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RUFUS ALBERT NOBLE Family

Submitted by:  Linda Noble Murphy
Grand-Daughter of Rufus Albert Noble

 

 

 

 

Best Family

 

Priscilla & Otha Ann Noble

 

Rufus Albert Noble Family

 

My family has a long history with the town Blackwell and with Hylton, Nolan Co., TX.
 

I am sending several pictures which were very likely taken in Nolan County, near Blackwell.  The picture labeled Rufus Albert Noble is my grandfather.  The picture was taken in 1919 just north of Blackwell.  The Noble family farm was located across the road from what is now (or was as of 1996) the Holland farm.
 

Rufus Albert Noble is said to have been born in Ladonia, Texas (unconfirmed) in 1880.  His parents were Joseph Noble of Union County, Illinois and Priscilla Alice (nee Finley) Noble of Scott County, Missouri.
 

Joseph and Priscilla Noble as well as their son, Rufus Albert Noble are found in the Grady County, OK census for 1900 near the town of Alex.
 

Rufus Albert Noble married Florence Roberson in Ada, OK in 1902.  They had a daughter named Alma born in 1904.  About 1906 Rufus's wife, Florence, and an infant son may have died.  

Rufus Albert Noble, his widowed mother Priscilla Noble, and his daughter Alma traveled to Texas and settled near Bronte in Coke County. 

Rufus Albert Noble, new wife Otha Ann Best, Alma, and daughters Lola and Audra are found in the Coke County census of 1910.  Earlier in the year, Priscilla Noble, RA's mother had died.  She is buried in the Blackwell Cemetery.  Her marker reads PA Noble, 31 Dec 1838 - 14 Mar 1910.
 

Rufus Albert and Otha Noble are found in the 1920 Blackwell, Nolan County Census.  Their family was complete then, with four girls; Alma,  Audra, Lola, Julia who was called Jude and my dad, Rufus Benjamin Noble (called Ben).  Just above the Noble family in this census is my great-grandparents, Otha Ann Best Noble's parents; Benjamin N. Best and Julia (nee McLaughlin) Best, along with their younger children.
 

The following year,  Rufus Albert suffered a fatal illness (now thought to have been cancer).  He died 13 May, 1921and is buried in the Blackwell Cemetery. His marker is the same as that of his mother, Priscilla Alice Noble.
 

With five children to raise, my grandmother Otha Noble married an area rancher named George W. Miller.  Mr. Miller's own children were grown and living elsewhere and he was considerably older than my grandmother. I'm not sure how long the Miller/Noble family remained in the area.  They are found in Littlefield, Lamb County, Texas on the 1930 census.

 

My grandmother's parents and other relatives, the Best and McLaughlin families, resided in the Oak Creek area, and many are found in the Hylton and Blackwell Cemeteries.
 

Benjamin Best (Otha Best Noble's father)  who was born in 1858 in Darlington County, South Carolina was buried in the Hylton Cemetery 20 May, 1941.
 

Julia Ann (twin to Flora) McLaughlin (Otha Best Nolan's mother) was born near Gilmer, Upshur County, Texas in 1861died 7 July, 1933 and is also buried in the Hylton Cemetery.
 

David Neal McLaughlin, was born about 1827/1828 in Georgia, his wife Ellen (nee Round) was born 1833 in Clark County, Arkansas (parents of Julia Ann and Flora McLaughlin) are buried in the Hylton Cemetery.

 

My dad had such fond memories of the years spent at the Oak Creek area that he, my mom, and my youngest brother moved to Blackwell about 1974.  My brother Bruce went to the Blackwell school and played football for the Blackwell Hornet team.
 

In 1982, I (Linda Noble Murphy) moved to Blackwell with my two sons, Shawn and Jason.  My children, too, have the best memories of their hometown.....tiny little Blackwell, Texas.
 

My parents moved from the area in 1993 and I moved in 1996, but the family history remains in Nolan County.

 

Names of some families that have married in with the McLaughlins and Bests include Stracener, Lightfoot, McCrory, Magness, Patterson, Burwick, Lewis, Armstrong, and others.
 

Every two years or so, John McLaughlin of Sweetwater has organized a reunion of McLaughlin "Cousins".

 

 

Husband:--  Rufus Albert Noble
Born:-- 8 Aug 1880
Place:-- Ladonia, Fannin Co., TX
Married:-- 28 Oct 1907
Place:-- Sweetwater, Nolan Co., TX
Died:-- 13 May 1921
Place:-- Blackwell, Nolan Co., TX
Cemetery:-- Blackwell Cemetery
Place:-- Blackwell, Nolan Co., TX
Father:--
Joseph A. Noble (born 1842 in Union Co., Illinois; died abt 1905 in OK)
Mother:--
Priscilla Alice Finley Noble (born 31 Dec in Scott Co, Missouri; died 14 Mar 1910 in

         Blackwell, Nolan Co., Texas; burial at Blackwell Cemetery)
Other Spouses:--
Florence Roberson (married Ada, OK  5 Nov 1902)
Wife:--
Otha Ann Best
Born:-- 13 Aug 1887
Place:-- Mexia, Limestone Co., TX
Died:-- 20 May 1972
Place:-- Littlefield, Lamb Co., TX
Cemetery:-- Littlefield Cemetery
Place:-- Littlefield, Lamb Co., TX
Father:--
Benjamin Nicholas Best (born 4 Nov 1858 in Darlington Co., South Carolina; died

        20 May 1941 at Hylton, Nolan Co., TX; buried in the Hylton Cemetery)
Mother:-- Julia Ann McLaughlin (born 31 Jan 1861 at Gilmer, Upshur Co., TX; died 7 July

       1933 at Hylton, Nolan Co., TX; buried in the Hylton Cemetery)

Children:
(place X beside M or F)
-- #1...  
M--
F-- x
Name:-- Lola Beatrice Noble
Born:-- 7 Aug 1908
Place:-- Blackwell, Nolan Co., Texas
Died:-- 26 June 2000
Place:-- Littlefield, Lamb Co, TX
Cemetery:-- Littlefield Cemetery
Place:-- Littlefield, Lamb Co, TX
Spouse 1:-- Gilbert Edmond Lentz (born 2 Jun 1900; died 14 Jan 1955 at Littlefield,  
                  Lamb Co., TX; burial in the Littlefield Cemetery)
Married:-- 17 Nov 1923
Place:-- Sweetwater or Blackwell, Nolan Co., TX

-- #2...
M--
F-- x
Name:-- Audra (Audrey) Opal Noble
Born:-- 13 Feb 1910
Place:-- Blackwell, Nolan Co., TX
Died:-- 23 Dec 1937
Place:-- Littlefield, Lamb Co., TX
Cemetery:-- Littlefield Cemetery
Place:-- Littlefield, Lamb Co., TX
Spouse 1:-- Reda Evans (born 9 Feb 1902; died 6 Oct 1989 in Littlefield, Lamb Co,  
                 TX; buried in the Littlefield Cemetery)
Married:-- 6 Jul 1927
Place:-- Littlefield, Lamb Co., TX

- #3...
M--
F-- x
Name:-- Julia (Jude) Mae Noble
Born:-- 12 Jan 1913
Place:-- Blackwell, Nolan Co., TX
Died:-- 14 Dec 1997
Place:-- Littlefield, Lamb Co., TX
Cemetery:-- Littlefield
Place: -- Littlefield, Lamb Co., TX
Spouse 1:-- Unknown
Married:--
Place:--
Spouse 2:-- Forest Dalton Moore (born 1 May 1910; died 2 Feb1995 in Littlefield, Lamb Co.,

        TX; buried in the Littlefield Cemetery)
Married:--
Place:--

-- #4...
M-- x
F--
Name:-- Rufus Benjamin Noble
Born:-- 10 Jan 1917
Place:-- Blackwell, Nolan Co., TX
Died:-- 5 May 1997
Place:-- Littlefield, Lamb Co, TX
Cemetery:-- Littlefield
Place:-- Littlefield, Lamb Co., TX
Spouse 1:-- Myrtle Lucille (Lucille) Noble (born 12 Nov 1923at Troy, Doniphan Co., Kansas;

       died 1 Nov 2001 at Littlefield, Lamb Co., TX; buried in the Littlefield Cemetery)
Married:-- 4 May 1944
Place:-- Bend, Deschuttes Co., Oregon

Notes:      
           Rufus Albert Noble was married first to Florence Roberson in Ada, Oklahoma. From that union a female child was born.  She was Alma Noble, born 3 Oct 1903 in Oklahoma. Florence died within a few years of Alma's birth, and Alma was raised by Otha Ann Best Noble, Rufus Albert Noble's second wife.

-- Sources:--  
 These are notes from family members and research.  They are all verifiable, but mistakes could have been made in transcription

 

Submitted by: Linda Noble Murphy

 

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