Dickens County History Book
Gilpin Saturday paid tribute to a beloved wife and mother, Mrs. T.H. Tallant, 65 years old, who after several days illness, died at her home Friday night. Almost the entire neighborhood sympathizing with the bereaved family, dropped their work and went to their assistance, helping in every way possible in the last sad rights.
Funeral services were held in the First Baptist Church, Spur, Saturday afternoon. Reverend Denison of Jacksboro, an old friend of the family who knew Mr. and Mrs. Tallant before they were married, and Rev. Bennett, of Gilpin, officiated at the rites. Interment in the Spur cemetery.
Mrs. Tallant, who was Eliza Ann Jones, was married to Mr. T.H. Tallant at Weatherford, December 23, 1882. Nine children blessed their union, five of whom are living. They are: William Tallant, of Spur, Robert Tallant, of Waurika, OK, John Tallant, of Gilpin, Abner Tallant, of Spur, and Mrs. Emma Hagins of Gilpin.
Mrs. Tallant united with the Missionary Baptist Church at the early age of 16 years and lived a consistent Christian life till called to her reward. She had many friends and relatives who will miss her fondly, now that she has gone, yet while we mourn, we are comforted with this blessed assurance; she has one what she could. She has gone to the mansion that Jesus has prepared for her where there is no pain nor sorrow nor crying. Mother is at rest.
For more than twenty years she was almost an invalid in that she was unable to visit among friends very much, but through all her bodily ills she remained true to God, to her family and to her friends. As might be expected under her circumstances, her favorite scripture was the 14 chapter of John, for like the writer, she knew where to go for comfort when sick or suffering. Her favorite hymns were: "When the Roll is Called Up Yonder," "Jesus Lover of My soul." and "Children of the Heavenly King." It is indeed a great comfort for her bereaved ones that she has been called away, to know that when the roll is called up yonder, she will be there. Often in life, she was heard to say that she was so glad that a sweet rest was awaiting her "up yonder." Yes, dear loved ones, this is the balm that in time will heal your broken hearts. The sweet expectation of seeing her again, for she is not dead, only gone on a little while before.
By Ella Kellum Bennett
©The Texas Spur, April 9, 1926from the records of Lillian Grace Nay
Thomas H. Tallant, for many years a citizen of Duck Creek community, died Sunday evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jesse Hagins. Mr. Tallant had been failing in health for the past two or three years and had been confined to his room for the past five or six weeks. His advanced age was much against his chances of recovery, he being in his 78th year. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church in Spur Monday afternoon. Rev. A.P. Stokes of Afton, making a very beautiful talk on a Christian life. Rev. W.B. Bennett and Rev. J.V. Bilberry, both of whom had lived neighbors to Mrs. Tallant, made short talks in regard to him as a neighbor. Interment followed in Spur cemetery. Webber B. Williams acting as funeral director.
Mr. Tallant was born in Pontotoc County, Mississippi. June 28, 1858. He came to Texas in 1971 at the age of thirteen years, emigrating to the state with his parents. He was married to Miss Eliza Anne Jones December 23, 1883. Mrs. Tallant passed away about nine years ago.
There were nine children graced the home, five of whom still survive. They are W.H. Tallant of Big Spring, Robert Tallant, A.D. Tallant and J.F. Tallant, all of Waurika, OK, and Mrs. Jesse Hagins with whom he made his home in recent years at Gilpin. Three of the children were present for the funeral service Sunday. Two sons were unable to be present. The deceased also leaves three brothers and four sisters, 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Mr. Tallant made a profession of religion when about 19 years of age and became affiliated with the Baptist Church. His life was an exhibition of Christianity and he always took much interest in church services. He loved his friends and was always willing to assist a neighbor. He always held high ideals of life and used his influence for the betterment of the community in which he lived.
©Brownfield Paper, November 1935from the records of Lillian Grace Nay
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