Descendants of Rhoda Pierce and
AM "Manny" Wilbanks
Hansford Census 1930
Rhoda Wilbanks Spearman, Hansford, TX abt 1863 Georgia Head
Edd N Wilbanks Spearman, Hansford, TX abt 1889 Texas Head
M Wilbanks Spearman, Hansford, TX abt 1890 Wife
Spearman, Hansford, TX abt 1912 Daughter
Loretta Wilbanks Spearman,
Hansford, TX abt 1915 Daughter
Joyce Wilbanks Spearman, Hansford, TX
abt 1917 Daughter
Carl Edd Wilbanks Spearman, Hansford, TX abt 1919
Roy L Keller Spearman, Hansford, TX abt 1910 Arkansas Boarder
By LD Pierce Copyright 1999
Much of the Wilbanks data provided
is from the work of Sally Boyd
Davis of Denison TX
and Margaret Evans of Spearman, TX. Sally is a direct descendent of AM and Rhoda
Wilbanks, Margaret Evans is descended from another Wilbanks in Hansford County Tx. Thanks
for their contribution to my Pierce-Wilbanks Book. Thanks to the Hansford Historical
Commission for allowing me to reprint their family biographies.
Map to Goatneck and Pierce Ranch (History of
regarding Rhoda Pierce Wilbanks true birth date:
The cemetery stone lists her birth date as year 1862,
The Biographies in the Hansford County History Book written by her family
also list birth date as 1862. But Her Biography as interview
by Susan Pierce Dacus states her birth date as 1860.Another
question is that
of her death date which is shown as November 25, 1941 from her biography
the Hansford County TX History Book. The stone shows death date of
Jan 25, 1941.Which is correct?? I will soon begin trying to obtain
the birth certificates for all of Capt. Andre Jackson Pierce's Children.
Married Rhoda Pierce 24 May
1877, Johnson, Texas
Wilbanks Born Dec 1858 Johnson County Texas, USA
one location states
he was born in Rusk County Texas
Death: Nov. 7, 1927 Amarillo Texas
Nov 8 19027Spearman, Hansford County Texas, USA
buried Hansford Cemetery
Allen M. Wilbanks Death Date: 07 Nov 1927
Death Place: Amarillo, Potter, Texas Gender: Male Race: White Death Age:
69 years Estimated Birth Date: Birth Date: 1858 Birthplace: Texas
Marital Status: Married Spouse's Name: Father's Name: Hiram Wilbanks
Father's Birthplace: Tenn. Mother's Name: Francis Hale Mother's
Birthplace: Ga. Occupation: Retired Farmer Place of Residence: Spearman,
Texas Cemetery: Burial Place: Spearman, Texas Burial Date: 08 Nov 1927
Additional Relatives: X Film Number: 2114435 Digital Film Number:
4165522 Image Number: 1941 Reference Number: 38102
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Hiram Henry Wilbanks Biography
From Johnson County Tx History Book
Hiram Henry Wilbanks, father of AG
"Alonzo Gardener" Wilbanks, Freeland
In 1892 "A Memorial and Biographical
History of Johnson and Hill Counties" by
Lewis Publishing Co. of Chicago was published
with biographical sketches of early day
settlers. Hiram Henry Wilbanks and his
brother Allen N. Wilbanks each had a sketch
about themselves; their father, Gardner
Wilbanks, was in Allen N. Wilbank's sketch.
At the time this book was compiled, both
Hiram and Allen were still living. To quote
from the book:
"Hiram Henry Wilbanks, a farmer and a
stock raiser residing 14 miles southwest of
Cleburne, and one mile north of Freeland,
Was born in Wakely County TN, Jan 11 1833,
son of Gardner Wilbanks, A native of South
Carolina. Hiram H moved with his father to
Rusk County, TX,. and later in 1880 to
Johnson County TX settling on his present
farm of 706 acres, 366 acres of which
in-law Jim Lain, and Jim's brother, Lambert
is under a fine state of cultivation. In 1862Wilbanks enlisted in the Confederate
Service, in Company B, Captain Childress
command, Stone's regiment, was in the
Battle of Donaldsonville, Louisiana, and was
then detailed to the mail service. He served
until the close of the war, and was at home
on a sick furlough at the time of the surrender.
Hiram Wilbanks and his brother Allen married
sisters, Allen to Miranda Victoria Hale on Nov 22 1860
and Hiram to Permelia Ann Francis Hale Aug 11 1853.
The parents of the Hale sisters were Joel Whitehead
Hale, native of Clark Co., GA, and Nancy Tigner
Hiram and Allen's Father was Gardner Wilbanks
who was born on March 15, 1979 in Union District,
South Carolina, and he later died on Dec. 27,
1888, in Johnson Co., Tex. Gardner Wilbanks
married Sarah ("Sally") Nance, born about
1815 and died about 1870 in Johnson Co., Tex.
She was the daughter of John Nance of
Wakely Co., Term. They were the parents of
eleven children, the first six who were born
in Tenn. were Emilene F., William, Allen Nance,
Hiram Henry, Calvin and Jessie. Benjamin was
born in Arkansas, apparently while the family was
enroute to Texas; then came Doctor, Daniel,
Susan and Sarah.
Hiram Henry Wilbanks and his wife
Permelia Francis had 14 children. (1) Patience
married Frank LaFon; (2) Joel W.
(deceased); (3) Mansil (Manny) married
Rhoda Pierce; (4) Alonzo Gardner married
Alice Cathey; (5) Howell H. (deceased); (6)
Floyd married Susan; (7) Emory married
Willie Cathey, (8) Earnest married Eva
Baran; (9) Ada (deceased): (IO) Liza (deceased);
(11) Olley married Pat Scurlock, (12)
Arthur; (13) Norma married Abe Gresham;
and (14) Marvin Bishop married Cordelia
Hiram Henry became ill while visiting two
of his grown sons, Emory and Ernest, who
lived in what was then Indian Territory, He
died on Aug. 18, 1899, and was buried in
Texmo Cemetery, North of Hammond, OK.
Alonzo Gardner Wilbanks, Hirams son,
received an original land grant of (163) one
hundred and sixty-three acres of land from
Gov. John Ireland in June 1886. It was
located approximately 14-1/2 miles southwest
of Cleburne. The original home on this land
was a 2-story rock house-the stones being
hewn out of the Wilbanks mountain. When
this structure became unsafe, they built a one story
rock home to the west of the original
one, using some of the blocks from the first
home. Two walls of the original home stood
for many years, making it sort of a landmark
in the area, until finally in the early 1940s,
fearing the walls might fall and hurt someone,
Earl Wilbanks knocked them down. The
second home is still in use today by the Earl
Wilbanks family. They remodeled the place
by taking the old long front porch off and
replacing it with e redwood glassed-in room
and adding extra rooms to the northeast side;
but the basic house with its 16-20-inch thick
solid rock walls, both inside walls and outer
walls are still there.
The Lime Plant which is owned and
operated by Rangaire today was initially
started on the Wilbanks mountain back of
the Wilbanks Home place. Friou Wilbanks
his brother-in-law Jim Lain, and Jim's
Brother Lambert Lain, finally got some
businessmen interested in the limestone, a
company was formed and rock and limestone
was quarried off the mountain for about 20
years. Then the plant moved to the Dayton
Holland Mountain 3 miles E of the Wilbanks place.
Alonzo Gardner Wilbanks known to his friends
as Lonnie or Uncle Lonnie or
by his initials "A.G." He was born Nov. 9,
1860 and died Nov. 21, 1938 in the home of
Fannie Lain in Cleburne. Alonzo
Gardner and his brother Emory married
Sisters, AG to Alice Cathey, and Emory to
Willie Cathey, daughters of Major William
Henry Cathey, and his wife Sammantha
both of whom died of yellow Fever during the
Epidemic in Shreveport, La. between 1876
1878. Alice Cathey was born Nov. 7,16132, and
Died June 29, 1916.
Alonzo Gardner and Alice Cathey. The Wilbanks
were the parents of eight children. (I) Willie who
married Green Cooper; (2) Laverne
married George Taylor; (3) Cathey
married Irene Friou; (4) Horace married Dell
Friou; (5) Earl married Anna Nickell; (6)
Fannie married Jim Lain; (7) Lonnie married
John Rogers; (8) Friou Glaucus married
The grandchildren of Alonzo ("Lonnie")
Gardner Wilbanks who are still living in
Cleburne and the Johnson Co. area are
(1) Vernon Cooper, son of Willie Wilbanks
Cooper, (2) Douglas Wilbanks, son of Cathey
Wilbanks, (3) Dorthea Rogers Tate daughter
of Lonnie Wilbanks Rogers; Alice Lain
Kneblik, daughter of Fannie Wilbanks Lain;
Friou G. ("Curly") Wilbanks, son of F.G.
Wilbanks, Sr.; and Earlene Wilbanks Rives
and Bitha Wilbanks Hinton, daughters of
There are only 4 great-grandsons of A.G.
Wilbanks that bear the surname Wilbanks.
They are Antony Douglas (Tony) and Harold
Alvin Wilbanks, sons of Douglas A. Wilbanks,
David Wilbanks, son of F.G. ("Curly")
Wilbanks; and Robert Wilbanks son B.J.
("Bob") Wilbanks. Only two great-
great-grandsons bear the Wilbanks surname.
(1) Benjamin, son of David Wilbanks;
(2) and Blaine, son of Harold Wilbanks.
by June Rogers Tate
Article f796 Johnson County History Book
reprinted with permission
Editors Note: June Rogers Tate was very friendly
And a very close friend of Dad and Mom in the 1970s
She used to come visit Spearman, TX Hansford County
Often. She might have even in Hansford County for a while
Many of the Wilbanks and the Pierces picked up
And moved to Hansford County TX in 1906 for cheap land.
From Johnson County Tx History Book
Gardner Wilbanks moved to Rusk County,
Texas from Tennessee in 1839. He fought in
the war which won Texas independence from
Mexico and was given a land grant in Rusk
County for his service. Gardner, his son,
Hiram Henry, and their families moved to
Johnson County before 1883.
Hiram enlisted in the Confederate service,
in Company B, Captain Childresscommand,
Stones regiment, in 1882. He was in the
Battle of Donaldsonville, Louisiana, and was
later detailed to the mail service where he
served until the end of the war. Socially, he
was a member of the Masonic Order and the
Grange; politically. a Democrat; and religiously,
a member of the Christian Church
Hiram had fourteen children and has many
descendants now living in Johnson County.
Allen Manse1 Wilbanks, son of Hiram, was
born in 1858. Although a very small boy,
Allen had to serve as a look-out for Indians
during the War Between the States. The
older youths and men were away at war and
the community was in constant fear of Indian
raids. He married Rhoda Pierce who had
ome to Johnson County from Georgia by
covered wagon at the age of three.
In 1902, Allen and his family of eight
children, including two married sons, moved
to Hansford County in the Texas Panhandle
traveling by wagon foor sixteen days. One son,
Andrew Jackson, had married Dove Oakes of
Hood County. The other son, Allen Mansel,
Jr., had married Ophelia Ewing of Johnson
County. Allen had a contract to drill forty
water walls on the XIT Ranch and had
purchased four sections of land in Hansford
County for two dollars an acre. This land is
being cultivated by his descendants today.
Allens two brothers, Earnest, married to
the former Eva Mae Burran of Johnson
County, and Floyd, married to tbe former
Susan Bowden, also of Johnson County,
traveled to the Panhandle and settled on
adjoining land. Another brother, Arthur,died
in Hansford County in 1908. He never
married. Thomas Calvin Hazlewood an active
businessman of Clebune, is the great-grandson
of Allen Mansel. Mary and Calvin Hazelwood
of Fort Worth are his parents. His grandfather
was Howell L. (His) Wilbanks who was
born in Johnson County in 1888. Hix was a
pioneer farmer and rancher and was Sheriff
& Tax Collector of Hansford County for twenty
years. Thomas is married to the former Gail
Gumm of Fort Worth who is the daughter
Mary and Charles C. Gumm of Fort Worth
and the Double Dollar Ranch near Rio Vista
Tom and Gail have one daughter, Holly.
Travis Hazlewood of Fort Worth, brother
of Thomas, is married to the former
Charwynne Bass, daughter of Fleeta and J.T. Bas
of Cleburne. Travis and Charwynne have on
son, George Bass. Article F795
by Gail Hazlewood Johnson County History Book pg 835
Reprinted with Permission
Editors Note the the author's husband Tom Hazlewood
is Mayor of Cleburne Tx Johnson County Click on GoatNeck Link
Henry Allen Wilbanks was born October 28, 1894 in Johnson County, Texas. He came to Hansford County with his parents Floyd and Susan Wilbanks in a covered wagon in 1903. Henry helped freight supplies from
Texhoma with Tom Moon and Charlie Day. His parents raised Charlie Day, Susan's nephew that was orphaned at age five. Tom Moon lived with the family from age fifteen until his death in 1949. Charlie Day drilled water wells for XIT Ranch for many years. Henry helped him and they lived in a tent, and cooked on a camp fire using cow chips for fuel: They cooked beans in a tin bucket with a tight lid that had a hole in the top. Henry attended Micou School until 1908 when the family moved to
Goodwell, Oklahoma during the school months. He farmed and threshed wheat for
neighbors miles around. They had a cook shack and lived on sour dough biscuits, beans, and cured meat; and shot a rabbit
occasionally for fresh meat. He served in WWI two years and was in France most of the time. The flu broke out on their ship going overseas and many of the boys died. He survived the flu and went to a hospital on arrival in France. Henry Wilbanks and Beatrice Walker married October 27, 1935. They had three children: Henry Allen, Jr., Nina Jane, Floyd Creed, and eight grandchildren. They moved from Spearman in 1936 to Moore County where they bought land and raised cattle as well as farming. Henry died February 6, 1964. He is buried in the
Dumas Cemetery. Beatrice lives in the home in Dumas, keeping busy with the grandchildren.
by Fay Wilbanks Klutts Hansford County History Book Vol 1 pg. 301
came to Spearman in a covered wagon in 1902; He was the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Floyd Wilbanks. Coming home from WWI Lawrence and his cousin, Gilbert
Wilbanks, came to Butler, Oklahoma; that is where I met Lawrence, he
operated a Garage. My parents were Mr. and Mrs. B.B. Cutberth. Lawrence
and I married May 1, 1922 in
the Baptist Church at Butler. Lawrence remodeled a Model-T car and painted
it brown. That car was our "Hot Rod Car." We moved to Spearman
to the Floyd Wilbanks farm, south and east of Spearman and lived there
until we built our home in Spearman at 103 S. Townsend St.
and brothers, Hiram, Virgel, and Henry along with sisters, Spray and Fay,
went to school at Micou Schoolhouse. Their first teacher a Mrs. Monroe
opened school playing the violin.
Kate Klack and Trixie Winn, teachers, were favorites of the Wilbanks
children later Trixie married Hix Wilbanks, Lawrence's cousin. She was his
bought land where the Micou Schoolhouse was located it was later moved to
the Virgel Wilbanks farm. Lawrence and Gilbert, for pastime chased
antelope, coyotes, and rabbits on their motorcycles they also brought the
horses in for work, as there were no fences. They also killed "Loafer
Wolves." The gramma grass grew tall enough to mow and stack for hay
and the wild flowers grew everywhere.
Wilbanks, Lawrence's brother, Gilbert and Fred Wilbanks, cousins, were all
in World War One.
and Nellie Wilbanks and Lawrence operated and built the first cafe in
Spearman. They cooked a large turkey for an oil well crew, near the
Canadian River, they called the well "Snorty Gobbler," but the
well came in dry.
worked very hard and long hours. Lawrence helped drill water wells, they
worked over windmills and owned their own threshing machine and threshed
grain in the county. We raised cattle and horses; we milked cows and
churned our butter. We bought the basic foods; one hundred lb. sacks of
flour and sugar, large wooden crates of fruit, apricots and prunes; large
cans of honey; beans and sow belly.
always had a garden, canning all we could for winter. We raised our
chickens, turkeys, guineas, ducks and geese. We made feather pillows from
the feathers and down of geese and ducks.
raised our hogs and butchered them. W cured the meat and made the sausage.
We had no refrigeration; we wrapped our fresh beef and hung it on the
built a long box for the water to run through from the windmill to the
stock tank, in this we kept our milk and butter to keep it cool. Many
times I found our milk gone, as people stopped for water and they would
have a cool drink of milk.
home was not very large but had a bunkhouse for the men to sleep in. Our
family was Lawrence and Virus, Hiram and Henry and Thomas Moon.
celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary May 11, 1972. Margarette Wilbanks
Evans, our niece, (more like our own daughter) and friends honored us with
a reception at the First State Bank that year. This year (1 979) May I 1
we have been married fifty-seven years, Many "Happy Memories."
We are members of the First Christian Church, Order of the Eastern Star,
Worthy Matron 1960-61. Lawrence is a
Mason. I am honored, to be a charter member of the First Home
Demonstration Club, By Virus
Cutberth Wilbanks Hansford County History Book Vol. 1 pg 302
family the Floyd Daniel Wilbanks family came to Hansford County in 1903.
Floyd and Susan Ella Bowden were married March 17, 1889 in Johnson County
in the home of Floyd's father, Hiram Asbury Wilbanks. Floyd came to
Hansford County in 1903 and sent word back to Susan to bring the children.
They came from Johnson County in a covered wagon. They bought a section of
land S.E. of where Spearman is now. There they lived in a half-dugout,
sleeping on mattresses stuffed with prairie hay and feathers. With the
family came a boy fifteen years old, Thomas Henry Moon and Susan's nephew,
Charlie Day, five years old, Six children were born to Susan and Floyd,
they were: Hiram Asbury, Virgel W. Henry Allen, Lawrence Edward, Olive
Spray (Bradford), Nina Fay (Klutts). As the family grew a house was built
beside the dugout. Lumber was hauled in wagons from Guymon, Oklahoma. As
their children and the community grew the need of a school was
established. This was the Micou School, attending it with the Wilbanks
Family were the Sanders, Hazlewood, Douglas, and Windom families. During
the earlier years of 1903-1940,the family went to Altus, OK. to pick
cotton. The three older boys picked cotton with the folks while Lawrence,
Spray and Fay stayed at the wagon. To get there they would have to ford
the Canadian River, hoping to dodge the quicksand but sometimes getting
stuck and having to be pulled out. At this time there were no roads, only
open country and trails. Prairie fires were feared by all, as there were
no plowed fields to stop them. In 1908 Susan and her daughters, Spray and
Fay, visited Susan's mother who lived in Boise, Idaho. That was quite a
train ride, the mountain scenery was great. They rode the streetcar to
their grandmother's home. Now it's school time: Floyd and Susan moved the
family in a covered wagon to Goodwell, Oklahoma where the children
attended school until they all finished. The first day out they ate dinner
just west of Hansford on the hill. Susan had cooked turkey and all the
trimmings. Floyd and Tom Moon farmed. Floyd churned butter and put it in
brine in a keg and brought it some cured meat to Goodwell. One day they
drove up in a Ford car! Charlie Day was drilling water wells for XIT, he
died in 1932. Thomas Moon lived with the family until he died in 1949.
Floyd and Susan celebrated their Golden Wedding Day March 17, 1939 the
school band surprised them by coming in full dress uniform and playing
"Let Me Call You Sweetheart." People came early from miles
around and continued until twelve midnight. Floyd passed away November 23,
1942 and Susan, December 11, 1963, she lived to be 92 years old.
By Lawrence and Will Wilbanks. Hansford County History Book Vol. 1 page
Allen M Wilbanks Jr (Bogus)
M Wilbanks, Jr., age eighteen, married Ophelia Ewing, age sixteen, in
Johnson County, Texas, where they both were born.
They started to the Panhandle in 1896 tomake their new home.
They came through Oklahoma and live for a short while in Butler.
It was in Indian Territory that their first child, Stella was born.
One day a bunch of Indians surrounded their wagon and they were
very scared as Geronimo was still acting up. The Indians kept pointing at
Stelli and saying "pretty papoose." The Indians were friendly,
however and gave the parents some fresh meat, and went on their way. They
traveled on to Charming, Texas, to make their home. Allei went to work for
the XIT Ranch, drilling their wells. These were rugged times. Their second
child, James, was born, lived only eighteen months, and was buried in Charming.
Ophelia was in camp while Allen was drilling wells and she saw only two
white women one year. One came in and ate dinner, and the other jus passed
along the road. They saw the XIT cowboys often.
In 1903 their third child,
Ouida, was born. Allen and Ophelia decided to move to Hansford County and
Allen bought a section of land from the railroad two miles west of where
the town of Spearman is. His father, uncles and families soon came from
jobnson County and settled around them. Their fourth chlid, Trixielee, was
born in 1908. Allen continued to drill water wells, but decided to move to
Ochiltree where the girls could go to school.
became interested in civic affairs and went into partnership with Edgar
Poer in a drugstore. They named the store Poer Wilbanks. His hobby, along
with Lynch Dodson and Dr. W. J. Brewer, was motorcycling. He also liked to
tournament ride at the town picnics. This consisted of hanging rings on
posts, riding horses, and gathering the rings off.
fifth child, Jack, was born in 1914 in Ochiltree. Allen sold his interest
in the drugstore. He and some other men started the Farmer's and
Stockman's State Bank, which was later moved to the town of Perryton. He
also sold his ranch in Hansford County. He and Bill MeLarty built one of
the first brick buildings in Perryton. His home was the third one moved to
Perryton from old Ochiltree. He also laid the first sidewalks in Perryton.
The Farmer's and Stockmat Bank went broke in 1924 and the building was
sold to the First National Bank.
Wilbanks decided to move to Amarillo and make a new start. Allen started
to manufacture water softeners. He also entered the oil business, which he
continued in until 1932 when he passed away at the age of fifty-two.
Mrs. Wilbanks still resides in
Amarillo. Stella passed away in 1919 while attending West Texas State Norm
at Canyon. Ouida married Paul F. Stewart, now deceased, who owned and
published the Ochiltree County Herald from 1920 to 1923. Trixielee married
Walter H. Deason and Jack married Dorothea Main. They all resided in
Submiued by Ouida Wilbanks
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visted the Baker Lain Cem. in SW Johnson County a few
months ago and found several Wilbanks buried there:
Alonzo G. Wilbanks ( b. 11-9-1860, d. 11-23-1938)
Alice Cathy (b. 11-7-1862, d. 6-29-1916) <wife, same grave marker>
Hoyetett Leroy Rives b. 2-9-1926, d. 9-12-1989
Earlene Wilbanks b. 8-7-1925 d.--- <same grave marker>
married march 28,1942
Earl Emory Wilbanks b. 5-22-1891 d. 7-31-1959
Anna L. b. 9-2-1897, d. 1-18-1988 <same grave marker>
- Behind Alonzo and Alice:
L. Cathey Wilbanks b. 2-22-1885 d. 8-6-1929
< this is one of Alonzo's sons>
- behind L. Cathey:
Gertie Ophella Wilbanks b. 3-10-1903 d. 8-12-1903
- behind and between Earl Emory and Earlene:
Wilton "Red" Hinton b. 2-09-1926 d. 9-12-1989
Bitha Lee Wilbanks b. 12-9-1928 d. ---
Children Donna, Leroy, Rick
In seperate area of cemetary:
Son of L.E. Wilbanks
I have some research on most all but I can't seem to connect Gertie and
Bitha. I assume Gertie was L. Cathey's daughters. I do not have proof
yet other than their dates match. I know that Girtie can not be Alnzo
and Alice's child. In the 1910 census she lists all of her children as
Bitha Lee must be Earl Emory Wilbanks daughter. I don't have any proof
on this yet either.
Any help on Bitha and Gertie would be of great help.
Hope the above is of help to other wilbanks researchers out there.
I just purchased a county land map of Johnson County
from an antique shop in the hill country. It is from 1888. It shows all
the owners of land in Johnson County and their plots of land.
My greatgreatgrandfather Hiram Henry Wilbanks is listed along with his
kin Alonzo Gardner Wilbanks and Allen Mansil Wilbanks. They are all
living near one another in the Goatneck area of the county.
Big Mystery.... Along with the above, the map lists R.D. Wilbanks just
to the west next to Alonzo Gardner. I have no relatives listed with
those initials living in Johnson County at the time. None of the census
extracts have an R.D. listed as well. Who could he (or she) be???
Anyone who thinks they have an answer, please send me an email. I will
try to scan this part of the map in and post it fore everyone to see. If
you are curious drop me a line and I will email it to you.
Gruver Independent July 8 1964
from the Past to the Present turns east this week as we visit in the
Wilbanks home some three miles south east of Spearman. The spotlight
of our story looks back some sixty two years as another important
pioneer family moved to Hansford County.
In 1877 Mr. and Mrs.
A.M. Wilbanks were married in Cleburne, Texas, it was there they made
their home carrying on farming for their livelihood. Nine children
were born to the couple near the town of Cleburne, being Andrew
Jackson, Mrs. J.B. (Pearcy) Towers, A.M. Jr. . (Bogus), Howell L. (Hix),
Edgar(Ed), Sam, Wanda Reed and Ruth Hawkins.
A desire to move west
to better land and a bright future brought the Wilbanks family to the
Panhandle of Texas and to Hansford County in l902. The family packed
their belongings in two covered wagons, a buggy and a surrey and left
for Fort Worth where they were joined by some thirty-five other
families with the same desire of moving west. Forming what is called a
wagon train The Wilbanks family along with the other wagons moved west
as a group in search for a new home with bright opportunities. The
people would camp for their meals and at night to sleep. Only once on
the trip did they stay in a wagon yard another was at Childress.
Arriving in Hansford
County on May 2. 1902 the family made their home on four adjoining
sections on which Mr. Wilbanks had purchased for $200 apiece. Their
first home was a dugout which was far from luxury and particularly
small for a large family. Until the family was able to build their
home some slept in covered wagons at night while the kitchen table was
made into a pallet for the two small girls.
The two older boys,
A.J. and Bogus, were married when they moved to the county and they
had two of the sections which their father had purchased and began
farming. Mr. Wilbanks broke his sod planted his crops as well as
fenced his land to make preparation for his first crop. Aside from the
farming and ranching which kept the family quite busy, Mr. Wilbanks
also drilled water wells. He was assisted by his son Edgar who
continued drilling wells throughout his life. Many of the first water
wells of the county were drilled by Mr. Wilbanks and his son Edgar.
They also drilled may of the, wells on the XIT Ranch .
The son Sam died
during the World War I , Wanda Reed retired just recently from the
position she has held for over thirty years as Superintendent of
Nurses at Northwest Hospital in Amarillo, Mrs. Ruth Hawkins makes her
home in Austin, Texas.
The early pioneer
days brought the service of a telephone on the top of a barb wire
fence for the family. The men remained quite busy with the farming and
ranching as well as the well drilling, while Mrs. Wilbanks and the
girls were busy tending to the garden, canning and washing as well as
the regular household chores.
Many hardships were
faced by the family, but one of the biggest problems seemed to be
getting to market and back. The closest market and railroad was
Channing and the eighty mile trip would take three days to make while
another day was needed to buy the supplies. Then the return trip home
would also take three days therefore a week was needed to go for
supplies. -.Many times the men were unable to make the trip and Mrs.
Wilbanks and the two small girls would go by themselves. They would
camp out on the prairie and cook out also as the trip to Channing was
The children who had
not completed their education in Cleburne attended the schools of
Happy Jack. 'The Wilbanks home was often the center for parties and
several members of the family were musically talented so these two
factors led way for many dances and socials.
As the time moves
forward we look into the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Hix Wilbanks, for Hix
was born September 171 1886 in Johnson County Texas. His wife Trixy
Evans Winn was born February 26, 1885 near Colombia, Missouri. She was
the daughter of Young Ewing and Georgia Alice Winn and was the
youngest of seven children. She attended the schools in Warrensburg,
Missouri where was trained to be a teacher. Upon completion of her
education she came to Hansford County Texas where she began teaching
in the Micou and Happy Jack Schools.
She roomed and
boarded in the A.M. Wilbanks home where she become acquainted with her
future husband, Hix Wilbanks.
Hix Wilbanks and
Trixy Winn were married October 11, 1908 by Reverend Wilson in his
dugout parsonage, some five miles northwest of Old Hansford. The
couple had four children of their own and reared one foster son, The
children were Mary, twin daughters Beth and Ruth, Julia and a foster
son Marcus Larson.
After Mr. and Mrs.
Hix Wilbanks married Hix traded two mules for their first automobile
which made six miles per hour. It is recalled that one time while out
in the car enroute to the Micou school a rain came making the ground
muddy and impassable without chains. Mr. Wilbanks got out. let the air
out of the tires, put the chains on then, aired the tires back up and
continued on the muddy path. He didn't
know that the chains could be put on without letting the air from the
While boarding at the
Wilbanks home during her teaching years at the Happy Jack school it
was remembered by Mrs. Wilbanks that a big snow came and the school
was a halfdugout, therefore Hix was afraid that teacher could not find
her way to school because it might be buried by the snow. He took the
plow plowed a furrow to the school for her to follow to find the
After Mr. land Mrs.
Hix Wilbanks married he farmed and ranched but he also served as
Sheriff of the county for nineteen years, serving the terms from 1919
to 1922 and 1928 to 1945 both as Sheriff and tax assessor and
collector. Hix Wilbanks was known as a sheriff "who never wore a gun."
He would say that he kept one around where it would be handy in
case he needed it. During his first three years in office he never
made an arrest. He would not go out to look for an accused or guilty
party just sent word to the party to come by his office and the party
would usually drop by to see him.
When Mr. Wilbanks was
first elected Sheriff there were only 135 votes to be cast in the
county. While the depression and dust bowl days were devastating the
residents of the county, Mr. Wilbanks had the chore to go out and
investigate drought-burdened forms in the county before the farmers
could get loans to help them keep their land and belongings. Friends
and residents of the county recall that Sheriff Wilbanks never found a
farm that he couldn't approve for a loan.
In April Of 1941, Mr.
Wilbanks tracked down Orrin J. Brown of Lookout, California by
starting from a shoe label as the only source of evidence. He brought
him back to Hansford County where he faced a charge of murder with
malice for the hammer-slaying of a 40 year old woman, Mrs. Leota
Murphy of Marion, Indiana whose body was found on a country road some
seven miles west of Gruver.
In 1920 Mr. and Mrs.
Hix Wilbanks moved to Spearman where they lived until they built their
modem brick home on the Wilbanks home place southeast of Spearman. The
couple celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1958. On
November, 25, 1959 Mr. and Mrs. Wilbanks were involved in a car
accident which took Mrs. Wilbanks life. Hix Wilbanks recovered from
the accident and continued to make his home at the home place until
his death on June 4, 1963.
The Hix Wilbanks four
daughters and one son make their home in the state of Texas with Mrs.
Calvin Hazelwood of Fort Worth, and Mrs. G.R. Billingsley of Lubbock,
Mrs. Ray Phelps, Mrs. Joe Don Bryan and Marcus Larson all of Spearman.
This brings us to the
end of another of the quite outstanding life histories of the Hansford
County Pioneers. We see a family who yearned for a home in the west
with opportunities and have also seen that this family fulfilled their
desires and made themselves a prosperous and well known family who
will be remembered throughout the years to come.
She was born on
11/06/1930 in Hansford County, TX
**THE MOTHER'S MAIDEN NAME IS:
**THE FATHER'S NAME IS: Wilbanks, Edgar Napolian