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Birth Date: 8-19-1845 Birth Date: 12-30-1848
Death Date: 7-21-1928Death Date:12-16-1935
Jonas and Martha Carlisle
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Veteran Flag   Enlisted 1862 (age 17) in Confederate Army. Company C 17th Alabama Regiment and scouted under General Joe Wheeler throughout the war. Discharged May 10, 1865.


The son of Matthew and Lucinda Stovall Carlisle, Jonas Carlisle was born in Talbert County, Georgia on August 19, 1845.

On the first day of May, 1865, he reached home, he had served most of the time during the war in Georgia. On the 18th day of June, 1867, Mr. Carlisle was married to Miss Martha Hughes, also born in Georgia, and early in the fall of the same year, they moved to Texas in Collin County. In January 1890 they moved to Dickens County, settling in the Duck Creek community where they lived until his death the 21st day of July, 1928, he is buried in the Spur Cemetery. Funeral services were conducted at their family home in Duck Creek Community.

Jonas Carlisle was here when the county was organized; he was appointed County Commissioner in 1906. He was elected and served another term. He filed on Section 156 at the price of two dollars per acre on Duck Creek. Mr. Carlisle gave it up to his son Poet and returned to Oklahoma. When he decided to come back to Texas, Poet and his bride were eager to have them return and take up the old file. It is on this place that the Red Bluffs are located. The creed widens and many Baptismal Services have been held here. It is also the sight of the Carlisle Springs which has been widely known as a "Watering Place" and a recreation area. The springs furnishes water from there in horse-drawn wagons with one barrel or as many barrels as the wagon would hold. Land owners usually had an underground cistern but when the rains failed to come, an added strain was put on the springs by several families and the water hauling was a continuous process day and night.

Third Family to Arrive at Duck Creek

Jonas and Martha Hughes Carlisle and their 9 children left Collin County Texas, Christmas week of 1889 and headed for West Texas. They stopped at Seymour where they met A.J. Hagins, who had settled farther west, and was there to buy groceries. Jonas and his family came on with him. These two families and the W.M. Randall family made up the community that would later be named Duck Creek.

The Hagins lived in a dugout. We, the Jonas Carlisle family, lived in a tent for six months, then Pa hauled lumber from Abilene and built a one-room house. We were so proud of it. We could dance on the floor if we could get as many as four couples to square dance. Our oldest sister was married to Dow Hart and he played the fiddle. Our brother, Alfred learned to play. There was no other kind of music, and we never saw an organ or piano when we were children.

In later years we built a house of logs. It was one room with a curtain in the center for privacy. It had a dirt floor and dirt roof with windows that opened back. We were very proud of it. Years later we added more to the house with lumber that was hauled from Abilene.

We took a Dallas weekly newspaper, and when we had read it we would scallop it and make other designs to decorate the shelves and make them look nice. One in particular being the mantle over the fireplace. We had a long dining table that we used oilcloth on. We would put a quilt over it and do our ironing on it with irons that we heated in the fireplace in winter or on the wood stove in summer. Our water bucket was cedar and the dipper was made from a gourd.

We shelled our corn and had meal made for our bread. We didn´t waste any part of the corn. We dried it in the sun after we cut it off the cob; fed the shucks to the cows and cobs to the hogs. We also used the shucks to put into ticks to use on our bed slats as we had no springs. We can remember sleeping on a shuck bed on the floor so that travelers could sleep in our bed. When we turned over we would laugh at how the shucks would rattle. Our folks never turned anyone away from our door, no matter how inconvenient. Any number of people, even strangers, looked at our house as a hotel. We were always glad to see them.

Lucy married Frank Stephens January 10, 1910. They went by train to Haskell and from there to Aspermont where they were married. They reared 6 children, 4 were born in Dickens County.

By 1901 a school house with a brush arbor in front had been built. There Samantha was married to Zeb Smith June 16, 1901 by the Rev. Stegall, a Methodist preacher. They had 3 children. Zeb died in 1905. The infant daughter died five years later.

written by Samantha Carlisle Smith and Lucy Carlisle Stephens
Source: "Dickens County, Its Land and People", Dickens County Historical Commission, ©1986

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Uncle Jonas Carlisle died Saturday night after only a few days illness at his home on Duck Creek, his remains being interred in the Spur Cemetery Sunday afternoon, funeral services being conducted in the home at 4 o´clock.

Jonas Carlisle was born in Tolbert Co., GA August 19th, 1845. When Civil War was declared in 1861 although a lad of 16 years, Uncle Jonas shouldered his musket and volunteered his services in the Southern ranks and for four years battled and bore the burdens of men under the Confederate Flat for home and the Southland.

On June 18, 1867, he was united in marriage with Miss Martha Hughes, making their home in Georgia until 1879 when they came to Texas, settling in Collins County where they resided 11 years. On January 29, 1890, Uncle Jonas moved with his family to Dickens County, locating and establishing their present homestead on duck Creek,and where they have continuously resided for more than thirty eight years.

Uncle Jonas Carlisle has a family of ten living children, five boys and five girls: J.M. Carlisle, who on account of their age has been making his home with his parents the past year; Mrs. Lizzie Hart, of Amarillo; W.A. Carlisle of Haskel; Mrs. Z.V. Smith of Gilpin; Mrs. P.E. Hagins, Spur; J.E. Carlisle, Dallas; Mrs. J.F. Stephens, Girard; J.L. Carlisle of Abernathy; Mrs. Laura Swaringen of Matador; and C.M. Carlisle of Wichita Falls; all of whom were at the bedside during his last illness. Three other children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Carlisle making a family of thirteen children, two daughters, Mary and Dora died in childhood, while another child was born dead. Uncle Jonas was one of a family of fifteen children, three brothers and one sister surviving and now living in Georgia.

Grandma Carlisle, who also survives, will be eighty years of age on the 31st day of next December.

Uncle Jonas Carlisle was one among the oldest settlers and citizens of the country, and during his 38 years of residence in Dickens county he not only reared a large family of the highest type of citizenship, but amassed a comfortable fortune as a farmer and stock raiser, his farms consisting of more than a thousand acres under cultivation and clear of all encumbrance. he was a man of the true Western spirit, contributed much to the development progress of the county and was liberal and generous in aiding others who met with misfortunes and encountered the hardships and disadvantages of a pioneer country.

A great man and useful citizen has gone to his reward. The last bugle call and taps have sounded for another of the thinning ranks of the Southern Confederacy. They all will soon be gone but memory of their lives, deeds and sacrifices for home and country will live forever.

Source: The Texas Spur and the Dickens Item Newspaper, No. 38, Volume 18, July 27, 1928

Funeral rites were held Tuesday, December 17th at 2:00 o'clock in the afternoon at the family residence, for Martha Carlisle, who died at her home in the Duck Creek community, Monday, December 18th.

Rev. J. Melvin Jones, pastor of the Spur Circuit Methodist church conducted the services.

W.N. Kinney acting funeral director.

Martha Carlisle was born December 30, 1848 in the state of Georgia.

Thirty four years ago she with her husband and children moved from Canton, Texas to Dickens County and established their home in Duck Creek community, where they have resided continuously for thirty-four years.

Her husband preceded her in death several years ago.

Seven of her ten children were with her during her last illness and the remaining three were here to attend the funeral services. They are Jimmie Carlisle, who lived in the home; Mrs. Lizzie Hart, Plainview; Alfred Carlisle, Haskell; Mrs. Samantha Smith, Spur; Mrs. Pete Hagins and J.E. (Edgar) Carlisle, of Duck Creek, John Carlisle, Plainview; Mrs. Frank Stephens, Girard; Mrs. Jim Swearengin ( Swaringen), and Charlie Carlisle of Duck Creek.

(Most all obituaries were taken from Texas Spur microfilm, no date on this article, other records show year of death as 1935)

From the records of Lillian Grace Nay, Spur Museum, transcribed by Becky Hodges, August 12, 2004

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