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Frederick Clarence McCamly Family


The Independent, Brazoria, TX, April 15, 1881

Frederick Clarence McCamly
January 28, 1854 Matagorda, Matagorda County, Texas
November 18, 1887 Galveston, Galveston County, Texas
Buried Morton Cemetery, Richmond, Fort Bend County, Texas

Frederick was the son of John W. McCamly (b c 1811 NY - ????) and Sarah Frances Davis (February 21, 1825 Williamson County, Texas - 1867 Matagorda County, Texas) who married July 16, 1846 in Matagorda County, Texas.

Other children of John W. and Sarah Frances Davis McCamly were:
Ellen McCamly (May 16, 1847 - August 1, 1849) buried at Matagorda Cemetery
William A. McCamly (June 20, 1849 Matagorda County - November 2, 1908 San Antonio, Bexar County, TX)
John W. McCamly (born August 7, 1851 Matagorda County)

On January 7, 1874 in Calhoun County, TX,  Fred married Rosa Forrest Croom (November 4, 1857 - January 31, 1945 Wharton, Wharton County, Texas) who was also buried at Morton Cemetery in Richmond. She was the daughter of John Lafayette Croom (November 26, 1826 La Grange,  AL - April 26, 1912 Wharton, Wharton County, TX) and Ellen Robertson Davis (November 28, 1830 Franklin, TN - October 12/13, 1901 Wharton, Wharton County, TX ) who married at Matagorda on November 5, 1846.

Rosa was baptized at Christ Episcopal Church in Matagorda in August 1864. The church records note Ellen Croom was a member, but the father, John L., was not. Rosa's siblings, Willie Jesse Croom (b November 28, 1852) and Julia Longstreet Croom (b August 3, 1859) were baptized at Christ Church on September 20, 1864.

Children of Fred and Rosa McCamly were:

1. John Croom McCamly, died in infancy

2. Rosa Croom McCamly (February 14, 1875 - July 15, 1946)  married John Pettus Stansbury (August 20, 1870 - April 7, 1948) in 1898 and were later divorced.
      (Both are buried Morton Cemetery, Richmond, Fort Bend County, Texas)
      [Rosa's baptismal record at Christ Church indicates she was bor September 14, 1874 and baptized May 16, 1875.]

3. Ada Kelley McCamly March 1, 1878 Galveston, Galveston County, Texas - October 22, 1897 Wharton
      (Buried Morton Cemetery, Richmond, Fort Bend County, Texas) Ada was baptized at Christ Church on May 5, 1878.

4. Mazie Clare McCamly April 5, 1880 Matagorda - May 1, 1881 Matagorda (Buried Matagorda Cemetery)

5. Frederick Clarence McCamly Jr.,  October 10, 1886 - September 1977

The Nation, Richmond, TX, August 15 1884

Prominent Lawyer Dead.

Special to the Gazette.

RICHMOND, TEX, Nov. 19.--Fred. C. McCamly, one of the most prominent attorneys of this place, died in Galveston on yesterday of paralysis. His death was not altogether unexpected as he has been suffering from this disease several weeks. His death has cast a gloom over the entire city. He leaves a wife and two children and many warm friends to mourn his loss. His remains will be brought here for interment to-day at the city cemetery.

Fort Worth Daily Gazette, November 20, 1887

Judge Edwin Hawes House

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1982

Rosa F. McCamly had this home built in 1896. In 1897 she sold it to Edwin Hawes (b. 1852), Wharton County judge in the 1870s and 1880s. Hawes had returned to this area after temporarily residing in Kerrville, where he was mayor. Here he was a large landowner and a political leader. The double galleried home was purchased in 1944 by George Rust Hawes and his wife Emily ( Prasifka), the son and daughter-in-law of Edwin and Lizzie Milburn (Rust) Hawes.

Freedom’s Cry
By Rosa F. McCamly

Written during the Spanish-American War

Our soldier boys have sailed away
Across the ocean’s stormy waves;
They bear the sword to right and wrong,
To shield the weak against the strong;
They bear the cross, oh, God above!
To teach to men Thy gracious love.
That sword and cross go hand in hand,
And make the strength of every land
And seal the truth that saves!

Put strength into their arms, we pray,
Turn darkest night to brightest day.
On Cuba’s beauteous Isla!
Let those who bear the sword rejoice,
With one prolonged, exultant voice,
That God is still the God of war,
When waged ‘gainst slavery’s cursed bar,
To God and freedom’s smile!


Put strength into the winds of Heaven.
That waft their ships into the haven.
Where heroes guard the shore,
‘Till file on file, and rank on rank,
They hold the land from bank to bank;
And Cuba’s brave, and ladies fair,
From castle wall to prison lair.
Shall rise in gratitude sublime.
To God and men of every clime,
The tyrant driven from their door!

God of the mighty sea and main,
Bring safely home our sons again.
We ask this boon in freedom’s name!
Columbia land of freedom’s birth.
Welcome they heroes’ home return,
On hill, in vale, let torches burn;
The Stars and Stripes float far and wide;
Nation and men our joy and pride,
The land of all the earth!

Rosa F. McCamly was a member of the Library Association in Wharton and in 1903 and served on the by-laws committee for the library association as they endeavored to establish a public library as well as various offices after it was founded. --Handbook of Texas Libraries, Texas Library Association



McCamly Family

Croom Family

1850 Census - Texas - Matagorda County
John W. McCamly, age 39, b NY, Landlord, Value of real estate $17,000
Sarah F. McCamly, age 24, b TN
W. A. McCamly, age 1, g TX
Mrs. Basker, age 29, b Germany
R. Basker, age 10, b Germany
Edward Williams, 30, b CT, Gunsmith
J. W. Sills, age 30, b VA, Merchant, Value of real estate $1,000
J. C. McGouigal, age 26, b TN, Lawyer
M. Schmerber, age 30, b Germany, Clerk

1850 Census - Alabama - Greene County
John L. Croom, age 23, b AL, Farmer, Value of Real Estate$7,000
Ellen R. Croom, age 18, b TN

1860 Census - Texas - Matagorda County
Jno. W. McCamly, age 57, b NY, Planter, Value of Real Estate $16,000, Value of Personal Estate $7,500
Sarah F. McCamly, age 34, b TN
William McCamly, age, 12, b TX
John McCamly, age 9, b TX
Frederick McCamly, age 6, b TX

1860 Census - Texas - Matagorda County
John L. Croom, age 34, b AL, Planter, Value of Real Estate $13,600, Value of Personal Estate $29,600
Ellen Croom, age 28, b TN
Wiley Croom, age 7, b TX
Rosa Croom, age 3, b TX
John Croom, age 1, b TX

1870 Census - Tennessee - Maury County
Alex? C. Alexander, age 40, b TN, Dry Goods Store
Anna H. Alexander, age 40, b TN, House Keeper
Anna J. Alexander, age 14, b TN, At School
Kate Alexander, age 8, b TN, At School
Hill Alexander, age 4, b TN, At Home
John Rugeley, age 18, b TX, At School
Irvin Rugeley, age 16, b TX, At School
Frank Rugenely, age 16, b TX, At School
Hamilton Rugeley, 14, b TX, At School
Fred McCamly, age 16, b TX,  At School
William Harrison, age 17, Clerk Dry Goods Store

1870 Census - Texas - Matagorda County
Jno. L. Croom, age 43, b AL, Retired Planter, Value of Real Estate, $500, Value of Personal Estate - None
Ellen R. Croom, age 39, b TN, Housekeeper, Value of Real Estate $800, Value of Personal Estate None
Wiley J. Croom, age 17, b TX, Life Insurance Agt., Value of Real Estate $500, Value of Personal Estate, None
Rosa Croom, age 12, b TX
John L. Croom, age 10, b TX

Fred & Rosa Croom McCamly and children Rosa Croom McCamly Stansbury & Frederick Clarence McCamly, Jr.

1880 Census - Texas - Matagorda County
Fred McCamly, head, age 26, b TX, Lawyer
Rosa McCamly, wife, age 22, b TX
Rosa Croom McCamly, daughter, age 6, b TX
Ada Kelley McCamly, daughter, age 2, b TX
Mazie Clare, daughter, age 2/12, b April b TX

1900 Census - Texas - Wharton County
R. F. McCamly, head, age 42, b Nov 1857 TX
R. C. Stansbury, daughter, age 25, b Feb 1875 TX
McCamly Stansbury, grandson, age 1, b Nov 1899 TX

1910 Census - Texas - Wharton County
Rosa McCamly, head, age 52, b TX, Own Income, 5 children, 2 living
Rosa Stansbury, daughter, age 35, b TX, 2 children, 1 living, Stenographer-Clerk Office
Fred Mc Stansbury, Grandson, age 11, b TX

1910 Unable to locate Fred C. McCamly, Jr.

1910 - Texas - Harris - Houston - Rusk Street
Roena F. Burns, age 57, b IL, 4 children, 2 living
Delia Burns, age 18, b TX

1920 Census - Texas - Wharton County
Rosa F. McCamly, boarder, age 62, b TX, Retired
Rosa C. Stansbury, boarder, age 45, b TX, Deputy County Clerk


1920 Census - Texas - Dallas - Dallas County - 118 North Edgefield
Frederick C. McCamly, [Jr.], head, age 33, b TX
Delia McCamly, wife, age 28, b TX
Frederick McCamly, son, age, 7, b TX
Roena Burns, mother-in-law, age 66, b IL

1930 Census - Texas - Wharton County - Burleson Street
Rosa C. Stansbury, head, age 55, b TX, Deputy County Clerk
Rosa F. McCamly, mother, age 72, b TX


1930 Census - Texas - Dallas - Dallas County - 1002 N. Clinton St.
Fred C. McCamly [Jr.], head, age 43, b TX, None
     Home owner - value 10,000, Traveling Salesman
Delia H. McCamly, wife, age 38, b TX, Clerical Work, Oil Co.
Charles McCamly, son, age 14, b TX
Eva Laurine, daughter, age 9, b TX
Rowena Burns, mother-in-law, age 77, b IL

1940 Census - Texas - Wharton County
Rosa C. Stansbury, lodger age 65, b TX, Chief Deputy County Clerk
Rosa F. McCamly, lodger, age 82, b TX
Both were living in the same house on April 1, 1935

1940 Census - Oklahoma - Tulsa County - Tulsa - 214 S. Cheyenne
Fred Clarence McCamly [Jr.], head, age 53, b TX
     Oil Well Equipment Salesman
Delia McCamly, wife, age 49, b TX
Living in same place April 1, 1935

Their son and daughter-in-law were living in the same residence
Chas. McCamly, head, age 28, b TX, living in Dallas April 1, 1935, Assistant Purchasing Agent-Oil Field Supply
Vivian McCamly, wife, age 30, b OK, living in Tulsa April 1, 1935

[This obituary says Charles Fred McCamly's father was Fred Charles McCamly and Beulah McCamly, but it appears that he is the son of Frederick Clarence McCamly, Jr. and Delia Burns McClary. The 1940 census record provides the evidence.]

Charles Fred McCamly

Charles Fred McCamly, 89, of Bella Vista, Ark., died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001, at Concordia Care Center in Bella Vista, Ark. He was born Jan. 17, 1912, in Houston, Texas, to Fred Charles McCamly and Beulah McCamly.

He married Vivian Stout on March 26, 1937, in Lovington, N.M. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He moved to Bella Vista in 1977 from Lenexa, Kan. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Bella Vista.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian McCamly on Dec. 29, 1999; and a sister.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at the First United Methodist Church, 20 Boyce Drive, Bella Vista, Ark., with the Rev. Wayne Bartruff. Arrangements are by the Bella Vista Funeral Home and Crematory, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Ark.

Buried Green Hill Memorial Gardens Cemetery Sapulpa, Creek County, Oklahoma

Benton County Daily Record (AR) - Sunday, August 19, 2001


Vivian Stout McCamly

Born July 19, 1909
Morris, Okmulgee County, OK

 Died Dec 12, 1999
Bella Vista, Benton County, Arkansas

Photo courtesy of Find A Grave volunteer Karin Lohr Love #47771868


Photos courtesy of Find A Grave volunteer Nancy Ann Mull Buchanan #47089671

Ada Kelley McCamly
Rosa C. McCamly Stansbury
Wife of J. Pettus Stansbury

Morton Cemetery, Richmond, Fort Bend County, Texas
Photos courtesy of Find A Grave volunteer
Nancy Ann Mull Buchanan #47089671

In Memory of
Our Darling little
Mazie Clare
Born in Matagorda
April 5th, 1880
Died May 1st, 1881


Matagorda Cemetery

Photo courtesy of
Bill Anderson


[The John W. McCamly, father of Mrs. Frances A. Newsom, appears to be the same man who was the father of Frederick Clarence McCamly. According to Mrs. Newsom's death certificate, her mother's name was Amy Buck. Matagorda marriage records indicate John W. McCamly and Sarah Frances in Matagorda in 1846. It is possible that Sarah was his second wife since he is about 15 years older than she was. Mrs. Newsom "Fanny A. McCamly" married John W. Gordon, Jr. in Matagorda County on November 22, 1855. If she is John's daughter, where was she when the 1850 census was taken. Yet another mystery!]

Some Reminiscences of Early Days in Texas

Mrs. Newsom Tells of Conditions at Matagorda

Came to State With Her Father in 1844.
Interesting Information Concerning Society of the Times

By S. S. Lesesne

Far back in the settlement of New York the three Sand brothers came from Scotland and settled at what is now known as Sandy Point on Long Island. This point was named for these Sand brothers. A large progeny descended from these three brothers, among whom were the three McCamly brothers, who came to Texas and made Matagorda their home when that old and once important Texas town had scarcely reached the proportions of a large sized village.

John W. McCamly was one of these brothers. He and his two brothers, Samuel and Anthony, came as Texas pioneers about the time that the second contingent of Austin’s colony arrived. Samuel McCamly returned to New York. The remains of Anthony lie buried on Matagorda Peninsula, and the body of John W. McCamly now sleeps in the cemetery in the old town of Matagorda.

J. W. McCamly’s daughter, Mrs. Frances A Newsom, who is now living with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Houston in Wharton, Tex., came from New York with her father before annexation. Mrs. Newsom has always made Texas her home, and no one who has ever met her can for one moment question her intense loyalty and devotion to the state of her adoption. Her bright and clear mind and memory are well charged with many interesting facts connected with the early settlement of the country.

She has been twice married, her first husband being Mr. J. W. Gordon, a son of General John W. Gordon Sr., of Georgia.

Love For Texas.

But we will let Mrs. Newsom tell us of those halcyon days of the past about which old Texans love to talk. In effect she is quoted as saying: “New York was my birthplace, but Texas is my home and my beloved state. Even her hills, valleys, prairies, forests and streams are sacred to me. I have seen the ground and incomparable old commonwealth under varying conditions, both in seasons of adversity and prosperity and her history and traditions will ever remain green in my memory as does the oasis in the desert. How could I forget, or cease to love my dear old Texas—a state where wealth is enthroned in her soil, and glory in her golden sunshine?

Settled at Goliad.

“My father, John W. McCamly, came to Texas about the time that the second installment of Austin’s colony arrived. The most of these colonists settled near the coast, but he went to Goliad and engaged in the mercantile business. The Mexicans and Indians combining made a raid in 1836 upon Goliad, and the burning of his store was among the depredations committed by them.

“He then returned to Matagorda where a company was organized to protect the people against such raids. He was placed in command of this company, but being of a restless and adventuresome nature he voluntarily surrendered the command to Colonel Thomas Stewart and became a scout.

“The Indians, knowing the sand bars and reefs in the bays, could have easily crossed from the mainland to Matagorda Peninsula and suddenly swooped down upon the settlements immediately along the coast. To prevent such surprises, scouts were constantly kept out looking for the approach of bands of hostile Indians.

“Further often went far into the interior, frequently suffering for food before he could return to the settlements.

“The fleetness of his horse in taking him to the bottoms and cane brakes saved him many times from the arrows and scalping knives of blood-thirsty Indians.

“After it became evident that Polk would be elected president, and knowing his election would insure the annexation of Texas, father returned to New York for his family and brought us to Matagorda.

News of Polk’s Election

“When we arrived there the election was over. We brought the news that Polk was elected, and the people there celebrated the democratic victory on the night of our arrival, a few tar barrels being used for making a bonfire. There was great rejoicing among them over the assured certainty that Texas would soon become one of the states of the American union, and father was one of the happiest of those who were celebrating the great event. It was not long after this before the men began to volunteer and leave for the Mexican war, General Ben McCulloch was among those whom I saw leaving to join General Taylor’s army.

“In coming from New York to Texas in those days the change in environments was so great that it almost made us feel like we had been transported to an entirely new world that had not been finished. Everything seemed strange and unique. While I would have gone anywhere with father, I could not help wondering to myself: ‘Where has he brought us?’

“On our way to Matagorda we stopped at Galveston, which looked like an insignificant little village that had been scooped up from the gulf.

“I went to school at Matagorda to Rev. Ives, the first Episcopal minister to come and organize the Episcopal Church in Texas.

Matagorda’s Society.

“The society of Matagorda in the balmy days of her prosperity was as elegant as could be found anywhere on the American Continent. To become a member of society in Matagorda insured a passport to that of any state, city or community in the United States.

“In those years Matagorda was the seat of Texas wealth and aristocracy. The people were wealthy, cultured and sociable, and entertained with the most liberal prodigality. Their guests were treated as members of the family. Their fine homes were elegantly furnished and supplied with numerous well-trained servants and every convenience necessary for making life gay, happy and delightful.

“It was famous as a winter resort, and during that season the pleasure-seekers and society devotees came there from all sections of the union. George Ludlow, who became governor of Ohio, had a wealthy aunt living there, and he was quite a familiar figure in society circles in Matagorda during the gala season. John Donaldson and other nephews of President Andrew Jackson were also numbered among the annual winter visitors.

Much in Society Way.

“The wealthy citizens kept open house, and dancing, balls, social visiting and gatherings, riding parties, excursions on the hay, etc., following one after another, made society life in the old town one continual round of pleasure.

“I have made many trips with my father on the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and on the gulf, the Great Lakes and on the principle navigable rivers, as well as on the Erie Canal. I came with him from New Orleans to Galveston on the first steamer that made that voyage. It was a small tub of a vessel, and she rolled with the waves to such an extent that the passage was very disagreeable. Her name was the New York and Captain Wright was her commander.

“I am living in a house where four generations are represented. I am 77 years old, and… have never reached above witch’s weight.”

Mrs. Newsom is one of those excellent old Texas ladies who has many friends in Texas and elsewhere, who hold her in the highest regard, especially is this true of her in Wharton, where she lives.

Galveston Daily News, January 28, 1912


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