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Confederate Veterans Buried at Cedarvale Cemetery
Bay City, Texas

Charles Louis Langham


Victor D. LeTulle

Victor D. LeTulle was born in Guyandotte, West Virginia, on November 25, 1832, the son of Louis LeTulle and Susan McMahon, who was born in Nova Scotia. Victor D. served for four years in the Confederate Army under Dick Dowling, and rose to the rank of captain. [See service record below.]

In 1854 Victor married Mary Helen Maria Webb, daughter of Gen. Samuel Webb of the Revolutionary War. To this marriage was born: Victor Lawrence; Louis; Harry; and a daughter Ella who married C. F. Dresch. Soon after 1854, the Victor D. LeTulle family moved to Texas and settled near Weimar. They later lived in Alleyton, Colorado County, Texas.

Victor D. LeTulle’s wife died in 1870 and in 1871 he married Balsora Lackey, who was born in 1840 in Georgia. She was the daughter of Dr. William Lackey and Mary Ball. To this marriage was born: John James, who married Catherine Mae Beach; Susan Marie, who married Henry Rugeley; and Julia, who never married.

The LeTulle family moved from Colorado County to Matagorda County, arriving by wagon train on December 24, 1888. They settled on the banks of Caney Creek, near what was later called Cedar Lane, where Victor D. operated a general store and owned and operated a cotton plantation. When Victor D. LeTulle’s son, Victor Lawrence, assumed the management of the businesses, the LeTulle family moved to Bay City.

Victor D. then built a large two-story plantation home on 8 acres situated on the west side of North Highway 60 about 1/2 mile from the president square. Victor D. LeTulle died in 1914, and was buried in Cedarville Cemetery.

Mignon Matthews, Historic Matagorda County, Volume II, pages 320-321                                                                                             Balsora Lackey LeTulle


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John Floyd Lewis

Capt. John Floyd Lewis

Capt. John Floyd Lewis, for many years a popular, well liked and most honorable and respected citizen of Bay City, died yesterday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. B Wells, and will be buried at Cedarvale Cemetery tomorrow afternoon, Thursday, at 3 o'clock, services from Holy Cross Church.

The news of Capt. Lewis' death was a shock and a surprise to the people of the city, as he was seen on the streets Tuesday morning and was seen leaving his home on South Avenue F that morning. The family had gathered at the home for the Monday [midday?] meal when they missed him.

At about two o'clock Mrs. Wells returned home and found her father dead.

Captain Lewis was of an old and prominent Virginia family. At an early age he moved to Texas and engaged in railroad building and contracting, merchandising and farming.

He was a Confederate soldier and took a keen interest in everything Southern and of the South. He was a member of the E. S. Rugeley Camp, U. C. V., Bay City, and at the time of his death was working up a local interest in the approaching reunion at Richmond.

Captain Lewis was one of those human characters it was a pleasure to meet, and to associate with and to call friend. High-minded, frank, well posted and educated he was the literal embodiment of refinement, polished manners and fine sense. He was slow in judgment, fair in conclusions and careful in expression. He weighed well his every utterance, judged his fellowman seriously, and yet charitably, detested sham and took his daily walk with men with an open face and a clear conscience.

The writer was one of those who enjoyed a very close friendship with Captain Lewis and many were the time when we conversed with him the questions of the day. Hardly a day passed but that he dropped in on us for a friendly chat or a conversation over the topics of the day, and not once did we ever find him faulty in judgment or derelict in analysis. His brain was keen and active. His knowledge of history was sound and his grasp of current topics firm, all of which he delighted in.

Captain Lewis was a good man, a good friend, a good father and husband. What higher praise can be said in memory of one who has gone?

Captain Lewis was born on October 16, 1847, at Orangeburg, S. C., and moved with his parents to Virginia when about a year old. He was educated in Virginia, volunteered for service in the Confederate army from the Virginia Military Academy on April 19, 1861, and served through the conflict.

In 1870 he was admitted to the bar at Catlettsburg, Ky., where he practiced for some years. On April 30, 1872 he was united in marriage to Miss Emma L. Hawthorne, and in 1878 moved to Texas, locating at Sherman. In 1902 the family moved to Bay City, where they have since resided.

Besides his wife there are surviving him five sons and two daughters. These are Hawthorne Lewis of San Antonio, Stuart Lewis of Austin, Captain R. R. Lewis of Houston, and Floyd and J. C. of this city, and Mrs. Fred Carleton and Mrs. E. B. Wells, also of this place.

And with whom the entire community mourn.

The Daily Tribune, Wednesday, June 14, 1922



Death has called again in its inevitable and irresistible visitations, this time taking from the midst of loving relatives, kind friends and admiring comrades a devoted husband, a kind father and a sincere friend.


T. J. Lewis, an ex-confederate veteran and a member of the E. S. Rugeley Camp, Confederate Veterans, has made his last stand, fought his last fight, and now lies intrenched in that eternal breastwork, the grave, where yesterday he was laid away by the hands of friends and surviving comrades to await the final command of the Great General of all the world.


Decedent several days ago contracted grip, which speedily developed into pneumonia and on Sunday night at 10:15, despite the efforts of physicians, succumbed to the ravages of this dread malady in the seventy first year of his age, being at the time of his going 70 years, 10 months and 27 days of age.


During the war he served the Confederacy in Company J 23d Alabama Infantry, and served his country gallantly for the State in which he was born.


He leaves besides the sorrowing and heartbroken wife, the constant companion of all his years of trials, efforts, adversities, successes, woes and happiness, three sons and three daughters. These are, S. R. Oscar and Paul, Mrs. Frank Swinford, Mrs. Aaron Kelly, of this city, and Mrs. J. M. Daniels, of Temple.


The funeral was held yesterday at 3 o’clock from the residence under the auspices of the E. S. Rugeley Camp of Confederate Veterans, the funeral services being conducted by Rev. O. B. Falls of the Baptist Church of which decedent was a member.


May the ashes of this good and grand old man rest in peace.  February 18, 1916


John L. Logan

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Jessie Thomas Lowe



Mr. William Edward McGlaun, an ex-Confederate soldier, aged 71 years, died this morning at 12:30 at the home of A. J. Head. Funeral services will be conducted at the Methodist Church tomorrow evening at 3:30 o’clock after which the funeral will take place in Cedarvale Cemetery at 4 o’clock.


The cause of Mr. McGlaun’s death was rheumatism of the heart. His death was sudden.


Decedent was born January 9, 1842, in Chattahoochee County, Georgia, and served as a private in the Confederate army.


He had many acquaintances and friends in this city and vicinity who join the Tribune in sympathy for the bereaved family.




Rev. John Wesley McMahan, a retired Methodist preacher, died last night at 12 o’clock at his home in this city with Bright’s disease and apoplexy of some two week’s duration.


Decedent was born in Richmond, Texas, September 3, 1845, and was at the time of his death 69 years, 6 months, and 18 days of age. He leaves besides his widow six children, Mrs. C. E. Matchett, Miss Bertha J. McMahan, Mrs. Daisy Cookenboo, J. Wesley, Jr., Linn and Walter, the two last mentioned being in the army in Company “G,” Third Regiment, T. N. G.


Rev. McMahan was a retired Methodist preacher and a Confederate veteran. At one time he was captain of the E. S. Rugeley Camp, Confederate Veterans of Bay City.


The Funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Methodist Church.


The active pallbearers will be his sons and grandsons, while the members of the E. S. Rugeley Camp will act as honorary pallbearers.


The Tribune joins the many friends of the family in sympathy in their bereavement. May 26, 1916





John Wesley McMahan, son of Thompson Hardin and of Eliza Jane McMahan, was born in Richmond, Texas, September 3, 1844. He was married to Miss Fannie Lewis, June 4, 1866 in Galveston, Texas. To this marriage were born seven children, four of whom survive him. His first wife having died he was again married to Mrs. Fannie Thomas, daughter of Rev. J. M. Wesson, December 16, 1892, in Navasota, Texas. To this marriage were born two sons, who with the devoted wife, _______ survive him.


Reverend McMahan was licensed to preach in 1886 at West End, Galveston, and joined the Conference the same year at Brenham, Texas. He was ordained deacon by Bishop Key at LaGrange, Texas, 1889, and ordained elder by Bishop Hendricks at Navasota, Texas, 1893. His was a definite call to the ministry. He was _______ and true to his convictions.


He served the following charges: Wharton, 1887-8; Eagle Lake 1889; Navasota, 1890-91; Rockdale, 1892-4; Columbia and Brazoria, 1895-6; Franklin, 1897; McKee Street, Houston, 1898; Columbus, 1899-1900; LaGrange, 1901-2. Here, at his own request, he was honorably located and moved to Navasota where he lived a quiet life with his family until 1908, when he again took work as a supply, serving the following charges: Winsboro Circuit, 1909-10; Bay City Mission, 1911, and served that charge until he was stricken with apoplexy from which he never fully recovered.


He died triumphantly at his home in Bay City, surrounded by all his loved ones, May 22, 1916, and was laid to rest in Cedarvale Cemetery in the presence of his family and hosts of loving friends.


The writer was his pastor and preached his funeral. He counts it a blessing to have known him. He was in his home quite frequently and with him a little while before he passed to the Great Beyond. The way was clear and bright with him for he was ready and ripe. He could say with the veteran Apostle Paul, “I have run the great Race; I have finished the Course; I have kept the Faith. And the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just Judge will give me on “That Day”—and not only to me, but to all who have loved his Appearing.”      Jas. F. Carter



Joseph A. Martin

Joseph A. Martin was born March 25, 1835, and died June 5, 1898. His first marriage was to Margaret Saunders on March 4, 1861. His second marriage was to Glory Isabelle Williams on October 18, 1888. He fathered six children.

Joseph enlisted on May 5, 1862, in The Army of The Confederate States of America in Hallettsville, Texas. He served as a Private in Company A, Young’s Regiment, Texas Infantry.

In 1879 Joseph acted as a Lay Minister in Robinson County. He served in the same capacity in Matagorda County in 1886.

He died as a result of a rattlesnake bite.

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