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CHAPTER TEN

THE FAMILIES IN PINE ISLAND ANTHONY THRU FOSTER





The Texas Blue Bonnet


[ PLEASE NOTE: Name spellings are only as accurate as the person who gave the information or the person that wrote it into the records.]

INTRODUCTION

The first people to hold a legal title to the land of Pine Island were Jared E. Groce and Charles Donoho. The next group of settlers, had to buy their land from these two. Most of the Pine Island area was bought from Mr. Groce. Some of the first people of this later group were Will Cameron, Owen L. Cochran, J. D. Flewellen, Z.H. Hammond and J.M. Mathis. Just after the turn of the century, in 1910, the roughly ten square mile area was supporting over 400 people in the fifty or so families living there.

Minorities In Pine Island

There were only four black families living in Pine Island in 1910. They were the Clays, Davis, Jones and the Randalls (families listed below.) The Clays and Randalls lived in the northern edge (near the railroad) in what is now the city of Prairie View but at the time it would have been considered part of Pine Island. The Davis and Jones families lived west of Pine Island Road on Brumlow Road. There were two other black men living in the area in 1910. They were both living with white families that employed them. They were Charles Fraizer (age 19, born in Texas) living with the Francis Pennington/Harry Milam families and Terry Bousten (age 22, born in Texas) living with the Joseph Phillips family. Other black families moved into the area in 1930 and 1940, such as James Tapscott and John Scott and older ones moved out. In later years the farm land from Hwy. 290, south to about half way to Brumlow Rd. and between Cochran and Pine Island roads. has been subdivided into smaller tracts and now contains a larger number of black citizens.

THE PINE ISLAND FAMILIES

  • ANTHONY (See SMITH)
  • JOSEPH L. BARNETT
    Joseph was born in 1882 and died in 1956. He was married to Hattie Cato who was born in 1886 and died in 1964 they had seven known children, Lena, Winnie, Elba, Fred, Imola, Helen and A. C. Joe and Hattie are both buried in the Kirby Chapel cemetery.

    • LENA BARNETT Lena married Pat Feagan.

  • MOLLIE BARRETT
    Mollie was born in 1865 and died in 1961. She married John N. Eplin. Their children include Jerome Eugene, Laura Pearl, Lawrence, Onice and Johnny.
  • THE BRUMLOW FAMILY
  • William Lafayette Brumbelow, who was the son of Joshua Brumbelow, was born in 1842 in Chattanooga Tennessee. He married his wife, Jane Rankin, in 1860. He was a Confederate soldier in the Civil War and was killed at Spring Hill Tennessee in 1864 when William Jr. was three years old. Jane remarried and died in childbirth shortly after. So, William Lafayette Brumbelow Jr. was orphaned at the age of 3 and raised by his aunt (his father's sister), Caroline Brumbelow Berry. She brought him with her when she migrated to Colorado County, Texas after the Civil War.

    • WILLIAM LAFAYETTE BRUMBELOW II William was born on February 28, 1861 in Alabama. On April 13, 1887 he married Lucy Ella Smith who was born March 11, 1865 in Georgia. He and Lucy left Colorado County, Texas on the 13 of April 1887 and moved to Pine Island. After moving to Waller County he shortened his name to Brumlow, by dropping the "be". In Pine Island, he begin farming and became a strong member in the Pine Island Baptist church. They had seven children, (Rev.) William Lafayette III, James A., Carrie Jane, Benno Dalton, Lucy Iva, Jesse Frank and Minnie Myrtle. Lucy died June 25, 1935 and William died November 29, 1948. They are both buried in the Shiloh cemetery.
      • WILLIAM LAFAYETTE BRUMLOW III
        William III. was born circa 1888. He married Elizabeth Campbell.
      • JAMES A. BRUMLOW
        James was born circa 1890. He married Ona Bass.
      • CARRIE JANE BRUMLOW
        Carrie was born circa 1897. She married Eugene Eplin. They had 3 children, Mamie Jewel, Eugene (Buddy) and Jesse.

      • BENNO DALTON BRUMLOW Benno was born February 21, 1894 and he died September 13, 1937. He married Mary Lou Rice who was born in 1894 and died in 1972.
      • LUCY IVA "JEWELL" BRUMLOW
        Lucy married Clarence Chaddick.
      • JESSEE FRANKLIN BRUMLOW
        Jessee was born circa 1899. On November 17, 1923 he married Molly Myrtle Phillips who was born January 1, 1905 and they had 4 children, William Thornton, the twins, Freddie Francis and Jesse Ray, and Donald Neil.
      • MINNIE MYRTLE BRUMLOW
        Minnie was born in 1902. She married (1st) Sam Berry, (2nd) Fred Pierceall and (3rd) her childhood sweetheart Bryan Garrett.

  • JOHN A. BURCH
    John whose, parents came to Texas 1870, and his wife Nancy had three children, a daughter named Theresa M. and two sons Benjamin J. and Thomas. John died September 8, 1926 and his wife Nancy died January 9, 1918.
    • THERESA M. BURCH
      Theresa married James Elisha "Babe" Pennington and they had three children, a baby that died August 20, 1914, Vivian Francis (Jackie) and Bessie Marie. James was a railway express messenger and he and Theresa lived in West University, Texas until they divorced and he moved to Waller. Theresa continued to live in West University until she died in 1979. He died December 31 1987. They are both buried in the Pennington plot in the Hempstead cemetery.
    • BENJAMIN J. BURCH
      Benjamin was born 1886 and died 1948. He married Johnnie Foster on May 12, 1918. They had 1 son, Foster C. in the 1920 census and his father John was living with him.
    • THOMAS BURCH
      Thomas married Blanch (?) and they had two children, Allen and Ociana.

  • THOMAS CLAY
    The Clays were one of the four black families living in Pine Island in 1910. Thomas was born circa 1882 and his wife Sarah was born circa 1886. They had one child Susie, an adopted daughter born circa 1898, living with them. Sarah stated in the 1910 census that she was the mother of one child but none were living. They and their parents were all born in Texas. Thomas was listed as a day laborer.
  • B. F. COE
    B. F. was born June 11, 1877 in Texas and his wife Carie was born August 7, 1876 in Texas. B. F. died March 18,1926 and Carie died October 29, 1937. They had three children, Janius A., Christine and Viola.
    • JANIUS A. COE Janius was born in 1901 and died in 1970.
    • CHRISTINE COE Christine was born July 17, 1904 and died August 10, 1908.
    • VIOLA COE Viola was born circa 1906.

  • THE CROWHURST FAMILY
    Alfred Crowhurst with his wife and children and his mother emigrated from Dartford England to Brenham, Texas in 1874. With him was his mother, Annie Weller Crowhurst, his wife Eliza and their children, Elizabeth, John, Sam and James They originally settled in Washington County but moved to Waller County after a few years. Most of the family are buried in Shiloh Cemetery, but only Sam and James lived in Pine Island. The Waller County courthouse records show that A. Crowhurst bought 154 acres from Francis Pennington on January 8, 1908.
    • JAMES "JIM" CROWHURST
      Jim was born in 1872 and died in 1955. He married Judith (Mrs. Pet) Ashford who was born in 1888 in Texas and died in1941. They had 4 children, James Perry, Lucy Francis, Jorome and Mary Tom.
      • JAMES PERRY CROWHURST
        James was born in 1909 and died in 1964. He married Georgia B. Whitman on October 30, 1937.
      • LUCY FRANCIS CROWHURST
        She was born in 1912. She married Marvin Wallingford (his second wife) on January 21, 1937.
      • JOROME CROWHURST
        No information.
      • MARY TOM CROWHURST
        No information.
    • SAMUAL T. CROWHURST
      Sam was born January 17, 1870 and died January 22, 1944. He was married to Lula Flukinger who was born October 21, 1889 in Texas and died January 21, 1973. They had four children, Clara Margaret, Abbie Elizabeth, Sam Mayo and Glen. Like so many others in the area, Mr. Sam was a farmer.
      • CLARA MARGARET CROWHURST
        Margaret was born November 2, 1908. She married Hansford E. "Ham" Chafin.
      • ABBIE ELIZABETH (BETH) CROWHURST
        Bess was born October 3, 1909. She married Loren S. Maland and she had two children, Jimmy Crowhurst born and died October 10, 1944 died as a baby and Stanley.
      • SAM MAYO CROWHURST
        Sam was born 1914 and died in 1950. He married -- and they had two children, the second born after Sam died.
      • MARTIN GLEN CROWHURST
        Glen was born May 30, 1917 and died in 1985. He married Irene ----- and they had 2 children, Glenda and "Skipper".

  • LOUIS DAVIS
    The Davis family was one of the black families living in Pine Island in 1910. Louis was born circa 1884 and his wife, Emma was born circa 1890. They had one child, Bethana who was born circa 1908. Emma stated that she had had two children but only one was living in 1910.
  • CHARLES DONOHO
    Charles was one of the original settlers with a land grant from the Mexican government. He died on November 9th in the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1859.
  • FRANK ECKEL
    Frank was born on June 20, 1875 and died January 8, 1950. Frank married, first Mary Alice, she was born October 24, 1878 and died in the influenza epidemic January 19, 1918. they had seven children, Edith, Eva, Raymond, Johnnie Pinckney, Ivy Mae, Francis and W. D. He married his second wife, named Molly Sheffield on February 20, 1927. Molly was born June 23, 1885 and died March 23, 1962. Frank was a farmer, but he operated a store on old Houston road for a few years. Frank and Mary Alice are both buried in the Hempstead cemetery.
    • EDITH ECKEL
      Edith was born March 28, 1897 and died April 16, 1935. She married (His first wife) Marvin Wallingford who was born December 5, 1891 and died January 27,1976. Edith was a school teacher.
    • EVA ECKEL
      Eva was born circa 1899. She married Ted Reid. Eva was, first a school teacher and later the postmaster at Hempstead.
    • RAYMOND ECKEL
      Raymond was born circa 1901 and died 1918 in the flu epidemic .
    • JOHNNIE PINCKNEY ECKEL
      Johnnie was born August 14, 1903 and died August 11, 1905.
    • IVA MAE ECKEL
      Iva was born circa 1906.
    • FRANCIS ECKEL
      Francis was born circa 1908.
    • W. D. ECKEL
      No information.

  • JOHN E. EPLIN
    John was born in 1853 and died in 1936. He married Mollie E. Barrett who was born in 1865 and died in 1961. Their children include Jerome Eugene, Laura Pearl, Lawrence, Onice and Johnny.
    • JEROME EUGENE "GENE" EPLIN
      Gene was born September 26, 1888 and died April 22, 1968. He married Carrie Brumlow who was born December 5, 1891 and died January 27, 1976. They had 3 children, Mamie Jewel, Eugene (Buddy) and Jesse.
    • LAURA PEARL EPLIN
      Laura was born on December 23, 1892. She married Jefferson Blackburn Jaggers on August 8, 1909 and they had thirteen children, Clara Mae, John Thomas "J. T.", Lenora, Nora, Searcy, Bessie, Clyde, Minnie, Lee, Gladys, Ruby, Janice and Kergus Eugene.
    • LAWERENCE EPLIN
      No information.
    • ONICE EPLIN
      Married Sophie Feagin.
    • JOHNNY EPLIN
      No information.
  • ANDREW J. FEAGIN
    Andrew was born February 2, 1847 in Tennessee. His wife Ellen was born April 8, 1862 in Alabama. She was undoubtedly his second wife, because she stated in the 1910 census that she had been married fifteen years and was the mother of four children, but only three were still living. Andrew had at least thirteen children (including Daniel, listed here as a separate family.) This conclusion is supported by the fact that there is a Mary Feagin, born April 12, 1856 and died March 25, 1895 (fifteen years before the 1910 census), who is buried close to Andrew. The children were Robert E., Clemine, Edith, William, Andrew J., Daniel, Maggie, Richard, Georgia, Sophie, Patrick, Flora D. and J. D.. Andrew died January 12, 1926 and Ellen died September 30, 1926. Both are buried in the Hempstead cemetery.
    • ROBERT E. FEAGIN
      Robert was born November 2, 1876. He married a girl named Maggie who was born September 8, 1882 and died February 2, 1958. They had four children, Marian, Robert, Maggie Pearl and Harold "Scooter Bill".
    • CLEMMIE FEAGIN
      Clemmie was born in November 20, 1879 and died October 23, 1957. She married William Eugene Hawkins who was born January 17, 1875 and died October 15, 1939. They had three children, Viola, Ellen and Ilorie.
    • EDITH FEAGIN
      Edith was born in April 1882.
    • WILLIAM FEAGIN
      William was born in December 30, 1882 and died April 7, 1952.
    • ANDREW J. (DOC) FEAGIN
      Andrew was born in January 4, 1885 and died June 17, 1951.
    • GEORGIA THOMAS FEAGIN
      Georgia was born October 6, 1886 and died October 22, 1889.
    • MAGGIE PEARL FEAGIN
      Maggie was born February 2, 1890 and died August 1, 1960. She married Winfield W. "Bud" Chapman who was born October 8, 1875 and died July 15, 1971. They had four children, Jack, Izora, --?-- and Mary Cross.
    • RICHARD H. "DICK" FEAGIN
      Richard was born October 3, 1892 and died November 24, 1918.
    • THEODORE H. FEAGIN
      Theodore was born May 5, 1894 and died November 28, 1910.
    • SOPHIE FEAGIN
      Sophie was born in September 1896. She married Onice Eplin.
    • PATRICK FEAGIN
      Patrick was born in January 1898. He married Lena Barnett.
    • FLORA FEAGIN
      Flora was born in January 1900. She died before the 1910 census.
    • J. D. FEAGIN
      J. D. was born circa 1904.
  • ROY A. FEAGIN
  • Roy was born November 20, 1901 and died July 23,1958. On July 24, 1922 he married Zelma M. Urquhart who was born October 6, 1902. They had two boys and a girl, Maurice "Punk", Sophie Ruth and Francis.
  • DANIEL D. (DAN) FEAGIN
    Daniel was born on February 4, 1888. He married Lillie Patty who was born July 15, 1888. They only had one daughter Loraine. Dan died July 7, 1955 and Lillie died on December 30, 1965. Both are buried in the Hempstead cemetery.
    • LORAINE FEAGIN
      Loraine was a school teacher. She taught at the Monaville and Kickapoo schools. Loraine married (1st) Frankie Lee (Buster) Milam on May 26 1926 and (2nd) (?) Burkhart.

  • FRANK J. FOSTER
    Frank was born July 1, 1859. He and Hannah, born December 8, 1866, were married about 1881. Both of them were born in Texas. She had sixteen children of whom fourteen were still living in 1910 and only twelve still lived at home. They were William, Charles, James, Effie, Johnny, Lee, Sallie, Irene, Roy, Ruby, Bertha, Mahan and Parker. Frank died February 26, 1936 and Hannah died February 13, 1948.
    • WILLIAM FOSTER
    • William was born in 1888 and died in 1954.
    • CHARLES R. FOSTER
      Charles was born in 1891 and died in 1957. He married a girl named Olga
    • JAMES FOSTER
      James was born circa 1893.
    • EFFIE FOSTER
      Effie was born circa 1895.
    • JOHNNIE FOSTER
      Johnnie was born circa 1896. She married Ben Burch.
    • LEE L. FOSTER
      Lee was born August 17, 1897 and died August 19, 1932.
    • SALLY FOSTER
      Sally was born circa 1899. She married Jim Milam.
    • IRENE FOSTER
      Irene was born circa 1901. She married Clyde Sweetman.
    • ROY FOSTER
      Roy was born circa 1903.
    • RUBY FOSTER
      Ruby was born circa 1905.
    • BERTHA FOSTER
      Bertha was born circa 1907. She married Jack Mann.
    • PARKER FOSTER
      Parker was born circa 1909. married Shirley had 4 kids T.P., Namoma, Ray ,(?)
    • MAHAN FOSTER
      Mahan was born circa 1911. had two kids