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T. J. Haynie

James W. Hargrove
Jim Henderson
Nancy J. Brewer Horton

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T. J. Haynie Dead

An Aged Citizen of Grimes County Has Passed Away.  


Navasota, Texas, June 11. -- At 12:30 o'clock last night, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Stoneham at Stoneham, T. J. Haynie ended a long and honorable earthly career. The body will be conveyed to Anderson this afternoon (Wednesday). Services to be held at the Preston hotel at 10 a. m. Thursday; interment to be in Odd Fellows' cemetery immediately afterwards. T. J. Haynie came to Grimes county from Alabama in the early forties. He was a young and vigorous man and settled about where the Dolph community is now located. He engaged in farming and by close diligence and energy soon demonstrated that he was one of the best and most successful farmers in this country. This occupation he pursued until the death of his wife, some twenty-five years ago, when he retired.  Mr. Haynie married Miss Azzle [sic] of Montgomery county about 1853, and of the fruit of that union there now live Emmett, William, Jeff Haynie, Mrs. George E. White and Mrs. J. O. Stoneham. Mr. Haynie was 80 years old at the time of his death. He was a member of the State militia during the civil war, for many years a member of the Methodist church, and a member of the masonic fraternity. He was at all times a close student of all his business affairs, honorable and upright. 


Houston Daily Post (XVIIth Yr, No 69), 12 June 1902, page 8.  

ChroniclingAmerica image accessed online, March 2014.

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James W. Hargrove

HARGROVE - Our beloved Bro. James W. Hargrove died July 31, 1877. His illness was of short duration. He was taken sick Thursday 26th while preaching in Brazos county, near Bryan city Texas. Tuesday evening he died. He was born in South Carolina, January 19th 1823 and moved to Texas in an early day. He was licenced to preach Feb. 1854 was ordained July 1855 by a presbytery consisting of Brethren Daniel Ramsey and James Isacks, his last text was the following, "He that overcometh shall inherit all things" Rev. xxi. 7. Thus passed away a faithful minister of Christ, a loving husband and father and a devoted friend to all mankind. Our brother has gone to enjoy the reward and rest that remains for the people of God. Jesus has called him home, saying to him, servant your work is finished, come into my mansions and be with me. I have prepared this place for you, that where I am you may be also. You have fought the good fight, finished the course and kept the faith, henceforth there is laid up for you a crown of righteousness. Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep.


8 July 1965. The original of this obituary was found in the Hargrove Family Bible in the possession of Hattie Hargrove Sikes, Houston, Texas. This obituary was shared with me by Neil Hargrove.


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Jim Henderson

Found in the 18 Feb 1899 issue of The Daily Examiner

Jim Henderson is dead, the furneral [sic] will take place from the Union depot here tomorrow at noon, burial at Prairie Plains.

*****Additional information sent in from Julia Fuchs [ninaj at direcway dot com]

I noticed you have the obituary of Jim Henderson on your Grimes CO website. I am submitting some more information about Jim Henderson. Actually there were two more notices about his death in that paper:
* From Grimes County Examiner Newspaper, - "Sank (Sandford G.) Henderson left last night for Austin in response to a telegraph message telling of his brother, Jim's serious illness."
* From Grimes County Examiner Newspaper, Feb 20, 1899, page 4 - "The remains of Mr. Jim Henderson were received here from Austin on the noon train yesterday and immediately started for the burying ground at Prairie Plains." (buried at Independence Cemetery, Shiro, Texas)

In case you are interested: James (Jim) Henderson was the husband of my ggrandmother's sister. Jim was married to Ellen Missouri Martin, daughter of James V. Martin and Elizabeth Aspassio Bird Martin. Ellen and Jim were married Sept 3, 1865 in Goliad CO, TX (See Confederate Pension Application # 3913/Ellen Henderson) and they had one daughter, Lena.
Jim was the oldest son of Daniel Henderson and Sarah Jane Brice who had the large Henderson family that settled in the northern part of Grimes County.

Family line for Jim Henderson; submitted by Julia Fuchs:

1. James (Jim) Henderson m. Ellen Missouri Martin. Jim buried Independence Cemetery, Grimes County, TX.
2. Margaret T. Henderson, buried Independence Cemetery.
3. Robert Henderson m. Mollie Unknown. He is buried in Independence Cemetery.
4. Thomas J. Henderson m. Narsis Jane Unknown. He is probably buried in Lavaca or Goliad County, TX
5. Marshal (Tuck) Henderson m. (1) Ann Virginia Viser, (2)Lucy P. Collier, (3) Louisa "Lizzie" L. Whitley. He is buried in Independence Cemetery.
6. Ann Hasiltine Henderson, buried Independence Cemetery.
7. Ambrose Henderson, probably buried Lavaca County, TX.
8. Eliza Jane Henderson m. Unknown (Stern?, L. P.?)
9. Sandford G(aylord?) (Sank) Henderson m. Harriet L. (Sinnie) Unknown, buried Shiro Cemetery, Grimes County, TX
10. Sally O. Henderson m. Richard (Dick) Preston Brooks. She is buried in the Huntsville, TX area.

*****Additional information sent in from Cheryl Parrish Shaw [cp41703@msn.com]

Hi. My name is Cheryl Parrish Shaw. I noticed on your obituary page that you had an obituary for Jim Henderson. Julia Fuchs had sent you information on his family. I have information to add.

Eliza Jane Henderson, James (Jim) Henderson's sister is my 2nd great grandmother. She married Washington Taylor Stem on 18 Dec 1873 in Grimes County, Texas. Eliza died sometime between 18 Aug 1878, when her last child was born (Richard Lee Stem, my great grandfather), and Washington Taylor's 2nd marriage to Catherine Johnson on 14 Feb 1884. She and Washington had three sons: William Washington Stem, Thomas Jefferson Stem, and Richard Lee Stem. Washington is buried in Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Robertson County, Texas. I do not know where Eliza is buried. Washington and his 2nd wife, Catherine had 5 more children: Rupert Allen, Lawrence Cleveland, Maud Milton, John Edward, and Jesse Aaron.

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Nancy J. Brewer Horton

Submitted by carolaross@ev1.net

I am sending an Obituary for Nancy J Brewer Horton to post when you have time, as it appeared in the Navasota Examiner in September 1921.

The other person of this memoriam, Mrs. Robert A Horton, Sr., was born July 3, 1850, in the state of Tennessee, near Nashville. She was 71 years 2 months and 13 days old when she departed this life, September 16, 1921, at 1 o'clock. She was married to Robert A Horton, November 24, 1879. Of this union ten children were born; three dead, seven living. They came to Texas in 1886, having lived here and in this vicinity since that time. She leaves 24 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, as well as her seven children, all on whom live here, except her second son, Mr. Will Horton of Lufkin.

The beautiful home life of this Christian woman exemplified by her daily walk in and through her family and friend, has not been surpassed by anyone of our acquaintance, and knowledge. She has been a mother indeed to her children, and a loyal and affectionate friend to her neighbors; consistent in her charity and benevolent in her spirit of comradeship and devotion to them. Her greatest concern after her devotion to her Maker was for her family and friends. She has been a most devoted servant of God since the year of 1876, giving 43 years of her life to His service. It was her daily custom, even in her last four months of her intense suffering, to have her Bible ever beside her, reading from the scriptures, praying, and sometimes singing from her mother's song book, songs that were sung to her in childhood. This habit of prayer and worship gave her courage which made her strong, even as He was strong, to bear her suffering, which she did without complaint or murmur. Every one of us has our testing time, and this was hers, but she was found true, for Heaven is ready to encourage and send the strength of its reinforcements. The reserves of God are unlimited. The storehouse to the Almighty can never be emptied, all of this she realized, and her hourly call for help from Him enabled her to bear the untold suffering without complaint, always thinking of others, especially her devoted husband and two daughters, who were ever beside her. Her other children and friends were ever faithful and true and did all that love and money could do.

I wish to speak of the beauty of this simple life as contrasted with the extravagant, ornate, artificial life we so often see in this age, but not in the life of this dear one. She made truth the rule of her life, of which it requires courage, and she would scorn a victory secured by fraud. She would say daily, "she loved everybody and prayed that all whom she loved would be saved", for she knew she was a servant of Jesus Christ, and her believing on Him had made life for her, and she wanted to see others saved, and many inspirations for good everlasting, was brought into my life while at her bedside, and oh, how she will be missed by everyone, in her home, church and the Methodist Missionary Society, of which she was a faithful member.

The grief stricken husband in the prostration of his great sorrow has the sympathy and prayers of his many friends, who admire and respect him for his true worth as a Christian gentleman. The funeral services of this noble lady was conducted by Rev Mr. Easterling, her devoted pastor, at the Methodist Church, of which she was ever present when able to attend. And all that was mortal was laid to rest in the Shiro Cemetery. The mound was completely covered by beautiful flowers, which she loved so well.

We parted in silence, our cheeks were wet with the tears that were past consoling; And now on the midnight sky I look, and my heart grows full of weeping; Each star is to me a sealed book, ... We parted in silence, parted in tears; On the banks of that lonely river; But the odor and bloom of those bygone years shall hang over its waters of life for me forever. A Friend, B. E.

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