FAMILY OF JONATHAN BLACK, JUNIOR AND MELANIA WHETTON/WHEATON
was born 1803 in Tennessee, and died 1863 in Jefferson County, Arkansas.
He married MELANIA WHETTON
daughter of CHARLES WHEATON
She was born 1802 in Tennessee, and died December 25, 1850 in Jasper,
Jasper County, Texas.
Notes for JONATHAN
Jonathan is listed on
the October 15, 1850 Jasper County, Texas census p. 1166, number 168.
His occupation at that time was listed as a farmer.
As of 1850, they had four children: ;
;Melania E. Black, 13, born in Arkansas; Edwin L. Black, 12, born in Arkansas
; andSarah E. Black, 9, born in Arkansas
Notes for MELANIA
INFORMATION WAS SENT TO ME BY THE HEMPSTEAD COUNTY ARKANSAS
GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY SEPTEMBER 1994.
FAMILY GROUP PAGE
PREPARED FROM: Hempstead County
Arkansas Will Book A, p. 127; 1830-Union County Arkansas, p. 143; 1840 Hempstead
County Arkansas p. 169 (Mary); Arkansas Gazette June 7, 1836; Hempstead Circuit
Court, July 1828, p. 238
1830-Hempstead County, Arkansas, p. 131
Arkansas p. 224, Jackson
Arkansas, p. 611, Van Buren Township
Louisiana, p. 647
FROM A LETTER WRITTEN
TO THOMAS REED FROM A DAUGHTER OF FAY DURHAM GRIFFIN
Dear Mr. Reed,
My mother, Fay Durham
Griffin, asked me to write to you about our family on the Merrell side.
As you probably know,
Grandma Merrell was born in 1841 in Hempstead County, Arkansas, in a little town
called Washington. She and her
family left there when she was small and moved to Union County, Arkansas, and
then to Jasper County, Texas in 1847.
The small village in
Arkansas when Grandma Merrell was born is now a State Park, Old Washington
Historic State Park. It is an
interesting place to visit, even if we did not have family connections there.
I am enclosing a brochure, hoping that you will have a chance to visit
there. If you are interested in belonging, the membership fee for
the Pioneer Washington Restoration Foundation is only about $15 a year.
My daughter and I belong, and this helps them with things like paying the
light bill for the church to continue services.
Grandma Merrell was the
daughter of Jonathan Black, Junior and Melina Wheaton Black.
Jonathan Black's brother, James Black, was the Presbyterian preacher in
Washington. The Presbyterian Church
is still there and they were still having services last year (1991).
The present building was built in 1889 to replace the original that
Melina Wheaton's family
went to Arkansas from Tennessee. The
Wheatons had 55,000 acres of land in Tennessee that they sold off and divided
among the children. They had a very
large family. The Wheatons came
from North Carolina and were given the land for John L. Wheaton (or his father)
serving in the Revolutionary War. North
Carolina gave land in Tennessee to their soldiers instead of paying them.
The land did not belong to North Carolina.
It belonged to the Indians. Andy
Jackson then made the Indians get off their land so the white people could have
Davy Crockett went from
Tennessee to Washington, Arkansas on his way to Texas.
A Crockett family lived next to the Wheatons.
It is probably the same family. Davy
ran for Congress. He said if he
lost, Tennessee could go to hell and he would go to Texas.
He lost. He then left for
Texas. Sam Houston spent time in
Washington, Arkansas planning the War with Mexico for Texas' Independence.
The first Bowie knife was made in Washington by the blacksmith, James
Black. I was told that the
blacksmith (James Black) is a different James Black from the Presbyterian
preacher in our family line. The
blacksmith shop has been restored.
There is a place to eat
in the park at lunchtime (not a continuous serving restaurant).
I hope that members of
the family will feel that it is worth $15 a year to belong to the group that is
preserving this historic place. I
felt it was something we could do in honor of Grandma Merrell that is better
than a flower on the grave now and then.
CHILDREN OF JONATHAN BLACK JUNIOR AND MELANIA WHETTON/WHEATON
R.E./H. Augustus Black
Melania E. Black
Edwin L. Black - born about 1838 in Arkansas - nothing further is known about this child
Sarah Elizabeth Black
Four other unidentified children
R.E./H.A. AUGUSTUS BLACK was born August 26, 1828 in Hempstead or Union County, Arkansas, and died November 28, 1916 in Lufkin, Angelina County, Texas. He is buried in the Knight-Glendale Cemetery, Lufkin, Angelina County, Texas. He married SARAH ELIZABETH ARMSTRONG September 11, 1851 in Jasper, Jasper County, Texas, daughter of JAMES ARMSTRONG and MARY MAY. She was born October 15, 1833 in Alabama, and died January 12, 1913 in Lufkin, Angelina County, Texas. She is buried in the Knight-Glendale Cemetery, Lufkin, Angelina County, Texas.
Notes for R.E./H.A. AUGUSTUS BLACK:
On 1850 Jasper County, Texas census. On 1860 Japser County, Texas census, Newton PO, p. 388, household 45-45. On 1870 Shelby County, Texas census, Pct 2, Shelbyville PO, p. 149B, household 47-47. On 1900 Cherokee County, Texas census, Pct 1, SD 7, ED 17, sheet 21A, p. 79, household 373-376 - listed as living with them is Sarah S. Slaughter, born October 1894, granddaughter. On 1910 Angelina County, Texas census, Pct 1 (Lufkin and Alto Road #1), SD 2, ED 2, sheet 24B, p. 98 - they are living with James Beck and family.
Per National Archives Texas C.S.A. service records, H.A. (Augustus) served in 25th Texas Cavalry and then through consolidation in Company B, 17th Texas Dismounted Cavalry. From field organizations of men who formerly served in the 15, 17, 18, 24 and 25 Texas Cavalry, and 6 and 10 Texas Infantry.
On Co. B, 17th Texas Dis. Cavalry record, H.A. is a private, Co. B, 17 Consol. Regiment Texas Cavalry and Infantry. Appears on a Company Muster Roll of the organization named above, for Jan. & Feb. 1864. He enlisted June? 20, 1862 at Panola, Texas, by Capt. Stovall for 3 years. He was last paid by Capt. J. T/P Ford through Aug. 31, 1863. He was present on this muster roll. (No record of him was found on 25th Tex. Cavalry records/rolls.)
FROM H.A. BLACK'S CONFEDERATE PENSION #A-13197
Lived Angelina County, Lufkin Post office. Pension approved March 21, 1908. His age at the time was 77 years. Was living in Angelina County and had resided for 6 years in Lufkin, Texas. He was a farmer but unable to work due to bad physical condition. He had kidney trouble due to old age. He stated he joined in Texas and served 1862 to 1865 in the 25th Regiment Infantry. His pension was signed 02 Nov. 1907 in front of County Judge T.W. Jordan, Angelina County.
Affidavits were given as follows:
The State of Texas, County of Angelina. Before me, on this day personally appeared D.M. Stovall known to me to be the person whose name is subscribed below and after being duly sworn says that he is personally acquainted with H.A. Black and that he personally knows that the said H.A. Black served as a private in the confederate service and that the said H.A. Black served in the army with him the witness and in the same Company with affidavit for more than 3 months. Signed D.M. Stovall, Capt. Co. C. 25 Tex Cavalry. Subscribed and sworn to before me on this the 6th day of November 1907.
T.W. Jordan, County Judge, Angelina County, Texas.
The State of Texas, County of Angelina. Before me, T.W. Jordan, County Judge of Angelina County, Texas, on this day personally appeared John Parker who is personally known to me to be a credible citizen who being duly sworn on his oath states that he personally knows H.A. Black and knows that the said H.A. Black served in the confederate army for a longer period that three months, as affiant was in the adjoining Company to the said H.A. Black and was with him often while in the army. Signed John Parker. Subscribed and sworn to before me on this the 6th day of November A.D. 1907. T.W. Jordan, County Judge, Angelina County, Texas.
STATEMENT OF H.A. BLACK AND HIS SERVICE
Lufkin, Texas, March 9th, 1908.
This is to certify that I, H.A. Black, enlisted in the Civil War in the 25th Texas Regiment under Captain D.M. Stovall-Carter's Brigade-and remained in this Company until the Fall of the Arkansas Post. After that I served in Captain Singnletaire's (M.M.) - of the 17th consolidated regiment commanded by Col. Taylor-Polonac's Brigade. We were honorably discharged by Col. Tucker at Richmond, Texas. Signed J.W. Bond, Affidavit. Subscribed and sworn to before me this the 9th day of March A.D. 1908 H.A. Black, Clerk County Court, Angelina County, Texas.
REQUEST FOR MILITARY RECORD
To the Military Secretary, War Department, Washington D.C.
Dear Sir: I have the honor to request the military record of H.A. Black who is reported to have enlisted in Company C, 25th Regiment Texas Cavalry in the services of the Confederate States army.
Purpose: The person above named is an applicant for a Confederate pension granted by this State, and I desire to verify his proof of service. Very respectfully, J.W. Stephens, Comptroller.
War Department, Adjutant General's Office, Washington, March 16, 1908. Respectfully returned to the Comptroller, State of Texas, Austin. The name H.A. Black has not been found on the rolls, on file in this office, of Company C., 25th Texas Cavalry, C.S.A., nor has any record been found of the capture or parole of a man of this name and organization.
CERTIFICATE OF COUNTY PHYSICIAN FOR PENSION APPLICANT
...carefully and thoroughly examined H.A. Black, applicant for a pension and finds him laboring under the following disabilities which render him unable to labor at any work or calling sufficient to earn a support for himself - hernia, double inguinal, defects in sight and hearing, chronic cough, nervousness and general disability from old age. Signed W.B. Treadwell, M.D. 2 Nov. 1907.
CHILDREN OF R.E./H. AUGUSTUS BLACK AND SARAH ELIZABETH ARMSTRONG
Mary Melania Black
Susan Josephine Black
Catherine Ella Black
Emma Elizabeth Black
FAMILY OF MELANIA E. BLACK AND HANSON H. HOUGH
MELANIA E. BLACK was born 1835 in Arkansas. Her death date/place is unknown. There is a marker at Salem Irene Cemetery, Irene, Hill County, Texas. She married HANSON H. HOUGH February 20, 1851 in Jasper, Jasper County, Texas, son of SAMUEL HOUGH. He was born about 1822 in Virginia. Hanson died about 1865 probably in Woodville, Tyler County, Texas.
Is it possible Melania came to Hill County, Texas with the Merrells as there is a marker (no dates) at the Salem Irene Cemetery where her sister Sarah E. Black Merrell is buried. The marker reads Melania Huff.
Found on the following census records as living in Woodville, Tyler County, Texas.
CHILDREN OF HANSON H. HOUGH AND MELANIA BLACK
Laura J. Hough - married Robert Sumpter Gerald - widowed by 1880
Eddy Octavia Hough - married 1) William P. McDaniel & 2) Lee Summerlin
Hanson Henry Hough - may have died before 1900 - married Mississippi Pannel
Two other children who
might have died in infancy
FAMILY OF SARAH ELIZABETH BLACK AND ALEXANDER MERRELL
FOR INFORMATION ABOUT SARAH ELIZABETH BLACK
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