This was written
after the Old Settlers Reunion in 1901 in Athens,
Henderson County TX
Athens Weekly Review
SOME OF THE OLD SETTLERS
We have tried to interview as many as we could to get some statistical data.
N. J. (Pete) BREWER of Chandler, been in the state 55 years and in the county 46 years; from
C. D. CREWS of LaRue has been in state 46 years and in the county 17 years.
Col. John D. KNIGHT, the remaining Baxter kid, has been in the county 51 years and he smiles yet
when he sees a good looking woman and all are good looking (there is a hole in the page right here)
---- CARTER of Kaufman came from Georgia to Texas to this county in 1857. After 18 months
returned to Georgia. Then came back to Texas in 1878, lived here three years then went to Kaufman.
J. W. CARVER of Brownsboro from Alabama, been here 47 years.
Sol PERRY, been in Texas 49 years, in this county 34 years.
J. F. RAY from Tennessee, been in Texas 39 years, in this county 31 years.
H. COOPER of Eustace, from Alabama, been in the county 53 years.
Mrs. W. M. STIRMAN of Wichita Falls, sister-in-law of W. B. STIRMAN, came to this county 56 years
Rev. V. I. STIRMAN of Ennis, brother of President W. B. STIRMAN, came here 53 years ago.
Mrs. J. M. GARDNER of Aley, 37 years in the county. She has a varied experience and knows much
of the early settlement of the country.
A. G. HUGHES, native 26 years.
Joe COKER from Georgia, been in county 33 years.
W. A. STALTER from Ohio; in the county 36 years; was a schoolmate of John Sherman of Ohio.
Geo. I. DAVIDSON of Brownsboro has been in the county 23 years.
J. T. SANDERS of Murchison has been in the county 23 years.
M. L. McWILLIAMS of Bolder, been in the county 43 years.
Wyley McGEE, born in Mississippi, been here 35 years.
W. B. Smith born in Texas and is 49 years old.
G. V. ADAMS 82 years old born in Virginia been in county 24 years.
W. M. Carmichael 86 years old been here 67 years born in South Carolina. Has a soft tooth in his
head which he showed the editor.
Dan Donnell from Arkansas been here 52 years. Fought under Texas flag. He fought four years under
Confederate flag and gave his leg.
T. J. PERRY, 57 years old, from Tennessee, been in Henderson county 51 years.
Henry McREA, 51 years old, born in Alabama, been in Henderson 41 years.
G. J. MITCHAM of Malakoff born in Henderson county, 41 years.
W. J. BULGER, 62 years old, born in Alabama; been in Henderson 43 years.
J. T. JACKSON, 70 years old, born in Georgia; been in Henderson 22 years.
J. T. SANDERS of Murchison been here 25 years.
A. S. TANNER of Malakoff born and raised in this county; is 45 years old a leading merchant of
L. W. MOORE of Brazoria county, in Texas 50 years; been away from Henderson 25 years;
brother-in-law of M. E., J. I. and H. W. RICHARDSON.
N. R. ROYALL and wife of Palestine attended the reunion; both raised here.
W. J. WALLACE of LaRue from MIss. been in Texas 33 years in this and Anderson counties. Was
first Lieutenant in a Mississippi company and commanded his company in a noted charge of
Longstreets corps at the battle of Gettysburg.
W. M. McWILLIAMS of Bolder from Alabama been in this county 53 years.
J. K. P. PARMER of LaRue form Alabama been in this county 52 years.
G. T. MARTIN of Wood School House; from Tennessee; been in county 53 years.
G. C. KEYS of LaRue from Kentucky; been in Texas 56 years, in Henderson county 25 years.
J. B. LEWIS of Ash, been in the county 45 years.
T. A. LANGLEY from Mississippi has been in county 16 years.
J. A. PATTERSON of Eustace from Alabama, been in county 54 years.
J. S. CARVER of Kenelm from Alabama been in this county 50 years.
J. M. KIRKLAND of Brownsboro from Alabama been in Texas 46 years; in county , 32 years.
J. T. BRISANTINE, been in Texas 47 years, and Mrs. BRISANTINE 49 years.
J. W. FULTON from Tennessee, been here 54 years.
G. W. and W. M. ROBERTS and T. J. DICKERSON of Poynor, raised here.
J. P. MILLER from Alabama, in county 45 years.
J. D. JORDAN of Brownsboro from Alabama in this county 32 years.
J. D. REYNOLDS of New York been in the county 47 years; from Georgia.
W. B. STIRMAN of Mance, president of the old settlers association of Henderson county; been in the
county 56 years.
W. R. MURPHEY been in the county 33 years.
Joab McMANUS from Tennessee; in county 56 years, 87 years old; vice president of the association.
H. W. RICHARDSON been in the county 48 years.
George Riley DAVIS, born in the county, 46 years old.
Chas. M. COTTON, 54 years old, born in Alabama, 51 years in Henderson county.
W. R. ANDING born in Mississippi, been in the county 51 years.
Mrs. Jodie TINDELL, 63 years old, born in Alabama, 52 years in Henderson county.
Sam W. FRIZZELL; born in Kentucky, been in the county 22 years.
S. T. CROSSLY, born in Georgia born in Georgia been in the county 33 years.
E. W. FROST of New York, born in Alabama, been in the state 44 years.
Polly Ann LEE, 63 years old, wife of Sam LEE, born in Mississippi, 48 years in Henderson county.
Aunt Kit McGLOTHLIN, 73 years old born in Mississippi, been in state 59 years and in the county 39
K. K. KNIGHT, 56 years old born in Alabama, 52 years in Texas and 51 in Henderson county.
Hugh CARTER of Murchison, 70 years old, born in Tennessee, in Texas 54 years, 48 in the county;
was member of Co. K 4th Texas.
J. B. WOFFORD, born in the county 47 years old.
W. A. PERRY, 52 years old born in Tennessee, been in the county 44 years.
Ed McDERMOTT, 56 years old born in New York City; been in Texas 34 and in this county 30 years.
Dr. T. M. MATTHEWS, Sr., born and raised in Virginia; came to Texas 50 years ago. Has resided in
Rusk, Tarrant, Van Zandt and this county; been in this county 20 years. he raised eleven children, ten
are now living.
Jno. B. Tindel, born and raised in the county, 42 years old.
J. N. PHILLIPS, 54 years old, born in Arkansas, 35 years in Texas; from 1873 to 1883 in Henderson
county, now lives in Navarro co.
Fannie J. Rounsavall 58 years old born in Alabama; been in Henderson county 48 years.
Aunt Lizzie FRAZIER, 70 years old, born in Georgia, 48 years in Texas and 45 in Henderson co.
Jno. K. SIMMONS, 63 years old, born in Alabama, 36 years in Texas, 12 years in this county.
W. C. Taylor, 52 years, old, born in Arkansas, 49 in Texas 34 in the county.
Mrs. Mat BISHOP, 57 years old, born in Alabama, 48 years in Henderson county.
Mrs. Margaret PARSONS, 60 years old, born in Alabama, 48 years in Henderson county.
Mrs. Lucy NEFF, 63 years old, born in Virginia, been in Henderson county 50 years.
Mrs. Nannie MURPHEY, born in Alabama, been in Texas 48 years.
A. J. BOYD, 56 years old, born in Louisiana, 50 years in Henderson county.
Seth SCOTT, 45 years old, born in the county.
J. W. GAUNTT, 73 years old, born in Georgia, 55 years in this co.
Old W HOPSON, born in Ga. 36 years in Henderson county and plays the fiddle.
J. M. MITCHAM, 52 years old born in the county.
Jno. W. SLAUGHTER, 72 years old, born in Alabama 46 years in the state, 41 in the county.
Jesse WALLING, 59 years old, born in Nacogdoches county. Lived in this county 1855 to 1868 now
lives in Hill county.
Mrs. S. E. GARDNER is 77 years old, came to Texas in 1847, born in Franklin County Alabama; come
to Texas in a wagon, there were living then near Aley (now Tool) Ned DAY and Julius BARKER. Her
husband, J. M. GARDNER, died in 1892. They married at Round Prairie in 1860. She saw wild
buffalo in the country several were killed here after she came to the county. She has eaten buffalo
meat killed in this county. The Indian camps and vessels looked recent. Court was held at old Buffalo
two years after she came to the county. She attend parties at old Buffalo and has danced with Judge
John H. REAGAN. Mrs. GARDNER is still sprightly and a great favorite with all her acquaintances.
She is a perfect encyclopedia of knowledge of the early days of this country and her relations of the
incidents and stirring events of those pioneer days are very interesting. In our brief note yesterday a
mistake was made as to the time she had been in the county. She has been here 56 years, as long
perhaps as any other person in the county.
Transcribed by Bunny Freeman March 2002
Old Newspaper of Henderson County
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