Robert Horace Frizzell

Robert Horace Frizzell


Martha Hinton Frizzell

Submitted by: Vicki Johnson


Robert Horace Frizzell, son of Absalom and Mary Frizzell was born June 3, 1841 in Sewellsville, Kirkwood Township, Belmont County, Ohio. He was the oldest of four children including William A. (b. 1844), Thomas N. (b. 1847) and Estella A. (b. 2-21- 1849). After the death in 1849 of his father, the family moved across the county line to Londonderry Township, Guernsey County. By the age of 19, being able to read and write, he became a teacher. An 1858 dictionary served as his teaching tool. When the war between the States began he felt his patriotic duty and at the age of 20 he enlisted for a three year period beginning October 16, 1861 as a private in Company K, 5th Regiment of the Ohio Cavalry. On July 1, 11863 he was promoted to Corporal. He fought near Chattanooga in May, 1864 and around Cartersville and Atlanta, Georgia in November, 1864. As his enlistment time had expired he returned to Ohio and was honorably discharged November 29, 1864. Back in Sewellsville, he met and married Martha Hinton on December 28, 1865.

Martha Hinton, daughter of Josiah and Mary Hinton, was born October 19, 1842 in Hendrysburg, Kirkwood Township, Belmont County, Ohio, and was the oldest of nine children including William (b. 1844), Francis (b. 1846), Clarinda (b. 1848), Armanda (b. 1850), Charles (b. 1852), Robert E. (b. 1855), Hourmel (b. 1856) and Jan A. (b. 1860).

Robert H. and Martha had one child while still in Ohio. Horace Glenn was born October 7, 1866. The west was becoming more civilized and the majority of the remaining Indian tribes had been relocated to Oklahoma. Word was received in Ohio of the great expanse of land and farming opportunities in Missouri. After a short trip to scout the area, in October, 1868, Robert H. moved his family by wagon to a area near Bolivar, Missouri. Among the group from Ohio later joining them was his sister, Estella, and her husband Billy (John William) Stevens.

Settled in a nice two story farmhouse about five miles from Bolivar, Missouri, Robert and Martha proceeded to raise a family. Mary Belle was born March 27, 1871; Nettie Molina on October 3, 1872, and a latecomer, Byron Lynn on February 9, 1885. Each attended school, helped with the farm, and they eventually married and started their own families.

Horace Glenn married Louella J. Williams on December 18, 1892. A son, Herbert was born on February 9, 1894. Two daughters were added to the family, Rose and Martha. When additional land was opened for homesteading in Oklahoma following the 1889 land rush, Horace Glenn moved his family to Oklahoma.

Mary Belle married Elvas Aaron Dodson on February 1, 1894. They had four children while living in Missouri; Lela May (1-3-1895); Dora Madge (8-31-1896); Benjamin Dewey (3-7-1899); and Annas Martha (3-27-1903). A fifth child, James Lloyd (11-29-1910) was born in Rocky Ford, Colorado.

The Dodsonís lived on the old Hillbrant farm, it having been left to Elvas in his grandmotherís will (Nancy Hillbrant, will dated 2-23-1891). Dora recalled that Nettie Frizzell often rode her horse over to visit with Belle and the children. She died at the age of 24, on November 27, 1902. The farm was about seven miles from Bolivar and two miles from the Frizzellís farm, where as Dora recalled, the children often left to visit their grandparents while their parents continued to Bolivar for supplies.

In 1905, land was opened in New Mexico for homesteading. In 1906, Elvas Dodson sold the Hillbrant farm and moved Belle and the family to McAlister, New Mexico.

Byron Lynn married Mamie McCrary on February 20, 1907. They had one daughter, Ruby. They lived with Robert H. and Martha at the Frizzell farm near Bolivar.

"In 1908, two years after moving to New Mexico, the Dodsons went back to Bolivar, Missouri for a visit. They stayed at their grandparents house and Dora recalls that the children slept upstairs. One morning while they were there, they had a storm. Elvas and Byron were on the porch washing their hands after doing the morning chores when lightning struck a tree, which had a clothesline tied to it with the other end of the line tied to a post on the porch. Lightning went around the south side of the house and jumped to a window screen and into the house where it struck Aunt Mame who was standing at a cupboard making biscuits for breakfast."

"The kids came running downstairs to see what had happened. Some papers on the stove had caught on fire and Grandpa Frizzell was pacing back and forth trying to put them out and praying out loud. They sent for the doctor to check Aunt Mame who luckily was not seriously hurt. Everyone was really excited but not much damage was done. Ruby was a baby when they visited at that time."

(Taken from a book prepared by Dorothy Ott, daughter of Dora Dodson Peery)

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