Obituaries from
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Thomas J. Haynes

Corsicana Observer, Sep. 29, 1877

DIED-At his residence in this city of Tuesday 25th of September, 1877, Mr. Thomas J. Haynes. Mr. Haynes was born in Williamson county, Tennessee, on the 22nd of July 1824, and came to Corsicana November 29, 1852. During the last five years Mr. Haynes has served the people as Mayor of the city and magistrate of this district. In both positions he was always just in the administration of the laws. Like all men Judge Haynes had his prejudices, but they were never such as to make him do an injury to his fellow man. We can only sympathize with his family in their bereavement, for we can imagine how sad it is "When death, that mighty sev'rer of  true hearts Sweeps through the halls so lately loud in mirth. And leaves pale sorrow weeping by the  hearth."


Spyker Deckard

Corsicana Daily Courier Light, 28 July 1904

Spyker Deckard died today. His lungs had been weak. He married Annie May Douglas about 6 years ago. Mr. Deckard leaves two small sons.   Burial tomorrow.


Hubee Sloan Young
May 14, 1888 - Mar 23, 1904

15 Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Henry & Nannie E. Young.

 - March 1904
[Callicutt, Dorothy]

"Two Young Flowers Plucked ----Death is ever sad. It is doubly so when it comes to those upon whom rests the charm of joyous childhood and the bright promise of budding womanhood. Two beautiful young lives have this wee passed from our midst --Hubee Young and little Dorothy Callicutt.

Hubee, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Young, was born May 14, 1888, and passed away last Wednesday morning at 9:30 o'clock. Hubee had been confined to her home for some time with measles, but no one, not even her physician, deemed her condition critical. On the contrary, she was thought to be convalescing, when congestion of the lungs set in and her symptoms suddenly became alarming last Tuesday evening, and on Wednesday morning at 9:20 o'clock she sank into the last long sleep.

The funeral services were held Thursday morning t 11 o'clock in the First Baptist church. the auditorium was beautifully decorated with flowers and green leaves, and was packed to its utmost capacity with friends and relatives of this lovable young lady. The school children led by the faculty, marched in a body to the home of the deceased and escorted the remains to the church and from thence to the cemetery. Rev. Jeff D. Ray of Waco conducted the services, assisted by Revs. Bitzer and Barcus.

Mrs. Huberta Read Nunn sang the beautiful hymn entitled "Some Day We'll Understand." A quartette composed of Mrs. Nunn, Miss Lulu Elliott and Messrs. Boylston and Gunn sang "I Shall Know Him," and "Nearer, My God, to Thee." The Sunday school class, of shich, Hubee had long been a member, sang "Safe in the Arms of Jesus." at the grave the hymns "Abide With Me," and "Jesus, Lover of My Soul," were sung. The pall bearers were members of her class at the High school, and were Messrs. Will Gibson, Sidney Marks, Allyn Gordon Reid Robinson, Carrol Ray and Claude Kinebrew. the many friends of the family sent floral offerings in the greatest profusion. Among some of the choicest of these was a magnificent heart shaped design of white roses with a center of red carnations, the fifth of her classmates, the Eleventh grade in the High school. A solid square of flowers, very beautiful, was the gift of the Philometesian club, of which Hubee was a member. Each class of the High school contributed a beautiful floral design, as did also her Sunday school class. Each member of her High school class, and of the faculty and the superintendent carried a bunch of violets tied with ribbons of the school colors, which they laid on the edge of the grave, thus forming a wreath of these sweet modest little flowers around the last resting place of the beloved classmate and pupil. The small wilderness of flowers that covered the grave, piled high and wide, attest the love her companions and friends bore her. although not yet sixteen years of age, Hubee stood well in the graduating class, and was the youngest member of it. She was especially gifted in music and elocution: Last year in the oratorical contest of the Tenth and Eleventh grades, Hubee carried off the prize. The harmony and sweetness of her disposition made for her many friends and the faithful performance of her school duties and earnestness in her Sunday school class won the love and esteem of her teachers, both secular and religious. It is hard to realize that she was been called away in the budding springtime of youth, with the bright promise of life all before her, and her family have the truest sympathy of the whole community in their great bereavement. But, words, however loving and tender, are inadequate to comfort the sorrowing hearts of those who loved her most. We can only lean hard upon Him "who doeth all things well," and know she is not lost, but only gone before."


  • Copyright by Phillip R. Vance, Sr. Copied from his Aunt Bertha Karns Memory Book, p13., 11-24-1998 and contributed to Navarro Co. Obits Web page by Phillip Vance -   Added Dec 5, 1998
  • Dorothy Callicutt (17 April 1899 - 22 Mar 1904)  is bur at Oakwood Cemetery: Section S. Row 2.
  • Hubee Sloan Young (14 May 1888 - 23 Mar 1904) is bur at Oakwood Cemetery: Section P Row 3 ...elw


Miss Hubee Young

Miss Hubee Young, 16, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Young, died yesterday in Corsicana, Texas. She was a senior in the high school. Her death was caused by a lung affliction following measles.


Annie Maria (Carpenter) Love

Obituary moved to page 148

Mrs. Caroline (Nelson) Cottongame

Dawson Herald - Feb 18, 1933

Mrs. Caroline Cottongame, said to have been the oldest resident in the county, died at the home of her daughter Mrs. M. E. Jagjears, early Saturday morning, at the age of 101 years, 1 month and 16 days.  The funeral service was held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Spring Hill schoolhouse, conducted by Rev. J. T. Sanders, assisted by Rev. Sykes and Rev. B. T. Tyree, after which burial was made in the Spring Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Cottongame (nee Miss Caroline Nelson) was born Jan 3, 1832, at Decatur, Morgan county, Alabama.  There she grew to womanhood, taking advantage of such school and church facilities as the country afforded.

In 1858 she was married to William Cottongame, and to the union were born four children, three of whom, J. F. and W. P. Cottongame and Mrs. M. E. Jagjears, survive, and were at her bedside when death came.  She is also survived by 35 grand children, 100 great grand children and 14 great great grand children.

In her early life she was converted and joined the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, to which she was a devout and consistent member until her death.  A few years of her life she lived where there was no Cumberland church and united with the Baptist church, later re-uniting with the Cumberland church.  She was a charter member of the Spring Hill Cumberland church, later joining at Dawson.

During the Civil War she was living in Alabama, and endured the hardships of that day.  Her husband went to war and she never heard from him again, never knowing his fate.  She was brave and true to her Southland.   During the war she drove a team to a wagon and went over the country gathering up corn to take to mill and later distributing the meal among the women whose husbands were in the army.  During the World War she was loyal to her country and insisted on buying Liberty bonds to her limit, also took pleasure in knitting for the Red Cross.

For the past several years she has made her home with her daughter near Spring Hill.  Grandmother Cottongame was brave and true, always full of sunshine and love.  Truly she was a lovable character.


  • Added Jan 1, 1999

John Ralph "Red" Hewitt
Jun 2, 1918 - Sep 12, 1944

Flight Officer John Ralph (Red) Hewitt, 26, of Blooming Grove, was killed in action, Sept. 12, 1944, during a B-17 raid over Madgeberg Germany according to a message received during the week-end by his aunt, Mrs. Ruby Ellis of Blooming Grove, with whom he resided before going to the Army.

A previous message had advised relatives he was missing in action Sept. 12.  A bombardier of a B-17 bomber, he had received the Air Medal decoration and other honors.  The information related during the week-end by the war department came from the International Red Cross.  A graduate of Blooming Grove high school, he was employed at the AAA offices at the courthouse prior to his enlistment in the Air Forces before Pearl Harbor.  Survivors include his mother Mrs. Lennie V. Donnell, Fort Worth; aunt Mrs. Ellis, Blooming Grove; grandmother, Mrs. J. O. McSpadden, Sr. Blooming Grove; uncle, J. O. McSpadden, Jr., Corsicana; two brothers, Charles Hewitt artillery, U. S. Army, England, and Billy Hewitt, U. S. Army; a half brother in Fort Worth, and other relatives.


Baldwin Harle Woods
Aug 1862 - Feb 24, 1921

Dallas Morning News, 25 February 1921

B. H. Woods, 58 years old, for forty years a resident of Corsicana, died at the home of his son-in-law, W. A. Tarver, here this morning. He is survived by his wife, two children, Mrs. W. A. Tarver and Baldwin Woods; two brothers, State Senator J. H. Woods and Mike Woods of California, and a sister, Mrs. W. E. Purifoy of Corsicana.

At one time he was Mayor of Corsicana and it was under his administration that the first street paving bonds were provided for. For twenty-five years he was secretary and treasurer of the First Methodist Church here and for many years was teller for the Central Texas Conference. The funeral will take place Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock.





Deceased Prominent in Affairs Of Corsicana For Forty Years

Hon. B. H. Woods, who was fifty eight years of age in August last, died at the home of his son-in-law, Hon. W. A. Tarver, at 2 o'clock this morning after many months of ill health ,and the funeral will take place from the First Methodist church tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock. The deceased had lived in Corsicana for forty years or more, an was in the grocery business here for many years. Although always an attentive man to his private affairs he gave much time to public service. For years he was an active and zealous official of the First Methodist church, served a number of years as an alderman, and was for four years mayor of the city. In all these positions he did his work faithfully and well, and leaves behind him the record of an honorable life of good service to his fellow man.

The deceased is survived by his wife and two children, Mrs. W. A. Tarver and Miss Baldwin Woods, and two brothers, Hon. J. H. Woods and Mike Woods, the latter in California, and a sister, Mrs. W. E. Purifoy, of Corsicana.

Revs. M. S. Hotchkiss of Hubbard, a former pastor here, M. W. Clark, C. H. Booth and A. D. Porter will officiate in the funeral services. Other arrangements are being deferred until the arrival of Hon. J. H. Woods from Austin tonight.

During Mr. Woods' administration as mayor the first street paving bonds were provided for, and it can be said therefore that he laid the foundation for the extensive system for street paving that followed.

He was active in the church and for twenty-five years was secretary-treasurer of the First Methodist Church and for many years was teller for the Central Texas Conference. He gave liberally of not only his time but of his money to the church and was always a cheerful and generous contributor to all worthy enterprises having for their object the development of Corsicana and the progress of its people.

Mr. Woods enjoyed a life of usefulness and the sympathies of many friends go out to his family and especially to the bereaved wife, who is also very seriously ill and has been for some time.


Passing Away

Three of our old neighbors and friends have passed away within two weeks of each other, namely, Mr. H. H. Bonner, Hon, Baldwin H. Woods, Capt. S. A. Pace. To be neighbors, is to know people, and for years we knew nothing of these men, who have all filled places in the business and social world of Corsicana, but personal kindness and neighborly deeds. Each of these men were at their best in their homes, being kind, loving husbands and fathers. Surely nothing better or greater can be said of them. The passing of so many old and representative citizens, who a score of years ago, were masters of city affairs and finance, is saddening to their friends and heart-breaking to their loved ones. Deep is our sympathy.


Ralph B. Culwell

Marine Pfc. Ralph B. Culwell, 20, son of Mrs. A. D. Anderson, 2520 North Fifteenth - A, has been killed in action in the Pacific area probably the Marianas the war department informed his mother by telegram Monday morning.  Pfc. Culwell enlisted in Dallas in February 1943.  Born in Whitesboro, he went to school in that city.  Surviving him are his mother and four sisters, Mrs. A. D. Neill of HOmestead, Fla; Misses Jimmye Fay Carleen and Jo Ellen of Waco.  His step-father is adver - [rest of article missing]


  • Added 1/18/1999

Major Alexander Beaton
Feb 19, 1820 - June 11, 1899

 June 1899 The Corsicana Observer

About 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon the long expected death of Major Alexander Beaton occurred at his home south of the city, the death being the result of stomach troubles, that set in quite a while back, coupled with extreme old age.  The funeral will take place at the First Methodist Church tomorrow at 10 o'clock and will be conducted by Rev. Sam. R. Hay; interment afterwards at Oakwood Cemetery.

The deceased was one of the oldest citizens of Corsicana, having come to the county fifty years ago, and here he resided up to the day of his death, honored by all who knew him.
Alexander Beaton was of Scotch birth, his native place being Inverness, Scotland, his birth occurring on the 19th of February 1820.  Early in life he came to the United States, and when the Mexican War broke out enlisted in the army of the United States serving throughout the war, and for his services was granted a pension by the government.   He lives two children only, both of whom were at his bedside when the old veteran was called away - Mr. Ralph Beaton and Mrs. Kate Beaton Johnson, wife of Dr. S. W. Johnson of this city.

Major Beaton was present at the inauguration of Queen Victoria in 1837, sixty years ago.
As a tribute to the memory of the deceased, a number of business houses in the city will close their doors tomorrow between 9:30 and 11:30 in order that their employees and proprietors may pay their respects to a man who has been so closely identified with Corsicana and Navarro County, and whose name was a synonym of honor and integrity.
[added 2/5/1999]

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Pleasant Stringer

The Corsicana Light, Wednesday June 25, 1890

[Terry, Ben - CHILD OF]
June 19, 1890
Two more funerals take place at Bazette to-day.  Pleasant Stringer, about twenty years of age was taken sick Sunday the 15th, and died Wednesday the 18th, an illness of about 72 hours.  Particulars not known.  He was a bright boy, the eldest of his twice widowed and afflicted mother.

Oh, what a crush to the fond, loving heart of a tender, sweet mother.  Where are the sympathies of Christian friends and neighbors in calamities like this.  Alas! poor stricken hearts suffer alone.  The sympathetic tears and tender caresses of all the friends on earth were but a finite drop of balm in an infinite cup of unutterable woe to the heart overflowed with the gall of bitterness.  Oh, Christian, consider your own coming time, and belabor heaven for special comfort for the widowed mother in her special affliction.

One word, dear sister Barret: "The Lord giveth, and the Lord hath taken away." Rejoice in God that he has taken Phasy "away from the evil to come."  The other death was of the babe of Mr. Ben Terry.  The mother is in critical health.

The doctors are distressed, and the people are alarmed at the unprecedented rate of mortality of the recent sickness.  I have not investigated it and cannot tell the cause of the unexpected deaths that have occurred.

Several other cases of sickness, pretty severe, are under treatment.  If medicines do not have their usual influence, it is evident that they have to do with unusual enemies.

First cotton bloom of Bazette came to these headquarters the 17th inst.  Early fruit of the enterprising and industrious M. F. Albritton.

Joseph Lee

The Corsicana Daily Light - June 25, 1890

In Memoriam

Whereas it hath pleased the Supreme Ruler of the universe to remove from our midst our worthy brother Joseph Lee.  Brother Lee was born October 27, 1854 and died June 10, 1890, aged 35 years, 7 months and 12 days.

Resolved, That in the death of Brother Lee, Cook School House alliance No. 2120 has lost one of the most efficient and respected members, his wife and children a kind and affectionate husband and father, and the community a worthy citizen, a gentleman in the true sense of the word.
Resolved, That the Alliance tender Sister Lee and her children the heartfelt sympathies of its members, in the bereavement, and that we wear the usual badge of mourning for thirty days.

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be presented to Sister Lee, and that the secretary furnish each of the Corsicana papers with a copy with the request that they publish the same.  H. N. Smith, T. W. Carpenter, J. R. Love Committee

James Elington Christian

Corsicana Daily Sun, April 3, 1923

Special to the Sun
Powell, April 3, - - James E. Christian died at his home in Powell this morning at 3:30 o'clock after suffering with an incurable ailment for over thirteen months.  He is survived by his widow, four daughters, Mrs. Lloyd Wilson and Misses Lilac, Kathryn and Minnie Jim.  He is also survived by three brothers, J. G. Christian of Powell, A. W. Christian of Rice and Will Christian of Cullman, Alabama; five sisters, who live in Alabama and Georgia.  Besides these a great number of other relatives and a host of friends mourn his passing.

The remains were interred in Oakwood at 3:30 p.m. today.  The active pallbearers were A. D. Wilson, J. O. Burke, J. A. Jackson, W. W. Carter, R. L. Killingsworth, W. E. Stevenson, and D. U. Langston of Powell and Will Bartlett of Rice.  The honorary pall bearers were B. B. Munsey, J. R. Collins, J. Halbert, I. N. Cerf, J. B. Fortson, Tom Stockton of Kerens; Z. T. Hanks, Zeb Burke, Doc Hull, H. J.  Breithhaupt, G. R. Thornton, F. P. Mayfields, E. J. Gibson, Merritt Drane, D. D. Hanks, E. P. Breithaupt, Sherman Miles, John Bradley, I. J. Kyser, John Fortson, Percy Williams, Frank Harvard, Fred White, Judge Lee Jester, C. C. Walton, Rod Kenner, W. N. Kenner, E. L. Dupuy, E. Raphael, P. N. Stockton of Kerens, J. G. Walker, Kerens, T. G. Towns, J. R. Richie, Jim, Jno. and Pope Estes of Roane, T. W. Stevenson, P. B. Baltzegar, Noel Reynolds of Ennis, Sterling Hornbeck, J. E. Butler, W. W. Farmer, Chap Albritton, Jim Pollan, Lip Polland, Joe Bradley, Claude Hervey, Mit Sowell, Frank King, Dr. Hugh Sloan, Dr. Jim Carter, Morgan Holloway, Nathan Garrett, Lawrence Treadwell, Judge landing, Billie Vernon, Luther Westbrooks.  Hugh Logan, J. H. Burke of Clifton, Will Findley, Burnice King, Sidney Marks, Henry Barnett, Dr. B. F. Houston, Dr. McCall of Ennis and E. D. Holmes.

The great concourse of friends that attended his funeral and the beautiful flowers attested mutely to esteem in which Mr. Christian was held by his friends.  He came to Texas from Alabama when a young man and at the age of twenty-two married Minnie Warren, the daughter of W. M. Warren, who recently died here in Powell.  With practically no advantage at all he came to be on of the foremost land owners in this town.  He was also a director in the Powell state Bank and the State National Bank of Corsicana.

His personality was the charming thing of his character.  Everything that was clean he was for it.  He was especially devoted to his family.  Anything that was for the betterment of his community he was called upon and always responded.


April 3, 1923
CHRISTIAN - Corsicana, Texas, April 3. - James E. Christian, 50 years old, one of the most prominent farmers in Navarro County, died at his home in Powell at 3:30 o'clock this morning after a long illness. Funeral services took place this afternoon at 3 o'clock, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana. The services were conducted by the Rev. M. C. Cuthberison of Denison. Mr. Christian is survived by his wife and four daughters, Mrs. Lloyd Wilson and Misses Lilac, Katherine and Minnie Jim Christian, all of Powell, and two brothers Tom Christian of Rice and John Christian of Powell.



Mark J. McMullan

This is a copy, verbatim, as it appeared in The Butler Herald, Butler, Georgia, on Tuesday, December 11, 1888: Maj. M. J. McMullan

Died, at Chatfield, Navarro county, Tex., Nov. 4th, 1888, at l:30 o’clock a.m., in the seventy-fourth year of his age, Maj. M. J. McMullan.

Maj. McMullan was born in Elbert county, GA., Feb. 24th, 1815, and took active part in the Florida war, afterwards engaging in the mercantile business in the cities of Macon and Oglethorpe. Subsequently, he represented his county in the State legislature. When the shot from Ft. Sumter aroused the people to action he enlisted in the Confederate army and did active and gallant service. The war having ended, his fortune gone, his attention was turned to agriculture, which he pursued in his native State until 1870, when he moved to Texas and settled at this place. Several years ago his health gave way, the last twelve months being spent almost wholly in bed. He was fully conscious of the approaching end and bore his sufferings with christian fortitude and patience, and passed quietly away. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge at this place and the Commandatory at Corsicana, and a life-long member of the Methodist church. He leaves an aged and infirm wife, and a son, R. M. McMullan, Esq. The sympathies of the community are cordially extended the family in their affliction. P.


  • The above is copied from the Corsicana, Texas Observer. The deceased was a brother of Mrs. H. T. Gaines, of Butler.
    Donated by
    Cecil M. Gaines
  • Note: Mark J. McMullan b. 24 Feb 1815 d. 4 Nov 1888.  Annie B., wife of M. J. McMullan, b. 9 Aug 1819, d. 17 Feb 1890.  Both bur at the Chatfield Cemetery.  CSA Marker

Stephen D. Bright - June 18, 1867

Texas Baptist Herald, Aug. 21, 1867; 2.7

Resolution to the memory of Stephen D. Bright, member of Hopewell Church, Navarro Co. Tex., who d. 18 June 1867. H. R. Puryear, Moderator; P. H. Mayes, Clerk pro tem. Adopted at meeting held Sat. "before Lord's day in July 1867."

William A. Allen

William A. Allen b. near Milton, Tenn. 25 Feb 1847 died at home of his son Horace Allen in Murfreesboro Tenn. 5 Jan 1930. After serving in CSA, he married Miss Martha J. Frence [sic] French of Corsicana, Texas.


  • Confederate Veterans Magazine, May 1930. pp. 194

Alexander Clovin Sloan, MD
Mar 31, 1843 - Nov 30, 1906

Dr. A. C. Sloan of Dorcicana, Tex. d. 30 Nov 1906, aged 63 years; was native of Ala., served CSA from that state; moved to Texas 1868 and set up medical practice. His widow and several children [not named] survive.


Lelia F. (Smith) Sloan
June 11, 1945

Mrs. A. C. Sloan, pioneer Corsicanan, died at the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic at an early hour Monday morning following a several months illness.
A native of Oxford, Miss., Mrs. Sloan taught in a Presbyterian Seminary in Mississippi before coming to Corsicana where she taught in the public schools until her marriage to the late Dr. A. C. Sloan of Corsicana.
Prominent in the activities of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church for many years Mrs. Sloan served as president of the women's council; and taught a Sunday school class for a long time.
Surviving are one son, Blanding Sloan, Los Angeles, Calif., a well known artist and a number of nieces and nephews.
Her son will be unable to be here for the funeral services because of transportation difficulties and also because he is under a rush contract for a painting for the U.S. Navy.
Funeral services will be held from the Third Avenue Presbyterian church Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Dr. Matthew Arnold, pastor of the church.
Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home is in charge.
Pallbearers will be A. G. Elliott, C. W. Taylor, Dr. W. T. Shell, Sr. D. P. Smith. P. H. Loggins and Chris J. Knox.


Col. D. R. Mitchell

Col. D. R. Mitchell, old and valuable citizen of Navarro County, died a few weeks since. The Col. was, we believe, formerly a resident of Ala.


  • The Northern Standard, 21 Jan 1854, Clarksville, TX.
  • The title of "Colonel" seems to be an honorary one since no record of service in CSA.

D. A. Loughridge - Will Extract

Will of D. A. Loughridge. dtd. 26 Mar 1862; prob. 2 Aug 1862; "My last will and testament is if I never get back from wars, I assign my rights to all my property to Hester Ann Owen to do as she pleases with." No witnesses.


  • Will B. G, p. 59, Navarro Co. TX

Williams H. Garner - Will Extract

Will of William H. Garner, dtd 23 Aug dtd 23 Aug. 1868, prob. 8 Sept. 1868;estate to wife Nancy after her death divided among children [not names]


  • Witnesses: Mose T. French and J. M. Berry [Will Bk. R. p. 214]

Hiram Hardin 

Will of Hiram Hardin dtd 30 July 1859; prob. 25 July 1864; names daughter Maria Yancy, wife S. M. Yancy and sons William F. and Thomas J. Hardin. Ex. J. M. Eliot. Wit: John Ward and J. S. Halbert


  • Navarro Co. Will Bk C, p. 228

Frances Hardin

"Died on the 3rd of March 1859 at the residence of her husband, on Richland Creek, Navarro County, of pneumonia, Sister Frances Hardin, in the fifty-second year of her age. Sister Hardin was one of the seven who went into the organization of the Pin Oak Church on the fourth Sabbath in September 1858."


  • The Texas Baptist, May 19, 1859

John H. Johnson - Will Extract

Will of John H. Johnson, dtd. 17 July 1868; prob. 29 March 1872; names brothers Robt. B. Johnson and David Johnson; wife Willie A. Johnson who was daughter of Benjamin Mitchell. Wit: B. F. Blackmon, John M. Fry, George Dunn.


  • Navarro Co. Will Bk S, p. 36

Amanda & Isaac W. Johnston - Will Extract

Will of Amanda F. and Isaac W. Johnston, dtd. 14 Oct 1868; prob. 1 Sept. 1874. "Having given property to older children [not names[ $100 to Westley B. Johnston and rest to Willie our son except [illegible] to Ophelia Nelms wife James Nelms. Larry Thompson names Ex. and gdn. for Joseph and Willie Johnston. Wit: Larry Thompson and B. F. Johnston.


  • Probate Package O; document torn in strips and put in envelope - very hard to read. BK

J. L. Halbert

Moved to:  Obituaries for Joshua Long Halbert

John - Dickey - Will Extract

Will of John Dickey dtd May 14, 1856; prob. Oct. 27, 1856. "After just debts paid....$100 to Hugh Dickey and to Elizabeth King, wife of George King. Rest of estate to brother Samuel R. Dickey and to Lucinda A. Dickey to share and share alike." Ex: Samuel R. Dickey. Wit: James H. Barron; Almon Barron.


  • Navarro Co. Will Bk L. p. 12

Lucy Ann Cullum - Will Extract

Will of Lucy Ann Cullum dtd 16 March 1869; prob. 18 Aug. 1869. "of advanced age....grson David S. Cullum; eldest son John H. Cullum of Red River to be devided between my son John H. and my daughter Caroline. D. S. Cullum Admr. Wit. J. M. Riggs, W. T. Foster.


  • Navarro Co. Bk. $, Wills. p. 357

Mark Anderson - Will Extract

Will of Mark Anderson, dtd. Nov. 23, 1854; prob. March 31, 1855; names dau. Tinsey Stokes, gr sons Columbus and Wm P. Brown (sons of dau Elizabeth Anderson Brown) son Wm Ro Amderson son Paton Anderson; sons Willis, Eliza William [sic] and Courtney Thurman; wife Polly; Amazi Anderson. Executrix: wife Polly. wit: Robt Carithers and James Hines.


  • Navarro Co. Will Bk H. p. 639-640

E. H. Calhoon/Calhoun - Will Extract

Will of E. H. Calhoon/Calhoun dated 4 April 1862; [prob. 27 Apr. 1863; "about to leave home for defence of my country and in danger of being killed for protection of my family I give wife Elizabeth full control. If wife makes 2nd marriage all mu property of every kind to go equally to all my children (unnamed). Wit. A. Dunn and Silas Greer.


  • Navarro Co. Will Bkk O. p. 129] NOTE; He died in 1863.

M. P.  Clary - Will Extract

Will of M. P. Clary, dtd. 6 Oct. 1887; prob. 1 Feb. 1888; names four heirs by first wife: Virginia McElwee, Elizabeth C. Freeman, Sarah Hammond and heirs of John Clary decd. Heirs of 2nd wife: Allie B., Susanna and Cora. "M. Clary to have all I accumulated since I married 2nd time." Ex: Alex Duren. Wit: James Kerr Sr. and J. A. Kerr.


  • Navarro Co. Will Bk 10, p. 400

Sarah W. Clements - Will Extract

Will of Sarah W. Clements dtd 25 Oct. 1875; prob. 10 Mar 1877. All property to husband J A S S Clements; heirs of husband to have all at his death; names husband *& daughter Mary E. Ingram Ex. wit: Mary E. Ingram and Miranda Clements.


  • Navarro Co. Will Bk S

J. T. Hester - Probate Records

Will of J. T. Hester of Midland Co. Tex. made 6 March 1886; probated 27 May 1886. [he died 12 May 1886] Names wife Mrs. M. Willie Hester executrix; son T. J. Hester ex. [unnamed] other children. Friends, J. J. McCullough, W. A. Polk and M. Dram to assist in settling business in Navarro County, Tex. Wit: Dr. W. E. Bailey and W. D. Johnson.


  • Midland County Probate Records, Drawer 1
  • The Hesters were formerly residents of Chatfield, Navarro Co., TX - B. Knox

Ernest Goodman

Corsicana Observer, Aug. 12, 1876   

Died in this city on the 9th, Ernest, 
infant son of R. P. and Virginia Goodman, 
aged nine months. 

"We know full well the worth and wealth
Of which we are bereft: 
But where are words wherewith to tell    
The emptiness that's left- 
Wherewith to span that shoreless void,    
Sound its unfathomed deeps, 
And picture to the comman sense    
the sacred thing it keeps."   


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