FAMILY OF JAMES MERRELL AND MARY ANN SEALE
JAMES MERRELL was born February 24, 1825 in Tennessee, and died before 1859 probably in Jasper County, Texas. He married MARY ANN SEALE September 21, 1854 in Jasper County, Texas-from 100 years of Marriages in Jasper Co, TX. Mary later married Benjamin Shepherd. She married a third time to James Highnet and had three additional children. She is on 1860 Jasper County, Texas census, Newton PO, p. 44, household 286-286 with 2nd husband Benjamin Shepherd.
CHILD OF JAMES MERRELL AND MARY ANN SEALE
FAMILY OF SYNTHIA MERRELL AND THOCE HARRISON GREEN
was born March 12, 1827 in Tennessee,
and died August 04, 1871 in Irene, Hill County, Texas. She is buried in the Salem
Irene Cemetery, Irene, Hill County, Texas. She is the 2nd burial there. She
August 08, 1844 in Shelby County, Alabama-Vol. I, p. 197, son of HUSBAND
He was born May 25, 1821 in Alabama-on 1900 census hh 373-380-listed as a
landlord, and died January 23, 1905 in Irene, Hill County, Texas. He is buried in the
Salem Irene Cemetery, Irene, Hill County, Texas. Harrison
served in the Civil War, and 1884, he had a store in Irene that sold fancy
HISTORY OF HILL COUNTY, TEXAS, 1853-1980" PUBLISHED BY THE HILL COUNTY
HISTORICAL COMMISSION, 1980.
On the 1870 census
of Hill County, Precinct 5, the Greens are household #32, the Reeds are h.h.
#31, the Sheets h.h. #33 and William Merrell h.h. #36. Listed in the
household of the Greens was also George Black (probably a brother or cousin to
Sarah Elizabeth Black Merrell), age 16, born in Texas.
On the 1850 census
of Union Parish, Louisiana, they lived in household #199.
At that time, Syntha is listed as Sarah and the eldest child listed is
Amanda. Robert and Levi may have
died prior? On the 1860 census of Jasper County, Texas he is listed
with wife Syntha and also his mother, Leacy and siblings John and Caroline
Marriage date of
Harrison (listed Hanson in book) and Syntha is from Early Shelby County, Alabama
Marriages by Nell Motes Goggans, Willo Publishing Company, P.O. Box 284,
CHILDREN OF SYNTHA MERRELL AND THOCE HARRISON GREEN
William B. Green
James K.P. Green
Martha A. Green
Myra Eldridge (Mira Parmelia) Green
John Wyatt Green
FAMILY OF WILLIAM B. MERRELL AND MARY AMANDA
was born February 11, 1829 in Tennessee-on 1900 census hh 377-385-landlord, and
died February 03, 1912 in Irene, Hill County, Texas. He is buried at Salem Irene
Cemetery, Irene, Hill County, Texas. He
about 1859. She was born February
19, 1835 in Mississippi or Alabama-parents born Georgia, and died February 06, 1918
in Irene, Hill County, Texas. She is buried at Salem Irene Cemetery, Irene, Hill County, Texas.
"A HISTORY OF HILL COUNTY, TEXAS 1853-1980" PUBLISHED BY THE
HILL COUNTY HISTORICAL COMMISSION, 1980.
"In the early 1870s, three Armstrong brothers, J.T., Everette and Ramsey, all Methodist preachers, came to Irene by way of Jasper, Texas, from Alabama. These three brothers and C.C. Kyle, William Merrell, T. S. Thomas, and A. A. Green bought adjoining blocks of land which almost filled the area that lay between the land already settled by the early pioneers. Homes were were built and a village took shape. Irene businesses in 1896 included the Merrell-Shirley corn mill and gin. Later businesses included a drug store and barber shop owned by Ben Merrell and Bruce Merrell (Lemma's husband). By 1930 there was also a Hawkins and Merrell Gin as well as the Irene Grain Company owned by Hawkins, Greer and Merrell. In addition, William B. Merrell was a Confederate veteran."
There is also a
William Merrill, born Tennessee, listed on the 1860 Angelina County census, 4th
district, Homer with wife Mary E., born Alabama, child Elmira (born Louisiana)
and James Merrill, age 8, born Texas. I
believe it could be this William Merrill as his household is 80 and in the next
household #81 is listed probably his mother, Sarah, 58, farmer, born Georgia and
probable brother Richmond, age 21, farmer, born Alabama.
Merrill served in Company G, 13th Texas Cavalry - Burnett's Regiment, 13th Texas
Mounted Volunteers. Mustered in
Crockett, Houston County, Texas or Jasper County, Texas for 12 months in 1862.
Served under Capt. Elias T. Seale's Company.
Actually served through at least February 1864.
On the 1870 census (Aug. 2) of Precinct 5, Hill County, William B. and Amanda Merrell are found in household #36. Also listed in this household is James Merrell, age 18, born Louisiana.
CHILDREN OF WILLIAM B. MERRELL AND MARY AMANDA
Julia (Elmira) Merrell
Wylie Lawrence Merrell
Jesse S. Merrell
Benjamin F. Merrell
William Arthur Merrell
FAMILY OF ALEXANDER ANDREW? MERRELL AND WIVES MARY GLASSON AND SARAH ELIZABETH BLACK
Information on this family
FAMILY OF JANE MERRELL AND AUSTIN MUSICK
was born December 20, 1835 in Tennessee, and died July 04, 1916 in Tolar/Lipan,
Hood County, Texas. She is buried in the Antioch Cemetery near Tolar, Hood
She married AUSTIN MUSICK
November 29, 1850 in Union Parish, Louisiana, son of JAMES MUSICK
He was born April 15, 1826 in Shelby County, Alabama, and died December
21, 1897 in Tolar/Lipan, Hood County, Texas. He is buried in the Antioch Cemetery near Tolar,
Hood County, Texas. He is found on the 1850
census of Union Parish, Louisiana living in the household of Jane's sister,
Synthia Merrell and her husband Harrison Green (household #199).
information on this line from Hood County, Texas 1880 census, Precinct 2,
lineage chart from Central Alabama Genealogical Society of Myrna Musick Wells,
September 1979, and also from
descendant Myrna Musick Wells of 830 Wysteria Way, Richardson, Texas 75080,
COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY BULLETIN, NOVEMBER 1993
cemetery is in Hood County near Tolar, Texas.
It is fenced and has the name on a metal archway above the entrance gate.
Each time we have visited, the area has been well kept.
This small cemetery
is in Hood County near Tolar, Texas. It
is fenced and has the name on a metal archway above the entrance gate.
Each time we have visited, the area has been well kept.
To travel to
Antioch Cemetery from Granbury, go to the second blinking traffic light in Tolar.
Turn right onto State Highway 56 North.
Travel on the highway for approximately 4.6 miles.
The cemetery will be on the right side and very near to the roadway.
It is easily seen. Jo Ann
and Dustin Massey and I catalogued the graves on a cold, windy day in early
March 1990. Mary Kate Durham.
E., Musick, Austin, Musick, Eliza, Musick, Henry, Musick, Henry A. (son of
Henry), Musick, Infant, Musick, J.A., Musick, Jane, Presgroves, Infant, Tiner,
I visited this cemetery October 28, 1995.
We found it right on the side of the road after going thru Tolar and
turning on HWY 56 North. There is a
sign stating cemetery with an arrow and the cemetery is a few yards beyond that
on the right hand side of the road. It
appears kept up, but still some graves were pretty overgrown with weeds and
grass. The Tiner and Brown markers
were off to the side closest to the fence and more grassy than the rest.
There are indeed foot type markers unidentified.
The area containing the Musick graves is basically gravel with a curb and
also a plot MUSICK marker, still there were a few patches of grass and weeds
within this gravel area. I did not
see the 4 graves covered with concrete unless they are beneath the gravel.
Per the county map, the two roads surrounding the cemetery are Musick
Road and O'Neal Road.
Also, prior to
reaching the Antioch Cemetery, there is another, Stroud's Creek Cemetery also
well marked and entranced from the right side of the road on a hill visible from
the highway. Although it appears on
private land, the gate is open (but watch the cows!) and we were able to view
this cemetery. It also contains
many Musick burials, most later than the Antioch.
"HISTORY OF TEXAS, BOSQUE, COMANCHE, ERATH, HAMILTON & HOOD, FAMILIES
OF CENTRAL TEXAS" LEWIS
PUBLISHING CO., CHICAGO, 1896
has been identified with the interests of Hood county, Texas since the fall of
1882, and figures as one of its most respected farmers and stock-men.
As such, a review of his life is appropriate in this work, and is as
was born in Shelby county, Alabama, April 15, 1826, son of James and Harriet
(Seale) Musick, the former a native of North Carolina and the latter of South
Carolina. Early in life his parents
settled in Alabama, where they passed their lives on a farm.
Austin therefore was reared to farm pursuits and he received his
education in the common schools. His mother died when he was 16.
At the age of 19, he left home and started out in the world on his own
responsibility. He rented a piece
of land on the shares in Alabama and made one crop there, and then in the
following December went to Louisiana, where for four years he worked for wages
and cultivated rented land. While
there he married and afterward he settled on a farm in Union parish and followed
farming there and in Moorehouse parish until his coming to Texas, which was in
June 1857, his first settlement here being in Jasper county.
That year he rented a farm and the next year he purchased a tract of
unimproved land. This he partially
improved and sold, then bought and improved another tract, and ws living on the
latter place at the opening of the civil war.
During the war he sold out and purchased a smaller place, to which he
moved his family, and soon after he entered the Confederate army, going out as a
member of Company G, 13th dismounted Cavalry.
His service was chiefly in southern Louisiana.
He was in the engagements at Ashton, Mansfield, Pleasant Hill and Jenkins
Ferry, the last named in Arkansas, and from there he returned to Louisiana and
thence to Texas, remaining in the service until the war closed.
Mr. Musick continued
to reside in Jasper county until September 1867, when he removed to Hill county
and purchased a tract of wild land, to the improvement and cultivation of which
he devoted his energies and where he resided until his removal to Hood county in
the fall of 1882. The first year of
his residence in Hood county he lived on rented land near Lipan.
Then he bought 300 acres of timber land, wholly unimproved and at once
set about the work of clearing away the forest and making a home.
On this place he has since resided.
Now he has 50 acres under cultivation, and in his farming and stock
raising is metting with that success which his earnest efforts merits.
Mr. Musick was
married November 29, 1850 to Miss Jane Merrell, a native of Lincoln county,
Tennesee, and a daughter of Benjamin Merrell, who settled in Louisiana when Mrs.
Musick was a girl of 12 years. They
have six children, four of whom are still living:
Henry a farmer of Hood county, Malissa, wife of N.C. Addison of this
county, Sarah Ann, wife of Johnathan Brown of Hill county and J.A. of this
Mr. Musick affiliates with the People's party.
He is a man of broad views and keeps himself well posted on the issues of
the day, and especially is he well informed on all matters pertaining to the
interest of the farmer. For years
he has maintained a membership in the Farmers' Alliance. Mrs. Musick is a member of the Missionary Baptist church.
FAMILY OF JANE MERRELL AND AUSTIN MUSICK
John Henry Musick
Sarah Ann Musick
John Allen Musick
Mary V. Musick
Unknown child Musick
WILEY C. MERRELL
Wiley was born December 22, 1837 in Tennessee. He died April 3, 1864 at Camp Morton, Indianapolis, Indiana. He is buried in the Crown Hill Cemetery in the Confederate mound there.
FROM WILEY'S CONFEDERATE
in Companies D-E, 27th Texas Cavalry-Whitfield's Legion/1st Texas Legion.
Served as a private.
on a report of casualties in the 1st Cavalry Corps, commanded by Major General
Van Dorn, at the battle of Thompson's Station, Tennessee, March 5, 1863.
He was wounded.
in company D, he enlisted August 29, 1861 at Jasper, Texas.
Was enrolled by B.H. Norsworthy for a period of 12 months. After the
muster rolls of March and April 1862, is the statement he was transferred to
Company E on March 29, 1862. At that time, he was absent-sent to Texas with
horses from Des Arc on April 14. While
on this duty he was given the title of 2nd Corporal. He was back on Company E muster rolls for July and August of
1862 was again a private.
March 5, 1863 he was wounded at Thompson's Station and on July and August 1863
muster rolls was absent still from the wound. His record states he
appears on a roll of Confederate prisoners of war sent from Vicksburg,
Mississippi to Cairo, Illinois to be forwarded to Depot for prisoners of war,
November 26, 1863. Roll dated
Headquarters 17th Army Corps, Pro-Mar Office, Vicksburg, MS, November 26, 1863,
captured on the Mississippi River. He
appears on a roll of prisoners of war at Camp Morton, Indianapolis, Indiana,
having been received December 7, 1863 after capture on November 5, 1863.
He died April 3, 1864 of pneumonia and is buried in grave 864, Green Lawn
Cemetery. Camp Morton Register No.
2, page 17.
At some time during the 1920s or 1930s, the powers that be decided to
"disinter" all of the supposedly unknown Confederate prisoners buried
at Green Lawn as "they" had a better use for the land.
At the time, these graves were said to have been unidentifiable (despite
their service records stating grave numbers) and all the soldiers' bones were
piled in a mass grave in the Crown Hill Cemetery.
In the early 1990s, a cry of outrage rose up from descendants of these
men and the cemetery erected plaques bearing the men's names by state.
RICHMOND REUBEN? MERRELL
Richmond Merrell was born December 12, 1839 in Alabama. He is listed on the 1860 Angelina County, Texas census, 4th district, Homer, in household 81 with his widowed mother Sarah. He is listed on the 1850 Union Parish, Louisiana census with his parents as Reuben, age 11. He is unlocated after 1860.
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