John Francis McNabb Family
John Francis McNabb
By Catherine McNabb Anderson
John Francis McNabb was born in Scotland, and as a young man
immigrated to the United States, carrying with him a letter of
introduction from his minister dated May 22, 1829.
These do certify that John McNabb, unmarried, has resided in this
parish from his infancy, and for anything known to us, conducts
himself soberly, honestly, and inoffensively, and leaves this place
free from all scandal or grounds of church censure.
Given and attested at Callander this 22nd May 1829
Peter Robertson, Minister
Robert McArthur, Elder
John married Mary Ann Brocklehurst from England in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, and they had two children, John F. and Mary Ann. In
1839, John traveled to Texas and deciding to settle in Matagorda,
sent for his family. When they arrived after the long journey, they
were told he had died and was buried in the Matagorda Cemetery. His
epitaph reads, His family who immigrated shortly after him found
only his grave instead of a fond husband and father.
His daughter, Mary, was a tutor for many years in private homes
around Texas. She died in 1917, and is buried in the Matagorda
His son, John F. McNabb, learned his carpentry trade, apprenticing
to Conrad Dietrich. He began buying cattle and land in the vicinity
of Matagorda, including what is known as
Battle Island, the site of the
battle between the Karankawa Indians and the white settlers. When he
went to the Civil War in 1861, he left his property in the care of
Lewis Bankston, a free Negro man. John R. McNabb served in Company
D, 6th Texas Infantry Regiment. When the Civil War ended,
Company D disbanded in Arkansas and John F. walked home to
John married Amanda Jane Carter on November 19, 1868 and they had five
1. Allan (September 7, 1871 -
August 17, 1899) married Mabel Claire Ladd (October 16, 1876 -
February 11, 1899) September 11, 1898 in Matagorda County and they
were both buried at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.
2. Angella (January 5, 1873 - May 4,
1908) married Robert Hill Traylor and both are buried at Matagorda
3. William Edward (March 29,
1875 - June 23 1956) married Jennie L. Baxter (July 27, 1879 -
January 28, 1965) on June 21, 1899 in Matagorda and both are buried
at Matagorda Cemetery
4. Delia Evelyn (September 10,
1877 - February 8, 1964) married Edwin P. Layton (April 13, 1881 -
June 1, 1974) on February 28, 1907 in Matagorda County and they are
both buried at Matagorda Cemetery.
5. Albert Wadsworth (October
27, 1879 - April 15, 1965), married Annie Alberta Brashear (January
14, 1883 - October 22, 1971) on January 18, 1906 in Matagorda and
both are buried Matagorda Cemetery.
Albert Wadsworth McNabb, a rancher and businessman, married Annie
Brashear, and they had two children, John Brashear and Alberta
Wadsworth. Alberta Wadsworth McNabb died in 1912, John Brashear
McNabb in 1926, Albert Wadsworth McNabb in 1965, and were buried in
the Matagorda Cemetery.
Amanda Jane died in 1882 at the age of thirty-three and John F.
reared his five young children.
Historic Matagorda County, Volume II, 1984, pages 352-353
At some point in 1839, a house was built at 517
Fisher Street in Matagorda for the McNabb family. Succeeding
generations lived in the house continuously until 2014. A pink rose
bush planted in front of the house by Mary Ann Brocklehurst McNabb
was still growing in front of the house in 2014.
After the death of John Francis McNabb in 1839,
Mary Ann married Joseph Smith on March 10, 1842 in Matagorda.
They had three children:
1. Rachel Ingram Smith born December 30, 1842 in Matagorda and
baptized at Christ Episcopal Church on March 19, 1843. She married
James Smith (July 24, 1835 Brazoria County, TX - March 7, 1871
Caldwell County, TX) on July 7, 1859 in Brazoria County, Texas and
they had three children:
a. George Washington
Smith (September 9, 1860 Brazoria County, TX - October 3, 1864
Brazoria County, TX
John Francis (Smith) McSmith (January 8, 1862 Brazoria County,
TX - February 12, 1940 Socorro County, NM)
c. Mary Elizabeth Smith
(November 24, 1864 Brazoria County, TX - March 1, 1865 Brazoria
Rachel died February 25, 1865 in Brazoria,
1860 Census - Texas - Brazoria County
James Smith, age 23, b TX, Planter
Rachel Smith, age 16, b TX
2. James Knox Polk Smith born March 29, 1845 and
baptized at Christ Church on May 29, 1845
3. Oliver Smith born February 18, 1847 and
baptized at Christ Church on August 29, 1847.
Mary Ann "Ann" died between the birth of Oliver
in 1847 and June 1850 when the 1850 census was taken.
Census records reveal Joseph Smith was living in
Matagorda with the McNabb children and his three children.
1850 Census - Texas - Matagorda County - Matagorda
Joseph Smith, age 41, b NY
Mary A. McNabb, age 13, b PA
J. F. McNabb, age 12, b PA
R. J. Smith, age 8, b TX
J. K. P. Smith, age 6, b TX
Oliver Smith, age 4, b TX
John F. McNabb
In the memory of
JOHN F. McNAB
A Native of Scotland
Who died September
His family who
immigrated shortly after
him, found only his
grave instead of a fond
husband and father.
January 8, 1838 - June 30, 1917
Matagorda, Texas, July 9.--In the passing away of
Miss Mary McNabb June 30, 1917, a noble and useful woman is now at
rest from her earthly pilgrimage.
Twelve days before her demise she was apparently
well, had been sitting on the porch the greater part of the
afternoon conversing with relatives who had dropped in and about 8
o'clock her nephew, A. W. McNabb, brought over some refreshing
buttermilk of which she was very fond. She insisted on taking it
from him and entered the house. A moment later A. W. and his father
hearing a noise as of some one falling ran in and found her on the
floor of the dining room unconscious and still clasping the empty
bucket in her hand.
The doctor was hastily summoned and all done that
could be to make her comfortable and although she recovered
consciousness and conversed at times for a few moments, she
continued to grow gradually worse until the end came.
Although every situation was given her, recovery
from the apoplectic stroke was not to be and as the day waned and
the sun sank to rest she passed away as gently as a babe falls to
sleep and the soul took its flight to where, for her, the morning
breaks, eternal bright and fair, to abide with Him, where there is
no sunset, nor sorrows and where all tears are wiped away.
A few hours afterwards the remains were placed in
the casket and taken to the Episcopal Church, of which denomination
she was a faithful member, and where they lay in state until 5
o'clock the next afternoon when Rev. John Sloan of Bay City began
the funeral service.
From the church that poor semblance of one who
had gone was taken to its final resting place in the Matagorda
cemetery and lowered into is narrow bed of evergreen, symbolical of
the eternal life she now enjoys. The grave was covered with pretty
flowers contributed by sympathizing friends of the family. The
minister concluded the service here and all turned away leaving the
body to rest until the resurrection morn, for she has faithfully
earned a well merited rest from her labors. As far back as can be
remembered Miss McNabb had been known and loved by the preceding and
present generation of Matagorda and she leaves a splendid record of
sweetness, purity and usefulness to be remembered by all who came in
contact with her.
She was a superior woman in every way, has taught
school practically all of her life, imparting from her great store
of knowledge to others, helping them on their upward way, and words
of commendation have always been spoken of her on every hand.
Even so she was not satisfied but thirsted
continually to attain yet higher goals and even at her death, was
just completing a chautauqua course and it is perfectly wonderful
how she accomplished so much when we consider her age.
This subject was of Scotch-English descent, her
mother's maiden name being Miss Brockleyhurst [Brocklehurst] and
both parents came direct from the British isles to the United
She was born at Philadelphia, January 8, 1837,
and came with her parents to Matagorda when quite a little girl and
here she spent most of her life ___ ___ ___ ___.
Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham
|1860 Census - Texas - Matagorda County -
Ann Wilkinson, age 50, b TN
Ann Wilkinson, age 22, b TX
Ellen Wilkinson, age 21, b TX
Mary M. McNabb, age 23, b PA
|1870 Census - Texas - Matagorda County - Matagorda
Philomen Cleveland, age 48, b OH, Farmer
Catherine Cleveland, age 37, b Nassau, Housekeeper
Lorena Cleveland, age 15, b TX, Asst Housekeeper
Mary Cleveland, age 13, b TX, Asst Housekeeper
Philomen Cleveland, age 10, b TX
John Cleveland, age 6, b TX
Orison Cleveland, age 1, b TX
Leana Cleveland, age 20, b AR, Asst Housekeeper
Mary A. McNabb, age 22, b PA, School Teacher
John F. McNabb [Jr.]
Matagorda, Texas, November 6.--An old land mark
and Matagorda pioneer is gone, in the passing away of Mr. John F.
McNabb Monday morning, November 3, 1919, at 5 o'clock after an
illness of several weeks, caused from a breakdown brought on by the
ravages of influenza last winter.
In order that the might have every attention of
his children in his last days, his daughter, Mrs. E. P. Layton had
him removed from his old family home to her residence when he began
to feel so badly and that was where he died.
The funeral services were partly performed at the
house and concluded at the cemetery and conducted by Rev. Mervin
Pettit of the Episcopal faith of which Mr. McNabb was a member.
Many friends both from Bay City and Matagorda
showed their regret and sympathy by assembling at the home to attend
the burial services and look their last upon the face of him whom
they had called "friend" all down the years
A large procession of automobiles followed the
hearse to the cemetery and as is usual, evidence of faithful
friendship was carried out in the lining of the grave with florals
and evergreens over a white background and here he was lowered and
covered for his last long sleep. The beautiful floral offerings were
splendid and the grave was a solid mass of ferns and flowers with
tall potted snow white chrysanthemums at the head and foot.
The Rev. Pettit in a beautiful way implored the
protection of the Divine One over the grave and offered the blessing
found in Num. 6:24-26.
thee, and keep thee:
Lord make his
face shine upon
thee, and be
gracious unto thee:
Lord lift up
his countenance upon
thee, and give thee
Mr. John Francis
McNabb was of
mother was Miss Ann
of England and as a
newly married couple
his parents came to
this country and
and there Mr. McNabb
was born in 1839,
and when only three
months old, his
parents moved to
Matagorda with him
and his sister, the
late Miss Mary
McNabb and here he
was reared in the
home where he lived
until his demise
when he was 80
years, 3 months and
25 days old.
He is one of the
last of the
veterans, for when
war was declared
between the States
he enlisted in the
6th Texas Infantry,
Company D in 1861
and was in service
for the duration of
the war. His
him are Messrs. A.
C. Bruce, J. F.
Zipprian, J. B.
Phillips and William
A few years after
the war he was
united in marriage
to Miss Jennie
Carter of which
union there were six
children of whom
three survive him,
viz: W. E. and A. W.
McNabb and Mrs. E.
P. Layton, also four
Traylor, John B.
McNabb, Aenone and
His wife died when
the youngest child,
A. W., was a mere
baby and he has had
to be both father
and mother to them
these 38 years, and
only those who have
had like experience
will realize how
greatly they will
miss him always.
The family home can
boast of four
its walls as he,
with his parents,
resided there all of
his children and two
born there and now
the doors are
closed, the windows
boarded up and the
once so happy home
is now desolate.
Their many friends
sympathize with the
bereft ones and they
will miss his kindly
voice and genial
smile as he always
had a pleasant word
for all as they
Those attending the
funeral from Bay
City were Mesdames
Geo. Austin, J. D.
Moore, R. A. Kleska,
J. W. White, W. R.
Franz, T. J.
Hamilton, S. R.
Sholars, J. R.
Cookenboo; Mr. and
Mrs. E. H. Highly,
Mr. and Mrs. Ven.
Doubek, Mr. and Mrs.
Amos Lee, Mr. and
Mrs. Beth Taylor and
Capt. Billy Austin.
1860 Census - Texas - Matagorda County - Matagorda
C. A. Dietrick, age 37, b France, Carpenter
Louisa Dietrick age 27, b Switzerland
Antonio Dietrick, age 9, b TX
Charles R. Dietrick, age 6, b TX
Mary Dietrick, age 2, b TX
Charles Dietrick, age 30, b France, Carpenter
John McNabb, age 22, b Pennsylvania, Carpenter
1870 Census - Texas - Matagorda County - Matagorda
Jno. F. McNabb, age 30, b PA, Carpenter
Amanda McNabb, age 20, b TX, Housekeeper
Jane Carter on
CONFEDERATE SERVICE RECORD OF JOHN FRANCIS McNABB [JR.]
1. John McNabb, Co.
D, 6 Texas Infantry; Private-Private
2. Pvt; Capt. E. A. Peareson’s Company, 6
Regiment Texas Infantry; Age 23 years; Company Muster-in Roll
Oct 4, 1861 at Camp Hy E McCulloch; Joined for duty and enrolled
Oct 4, 1861 at Matagorda by Capt. E. A. Peareson; Period: war;
85 miles to rendezvous
3. Company Muster Roll for Oct 4 to 31, 1861;
Enrolled July 11, 186_ at Matagorda by Capt. Peareson; Mustered
into service Oct. 4, 186_ at Victoria by Lt. J. H. Dinkins
4. Company Muster Roll for Nov & Dec, 1861 -
Present; Enrolled July 11, 1861 at Matagorda by Capt. E. A.
5. Company Muster roll for Jan & Feb, 1862 –
Present; Pay due from enlistment
6. Company Muster Roll for Mar & Apr, 1862 –
Present; Pay due from enlistment
7. Company Muster Roll for May & June, 1862 –
Present; Last paid by Capt. A. [U.] Wolfe Q. M.; To what time:
Jan. 1, 1862
8. Company Muster Roll for July & Aug, 1862 –
Present; Last paid by Capt. Wolfe; To what time: Mar. 1, 1862
9. John McKnab; Company Muster Roll for Sept
& Oct, 1862 - Present; Enlisted Oct. 4, 1861 at Victoria Tex by
Lt. Dinkins; Period: war; Last paid by Capt. U. Wolfe; To what
time: Mar 1, 1862
10. Company Muster Roll for Nov & Dec, 1862 –
Present; Last paid by Cap. U. Wolfe; To what time: July 1, 1862
11. Company Muster Roll for Dec 31, 1862 to
Apr 30, 1863 – Absent; Last paid by Capt. U. Wolfe; To what
time: June 30, 1862; Absent since Battle of Arkansas Post Jan
12. (back of index page # 11) name appears in
column of names present cancelled
13. Company Muster Roll for Dec 31, 1862 to
June 30, 1863 – Absent; Remarks: Absent since Jan 11, 1863 in
Trans Miss Dept
14. Company Muster Roll for July & Aug, 1863
– Absent; Remarks: Absent in trans Miss Dept since Jan 11, 1863
15. Company Muster Roll for Sept & Oct, 1863
– Absent; Remarks: absent in Trans Miss Dept since (over)
16. (back of index page #15) battle Ark. Post
Jan 11, 1863
17. Company Muster Roll for Nov & Dec, 1863 –
absent; Remarks: In trans Miss Dept
18. Company Muster Roll for Jan & Feb, 1864 –
Absent; Remarks: In Trans Miss Dept
19. Company Muster Roll for March & April,
1864 – Absent; Remarks: In Trans Miss Dept
JOHN F. McNABB
Matagorda, Texas.--Born July 8, 1839, in
Philadelphia, Pa., and enlisted in the Confederate Army in 1861,
at Victoria, Texas, at Camp McCulloch, as private in Company D,
Sixth Texas Infantry. First Captain was named Peareson, and
first Colonel, Garland. When Arkansas Post fell I succeeded in
getting away, as I was on guard. [Most of the unit was
captured.] From there I made my way to Pine Bluff and reported
to Gen. Walker. Was only scratched a few times. Can not say that
I was wounded. Was never taken prisoner. Was in the battles of
Arkansas Post, Mansfield, Pleasant Hill, Milliken's Bend,
Bedalia, Yellow Bayou and numerous small engagements along Red
Interview from Reminiscences of the Boys
in Gray, 1861 - 1865 compiled by Mamie Yeary
Family of Allan and Mabel Claire Ladd McNabb
DIED—In this city Thursday morning,
August 17th of erysipelas, Allen McNabb, age twenty-four
Our citizen and friend, Allen
McNabb, was born in the town of Matagorda, September 7th,
Allen, as a friend, was one to be
appreciated; one ever true and loyal. He counted not the trouble to
himself, but the pleasure of his associates, ever kind, sympathetic
and obliging. He laughed with those who were merry; his tears flowed
with those of the distressed and bereaved. He aided the unfortunate;
helped to raise the fallen; administered to the sick and afflicted.
Those noble traits of character—love, sympathy and charity—were so
thoroughly a part of himself, that his friends, who to-day mourn his
untimely demise, are to be counted by the hundreds.
As a citizen, he was ever ready to
aid in the advancement of his county; ever a patriot and helper;
true to all duties given him; farseeing and progressive. As an
individual, his ambition was to excel. This trait was shown when a
youth, in school, his lessons were always learned; in business every
duty performed. As a son, he was ever dutiful, obedient and
attentive; as a brother, kind and loving. And while we mourn his
departure, we bow in humble submission to the will of Him who doeth
all things well; and can but exclaim “The Lord gave and the Lord
hath taken away, Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Our deepest sympathies are with the
bereaved father, brother and sisters. May God’s richest blessing be
given them to soothe the broken heart and drive away these burning
tears of distress. Allen, “Good-by, and farewell; Peace! Peace! Be
to thee and thine.” Amen. –A. L.
Whereas, the Supreme Commander of
the Universe has seen fit to remove from our midst our Sovereign
Brother Allen McNabb, therefore be it
Resolved by Bay City Camp No. 168
W. O. W. that in the death of this, our brother, we are made to
mourn the loss of one who was ever ready to extend the hand of
friendship to the unfortunate; ever ready to assist the needy; ever
ready to labor and assist in any charitable undertaking; always
ready and willing to throw on his armor and stand in the post of
duty as a W. O. W., there exemplifying those noble attributes that
did abound and exist in his heart. He was in every way a worthy
citizen; true to his country; faithful to his people; and an
honorable upright and faithful guardian of one little city for a
number of years. When we were wrapped in slumber, Allen McNabb
faithful to duty was watching our Camp. His life was cut off in the
fullness of his power; in the bloom of youth. He bore up and endured
the sufferings with the fortitude of a hero that he was.
Resolved, that we offer the family,
and especially to his much bereaved father, the assurance of our
Resolved, that a copy of this
resolution be spread upon the minutes of our camp; a copy furnished
the family, also a copy be furnished to each of our county papers
and that each member of the Camp wear the usual mourning emblem for
Weekly Visitor, August 18, 1899
ALLAN McNABB’S FUNERAL.
The remains of Allen McNabb were
followed to their last resting place in Cedarvale cemetery, last
Friday morning by the largest concourse of people that ever followed
a corpse out of our little city, and laid to rest beside those of
his wife who departed this life February 11th.
The funeral services were conducted
by the Woodmen of the World, of which order he had only been a
member about three months, and Rev. Dr. Burkhead, Episcopal minister
of Matagorda, of which church deceased was a member.
Deceased carried a thousand dollar
policy in the Woodmen of the World, made payable to his brother, W.
Matagorda County Tribune, August
Mabel Claire McNabb
A Father’s Tribute
DIED—At 3:30 o’clock on Saturday
morning, February 11th, Mabel Clare, wife of Anna McNabb,
in the 23rd year of her age.
This is just such a simple, formal
announcement as we read almost any day, with scarcely a thought of
the aching breasts whose every heart-strings have been snapped in
And yet, what a flood of tender
memories it brings to this writer. His first vision is of a
laughing, bright-eyed infant extending her chubby little arms in
token of her chubby little arms in token of her earnest desire to
come to him as he enters his home at the close of the day’s duties
in the office. Then he sees her as a winsome, dark-haired little
girl, at once the most willful and most affectionate of all his
children. Later he sees her as an ambitious school girl, seeming to
have two leading aims in life—to excel all her classmates and to
please her father. And she usually succeeded in both. And we
remember vividly all the cunning arts and tender little attentions
by which she sought to obtain her father’s praise and approval. Her
school days ended, we see her bud into womanhood—a womanhood
embellished with more than ordinary natural endowments and acquired
accomplishments, and we see her, with rare tact and effectiveness,
using her gifts for the public good. A little later we see her
forsake father and mother and cleave unto the man to whom she had
plighted her troth. And five months later, to a day, and after weeks
of intense suffering, we see her breathe her last with her arms
about his neck and his name upon her lips.
And then we cry, “Oh, the pity of
it, the pity of it! Lord God of Hosts, we have seen clearly the
beneficence of hundreds of the dispensations of thy providence; give
us faith to trust thee for the beneficence of those that we cannot
Faults she had, yes. None knew them
better than the writer, from whom most of them descended upon her as
a natural heritage.
But they are to be no more
mentioned, save as they may serve to teach useful lessons to the
For her virtues far outweighed her
faults, and she leaves, all too soon, a world that was made better
for her having lived in it.
May God cherish her fair spirit and comfort the loved
ones left behind, till
“We shall meet beyond the river--
Meet beyond the rolling river;
Meet and know and love each other, in that happy land.”
Family of Angella McNabb and Robert Hill
Matagorda Cemetery - Photos Courtesy of Faye Cunningham
Robert Royal "Roy" Traylor
Robert Royal "Roy" Traylor, 97, of
Matagorda, passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2001 at the
Legacy in Bay City. He was born on March 16, 1903 in Bay
City to Robert H. and Angelia McNabb Traylor.
Roy was a former student of Austin College and Texas A & M,
the class of 1926. He was a member of the Christ Episcopal
Church of Matagorda. He owned and operated Layton's Garage
in Matagorda for many years and was a rancher and cattleman.
He was also a charter member of the Matagorda Fire
Department, and built Matagorda's first fire truck.
For more than seventy years, he was a weather observer for
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He
received many awards and was recognized as one of two
observers who served the longest time in the United States.
He was a member of the Shriners and was a member of the
Masonic Lodge #4459 A.F. and A.M. of Matagorda and was
recognized by the Texas Masons for 75 years of service.
He is survived by his cousins and their extended families,
Evelyn Haley of Bay City, Catherine Anderson of Matagorda,
and Charles Baker of Houston. He was preceded in death by
his wife, Julia Traylor in 1986.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10,
2001 at Christ Episcopal Church of Matagorda with the Rev.
Harley Savage officiating. Interment will follow at
Matagorda Cemetery in Matagorda. Honorary pallbearers will
be members of the Matagorda Masonic Lodge.
Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.
THE DAILY TRIBUNE, March 9, 2001
Julia Graham Blizard Traylor
Funeral services for Julia Graham
Blizard Traylor, 80, of Matagorda will be held at 2 p. m.
Tuesday at Christ Episcopal Church, Matagorda, with the Rev.
Herbert A. Wilke officiating. Burial will be in Matagorda
Mrs. Traylor was born Nov. 23,
1905, in Oklahoma to Nathaniel and Julia Halsey Blizard and
died Aug. 4, 1986, at Matagorda General Hospital.
A resident of Matagorda since 1938,
she was a member of the Episcopal church.
Survivors include her husband, R.
R. “Roy” Traylor of Matagorda; three nieces, Evelyn Hunter
of Garden, Calif., Julia Neely and Virginia Taylor, both of
San Antonio; and a nephew, Tommy LaMoore of Santa Fe., N. M.
Arrangements are with Taylor
Brothers Funeral Home.
The Daily Tribune, August 5, 1986
Family of William Edward and Jennie L.
Final Rites Held For W.
E. McNabb, Former Judge Here
Final rites for William Edward McNabb, 81, former
county judge, were held Sunday at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home with
Father C. J. Martin officiating.
Mr. McNabb died Saturday. He is survived by his
wife of Matagorda; one daughter, Mrs. Don Haley of BAy City; one
sister, Mrs. E. P. Layton of Matagorda and one brother, A. W. of
The Bay City News, June 28, 1956
Mrs. Jennie McNabb Passes Away At 85
Mrs. Jennie L. McNabb, 85, widow of
the late County Judge William E. McNabb, passed away in Matagorda
General Hospital at 11 a. m. Thursday.
A lifetime member of the Matagorda
Methodist Church, and one of its oldest members, her funeral service
will be held there Saturday morning at 10 a. m. Burial in the
Matagorda Cemetery will follow. The services will be conducted by
the Rev. Jack Cox and the Rev. T. Walter Moore.
She was born Jennie L. Baxter on
Baxter Island, just across the river from Matagorda on July 27,
1879. Her fther, William, supplied the town of Matagorda with goods
from Indianola by boat. Raised through early childhood on the
island, she was one of 9 children. One sister, Mrs. Lida Moberly of
Matagorda, still survives.
Jennie Baxter married a rising
young Matagorda townsman, William McNabb, when she was not quite 20.
The wedding was performed June 21, 1899 in the Matagorda Methodist
The McNabbs considered Matagorda
home, although they moved to Bay City several times when Mr. McNabb
became county judge. He was named judge twice, and also spent 18
years as a county commissioner.
Two daughters were born to them,
Evelyn and Enone. Enone died when still a young woman, leaving a
daughter, Catherine Lawhon. The McNabbs took the bereaved widower
and granddaughter into their home and hearts, and helped raise
Catherine. In later years, Mrs. McNabb lived with the now Mrs.
Catherine Lawhon Anderson and her husband and family in the old
McNabb home (built in 1839) in Matagorda.
A quiet, unassuming woman, Jennie
McNabb lived a simple Christian life. She spent the last few years
living with Evelyn, now Mrs. Don Haley, here in Bay City.
Mrs. McNabb is survived by her
daughter, Mrs. Haley, and two grandchildren, Mrs. Anderson and
Charles Bryan Baker of Wichita Falls. There are three great
grandchildren, Nonie Anderson, Bill Anderson and Bryan Baker. Her
sister, Mrs. Moberley, also survives her.
Daily Tribune, January 29, 1965
Family of Delia McNabb and
Photo courtesy of Find A Grave Volunteers Suzy &
Family of Albert Wadsworth and Annie
Alberta Brashear McNabb
Pioneer A. W. McNabb,
85, Of Matagorda Dies Thursday
Albert Wadsworth McNabb, 85 years
old and a native of Matagorda, died late Thursday afternoon in
Matagorda General Hospital following a brief illness.
Affectionately known to his many
friends as “Mr. Ward,” he was a life-long resident of Matagorda
County. The prominent cattleman and lifelong civic leader built the
first telephone line from Bay City to Matagorda.
He was a devout member of Christ
Episcopal Church where he held the title of Honorary Senior Warden.
He was very active in the Go-Men, a layman’s organization of the
Episcopal Church. He was a 33rd Degree Mason, a Shriner
of the Galveston Consistory, and a member of the Matagorda A. F. &
A. M. #7.
Funeral services will be held
Saturday afternoon at 3 p. m. at Christ Church Matagorda with the
rector, Rev. J. Raymond Fisher and the Rev. Milton E. McWilliams,
rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church officiating. Burial will be
made in the Matagorda Cemetery under the direction of the Bay City
Funeral Home. Graveside rites will be conducted by the Matagorda
Masonic Lodge A. F. & A. M. #7.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs.
A. W. McNabb of Matagorda, two nieces, Mrs. Don Haley of Bay City
and Mrs. Carl Anderson of Matagorda; two nephews, R. R. Traylor of
Matagorda and Charles Baker of Wichita Falls.
Pallbearers will be Norman G.
Bissett, Ernest Ryman, Gardner Serrill, J. F. Williams, Gene Lawhon,
and J. D. Sutherland.
Daily Tribune, April 16, 1965
Mrs. Annie Brashear
MCNABB, Mrs. Annie Brashear passed
away October 22 in Matagorda General Hospital. She is survived by a
niece, Mrs. C. T. Newton of Austin and two members, Roy Traylor of
Matagorda and Thomas Brashear of El Paso. Services were held Sunday,
October 24, at 2:30 p. m. in Christ Episcopal Church, Matagorda,
with the Rev. James Abernathy officiating. Interment was in
Matagorda Cemetery. Pallbearers were Tom Ward, Gene Lawhon, Thomas
Brashear, Doug Havard, Carl Anderson and W. W. Rugeley. Taylor
Brothers Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Daily Tribune, October 25, 1971