Sherman Public Library genealogy files
Sherman Daily Democrat
May 22, 1929
Mrs. Lucretia Major, born in 1835, Remembers Days of Covered Wagon
(Special to The Democrat)
Van Alstyne - In August of this year Mrs. Lucretia Major of this
community will be 94 years old. Still active in faculty and the possessor
of a splendid memory, she enjoys recounting experiences of her early pioneer
life in South carolina, Civil War times and the early history of Grayson
county as she has known it in Van Alstyne.
Mrs. Major's knowledge of people and events of other days goes back
over almost incredibly long periods. She clearly relates incidents
now belonging to history involving friends who lived and struggled in the
covered wagon era, who settled the western empire, took part in the gold
rush of "49", and built up a country for which the present generation owes
Born in 1835
Mrs. Major, nee Miss Lucretia Barrett was the descendant of English
people who came from Great Britain during the early history of the American
nation and made homes for themselves near the northern borders of South
Carolina. She was born in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains,
in Pickens county, August 4, 1835.
At the age of nineteen she was married to John Wesley Major also
a native of her country. His family, too, were pioneers who helped
make early history; his father fought in the Revolutionary war.
Mr. Major served through the four years of the Civil war, and she
tells how she was left during this period to provide for herself and two
small children without help and without the comfort of any news from her
husband at the battlefront for long months at a time, a fate which she
shared with other wives and mothers of the time. She heard of his
being wounded and of his captures during the battle Fredericksburg through
friends, and this information served better, she says, than the uncertainty
of none...without further injury but he lived only until 1894. Following
his death she moved her family to Texas, making her home at Van Alstyne
in the residence in which she still lives.
Moves to Van Alstyne
Mrs. Major united with the Methodist church early in childhood,
and maintains an active interest in its welfare and progress.
Other members of her family, the Barretts, proved to be almost as
long lived as Mrs. Major. She has a sister, Miss Margaret Barrett
of Easley, S.C., who is 92 years old, and other relatives lived nearly
to the century mark.
Mrs. Major is the mother of three living children, who are: Mrs.
Julia Woods and J.R. Major both of Van Alstyne, and the Rev. J.D. Major
of Lakeland, Fla. She has several grandchildren and a great-granddaughter,
Miss Jessie Banks, a teacher in the Methodist Orphan Home near Waco.