Collection: Hopkins County Texas Genealogy

Biography of Robert Odom

Robert Odom was born in the state of Tennessee in the year 1846, and immigrated to Hopkins County with his father in the year 1850. His father, Jesse Odom, settled nineteen miles southeast of Sulphur Springs and four miles west of Winsboro. The county was new and uninhabited; therefore Robert had not educational training. Growing up amid the wilds of the country, he was surrounded with all the environments common to a pioneer life. At the age of twenty-two years he met Miss Lucinda Lambdin, a Texas girl who was visiting friends in Mr. Odom’s section. He became attached to her at sight, and the result was marriage. By this union eight children were born to them. They are all living at this time. Six of them are married and live in Hopkins County. Mr. Odom now lives near Cumby, old Black Jack Grove. Lynch is his postoffice address. He is a well known and useful citizen of the county. He is a zealous and ardent advocate of education. Having been denied the benefit of educational advantages, he has studiously sought and striven to educate those dependent upon him. Therefore he has been a strong supporter of schools in every way possible. He and his family are members of the Presbyterian church. He has ever been moral, and religiously inclined, and has set this example through life. He is...

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Biography of Serena Millhollin

Serena Millhollin, a daughter of Sam Lindley, known all over Hopkins County as Aunt Serena, gives a graphic account of pioneer life in Hopkins County. She says: “My father was born in the state of Kentucky, and married my mother in the state of Arkansas, and then migrated to the Republic of Mexico and stopped on North Sulphur Creek. [By reference to the first chapter in this history the reader will notice that the territory of Texas once belonged to Mexico.] about where the village of Ben Franklin is located, and remained for only one year and then moved to South Sulphur Creek, where he located for life. My mother’s maiden name was Letha Turmon. My father lived to be eighty-three years old. My mother survived him a few years and then passed to her reward. There were six children born to them. Five of these are living. Serena married Jacob Millhollin at the age of fifteen years. Jacob was a good, inoffensive, uneducated, honest man. Bartholomew married Lavina Jackson. He is a farmer and stockman, Jordina married Wig Collins, brother to Red Collins. She lived but a short time. Alice married Aiden Posey, a big-hearted fellow of splendid blood, a gentleman whom every one respects. Lethia married Bat Millhollin, a gentleman of noble parts, genial and social to an eminent degree.” Aunt Serena is now sixty-six years old....

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Biography of G. W. Harper

Mr. Harper came to Hopkins County when he was quite a young man, although he had a wife and child. He located on a tract of land where he lived all his life. He was very unfortunate in his married life, having lost three companions during his life. There were twenty-one children born to these three marriages. Out of this large number only three are living. Miss Minerva, the eldest daughter, married Lodwick Vaden, Jr., and lives upon one of the most fertile plantations on South Sulphur Creek. They have a nice, growing family of bright, intellectual children. He and his companion are both active members of the Christian church, and their walk and conversation attest the sincerity of their faith, and their lively appreciation of what it teaches. He is deservedly very popular in the county, and the number of his friends is limited only by the number of his acquaintances. Miss Mattie married John S. Chapman, a gentleman whom to know is to love, They have a small family of bright, industrious children, whom he is educating in books and in agricultural pursuits as well. They have one daughter married, Miss Pru, a nice, sweet woman, who is the wife of James Chapman, a distant relative. They live near their parents. Mr. John Chapman is a heavy taxpayer in the county. A. S. Harper married Josephine Pruitt,...

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Biography of Eli Lindley

John W. Lindley, elder son of Eli Lindley, deceased, gives this thrilling and graphic account of many incidents that occurred within his recollection during his father’s life in Hopkins County. He remembers quite distinctly when his father came into the territory of Hopkins County. J. W. Lindley is sixty-three years of age. He married Miss Nancy Rea, sister to Neal Rea, at the termination of the Civil war. He has raised a large family of healthy children who are respected citizens of the county. Jacob Marion, a prominent businessman of Peerless, is his oldest son. Uncle Eli Lindley married Sallie Crisp in the state of Missouri. Aunt Sallie, as she was called (her name being synonymous with everything that was kind and good), has gone from us now. Aunt Sallie and Uncle Eli were the parents of seventeen children. Five of this number died in infancy. Jacob M. married Miss Jo Crutchfield, She died and he married Miss Starkey Houston and shortly afterwards he passed to his eternal home. Green died while a student at McKenzie College in Red River County. Elizabeth married Marry Portwood. By this union two children were born to them. Harry died and Lizzie married Clabe Gates, with whom she is living at this time in Decatur County. Jonathan and Amanda were twins. Jonathan married Miss Hughes. She lived only a short while and he...

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Biography of Haywood Mooney

Haywood B. Mooney first saw the light of day in the state of Georgia, seventy-three years ago. His father moved to Alabama when Haywood was a child. When he had grown to be quite a lad, being rather precocious, he was stolen from his home and from his parents by sporting men who gambled on horse racing of fine-blooded stock. They used him for light riding and he proved to be the very chap they needed in their profession, so they kept him for a period of three years by offering such inducements as would please the boy. About this time a war took place between the American Republic and the Republic of Mexico. Young Mooney was employed by the United States agent to carry the express mail from Mobile, Alabama, to Montgomery, Alabama. He continued in this capacity during the existence of the war. He then served as an apprentice and learned the trade of engineering and followed steamboating on the rivers for eight years. During this time his father had died and his mother had moved to Sulphur Springs, in Hopkins County, on what is known as the old Jim Mooney place. While Mr. Mooney was on his way to the county to see his aged mother, coming from Colorado River in Texas, where he had been engaged in steamboating for several years, he met Miss Martha...

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Biography of Thos. S. Glover

Thos. S. Glover was born in Troupe County, Georgia, in the year 1836, and migrated with his parents to the state of Mississippi. When only a boy he came to Texas with his uncle William Glover in the year 1845, and stopped for a time in Harrison County, and in the fall of the same year moved to Hopkins County. Thomas was only ten years of age at this time. They settled near where the old town of Tarrant was located. Mr. Glover relates many incidents of early life in Texas. It was at this old town that he first met Miss Ruth Lindley, a daughter of Uncle Eli and Sallie Lindley. Their first meeting was attended with some romance. An acquaintance was cultivated, which resulted in their marriage. From this union fourteen children were born, eleven are living. They are six girls and five boys. Five of these children are living at the home of their parents. They are all healthy, well born children. When Mr. Glover came into Hopkins County it was almost an uninhabited wilderness. But little attention was given to the law, though there was an organized court held at the county site. The pioneer citizens had no patience with thieves, thugs and evil doers. When a horse-thief was caught stealing or in possession of property not his own, no redress was sought by the...

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Biographical Sketch of Rev. P. B. Bailey

Rev. P. B. Bailey, deceased, came to Texas in the year 1845. He became a citizen of Hopkins County in the year 1850. He was the father of seven children. These are all dead now but two Mrs. Mary Loving, mother of Wilber Loving, Hopkins County’s efficient and popular sheriff, and Mrs. M. E. Minter, wife of Capt. S. A. Minter, who lives in the Pine Forest neighborhood. He was a Methodist preacher and organized the first Methodist church that was ever established in the town of Sulphur Springs. The author has heard this great preacher deliver powerful sermons. He was a natural preacher. He loved his work intensely, and has been instrumental in converting more people, perhaps, than any divine of his day. His power of oratory was great, and when he became enthused, which he did with a full audience, his efforts were stupendous. On one occasion when he had preached the funeral sermon of a noble citizen of his acquaintance, he stepped from the pulpit to the floor and began singing an appropriate song, asking the audience to join in the singing. They were all too full. All tried to sing the song he had selected for the occasion, but failed. Women wept freely, old men and hardened sinners wept. Sobs and sighs hurts from sorrow-burdened souls in all parts of the assembly. People fell into...

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Biography of Ed C. Petty

W. S. Petty, father of Ed Petty, was born in the state of North Carolina in the year 1804. He immigrated to the state of Texas in the year 1854. He married Mary Carlos in his native state. It is said that father Petty was the first man who conducted and controlled a railroad car in the United States. This car was propelled by horsepower. As soon as the engine was supplanted by the use of steam he became the engineer, the first in the United States. W. S. Petty reared a family of five children Robert E., James L., William Pitt, Martha E., Edward C., who is the subject of this sketch. He now lives upon part of his father’s old homestead. He married Miss Alice Welts of the state of Mississippi, when he was thirty years of age. They have had eleven children, nine of whom are living. They are all good citizens of the county. There are four boys and seven girls in this family. Mr. Petty has been engaged in agricultural pursuits as a business of life, and has had reasonable success as a planter. He believes that the young should be educated and has encouraged it in his family. His children are bright, intelligent and are all well born. He descended from a religious family and favors the cause of Christianity; believing that preachers...

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Biography of Isaac Fanning

Isaac Fanning was born in the state of Alabama in the year 1832. The Fanning family came to Hopkins County in the year 1849. Isaac, the subject of this biographical sketch, was the second son of his father, Dr. Fanning, who was a prominent citizen and a useful man in the county in his day. Isaac came of a good, family, and inherited some of the noble traits of the character of his ancestors. In the year 1854 he married Mrs. Mary Tankersley; five children were born to this union, three of whom are, living. They are all girls and are married. They are prolific women and are the mothers of thirty children. Mr. Fanning, after the loss of his companion, subsequently married Mrs. Elizabeth Johnson, daughter of Squire Means, a well-known citizen of Hopkins County in his day. Six children were born from this marriage-two boys and four girls. They are all respected citizens of the county. Mr. Fanning is living on his father’s headright, within thirty yards of where his father built a log cabin in the year 1845. A part of this old homestead has been turned back to nature, and has grown into a dense forest; Mr. Fanning is seventy years of age. He works upon his farm, making a good hand at labor. He is a sober man of regular habits, and says, in...

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Biographical Sketch of Rev. J. L. Preston

Rev. Mr. Preston was born in the state of Tennessee in the year 1839. When he arrived at his majority he migrated to Tutis County, Texas, where he met Miss Mahala J. Caudle and they were united in marriage. He then moved to Hopkins County. Eleven children were born to this union, eight of whom are living. They are all married, have homes and are doing well ; being good, substantial citizens of the county. Their mother is a hale hearty woman, possessed of great energy and an amiable disposition. Dr. B. J. Preston, a young physician of prominence, and who passed away at Emblem in this county, was their son. Rev. Mr. Preston served as a soldier, acting as a non-commissioned officer in the war. He was a brave and courageous officer. He is a Baptist preacher, walking upright before God and man, has great force of character, his religion being of that practical kind which by act more than by word demonstrates the reality of his profession and the sincerity of his convictions. He is well and widely known in the county, and stands ¢high in the estimation of the...

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Biography of G. L. Stacy

G. L. Stacy was born in Williamson County, Tennessee, in the year 1825. He married Mary Bell in his native state when he was twenty-two years of age. In the year 1857 he came to Hopkins County, and began the business of farming, and has pursued this business all his life. Mr. Stacy has five children living, three of whom live in Hopkins County. Lark, his oldest son, married Miss Neely Earnest, the stepdaughter of Dr. Stark, a Baptist preacher; Miss Ellen married Mat Baker; Miss Dollie married Eff Kimmins, and lived upon their father’s farm. Mr. Stacy has lived an exemplary life sober, honest, industrious and just in all the relations of life. He has accumulated means sufficient to give his boys a good home, which they appreciate. He has assisted his girls in many ways. His companion, whom he married at the age of sixteen, still lives to cheer and brighten her husband in the declining days of his life. She is hale and hearty, and presents the appearance of one of long life. Very recently his sister who has lived for a lifetime at the old Tennessee home visited her brother in Hopkins County. The brother and sister had not seen each other since they separated at the old home, away back in Tennessee, forty-nine years ago. Mr. Stacy did not recognize his sister. Age had...

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Biographical Sketch of J. F. Youngblood

J. F. Youngblood is the oldest man living in Hopkins County. He was born in the year 1805, and is therefore ninety-seven years old. Tennessee is his native state. He came to Texas in the year 1848. He moved to Harrison County, but remained there only a short time. This was in the day of Regulators and Moderators. He has suffered great misfortunes, almost a calamity in his married life, having lost four companions. He is to day living with his fifth wife. He has six children. Four of this number are...

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Biography of A. T. Melson

A. T. Melson was born in the state of Georgia on the 4th of February, 1827, and grew to manhood in the home of his birth. His ancestors were old southern aristocracy, and a noble and manly set of gentlemen, while the women were unexcelled for purity and gentleness. At the age of twenty-two years Mr. Melson married Miss Martha Ransom, a daughter of Col. Samuel Ransom, a large slaveholder and planter of great prominence in the county. Miss Martha was eighteen years of age when she married Mr. Melson. Within a few years after their marriage they moved to Hopkins County, Texas, where they have lived and raised their family. He settled upon the tract of land that he is now living upon forty-eight years ago. They have had born to them seven children. Four of this number are living and are well-known citizens of the county. There were three boys and one girl. W. C. married Miss Formby; she passed away and he subsequently married another Miss Formby, an own cousin of his first companion. He is a successful farmer and lives near his parents. Alex married Miss Wiley, and has for years been engaged in mercantile pursuits. He is living at this time in White Sulphur Springs, Indian Territory, his health having failed him in this county. J. M. Melson married Miss Fru Lanier, a daughter...

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Biographical Sketch of B. R. Cargile

B. R. Cargile was born in the state of Alabama in the year 1851. He has lived in this county since he left his native state. At the age of twenty-one years he married Miss Georgie Thompson. She died without offspring. He afterwards married Miss Alice Swafford of the state of Louisiana. From this marriage eight children were born, only four of whom are living. Tommie married Miss Martha Bruton, a daughter of Reed Bruton, a splendid citizen, a mechanic worthy of the name. She was just sixteen years of age, a nice, beautiful girl. Miss Corena is seventeen years of age; Miss Ruthie, fifteen years; Miss Irma, thirteen years. These good people are raising an orphan boy, and are raising him as one of their own; he is treated just as well in every particular. He is a farmer and a cattleman and is making life successful. He is rearing an interesting family, educating them and preparing them for useful lives. He is a just, law-abiding citizen and appreciates the laws of his country that protect his life and property, He supports the government by paying his taxes, and does it without complaint. He has the full confidence of everybody, is a well-known stockman and a successful trader. His postoffice address is at Birthright, Hopkins County,...

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Biography of Harrison Attaway

Harrison Attaway was born June 14th, 1848, in Henderson County, Tennessee. He came with his father into the state of Texas in the year 1855 he married Amanda Able in the year 1855. She was the daughter of Z. D. Able, an old-time citizen of Hopkins County, and one of its best men. His wife is a native of Texas, and is proud to be called a native Texan. They are the parents of sixteen children. There are thirteen of this number living. George F. is married and lives within half a mile of where he was born. Elbert D., Mary, H. C., Jacob, Jonathan, Roger, W., Carroll, Paul, Elijah, Martha M., Arminda, Bertha, Jena are all living with their parents. They are as strong and as healthy a set of children as can be found in Hopkins County. Seven of Mr. Attaway’s children are consistent members of the Christian church at Como, which place is their father’s home. In an early day he was engaged in mercantile pursuits. Subsequently he turned his attention to farming and to the raising of stock. He has by industry and economy accumulated means sufficient to place him in easy and comfortable circumstances. He has ever set a good example before his children. Not one of the large family uses tobacco in any form, and have never been known by their father to...

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