Taggart and Wren Families

Submitted by Angela Franklin

Original photos in her possession.


I thought I'd send some more stuff for you to review about another pioneer family from Fort Worth. The house we currently live in here in Fort Worth was built sometime around 1906 and was remodeled around 1927 (we have the original blueprints for the remodel), again in the 60's and again when we bought it in 2001. The great thing is that when we gained possession of the house, we found a shoe box of old photos of the house and the family that lived here. I've since created a family tree on ancestry.com hoping that maybe someone will be interested in the photos, or a family member and be able to tell me about the ones I can't identify - so far nothing...

The two family names were Taggart and Wren. The Taggarts lived here first from what I can tell. About 1900 Thomas William (TW) Wren married Malinda Mae Taggart and lived on Bessie Street until sometime around 1927 when the house was renovated. There was a barn and horse stables behid the house and we've found horse shoes while digging up some old tree stumps in the back. Around 1930-35 a greenhouse was built from the base of the water tower that was removed and sold by Mr. Taggart in 1909 (found his add through the Ft.Worth library's historic newspaper collections - and there is a picture attached).

TW Wren was a Deputy Sherriff and a City detective in the early days serving under Chief O.R. Montgomery as detective and was Deputy for Sterling Clark as well as other early Sherriffs and then around 1916 went to work as a claim agent for the Fort Worth Transit Company, in 1931 he was elected president of the Sourthwestern Railway Claim Agents Association. Malinda was a socialite and her name is mentioned many times in the old historic newspapers of Fort Worth.

Malinda died in 1943 in the house and Mr. Wren remarried a lady named Winona. Mr. Wren passed in 1957 (also in the house) and then Winona sold it to a family called Summerville and we purchased the house from that family. My husbands family (that I've sent info to you previously-Hicks) knew the Wrens. They lived accross the street from one another in the Riverside area. My husbands grandfather, Thomas Hicks, was a pallbearer at Mr. Wren's funeral.

We believe the house is still visited by the Wren's, haunted if you will. Sometimes we smell a distinct smell of cigars in the front room and many times the light in our china hutch will just come on by itself. We have also had the experience of a strong old smelling perfume followed by a cold feeling. Strange yes, but we can't explain it any other way.

The photo of the house shows the house, the old water tower and then the greenhouse after the water tank was removed.

I only have a few photos scanned at this time, but I have a great story about Mr. Wren from the newpaper that I will also scan regarding his part in capturing the notorius gunman Jim Miller. It's a great story. Anyway, I've attached photos of the house and the family. Feel free to use them on the TXGenWeb website. I'll send the other stuff soon.

I just love Fort Worth and am so proud of the people and heritage!


Wren House - ca. 1900-1910

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Wind Mill and Water Tower

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The Water Tower after being converted to a Green House

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Thomas William Wren


T.W. Wren and his trick horse


T.W. and Malinda in her fancy coat


Lila M., T.W. and Malinda at the Wren house


Malinda May Taggart-Wren


Lila, Malinda, T.W. and Lillie

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Hattie and Lila M.

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Taggart and Wren Clan

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Betty S. Taggart, John S., Malinda M., Hattie A., Lila M. and Vera B.


Samuel M. and John S. Taggart


Grandma Nancy Taggart


Grandpa John Taggart


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