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Simeon Taylor
Reba Templeman
John Thomas

Simeon Taylor


Submitted by Mary Tyler. Obituary found on microfilm at the University of Texas at Austin in their newspaper collection at The Center for American History, Sid Richardson Hall.

Navasota, Texas DAILY EXAMINER, Wednesday, March 26, 1902, "Roans Prairie, DEATH OF MR. TAYLOR. A gloom was cast over the community on the 19th, when the announcement was made that Mr. Simeon Taylor, Sr., was dead, not only from the lips but every heart felt that a good and useful man was gone.

"He moved from Hertford, N.C., to Texas in 1849, and settled in Fort Bend county, near Richmond, and on account of that county being sickly he moved to Grimes county and settled on his late home place near Roans Prairie in the fall of 1853.

"He was born January 19, 1812, and was, therefore, 90 years and 2 months of age. He made a profession of faith in Christ in 1853, and was baptised into the fellowship of the Anderson Baptist church by Rev. G. W. Bains, remaining with that church until the organization of the Oakland Baptist church, near Roans Prairie, where he was a member and deacon till his death.

"His house was the preacher's home. He was charitable; not only in helping those that were in distress, but in his opinion of his fellow man. His counsel was often sought, and was always given with care and consideration and those who were mourning for lost loved ones he would give them comfort and consolation, that which had supported him in his sorrows. He was a Christian of the truest type. We can thus speak with docility and unwavering faith that was so prominent in the man whose death we all so deeply mourn.

"He will not only be missed in the church, but the entire community. Now, that he is gone we realize with sadness how large a place he filled. The memory of his upright life is a rich legacy to his children. His heart placed his God first in everything, and may his spirit work on earth continue by his children as a memorial hallowed love of their father.

"This is another link between heaven and earth. His God and his soul have met in eternal friendship. At the grave the angels whisper, "Not here, but risen," and in the dread hour, when he knew death stood near he could thoughtfully say:
"Though earth be fading from my view
And darkest nights seem nigh,
When I must bid the world adieu,
It is not hard to die.

"For O, how sweet in Death's deep shade,
Amid its strange alarms,
To feel beneath my spirit laid
The Everlasting Arms."

"He leaves five children to mourn his death: Mrs. Carrie Smith, of Erath County; Mrs. Hattie Jolly, Mrs. Maggie Cone, and Messrs. P. D. and Sim Taylor, Jr., of Roans Prairie. - A Friend"

Also under the Roans Prairie heading - "Messrs. Sim and John Dowdy, of Houston, attended the funeral of their grandfather, Mr. Sim. Taylor."

Reba Templeman


Found in the 13 Dec 1898 issue of The Daily Examiner

Reba, the baby daughter of Mr. Ward Templeman, died at 3:20 o'clock this afternoon.

John Thomas


Found in the 13 Mar 1899 issue of The Daily Examiner

Fell Dead Saturday

Justice Forrester went over near the City cemetery Saturday afternoon and held an inquest into the cause of the death of John Thomas, colored. It appears that the deceased had been troubled with a heart affection for some time; he had been working "in the bottom" and Saturday noon came home and ate a hearty dinner, after which his wife went to some neighbor's house and returning about 2 o'clock found John lying face down on the kitchen floor, where he had apparently fallen dead from a chair in which he had been sitting. He was 53 years of age.


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