Rose Hill School c 1901
here to view a higher resolution of the above photo.
is a photo from my grandmother, Malissa Gertrude
Hamilton Stephens (1886-1981), and Ethyl Lillian Hopper Ball, my
great aunt. My grandmother told me she was about 14 or 15 years old
when the photo was taken. She and Ethyl are
on the left in the last row of the photo (the girl 4th from the left on
the last row may be Anna E. Reeves, Malissa's step-sister
and my great aunt). Malissa and Annie were living in the household
of George W. Reeves, uncle to Annie, in the 1900, JPct 3, Grayson, Texas
Census enumerated 5 Jun 1900, Age 12, TN, TN, TN (Annie E.10, TX, TN, TN).
Malissa and Dolly
Malissa was born 10 Jul 1886, Warren
County, Tennessee, to Addison B. Hamilton and Jennie Henderson who were
married in McMinnville, Warren County, TN, 13 Mar 1884. As best I
can tell they came to Texas after the death of his father in 1888, about
1889-90. Addison was dead by 1892, when Jennie married Arthur McGoffin
Reeves and she was dead by 1895 (brain tumor by Mallisa's description)
when Arthur re-married. Her sister, "Dolly" also died before age
2 years. Arthur died about 1899 in Oklahoma. Malissa married
Thomas Marion Stephens on 11 Nov 1904. The Stephens family
was in Texas by 1850 US Census from SC, NC, (maybe KY) MO.
Henderson Hamilton -
Addison B. Hamilton
Taken in McMinnville,
Tn, about 1884-86
I have been unable to locate burials in
Grayson or Fannin county and can only assume they are in unrecorded, unmarked
graves. .. I have tracked the Hamiltons back to Warren and Rutherford counties
in Tennessee. Addison had at least two brothers living in Fannin County
I was born in Tom Bean Texas, spent
the first 4 years there, spent many summers with my Stephens and Ball Grandparents.
When searching census I see many familiar name of people I knew.
My family moved to San Diego, California, to Dallas and finally to Garland,
TX. By popular demand my father used to keep up with the Interuban
car when going to Tom Bean.
Thomas R. Stephens