Confederate Veterans of Elm Grove Cemetery

The Confederate Veterans of Elm Grove Cemetery

Submitted by Helen Richman Wisdom

West of what is now Roddy, Van Zandt County, Texas, is the Elm Grove Church and cemetery. According to Joanne Dew Cumnock in the monograph “Elm Grove Union Church”, before the Civil War there were few settlers in the area of Roddy! Elm Grove as evidenced by the US Census of 1840 and 1850. After the War, however, when taxes escalated in the settled areas of East Texas, there was a migration of Confederate veterans and their families to this location just five miles northeast of Mabank. At least thirty-four of these veterans are buried at the EIm Grove Cemetery. Members of the church have compiled three volumes of data about the church, the cemetery, and Mono School which served the community for many years. The books were the work of many volunteers led by Joanne Dew Comnock, B. J. Comnock, and Helen Richman Wisdom. 
The enumeration of the cemetery and the Confederate veterans buried there was completed in 1988 and has been updated wiith some minor errors corrected by Helen Wisdom. 
To reach the cemetery, go north on Highway 198 from Mabank for 4.5 miles to Roddy. Follow County Road 2721 north for 1.5 miles. Turn east onto County Road 2708 and follow it to the Elm Grove Church and cemetery.

1. John D. Aston

John D. Aston was born January, 1845. His wife was Mary Josephine (Josie) Odom and their children were (1) Emory (children: John, Pete, Jake, Ima (Joyce), Josie (Athey), Annie and Mattie); (2) Molly Aston Jones (child: Will); (3) Jennie Aston Heard (child: Emory); (4) Sam W. “Doc”” who married Eva Grant (children: Jeff, Angus, and Golda (Lyons); (5) Lawrence (children: Claude, L. D. “Collon”, and Lillie); (6) Laura Aston James; (7) Jess (children: Weldon andAlton); (8) Ben Franklin who married Mary Alice Morman (children: (a) Floyd Franklin who married Elizabeth Dunn whose issue were James Franklin, Britton Lee who married Lea Taylor, and Jarol Dunn who married Marialyce Kniseley; (b) Edward, (c) Grace, (d) Lucille, (e) Gladys, (t) Hubert, and (g) Houston.) 

John D. died July 29, 1921. The Mabank Banner,August 3, 1921, printed: “Uncle John Aston passed away last Thursday. He had long been a resident of this section of the country. He was known to practically every resident and was respected by all. He was a great lover of the outdoor life and enjoyed fishing and hunting and always displayed the true spirit of sportsmanship that marks a true man.”

2. Jeremiah A. Barnes 

Jeremiah A. Barnes was born July 7, 1845, and married Elizabeth Halcomb. One of their children was George Willis Barnes, born 1904, who married Margaret Payne. Their children were (1) Doyle who married Dorothy McDougall; (2) Vada Lee who married Thomas F. Mangan; (3) Estelle who married Frank Glanton; (4) John Oliver who married Allegra Gibbs; (5) George Willis, Jr. married Doris Curtis; (6) Mary Helen married Harry Janek, and (7) James Marvin who married Mary Jane Johllsoll. Jeremiah died March 24, 1915. (Reference: Confederate Veterans/Texas Archives)

3. John Cornelius Brooks

John Cornelius Brooks, Private, Company B, 26th Regiment, Mississippi infantry, was born in Lamar County, Alabama, on February 12, 1832, to Charles and Deniah Brooks. John had three brothers: David, James, and William; and three sisters: Eunus, Margaret and Martha. On January 6, 1853, he married Susan Buchanan (born March 10, 1838, to John and Martha Buchanan of Tennessee).
John and Susan were the parents of thirteen children and spent most of their married life in Lee County, Mississippi, where John worked as a miller, blacksmith, and farmer to support his large family. Although never formally educated in medicine, John showed great talent as a country doctor. His own family required much of his attention and neighbors depended on his skill at setting broken bones and prescribing for their ailments.
Due to physical disability John was exempt from active military duty during the War Between the States. He contributed to the cause of the Confederacy by his employment as a bootmaker while continuing his occupation as miller and blacksmith.
Susan died December 18, 1891, and was buried in Shiloh Cemetery, Mississippi. John remarried to S. Ophelia Phorbuson March 1, 1893. They had one son.
Being attracted by adventure and favorable reports of farming opportunities, John left Mississippi in 1894 forTexas. He first settled in Wood County,later moved to Navarro County and finally settled in Van Zandt County. Six years after coming to Texas he died at the home of his younger son. John Watson Brooks, near Mabank, on April 29, 1900.
The respect that John had for God and his fellow man won for him the esteem of all who knew him. One of the chief characteristics which he possessed was kindness. He also took great pride in his sons and daughters, their mates and his grandchildren. (Reference: Texas Archives)

4. Benjamin F. Carpenter

Benjamin F. Carpenter. W. K. Payne’s Company, Burnett’s Regiment, was born May 17, 1831. In 1862 he enlisted in the Confederate Army in Athens, Texas, after having lived in Texas since 1852. He was detailed as a shoemaker. He died March 31,1915.

5. Alfred D. Clardy

Alfred D. Clardy, Company E, 18th Louisiana Infantry, was born in Fulton County, Alabama, in 1844. He enlisted in the Confederate Anny at Camp Pratt on October 10, 1862, and was separated in 1865 at the close of the war. He settled in Van Zandt County in 1869 and lived here until his death on March 14, 1934.

6. J. W. Crabtree

J. W. Crabtree, private, 19th Brigade, Texas State Troops, was born October 16, 1842, and died August 23, 1932.

7. Thomas Leviticus Davidson

Thomas Leviticus Davidson, Company C, 11 th Texas Infantry. Robert’s Regiment, was born July 9, 1845, in Lawrence County, Alabama, to Jesse and Margaret Childs Norton Davidson. In 1850 Thomas (Buck) migrated to Collin County, Texas, with his parents and siblings: John J., Henry C., George W., and Margaret. The family moved on to Knoxville, Cherokee County, in 1851 where John J. had a general merchandise store and Jesse blacksmithed and tanned with his sons. Thomas enlisted in the Confederate Army in Cherokee County in August, 1862. His regiment was involved in more than a dozen battles in Louisiana and Arkansas. Duri ng the summer of 1864 the regiment was ordered to Shreveport, Louisiana. After serving there for a short time, it was again moved, this time to Hempstead, Texas. Although the Regiment was included among the Confederate Trans-Mississippi forces that surrendered at Galveston on June 2, 1865, records show that the unit had been discharged at Hempstead in late May, 1865. Thomas’s father, Jesse, wagonfreighted equipment for the Confederate forces; his brother, Henry Childs Davidson, served as a corporal in Robert’s Regiment (Henry is buried in nearby Beard Cemetery) and brother, George Washington Davidson, served as a private in Co. A, Border’s Regiment, Texas Cavalry (George is buried in Zavalla, Texas, Cemetery.)
On April 30, 1865, Thomas married Sarah J. Nail in Cherokee County, Texas. Their children were Oscar 1., born about 1868; VIa, born about 1869; Maggie, born about 1872; Susan, born about 1874; Jolm, born about 1878; Jesse born about 1880; Viola, born about 1884; and Ada, born about 1887.
Thomas was residing in Henderson County by the 1880 Census and in Van Zandt County by the 1900 Census.
After the death of Sarah ill 1896, Thomas remarried in Van Zandt County to Anna Hicks Powers, widow of J. R. Powers.
Thomas died February 9, 1923. The Mabank Banner, February 21, 1923, states, “Uncle Buck Davidson was buried at Elm Grove Cemetery on Tuesday of last week. He had died in his home in Bee County last Sunday week. The body was brought back here Monday. The deceased was a man well advanced in years. He formerly lived here and had many friends especially among the older citizens.”

8. Andrew Jackson Harper

Andrew J. Harper, Private 1st Class, Cavalry, 1st Regiment (formerly 12th Battalion, 4th District, Military Brigade), Texas State Troops, was born November 15, 1820. He enlisted in the Confederate service on March 15, 1864, at Camp Starr, Smith County, Texas, at age 45 years under the command of Captain James E. Rucker.
Andrew was married to Nancy Harper. The grandson of Andrew and Nancy was Loyce Lee Harper. born December 30, 1901, who married Ruby Gray in 1922. A. J. died January 28, 1894.

9. JamesRussell Higginbotham

James Russell Higginbotham, Captain Eacot’s Company under General Forest, was the eighth child of Blakley and Polly Higginbotham. He was born October 3, 1834, ill Wilcox County. Alabama, and died March 2, 19(}9, in Van Zandt County, Texas. His first wife was Elizabeth Abigail Dulaney. They married in 1858 at Camden, Alabama. Abigail died at 28 years of age. She and James had three children: Ada, William Blakley, and Mary Rebecca.
During the War Between the States, James enlisted in Wilcox County, Alabama, but was taken prisoner in May, 1862. He emigrated to Van Zandt County, Texas, after the war and purchased a tract of land from Anthony Gray Hyde in the Elm Grove Community.
James’ second wife was Susan Ella Perkins, born July, 1845. James and Susan had three children; (1) James Perkins, born November 6, 1869, died September 14, 1900, married Minnie Rice (one child: Ella, who married John Cullen Gibbs); (2) John Earnest, born 1875, died 1944, married Mary Wisdom (three children: Everett, James and Grady); (3) George Benjamin, born 1872, died 1936, who married Mattie Era Wren (nine children: Etta Mae, Leroy “Jack”, Stella, Emmie, Marie, John, Wren, Dellis, Ione, and Carl Vernon.

10. Anthony Gray Hyde

Anthony Hyde, Third Brigade. Texas State Troops, was born November 22, 1821, in Madison County. Tennessee, the son of John H. Hyde who was born October 17, 1775, in Virginia and PoHie Strother Hyde born August 2, 1784, in Kentucky. John H. Hyde in his move westward first stopped in San Augustine County, Texas, moving shortly thereafter to Nacogdoches. 
Anthony Gray Hyde who worked carrying mail on horseback from Nacogdoches to Prairieville in about 1840 married Mary Margaret Pleasant who was born on April 17, 1832, in Tennessee on May 16, 1850. A. G. and Mary M. had eight children, six boys and two girls; (1) William W. was born August 7, 1851; (2) Mary Lavonia born about 1853, married Edward Houston Eubank; (3) Sarah Jennings Hyde born July, 1856, married John Wesley Payne; (4) Benjamin Pleasant Hyde born February 18, 1858, married Minnie Rebecca Higginbotham on December 15. 1880. (The death and subsequent burial of their infant son, Cecil Hyde on July 24,1883. on Hyde property marked the beginning of the Elm Grove Cemetery); (5) John H. Hyde born January 13, 1860, married (a) Mary Lou Reid nee McAnnally and (b) Linnie Mahoney; (6) Anthony Walter Hyde born December 28, 1862, married Texanna Loucanda Thomason on April 12. 1888; (7) James Monroe Hyde born January 22, 1866, married Nona Jarrell about 1897; (8) Thomas B. Hyde born June 22, 1868, married (a) Lillie Fogle and (b) Fannie M. Stephens. All eight children of Anthony and Mary Margaret are buried in the Elm Grove Cemetery.
A. G. brought his family to Widow’s Prairie (Elm Grove) in the 1870’s following the War Between the States. He died January 27, 1896.

11. Walter A. Jarrell

Walter A. Jarrell, Wheeler’s Cavalry, was born in Buts County, Georgia, on August 1, 1842. He enlisted in the Confederate Army on his twentieth birthday and was placed in Wheeler’s Cavalry where he served throughout the war. At the close of hostilities he moved to Louisiana where he and Susan Ella Randall were married in 1870. They had three children (1) Mattie Nona who married James Monroe Hyde; (2) Ella Will who married L. Z. (Luke) Jeter and (3) Finis H. who married Ludy Spikes.
Walter and his family moved to Texas in 1893 from northwestern Louisiana. Susan Ella and the girls traveled to Wills Point by train where they were met by Walter and Finis who had moved their possessions to Texas by Wagon. The following year the family settled on Twelve Mile Prairie in the area now know as the Whitehall Community and Walter farmed until retirement when he and Susan Ella moved to Mabank.
The Mabank Banner, February 9,1911, mentions the 1. P. Douglass Camp No. 1421, U.C.V. (United Confederate Veterans), Mabank and gives W. A. Jarrell as Second Lieutenant. W. A. Jarrell died April 18, 1922.
Again, The Mabank Banner, April 18, 1922, had the following: ” Mr. Jarrell was a man of the highest order of integrity and a man of strong personal convictions who never shirked his duty as he saw it.”

12. James A. Johnson

James A_ Johnson, Private, Company C, 20th Texas Cavalry Regiment, Trans-Mississippi Department, Indian Cavalry Division, was born near Jackson in Southern Alabama on September 27, 1836. He came to Texas with his father and siblings in 18563 settling in the Van Zandt County near Snider Springs (now Phalba). James and Miley A. Harper were married June 19, 1862 and had nine children of whom three died in infancy; the others were (1) Mary Johnson Dyer, (2) J. H. Johnson, (3) Bob Johnson, (4) Rev. W. J. Johnson, (5) A. M. (AI) Johnson, and (6) Nannie Johnson Rice.
In January, 1862, James enlisted in the 20th Texas Cavalry, Confederate Army, and primarily served in Arkansas, the Indian Territory, and Texas. Private Johnson saw action at Fayetteville, Arkansas, in October, 1862, and on November 28 participated in the nearby cavalry engagement at Cane Hill. On December 7, in freezing, snowy weather, he fought at the Battle of Prairie Grove_ On July 17,1863, he fought again at Elk Creek, near Honey Springs in the Indian Territory, a battle which included General Douglas Cooper’s Indian Cavalry Division fighting against Union Negro troops. In this battle a friend of Johnson’s who had enlisted with him was killed at his side_ Private Johnson received a serious head wound. “Like many other Confederate soldiers after the surrender, he returned home all foot sore and worn out but he held his courage and went to work trying to make an honest living for himself and family.” The Mabank Banner, January 6, 1916.
James united with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in 1872 and was ordained an Elder by the Hope Congregation (Snider Springs) on November 28, 1875. He served as elder and lived as a faithful Christian and staunch supporter of the church the rest of his days.
The Mabank Banner, 1909: “J. P. Douglass Camp No. 1421, U. C. V. (United Confederate Veterans), Mabank; J. A. Johnson will be delegate to the U. C. V. Reunion at Memphis, Tennessee, to be held June 8th, 9th and 10th, 1909.”
The Mabank Banner, February 9, 1911: 1. P. Douglass Camp No. 1421, U. C. V., Mabank: 1. A. Johnson, Third lieutenant.
“Uncle Jim”, as he was known, was awarded the first contract to work the Elm Grove Cemetery and he farmed until his death at the age of 79 on Christmas Day, 1915.

13. Jessie Boren Jordan

Jessie Boren Jordan, Company G, 36th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, was born April 19,1838- He lived in Monroe County, Alabama, in 1858 where he served in the Confederate Army. His brother, John B. Jordan, was a captain in the Army. Jesse lived in Van Zandt County from 1896 until his death on January 28, 1900.

14. James Benjamin Richard Lester

James Benjamin Richard Lester, Company G, 8th Kentucky Infantry, was born September 20, 1844. He joined the Confederate Army in May, 1861, and was discharged May 5, 1865. He died December 25, 1907.

15. T. H. Maness

T. H. Maness, CSA, was born in 1823 and died in 1892, relatives reported his service in the Confederate Army.

16. Robert Matthews 
17. Thomas Pressley Matthews

Robert and Thomas Pressley Matthews, Quartermaster Division, Captain Robert H. Matthews, commanding, and brothers Newton Monroe and Joseph Calvin joined the Confederate Army at Spring Hill, Navarro County, Texas, at the time of registration. They each served under the leadership of their uncle, Captain Robert H. Matthews, in the Quartermaster Division. In 1864, Newton was transferred to the infantry and sent to help block Sherman’s march into Georgia. He was killed and probably buried on the battlefield. Thomas was listed as “having taken an arrow in the hip that plagued him all his life.” 
These two brothers served together, carrying supplies into Arkansas and returning the wounded to their homes in Texas. On one such trip they were captured by the Union Army. After much persuasion, the Union soldiers agreed to let them continue with their supplies if they could keep the thirty gallons of whiskey they carried and bring them more on later trips. The Union soldiers learned to expect them each month and each time they took the whiskey and allowed the brothers through with the other much needed supplies. By bribing the Yankees, they were very successful in getting supplies to the fighting men and returning with the wounded. Thomas P. is quoted as saying, ” After this war, I never want to see nor taste another drop of whiskey.”
Thomas and Pressley Matthews were the grandsons of Joseph Matthews, born January 3, 1779, in Mecklenberg County, North Carolina, and the sons of James D. Matthews, born 1802, and Martha (Patsy) Matthews, born 1805, both in Maury County, Tennessee.
After the war, Thomas returned to his family who by then were living in the Old Goshen Community, Henderson County, Texas. On December 24, 1866, in Athens, Texas, he married Sara Frances Porter Matthews, widow of his brother, Newton. He moved his mother, wife, and the three children of Newton to the Arcadia Commu-
nity, Kaufman County, Texas. The children of Newton and Sara were William James (1859), Joseph Robert (1861), Elizabeth (1864). The children of Thomas P. and Sara were John Thomas (1868- 1943), Travis (1871-1904), Harvey (1872- 1887), Lucy Eveline (1873-1958), Rufus Floyd (1877-1938). Thomas and Sara lived their remaining years in Kaufman County. Their dates of death are not know; however, both are buried at Elm Grove Cemetery. One son, John Thomas, and his wife, Barbara Ann Wright Matthews (1875-1958) are also buried at Elm Grove along with J. T. and Barbara’s daughter, Ollie Matthews (1895-1981) and her husband, Ira Otto Orman (1894-1936), the Orman’s granddaughter, Betty Ann Myrick (1946-1952) and many more relatives of the Matthews family.
Robert Matthews was born in Maury County, Tennessee, in 1826. He married Eveline Duncan. They had no children; both are buried in Elm Grove Cemetery.

18. William F. McKee

The tombstone of William F. McKee is engraved “CSA”. There are no dates of birth or death.

19. A. J. McKnight

A. J. McKnight served as Private, Company D, 10th Texas Cavalry. There are no known dates of birth or death.

20. Willis M. Murphrey

Willis M. Murphrey, Company A, 34th Texas Cavalry, was born November 5, 1832, in San Augustine County, Texas. He married Sarah F. Murphrey (born August 3, 1833) on September 14, 1854. Willis enlisted in the service of the Confederate Army in about 1863.
The children of Willis and Sarah were (1) John H., born October 11, 1855; (2) Joan T., born June 22, 1858; (3) Isaac B., born August 28, 1860; (4) Nancy E., born May 23, 1863; (5) Willis E, born January 16, 1866; (6) Mary I., born September 16, 1868: (7) Thomas A., born October 28,
1871; (8) Martha A., born March 27, 1873; and (9) James R, born March 4, 1876. Willis lived in the Phalba, Old Bethel, area until his death July 30, 1913.
Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Murphrey, Jr. are the great grandchildren of Willis M. Murphrey. W. B. Murphrey, Jr. is the grandson of Isaac and the son of Walter B. Murphrey. Mrs. W. B. Murphrey, Jr. is the granddaughter of Nancy E. Murphrey Curlin and the daughter of Leah Curlin Turner.

21. Sanford W. Norris

Sanford W. Norris, Special Services as shoemaker, was born March 12, 1825, in Abbeville District, South Carolina. His parents were Olive and Eli Norris. Sanford married Mary Brown, born June 16, 1829. After their marriage they moved to Winston County, Mississippi, where four of their children were born. They also lived in Arkansas and Panola County, Texas, before moving to Van Zandt County in about 1875.
Sanford and Mary were the parents of nine children, all boys: Andrew Jackson (Dec. 4, 1850, MS), Martin L. (March 29,1853, MS), John Calvin (January 11, 1855, MS), Willis Thomas (March 15, 1857, MS), William Henry (Died at age 2), James Alin (June 5, 1862, AR), Eli (died 3 mos.), Mason (March 27, 1868, TX), and William Eli (March 2, 1870, TX). Sanford died September 24, 1903.

22. Calvin Lee Orman

Calvin Lee Orman, Company K, 37th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry, born September 6, 1834 in Bedford County, Mississippi, was the son of Samuel and Melissa Jones Orman who were both born in North Carolina. Calvin married Nancy Elizabeth Vandygriff in 1859 in Tippah County, Mississippi. Two sons were born: James Monroe (January 1, 1861) and George Daniel (March 3, 1867). The young mother died about 1867.
Calvin enlisted in the Confederate Army on April 25, 1862, at Holly Springs, Mississippi, and was assigned to Company K, 37th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry. He was captured by the Union Army on November 24, 1863, in the Battle of Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga, Tennessee. He was first imprisoned in Louisville, Kentucky, and later on December 1,1863 was transferred to Rock Island, Illinois. The Confederates, not knowing he had been captured, issued desertion papers on him. These charges were dropped later.
While he was a prisoner in Illinois, there was an Indian uprising in Wyoming. The Rebel prisoners were told they would be released from prison if they would go west to fight the Indians. They asked if they would be required to wear the much hated Union uniforms and when told “Yes”, none volunteered. However, the next day they were told they could wear buckskin clothes and enough volunteered to form three regiments.
On October 31, 1864, Calvin enlisted in the Frontier Services, Company I, 3rd Regiment, U.S. Volunteers Infantry. This expedition took him to Fort Laramie Area, Wyoming Territory. He was later sent to the Utah area where Brigham Young was attempting to set up a separate state or country for his Morman followers. He was honorably discharged on November 29, 1865, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, receiving $700.00 pay.
While Calvin was away at war, his wife was also having trouble with the Union soldiers at her home. One day, two Union soldiers were intent on stealing her yearling. She went out with her old shotgun, telling them the first one to get off his horse would be killed. The two argued between themselves for awhile, the older demanding the other to get the calf. The younger one said, “If you want it, then you get it. I’m not getting killed for one skinny calf.” He rode off and the other followed.
After the close of the war and death of his wife, Calvin married Margaret Ann Vandygriff Bright, sister of his first wife. Margaret’s first husband had died from wounds received in the war. She had one daughter, Dona, born 1862. Dona later married Logan Columbus Orman, brother of Calvin. Calvin and Margaret were married February 26, ]868, in Tippah County, Mississippi. They left Mississippi in about 1869, settling in Wiltsburg, Arkansas. Five children were born there: Joseph Edward (April 19, 1871-ApriI 22, 1952), Samuel Franklin (December 23, 1872-0ctober 1, 1944), Mary Elizabeth (September 26, 1875-January 31, 1964), Robert Columbus (July 15, 1877- Jan 6, 1910), Lucy Jane (July 7, 1879-July 19, 1912). In the fall of 1879, the family moved to Alma, Ellis County, Texas. Two children were born in Texas: Rosey Caralie (October 4, 1881- April 7, 1958) and Callie who Iived only four years.
A few years later, the family moved to Elm Grove, Van Zandt County, Texas. There they remained for the rest of their lives. Margaret died January 10, 1908; Calvin died February 5, 19l3. Both are buried at Elm Grove Cemetery as are many of their descendants. {It should be noted that there are several spellings of the family names: Orman (Ormand, Ormond); Vandygriff (Vandergriff). }

23. George W. Phillips

George W. Phillips, Confederate Army, was born June 4, 1840, and died February 14, 1901. (Reference: Texas Archives)

24. Thomas Ruff’m Pleasant

Thomas Ruffin Pleasant, Company A, 17th Texas Cavalry, was born September 20, 1827, in Tennessee. His parents were Benjamin and Mary Murray Pleasant. Thomas married M. Yarborough on December 30, 1850. Their son was John Thomas and two of the grandchildren of Thomas and Mary were Marilyn Pleasant (August 19, 1886-January 1977) who married Hile Smith and W. Porter Pleasant (August 30, 1883-0ctober 10, 1956).
After the death of his first wife, Thomas married Frances Elizabeth in Nacogdoches. Some children were (1) Robert Pleasant, born June 8, 1868, in Nacogdoches, who married Georgia Bryant, December 14, 1893 (They had four children: (a) Alva, born October 18, 1894, died November 7, 1968, who married Ora Norris; (b) Lilly May born January 14, 1902, died March 27, 1904; (c) Hettie Frances, born December 22, 1893, died June 26, 1901; (d) Robert Thomas (Bobbie) born May 8, 1905, who married Elvie Athey); (2) Tony H. was born October 21, 1877, died July 2, 1952, who married Nora Elizabeth Hill, February, 1900 (They had four children: Dover who married M. L. Gregory, Evna who married Arthur Lee Athey, Stella who married Sam Murphy, and Homer who married Dolly Williams) (3) Alice who married Dan Wagner \vas born December 13, 1878 and died May 25, 1956 (They had one child, Mart).

25. Albert Taylor Rice

Albert Taylor Rice, Second Lieutenant, Captain E. D. McKellar’s Company, Henderson County, Reserve Militia, was born November l3, 1824 in Morgan County, Alabama, to James and Jane Smith Rice who immigrated to Texas in 1840 with their large family. Both James and A. T. Rice received land grants as early settlers from the General Land Office testifying to the legal citizenship and residence of each in the Republic of Texas. The family settled first in Houston County, Texas, and were apparently cut off into Anderson County when that county was formed. They moved later to McLennan County for three years.
In 1852Albert Rice and ElizaAnn Cartwright (born about 1835) were married in San Augustine, Texas, and they made their home in New York, Henderson County, Texas, for nineteen years moving to the Kaufman-Van Zandt County line in the 1870’s.
Their children were (1) J. Matt, born 1860, married Laura Cockerell, 1886; (2) Edgar, born 1861, married Nancy Johnson, 1887; (3) John Dabney, born 1864, married Belle Brittain, 1894; (4) James Albert, born 1867, married Mollie Eubank; (5) Jennie, born 1870, died 1886; (6) Minnie born 1872, Henderson County, married James Perkins Higginbotham and they had one child, Ella Higginbotham who married J. C. Gibbs.
Elizabeth died in 1874 and two years later on July 6, 1876, Albert married Mrs. Sarah Morris, a widow with seven children. Albert and Sarah had one child, Betty, born in 1879.
Albert Taylor Rice died December 21, 1909, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. H. (Betty) Coleman, in Mabank, at the age of 85. He was a veteran of the Mexican War and, also, of the Texas Rangers.

26. Caleb Jackson Smith

Caleb Jackson Smith was born January 23, 1840, in Mississippi. Sometime after the War Between the States, Caleb moved to Smith County, Texas where he married Rhuemma Morris whose parents were John and Sarah Ann Gilliam Morris. She died in January, 1889, while her six children were 1 through 9 years of age.
Caleb’s and Rhuemma’s children were born in Whitehall; (l)Annie, born September 21, 1880, married Turner S. Dellis on December 25, 1898, and lived in Amarillo where she died March 15, 1960; (2) Albert, born January 11, 1882, died in Duncan, Oklahoma. He married Cynthia Arnold on July 3,1907; (3) Avie, born April 9, 1883, married John C. Mitchell who died March 30, 1938; (4) Cora, born January 7, 1886, died January 9, 1886, and is buried at Elm Grove; (5) WillieJ.was born April 2, 1887, died November 17,1904, and is also buried at Elm Grove; (6) Rhuemma Bonnie was born December 29, 1914, and died July 16, 1964, in Kaufman.
On October 29, 1891, Caleb married Loula Thomas who was born July 1, 1866, in Alabama. She was the daughter of George A. Thomas and Susan Taylor, both of Alabama.
The children of Caleb and Loula were all born in Whitehall; (1) Jerome K. was born December 20, 1892, and died December 12, 1894, and is buried at Elm Grove; (2) Beulah was born January 19, 1895, and married Robert F. McKee on November 12,1916. She died October 3,1973, and is also buried at Elm Grove; (3) Noma “Jackie”, was born July 27, 1897. At the time this was written, he was living in Mabank; (4) Leora was born March 25, 1900, and married Daniel Ovorto McKee (brother of Robert F. McKee) on December 16, 1927. She resided in the Whitehall Community a short distance [rom her childhood home; (5) Ruby was Born April 21, 1902, and married Bruce Dunn on December 20, 1923. He also resided in Mabank.
Caleb had a beautiful home on a two hundred acre farm in the Whitehall Community and owned and operated Adams Syrup Mill for many years. He died April 14, 1904.
The Monitor, August 7, 1988, ended an article on Ruby Dunn, Jackie Smith, and Leora McKee with the following paragraph: “The Smith sisters are true daughters of the the Confederacy. They not only can touch the promise of the future, but they can also link it to their pioneer patriot past.”

27. John Allen Tharp

John Allen Tharp, Private, Company E, Baird’s Regiment, Texas Cavalry, 4th Regiment, Arizona Brigade, was born March 2, 1846. From Georgia he moved to Louisiana and then in 1859 to Texas living fIrst in Ellis County, then Denton County, and finally settling in Roddy. He married Emily Fisher of louisiana on July 28, 1868. He died in 1920.

28. George A. Thomas

George A. Thomas was born September 22, 1839. He married Susan Taylor of Alabama and they were the parents of Lou/a Thomas, the second wife of Caleb Jackson Smith. George Thomas died January 28,1903.

29. Francis Marion Thomason

Francis Marion Thomason, Companies F and G of the 24th and 25th Texas Cavalry, was born June 1846, in Cherokee County, Texas, to James Thomason (born 1790, Hall County, South Carolina) and Ann Keys (born 1802, Florence, Alabama). Frank, as he was called in the community, had three sisters and one brother, all born in Cherokee County. They were Martha, born 1839; James William, born 1841; Mary Jane, born 1843; and Loucanda, born 1849.
Frank ran away from home at the age of sixteen and joined the Confederate ranks. Whey Fay Leon Blount asked Granpa Frank about the War Between the States. all he would say was that he wouldn’t run off to join another one.
Frank. married Martha Hill (born 1846, Texas).
They had nine children, all Texas born: Loucanda Texana (1863), George (1864), Angeline (1867), Louisa (1868), Christian (1873), Oscar (1876), Franklin (1877), Resdom Sidney (1880), and Archibald (1887).

30. Thomas G. Thompson

Thomas G. Thompson, Company G, General Lane’s Regiment, Texas Cavalry, was born March 26, 1826, and died March 7, 1904. He married “Kesiah”, maiden name unknown, who was born March 14, 1829, and died December 29, 1896.

31. Isaac H. Venerable

Isaac H. Venerable was born May 28, 1930, in Alabama He came to Texas as a young man and lived here the remainder of his life. He fought in the Mexican War and was on of the first to enlist in the Confederate army where he served for four years. He was a Baptist preacher for thirty years prior to his death on February 20, 1911, in Roddy. The Mabank Banner, March 2, 1911: “Rev. Venerable was a well-known citizen and an honest, kindhearted, energetic, old man.”

32. Eli Hobson Whitley

Eli Whitley, Baylor’s Confederate Command, was born in Missouri, January, 1836. and came to Texas three years later with his family who settled in Austin County. In 1872 he married Miss Nancy Shelboume of Milam County. Their children were A. J. “Jackson”, born January, 1882; Willie Catherine, born February I, 1891, who married J. C. Peede; and Rosalee, born 1893, who married Gallagher Carruthers.
Before the turn of the 20th Century, the family moved from Hubbard City to the Whitehall Community where they bought a farm. The following is from the Mabank Banner, October 12, 1916: “A TEXAS HERO. Col. E. H. Whitley from north of Mabank was in town last Saturday and while here the Banner man met him and was told a most interesting sketch of early Texas history ….. Col. Whitley spent his early days on the frontier between the savage Indians and the women and children of civilization. At the opening of the Civil War, his company was mustered out and he joined Baylor’s Confederate Command and went to El Paso. He saw thrilling service in the course in Mexico and was a participant in the notable fight wherein 150 Confederates captured twice their number of Union troops. He has spent a long and useful life in the service of his country and it is a fact that he in no way regrets it which should be a topic to shame many of the younger generation who grumble and complain when they are called on to do some of the civil duties required of them by the slate that this honorable hero has sacrificed time and health to build and defend.”
Eli Whitley died September 27, 1919. From the October 1. 1919, issue of the Mabank Banner, part of his obituary reads: “thus passes from us another of the hardy pioneers of our great slate, one of those who came in her early days and labored faithfully to claim the land from a wilderness.”

33. Alexander Pierce Wisdom

Alexander Wisdom, Corporal, Company C, 1st Reserve Georgia Infantry, was born October 23, 1846, in Troupe County, Georgia. He was the son of Hamilton McGhee and Charity Sales Wisdom.
Alexander had three brothers: Francis Lewis, born September 22, 1836, died 1915; Hamilton McGhee, born August 19, 1838, died while still a child; and Robert Allen, born May 5, 1842, died 1862. Alexander Wisdom joined the Confederate Army in May of 1864, when he was seventeen years old. He was separated from the army in May, 1865, at Macon, Georgia. Alexander’s father, Hamilton Wisdom, and brothers, Doctor Francis L. and Robert Allen were also in the Confederate Army. Robert AlIen was killed at the Second Battle of Manasses carrying the colors. 
Alexander Wisdom married Ann Slappy Mathis on December 20, 1872, and moved to Carroll County, Georgia; they then moved to Putnam County, Georgia, and in December 1886, they moved again to Jackson Parish, Louisiana. All of the Wisdom children were born in either Georgia or Louisiana. On November 20, 1899, Alexander and Ann moved to Henderson County, Texas, and then bought a farm between Odom and Roddy on November 28, 1900.
The Wisdom children were:
(1) John Mathis, bom on November 10, 1873, in Carroll County, Georgia, and died November 22, 1941. He married Theodocia Snows on April 4, 1894, and had one daughter, Mamie. Theodocia died in 1895. John married second Carnie Killen; they had five children: Hamilton, Joseph Peyton, Franklin, Annie Lee, and John Jr.
(2) Edgar McGhee, born on September 20, 1876, in Carroll County, Georgia, and died November 5, 1955. He married Adeline Conklin in 1906. They had four children: Lawrence, William, Franklin (died at one year of age), and Ruth.
(3) Mary Fanny, born on March 13, 1878, in Carroll County. Georgia, and died on November 15, 1965. She married John Ernest (Ern) Higginbotham. Both are buried in Elm Grove Cemetery. They had three children: Everett, James, and Grady.
(4) Edward James, born April 26, 1880, in Carroll County, Georgia, and died September 30, 1952. He married Corrie Killen, sister of his brother John’s wife. They had three children: Louise, Brice, and Avis.
(5) Robert Pierce, born July 9, 1882, in Putnam County, Georgia, and died December 28, 1950. He married Callie Davenport and had one son, Earl. After his first wife’s death, he married Ella Corley and had one son, Windell.
(6) Ann Rebecca, born January 28,1885, in Putnam County Georgia, and died March 3, 1955. She married Matt Smith and had no children.
(7) Francis Lewis, born January 24, 1887, in Jackson Parish, Louisiana, and died September 21, 1959. He married Charlotte Hoffman and had one child, Lila Mae. After Charlotte died, he married Kate Conklin.
(8) Henry Grady, born April 21, 1889, Jackson Parish, Louisiana, and died August31, 1910.
(9) Ella, born August 5, 1891, in Jackson Parish, Louisiana, and died January 22, 1975. She taught at the Mono School in Elm Grove. Ella married Walter Monroe and had four children: Frank, Billy, Sarah, and Angus.
(10) Leona (Lena), born July 1, 1894, Jackson Parish. Louisiana, and died February 4, 1967. She married Ira Smith, son of Matt Smith who was married to Annie Wisdom. They had two children: Mildred and Ruth. When Ira died August 20, 1971, he was buried with his wife at Elm Grove.

34. Thomas Wesley Young

Thomas Young, Sergeant, Company 3, 44 Regiment, Mississippi Infantry, was born January 28, 1838. He was married to Mary Ann Ellerbee. He and his wife both died in Mabank in 1925.