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Dr. W. Hiram McNeill, Walter Hiram McNeill, Laura Jane McNeill, Pernina Jane "Nina" (Coker) (Jones) McNeill & Lillie McNeill

Pernina Jane Coker came to TX with the parents of her deceased mother.  Samuel Murphree and Phoebe Nations were the parents of Althea (Murphree) Coker.   

James Lafayette "Fate" Coker b. 01-25-1832 Jefferson County, Alabama d. 2-17-1877 Coffeeville, Yalobusha Co, MS m. Aletha Murphree 10-18-1854 Calhoun Co, Miss daughter of Samuel Murphree & Phoebe Nations.
b. 02-19-1834 Tennessee d. 02-02-1865 Banner Calhoun county, MS


i. Emily Elizabeth Coker b. 6-25-1855 Banner, Calhoun Co, MS, d. 11-16-1934, Evant, Tx

ii. Charles Samuel Coker b. 10-10-1857 Concord, Calhoun, Miss d. 11-26-1942, Nevada, Collin County, TX

iii. Pernina Jane Coker b. 1-27-1860 Concord Calhoun co, Miss d. 12-28-1932, State Hospital, Austin, TX

iv. James Lafayette Coker b. 9-13-1863 Concord, Calhoun Co, Miss d. 9-18-1877, Coffeeville, Yalobusha Co, Miss

James Lafayette "Fate" Coker then married Jemima Matilda Davis 3-19-1866 in Yalobusha Co, Miss. She was born 6-30-1839 in Yalobusha, MS d. 6-1-1918, Yalobusha Co, Mississippi


v. Seaborn Pascal Coker b. 11-12-1866 Miss d. 11-12-1866 MS

vi. Thomas Martin Coker b. 10-18-1868 alobush, Co Miss d. 2-17-1947 Mt. Pleasant, TX

vii. William Riley Coker b. 10-30-1870 Yalobusha Co, Miss d. 10-11-1961 Yalobusha Co, MS

viii. Rufus Wesley Coker b. 12-30-1872 Yalobusha Co, Miss d. 2-1962 Yalobusha Co, MS

ix. Margaret Matilda Coker b. 3-3-1875 Yalobusha Co, Miss d. 2-10-1912 Yalobusha Co, Miss


III. Pernian Jane Coker b. 1-27-1860 Concord, Calhoun Co, MS, d. 12-28-1932 in State Hospital, Austin, Travis Co, Tex married (1) James Henry Jones 12-23-1880 in Hamilton Co, TX. He was b. 10-13-1859 d. 5-30-1882 in Hamilton Co, TX. She then married (2) Dr. Hiram McNeill 12-22-1886 in Evant, Hamilton Co, TX. He was b. 4-5-1846 d. 4-20-1903 in Alpine, TX on a train
Pernina is buried in Murphree Cemetery. James Jones and Hiram McNeill also in Murphree Cemetery

Children of Pernina Coker and James Jones:

William Charles Jones b. 9-28-1881 Evant, Tx, d. 12-8-1957 Baytown, TX

James Marvin Jones

Albert Pershing Jones

Children of Pernina and Hiram McNeill

Walter Hiram McNeill b. 1-27-1889 Evant, TX d. 6-5- ? Austin, TX

Laura Jane McNeill b. 4-6-1890 Evant, TX d. 12-28-? Evant, TX

Lillie McNeill b. 12-20-1893 Evant, TX d. 3-8-1932 Evant, TX


Shared by Ethel Mae Townsend




On 22 December, 1880, Pernina married James Henry "Jim" Jones in Hamilton County.  Their son, William Charles was born 28 September, 1881.  One evening while Pernina sat on their front porch  bouncing her  8-month-old infant and churning, she  heard the shot which killed her husband.  James Henry "Jim" Jones had been murdered on May 30, 1882,  by members of the Langford mob, one of the mobs  which controlled Hamilton County.


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