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Batsell Family

Research by : Theresa Hodge

While Researching the history of her house in Sherman, Theresa Hodge
shares these findings on the Batsell family with us.

"With this research I have discovered the following Civil War record"

Charles William BATSELL, Sr. (aka: W. C. or C. W. or Billy BATSELL) born August 23, 1839 in Green (now Taylor) County Kentucky
died December 01, 1917 in Brownsville, Cameron County Texas
buried December 03, 1917 in West Hill Cemetery in Sherman, Grayson
County Texas

He was the son of James Madison BATSELL and Mary L. REYNOLDS, who both died in Whitewright and are buried at Batsell Chapel Cemetery.    (* note : this cemetery is usually known as Batsell Cemetery but was next to Pitman's Chapel, and is occasionally called Pitmans Chapel Cemetery.)

During his lifetime Charles William BATSELL, Sr. was a Livery Man, Merchant, Capitalist, Grocer, President of the Sherman City Street Railway Company (that ran the donkey-pulled cars down the center of Travis Street), and County Commissioner.

Charles William BATSELL, Sr.
first married on April 22, 1863 in Grayson county Texas to Elizabeth CLEMENT, daughter of Bluford CLEMENT and Rebecca DAVENPORT
born March 20, 1845 in Pilot Grove, Grayson County, Texas

died January 18, 1879  in Sherman, Grayson County, Texas
buried January 18, 1879 in West Hill Cemetery in Sherman, Grayson County

They had three known children:
1. James Madison BATSELL
   born April 11, 1866 in Pilot Grove, Grayson County, Texas

    died March 03, 1920 in Brownsville, Cameron County,  Texas
    buried March 06, 1920 in West Hill Cemetery in Sherman, Grayson County, Texas
    married Fannie Lucia DODGE on January 05, 1888 in Sherman,Grayson County, Texas
2. Tom Annie BATSELL    
     born abt. July 28, 1868

     died September 06, 1882 in Sherman, Grayson 
County, Texas
     buried in West Hill Cemetery in Sherman, Grayson
County, Texas
     She married P. W. DOLAN on May 05, 1880 in Sherman, Grayson
County, Texas
3. Charles William BATSELL, Jr.
     born January 25, 1869 in Pilot Grove, Grayson 
County, Texas 
     died May 03, 1936 at his home (now mine) 1511 South Travis,
 Sherman, Grayson 
County, Texas
     buried May 05, 1936 in West Hill Cemetery in Sherman, Grayson
County, Texas
    married Estelle REEVES on February 05, 1890 in Sherman,  Grayson 
County, Texas, the daughter of William A. REEVES and Louisa O. WILLIFORD

Following the death of his first wife Charles William BATSELL, Sr. wed a second time to Rosa Florence THOMAS on December 31, 1879 in Barton County, Kansas.
born abt. September 12, 1855 in Covington, Kenton County, Kentucky
died August 10, 1940 (at the home of her daughter from her first marriage, May Merle TUTT (aka: Mae, May or Tillie BATSELL)
mother of Charles Batsell WINSTEAD who was credited by J. Edgar Hoover for firing the fatal shot killing the notorious outlaw of the era - John Dillinger

buried on August 11, 1940 in West Hill Cemetery in Sherman, Grayson
County, Texas
Her first husband had been Montgomery Royston TUTT. They had been divorced.

BATSELL and THOMAS did not have any children.

During the Civil War Charles William BATSELL, Sr. served in CSA, 16th Cavalry Company G from Grayson County, Texas
This is documented in the following sources:
(1) Sherman Democrat pg 9, August 11, 1940 (his obituary)

   AUGUST 23, 1839    -     DECEMBER 1, 1917


(3) URL
Claimant Name: Charles William BATSELL; Application Number: 29469;
County: Cameron;
Claimant Name: Rosa Florence BATSELL; Application Number: 34896; County: Cameron;
Husband: Charles William BATSELL; Husband's Application Number: 29469

(4) Pension Application # 29469
Filed Oct. 9, 191 Pension allowed from Dec 1st 1914 "For Use of Soldiers Who Are in Indigent Circumstances I, C. W. BATSELL .... That I was honorably discharged or surrendered was never either discharged or surrendered. I am still a confederate soldier in so far as formal discharge, parol or surrender are concerned. My command quit after Lee's surrender. ... 10. What was the letter of your company, number of battalion, regiment or battery' G Regiement <sic> 16  ... Cavalerry <sic> afterwards dismounted  ...  Affidavit of Witnesses John GREGG and Saunders GREGG ... we further make oath to the following facts touching the applicant's service in the Confederate Army: Mr. C. W. BATSELL, who has up to two years ago been a resident of Sherman, Grayson Co., Texas, was a member of our father's brigade during the entire Civil War. Our father occupied the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and we have heard Mr. BATSELL and father relate their experiences together during the war, many times. Mr. BATSELL is a man of exemplary habits and the soul of honor. We certify that the facts set forth in his application are correct and true in every respect. Father's name - Lieutenant - Colonel
E. P. GREGG, commanding 16th Texas Cavalry, and we now have in our possession his commission as such. We desire to commend Mr. BATSELL in the highest terms and recommend that he be given the Confederate pension as applied for."
"Oct. 7, 1914  To Whom This May Come:  This will introduce to favorable acquaintance Mr. C. W. BATSELL of this city, whom we have known personally for many years. Mr. BATSELL was originally located in Sherman, Grayson Co., Texas, but for the past two years has resided in Brownsville.  We desire to commend Mr. BATSELL in the highest terms as a man if integrity, reliability and of superb habits. He is the soul of honor. Mr. BATSELL is now 75 years of age and is an applicant for a Confederate pension, having served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War in the 16th Texas Cavalry, which was commanded by the writer's father, Lieutenant - Colonel E. P. GREGG. We are very anxious for Mr.BATSELL to secure this pension and any assistance rendered him in this connection will be considered as a personal favor by the writer.  As further reference to Mr. BATSELL's character we respectfully mention the names of Hon. This. J. BROWN, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas, Hon. Allison MAYFIELD, Railroad Commissioner, and Hon. Ice B.REEVES, Representative of Grayson County.  Commending Mr. BATSELL to the courtesies and consideration of those with whom he may come in contact, we are  Respectfully  J. GREGG <signed>   Cashier  <letter head shows The Merchants' National Bank of Brownsville>"
"4. In what county do you reside? Cammeron <sic>  5. How long have you resided in said county, and what is your postoffice address? 2 years 604 Washington St Brownsville Texas ... 15. What is the assessed value of your home, if you own a home? have none  16. What is the assessed value of your other property?  150  3 vacant lots"

(5) "A History of Grayson County, Texas" pg 127
"Company G <of the 16th Texas Cavalry> was organized in Sherman in March 1,  1862, and sworn into service by Joel P. Hagee, justice of the peace. Officers were: ... Sergeants C. W. BATSELL"


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