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KOSSE TEXAS

History of Kosse Texas and the people that once lived there.


By Leonard Kubiak, author and Texas Historian of Rockdale.



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The Hearn Gidden home (Identified by Karen Partin)


Received a set of three great local Kosse paintings by H. Phifier from Jim Gann of Houston. The following painting entitled Kosse Evening is a great portrayal of laid back life in a small town or farm in the 1800's.


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H. Phifier painting of evening life in Kosse curtesy James Allen(Jim)Gann of Houston



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H. Phifier painting of Ebeneezer Church curtesy James Allen (Jim)Gann of Houston



H. Phifier painting of The Kosse Train Station curtesy James Allen (Jim)Gann of Houston.



EUTAW SETTLEMENT NEAR PRESENT DAY KOSSE TEXAS


In the 1840's, settlers from Tenessee established a small settlement on Duck Creek known as Eutaw. For a few years, a stage stop for the Franklin-Springfield and Waco-Marlin stage routes operated in the vacinity of Duck Creek.

A Texas Historical Marker placed in the area in 1976 reads," Kentuckian W. F. Williams met Sam Houston in Tennessee and later joined his army to fight for Texas Independence at the Battle of San Jacinto, April 21, 1836.

According to B.F. Maupin (bfmaupin@att.net), The Groesbeck librarian indicated that EUTAW was a Comanche word meaning, " a place to trade horses". Since the Springfield now Groesbeck court house burned three times there are no records. My grandfather was born near Eutaw. His birth certificate says Mexia but that was because in WWII when everyone had to have a birthcertificate the Limestore courthouse would not let him use EUTAW. My G Greatgrandfather William Henry Maupin Sr., always kept his horse saddled. One day three guys showed up on their horses with pistols and my G Greatgrandfather took off and has never been seen since. My G geat Grandmother moved in with the Jones family in Eutaw, married W.T. Jones and shortly moved to Handley Texas. Then to Fort Worth. G greatgrandmother, Dicie Herrin Jones is buried at Mt.Olivet cemetary Ft.Worth. Don't know where W.T. is. Walter T., His own son, is buried in the same cemetary.


“BuckBuck Williams Photo, early-day Kosse Texas

Williams came to Falls County in 1857. A farmer and rancher, he was also a partner in Mosley and Williams General Store in nearby Kosse Texas. He was a member of Eutaw Lodge No. 233, A. F. & A. M. He married Amanda Walling and had ten children."





Ophelia and Zachary T. Williams. Photo taken in Kosse in the 1860's. (Photo courtesy James Allen (Jim)Gann of Houston).

FOUNDING OF KOSSE TEXAS(1869-1870)

By 1869, a village sprang up at the end of the Houston and Texas Central Railway approximately 2 miles west of Eutaw. This village, Kosse Texas, was named for Theodore Kosse, a chief engineer for the railroad and the man who surveyed the road for the town. The following year (1870), the Eutaw post office was moved to Kosse (1870).


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The Kosse Texas depot, built in 1870, was a major hub for the Houston & Texas Central Railroad and serviced the cotton and cattle industries in the area. Huge shipments of cotton were shipped to the Gulf of Mexico area on the railroad and cattle were shipped to Swift & Company and Armour meat companies in Fort Worth. The depot housed an agents and ticket office, a Union Telegraph Office, the Wells Fargo Express room and a freight warehouse.

(Note: The depot was moved from Kosse to Fort Worth in 1979 and moved again in 2000 to it's present location as the Saginaw Heritage Center in Saginaw, Texas).

In January of 1870, Gunslinger John Wesley Hardin (who was proclaimed the most notarious outlaw killer in the west) was just 16 years of age and he already had a half dozen notches on his gun. After shooting a man in a small town a hundred miles away, Hardin rode to Kosse Texas where he went looking for the loudest saloon with the fastest poker game and the most available women. It was one of the latter that caused him trouble. A man named Alan Comstock felt he had a prior claim on the woman Hardin picked out for himself. Jealousy ate at Comstock until finally he went looking for the kid who had taken his woman. Hardin was expecting him, and when Comstock burst through the door of his room, the kid shot him through the right eye.

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The year 1870 was important in the life of Kosse Texas . Their First Methodist Church was built in 1870. That same year, John Dimelow, an Englishman, opened a ceramics lab in Kosse Texas and shortly thereafter, the first brickyard in the county was established in Kosse. In 1871, the Kosse Texas town government was formed.

According to an interview with Mrs. Walter Emmett Hunnicutt of Marlin, an early-day settler of Falls County:
"Some of the early Ridge settlers moved over to Kosse Texas for the benefit of the railroad facilities. Among them was Dr. Toland, who came to the Ridge as a young doctor. He, like Dr. Poindexter, boarded at Granny William's. They could tell many a story of those early days. I remember one story that they loved to tell. All the people met at the little church to pray for rain. One woman came with her coat and umbrella, prepared for an answer to their prayers. They brought their lunch and spent the day. Alone in the afternoon, the sky got overcast and by late afternoon, it began to rain and what a rain fell! It rained so hard that all the creeks got out of banks and the crowd had to spend the night in the little school-church house and they spent the night giving thanks for their answer to prayer. But only one came prepared for an answer to their prayers. It was one of the oldest members of the flock and she declared that in time gone by, the way to receive an answer to prayer, was to have the faith to be ready for it".

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ADAMS FAMILY MOVES TO KOSSE TEXAS IN 1872 (From Bobbie Mueller of San Antonio; George Adams is her gg uncle. Mama Adams, born in 1830; died in 1911 and is buried beside her husband in the Eutaw Cemetery).

With the founding of the new town, droves of pioneer settlers began moving to the Kosse Texas area. Among them were the John Z. and Mary A. Adams family and son, George.

Left to right: Cousins Robert, Jessie, Maurine, Ouida and infant child (Daisy Julia Adams Magee) of George and Della Tate Adams of Kosse Texas. At far right is Mary A. Hawkins Adams.

George L. Adams born 1863 in Alabama and arrived in Kosse Texas 1872 with his parents, John Z. (born 1824, died 1881) and Mary A. Adams. Kosse natives Mrs. Alice Perry Irwin (and Raz her husband) raised their children in Kosse and Uncle George was her mother's brother.

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Photo of George Adams doing a jig with brother-in-law Lonnie Smith in front of the old Adams homestead. (Courtesy Sam Orsak of Mabank, TX samorsak@yahoo.com)


(Courtesy of Bobbie Mueller of San Antonio; George Adams is her gg uncle. Mama Adams, born in 1830; died in 1911 and is buried beside her husband in the Eutaw Cemetery).

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Julia Adams Padgett (born 1874) with her husband, J.H. Padgett (minister in early-day Kosse)and infant of Kosse Texas . Julia is the younger sister of George L. Adams. She was the only one of the Adams children who were not born in Alabama. She was born in Kosse Texas . (Photo curtesy of Bobbie Mueller of San Antonio; George Adams is her gg uncle. Mama Adams, born in 1830; died in 1911 and is buried beside her husband in the Eutaw Cemetery).


KOSSE REACHES 800 MARK BY 1880

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Kosse was a prospering boom town with over 800 inhabitants by 1880.In that same year, the Union, Methodist, Baptist, and Presbyterian churches were organized and the New Era newspaper, was being published. The Cyclone newspaper was started in 1885 by newspaper editor, James O. Jones. That year the town had several cotton gins, two sawmills, and three gristmills.

IN 1884, KOSSE GETS SCHOOLS

On October 1, 1884, an acre of land was granted for a public school and construction was started on the new school building. That same year, Ben Hampton, a mail carrier on the Houston and Texas Central Railroad, met his death by accident on the train at Kosse, Texas, January 7, 1884.

The following year (1885), the Cyclone newspaper was started in 1885 by newspaper editor, James O. Jones. That year the town had several cotton gins, two sawmills, and three gristmills.

KOSSE BECOMES AN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

Around 1892-93 Kosse became an independent school district with J. Thomas Hall as superintendent.

In 1893 one school in Kosse Texas had 225 students and six teachers, and another school had eighty black students.


John R Henry was a cotton buyer in Kosse Texas in the 1890's. John and Susan Hammond Henry were also the parents of the two young Kosse Texas citizens shown below. Photo courtesy of Tim Henry.

TODDLERS IN EARLY-DAY KOSSE TEXAS




John Allison Henry (left)was born in Kosse in 1895/1896 timeframe and Grady Wallace Henry was born in Kosse Texas in 1897. Photo curtesy of Tim Henry, grandson of Grady Wallace Henry.


Captain Jim Brown and Wife Cresides. Residents of Kosse in the 1890's. Photo curtesy Billy Brown (bbsa1960@gmail.com).

BOB WILLS BORN NEAR KOSSE TEXAS(3/6/1905)


Bob Wills-born March 6, 1905 in the Moss Springs Community (just east of Kosse), died May 13, 1975, Fort Worth, Texas.


Bob, my wife's cousin, created a new art form called western swing and for over four decades influenced American popular music in general and country and western in particular. Reared in poverty among unlettered white and black musicians who expressed their deepest emotions in music, he learned to perform and compose from his heart and soul. Bob Wills began his career as a fiddler in 1915 and ended it at a recording session for United Artist fifty-eight years later, in 1973. He died in Fort Worth on May 13, 1975.


Kosse White School with four teachers and over 180 students in grades 1-12 in 1910.

That same year, Doke Phifer, formerly of Headsville and Hearne resident, purchased the modern Barber shop and moved his family to Kosse.

Hammonds Family Celebrates 50th Wedding Anniversary in 1911
Photo courtesy of Tim Henry.


William R. and Elisa C. Spencer Hammond (seated) and children celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary in Kosse in 1911. L-R Standing: Velma Hammond(married Roscoe Patrick Henry),Raiford Hammond, Lela Hammond (married T. A. Griffin), Ernest C. Hammond, Ada Hammond (married Dr. Bunyan S. Ezell; then married a Porter). L-R Sitting: Moselle Hammond (married William Stainback), and William R. and Elisa C. Spencer Hammond.

William was a veteran of the Civil War (served in a Mississippi cavalry outfit) and became one of the richest man in Texas in his day. William also served as president of the Texas Cattleman's association.



KOSSE BUSTLING IN 1914

In 1913, the Farmers State Bank was established in Kosse Texas and is still doing business there today.



In 1914 Kosse Texas had three businesses, two banks, and a population of 700. In 1921 the chamber of commerce was organized. In 1923, Kosse became an oil-boom town and the population increased dramatically. That same year, a new Murray (Bert) Travis and his family moved to Kosse Texas where Bert was the Presbyterian Minister.


Oil was discovered near Kosse in 1922-Ushered in the boom of 1923.




During the oil-boom period in Kosse Texas (1922-1931), Bert Travis was assigned to the church at Kosse in central Texas. Bert had been a former Baptist and Methodist minister and had recently been ordained as a Presbyterian minister. The church leaders figured that with his time of working with the military, he would be a good match for the men of the oil fields.

During this era, Ben Whitlow owned and general store in Kosse.

By 1931 Kosse's population peaked at near 5000 and had had some fifty-eight businesses.

One of the longtime teachers of the Kosse Texas school system was Ruth Bullock, whose nickname was "bookie". Bookie taught school in and around the Kosse area for nearly fifty years and was affectionately known to her students as Miss Ruth. Conrad Bullock went on to the seminary and became a Baptist minister in the Kosse area.

With the great depression, falling cotton prices, and the end of the oil boom era, the population and number of businesses in Kosse Texas began to decline.

KOSSE SCHOOL CLOSED IN 1968

Like many of the smaller schools across Texas, the Kosse Texas school was closed and consolidated with the Groesbeck Independent School District in 1968. All kids in the area are now bussed to Groesbeck.


UPDATE ON KOSSE TODAY

Karen Partin, President of the Kosse Heritage Society and lifelong resident of Kosse Texas , sent us the following update on Kosse today. Karen is the owner of Kosse Feeds (a Lone Star Dealer for Feed), manager for the Kosse 4-H club for the past five years, and she and her husband are building a family hair salon to be known as "Bushwackers" and a small fitness gym, "The Kicking Mule", with a target completion date of August 2006.

Kosse Texas currently has two restaurants,the Kosse Korral and the Kosse Cafe. The bank is still up and running and White's Hardware is still operating although Mr. White died last year. This business is now called "The Wright Place/White's Hardware".

Kosse Texas also has a sign shop and carwash owned and operated by Kenda & Mitch Eckols of Kosse (Krenda is Karen's sister). De's Parts and the Cefco convenience store are still going strong and Kosse has a real estate office and an appraisal office.

In downtown Kosse Texas , one of the oldest buildings is for sale and hopefully someone will buy and restore it. The Kosse Chamber of Commerce has been reorganized and Kosse Texas currently features an annual homecoming every June with a big street dance and rodeo.

Karen is currently setting up a "History Mueseum" in the bathroom of her new business and adding photos and papers from early-day Kosse Texas .


TODAY'S CHURCHES IN KOSSE



First Baptist Church, Rev. Tom Vance , Pastor; Phone: 817-375-2326, KOSSE TEXAS 76653

Mount Zion Baptist Church, 817-375-2219
Lilly Street, Kosse, Texas 76653
Pastor, G.A. Loudd



Church of Christ, Narcissus & Monroe Street, Kosse, Texas 76653-0024
Bradley Milstead, Ph: 254-375-2305

Friendly COGIC,2413 FM Long Branch Kosse, TX 76653, Dickerson, Phillip, 254-746-7991


First United Methodist Church, 817-375-2426 Kosse Texas 76653

First Pentecostal Church, Rev. Curtis Holmes, Pastor Kosse, Texas 76653


OLDER NEWS FROM KOSSE TEXAS




May 14, 1998

Bank VP fatally shot in robbery

KOSSE, Texas (AP) - Police hunted Thursday for the gunman who shot to death the bank’s executive vice president. Michael Wells, 52, who died at the First Bank of Kosse around 7:30 a.m. Thursday. Wells was in his office doing paperwork at the time and was shot three times in the back and died, Limestone County Sheriff Doyle Coslin said. The teller, who claimed to have been knocked unconscious by the assailant, awoke to find Wells lying on the floor in front of the vault. Kosse Texas Mayor Robert O’Neal said about 100 people in this town 35 miles southeast of Waco stood in the street outside the bank, crying and hugging each other.

Wells also was president of the Groesbeck Independent School District Board of Trustees and a deacon at the First Baptist Church. “Mike was the kind of guy everyone depended on,” O’Neal said.

A funeral for bank executive Wells, the stepson of a former Kosse police chief and himself a longtime Baptist deacon and school board president, tentatively has been set for Sunday afternoon. "There's going to be the biggest funeral this little town has ever seen," said Neville White, proprietor of a hardware store across the street from the bank. Coslin, a Limestone County native who returned in 1997 after almost 30 years with the Dallas Police Department, said he was struck by how the crime had touched the community. "This is a small town," he said, "and this has traumatized everyone. In Dallas, you don't even know your own neighbor."

"You have to understand," added George Rasco, the grocer, "that the person who got killed was perhaps the most respected person in this town. He was the heavyweight."

Ann Motal, spokeswoman for the Groesbeck Independent School District, tearfully described Wells as a civic leader who had been on the school board since 1982 and was president since 1990. "He was from a very fine family and had two sons who graduated from Groesbeck (High)," Motal said. "He was a very fine gentleman," she said, a graduate of Texas A&M University and "a well-rounded community member who was well loved by the community of Kosse and the school district of Groesbeck."

Rasco, whose store is equipped with a video camera, noted the crime has badly shaken locals. "The response is predictable," he said. "We didn't think it could happen here. Everyone is stunned. There's disbelief." Rasco -- who was among the first to enter the bank after the crime -- was appalled by the violence. "It would have been one thing to say, `OK, give me the money.' It was something else to shoot him. They didn't have to kill him." Wells' life and death were relived hundreds of times by locals during the day. Late Thursday afternoon, Kosse residents jammed Rasco's, publicly sorrowing over Cokes and cigarettes.

In a followup story on September 8, 1998
6/26/1998

On September 8, the Kosse Texas bank teller who survived the botched May 14 robbery in which her boss was killed was charged with tapping the till to the tune of $600,000. Limestone County Sheriff Doyle Coslin said Dava Truett, who had been a teller at Kosse Texas First State Bank for 20 years, and her husband, Jerry Truett, the owner of a small trucking company, were arrested on embezzlement charges. "What everyone is waiting for," Rasco said, "is for an arrest in the murder. Wells was a heavy hitter in this community and he has been missed. Justice must be done."


AVERY GONZALES COMPETES IN HOUSTON BEAUTY PAGENT


Avery Gonzales of Kosse Texas competed in the 2004 Miss Houston Harris County Rodeo Teen. Avery is a senior at Groesbeck High School and also attends classes at Navarro College.

The Central Texas Cowboy Revival was held Oct. 1-3, 2004 at the Kosse Rodeo Arena in Kosse Texas. The service at 7 p.m. Friday featured the music of Mike Hammock and Rope Myers, 2001 world champion steer wrestler, as the speaker. Saturday's 4 p.m youth service featured singing by Randy Coward and speaking by professional bullfighter Bill Shaw. At 7 p.m. Saturday, team roper Jeff Hogner spoke and Coward sang. A pot luck meal was held at noon Sunday. First Church in Kosse Texas was one the sponsoring churches.


EARLY DAY RESIDENTS OF KOSSEXAS




Stephen D. Crouch Sr., b. November 14, 1874 in Jonesboro, Anniston, Calhoon Co., AL and d. December 15, 1958 in Guthrie, Logan Co., OK. Stephen D. Crouch married Fannie Esther Poindexter May 31, 1909 in Kosse, Limestone Co., Texas.


Belle Crockett Gunter and Macon Alston Gunter in front of their home in Kosse, Limestone County, Texas.


William Franklin (Bud) Foy was born in Hope, Arkansas. William married Vinora Ann AINSWORTH. Vinora was born 28 Dec 1868 in Centralia, Trinity, Texas.

Bud was a rancher and business man in Kosse, Texas. He came to Texas with his parents when he was four years old and lived in Limestone Co., ever since. He joined the Baptist Church in 1886. For a number of years the Foy family lived in the Moss Springs Community, east of Kosse having moved into Kosse in 1922, where he lived until his death. Nora Ann died 13 Aug 1956 in Kosse.


Ida Sula FOY, oldest daughter of William Franklin and Vinora Ann Ainsworth Foy and her son, Jesse Foy Peery.



FORMER RESIDENTS OF KOSSE


The following list of former Kosse residents is a work in progress. If you know of someone we've left off the list, let me know and I'll add them. Also, please send me your old photos and stories about early-day Kosse.






Adams Joel Silas 1871 1872 son of J. Z. & M. A.
Adams John Z. 04/20/1824 07/04/1881 born Conecuh Co. Moved to Texas 1872 Hus of M. A. Adams
George L. Adams



Left to right: Cousins Robert, Jessie, Maurine, Ouida and infant child (Daisy Julia Adams Magee) of George and Della Tate Adams of Kosse Texas. At far right is Mary A. Hawkins Adams.

Received the following email from John Magee: My name is John Magee, I was born in Kosse, Texas in the Adams house shown on your web page. The child being held is my mother Daisy Julia (Adams) Magee. Mary A (Hawkins) Adams is my great grandmother.George Adams and Della (Tate) Adams are my Grandmother and Grandfather. The Burns, Williams, Tates, Magee from Kosse are all my relations.

John M. Magee Sr.


George L. Adams born 1863 in Alabama and arrived in Kosse 1872. He was loved dearly by all of his neices and nephews and his was a gathering place for fun and laughter. His parents lived in Kosse and are buried at the Eutau Cemetery. They were John Z. Adams and Mary A. Adams. Many of the Adams children are buried there. Kosse natives Mrs. Alice Perry Irwin (and Raz her husband) raised their children in Kosse and Uncle George was her mother's brother. (Curtesy of Bobbie Mueller of San Antonio; George Adams is her gg uncle. Mama Adams died in 1911).

Barbara S Mueller (barbsmueller@ev1.net)


Julia Adams Padgett with her husband, J.H. Padgett and infant of Kosse. She is the younger sister of George L. Adams. She was the only one of the Adams children who were not born in Alabama. She was born in Kosse. (Photo curtesy of Barbara S. Mueller).



Ainsworth A. G. 05/25/1888 11/15/1923
Ainsworth J. C. 10/16/1836 08/06/1917
Ainsworth J. W. 12/16/1839 09/24/1927
Ainsworth Lucy Helen 06/05/1851 08/17/1932 wf of J.W.
Ainsworth M. A. 12/30/1830 01/29/1911 wf of J.Z.




Allen Alice 1879 No Date
Allen M. A. 03/08/1839 12/02/1917 wf of J.C.




Atkinson William D. 1864 1946




Avant Alice 11/11/1870 03/14/1944
Avant J. W. 05/11/1857 09/04/1894
Avant John W. 07/26/1893 No Date
Avant Ollie M. 07/27/1896 09/20/1972




Alton Ayers, lived in the Kosse area in the early 1900's. His father was a Conductor for the IGN Railroad in Palestine in the 1880's. His brother Rodney and father, Lansford Ayers, farmed on the F K Clanton Homestead on Steele Creek just north of Kosse.




Alton Ayers, Early Day Resident of Kosse; His father was a Conductor for the IGN Railroad in Palestine in the 1880's. His brother Rodney and father, Lansford Ayers, farmed on the F K Clanton Homestead on Steele Creek just north of Kosse.





Received the following email from Ruth Juren : "The Ayers Family are my ancestors. Listed below are more family members."

-L. Ayres, 1815-1888, buried in Ebenezer Cemetery
-Rodney Ferrell Ayers, b. Dec. 1, 1854, d. Feb. 27, 1927, buried at Ebenezer Cemetery
Children & Spouses of Rodney and Gussie:
-Exa Ophelia Ayers Lowery, b. Oct. 28, 1881, d. Oct. 29, 1961, buried in Houston, TX
Ervin B. Lowery, h/o Exa Ayers, b. July 23, 1903, d. 1951, buried in Houston, Tx
-Clarence Clive Ayers (my grandfather), b. Mar. 21, 1883, d. Feb. 28, 1962, buried in Kosse Cemetery
Mamie Webb Hood, w/o Clive, b. Jan. 28, 1890, d. July 20, 1960, buried in Kosse Cemetery
-Joe Dewitt Ayers, b. May 22, 1885, d. Aug. 12, 1965 Omega Seale, w/o Joe, b. 1893, d. 1978

-Carrie Key Ayers, b. July 18, 1887, d. Oct. 1977 Frederick Vivian Clark, h/o Key, b. April 14, 1881, d. Mar. 1971

-Zack Baskim Ayers, b. Aug. 24, 1889, d. Aug. 20, 1961 Willow Seale, w/o Zack, b. Unknown, d. Unknown

-Bettie Ruth Ayers, b. Nov. 28, 1891, d. Unknown Calvin Phifer, h/o Ruth, b. Unknown, d. Unknown

-Mary Grace Ayers, b. Feb. 16, 1894, d. 1972 Jeff D. Hightower, h/o Grace, b. 1888, d. 1957

-Gussie Cornelia Ayers, b. Sept. 17, 1896, d. May 6, 1976 Ottie Franklin Jones, h/o Gussie, b. Unknown, d. Unknown

-Clark L. Ayers, b. June 22, 1900, d. Jan. 1, 1955 Bessie Truett, w/o Clark, b. 1899, d. 1981

My parents:
-Mamye Ruth Ayers, ch/of Clive and Mamie Ayers, b. July 1, 1912, d. Nov. 25, 1994, buried at Kosse Cemetery
J. E. Birmingham, h/o Mamye Ruth, b. April 6, 1906, d. Sept. 12, 1952, buried at Kosse Cemetery

My mother's siblings:

-Mary Eileen Ayers, ch/of Clive and Mamie Ayers, b. Feb. 17, 1915, d. Oct. 1980

-John Clive Ayers, ch/of Clive and Mamie Ayers, b. Nov. 3, 1921, d. Sept. 8, 1995, buried in Killeen, TX

Ann Kauffman, w/o John Clive, b. Unknown, d. Unknown, buried in Killeen, TX

Alton Ayers, his father lived in Kosse,TX and he was a Conductor c. 1888 for the IGN Railroad in Palestine. His brother Rodney and father Lansford Ayers farmed on the F K Clanton Homestead on Steele Creek.



Baggerly W. D. 08/07/1866 05/20/1947




Barber George W. 02/25/1882 05/20/1933
Barber George W. 03/14/1857 12/24/1937
Barber Nancy Lessie 4/??/1889 05/04/1965
Barber Shirley Jane 1960 1960
Barber Susie E. 11/20/1858 09/25/1933




Barnes Idella 1879 1883
Barnes Thomas A. 03/14/1900 03/14/1975




Bishop Clyde E. 07/12/1891 12/06/1917
Bishop John Thomas 06/21/1850 11/26/1922




Bolin Birdie Inez 1897 1966
Bolin Connie B. 1901 1965
Bolin H. L. 01/24/1868 12/14/1953
Bolin Vera 10/17/1894 01/31/1917




Bond Nora 1872 1919




Boney Billie A. 05/19/1927 12/24/1973
Boney Cebron Jr. No Date 05/25/1932
Boney Cebron Sr. No Date 06/25/1903
Boney Mrs.P. L. 10/28/1858 11/13/1910




Boyd Cullen M. 10/08/1913 07/02/1950 Pvt. USA WW II
Boyd Floy 12/25/1898 03/27/1971
Boyd Joseph Lee 11/27/1885 11/04/1935






BRATTON, Sam Gilbert, a Senator from New Mexico was born in Kosse, Limestone County, Tex. on August 19, 1888.

Sam attended the public schools; graduated from State Normal School and taught school for several years at Claude and Hereford, Tex.

He then studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1909 and commenced practice in Farwell, Parmer County, Tex.; moved to Clovis, N.Mex., in 1915 and continued the practice of law; judge of the district court for the fifth judicial district of New Mexico 1919-1921, when, this district being divided, he became judge of the ninth judicial district 1921-1923; associate justice of the supreme court of New Mexico 1923-1924, when he resigned to accept the nomination for Senator.

Sam was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1924; reelected in 1930 and served from March 4, 1925, until his resignation, effective June 24, 1933. He died in Albuquerque, N.Mexico on September 22, 1963.

The above information is curtesy of the the U.S. Senate Historical Office.



Bray Jesse W. 11/26/1900 01/30/1966
Bray Tomy B. Reeves 09/21/1893 06/05/1969




Briggs Eliza J. 05/03/1837 09/29/1892
Briggs Frank E. 09/23/1895 02/01/1918
Briggs John T. 1862 1920
Briggs Luther T. 04/01/1890 03/09/1965
Briggs Myrtle 1884 1887




Brooch Emma L. 10/14/1860 10/15/1890
Brooch William E. No Date No Date Sgt Co K 27 Tex Cav CSA




Brown Adell 01/14/1883 09/11/1972
Brown Annie Noel 08/01/1891 10/15/1894
Brown B. F. 04/27/1843 05/12/1904
Brown David 01/25/1834 04/03/1885
Brown Delila 08/23/1825 10/28/1894 wf of R. G.
Brown Eva Inez 12/07/1894 02/06/1898
Captain Jim Brown and Wife Cresides


Captain Jim Brown and Wife Cresides. Residents of Kosse in the 1890's. Photo curtesy Billy Brown (bbsa1960@gmail.com).

Brown Francis E. 12/20/1843 Date Buried in Dirt
Brown Homer Lee 1907 1916
Brown Infant 1911 1911
Brown Infant 1898 1898
Brown John F. 05/13/1875 04/03/1923
Brown Lettie Lavinia 03/09/1888 06/26/1896
Martha A. Brown, born in 1864; married James M. Glasco in Limestone county January 1882. Martha's father was William H. Brown who served in the Civil War and is buried in the county. He and his wife had 18 children. William H. Brown died on June 12, 1930 and he and some of his children are buried in the Cox Cemetery near the Union Store.

Brown Martha 12/21/1896 No Date 69yrs, 8mo
Brown Nancy 02/18/1854 08/09/1911 wf of J.D. Brown
Brown R. A. 09/20/1866 04/05/1944
Brown Robert G. 08/24/1827 02/13/1878 Born in Georgia




Bryant Addison W. 1852 1929
Bryant, B.J.
Bryant Clarence G. 11/08/1908 No Date 21 yrs
Bryant Elizabeth F. 1830 1917
Bryant Emma C. 1852 1942
Bryant Erwin F. 1857 1925
Bryant Fannie 1861 1946
Bryant H. 07/17/1810 02/22/1895
Bryant Maurice D. 03/15/1893 12/31/1960 Regt Sgt Maj 168 Dep Brig WW I & WW II
Bryant Robert F. 07/22/1887 03/04/1909
Bryant Victoria 05/01/1866 10/12/1929




William Samuel and Mary Ella Bullock

Around 1880, William Samuel and Ned Bullock migrated to High Prairie near Kosse, Limestone Texas. They were both listed in the 1880 Soundex and Limestone County Census as nephews living with the Rogers family. On January 5, 1882, at Ebenezer Baptist Church, William Samuel and Mary Hewitt Easley were married. Mrs Easley was widowed with an infant son, Robert T. Easley; her husband, Robert W. Easley, died in 1881 from pneumonia. To the union of William and Mary Ella Bullock were born twelve children. The Bullocks remained in Kosse all their lives.

William Samuel was a farmer, and owned his own land. He died March 18, 1931, and Mary Ella died August 1, 1949. Both are buried in Ebenezer Cemetery, Kosse, Texas. The children of the Bullocks also remained in Texas and worked in various occupations. Ruth, Iva, Yeoda, John, and Conrad all spent some time teaching school. My great aunt, Ruth, whose nickname was bookie, taught school in and around the Kosse area for fifty years. She was affectionately known to her students as Miss Ruth. Conrad later went on to seminary and became a Baptist minister in the Kosse area. Will and Claude ranched and farmed in the Kosse area. Nora Bullock married Herbert Arlee Hadaway on November 6, 1916, in Kosse. They lived in the area for several years while Herbert farmed.

All three of their children were born in Kosse. Boyd was born June 16, 1918, Bobbie Ruth, January 17, 1921, and Ralph, April 26. 1923. The Hadaway family moved to Austin in 1925 and then on to Waco in 1926. Herbert and Nora remained in Waco until their deaths. Nora suffered a heart attack and died October 8, 1976. She was buried at Waco Memorial Park. Herbert died December 20, 1982, and also was buried at Waco Memorial Park. Bobbie Ruth Hadaway lived in Waco all her life, and worked in banking. She died on July 3, 1970 and is buried alongside her parents at Waco Memorial Park. Ralph and Boyd both worked for Owens-Illinois Glass Plant in Waco. In 1943, Boyd married Mable Hazelwood. They had two children, Bovd Bullock, Jr., born March 4, 1948 and Nancy Lynn, born August 14. 1952



Burleson Bettie 04/15/1842 08/08/1891 wf of R.C. Pitt
Burleson Eliza 1816 1875
Burleson Isaac 1811 1860
Burleson Roy J. 01/26/1889 12/10/1891




Burns Anna Lou 1912 1915
Burns Annie J. 09/29/1862 03/20/1939
Burns B. F. 10/06/1813 07/31/1878
Burns Beatrice May 1916 1917
Burns Billy John 12/30/1923 04/19/1967 Tex GN3 US NR WW II
Burns Dewitt Jr. 07/15/1905 03/10/1962
Burns Dewitt T. 12/05/1874 05/14/1941 son of W.T.
Burns Ernest L. 1882 1923
Burns Ernestine P. 1883 1965
Burns Fannie E. 03/04/1854 10/31/1878 wf of W. T.
Burns, Floyd E. and Delphia Vance
Burns George 1873 1873
Burns J. P. 12/04/1855 09/09/1884 son of B.F. & M. L.
Burns James W. 11/26/1875 09/03/1878
Burns M. L. 09/12/1812 05/08/1869 wf of B.F.
Burns Maggie M. 06/29/1877 11/18/1878 dau of W.T. & F. E.
Burns Mary A. 09/27/1876 06/08/1959
Burns Myrtle Foy 08/17/1909 04/10/1957
Burns Nina I. 02/26/1893 05/10/1973 dau of W.T. & A. J.
Burns No Name No Name No Date No Date Confederate Soldier
Burns, Robert Eugene
Burns William T. 12/10/1853 03/01/1916 son of B.F. & M. L.




From: "Bruce Burns" (bruce@bruce-burns.com)

I've been surfing your web page for years now. My Grandfather and Grandmother Burns built their retirement home there in Kosse and they both died there and I think they are both buried in Eutaw. I know my Grandmother Delphia Vance Burns is for sure.

Her oldest son, Robert Eugene Burns was laid to rest next to her on November 13th 2009. I would appreciate if you could update the Burns family listing to include him.

If you wish to include some history on your website you are welcome to the following:

My name is Bruce Burns and my father, Robert Eugene Burns was born in Kosse on October 2nd, 1934. He was the first son of Floyd E. Burns and Delphia Vance Burns. He recently passed away on November 8, 2009 and was buried next to Grandma Burns (Delphia) in Eutaw Cemetery. I was 14 years old (1977-78) when Grandma and Grandpa Burns started building their retirement home on a 40 acre plot not too far from the railroad tracks in Kosse, Texas. Grandpa and Grandma had lived most of their lives in Spring, Texas. He retired from The City of Houston as The Chief Building Inspector and she had worked as a Mail Lady until she retired. They lived in an old style pop-up camper (which reminded me of something from the 50s) while they built their house in Kosse. They were both very proud of their 10 acre garden behind the house. I have many summer memories of shelling fresh black eyed peas and snapping green beans. Grandpa Burns took my little brother, Scott M. Burns and myself grape picking on some dirt road there near Kosse shortly after their home was built. We spent all day picking Muskadine grapes off of vines growing on some farmer's fence line. He made quite a few gallons of wine with those grapes and I remember decades later my father, Robert Burns, talking about how good the wine was. I was born in the suburbs of Houston (Pasadena, Texas) and for most of my life I was definitely a city boy. I live in Dripping Springs, Texas now (moved to the country), but nothing is as sweet as the quiet country side of Kosse. I don't come visit that booming little town as often as I would like but when I do it's the quiet I come for mostly.

When I was a boy The Burns Clan would pile into a few cars and drive to the Kosse Coral. I learned to two-step there, taught by my grandmother, Delphia Burns. Watching my ancestors dance to honky-tonk music on those hardwood floors was truly like time traveling backwards from my disco glitter-ball upbringing in the big city. The Kosse Cafe was a relatively new addition to Kosse compared to the history of my family there, but later in my father's life (Robert E. Burns)it was a common meeting point or THE favorite eating spot for a family of men too lazy to cook. We had our last big Thanksgiving at the Burns Family Home in 2001 and I believe I still have some video footage of that somewhere. Seems like 50 people showed up. I have some distant relatives that still live in Kosse I believe from the Vance side of the family.

I remember two stories passed down to me. One story was about my father (Robert Burns). He used to tell us as kids that he was born in a one room shack where his parents (Floyd and Delphia)lived and that Grandpa Burns gave the doctor his pistol for the birth. Grandma Burns later corrected the story by letting us know he was born in the big house across the street from where they lived, not the one room shack. Another story that Grandma Burns used to tell was about my Uncle Gaylon. She said when he was a boy she had taken him to get a haircut and while the barber was cutting Uncle Gaylon's (Floyd Gaylon Burns)he asked Delphia Burns "Delphia, how old are you?" which the bright eyed 8 year old Gaylon Burns replied "She's 32!" What I remember most about my Grandma Burns was that she loved her sons (she had 6)more than anything else in the world. If they had women problems she didn't hesitate to blame it on whatever woman the story centered around. In my opinion she set the bar very high for a strong loving mother that still stays with me 15 years after her passing. I remember two things about my Grandpa Burns. He had a Bobcat stuffed on their mantle piece and every time I'd go visit it would be like stepping onto a set of Wild Kingdom. Also my father and his brothers referred to Grandpa Burns as "Moose".

Thank you, Kosse for being home to my family for all those generations.

Bruce Burns



Caldwell James 06/18/1863 12/21/1880
Caldwell John W. 04/07/1861 10/??/1879
Caldwell Julius 02/28/1866 02/06/1867
Caldwell Mary Louisa 08/20/1867 12/24/1868 ch of B.T. & L.M.




Carey Mrs. M. P. 06/08/1843 06/25/1873




Carpenter Jim S. 1880 1961
Carpenter L. J. 1900 1969




Childress Lewis C. 1850 1937
Childress Mollie F. 1886 1969




Clark Aubrey E. 01/07/1921 01/30/1948
Clark Corley 06/26/1900 02/15/1920
Clark Orrie S. 01/08/1879 12/02/1952
Clark Sible 08/09/1923 02/16/1925
Clark Susie T. 1870 1952
Clark Vivian 06/15/1905 03/23/1928




Comstock, Allen, killed in 1870 in Kosse by outlaw John Wesley Hardin.





Thomas Martin and Ida Wood Cornelison. Thomas was an early-day merchant in Kosse. Thomas Cornelison died in 1898 after being married to Ida Wood Cornelison just seven years leaving young children without a father. Father and children are buried in the Kosse Cemetery.

Another photo of Ida Wood Cornelison and her children, all residents of Kosse in the 1890's (Photo Curtesy of Cathy Millburn cathymillburn@hotmail.com).

Ida Wood Cornelison may have later married a Mr. Brown. Ida's parents are known only as J. H. Wood & Julia A. also buried in the Kosse Cemetery. If any of our readers have more information about this family, please let us know.



Crabb Bettie 03/03/1869 01/25/1904
Crabb F. S. 10/25/1871 11/??/1914
Crabb Leonard 03/16/1874 08/30/1895
Crabb Margaret 03/23/1877 No Date
Crabb Mary E. 11/??/1851 7/??/1930
Crabb Sam 05/09/1866 09/29/1948
Crabb Sarah J. 06/12/1831 03/27/1907
Crabb Willie N. 06/05/1874 09/24/1934




Crocker Tom H. 11/10/1858 11/03/1915




Cunningham Annie Laura 01/19/1881 04/04/1882
Cunningham Ethel 1883 1883
Cunningham Forest 12/30/1940 01/14/1941
Cunningham Willie 06/01/1879 02/08/1880




Curry Andrew 08/31/1869 09/28/1905
Curry Curtis No Date No Date
Curry D. B. No Date 07/08/1905 62 yrs
Curry James M. 1885 1960
Curry Rebecca 05/15/1844 10/13/1909
Curry Roy No Date No Date
Curry Wm. M., MD 05/16/1855 03/28/1884 Medical Doctor




Darby Claud - born in Van Zandt County, Texas August 19, 1902. Y. died July 30, 1933 in Kosse, Limestone County, Texas, at 30 years of age. His body was interred in Kosse, Limestone County, Texas, at Kosse Cemetery.

Darby Noah R. -born in Van Zandt County, Texas December 12, 1905. Noah died February 14, 1965 in Kosse, Limestone County, Texas, at 59 years of age. His body was interred in Kosse, Limestone County, Texas, at Kosse Cemetery.



Damron Velma C. 1889 1960




Davis David 1882 1906
Davis John Wesley 01/20/1867 01/27/1894
Davis Mrs. M. A. 10/04/1816 06/14/1901
Davis S. J. 09/29/1866 04/28/1930

Davis Sarah E. 03/15/1871 10/20/1888 wf of S.J.




Dees Willie 1882 1969




Denson Elder L. 12/09/1826 01/04/1890
Denson Mattie 1900 1900




Dickey Donocan Ray 10/19/1924 08/22/1925
Dickey James B. 12/03/1856 01/11/1928
Dickey Martha M. 06/03/1833 03/14/1904
Dickey Marv P. 02/09/1856 02/20/1949




Janice A. Dixon, Born Feb. 20, 1922 ; Died Nov. 25, 2001.

BREMOND — Services for Janice A. Dixon, 79, of Kosse were held at the First Baptist Church in Kosse. Bro. Tom Vance of the First Baptist Church officiated. Burial will be in the Kosse Cemetery. Janice was born in Kosse, was a retired bookkeeper and a member of the First Baptist Church.



Duncan Greene B. 01/29/1824 01/30/1881
Duncan Infant 1914 1914 son of Clifton
Duncan Mary Alice 08/17/1924 02/28/1930
Duncan Mary S. Polk 03/28/1864 05/27/1937
Duncan Mrs.R. A. 09/14/1829 06/06/1885








Erskine, N.C.

N.C. Erskine, moved to Kosse in the 1800's from South Carolina and worked in a saw mill with some relatives who were already there. N.C. Erskine's father (William Washington Erskine) served in the 19th SC Cavalry in the Civil War and N.C. was the first child born after the War.
William Washington Erskine, father of N.C. Erskine, served in the 19th South Carolina Cavalry in the Civil War (Photo courtesy John Erskine).



Received the following email from N.C. Erskine's grandson, John Erskine:

My grandfather, N.C. Erskine, moved to Kosse in the 1800's from South Carolina and worked in a saw mill with some relatives who were already there. I met an Erskine from Marlin when I was at A&M - his name was Norman and I believe that he may still live in Marlin. Kosse is just outside Marlin and is in Falls County. I'm guessing that the Falls County Erskine's were cousins or something for N. C. Erskine to move there. I've lost track of Norman Erskine. N.C. Erskine's father (William Washington Erskine) served in the 19th SC Cavalry in the Civil War and N.C. was the first child born after the War. I guess I'm lucky he survived or I wouldn't be here! Anyway, N. C. was an early resident of Kosse and he later moved to Temple and started his own lumber business, West Side Lumber Co. I have some photos of that yard somewhere and also a Civil War photo of WW - see attached.

I noticed that Barbara Bartlett had posted a note re Erskine's from Odd and Stranger - what a hoot! I'm copying this to her, too, to see if she knows Norman or any of the Bartlett's that I used to know in Marlin - Thomas (a lawyer) or "Posh" Oltorff, or any of the Windsors (Paul and Mary and their children, Paul, Jr and Mary Frances).

Enjoyed your site! Thanks for the memories!



Etheredge Genie B. 1895 1897
Etheredge Thomas R. 07/06/1856 05/01/1910




Dr. Bunyan S. and Ada Hammond Ezell. Ada was the daughter of William R. and Elisa C. Spencer Hammond.


Dr. Bunyan S. and Ada Hammond Ezell



Fabianke Thos. J. 1876 1957




Fenner Bertie 02/19/1871 06/04/1913
Fenner Charlie W. 09/01/1891 12/16/1917
Fenner no date no date




Ford Ettie S. 10/22/1890 09/27/1974
Ford J. T. 12/06/1859 02/08/1930




Foy Benjamin Franklin 1827 01/23/1893
Foy Homer H. 04/02/1893 10/30/1969
Foy Mary Elizabeth 02/25/1829 06/13/1886 wf of B.F.
Foy Nancy Ann Parsons Choate 11/10/1846 02/01/1902
Foy William F. 01/19/1862 07/25/1942- William Franklin (Bud) Foy was born in Hope, Arkansas. Bud was a rancher and business man in Kosse, Texas. He came to Texas with his parents when he was four years old and lived in Limestone Co., ever since. For a number of years the Foy family lived in the Moss Springs Community, east of Kosse having moved into Kosse in 1922, where he lived until his death. He joined the Baptist Church in 1886. His funeral was conducted the day after his death, Sunday, July 26, 1942, from Eutaw Cemetery. Sunday afternoon at four o'clock, July 26 with the Rev.W. H. Sealy pastor of the Baptist Church, Kosse officiating and assisted by Rev. Lewis Hunter, pastor of the Methodist Church Kosse. He died in a Marlin hospital following a long illness Saturday , July 25, 1942.

William married Vinora Ann AINSWORTH. Vinora was born 28 Dec 1868 in Centralia, Trinity, Texas. She died 13 Aug 1956 in Kosse, Limestone Co. Texas. Funeral services for Mrs. W.F. Foy were conducted from the Baptist Church Wednesday at 10:00 AM with the Rev. Conrad Bullock of Ft Worth officiating, assisted by the Rev. J.D. Benson. She was 88.

William and Vinora Ann had the following children:

1. Ida Sula FOY was born 17 Oct 1884 in Kosse Limestone Co Texas. She died 18 Feb 1948 in Thornton, Limestone, Tx. Ida married Jesse PEERY. Jesse was born 16 Sep 1878 in Hope, Ar. He died 29 Mar 1958 in Thornton, Limestone, Tx.

2. William Albert FOY was born 31 Dec 1888 and died 1 May 1950.

3. Lola Pearl FOY was born 7 May 1893 in Kosse Limestone Co Texas. She died 3 Mar 1913 in Kosse Limestone Co Texas. Lola Pearl was born in Limestone Co., TX. She joined Ebeneezer Baptist Church at Keadsville in 1908 at the age of 15. She married Maurice Bryant on June 8, 1912. She was sick for a few short days with a kidney disease which was common with first pregnancies, before she died. Lola married Maurice D BRYANT on 8 Jun 1912 in Kosse Limestone Co Texas. Maurice was born 15 Mar 1893 in Kosse Limestone Co Texas. He died 31 Dec 1960 in Kosse Limestone Co Texas and was buried in Kosse Cemetery, Eutaw, Limestone Co. Texas. Regt Sgt Maj 168 Dep Brig WWI & WWII

4. Mabel Jessie FOY was born 5 Sep 1901 and died 2 Aug 1993.

5. Mrytle Estell FOY was born 17 Aug 1909 and died 10 Apr 1957.





Fullon Nora 12/28/1868 08/13/1956
Fulton James 1884 1884




Harry M. Gaffney
Harry M. Gaffney was born in Kosse in 1879. His mother died shortly after giving birth to him and in the 1881 census he is back in his parents' birthplace in South Carolina living with a grandmother. Harry's father may have been a railroad man. I am told Harry's mother is buried in Kosse. I have no information about his mother (her name was possibly Hester Humphries Gaffney). Harry did move back to Kosse at some point and family lore has him leaving Kosse rather precipitously after a fight with two black youths resulted in a death.



Garrett WILEY NATHAN -born on 27 May 1935 at Kosse, Limestone Co., TX. He married Diane Sims (1037) on 16 Aug 1958 at Wortham, Freestone Co., TX. Children of Wiley Nathan6 Garrett (810) and Diane Sims (1037) include:

JONATHAN TAYLOR - born 7 Mar 1960 at St. Paul, Ramsey, MN; married Devin Misean Lorenz

MEGAN -born on 28 Apr 1964 at Athens, Clarke, GA.



Gideon Ida 1873 1948
Gideon Infant 1903 1903
Gideon James L. 11/02/1864 06/22/1885 son of J.M. & M. A.
Gideon James 1871 1953
Gideon Jesse 1909 1926
Gideon Maudy 1896 1901
Gideon Nina Fay 1908 No Date




James M. and Martha A. Brown Glasco.

Received the following email from Wanda Westfall :

My great grandmother Martha A. Brown b. 1864 married James M. Glasco in Limestone county January 1882. My grandmother Minnie Lee Glasco Lynch married John W. Lynch in Limestone Co., and my mother Vera D. Lynch Swearingen was born in Limestone County and went to school in Kosse. She used to talk about the county and people and to my shame I didn't write it down. I have ancestors on Brown and Lynch buried in the county. Martha's father was William H. Brown and he served in the Civil War and is buried in the county. He and his wife whose name I have never found had 18 children and some of them and he are buried in Union Cemetery. I do not have any pictures as mom's home burned when she was young and they lost everything. Your site is well put together and I enjoyed my visit. Prayers and thoughts your way.

Wanda Swearingen Westfall





Goff Wiley 1911 1970




Gorem Blanche 06/01/1906 10/21/1932
Gorem James W. 10/30/1895 09/07/1971 Tex Pvt USA WW I
Gorem James 11/14/1904 1859
Gorem Mae E. 1876 1973
Gorem Silas E. 1872 1942




Graham, Daniel Marion- born May 6, 1859 in Meridian,Lauderdale,Mississippi, and died February 26, 1936 in Kosse,Limestone,Texas. He married FRANCES (FANNY) MARY MANNING. She was born May 22, 1864 in Mississippi, and died February 15, 1898 in Texas. He married ELLA TABITHA ROGERS. She was born July 5, 1866 in Louisanna, and died April 6, 1941 in Kosse, Texas.

Children of DANIEL GRAHAM and FRANCES MANNING include:

ROBERT E. LEE GRAHAM, b. January 24, 1882, Mississippi; d. June 14, 1889, Mississippi.

GEORGE BATCHLER GRAHAM, b. January 26, 1884, Mississippi.
WILLIAM HENRY GRAHAM, b. December 1, 1886, Plattsburg, winston county, Ms; d. November 6, 1918, Kosse TX.

ANNIE HENRIETTA GRAHAM, b. February 13, 1890, Mississippi; d. June 7, 1964, Blythe.

CHARLES ROBERT GRAHAM, b. March 2, 1892, Mississippi; d. November 22, 1918, Kosse, TX.

TALBERT EDGAR GRAHAM, b. November 28, 1894, Mississippi; d. March 10, 1969, Raymondville, TX.

DAISY LILLIAN GRAHAM, b. October 9, 1897, Mississippi.

Children of DANIEL GRAHAM and ELLA ROGERS include:

MAGGIE BELL GRAHAM, born November 18, 1900, Texas; d. November 14, 1918 in a flu epidemic.

ALBERT STOCKLEY GRAHAM, b. September 8, 1902.

FLOYD EUGENE GRAHAM, b. October 18, 1904.

MARY FRANCES (MOLLIE) GRAHAM, b. June 26, 1906.

EVA PEARL GRAHAM, b. June 6, 1908.





Groves W. Fleming 07/25/1902 01/24/1932




Gunn Claude 04/05/1893 04/23/1952 Pvt Med Dept
Gunn Ducy McKinney 07/20/1880 05/22/1957
Gunn R. W. 06/08/1848 09/14/1911
Gunn Wm. Clarence 06/04/1876 10/04/1898




Gunter MACON ALSTON was born on 19 Jun 1886 at Limestone, Co., Tx. He married Belle Crockett at Kosse, Limestone County, Texas. He died on 30 May 1964 at Kosse, Limestone Co., TX, at age 77. He was buried at Gunter Cemetery.

Children of Macon Alston Gunter and Belle Crockett include:

GLADYS , born 30 Mar 1910 at Kosse, Limestone Co., TX.

LAURA BELLE , born 2 Jul 1911 at Limestone Co., TX.

PAULINE was born on 6 Sep 1912 at Limestone Co., TX.

MARTHA ELIZABETH was born on 23 Nov 1913 at Limestone Co., TX. She died on 2 May 1916 at Limestone Co., TX, at age 2. She was buried at Gunter Cemetery.

MARY MACON , born 22 Nov 1916 at Kosse, Limestone Co., TX.

BILLIE BOB , born 16 Jan 1919 at Limestone Co., TX.

MACON ALSTON was born on 7 Jun 1920 at Limestone Co., TX. He died on 4 Jul 1943 at WWII-Europe at age 23. He was buried at Gunter Cemetery. He Died in defence of his country in Europe WW-II at I.

CROCKETT TAYLOR was born on 15 Mar 1924 at Limestone Co., TX. He died on 14 May 1924 at Limestone Co., TX. He was buried at Gunter Cemetery.



Gunter WILLIAM TAYLOR -born on 29 Jun 1888 at Limestone County, Texas. He married Florrie Ola Lowrey , daughter of Augustus Brownlow Lowrey and Martha Caroline Floyd , on 16 Nov 1905 at Knox City, Knox Co., Texas. He died on 8 Mar 1919 at Alpine, Brewster County, Texas, at age 30. He was buried at Gunter Cemetery. Children of William Taylor Gunter and Florrie Ola Lowrey include:

HENRY MACON5 - born on 27 Dec 1906. He died on 23 Dec 1907 at Limestone Co., TX. He was buried at Gunter Cemetery.

ALFRED LESTER , born 28 Jun 1908 at Limestone County, Texas; married Nina Oleta McMichael ; married Adella Gunnels

FLORA , born 26 Feb 1910 at Limestone Co., TX.

MARTHA AYLEENE , born 5 Oct 1911 at Limestone Co., TX.

WILLIAM TAYLOR (WILLIE) - was born on 18 Sep 1913 at Limestone Co., TX. He died on 7 Jan 1916 at Limestone Co., TX., at age 2. He was buried at Gunter Cemetery.

INFANT - baby girl born and died on 11 Dec 1916 at Limestone Co., TX. She was buried at Gunter Cemetery.

MACON ALSTON - born on 25 Jun 1917 at Limestone Co., TX. He died on 27 Nov 1918 at Limestone Co., TX., at age 1. He was buried at Gunter Cemetery.



Haley, Charles Quillan
Haley, Icy Minerva

My Great Grandfather and Great Grandmother lived there and both are buried in the Kosse Cemetery. Their names were Charles Quillan Haley and Icy Minerva Haley and their birth and death dates are (Charles 1819- 1882 and Icy 1831-1878 and unfortunately both their death dates of not correct in your Kosse Cemetery listing. Can this be corrected?

Charles and Icy lived on "the old Haley Place" at Kosse with their son Charles Quillan Haley, Jr. and Mittie L. Haley and my dad Bev Franklin Haley was born in Kosse in 1896. All were involved in the cattle business until the local banker cleaned out the bank funds and left everyone with- out funds in 1904 and that about destroyed the little town.

I do not see any of their names listed in the early Kosse family lists and wondered if you can locate anything on them and perhaps have their names listed in your early family lists. Unfortunately I have no pictures except of the house as it looked in about 1957.

Thanks for anything you can do for me!
Chuck Haley (cmhaley@frontier.net)



Gunter LOTTIE HARDEMAN - born on 20 Mar 1890 at Quannah, Hardeman Co., TX. She married George Willis Garrett , son of Nathan Garrett and Martha Jackson , on 22 Dec 1908 at Kosse, Limestone County, Texas. She died on 11 Apr 1982 at Limestone, Co., TX, at age 92. She was buried at Gunter Cemetery.

Children of Lottie Hardeman Gunter and George Willis Garrett include:

GEORGE WILLIS5 - born on 30 Sep 1909. He died at Limestone Co., TX. He was buried at Gunter Cemetery.

CHARLOTTE - born on 2 Oct 1910. She died at Limestone Co., TX. She was buried at Gunter Cemetery.

AUBREY TAYLOR , born 20 Dec 1911 at Thornton, Limestone Co., TX; married Katherine Elizabeth Ainsworth ; married Evelyn Ruth McKinley

LINNIE EUDEMIA , born 5 Sep 1914 at Thornton, Limestone, Co., TX; married Leroy DeBrock

LAURA ELLEN , born 8 Jun 1920 at Thornton, Limestone Co., TX; married James W. Patterson , Sr.

BILLIE NATHAN -born on 31 Aug 1924. He died at Infant- Limestone Co., TX. He was buried at Gunter Cemetery.



Gunter ANNA BLANCHE GUNTER -born on 11 Nov 1891 at Limestone, Co., TX. She married Frank Henry Mitchell (662) on 22 Dec 1909 at Kosse, Limestone County, Texas. She died on 25 Jun 1984 at Limestone Co., TX, at age 92. She was buried at Gunter Cemetery. Children of Anna Blanche Gunter and Frank Henry Mitchell include:

MILDRED LUCILE5 - born on 2 Oct 1911 at Limestone Co., TX. She died on 9 Mar 1915 at Limestone Co., TX., at age 3. She was buried at Gunter Cemetery.

FRANK WILLIAM - born on 4 Jul 1916 at Limestone, Co., TX. He died on 29 Feb 1992 at Kosse, Limestone Co., TX. Gunter Cemetery, at age 75.

BILLY NEAL -born 6 Jun 1921 at Limestone, Co., Tx; married Jeanett (Jan) Cozy

JOHN HENRY , born 27 Jun 1926 at Limestone, Co., Tx; married Irene Posival



Gunter ALFORD LEONARD - born on 5 May 1894 at Limestone Co., TX. He married Velva Jeanett Richards (667) on 10 Oct 1915 at Kosse, Limestone County, Texas. He died on 23 May 1936 at Limestone, Co., TX, at age 42. He was buried at Gunter Cemetery. One child born to Alford Leonard Gunter and Velva Jeanett Richards include:

BONNIE FAYE -born 23 May 1926; married Andy Everest



Gunter LEWIS ALLISON -born on 25 Sep 1898 at Limestone, Co., TX. He married Grace Belle Dillon (663) on 21 Oct 1923 at Kosse, Limestone County, Texas. He died on 1 Jan 1954 at Limestone, Co., TX, at age 55. He was buried at Gunter Cemetery. Children of Lewis Allison Gunter and Grace Belle Dillon include:

WILMA JO5- born on 12 Jun 1924 at Groesbeck, Limestone Co., TX. She married Floyd Wilburn Stark (971) on 22 Mar 1945.

ANNA LEE -born 11 Nov 1925 at Limestone Co., TX; married Bryan Belvin Jennings ; married R. Q. Rasco

ELIZABETH LOUISE (BETTY LOU) -born 19 May 1928 at Ralls, Crosby, TX; married Dennis Ray Hester ; married Albert Austin Connell II .

CAROLYN RUTH -born 18 Jan 1930 at Ralls, Crosby, TX; married Eddie Gaylon Rinehart

LAURA GRACE - born 16 Feb 1931; married Barnard Joseph Clarke



Gunter CARL VESSIE - born on 3 Oct 1900 at Limestone, Co., Tx. He died on 20 Jun 1974 at Lubbock, TX., at age 73. He was buried at Resthaven Memorial Park. Children of Carl Vessie4 Gunter and Mary Bullock were as follows:

MARY EUGENIA5 - born 25 Sep 1921.

CONNIE RAYE , born 18 May 1927.

BILLY CARL -born 19 Jan 1929.



Gunter JOHN WILLIAMS -born on 2 Mar 1903 at Limestone, Co., TX. He married Lela Lorene Miller (665), daughter of John Abernathy Miller (2058) and Virginia Taylor (2059), on 18 Oct 1923 at Ennis, Ellis Co., TX. He died on 15 Jun 1997 at Lubbock, Lubbock Co., TX., at age 94. He was buried at Resthaven Memorial Park. He was a Farmer. Children of John Williams Gunter and Lela Lorene Miller were as follows:

JOHN WILLIAMS5- born 8 Dec 1928 at Limestone Co., TX; married Patsy Rymer

BYRON MILLER- born 25 Oct 1931 at Kosse, Limestone Co., TX; married Eleanor Ann Nix

ANNA MARGARET- born 23 Nov 1935 at Limestone Co., TX.



Gunter LAURA JESSE -born on 13 Mar 1905 at Haskell County, TX. She died on 25 Nov 1975 at Santa Fe, NM, at age 70. She was buried at Santa Fe, New Mexico. Children of Laura Jesse4 Gunter and Frank D. Travis (668) are as follows:

MURRAY WILLIAM5 - born 6 Aug 1931 at Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois; married Jane Ella Brooks

STELLA FRANCINE - born 25 Jul 1935.



Gunter WESLEY EDWARD-born on 10 May 1908 at Limestone, Co., TX. He was born on 10 May 1908. He married Mary Elizabeth Garrett (666) on 30 Dec 1930 at Limestone County, Texas. He died on 24 Apr 1978 at Morton, TX, at age 69. Children of Wesley Edward4 Gunter (403) and Mary Elizabeth Garrett (666) both born at Kosse, Limestone Co., TX, are as follows:

WINSTON PAUL5- born 23 Jun 1932; married Mildred Davis

WILLIAM WILLIAMS - born 14 Mar 1935; married Dorthea Marks



Gunter Sarah 08/28/1850 07/31/1942




Hall Claudie 1907 1951
Hall Ella E. 07/16/1898 No Date
Hall Henry 1910 1972
Hall Jim A. 11/24/1879 04/18/1915
Hall John Henry 03/02/1902 07/29/1931
Hall Martha Elizabeth 02/11/1824 06/08/1876 dau of John J. Alston, born in Chatham Co., N.C.
Hall Mary Jane 05/02/1868 07/10/1954
Hall Mary K. 10/16/1910 02/18/1954
Hall Melvin Thomas 12/09/1926 05/21/1950
Hall Morris T. 04/22/1900 12/01/1970
Hall Samuel 02/14/1858 03/09/1929




William R. and Elisa C. Spencer Hammond. William was a veteran of the Civil War (served in a Mississippi cavalry outfit) and became one of the richest man in Texas in his day. William also served as president of the Texas Cattleman's association.

William R. and Elisa C. Spencer Hammond had seven children including:

Velma Hammond-married Roscoe Patrick Henry
Raiford Hammond
Lela Hammond-married T. A. Griffin
Ernest C. Hammond
Ada Hammond -married Dr. Bunyan S. Ezell; then married a Porter.
Moselle Hammond -married William Stainback. Susan Hammond- married John Rawls Henry; Susan died of appendicitis in December, 1900. Susan and her husband, John Rawls Henry, are buried in the Kosse Cemetery.


William R. and Elisa C. Spencer Hammond (seated) and children celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary in Kosse in 1911. L-R Standing: Velma Hammond(married Roscoe Patrick Henry),Raiford Hammond, Lela Hammond (married T. A. Griffin), Ernest C. Hammond, Ada Hammond (married Dr. Bunyan S. Ezell; then married a Porter). L-R Sitting: Moselle Hammond (married William Stainback), and William R. and Elisa C. Spencer Hammond.

Hammond B. F. 1833 1922 Husband of Sallie Burns Hammond
Hammond McGee 1893 1946
Hammond Mittie H. 1833 1922
Hammond Sarah Louise ; born July 20, 1910; died October 10, 1941




Hamon Sallie Burns 1840 1916 wf of B.F., dau of B.F. & M. L. Burns




John Prentice and Willie Belle McLelland Hardie. John Hardie, born in 1902, grew up in Kosse and did not leave until sometime in the late 40’s right after daughter, Cheryl, was born. Willie Belle McLelland Hardie was born in 1907 and raised in Thornton, Texas. They lived in Kosse where John ran a filing station and his wife had a beauty shop for many years.

The old Hardie place is still standing just a couple of miles out of town headed toward Thornton (past roping pens/cemetery) on the right. In fact, there is a historical marker at the small, old cemetery where you would turn in to go to drive up the house.

Cheryl Hardie Greensage remembers coming to Kosse during the summers to visit. Especially fun were the Kosse Homecomings with the big parade on Saturday and people lining the streets to see old friends and family. The tabernacle was the place to be back in the early 50's, especially around lunch time when all that fabulous food would arrive and you could eat yourself silly.

John Prentice Hardie's mother was a Snowden. The Hardie’s and Snowden’s are all buried in the Kosse Cemetery. John's granddad Snowden who fought in the civil war is also buried there. Jack Hunt’s mother was a Snowden and she was John's aunt. Bobbie & Don Suttle are Cheryl's cousins. Cheryl's sister, Betty Jo Hardie Truett was married to Hulon Truett, both deceased.



Tom and Lila Mae (stone) Hardin. Lila Mae was born in Kosse on April 12, 1922. Her father was Robert Lee Stone, also, from kosse.



Harding E. P. 04/19/1913 08/25/1966
Harding Ike A. 1880 1943
Harding Jesse Lee No Date 10/01/1970 age 64 yrs, 11 mo.
Harding Lucille 08/29/1916 No Date
Harding Morris R. 1962 1962




Harper J. L. 12/25/1841 10/11/1891
Harper James H. 1940 1940
Harper Kenneth W. 01/31/1922 11/26/1972 Tex Capt S Airforce Korea
Harper Marilda 11/14/1882 No Date Aged 41Yrs. wf of J.P.
Harper Robert 1861 1861
Harper Viola 1881 1966




John Rawles and Susan Hammond Henry. John Rawles Henry was a cotton buyer in early-day Kosse. Susan (Susie) Hammond Henry was the second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Hammond, born on December 28, 1873. Susie married J.R. Henry on November 4, 1893 and they had two children: John Allison Henry (born in about 1895) and Grady Wallace Henry born in 1897. Susie, died of appendicitis in December, 1900 leaving behind two young toddlers.


John Rawles Henry and wife,Susan (Susie) Hammond Henry. Photos curtesy of Tim Henry.


Children of John Rawles Henry and wife, Susan (Susie) Hammond Henry: John Allison Henry (left)was born in Kosse in 1895/1896 timeframe and Grady Wallace Henry was born in Kosse in 1897. Their young mother, Susie, died of appendicitis in December, 1900.





Herring William O. 01/06/1890 03/07/1968



Hickson, Herbert Morris and George Pearl

Herbert Morris Hickson (03/29/1874 to 01/09/1956) & George Pearl Hickson lived in Kosse in 1910. Herbert Morris Hickson was a farmer, They came from Alabama. His wife, George Pearl Hunt was from a very well-to-do family there. The three children in the photo are (from right to left) Leonard, Hermann and Gertha. Gertha, who married Rube Bolin & settled in Marlin. Herbert Morris & George Pearl Hickson are both buried in Eutaw cemetery in Kosse.


Herbert Morris Hickson & George Pearl Hickson and three children,(from right to left) Leonard, Hermann and Gertha.

Hickson Rosie J. No Date 08/16/1965 age 84




Higgins Allen No Date 12/09/1976 70 yrs.
Higgins Alton B. 04/13/1912 04/09/1913
Higgins Ben J. 05/24/1884 09/01/1900
Higgins Charley 11/29/1880 04/24/1917
Higgins D. W. 04/04/1849 06/01/1913
Higgins Dalesy (?Datsey) 1910 1910
Higgins J. C. 08/20/1892 05/07/1895
Higgins Leaton 1896 1943
Higgins Lee F. 1875 1938
Higgins Letha Edith 1908 1957
Higgins Martha B. 12/26/1852 08/08/1930
Higgins Mary C. 03/21/1889 08/24/1920
Higgins Mary 11/17/1876 10/18/1910
Higgins Orbie W. 06/26/1887 08/22/1957
Higgins Pearlie 08/01/1876 05/02/1919




Hightower Ellen E. 1862 1906
Hightower Gibby 07/01/1880 7/??/1884
Hightower Jeff D. 1852 1932
Hightower Quincy 12/08/1875 07/14/1884
Hightower Vivier 1902 1902




Hill Vernon 1882 1882




Hobbs Bobbie No Date 09/01/1922 son of H.F. & N.M. (Burns) Hobbs Texas 36 CL 133 MG BN
Hobbs C. O. 03/13/1870 10/13/1935
Hobbs H. H. 11/02/1849 09/26/1897
Hobbs Jodie Ray 09/26/1954 02/06/1973
Hobbs Nancy M. 03/09/1847 08/24/1900
Hobbs Rosella 12/10/1869 No Date




Holden William Franklin 1873 1873




Holstead Lucy Mae 11/14/1888 11/03/1964




Holmes, Rev. Curtis



Horn Betty Mae 05/06/1882 08/31/1952
Horn Thaomas Jackson 10/11/1867 11/18/1898




Hudson David H. 04/12/1894 01/19/1964
Hudson Edgar M. 01/26/1876 06/30/1934




Hunt Jessie G. 10/17/1895 03/06/1971




Hunter Barbara 1876 1956
Hunter Bartow 11/28/1861 1911
Hunter Carl H. 05/14/1895 12/07/1900
Hunter Dona 11/01/1959 11/01/1959
Hunter Edmonson 08/19/1872 12/05/1888
Hunter Henry 1894 1894
Hunter Inez 01/24/1900 No Date
Hunter Joan 1933 1934
Hunter Leila 10/25/1865 08/28/1941
Hunter Lewis 1905 1972
Hunter Mary Ellen 01/27/1840 12/01/1918
Hunter Rob 1872 1921
Hunter Roy N. 11/08/1889 04/27/1940
Hunter Sam H. 1867 1930
Hunter Sidney Gumano 11/20/1831 01/17/1897
Hunter Starley M. 07/13/1902 11/23/1958 Tex CM3 USNR WW II




Irwin Amy 1859 1948
Irwin Clarence 1889 1965 Tex CoA 3070 Ammo Tr. WW I
Irwin Erastus 1878 1956
Irwin J. P. 11/15/1852 08/02/1903
Irwin J. R. 09/05/1847 06/16/1914
Irwin Nancy 06/10/1858 06/25/1922
Irwin Viola 1875 1969




James Sam S. 1854 1898




Jameson Minta R. 09/01/1901 No Date
Jameson Thomas 05/01/1822 06/23/1883




Jack Wilburn and Marie Jett. Jack Wilburn Jett was born in the Boone Prairie Community on July 8, 1916.

Jack Wilburn Jett, 88, of Kosse, passed away Sunday, March 20, 2005 at the Bremond Nursing & Rehab Center. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at Herds Prairie Baptist Church with Rev. Kenny O'Quinn officiating. Burial followed at Herds Prairie Cemetery.

Mr. Jett, born in the Boone Prairie Community, was the owner and operator of a auto body shop. Preceding him in death was a son, Robert M. Jett Sr., in 2004 and a daughter, Sharon Lee Cole in 1990. He is survived by his wife, Marie Jett of Kosse; daughter-in-law, Eula Jett of Temple; sister, Artie Faye Hicks of VanVleck; grandchildren, Tammy Ardigo, Robert M. Jett Jr., Michael E. Cole, Stephen Preston Cole; great-grandchildren, Trever Hilt Ardigo, Riley Patrick Ardigo, Mazzi Rae Ardigo, Levi Everett Jett, Zachary Billon Jett and Allison Marie Cole.



Claude and Florence/Katherine Johnson. Claude was the manager of two Munger Company Gins during the early 1900's. Claude and Florence had nine children including:
Clara
Lavonne
Elma
Marjorie
Katheryn
Edgar
Prentice
Raymond
Richard (also known as Kosse)

The above information supplied curtesy of Claude's great granddaughter, Rachael Merritt.

From Rachael J. Merritt:
Please add this picture to the bio of Clause & Katherine Johnson. Claude ran the Cotton Gins there in Kosse during the early 1900's. Claude & Katherine are the couple on the left hand side of the picture. They are seen with 2 of their small daughters.

Rachael J. Merritt





Johnson Ada Jane 06/02/1877 02/05/1963
Johnson Doris 04/14/1904 11/21/1922
Johnson J. (Jack) C. 1881 1952
Johnson Lucile 1892 No Date
Johnson Tommy 12/13/1882 10/05/1883




Johnston Mary C. 1859 1861
Johnston Seth Frank 01/10/1877 10/17/1948




Jones, Agnes
Jones Annie 08/21/1844 03/20/1925
Jones Esther M. 03/11/1865 10/11/1894 wf of Albert S.


The woman with the child in her lap is Fannie Jane Daughtrey Jones,the child is Jesse James Jones.The man is his father,C.J.(Kelly)Jones. The girl in his lap is Lorene Jones and the woman behind them is Hattie Mae Lark/Turk,Fannie's daughter by a previous husband. This picture was taken in 1926.

C.J.'s grand daughter, Shirley sent me the photo and the following request for additional information.

"If anyone knows what the man's name was besides C.J.or Kelly I sure would like to know what it was. They are my grandparents and they lived there in kosse from 1920 until about 1928 when C.J. died. Also, if anyone knows how ,when,or where he died I'd like to know.

Thanks
Shirley
Mountains647@aol.com

Jones John Alston 07/31/1844 07/18/1907 born Chatham Co. N.C.
Jones Martha F. 12/17/1837 12/18/1868 wf of Sidney
Jones Mattie F. 12/01/1868 06/05/1869
Jones Nancy A. 06/07/1880 06/07/1880
Jones Nat M. 11/20/1846 11/29/1917 born Chatham Co. N.C.
Jones Rosie C. 03/22/1863 11/18/1881
Jones S. B. 10/05/1848 01/28/1919
Jones Sidney M. 08/03/1878 08/03/1878
Jones Stella S. 02/22/1885 No Date
Jones Ureydice 07/04/1843 09/19/1870 wf of S. M.




William and Ann Kay





Reuben A Brown, Victoria Kay Brown holding baby Robert L. Kay, Lydia Langton Kay, Robert E. Kay, Rosa Arrie Kay Burr, Kezella Kay Farris, Dave Farris and Henry Burr. Lady in middle wearing hat and looking down holding infant is possibly Clemmie Scoggins Craft (dgt of Eunice Bell Kay Scoggins) Kids are probably Craft kids and someones grandkids. Boy standing in front of Henry Burr is Homer Burr.



Kemp J. R. 1919 1932
Kemp James D. 1890 1935
Kemp John S. 1924 1962
Kemp Lula 06/28/1896 05/24/1968
Kemp William T. 03/20/1877 12/21/1962




Kidd Zelder M. 1896 1941





Young Bardin King-Early-day Resident of Kosse

Bardin and Susan Salter King - Settled in Kosse in 1874. Bardin King and his wife Susan Salter settled in Limestone Co.Texas about 1874. They were originally from Lowndes Co,Alabama. The King property is located about 7 miles east of Kosse,Texas.

Bardin King- Born on June 17,1819; died of pneumonia on Christmas Day, December 25,1891.

Susan Salter King was born on August 10,1822 and died on March 23,1879. Susan is buried at the homestead which became King- Willams Cemetery.

Children of Bardin and Susan Salter King include:

William Ashley born 1843- married Martha Jane Tidwell died in Childress,Texas

James Allen born 1847- died of pneumonia on Dec 13,1891 two weeks before his father died.

John Cothern born in 1851 in Louisiana; died on January 2,1900

Dawson- married Mary Alice Thompson Cullen Hooks born 1852 La-died 1934- married three times: Victoria Dubose,Mary Ann Southard, and Susan Finklea

Elizabeth Nancy born 1855 married Robert A. DuBose Cleveland,Texas

Jincy Isadora born 1858-married William H. Williams Jr

Moses Coleman born 1860- married Samantha Ellen Smith

Susan L. born 1863-married Robert H. Williams [brother of W.H. Williams]

Bardin Finley- born in 1869, married Adeline Gardner; became an ordained minister.

---------------------------------------- Bardin King and his son both died of Pneumonia. Coming from market, a blue blizzard hit and they got off the wagon to walk the horses. They got sick and it turned to pneumonia. After the father died most of the children left the area.

Susan L. King Williams and her husband Robert H. Williams bought the homestead from the other children. She was the only one who stayed in the area and died there in 1924.



Frances Rosella "Ella" Kirkham-born October 14, 1880.



Charles John and Augusta Reid Ellis Kling-Charles John or C.J. was the son of George Peter and Wilhelmena Grankie Kling each who traveled from Prussia through Illinois and into Texas. The family owns the last operational cotton gin (Kling & Gunter) that was located on the railroad tracks. Haig Kling (William Edgar) was a resident of the town with his wife Nell and their children Tom and Kathy until his death.

Children:
Christine Augusta

Received the following email from Heather regarding the Kling Family. If you have any information regarding this family or other Kossee families from the past, please send me an email.

"Dear Mr Kubiak,

My name is Heather and I am a decendent of Charles John Kling and Augusta Reid Ellis Kling who once lived in Kosse. My Grannie is their 8th child, Christine Augusta. I am searching for information about our family that you might know.

Most Sincerely,

Heather (Reid) Kirkpatrick Wheat





Kretzmeier T. Oscar 01/21/1868 07/20/1880 son of Dr. T. O.




Lanbright C. A. 03/23/1885 09/29/1947
Lanbright Oscar 03/04/1899 04/23/1919




Lanmon Vady 1888 1967




Lewis Ada 12/03/1867 02/03/1883
Lewis Samuel 04/06/1881 05/17/1890




Lofton E. J. 07/11/1842 01/19/1948 wf of G.W.




Lowrey family of Eutaw (Kosse) Area

MOSES SANFORD4 LOWREY (JOHN WESLEY3, JAMES2, CHARLES1) was born 19 December, 1830 in Cobb Co, GA, and died 6 January, 1916 in Limestone Co TX. He married MARTHA ANN BROWN 17 November, 1870 in Eutaw, Limestone, TX.
Children of MOSES LOWREY and MARTHA BROWN are:
MATILDA ANN5 LOWREY, b. 20 August, 1871, Eutaw, Limestone Co, TX; d. 2 January, 1960, Eutaw, Limestone Co, TX; m. WILLIAM ALFORD WILLIAMS, 9 October, 1890, Eutaw, Limestone, TX.

JAMES LAFAYETTE LOWREY, b. 21 January, 1875, Kosse, Limestone Co, TX; d. 7 July, 1962, Kosse, Limestone Co, TX; m. ICY P HEAD, 3 June, 1897, Limestone Co, TX.

ERWIN BROWN LOWREY, b. 9 July, 1876, Kosse, Limestone Co, TX; d. 5 April, 1951, Kosse, Limestone Co, TX; m. EXA OPHELIA AYERS, 22 July, 1903, Limestone Co, TX.

MARION J4 LOWREY (JOHN WESLEY3, JAMES2, CHARLES1) was born 14 September, 1834 in Cobb Co, GA, and died 13 June, 1917 in Loco Stephens, OK. He married MARTHA ELIZABETH HOWARD 1860 in Limestone Co, TX.

Children of MARION LOWREY and MARTHA HOWARD are:
ELIAS PINKNEY5 LOWREY, b. January 1861, Limestone Co TX; d. 19 January, 1933, Loco Stephens, OK; m. MINNIE HANNAH, 19 February, 1892, Sweetwater, Nolan Co, Tx.

ALBERT MARION JACKSON LOWREY, b. 27 September, 1867, Limestone Co TX; d. 20 August, 1945, Duncan Stephens, OK; m. BETTY HAYWOOD.

DRUCILLA ELIZABETH LOWREY, b. 5 October, 1869, Limestone Co TX; d. 8 August, 1936, Seminole, Seminole Co OK; m. BOLEY C WALTERS, 29 May, 1890, Chickasaw Nation, OK.

iv. CARRY ELVIA LOWREY, b. 28 February, 1871, Limestone Co TX; d. February 1940, Gray, OK; m. ALBERT GREEN CRANFILL, DR, 1890, Chickasaw Nation, OK.

v. ANNA DELL LOWREY, b. 28 February, 1871, Limestone Co TX; d. 1939, Loco Stephens, OK; m. JOSEPH REHM, 1893, Chickasaw Nation, OK.

JOSEPH POWELL LOWREY, b. 14 September, 1874, Limestone Co TX; m. LULA MAE CUNNINGHAM, 21 July, 1901, Ardmore Carter, OK.

LILLIAN LOUISE LOWREY, b. 14 September, 1876, Brown Co, TX; d. 19 May, 1957, Broken Arrow, Tulsa, OK; m. ANDREW THOMAS SINGER, 16 April, 1892, Ardmore Carter, OK.

MATTIE LOWREY, b. 1880, Limestone Co TX; m. ELBERT R DIAL, 24 July, 1895, Chickasaw Nation, OK.

MELISA J4 LOWREY (JOHN WESLEY3, JAMES2, CHARLES1) was born 6 May, 1838 in Cobb Co, GA, and died 16 October, 1928 in Rochelle McCullock, TX. She married ELIA MARION GENTRY February 1855 in Limestone Co, TX.

Children of MELISA LOWREY and ELIA GENTRY are:
DAVID5 GENTRY, b. 1857, TX.

SUSAN GENTRY, b. 1863, TX.

BABE GENTRY, b. 1865, TX.

JOHN GENTRY, b. 1867, TX.

SALLIE GENTRY, b. 1869, TX.






Marion Lyons



Magee Clyde H. 1895 1956 son of P.H. & I.P. Masonic marker
Magee Robert O. 11/20/1866 1882




Malone Alton 03/21/1916 06/14/1938 Son
Malone Erie 09/19/1883 05/16/1946
Malone Philip Henry 05/14/1861 07/24/1930




Marett Frank 02/08/1876 01/22/1929




JAMES LEWELLYN MARKHAM – B 7-23-1853 D 2-17-1919 (66)
MARRIED MARGARET ELENOR ERSKINE 9-30-1877 KOSSE, TX SHE B 8-3-1854 D 5-27-1897 (43)
DAU - EVA ESTELLE B 7-14-1878
DAU - MARY ALICE B 9-6-1880 D 1-12-1954 (73)
SON - GEORGE EDGAR B 10-30-1882 D 6-5-1937 (55)
SON - JOSEPH ERNEST B 1-18-1885
SON - FRANK GRADY B1-9-1887
DAU - LILLIAN ALBERT B 5-2-1889
SON - JAMES LELAND B 3-16-1891 D 2-27-1982 (90)
DAU – LUCY J. B 6-16-1893
MARRIED AT 44 FOR THE SECOND TIME TO MARTHA JANE (MATTIE) ERSKINE (SISTER OF FIRST WIFE) MARRIED 12-27-1897 KOSSE, TX SHE D 5-25-1941
SON – CLAY STRATTON B 10-18-1898 D 3-15-1941 (42)
DAU – DAISY ELIZABETH B 5-10-1901





Markham J. T. 04/09/1850 02/26/1923 Bro. of S.R. Markham
Markham Mrs. E. A. 05/05/1822 10/06/1900




Willie and Sarah Mason

My name is Sherrie Mason and I was reading your web site. I remember visiting Kosse often, especially during the summer months when I was a little girl. My cousins and I would visit our grand parents quite often back then. This was in the 1970s and 1980s.

My grand parents are African American and raised a large family in Kosse. They were Willie and Sarah Mason. They had 8 children. Robert, Mitchell, Mattie, Girthy, Mildred (Toota), Douglas (Uncle Boo), Katie, and Billy Joe (my father) Mason. My father graduated in 1961 from Groesbech High School. He drove the school bus while he was in high school too.

Although most of the Mason children moved out of town, Robert Mason remained in Kosse until his death in the early 80's. Uncle Robert's wife's name was Mary.

My grandparents, Willie and Sarah, lived on a large farm in Kosse (can't remember at the name of the long dirt road that is was on) which was owned by a man that I remember being called Mr.Wiley. I remember there were lots of cows and bulls, as well as a fishing tank. Mr. Wiley's wife was named Ms Lorene.

My grandmother's mother also lived in Kosse until her death in the mid 70's. Her name was Mattie Minor. She had 2 daughters, Sarah (my grandmother) and Mexx.

All of my Aunt and Uncles are now deceased. My father died at the age of 55 in 1997. He was the youngest of all of his siblings. Most of his siblings were at least 18 to 25 years older than him. My grandparents are gone as well. We (all of the grandkids) don't visit Kosse anymore, but we all have great memories of that place. We talk about those days when we get together and we miss it.

Anyway, I just though I would let you know about 1 more family that planted some roots in Kosse that did not appear on your web page.

Sincerely, Sherrie Mason, representing the Mason family
msdee1@att.net



May N. 12/06/1818 11/22/1884




McBride Hiley W. 04/01/1823 08/26/1895
McBride Mary J. 1851 1908
McBride William B. 1847 1931
McBride, William Franklin , male, white, and married. Physician was J. P. Worsham, address Emhouse,TX. Place of burial Kosse, Tx. date of burial 29, Oct 1918, Undertaker, C.B Sutherland, Corsicana, TX.

McBride Willie Emmett 07/04/1881 10/28/1918




McCoy Patrick. Patrick McCoy and his wife lived in Kosse somewhere between the late 1800's and the early 1900's (no later than 1920). They had two sons, Robert and Roger McCoy. Dena McCoy was either Patrick's wife or mother.

Anyone having additional information about the McCoy families, please email Bobby McCoy at bmccoytx@sbcglobal.net



McCullough, Colonus Clifton; B: 06 May 1876, Mississippi, USA;M: 23 Jul 1899, Kosse, Limestone, Texas, USA; D: 23 Dec 1938, Dallas, Texas, USA, Kosse Cem.; Son of John Warren McCullough; B: 27 Nov 1853, Summit, Pikes, Mississippi, USA\ M: 12 Dec 1872, Mississippi, USA; D: Feb 1943, California, USA

Sons of C.C. and Lydia McCullough:
Elbern McCullough; B: 22 May 1902, Kosse, Limestone, Texas, USA; D: 27 May 1902, Kosse, Limestone, Texas, USA

Floyd William McCullough B: 22 Oct 1903, Petersville, Polk, Texas, USA D: 27 Nov 1977, Dallas, Dallas, Texas, USA, Laurel Land Cem., Dallas Archie Lee McCullough B: 03 Dec 1912, Goree, Know, Texas, USA D: 01 Dec 1999, Fredericksberg, Gillespi, Texas, USA, South Park Cem., Pearland

McDaniel A. W. 08/02/1835 06/03/1915
McDaniel Addie 12/24/1842 09/09/1898
McDaniel Allen B. 12/27/1866 08/24/1870
McDaniel Augustus 04/13/1864 04/26/1864
McDaniel Carrie 09/23/1873 02/02/1878
McDaniel Elizabeth L. 05/29/1857 02/03/1947
McDaniel Emily D. 01/15/1830 08/22/1860
McDaniel Emily 11/04/1860 09/04/1868
McDaniel Henry 04/16/1868 07/23/1868
McDaniel Isie L. 02/27/1866 07/29/1876
McDaniel J. H. 12/27/1844 01/16/1925
McDaniel Robert 03/17/1872 12/23/1873
McDaniel Sophia 10/16/1805 07/26/1867 wf of A.W.
McDaniel T. J. 02/18/1887 12/31/1928 daughter of A.C. & L. O. McDaniel Wm. W. 09/07/1822 08/10/1904


McDavid, Theodosia Elvira H. ; B: 07 Feb 1856, Ruth, Pike, Mississippi, USA; D: 09 Sept 1891, Mississippi, USA



McDonald W. H. 1850 1919




McKinley Charles C. 10/12/1797 11/13/1860
McKinley Elizabeth Ann 12/05/1845 07/15/1928
McKinney Nancy 11/23/1800 03/03/1879 wf of C.C.




McKissock Felix O. 04/16/1902 05/17/1953 Fenced




Meek Glenn 12/23/1902 12/17/1969
Meek Hattie L. 09/28/1877 12/23/1963
Meek Mrs. F. E. 11/25/1836 01/31/1917




Miller Charles A. 1889 1948
Miller John T. 11/08/1871 05/26/1923




Mills Donie Stephenson 1885 1958




Mitchell Bertie 02/16/1885 06/18/1938
Mitchell Henry B. 08/07/1916 06/02/1943
Mitchell John C. 12/23/1886 01/25/1956
Mitchell Newell 04/12/1882 05/12/1961
Mitchell Rosa No Date 08/05/1975 65 yrs




Mullins Henry C. 10/20/1870 03/29/1953
Mullins William Bert 04/01/1901 03/10/1946




Munos, Seamon. Mr. Munos was born Oct. 27,1879 at Kosse. He was a farmer and merchant in the Riesel community until his retirement. His wife, the former Annie Smith, died in 1918.



Munro Laura Alma 05/21/1868 12/09/1941




Myers Jim 1880 1958




Nancy Warden Nabors was the daughter of Abraham Monroe Nabors and Eliza Jane Kirksey. Nancy Warden Nabors was born on 21 September 1869 at Madison County, Alabama. She died on 27 July 1914 at Kosse, Limestome County, Texas, at age 44. She was married to Samuel Hosea Ward; b. 1867; Died in 1943.



Neeley R. E. 02/11/1841 11/14/1922




Newhouse Elmira 01/25/1851 05/29/1895




Nobles Ronald W. 01/25/1954 01/25/1954




Null, Rasalie. Rasalie's husband was one of the past mayors of Kosse and Rasalie currently operates the "Remember When....Antiques mall.



O'Neal Benjamin I. 01/20/1879 No Date
O'Neal James Robert 08/14/1965





Pearl Cornelison and Thomas Ingram Ouzts- Early day residents of Kosse (Photos Curtesy Cathy Millburn)



Owens Jack 12/30/1907 07/18/1935
Owens Peggy Elaine 12/28/1947 02/15/1948
Owens Queenie 08/17/1885 12/03/1973






J.H. and Julia Adams Padgett and infant of Kosse. Julia is the younger sister of George L. Adams. She was the only one of the Adams children who were not born in Alabama. She was born in Kosse.



William Padgett married Mary Smith who had two children when they married. They lived in the Kosse, Limestone Co. Texas area according to the 1880 census. The census lists William 45, Mary 37, Nancy Smith 13, Wm Smith 11, & Belle Padgett 3.



Pamplin Alice M. 01/08/1873 11/17/1880




Parish Emma D. 09/14/1896 06/15/1972
Parish Mariah V. 03/03/1854 09/16/1877




Parker Hosie F. 08/16/1880 03/21/1969
Parker Mattie Adella 08/05/1877 04/04/1958




Parr Mary Angelina 01/19/1866 08/19/1948
Parr William Perry 01/14/1875 07/08/1959




Parsons Pinkney E. 1858 1935




Patrick Larkin Bradford 06/05/1820 09/19/1860
Patrick Laura A. 06/23/1860 06/15/1867
Patrick Richard 1869 1869




Pierce Davis 1860 No Date
Pierce William 06/22/1858 09/06/1859




Pillman Ella 03/27/1868 03/19/1950
Pillman John W. 04/17/1900 07/01/1903
Pillman Lester C. 10/11/1904 08/21/1905




Pillow Mary L. Gates No Date No Date Wf of T.J. Pillow and S.R. Marett. She is buried between them in an unmarked grave.
Pillow Mattie 06/08/1877 05/03/1955




Thomas Alden Pittman (nick name Doc), Martha Arminta Phelps Pittman, known as Mint or Minta and daughter, Minnie Lee Pittman, born Sept 21, 1930.

Received the following email from Marlene Hahn" :
April 27, 2009
My name is Marlene Hahn, my husband Bill and I recently stopped in Kosse. We are full time Rv'ers now and were making a trip from Little Rock, AR to San Antonio. We enjoy getting off of the interstates and driving the backroads through small towns. We saw that we were going to be close to Kosse and made a detour. We stopped at the post office to mail a package and had a very nice visit with the post master who told us a lot of neat places to see while in that part of Texas. We walked around thru the rain and shot a few pictures of the main street. We came back thru Kosse on our way home on April 25 and took a few more pictures.

I was interested in visiting Kosse because On Sept 21, 1930 my mother was born in Kosse. She is now deceased and I am sorry to say I do not remember the whole story but what I think I remember is that they were poor Okies headed somewhere in Texas to work. I assume to do farm labor and mother was born early in Kosse. I beleive they left very shortly after. She had been told a doctor helped with the delivery but she didn't know his name.

Years later she tried to get a birth certificate through Austin but they could not find her birth recorded there.

Her name was Minnie Lee Pittman, her father was Thomas Alden Pittman (nick name Doc) her mother was Martha Arminta Phelps Pittman, known as Mint or Minta. Mother never went back to Kosse although during the depression they lived in other parts of Texas. She lived most of her life in the northeastern part of Oklahoma near Watts. She passed away in 1999.

Anyway, I just thought I would share with you my small conection to your town. It seems like a friendly place and you have done a wonderful job on your web site.

Marlene Hahn





Plummer Mary Elizabeth 10/27/1927 10/27/1927
Plummer T. J. 02/23/1844 05/06/1889




Polk Harriet E. 1810 1875
Polk Lew Pink 11/09/1896 07/26/1963
Polk Mable J. 09/05/1901 09/06/1901
Polk Tamie Hall 1892 No Date




Price Edmund H. 12/28/1790 Date Broken
Price Elizabeth 09/08/1831 11/22/1881




Received the following email from Beverly Anderton (barn2@sbcglobal.net)
Mr.Kubiak,
I have certainly enjoyed the pages on Kosse. I am researching the Price Family that settled in Kosse around the late 1870's/early 1880's and possibly before that. I know my Grandfather, George H Price was born in Kosse, June 18, 1873 and his sister Cassie was born there in 1885. My Great Granddad was John Kirven Price, he was married to Minnie Gray, she died around 1887 after giving birth to Ross Price. (she may have been buried in Ebenezer cemetery) John Kirven remarried Fannie Turner. I have a couple of photos,one is John Kirven and Fannie Turner Price, the other is Jk and Fannie with my grand-dad and his sister along with the children from the second marriage.

I did see the George H. Price in your obit listings and think that may be my Great-Great Grandfather. The dates listed are a bit confusing though. It reads 08-16-1923-----01-10-1878. Could the year on the birth date be 1823?

I would appreciate any info you have on the Price family.
Thanks,
Bev C. Anderton



Received the following email from John O'Hanlon, whose wife is descended from G.H. Jr.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
From: "O'Hanlon" (ohanlon@ece.arizona.edu)
To: lenkubiak.geo@yahoo.com
Dear Mr. Kubiak:

Just found your website whilst searching for Price family. Well done! Would you be so kind as to provide Mrs. Anderton's e-mail address? I can communicate with her about recent Price descendants no longer in Kosse.

Also here are a few notes to add to your current Price information: * yes, George Henry Price, Sr. was born 1823, not 1923. He m. Margaret Jane Ross

* John Kervin Price (b. 1861) was #6 child of Margaret and G.H. Price, Sr.

* George Henry Price Jr. (b. 1863) was #7 child of Margaret and G.H. Price, Sr.

* Hattie Price (1873-1906) was #9 child of Margaret and G.H. Price Sr.

* Cassie Price (1885-1904) was #2 child of John Kervin Price (above) and his first wife Minnie Gray; she was not sister of G.H. Price Jr.

* John Kervin's second wife's full name was Martha Frances Turner, a.k.a. "Fanny"

Sadie Price (1894-1895) was #5 child of Mary Ann and G.H. Price, Jr.

* Thomas Allen Price listed as 1810-1855. This presents some confusion. First, it is our understanding that the G. H. Price Sr. family did not remove to Texas from Kemper County MS until 1857. Second, if this Thomas was born in 1810, then he would be a brother of G.H. Price Sr. We do have Thomas C. (1897) son of John Kervin, and a Thomas D. (1867) son of G.H. Jr. .... but then again, who were these "Thomas Price" kids named for? very interesting. Possibly a brother of G. H. Sr.? Of course, he could have moved there first, and that is why G. H. Senior chose to move there? An error in a headstone date?

Great site, thanks for all the information.

John O'Hanlon, whose wife is descended from G.H. Jr. John O'Hanlon
Profoundly Retired





Price George H. 08/16/1823 01/10/1878
Price, John Kirven and Minnie Gray . Minnie Gray Price died around 1887 after giving birth to Ross Price. (she may have been buried in Ebenezer cemetery) John Kirven remarried Fannie Turner.


John Kirven and Fannie Turner Price (Photo curtesy Beverly Anderton )


John Kirven and Fannie Turner Price with George H. Price and his sister along with the children from the second marriage(Photo curtesy Beverly Anderton ).


George Henry Price, Jr., son Paul, and wife Mary Ann Bennett Price; about 1905 (photo curtesy John O'Hanlon, whose wife is descended from G.H. Jr.).

Four of G.H. Price, Jr.'s seven children: (ii) Margaret, (i) Emma, (vi) Joshua, and (vii) Paul Price; about 1905 (photo curtesy John O'Hanlon, whose wife is descended from G.H. Jr.).

Price Hattie 1873 1906
Price Sadie 06/12/1894 10/02/1895
Price Thomas Allen 1810 1855




Proctor Willie A. 1880 1881




Quick Katie, Died at age 4 mo, 8 days




Rasco, George Rawls J. L. 07/04/1851 08/25/1880
Rawls Sarah 04/04/1843 03/19/1928




Reagan J. A. 1876 1932
Reagan Lizzie J. 08/15/1858 03/19/1919




Reeves Dewey 06/03/1899 02/04/1921
Reeves Henry C. 02/15/1868 08/15/1937
Reeves Lottie 1885 1970




Rhodes Mary F. 03/20/1877 04/11/1958




Boyd and Cora Rice, Cora was born on Dec. 25, 1923, in Cameron. Boyd died Nov. 10, 1993. They had lived in Kosse and Cameron before moving to Lubbock in 1967.



Roberson Alice S. 10/21/1858 05/27/1878
Roberson Flemin 06/01/1893 05/30/1894
Roberson J. M. 08/26/1864 12/07/1888 wf of W.T.
Roberson Nanie I. 06/16/1868 01/01/1949
Robertson Allie M. 09/14/1877 07/28/1878
Robertson Tommie 1886 1886

Samuel Luther and Rhoda Ellen French Robertson

Samuel Luther Robertson and his wife Rhoda Ellen French Robertson lived in Kosse in the 1870's. Four of their eight sons were born there. Sam was a merchant. He left to go to Baird and later Haskell. Two of his brothers and one half brother settled in Kosse and stayed when he left- Loddick(or Loderick) T. Robertson, Richard C. Robertson, and Charles O. Robertson. They are buried in the Kosse cemetery with some of their family members. They were also merchants in town.





Robison Chester L. 08/30/1898 01/07/1967 Tex Pfc USA WW II
Robison Nora A. 1876 1876




Rochell Ella (Etta?) Jones 02/22/1907 10/28/1935
Rochelle Bob 1876 1935
Rochelle Clarence 02/18/1907 09/27/1930




Russell George I. 1881 1881
Russell Jimmie 03/07/1853 12/23/1910
Russell Josephine 11/12/1856 07/03/1881
Russell Nettie 1880 1939




Sanderson Rhoda No Date 07/06/1900 age about 80 yrs




Joe E. and Mary Sandlin. Joe was born in 1875 and died in 1938. Mary J. Webster, wife of Joe Sandlin, was born in 1879 and died in 1972.

Their son Grady Sandlin, born in 1909, attended Baylor for one semester(spring of 1928)and then during the depression years,dropped out of college and worked as a Locomotive Engineer before enlisting in the Texas National Guard in 1940. Gary was killed in action on February, 3, 1945 while serving as first Sgt. with the 143rd Infantry, 36th Infantry Division. Grady Sandlin is listed in the book "Men and Women who served from Falls county".



Santry Clarkie 1814 1895
Santry Lucy Ann 1853 1926
Santry Mary
Santry Matthew W. 1837 1903
Santry Teresa




Scruggs Walter




Sellers Delila 01/12/1818 10/10/1877
Sellers Jesse Kathleen 1898 1901




Sima Delila 01/12/1818 10/10/1877




Sims Mary Ann 10/28/1934 No Date




Skipper Ada 1882 1972
Skipper Naoma C. 06/18/1910 11/19/1934
Skipper Sarah F. 1844 1927




Smith Altha 04/20/1900 11/30/1968
Smith Malcolm 12/11/1898 04/19/1962
Smith Robert 05/30/1930 2/24/???? SFC USA Korea
Smith W. M. 11/23/1835 01/30/1917




Snowden Rossie L. 09/08/1871 04/30/1933




Sowders A. J. 11/21/1869 No Date aged 69 yrs, 8mo, 8da
Sowders Bettie 01/23/1875 12/09/1961
Sowders J. R. 12/04/1859 12/10/1932
Sowders James A. 1891 1965
Sowders Jeanette 05/17/1895 No Date
Sowders Levy N. 11/09/1863 08/21/1932
Sowders M. J. No Date 06/14/1886 wf of A.J.
Sowders Mary 01/29/1879 06/16/1936
Sowders Mary 01/29/1879 06/16/1936
Sowders Mattie V. 03/09/1850 01/29/1887 wf of E.D.
Sowders Myrtle E. 1894 No Date
Sowders Myrtle 08/02/1894 05/20/1896
Sowders Nora A. 06/11/1869 03/05/1902 wf of J.R.
Sowders Oscar 03/18/1871 08/03/1947
Sowders Oscar 03/08/1871 08/03/1947






Sowders, Albert H.

Sowders Pauline Hill Died 12/21/1976 49yrs 6mo 24 das.

Albert Herring Sowders and Pauline Hill-Sowders were locked into holy matrimony on July 27, 1945. Albert was born southeast of Kosse near Eutaw Cemetery and Pauline was born in Rosebud. (Photo curtesy of Cathy ).

Daughter Cathy
Daughter Cynthia Rose Sowders-Ledbetter b. October 2, 1955 and d. October 30, 2003.

Received the following email from Cathy :
Hello, My name is Cathy. I am a descendant of Albert H. Sowders and Pauline Hill-Sowders. My great grandparents were James David Williams and Rhoda Ann Ellis-Williams.

I am researching the Williams line of my family and trying to find more information on the ten children.

Williams, W.F. -met Sam Houston in Tennessee and later joined his army to fight for Texas Independence at the Battle of San Jacinto, April 21, 1836. Williams came to Falls County in 1857. A farmer and rancher, he was also a partner in Mosley and Williams General Store in nearby Kosse. He was a member of Eutaw Lodge No. 233, A. F. & A. M. He married Amanda Walling and had ten children.

If anyone has more information on the Williams family, please contact Cathy at Sweetbread@charter.net





Sowders V. E. 1880 1938
Sowders Virgil C. 08/02/1918 12/01/1943 Pfc 179 Inf 45 Inf Div WWII
Sowders Virgil C. 1918 1943 Tex Pfc 179 Inf 45 Inf Div WW II
Sowders William Denning 06/22/1836 06/25/1870




Sparks Waller G. 07/08/1889 08/30/1956




Springfield Edgar M. 04/12/1881 05/27/1883




Stapleaton James Madison 1852 1870
Stapleaton John I. 06/10/1858 09/27/1923
Stapleaton Minnie L. 09/29/1887 08/26/1959
Stapleaton Sarah 02/16/1859 06/06/1917 wf of J.I.




Stephenson George K. 04/23/1876 03/07/1878
Stephenson James A. 1874 1946
Stephenson John E. 11/23/1880 06/19/1883
Stephenson Lee 1876 1954
Stephenson Maggie M. 1884 1858




W.P. and Mary E. Stephenson. Mary E. Stephenson was born on June 26,1839 and died March 7, 1903
W.P. Stephenson was born on January 16,1835 and died September 30,1913





Henry P Stephenson was born in Kosse and lived there with my great grandmother Mamie Cain Stephenson until 1913 when they moved to Robstown. They were married in the First Baptist Church 12/12/1900.



Suffridge Walter 10/17/1877 08/12/1925




Swann Laura 1875 1916
Swann Myrtle Mae 11/07/1887 02/08/1916




Vera D. Lynch Swearingen-born in Limestone County and went to school in Kosse.



Tacker T. J. 1859 1922




Tate Bobby Gene 1929 1940




Thompson J. F. 01/24/1849 04/17/1915
Thompson L. L. No Date No Date
Thompson M. A. 03/01/1842 06/09/1929 wf of J.F.
Thompson Nathan 02/14/1911 02/18/1961




Robert Lee Thompson and his second wife Polly Rinehart settled in Limestone County,Texas in the Kosse area in the mid 1860's. Robert Thompson's first wife, Susan Dollar, died in Mississippi in 1860. Robert Lee and Polly Thompson moved to Texas from Mississippi where they had lived near Shuqualak.

Robert Lee and Polly Rinehart Thompson-Moved to Kosse area in mid 1860s.



Robert Lee Thompson and first wife, Susan Dollar had five children including:

William Henry; born in 1852; married Malinda Cravey

Nancy Elizabeth; born in 1853; married Henry Clay Cravey she died before 1880.

Virginia, born in 1855. Married Charles McDaniel - they lived in Centerville

Eliza, born in 1858, married John W. Steele -lived in Limestone Co

Mary Alice born 1860- married John C. King they lived in Dawson,Texas

Children of Robert and second wife, Polly Thompson include:

Lucretia Ann born 1865-born in Mississippi; married Melvin Marcellus

Dickey-Born in Thornton,Texas

Caroline, born 1866 in Mississippi; married J. H. Scrogins

Saphornia Wilheminia; born in 1868 in Limestone County. Married Charles B. Renwick; lived in Dawson.

John Alexander born 1869 Limestone County; married Lola Berry- Dawson,Texas

Frances; born in 1871; died 1892- buried at Ebenezer Cemetery

Robert L.; born in 1873;married Nannie Seale.

Florence; born in 1875; married Earnest L. Harrell in Coleman,Texas

Eddie; born in 1877; married Ida Clark; lived in Dawson,Texas

Arabella; born in 1880; married Edd Graham

Most of the early-day Thompson family are buried in Ebenezer Cemetery in Limestone Co. Some are buried in the cemetry near Dawson,Texas. Robert L. Thompson still has family living in the area.



Thompson Samuel No Date No Date
Tillery W. B. No Date No Date




Tillmon, Charles & Jimmie (Inmon)

Received the following info from Cindy Tillman Gregory (grace4me10@gmail.com):

My name is Cindy Tillmon Gregory. I just wanted to say thanks for your web page. It was wonderful to learn more about a place that I hold so dear in my heart.

My parents, Charles & Jimmie (Inmon) Tillmon, were both born & raised in Kosse. My paternal grandparents Joe Bob & Nannie Lee (Thompson) Tillmon had a farm about 7 miles outside of Kosse off Hwy 7. My maternal grandparents Payton & Vennie (Lloyd) Inmon lived in town. In his later years my grandfather worked as an electrician & my grandmother worked in Neville White's store for many years. His store always fascinated me because in someways it seemed that history stood still there. Do you have any history on the various buildings there? Thanks again for the page & the walk back in time.

Cindy



Boyd And Gladys Tillmon




Boyd Tillmon was born and raised in Kosse and lived there til he died. Boyd was very good man and did much good for the people all around Kosse. He died about a year ago. His wife is still living in Kosse her name is Gladys




Tinsley John H. No Date 10/12/1882 age 56 son of W.J & C.L.
Tinsley John Thomas 12/16/1868 04/21/1944





Toone,Mary Ann; B: 08 June 1816, Virginia, USA; D: 26 Dec 1900, Giles, Tennessee, USA



Travis, Murray Alberton (Bert) and wife Rena-



Murray Alberton (Bert) Travis was born on July 1, 1872 in Canada. By the time Bert was born, he already had two older sisters and three older brothers.

During the oil-boom period in Kosse (1923), Bert Travis was assigned to the church at Kosse in central Texas. Bert had been a former Baptist and Methodist minister and had recently been ordained as a Presbyterian minister. The church leaders figured that with his time of working with the military, he would be a good match for the men of the oil fields.


Bert as a young preacher
Suddenly, though, the test well stopped producing, and the boom was over. The town again shrunk to its modest size, and Bert was given charge of the even smaller churches at nearby Stranger and Fairview as well as the main church at Kosse. Once again, he was a rural pastor.

After some time, the Kosse church was regrouped into another set of churches, and Bert was given full-time charge of the Fairview and Stranger churches. These were “demonstration” churches under the Presbyterian Rural Church Program. Dr. Warren Wilson, head of the program, visited Bert’s churches and came away satisfied that he needed no guidance or supervision in the programs he was developing. One of the real needs in rural Texas at the time was good roads. Bert arranged with the county commissioner that, if the church people would move the fence lines back from the right of way, the county would regrade and widen the roads from 30 feet to 50 feet out to the two communities. All of the men from the churches came out and got the job done. Upon the completion of the new roadbeds, the church had a big revival service.

The Baptists also had two church buildings, one each in Fairview and Stranger. By common consent, the Baptists and the Presbyterians did not duplicate services in either location, choosing instead to alternate communities. Every other week, Bert seemed to have more Baptists than Presbyterians in his services, but no one seemed unhappy with the arrangement

Bert also developed a close alliance with the schools and educators in the rural areas that he covered. He was frequently called as a speaker or participant at school programs or commencements and was always enthusiastically received. A state educator was heading up one particular meeting in which Bert was to speak. Thinking him a simple country preacher, she tried to limit him to a few words, but the crowd reaction forced her to give him his full 30 minutes.


Bert as an elderly man


Rena Travis, Bert's long time devoted wife, died of cancer on Christmas Day, 1948. Bert died in his rocking chair on November 11, 1954.





Tribble Mary I. 11/09/1873 02/21/1961




Vance Cynthia Tyner 04/16/1880 06/19/1959
Vance D. J. 1876 1953
Vance Mary L. 09/16/1838 09/24/1922
Vance, Tom Reverand




Vann, Quinton
Vann, Edward
Vanns settled in Kosse after the Civil War.




Vuncannon Fleda Mae 1903 1946




Walker Ernest 03/28/1897 No Date
Walker Kenneth Ray 09/13/1923 01/28/1926
Walker Lorene 01/25/1895 No Date
Walker Naomi 12/25/1825 03/29/1872
Walters Ruben 08/10/1822 02/16/1909




Welch C. H. 12/03/1859 02/04/1885
Welch Charles W. 1872 1955
Welch Janie 09/14/1834 10/13/1871 wf of J.H.
Welch John H. No Date No Date Co K 20 Tex Cav CSA




Wells Michael


Bank VP fatally shot in robbery

KOSSE, Texas (AP) - Police hunted Thursday for the gunman who knocked on the back door of a bank, struck a teller and shot to death the bank’s execu-tive vice president. Michael Wells, 52, died at the First Bank of Kosse around 7:30 a.m. Thursday. Wells was in his office doing paperwork at the time. He was shot three times in the back and died, Limestone County Sheriff Doyle Coslin said. The teller, who had been knocked unconscious by the assailant, awoke to find Wells lying on the floor in front of the vault, according to radio station KYCX-FM in Mexia. Investigators used footprints and mud-grip tire tracks as clues to search for the sus-pect. Witnesses in this town of about 500 people saw an unfamiliar brown short-bed truck, which may have had a Harley-Davidson emblem in rear window, near the bank at the time. The truck last was seen head-ing east on Highway 7. Coslin wouldn’t say whether the suspect took any money. Kosse Mayor Robert O’Neal said about 100 people in this town 35 miles southeast of Waco stood in the street outside the bank, crying and hugging each other. Wells also was president of the Groesbeck Independent School District Board of Trustees and a deacon at the First Baptist Church. “Mike was the kind of guy everyone depended on,” O’Neal said. “If there was a funeral here in Kosse, you could just about bet he’d be a pallbearer.” Wells leaves behind a wife and two grown sons.



Whaley Mattie D. 11/08/1861 05/19/1938
Whaley Roy M. 02/10/1888 07/20/1954 Pfc US Marine Cor Rec. WW I & WW II




White Bessie 12/12/1887 05/05/1966
White S. W. 03/07/1863 06/14/1912

E.S. "Lee" White Jr. E.S. "Lee" White Jr., 86, of Orange died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002, at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at Slade Memorial Chapel of First United Methodist Church in Orange with the Rev. Rob Fisher officiating.

A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Kosse Cemetery in Kosse, Texas. Mr. White was born in Kosse on March 5, 1916.

He was a 20-year retired employee of Prudential Insurance and was a member of First United Methodist Church for 47 years. He was also a retired veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served at Pearl Harbor and the Japanese Sea. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Virginia Ruth White of Orange; son, Edgar Steve White of Pearland; daughter, Nevella May Toal of Orange; brothers, Neville White of Kosse and Dr. Joe White of Watonga, Okla.; four grandchildren, Steven Blake White, Dr. Thomas Brian White, Rebecca Lynn Toal and Jason Thomas Toal; and one great-grandchild, Blake Mitchell White. Memorial contributions may be make to the First United Methodist Church choir fund.



Ben and Nora Whitlow
"Bob Chapman"
To: lenkubiak.geo@yahoo.com
I have a name of another family that should be on the Kosse website. Ben and Nora Whitlow. My mother is Dempsey Chapman(Whitlow) and is the last living person from that family. She graduated from Kosse High School in 1940, I believe. Ben Whitlow owned and general store in Kosse during the 1920s and 30s. The family lived on a farm about a mile out of town toward the town of Stranger. Please let me know if you have any information on the Whitlows and can you add their names to the list of families of your website? I can supply more names in the family if you would like.
Thank you, Bob Chapman





Whittington Victor 12/11/1879 04/23/1953





Williams Daniel 1876 1879
Williams Eliza J. 07/14/1862 04/09/1894
Donald W. and Annie Browning Williams. Donald W. Williams was born at Heads Prairie (Kosse), Texas, to Findley Williams and Geneva Clancy Williams. He passed away January 20, 2007.

Mr. Williams graduated from Thornton High School in 1950 and went to work at the Dow Chemical Company in Clute after graduation. He worked there until December 1992, except for a four-year tour of duty in the U.S. Air Force from April 1951 through March 1955. He was an inside-outside machinist at Dow and worked all over the plants. The last few years were spent in Research Maintenance.

Donald and his wife, Annie Browning Williams, had five children:
Donna Williams
Robert H. Williams
Mary Williams
Jason Williams
Claton Williams.

Donald and his wife, Annie Browning Williams celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June 2006. They resided in the Brazosport area until 2004, when they moved to Hillsboro.

Williams Harriet 03/18/1851 09/16/1877 wf of V.M.




Williams Laura Eudemia- born on 12 Feb 1868 at Jackson, Madison Co., Tennessee. She married William Williams Gunter , son of John William Gunter and Elizabeth Martha Alston , on 7 Feb 1884 at Fairfield, Freestone County, Texas. She died on 21 Jul 1937 at Limestone County, Texas, at the age 69. She was buried at Gunter Cemetary. Laura came to Kosse, Limestone Co., TX. when she was 8 years old. Around 1876. Children of Laura Eudemia Williams and William Williams Gunterinclude:

MACON ALSTON , born 19 Jun 1886 at Limestone, Co., Tx; married Belle Crockett

WILLIAM TAYLOR ,born 29 Jun 1888 at Limestone County, Texas; married Florrie Ola Lowrey

LOTTIE HARDEMAN, born 20 Mar 1890 at Quannah, Hardeman Co., TX; married George Willis Garrett

ANNA BLANCHE , born 11 Nov 1891 at Limestone, Co., TX; married Frank Henry Mitchell

EVAN MALCOMB,born on 5 Feb 1893 at Hardema County, Texas. He died on 15 Jun 1893 at Hardeman County, Texas. He was buried at Gunter Cemetery, Limestone Co TX.

ALFORD LEONARD , born 5 May 1894 at Limestone Co., TX; married Velva Jeanett Richards

HENRY NEAL was born on 17 Sep 1896 at Limestone, Co., Tx. He died on 15 Jan 1905 at Limestone, Co., Tx, at age 8. He was buried at Gunter Cemetery.

LEWIS ALLISON , born 25 Sep 1898 at Limestone, Co., TX; married Grace Belle Dillon

CARL VESSIE , born 3 Oct 1900 at Limestone, Co., Tx.

JOHN WILLIAMS , born 2 Mar 1903 at Limestone, Co., TX; married Lela Lorene Miller

LAURA JESSE , born 13 Mar 1905 at Haskell County, TX.

WESLEY EDWARD , born 10 May 1908 at Limestone, Co., TX; married Mary Elizabeth Garrett

GRACE AILEEN was born on 15 May 1910 at Limestone, Co., TX. She died on 15 Jun 1913 at Limestone, Co., at age 3. She was buried at Gunter Cemetery.



Williams, Lydia Cynthia; B: 10 Oct 1874, Stateline, Limestone, Alabama, USA; D: 15 Nov 1952, Dallas, Dallas, Texas, USA; Daughter of George William Williams; B: 01 Oct 1837, Athens, Limestone, Alabama, USA; D: 18 Feb 1906, Kosse, Texas, USA

Williams Sally 1874 1878





William Floyd "Buck" Williams, born June 14, 1815 in Tennessee. While in Tennesse, Buck met Sam Houston and at the age of 20 he followed Sam Houston to Texas entering in February 1836. Buck served during the war for Texas Independence, and fought at the battle of San Jacinto. For his service he received military bounty land warrant number 477 for 320 acres of land, which was surveyed in two parts, located in Cherokee County.




Williams came to Falls County in 1857. A farmer and rancher, he was also a partner in Mosley and Williams General Store in nearby Kosse Texas. He was a member of Eutaw Lodge No. 233, A. F. & A. M. He married Amanda Walling and had ten children."

After the war, Buck resided in Nacogdoches County where he married Amanda Walling on September 16, 1841.




Amanda was born August 1, 1825 in Mississippi. When Cherokee County was formed from Nacogdoches County in 1845, the family was in the new county where they remained until about 1857 when they moved to southwestern Falls County. He became a farmer and stock raiser. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Kosse.

Buck died August 27, 1878 and Amanda Walling Williams died April 16, 1912. Both are buried in the Williams Family Cemetery just off Highway 14 between Mustang Prairie and Kosse. Ten children were born to William Floyd "Buck" and Amanda Walling Williams:

1) Nancy Ann, born August 25, 1842; died December 4, 1920. She is buried in the Williams Family Cemetery. She married Henry C. Ferguson September 8, 1859. He died during the Civil War, while in the Confederate States Army. They had two children, A.) William Haden, born 2 October 1860, died August 25, 1929, buried in Kosse Cemetery-married Lena Ann Fuller, born September 3, 1876; died December 26, 1963, buried Kosse Cemetery; and had six children: a) Marion Ferguson b January 24, 1889 married Wallace Parrott, one child, William Boyd who married Dorothy Whitner; b)Travis Ferguson died at age 3 about 1903; c) John Emmit married Burrel Cooper; d) Henry Delbert married Mildred Johnson, one child Helen Ferguson who married Dr. Jack Flowers of Waco; and they had two daughters Susan and Patty. e)Beatrice Ferguson married first Lee Stricklin, second R.J. Higgins. Beatrice had a daughter Juanita. f) Ailene Ferguson married John Dees, one child John Allen Dees. B) John Henry Ferguson, b February 20, 1863 d December 14, 1884; married Annie (maiden name unknown), had two children, one died young, name unknown and Stella Ferguson.

2) John W. Williams b October 25, 1844, died November 24, 1880, buried in the family cemetery-served in the Confederate States Army in company K, 12th Texas Cavalry married ca 1873 to Alice (maiden name unknown), and had 4 children; a) Daisy Williams Rucker. b) Elmo Williams married Minnie (maiden name unknown), and had Archie and Alice Williams. c) John Williams b August 9, 1879, d December 7, 1889. d) Claude Williams who married Effie (maiden name unknown).

3) Rhoda C. Williams b July 13, 1847, died September 19, 1868 and buried in the family cemetery-married February 6, 1868 to William Endsley.

4)Martha Ann Williams b October 13, 1850 d July 11, 1954.

5)William Isaac Williams b June 1, 1853 married Mary, (maiden name unknown). He had children named Lillie, Claude, Dora, Dee, and Press.

6) Amanda Cora Williams b January 14, 1856 d August 5, 1866.

7) Dora Elmina Williams b August 4, 1859, d July 8, 1921 maried first C.A. Callen and had no children. She married James A. Pittman in 1880, and had Ethel who married Charles Briggs, Estelle Pittman Connant, Alma Pittman Rogers, Alda Pittman, Alfred Pittman, and Homer Pittman who married Ruby Adams, Alice A. Pittman b December 1, 1884 died July 25, 1888 and is buried in Williams Family Cemetery.

8) Luticia Josephine Williams b November 2, 1861 married William Henry Williams December 23, 1877; of their children, Martha b 8 September 1878 d December 1, 1878 and Viola Pearl b October 1, 1882 d April 12, 1918 are buried in Williams Family Cemetery, Daisy, Annie, Doc, and Aldon.

9) Williamson Madison Williams b December 20, 1866 married Eva Robison. Their children: Zelma, Herman, Imogene, and Ernestene Williams.

10) David Claude Williams b July 11, 1869 married Sallie P. Hammond February 26, 1899. Six children; a) Floyd Lyonel Williams b 5 April 1900 married Pearl Webster October 6, 1918. They had Lionel Wayne Williams b February 23, 1921, d November 6, 1944; Billy James Williams b January 25, 1923; Vernon Tilman Williams b April 12, 1926; Rose Mary Williams b December 21, 1929; David Clinton Williams b November 28, 1933 and Bobby Lynn Williams b January 26, 1936. b)Ila Nadine Williams b November 27, 1901 maried Clyde Frank Yates January 2, 1925. She died August 27, 1980. c) Icy Neva Williams b April 24, 1903 died April 30, 1978. d) Erma Fay Williams b November 4, 1904 died January 16, 1906. e) Alice Zona Willims b February 8, 1908 d April 26, 1960. f)Vera Elizabeth Williams b August 27, 1911 married Wilmer Pamplin September 22, 1935. They reside in Kosse, Texas; one son, Tommy Joe b November 2, 1945 married Sharon Menn February 25, 1967 in Harris County.

Buck was an early ranger and served in Indian War militia with several units thereafter. He moved to Falls County from Cherokee County in 1857. In Kosse, Buck was a farmer and rancher, and a partner in Mosley and Williams General Store in nearby Kosse. Buck was also a member of Eutaw Lodge No. 233, A. F. & A. M.

Buck and Amanda Walling Williams had 10 children, including a son, John Walling Williams, and son in law (Ferguson) that served with Col. Parsons 12th Texas Calvary during the Civil War( all buried at the Williams Cemetery).

Buck acquired land over the years in and around Pole Cat Creek and ranched and farmed in Falls and Limestone Counties. Williams died in 1878 and is also buried in the Williams Cemetery near Kosse.



ELBERT HAYS WILLIAMS (1878) was born on 8 Mar 1896 at Limestone Co., Texas. He married Mary Lena Cobb (1879). He died in Dec 1981 at Donie, Freestone Co., Texas, at age 85. Children of Elbert Hays Williams (1878) and Mary Lena Cobb (1879) were as follows:

OVID KELLUS (KELLY) (1939)

MARY ELWANDA (1940)

ELBERT HAYS (1941)

GERRY JEAN (1942)

BOBBY REESE (1938)

JERRY V. (1943)

EMMA JANE (1934) was born in 1920. She died in 1971.



CARL LEE (1935) was born in 1921. He died in 1930.

GAYLON CLOVIS (1936) was born in 1923. He died in 1944

PAUL RAY (1937) was born in 1925. He died in 1927.






Received the following email and great photo and art submissions from Jim Gann of Houston:
From: JGann67670@aol.com
Subject: Kosse Texas Web Page
To: lenkubiak.geo@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday, February 26, 2009, 4:55 PM


My name is James Allen Gann. My mother was Bobbie Louise Ayers. I have four brothers, William R., Michael W. Gary D. and Gregory Gann. Gregory still lives in Mexia.

Zack and Willa had three girls and a boy. James, Jenny, Bobbie, and Pat. All are deceased.

Michael Wells, who was murdered in Kosse was my cousin.

You have a great web page. I'm about to send it to my brothers so they can enjoy it as I have.I enjoyed reading about Kosse and many of my relatives on your web page.

My grandfather, Zack Ayers and my grandmother, Willa Seale are from the Kosse/Mexia area. I really don't have many details of the Seale family and would like to learn more about them.

I have a family photo of Ophelia and Zachary T. Williams which I have attached to the E-mail. This photo was taken in Kosse in about 1865. My grandfather, Zack Ayers, and his siblings were taken in by the Williams family. The Williams family is my grandmother's mother's family. My grandfather and his brother married Seale sisters so my mom had double cousins in Kosse. One of them was Michael Wells' mother.

Attached are paintings of the Ebeneezer church. Zack is standing next to the horse drawn carriage and I believe the three girls with their parents are either my mother with her family or my grandmother. I believe Zack may have been the pastor of the church but I'm not sure.I don't know much about the train station but the painting is wonderful.The painting of the house is of the William's family home in the evening.I hope you like them as much as I do.

Jim Gann
15518 Saint Cloud
Houston, Tx
77062




“Artist
H. Phifier painting of evening life in Kosse curtesy James Allen(Jim)Gann of Houston



“Artist
H. Phifier painting of Ebeneezer Church curtesy James Allen (Jim)Gann of Houston



H. Phifier painting of The Kosse Train Station curtesy James Allen (Jim)Gann of Houston.
Ophelia and Zachary Williams in early day Kosse (Photo taken around 1865)(Curtesy James Allen (Jim)Gann of Houston).



ZULA BELLE WILLIAMS (1880) was born on 12 Jul 1898 at Limestone Co., Texas. She married James Allen Hardison (1881) on 9 Feb 1913 at Limestone Co., Texas. She died on 3 Jul 1984 at Port Arthur, Texas, at age 85. Children of Zula Belle Williams (1880) and James Allen Hardison (1881) were as follows:

AUBREY ODELL5 (1945) was born in 1913. He died in 1914

JEWEL BELLE (1946) was born in 1915

JAMES WYMAN (1948) was born on 14 Apr 1920. He died on 14 Dec 1988 at Palestine, Anderson Co., Texas, at age 68.

JAMES ALLEN (1950) was born on 9 Mar 1923. He died on 30 Sep 1998 at Springtown, Parker Co., Texas, at age 75.

BETTY JO (1952) was born in 1928

NELDA JEAN (1882) was born on 30 Sep 1931. She married Elvin Daulton Cooper (1944)





Williamson Addie Ophelia 03/19/1902 12/21/1960
Williamson Annie P. 08/05/1873 10/06/1877
Williamson Ida L. E. 1874 1931
Williamson Ida 1878 1907
Williamson J. F. 1815 1922
Williamson Jim M. 1906 1933
Williamson Mary E. 05/22/1845 1927 wf of W. B.
Williamson Robert Z. 12/10/1865 09/30/1900




Bob Wills-born March 6, 1905, Moss Springs Community, Kosse, Texas; died May 13, 1975, Fort Worth, Texas. Bob, my wife's cousin, created a new art form called western swing and for over four decades influenced American popular music in general and country and western in particular.


Bob Wills-born March 6, 1905, in the Moss Springs Community near Kosse.

Reared in poverty among unlettered white and black musicians who expressed their deepest emotions in music, he learned to perform and compose from his heart and soul.

Bob Wills began his career as a fiddler in 1915 and ended it at a recording session for United Artist fifty-eight years later, in 1973. He died in Fort Worth on May 13, 1975.



Wright Earl C. 07/15/1897 04/15/1957
Wright Ruby 11/18/1892 06/29/1894




Thomas J. and Maude M. Yarber. Thomas J. Yarber was born in 1876 and died in 1957. Maude was born in 1880 and died in 1951 in Kosse. They are both buried in the Eutaw cemetery. Their natural born son was John Jackson (Jack) Yarber who spent most of his adult life in Houston where he died. His wife was Pearlie Giddings from Kosse. They are also buried in the Eutaw cemetery.

They had an adopted son, who was my father, William Howard Yarber, born 1911 and died in 1999. He was married to Edna Arlene Griffith Yarber. She was born in 1913 and died in 2002. Both of them are buried in the Eutaw cemetery. (information curtesy of grandson, Ronnie Howard Yarber of Athens, Texas ).



Yarbor M. Edgar 10/01/1907 07/20/1956


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