Family of Navarro County
Written by Mary Leonard Haston ca 1967
Copyright John C. Berry, Jr.
Used by permission
Montraville Fouty, my
grandfather, was born in 1830 near Springfield, Illinois.
His brother was Clinton Fouty, two years younger than he was, his father
died in Ill., and his mother remarried a Henry [Eleazar] Clay Nash, they had
four children. Names: Henry Clay
Nash, Mirvera, Lucinda, Mary Florence. The
youngest was a baby when they left Ill. And came to Texas.
My Grandfather was 14 years old and he drove the covered wagon all the
way with his mother and children, which hurt him as his brother, Clinton got to
ride horse back with the stepfather which they loved very much.
They had slaves or bought them on the way because they had three or more
wagons. They were joined by the
Dixons, the Dollheights and Tranwells, they were joined in Tennessee by the
Carrolls, more of them later on, the Ross, the Leonards, Tanklesly and the
Newnans, in all about 56 wagons. There
were no bridges no roads.
landed in East Texas near Nacogdoches in 1845 before Texas a State, the Republic
was covered with prairie grass, knee high, praire chickens and wild birds, and a
few Indians, around, they had to ford the rivers, the Dixons, the Carrolls and
Tanklesly Rosses and Foutys all settled near Corsicana in Navarra [Navarro]
County near Richland, part of the Carroll near Kernes, My grandfather married
Mary Ann Carroll in 1857, her father was Abner Carroll, [mother Ann Kuykendall]
there were six [nine] children, John, Joe, Mary Ann, Jim, Sarah and Lula [Sarah
E., Abner M., Rachael L., Jesiah M., Mary Ann, John W., Samuel P., James Y., and
Martha T.], they lived near Tehuacana, near Mexia, for a while, the Carrols were
very wealthy and had lots of land, but they all fought for the South and lost
their wealth, Grandfather was station at Galveston Texas under Captian Dick
Dowley, Uncle Clinton was with Johnson, who retreat from Sherman when he burned
Atlanta, Ga., Uncle Clinton had two sons, Tom and Mack Fouty, who lived near
Eureka, close to Corsicana. [Records show that as a 20 year old, Montraville was
with Moss's Company, Company E, 13th Texas Infantry
Grandmother Fouty had a
sister Sarah who married a man Tarver and they left Texas before the Civil War
was over, going to Bazil South America, She had six sons married girls there and
forgot the English language, I saw her once when I was a small child. Aunt
Mollie Carroll was borned near Nacogdoches before Texas became a State She lived
to be 94 years, Grandfather and Grandmother had six children [seven]:
Cora Fouty my mother borned
June 18, 1858
Addie Fouty [m. Dixson]
Cyrus Fouty [b. 7 Nov 1861]
Sallie and Henry (twins)
[May Fouty, m. Bill Murray
of Oklahoma fame.]
Grandmother died in Feb 20
1877, my father and mother were married in Oct. 25, 1871 my father was James [Adna]
Leonard born near Little Rock, Ark, in 1850, after the War they moved to Texas.
Grand mother is buried near Richland in the Old Love Cemetery nar [near] Pizard
[Pisgah] Ridge Grand father is buried at Wortham my father and my mother had six
children as follows:
Annie Leonard borned Aug.
8, 1878, died Sept. 18, 1879
Jay Leonard borned Dec 6,
1879, died April 1, 1881
Maude Leonard borned Mar 1,
1882; died Sept 18, 1883
Rebecca Leonard borned Nov
25, 1884 and died Mar 24, 1946
James Leonard borned Jan
22, 1887 and died Oct 4 1961
Mary Leonard born Oct 4,
1889 [died June 1 1969. Grandmother was born four months after her father died;
reportedly from being shot in a holdup of his store.]
I hope Johnnie and his
family enjoy the family tree as much as I do writing for him, love and good
Note: Grandfather Fouty
remarried a widow Mrs. [Mary] Patterson in 1878  they had twins a boy
and girl both died at birth 1879 [both born 20 May 1887, Montraville Jr.
died Aug 1887; Emma died 26 July 1887] the wife also died a few days later
[same day, 20 May 1887]. Grandfather
Fouty then live with us [in Wortham, Freestone Co.] until his death.
He was 6 ft 4 inches tall, well groomed? And well like by all, he died
in  July 1895 and he is buried at Wortham Texas.
Grand Father and Grand
Mother Leonard are buried in the old Love Cemetery near Richland, Texas: William
Marshall Leonard, Rebecca Ross Leonard near to Grandmother Fouty grave
Minnie Francis Patterson
was born Oct the 27th 1884 [Mary’s daughter from her prior marriage.]
Montraville & Emma
Fouty Son & Daughter of Mary J. & M. Fouty were born May 20th 1887
Montraville Fouty Jr., son
of Mary & Montraville Fouty
Died Aug 1887.
Emma Fouty, daughter of
Mary & Montraville Fouty Died
M. Fouty and Mary Patterson
were Married August 4th 1886
Note: Grandmother wrote the
above, totally from memory at age 79, at the request of my son John Berry for
use in his fourth grade genealogy assignment. The items in brackets were
inserted by me and represent the actual situation based on research in family
records and the records in the Family History Library of the Church of Jesus
Christ of the Latter Day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Spellings and punctuation were left as grandmother wrote them.
John C. Berry, Jr.