Erath County, TX

Posted Queries for December 1996 thru January 1997


COLLETT posted by Jim Collett on Saturday, December 7, 1996

Trying to link Texas COLLETT families together. Any information on COLLETT will be appreciated. Thank You.

ACREA, CORNELL posted by Mike Cornell on Monday, December 9, 1996

CORNELL, Zimmeriah Calhoun , ACREA, Lizzy Jane

ABLES, JOHNSON posted by Roy Ables on Tuesday, December 17, 1996

My Great Grandfather Joseph O. ABLES died in Erath County in 1928. His wife was Ludie JOHNSON. I haven't been able to find a marriage certificate in Texas. I found one in Falls County to a M.L. JOHNSON to ABLES. Any help would be appreciated.

DENNIS posted by Phyl Vance on Wednesday, December 18, 1996

I am looking for information for family of Angeline E. DENNIS. She moved to Erath Co. sometime after 1880 til 1914. She lived in Purves area and Stephenville. Her Children were : William K., Herbert, Cynthia Ann, M.Ellen, Mary A.,S.E., and Margaret.

BOYD, HOWARD, WILLIAMS posted by Linda Howard Isbell on Wednesday, December 18, 1996

Lula WILLIAMS was born September 1889 in Alabama to W. F. WILLIAMS and Lucy Tennessee BOYD WILLIAMS. On July 14, 1908, Lula WILLIAMS married William Martin HOWARD in Stephenville, Erath County, Texas. They had one daughter, Elsie Lucie HOWARD, born August 4, 1909 in Morgan Mill, Erath County, Texas. Lula WILLIAMS HOWARD died between 1909 and 1912, and I believe buried in Erath County. Does anyone have access to an Erath County Cemetery Canvass that would be willing to locate her death date for me. Thank you.

MCKEEHAN posted by Wallace L. McKeehan on Saturday, December 21, 1996

My father and I wish to place a permanent memorial marker to his uncle Charles Houston MCKEEHAN who we have confirmed is buried in the Altman Cemetery in ErathCo, TX at an unmarked site. The cemetery was catalogued in 1968 by Weldon Hudson of Ft. Worth. He lists 53 markers the latest of which was 1963. Earliest was 1902, most were in the 20's. He noted that the cemetery was along a country road, grown up with mule tail weeds and grass burrs. There were about 16 graves marked with field stones with no writing. We visited the cemetery in Aug 1996. The latest marker was from 1982. The cemetery is outside Carlton, TX which is in the NW corner of HamiltonCo. Going NE out of Carlton on Hwy 1744, the ErathCo line is 0.6 mi from the junction of Hwy 1744 and 915 on Hwy 915, Co Road 499 turns E off 914 about 1.2 mi from the ErathCo line. The cemetery is about 1.5 mi on the left. My father remarked how unkept and grown up the place was compared to his visit in the 60's. We wrote letters to funeral home and genealogy society in Hamilton, HamiltonCo, TX for suggestions on placement of marker without responses. Inquiries to locals at the Sheriffs offices and other places suggested that we simply place the marker at our discretion, nobody is interested in the place anyway. What should we do?

BOX posted by Ves Box on Wednesday, December 25, 1996

Looking for informarion on the BOX families of Erath Co. I understand that there was a Thomas J. Box who located there in late 1800's? This could be the same Thomas who was the brother of my Gr. Grandfather Marcus D.L. Box who settled in Collin and Grayson Cos. TX. Any information about BOX families or other Box family researchers would be appreciated. Thanks, Ves Box


Since 1857, the Paluxy River Valley has been the focus of this family's history. Three covered wagons carrying the William Bryant BAKER (Columbia, Tenn), William Benjamin TINNIN (Cape Girardeau, MO), and CRITES families arrived in the Paluxy River valley in 1857. All 3 settled in what is now the Rock Church community. The boundary between the counties of Erath and Hood snaked along the Paluxy River in such a way that some of the family history has ended up in either Erath County records or in Hood County. The church at that time was at Vinegar Hill. William Ben TINNIN was a widower. His mother Charity ALLBRIGHT TINNIN (Mrs. Huey) & his son Issac Christopher came with him to settle in Texas. His 1st wife's last name was YANT. She & another son died in a cholera epidemic in Cape Girardeau, MO. He married his 2nd wife, Hannah GUNNELS after he arrived in the Paluxy Valley. One of her daughters, Rose Ann TINNIN was born on Dec 28, 1866. Hannah died on August 8, 1874. Ben remarried once again, this time to Culpernia MAYBERRY who had six children from a previous marriage. Ben became known as the "Marryin' Grandpa." His brother Christopher TINNIN also came to Texas. He and his wife (either Becky or Katherine) settled near Acton, Texas, on the other side of the Brazos River. William Bryant BAKER m. Elizabeth Emma RUSSELL in Sept 25, 1853 in or near Columbia, Tenn. They had six children: James M. BAKER (d. 1855), Belle Pilina BAKER (m. Mr. ARMSTRONG), Mary Ann Francis BAKER (m. Mr.STANLEY), Levi Sheppard BAKER (d. July 3, 1876), Ruth Alma Rinda BAKER (m. Mr. TURNER), and William Bryant Stonewall (for Stonewall Jackson) BAKER. William Baker pere died on October 28, 1862, of complications from a wound he received in the Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas. He left his wife to raise five children, all under the age of 7, on the Texas frontier. On Nov. 11, 1886, his daughter Rose Ann married William Bryant BAKER's son William Bryant Stonewall BAKER. They had four children who lived: Pernie Elizabeth BAKER (b. 1888), Donna Belle BAKER (b. 1891), Otis Egbert BAKER (b. 1893), and Vera Slover BAKER (b. 1904). Pernie BAKER married Finis Breckinridge JEFFERY in Tolar, Hood County, Texas, on Dec. 24, 1911. In the early 1900s, Bryant & Rose Ann moved from their farm in Tolar to a farm bought from a Mr. Meeks that was bordered by the Paluxy and Richardson Creeks. Bryant died there in 1933 of Bright's disease. Rose Ann lived until 1948 when she died of cancer in her daughter Vera's house in Bluff Dale, Erath County, Texas. The Bynam family bought the farm at that time. The farm, however, is still known locally as the Old Baker place and where Paluxy Road crosses Paluxy Creek is called Baker's Crossing. Otis BAKER married Eva PAIR from Glen Rose, Somervell County, Texas, on Dec. 17, 1917. Vera BAKER married James Dewey RENFROW of Erath County on Oct. 20, 1923. Finis JEFFERY came to Tolar c. 1907 from Mt. Olive, Ark, to work with his brother-in-law Roland LANDERS (m.Laura Emmett JEFFERY, Finis' older sister) in the Tolar Drug Store. In 1920, he moved his family into Fort Worth to take a job at the drug store in the Polytechnic area. He died of Bright's Disease on Sept. 30, 1930 in their house in Ft. Worth. Pernie was trained to work on a farm and be a housewife. She tried opening a beauty shop in FW but it was the Depression, and business was bad. She moved to Stephenville, Erath County, Texas, and rented a house to take in college students as boarders. This venture failed as well so she was forced to move to the farm out at Baker's Crossing. She had to send her youngest son, Ben JEFFERY, to live with her sister, Don Baker VOGT, who was now living in Memphis, Tenn. Her 3rd son, FB JEFFERY, stayed with Roland LANDER's daughter Merle LANDERS HANCOCK in Dublin, Texas. Her older two sons, Carroll Bryant JEFFERY and Emmett Kay JEFFERY came to the farm with Pernie.The two boys eventually left to join the military at the beginning of WWII.

HARRIS posted by Kathryn Hines on Sunday, December 29, 1996

I am seeking information on the family of Jeff D. HARRIS, who lived in Erath County during the early 1900's. Will share information. Contact me by email.

FIKE, MCCARTY, MORROW posted by Jim M. Robertson on Thursday, January 9, 1997

Jacob McCARTY, b. abt. 1770 d. bef. 20 Feb 1841, Tippah County, Mississippi, m. abt. 1780, to Mary MORROW. Children are: James Madison McCARTY,
b. 6 Jun 1802, Oglethorpe County, Georgia, d. 14 Sep 1869, Erath County, Texas, buried in Duffau Cemetery, m. abt. 1824 to Nancy FIKE, Perry County, Alabama; John W. McCARTY; Martha Ann McCARTY; Mary Ann McCARTY; William M. McCARTY; Jacob McCARTY, Jr.; and Andrew P. McCARTY.

ROBERSON posted by Joe Lee on Sunday, January 12, 1997

Researching the ROBERSON surname.I am trying to determine if any of the ROBERSONS in Bosque County are connected with mine in Erath County (Duffau area). Will appreciate help and willing to share all info. Joe Lee; HCR 62 Box 14; Evant, Texas; 76525

LEE, ROSS posted by Tami Ramsey on Sunday, January 12, 1997

Seeking info on Robert ROSS who died January 1890 in Stephenville, Erath County. He was a circuit preacher and was married to Berthenia Ida Jane LEE, who gave birth to his son Robert Lee ROSS two weeks after his death. They also had a daughter Willie Franklin ROSS. He supposedly at the time of his death was preacher at a church that had a long succession of ROSS preachers. Any info on him is appreciated as I am trying to locate any history on him.

ROBERSON, WOLFE posted by Joe Lee on Sunday, January 12, 1997

Can anyone help with the WOLFE family in Erath County. My wifes g-grandfather, Thomas Walker ROBERSON, married Mary Parlee WOLFE in Erath County in 1878. Will share any info.

BUZZARD, GREER, ROBISON posted by Sandy Thompson-Eskew on Monday, January 13, 1997

Rolland Joe ROBISON - b. April 16, 1873 Erath Co., TX - d. July 1947 Mountain View, OK. m. Hattie Francis GREER (b. Feb. 4, 1874 - d. May 31, 1968 Carnegie, Caddo Co., OK) in 1893. Children: Jennie P., Lola L., Clarence B., Mattie M., Effie P., Benjamin L., Kaite T., Juanita J. & Grace Evelyn ROBISON. Clarence ROBISON - b. Dec. 11, 1875 Erath Co., TX - d. Jan. 14, 1973 Tecumseh, OK. m. Irene BUZZARD (b.? - d. ?) on Nov. 28, 1916. Children: Louise, Aggie Jo., Lou Alice & Clarence ROBISON, Jr. Looking for any connection. Have more information to share.

ALLEN, MILLER posted by Carrol Swanson on Tuesday, January 21, 1997

Looking for any relation to Lou Ann ALLEN b. 1869 in Giles Co, TN. Married Stephen H. MILLER in Stephenville, Erath County, in 1884. Have much to share from the Miller side. Please email and many thanks, Carrol

GILLENTINE posted by Dee Mitchell on Wednesday, January 22, 1997

Researching the name GILLENTINE - any and all branches. Please e-mail to exchange info. Thanks. ~~~~~dee

LAWSON posted by Joe Lawson on Wednesday, January 22, 1997

Jeremiah (my grandfather) LAWSON, Thomas (father of Jeremiah)

MEEK, YOUNG posted by Megan Zurawicz on Monday, January 27, 1997

Looking for the parents and/or siblings of Marilla Blanche YOUNG who married Harvey MEEK in Erath County in 1887. This has been a real dead-ender for me. Marilla was born in Feb 1862, supposedly in Montague County.

JACKSON, REED posted by Janet Sue Milam on Monday, January 27, 1997

Erath County--Searching for information on the family of Green REED and Nancy JACKSON who were m. in Benton Co., MS. Dau, Fredonia Ester REED was born in Erath in 1891. Is this where Green and Nannie died? Janet NOTE FROM EDITORS: Janet, your email bounced. If you see this, please email us with an updated email address.

NEECE, SHARBER posted by Monte Neece on Tuesday, January 28, 1997

I am looking for any information about the NEECE family who moved from Moore and Lincoln County Tennessee, stopped in Arkansas for a few years, finally arriving in Erath County around 1893. James Berry NEECE and Alice Lee SHARBER had 9 children and lived in the Huckabay area until 1913 when they moved to Dallas. James NEECE owned a general store in Huckabay. When I visited the area several years ago there was a clock in the Huckabay Church of Christ that had a plaque noting it's donation by the Neece Family. Any information about this family, or about the general store would be appreciated.

BROOKS posted by Robert Brooks on Tuesday, January 28, 1997

I am looking for any information you can provide regarding my uncle James BROOKS, grandfather Thomas Harvey BROOKS, grandmother Grace Mae BROOKS and any related persons. Your help is appreciated.

COLLINS, NEELY, NEWTON, ROBINSON posted by Robin Reed on Wednesday, January 29, 1997

Palo Pinto/Hood/Parker/Erath Counties in Texas. Isaac Newton NEELY, Nancy COLLINS, Jesse COLLINS, Arthur Vinson NEELY, Charles NEELY. Know the family of Charles NEELY, born 1820's, wife Jane Ann NEWTON, arrived in this area in the 1850's. Charles was born in Tennessee as was his first two sons (I.N. and A.V.) Arthur married Julia A. ROBINSON. I.N. and A.V. were children of Charles first wife who the children list as having been born in Tenn, whereas Jane Ann NEWTON was born in Arkansas. Possible that the mother's first name was Louisa (both boys named their first girl Louisa). Any information on these families, where to verify or refute, would be greatly appreciated.


Looking for surnames which tie into the LOW or LOWE families of: Grayson, Fannin, Collin, Erath Counties, Texas and Bryan, Coal, Garvin, Cleveland, Carter, Bryan, Murray, and Pontotoc Counties and possibly other locations around Oxnard,Ca. These families could possibly or will tie in that I may or will have information on: CARR, MOLES, FOSTER, BRIDGES, PARKS, SIMPSON, BLACK, COBURN, BYRUM, HOPPER, SIMS, HOLLOWAY, MULLINS, DOTSON, PARKS(PARKES), ALLEY, DEATON, CARTER, ELLIOT(T), CALHOUN, FENNELL, BOW, STUBBLEFIELD, and KAY. Most of these connections are only within the last 120 years.

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