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William Zedekiah McClain & Rhoda Deborah Watson
 

Generation No. 1


1. William Zedekiah (Zidd) MCCLAIN was born 19 Nov 1812 in GA, and died 14 Jul 1899 in Trinity, TX. He was buried Jul 1899 in Trinity Co., TX. He married Rhoda Deborah WATSON 11 Apr 1844 in Watson, Comanche Co., TX. She was born 7 May 1825 in LA, and died 30 Apr 1913 in Centralia, Trinity Co., TX; daughter of Artemas "Sam" Watson who came to Texas in the early 1820's. She was buried May 1913 in Trinity Co., TX.

 

William McClain had received land from the Republic of Texas in April of 1837 by declaration that he was a single man who had arrived in the country prior to Independence and therefore was entitled to 640 acres. 

 

William Z. McClain and Rhoda had their home in Hagerville, Houston Co., TX.  The house had three rooms and five windows and was made of logs.  The cracks between the logs were filled with moss and mud.  Two large chimneys were also made of moss and mud.  The windows were made of wood and made to slide from side to side. William made the furniture for their home.  Two bedsteads which he made exist still.  They were shaped with rope stretched from railing to railing, sinstead of springs.  The bedding rested on the ropes about three feet from the floor.  A spinning wheel, a warming pan, popcorn popper, dinner pots and a dinner horn were located near a fireplace.

 

The family attended church services as often as a preacher was available.  They rode to church in a wagon drawn by oxen.

 

William was a member of the first grand jury that met in Crockett.  Since no building was provided for court session, the jury met under a large tree near the present site of the Davy Crockett Spring and fountain.  During the session Indians attacked a family on the present Hall's Bluff Road, but escaped across the Trinity River.

 

William Z. McClain was a member of the Masonic Order.

 

The Civil War was growing with intensity and volunteers were needed.  On May 4, 1862 he and his eldest child, Rufus, enlisted for military service at Sumpter, in Trinity County.  He was 50 years old and Rufus was 17.  They were in Gen. John Bell Hood's Texas Brigade, 1st Texas Regiment.  They were separated, and did not meet again until after the end of  the War.

 

William McClain joined in May of 1862 and served with them until May of 1863 when he was first absent without leave.  He had been on furlough earlier in the year, and one wonders if he did not remain to plant the crop.  There were two more occurrences in 1863, the wounding of their eldest child, William Rufus, who had joined the infantry, fought and was discharged in Richmond.  This son later volunteered for the Calvary and served until the war was over.

 

The second event in 1863 was the birth of Rhoda's last child, in December.  So perhaps these family events kept William home.  At any rate he was not declared a deserter so must have been honorably discharged.

 

After the death of William Z. McClain, his wife is living with one of her married daughters, Mrs. Abram Hutson.  Rhoda died in Centralia, Trinity Co., TX.

Children of William Zid MCCLAIN and Rhoda Deborah WATSON are:

 

2 i. William Rufus MCCLAIN was born 28 Jan 1845 in Houston, Co., TX.
3 ii. James Artimas MCCLAIN was born 28 Apr 1846 in Houston, Co., TX.
4 iii. Julius Manson MCCLAIN was born 19 Oct 1847 in Houston, Co., TX. He married Caroline Chapman Jan 1870 in Trinity Co., TX. She was born Abt 1853;

Children of Julius Manson McClain and Caroline Chapman are:

a.  i. William McClain married Nemmie Bennett and had 7 children:

1) Jule married Mable Dennisk had a girl and a boy; (2) Eva Delle married Frank Steed, no children: (3)Callie Lee married Avna Lumpkin, no children; (4) Earl married Luna England, had one girl, Luna Earline; (5) Anna Belle married Milton Hamilton; (6) Edgar married Thelma Dunn, had two children, Lynn and Edgar Allen; (7) Opal married Knollis Thompson, had a girl, Janice.


b.  ii. Ada McClain
c.  iii. Alma McClain
d.  iv. Edgar McClain married Pearl Womack and had a daughter, Pennie Edgar, who married Jim Salser.
e.  Lula Dell McClain married Luther Sullivan.
f.  v. Grover McClain
g.  vi. Fannie Mae McClain married Hugh Oscar English and had two children; (1) Cloyce married Bernice Parks and had no children and (2) Modeane married Claire E. Piquignot, and had one son, Taggy.


5 iv. Sam Houston MCCLAIN was born 2 Jul 1849 in Houston, Co., TX.
6 v. John Wilie MCCLAIN was born 17 Mar 1851 in TX, and died 25 Jan 1852 in TX.
+ 7 vi. William Monroe MCCLAIN was born 29 Jan 1853 in TX.  (William is said to have a a twin named Caroline)
8 vii. Louis Jefferson MCCLAIN was born 29 Jan 1855 in TX.
9 viii. Theodocia MCCLAIN was born 13 Jun 1855 in TX, and died 13 Jun 1855 in TX.
10 ix. Benjamin Franklin MCCLAIN was born 12 Aug 1856 in TX.
11 x. Wyatt Beasley MCCLAIN was born 4 Aug 1858 in TX.
12 xi. Rebecca A. MCCLAIN was born 25 Jun 1861 in TX.
+ 13 xii. Eliza Ann MCCLAIN was born 23 Dec 1863 in TX.



 

Generation No. 2

 

7. William Monroe MCCLAIN (William Zid MCCLAIN1) was born 29 Jan 1853 in TX. He married Rebecca Ann HUTSON. She was born Abt 1856 in ,,Mississippi,USA, and died 1924.

Children of William Monroe MCCLAIN and Rebecca Ann HUTSON are:

14 i. Samuel Houston MCCLAIN was born Abt 1873 in TX.
15 ii. Thomas J MCCLAIN was born Abt 1877 in TX.
16 iii. Mary D MCCLAIN was born Nov 1879 in TX. She married UNKNOWN KEELING. He died Bef 13 Jun 1900.
+ 17 iv. Eugene MCCLAIN was born 19 Nov 1881 in TX, and died 7 Sep 1965 in Apple Springs, Trinity Co., TX.
18 v. Immanuel MCCLAIN was born Oct 1883 in TX.
19 vi. Anna B MCCLAIN was born Aug 1886 in TX.
20 vii. Eva MCCLAIN was born Aug 1890 in TX.
21 viii. William (W or M) MCCLAIN was born Feb 1893 in TX.
22 ix. Thomas Pollard MCCLAIN was born 18 May 1894 in TX, and died 23 Nov 1894 in TX.
23 x. Eula MCCLAIN was born Feb 1897 in TX.




13. Eliza Ann MCCLAIN (William Zid MCCLAIN1) was born 23 Dec 1863 in TX. She married Abram P HUTSON 1884. He was born Dec 1862 in ,,Mississippi,USA.

Children of Eliza Ann MCCLAIN and Abram P HUTSON are: 24 i. Cleveland HUTSON was born Oct 1884 in TX.
24 ii. Zed K HUTSON was born Nov 1886 in TX.
25 iii. Hermon HUTSON was born May 1888 in TX.
26 iv. Rhoda HUTSON was born Apr 1890 in TX.
27 v. Winnie M HUTSON was born May 1892 in TX.
28 vi. Bertie HUTSON was born Apr 1894 in TX.
29 vii. Albert HUTSON was born Apr 1896 in TX.
30 viii. Rosa S HUTSON was born Apr 1898 in TX.



 

Generation No. 3


17. Eugene MCCLAIN (William Monroe MCCLAIN2, William Zid MCCLAIN1) was born 19 Nov 1881 in TX, and died 7 Sep 1965 in Apple Springs, Trinity Co., TX. He was buried Sep 1965 in Apple Springs, Trinity Co., TX. He married Lilla Belle INGRAM 23 Dec 1903 in Trinity Co., TX, daughter of James Robert INGRAM and Martha Ann SALSER. She was born 18 Aug 1881 in Apple Springs, Trinity Co., TX, and died 9 Mar 1964 in Apple Springs, Trinity Co., TX. She was buried Mar 1964 in Apple Springs, Trinity Co., TX.

Children of Eugene MCCLAIN and Lilla Belle INGRAM are:

 

31 i. Berthal Lois MCCLAIN (Eugene MCCLAIN3, William Monroe MCCLAIN2, William Zid MCCLAIN1) was born 21 Oct 1905 in Apple Springs, Trinity Co., TX, and died 18 Sep 1981 in Apple Springs, Trinity Co., TX. He was buried Sep 1981 in Apple Springs, Trinity Co., TX. He married Lydia May DRISKELL. She was born 25 Sep 1907, and died 29 Jan 1985 in ,Harris Co., TX. She was buried Feb 1985 in Apple Springs, Trinity Co., TX.

 

32 ii. Dixie Lynn MCCLAIN (Eugene MCCLAIN3, William Monroe MCCLAIN2, William Zid MCCLAIN1) was born 21 Jun 1907 in Apple Springs, Trinity Co., TX, and died 10 Jul 1963 in Albuquerque, Bernalillo Co., NM. She was buried 13 Jul 1963 in Albuquerque, Bernalillo Co., NM. She married Joe Edgar SEWARD 10 May 1928 in Groveton, Trinity Co., TX, son of Joseph Sullivan SEWARD and Lula Forest LOVE. He was born 12 Apr 1903 in Denison, Grayson Co., TX, and died 2 Jun 2000 in Albuquerque, Bernalillo Co., NM. He was buried 6 Jun 2000 in Albuquerque, Bernalillo Co., NM.


33 iii. Paul Talmadge MCCLAIN (Eugene MCCLAIN3, William Monroe MCCLAIN2, William Zid MCCLAIN1) was born 1 Sep 1910 in Apple Springs, Trinity Co., TX, and died 18 Dec 1965 in, Harris, Co., TX. He was buried Dec 1965 in Apple Springs, Trinity Co., TX. He married Marjorie EAVES. She was born 29 Dec 1914, and died 4 Apr 1991. She was buried Apr 1991 in Apple Springs, Trinity Co., TX.


34 iv. Robert Garth MCCLAIN (Eugene MCCLAIN3, William Monroe MCCLAIN2, William Zid MCCLAIN1) was born 5 Feb 1916 in Apple Springs, Trinity Co., TX, and died 6 Aug 1978 in, Bexar Co., TX. He was buried Aug 1978 in, Bexar Co., TX. He married Eva Mae McBEE. She died 24 Jun 1988 in, Wichita, Co., TX. She was buried Jun 1988.


35 v. John Edgar MCCLAIN (Eugene MCCLAIN3, William Monroe MCCLAIN2, William Zid MCCLAIN1) was born 26 Nov 1919 in Apple Springs, Trinity Co., TX. He married Hazel Florence SMITH 21 Dec 1942 in Apple Springs, Trinity Co., TX. She was born 20 Aug 1919 in Hudson, Angelina Co., TX, and died 31 May 1980 in Houston Co., TX. She was buried Jun 1980 in Apple Springs, Trinity Co., TX. He married Bernice Lee SPEER 10 Sep 1982 in Groveton, Trinity Co., TX. She was born 7 Apr 1919 in Trinity Co.,TX, and died 24 Mar 2004 in Trinity Co., TX. She was buried 28 Mar 2004 in Trinity Co., TX.


36 vi. James Harold MCCLAIN (Eugene MCCLAIN3, William Monroe MCCLAIN2, William Zid MCCLAIN1) was born 15 Aug 1924 in Apple Springs, Trinity Co., TX.

 


Source: "History of Houston County, Texas 1687-1979" by HCHC, copyright Eliza Bishop.

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