Biographies and Obituaries
We are compiling as many biographies and/or obituaries of the early ministers of Van Zandt County during the years 1848 to 1920 as we can find. Some lived in the county a short time but some lived out their lives here. We welcome submissions if you have an ancestor who was a pastor or minister at any time in this county. Email us, or write to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1388, Canton, TX 75103.
Elijah Robinson Kuykendall
Elijah Robinson Kuykendall was born December 14, 1836 in Tennessee, He was one of the earliest settlers of Van Zandt County. He moved with his family here in February 1848. The family was of German extraction. On coming to America they first settled in North Carolina. Jesse was Elijah's grand father. He lived in North Carolina and then moved to Tennessee. Peter was Elijah's father and was a Christian preacher and preached in the early days in Tennessee. He came with his family to this county and settled about five miles south- west from Grand Saline. Elijah was born in Tennessee 14 Dec 1836.
The county was sparsely settled in that time. The Kuykendalls, S. Benton, a tanner, J.D. Wright, a doctor, John Chrestman, a farmer, Joseph and Tom Cox, farmers, and Allen Blair constituted the settlement there. There was another settlement on McBee's Creek and Mr. McBee owned the first mill in the county. It was what was known as a tread mill but it ground all the meal for many miles around. Elijah Kuykendall served during the Civil War.
He married first on October 16, 1858 in Van Zandt County to Nancy A Bratcher who died in childbirth in 1881. He married second Martha J. McClennan Smith on Jan 22, 1882. She was born September 13, 1838, died March 18, 1908, buried at Woodside Cemetery. He married third Catherine Lloyd who died July 12, 1916. He died November 1920. Elijah and his last two wives were buried at Woodside Cemetery. (from various sources)
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