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Evergreen Cemetery is east of Whiteway and  approximately eleven miles east of Hamilton on the north side of Hwy. 36. Access is through a pasture. There is a sign on Highway 36 across the road from the entrance.  Evergreen Cemetery is not visible from Hwy. 36.

PARTIAL List of those interred in this cemetery.

Additions and corrections are welcome and may be sent to weathersec at gmail dot com.

Indicates U.S. Military veteran

NAME

BORN

DIED

OTHER

ATCHLEY, DARVIN

01/08/1920

12/21/2005

Wife:  Mary Loyce (Williams) AtchleyMarried: 04/24/1940, Hamilton County, TX, Marriage Record Bk. 10, p. 312

Parents: Earnest A. Atchley & Allie Mae Flippen

Obituary

BEACHAM, ETTIE MARY (THOMPSON)

08/22/1898

09/22/1981

Husband: John Lewis Beacham

Married: 04/30/1916, Hamilton County, TX, Hamilton County Marriage Record Bk. 7, p. 98

Parents: John Sherman Thompson & Sofie Allen

BEACHAM. JOHN LEWIS

04/13/1898

05/15/1944

Wife:  Ettie Mary (Thompson) BeachamMarried: 04/30/1916, Hamilton County, TX, Hamilton County Marriage Record Bk. 7, p. 98

BEACHAM, LEONARD LARSON

02/02/1910, Hamilton County, TX

10/12/1985

–Single

Parents: John  Brandon “Johnnie” Beacham & Myrtie C. Litchfield

BEACHAM, MYRTIE C. (LITCHFIELD)

05/20/1875

07/31/1967

Husband: John Brandon “Johnnie”  Beacham

Parents: John Litchfield & Sarah Elder

BLACKWELL, LEONARD DALE

10/25/1961, Hamilton County, TX

03/14/1993

Wife: Nancy Mae (McFarlin) Blackwell

Married: 06/04/1983, Evergreen, Hamilton County, TX

Parents: Leonard Ross Blackwell & Martha Ann Whitehead

BOLLIER, ALLIE MAE (TUBBS)

02/10/1905, Hamilton County, TX

05/08/1988

Husband: John Henry Bollier (D. 11/22/1972)

Married: 01/20/1924, Hamilton County, TX, Hamilton County Marriage Record Bk. 8, p. 339

Parents: Elbert Marion Tubbs & Josie Ensley

BOLLIER, CRAIK KOOKEN

09/09/1904, Evergreen Community, Hamilton County, TX

01/10/1987

Wife: Ruth Elon (White) Bollier

Married: 11/13/1932, Hamilton County, TX, Hamilton County Marriage Record Bk. 9, p. 374

Parents: Henry Bollier, Jr. & Mary Evelyn “Molly” Brandon

Obituary

BOLLIER, IDA IRENE (OVERCASH)

05/30/1907, Coryell County, TX

08/19/1990

Husband: Robert Cecil Bollier (D. 12/12/1974)

Married: 12/31/1922, Newspaper Obit., Hamilton Herald News

Parents: O. W. Overcash & Sarah E. Cathey

BOLLIER, JOHN HENRY

08/21/1891

11/22/1972

Wife: Allie Mae (Tubbs) Bollier

Married: 01/20/1924, Hamilton County, TX, Hamilton County Marriage Record Bk. 8, p. 339

Parents: Henry Bollier, Jr. & Mary Evelyn “Molly” Brandon

BOLLIER, ROBERT CECIL

01/01/1898

12/12/1974

Wife: Ida Irene (Overcash) Bollier

Married: 12/31/1922, Newspaper Obit., Hamilton Herald News

Parents: Henry Bollier, Jr. & Mary Evelyn “Mollie” Brandon

BOLLIER, RUTH ELON (WHITE)

06/04/1913
Hamilton Co., TX

08/14/2000
Coryell Co., TX

Husband:  Craik Kooken BollierMarried: 11/13/1932, Hamilton County, TX, Hamilton County Marriage Record Bk. 9, p. 374

Parents:  John Stephen White & Martha Elon Walker

Obituary
James A. Wright

BOLLIER, JR., JAMES EDWARD

08/06/1920, Hamilton, TX

04/26/1983

–Divorced

Parents: James Edward Bollier, Sr. & Effie Lou Graham

BUNDRANT, FANNIE VERA (MOSTELLER)

07/27/1896, Coryell County, TX

07/08/1987

Husband: D. F. Bundrant (D. 1959)

Married: April, 1917, Newspaper Obit., Hamilton Herald News

Parents: Willie & Sally Mosteller

BUNDRANT, WEBSTER FRANKLIN

01/06/1921

12/03/1989

Wife:  Rachel Mae (Melton) Bundrant

Married:  05/31/1641, Hamilton County Marriage Record Bk. 10, p. 396

Parents:  D. F. Bundrant & Fannie Vera Mosteller

BUNDRANT, WILLIAM HARDIN

01/27/1900

06/25/1975

Wife #1: Lyda (Wouland) Bundrant (d. 1935)Wife #2: Jessie (Hagans) Bundrant (d. 1975)

COFER, (JEWEL POSTON)

06/15/1895

12/06/1970

Husband: John C. Cofer

Parents: W. E. Poston & Mary Lillard

COFER, JOHN CHILIE

11/19/1923 Pittsburg, TX

12/29/1985

Wife: Janet (Middleton) Cofer

Parents: John C. Cofer & Jewell Poston

COFER, PENN LILLARD

03/16/1916, Clarksville, Red River Co., TX

05/04/1986

Wife: Nettie Mae (Butts) Cofer

Married: 05/16/1954, New Mexico, Newspaper Obit., Hamilton Herald News

Parents: John C. Cofer & Jewell Poston

EIDSON, ARTHUR WHEELIS

04/16/1914, Hamilton Co, TX

06/30/1989

–Single

Newspaper Obit., Hamilton Herald News

Parents: Barnwell Rhett Eidson & Hattie Wheelis

EIDSON, JANE (MOORE)

.

Buried: 12/10/1999

Husband:  James Ashley EidsonObituary

EVANS, ALTHEA (BRUNNEL)

01/29/1885, Hart Co., KY

03/28/1959, Hamilton, TX

Husband: Lemuel Lee Evans

Married: 01/05/1908, Hamilton County, TX, Hamilton County Marriage Record Bk. 4, p. 497

Parents: Sam W. Brunnell & Mary Bird Fegatte
Karen Evans Dyke

EVANS, BOYD BRYON

11/29/1910

10/19/1948

Wife:  Opal (Key) EvansMarried: 12/09/1933, Hamilton County Marriage Record Bk. 9, p. 446

EVANS, CHARLOTTE FRANCIS (CARROLL)

02/14/1849 Gibson County, TN

08/31/1936 Evergreen, Hamilton Co. TX

Husband: Thomas William Evans

Married: 08/24/1869, Dyer County, TN

Parents: M. B. & Cornelia Carrol
Karen Evans Dykel

EVANS, CORA ANNA

11/04/1886 Evergreen, Hamilton County, TX

12/05/1979, Tyler, Texas

Not married

Parents: Thomas William Evans & Charlotte Francis Carroll
Karen Evans Dyke

EVANS, JAMES LEE

04/25/1933, Evergreen, Hamilton County, TX

09/20/1991, Austin, Travis Co., TX

Wife: Dianne Evans

Newspaper Obit., Hamilton Herald News

Parents: Thomas Wendell Evans & Jewel Charlie (Burris)
Karen Evans Dyke

EVANS, JEWEL CHARLIE (BURRIS)

03/05/1912, Hamilton County, TX

04/28/1995, Hamilton, TX

Husband: Thomas Wendell Evans, Sr.

Married: 01/26/1929, Hamilton County, TX, Hamilton County Marriage Record Bk. 9, p. 184
Karen Evans Dyke

EVANS, LEMUEL LEE “LEM”

09/14/1884, Evergreen, Hamilton Co., TX

08/01/1965, Hamilton, Hamilton Co., TX

Wife: Althea (Brunnell) Evans

Married: 01/05/1908, Hamilton County, TX, Hamilton County Marriage Record Bk. 4, p. 497

Parents:  Thomas William Evans & Charlotte Francis Carroll
Karen Evans Dyke

EVANS, SAMUEL WILSON

04/05/1918

12/27/1975

Wife:  Jessie Lee (White) (Evans) EvansMarried:  10/14/1941, Hamilton County Marriage Record Bk. 10, o, 424

Buried: Redding, CA

EVANS, JR., THOMAS WENDELL

11/06/1935, Hamilton County, TX

10/22/1998, Travis County, TX

Wife:  Cynthia Evans

Parents: Thomas Wendell Evans, Sr. & Jewel Charlie Burris

Obituary

EVANS, SR. THOMAS WENDELL

10/25/1908, Evergreen, Hamilton County, TX

02/11/1955 Temple, Bell County, TX

Wife: Jewel Charlie (Burris) (Dodgion) Evans

Married: 01/26/1929 Hamilton County, TX, Hamilton County Marriage Record Bk. 9, p. 184

Parents: Lemuel Lee Evans & Althea Bunnell

EVANS, THOMAS WILLIAM

02/10/1848, Wilkes County GA

12/26/1924 Stephenville, Erath Co., TX

Wife: Charlotte Francis Carroll

Married: 08/24/1869 Dyer County, Tennessee

Parents: John W. Evans & Sarah Frazier
Karen Evans Dyke

FAUBION, HENRY

04/16/1815

03/17/1892

Wife:  Eliza Jane (Chapman) FaubionDarlene Edwards De Vries

FAUBION, HENRY T.

02/20/1848

11/04/1903

Wife:  S. M. FaubionDarlene Edwards De Vries

FAUBION, MARY M. (FITZGERALD)

02/15/1847

03/21/1909

Husband:  William C. FaubionDarlene Edwards De Vries

FAUBION, S. M.

06/16/1848

03/28/1925

Husband:  Henry T. FaubionDarlene Edwards De Vries

FAUBION, WILLIAM C.

02/26/1846

10/07/1901

Wife:  Mary M. (Fitzgerald) FaubionParents: Henry
“Harry” Faubion & Eliza Jane Chapman

Darlene Edwards De Vries

GUTHRIE, HOWARD

06/18/1907 Lawrence County, Tn

07/07/1962 Hamilton, Texas

Wife: Kathy (Evans) Guthrie

Married: 12/24/1939, Hamilton County, TX, Hamilton County Marriage Record Bk. 10, p. 290

Parents: George Guthrie & Rosa Mursei

Karen Evans Dyke

GUTHRIE, NORBERT C.

US NAVY, WW II

06/12/1924

07/19/1971

Wife: Mary (Cofer) Guthrie

Parents; James Guthrie & Edle Tobison

HARRIS. EFFIE LENORA, MS.

01/24/1940

01/07/1993

.

HENDERSON, ETTIE LEE (THORNTON)

12/03/1900, Mc Lennan County, TX

06/10/1990

Husband: Jethrow Paul Henderson

Married: 10/22/1921, Hamilton County, TX, Newspaper Obit., Hamilton Herald News, Hamilton County Marriage Record Bk. 8, p. 198

Parents:  William Miles Thornton & Ada Ann Higginbotham

HENDERSON, IDA M. (EVANS)

07/28/1873, Dyer County, TN

06/27/1901, Evergreen, Hamilton County, TX

Husband: Leondis Meredith Henderson

Married: 08/07/1889, Hamilton County, TX, Hamilton County Marriage Record Bk. 1, p. 143

Parents: Thomas William Evans & Charlotte Francis Carroll

(note: Infant daughter is buried with her-Ida and daughter died during childbirth.)
Karen Evans Dyke

HENDERSON, INFANT DAUGHTER

06/27/1901, Evergreen, Hamilton County, TX

06/27/1901, Evergreen, Hamilton County, TX

–Baby

Parents:  Leondis Meredith Henderson & Ida M. Carroll

Baby is buried with her mother
Karen Evans Dyke

HENDERSON, JETHROW PAUL

12/12/1895

01/05/1973

Wife: Ettie Lee (Thornton) Henderson

Married: 10/22/1921, Hamilton County, TX, Newspaper Obit., Hamilton Herald News, Hamilton County Marriage Record Bk. 8, p. 198

Parents:  Lewis Samuel Henderson & Azalee Moore

HENDERSON, SAM

.

Buried: 08/27/1979

-Single

Father: William L. Henderson

HENDERSON, SAMUEL ALVIS

06/23/1897, Hamilton County, TX

08/03/1989

–Divorced

Parents: Lewis Samuel Henderson & Azalee Moore

JONES , ANNIE MYRTLE (POSTON)

03/03/1892, Hamilton County, TX

11/19/1984

Husband: Charles Ross Jones

Parents: W. E. Poston & Mary Lillard

JONES, CHARLES ROSS

11/29/1885

01/09/1965

Wife: Annie Myrtle (Poston) Jones

Parents: F. M. Jones & Mary K.Morris

KEY, CARROLL R.,

02/15/1922, Iowa Park, TX

09/25/1987

–Single

Parents:  Reuben Alvah (R. A.) Key & Margaret Byrle Fuqua

KEY, REUBEN ALVAH “R. A.”

11/27/1888, Azle, TX

05/09/1989

Wife: Margaret Byrle (Fuqua)Key

Father: Robert Westfall Key

MASSINGILL, GEORGE LEROY “ROY”,

03/21/1894

01/14/1978

Wife: Susie (Bass) Massingill

Married: 07/20/1913, Hamilton County, TX, Hamilton County Marriage Record Bk. 6, p. 131

Father: Wes Massingill

MASSINGILL, JOHN PAUL

08/10/1984

03/14/2005

Parents:  Kenny Massingill & Kim (Burdett) (Massingill) PattersonObituary

MASSINGILL, SUSIE (BASS,)

06/13/1897, Coryell County, TX

01/11/1982

Husband: George Leroy “Roy” Massingill

Married: 07/20/1913, Hamilton County, TX, Hamilton County Marriage Record Bk. 7, p. 135

Parents:  Charlie Bass & Emmer Knotts

McFARLIN, ALLAN RAY

02/27/1931, Jonesboro, TX

10/22/1985

Wife: Lyla Evelyn (French) McFarlin

Parents: Johnny Jackson McFarlin & Fannie Young

McFARLIN, CHARLES EDWARD, STAFF SGT McFARLIN, ALLAN RAY

02/27/1931, Jonesboro, TX

10/22/1985

Wife: Lyla Evelyn (French) McFarlin

Parents:  Johnny Jackson McFarlin & Fannie Young

McFARLIN, JOHNNY JACKSON,

05/27/1906, Hamilton County, TX

08/30/1983

Wife: Fannie (Young) McFarlin

Married: 02/22/1930, Hamilton County, TX, Hamilton County Marriage Record Bk. 9, p. 253

Parents:  Andrew Jackson McFarlin & Kansas Nora “Cass” Carlisle

McFARLIN, LYLA EVELYN (FRENCH)

12/09/1928, Freestone County, TX

12/19/1984

Husband: Allan Ray McFarlin

Parents:  Jerry French & Maude Bacon

McLEMORE, MARY VIOLA (BRANDON)

05/21/1909, O’Keene, OK

12/26/1991

Husband: William Hoyt McLemore(D. 4/29/1991)

Parents:  R. Miller Brandon &Virginia C.Jackson

MITCHELL, DAISY (PATTERSON)

11/25/1881

12/10/1972

Husband: Albert Jefferson Mitchell

Parents:  Andrew J. Patterson & Deliah Housewright

MOORE, BRYAN KEY

10/05/1908, Hamilton County, TX

05/24/1982

Wife: Fredia Belle (Fisher) Moore

Married: 11/09/1931, Hamilton County, TX, Hamilton County Marriage Record Bk. 9, p. 322

Parents: : George Lee Moore & Amelia Curry

MOORE, OTWELL CURRY

08/14/1903

10/20/1981

–Single

Parents:  George Lee Moore & Amelia Curry

MORRIS, HARRIET CORNELIA (JOHNSON)

08/11/1848, Tellico, Texas

11/03/1908, Evergreen, Hamilton County, TX

Husband: William Zachariah Morris

Married: 02/03/1871, TX
Karen Evans Dyke

MORRIS, JULIA ANN

11/28/1882 Hamilton County, TX

11/28/1907 Hamilton County, TX

Not married

Parents:  William Zachariah Morris & Harriet Cornelia Johnson
Karen Evans Dyke

MORRIS, WILLIAM ZACHARIAH

12/26/1831, MO

03/16/1890 Hamilton County, TX

Wife: Harriet Cornelia (Johnson) MORRIS

Married: 02/03/1871, TX
Karen Evans Dyke

NIX, CORA LEE (HINSON)

01/21/1876

11/23/1957

Husband: C. C. Nix

Father: W. D.Henson`

NIX, RUBY (SELLERS)

12/23/1899, Coryell County, TX

07/28/1992

Husband: Layton Walton Nix (D.7/22/1983)

Married: 09/23/1924, Hamilton County, TX

PARRISH, WILMA FAYE (HENDERSON)

04/22/1905, Hamilton County, TX

05/04/1991

Husband: Newton “Newt” Parrish

Married: 02/19/1949, Stephenville, Erath County, TX, Newspaper Obit., Hamilton Herald News

Parents:  Louis Samuel Henderson & Azalee Moore

PAUL, MARCUS EARL

11/17/2004

11/17/2004

Parents:  Shawn Michael Paul & Anita Dawn WilsonObituary

PAYNE, CHARLIE ARTHUR

11/09/1903

11/18/1975

Wife:  Louise Laura “Lula”  (Brandon) (Stifflemire) PayneMarried: 05/11/1929, Hamilton County, TX, Marriage Record Bk, 9, P. 200

Parents:  Jim Payne & _____ Neely

PAYNE, LOUISE LAURA “LULA” (BRANDON) (STIFFLEMIRE)

08/04/1907

10/02/2003

Husband #1: Main A. StifflemireMarried: 10/28/1923, Hamilton County, TX, Marriage Record Bk, 8, P. 321

Husband #2: Charlie Arthur Payne

Married: 05/11/1929,Hamilton County, TX, Marriage Record Bk, 9, P. 200

Parents:  Robert Miller Brandon & Virginia Katherine-“Kate” Jackson

PEARCE, JAMES OBIE

01/05/1939

01/15/1999, Hamilton, TX

Wife: Linda (Atchley) Pearce

Married: Jan.7, 1964

Parents:   Willard Obie Pearce and Lucy Elizabeth Crain

Obituary

PEARCE, NANCY JANE “NAN” (WATSON)

11/09/1879

02/22/1977

Husband: William Howard Pearce

Parents:  John Watson & Sarah King

PEARCE, WILLIAM HOWARD

1878

1940

Wife: Nancy Jane “Nan” (Watson) Pearce

SARGENT, SR., D. P.

12/31/1887

10/14/1959

Wife: Estella “Stella” (Beacham) Sargent

Married: 12/07/1908, Hamilton County, TX, Hamilton County Marriage Record Bk. 4, p. 576

Father: James and Hannah J. Sargent

Martha Paul

SARGENT, ELVY GUY

04/17/1911

05/31/1975

Parents:  D. P. Sargent, Sr. & Estella “Stella” Beacham

Martha Paul

SARGENT, ESTELLA “STELLA” (BEACHAM)

02/15/1890

01/23/1973

Husband:  D. P. Sargent, Sr.

Married: 12/07/1908, Hamilton County, TX, Hamilton County Marriage Record Bk. 4, p. 576

Parents:  John & Ella Beacham

Obituary

Martha Paul

SHARP, HENRY BASIL(BRAZEL*), INFANT

09/21/1896

12/23/1896

Parents:  William Henry Sharp  and  Ida May Ward

Headstone has “Bazel”….name listed as Basil in Family Bible.

Gravestone

Kenneth Sharp

SMITH, CLAUD DUVAL

10/14/1889

07/19/1968

Wife:  Estie Cordelia (Wiegand) SmithParents:  Elias Charles Smith & Kate Adams

THOMPSON, EVELYN MAE (MASSINGILL)

03/15/1915, Hamilton County, TX

05/05/1990

Husband: Floyd Thompson

Married: 12/05/1936, Newspaper Obit., Hamilton Herald News

Parents: George Roy Massingill & Lenora Angeline Bass

THORNTON, ADA ANN (HIGGINBOTHAM)

01/04/1878

10/01/1957

Husband: William Miles Thornton

Parents: John Higginbotham & Jane French

THORNTON, WILLIAM MILES

12/14/1884

11/15/1959

Parents:  Ada Ann (Higginbothom) Thornton

WALKER, RUTH FLORABELLE

12/09/1878

06/07/1958

–Single

Parents:

WHITE, ELBERT LINCOLN

02/12/1907 Hamilton County, TX

04/05/1974

Wife: Maggie Estelle (Cozby) White

Married: 02/01/1934, Hamilton County, TX, History Of Hamilton Co., TX, Pg. 303, Hamilton County Marriage Record Bk. 9, p. 463

Parents: John Stephen White & Martha Elon Walker

Martha Paul

WHITE, ELLA CLYDENE (SARGENT)

12/4/1914 Aleman, Hamilton County, TX

08//16/2004

Husband:  Sidney Earl “Sid” WhiteMarried: 12/08/1932, Hamilton County, TX, Hamilton County Marriage Record Bk. 9, p. 382

Parents:  D. P. Sargent, Sr. & Estella “Stella” Beacham

Obituary

WHITE, JOHN STEPHEN

03/25/1880

07/04/1964

Wife: Martha Elon (Walker) White

Married: 05/08/1904, Hamilton County, TX, Hamilton County Marriage Record Bk. 4, p. 179

Parents: William Marshall White & Susan R. Dupree

Martha Paul

WHITE, JONNIE GLEN

01/07/1939, Hamilton County, TX

11/15/1992

Wife: Mary Gaylord (Menegay) White

Married: 05/30/1975, Hurst, Tarrant Co., TX

Parents: Elbert Lincoln White & Maggie Estelle Cozby

Martha Paul

WHITE, MAGGIE ESTELLE (COZBY)

12/20/1909

05/28/2002Bedford, Tarrant Co., TX

Husband:  Elbert Lincoln WhiteMarried: 02/01/1934, Hamilton County, TX, History Of Hamilton Co., TX, Pg. 303, Hamilton County Marriage Record Bk. 9, p. 463

Parents:  Charlie Cozby & Mary Elizabeth “Mollie” Carson

Obituary

Martha Paul

WHITE, MARTHA ELON (WALKER)

11/08/1873

01/26/1966

Husband: John Stephen White

Married: May 8, 1904, Hamilton County Marriage Record Bk. 4, p. 179

Parents: Francis Marion Walker and Martha Smith

Martha Paul

WHITE, SIDNEY EARL “SID”

02/15/1911, Glasscock Co., TX

06/20/1992

Wife: Ella Clydene (Sargent) White

Married: 12/08/1932, Hamilton County, TX, Hamilton County Marriage Record Bk. 9, p. 382

Parents: John Stephn White & Martha Elon Walker

Martha Paul

OBITUARIES, EVERGREEN CEMETERY, HAMILTON COUNTY

BOLLIER, CRAIK KOOKEN

SHARP, HENRY BASIL (BAZEL)

WHITE, MAGGIE ESTELLE (COZBY)


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Evergreen, located eleven miles east of Hamilton on HWY 36, was an area of early settlement in Hamilton County on the south side of the Leon River. Originally this community was called Rail.

EVERGREEN METHODIST CHURCH

In the 1880’s and 1890’s the Evergreen Methodist Church was one of the strongest Methodist Churches in the county.

EVERGREEN SCHOOL

No. 16

In 1911, there were eight grades in the Evergreen School which was classified as a high school. In 1924 Miss Edrie Couth and Miss Ida Hyles were the teachers at Evergreen School and Hugh Brown, C. C. Nix, and Henry Bollier were on the school board. A. Dooley, principal; and Miss Mildred Roberts were teachers in this school in 1936.

EVERGREEN  REGISTERED VOTERS in 1937

1937 VOTING PRECINCT NO. 3…EVERGREEN (1)

A

Adams, R. A., Farmer, Hamilton, R1

B

Beacham, H. J., Farmer, Ireland, R1

Beacham, J. L., Farmer, Ireland, R1

Beacham, L. L., Farmer, Ireland, R1

Beacham, Mrs. M. C., Ireland, R1

Bennett, J. H., Farmer, Ireland, R1

Bollier, C. K., Farmer, Hamilton, R1

Bollier, Henry, Farmer, Hamilton, R1

Bollier, J. E., Farmer, Ireland, R1

Bollier, J. H., Farmer, Ireland, R1

Boyar, John F., Farmer, Hamilton, R1

C

Cozby, J. E., Farmer, Ireland, R1

E

Endebrock, A. H., Farmer, Hamilton, R1

Endebrock, Arthur, Farmer, Hamilton, R1

Endebrock, Henry, Farmer, Hamilton, R1

Evans, Arch, Farmer, Ireland

Evans, Miss Cora, Ireland, Texas

Evans, L. L., Farmer, Ireland, R1

F

Fisher, Otis, Farmer, Ireland, R1

Franks, R. P., Farmer, Ireland, R1

G

Goerdel, A. A., Farmer, Hamilton, R1

Goerdel, Ernest, Farmer, Hamilton, R1

Gromatzky, Gilbert, Farmer, Hamilton, R1

H

Henderson, Alvis, Farmer, Hamilton, R1

Henderson, Miss Faye, Hamilton, R1

Henderson, L. S., Farmer, Hamilton, R1

Hill, R. Q., Farmer, Ireland, R1

Hinson, Mrs. W. D., Hamilton, R1

J

Johnson, E. C., Farmer, Ireland, R1

Johnson, J. A., Farmer, Ireland, R1

Jones, C. R., Farmer, Ireland, R1

Jones, W. D., Farmer, Hamilton, R1

K

Klatt, A. F., Farmer, Hamilton, R1

Klatt, C. F., Farmer, Hamilton, R1

L

Limmer, F. H., Farmer, Ireland, R1

M

Massingill, G. R., Farmer, Ireland, R1

Maxwell, James S., Farmer, Ireland, R1

Maxwell, M. G., Farmer, Ireland, R1

McFarland, J. J., Farmer, Ireland, R2

Moore, Bryan, Farmer, Ireland

Moore, G. L., Farmer, Hamilton, R1

Moore, Guy, Farmer, Ireland

Moore, O. C., Farmer, Ireland, R1

Moore, O. R., Farmer, Ireland, R1

N

Nix, Mrs. Cora, Hamilton, R1

Nix, Layton, Farmer, Ireland, R1

O

Overcash, O. W., Farmer, Ireland, R1

S

Sargent, D. P., Ireland, R2

Schrank, A. W., Farmer, Hamilton, R1

Spitzenberger, C., Farmer, Ireland

Stanke, B. C., Farmer, Ireland, R1

W

West, C. W., Farmer, Hamilton, R1

West, K. W., Farmer, Hamilton, R1

White, E. L., Farmer, Hamilton, R1

White, J. S., Farmer, Hamilton, R1

White, S. E., Merchant, Ireland, R1

White, W. M., Farmer, Ireland, R1

Williamson, Mark, Farmer, Ireland, R1

Source: (1) From: “Hamilton County [TX] Business Guide and Directory” First Edition, August 1, 1937

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James M. Rice

James M. Rice

Article from The Hamilton County News, Vol. IV, Number 11–Section One in the Historical and Trading Expansion Issue (June 29, 1934)

James M. Rice was born in Hamilton county, Tennessee in 1826, and came to Milam county, Texas in 1847, and was married to Elizabeth Standefer.

He was a 49’er in California.

James Rice moved to Hamilton county in 1855 from Hogg Creek country of McLennan county and brought the first wagon from that section into Hamilton county and settled on the Headright of Isaac Standifer on the Leon about 12 miles east of Hamilton. The trail that he made into Hamilton county became the old Hamilton-Waco road, running south of the Leon, south of Mt. View school house and down Hogg Creek.

He took a leading part in the creation of Hamilton county and became the first Chief Justice (County Judge) in 1858.

He selected and negotiated for the land that the county seat now occupies, and with Henry Standefer, a brother-in-law, opened the town’s first store.

He was captain of the Hamilton county Company for frontier defense during the Civil War, and with a portion of his company was at the Battle of Dove Creek southwest of San Angelo.

In early days he drove cattle to Abilene, Kansas, Oklahoma, and eastern markets and drove one heard as far east as Vicksburg, Miss.

He died at Galveston where he had gone on a business trip and was there buried in October, 1872.

Source: W. F. Billingslea, Editor-Publisher, The Hamilton County News, Vol. IV, Number 11–Section One in the Historical and Trading Expansion Issue (Hamilton, TX, June 29, 1934) Subscription Price ONE YEAR ..$1.00.

PIONEER EDITION, HAMILTON COUNTY NEWS, Vol. VIII, No. 7  & THE CARLTON CITIZEN, Vol. 30, No. 23

James M. Rice was born in Hamilton County, Tennessee, in 1826, and came to Milam County, Texas, in 1847. He was married to Elizabeth Standifer.

Mr. Rice was a ‘49’er in California, came back to Texas, and moved to Hamilton County in 1855 from Hogg Creek country in McLennan County. He brought the first wagon from that section into Hamilton County and settled on the Headright of Isaac Standifer on the Leon about 12 miles east of Hamilton. The trail that he made into Hamilton County became the old Hamilton-Waco road, running from the Leon south of Mt. View school house and down Hogg Creek.

He took a leading part in the creation of Hamilton County and became the first Chief Justice (County Judge) in 1858.

He selected and negotiated for the land that the county seat now occupies, and with Henry Standifer, a brother-in-law, opened the town’s first store.

He was captain of the Hamilton County company for frontier defense during the Civil War, and with a portion of his company was at the battle of Dove Creek southwest of San Angelo.

In early days he drove cattle to Abilene, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Eastern markets, and drove one herd as far as Vicksburg, Miss.

He died in Galveston, where he had gone on a business trip, and was buried there in October, 1879.[sic.–James M. Rice died in Galveston in 1872.]

Source: W. F. Billingslea, Publisher,  Pioneer Edition, Hamilton County News Vol. VIII, No & & The Carlton Citizen, Vol . 30, No. 23, (Hamilton County, TX, Friday, June 24, 1938), 3.

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The Leon River Flooded in 1942 North of Hamilton on the Old US 281 Bridge. JOSEPH THEODORE 'TED" CHESLEY'S HAMILTON COUNTY ALBUM.  Shared by Bob Chesley

The Leon River Flooded in 1942 North of Hamilton on the Old US 281 Bridge. Orignally in Joseph Theodore "Ted" Chesley's Hamilton " County Album. Source: Bob Chesley

The Leon River meanders across Hamilton County from Gentrys Mill to Providence to Rock House to Jonesboro as it winds from Eastland County to Bell County. During floods, the Leon become a mighty river as it inundates much farmland. The Leon River extends from Cisco in Eastland County, through Comanche, Hamilton, and Coryell Counties to reach Lake Belton in Bell County.

The Leon River heads in Eastland County, comes into Hamilton County below Lamkin, runs through the Bob Shockley farm. The old Stephenville road crosses it on Mrs. Hobdy Mann’s pecan grove. Highway 66 (US 281) crosses it six miles north of Hamilton at the old Hico bridge. Highway 22 crosses it near Ed Perry’s farm and orchard on the Cranfills Gap road. Highway 36 crosses it at the new Jonesboro bridge. (This bridge has been replaced with a higher bridge south of the one referred to in this article.) It goes into Coryell County at the old Jonesboro bridge, through Gatesville, and between Temple and Belton meets the Lampasas and Salou, and the three form Little River which finally empties into the Brazos. Indians named the Leon.”–Doris LaRue Stapleton and Capt. C. E. Horton.

“LEON RIVER.” The Handbook of Texas Online

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CREATION OF HAMILTON COUNTY

by the Seventh Legislative Session of the State of Texas

22 January, 1858 Section 9

The following limits, towit: Beginning at the North west corner of Bosque county, on the South line of Erath county; thence with said South line, South 60 degrees West, to the South west corner of Erath county; thence 20 East, six miles; thence South 60 West to the East line of Brown county; thence south 30 East to a point South 60 West from the North west corner of Coryell county; thence North 60 East to the North west corner of Coryell county; thence following the North line of Coryell and the West line of Bosque county to the beginning shall constitute the county of Hamilton, named in honor of the late Gen. James Hamilton. The county seat thereof shall bear the same name.

Hamilton County, located in Central Texas, is actually the second county named Hamilton in Texas; however, it is the only Hamilton County to be organized as such. Both counties were named to honor Gen. James Hamilton for his participation in the financial support of the Republic of Texas. Read about James Hamilton in the Texas Handbook Online.

The First Hamilton County

The first Hamilton County was created 2 February, 1842, by the Sixth Congress of the Republic of Texas. The Sixth Congress passed an act to divide Montgomery and Houston Counties in southeast Texas so that two additional counties would be created for “judicial and other purposes.” “It included the north half of what is now Walker County, the east portion of Madison County, and parts of Houston, Trinity, and Polk counties; Cincinnati was made the county seat. Hamilton County was abolished by the Spring Session of the Texas Supreme Court in the Stockton v. Montgomery decision which declared judicial counties created by the Texas Congress were unconstitutional.”- -Oran Jo Pool, Nov. 19, 1954 (Hamilton County Judical)

The Second Hamilton County

Hamilton County in the Handbook of Texas On-line

Sixteen years later, on January 22, 1858, what is now Hamilton County was sliced from Comanche, Bosque, and Lampasas Counties by the Legislature of the State of Texas. The county was organized August 2, 1858, and the county seat of Hamilton was soon surveyed. Only one family, the Ezekiel “Zeke” Manning family, lived at the site selected for the town of Hamilton. Mrs. Manning was the first white woman ever to spend a night in Hamilton. The Mannings from Perry County, MO, had arrived in 1855 in an ox cart and initially camped at the site now occupied by St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. Mr. Manning built a “tavern” on the southwest corner of the square (now the at the intersection of HWY 281 and HWY 36. The square had not been laid off, and there was a big chaparral thicket where the courthouse now stands. Mr. Manning helped organize the county of which he was the first sheriff being appointed by Governor Sam Houston. Also appointed were:

The first elected county officials on 2 August, 1858, were:

  • Chief Justice (County Judge)–James Monroe Rice
  • Sheriff–Ezekiel Manning
  • County Treasurer–Jesse Jones Griffith
  • Assessor and Collector–R. B. Griffith
  • County Clerk–Isaac Skelton Standefer.
  • County Commissioners–Henry C. Standefer and Noah Crisco

Isaac Standefer issued the first marriage license in Hamilton County to Joel Baggett and Emily J. Ferrell.

Most of the inhabitants of the new county lived on the Leon River near what is now known as the Evergreen and or the Pulltight community and they wanted the county seat to be located at the site of the future Rock House near the Leon River. Fear of losing Priddy, Center City, and the western part of the county contributed to the acceptance of a more centrally located site. In creating Hamilton County, the Texas Legislature had stipulated that both the county and the county seat would be named Hamilton, and that the town of Hamilton would be within five miles of the geographic center of the county.

M. McIlhaney offered sixty acres of land “beginning at a point where the Burch hotel now stands and extending to the F. C. Williams home, and from the Presbyterian Church street [College Street–across the street from and south of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church] to where the railroad tract now runs on the east [Railroad Street.] This was the edge of the timberland, and the beginning of the prairie.”

Severe droughts in 1856 and in 1858 increased the hardships and dangers faced by the first brave souls who ventured into the soon-to-be Hamilton County. A smallpox epidemic in 1863 took the lives of many early pioneers. In 1877 frosts occurred every month with the exception of July and August. The frost on 10 June, 1877, killed all of the corn crops. There was no rain in Hamilton County in 1886, and none in 1887 until August. The years of 1917, 1918, and 1950 also brought a drought to Hamilton County. The drought of the 1950’s was broken with the flood in Hamilton on May, 1957.

By 1871 residents on the Leon River were pressing for the county seat to be moved to the Leon River. On 31 January, 1871, a petition was sent to the state legislature on behalf of both the county and the town of Hamilton to leave the county seat where it was. If the county seat were moved, it would have been ten miles from the center of the county instead of four miles north of the county’s midpoint.

Also in 1871–July 17, that the first District Court was organized in Hamilton County. J. P. Ousterhout, was the first Judge of the 34th Judicial District. James B. Boyd was district attorney; Isaac Hollingsworth Steen was district clerk, and Capt. Frederick Browder Gentry was foreman of the grand jury.

Dangers from Indian attacks prevailed through the 1870’s.

In 1881 the residents of Hamilton County learned that the State Legislature was considering forming a new county from the counties of Hamilton, Lampasas, Comanche, and Brown. Both the Commissioners Court and the citizens of the county sent petitions opposing the loss of any Hamilton County land to a new county. Despite the protests Mills County was organized 15 March, 1887, from the above named counties. Before Mills County was formed, the citizens of the southern portion of Hamilton County had become disgruntled with being so far from the countyseat. After the courthouse burned 2 February, 1886, these citizens petitioned for an election to consider relocating the countyseat to “Pegtown,” a proposed town eight miles south of Hamilton near Shive. To preserve Hamilton as the countyseat of Hamilton County, the Commissioners Court negotiated with the residents along the southern border of the county to move the Hamilton County line north seven miles from Sims Creek south of Center City to McGirk.

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1854-1860

Note: (Several sources provide information about the earliest settlers, but unfortunately there is much inconsistency about the dates among the lists. This is an incomplete list of the first pioneers to arrive in Hamilton County. 463 people were enumerated in Hamilton County in the 1860 US Census.)

Name, Area of First Location

1854

CARTER, Robert– Fairview

1855

BLANSIT, Arch Dickerson

BLANSIT, John Chambers (or 1858): John Chambers Blansit was born 22 FEB 1827 in Autuaga, Alabama. He married Eleanor White on 18 Dec 1851 Dekalb County, AL (Source: Kathy Beaudry)

BLANSIT, Eleanor “Ellen” (White): John Chambers Blansit married Eleanor White on 18 Dec 1851 Dekalb County, AL (Source: Kathy Beaudry)

BROWDER, Capt. Frederick

CARTER, James Atchley, Ohio

GHOLSON, Albert G., Blue Hole Ranch

GRAVES, Francis Marion (or 1859)

GRIFFITH, Jesse J., Primitive Baptist Preacher and teacher

In 1855, Jesse J. Griffith arrived in the area that would become Hamilton County. When the first Hamilton County officials were elected, on August 2, 1858, the 80 qualified voters in the county chose Griffith to be the first County Treasurer. In 1860, Griffith started a private school, the 3rd school on record in the county, in his home on the banks of the Leon River, east of the town of Hamilton. The school was in existence only a very short time because Elder Griffith was killed not long after he established the facility.

Griffith may have been the first Primitive Baptist preacher in Hamilton County. The book The History of the Primitive Baptists in Texas, Oklahoma, and Indian Territory, by J. S. Newman, contains the following account of Griffith’s death from an Indian attack.

Elder J.C. White, who was known in his day as Uncle Jackie, left Alabama October 11, 1856, and landed in Coryell County January the second 1860. At this time the county was sparsely settled and of course our people were few and widely scattered. A short while after Elder White settled in Coryell County he heard of an Old Baptist preacher by the name of Griffith that lived over in Hamilton County on the Leon River, so Elder White started to hunt Elder Griffith and as there were Indians in the county at that time. Elder White buckled his six-shooter around him and his gun to the horn of his saddle with his old saddle bags containing a hymn book and Bible, so when Elder White found Elder Griffith he was soon informed that there was a Primitive Baptist Church over in the northeast corner of Coryell County by the name of Rainey’s Creek.  Arrangements were soon made and the two Old Baptist preachers were on their way to said church, and near where Turnersville now is, the Indians came upon them wounding both of them, Elder Griffith died nine days after he was wounded. Elder White’s wounds were so severe that life was despaired of by his family and his brethren. For seven weeks he was turned on a sheet in his bed. He finally survived, his wounds got well. He died at Lampasas on February 13, 1884. Thus passed away one of the best pioneer preachers of Texas. Peace be to his ashes.”

GRIFFITH, Violet (Mrs. Jesse J.)

LANGFORD, Asa, south of Evant (probably in Lampasas County).

MANNING, Ezekiel, the future Hamilton

MANNING, Nancy (Moore) (Mrs. Ezekiel Manning)

RICE, James Monroe, Leon River-12 miles east of the future Hamilton–Fall, 1855

RICE, Elizabeth (Standefer) (Mrs. James Monroe Rice)–Leon River, Fall, 1855

STANDEFER, Henry C., Leon River-12 miles east of the future Hamilton–Spring, 1855

1856

ANDERSON, John Quincy, Honey Creek

BARBEE, James Gaston, Honey Creek

BAUGHN, John A.

BEAUCHAMP, William, south of Evant

BOOKERMAN, Henry, south of Evant

CARTER, Henry Jones, 15 Sept., 1856, Cowhouse Creek

CARTER, Mary Caroline (Preston), (Mrs. Henry Jones Carter), Cowhouse Creek

CRISCO, Noah

FULLER, Henry, Honey Creek

FULLER, James R., Honey Creek

FULLER, M. A., Honey Creek

GENTRY, Frederick Browder, Leon River

GENTRY, Rebecca Patton (Barnett) (Mrs. Frederick Browder Gentry), Leon River

GENTRY, Uncle Alex, Leon River

GENTRY, Aunt Mourn, Leon River

GRIFFITH, R. B.

MALONE, Isaac, Sr, Honey Creek

MALONE, Thomas, Honey Creek

MILLER, Andrew–Comanche Co–in 1858 Hamilton Co. line was drawn through his property

MILLER, Hannah Margaret (Shockley) (Mrs. Andrew Miller)

STEEN, Isaac Hollingsworth, Honey Creek

HAZZARD, Raleigh taught the first school in Langford Cove in 1857 or 1858

STANDEFER, Isaac Skelton, settled on a section of Comanche County which became Hamilton County in 1858 when Hamilton County was established.

BLANSIT, John Chambers (or 1855): John Chambers Blansit was born 22 FEB 1827 in Autuaga County, Alabama.  He married Eleanor White on 18 Dec 1851, Dekalb County, AL (Source: Kathy Beaudry)

BLANSIT, Eleanor “Ellen” (White)  (Mrs. John Chambers Blansit).:  Ellen was a daughter of John S. White b: 25 Aug. 1813, in South Carolina and Elizabeth Barrier b: 15 JUL 1815 in Kentucky ( Source: Kathy Beaudry)

BROWN, Ike, before 1858

FOWLER, Jim, before 1858

FULLER, Patilla, before 1858

HOLLAND, John R.

ISABELL, J. H., by 1858

KUYKENDALL, James, before 1858

McELROY, John A.

MORRIS, David M., before 1858

POWERS, A. V., before 1858

SECREST, William Harrison, near Carlton

VAUGHN, John A.

1859

BARBEE, Amelia Carson (Mrs. John Gaston Barbee)

BARBEE, John Gaston

BOYD, James J., at least by 1859

COTTON, W. F.

DURHAM, John Jefferson, Hamilton

DURHAM, Elizabeth Ann (McCutcheon)`(Mrs. John Jefferson Durham), Hamilton

LIVINGSTON, Uel, 6 miles east of Hamilton

McBARRON, James A., Hampton post master; Clerk Commissioners Court, 1859;

MEDFORD, Harvey

MORRIS, Andres

NORRIS, Greenville

RICHARDSON, R. 1859

SNOW, James

WILLIS, John J.

BEFORE 1860

BAGGETT, Joel

BECK, William

BOONE, Jacob H., Jr.,

CARTER, D. J.

CLANTON, N.H.

DOOLEY, L.

FERRELL, Emily J.

FULLER, Ransom A.

GASTON, H. M.

GROOMER, John J.

HACKWORTH, W. W.

HOWARD, Volney “Vol”

HUNTER, James P.

JONES, John Glover

LEE, J. Harvey

KEMP, W. A.

LOYD, Simpson

MASSINGILL, Page M.

MOORE, Eli

OATES, W. W.

PERRY, John

POLLOCK, D. D.

SELF, A. M.

SMITH, Dave

SNELL, William Terrell

STIDHAM, H.

STIDHAM, James

STUBBLEFIELD, Arthur

WALD, C. H.

WITCHER, Adam

WITCHER, J. E.

1860

ALFORD, Dr. John H., Honey Creek

REED, Isaac, Honey Creek

WHITE, John S., LEON RIVER: John S. White was born 25 AUG 1813 in South Carolina (Source:Kathy Beaudry)

WHITE, Elizabeth (Barrier), LEON RIVER: Elizabeth Barrier was born 15 JUL 1815 in Kentucky (Source:Kathy Beaudry)

WHITE, George W., LEON RIVER

WILLIAM, Sim, taught a school about 1858/1859 in Hamilton County

The 1860 US Census revealed that 489 people from 78 families lived in Hamilton County.

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The first first Hamilton County existed only on paper for a few weeks in 1842. The first Hamilton County, Texas, was created by the Sixth Congress of the Republic of Texas in February of 1842 by carving a chunk of real estate from Montgomery and Houston Counties in Southeast Texas (NE of the city of Houston). However, the Supreme Court of the Republic of Texas ruled its creation to be unconstitutional–so the first Hamilton County in the State of Texas was abolished before it was organized.

The second Hamilton County was formed in 1858 in Central Texas by the Texas Legislature. A lot has happened since then.

This document has been prepared to preserve and to honor the memory of the brave men and women who ventured into a new county to create our heritage. Many of the communities, schools, and churches they established have vanished. — ECW

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