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Biography of David M. Smith

David M. Smith, one of the best men the writer ever knew, a man almost without a fault, and absolutely incorruptible. He died at his home in Sulphur Springs, with that awful scourge, cancer of the jaw; married Miss Lu Cade, as pure a woman as ever breathed the breath of life, an affectionate wife, a devoted mother and a sacrificing neighbor. William M. married Sallie Hopkins, daughter of Dave Hopkins. He lost his companion and afterwards married Neely Hay, daughter of Rev. Wm. Hay, she lived only eight months and passed to her long home, subsequently he married Elizabeth McAfee, a daughter of Capt. Wm. Pickens. She was a widow and most excellent lady; they have one child, a son, Welcome, a bright, intelligent lad of nine years of age. Miss Emma married Dr. Robuck and lives in Italy, Ellis County. She is the mother of eleven children, she is dead now, so are eight of her children. Josiah married Miss Lou Rogers and lives in Waxahachie, Ellis County. Miss Sallie lived to be grown and passed away. Miss Susie died at an early age. William lives in the vicinity where he was born and raised, and is a useful citizen in his neighborhood. He has engaged in farming and stocking and has been reasonably successful, although he has suffered many serious losses ; added to the calamity of the loss of his two wives. He stands misfortunes, trials and troubles with as much courage and fortitude as is common for manly men to do. He is kind hearted and possessed of a genial disposition, and makes all...

Biography of Josiah Smith

Doctor Josiah Smith, deceased, was born and raised in the state of Georgia. At his majority he married Miss Nannie Morgan and moved to Hopkins County, Texas, in the year 1844 and settled on the spot where he has lived a long and useful life, and finally returned to the state of his nativity and passed into eternity. By this marriage nine children were born to them. Out of this number only two are living Zylphia, died in infancy; Buford lived to manhood and graduated from McKenzie College, enlisted in the Civil war as a Confederate soldier and died in the army with camp fever. Andrew died with measles at...

Directory of Nelta, Texas

J. M. Simms. M. D. Physician and Surgeon. Wilber J. Davis Postmaster and Dealer in General Merchandise. Chas. B. Kirkbride Blacksmith and woodwork. Bois’D’Arc Wagons a specialty. Warrick France The only Gin man in the...

Directory of Sulphur Springs, Texas

The people whose names are listed in this directory are the substantial business men of the city, and merit the full confidence of the public. The professional men are those upon whom the people can rely with perfect safety. J. A. Stevenson Implement Company. Dealer in Moline Farm Implements, Peter Shuttler Wagons, Barb Wire and other staple hardware. Agent for McCormick Machinery, and J. I. Case Thresher. C. L. Murrie & Company. Dealers in Dry Goods, Millinery, Ladies’ Furnishings. The only up-to-date Store of this kind in the city. O. M. Pate. Dealer in Hardware, Stoves, Sash and Doors, Furniture, etc., in fact in everything to build and furnish a house. Geo. A. Wilson. Manufacturer of Compressed brick the most substantial Builder and Contractor in North East Texas. Jno. D. Williams. Dealer in Saddles, Harness, Buggies and Bicycles. Of twenty years standing. B. F. Ashcroft & Sons. Proprietors of Sulphur Springs Electric Light Plant and Big Four Gin. Thirty-two years standing. W. W. Williamson. Dealer in Fancy and Staple Groceries. The only up-to-date Grocery in the city. W. A. Smith. W. A. Smith, “The Land Man,” Buys and Sells More Land than any other man in Texas. He is Notary Public. H. E. Henderson. Dealer in Dry Goods and Fancy Groceries. Bargains in every line of Reliable Dry Goods, a first-class house for Planters’ Supplies. Frank E. Yantis. Dealer in Watches, Clocks and Jewelry. Keeps in stock a full supply of the best that money will buy from manufacturer. T. K. Proctor, M. D. Specialist in Ear, Eye, Nose and Throat. Chronic diseases and all forms of the Drug...

Biography of Red Collins

Red Collins, one of the oldest timers in the county, was born in the state of Missouri in the year 1833. He came to Texas with his father in the year 1839 and stopped in Red River district near where Clarksville is now located. The whole country was a perfect wilderness, even what few people were here were hardly civilized. In that day the most of the male inhabitants were refugees from justice, having committed some crime against the laws of the state from which they emigrated. Not being of a first-class people, and coming into the wilds of a new country, their actions and deeds knew no restraint and many times their conduct was a source of annoyance and often a terror to the law-abiding element among the few citizens who had moved into the county, many of whom left the Republic and returned to the state from which they had come. In the year 1840 many emigrants came into Texas and received a hearty welcome from the early settlers. “Misery loves company.” This gang of ruffians soon gave place to a better class of people and the country soon wore an aspect of civilization. Mr. Collins has seen men shot down at the gambling tables and at mustang pony races, in as reckless a manner as if they were nothing more than wild beasts. There was no law to restrain the murderer, none to restrain the thief, save that of mob law, which was frequently resorted to for the protection of the better element of citizens. In the year 1844 the citizens of Hopkins County pursued and...

Biography of J. Elias Chapman

J. Elias Chapman was born in the state of Indiana, July 15th, 1848, and came to Texas with his parents in the year 1851. His grandfather was born in the year 1793. He migrated from South Carolina to the state of Indiana and from there moved into the state of Texas in the year 1850. Elias’ grandmother was born in the year 1796. Her maiden name was Polly Gray. These old people were united in marriage in the year 1816. Elias’ grandfather was a Methodist preacher and lived for a while and preached in the state of Kentucky, where Elias’ father was born in the year 1818. His father married Mary E. Smith in the state of Indiana in the year 1845. Three children were born to them in that state. Their names are W. R., J. E., and J. S. Chapman. His parents then moved to the state of Texas and settled where he lived until death in what is known as Chapman Arm. George, the nominee for county commissioner, an honest and justly popular citizen; Shed, who has served his county as tax collector on several occasions; and Doctor, a successful physician and a useful man; Ellen and Eva all were born in Hopkins County. W. R. and Ellen are dead. This entire family are citizens of Hopkins County. Elias’ father has one brother, Willis, and a sister, Polly Ann, who married J. V. Logsdon in the year 1855. Tle father of Elias was named. James and was known as Uncle Jimmie Chapman. He was a man whose heart was as big as all out-of-doors. Elias married...

Biography of Joseph T. Minter

Joseph T. Minter, deceased, was born in Putnam County, Georgia, in the year 1818. He married Miss Sarah A. Carter, in the same state, at the age of seventeen years. She was a daughter of a prominent planter and slaveholder. In the year 1853 Mr. Minter migrated to Hopkins County, Texas, and lived in the county until he died. They were the parents of twelve children, nine of whom are living; and all are citizens of the county. Ann E. married W. D. Byrd and raised a large family of boys and girls who are citizens of the county. William H. married Sarah Smith, a daughter of a farmer, a good man and a good citizen. He married in the year 1863. Morgan Minter married Ada Askew, daughter of Capt. R. L. Askew, a prominent citizen of Hopkins County. Morgan has raised an unusually large family. They were married in the year 1864. Miss Fannie Minter married Thomas L. Simms, a gentleman of good family and most excellent parentage. They married in the year 1864, and have raised a large and useful family in the county. Miss Dollie married John Stephens, a Georgia gentleman, a man of good business qualifications and of good character. They were married in the year 1867, and have no offspring. Robert A. married Susan Rainey, a splendid lady of excellent birth. They have a large family of intelligent children with industrious habits. Sylvanus has been twice married. He is one of the best men in Hopkins County. To know him is to love him. He is a big-hearted nobleman, meriting all the respect and...

Biographical Sketch of R. R. Williams

R. R. Williams emigrated from the state of Arkansas in the year 1866 and located in Black Jack Grove, where he has since lived. He married Miss Susan Ward at the age of twenty-two years, in Arkansas. Nine children were the result of this union, six of whom are living. They are all citizens of the county, live near their parents and are doing well. Mr. Williams descended from a long line of ancestors. He can trace his family name back to Roger Williams, he has taken an active part in the politics of his county, espousing the cause of Democracy, and has ever been steadfast in the faith. He has served his country as a soldier, and was faithful in the discharge of his duty. He commanded a company of cavalry scouts in front of Gen. Price’s army. In the year 1864 he was captured by the northern troops, was condemned to be shot for guerrilla fighting, but later he proved that he was a Confederate soldier, and was consigned to prison. He took a prominent part in the reconstruction of Texas. He has lived for thirty-four years in Hopkins County, and during that time he has filled many honorable positions. In the year 1900 he was elected a member of the 27th Legislature of Texas, giving satisfaction to his...

Biography of L. A. Lollar

L. A. Lollar was born in the state of Tennessee in the year 1829, and came to Hopkins County in the year 1849. He married Miss Mary Veal in the year 1854, who still survives him. They had eight children born to them : seven sons and one daughter ; five of whom are living. John, the eldest son has been twice married and is living in the county with his second wife. Miss Lula married Sam Matthews, a common-sense businessman of good judgment. He is a just and honest man. Buster married Miss Lula Sparks, daughter of John Sparks, a prominent stockman. Bird married Miss Dora Bennett, a sister of Ben Bennett and a granddaughter of Uncle Bob Cannon. Levi married Mada Turner, daughter of Squire Turner. The sons of L. A. Lollar are all industrious, reliable men. They are all taxpayer of the county, and are numbered among the best citizens of the county. Mr. Lollar established himself in the mercantile business in the year 1855, which he prosecuted with great energy and success up to his death. Although he met with many serious reverses and losses. He never made any public profession of religion, nor did he ever attach himself to any denomination, or to any secret order or society, yet he was a man of great benevolence, generous, kind, upright, just and truthful in all the relations of life. No man was ever turned from his door in hunger and want. He was a man of feeble constitution and suffered greatly in his last, illness and seemed to realize that his time on earth was...

Biographical Sketch of J. A. Weaver

The Col. J. A. Weaver family was a prominent family in Hopkins County; there are only two of this noted family living in the county at this time. W. B. Weaver who married Celia Patrick, a daughter of a prominent and successful merchant of Sulphur Springs. Miss Sallie married Phil Foscue, cashier of the First National Bank of Sulphur Springs, and as noble hearted gentleman as we have in the county, true to his convictions and solid in his business matters. Col. Weaver was foremost in many public enterprises in the county; was High Sheriff and tax collector for eight years. He was a leading member of the Methodist church; noted for his liberal donations, for his charity, and was an influential man in state and county affairs until his death. His widow, a most estimable lady, survives him. Wm. Weaver, brother to J. A. Weaver, left only one child, a daughter, Miss Dora, who married Allie McKenzie. He is a progressive farmer and stock raiser, and is making life a success, a splendid citizen and a heavy tax payer in the...
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