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TILLEY - GEORGE- CORDRAY - HOOE

SURNAMES

 

 

NAME: William Surles

ANCESTOR'S NAME: Tilley, George, Cordray, Hooe

FAMILY HISTORY:

Trip to Wharton, County Texas
September 16, 2000
William R. Surles

 
 
 
From Wharton County Court House
Sandra Sanders, County Clerk
Debra Heckmann, Ass. County Clerk
 
Marriage License (copy made)
The State of Texas No. 3 Marriage License
County of Wharton  To any one legally authorized to celebrate the rites of Matrimony.
 You are hereby authorized to join together in holy bans of wedlock George W. Tilley and wife Francis George, and due return making the license with your own certificate on the ??? within sixty days as by law required.
 Given under my hand and Seal of Office at the Town of Wharton this 16th day of July A.D. 1847
 G. Eagan Delk C.C.
 
I certify that I celebrated the rites of Matrimony between Geo. W Tilley and wife Francis George at the House of Mrs. Nancy George in Wharton County on the 29th day of July A D 1847
 Given under my hand this 7th day of August A D 1847
  Maclin S. Stich
  Chief Justice W.C.
 
Marriage License (copy made)
D.M. Hooe to Mary E. Tilley
Be it Remembered, that on this 11th day of May, 1869, the following marriage license was issued, to-wit:
TEXAS, TO-WIT: Wharton County, SS.
TO ALL WHO SHALL SEE THESE PRESENTS, GREETING:
Know ye, that any person legally authorized to celebrate the rites of matrimony, is hereby licensed to join in marriage as husband and wife, D. M. Hooe and Mary E. Tilley and for so doing, this shall be his sufficient authority.
In testimony whereof, ADM Lain (?) Clerk of the Wharton County Court, hereunto subscribe my name, and affix the seal of said Court, this 11th day of May, 1869.
 
BE IT FURTHER REMEMBERED, That on this 21st day of May 1869, the following certificate was filed in my office, to-wit:
TEXAS, TO-WIT: Wharton COUNTY.
This certifies, That I joined in marriage as husband and wife, D. M. Hooe and Mary E. Tilly (sic) on the 12th day of May, 1869. G. V. Redby M G.
 
Marriage License (copy made)
Jno. T. Cordray TO Mrs. G. A. Thomas
Be it Remembered, that on this 19th day of April, 1877, the following marriage license was issued, to-wit:
TEXAS, TO-WIT: Wharton County, SS.
TO ALL WHO SHALL SEE THESE PRESENTS, GREETING:
Know ye, that any person legally authorized to celebrate the rites of matrimony, is hereby licensed to join in marriage as husband and wife, Jno. T. Cordray and Mrs. G. A. Thomas and for so doing, this shall be his sufficient authority.
In testimony whereof, H. H. Keirkpatrick Clerk of the Wharton County Court, hereunto subscribe my name, and affix the seal of said Court, this 19th day of April, 1877.
 
BE IT FURTHER REMEMBERED, That on this 29th day of Oct 1877, the following certificate was filed in my office, to-wit:
TEXAS, TO-WIT: Wharton COUNTY.
This certifies, That I joined in marriage as husband and wife, Jno. T. Cordray and Mrs. G. A. Thomas on the 19 day of April, 1877. Thos. Whitworth  Minister
 
OTHER MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES
Mary Hooe & Sam Elliott, 9/24/1885
Nancy Emily Tilley & George W Hooker, 9/12/1854
John H Tilley & Lucinda Stewart, 3/13/1855
 
Birth Certificate

County of Wharton, City or Precinct: Wharton County, on farm
Frances George Hooe (Dodie), born April 25th, 1878
Father: Douglas McLean Hooe, 40 years old, born in Virginia
Mother: Mary Eliza Tilley, aged 31, born in Texas
Residence at time of birth: Wharton County
Number of children born to this mother including this birth: 4
Number of children born to this mother and now living: 3
Affidavit: Mrs H. B. Otto
Affidavit: Mrs. S.E. Gallaher
Submitted to the court Jan. 19, 1942
NOTE: this birth certificate was created in 1942 from sworn statements
 
NOTE: there is no birth certificate on record for Catherine McLean Hooe, my Grandmother, born in Wharton August 23, 1880
 
Birth Certificate
County of Wharton, City or Precinct: Hungerford
Emmie Douglas Hooe, born December 2, 1882
Father: Douglas McLean Hooe, 44 years old, born in Virginia
Mother: Mary Eliza Tilley, aged 35, born in Texas
Residence at time of birth: Wharton County
Number of children born to this mother including this birth: 6
Number of children born to this mother and now living: 5
Affidavit: Frances G. Hooe, 6214 Gaston Ave., Dallas 14, Texas
Affidavit: Mabel Hawthorne
Submitted to the court March 20, 1948
NOTE: this birth certificate was created in 1948 from sworn statements

Deeds, etc.
Numerous transactions under the names of Tilley, Hooe, George and Cordray. Copies made of transaction index 1848 – 1900.
 
Tilley given names include G. W., Frank, Mary E., Lucinda and Stephen. Also a transaction from G.W.Tilley Estate (Grantor) to Geo & F. Tilley (Grantee), an extract of which is included here:
 
EXTRACT:
Estate of George W. Tilly (sic) dec’d Partition
 
County of Wharton fs: In the District Court April Term, 1870
 
In the Estate of the Minors and hiers of Geo. W. Tilly dec’d.
 
The undersigned commissioners appointed by the County Court of said County to divide the Estate belonging to the children of George W. Tilly dec’d. between them report that they proceeded to partition the same upon view thereof and do divide and partition the same as follows having divided the property into lots of equal value and determaining and apportioning the same by lot among the said children. We valued the land at $10 per acre.
 
[NOTE – each child is apportioned 166 2/3 acres out a total of 500 acres]
 
To Mary Hooe wife of D.M. Hooe, we apportion [details of land apportionment]
 
To Georgiana Tilly we apportion [details of land apportionment]
 
To Frank Tilly we apportion [details of land apportionment]
 
We apportion to Mary Hooe the following personal property
The mules Mary, George, Bill, John, the old waggon (sic) one third of the cattle after deducting 36 head allotted to Frank
One third of the farming utencils (sic) and furniture, and one third interest in the Dennis note
 
To Georgiana Tilly we apportion the following personal property the mules Beck, Ruck, Henry and the Mare Mary and colt. The little wagon, one third of the farming utencils (sic) and furniture, and one third interest in the Dennis note
 
To Frank Tilly we apportion the following personal property the mules Bet, Emma, Wheeler, the horse Reb the best wagon, Thirty Six head of cattle and one third part of the residue of the cattle one third of the farming utencils (sic) and furniture, and one third interest in the Dennis note
 
We valued the cattle at $5 pr head and the mules at $50 pr head the 36 head of cattle to Frank were put into compensate the difference in the value his lots of land there being no improvements thereon. We valued the wagons at an average of $50 and the farming implements at @25.00
We direct that Mary Hooe and Frank Tilly shall each have one of the double cabins at The Homestead Place to be removed by them so equalizing the value of the lots and Frank Tilly an additional cabin.
 
We declare the above to be a fair and equal division of the property impartially made and so return the same.
 
Signed Jackson, Rust, G. P. Davis
 
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 2nd day of May 1870, J. M. Godsey
 
[a plot of the partition follows – see copy, then a detailed description of each line of each partition]
 
[END OF EXTRACT]
 
Note that Mary Hooe would be 21 years old by May, 1870
 
Probate Records
Numerous records beginning 12/16/1857 discussing children and estate of G.W. Tilley
 
Extract of first one:
 
[EXTRACT]
 
In vacation this 16th day of December A D 1857 –
In the Estate of George W Tilley Deceased.
 This day came on to be considered the petition of Stephen Tilly (sic) representing to the Chief Justice that G.W. Tilley a resident of Wharton County departed this life on or about the 14th inst. having a large estate which needs the immediate care and attention of some responsible person. And praying the appointment of Stephen Tilley Administrator protem with such powers as the court may deem ??? for the interest of said estate.
 It is thereupon ordered [that Stephen take responsibility protem … upon paying bond of two thousand dollars] and take charge of the money deposited by said decedant with Blum & Mayblum while on his way home from Galveston at the time of his death occurred and to take charge of any and all other purchases made by the said Decedant while in Galveston and Richmond during his recent trip.
 
END OF EXTRACT
 
NOTE: Blum and Mayblum was a merchandise establishment in Richmond TX in the 1850’s and 1860’s.
 
SUMMARY OF OTHER ENTRIES:
[Stephen presented bond of two thousand dollars]
 
[petition granted]
 
Monday 28th day of December 1857
 
[Stephen continues as administrator protem until next term of court]
 
Monday 25th day of January 1858
 
[James O. Myers petitions to become administrator, and is appointed upon payment of eight thousand dollars bond]
 
[James paid eight thousand dollars]
 
[James appointed]
 
[Four guys appointed appraisers to to appraise estate]
 
Monday 22nd day of February
 
[James O. Myers filed inventory]
 
[James appointed guardian, and court allocated $600 for children for one years support]
 
[Court allows James to sell cotton]
 
[Court declares not necessary to sell plantation to pay debts]
 
[James appointed guardian upon payment of thirty thousand dollars] “that the said Myers is their relative by affinity and that he is a proper person and that his appointment has been requested by the nearest relative of the said children”
 
many court orders follow – a lot of work to copy at some later date.
 
 
From Wharton County Historical Museum
Doc Tant was very helpful, and pointed to the George W. Tilley file
 
Contents include:
 
Civil Case #117: George W. Tilley vs Nicholas George
March 12, 1849: Nicholas George ordered to appear in court next session
May 7, 1849: Nicholas ordered to pay G.W. Tilley $149 plus $7.70 court costs
July 10, 1849: Debt fully paid
 
From Eldon Alexander Journal, found in Kelly Papers (noted on back of copy)
Copy of page, headed “January 1872”
A number of entries. Entry for Tue 9th: “Went to Mr. Myers? And saw Ervin Thomas and Geroge Tilly married by Wm Cottingham. Made an agreement to go to Texana the last of this month with Wm Cottingham to get some rose cuttings for a hedge. Still very cold. Jesse work on fence counted the holes dug by Mahoney 71. W- Hooker handed $310 to be credited on H.S. Rusts note (gold). Also $20 gold from Rust for a cow & calf. Jesse did no work.”
 
Land record indicating George Tilley property was from I.B. Phillips survey done May 9, 1827.
 
CAREFUL: there are cemetery records in the file for Adeline Victoria wife of George W Tilly died Aug 24, 1846 – buried in Bolin cemetery and George W. Tilly died Aug 24, 1846 – buried in Lawson-Kriegel-Burr cemetery. There is a record of two Tilley marriages in the book “Texas Marriages 1824-1850”, by Swensen. George W. Tilley married Miss Frances George 8/7/1847 in Wharton County. George Washington Tilley married Adeline Victoria Osborn 1/4/1844 in Matagorda County. I pointed out to Mr. Tant that two George W. Tilley’s were represented in the file.
 
NOTE: there is a full survey of all known cemeteries and grave sites in Wharton. George W Tilley, deceased December 1857 does NOT appear, and neither does his wife Francis nee George.
 
From Wharton County Pictorial History 1846-1946 published 1993 by the Wharton County Historical Commission
 
Page 1 includes a map with the allocations of land for the “Old Three-Hundred” colonists who received land grants from Stephen F. Austin. Map shows Wharton County area only. One of the members is I.B. Phillips. Part of this land is the property divided up between the Tilley children in 1870.
 
 
Page 4 is a copy of G.W. Tilley’s application for pay from his participation in the Woll Campaign of 1842.
 
TRANSCRIPTION:
 
The Late(?) Republic of Texas
1842          To George W. Tilley   D.
         To Military service performed under the
              Command of Captain Albert C. Horton
 
The State of Texas
County of Wharton  Personally appeared before me George W. Tilley who being duly sworn according to law declares that the above account is just and true and unpaid.
 He the said George W Tilley has of himself constitutes and appoints Isaac H. Dennis (?) Esquire his true and lawful Attorney to present the above account to the proper Officer of the Government of the State of Texas for pay and to receipt for the same in as binding a manner ??? him and any his heirs, as he could do, was personally present August 5th 1856.
     Signed Geo W Tilley
 
The undersigned Henry P. Cayce having read the above affidavit of George W. Tilley, declares under oath that the above account is substantially correct, this he knows of his own knowledge, having served in the same campaign, and at the same time with Geo Tilley, and for which he has received from the Government of Texas the sum of Forty-seven dollars seventy-five cents.
August 5th 1856   Signed Henry P. Cayce
 
 Also appeared before me His Excellency A. C. Horton who ??? and saith that George W. Tilley was a private in his company in the Woll Campaign of 1842.
     Signed A. C. Horton
Sworn to and subscribed before
The 29th day of April 1857
 
 Robert Caldwell  Notary Public Wharton County
 
END OF TRANSCRIPTON

 

 
Page 5 gives details of the Woll Campaign, and a short description of each of the men either mentioned in G.W. Tilley’s Pay Application or known to be part of the company:
 
Albert Clinton Horton: “Came to Texas in 1834 and established his plantation, “Sycamore Grove” just off Alabama Road. March, 1836, he led a group of area men to Goliad to help Fannin evacuate LaBahia. His calvary company was sent in advance of the main army and he escaped the massacre. He served in the Republic of Texas Congress 1836-1838. In 1842 he led a company of local men in the Vasquez Invasion, as well as the Woll Campaign. Horton became the first Lieutenant Governor of Texas and acting Governor for the years 1846 and 1847” (picture in book)
 
George Washington Tilley: “Came to Texas before 1832 and lived on the West Bernard Creek near present-day Hungerford. He served in the Woll Campaign in 1842.”
 
Henry Petty Cayce: “Came to Texas in 1828 and lived near the present site of Burr. He was at the capture of Goliad and the Siege of Bexar in 1835. He drove a wagon with Horton’s advance troops at Goliad, and served with Horton during the Vasquez Invasion and Woll Campaign.” Goes on to discuss his Civil War service, and his work after the War.
 
 Also mentioned: Shadrack Cayce, Thomas J. Adams, C.H. Petty, H.E. Slade, Isham Thompson, and Ralph Wright.
 
Page 6 has a description of Peach Creek Community, and Isham B. Phillips, along with a map showing his land part of whick was later sold to G.W. Tilley – labeled “I. B. Phillips Lg.” (assume  Lg. is league which is 4,428 acres)
 
Page 9 shows James O. Myers brand and mark

 

OTHER INFO
 
BOOK: 1830 Citizens of Texas, A Census of 6,500 Pre-Revolution Texians, by Grifford White, published by Eakin Press, 1983
 
Page 9, Register of families introduced by the Citizen Empresario Estevan F Austin, 25 March 1825
 
Entry #128
Nicholas George, age 36
Nancy, his wife age 25
Children: 2 males, 3 females
12 dependents
Occupation: farmer
Originated: LA
Arrived 1829
Took oath: 12/29/1829
Total souls = 19


CENSUS RECORDS
 
1850, Wharton Co. Texas
Microfilm Page 324
 
 Given   Place Father Mother
Surname Name Age Sex Occupation Born Born Born
Tilly Geo. W. 35 M Farmer NC 
 Frances 24 F  LA
 M E 1 F  TX
George Nancy 48 F  GA
 J W 25 M Stockraiser LA
 Ann 16 F  TX
 Nick 14 M  TX
 J 11 M  TX
 
1860, Wharton Co. Texas
 Given   Place Father Mother
Surname Name Age Sex Occupation Born Born Born
Tilly Steve 40 M Overseer NC
 Martha 35 F
 John W. 11 M
 W 9 M
 L 6 F
 G W 3 M
 
1860, Wharton Co. Texas
Microfilm Page 249
 Given   Place Father Mother
Surname Name Age Sex Occupation Born Born Born
George Nancy 56 F  GA
 Nick 22 M  TX
 Mary 11 F  TX
 Georgiana 10 F  TX
 Frank 5 M  TX
 
1860, Wharton Co. Texas
Microfilm Page 256
 
 Given   Place Father Mother
Surname Name Age Sex Occupation Born Born Born
Hooe D.M. 21 M Planter VA
 

 
1870, Wharton Co. Texas
Microfilm Page 355
 
 Given   Place Father Mother
Surname Name Age Sex Occupation Born Born Born
Hooe D.M. 31 M Farmer VA
 Mary E 21 F  TX
Tilley Georgiana 20 F  TX
Tilley Francis 15 M  TX
Hooe D.M. 27 M Clerk Drug VA
 
1870, Wharton Co. Texas
Microfilm Page 354
 
 Given   Place Father Mother
Surname Name Age Sex Occupation Born Born Born
Tilly Steve 50 M Farming NC
 Martha 39 F  NC
 John W. 19 M  NC
 Frances 15   TX
 Geo. 12   TX
 Jefferson 8   TX
 
1870, Wharton Co. Texas
Microfilm page 506
 
 Given   Place Father Mother
Surname Name Age Sex Occupation Born Born Born
Cordrey John T 25 M Carpenter SC 
 
 
1880, Wharton Co. Texas
Microfilm Page 389
 
 Given   Place Father Mother
Surname Name Age Sex Occupation Born Born Born
Hooe D.M. 41 M  VA VA VA
 Mary 31 F  TX NC LA
 Howson 9 M  TX
 Lida 4 F  TX
 Fanny 2 F  TX
 
 
1880, Wharton Co. Texas
 

 Given   Place Father Mother
Surname Name Age Sex Occupation Born Born Born
Cordray J.T. 33 M  SC SC ???
 G 22 F  TX NC TX
 F.D. 2   TX SC TX
 T.M. 5/12   TX SC TX
 
1880, Wharton Co. Texas
Microfilm page #372
 
 Given   Place Father Mother
Surname Name Age Sex Occupation Born Born Born
Hooe Ann 46 F  TX
Myers Stella 14 F  TX
 
1880, Wharton Co. Texas
Microfilm page #381
 
 Given   Place Father Mother
Surname Name Age Sex Occupation Born Born Born
Hooe Mary 14 F  TX VA TX
 Gerald 14 M  TX VA TX
(living with Jas and Vicky Edwards)
 
1880, Colorado Co. Texas
Microfilm Page 354
 
 Given   Place Father Mother
Surname Name Age Sex Occupation Born Born Born
Tilly Stephen 60 M Manager of farm NC VA VA
 Susan 59 F  NJ NJ NJ
 Jefferson 18 M Farm labor TX NC NC
 

 


 

TIMELINE DEVELOPED FROM INFORMATION
 
DATE EVENT                                                         SOURCE
1800 A George Tilley appears in 
Orange County NC census                                  NC Census records
1810 George Tilley does not 
appear in NC census                                            NC Census records
1815 George W. Tilley (GWT)
 born in North Carolina                                       Based on 1850 Census
1820 Stephen Tilley born in  
North Carolina                                                    Based on 1850 Census
1829 Nicholas George and family
 receive grant from S.F. Austin                          1830 Citizens of Texas
1832 GWT arrives in Texas                               Pictorial History of Wharton
1842 GWT fights in Woll Campaign                  Pictorial History of Wharton
1846 Wharton Co. formed from
Matagorda Co.                                                  Texas history
1847 GWT marries Francis George                 Wharton Co. marriage records
1849 GWT takes Nicholas George
 to court to recover owed money                      Wharton Co. civil court records
1849 Mary Eliza Tilley born                             Wharton Co. birth records
1850 Nancy George and children
 living with GWT, Francis and Mary Eliza      Census records
1854 Nancy Emily Tilley 
marries George W Hooker???                       Wharton Co. marriage records
1855 John H Tilley
 marries Lucinda Stewart?                             Wharton Co. marriage records
1857 GWT and Francis die, 
Stephen Tilley notifies court                          Wharton Co. court records
1858 James O Myers appointed 
administrator of GWT estate and 
guardian of children                                        Wharton Co. court records
1860 GWT children living 
with Nancy George                                         Census records
1860 Douglas Hooe living in Wharton Co.    Census records
1860 Steve Tilley living in Wharton Co.        Census records
1869 Douglas Hooe 
marries Mary Eliza Tilley                              Wharton Co. marriage records
1870 GWT assets divided
 between 3 children                                        Wharton Co. court records
1870 Georgiana and Frank Tilley 
living with Douglas & Mary Hooe; 
so is Daniel Hooe                                          Census records
1870 John T. Cordray living in Wharton      Census records
1870 Steve Tilley, wife Martha,
 4 children are living in Wharton Co.           Census records
1872 Georgiana Tilley
 marries Ervin Thomas                                 From Eldon Alexander Journal
1873 Cecelia Hooe born in Wharton           Wharton Co. birth records
1875 Mary Eliza Hooe born in Wharton     Wharton Co. birth records
1877 Georgiana Thomas nee Tilley
marries John T. Cordray                             Wharton Co. marriage records
1878 Frances George Hooe (Dodie) 
born in Wharton                                           Wharton Co. birth records
1880 Douglas Hooe, wife Mary Eliza
, and 3 children living in Wharton Co.         Census records
1880 Catherine Hooe born in Wharton       Census and individual statement
1880 Stephen Hooe has new wife
 and is living in Colorado Co.                      Census records
1880 J.T. Cordray and family
 living in Wharton Co.                                 Census records
1880 Ann Hooe (wife of Daniel?) 
and Stella Myers
 (relationship w/Steve O. Myers?)
 living together in Wharton Co.                  Census records
1880 Mary and Gerald Hooe
 living with Edwards 
family in Wharton Co.                                Census records
1882 Emmie Hooe born in Wharton          Wharton Co. birth records
1885 Mary Hooe marries Sam Elliott       Wharton Co. marriage records
1887 Nanny Hooe born in Belton               Family records
 

SOURCES:

Wharton County Court House records
Federal Census Records
Wharton County Historical Museum
Wharton County Pictorial History
1830 Citizens of Texas

 
 

 

 

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Bill & Jenny Surles
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