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Family Files

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ADAMS, Andy M. - Two newspaper pages from The Highlander, 11 Jan and 18 Jan 1973, with article about Llano County men being driven off and 4 cattle herds captured by Indians in raids in West Texas, 1867. Andy Adams, a "beef drover, driving beef cattle from this frontier to Ft Sumner and to Denver City has lately lost on the plains. . .three large droves of beef cattle which were captured by the Indians..." Others in charge of herds that were captured were Edwin B. Hepburn, Joel D. Hoy, and Orville A. Oatman, who was a resident of Llano. Accounts of claims made to and paid by the US government for losses, testimony and names of witnesses are also in the story.

ADAMS, Henry - Progenitor information back to 1600s in England of the family whose descendants eventually came to Burnet County. County residents begin with Hervey Alexander Adams, who was born 1812 and died 1895 in Fayette County, Texas. One of his children, Elisha Quincy Adams lived in Burnet County until his death in the 1920s. Cites family members who lived and died in Burnet County.

ADAMS, Harvey Alexander - Folder contains 2 pages of text from an unnamed book telling about Indian raids and murders in Burnet County in 1859. "The first white man killed in Burnet County by the Indians was Robert Adams, a stockman who lived on Morgan's creek." Also contains short story about Harvey A. Adams being killed on Morgan Creek in 1870.

Alderson, George D. - Contains family info from Virginia back to early 1700s, plus copy of old manuscript (The Aldersons In America, written by Col Geo. Alderson, 22 pages--not says first 4 pages were missing), and letter to Col Geo Alderson dated 19 Apr 1867 from son Thomas M. Alderson. (see descendant chart for William Franklin Alderson -- relationship to George Alderson not known)

ALEXANDER, Ella - Two photographs: (1) small oval, undated of Ella Alexander. (2) extremely faded photo of man in buggy with what looks like a white horse harnessed to it: on back is "Will Alexander and his horse and buggy."

ALEXANDER, Samuel - Contains 3 pictures: a 5x7 picture of the L.E. Alexander Family Home, built in N. Burnet County in 1854; a picture of 6 men: John A. Frazier, Bert Legon, Lewis Alexander, Russel Keele, James Keele and Arnold Warden, c. 1920; and a picture of Thurzy Ross Alexander taken about 1865. Also contains transcribed tape from 21 Apr 1976 of Betty Alexander, Bethel, Oak Hill, Sage and copy of record from family bible, including slave births.

ALLEN, Carroll - Folder contains a 2 1/2 page transcript of taped interview, 30 Jan 1978.

ALLEN, George W. - Contains Family chart of George Washington Allen, born 15 Jun 1860, Burnet County; died 27 Nov 1934.

ALLEN, Dr. George Scott - Contains an undated newspaper clipping, with picture of Dr. Allen, which describes his clinic and hospital in Burnet, and gives a brief biography.

Allen, M.R. and Clarence - Contains 3 photographs: (1) two women, labeled Mrs Mary N Allen and Mrs. Clarence Allen, sister-in-laws. "Lena was I guess my best friend", is handwritten on back; (2) four women, date stamped 2 Apr 1937, labeled Mrs. Asher, Mrs. Merrson Allen, Mrs. Asher, Lena's sister-in-law, Lena Allen; (3) elderly man and woman standing in front of a residence, date stamped June 1952, labeled Lena and Clarence Allen, our good friends.

ALTMAN, Graham Lee - Contains 82 page booklet, "Last Frontier West", for the Altman, Graham, Lee and McNew Families in the Tularosa Basin of South-Central New Mexico, 1885-1915, with family pictures. Not indexed. References to Burnet County residents.

ALTMAN, John I. - Newspaper clipping from "The Highlander", dated 21 Sep 1972, about the family and a group photo; photo of Eliza Rolef, b. 2-10-1848; photo of John I. Altman, b. 1-28-1841; typed manuscript, "The John I. Altman Story" by Frank C. Rigler; copies of court documents pertaining to claim against the U.S. government for Indian Depredations; correspondence and notes.

ANDERSON, Thomas - The genealogical record of the Anderson family prepared for Willie Carroll Basham. Begins with Thomas Anderson I, an immigrant from Glasgow, Scotland, in early 1700s, and follows family through Daniel W. Anderson, b. 22 Mar 1875, d. 23 Apr 1919. 14 pages, typewritten.

ANDREWS, WIlliam - Copies of newspaper article from Burnet Bulletin, 16 Feb 1905, about a fire that destroyed several businesses, including the undertakers' establishment of W. H. Andrews & Son. Also, an obituary of Mollie Andrews, wife of W. H. Andrews, who died at age 27 in 1886. Copy of death certificate for William H. Andrews dated 23 may 1921 and notarized statement entitled "Proof of Heirship" dated 30 Jul 1929.

ASHABRANNER, Myrtle - Typed sheet, two paragraphs, undated:

"I'm from Burnet and I went to school there. I went to Packsaddle, OK, and Fairland country schools. Some of the other people there were Alta Holland, Edna Haywood, Elsie Fiddlee (?). My father was a farmer who grew cotton, corn, maize, cane, and oats. I never did help with that work. I had three sisters and one brother.

"My maiden name is Daugherty. My father was Edwood Daugherty's cousin. I married John Ashabranner when I was 24. He was a rancher and we lived at Burnet. I remember going to the opera house on the north side of the square in Burnet to see a Shirley Temple movie that cost 50 cents. I worked at the sewing room, and the supervisor took me to the movie."

ASHER, Buck - Newspaper article from "The Libertarian", 3 Feb 1977, titled "A Touch of Glass, Joppa Diamonds" about Joppa's local jeweler, Buck Asher, and how he manufactures jewelry from antique glass.

ASHMORE, FRANK - Contains obituary newspaper clipping from Bertram Enterprise, dated 1958

Frank Ashmore Died Saturday, Feb. 22. Frank B. Ashmore, 50, of Manor, died Saturday in an Austin Hospital. Ashmore was a farmer, living in Manor all his life. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. sunday at Miller Mortuary in Elgin with Rev. Charles Wright officiating. Survivors include his wife; one son, Frank B. Ashmore, Jr. of Manor; his mother, Mrs. Minnie Ashmore of Galveston; two sisters, Mrs. J.A. Stringer of Austin and Mrs. Elizabeth Anderson of Galveston; and two brothers, Harvey and William Ashmore, both of Galveston. Burial was in Manor Cemetery.

ASKEW, George C. - 2 page typed history of Askew Family, beginning with George C. Askew, b. 28 Jan 1809 in Burke County, NC. Submitted by Mary Ann (Carson) Sarrels, of Tucson AZ in Sept 1993.

ATER, Edith Price - 5 page typed transcription of interview with Ethel Price Atter done on 23 Aug 1975.

I was born after my parents moved to Joppa, and Dr. O.B. Atkinson delivered me. We never did find my birth certificate, so I guess it was recorded in Williamson County. I'll be 80 years old on Dec 20th. I'm already older than Daddy was when he got killed. I think he was 68. They were thrashing at home and Mattie and I had gone to watch. this new part of the barn where they kept the oats was about to give away, and he told us to go get a grubbing hoe to use for a brace. We'd just turned around when the thing slumped. I had to go stop them thrashing--you know it was just horse drawn--and I thought they'd never stop. They lifted up the barn and pulled him up out of there and he never breathed again. Mattie's brother Frank was under there too, but he got out and Daddy didn't.

Our home was never the same after that, even though he hadn't felt well for a while. He was always ready to go to church on Sundays, but he didn't go to Sunday School. You know when he was younger and went to Sunday school they learned to read. That's how lots of them learned to read then, out of the Bible. That was their schooling. That's the way they started out, learning to read and write in Sunday school.

Grandma and Granpa Ater went on Bear Creek. Grandpa Price's daddy was a preacher who died during the war. He had one brother and Grandpa Price and Uncle Tom started out together. They had a sister but she got sick after they moved to Williamson County, and died. Grandpa Price got in a fire at a gin and his entire shirt except the cuffs was burned off. He saw three doctors and they told him that if he had any business to tend to he'd better tellhis family about it, because he'd never live. Well, he told them they were fools and that he'd be alive after they were dead and gone, and he was. That was sometime after he married when he was working in the gin at Florence.

Mama was only 15 when they got married. Her name was Howell. Her mother was a Rutledge, Mary Rutledge; her daddy was Andrew Howell. Mama's name was Mary, too. She just had one eye. One time she was chipping the rosin off the lye when they were trying to break with the lye when the water was so hard. A piece of lye got in her eye and there wasn't anything the doctors could do for her. That was after she married.

Mother was born at Florence on the old Howell place. William stayed on the place until he was 96 and then he couldn't take care of the horses and things so he moved to the rest home.

You know I have to have a magnifying glass to read, but I can crochet better than anything else without looking.

After my parents moved to Joppa, the children that were born here were Evie, Arthur, Ann, Elisha and me. Daddy paid I think 2 bits an acre for the land. The wolves were so bad they had to pen the sheep and other stock every night. You could hear them right over the hill. I think Daddy was probably a deacon in the Joppa church, and he took us to church and expected us to behave. It may have been a non-denomination church then. He and my mother had gone to the hard-shell Baptist at Briggs or somewhere. Then they had church in the old schoolhouse (at Joppa) and everybody that wanted to preach could preach there in the afternoon. We had Union literature and I still like it best. Some of those preachers would get to arguing. Dr. White used to come to our house and he made us girls so mad. We didn't have running water then, we had pitchers and bowls. He'd wash up and wash his feet too, getting water all over everything. When he stayed with us he wore a long-tailed nightgown to sleep in and he'd hang that old thing on the bedpost. We kept the preachers a lot when there were meetings. And every peddler or anybody that came through seems like they stayed with us, too. Daddy never charged them anything and of course he had to feed them and their horse too. These peddlers had material and other things and you traded them eggs or butter or whatever you had for their materials.

Material was hard to come by then. They had thread and needles and lots of things. We had a beef club too. Everybody would take time about and kill a beef and take what you wanted and share with the others. Then the next time someone else would kill one. That worked real well because you couldn't save the meat very long. Some people had an ice box later on but you couldn't always get the ice. It was quite a while before they delivered ice in the country.

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ATER, Fred - newspaper clipping from San Angelo Standard Times, 29 Jun 195_ with picture of Fred Ater, pioneer railroad agent who was retiring as freight agent after 52 years of railroading, mostly in West Texas.

ATKINSON, Eliza - widow's Confederate pension application

ATKINSON, Hewey Franklin - 2 pages handwritten, dated 13 July 1950, about Atkinson family beginning with Joseph Atkinson, b. 11 Dec 1838 in Yorkshire, England. Includes names of his 11 children and who they married. Source of information unknown.

ATKISON, Mutt - full page newspaper story, with pictures from The Austin American, 4 Oct 1955 of "Mutt" Atkison

ATWOOD, William Eli - Pedigree chart dated 27 Apr 1992 of William Eli Atwood, b. 5 Nov 1857 in Burnet Co Tx. Also contains pedigree chart with Pearl Marie Giddens as #1, who was b. 25 Dec 1881. Collateral surnames associated with Pearl Marie Giddens on the chart include CAMP, LOVING, LITTLEPAGE, WALKER, CAMP, PUTNAM, STRATTON, AND FARMER. Submitted by Jim Doyle from Vero Beach, FL in 1992.

BADGER, Brandt House -

a. Article written by Mrs. Bill Bryson, undated, about the house and its history. Situated between "M" and "N" streets in Marble Falls, the house was built in 1888 by Brandt Badger, a veteran of the Confederate Army. It is now a recorded Texas Historic Landmark. (See photo of Badger House here)

b. Narrative with original picture of the Badger Bldg, located at 229 S. Pierce Street in Burnet. The article gives a history of owners and the real estate transactions that passed ownership up to 1929. The building has housed a hardware store, Burnet National Bank, state parks board, rural telephone company, Farm Loan Association, various doctors, lawyers, and businesses. From 1948-59 it served as the Burnet Post Office. In 1966 it was occupied by the Youth and Community Center

c. Article by Thomas C. Ferguson about the Burnet Community Building. Gives a brief history of the settlement of the Burnet area and first construction of buildings and laying out the public square. Continues with extensive details of the history and description of the building, naming people and businesses who occupied it. The article has detailed footnotes of sources and xerox copies of pictures.

BAILEY, Pearle "Nannie" Sulton - folder contains an undated, typed transcript of interview. 1 1/4 pages.

BAILEY, F.A. - Soldier's Application for Confederate Pension

BAKER, Charlie R. -

a. 8 1/4 pages, double spaced, typed transcript of interview dated 9 May 1975. He is the son of Newt (N.W.) Baker and Artesia Glimp.

b. Picture of Blackston H. Baker family, year not noted, but appears to be late 1800s.

c. History of Blackston H. Baker family, who was born 14 Feb 1847 in Fayette County Texas and died in Joppa, Burnet County, in 1917. He married nancy Elizabeth McLean, who was born 17 March 1845 in Mississippi. Detailed information is provided on several generations. Author not stated.

d. Handwritten history of Charles Melvel Baker family, dated April 1986. Charles Melvel was the 8th child of Blackston H. Baker and was born in Burnet County 9 Sep 1883; he died 1 Jul 1964 in Harris County. He married Willie Maude Thornton 3 March 1914. She was born 12 Oct 1891 and died 29 Jan 1983 in Nacodoches TX. The history also contains information about their children.

BAKER, Clarence - Three tiny pictures of a young man, undated, but all are marked "Clarence Baker". They appear to be from the early 1900s.

BAKER, Walter - Newspaper clipping dated 18 May 1967 from Burnet Bulletin, with picture of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Baker celebrating their 50th anniversary. Mrs. Baker, according to the article, was the former Ora Williams. There is also a small picture of a woman wearing a large, ornate hat, with a high-collar dress. The picture is undated, but appears to be late 1800s. It is labeled on the back, "Mrs. Will Baker".

BANTA, David R. - Soldier's Confederate Pension Application

BANTA, Isaac Jackson, et al - contains family group sheet on Isaac Jackson Banta, who was born in Indiana 9-10-1830. He married Elsie (Alsey Ann Keele) in 1860 in Burnet County. Their children were Jefferson Davis, b. 1861; Mary Ann, b. 1863; Fanny, b. 1865; and Isaac Jackson, Jr., b. 1869. The file also has:

- a family group sheet on Isaac William Banta, b. 29 Sep 1800 in Lexington, Kentucky. He married Eliza Barker and they had 13 children.

-xeroxed family group cards on Henry Banta, Mary Ann Banta, and William Banta;

-two xeroxed pages from an unidentified book introduction about Capt. William Banta;

-a picture of Capt. William Banta with title page of "Twenty-seven Years on the Frontier: or 50 Years in Texas" by Wm Banta and J.W. Cadwell, Jr., published by Ben C. Jones & Co., Austin, 1893.

-copy of "Old West" magazine, Summer 1970 with first half printing of above book.

BARLER, Miles - Newspaper page dated 7 Dec 1972 from "The Highlander" with "The Miles Barler Story"; includes pictures. He was born 29 Jan 1833 in Licking County Ohio and came to Texas in 1853, living in the home of William H. McGill. He was a stockraiser, merchant, real estate developer, Confederate soldier, Indian fighter, and deputy sheriff. He wrote "Early Days in Llano", which is in the Barker Library at the University of Texas. The end of the article gives a short genealogy of the family.

BARNETT, Julian - Newspaper clipping dated 14 Feb 1954 from Austin Statesman, with picture of Mr. and Mrs. Barnett on their 60th anniversary.

BARTON, Arlee Rylander - Twenty page, typed, doublespaced transcript of an interview with Mrs. Barton by Amy Gerwer. Undated. Arlee Rylander Barton was born 9 June 1921, the daughter of William Lawrence Rylander and Drue Garrison.

BARTON, Columbus - Soldier's Confederate Pension Application. 44 pages, with much correspondence from Mr. Barton about his pension.

BARTON, David - Copy of will written in state of South Carolina, Greenville District, probated 9 July 1838. Also a 1994 letter with ancestor chart from Sherry Turner asking for info on Barton and Olney families in Burnet. The reply refers to a book "The Descendants of Isaac Barton of Killaloe, County Clare, Ireland, Vol 1, First Through Seventh Generations" compiled by Margaret Barton Marsh Carter, Chairperson, Historical Committee, Barton Family Association, Knoxville, TN 1988, which is in the Burnet library.

BARTON, Eva - Contains an undated, 4 page, double spaced, typed transcript of an interview with Eva Barton. First few paragraphs are:

"I was born about 6 miles north of Burnet, out in the country, in 1882. This 1882 dollar is from Mr. Rankin, a relative of my grandaughter's. He had a bank, and he said he looked through about 300 dollars before he found this one (silver).

My maiden name was Mitcheltree. Mother was from Williamson County, raised by her uncle because she was an orphan. George Williams was the uncle, very well-to-do, and he gave the land that Georgetown is built on and it's named for him. Mother was Celeta Williams, and I think she was born in 1849. She married Jim Mitcheltree, from Pennsylvania, and they lived at Salado and then Pebble Mound, about 6 miles north of Burnet. I was about 18 when we left there. In the meantime, Mother became a widow. In 1902 we moved to Burnet, 3 children younger than me, and Mother. I had to kinda help make a living and Mother always turned to nursing. I had a knack of taking care of the sick, and in 1905 I was nursing for old Dr. Brownlee. He asked me why I didn't take training and I told him I had to help my mother and didn't have the time to go take training. So he got me a correspondence course with him and Brother Robert Howell signing my credentials for me. It took me two years to finish, but it was a pretty good course...."

BARTON, Nellie - contains a newspaper obituary dated 1 Oct 1964 from the Burnet Bulletin. Read the obituary on our GenConnect Obituary Board.

BASS, Sam - contains a pamphlet entitled "Sam Bass, 100 Years Later, 1878-1978", a publication project of the Sam Bass Centennial Commission. Also has newspaper clippings from the Highlander newspaper dated 22 April 1971 and 6 May 1979 about Sam Bass.

BAWCOM, J.C. - Soldier's Confederate Pension Application

BENNICK, Rev. A.R. - Obituary of the Rev. A.R. Bennick, who at age 92, was a Methodist, a veteran school teacher, and ex-Confederate soldier. He died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lum Benson, 30 March 1927. To read Bennick's biography, go to GenConnect Burnet County Biography Board. The file also contains:

--xerox copies of pages from "Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions from NC in the Great War 1861-65", pertaining to the 34th regiment where A.R. Bennick was chaplain.

--copy of Bennick's application for pension

--copy of "The Texas House of Representatives, A Pictorial Roster, 1846-1992" with picture of A.R. Bennick when he served as Burnet Representative in the 17th legislature, 1881-1882.

--chart of A.R. Bennick's children and grandchildren, and sons-in-law and daughters-in-law, giving names, dates and places of birth and other information.

BENSON, William Ussel - Newspaper clipping from 2 Nov 1972 Highlander about the Cullen Benson family and their hardships at the hands of Indians. Other family members mentioned were James Patterson Noble and wife Amanda Wooten, her half brother, John L. Wooten, his daughter Georgann Wootten (Wooten), and Georgann's grandfather, Simon Lee Wooten. The 13 children of Thomas Henry and Sarah Noble included Nancy Jane Benson. The article gives an account of family losses documented in court papers pertaining to Indian depredations. Pictures of Nancy Jane (Noble) Benson and her daughter Emily (Noble) Allen, wife of Robert Russel Allen and their 2-year-old child Maude. Also has a picture of William Ussel Benson, one of the children of Nancy and Cullen Benson.

BERRY, Pauline Edgar - 2 page, double spaced interview transcription. Her parents were S.M. Summers and Annie Laura Curry.

BERTRAM, Rudolph - history of Bertram family, including Rudolph Bertram; copy of address delivered to the Bertram Chamber of Commerce Banquet 13 Dec 1945 by O.R. Bertram, nephew of Rudolph; xerox copies of pictures and handwritten narrative (someone's trip journal) about places significant to Bertram family; timeline for Rudolph Bertram from 1829-1892.

BIGGS, Luther - Newspaper obituary clipping from Bertram Enterprise 27 Aug 1959. Biggs was born 1 April 1896 in Marble Falls and lived all his life in Burnet County.

BINGHAM, Lum - copy of probate record, May 1890; newspaper page dated 15 June 1972 with picture of Lum Bingham; and query letters and replies.

BOYCE, James - contains a family group sheet for James Boyce, b. 2 Oct 1800 in Tenn, who married 1 Mar 1835 in Marion Co. MO, Mrs. Harriet Smith who was born in 1803 in Virginia. Boyce died 4 Oct 1876 and was buried at Strickling Cemetery, Burnet County. Their children were

Malinda G., b. 3 Dec 1835 in Wisconsin, m. Dr. Marcus A. Field in 1853, d. 3 Aug 1879, Burnet Co;

James Orville, b. 38 Dec 1838 in Wisconsin, m. Margaret Lucy Nichols 12 May 1869 in Austin, d. 6 June 1906 in Burnet County

Henry W., b. 12 Dec 1839 in Texas, d. 22 Nov 1906 in Burnet County

Albert G., b. 1842 in Texas, m. Annie E. Harris, d. 5 June 1871 in Burnet County

Marcula, b. 1843, m. S.M. Prentis, in 1873 in Burnet County

Narrative accompanying family group sheet: "James Boyce and his wife Harriet came to Texas in about 1839 together with their children Malinda and James Orville, settled near Gilliland Creek in Bastrop County, now known as Travis County. Harriet had a daughter, Mary E. Smith from a previous marriage. James' brother Nichols Boyce and family traveled to Texas at the same time. Date of move to Burnet County unknown. Harriet's time of death is 1865 and place of burial is Manor Cemetery, Manor, Texas. James married Mrs. Sarah Lashbrooks on 13 June 1867. It has been reported by Family members that Harriet and James' son, Albert G. Boyce was known as Col Al Boyce and the manager of the famous XIT Ranch in the Panhandle of Texas. Col Al Boyce was shot and killed in the Lobby of Ft. Worth Metropolitan Hotel by John Beal Sneed, 13 Jan 1912. See attached copy of newspaper article from Ft Worth Star Telegram. Info submited by Ellen Bayce Cameron " (no newspaper clipping in file)

--Other info in the folder is a xerox copy of a picture labeled as

Albert James "Atch" Boyce, son of James Orville and Lucy Nichols, grandson of James and Harriett Smith Boyce. Albert James married Belva Inez Glimp, and was a barber at Lake Victor prior to moving to Austin

--Narrative type family history beginning with James Boyce, b. 2 Oct 1800 in Tenn, listing all their children and who they married and brief histories of each. Other items in folder include:

--copy of rubbing from gravestone of Harriet Boyce
--family group sheet for James Orville Boyce
--copy of marriage license for J.O. Boyce and Miss Lucy Nichols, dated 27 Dec 1869, Travis County
--copy of Mark and Brand Record for Travis County, James Boyce dated 24 Apr 1848
--copy of typed obituaries, source unknown, and most undated for T.A. Feild, Mr. Jim Feild, Rev. A.V. Field, Mrs. Jim Hodge, Harry L. Feild, Albert J. Boyce, Mrs. Lorena Feild Pierpont

BINGHAM, James Knox - family group Record for James Knox Bingham, who was born in Bedford Co. Tenn in 1848, the son of Samuel M. Bingham and Mary Ann Curry. He married Louisa M. Johnson, the daughter of Enoch Johnson and Cornelia Curry in 1870.

Children of James and Louisa were

--Samuel Winifred, b. 28 Jul 1877 in Lampassas, married Hannah Murphy in 1901, and died in 1934 in Exeter CA;
--Burna, who married Tom Seay;
--Gertrude, who married William Sefton;
--Louise, who married Jake King;
--Bell, who married Bill Wignell;
--Enoch, who married Lee Burnet;
--William Erwin who married Rosa Pittman; and
--Dixie.

--Another family group record is in the folder, that of the family of Elias Murphy, b. 1849 and Jennie Hutto, b. 1863, who had the following children: Mary Ann, Hanna, who married Samuel Winfred Bingham, Joseph W., Iva Laura, Alexander, Emma Bell, who married Rufus Crow, Arthur R., who married Louise S., and Ruth Daisy who married William Leische. More details about this family are contained in several other family group records. Also in the folder is a query and answer about the Bingham family, dated 1991.

BIRD, Claude - Article from Austin American Statesman dated 26 Jan 1951 about Bird's business in Bertram that supplies a yellow rock used in making terrazzo floors. Has a picture of Mr. Bird.

BIRD, Fronie Huggins - Two page, double spaced transcription of oral interview, undated.

"I was born in Johnson City in 1900. We moved to West Texas and lived on a ranch for about 10 years and then moved back to Bertram. I went to Joppa school. I went to school in Bertram in 1920. We moved here because it was better land and we were farmers. We raised cotton and my father sold it on the futures and lost a lot of money so they couldn't send me to school any more. We had to pay tuition because I didn't live in the area where I went to school. I lived with a family and helped with their little girl so it didn't cost me as much. It was about six or eight miles to school when we went to Joppa. We went in a hack. When it rained a lot we didn't always get to school, but sometimes we died. Our feet would be sopping wet and we'd sit around the coal fire until we dried out. Georgia Jones was our teacher. Weldon and Vernon Price, Myrtle Price all went to school there, and the Taylors-Ellis, Sedrick and Evelyn.

When I got out of school I married a farmer that I'd met at a revival meeting at Shady Grove. That was Harvey Bird and we were married 52 years. My children are Blackston Bird, Billy Jo Britton, Annie May, Billy Jean Hill, Ada Reed Wilson.

We had basketball games. I played guard. Sometimes we played against the boys or we played Bertram. Lots of people went to World War I and we bought war bonds here.

We went to the Happy Hour movie on Saturday nights and they had a good turnout. We all went in a truck one night and the truck came loose and we all ended up in the road.

We used to have three gins here: Weston's gin was one of them. This was a big cotton area and real prosperous. People stopped growing cotton because they could make more money letting the government have it.

I could pick 500 lbs. of cotton in a day. That was about about a bale. I didn't get paid anything for picking because it was my own family, but you could get about 2 dollars a hundred if you worked for someone else.

We grew everything and had a milk cow and chickens. We just had to buy flour and a few things. I made lots of soap and there isn't any easy way to make it. I rendered the lard, and that takes several hours. It was good to do that in cool weather. We had a storm house where we kept a lot of our vegetables. And we canned them on a wood burning stoved. That was hot work in the summer. I used to put things up in cans, where we'd seal them. But you can't get those anymore. I still have some of my cans. It's been about 30 years since I used any. I canned tomatoes that way.

We had bees for our honey. And we made syrup. You put the stalks in a grinder to get the juice, then boil it until it gets thick. It took all day. We had it fixed so a horse powered it and we didn't have to stir it all day.

When I took my lunch to school it was usually potatoes. I ate so many I thought I'd choke. Around Christmas or Thanksgiving Mama made us a cocoanut cake. We could get fresh cocoanut around that time of year.

There were always Christmas trees in Bertram, and we'd go to the neighbors with gifts for everyone. We'd go in the wagon so we could bring home all our presents."

BLACK, William - Seven page, double spaced "Sketch of the Black Family" submitted by Katherine A. Loucks. It begins "When William Black settled his family near Bagdad, Williamson County was just about a year old and Burnet County had not yet been established. Their first son, Henry, (my grandfather) was born there on October 8, 1849." It continues with tidbits from the lives of the Black family, including Indian raids, civil war, stock breeding, schooling and marriage of their children, and ends with William's death in 1907.

BLACKBURN, William Lafayette Alexander - Newspaper article from The Highlander, 1 June 1972, with pictures of the Blackburn family and of their tombstones. According to the article, none of the children ever married. Blackburn was born 24 Feb 1834 in Grainger Co, Tenn and died 2 June 1909 in Burnet. He married Sarah Adalaide Graham 9 Sep 1857 in Tazwell TN. She was born 24 Feb 1836 in East Tennessee and died 16 Aug 1904 in Burnet. Their children were William T, Johnnie G, Katherine, and Robert. Blackburn was a judge of the 17th District, which included Kimble and Mason Counties.

BLALOCK, J.C. - 19 page, double spaced transcription of interview with J.C. Blalock, dated Nov 1995. Blalock was born 12 Dec 1914 in Fairland, the son of Vernie Emmet Blalock and Maude Baugh Blalock. His brothers and sisters were Virginia, born 1916, June, b. 1920, Joe, d. 1943, Nunnie, b. 1925, "Bill" - Robert, b. 1927, d. 1991; "Buster" b. 1919, d. 14 June 1940; Bobby Anne, b. 1935; Sammy, b. 1937. In the interview Blalock reminisces about his first teacher and his classmates, breaking horses to ride, playing football, working at Buchanan Dam, then working in the restaurant business, and then going to Italy during WWII.

BODENHAMER, Johann, et. al. - Family group sheets of the Bodenhamer family, with the Burnet pioneer beginning with Stephen Peter Leeonidus Bodenhamer, who was born in 1842 in Giles Co. Tenn, and died in 1926 in Naruna. He was married to Mary Elizabeth Brymer in 1870. She was born in 1850 in Burleson County Texas and died in 1894 at Naruna. Their children were: Charles Richmond, b. 1878, d. 1919, m. Maggie Ryan; Henry Franklin, g. 1880, d. 1919, m. Emma Newton; Mary Clementine, b. 1888, d. 1965, m. O.B. Zimmerman; Emma Myra, b. 1894, d. 1972, m. Max Zimmerman; Anna, b. 1873, m. Gene Gilmore; William, b. 1875, m. Mrs. Ousley; Abbie Lee, b. 1876, d. 1907, m. Bud Hill; Wayne Hamilton, b. 1890, d. 1938, m. Aura Vann. Includes many more family group sheets of Bodenhamers and a pedigree chart of Zimmerman family. Many other surnames on the charts.

BOTT, Ann - Newspaper Clipping dated 19 Nov 1961, source unknown. Title: "Mrs. Ann Bott Celebrates a Young 90th Birthday". Abstract: The former Ann Breazeale was raised "like a wild Indian," along with three brothers and two half sisters. She married first at age 18, Heston Whitney, with whom she had two children: a son who died in World War I, and a daughter, Mrs. E.M. Townsend of Philadelphia. Heston passed away at age 75 in Burnet. Ann maried again two years later to Warrington Bott in 1945; he died 10 years later from a heart attack.

BOURLAND, James S. - Copy of Handwritten letter from James S. Bourland, 1st elected Burnet Co. Judge, to his wife Naomi (McGill) Bourland, which was written 8 days before he was injured by the Indians in the North Concho area. Donated by Wilford Stephenson, Burnet Texas.

Head North Concho Texas, May the 24th/67

Dear wife, I have an opportunity of sending you few lines from here which may be the last until I get through. We are all well have seen no Indians yet. We camped last night 7 (?) miles below the last water on Concho and today we start across. Black Bill of Ike Williams' (three words unreadable) with four others came across day before yesterday. Saw no Indians. The Indians that took Gooches Whitehead & Adams' cattle went off South they say. The Soldiers took their trail yesterday and said they would follow them up. I think now that we will go _____ anyway to the Pacos (?) safe. Bill tells me that there is plenty of water at Castle gap 12 miles this side the Pacos. Col Dalrymple with about 75 men is close behind us. Naomi be hopeful I hope to get through safe and sound. I but very little time to write this morning. I have no(t) seen my horses this yet though they are close by. I turned them across the creek when I came off guard last night. Well we have pict up several head of Adams' cattle as we came up. We have had no stampede yet and I hope we will not. Naomi I nothing more of any great interest to write you now and no time. And will close and go after my hosses. I will write to you every opportunity. Take care of yourself and the children and be a cherful and hopeful. Kiss the children for me and teach them to read and write if you can. ...several words unreadable...your affectionate husband ...J.S. Bourland

 

BRADY, Thomas C. - Papers donated by Mr. Sam Harris on behalf of Mrs.Fannie Harris, the Thomas C. Brady Papers, and described as relating to the Civil War and life in Central Texas after the war. The file is about 1 1/2 inches thick consisting of copies of handwritten letters by Thomas C. Brady, and others dating from 1862.

BRALEY, Herman - Newspaper clippings. #1 undated, announces a new banker coming to the First State Bank: Herman H. Braley, of Lockhart, who began his career in 1937 when he went to work in Gonzales. He went to the Lockhart State Bank in 1958 as cashier and was elected to executive vice president in 1958. Has picture of Braley. #2 from Austin American-Statesman dated 23 Feb 1979. Headline "Banker Arrested on Counterfeit Charge" gives details about Braley, a 61-year-old Burnet bank president, being held in Austin city jail after a month-long undercover operation led to his arrest with $100,000 in counterfeit bills in his possession.

BREAZELE, Taney, et al - "Breazele Notes" dated Dec 1966, Sep 1966, Jun 1967, Sep 1967, and March 1967. Also contains picture of group: Lois Breazeale with Live Oak School Basketball teams, coached by Morris H. Breazeale, 1920. Picture of Breazeale home in Hoover's Valley, taken in 1909.

BREWSTER, Ella Rogers - Two page, double spaced transcription of an oral interview with Ella Rogers Brewster. It begins, "I was born Sept. 11, 1886, close to Bertram on the old Rogers place. My mother was Henri Murray and my father was Phillip Monroe Rogers."

BRIGGS, Arie - One page, double spaced transcription of oral interview dated 12 Jan 1976. It begins, "I was born in Gillespie County in 1889. When I was about 12 years old, my father sold out and we moved up here. My father had a little farm and raised wool and meat goats. I had seven brothers and sisters and we helped my father, but he didn't have extra hired help. My parents were George and Lena L. Cawley."

BROCK Family - picture of two adults and five children and one horse standing in front of a house. By the style of the women's dresses, the time appears to be late 1800s. Back of picture is inscribed "Brock (or Brack) Family, in Mrs. J.A. Smith pictures".

BROCK, Frank - two pages, double spaced of a copy titled, "Austin - 1846, Annals of Travis County by Frank Brown -- 1846", Archives Dept., University of Texas Library. (this file may be mislabeled--the copy in the folder is about what the county area was like around Austin and makes no mention of Brock.)

BROOKS, E.E. - two page copy from "Frontier Times", Dec 1925, which tells the story about
"E.E. Brooks, 81, and Mrs Brooks, 86, pioneers of Burnet county, have recently returned from a trip in their car which covered a distance of 1200 miles from Burnet to Dewey, Oklahoma and return. Mr. Brooks claims the distinction of being the oldest living settler of Burnet. He was born in a log house in Arkansas and moved with his parents to Texas when but a child. Mr. and Mrs. Brooks celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of their marriage in October 1925...."
 
BROWNLEE, J.S. - (1) copy of newspaper dated 16 Nov 1972, with pictures, about the prominent, early-day Burnet physician, his wife and four children. John Samuel Brownlee came to Burnet in the late 1800s and was the area's doctor for the next 25 years until his death in 1909. He married Miss May Banford of Keatchie, LA in 1886. (2) copy of newspaper dated 23 Nov 1972, which contains a continuation of the Brownlee family story with pictures. (3) Handwritten note, unsigned and undated stating that Dr. John S. Brownlee was first married to Mary
O. McDonald in 1881 in Burnet. She died in childbirth, but the baby, named Libbie, lived and is mentioned in a 1890-91 school roster.

BRUCE, Dr. W.H. - newspaper clipping of obituary, date and source unknown:

Dr. W.H. Bruce, Texas Pioneer Educator, Dies.
By Associated Press.
Dallas, Dec. 31.--Dr. W.H. Bruce, 87, prominent Texas pioneer educator,
former president of John Tarleton College at Stephenville and the North
Texas State Teachers College at Denton, died Thursday at Opelika, Ala.,
where he was visiting his daughter and son.
 
Active as professor of education and holding the title of president
emeritus, Doctor Bruce had been in Opelika for six months, a custom
begun in 1923, when he resigned as president of the Denton college and
took his wife to Opelika for treatment of a stroke of paralysis from
which she never recovered. Her death occurred in 1937.
 
Doctor Bruce is survived by his daughter, Miss Maud Bruce, Opelika;
three sons, Dr. Byron S. Bruce, Opelika, and Ralph P Bruce and Homer L.
Bruce, both of Houston; a brother, R.W. Bruce of Ballinger, and two
sisters, both of whom reside at Blanco.
 
Funeral services and burial will be held at Opelika Sunday afternoon.
 
Internationally known as a mathematician, Doctor Bruce was author of
several books used for years in schools of the Southwest. He was a
member of honorary fraternities and listed in "Who's Who in America,"
Who's Who Among North American Authors," Who's Who in American
Education," "Texan Who's Who," "Texas Writers of Today," "Leaders of
Education in America" and in "American Men of Science".
 
BRYSON, Bill - (1) application form for official historical marker dated 15 Nov 1981 for the Bryson place located Between Highway 29 and RR 1174 S off Co. road on Bryson homestead. Marker site: 3 miles southeast of Bertram, turn off Highway 29 at roadside park south of Bertram. Attached to the application is a history of the property, which begins: "Welborn Barton, arriving in Burnet County from South Carolina, purchased the land on October 29, 1855 from the heirs of the Benjamin McKinney Land Grant. The description in the original deed reads, 'being situated in the county and state aforesaid on the waters of the South San Gabriel and in part of the west one half of the League of Land granted to the heirs of B.F. McKinney.' An Early Texas style house was built and the lumber used was brought from Bastrop TX by oxcart." Also attached is a brief history of the Barton and Bryson families and a diagram and pictures of the house. (2) Copy of article appearing in Jan 1972 issue of The Texas Farmer-Stockman which mentions the Bryson ranch and the growing predator problem ranchers are facing. (3) newspaper article from West Texas Livestock Weekly dated 14 May 1970 about the ranching life of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Bryson.
 
BUCKNER, Thomas, et al. - (1) oral history transcription, 7 pages doublespaced of Vonnie Buckner, dated Nov 1975. Begins:
"I don't remember what year it was that my family first came to Burnet
County, but I was born in 1889 and we came from Trinity county in East
Texas. My son-in-law and daughter took me back to my old home where I
was born and showed me the place where I was born. Centerville was
where I was born. My mother was Frances Peterson and my father was Ben
Ross. ...Mother and Daddy had ten living children..."
(2) Xerox copy of "Reminiscences of the Buckner Family" by Mrs.Priscilla Aylette Buckner Reardon, compiled, enlarged and Edited by Katherine Edmondson Tuley, 1901, Chicago.
 
BURNET, Albert - letter dated 27 Jan 1967 from Dorothy Burnet Hampton to the Burnet County Library inquiring about the Burnet's of Texas. Attached is a brief history of Albert Burnet, who was born in New York City 17 May 1812 to William and Catharine (Hutchington) Burnet. Summarizes the life of Albert Burnet, taken from "History of Bond and Montgomery Counties of Illinois, 1882. No reply to the letter is in the file.
 
BURNET, David G. - Contains (1) correspondence about finding information on David G. Burnet, 1st president of the Republic of Texas and for whom the town was named. (2) Newspaper article and picture of ancestors of David G.Burnet visiting the town; some correspondence to and from them. (3) Newspaper article with pictures written by
Darrel Debo, entitled "The Man for Whom Burnet was Named", from the Burnet Bulletin, 14 March 1974. (4) Copy
of a chapter from the book "First Ladies of Texas" by Mary D. Fauel and Elizabeth Silverthorne, entitled
"The Peripatetic Wife" about Hannah Este Burnet; 7 pages. (5) Newspaper article, 9 May 1974 from the
Highlander, entitled "Burnet County was Named for David G. Burnet--But Why?"

BURNHAM, Capt. Jesse - a large file , with major portions described below:

1. Copy of 7 June 1995 Picayune Newspaper that has picture of Burnham house, and story by Noah Thompson,
about Capt Jesse Burnham. It begins:
"Jesse Burnham, who settled in Burnet County in the 1850s, played a significant role in helping to save Americans from the British, Texans from the Mexicans, and settlers from the Indians. He is also credited for significantly populating Burnet County. The following families can all trace their ancestry back to this early settler: Burnham's, Mezger's, Fowler's, Simmons' and Smitharts'. Jesse was born Sept 15, 1792, in Madison County, Kentucky, the youngest of seven boys..."
2. typed copy of newspaper article written about 1882, no source given. Headline: "Captain Burnham's
90th Birthday" and describes the festivities and who attended.
3. Seven typed, double-spaced pages that begins
"Just the ramblings from childhood to old age of John
Hickerson Burnham, born in 1873, the last of a big family of 6 girls and 2 boys." --handwritten note
that this is the 8th child of Robert T., who was 7th child of Capt. Jesse.
4. Copy of newspaper article, date and source unknown, that begins:
"W.L. Burnham, born in 1856 at
Marshy Springs in Southern Burnet County, now living in Marble Falls. My mother, Sarah Fowler, was born in
Tennessee and with her parents moved to Burnet county in 1849. Two pages. To read full article, go to Pioneer Stories.
5. 29 typed pages that appears to be a family history of the Burnham Family, entitled "The Burnam
Dynasty". It begins with a 7 page descendant chart, then a page written by Isabel Carolin Burnam, then a
typed copy of Reminisces of Captain Jesse Burnam, which was copied from "Texas Historical Association
Quarterly", July Number 1901. Next in this group of papers is a 3 page biography of Jessie Burnam, copied
from a publication called "The Alamo", Vol. 1, No. 2, dated Aug 1882. The remainder of this group is "The
Yett Dynasty".
6. Copy of a homestead designation that describes the property boundries, signed 16 May 1936 by J.H.
Burnam and Mabel Burnam.
7. Copy of Confederate Tax Receipt for the year 1864 for R.T. Burnam
8. Nine doublespaced pages, date and author unknown, a biography of Captain Jesse Burnam.
9. Copy of family data obtained from family Bible with Jesse B. Burnham's name on back. Contains
marriages, births, and deaths. To see this record, go to the GenConnect Bible Records page.
10. Genealogy queries and replies.
11. One handwritten page, front and back of research notes about Jesse Burnam--deed records, tombstone
caption.
12. typed chart of Jesse Burnham's children with dates of birth and death, some marriages and children
of those marriages.
13. Old, original newspaper clipping from Marble Falls Messenger dated 30 Nov 1899 about Jesse Burnham.
 
BUSH, Robert Lee - copy of Highlander newspaper article dated 29 July 1976 entitled "Arkansas Bushwhackers Sent Fleeing Family to Texas", with pictures of Robert Lee Bush, his mother, and his children. Story of the family's flight from Arkansas and their early days in Burnet County.
 
BYRON, Norrell - copy of the Autumn 1948 issue of "The Chronicles of Oklahoma", in which a picture and an
article about Byron Norrell appears. Norrell was born in Strickling, Burnet County, Texas on 30 Sept 1875.
His paternal grandparents were Tom E. Norrell and Sarah Maria Williams Norrell, who were married in Georgia. 13 pages.
 
 

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