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Hamilton County, TX

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BROWN, ALFRED BRYANT

BROWN, NANCY AMANDA (BULLARD)

BROWN, NORMA LEE, THEODORE A. AND RUBY A.

BROWN, THEODORE ALLEN 

BULLARD, AMANDA (SPENCE)

BULLARD, CORA (ALLEN)

BULLARD, CORA (ALLEN) & WILLIAM HILLIARD

BULLARD, JAMES FRANKLIN "JIM"

BULLARD, VERNON CORA

HARLIEN, SARAH EVELYN. (BULLARD)

KNOLL, DEE ALVA

RICHEY, SARAH ANN (WRIGHT) & ROBERT T.

WHITTENTON, ALONZO GASTON, JR.

WHITENTON, ALONZO GASTON "LONNIE," SR.

WHITTENTON, CECIL HAROLD

WHITTENTON, MARION ANDREW

WHITTENTON, MARY ELIZABETH "LIZZIE" (BULLARD)    

 

BROWN, ALFRED BRYANT

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BROWN, NORMA LEE, THEODORE A. AND RUBY A.

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BROWN, THEODORE ALLEN 


Theodore Allen Brown, first child of Joseph V. and Nancy (Bullard) Brown was born on February 7, 1902 at his family's home in the Blue Ridge Community of Hamilton County, Texas. He was given the family name of his maternal grandmother Cora, and great-grandfather Capt. John Bryan Allen, CSA, who died in the tragic Battle of Franklin, Tennessee. Ted was a soft-spoken man of medium build, with red hair and blue eyes. His words were well thought out before he spoke. He attended Blue Ridge Schools, then Polytechnic High School in Ft. Worth. On Feb 4, 1930 at Melvin, Texas, he married Ruby Anne Renfro. One daughter was born of this union. Ted was an ordained Baptist Minister and graduate of Texas Christian University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, and Eastern New Mexico University at Portales, NM. While in University and Seminary in the late 1940's, he preached and served as interim-Pastor for numerous small, country churches. His transportation was a black 1932 Chevrolet Tudor sedan which he and his father had completely restored, and he had repainted with a spray gun powered by exhaust from a vacuum cleaner. New seat covers made it ideal for a country preacher-Seminary student. When the Chevrolet finally wore out, he replaced it with a 1929 Model A Ford; Dependable transportation. After work on Saturday, they would travel hundreds of miles to various small out-of-the-way churches to conduct services the next day. They would stay overnight with a Deacon or steadfast "grandma" member, and sometimes the Church would give them enough offering money to buy gasoline for the trip home. But, it was service to God, not for finances. He taught in Roswell, NM, and in Indian schools for many years on the Mescalero-Apache and Navajo lands of Northern New Mexico, and often preached in Indian mission churches. He was also an accomplished pipe and steam-fitter which paid considerably better than teaching or preaching. Ted frequently worked in that trade, traveling as far away as Venezuela, earning extra income to help support his missionary work. After retirement, he made his home in Fredericksburg, Texas serving for over 30 years in the capacity of a Deacon, Outreach Administrator, and Sunday School teacher in First Baptist Church of Fredericksburg. Following his wife's death in 1989, he moved with his daughter to Ft. Worth. For over 55 years, Ted was a member of Orient Masonic Lodge No. 321 of Waverly, Ohio.  He died on May 21, 1998 in his Ft. Worth home, and is buried at the Whittenton Cemetery, in Hamilton County, Texas.


Source: Nephew Gerry Gieger, Everman, Texas - Fall 1998

Posted: 16 October 1998 by Ray Weathers on the Hamilton County GenWeb page

 BULLARD, AMANDA (SPENCE) 

Amanda (Spence) Bullard, was born about 1831 in the area which comprise Stewart and Randolph Counties of Georgia, the first of six children of James and Elizabeth (Hilliard) Spence. On 29 October 1848 in Stewart County, she married Stephen Alfred Bullard and bore five children. By 1860, they were living in Coweta County, Georgia, near Stephen's parents. 

A Confederate soldier, Stephen died on 6 July 1862 under unexplained circumstances, reportedly in a train incident while returning to his unit after home-leave. Widowed Amanda never remarried, and she and her children relocated to Pike County, Alabama near her Grandfather, William Hilliard. 

The twelve years of Reconstruction in Alabama resulted in extreme and bitter suffering, so her son, James and his wife, Tempe, with her daughter, Lizzie and son-in-law Bud Whittenton, migrated for a new start in the fertile farm lands of Central Texas. In the winter of 1877, Amanda and her two youngest children, Sara and Alfred Davis, and her married son William traveled by train to Waco, Texas, then by covered wagon thru snow, to settle with the others in the Blue Ridge community of Hamilton County. She purchased land adjoining the Whittenton's and began to farm cotton and corn. In the Spring, her daughter-in-law Cora and young grandson, Johnny, joined them. Amanda was lovingly called "Fat-Grandma" by her great-grandchildren to distinguish her from their other grandmothers. She died on 24 December 1913, and is buried in the Whittenton Cemetery near Blue Ridge in Hamilton County. Indicative of her devotion to her children, her marker reads "Our Dear Mother".

Source: Great-Great Grandson Gerry Gieger - Everman, TX, 

Summer, 1998


Posted: 23 September 1998, by Ray Weathers on the Hamilton County GenWeb page

 

BULLARD, CORA (ALLEN) 

Cora Allen Bullard, only daughter and fourth child of Capt. John Bryan Allen, CSA, and Nancy Tilghman, was born on December 22, 1855, in Fayette County Georgia. She was a lady of medium build with dark hair and steel blue eyes. Cora's father was a Planter and Baptist Missionary commissioned by the Baptist Church of Christ and Shiloh (now, Fayetteville First Baptist). Sent to pioneer in Covington County, Alabama, he established several churches, including the Chapel Hill Baptist Church of Covington County. Cora was her father's pride and joy.

When the Civil War developed, Cora's father enlisted at nearby Evergreen, Alabama, as a Chaplain in the Conecuh (County) Guard, 29th Alabama Volunteers. With her father gone, the War years were hard for the Allen family. Soldiers from both North and South raided their plantation home, looking for provisions and trying to conscript horses and her fourteen year old brother, David, who later enlisted and served as a Private in the Confederate Army. Cora's second older brother, Asberry, was crippled and unable to perform labor in the fields. Family lore says that her father was wounded in one of the battles around Atlanta, and sent home to recuperate, but shortly returned to his unit. Nevertheless, her mother held things together, with the help of the servants and her sons.

Things went from bad to worse when on November 30, 1864, Capt. Allen was killed-in-action while leading his men in the first hour of the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee, where the fighting has been described as "hand-to-hand massacre."

After the war, the family's plight got even worse. Without Capt. Allen and the field hands, the family plantation was seized and divided up by direction of the Union governors of military occupation and carpetbaggers. Reconstruction brought extreme and bitter hardship. Cora often repeated the story of the aged Negro couple who pitifully wept because they were forced to leave and had no other place to go. Cora's family had been good to them and treated them fairly with food, clothing, and shelter.

In 1866 Cora's widowed mother, Nancy, married William Franklin Seiglar, and the family located in Pike County, Alabama. Despite all these adversities, Cora's family never lost their Faith in Jesus, as the alleviator of their suffering. Cora deeply loved her brothers and frequently related how they protected her and labored hard to make sure their sister had shoes.

At age 20, Cora married William Hilliard Bullard, on May 11, 1875 at her family home in Brundidge, Alabama. His father had also been killed during the war, and his younger brother and sister migrated to Blue Ridge in Hamilton County, Texas, where the grass was tall and plenteous, and the ground fertile for crops of cotton and corn. After the birth of their first child on July 15, 1877, Cora watched William board a train, bound for Texas, accompanied by his mother, Amanda, and two younger siblings. Waco was as far as they could go by train, so they traveled on by covered wagon to Blue Ridge, where William witnessed for himself that the claims of his brother and sister were true, and that the virgin land was a desirable place to raise a family. Soon, he returned to Waco to meet the train bringing Cora and their young son to Texas. Again, the covered wagon, pulled by longhorn steers, transported them from Waco to Blue Ridge. Cora had been reluctant to leave her gravely ill mother who passed away a few months after she left for Texas. William and Cora lived with his mother for a couple of years, before purchasing a quarter section of adjacent land at Blue Ridge for $1 per acre. Their first house was a small single room dwelling with dirt floor. Furniture was sparse, but a fireplace kept them warm and doubled as a place to cook. A featherbed, provided by Cora's mother, underlain with straw on a scaffold frame also inhibited the cold north winds of winter. Early living at Blue Ridge was a big change for the little girl from the plantation, who was the apple of her daddy's eye. Ten more children were born at Blue Ridge, including three unnamed stillborn's who are buried at Whittenton Cemetery. The youngest, Vernon Cora, died at the tender age of seventeen. Cora and William lived at Blue Ridge watching their children one by one grow up and start their own families. After their mother's death, Cora's younger brother, John Bryan Allen, Jr., joined them in Hamilton County. On March 1, 1939, Cora abandoned this house of clay and is buried in the Whittenton Cemetery near Blue Ridge.



SOURCE: Gerry A. Gieger

BULLARD, CORA (ALLEN) & WILLIAM HILLIARD

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BULLARD, JAMES FRANKLIN "JIM"

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BULLARD, VERNON CORA 

Vernon Cora Bullard, eleventh child of William and Cora Bullard, was born on April 14, 1898, in the Bullard family home near the Blue Ridge community of Hamilton County, Texas, She was a pleasantly frail lady of small stature, with light hair and light blue eyes. Vernon was a student of Blue Ridge Schools, but was never married. For her entire life, Vernon regularly worshiped at the "old" Sardis Primitive (often called Hard-shell) Baptist Church near Cowhouse Creek, where every meeting was an all-day experience, including dinner, singing, and two or three sermons. About six months after her sixteenth birthday, she was referred to Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas, for diagnosis and treatment of a growth under her arm. Etched into the memories of her nieces and nephews, was the excruciating pain from the Sarcomatosis which took her life on April 30, 1915, at the tender age of seventeen years and seventeen days. Vernon is buried in the Whittenton Cemetery near Blue Ridge.

The following poem composed by Mark V. Wheeler, was printed with her obituary in The Hamilton Record and Rustler, Thursday May 6, 1915:


Oh, Vernon! Thou lovely one, Thy work is o're; thy task is done,

Thou hast gone on before, To watch, to wait on the golden shore;

Thy glowing face we miss, for thy soft voice we list,

But all in solemn stillness reigns, Our thoughts, our visions are but vain;

Gentle zephyrs blow o'er thy grave, To pay respects to one so brave,

Sleep on, Oh soul, in thy repose, Tis thee He chose, Tis thee He chose;

Thou wilt not have long to wait, Ere a knock is heard at the Pearly gate,

Thy loved ones then shall surely meet, To clasp glad hands at Jesus feet;

Then will we know as we are known, When gathered round the Great White Throne,

For God will wipe all tearful eyes, And ear will hear no more "good-byes"

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HARLIEN, SARAH EVELYN. (BULLARD)

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KNOLL, DEE ALVA
The Hamilton Herald-News February 10, 2005 

Dee Alva Knoll, 85, died Feb. 3, 2005 in San Antonio. Funeral services were held Feb. 6 in the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Dick Stovall officiating and burial following in the Whittenton Cemetery. Mrs. Knoll was born on Nov. 1, 1919 in Gustine, the daughter of Luther and Fannie Knoll. 

She started her career with the Department of Defense in 1942 at Camp Hood. She retired with thirty years of service in 1972. Mrs. Knoll was well known for her organizational skills and her meticulous nature. As a result of these skills, she was presented with awards and honors from the Department of Defense. She was an avid reader and particularly enjoyed history as well as current events. She was instrumental in the care of her mother in her mother's final years. She liked dogs very much and had very fond memories of her collie, Sammy. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, James, George (Bert), Artie and Don and by sisters, Winnie and Nina. 

Survivors include several nieces and nephews. Riley Funeral Home

 

RICHEY, SARAH ANN (WRIGHT) & ROBERT T.

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WHITTENTON, ALONZO GASTON, JR.

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WHITENTON, ALONZO GASTON "LONNIE," SR.

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WHITTENTON, CECIL HAROLD

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WHITTENTON, MARION ANDREW

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WHITTENTON, MARY ELIZABETH "LIZZIE" (BULLARD) 

 

Mary Elizabeth (Bullard) Whittenton, third child of Stephen Alfred and Amanda (Spence) Bullard was born on 11 October 1854, in Stewart County Georgia. By 1860, they were living in Coweta County, Georgia, close by her paternal grandparents. Following her father=s death on 6 July 1862, her mother Amanda moved with her children to Pike County, Alabama, to be near her grandfather, William Hilliard. On 2 September 1869, Lizzie married Marion Andrew (Bud) Whittenton in Pike County, Alabama. From this union, daughter Mattie Evie(b1871) was born in Pike County while Alonzo Gaston (b1875), Minnie Michel (b1877), Marion Warner (b1879), James Sylvestor (b1881) Lillie Odessa (b1883), Melvina Pearl (b1886), Calvin Robert (b1888), Ruth Jewel (b1890), Ruby (b1896),and Addie Zell(b1899) were born in Hamilton County, Texas.

While returning to his unit after home-leave, Lizzie=s Confederate soldier-father died from unexplained circumstances in a Civil War train incident, and her mother never remarried. Extreme and bitter suffering resulted from the harsh treatment by the Carpetbaggers, Scalawags, and Military Governors during the twelve years of Reconstruction in Alabama, so Lizzie and her husband Bud, accompanied by her brother James and his wife, Tempe, moved westward for a new start in the fertile farm lands of Central Texas. They chose the thick tall wild grass and the fertile virgin soil of the Blue Ridge community in Hamilton County. By mid-1877, Lizzie=s mother, Amanda, and two younger siblings, Sarah and Alfred Davis, along with older brother, William and his young family, had followed Lizzie and Jim to settle at Blue Ridge. Gone, but never forgotten, were those dissonant days in Alabama following the War. Here they avowed to make good homes and rear their families in the peace and tranquility of the rolling Texas prairies.

Lizzie died on 19 April 1921 and was buried in the Whittenton Cemetery near Blue Ridge in Hamilton County.


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