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Agricultural Development

Those in agricultural education are struggling to maintain a flow of young men into the farm scene so that the industry may continue to develop and improve. The Galveston News of Nov. 4, 1875 contained the following news item about Grapeland.      “We are having warm, dry weather, which is of great benefit to the

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Baker, Jackson

Baker, Jackson Jackson Baker’s parents lived in middle Tennessee. They came to Arkansas and settled near Little Rock on White Rock River. They became dissatisfied and moved back to Tennessee. Meanwhile Jackson had fallen in love and was engaged to marry Luella Smith. His father asked him to go back to Tennessee with him and make one more crop with him. In return, he would

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Bates, Louis

Bates, Louis Louis D. Bates and Carolyn Cutler were married in Houston, Texas on November 24, 1959. Louis was son of long-time Houston County residents Louis H. and Ruby (Adams) Bates. Ruby was a direct descendant of Civil War veteran Archie Adams, who settled in Houston County in the 1800’s. Carolyn was born in Grapeland

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Bean, John E.

Bean, John E. John E. Bean’s ancestors came from Scotland and settled in South Carolina about 1775. In the year of 1852 they Moved to Magnolia Springs in Jasper County, Texas. John E. Bean was born June 22, 1851 and grew up in Jasper County. He married Eunice Ferrell and they had six children. They moved to Grapeland in 1877 and purchased a tract

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Beazley Family

Beazley Family The name Beazley may be locational in origin, and is believed to be associated with the English, meaning, ‘one who came from, or lived near Beesley’. Charles Beazley, born in 1810, the son of William A. Beazley of Bowling Green Caroline County, Virginia, born in 1761, died in 1837, the year he moved

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Beazley, Belle White

Beazley, Belle White I. John Banks White, born November 3, 1820, died October 3, 1893, moved to Texas from Mississippi around 1830-1849, married Harriet Celeta Amanda Keen, born March 10, 1828, and died February 3, 1889 (sister of Thomas Jeferson Keen) born June 28, 1830 and died, 1879, second marriage to Caledonia Isabella Beazley Dailey

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Beazley, Belle White Maternal Ancestors

Beazley, Belle White Maternal Ancestors Joseph Chamberlain Keen, born August 11, 1779, died April 29, 1881. A church resolution from Texas Patron, dated May 1, 1881, states that he was 102 years old. From his first marriage his children were William T., born July 15, 1815, died December 14, 1847; John Keen, born November 12,

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Beazley, Douglas

Beazley, Douglas Douglass (Doug) Beazley was the third son of James Harvey and Martha Virginia Hickey Beazley. The family lived in Bowling Greenin Caroline County, Virginia before coming to Texas. William A. Beazley (1761-1837) was a Virginia tobacco planter. William’s son Charles Beazley came to Texas in 1848. Charles’ first wife was Thursa Hyde (born February 15, 1846) and she was the mother of James

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Beazley, Gussie Roquemore

Beazley, Gussie Roquemore For centuries the Roquemores had lived in (old) Languedoc Province, where a Guillaume de Rochemore married Jeanne de Codol in 1280. There is a city in southern France near Nimes named Roquemaure that Aline, daughter of Gussie and her husband Thomas J. Hayman visited in September 1980 to see the Roquemore Castle ruins. In Paris a few days before they visited theProtestant Museum to verify the

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Beazley, Gussie Roquemore Maternal Ancestors

Beazley, Gussie Roquemore Maternal Ancestors Gussie’s great grandfather on her mother’s side was Joshua Phillips who came from Ireland County, Antrim, in 1818 with his wife and two sons, Charles, who never married and David, who had just been born when they left. Joshua, born around 1796, had two brothers who were with the Duke of Wellington

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Beazley, James Harvey

Beazley, James Harvey Fifth child of Charles and Thursa Hyde Beazley (born in Alabama February 15, 1846), James (Jim) Harvey Beazley was the grandson of William A. Beazley of Bowling Green, Caroline County, Virginia. In 1848, the Beazley family came to Texas and settled eleven miles west of Grapeland. Jim Beazley was a farmer and was very inventive. He developed a cotton chopper

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Boykin, Starley N.

Boykin, Starley N. Starley Napoleon Boykin came to Leon County, Texas from Alabama and Mississippi in the 1850s. He married Nancy Elizabeth (Muddle) Meador and lived on a farm west of Grapeland. They had two sons, Albert Sidney and Starley Napoleon Jr. S. N. Boykin died in 1872 before the birth of his second son, S. N. Boykin Jr…

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Brewton, Roy

Brewton, Roy The alley behind Darsey’s store and on into the next block behind the Kennedy property was a favorite “highway” when practically every child in Grapeland had a horse or access to a horse. Mr. Roy Brewton used it, too, and trotted back and forth from the store to the warehouse. Geo. E. Darsey, Jr. called

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Bridges, Peter

Bridges, Peter Peter Bridges (d.10-10-1864) was a Methodist minister, who rode circuit in the Georgia-Alabama border area. He married Eliza Jane Brown (b. 12-25-1828, d.01-27-1909) and began his family on a farm in Schley County Georgia. Here, their children were born: Henry, Mary, William Jefferson, Epsy, John F., Martha, and Mattie. When the War Between the States began,

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Brimberry Family

Brimberry Family The Brimberry Family of Houston County, Texas, is descended from Matthias Brimberry and Elizabeth (Betsy) Minton who married April 10, 1827 in Greene County, Georgia. In 1836, Matthias turned over his wagon trade in Monroe, Georgia to his younger brother, William H. Brimberry. Possessed of a compelling pioneering spirit, he headed westward with Betsy and their four small children, John

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Brooks, Ben

Ben Brooks Benjamin Riley Brooks (1887-1978) was the son of J. J. and Rebecca Parker Brooks. He married Willie Logan in 1913 and built his home on the corner of Willow and Highway 287 where the Grapeland Co-op is now located. Willie died in 1925. In 1929, Ben married Leona Dominy. They had two children Ben Edward

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Brooks, J.J.

J.J Brooks Jasper Jeremiah Brooks (1847-1932) married Falba Walters Smith. Jasper J. Brooks was the son of John J. Brooks and Nancy Ann Garrett who were living in Pike County, Alabama in 1851. Jasper Jeremiah Brooks was born in Macon County Georgia. He came to Texas from Thomasville, Georgia around 1882 and settled east of

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Brown, Algie Lee

Algie Lee Brown Algie Lee Brown was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, on September 1, 1872. He died in Grapeland, Texas, February 9, 1951. His parents were Frank Brown and Mary Margaret (Molly) (Hurt) Brown. Both parents were also born in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was orphaned at a very early age; mother died when he was 2 or 3 and

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Brown, Daniel Frank

Daniel Frank Brown Howard and Carrie. Luther Howard Brown, born February 12, 1889, died March 26, 1929, married in October, 1917, to Amanda Belle Thetford, born October 2, 1898, died November 30, 1985. They had five children. After the death of Luther, Belle T. Brown, who never remarried, continued to own and operate the Brown

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Brown, John

John Brown John Brown was born February 22, 1837, at what is known as Old Fort Brown. He died October 2, 1921. He was the son of Reuben Brown and Sarah (Parker) Brown. He was the grandson of Elder Daniel Parker, who established the first protestant church in Texas, of which his mother was a charter

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Brown, Mose Henry

Mose Henry Brown Grandfather, Mose Henry Brown, was born and raised in Meriwether County near Woodberry, Georgia. He was married to my grandmother, Polly Ann Brazzell, who was from the same area in Georgia. Their homes are still standing. They were made from logs brought in from the forest by their fathers. Some of the undercoating of the houses is made of logs

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Brown, Mose Henry Addendum

Mose Henery Addendum Brown Mose Henry and Polly Ann Brazzell Brown; John W. and Litha Collins, and William Bridges came to Grapeland area from the Cove inMerriweather, Georgia. John Collins was the grandson of Mary Ann Brown Pearson See. Litha was the daughter of Frances Elizabeth (Fannie) Briley. William Bridges was the Son of Eliza Jane

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Brown, Reuben

Reuben Brown When Reuben and Sarah Brown settled on San Pedro Creek in 1834, did they dream their descendants would still have the land 150 years later? Did they know their descendants would gather annually in June, on their land, for Memorial Services at the cemetery where they would be buried? Probably not, but the heritage they gave us

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Brown, William Moses

William Moses Brown Many direct descendants of this early Grapeland family still live in the Grapeland area. They include Keens, Guice’s and Huffs. William M. and Mollie Ann were both born and raised in Woodbury (Meriwether County), Georgia. They were born and raised within a few miles of each other in “the Cove” near Woodbury. Actually, they

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Bush-Thompson

Bush-Thompson William Cason Bush (b. 8 Mar. 1839); d. 1 Jan. 1899) lived in Colquitt, Miller County, Georgia, until after his marriage to Rebecca Thompson (b. 10 Jan. 1851; d. 4 Mar. 1909). They are both buried with marked graves, in Evergreen Cemetery at Percilla. W. C. Bush was descended from James Bush (b. 24 Jan. 1792; d. 10 Nov.

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Business Today

First Post Office Building      This old building has a very colorful history. It was, at one time, located behind the J. E. Hollingsworth General Store. When the store burned, the Post Office and the Messenger Office were saved. These two buildings were moved to the lots where the old Darsey warehouse is now located. When the town

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Butcher, C.J. & Nance

Butcher, C.J. & Nance In the winter of 1965 Nance and C.J. Butcher journeyed through East Texas area on their way to Old Mexico. It was not a vacation in the true sense of the word, but an escape from the severe east Tennessee winters. The escape lasted only several months, but the memory of Texas and its beauty remained. The

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Campbell, William H.

Wiliam H. Campbell William (Will) H. Campbell was born in Courtland, Alabama on January 2, 1824; died August 27, 1894. He married Isabella Wallace (born January 4, 1833; died October 25, 1916). Both are buried in Davis Cemetery in marked graves. No children were born to this union but Will and “Is” reared two: Lillie Ainsworth, an English girl, and Retilla

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Caskey-Harmon Family

Caskey Harmon Family In April of 1912, Clara Irma Harmon (1895-1975) married John Wylie Caskey (1879-1950). They were both born and raised near Grapeland. Wylie’s barber shop was destroyed in the fire of 1913, and he moved his family to Palestine. He operated the City Barber Shop across from the depot for many years. Clara

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Cheatham, John

John Cheatham John and Ada (Smith) Cheatham were born in New Baden, Texas (Robertson County). They were married in Easterly, Texas about three miles from New Baden. They had four boys, Earl, George, Bernard and Willie. The boys were born in Robertson County. The family moved to Palestine in 1917 where John Cheatham worked for the Missouri and Pacific railroad in the round house, as a

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City of Grapeland

The first ten ordinances listed below were passed during the first incorporation of Grapeland 1899-1907. The two mayors of this incorporation were Dr. H. S. Robertson and Dr. F. C. Woodard. This incorporation was dissolved in 1907. Grapeland was not reincorporated until 1924. The City of Grapeland… Incorporation and Its Ordinances….       The first ten

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Clewis, Lee Family

Lee Clewis Family William Stephen Johnston was born July 25, 1846 in County Louth, Ireland and arrived in Texas in January 1868. On December 16, 1869 he married Hannah Jane Durant in Leon County. Bethel Durant, Jr. had moved his family to Leon County from Horry County,South Carolina about 1855. At one time the Durants had owned a good deal of land near what is now Myrtle Beach but Bethel was

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Clinton, Thomas A.

Thomas A. Clinton Balls Edens (1805-1872) came with his father (1783-1857) and mother (d. 1838), Mr. and Mrs. John Edens, to Houston County in the early 1830s. Balis first married Louisa Thompson Grigsby (1815-1843). Their only child was Maria Louisa (1843-1896) who married C.C. Swindle June 13, 1865. Balls second marriage was to Ruth Ann Grigsby (1826-1884) on September 10,

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Coleman Family

Coleman Family ichard Coleman (1865-1911) was the son of Courtney Coleman who came to Texas from the state of Georgia. He married Mary Jane Blake (1866-1945). Mary Jane Blake Coleman was the daughter of George and Betsy Blake. The Blakes and Colemans primarily worked as farmers, more specifically as sharecroppers in Grapeland, Texas. Richard and Mary Jane Blake Coleman had

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Collins, John W.

John W. Collins John W. was born in Georgia, the son of Samantha and William T. (Bud) Collins. Litha was the daughter of Frances Elizabeth (Fannie) and Butter Briley. In 1903, John and Litha Collins left Woodburg, Georgia (after selling their crops and furniture) for Texas. The train was robbed in Longview with the Collins family loosing all their money. The

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Cross Roads to Progress

The history of Grapeland begins not in 1872, but also in the communities of north Houston County that had sprung up near established trails of the animals and Indians which recede them. Many of the earlier communities exist only in the memories of our older citizens. Some are still in existence today. However, we attribute much of Grapeland’s

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Dailey Family

Dailey Family In the middle 1850s, Thomas Rutherford Dailey, Henry H. Dailey, their sister Permelia, and her husband, J.C. Keen, moved fromAttala County, Mississippi, to Texas, and brought a number of slaves with them. Henry H. Dailey, his wife, Julia Dean Dailey, and son Jack, settled near the Brazos River in Brenhem. Thomas R. (1802-1876), his wife Behethia (1801-1859), four

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Dailey, Balis E.

Balis E. Dailey Balis Edens Dailey met Bulah Pool on a blind date while she was attending a Teachers’ Summer Normal in Grapeland in 1915. Balis were farming on family land ten miles west of Grapeland. Mr. Jackson, the teacher of the summer normal, had been a college friend of Balis’s at the University of Texas a few years

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Darsey, George E. Jr.

George E. Darsey JR. George E. Darsey Jr. was born in Grapeland, Tx on February 11, 1894. He was the son of George E. Darsey Sr. and Lorena Murchison Darsey. Geo. E. grew to manhood doing odd jobs in his father’s store. He graduated from Grapeland High School in 1910 and got his Bachelor of Arts degree from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. He returned home

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Darsey, George E. Sr.

George E. SR. Darsey George E. Darsey, Sr. came to Texas without capital and started his career in this state as a farm worker. He was born in HenryCounty, Georgia, December 9, 1860. His father, George M. T. Darsey, was a native of Spaulding County, Georgia, and lived all his life in Spaulding and Henry counties of that state. He was

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Darsey, Murdock E.

Murdock E. Darsey Murdoch Enloe Darsey and Luna Frank Hollingsworth were married on- June 24, 1915 in the home of the bride’s parents in Grapeland. They established a loving home and assumed their place in the community. They gave of their time and talents to the religious, social and civic organizations in Grapeland and Houston County. They

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Darsey, William Grey

William Grey Darsey William Gray Darsey, son of Edward Hill and Mattie Clower Darsey, was born August 15, 1878 at Sunnyside, Ga. In the late 1800’s, he was visited by his cousin, George E. Darsey, who encouraged him to come to Texas. January 1, 1900, he came to Grapeland,Texas, and accepted a position with George E. Darsey, and slept in

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Davis, Edward & John A.

Edward & John A. Davis Bradford Davis, a pioneer, who met a tragic death at the hands of Indians came to Texas in 1839, from Jefferson County, Mississippiand settled on a tract of land in Houston County. He and his friend Joel T. Leathers were not only farmers, but bee hunters. They had baited the bees with some honey placed on

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Dennis, Oscar

Oskar Dennis Oscar Dennis and Frances Elizabeth Shoemaker came to Texas in their early teens. He came from Tennessee and she came from Arkansas. They later became acquainted, romanced and were married September 3, 1893. Six children were born to this union:Clyde, Lola, Lila, Lorena, Zenobia and 0. D. There are now many other descendants.

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Denson, Skidmore

Denson Skidmore The Thomas C. Denson family came to Texas in 1825 and was one of the first to settle in these parts. Thomas was born February 22, 1793 in North Carolina. In 1815, he and Shadrack Denson, who may have been his father, were living in Anson County, near Jones’ Creek on the southwest side of Pee Dee River. Thomas’ wife’s

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Dickey, Calvin

Clavin Dickey Albert Franklin Dickey, son of James Monroe (Roe) Dickey and Samantha Cade11 (McKenzie) Dickey, married Addie Ethel, daughter of John Austin Rush and Katherine (Hawker) Rush. To Albert and Ethel (Etha) Dickey were born four children: Lola Belle (Mrs. Milton) Adams, Calvin Edward, Elmer Lee and James Earl. Calvin has been a farmer,

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Dickey, William H.

William H. Dickey William H. Dickey (April 11, 1823 -February 22, 1910) and Rachel Telethia Lively Dickey (Dec. 1, 1828 -June 21, 1902) had seven children: Monroe, Will, Bob, John, Ellen, Mary and Babe. Babe was born June 21, 1870 and died February 25, 1951. He wed Patty Kennedy. They had one son, Allie, born

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Dominy, Bros & Sisters

Dominy Brothers & Sisters R.J. Dominy (1885-1919) was born at Pennington, Texas. He married Miss Clara Mortimer and both were teaching in Jones School House when he died. They had one son, Frank, who died in 1928. John Everett Dominy (1887-1962) came to the Grapeland area to teach at Livelyville. He was married to Miss Minnie Ola

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Duitch Family

Duitch Family Samuel Warren Duitch was born in or near Williamsport, Pennsylvania, on August 28, 1869. He came to Texas when he was about 10 years old, with his father Henry Duitch and two half brothers to find work building railroads. Henry’s wife, a strong-willed woman, refused to come with them to Texas. After Henry died, Sam lived with and

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Early Day Business

Early Day Business The Totty Hotel: Totty Hotel The Totty Hotel was built in 1893. Mr. Will Totty’s family lived in the south wing of the main floor and the north wing of the main floor was rented for special purposes. In 1894 the post office occupied part of this rental space. A barber shop, a

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Ed Darsey Family

Ed Darsey Family Edward Hill Darsey and his family, with the exception of his two oldest daughters, came by train from Sunnyside, Ga. in 1902 to Grapeland, Texas. The family lived on a farm east of Grapeland for several years before moving to town. During this time, a farm south of Grapeland on the Old Crockett Road had been bought and

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Edge Family

Edge Family According to family tradition, Lawson Calvin Edge first came to Houston County about 1870. Having been born in 1853 in Monroe County, Georgia, he returned there and on Dec. 22, 1874, married Susie E. Colvert and brought her back to Grapeland, Texas with him. To this union 5 children were born, but only three grew to maturity. They were Thomas Edward

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Fillippa Family

Fillippa Family The Dominic J. “Nick” Fillippa family moved to Grapeland in the summer of 1976. Nick Fillippa, the oldest son of an Italian immigrant family, and his wife, Mary Elizabeth Gunn, and their four children, Dominic Jr., Paul, Patricia and Stephen, decided upon living in Grapeland after owning an 82 acre farm west of

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Finch, Sim

Sim Finch In the mid 1830’s, Sim Finch’s grandfather, Richard B. Finch of Virginia and his wife, Afra Jane of Germany, came to Alabama, now known as the Alabama Crossing, west of Crockett on the Trinity River and homesteaded 1280 acres of land. To this marriage were born four children. Three daughters and one son. They were May, Rosanna, Nancy E.,

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Fox Family

Fox Family The ancient family of Fox in England with branches in America and other countries is of Norman-French origin. Its name is derived from the French word “Reynard” which translated into old Anglo-Saxon before 1272 (and now modern English) means “fox”. At an early date one branch of the Fox family settled in Buckinghamshire at Great Missenden. Henry Fox of

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From Vines to Township to City

This is the story of life in and around Grapeland, Texas, before the Second World War. Grapeland is a little town in East Texas, caught between the Post Oak Savannah on the west and the Pineywoods on the east. Post Oaks still stand that saw ox teams on her roads, saw the first train and automobile that came

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Garrett, J.F.

J.F. Garrett John Frank Garrett was the son of Robert Milligan and Emily Frances Matthews. His father moved his family to the Grapeland area when John Frank was about a year old. He was one of eight children. John Frank Garrett lived in the Enon community and was involved in the many activities of Houston County. He

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Garrett, Marvin Lewis

Marvin Lewis Garrett Marvin Lewis Garrett is the youngest son of John Frank and Cora Alice Shofner Alexander Garrett and the grandson of Robert Milligan and Emily Francis Matthews Garrett. The Garrett family moved to this area before Grapeland was established as a town. Both R. M. Garrett and J. F. Garrett were active planners

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Gayle, Charles

Charles Gayle The Charles Afton Gayle family moved to Grapeland from Dayton, Ohio in March of 1964 upon Colonel Gayle’s retirement from the United States Air Force after 26 years of active duty; his last station was Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. They had purchased the A.U. Streetman land on the Old Crockett Road while stationed in Austin at Bergstrom A.F. Base. After

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Goff Family

Goff Family This article is dedicated to all the descendants of Henry Clay and Finecia Nell (Necy) Reid Goff. Many of their descendants still live in the Grapeland, Percilla, Waneta, and surrounding communities. Many of them live away, but they have fond memories of growing up in that area. It will always be “home” to this family. The Goff Family came to

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Goff-Moore Family

Goff Moore Family  The following is a personal narrative of Mrs. Neal (Edythe Goff) Hand of Route 1, Box 83, Elm Mott, Texas, daughter of Clarence and Grace Moore Goff, of her childhood experiences. The Goff family lived on a farm near Waneta. Daddy started buying our farm land at age 14 years. He was the last of his

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Goff-Moore Lively Family

Goff Moore Livley Family Gracie Isabel (Grace) Moore Goff was the daughter of William Berry (Will) and Mary Rosalie (Mollie) Lively Moore. Grace was born in Montague County near the Alvoid, Texas area. At age 3 or 4, she traveled to the Anderson County area with her parents in a covered wagon. It took approximately ten days to make the trip. Brans Hogan

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Goodnight Family

Goodnight Family In 1752 two brothers, Hans Michael and George Gudknecht came to America seeking freedom from oppression in their nativeGermany. They Americanized their name to Goodnight and their descendants later changed it to the present Goodnight. After living in Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina, Hans Michael and George settled in Harlan Station in Mercer County, Kentucky. The original Goodnight home there was

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Goolsby, Irah

Irah Goolsby According to the tombstone in the McCarty Cemetery, Irah Goolsby was born (in Texas) on February 14, 1842. The circumstances surrounding his childhood and early manhood are legendary–all that is known positively is that he lived with the Indians. One of his grandsons remembered that he told of beating the drum while the Indians danced. The

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Granberry, W.D.

W.D. Granberry William Duncan Granberry was born at Memphis, Tennessee in 1876. He was one of seven children born to Dr. George Washington Granberry and Eleanor Neville. Dr. and Mrs. Granberry were married at Water Valley, Mississippi, but moved to Arkansas around 1881. Dr. G.W. Granberry had served in the Civil War until its close, having enlisted at age 14, in Second

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Grapeland History Online

Grapeland Texas is better known as HOME…  Home of the Annual Peanut Festival, Home of the Annual Blue Grass Festival, and just the best home we could possibly ask for.  We may not always get along but like it or not we are all one big Family, some happy and some not so happy.  That

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Green, John Calvin

John Calvin Green John Calvin Green, born in Forsyth, Georgia on March 10, 1847 fought in the Civil War as an infantryman and was a master carpenter and skilled brick mason. His marriage to Mary Lou Browning, born June 29, 1856 in Forsyth was on September 14, 1873. In the early 1880’s, this family moved to Texas and settled in

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Guice, B.J.H.

B.J.H Guice he Guice’s came to America from Europe, either France or Germany. Benjamin Jeremiah Howard Guice (b. 10/23/1830, d.10/03/1914) left home at the age of fourteen and temporarily settled in Arkansas. He married Caston Dania Haltom (b. 07/02/1834, d. 12/01/1906). They are both buried in the Guiceland Cemetery. While in Arkansas, they had three of their nine children: John Joseph (Dock), Josephine Peninnah

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Haltom, Charlie L.

Charlie L. Haltom Charlie L. Haltom was born on April 5, 1879 along the Anderson-Houston County Line. He was the son of John D. and Martha Ross Haltom. Josie Herod Haltom was also born along the county line on January 13, 1883. She was the daughter of Reverend N.S. and Mary Murchison Herod. Charlie Haltom and Josie Herod

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Ham, Marvin E. & Cora

Marvin E. & Cora Ham Marvin Eddie Ham was born in Arkansas in 1900 and moved to Texas with his family as a youngster. Cora Anna Bowles was born in Savoy, Texas in 1904. They were married in 1922 in Lubbock where Marvin was a part-time farmer and part-time brick-layer, helping to build Texas Tech University. In 1925, they left the parched lands of West Texas for

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Hamp Huff Family

Hamp Huff Family Hamilton Wells (Hamp) Huff came to Grapeland, Texas, in December 1879, traveling by horseback from Georgia. In 1880, he was residing west of Grapeland on the farm of James Murchison and his mother, Caroline. He later worked on other farms west of Grapeland. It is known that he also worked for Charlie Beazley on the

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Haney Sisters

Haney Sisters Caroline White, one of three sisters, married Joe Evin Haney, Joe Evin’s father gave him a choice of slaves or money. Joe chose the money and bought cattle and two mares. They came to west Texas from Tennessee to file on 600 acres of land near Teague. They made their home there until after the Civil War.

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Herod, D.M.

D.M. Herod The Herods of this area came from North Carolina with settlement stops in Tennessee and Mississippi before entering Texas in 1849. Three Herod brothers made the journey to Texas that year and `camped’ at Porter Springs just west of Crockett. The three were relatives of the Porters and Whites in Porter Springs. One of the brothers, Dr. James Herod purchased land and settled in the area of Mexia, Texas. Grapeland

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Herod, James David

James David Herod “Rock of ages cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee”…. They came from a place near Ft. Smith, Arkansas, singing all the way. These were my ancestors, the Herods. My great-grandfather, Joseph Herod, his wife Manda, and their seven children, made the long trip to Texas in 1865. Among these brave, dedicated pioneers was my

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Herod, Perry Lee

Perry Lee Herod Perry Lee (Ped) Herod and Leola Musick Herod lived in the New Prospect community of Houston County and were active in church, school and other community affairs. Ped lead the singing and Leola played the organ along with other duties they performed in theNew Prospect Church. Ped was a school trustee and furnished room and board for

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Herod, Perry Leland “Penny”

Center Column Perry Leland Herod, who was more commonly known by the nickname “Penny”, was born October 23, 1913. Penny married the former Rosa Eleanor Shaw (2/1/15), daughter of Laura (Holland) and Henry J. Shaw. They were married on January 18, 1940, by Rev. T. P. Lott. For many years, they worked side-by-side at Kennedy

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Hill, Charles C.

Charles C. Hill Charles Cummings Hill, oldest son of James Albert Hill and Emma Catherine (Miltia) Dailey, was born in 1886. He married Myrtle Gossett of Crockett in 1911. She was the daughter of Kelsey Larry and Betty (Stubblefield) Gossett and the granddaughter of A. E. Gossett. A. E. Gossett’s family came to Houston County,

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Hill, James A.

James A. Hill Elisha Hill was born in Newberry County, South Carolina and at the age of 24 married Elizabeth (Zouter) Zuber, a widow with four children, Andrew, Adam, Nancy and Betsy. Elisha died at the age of 29 and left behind two sons, Jacob Albert and William Langdon Hill. Elisha’s wife was nine years older than he,

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Holcomb, Henry & Amanda

Henry and Amanda Holcomb Henry Holcomb was born in Cherokee County, Texas on January 23, 1856 and he died on January 26, 1926. He was married to Amanda Singletary who was born near Vicksburg, Mississippi on December 14, 1855 and died March 1, 1928. Religion was the mainstay in the life of Henry and Amanda Holcomb. Most of the home life,

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Hollingsworth, George M

George-M.-Hollingsworth Rev. George M. Hollingsworth was born July 1, 1850. He was the son of Joshua Hollingsworth, who had moved to Anderson County,Texas from Mississippi in 1847. Rev. Hollingsworth’s father was a charter member of the First Christian Church in Palestine. His family lived in Anderson County a number of years before moving to a farm three miles east of Grapeland toward Percilla.

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Howard, Boyd

Boyd Howard Boyd and Yvonne Howard moved to Grapeland from Tilden, Nebraska with their family in January of 1968. They had five children, Timothy (13), Devora (11), Ferran (10), David (2) and Tracey (4 months). Boyd and Yvonne Lichty Howard both graduated from high school in Brunswick, Nebraska in May of 1951. Boyd started farming upon graduation. Yvonne attended Wayne State Teachers College and taught

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Howard, Jimmy and Maude

Jimmy & Maude Howard The J.W. Howards, Maude and Jimmy (James) White, and their two young daughters, Lucille and Rosalie, moved from Crockett to Grapeland in 1911. Jimmy originally came to Texas from Georgia in 1878 when he was a baby. Maude was born in Crockett in 1888. In Crockett, they ran the old Pickwick Hotel (the Crockett Hotel

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Howard, Wesley

Wesley Howard Wesley Donald Howard was born on November 18, 1958 in Houston, Texas. He is the son of Helen Howard and the late Eddie Howard, and the grandson of Ardis Slack and the late Wesley Slack. The Howards moved to Grapeland just as Wesley was beginning second grade and remained here for the next five years.

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Johnston Family

Johnston Family James M. Johnston was born August 24, 1846. He married Sarah Leigh Laney. They had two children born in Georgia, Fletcher Harmon and Alice. James Johnston served in the confederate forces from Georgia in the Civil War. He and his family then came toTexas in 1873 during the reconstruction period. They settled on

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Jones, Marshall

Marshall Jones John Jones moved from Cherokee County, near Rusk, Texas, to Waneta, Texas. We do not know his family history. He met and married Callie Hendricks, daughter of Mary and Snook Hendricks of Waneta, Texas. The Hendricks had six other children: Allie, Lewis, Edwin, Charlie, Suzy and Mertie. They were farmers, as was John. He and Callie had three children:

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Keen, Thomas J

Thomas J Keen Thomas Jefferson Keen (1830-1879) came to Houston County with his father, Joseph C. Keen (1784-1881), his stepmother Permelia Dailey Keen (d. 1895), Thomas Rutherford Dailey, and John Banks White (1820-1893) who was married to Thomas J.’s sister Harriet Keen (1828-1889). They formed a community called Daly’s, Texas. On June 29, 1861, he enlisted in the Confederate

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Kennedy Family

Kennedy Family The Kennedy family became a part of Grapeland’s history in the early 1900s. Professor Sam Kennedy taught in the school here in 1903; two of his sisters, Fannie Stafford and Blanche, also taught school here; so did two nieces: Frances Stafford Schultz and Ruth Kennedy. Charles Wall Kennedy and John Chester were engaged

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Kennedy, Sam

Sam Kennedy There was a younger brother who so influenced the lives of the people of North Houston County that he, too, must be included as a builder. He was not connected with the partnership described above, but he was interested in the progress and success of the business. Dr. Sam was an eminent physician whose practice of medicine

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Kent, Tom S.

Tom S. Kent Tom Smith Kent Sr. came to Houston County, Texas, from Mississippi about 1870 and settled in Reynard. He was engaged in farming and ranching there and operated a general merchandise store. He was married in 1874 to Georgia A. Beazley. To this union, four sons were born: 1. Robert T. Kent married (name unknown). He had

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Kyle Family

Kyle Family In 1842 four Kyle brothers, James Henry Bankhead, John Henry, Jr., and their families, William Robert Wallace, Matthew Gideon, and their mother, Martha Ann (Bankhead) Kyle, left Union County, South Carolina to come to Texas. They spent three or four years in Pickens Co., Alabama, and in Marshall Co., Mississippi. In 1844 W.R. (Bill) Kyle married Margaret Hall in Alabama and

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Laseter, William Cobb

William Cobb Laseter William Cobb Laseter was born in Upson County, Georgia, about 1850 to John A. Laseter (1823) and Susannah Cobb (1822). He came to Houston County in the mid 1860’s and settled in the Daly community, where he and his wife, Mary Permelia White (1862), daughter of John B. White (1820) and Harriet Celeta Keen (1828), reared a

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Long, Charles Hugh

Charles Hugh Long Anne Long and her three sons, Hugh, John and Simon Long came to Houston County in the late 1840’s, shortly after the death of her husband, Hugh Long, in Harrison County, The Longs settled in Augusta and bought what is now known as the old tong Place.’ It was from this farm

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Martin, Henry Franklin

Henry Franklin Martin Henry Franklin, born June 9, 1836, son of John W. and Sarah Dee Martin lived in Alabama in his early years. The family moved west after the 1850 census and stopped in Mississippi and made a crop. Here Henry Franklin bought an English Grammar and wrote his name and date 1852 on the flyleaf. Descendants in California have

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Martin, John Franklin

John Franklin Martin John Franklin Martin, born October 25, 1867 to Henry Franklin and Sarah- Jane Weisinger Martin lived in the Antrim Community. He married Margaret Jane Blackwell, daughter of Samuel Blackwell on October 25, 1896. Children were: infant, died 1897; Alice Alvaretta, born April 24, 1899, d. May 24, 1899; May Savannah, born May

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Martin, John W.

John W. Martin John W. Martin (October 22, 1802-June 25, 1895) married Sarah Dee (November 20, 1812-February 21, 1884). They were living inAlabama when their first child, Henry Franklin, was born on June 9, 1836. The family was in Mississippi in 1852 and by 1860 was living in Cherokee County. John W. and Sarah Martin had eight children: Henry Franklin,

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Martin, Robert Edward

Robert Edward Martin Robert Edward Martin, the son of Henry Franklin and Savannah J. Weis- Inger Martin, was born August 18, 1871. The family lived in the Antrim area and Robert’s father died when he was 13 years old. Robert helped his mother on the farm and they bought a home between Antrim and New

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McCarty Family

McCarty Family In 1903 Dr. and Mrs. W.D. Mc- Carty moved to Grapeland and bought the Dr. Merriwether house that stood then on the corner of Oak and Chestnut streets. They added a second story to this house which the doctor with his family occupied until his death on January 29, 1925, The McCarty’s had

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Mcleod Family

McLeod Family “Hold fast,” a family motto since the thirteenth century, remains an attitude, seemingly-genetically transferred, which represents the tenacity and stubbornness of those who are of McLeod descent. Present day McLeod’s trace their ancestry back to the hardy Scotsmen who emigrated to North Carolina from the barren coasts of the Isle of Skye in

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Murchinson, William F.

William F. Murchison William Filmore Murchison was the son of William and Mary Wilson Murchison who moved to Texas in covered wagons before the Civil War, from Tennessee and settled five miles east of Grapeland on Murchison creek where she planted the first cedar tree in that area. There were thirteen children in his family,

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Murchison, Murdoch

Murdoch Murchison Murdoch Murchison was born in Ross-shire district, Scotland, on November 27, 1771 and came to America when he was a small child (1774). With his parents, they settled in North Carolina. In the same boat that brought the family was also a family of Macintosh and this family had a baby named Lucy Macintosh (born 1773). She

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Murchison, Riley T.

Riley T. Murchison On November 6, 1863, Riley Teague Murchison was born to Daniel and Lucinda Teague Murchison on a farm about three miles northwest of Crockett, Texas, near Cook’s Mountain. Riley’s grandfather was Murdock Murchison who had been born in the Ross-Shire district of Scotland in 1792. His parents came to America when he was a small child

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Murray, Joe

Joe Murray Joseph Marvin Murray was born in Johns, Mississippi…In 1869; He married Nannie A. Leggett (b. 1873) from Barlow. Mississippi on October 1, 1893. Joe and Nannie Murray moved to Lovelady, Texas in 1911, then to Grapeland in 1917. They bought a home from T. H. Leaverton on College Street that is now the home of their daughter Ardis Murray Slack. Joe

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Musick, Barton

Barton Musick Barton Musick was born on July 22, 1911, the son of C.S. and Willie Musick. On January 2, 1932 he united in marriage with Birdie Mae Hamb Musick. Birdie Mae was the daughter of Joe and Cora Hamb and had been born in Houston County on April 13, 1912. After living in several places in Houston County, they

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Musick, Sam

Sam Musick Miss Willie Herod and Sam Musick, who both resided in the Oak Grove Community, were married in the Methodist Parsonage on July 30, 1908. They made their home in and around Grapeland before finally settling in the Reynard community. A total of ten children were born. They were: Barton, Louella, Frank, Frances, Lorenzo, Sammy, Margie,

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Musick, Travis Wayne

Travis Wayne Musick Travis Wayne Musick, born June 4, 1935, was the son of Birdie Musick Salmon and the late Barton Musick. His early childhood was spent on the family farm in the Reynard Community. He moved to Grapeland at the age of sixteen after the death of his father in 1950. The family bought

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Nichols Family

Nichols Family James Lester Nichols was born in Randolph County, Georgia on July 23, 1881. He was the son of Henry James Nichols. He died on September 20, 1959 in Grapeland, Texas. He is buried in the Davis Cemetery. Lester, as he was known, married Naomi Cook (b. April 16, 1881 – d. February 12, 1972) in Calhoun County, Florida on November 17, 1901. They

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Owens, Claude

Claude Owens  On January 27, 1885, approximately four miles east of Grapeland was born a little fellow named William Claude Owens. His father, Robert Owens (1854-1935) was born in Georgia. He progressed westward at an early age and lived in Little Rock, Arkansas until ‘grown’. He then found his way to East Texas, to Little Creek and the Denson Colony

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Owens, Robert

Robert Owens This picture, taken in 1900 features Bob and Callie Owens and their ten children, all whom were born in Houston County, married and raised their families here. Many descendents live in the Grapeland area today. Pictured back row (l-r): Bert Owens and his wife, Anna; Walter Owens; and Lennie Owens (Mrs. Bob Yates); second row,

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Parker, Francis

Francis Parker Francis (Frank) Hayworth Parker was born in Robson County, North Carolina, near the town of Lumberton in the year 1837 to Ralph R. and Sarah C. Hodge Parker. He came to Texas in the late 1850s and encouraged his father and large family to follow him, which they did. They settled in Houston County, Texas in what was then known as Woodland

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Parker, John Nelson

John Nelson Parker John Nelson Parker was born on February 15, 1844 near Lumberton, N.C. to Ralph R. and his wife Sarah C. Hodges Parker. He came to Texas with them in the late 1850s. He homesteaded land in the community of New Prospect. Later he served in the Confederate Army. After his return home, he married Mary Jane Caskey

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Parker, P.H.

P.H. Parker The family of Ralph Delaney Parker, Sr. came to the Oak Grove Community, then known as Woodland Hall, from Lumberton, North Carolina, in about the year 1858. He had five sons and two daughters. Their names were Frank H., John Nelson, Ralph Delaney, Jr., Simeon Theodore, and William, who was killed when a tree fell

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Parker, Ralph R.

Ralph R. Parker On March 24, 1802, Ralph R. Parker was born. He married Sarah C. Hodge on July 4, 1834. They came from Lumberton, North Carolina to Texas where he died December 8, 1961. Ralph R. was the son of Rev. Francis Parker, who was one of the early circuit riders of the Methodist Church. Ralph R. Parker, his wife and

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Pennington Family Tree

Pennington Family Tree Squire Boone and his wife Sarah Morgan were Quakers and used “thee” and “thou” in their speech. Squire was a weaver, ran a blacksmith shop and farmed. He lived in Oley Township, Pennsylvania, near where the city of Reading is today. He was short in stature; his wife was a tall, gentle woman with dark hair.

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Pennington, Dan

Dan Pennington Dan Pennington (1910-1979) was the son of Daniel Boone Pennington and Ada Ward Pennington. He married Elsie Wade, daughter of Leonard Wade and Ruth Morris Wade. The Wades had moved to Grapeland in 1932 from Henderson, Texas. Dan and Elsie Pennington had one child, Judy Pennington Rowan, and one grandchild, Richard Lee Rowan, Jr. (Rip).

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Pennington, Gaines

Gaines Pennington Richard Pennington was born in the state of Kentucky near Glasgow, April 11, 1809, where he grew to manhood. From Kentucky, Richard went to Tennessee, where he formed the acquaintance of and wedded Miss Polly Walling. She became his wife at age of fifteen years. They lived together for more than sixty-three years. From Tennessee, they went to Missouri, remaining

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Pennington, Harden

Harden Pennington Harden Baine Pennington was born on April fool’s Day, 1884, the sixth child of Henry Allen Pennington (1853-1925) and Mary Lena (Beeson) Pennington (1851-1937). He was a farmer and rancher, as well as a carpenter, spending most of his life on the Pennington land located west of Grapeland. When Harden was 24 years

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Pennington, Richard (Daniel Boone Kin)

Richard (Daniel Boone Kin) Pennington Hanna Boone Stewart, youngest sister of Daniel Boone, waited many months for the return of her husband who had gone on a hunting expedition. She had to fend for herself and their two daughters. Life was lonely and hard as she sought a livelihood from the soil. The most assistance

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Platt, Bill

Bill Platt Billy Gene Platt is a descendant of Thomas Platt who came to Texas in 1837. He is the son of Truman Platt and Maggie Lee Martin Platt Low and the grandson of John Thomas Platt. Billy Gene Platt married Carolyn Musick on June 15, 1956, and they live and work inCrockett, Texas. Billy is the maintenance

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Platt, Bobby

Bobby Platt Bobby Platt is a fifth generation Texan. He is a descendant of Thomas Platt who came to Texas in 1837 and is the son of Truman and Maggie Lee Martin Platt Low. He is also the grandson of John Thomas and Ada Platt. Bobby married Wilma Godby on July 7, 1959 inPasadena, Texas. After having attended

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Platt, John

John Platt Thomas Platt (1789-1846) was born in Lancashire, England and married Catherine Smith (1799-1840) on December 25, 1819, probably in New Jersey, moved to Greene County, New York, then catching the westward fever, came to San Augustine County, Republic of Texas. Thomas Platt came to Texas in 1837 with his wife and seven children:

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Platt, John Lester

John Lester Platt John Lester Platt is a descendant of Thomas Platt who came to Texas in 1837. He is the son of Truman Platt and Maggie Lee Martin Platt Low and the grandson of John Thomas Platt. John (Jack) married Sereta Baker on January 1, 1963. He owns Platt Heating & Air Conditioning in Grapeland. He

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Platt, Morris

Morris Platt Morris Platt is a descendant of Thomas Platt who came to Texas in 1837. He is the son of Truman Platt and Maggie Lee Martin Platt Low and the grandson of John Thomas Platt. Morris married Mildred Taylor May 10, 1966 in Houston, Texas. Morris and Mildred Platt lived in Houston for fifteen or more years and then moved

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Pridgen, Benjamin F.

Benjamin F. Pridgen Benjamin Franklin Pridgen was born in Greene County, Alabama, on January 9, 1835. He died in Anderson County, Texas, on July 12, 1913. His parents were Wiley Washington and Mary (Baker) Pridgen. His parents had six sons, namely: Henderson McBride, Redding Scott, Bolivar Jackson, Benjamin Franklin, Wiley Washington, Jr., and James Polk. Wiley Washington Pridgen, Sr.,

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Pridgen, Bolivar J.

Bolivar J. Pridgen Bolivar Jackson Pridgen was born in Nash County, South Carolina on February 13, 1829. He was the son of Wiley W. Pridgen (one time sheriff of Nash County) and Mary Baker Pridgen. He was a second cousin to Zachary Taylor. Boliver Jackson Pridgen came toTexas with his parents in 1839 to Dewitt County. He participated in the Mexican War. He was also

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Pridgen, George M.

George M. Pridgen George McDuffy Pridgen, father of Gertrude Pridgen, was born in Thomaston, Texas. He was the son of Bolivar Jackson Pridgen and Martha Ann Williams. He served as express agent for the Southern Pacific Railroad and in later years became a leader in the Republican party. He lived in the Rice Hotel in Houston for many years

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Pridgen, Robert Lee

Robert Lee Pridgen The R. L. Pridgen Family, Robert Lee and Lucinda, and their two daughters, Polly and Alice, moved to Grapeland in 1912. They originally lived on a farm in the old Pridgen home about 5 miles west of Grapeland. Their son, Joe Adams Pridgen, was born soon after their move to town. Robert Lee Pridgen

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Pridgen, W.T. & Gertrude

Center Column Wright Taylor Pridgen, son of Benjamin Franklin Pridgen and Alice Wright Pridgen was born on his father’s farm 5 miles west of Grapeland on January 27, 1872 in a house built of sawed and fitted logs which still stands today. He attended school in Grapeland and Waco and became a successful farmer and rancher. W.

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Rials Family

Rials Family Many early settlers of Houston County can be traced in the lineage of Ira Floyd and Hannah Howard (Pete) Rials, who were married September 8, 1935, in the office of the First Methodist Church, Grapeland. Although the exact year of the arrival of many of their ancestors in Houston County is not clear, evidence indicates that some of them were in the Houston County area

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Robert M. Garrett

Robert M. Garrett Robert Milligan Garrett was born in Wilkinson County, Georgia, July 10, 1822 and was the youngest of ten children born to Jeremiah Garrett and Annie Miller. He married Emily Frances Matthews in Pike County, Alabama, September 14, 1841. Emily Matthews was born in Alabama, October 11, 1824. They had five children while living in Pike County and also had living

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Salmon, M.D.

M.D. Salmon M. D. (Jake) Salmon was born in Anderson County on March 11, 1906. He was the son of Major Salmon (1-10-1865 to 8-15-10) and Angeline Elizabeth Lamance Salmon (2-19-1865 to 10-14-51) and was the youngest of nine children. He spent his childhood years in and around the Salmon community. After the death of his father, Jake

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Salmon, Major

Major Salmon Major and “Lizzie” had nine children. Lula Bell died at an early age around seven months. Josiah (10-18-1887 to 10-19-15), was a railroad bridge builder and carpenter. In 1915 while working on a bridge he was trying to avoid being hit by a train, jumped for is life only to lose it in

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Schultz, J.C.

J.C. Shultz J.C. Shoultz’s ancestors came from Germany, settling in Pennsylvania. His grandfather moved to Randolph, Alabama, where his father, Geroge W. Shoultz, was born. His mother and father came to Texas with two children soon after the Civil War and bought a farm near Longview, where Jim was born. He was the youngest of nine children. Lorena Wright Shoultz is of

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Selman, George J.

George J. Selman George Jackson Selman was the great grandson of John Selman who came to America with LaFayette. The Selman Family is of Irish descent. John Selman was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and was  wounded at the Battle of Cowpens. The exact date of his birth and death is unknown. He is the grandson of William

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Selman, Henery Roy

Henry Roy Selman Roy was born April 5, 1898 in Rural Shade, Navarro County, Texas. He was the oldest son of George Jackson and Della Lee Crist Selman. He attended school in Rural Shade and Kerens. Then in 1913 his family moved to Midland. He finished his high school education in Midland, Texas. He was a veteran of World War I.

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Selman, Stella Rhonda Patrick

Stella Rhonda Patrick Selman Rhonda, as she was lovingly called by her family and friends, was born November 9, 1909 in Porter Springs, Houston County, Texas. She was the daughter of Walter Milligan and Stella Head Patrick. She died October 30, 1965. She attended school in Porter Springsand upon graduation from high school went on to Lon Morris Junior College in Jacksonville, Texas – from there she went to Denton

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Shaver, Alexander

Alexander Shaver   Alexander Shaver, Sr. was born in Louisiana in 1800. He married Eliza Masters. To this union were born seven children. Five were born in Louisiana and two were born in Texas. They were Cynthia Ann, John Wesley, Almedia, Susan, Elizabeth, Sallie, and Alexander Shaver, Jr., who was born in 1847, the year his father died. Alexander Shaver,

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Shaw, Henery J.

Henry J. Shaw Our paternal great grandparents came directly from Ireland to this country. Our father, Henry Shaw, son of Charley and Martha Shaw came from Macon, Georgia to Able, Alabama, where he met our mother, Laura Alice Holland, daughter of Woodard and Alice Nixon Holland. They were married December 17, 1899. Our father was a farmer and day laborer. After

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Shepherd, H.W.L.

H.W.L. Shepherd The late Henry Wadsworth Longellow Shepherd was the only son from the lineage of the late Ben I and Alice Shepherd. He was born December 25, 1877. H.W.L. Shepherd began public school at the age of seven, attending New Salem Public School in the New Salem community. At the age of eight, his parents moved to Guthrie, Oklahoma. At

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Sheridan, William Nuget

William Nugent Sheridan William Nugent Sheridan was born in Louisiana on June 27, 1826, and died January 12, 1918. He was the first child of John and Lucinda Caroline Nugent Sheridan. In 1826 John Sheridan was returning from Moore County, North Carolina to his farm on Silver Creek with his young wife Luncinda who was expecting their first child. By

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Slack, Wesley

Wesley Slack James Slack, grandfather of Wesley Slack, was from Kentucky. He was born in about 1797 and married Patsy Coyle in 1816 in Felicana Parish, Louisana. He had several children, the youngest of which was Wesley Slack’s father, Robert Leroy Slack (1859-1916). Robert Leroy Slack thought he was named for Robert E. Lee, but the

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Smith, Christopher C. Kleber Beazley

Christopher C. Kelber Beazley Smith John William Smith (09/06/ 1860-12/07/ 1903) married Francis Louisa (Adams) Whitley Lathrop. Francis Louisa was a widow with six children. She had four boys and two girls, Ruth Ann Lathrop and June Lathrop. Ruth Ann Lathrop first married Frank Gilder and had a daughter, Annie Mae Gilder, who died in

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Smith, Elwin

Elwin Smith James R. Smith’s family came to Texas from Alabama in the 1860’s. He was the son of Monroe and Fannie (Jarrell) Smith. The family settled in the New Prospect area. The Smiths were farmers and had a large peach orchard. James R. Smith (1873-1953) first married Malinda Rebecca (Linnie) Keen (1887-1912). They had eight children: Elwin, Erma,

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Smith, Wade L.

Wade L. Smith Wade L. Smith came to Grapeland in 1909 as principal and superintendent of the Grapeland School. He served in this capacity until 1913. He later owned and operated The People’s Drug Store for several years. He was in the grocery business until his retirement. He was loved by all school children because of the

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Something SMELLS!

It’s a fact our world is changing!  We all like to eat Chicken, so you must have chicken farms, ranches whatever they call them.   You DO NOT have to constantly smell the odor!  Here is what you can do and it is totally anonymous to report.  Here is a link to TEXQ’S website.  Simply fill

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Spence, Andrew J.

Andrew J. Spence Andrew Jackson Spence came to Texas from Thomasville, Georgia sometime in the late 1800s. He had three children by his first wife. Their names were Mose, Andrew and John W. His second wife was Margaret Gandy from Buna, Texas. They had two children: Artie B. and Carey. Margaret Gandy Spence died at an early age and he then

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Spence, Carrie Wells Huff

Carrie Wells Huff Spence Carrie Wells Huff, only daughter of Hamilton Wells Huff and Callie Pennington Huff, was born September 10, 1893. She married Richard Ernest Spence (born November 5, 1893) on August 18, 1913. They had two daughters, Polly Louise, born August 10, 1914, and Callie Pearle, born May 25, 1919. Carrie Huff Spence

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Steadman, Jerry

Jerry Steadman Jerry Gerald Steadman was born June 14, 1936 in Elkhart to Floyd Steadman (b. January 13, 1907) and Mary Ethyl Kennedy (b. July 3, 1910). Floyd’s parents were James I. Steadman (b. November 17, 1873 in Houston County) and Georgia Pelvy Steadman (b. November 16, 1880). Mary Ethyl’s parents were William Joseph Kennedy (b. June 11, 1870)

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Story, Calvin Stokes

Calvin Stokes Story Calvin (Bill) Story, son of Louis and Pallie Green Story, was born at his father’s farm at Wesley Chapel, west of Crockett, Texas on October 15, 1918. When he was a few weeks old, his family left the community of his paternal grandparents, Sam Houston and Rebeca Waller Story, and bought a farm in the

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Story, Samuel H. & Rebecca

Samuel H. & Rebecca Story Samuel Houston Story, son of John and Polly Burgess Story, was born in Dickson County, Tennesse, April 7, 1837. Samuel later related that before his parent’s marriage, John would go back to Kentucky for weeks-long visits, rolling his clothes into a ball which he tied around his neck before swimming the rivers. During Samuel’s

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Streetman, Ancil

Ancil Steetman   On January 19, 1913 Ancil Streetman and Mary Willis began a marriage which was to last for sixty-six years. Ancil Hewitt Streetman was born in Clarksville, Florida on February 14, 1888, the fifth child of Charlie Mack Streetman and Margaret M. E. Cook. Margaret, who was the sister of Richard Cook, died the following year and

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Streetman, Charlie Mack

Charlie Mack Streetman Charles J. Mc Streetman was born in Taylor County, Georgia on April 2, 1856. The facts surrounding his early years are lost to history. It is known that his mother was the former Mary Joiner, the daughter of John Joiner who died January 23, 1830 and Sarah Joiner who died July 4, 1862 in Taylor County. Charlie Mack

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Streetman, Graton

Graton Streetman Graton Streetman was born in Florida In 1897, the son of C.M. and Clara Cook Streetman. They moved to the Grapeland area when Graton was a young boy. Maude Otis Guice was born in Grapeland and lived here all her life. Maude Otis and Graton were married in 1920. Graton farmed and taught school at

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Streetman, Newton

Newton Streetman Newton Streetman was born in Florida in 1892 and moved to Grapeland with his family, the C.M. Streetman’s, at an early age. Vergie Herod was a native of Grapeland, born in 1895, the daughter of Daniel and Louella Herod. She married Newton about 1914 and they bought a farm on the Rock Hill Road in

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Wagner Family

Wagner Family Josh was born in Africa and sold into slavery, a destiny that brought him to America and finally to Texas. In 1840, General Sam Houston of San Jacinto came into possession of Josh and he became the general’s trusted Negro body servant. Josh traveled with General Houston on diplomatic missions of the Republic of Texas and to Washington after Texas had been admitted to the United States (the Union).

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Wallace-Totty Family

Wallace Totty Family Details of the Wallace ancestry are very sketchy. Richard Burton Wallace (born April 20, 1830; died December 27, 1892) married Mary Emmaline Wright (born September 10, 1844; died September 17, 1902) on the seventeenth of January, 1872, in Rusk, Texas. They are both buried in marked graves in the Davis Cemetery, Grapeland.

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Walling-Price Family

Walling Price Family Elisha Walling, a native of White County, Tennessee, immigrated to Texas in October of 1837 according to a deposition made before A. C. Aldrich, clerk of the District Court of Houston County, Texas. In August of 1874, Elisha appeared before the court in order to gain benefits granted to citizens who had served the Republic of Texas during the period

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Walling, Dave

Dave Walling James R. Walling was born in Tennessee in 1812. He married Martha Gordon and they had a daughter, Amanda, born in 1836, and a son, Robert, born in 1838 in Tennessee. Some time in 1839 they moved to Texas and settled in the Daly Community. After they came to Texas, there were six sons and two daughters born to

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Walton-Colbert Family

Walton Colbert Family Stephen and Julia Susan Nobles Colbert came to the Daly Community near Grapeland between 1871 and 1880. Stephen, the son of Mrs. Frances H. Colbert of Monroe Co., was wounded in the foot at Richmond, Va. during the Civil War and was permanently disabled by the wound. He was a brick mason and built chimneys

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Walton, Henry H.

Henry H. Walton Henry Harrison Walton, son of Henry Wyche and Luraney Walton, married Susan Bullock Clarke (b. April, 1837), the daughter of Gilbert and Susan Shailot Clarke. All were living in Monroe Co., Georgia by 1850. Henry and Susan came to Texas following the Civil War, traveling by train and bringing with them their children Mote,

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Walton, Ralph

Ralph Walton Ralph Howell Walton was born in Grapeland, Texas April 4, 1918 to Gilbert Arthur and Sallie Mae Kent Walton. He graduated from Grapeland High School in 1936 and then served in the U.S. Navy prior to and during World War II. In 1942 Ralph married Dora Maurice Long, daughter of Neil Maurice and Owena (Johnston) Long. Ralph’s war

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Ward, Julius Luther

Julius Luther Ward Julius L. Ward (born February 7, 1857; died May 6, 1926), married Sarah Cornelius Fowler (born March 28, 1859; died May 29, 1928) on the third of September, 1876 in Sugar Valley, Gordon County, Georgia, where they were both born. They are buried in marked graves in the City Cemetery, Stanton, and Martin County, Texas.

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Warner Family

Warner Family Whittenhall Warner was born in Dublin, Ireland and came to this country with his family. They settled in the Orangeburg district of South Carolina. Whittenhall Warner married Elizabeth Cargill and had a large family. Whittenhall’s son, Thomas Cargill Warner, married Tabita Cargill and moved to Bogalusia on the Pearl River in Louisiana, Parish of Washington, before 1812.

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Weisinger, Donald

Donald Weisinger Donald L. Weisinger was born February 14, 1931 in Houston County to Fletcher Smith Weisinger (b. September 26, 1887 in Houston County) and Jewel Fay Tisdale (b. March 15, 1908 in Freestone County parents were James Smith Weisinger [b. May 1, 1866], and Isador Campbell Weisinger [b. July 29, 1868 in Houston County]).

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Weisinger, George Washington (Dock)

George Washington (Dock) Weisinger The family of George Washington “Dock” Weisinger commenced at the beginning of the twentieth century when the young farmer took for his wife Ada Bell Chapman. To this union in 1903 was born one son, George Olan, and lacking proper medical treatment young Ada Belle died from childbirth. In 1904 George

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Weisinger, Paul E.

Paul E. Weisinger Paul Edward Weisinger was born 7/29/1882; his parents were Reuben Jacob and Martha Williams Cutler Weisinger. He lived in and around Grapeland, Houston County, Texas all his life. He married 1) Addie Ingram – they were the parents of five children: Horace (deceased), Birdie Mae, Eugene (deceased), Ethel and Annie Lou. 2)Annie Ingram – they

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Weisinger, Paul E. Decendants

Paul E. Weisinger Decendants Paul Edward Weisinger was the great grandson of John Weisinger who came to America from Württemberg, Germany in 1784. John settled in Charleston, South Carolina and that is where he lived the rest of his life. He and his wife are buried in the LutheranChurchyard Cemetery. Children were: John, Mathais; Elizabeth and Samuel. Paul is the grandson of Mathais Weisinger born

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What’s really happening in Houston county Tx.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/622705734727656/ I could not embed the the facebook post so here is the link, there is valuable information here that is super useful. We do not endorse the opinions of all the comments but felt the opinions should be out there.

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Whitaker, Ike & Addie Thomas

Ike & Addie Thomes Whitaker Amanda Ella married Sampson Tye (Sampy) who was a “prosperous farmer” and a carpenter known for craftsmanship. He built the Tom Whitaker home with Eric Davidson, his wife’s brother-in-law and also a cabin for Carl Whitaker Truman, and Isaac M. (Ike). Rica, nicknamed by her father, had one son, Bill

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Whitaker, Meredith

Meredith Whitaker Our earliest record of Meredith Whitaker is the application he made to receive 1280 acres of land in Washington Co., Texas. Witnesses G.B. Loftin and Wade Allsobrook (for whom Meredith returned the favor) verified Meredith’s residence in Texas in September, 1837, as “a man of family” and by the order dated July 4, 1839, his land

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Wilkins, Dale

Dale Wilkins Before moving to Grapeland, Dale Wilkens and his wife, Marilynn had been farming near the city of Norfolk, Nebraska. He was hired at the Vulcraft plant in Norfolk in November of 1964. They then transferred to Grapeland in March of 1968 with their two children, Richard and Lori, where he is now manufacturing manager of the local

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Wilkins, John

John Wilkins William John Thomas Wilkins and his wife Augusta Exar (Carpenter) Wilkins and seven of his eight children moved to Texas fromAlabama in 1915. A daughter, Ruth (Mrs. Hiram) Loper remained in Alabama, moving to Texas at a later date. The children ranged in age from 17 to 4 years and included: Willie Mae (Mrs. Alton) Dickey, Ethel (Mrs. J.E.

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Woodard, F.C.

F.C. Woodard F. C. Woodard, physician and surgeon of Grapeland, Houston County, Texas, was born April 1, 1847, in Alabama. His great-grandfather, Charles E. Woodard, and his large family of seven sons (William, Moses, Robert S., Jesse, James B., Charles E., and John T.) and three daughters (Sarah, Mary, and Jane) were among the pioneers emigrating from South Carolina to Clarke

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Woodell-Royall

Royall Woodell Alexander Moore Woodell and Lucy May Royall Woodell were married February 8, 1908 in Grapeland by Bro. Cameron, pastor of the Methodist Church. Mr. Woodell was the son of George McDaniel Woodell and Harriet Frances Haney Woodell. Both were of Scotch-Irish descent. The Woodells came from Arkansas to Jasper County, Texas before 1881. George McDaniel Woodell and his wife came

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Yarborough, John Randolph

John Randolph Yarborough Joseph Randolph Yarborough came to Texas with his father, John Swanson Yarborough, Sr. in 1834. Under the leadership of Captain H. Arnold, John Swanson Yarborough and his eldest son Joseph Randolph Yarborough (18 years of age) served in the Army of theRepublic of Texas at the battle of San Jacinto in 1836. Joseph Randolph Yarborough was one of the

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