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Clementine Schulze Bundick  1829 - 1917
Wife of Thomas W. Bundick

Richard Bundick 27 Dec 1857 - 10 Sep 1865


Seth R.  Bundick 18 Mar 1866 - 08 May 1892


Theodore Bundick 28 Nov 1853 - 23 Dec 1909
Son of Thomas W. & Clementine Schulze Bundick

Thomas W. Bundick died 05 Dec 1870
Husband of Clementine Schulze Bundick


Moritz Schulze  11 Mar 1803 - 01 Jul 1883
Father of Clementine Schulze Bundick

Bundick Family

Thomas W. Bundick
(February 5, 1810 - December 5, 1870)
Clementine Schulze Bundick
(December 4, 1829 Germany - October 13, 1917 Family home, Matagorda County, Texas)
married April 11, 1850 in Harris County, Texas


1. Theodore W. Bundick
2. Peter Benjamin Bundick
3. Richard Bundick
4. Oceola "Ocie" Bundick
5. Fannie D. Bundick
6. Matilda Bundick
7. Seth R. Bundick
8. Hamilton M. Bundick
9. Jeptha E. Bundick

Peter Benjamin Bundick


P. B. Bundick is the proprietor of the Pioneer Hotel of EI Campo, and is a son of one of the veterans who fought in the battle of San Jacinto and was a citizen of the Republic of Texas. A native of Matagorda county, Texas, P. B. Bundick was born August 21, 1855, his parents being Thomas W. and Clementine (Schulze) Bundick, who were married in Texas; the former was born in Louisiana and the latter in Germany. T. W. Bundick was of Scotch-Irish descent and was reared on a farm in the state of his nativity. He came to Texas as a young man, locating in Fort Bend county, and opened up a farm on Oyster creek, where he remained until the outbreak of hostilities which resulted in winning Texan independence from Mexico. He joined the force of brave patriots, with General Sam Houston in command, and was active in the struggle until its close when Santa Anna was made a prisoner


At the Siege of the Alamo.


He was always on duty, ready for any emergency. He was with a small force dispatched to recruit the forces under Travis at San Antonio. When within a few miles of the city the lieutenant in command, not knowing in which direction the Mexicans would approach, asked for volunteers to act as pickets to carry word to the garrison at the Alamo. Mr. Bundick, with three others, volunteered and remained in order to give warning of the Mexican approach. The remainder of the force joined Crockett and Travis at the Alamo and met death with that brave band of Texas heroes, while those on picket duty remained at their posts and could see the smoke of the battle. On the morning of the last day of the struggle one of the pickets rode in and told his companions of the massacre in ·the Alamo. Then the four pickets returned to Houston's camp and informed him what had happened. Mr. Bundick was one of the squad that captured General Santa Anna at the battle of San Jacinto, not knowing at the time who the prisoner was. As they approached the camp other Mexican prisoners exclaimed, "Santa Anna." The squad brought him before Houston and it took all of Houston's power and influence with his army to keep the men from hanging the Mexican general on the spot. With keen foresight General Houston realized that Texan liberty was in his grasp, but that the death of Santa Anna might prolong the war, and so refused to give up his illustrious prisoner to the fury of his soldiers. Texas became a republic, but it was still some months before the state was freed from the Mexican renegades and desperadoes who had crossed the border, and Mr. Bundick assisted in holding these in subjection. It was a heroic struggle and was won against great odds.


When the war ended Mr. Bundick returned to his Oyster creek home and resumed farming. Soon after his marriage he removed to the prairie near the present site of Stafford, there remaining for a short time, after which he removed to Matagorda county in 1849, when there were not more than a half dozen white families in the county. George Elliott, Esquire Reed and Harris Yamans [Horace Yeamans] camped on Cashes creek and Mr. Bundick joined them, later selecting land on the Colorado river, where he made a permanent settlement and engaged in  farming and stock raising. Farming was then done on a small scale, for the only market was that furnished by the emigrants. The pioneers raised supplies for their own families and depended on stock raising for an income. Game of all kinds was plentiful and wild beasts roamed at will. The range was free, grass was good and the stock flourished. Mr. Bundick employed his energies in getting a good herd of cattle, and he aided in the pioneer development of the county, not only in winning independence from Mexican rule but also in suppressing the Indian violences and in planting the seeds of later-day civilization and progress. To such men the state owes a debt of gratitude that can never be paid and on the pages of her history he deserves most honorable mention.


On arriving in Matagorda county he lived for a time in a tent made of a wagon cover and when he had selected land for a permanent location he built a house and soon had some of his land under cultivation, while his herds roamed over the open range. Later he purchased more land and was the owner of over eleven hundred acres at the time of his death, which occurred in December, 1870. He was a splendid representative of the old type of southern planter and stockman, charitable to the needy, hospitable at all times, the latchstring ever hanging out to his friends, while the traveler of pioneer times was never denied a welcome and shelter. He was a faithful member of the Christian church and also of the Masonic fraternity and he voted with the Democracy. In the early days he was a slave owner but he gave to all his black people their freedom while living in Fort Bend county. He was, however, a supporter of the Confederate cause in the Civil war and was a man unfaltering in his adherence to his honest convictions. None ever doubted his loyalty or questioned his sincerity.


One brother, Jackson Bundick, settled with him on Oyster creek, from which both joined Houston's army. After the war Jackson Bundick settled in Brazoria county near where Sandy Point is now. T. W. Bundick, removing to Matagorda county, began raising hogs. One night the only sow was attacked by two bears, and after a considerable fight Mr. Bundick and his father-in-law, Moritz Schulze, succeeded in killing the bears. Mr. Bundick shot deer from his own dooryard and there were many wild turkeys, panthers and bears and much smaller game. His wife yet survives at the old ·homestead, where a large tract of the land which her husband acquired is under cultivation, being rented out for modern farming, while some stock is also raised thereon. Mrs. Bundick was born in Germany in 1828, a daughter of Moritz Schulze, of that country, who landed at Galveston, Texas, about 1840. Later he settled near where Houston is now and after his daughter married Mr. T. W. Bundick they all lived together, moving to Matagorda county, where he died at his daughter's home in 1872. He was a saddler, and made saddles and saddle trees, selling to the trade. He also made saddles for stockmen and for soldiers in the Civil war. He made a saddle for his grandson, P. B. Bundick, who used it from the age of eight years until he was too old, and later P. B. Bundick's son Hy. Bundick used it until he also was too large, and the saddle is still in a good state of preservation.


In the Schulze family were two children: Mrs. Bundick and C. A. Schulze, who freighted cotton for the government to Mexico during the Civil war. After the war he settled on Jones creek in Wharton county, where he engaged in farming and stock-raising. He married Lizzie Haddon, a daughter of William Haddon, a pioneer settler of Texas, who saw hard service in the early days, especially in the Mier expedition, when the death roll was made out by drawing beans from a bag. Those who drew white ones escaped, but those who drew black ones were shot. William Haddon and another man managed to make their escape and were followed by armed soldiers. They jumped into the Rio Grande river to swim across and being fired upon they pretended to have been hit. Sinking low in the water William Hadden floated down stream and hid in a big pile of drift until night, when he made his escape. He became a widely known and prominent stockman and was the first to handle registered stock in his locality. He died in "Wharton county.


The children of Thomas W. Bundick were: Thomas Bundick, Jr. who is yet with his mother on the old homestead. P. B., of this review; O. C., also on the homestead farm; Robert, deceased; Hamilton, who settled at San Antonio, where he married and became chief of the fire department; Matilda, the wife of P. Rieman: and Jepth, on the old home farm. The mother is a member of the Christian church and a most estimable lady.


P. B. Bundick was reared amid pioneer surroundings in Matagorda county and was educated at a private subscription school. He remained under the parental roof until twenty-one years of age and was then married and two years later was elected constable and served a term of two years, during which time he settled on a farm. After five years he bought and ran a public ferry boat on the Colorado river, known as Bundick's ferry, for eight years. He then resumed farming and stock-raising for five years. In 1893 he came to EI Campo, purchased a lot and erected the Pioneer Hotel. which he has since conducted, making it a popular hostelry.


Mr. P. B. Bundick was appointed and served as deputy sheriff for five years and later was elected city marshal and tax collector. in which capacity he is still serving. He is faithful and prompt in the discharge of his official duties and is also known through the county as a reliable business man. While on the farm ·he raised corn, cotton, hogs and other stock. He has witnessed marvelous changes in agricultural methods. In the early days of his residence in this locality there were only three or four families in his immediate neighborhood and but two houses within' twenty miles. He saw the country in its wild and primitive condition and has noted with pleasure its rapid development and the progress that has been made in farming, especially in rice and cotton culture. He has kept pace in his business life with the general development and is known as one of the representative business men of EI Campo. In October, 1876, Mr. Bundick was married to Miss Mary J. Spore [Spoor], who was born in Louisiana in 1856. a daughter of John and Margaret {O'Neal) Spore [Spoor], who were married in Louisiana. The father was a farmer by occupation and served in the Confederate army. He was captured by Union soldiers at Matagorda peninsula, taken north and kept there until after the close of the war . Mr. and Mrs. Bundick have many friends in EI Campo and vicinity. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and Odd Fellows lodge and is most loyal to the teachings and tenets of these orders.


A twentieth Century History of Southwest Texas, Volume II, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1907, pages 509-512


Peter Bundick's badge, pistol and handcuffs were on the cover of The American Rifleman.

Thomas W. Bundick
Died December 5, 1870

Matagorda County Brand Record




Thomas W. Bundick

Crop off the right ear and a crop and half crop in the left Apr 23, 1852 Sold to E. Deming
0242 Clementena C. Bundick Crop off the right ear and a crop and half crop in the left May 26, 1852  


Matagorda County 1867 Voters' Registration

Name Residence   Pt   St   Co  Pt  Nat Rem
636 Bundick, Thomas W. West Bank of Colorado 5 25 12 11 LA  


Mrs. Clementine "Grandma" Bundick

Mrs. Clementine "Grandma" Bundick, one of Matagorda County's oldest settlers, died at her house near Markham at 12 o'clock, noon, on Saturday, October 13, and was buried in the family burial grounds this afternoon at 3 o'clock.

At the time of her death, Grandma Bundick was 87 years, 10 months and 9 days of age. She leaves a family of three sons and one daughter, her husband having died in 1870. The surviving children are Peter Bundick of El Campo, Oce and H. M. Bundick of Markham and Mrs. Phillip Ryman of Wadsworth.

Decedent was born in Nounberg [Nuremberg?], Germany, December 4, 1829, and when a young woman came with a colony of her countrymen to America, landing at Galveston with the intention of going to where Fredericksburg now stands to settle. When the colonists got as far as Houston Mr. Bundick and his wife and one other family decided not to go on west and stopped in Houston. The balance of the colony proceeded on their way and were massacred by the Indians.

Later on the Bundicks moved to Matagorda County and settled west of the river where they made their home and accumulated much valuable land and stock.

Grandma Bundick lived to a splendid old age and was a devoted Christian mother. Wherever she was known she had many friends who loved and reverenced her. Friends of the family from many parts of the county were present to pay their last sad respects to this grand and noble woman.

To the sons and daughter, The Tribune offers its deepest sympathy.

The Daily Tribune?, October 15 1917

Mrs. Clementine Bundick

Mrs. Clementine Bundick, whose residence was three miles south of Markham, was born December 4, 1829, at Noumburg [Nuremberg?], Germany, came to America when she was 14 years old. She first landed at Galveston and later moved to Houston where she was married 66 years ago to T. W. Bundick. Her husband died in 1870. There were nine children born to this union, four of whom survive--Pete Bundick of El Campo, Oce Bundick of Markham, Mrs. Phillip Ryman of Bay City and H. M. Bundick of Markham. In early days Mrs. Bundick would go on horseback to see the sick and administer to them. In order to prepare herself for this work she read Dr. Gunn's book called "The Family Physician," and she would help the poor by giving to them and administering to their wants. In those days the Indians were still in the country, and Mr. and Mrs. Bundick encountered them in many ways. She spoke recently about an Indian coming to their home for water. She was very kind-hearted to everyone and especially to dumb brutes, keeping many of them as pets. She had three pet cats that stayed close to her about her bed till she died. No tramp ever was turned from her home hungry. Mrs. Bundick was a member of the Christian Church for 50 years. She was baptized in the Colorado River by Elder Wm. Baxter. Her early church house was an old log school house and church house combined, located about a mile east of her home. She and her husband were members of this church, their early pastors were Elders William Baxter and Daniel Yeamans. On their church days they people would take their dinners and spend the day in religious and social service. She lived a Christian life throughout and died at her residence at noon October 13, 1917, aged 87 years, 10 months and 9 days. Her funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. P. Gilliam at her residence October 15, 1917, at 3 p. m., and her body was laid to rest in the family graveyard.

The Daily Tribune?, October 16, 1917

Theodore W. Bundick
November 28, 1853 - December 23, 1909 Matagorda County, Texas

Trespalacios order of the Eastern Star met in Masonic Lodge at Deming's Bridge Saturday and the following officers were elected for the ensuing year:

Worthy Matron, Miss P. L. Pierce
Worthy Patron, J. R. Rowels; Associate Matron, Mrs. W. E. Moore
Secretary, T. W. Bundick
Treasurer, J. E. Pierce
Conductress, Miss Lucy Rowels
Chaplain, R. A. Partain
Marshal, T. J. Poole
Adah, Mrs. Fannie Hamilton
Ruth, Miss Lizzie Rowels
Esther, J. W. Keller
Martha, Mrs. W. M. Kuykendall
Electra, Mrs. J. M. Sims
Warder, W. M. Kuykendall
Sentinel, B. W. Brown

Bay City Breeze, November 19, 1896

Brother Killed Brother
P. [T.] W. Bundick Is Dead and Jeff Bundick in Jail at Markham

Markham, Texas, December 23.--As the result of a tragedy enacted three miles south of this place early this morning, P. [T.] W. Bundick is dead, his brother, Jeff Bundick, is in jail charged with the killing, and their widowed mother is grief-stricken. Although they lived in the same house and came in contact with each frequently, the two brothers who were the principals in the tragedy have not spoken in several years.

According to the statement of O. C. Bundick, another brother, who witnessed the tragedy, Jeff Bundick, after securing his shotgun went to the yard and fired upon the brother, inflicting wounds from which death occurred immediately. The three brothers are bachelors and were living with their aged widowed mother.

As soon as Jeff Bundick departed for town to surrender himself the mother and other son, who were in the house, when the shot was fired, rushed out to where P. [T.] W. Bundick was lying and found him breathing his last. Jeff Bundick surrendered himself to the sheriff and was lodged in jail at Bay City.

The three brothers are retired ranchmen and are well known in the vicinity where they shooting occurred, having lived there all of their lives. The mother has lived near Markham for sixty years, being one of the early settlers of Texas.

An examination of the body of P. [T.] W. Bundick showed that seventeen buckshot struck him in the left side.

Houston Post, December 24, 1909

Peter Benjamin Bundick

August 21, 1855 - November 30, 1936
Married Mary Jane Spoor October 11, 1876 Matagorda County, Texas

Copy Book of Peter Benjamin Bundick - 1873

Mary Jane Spoor Bundick

l to r Kate Bundick Harris, Nettie Bundick, Rosalee Bundick Daughters, Annie Bundick Peeler, Josephine (employee at Bundick Hotel)


Peter Benjamin Bundick left and right

P. B. Bundick - City Marshal - El Campo, Texas

Bundick Hotel - El Campo, Texas

Special to The News

El Campo, Tex., Dec. 2.—Peter Benjamin Bundick, 81, one of the oldest peace officers in South Texas, was burled here Monday afternoon. Funeral services were conducted from the Wheeler funeral home by Rev. Shan M. Hull, pastor of the Methodist church. Burial was under the auspices of the El Campo Masonic lodge of which Mr. Bundick was a charter member. Uncle Pete, as he was known by everyone, came to El Campo with the first people to settle here. He was a member of a pioneer family of the state, his father having fought in the battle of San Jacinto and having been a member of one of the squads that captured Gen. Santa Anna in 1836. When he moved to El Campo, he was appointed deputy sheriff and served in that capacity until the town was incorporated. Shortly thereafter, he was elected city marshal and tax collector and assessor. He retired as city marshal only a few years ago. He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. R. R. Peeler of Needles, Cal., Mrs. T. L. Fabbre of Galveston and Mrs. S. E. Daughters of El Campo; one son, Henry Bundick of El Campo; four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

The El Campo Citizen, March 11, 1905

l to r Peter Harris, Rosalee Bundick Daughters, Sam Daughters, Le France Harris (baby), Peter B. Bundick

Richard Bundick
December 27, 1857 - September 10, 1865

Oceola "Ocie" Bundick
(Information from Death Certificate)

Ocie Bundick was born c October 1861 and died July 27, 1923 of tuberculosis in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.

He was the son of Thomas W. Bundick (February 5, 1810 - December 5, 1870) and Clementine Schulze Bundick (December 4, 1829 - October 13, 1917).

He, his father and brothers, were ranchers about three miles south of Markham.

Fannie D. Bundick
Married Henry H. Freeman August 21, 1884 in Matagorda County, Texas


Matilda C. Bundick Ryman
April 27, 1862 - April 4, 1919 Houston, Harris County, Texas
Married  November 21, 1886 in Matagorda County, Texas to
Phillip Ryman March 5, 1854 - November 23, 1956
Both buried at Cedarvale Cemetery, Bay City, Matagorda County, Texas

Bay City Woman Falls Seven Stories; Killed

Mrs. Matilda Ryman of Bay City, a patient at the Baptist sanitarium, leaped from a window on the seventh floor of the institution shortly after noon Friday and was killed. Her neck was broken by the fall.

Mrs. Ryman was brought to the sanitarium March 26, for treatment. Physicians in attendance said Mrs. Ryman had not given any indications of a mental state such as to suggest violence or self destruction.

A nurse was with Mrs. Ryman a few minutes before the tragedy, and left the patient eating the midday meal.

Mrs. Ryman, who was 57 years old, was accompanied to Houston by a daughter.

Houston Post, April 5, 1919

Mrs. Matilda Ryman

The body of Mrs. Matilda Ryman, who leaped to her death from a window on the seventh floor of the Baptist sanitarium Friday, was forwarded to Bay City Friday night by Wall & Stabe for burial. Her daughter, Miss L. Ryman, accompanied the body to that place.

Houston Post, April 6, 1919

Marker photos courtesy of Betty Crosby
Phillip's marker, on left, faces shrubs and Matilda's marker has fallen from base, on right.



Flossie Mae Ryman Kelley
October 14, 1887 - April 16, 1962
Married January 14, 1914 in Matagorda County, Texas to
Walter A. Kelley September 5, 1889 - February 1, 1956
Both buried at Cedarvale Cemetery, Bay City, Texas


Married on the 14th, at the residence of Mr. Peter Ryman, east of Wadsworth, his daughter, Miss Flossie Ryman and Mr. W. A. Kelley, the ceremony being performed by Rev. J. E. Carter of Bay City. The bride is one of the popular young ladies of that community has a large circle of friends who wish her and the fortunate groom abundant prosperity and happiness.

Matagorda County News & Midcoast Farmer, January 23, 1914

Walter A. Kelley Dies Here Wednesday

Mr. Walter A. Kelley, 66, died at the Matagorda General Hospital Wednesday morning at 7:50. Mr. Kelly's residence here was at 1801 Cypress. He had been a rice farmer in Matagorda county for many years. He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife; one sister, Mrs. T. H. Byler and one brother, Sate Kelley of Flatonia.

Rev. Victor Connelley of the Calvary Baptist Church will officiate at the services at the Calvary Baptist. Arrangements are under the direction of Taylor Bros. Burial will be in Cedarvale with Johnn Rehak, Lee Davidson, John D. Ryman, C. O. Middleton, Pat Watkins and W. D. Sutton acting as pallbearers.

Daily Tribune?, February 3, 1956


Elsie Clementine Ryman Daspit
December 30, 1888 - April 26, 1963
Married Preston Daspit c 1925
Buried at Cedarvale Cemetery, Bay City, Texas

Elsie C. Daspit

Mrs. Elsie C. Daspit, 2330 Capitol. Survived by sisters, Miss Maggie Ryman, Mrs. Lettie Gaedcke; brother, Floyd F. Ryman. Graveside and interment services 2 p. m., Saturday Cedarvale Cemetery, Bay City. Mrs. Florence K. Capshaw, reader.

Dudley M. Hughes Funeral Home, 400 E. Jefferson, WH6, 5133, Dallas Morning News, April 27, 1963

Elsie Daspit was a registered nurse.


Amy Viola Ryman Mann
1890 - 19 Jan 1919
Married October 1, 1911 to
Steeley Colbert Mann (September 20, 1882 - April 3, 1958)




Mrs. Annie V. Mann, wife of Mr. S. C. Mann, died at her home in this city Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock and was buried in Cedarvale Cemetery yesterday at 2:30 p.m.


Besides her husband, she leaves one child, a son. She was a little past 27 years of age. Death was due to pneumonia, following influenza.


Mrs. Mann was Annie V. Ryman, daughter of Phillip and Matilda Ryman. She was born on the Ryman home stead four miles south of Bay City and reared in this county. Her mother and father survive her as do four sisters and one brother, Mrs. Flossie Kelly, Misses Elsie, Lettie and Maggie and Floyd.


Decedent was a consistent member of the Methodist Church and was loved by all who knew her.


The Tribune joins the many friends of the family in its expression of its heartfelt sympathy in their bereavement.


Daily Tribune, January 20, 1919



Mrs. Amie Mann, who died at her home in this city Saturday, January 18, at 2:30 o'clock was laid to rest in Cedarvale Cemetery Sunday, January 19, at 2:20 p.m.


Mrs. Mann had been seriously ill for several days; she was taken with Spanish influenza which soon developed into double pneumonia and proved fatal.


Mrs. Mann was loved by all who knew her, and she leaves many friends and relatives to mourn her loss. It is so hard to know what she suffered and to know she was so patient and good through all her illness. Not once did she complain.


Her sister, Elsie Ryman, stayed by her bedside throughout her illness and carefully nursed her. She was also attended by a nurse from Houston. All that hands could do was done to relieve her suffering but to no avail. Doctors and nurses could not save her--the angels came to claim their own, for she was indeed an angel.


Decedent was a consistent Christian, a member of the Methodist Church, always so patient and kind, a devoted wife, a patient and loving mother, a true sister and daughter, her life was one daily prayer, and during her illness when she was so weak she could hardly talk she would ask her sister to say her prayers for her. On the morning before she died she said she wanted to offer up a prayer and she did. Just before she died she said, I am going to heaven; Oh, I am going to heaven, and we will sing there beautiful songs.


Oh, it is so hard, indeed, to know she is gone. A love one is gone, but can we not console ourselves in Jesus, when we remember He said, we cannot bring her back but we can go to her. We know where to find her--our loss is heaven's gain.


This is hard indeed, so hard that we must bow our heads in sorrow while "His will be done."

She has departed from this world and gone to a brighter one, left behind her a remembrance of a pure, sweet Christian life an example for our lives.

As Time rolls on we may dry our tears,

Yet through the darkness of the coming years,

There will linger with us till thy face we see--

The halo--of thy sweet life through memory.


But within our hearts thy image

Long will linger,

And thy name will be lowly breathed among us.

When the twilight shadows fall.


And thy memory we will

Ever cherish with a kindly thought

Until we again shall meet thee,

Where the good do never part.


Sleep, dear sister, sleep thy last long sleep--

By thy flower-covered grave we can only weep,

And pray that some sweet day we all may meet

In the shadowless skies at Jesus' feet.

A Loved One.


Daily Tribune, January 31, 1919


W. Henry Mann, Sr.   Aug. 13, 1912 - July 12, 1986          Erna A. Mann   Aug. 20, 1911 - Jan. 29, 1991
Roselawn Memorial Park          Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

William Henry Mann, Sr.

Funeral services for William Henry Mann, Sr., 73, of Bay City will be held at 3 p. m. Tuesday at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home with the Rev. W. E. Dugger, Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park, Van Vleck.

Mr. Mann was born Aug. 13, 1912, in Bay City to Colbert and Amy Ryman Mann and died July 12, 1986, at Matagorda General Hospital, Bay City.

He was a member of Masonic Lodge A. F. & A. M. 865 and the Methodist church.

Survivors include his wife, Erna Harbison Mann of Bay City; a son, Billy Mann of Bay City; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be members of the Masonic Lodge.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, July 14, 1986

Erna A. Mann

Funeral services for Erna A. Mann, 79, of Bay City will be held 2 p. m. Friday at the Taylor Brothers Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Mike Zimmerman officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Mrs. Mann was born Aug. 20, 1911, to William B. and Lula Mae Church Harbison n Equality, Ill., and died Jan. 29, 1991, at her home.

She was a resident of Bay City since 1932, a member of the Bay City Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and a member of the Baptist Church.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Linda Mann of Bay City; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Mary and Lester Heinzmann of Carlyle, Ill., and Madeline de Vous of Harrisburg, Ill.; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob and Wilma Harbison of Yorkville, Ill., Horace and Helen Harbison of Little Rock, Ark. Lowell and Agnes Harbison of Carbondale, Ill., and Harold and Lucille Harbison of Norfolk, Va.; two grandsons and wives, Billy Carter and Carolyn Mann of Needville and John F. and Marcy Mann of Alvin; and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers are Doug Huebner, John Estlinbaum, Tom Uher, James Sowell, Haskell Simon and Bernard Jensen.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

Daily Tribune, January 1991

Lettie Mabel Ryman Gaedcke
September 2, 1891 - March 18, 1972
Married Willie Francis Gaedcke (March 12, 1868 - February 28, 1945)
Buried at Cedarvale Cemetery, Bay City, Texas

William Ford Gaedcke
Edgar Scott Gaedcke
Katherine Gaedcke

Lettie M. Gaedcke


Lettie M. Gaedcke, a lifelong resident of Matagorda County, passed away on March 18 at the age of 80, in Matagorda General Hospital. Her survivors include a son, Edgar Scott Gaedcke of Livingston, Texas, a daughter, Katherine Dean of Bay City, Texas, a sister, Maggie Ryman of Bay City, a nephew, William Henry Mann Sr. of Bay City, and a great-nephew, William Henry Mann Jr., also of Bay City.


Services were held Sunday, March 20, at 2:30 PM in the Bay City Funeral Home Chapel, with Ron Eckstrom of the Houston Northeast Unit, Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, officiating. Interment was in Cedarvale Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Dick R. Elkins, Bay City Funeral Home.


The Daily Tribune, March 20, 1974



Dr. W. F. Gaedcke, Bay City Resident Many Years, Dies


Dr. Willie Francis Gaedcke, 77, died here today following an illness of several weeks. A resident of Bay City for forty years, Dr. Gaedcke had in the past several years, devoted his life to farming on a small scale.


A man of strong convictions, Dr. Gaedcke was a true and noble friend to a large host. He was unwavering in his thoughts and principles. He was a member of the Methodist Church and the Wesley Bible Class.


He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Katherine, and one son, Edgar Scott, all of Bay City. Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. A. B. Sherman of Bartlett and Mrs. A. R. Jones of Houston.


Funeral services will be held from the Methodist Church, Thursday afternoon at 4:30. Rev. Harry Rankin will officiate. Taylor Bros. are in charge of the arrangements. Interment will be in Cedarvale.


Matagorda County Tribune, March 1, 1945


Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby

Maggie M. Ryman
1892 - 1985
Buried Cedarvale Cemetery, Bay City, Texas

Maggie Ryman

Graveside services for Maggie Ryman, 92, of Bay City, will be held at 11 a. m. Tuesday at Cedarvale Cemetery with the Rev. Bill E. Leediker of First United Methodist Church officiating.

Miss Ryman was born Nov. 10, 1892, in Matagorda County, and died March 10, 1985, at Matagorda General Hospital.

She was a member of the Methodist church and Order of Eastern Star chapter 380.

Survivors include two nephews, Henry W. Mann Sr. of Bay City and Scott Gaedcke; a niece, Kathryn Dean; and a great-nephew, Henry W. Mann Jr. of Bay City.

Services are under the direction of Dick R. Elkins of Bay City Funeral Home.

Daily Tribune, March 11, 1985

Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby

Floyd F. Ryman
October 27,1896 - January 6, 1971
Buried Cedarvale Cemetery, Bay City, Texas

Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby

Nannie McGehee Ryman

Services were held for Mrs. Nannie McGehee Ryman, 93, of Bay City, 10 a.m. today (Monday) at Bay City Funeral Home Chapel.

Officiating at the services was the Rev. Leroy Stanton of the First United Methodist Church.

Ryman died April 30, 1983 at her residence.

Survivors include sisters, Mrs. Johnnie Peabody and Ms. Theresa McGehee of Bay City; brother, Solomon McGehee of Bay City; a number of nieces and nephews.

Burial followed services at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers included W. B. Sirman, Fred Walker, Billy Mann, Charles Ziegenhals, Carl Hooper and Freddie Ryberg.

Services under the direction of Dick R. Elkins Bay City Funeral Home.

Daily Tribune, May 2, 1983


Seth R. Bundick
March 18, 1866 - May 8, 1892

Hamilton M. Bundick
August 11, 1868 Matagorda County, Texas - June 16, 1944 Dallas, Dallas County, Texas
Married Bessie McGeough
Married Clara Bell Daringer November 9, 1912 Matagorda County, Texas
Hamilton M. Bundick was a member of the Trespalacios Baptist Church.

Home of Hamilton Bundick at the time of his death.
631 N. Bishop, Dallas, Texas

Hamilton M. Bundick

Bundick, Hamilton M., 77, passed away at local hospital Friday evening. Survived by one daughter, Mrs. Lucille Davis, Abilene, Texas; one niece, Mrs. Elsie Daspit, Dallas, and a number of out-of-town nieces and nephews. Serviced 4:30 p. m. Saturday, George A. Brewer Funeral Chapel, Mr. Douglas, reader; burial in Restland Memorial Park. For information, call T-3-6151.

Dallas Morning News, June 17, 1944

Jeptha "Jeff" Bundick
born c Dec 1872

Members of Bay City Lodge 81 I. O. O. F.

The following names are from membership records of Bay City Lodge 81, 1903-1918, which are housed at the Matagorda County Museum.

On January 28, 1903, the following were initiated into the lodge: Amos Lee, J. M. Sims, R. C. Biggs, J. B. Caverley, A. S. Collins, T. W. Bundick, A. R. Benge and E. T. Higgins.


Bundick, J. E.





Bay City Tribune: The trial of Jeff Bundick for the killing of his brother Theodore on the 21st of December last was brought to a close this morning and the court's charge delivered to the jury at eleven o'clock. Shortly after the noon recess the jury returned a verdict of murder in the first degree and fixed the penalty at 99 years in the penitentiary.
The taking of testimony was concluded yesterday evening, and the arguments were made this afternoon, District Attorney Styles for the state and Hon. Jno. W. Gaines for the defendant. The defense rested soly upon a plea of insanity, and no evidence save to establish this fact was introduced in the defendant's behalf. Every witness placed upon the stand who saw the defendant shortly after the commission of the crime gave the opinion that he was insane, or suffering mentally from a delusion which rendered him irresponsible. Two physicians so testified, as well as Sheriff Lee and other officers who were in charge of Bundick on the day of the crime and shortly afterwards. Dr. Thurston of Markham also testified that the defendant had called upon him the day prior to the killing and acted in a strange manner, and that on the morning of the killing, after the tragedy, Bundick had again called and asked for an antidote for poison which he declared his brother had acknowledged to administering to him during the night. It was also developed that a sister of the defendant died in an insane asylum. On the other hand, the state's theory is that the killing was the result of malice of long standing, growing out of an unwarranted suspicion of his brothers, and that if a temporary state of insanity existed at the time of the tragedy, it was due to the' excessive use of intoxicants. The defendant's brother, Oce, testified that Jeff drank to excess and that he was violent and abusive while under the influence of liquor: that on the night preceding the killing Jeff had drunk freely and continued to drink till about daylight. In this connection it was proven that a partly used bottle of whiskey and several full flasks were found in Jeff's room when it was searched by officers on the day of the homicide. The state also established the sanity of the defendant prior to the tragedy and at the present time. The prisoner, who had not shown the least sign of interest in the proceedings at any time during the trial, sitting for hours without a movement other than the batting of the eyes, heard the reading of tne jury's verdict without change of countenance or the least manifestation of emotion. Later, however, after he had been removed to his cell, he broke down and for a time gave away to profound emotion. He made no comment upon the verdict, but requested that his attorney be sent to him as quick as possible. The verdict seems to meet with public approval, none hearing the testimony questioning the justice of the judgement.

Victoria Advocate, January 29, 1910

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