William Franklin & Martha
William Franklin Dunnam
Dies Near Elmont
William Franklin Dunnam
died at his home north of Elmont on Sept. 25, 1895. He was born in
Tallapoosa County, AL. on Nov. 20th. 1849, the son of Josiah Watson Dunnam
and Francis (Fannie) Duncan Dunnam. On Dec. 31, 1868 he married Martha
Temperance Woods in Tallapoosa Co., AL.
He and Martha had eleven
children. William Jasper, Robert Andrew, Josiah/Joseph Watson, Adella,
John Monroe, Martha Ann Slemmer, Wyatt Mirron, Laura Epsa, and Charley
Allen; all born in Tallapoosa Co., AL. They came to Grayson County
by wagon in 1886. Two more children were born in Grayson Co., TX.
They were Macie Lee, and Ernest Richard Dunnam.
He was a farmer by
trade. His parents preceded him in death. His father served
during the Civil War in the 47th. Alabama Infantry and died from disease
on Nov. 3, 1862 and is buried in the Stonewall Cemetery in Winchester,
His mother died in Coosa Co,
AL. on July 19, 1913 and is buried in the Smyrna Cemetery.
He was a loving father
and devoted husband.
Mr. Dunnam is buried
in the Worden Cemetery in Collin County just south of Elmont.
Mrs. M.T. Dunnam
Died Saturday At
Home Of Her Daughter
Aged Resident is Survived
by 144 Descendants
In Four Generations, died
February 18, 1932
Death early Saturday
morning ended the life of one of Haskell county's oldest residents when
Mrs. Martha Temperance Dunnam, 89, passed away at the home of a daughter,
Mrs. Oliver Hix two miles west of Haskell. Mrs. Dunnam had been critically
ill for the past thirty days. Deceased had resided in this county
since 1915, when she came here to make her home with her children following
the death of Mr. W.F. Dunnam in Grayson county, Texas. The aged woman
leaves one hundred and forty-four living descendants; Seven children, sixty
grandchildren, seventy-five great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Final rites for Mrs.
Dunnam were conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Elmont community
Baptist Church near Van Alstyne, with the pastor, Rev. Howard Bryant conducting,
assisted by Rev. C.S. Wilhite, minister of the Van Alstyne Baptist Church.
Burial was in the Worden cemetery in that community. Funeral arrangements
were handled by the Holden Funeral Home of Haskell, and the body was carried
overland to Elmont in a funeral coach of the local establishment.
Grandsons of the deceased
were named pallbearers. They were Cliff Dunnam, Johnny Dunnam, Roscoe
Dunnam, Audie Dunnam, W.C. Dunnam, and Coyt Hix. Flower bearers were
Misses Moneta Hix, Estella Dunnam, Lena Dendy, and Edna Large, granddaughters
of the deceased.
Martha Woods was born
December 23, 1849 in the state of Georgia the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Wyatt Woods. On December 31, 1868 she was married to William Franklin
Dunnam in Alabama, and the couple resided in that state for several years
before moving to Texas. Later they settled near Van Alstyne, where
Mr. Dunnam died a number of years ago.
include five sons, Robert Andrew and Ernest Richard of Haskell, John Monroe
of Paris, Texas, Wyatt Mirron of Oildale, California; and Charley Allen
of Weinert: two daughters, Mrs. Winfield J. Lockett of Van Alstyne, Texas
and Mrs. Oliver Hix of Haskell She was preceded in death by two sons,Willam
Jasper Dunnam , Josiah/Joseph Watson Dunnam, and two daughters Mrs. Adella
Wright and Laura Epsa O'Neal.
Mr. W. F. Dunnam died Sept.
Death has entered into his
Missing is our loved one dear;
Silently passed he to his
Comely and without fear.
He has gone and left us,
Gone where the angels dwell.
Why did he leave us to grieve?
But "God doeth all things
As we stood beside his bed,
With anxious watching eyes
He saw, beyond this soaring
His home within the skies.
The friends he had gathered
Were like the sands of the
Oh, why has he left us?
How lonely we will be!
His earthly life was finished;
He had run his earthly race,
And in dying praised his Savior
For a lasting, saving grace.
Let us not grieve for him,
And sit with tearful eye,
But try to meet death as he
Be not afraid to die.
This he with angel harpers,
With voice triumphant sings;
"O, death, where is thy victory,
O, grave, where is thy sting?"