FAMILY OF SERENA PATON ESTES AND RUSSELL BEAN WILLIAMS
SERENA PATON/R. ESTES was born 1838 in Newton County, Missouri, and died after 1880 in Texas-did she die in Austin, Travis County, Texas?. She married (1) RUSSELL BEAN WILLIAMS April 04, 1855 in McLennan County, Texas-alternate date April 22, son of WILLIAM WILLIAMS and LUCINDA BEAN/SHAW. He was born July 12, 1833 in Nacogdoches, Coahuila y Texas, Mexico, and died about 1864 in the Civil War per Floyd Smith-I can't prove this. She married (2) THOMAS JEROME WOODLIEF August 19, 1867 in McLennan County, Texas, son of DEVERAUX WOODLIEF and HARRIETT REYNOLDS. He was born 1835 in Coahuila y Texas, Mexico-alt. birth date 1842, and died November 01, 1918 in Confederate Home-Austin, Travis Co. Texas. He is buried in the Texas State Cemetery Austin, Travis County, Texas in the Confederate section.
Notes for RUSSELL BEAN WILLIAMS:
TAKEN FROM A HISTORY OF HILL COUNTY, TEXAS 1846-1860 PUBLISHED BY THE HILL COUNTY HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION.
"Names on the first jury list drawn in Hill County, Texas in 1853, living in Hill County in 1860."
"Most likely, he served as 4th corporal in the Civil War in the Volunteer Company of Mounted Men, Beat 8, organized August 10, 1861, 28th Brigade with Aaron Estes, T. Williams, W.I. Hutchinson, B.W. Williams, R.B. Williams and E.C. Estes."
FROM THE CONFEDERATE GUNS OF NAVARRO COUNTY BY JOHN W. SPENCER, 1986, THE TEXAS PRESS, CORSICANA, TEXAS
CHAPTER VI - DRESDEN'S TEXAS CAVALRY COMPANY - COMPANY I, 19TH TEXAS CAVALRY REGIMENT
Williams, Russell B., private. No other information shown.
INFORMATION OF THE LINE OF WILLIAM GREEN SWEATT AND SERENA R. WILLIAMS FROM FAMILY GROUP SHEET IN THE POSSESSION OF ANITA ADLER (SHE MAY HAVE RECEIVED IT FROM A MRS. R.W. FERGUSON - DESCENDANT OF RUSSELL BEAN WILLIAMS AND SERENA ESTES.
Notes for THOMAS JEROME WOODLIEF:
They are listed on the 1880 Texas census living in 2nd Justice Pct. of Eastland County in household 222 and next door to Young Lafayette Williams and his wife, Margaret Bell Hutchison. Serena is listed as being 40 at the time and there are no children given as living with them. Thomas' occupation at the time is given as freighter.
Thomas may have also served in Company C, 18th Texas (Darnell's) Cavalry & as Chaplain of that regiment which served under Confederate General Hiram Bronson Granbury during the Civil War.
FROM DAUGHTERS OF THE REPULIC OF TEXAS - PATRIOT ANCESTOR ALBUM, VOL. I, P. 298
Col. Woodlief's son, Thomas Jerome Woodlief married Rene Estes. The book BOYS IN GRAY covered his extensive participation in the War Between the States. He was in Granbury's Brigade, Churchills Division. Thomas was captured by the Union troops then exchanged and returned to the war. Afterwards, he and Rene Estes Woodlief lived in Travis County. He spent several years in the Confederate Home in Austin, and is buried in the State Cemetery. He died Nov. 1, 1918.
CHILDREN OF SERENA PATON ESTES AND RUSSELL BEAN WILLIAMS
William Hiram Williams
Serena R. Williams
Naomi Ella Williams
FAMILY OF THERESA SEBASTA (THURSA) ESTES AND TRAVIS PACKWOOD
FRANCIS THOMAS/M. (T.C./TRAVIS) PACKWOOD was born about 1839 in Republic of Texas, and died May 19, 1862 in Fort Smith, Arkansas during the Civil War of an inflamation of the brain –alternate date April 25. He married THERESA SEBASTA (THURSIE) (SOBIESKI) ESTES 1857 in Hill County, Texas, daughter of HIRAM ESTES and LUCY RICHARDSON. She was born about 1842 in Newton County, Missouri, and died February 13, 1862 in Hill County, Texas.
Notes for FRANCIS THOMAS/M. (T.C./TRAVIS) PACKWOOD
FROM THE ESTES-WILLIAMS PAPERS IN THE TEXAS COLLECTION, CARROLL LIBRARY, BAYLOR UNIVERSITY, WACO, TX.
A LETTER FROM T. PACKWOOD TO AARON ESTES ABOUT THURSA ESTES DYING AND LEAVING HIM WITH 4 CHILDREN:
Febuary the 20 day the year 1862
Dear Bruther, i take the opportunity of droping you a few lines to let you know how i am getting along very bad Thursa dide the 13 of febuary and left me with four litle children to name thair names is Elisha and narsissus Jane and Edward and Aron Elisha (illegible)a ? at aunt Nancy and ? Ed is at Hutchison alone. i don't now (know) what I will do yet some of the connection wants some of the children and some wants some of them Peggy took the babe to raise and give hit to aunt nancy you now i don't like that much but hit cant be hope now of i dont want to take the children out the connection but if i cant get none of them to keep puss and Ed to get ? i will take to ? i know i can keep them together but i dont want to take them thair if i can help hit you now i dont want my children scatered everwhere i wood like if i could see you i want you to come home as soon as you can so no more at present remains yours friend untill deth rite write as soon as you can to mee i wood have rote more to you but i didn't have time to so fare you well dear bruther.
T.C. Pack Wood to his bruther Aaron Estes.
Aaron read this to Been give my best respect to all the boys. A few lines to Mr. BB Loftland dear friend i will sate to you a few lines to let you ? presant and before ? thes few lines comes to hand they may find you wel i have not seen much satisfaction sence my wife dide Wils haves the soer eyes now hee has been in the bed for severl day hee gives the Pilr but i must bring me letter to a close for my children bothers mee give my best repct to all of thes Boys rite when you can ad dress Mclenan Co Stark? grove
T.C. Pack Wood to his friend B.B. Leoftland
A rite to mee all of you when you can a lot of letters Hill county
Per Anita Adler, descendants of the Packwoods ended up in Altus, Oklahoma where they used to have an annual reunion.
CONFEDERATE SERVICE RECORD OF TRAVIS C. PACKWOOD
Served in Company B, 10th Texas Infantry-Nelson's Regiment, Texas Infantry-Private. He appears on a company muster roll of the above organization for Feb. 28-June 30, 1862. He enrolled April 25, 1862 at M Eealm? by Capt. Jones for the period of the war. He was last paid by whom - he received no pay at this point. Comment: Died May 19, 1862 of disease. Signed: J. Nelson. His name also appears on a register containing a record of the property of deceased Confederate Soldiers dated October 7, 1862 - under died is given the date Apl 25, 1862. Remark - Confed. Arch., Chap. 1, File No. 27, page 305. Signed L.E. Fehe?
Notes for THERESA SEBASTA (THURSIE) (SOBIESKI) ESTES:
TAKEN FROM OLD NORTHWEST TEXAS, HISTORICAL-STATISTICAL-BIOGRAPHICAL, NAVARRO COUNTY, TEXAS 1846-1860 COMPILED BY NANCY SAMUELS AND BARBARA KNOX, PUBLISHED BY THE FORT WORTH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY.
"Born about 1842 in Missouri; died about 1862? in Hill County; married Francis Packwood, born about 1839 in Texas; lived in Hill County in 1860 with three children:
1. Elisha Packwood (born about 1858)
2. Narcissa J. Packwood (born about 1858
3. Edward B. Packwood (born May 15, 1861; died January
23, 1918, buried in the Pioneer Cemetary, Eastland
The 2 youngest children were also enumerated in the household of Edward B. and Edithia Estes. Edward B. Packwood married February 17, 1881, in Eastland County to Mrs. Cinderella Estes.
In Eastland County 1880, living next to Edward B. Estes, was widow Cinderella Estes (age 28), born in Texas; her 3 children Cintha H. (age 5), Nathaniel B. (age 4), and Althia A. (age 1); and a stepdaughter Bettie Estes (age 24) who was only 4 years younger than Cinderella and was of the same age as Martha E. , daughter of George H. and Cynthia (Langson) Estes. In Eastland County June 23, 1880, Silas C. Scarbrough married Miss M.E. Estes. And Cinderella E. Estes married Edward B. Packwood. In the Pioneer Cemetary is buried Cinderella E., wife of E.B. Packwood, born 1852 and died 1926.
In Hill County 1870 Solomon and Mary Hollman are on census (had married in June of the census year); in their household were 3 Estes children:
1. Mary J. Estes (born about 1857 in Arkansas)
2. John (born about 1862 in Missouri)
3. Julia E. (born about 1864 in Texas)
References: NCTxR1s; S&B; NCMgs; Eastland County Mgs; various censuses cited; 'Cattle Industry, op. cit., biography regarding F.W. Williams, pp. 433-34; Ibid., biography regarding C. C. Johnston (son of Gideon C.) ppl 418-19; Shirley B. Cawyer and Weldon I. Hudson, 'Eastland County Cemetaries'; Query of William F. Manning, Kermit, Texas (1967); information of Mr. Dan Williams in 'Citizens of the Republic of Texas'. The latter two list children of Hiram Estes somewhat differently from ours."
On the 1870 census of Hill County, Texas, Thursa’s son Elisha is living with Elizabeth Estes.
CHILDREN OF THERESA SEBASTA (THURSA) ESTES AND TRAVIS PACKWOOD
Elisha (Uncle Lish Estes) Packwood
Narcissus Jane Packwood
Aaron Packwood - born in February 1862. Nothing further is known of this son.
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