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Lincoln County Tennessee Pioneers
Volume XXVII, No. 1
January 1998
George Waller, Editor
mailto: George@Waller.Org
Jane Warren Waller, dec'd, Founding Publisher and Editor

Originally published: 16 January 1998      Latest revision: 17 Jan 1998

The Lincoln Co TN main web page is at:

Foreward: this is the first new year of electronic publication of Pioneers.  I am proud to continue what my mother began over 25 years ago.  The Lincoln County Genealogical Society plans on starting a new printed publication on LCT genealogy.  Please support the society by subscribing.

Table of Contents

Neece family
         by Monte Neece
Lincoln County Civil War Confederate units
         by Patrick Gudaitis
Ambrose Hall data
         by Patrick Gudaitis
Isaacs family
         by Bonnie Palmer
Gleanings from the Fayetteville Observer  (series)
         by George Waller
Abstracted Deeds  (I don't plan on continuing this since the Marshes are doing
         such fine work publishing the deeds)
New Research Materials in the USGenWeb Archives for Lincoln County
New Researchers/Progenitors
New resources
LCT Genealogical Society News (none this issue)
New queries  (this link takes you to the queries section of the LCT web page)

Revision history (check here to find how this web page has been revised)

Neece Family

Date sent:        Mon, 01 Sep 1997 14:40:29 -0500
From:             Monte Neece <>

After researching my NEECE line for almost 20 years, I went to Lincoln
County and made contact with some Neece's there.  We talked on the phone
and I determined that all were descended from the same family.  They
didn't know they had roots to Lincoln County dating to 1811, and one
group of Neece's didn't know they were related to another group in town
with the same name.  My brother, Dan, and I flew to Atlanta, he from
Dallas, me from Orlando, rented a car and drove to Fayetteville where we
set up a meeting with all these Lincoln County Neece's.  Another distant
cousin, Wayne Neece, from Joplin, Missouri, also came into
Fayetteville.  Early the following morning we all met for breakfast at
Shoneys in Fayetteville, an impromptu reunion.  It was very exciting!

I have written about eighty pages of a narrative on our family history.
Following is an edited excerpt about the Lincoln County connection.

The Neece Family of Tennessee
John N. Neece, was born around 1783, possibly in Pennsylvania, North
Carolina or Virginia.  He lived all of his adult life in Tennessee, and
died around 1836 near Fayetteville, Tennessee.  Like just about everyone
of that period, John was a farmer.  He always owned land, even from the
first years of his marriage.  Although never wealthy, he was never
really poor, either.  At the time of his death, he owned more than 500
acres of farm land in the rolling hills of Lincoln County, Tennessee.
   Also like most people of that period he couldn't read or write, but
he was a true American pioneer. John was among the first white settlers
to arrive in the southern part Middle Tennessee when he gathered his
family and joined a group of settlers that moved there in 1811.
   John's wife, Mahulda Ellis, came from a pioneering family.  The
Ellis' had been in America since at least the early 1700's.  Mahulda's
mother's family, the Riggs, had arrived in Boston in 1630 with the first
1000 settlers of John Winthrop's Massachusetts Bay Colony. Her father,
James Ellis, was well-educated and a respected southern planter, and was
probably the one who led the settlers to middle Tennessee.  Mahulda was
of typically strong pioneer stock:  married very young, bore and cared
for a large number of children, managed a large farm household, and
lived long.
   John Neece and Hulda Ellis were the all-American roots that grew an
all-American family.

John and Hulda in Jefferson County, Tennessee
   The first record we find of our John Neece is from the book of
Jefferson County, Tennessee Marriage Bonds which show the "John Ness"
and "Huldy Ellis" marriage on May 31, 1800.  We know from later census
records that John was about 17 years old and Hulda was about 14 years
old at the time of their marriage.
As a point of historical reference it might be interesting to note some
of the events that were contemporary to this time.  Tennessee had become
the 15th state in 1796.  George Washington died on December 14, 1799,
about 6 months before the marriage of John Neece and Hulda Ellis.  In
the fall of 1800 Thomas Jefferson, ran against Aaron Burr for the
   It was in these times that the story of John and Hulda began.  On
March 25, 1801 Robert N. Neece was the first child born to the young
couple.  Robert would be the first of 14 children.  Remarkably, all 14
children survived to adulthood, and 12 of the 14 produced offspring, a
great rarity in those days.
   John and Hulda gave themselves a Christmas present on December 20,
1802 as John bought his first land.  He paid David Sunderland $250.00 to
purchase 120 acres described in the deed as being "on the south side of
the road  to Knoxville" and "on the south side of the Holston River."
The land was part of that orginally given as a North Carolina land grant
to Hulda's grandfather, Edward Riggs, and was adjacient to Hulda's
father's land.  Most probably John and Hulda had been living with
Hulda's parents, James and Sarah Ellis, until they purchased this land
adjacient to her father with his assistance.  Eight months later John
bought another 6 1/2 acres from his father-in-law, James Ellis, for
$12.  The land has the same description as above, with the very
tantalizing addition that the land is "adjacient to land owned by S.
Niece."  This mysterious reference to S. Niece is the only reference to
a possible family member of John's that has been found.
   From census records and other sources we know that between 1801, when
Robert was born, and 1811 there were five more children born: Ellis,
Sarah, William, Mary Ann, and John Jr.

 The Migration to Lincoln County
   By 1810 the possibility of moving west was a major source of
conversation around Jefferson County.  The Holsten River on which they
lived was a major traffic artery for westward expansion.  Overland
routes to the west were few, with the most notable being the Cumberland
Road in southern Virginia leading into Kentucky.  The river was the
easiest way to move a large amount of personal belongings.  The Holsten
River was the primary route from Virginia, North Carolina and East
Tennessee to Nashville, although it was a very circuitous one.  The
river flowed into the Tennessee River, then south into Alabama before
curving northward, cutting across West Tennessee before eventually
meeting up with the Mississippi River in the southeast corner of
Kentucky.  Just before flowing into the Mississippi, it merges with the
Cumberland River that flows across northern Tennessee through Nashville.

   Westward migration was a basic part of life in those days as every
man sought his own perfect paradise.  There were still only 17 states,
but the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 and the addition of the Illinois
Territory in 1809 encouraged continued westward expansion. Stories of
more and better land, better hunting, and uncrowded western country
enticed many to pack their belongings and join the movement to the
west.  We don't know how they came to settle on Lincoln County,
Tennessee, ninty miles south of Nashville, but in 1811 the family of
James and Sarah Ellis along with several of their children and their
children's families, packed up their belongings and moved west!  We know
that John Neece and his Ellis in-laws all received land grants, as the
United States government had recently admitted Tennessee as a state was
eager to settle the western lands to keep them out of the hands of the
French and the Spanish, who also had designs on the western regions of
North America.  Also, such moves were often coordinated and led by land
speculators who had received or otherwise claimed thousands of acres of
land in return for service to the government of some sort, and were
either selling the land, or were bringing in settlers for a finders fee.

   James Ellis, John Neece and others received their Tennessee Land
Grants in Lincoln County in 1811.  They probably moved in the late
spring of 1811, to give time to complete the move, construct redimentary
cabins, and plant and harvest some crops before the onset of winter.  I
don't know exactly how many families went, but typically such a
migration of settlers would include from 10 to 30 families, or 50 to 150
people.  In addition to John and Hulda Neece and their six children
(ages 1 to 10), others included Hulda's parents, James and Sarah (Riggs)
Ellis, who, as the senior members of the group of settlers, were
probably the leaders.  Also in the traveling party were several of
Hulda's brothers and sisters and their families.

   John and Hulda and the family settled on the "west waters of the east
fork of the Mulberry River" as the land is thus described in the land
records.  It is also described as being "adjacient to land owned by
Hardy Holeman."  After seventh child Naomi was born on May 22, 1812
(their first in Lincoln County) , John Neeceand Hardy Holman enter into
several land deals, buying and selling from one another.  The two
families obviously developed a very close friendship as John and Hulda
named their eighth child, born December 18, 1815, Hardy Holman Neece.
Ninth child Permelia was born in 1817.

   In the fall of 1817, James Ellis, Hulda's father died.  His will left
everything to his wife, including a horse he mentioned as "the mare
given to me by John Ness."

   In the twelve year period from 1818 to 1830 the family continued to
grow as they became settled into their lives as Middle Tennessee
farmers.  Lincoln County became less of a frontier as the expansion
pushed further west and the population of the county continued to grow.
Historians call this period the "Era of Good Feelings" as America was at
peace following the end of the War of 1812 with England in 1814, and the
defeat of the French at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815, and with
Spain ceding Florida to the U. S. in 1821.  The first public high
schools had begun in the Northeast, the Erie Canal was opened, the first
savings banks were established.  Daniel Webster published his first
Dictionary of the American Language.  In Lincoln County, John and Hulda
Neece completed their family with the birth of Harrison H. in 1820,
Henry W. in 1821, James K. in 1825, and Barksdale in 1828.  By the time
Barksdale was born as the 14th and last of John and Hulda's children,
John was 44 years old and Hulda was 41.

   By 1830 changes began to take place in the lives of the Neece family
of Lincoln County, Tennessee.  As the children married and began to
build their own families, they had decisions to make about their own
future.  Expansion and movement was still a very major topic when family
and friends got together.  Illinois, Ohio, and Missouri were
experiencing tremendous growth, and there was much written and discussed
about the opportunities for young families to go there to settle the new
territory.  Rich land was said to be plentiful and cheap, and there were
ready markets in Chicago and the East to buy whatever was produced.

   Beginning in 1832 the family would gradually split into three groups,
with the first and largest group moving to Illinois in 1830.   In 1837
another group left for Missouri.  Of those stayed in Lincoln County,
several, including the matriarch Hulda, would later join the others in
Illinois or Missouri.  The Neeces who remained in Lincoln County, not
joining either the Illinois or Missouri settlers, included John Jr.,
Naomi, Jesse, Henry, and James.  Henry and James both died in early
manhood and produced no offspring.  Jesse, from whom I am descended,
remained in Lincoln County until his death, but all three of his
surviving children eventually moved to Texas.  Only John Neece Jr and
his sister Naomi Sullivan continued to raise families in Lincoln County,
and still have descendents there today.

   All of the Neece families currently living in Lincoln County are
descended from John Neece Jr, and most, if not all of the Sullivans
still in Lincoln County are related to Dempsey and Naomi Sullivan.  That
gives these Lincoln County families roots to the county 186 years deep,
and to Tennessee, over 200 years!

Lincoln County Civil War Confederate Units

Date sent:        Fri, 05 Dec 1997 17:13:25 -0400
From:             PATRICK GUDAITIS <>

Lincoln County Civil War Confederate units.
These are the Units that formed from Lincoln Co. men. This is not all
inclusive as some men from the county went to other counties and states
to enlist.
Muster Rolls are held in the Tennessee State Library and Archives.
There are books at many libraries that are indexed with the names of
those who fought. Here are the LCT units.

Forrest's Escort Company Calvalry
Captain A.L. Huggins' Battery Light Artillery
Captain Benjamin D. Spencer's Infantry Company
23rd Tennessee Infantry Battalion, Company E
1st (Turney's) Confederate Infantry Regiment, Companies G, H, and K
8th Tennessee Infantry Regiment, Companies C, D, E and K
32nd Tennessee Infantry Regiment, Companies A and I
41st Tennessee Infantry Regiment, Companies A, C, D and E.
44th Tennessee Infantry Regiment, Companies E, G, I and K
55th (McKoin's) Tennessee Infantry Regiment, Company H


Isaacs Family

Date sent:        Mon, 10 Nov 1997 22:11:12 -0500
From:             Bonnie <>
10 Samuel ISAACS I, 1690, Wales
9 Samuel ISAACKS II, 1710
8 Elijah ISAACS I (Col.), 1730
7 Samuel ISAACS III, 1754-59, VA
6 Elijah ISAACKS, 1775
5 Samuel ISAACS IV, b. ca 1804, TN (says OH on one ref.)
4 Hardy B. ISAACS, b. ca 1847, Texas
3 Thomas Alvin ISAAC(KS)
2 Pearl ISSAC(KS), b. Jan. 1, 1907, Doucette, Tyler Co., TX
1 my grandfather, still living
(the following is about Elijah ISAACKS I (8))

Isaacks, June 15, 1935.

Sometime after 1754 Elijah moved to South Carolina, but before the
beginning of the Revolutionary War moved up to Wilkes County, North
Carolina. His brother, Elisha, settled in the same county, but as to
when or whether he went from South Carolina or Virginia, the record is
silent. During the greater portion of the Revolutionary War, Elijah was
a Colonel in the North Carolina militia. During the same period, Elisha
was a captain. Near the close of the war Col. Elijah was made a
Brigadier General, and Capt. Elisha was made a Colonel.

During the early 80's both Elijah and Elisha were members of the North
Carolina Assembly, Elijah in the Senate, and Elisha in the House of
Commons, both from Wilkes County. Evidently at that time North Carolina
permitted one to hold a military and Civil office at the same time, as
both the Senator and Representative were at that time officers of the

Both in civil and military life Col. Elijah appears more active than
Capt. Elisha. His name appears more frequently in the Senate Journal
than does his brother's in the House of Commons Journal. Elijah appears
to have been a bit more intolerant of the British than Elisha. On more
than one occasion, as shown by the Journals, he voted "Yea" in the
Senate on bills to confiscate the property of British sympathizers,
while in the House of Commons, Elisha voted "No" on the same bills.

In the North Carolina State Records, Vol. XXII, pages 211-213, we find a
letter written from Canada by one "Col. David Fanning" after the close
of the war, in which he describes himself as a loyal British subject. He
complains bitterly that "I was forced to leave the place of my nativity
(North Carolina)". He relates many incidents to show how during the war
the British loyalists were mistreated. One of these throws some light on
the aggressive character of Col. Elijah. "Col. Fanning" says: "Col.
Isaacs came down from the mountains with 300 men and formed a camp at
Cox's Mill in the settlement I had formerly ranged, in order to take me;
here he continued nearly three months during which time the following
proclamation was issued: "(Proclamation not copied, but was to the
general effect that citizens not opposing the Continental Government or
resisting the army would not be molested)." During Col. Isaacs' stay ***
he ravaged the whole settlement and burned and destroyed a number of
houses belonging to friends of the Government *** . Two Captains in each
county were appointed by Col. Isaacs to keep the friends of the
Government Down."

Reading between the lines we may see that in order to win the war it
became necessary to "keep the friends of the Government down." Evidently
after Col. Elijah's advent, "Col. Fanning" ranged in that community no

At the Battle of Camden, South Carolina, on August 16, 1780, when Gates
was defeated, Col. Elijah was captured and made a prisoner of war. Among
others captured at the same time and imprisoned at San Augustine, were
Gen. Griffith Rutherford, Capt. Edward Rutledge, and Judge Hugh
Rutledge. They were released June 22, 1781. (North Carolina State
Records, Vol. XV, page 292).

Our limited research has not revealed anything about the wives (?) of
Elijah, or any of his children, except one son, Samuel. Records of
Wilkes County show Elijah Isaacs was married to Ann Robins, daughter of
Nat Robins, January 18, 1780. This may have been the Colonel. If so, it
was his second marriage, for, according to the records, his son, Samuel,
was born in 1754. This could have been Elijah's second marriage, or,
perhaps another son of his, or maybe the son of Capt. Elisha.
(this part is from the Texas DAR & is about Samuel III (7))

Texas DAR Patriot Index: Isaacs/Isaacks, Samuel, b. 1759 in Frederick
Co., VA; died after September 5, 1844 in Lincoln Co., TN. Married Mary
Wallace (Wallis) 1774-1776. She was born in Virginia in 1754 and died in
Lincoln Co., TN in 1838. Service: Private, Indian Spy, Edgefield Co.,
1. Elijah, b. February 22, 1775, married Esther Donaho.
2. Elisha, born February 22, 1775
3. Elizabeth, married --- Brown
4. Mary (Polly), b. abut 1776, died 1840, married Jacob Van Zandt in
5. Rebecca, born about 1778, married George Walton.
(this is about Elijah (6))

Texas DAR Patriot Index:

Isaacks, Elijah, b. February 22, 1775 in South Carolina, died in Jasper
Co., TX on November 1, 1859. Married Esther Donehue in 1797. She was
born SC in 1780 in Jasper county, TX. Not in Patriot Index, Service,
none given, Children, none listed., Members, Mildred Page Head, No
#"The New Handbook of Texas" in 6 Volumes, Austin, The Texas State
Historical Association, 1996, Vol. III, page 876
ISAACKS, ELIJAH (1775-1859). Elijah Issacks, early East Texas settler
and delegate to the Convention of 1832, the son of Samuel and Mary
(Wallace) Isaacks, was born in South Carolina on February 22, 1775. He
married Esther (or Hester) Donaho in 1797. By 1809 he was living in Pike
County, Mississippi. After serving in the Mississippi Territorial
Militia during the War of 1812 he moved to Texas. Family tradition holds
that Isaacks arrived in Texas on January 10, 1822, although the illegal
nature of such an early migration led him to subsequently to declare the
date as 1830 before Mexican authorities. In any event he was one of the
earliest white settlers in Bevil's Settlement and later secured a tract
along Walnut Run. Isaacks served as a delegate from the Snow River
district in Tyler County to the Convention of 1832. At this convention,
in San Felipe de Austin, he served on two committees, one to study the
future of settlement east of the San Jancinto, and one to consider a
petition for establishing a state government separate from Coahuila (see
COAHUILA AND TEXAS). He was the father of ten children, a farmer, and a
blacksmith; he owned two slaves by 1850. His son Samuel Isaacks probably
arrived in Texas before him. He lived on land that is now part of Tyler
and Jasper counties before moving to Jasper, where he owned four town
lots. He died there after a fall on November 1, 1859.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Madeline Martin, More Early southeast Texas Families
(Quanah, Texas; Nortex, 1978) Texas House of Representatives,
Biographical Directory of the Texas Conventions and Congresses,
1832-1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941.) Robert Wooster

Isaacks, June 15, 1935.

Moses Austin, late in 1820, had secured a contract with the Spanish
Crown to introduce 300 American Colonists into Texas, a part of Mexico,
then a Spanish possession. Returning to Missouri to mobilize his
colonists, his health failed, and he died without being able to
accomplish his ambition, but realizing his condition, persuaded his son,
Stephen F., to enter into the undertaking. It was late in the following
year, and after Mexico had achieved her independence from Spain, that
Stephen F. Austin, who had in the meantime secured a ratification of his
father's Spanish Grant by the Mexican Government, entered Texas with his

The story of the fertility of its soil, the mildness of its climate, and
the opportunity of acquiring many acres of land with the outlay of an
insignificant amount of money, had inoculated Elijah Isaacks and his two
older boys with the Texas fever. On January 10, 1822, he, with his
family, with the exception of Samuel, and possibly the oldest daughter,
crossed the Sabine River, and thus established the Isaacks Clan in
Texas. William, with his wife and child, was probably one of the party.
If not, he came about the same time. Samuel, who was then 17, evidently
impatient at the slow locomotion of ox teams, arrived sometime before,
but the exact date is not available. He became one of Austin's first
colony, or the "Old 300", while his father and brother William settled
in Bevil's Colony. There is a tradition among his descendants that he
came to Texas even before Austin came with his colonists, but with other
"Sooners" was "Drafted" by Austin to make up his three hundred.

Bevil's Grant embraced what afterwards became Jasper County. It was here
that Elijah decided to make his home. He settled on Walnut Creek about
ten miles east from the Neches River, and about five miles southwest
from where the town of Jasper is now located. His grant of a league of
land adjoins on the west the John Bevil grant.

That he entered actively into the civic affairs of the community is
evidenced by the fact that he was delegate from the Neches River
District to the Convention of 1832, held at San Felipe, beginning
October 1st. This Convention is denominated by John Henry Brown in his
History of Texas, as the "First Convention ever held in Texas, and
composed of delegates elected by the people of each district." There
were 56 delegates representing 16 districts, San Felipe, Brazoria,
Bastrop, Hidalgo, San Jacinto, Viesca, Fayette and Neches River, Sabine,
Teneha and Liberty.

Stephen F. Austin was President, elected over W. H. Wharton, 31 to 15,
and Francis W. Johnson was Secretary. The President appointed Elijah
Isaacks on two committees, one "to take into consideration the land
business to the East of the San Jacinto River," the other "to report on
the expediency of petitioning for a State government distinct from
Coahuila." The appointment of this committee was contested, but on a
roll call it carried by a vote of 36 to 12. Isaacks voted for the
appointment of the committee. Evidently, he was aligned with the Austin
faction and against Wharton. (Brown's History of Texas, Vol. 1, pages
197 to 201).

Elijah lived nearly 40 years in Jasper County, and died November 1,
1859, when he was a few months less than four score and five years old.
A fall that broke his shoulder, and not old age, was the cause of his
death. During the nearly two score years between the day he crossed the
Sabine and his death, he lived under the Mexican flag, the Lone Star of
the Republic of Texas, and for the last twelve years under the Stars and
Stripes that he had reverenced in South Carolina, Tennessee and
Mississippi. His life span covered two declarations of independence and
two revolutionary wars. Had he survived a few months longer, he would
have expired under the flag of the Confederacy. His wife, Esther,
preceded him in death some ten years, having passed away September 14,

But little is known of Esther's Family, except that some of the Donahos
came to Texas from South Carolina, and settled in the Neches River
country, probably following Elijah and Esther.

So far as is known, all of the Isaacks in Texas are descendants of some
one of Elijah's sons.
(this is about Samuel IV (5))

Isaacks, June 15, 1935.

Samuel III was one of Austin's "Old 300" as shown by the Land Office
archives; he was also a soldier in the Texas Revolution, and my father
often told me that he was at the Battle of San Jacinto, although the
records do not substantiate this. There can be, however, no question but
that he was in the Army at the time of this battle, but I have been
unable to find a record of his first enlistment. He was listed as a
first class veteran, which means that he served in 1836, prior to the
establishment of the permanent Government. The Comptroller's military
record No. 7702, in the Texas State Library, shows his discharge, signed
by John Ingram, Capt. Jasper Volunteers. The fact that he was one of the
Jasper Volunteers indicates that in 1836 he probably resided in Jasper
County, the home of his father. Evidently, he did not live many years on
his original grant in Fort Bend County.

His oldest son, Wesley, was born May 31, 1832, in what is now Angelina
County. This county adjoins Jasper, and no doubt he moved there sometime
prior to "32, to be in the same part of the country as his father,
Elijah. About 1850, he purchased 200 acres of land at Lynchburg, in
Harris County, just across the San Jacinto River from the battleground.
This land was acquired, at least in part, for the purpose of building
wharves and private shipping and loading facilities. Lynchburg was at
that time the head of navigation of the San Jacinto. Cold Spring, nearly
100 miles North, in San Jacinto County, was the center and trading point
of a very well developed agricultural region, and he conceived the idea
of opening up a road between the two points, and establishing a freight
line. This he did, and one knowing the character of the country
traversed, with its heavy timber and undergrowth, as well as the many
streams, will realize what a tremendous undertaking it was. He opened up
and operated this line with ox teams for a number of years, but opening
up of navigation through Buffalo Bayou to Houston and other roads, put
him out of business. He continued to reside at Lynchburg until after the
Civil War, when he sold his holdings there and purchased a tract of some
300 acres on Taylor's Bayou, near Galveston Bay, a short distance from
where the Bayou enters into the Bay, and three or four miles Northwest
from the present town of Seabrook. He lived there until his death in
1878, and was buried under a live oak tree a few hundred yards from his
home on the homestead tract. He had lived in Tennessee, the State of his
birth (??? Bonnie's note!), Mississippi, the Republic of Mexico, the
Republic of Texas, which he helped to establish, the State of Texas, as
one of the American Union, the Southern Confederacy, and again in the
United States of America.

Among his friends he numbered scores of the Texas veterans, and among
them a few leaders, notably Sam Houston and General Ed Burleson, for the
latter of whom he named one of his sons.

When I was six or seven years old our family made an extended visit of
several months to his Taylor's Bayou home, and my recollection of him
and the home place is rather vivid. As I remember him, he was probably
six feet tall, "raw-boned," or stalwart, and very active for a man more
than 72 years old. He was fond of children, especially boys, and he took
delight in instructing me in many things connected with the farm and
livestock, and especially in woodcraft. To my childish mind he was the
man of perfection, both physically and intellectually. In about two
years after our return to the West a letter came announcing his death,
and for days my grief was
intense. His wife, Martha, it seemed to me as a boy, was a remarkable
woman, and I never changed my mind when I grew to maturity. She lived
until 1893, nearly 80 years, and while she made her home at or near
Houston, after grandfather's death she frequently visited in our home,
some 200 miles West. I can now recall how, on her first visit, she
talked of her fear of the train and her dread of the journey. At that
time not so many people in Texas had ridden the railroad cars. Small of
stature, probably never balancing the scales at as much as 100 pounds,
she was one of the most kindly and motherly souls. One of my sweetest
memories is when she held me on her lap and
sang "The Promised Land," the first hymn that I can remember ever having
heard. She smoked a clay pipe, and my greatest delight was to help her
fill and light it.

from: The New Handbook of Texas, Vol. 3, Frito-Lac by the Texas State
Historical Society:

ISAACKS, SAMUEL (1804-1878). Samuel Isaacks, perhaps the earliest Jewish
settler in Texas, the son of Ester (Donaho) and Elijah Isaacks, was born
in Tennessee on April 21, 1804. He move to Texas with William Andrews
and was somewhere on the Brazos River when Stephen F. Austin arrived
with his first colonists. Austin, not having the 300 families provided
for in his contract with the Mexican government, drafted Isaacks as one
of the Old Three Hundred colonists. Isaacks's grant of a league and a
labor of land, made on July 15, 1824, was located in a bend of the
Brazos across from the site of present Rosenberg. He was awarded bounty
land in Polk County for his services during the Texas Revolution.
Isaacks's first wife, Nancy (Allen), whom he married in September 1824,
was the mother of William Allen and John Leary Isaacks. After her death
about 1828, he married Martha Richardson in 1832, and they had twelve
children. About 1835 Isaacks moved to Harris County across from the
mouth of Buffalo Bayou, built warves, and opened a road to Cold Springs,
along which he freighted supplies from Galveston by ox wagon. With the
building of railroads he disposed of his wagons and teams and bought
land on Taylor's Bayou, near Seabrook, where he lived until his death in
(see also, the write-up on Elijah, his father)

postscript by GW:
Here is the 1820 census info:
p.45 Abraham Isaacks  1m-10, 1m26-45, 3f-10, 1f26-45, A-2, Sl-2.
p.30 Samuel Isaacks 1m45+, 1f45+, A-4, Sl-13
p.30 John W. Isaacks 1m18-26, 1f16-26, A-1

The 1840 census shows:
p.15 (District 3): Saml Isaacs 1m80-90, 1f-5, 1f20-30, Sl-14, A-9,
pensioner Samuel Isaacs age 82.
p.87 (District 22): Abraham Isaac 1m10-15, 1m50-60, 2f5-10, 1f10-15,
Sl-9, A-7

Gleanings from the Fayetteville Observer (series)
My mother published death records from 1850-28 Apr 1881. My plan is to continue and include more than just the deaths.
Here are some commonly used phrases used in the newspaper:

"In this county" -- obviously means in Lincoln County.
"ult." -- means "ultimate" or "ultimo" which is Latin for "last." Usually means "last month."
"inst." -- "instant" which usually means "this month."

[except as noted by the use of brackets or by
the use of ellipses (three dots ...), these are copied verbatim -GW Jan 1998]

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 2, 1881 p.3 col.1
Murder of a Former Citizen of Lincoln County.
[Nashville American.]
A most horrible murder was committed on Thursday night, the 26th inst.,
near Troy, Obion county.  Richard MCCREE lived about two miles from
Troy, and started for his home on foot, his horse having disappeared from
the hitching post on the square.  He carried a lighted candle in his hand.
When within a mile of his home, he was attacked by unknown parties and
killed.  When found, he had a long cut on his face and several gashes on his
head, evidently inflicted with an ax.  Squire Bonner held an inquest and a
verdict was returned that the deceased had come to his death from blows
inflicted by unknown parties.  MCCREE was a dissolate character but was
well connected.  He had when he left Troy about $100 in his possession and
some persons probably knew this and waylaid him.  His pockets were
turned inside out, and his money was gone.  He formerly lived in Lincoln
county, in the vicinity of Boone Hill.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 2, 1881 p.3 col.1
Real Estate Transfers.
The following transfers of real estate have been made since out last report:
B.A. CLARK to Jno. M. RAMSEY and Decatur BARNES, 94 acres in 15th
dis, $600.
William FLETCHER and wife to J.M. WILSON, 2 acres in 8th dis, $260.
R.T. HOLLAND, sheriff, to Samuel BOBO, 34 acres in Moore county,
F.L. EZELL and others to Austin HEWITT, 231 1/4 acres in 15th dis,
N.E. BENSON to D.C. SHERILL, agent, land in Marshall county, $344.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 2, 1881 p.3 col.2
Personal Points.
Miss Mary RAMSEY is on the sick list.

Miss Mary WALLACE went to Huntsville Monday to visit relatives.

Mr. J.T. MEDEARIS is recovering from a severe spell of sickness.

Miss Josie RODES of Nelson county, Va., is visiting Capt. I.T. RODES.
Messrs. Theo. HARRIS and Jas. R. ROUTT went to Giles county on
business Tuesday.

Miss Mattie ENGLEMAN, of this place, daughter of Mr. Geo. F.
ENGLEMAN, is very sick.

Mrs. Mary TODD left Tuesday morning for St. Louis to visit her daughter,

W.T. CHAFIN returned last week from Culleoka, where he had been
attending school.

Mr. George F. ENGLEMAN came up from Huntsville a few days ago to
see his sick daughter.

Miss Fanny BAGLEY returned last week from St. Louis, where she had
been the past winter.

Capt. R.G. CROSS, who has been sick for two weeks, had a relapse
Monday, but is now recovering.

Mr. Wm. H. WELLS, of Giles county, is sick at Mr. Theo. HARRIS, of this
vicinity.  He has paralysis.

Mr. T.B. VINING, of Woodlawn, Georgia, was in town this week visiting
his brother, Mr. A.R. VINING.

Miss Mary ACKLIN, who has been visiting Messrs. W.W. and R.
PETTEY, returned to Winchester yesterday.

Mr. R.R. WHITAKER and wife, of Farmington, Marshall county, are
visiting relatives at Mulberry this week.

The widow of the late John Bateman SMITH, of the Pulaski Citizen, has
received $5,000 from the American legion of Honor, a society he joined as
a charter member at Pulaski only a few days prior to his death.

Col. D.W. HOLMAN left for Jackson, East Tenn., on Monday.  To-day he
is to deliver an address before the South-western Baptist College at that
place.  The faculty and students will enjoy an intellectual treat, that they
will remember in after years with pleasure.

Rev. Mr. HENRY, who has been visiting our efficient engine driver, A.R.
VINING for a few days, preached two able sermons Sunday at the M.E.
church to very large congregations.  He has been pastor of a prosperous
C.P. congregation in North Georgia for more than thirty-three years [rest
omitted, GW 11 Jan 1998]

Mr. G.F. RENEGAR, of Mulberry, is the owner of a calf ...[rest omitted]
James M. DAVIS passed Decherd a few days ago for Nashville, having in
charge John WELCH, the man who shot him and cut his horse's throat
about six months ago.

There was a ball at the residence of Capt. H.N.T. SHIPP, near town,
Tuesday night...[rest omitted]

Mr. W.P. HURLEY, of Nashville, died of heart disease at Eureka Springs,
Ark., on Monday, aged 37 years.  He was a native of Lincoln county.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 2, 1881 p.3 col.3
The widow of Wm. T. BRIGHT, col., of this place, has been recently paid
$2,000 by the order of the Knights of Wise Men, of which he was a
member at the time of his death.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 2, 1881 p.3 col.4
CYRUSTOWN (May 30th, 1881)
[details edited out - GW]
Jo. F. FARRAR ... Jasper DICKEY of the 1st dis. ... WOODARD &
HARMS have moved their saw and grist mill to this place...  John
PERKINS mill ...Jack WHITAKER selling goods ... Miss Eula SUGG
closed her school until July ... Prof. DOWNING has another week at Kerr's
creek ... Mrs. DOWNING received a postal card from her sister in Marshall
county ... Miss Jennie SUGG visited relatives in Nashville, was
accompanied home by her brother J.S. SUGG from the Vanderbilt ... Mr. D.
SUGG ...  "Yours, Dyer"

MERRYVILLE (May 30th, 1881)
Prof. H.N. PETTIS art gallery ...[rest omitted]
J.S. DOLLAR and J.H. RILEY went on a pleasure trip the 4th Sunday
across the river; took in Blanche, heard a good sermon at the old Baptist
church, and ate a splendid dinner at S.G. RILEY's.  Si. Called on W.J.
EDWARDS and spent an hour pleasantly... [rest omitted]
Capt. BUDD...
Elijah, father of J.P. and J.S. DOLLAR, of this place returned from Texas
last Friday.  He is 69 years old and has been in Texas 10 years.  We are glad
to see the old man back again. J.W. YOUNG was in town last week.  Philip
came over the other day and got bear shooting so I don't know when he will
come again.
Dr. G.W. McGUIRE had a chill the other day but it didn't shake him, he
was too heavy.
Miss Sallie BRUCE was visiting friends in Merryville last week.
[signed] "Catto"

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 2, 1881 p.3 col.5
BOONEVILLE (May 27th, 1881)
[diatribe about the 100-3 affair omitted -GW]

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 2, 1881 p.3 col.5
Licenses have been issued to the following parties since our last-
White: John WILSON and Mollie BIRDSONG
Colored: Jerry BONNER and Mary GILBERT; Henry BEATY and Sindie

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 2, 1881 p.3 col.5
In this place, Friday, 20th ult. Of consumption, Mrs. Jemima, wife of John
LITTLE, aged 25 years.
In this vicinity, Tuesday, 31st ult., of old age, Mr. Samuel SMITH, aged 84

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 2, 1881 p.3 col.6
MOLINO, (May 30th, 1881)
Prof. GREEN's daughter is somewhat improved ... [rest omitted]
The elder FULLERs, who had the measles, are about well.  The disease has
entirely disappeared from our village.
Born to T.B. ABBOTT on Saturday, a daughter.
Mrs. E. and F.A. PITTS [details omitted]
Mr. Jacob THOMPSON near Bass' Ford, who was badly injured by a mule
last week is getting better with a fair prospect of final recovery.
[signed] "Typo"

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 2, 1881 p.3 col.7

In the Circuit Court at Fayetteville, Tennessee.
[W.L. complainant for divorce, Elizabeth J. non-resident ordered to appear]

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 2, 1881 p.4 col.3-5
[Long reminiscence about Cumberland Presbyterian Church college in
Kentucky reprinted from a Kentucky paper.  Not sure if any special LCT
significance - GW]

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 2, 1881 p.4 col.7
[Stock for sale by named individuals, not copied.]

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 9, 1881 p.2 col.1
... Lincoln county gained 25 immigrants, lost 300 emigrants for year ending
April 30th, 1881...

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 9, 1881 p.2 col.1
The examination exercises of Athens Female College occupied the week
ending Saturday, 28th ult.  Among the visitors noted J.W. RAWLS and
wife, Molino, and C.H. and Mrs. B. QUINBY, Oak Hill. ... Miss Mary K.
HICKS, daughter of Ed. HICKS, of Molino ... Miss Bettie RAWLS,
daughter of J.W. RAWLS, of Molino ...

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 9, 1881 p.3 col.1
Last Monday in County Court J.R. TAYLOR qualified as administrator of
the estate of Charlotte TAYLOR, dec.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 9, 1881 p.3 col.2
[selectively copied - GW]
Mrs. Geo. J. GOODRICH, of Nashville, is visiting relatives in town.
Mr. John R. WOODARD, of Little Rock, Ark., is in Fayetteville.
Mr. and Mrs. W.A. GILL, jun., left Tuesday for a two week visit to
relatives in Knoxville.
Mrs. Newton WHITAKER, of Mulberry, is visiting her son, R.R.
WHITAKER, at Farmington, Marshall county.
Thos. M. RODES, telegraph operator of Paint Rock, Ala., is in Fayetteville.
He has exchanged offices for a short season with his brother J.E. RODES,
operator at this place.
Miss Almeda TILLMAN, who has been visiting her brother, Col. Jas. D.
TILLMAN, returned to her home in Shelbyville last Saturday.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 9, 1881 p.3 col.3
... Mrs. Martha G. BRIGHT, widow of W.R. BRIGHT of this place.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 9, 1881 p.3 col.3
The residence of James L. PATTERSON, south of Elk River, in the vicinity
of Perkins' mill, was totally destroyed by fire with nearly all the furniture,
on Saturday night. ...
Mrs. HUDSON, Booneville lost her house and furniture by fire...

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 9, 1881 p.3 col.4
Licenses have been issued to the following parties since our last-
White: J.C. WAGSTER and Cordelia GILBERT; Logan THOMPSON and
Marticia BERRY.
Colored: Alfred CROSS and Paralee RIGGINS.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 9, 1881 p.3 col.4
In this county, near Boone Hill, Thursday, 2nd inst., of meningitis, after a
long illness, Mrs. Mattie E., wife of Mr. Thos. F. LINDSAY and daughter
of Maj. Marion CHILDRESS, aged about 30 years.
In this county

In this county, near Mulberry, Saturday, 4th inst., of pneumonia, Mr.
Houston MCBEY, aged about 26 years.

In this county, on Cane Creek, Wednesday, 1st last, of pneumonia, Miss
Nannie I., daughter of Alexander P. and Elizabeth CLIFT, aged about 22
years. [she was]... a daughter... a sister... united with Presbyterian Church.
[Had a brother]. [Long tribute]

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 9, 1881 p.3 col.5
MOLINO (June 6th, 1881)
[selectively copied]
Mrs. W.G. DAVID, (daughter of Prof. Phil. J. GREEN) of Oregon Springs,
Washington Co., Ind., is here visiting her sick sister. [Miss M.E. GREEN
from prior entry]

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 9, 1881 p.3 col.5
ROBINSON'S STORE (June 3rd, 1881)
[selectively copied]
Mr. Eber CATHCART is in a very low condition with an affection of the
kidneys or spinal disease.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 9, 1881 p.3 col.5
In the County Court of Fayetteville, Tennessee
John C. SEBASTIAN et als. Vs. M.D.L. WHITAKER et als.
[The defendants, the WARREN heirs and RANDOLPH heirs, whose names
and places of residence are unknown, and Daniel WHITAKER and heirs, of
Obion county, Tennessee, whose names are unknown, are non-residents of
the State of Tennessee ...]

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 16, 1881 p.1 col.1
[this church directory was printed weekly on the front page, am copying it
here as an example]

Presbyterian, Fayetteville-services 2nd and 4th Sabbath at 10:30 and night;
Rev. W.H. GROVES, pastor; Sunday school, 8 A.M.

Methodist-services every Sabbath at 10:30 and at night; Rev. H.S.
MCBRIDE, pastor; Sunday school at 8 o'clock.

Cumberland Presbyterian-services every Sabbath 10:30 and at night; Rev.
W.G. TEMPLETON, pastor; Sunday school 8 o'clock.

Methodist, Pleasant Plains-services 1st Sabbath each month at 11 and night;
Rev. F.S. PETWAY, pastor. Sunday school at 9.

A.R. Presbyterian, New Hope-services 1st and 3rd Sabbaths at 11; Bethel,
2nd and 4th Sabbaths at 11-Rev A.S. SLOAN, pastor.

Methodist, Mulberry-services 3rd Sunday in each month at 11 o'clock and
every Sunday night; Rev W.J. COLLIER, pastor; Sunday School at 9.

Baptist, Mulberry-services 1st Sabbath in each month at 11; Rev W.J.
COUCH, pastor.

Cumberland Presbyterian, Mulberry-services 2nd Sabbath in each month at
11 and night; Rev John BUCHANAN, pastor.

United Presbyterian, Lincoln-services every Sabbath at 11:15 AM; Rev
David STRANG, pastor; Sunday school at 10.

Liberty Grove-services 2nd Sabbath at 11 AM; Rev T.L. DARNELL,
preacher in charge.

Methodist, Shady Grove (Shelton's Creek)-services 2nd Sabbath in each
month at 11 o'clock; Rev M.E. TUCKER, preacher in charge.

Cumberland Presbyterian, Sulphur Springs-services 3rd Sabbath 11 o'clock;
Rev Wm ESTILL, pastor.

Methodist, Oak Hill-services 4th Sabbath each month at 10 a.m.; T.L.
DARNELL, preacher in charge.

Cumberland Presbyterian, Oak Hill-Rev J.B. TIGERT, pastor.

Prospect, Wells' hill, Saturday before 2d Sunday, each month, Rev B.T.
KING, pastor.

Hester's Creek, Saturday before 4th Sunday each month, Rev B.T. KING,

Methodist, Flyntville-services 4th Sabbath at 10:30 a.m.; Mt. Hermon,
Flintville circuit services 1st Sabbath at 10:30 a.m.; Macedonia, Flintville
circuit, services 3rd Sabbath at 10:30 a.m.-Rev F.L. CARPENTER,
preacher in charge.

Flintville-Baptist, 2nd Sunday, at 11 o'clock, by Rev C.D. CHICK.

Union, 1st Sunday; Providence 2nd; Liberty Grove, 3rd; Oak Hill, 4th; Rev
T.L. DARNELL, preacher in change.

Shiloh, Methodist, near Millville-preacher on 1st and 3d Sunday in each
month at 3 p.m. and 2d and 4th Sunday at 11 a.m., Rev J.H. NICHOLS,

Cane Creek Church, six miles north of Fayetteville, services every 2nd and
4th Sunday, Rev. J.B. TIGERT, pastor.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 16, 1881 p.2 col.1

The General Assemblies of the Presbyterian church are to meet next May-
the Southern in Louisville, Ky., the Northern in Springfield, Illinois, the
Cumberland in Huntsville, Ala., the Cumberland (colored) in Fayetteville,

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 16, 1881 p.3 col.1
The law firm of CARMACK & WHITAKER has been dissolved.  Messrs.
M.N. WHITAKER and F.P. TAYLOR have associated themselves with
Gov. MARKS under the firm name of MARKS, TAYLOR & WHITAKER.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 16, 1881 p.3 col.1
In Huntsville, Ala., Thursday, 9th inst., of consumption, Mrs. Mary, wife of
Chris BOYD, formerly of this place, aged about 55 years.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 16, 1881 p.3 col.1
In this vicinity, Monday, 13th inst., after a lingering illness, Col. Smith
ALEXANDER, aged 75 years.  He was one of the oldest and most highly
respected citizens of this county.  His remains were interred at the family
burying grounds with Masonic honors.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 16, 1881 p.3 col.1
In this county, near Towry, the 10th inst., of consumption, Eliza J. HONY,
daughter of William MCALISTER, aged 25 years and 7 months.  She was a
member of the Christian church.

Licenses have been issued to the following parties since our last-
White: J.W. MOORE and Melissa WATWORTH
Colored: Cephas RIVES and Jane SMITH; Boss MOORE and Nettie

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 16, 1881 p.3 col.2
[selectively copied]

Lon. GILL, of Decatur, Ala., is in town.
Mr. Wm. BONNER, of this place, is in Baltimore, Maryland.
Mr. T.O. BAGLEY went to McMinnville yesterday morning.
Mr. Robt. MCGAHA is very sick.  It is thought he will not recover.
Miss Laura BLAKE is visiting relatives and friends at Petersburg.
Mrs. Dr. W.J. MILLER left on Monday morning for Hurricane Springs.
Miss Mattie JONES of Mulberry, was visiting Mrs. Jas. H. HOLMAN this
Miss Pauline MILLER, of Galveston, Texas, is visiting her sister, Mrs.
Miss Amaret KEELING, of Petersburg, was down last week visiting her
uncle, Mr. W.H. WILSON.
J.B. NAYLOR, with Trecy, Franklin & Co., Nashville, was out to see his
father, Mr. John W. NAYLOR, last Saturday.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 16, 1881 p.3 col.3
Charlie MCCLELLAN, a colored kid of about sixteen, came up from New
Market, Alabama, last week in quest of work. [details of arrest for umbrella
theft omitted]

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 16, 1881 p.3 col.3
Last Friday, James COX, of Alabama, whose wife is in feeble health was in
this county and tried to persuade Miss PEARSON, his sister-in-law, to
accompany him to his home to do housekeeping.  When she refused,
Jimmie took her two month old baby, but was apprehended in Fayetteville.
He then claimed the paternity of the child to avoid kidnapping charges.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 16, 1881 p.3 col.3
A distressing fatal accident happened to Willie WHITWORTH, an orphan
boy of ten summers, at the residence of Mr. Jesse M. GEORGE, near
Norris' creek, last Sunday morning.  He was removing a gun, which was
sitting at the head of his bed, when the hammer caught on the bed railing,
thus discharging the load which took effect in his head and literally blew his
brains out.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 16, 1881 p.3 col.4
The following transfers of real estate have been made since out last report:
J.L. STEWART and wife to J.W. DANDRIDGE, 117 3/4 acres in 2nd dis,
J.S. EDMONSON and John C. OLD to Virginia BEATIE, lot in - dis, $732.
Tilman TOWERY to Primitive Baptist Church, 4 1/4 acres in 19th dis, $12.
E.L. HERRILSTON to School District No. 17, 1 acre in 17th dis, gift.
Daniel MADDOX and wife to E.L. HERRILSTON, 51 acres in 17th dis,
S.C. HIPSH and wife to John W. LLOYD, lot in the 8th dis, $1,000.
John M. WYATT and J.B. HAYS, half acre in 1st dis, $95.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 16, 1881 p.3 col.4
Towry is the name of a post office established in this county last week,
about 7 miles south of Fayetteville, with W.J. MCALISTER post-master. ...

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 16, 1881 p.3 col.5
ROBINSON'S STORE (June 14th, 1881)
[selectively copied]
Mrs. Nancy SMITH has been suffering with neuralgia for several days, but
is some better now.
Mr. Eben CATHCART is in very bad health.
Uncle Luke BARNES...
Mrs. Casy GRIFFIN killed a large rattle snake in her house a few nights
ago.  It measure 5 feet 8 inches in length and had ten rattles.
Mr. Jim LAND, of Lincoln, was over a few days ago to see his son, Billy.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 16, 1881 p.3 col.6
OBITUARY [summarized]
Died, June 1st, 1881, Nannie, daughter of A.F. and Lizzie CIFT [i.e.
Next day at 2 o'clock funeral discourse delivered by Elder Jno. J. SHORT
to large audience of relatives and friends.  Suffered 15 months. Sister of

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  Revision History

1997 Jan 16: first published.