Ellis County TXGenWeb

Obituary Archives

Newspaper obituaries can provide a goldmine of genealogical information. Even if date and name of newspaper is not shown, the material provides important clues. To comply with TXGenWeb Project guidelines, only obituaries prior to 1922 will be shown. If you have contributions, please send them to the County Coordinator.

Except as otherwise noted, the following  are abstracts of those found in the History of Ellis County compiled some years ago by Mrs. A. L. Feltenberger and the Rebecca Boyce Chapter DAR.

Waxahachie Enterprise
Jan. 27, 1888
Mrs. W. E. (Eppa) Bryant died Dec. 23, 1887 and was buried at Bell's Chapel Cemetery. She was born Oct. 25, 1853 and joined the M. E. Church South at the age of 16 years. She leaves a husband and four children to mourn her loss.

Waxahachie Enterprise
Jan. 27, 1888
Mrs. Harriet I. Nowlin died Sunday morning, Jan. 22, 1888, at her home in Waxahachie, after a long illness. She was born Nov. 30, 1827 in Henry County, Tenn., and married Payton Nowlin Sept. 11, 1845 in Green County, Missouri. They came to Waxahachie in 1861.  One son preceded her in death and she is survived by her husband and seven children.  We would point the bereaved ones to the Comforter who is to abide with us forever.

Dallas Times Herald
Sunday, Nov. 5, 1916
Funeral services for Mrs. M. J. Parks, aged 66, who died Saturday morning at a local sanitarium, will be held Sunday afternoon at her home in Palmer, Texas. The funeral party will leave Loudermilk's chapel at 12 o'clock and will proceed by automobile to Palmer where services will be in Palmer Cemetery. Mrs. Parks was born in Navarro County Texas and has lived in Texas all her life. [contributed by Ed Williams August 2002]


John Ross Youngbood, b. 24 October 1889 Avalon, Ellis Co. Tex; d. 24 Aug. 1905 in Avalon and was buried at Bardwell Cemetery.  He was a son of William Franklin Youngbood and Cynthia Ann McKinney. [Information contributed by Ed Williams August 2002]

Waxahachie Daily Light
January 26, 1929
In the presence of one of the largest crowds ever to attend a funeral in Ellis County, last rites for William Franklin Youngblood, 81, were held at Union church in Avalon Sunday afternoon with Revs. J. F. McClung and Steve Harwell officiating. Burial was in Bethany Cemetery near Bardwell.  Mr. Youngblood, one of the county's best known citizens, died Saturday at his home in the Avalon community after a four-week illness.

Born near Greenville, S. C. Sept. 18, 1847, Youngblood lived in that section until the outbreak of the Civil War, and at age 16, enlisted in the Confederate Army.  He came to Texas in 1867 where he has since resided and was a prosperous farmer in the southern part of the county.

Youngblood married Miss Cynthia McKinney, whose parents were early settlers of Collin County, and for whom the city of McKinney was named.  After her death in 1915, he married Mrs. Snow, who with her two children, twins, are among the survivors.

Besides ten children from his first marriage and the two step-children, Mr. Youngblood is survived by forty-seven grand-children and twelve great-grandchildren.  Surviving children are: Dr. J. R. Youngblood, Breckenridge; W. H. Youngblood, Clarendon; J. M. and C. H. Youngblood, Waxahachie; Herman Youngblood, C. D. Youngblood, and Mrs. Claude Southard, Avalon; Mrs. O. L. Brown, Frost; Harper Youngblood, Waco; T. F. Youngblood, Ike. (contributed by Pat Kinsey Aug. 2002)

Waxahachie Daily Light
Mon. Dec. 27, 1915

Mrs. W. H. [W. F.] Youngblood died Sunday evening at her home near Avalon. The deceased was the wife of one of the early settlers of that community. She was the mother of J. M. [James Martin] Youngblood of Waxahachie. Funeral was held Monday afternoon at Avalon, conducted by Rev. Bob Burleson.
(Contributed by Pat Kinsey Aug. 2002)

The Colorado Springs Gazette [Colorado]
Wednesday, June 16, 1915, pg. 6

Aged 71, retired farmer from Texas, died yesterday at a local hospital. The body will be sent to Waxahachie, Tex. today for burial.

                               [Contributed by Marta Norton,  Tues 13 Nov 2001]

Ennis News
Jan. 22, 1915

Mrs. Nannie D. Shegog

Mrs. Shegog, 80, widow of Dr. J. M. Shegog, died at her home, 501 S. Sherman St., at 5 o'clock Saturday afternoon, after less than a week's illness.

[Contributed by Mattiefay O'Neill 27 May 2000]

Confederate Veterans' Magazine
Vol. XIX, No. 4
April 1911, p. 175

Dr. Seaborn H. Watson

Dr. Seaborn H. Watson, died at his home in Waxahachie, Tex. on Jan. 20 [1911]. He was born in Anderson Co. S. C. in 1833, son of D. K. and Sarah Gary Watson; educated in the public schools of his state and the college at Macon, Ga., where he received his medical degree in 1855. In 1862 Dr. Watson raised four companies for the Confederacy, which bacame a part of the regiment under Col. J. W. Johnson, and of which the doctor became regimental surgeon. Most of his service was under Bragg and his regiment was engaged in many of the war's important battles. After the war, Dr. Watson donated his part of his father's estate to a sister and moved to Texas, settling at Milford in Ellis Co., his sole possessions being his horse and buggy which he had driven from S. C. He began to practice medicine there in 1867 but moved to Dallas in 1874. In 1879 he retired and moved to Waxahachie, where he was engaged in farming and stock raising. In 1872 Dr. Watson married Miss Amanda Beard of Alabama. She has been prominent in literary and club circles in Texas and was State Historian of the UDC for several terms. She, two daughters and two sons, survive. Dr. Watson was a loyal church member and was known as one of the best biblical scholars in the State.

[Contributed by Ruth Walsh 12 Apr 2000]

Kaufman Sun
Kaufman, Texas
Oct. 13, 1882

Mrs. M. M. Pannill

Mrs. M. M. Pannill, wife of Chas. Pannill of Ellis County and mother of our townsman, A. G. Pannill, died at her son's residence here Thursday evening, the 5th inst., with black jaundice and typhoid fever. She came over to visit her son and while here was taken sick with jaundice and a few days later attacked with typhoid fever, which so enfeebled her that little hope was entertained for her recovery. She was born in Greenville Co. Va. in 1837, married Charles Pannill, at age of twenty, moved to Texas in 1869 and died at the age of forty-five. She was the mother of fourteen children, five of whom she has followed to the grave. She was a member of the Episcopal church and a finely educated lady, related to General Meade and Bishop Meade. The many friends of the bereaved family extend their sincerest sympathy.

Ellis County Mirror
Jan. 22, 1904


Will O. Aldridge, former resident of Ennis, died at Mineral Wells last Saturday and was buried from the residence of Mr. H. E. Pickett Sunday afternoon, the W.O.W. in charge. A relative of Mrs. Pickett, he had lived in Mineral Wells for several years.

Waxahachie Enterprise
Dec. 11, 1891


Mr. J. D. Anderson of Avalon, President of the Ellis County Bee Keeper Association, was thrown from his wagon Wednesday evening and received severe injuries. To allay his suffering he took a large dose of morphine but grew worse rapidly; friends called for Dr. Thompson, but the patient died soon after the doctor's arrival.


Mrs. Allen, mother of L. J. Allen, died May 2, 1891 at Palmer. The funeral took place from the Allen home on Franklin Street, Rev. N. Givens officiating.

Ellis County Mirror
Jan. 22, 1904


Loyd Anderson, a member of one of the county's oldest families, died at Ardmore, Okla. Monday, Oct. 16, 1905. He was buried from the residence of his brother-in-law, Capt. H. T. Moore in Ennis.


Mrs. Bachoffer died at her home just west of town Saturday, Sept. 9, 1905, and was buried in the Waxahachie City Cemetery.


Died Sunday, June 13, 1897 at Bowie, Tex., and was buried at Mansfield, Tex. He was a brother-in-law of H. N. Leeper and once clerked here for B. W. Fearis.


 Rev. Barker died Saturday, Sept. 16, 1905 at Midlothian, and was buried there Sunday afternoon. "Uncle Charley" came here from Lincoln Co. Tenn. 57 years ago. He had been married twice, both wives sisters of J. W. Singleton and John Singleton of Mt. Peak and aunts of Mrs. R. J. Erwin of Waxahachie.


Died Friday, March 31, 1905, west of Italy and was buried at Milford on Saturday with Masonic honors. Dr. Baucom lived in this county many years but had moved to Wise County.

Dallas Morning News
May 26,1918


 Mrs.  Belew, aged 61, died this morning at a local hospital in Fort Worth. Her home was at 1824 Fairmont Avenue. The body was taken to Midlothian this afternoon following funeral services at the chapel of the Fort Worth Undertaking Company.


Mrs. Bell, 74, wife of Joseph C. Bell, died at her home on Red Oak Jan. 23, 1892. She was a native of Ireland and came to America when a young lady, locating in Virginia, where she met Mr. Bell, then a stout hearted young Virginian. They were married and turned their faces to the setting sun, stopping about three[?] years in Mississippi before moving to Ellis County. There were 10 children, six of whom are still living: Mrs. J. M. Burkhead, Red Oak; Mrs. T. J. Cole, Waxahachie; Mrs. T. B. McCurdy, Lancaster; James W. Bell, Abilene; Joseph F. Bell, Red Oak and Charles Bell, Runnels County. The Bells celebrated their 50th anniversary last year.


Rev. Bledsoe, 94, died Aug. 3, 1904 at the residence of Mrs. Bunkerly and was buried in the [Waxahachie] City Cemetery. He was a long time active member of the Baptist Church, but was retired for the last 20 years.
On the Saturday after his funeral, Mrs. Bunkerly received a telegram notifying her of the death of her sister, Miss D. A. Bledsoe, a former school teacher here.

Oct. 1, 1896


      Ham Boyd and his brothers, Jack and Albert, were loading cattle at Ojo Caliente, Mexico, 90 miles from El Paso, when he was gored by a steer but did not receive medical attention for 12 hours. First word was that he was resting well, but a later telegram announced his death. Burial will be at Auburn, Rev. J. C. Patton and Rev. I. S. Davenport officiating.

Tuesday, April 25, 1890


Mrs. Brown, about 75, "a pious mother of Israel," who lived near Ovilla, closed her eyes in death Tuesday morning.


James Browning, 55, breathed his last this morning at 10:15 at the home of Col. R. A. Davis. His death was not a surprise as he had been in feeble health for some time. Physicians think he received internal injuries from a fall he had last winter. He was born in Sumpter County, Tenn. Dec. 30, 1839 and enlisted in the 5th Company Battallion Washington Artillery, CSA, being in many battles and engagements including Shiloh, Monterey, Murfreesboro, Stone River, Chickmauga, Missionary Ridge, Atlanta, Pine Mountain and Jonesboro. He came to this state in 1866, and in 1868 married Miss Fidellia Davis, daughter of Col. R. A. Davis. Mrs. Browning died in April, 1880, and since then he and his children have made their home with Col. Davis. Mr. Browning has held many responsible positions of trust and always discharged his duties well. At the time of his death he was bookkeeper at the oil mill. He leaves four grown children to mourn his death. [Funeral services held at home of Col. Davis, Waxahachie, Texas, July 18, 1894]

[Contributed by David Chandler 22 April 1999]


Died Aug. 28, 1896 at his home on Jefferson St. [Waxahachie]. He was the father of Misses Maude and Lizzie Burke and Mrs. McClaughan of this city.

Waxahachie Enterprise
July 23 1886


 Asa Bynum, about 80, died July 19, 1886, of tumor, near Oak Branch.

  [Mountain Peak Cemetery records show: Rev. Asa Bynum, Oct. 10, 1808 - July 19, 1886]


Dunn Bynum was laid to rest April 8, 1898 in Waxahachie Cemetery. He came home from school in Bingham, N. C. at Christmas because of illness. He was the eldest of the two sons of the talented young county attorney who died a few years ago. He and his younger brother [Rufus?] who has come home from Ashville, N. C., to attend the burial, are wards of Mr. H. H. Dunn.


J. A. Cain fell dead on the street Monday, March 1, 1897. He was crossing the public square when a horse, driven by Officer Kinnick's son, ran up to his side, and Cain fell on his face. Cause of death was said to be heart failure due to fright. He was the father-in-law of R. L. Jeffers and Will Ralston.


      Mrs. Emma Caldwell quietly passed away on March 18, 1892, death having been expected for some time. Services were conducted by Rev. J. A. Walker of Files. She was a daughter of W. R. Hudson and a member of the P. B. Presbyterian Church.


Sumner Chapman, 71, died yesterday in Scott and White Hospital in Temple. Funeral services will be held this afternoon with burial in Waxahachie Cemetery. Mr. Chapman was born March 7, 1867, near Ovilla, son of the late William Alexander and Malissa Butler Chapman, early settlers at Ovilla.


W. B. Chapman was shot and killed by George Batchler last Monday in Dallas. Both men lived at or near Ferris and it seems that Chapman had destroyed the home and family relations of Batchler and bad blood existed between them. The shooting took place in a Dallas saloon. The wounded man was taken to a hotel where he died in a short time. His body was shipped to Ferris for burial. Batchler appeared before the Justice of the Peace Tuesday and was admitted to bail of $3,000, which was signed by his father and brothers.

Jan. 29, 1892


Jan. 29, 1892. Mr. A. J. Clayton died of pneumonia at 3 oclock Monday morning in Waxahachie. Mr. Clayton had been a citizen for a number of years, mostly engaged in bookkeeping for various business institutions. He had a hard struggle to provide for his household,having a family of mostly daughters; his only son, Mack, had been self supporting, but his tender years made it necessary for his father to look after him. Two daughters have married and the two younger daughters have gone to live with them. The father broke up house keeping a short time ago and took a room with Mack over a business on the square where lived as best they could until he was taken sick. His brother, J. T. Clayton, of Cleburne, is here with the family. The deceased was an elder of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and a regular attendant. Burial was Monday evening at the Waxahachie cemetery.


Mrs. Coachman died on 6th inst [1882] in Milford, of mature age and ripe for the heavenly kingdom.


      Little Florence Cockrill, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Cockrill, died Saturday, Feb. 27, 1897. Mrs. Lacy of Waco, Mrs. Cockrill's sister, came for the funeral.


      Col. Chas. B. Pearre of Waco, attending our District Court, gave a vivid account of the burial of the late Senator Coke last Sunday. Just as the body was being lowered, before the straps were released, lightening struck a tree within a few steps of the grave, splintering it and peeling the bark from top to bottom. The metallic casket turned purple. Although the shock was felt by those present, no one was seriously hurt. Col. Pearre will be remembered here as the principal counsel in defense of Tom Varnel in two long trials.

Miss Alice CONE

Miss Cone was born in Floyd Co. Ga. 19 Oct 1859; lived Black Co. Ala. until 1882 when she and her parents moved to this county. She joined the Missionary Baptist Church in August 1884. She was buried in the Hughes Cemetery Jan. 23, 1892.


died Sept. 13, 1896. He was born Oct. 12, 1872 in Blount Co. Ala. and came to this county with his father several years ago.

Red Oak Rambler
Thursday, Sept 20, 1990

Former Resident Dies At Age 101


On Wednesday, Sept. 12, 1990 in Roswell, New Mexico, the long life of Nellie Galena Conner finally came to a peaceful close. She had reached the age of 101 on Jan. 13, 1990.
      She was born Nellie Ross and when her mother died she went to Red Oak to live with her maternal grandmother and Uncle Tom. She attended the old Red Oak school and when the Katy Railroad came to the area, the town moved up the hill. The Bells Chapel Methodist was moved there and she became the first person to become a member of this church.
      She became the first telephone operator when her uncle Tom Conger installed the first telephones in the town. She married Mr. J. A. Conner and the union was blessed with three children, Rowena, Leon and Maurine. Mr. Conner worked at the Ligon and Hamm Hardware store. The sign is still there in Red Oak.
      They later moved to Lancaster where he owned another hardware store. His brother-in-law, Floyd McFarland, was in business with him. It was on the west side of the square. She and Rowena moved to Roswell after the death of her son, Leon and her husband, to be near her daughter Maurine. Just before the planned celebration for her 100th birthday, she was injured in a fall and spent her last months in a care center where she enjoyed loving care.
      A simple graveside service was held on Thursday, Sept 13, with her daughters and many friends in attendance.

[Contributed by Sylvia Smith Nov 1997]  


 J. B. Crabtree of Trumbell, died Oct. 31, 1904 and was buried in Palmer cemetery. He was a member of the Odd Fellows in Ferris and also the W.O.W. of Trumbell. Because of the rain, lodge ceremonies were not used.

The Enterprise
Dec. 11, 1891


      J. M. Crow died Tuesday morning at his home a few miles southwest of this city. He was buried in the Waxahachie Cemetery and leaves a wife and five children.


 Mrs.  Curry died Feb. 26, 1894. She married Bro. I. W. Curry Aug. 16, 1863, and in 1867 united with the M. E. Church South. Bro. Curry lost his sight early in their married life and has been blind for more than twenty years; so being poor and raising a large family made the burden exceedingly heavy on Sister Curry, but she succeeded in bringing up their children in a way highly creditable to them. Their boys had just succeeded in getting a comfortable home for their parents to enjoy in the decline of their life, but God took Sister Curry. May the love and grace of God uphold her husband, sons and daughter.

[Written by her pastor, M. E. Hawkins; From scrapbook of Mrs. Joe Anna Dunaway, mother of Mrs. Dow Dunaway McGregor]


Mrs. Davis, 78, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 1896. She was the oldest settler in the Shiloh community where she was buried.


 Mrs. Davis died Feb. 12, 1897. She was the wife of James S. Davis, well known citizen and member of the City Council. Rev. F. P. Ray officiated at the service.

Jan. 19, 1906


Mrs. Davis, who departed this life Jan. 19, 1906, was the daughter of Judge Benjamin F. Lynn and Juliette F. Lynn. She was born Sept. 12, 1826 in Carroll. Tenn. Her father moved from Tenn. in the fall of 1834 crossing the Red River on Dec. 12. He settled on Pecan Bayou about twelve miles from the river in the fall of 1845, he moved on a place of J. W. P. McKenzie near McKenzie College. It was here that she was married to Rev. Andrew Davis a member of East Texas Conference Jan. 14, 1847. At the time of her marriage, Rev. Davis was serving Bonham Mission. In a few days after her marriage she left the comfortable home of her father and rode on horseback more than 100 miles to the frontier mission that paid $26.50 a year salary.
      Her home life and training were complete for this pioneer life for alto her father was in comfortable circumstances, the girls were taught to work. She and her mother spun and wove the grey jeans and made the suits of clothing for the preachers on Clarksville circuit.
      For forty years Sister Davis had been a constant sufferer. Her health gave way in 1864 and she had been an invalid most of the time since. Because of this she has been seldom seen in church or in any social function. For fifty nine years and five days she was faithful to him whose life had been blended with hers. She was the mother of eleven children but only three B. L. Davis, Mrs. T. G. Brooks of Corsicana and Mrs. A. Laswell of Waxahachie, survive her.

Ferris Wheel
Saturday, July 31, 1897


"Grandma" Deel, aged 78 years, died Sunday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. G. W. McCoy, one and a half miles west of town of heart disease. Mrs. Deel had been in bad health for some time, but was able to be up Saturday and ate a hearty supper before retiring. Awhile before day, her granddaughter, Mrs. Adams, heard her turn over and cough, but thought nothing of it till Mr. McCoy arose about 5 o'clock and found her dead in bed. The funeral was cnducted Monday morning at 11 a.m. by Ref. W. H. Harry at the residence of her son-in-law, George McCoy. After the funeral service the remains were brought to the Ferris Cemetery and buried.

[Contributed by Dorothy Kyler 30 June 1999]

Waxahachie Enterprise
Sept. 18, 1891


Mrs. Dorman died last Friday at her home in Ovilla. She leaves a young husband to mourn her.


  W. E. Dunbar, Jr., of Grove Creek, died May 19, 1897, after being kicked by a mule. He was buried in City Cemetery [Waxahachie].


Feb. 12, 1892. Mr. R. C. DuPree, an honext hard working farmer of the Mountain Peak community died at his home Saturday hight. He leaves a wife and five children.

Ellis County Mirror
Sunday Jan 1904


Roscoe Eagle of Red Oak, died Sunday [Jan 1904] . He had been married only a short time - his wife was a sister of Mrs. J. W. Haskins.

[Note by Sylvia Smith] James Roscoe Eagle was born in Red Oak, Ellis County, to James Albert and Lizzie Shields Eagle on Feb. 1, 1904. He married Harriet Mitchell of Rockett and only a short time later became ill, the diagnosis - appendicitis! The doctor was summoned; an appendectomy was attempted on the kitchen table; Harriet sat in a straight chair in a corner of the kitchen. She told me ca1960 that she wished she had been at his side instead of just sitting in a corner, "but I was so young." Harriet said that he died of the anesthetic - chloroform. Roscoe is buried near his parents in Red Oak Cemetery. Harriet Mitchell Eagle later married a Mr. Lowe and raised a family.

March 7, 1904


  C. A. Easterwood formerly of Waxahachie, and brother to Sam Easterwood, was run over by the T & P train in the switch yards at Fort Worth Monday afternoon and died that night at St. Joseph's Infirmary.


Mrs. Willie Edens died at her home on College Ave. Friday. Her husband, B. F. Edens, died last spring. An infant survived but lived only a few days. Mother and child were buried in Grapeland with her husband.


Mrs. Edwards died Sept. 6, 1905 [?]. Mary E. Strickland married H. B. Edwards in Giles Co. Tenn. in 1872 where both were born and raised. They moved to Texas in 1876, settling at Nash in 1877. Nine children were born to them, eight still living. Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery.

May 6, 1909


Mrs. Elkins died early Tuesday of Pneumonia. Services were held at the home of her son-in-law, G. L. Gates, with burial in Waxahachie Cemetery. The remains of her husband, who died 20 years ago, were brought from Italy and re-interred by his wife.


Mrs, Ellington died Nov. 28, 1896 in Hillsboro. She was a daughter of R. Beall of Mountain Peak and a sister, Mrs. E. N. Griffin, lives in Waxahachie. Burial was in City Cemetery.


Mrs. Farley, wife of Capt. Jo Farley, former citizen of Waxahachie, died at their home in Oak Cliff [Dallas] Nov. 3, 1896.


Simon B. Farrar died Oct. 17, 1897 at Palmer. Capt. Farrar was one of the oldest settlers in the county having moved here about 50 years ago from South Carolina. He married a daughter of Hans Smith. He was a Mason and a member of the Christian Church. [Simon Farrar was the last living member of the scouting party which located Fort Worth on the Trinity River in 1849.]


  Mrs. Ferguson, wife of J. H. Ferguson, died at Rayner, Stonewall Co. Tex, Nov. 27, 1891. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. B. Curry of Ellis County. She was born and raised in Tenn., and came here a number of years ago with her family, locating near Sardis Church. She married soon after, continuing to live in that community and Waxahachie until a few years ago, when she and her husband went west. If we may judge from her life work as a Christian, we are sure she is at rest.

Jan. 16, 1981


      E. Fincher died of pneumonia at his home near Avalon last Saturday, and was buried with Masonic honors at Waxahachie Sunday.

June 13, 1890


The seven months' old baby of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Ford of Sardis died last Monday evening.


Captain Carr Forrest, 83, one of the county's pioneer citizens, died yesterday [May 4, 1909], at the home of Tom Forrest. Services will be today with burial in the family cemetery.


Mrs. Forrester, (nee Green) died Jan. 5, 1920. She came to Texas with her parents as a child and married B. F. Forrester Jan. 28, 1868. To this union were born ten children, five of whom preceded her to the glory world. Mrs. Green's departure was hastened by a stroke of paralysis from which she never recovered.


John Claude Forrester, 5 years and ten months, died June 28, 1891, [Tribute of Respect to R. F. Forester and family].

Lancaster, Texas, Herald
June 28, 1897


John Campbell Fulkerson, 9, son of Mrs. M. E. Fulkerson, died June 23, 1897, at the residence of Rev. S. B. Campbell, Mrs. Fulkerson's father, after an illness of five weeks. His father, John B. Fulkerson, was elected city recorder of Santa Ana, Calif. (when John C. was only a few months old) but died a few months later. Mrs. Fulkerson returned with to her father's home with three small children, and has taught in our city schools. One daughter, Nannie, died a few months after they came to Lancaster.

Waxahachie Daily Light
ca Dec. 20, 1921



T. R. Fuller, leaving seven children and thirty-four grandchildren, died at the home of his son, Charles Fuller, four miles southwest of Midlothian at 10 a.m. Monday, age 79. Death was due to paralysis. Surviving children are James Bartlett Fuller, Coryell; Mrs. Elizabeth Ederitt [unable to read]; Laura Rogers, Andrew Fuller and Leo Fuller, Corsicana; Charles Fuller and Mrs. Miranda Underwood, Midlothian.

The remains were taken in Spalding's hearse to near Corsicana Tuesday, leaving Midlothian at 9 a.m. Services took place about six miles southwest of Corsicana and burial followed there. [Cemetery name not given]

[Contributed by Carol Couch]


Captain Gammon, one of our oldest citizens, died July 10, 1897 [?] after a few days illness. He was born and reared in East Tenn., where he married. He commanded a Tenn. Regt. during the Civil War, and moved to Red Oak after the War ended. There were four sons: Charlie, Lea, Bob and Will. After his wife's death, he married Miss McFarlin, daughter of Porter McFarlin, early settler in the Ovilla area, and three children were born to them.

Waxahachie Enterprise
May 3, 1889

Mrs. L. A. Gill

Louisia Allison Gill, 78, died April 23, 1889, at the home of her son-in-law, N. S. Patterson and was buried at Glenwood Cemetery beside her husband and a daughter. She was born in South Carolina, Jan. 10, 1811 and married Nathan Gill in 1833, moving to Arkansas and to Ellis County in 1868. There were six children - only three survive.


 Mrs. Green died Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ben Forrester, near Boz. An early settler, she had been afflicted with paralysis for some time. Her interment took place at 2:30 p.m. today at Bethel Cemetery [September 1902]. Mrs. Green, was 75 years old, a native of Virginia; her maiden name was Carlisle, a very prominent family of the old Dominion State. In early life she moved to Missouri where she later married Ira Green, after whose family Green County, Mo. was named. She and her husband moved to Ellis County in the early 50's settling near Sims Crossing on Chambers Creek. They later moved to a farm in Johnson County where her husband was accidently killed. She continued to live there until she moved to be with her children. She was a grand and noble woman, hospitable, generous, and loved by all who knew her. She leaves several children, Mrs. Ben Forrester; Ira Green, of near Boz; Mrs. Dave Curry, Mrs. Nannin Sims, a son who lives at Porter's Bluff and two sons living at Godley, Johnson County.

[Scrapbook of Mrs. Joe Anna Dunaway, granddaughter of Mrs. Green]

Waxahachie Daily Light
March 19, 1917


W. N. Hannah, who lived on the J. Will Embry place near Rockett, was almost instantly killed Saturday afternoon about 3:30 o'clock about a half mile north of Wilmer, when his automobile overturned and he was caught under the machine. Hannah and Simon Farrar were returning from Dallas. He had just passed another car or wagon and it seems the car wobbled some causing Farrar to reach over to help Hannah in turning the wheel. He apparently lost control while on an embankment and the car went into a ditch and overturned. He was caught underneath and It is believed the side of the car across his neck choked him to death. Other than a broken windshield the car was undamaged and young Farrar was not hurt. Hannah, about 50, is survived by a wife and nine children. The funeral was held at Bell's Chapel Sunday afternoon.

[Contributed by: Omar and Wanda Ellerbee

01 Jan 1999]


J. M. Hardeman of Italy, died last Thursday, Oct. 15, 1891, and was buried Friday, Rev. R. M. Stephens officiating. He was born in Hardeman Co. Tenn., came to Texas in 1835, living in different parts of the state, but had resided in Ellis County since 1856.


G. M. Harper, former resident, came from Sabine Pass to Waxahachie some days ago for treatment of calculus. Three stones, ranging from the size of a hazelnut to the end of a man's thumb, were removed. He had suffered for years and it was known that the operation would probably prove fatal, but he said that death was preferable to so much pain. The operation was completed at 11 o'clock on Sunday and he died Monday afternoon. Harper was an ex-Confederate soldier and several members of Camp Jeff Davis attended the funeral.

Waxahachie Daily Light
Nov 27, 1909


Alexander Hamilton Harris died at his home in Ovilla Saturday night. He lived at Lancaster from 1882-1884 when he moved to Red Oak. He was postmaster at Ovilla for several years, was a Mason and Odd Fellow. The Pattersons, young Presbyterian and Methodist preachers, conducted the service in Shiloh Church. The remains were laid to rest under the Odd Fellows service, Hon. C. R. Gibson leading the ritual.

March 25, 1905


Frank S. Harris died at his home on Waxahachie Creek Saturday. He was reared in Middle Tennessee, served in the Mexican and Civil Wars. He leaves two daughters, Mrs. King and Mrs. C. V. Fearis.


Mrs. M. O. Harris died at her home in Italy, Texas July 3, 1923. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Woodward. She was born June 25, 1892, married Harris March 17, 1907 and to this union were born seven children. She leaves her husband, children, father, five sisters and one brother to look with sadness upon a vacant chair in the Harris home. She was a member of the Baptist Church in Dowenville, Texas.....let all of her friends heed the admonition of the good book "prepare to meet thy God" .....and you shall also meet your loved ones gone before. J. P. Gilliam.

[Contributed by Peggy Smith]

Nov. 8, 1904


      Prof. Harrison died unexpectedly at his home in Nash Sunday morning. He came there as a music teacher about ten years ago and married a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Edwards. He came to this country from England and was a nephew of John Harrison.


 T. L. Hartley of Forreston, died Friday, Oct. 23, 1896, from injuries suffered in a fall in Hillsboro, as he was returning home from a business trip to Itasca. He was born in Lancaster, England Aug. 19, 1842 and married Miss Kate DeBeaut Dec. 26, 1864 in New Haven. Conn. A sister, Mrs. Anna C. Waugh, lives in Denver, Col.


      Mrs. W. O. Herron, mother of Mrs. W. A. Gaither, died Oct. 16, 1904 at West, Texas, and was buried here Wednesday. The Herren family lived near South Prong, Ellis County, for some years.


  Died Feb. 3, 1897 at South Prong. He had lived in the Auburn community for almost 50 years, and was the father of S. R. Hilburn, Jr., Mrs. Guy Pierce and Mrs. V. H. Shelton. Services were held at the Methodist Church Friday morning, Rev. John S. Davis officiating.

Sat. Oct. 1, 1904


Died Sat. Oct. 1, 1904 and was buried at Auburn, Rev. J. M. Ivy officiating. Hodge had recently resigned as constable in Waxahachie and moved back to Maypearl. George Sweatt and Attorney Pierson represented the Waxahachie Masonic Lodge.

Monday, January 26, 1943


Funeral services for J. J. Holleman, 78, resident of the Boz community nearly all his life, were held at 3:30 p. m. Monday at the Bethel Church. Rev. Carl Wilkins officiating, assisted by Rev. J. I. Davenport. Burial followed in Bethel Cemetery. Mr. Holleman died at his home, 703 College. He moved to Waxahachie a month ago from his home at Boz.
Pallbearers were grandsons: James Loyd, Estel Stanton, Walter Stanton, Oscar Holleman, Adron Holleman and Tobe Glandon.
Mr. Holleman, a retired farmer and member of the Baptist Church is survived by two sons, Joe W. Holleman, Palmer, and J. B. Holleman, Waxahachie, five daughters, Mrs. F. F. Spurlock, Mrs. John Stanton, Mrs. Edgar Stanton, Mrs. Andy Loyd, all of Waxahachie, and Mrs. Stanley Lambert, Littlefield.

Cleburne Daily Enterprise
02 Sept 1905


This afternoon about 2 o'clock Harris & Hughes received a phone message from Mr. Jesse Human, an employee of that firm, telling them of the death of his father, G. A. Human at Ennis. Mr. Human was taken ill while on the road several days ago, never rallied after being taken to his home at Ennis. Jesse was notified and at once went to Ennis. The remains will arrive here tomorrow and hour of interment has not yet been set. Mr. Human was a citizen of Cleburne for many years and there are many friends of the deceased and family here who will deeply regret his death and extend sincere sympathy to his family.

Contributed by Wanda Castoe]


Mrs. Hunnicut committed [suicide] March 3, 1882 by taking poison, allegedly because of her son's bad conduct.

February 1934


J. H. James, aged 83, a pioneer resident of the Milford community, passed away at the family residence about two miles N. W. of Milford last Monday night at about 11 o'clock. Mr. James had been confined to his home for several months and to his bed for several weeks before the end came. His health had gradually failed for the past several years. Funeral services were from the Methodist church of which he had long been a member on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 6, 1934, in charge of Rev. R. W. Nation, pastor, with interment in the Milford cemetery.

James Higgins James was born in Tippah County, Miss. Dec. 6, 1850. His boyhood and youth were spent in Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama. He moved to Texas in 1871 and in 1874 moved to Madison Co. Ark. where he married Nancy A. C. Wade. Then lived Brown County for three years, Hill County one year and returned to Ark. The family returned to Texas in 1888, and after a year in Hill County, he located in Ellis County on the farm which has been his home since Dec. 1891. He had been a member of the Methodist Church since 1888, serving as steward, Sunday School superintendent, trustee, etc. He was a member of the building committee which built the building merged intoo the present building. For seven years he was road commissioner of the Milford districe and was in charge of building the first graveled roads in this part of the country. He also served as trustee of the Milford schools for fourteen years. He is survived by his wife and ten of the eleven children. They are: B. W. James, Fort Worth; Rev. John L. James, Milford; Mrs. Anna Peden, Hillsboro; Mrs. Enna King, Denton; Parks James, Milford; Tom James, Breckenridge; A. Sidney James, Denton, H., Grady James, Covington. A daughter, Carrie Louisa, died in 1882. Surviving sisters are Mrs. Nora Hall, Dallas; Mrs. Walter Norman, Byers, a brother, W. H. James, Hillsboro, thirty-one grandchildren and three great grandchildren. His death marks the close of a life devoted to the best interests of his family, his community and all that stood for the best. Among the out of town people attending the funeral were: all members of the faculty of the Covingston school of which H. Grady James is superintendent; Rev. Jas. L. Tramell, pastor of the Covington Methodist Church and Rev. and Mrs. Jas. L. Swindell of Hillsboro. Pallbearers were: Grady Hart, T. K.. Speer, J. W. Rosson, J. E. Davis,W. J. Kearse and Robt. Florida.

Funeral Notice: "Died Monday, Feb. 5, 1934, at family home near Milford, Texas. J. H. JAMES, age 83...."

[Contributed by Linda James Ali 31 Dec 1998]


      I. L. B. James died Saturday, July 15, 1905, at his house in the east end. He was the father of B. F. James and had been paralyzed for some months.

The Palmer Rustler
Sept. 3, 1898

Isaac Pine Jeffers

It is with sadness that we are called to chronicle the death of Uncle Pine Jeffers, a pioneer settler of Ellis County and a grand old man. He died while sitting in his chair at 7 o'clock on the evening of the 27th [August] at the ripe old age of 71 years. Funeral services were conducted at the Union Church Sunday evening by Rev. M. E. Hawkins, and the last earthly remains of a noble Christian, man and Methodist minister, were laid to rest in the Palmer cemetery. His was one of the largest funeral processions in the history of this city and he was buried with Masonic honors with nearly 100 Masons participating in the ceremonies. His only living daughter, Mrs. E. H. Parks, gave these facts concerning his life. Uncle Pine Jeffers was born in Clermont County, Ohio, in 1827 and came to Texas in 1845, stopping in Navarro County where he engaged in farming. On Feb. 24, 1848, he was married to Miss Lavinia Cadwell of Navarro County. There were two children - Mrs. Parks the only survivor. He moved to Ellis County in 1856 where he was engaged in the mercantile business in Red Oak and was postmaster there during the Civil War. He married three times. After the death of his first wife in 1854 in Navarro County he married Mrs. Pelts of Fayette County in 1856. There was only one child, his wife not living many years. He came to Palmer in 1874 and was postmaster here from 1875 to May 1898. In 1891 he married Mrs. Lizzle Mansell  [rest of article missing].

[Contributed by Janie Gonzalez 18 July 1999]


      Mrs. Katherine Kemble died June 3, 1904 at her home on Grove Creek, aged 80 years. She was the widow of J. W. Kemble who died many years ago. Mrs. Kemble came to Ellis County from Kentucky in 1857.


      Mrs. Adaline Levering, 79, died Feb. 14, 1897 at Waxahachie. Her daughter, Mrs. John Burnett, lives at Oak Branch.


 Died Oct. 27, 1897 in Waxahachie. He was born in Alabama in 1860, moved with his parents to Georgia where he married Miss S. L. Middleton of Henry Co. Ga. They moved to Texas one month after their marriage, first settling near Avalon. They moved to Waxahachie five years ago.


The body of Randall Martin, colored, was discovered by Henry Mitchell on Sunday, Jan. 16, 1881, on Chambers Creek. The story is that he drowned in an attempt to drive a cow across the high waters of the creek on the previous Thursday, and was washed away. His horse returned home very muddy and with one stirrup torn. No marks of violence were found. It is believed that Martin was living on Mr. Dabney Sims' place on Chamber's Creek.


Died July 25, 1897 in Waxahachie. Elder McPherson officiated at the funeral service.

Waxahachie Enterprise
Monday, Aug. 21, 1911



Col. Robert F. Mayfield, aged 84 years, died Sunday afternoon at the home of his son near Sardis. The funeral was held Monday morning at 10 o'clock with interment at the Sardis Cemetery in an unmarked grave as per his instructions.
Mr. Mayfield was born in Dyer County, Tenn. in 1827 and married in Ellis County in 1849. He was the oldest settler in the county, coming with his parents to Texas about 1838, and to Ellis County in 1844 before it was officially created. He built the first house, the lumber being hauled from East Texas by ox wagon. The house was torn down two or three years ago to make room for a new residence. Mr. Mayfield served in the Mexican War and enlisted in the 19th Texas Cavalry at the beginning of the Civil War, but was discharged three times because of poor health. He was married three times - each time in the same house. He was the father of eight children, only two of whom survive. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church for many years, uniting with the Methodist Church several yeara ago. He gave a lot for the first church here and also the ground for the school house.
Uncle Bob, as he was called by all, lost his last companion six years ago. Since then, he has made his home with the family of Mr. Walter Witherspoon. Loving hands did all in their power until God said it is enough, come up higher. Uncle Bob said in his last few days that he was praying for a revival at Sardis during the meeting now in progress. The community has lost one of its oldest and most substantial citizens; everyone who knew him was his friend.

[Contributed by Myrl Ross 04 Feb 1999]

Ellis County Mirror


Larry McCartney died Jan. 31, 1904[?], and was buried here with services by Elder McPherson. He was a well known young farmer who lived north of Waxahachie.


Sam McCowan died Sept. 4, 1891 at Auburn and was buried there. He had worked with the U. S. mail service for a long time.

McCulloch Papers, Center for American History,
University of Texas Library, Austin, Tex.


"Died on Wednesday morning last at his residence in this county, Col. John S. McCulloch. The immediate cause of his death was lockjaw superinduced by injuries received from an accident referred to by us in our last week's issue. The deceased was in his 76th year [born 1803] and has resided in this county for many years. He was universally esteemed by all who knew him as a man of unbending firmness and strict integrity. He was a brother of the celebrated Gen. Ben McCulloch and of Gen. Henry Eustace McCulloch, at present superintendent of the deaf and dumb asylum. The family was identified with the early history of Texas, and the name is intimately connected with the history of the state in its war for independence, in the war with Mexico and in the recent struggle between the states. Living to a green old age, but for the unfortunate accident, he would doubtless have been spared for several years to his family and friends. In the course of a long life he could look back without finding a single blemish with which to reproach himself. To his family, his relatives and his many friends we tender our sympathies."

[Contributed 11 Feb 1999 by Hubert Henderson who notes that, from the wording, the clipping is obviously from an Rllis County unidentified newspaper.]

Dec. 15, 1904


      Mrs. Ada L McGrew, wife of H. E. McGrew, the new meat market man, died at home here last Thursday and was buried the next day.

Jan. 3, 1897


Miss Lizzie McWhorter, of Lone Elm, died last week from lock-jaw caused by stepping on a plough point and injuring her foot.


Amos Mizell died Sept. 15, 1897 on his 89th birthday. He lived in Ennis with a son, and was the father of H. P., D. B. and W. F. Mizell. Burial was at Elm Branch.


J. A. Moffett died July 13, 1905 after a short illness. He settled on Grove Creek more than fifty years ago when only 20, and married Mary Lancaster, daughter of Dabney Lancaster. They have been married almost fifty years. Of several children, only Mrs. Simpson, wife of Dr. Simpson, and Frank Moffett survive. Burial was at Ovilla.

March 31, 1882


 J. Whitt Monica died in Weatherford last week. He was the brother-in-law of S. P. Langsford of Waxahachie.


Feb. 12, 1892. Will Morgan died of pneumonia Sunday night at Midlothian. He was a gentle young man and his death is keenly felt by relatives and friends.

Waxahachie Enterprise
Sept. 18, 1891


  George Morrell died this week of a slow fever.

Havensville Register, Havensville, Kansas
16 May 1890


Mrs. A. J. Morris, aged 60 years, died Sunday morning May 11th of consumption. Ellen C. Butcher was born in Lynchburg, Va. May 30, 1829 and married Mr. Morris in 1845. Out of 10 children born to them, 5 daughters and 3 sons are now living. All are married except sons Ewing and John and daughter, Lizzie. Mr. Morris died in Texas in 1870 and the family moved to Kansas the next year. In 1887 they moved here. Funeral services were conducted at the M. E. Church Monday afternoon by Rev. Estep and Elder Phillips with interment in the city cemetery.

[Contributed by Aletha Fields]

April 25, 1890


William Morris died of pneumonia at 5:30 yesterday morning at the residence of Mrs. Blaffler. He had lived in Waxahachie about two years ago, and worked for Judge Ferris, and at the Judge's suggestion, had made arrangements to attend school for about two months. He was buried yesterday evening.

Rev. John L. MOZELEY

Rev. John L. Mozeley died at the family home in Maypearl Wednesday, May 3, 1905. Burial was at Auburn Cemetery with Masonic honors.


Mrs. Mary Murdock died in Waxahachie March 5, 1882. She had been in feeble health for some two years and was confined to her bed for over two months. She had lived in the county about 14 years.


Dec. 18, 1891. Joseph Munden died suddenly of heart disease at his home near Midlothian last Monday. He was one of the oldest settlers of this part of the county and it has lost a good citizen and the Methodist church a substantial member.


"Grandma" Munden died Dec. 21, 1904. She was the mother of Dick and U. M. Munden. Rev. Little conducted the service and she was buried in the [Waxahachie] City Cemetery.

June 19, 1891


Mrs. Mollie Pace died last Thursday at her home in Aransas Pass. She was the daughter of Thomas Patterson of this county. Her faithful work in the school room and church has left a monument to her memory.


Rev. T. G. Paine, aged minister of the M. E. Church South, died at his home in Waxahachie, Sept. 16, 1896, and will be laid to rest in the City Cemetery. He came here from Tennessee, was a younger brother of Bishop Paine, and leaves a wife and several children.


W. W. Pearson, 46, died March 2, 1897 near Wyatt and was buried in Pleasant Valley Cemetery. He leaves a wife and nine small children.


Mrs. G. W. Peevery, nee Mollie Wilson, died at her home in Big Spring, Tex, June 8, 1890, after a short illness. May God bless the husband and five children, the oldest a girl of sixteen, the youngest a sweet baby girl a little over a year. Mrs. Peevery was born July 1, 1852 in Ala., moved in 1860 with her parents to Louisiana, where her mother died in 1862. After the War she and her father moved to Ellis County where she lived until she and her husband went to find a home in the growing west.

Waxahachie Daily Light
The Ferris Wheel

Dec. 25, 1902


Uncle Johnnie Pierce died Saturday p.m. at his home in Red Oak. He was 77 years and came to Ellis County in 1853 from Hopkinsville, Ky., settling on a farm on Grove Creek. In 1887 he moved to Red Oak and opened a mercantile business, from which he retired five years ago. He was buried in the City Cemetery in Waxahachie. He leaves a widow and three sons: A. E., J. E., and W. R. Pierce all of Waxahachie.

Dallas Times Herald
Thursday, June 1, 1922


H. H. Pinson died at his home [in Ennis] Tuesday evening at 9 o'clock after a brief illness. He and his daughter, Mrs. Joe Willis, were making preparations to go fishing when he was stricken ill shortly after dinner. Services were held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, with burial in Myrtle Cemetery, Rev. J. E. Crawford and Rev. W. E. Brittain officiating. Beside his wife of fifty six years, he is survived by three daughters, Mrs. F. M. Jackson of Rules, [Mmes.] Joe Willis and P. V. Allen of Ennis, sons Luther of Powell, R. L. Swinson, J. F. of Corsicana and J. T. and D. C. of Wichita Falls

[Contributed by "a href="mailto:ewilli01@flash.net"> Ed Williams


Miss Nellie Ranson died Nov. 2, 1896. She had gone to Fort Worth for skilled [medical] service, but died under an operation. [sic] Miss Ransome had been in the insurance business and prior to that was general manager of the Bell Telephone Co. here. She leaves two sisters, Mrs. Sharp of Calvert, Miss Minnie Ransom and a brother Lane Ransom, of Waxahachie.

Jan. 15, 1892


J. R. Rasson died Monday night at his home three miles southeast of Waxahachie. He was a good citizen and belonged to the relogious sect known as the Seventh Day Adventure [sic] and lived up to his faith. He will be missed by his many friends.

Dallas Morning News. Rice, Texas. Jan. 7 [1892]


Hon. A. J. Reynolds, Representative of Ellis County died at the residence of J. T. Bland of Rice this morning at 10 o'clock. Burial will take place tomorrow in Ennis. Reynolds was born in Alabama and came to Lamar Co. Tex. in 1878, moving to Ellis County in Nov. 1887 where he engaged in farming. In 1889, he was elected president of the Ellis County Alliance. Although comparatively unknown, he entered the political contest for Representative last fall against Hon. W. M. T. Dickson of Milford.

The Enterprise had just gone to press Thursday evening when the news came of the death of Hon. A. J. Reynolds. 


Mrs. J. J. Risinger of the Palmer community, died Thursday June 22, 1905 at Rockett.

The Dallas Morning News
Monday, Feb. 5, 1951


Mr. Robbins, 95, died Saturday in a Dallas hospital. Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday conducted by Rev. John Knox Bowling at Northridge Presbyterian Church with burial in Oak Grove Cemetery. Robbins was a former contractor and builder who built the first suspension bridge over the Trinity River. He was born in Belleville, Ala. in 1856 and came to Texas when aged 18, settling in the Ferris area. He was responsible for the county's first artesian well which supplied Ferris as well as the surrounding neighborhood, with water. Robbins vividly recalled an incident during the Civil War when Union troops surrounded his father's plantation. The father, a wounded Confederate soldier, was home on furlough, and introduced himself to the Union commander by using a Masonic hand grip. The Union officer, apparently also a Mason, ordered confiscation of only livestock and chickens, leaving the plantation unharmed. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Minnie E. Robbins of Waxahachie, to whom he had been married over 64 years; daughter Mary Robbins Shields, sons, W. B. Robbins, E. B. Robbins, Jr., Ed R. Robbins, all of Dallas, and T. C. Robbins, Larchmont, N. Y., a sister Miss Minnie Robbins of Ala., eight grandchildren and five great- grandchildren.

[Contributed by Ed. R. Robbins, Jr., grandson]

Waxahachie Enterprise
Jan. 22, 1892


Prof. J. C. Rockford died at Rankin's chapel in the southern part of the county last Saturday and was buried at the Waxahachie cemetery Sunday evening from the residence of S. A. Hickman. Prof. Rockford ran for county school superintendent in 1890 against Rev. N. Givens and was defeated. He took the school at Rankin but did not live to complete his work. He was married and leaves a sister and perhaps other relatives.

Jan. 22, 1892


Miss Pearl Rogers, aged about 14, died last Saturday of pneumonia in San Angelo. Her body was brought to Waxahachie Sunday and and buried Monday. She formerly lived in this county, the daughter of the late W. T. Rogers and sister of Mrs. B. W. Fearis of this city and had many friends here.


 Mrs. J. B. Sanderson, widow of J. B. Sanderson, and mother of Charlie and Clint Sanderson, died Nov. 30, 1896 at the home of her son near Bardwell. Burial was in Bethel Cemetery, Rev. W. R. Selvidge officiating.


Mrs. J. S. Sanderson died Nov. 30, 1896, at her son's home near Bardwell. A sister, Mrs. E. N. Griffin, lives in Waxahachie and burial was in City Cemetery.


Miss Florence Satterfield, member of one of the oldest families in the Nash Community, died Sept. 6, 1905 at her brother's home (Dr. Satterfield).

The Dallas Morning News
Jan. 8, 1892


Ennis, Texas. Jan. 4. Mrs. Margaret Shegog died at her home in this city yesterday morning at the advanced age of 102. She was born in South Carolina in May, 1790, came to Texas in 1859, settling near Dresden [Navarro Co] and later moving to Ellis. Last summer she began to gradually decline although perfectly sound in mind untill the last.


James J. Shelton died April 6, 1897 at Sterrett and was buried at Bell's Chapel Cemetery. He leaves a wife and children.

Nov. 21, 1904


J. S. Siddons died at his home Monday night and was buried Wednesday morning. He was one of our oldest citizens and for a long time ran a hotel before the building of the present Rogers House. He was later connected with city government for some years. He leaves a widow, son J. C. Siddons, living at Paris, and three daughters, Mrs. P. L. Phillips of Ardmore and Mesdames Gus Strain and D. G. Thompson of Waxahachie.

June 15, 1897


Mrs. Ezra Sim died June 15, 1897 at the home of her son, S. M. Dunlay in Italy. She was born in Mt. Pleasant, Tenn. and was married at a young age to a Mr. Cross. After his death, she married Mr. Tannehill, who lost his life in a steamboat accident in Alabama. She next married Mr. Dunlap who settled at Bluff Grove in this county after the War. There were three children: P. E. Dunlap, S. M. Dunlap and a son who died young. After Dunlap's death, she married N. P. Sims. The couple had been lovers in Tennessee in their early years.

May 8, 1891


Mrs. Annie Simmons died of consumption at Midlothian last Saturday. She was the daughter of Capt. Ed Ground and had married Frank Simmons only a few months ago. The funeral was conducted at Midlothian by Rev. W. L. McClung and burial was at "The Valley."

May 16, 1909


The Bethel community was shocked Sunday by the sudden death of Dr. Sims' wife. She was the daughter of L. B. Rumsey and survivors include her husband and two children. The presiding Elder and Pastor Clure assisted the Bethel pastor in services.


Mrs. Nannie Sims passed away Sunday morning at nine o'clock, at the home of her sister, Mrs. J. H. Whitfield. [death date on tombstone is 1922.] She was 56 years, 7 months and 16 days old. She is survived by two sister, one brother and three daughters, Mrs. Arthur Boze of Waxahachie, Mrs. Jim Maxwell and Mrs. Rose Alexander of Bethel. The funeral was held at Bethel Methodist Church and interment in Bethel Cemetery.

[Scrapbook of Mrs. Joe Anna Dunaway, mother of Mrs. Dow Dunaway McGregor]


J. L. Boren died of typhoid pneumonia at the home of J. S. Boren in Ennis Saturday morning, April 27, 1889.


A little child of Mr. and Mrs. Smith died Monday in this city and was buried in City Cemetery Tuesday. They are relatives of J. D. Henderson and had recently come here from Arkansas City, Kansas.

Harrodsburg Herald [Ky]
Thursday, March 5, 1903


Mr. J. H. Smith, father of ex-Sheriff Henry C. Smith of this city, died Saturday at the home of his brother, Thomas Smith, near Versailles. He was 84 years old and a native of this county. For the past 24 years and up until 2 years ago, he had been a citizen of Waxahachie, Texas. He was a splendid Christian gentleman of the Baptist faith. At his request his remains were taken to Texas and laid beside his wife who preceded him to the grave two years ago.

[Contributed by: Ann Farthing]

Feb. 11, 1904


Uncle Jimmy Stephenson died Feb. 11, 1904 at Mt. Peak. For many years he carried the mail from Mountain Peak and Oak to the railroad.

Tuesday, April 7, 1908


S. B. Stephenson died at his home Tuesday, April 7, 1908. Services will be held at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. W. H. Smith on Lake Park Ave. tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. Members of Winnie Davis Camp No. 108 are urgently requested to meet at City Hall at 9 o'clock to attend the funeral of our deceased brother, W. R. Norman, Commander, W. L. P. Leigh, Adjutant.

[Funeral Notice contributed by Tom Stephenson]

Waxahachie Daily Light
Nov. 24, 1923


William Thomas Stewart, 84, Confederate veterans and one of Waxahachie's oldest citizens, died at his daughter's home Tuesday afternoon. He was born Dec. 23, 1827 in White Co. Tenn. and moved to Texas with his parents when a small child, settling near Long Branch. Mr. Stewart spent 21 of the last 30 years in West Texas and other western states where he engaged in mine prospecting. For the last nine years he and his wife have lived with their daughter, Mrs. Will Moore. He is survived by his wife and five children, Mrs. Moore, Mrs. Ida Held, El Paso, Mrs. C. T. Tyson, Los Angeles, Calif., Tom L. Stewart, Idaho Falls, Idaho and Charles W. Stewart, Panama Canan Zone. Burial was at City Cemetery.

The Texas Christian Advocate, Oct. 8, 1891,BR>
Sunday, Aug. 7, 1907


T. M. Tanner drowned in Ennis Lake, Sunday, Aug. 7, 1907. His body was sent to Idaho for burial.


Rev. B. M. Taylor , well known in the county, died at his home in Mineral Wells Oct. 23, 1904 after a short illness. He was a chaplain with a Tennessee Regt. during the Civil War and settled in Ennis some years ago. He very much endeared himself to all the veterans there by the stand he took favoring their Sunday afternoon meetings.


Feb. 5, 1892. Rev. L. C. Taylor, father of Mrs. H. A. McMillan, former pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian church here, died at his home at Meridian, Tex. Jan. 28th.


      Mrs. Sarah Thomas died Nov. 21, 1905 at the home of her brother, Andy Ellis. She had been in Texas only about a month having come to live with her mother, Mrs. Rebecca Ellis. Mrs. Ellis came to Texas 10 years ago from Mississippi.

Sept. 1, 1905


Thomas Thompson, Jr. died Sept. 1, 1905, aged 7 years. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. D. H. Thompson.


John Tucker died May 17, 1897. He had been in the gin business at Ray for many years.


W. O. Tutt, citizen of the Sardis community died Tuesday night. He married Miss Jordan of that community about three months ago. He was a brother of Mrs. R. F. Mayfield and had lived here many years. Tuesday morning he had a type of pneumonia and passed away after a few hours of agony.

May 4, 1905


Miss Tempie Walker , daughter of Dr. and Mrs. G. W. Walker, died May 4, 1905, in Waxahachie. She is survived by her parents, two sisters and two brothers.

Waxahachie Enterprise
Oct. 9, 1891


 About two weeks ago, Ben Watson, 12, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Watson, cut his foot on a piece of glass and was laid up for about two weeks. He later began having pain, and although medical assistance was sought, he died three weeks later and was laid to rest Sunday evening. His father and mother, and a brother and sister survive


Mrs. Webb , aged 22, died Nov. 27, 1904. She and R. E. Webb, young farmer, had been married about ten months and lived 1/2 miles from Boyce. She was a daughter of Sam Eason of the Garrett community and a niece of Mrs. B. W. Fearis of Waxahachie. Services were conducted by Rev. J. G. Putnam with burial in city cemetery.

Waxahachie 1947

MRS. J. H. (Emma Green) WHITFIELD

 Funeral services for Mrs. Whitfield, 87, of 507 N. Rogers, native of Ellis County, were conducted Saturday by the Rev. Hubert C. Smith and the Rev. R. J. LaPrade at First Methodist Church here. Burial in Hillcrest Burial Park. Mrs. Whitfield died Thurs., her 87th birthday.
      She was born Feb. 10, 1861, in Bethel community and joined the Methodist Church when quite young. She married John H. Whitfield on Dec. 25, 1889. He died Jan. 1, 1918 at Denton. Mrs. Whitfield moved to Waxahachie in 1919, and had been an invalid for five years.
She is survived by a son G. W. Whitfield of Dallas; two granddaughters, both of Dallas; a brother, William Green, of Italy; nieces and nephews, including Mmes. J. R. Dunaway, Edna Orr, Louella Wishard, Arthur Boze and Rose Alexander, all of Waxahachie; Mrs. Jim Maxwell of Fort Worth, Mrs. Elizabeth Dillard of Godley, Mrs. Mattie Alfrey of Cleburne, and Mrs. Nannie Harp of Fort Worth.

[from The scrapbook of Mrs. Joe Anna Dunaway, mother of Mrs. Dow Dunaway McGregor]


Rush Williams died Jan. 28, 1892 at his home. He was born March 8, 1866 and reared in Waxahachie. He attended Marvin College and A & M College and was in business with his father in the firm, John G. Williams and Sons, later called Williams Bros. He was sick about two weeks, having a severe case of lagrippe, pneumonia and serious brain trouble. He was married some years ago to a daughter of J. W. Embry of Grove Creek and his young wife and one child are left to mourn. The Knights of Pythias were in charge of rites at Waxahachie City Cemetery Friday evening.

May 12, 1904


 W. F. Wilson died May 12, 1904 at Ennis. He was the father of Albert, Dan and Arthur Wilson, all residents of Ennis.

Jan. 30, 1891


R. E. Wright, prominent citizen of Milford, died of consumption last Tuesday. He was one of the oldest citizens of the community and will be sadly missed.



  John Youngblood sixteen year old son of W. F. Youngblood of the "Push College" neighborhood, died of fever Monday evening [1905] His brother is one of the mail carriers out of Waxahachie.

Frontier Times Nov. 1936


Sept. 28, 1936. Italy, Texas. Mrs. Youngblood, wife of the late Charles E. Youngblood and one of the oldest native-born residents of Ellis County, died Sunday in Terrell. She was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Peter Harris and a gr-daughter of John M. Hardeman. Her father, Peter Harris, was a brother to Ishom G. Harris, Governor of Tennessee, during the Civil War. Funeral services were held at Waxahachie Monday with burial at Bardwell. She is survived by five brothers, two sisters and six children.

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