mott will officiate. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery. A Colorado resident for 5 years, died Friday in a local hospital. He was born in Frankston, Tex. He was a research scientist for Kaman Nuclear of Colorado Springs. Worked in White Sands Proving Grounds before coming to Colorado.

Lillian Beeson had been previously married to William Frederick Roberts Sr. They had no children and were divorced before 1910. William was the son of William George Roberts and Fannie Beale Mitchell. He was born in Cornwall, England in 1870 and died in Harris County, TX 07 Jul 1930. According to his death certificate, on which document his brother (Chas. Roberts of Tremonton, UT) was the informant, William died of coronary thrombosis at his home in Harris County. The document indicates that his body was buried at or removed to Tremonton, UT but that is in error. Wall & Stabe Co., of Houston, was in charge of arrangements and William was buried at Rosewood Memorial Park in Humble. After his divorce from Lillian Beeson, William remarried to Iler Lorane Herndon who had been previously married in Montgomery County 05 Jan 1912 to Eugene Rector Porter and who would later marry Freddie Ludie Wells in Harris County 12 Jan 1933.

In 1930 Charles and Lillian were living at Humble on Seventh Street and he was employed as a rig builder in the oil fields.

Charles filled out his WWII draft registration card in April 1942 and was then living at Humble, TX. The document indicates he was born at New Caney, TX 14 Apr 1888 and was unemployed. The name of a person who would always know his address was Mrs. Marjorie Fields of Humble.

Charles and Lillian were the parents of an infant son who was born in Montgomery County 22 May 1911 and died there 31 May 1911 and was buried at the Vick Cemetery, Violet H. Carr (1913-1998) who was married in Montgomery County 05 Jul 1934 to John William Hamel (1913-1991, son of George Melvin Hamel and Mae Taylor who are buried at the Enloe Cemetery in Porter), Marjorie Louise Carr (1915-1979) who was married first to William Sterling Fields (1907-1975, son of John Hampton Fields who is buried at the Humble Cemetery and Minnie Lee Spell) and then to Vernon Leroy Seitz (1910-1972, son of Melvin Leroy Seitz I and Lucy Edna Kerr who are buried at the Thompsonville Cemetery in Gonzales County, TX), John Henry Carr (1917-1983) who was married in Montgomery County 28 Jan 1939 to Marion Inez Hodges (daughter of Mr. Hodges and Velma Shaw) and to Marion again in Harris County 19 Jul 1953, Raymond Frank Carr who was wed first to Minetta May Wigand (1921-2005, daughter of Lee Eldridge Wigand and Mae Hewlett) and then in Harris County 27 Dec 2003 to Doris Louise Seals, and Audrey Jean Carr who was wed first to Mr. Theis and then in Harris County 12 Feb 1948 to Jack Morris Daniels (1916-1972, son of Abnel Daniels and Emily Meinecke who are buried at Woodlawn Garden of Memories in Houston) and then in Montgomery County 09 Apr 1957 to Joseph Cecil Auer Sr. (son of Joseph Julius Auer who is buried at Oaklawn Memorial Park in El Campo, TX and Lola Pauline Clark who is buried at Catholic Cemetery #3 in Victoria, TX) and then in Harris County 13 May 1967 to Joseph Charles Roberts (1921-2003, son of William Frederick Roberts Sr. who is buried at Rosewood Memorial Park in Humble, TX and Iler Lorane Herndon who is buried at the Splendora Cemetery).

Obituary for Minetta Mae Wigand-Carr, published in the Anchorage Daily News 25 Aug 2005 : Soldotna resident Minetta M. Carr, 84, died peacefully Aug. 20, 2005, at home with family members at her side. A private family gathering will be held later. Mrs. Carr was born Jan. 15, 1921, in Pennsylvania to Lee and May Wigand. She and her family moved from Texas to Alaska in 1967. "She led a full and busy life," her family said. In addition to having seven children, she would like to have been remembered for commercial fishing on Kalgin Island (something that she and the rest of the family were very proud of), in the early days of Cook Inlet setnet fishing. She also was a cook and a clerk in the Kenai Salvation Army store. Minetta was an avid doll collector and gardener, she grew the most beautiful flowers! "Mom was happiest when all the family was together, the more chaotic, the better. Her sense of humor and love for her family will be missed." Mrs. Carr is survived by her sister, Emma Wigand of Houston, Texas; daughters, Shirley Osburn and Annette Lloyd; sons and daughter-laws, Jerry and Sharon Carr, Raymond and Susan, and Mark and Glenda; grandchildren, Cynthia Minkler, Tana Hanthorne, Connie Coleman, Jennifer Carr, Jamie Carr, John Janowski, Hunter Carr and Christopher Lloyd; great-grandchildren, Stephanie Reis, Joseph and Archie Minkler, Nicholas and Jacob Janowski, Shaelene Swanson; and many more. She was preceded in death by her brother, three sisters, a son and a daughter. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Account 30465942 at First National Bank Alaska in Kenai. Arrangements are with Peninsula Memorial Chapels.

Barney's first wife was Annie Pitts and they were married in Montgomery County 18 Feb 1913. She was the daughter of Jesse Pitts (1874-1936) and Nancy Ellen Freeman (1881-1945) who are buried at the White Oak Cemetery in Porter. Barney and Annie had no children and they were divorced before 1920. She remarried in Montgomery County 05 Jan 1932 to Henry P. Ellis (1901-1977, son of Benjamin Franklin Ellis whose burial location is not known and Bertha Pond who is buried in Liberty, TX).

Barney's second wife was Mattie Mae Bradford and they were married in Montgomery County 15 Aug 1920. She was the daughter of William Franklin Bradford (1880-1956) and Mary Ann Duke (1877-1962) who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery. Mattie was born at Splendora 03 Sept 1905 and died at Conroe 28 May 1995. She was buried at the Splendora Cemetery and shares a double marker with Barney.

In 1930 Barney and Mattie were renting a house for $25 monthly at Barber's Hill in Chambers County and he was employed as a laborer in the oil fields.

Barney filled out his WWII draft registration card in April 1942 and was then living at Conroe, TX. The document indicates he was born 30 Mar 1891 at Splendora and was employed by the Sun Oil Company. A person who would always know his address was Mrs. Mattie Carr of Conroe.

Barney and Mattie were the parents of Billy Dean Carr (1927-2003) who never married and Maxine Carr (1929-2004) who was married in Harris County 23 Nov 1949 to Harry James Traverso Jr. (1925-2010, son of Harry Sr. and Connie Irene Fisher who are buried at the Cedar Crest Cemetery in Harris County).

Obituary for Billy Dean Carr, published in the Conroe Courier 27 Jan 2003 : Funeral services for Billy Dean Carr, age 75 of Conroe will be held on Tuesday Jan. 28, 2003 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Metcalf Funeral Directors with Dr. Cliff Herrington officiating. Interment will follow in the Splendora Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Billy was born Nov. 26, 1927 and passed away Jan. 26, 2003 in Conroe. He was preceded in death by his father and mother; Barney Douglas and Mattie Mae Carr. He is survived by his sister, Maxine Traverso and brother-in-law, Harry Traverso; nieces; Connie Scantlen and husband Karl and Cheryl Traverso; nephews, Jimbo Wells and Kathy and Tony Wells; aunts; Ethel Molett, Eva Lee Butler and Erma Leigh Hill; numerous cousins and many, many friends. Billy graduated from Conroe High School in 1948 and worked for Conroe Independent School District for 35 years. During this time, Billy worked part-time and some Saturdays at Metcalf Funeral Home. He received an Apprentice Funeral Certificate in 1964 and was given the "2nd Mile Award" for 35 years service to the youth of CISD in 1987. After retirement from CISD Billy worked for the Montgomery County Sheriff's Dept. for several years. He served as an honorary Juvenile Officer, ODR Monitor and as a Honorary Deputy in the Probation Dept. Strake House Assisted Living has been home to Billy for almost seven years. He loved those who cared for him and will be mourned by all who knew him. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Crown of Texas Hospice. Pallbearers include Steve Degner, Robert Green, Lonnie Ward, Tommy Matchett, Sam Lynch and David Park.

Obituary for Maxine Carr-Traverso, published in the Conroe Courier 27 Apr 2004 : Funeral Services for Maxine Traverso, 74, of Conroe, will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 28, 2004, at the Metcalf Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Bob Odle officiating. Interment to follow at Garden Park Cemetery with Metcalf Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be 6 - 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 27, 2004, at Metcalf Funeral Home. Mrs. Traverso was born to Barney Douglas Carr and Mattie Bradford Carr on August 19, 1929, in Daisetta, Texas and passed away April 25, 2004, in Conroe, Texas. She was member of the Woodland Oaks Church of Christ and the Conroe Art League. She is preceded in death by her parents, Barney and Mattie Carr and brother, Billy Carr. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 54 years, Harry James Traverso, Jr.; daughters, Connie Traverso Scantlen and son-in-law Karl Scantlen, Cheryl Traverso Warren and son-in-law Kirk Warren; grandsons, James Brian Wells and wife Kathy, Michael Anthony Wells; great granddaughter, Rebecca Shae Wells; numerous aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and many precious friends. Pallbearers are Jimbo Wells, Tony Wells, Karl Scantlen, Kirk Warren, Paul Brown and Bill Malone. Honorary Pallbearers are Sonny Bowman, L. B. Tarverso, Garland Adams, Joe Goodspeed, Jim Felsman, Ben Gray, Dr. Cliff Herrington and Bob Farrar.

Obituary for Harry James Traverso Jr., published in the Conroe Courier 23 Mar 2010 : Harry James Traverso, Jr., 84, loving father and devoted husband, was born December 15, 1925 in Barbers Hill and passed away Tuesday, March 23, 2010 in Baytown. He was a descendent of the pioneer families who founded Barbers Hill and the surrounding area. He was a 1942 graduate of Barbers Hill High School and attended Texas Christian University before enlisting in the U. S. Navy, where he served as a Sea Bee during WWII. After being honorably discharged, he attended the University of Houston, where he graduated and was a member of their first baseball team and continued to support the university by attending different sporting events. He was an accountant for Exxon, where he retired. An exemplary Christian, he set an example for his family until the day he died and was a member of Woodland Oaks Church of Christ in The Woodlands and attended Eastside Church of Christ after moving to Baytown. He was also a New York Yankees fan and grew beautiful roses. He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed deer and bird hunting and especially golf. He was a member of the River Plantation Country Club in Conroe and was very involved with the Junior Golf Association, spending much of his time supporting his grandsons in tournaments. He enjoyed marshalling at the Houston Open and trips made to The Master's with his wife were always special to him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Connie Traverso; sister, Sybil Adams; and wife of 54 years whom he adored, Maxine Carr Traverso. He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Karl Scantlen and Cheryl and Kirk Warren, all of Beach City; grandsons, Jimbo Wells and wife, Kathy of Barbers Hill and Tony Wells of Baytown; great granddaughter, Becca Wells; lifelong friend and cousin, L. B. Traverso of Baytown. Funeral services with military honors will be Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at Navarre Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Lyons officiating. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be his sons-in-law, grandsons, and Rev. Jerry Lyons and Frederick Weston. In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice. Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Navarre Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, TX, 77521 (281) 422-8111.

Tom was a private in the U.S. Army during WWI and served in the 143rd Infantry, 36th Division. He has both a military marker and a marker that was placed by the family.

Tom's first wife was Elmina Trevathan (Mina) and they were married in Montgomery County 13 Jul 1915. She was the daughter of James Thomas Trevathan (1858-1941) and Sibania Outlaw (1878-1922) who are buried at the Oklahoma Cemetery in Montgomery, TX. Mina was born at Splendora 03 Jul 1899 and died at Cleveland 07 Dec 1981. She was buried at Cleveland Memorial Cemetery.

Tom and Mina had no children and they were divorced before her marriage in Montgomery County 22 Sept 1917 to Samuel P. Penny. He was the son of Lum Penny and Mamie unknown. Sam was born in Montgomery County 24 Dec 1892 and died in Liberty County 12 Dec 1974. According to his death certificate, on which document his wife (Mrs. Mina Penney) was the informant, Sam died of coronary occlusion and was D.O.A. at Leggett Memorial Hospital in Cleveland. He was eighty-one years old. The document indicates he was self-employed with a timber company, was a veteran of WWI and his last residence was Liberty Street in Cleveland. Cleveland Tri-County Funeral Home, under the direction of Jimmy C. Eads, was in charge of arrangements and Sam was buried at Cleveland Memorial Cemetery 14 Dec 1974. Mina and Sam were the parents of Claud Everett Penny (1922-2009) who was married first to Weltha Marie Ford (daughter of Hal Duncan Ford Sr. and Annie Luna McLin who are buried at the Ryan Cemetery in Liberty County) and then to Allie Mae Bolton and then on 10 Apr 1984 to Winnie M. unknown, and Clifton Penny who married Minnie Bell Pruitt.

Samuel Penny filled out his WWII draft registration card in April 1942 and was then living at Cleveland, TX. The document indicates he was born in Montgomery County 24 Dec 1894 and was employed by T. M. Watson of Cleveland (no field of employment specified). Note : the birth year on this document is two years later than the date shown on his death certificate. The death certificate date is consistent with his tombstone.

After his divorce from Mina, Tom remarried in Montgomery County 06 Jun 1920 to Lona B. Hayden. She was the daughter of Eugene Hayden (1874-1959) and Bessie Lee Duke (1887-1957) who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery. Lona was born at Splendora 27 Feb 1903 and died at El Paso, TX 14 Mar 1991. She was buried at Restlawn Memorial Park in El Paso.

In 1930 Tom and Lona were living on Moonshine Hill Road in precinct #4 of Harris County. The document indicates that they owned a home valued at $100 and Thomas was employed as a laborer in the oil fields.

Tom filled out his WWII draft registration card in April 1942 and was then living at Conroe, TX. The document indicates he was born at New Caney, TX 23 Feb 1893 and was 75% disabled.

Tom and Lona were the parents of Inez Carr who married John Luther Cleveland Sr. (1910-1982, son of William G. Cleveland whose burial location is not known and Mary Jane Currie who is buried at the Center Hill Cemetery in Oakhurst, TX), Idell Carr (1924-1995) who was married first in Montgomery County 11 Jun 1942 to William Jeter McCowan (1919-2000, son of Elbert Tresvan McCowan and Annie Ola Foster who are buried at the McCowan Cemetery in Huntsville, TX) and then in Harris County 02 Aug 1949 to Robert Edward Langdon (1923-1988, son of Lloyd Francis Langdon and Emma Belle Patterson who are buried at the South Park Cemetery in Pearland, TX), Eltha Marie Carr (1926-2007) who married Jimmie Blain Turner (1916-1993, son of Henry Barrett Turner and Anna B. unknown who are buried at Perrin Memorial Gardens in Jack County, TX), Thomas Junior Carr (1929-1991) who was married in Montgomery County 21 Oct 1955 to Marlene Joyce Petty (daughter of Elmer Jennings Petty and Lila J. May who are buried at Garden Park Cemetery in Conroe), and Laverne Yvonne Carr who was married in Harris County 14 Mar 1953 to Don Farrell Lawson (1933-2002, son of Olin T. Lawson who is buried at the Donohoe Cemetery in Holland, TX and Lizzie Baggett).

After Tom's death in 1948 Lona remarried to Mr. Jones whose identity is not known.

Obituary for Eltha Marie Carr-Turner, published in the Conroe Courier 30 Oct 2007 : Marie Turner, cherished wife and mother, passed away Oct. 29, 2007 in her home in Conroe, TX. Marie was born to Thomas and Lona Carr on July 31, 1926 in Montgomery County, TX. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Jimmie Blain Turner, her parents, two sisters and a brother. She is survived by her son, Edward Turner and his wife, Lonna; daughters, Dixie Turner and Linda Turner Cato; sister, LaVerne Lawson; brother and sisters-in-law, Frank Lee Turner and his wife, Clara, Elisca Turner, and Marlene Carr; grandchildren, Deborah Mark, Donna Reedy, Dr. Douglas Reedy, Scott Turner, Chad Turner, Anthony Cato, and eight great grandchildren. She is also survived by her niece, Barbara Poole, and other nieces and nephews. Marie has always been involved in organizations whose main cause was to help others. Her time and talents were given graciously. She was an active Eastern Star member of two chapters, Miramonte and Conroe, for 25+ years. She was in the Daughters of the Nile, the Camilla Society, and the VFW Auxillary. She was the Scholarship Chairman for the Lena Murrell Scholarship Fund and served on the Election Boards for Montgomery County and C.I.S.D. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Conroe. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 2, 2007 at the Metcalf Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bill Taylor officiating. Interment will follow at the Garden Park Cemetery next to her beloved husband. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007 at Metcalf Funeral Home. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Crippled Children, 2222 Welborn St., Dallas, TX 75219, (214) 559-7650.

Ima's husband was William Franklin Vick (Willie) and they were married in Montgomery County 24 Apr 1915. He was the son of James Mabern Vick (1855-1939) who is buried at the Vick Cemetery in New Caney and Sallie Naff who died in 1890 and was buried at the Kidd Cemetery in New Caney. Willie was born in Montgomery County 07 Oct 1890 and died in Harris County 14 Apr 1950. According to his death certificate, on which document his daughter (Beulah Jones) was the informant, Willie's mother was Ida Lee Walters (1873-1950) but Ida was actually his step-mother. Montgomery County marriage records indicate that Ida was married to James Mabern Vick 02 Jan 1891 when Willie was almost three months old. The death certificate indicates that Willie was an oil field worker and was never in the armed forces. He died of exposure due to acute alcoholism at his home near Humble where he had lived for thirty-five years. He was fifty-nine years, six months and seven days old. Humble Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements and William was buried at the Splendora Cemetery 16 Apr 1950. He and Ima share a double marker which was placed by the family many years after her death and probably accounts for the error in her birth date on that stone.

Willie filled out his WWII draft registration card in April 1942 and was then living at Humble, TX. The document indicates he was born at Conroe, TX 07 Oct 1891 and was self-employed at Harmaston, TX (no field of employment specified).

Ima and Willie were the parents of Beulah Elizabeth Vick (1916-2003) who was married first to Robert Phelps Jones (1913-1995) and then in Harris County 07 Oct 1969 to William Fred Davis and then in Trinity County 13 Sept 1976 to Devoda Pinkey Nash (1907-1990, son of Charley Harrison Nash who is buried at the Nash Cemetery in North Zulch, TX and Dolly Elizabeth Allen who is buried at the Plainview Cemetery in Normangee, TX), Pearl Beatrice Vick (1919-2010) who was wed in Montgomery County 10 Aug 1936 to Aubrey Clayton Smith (1912-1992, son of George Augustus Smith and Alice Bertha Hatcher who are buried at Rosewood Memorial Park in Humble, TX), Rosalee Vick (1921-2001) who was married first in Montgomery County 29 Aug 1939 to Richard Burns Blake (1900-1971, son of Avery Blake and Martha Jane Nixon who are buried at the Rockland Cemetery in Tyler County, TX) and then in Harris County 05 Jul 1966 to Cecil Carnell Berry (1915-2007, son of James Richard Berry and Maggie Billingsley who are buried at the Fairview Cemetery in Bastrop County, TX), and Etheldred Curtis Vick (1925-1988) who was wed in Harris County 14 Dec 1979 to Zonia Sadoway.

Dewey was married in Montgomery County 09 May 1936 to Allie Mae Whitmire. She was the daughter of Allie Elbert Whitmire (1891-1956) and Nannie Avella Thompson (1889-1973) who are buried at Cleveland Memorial Cemetery in Liberty County. Allie was born at Fostoria 16 Jul 1920 and died at Houston 09 Dec 1997. She was buried at the Splendora Cemetery and shares a double marker with Dewey.

Dewey and Allie were the parents of Charlene Elizabeth Carr who was married in Harris County 23 May 1958 to John Alton Middleton Jr. (1932-2009, son of John Sr. and Lillie Grace Folsom), and Donald Wayne Carr who never married.

Nannie Avella Thompson had been married twice prior to her marriage in Montgomery County 26 Mar 1919 to Allie Elbert Whitmire. Her first husband was Frank Roberts (1879-1916) and they were married 18 Feb 1905 at Coldspring in San Jacinto County. He was a son of Benjamin Franklin Roberts and Catherine Lackey who are buried at the Foster Cemetery in San Jacinto County. Frank and Nannie were the parents of Nina Beatrice Roberts (1906-1993) who married first to William Bryan Gilmore (1896-1968, son of Joel Gilmore Sr. whose burial location is not known and Laura Josephine Grimes who is buried at Brookside Memorial Park in Houston) and then in Montgomery County 16 Nov 1970 to Kendricks Garfield Rose Sr. (1895-1987, son of Jefferson Armstrong Rose and Victoria Smith who are buried at the Willis Cemetery in Montgomery County), Jackson Frank Roberts (1908-1954) who was wed first to Virginia Lorene Partain (1911-1999, daughter of Arvil Partain and Beulah Jincy Sloane who are buried at the Montague Cemetery near Cleveland) and then in Montgomery County 24 Feb 1931 to Cora Lee Whitmire (1906-1977, daughter of Joe Thomas Whitmire and Tollie Beatrice Godejohn who are buried at the Montague Cemetery in San Jacinto County, TX) and then to Beatrice Johnson (1919-1983, daughter of Simon Peter Johnson and Hattie Mattie Whitmire who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery), Katie Roberts (1909-1998) who was married in Montgomery County 12 Nov 1927 to Arba Alvin Isaacks (1907-1993, son of Perry Allen Isaacks and Sallie D. Howard who are buried at the Pin Oak Cemetery in Cleveland), and Manuel Clester Roberts Sr. (1916-2010) who was married first to Jean Samento (daughter of Samuel Samento Sr. and Minnie Lawing) and then in Montgomery County 18 Nov 1939 to Opal Eudora Ward (daughter of Lewis Andrew Ward who is buried at the Morgan Cemetery near Security, TX and Peggie J. unknown) and then to Dollie Mae Beard (1918-2006, daughter of George W. Beard Sr. and Hattie Hayden who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery).

Nannie's second marriage was to Frank's brother Tod Lawrence Roberts (1892-1916) at Coldspring 23 Apr 1913. Her only child with Tod was Neal Roberts (1916-1991) whose wife, Dora Lilly Goodson (1909-1972), had been previously married in Montgomery County 30 Jul 1925 to Elbert Collins (1903-1926, son of James Louis Collins and Mary Etta Partain who are buried at the Morgan Cemetery near Security) and then in Montgomery County 02 Aug 1927 to Elbert's first cousin John Alfred Collins (1907-1937, son of John Thompson Collins and Matilda Alice Osborn who are buried at the Morgan Cemetery). Dora was the daughter of Andrew Jackson Goodson (1874-1969) and Martha Hattie Duke (1880-1961) who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery.

Obituary for Ruthie Mae Whitmire-Caylor-Rice-Gellinger (niece of Allie Elbert Whitmire), published in the Conroe Courier 31 Aug 2003 : Funeral services for Ruthie Mae Gellinger, 79, of Conroe will be held on Monday, Sept. 1, 2003, at 10 a.m. in Cashner Colonial Chapel with the Rev. Lynn Davis officiating. Interment will follow in Garden Park Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 31, 2003, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Cashner Funeral Home. Mrs. Gellinger was born on Nov. 11, 1923, in Sour Lake, Texas and passed away on Aug. 27, 2003, in San Angelo, Texas. She was a member of Living Faith Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. Her grandson, Pete McCleskey, preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, Alfred Gellinger; daughters, Verna McCaffery, and Lou Cooper and husband Floyd all of Conroe; sons, David Caylor of Conroe and Norman Caylor of Tenn.; grandchildren, Bonita Hale, Tonia McCleskey, Recca Vanden, Jeff McCleskey, Vernon McCleskey, Debbie Stuard, Lynette Hunt, Joe Caylor, Kim Waite, Jeffery Caylor; 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Numerous other relatives and friends also survive.

CARTER - Jessie P. Carter was born in Alabama 28 Oct 1825 and died 11 May 1905 at his residence a few miles east of New Caney in the area of what is commonly called Casey Ridge. He was buried at the Splendora Cemetery. Jessie arrived in East Montgomery County shortly after the 1860 census but it is not exactly clear where he first settled. His first wife was Melvina Beeks, daughter of Henry Beeks and Artemissa Choate. Melvina was born about 1829 in Mississippi and is presumed to have died prior to 1868. She and Jessie had at least five children who have been documented : James Carter who was born about 1847 in Mississippi and nothing more is known about him, Artemissa Evelyn Carter (1853-1920) who was wed first in Montgomery County 28 Aug 1870 to Zachariah Taylor Metts (1850-1893, son of Zachariah Metts and Mary Edwards) and then to an unknown spouse and then to John Moran at Marsden in Indian Territory 01 Nov 1894, Susan Frances Carter (1855-1924) who was married in Montgomery County 07 Sept 1871 to Thomas Jefferson Smith (1848-1923, son of Hiram Smith and Martha Copeland), Laura Van Carter (1857-1933) who was wed first in Montgomery County 26 Sept 1872 to John E. Smith (1850-1888, son of Hiram Smith and Martha Copeland) and then at Morrison in Indian Territory 10 Dec 1895 to William D. Willhite (1858-1922, son of William M. Willhite and Mary McGiboney), Nancy Jane Carter (1859-1936) who was wed in Montgomery County 18 Nov 1874 to George W. Smith (son of Hiram Smith and Martha Copeland), and David Millard Carter (1862-1936) who was wed first in Montgomery County 23 Dec 1886 to Georgia Metts (daughter of Zachariah Taylor Metts who is buried in Streeter, TX and Laura Idelia Busby) and then in Montgomery County 06 Mar 1898 to Elizabeth Holloway (1880-1969, daughter of Joseph Holloway and Josephine M. Jones).

After the death of Melvina Beeks-Carter, Jessie remarried in Montgomery County 14 Feb 1867 to Eliza F. Johnson. Nothing more is known about her. She and Jessie were divorced (or she had died) prior to 08 May 1868.

Jessie remarried in Harris County 09 May 1868 to Catherine Caroline Carr (Katie). She was a sister to Etheldred Thomas Carr. Katie was twenty-four years old when she married Jessie Carter and their marriage record indicates she was previously married to a Cooper. His identity is not known. Katie was born in Sabine County, TX 28 Nov 1843 and died at the Carter homestead at Casey Ridge 03 Nov 1907. She was also buried at the Splendora Cemetery. Jessie Carter's tombstone indicates that his wife's name was Catherine C. Cooper and this misnomer has not yet been explained. Oddly, Catherine's half-sister (Artemissa) was indexed as Cooper Carter on the 1870 census of Montgomery County.

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The first documented child of Jessie and Katie is Artimage Miranda Carter who was called Miranda most of her life. She was born in Montgomery County 03 Mar 1870 and died in Harris County 15 Nov 1932. According to her death certificate, on which document her daughter Annie (Mrs. C. E. Thomas of Willis, TX) was the informant, Miranda died of uremia and chronic nephritis at the Methodist Hospital in Houston. She was sixty-two years, eight months and twelve days old. Fogle-West Company of Houston was in charge of arrangements and Miranda was buried at the Splendora Cemetery 16 Nov 1932. Miranda's first husband was Seth Allen Porter and they were married in Montgomery County 02 Oct 1884. He was the son of Minor P. Porter and Mary Ann Skinner. Seth was born about 1859 in De Soto Parish, LA and is presumed to have died in Texas about 1894. Seth and Miranda's children were Eugene Rector Porter (1887-1954) who was married first in Montgomery County 05 Jan 1912 to Iler Lorane Herndon (1896-1968, daughter of Hansford Pleasant Herndon and Martha Elizabeth Dunham who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery) and then in Montgomery County 13 Oct 1915 to Iler's sister Florence Onelia Herndon (1891-1979), and Callie Porter (1892-1941) who was married first in Montgomery County 12 Sept 1909 to Willis Earl Hood (1882-1957, son of Willis Ervin Hood and Sidney Ann Murrah who are buried at the Lummus Cemetery in Leon County, TX) and then to Bennie Prestwood (1908-1949, son of John J. Prestwood and Sarah Elizabeth Lucas who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery). Miranda remarried in Montgomery County 05 Mar 1895 to Thomas Jefferson Stokely. He was the son of George C. Stokely and Rebecca Mildred Marks of Rockbridge County, VA. He was born in Missouri 04 Aug 1865 and died in Harris County, TX 02 May 1929. According to his death certificate, on which document his sister-in-law (Mrs. Virgie Stokely, of Houston) was the informant, Thomas died of mitral insufficiency at 1402 Columbia Street in Houston; the residence of his brother George whose wife was Miranda's sister. He was sixty-four years, three months and twenty-eight days old. The document indicates that he was a farmer, his residence was at Splendora and he was married. Fogle-West Company of Houston was in charge of arrangements and Thomas was buried at the Splendora Cemetery 03 May 1929.

The second documented child of Jessie and Katie is Melissa J. Carter. She was born in Montgomery County 31 Jan 1873 and passed away at the Carter home near Casey Ridge 15 Jan 1887 and was buried at the Splendora Cemetery. A recent transcription of the cemetery reveals that Melissa was the second person to be buried here, following the burial of her first cousin, Ellen Florence Carr, in 1885. Melissa was the first member of the Carter family to be buried at the Splendora Cemetery and her grave marker is the first physical documentation that places the Carter family in the Splendora area as early as 1887.

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The third documented child of Jessie and Katie is Arcain Carter who was born in Texas in about 1887. She died in Caddo Parish, LA 26 Jul 1936. Arcain's husband was Frank C. Porter, son of Minor P. Porter and Mary Ann Skinner. Frank's brother, Seth Allen Porter, married Arcain's sister Miranda. Arcain and Frank were the parents of a child that was born and died in Montgomery County prior to 1900 and is likely buried at the Splendora Cemetery, Dora Hallie Porter (1892-1975) who was married to Mr. Corley, Hettie A. Porter, Lester Leslie Porter (1897-1977) who married Myrtle Rushton (1898-1966; daughter of Alfred Albert Rushton and Anna Moore who are buried at Chrsities Chapel Cemetery in Columbia County, AR), Jesse Lee Porter (1899-1977) who was married in Ouachita County, AR 04 Jan 1927 to Bertha Hall, Annie Nora Porter (1902-1951) who was married to Mr. Litton, Edna Lee Porter (1907-1994) who was married first at El Dorado in Union County, AR 22 Mar 1924 to Robert Louis Brashier Sr. and then to George Thomas Abbott (1897-1985), and Curtis James Porter (1909-1985) who was married first at Norphlet in Union County, AR 15 May 1932 to Mary Louise Wallace and then in Louisiana 20 Feb 1936 to Eula Dora Guess (1907-2011, daughter of Ben Willie Guess and Ida F. Swinney who are buried at the Hasley Cemetery in West Monroe, LA).

Obituary for James Curtis Brashier (son of Edna Lee Porter and Robert Louis Brashier Sr), published in the News Orleans Times-Picayune 95 Mar 2005 : Jimmy Curtis Brashier, Age 76 Years, Of Biloxi, Ms Died Wednesday, March 23, 2005. He Was A Member Of Nativity Catholic Church. He Is Survived By His Loving And Devoted Wife Of 54 Years, Peggy Eley Brashier. He Will Be Forever In The Hearts Of His Four Children And Their Spouses: Jim And Linden Brashier, Robert And Lucy Brashier, Mitchel And Julie Brashier And His Loving Daughter, Meribeth. Big Jim Was Deeply Cherished And Loved By His Seven Grandchildren: Brandon, Dewey, Jim Eley, Bass, Analise, And Abbie And Samuel Lloyd. One Of His Greatest Joys Was Spending Time With Them Where He Regularly Attended All Of Their Outside Activities And Sporting Events. He Was Born In Eldorado, Ar On March 9, 1929 And Was Preceded In Death By: His Father, Robert Louis Brashier; Mother, Edna Porter Brashier; Brother, Robert Louis Brashier, Jr.; And Sister, Edna Beatrice Tatum. As A Resident Of The Coast For 47 Years He Was Very Active In The Community And Served As President Of Biloxi Port Commission, President Biloxi Jaycees, President Biloxi Recreation Department, President Of Sunkist C.C., President Of West End PTA, President Of Bayou C.C., Thibodaux, La, And King And Past President Of Mithras Carnival Assn. And Usher At Nativity Catholic Church. He Served In The Army At Fort Jackson, Sc For Two Years And Also Was A Standout Running Back For The Army Football Team Where He Was Selected To Play In The All-Star Game In Atlanta, Ga. After An Honorable Discharge He Attended The University Of Southern Mississippi On A Football Scholarship. He Was A Three-Year Starter And Was Selected As 'All Gulf States Conference' Defensive Back In His Sophomore Year. He Was Proud To Have Played With Some Of The Greatest Football Players In USM History And Played In The Highly Coveted Sun Bowl Two Consecutive Years In The Early 50s. He Was Later Inducted In The USM Sports Hall Of Fame And All American Football Foundation. He Graduated From The University Of Southern Mississippi In 1954 Receiving His Bachelors Degree In Business & Finance. While Attending Usm He Was President Of His Senior Class, Listed In The Who's Who Of Among College Students. He Was Also A Member Of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He Spent His Entire Business Career In The Insurance Industry, After Retiring From Aetna Casualty & Surety As A Marketing Manager He Joined The Insurance Center A Division Of Bancorp South Insurance Services As Office Manager.He Was Active In Coaching Football In Youth Organizations And Officiated High School And College Football For 35 Years. He Was A Referee With The Southern Independent Officials Association Where He Enjoyed Officiating Major College Football Games On Saturdays All Across The Country. He Was An Avid Golfer And Made Many Life Long And Loyal Friends On The Golf Course. Although He Loved The Game Itself, He Loved The Camaraderie Shared With Those Friends Even More. He Leaves Behind Many Good Friends Along The Mississippi Gulf Coast And The Entire State Of Mississippi, Louisiana And Arkansas. He Will Be Sadly Missed By All Who Knew Him. A Memorial Service Will Be Held At Nativity Bvm Catholic Church On Monday, March 28, 2005. With Visitation Beginning At 9am With A Funeral Mass At 11:00 Am. Internment Following At Southern Memorial Park. In Memory Of Jim C. Brashier, Please Make Donations To The Gift Of Life Foundation, 4511 North Himes Ave., Suite 262, Tampa, Fl 33614. Bradford-O'keefe Funeral Home, Howard Ave., Biloxi, Ms Entrusted With Arrangements.

Obituary for Eula Dora Guess-Porter (wife of Curtis James Porter), published in the Monroe News Star (Monroe, LA) 22 Jan 2011 : Funeral services for Mrs. Eula Guess Porter, age 103, will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, January 23, 2011, in the Chapel of Kilpatrick Funeral Homes of West Monroe. Officiating will be Pastor Mark Foster and Pastor Emeritus Fred Foster. Interment will follow at Hasley Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Homes of West Monroe. Eula Dora Guess Porter passed away on January 19, 2011, at home in West Monroe. She was born in Cadeville, LA to Ida and Ben Guess on September 10, 1907. She was raised on a farm in the Eros area and graduated from Okaloosa High School. She moved to West Monroe wih her sister, Sallie Mae who was attending Northeast University. Eula went to work to help support them both. While on her job, she met her true love, C.J. "Buddy" Porter. They married and had two children, a son, Billy Joe Porter and a daughter, Barbara Porter Doyle. Later they built a home in the Ranson Field area, where they lived a life together for 49 years. Eula was a happy homemaker and loved working in her yard and garden. She was the happiest sitting in a boat fishing with her husband on Cheniere Lake. She was well known for her special "Coconut Cake" which she baked for friends, even into her nineties. Most important, Eula was a "Prayer Warrior" and everyone that came to visit her would put their picture in her home on the "Wall of Eyes" so Eula could pray for them. She was a true Christian woman that lived her life devoted to her church and her family. She was a member of The Pentecostals of the Twin Cities and a member of the Sunshine Club where she had many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a sister, Sallie Pardue; brothers, Lonnie, Daniel, Willie and Eslie Guess and a grandson, Josh Porter. Survivors are her son, Billy Joe Porter and his wife, Kathy of Jonesboro; daughter, Barbara Doyle and her husband, Mack of Starks, LA; 2 grandsons, Shannon Porter and his wife, Lori and Caleb Porter and his wife, Joni of West Monroe, and two granddaughters, Terri Doyle and Regina Thompson and her husband, Mike of Starks, LA; 4 great grandchildren, Sydney and Drake Porter and Brandon Thompson and Jennifer Barrow and her husband, Chad of DeQuincy, LA; 2 great great grandchildren, Sadie and Sarah Barrow; a very special niece, Frances Baker of Benton, LA and best friend, Virginia Simrall of West Monroe. Pallbearers will be Jay Copeland, Issac Howell, Brandon Thompson, Shannon Porter, Caleb Porter and Chad Barrow. Visitation will be 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M., Saturday, January 22, 2011, at Kilpatrick Funeral Homes of West Monroe.

The fourth documented child of Jessie and Katie is Virgie Belle Carter. Virgie was born in Texas 13 Mar 1880 and died in Brazoria County 24 Sept 1940. According to her death certificate, on which document her daughter Olive (Mrs. D. E. Grandstaff of West Columbia, TX) was the informant, Virgie was born 13 Mar 1880 at Old Waverly in San Jacinto County. This birth location has not been verified even though it is not presumed to be incorrect. The Carter family have yet to be located on the 1880 census when Virgie was just an infant so it is difficult to determine whether or not they were living in the vicinity of Old Waverly. Virgie's death certificate states that she died of cerebral arterio thrombosis due to generalized arteriosclerosis at Freeport, TX. Wait Funeral Home of West Columbia, under the direction of L. C. Wait, was in charge of arrangements and Virgie was buried at the Columbia Cemetery at West Columbia 25 Sept 1944. Virgie married George Francis Stokely, a brother to Thomas who married Miranda. George was born at Paris in Monroe County, MO 17 Mar 1874 and died in Brazoria County, TX 20 Jun 1956. According to his death certificate, on which document his son (B. L. Stokely) was the informant, George died of coronary occlusion and senility at his home in West Columbia. The document also indicates that he was never in the armed forces. Wait Funeral Home of West Columbia was in charge of arrangements and George was buried at the Columbia Cemetery 23 Jun 1956. Virgie and George were the parents of Olive Catherine Stokely (1902-1970) who married Delbert Emery Grandstaff Sr. (1898-1997, son of Lewis Elinor Grandstaff who is buried at Cedar Bayou in Harris County, TX and Etta Stewart who is buried at the Hasley Cemetery in Ouachita Parish, LA), Frances Elizabeth Stokely (1904-1993) who married Truman Leon Sullivan (1902-1951, son of Flavius J. Sullivan and Leona Bradley), Ruby Mildred Stokely of whom nothing is known, Edgar Clifford Stokely (1911-1990) who married Margaret Elizabeth Smallbone (1915-2001, daughter of George Paul Smallbone and Celina Elizabeth Hornot who are buried at the Gulf Prairie Cemetery in Brazoria County), and Bennett Lee Stokely (1916-1992) who was married to Marion Ann Goatley (daughter of Edward Goatley whose burial location is not known and Emily Sophie Lambourne who is buried at the Columbia Cemetery). Regarding Olive Stokely and Delbert Grandstaff Sr. : their daughter, Olive Kathryn Grandstaff, changed her name to Katherine Grant. She became the second wife of Hollywood icon, Bing Crosby, whose real name was Harry Lillis Crosby (1903-1977). They were married 24 Oct 1947 in Las Vegas, NV.

The last child born to Jessie and Katie was Annie Elizabeth Carter. Her death certificate indicates that she was born at New Caney, TX 21 Sept 1882 and died at Houston 16 Aug 1940. Annie was married in Polk County, TX 11 Jun 1902 to Charles Engram Thomas Jr. Charles was born at Vanceville in Bossier Parish, LA 11 Feb 1875 and died at Houston 16 Aug 1940. He and Annie were hit by a train at the intersection of Hardy and Crosstimbers. They are buried at Earthman Resthaven Cemetery in Houston. Their children were Elmer Lee Thomas (1904-1991) who was married first to an unknown spouse and then in Harris County 05 Aug 1964 to Frances Ellabell Warwick and then in Harris County 08 May 1974 to Marie Adele Cannon (daughter of Alfred Price Cannon who is buried at the Garden of Gethsemane in Houston and unknown) and then to Grace Evelyn unknown, Mattie Mary Thomas of whom nothing is known, Ethel Bell Thomas (1910-1987) who was married at Houston in Harris County 28 Feb 1929 to Myron Earl Randall (1906-1960, son of Marion Odin Randall and Ida Mae Roth), Juanita Opal Thomas whose husband was Fred D. Ward, Lonnie P. Thomas, and Edward Bryan Thomas who was married in Harris County 15 Oct 1949 to Peggy Jean Hinton (1931-2003, daughter of Dewey Hinton and Elizabeth McCuen who are buried at the Resthaven Cemetery in Houston).

DUKE - Jeremiah Prophet Duke (Jerry) was born at Bluff Port in Sumter County, AL 06 Nov 1837, the son of John Duke and Elizabeth Melton. The Duke family can be found still living at Bluff Port on the 1850 census where Jerry is improperly identified as a sixteen-year-old son, three years older than his actual age.

After the death of his father at Bluff Port in 1851 Jerry moved to Columbia County, AR and can be found there teaching at the Ouachita Seminary on the 1860 census. He was wed to Susan Elizabeth Hicks in Columbia County 03 Nov 1858. Jerry and Susan have not been found on the 1870 census and it is not known if they had any children. Susan is presumed to have died before 1872.

Jerry Duke remarried 03 Jun 1872 at Centerville in Leon County, TX to Mary Elizabeth Tullis (Lizzie) She was the daughter of Gilbert Gaston Tullis and Mary Elizabeth Price who are buried at the New Salem Cemetery in Leon County. Lizzie was born at Keechi in Leon County, TX 27 May 1858 and died in Montgomery County 13 May 1930. According to her death certificate, on which document her son (John Duke of Dayton, TX) was the informant, Lizzie died of nephritis at Conroe 13 May 1930. J. Wahrenberger & Son of Conroe was in charge of arrangements and Lizzie was buried at the Splendora Cemetery. Her tombstone shows a death date of 14 May 1930.

Jerry Duke died at his home near Splendora 01 Dec 1909 and was buried at the Splendora Cemetery.

Jerry and Lizzie and the first three of their ten children were living in Montgomery County in 1880 on a farm situated about one mile west of present-day Splendora. According to the 1880 census there were no other children in the household who were born before Jerry and Lizzie's marriage, indicating that Jerry may have had no children from his previous marriage.

In 1895 Jerry sold a piece of what is historically referred to as the "Uncle Jerry Duke Place" to James Thomas Flowers who had just moved here with his family from Collin County, TX.

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Jerry Duke's extended family
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Jerry and Lizzie were the parents of ten children :

Mirtie was married to Terry Lee Presswood in Montgomery County 11 Feb 1890. He was the son of Austin Presswood (1824-1899) and Sarah Ann Waters (1829-1902) who are buried at the Presswood Cemetery at New Caney.

Mirtie had no children with Terry Presswood and they were divorced after little more than a year of marriage. Terry remarried in San Jacinto County 02 May 1893 to Virginia Lee Byrd (1876-1946, daughter of James Lee Byrd who is buried at the Evergreen Cemetery in San Jacinto County and Kate C. Phillips). They had three sons and were divorced before Terry's marriage in Louisiana in about 1907 to Fannie May DeMoss. Virginia remarried in Harris County 23 Sept 1913 to J. R. Mudd (1851-1930).

Fannie DeMoss had been previously married in Bossier Parish, LA 04 Dec 1895 to Robert Levi Lowe (1867-1904, son of William Richard Lowe and Elizabeth Matilda Kendrick who are buried at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Plain Dealing, LA). Fannie had three children with Terry Presswood and five with Robert Lowe. Terry died before 1920, possibly in La Salle Parish, LA. Fannie remarried to Mr. Norwood and nothing more is known about him. Fannie's death date and burial location are not known.

Mirtie Duke remarried in Montgomery County 03 Oct 1891 to Isaac Shepherd Adams Sr. (Shep). He was the son of Holden Wade Adams Jr. and Mary Delilah Brossett who are buried at the Willow Creek Cemetery near Tomball in Harris County, TX. Shep was born in Natchitoches Parish, LA in 1870 and died at Splendora 10 Mar 1915. He was buried at the Splendora Cemetery.

Mirtie and Shep were the parents of Minnie Adams (1899-1994) who was married first at Gretna in Jefferson Parish, LA 25 Mar 1924 to Gustave Albert Burns (1895-1941, son of John William Burns and Martha Bell Krosch who are buried at the Calvary Cemetery in Mapleton, MN) and then in Jefferson Parish, LA 20 Nov 1943 to George Seraphin Soulant (1891-1957, son of George Soulant and Dorothea Hufft who are buried at the Chalmette National Cemetery in St. Bernard Parish, LA), and Viola Adams (1904-1988) who married Harvey Rolondius Allen Sr. (1898-1972, son of Samuel Price Allen and Mary Esther Gerehart who are buried at Saint John's Cemetery in Van Vleck, TX).

After Mirtie's untimely death in 1904 at the age of twenty-nine Shep Adams remarried at Splendora 18 Jul 1906 to Alice Maude Tiller. She was the daughter of Charles Cornelius Tiller and Emma G. Butterworth (1851-1895) who are buried at the Harwood Masonic Cemetery in Gonzales County, TX. Alice was born at Harwood 28 Feb 1887 and died 14 Aug 1939 in Houston. She was buried at West Columbia in Brazoria County, TX but the cemetery is unknown.

Shep and Alice were the parents of Bertie Belle Adams (1907-1982) who married Robert Wilson Boutwell (1906-1969, son of Robert Napoleon Boutwell who is buried at the Magnolia Cemetery in Greenville, AL and Alice Malinda Boutwell who is buried at Forest Park Lawndale in Houston, TX), Isaac Shepherd Adams Jr. (1909-1989) who was married first in Galveston County 26 Oct 1934 to Alma Hettie Overland (1905-1973, daughter of William Frederick Overland whose burial location is not known and Emma Eliza Page who is buried at the White Cemetery in Highlands, TX) and then in Harris County 16 Sept 1979 to Louie Mae Crouch, James Everett Adams (1911-1977) who was married at Sulphur in Calcasieu Parish, LA 12 Oct 1935 to Olita Uory Richard (1918-1975, daughter of Dulva Richard and Adeline Saline Trahan who are buried at the St. Anthony Catholic Church Cemetery in Lake Arthur, LA), Hardie Adams who was born and died at Splendora in 1913 and is presumed to be buried at the Splendora Cemetery, and Floyd O'Dell Adams (1914-2005) who was married first to Doris Charlene Shugart (daughter of John Elbert Shugart and Etta Mae Scroggins who are buried at the Plainview Cemetery in Hale County, TX) and then at Brownsville in Cameron County, TX 18 Jul 1959 to Mary Angela Cisneros.

Alice Maude Tiller had been previously married in Caldwell County, TX 03 Jun 1903 to Alex Chalmer Roberts. He was the son of Alexander Chalmer Roberts (1853-1941) who is buried at Der Stadt Friedhof Cemetery in Fredericksburg, TX and Orlean Walker (1851-1945) who is buried at the Willow City Cemetery in Gillespie County, TX. Alex was born in Texas 03 Dec 1878 and died in Harris County 29 Jan 1945. According to his death certificate Alex died of pulmonary tuberculosis at the Jefferson Davis Hospital in Houston. He was sixty-six years, one month and eight days old. Boulevard Undertaking Company of Houston, under the direction of J. V. Cossaboom, was in charge of arrangements and Alex was buried at the South Park Cemetery in Houston.

Alice and Alex were the parents of Bessie Lorene Roberts. She was born at Cedar Creek in Bastrop County, TX 02 Apr 1904 and died in El Paso County, TX 28 Feb 1976. According to her death certificate, on which document her daughter (Betty Nicholson) was the informant, Bessie died of severe arteriosclerotic heart disease at Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso. She was seventy-one years old. The document indicates that she was divorced at the time of death, was a retired saleslady for department stores, and her last residence was 600 Chelsea Street, Apt. #1008, El Paso. Martin Funeral Home, under the direction of Steve Hampton, was in charge of arrangements and Bessie was buried at the Evergreen Cemetery East in El Paso. Bessie's husband was Jesse Goddard Bowden. He was born at Holland in Bell County, TX 04 Aug 1906 and died in Harris County 12 Aug 1975. According to his death certificate, on which document his second wife (Virginia Bowden) was the informant, Jesse died of degenerative brain disease due to arteriosclerosis at the Golden Age Manor in Houston. He was sixty-nine years old. The document indicates he was an automobile salesman, was never in the armed forces, and his last residence was 7723 McHenry Street, Houston. Niday Funeral Home, under the direction of Ronnie D. Niday, was in charge of arrangements and Jesse was buried at the Tecula Cemetery in Cherokee County, TX.

After Shep Adams' death in 1915 Alice remarried in Washington County, TX 09 Aug 1917 to Urban Mantey. They were the parents of Urban Lewis Mantey (1918-1982).

Alice remarried in Harris County 06 Apr 1921 to Robert Malcolm Van Ness (Mack). He was the son of Edward C. Van Ness (1861-1952) and Eliza Rebecca Nickels (1962-1937) who are buried at the West Columbia Cemetery in Brazoria County, TX. Robert was born in Texas 27 Sept 1889 and died in Brazoria County 28 Sept 1976. According to his death certificate, on which document his daughter (Mrs. Robbie Bertram) was the informant, Robert died of cerebral vascular accident due to arteriosclerosis and hypertension at the Sweeny Community Hospital. He was eighty-seven years old. The document indicates that he was a retired driller in the oil industry, was married at the time of death, and his last residence was West Brazos Avenue in West Columbia. Clifton T. Baker was in charge of arrangements and Robert was buried at the West Columbia Cemetery 30 Sept 1976.

Alice and Robert were the parents of Robbie Maud Van Ness. She was born in Harris County 18 Apr 1922 and died in Brazoria County 28 Jan 2002. Robbie was buried at the Damon Cemetery in Brazoria County and shares a double marker with her second husband.

Robbie's first husband was Mr. Williams. They were the parents of Glen Ray Williams, Bobbie Louise Williams who married William Albert Wanek, and Robert William Wiliams.

Robbie's second husband was August Frank Betram. He was born 03 Jul 1917 and died in Brazoria County 20 Dec 1992. In addition to the double marker he shares with Robbie at the Damon Cemetery he also has a military marker indicating he was a Staff Sergeant in the U. S. Army during WWII. Robbie and August were the parents of Kaylin Sue Betram who was married first to Mr. Cuellar and then in Brazoria County 21 Sept 1990 to Loyd Ree Dearing, Donna Gene Bertram who was married in Brazoria County 11 Jun 1971 to Terry Lee Edwards, Clara Ann Bertram who was married in Brazoria County 10 Mar 1972 to Gary Gene Edwards, August Van Bertram who was married first in Brazoria County 04 Apr 1975 to Patricia Jean Blackmon and then in Brazoria County 24 May 1986 to Patricia Lynn Dylla.

Mary was wed first in Montgomery County 26 Nov 1893 to John Wesley Partain. He was the son of Christopher Columbus Partain and Marina Jane Cline. John was born in Blount County, AL 26 Apr 1867 and died at Splendora 14 Jan 1902. He was buried at the Splendora Cemetery.

Mary and John had three children who all died in young adulthood without marrying and were all buried at Splendora. They were Annie Nora Partain who was born in Montgomery County 26 Mar 1895 and died at Splendora 08 Feb 1909, Perry R. Partain who was born in Montgomery County 07 Mar 1897 and died at Splendora 24 Nov 1914, and Lubie H. Partain who was born in Stephens County, TX 21 Jan 1900 and died at Splendora 25 Dec 1921. All three of the Partain children out-lived their father and only Annie could have remembered him since she was almost seven years old when he died. The Partain children were raised by their step father, William Franklin Bradford.

Mary remarried in Montgomery County 25 Dec 1902 to William Franklin Bradford. He was born 24 May 1880 at Lone Oak Prairie in Madison County, TX and died in Montgomery County 15 Jan 1956. According to his death certificate, on which document his daughter (Mrs. B. D. Carr) was the informant, William died of acute myocardial failure due to hypostatic pneumonia and arteriosclerosis at the Montgomery County Hospital in Conroe. He had been hospitalized there for about three weeks. William was seventy-five years, seven months and twenty-two days old. The document indicates that his last residence was at Splendora, he was never in the armed forces, was a retired farmer and had not been issued a Social Security number. Wahrenberger Funeral Home of Conroe, under the direction of Watson Cockerham, was in charge of arrangements and William was buried at the Splendora Cemetery 17 Jan 1956. He shares a double marker with Mary.

William filled out his WWII draft registration card in April 1942 and was then living at Cleveland, TX. The document indicates he was born in Madison County, TX 24 May 1880 and was self-employed (no field of employment specified).

Mary and William were the parents of Mattie Mae Bradford (1905-1995) who was married in Montgomery County 15 Aug 1920 to Barney Douglas Carr (1891-1982, son of Etheldred Thomas Carr and Sarah Caldonia Kelly who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery), Bettie Eunice Bradford (1908-1992) who was married in Montgomery County 15 Dec 1923 to Eugene Rayford Daw (1897-1968, son of Thomas Walter Daw and Slomia Eugenia Dodd who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery), Robert Franklin Bradford (1910-1969) who married Erma Leigh Perkins (daughter of Lee Andrew Perkins and Cuba Sarah McShan who are buried at the Morgan Cemetery near Security), Ethel Mae Bradford who was wed first in Montgomery County 01 Jun 1929 to William Hardy Mizell (1908-1969, son of Robert Wesley Mizell and Ella Hayden who are buried at the Pilgreen Cemetery in Conroe) and then in Montgomery County 27 Sept 1970 to James Uamilton Molett (1913-1985), and Eva Lee Bradford (1914-2008) who was married in Chambers County 20 Jan 1937 to James Morris Butler (1913-1974, son of William Edgar Butler and Annie Lillian Almon who are buried at the Younger Cemetery in Navarro County, TX).

Obituary for William Franklin Bradford, retrieved from Wahrenberger Funeral Home archives (Conroe, TX) : William Franklin Bradford died 9 p.m. Jan. 15, 1956 Montgomery Co. Hospital. Resident : Splendora, Texas 48 years. Age : years 75, months 7, days 22. Born : May 24, 1880 Lone Oak Prairie, Madison County. Farmer, Husband of Mary Ann (Duke) Bradford, Father : Allen S. Bradford, Physician : Dr. Holland Brignac. Member : Splendora Baptist Church, Survived by Wife : Mrs. Mary Ann Bradford, Splendora, 4 daughters, 1 son : Mrs. Mattie Carr, Conroe, Tex.; Mrs. Betty Daw, Splendora, Tex.; Mrs. Ethel Mizell, Conroe, Tex.; Mrs. Evalee Butler, Mont Belvieu, Tex.; Robert Bradford, Houston, Tex.; 8 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren - unnamed, 1 sister, 3 brothers : Mrs. Lena Jones, Houston, Tex.; Henry Bradford, Rayne, LA; Olen Bradford, LaMarque, Tex.; Richard Bradford, Houston, Tex. Funeral : Jan. 17, 1956 at 2:00 p.m. Baptist Church in Splendora. Rev. G. N. Coe, Rev. J. W. Roach. Buried : Splendora Cemetery Splendora, Bearers : Chas. Richardson, J. J. Giles, Lee Burrow, Perry Ward, L. O. Pittman, R. B. Tullos.

Obituary for Billy Dean Carr (son of Mattie Mae Bradford and Barney Douglas Carr), published in the Conroe Courier27 Jan 2003 : Funeral services for Billy Dean Carr, age 75 of Conroe will be held on Tuesday Jan. 28, 2003 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Metcalf Funeral Directors with Dr. Cliff Herrington officiating. Interment will follow in the Splendora Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Billy was born Nov. 26, 1927 and passed away Jan. 26, 2003 in Conroe. He was preceded in death by his father and mother; Barney Douglas and Mattie Mae Carr. He is survived by his sister, Maxine Traverso and brother-in-law, Harry Traverso; nieces; Connie Scantlen and husband Karl and Cheryl Traverso; nephews, Jimbo Wells and Kathy and Tony Wells; aunts; Ethel Molett, Eva Lee Butler and Erma Leigh Hill; numerous cousins and many, many friends. Billy graduated from Conroe High School in 1948 and worked for Conroe Independent School District for 35 years. During this time, Billy worked part-time and some Saturdays at Metcalf Funeral Home. He received an Apprentice Funeral Certificate in 1964 and was given the "2nd Mile Award" for 35 years service to the youth of CISD in 1987. After retirement from CISD Billy worked for the Montgomery County Sheriff's Dept. for several years. He served as an honorary Juvenile Officer, ODR Monitor and as a Honorary Deputy in the Probation Dept. Strake House Assisted Living has been home to Billy for almost seven years. He loved those who cared for him and will be mourned by all who knew him. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Crown of Texas Hospice. Pallbearers include Steve Degner, Robert Green, Lonnie Ward, Tommy Matchett, Sam Lynch and David Park.

Obituary for Maxine Carr-Traverso (daughter of Mattie Mae Bradford and Barney Douglas Carr), published in the Conroe Courier 27 Apr 2004 : Funeral Services for Maxine Traverso, 74, of Conroe, will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 28, 2004, at the Metcalf Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Bob Odle officiating. Interment to follow at Garden Park Cemetery with Metcalf Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be 6 - 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 27, 2004, at Metcalf Funeral Home. Mrs. Traverso was born to Barney Douglas Carr and Mattie Bradford Carr on August 19, 1929, in Daisetta, Texas and passed away April 25, 2004, in Conroe, Texas. She was a member of the Woodland Oaks Church of Christ and the Conroe Art League. She is preceded in death by her parents, Barney and Mattie Carr and brother, Billy Carr. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 54 years, Harry James Traverso, Jr.; daughters, Connie Traverso Scantlen and son-in-law Karl Scantlen, Cheryl Traverso Warren and son-in-law Kirk Warren; grandsons, James Brian Wells and wife Kathy, Michael Anthony Wells; great granddaughter, Rebecca Shae Wells; numerous aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and many precious friends. Pallbearers are Jimbo Wells, Tony Wells, Karl Scantlen, Kirk Warren, Paul Brown and Bill Malone. Honorary Pallbearers are Sonny Bowman, L. B. Tarverso, Garland Adams, Joe Goodspeed, Jim Felsman, Ben Gray, Dr. Cliff Herrington and Bob Farrar.

Obituary for Harry James Traverso Jr. (son-in-law of Mattie Mae Bradford and Barney Douglas Carr), published in the Conroe Courier 23 Mar 2010 : Harry James Traverso, Jr., 84, loving father and devoted husband, was born December 15, 1925 in Barbers Hill and passed away Tuesday, March 23, 2010 in Baytown. He was a descendent of the pioneer families who founded Barbers Hill and the surrounding area. He was a 1942 graduate of Barbers Hill High School and attended Texas Christian University before enlisting in the U. S. Navy, where he served as a Sea Bee during WWII. After being honorably discharged, he attended the University of Houston, where he graduated and was a member of their first baseball team and continued to support the university by attending different sporting events. He was an accountant for Exxon, where he retired. An exemplary Christian, he set an example for his family until the day he died and was a member of Woodland Oaks Church of Christ in The Woodlands and attended Eastside Church of Christ after moving to Baytown. He was also a New York Yankees fan and grew beautiful roses. He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed deer and bird hunting and especially golf. He was a member of the River Plantation Country Club in Conroe and was very involved with the Junior Golf Association, spending much of his time supporting his grandsons in tournaments. He enjoyed marshalling at the Houston Open and trips made to The Master's with his wife were always special to him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Connie Traverso; sister, Sybil Adams; and wife of 54 years whom he adored, Maxine Carr Traverso. He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Karl Scantlen and Cheryl and Kirk Warren, all of Beach City; grandsons, Jimbo Wells and wife, Kathy of Barbers Hill and Tony Wells of Baytown; great granddaughter, Becca Wells; lifelong friend and cousin, L. B. Traverso of Baytown. Funeral services with military honors will be Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at Navarre Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Lyons officiating. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be his sons-in-law, grandsons, and Rev. Jerry Lyons and Frederick Weston. In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice. Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Navarre Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, TX, 77521 (281) 422-8111.

Obituary for Eva Lee Bradford-Butler, published in the Baytown Sun 17 Apr 2008 : Eva Lee Butler, 93, of Splendora, Texas, passed away Friday, April 11, 2008. She was born in Splendora, Texas on December 23, 1914 to Will and Mary Ann Bradford who preceded her in death along with her husband, James 'Jim' Morris Butler; daughter, Debra Lynn Butler Thayer; sisters, Mattie Mae Bradford Carr, Betty Eunice Bradford Daw; and brother, Robert Bradford. Survivors include her daughters, Jo Ann Butler Smith and husband, Robert Ben, Glenda Carol Butler Meismer and husband, Mike, Ethel Bradford Mizell Molett; son-in-law and sister-in-law, Mark Thayer and Erma Bradford Hill; grandchildren, Vickie Ann Smith and friend, Wes Shelton, Austin, Texas, Patti Kay Smith Sanders and husband, Randell Carl, James Leo Meismer, Temple, Texas, Sarah Ann Meismer, La Grange, Texas, Jessica Loran Thayer, Huffman, Texas; great-grandchildren, Jeremy Ben Sanders, Eric James Sanders, Chassidy Yvonne East, Anthony Donnel East, III; along with many other loving and caring family members and friends. Funeral services were held Sunday, April 13, 2008, 3:00 p.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel, Cleveland, Texas with interment at Splendora City Cemetery, Splendora, Texas.

Obituary for William Edgar Butler, publication source and date unknown : CORSICANA, Texas, March 2, - W. E. Butler, 62, Purdon cotton buyer, died in Dallas Wednesday. Funeral was held at Purdon Thursday. Surviving are his wife; four daughters, Mrs. T. H. Morgan, Tyler; Mrs. Guy Farmer and Mrs. Clyde Boldin, both of Purdon, and Mrs. Thurman Johnson, Dallas; a son, Jim Morris Butler, Mont Belview, and a brother, Frank Butler, Purdon.

Martha's husband was Andrew Jackson Goodson (Jack). He was the son of Austin Goodson (1856-1881) who is buried at the Goodson Family Cemetery near Pinehurst, TX and Lucinda Combs (1858-1929) who is buried at the Mostyn Cemetery. After Austin Goodson's death in 1881 Lucinda remarried in Montgomery County 21 Jul 1881 to Charles C. Holt. He was born in Tyler County, TX in about 1858, was still living in 1920, and was deceased prior to Lucinda's death in Orange, TX 25 Feb 1929. Charles' burial location is not known but is likely at the Mostyn Cemetery where his brother John is buried. John was married in Montgomery County 22 Apr 1879 to Rhoda C. Goodson (1855-1880). She was a sister to Austin.

Jack Goodson was born in Montgomery County 10 Nov 1874 and died in Montgomery County 06 Jul 1969. According to his death certificate, on which document his son (C. B. Goodson) was the informant, Jack died of cardiac arrest due to arteriosclerotic heart disease at the Montgomery County Hospital in Conroe. He was ninety-four years old. The document indicates that he was a retired millwright in the sawmill industry, was widowed at the time of death, and his last residence was at Splendora. Pace-Stancil Funeral Home of Cleveland, under the direction of Etcyl R. Brown, was in charge of arrangements and Jack was buried at the Splendora Cemetery 08 Jul 1969.

Martha and Jack were the parents of Edna Blanche Goodson (1896-1972) who married John Wesley Crawford Sr. (1895-1955, son of John Hardin Crawford who is buried at the Whitmire Cemetery in Liberty Hill, TX and Dovie Charity Whitmire who is buried at the Splendora Cemetery), Charles C. Goodson (1899-1938) who was married in Montgomery County 12 Aug 1917 to Leila Ophelia Goodrum (1902-1946, daughter of William C. Goodrum who is buried at the Morgan Cemetery and step-daughter of Minnie Luella Hoot who is buried at Cleveland Memorial Cemetery), Rosa Bell Goodson (1904-1989) who was married first in Montgomery County 18 Jul 1920 to Clyde Conway (1900-1960, son of Frank Conway and Nancy Wagstaff) and then in Montgomery County 28 Jun 1966 to Clinton Nugent Collins (1898-1968, son of James Asa Collins and Alice Harriett Ward who are buried at the Morgan Cemetery near Security), Lee Roy Goodson Sr. (1907-1983) who was wed first in Montgomery County 07 Jun 1927 to Nancy Jane Weatherby (1905-1983, daughter of Amos M. Weatherby and Dollie Pet Scott who are buried at the Oakwood Cemetery in Conroe) and then to Ora Mae Summerall (1916-2008; daughter of William Alonzo Summerall who is buried at the Tool Cemetery in Henderson County and Mary Ethel Mullins who is buried at Cleveland Memorial Cemetery), Dora Lilly Goodson (1909-1972) who was married first in Montgomery County 30 Jun 1925 to Elbert Collins (1903-1926, son of James Louis Collins and Mary Etta Partain who are buried at the Morgan Cemetery) and then in Montgomery County 02 Aug 1927 to Elbert's first cousin John Alfred Collins (1906-1937, son of John Thompson Collins and Matilda Alice Osborn who are buried at the Morgan Cemetery) and then to Neal Roberts (1916-1991, son of Tod Lawrence Roberts whose burial location is not known and Nannie Avella Thompson who is buried at Cleveland Memorial Cemetery), Elmer Floyd Goodson (1912-1951) who was wed first in Liberty County to Mary Flowers and then in Liberty County to Rosie Mae Bessie Dostal (1917-1992), Otis Richard Goodson Sr. (1915-1997) who married Margaret Olive Lovett (daughter of Jessie B. Lovett and Effie Ellen Patterson who are buried at the Lovett Cemetery in San Jacinto County), Clyde Banks Goodson (1917-1998) who married Eunice Mae Bailey (1919-2003, daughter of Ebbie B. Bailey and Tina Hardin who are buried at the County Line Cemetery in San Jacinto County), and Jack Maurice Goodson (1919-2005) who married Lola Estelle Sweeten (daughter of Grover Cleveland Sweeten and Katie Renfro who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery).

Obituary for Elbert Collins, published in the Cleveland Advocate 24 Jun 1926 : Elbert Collins, 22, died of typhoid fever Saturday afternoon at the residence of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Collins who live on the Daw place south of Fostoria. Mr. Collins drove a truck hauling logs near Everitt through the spring and continued hauling for a week after he took a fever. He was buried at the White Oak Cemetery on Peach Creek Sunday p.m. His uncle Elder J. A. Collins, of Cleveland officiated at the funeral. He left a wife and a little daughter only two weeks old. Note : the obituary indicates that Elbert was buried at the White Oak Cemetery but he is actually buried at the Morgan Cemetery.

Obituary for Jack Maurice Goodson, published in the Baytown Sun 12 Dec 2005 : Jack M. Goodson, 86, born October 26, 1919, went to be with his Lord and Savior on December 10, 2005. He had lived in Highlands for 59 years. He worked for Exxon for 38 years and retired in 1983 from Exxon. He went into the Army in 1944. Jack was a member of Garth Road Baptist Church. Jack enjoyed going to his place in the hill country after his retirement until 1995. He was a good provider and a hard working man. He is preceded in death by his daughter : Carolyn Ann Goodson. Surviving relatives : loving wife of 65 years, Estelle Goodson; Sons : Jerry Goodson and wife Cindy of Kenifick, Tx., Timothy Goodson and wife Catherine of Alvin, Tx., Daughter : Mary Duncalfe of Spring, Tx., Grandchildren : Denise Schroeder of Magnolia, Tx., Kelly Goodson of Willis, Tx., Jody Goodson of Aurora, Ill., Rodney Goodson of New Jersey, Timothy Goodson and Matthew Goodson both of Alvin, Tx., 5 Great Grandchildren. Family will receive friends on Sunday, December 11, 2005 from 5-7 p.m. at Earthman Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be held on Monday, December 12, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at Earthman Funeral Chapel with Reverend Jim Lamb officiating. Interment will be held at Splendora Cemetery in Splendora, Texas. For those desiring memorials may be given to Garth Road Church Building Fund. Home-going arrangements are under the direction of Earthman Funeral Directors.

Jerry was married in Montgomery County 08 Oct 1906 to Lillie Mae Patton. She was the daughter of William M. Patton (1860-1936) and Mary C. Peacock (1861-1942) who are buried at Brookside Memorial Park in Houston. Lillie was born in Montgomery County 02 Jul 1885 and died 03 Nov 1965. She was buried at the Splendora Cemetery and shares a double marker with Jerry.

Jerry filled out his WWII draft registration card in April 1942 and was then living at Splendora. The document indicates he was born at Splendora 11 Aug 1882 and was employed by the Texas Long Leaf Lumber Company of New Willard, TX. A person who would always know his address was Lilly Mae Duke of Splendora.

Jerry and Lillie were the parents of Ellis Duke (1907-1977) who was married first in Montgomery County 20 Jun 1926 to Eunice Mathews (daughter of Walter Edward Mathews and Sula Jane Coats who are buried at the Fairview Church Cemetery in Nacogdoches County) and then to Avie Inez Bradford (1913-1990, daughter of Sam Bradford Sr. and Mary Emily Osgood who are buried at the Cedar Bayou Masonic Cemetery in Harris County) and then to Ruby Lee Parker, Jesse Duke (1909-1955) who married Ruby Jewell Linscomb (1912-2010, daughter of John Robert Linscomb and Abby Priscilla Smith who are buried at the Bland #1 Cemetery in Orange County, TX), Oscar Duke (1911-1969) who married Mable Barrow (1912-1996, daughter of Levi Joseph Barrow Jr. and Lavina Bailey who are buried at the Big Sandy Cemetery in Dallardsville, TX), Brady Duke (1913-1984) who was married first in Montgomery County 03 Dec 1936 to Ruby Smith and then to Lennie Mae Hall (1911-2001, daughter of Andrew Ellis Hall and Jennie Bertie Woodward who are buried at Spears Chapel Cemetery in Burkeville, TX), Edmon Duke (1916-1943) who was married in Montgomery County 16 Jun 1938 to Ruth McCleskey (1922-2010, daughter of Ellis Elmer McCleskey and Edna Mabel Beard who are buried at the White Oak Cemetery in Porter), Jerry Edward Duke (1918-1973) who was married in Montgomery County 23 Jul 1936 to Opal Dean Chapman (1918-1985, daughter of Stephen Daniel Chapman who is buried at the Ivie Cemetery in Kennard, TX and Pearl Weatherby), Curtis Duke who was married in Montgomery County 08 Mar 1945 to Opal's sister Rosa Faye Chapman, Gladys Duke who married Curtis Leo Collins (1923-2008, son of James Louis Collins and Mary Etta Partain who are buried at the Morgan Cemetery near Security), and Lilly Duke (1929-2003) who married Ira Olee Faulkner (1929-1999, son of Arthur James Faulkner and Loreane Annie Perkins who are buried at the Morgan Cemetery).

Obituary for Ruth McCleskey-Duke-Faulkner-Bates, published in the East Montgomery County Observer 06 May 2010 : Ruth Faulkner Bates, born on July 18, 1922, went home to her Lord and Savior on May 3, 2010 at 3:00 P.M. in the afternoon, after suffering a stroke/heart attack on April 25. She grew up on a farm, one of twelve children, six girls and six boys, born to Elmer and Maybelle McCleskey. They lived in a log cabin without running water or electricity. Thev land produced abundant crops and all the children lived to adulthood. Ruth was the beloved mother of six children : Mildred Joyce Roper, Johnny Elmer Duke (now deceased), Billy Gene Duke (now deceased), Janice Marie Auxier (now deceased), George Douglas Faulkner and Mavis Darline Faulkner. She had eleven grandchildren : Beverly Lynn Nichols, Randall Lee Roper, Bridgette Beardsley, Joni Viebrock, Terri Hemphill, Mildred "Honey" Miles, Jaime Burgess, Monica Maples, Michael Faulkner, Courtney Ruth Chambers, and Matt Douglas Chambers. She was a Great Grandmother to fifteen and a Great, Great Grandmother to four. She had a great love for children, particularly babies and she did her best to spoil all of them. She was a wonderful cook and everyone looked forward to holidays and birthdays at Nanny Ruth's! She loved to garden and couldn't wait to get the soil tilled in the spring. She had a green thumb and could get most everything to grow from a seed or a cutting. She was a good fisherman, too. She was very patient and usually knew just where the big ones were hiding out. She loved to feed the catfish so she could catch a really good sized one. She had a great sense of humor and kept family and friends in stitches with her dry wit and sharp comments. You never had to guess how she felt about anything because she would tell you straight out. She was above all a woman who loved God and her fellow man and was faithful in sharing the gospel with whoever would listen. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her. A funeral service was held Friday, May 7, 2010 at the Rosewood Funeral Home, Porter, Texas. A graveside service followed at Morgan Cemetery, Fostoria, Tx.

Obituary for Lennie Mae Hall-Deason-Duke, publication source and date unknown : DERIDDER - Funeral services for Mrs. Lennie Duke, 90, of Merryville were held Monday, May 7, in Myers- Colonial Funeral Home. Burial was in Merryville Cemetery. Mrs. Duke died Saturday, May 5, 2001, in a Lake Charles hospital.

Obituary for Curtis Leo Collins, published in the Cleveland Advocate 18 Jun 2008 : Curtis L. Collins, 84, of Splendora, Texas, passed away Thursday, June 5, 2008. He was born in Security, Texas on August 29, 1923 to Jim Louis and Mary Etta Collins. Memorial services were held Saturday, June 14, 2008, 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Splendora, Texas.

Emma's husband was Alexander August Mizell (Alex) and they were married in Montgomery County in 1901. He was the son of William Hardison Mizell (1847-1912) and Cordelia Charlotte Ott (1852-1910) who are buried at the Morgan Cemetery near Security. Alex was born in San Jacinto County 18 Jan 1878 and died in Jackson County, TX 12 Jan 1956. According to his death certificate, on which document his son (Leonard Mizell) was the informant, Alex died at the Mauritz Memorial Jackson County Hospital in Ganado. His death came ten days after a cerebral hemorrhage, due to chronic myocarditis which had been progressing for ten years. The document indicates that he had been a resident of Ganado for ten years, was a retired contractor in the building indsutry and was never in the armed forces. Ganado Funeral Home, under the direction of Leslie T. Psencik, was in charge of arrangements and Alex was buried at the Mizell Cemetery.

Alex filled out his WWII draft registration card in April 1942 and was then living at Rt. 1 Box 24, Cleveland, TX. The document indicates he was born in San Jacinto County, TX 18 Jan 1878 and was a farmer. A person who would always know his address was Mrs. Emmie Mizell of La Ward, TX.

Emma and Alex were the parents of Nellie Mizell who was born at Splendora 07 Feb 1902 and died there 15 Oct 1904 and was buried at the Splendora Cemetery, Lona Mizell (1904-1986) who married Louie Timothy Welch (1891-1974, son of John Livingston Welch and Margaret Ann Colter who are buried at the Chase Cemetery in Franklin Parish, LA), Clarence Mizell (1907-1975) who was married in Montgomery County 22 Nov 1925 to Susan Ella Vick (1905-1998, daughter of James Archie Vick and Emma Ann Real who are buried at the New Bethlehem Cemetery at Cut-n-Shoot, TX), Leonard Mizell (1909-1994) who married Wyona Marie Reue (1926-2007, daughter of John Reue and Leona E. Girndt who are buried at the Assumption Cemetery in Ganado, TX), Roy Lee Mizell (1912-1981) who was wed first to Ruby Lee Childers (1917-1992) and then to Ruby Bernice Mauney (1912-2009, daughter of William Arthur Mauney and Edna Elsie Hurt), Pearlie Rose Mizell (1914-1977) who married William Harold Cook Sr. (son of Olin Andrew Cook and Etta V. Todd), Agnes Laurine Mizell who married Willard Craig O'Sullivan (1915-1975, son of William Craig O'Sullivan and Eva Janet Harris who are buried at Memory Gardens of Baytown), Lillie Rhona Lee Mizell (1919-1994) who married first to Woodrow Wilson Darr (1917-1947, son of Roscoe Conklin Darr and Mary Viola Cobb who are buried at the Heath Cemetery in Rockwall County, TX) and then to James Alford Grim (1924-1998, son of James Monroe Grim who is buried at the Douglass Cemetery in Nacogdoches County, TX and Sadie Louisa Rushing who is buried in Alazan, TX), and Margiele Mizell who was born in Liberty County 10 Jun 1923 and died there 27 Sept 1923 and was buried at the Splendora Cemetery.

Obituary for Emma Elizabeth Duke-Mizell, published in the Victoria Advocate 13 Jun 1968 : PORT LAVACA - Mrs. Emma Elizabeth Mizell, 82, of Port Lavaca died Wednesday about 5 p.m. at a local hospital following an extended illness. She was born Aug. 28, 1885 and had lived here for two years. She was a member of the Splendora Baptist Church, Splendora, Texas. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Splendora. Burial will be in the Mizell Cemetery, Splendora. Richardson Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements. Survivors include three sons : Clarence of Conroe, Leonard and Roy, both of Liberty; four daughters : Mrs. Lona Welch, Mrs. Pearl Cook, both of Port Lavaca, Mrs. Agnes O'Sullivan of Baytown, and Mrs. Lillie Grim of Phar; a brother : Johnny Duke, and a sister, Miss Annie Duke, both of Splendora; 24 grandchildren and 48 great grandchildren.

Obituary for Clarence Mervin Mizell (son of Clarence Mizell and Susan Ella Vick), published in the Cleveland Advocate 22 Jun 2006 : Clarence Mervin Mizell, 75, of Normangee died June 21, 2006 at his home. Funeral services are set for Friday June 23, at 5:00 p.m. at Day Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Dub Neiderhofer will officiate. The family will receive visitors 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Day Funeral Home Chapel. Mr. Mizell was born October 6, 1930 to Clarence and Susan (Vick) Mizell. Clarence worked for Texaco Chemical for 38 years and retired as a rancher. Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law James and Linda Mizell of Waller, Texas; Perry and Suzette Mizell of Normangee, Texas; daughter Patty King of Teague, Texas; brothers and Sister-in-law Arvil and Jean Mizell of Lufkin, Texas; Bill Mizell of Conroe, Texas; sisters and brother-in-law Reba and Merle Eillsor of Conroe, Texas; Melba Gardner of California, and Special Friend Betty Roark. 7 Grandchildren; Audra and Jared Mizell, Tiffany and Katelyn Mizell, Miranda Staggs, Zach Gorrell, Trevor King; 2 Great Grandchildren Cade and Carly Staggs, and many other loving family members and friends.

Obituary for Wyona Marie Reue-Mizell, published in the Polk County Enterprise 22 Aug 2007 : Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 2, 2007 for Wyona Marie Mizell, 80, of Liberty, at Allison Funeral Services, Liberty. Burial followed in Cooke Cemetery in Liberty. She was born October 11, 1926 in Ganado, the daughter of John and Leona Girndt Reue. Wyona has lived in the Liberty area for 50 years and was a member of First Baptist Church in Liberty. In her spare time she enjoyed going to the Liberty Opry, watching the Astros, cooking and most of all spending time with her family. Wyona's life revolved around her family and friends, and they will miss her deeply. Mizell passed away on Sunday, July 29, 2007 in Liberty. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband : Leonard Mizell; and brothers : Louis Reue and Ben Reue. Survivors include her daughters : Rhonda Oreschnigg-Daly and husband Dan, and Sheila Cook and husband Tim; grandchildren : Lynne Oreschnigg, James Oreschnigg, Laura Clements and Jessica Neely; great-grandchildren : Cailin Oreschnigg and Conall Oreschnigg; brother : James Reue; special friend : Bill Lunceford; and many other relatives and friends. Allison Funeral Services, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.

Obituary for Ruby Bernice Mauney-Mizell, published in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal 03 Jun 2009 : Ruby Bernice Mauney Mizell, 97, died Tuesday, June 2, 2009, at Golden Living Center in Ripley. She was born March 8, 1912, to William Arthur Mauney and Edna Elsie Hurt Mauney. She was a Methodist. She graduated from Peoples High School, where she was a star basketball player. She moved to Texas where she married Roy Lee Mizell. He died Sept. 24, 1981. She was a homemaker, rancher and traveling companion to her husband. She enjoyed sewing, crafting, vegetable and flower gardening, and teaching her little dog, Candace, new adventures. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Andy Stoddard officiating. Burial will be in Lowry United Methodist Church Cemetery. Survivors include one brother : William Parks 'Doc' Mauney (Carol) of Ripley; one sister-in-law : Wilma M. Mauney of Ripley; her niece and caregiver : Shelby Jean Roten of Ripley; nieces : Joan Stark Duncan, Sherrill Mauney McCoy, Debbie Mauney McAlister and Lenise Eaker; nephews : Harold Stark, Wayne Stark, Cecil McElroy and Mac Mauney. She was preceded in death by her husband : Roy Lee Mizell; her parents; three sisters : Lessie Zola Mauney Stark, Sherman Rose 'Shine' McElroy and Berchie Ola Mauney Roten; five brothers : Vibrait Rush Mauney, Arlin Wade Mauney, Edsel Paul Mauney, James Fagin Mauney and Russell A. Mauney. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.

Bessie's husband was Eugene U. Hayden. He was the son of William Montgomery Hayden (1853-1928) and Nancy Jane Phillips (1856-1899) who are buried at the Pilgreen Cemetery in Conroe. Eugene was born in Montgomery County 18 Sept 1874 and died in Montgomery County 23 Mar 1959. According to his death certificate, on which document his son (Jerry E. Hayden) was the informant, Eugene died of arteriosclerotic heart disease and acute congestive heart failure at the Montgomery County Hospital in Conroe. The document indicates he was a retired lumberman, his residence was at Splendora (outside of city limits), he was widowed at the time of death and was never in the armed forces. Pace-Stancil Funeral Home of Cleveland, under the direction of O. Manning, was in charge of arrangements and Eugene was buried at the Splendora Cemetery 24 Mar 1959.

Bessie and Eugene were the parents of Lona B. Hayden (1903-1991) who was married first in Montgomery County 06 Jun 1920 to Thomas Dredford Carr (1893-1948, son of Etheldred Thomas Carr and Sarah Caldonia Kelly who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery) and then to Mr. Jones, Guy W. Hayden Sr. (1907-1974) who was married first in Montgomery County 07 Jul 1925 to Ollie Mae Singleton (1905-1995, daughter of Spyars Emanuel Singleton and Margaret Gill who are buried at the Huffman Cemetery in Harris County) and then to Bertie Ioma Pate (1912-1952, daughter of Elbert Enzor Pate Sr. whose burial location is not known and Bertie Saline Jeffcoat who is buried at the Morgan Cemetery near Security), Earl Hayden (1910-1991), Everett Eugene Hayden (1913-1989) who married Vera Mae Cummings (1916-1984, daughter of Bonnell Cummings and Barbara Elizabeth Penry who are buried at Jones Prairie Cemetery in Leggett, TX), Fred G. Hayden (1915-1999) who was married in Montgomery County 14 Apr 1952 to Jessie Mae Toney (1912-2004), Jerry Eugene Hayden (1918-1998) who was married in Montgomery County 06 Sept 1941 to Jessie Mae Ferguson (1924-2001, daughter of William Thurman Ferguson and Cassie Lue Peterson who are buried at the Keechi Cemetery in Leon County, TX), and Eunice Estelle Hayden who married George Allen Greenhaw Sr. (1915-1995, son of George Regnal Greenhaw and Leonora Stall who are buried at the Fairview Cemetery in Memphis, TX).

Eugene Hayden had two wives prior to Bessie Duke. His first wife was Carrie Louella Partain and they were married in Montgomery County 07 Nov 1893. She was the daughter of Thomas Green Partain (1853-1938) who is buried at the Montague Cemetery and Alice N. unknown. Carrie was born in Alabama 27 Apr 1876 and died in Alvin, TX 02 Sept 1974. She was buried at the Montague Cemetery. Eugene and Carrie had no children and their marriage ended in divorce. She remarried in Montgomery County 17 Oct 1898 to James E. Sapp (1870-1934).

Eugene's second wife was Ludia Lucinda Athey and they were married in Montgomery County 21 Oct 1897. She was the daughter of Elijah James Athey (1839-1908) who is buried at the Pilgreen Cemetery and Emaline Virginia Hicks. Ludia was born in Alabama 09 Apr 1874 and died in Montgomery County, TX 30 Aug 1902. She was buried at the Pilgreen Cemetery. She was previously married in Henderson County, TX 20 Dec 1891 to W. B. Mitchell.

Eugene and Ludia were the parents of Lonnie Hayden. According to his death certificate Lonnie Hayden was born at Splendora 24 Feb 1902 and died at Conroe 02 Apr 1967 and was buried at the Vick Cemetery in New Caney. Lonnie was married in Montgomery County 08 Dec 1927 to Agnes Wells. She was the daughter of William Theophinus Wells (1871-1960) who is buried at the Freeman Cemetery in Conroe and Lorena Texana Outlaw who is buried at the Vick Cemetery in New Caney. Agnes' brother, Ross Son Wells, was married to Lonnie's paternal aunt Rebecca Hayden. Agnes was born in Montgomery County 29 May 1910 and died there 20 Dec 1984 and was also buried at the Vick Cemetery. Lonnie and Agnes were the parents of Stella Lorene Hayden who was wed first in Montgomery County 24 Dec 1942 to Walter Raymond Bohannon (1923-1995, son of Richard Manuel Bohannon and Katie Pearl Lum who are buried at the Plum Grove Cemetery) and then to Orvel Lee Perry (son of John Solomon Perry and Nettie Jane Ray who are buried at the Pilgreen Cemetery), Billy Gene Hayden (1929-2009) who married Leah Josephine Moses (1926-2005, daughter of William Commodore Moses and Una Beatrice Spires who are buried at Roselawn Memorial Park in San Antonio, TX), Lonnie Elzie Hayden (1931-1979) who was wed in Montgomery County 30 Dec 1957 to Cecil Maxine Willis (daughter of Doyle Felton Willis who is buried at the Shiloh Cemetery in Alto, TX and Eva Lee Carnline), Virgil Glenn Hayden (1934-1989) who was married in Montgomery County 22 Jan 1959 to Joann Duke (1935-1979, daughter of Julius Mabon Duke and Lona Lee Lucas who are buried at the Mizell Cemetery in Splendora), and Marion Edwin Hayden (1937-1997) who was married in Montgomery County 12 Jan 1964 to Martha Jo Trero (daughter of William Samuel Trero Sr. and Martha Jerome). Martha Jo Trero had been previously married to Benny Harrell Cude Sr.

Obituary for Billy Gene Hayden, published in the Conroe Courier 16 May 2009 : Billy Gene Hayden, 80, passed away May 13, 2009. He was born April 12, 1929 in Montgomery County to Lonnie and Agnes Hayden. As a young man he served his country and was a proud Veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He then went to work for Texaco Chemicals where he worked for 31 years and made many life long friends. He loved to hunt and fish and his family is sure that he is in Heaven now with Jack and Derwood trying to find a place to put up their deer stands. Billy Hayden was a Past Master of Montgomery Lodge #25 of Free and Accepted Masons. He was preceded in death by his wife, Leah J. Hayden; and daughter-in-law, Linda F. Hayden. He is survived by his sons, William Lonnie Hayden, Sr. and Bartley Wayne Hayden; his grandsons, William Lonnie Hayden, Jr. and fianc Jennifer Cole and Benjamin Wayne Hayden; his sister, Lorene Perry and husband, Orville; his sisters-in-law, Jo Hayden and Maxine Hayden; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Monday, May 18th from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Metcalf Funeral Directors in Conroe. Funeral Services will be Tuesday, May 19th at 2:00 PM at the Metcalf Funeral Home Chapel with interment immediately following at Vick Cemetery.

Obituary for Leah Josephine Moses-Hayden, published in the Conroe Courier 07 Dec 2005 : Funeral Services for Leah "Joey" Hayden, 79 of Conroe will be held Friday Dec. 9, 2005 at 2 p.m. in Metcalf Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Clark and Lloyd Wells officiating. Leah is now in the presence of her Lord, and her interment will follow in Vick Cemetery under the direction of Metcalf Funeral Directors. Leah was born June 11, 1926 in Little Rock, Ark. and passed away Dec. 6, 2005 in Conroe. She is survived by her loving family : husband, Billy Gene Hayden; sons William Lonnie Hayden and Bartley Wayne Hayden; daughter-in-law Linda Felton Hayden; grandsons William Lonnie Hayden Jr. and Benjamin Wayne Hayden. Pallbearers include William Hayden, Jr., Benjamin Hayden, Milton Perry, Walter Bohannon, Jack Sakaluk, Gene Harrell. Honorary Pallbearers include Kenny Wells, Robert Cochran, Gary Cochran, Tory Jordan.

The following article pertaining to Charles Kenneth Hayden (son of Everett Eugene Hayden and Vera Mae Cummings) was published in the Cleveland Advocate 28 Aug 2006 : CELEBRATED RETIREE HONORED IN SPLENDORA Family, friends and county officials honored Charles Hayden in the community room of his Country Wide RV Park in Splendora. Hayden, 65, will retire Thursday after 11 years as a livestock officer for Precinct 5. No one at the party seemed to believe he would take retirement sitting down. It easily could be said that Hayden has done it all. In Montgomery County, he was elected to the offices of Precinct 8 justice of the peace (There were eight precincts in 1966), Precinct 4 constable and Precinct 4 county commissioner. He was a county commissioner when he got a wake-up call. "That's when I had bypass surgery and the doctor told me to give up politics," Hayden said. "I thought it was a good idea." At one time, Hayden left Montgomery County to work for the state of Texas as a liquor control board investigator. "I was put in state intelligence for a year and worked undercover," he said. He later worked for the same agency as an "open inspector," or the opposite of undercover, he said. He also worked as a burglary, theft and homicide investigator for the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office with partner Joe Little. He also had an MCSO canine partner at another time. During his many years of service with various agencies and in various offices, Hayden said he and his wife Jerry opened and closed numerous businesses, including grocery stores, a real estate company, a newspaper and an ice company. Hayden's ice company was the largest privately owned ice company in Texas, serving nine counties, he said. He still owns the Country Wide RV Park, where the celebration was held. The park is next to the Community Development Center, which sits on a valuable piece of land Hayden donated to Precinct 4. Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts was on hand for the celebration and pointed out that the land donation was only one major contribution by Hayden. "It's an honor and a privilege to know Charles Hayden and to have worked with him for many years," Metts said. "I appreciate his contributions and service to East Montgomery County and to Montgomery County as a whole." Hayden's last supervisor, Precinct 5 Constable David Hill, presented him with a gold watch that had a black face bearing the Montgomery County logo. Hill said he met Hayden in 1969 when he worked for the state liquor control board, now known as the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Like Metts, Hill praised Hayden's many contributions to the county. "He knows this area like the back of his hand," Hill said. "He also knows the people and knows how to take care of them." Sheriff Tommy Gage was present, as were representatives from many law enforcement agencies and fire departments throughout the county. Longtime EMC resident Harold Brumley, who turns 90 this year, attended the party for his old friend as well. The party was organized by Hayden's wife of 47 years, Jerry, with the help of their son, MCSO Cpl. Kenneth "Rowdy" Hayden. It was catered by Buddy's Barbecue, a mobile catering service based in east county. Charles and Jerry Hayden have three children and eight grandchildren, continuing the tradition of one of the oldest families in Montgomery County. "My great-great-grandfather came to Montgomery County in the late 1700s," Hayden said. His grandchildren are the sixth generation of his family to live in the county. The community room was decorated with photo collages. Among them were images of a much younger Hayden posing with a "moonshine still" he discovered in San Jacinto County. There were photos spanning the years from his 1959 graduation from Splendora High School through his various positions in law enforcement to recent photos with his family. Hayden said he planned to spend his retirement working on his 500-acre ranch off of Fostoria Road and possibly other businesses. Despite his many years in law enforcement and in public office, Hayden never lost his faith in people. "Most people, generally, are good folks," he said.

Obituary for Jessie Mae Ferguson-Hayden, published in the Conroe Courier 19 Mar 2001 : Funeral services for Jessie Mae Hayden, 76, of Splendora will be held on Tuesday, March 20, 2001, at 2 p.m. in the Metcalf Funeral Directors Chapel. Mrs. Hayden was born July 17, 1924, in Buffalo, Texas and passed away in Splendora, Texas, March 17, 2001. She is preceded in death by her husband, Jerry E. Hayden and her son, Jerry W. Hayden. She is survived by her children Thurman Hayden and wife Carolyn, Vera Schulze and husband Bert, Delores "Dee" Schramm and husband Rick; brothers : Pleze Ferguson and wife Betty and Ernest Ferguson and wife Bernice; sister-in-law Estelle Greenhaw; grandchildren : Dwayne Hayden, Diedre "Sissy" Moore, Kathryn "Katy" Martin, Donald Schulze, Jessica Goings, Monica Enloe, Steven Schulze, Jesse Wayne Hayden; great-grandchildren : Dwayne Hayden, Tony Hayden, Randii Hayden, Bailey Moore, Kerstin Moore, Courtney Martin, April Schulze, Taylor Schulze, Ashley Schulze and Hayden Enloe. Numerous nieces, nephews and friends and relatives also survive. Pallbearers will be Ernie Enloe, Lance Moore, Jesse Wayne Hayden, Dwayne Hayden, Donald Schulze and Steven Schulze. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Jolly, James Greenhaw and David Ferguson.

Obituary for Thurman Allen Hayden (son of Jerry Eugene Hayden and Jessie Mae Ferguson), published in the Cleveland Advocate 22 May 2002 : Funeral Services for Thurman Allen Hayden, 59, of Conroe, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, May 16, 2002, at Metcalf Funeral Home Chapel with Albert Morman officiating. Interment to follow at Morgan Cemetery under the direction of Metcalf Funeral Directors. Visitation will be 12:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 15, 2002, at Metcalf Funeral Home. Mr. Hayden was born January 23, 1943, in Keechi, Texas and passed away May 13, 2002, in Conroe, Texas. He was a member of Mason Lodge # 748 in Conroe. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Carolyn Hayden; daughter, Diedre "Sissy" Moore and husband Lance; son, Dwayne Allen Hayden and wife Jackie; nephew, James Alfred Luman and wife Susan; sisters, Vera Schulze and husband Bert, Delores Hayden; grandchildren, Randii NaSheal Hayden, Dwayne Allen Hayden II, Paul Anthony "Tony" Hayden, Bailey NaCole Moore, Kerstin Lane Moore; great-nephews, Jeffrey Dean Luman, Colton Erwin Luman, Clayton Earl Luman; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was the best grandfather and uncle around.

Annie was married in Montgomery County 12 Mar 1908 to John Franklin Mizell. He was the son of William Hardison Mizell (1847-1912) and Cordelia Charlotte Ott (1852-1910) who are buried at the Morgan Cemetery near Security. John was born in Montgomery County 03 Feb 1887 and died in Liberty County 28 Apr 1957. According to his death certificate, on which document his son (Irvin E. Mizell) was the informant, John died of liver cancer at Leggett Memorial Hospital in Cleveland. He was seventy years, two months and twenty-five days old. The document indicates that his last residence was at Splendora, he was a retired logging contractor and was never in the armed forces. Pace-Stancil Funeral Home of Cleveland, under the direction of O. Manning, was in charge of arrangements and John was buried at the Splendora Cemetery 29 Apr 1957.

John filled out his WWII draft registration card in April 1942 and was then living at Splendora. The document indicates he was born in Montgomery County 03 Feb 1887 and was self-employed (no field of employment specified).

Annie and John were the parents of Irvin Edward Mizell (1909-1986) whose wife was Laddie Mercedes Oliver (1916-1995, daughter of Gordie Webb Oliver and Ila Gladys Rasco who are buried at the Lay Cemetery in Benton, LA), Jewel Margaret Mizell (1914-1939) who married Cleo Patrick Roberts (1906-1988, son of Warren R. Roberts who is buried at the Cement Cemetery in Caddo County, OK and Tennie Cleo Sweat), John Henry Mizell (1917-1970) who married Doris Evelyn Alexander (1919-1985), and Olen Clyde Mizell (1920-1967) who was wed in Montgomery County 16 Aug 1961 to Grace Geneva Stark (daughter of Gara Roscoe Stark who is buried at the Shiloh Cemetery in Brachfield, TX and Eleanor Estelle Davison).

Obituary for Robert Gordon Mizell (son of Irvin Edward Mizell and Laddie Mercedes Oliver), publication source and date unknown : Robert Gordon "Bob" Mizell Robert Gordon Mizell, 71, was born January 13, 1934 and passed away on Friday, December 23, 2005 in Woodville, Texas. Robert graduated from Cleveland High School and attended the University of Texas. He did his military service in Korea. Survivors include his former wife, Bethwyn Mizell of Warren; daughter, Robyn Mizell of Austin; daughter, Renee Flebbe and husband, Bruce of Warren; son, Robert Ed Mizell of Lago Vista; son, Richard Mizell of Austin; three grandchildren, Jennifer Griffith and Leigh Mizell of Austin and Kristofer Bourque of Warren; and three great-grandchildren, Emma and Copper Griffith and Robert Scott Mizell all of Austin Robert was preceded in death by his mother, Mercedes Mizell and grandson, Ryan Scott Mizell. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County, 95 Hwy. 190 West, Woodville, Texas.

Lewis was married in Montgomery County 08 May 1913 to Verda Florence Hough (Verdie). She was the daughter of Hugo Harterson Hough (1859-1946) and Dorothea R. Mizell (1870-1941) who are buried at the Morgan Cemetery near Security. Verdie was born at Security 28 Mar 1897 and died in Montgomery County 11 Feb 1946. According to her death certificate, on which document her son (Leslie L. Duke of Humble, TX) was the informant, Verdie died of congestive heart failure, nephritis and hypertension at her home in Splendora. She was forty-seven years, eleven months and fourteen days old. H. S. Donnelly of Cleveland was in charge of arrangements and Verdie was buried at the Splendora Cemetery 13 Feb 1946.

Lewis and Verdie were the parents of Helen Blanche Duke (1914-1979) who married James Joseph Armstrong (1912-1986, son of Jesse J. Armstrong and Elizabeth unknown), Julius Mabon Duke (1916-1991) who married Lona Lee Lucus (1917-1988, daughter of Samuel Arthur Lucus and Ella Hester who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery), Leslie Lewis Duke Jr. (1921-2004) whose wife's name was Mary Elizabeth "Muggsy" unknown, a daughter who was born in Liberty County 13 Jan 1926 and died before 1930, and Dorothy Louise Duke who married Bill Watson (1907-1999).

Obituary for Leslie Lewis Duke, Jr., published in the Magnolia Potpourri 23 Jan 2005 : Leslie (Lewis) Duke, born Oct. 11, 1921 in Splendora, passed away Dec. 29, 2004. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Muggsy; daughter, Susan Ashley and husband Bobby; son, Michael Duke and wife Tina; five grandchildren, Leslie diZerega and husband Ted, Stephen Hoffman and wife Kim, Matthew, Logan, and Lauren Duke; three great-grandchildren, Hannah diZerega, Bo, and Megan Hoffman; sister, Dorothy Holland and husband Bill. A funeral service was held at 12 p.m., Monday, Jan. 3, 2005, in the chapel of Rosewood Funeral Home, and Rev. Tony Vincent officiated. Interment followed at Rosewood Memorial Park, Humble. Note : this obituary indicates Lewis was buried at Rosewood Memorial Park but there is a double marker at the Mizell Cemetery with his and his wife's names and their birth dates.

Lizzie's first husband was Britt Freeman (1890-1971) and they were married in Montgomery County 10 Jan 1915. He was the son of William Franklin Freeman (1860-1932) and Mary Elizabeth Young (1870-1941) who are buried at the Freeman Cemetery in Conroe.

Lizzie and Britt were divorced without children before 1919 and he remarried to Julia Fuqua (1897-1993, daughter of Matthew Jackson Fuqua and Louella Jane Osborn who are buried at the Oakwood Cemetery in Navasota, TX).

Lizzie's second husband was George Royal McAlister. He was the son of George Washington McAlister and Frances Garner who are buried at the Magnolia Cemetery in Beaumont, TX. George was born at Woodville in Tyler County, TX 12 Jan 1892 and died in Liberty County 29 Nov 1977. He was laid to rest beside his wife at the Mizell Cemetery.

George filled out his WWII draft registration card in April 1942 and was then living at Daisetta, TX. The document indicates he was born at Woodville, TX 12 Jan 1892 and was self-employed (no field of employment specified).

Lizzie and George were the parents of Georgia McAlister (1919-1967) who never married, and George Roy McAlister (1926-1999) whose wife's name was Mary Katherine Stines (1924-2008, daughter of William James Stines Sr. who is buried at the Stines Family Cemetery in Anahuac, TX and Mary Theresa Fiesel who is buried at the Anahuac Cemetery).

Obituary for Mary Katherine McAlister, published in the Houston Chronicle 28 Apr 2008 : Mary Katherine McAlister, Keller, TX., died April 26, 2008. Graveside Service will be held at 2:00p.m. Tuesday at Mizell Cemetery, Splendora, Tx. Survived by daughters, Debbie Steindorf, Diane Perez and Donna Barrington. Lucas Funeral Home, 2000 W. College Street, Grapevine, TX, 76051 (817) 488-7566.

Obituary for Bruce Ray McAlister, published in the Houston Chronicle 04 Sept 2005 : Bruce Ray McAlister, 47, of Spring, passed away September 1, 2005. Bruce was born August 10, 1958 in Pittsburg, Texas. He was an Information Technology Auditor and was a member of both the Institute of Internal Auditors and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association. He was also an honorary member of the American Legion. Preceded him in death was his father George Roy McAlister. Bruce is survived by his wife Shirley McAlister; sons John and Mark McAlister; mother Mary K. McAlister; sisters Deborah Steindorf, Diane Perez and Donna Barrington, as well as many other family members and friends. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Monday and 10-11a.m. Tuesday, with funeral services at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Klein Funeral Home-Champion Forest. Interment will follow at Mizell Cemetery in Splendora, Texas.

John's wife was Mattie Marie Thornton, the widow of Walter Lee Yarbrough (1895-1932), with whom she had four children who were previously discussed in the Yarbrough Family section of this chapter. Mattie was the daughter of Robert Lee Thornton (1871-1935) and Julia Lee Fleniken (1879-1923) who are buried at the Huntington Cemetery in Angelina County. Mattie was born at Carthage in Panola County, TX 15 Jul 1906 and died at Cleveland 26 Jul 1991. She was buried beside her husband at the Splendora Cemetery.

John and Mattie had a son named Johnny Don Duke who was married first in Montgomery County 09 Jun 1967 to Nelda Wanett Denton (1949-2004, daughter of Mr. Denton and Wanda Elizabeth Griffin) and again to Nelda in Montgomery County 27 Jul 1977 and then in Montgomery County 22 Oct 2006 to Judy Lynn Campbell.

Obituary for Nelda Wanett Denton-Duke, published in the Cleveland Advocate 29 Jan 2004 : Nelda Duke, 54, of Splendora passed away Sunday, January 18, 2004 at her residence. Mrs. Duke was a member of the Baptist Church and was president of the Texas PTA and was preceded in death by her daughter Elizabeth Ann Duke. She is survived by her husband of 36 years Johnny Duke; son Daryl Duke and wife Kris; paternal grandmother Estelle Price; grandsons John David Duke and James Randal Duke; mother Wanda Springer and husband Clyde; brothers Harvey Denton and Robert Springer; step-sister Tracy Biladeau, along with other family members. Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 21, 2004 in the Rosewood Funeral Home Chapel in Porter, with Rev. Vera Griffin and Rev. Roy Youngblood officiating. Interment followed in the Mizell Cemetery in Splendora.

Obituary for Nelda Wanett Denton-Duke, published in the Houston Chronicle 20 Jan 2004 : Texas PTA President Nelda Duke, who served 17 years on the state PTA board and became president in 2002, died Sunday from liver cancer at her home in Splendora. She was 54. "She did not let her illness slow her down until Christmas. It was very rough, but she wanted to do the things she wanted to do," said Duke's long-time friend and Texas PTA treasurer, Lynda Coleman of Crosby. Duke's term was scheduled to end in February, and a video memorial will be presented in tribute to her accomplishments at the Feb. 20 state convention in The Woodlands, Coleman said. Before taking a position on the state PTA board, Duke spent a decade working with the PTA at the local, district and council levels, officials said. She was awarded for her long years of service with the Extended Service Award. "She has strongly supported parents' involvement in their children's education. She often talked about how important it is for parents to know what was happening at school, know their children's friends and know their teachers." Coleman said PTA membership increased significantly during Duke's tenure. While on the state board, Duke was a strong supporter of two bills targeting teenage drivers; the measures passed the Legislature. The "graduated driver's license" law phases teens into driving by requiring, among other things, that they spend six months driving with a learner's permit, with nobody under age 21 in the front seat. The other law made it illegal for people under 18 to ride in the back of pickup trucks, said Craig Tounget, Texas PTA spokesman in Austin. Duke was particularly passionate about driving safety since her 11-year-old daughter, Elizabeth Ann, died in a car accident in 1984, family members said. Another of Duke's accomplishments during her presidential term was overseeing the expansion of the national PTA's Hispanic Outreach Initiative, state officials said. In December, the Splendora Independent School District's school board honored her with the R.B. Tullis Award for her volunteer work on behalf of the district. The district's administration credited her with fostering the district's PTA organizations and being instrumental in the construction of a new sports park for baseball in the area. "She was a wonderful woman with a heart for children and education. She will be greatly missed," said Splendora Superintendent Leon Cubillas. Born on Aug. 25, 1949, in Pine Bluff, Ark., Duke spent most of her life in east Montgomery County. She graduated from New Caney High School and afterward took classes at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Ala., and at the U.S. Army's correspondence school. Besides volunteer work, she worked as a clerk for the Army's military police, as a bookkeeper, and as a pharmacy manager and technician. Duke is survived by her husband of 36 years, Johnny; her son, Daryl; daughter-in-law, Kris; and two grandsons, John and James, all of Splendora. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rosewood Funeral Home in Porter. Duke's family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Texas PTA Nelda Duke Memorial Fund.

Obituary for Clyde Eugene Springer (step-father of Nelda Wanett Denton), published in the Polk County Enterprise, date unknown : CORRIGAN -- Funeral services for Clyde Eugene Springer, 75, of New Caney were held Saturday, April 26, 2008, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Dr. Vera Griffin officiating. Interment followed in Holhausen-Darby Cemetery in Moscow. Mr. Springer was born June 7, 1932 in Dayton and died on Monday, April 21, in Conroe. He served his country in the U.S. Navy, retired from the freight industry as a fork lift operator and was Assembly of God by faith. He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert Alvie and Estelle (Stepp) Springer; daughter, Nelda Duke and granddaughter, Elizabeth Duke. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Wanda Springer; sons, Harvey Denton of Point Blank and Robert Springer of New Caney; daughter and son-in-law, Tracey and Dennis Bilodeau of Stafford, Va.; sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Bill Pearson of Houston and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Paul Skaggs, Eric Stevens, J.T. Bond, Freddie Courtney, Douglas Parker and Ray McDonald.

BURROW - William Washington Burrow was born at Canton in Smith County, TX 22 Dec 1865 and passed away in Montgomery County 20 Nov 1940. He was the son of Wiley William Burrow and Elizabeth Catherine Hudgins who are buried at the Creagleville Cemetery in Van Zandt County, TX. William's siblings were Mary Ann Burrow, James Emerson Burrow (1855-1900) who married Martha Angeline Gilliam (1860-1936), David William Burrow (1858-1935) who was married first in Kaufman County, TX 26 Sept 1880 to Sarah E. Hughes and then in Rusk County, TX 01 Feb 1882 to Millie Gibson and then to Margaret Elizabeth Gilliam (1870-1954), Miranda Texas Burrow (1861-1937) who was married first in Smith County, TX 24 Aug 1881 to Jefferson Davis Giles (1861-1886) and then in Van Zandt County, TX 14 Nov 1897 to Robert Lee Williford (1875-1914), Paralee Burrow, Calvin Burrow who was born in Smith County about 1869 and died prior to 1880, and Eliza A. Burrow (1875-1912) who was married to Fred Washington Gilliam 1871-1948).

According to his death certificate, on which document his wife (Mrs. Bell Burrows, of Splendora) was the informant, William Washington Burrow died of hemophlegia due to paralysis at his home in Splendora. He was seventy-five years, one month and twenty-eight days old. The document indicates he was a retired merchant of general mercantile. Pace-Stancil Funeral Home of Cleveland, under the direction of J. W. Stancil Jr., was in charge of arrangements and William was buried at the Splendora Cemetery 21 Nov 1940. His death certificate indicates that he was born 22 Sept 1865 but his tombstone shows 22 Dec 1865.

William can be found on the 1870 and 1880 census in his parents' household in Smith County. In about 1889 he took to wife Belle Zora Adams. She was the daughter of Wilson Adams who died of stomach cancer 06 Nov 1904 in Smith County, TX and Sarah Gilliam. Belle was born at Overton in Rusk County, TX 06 Aug 1871 and died in Liberty County 27 Oct 1968. According to her death certificate, on which document her son (T. L. Burrow) was the informant, Belle died of pneumonia at Leggett Memorial Hospital in Cleveland. She was ninety-eight years old. Pace-Stancil Funeral Home of Cleveland, under the direction of O. Manning, was in charge of arrangements and Belle was buried at the Splendora Cemetery 30 Oct 1968.

William and Belle moved to present-day Splendora in about 1894-1895 and operated the first "store" from a room in their home; carrying only the most basic of non-perishable necessities like sugar and flour.

In 1900 William, Belle and the first three of their five children were living in precinct #2, Montgomery County (Splendora). The document indicates William was a farmer, born in Texas in September 1864, had been married for eleven years, owned a farm free of mortgage and his wife had given birth to three children of which all were still living.

In about 1905 Burrow purchased what is commonly referred to as "The Old Burrow House", a large two-story structure which had been built by a man who had once worked for the railroad and had aspired to settle here. There is quite a bit of speculation that the home Burrow purchased was that of Peter Brannigan Gray who was living here as early as 1894 but moved to Houston County in about 1905. Peter Gray's second child was born in 1890 at Overton in Rusk County and his third child was born in the Splendora area in 1894.

Eventually Burrow sold his former residence to William Sallee who was twenty-three years old in 1910 and was a boarder that year in the Burrow household. Between 1905 and 1910 Burrow established W. W. Burrow's General Merchandise store as well as the Burrow Hotel and the Splendora Depot. All of those buildings were on Burrow's property adjacent to and on the west side of the railroad tracks.

In 1920 the Burrow family were still living in downtown Splendora on a home they owned free of mortgage; the same home that Burrow had purchased in about 1905. The census document indicates that William was a merchant of general merchandise while his sons (James and Fred) were salesmen. Another son (Thaudie) was bookkeeper. Their immediate neighbors were Charles Claibourne Cox whose wife (Ruth Hall) was postmistress that year, Hugh Lee Patton's family, the family of David Presswood (Ollie Irene Stone), and the family of Charles Edward Coleman (Vida Gertrude Bazzoon).

In 1930 all of the Burrow children were married and had moved out into their own households. William and Belle were still living at their home in downtown Splendora. According to the 1930 census document William was sixty-three years old, Belle was fifty-eight, and they were living on a general farm valued at $2,500. The document indicates that they were both able to read and write and William was never in the armed forces. Also living in their household was William's sixty-seven-year-old widowed sister, Miranda Williford. William's three sons (James, Thaudie and Fred) and their families were living directly next door. 

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Burrow's Store with the Burrow Hotel at right - photo courtesy Bonnie Olean Giles-Taylor


Splendora Depot with the Burrow home in the back
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Splendora Post Office with the Burrow home at left
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W. W. Burrow home
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Main Street in Splendora - late 1940s
Left to right : Burrow home, post office, cafe', theater, Burrow's Dry Goods - all on the Burrow property
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The Conroe Courier published an article in 1966 entitled Oldtimers Recall Splendora History. Thaudie Lee Burrow was one of those "oldtimers" and he recounted that his father, William Washington Burrow, came to this area in 1888 and worked on the narrow gauge railroad. Without further clarification this statement could instill in the minds of some readers that Burrow was in the employ of the Houston East & West Texas Railway when that company laid the rails through present-day Splendora. It is a known and documented fact that the narrow gauge rails running through Splendora were completed in 1878 when W. W. Burrow was living in Smith County and was just a child of thirteen years. Furthermore, by 1886 those rails were within shouting distance of the final destination at Shreveport and Burrow had not yet arrived in Montgomery County. In fact, no physical documentation has been found to show that W. W. Burrow was living in Montgomery County prior to 1895. Hence, it is absolutely impossible for him to have been involved in the laying of the narrow gauge rails at Splendora. As previously mentioned in the Pre-History, the H.E. & W.T. made a terrific mistake when they chose the narrow gauge rail instead of the standard gauge and in 1895 the company was forced to replace the entire span of rails from Houston to Shreveport. This must have been the time at which W. W. Burrow worked for the railroad.

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W. W. and Belle Burrow were the parents of five children :

Thaudie was married in Montgomery County 15 Nov 1925 to Clarkie Dell Welch. She was the daughter of Ray Rudolph Welch (1886-1943) who is buried at the Splendora Cemetery and Devilla Ivy (1894-1947) who is buried at the Forest Park Cemetery in Houston.

In 1930 Thaudie and Clarkie and their only child were living at Splendora where they owned a home (not a farm) valued at $1,000. The document indicates they were both able to read and write, Thaudie was the proprietor of a grocery store and was a WWI vet. In 1930 Thaudie was thirty-seven years old and was married at the age of thirty-three, Clarkie was twenty-one and married at the age of seventeen.

Thaudie filled out his WWII draft registration card in April 1942 and was then living at Splendora. The document indicates he was born at Overton, TX 27 Nov 1891 and was self-employed (no field of employment specified). A person who would always know his address was Fred Burrow of Splendora.

Thaudie and Clarkie's only child is Wilbur Lee Burrow who was married in Montgomery County 27 May 1948 to Zoda Thelma Knight. She is the daughter of Earnest Reanon Knight (1895-1971) and Zoda Elberta Parker (1910-2001) who are buried at the Clapp Cemetery in Huntsville, TX. Wilbur owned and operated the Splendora Theater for about twelve years beginning in the mid 1940s.

Thaudie and Clarkie's marriage ended in divorce before August 1936. She remarried to Marion Spencer Tweedy (1907-1989, son of Elza Spencer Tweedy and Cynthia Jane Foltz who are buried at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Terre Haute, IN).

Clarkie and Marion had a son named Marion Joseph Tweedy who was wed first in Fort Bend County, TX 14 Jan 1954 to Lavata Jean Dearing (daughter of Robert Walker Dearing who is buried at the Magnolia Cemetery in Beaumont, TX and Lois L. Jordan) and then in Fort Bend County 10 Feb 1984 to Sandra de los Angel Ortiz.

Clarkie and Marion were divorced before November 1958.

It is not known when Clarkie died or where she is buried.

James was married in Montgomery County 09 Sept 1915 to Hazel Dee Welch. She was the daughter of Perry Monroe Welch (1852-1920) and Nancy Melvina Stovall (1861-1946) who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery. Hazel was an aunt to Clarkie Dell Welch who married James' brother Thaudie. Hazel was born in Angelina County, TX 16 Jul 1899 and died at Conroe 13 Dec 1989. She was buried at the Oakwood Cemetery.

In 1930 James and Hazel and their only two children were living at Splendora where they owned a home (not a farm) valued at $500. The document indicates they were both able to read and write, James was the proprietor of a dry goods store and he was not a veteran of the armed forces. He was thirty-four years old and was married at the age of nineteen,. She was thirty-one and married at the age of seventeen.

James and Hazel were the parents of Edith Juanita Burrow (1916-2005) who was married in Montgomery County 03 Sept 1932 to Archie Almond Reed (1908-1981, son of Archie Lee Reed whose burial location is not known and Freida Hoffman who is buried in Bellville, TX), and Beatrice Onita Burrow (1922-2008) who was wed first to Thomas Lee Roberts Jr. (son of Thomas Sr. and Agnes Cornelius Bourlon who are buried at the White Oak Cemetery in Porter) and then to Robey Dewey Easley Jr. (1924-2000, son of Robey Sr. and Docia Latham who are buried at the Yellowpine Cemetery in Sabine County, TX).

Obituary for Edith Juanita Burrow-Reed, published in the Cleveland Advocate 16 Jun 2005 : Funeral Services for Edith Reed, 88, of Conroe are set for 2:00 P.M. Friday, June 17, 2005 at Metcalf Funeral Chapel with Dr. Cliff Herrington officiating. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday from 5-8 P.M. at the funeral home. Mrs. Reed was born October 3, 1916 in Splendora, TX and passed away June 13, 2005. She is preceded in death by her husband, Archie A. Reed and parents, J.E. and Hazel Burrow. She is survived by her daughters, Shirley Bivens and husband Thomas of Magnolia, Donna Broussard and husband, Larry of Groves; son, Eddie Reed and wife, Antoinette of Weatherford; sister, Beatrice Easley of Houston; 9 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and her loving caregiver, Marina Pensamiento. Mrs. Reed Graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelors Degree in Education and a Masters Degree in Biology. She retired from Splendora School District after 36 years of service. She was a past member of the Conroe Retired Teachers Association, Conroe Art League, The Little Thicket Outdoor Nature Club, a member of the First Baptist Church of Conroe and especially liked playing 84 with her Livewire friends. She loved to travel, loved animals, and had a natural green thumb, growing any kind of plant or flower she got her hands on. Mrs. Reed was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend and will be greatly missed.

Obituary for Beatrice Onita Burrow-Roberts-Easley, published in the Conroe Courier 12 Jan 2008 : Funeral services for Beatrice Easley, beloved mother and grandmother, will be at 10:30 A.M. Monday, Jan. 14, 2008 at Metcalf Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Cliff Herrington officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation is from 3-5 P.M. Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008 at Metcalf Funeral Home. Mrs. Easley was born Jan. 5, 1922 and passed away Jan. 10, 2008. She is predeceased by her husband : Robey D. Easley; parents : Ed and Hazel Burrow; and sister : Edith Reed. She is survived by her daughters : Maryland Hendrix and husband Don, and Susan Ausmus; grandchildren : Joel Wilburn, Amy Holmes, and Russell Outlaw; and great grandchild : Jessica Wilburn. Mrs. Easley was a bookkeeper for about 25 years for First National Bank and Conroe National Bank. She enjoyed reading the Wall Street Journal and loved to play the stock market. Her hobbies included playing dominoes and shopping, as her daughters remember spending many Saturdays at Foley's department store in downtown Houston. She was a wonderful cook and spent time gardening. She appreciated beautiful furniture and loved decorating her home. She will be missed by family and friends alike.

Lessie was married to Jesse James Ward. He was the son of Andrew Jackson Ward (1847-1901) and Eudora Murphy (1859-1928) who are buried at the Morgan Cemetery near Security. Jesse was born in Montgomery County 26 Jun 1893 and died in Montgomery County 12 May 1961. According to his death certificate, on which document his son (O. M. Ward) was the informant, Jesse died of coronary occlusion on the porch of Burrow's Feed Store at Splendora. He was sixty-seven years old. The document indicates that he was a driller in the oil fields, was married at the time of death, was never in the armed forces, and his last residence was P. O. Box 94, Splendora. Pace-Stancil Funeral Home of Cleveland, under the direction of Etcyl R. Brown, was in charge of arrangements and Jesse was buried at the Splendora Cemetery 13 May 1961.

In 1930 Lessie and Jesse were living at Port Bolivar in Galveston County, TX where he was employed as a driller in the oil fields.

Jesse filled out his WWII draft registration card in April 1942 and was then living at Splendora. The document indicates he was born at Splendora 26 Jun 1894 and was employed by Austin Construction Company of Freeport, TX. A person who would always know his address was Lessie Mary Ward of Splendora.

Lessie and Jesse were the parents of Otis William Ward (1918-1957) who was married in Montgomery County 05 Apr 1941 to Fannie Lou Hayden (1920-2000, daughter of William Montgomery Hayden who is buried at the Pilgreen Cemetery in Conroe and Frances Theodocia Shoemake who is buried at the Splendora Cemetery), Odell Marvin Ward (1921-2005), Maxine Ruby Ward (1922-2003) who married Lloyd Lynn Davis (1918-2000, son of Thomas C. Davis and Nancy Paralee Welsh who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery), and J. W. Ward (1934-2003) who was married first to Sheila Amenda Antley and then in Liberty County 12 Sept 1966 to Marie Sparks.

Obituary for Fannie Lou Hayden-Richardson-Canon-Ward, published in the Conroe Courier 15 Jul 2000 : Services for Fannie Lou Ward, 79 of Huntsville, were held at 3 p.m. May 1, 2000 at the Probst Chapel. Burial followed at the Splendora City Cemetery under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home of Cleveland. Ward was born September 29, 1920 in Splendora and died April 28, 2000. She worked at Boyett's Cafe for 20 years. Survivors include her children, Alice Smith and Debbie Bonham; grandchildren, Joe Smith and wife Charlotte, Jordi Bonham, Heddi Bonham, Shante Bonham and Lacey Bonham; great-grandchild, Aaron David Smith; brother, William Ethridge Hayden; and other family. Pallbearers were Joe David Smith, Stan Stuckey, Richard Boyett, Raymond Wells, Bill Hayden and Charles Sheffield.

Obituary for Maxine Ruby Ward-Davis, published in the Cleveland Advocate 13 May 2003 : Maxine Ruby Davis, 80, of Cleveland, Tex., passed away on May 4, 2003. She is survived by her children : Bobby Davis and wife Peggy; Barbara Harms; Wayne Davis and wife Cynthia; brothers : Odell Ward, J.W. Ward; nine grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren with numerous nieces and nephews. Services were held May 7, 2003 at First Baptist Church of Splendora, Splendora, Tex. Interment follows at Morgan Cemetery, Cleveland, Tex.

Obituary for Lloyd Lynn Davis, published in the Cleveland Advocate 25 Jul 2000 : Services for Lloyd Lynn Davis, 81, of Cleveland, were held at 10:00 a.m. July 19, 2000 at Pace-Stancil/Probst Chapel. Burial followed at Morgan Cemetery under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland. Davis was born December 31, 1918 in Old Waverly, Texas. He died July 16, 2000. Survivors include wife, Maxine Davis; children, Bobby Davis and wife Peggy, Barbara Harms, Wayne Davis and wife Cynthia; sister, Elaine Pratt and husband Virgil; sister-in-law, Jerry Davis; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

Death notice for J. W. Ward, published in the Cleveland Advocate 07 Oct 2003 : J. W. Ward, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m., Pace-Stancil/Probst Chapel, with interment following at Splendora City Cemetery. Visitation hours are Tuesday, Oct. 7, from noon to 9 p.m. at Pace-Stancil/Probst Chapel.

Fred was married in 1925 in Liberty County to Oma Vanolen Mathews. She was the daughter of Walter Edward Mathews (1881-1936) and Sula Jane Coats (1885-1961) who are buried at the Fairview Church Cemetery in Nacogdoches, TX. Oma was born at Nacogdoches 05 Jan 1908 and died in Montgomery County 24 Apr 1999. She was buried at the Splendora Cemetery and shares a double marker with Fred.

In 1930 Fred and Oma and the first two of their three children were living at Splendora where they owned a home (not a farm) valued at $1,000. Their residence was immediately next door to his parents. The 1930 census document indicates both Fred and Oma were able to read and write and Fred was the proprietor of a garage. Nathan B. McCown was employed as a mechanic at Fred's garage that year.

Fred and Oma's children were Fred Washington Burrow Jr. (1926-1978) who was married first in Montgomery County 21 Feb 1948 to Eula Mae Goodrum (1934-2000, daughter of Jacob Carl Goodrum and Nettie Elizabeth Wiggins who are buried at the Morgan Cemetery near Security) and then to Elma Frances Jordan (1918-2003, daughter of James Pellum Jordan and Nora Vanya who are buried at the Votaw Cemetery in Hardin County; Elma was previously married to Mr. Moye with whom she had one daughter, Mr. Davis with whom she had one son and Buster Weaver Whitmire with whom she had no children), Virginia Bell Burrow who married Otis Dennis Cannon Jr. (1925-1999, son of Otis Sr. and Eva L. McClendon who are buried at the Ryan Cemetery at Tarkington Prairie), and Ruby Mae Burrow who married first to Ernest Knight (1929-1997) and then to Luther Cleveland Terrell Sr. (1927-2009, son of Luther Terrell and Shirley Kay Berry who are buried at the Terrell Cemetery near Dayton, TX).

Obituary for Elma Frances Jordan-Moye-Davis-Whitmire-Burrow, published in the Cleveland Advocate 10 Dec 2003 : Elma Burrow, age 84, of Houston, Texas, passed away December 6, 2003. She was born in Votaw, Texas on December 28, 1918. She is survived by children, Dovie Cotter and husband Brian, grandchildren, Pernell Davis and wife Deddie, Tammy Cowen and husband Mike, great-grandchildren, Brittany Barrow, Blaine Cowen, Allie Davis, Josh Davis, sisters, Ida Mae Flowers, Arrie Bell Morlox and husband Red, brother, Jimmy Jordon and wife Jennea Mae, nephews and great nephews.

Obituary for Buster Weaver Whitmire, published in the Cleveland Advocate 12 Feb 2010 : Buck Whitmire, age 87, of Cleveland, Texas, passed away Tuesday, February 9, 2010. He was born in Cleveland on April 25, 1922 to parents, Sam and Emma Whitmire who preceded him in death along with his son, Buster Wayne Whitmire; brothers, Jr. Whitmire, J.D. Ferguson, Luther Whitmire; and his sister, Pauline Fuller. Survivors include his loving wife of 54 years, Sybil Juanita Whitmire; sons, Jimmy Glenn Walker, David Shirell Whitmire; daughters, Peggy Sue Pierce, Doris Jeanette Shaw, Rhonda Kay Moore; sisters, Millie Beard, Margie Robertson; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many other cherished family members, and friends throughout the years. Bro. Monty Odom presided over funeral services held Friday, February 12, 2010 at Pace-Stancil Chapel, Cleveland, Texas. Pallbearers include Jason Shaw, Willie Shaw, Justin Shaw, Travis Walker, John Pierce, Josh Pierce, Charlie Pierce; all honorably escorted him to his final resting place at Oak Shade Cemetery, Cleveland, Texas.

Obituary for Luther Cleveland Terrell Sr., published in the Cleveland Advocate14 Aug 2009 : Luther Terrell, 81, of Dayton, TX, passed away Mon., 8/10/2009. He was born in Tarkington Prairie, Cleveland, Texas on 12/10/1927 to Luther and Shirley Terrell who preceded him in death along with his son, Charlie Terrell; brothers, Cecil Terrell, Bennie Terrell; sisters, Edith Noack, Johnnie Campbell; step-daughter, Patricia Ann Brunson. "Big Boy" Terrell's most loved role in life was his precious family, his special great-grandbaby, "Miss Harley", his church family, his logging company, and his cattle. Survivors include his loving wife : Ruby Terrell; step-children : Ernest Knight, Billy Knight; brother : Loyd Terrell; sister : Ruby Joyce Diehl; grandchildren : Charlie Bryan Terrell, Kaylynn Terrell, Katrinia Brunson, Joseph Brunson, Kenny Wayne Brunson; 11 step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; numerous nieces, nephews and other cherished family members and treasured friends beyond measure. The family wishes to thank Compassionate Care for all their loving care given him during his trying time. Pastor Lyndoll Kinser presided over funeral services held 11 a.m., Thurs., 08/13/2009 at Pace-Stancil Chapel, Cleveland, TX with interment at Terrell Cemetery. Pallbearers: Lazean Terrell, Jimmy Lee Robison, Loyd Lynn Terrell, Roy Terrell, Jimmy Joe Robison, John Wilkerson; honorary pallbearers : Cody Wilkerson, Trey Wilburn, Wesley Woods, Whitney Woods, Trent Tanner, and Dustin Faircloth.

Obituary for Nettie Elizabeth Wiggins-Goodrum (mother-in-law of Fred Washington Burrow, Jr.), published in the Cleveland Advocate 05 Mar 2003 : Nettie Elizabeth (Wiggins) Goodrum, 88, a life long resident of Splendora, Texas, passed away on Monday, March 3, 2003, in Kingwood, Texas. She was born April 30, 1914 in Splendora, Texas to Jessie and Nora Wiggins. Nettie was preceded in death by her husband, Jake Goodrum and Daughter, Eula Mae Buchanan. She is survived by children, Eunice Beaty, Jesse Goodrum and wife Billie, Jake Elroy Goodrum and wife, Nancy, Linda Butler and husband, Robert, Shirley Madruga and husband Carlos; "adopted'' children, Bob and Kay Alexander; 18 grandchildren, and 40 great-grandchildren and 22 great-great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind a sister, Beatrice Wilkinson and brothers, Robert Wiggins, J.D. Wiggins and Darrell Wiggins. Services will be under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland, Texas, March 6, 2003, at Pace-Stancil/Probst Chapel, (281) 592- 2641. Interment will follow at Morgan Cemetery in Cleveland, Texas.

Gladys' husband was Anson Fegin Griffin. He was the son of James B. "Dash" Griffin (1870-1962) and Nellie Emanuel (1874-1950) who are buried at the Holly Grove Cemetery in Polk County, TX. Anson was born in Polk County 09 May 1897 and died in Liberty County 11 Dec 1950. According to his death certificate, on which document his wife (Mrs. Gladys Griffin) was the informant, Anson died of coronary occlusion due to coronary sclerosis at his residence in Cleveland. He was fifty-three years, seven months and two days old. The document indicates that he was a barber and was never in the armed forces. Pace-Stancil Funeral Home of Cleveland, under the direction of O. Manning, was in charge of arrangements and Anson was buried at Cleveland Memorial Cemetery 13 Dec 1950.

In 1930 Gladys and Anson were living at Cleveland in Liberty County and he was employed as a barber.

Gladys and Anson were the parents of Marvin Edward Griffin (1933-1984) who married Marilyn Joyce Banthorpe (1936-2009, daughter of Cyril William Banthorpe and Alice Emily Everson), Velda Ann Griffin who was wed first in Harris County 21 Mar 1956 to Joseph Crittenden Pittman (1933-2006, son of Charles Clinton Pittman Sr. and Mary Jayne Holmes who are buried at the Greenwood Cemetery in Cleveland County, AR) and then to Mr. Thomas and then in Harris County 11 Apr 1984 to Reginald Parr Cox(son of William Franklin Cox Sr. and Edna Merle Bosworth who are buried at the Magnolia Cemetery in Beaumont, TX) and then in Polk County 20 Nov 1989 to Roger Dale Mathews (son of Daniel Webster Mathews Jr. and Lula Mae Barnett), and Jerry Dickson Griffin who was married first in Harris County 12 Mar 1966 to Marilyn Louise Free and then in Montgomery County 19 Jul 1988 to Gertrude Evelyn Loeffler.

Obituary for Marilyn Joyce Banthorpe-Griffin, published in the Conroe Courier01 Oct 2009 : Marilyn Joyce Griffin, age 73, of Conroe, Texas, passed away September 29, 2009. She was born in Rendam, England on August 15, 1936 to Cyril William Banthorpe and Alice Emily Everson Banthrope [sic]. Memorial services were held 10:00 am., Saturday, October 03, 2009 at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel, Cleveland, Texas. Survivors include her sons, Robert and Angela Griffin, Paul and Glenda Griffin, Gary Griffin; daughters, Karen and Darryl Stevens, Amy and Larry Koenig; Twelve grandchildren, Nine great-grandchildren and two on the way; Brothers, Bernard, John, Richard Banthrope [sic]; Sisters Sybill Bond and Bubby Williamson; Brother-in-law, Jerry Griffin, Sister-in-law, Velda Griffin; Host of nieces and nephews.

SALLEE - Virgil C. Sallee was the son of William Penn Sallee Sr. (1823-1891) who is buried at the Stowe Cemetery in Montgomery County and Eliza Jane Hall (1823-1889) who is buried at the Fullbright Cemetery in Red River County, TX. Virgil was born at McLeansboro in Hamilton County, IL 02 Aug 1850 and died in Montgomery County 12 Nov 1928. According to his death certificate, on which document his son (Albert Sallee, of Splendora) was the informant, Virgil died of unknown causes at his home in Splendora. He was seventy-eight years old. The document also indicates that no undertaker or funeral home was in charge of arrangements. The family buried him at the Splendora Cemetery 13 Nov 1928.

Virgil was married twice and little is known of his first wife. There is a marriage record in Falls County, TX 17 Oct 1878 for Virgil Sallee and Martha A. Ponndes. Virgil's brother Bluford was married the following year in the same county to Mary Emma McCormick.

In 1880 Virgil and Martha were living in precinct #3, Harris County. The document identifies her as Martha Salee and indicates that she was born about 1851 in Mississippi and both of her parents were born in Tennessee.

Research has yet to prove that any children were born to Virgil Sallee and Martha Pounds. She either died or their marriage was annulled before 1892.

Virgil remarried in Montgomery County 23 Jun 1892 to Mary Olive Smith. She was the daughter of James Monroe Smith and Emeline Outlaw who were married in Montgomery County 23 Jun 1864. Emeline Outlaw had been previously married to Mr. Pace whose identity is not known.

Mary was born at New Caney, TX 06 Sept 1870 and died in Montgomery County 04 Aug 1949. According to her death certificate, on which document she is identified as Mary Olif Sallee and her son (Albert Sallee) was the informant, Mary died of carcinoma of the liver at her residence in Splendora. She was seventy-eight years, ten months and twenty-nine days old. H. S. Donnelly of Cleveland was in charge of arrangements and Mary was buried at the Splendora Cemetery 05 Aug 1949. The death certificate indicates that her mother was Cynthia Pate whose parentage and relationship to James Monroe Smith is not known.

Mary was previously married in Montgomery County 14 Aug 1890 to Thomas E. Phillips. Thomas had been previously married in Montgomery County 10 Sept 1881 to Rhoda Cole. After his divorce from Mary Smith he remarried first in Montgomery County 26 Jun 1893 to S. L. Turner and then in the same county 04 Nov 1894 to Ella McFadden.

Mary and Thomas Phillips were the parents of Sadie Mae Phillips. Sadie was born in Montgomery County 30 Jun 1891 and died at the Methodist Hospital in Houston 24 Oct 1969. She was buried at Cleveland Memorial Cemetery. Sadie was married first in Montgomery County 09 May 1909 to Emanuel Lee Slaughter. Lee was born at Houston in Harris County, TX 04 Oct 1888 and died at Bay City in Matagorda County 15 Sept 1969. He was buried at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck, TX. In 1910 Sadie and Lee were living in Harris County with a four-month-old son named Edwin L. Slaughter. In 1920 Sadie and Lee were still living in Harris County. Their son Edwin had died and the only other child in the household was an eight-year-old daughter identified as Mary J. Slaughter. Sadie and Lee were divorced in about 1922. He remarried in Harris County 08 Aug 1922 to Lela Isora Hendler. Sadie remarried first to Arthur Hazen Swinhoe Sr. (1902-1959) and then in Liberty County to Edward Johnson Srubblefield Sr.(1886-1967).

Virgil and Mary were the parents of seven children :

John filled out his WWII draft registration card in April 1942 and was then living at Splendora. The document indicates he was born at Splendora 15 May 1893 and was employed by the Splendora Common School District.

John's first wife was Agnes Young and they were married in Montgomery County 19 Jul 1914. She was the daughter of John Milburn Young (1868-1918) and Lucinda Huffman (1870-1937) who are buried at the East River Baptist Church Cemetery east of New Caney. Agnes was born at New Caney in 1896 and died in Harris County 31 Oct 1918. According to her death certificate, on which document her father (J. M. Young, of Splendora) was the informant, Agnes died of pneumonia due to the influenza at her residence in Humble. Sid Westheimer, undertaker, of Humble, was in charge of arrangements and Agnes was buried at the Splendora Cemetery 01 Nov 1918.

Agnes had a sister, Alice Gordon Young (1893-1976), who married James Milam Casey (1889-1966, son of James Micajah Casey and Emma Sallia Walding who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery).

John and Agnes were the parents of William Nolan Sallee who was born and died in Montgomery County in 1916 and was buried at the Splendora Cemetery and Oliver Clyde Sallee (1917-1989) who married first to Nancy Elizabeth Tullis (1919-1987, daughter of Robert Bruce Tullis Sr. and Pearl DeBlanche Bradley who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery) and then in Montgomery County 01 Oct 1988 to Nancy's sister Nellie Eloise Tullis-Phillips (1913-1995).

After Agnes' untimely death at the age of twenty-two John remarried 25 Aug 1920 in Huntsville, TX to Etta Vernon Wilson. She was the daughter of Jefferson L. Wilson (1866-1944) and Violet D. Wigley (1874-1954) who are buried at the Holton-Grigsby Cemetery in Jasper County, TX. Etta was born in Jasper County 28 Jun 1901 and died at Cleveland 16 May 1986. She was buried at the Splendora Cemetery.

John and Etta were the parents of Hardy Aubrey Sallee Sr. (1921-1953) whose wife's name was Rhoda unknown, Bernadine Sallee (1923-2002) who was wed first to Mr. Sexton and then in Harris County 18 Aug 1951 to Billy Alvin Ayers Sr. (1923-1992, son of Walter Lee Ayers and Cora Thomas who are buried at Algoma Cemetery South in Harrison County, TX) and then in Harris County 05 Jan 1957 to Roy Lee Rowell Sr. (1922-1983, son of Bose Rowell and Sadie Elizabeth Whittaker who are buried at Brookside Memorial Park in Houston) and then in Jefferson County 01 Mar 1974 to Clayton William Pierce (1927-2002, son of William Jesse Pierce who is buried at Restland Memorial Park in Livingston, TX and Ruby Mae Perkins who is buried at the Wheeler Cemetery in Polk County, TX), Albert Raymond Sallee Sr. (1925-2002) who was wed first in Harris County 21 Mar 1948 to Anna Bell Morgan (1925-1999, daughter of Thomas J. Morgan and Alice unknown) and then in Shelby County 19 Jan 1957 to Betty Ann Matlock (1935-2005, daughter of Ralph Talley Matlock and Mattie Bettie Nettles who are buried at Old Prospect Cemetery in Mount Enterprise, TX), John Ernest Sallee Sr. (1927-1997) who was married in Montgomery County 21 May 1948 to Evelyn Ada Godsey (1931-2001, daughter of Samuel Willard Godsey Sr. and Ada Lee Roberts who are buried at the Hill of Rest Cemetery in Baytown, TX), George Westley Sallee Sr. (1929-1954) who married Geraldine Smith (daughter of George Henry Smith and Katie Beeson who are buried at Conroe Memorial Park; Geraldine remarried to Thomas Benton Knighton in Harris County 22 Aug 1957), Roland Lee Sallee (1932-2003) who was married first to Jo Ann Reichert (1938-2001, daughter of Joseph William Reichert who is buried at the Hopewell Cemetery in Leon County, TX and Clarice McIntire) and then to Evelyn Ann Johnson (1921-2002, daughter of Erle J. Johnson and Johnny unknown) and then to Jetta Dorene Deason (daughter of Henry Beecher Deason who is buried at the Zion Hill Cemetery in Rusk County, TX and Irma Mae Brooks) and then to Jetta again in Montgomery County 10 Sept 1965, Elizabeth Ann Sallee who was married in Harris County 25 Oct 1958 to William Carl Griffin (son of Robert Simmons Griffin and Louella Normand), Allen Louis Sallee who was married 27 Jul 1959 to Phyllis Arlene Zimmerman (daughter of Samuel Franklin Zimmerman and Ida Moyer who are buried at the Westminster Presbyterian Cemetery in Mifflintown, PA), and Allen's twin sister Ellen Louise Sallee who was married in Harris County 25 Apr 1964 to William Otto Karbowski (son of Fredrick William Karbowski and Anna Mae Green).


John V. and Etta Wilson-Sallee tanning hides - photo courtesy Barbara Jean Lee-Hamiltos

Obituary for Bernadine Sallee-Sexton-Ayers-Rowell-Pierce, published in the Cleveland Advocate 25 Apr 2002 : Funeral services for Bernadine Sallee Pierce, 78, of Conroe, will be held Friday, April 26, 2002, at 3:30 p.m. in the Cashner Colonial Chapel with Pastor Steve Barrett officiating. Entombment will follow in The Chapel in the Park Mausoleum. Cashner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be Thursday from noon to 9 p.m. Mrs. Pierce was born Dec. 18, 1923, in Splendora, Texas and passed away April 23, 2002, in Conroe. She was a member of VFW auxiliary for many years. Mrs. Pierce is survived by her daughters and a son-in-law, Pamela Jean Hood and Dwayne of Conroe, Deborah Lynn Vickery of Splendora; sisters, Elizabeth Griffin of Splendora, and Louise Karbowski of Splendora; brothers, Ronald Sallee of Splendora and Louis Sallee of Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Billy Grimes, Jason Grimes, Brett Hood, Andrew Vickery, Billy Vickery, and Kevin Vickery, and great-grandchild, Alexander Grimes. Special family member, "daughter," Linda Dawson and her family also survive. Pallbearers will be Billy Grimes, Brandon Casteel, Andrew Vickery, Billy Vickery, Kevin Vickery, and Brett Hood.

Obituary for Betty Ann Matlock-Sallee, published in the Daily Sentinel (Nacogdoches, TX) 05 Oct 2005 : Funeral service for Betty Ann Matlock Sallee, age 69, of Mount Enterprise will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday October 6, 2005, at Laird Funeral Home with the Rev. Joe Brooks and Bro. Darrel Owens officiating. Burial will follow in Old Prospect Cemetery. Mrs. Sallee passed away Tuesday, October 4, 2005, in Mount Enterprise. Betty Ann Matlock was born November 10, 1935, in Sand Flat, Texas, to Ralph Talley and Mattie Bettie Nettles Matlock. Betty Ann graduated in 1955 from Mount Enterprise High School and went on to attend and graduate from Massey Business College in 1956. While attending college, Betty Ann confessed Jesus and was baptized in February, 1956 in Mrs. Jenkins pond in Nacogdoches. Betty Ann Matlock and Sonny Sallee were wed in Center, Texas, on January 19, 1957, with Mrs. Matlock as witness to Betty Ann's age. Their wedding night was spent in her parents' house with a tin roof. There was a huge storm and no one could hear a word said. Betty Ann was afraid that was an example of the future. The next morning the sun and sky were beautiful. Just like their marriage, good days and bad days. Betty Ann was a homemaker with several outside jobs at various times in her life. Her favorite job was working as a teacher at the Mount Enterprise Head Start program. There were many times when Betty not only brought homework assignments, she brought students home because their parents had to work late. Jason Case was a regular about whom she always talked with great fondness. Her children, at home and work, were her loves. Betty Ann and Sonny Sallee met through her brother, Harrison, dating Sonny's sister, Bernadyne. They dated for two years and were married for forty-five, until Sonny's death in 2002. Survivors include daughter and son-in-law : Etta Karen and Mack Jackson of Buffalo, Texas; sons and daughters-in-law : Albert Raymon Sallee Jr., Ralph Dalton and Paulette Sallee, Bobby Steven and Tammy Sallee all of Mount Enterprise. Six grandchildren : Courtney Dawn Jackson of Buffalo, Texas, John V. Sallee, Jared Todd Sallee, Steven Wayne Sallee, Julia Channing Sallee and Trevor Sallee all of Mount Enterprise. She is also survived by her mother : Mattie Bettie Nettles Matlock of Mount Enterprise; brothers and sister-in-law : James Harrison Matlock, Griff Terry Matlock, Troy Glen Matlock, Gary Lynn Matlock and Jerry Donald and Charlcyce Matlock, all of Mount Enterprise; sisters-in-law : Mary Ann Matlock and Marilyn Matlock of Mount Enterprise, Elizabeth and Bill Griffin and Louise and Bill Karbowski of Splendora; brother-in-law : Louis Sallee of Muffintown, Pa. Mrs. Sallee was preceded in death by her husband : Albert Raymon Sallee; father : Ralph Talley Matlock; brothers : Ralph Thomas Matlock, Gordon Eugene Matlock and Billy Wayne Matlock; and sister-in-law : Eileen Matlock. Active pallbearers will be Mike Matlock, Ricky Matlock, Johnny Ferguson, Ronnie Matlock, Greg Matlock, Curtis Sallee, David Matlock and Jerrald Moore. Honorary pallbearers will be John Earnest Sallee Jr., Aubrey Sallee, Milton Sallee, David Sallee, Billy Brad Griffin, Joe Sallee, Ricky Sallee and Decker Black. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. today. Laird Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Obituary for Mattie Betty Nettles-Matlock, published in Shelby County Today 02 May 2009 : Mattie Betty (Nettles) Matlock, 93, of Mt. Enterprise passed away Saturday May 2, 2009 at Green Acres Nursing Home in Center. She was born on May 24, 1915 to Tom and Monnie (Long) Nettles in upper Nacogdoches County. Services for Mrs. Matlock will be held at Cason Monk-Metcalf funeral home in Nacogdoches on Monday, May 4, 2009, at 11:00 am in Sunset Chapel. Interment will be at the Old Prospect Cemetery in Mt. Enterprise. Visitation will be Sunday evening, May 3 from 5 7 pm. She is survived by daughter, Rita Hughes and husband, Richard, of Center and three sons: Jerry Matlock and wife, Charlcye; Troy Matlock and Gary Matlock, all of Mt. Enterprise. Also by 22 grandchildren, including Terrie Elliott and husband, James of Center; Jerrald Moore and wife, Karen, of Nacogdoches; Mary Linda Moore of Dallas and Christy Moore of Empire, Michigan. By several great grandchildren, including Zac and Liza Hutchins, Emilee Elliott, Kristin Moore, Kailie Moore, Kamryn Moore, Christopher Wiggs, Hannah and Skye Hillier, as well as several great-great grandchildren. By sister: Mrs. Thomas (Pauline) Hall of Willis, Texas. Preceded in death by husband: Ralph Matlock. By sons: Ralph Thomas Matlock, James Harrison Matlock, Billy Wayne Matlock, and Griff Terry Matlock and infant Gordon Eugene. By daughter: Betty Ann Sallee. By grandchildren: Albert Raymon Sallee and Infant Keith Dale Matlock. By son-in-law: Sonny Sallee and daughter-in-law, Eileen Matlock. Also by her parents, 8 brothers and 1 sister. Pallbearers will be her grandchildren.

Obituary for Albert Raymond Sallee Jr., published in Shelby County Today 04 Aug 2007 : The visitation for Albert Raymond Sallee, Jr, (Al) will be at Laird Funeral Home in Nacogdoches, Sunday August 5, from 5 pm to 7 pm. The funeral will be Monday August 6, at 10 am at Lairds with burial to follow in Old Prospect Cemetery in Rusk County. Al died Friday, August 3 at approximately 5:15 pm from injuries he received in a farm tractor-18-wheeler accident on Hwy 259 near the family's home in Mt. Enterprise. Survivors include: Sister, Karen Sallee Jackson and husband, Mack, of Buffalo, Tx.; Brothers, Dalton Sallee and wife, Paulette of Mt. Enterprise and Bobby Steve Sallee and wife Tammy of Mt. Enterprise. Grandmother, Mattie Matlock, of Mt. Enterprise. Other local survivors include Aunt and Uncle, Rita and Richard Hughes of Center. Preceded in death by parents: Albert Raymond Sallee, Sr, and Betty Matlock Sallee.

Obituary for Evelyn Ada Godsey-Sallee, published in the Cleveland Advocate27 Feb 2001 : Funeral services for Evelyn Ada Sallee, 70, of New Waverly will be Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001, at 1 p.m. in Metcalf Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Elmer Fulp officiating. Interment will follow in Bath Cemetery in New Waverly. She was born Jan. 25, 1931 in Conroe and passed away Feb. 26, 2001 in New Waverly. Visitation will be held on Tuesday evening from 5 p.m to 9 p.m. in Metcalf Funeral Home. She is survived by her loving family: sons, John Earnest Sallee Jr. and wife Gail Ann of Cleveland, Aubrey Lee Sallee and wife Ellen of Pikeville, Tenn., Milton Wayne Sallee and wife, LeAnne of Conroe, David Bryan Sallee and wife, Stacie of New Waverly; 18 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be grandsons to serve.

Obituary for Kennard Lee Reeves Jr. (grandson of John Ernest Sallee and Evelyn Ada Godsey), published in the Cleveland Advocate 03 Oct 2001 : Services for Kennard Lee Reeves Jr., 25, of Cleveland, TX were held at 2:00 p.m. September 21, 2001 at Pace-Stancil/Probst Chapel. Survivors include his wife, Ruby Ann Reeves; children, Patrick Lee Reeves, Kenny Ray Reeves, Jeremy Martin Reeves, Joseph Daniel Reeves; parents, Brenda Green and husband Herbert, Kennard Lee Reeves Sr.; sisters, Rachel Reeves, Brandi Ham; Half-siblings, Lee Ashley, Anthony Wayne; grandparents, Beulah Faye Norris Reeves, Kenneth Burl Reeves, John E. Sallee and Evelyn Sallee.

Obituary for Thomas Benton Knighton, publication source and date unknown : Thomas Benton Knighton, 71, of Navarro Mills and formerly of Montrose, Colo., passed away Friday, May 3, 2002 at his residence. Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Capehart officiating. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas. Mr. Knighton was born Feb. 16, 1931 in Jasper to Grady Knighton and Della Travis Knighton. He was a retired correctional officer. He was preceded in death by his son, George Sallee. Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Smith Knighton of Navarro Mills; daughters and sons-in-law, Sherry and Daryl Knowles of Waco, Judith and Raymond Fuller of Montrose, Colo., and Becky and Ken Sharpe of Delta, Colo.; brothers, Alfred Knighton of Newton, Jessie Knighton of Richmond, and Raymond Knighton of Minneapolis, Minn.; nine grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Obituary for Roland Lee Sallee, published in the Cleveland Advocate 16 Sept 2003 : Roland L. Sallee, age 71, of Splendora, Texas passed away Saturday, September 13, 2003. He is a native of Splendora, Texas, born June 21, 1932. He is survived by his wife, Jetta Dorene Sallee; sons, Joe Russell Sallee, Richard Wayne Sallee, Curtis Duane Sallee; daughters, Eunice K. Self, Christina Wilkinson, Cindy Miller; brother, Louis Sallee; sisters, Elizabeth Griffen, Louise Karbowski; twenty-three grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, eighteen nieces and ten nephews with a host of other family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Etta Sallee, grandparents, Virgle and Mary Sallee and Joshua and Ellen Wilson; his sister, Bernadine; brothers, Hardy, Sonny, George and John E. Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 16, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. at the Splendora Assembly of God, Splendora, Texas. Bro. Glen Mead conducted the service with interment immediately following at Splendora City Cemetery.

Obituary for Carolyn Sue Baca-Maker (daughter of Roland Lee Sallee and Jetta Dorene Deason), published in the Guthrie News Leader 20 Feb 2003 : Funeral services for Carolyn Sue "Susie" Baca, 43, of Meridian will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2003 at St. Paul Baptist Church in Meridian with the Rev. Elvin Mack officating. Susie was born July 16, 1959 in Cleveland, Texas to Rolland and Jedda Sallee. She died Feb. 14, 2003 at her home in Meridian. She was employed in the management and nursing fields. Survivors include her parents, Rolland and Jedda Sallee of Splendora, Texas; one son, Joshua Maker; two daughters, Christina Wilkensen and Michelle Tiddaik; four grandchildren, Tyreisha, Brittany, Jordan and Dustin; three brothers, Kurt, Rick and Joe; and two sisters, Cindy and Eunice. She was preceded in death by one brother, Thomas Baca of Troy, Ohio.

In 1916, at the age of eighteen, Albert was teaching school at Splendora. One of his students was fourteen-year-old Blanche Marie Westcott whom he married at Splendora 16 Jun 1920. The two of them received teaching degrees at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville and then taught at several schools in Texas, including Splendora. Albert taught school for forty-five years and Blanche for thiry-five. Blanche was the daughter of James Denmar Westcott Jr. whose burial location is not known and Jeanne Amelia "Jennie" Cours (1878-1960) who is buried at the Ryan Cemetery at Tarkington Prairie. Blanche was born at Houston 28 Mar 1902 and died in Montgomery County 05 Mar 1969. According to her death certificate, on which document her daughter (Linda Duke) was the informant, Blanche died of subarachnoid hemorrhage at the Montgomery County Hospital in Conroe. She was sixty-six years old. The document indicates that she was widowed at the time of death and her last residence was at Splendora (inside city limits). Pace-Stancil Funeral Home of Cleveland, under the direction of O. Manning, was in charge of arrangements and Blanche was buried at the Splendora Cemetery 08 Mar 1969. She shares a double marker with Albert.

Albert and Blanche were the parents of Linda Ann Sallee who was wed first in Montgomery County 06 Nov 1965 to Rayford Ernest Duke (son of Jerry Edward Duke and Opal Dean Chapman who are buried at the Mizell Cemetery in Splendora) and then in Montgomery County 25 Dec 1981 to Stanley Louis Campbell and then in Montgomery County 12 Dec 1987 to Kenneth Glenn Dawson (son of Jackie B. Dawson and Wanda Colleen Smith).

In December 1907 when she was just thirty-three months old, Annabel wandered away from her family's home at approximately 10:30 a.m. and managed to get upon the railroad tracks at about the same time the morning train was approaching. Her mother, Mary, was in the home preparing the afternoon meal and was unaware that Annabel had left the house when she heard two blasts from the locomotive whistle. Mary went to the front door to see what was happening and saw her daughter in a bright red dress slumped upon the cross-ties on the opposite side of the tracks. The locomotive and the first rail-car had just passed. Mary ran toward the tracks and got there just as the train had come to a halt. The conductor had already jumped from the train and raced back to where Annabel's body was and found the child to be in serious injury but still alive and conscious. He picked the child up and handed her to her mother between two of the rail-cars. The child was rushed to the clinic at Fostoria for treatment. Mr. and Mrs. Sallee brought a lawsuit against the Houston East & West Texas Railway for wrongful injury and damages but the initial suit was overruled by the court. The Sallee's filed an appeal 13 May 1909 and in this second trial the daughter was at least granted $2,500 in damages. Attornies for the H.E. & W.T. re-enacted the incident and no negligence on behalf of the railway was proved. Concerning that incident, the following item was retrieved from the Southwester Reporter, Vol. 120, 1909 :

Court of Civil Appeals of Texas; May 13 1909; rehearing denied June 10 1909

Action by Virgil Sallee, for himself and as next friend for Annabel Sallee, his minor child, against the Houston, East & West Texas Railway Company. There was a judgment for the minor plaintiff, and defendant appeals. Reversed and remanded.

Baker, Botts, Parker & Garwood and John T. Garrison, for appellant. J. Llewellyn and A. L. Kayser, for appellee.

McMEANS, J.

Virgil Sallee brought this suit against the Houston, East & West Texas Railway Company, for himself and as next friend for his minor child Annabel Sallee, to recover damages growing out of personal injuries received by said minor, alleged to have been caused by the negligence of the railway company.

Plaintiff alleged that the child, then 20 months old, wandered from the nearby residence of its parents upon, or in dangerous proximity to, the track of defendant's railroad, and was struck and injured by a passing engine and cars composing a freight train then being operated over the road. Liability is predicated.

In the plaintiff's petition, on the alleged negligence of the operatives of the freight train in failing to use ordinary care to discover the presence of the child on or near the track in time to have prevented injury to her, and in failing to use the degree of care required by law to prevent injury to the child after its peril was actually discovered by them. The defendant answered by general demurrer and special exceptions and pleaded contributory negligence on the part of the parents of the child in permitting her to go upon or near the track. The case was tried before a jury, and a verdict was returned in favor of the railway company against Virgil Sallee, the father, and against the railway company in favor of the child for $2,500, upon which verdict judgment was duly entered. From the judgment in favor of the child, Annabel Sallee, the railway company has appealed.

We think the evidence establishes conclusively that the child was struck by some part of a car in the train. The mother, Mrs. Sallee, testified : that, about 10 minutes before the train passed, the child was with her on the gallery of her residence; that she left the child there about 10:30 a. m., when she went into the kitchen to begin the preparation of dinner, and she had thus been engaged about 10 minutes when her attention was attracted by hearing two sharp blasts of a locomotive whistle; that she hastened to the front gallery to see what the matter was and to see where her child was, and as she came out on the gallery she saw the child, which had on a bright red dress, lying on the end of the cross-ties on the opposite side of the track; that the engine and one car had then passed the child; that it looked to her as if every wheel would strike the child as it passed; that she immediately ran toward the place, and by the time she got there the train came to a stop, and the conductor picked the child up and handed it to her through the opening between two of the cars; that just at this time the child began to cry; that it had received a cut in the top of the head, beginning at the edge of the hair and running back about the center of the head; that in the region of that wound there was blood and what appeared to be grease; that her arm was also hurt. She further testified that the railroad track for about a half mile in the direction from which the train came was straight and the ground clean and free from weeds, and that there was nothing to obstruct the view of the operatives of the train from the time the train came on the straight stretch of track until it reached the point where the child was. Her testimony on this point was corroborated. She further said that, when she looked and saw the child, it was lying on the ends of the cross-ties, on its back, with its head in the direction the train was going, and remained in that position until picked up by the conductor. There was also testimony to the effect that there was much use made of the track at this point by people walking on the track, and especially by the children of the neighborhood and of the village of Splendora, in going to and from school. She further testified that, when she looked, the train was coming rapidly to a stop and did stop after five or six cars had passed the child.

The engineer of the train in question testified : that from Splendora, which is about a quarter of a mile south of the place where the child was, the track is on a downgrade; that the upgrade began about opposite Mr. Sallee's house and continued until the section house, one-eighth or one-fourth of a mile beyond, was reached; that he had about 20 or 25 cars, and was running at a speed of 20 or 25 miles per hour at the time he passed Splendora, and after passing that point he shut off steam and was just rolling along to make a stop at the section house; that when he reached a distance of about 2 or 21/2 telegraph poles from where the child was, he saw on the outside of the track, and at the end of the cross-ties, what appeared to be a piece of red cloth, and that he watched this object until within the distance of about 1 1/2 telegraph poles, when the child raised its head from between the ends of two cross-ties, and he then for the first time knew that the red object was a child; that he immediately brought the train to a stop as soon as it could be done, and the train stopped after the engine had passed the child the distance of five car lengths, or 150 feet. It was shown that telegraph poles are 150 or 160 feet apart. The engineer further testified : that he was keeping a lookout for persons on the track all the time; that as near as he could tell as to the position of the child, before it raised up, it was lying down between the ends of two ties, on its hands and face, with its head down between the ties, and the first that apprised him that the object was animate was when the child raised up its head; that the ground between the end of the ties was hollowed out and of sufficient depth to cover a little child like Annabel; that after he discovered it was a child he used every effort known to himself, and he supposed to any one else who runs a locomotive, to stop, and did all that possibly could be done to stop the train in time to prevent the injury.

The fireman testified : that, after the train passed Splendora, he saw, about 800 or 900 feet ahead, something on the right side of the track that looked to him like a small piece of red cloth; that at that distance it looked like a red speck; that he watched it until the child raised up; that up to that time the object looked no larger than a man's hand; that he did not at any time tell the engineer to stop.

The father and mother of the child testified that the ends of the cross-ties, at the place where the child was hurt, were partly sunk in the ground, and the top of the ties at their ends came up about three inches above the surface of the earth.

The railway company, in order to determine the distance that a person, occupying the position that the child occupied, could be seen by an engineer operating a locomotive at the place of injury, conducted the following experiment : a full-grown negro man, dressed in a blue jumper and overalls, was placed in the same position, with his head at the end of the ties and his feet extending directly out. The witness Yarbrough, a resident of Splendora, and not in the employment of the railway company, then got upon a locomotive, which was only a short distance away, and sat just behind the engineer and on the same side of the cab. The engine then began to back slowly toward Splendora. Yarbrough testified : that, at the distance of two telegraph poles, he could tell that the object was a human, but at the third pole he could hardly see anything. At the fourth pole the object in view appeared to be no larger than a man's hand, and a little past the fourth pole nothing could be seen at all. The locomotive was then backed to Splendora, and then run toward the negro at the rate of 10 or 15 miles per hour. That, in thus approaching, the object could not be distinguished as a person until within the distance of two telegraph poles. That the track at that time and place, relative to the growth of grass and weeds, was in an average condition. Yarbrough's testimony was substantially corroborated by that of the engineer who assisted in conducting the experimen.

By an appropriate assignment of error, appellant complains of the refusal of the trial court to grant a new trial on the ground that the verdict and judgment are unsupported by the evidence and contrary to the overwhelming weight of the testimony, in that the uncontradicted evidence shows that the child was lying down on the east side of the track between the ties on the outside of the rail, and that it could not have been seen by those operating the train in time to have prevented the injury, and that after the child was discovered the operatives did everything in their power consistent with the safety of the train to stop the train and avert the accident.

The issue of discovered peril was not submitted by the court in its charge to the jury, but the jury was limited to the single issue as to whether the operatives used ordinary care in keeping a lookout to discover the child on the track. The burden was upon the plaintiff to show negligence of the defendant in this regard, and the burden was probably discharged and a prima facie case made against defendant by showing that the child was struck and injured by a passing train. in daylight at a point where the track was straight and free from obstructions reasonably calculated to obscure a view of the track; but the evidence does not stop here.

There were only two persons that witnessed the casualty, and these were the engineer and fireman of the train. If their testimony is to be believed, there was no such failure to keep a proper lookout as amounted to negligence. Both testified that they were looking down the track, and that they discovered an object that looked like a piece of red cloth by the side of the track. Neither of them knew that the cloth was clothing worn by a child until they saw the child raise its head from between the end of the ties, and, that the engine was then too near the child to be stopped before that point was reached. While it was incumbent upon the operatives of the train to use ordinary care to discover persons upon the track at all times and places, and while the absence of such care, resulting in injury to a person who is without negligence in being on the track would render the railway company responsible to him in damages, it cannot be said that the ordinary care to so discover and prevent injury to persons upon or in dangerous proximity to the track should prompt the operatives to stop the train upon seeing an object on or near the track which could not by the use of ordinary care be determined by them to be a person. Railway v. McMillan, 100 Tex. 564, 102 S. W. 103; Caldwell v. Railway (Tex. Ctv. App.) 117 S. W. 490.

The testimony of these two witnesses is corroborated, rather than weakened, by the other facts deduced. That the child was not upon the track, but at its side, is shown by the testimony of the mother to the effect that the child was lying on the end of the cross-ties when she saw it. It was evidently thrown there when it was struck by the passing car. Again, it was shown that the injury consisted of a cut on the top of the head, "creased," as one witness expressed it, which corroborates the testimony of the engineer that the child arose from a recumbent position from the side of the track as the train bore down upon it, no doubt raising itself just high enough to be struck on top of the head by some part of the engine or a passing car, and the experiment conducted by the railway company, as testified to by the witness Yarbrough, shows that the child could not have been discovered by the engineer or fireman until the train was within such distance of the child as that it could not be stopped before the point of accident was reached.

The testimony of the two operatives of the train shows that in the operation of the train they used all the care the law required of them to discover persons upon the track. In the absence of some countervailing proof, neither the court nor the jury were warranted in disregarding their testimony. We think that the verdict and judgment was so against the great weight and preponderance of the testimony as to be clearly wrong, and for this reason the judgment of the court below must be reversed, and the cause remanded.

We have examined the other assignments of error presented by appellant in its brief, and are of the opinion that there are no reversible errors pointed out in any of them; at least, none that will likely occur upon another trial. For the reasons above given, the judgment of the court below is reversed, and the cause remanded.

Reversed and remanded.

Annabel Sallee was married in Harris County, TX 27 Sept 1921 to Jesse Edwin Clark Sr. He was the son of Frank Lewis Clark and Mary Elizabeth York. Jesse was born at West Fork in Washington County, Arkansas 23 Jan 1898 and died in Montgomery County, TX 12 Mar 1975. According to his death certificate, on which document his wife (Mrs. Anabel Clark) was the informant, Jesse died of hypostatic pneumonia at the Doctor's Hospital in Conroe. He was seventy-seven years old. The document indicates that he was a retired iron worker, was never in the armed forces, and his last residence was P.O. Box 21 Old Hwy 59 North, Splendora (inside city limits). Pace-Stancil Funeral Home of Cleveland, under the direction of O. Manning, was in charge of arrangements and Jesse was buried at the Splendora Cemetery 14 Mar 1975.

Annabel and Jesse were the parents of Mary Marie Clark (1922-1970) who was wed first in Montgomery County 06 Sept 1938 to James Francis Curtis Sr. (1921-1988) and then in Montgomery County 08 Jun 1941 to Pete James McShan (1917-1992, son of Preston Lee McShan who is buried at the Morgan Cemetery near Security and Maude Annie Dever) and then in Harris County 03 Oct 1953 to Buster James Brown (1924-2003), Ethel Mae Clark (1924-1960) who was wed first in Harris County 16 Jul 1948 to Alfred Monroe Brookshire Jr. (son of Alfred Sr. and Annie Marie Havard who are buried at the Huntington Cemetery in Angelina County, TX) and then to William Henry Clark (no relation) and then in Harris County 03 Jul 1955 to Charles Clark (no relation) and then to James Walter Simpson whom she murdered 02 Jul 1958 in Brazoria County (1929-1958, son of Claude Wadsworth Simpson and Lillie Peaster who are buried at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Fort Worth, TX), Rubye Norene Clark (1927-2007) who was married first in Harris County 05 Feb 1949 to William Waylon Musick (1928-1991, son of William Garrett Musick and Eleanor Adine Hill who are buried at the Lynch Chapel Cemetery in Cherokee County, TX) and then to William again in Harris County 20 Oct 1950 and then in Harris County 26 May 1956 to Dean Allyn Hoak (1932-2000, son of Lloyd O. Hoak and Esther Matilda Rigler who are buried at Forest Park Lawndale in Houston), Jesse Edwin Clark Jr. (1930-1960) who was married in Montgomery County 24 Dec 1953 to Emma Lee Wright (1936-1960, daughter of Henry Hamilton Wright Sr. and Blanche P. Vinson), Grace Evelyn Clark who was born at Splendora 04 Nov 1932 and died of milk poisoning at Conroe 01 Dec 1932 and was buried at the Splendora Cemetery, Marvin Alvin Clark who was married in Montgomery County 12 Jun 1959 to Bernadine Boles (daughter of John Turner Boles and Estelle Evelenor Jordan who are buried at Cleveland Memorial Cemetery) and Doris Jean Clark who was wed first in Liberty County 12 Jan 1972 to Larry Randall Carter (son of Joseph Albern Carter Jr. and Betty June Rayburn) and then in Liberty County 16 Mar 1973 to Julian Berl Wallace Sr. (son of Darwin Dale Wallace who is buried at the Houston National Cemetery in Harris County and Carolyn Wyvonne Knight). Doris was actually the daughter of Ethel Mae and William Henry Clark but she was taken in by her maternal grandparents, Annabel and Jesse, soon after her step-father was murdered. All of those whose names have been underlined were killed in a tragic automobile accident near Splendora 08 Aug 1960 and were all buried at the Splendora Cemetery. More concerning that event as well as the details of the murder of James Walter Simpson will be outlined in the chapter titled Tragedy And Tears At Splendora.

SALLEE - William Penn Sallee Jr., a brother to Virgil, was born in Missouri 07 Jun 1860. He died in Red River County, TX 28 Sept 1890 and was buried there at the Fullbright Cemetery. William was wed in Montgomery County 19 Jan 1885 to Ora Perry. Within a few months after their marriage they moved to Clarksville in Red River County, TX. Their daughter, Annie Bell Sallee, was born there 02 Sept 1885 and their son, William M. Sallee Sr., was born there 22 Sept 1887.

It appears that Ora must have died shortly after her sons birth. William returned to Red River County and was married there 13 Nov 1889 to S. L. Elder. Nothing more is known about her.

Annie, who would become the wife of George William Patterson, stayed with her uncle Bluford Napoleon Sallee (1851-1945) in Denton, TX and can be found there on the 1900 census.

William went back to Montgomery County and was raised by his uncle Virgil Sallee. He can be found there on the 1900 census living in precinct #7, in the vicinity of Tamina. William was living at Splendora in 1910 and was a boarder in the household of William Washington Burrow. He married Effie Mae Tullis at Splendora 11 Nov 1911. She was the only child of Robert Bruce Tullis Sr. (1871-1929) and Theola Doshia Prince (1879-1895) who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery. William and Effie lived at Splendora until moving to Daisetta in Liberty County soon after 1924. William died at Cleveland 20 Jul 1979. He is alleged to be buried at Cleveland Memorial Cemetery but no marker has been found there for him. Effie was born in Montgomery County 06 May 1894 and died in Harris County 06 Aug 1972. according to her death certificate, on which document her husband (William Sallee) was the informant, Effie died of coronary heart disease at Sharpstown General Hospital in Houston. She was seventy-eight years old. The document indicates that her last residence was at Daisetta. Allison Funeral Home, under the direction of Bob H. Holt, was in charge of arrangements and Effie was buried at the Splendora Cemetery.

William M. Sallee Sr. and Effie Mae Tullis were the parents of three children :

Wilma was married to Dudley Luby Smith. He was the son of John A. Smith (1879-1964) and Minnie Eugenia Donahoe (1891-1957) who are buried at Cleveland Memorial Cemetery. Dudley was born at Tarkington Prairie in Liberty County, TX 18 Aug 1918 and died 11 Aug 2002. He was also buried at Cleveland Memorial Cemetery.

Wilma and Dudley were the parents of Mary Kathleen Smith who was married first in Brazos County 27 Sept 1969 to Charles Edward Gibbs Jr. (son of Charles Sr. and unknown) and then in Liberty County 08 Sept 1984 to Jonathan Michael Logan (son of Mr. Logan and unknown), and Janet Louise Smith who was born in Montgomery County 02 Sept 1955 and died at Conroe 07 Sept 1955 and was buried at Cleveland Memorial Cemetery.

Obituary for Wilma Sallee-Smith, published in the Houston Chronicle 28 Feb 2010 : Wilma Sallee Smith, 90, of Cleveland TX passed away February 26, 2010. She had been residing in Houston for the past year. Born August 18, 1919 in Splendora, TX to William Sallee and Effie Mae Tullis, she was the eldest of three children. Her life, like many others of her time and in this area was shaped by tragedy and triumph: the Great Depression and the oil boom. Ironically at the time of her birth the doctor informed her mother the baby would not live long. Indeed she did live long and had the opportunity to love many. Her devout Christian faith was anchored at First Baptist Church, Cleveland, TX. She served as church secretary, worked at the local schools, was a tireless wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister, and friend. She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, William, sister, Ottie Mae and husband Dudley, infant daughter, Janet Louise, and great granddaughter, Rose Sallee. She is survived by daughter, Kath, granddaughters, Rachel and Emily and great grandchildren, Brendon, Nicholas, Ashley, Isabella, and Violet. The Lord has taken her on. May she find peace in her eternal rest. Graveside services will be held Sunday, February 28, 2010, 2:00 p.m. at Cleveland Memorial Park Cemetery, 203 E. Boothe, Cleveland, Texas.

Obituary for Dudley Luby Smith, published in the Cleveland Advocate 20 Aug 2002 : Dudley Luby Smith, 83, passed away on Saturday, August 10, 2002. He was born to John A. and Eugenia Smith on Tarkington Prairie, Texas on August 18, 1918, and was baptized at Orangefield Baptist Church in 1926. His parents, an infant daughter, Janet Louise, and a sister Lucille Jackson preceded him in death. He served his country in World War II in the 373rd Engineering G.S. Regiment in Europe. He had a successful career spanning 50 years in the oil drilling industry, working for such companies as Tenneco and Humble Oil as well as partnering a drilling consultation business. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He is survived by his wife Wilma of 62 years; daughter, Kathy Logan and husband Mike of Port Arthur, Texas; granddaughters, Rachel Rhodes and husband Tim of Houston, Tx, Emily Conner and husband Gareth of Providence, RI; great grandchildren, Brendon, Nicholas, and Ashley Rhodes, and Isabella Conner; niece, Bonnie Coe of Cleveland, Tx. The family would like to thank Crown of Texas Hospice. Graveside services were held on Tuesday, August 13, 2002 at Cleveland Memorial Cemetery, Cleveland, Texas. Under the Direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home.

Ottie was married at Daisetta in Liberty County, TX 23 Jun 1945 to Samuel M. McKinney Jr. (Sam). He was the son of Samuel Sr. (1885-1935) and Hallie Harris (1888-1963) who are buried at the Oakwood Cemetery in Huntsville, TX. Sam was born at Huntsville in Walker County, TX 07 Jul 1923 and died at his home in Bellaire in Harris County 12 Sept 2010.. He was buried at the Oakwood Cemetery..

Samuel McKinney Jr. was a former mayor of Bellaire, TX.

Ottie and Sam were the parents of Anne Sallee McKinney who was married in San Patricio County, TX 09 Feb 1974 to Frank Raymond Dehnisch Jr. (son of Frank Sr. and Frankie Earleen Hollon who are buried at the Cenizo Hill Cemetery in Mathis, TX), and Samuel M. McKinney III (1951-2006) who was wed in Harris County 14 Nov 1978 to Rozanne Rae Moore.

Obituary for Ottie Mae Sallee-McKinney, published in the Bellaire Examiner Sept 2005 : A PEEK INSIDE : First lady of Bellaire loses her long battle with cancer For more than 50 years, there wasn't much in Bellaire that escaped the attention and energies of Ottie Mae McKinney. Her activities spanned the stages of her life from young motherhood as PTO president at Lovett Elementary School, to advocacy for senior citizens as a member of the Senior Adult Services Board. A native Texan, she moved to Bellaire in 1951 with her husband, Sam, and their children, Anne and Samuel III. Longtime friends say the former schoolteacher and government worker was the perfect blend of the stereotypical, devoted stay-at-home mom of the 1950s and a dedicated, independent community leader. It was her husband who was elected mayor, but Ottie Mae McKinney served on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and a slew of city boards, commissions and support committees. She helped to make the city's state-of-the-art recreation center a reality, and for nearly a quarter of a century was dogged in the community's efforts to acquire properties along Laurel Street that will now become part of Bellaire Town Square. She was devoted to the Bellaire Presbyterian Church and the Christian Community Service Center. She was among the earliest members of the Friends of the Bellaire Library and the Bellaire Historical Society. As a Republican activist, there wasn't a single election, partisan or not, too insignificant for her involvement. Not even her closest friends were privy to Ottie Mae's age. She never would let us know, said longtime friend Louise Ware. She said it wasn't any of our business. Married for 60 years, Ottie Mae and Sam were community-centered but world travelers. And obviously romantic. Their 50th wedding anniversary was celebrated at the Taj Mahal. They were together in their home Monday, when Ottie Mae lost her seven-year battle with cancer. Two members of a later generation of community leaders paid tribute to her as the Bellaire City Council meeting wound down Monday night. Mayor Cynthia Siegel, clearly saddened, recalled her own service with Ottie Mae on the seniors board, and Mayor Pro Tem Phil Nauert, also visibly moved, remembered her gracious ways. Both made the same observation: She will be missed.

Obituary for Samuel M. McKinney Jr., published in the Houston Chronicle 14 Sept 2010 : SAMUEL MCKINNEY, JR. died at home Sunday, September 12,2010. He was born in Huntsville, Texas on July 7,1923 to Sam and Hallie Harris McKinney, the second of two children. He is survived by his daughter Anne and her husband Frank Dehnisch of Beeville, Texas, his daughter-in-law Rozanne of Fairfield, Texas, grandsons Frank Dehnisch III of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Scott Dehnisch, of Durango, Colorado, sister Margaret McKinney Phillips of Denver, Colorado and numerous cousins. After graduating from high school in 1940, Sam entered Sam Houston State Teachers College [now Sam Houston State University] in Huntsville, Texas where he met his future wife. In 1942 he transferred to The University of Texas at Austin, but soon afterward enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps. After training, he received his commission and wings as a multi-engine pilot. Soon afterward, Sam joined the 68 Squadron, 44th Bomb Group of the Eighth Air Force in England, where he served as a heavy bomber B-24 captain, flying twenty six combat missions and participating in three European campaigns. In June 1945, Sam married his college sweetheart, Ottie Mae. In the fall of 1945, after he was released from the service, he reentered The University of Texas at Austin, graduating in the spring of 1948 with a BS in mechanical engineering. Upon graduation, he joined the General Electric Company and he and Ottie Mae moved to Schenectady, New York. Their two children, Anne and Sam III were both born there. In 1951, Sam and his growing family moved to Houston where they bought a home in Bellaire, arriving there with a washing machine and an old Chevrolet. Sam retired from GE in 1987 as Manager of Industrial Power Generation. Soon after retirement, he joined his son and daughter-in-law's law firm of McKinney & McKinney and continued working there until it was dissolved upon the death of Sam III. Sam was a Registered Professional Engineer and was a Senior Member of the Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He was a long-time member of the Houston Engineering and Scientific Society and was a Senior Member of The Elfun Society, where he served as both local and regional chairman. Throughout most of his life in Bellaire, Sam was active in civic affairs and local politics. At various times, he served on the Board of Adjustment, the Planning and Zoning Commission, three terms on the Bellaire City Council and two terms as Mayor. During Sam's two terms as Mayor, the City began to see large-scale gentrification of the City and the major rebuilding of its infrastructure. The various joint programs with Metro and the Texas Department of Transportation began during his time in office. As proud as he was of these accomplishments, Sam often said that his proudest political accomplishment was in bringing together a badly divided City. For many years, Sam served as treasurer and board member of the Bellaire Historical Society, and in 1989, Sam was named "Mr. Bellaire" by the Bellaire/Southwest Houston Chamber of Commerce. Sam was a long-time member of the Bellaire Presbyterian Church [now Christ Church Presbyterian], having joined with his family in 1952 after they moved to Bellaire. Over the years he served as teacher, deacon, elder and trustee. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 18,2010 at 1:00 p.m. at the Christ Church Presbyterian Church, 5001 Bellaire Boulevard, Bellaire with Reverend Lynn Hargrove officiating. Burial will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Huntsville at a date yet to be determined. The family wants to particularly thank Mrs. Erma Hughes, Mrs. Earnestine Davis, Mrs. Marie Forko, Mrs. Gail Glover, Mrs. Evelyn Jones, and Mrs. Emma Saa for their excellent and compassionate care given to our father and grandfather over the last year. Contributions in his memory may be made to: Christ Church Presbyterian, 5001 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, Texas 77401-4497; Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcomb Blvd., Houston, Texas 77030-4123; or The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P. O. Box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210-4486.

Obituary for Frankie Earleen Hollon-Dehnisch , published in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times 02 Jul 2003 : MATHIS - Services for Earleen Hollon Dehnisch, 90, of Mathis are set for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Mathis. Burial will be in Cenizo Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Dobie Funeral Home in Mathis. Mrs. Dehnisch died Monday at her home. She was a graduate of Texas College of Arts and Industries and retired as a teacher in 1984 after 28 years of service. She was a member of the First Baptist Church since 1926 and was also a member of the Mathis Culture Club. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 66, Mathis, Texas 78368.

Obituary for Samuel M. McKinney III, published in the Fairfield Recorder (Fairfield, TX) 16 Feb 2006 : Samuel McKinney III, resident of Fairfield, died February 5 in Fairfield. Mr. McKinney was 54 years old. Funeral services were held February 8 at Fairfield Harmony Presbyterian Church with Rev. Jim Gooch officiating. Mr. McKinney was born on February 18, 1951 in Niskeyuna, New York. He is survived by his wife Rozanne McKinney; father Samuel McKinney, Jr.; sister Anne Dehnisch and her husband Frank of Beeville; nephews Rusty and Scott Dehnisch and many other beloved friends and family. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ottie Mae McKinney. Arrangements were by Capps Memorial Chapel in Fairfield.

William was married in Harris County 27 Sept 1947 to Nancy Ann Holliday. She was the daughter of Arthur Leslie Holliday (1904-1958) and Frances Inez Robison who are buried at the Texarkana Cemetery in Bowie County, TX. Nancy was born at Texarkana 08 Apr 1927 and died at Houston in Harris County 11 May 2007. She was buried at Cleveland Memorial Cemetery.

William and Nancy were the parents of William Leslie Sallee (1948-2009) who was wed in Harris County 06 Jan 1973 to Linda Diane Little (daughter of Mr. Little and unknown), Homer Bruce Sallee who was married to Jaleh Mohsseinzadeh (daughter of Mr. Mohsseinzadeh and unknown), and Susan Ann Sallee who was married in Brazoria County 09 Jul 1977 to William Richard Goade Jr. (son of William Sr. and Margaret Marion Motley who are buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, TX).

Obituary for William Leslie Sallee, published in the Huntsville Item 29 Nov 2009 : Today, we lost one of the good guys. William Leslie Sallee, 61, passed away Wednesday evening, Nov. 25, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on Oct. 1, 1948, in Houston. Leslie attended Pearland High School, and graduated from Sam Houston State University in 1971. Since 1971, Leslie has worked in different aspects of the oil and gas industry. He was a co-owner to Hacienda, L.L.P and later owned Trinity, L.L.P. For the last 16 years, he resided in Lovelady. From coaching Little League sports, to helping with youth rodeo events, Leslie dedicated his life to enrichment activities for his children and their friends. There was never a stranger in sight as Leslie could spark a conversation with anyone he encountered. He loved social interactions, and his quick witted comments and vibrant personality, made him an easy man to love. Whether it was telling a story from the past, or spreading his candid humor, he loved entertaining his family and friends with something that would bring laughter. He will always be remembered for his kind heart, helpful hand, humor, as well as his great love for the outdoors. He is survived by his wife, Dyane; children, Will, Rylee, Ayvery, Kynnedy, Karsyn, Alexis and husband Anthony Mayo, Lauren and husband Trent Rosenkranz; brother, Bruce and wife Jaleh Sallee; sister, Susan and husband Bill Goade; as well as numerous nieces, a nephew, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Nancy Sallee of Pearland. The funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30, at the Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Huntsville, 1700 Normal Park. The Rev. Warren Austin officiating. Graveside services will follow at the Weldon Cemetery in Lovelady. Pallbearers include: Cyrus Sallee, Larry Taylor, Clay Childress, Darryl Taylor, Frank Dehnisch and Robin Robinson. In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions in memory of Leslie may be directed to either the Odessey House of Conroe, The American Cancer Society, or any other charity of your choice.

Obituary for Margaret Marion Motley-Goade, retrieved from Porter-Loring Funeral Home archives (San Antonio) : Margaret Marion Goade, born December 23, 1923 passed away on April 15, 2010. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gen. William R. Goade; daughter, Christine Goade Keenan and son, Jonathan Allen Goade. Margaret is survived by her sons, Thomas and wife, Joan, William Jr. and wife, Susan; daughter, Deborah Feuring and husband, Steve; sister, Janet Picardi and husband, Clyde; grandchildren, Martin Orth and wife, Celia, Christine Orth, Elizabeth Liles and husband, Tony, Jason Feuring and wife, Nicky, Jeffrey Feuring and wife, Eun Young, Jennifer Feuring, Jessica Feuring, Stephanie Goade and Kristen Goade; great-grandchildren, Sean Orth, Gracie Liles, Jack Liles and Henry Feuring.

YARBROUGH - James Daniel Yarbrough Sr. was born at Middleton in Hardeman County, TN 18 Jun 1862 and died in Montgomery County, TX 26 Jan 1944. He was the son of Daniel Yarbrough and Mary Jane Bigelow. According to his death certificate, on which document his daughter (Mrs. Ward, of Splendora) was the informant, James died of carcinoma glans penis at his daughter's home (the informant) one mile east of Splendora. The document indicates that he was a retired farmer and had lived at Splendora for fifty-one years. Pace-Stancil Funeral Home of Cleveland, under the direction of G. D. Toler, was in charge of arrangements and James was buried at the Splendora Cemetery 27 Jan 1944.

James was married in Ouachita Parish, LA 09 Jan 1890 to Ida Hightower. She was the daughter of John Overton Hightower (1846-1928) and Mary Williams (1849-1927) who are buried at the Oakland Cemetery at Warren in Bradley County, AR. Ida was born at Monroe in Ouachita Parish, LA 10 Nov 1874 and died in Montgomery County, TX 12 Apr 1953. According to her death certificate, on which document her son (J. D. Yarbrough) was the informant, Ida died of pulmonary tuberculosis at Splendora. She was seventy-eight, years, five months and two days old. Pace-Stancil Funeral Home of Cleveland, under the direction of Etcyl R. Brown, was in charge of arrangements and Ida was buried at the Splendora Cemetery 13 Apr 1953.

The Yarbrough family moved to the Splendora area in about 1893.


James Yarbrough and Charles Claiborne Cox
on the porch of Burrow's Hotel - 1922
photo courtesy Charles Phillips Cox

James and Ida were the parents of nine children :

Lillie was married in Montgomery County 17 Apr 1910 to Perry Allen Ward (a farmer, carpenter, handyman, and former constable at New Caney in 1914). He was the son of Andrew Jackson Ward (1847-1901) and Eudora Murphy (1859-1928) who are buried at the Morgan Cemetery near Security. Perry was born in Montgomery County 01 May 1884 and died at the Yettie Kersting Memorial Hospital in Liberty, TX 15 Jun 1962. According to his death certificate, on which document his daughter (Mrs. J. J. Thornton) was the informant, Perry died of coronary occlusion and sclerosis due to coronary artery disease and myocarditis with uremia. The document indicates that he was seventy-eight years old, was a farmer living at Splendora, was never in the armed forces and had not been issued a Social Security number. Pace-Stancil Funeral Home of Cleveland, under the direction of Etcyl R. Brown, was in charge of arrangements and Perry was buried at the Splendora Cemetery 17 Jun 1962.

In 1930 Lillie, Perry and two of their children (Howard and Lessie) were living in precinct #8 of Montgomery County, near Plum Grove. The document indicates that Perry was a carpenter doing odd jobs and his real estate was valued at $400. His nephew, Hubert Ray Ward (son of Lewis Andrew Ward), was also in the household and living directly next door was Lillie's brother Walter with his wife and two children. Enumerated on the same census page were the residences of Augustus "Gus" Burton (Julia Johnson), Clarence Solomon Coleman (Nancy Melvina Eason), Levi Arthur Spear (Miriam Francis Chancey), Robert Monroe Coleman (Mary Palice Johnson), Samuel Arthur Lucas (Ella Hester), and Samuel Burch Welch.

Perry filled out his WWII draft registration card in April 1942 and was then living at Splendora. The document indicates he was born in Montgomery County 01 May 1884 and was employed as a Peace Officer at Splendora.

Lillie and Perry were the parents of Nora Lorene Ward (1911-1973) who married John Wesley Thornton (1898-1976, son of Robert Lee Thornton and Julia Lee Fleniken who are buried at the Huntington Cemetery in Angelina County, TX), Howard Allen Ward (1912-1952) who was married in Montgomery County 27 Dec 1935 to Girthel Lee McRae (1916-1992, daughter of Tom W. McRae and Eva Lee Tullis who are buried at the New Salem Cemetery in Leon County, TX), Verna Ocie Ward (1915-2007) who married James Jackson Thornton (1905-1962, brother to John Wesley), and Lessie Mae Ward (1918-1994) who married James Orland Watson (1911-1990, son of William F. Watson whose burial location is not known and Stella Davis who is buried at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Rusk County, TX).

Obituary for Peggie Jean Wells-Thornton (daughter-in-law of Verna Ocie Ward and James Jackson Thornton), published in the East Montgomery County Observer 27 Jan 2009 : Peggie Jean Thornton, at the age 69 passed away on Saturday, January 24, 2009, in Memorial Herman Hospital, The Woodlands, Texas. She was born Friday, January 27, 1939 , in Humble, Texas, to Otis Wells and Mary Roberts Wells, both of which has preceded her in death. Family members, Lee Wells, Monroe Wells and Dorothy "Dot" Weaver. Peggie is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Kennard L. Thornton ; son, Howard Lee Thornton and wife Jacque of Huntsville, Texas; daughters, Sherri Kreg and husband Bruce of Bear Creek Community, Texas, Connie Lynn Murry and husband Randy of Bear Creek Community, Texas, Trina Moore and husband Donald of Splendora, Tx; 7 Grandchildren; 10 great-grand children and a host of other loving family and friends. Services were held on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 1p.m. Interment followed in the Splendora City Cemetery, Officiating, Brother Robert Nichols. All services were handled under the trusted care of Neal Funeral Home.

The following article pertaining to John Bruce Thornton Sr. (son of Verna Ocie Ward and James Jackson Thornton) was published at KTRE-9 Online 25 Aug 2010 : FATHER, DAUGHTER IN CRITICAL CONDITION FOLLOWING SHOOTING NEAR HUNTINGTON - ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A man and woman were injured from gunshot wounds after law enforcement learned the man called his wife and told her he shot his daughter and was about to shoot himself. Sheriff Kent Henson said the man, John Bruce Thornton, 69, was sitting on the porch with injuries and surrendered to law enforcement. "He just called his wife and said, 'I shot my 36-year-old daughter, now I'm going to shoot myself,'Henson said. Both Thornton and his daughter, Mary Ellen Thornton, were transported by helicopter to a Tyler hospital with gunshot wounds to the neck. They were listed in critical condition at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. First responders and emergency crews were dispatched out to the scene Wednesday night on Bruce Thornton Road in Angelina County, just outside the Huntington city limits, around 7:15 p.m. Emergency workers started moving down Bruce Thornton Road as they overheard talking a male with a possible gunshot wound to the neck. At about 9:10 p.m., a man was moved from an ambulance to a medical helicopter, which flew from the scene. A second helicopter arrived on the scene before 9:30 p.m. to transport the woman. Angelina County Sheriffs Office, Lufkin Fire and EMS workers, Huntington Police and Volunteer Fire Department, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, and Ora Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene. Sheriff's investigators recovered a .22 magnum rifle from the scene. Henson said deputies were called out to the house in June 2009 when John Thornton suffered a gunshot wound. However, he refused to disclose information on how he got the injury. Thornton was the only person at the house at that time.

The following article pertaining to John Bruce Thornton Sr. (son of Verna Ocie Ward and James Jackson Thornton) was published at KTRE-9 Online 26 Aug 2010 : HUNTINGTON FATHER DIES DAY AFTER ALLEGEDLY SHOOTING DAUGHTER, SELF - ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Huntington man died Thursday afternoon from a what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, after shooting his daughter. John Bruce Thornton, 69, died around 1 p.m. in a Tyler hospital, according to Angelina County Sheriff Kent Henson. Henson said Wednesday night that it appeared Thornton shot his daughter, Mary Ellen Thornton, 26, before turning the gun on himself. Mary Thornton is listed in fair condition at the Tyler hospital. Neighbors say it's usually quiet. So when sheriff's deputies, police officers, state troopers, paramedics, firefighters and two helicopters landed in a nearby field, Donna Bailey started to wonder. "Just had a baptism at the church and whenever I got back there was nothing but, it wasn't a baptism," Bailey said. "Just a blood bath or something is what I was expecting to see down there." What she expected is what officers saw. Apparently John Thornton called his wife to tell her he shot their daughter Ellie Thornton in the neck. Authorities believe he then turned the 22-magnum rifle on himself. A look at the property gives one a pretty good idea of the trek law enforcement had to make to even get to the scene. "Officer safety was one of the top priority things getting in there to it and in a wooded area like that you never know what you're getting into and you're at a disadvantage because you're in their yard, in their woods," Henson said. It's tough for Bailey to imagine this happening just down the road from her house. "It was in my yard too," Bailey said. "It wasn't just across the street. It was very close to home, yes I was very afraid." Bailey says she saw the mother today. "I asked her well what may have happened, but she says she did not know that still remains to be seen," Bailey said. Not officers, not family or friends seem to know what happened. "I don't know how you could do that," Bailey said. "You have to have lost your mind somehow to have shot your own child or any child, anybody." Why John Thornton pulled the trigger may never come to light.

The following article pertaining to John Bruce Thornton Sr. (son of Verna Ocie Ward and James Jackson Thornton) was published in the Lufkin Daily News 26 Aug 2010 : SUSPECT IN HUNTINGTON SHOOTING DIES - A Huntington man died in a Tyler hospital Thursday afternoon, a day after authorities say he shot his daughter and then himself. Funeral services for John Bruce Thornton, 69, are pending with Carroway Funeral Home. Thornton is believed to have shot his 26-year-old daughter, Mary Ellen 'Ellie' Thornton, in the neck and shoulder before turning the gun on himself Wednesday, Angelina County Sheriff Kent Henson said. The shooting happened around 7 p.m. at a house deep in the woods between George Simpson Road and Bruce Thornton Road, off FM 2109 outside the Huntington city limits. Thornton had called his wife to say he had shot his daughter and would shoot himself, too, Henson said. When deputies arrived on the scene, they found Bruce Thornton sitting in a lawn chair on the porch with his daughter lying about 10 feet away, Henson said. Both father and daughter were taken by medical helicopter to Tyler's East Texas Medical Center between 9 and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Bruce Thornton had a exit wound underneath his left ear and Ellie Thornton said she couldn't feel anything from her waist down Wednesday, Henson said. Ellie Thornton was still listed in critical condition Thursday, according to an official at the Tyler hospital. Crime scene investigators packed up around 10:30 p.m., after recovering a .22 Magnum rifle from the scene. Investigators had not released a motive as of Thursday afternoon. Henson said sheriff's deputies had been to the home on June 27, 2009, after Thornton allegedly shot himself.

Obituary for John Bruce Thornton Sr., retrieved from Carroway Funeral Home archives (Lufkin, TX) : Services for Bruce Thornton, 69, of Huntington, were held September 2, 2010 in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel, burial in the Jonesville Cemetery in Huntington. Mr. Thornton was the son of Verna (Ward) and J. J. Thornton. He was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army 101st Airborne 52nd U.S.A.S.A.O.C. and was a retired logger. Mr. Thornton was very musically talented. He could play the guitar with no lessons and the piano by ear. Survivors include his wife, Mary Thornton; daughter, Ellie Thornton; sons, Johnny Thornton, James Thornton and Jerry Thornton; four grandchildren; brother, K. L. Thornton and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Mr. Thornton was preceded in death by his son, Jack Thornton; and brother, J. P. Thornton.

Obituary for Peggie Jean Wells-Thornton (sister-in-law of John Bruce Thornton Sr.), published in the East Montgomery County Observer 27 Jan 2009 : Peggie Jean Thornton, at the age 69, passed away on Saturday, January 24, 2009, in Memorial Hermann Hospital, The Woodlands, Texas. She was born Friday, January 27, 1939, in Humble, Texas, to Otis Wells and Mary Roberts Wells, both of which has preceded her in death. Family members, Lee Wells, Monroe Wells and Dorothy "Dot" Weaver. Peggie is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Kennard L. Thornton; son, Howard Lee Thornton and wife Jacque of Huntsville, Texas ; daughters, Sherri Kreg and husband Bruce of Bear Creek Community, Texas, Connie Lynn Murry and husband Randy of Bear Creek Community, Texas, Trina Moore and husband Donald of Splendora, Tx; 7 Grandchildren; 10 great-grand children and a host of other loving family and friends. Services were held on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 1p.m. Interment followed in the Splendora City Cemetery, Officiating, Brother Robert Nichols. All services were handled under the trusted care of Neal Funeral Home.

Walter was a Private in the U.S. Army during WWI and served in the 125th Field Artillery,34th Division. He has a military marker at the Splendora Cemetery.

Walter married Mattie Marie Thornton at Splendora 21 Jan 1925. She was a daughter of Robert Lee Thornton (1871-1935) and Julia Lee Fleniken (1879-1923) who are buried at the Huntington Cemetery in Angelina County, TX. Two of Mattie's brothers, John Wesley and James Jackson Thornton, married Walter Yarbrough's nieces, sisters Nora Lorene and Verna Ocie Ward, respectively. Mattie was born at Carthage in Panola County, TX 15 Jul 1906 and died at Cleveland 26 Jul 1991 and was buried at the Splendora Cemetery.

Walter and Mattie were the parents of Earl Lee Yarbrough who was married first in Montgomery County 12 Mar 1949 to Nettie Virginia Whitfield and then to Zettie Mae Norris (daughter of Jack Jim Norris and Irena Amey who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery), Ethel Louise Yarbrough who was married in Liberty County 05 Feb 1945 to William Columbus Jeffcoat (1924-1973, son of Dutch Poland Jeffcoat and Rosa Viola Turner who are buried at Cleveland Memorial Cemetery in Liberty County), Glen Duncan Yarbrough Sr. who was married first to Barbara Jean Langford 11 May 1953 and then to Barbara again in Harris County 11 May 1993, and Jean Yarbrough of whom nothing is known (she was born two months after her father's death).

Obituary for Esther Lavada Sallas-Yarbrough (daughter-in-law of Glen Duncan Yarbrough Sr. and Barbara Jean Langford), published in the Conroe Courier 09 Dec 2002 : Services for Ester Lavada Yarbrough were held on November 30, 2002, at Splendora United Pentecostal Church in Splendora, Texas. Ms. Yarbrough was born on March 31, 1956, and died on November 27, 2002. Survivors include Mother, Laurie Annie Mae Sallas; Son and Daughter-in-Law, Shane Allen Yarbrough and Inacia Odelia Yarbrough; Daughter, Cody LaSawnda Yarbrough; Grandkids: Virginia Marie Ibarra, Amanda Nicole Yarbrough and Shayne Renee' Yarbrough; Siblings, Dessie L. Martin, Mary Loretta Arrendell, Anna Georgetta Vauter Kathryn Carol Reed and a host of other family and friends. Pallbearers included Oliver Dulaney, Marlin Sallas, Larry Rollins, John Martin, Allen Dulaney Jr. and Johnny Sallas.

After Walter's untimely death at the age of thirty-seven Mattie remarried to John D. Duke. He was a son of Jeremiah Prophet Duke (1837-1909) and Mary Elizabeth Tullis (1858-1930) who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery. John was born at Splendora 02 Dec 1898 and died in Montgomery County 30 Oct 1972. According to his death certificate, on which document his son (Johnny D. Duke) was the informant, John died of cerebral vascular accident at the Montgomery County Hospital in Conroe. He was seventy-three years old. The document indicates that he was a gauger in the oil industry, was never in the armed forces, and his last residence was P.O. Box 206, Splendora. John was buried at the Splendora Cemetery 01 Nov 1972.

Mattie and John had only a single child named Johnny Don Duke who was married first in Montgomery County 09 Jun 1967 to Nelda Wanett Denton (1949-2004; daughter of Mr. Denton and Wanda Elizabeth Griffin) and again to Nelda in Montgomery County 27 Jul 1977 and then in Montgomery County 22 Oct 2006 to Judy Lynn Campbell who had been previously married to Mark Clayton White.

Obituary for Nelda Wanett Denton-Duke, published in the Cleveland Advocate 29 Jan 2004 : Nelda Duke, 54, of Splendora passed away Sunday, January 18, 2004 at her residence. Mrs. Duke was a member of the Baptist Church and was president of the Texas PTA and was preceded in death by her daughter Elizabeth Ann Duke. She is survived by her husband of 36 years Johnny Duke; son Daryl Duke and wife Kris; paternal grandmother Estelle Price; grandsons John David Duke and James Randal Duke; mother Wanda Springer and husband Clyde; brothers Harvey Denton and Robert Springer; step-sister Tracy Biladeau, along with other family members. Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 21, 2004 in the Rosewood Funeral Home Chapel in Porter, with Rev. Vera Griffin and Rev. Roy Youngblood officiating. Interment followed in the Mizell Cemetery in Splendora.

Obituary for Nelda Wanett Denton-Duke, published in the Houston Chronicle 20 Jan 2004 : Texas PTA President Nelda Duke, who served 17 years on the state PTA board and became president in 2002, died Sunday from liver cancer at her home in Splendora. She was 54. "She did not let her illness slow her down until Christmas. It was very rough, but she wanted to do the things she wanted to do," said Duke's long-time friend and Texas PTA treasurer, Lynda Coleman of Crosby. Duke's term was scheduled to end in February, and a video memorial will be presented in tribute to her accomplishments at the Feb. 20 state convention in The Woodlands, Coleman said. Before taking a position on the state PTA board, Duke spent a decade working with the PTA at the local, district and council levels, officials said. She was awarded for her long years of service with the Extended Service Award. "She has strongly supported parents' involvement in their children's education. She often talked about how important it is for parents to know what was happening at school, know their children's friends and know their teachers." Coleman said PTA membership increased significantly during Duke's tenure. While on the state board, Duke was a strong supporter of two bills targeting teenage drivers; the measures passed the Legislature. The "graduated driver's license" law phases teens into driving by requiring, among other things, that they spend six months driving with a learner's permit, with nobody under age 21 in the front seat. The other law made it illegal for people under 18 to ride in the back of pickup trucks, said Craig Tounget, Texas PTA spokesman in Austin. Duke was particularly passionate about driving safety since her 11-year-old daughter, Elizabeth Ann, died in a car accident in 1984, family members said. Another of Duke's accomplishments during her presidential term was overseeing the expansion of the national PTA's Hispanic Outreach Initiative, state officials said. In December, the Splendora Independent School District's school board honored her with the R.B. Tullis Award for her volunteer work on behalf of the district. The district's administration credited her with fostering the district's PTA organizations and being instrumental in the construction of a new sports park for baseball in the area. "She was a wonderful woman with a heart for children and education. She will be greatly missed," said Splendora Superintendent Leon Cubillas. Born on Aug. 25, 1949, in Pine Bluff, Ark., Duke spent most of her life in east Montgomery County. She graduated from New Caney High School and afterward took classes at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Ala., and at the U.S. Army's correspondence school. Besides volunteer work, she worked as a clerk for the Army's military police, as a bookkeeper, and as a pharmacy manager and technician. Duke is survived by her husband of 36 years, Johnny; her son, Daryl; daughter-in-law, Kris; and two grandsons, John and James, all of Splendora. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rosewood Funeral Home in Porter. Duke's family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Texas PTA Nelda Duke Memorial Fund.

James was married at Splendora 13 Sept 1919 to Lurlene Cook. She was the daughter of Robert B. Cook (1882-1934) who is buried at the Splendora Cemetery and Janice Jenkins. Lurlene's mother died very soon after her birth and Lurlene was taken in and raised by her aunt and uncle Mary Alma Cook (1887-1979) and James Hardy Lucus (1884-1980). She was called "Aunt Peck" by her Lucas nieces and nephews. Lurlene was born at Rockdale in Milam County, TX 16 Jul 1904 and died in Galveston County 23 Nov 1967. According to her death certificate Lurlene died of pulmonary embolus at the University of Texas Medical Branch Hospital in Galveston. She had undergone a hysterectomy there three says prior to her death. The death certificate indicates that she was widowed and her last residence was 4321 Caduceus Street, Galveston. Broadway Funeral Home of Galveston was in charge of arrangements and Lurlene was buried at the Splendora Cemetery 25 Nov 1967. Note : According to the 1910 census of precinct #2, Montgomery County (Splendora), Lurlene was born about 1906. On the 1930 census of Galveston County, TX she was born about 1906. It appears that Lurlene was actually born 16 Jul 1905, not 1904 as is indicated on her death certificate and tombstone.

In 1930 James, Lurlene and their only child were living at Galveston. The document indicates that James was employed as the manager of a loan company and Lurlene was working in the garment industry.

James and Lurlene's only child was James Elbert Yarbrough who was called "Cowboy". He was born at Splendora 02 Dec 1921 and died at Galveston, TX 17 Nov 2008. He was buried at the Lakeview Cemetery in Galveston. Cowboy served in the US Navy Seabees during WWII and was a community activist on Galveston Island where he was reared and raised his family. His wife was Gloria Maxine Hawkins and they were the parents of Gloria Janel Yarbrough who was born at Galveston 14 Jul 1945 and died there of congenital atelectasis due to prematurity 14 Aug 1945 and was buried at the Splendora Cemetery, Dana Elizabeth Yarbrough who was married in Galveston County 27 Dec 1969 to Jesse Delmar Miller III (son of Jesse II and Beulah Faye Shelton), Janis Louise Yarbrough, and James Daniel Yarbrough (current Galveston County Judge) who married Carol Annette Urbani (daughter of Pompeo Urbani Jr. and Mary Jo Morison who is buried at the Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Dickinson, TX).

Obituary for James Elbert Yarbrough, published in the Daily News (Galveston, TX) 19 Nov 2008 : James E. Yarbrough, 86, of Galveston, passed away Monday, November 17, 2008, at his residence. Funeral service will be 10:00 am, Wednesday, November 19th, in the Chapel of First Baptist Church in Galveston with Rev. Grayson Glass officiating. Burial will follow the service at Galveston's Lakeview Cemetery. Visitation will be held this evening in the Fellowship Hall and Chapel of First Baptist Church. Jim, also known as Cowboy, was born December 2, 1921, in Splendora, Texas, and served in the U.S. Navy Seabees during World War II. He devoted his life to making a difference in the lives of children, bettering the educational system, and improving the quality of life on his beloved Galveston Island. Jim was a tremendous community activist, having served as President of Junior Baseball; President of the Board of Trustees of Galveston ISD; Chairman of the Wharves Board; Chairman of the Parks Board of Trustees, serving multiple terms; Chairman of the Airport Commission; President of the Jaycees; member of the Board of Directors of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce; named Father of the Year; member of the Gulf Coast Water Authority Board; Director of the U S National Bank/Frost Bank Board of Directors; and also served on the Stewart Beach Board, which was the island's predecessor to the Parks Board. Jim forever left his mark on Galveston through his work as a contractor in the construction industry. He helped build the first Girl Scout headquarters on the island; was instrumental in the construction of the Pony Colt baseball fields; dug Lake Madeline; paved the roads for Hope Arena which later evolved into Moody Gardens; and raised the elevation of 61st Street to its current level. The landscape of Galveston as we know it today would never have been the same without Jim's time and talents. Jim is survived by his devoted wife of 66 years, Gloria Hawkins Yarbrough, of Galveston; children: Dana Yarbrough Miller; Janis L. Yarbrough; and James D. Yarbrough and wife, Carol Urbani Yarbrough; grandchildren: Jed Miller, of Austin; Hawk Miller, of Skagway, Alaska; Ashley Yarbrough Dusek, of League City; and Beau Yarbrough, of Austin; and great grandchildren: Adrian, Nathan, and Luke. Pallbearers will be James D. Yarbrough, Jed Miller, Ashley Yarbrough Dusek, and Beau Yarbrough. Honorary pallbearers will be Hawk Miller and the members of the “Gaido's” Coffee Club, who met since 1946 to debate the great issues of the day. The Yarbrough family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to Jim's caregivers: Gia Villarreal, Della Stewart, Patricia Johnson, and Dana Allegria. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Galveston's First Baptist Church; the Rosenberg Library; or Hospice Care Team, Inc. of Texas City.

Obituary for Mary Jo Morison-Urbani, published in the Galveston County Daily News, 19 Dec 2010 : Mary Jo “Jody” Urbani, 76, peacefully passed away Thursday, December 16, 2010, surrounded by her loving family. She was born September 15, 1934, in Birmingham, Alabama to James and Josephine “Jo” “Mimi” Morrison. She is survived by her husband Pompeo "Pete" Urbani Jr., children Carol Annette Yarbrough and husband James "Jim" D. Yarbrough, Peter James Urbani and wife Lisa Wafer Urbani, Mary Jo Urbani and husband Gary Steven Seale, Ann Elizabeth Kinard and husband Lee Dalton Kinard and Jeannie Morison Walser and husband Eric Michael Walser, step-sister Connie McNally Kane, grandchildren Ashley Yarbrough-Dusek, James "Beau" Yarbrough Jr., Gary D. Seale, Samantha Finegan, Samantha Seale, Alexandera "Ali" Finegan, Sean Finegan, Dalton Kinard, Michael Kinard, Sara Paige Kinard, Madison Walser, Makenzie Walser, Isabella "Bella" Walser and Savanah Walser, great-grandchildren Luke Dusek and Blake Dusek. She was brilliant and inspirational. A graduate of St. Mary's School of Nursing in Galveston, she was known for her love and compassion. While she was educated as a nurse her chosen profession was that of a wife and mother and she will be deeply missed. She continued to share her love and creative talents with her many beloved grandchildren. She was a woman before her time. She understood decades age, today's popular phrase, "recycle, reuse and repurpose." A free spirit and talented artist, Jody often gifted her friends and family with treasured handmade creations. She was known for being able to "make a silk purse out of a sow's ear." Always one to stand up for what she thought was right, she was part of the original group that fought to save the Bishops Palace. Her heartbreak was the demolition of Ursuline Academy after Hurricane Carla. She was a member of Alpha Chapter-Theta Delta Beta, the Beta Study Club, St. Patrick Catholic Church Alter Society, and the Neighborhood Group Leader of See-N-Sew of the American Sewing Guild-Houston Chapter.

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Thomas was married first to Gertrude Thornton in 1926 in Liberty County. She was the daughter of Robert Lee Thornton (1871-1935) and Julia Lee Fleniken (1879-1923) who are buried at the Huntington Cemetery in Angelina County, TX. Gertrude was born at Beckville in Panola County, TX 14 Dec 1909 and died in Montgomery County 25 May 1949. According to her death certificate, on which document her husband (T. C. Yarbrough) was the informant, Gertrude died of brain cancer at her home in Splendora. She had fought this illness for three years. The document indicates that she was thirty-nine years, five months and eleven days old. Pace-Stancil Funeral Home of Cleveland, under the direction of Etcyl R. Brown, was in charge of arrangements and Gertrude was buried at the Splendora Cemetery 26 May 1949.

One of Gertrude's sisters (Mattie Marie Thornton) married Thomas' brother (Walter Lee Yarbrough). Two of her brothers (John Wesley and James Jackson Thornton) married Thomas' nieces (sisters, Nora Lorene and Verna Ocie Ward, respectively).

Thomas and Gertrude were the parents of Thomas Clifford Yarbrough Jr. who married Sylvia Eriksen (daughter of Alfred Eriksen and Rebecca Singer Blum who are buried at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock, TX) and Patricia Ann Yarbrough who was married first to David Lee Jones 26 Feb 1953 and then in Harris County 04 Jul 1991 to Ted Wayne Bowlin (1937-1998).

After Gertrude's untimely death at the age of thirty-nine Thomas remarried in Liberty County to Beatrice Marie Johnson. Nothing more is known about her.

Ollie was married first in Harris County 19 Jul 1927 to William Nelson Colburn. He was the son of William Henry Colburn (1875-1961) who is buried at the Greenville Cemetery in Dayton, TX and Mary Elizabeth Johnson (1886-1945) who is buried in Beckville, TX. William was born in Checia, LA 04 Aug 1908 and died in Liberty County, TX 13 Nov 1974. According to his death certificate William died of coronary thrombosis at Kersting Memorial Hospital in Liberty, TX. He was sixty-six years old. The document indicates that he was a stationary engineer in the building industry, was divorced at the time of death, had never served in the armed forces, and his last residence was P.O. Box 372, Dayton (outside of city limits). Sterling Funeral Home, under the direction of J. R. Tankersley, was in charge of arrangements and William was buried at Brookside Memorial Park in Houston..

Ollie and William were the parents of a single daughter. According to her birth certificate her name was Billie Jene Colburn and she was born at Lufkin, TX 05 Dec 1931. She died at Lufkin 05 Feb 1932. According to her death certificate, on which document she is identified as Emma Gean Colburn and her grandfather (W. H. Colburn, of Lufkin) was the informant, Billie died of congenital spina bifida and hydrocephalus. She was two months old. Glenn Undertaking Company of Lufkin was in charge of arrangements and Billie was buried at the Splendora Cemetery. It is not yet clear why her grave marker identifies her as Billie Gene Colburn while her death certiificate identifies her as Emma Gean Colburn, of which both names are in conflict with the name on her birth certificate.

Ollie and William's marriage ended in divorce and she remarried to Mr. McKinney whose full identity is not yet known. They had no children and, other than the fact that he survived her, nothing more is not about him..

William Colburn remarried first in Montgomery County 15 Jul 1946 to Emma Ward and then in Harris County 21 Dec 1966 to Margie Laverne Harmon (daughter of George Harmon and Mary Clementine Green who are buried at the Old Troy Cemetery in Drew County, AR).

William Colburn had a brother named James Burton Colburn (1911-1966) who was married to Katie Myrtle Porter (1916-1975) and they are both buried at Splendora. Katie was the daughter of Eugene Rector Porter (1887-1954) and Florence Onelia Herndon (1891-1979) who are also buried at Splendora. Katie's brother, Thomas Hansford Porter, was married to June Colburn. She was a sister to William and James.

Ima was married first to Clarence Otha Collins. He was the son of James Louis Collins (1885-1967) and Mary Etta Partain (1885-1969) who are buried at the Morgan Cemetery near Security. Clarence was born in Montgomery County 05 Aug 1911 and died there 08 Aug 1989. He was buried at the Morgan Cemetery and shares a double marker with his second wif.

Ima and Clarence were the parents of Donald Wayne Collins Sr. who married Brenda Mae Rice (daughter of Chester Arthur Rice Jr. and Mildred Marie Barfield who are buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Beaumont, TX).

After his divorce from Ima, Clarence was wed to Martha Jane Parker in Harris County 14 Jul 1951. She was the daughter of Asa Carroll Parker Sr. (1866-1940) and Nancy Caroline Wise (1875-1962) who are buried at the County Line Cemetery in San Jacinto County. Martha was born 19 Sept 1913 and died in Liberty County 07 Mar 1996. She and Clarence share a double marker at the Morgan Cemetery.

Martha had been previously married to Leo Everett Traylor (1910-1964, son of Stonewall Jackson Traylor Sr. and Mattie Elizabeth Collins who are buried at the County Line Cemetery). Martha and Leo were the parents of James Everett Traylor and Dorothy Carolyn Traylor..

Ima's second husband was Thomas Preston Beverly. He was the son of Harry S. Beverly and Annie Mary Ann Schlumbrecht. Thomas was born in Jefferson Parish, LA 07 Jun 1911 and died at Beaumont, TX 01 Dec 1998. His burial location is not know.

Obituary for Ima Mae Yarbrough-Collins-Beverly, published in the Beaumont Enterprise 27 Apr 2004 : Ima Mae Beverly, 91, of Beaumont died Monday, April 26, 2004 at her home. A native of Splendora, she has resided in Beaumont since 1991. Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 29, 2004 at Pinewood Baptist Church in Sour Lake. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Broussard's, 1605 N. Major Drive, Beaumont. Survivors include her son, Don Collins, Sr. and his wife Brenda, of Bevil Oaks; grandchildren, Donald "Donnie" Wayne Collins, Jr. and his wife, Liz of Winnie and Anna Beth Leger and her husband, Robert of Bevil Oaks; and great grandchildren, Earl Leger, Preston Leger, and Luke Collins. Mrs. Beverly's husband of forty-two years, Thomas Preston Beverly, preceded her in death. Memorial contributions may be made to Allardyce Library Fund, Pinewood Baptist Church, 212 Commercial Drive, Sour Lake, Texas 77659.

Obituary for Chester Arthur Rice Jr., publication source and date unknown : LUMBERTON - Funeral for C.A. "John" Rice Jr., 69, of Lumberton will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Forest Lawn Funeral Home with burial in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. He died at 10 p.m. Saturday at St. Elizabeth Hospital after an illness. A native of Paradise, Texas, he had lived in the Lumberton-Beaumont area most of his life and was a retired pipe fitter for Local 195. Survivors include two sons, Bill Rice of Lumberton and Brady Rice of Beaumont; two daughters, Brenda Collins of Bevil Oaks and Betty Picou of LaBelle, Texas; three brothers, Tymer Rice of Englewood, Colo., Benton Rice of Beaumont and Eugene "Snooks" Rice of Kirbyville; three sisters, Violet Hardwick and Iris Rice, both of Fort Worth and Buttercup Wisenbaker of Devine, Texas; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Puddy was married at Cleveland 25 Oct 1937 to Burton Ralph Groves who was called "Lefty". He was the son of John S. Groves (1889-1943) and Mary F. Cole who are buried at the Bennett Cemetery in Dallas, TX. Lefty was born in Oklahoma 24 Apr 1914 and died in Liberty County, TX 15 May 1961. According to his death certificate, on which document his wife (Mrs. Lelya Groves) was the informant, Lefty died of pulmonary embolus at the Leggett Memorial Hospital in Cleveland. The document indicates that his last residence was P.O. Box 18 at Splendora, his residence was not inside the city limits, he was employed as an electrician for Brown & Root and was a WWII vet. Pace-Stancil Funeral Home of Cleveland, under the direction of O. Manning, was in charge of arrangements and Lefty was buried at the Splendora Cemetery 18 May 1961.

Puddy and Lefty were the parents of Beverly Ann Groves who was married first to Thomas Glendon Wright (son of Horace Lee Wright and Oveta Muriel Kilgore who are buried at Conroe Memorial Park) and then in Harris County 29 Sept 1980 to James Herman Guinn (1931-2008, son of James Thomas Guinn and Lillie Mae Sandstrum who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery), Sondra Larue Groves (1943-2003) who was married 29 Jun 1962 to David Edward Aden (son of John Thomas Aden and Annie May Counts who are buried at the Coldspring Methodist Cemetery in San Jacinto County), Rhita Gayle Groves who was wed first in San Jacinto County 01 Jan 1962 to Larry George Browder (son of George Nesby Browder and Estelle Virginia Cook who are buried at Grand View Memorial Park in Harris County, TX) and then to Virgil Lynn Ferguson (1937-2003), Beryl Revell Groves who was wed first in San Jacinto County 08 Feb 1969 to Linda Sue Key (daughter of Vordia Monroe Key who is buried at Farley Chapel Cemetery in Shepherd, TX and Velma Sue Crawford who is buried at the County Line Cemetery in San Jacinto County) and then in Harris County 31 Jul 1978 to Christene Lajoy Miller and then in Montgomery County 03 Nov 1979 to Joyce Rose Kilpatrick (1941-2005, daughter of Hollie Hosey Kilpatrick and Hallie Mae Phillips who are buried at the Kilgore Cemetery in Gregg County, TX), and Sharla Kaye Groves who was married in Montgomery County 15 Aug 1970 to Gerald Wayne Enloe (son of Sidney Douglas Enloe Sr. and Hazel Juanita Randell who are buried at the Plum Grove Cemetery in Liberty County).

Obituary for Lillie Mae Sandstrum-Guinn, published in the Humble Observer 12 Mar 2007 : Lillie Mae Guinn, 95, born in Polk County, Texas on October 2, 1911, resident of Splendora, Texas, passed away March 2, 2007. Funeral services were held Monday, March 5, 2007, 11:00 a.m. at Pace Stancil Chapel, Cleveland, Texas with interment at Splendora City Cemetery, Splendora, Texas. She is preceded in death by her husband, James Thomas Guinn; son, Lloyd Gene Guinn; eight brothers and three sisters. She is survived by her daughter, Doris Butler and husband Ken; sons, James Guinn and wife Beverly, Roy Guinn and wife Mildred, Louis Guinn and wife Opal; sisters, Maxine Noel and Francis Rocha; fourteen grandchildren; twenty seven great-grandchildren.

Obituary for Sondra Larue Groves-Aden, published in the Cleveland Advocate 16 Jan 2003 : Funeral services for Sondra LaRue Aden, 59, were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 2003, at United Baptist Church in Splendora. Mrs. Aden was born Feb. 7, 1943, and passed away Jan. 14, 2003. Survivors include her husband, David Aden of Splendora; daughters, Monica Caldwell of Splendora and Katrice Sutton of Huntsville; sisters, Beverly Guinn of Porter, Rhita Ferguson of Shepherd, and Sharla Enloe of Plum Grove; brother, Revelle Groves of Splendora; and five grandchildren. Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Obituary for Virgil Lynn Ferguson, publication source and date unknown : CLEVELAND - Virgil Lynn Ferguson, 66, died Tuesday, June 3, 2003. He was born Jan. 24, 1937 in England, Ark. He was 'Honor Guard' under the auspice of Cleveland VFW Post 1839. He is survived by his wife, Rhita Gayle Ferguson; son, Scott Ferguson and wife Lona; daughter, Julie Castilleja and husband Nick; two stepchildren, Michelle Browder and Michael Browder; brothers, Gerald Ferguson, James 'Bud' Ferguson and Dickie Ferguson and seven grandchildren, Nicole Ferguson, Samantha Ferguson, Nicky Castilleja, Ronnie Castilleja, Mikey Browder, Autumn Browder and Brendon Browder. Services were held Friday, June 6, at the Pace-Stancil/Probst Chapel in Cleveland, with the Rev. Frank Hood officiating. Interment followed in Peebles Cemetery, Goodrich.

Obituary for Velma Sue Crawford-Key (mother-in-law of Beryl Revell Groves), published in the Cleveland Advocate 26 Jan 2005 : Velma Sue Key, age 72, resident of Cleveland, Texas, passed away on Monday, January 17, 2005. She was born in Houston, Texas to Calvin Eugene and Lura Crawford on March 15, 1932. She is survived by sons, Larry Monroe Key and wife, Jane of New Waverly, Texas, Ronnie Monroe Key and wife, Pam of Tarkington Prairie, Texas, Terry Lynn Key and wife, Hazel of Tarkington Prairie, Texas; daughters, Linda Sue Key of Tarkington Prairie, Texas, Sandra Jean Stoneberger of Tarkington Prairie, Texas, Cynthia Gale Scholze and husband, Rick of Tarkington Prairie, Texas, Tammy Key Reh of Spring, Texas; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren and countless loving and caring friends. She is preceded in death by her son, Michael Wayne Key and her granddaughter, Rhonda Denise Groves. Funeral services were held Friday, January 21, 2005, 10:00 a.m., Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel, Cleveland, Texas. Bro. Jerry Bontrager conducted the service with interment at County Line Cemetery, Willis, Texas.

RICHARDSON - Two brothers, William Jeremiah and Benjamin Erastus Richardson, were living in this area during the mid-1890s. They were sons of John Harrison Richardson and Mary Catherine Burnett of Bienville Parish, LA. William is documented in this area in 1893 but it appears that Benjamin did not get here until 1895.

William Jeremiah Richardson was born at Ringgold in Bienville Parish, LA 10 Sept 1853 and died in Liberty County, TX 11 Nov 1924. According to his death certificate, on which document his son (A. H. Richardson of Box 411 Corsicana, TX) was the informant, William died of apoplexy at 7:00 the morning of 11 Nov 1924. He was seventy-one years, two months and one day old. William had been under the care of Dr. Cochran of Gladstell for two weeks. Settegast-Kopf Company of Houston was in charge of arrangements and William was buried at the Splendora Cemetery. His marker is adorned with the masonic compass, square, and the letter "G".

William was married in Sabine Parish, LA 21 Jan 1874 to Julia Ann Slack. She was the daughter of Reuben Slack and Emmaline E. Bean who were married in Bossier Parish, LA 02 Oct 1852. Julia was born at Cotton Valley in Bossier Parish 29 Jan 1856 and died 10 Aug 1921 at home in Splendora. She was also buried at the Splendora Cemetery but she and her husband have separate markers.

William and Julia and the first four of their thirteen children were living at Ringgold, LA in 1880. William was a farmer.

The Richardson family came to Texas in a covered wagon in about 1885 and settled at the community of Thompson in Trinity County. Their seventh child, Ruben, was born there 01 Apr 1886 and the next child, Edgar, was born there 15 Aug 1887.

In 1889 the Richardson family were living at Richmond in Fort Bend County and their ninth child, Albert, was born there 29 Jan 1889.

The Richardson family arrived in Splendora no later than September 1895. Their tenth child, Jennie Frances, died at Splendora 27 Sept 1895 and was buried at the Splendora Cemetery. Jennie was born in Texas 10 Nov 1891. For sake of certainty, she was not born in Montgomery County so she may have also been born at Richmond, as was her sibling born immediately before her.

All of the Richardson children born after Jennie were born at Splendora.

In 1900 the Richardson Family were living at Splendora just south of the cemetery on a farm, owned and free of mortgage.

A document dated 01 Sept 1895 from the office of Judge Benjamin Powell identifies, among others, William Jeremiah Richardson as a Trustee of the Cox School at Community #95 (Splendora). On 21 Jun 1895 a tally of the students who would be attending school here beginning 01 Sept 1895 numbered forty-nine. Seven of those children were William and Julia's : Louis John, Mattie Elizabeth, Mary Ellen, Ruben Jeremiah, Edgar May, Albert Henry and Minnie Lee. The following year a hand-written document entitled "Sensus [sic] of 1896 - Community No. 95" was compiled, indicating that classes for that school year were held at "Carter's School House". The document identifies each child by name as well as the parent who was the head of the household. Oddly, none of William and Julia's children are mentioned on the document even though at least four of them were of the age to be attending school.

William served as Justice of The Peace at Splendora from 1899 to 1908.

Julia was a local mid-wife and traveled by horseback to perform her services and provide care for the sick and aged.

William and Julia were the parents of thirteen children : 

On the 1900 census of precinct #2, Montgomery County, TX (Splendora) William was twenty-five years old, single, living in his father's household.

William is elusive on the 1910 census but his mother indicated on that document that thirteen children were born to her and ten were still living. The three children that died prior to 1910 are accounted for and William is not one of them. Even though he has not been located in 1910, the census information provided by his mother is verification that William was still living.

On the 1900 census of precinct #2, Montgomery County, TX (Splendora) he was twenty-four years old, single, living in his father's household and identified as Louis J. Richardson.

Louis is elusive on the 1910 census but his mother indicated on that document that thirteen children were born to her and ten were still living. The three children that died prior to 1910 are accounted for and Louis is not one of them. Even though he has not been located in 1910, the census information provided by his mother is verification that Louis was still living.

Mattie was wed to Henry Gee Burkett at Ringgold, LA 15 Jan 1894. He was the son of Elias Burkett and Aurelia Franklin. Henry was born in Butler County, AL 08 Jun 1869 and died in Harris County, TX 20 Jan 1958. According to his death certificate, on which document his son (E. Burkett) was the informant, Henry died of uremia due to pyelonephritis at 202 Hutcheson Street in Houston. He was eighty-eight years old. The document indicates that his last residence was 5844 Allum Road in Houston, he had lived at Houston for fifteen years, he was widowed at the time of death and was never in the armed forces. Boulevard Funeral Home of Houston, under the direction of J. V. Cossaboom, was in charge of arrangements and Henry was buried at the Splendora Cemetery 22 Jan 1958. It should be noted that Henry's tombstone shows only birth and death years (1870-1958) and the birth year is in conflict with his death certificate.

Mattie and Henry were the parents of William Henry Burkett (1894-1961) who was married in Montgomery County 17 Jul 1914 to Velma Hester (1893-1984, daughter of Aaron W. Hester who is buried at the Splendora Cemetery and Eunice Lucas), Venia Riller Burkett (1896-1961) who was wed first in Liberty County, TX 08 Sept 1912 to Oscar Allison Wells (1886-1966, son of William Alexander Wells and Mary W. Squier who are buried at the Wells Cemetery in Cleveland) and then to Henry Valanzano (1891-1964 son of Baldarasse Valanzano and Lorena Agnes Villar who are buried at St. Michael's Cemetery in Pensacola, FL), John Matthew Burkett (1898-1972) who was wed first in Montgomery County 16 Sept 1917 to Mattie Carroll and then in Harris County 27 Jan 1918 to Elizabeth Catherine McShan (1899-1967, daughter of Robert Chambers McShan and Fannie Elizabeth Avery who are buried at the Morgan Cemetery near Security, TX), Manuel James Burkett (1900-1978) who was married in Liberty County 09 Mar 1922 to Agnes Lydia Graham (1905-1976, daughter of James Howard Graham and Annice Elizabeth Isaacks who are buried at the Wells Cemetery), Alfred Lawrence Burkett (1902-1983) who married Ruby Mae Austin (1906-1985, daughter of James Andrews Austin and step daughter of Verta Viola Shearer who are buried at Brookside Memorial Park in Houston, TX), Julia Mae Burkett (1906-1995) whose husband was Gaddy Alton Isaacks (1903-1974, son of Nathan S. Isaacks and Nancy Rich who are buried at the Pin Oak Cemetery in Cleveland, TX), Elbert Burkett (1907-1998) who married Mavis Beulah Meador (1911-2002, daughter of Zassie B. Meador and Sallie Smith who are buried at the Pleasant Mound Cemetery in Dallas, TX), Roy Burkett (1910-1980) who was wed first to Jessie Woodrow Dailey (1914-1990, daughter of John Samuel Dailey and Lillie Pat Payton who are buried at the High Island Cemetery in Galveston County, TX) and then in Harris County 13 Jan 1956 to Mary Patterson Falconer (1913-1968, daughter of James Falconer and Helen Good), Jewell Evelyn Burkett (1914-1977) whose husband was Lonnie L. Smith (1908-1988, son of Robert Leslie Smith who is buried at the Hollywood Cemetery in Houston and May E. Houston), and Hezzie Carr Burkett (1916-1978) who was wed to Edna Marie Dear (1914-1994, daughter of Howard H. Dear and May Bell Pettijohn who are buried at the South Park Cemetery in Houston).

Benjamin's mother indicated on the 1900 census of precinct #2, Montgomery County, TX (Splendora) that thirteen children had been born to her and ten were still living. Ten Richardson children are accounted for on the 1900 census and Benjamin is not one of them so the 1900 census document is verification that Benjamin was deceased prior to 1900.

It should also be noted that Benjamin's mother reiterated on the 1910 census that the status of her living and deceased children had not changed, thirteen born to her and ten still living. The ten children living in 1910 were the same ones living in 1900 and all of them are documented on the 1910 census. Hence, the 1910 census is another physical document verifying Benjamin's death prior to 1900.

The birth date shown on Mary's death certificate is 07 Nov 1880 but the correct date must be 07 Nov 1879. On the 1880 census of the fourth ward of Bienville Parish, LA Mary was seven months old.

Mary was married at Splendora 12 May 1898 to Hezekiah C. Duplissey Sr. He was the son of Charles Duplissey and Miss Brock. Hezekiah was born in Winn Parish, LA 06 Jul 1877 and died in Gregg County, TX 26 Sept 1947. According to his death certificate, on which document his son (C. L. Duplissey, of Houston) was the informant, Hezekiah died at the McKean Hospital at Gladewater in Gregg County. The cause of death was uremia complicated by hypostatic pneumonia, left bundle branch heart blockage and a fractured right hip. The document indicates that his last residence was Rt. #4 Longview in Gregg County and he was a retired oil field worker. Everett & Welch Company of Gladewater, under the direction of M. S. Stone, was in charge of arrangements and Hezekiah was buried at Brookside Memorial Park 28 Sept 1947.

Hezekiah filled out his WWII draft registration card in April 1942 and was then living at Longview, TX. The document indicates he was born in Winn Parish, LA 06 Jul 1877 and was employed by the General Crude Oil Company of Houston.

Mary and Hezekiah were the parents of Claude Lee Duplissey Sr. (1899-1967) who was married in Wichita County, TX 01 Jun 1920 to Mamie Estelle Alford (daughter of Henry Marion Alford and Lela Estelle Sandlin who are buried at the Ramah Cemetery in Tenaha, TX), Minnie Duplissey of whom nothing is known, Clyde Odell Duplissey Sr. (1911-1990) whose wife was Beatrice Stowe (1915-1991, daughter of Bee Buxton Stowe and Susan Emeline Real who are buried at the Freeman Cemetery in Conroe), Bessie M. Duplissey of whom nothing is known, Clarence William Duplissey (1918-1984) who married Lillie Bell Whatley (1918-1996, daughter of Alvin William Whatley and Mary Jane Whitehead who are buried at the Vivian Cemetery in Caddo Parish, LA), and Hezekiah C. Duplissey Jr. (1920-1986) who married Kathleen Annette Harley.

Obituary for Alvin William Whatley (father-in-law of Clarence William Duplissey), published in the Jena Times-Olla Tullos Signal30 Jan 1958 : Alvin William Whatley, 63, a resident of Standard for the past 12 years, died at a Monroe hospital Monday morning at 9 o'clock following a brief illness. Funeral services for the oil field switcher were held Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock at the First Baptist church of Olla, with the Rev. Filer Seal and the Rev. B.B. Cox, pastor, conducting the final rites. Interment followed in the Vivian (La.) Cemetery under the direction of Kinner and Stevens Home for Funerals, Jena. Mr. Whatley, a member of the Olla Baptist church, Olla lodge F&AM, and Royal Arch lodge of Urania is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Whatley of Standard; two daughters, Mrs. Elvie Barber of Krotz Springs and Mrs. Lillie Belle Duplissey of Alice, Texas; two sons, hershel of Shreveport and Kenneth of Olla; a brother, A.C. Whatley of Mentone, Texas; a sister, Mrs. J.L. Savage of Shreveport; a half-brother, Jim Whatley of Coushatta; a hlaf-sister, Mrs. Moore of Diana, Texas, and six grandchildren.

Minnie was married first in Houston, TX 22 May 1904 to Robert Lee Jennings. He was the son of Henry P. Jennings (1819-1899) and Nancy Ann Morris who are buried at the Jennings Family Cemetery in Amherst County, VA. Robert was born in Amherst County 13 Mar 1864 and died in Harris County, TX 09 Sept 1910 and was buried at the Splendora Cemetery.

Minnie and Robert were the parents of Julia Gertrude Jennings (1905-1983) who married Alden Joseph Chauvin Sr. (1904-1958, son of Clay Francois Chauvin and Annette Aglia Martin), Robbie Mae Jennings (1907-2001) who married Frank Boyd Seerden (1902-1991, son of Henry Martin Seerden and Mary Sophia Boyd who are buried at the St. Francis Catholic Church Cemetery at Wadsworth in Matagorda County, TX), and Mary E. Jennings (1911-1974) who married Cecil Ettle (1910-1976, son of Lucien A. Ettle who is buried in Bryan, TX and Maynette Scott whose burial location is not known).

Minnie's second husband was Mr. Morse whose identity is not known. She was divorced from him prior to 1930 and never remarried.

Minnie and Mr. Morse were the parents of Dorothy Lee Morse (1915-2002) who married Edward Dominick Bassi (1917-2002, son of Giuseppe Bassi and Maria Louisa Robbio).

Obituary for Robbie Mae Jennings-Seerden, published in the Victoria Advocate 06 Sept 2001 : Robbie M. Seerden, 94, of Victoria and formerly of Houston, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2001. She was born in Humble and was retired at Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. Survivors : sons, Robert J. Seerden and William Francis Seerden; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by : husband, Frank B. Seerden; and grandson, Stephen H. Seerden. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. today at Earthman Gulf Chapel, 6330 Gulf Freeway. Services will be 2 p.m. today at Earthman Gulf Chapel. Burial Will be at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery. Earthman Gulf Chapel, Houston, 713-659-3000.

Obituary for Dorothy Lee Morse-Bassi, published in the Houston Chronicle 03 Oct 2002 : Dorothy Lee Bassi passed away peacefully at 4:00 pm on Monday, September 30, 2002 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Her beloved spouse of 61 years, Edward D. Bassi, was at her side. A native Texan, she was born in Splendora, TX on September 17, 1915. She was the last of her three sisters, Gertrude Chauvan, Mary Ettle and Robbie Seerden, to pass from this life. She was a devoted and loved spouse, mother, grandmother and friend. She is survived by her husband, Edward whom she married on April 21, 1942 and her three children, David E. Bassi & wife Eugenia, Richard V. Bassi and Ann E. Pincus & husband David. She leaves a legacy of good will and good friends, many who have been life long friends with whom she and Edward have shared much joy and happiness. We were all very lucky to have known her and had her in our lives during our time on this earth. Just being around her and the example she set made us all better people. She will be sorely missed. But, we look forward to the time that we can be together again. There will be a visitation will be from 6:00 - 9:00 pm Thursday at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Fwy., Houston, TX. Funeral services will be held 10:00 am Friday, October 4, 2002 at the Chapel of Memorial Oaks Funeral Home with Rev. Scott Medlin officiating. Interment will follow at Memorial Oaks Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Alzheimer's Disease and Disorders, Inc. 919 North Michigan Ave., #1100, Chicago, IL 60611-1676 or to your favorite charity.

Obituary for Edward Dominick Bassi, published in the Houston Chronicle Oct 2008 : Edward Dominick Bassi, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, October 3, 2008 in Houston, Texas. He was born on June 16, 1917 in Providence, Rhode Island. Ed was the youngest son of Giuseppe Bassi and Maria Robbio Bassi, who immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island from Pietravairano, Italy in 1898. He attended Brown University but left in 1938 to join the Army Air Corps. He served his country during WWII as a pilot with the 20th troop carrier squadron and left the service after the war with the rank of Major. Ed settled in Houston in 1947 to raise a family. He leaves behind a legacy of good will for who had the joy of knowing him, a great sense of humor, unshakable integrity, and a passion for complete devotion to his family and to the game of golf. He was a genuine "nice guy". He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 60 years, Dorothy Morse Bassi, daughter-in-law Susan Templin Bassi, his sisters Angela, Helen, Rose and Josephine, and brothers Frank, Alfred and Antonio. He is survived by his brother Vincent of Sherman Oaks, California, his son David Edward Bassi and his wife Eugenia Bassi, son Richard Vincent Bassi and his wife Janet Bassi, and daughter Ann Elizabeth Bassi and her husband David Pincus. Also by ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He has left a hole in our lives and in our hearts that will not be filled. Visitation will be held at 6:00 P.M. Monday, October 6, at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas, with final services at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 7, at Memorial Oaks.

Obituary for Edward Dominick Bassi, published in the Brown Alumni Magazine Mar-Apr 2009 : Edward D. Bassi '39, of Houston; Oct. 3. He was a salesman for Frank W. Winne & Son in Houston until his retirement in 1990. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was an avid golfer. He is survived by a daughter; two sons, including David, 11950 Pebble Rock, Houston 77077; ten grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a brother, Vincent.

In 1910 Ruben was twenty-four years old, unmarried, and living in Matagorda County, TX. He was a boarder in the household of Harry M. Ansley.

Ruben was married in Lafayette County, AR 13 Jun 1923 to Opal Savannah Modisette. The marriage record indicates that he was then living at Bussey in Lafayette County and she was living at Springhill in Webster Parish, LA. Opal was the daughter of Walter Gardiner Modisette (1851-1926) and Carrie Mayfield (1874-1963) who were married 06 May 1897 in Columbia County, AR.

Opal was born at Springhill in Webster Parish 03 Dec 1904 and died at Del Mar in San Diego County, CA Dec 1977. Her burial location is not known.

In 1930 Ruben, his wife, and a daughter were living in Merced County, CA. The daughter was identified as Ouida C. Richardson, born about 1925 in California. Ouida Katherine Richardson was married to Roy Dolph Wathen I (1921-1985, son of Guy Oliver Wathen Sr. who is buried at the Union Cemetery in Bakersfield, CA and Alma Irene Janssen).

Ruben filled out his WWII draft registration card in April 1942 and was then living at Splendora. The document indicates he was born in Thompson, TX 01 Apr 1886 and was employed by C. H. Daniel of Porter, TX (Daniel Lumber Company).

After Ruben's death in 1943 Opal remarried to Dave Laughlin. Nothing more is known about him.

Edgar was married in Harris County 05 Feb 1918 to Willie Gertrude Allison. She was the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Allison Jr. and Amanda Catherine Barron. Nothing more is known about Willie.

Edgar filled out his WW II draft registration card in April 1942 and was then living at 1728 Washington Avenue in Fort Worth. His mailing address was Box 380, Room #7, Orange, TX. The document indicates that he was born in Thompson, TX 15 Aug 1887 and was employed by Consolidated Steel Corporation of Orange, TX.

Edgar and Willie were the parents of Mary R. Richardson of whom nothing is known, Edgar May Richardson Jr. (1923-1994) whose first wife's identity is not known and was remarried to Letitia Jean Whitehead (1925-2009, daughter of Charles Eugene Whitehead and Grace Odell who are buried at Restlawn Memorial Park in El Paso, TX), and William James Richardson Sr. (1926-1986).

In 1930 Edgar, Willie and three children were living in the city of Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara County, CA. Edgar was employed there as an oil well driller.

Albert was married in Navarro County, TX 10 Jan 1923 to Pansy Elizabeth Ward. She was the daughter of Sebastian G. Ward (1862-1925) and Amantha Yudalola Stevenson (1859-1944) who are buried at the Richaldn Cemetery in Navarro County. Pansy was born in Navarro County 30 Jan 1900 and died in Brewster County, TX 28 Sept 1978. She was buried at the Elm Grove Cemetery.

Albert and Pansy were the parents of Mary Jo Richardson (1923-1980) who was wed first to former Alpine Mayor William James Sohl (1920-1998, son of Henry Sohl and Ada May Bushover who are buried at the Elm Grove Cemetery) and then to Mr. Brown.

In 1930 Albert and Pansy were renting a house for $90 monthly on Langley Street in Houston. The document indicates they had been married for seven years and he was an oil operator in the oil industry.

After Albert's untimely death at the age of fifty-one Pansy remarried 26 Jun 1942 to Gilmer Airs Morriss. He was the son of Airs Gilmer Morriss (1865-1945) and Lily May Anderson (1875-1975) who are buried at the Sunset Cemetery in Kerry County. Gilmer was born 10 Aug 1903 and died in San Antonio, TX 17 Oct 1979. He was also buried at the Sunset Cemetery.

Obituary for William James Sohl, published in the Odessa American 09 May 1998 : William James "Grumpy” Sohl, 77, former Alpine mayor, died Wednesday, May 6, 1998, at his residence. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. today at First Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by Geeslin Funeral Home. He was born in Pittsfield, Mass., and had lived in Alpine for more than 50 years. He was Presbyterian. Survivors : Wife, Merrian Sohl of Alpine; sons : J. Ric Sohl of Odessa, Craig Wise of Lubbock; daughters : Rochelle Sohl Waite of Ketchikan, Ark., Robin Sohl Ritchie of Alpine, Lisa Wise of Silver City, N.M.; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Charlie was married in Montgomery County 05 May 1912 to Esther Wells. She was the daughter of William Alexander Wells (1855-1918) and Mary W. Squier (1865-1912) who are buried at the Wells Cemetery in Cleveland. Esther was born in Sabine Parish, LA 13 Mar 1893 and died in Liberty County, TX 22 Feb 1976. According to her death certificate, on which document her son (Vernon S. Richardson) was the informant, Esther died of cerebral thrombosis due to arteriosclerotic heart disease at the Leggett Memorial Hospital in Cleveland. She was eighty-two years old. The document indicates that she was widowed at the time of death and her last residence was P.O. Box 343, Splendora. Pace-Stancil Funeral Home of Cleveland, under the direction of Reginald W. Burrell, was in charge of arrangements and Esther was buried at the Splendora Cemetery 24 Feb 1976. She shares a double marker with Charlie.

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Charlie & Esther Wells-Richardson - 1968
photo courtesy Conroe Courier via
Barbare Jean Lee-Hamilton

Charlie filled out his WWII draft registration card in April 1942 and was then living at Splendora. The document indicates that he was born 07 Mar 1893 in Bienville Parish, LA and he was self-employed (no field of employment specified).

During the mid-1940s Charlie set aside a piece of his land at Splendora for a private airstrip large enough to land a single-engine bi-plane.


Charlie & Esther's home at Splendora - 1940s
photo courtesy Barbara Jean Lee-Hamilton

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Charlie & Esther-Richardson - 1947
photo courtesy Barbara Jean Lee-Hamilton

Charlie was also Justice of The Peace in East Montgomery County in 1963 and 1964 but it is not yet known how long he served. The primary duty of the J. P. was to notarize marriages and act as coroner. It was also the job of the J. P. to preside over an inquest for a deceased individual if that individual died at a residence inside the J. P.'s jurisdiction. According to death certificates C. W. Richardson held inquests for Horace Lee Prestwood who died at his residence near Splendora 13 Jan 1963 and Simon Peter Johnson who died at his residence in Splendora 08 Dec 1964. There are likely many other death certificates indicating inquests were held by C. W. Richardson. The two shown here are for individuals who are mentioned elsewhere in various chapters of this book.

Charlie and Esther were the parents of Henry Edward Richardson (1913-1938) whose wife was Fannie Lou Hayden (1920-2000, daughter of William Montgomery Hayden who is buried at the Pilgreen Cemetery near Conroe and Frances Theodocia Shoemake who is buried at the Splendora Cemetery), Florine Estelle Richardson (1917-2001) who married Rebel Lee Robertson Jr. (1915-2006, son of Rebel Sr. who is buried at the Forest Park Cemetery in Houston, TX and Martha unknown), Vernon Stacy Richardson (1919-1994) who was married first in Montgomery County 27 Jul 1946 to Dorothy Louise Jones and then to Ruth unknown (1922-2001), Melba Richardson of whom nothing is known, Charlene Linda Richardson (1927-1992) who was wed first in Montgomery County 17 Nov 1946 to Jesse Lloyd Spear Jr.(1926-1998, son of Jesse Sr. and Iva Mae Gassett who are buried at the White Oak Cemetery in Porter) and then in Harris County 02 May 1969 to Billie Dean Webb (son of James Edwards Webb who is buried at the Red Rock Cemetery in Natchitoches Parish, LA and Maude Alice Stone) and again to Jesse Spear in Harris County 06 Feb 1970, and Mary Elouise Richardson who was married in Montgomery County 21 Sept 1947 to Marvin A. Collins (1928-2000, son of Richard Albert Collins and Bertie Marie Faulkner who are buried at the Morgan Cemetery near Security).

The following article pertaining to Henry Edward Richardson was published in the Albuquerque Journal 13 Jun 1938 : OIL FIRE FIGHTER KILLED, ONE MISSING, ONE MANGLED - New Iberia, La., June 12 - Will H. Patton, 54, oil field firefighter, was killed Sunday, a companion was missing, and H. L. Patton, brother of the dead man, suffered the loss of an arm in the explosion of a well which had been capped after blowing gas for a week in Vermilion Bay, 20 miles from here. Missing was Edward Richardson, 24, of Splendora, Tex., home of W. H. Patton. The arm of H. L. Patton, Houston, Tex., was mangled as he rushed forward to help his brother, prostrate on the oil barge.

The following article pertaining to Henry Edward Richardson was published in the El Paso Herald-Post 13 Jun 1938 : DEATH FORECLOSES ON BORROWED TIME - New Iberia, La., June 13 - Tragedy had invaded the "charmed circle" of H. L. Patton's famed oil well firefighters today, leaving Patton without one arm, his brother dead, and a third member of the crew missing. Patton, of Houston, lost his right arm in a vain attempt to save the life of his brother, Will Patton of Splendora. Edward Richardson, 24, also of Splendora, was missing. Patton's daredevil crew of seven wild well fighters, who spend their lives on "borrowed time", had just finished capping the Texas Co.'s No. B-2 gasser, which had roared uncontrolled the last ten days in Vermillion Bay, 32 miles south of here. Suddenly the manifold blew from the casing head, striking the head of Will Patton and knocking him and Richardson into seven feet of water. H. L. Patton plunged into the water, reaching for his brother. A piece of heavy machinery struck his arm, nearly severing it.

The following article pertaining to Henry Edward Richardson was published in the Corpus Christi Times 15 Jun 1938 : BODY OF MAN KILLED IN BLAST AT OIL WELL IS RECOVERED - NEW IBERIA, LA - Jun 15 (AP) The body of Edward Richardson, 24, of Splendora, Texas, one of two men killed in the explosion of a manifold at a Texas Co. oil well in Vermillion Bay Sunday, was recovered and brought here Tuesday. The body, with all clothes burned off, was found floating in the bay about a mile and a half from the wild well. It was sent to Splendora for funeral services late yesterday. The other man killed was W. H. Patton, a member of the firm of H. L. Patton Corp., well blowout fighters, whose officials and crew were seeking to control the wild well, a marine operation. A third casualty, H. L. Patton, head of the corporation, whose arm was mangled by the explosion and had to be amputated, was reported recovering.

Obituary for Fannie Lou Hayden-Richardson-Canon-Ward, published in the Cleveland Advocate 15 Jul 2000 : Fannie Lou Ward, 79 of Huntsville, were held at 3 p.m. May 1, 2000 at the Probst Chapel. Burial followed at the Splendora City Cemetery under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home of Cleveland. Ward was born September 29, 1920 in Splendora and died April 28, 2000. She worked at Boyett's Cafe for 20 years. Survivors include her children, Alice Smith and Debbie Bonham; grandchildren, Joe Smith and wife Charlotte, Jordi Bonham, Heddi Bonham, Shante Bonham and Lacey Bonham; great-grandchild, Aaron David Smith; brother, William Ethridge Hayden; and other family. Pallbearers were Joe David Smith, Stan Stuckey, Richard Boyett, Raymond Wells Bill Hayden and Charles Sheffield.

Obituary for Rebel Lee Robertson, Jr., published in The Norman Transcript (Norman, OK) 11 Dec 2006 : Rebel Lee Robertson Jr. died Wednesday, Dec. 6 in Norman. Mr. Robertson was born in Houston, Feb. 26, 1915. He is remembered by all who knew him for his distinctive laughter, indelible smile and warm greetings. He rarely met a stranger and was an instinctive public relations man to the end, family said. He began a long career with Boy Scouts of America through volunteerism that soon turned into a life long avocation. In 1938 he joined the staff of the Houston BSA offices as the new office manager and never looked back. By 1939, he was the assistant to the Scout executive. Against the odds, Mr. Robertson qualified for the professional service program of the Boy Scouts. In 1941 under peer pressure and the draft he enlisted in the Navy and served during World War II as a yeoman first class. He served on the military command ship at the battle of Iwo Jima and spent the rest of his Navy career working with Korean and Japanese youths in the Mariana Islands. In 1979, Mr. Robertson retired from his position as national public relations director for Boy Scouts of America, a position that afforded him opportunity to mingle with many famous people and in circles of national influence. He was well respected for his community leadership, family said. In all his years of great living, he and his wife lived in Texas, California, New Jersey and finally, Oklahoma, where they made regular pilgrimages to visit a daughter and grandchildren. He loved photography. Many fond family memories were captured by his camera's lens. Mr. Robertson was also a skilled writer and prolific family historian. He enjoyed woodworking and when able a brisk walk. When asked if he would do anything differently in his life he replied, “I'd drink better Scotch and exercise more.” Mr. Robertson was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Florine Estelle Robertson; brothers Floyd C. Robertson and Hamilton G. Robertson; granddaughter Mary Lisa Robertson and grandson, John Charles Anderson. Survivors include a son Rebel Lee Robertson III and wife Betty of North Brunswick, N.J.; daughters Barbara Sue Charlton and husband Wayne of Goldsby, and Mary Linda von Riegen and husband Bill of Morganville N.J.; grandchildren Rebel Lee Robertson IV of Coral Springs, Fla., Kimberly Ann Guerrera of Alpha, N.J., Debbie Haskins of Fort Collins, Colo., Kathy Walters of Edmond, Carl Anderson II of Dallas, Tricia Parham of Oklahoma City, Susan Weir of Bethany, and Kerri Plat of Lakewood, N.J.; 18 great-grandchildren; many friends and extended family. “We love you, Dad, Pawpaw, friend,” family said. “We'll miss you, until we see you again.”

RICHARDSON - Benjamin Erastus Richardson (Ben), brother to William Jeremiah, was born about 1861 at Ringgold, LA and died at St. Joseph's Hospital in Houston 21 Mar 1944. He had been hospitalized there for twelve days prior to his death which came as a result of acute circulatory collapse due to a long battle with prostate cancer. His death certificate indicates that Fogle-West Company of Houston was in charge of arrangements and Ben's body was either buried at or removed to Cleveland, TX. No specific cemetery is indicated on the document. Ben may be buried at the Splendora Cemetery as that is where his second wife is buried.

Ben's first marriage was to Ella Gibson at Ringgold, LA in 1882. She was born about 1866 in Louisiana and was either deceased or they were divorced before 1893. Nothing more is known about her.

Ben and Ella were the parents of three children :

Mineola was married at Splendora 09 Mar 1902 to William Columbus Perry who was called "Lum". He was the son of George Ebenezer Perry (1855-1902) and Nellie Elizabeth Pope (1858-1911) who are buried at the Aimwell Cemetery in Marengo County, AL. Lum was born at Sweetwater in Marengo County, AL 04 Oct 1878 and in Aransas County, TX died 04 Jun 1953. According to his death certificate, on which document his daughter (Mrs. Lillian Page) was the informant, Lum died of uremic poisoning due to chronic nephritis at his residence in Aransas Pass (no address specified) and he was a retired farmer. He was seventy-four years and six months old. Cage-Marshall Funeral Home, under the direction of Joe W. Eason, was in charge of arrangements and Lum was buried at the Prairie View Cemetery 05 Jun 1953.

Mineola and Lum were the parents of Claude Perry who was born in Montgomery County about 1903-1904 and died there in 1906 (presumed to be buried at the Splendora Cemetery), Benjamin Charles Perry (1906-1980) who was wed to Lettie Love Groce (1913-2006; daughter of Lee Roy Groce and Sallie Beatrice Galloway who are buried at Rosewood Park Cemetery in Houston, TX), Thomas Milton Perry (1908-1999) who was married 08 Oct 1931 in San Patricio County, TX to Marjorie Caroline Witt (1914-1990, daughter of James William Witt and Ida Evelyn Ives who are buried at the Aransas Pass Cemetery in Aransas County, TX), Preston A. Perry (1912-1971), Earl George Perry who was born 06 Dec 1915 in Calhoun County, TX and died 17 Dec 1942 while at sea off the coast of South Africa, Lillian F. Perry (1918-1988) whose first husband is not known and then she married John Calvin Page (1917-2005), and Ethel Mae Perry (1920-1968) who married James Wade Blackmon Jr. (1917-1992).

James filled out his WWII draft registration card in April 1942 and was then living at 1909 Polk Avenue in Houston. The document indicates he was born 18 Aug 1885 in Bienville Parish, LA and was employed by Foley Brothers of Main Street, Houston.

James was married to Lou Dena Hendley at Splendora 09 Jun 1909. She was the daughter of John Wesley Hendley (1859-1918) who is buried at the Splendora Cemetery and Mary Jennie Searcy. Dena was born in Texas 15 Feb 1891 and died in Harris County 27 Sept 1983. She was also buried at Brookside Memorial Park.

James and Dena were the parents of Edna Mae Richardson (1910-1998) who was married first in Harris County 23 Jul 1927 to Lucious Thomas Rice (1906-1974, son of David Rice and Martha Lawson Botts who are buried at the Glenwood Cemetery in Houston, TX) and then in Montgomery County 28 Jul 1939 to Russell Vick (1905-1985, son of John Franklin Vick who is buried at the Freeman Cemetery in Conroe and Myrtle Lacy who is buried at the Vick Cemetery in New Caney), Benjamin Odell Richardson (1912-1972) who was married first to Ann Margaret Farmer (daughter of Clarence Edward Farmer and Margurite A. unknown) and then in Harris County 19 Jul 1952 to Irene Richardson, John Alton Richardson (1914-1960) who was married in Montgomery County 26 Jan 1937 to Ruth Lafern Hough (1920-1994, daughter of Walter Ward Hough who is buried at the Morgan Cemetery near Security, TX and Clara Pickering who is buried at the Freeman Cemetery in Conroe), Frances Lorraine Richardson (1917-1970) who was wed first to Leo Britton Hodges (1908-1977, son of James William Hodges and Rosa Irene Moore who are buried at the Bethel Baptist Cemetery in Appleby, TX) and then to Mr. Watson and then in Harris County 30 Aug 1954 to Charles Emmitt Hollis Jr. (1928-1998, son of Charles Sr. who is buried at Memorial Oaks Cemetery in Houston and Osie Ila Hathorn), and James Joseph Richardson (1920-1977) whose wife was Dorothy Nelle Richardson (1921-1978).

Joe was married in Harris County 24 Jan 1909 to Lillian S. Flowers. She was the daughter of James Thomas Flowers (1860-1918) and Florence Irene Pridgen (1870-1948) who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery. Lillian was born in Collin County, TX 04 Sept 1891 and died in Harris County 03 Nov 1984. She was also buried at Brookside Memorial Park.

Joe filled out his WWII draft registration card in April 1942 and was then living at 2605 Bringhurst Street in Houston. The document indicates he was born 15 Apr 1888 in Ringgold, LA and was employed by the Texas Creosoting Company of Hardy Street in Houston.

Joe and Lillian were the parents of Aubrey T. Richardson of whom nothing is known, and Lloyd Benjamin Richardson (1912-1981) whose wife was Fannie Viola Gerald (1915-1993, daughter of Richard Carney Gerald who is buried at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Edna, TX and Lela Belle Williams who is buried at Forest Park Lawndale in Houston).

Benjamin Richardson's second wife was Idonia C. Lucus and she was called "Donie". They were married 11 Sept 1892 at Ringgold in Bienville Parish, LA. She was the daughter of Samuel L. Lucus (1849-1935) and Mary Jane Ganey (1854-1951) who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery. Donie was born at Eufala in Barbour County, AL 03 Jun 1872 and died in Liberty County, TX 20 Nov 1953. According to her death certificate, on which document her daughter (Mrs. A. W. Edmundson) was the informant, Donie died at the Cleveland Hospital of a gastric hemorrhage due to stomach cancer. The document also indicates that her last residence was at Splendora, she was a widow, was never in the armed forces and had not been issued a Social Security number. She was eighty-one years, five months and seventeen days old. Pace-Stancil Funeral Home of Cleveland, under the direction of Etcyl R. Brown, was in charge of arrangements and Donie was buried at the Splendora Cemetery 21 Nov 1953.

In 1910 Ben and Donie were renting a home in precinct #2 of Montgomery County (Splendora) and Ben was employed as a tie inspector for the railroad. That document also indicates that he was fifty years old, Donie was thirty-eight and they had been married for seventeen years. Donie stated that eight children had been born to her and six were still living. All of the living children are enumerated in the household as well as a boarder, Andrew W. Strictland, who was forty-six years old, divorced, born in Alabama and employed as a laborer for the railroad.

In 1930 Ben and Donie were renting a house for $25 monthly at Texas City in Galveston County. That census indicates that Ben was retired but Donie was the proprietor of a boarding house. It also appears that the boarding house was not their specific residence as the only other residents in their household were four of their sons and none of them were identified as boarders or renters.

Ben and Donie were the parents of eight children :

In 1930 Willie was living in his father's household at Texas City in Galveston County. That document indicates he was a laborer in the oil field, was thirty-five years old and had been married for nine years. His wife is not shown in the household.

Willie was married in Harris County 04 Nov 1920 to Ola McGowan. Noithing more is known about her.

Willie filled out his WWII draft registration card in April 1942 and was then living at Splendora. The document indicates he was born 27 Sept 1894 in Ringgold, LA and was self-employed (no field of employment specified).

Willie's death certificate and military marker at the Splendora Cemetery show a birth date of 27 Sept 1893.

George was married to Vera Lenora Shuptrine. She was the daughter of Orlander Dickenson Shuptrine (1871-1940) and Lena Lenora Brown (1870-1947) who are buried at the Glenwood Cemetery in Houston, TX. Vera was born in Harris County 23 Jul 1903 and died in Galveston County 19 Jun 1985. She was also buried at the South Park Cemetery.

George filled out his WWII draft registration card in April 1942 and was then living at Manvel in Brazoria County. The document indicates he was born 14 Dec 1895 in Montgomery County and was employed by The Texas Company of Houston.

George and Vera were the parents of Juanita Richardson, Charles Richardson, and Georgia Lynn Richardson who was married in Harris County 04 Jun 1948 to Joseph Robert Juenger (1925-2010, son of Joseph Jerome Juenger and Clara Mattie Gilliland who are buried at the Sunset Memorial Park in San Antonio, TX).

Obituary for Joseph Robert Juenger, published at YourConroeNews.com 13 Apr 2010 : Joseph Robert Juenger, 85, went to be with his heavenly Father on April 12, 2010 at 10 30 p.m. in St. Luke's Hospital. Joseph was born May 28, 1925 in San Antonio, Texas. He leaves behind his loving wife of 62 years, Georgia Juenger, and two children, Janet Blake and Joseph Juenger. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Chandra Bolt and husband Jim, Ryan Crosby, and Brandon Juenger, as well as great granddaughter, Britni Crosby. He served in the Navy in WWII and retired from Valero Energy as a Vice President. A private graveside memorial was held at Cashner Funeral Home led by Minister Cliff Ritter. The family wishes to thank Texas Home Health Hospice for their support. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter, 8535 Hwy 242, Conroe, TX 77385.

In 1930 Jessie was living in his father's household at Texas City in Galveston County. That document indicates he was a driller in the oil industry, was thirty-two years old and had been married for five years. His wife was not enumerated in that household.

Jessie's wife's name is not known nor if they had any children.

In 1930 Johnnie was living in his father's household at Texas City in Galveston County. He was thirty years old, unmarried, and was a driller in the oil field.

Johnnie was married to Ruby Inez Jett in about 1933, probably in Wharton County. She was the daughter of Claude Leroy Jett (1890-1980) and Etta May Medlin (1889-1975). Ruby was born in Lumpkin County, GA 22 Mar 1912 and died in Harris County, TX 04 Dec 1980. Her burial location is not known.

Johnnie and Ruby were the parents of Johnnie Grover Richardson who was married first in Harris County 03 Nov 1956 to Earline Jewell Bailey (daughter of Jesse C. Bailey and Silviner Young) and then in Harris County 22 Aug 1981 to Maggieruth Fort.

Bessie's first husband was Austin Dillard Johnson and they were married at West Columbia in Brazoria County 03 Jan 1923. He was born in Itawamba County, MS 01 Mar 1881 and died 01 Jul 1927 of carcinoma of the rectum at his residence at 413 1st Avenue South in Texas City. He was buried at Galveston Memorial Park at Hitchcock, TX. Austin was a watchman for the Marland Oil & Refinery Company at Texas City.

Bessie and Austin were the parents of Edcar Escar Johnson Sr.(1924-1975) who married Katie Mary Emmite (1924-2002, daughter of Joseph Emmite and Grace Emmite who are buried at the Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Dickinson, TX), and Earl Johnson (1926-2002) who married Fronie Louise White (daughter of Horace Franklin White and Hattie Emma Fowler who are buried at the Eastland City Cemetery in Ranger County, TX).

After Austin's untimely death at the age of forty-six Bessie remarried to Alfred Willis Edmundson (Alpha) at Alvin, TX 05 Jul 1928. He was the son of Alphons William Edmundson (1853-1918) and Ida Bell Thompson (1882-1962) who are buried at the Confederate Cemetery. Austin was born at Bonham in Fannin County, TX 10 Sept 1901 and died of chronic asthma at the Danforth Hospital in Texas City 21 Mar 1956. He was also buried at the Confederate Cemetery. Alpha was a self-employed carpenter and at the time of his death he was living at 2702 25th Avenue North.

Bessie and Alpha were the parents of Gene Edmundson who was born at Texas City 02 Apr 1929 and was killed in an automobile accident 02 Dec 1941 and was buried at the Confederate Cemetery (details of Gene's death will be discussed in the chapter titled Tragedy And Tears At Splendora), Alfred Willis Edmundson (1931-1992) who was married in Galveston County 17 Nov 1953 to Willie Marie Seeton (1936-2007; daughter of Willie Martin Seeton and Alice Mary Patterson who are buried at Resthaven Memorial Park in Jacksonville, TX), Aubrey Edmundson Sr. (1934-1987) who was married at Angleton in Brazoria County 06 Mar 1953 to Barbara Mae Gibby (1932-1986, daughter of Jack Alfred Gibby Sr. and Sylvia Mae Logsdon who are buried at Galveston Memorial Park), Imogene Edmundson (1936-2005) who married Jack Alfred Gibby Jr. (son of Jack Sr. and Sylvia Mae Logsdon), Pauline Edmundson who was born at Texas City 11 Dec 1939 and died of acute lymphatic leukemia at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston 20 Apr 1945 and was buried at the Confederate Cemetery, Carl Dean Edmundson (1942-2004) who was married in Galveston County 08 Jun 1971 to Betty Earline Bryant (daughter of Joe Hillis Bryant and Eva Joyce Slone), Clara Ann Edmundson who was married first to William Elliott Rowe and then in Harris County 13 Jun 1975 to Charles Wayne Smart, Lee Roy Edmundson who was wed first in Galveston County 28 May 1966 to Billie Sue Sparks (daughter of Lovell Gerald Sparks and Betty Jane Vaughn who are buried at the Corinth Cemetery in Timpson, TX) and then in Galveston County 26 Jul 1980 to Deborah Ann Rushing, and Patrick Louis Edmundson Sr. who was married first in Galveston County 10 Aug 1968 to Sharon Kay Porta (daughter of Norris Louis Porta and Helen Margaret Dearmond) and then in Galveston County 07 Feb 1997 to Suzette Agnes Sellers.

Obituary for Willie Marie Seeton-Edmundson, retrieved from Autry Funeral Home archives (Jacksonville, TX) : Funeral services are scheduled for Willie Edmundson, 71 of Jacksonville for Wednesday, August 8, 2007 at 10:00 AM in the Chapel of Autry Funeral Home with Rev. Ron Hart Officiating, burial will follow at Pierce's Chapel Cemetery. The family will receive visitors on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 PM at the funeral home.

Obituary for Alice Mary Patterson-Seeton (mother-in-law of Alfred Willis Edmundson Jr.), retrieved from Autry Funeral Home archives (Jacksonville, TX) : Funeral services for Alice Seeton, age 96, of Jacksonville, are scheduled for 10:00 am Saturday, August 14, 2010 at Autry Funeral Home chapel, Jacksonville with Rev. Hank Chandler officiating. Burial will be at Resthaven Memorial Park, Jacksonville. Mrs. Seeton passed away Wednesday, August 11, 2010 in Jacksonville. She was born January 28, 1914 in Poynor, TX. Mrs. Seeton was a member of Pierce's Chapel United Methodist Church and was a homemaker. She is preceded in death by her husband Bill Seeton, two daughters Willie Edmundson and Linda Smith, five brothers Julius, Alfred, John, Carl and Fred, and three sisters Cornelia, Etta and Velma. Survivors include sons Roger Seeton and wife Becki of Jacksonville, Larry Seeton of Texas City, Richard Seeton and wife Linda of Houston and Ronnie Seeton of Arlington; daughters Lucille Herrington, Jo Ann Pollock, Patsy Smith, all of Jacksonville and Connie Klyng and husband Donald of LaMarque; sister Doris Dominey of Houston; thirty three grandchildren; sixty six great grandchildren; and twenty six great-great grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Dennis Herrington, Kevin Herrington, Dee Edmundson, Seeton Pollock, Jimmy Smith, Mike Smith, Timmy Smith, Roger Seeton, Jr., Mark Seeton, Larry Seeton, Jr., Tracy Seeton, Ricky Seeton, Trevor Seeton, Chris Marshall and Donnie Klyng. The family will receive friends from 6:00 - 8:00 pm Friday, August 13, 2010 at Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.

In 1930 Louis was living in his father's household at Texas City in Galveston County. He was twenty years old, single, and employed as a longshoreman.

It is not known who Louis' wife was nor if they had any children.

RICHARDSON - William Jeremiah and Benjamin Erastuts Richardson had a sister named Martha Clemons Richardson. She was born in Bienville Parish, Louisiana on January 19, 1843 and died in Louisiana on June 15, 1931 and was buried at the Springhill Cemetery in Bienville Parish. Martha was wed to William Thomas Nettles in Bienville Parish on January 14, 1872. He was born in Arkansas on May 12, 1839 and died in Louisiana on December 23, 1903 and was also buried at the Springhill Cemetery. Their children were John Thomas, James Theodore, William Jessie, and Fleta Emergene Nettles. Even though Martha and Williamnever moved to Texas, two of their children did : William and Fleta.

]James was married in Bienville Parish 05 Jan 1902 to Addie Mae Skipper. She was the daughter of William James Skipper (1849-1938) and Martha Ann Lucus (1855-1941) who are buried at the Rocky Mount Cemetery. Martha Lucus was the daughter of William Matthew Lucus and Hulda Majors. Martha's brother (Samuel) married Mary Jane Ganey and their family will be outlined in the Lucas/Lucus Family section of this chapter.

Addie Mae Skipper was born in Alabama 10 Dec 1884 and died at Ringgold, LA 15 Jul 1972. She was buried at the Rocky Mount Cemetery.

James and Addie were the parents of William Grave Nettles (1904-1929) who never married, Obie Lester Nettles (1905-1989) who married Eva T. unknown (1903-1985), Jesse Theodore Nettles (1907-1972) who was married in Bienville, LA 10 Sept 1927 to Irma Jolley (1905-1990, daughter of Walter Joseph Jolley and Eliza Jane Huckaby), Exie Dee Nettles (1911-1951) who married Jettie Exine Wood (1910-1942, daughter of John Aaron Wood and Laura Hickman who are buried at the Providence Cemetery in Ringgold, LA), Mattie Chloe Nettles who married William Leo Crumpton (1909-2005, son of William Augustus Crumpton and Vienna Morrow who are buried at the Rocky Mount Cemetery), Clyde Maurice Nettles (1919-1961), and Clyde's twin sibling who was born and died 19 Apr 1919 in Ringgold, LA and was buried at the Rocky Mount Cemetery.

William was married in Nacogdoches County, TX 22 Nov 1908 to Lillian Whitaker. She was the daughter of Henry C. Whitaker (1853-1927) and Adeline Pye (1866-1908) who are buried at the McKnight Cemetery in Cushing, TX. Lillian was born in Fairfield, TX 22 Oct 1890 and died in Dallas, TX 15 Sep 1951. She was buried at the McKnight Cemetery.

William and Lillian can be found in precinct #2, Montgomery County (Splendora) on the 1910 census.

After William's untimely death at the age of thirty three Lillian returned to Nacogdoches County and remarried 23 Oct 1913 to James Markel Channel. James was born in Texas 28 Oct 1878 and died in Dallas, TX 28 Jun 1946. He was also buried at the McKnight Cemetery.

Fleta's husband was Albert Lonzo Welch. He was the son of John Steele Welch (1841-1910) and Lucinda Gunnels (1849-1904) who are buried at the Fielder Memorial Cemetery near Homer in Angelina County. Albert was born in Louisiana 15 Sept 1871 and died in Harris County, TX 15 Feb 1968. According to his death certificate, on which document his son (Elbert Welch) was the informant, Albert died of debilitation due to old age and coronary artery disease at the Gulfcoast Hospital in Baytown. He was ninety-six years old. The document indicates that he was a retired farmer, was widowed at the time of death, was never in the armed forces, and his last residence was Rt. 1, Sralla Road, Crosby, TX. Earthman Funeral Home, under the direction of Joe Speck, was in charge of arrangements and Albert was buried at the Splendora Cemetery 17 Feb 1968. He and his wife have separate markers.

Fleta and Albert were the parents of Jessie Lee Welch (1898-1971) who was married first in Waller County, TX 27 Nov 1916 to Walter Chancy Chandler (1880-1951, son of John George Chandler and Mary Elizabeth Turner who are buried at Sanders Cemetery in Montgomery County) and then in Harris County 16 Sept 1926 to Ira Dee Henson (1884-1961, son of William Henry Henson whose burial location in Tennessee is not known and Mary Ann Williams who is buried at the Coffey Cemetery in Coryell County, TX), Elbert Welch (1900-1973) who was wed first at Daisetta in Liberty County 28 Jul 1926 to Tava Flowers (1910-2000, daughter of Elias Joshua Flowers and Mary Ellender Loftin who are buried at the Bracken Cemetery in Hardin County, TX) and then to Mildred Inez Morton (1907-1989, daughter of Oliver B. Morton Sr. and Daisy Roberts who are buried at the Old City Cemetery at Monroe in Ouachita Parish, LA), Elgin Welch who was born at Splendora 21 Jul 1900 and died at about the age of six months (he was a twin to Elbert and may be buried at the Splendora Cemetery), John William Welch (1902-1971) whose wife's name was Bertha unknown (1905-1955), Mattie Welch of whom nothing is known, Rita Mae Welch (1910-1987) whose husband was John Elmer Walker (1905-1975), and Walter Lee Welch (1913-1997) who married Lois Geneva St. Clair (1917-2000, daughter of Hughie Clinton St. Clair Sr. and Clara Lee Lewis who are buried at Grand View Memorial Park in Pasadena, TX).

The following item concerning Walter Lee Welch was published in the Baytown Sun 23 Apr 1969 : Perch fishing is W. L. Welch's favorite pastime and he plans to catch up on it since retiring from Humble's Welding Department on March 1. A native of Lufkin, Welch joined the company in 1945, and worked 23 years in Welding. He and his wife, Lois, have two children, Mrs. Geneva Lee Harmon and Mrs. Patricia Ann Coggins, and three grandchildren.

Obituary for Lois Geneva St. Clair-Welch, published in the Houston Chronicle 26 Dec 2000 : Lois Welch, 83, of Jacinto City, died Friday, December 22, 2000. She was a member of Royalwood Church of Christ. Preceded in death by her husband Jack Welch. Mrs. Welch retired from Galena Park Independent School District after 25 years of service. She is survived by her daughters, Geneva Harmon and husband Bennie and Patricia Cooper and husband Ward, both of Houston; brothers, Jack St. Clair, of Galena Park and L.D. St. Clair, of San Antonio; grandchildren, Keith Harmon, Kevin Coggin and Kim Copaus; seven great grandchildren. Also, numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, December 27, 2000 in the Chapel of Howard-Glendale Funeral Home, 1015 Federal Road, with Jim Mullican officiating. Interment will follow in White Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Howard-Glendale Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 26, 2000 from 6:30 P.M. until 8:30 P.M. Pallbearers will be Bennie Harmon, Ward Cooper, Kevin Coggin, Billy Copaus, Keith Harmon and Jared Coggin.

TULLIS - Two Tullis siblings, Mary Elizabeth and Robert Bruce, were living in the Splendora area in the late 1890s.

Mary Elizabeth Tullis was the daughter of Gilbert Gaston Tullis and Mary E. Price who are buried at the New Salem Cemetery in Leon County, Texas. She became the wife of Jeremiah Prophet Duke and their family was previously outlined in the Duke Family section of this chapter.

Robert Bruce Tullis Sr. was the son of Gilbert Gaston Tullis and Nancy Baker (his second wife) who are buried at the New Salem Cemetery in Leon County. Robert was born in Leon County 05 Mar 1871 and died in Harris County 13 Sept 1929. His death was due to a skull fracture incurred at Dayton, Texas on the previous day. Details of that incident are not known. At the time of his death Robert worked in the oil industry and was a driller's helper. He was buried at the Splendora Cemetery.

Robert can be found in Montgomery County on the 1880 census living in the household of his brother-in-law, Jeremiah Prophet Duke.

Robert was twenty-two years old when he married thirteen-year-old Theola Doshia Prince in Polk County, TX 15 Nov 1892. She was the daughter of Hezekiah William Prince (Bud) and Rachel E. Waldrip. Doshia was born in Wayne County, TN 03 Aug 1879 and died at present-day Splendora 27 Apr 1895. She was fifteen years, eight months and twenty-four days old and was buried at the Splendora Cemetery. Details of Doshia's death are not known. At the time of her death, her only child with Robert was just nine days short of being a year old. Robert and Doshia were the parents of :

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Effie's husband was William M. Sallee Sr. and they were married at Splendora 11 Nov 1911. He was the son of William Penn Sallee Jr. (1860-1890) and Ora Perry. William was born at Union Grove in Montgomery County, TX 22 Sept 1887 and died at Cleveland 20 Jul 1979. He is alleged to be buried at Cleveland Memorial Cemetery but no grave marker has been found there for him. There is also no marker bearing his name at the Splendora Cemetery where Effie is buried.

William filled out his WWII draft registration card in April 1942 and was then living at Daisetta, TX. The document indicates he was born at Union Grove in Montgomery County and was employed by the John W. Mecom Oil Company of Daisetta.

Effie and William were the parents of Wilma Sallee (1919-2010) who married Dudley Luby Smith (1918-2002, son of John A. Smith and Minnie Eugenia Donahoe who are buried at Cleveland Memorial Cemetery), Ottie Mae Sallee (1922-2005) who was married at Daisetta in Liberty County 23 Jun 1945 to Samuel M. McKinney Jr. (1923-2010, son of Samuel Sr. and Hallie Harris who are buried at the Oakwood Cemetery in Huntsville, TX), and William M. Sallee Jr. (1927-1987) who was married in Harris County 27 Sept 1947 to Nancy Ann Holliday (1927-2007, daughter of Arthur Leslie Holliday and Frances Inez Robison who are buried at the Texarkana Cemetery in Bowie County, TX).

Obituary for Wilma Sallee-Smith, published in the Houston Chronicle 28 Feb 2010 : Wilma Sallee Smith, 90, of Cleveland TX passed away February 26, 2010. She had been residing in Houston for the past year. Born August 18, 1919 in Splendora, TX to William Sallee and Effie Mae Tullis, she was the eldest of three children. Her life, like many others of her time and in this area was shaped by tragedy and triumph: the Great Depression and the oil boom. Ironically at the time of her birth the doctor informed her mother the baby would not live long. Indeed she did live long and had the opportunity to love many. Her devout Christian faith was anchored at First Baptist Church, Cleveland, TX. She served as church secretary, worked at the local schools, was a tireless wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister, and friend. She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, William, sister, Ottie Mae and husband Dudley, infant daughter, Janet Louise, and great granddaughter, Rose Sallee. She is survived by daughter, Kath, granddaughters, Rachel and Emily and great grandchildren, Brendon, Nicholas, Ashley, Isabella, and Violet. The Lord has taken her on. May she find peace in her eternal rest.Graveside services will be held Sunday, February 28, 2010, 2:00 p.m. at Cleveland Memorial Park Cemetery, 203 E. Boothe, Cleveland, Texas.

Obituary for Dudley Luby Smith, published in the Cleveland Advocate 20 Aug 2002 : Dudley Luby Smith, 83, passed away on Saturday, August 10, 2002. He was born to John A. and Eugenia Smith on Tarkington Prairie, Texas on August 18, 1918, and was baptized at Orangefield Baptist Church in 1926. His parents, an infant daughter, Janet Louise, and a sister Lucille Jackson preceded him in death. He served his country in World War II in the 373rd Engineering G.S. Regiment in Europe. He had a successful career spanning 50 years in the oil drilling industry, working for such companies as Tenneco and Humble Oil as well as partnering a drilling consultation business. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He is survived by his wife Wilma of 62 years; daughter, Kathy Logan and husband Mike of Port Arthur, Texas; granddaughters, Rachel Rhodes and husband Tim of Houston, Tx, Emily Conner and husband Gareth of Providence, RI; great grandchildren, Brendon, Nicholas, and Ashley Rhodes, and Isabella Conner; niece, Bonnie Coe of Cleveland, Tx. The family would like to thank Crown of Texas Hospice. Graveside services were held on Tuesday, August 13, 2002 at Cleveland Memorial Cemetery, Cleveland, Texas. Under the Direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home.

Obituary for Ottie Mae Sallee-McKinney, published in the Bellaire Examiner 21 Sept 2005 : A PEEK INSIDE : First lady of Bellaire loses her long battle with cancer - For more than 50 years, there wasn't much in Bellaire that escaped the attention and energies of Ottie Mae McKinney. Her activities spanned the stages of her life from young motherhood as PTO president at Lovett Elementary School, to advocacy for senior citizens as a member of the Senior Adult Services Board. A native Texan, she moved to Bellaire in 1951 with her husband, Sam, and their children, Anne and Samuel III. Longtime friends say the former schoolteacher and government worker was the perfect blend of the stereotypical, devoted stay-at-home mom of the 1950s and a dedicated, independent community leader. It was her husband who was elected mayor, but Ottie Mae McKinney served on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and a slew of city boards, commissions and support committees. She helped to make the citys state-of-the-art recreation center a reality, and for nearly a quarter of a century was dogged in the community's efforts to acquire properties along Laurel Street that will now become part of Bellaire Town Square. She was devoted to the Bellaire Presbyterian Church and the Christian Community Service Center. She was among the earliest members of the Friends of the Bellaire Library and the Bellaire Historical Society. As a Republican activist, there wasn't a single election, partisan or not, too insignificant for her involvement. Not even her closest friends were privy to Ottie Mae's age. She never would let us know, said longtime friend Louise Ware. She said it wasn't any of our business. Married for 60 years, Ottie Mae and Sam were community-centered but world travelers. And obviously romantic. Their 50th wedding anniversary was celebrated at the Taj Mahal. They were together in their home Monday, when Ottie Mae lost her seven-year battle with cancer. Two members of a later generation of community leaders paid tribute to her as the Bellaire City Council meeting wound down Monday night. Mayor Cynthia Siegel, clearly saddened, recalled her own service with Ottie Mae on the seniors board, and Mayor Pro Tem Phil Nauert, also visibly moved, remembered her gracious ways. Both made the same observation: She will be missed.

Obituary for Samuel M. McKinney Jr., published in the Houston Chronicle 14 Sept 2010 : SAMUEL MCKINNEY, JR. died at home Sunday, September 12,2010. He was born in Huntsville, Texas on July 7,1923 to Sam and Hallie Harris McKinney, the second of two children. He is survived by his daughter Anne and her husband Frank Dehnisch of Beeville, Texas, his daughter-in-law Rozanne of Fairfield, Texas, grandsons Frank Dehnisch III of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Scott Dehnisch, of Durango, Colorado, sister Margaret McKinney Phillips of Denver, Colorado and numerous cousins. After graduating from high school in 1940, Sam entered Sam Houston State Teachers College [now Sam Houston State University] in Huntsville, Texas where he met his future wife. In 1942 he transferred to The University of Texas at Austin, but soon afterward enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps. After training, he received his commission and wings as a multi-engine pilot. Soon afterward, Sam joined the 68 Squadron, 44th Bomb Group of the Eighth Air Force in England, where he served as a heavy bomber B-24 captain, flying twenty six combat missions and participating in three European campaigns. In June 1945, Sam married his college sweetheart, Ottie Mae. In the fall of 1945, after he was released from the service, he reentered The University of Texas at Austin, graduating in the spring of 1948 with a BS in mechanical engineering. Upon graduation, he joined the General Electric Company and he and Ottie Mae moved to Schenectady, New York. Their two children, Anne and Sam III were both born there. In 1951, Sam and his growing family moved to Houston where they bought a home in Bellaire, arriving there with a washing machine and an old Chevrolet. Sam retired from GE in 1987 as Manager of Industrial Power Generation. Soon after retirement, he joined his son and daughter-in-law's law firm of McKinney & McKinney and continued working there until it was dissolved upon the death of Sam III. Sam was a Registered Professional Engineer and was a Senior Member of the Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He was a long-time member of the Houston Engineering and Scientific Society and was a Senior Member of The Elfun Society, where he served as both local and regional chairman. Throughout most of his life in Bellaire, Sam was active in civic affairs and local politics. At various times, he served on the Board of Adjustment, the Planning and Zoning Commission, three terms on the Bellaire City Council and two terms as Mayor. During Sam's two terms as Mayor, the City began to see large-scale gentrification of the City and the major rebuilding of its infrastructure. The various joint programs with Metro and the Texas Department of Transportation began during his time in office. As proud as he was of these accomplishments, Sam often said that his proudest political accomplishment was in bringing together a badly divided City. For many years, Sam served as treasurer and board member of the Bellaire Historical Society, and in 1989, Sam was named "Mr. Bellaire" by the Bellaire/Southwest Houston Chamber of Commerce. Sam was a long-time member of the Bellaire Presbyterian Church [now Christ Church Presbyterian], having joined with his family in 1952 after they moved to Bellaire. Over the years he served as teacher, deacon, elder and trustee. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 18,2010 at 1:00 p.m. at the Christ Church Presbyterian Church, 5001 Bellaire Boulevard, Bellaire with Reverend Lynn Hargrove officiating. Burial will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Huntsville at a date yet to be determined. The family wants to particularly thank Mrs. Erma Hughes, Mrs. Earnestine Davis, Mrs. Marie Forko, Mrs. Gail Glover, Mrs. Evelyn Jones, and Mrs. Emma Saa for their excellent and compassionate care given to our father and grandfather over the last year. Contributions in his memory may be made to: Christ Church Presbyterian, 5001 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, Texas 77401-4497; Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcomb Blvd., Houston, Texas 77030-4123; or The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P. O. Box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210-4486.

Obituary for Samuel M. McKinney III (son of Samuel Jr. and Ottie Mae Sallee), published in the Fairfield Recorder (Fairfield, TX) 16 Feb 2006 : Samuel McKinney III, resident of Fairfield, died February 5 in Fairfield. Mr. McKinney was 54 years old. Funeral services were held February 8 at Fairfield Harmony Presbyterian Church with Rev. Jim Gooch officiating. Mr. McKinney was born on February 18, 1951 in Niskeyuna, New York. He is survived by his wife Rozanne McKinney; father Samuel McKinney, Jr.; sister Anne Dehnisch and her husband Frank of Beeville; nephews Rusty and Scott Dehnisch and many other beloved friends and family. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ottie Mae McKinney. Arrangements were by Capps Memorial Chapel in Fairfield.

After the untimely death of Doshia Prince-Tullis at the age of fifteen Robert remarried in Montgomery County 26 Jun 1898 to Pearl DeBlanche Bradley. She was the daughter of Walter Salisbury Bradley and Frances Mueller. Pearl was born in Montgomery County, TX (probably at Willis) 27 Sept 1881 and died in Liberty County 29 Aug 1963. According to her death certificate, on which document her daughter (Mrs. Ruby Shoemake) was the informant, Pearl died of pulmonary congestion due to arteriosclerosis at the daughter's residence, 407 Liberty Street in Cleveland. She was eighty-one years old. Nothing conclusive concerning Pearl's parentage has yet to be proved. Pace-Stancil Funeral Home of Cleveland, under the direction of O. Manning, was in charge of arrangements and Pearl was buried at the Splendora Cemetery 31 Aug 1963.

Robert and Pearl were living at Splendora in 1910 and her grandfather (William Bradley) was living in their household.

Pearl was widowed in 1930. She can be found in precinct #3 of Harris County, living on Cypress Street in Baytown The document indicates she was the widowed head of the household, fifty-five years old, owned a home (not a farm) valued at $2200.00, and was employed as a sales lady of toilet articles. The document also indicates that she was twenty-one years old at the time of her first marriage when in fact she was three months shy of being seventeen. Her four youngest children were still at home.

Robert and Pearl had thirteen children :

Ruby's husband was Archibald L. Shoemake (Archie). He was the son of Archibald Etheredge Shoemake (1856-1917) and Nancy Ann Beard (1855-1937) who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery. Archie was born at Huffman, TX 14 Mar 1896 and died in Jefferson County, TX 31 Dec 1927. According to his death certificate, on which document his brother-in-law (W. M. Sallee of Daisetta, TX) was the informant, Archie died of broncho-pneumonia at Hotel Dieu Hospital in Beaumont. He was thirty-one years, nine months and seventeen days old. The document indicates that his last residence was 543 Shell Street in Beaumont where he had lived for approximately one year, he was married, and was employed as an oil field worker for Yount-Lee Oil Company. Pipkin & Brulin Company of Beaumont was in charge of arrangements and Archie was buried at the Splendora Cemetery 01 Jan 1928.

In 1930 Ruby was living on Plum Grove Road inside Cleveland city limits; widowed with four dependent children. The document indicates she was twenty-nine years old, owned a home (not a farm) valued at $2000.00, and was employed as a clerk for a dry goods store.

Ruby and Archie were the parents of Lewis B. Shoemake who was born in Montgomery County 04 May 1918 and died in the Philippines 10 Dec 1941 (there is a memorial marker for him at the Splendora Cemetery but he is buried at the Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines; he was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army), Margie Lee Shoemake who was wed first to James Chesterfield Baldwin (1914-1958; son of Robert Basil Baldwin and Myrta Lynch who are buried at the Hollywood Cemetery in Houston) and then in Harris County 09 Dec 1961 to John Allen Carpenter (1913-2004, son of William Emery Carpenter who is buried at the Morales Cemetery in Houston and Ottilie Marie Herrmann who is buried at Forest Park West in Houston), Evie Mae Shoemake (1923-2005) whose husband was Noah Lafloyd Whitener Jr. (1924-1991, son of Noah Sr. who is buried at the Concordia Cemetery in El Paso, TX and Grace Louise H. unknown), and Ruby Mildred Shoemake who married Daniel Alvin Walker.

Obituary for John Allen Carpenter, publication source and date unknown : John Allen Carpenter, D.D.S., 90, passed away August 31, 2004 in Houston, TX. He was born on September 9, 1913 in Houston, Texas. Allen was a graduate of San Jacinto High School, Houston Junior College, and Texas Dental College, where he served as an Associate Professor of Dentistry from 1936 to 1959. He also served in the US Navy during WWII. Allen practiced dentistry until his retirement in 1982. His memberships in professional organizations included The American Dental Association, The Texas Dental Association, The Houston District Dental Society, The American Prosthodontics Society, The American Equilibration Society, The Academy of Occlusodontia, and The Chicago Dental Society. Allen was a Past Secretary, Treasurer, and President of Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Dental Society. He was also a member of Braeburn Country Club, Elkins Lake Country Club, and a charter member of Riverbend Country Club. Golf was Allen's passion and he and Margie traveled to many courses across the country to play. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Emery Carpenter and Ottilie Marie Herrmann Carpenter; his son, Richard Allen Carpenter; and his grandson, Matt Robert Thompson. Allen is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years, Margie Baldwin Carpenter; daughter, Constance Thompson and husband Ned; grandsons, Layne Thompson and wife Kathy, and Josh Carpenter; granddaughter, Shay Carpenter; great-grandchildren, Caitlin and Will Thompson; step-daughters, Sandra Walters, Margie Esse, and Elaine Grasty; 10 step-grandchildren; 11 great-step-grandchildren. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 6 until 8 PM Thursday, September 2, 2004 at The Settegast-Kopf Co., 3320 Kirby Drive. Following a private family graveside service and committal, a memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM Friday, September 3, 2004 in the sanctuary of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer, with Dr. James W. Moore, officiating. Allen's family would like to thank his tireless caregivers, Girtha Johnson, Tomas Ramirez, Daniel Gonzalez, Maria Asian, his nurses, Duane Jones and Carla Cohodes, and Houston Hospice for the care and compassion shown during his illness. In lieu of the usual remembrances, the family requests that memorials may be made to the Houston Area Parkinson Society.

Obituary for Evie Mae Shoemake-Whitener, published in the Cleveland Advocate 20 Jul 2005 : Evie May Whitener, age 81, born September 9, 1923 to Archibald and Ruby Lee Shoemake, passed away on Monday, July 9, 2005. She is survived by her children, Nancy Laura Mays, Charlotte Gay Andrews and James Jim Clark Whitener; sisters Margie Carpenter and Mildred Walker; grandchildren Jay McClain, Beth Alford, Allison McClain, Amy Mauck, Laurie Jarrett, Chris Lewis, LeAnn Fuller, Noah Mays, Nancy McClain, Andy McClain, Charlie Andrews and Melissa Guy; seventeen great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews and other family members and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, Noah L. Whitener. Family and friends gathered together to pay their respects on Thursday, July 14, 2005, at 1:00 p.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Bob White and Rev. Harry Thrasher conducted the service with interment at Pace-Stancil Memorial Rest Gardens.

Viva was wed first to Fred Eugene Roberts. He was the son of John W. Roberts and Amanda J. Lankford. Fred was born in Harrison County, MS 25 May 1906 and died in Harris County 08 Oct 1971. His burial location is not known.

Viva and Fred were the parents of Fred Stephen Roberts who married Michele E. Stojan in Harris County 01 Jun 1968.

After Fred Roberts' death at the age of sixty-five Viva remarried in Harris County 23 Aug 1975 to William Dancy Fort Jr. He was the son of William Sr. (1843-1910) and J. Anna Hamlett (1860-1937). William Dancy Fort Jr. was born at Adams in Robertson County, TN 15 Jun 1900 and died in Harris County, TX 02 Jan 1988. His burial location is not known.

George's wife was Joe Zell Harkey. She was the daughter of George Edward Harkey (1883-1948) and Eliza Alice Jenkins (1889-1962) who are buried at the Magnolia Cemetery in Beaumont, TX. Joe was born in Jefferson County, TX 10 Apr 1912 and died in Hardin County, TX 17 Apr 1998. She was also buried at the Splendora Cemetery.

George and Joe were the parents of George Gaston Tullis Jr. (1930-1963) who married Lorraine A. Guazzerotti (daughter of Joseph Guazzerrotti and Carmela Mandra), and Alice Pearl Tullis who married first to Dudley Eugene Harris (son of Hardy Allen Harris who is buried at the Knupple Cemetery in Silsbee, TX and Nannie Griggs) and then in Jefferson County 07 Feb 1996 to John Wayne McCreight (1916-1997, son of Joe Dark McCreight and Eva Ann Boothe who are buried at the Moss Hill Cemetery in Liberty County).

After George Tullis's death at the age of fifty Joe remarried in Hardin County 06 Mar 1975 to Johnny August Hoffer. He was the son of Dexter Hoffer and unknown. Johnny was born at Fairbanks in Harris County, TX 01 May 1909 and died in Hardin County 16 Jul 1975. According to his death certificate, on which document his wife (Mrs. Joe Zell Hoffer) was the informant, Johnny died of natural causes at his residence in Village Mills, TX. He was sixty-six years, two months and fifteen days old. The document indicates he was a self-employed mechanic, his last residence was Box 673 in Village Mills, he had lived at Village Mills for four months, and was never in the armed forces. Jimmy C. Eads, undertaker, was in charge of arrangements and Johnny was buried at the Splendora Cemetery 18 Jul 1975.

Obituary for George Michael Tullis, published in The Republic (Springfield, MA) 06 Feb 2006 : AGAWAM - George Michael Tullis, 49, of Agawam, passed away on Thursday, February 2, 2006. George was born in Springfield on January 11, 1957, the beloved son of Lorraine (Guazzerotti) Tullis of Springfield and the late George Gaston Tullis. He was a communicant of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Springfield. He was a graduate of Springfield Technical Community College and was employed at Hallmark Cards in Connecticut. George will be dearly missed by his sister, Lynn Langlois and her husband David of Hampden, his nephew, Kyle and niece, Mikayla. George will always be remembered as a loving son, brother, uncle and friend. Funeral services and burial will be private at the request of his family. Memorial donations may be made in George's memory to Wide Horizons for Children, 38 Edge Hill Road, Waltham, MA 02451, Attn: Pat Clark. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Sampson Family Chapels in Springfield.

Frankie was married in Montgomery County 30 Apr 1927 to Rayburn Lanier Hanson Sr. He was the son of Thomas J. Hanson (1875-1951) and Lela Ann Charles (1879-1944) who are buried at Cleveland Memorial Cemetery. Rayburn was born in Texas 16 Feb 1903 and died in Liberty County 02 Oct 1989. He was also buried at Cleveland Memorial Cemetery.

Frankie and Rayburn were the parents of Rayburn Lanier Hanson Jr.(1928-1996) who married Jane Eva Whatley (daughter of Lawson Benjamin Whatley and Edna Ruth Johnson who are buried at the Oak Shade Cemetery near Cleveland) and Frances Laverne Hanson (1931-2006) who was wed first to Mr. Kennedy and then in Dallas County 28 Aug 1969 to Alfred Sigmund Wolfe (1914-1999, son of Henry Wolfe and Lena Baresch who are buried at the Beth Israel Cemetery in Houston).

Nellie was married first to Truman Elwin Phillips in Fort Bend County, TX 09 Mar 1974. He was the son of Cread Phillips (1873-1937) and Lillie Belle Martin (1883-1967) who are buried at the Scotts Ridge Cemetery near Willis, TX. Truman was born in Montgomery County 09 Nov 1916 and died in Harris County 17 May 1986. His burial location is not known.

Nellie and Truman had no children.

After his death she remarried in Montgomery County 01 Oct 1988 to her widowed brother-in-law Oliver Clyde Sallee (1917-1989, son of John V. Sallee and Agnes Young who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery).

Morris was married to Archie Rebecca Brice in Montgomery County 17 Sept 1938. She was the daughter of Warren Thomas Brice (1868-1925) and Nancy Rebecca Shoemake (1878-1969) who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery. Archie was born at Splendora 26 Aug 1914 and died in Liberty County 20 Aug 1986. She was buried at the Splendora Cemetery and shares a double marker with Morris.

They were the parents of Morris Olen Tullis Jr. who married Mary Ann Strange, the daughter of Jessie James Strange Sr. (1919-1984) and Amanda Bell Templeton (1925-1984) who also share a double marker at the Splendora Cemetery.

Obituary for Warren Thomas Brice, published in the Cleveland Advocate 26 Mar 1925 : W. T. Brice, of Splendora, passed from the things of this life at his home Wednesday morning and was buried in the Splendora Cemetery today. He was paralysed on Tuesday, and gradually grew worse until death called him. The doctors say the paralysis was caused by a ruptured blood vesel on his brain. He was 55 years, 11 months and 23 days old. He leaves a wife and 8 children, two of whom are married. They are Mrs. Georgia Pool Dallas, Mrs. Ruby Bodenhammer [sic] of Humble, and Fannie, James and Mollie (twins), Mary Bell, Archie and D. C. Fannie, the oldest of the single children is 17 years old. Mr. Brice also has a sister at Dublin, Texas, whose name we failed to learn. Mrs. Brice is a daughter of Reverend Mr. Shumake [sic] (deceased) who used to live at Splendora.

Bob was married to Margaret Irene Daniels. She was the daughter of Eugene Daniels and Mattie Gilchrist. Margaret was born in Liberty County 22 Jan 1917 and died in Montgomery County 07 Apr 1999. She was buried at Cleveland Memorial Cemetery and shares a double marker with Bob.

Bob and Margaret were the parents of a daughter who was born in Liberty County 24 Apr 1936, Daniel Bruce Tullis (1938-1997) who was married first in Harris County 30 Aug 1958 to Judy Louise Gazette (daughter of Harry Fred Gazette and Helen Louise Mentz who are buried at Forest Park Lawndale in Houston, TX) and then on 08 Aug 1983 to Mary Kathleen Backil (daughter of William Chris Backil who is buried at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas, TX and Mildred Emily Hightower who is buried at the Oakwood Cemetery in Fort Worth, TX) and then in Liberty County 26 Jun 1995 to Sharon Ladonna Jenkins, Margaret Ann Tullis who married Charles Metoyer (1938-1992), and Ronald Bradley Tullis Sr. who was married first to Naomi Faye Collard (daughter of James Marvin Collard and Edith LaFaye Shropshire who are buried at the County Line Cemetery in San Jacinto County) and then in Montgomery County 29 May 1984 to Linda D. Davis.

Nancy's husband was Oliver Clyde Sallee. He was the son of John V. Sallee (1893-1976) and Agnes Young (1896-1918) who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery. Oliver was born in Montgomery County 28 Dec 1917 and died in Harris County 11 Oct 1989. He was buried at the Splendora Cemetery and shares a double marker with Nancy.

Nancy and Oliver were the parents of Robert Nolan Sallee Sr. (1940-1990) whose wife's name was Mary Agnes G. unknown, and Charles Oliver Sallee (1950-2004) who married Gayle Roxanne Renninger.

After Nancy's death in 1987 Oliver married her sister, Nellie, in Montgomery County 01 Oct 1988.

Obituary for Charles Oliver Sallee, published in the Cleveland Advocate 03 Nov 2004 : Charles Oliver Sallee of Splendora, Texas, passed away, Thursday, October 21, 2004 at the age of 54. He was born in Corpus Christi, Texas to Oliver Clyde and Nancy Elizabeth Sallee on January 2, 1950. He is survived by his loving wife, Gayle Roxanne Sallee; daughters, Charlotte Olivia Davis, Angellynn Carole Rankin and husband, Joshua; grandchildren, Zachary William Davis, Bradley Oliver Davis, Vincent Anderson Rankin; nephews, Robert Nolan Sallee, Jr. and Walter Clyde Sallee. Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 27, 2004, 10:30 a.m. at Pace-Stancil/Probst Chapel, Cleveland, Texas. Pastor Gerald Hilley conducted the service with interment at Splendora City Cemetery, Splendora , Texas. A special thanks to the pallbearers, Joshua Rankin, Rich Sallee, Cade Renninger, Garth Renninger, Clyde Sallee, Robert Sallee Jr.; honorary pallbearers, The Sons of Confederate Veterans and The Granberry's Texas Brigade Camp 1479 Conroe, Texas.

The following article pertaining to Robert Nolan Sallee Jr. was published in the Cleveland Advocate 02 Nov 2006 : On Oct. 13, Officer V. Sanchez responded to a verbal disturbance at K-Mart, located at 9470 W. FM 1960, and arrested Robert Nolan Sallee, 45, of Humble, for deadly conduct.

After the death of Robert Bruce Tullis Sr., Pearl remarried in Montgomery County 12 Nov 1934 to Jonathan Hardy Eason (1875-1960, son of James Burrell Eason Sr. who is buried at the Guedry Cemetery in Batson, TX and Rebecca Franklin). That marriage ended in divorce but they were remarried in Montgomery County 24 Aug 1944 and remained together until his death.

TULLIS - Mary Elizabeth and Robert Bruce Tullis Sr. have another sibling, Edmond D. Tullis, buried at the Splendora Cemetery. He was born in Texas (probably in Rusk or Leon County) 08 Jun 1856 and died at Splendora 15 Nov 1920.

Edmond was married in Llano County, TX 25 Dec 1885 to Emily Alice Lewis. She was the daughter of James S. Lewis and Sarah E. Harper (1830-1865) who are buried at the Cedar Cemetery in Fayette County, TX. Emily was born in Fayette County 04 Oct 1861 and died in Llano County 11 Dec 1933. According to her death certificate, on which document her step-son (A. N. Larremore, of Llano) was the informant, Emily died of hemoplegia due to hypertension. She was seventy-two years, two months and seven days old. The document indicates she was buried at the Huffman Cemetery. That would be the Huffman Cemetery at Field Creek in Llano County.

In 1900 Edmond and Emily were living in Crockett County, TX. This document indicates that she was born in October 1861.

In 1910 Edmond and Emily were living in Refugio County, TX. Also in their household was a ten-year-old boy named John Lewis, identified as a nephew. He was the son of one of Emily's brothers.

In 1920 Edmond and Emily were living at Splendora. This document indicates that Emily was born about 1861 and she had been married for thirty-five years..

There is no evidence to show that Edmond and Emily had any children surviving to adulthood.

After Edmond's death Emily remarried to John Washington Larremore. He was born in Arkansas 12 Mar 1849 and died in Llano County, TX 13 Feb 1935. According to his death certificate, on which document his son (A. N. Larremore, of Castell) was the informant, John died of hemoplegia due to general senility. He was eighty-five years, ten months and twenty-eight days old. The document indicates he was also buried at the Huffman Cemetery.

HERNDON - Isham S. Herndon was born in Colleton District, SC 06 May 1820 and died a few miles east of Splendora 22 Jan 1900. He was buried at the Splendora Cemetery.

Isham's first wife was Mahalia Overstreet and they were married in Hamilton County, FL 10 Feb 1842. She was the daughter of George Eason Overstreet and Molsey Lankford. Mahalia died in Hamilton County 20 Sept 1869 and is alleged to be buried there at the Bellville Baptist Cemetery. That cemetery is also referred to as the Herndon or Bethleham Cemetery. The earliest recorder burials there are from the 1850s and include several members of the Herndon and Bevell (or Beville) families who were intermarried. It appears that the land this cemetery occupies must have been a part of one of the Herndon or Bevell homesteads.

Isham and Mahalia were the parents of Richard E., Caroline, Mary Ann, and Hansford Pleasant Herndon.

After Mahalia's death Isham moved to Echols County, GA and remarried there in 1870 to Nancy Centerfit (daughter of Gabriel Centerfit and Elisabeth unknown). Nancy was born in South Carolina 26 Jan 1840 and died from a rattlesnake bite in Echols County, GA 17 Jun 1874. Her burial location is not known.

Isham and Nancy were the parents of Florence, Charles Columbus Sr., and Damzel C. Herndon.

After Nancy's death in 1874 Isham married her sister, Martha E. Centerfit, in Echols County 02 Jan 1876. They had no children. Martha was born in South Carolina 28 Nov 1837 and died in Montgomery County, TX 23 Sept 1905. She was buried at the Splendora Cemetery.

Isham Herndon enlisted in the Confederate States Army 08 Mar 1863 at Camp Walker and was mustered-in to Co. I of the 4th Georgia Calvary (Clinch's) under Capt. John C. Nicholls. He served until 03 Apr 1864.

Isham Herndon came to Montgomery County with his family in about 1881 and settled at Conroe. By 1890 he and all of his children had moved to the east side of the county and settled along the banks of the East San Jacinto River.

Dick was married first to Lurana Wilkerson who was born in Georgia in 1851 and died at New Caney in 1908 and was also buried at the Splendora Cemetery.

Dick and Lurana were the parents of Seymore Edward Herndon (1870-1939) who was married in Montgomery County 10 May 1899 to Milinda Caroline Johnson (1881-1967, daughter of John Wesley Johnson who is buried at the Splendora Cemetery and Nancy Cowart), Richard Walter Herndon (1871-1959) who was wed in Montgomery County 09 Feb 1902 to Coca Bell Wise (1880-1967, daughter of Jeremiah Franklin Wise and Laura Louise McGee who are buried at the Mount Pisgah Community Cemetery in Woodville, TX), Charles Isom "Dock" Herndon (1874-1947) who was married in Montgomery County 17 May 1900 to Mary Holloway (1884-1955, daughter of Joseph Holloway and Josephine M. Jones), Sarah Ellen Herndon (1877-1944) who was married in Montgomery County 09 Nov 1893 to Jesse Basil Casey (1873-1943, son of James Casey and Eliza Ann Meyer who are buried at the Whispering Pines Cemetery near Groceville in Montgomery County), John Herndon (1879-1905) who was married a few miles east of Splendora 08 Nov 1901 to Eva Burton (1883-1967, daughter of Levi S. Burton and Sarah Ann Jones), Minnie Pearl Herndon (1882-1921) who was wed first in Harris County 07 Jun 1899 to Dr. Riley L. Wooten (1870-1948, son of William James Wooten whose burial location is not known and Florida Erwin who is buried at the Hempstead Cemetery in Waller County, TX) and then to Dr. Wooten again in Montgomery County 14 Feb 1904 and then in Montgomery County 05 Feb 1907 to Isaac Berry Beard (1884-1966, son of William Albert Beard Sr. who is buried at the Boykin Cemetery and Sarah Ann Shoemake who is buried at the Splendora Cemetery), and Ellis Herndon who was born about 1884 at Conroe and died before 1900.

After Lurana's death in 1908 Dick remarried to Louisa Ella Tanner at New Caney 02 Feb 1913. She was the daughter of Dr. Franklin Marion Tanner and Mary Ann Melton. Louisa was born in Liberty County 17 Jan 1876 and died of pulmonary tuberculosis at Humble, TX 14 Apr 1950 and was buried at the Splendora Cemetery.

Dick and Louisa's only child was Mary Ann Herndon (1913-1974) who married Monroe Timothy Sikes (1901-1956, son of William Brown Sikes and Laura Myers who are buried at the Union Hill Cemetery in Bedias, TX).

Louisa was previously married to Dr. William E. Jackson Sr. (1848-1932, son of Edward B. Jackson and Magdeline Charles) with whom she had a daughter named Johnnie Pearl Jackson (1906-1994) who was wed first in Montgomery County 10 Mar 1923 to Hansford Stayton Terrell (1881-1971, son of Connor Kinchen Terrell and Caroline Herndon who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery) and then in Montgomery County 06 Jan 1973 to Ellis Aubrey Evans (1902-1998, son of Jessie M. Evans whose burial location is not known and Carrie Youngblood who is buried at the Hickory Grove Cemetery in Montgomery County, TX).

After Dick Herndon's death in 1927 Louisa married his half-brother Charles Columbus Herndon Sr. (1871-1958).

Caroline was married in Lowndes County, GA in 1873 to Connor Kinchen Terrell. He was the son of John Terrell and Elizabeth Jane unknown. Connor was born in Marion County, FL 06 Dec 1846 and died in Liberty County, TX 01 Aug 1922 and was also buried at the Splendora Cemetery.

Caroline and Connor were the parents of James William Terrell (1874-1919) who was married in Montgomery County 17 Jul 1898 to Mary Louisa Myers (1881-1949, daughter of William Thornton Myers whose burial location is not known and Fannie Martha Slater who is buried at the Wells Cemetery near Cleveland, TX), Sarah J. Terrell (1875-1894) who married Walter Bohannon (son of Benjamin Bohannon and Jane unknown), John T. Terrell who was born about 1877 and died before 1900 and was buried at the Splendora Cemetery, Mary Terrell who was born about 1879 and died before 1910 and was buried at the Splendora Cemetery (she never married), Isom Terrell who was born about 1879 and died before 1900 and was buried at the Splendora Cemetery, Hansford Stayton Terrell (1881-1971) who was married in Montgomery County 10 Mar 1923 to Johnnie Pearl Jackson (1906-1994, daughter of Dr. William E. Jackson Sr. who is buried at the Ryan Cemetery in Tarkington Prairie and Louisa Ella Tanner who is buried at the Splendora Cemetery), and Liller Mehilia Terrell (1886-1964) who was wed first to an unknown spouse and then in Montgomery County 13 Feb 1924 to J. W. Lockridge and then to Arthur Elias Clark (1869-1936, son of Elias Arthur Clark and Matilda Hickman).

Death notice for J. W. Lockridge, published in the Cleveland Advocate 23 Dec 1926 : J. W. Lockridge, of Plum Grove, died of acute indigestion Tuesday night. He and another man were in the woods hunting when he was taken sick and died.

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Connor Kinchen (left) and Caroline Herndon-Terrell

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LEFT : John T. Terrell - born about 1877 Valdosta/Lowndes County, GA - died before 1900 Montgomery County, TX
RIGHT : Mary "Mollie" Terrell - born : about 1879 Valdosta/Lowndes County, GA - died : 1900-1910 Montgomery County, TX

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Isom Terrell
born : about 1879 Echols County, GA
died : before 1900 Montgomery County, TX

Hans was married in Montgomery County 28 Apr 1891 to Martha Elizabeth Dunham (Pattie). She was the daughter of John H. Dunham whose burial location is not known and Martha Elizabeth Meyer (1854-1875) who is buried at the Providence Cemetery in Lavaca County, TX. Pattie was born in Lavaca County 20 Oct 1875 and died in Montgomery County 06 Feb 1935. According to her death certificate, on which document her husband (H. Herndon, of Splendora) was the informant, Pattie died of lobar pneumonia at her residence in Splendora. She was fifty-nine years, eight months and twenty-three days old. Hill & Hill, undertaker, of Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements and Pattie was buried at the Splendora Cemetery 07 Feb 1935. She shares a double marker with Hans.

Hans was an agent in 1911 for William Harvard Borders who owned a saw mill at "Thomas Switch" (or "Thoms Switch") within a mile south of Splendora. The mill was leased that year to R.E. Causey and E.J. Maxey. Two years later Borders sold Causey and Maxey a steam engine with an Atlas boiler and a planer, as indicated in Montgomery County Bills of Sale, Vol. 2, May 1913, pages 262-263.

Hans and Pattie Herndon were the parents of Florence Onelia Herndon (1891-1979) who was wed first in Montgomery County 17 Feb 1911 to W. R. Brown and then in Montgomery County 13 Oct 1915 to Eugene Rector Porter (1887-1954, son of Seth Allen Porter whose burial location is not known and Artimage Miranda Carter who is buried at the Splendora Cemetery), Cary Powell Herndon (1894-1979) who was married at Conroe 27 Mar 1916 to Sibble Margaret Holcomb (1896-1985, daughter of William Holcomb and Callie unknown), Iler Lorane Herndon (1896-1968) who was wed first in Montgomery County 05 Jan 1913 to Eugene Rector Porter (1887-1954, son of Seth Allen Porter whose burial location is not known and Artimage Miranda Carter who is buried at the Splendora Cemetery) and then in Harris County 02 Apr 1916 to William Frederick Roberts Sr. (1870-1930, son of William George Roberts and Fannie Beale Mitchell) and then in Harris County 12 Jan 1933 to Freddie Ludie Wells (1903-1970, son of Elishia Wells who is buried at the Vick Cemetery in New Caney and Ila Cagle who is buried at Rosewood Memorial Park in Humble), Daisy L. Herndon who was born at Splendora 13 Jul 1897 and died there 09 Jan 1899 and was buried at the Splendora Cemetery, Lee Etta Herndon (1902-1994) who was wed first in Harris County 07 Jun 1920 to Pete Barron Silcox Jr. (1900-1963, son of Pete Sr. and Mary Ann Rawls who are buried at Rosewood Memorial Park in Humble, TX) and then to Mr. Hadley, William H. Herndon who was born at Splendora 02 Dec 1902 and died there 05 Aug 1905 and was buried at the Splendora Cemetery, Clinton Hansford Herndon (1906-1970) whose wife was Byrd Antoinette Purvis (1918-1990, daughter of Arthur Green Purvis and Josephine L. Rice who are buried at the Hill of Rest Cemetery in Baytown), Nettie Herndon who was born and died in Montgomery County in May of 1908 and was buried at the Splendora Cemetery, John Willis Herndon Sr. (1910-2005) who married Mable Mae Moorman (1915-2003, daughter of James Franklin Moorman and Allie Mae Wright who are buried at Cleveland Memorial Cemetery), Casey Herndon who was born in Montgomery County in March of 1912 and died there in July of 1912 and was buried at the Splendora Cemetery, and Novie Fay Herndon (1913-1990) whose husband was Grover Elgin Vordenbaum (1894-1970, son of Henry Friederich Vordenbaum who is buried at City Cemetery #2 in San Antonio, TX and Bertha Augusta Dora Winkel who is buried in Llano County, TX).

Obituary for Cary William Herndon Sr. (son of Cary Powell Herndon and Sibble Margaret Holcomb), published in the Starkville Daily News (Starkville, MS) 29 Mar 2004 : Funeral services for Cary William Herndon Sr. will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Fellowship Baptist Church at 1491 Frye Road. Burial will be in the New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Cornell Daughtry will officiate. Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Welch Funeral Home, which is handling the arrangements. Mr. Herndon died Friday, March 26, 2004, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was 80. A Westfield, Texas, native and Starkville resident, he was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, a member and deacon at Fellowship Baptist Church and a Gideon. He was retired with Southwestern Elevator. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Lamb Herndon of Starkville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Alice and Sherman Potts of Elmo, Wash., and Karen and Lanny Bateman of Starkville; one son and daughter-in-law, Cary William "Bill and Gwen Herndon of Starkville; 10 sisters, three stepchildren, 16 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to Fellowship Baptist Church or to Gideon International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, Tenn., 37214-0800.

Obituary for Lenora Hassell-Herndon (daughter-in-law of Cary Powell Herndon and Sibble Margaret Holcomb), publication source and date unknown : LENORA HERNDON, 78, of Alief, died Thursday, July 21, 2005. Mrs. Herndon was born in Alief, Texas on June 12, 1927, to Edgar Ernest Hassell and Roxie Jane Bagwell Hassell. She retired from Alief Independent School District after 25 years of faithful service in the Nutrition Department. Mrs. Herndon was a lifetime resident of Alief, and the greatest joy in her life was her great granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Clinton Ellis Herndon on November 22, 1998. Her survivors include two daughters, Susan Zettel and her husband Henry, and Phyllis Herndon; granddaughter, Tammy Rich; great granddaughter, Amanda Rich; three sisters, Juanita Wallace, Laverne Roberts and her husband Earl, and Vivian Thompson and her husband Melvin; brother and sister-in-law, W. E. and Laverne Hassell; and brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to a visitation with thefamily from 6:00 P. M. until 8:00 P. M. Sunday, July 24, 2005, at Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home, 12800 Westheimer Road at Dairy Ashford. Funeral Services will be conducted at 1:00 P. M. Monday, July 25, 2005, in the Chapel of Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home, with Rev. Ernest Budiwig officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery. Honored to serve as Pallbearers will be, Tommy Thompson, Russell Bryant, David Wallace, Randy Roberts, Leonard Robinson, and Steve Lourey.

Obituary for Dorothy Lorraine Wells-Weaver (daughter of Iler Lorane Herndon and Freddie Ludie Wells), published in the Cleveland Advocate 23 Aug 2000 : Services for Dorothy Lorraine Weaver, 64 of Liberty, Texas were held at 10:00 a.m. August 12, 2000 at Lord's Chapel in Splendora, Texas under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home of Cleveland. Weaver died July 29, 2000. Survivors include husband, James D. Weaver; children, James L. Weaver, Otis C. Weaver, Russel L. Weaver, Angelia C. White and Marina T. Biddle; siblings, Joe Roberts, Monroe Wells, Alma Willis and Lee Wells; grandchildren, James M. Weaver, Jason B. Swearingen, Sabrina L. Smith, Anthony W. White, Gwendolyn N. Weaver, Stephanie R. Weaver, James A. Weaver, Rebecca L. Weaver, Gary K. Biddle Jr., Jacob W. White, Dorothy J. Weaver and Christopher L. Weaver; two great grandchildren.

Obituary for John Willis Herndon Sr., publication source and date unknown : John W. "Papa" Herndon, Sr. born on September 17, 1910, entered eternal rest on February 19, 2005. He is survived by his Son, John Herndon and wife, Dolly; Daughter, Jo Ann Thomas and husband, Jimmy; Grandchildren, Randy Herndon and wife Cindy, Elizabeth Harris and husband Michael, Nanette Lynch and husband Rob, Rebecca Harris and husband James; Great Grandchildren, Jennifer McMahan and husband Donnie, Christopher Herndon, Kristen Herndon, Whitney Lynch, Kayla Lynch, Abigail Harris; Great-Great Grandchildren, Camron McMahan and Cadie Mae McMahan. Funeral services were held February 21, 2005 at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel, Cleveland, Texas, with Dr. Howell W. Burkehead officiating. Interment was at Montague Cemetery, Cleveland, Texas.

Obituary for Mable Mae Moorman-Herndon, publication source and date unknown : Mable Mae Herndon, 88, of Cleveland, Tex., passed away May 20, 2003 at the Cleveland Regional Medical Center. She was a native of Votaw, Tex. Services were held May 22, 2003 at the Pace Stancil/Probst Chapel with Rev. Howell Burkhead officiating. Burial followed at the Montague Cemetery. She is survived by her husband J.W. Herndon, Sr.; one son, John Herndon and wife, Dolly; one daughter, Jo Ann Thomas and husband, Jimmy. Her grandchildren are Randy Herndon and wife, Cindy, Elizabeth Harris and husband, Michael, Nanette Lynch and husband Rob, Rebecca Harris and husband, James; great-grandchildren, Jennifer McMahan and husband, Donnie, Christopher Herndon, Kristen Herndon, Whitney Lynch, Kayla Lynch, Abigail Harris and great-great-grandchild is Camron McMahan. Pallbearers were Randy Herndon, Christopher Herndon, Michael Harris, James Harris, Rob Lynch, Donnie McMahan, Monty Odom and Johnny Hauke.

Charles was married first in Montgomery County 14 Mar 1895 to Ella T. Holloway. She was the daughter of Joseph Holloway and Josephine M. Jones. Ella was born in Calhoun County, AR 24 Jan 1878 and died in Liberty County, TX 19 Sept 1960. According to her death certificate, on which document she is identified as Ella Treadway and her daughter (Mrs. Pearl Mitchell) was the informant, Ella fell at her home and struck her head on the end of the bed, suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. She was eighty-two years old. The document indicates that she was widowed at the time of death and her last residence was 1811 Cos Street in Liberty, TX. Pace-Stancil Funeral Home of Liberty, under the direction of Virginia McNeel, was in charge of arrangements and Ella was buried at the Liberty City Cemeter.

Charles and Ella were the parents of Isham Younger Herndon (1896-1976) who was married first to Elsie Anthonet Matthews (1903-1931, daughter of Anon A. Matthews Sr. and Mary Emma Heinen who are buried at the Greenlawn Cemetery in Port Arthur, TX) and then to Ann Elizabeth Bailey (1912-1980), Josey Herndon who was born at Splendora 06 Jun 1897 and died there 12 Jul 1898 and was buried at the Splendora Cemetery, Charles Columbus Herndon (1899-1967) whose wife was Esther Mae Edgar (1906-1972, daughter of Waddie Ralston Edgar and Mary Rosella Fivecoat who are buried at the Peebles Cemetery in Polk County), Joseph Daniel Herndon Sr. (1902-1936) who was married to Hallie Bell Johnston (1905-1993, daughter of Silas J. Johnston and Mary Aderine Mizell who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery), Mable Herndon who was born about 1903 in Texas and nothing more is known about her, and Annie Arzola Herndon (1907-1982) who was married first to William Richard James Sr. and then to Mr. Powers.

Charles and Ella were divorced shortly after 1907 and she remarried first to Mr. Durham whose identity is not known. Their only child was Pearl Durham (1910-2003) whose husband was William Warren Mitchell (1910-1982, son of John Franklin Mitchell and Audrey R. Tucker who are buried at the Rosedale Cemetery in Sour Lake).

Ella and Mr. Durham were divorced before 1916 and she remarried in Harris County 11 Aug 1916 to L. Blackie Hamm..

Ella and Blackie Hamm were divorced before 1930. In 1930 she was living in the household of her son Joseph at Pickett in Liberty County.

Ella was married to Mr. Treadway after 1930 and he died prior to 1960. Nothing more is known about him.

Charles Herndon's second wife was Susie Morley and they weremarried in Harris County 21 Dec 1919. She was born about 1860 and died before 1930. Charles and Susie were living in Harris County in 1920. Nothing more is known about her.

Charles' third wife was Louisa Ella Tanner (1876-1950), daughter of Dr. Franklin Marion Tanner and Mary Ann Melton. She was born at Dayton, TX 17 Jan 1876 and died of pulmonary tuberculosis at her home near Humble 14 Apr 1950. She was buried at the Splendora Cemetery.

Lou was previously married to Dr. William E. Jackson Sr., son of Edward B. Jackson and Magdeline Charles. William was born in Liberty County 30 Sept 1848 and died at Hightower in Liberty County 28 May 1932. He was buried at the Ryan Cemetery in Tarkington Prairie. William and Lou's only child was Johnnie Pearl Jackson (1906-1994) who was wed first in Montgomery County 10 Mar 1923 to Hansford Stayton Terrell (1881-1971, son of Connor Kinchen Terrell and Caroline Herndon who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery) and then in Montgomery County 06 Jan 1973 to Ellis Aubrey Evans (1902-1998, son of Jessie M. Evans whose burial location is not known and Carrie Youngblood who is buried at the Hickory Grove Cemetery in Montgomery County).

Lou and Dr. Jackson were divorced before 1910 and she remarried to Charles Herndon's half-brother, Richard E. Herndon (1847-1927), at New Caney 02 Feb 1913.

Lou and Dick's only child was Mary Ann Herndon (1913-1974) who married Monroe Timothy Sikes (1901-1956, son of W. Brown Sikes and Laura Myers who are buried at the Union Hill Cemetery in Bedias, TX).

Obituary for Larry William James (son of Annie Arzola Herndon and William Richard James Sr.), publication source and date unknown : Funeral services were held Thursday, August 28, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. for Larry William James, 77, of Raywood, at the Batson Community Center. Interned followed with a graveside service at 3:00 p.m. at Freeman Cemetery in New Caney. He was a native of Rusk, but he had lived in Raywood and was a truck driver. Mr. James passed away on Sunday, August 24, 2008 at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown. Survivors include his sons, Larry D. James and wife, Margaret Jean, of Alvin and Jesse Williams James and his wife, Elsie, of Magnolia; daughters, Lisa Cocras and husband, Jerry, of Raywood, Fred Dee Meche and husband, Jerry, of Devers and Helen Calhoun of Coldspring; brother, William Robert James and wife, Joyce, of New Caney; sister, Anita Johnston; grandchildren, Bobby, Sharon, Ashley, Amy, Danielle, Steven, Jesse, Ashley, Katy, Frank, Lynn, Jay, Jennifer and Nicki; and 15 great-grandchildren. Services were entrusted to Faith & Family Funeral Service, Batson.

Obituary for Ellis Aubrey Evans, published in the Houston Chronicle 24 Feb 1998 : Ellis Aubrey Evans, 95, of Pasadena, Texas, passed away February 23, 1998. He is survived by: Children: Raymond C. Evans and wife Jackie, Doris Rice and husband Pete, Barbara Creamer and husband Wendell; Brother: H.H. Few; Step children and their families; fourteen grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Services will be held 2:00 pm Wednesday, February 25, 1998 at Pace-Stancil Chapel, Cleveland, Texas. Interment will follow at Splendora Cemetery.

FLOWERS - James Thomas Flowers was born in Tennessee 16 Feb 1860 and died at Splendora 01 Mar 1918. He was buried at Splendora Cemetery and has a Woodmen of the World marker.

James' wife was Florence Irene Pridgen and they were married in about 1887. She was the daughter of Henry Allen Pridgen (1832-1908) and Sarah Louise Bland (1849-1946) who are buried at Wylie Cemetery in Collin County, TX. Florence was born at Wylie 28 Jul 1870 and died in Liberty County, TX 31 Aug 1948. According to her death certificate, on which document her daughter (Mrs. J. J. Giles, of Splendora) was the informant, Florence died of apoplexy at the Cleveland Hospital at about 1:30 pm. She had developed apoplexy during the three weeks preceding her death and had been under the care of Dr. Walter Leggett who last saw her alive 15 Aug 1948. She was 78 years, 1 month, and 3 days old. The document indicates her residence was at Splendora and she was a widowed housewife. Pace-Stancil Funeral Home of Cleveland was in charge of arrangements and Florence was buried at Splendora Cemetery 01 Sept 1948.

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Left to right: James Thomas Flowers & Florence Irene Pridgen-Flowers
photos courtesy Barbara Jean Lee-Hamilton

Florence had a brother named Jesse Dee Pridgen whose wife was Mattie Fannie Presswood. They were married at Splendora 11 Dec 1904 and Justice of the Peace William Jeremiah Richardson presided over the ceremony. Mattie was the daughter of John Jackson Presswood Sr. and Dora Kyser who are buried at Splendora Cemetery. It is not known when Jesse or Mattie died. Jesse's burial location is still a mystery but Mattie is buried at Splendora Cemetery. Her grave marker shows only her name (Mattie Presswood) with no dates and no indication that she was married. Jesse and Mattie were the parents of Netina Ethel Pridgen (1905-1934) who married Julian William Blackwell Sr. (1903-1986), and Hattie Florence Pridgen who married Durrell Leon Gray (1911-1962, son of Charles D. Gray who is buried at Elm Grove Cemetery in Roddy, TX and Alice Tobitha McEachern who is buried at Holly Springs Cemetery in Canton, TX). Netina died of septicemia from phlebitis and acute pyonephrosis. She was buried at Palacios City Cemetery in Matagorda County. Julian Blackwell was buried at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Another of Florence's siblings was Walter Rufus Pridgen. He was born in Dallas County, TX in 1875, died at Bowie in Montague County in 1920, and was buried at Willis Cemetery in Montgomery County. Walter's wife was Mary Helen Nelson and they were married in Collin County 15 Nov 1896. She was born in Young County, TX 17 Feb 1879, died at Vernon in Wilbarger County, TX 24 Oct 1928. She was also buried at Willis Cemetery. In 1910 Walter, Helen, and two daughters were living in Pontotoc County, OK. They relocated to Montgomery County in about 1916. Walter became postmaster at Splendora 05 Apr 1917 after that position had been vacated by Fred Williams. Walter served as postmaster until 28 Oct 1919, at which time the position was handed down to Ruth Hall-Cox, the first postmistress. Walter and Mary were the parents of Ola Pridgen (1897-1917) who was married in Harris County 08 Nov 1915 to Ernest Platte (1894-1917), and Lillie Mae Pridgen (1905-1982) who married Walter Augusta Lumpkin (1900-1973). Ola died of malarial fever, Ernest died of appendicitis, and they are buried at the German Society Cemetery (Washington Cemetery) in Houston. Lillie and Walter are buried at Willis Cemetery.

James and Florence Flowers moved to the Splendora area in about 1895 with two daughters. On the 1900 census of precinct #2, Montgomery County, their residence was situated within a mile west of Splendora on present-day FM 2090. The document indicates James was employed as a teamster and was not living on a farm. The nearest neighbors on one side of the Flowers residence were Andrew Jackson Ward (Eudora Murphy), Jeremiah Prophet Duke (Mary Elizabeth Tullis) and Nelson T. Norton (Maggie E. Caudle); on the other side was Henry Gabriel Wise (Annie Laura Bradshaw). At the time of the 1900 census enumeration, James and Florence had been married for thirteen years. Three children had been born to them and two were living.

When the Flowers family first moved to East Montgomery County James purchased a small parcel of land which was initially a part of the "Jerry Duke Place" and that is the residence referenced on the 1900 census. The Flowers family lived there for about six years. James then purchased a tract of land in the heart of Splendora from William M. Patton and built a new home on that land by 1902. The First Baptist Church of Splendora that exists today is situated upon the land that was once owned by James Flowers. The home of his daughter, Sallie Etta Flowers-Giles, is also still standing on this property.

James Thomas Flowers was Justice of the Peace at Splendora in 1908 according to the 1908 Annual Report of Texas Secretary of State William R. Davie. There exists a marriage record indicating that there must have been two justices for East Montgomery County living at Splendora in 1908. James Flowers' daughter, Sallie Etta, was married to Jessie James Giles at Splendora 06 Sept 1908. William Jeremiah Richardson, JP, presided over that ceremony. As for Richardson, there are other marriage records indicating he was JP at Splendora 1897-1909.

In 1910, the Flowers family were living at Splendora and James was employed as a farmer. The document indicates he and Florence had been married 23 years and neither had been previously married. Florence indicated four children had been born to her and three were living.

James Thomas Flowers was Justice of the Peace at Splendora in 1914 according to the 1914 Annual Report of Texas Secretary of State F. C. Weinert. James presided over the marriage of Britt Freeman to Sarah Elizabeth Duke, 10 Jan 1915. The document was signed J. T. Flowers, J. of Peace, Montgomery Co., Splendora, Tex.

In 1920, Florence Flowers had been widowed two years. She was living at Splendora in the household of her son-in-law, Jessie James Giles.

In 1930 Florence was living at Splendora in a home she owned valued at $300.

James Flowers served as the second Justice of the Peace at Splendora from about 1908-1916 while simultaneously managing his private farm. According to the 1916 Biennial Report of the Secretary of State, Charles Reinhart [sic] (Reinhardt) was Justice of the Peace in this precinct and was living at New Caney.

James and Florence were the parents of 5 children:

Lillian was married in Harris County 24 Jan 1909 to Joseph Beckham Richardson (Joe). He was the son of Benjamin Erastus Richardson (1861-1944) who is buried at Splendora Cemetery and Ella Gibson whose burial location is not known. Joe was born in Bienville Parish, LA 15 Apr 1888 and died in Harris County, TX 24 May 1947. According to his death certificate, on which document his son (L. B. Richardson, of Houston) was the informant, Joe had Hodgkins Disease and died at the Methodist Hospital in Houston of complications due to staphyloccocic septicemia. The document indicates that Joe was married at the time of his death, was a foreman for the Texas Creosote Company and had lived in Harris County for forty years. His last residence was 1205 King Street in Houston. Settegast-Kopf Co., under the direction of John W. Morrow, was in charge of arrangements and Joe was buried at Brookside Memorial Park 26 May 1947.

According to an item published in the Conroe Courier 19 Jul 1912, "Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Richardson of Houston are visiting the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Flowers."

Joe filled out his WWI draft registration card in Harris County, TX 05 Jun 1917 in the presence of registrar Thomas William Dee and was then living at 116 Earl Street in Houston. The document indicates he was born at Ringgold, LA 15 Apr 1888, was employed as a material inspector for the Southern Pacific Railroad out of Houston, had a wife and two children, was of medium height and medium build, had gray eyes and brown hair, and had no physical handicaps.

Joe filled out his WWII draft registration card in Harris County, TX 27 Apr 1942 and was then living at 2605 Bringhurst Street in Houston. The document indicates he was born in Ringgold, LA 15 Apr 1888 and was employed by the Texas Creosoting Company of Houston. He was 5' 8" tall, weighed 187 lbs., had a ruddy complexion with blue eyes, and black hair and had scars on his left hand, forehead and right eye.

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Left to right: Joe, Lloyd & Aubrey Richardson, Jesse James Giles & Pat O'Reilly Jr.
photo courtesy Barbara Jean Lee-Hamilton

Lillian and Joe were the parents of Aubrey T. Richardson of whom nothing is known, and Lloyd Benjamin Richardson (1912-1981) whose wife was Fannie Viola Gerald (1915-1993, daughter of Richard Carney Gerald who is buried at Edna Cemetery in Jackson County, TX and Lela Belle Williams who is buried at Forest Park Lawndale in Houston).

Sallie's husband was Jesse James Giles (pronounced Jiles), a nephew of William Washington Burrow. They were married at Splendora 06 Sept 1908 and Justice of the Peace William Jeremiah Richardson presided over the ceremony. Jesse was the son of Jefferson Davis Giles (1861-1886) and Miranda Texas Burrow (1861-1937) who are buried at Creagleville Cemetery in Van Zandt County, TX. Jesse was born in Van Zandt County 27 Dec 1883 and died in Liberty County, TX 12 Aug 1975. According to his death certificate, on which document his son (Edward Washington Giles) was the informant, Jesse died of cerebral vascular accident due to generalized arteriosclerosis at Leggett Memorial Hospital in Cleveland. He was 81 years old. The document indicates he was a retired custodian of public schools, was married at the time of death, was never in the armed forces, and his last residence was P. O. Box 74, Splendora (inside city limits). Pace-Stancil Funeral Home of Cleveland, under the direction of Orrell Manning, was in charge of arrangements and Jesse was buried at Splendora Cemetery 14 Aug 1975. He shares a double marker with Sallie.

Jesse filled out his WWI draft registration card in Montgomery County, TX 12 Sept 1918 in the presence of registrar Pickens Rutledge Clarke and was then living at Splendora. The document indicates he was born 27 Dec 1883, his wife was Sallie E. Giles, he was a farmer for himself, was of medium height and slender build, had blue eyes and light brown hair, and had lost an eye.

In 1930 Sallie and Jessie were renting a farm for $8 monthly in precinct #6 of Liberty County, outside Cleveland city limits, in the Plum Grove area. Jesse was a farmer. Their neighbor on one side was William Wilburn Coleman (Mary Beatrice Crawford), and on the other was the family of Paul Patterson Willis (Lillie Mae Isaacks).

Jesse filled out his WWII draft registration card in Montgomery County, TX 27 Apr 1942 in the presence of registrar James Harold Ware and was then living at Splendora. The document indicates he was born in Van Zandt County, TX 27 Dec 1883 and was self-employed (no field of employment specified). He was 6' 1” tall, weighed 130 pounds, and had a ruddy complexion with blue eyes and brown hair.

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Jesse Giles with sons (left to right): Billy, Pat & Edward
photo courtesy Barbara Jean Lee-Hamilton

Sallie and Jesse were the parents of Windell Jefferson Giles (1910-1943) who was married in Montgomery County 08 Nov 1934 to Clara Etta Alsobrooks (1912-1975, daughter of Henry Allen Alsobrooks who is buried at Cleveland Memorial Cemetery and Bessie Lea Newsom who is buried at Eula Cemetery in Callahan County, TX), Calvin Preston Giles Sr. (1911-1996) who was called "Red" and was married to Evelyn Jewel Bohannon (1919-1996, daughter of Richard Manuel Bohannon and Katie Pearl Lum who are buried at Plum Grove Cemetery), James Elby Giles Sr. (1919-1999) who was wed first to Aubrette Ernestine Jones (1922-1980, daughter of Samuel T. Jones and Lela Josey) and then in Harris County 16 Jul 1949 to Bernice Elizabeth Shepard (1918-1999, daughter of Jake H. Shepard Sr and Kathryn Strickland who are buried at Resthaven Cemetery in Houston), Pat Malone Giles Sr. who was wed in Montgomery County 12 Sept 1948 to Lilla Marie Ellis, Edward Washington Giles (1928-2002) who married Martha Louise Horne (daughter of Owen Russell Horne and Julia Owen), and Billy Gene Giles who married Ethel Rae Beshears (1940-1985, daughter of Virgie Othel Beshears and Dovie May Flannigan who are buried at San Jacinto Memorial Park in Harris County).

The following article pertaining to Windell Jefferson Giles was published in the Galveston Daily News, 21 Aug 1943: LA PORTE MEN KILLED - Houston, Tex., Aug. 20 - Two men were killed and three others injured today when a 4300-gallon gasoline truck and a light pickup were in collision near La Porte, the police department reported. The dead: Wendell [sic] Giles and C. J. Coffin, both of La Porte.

Obituary for Edward Washington Giles, published in the Cleveland Advocate 27 Nov 2002: Services for Edward D. Giles, 74, were held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 23, 2002 at United Baptist Church, Splendora, Texas. Interment followed at Splendora City Cemetery, in Splendora, Texas. Giles was born June 29, 1928 and died on November 19, 2002. Survivors include wife, Martha L. Giles; daughters, Barbara Pickering; Lou Ann Barrow and husband Skip; son, Jesse O. Giles, Sr.; brother, Pat Giles and wife, Marie; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and many friends. Under the Direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home.

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Left: Corpus Christi Caller-Times, 23 Nov 1952; Right: Corpus Christi Times 08 Dec 1952

Obituary for Billy Wade Giles (son of Billy Gene Giles and Ethel Rae Beshears), published in the Conroe Courier 17 Sept 2008: Billy Wade Giles, of Montgomery, Texas, passed away on Friday, September 12, 2008, at the age of 51. He is survived by his loving family; wife, Margaret Denise Giles; sons, William Wade Giles and Jeremy Wade Giles, and father, Billy Giles; sisters, Terry Martin, Pam Giles, Tracy and Mike Kubeczka; and brother, Rodney and Sue Lynn Giles. He was preceded in death by his sister, Debra Giles; brother Coby Giles; and mother, Ethel Ray Giles. Billy was a very loving man, father and husband. He loved to hunt and fish and loved his dogs. Billy Wade was one of a kind. He loved his sons. We will always miss you daddy. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, September 20, at 10 a.m., at Bethel Cemetery, Montgomery, Texas, with Jason Keasling officiating. The family will receive friends at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home, Montgomery, on Friday, September 19, from 4-6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, his family has asked that any donations be made to American Cancer Association, P.O. Box 570127, Houston, TX 77257-0127 in Billy’s memory.

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Jesse & Sallie with sons (left to right): Calvin, Bill, Pat & Edward
photo courtesy Barbara Jean Lee-Hamilton

Verda was married first at Houston, TX 12 Mar 1921 to William Norman Hoval. He was the son of John Hoval (1865-1906) and Nellie Keegan (1868-1951) who are buried at Washington Cemetery in Houston. William was born in Texas 15 May 1899 and died in Harris County 30 Sept 1983. He was also buried at Washington Cemetery. Verda and William had no children and were divorced after less than a year of marriage. He remarried in Harris County 18 Feb 1928 to Edna M. Ramin (daughter of William Ramin and Kate Telge who are buried at Washington Cemetery).

Verda remarried in Navarro County, TX 04 Apr 1922 to John Richard O'Reilly Jr. (Pat). He was the son of John Sr. whose burial location is not known and Frances A. Murdock (1876-1911) who is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Galena, KS. John was born in Cherokee County, KS 04 Sept 1901 and died in Galveston County, TX 28 Nov 1979. His burial location is not known.

In 1930 Verda and Pat were renting a home for $50 monthly on Prospect Avenue at Hackensack in Bergen County, NJ. He was employed as an engineer in road construction and she as a saleslady in dry goods. The document indicates John was 21 years old when he married Verda and she was 20, placing the year of their marriage about 1921-1922. Even though they had been married for about 9 years in 1930 there were no children in their household on that census. The only other person in their household was Aubrey T. Richardson, Verda's nephew by her sister Lillian. Aubrey was shown to be 20 years old and married at the age of seventeen but there was no wife for him in the household. He was employed as a mechaninc in a garage.

It appears that Verda and John had no children.

The following birth announcement for Ula Flowers was published in the Conroe Courier 12 Jul 1912: The stork visited the home of J. T. Flowers last Monday and left a bouncing baby girl. Papa Tom is fairly walking on air and don’t know poor people.

LUCAS / LUCUS - It should be noted that all twenty-seven of the Lucas/Lucus burials at the Splendora Cemetery are descended of William Matthew Lucas and Hulda A. Majors, regardless of the spelling of the last name.

Samuel L. Lucus (Sam) arrived in the Splendora area between 1893 and 1895. He was the son of William Matthew Lucas and Hulda Majors of Henry County, AL. Sam was born in Henry County 19 Aug 1849 and died in Montgomery County, TX 30 Oct 1935. According to his death certificate, on which document his son (James Hardy Lucus, of Galveston) was the informant, Sam died of septicemia due to abcesses at his residence in Splendora. He was eighty-six years, two months and eleven days old. The document indicates that he had lived at Splendora for forty years, was married and was a retired farmer. Jacob N. Newman, undertaker, of Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements and Sam was buried at the Splendora Cemetery 31 Oct 1935.

Sam was married in Henry County, AL 06 Aug 1871 to Mary Jane Ganey (Mollie). She was the daughter of John M. Ganey who died at Fort Bartow in Georgia 19 Feb 1864 and Sarah M. Craddock. Mollie was born in Henry County 23 Apr 1854 and died in Montgomery County, TX 24 Sept 1951. According to her death certificate, on which document her son (James Hardy Lucus) was the informant, Mollie died of senility at her residence in Splendora where she had lived for fifty-eight years. She was ninety-seven years, five months and one day old. Pace-Stancil Funeral Home of Cleveland, under the direction of J. W. Stancil Jr., was in charge of arrangements and Mollie was buried at the Splendora Cemetery 25 Sept 1951. Sam and Mollie's last name is spelled LUCUS on their double marker at the Splendora Cemetery. Lucus must have been the preferred spelling since Sam and Mollie have two sons buried at Splendora (William Madison and Walter Mangram) and it is spelled that way on their stones as well. Sam and Mollie have two other sons (John Wesley and Samuel Arthur) who are also buried at Splendora but the last name is spelled LUCAS on their markers.

Sam and Mollie Lucus moved from Henry County, AL to Wood County, TX in 1879. They were living there in precinct #4 with the first three of their ten children when the 1880 census was enumerated. Mollie's eighteen-year-old brother, Joseph, was also living with them. Joseph J. Ganey was born in Henry County, AL 17 Mar 1861 and died in Galveston County, TX 18 Apr 1935. He was buried at the Rosedale Cemetery in Sour Lake, TX. Joseph's wife was Nancy Ellen Phennel and they were married in Camp County, TX 02 Feb 1888. Joseph and Nancy's first child was Minnie Ganey who married William Madison Lucus, son of Sam and Mollie.

In 1900 Sam and Mollie were living at Splendora and had been there for at least four years. A hand-written document entitled "Sensus [sic] of 1896 - Community No. 95" shows five of the Lucus children attending school here at "Carter's School House", a small one-room building on the property of Jessie P. Carter. The 1900 census document for precinct #2, Montgomery County, TX (Splendora) indicates that Sam was a farmer, fifty years old, Mollie was forty-four, they were renting a small farm and had been married for thirty years. Mollie indicated that nine children had been born to her and all nine were still living. The five youngest of those children were enumerated at home while the four eldest were already married or were boarders in other households at Splendora.

In 1910 Sam and Mollie living in precinct #2 of Montgomery County, TX (Splendora) on a farm they owned free of mortgage. The document indicates that Sam was a farmer, sixty-one years old, Mollie was fifty-eight, they had been married for forty-three years and neither of them had been previously married. Mollie stated that ten children had been born to her and nine were still living. The only child shown in their houshold was seventeen-year-old Walter who was employed as a tie maker. The tenth child not accounted for is Lavada who was born in 1903 and died in 1906 and is buried at the Splendora Cemetery.

In 1930 Sam and Mollie were living on their farm in precinct #8 of Montgomery County, TX (Splendora). The document indicates that Sam was eighty years old and he married Mollie when he was eighteen. Mollie was seventy-six years old and married Sam when she was fourteen.

Sam and Mollie were the parents of ten children :

John's wife was Lura Alabama Hester. She was the daughter of Aaron W. Hester (1858-1937) who is buried at the Splendora Cemetery and Eunice Lucas. John and Lura were first cousins as her mother was a sister to his father. Lura was born in Henry County, AL 26 Nov 1877 and died in Galveston County, TX 05 Feb 1968. She was buried at the Splendora Cemetery and shares a double marker with John. Their last name is spelled LUCAS on that marker.

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John Wesley Lucas - photo courtesy Barbara Jean Lee-Hamilton

John and Lura were the parents of May Lucas of whom nothing is known, Lottie Dee Lucas (1905-1965) who was married first in Montgomery County 16 Nov 1922 to Joseph Lee Canon (son of Joseph A. Canon and Mattie M. Schofield who are buried at the Upper Creek Cemetery in Bastrop County, TX) and then to Henry Nathan Strickland (1903-1962, son of Henry Capers Strickland and Elizabeth L. Dawson who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery), Cleo Edward Lucas Sr. (1908-1968) who was married in Montgomery County 17 Jan 1928 to Ruby May Strickland (1910-1969, sister to Henry), Obie Wilson Lucas (1911-1964) who married Willie Louise Beard (1919-1987, daughter of Isaac Berry Beard and Minnie Pearl Herndon who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery), and Delbert Lucas who was born in Montgomery County 18 Sept 1914 and died there 19 Jun 1916 and was buried at the Splendora Cemetery.

Annie's husband was Bernard Reynolds Kelley (Barney). Barney was born at Buffalo in Erie County, NY 12 Feb 1847 and died at Hermann Hospital in Houston 03 Feb 1930. His death was brought on by myocarditis due to gangrene in his left leg. His last residence was 1609 St. Emanuel in Houston. Barney was buried at the Washington Cemetery in Houston.

Annie and Barney were married after 1901 and before 1910. It is not known if they had any children.

In 1900 Barney was single and living in Nacogdoches County where he was employed by the Texas & New Orleans Railroad. Barney was a foreman in charge of a crew of workers laying rails from Rockland to Cedar in that county. On the morning of 13 Mar 1901 Barney went out to work with twenty men to fix a cattle guard and build a bridge, using two hand cars furnished by the company for the transportation of the men and tools. The particular hand car upon which Barney was a passenger had no brake and had been in that condition for a couple of weeks. Barney had had a brake made for the car on the previous day and when the men were ready to start out to work on the morning of March 13, one of them was attempting to repair the brake. George Connors, Superintendent of the Bridge and Building Department and Barney Kelley's superior officer, ordered Kelley to disregard the brake and get the men to work. Kelley obeyed the order and the new brake was taken along to be fixed later. During the later morning hours, when another attempt was made to repair the brake, it was discovered that they did not have a nut large enough to fasten the brake so the new brake was not affixed to the car. At the noon hour, Barney and his crew were returning to camp for dinner and did not notice that the rails were obstructed by wooden bars placed there to prevent cattle from escaping their inclosures while the railroad was under construction. The hand car impacted the bars at about ten miles-per-hour, and Barney incurred a serious spinal concussion resulting in the total paralysis of his lower limbs, and, to some extent, his bowels. He also suffered great pain in the back and thighs. His eyes and digestion were affected, and he complained that the pain kept him awake at night. Within a year Barney's condition showed no improvement and it was the opinion of medical physicians that the paralysis of his lower limbs would be permanent. Barney filed a lawsuit against the T. & N.O. Railway Company for negligence and won a $30,000 settlement in 1903. Of course, the company appealed the case and when it was heard again in Harris County in 1906, the verdict of the lower court was upheld and affirmed.

William filled out his WWII draft registration card in April 1942 and was then living at Splendora. The document indicates he was born 30 Nov 1881 in Wood County, TX and was employed by C. E. Coleman of Splendora (no field of employment specified).

William was married twice and his first wife was Minnie Ganey. She was the daughter of Joseph L. Ganey (1861-1935) who is buried at the Rosedale Cemetery in Sour Lake, TX and Nancy Ellen Finnell whose burial location is not known. It is not known when Minnie died or where she was buried. Minnie's father and her husband's mother were siblings, making Minnie and her husband first cousins.

William and Minnie Ganey were the parents of Alfice Opal Lucas (1907-1994) who was wed first in Harris County 29 Nov 1926 to Arie Riden and then in San Jacinto County 15 Apr 1969 to Clarence Vernon Martin (1903-1973; son of John Womack Martin and Nannie Ellen Hargis who are buried at the Blackjack Cemetery in Nacogdoches County, TX), Elsa Pearl Lucas (1908-1974) who was married in Harris County 02 Oct 1926 to Benjamin Bailey Rodgers (1906-1988, son of James Madison Rodgers and Delila Ann Hearon who are buried at the New Energy Cemetery near Belott in Houston County), and Claris Lucas. Elsa and Benjamin are also buried at the New Energy Cemetery.

Obituary for Richard Donald Rodgers (son of Elsa Pearl Lucas and Benjamin Bailey Rodgers), published in the Houston Chronicle 26 Dec 2004 : Richard D. Rodgers, 70, passed away December 22, 2004. He is survived by his wife, Laverne Rodgers; son, Timothy D. Rodgers and wife Sharon; grandchildren, Sydney N. Rodgers and Crystal Rodgers; sister, Audrey Smith; and numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of friends. Visitation will be from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m., Sunday, December 26, 2004, at Rosewood Funeral Home, Humble, with a funeral service to be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 27, 2004, in the chapel. Interment will follow at Rosewood Memorial Park, Humble.

William's second wife was Minnie Catherine Manuel and they were married in Montgomery County 20 Jan 1949; her fourth marriage. She was the daughter of John Marshall Manuel (1860-1946) and Rhoda Green Thomas (1863-1952) who are buried at Shepherd City Cemetery in San Jacinto County. Minnie was born in Texas 11 Jul 1887 and died in Liberty County 15 Feb 1967. According to her death certificate, on which document her son (Arnett Lilley) was the informant, Minnie died of congestive heart failure due to senility and arteriosclerosis at Leggett Memorial Hospital in Cleveland. She was seventy-nine years old. The document indicates that she was married at the time of death and her last residence was P.O. Box 22, Splendora (inside city limits). Pace-Stancil Funeral Home of Cleveland, under the direction of Etcyl R. Brown, was in charge of arrangements and Minnie was buried at Shepherd City Cemetery 17 Feb 1967.

William and Minnie Manuel had no children but she had children with two of her previous husbands. Her first husband was Arnett Wilburn Lilley Sr. (1884-1907) and they were married at Coldspring 06 Aug 1906. Their only son was Arnett Jr. (1907-1991) who married Leona McDowell. Minnie's second husband was Mr. McCuin who died in San Jacinto County prior to 1920. Their only son was Harvey Gordon McCuin (1917-1997). Minnie and her sons were living in her father's household when the 1920 census of San Jacinto County was enumerated. On that document she was identified as Minnie McCuin, widowed. Following the death of Mr. McCuin, Minnie remarried to Mr. Phillips after 1920 and he died prior to 1930. In 1930 Minnie and her son, Harvey, were living in her father's household in San Jacinto County and Harvey had assumed the Phillips surname (Phelps on the document).

JAMES HARDY LUCAS was born in Texas 20 Feb 1884 and died at Galveston, TX 01 May 1980. He was 96 years old. His burial location is not known. Hardy was married in Milam County, TX 24 Dec 1905 to Mary Alma Cook. She was the daughter of William State Cook (1857-1944) and Josephine Howard Whelchel (1861-1936) who are buried at Oaklawn Cemetery at Rockdale in Milam County, TX. Mary was born at Rockdale 03 Oct 1887 and died in Montgomery County 12 Dec 1979. Her burial location is not known.

Hardy and Alma Lucus were charter members of the Greenleaf Church at Splendora and joined the congregation shortly after their marriage.

Hardy became an ordained Baptist minister prior to 12 Aug 1917. It was on that date, at Splendora, that he presided over the marriage of Charles Columbus Goodson to Leila Ophelia Goodrum.

Hardy filled out his WWI draft registration card in Montgomery County, TX 12 Sept 1918 in the presence of registrar Pickens Rutledge Clarke and was then living at Splendora. The document indicates he was born 20 Feb 1884, was a minister at Splendora, his wife was Mrs. Alma Lucus, he was of tall height and stout build, had blue eyes and light brown hair, and had no physical handicaps.

Hardy purchased 5 acres of land at Splendora 04 Jan 1919 from Joseph Beckham Richardson, the son of Benjamin Erastus Richardson (1861-1944) and Ella Gibson. Benjamin was a brother to Justice of the Peace William Jeremiah Richardson.

In 1920 Hardy and Alma were living at Splendora and he was a farmer. They owned their farm free of mortgage.

Hardy and Alma moved from Splendora in about 1924. In 1926 they were living at 3217 Avenue S in Galveston and Hardy was a collector for the Texas Purchasing Company.

In 1930 Hardy and Alma were living at Galveston where they owned a home valued at $3,500. The 1930 census document indicates Hardy was employed as a collector for a furniture company. He was also not a military veteran.

The following article pertaining to Mary Alma Cook-Lucus was published in the Galveston Daily News, 21 Jun 1930: COOK FAMILY HOLD REUNION - Fifty-seven years ago yesterday a young girl from Georgia arrived in Galveston on a sailing vessel with her family. The family moved into the interior, and two or three years later the girl from Georgia married a young Texan, W. S. Cook, of Fayette County. Yesterday, more than half a century after that sailing ship brought the Georgia girl to Galveston, ten children and almost two score grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. Cook gathered here at the home of one of the daughters, Mrs. Alma Lucus, 3217 F, for a family reunion. Forty-nine relatives gathered around the dinner table, with Mr. Cook, now 73, and his wife, 69, as the guests of honor. The children of the aged couple who attended the reunion were: John Cook, San Antonio; Mrs. Maggie Glover, Houston; Robert Cook, Galveston; Leslie Cook, Houston; Mrs. Alma Lucus, Galveston; W. B. Cook, Los Angeles; Earl Cook, Galveston; Ollie Cook, Rockdale, Tex.; Ervin Cook, Houston, and Mrs. Ivy Carso, Houston.

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Standing, left to right: Earl Edgar, Leslie Eugene, Ivy Estelle, William Bennett, Magnolia, Mary Alma, James Irving and Ollie Ira Cook.
Seated, left to right: Robert Bertie, William Staten, Josephine Howard Whelchel-Cook and John Collie Cook.
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In 1932 Hardy and Alma were living at 3217 Avenue S in Galveston and Hardy was employed as a collector.

In 1934 Hardy and Alma were living at 3215 Avenue S in Galveston and Hardy was a collector for Kahn & Levy Furniture Company.

Alma's brother Robert died of a ruptured aortic aneurysm at his residence in Galveston 16 Nov 1934. He was 52 years old. According to his death certificate, on which document his brother (Earl Edgar Cook) was the informant, Robert was widowed and employed as a fisherman. His last residence was 6028 Avenue P˝, Galveston and he had lived at Galveston for 21 years. Robert was buried at Splendora Cemetery.
Earl Edgar Cook's wife was Lola Bell Ganey. Lola had a sister named Minnie who married Hardy Lucus' brother, William Matthew Lucas. Lola and Minnie were daughters of Jessie Joseph Ganey (1861-1935) whose sister, Mary Jane (1854-1951), was Hardy's mother.
Obituary for Earl Edgar Cook, published in the Galveston Daily News, 19 Apr 1961: Funeral services for Earl E. Cook, 67, of Rockdale, Texas, who was the father of Mrs. Joyce Ray, owner of Zillas' Beauty Salon, 1819 45th Street, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Coffey Funeral Home, Rockdale. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rockdale. Mr. Cook, a former Galveston resident and a retired real estate man, died Sunday morning while visiting in Selma, Ala.
In 1936 Hardy and Alma were living at 3215 Avenue S in Galveston and Hardy was a collector for Kahn & Levy Furniture Inc.

Alma's sister, Maggie, died of cervical cancer at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston 07 Sept 1936. She was 56 years, 4 months, and 26 days old. According to her death certificate she was born in Fayette County, TX 09 Apr 1880, she was the wife of Burt Glover, her last residence was 1004 12th Street in Galveston, and she was buried at Rosewood Memorial Park in Humble, TX. Maggie was married to Birt G. Glover in Milam County 12 Sept 1897. He was born in Mississippi 17 May 1875 and died in Harris County, TX 05 Feb 1950. He was 74 years, 8 months, and 19 days old. According to his death certificate, on which document his daughter (Mrs. B. C. Haygood) was the informant, Birt died of liver cancer at Methodist Hospital in Houston. His last residence was 6720 Avenue N in Houston, he was a retired policeman, and was never in the armed forces. Birt was buried at Forest Park Lawndale in Houston. Maggie Cook-Glover's brother, Johnny Cook, married Birt Glover's sister, Eliza.
Obituary for Birt G. Glover, published in the Galveston Daily News, 06 Feb 1950: BIRT GLOVER EXPIRES IN HOUSTON HOSPITAL - Birt G. Glover, 74, father of Mrs. Lois Regini of Galveston, died Sunday in Methodist Hospital in Houston. In addition to Mrs. Regini, he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Eloise Boline of La Marque and Mrs. B. Haygood of Houston. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Boulevard Funeral Home in Houston with burial in Forest Park Cemetery.
Alma's mother, Josephine, died of cerebral hemorrhage at her residence in Galveston 24 Dec 1936. She was 75 years, 10 months, and 17 days old. According to her death certificate, on which document her son (Earl Edgar Cook) was the informant, Josephine was born at Atlanta, GA 17 Feb 1861 and her last residence was 3215 Avenue S, Galveston. She was buried at Oaklawn Cemetery in Rockdale, TX.

Hardy and Alma and her father, William, moved to Splendora in the spring of 1938. Shortly thereafter the Lucus' broke their ties with the Baptist denomination and founded the first Apostolic Church at Splendora; precursor to the Assembly of God Church that exists there today. The largest branch of the apostolic denomination are the Pentecost and according to the Pentecostal Evangel, 21 May 1938, page 9, James H. Lucas of Splendora was added to the General Council's ministerial list in April of 1938. By the mid-1940s the apostolic denomination had gained an astronomical following throughout the nation and was eventually reorganized into the Assemblies of God. At Splendora, the Assembly of God Church that exists today is a bit more modern than the building Hardy Lucus would remember but it is still positioned upon the same land that was once part of Hardy and Alma's estate.

Hardy filled out his WWII draft registration card in Montgomery County, TX 27 Apr 1942 in the presence of registrar Martha Anne Turner and was then living at Splendora (Box 72). The document indicates he was born at Ringgold, LA 20 Feb 1884 and was not employed. He was 6' tall, weighed 178 pounds, and had a light complexion with blue eyes and gray hair. Note: The birth location indicated on this document is incorrect. According to census documentation, 1900-1930, Hardy was born in Texas.

Alma's father, William State Cook, died of bronchial pneumonia and malaria at Conroe 27 Jan 1944. He was 86 years, 11 months, and 4 days old. According to his death certificate, on which document his son-in-law (Hardy Lucas, of Splendora) was the informant, William was born in Fayette County, TX 23 Feb 1857 to John Cook and Martha Ann Dalton and his last residence was Box 72, Splendora. He was buried beside his wife at Oaklawn Cemetery in Rockdale, TX.

Hardy and Alma had no children of their own but took in and raised Lurlene E. Cook. She was the daughter of Alma's brother Robert Bertie Cook (1882-1934) who is buried at Splendora Cemetery and Janice Jenkins whose burial location in Milam County is not known. Lurlene was born at Rockdale, TX 16 Jul 1905 and died at Galveston 23 Nov 1967. She was wed to James Daniel Yarbrough Jr. (1897-1953) at Splendora 13 Jan 1919. Following in the steps of her uncle Hardy Lucus, Lurlene was a minister at East End Assembly of God in Galveston, TX. More information concerning her family will be outlined in the Yarbrough Family section of this chapter.

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Hardy & Alma Lucas with Lurlene E. Cook - about 1915
photo courtesy Barbara Jean Lee-Hamilton

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James & Alma Lucas with their congregation - early 1930s
photo courtesy Barbara Jean Lee-Hamilton

Sallie was married in Montgomery County 19 Nov 1901 to John Jackson Prestwood Jr. (Johnnie). He was the son of John Jackson Presswood Sr. and Missouri Hayes. Note that the son changed the preferred spelling of his last name to Prestwood. John was born in Dale County, AL 15 Feb 1880 and died in Montgomery County 27 Dec 1965. He was buried at the Splendora Cemetery.

In 1910 Sallie and John were living in precinct #2 of Montgomery County (Splendora) and he was employed as a tie-maker. The document indicates that he was twenty-eight years old and she was twenty-two and neither of them had been previously married. Sallie also stated that four children had been born to her and three were still living.

Johnnie filled out his WWII draft registration card in April 1942 and was then living at Splendora. The document indicates he was born in Coffee County, AL 15 Feb 1881 and was self-employed (no field of employment specified). A person who would always know his address was Mrs. Sallie Prestwood of Splendora.

Sallie and John were the parents of Ada D. Prestwood (1902-1942) who married Gus Thomas (1898-1962, son of Ernest E. Thomas and Ida Keturah Swearingen who are buried at the William Hart Cemetery in Kountze, TX), an infant son who was born and died in Montgomery County 03 Jan 1903 and was buried at the Splendora Cemetery, Horace Lee Prestwood (1905-1963) who was wed first to Gracie Beulah Chancey (1906-1938, daughter of John Marion Chancey and Carrie Huffman who are buried at the East River Baptist Church Cemetery near New Caney) and then in Montgomery County 11 Mar 1940 to Wilma Lee Beard (1919-1997, daughter of Isaac Berry Beard and Minnie Pearl Herndon who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery), Bennie Prestwood (1908-1949) who married Callie Porter (1893-1941, daughter of Seth Allen Porter whose burial location is not known and Artimage Miranda Carter who is buried at the Splendora Cemetery), Jefery Prestwood who was born in Montgomery County 01 Jan 1912 and died there 06 Feb 1912 and was buried at the Splendora Cemetery, John Louis Prestwood (1913-1991) who married Virginia Chancey (1914-1989, daughter of John Marion Chancey and Carrie Huffman), Mary Lee Prestwood (1919-1946) whose husband's identity is not known (she died of tuberculosis of the lungs at the age of twenty-six and was buried at the Splendora Cemetery), and Nelma Lorene Prestwood (1927-1982) who was wed first to Edward Hardy Warren (1913-1982, son of William C. Warren and Mamie Day Matthews who are buried at the Center Grove Cemetery in Hortense, TX) and then to Hans Werner Greve (1919-1975, son of William Greve and Elsie Hurtienne who are buried at the Neches Cemetery in Anderson County, TX).

Sam's wife was Ella Hester. She was a twin daughter of Aaron W. Hester (1858-1937) who is buried at the Splendora Cemetery and Eunice Lucas. Sam and Ella were first cousins as her mother was a sister to his father. Ella was born in Texas 04 Oct 1894 and died in Montgomery County 13 Jan 1977. She was buried at the Splendora Cemetery and shares a double marker with Sam.

In 1930 Sam and Ella were renting a home for $5 monthly in precinct #8, Montgomery County, near the Plum Grove community and he was employed as a tie-maker. His son-in-law and daughter (Jessie and Ruby Barrow) had been married for six weeks and were also living in the household.

Sam filled out his WWII draft registration card in April 1942 and was then living at Splendora. The document indicates he was born in Ringgold, LA 13 Nov 1889 and was employed by Mr. C. E. Coleman of Splendora (no field of employment specified).

Sam and Ella's children were Esther Eunice Lucus (1911-1978) who married Kurt Berkes (1906-1958), Ruby Dee Lucus (1913-1980) who was married in Montgomery County 09 Mar 1930 to Jessie Courtney Barrow (1908-1982, son of Levi Joseph Barrow Jr. and Lavina Bailey who are buried at the Big Sandy Cemetery in Dallardsville, TX), Hardy Loyd Lucas (1915-1995) who married in Montgomery County 04 Nov 1939 Jewel Lavern Strickland (1922-2008, daughter of Henry Capers Strickland and Elizabeth L. Dawson who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery), and Lona Lee Lucas (1917-1988) who married Julius Mabon Duke (1916-1981, son of Leslie Lewis Duke Sr. and Verda Florence Hough who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery).

Obituary for Jewel Lavern Strickland-Lucas, published in the Cleveland Advocate 22 Feb 2008 : Jewel Lavern Lucas, 86, of Splendora, Texas, passed away Thursday, February 14, 2008. She was born in Oakhurst, Texas on January 3, 1922. Funeral services were held Saturday, February 16, 2008, 2:00 p.m. at Assembly of God Church, Splendora, Texas with interment at Splendora City Cemetery.

Ellen's husband was Earl Herbert Hendley and they were married in 1907. He was the son of John Wesley Hendley (1859-1918) who is buried at the Splendora Cemetery and Mary Jennie Searcy who was born about 1861 in Alabama and died prior to 1910 in Montgomery County, TX (she may be buried at the Splendora Cemetery but no marker has been found there for her). Earl was born at Katy in Harris County, TX 16 Nov 1884 and died in Harris County 17 Jan 1970. According to his death certificate Earl died of pulmonary embolus due to congestive heart failure and arteriosclerotic heart disease at the Ben Taub Hospital in Houston. He wsa eighty-five years old. The document indicates he was a retired carpenter in the construction industry, was never in the armed forces, was married at the time of death, and his last residence was 3708 Sakowitz Street in Houston. Chauvin Funeral Home, under the direction of Priscilla H. Chauvin, was in charge of arrangements and Earl was buried at Rosewood Memorial Park in Humble.

In 1910 Ellen and Earl were living at Splendora in the household of James Debord Richardson who was married to Earl's sister, Dena.

Earl filled out his WWII draft registration card in April 1942 and was then living at 205 Trimble Street in Houston. The document indicates he was born in Grimes County, TX 16 Nov 1885 and was employed by Joe Tryon of 2301 Quitman Street in Houston (no field of employment specified). Note : This document indicates Earl was born in Grimes County but his death certificate shows Katy in Harris County.

Ellen and Earl were the parents of Thomas Earl Hendley who was born at Splendora 03 Jan 1908 and died there 01 Feb 1913 and was buried at the Splendora Cemetery, John L. Hendley who married Evelyn Pearl Real (1911-1989, daughter of Jesse Malachi Real Jr. and Mary Francis Neale who are buried at the Pilgreen Cemetery near Conroe), an infant son who was born at Splendora 23 Oct 1912 and died there 26 Oct 1912 and was buried at the Splendora Cemetery, Dollie Marie Hendley (1914-1994) whose husband was Carl Thomas Richardson (1911-1969, son of Robert Thomas Richardson and Pauline Louise Cooper who are buried at Rosewood Memorial Park in Humble, TX), Rosa E. Hendley who married Charles Collier Parker, Helen Hendley who was born in Harris County in 1919 and died there prior to 1930, Herbert Lawrence Hendley Sr. (1922-1990) who was married first to Annie Alice Johnson and then to an unknown spouse, Arthur S. Hendley (1923-1998), Daniel Wesley Hendley (1926-1972) whose wife's name was Patricia unknown, and Mae Evonne Hendley (1928-2001) who was married in Harris County 28 Nov 1942 to Aldridge Lee Ewing (1923-2010).

The following article pertaining to Aldridge Lee Ewing was published in the Mohave Daily Miner (Mohave, AZ) 26 Mar 1985 : Four cases of paint valued at $896 were taken from the storage shed of Aldridge Lee Ewing's Meadview home, the Mohave County Sheriff's Office reported.

Death notice for Aldridge Lee Ewing, published in the Mohave Daily News 27 Aug 2010 : Aldridge Ewing, age 86, died Wednesday, August 25, 2010. He was born September 20, 1923. Arrangements are under the care of Desert Lawn Funeral Home, Crematory, and Cemetery.

Walter was a WWI vet and served in the U.S. Army as a private in the 56th Texas Infantry, 7th Division. He has a military marker and his last name on that marker is spelled LUCUS.

JOHNSON - By 1900 two Johnson brothers were residing in this area : John Wesley and William Henry. They were the only sons of Jesse Johnson and Malinda Parker who were married at Danville on April 27, 1840. Jesse Johnson, a veteran of the Somervell Expedition, was the son of William Johnson, veteran of the Battle of San Jacinto, and Mary Shay who arrived in Montgomery County in 1836 from Tuscaloosa County, Alabama and settled in the community of Danville. This was at the time when the Republic of Texas was in its infancy and constituted a single municipality called Washington in honor of the former U.S. President. The Johnsons were here to witness the division of this municipality into The Republic's first few counties and Montgomery County was designated on December 14, 1837. The Johnsons and many of their descendants and extended families populate this area to this day. They account for about two hundred seventy of the known burials in the Splendora Cemetery and many in the adjacent Mizell Cemetery and the nearby Plum Grove Cemetery of Liberty County.

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John Wesley Johnson was born March 22, 1843 near Tillis Prairie. At about the age of twenty he enlisted in the Confederate States Army and served in Co. K of the 26th Texas Calvary. After returning home from war, he married Nancy Cowart on May 07, 1865 and by 1894 they had settled their family in the Plum Grove community on the East Fork of the San Jacinto River. John was a farmer by trade but also did some work in the timber industry. He died at the residence of his daughter, Milinda Caroline Johnson-Herndon, in the milltown of Gladstell in Liberty County on May 18, 1925 after struggling with Bright's Disease for nearly thirty-five years. He was buried at the Splendora Cemetery. John and Nancy were the parents of Alice, Silas J., William Hary, Mary Palice, Maggie Ellen, Susie, Milinda Caroline and Julia Elvire Johnson.

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Left to Right :  Monroe, Mollie, Malcolm, Charles, William, Clarence, and
Mahalie Coleman, with Mollie's Uncle Polk Mercer
photo courtesy Barbara Jean Lee-Hamilton

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Coleman Family - 1948
Left to right :
Mary Beatrice "Bea" Crawford (wife of William Wilburn "Will" Coleman)
Emily Fae Coleman (daughter of Bea & Will)
William Wilburn "Will" Coleman (son of R.M. Coleman & Mollie Johnson)
John Wilburn Coleman (son of Bea & Will)
Linda Sue Collins (granddaughter of Bea & Mr. Will through their daughter Doris)
photo courtesy Barbara Jean Lee-Hamilton

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Bea Coleman and daughter, Kathleen - about 1925
Kathleen was Barbara Jean Lee's mother
photo courtesy Barbara Jean Lee-Hamilton

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Home of Will & Bea Coleman
photo courtesy Barbara Jean Lee-Hamilton

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Robert Monroe Coleman (right) with son Charles
early 1950s
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JOHNSON - William Henry "Billy" Johnson was born in Montgomery County in 1855 and died at Plum Grove in Liberty County in 1926. He is buried at the Splendora Cemetery. The first of William's three wives was Elizabeth Jane "Eliza" Greer, daughter of John Greer and Mary A. Chapman, and they were married in Robertson County, Texas on May 15, 1878. Eliza was born about 1854 in Pike County, Mississippi and died between 1881 and 1883 in Robertson County. Nothing more is known about her. She and Billy were the parents of John Luther Johnson and George Clyde Johnson.

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William Henry Johnson
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John Luther Johnson & Maude Mae Jordan - 1906
photos courtesy Sammy May Cox-Johnson &
Kaye Jean Dahlquist-Jordan

After Maude's untimely death at the age of eighteen, John moved to Carlsbad, New Mexico and little Walter went to live with his grandmother, Emma Jordan, in Chaves County. On the 1910 census John was living at Carlsbad in the household of Columbus Sims and it was there on August 02, 1910 that he married Evelyn Crawford. She was the daughter of Hiram Lafayette Crawford and Henrietta Lawrence. Evelyn was born in Burnet County, Texas on August 24, 1892 and died at Phoenix, Arizona on September 20, 1926. Her burial location has not been found and nothing more is known about her. Evelyn and John were the parents of Jessie Lorraine, Juanita Modean, Odessa, and Evelyn Louise Johnson.

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John Luther Johnson & Evelyn Crawford - 1926
photo courtesy Sammy May Cox-Johnson & Kaye Jean Dahlquist-Jordan

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Clockwise from upper left :
Jessie Lorraine, Juanita Modean
& Odessa Johnson
photo courtesy Sammy May Cox-Johnson
& Kaye Jean Dahlquist-Jordan

John Luther Johnson filled out his World War I Draft Registration card in Harris County, Texas on September 12, 1918 in the presence of Registrar Andora M. Ankele. On that document he indicated that he was living at Moonshine Hill in Harris County, he was born on May 20, 1879, he was employed by Morris & Horne of Moonshine Hill as an oil field carpenter, his wife was Eva Johnson, he was of medium height and small build, and had blue eyes and blonde hair. At the time of the draft registration, John had four dependent children but only the first three girls born to him and Evelyn were residing in his household. His firstborn son, Walter, had been taken in and raised by his maternal grandmother, Emma Jordan.

After Evelyn's death at the age of thirty-five, John remarried to Rebecca Adeline Ford at Phoenix on July 17, 1927. She was the daughter of David Burton Ford and Mary Jane Williams and was a close friend to John's wife who had just passed away six months earlier. Rebecca was born in Walker County, Alabama on February 01, 1881 and died of a stroke at Conroe, Texas on August 17, 1963. She was buried at the Splendora Cemetery. Rebbeca had no children with John but she had been previously married to William Henry Holcomb in Perry County, Arkansas on October 19, 1899. He died in Matagorda County, Texas on June 24, 1919. They had two children : Daniel B. and Mary Eva Holcomb. Daniel was nineteen years old when his mother married John Johnson. Mary was just ten years old and she was raised by John's daughter and son-in-law, Evelyn and Hightower Placker "Jack" Stutts. She married first to Samuel Wilson "Sambo" Welch (eldest child of Timothy Collins Welch and Vashtie Pearl Walters) and then to Maxwell Douglas "Max" Griffin and then to Mr. Tillman. Daniel became a professional boxer and legally changed his name to Bucky O'Malley. He married Ida Gertrude Carroll. John and Rebecca moved back to Texas in the late 1930s and he built their home at 712 East Clay Street in Cleveland.

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Wedding of Vernon Bradley and Jessie Lorraine Johnson
Phoenix, Arizona - 1928
Back Row, Left to Right :
Daniel Holcomb (Bucky O'Malley), Vernon Bradley,
Jessie Lorrain Johnson-Bradley, Juanita Johnson, John Luther Johnson,
Rebecca Adeline Ford-Johnson, Mrs. Bradley (Vernon's mother)
Front Row, Left to Right :
Mary Eva Holcomb, Odessa Johnson & Evelyn Modean Johnson
photo courtesy Sammy May Cox-Johnson & Kaye Jean Dahlquist-Jordan

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George Clyde Johnson - about 1900
photo courtesy Sammy May Cox-Johnson
& Kaye Jean Dahlquist-Jordan

After the death of Eliza Greer, William Henry Johnson remarried to Jemmima Honey in Robertson County on December 27, 1883 and they moved back to northwestern Montgomery County in the vicinity of Conroe and the old Egypt Community before their first child was born in 1884. By 1900 William and Jemmima had settled at Plum Grove approximately five miles east of Splendora on the banks of the East San Jacinto River. A farmer by trade, William also did some work in the timber industry and was a Baptist Minister at Plum Grove. He preached from a tent if the weather would not allow for open-air sermons and baptised many of his family and others of his congregation in that part of the East San Jacinto River which defined two sides of his property. William and Jemmima were the parents of Lydia B., William G., Jessie Jefferson, Melinda Louise, Ellen Margaret, Simon Peter, Jasper Wilburn, Samuel and Maggie S. Johnson.

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William Henry Johnson
baptising in the East San Jacinto River
photo courtesy Sammy May Cox-Johnson &
Kaye Jean Dahlquist-Jordan

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Charles Stewart and Lydia B. Johnson-Carlos
photo courtesy Sammy May Cox-Johnson &
Kaye Jean Dahlquist-Jordan

After Liddie's untimely death at about the age of thirty-three, Charlie was wed to Mary Luna Whitmire whose sister, Hattie, was the wife of Liddie's brother Simon, and whose brother, Charlie, was the husband of Liddie's sister Maggie, and whose first cousin, Willie Mary Whitmire, was the wife of Liddie's brother Jasper. Luna was born in Texas on March 02, 1892 and died at Conroe on May 01, 1971. She was buried with Charlie at the Splendora Cemetery. Charlie filled out his World War I Draft Registration card in Liberty County on June 05, 1917 in the presence of Registrar B. W. Lowe. On that document he indicated that he was a farmer for himself at Splendora, was born on Dgecember 30, 1886 (a date that conflicts with his death certificate and grave marker), had a wife and three dependent children, was of medium height and medium build, and had brown eyes and black hair, and claimed no exemptions and no physical; handicaps or injuries which would prevent him from serving in the armed forces. Charlie and Luna were the parents of Minnie Idella Carlos (1917-1992) whose husband was Harvey Henry Hood (1914-1992, son of Willis Earl Hood and Callie Porter), Luther Charles Carlos (1919-1994) who was wed first to Helen Christine Welch (1920-1992, daughter of Timothy Collins Welch and Vashtie Pearl Walters) in this county on November 29, 1941 and then to Flossie Odean Moses (1915-1980, daughter of Walter William Moses and Rosa Bell Bennett) in San Jacinto County on November 10, 1968 and then to Mattie Oletha Shepard (1921-2005, daughter of William and Lizzie Shepard) in Walker County on January 07, 1981 (she had been previously married to Lewin Green Royal and Travis Brewer), Geddie Louis Carlos who married Elva Sarvis (1922-2000, daughter of Homer Sarvis and Henrietta Simmons) in this county on February 12, 1943, Sidney Lou Carlos (1922-1992) who was called "Jack" and never married, Carl Artes Carlos who was born in Liberty County on January 28, 1925 and died there of the influenza on February 12, 1925 and was buried at the Splendora Cemetery, and Doris Virginia Carlos (1927-2006) who was wed first to Alfred Sidney Sallas (1916-1948, son of Jessie Sallas and Mary Annie Chancey) in this county on June 03, 1944 and then to Temple Goodlett (1908-1992) in this county on May 23, 1949 and then to William Leslie Abbott (1922-1979) in this county on June 07, 1955 and then to David Madison Dollery Jr. (1928-1984, son of David Sr and Lena who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery) in this county on June 18, 1960 and then to Caroll Woodrow Bullock (son of Mr. Bullock and Dorothy Lee Real) in this county on March 24, 1972.

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Charles Stewart and Mary Luna Whitmire-Carlos
photo courtesy Kathrine Elaine Cantwell-Campbell

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Willie G. Johnson
photo courtesy Sammy May Cox-Johnson &
Kaye Jean Dahlquist-Jordan

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Left : Jessie and Docia - 1914
photo courtesy Sammy May Cox-Johnson & Kaye Jean Dahlquist-Jordan
Right : Docia with her children - about 1925
photo courtesy Jason Matthew Holder

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Left : Melinda Louise Johnson
photo courtesy Sammy May Cox-Johnson &
Kaye Jean Dahlquist-Jordan
Right : (left to right) Simon Peter Johnson, Norman Wallace
Caylor, William Allen "Dougle" McCrummen
photo courtesy Kathrine Elaine Cantwell-Campbell

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photo courtesy Nancy

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Simon Peter Johnson

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Simon Peter and Hattie Mattie Whitmire-Johnson
photos courtesy Kathrien Elaine Cantwell-Campbell

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Jasper Wilburn Johnson & Willie Mary Whitmire
photos courtesy Kathrine Elaine Cantwell-Campbell

Jemmima Honey-Johnson died in Montgomery County in about 1904 and William then married his third wife, Artie Alverson, on October 17, 1905. Artie was the daughter of James Alverson and Laura Boyet of Claiborne Parish, Louisiana and, later, Sabine County, Texas. She had been previously married to William Hooper of Sabine County and came into her marriage to William Johnson with a four-year-old daughter from that marriage. Her name was Ida Hooper and she was wed to Ernest Kinard "E. K." Price (1893-1971, son of Andrew Jackson Price and Elizabeth F. Hatcher) in Montgomery County on May 06, 1922. Ida and Ernest's only child was Ernestine Juanita Price (1928-1998) who married Marvin Lamar Batton (1929-2006, son of James Burnell Batton Sr. and Willie Lamar Crossley) in Harris County on December 27, 1975. William and Artie were the parents of Olger Ethel, Ogness Holly, Havana and twins Kamark and Markk Johnson.

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William Henry & Artie Alverson-Johnson
Wedding Photo - 1905
All of William's children from his two previous marriages
are in this photo and the infant daughter in white is Artie's
from
her previous marriage.
photo courtesy Sammy May Cox-Johnson &
Kaye Jean Dahlquist Jordan

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Ethel and her twin brothers Markk (left) and Kamark
at her home in Splendora - 1962
photo courtesy Marilou Elaine Johnson-St. Amant

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Kamark and youngest daughter Marilou - 1950
photo courtesy Marilou Elaine Johnson-St. Amant

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Markk (left) and his twin brother Kamark Johnson
photo courtesy Sammy May Cox-Johnson &
Kaye Jean Dahlquist-Jordan

HAYDEN - William Montgomery Hayden was born in Louisiana in 1854 and died in Montgomery County on November 02, 1922 and was buried at the Pilgreen Cemetery. William's parentage has been an absolute mystery. He has not yet been found on any census prior to 1880 where he and his wife and their first two children were living in precinct 1 of Montgomery County. All efforts to locate William in 1860 and 1870 have been futile, as has been all attempts to relate him with Samuel Turner Hayden (the husband of Emily Lamar Metts) who was living at Morehouse Parish, Louisiana in 1850 and at Danville in Montgomery County in 1860 and 1870. He died in Robertson County between 1875 and 1877.

William Montgomery Hayden had two wives and fathered children with each. His first wife was Nancy Jane Phillips who was born in Louisiana on March 01, 1856 and died in Montgomery County in August of 1899 and was also buried at the Pilgreen Cemetery. Their children were Eugene, Sylvester, Ella, Christopher C., Hattie, Leanna, and James Hayden. William's second wife was Frances Theodocia "Fannie" Shoemake, daughter of Archibald Etheridge Shoemake (1856-1917) and Nancy Ann Beard (1855-1937) who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery. Fannie was born in Louisiana on November 12, 1876 and died at Splendora on March 17, 1953. She was buried at the Splendora Cemetery, as are her parents. She and William were married at Conroe on July 09, 1900. Their children were Ludie Albert, Lubie L., an infant daughter who was born and died on September 14, 1906 and was buried at the Pilgreen Cemetery, Rebecca, Joseph David, William Ethridge, and Fannie Lou Hayden.

GRAY - Peter Brannigan Gray, a career farmer and railroad worker of Irish heritage, was living in the Splendora area as early as 1895. It was that year that the H.E. & W.T. were replacing it's narrow gauge rails with standard gauge and simultaneously constructing the spur and switching station. In addition to managing his private farm, Peter Gray was also working for the railroad during this time. In June of 1895, Charles Cox compiled a list of students who were attending school here and one of those children was Peter's eldest daughter, Mary. The following year another list was compiled for the 1896 school term and two of Peter's children were identified thereon : Mary and Johney. The H.E. & W.T. completed its work in the Splendora area in the fall of 1896. Many people who were working for the railroad moved on as the work demanded but several remained and Peter Gray's family was one that stayed. Peter's family can be found on the 1900 census living directly in the heart of downtown Splendora with the residence of William Washington Burrow on the one side and that of Charles Claibourne Cox on the other.

The son of James Gray and Mary Keating, Peter was born in Ireland in 1853 and died in Texas in 1928. His family immigrated to America in 1868 and after a brief stay in Chicago, Illinois he moved to Texas where he married Sarah Magdelene Logan in 1885. She was the daughter of James Robert Logan and Melvina Daniels. Sarah was born at Daingerfield in Morris County, Texas 07 Aug 1868 and died of cerebro vascular accident at Palestine in Anderson County 08 Oct 1957. She and Peter are buried at the Dodge Cemetery in Walker County. Peter and Sarah lived at Splendora until about 1905 at which time they moved to the Oak Shade Community near Grapeland in Houston, County. Peter continued his career with the railroad there and at some point in the late nineteen-teens he was permanently injured in a work-related accident. According to a great granddaughter, Celia Frances Parker-Bitter of Lake Jackson, this accident happened while Peter was assisting in hooking up railway cars. Two couplers were not lined up properly and Peter tried to stomp one of them into place. When the couplers suddenly lined up, the two cars quickly fastened one to the other but Peter was not quick enough to move and got one of his legs caught in between. The damage was so severe that he was forced to have that leg amputated. After his death in 1928, Sarah returned to Montgomery County and was living there in precinct #8 on the 1930 census. According to the census information Sarah was fifty-nine years old, widowed, and renting a small farm for $10 monthly. Her eldest daughter, Mary, was also living in the household and two boarders were residing there as well : James W. McElvrain, a mechanic working for the highway, and Sylvester Lonzo Dean, a carpenter doing odd jobs.

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Peter Brannigan & Sarah Magdalene Logan-Gray
photo courtesy Celia-Frances Parker-Bitter, great-granddaughter

When Peter moved his family to Oak Grove in 1905 he sold his home at Splendora and there is plenty of circumstantial evidence indicating that the buyer may have been William Washington Burrow, another Splendora pioneer. According to research done by the first Splendora Historical Society in the early 1980s and stories handed down through the Burrow family, W. W. Burrow purchased the "Old Burrow Home" from a man who once worked the railroad and built this home with the intentions of permanently settling here. Those plans changed and the man decided to sell his home and move. All of the research involving the time in which Burrow purchased his home and the time frame in which Peter Gray moved from Splendora seems to indicate that the "Old Burrow Home" was previously owned by Peter Gray. However, it should be noted that this assumption is purely speculative and more research needs to be done for verification.

The children of Peter Gray and Sarah Magdelene Logan were Mary Agnes, John Thomas, William Ethelbert, Chloe Tilda, Lawrence, Peter Jr., Patrick Lamar, and George Otis Gray.

PATTON - William M. Patton was born in Austin, Texas on February 14, 1860 and died at St. Joseph's Hospital in Houston on September 28, 1936. His death was due to acute pancreatitis and appendicitis seven days after having undergone an appendectomy. William was wed to Mary C. "Mollie" Peacock in Grayson County, Texas on April 21, 1883. She was born in Missouri on June 16, 1861 at passed away at 2739 Pittsburg Street in Houston, the residence of her daughter Rose Falls, on April 20, 1942. Her death was brought on by exhaustion due to malignant cancer of the mouth and esophagus. She and William share a double marker at Brookside Memorial Park in Houston. Shortly after their marriage in 1883, William and Mollie moved to Willis and lived there for about eighteen years until they moved to Splendora in about 1902 and settled on a large tract of land adjacent to the cemetery on First Street. William was a farmer by trade but, like so many of the early pioneer families, his personal investments were quite diversified. He once operated a saw mill at the Patton Homestead and a small private dairy farm. William was also the first real estate developer in this area and was a minister of the gospel. William and Mollie's children were William Henry, Lillie Mae, Hugh Lee, Walter Sea, Roy Bryan, Daisy Golden and Rose Myrtle Patton.

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William M. Patton & wife, Mollie. C. Peacock
photo courtesy Doris Jean Myers-Stewart

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Netta Grove-Patton - about 1920
photo courtesy Doris Jean Myers-Stewart

BRADFORD - William Franklin Bradford was born at Lone Oak Prairie in Madison County on May 24, 1880; the son of Allen Samuel Bradford. He can be found in his parent's household in that county on the 1880 census. On the 1900 census he is living at Splendora and is a boarder in the household of Virgil Sallee where he is identified as being seventeen years of age and at school. His age on that census is three years too young per the 1880 census, his death certificate, and his grave marker. It is difficult to discern whether or not he was actually a student at school or if he was the teacher because it is known that he did teach school at Splendora for a short time and that the school itself was being held in a building on his property in 1913. Furthermore, there is noone on the 1900 census whose profession is "teacher".

William Bradford married Mary Ann Duke at Splendora on December 25, 1902. She was a daughter of Jeremiah Prophet Duke and Mary Elizabeth Tullis and had been widowed by her first husband, John Wesley Partain, for eleven months. He was the son of Christopher Columbus Partain and his mother's name was Jane. Mary had three children with John Partain. They were Annie Nora who was born in Stephens County, Texas on March 26, 1895 and died at Splendora on February 08, 1909; Perry R. Partain who was born in Stephens County on March 07, 1897 and died at Splendora on November 24, 1914 and Lubie H. Partain who was born in Stephens County on January 21, 1900 and died at Splendora on December 25, 1921. The three Partain children were all buried at the Splendora Cemetery. The children of William Bradford and Mary Ann Duke were Mattie Mae, Bettie Eunice, Robert Franklin, Ethel Mae and Eva Lee Bradford.

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Eugene Rayford "Pud" Daw
first Mayor at Splendora & owner of the Splendora Cafe'
photo courtesy Barbara Jean Lee-Hamilton

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William Franklin Bradford Home
photo courtesy Barbara Jean Lee-Hamilton

MIZELL - William Hardison "Buck" Mizell was born in Washington Parish, Louisiana on March 09, 1847. Buck was married twice and his first wife was Cordelia Charlotte "Dell" Ott, the mother of all his children. Buck and Dell Mizell moved to Texas in 1876 and settled in San Jacinto County until about 1882 when they disappear from that county's tax rolls and re-appear in Montgomery County in 1883 just north of Conroe near the Egypt Community on what is now called Johnson Road. They were still living in that area when the 1900 census was taken. By 1904 the Mizell's had moved to the east side of the county and were settled at the community of Security. Buck was a cotton farmer in his younger years back in Louisiana and continued that trade when he moved his family to Texas. When the railroad began to pierce the Piney Woods he did some work in the timber industry but specifically in the line of making crossties. His farm was always the primary means of supporting his family. Buck died at Security on October 15, 1912 at the age of sixty-five. Dell was born at Mount Herman in Washington Parish, Louisiana on June 30, 1852 and passed away at Security on November 10, 1910 at the age of fifty-eight. She and Buck are buried at the Morgan Cemetery. After her death Buck remarried to M. E. Sunday in this county on August 05, 1912. Nothing more is known about her. Buck and Dell's children were Dorothea R., Mary Aderine, Robert Wesley, Cordelia S., Alexander August, Mattie Elauria, Sally, John Franklin, and Ada Lenora Mizell.

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Robert Wesley Mizell Home
photo courtesy Barbara Jean Lee-Hamilton

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Ella Hayden-Mizell (center) with her family - 1946
(back, left) son-in-law Douglas O'neil & wife Ida Mizell-Knight
(front, left) son Ollie & wife Willie Doris Chapman Mizell with grandson Ollie Tillman Mizell
(far right) daughter Daisy Mizell-Roan
(second from right) grandson Bobbie Gene Gilmore
(child at right) grandson Robert Douglas Knight
photo courtesy Barbara Jean Lee-Hamilton

DAW - Thomas Walter Daw was born in London, England on August 22, 1862 and died of apoplexy due to arteriosclerosis at Fostoria, Texas on May 04, 1936. He was buried at the Splendora Cemetery and has a Woodmen of The World marker. According to his death certificate Thomas was the son of Charles Daw but his mother's name was scribbled out and "don't know" was put in its place. The name that was scribbled out looks like "Mrs. Frances Daw". This is the only document found, thus far, showing any indication of the identity of Thomas' mother. There may be some truth to the name "Frances" since Thomas gave that name to one of his daughters. It is not known when Thomas' family migrated to the United States but it was before 1889. The 1900 census of Kerr County, Texas shows Thomas and his wife with four children, the eldest of which was born in Texas in 1889. Thomas was wed to Slomia Eugenia Dodd in Texas in about 1888. She was the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Dodd and Rebekah Angie Presnull. Slomia was born in Grimes County, Texas on September 12, 1872 and died at Fostoria of coronary occlusion on August 07, 1946. She was buried at the Splendora Cemetery, as was her mother who lived with her and Thomas at Fostoria from 1907 until her death there in 1927. Slomia's marker is adorned with the dogwood flower, a symbol of regeneration, divine sacrifice, and triumph of eternal life. The 1910, 1920, and 1930 census shows Thomas Daw's family living in precinct 8 of Montgomery County in the unincorporated township of Fostoria. Thomas and Slomia's children were a child who was born and died before 1900 (per the 1900 census where Slomia stated that five children were born to her and four were still living), William Thomas, Alice Frances, Eugene Rayford, Oscar Franklin, Willie Ben Sr., Charles Edwin, Richard Henry, Zula Robertha, and Deveda Marie Daw.

BRICE - Warren Thomas Brice was born at Corsicana in Navarro County on April 01, 1868, the son of Warren Lewis Brice and Hester Ann Huffman. His wife was Nancy Rebecca Shoemake and they were married at Huffman, Texas on September 28, 1896. She was the daughter of Archibald Etheridge Shoemake (1856-1917) and Nancy Ann Beard (1855-1937) who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery.  Warren's father was a veteran of the War Between The States and served in Company B of the 20th Texas Calvary, Bass Regiment which was referred to as Johnson's Battallion.

Warren Thomas Brice worked in the oilfields of Huffman until about 1900 and then moved his family to New Caney where he continued working in the oilfields near Humble. The Brice Family lived at New Caney until 1905 but moved to a new home a few miles east of Splendora by October of that year and remained there until Warren's unsuspected death on March 25, 1925. According to an obituary published in the Cleveland Advocate on March 26, 1925 Warren was stricken with sudden paralysis which was likely due to a ruptured blood vessel ifrann his brain. He was buried at the Splendora Cemetery and shares a double marker with his wife who out-lived him by forty-four years and never remarried. Their children were Ada, Georgia Lee, Ruby Ecil, Francis Eula, James Manuel and Martha Jewel (twins), Mary Belle, Archie Rebecca, Esther, and Glenn Caroll Brice.

GILES - Jessie James Giles was born at Arp in Smith County, Texas 27 Dec 1883. He died at Cleveland 12 Aug 1975 and was buried at the Splendora Cemetery. Jessie was the son of Jefferson Davis Giles and Miranda Texas Burrow who were married in Smith County 24 Aug 1881. Miranda was a sister to William Washington Burrow. Jessie moved to Splendora after 1905 and was married there 08 Sep 1908 to Sallie Etta Flowers. She was the daughter of James Thomas Flowers and Florence Irene Pridgen who are buried at the Splendora Cemetery. This family was previously discussed in the Flowers Family section of this chapter.

COX - Charles Claibourne Cox was born in Indiana 25 May 1851, the son of Robert Cox and Mary Cynthia Dorn of Lynchburg, Virginia. He died of arteriosclerotic heart disease at Bush Terrace in Harris County, Texas 09 Aug 1935 at the age of eighty-three and was buried at the Splendora Cemetery. Prior to his arrival in Texas he had lived more than twenty-five years at Beaver Creek in Rock County, Minnesota and was very successful there as a farmer, real estate developer and county constable, in addition to being the proprietor of a hotel, livery stable and mercantile store. After divorcing his first wife, Luella McMakin (with whom he had no children), Cox married Rose Clara Bertuleit in Beaver Creek 23 Nov 1882 and fathered five children with her : four sons who lived to adulthood and a daughter who died in childhood.

In the Spring of 1893 Cox attended the World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago and it was there that he learned of the immense growth in The South and the potential for real estate development. Cox proposed to his wife that they move south but Rose did not want to leave Beaver Creek where many of her kinfolks lived. Faced with a difficult decision, Cox deserted his wife and five children and went to Alabama.

Alabama wasn't as promising as he had thought it would be. After arriving there, he soon learned that many people were leaving that area and heading to Texas where the land was said to be fertile with pristine forests. No sooner than he had arrived in Alabama, Cox was on the train to Texas.

When he got off the train at Houston in 1893 Cox saw a poster on a wall at the depot. It was an offer by the Houston East & West Texas Railway for the sale of land along the company's rails at a cost of twenty-five cents per acre. The going-price for acreage at that time was about $1.00 per acre but the H.E. & W.T. were strapped for cash and had reduced the price-per-acre in an effort to acquire much needed funds to help cover the expense of having to replace 191 miles of narrow gauge rails. A letter dated 21 Feb 1894 from the General Freight And Passenger Office of the Houston East & West Texas & Shreveport Railway Companies in Houston, introduced Mr. C.C. Cox to T.C. Sears, Esq., the company's agent at Shepherd, Texas. The letter requested that Cox be shown land adjacent to the Shepherd Station that may be suitable to fulfill his interest in establishing a colony of Minnesota people. The tract of land that Charles Cox eventually purchased was located, not at Shepherd, but, at the "35-mile-post", a position corresponding with the location of present-day Splendora. Specifically, the Cox land was located at the northwest corner of the junction of FM 2090 East and Old US 59. Today, the boundaries of the land once owned by Cox are defined by the Splendora Saw Mill at the north end and the old Splendora Football Field at the east end. The southern boundary is marked by FM 2090 East and the western boundary is Cox Street running north-to-south and parallel with the railroad tracks.

A self-educated businessman with no known history of formal education, Charles Cox was instrumental in the growth of this area almost as soon as he settled here in 1894. He and several other men in the community began the ground-breaking that would eventually lead to the birth of Splendora. Their first task was to establish a county-approved school here which would guarantee the education of the local children who, according to the 1900 census, outnumbered the adults by three to one.

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Charles Claibourne Cox
photo courtesy Charles Phillips Cox


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