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Ed and Mattie Lisenby
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George Edward Lisenby and Mattie B. Holland were Married June 21, 1898 in Dickens City, Texas. Mattie died November 25, 1968 and is buried in Decatur City Cemetery, Decatur, Alabama.


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George Ed LISENBY
Born: February 2, 1871 in Grayson Co., TX
Died: June 29, 1934 in Lubbock, TX
Father: John C. LISENBY born in Itawamba Co., MS in 1844
Mother: S. N. BOSTON born in MS

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Funeral Services Held At Family Home Saturday Saturday morning at nine o´clock a large crowd of friends and acquaintances gathered at the Lisenby home to pay last respects to Ed Lisenby, pioneer cattleman and cowboy of this section who passed away Friday morning at 8 o´clock at Lubbock Sanitarium. An added compliment to this veteran of the saddle and the plains country was that the gathering who came to pay him their last respects was composed of all classes of people. Both Mexicans and whites came with uncovered heads to hear the words of Rev. Brown, pastor of the First Christian Church who read the rites.

Ed Lisenby was born Feb. 2, 1871 in Grayson county near Whitesboro, Texas and at the age of 21 years came to the Panhandle section of Texas and in 1897 came to Dickens County working as a cowboy here and on a ranch in Briscoe County. On June 21, 1898 he was married to Mattie Belle Holland, daughter of a prominent ranchman, in Dickens City, Judge McKnight reading the marriage ceremony.

Following their marriage, Mr. And Mrs. Lisenby bought land in the northwest part of the county where they lived for a time and later went to Floyd county where they lived for several years.

Some twenty years ago Mr. Lisenby bought land in the northwest part of the county where they lived for a time and later went to Floyd county where they lived for several years.

Some twenty years ago Mr. Lisenby bought the Chas. Windham Ranch northeast of Dickens and following the trend of the times placed something like two thousand acres of the ranch in cultivation and at the time of his death was known as one of the big scale farmers and ranchers of the county. Friends state that on every occasion this astute cattleman saddled his pony and rode with his "cow hands" during thunder storms and squalls to fix water gaps and keep the cattle from stampeding and his death is attributed to the fact that he worked night and day as did Thomas Edison and that his hours of labor were regulated by what there was to be done.

Seventeen years ago Mr. Lisenby bought a residence in Spur for the benefit of school advantages for his children and since that time the family has maintained both their ranch home and their home here. And during their residence here they have so entrenched themselves in the hearts of the people here that they number their friends by their acquaintances and many who were not personally acquainted with Mr. Lisenby attended his last rites out of the love they held for his excellent family.

Pallbearers at the funeral were G. H. Snider, H.O. Albin, Dr. B.F. Hale, E. L. Caraway, Homer Boothe, J.F. Caudle; and flower bearers were chosen from among George´s friends, the eldest son and were Jeff Brown, Cash Wileman, Harvey Giddens, and James McCormick.

Surviving are the widow and ten children: George Lisenby, who is manager of the market department of Valley Food Store, Mrs. James Peanell of Wichita Kansas; Mrs. Bill Barnes of Abilene; Ermal, Leonorn, Dot, June, May, Spencer, and Onida Yvonne, all of Spur; also a brother, John Lisenby of Matador, and a sister, Mrs. A. B.[Mollie] Echols of Matador. Their eldest son, Birl, died in 1918 during the flu epidemic.

©The Texas Spur, Thursday, July 5, 1934
from the records of Lillian Grace Nay


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