Burnet Bulletin, 10 June 1909
IN HONOR OF T.A. STINNETT
Thomas A. Stinnett was born in the state of Missouri,
January 10, 1846. He moved to Texas with his parents about 1861 or
1862. He and one of his brothers located at Smithwick Mills, Texas.
Thomas A. Stinnett bought the mill property and was miller during the
war and until about 1870. He formed a partnership with A.M.
Cox and they put in a stock of merchandise and established the
post office of Smithwick Mills (later on changed to Smithwick.) He
was first post master at that place and served as such at intervals
until two years ago.
Thos. A. Stinnett married in early life. He first married
Miss Sarah E. Jackson, daughter of E. Jackson and
sister to Dr. Mack Jackson of Spicewood and S.J.
Jackson of Marble Falls. To this union there was born eight
children: Jesse W. Stinnett of Smithwick, Mrs. J.W.
Wright of Bertram, Mrs. Fannie Henry of Smithwick, Mrs.
J.M. Clark of Marble Falls, Miss Tera Stinnett of
Smithwick, Mrs. W.P. Miller of San Angelo, Mrs. Oscar
Faith of Smithwick, and Miss Emma Stinnett of Smithwick.
In later life his wife died. He afterwards married Mrs. Sarah
Hall, daughter of L. Pafford. To this union there were
three children: Ethel, age 12; Lottie, age 11; and
Walter, age 7.
Mr. Stinnett was one of the first settlers of this country
and did a great deal of good in building up the country. He was a
conservative businessman, cautious in all his undertakings,
charitable, extending to the needy every accommodation that was in
his power. He was firm and steadfast in his opinions, caution being
his watchword, agreeable with his neighbors, and respected by all as
being an honest and upright citizen always dealing on the square with
his neighbors. At the age of 21 he was made a Mason by Henry Thomas
Lodge No. 378 of Smithwick, Texas. He has been a member of this lodge
continuously in good standing and has always taken great interest in
Masonic work. He was a member of the Christian church for several
years and was strong in the Christian faith at his death.
His children all survive him and were all at his bedside at his
death except Mrs. W.P. Miller of San Angelo. Death came about
1 o'clock. A.M., June 6th 1909, and the body was interred in the
Hickory Creek Cemetery with Masonic honors by his home
Lodge assisted by brethren from Marble Falls, at 6 P.M. Elder
Howell of Burnet conducted the funeral services.
Mr. Stinnett was not in good health for several years but able to
attend to the business about the store until last winter he was taken
badly with rheumatism. There was no relief. Suffering intensely, he
bore it patiently until all his strength was gone. It was hard to say
good bye husband; good bye father, good bye friend, but the all wise
Creator bids him come, so good bye.
Marble Falls Messenger
10 June 1909
Marble Falls Messenger
29 July 1909