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Gardiner Ringgold
H. Lee Roan

Gardiner Ringgold


Submitted by Mary Coleman Stewart


Died - at the residence of A. Horst, Tuesday morning May 20, G.Ringgold, aged 50 years and 9 months. Mr.Ringgold's illness was of long duration he having been confined to his bed since January with an aggregation of disorders which finally proved fatal. His last hours were watched over with tender care and his children were present at his bedside to bid him a last farewell. The funeral took place from the residence of A.Horst at 4 o'clock the burial being made at the city cemetery. Gardner Ringgold or as he was familiarly known here "Zack", was born in Independence Washington County, on the 1st day of August 1844 his father having been one of the original settlers of the Republic of Texas. His father moved to Grimes County shortly after his birth and at once identified himself with the interests of Grimes County. Gardner grew up under the influences of rugged civilization and when in '61 a call was made to arms, he but then a boy enlisted and fought bravely for four years. An older brother,Richard,was killed during this civil strife, and Gardner, returning home at the close of the war engaged in farming on his father's place just three miles west of the city, and where he has since lived. In 1867 he married Miss Maria Jane Kilpatrick a daughter of Dr. A. R. Kilpatrick and a half-sister of Wright and Walter Kilpatrick now living in our city. Nine children blessed this union, seven of which survive him; Richard the eldest of San Antonio, James W. of Houston, Mrs.H.U.Olive of Terrell; Mattie Sue, Fannie, May, and Thomas Gardner of Navasota. Besides these he leaves three sisters, Mrs. Dr. Lloyd Quinby of Houston, Mrs.T.N.Devine and Mrs.G. R.Dashiell of San Antonio. Thus ends a noble life, and weeping friends and children attest that his place can not be filled.

H. Lee Roan


Found in the 18 Feb 1899 issue of The Daily Examiner

A Sudden Death

Lee Roan Taken With a Hemorrhage of the Lungs

Death Came Almost Immediately -- Was a Sufferer From Consumption

H. Lee Roan died very suddenly at his home in the First Ward about 2 o'clock this afternoon.

He has been a brave and patient sufferer from consumption for a long time and of late has been confined to his home, yesterday being the first day that he has been down town for a week or two. Today he was again able to be out and he himself, besides many friends, noted his unusually good spirits and he felt quite well.

About 2 o'clock he was sitting on his front gallery awaiting for his sister, Mrs. H. W. Kilpatrick, to call in her carriage and bring him to town. When she arrived he spoke a few sylables [sic], arose and started for the steps. He gave a little cough as if to clear his throat and blood came gushing from his mouth. It was a hemorrhage from the lungs, the first he ever experienced, but it brought almost instantaneous death.

His wife, who had stepped over to her mother's was called and with assistance of neighbors Lee was taken to his room up stairs - though the spirit had already gone higher. Dr. Bell reached the house as quickly as possible, but greater skill than his was needed to do earthly good.

The remains will be interred in the City Cemetery at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon.

Found in the 20 Feb 1899 issue of The Daily Examiner

Funeral of Lee Roan

The funeral of H. Lee Roan, whose sudden death was chronicled in Saturday's EXAMINER, took place from his late home in the First Ward at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon; and the long cortege of sorrowful friends who paid this last mark of respect to the departed citizen, was but a small testimonial of the lofty regard in which his memory is held.

Deceased was a member of the honored Roan family of this old county, and was born at the old homestead, on Roans Prairie, on February 27, 1868. He was raised and educated there and in the schools of Navasota; since which time he has been actively identified with the commerce of this city and county, having spent his last years in the drug business here, as a member of the firm of H. W. Kilpatrick & Co.

In 1893 he married Miss Dellie Chinski of this city, who, with a little son, mourn the loss of a considerate husband and father - whose life boat has been far too early stranded in the gulf of Time. In their severe loss they will have the full sympathy of a large number of steadfast friends, business associates and even passing acquaintances, who had learned to appreciate the sincere, gentlemanly friendship of the one whose remains now lie in the City Cemetery, and whose soul is on high, at peace with man and God.



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