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Biography of Jesse C. Garrett

J. C. Garrett was born in the State of Tennessee in the year 1840, and moved to Hopkins County, in the year 1863 with his father Presly Garrett. With the exception of a few years he has lived in the county continuously since. At the age of twenty-five he married Miss E. J. Garrett a distant relative. By this marriage eleven children were born to them, five boys and. six girls, eight of whom are living at the present time. W. E. married Miss Willie McFall, he is a farmer, a taxpayer and a good citizen of the county. John P. married Miss Tempie Lenon, he is an all around business fellow. Martha A. married J. D. Blount, a farmer of industrious habits. C. C. married D. T. Knowls. Melissa married Frank Pippin. Emma Lou married T. P. Lee, a farmer. Miss S. C. is single and lives with her parents. The youngest whose name is Lawrence Sullivan Ross and lives at home. This family is a remarkable one in some respects. They are sober, moral, industrious, honest upright men, and all merit the respect and esteem of the entire county. They are social, genial and hospitable, and are a good class of people to meet. The mother of these children was raised in Texas, being here in an early day she has experienced the trials and hardships common to pioneer life. She has been an eye witness to many gangs of wild Indians as they would pass her father’s home. She has seen many buffaloes, and saw her father shoot and kill one within one hundred yards of...

Biographical Sketch of Crawford Mayes

Crawford S. Mayes was born in Burkes County, Georgia, in the year 1840. He came into Texas in the year 1866, and married Miss Mary E. Hooser of Red River County in the year 1873, and moved into Hopkins County and settled where he is still living. They are the parents of eight children equally divided as to sex. Mr. Mayes is a successful farmer and an all around businessman. He was a soldier in the time of the war, is a quiet citizen in time of peace, is a devoted husband, a kind and loving father, a good neighbor and a splendid citizen. He was made a prisoner during the Civil war, and spent several months in the walls of a northern prison. No man under the sun ever existed that is more liberal or more generous to those in whom he confides. His home is a home of hospitality, and the citizens have learned this fact; which is evidenced by the large amount of company he has on all public occasions. He is ¢a law-abiding man, a church supporter, and a debt-paying...

Biographical Sketch of Crockett Campbell

Crockett H. Campbell was born in 1816, and is eighty-six years of age. He came to Hopkins County in the year 1841. There was not a single cabin on the south side of North Sulphur Creek at that time. Buffalo herds were roaming all over the country. He has shot and killed a number of buffalo as well as all kinds of animals and wild beasts. Indians were to be seen and heard in many places, and a few people who were living in tents were in constant and perpetual dread of them. Many emigrants who came into the new country, became dissatisfied, alarmed, and returned to their old homes in the States. In the year 1843 he married Elizabeth Collins. By this union eight children were born, four of whom are living. He had the misfortune to lose his wife, and subsequently married Miss Mary Couch. They were the parents of eight children, six boys and two girls. Four of these children are dead; the others live near their parents, and are good, worthy citizens of Hopkins County. Crockett has farmed and raised stock all of his life. He is a man of noble qualities. His example has been good. He is beloved by all who know him. He is old now, and suffering from the weakness of age; therefore his memory is impaired and his body is feeble. Since this writing he has passed...

Biographical Sketch of Dr. C. M. Houston

The C. M. Houston family is an old pioneer family, only three of this large family are living in the county at this time: Columbus, Julia and Mary. They are all married and are doing well, and are good citizens of Hopkins County. Miss Julia married Mark Fuqua; Miss Mary married John...

Biographical Sketch of James A. Simms

James A. Simms, deceased, was born in the state of Georgia. When he arrived at his majority he married Miss Emily Jane Hansom, a daughter of a prominent slave holder and planter in the same neighborhood in which he was raised. He moved into Hopkins County in the year 1853, where he settled and raised a large and interesting family. Jonathan Simms, was his eldest child. The others were Uca C., Tom K., Amanda, J. M. Simms, Jr., Britton B., Bianca, and Kendrick,D. three of these children are living in the county. Uca C. is now Mrs. Shugart, a prosperous farmer and a worthy citizen, of noble qualities. J. M., Jr. is a doctor of high standing, and is appreciated for his skill as a physician and as a citizen of noble and generous impulses. He married Miss Annie L. Lacy, a Hopkins County lady of excellent family and good blood. Brooks Simms married Miss Robertson, daughter of Thomas Robertson, a Baptist preacher. The name of the Simms family is prominent in the county. Some of the best citizens in the county are among them. They are all sober, high-minded gentlemen, and well worthy of the good name they...

Biographical Sketch of Coghan Ransom

Croghan M. Ransom was born in the state of Georgia in the year 1833. In the year 1855 he married Miss Susan Hanson in Heard County, Georgia; and immediately he and his bride left the state of Georgia and came to Texas and stopped in Hopkins County, where Mr. Ransom still lives. Twelve children were born to this marriage, six of whom are living. John, the eldest son married Miss Looney Titsworth, and lives in San Saba County. Martillus married John Tom Jennings. They live in Chickasha, Indian Territory. They have no children are prosperous and well to do. Robert S. married Miss Della Kirby. They live in the county and have no living children. Miss Mank married Frank Waller. They have five children, are citizens of the county, and are doing well. Dick married Miss Lula Baker, daughter of Bill Baker. They have one child and live at Winsboro, in Wood County. Miss Lou married W. L. Scruggs, a farmer, and lives in the county. Mr. Ransom has engaged in agricultural pursuits and followed farming all his life. He is highly respected, so is his family. He suffered a great calamity in the loss of his wife-the mother of his children-in the year 1879. He subsequently married Mrs. Mary Holdridge, with whom he is living at the present time. They have no children. Mr. Ransom has inherited good blood. His ancestors were prominent slaveholders and wealthy people; stood high in money circles, and were a leading element in the state of...

Biography of H. H. Nance

H. H. Nance was born in the state of Tennessee in the year 1838. He came to Hopkins County with his parents in the year 1857. Two years later he married Miss Susan Wells, a daughter of a Methodist preacher from the state of Georgia. From this union six children were born. Charles E. is a farmer and a good citizen of the county. He married Miss McGinnis. Elizabeth married J. K. Lewis. Joseph R. married Miss Lulu Bevis, an Alabama girl of good family. Miss Tealy married C. A. Bland and lives in Fannin County. Chester married Nora Harrison. Olga married Miss Roxey. Mr. Nance’s family are all good citizens of the county, are doing well, and are respected. They are honest and upright in their dealings. He suffered a great loss in the death of the mother of these children. He, however, married Mrs. P. H. Richey, a splendid lady, with whom he is spending his life pleasantly. They have two children living: Allen B. and Annie Bertha. They are living with their parents at home. He has given his attention to farming and raising stock, and is in easy circumstances, able to meet with promptness all his liabilities. He is a taxpayer in the county, and believes in upholding and supporting the government that protects his life and property. He is a member of the Methodist church-has lived a devoted Christian for forty years. He helps the churches in a substantial way. Besides feeding many visitors to his church yearly, his doors are always open to tie meritorious and the worthy. He comes from a good...

Biography of J. C. Stout

My father, Sealin Stout, was born in the state of Arkansas in the year 1818. He died in Hopkins County at the age of seventy-eight. No life in Hopkins County was more eventful or attended with more romance than was that of Sealin Stout. He has often been referred to as being prominent in many exciting incidents in this history. Sealin’s father crossed Red River on a raft built with his own hands, when Sealin was only one month old, and settled in Red River District, where Sealin grew to manhood amid the wilds of the country. In the year 1836 he was engaged in Indian fighting; afterwards he fought for Texas Independence, and was a soldier in the Mexican war. After peace was concluded he came home and married Elvira Richey. By this union eleven children were born: nine boys and two girls. John, the oldest son, lives in Bowie County. Frank lives in Hopkins County, and married a daughter of old Dr. Payne, a pioneer citizen. Marion and Andrew both live in Red River County, and are good, substantial citizens. J. C. Stout married Miss Mary Brookshire, a daughter of Jesse Brookshire, an old-time citizen and a man of good character. N. S. Stout married Miss Laura Miller, a daughter of Dr. Christian. Miss Martha Stout married Ed Henley. They are the parents of Elizabeth Henley, who married Dr. Buck Sparks, a young physician. Elizabeth inherited some of the noble traits of character of her grandfather, Sealin Stout. Bill Stout married a sister of Mrs. J. C. Stout. He is dead. Robert married Miss Georgia Crain, a...

Biographical Sketch of G. M. Calvert

G. M. Calvert was raised in Williamson County, Illinois. He came to the state of Texas when he was a young man, in the year 1854. Finally, after traveling almost across the American Continent, he returned to Illinois and married Miss Sophia Woodul in the year 1857. At the time of his marriage he was engaged in mercantile pursuits. Subsequently he sold his interests to other parties and migrated to Texas, and has, for a number of years, been a citizen of Hopkins County. He is well known as a practical-minded man, having introduced several important industries in the county. He believes in man’s capability, and is a substantial advocate of all undertakings for the betterment of his county. He has been twice married, and has given his children every advantage possible, to assist them in becoming good and useful citizens. He is possessed of an ambitious spirit, has pride of character, and is careful in maintaining a good name. His example is good. Although an Agnostic, no man is more liberal, more generous or more hospitable than George M. Calvert. He is independent in thought, as open as day, and as honest and just as it is possible for mortal man to be. He enjoys the full confidence, respect and esteem, not only of the rank and file, but of the clergy as...

Biographical Sketch of W. S. White

W. S. White raised a large family in the county. He was justice of the peace for a greater length of time than any man who ever lived in the county. He served in that capacity for twenty-five years. His family forms a part of the history of the county. His sons are all farmers and well-to-do citizens, respected and appreciated for their industry and energy. All are taxpayers and good citizens. His daughters married men who are hard working, honest, good citizens of the county, and who are highly esteemed as such. They are all advocates of education and church...
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