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Confederate Veterans Buried at Cedarvale Cemetery
Bay City, Texas

John V. Nuckols

John V. and Sarah Jane Nuckols came to Texas from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, around 1880, settled around Hillsboro, and remained there until 1900 when they moved to Wharton County. John farmed in the area and Sarah operated a rooming house in El Campo. In 1905, Sarah Jane bought the Nuckols Hotel, formerly named the Martin House, in Bay City, and the family moved to a new home. The hotel was a large, two story frame structure on the southwest corner of the square in Bay City. The hostelry bore the name of its owners and served as “home” to the travelers coming in and out of Bay City for many years. During the devastating storm of 1909, it served as headquarters for those helping with relief work in the storm stricken area, and the Nuckols girls cooked and served meals, dried wet clothing, and provided what help they could for the weary storm victims. In happier times, the hotel was filled with young people from the Matagorda and Wharton areas who came “to town” for balls in Hamilton Hall and for social and cultural events.

John and Sarah had a large family, seven girls and two boys: Ida, Trannie, Beulah, Andrew, Etta, Harvey, Carrie, Willie, Clyde and Nora. John died in 1916, and Sarah Jane in 1920. They were buried at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Several of the girls operated the hotel for a short time, and then sold it to the Badouh family. The landmark was destroyed on February 8, 1945, in a spectacular fire that threatened the south and west sides of the square.

Maurine DeLano Cole, Historic Matagorda County, Volume II, page 380

William Henry Presley, Sr.

Mr. William Henry Presley, Sr. a long time citizen of Bay City , a Confederate veteran and a man with many friends died at the home of Mr. George Graham, Monday, March 22, 1920 and was buried in Cedarvale cemetery this afternoon under the auspices of the E.S. Rugeley Camp U.C.V.

Mr. Presley was 76 years, 11 months and 2 day of age at the time of his death. He had been in poor health for sometime and while every care and attention was given him he could not be brought back to himself and passed away surrounded by friends and members of the family.

The Tribune will have more to say about this good man in a later issue.

The friends of the family join the Tribune in sympathy in the loss of their dear loved one.

Matagorda County Tribune, March 26, 1920                                                             Picture of reunion badge courtesy of Zia C. Miller*


Photos courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Additional information courtesy of Zia C. Miller:

PRESLEY, William H. [William A.?] (captured, Gettysburg, and never exchanged.

47th Alabama Infantry Muster Roll  -   Co. "D" (Chambers County; initial muster at Camp Shorter, near Loachapoka, AL, 22 May 1862 by Colonel James M. Oliver, for three years or duration of the war)

William Henry Presley was born 24 Feb 1843, in Chambers Co, AL and died 22 March 1920, in Bay City , Texas . He was buried in Cedarvale Cemetery .

*The reunion badge was received by Mr. Presley when he went back to Alabama--date of the reunion unknown.


Frank Rugeley

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Dr. Henry Lowndes Rugeley M D


John T. Sargent

James H. Selkirk

Baxter Smith
Reunion Picture

William Charlie Steinmeyer

C. C. Strait

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham

Samuel Watkins

Angus Williams

Christopher Harris "Kit" Williams

W. D. "Dock" Williams & Sarah Ann "Siddy" Williams

Ashby     Cedarvale     Hawley     Matagorda     Palacios      Family Cemeteries     Various     Unknown


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