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Thomas Arthur Stinnett

1846 - 1909

Source:  From the Burnet Bulletin, 10 June 1909
and Marble Falls Messenger, 10 June 1909 and 29 July 1909

Burnet Bulletin, 10 June 1909


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

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