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HISTORY OF PORT SULLIVAN, MILAM COUNTY, TEXAS












Welcome to another of Leonard Kubiak's Texas History Pages.

PORT SULLIVAN, MILAM COUNTY, TEXAS



Port Sullivan Area Bulletin Board

The Ranch radio station (105.1 FM) in Cameron posted the following announcement regardinbg the dedication of the Port Sullivan Cemetery:

The pioneer town of Port Sullivan, located in eastern Milam County on the Brazos River, is long abandoned, but the cemetery that was once next to the town will be the site of a historical dedication this Sunday, January 18, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. The event, sponsored by San Andres Masonic Lodge #170 in Cameron and the Milam County Historical Commission, will be held at the cemetery, on CR 259, just off of FM 485, and followed by a reception at the fellowship hall of Old Providence Baptist Church in Branchville.

In 2004 San Andres Lodge undertook the project of cleaning up the cemetery and restoring the 9-foot high marble monument marking the grave of Thomas J. Anderson, who was Grand Master of Masons in Texas and died in office in 1871. According to Casey Stanislaw, current Master of San Andres Lodge, the town of Port Sullivan was the northern most navigable point on the Brazos River and was also next to a gravel bar where horse and wagon traffic crossed the river heading west.

Stanislaw said "When the railroads came through they bypassed the town and it was abandoned by the turn of the century, and the town's cemetery, which was originally purchased by the Masonic Lodge there, became property of the Grand Lodge of Texas."

Stanislaw said the Lodge, as a service project, took on the cleanup of the property and is proud to receive the historical marker. In addition to the Milam County Historical Commission, which oversees the granting and establishment of area historical markers, the event will be attended by the current Grand Master of Masons in Texas, The Honorable W. David Counts, Jr.


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HISTORY OF PORT SULLIVAN, MILAM COUNTY, TEXAS

When the first Europeans arrived in the Texas region in the 1500's, the area in and around the Brazos river that became Port Sullivan was home to large herds of buffalo, bear,elk, and other wild life and roaming bands of Comance Indians.

Photo of Comanche Indian Campsite in early day Texas

Photo of Comanche Indians that once terriorized the Brazos River area

EARLY DAY TEXAS TRANSPORTATION

In the 1820's and 1830's, transportation in the rugged Texas terrain was very difficult forcing all major shipments by horse drawn wagons and steamboats up the Brazos river. Bryant's Station, located on the Marlin-to-Austin stage line, was an early business and supply center.

A small steamboat landing settlement called Nashville, founded by Sterling C. Robertson and named in honor of Rebertson's birthplace, Nashville, Tennessee was established in the heart of Indian country on the southeast bank of the Brazos River two miles below the mouth of Little River and five miles northeast of PRESENT DAY Gause in what is now Milam County.(Sterling C. Robertson was later buried in the Nashville cemetery before his body was exhumed and moved to the Texas State Cemetery).

Nashville served as headquarters for Robertson's colony in the early 1830s. Then in 1836, with the defeat of Santa Anna at San Jacinto, Nashville was seriously considered by the Texas Congress as a possible site for the capital of the Republic of Texas.

PORT SULLIVAN FOUNDED IN 1852


Port Sullivan was an early-day Texas village built along the banks of the Brazos River, approximately one mile northeast of present day Farm Road 485 in eastern Milam County by Augustus W. Sullivan

Between 1840 and 1850, several steamships navigated the Brazos as far as the Sullivan's bluff demonstrating the feasibility of a regular steamboat route

In 1851, Reuben Anderson, a cotton planter up the river in Robertson County, encouraged Sullivan to subdivide his land into town lots. Andersons sons then bought the first two town lots from Sullivan on May 1, 1851. By 1852, Port Sullivan had a population of 200 citizens, four stores, a sawmill, several warehouses, and a post office. The town citizens included several doctors and a lawyer.

Port Sullivan Male and Female College



Steamboats in Galveston advertised that through bills of lading would be issued on shipments up the Brazos to Port Sullivan. Shipments from the town included cotton, hides, and pecans. By 1860, the population of Port Sullivan had grown to 680, and Port Sullivan Male and Female College had been established.

Port Sullivan was the home of many Brazos bottom planters whose plantations were worked with slave labor. The residents of the town in 1860 owned two hundred and eighty slaves in Milam County. Eleven persons in the town owned more than ten slaves, but no one person owned more than fifty slaves in Milam County.

William Anderson owned thirty-six slaves and Jasper McKinney was the owner of twenty-seven slaves in the county. Some residents of Port Sullivan owned slave plantations across the river in Robertson County. James Hanna of Port Sullivan owned fifty-four slaves that lived in the Brazos bottom. Reuben Anderson, who lived near Port Sullivan and attended the Masonic Lodge meetings there, owned a total of one hundred and ten slaves, according to the census report of 1860.

Most of the citizens of Port Sullivan owned no slaves, but the more influential settlers were slaveholders. Slaves were important to the planters, and the planters were important to Port Sullivan. Under such circumstances, the institution of slavery was not taken lightly by the residents of the town.

With the coming of the Civil War, violence in the Port Sullivan area errupted. During the summer of 1860 the Vigilance Committee of Port Sullivan lynched two men named Boatwright, an uncle and nephew, suspected of being abolitionists.

In the presidential election of 1860, 224 votes were cast in the town, none of them for Abraham Lincoln or Stephen A. Douglas.

On November 24, 1860, the Lone Star flag was raised in a ceremony supporting secession, and a delegate was sent to the Secession Convention. Port Sullivan voted on February 23, 1861, in favor of secession, 227 to 24.

The editor of the Austin State Gazette, Henry Pendarvis, described events at Port Sullivan as follows: Saturday, the 23d day of Feb., has passed, and, I hope, will be looked back to by future generations to come as one of the most glorious achievements that was ever won, either in the field or anywhere else, by Texans. It was quite a lively day in Port Sullivan.

Our generous old farmers provided one of the best barbecues I have ever had the pleasure of partaking of. The ladies, too, were out in large numbers, and the ladies and gentlemen convened at the old church to hear the speaking.

On entering the church I was more impressed than ever with the firmness and patriotism of Texan ladies. Everything was fitted up in the most perfect manner, and on the right of the speaker's stand was a Lone Star flag, bearing the name of L. T. Wigfall; on the left one bearing the name of Jeff. Davis. Mr. Carmon was called on to address the assemblage, and came forward and for some thirty minutes held the audience spell-bound, reviewing the general topics of the day, &c., when he closed amidst general applause and exultation. Mr. Could, of Cameron, was then called on, and spoke for some half hour, dwelling with great eloquence and pathos, on the topics of the day, and mingled, too, with his ready wit and criticism, caused an outburst of applause seldom witnessed in any assemblage.

To test the sentiment of the ladies of Port Sullivan and surrounding country, Capt. Barton called on all the ladies in favor of secession to make it know by rising to their feet. To see who should be first on their feet was the greater struggle, for in an instant every lady, even down to the girls of 8 or 10 years, were up; not one kept her seat; they were all united. Singular, is it not, how they love to unite. . . .

During Reconstruction, Capt. George Haller, an officer in the United States Army, was killed near Port Sullivan in 1869.

In the election for governor later that year, there was a disturbance involving Reuben A. Smith of Port Sullivan and Emil Adams when both tried to instruct some freedmen on how to vote in this crucial election. Because of this incident, the votes of Milam County were not counted, and the outcome of this very close election might have been altered.

Throughout the late 1860s and 1870s railway construction in the area lessened the importance of steamboat transportation, on which Port Sullivan was dependent. Citizens in the town met in 1869 to discuss plans for building a railroad, but they could not decide whether iron or wooden rails should be used. A railroad was chartered by the legislature, the Port Sullivan, Belton and Northwestern, to run from Hearne, the future junction of the International-Great Northern and the Houston and Texas Central railroads, to Port Sullivan and Belton.

The road was never built. Later in 1869 the Houston and Texas Central reached Hearne and proceeded northward to start a new town called Calvert. Some who had purchased lots in Port Sullivan in 1851 and 1852 now bought lots in Calvert. Calvert soon surpassed Port Sullivan in population and in trade. Still there was hope that the International Pacific would cross the Brazos at Port Sullivan as it built westward from Hearne to Austin. But in 1873 this line chose a crossing a few miles downstream. Some remaining residents moved from Port Sullivan to the new town of Gause, five miles west of the Brazos. Port Sullivan's population probably reached a high point in the late 1860s, just before the railroad reached Calvert and just before the census was taken in 1870. In 1870 the population still stood at 1,423, but it declined to 123 by 1880, and the college closed by the end of the 1870s. By the 1890s the town had faded away.

In the early 1900s a cotton gin and general store were built near the old townsite, and a post office with the name of Port Sullivan was operating in 1914, but this community had no relation to the old steamboat port; the post office was discontinued by 1941. The old Port Sullivan cemetery, the only remaining landmark, is adjacent to a gravel road north of Farm Road 485, just west of the Brazos River. A series of abandoned concrete locks built by the United States Army Corps of Engineers between 1910 and 1920, long after the town had disappeared, remains in the river near the site of the old town. In 2000 the rural area had a population of fifteen.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: T. Lindsay Baker, Ghost Towns of Texas (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1986). John Martin Brockman, Port Sullivan, Texas: Ghost Town (M.A. thesis, Texas A&M University, 1968).

MORE PORT SULLIVAN HISTORY


Memoirs of Americus Vespucius Greer

I was born in Chambers Co. Alabama1 Mar. 4th. 1832, Sunday, in the day time. My twin brother, Christopher Columbus preceded me some fifteen minutes in this event. At birth he weighted [sic] 9 ˝ pounds and I weighed 9 pounds. We were just alike in our appearance even to our teeth and nails. Our parents could not distinguish us in infancy, they kept a ribbon tied around my brothers arm, he was the Esau and I the Jacob. We always were the same height and weight, averaging the same at majority. He died Feb. 8, 1854. He had gone with others on a hunting trip in the hills—they found two large deer fastened together by their horns [center of page missing]. This was at Port Sullivan , Milam County Texas. His sudden and untimely death was one of the trying ordeals of my life. He was sick about 6 days with pneumonia brought on by the sudden change of weather.

As I am getting ahead of many important events in my life, I shall revert back to earlier infancy, and if my memory will serve me, I shall go back to my earliest recollections.

I was in my 5th. year when father and family left Alabama for Texas. This was in the early part of 1837. We embarked on a steam-boat in Alabama for New Orleans, at which place we stopped for several days.

We sailed on the ship Fannin across the Gulf of Mexico, via Galveston and landed at Velasco, Texas the 4th. of March, my birthday. We settled in Washington County Texas, west of where now is the town of Brenham.

I recollect distinctly many things that happened on the journey. It was a place of embarkation. Our family carriage, turned over—skinned Irvins nose and in the scramble I hurt Mr. Hunt . . . Bill got in a fight with a French boy. I was awful scared and wondered why Pap ever came on the boat. I threw up from worrying. We brought with us two blooded dogs "Pete and Ruler". One night when we were camped on the Brazos River, Mammy called Tom Irvin and requested him to get his gun, as she thought a bear was trying to get into the tent. Tom came over and snapped at the intruder and then called "come out of there Pete". He came, it was Pete trying to get into the tent. It was raining, the gun was a flint lock and damp from the rain, which probably saved Petes life, which would have been a great loss to the company as well as the family.

We killed 25 or 30 bears the following winter, which were very valuable not only for the meat, which is the best I ever ate when fattened on oak and pecan nuts for which Texas is noted, but the oil is valuable too.

Another incident I remember very well; my twin and I had set out some fishing hooks on Buffalo Bayou near Houston. Tom Irvin and my brother Gilbert put a large catfish on our hook. I remember also my brother Gilbert selling a large catfish to a Hotel man for $5.00. I also remember a stranger giving my twin brother and myself a fancy cap and some money. He took a liking to us because we were twins and so alike it was difficult to tell us apart.

We had hard times in Texas for clothing and many of the luxuries. Even corn bread was scarce. We gave $5.00 a bushel for corn, then hauled it 50 or 60 miles to Old Caney, then ground it on a steel mill turned by hand. Hard, work, especially for a large family. Our family consisted besides father and mother and eight children, William Hunt, Mr. Loveless, LeRoy Greer and Tom Irvin (the last two were cousins, being father's nephews). Also five colored viz; Ned, Jim, Judah, Lucy and Louisa—20 in all.

Father was away most of the time. He was a Senator2 under General Sam Houston who was the first President of the Republic of Texas.

We improved three places while in Washington County. The second was on the Yegar River3 probably thirty miles N. W. of Brenham in the 40th. section [now in Lee County], called the Dodd Settlement; the third was on Mill Creek seven miles N. W. of Brenham.

I worked at the first store in Belton—I also kept store at Spice Woods Springs before Belton was located. I worked there for three or four years. I was clerking for T. A. Supple; my favorite school teacher.

I was an Indian scout with John Payne, William Smith, Josh Blair and others. We routed Indians in connection with Capt. James Cross and 8 others. We charged the Indian camps, they ran fast, just what we wanted as we did not want to kill. I recollect eleven buffaloes ran across Nolen Creek, one Sunday—Father Bowls was after them, this was about the beginning of the 50's.

We spent most of one year in Dewitt Co. with parents, also S. M. Johnson and wife and three brothers. We bargained for a place from Jonathan York. We put up some log cabins three miles from Yorktown on the Corpus Christe [sic] and San Antonio road. Think this was in 51. Our brother next older than Matthew Siemeon [sic], Parley died in this place the 14th of Oct. 1851, he was a sprightly and bright boy.

About the year 1852 father and family settled in Milam County Texas near Port Sullivan, also son's-in-law E. W. East and S. M. Johnson and Aunt Nancy Johnson and family, where my brother Gilbert Dunlap Greer resided. About this time he married his second wife, Marion B. Lane.4

My father put up a good house and a sawmill. My brother Gilbert and E. W. East took up land, one and one quarter each. The Company did considerable business here. It was here in the summer of 1852 that we first heard Mormonism preached by Elders John Ostler and Washington L. Jolly.

It was in this place that my brother Christopher Columbus died, Feb. 8. 1854. We buried him above the sawmill near the edge of the river bottom, but on a high place.

My parents began to make preparations to go to Salt Lake City. Father and S. M. Blair were in partnership. Early in 1855 they sold land and other belongings and bought oxen, wagons and supplies for the trip across the plains. Father was born in Jasper County Georgia, and died in 1855 while going to Utah on the Old Mormon Trail, at Little Nemehaw Nebraska Territory. My little brother Ira Abney fainted and died in the wagon. Father died in the night. Asiatic Cholera was the cause of their death. Nearly one third of the company died, in fact 51 including a lovely devoted cousin (T. D.)5 known since earliest recollections, about two years my junior [part of page missing]. Sad for the two nephews with this plague we had had we put four away.

Carpenter and I worked hard, afterwards he pronounced a blessing upon my head. Many things I recollect distinctly.

That I would reach the valley... the destroyer shall not hinder you . .. you shall be the means of bringing many to the knowledge of the truth, [top of page missing] .. The next day continued the search. We got 35 men to help us, they were from another Company.6 Elder S. M. Blair President of our Company sent back to Garden Grove to the authorities for help. Elder Edward Stephenson and several other Elders came to our assistance. This was in the month of June 1855. As soon or before we had recovered from the cholera, measles attacked us in a malignant form.

EARLY DAY POSTMASTERS IN PORT SULIVAN



Chamberlin, Hawthorn S., 24 Mar 1852

Sypert, Hannibal, 24 Feb 1853

Arnell, John T., 18 Feb 1854

Streetman, Blanton, 28 Jun 1854

Bolinger, Lawrence H., 2 Oct 1854

Cg'd to BRACKENVILLE, 15 Dec 1854

Cg'd back to PORT SULLIVAN, 22 Sep 1855

Bollinger, Lawrence H., 22 Sep 1855

Bolinger, L. H., 12 Jly 1861 (CSA)

Martin, Thos., 30 Apr 1863 (CSA)

Discontinued 23 Jan 1867

(Re-established) Linstrine, Adolph, 16 Jun 1868

Eastwood, W. C., 8 Dec 1873

Gilman, Peter E., 11 Feb 1874

Discontinued 23 Apr 1874

(Re-established) Wilson, Geo. J., 12 Nov 1878

Peel, Thos. J., 8 Jun 1880

Rice, Ulyses A., 29 Nov 1880

Discontinued 27 Oct 1881

(Re-established) Cole, Rich'd. R., 2 Apr 1900

Peel Jr., Jas. A., 9 Mar 1912

Peel, Dan E., 29 May 1915

Peel Jr., Jas. A., 15 Jly 1918 (Declined)

Harlan, Alpheus, 14 Jun 1919 (Declined)

Discontinued 15 Mar 1920; mail to Maysfield

(Re-established) Mullinix, Luther A., 22 Mar 1920

Peel Jr., Jas. A., 1 Dec 1924

SLAVE OWNERS IN PORT SULIVAN

While the vast majority of the citizens of Port Sulivan were not slave owners, a small number of influential plantation owners had title to two hundred and eighty slaves in Milam County.

Some of the major slave owners were:
Anderson, William owned thirty-six slaves

McKinney, Jasper owned twenty-seven slaves

Hanna, James owned fifty-four slaves

Anderson, Reuben had 110 slaves


CITIZENS OF OLD PORT SULLIVAN



Bassinger, Alma , died in Port Sulivan at age of 2 on the 11th of September, 1903.




Lumpkin, Helen Eva- daughter of Rev. C. P. Lumpkin, was born at Port Sullivan, Milam county, Texas.

Rev. C. P. Lumpkin



Duncan, W. G. son of William W. and Dora Duncan, natives of Tennessee, moved to Texas in 1854, settling in Burleson county. There they made their home until 1860, when they moved to Port Sullivan, Milam county, where the father died, in 1864, on the sixth day after his return home from the war. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan had nine children, seven daughters and two sons, and the eldest, Charles D.,died at Bremond, Texas, in 1879. W.G. Duncan served in the Confederate army during the Civil War.


East, E.W.


Ferguson, Mary Augusta- sister of Wesley Platt Ferguson, married William Tillett Watt.

Ferguson, Wesley Platt came to Texas in the late 1860's and settled at Port Sullivan, Milam County, Texas. Port Sullivan in those days was a thriving town, with the Brazos River navigable to this section, and furnished a means of transportation.

In the early 1870's, he joined his father at Port Sullivan and after a brief stay at this place he returned to Ohio to complete his schooling in Springfield. Wesley Ferguson moved from Port Sullivan to Hearne when the H. & T. C. Railroad had been constructed to Hearne and while Hearne was sparsely settled. Indications were that Hearne would grow into a thriving township.


Greer, Americus Vespucius . About the year 1852 father and family settled in Milam County Texas near Port Sullivan, also son's-in-law E. W. East and S. M. Johnson and Aunt Nancy Johnson and family, where my brother Gilbert Dunlap Greer resided. About this time he married his second wife, Marion B. Lane.4 My father put up a good house and a sawmill. My brother Gilbert and E. W. East took up land, one and one quarter each. The Company did considerable business here. It was here in the summer of 1852 that we first heard Mormonism preached by Elders John Ostler and Washington L. Jolly.

Greer, Gilbert Dunlap

Greer, Marion B. Lane


Greer, Matthew Simeon

Greer, Matthew Simeon — last child of Nathaniel and Nancy, thus nicknamed "Babe" — was born in Washington Co, Texas, April 15, 1845. Except for a brief sojourn in Utah — he lived all his life in Texas. When only seven, he was baptized into the Mormon faith with most of his siblings while they resided at Port Sullivan in Milam County.

Like his brother Stephen "Cate" Decatur, Babe served in the Civil War as a Ranger on militia duty along the western frontier — primarily guarding against Comanche raids. On April 20, 1863, he enlisted as a private in Capt M. B. Lloyd's Company E of the Mounted Frontier Regiment, under Colonel J. E. McCord. Soon he joined Cate at Camp Colorado, about 100 miles west of Kimball. Evidently Babe participated in several scouting exercises because a few days before Christmas of that year, he was ordered home on leave to procure another horse — his existing mount having been "ridden down". That possibly ended his service because good mounts were hard to come by during the war — and Col. Buck Barry had issued a Special Order, just two weeks earlier, directing that poorly mounted men were to be excused from service. On July 5, 1866, he married Susan V. Phelps who died childless of unknown causes. Then on March 25, 1871, he married Sophia Elizabeth Lane , the third Lane sister to marry a Greer brother. Ironically her father, James Addison Lane, was the Justice of the Peace who had performed Babe's first wedding. The Justice of the Peace for this second ceremony was Henry De Cordova, son of Jacob De Cordova, a good friend of the Greers and the most renowned land developer in Texas.


Johnson, S.M.
Johnson, Nancy



Martin, Thomas-born 8 Mar 1824 in London England. Thomas Martin came to America (around 1844) and settled in Port Sullivan,Milam Co, TX on Little Rock or Brazos St. with 33 acres in 1854 working as a clerk in the local market. Thomas belonged to the Mason's Grand Royal Arch Grand Chapter 71 in Port Sullivan.

Before 1862, he met and married Sarah Jane Livingston probably in Port Sullivan. Thomas enlisted in 1861 as a Priate under Capt Wm. W. McGinnis, 20th Brigade, Texas Mounted for Tarrant County near Ft. Worth. He also enlisted later that year as a Private under Capt. C. C. Jones to Home Guards (Reserve Co), Pr. #1 at Bee Co, 29th Brigade, Texas Mounted near Corpus and was on call by the Governor for state defense.

By 1862, Thomas owned 640 acres in San Sabo Co, TX and 150 acres in Milam Co. and his first child, John E. Martin, was born in Milam Co, TX. Possibly also served in 1863 under First Lieutenant to Capt. O. S. Sheldon, Co B, 16th Brigade, Texas State Troops for 6 months under order of the Governor. In 1864 his worth was listed as $2,660 and he owned 1 slave.

In Jan, 1864 Thomas, age 39, was under Capt. Robert P. Ashford, Milam Co, Militia 27th under Brig. Gen. H. P. Hale. In July 1864, Thomas was furloughed as apothecary from the Militia Co in Bell Co. His daughter, Mary A. was born that year.

In 1865, Thomas still has a negro working for him, 150 acres in Milam Co. and livestock for a personal wealth of $2,660. In 1866 Sarah M. was born and Thomas's wealth has fallen to $1,348.

At this time, the Civil War is over and the rebuilding is beginning for the Martins. In 1867 Thomas paid Milam Co taxes on 640 acres that he still owned in San Sabba Co. In 1868 his value for tax purposes has fallen to $670. Apparently he has sold off all his sheep and owns only 2 horses and 20 cattle at this time.

26 Dec 1868 Thomas participated at astated convocation of Golden Rule Chapter #70, Royal Arch Masons in the Masonic Lodge at Port Sullivan, and was an officer known as Principal Sojourner.

In 1870, Thomas is listed on the Milam Co. tax assessment next to his brother, Robert (R.B.). The total value is $1540. At this time, Thomas bought a lot in Port Sullivan and probably moved his family into town. According to the 1870 census records, Thomas is now a merchant with his home valued at $2,500 and his personal estate valued at $1000. Wife, Sarah, is keeping house with John, Mary, Margarette and Laura at home. Sarah's sister, Alice, age 15 also lives with them.

There is also a black couple that live next to them by the name of Livingston that might have been former Livingston family slaves from Sarah's family in AL. Their names were Gene Livingston, age 55, with his wife Lucy and their baby. Thomas's brother, Robert is also a merchant who probably works with Thomas and he lives 2 doors down from Thomas. Robert's wife, Virginia and children, Lilly, William, Margarette, Amelina and Thomas are living there too. All of Robert's children, ages 15-1 were born in TX.

After 1870, Thomas owns a lot in Calvert, Robertson Co, TX. The town of Calvert had just started in June, 1869 when the first train of the Houston & TX Central Railroad reached that point. This was the demise of Port Sullivan and the reason that Thomas bought a lot and moved there about this time. In 1871 Jessie T. was born in Robertosn, TX and in 1872 Thomas Martin purchased 184 acres in Robertson Co, TX on the waters of S. Mineral Creek, a branch of the Navosota River, located about 5 or 6 miles NE from the town of Owensville.

This land probably provided the Martins with the means to support themselves from the crops and the livestock raised there. It appears that Thomas bought a building in Calvert and he owned and ran a hotel in 1874. His property and furnishings were a total assessed value of $1,010. In 1875, Florence Elizabeth (my ancestor) was born and in 1876 Thomas sold off 10 acres in Port Sullivan to Pompy and Mary Livingston, probably Sarah's family. In later years, Agnes E. was born and Thomas continued to run the hotel and a merchantile store of some type in Clavert.

His children lived with him in the 1880 census and his wife's sister, Alice is 24 and staying there as well. Sarah's other sister, Julia (married Mr. Faubion) is 23 and there with her children Lemora, Ernest and a new baby boy. Thomas's assessed tax value is only about $600. In 1892 Thomas Martin died in Calvert, TX and is buried in Calvert Cemetery next to his daughter, Jessie, who died in 1891. The unmarked graves next to Thomas's are probably his wife, Sarah and his daughter, Alice. In a 1900 deed transferring the lots in Calvert to S. R. Higginbotham, the only remaining Martin children are shown as Mary A.. Margret, Florence and Anna.

Martin, John E.

Martin, Mary A.

Martin, Sarah M.

Martin, Laura Anna

Martin, Jessie T.

Martin, Florence Elizabeth

Martin, Agnes E.

Ostler, John
Jolly, Washington L.
NEWMAN, Boliver

NEWMAN, Jake

NEWMAN, Joe, 1847 - 1878

PAYNE, J. M. (Father), b. in Ga. Apr. 8, 1845 - Jan. 8, 1879 (Mason).

NEWMAN, Priscilla (Grandma), Sep. 12, 1812 - Apr. 4, 1879 and Jacob N. (Grandpa), Sep. 18, 1800 - Jan. 1856

NEWMAN, Geo. W., Mar. 11, 1840 - Dec. 12, 1883 and Little Georgia, Dec. 5, 1883 - Oct. 5, 1889

GREER, W. R., b. In Miss., May 15, 1830 - Mar. 22, 1892 (Mason), and Sallie E., b. In Mo. Nov. 22, 1842 - June 27, 1901. (Father and Mother)

LALLIS, Augustie Irine, Dau. of J. H. & Nancie LALLIS, Dec. 22, 1891 - Feb. 28, 1895

COSTON, Thomas, b. & d. Oct. 12, 1885

KNIGHT, Infant Dau. of B. & Dora KNIGHT, b. & d. May 28, 1898

KNIGHT, D., July 28, 1842 - Jan. 12, 1894

KNIGHT, Infant Babe of Della KNIGHT, Feb. 26, 1894 - July 12, 1894

VINSON, Martha A. (Mother), Wife of W. R. VINSON, 1835 - Aug. 1893

VINSON, Lillie, Dau. of Geo. R. & S. P. VINSON, Aug. 18, 1896 - Aug. 25, 1896

VINSON, Susan Permelia (Mother), June 28, 1858 - Oct. 6, 1943

VINSON, Geo. R., b. in Choctaw Co., Ala., Apr. 30, 1864 - May 4, 1900

VINSON, Linnie, Dau. of Geo. R. & S. P. VINSON, Jan. 30, 1893 - Nov. 8, 1900

VINSON, Henry Grady, Son of Geo. R. & S. P. VINSON, Oct. 7, 1891 - Aug. 20, 1901

KILGORE, Dr. W., b. In Scott Co., Va., May 7, 1801 - Mar. 27, 1866

GILLELAND, Una, Apr. 9, 1888 - Julu 29, 1889

PORTER, J. Elizabeth, Wife of J. W. PORTER, Died Dec. 10, 1866, Aged 26 Yrs,

STREETMAN, R. A., b. in Ga., Nov. 8, 1834 - June 30, 1859

LIPSCOMB, William Smith, Son of Wyatt & Mildred LIPSCOMB, Dec. 17, 1878 - July 1, 1887

LIPSCOMB, Lewis Gilbert, Son of W. & S. M. LIPSCOMB, b. Feb. 13, & d. Nov. 3, 1885

WILLINGHAM, Ellen E., Dau. of W. C. & A. P. WILLINGHAM, Apr. 3, 1873 - Feb. 12, 1874

SMITH, Permelia, Wife of Reuben A. SMITH, b. in Franklin Co., Tenn. Nov. 8, 1831 - July 26, 1895

TAYLOR, Willie H., Son of R. M. & R. R. TAYLOR, Oct. 20, 1871 - Aug. 30, 1873

WILLINGHAM, Julia R., Dau. of W. C. & A. P. WILLINGHAM, Aug. 16, 1871 - June 30, 1873

SMITH, Julia A. (Mother), Wife of Reuben A. SMITH, b. in Montgomery, Ala., Jan. 3, 1822 - Nov. 27, 1854

SMITH, Reuben A. (Father), b. in Triggs Co., Ga., Oct. 8, 1817 - Mar. 10, 1870

TARVER, Benjamin F., Aged 26 years, and Ophelia J., Wife of B. F. TARVER, Died Apr. 30, 1859, Aged 19 years

TRAYER, Fannie M., Dau. of D. L. & M. L. TRAYER, b. At Pilot Point, Tex. Jan. 3, 1881, d. at Austin, Tex., Oct. 31, 1905

COPELAND, Josephene (Mother), Mar. 6, 1846 - Nov. 19, 1899

B(ARTON), T. R. (in BARTON fenced lot)

B(ARTON), M. S. (in BARTON fenced lot)

BARTON, Eugene Hearne, Son of Lem. T. & Mary BARTON, Oct. 16, 1868 - Sep. 9, 1869

BARTON, Mary S., Dau. of C. O. & M. J. BARTON, Jan. 29, 1849 - June 14, 1849 and Thos. R., Son of C. O. & M. J. BARTON, Aug. 27, 1835 - Dec. 28, 1849 and Lenora L., Dau. of C. O. & M. J. BARTON, Dec. 15, 1845 - June 14, 1852 and Martha J., Wife of C. O. BARTON, 1810 - 1881

BARTON, C. O., Aug. 20, 1805 - May 26, 1868

BARTON, Sarah J., 1830 - 1918

ANDERSON, Ruby Willis, Son of W. B. & D. A. ANDERSON, b. Sep. 16, 1860

ANDERSON, Deborah A. (Mother), b. Dec. 18, 1832 and W. B. (Father), b. Jan. 10, 1831

ANDERSON, Thomas J. H., b. in Pike Co., Ala., Nov. 26, 1828, d. in City of Houston, Aug. 29, 1871 (on back: "To the memory of W. M. T. J. H. ANDERSON, Grand Master of Grand Lodge of Texas.")

ANDERSON, Reuben (Father), b. in Twiggs Co., Ga., Dec. 22, 1793 - d. in Robertson Co., Tex., May 2, 1861

EASTERWOOD, W. C., b. in S. C., Sept. 30, 1822, d. in Calvert, Tex., June 13, 1899

EASTERWOOD, Martha G., b. in S. C. Jan. 30, 1820 - Jan. 1, 1889 (Mother - Lizzie, Willie, Mary, Henry, Sallie, Emma)

LOONEY, Mary Easterwood, Wife of W. C. LOONEY, Dec. 14, 1853 - Mar. 26, 1942

LOONEY, W. C., Dec. 19, 1844 - Mar. 31, 1912

SCOTT, (E)liza Jane, Jan. 1, 1811 - Apr. 6, 1868 ("E" broken off)

THOMPSON, Charlie C., Son of R. D. & Nellie THOMPSON, Oct. 6, 1892 - Apr. 6, 1895

THOMPSON, Fannie, Dau. of R. D. & Nellie THOMPSON, June 17, 1890 - Oct. 30, 1891

H(EFNER), W. D. (footstone, only)

H(EFNER),

HEFNER, Henry Columbus

COLLINS, Rev. H. C., Dec. 17, 1811 - Nov. 18, 1889

SELF, William Yancy (Father), Apr. 24, 1847 - Aug. 18, 1924 and Nancy Cornelia (Mother), Feb. 3, 1850 - Nov. 29, 1931

SELF, William Elmer (Son), Nov. 22, 1873 - Dec. 7, 1920

THOMPSON, E. T. (Father), Sep. 27, 1828 - Apr. 13, 1919

THOMPSON, Laura Anna, Apr. 4, 1872 - Feb. 20, 1912

THOMPSON, Ariarah (Arianah?) S. A., Wife of E. T. THOMPSON, Jan. 4, 1829 - Feb. 1, 1902

THOMPSON, Lydia Viola, Dau. of E. T. & A. S. A. THOMPSON, July 27, 1866 - Oct. 29, 1880

SELF, Cenus R., Son of W. Y. & N. C. SELF, Died May 2, 1880

SELF, Infant Son of W. Y. & N. C. SELF, Sep. 4, 1894 - Dec. 4, 1894

CLARK, H. P., July 17, 1828 - Mar. 12, 1891

CLARK, William, Son of H. P. & S. G. CLARK, Mar. 17, 1861 - Aug. 29, 1884

CLARK, Maud, Dau. of J. B. & Jennie CLARK, Apr. 7, 1891 - Sept. 6, 1891

WALSTON, Cora S., Dau. of J. W. & N. C. WALSTON, Feb. 7, 1882 - Jan. 19, 1892

WALSTON, J. T., Son of J. W. & N. C. WALSTON, Dec. 8, 1868 - Aug. 31, 1869

WALSTON, Infant of J. W. & N. C. WALSTON, b. & d. Sep. 30, 1887

WALSTON, Eugene, Son of J. K. & D. WALSTON, Oct. 11, 1877 - Aug. 15, 1884

WALSTON, Jas. B., Son of J. K. & D. WALSTON, Dec. 3, 1882 - Apr. 15, 1893

WALSTON, Lillie, Dau. of J. K. & D. WALSTON, Mar. 5, 1895 - Dec. 7, 1902

WALSTON, Lillie, Dau. of J. T. & M. I. WALSTON, Aug. 24, 1878 - Nov. 29, 1879

CLARK, Wm. F., Son of F. M. & N. J. CLARK, June 2, 1879 - May 22, 1880

WALSTON, Jessie, Dau. of E. R. & L. M. WALSTON, Apr. 8, 1894 - Oct. 23, 1908

NIXON, W. A., Jan. 10, 1848 - Mar. 20, 1883

McLENDON, Margaret, Jan. 11, 1862 - Oct. 18, 1899

McLENDON, Jesse, Son of J. T. & M. J. McLENDON, Sep. 12, 1889 - July 5, 1892

WALSTON, Julie, Wife of W. H. WALSTON, June 17, 1880 - Aug. 3, 1907

WALSTON, Dewey, Son of Mr. & Mrs. J. H. WALSTON, Oct. 23, 1898 - May 1, 1899

WALSTON, Henry, Son of Mr. & Mrs. J. H. WALSTON, Jan. 31, 1900 - June 12, 1900

WALSTON, Lee, Son of Mr. & Mrs. J. H. WALSTON, July 17, 1901 - Apr. 11, 1902

WALSTON, Helen, Dau. of Mr. & Mrs. J. H. WALSTON, Apr. 7, 1914 - June 5, 1914

WALSTON, Hallie, Wife of J. H. WALSTON, May 3 (?), 1878 - Feb. 25, 1927

WALSTON, Guy, Son of Mr. & Mrs. J. H. WALSTON, Dec. 16, 1906 - Mar. 19, 1918

WALSTON, Delania (Mother), Jan. 19, 1862 - Aug. 27, 1923 and J. K. (Father), June 28, 1846 - Sep. 1921

DAWSON, T. S., June 18, 1860 - June 30, 1899

HENDERSON, C. R., Apr. 23, 1871 - Feb. 17, 1936

LOONEY, Olive(r?), Apr. 24, 1859 - Feb. 15, 1874

LOONEY, John

LOONEY, Malvina, Feb. 22, 1821 - Feb. 7, 1870

LOONEY, Isaac

THWEATT, Isaac H., Son of J. T. & S. L. THWEATT, Jan. 30, 1870 - Feb. 11, 1870

THWEATT, Sarah L., Wife of John T. THWEATT, Sr., Aug. 20, 1844 - Feb. 5, 1870

ALLEN, Amanda J., Jan. 22, 1862 - July 17, 1871

ALLEN, Sophonia O., Mar. 5, 1856 - July 25, 1869

ALLEN, M. R., Dec. 16, 1852 - Nov. 8, 1883

ALLEN, Thomas J., Son of T. J. & M. A. ALLEN, b. in St. Clair Co., Ala., Oct. 22, 1859 - d. in Milam Co., Tex., Oct. 31, 1905

ALLEN, Martha A. (Mother), b. in St. Clair Co., Ala., Apr. 12, 1830 - d. in Milam Co., Tex., Nov. 7, 1918

COBB, Jesse (Father), Oct. 12, 1851 - July 1, 1913

COBB, Frances Neal (Mother), Feb. 9, 1858 - Feb. 7, 1914

PEEL, Jane C., May 9, 1820 - July 28, 1884

PEEL, Eva May, Dau. of J. A. & R. J. PEEL, May 12, 1879 - Jan. 9, 1880

PEEL, James A. (Father), Dec. 24, 1851 - July 15, 1933 and Rosella J. (Mother), Jan. 17, 1856 - Nov. 8, 1938

WATT, T. A., b. at Stony Point, N. C., Apr. 27, 1848 - d. Port Sullivan, Tex., Sep. 9, 1870

CAROL, Martha M. J., Died Mar. 10, 1877

( HUTSON, Rev. Thomas J., Apr. 9, 1807 - Oct. 28, 1878

(HUTSON), Josie, Dau.

BAILEY, Lula, Wife of P. A. BAILEY, Sep. 30, 1883 - July 30, 1920

PEARCE, Ewell Deas, Son of H. L. & M. J. PEARCE, b. at Port Sullivan, Tex., Mar. 14, 1872 - d. at Port Sullivan, Tex., July 13, 1893

WILCOX, Ann E., b. Tippah Co., Miss., Feb. 19, 1850 - Sep. 20, 1867

WILCOX, Chas. G., b. Russelville, Ky., Aug. 12, 1803 - Aug. 29, 1867

LUMPKIN, Louis, Infant Son of J. C. & M. F. LUMPKIN, Aug. 23, 1878 - May 10, 1880

CAMPBELL, Hattie (Mother), Wife of J. T. CAMPBELL, June 4, 1876 - Sep. 20, 1904

SMITH, R. A. (Father), Jan. 25, 1849 - Dec. 26, 1912 and Harit (Mother), Wife of R. A. SMITH, Dec. 28, 1851 - Oct. 16, 1910

SMITH, J. A. B., Son of R. A. & H. H. SMITH, May 5, 1886 - Aug. 30, 1903

CUNNINGHAM, A. Parks, Died Sep. 1, 1871 (Mason)

PERKINS, T. J., Dec. 23, 1824 - Oct. 18, 1869 (Mason)

PERKINS, Elisebeth W. Atwood, First Wife of T. J. PERKINS, Apr. 24, 1841 - June 30, 1884

PERKINS, Dora, Feb. 10, 1866 - Apr. 18, 1890

WALSTON, Idella, Dau. of C. A. & M. J. WALSTON, Dec. 7, 1887 - Apr. 7, 1901

WALSTON, Wm. A., Son of J. A. & H. A. WALSTON, Apr. 17, 1899 - Nov. 12, 1900

WALSTON, Luther B., Son of J. A. & H. A. WALSTON, Sep. 20, 1901 - June 24, 1903

VISSON, Eddie, Son of H. H. & M. L. VISSON, Oct. 3, 1882 - Dec. 2, 1895

HARLAN, Joe, Aug. 11, 1859 - June 9, 1913

HARLAN, Alpheus, Jan. 8, 1830 - June 18, 1909

HARLAN, Kate McRee, 1873 - 1940 and Alpheus, 1863 - 1934


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