Collection: Hopkins County Texas Genealogy

Biography of Howard Hargrave

Howard Hargrave was born in the state of Indiana in the year 1840. It was in the city of Booneville that he first saw the light of day. His parents migrated to the state of Texas in the year 1843. Howard was therefore three years of age. His father settled at old Sulphur Bluff with the rest of the Hargrave family. At this infantile age Howard remembers many incidents that took place under his observation when the first mill was erected, the first blacksmith shop, the first wagon and wood shop, in fact was an eye witness to the upbuilding of old Sulphur Bluff, which place has long since passed into a howling wilderness. It was here at this Bluff that the first post-office was established, the first store house owned and managed by Wash Cole, whose name has been mentioned in connection with this history, a grocery and drug cabin owned and run by John South. It was here that the first schoolhouse was built and the first school taught in Hopkins County. There were as many as one dozen families living here at one time. Robert Hargrave gave them employment, as he had several enterprises carried on at the old Bluff. The mail for this place was brought out from Paris, Lamar County, called at that time Pin Hook. The county was new-but few roads, no bridges,...

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Biography of T. L. Simms

Jesse M. Simms, deceased, was born in the state of Georgia in the year 1813. At the age of twenty-two years he married Miss E. G. White in an adjacent county. In the year 1857 he moved with his family to Hopkins County, Texas. They were the parents of three children-two girls and one boy. The eldest, Miss Martha, married John P. Orr, a distant relative, and raised a large and respectable family in Hopkins County. The youngest, Miss Penelope, married Rev. James Christian, a Baptist preacher and a splendid gentleman. T. L. Simms married Miss Minter at the age of twenty-four years; She was a daughter of Uncle Joe Minter, an old Texan whom all loved for his many noble qualities of heart and soul. By this marriage twelve children were born, nine of whom are living. Mr. Simms’ family are all about grown. There are two living at home with their parents. They are all worthy of mention in this history-sober, industrious honest, just and truthful. He has used great care and caution in training and educating his children, and with the help of a noble wife and mother to assist, advise, counsel and admonish, he has been successful in rearing first-class children. He has followed farming and raising a few cattle, all through life. He is in comfortable circumstances; always ready and willing to meet all...

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Hopkins County Texas Genealogy

This collection contains information about Hopkins County, including Directories for Sulphur Springs and Nelta, chapters about important places and events in the history of the county, biographical sketches of individuals and families who settled the county, and a list of county officials.

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