Doctors of Matagorda County


Doctors of Matagorda County, Texas

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Dr. Frank West Allen
March 25, 1874 Richmond, Virginia - October 4, 1943 Houston, Harris County, Texas
Buried Forest Park Cemetery, Houston, Harris County, Texas

Son of Marcus Alexander Allen (1843 - 1903) and  Alice West Allen (1853 - 1933)

Married Mary McComb (October 27, 1875 - May 20, 1943) on June 19th, 1901 in Gordonsville, Virginia. She was the daughter of General William McComb (1828 - 1918) and Nannie Hunter Quarles McComb (1846 - 1895).

Alice M. Allen married Harold A. Gardiner, March 3, 1932 in Oklahoma

1880 Census - Virginia - Henrico County - Richmond - East Broad Street
Marcus A. Allen, age 37, b VA
Alice M. Allen, age 26, b VA
Frank W. Allen, age 7, b VA
Virginia Allen, age 3, b VA

1900 - Oklahoma - Day County, Dewey
Frank W. Allen, age 26, born March 1874 in VA, Doctor

1910 - Oklahoma - Roger Mills County - Dewey
Frank W. Allen, age 36, married once, 9 years, b VA, Physician - General Practice
Mary M. Allen, age 34, married once, 9 years, two children, two living, b VA
Alice Allen, age 8, b OK
Frank W. Allen, age 5, b OK

1920 - Oklahoma - Dewey County, Grant Township
Frank W. Allen, age 45, b VA, Doctor - Home Practice
Mary M. Allen, age 44, b VA
Alice M. Allen, age 17, b OK
Frank W. Allen, age 15, b OK

1930 - Oklahoma - Dewey - Leedey
F. W. Allen, age 56, married at age 27, b VA, Physician - Medicine
Mary Allen, age 54, married at age 25, b VA
Alice Allen, age 28

1940 Census - Texas - Matagorda County - Palacios - Pavilion Street
Frank West Allen, age 66, b VA, residing in Leedey, Dewey County, Oklahoma, April 1, 1935, Medical Doctor - Private Practice
Mary Allen, age 64, b VA

1940 Census - Texas - Harris County - Houston
Harold A. Gardiner, age 37, b OK, lived in Muskogee, Muskogee County, Oklahoma on April 1, 1935
Alice A. Gardiner, age 38, b OK, lived in Muskogee, Muskogee County, Oklahoma on April 1, 1935

Wedding Announcement

General William McComb has issued invitations for the marriage of his daughter, Miss Mary Malcolm, to Dr. Frank West Allen, to take place on June 19th at 12 o'clock, Mechanicsville Baptist church, near Gordonsville, Va. This is an interesting announcement to the many friends of both the bride- and groom-elect in this city.

Miss McComb is well known here and throughout the State. She is an accomplished young woman and an especially charming pianist. For the past two years she has been studying nursing in New York City.

Dr. Allen is the son of Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Allen, of this city. He has not been a resident here for four years. He is a graduate of the class of 1900 of the Fort Worth (Tex.) Medical College, and now located in Texmo, Okla., successfully pursuing his profession. Their future home will be in Texmo.

Miss Virginia Allen, of this city, and Miss Virginia Goodman, of Green Spring, will be maids of honor. Mr. Morrison Glenn, of this city, will be best man.

Richmond Dispatch, June 2, 1901


Dr. Frank West Allen, formerly of this city, but now of Texmo, Okla., was married to Miss Mary Maxwell McComb yesterday at noon in Mechanicsville Baptist church, near Gordonsville. Mr. Morrison Glenn, of this city, acted as best man, and the bride was attended by Miss Goodman, of Green Spring, and Miss Virginia Allen, sister of the groom.

The bride is the very charming daughter of General William McComb, of Green Spring, Louisa county. She is very popular in this city, where she has a host of friends. Dr. Allen is the son of Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Allen, of south Third street. He and his bride left on the afternoon train for Texmo, Okla., where he is practicing his profession.

Richmond Dispatch, June 20, 1901

Residence at time of death: 1425 Heights Boulevard, Houston, Harris County, Texas

World War I Draft Registration September 19, 1918: Medium height, Slender build, Gray eyes, Brown hair

Dr. Frank West Allen

Word has been received here of the death Monday in Houston, Texas, of Dr. Frank West Allen, a native of Virginia. The funeral will be held Tuesday in Houston. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Harold Gardiner, of Houston.

Richmond Times Dispatch, October 5, 1943

Mrs. Frank W. Allen

Mrs. Mary McComb Allen wife of Dr. Frank West Allen died Thursday night at her home in Houston, Texas. Mrs. Allen was a daughter of the late General William McComb and Mrs. Nannie Quarles McComb of Inglewood, Gordonsville. In addition to her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Harold Gardner, of Houston, and a brother, William McComb, of Crozet. Funeral services will be held Saturday in Houston.

Richmond Times Dispatch, May 22, 1943

Dr. J. Randolph Allen

Dr. J. Randolph Allen, age 22, born in New York, was enumerated in the 1870 Matagorda County census. His wife was Minna, age 17, born in Texas.

He married Wilhelmina Williams, daughter of John and Catherine Williams in 1870. They were living in Matagorda, Texas and had one son, William Clifford "Willie" Allen (Jan 15, 1872 - Sep 26, 1927).


Family tradition claimed that Lucy Williams and her sister, Sarah "Sallie," were murdered by their brother-in-law, Dr. Allen, who was in love with Lucy while married to their sister, Wilhelmina. When Lucy became engaged to Henry Eidlebach, Dr. Allen poisoned her out of jealousy, and then poisoned Sallie to divert suspicion. He fled the town with the Williams boys in hot pursuit, but he escaped. Later the family got a letter from him from Africa in which he told that the Williams boys had been all around him, but he had buried himself in the sand. Sallie and Lucy were buried on the Matagorda Peninsula and their graves are lost.

On May 15, 1877, Wilhelmina Allen married Edward Kilbride (b c 1845),  in Matagorda County and had a daughter, Mamie (married Max G. Klein), and a son, Harry.

Henry Eidlebach was Wilhelmina's third husband. They were married June 25, 1885. Their children were Eugene and Henry.


Dr. Ansby left here for Leesville, La., where his family resides, on returning he will make his home here.

Matagorda County Tribune, December 13, 1912

Dr. Harry T. Barnes

Harry Tracy Barnes

Harry Tracy Barnes, M. D., 70, formerly of Bay City died Saturday, May 11 1996 in Texas City.

He was born March 31, 1926 in San Antonio.

He is survived by his wife Maxine; three sons Stephen T. Barnes of Rockport, Jeffrey A Barnes of Bay City and Gregory L. Barnes of Mill Valley, California; one daughter, Kathy L. Sieben of Bay City and six grandchildren.

Services will be held today at Emken-Linton Funeral home is Texas City at 2 p. m.

Daily Tribune, May 14, 1996

Dr. Barnes was the son of Harry Tracy Barnes and Kathryn Johanna Boehl Barnes.

1965-66 Office 1015 Ave G

Dr. Joseph W. Benton

[Note: This information was compiled from various sources that were primarily undocumented. When using it, please verify it for yourself.]


Dr. J. W. Benton lived on Caney in Matagorda County and practiced medicine as well as being a farmer.


1888 Newspaper Account of Trip Through Matagorda Tells About People, Lands and Development
By J. H. Dance

At "Gibson"...we met Dr. J. W. Benton, of the same family tree as "Old Bullion" [Thomas Hart Benton], who informed us that he had exploded by practical test the barnacle idea that a white man could not cultivate Caney soil, as, with improved implements, he had the present year cultivated, alone, fifty acres of cotton; and it is luxuriant, and as clean of weeds as mi ladi's boudoir. Dr. Benton also has an apple orchard, the trees of which are laden with an excellent quality of fruit. In addition to the bucolics the doctor practices medicine over a large area, and has plenty of time to spare in observance of the social amenities. It may not prove uninteresting to some of our fair readers, and the OLD CAP, has not a few, to be informed that the doctor is still heart-whole and fancy free, and that this is leap year,--that Quandrennial Godsend to timid bachelors. Culver, is a postoffice and store near "Gibson"... --The Daily Tribune and The Matagorda County Tribune, Century of Progress Edition, Section Four, August 26, 1937 Quoting a publication of a newspaper, The Old Capital, published in Columbia, Texas, Saturday morning, July 14, 1888.

He was born in Maryland c 1825 and d
 after April 8, 1885

1850 Census - Marshall County, TN

Joseph W. Benton, 26, Physician b
Ann Benton, 26, b TN
William H. Benton, 3 b TN
Maria Benton, 1, b TN

1870 Wharton County, TX

Joseph W. Benton, 40. physician b Maryland
W. H. Benton, 22, Clerk in Hotel, b Tennessee

1860 Madison County, AL

Joseph W. Benton, 35, Physician, b Maryland
Ann L. Benton, 33, b TN
Wm. H., 12, b TN
Mariah L. Benton, 11, b TN
Martha E. Benton, 3, b AL

1880 Matagorda County Census - Precinct 2

Dr. J. W. Benton W M 55 b Maryland

George Tanner, W M 34, Son-in-law, County Commissioner b AL
Walter Tanner W M 9, Grandson, b AL

Mattie Tanner W F 3, granddaughter, b TX
Servants Lucy Parker 21 and Henry Parker 27


Dr. Benton also appeared on the 1880 Matagorda County Productions of Agricultural Schedule (p. 9; ED 96)


Dr. Benton married  Ann L. Rains b c 1826 Tennessee - d before 1870 census
Daughter of Rev. John Rains b 2 May 1796 in Maysville, Mason Co., KY - 4 Jul 1879 Nashville, Davidson Co., TN
and Lucinda Cartwright b 21 Oct 1804 in GA - d 23 Jul 1887 in Nashville, Davidson Co., TN


Children of Dr. Benton and Ann Rains Benton:
1.  William H. Benton, b c 1847- d after April 8, 1885
2.  Maria Lula Benton b c 1849 in Marshall? Co., TN - d before 1880
     married 13 Oct 1868 in Nashville, Davidson Co., TN to George William Tanner (b 6 Jul 1846, Athens, Limestone, Co., AL -
     d 4 Dec 1888 Matagorda? Co., TX)
           1. Walter Tanner b c 1871
           2. Nina E. Tanner b 24 Mar 1873 Limestone Co., AL - d 1 May 1874 Limestone County, AL
           3. Mattie Tanner b c 1877 Matagorda? Co., TX - d 16 Aug 1880 Matagorda? Co., TX
3.  Martha "Mattie" E. Benton b c 1857, AL - d 3 Jul 1874, Athens, Limestone Co., AL

Miss MATTIE BENTON died at residence of her brother-in-law, G. W. Tanner, Athens, Ala. July 3, 1874; dau Dr. Joseph W. Benton "now" of TX; her mother was a dau of Rev. John Rains of Nashville, Tenn. area; her brother, W. H. Benton, went to TX where he died in 1872; she attended the Athens Female Institute where she sickened before dying.
Christian Advocate
, Nashville, Tennessee, August 1, 1874

A brand, (# 1296) for J. W. Benton was filed on December 20, 1871 in Matagorda County.


Going to the Exposition


     The following ladies and gentlemen arrived in the city this morning. They are on their way to the World's exposition:

     Dr. J. W. Benton and Walter B. Tanner, Caney, Matagorda county; Dr. Weemes [Weems] and daughter Laura, Columbia; Mr. Taylor, wife and daughter, Columbia.

     Galveston Daily News, April 8, 1885


Dr. Benton was also listed in the Medical and Surgical Directory of the United States 1886
p. 882  Caney population 150 Dr. J. W. Benton

In 1894, a Matagorda County school was held on Dr. Benton's property. There were 7 children enrolled.

Dr. Howard F. Bonar


Dr. L. M. Cochran

Dr. L. M. Cochran, Dentist, Colorado Tribune, July 21, 1851

Gonzales Inquirer, August 11, 1855

Member of Gonzales Masonic Lodge, No. 30 in 1857

Dr. Curtis


Contractors McLemore and Reed are making good headway on the seven-room dwelling of Dr. Curtis.
The Matagorda County Tribune
, July 17, 1911

Dr. Curtis' dwelling is nearing completion.
The Matagorda County Tribune, August 4, 1911

Cedar Lane

Dr. Curtis was around here on Monday. Matagorda County Tribune, October 11, 1912

Dr. Curtis of Gainesmore was a visitor here Saturday. The Matagorda County Tribune, December 13, 1912

Wadsworth History

Ben Wheeler was constable in 1913. Doctors for the community were a Dr. Curtis who lived in Wadsworth and Dr. S. A. Foote who lived in Bay City.

Dr. Keith A. Daggett
July 22, 1917 - May 23, 1986
Buried Cedarvale Cemetery, Bay City, Matagorda County, Texas

Married Hazel M. Daggett April 20, 1916 - December 24, 1981 Buried Cedarvale Cemetery, Bay City, Matagorda County, Texas

Enlisted in the US Navy April 21, 1943 and served until January 28, 1946

Dr. Daggett was listed in the 1953 telephone directory as having an office at 2809 7th Street, Bay City Chiropractic Clinic and his residence at 1505 Cottonwood Avenue.

Chiropractic Society Holds Meeting Here

The Gulf Coast Chiropractic Society held its regular monthly meeting in Palacios Saturday, October 1.

Drs. Clyde Spellman, El Campo, D. A. Einkauf and K. A. Daggett, Bay City, John C. White and Norman E. Runyon, Palacios attended the meeting. Dr. Runyon was host.

Dr. Einkauf discussed the work of Dr. Illi of Switzerland, who has done extensive research in chiropractic. Dr. Illi's work was presented at the recently held Homecoming at the Texas Chiropractic College at San Antonio.

Other portions of the program included case management and X-Ray procedure.

Dr. Spellman was selected to be host to the next meeting of the society.

Palacios Beacon, October 6, 1955

Dr. H. H. Dexter

At Matagorda Drs. H. H. Dexter, A. M. Levy, A. B. Hannum, A. F. Axson and T. S. Waddell published a schedule of charges for their community. Day visits were $5, consultations were $15, bleeding $2, Cupping $5. Labor cases were $30. The notice concluded with the statement that immediately on the termination of the case settlement will be required.

Colorado Gazette & Advertiser, July 10, 1841

Dr. Theodore Frederick Driskill
Born December 31, 1852 Crockett, Houston County, Texas
Died June 9, 1935 Palacios, Matagorda County, Texas
Buried Palacios Cemetery, Palacios, Matagorda County, Texas


Corsicana Daily Sun, April 7, 1909

Son of Legross Washington Driskill (1816 - 1888) and Judith Ann Eliza Thompson Driskill (1926 - 1870)

Married first, Mary Lenore Driskill (1862 - ????)

On Tuesday, April 21, 1896 in Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas, he married Anna Stratton Driskill who was born September 2, 1856 and died March 12, 1940. Burial was at Palacios Cemetery, Palacios, Matagorda County, Texas.

Son: Theodore Frederick Stratton Driskill

On March 12th, Mrs. Anna Stratton Driskill, wife of the late Dr. T. F. Driskill. Aged eighty-four years.-- Palacios Beacon, March 14, 1940

Theo. Driskill returned to his home in Dallas Monday, after spending a few days here with friends, and looking after business. He was called here last week by the death of his mother, Mrs. Anna Driskill.--Palacios Beacon, March 21, 1940

"We also secured the services of a good dentist residing in the city of Corsicana, Dr. T. F. Driskill, and had the mouths and teeth of all the children treated. Most of them had had very little attention in their past lives in this direction, and they were found to be in a very unsatisfactory condition. Dr. Driskill has been engaged now for more than fifteen months in this branch of work, and has succeeded in putting in good condition the mouths and teeth of every child in the Home, and this work is now complete"
Report of the Board of Trustees of the State Orphan Asylum Located at Corsicana, Texas, From January 1, 1895 To January 1, 1897

1900 Census - Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana - West 6th Avenue
Theodore F. Driskill, head, age 49, b Dec 1851, b TX, married 4 years
Anna E. Driskill, wife, age 43, b Sep 1856, b LA, married 4 years, 1 child-1 living
Theodore F. Driskill, age 1, b Nov 1898, b TX

1910 Census - Texas - Navarro County, Corsicana - South 14th Street
Theodore F. Driskill, head, age 59, b TX, married second, 14 years - Dentist
Anna Driskill, wife, age 53, b LA, married once, 14 years, one child-one living
Theodore F. Driskill, Jr., son, age 11, b TX

1920 Census - Texas - Matagorda County - Palacios - Moore Avenue
Theodore F. Driskill, head, age 68, b TX, Dentist-General Practice
Anna Driskill, wife, age 63, b LA
Theodore F. Driskill, Jr., son, age 21, b TX, Retail Merchant-Dry Goods

1930 Census - Texas - Matagorda County - Palacios
Theo F. Driskill, head, age 78, married first at 25, Dentist-General Practice
Annie E. Driskill, wife, age 73, married first at 20

Palacios Beacon, February 4, 1921

Dr. Fayette William Estill

September 12, 1913 Fort Worth, Tarrant, TX - August 28, 2004 Houston, Harris County, Texas)
Buried Laurel Land Memorial Park, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas

Son of Everett Estill (August 19, 1873 - September 13, 1964) and Bethena Grammer Estill (October 23, 1873 - April 14, 1947, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas) Both buried at Laurel Land Memorial Park, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas

Married Katherine Basch Estill on October 6, 1945
March 15, 1915 Detroit, Michigan - April 25, 2002
Daughter of John and Eva Basch

One son - Fayette William Estill, Jr.

1920 Census - Texas - Tarrant County - Fort Worth - Jennings
E. Estill, age 45, b TX, Machinist - Texas Storage Co.
Thena Estill, age 45, b TX
Ellen Dodson Estill, age 22, b TX - Stenographer - Barron Field
Robert Estill, age 15, b TX
Beauregard Estill, age 13, b TX
Darrell Estill, age 11, b TX
Fayette Estill, age 6, b TX

1930 Census - Texas - Tarrant County - Fort Worth - Jennings
Everett Estill, age 56, b MO, married at age 24, Machinist - Machine Shop
Thena Estill, age 56, b TX
Darrel Estill, age 21, b TX - Oiler - Ice Factory
Fayette Estill, age 16, b TX
Ruth Estill, age 13, b TX

1940 - Michigan - Wayne County, Detroit - W. Nevada Street
Fayette Estill, age 26, b TX, Tool maker - Tubing
Catherine Estill, age 25, b Michigan, Manager - Mail Order Dept

Dr. Estill received his O. D. license on October 15, 1948 and filed it in Matagorda County on September 1, 1949.

Ad at right appeared in the Freeport Facts, October 6, 1949

Fayette W. Estill

FAYETTE W. ESTILL, O. D., age 90, passed away August 28, 2004. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Katherine; brothers, Robert, Bogey, and Darell; and sisters Lexa and Ruth. He is survived by his son, Bill. Visitation: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, August 30, 2004, Earthman Southwest Chapel, 12555 South Kirkwood, Stafford. A Graveside Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 31, 2004, at Laurel Land Cemetery, 7100 Crowley Road, Fort Worth, Texas.

Houston Chronicle, August 30, 2004

Katherine Basch Estill

Katherine Basch Estill, 87, passed away peacefully April 25, 2002 following a courageous battle with cancer.

Katherine was born March 15, 1915, the oldest of nine children, to Eva and John Basch in Detroit, Michigan, moving to Rochester, Michigan at age 7. She and husband Fayette were married on October 6, 1934. They had one son, Bill. During her life she pursued many interests. Settling in the late '40s in Freeport, where she was an avid golfer in her early years. After relocating to Houston in the early '60s she was a successful real estate broker. After retirement she spent many years traveling with her husband in the family motor coach. She always displayed a positive attitude, unwavering spirit and marvelous sense of humor.

She leaves behind her husband, Fayette and son, Bill; brother, Charles (Michaelina) Basch; sisters, Mary Zumwalt, Betty Hooker and Dorothy (Bob) Zelezic.

Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, April 26, 2002 at the Earthman Bellaire Chapel, 6700 Ferris, Houston, Texas.

Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 27, 2002 at Earthman Bellaire.

Graveside service will be at 1:00 p.m., Monday, April 29, 2002 in Laurel Land Cemetery in Ft. Worth.

Brazosport Facts, April 26, 2002

Dr. John W. Fewkes, Physician, Surgeon, Is Locating Here

Dr. John M. Fewkes, of Livingston, was here Thursday and found our city so much to his liking that he decided to locate here, and before leaving, rented an office room in the Ruthven building, ordered a card in the Beacon and completed arrangements to move here. He went from here to Houston for the last sessions of the Post-Graduate Assembly of Medical Men of Texas and Louisiana, after which he will go to Livingston and move here as soon as possible.

Dr. Fewkes is a physician and surgeon of years experience and will be a valuable addition to our community.

We, with the people of Palacios, give him a most cordial greeting and hearty welcome.

Palacios Beacon, October 4, 1934

Dr. John M. Fewkes arrived the first of the week and is now nicely located in the Ruthven building. He is rapidly becoming acquainted with our people and likes our city better every day he stays.

Palacios Beacon, October 11, 1934

Palacios Beacon, October 11, 1945

Dr. John Fewkes Dies at McAllen

Dr. John W. Fewkes, 73, died in the McAllen Municipal hospital at 11:50 o'clock Sunday morning following a brief illness.

A retired M. D., Dr. Fewkes had been a resident of McAllen since August. Dr. Fewkes practiced medicine for a number of years in Hot Springs, Ark. He was a Spanish-American and World War veteran.

Funeral services are scheduled to be held at seven o'clock tonight from the Martin-Nelson funeral chapel here with the Rev. O. W. Jadwin, pastor of the First Christian church, officiating. Teh McAllen American Legion post will attend the services ina body. Interment will be in Bellmont, Ill.

Relatives asked that friends of Dr. Fewkes not send flowers.

Survivors include the wife; three sons, John, Charles and Jarvis, all of Chicago; and one daughter, Miss Alma, Chicago.

The above report taken from a McAllen paper, brings a sad message to our citizens, as Dr. Fewkes made Palacios his home some time before he located in the Valley, and during that time he formed numerous warm friendships. He will be fondly remembered by those who learned to know him best and of the many fine traits of character he possessed.

Palacios Beacon, January 19, 1939

Dr. Fewkes was Commander of the Greenwood American Legion Post while living in Palacios.

Dr. Alfred John Giese
February 16, 1893 Carmine, Fayette County,Texas - May 2 1976 Navasota, Grimes County, Texas
Buried Oakland Cemetery, Navasota, Grimes County, Texas
Son of August Giese (1869 - 1928) and Ottilie Krueger Giese (1863 - 1943)

Married Ethel Anna Bosse Giese (January 22, 1902 Washington, Washington County, Texas - September 13, 1991 Navasota, Grimes County, Texas)
Buried Oakland Cemetery, Navasota, Grimes County, Texas
Daughter of Friedrich Wilhelm Bosse Jr. (1864 - 1947) and Henriette Luise Sophie Borgstedte Bosse (1866 - 1963)

1910 Census - Texas - Fayette County
August A. Giese, age 41, b TX, married once for 20 years, US Mail Carrier
Otiele Giese, age 44, b TX, two children, two living
Aldred Giese, age 17, b TX
Alex Giese, age 12, b TX

World War I Draft Registration description - Bexar County, Texas
Student - Medium height, Medium build, Blue eyes, Light hair

PFC US Army, World War I

Dr. A. J. Giese was in the back lines in France. “We went celebrating.”
The Daily Tribune, Monday, November 11, 1968

1920 Census - Louisiana - Caddo Parish - Cedar Grove
Aleck H. Giese, age 21, b TX, Jewelry Store
Ruby Giese, age 23, b TX
A. J. Giese, age 1 4/12 b TX
Alfred Giese, age 26, brother, b TX, Watchmaker - Store

1930 Census - Texas - Harris County, Goose Creek
Alfred J. Giese, age 37, boarder, b TX, Independent Optometrist

Optometrist - received license - November 28, 1925 - filed MC September 26, 1939

1940 Census - Texas
Alfred Giese, age 47, b TX, lived in Trinity County, TX in 1935, Optometrist - Private Practice
Ethel Giese, age 38, b TX
Ottile Giese, age 75, mother, b TX

Practicing in Bay City in 1945 at 2129 Avenue G

Lived at 718 Victoria Street, Navasota, Grimes County, Texas at the time of his death in 1976

Dr. Florence Ruth Haile
Born December 12, 1856 Natchez, Adams County, Mississippi
Died May 29, 1943 2216 Ave B, Bay City, Matagorda County, Texas
Buried Cedarvale Cemetery, Bay City, Matagorda County, Texas

Palacios Beacon, March 12, 1925

Daughter of Scott Furness and Mary McMurtrey Furness according to her death certificate.

Son: Ernest Scott Haile born August 8, 1880 in Bryan, Brazos County, Texas and died August 28, 1942 in Washington, D. C. Buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia. Obituary says he was a Lieutenant Colonel, but marker has Major Infantry, US Army. Ernest was married to Sara O'Donnell and they had three sons; Ernest S. Haile, Jr., Allen Haile, Theodore Haile.

Earliest advertisement in the Palacios Beacon on March 12, 1925.

1930 Census - Texas - Matagorda County - Palacios
H. B. Farwell, head
Mary E. Farwell, wife
Florence R. Haile, roomer, age 73, widowed, b MS

1940 Census - Texas - Matagorda County - Bay City
Emma Sterling, head, age 66, b LA
Hildred H. Sterling, son, age 33, b TX, Carpenter-Building Construction
Dr. Florence R. Haile, cousin, age 83, b MS, Doctor-Osteopathic

Son of Former Palacios Resident Dies in Washington

Mrs. Florence R. Haile, doctor of osteopathy, residing with Mrs. Emma Sterling at 2216 Ave B in Bay City, received a telegram last week informing her of the death of her son, Lt. Col. Ernest Scott Haile. The message came from Havana, Cuba, where Colonel Haile had lived since 1924.

The eighty-three year old mother, who made Palacios her home many years before going to Bay City to reside with her kinswoman, had not heard form her son for several years, but knew he was in a veterans hospital in Washington, D. C. in a serious condition. He died August 28.

Lt. Col. Haile was born in Bryan, Texas, August 8, 1880. Besides the mother he is survived by his wife, and three sons. Palacios friends of Mrs. Haile extend her their deepest sympathy.

Palacios Beacon, September 24, 1942

Dr. Jacob Hall


1860 Matagorda County Census - Matagorda Peninsula
Jacob hall, age 57, b Mass., Physician
Living in household of Thomas Decrow


1870 Calhoun County Census - Matagorda Island - PO Saluria
Jacob Hall, age 67, b Mass., no occupation
Living in household of John Humphrey

Dr. R. H. Hanna

Having permanently located on CANEY, respectfully offers his services to the citizens of the county. From a residence of twenty years in the South, he flatters himself that he will be able to give satisfaction to all who may favor him with their patronage. Residence the place formerly occupied by Dr. Viser. --Chronicle of the Times, Saturday, March 6, 1858

Drs. Harry James Havlik & Minnie Toerck Havlik

Palacios Beacon, December 7, 1933

Palacios Beacon, July 14, 1938

Dr. Harry James Havlik was born January 7, 1907 in Traer, Tama County, Iowa and died April 1985 in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas (last residence Magnolia, Columbia County, Arkansas). He was the son of James Havlik (1882-1960) and Mary Slavik Havlik (1884-1969)

Dr. Minna "Minnie" Louise Dorothea Toerck Havlik was born May 20, 1905 in Schroeder Community, Goliad County, Texas and died June 6, 1988 in Pasadena, Harris County, Texas. She was the daughter of Friederich Eibe Toerck (1874-1945) and Bertha Rosina Berger Toerck (1880-1953). Burial was at Hillside Cemetery, Cuero, Dewitt County, Texas.

Dr. Harry J. Havlik received his Chiropractic license, #8992, from the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners on January 1, 1929 with an expiration date of December 31, 1975. His last known address registered with the CBCE was Box 754, Magnolia, Arkansas 71753.

New Chiropractor Makes Visits Here

Dr. H. J. Havlik, who now comes to Palacios, was formerly associated with the Bellevue Hospital Clinic in Los Angeles, Calif. He is a graduate in Naturopathy as well as Chiropractic.

He was also associated with the Research Department of the Texas Chiropractic College an while with them helped perfect the Blume Simplex Method of Chiropractic. This method is now world famous in drugless health circles, as it stops pain instantly.

Dr. Havlik later worked with the Zonophone Company and helped in the perfection of the latest scientific instrument for finding nerves that vibrate below par. He says that those are the nerves that cause almost all ill health. He is now in private practice, but has brought an instrument with him.

Palacios Beacon, December 7, 1933

1930 Census - California - Imperial County, Imperial
Harry J. Havlik, age 23, b Iowa. Chiropractor

1940 Census - Texas - Wharton County, El Campo
Harry J. Havlik, head, age 33, Iowa, Chiropractor-Private Practice
Minnie Havlik, wife, age 35, b Texas, Chiropractor-Private Practice
Doris L. Havlik, daughter, age 4, b Texas

Minnie Havlik

PASADENA, Texas--Minnie Toerck Havlik, 83, former Cuero resident, died Monday in a Pasadena hospital after an illness.

Mrs. Havlik was born May 20, 1905, in Germantown, Texas, to Frederick and Bertha Toerck. She had practiced as a chiropractor for about 43 years. She had lived in Cuero and Pasadena before moving to Magnolia, Ark.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, the Order of Eastern Star and the Sorosis Club in Magnolia and The Texas Chiropractic College Alumni Association.

The body will lie in state at Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, from 10 a. m. Thursday until time for graveside services.

Graveside services will be conducted at 2:30 p. m. Thursday at Hillside Cemetery, Cuero, with the Rev. Harvey Friedell officiating.

Surviving are a daughter, Doris Bridges of Pasadena; a sister, Sophia Ann Towery of Cuero; and a grandchild.

In lieu of usual remembrances, donations may be made to the Texas Chiropractic College in Pasadena, the American Cancer Society and the First Presbyterian Church in Magnolia, Ark.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Harry James Havlik.

Pasadena Funeral Chapel, Pasadena, is in charge of arrangements.

Victoria Advocate, June 8, 1988

Donald Herbert Heiman D. D. S.
August 8, 1901 Montana – February 6, 1970 310 Nottingham PL., San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas
Buried Sunset Memorial Park, San Antonio

Son of Morris Leon Heiman (1868 – 1930) and Regina Kroner Heiman (1870 – 1955)

1910 Census - Montana, Silver Bow County, Butte, Ward 4, 505 West Park Street
Morris L. Heiman, 43, Hungary, Hungary, Hungary, Dry Goods Store manager
Regina Heiman, 40, Germany, Germany, Germany
Joseph S. Heiman, 13, Montana, Hungary, Germany
Donald H. Heiman, 9, Montana, Hungary, Germany

1920 Census - Montana, Silver Bow County, Butte, West Park Street
Morris Heiman, 53, immigrated 1892-naturalized 1897, Hungary, Hungary, Hungary, Department Superintendent
Regina K. Heiman, 49, immigrated 1893-naturalized 1897, Prussia, Prussia, Prussia
Joe Dave Heiman, 23, Montana, Hungary, Prussia, College Teacher
Donald H. Heiman, 18, Montana, Hungary, Prussia

Married Thelma Heiman (born Georgia)

1930 Census - Texas, Matagorda County, Gulf, 5th Street
Donald, age 28, Montana, Hungary, Georgia
Thelma, age 26, GA, GA, GA
Dentist – Private office

Thoughts About a Puddle by Harry Austin Clapp
Sunday we were charmed, enchanted, raptured, with a visit from Bill, Emily Jane and Emily Jane Junior. They were accompanied by Doctor Z. (can’t wrote the (name).
But whyinthehell don’t doctors advertise. Anyway he is located in the Bay City Bank Building and I’ll bet my boots that he is one fine gentle man. Hope he comes down again with friend wife. --The Daily Tribune, February 18, 1932

Thoughts About a Dream by Harry Austin Clapp
Last week I wrote about Bill and Emily Jane visiting us and with them a doctor, whose name I did not catch, and being very polite I neglected to ask, and so in reporting I simply wrote that he was a doctor. Now come this: "Just a line, sir, to thank you for them kind woids. I intended writing immediately after reading your article in last week's Tribune, but as usual, have put it off. I also want to thank both you and Mrs. Clapp for a most enjoyable visit. I shall make very effort to have Bill and Emily bring me to visit you again, but next time I sincerely hope my wife will have the pleasure of meeting you too." The letter was signed Dr. D. H. Heiman, so here I am advertising that Matagorda County has a new tooth yanker, but I still wonder whyinthehell doctors do not advertise. Come on down Doc and bring friend wife. Come Saturday and spend Sunday. Plenty of water, some juice of the grape, food and air. For rates ask Bill and Emily Jane.  --
The Daily Tribune, Tuesday, February 23, 19

On Friday afternoon, Jan. 6, seventeen of the school children were taken to Bay City to attend a clinic. The children were examined for tonsils, adenoids and teeth. Necessary extractions were made at the time and tonsil operations are pending. We take this means of thanking Doctors Heiman and Livengood who spent their time and efforts to hold the clinic. We also wish to express our appreciation to Mrs. Patricia Martyn for her work. --Matagorda County Tribune, January 19, 1933

Dr. Heiman was still practicing in Bay City in 1937. His office was located in the Bay City Bank and Trust Company building.

Dr. Donald H. Heiman

Dr. Ronald [Donald] H. Heiman, age 68, of 310 Nottingham, died Friday at his home. He was a graduate of the University of Texas, past director of San Antonio Board of Health, past president Alamo Heights Rotary Club, Chaplain for Elks Lodge, past secretary Alamo Heights Chamber of Commerce. Survivors; Wife, Mrs. Flora J. Heiman; son, William C. Davenport, New Orleans, La.; __ grandchildren. Service Monday at 1 o’clock in the Georgian Chapel of the Porter Loring Mortuary. Interment Sunset Memorial Park. Direction by Porter Loring, McCullough at Elmira.

San Antonio Express and News, February 8, 1970

Dr. John W. Hester

Dr. Hester was living in Matagorda County in 1910 and was listed as a retired physician which is confusing since he was living in Victoria County in 1900 and listed as a tinner. In 1880 he was living in DeWitt County and enumerated as a farmer. If he was a physician, he wouldn't have practiced in Matagorda County if retired, but was probably called on for help by those who were ill.

1880 DeWitt Co., TX
John Hester, age 41, b Ireland, farmer
Alace Hester, age 36, b Ireland
Bridget Shakes, age 22, niece b Ireland

1900 Victoria County Census
John Hester, age 61, b Mar 1839 in Ireland, occ. tinner, entered United States 1873, naturalized
Alice Hester, age 57, b Aug 1842 in Ireland
Married 41 years

1910 Matagorda County Census
John W. Hester, age 73, b Ireland, retired physician
Alice Hester, age 69, b Wales
John Hester, age 32, b Europe (German) adopted son
Married 50 years

Dr. Thomas Henry Hood

Dr. Thomas Henry Hood (b 4 Sep 1862 in WI and d 20 May 1948) was the son of Joseph M. Hood (1837-1882) and Mary Ann Seiders Hood (1839-1922)
He married 29 Nov 1888 in Albany, Wyoming to Eva M. J. Dickson ( b 18 Dec 1866 in Canada - d 14 Jun 1943 in Matagorda Co., TX and buried at Palacios Cemetery, Palacios, Matagorda Co., TX)
She was the daughter of James Dickison b Scotland and Charlotte Krenholerne b Canada.
Death certificate indicated she had lived in Palacios 20 years.

Joseph Douglas Hood
Sidney Trenholme Hood
Robin Hood
Dorothy V. Hood

Dr. T. H. Hood, 85, Former Resident Here, Dies in Oklahoma

Dr. Thomas Henry Hood, 85, a resident of Palacios for 30 years, died at Muskogee, Oklahoma, Thursday May 20 and was buried in the Palacios Cemetery Sunday afternoon beside the remains of his wife who died here five years ago.

Funeral services were conducted at the St. John's Episcopal church t 4 p. m. taking the place of the regular Sunday service, Rev. Aubry C. Maxted officiating. Dr. Hood designed and supervised construction of the church a number of years ago.

Ceremonies at the cemetery were in charge of Palacios Lodge 990, A. F. and A. M. where complete Masonic rituals were performed under the direction of the District Deputy Grand Master George Wilson, of El Campo, amid a profusion of floral offerings from Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin and Oklahoma as well as from nearby friends.

Masonic pall bearers were P. T. Sartwelle, H. C. Campbell, Joe Feather, Bill Regan, Raymond Hart and Tom Friery.

Members of the immediate family who were able to attend services here included two sons, and a daughter: Dr. J. T. Hood, Chicago dentist, Robin Hood, Muskogee, Oklahoma newspaper publisher; Mrs. Dorothy Marcy [Macy?], Chicago.

Also here was one grandson, Richard Hood, who was raised in Palacios and after graduation from the local school with honors, won his degree at Armour Institute in Chicago and is now conducting jet propulsion research for the federal government at Cleveland.

Dr. Hood's other son, Professor J. Douglas Hood of Cornell University, is a member of a scientific expedition now in South America and therefore unable to attend the last rites.

Other survivors include a grandson, Kenneth Hood, Rochester, N. Y., a grandson, Robin Macy, Chicago, a grand daughter, Barbara Hood, Ithaca, N. Y. and two great grand children.

Dr. Hood died after several days of sharply declining strength without complicating illness and in complete possession of his faculties to a few minutes of the end. He had spent the winter with his son in Muskogee where he had become known as "that grand old man." When chapel services were held there were many of the civic clubs paid official tribute because of the good humor and kindly acts by which he made himself well known despite his short stay in Muskogee.

He was born at Spring Green, Wisconsin, Sept. 4, 1862, eldest of a large family. His early manhood was spent in Wyoming where he operated his construction business at Laramie. It was there he met the Canadian girl whom he married, Eva Dickson, who was active in Palacios during her last 25 years.

Dr. Hood graduated from the Chicago Dental College in 1892 after first studying medicine in the Chicago College of Physicians and Surgeons. He retired to Palacios in 1919.

He was a member of many Masonic bodies, including the Palacios lodge. He was a past commander of Columbia Commandry Knights Templar, Chicago, and twice past patron of one of the largest Chicago Eastern Star chapters. He was also a 32nd degree Mason and Shriner.

We join the host of friends here and elsewhere in extending sympathy to the bereaved.

Palacios Beacon, May 27, 1948

1870 Sauk County, Wisconsin - Spring Green
Joseph Hood, age 34, b PA, Farmer
Mary Ann Hood, age 32, b OH
Eliza H. Hood, age 10, b WI
Thomas H. Hood, age 7, b WI
William H. Hood, age 3, b WI
Jacob J. Hood, age 4/12, b WI
1910 Cook Co., IL - Chicago
Thomas H. Hood, age 47, b WI, married 21, Dentist
Eva D. Hood, age 43, b Canada
Joseph D. Hood, age 20, b WY
Sidney T. Hood, age 18, b WY
Robin Hood, age 12, b IL
Dorothy V. Hood, age 8, b IL
1880 Sauk, County, Wisconsin - Spring Green
Joseph M. Hood, age 42, b PA, Farmer
Mary A Hood, age 40, b OH
Eliza J. Hood, age 20, b WI
Thomas H. Hood, age 17, b WI
William H. Hood, age 12, b WI
Jacob J. Hood, age 10, b WI
George V. Hood, age 7, b WI
Marshie E. Hood, age 5, b WI
Jay B. Hood, age 3, b WI
Kirk J. Hood, age 10 mos, b WI
1930 Matagorda County Census - Palacios
Thomas H. Hood, age 68, b WI, married at age 26, Dentist
Eva D. Hood, age 64, b Canada, married at age 22
Richard Hood, grandson, age 6, b Iowa
1900 Cook Co., IL - Chicago
T. H. Hood, age 37, b Sep 1862 WI, Dentist
Eva Hood, age 33, b Dec 1866 Canada
J. Douglas Hood, age 10, b Nov 1889 WY
S. Trenholme Hood, age 7, b WY
Robbin Hood, age 2, b Mar 1898 IL
1940 Matagorda County Census
Thomas Hood (Dr), age 77, b WI, education: 7 (probably 7 years of college and medical school)
Eva Hood, age 73, b Canada, education: college-2yrs
Richard Hood, grandson, age 16, b Iowa, education: high school-3yrs

Dr. Robert Hanks "Bobby" Jackson, Jr.
January 31, 1926 - November 2, 1961

Dr. Jackson was the son of Robert H. Jackson (1891 - 1954) and Mayme Carlisle Jackson. He was born in Alvarado, Texas and died in Bay City. He was survived by his wife, Virginia Ann Jackson and children, Christine, Dana and Robert. He is buried at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

He had a general practice in Bay City and his office was located at 2230 Avenue F in Bay City.


Dr. Frank Lyon Jewell, Sr.


born 16 Jan 1839 in St. Landry? Par., LA - d ????
Son of Dr. John Lee McCabe Jewell  and Clarissa Lewis 1814-????
Dr. Jewell was apparently married several times with many children. Available records did not agree on which children were born to each wife.

Catalogue of the Officers and Students, in Centenary College of Louisiana; For the Academical Year, 1853-54; Jackson, LA., 1854
Sophomore Class
F. L. Jewell, Opelousas, LA - pursuing Scientific Course

[Note: the 1860 census enumerates Dr. Jewell as S. L.]

1860 Matagorda County Census - Caney, Texas post office was address
S. L. Jewell, age 25, b LA
Augusta Jewell, age 18, b LA
Clara, age 1, b LA


1864 Louisiana Tax Records
Doctor F. L. Jewell, St. Bernards Parish, June 5, tax $10


1870 Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana Census
F. L. Jewell 32 physician, b LA
Augusta Jewell, age 28, b LA
Clara Jewell, age 10, b LA
Harry Jewell, age 8, b LA
Younes [Eunice] Jewell, age 2, b LA

F. L. Jewell, age 7/12, b LA - d Oct 1879 in Iberia Par., LA
Aristive Jewell, age 10, F B, b LA

1871 - History of Avoylles Parish, Louisiana
Dr. F. L. Jewell was parish physician in 1871


1880 Iberia Par., LA
Frank L. Jewell, age 42, b LA, Physician
Clelia Jewell, age 43, b LA
Harry Jewell, age 19, b LA
Eunice Jewell, age 12, b LA
Curtis Jewell, age 8, b LA
Estell Jewell, age 6, b LA
Lewis Jewell, age 4, b LA
Also his step-sons and daughters surname - Newville


1900 New Orleans, Orleans Par., LA
Frank L. Jewell, age 61, b Jan 1839, b LA, Physician, married 11 yrs
Corinne Jewell, age 47, b Mar, 1853, b LA
Lewis Jewell, age 21, b Sep 1878, b LA


1. Geneviene Clelie Dugas b 30 Jan 1835 St. Martinville, LA - d 24 Jul 1887 Loreauville, Iberia Par., LA
2. Marie Augusta Marchard b c 1842 - d c Aug 1879
3. Marie Philomene Corine Durand b 27 Apr 1852 Grand, LA - d 17 Apr 1901 - married Dr. Jewell 24 Jul 1889


Dr. W. N. Jones

Francitas Bee, May 18, 1911

Dr. William Thomas Laxson
August 30, 1902 - Anson, Jones County, Texas - October 15, 1972 Junction, Kimble County, Texas
Son of David Alexander Laxson (1870 - 1933) and Georgia May Deggs Laxson (1877 - 1964)
Buried Junction Cemetery, Junction, Kimble County, Texas

Married Evelyn/Evaline Stafford

Son: Perry Gordon Laxson b Matagorda County, Texas

1910 Census - Texas - McLennan County
D. A. Laxson, age 48, married twice, 10 years, b TX
Georgia M. Laxson, age 33, married once, 10 years, five children, five living, b TX
William T. Laxson, age 7, b TX
Gladys O. Laxson, age 5, b TX
David O. Laxson, age 4, b TX
Lillian S. Laxson, age 2, b TX
Kate Laxson, age 1/12, b TX

1920 Census - Texas, Bastrop County
David A. Laxson, age 49, b TX, General Farmer
Georgia Laxson, age 42, b TX
William Laxson, age 17, b TX, Farm Laborer - Home Farm
Gladys Laxson, age 15, b TX, Farm Laborer - Home Farm
Asa Laxson, age 14, b TX, Farm Laborer - Home Farm
Liliane Laxson, age 11, b TX, Farm Laborer - Home Farm
Loiss Laxson, age 9, b TX, Farm Laborer - Home Farm
Erma Laxson, age 7, b TX
Jesse Laxson, age 5, b TX
Bart Laxson, age 3 10/12, b TX
Sallie Deggs, age 68, mother-in-law, b TX

1940 - Texas - Matagorda County - Bay City - 2105 5th Street
William T. Laxson, age 37, b TX, Living in Richmond, Ft. Bend County, TX on April 1, 1935, Chiropractor - Private Practice
Evelyn Laxson, age 31, b TX, Living in Richmond, Ft. Bend County, TX on April 1, 1935
Gordon Laxson, age 5, b TX, Living in Richmond, Ft. Bend County, TX on April 1, 1935
Virginia Frazier, niece, age 7, b TX, Living in California on April 1, 1935

At time of death living at 2044 N Main Street, Junction, Kimble County, Texas

Dr. William A. McCamly
January 20, 1849 - November 2, 1908

William A. McCamly, son of John W. McCamly and Sarah Frances Davis (February 21, 1825 - 1867),  was born in Matagorda County on January 20, 1849. He married Sophia Preisig (1855 - June 26, 1925) on March 29, 1873 in Matagorda. Sophia’s family came from Switzerland. William and Sophia had a daughter Annie McCamly (February 3, 1874 -  ) and a son William Leake "Bo" McCamly (May 18, 1876 - October 14, 1948).  William passed away on November 2, 1908 in San Antonio and Sophia married William. E. Austin (1855 - ).

John's family moved to Texas c 1844. He was married to Sarah Frances Davis, daughter of Elisha Davis? and Mary Sarah "Sally" Frey.
They had four children:
Ellen McCamly, born May 9, 1845 and died August 1, 1847, buried at Matagorda Cemetery
William A. McCamly, June 20, 1849 and died November 2, 1908
John W. McCamly, born August 7, 1851
Frederick Clarence McCamly b January 28, 1854

1850 Census - Matagorda County - Matagorda - Hotel
John W. McCamly, age 39, b NY, Landlord
Sarah F. McCamly, age 24, b TN
W. A. McCamly, age 1, b TX

John W. McCamly built the Colorado House hotel in Matagorda and sold it to Galen Hodges about 1852.

1860 Census - Matagorda County - Matagorda
Jno. W. McCamly, age 57, b NY, Planter
Sarah F. McCamly, age 34, b TN
William McCamly, age 12, b TX
John McCamly, age 9, b TX
Frederick McCamly, age 6, b TX

1900 Census - Wharton County, Texas
Croom, John L., head, b Nov 1826, age 73, b AL,  m 53 yrs
Ellen R. Croom, wife, b Nov. 1830, age 69, b TN,  m 53 yrs
W. A. McCamly, nephew, b Jan 1849, age 51, b TX wd, physician

1910 Census - Matagorda County - Bay City - Avenue J
William E. Austin, head, age 55, married 1st 17 yrs, b TX, attorney, general practice
Sophie Austin, wife, age 56, married 2nd 17 yrs, b TX
William Chandler, servant
Ella Chandler, servant

William A. McCamly, M.D. Tulane University, New Orleans, 1896; a member of the American Medial Association; local surgeon for the Southern Pacific Railroad at Wharton, Texas; died in a sanitarium in San Antonio, November 2, aged 59. Journal of the American Medical Association, 21 Nov 1908, Page 1804


Mrs. Wm. E. Austin

A message was received in this city this morning by Mrs. George Austin, announcing the death in San Antonio of Mrs. Sophia Austin, wife of our former fellow-townsman, Judge Wm. E. Austin.

Mrs. Austin had been ill for many months and death came this morning at about 8:30. The funeral will take place in San Antonio tomorrow afternoon.

Decedent was a life long resident of this county and was well and most favorably known by all old settlers. For years she and Judge Austin resided in Bay City, moving to San Antonio a few years ago in the interest of their health.

Matagorda County Tribune, June 28, 1925

[Sophie and second husband, William E. Austin (February 11, 1855 - December 10, 1931), are buried at Mission Burial Park South, Block 2, Masonic Garden]

Samuel McKewen

Matagorda Gazette, January 4, 1860

Administrator's Notice

On the 30th day of April 1860, the undersigned was appointed by the Honorable County Court of Matagorda County, Administrator of the estate of Samuel McKewen, deceased.

Notice is hereby given to all persons having claims against said estate to present the same as required by law.

Galen Hodges, Administrator

Matagorda Gazette, May 23, 1860

Dr. James Aeneas Phelps

Dr. Phelps treated Sam Houston at San Jacinto and was with him when he confronted Santa Anna. Santa Anna was held at Dr. Phelps plantation, Orozimbo, in Brazoria County about 3 months. During that time, Santa Anna tried to commit suicide, but Dr. Phelps pumped his stomach and saved his life. More information is available at the links below.

Dr. James A. E. Phelps was born 1793 in Granby, Hartford Co., CT and died 9 Nov 1847 in Brazoria, Brazoria Co., TX.
He was the son of James Eno Phelps (1762-1822) and Phylenda Rice (1773-1850)

Arrived in Texas on the Lively and received property in Brazoria County on August 16, 1824.

Wife: Rosetta Adeline Yerby (1804-1887) married 19 Apr 1821 in Wilkinson, MS
Orlando C. Phelps
Almira Louise Phelps
Virgil H. Phelps
Girard B. Phelps
Eliza H. Phelps
William H. Phelps

A 1936 Centennial marker is located on the site of Orozimbo Plantation, near West Columbia. Marker photo
Marker Text: Hospital surgeon at San Jacinto. Born in Mississippi; came to Texas in 1822; died in 1847.

Dr. Phelps evidently assisted patients in Matagorda County and possibly advertised his services in the Matagorda papers.

Phelps Timeline
Orozimbo Plantation at the Handbook of Texas
The Hounds of Orozimbo
Dr. Phelps at Find A Grave
Photo of Orozimbo Plantation house
Painting of Orozimbo Plantation
Orozimbo Oak

Dr. M. C. Reed

Dr. Reed was mentioned in the article, 1888 Newspaper Account of Trip Through Matagorda Tells About People, Lands and Development by J. H. Dance, as being the practicing physician in Matagorda.

The following information was found which may or may not be the same Dr. Reed.

Dr. M. C. Reed and Harry Page, both married and living under the same roof, near Bastrop, had a shooting match last Wednesday. Dr. Reed was slightly wounded and is under arrest, while Page is seriously wounded. Fort Griffin Echo, December 25, 1880

Members of Dove Church, Burleson County, Texas - Dr. M. C. Reed and Mrs. M. V. Reed baptized November 14, 1884

Dr. Buell Franklin Roche M. D.
June 7, 1904 Florida
February 22, 1989 Waco, McLennan County, Texas
Buried Oakwood Cemetery, Waco, McLennan County, Texas

Son of William Preston Roche (1867 - 1950) and Eliza Jane Nelson Roche (1870 - 1963)

Married Lillian Mae Williams Roche (October 31, 1903, Henderson, Henderson County, Kentucky - August 3, 1988 Waco, McLennan County, Texas)
Buried Fernwood Cemetery, Henderson, Henderson County, Kentucky
Daughter of Benjamin Erskin Williams (1875 - 1954) and Maude Irma Atkins Williams (1880 - 1970)

1910 Census - Florida - Washington County - Vernon
William P. Roche, age 43, b FL, General Farmer
Eliza Rocke, age 39, b FL
John R. Roche, age 17, b FL, Farm Laborer
Spurgeon N. Roche, age 14, b FL, Farm Laborer
Leonara Roche, age 10, b FL, Farm Laborer
Buell Roche, age 5, b FL
Hughlen Roche, age 2, b FL

1920 Census - Florida - Washington County - Vernon
William P. Roche, age 52, b FL, Farmer
Jane Eliza Roche, age 49, b FL
Buell Roche, age 15, b FL
Hughlen Roche, age 11, b FL
Welton? C. Roche, age 7, b FL

Graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1930

1940 Census - Texas - Matagorda County - Bay City - 2317 Avenue E
Dr. Buell F. Roche, age 35, b FL, Living in Louisville, Jefferson County, KY in 1935, Medical Doctor
Lillian Roche, age 36, b KY, Living in Bay City in 1935, Nurse in doctor's office

Dr. Norman E. Runyon

Dr. Hazel Russell
Born October 30, 1885 in Missouri
Died April 22, 1963 in Plumas County, California

Palacios Beacon, January 14, 1921

Daughter of Henry S. Russell (1853-1926) and Alta P. Hays Russell (1857 - 1938). They were buried at Oakwood Cemetery, Parsons, Labette County, Kansas.

Married Charles Edwin Roberts, Jr. (June 13, 1872 Butte County, California - April 18, 1964 Capitola, Santa Cruz, California) son of Charles Edwin Roberts, Sr. (1841-1930) and Miranda Ware (1842-1881). Charles, Jr. had previously been married to Clara Linda Irons Roberts (1868-1918).

Dr. Russell was advertising her practice in Palacios by November 19, 1920.

Dr. Hazel Russell and niece, Mildred Wayland, who have been here visiting Dr. Russell's parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Russell, left Wednesday for Sedalia, Mo.--Palacios Beacon, September 12, 1919

Dr. Hazel Russell came in from Sedalia, Missouri, Friday, for an extended visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Russell.--Palacios Beacon, February 13, 1920

At a stated meeting of the O. E. S. Tuesday evening, following the business session, Dr. Hazel Russell and Miss Claire Hansen were inducted into the mysteries of the Order. Dr. Cairnes, Mr. Ruthven, Nobel Hayes and "Pete" Williams, as the social committee for the month, served ice cream and cake, and under the efficient supervision of the "women-folk," washed the dishes and tidies up the kitchen.--Palacios Beacon, December 8, 1922

Mrs. H. S. Russell and son, John Russell, left for an extended visit with their relatives in California. They were accompanied as far as San Antonio by Dr. Hazel Russell.--Matagorda County Tribune, February 9, 1923

15 Years Ago - 1925
Dr. Hazel Russell and Mr. Charles Edwin Roberts were married at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Farwell. They went to Oakland, Calif., to make their home.--Palacios Beacon, January 11, 1940

Former Palacios Citizen Returns For Short Visit

Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Roberts of Oakland, Calif., arrived in Palacios the first of the week and plan to spend the remainder of March in our city. Mr. and Mrs. Roberts left their California home last May and since traveled through many of the states and as far north and east as Halifax, N. S. The New York World's Fair was included in their itinerary and they spent the winter at Daytona Beach, Florida. "While we have been north east and south and visited many beautiful places we have encountered better weather in Palacios than any where during our travels," said Mr. Roberts.

Mrs. Roberts will be remembered as Dr. Hazel Russell, who made Palacios her home for some time before her marriage 15 years ago. She and Mr. Roberts are being given a most cordial welcome by their many Palacios friends.--Palacios Beacon, March 14, 1940

1900 Census - Missouri - Howard County - Franklin Township
Henry S. Russell, head, age 46, b Jun 1853, married 23 years, railroad engineer
Alta P. Russell, wife, age 42, b Nov 1857 WI, married 23 years, 4 children-4 living
John C. Russell, son, age 21, b Dec 1878 MO, day laborer
Fae L. Russell, daughter, age 18, b May 1882 MO
Hazel G. Russell, daughter, 14, b Oct 1885 MO
Harry E. Russell, son, 8, b July 1891 MO

1930 Census - California - Alameda County, Oakland - Block No. 1952 - Scott Street
Charles E. Roberts, head, age 58, b CA, Proprietor-____
Hazel S. Roberts, wife, age 44, b MO
Charles E. Roberts, Jr., son, age 20, b CA

1940 Census - California - Alameda County, Oakland - Block No. 1952 - Scott Street
Charles E. Roberts, Sr., head, age 67, b CA
Hazel Roberts, wife, age 54, b MO

Dr. Joseph Austin Seward

Joseph Austin Seward, M. D. was born 1 Jan 1811 and died 13 Nov 1871
He married Elizabeth "Eliza" Taliaferro who was born 24 Mar 1818 and died 14 Jul 1898
Their children were:
Marion Frances Seward
Nancy Ann Jane Seward Dietrich m Joseph Dietrich on 12 Jun 1851 in Matagorda
Joseph was the son of Sebastian and Helene Rooss (Ellen Rose) Dietrich
Rufus Henry "Willie" Seward
Jane Ruth Seward Peterson
Mary Elizabeth Seward Pertiller
Sarah E. Seward Fachan
Eliza Seward

1846 Wharton Co Tax List -Republic Poll List

1850 Matagorda County Census
Joseph Austin Seward, age 38, b NJ, Physician
Eliza Seward, age 32, b OH
Marion Seward, age 13, b OH
Jane Seward, age 12, b OH
Henry Seward, age 6, b  AR
Ruth Seward, age 1, b TX

1866 Tax List - Boxville? - near Hallettsville

Dr. James W. Stewart

1850 Matagorda County Census - planter after  George Elliott and before John Thorp
James W. Stewart 40 b VA, Planter
Mary E.  27 b VA
Richard E. 30 b VA, Planter
R. S. Stewart 4 b AL

Dr. Stewart, a dentist according to family records, was b c 1810 in Virginia (possibly Greensville Co.,) and died 14 Sep 1850  at Live Oak, age 41 of a short illness--Christ Episcopal Church Death Records

wife 1: Letty Robinson
wife 2: Mary E.

Martha A.
John R.
Mary E.
Alice E.
James W.
Robert S.

Additional Information on GenForum

Dr. Charles M. Thurston

Dr. Thurston was b c 1867 in KY
He married Olivia May Dean b c 1873 in TX

Dr. Thurston was in Matagorda County by March, 1910 as he was listed as attending physician on two death records in that year.

Buckeye Newspaper Column - Dr. Thurston of Markham was here Wednesday on professional business. --Matagorda County Tribune, May 18, 1910

Mr. C. M. Thurston has put in a drug store. Markham is slowly but surely coming to the front. --Matagorda County News and Midcoast Farmer, Bay City , March 5, 1915


Jack Thurston anticipated by a number of months America’s entry into the war. He joined the Canadians in January of 1916 and went over. He next transferred to the London Irish Rifles. He has been across the channel to France three times and has been wounded three times and gassed once. In writing his parents, Dr. and Mrs. C. M. Thurston at Markham, Texas, he writes:

“I’ve been through such actions: Hill 60 (1916) Vimy Ridge (1916), Ypres (1916), Somme (1916), Messinces (1917), Third Ypres, Memin Road, Bolygon Wood, Westlock Ridge, Bassclundaele Ridge (1917), Lens (1917), Bullecourt (1917).”

He enlisted as a private and was promoted because of his distinguished service. At the time the armistice was signed he was sent to Stoke Rochford Grantham to try out for a commission, and he was in line for a captaincy. --The Daily Tribune, February 3, 1919 

We are rejoicing with Dr. and Mrs. Thurston over the safe arrival home of their son, Jack, from two years' service in the English army. Wednesday evening, at 8 o'clock , in the school auditorium, Jack will entertain his friends with a "war talk." --Matagorda County Tribune, April 11, 1919

1920 Matagorda County Census - Markham
Charles M. Thurston, age 52, b KY MD and Druggist
Olivia Thurston, age 47 b TX
Josephine Robins, granddaughter, age 9, b TX

Miss Josephine Robbins of Houston came in last Thursday to visit in the home of her grandfather, Dr. C. M. Thurston. --Matagorda County Tribune, November 20, 1925

Dr. T. J. Turley

Dr. Turley was enumerated in the household of Galen Hodges in Matagorda in 1850, which indicates he was living at the Colorado House. He was 40 years old and his birthplace was unknown.

Dr. Valler

1850 Matagorda County Census
John L. Thorp, age 39, b VA, planter
Ed Thorp, age 30, b VA
Nathan Morris, age 22, b AL, overseer
Doct. Valler, age 60, born in France, physician

Dr. Napoleon B. Viser

Dr. Viser was b c 1824 in Monroe, MS and d 27 May 1852 in Lavaca Co., TX.
He was the son of William W. Viser (b 1794 VA - d 1866 Midway, Madison Co., TX) and Rachel Ford Viser (b 1798 NC - d 1866 Midway, Madison Co., TX)

He married Bethenia Tennessee Hardeman on 29 Apr 1851 in Matagorda County. Bethenia was born 29 Sep 1832 in TN and died Apr 1901 in Goliad, TX. She was the daughter of D. Hardeman (1806-1864) and Sarah Ann Nicholson Hardeman (1808-1901).

1850 Matagorda County Census
Thomas Jamison, age 56, b TN, Planter
Harriet B. Jamison, age 40, b TN
Napoleon B. Viser, age 26, b MS, Physician
Chas. S. Lemis, age 45, b England, Weaver

Dr. R. H. Viser--Having permanently located on CANEY, respectfully offers his services to the citizens of the county. From a residence of twenty years in the South, he flatters himself that he will be able to give satisfaction to all who may favor him with their patronage. Residence the place formerly occupied by Dr. Viser. --Chronicle of the Times, Saturday, March 6, 1858

Additional information

Dr. Thomas S. Waddell

At Matagorda Drs. H. H. Dexter, A. M. Levy, A. B. Hannum, A. F. Axson and T. S. Waddell published a schedule of charges for their community. Day visits were $5, consultations were $15, bleeding $2, Cupping $5. Labor cases were $30. The notice concluded with the statement that immediately on the termination of the case settlement will be required.

Colorado Gazette & Advertiser, July 10, 1841

Dr. Waddell wrote a supporting document to accompany a divorce petition made by Dr. Anthony B. Hannum on December 14, 1842 asking for a divorce from his wife, Mary Ann Bailey Waddell. The petition was written from Washington

Dr. John Hughes Walton

b March 24, 1853 - d 1932
Buried Friendship Cemetery, Como, Panola County, Mississippi
Son of John R. "Jack" Walton (1814 - 1897) and Nancy Rogers Walton (1813-1859)

married November 19, 1893 to Jessie Franklin Butler Walton (June 23, 1857-August 31, 1930)
Buried Friendship Cemetery, Como, Panola County, Mississippi

Dr. and Mrs. Walton had one daughter, Mary Ada Walton (January 26, 1881 - November 15 1873) who married Mark Primm Hardin (1874 - 1967).

1900 Census - Mississippi - Panola County - Sardis
Allis L. Butter, head, age 50, b ___ 1849 MS
Mary P. Butter, sister, age 52, b Nov 1837 MS
John H. Walton, brother-in-law, age 50, b Mar 1850 MS, Physician
Jessie F. Walton, sister, age 42, b Jun 1857 MS 
Ada M. Walton, niece, age 19, b Feb 1881 MS

1910 Census - Matagorda County - Palacios Census - Lucas Street
John H. Walton 56 b AR second marriage for him Physician - General Practice
Jessie 48 b MS 1st marriage for her
married c 1893
Francis, niece 6 b AR

1920 Census Bartow, Polk Co., Florida
John H. Walton, 66, b AR, Physician - Medical
Jessie Walton, 60, b MS

1930 Census - Mississippi - Panola County, Como
Mark P. Hardin, age 54, b MS
Mary A. Hardin, age 49, b AR
John H. Walton, age 77, b AR, Medical Doctor - Private Practice
Jessie F. Walton, age 72, b MS


Dr. J. H. Walton is erecting a six room cottage on his thirty acre tract a mile north of town on Pavilion St. it is also the doctor's intention to plant the remaining land in fruit trees of all kinds. --Matagorda County Tribune, January 20, 1911

John R. Walton

John R. Walton, a prosperous citizen of his adopted State, was born in Burke County, Ga., February 7, 1814, and is a son of William Walton and Nancy Wammuch Walton, formerly of Virginia and Florida, respectively. William Walter was a planter and miller. He and his wife died when John R. was a child. John R. Walter immigrated to Arkansas in 1835, and located in Arkansas County, on a farm, where he found employment in farming and rafting timber on the Mississippi. Here he was made a justice of the peace, serving for eight years. In 1880 he removed to Lonoke County. He has been wedded four times. His first marriage was to Nancy Rodgers, a widow, May 28, 1843. Two children were born to this union: Mrs. Fannie Maguire and Dr. J. H. Walton, now of Arkansas County. He was again married, December 2, 1860, to Jennette Davidson, who died February, 1880, leaving two children, both of whom are living, Matthew O. and Maggie. Mr. Walton took for his third wife Sophrono Davidson, also a widow. His fourth wife was Mrs. Kate Marshall, to whom he was married in January , 1886. He fellowships with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, while is wife and daughter, Maggie, are members of the Baptist Church. In 1840 our subject was initiated into the Masonic fraternity, of which order he has been a faithful member ever since. Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Pulaski, Jefferson, Lonoke, Faulkner, Grant, Saline, Perry, Garland, and Hot Spring Counties, Arkansas. Chicago, Nashville, and St. Louis, USA: Goodspeed Publishing, 1889, Chapter 21,  p. 656

Dr. Henry E. Yarbrough

Dr. Yarbrough was born September 17, 1874 and died October 9, 1908 in Markham, Matagorda County, Texas. He was buried at Greenwood Cemetery, Waco, McLennan County, Texas. He was the son of Thomas Jackson "Jeff" Yarbrough (1840-1918) and Sarah Kite-Kight. He graduated from the Maryland Medical College in Baltimore in 1903 and was a member of the State Medical Association of Texas.

Markham Doctor Is Killed.
Druggist Arrested on Charge Is Released.

Markham, Texas, October 10.—Dr. Henry E. Yarborough [Yarbrough], a prominent physician of this city, was shot and killed last night at about 8 o’clock while standing in front of the Byars drug store. G. S. Byars was arrested and is charged with the shooting. Bad feeling had existed between the two men for some time, and a climax was reached last night, when Dr. Yarborough entered Mr. Byar’s place of business with a complaint about the telephone service, the exchange being located in the store. Four shots were fired, only one of which took effect. The bullet entered the left arm and breast, passed through the body and came out on the right side. He died in about ten minutes. So far as is known there were only two eyewitnesses to the tragedy. Byars gave an appearance bond for the preliminary hearing which will be held at Bay City on the 7th.

Dr. Yarborough came to Markham about a year ago. He was 34 years old and leaves a wife and a 2-year-old child. He leaves two brothers, one at Waco and one at Rosebud. His parents live at Gilliland. The body will be sent to Waco for burial.

Byars is a son of Dr. James Byars and formerly lived at Bay City. He is about 24 years old.

Houston Post, October 11, 1908


Dr. Henry E. Yarborough, Prominent Physician Killed

Markham, Oct. 11.—G. S. Byars today gave appearance bond for preliminary hearing on Oct. 17 on a charge of murder of Dr. Henry E. Yarborough late last night. The doctor was shot while using the telephone in the latter’s pharmacy. The bullet pierced a vital organ and the physician died in ten minutes. Bad feeling and existed for sometime between the two men both of whom were prominent.

Abilene Daily Reporter, October 11, 1908

Dr. Yarbrough Is Buried.
Gus Byars, Charged With Killing, Held in $5000 Bond.

Bay City, Texas, October 12.—The body of Dr. Yarbrough, who was shot and killed by Gus Byars at Markham Friday night, was brought here and embalmed and shipped from here to Waco on last night’s train, where it was interred today.

Byars was released on $5000 bond pending the examining trial, which will be held here on Saturday.

Houston Post, October 13, 1908

Monday, October 12 – Remains of Dr. Henry E. Yarbrough were brought to Waco yesterday from Markham. Funeral today from the residence of brother, A. A. Yarbrough, 1616 Burnet. The Dr. was killed in Markham Friday night. G. S. Byars was arrested. Burial at Greenwood Cemetery. Waco Times-Herald, October 13, 1908

Gus Byars Acquitted.

Bay City, Texas, January 20.—Gus Byars of Markham was today declared not guilty of murder. The case grew out of the shooting at Markham some time ago of Dr. Yarbrough. The district attorney asked that the case be dismissed, but attorneys for Mr. Byars demanded that the case be brought to trail and the above verdict was rendered, the jury not leaving the box.

Houston Post, January 21, 1909


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