Location: Rusk County TX

Other East Texas Indian Tribes

Of the location of remaining tribes we know even less than of the last, and can only record the few statements made of them by the early writers. Three leagues west of the Nasoni Joutel entered the village of the Noadiche (Nahordike) 1Relation, in Margry, op. cit., Ill 388. who, he said, were allies of the Cenis, and had the same customs. This location corresponds with that assigned by Jesus Maria to the Nabiti, and the tribes may have been identical. The site designated was apparently west of the Angelina River and near the southwestern corner of Rusk County. Similarly, the Nasayaya, put by Jesus Maria east of the Nabiti, may possibly have been the Nasoni. If they were a separate tribe they must have been in the same neighborhood. If separate, too, they early disappear from notice, unless possibly they may be the Nacaxe, who later are found in the same latitude, but farther east. All that we can say of the location of the Nacao is that they were northward from the Nacogdoche, and probably closer to the Nacogdoche than to the Nasoni, since they were attached to the Nacogdoche mission. A reasonable conjecture is that they were in the neighborhood of Nacaniche Creek, in Nacogdoches County. 2Jesus Maria puts the Nacogdoche tribe east and the Nacau tribe northeast of his mission. He says in another passage that...

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Slave Narrative of Johnson Thompson

Person Interviewed: Johnson Thompson Place of Birth: Texas Date of Birth: December 1853 Just about two weeks before the coming of Christmas Day in 1853, I was born on a plantation somewheres eight miles east of Bellview, Rusk County, Texas. One year later my sister Phyllis was born on the same place and we been together pretty much of the time ever since, and I reckon there’s only one thing that could separate us slave born children. Mammy and pappy belong to W.P. Thompson, mixed-blood Cherokee Indian, but before that pappy had been owned by three different masters; one was the rich Joe Vann who lived down at Webber Falls and another was Chief Lowery of the Cherokees. I had a brother named Harry who belonged to the Vann family at Tahlequah. There was a sister named Patsy; she died at Wagoner, Oklahoma. My mother was born ‘way back in the hills of the old Flint District of the Cherokee Nation; just about where Scraper, Okla., is now. My parents are both dead now seems like fifty, maybe sixty year ago. Mammy died in Texas, and when we left Rusk County after the Civil War, pappy took us children to the graveyard. We patted her grave and kissed the ground,telling her good-bye. Pappy is buried in the church yard on Four Mile branch. I don’t remember much about my...

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Slave Narrative of Phyllis Petite

Person Interviewed: Phyllis Petite Location: Fort Gibson, Oklahoma Place of Birth: Rusk County, Texas Age: 83 I was born in Rusk County, Texas, on a plantation about eight miles east of Belleview. There wasn’t no town where I was born, but they had a church. My mammy and pappy belonged to a part Cherokee named W. P. Thompson when I was born. He had kinfolks in the Cherokee Nation, and we all moved up here to a place on Fourteen-Mile Creek close to where Hulbert now is. ‘way before I was big enough to remember anything. Then, so I been told, old master Thompson sell my pappy and mammy and one of my baby brothers and me back to one of his neighbors in Texas name of John Harnage. Mammy’s name was Letitia Thompson and pappy’s was Riley Thompson. My little brother was named Johnson Thompson, but I had another brother sold to a Vann and he always call hisself Harry Vann. His Cherokee master lived on the Arkansas river close to Webber’s Falls and I never did know him until we was both grown. My only sister was Patsy and she was borned after slavery and died at Wagoner, Oklahoma. I can just remember when Master John Harnage took us to Texas. We went in a covered wagon with oxen and camped out all along the way. Mammy...

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Biography of Raymond Mills Spivy, M. D.

Dr. Raymond Mills Spivy, obstetrician and gynecologist with offices in the University Club building at St. Louis, was born December 25, 1880, in Henderson, Texas. His father, Judge William Wright Spivy, was a native of Alabama and belonged to one of the old southern families represented in Virginia, North Carolina and Alabama. The ancestral line is traced back to Aaron Spivy who came from Ireland prior to the Revolutionary war, in which he participated, being wounded in the battle of Saratoga. He originally settled in Isle of Wight county, Virginia. Judge Spivy removed to Texas with his widowed mother during his youthful days and acquired his education under the direction of his mother’s brother, Judge William Wright Morris, a distinguished jurist of the Lone Star state and at a prior date a prominent figure in political affairs in Alabama. Judge Spivy prepared for the bar and won distinction and prominence as a lawyer and as district judge, his district comprising Henderson and four or five other counties. He was also an intimate friend and legal associate of the late Governor Hogg of Texas. He died December 7, 1889, at the age of fortyone years. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Sarah Ann Fleming, was a native of Georgia and was of Scotch-Irish descent. She now makes her home in Little Rock, Arkansas. By her marriage she became...

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Biography of Professor Charles Byron Smith

Professor Charles Byron Smith, principal of the Washington school at Muskogee, is a native of Rusk County, Texas, his parents being Lucien Drayton and Amanda Melvina Smith. The father was born in Buncombe County, North Carolina, and in 1852 re-moved to Texas. The mother was born in Tennessee and became a resident of the Lone Star state in 1836. Mr. Smith was a ranch-man farmer and early removed with his family to western Texas, where his son, Professor Smith, grew to manhood with scarcely any Church or school privileges but nevertheless was well instructed religiously and educationally, for when he entered his first school he was ready for the fourth grade work and was familiar with all of the Bible stories. When he was twenty-one years of age he went away to college at Granbury, Texas, working his way through that institution. On account of a misfortune, however, he could attend for but three years. He took up the profession of teaching, which he followed for thirteen years in Texas in the rural and in the graded schools and also taught in three summer normal schools in that state. He has likewise taught in eleven summer normal schools in Oklahoma. However, he remained, upon the home farm until he attained his majority, being the main dependence for a family of twelve, as his father was never a well man...

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Biography of W. W. Harnage

W. W. Harnage of Muskogee is now living retired from active business but for many years was closely identified with farming interests. A native of Texas, he was born in Rusk County, on the 8th of January, 1852, and is a son of George W. and Nancy (May-field) Harnage, both of whom were born and reared in the old Cherokee Nation in Georgia but were married in Oklahoma, where they resided until 1847. In that year they removed to Texas, where they spent their remaining days and in the Lone Star state they reared their family of four children, of whom W. W. Harnage is the only one living. Spending his youthful days under the parental roof W. W. Harnage acquired a public school education and afterward took up the occupation of farming as a life work. He had early become familiar with the best methods of tilling the soil and caring for the crops and he continued to devote his attention to farming interests in Texas until 1883 and at the same time engaged in stock raising. In that year, however, he disposed of his interests in his native state and removed to Oklahoma, then the Indian Territory, settling on a farm in the vicinity of Muskogee. Again he concentrated his attention upon the live stock business and became prominently known as one of the leading stock raisers...

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Rosales, Manuel G. – Obituary

Manuel G. Rosales, 80, of Vancouver, Wash., a former longtime Baker County resident, died June 5, 2005. His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Evergreen Staples Funeral Chapel, 4700 N.E. St. Johns Blvd., at Vancouver, Wash. Manuel was born on Feb. 22, 1925, to Ben and Savina Rosales at Merkel City, Texas. He grew up in Anadarko, Okla., and attended school there. He entered the Civilian Conservation Corps camp in Oklahoma in 1941. In December 1943 he married his beloved wife of 61 years, Mary L. Castillo. They lived at Oklahoma City and then moved to Durkee with their family of six where they lived for 13 years. Manuel worked as a heavy equipment operator with Oregon-Portland Cement Co. and retired after 25 years. In 1963, Manuel and Mary moved to Baker City where they raised their six children. The moved to Vancouver, Wash., in 1995 where all their children resided. Manuel was fully involved with the lives of all his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. He loved dancing and enjoyed the heart and soul of country music. He shared the love of basketball and daytime TV (soaps) with his wife, Mary. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Savina; three sisters, Rosie, Mary and Nelly; and two brothers, Joe and Leon. Survivors include his wife, Mary Rosales; sister, Louise; and...

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