Friday, March 29, 2013

Christopher Koonce (Koontz): Basic Family

THE CHRISTOPHER KOONCE & MARY ANN BRINSON FAMILY


            1778 - ca. 1845                                                                 ? - ca. 1823
Christopher Columbus Koonce                                                      Polly Brinson


Connection to chart: Christopher and Polly (Brinson) Koonce are the parents of Hellen Enlish Koontz (Koonce) who married Samuel Gibbs Leatherman.


Christopher Koonce was born on August 15, 1778 in Jones county, North Carolina.  When he was eighteen years old, he came West with members of his family and their friends, traveling on horseback and oxen drawn wagons.  They must have traveled the famous Wilderness Road across the northeast corner of Tennessee through Kentucky and the Cumberland Gap that Daniel Boone had blazed in 1775.  They ended their trip at or near LeBanon, Tennessee.  At the time, this area was Sumner county, Tennessee, but the newly arrived settlers found it difficult to cross the Cumberland River to attend to business, to pay their taxes, and to attend court so they petitioned the House of Representatives of the State of Tennessee to make that part of Sumner county, south of the Cumberland River, into a new county known as Wilson county.  This petition was signed by a number of people, including Christopher Koonce and a number of his kin, and was passed in September, 1799.  On April 25, 1801, the Koonce's and friends established Mt. Olivet Baptist Church at Big Lick, Wilson county, state of Tennessee.

Christopher was elected Captain of a Tax District in 1805 and continued as such for several years in Wilson county, Tennessee.  He (private) also joined Captain George W. Still's Company of Infantry, Colonel S. Copeland's 3rd Regiment W. Tennessee Militia in the War of 1812 helping to subdue the Creek Indians at Wounded Knee.

Christopher Columbus Koonce married (1) Mary Ann Brinson ("Polly") on January 25 (27?), 1806 in Wilson county, Tennessee.  Her father's name was James Brinson Jr.  He died in 1845 and is buried in Ebenezer cemetery, Castor, Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  The Brinsons have a long line of Baptist  preachers in their family.  Christopher's mother's name was Patience (Purser) Brinson.  Christopher was married more than once.  Christopher and Polly purchased land together and made their home in Wilson county, Tennessee. Christopher and Polly came from Tennessee about 1818 with his wife's family, James Brinson and his family.  Christopher and Polly had the following children:

The Children of Christopher & Polly Koonce

I.  Lenora Koonce: She was born on January 11, 1807 at Lebanon, Wilson county, Tennessee.  She married George W. Brown in 1826 at Claiborne Parish, Louisiana.  He was born in Kentucky and died in 1864 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  She died about 1893 in Arcadia, Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  They had the following children:
     A.  Mary Ann Brown: She was born iin 1827 and died in 1911.  She married Eldred Hardy in 1847.
     B.  Martha E. Brown: She was born in 1828; she married Thomas L. Prothro.
     C.  Betram Philip Brown: He was born in 1831.
     D.  Lenora Brown: She was born in 1835; she married John R. Boylston.
     E.  John C. Brown: He was born in 1837; he died on February 4, 1863 in Richmond, Virginia.
     F.  George W. Brown Jr.: He was born in 1839.
     G.  Eunice Haseltine Brown: She was born on December 22, 1841; she married Green W. Hartsfield.
     H.  David B. Brown: He was born in 1844; he married Sallie A. Rowell.
     I.  Paul Brown: He was born in 1846 and died at a young age.

II.  Amander Koonce: He was born in 1808 in Wilson county, Tennessee.  He married (1) Martha A.W. Byas in 1833 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  Martha was born in 1816 and died in 1854 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana; her parents were Robert Byas and his wife, Winnie.  Amander died in 1884 in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana.  He is buried in the Old Castor cemetery in an unmarked grave in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana.  He was married more than once.  Amander and Martha had the following children:
     A.  Andrew Jackson Koonce: He was born in 1834 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  He married Mariah Campbell on November 25, 1852.  Mariah's second husband was (2) Wesley A. Smith; they married on December 4, 1866.  Andrew Jackson Koonce served as a private sergeant in Co. I, 16th Louisiana infantry; he enlisted on September 29, 1861 at Camp Moore, Louisiana and served until his death in October, 1863.  Andrew Jackson Koonce was killed during the Civil War at the Battle of Big Bertha, along with his brother, Robert Amander Koonce.  A.J. and Mariah had the following children:
          1.  Louisa Kathryn Koonce: She married James A. Wallace and had fifteen children.
          2.  Martha V. Koonce:
          3.  Mary E. Koonce:
     B.  Mary Elizabeth Koonce: She was born on September 25, 1837 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  She married Bernhard Heinrich Stall in Castor, Claiborne Parish, Louisiana (Note: source listed her marriage date as 9-25-1837, the same as the birth date).  She died on September 12, 1904 and is buried at Mt. Lebanon cemetery at Mt. Lebanon, Bienville Parish, Louisiana. 
     C.  Nancy Jane Koonce: She was born in 1839 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  She married (1) Wesley Chandler on August 19, 1858.  She married (2) J.W. Daily in 1864 and (3) Thomas W. Koonce on November 11, 1868.
     D.  Robert Amander Koonce: He was born on February 28, 1841 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  He married (1) Sarah J. Cockerham on July 12, 1865.  She was born on June 17, 1845 and died on April 21, 1885 in Castor, Louisiana.  She is buried in the old Castor cemetery in town.  Robert A. Koonce fought in the Civil War; he joined Company I, 16th Louisiana Infantry.  In September, 1864 he was listed in the rolls of Prisoners of War, being captured at Strausbury, Virginia.  He was received at Harper's Ferry, Virginia in October, 1864 and sent to Fort Lookout, Maryland.  He was paroled and transferred for exchange at Coxes Landing, James River, Virginia in Feburary of 1865.  He was exchanged and paroled at Appomattox Court House, Virginia in April, 1865.  Robert and Sarah had the following children:
     1.  Henry Allen Koonce: He was born on July 1, 1868 in Louisiana.  He died on July 27, 1877 in Castor, Bienville Parish, Louisiana and is buried in the old Castor cemetery.
     2.  Mary Eunice Koonce: She was born on January 27, 1871 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana and died on November 18, 1875 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  She is buried in the old Castor cemetery in Bienville Parish.
     3.  Thomas Neal Koonce: He was born on September 27, 1875 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  He died on November 15, 1939 in Castor in Bienville Parish, Louisiana and is buried in the old Castor cemetery.
     4.  Wesley A. Koonce: He was born on May 6, 1878 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  He died on January 7, 1925 in Castor, Bienville Parish, Louisiana and is buried in the old Castor cemetery.

Robert Amander Koonce's second marriage was to (2) Ophelia Jane McInnis on April 14, 1886.  She was born on September 5, 1846; she died on January 26, 1922 in Castor, Bienville Parish, Louisiana and is buried in the old Castor cemetery.  They had the following child:
     1.  Oliver Koonce: He was born on January 25, 1888 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  He died on September 12, 1914 in Castor, Louisiana and is buried in the old Castor cemetery.
Robert Amander Koonce died on January 26, 1922 in Castor, Bienville Parish, Louisiana and is buried in the old Castor cemetery in Castor (Note: This death date conflicts with the information above under Andrew Jackson Koonce that Robert Amander Koonce died in the Battle of Big Bertha during the Civil War).
     E.  Martha P. Koonce ("Matt"): She was born on February 12, 1842 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  She married Levi Henson on November 16, 1858.  He was born in 1834 in Mississippi and died in 1915 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  He is buried at the Camp Ground cemetery in Bienville Parish.  Martha P. Koonce died in 1920 and is buried at the Camp Ground cemetery in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. 
     F.  Eliza Rebecca Koonce: She was born on August 4, 1844 in Bienville Parish, Lousiana.  She married (1) Charles Henson on March 22, 1859 in Homer, Claiborne Parish, Louisiana. She married (2) Henry Haywood Daniel on January 25, 1868.  She died on December 23, 1919 at Mineral Wells, Texas.
     G.  Laura Ann Koonce: She was born on December 24, 1845 at Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  She married Elias Murphy on December 8, 1863.  She died on September 29, 1916 at Castor, Bienville Parish, Louisiana and is buried at the Ebenezer cemetery in Castor, Bienville Parish, Louisiana.
     H.  Susannah A. Koonce: She was born in 1848 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  She married William H. Chandler on September 10, 1864.
     I.  Margaret Koonce: She was born in 1849 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  She married (1) Thomas L. Murphy and (2) James L. Lester.
     J.  John L. Koonce: He was born in 1851 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  He married Nancy Hill Canterberry on June 15, 1871.

Amander Koonce's second wife was (2) Rebecca C. Byas; they were married on January 28, 1855 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  (Note: Paul Merritt says that Amander Koonce's second marriage was to his sister-in-law, Mrs. Rebecca (Byas) Leatherman on July 19, 1855).  Rebecca was born on June 3, 1822 in Alabama.  Her parents were Robert Byas and his wife, Winnie.  Rebecca's second husband was (2) Daniel Leatherman; they married on January 17, 1837.  She died on June 14, 1859 in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana.  Amander and Rebecca had the following children:
     A.  Philip H. Koonce: He was born in 1856 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  He married Martha Izelia Jacobs.  Philip died on January 1, 1929 in Hornbeck, Vernon Parish, Louisiana and is buried in Beckom cemetery in Hornbeck, Vernon Parish, Louisiana.  (Note: Paul Merritt is putting up a tombstone for Philip H. Koonce and his wife, Martha Izelia Jacobs Koonce.  Martha was born in October 1846 and died on July 8, 1929.  It is recorded in the courthouse in Arcadia, Louisiana that Philip H. Koonce purchased land from Samuel Vance on February 17, 1887 for four bales of cotton).
     B.  George W. Koonce: He was born in 1858 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  He married Sarah Jane Jacobs on September 19, 1874.  George W. Koonce and his descendants moved to Jackson Parish, Louisiana.  There are still Koonces living there.

(Note: Confusion exists regarding information I've received from sources regarding Amander Koonce's 2nd marriage....  Corrections will be made as clarification comes).

III.  Hellen English Koonce: She was born on August 18, 1810 in Lebanon, Wilson county, Tennessee.  She married Samuel Gibbs Leatherman on August 10, 1829 in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana.  He was born on April 18, 1799 in Shelby county, Kentucky.  He died on March 3, 1888 in Donahoe, Bell county, Texas and is buried in the Donahoe community cemetery..  S.G. Leatherman's parents were John Leatherman and Elizabeth (Graves).  Hellen died on January 16, 1879 in Donahoe, Bell county, Texas and is buried in the Donahoe cemetery alongside her husband.  S.G. and Hellen had the following children:
     A.  Themirah Tabitha Leatherman: She married Andrew Jackson McCasland ("Pike").
     B.  Adaline Amanda Leatherman (one source says "Amanda Adeline"): She married William Jasper Johnson.
     C.  Sarah Ann Leatherman: She married Jesrah Jacob Pruett ("Jake" or "Jacob".  Sarah was born in 1831 in Bell county, Texas.
     D.  Caroline Elizabeth Leatherman (one source says "Elizabeth Caroline"): She married John Pruett.  Elizabeth was born in 1840 in Bell county, Texas.
     E.  Francis Marion Leatherman: He married Elizabeth D. Halbert.  Francis was born in 1836 in Bell county, Texas.
     F.  Martha Ann Leatherman: She married Isaac Wilson.  Martha was born in 1838 in Bell county, Texas.
     G.  Eunice Ann Leatherman: She married Stacey M. McDaniel.  Eunice was born in 1841 in Bell county, Texas. 
     H.  Charlotte Jane Leatherman ("Lottie"): She married Grandison Royston Wallace (or Grandeson D. Wallace).  Charlotte was born on July 25, 1844 in Louisiana and died on July 16, 1898.
     I.  Jasper Newton Leatherman: He was born in 1838 in Bell county, Texas.
     J.  Jasper Gibbs Leatherman: He married Annette R. McDaniel.
     K.  Andrew Jackson Leatherman ("Jack"): He married Mary Jane (Monger) McKay ("Maizie").
IV.  Courtney Alison Koonce ("Count"): He was born in 1812 in Wilson county, Tennessee.  He married Rebecca Henderson in 1833 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  They lived in Bienville Parish until the mid 1850s, then they moved to Texas.  They were living in Lavaca county near Halletsville, Texas in 1860, then soon after this they moved to Goliad county.  Rebecca died about 1870-80 in Goliad county, Texas.  Count died about 1893 and is buried in Goliad county, Texas.  They both are in unmarked graves.  Count and Rebecca had the following children:
     A.  Robert Henderson Koonce: He was born on September 6, 1833 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  In 1856, he married Luanna A. Warren.  She was born on February 5, 1834 in Alabama and died on June 17, 1863 in Goliad county, Texas.  Robert died on July 19, 1902.  They had children.
     B.  Mary Ann Koonce: She was born on September 6, 1833 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.
     C.  Christopher Koonce: He was born in 1838 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.
     D.  Daniel Koonce: He was born in 1840 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  In 1864, he married Sarah Frances New.
     E.  Amander Koonce: He was born in 1843 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  He died on October 16, 1861 at Fort Brown, Brownsville, Cameron county, Texas.
     F.  Martha Koonce: She was born in 1845 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.
     G.  Josephine Koonce: She was born in 1847 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.
     H.  John Philip Koonce: He was born in April, 1849 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  He married Tabitha Elvira New in 1869.  He died on February 21, 1922 in Goliad county, Texas and is buried in the Berclair cemetery in Goliad county.
     I.  Thomas Francis Koonce: He was born on July 29, 1851 in Halletsville, Lavaca county, Texas.  He married Pauline Cox.  He died and was buried in 1915 in Kennedy county, Texas.
     J.  Laura Koonce: She was born in 1854 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana and she died when she was young.
     K.  George Brooks Koonce: He was born on October 4, 1856 in Goliad county, Texas.  He married Emma Anice Cox on December 27, 1876 in Goliad county, Texas.  He died in 1915 in Burr, Wharton county, Texas and is buried at El Campo, Wharton county, Texas.
     L.  Ela Koonce: She was born in 1859 in Halletsville, Lavaca county, Texas; she died in infancy.

V.  James Carrol Koonce: He was born in 1815 in Wilson county, Tennessee.  He married Susannah C. Johnson ("Susan") about 1831-32.  She was born on May 8, 1824 in Quachita Parish, Louisiana; her parents were John and Sarah Johnson.  She died on March 6, 1904 in Shelby county, Texas and is buried in the White Rock cemetery in Shelby county.  James C. Koonce was granted a Homestead on May 6, 1854 in the Land Office at Nacogdoches, Texas.  He was a Baptist minister and preached for many years around the Melrose community.  During the Civil War, these parents had six sons to serve in the Confederate army, Co. A, 11th Texas infantry.  James Carrol Koonce died in 1889 and is buried at White Rock cemetery in Shelby county also.  They had the following children:
     A.  Christopher Columbus Koonce: He was born on May 30, 1833 in Union Parish, Louisiana.  He married Louisa A. Chandler on December 23, 1858.  Christopher lost a leg in the Civil War.  He died on March 24, 1915 in Gorman, Eastland county, Texas.  He is buried in Weaver cemetery in Gorman.  (Note: Source, Kate Bo, has records showing that Christopher Columbus Koonce and brother Amander Koonce bought land in Claiborne and Bienville Parish in the 1830s.  How did they get from Tennessee to Louisiana?).
     B.  John D. Koonce: He was born in 1836 in Union Parish, Louisiana.  He married Nancy Stewart on January 17, 1859 in Nacogdoches county, Texas.  He died in the Civil War between 1862-1864.
     C.  Thomas William Koonce: He was born on November 7, 1837 in Union Parish, Louisiana.  He married Nancy Jane Koonce on November 11, 1868.  He died between 1900 and 1910 in Van Zant county, Texas.
     D.  Daniel Koonce: He was born on November 12, 1839 in Union Parish, Louisiana.  He married Mary Jane Cooper on June 15, 1865 in Nacogdoches county, Texas.  He died on March 12, 1904 in Carthage, Panola county, Texas, and is buried at the Six Mile cemetery in Carthage, Panola county, Texas.
     E.  Sarah Koonce: She was born in 1842 in Union Parish, Louisiana; she died in infancy.
     F.  William J. Koonce: He was born on December 19, 1844 in Shelby county, Texas.  He married Elizabeth Ann Chandler ("Lizzie") on August 5, 1864 in San Augustine county, Texas.  He died between 1869 and 1900 in Attoyac Bottom, Louisiana.
     G.  Philip K. Koonce: He was born on July 19, 1846 in Union Parish, Louisiana.  He married Eliza Chandler ("Elsie") on October 10, 1869.
     H.  Amander Koonce ("Am"): He was born in July, 1850 in Nacogdoches county, Texas.  He married Margaret E. Wilkerson in 1875.  Amander died on June 13, 1915 in Toro, Louisiana.
     I. Lenora Koonce: She was born on June 24, 1852.  She married James C. Palmer on August 30, 1870.  Lenora died on June 2, 1888 in Shelby county, Texas and is buried in the White Rock cemetery in Shelby county.
     J.  George William Koonce: He was born on October 24, 1855 in Shelby county, Texas.  He married Frances Marie Cooper ("Fannie") on August 30, 1875.
     K.  Texann A. Koonce: (One source says her name is Susan Texana Koonce).  She was born on January 16, 1857 in Shelby county, Texas.  She married James Calvin Hammers.  She died on February 23, 1916 in Shelby county, Texas and is buried in the Good Hope cemetery in the same county.
     L.  Courtney Koonce: She was born on October 16, 1860 in Shelby county, Texas.  She was buried in the White Rock cemetery in Shelby county, Texas on October 16, 1952.

VI.  George B. Koonce: He was born in 1816 in Wilson county, Tennessee.  He married a girl named Martha about 1834-35.  He died after 1880.  They had the following children:
     A.  George Washington Koonce: He was born on November 2, 1835 in Claiborne Parish.  He married Mary Hearn ("Polly") on January 4, 1858 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  He died on January 25, 1923 in Edgerley, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana and is buried in the Big Woods cemetery in Edgerley.
     B.  Anna M. Koonce: She was born in 1838 in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana.
     C.  Holly Elizabeth Koonce: She was born in 1843 in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana.  She married Isaac A. Walker on June 18, 1857 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  He was born in 1838 in Mississippi and died in the Civil War.  His parents were Asa George Walker and Susan Lurany Carpenter.  Family tradition said that Isaac made his younger brother William promise that if he did not come back from the war, that he would marry Holly.  True to his word, William married Holly.  William was born on September 30, 1839 in Mississippi.  He married Holly on May 5, 1865 in Calcasieu Parish, Lousiana.  After he and Holly married, they moved to Montgomery county, Texas and raised a large family.  Holly's descendants kept five Civil War letters from Isaac to her and her father from the battleground at Vicksburg, Mississippi.  Isaac and Holly had children.
     D.  Mary Ann Koonce: She was born on October 26, 1845 in Claiborne Parish, Lousiana.  She married John Jackson Walker.  She died on April 29, 1930 in Montgomery county, Texas.
     E.  Adline E. Koonce: She was born in 1847 in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana.  She married T.J. Ray in 1884 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.
     F.  Philip B. Koonce: He was born in 1848 (My source said 1748, but I think it's a mistake) in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  He married Rebecca Williams on June 13, 1872 in Van Zant county, Texas.
     G.  Missouri Koonce: She was born in 1858 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.

VII.  Philip Koonce: He was born on July 7, 1822 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  He married Elizabeth Drinkard on November 18, 1845.  She was born on April 17, 1823 and died on April 1, 1893 in Anacoco, Vernon Parish, Louisiana.  She is buried alongside her husband.  Philip first settled in Alberta, Louisiana and from there he moved to Sparta, Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  In 1859, he headed for Texas to join his two brothers there.  He stopped five miles east of Haddens Ferry - the east fork of Sandy Creek near the very spot where old Good Hope Church now stands.  He saw some fine looking land there and decided to stay.  A family argument soon followed as Elizabeth, his wife, wanted to go on to Texas, but Philip wanted to stay there by the beautiful stream.  Philip won; they pitched their tent and lived there for forty years.  He went to Natchitoches and entered a whole section of land and soon began clearing fields and building houses.  When Vernon Parish was made a parish, Philip Koonce was the first president of the parish board of education.  He taught some in the public schools, but primarily he was a farmer.  He was also a great churchman and he helped to build the old Good Hope Baptist Church and was one of its strongest supporters.  In 1899, Philip moved to Ft. Jessup with his son John and lived there until his death.  Philip died on March 5, 1902 in Anacoco, Vernon Parish, Louisiana and is buried in Beach Grove cemetery in Anacoco, Vernon Parish, Louisiana.  They had the following children:
     A.  Mary Jane Koonce: She was born on August 17, 1846 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  She married Cullen F. Conerly on March 3, 1870.  She died on January 20, 1904 in Vernon Parish, Louisiana.
     B.  Cora Elizabeth Koonce: She was born on June 12, 1848 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  She married W.Y. Moore in October, 1872.
     C.  Lenora Hollan Koonce: She was born on March 25, 1850 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  She married Lud J. Nash on July 31, 1883.  They had children.
     D.  Sarah Ann Koonce: She was born on June 29, 1852 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  She died on March 4, 1864 in Anacoco, Vernon Parish, Louisiana and is buried in the Beach Grove cemetery in that town.
     E.  James Philip Koonce: He was born on November 18, 1855 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  He married Lillie Z. Burr on November 18, 1880.  He died on June 19, 1947 in Anacoco, Vernon Parish, Louisiana and is buried in the old Anacoco cemetery in that town.
     F.  William Allen Koonce: He was born on September 26, 1857 at Bienville Parish, Louisiana.
     G.  Benjamin Franklin Koonce: He was born on July 24, 1860 in Sabine Parish, Louisiana.  He married Josephine Franklin ("Phenie") (Source lists marriage date as same as his birthday).  She was born on August 26, 1875 and died on November 21, 1939.  Benjamin Franklin Koonce died on November 6, 1924.  They had children.
     H.  David Brandon Koonce ("Dave"): He was born on July 2, 1854 in Sabine Parish, Louisiana.  He married Sobelia P. Kay.  She was born on May 4, 1877 and died on May 8, 1963.  He died on October 18, 1944 in Louisiana.  They had children.
     I.  Jerucia Ellen Koonce: She was born on August 8, 1862 in Sabine Parish, Louisiana.
     J.  John Christopher Ellington Koonce: He was born on July 24, 1866 in Sabine Parish, Louisiana.  He married Emma Youngblood in 1885.  He died on June 14, 1927 in Sabine Parish,  Louisiana.

Christopher and Polly (Brinson) Koonce were granted dismissal letters from Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in September, 1816.  They had served their Lord and church well, Christopher having given the land and helped build the church; he also served as deacon and treasurer.  Now he felt that it was time to extend his horizons further West.  The first record of Christopher Koonce in Louisiana was when he attended his sister-in-law, Sarah Brinson's marriage to Alexander F. Nelson on February 28, 1819 in Quachita Parish.

Christopher and Polly, along with members of her family and several friends, settled on tracts of land in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana (the part that later became Bienville Parish).  They built their homes from the forest, they cleared the land and planted their crops, built grist mills, saw mills, roads and carved out a civilization in the wilderness.  The women wove the materials with their spinning wheels, made the clothing, tended the children, did the cooking over open fires and helped to provide the finer things in life for their families.

Providence Church was constituted on June 11, 1823 near Athens, Louisiana, of which Christopher and Polly were charter members.  They lived near the church and did a great deal in helping to organize it.  Polly Koonce died soon after this and is probably buried near here in an unmarked grave.

Christopher Koonce's second wife was (2) Martha Williams; they had no children.  Christopher and Martha (Williams) and their son Philip (from Christopher's first marriage) moved to Saline, Louisiana and there they helped to organize the Old Saline Baptist Church.  It was constituted on September 7, 1844 and there were 61 charter members.  The first pastor was George Washington Baines, the great grandfather of Lyndon Baines Johnson.  Several of Christopher's children and grandchildren were members of this church.  Christopher Koonce died shortly after this time, and his son Philip Koonce was the administrator of his estate in February, 1845.

Sources:
1. Ms. Jewell Pool (a major source of information).
2. Maurine Parker: maurineParker@aol.com
3. Paul Merritt: agent77y@yahoo.com (Great great grandson of Amander Koonce).
4. Kate Bo: DODSONALIENS@aol.com (Great grandmother is Louisa Kathryn Koonce).
5. Sheila Koonce: hutchison8@aol.com (Descendant of Christopher Koonce and Mary Ann Brinson).


Notes:
1.  Louisa Kathryn Koonce (daughter of Andrew Jackson Koonce, son of Amander Koonce): The great grandmother of Kate Bo has information on the 15 children of Louisa Koonce. 
2.  "Christopher and Polly Koonce had several daughters.  There may have been a couple we don't know the names of yet"- Maurine Parker (2-20-2000).

























Saturday, March 23, 2013

S.G. & Hellen (Koontz) Leatherman: Basic Family.



SAMUEL GIBBS & HELLEN (KOONCE) LEATHERMAN FAMILY





Samuel Gibbs Leatherman
1799 - 1888
Hellen Koonce (Koontz)
1810 - 1879





                                                               










             




Samuel Gibbs Leatherman was born on April 18, 1799 in Kentucky.  He had brothers named Thomas and David.  One source says Samuel Gibbs Leatherman fought in the War of 1812.  S.G. and his brother Tom went to Claiborne Parish, Louisiana when they were young  men; Louisiana is where Samuel Gibbs Leatherman married Hellen Koonce (Koontz).  S.G. and Hellen were married on August 18 (10?), 1829.  She was of English descent.  (One source says that "English" is Hellen's middle name).  The 1830 Claiborne Parish, Louisiana census shows Samuel with one male (age 20-30) and two females (one is age 0-5 and the other age 15-20) in his household.  The 1850 Claiborne Parish (5th Ward, Twp. 19), Louisiana census lists Samuel's occupation as a "planter" and lists his real estate value at 3400.  At this time, he had four slaves.  Tom remained in Louisiana, but S.G. and Hellen moved to Texas in 1853, settling at Donahoe in Bell county. 

The Handbook of Texas Online has the following article about Donahoe, written by Mark Odintz: "Donahoe was on Donahoe Creek sixteen  miles southeast of Belton in the southeastern corner of Bell County.  It was named for the creek, which in turn was named for a merchant who explored the area as part of the Texan Santa Fe expedition of 1841.  Settlers acquired land along the creek in the late 1840s.  Sometime after his arrival in 1854 Samuel Gibbs Leatherman opened the first general store there, and the 1860 census listed Howel Bass as the Donahoe blacksmith.  Donahoe had a post office from 1888 to 1903.  In 1896 it had a general store, the Science Hill School, a blacksmith shop, and a population of sixty.  The Science Hill School had seventy-nine pupils and one teacher in 1903.  A community called Dice, presumably named for John Dice, who owned a general store on the site in the mid-1880s, had a church, a school, and scattered dwellings on the same site ini 1948.  A Baptist church held services there into the 1950s, when it closed.  On the 1963 topographical map the site is once again identified as Donahoe and shown to have two dwellings.  By the late 1970s Donahoe had been abandoned, and only the cemetery remained.  A Texas Historical Commission marker was dedicated at the site in 1979."

On June 7, 1854 the Leathermans purchased 457 acres of land for a consideration of $ 914.00 from A.W. Sillaven.  The land was on Donahoe Creek in Bell county; this became their homeplace.  He set aside several acres for a cemetery for the community; this cemetery had a tragic beginning: "A pioneer family traveling in a covered wagon were caught in a severe blue norther and snowstorm and became stuck in the poorly constructed road at the top of Donahoe Hill.  The father went for help and when he returned, his wife and child had frozen to death.  With the permission of Samuel Gibbs Leatherman and assisted by his neighbors, the woman and child were buried on his land and the man continued on his way".

Samuel was a merchant by trade; he started a general mercantile store at Donahoe sometime after his arrival there in 1854. 


Historical Marker at Donahoe Cemetery, Bell County, Texas
(Image by: Karen Neal Morey on 1-12-2007, "Find A Grave" website)..
During the Civil War, he was among the citizens of Bell county, Texas who were appointed by the Commissioners Court to assist in supplying the families of soldiers with food, clothing, fuel, ....  Samuel Gibbs Leatherman was first appointed on November 17, 1862 and again on September 22, 1863.



S.G. Leatherman Family
7-27-1860-Ala. Census
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S.G. Leatherman Family
8-30-1870-Bell Co., Tx. Census

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An interesting note about census records: In the above 1860 census record for "S.G. Leatherman", the person who wrote the information heard his name wrong and wrote "S. B. Leatherman".  He also wrote the State name in the County location and the County name in the State location.  You may have to copy these pages into another program in order to magnify the details for proper viewing.

Thinking that the community needed a doctor, he was instrumental in convincing Dr. A.D. Woods to come to Donahoe; in 1878 he sold him one acre of land for $ 10.00.  Dr. and Mrs. Woods built a home and lived at Donahoe for a number of years; they are buried at the Donahoe cemetery.  R.G. Graham (1862-1949) attended school in a log house with benches made of split logs in the pasture of Samuel Gibbs Leatherman; it was located near the store (according to Mrs. Horace Graham Stewart, R.G. Graham's daughter).  The teacher at this time was Thomas Jefferson Jones.  In May of 1880, Samuel Gibbs Leatherman deeded to the trustees of the Science Hill School and their successors in office a parcel of land "for the purpose of a site for a school building near Donahoe creek in Bell county".  The trustees at that time were: W.S. Jones, J.D. McCasland, and J.G. Leatherman.  After this date a school house was built and became the focal point for all activities of the community, including church services.  In June of 1904, an election was held to incorporate for free school purposes and resulted unanimously for corporation.  The following trustees were elected: J.G. Leatherman, T.J. Jones, A. Duncan, K.B. Pool, J.T. Payne, William Truehardt, and E.M. Messer.

Samuel Gibbs Leatherman died on March 3, 1888 in Bell county, Texas and is buried next to Hellen at the Donahoe cemetery in the community by the same name (It was called Science Hill prior to Donahoe).  In his will dated January 15, 1884, he gave "all my personal property, consisting of notes, accounts, farm machinery, and stock" to several of his children.

The Will and Testament of Samuel Gibbs Leatherman:

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Below is the transcription of the above four page document:

Will and testament of Samuel G. Leatherman:

Filed May 26, 1888
W.W. Upshaw - County Clerk, Bell County, Texas
Book G, pages 82-83

The State of Texas                County of Bell

In the name of God, Amen.  I, Samuel G.  Leatherman of the county of Bell and State of Texas, being of sound mind and memory, (Blessed be the Almighty God for the same) do make and publish this my last will and testament.

1st: I give and bequeath to my wife S.P. Leatherman in the southwest corner of my farm on the north side of Donahoe creek twenty acres of land beginning where R.B. Fewells east line joins D. McKay's north line and running north to the branch or swag runs through the fields are a ______ east on said branch or swag for compliment of said twenty acres to be subject to appraisement with all my other lands.  I further bequeath to my wife S.P. Leatherman my dwelling house, yard, and all my household furniture and the horse lot and cribs and also my garden lot where it now stands and a right to use what firewood she may need off of the land that I own.  And I further bequeath my wife S.P. Leatherman free access to the peach orchard her lifetime.

2nd: I give and bequeath unto my son J.G. Leatherman and to my daughters Eunice A. McDaniel and Charlotte Jane Wallace all the rest of my real estate to be divided to suit themselves after taking out or measuring off twenty acres for my wife as specified heretofore.  All subject to be appraised for its real value in money so as to make an equal division  with my other heirs.  In case that my real estate should be appraised to more than what would make an equal division with my other heirs not yet mentioned then my son J.G. Leatherman and daughters Eunice A. McDaniel and Charlotte Jane Wallace are to pay in money a sufficiency to make them only equal with my other heirs not yet named.

3rd: I give and bequeath to the balance of my heirs named as follows to wit.  Thermyra McCaslands (heirs).  Ataline Amanda Johnson, Sarah Ann Prewit, Elizabeth Caroline Prewit, Francis Marion Leathermans (heirs), Martha Ann Miles (heirs), Andrew Jackson Leatherman all of my personal property consisting in notes, accounts, farm machinery, and stock - all subject to appraisement at its cash value.  And in case that there should be more in money value than would make an equal division with all my heirs as named in this my will they the last named heirs are to refund to the first three heirs named in this my last will until the division will be fully equal with all my heirs in this my last will and testament.

4th: I do nominate and appoint my son J.G. Leatherman to be the executor of this my last will and testament.

5th: I do nominate W.S. Jones, Dr. A.D. Woods, and James M. Day as appraisers of all my property both real and personal and in case any one of the said appraisers should die or move out of the country those surviving or remaining shall have the power to appoint others to fill the vacancy thus made.

In testimony where I to this my last will and testament contained on this single sheet of paper subscribed my name and set my seal this the 15th day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty four.
                                                                      S.G. Leatherman
                                                                                          
                                                                                                   L.S.

Attest
W.S. Jones
J.E. Jones



Hellen Koontz was born on August 18, 1810 in Tennessee (possibly Louisiana).  She died on January (possibly June) 16, 1879 at Donahoe.  S.G.  and Hellen are buried beside one another in the Donahoe cemetery.  Samuel Gibbs Leatherman married a second time to Mrs. S.P. Strickland on September 14, 1879.  George W. Williams performed the ceremony.  There were no children as a result of this marriage.  She survived him and was a beneficiary in his will.  (Note: One source says that his first wife was unknown and his second wife was Hellen Koontz (Koonce).

The graves of Samuel Gibbs Leatherman and Hellen (Koontz) Leatherman at Donahoe cemetery in Bell county, Texas are on a hill full of buffalo grass:


Samuel Gibbs Leatherman
1' 2" wide; 1' 11" tall
Grave faces west.
Samuel Gibbs Leatherman tombstone
Donahoe cemetery, Bell Co. Texas



              















 

Hellen (Koonce) Leatherman
1' 2" wide at widest point; 1' 8 1/2" tall
Grave faces west.

Hellen Lois (Koonce) Leatherman tombstone
Donahoe cemetery, Bell Co. Texas


















 



The Children of S.G. and Hellen (Koontz) Leatherman:

I.  Themirah (Thermyra; Therima) Tabitha Leatherman: She was born on February 12, 1827 in Louisiana (Another source says May 12th; Bible records say Feb. 13th).  She married Andrew Jackson McCasland ("A.J." or "Pike") on April 27, 1843 in Clairborne Parish, Louisiana.  He was born on December 2, 1815 and died on August 11, 1870.  He is buried beside his wife in the Donahoe cemetery; his tombstone reads, "As you are now so once was I.  Think of death and prepare to die".  She died on October 3, 1875 at Donahoe and is buried at this community cemetery in Bell county.  Her tombstone reads, "Remember friends as you pass by, you must die as well as I".  Both tombstones have masonic emblems on them. They had the following children:
     A.  James LaFayette McCasland: 1845 - 1905.
     B.  Martha McCasland: 1846 - 1857.
     C.  William McCasland: 1848 - 1848.
     D.  John Pike McCasland: 1850 - 1920.
     E.  Samuel Leatherman McCasland: 1853 - 1920.
     F.  Adaline Temple McCasland: 1855 - 1913.
     G.  Madora Egan McCasland: 1858 - 1941.
     H.  Elizabeth Lee McCasland: 1862 - 1885.
      I.  Sarah McCasland: 1864 - 1893.
     J.  Stacey Gibbs McCasland: 1866 - 1936.
     K.  Andrew McCasland: 1870 - ?

II.  Adeline (Adaline) Amanda Leatherman: She was born on July 11, 1830 (One source says June 5) in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana.  On December 7, 1848, Adaline married William Jasper Johnson.  He was born in 1828 in Georgia.  His parents were John Jasper Johnson and Mary Morton.  William Jasper Johnson was a Civil War Veteran.  He and Adeline were married on November 7, 1848 in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana.  William Jasper Johnson was a farmer and a long-time minister of the churches of Christ.  He and his family resided at Little River, Texas in Bell county near the town of Crush (now called Val Verde) at an area known as Johnson's Bend.  Note: Crush was then known as "Little Africa" because of the dense growth along the Little river.  They had sons in the Ranger service, except for Walter, who was too young during the Civil War.


Adeline Amanda Leatherman
Source of Image: Mary V. (Johnson) Edgar.
Added to "Find A Grave" website on
2-14-2010
William Jasper Johnson
Source of Image: Mary V. (Johnson) Edgar.
Added to "Find A Grave" website on
2-14-2010
             





















They had the following children:
     A.  Julian Jasper Johnson: 1871 - 1960.
     B.  William Walter Johnson: 1849 - 1932.
     C.  Sarah Helen Johnson ("Sally"): 1851 -
     D.  Samantha Caldonia Johnson ("Donia"): 1853 - 1931.
     E.  Amanda Louisa Johnson: 1854 - 1933.
     F.  Zachariah Johnson: 1857 - 1965.
     G.  Francis Marion Johnson: 1860 -           (twins)
     H.  Mary Frances Johnson ("Molly"): 1860 - 1941 (twins)
      I.  Marion Johnson: 1861 -
     J.  Jefferson Davis Johnson: 1862 - 1940.
     K.  Samuel Lee Johnson: 1864 - 1936.
     L.  Annie Johnson: 1865 - 1865.
     M.  Emma Johnson: 1866 -
     N.  Julian Jasper Johnson: 1871 - 1960 (twins).
     O.  Martha Julia Johnson: 1871 - 1960 (twins).

William Jasper Johnson died on April 3, 1902 in Comanche county, Texas.  His tombstone inscription reads, "In my Father's house are many mansions."  Adeline Amanda (Leatherman) Johnson died on October 22, 1925 in Rogers (Bell county), Texas.  She is buried in Pendergrass cemetery in Sidney (Comanche county), Texas.



William Jasper Johnson.
Pendergrass cem., Comanche, Tx.

Image by: Addie Ratliff on 8-11-2009
Source: "Find A Grave" website.
Pendergrass Cem. in Comanche, Tx.
Image: Added to "Find A Grave" website
 on 5-7-2007 by Brian Atwood.
















III. Sarah Ann Leatherman: Sarah was born on May 27, 1832 (1820?) in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana.  (According to both Bible and  tombstone records.  The 1870 census says she was born in 1840 in Louisiana).  She married Jesrah Jacob Pruett (Prewitt; Pruitt) ("Jake") on August 10, 1848 in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana.  (Note: One source says his name was Joshua Jacob Pruett; could be Jacob N. Pruett).  She died on July 16 (11?), 1889 at Donahoe and is buried there.  Jacob was born on October 17, 1816 in Georgia.  He was a farmer by occupation; he died on December 29, 1893 (1889?) in Bell county,Texas.  He is buried next to his wife in the Donahoe cemetery; their tombstone reads, "Our Father and mother are gone.  They live beneath the sod; Dear parents, though we miss you much we know you rest with God".  There is a separate fence around their cemetery plot.

Jacob Pruett 
Donahoe cemetery, Bartlett, Texas
Sarah Ann (Leatherman) Pruett 
Donahoe cemetery, Bartlett, Texas
                                                                 













They had the following children:
     A.  Ruth Lucy Prewitt: She was born in 1849 in Louisiana.  She married Newton Cargill.
     B.  Mary Helen Prewitt: She was born on January 25, 1851 (1852?) in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana.  She married Adolphus Cornelius Cargill.
     C.  Frank P. Prewitt: He was born in 1853 (1854?) in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana.  He married Margaret A. Keel.
     D.  Themira Tabitha Prewitt (Pruett?) ("Mira" or "Mina"?): She was born in 1854 (1855?) in Milam county, Texas.  She married (1) James E. Bates, (2) John Gourd Robbins, and (3) T.E. Ward.
     E.  Samuel Prewitt: He was born in 1856 in Milam county, Texas.
     F.  Jasper J. Prewitt ("Jap"?): He was born in 1856 (1858?) in Milam county, Texas.  He married Nancy Jane Liles.
     G.  Nancy Pruett: She was born in 1858 in Milam county, Texas.
     H.  Louisa Frances Prewitt ("Fannie"): She was born in December, 1862 (1861?) in Milam county, Texas.  She married John Wesley Wilson.
     I.  William Pike Prewitt ("Will"): He was born on April 6, 1865 (1864?) in Milam county, Texas.  He married Lela V. Ward.
     J.  John Carol Prewitt ("Johnny"): He was born on July 7, 1872 in Milam county, Texas.  He married Mary Elizabeth Ward.

IV.  Elizabeth Caroline Leatherman (Caroline E. according to Bible records): She was born on April 1, 1834 (1836?) in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana.  Caroline married John L. Pruett (Prewitt; Pruitt) on May 31, 1850 in Louisiana.  John was born in 1820 and died on May 31, 1903 at home near Davilla,Texas.  (Note on Pruett family:  All of the Pruetts who married into Leathermans were from the same family.  Their father's name was William V. Pruett.  He was born in 1798 in Georgia and died in 1860 in Milam county, Texas.  His parents were Jacob Pruett and Mary Seaborn of Jones county, Georgia).  John was a farmer, blacksmith, and cabinet maker.  They resided in DaVilla, Texas in Milam county.  She died at Val Verde.


John L. Pruett
"Report of Death" card
Source: "Find A Grave" website
Posted by Karin Huffman Galindo on 2-19-2013.

They had the following children:
     A.  Lang Pruett:
     B.  Will Pruett:
     C.  Doc Pruett:
     D.  Sam Pruett:
     E.  Alice Pruett:
     F.  Mattie Pruett:
     G.  Lottie Pruett:
     H.  Fanny Mae Pruett:
     I.    Ida Pruett:
     J.   Jack Pruett:

Note:  Here are their children according to the "Find A Grave" site:
     A.  Martha Helen Pruett Henington: 1851 - 1925.
     B.  Alice Themira Pruett Moore: 1852 - 1936.
     C.  John Langdon Pruett: 1854 - 1932.
     D.  Charlotte Jane Pruett McCarty: 1860 - 1890.
     E.  William Walker Pruett: 1866 - 1950.
     F.  James F. Pruett: 1871 - 1903.
     G.  Ida Elizabeth Pruett Allison: 1874 - 1968.

Children Not Found:
     Frances Mae Damarius Pruett ("Fannie")
     McCarty Liles
     Stonewall Jackson Pruett
     May Ellena Pruett Liles
     Samuel Leatherman Pruett

V.  Francis Marion Leatherman:  He was born on October 4, 1836 in Lousiana.  An F.M. Leatherman is listed as a private in the San Andres Light Horse Company on June 10, 1861 (according to Milam county, Texas Records, vol. 2, page 48).  F.M. Leatherman died about 1881; he had the following children:
     A.  Mary Leatherman: She was born about 1865.  She married a Mr. Kennebrew.
     B.  Sarah Jane Leatherman: She married a Mr. Massey.
     C.  Green Leatherman: born about 1869.
     D.  Helen Leatherman: She was born about 1873.
     E.  Charles Leatherman: He was born about 1876.
     F.  Lottie Leatherman: She was born about 1876.
     G.  Susie Leatherman: She was born about 1867.  She was dead by February, 1884.

VI.  Martha Ann Leatherman: She was born on February 24, 1839 in Louisiana.  She married Isaac Wilson on September 8, 1853; her second husband was a Mr. Miles.  (Note: Another source says her husband was Wilson Miles).  They lived in Buckholtz in Milam county, Texas.

VII.  Eunice Ann Leatherman: She was born on December 13, 1841 in Louisiana; she married Stacy McDaniel on August 10, 1857.  They resided at Bryants Station in Milam county, Texas.  Stacy served in the Confederate army during the Civil War.  After Stacy died, she married Martin Greenbury Raney.  She died at home.  Eunice Ann and Stacy had the following children:
     A.  Lou McDaniel: She married Frank Raney.
     B.  Eva McDaniel:
     C.  Mac McDaniel:
     D.  Ellie McDaniel: She married John Maddox; they lived in Waco, Texas.

VIII.  Charlotte Jane Leatherman ("Lottie"): She was born on July 25, 1844 in Louisiana.  She married Grandeson Royston Wallace (Grad de Royston) (Grandison) on January 10, 1867 (year is according to Bible records and wedding certificate; one source says year is 1877).  They were married by C.M. Brown, minister of the gospel.  Grandison Wallace was a farmer; he also served in the Confederate army in Company I, 33rd infantry in Arkansas.  She died in 1898 at the Donahoe community and is buried there.



Charlotte Jane (Leatherman) Wallace
Donahoe cem., Bartlett, Texas
Tombstone enclosed by fence; faces west.
Image: "Find A Grave" website.  Posted
by Karen Neal Morey on 1-12-2007.
                 
Grandeson D. Wallace tombstone, Val Verde Cemetery
Milam county, Texas. Grave faces east.
Image: "Find A Grave" website.  Posted by
Teresa Calley on 12-27-2007
       














Grandison was born on March 14, 1844.  G.R. Wallace's second wife's name was (2) Dora Alice Burgess Graham; she was born in 1867 and died on November 23, 1953.  She is buried next to G.R. Wallace, her husband.  Grandison died on December 15, 1920 at Holland, Texas in Bell county.  He was buried the next day at the Val Verde cemetery next to Val Verde church.  Gran and Lottie had the following  children:
     A.  James A. Wallace ("Jim"): He was born on May 1, 1868 in Texas.  He married Winnie Parker on November 25, 1896.  Jim died in Clovis, New Mexico.
     B.  Mary Leanna Wallace ("Wavy"): She was born on July 11, 1869.  She married Walter Hiram Dolehite on December 4, 1898.  She died in 1945 in Rogers, Texas and is buried at the Val Verde cemetery in Bell county.
     C.  Francis M. Wallace ("Frank"): He was born on November 23, 1870.  He married S. Virginia Covington ("Jenny") on December 22, 1889.  He is buried in the North Belton Cemetery in Belton, Texas (Bell county).
     D.  Helen Jane Wallace ("Helen"): She was born on September 5, 1872 at the Donahoe community in Bell county Texas.  She married Benjamin Franklin Burns ("Frank") on July 5, 1891.  Frank was born on June 27, 1872 and died on January 15, 1942.  She died on October 27, 1902.  They are both buried in the Donahoe cemetery and both of their tombstones read, "Gone, but not forgotten". 
     E.  Mattie Minerva Wallace ("Mattie"): She was born on March 9, 1874.  She married William Seaborn Digby ("Will") on December 27, 1896.  She died on October 1, 1936 in Belton, Texas and is buried at the North Belton Cemetery (Bell county). 
     F.  Dru A. Wallace ("D.A."): He was born on December 23, 1875.  He married Lula Joiner on December 5, 1897.  He died in Belton, Texas and is buried at the Holland cemetery in Holland, Texas (Bell county).
     G.  Lucy Corinne Wallace ("Cora"): She was born on December 8, 1877 in the Donahoe community in Bell county, Texas.  She married John William Aycock on July 5, 1896 in Rogers, Texas.
     H.  Samuel Gibbs Wallace ("Sam"): He was born on February 7, 1881 in Texas.  He married Lillie Liles on July 29, 1905.  He died in New Mexico.
     I.  Verna Lee Wallace: She was born on September 1, 1884 in the Donahoe community in Bell county, Texas.  She married Harvey James Williams on September 25, 1904 in Belton, Texas.  She died on April 24, 1916.

VIV.  Jasper Newton Leatherman: He was born on February 17, 1847.  (Note: He may have died before the 1850 census since he is not listed with the other family members).

X.  Jasper Gibbs Leatherman: He was born on September 15, 1849 in Louisiana.  He was a farmer by occupation.  He built the first blacksmith shop in the Donahoe community.  He married Annette R. McDaniel on January 17, 1867.  They were married by C.M. Brown, minister of the gospel.  Annette was born on January 26, 1852 in Bell county, Texas and died on November 28, 1934 (according to both tombstone and Bible records).  She is buried next to her husband at the Donahoe cemetery.  Evidently, Jasper Gibbs Leatherman ran the general store for many years.  On July 11, 1902, Jasper Gibbs Leatherman sold his stock of goods at the general store to Jesse Fulton, who continued the business at the original store.  The Bartlett Tribune newspaper, published in Bartlett, Texas stated the following on September 8, 1905: "...J.G. Leatherman and T.D. Jones, Jr. have neatly fixed up the building and have ordered a large stock of groceries, which are now arriving.  So we will not be without a store".  On March 27, 1909, Jasper Gibbs Leatherman leased to K.B. Pool for ten years the land upon which the blacksmith and wood working shop was located for the consideration of $ 1.00 cash in hand paid.  K.B. Pool was the son-in-law of Jasper Gibbs Leatherman.  (The deed was filed in Book 221, page 205, Belton, Bell county, Texas on February 11, 1911).  Jasper Gibbs Leatherman lived in Davilla in Milam county, Texas.  He died on October 23 (Bible record says the 3rd; tombstone says the 23rd; another source says the 2nd), 1929 at the Donahoe community in Milam county; he died of valvular heart disease.  He was buried the next day at the Donahoe cemetery.  The undertaker was Stokes Blair in Bartlett, Texas.  They had the following children:
     A.  Bert Leatherman: He was married to Nannie Halcomb (?) on July 7, 1900.
     B.  Dell Leatherman (Dehna K. or Del K.): He was born on March 23, 1877 and died on June 24, 1929.  Delmer K. Leatherman was married to Ida E. Mannger on August 12, 1894.
     C.  Gustavus T. Leatherman (Gus L.?): Gus was born on September 7, 1884 in Bell county, Texas.  He was married to Minnie Mills on December 23, 1903; his marriage ended in divorce.  His occupation at the time of his death was in the field of insurance and real estate.  He died at 5:30 am on March 30, 1943 (Tombstone says 1934) at Scott and White hospital in Temple, Texas (Bell county); he died of hypertensive heart disease.  He was buried at the Donahoe cemetery on March 31, 1943.
     D.  Hellen Lois Leatherman ("Lois"): She was born on December 19, 1881 (according to Bible records).  Lois married T.D. Jones on December 23, 1900.
     E.  Beulah Viola Leatherman ("Beulah"): She was born on December 23, 1875 (according to Bible records).  She married K.B. Pool on June 26, 1896.
     F.  Grainger L. Leatherman: He was born on May 30, 1873 and died on July 12, 1873 (1878 according to Bible records).
     G.  Mary Ann Leatherman: She was born on July 10, 1874 and died on October 26, 1879 (Bible records say September 16, 1875).  (Note: Grainger L. and Mary Ann Leatherman are named on the same tombstone at Donahoe cemetery; the tombstone is on top of a hill at the back of the cemetery.  The tombstone reads, "God blesses in an early death and takes the infants to himself".  This was carved by F.J. Scholz in Evansville, Indiana.
     H.  (Infant son): I don't know if this is one of the children listed or another.  Born and died on August 15, 1869.  This was the first person buried in the Donahoe cemetery.
     I.  Abner B. Leatherman: He was born on August 25, 1870 and died on July 31, 1871.  He is buried at Donahoe cemetery.
(Note: "Infant son" and Abner Leatherman are named on the same tombstone at Donahoe cemetery.  The tombstone reads, "Happy infants early blessed.  Rest in Peaceful slumber, rest".
     J.  Rex Martin Leatherman: He was born on November 19, 1878 and died on October 26, 1879.
     K.  Samuel Glen Leatherman: He was born on January 28, 1872 and died on July 20, 1886 (Bible records say July 30th).
     L.  George Elbert Leatherman: He was born on December 29, 1879.  He married Ola M. Boyd on May 3, 1914.  (Note: It is not confirmed that George E. Leatherman is a son of Jasper Gibbs Leatherman).
     M.  Emma T. Leatherman: She was born on January 16, 1869.  She married B.R. Dalihite (Dolehite) on September 21, 1884.  (Note: It is not confirmed that Emma T. Leatherman is a daughter of Jasper Gibbs Leatherman).

XI.  Andrew Jackson Leatherman ("Jack"):  He went by "Andrew" when a teenager.  He was born on October 12, 1853 in Texas.  He lived in Lott, Texas in Falls county.  He married (1) Mary Jane (Monger) McKay ("Maisie" or "Mazie") (Bible records have their names, but no marriage date); her first husband was a Mr. McKay.  Mazie tried to poison him by putting poison in his coffee; it didn't work.  She was born in 1859.  He divorced her and married (2) Minnie Reeves (or Reveal).  Jack's first wife, Mazie, died in 1903 (1908?).  After divorced by Jack, she married (2) John Daniel Hooks and (3) T.N. Bryant.  Jack is  buried at the Donahoe cemetery.  Jack and Mazie had the following children:
     A.  Maud Leatherman:
     B.  Andrew Leatherman:
     C.  Dexter Leatherman:

Jack and Minnie Reveal (or Reeves) had the following children:
     A.  Ethel Leatherman:
     B.  Albert Leatherman:

XII.  Cyrus B. Leatherman: He was born iin September, 1841.  (He is a possible child of Samuel Gibbs Leatherman).

XIII.  William Burrell Leatherman:  He was born in February, 1829.  He married Mary Elizabeth Pruett on ? 27, 1850 in Louisiana  (He is a possible child of Samuel Gibbs Leatherman). 

XIV.  Henry J. Leatherman: He was born in July of 1848.  He married Rutha Pruett (a possible child of Samuel Gibbs Leatherman). 

Grandeson Royston Wallace's second marriage to Dora Alice Burgess Graham produced the following children:
     A.  Regna Wallace: She was born on July 30, 1901, possibly in Bell county, Texas.  She married Herman Green Mosley.
     B.  Gran R. Wallace Jr.: He was born on October 22, 1903.  He married Jessie Merle Harrell.
     C.  John Ray Wallace: He was born on September 29, 1906.  He married Della Mae Wallace; she was previously married to Bert Wallace.
     D.  Jessie Walter Wallace: He was born on December 8, 1910.  He married Yvonne (or Evonne) Latham.


An unidentified Leatherman picture.
Probably a daughter of Samuel Gibbs Leatherman.



SOURCES:
1.  Discussion with Violet White Dolehite on December 27, 1979.
2.  Gus L. Leatherman death certificate, Bell county, Texas (for Jasper Gibbs Leatherman's birthplace).
3.  Jasper Gibbs Leatherman's death certificate, Bell county, Texas.
4.  Donahoe cemetery, Bell county, Texas.
5.  Census Records:
     a.  1870 Milam county, Texas (Note: The census records show a Samuel Prewitt not found in Mrs. Dolehite's notes.  Mrs. Dolehite's records show a Johnny Prewitt not found on the census).
     b.  1860           county, Alabama.
6.  Wanda Lovelace (Her maiden name was Leatherman; her mother is Evelyn Leatherman).  Major source of information on Leatherman family.
7.  Evelyn Lovelace.
8.  F.M. Leatherman probate records showing settlement of his estate and guardian for his children.  Records include:
Probate, vol. B. pages 599-604.
Probate, vol. B. pages 307-308.
Probate, vol. B. pages 163-164.
Probate, vol. B. pages 85-86.
Probate, vol. B. pages 625-626.
Probate, vol. B. page 411.
Probate, vol. B. page 590.
Probate, vol. B. page 109.
9. Last Will and Testament of Samuel Gibbs Leatherman, filed May 26, 1888 in Bell county, Texas.  Recorded in minute Book G. pgs. 82-83.
10. E.A. Limmer records of Leatherman family used for article in Bell county, Texas history books.
11. Photograph of Samuel Gibbs Leatherman home after it was abandoned (from the collection of John Gibbs Leatherman in Houston, Texas).  I received a xerox of this picture from E.A. Limmer in Belton, Texas.
12. Map of the Donahoe community commissioned by E.A. Limmer for the Bell county, Texas history books.
13. Samuel Gibbs Leatherman Bible records.
14. Mrs. W.A. Leatherman.  (Note: not sure of connection to my line).
15. Cemetery Inscriptions of Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, Vols. 2, 3, and 4 by Elinor McCalman Seward and Wanda Valentine Head.
16. Clairborne Parish, Louisiana Amnesty Oaths compiled by Elinor McCalman Seward and John Calvin Head.
17. The First Land Buyers in Bossier - Clairborne Parishes Louisiana up to the Civil War  by Bill O' Daniel.
18. Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Claiborne Parish Lousiana indexed by Wanda V. Head.
19. Claiborne Parish, Louisiana 1830, 1840, and 1850 Censuses with 1850 Mortality Schedules and Slave Holders compiled by Wanda Valentine Head.
20. Index: Claiborne Parish, Louisiana Marriage Records 1849 - 1910 by Willie Farley.
21. A book on the Donahoe community by E.A. Limmer.
22. Milam county, Texas Records, vol. 2 by Mrs. John T. Martin and Mrs. Louis C. Hill.  Publisher: Waco, 1968.
23. The files of the Bartlett Tribune newspaper, published in Bartlett, Texas.
24. Source for the pioneer family story at Donahoe cemetery: The story was told to Miss Martha Shrock of Bartlett, Texas by her uncle, J.D. Laughlin (1854-1948) and A.J. Laughlin (1857-1936), who grew up in the Davilla-Donahoe area.
25. Leatherman Genealogy Forum on the Internet: http://www.genforum.com/leatherman/messages/3.html
26. Margaret Buchanan-Lee: chalee@gte.net
27. Mildred Edwards: medw653874@aol.com
28. Sue Meadows: thrower@htcomp.net (Source of Pruett information).
29. Texas Heritage, volume 2, 1976-1977 (Gen. 976.4T Belton public library).
30. Wedding license for S.G. Leatherman & Mrs. S.P. Strickland. Vol. F, page 423. Bell county, Texas courthouse in Belton.
31. Wedding license for G.R. Wallace and Miss C.J. Leatherman, Vol. D, page 214.  Bell county, Texas courthouse in Belton.
32. Wedding license for J.G. Leatherman & Miss A.K. McDaniel, Vol. D, page 215.  Bell county, Texas courthouse.
33. All Leatherman Kin history book by David Brougher.
34. Helen Benter: HELKbenter@aol.com
35. Doug Wilson: Odougmd@aol.com
36. Linda W. Leatherman: lleatherman@mindspring.com (Has old Leatherman letters).
37. Themira Tabitha (Leatherman) McCasland family information from the "Find A Grave" website.  Donahoe cemetery in Bartlett.  Information originally by Karin Huffman Galindo (Info. added on Oct. 16, 2009).  Memorial # 43188091.  Maintained by Bill Parr.
38.  Adeline Amanda (Leatherman) Johnson information: "Find A Grave" website.  Paula Norris Pierce added this memorial (# 39819922) on July 24, 2009.  Photos were added by: Mary V. (Johnson) Edgar (maisie1942@cox.net); "Carolyn" (# 47303208); and Brian Atwood.
39.  William Jasper Johnson information: "Find A Grave" website.  Addie Ratliff added information (Memorial # 40559095).  Maintained by: Paula Norris Pierce.  Photos were added by: Addie Ratliff (arathliff@cctc.net) and Mary V. (Johnson) Edgar.
40.  Elizabeth Caroline (Leatherman) Pruett family information: "Find A Grave" website.  Karin Huffman Galindo posted the information.
41. The Handbook of Texas Online article about Donahoe, Texas by Mark Odintz.  (Bibliography: Bertha Atkinson, The History of Bell County, Texas (M.A. thesis, University of Texas, 1929).  Clara Stearns Scarbrough, Land of Good Water: A Williamson County History (Georgetown, Texas: Williamson County Sun Publishers, 1973)).

NOTES:
1.  Who is this?  From Leatherman  Bible records:
     a.  Horrace Glen Leatherman: Born on 3-12-1894; Died on 3-25-1894.
     b.  Van Olney Leatherman: Born on 2-9-1896; Died on 8-31-1890.
     c.  A Leatherman marries ? on November 15, 1879. (Can't read initials on the Bible record).
2.  Source: Milam county, Texas Records, Vol. 2, page 58: Incomplete list of Captain Buckholts Company, Sibley's Brigade who went from Milam county, Texas, lists a
__________ Leatherman.  Company C. 4th Texas Infantry organized July 1861, known locally as "5 shooters").
3.  Source: Milam county, Texas Records, Vol. 2, page 43: Davis' Company of Militia, Muster Roll # 234 (June 1861) lists:
     a.  W.B. Leatherman - 3rd Srgt. (Note: Is this William Burrell Leatherman?).
     b.  S.L. Leatherman - private.
     c.  D.S. Leatherman - private.
     d.  Si Leatherman - private.
4.  There is a man named Leon _________ in Longview, Texas who was descended from Samuel Gibbs Leatherman and Hellen Koonce.
5.  Census Records:
     a.  1870 Alabama



























Tuesday, March 19, 2013

John S. Barnes (Tennessee Barnes' father): Family Info. & Sam Bass Outlaw Gang

THE JOHN S. & MARTHA (CANNON) BARNES FAMILY

          ca. 1812 - ca. 1843                                                                  1817 - before 1874
             John S. Barnes                                                                         Martha Cannon




Connection to the chart on this blog: John S. Barnes and Martha (Cannon) Barnes are the parents of Elmira Tennessee Barnes ("Tennie") and her twin brother, Seaborn Barnes, who was in the Sam Bass outlaw gang.

John S. Barnes was born in Alabama (possibly Louisiana) about 1812.  About 1817, Martha Cannon was born in the Pendleton District of South Carolina.  Her parents were Carter C. Cannon and Sarah Litimer.  John S. Barnes is shown on the tax list of Yalobusha county, Mississippi in 1834, 1835, 1836, and 1841 (Note: In 1841, no blacks are listed with the family.  Also, there is confusion as to whether the last name is Barnes or Burns).  In April, 1834 John S. Barnes was elected constable in the southwest district and gave as his securities besides some three whose names were given in other bonds, the following: J.L. Miller, C. Cannon, G.S. Stewart, Thomas Robertson, John Robertson, Mack Williams, and James McCoy (April 1834, Police Court).  In the Fall of 1834, Mr. Carton Carter Cannon put up a cabin on the ground now occupied by the Shaw Foundry and about the same time, John Barnes, a son in  law of Mr. Cannon, made an improvement where Mr. Tabor now resides.  The improvements were purchased in 1838-1839 by G.B. Ragsdale (who had moved up from the vicinity of Coffeeville) for a "stand", later a post office (1844) (Note: The post office was located outside of the county line - never in Yalobusha county until a few years ago, when the Legislature attached two tiers of sections of the county from the territory of LaFayette.  August, 1938 was the date of this information source).

John S. Barnes married Martha Cannon ("Patsy") on February 28, 1835 in Yalobusha county, Mississippi (Their marriage date is listed in the index, but the actual marriage book is lost).  She was born about 1817 in Pendleton District, South Carolina; she was the daughter of Carter C. Cannon and Sarah Latimer (or Lattin).  He was a lawman in Yalobusha county, Mississippi.  John S. Barns family moved from Mississippi to Texas between 1841 and 1843.  John S. Barns lived in Cass county, Texas from 1841 to 1853.  On July 3, 1841, James Skinner received a conditional certificate for 640 acres which John Barns and Calvin Cunningham witnessed.  Conditional land certificate was received on May 4, 1844 in Cass county, Texas for John S. Barnes.  The Texas General Land Office (File 848, Bowie 3rd class) shows 294 acres for John S. Barns on February 3, 1845.  (Note: Carter Cannon completed his land application in 1845.  He went broke in Yalobusha county, Mississippi).  John S. Barns is listed on the tax rolls for Cass county, Texas in 1846.  On August 29, 1846, John Barnes was selected for jury duty.  (Note: Cass county, Texas was organized in 1846; the parent county was Bowie county, which was organized in 1840).  Conditional certificates for 346 acres for John S. Barnes (File 220) never had the patents completed; the land was surveyed on October 19, 1848.  J.S. Barnes is listed as one of the several petitioners against Jacob Alewine, who was officially labled a lunatic.  John S. Barnes (spelled "Burns" in the source book) was an officer in the Mexican War (probably 1848 - 1850?).  On May 14, 1849, John S. Barns sold 294 acres to Asa Johnson.  (Note: Sources debate John S. Barnes death date/ location: 1849, 1853, possibly in Cass county, Texas as well as 1853 - 1856 and 1876 are death date possibilities).  On March 29, 1850, there was a District court case where John Barnes vs. John Waits.  In 1850, John ran for constable in Cass county, but only received two votes (Note: According to the 1878 Wayne Gard book, John S. Barnes was a sheriff and tax collector in Cass county.  There is no record of a sheriff named Barnes in Cass county.

On September 28, 1850, John and Martha are residing in Cass county.  (Barnes Lake in Cass county was on the land of John S. Barnes.  Descendants of Wiley Jackson Barnes and brother Warren Riley Barnes, who were born about a generation after John S. Barnes; the lake was probably named for their ancestors.


Barnes Lake, Cass county, Texas
Barnes Lake, Cass county, Texas









Wiley's family lived at the lake after John S. Barnes died.  The precise relationship between the two is not known.  Sources listed say that an old man named "Taylor" used to live in a shack near the bridge across Barnes Lake; the bridge rotted down and was never replaced.  The old wooden bridge had flat wooden boards on top of side rails that you could sit on.  Maude Marie Simpson Salmon has a picture of the old bridge.  Mr. Taylor charged people to fish in the lake.  When Mrs. Salmon heard about it, she made him move.  There were two Barnes girls and a brother Jack Barnes, deceased).  The value of their real estate was 6000; they lived in Precinct # 4, Hickory Hill (now called Avinger).  At this time, John's occupation was that of a farmer.  On February 17, 1853, John S. Barns sold land to James Skinner.  In February/ March, 1853, there were two land transactions between John S. Barns and the heirs of James Skinner, Sr.


John S. Barns died in Tarrant county, Texas between 1853 - 1856 (There are several other conflicting death dates, as mentioned above).  (Note: The Tarrant county, Texas courthouse burned down in 1876, destroying most records).  In 1856 and 1857, a John Barnes paid poll tax in Tarrant county, Texas.  In 1863, John Barns has 174 acres of land taxed in Tarrant county.  Sometime between 1866 and 1870's (when Seaborn Barnes was young), Martha (Cannon) Barns moved to live with relatives near the village of Handley, Tarrant county, Texas (nine miles east of Fort Worth) with five children after she was widowed.  One source says they "lived off the charity of relatives".  In July, 1874, twelve and a half acres were set aside for the heirs of Martha Barnes out of the estate (Note: Estate documents located in Tarrant county, Texas) of C.C. Cannon, deceased (Note: from C.C. Cannon estate documents.  B.H. Barnes to D.C. Harrison, April 20, 1877).  Martha (Cannon) Barnes dies in Tarrant county, Texas prior to July, 1874.  On June 5, 1877, D.C. Harrison (John Barnes' brother in law) acquired land from John Barnes' heirs.  The land was sold for non-payment of taxes.  Harrison bought it for $ 6.86.  J.S. Barnes is listed on the Cass county, Texas Delinquent Tax list for February 7, 1889 (The note says: Owner: J.S. Barnes, no acres, 100 original grantee:  BBB & CRR Co.  Note: In the same list, but harder to read is: Owner: John Barnes. no acres. Original Grantee: ___).  A.J. Barnes is listed on the roll of unrendered property in Cass county, Texas for 1890 (The note says: Owner: unknown ABS # 111  Cert.#  Original Grantee: J. Barnes.  Grant acres: 294 Acres unrendered: 294 Value $: 441).

The Children of John S. &  Martha (Cannon) Barnes:

I.  Sarah Jane Barns: She was born about 1836 in Yalobusha county, Mississippi.  She married James Skinner on December 15, 1852 in Cass county, Texas.  James Skinner was born about 1826, possibly in Indiana.  Sarah Jane Barnes died about 1853 in Cass county.

II.  Rhoda Ann Barns: She was born about 1838 in Yalobusha county, Mississippi.  She married James Skinner, her sister's widow, on December 23, 1854 in Cass county, Texas.  Rhoda possibly died in Cass county, Texas.

III.  Mary E. Barns: (Was her name Mary C.?).  She was born about 1841 in Yalobusha county, Mississippi.  She possibly died in Texas.

IV.  Elmira (Emeline?) Tennessee Barns ("Tinnie"): She was born about 1842 (Tombstone says 1851) in Cass county, Texas.  (Note: Birth years vary in sources from 1842, 1843, to 1851).  A relative said that an uncle raised her since she was an orphan.  She married Martin Van Buren Digby ("M.V.") on January 28, 1869 in Austin county, Texas (one source says Tarrant county).  Martin Van Buren Digby was born about 1843 in Mississippi.    On April 4, 1877, M.V. and Tennie Digby sold 1/6th interest out of the 74 acres set apart for the John Barnes heirs out of the estate of C.C. Cannon and Sarah Cannon.  Tinnie died of a stroke on August 19, 1931 in Austin, Texas (Travis county) at St. David's hospital.  She was buried in Temple, Texas (Bell county) at Hillcrest cemetery (block # 4; Row # 3).  A.C. Hewett Funeral Home handled funeral arrangements.  The had the following children:
     A.  James H. Digby: He was born about 1870 in Tarrant county, Texas.
     B.  William Seaborn Digby: He was born on January 12, 1872 in Tarrant county, Texas.  He married Mattie Minerva Wallace on December 27, 1896.  She was born on March 9, 1874; she died on October 1, 1936 at Scott and White hospital in Temple, Texas (Bell county).  Will Digby married a second time to (2) Lilly (          ) Haire.  Will died on February 11, 1952 in Belton, Texas; he and his wife are buried in the North Belton cemetery in Belton, Texas.  They had children.
     C.  Claud Digby: He was born about 1876 in Tarrant county, Texas.
     D.  Alta Digby: She was born in January of 1880 at Haught's Store in Dallas county, Texas.  She married D McKay.  They had two daughters; one of them  married Sam Floca in Temple, Texas.
     E.  L. G. Digby:

V.  Berry Henderson Barnes ("Henderson"): He was born about 1846 - 1847 in Cass county, Texas.  He married Theodosia F. Leatherman about 1866 in Tarrant county, Texas (One source says they were married in Bell county, Texas on September 7, 1865).  She was born about 1848 in Minden, Claiborne county, Louisiana (location unsure).  Her parents were Daniel Leatherman and Rebecca __________.  (There is a B.H. Barnes who was the original grantee and patentee of 160 acres on May 31, 1871 in Tarrant county, Texas; Abstract # 98/ 3).  Henderson and Theodosia's family was in Tarrant county, Texas in 1880 (Note: They are shown twice in this census: (1) village of Handley, Tarrant county on page 42 and (2) District 91 on page 76A).  Berry Henderson Barnes and Theodosia (Leatherman) Barnes ("Dosie") were very rigid Baptists.  She would not let relatives in her parlour except for a very few occasions to see the stereopticon or hear the Victrola.  B.H. Barnes was harsh.  He took in two of Martha F. Barnes' kids: Lily and Judson (Jack).  Jack's hunting dogs barked a lot, so one day B.H. sent Jack to a party on Sunday.  When Jack returned home, B.H. had killed all of his dogs.  At this point, Jack left their home.  On April 4, 1881, there was a deed from B.H. Barnes to Martha Puchet of Sebastian county, Arkansas.  B.H. Barnes died of tuberculosis on October 25, 1883 in Handley, Texas (Tarrant county).  (Note: He was the first person to spell his last name with an "es" - Barnes).  Some sources have suggested that Theodosia's death was on August 8, 1928 in Dallas, Texas (Dallas county).  Henderson and Theodosia had the following children:
     A.  John F. Barnes: He was born about 1867 in Tarrant county, Texas.  He was married, but had no children.  Some relatives saw them as very dull people.
     B.  Robert E.W. Barnes ("Robert"): He was born about 1869 (1867?) in Tarrant county, Texas.  He probably died fairly young.
     C.  Phillip N. Barnes ("Phil"): He was born about 1871 (1872?) in Tarrant county, Texas.  His father made his children make a promise to him on his deathbed that they would not drink liquor.  Phil was the only child to break that promise; some relatives refused to visit him because of this.  He had children.
     D.  Emma Ophelia Barnes ("Ophelia"): She was born about 1874 in Tarrant county, Texas.  She never married.  She was strict like her mother, but more likeable.  She was  a career woman.
     E.  Charles Henry Joseph Barnes ("Charley"): He was born about 1877 (1878?) in Tarrant county, Texas.  He was married in 1907.  He had children.
     F.  Ida May (Maud?) Barnes: She was born in May, 1880 in Handley, Tarrant county, Texas.  She lived up to the late 1940's or early 1950's.  She had a step-son, but no other children.
     G.  Clementinus Claud Barnes ("Claud"): He was born in May, 1880 in Handley, Tarrant county, Texas.  He died young.
     H.  Ozee Barnes: She was born after 1880 (one source says Ozee is a boy).  Ozee or Ozee's son died soon after Charles Barnes, son of B.H. Barnes.

VI.  Martha F. Barnes: She was born about 1848 (1847?) in Cass county, Texas.  She married James Whiting (Whitten?) Beall about 1863, possibly in Tarrant county, Texas.  He was born in 1844 (1846?) in Attala county, Mississippi.  He was the son of Josiah D. Beall and Ann Tatum Dent ("Nancy").  (Note regarding Josiah D. Beall: He is listed in the slave schedule, not population schedule of the 1850 Attala county, Mississippi census.  He was born in Franklin county, Georgia.  He also had a patent for 160 acres on September 23, 1859; Tarrant county, Texas?).  James Whiting Beall had a second wife named Mary Elizabeth Williams.  He died in 1879 in Cooke county, Texas (One source says Tarrant county).  He was buried in the Dunville cemetery in Cooke county.  Martha died about 1872 (1873?) in Tarrant county, Texas (Note: Could she have died from childbirth complications with daughter, Lilly?).  They had the following children:
     A.  Judson Tatum Beall: He was born on September 22, 1864, possibly in Denton county, Texas.  He was raised by Henderson and Theodosia (Leatherman) Barnes.  He married Emma Artelia Rogers on November 25, 1890 in Tarrant county, Texas.  She died after 1941 in Roby, Fisher county, Texas.  Judson Tatum Beall died on March 1, 1941 in Roby, Texas; he was buried in Roby on March 2nd.
     B.  James Edward Beall: (One source says Edward James Beall).  He was born about 1866 in Texas.
     C.  Laura Josephine (Josaphine?) Beall: She was born on March 3, 1870 (one source says August) in Industry, Austin county, Texas.

Laura Josephine Beall
Laura Josephine Beall



















She married Louis David Smith on March 11, 1893 in Tarrant county, Texas.  Louis David Smith was born on June 29, 1865 in Prairie City, McDonough, Illinois.  He was the son of Walter Evander Smith and Catherine L. Luper (Lupfer).  Louis David Smith died on May 24, 1944 in Quanah, Hardeman county, Texas.  She died on December 15, 1958 in Fort Worth, Texas (Tarrant county); she was buried in Quanah, Texas (Hardeman county) on December 17th.
     D.  Lilly (Lilla?) E. Beall: She was born about 1872 in Austin county, Texas.  Lilly was raised by Henderson and Theodosia (Leatherman) Barnes.  She married Caleb Henry Tyler on January 7, 1886 in Cauthron, Scott, Arkansas.  He was born on March 12, 1865 in Missouri.  His paents were Asberry Tyler and Martha Cheney.  Caleb Henry Tyler died on February 9, 1942 in Sulfer, Murray, Oklahoma and is buried at Oaklawn cemetery in Murray, Oklahoma.  She died about 1891 in Tarrant county, Texas.

VII.  Seaborn Barnes ("Sebe"): (One source said he was often called "Sanford"; Sam Bass nicknamed him "Nubbins Colt").  He was born about 1852-1853 (1849 according to his tombstone), possibly in Cass county, Texas (One source says Tarrant county).

Seaborn Barnes
(One source described Sebe as being very dark, and the known Barnes descendants at the time were dark).  Other sources include the following physical descriptions: slender, blond, beetle brow canti-levered over a generous Roman nose; prominent Adam's apple, and a roving foot.  Jeannine (Digby) Blair said that people called Seaborn Barnes "Red" because he had red hair.  She said that there was a lot of red hair in that family.  (Note: Jeannine stated that either Pearl Griffin Digby or Mary Elizabeth House Griffin told her this information).  Seaborn's widowed mother had to live off the charity of relatives; she and her five children lived at Handley, near Fort Worth, Texas.  Seaborn was mad about being a "have not".  He had no education.  Seaborn was a cowboy in his early teens, cooking for local ranches.  He worked as a potter for A.H. Serrens works south of Denton, Texas (Note: The 1870 Denton county, Texas census shows an Augustus Seren, potter from New York, although his son's death certificate spells the name "Serren".  Augustus H. Serren died in Denton county on January 6, 1874).

He spent a year in jail awaiting trial for shooting a man when he was seventeen years old; this would have been about 1866, if his birthday is correct.  He was acquitted.  In 1874, Sebe was put in jail in Calahan county, Texas.  He escaped, wearing his leg irons; he went across the street and had the blacksmith cut them off.  Seaborn arrived in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area about 1878.

Seaborn Barnes' involvement in the Sam Bass outlaw gang:


Controversial photo of members of the Sam Bass Gang
Identification of the above photo of the Sam Bass gang members vary:
1.  Jim Murphy (who betrayed the gang to the Texas Rangers) on left (Note: Another source said he betrayed them by sending a telegram to the Texas Rangers from the Belton Post Office); Sam Bass (seated); Seaborn Barnes (right), a large man.  (Source: Article on "Sam Bass Outlaw" in the Denver Post Magazine, March 30, 1986).
2.  (left to right): Seaborn Barnes; Sam Bass; Frank Jackson (Source: Article on "Death of Sam Bass" by Loraine Barnes.  Publication name and date not known).
3.  Photograph is of three other men, not the Bass gang at all.

Seaborn was a member of the Sam Bass outlaw gang; when Bass' first gang dissolved, he recruited Barnes, a tough western gunman.  The Sam Bass gang also included Frank Jackson, Tom Spotswood, Henry Underwood, Arkansas Tom Johnson, and later, Jim Murphy.  The Sam Bass gang robbed a stage in October of 1877 outside Mary's creek near Fort Worth; they only got $ 43.00.  It was at this point the gang stopped robbing stagecoaches and turned to trains.  In the spring of 1878, there were a string of train robberies that netted about $ 1, 500.00 each:
1.  Houston & Texas Central at Allen Station on Febuary 22nd.  $ 1, 280.00.
2.  Texas & Pacific safe in the mail car near Eagle Ford on April 4th.
3.  Texas & Pacific at Mesquite on April 10th.  This is the first time the gang encountered serious trouble.

Mesquite Train Robbery
This is believed to be the train which the Sam Bass gang held up in Mesquite
in the 1870's.  They missed $ 30, 000.00 which had been hidden in the stove in
the express car.  (Source: Dallas Times Herald magazine, 7-15-1962).

Several prisoners were being escorted on the train; between the several guards and the passengers, there was quite a volley of gunfire.  Seaborn received the following wounds: three bullets in his left leg and one in his right leg (Note: another place in the same source says he received one bullet in his left thigh and three bullets in his left leg).

Artistic depiction of the Mesquite Train Robbery by S. Seymour Thomas
(completed in 1880 when he was 12 years old).  This picture is reproduced from
Sam Bass by Wayne Gard (Source: Article "Account of Sam Bass is Exciting and
authentic"
by Walter Prescott Webb. Dallas Morning News, July 26, 1936.
DRT Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas.
On June 13, 1878, the gang escaped an ambush in Wise county, Texas near Salt Creek during a retreat from the aborted train robbery at Mesquite.

One of the gang's favorite hiding places was in the Cross Timbers area in Denton county, Texas.   Sam Bass was called the "Robin Hood of the Cross Timbers".

A 1991 view of the Eastern Cross Timbers looking southeastward
from the east end of the Ray Roberts Lake dam.  (Source:
An Illustrated History of Denton Co. Tx. from Peters Colony to
Metroplex
by E. Dale Odom).
 The normal range of the Bass gang was limited to the upper or northern cross timbers, or the area of prairie country in between the East and West prongs.  They would hide in the dense Elm and Hickory bottoms an enormous swamp area where "the foliage is dense - the vines hang in masses and it is not good daylight until 12 noon"  (Encyclopedia of Western Lawmen & Outlaws by Nash).  Another source says Bass would maintain his rendezvous "along the streams and in the dense postoak and blackjack groves and thickets of the cross timbers...." (Down in the Cross Timbers by Worth S. Ray).  One place some Denton county residents ran across Sam Bass was at "a crossing on Clear creek, several miles north of Denton, on the way to Pilot Point, in  an arm of the thickly wooded area of the cross timbers" (Down in the Cross Timbers by Worth S. Ray).  "...His main long term hideout was the cove near Rosston in Cooke county near the Wise county line, but he did spend some time in the Hickory Creek thickets south of Denton, used Pilot Knob as a lookout to locate posses chasing him, and rested occasionally at many other places in the county" (An Illustrated History of Denton county, Texas by E. Dale Odom).


Pat Digby relayed the following story to me in 2006.  He said he heard it when he was about twelve years old on a car trip in which Emmitt and Guy Digby were talking in the back seat after having several drinks: "Guy and Will S. Digby lived in East Texas.  Tinnie Barnes would have her kids surround the sheriff when he came to their house a couple of times looking for her brother, Seaborn Barnes.  The kids would hold the reins of the sheriff's horse, hold his legs, and gather close to him.  This would give Seaborn time to escape out the back door and ride away".

Captain June Peak at age 35.  This is the way he looked
when he was commissioned to drive the Sam Bass gang
out of Denton county.  Captain Peak was one of the first
to talk with Jim Murphy about giving the gang away.
(Source: Article "Sam Bass Texas" by Walter Prescott
Webb in the Dallas Morning News, 1-2-1927.  DRT
Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas.

Basic Sequence of Events at Round Rock, Texas (July, 1878):

Thursday, July 18th pm: Some of the gang go into Mays' and Block's store to get horse feed.  Barnes entertains the idea of stealing horses for the gang so they would all have fresh horses to ride.  Murphy discourages this idea because it would make the town folks suspicious.  Murphy says to stay with the original plan of staying there four or five days, rest the horses, and pretend to buy cattle.  Barnes agrees with the plan.  Upon returning to camp, Barnes again states his complete trust in Murphy and thanked Frank Jackson for preventing the boys from killing him a few weeks ago.

Friday, July 19th am: Murphy urges Barnes to go with him to get a shave and take a look around town.

Saturday, July 20th: Sam Bass plans to rob the bank at Round Rock at 3:30 pm.

Old bank at Round Rock, Texas which Sam Bass gang planned to rob.
Current Location: Fort Tumbleweek near Liberty Hill, Texas.
(Source of Image: Leonard & Lynda Kubiak)

At Round Rock, Texas, Barnes shot Sheriff Hoke Grimes twice and killed him when Grimes put his hand on Barnes' shoulder and asked him if he had a gun.  Barnes and the others had on long coats.  Barnes was shot through the head at Round Rock, Texas (Williamson county) on July 19, 1878 (some sources say July 20) about 4:15 pm by Texas Ranger R.C. Ware ("Dick") of Lieutenant Reynold's company (See note at bottom of article regarding Dick Ware).

Dick Ware
(Source of image: Rick Calvert;
"Find A Grave" website, 6-8-2011)
Dick Ware tombstone
Colorado City Cemetery
Colorado City, Texas
Mitchell county.
(Image: "Find A Grave",
added by Beth on 5-15-2012)
Grave: just west of flagpole.
                                           






















Dick Ware ran out of the barber shop with two guns in his hands; he had the striped barber bib still around his neck.  Barnes had one foot in his saddle; he turned to fire at Ware.  Ware stopped and shot once, hitting Barnes squarely in the forehead.  According to Samuel Edward Loving, Barnes was shot right behind the ear, and the ball came out over his eye (The Cattleman, article by Clopton).  Ranger Ware shot Barnes with a Colt 44 while Barnes was running to his horse, according to Ranger Ira Aten at the Ranger Museum in Waco, Texas.  (Note: Leonard Dansby's Sept. 30, 1980 article in San Antonio News states that Barnes was killed with a .45 slug).  (Note: Sam Bass was killed by Henry Harrell (one source says George Harrell) with a Colt 45 single action # 29569.  This is the gun in the Texas Ranger museum).  Seaborn's body was identified by Jim Murphy; he was accompanied by Major Jones.  Barnes had three bullets in his right leg and one bullet in his left leg (sources differ as to how many bullets were in which leg).  Barnes is buried in the Round Rock cemetery, which is two and a half miles north of town; his tombstone now reads, "SEABORN BARNES Here lies Seaborn Barnes, a member of the Sam Bass gang.  Born in Cass county,Texas in 1849.  He was known as 'Seab' or 'Nubbins Colt'.  On Friday, July 19, 1878 at 4:15 pm he was shot through the head as he fled Koppell's store located next to Miller's Exchange Bank on Main street, Round Rock.  Following the killing of Deputy A.W. Grimes and the wounding of Deputy Maurice Moore the fatal shot was fired by Texas Ranger Richard C. Ware.  He was 'right bower' to Sam Bass". "Right bower" means "Sea Anchor".

Graves of Seaborn Barnes (left) & Sam Bass (right)
Round Rock Cemetery, Round Rock, Texas


Seaborn Barnes' tombstone
Entrance to Round Rock Cemetery
Round Rock, Texas
                                             
(Note: His original tombstone was made of sandstone; Seaborn Barnes and Sam Bass have had their tombstones replaced several times due to people chipping the other ones away).  An article in the San Antonio News in 1980 states that, "Barnes was totally loyal and devoted to his leader Sam Bass...."  Pearl (Griffin) Digby said of Seaborn, "The family was ashamed of him" and Mack Flanagan Digby said, "He was mean as a snake.  The Bass gang stopped at William Seaborn Digby's farm on the way to Round Rock to water their horses.  Will Digby knew the gang wouldn't hurt them since they were Seaborn's relatives."  


Reproduction of "Wanted" poster.
Source: McMinnie's Posters
Reproduction of "Wanted " poster.
Source: McMinnie's Posters














Major John B. Jones correspondence regarding Sam Bass Gang:
(Copies of the telegraphs came from the Texas State Archives in Austin, Texas)





Major John B. Jones




Major John B. Jones was the commander of the Frontier Battalion of Texas Rangers from 1874 to 1880.  It was his task to clean up Texas at its worst, just after the carpetbaggers had withdrawn.  The above image of him is from an article titled "Sam Bass Texas" by Walter Prescott Webb.  Dallas Morning News, January 2, 1927.  DRT Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas.













   


Sources:
1.  Tarrant county, Texas Deeds: Book S, page 639
2.  Tarrant county, Texas Deeds: Book C, page 508.
3.  1846 Tax Rolls of Texas (Cass county only) Cass county Genealogical Society. Gen 976.4 Cass C 1977-79. v. 4-6. Vol. 4  No. 1 1977. (Lists John S. Barnes as present in 1846). 
4.  Cass county Genealogical Society. Gen. 976.4 Cass C  1977-79. v.4-6. Vol. 5 No.2  1978  p. 38-39.
5.  Pauline (Barnes) Prescott, Fort Worth, Texas (don't consult; doesn't like to discuss the Barnes family).
6.  Cass county Genealogical Society. Vols. 1-3. June 1974. page 13. Book 1, page 180.
7.  Tarrant county, Texas Deeds: Vol. F, page 516.
8.  1880 Tarrant county, Texas census (Berry Henderson Barnes family: 30; E.D. 91; sheet 5; line 27).
9.  Cass county Genealogical Society. Vols. 1-3. Vol II. no 1  1975.  Oct/ Nov. 1955 page 23.  (The original source is an old Linden newspaper).  For 1889 Delinquent Tax List for Cass county, J.S. Barnes.
10. Cass county, Texas - Records of 1890.  Gen. 976.4  Cass C  compiled by Cass county Genealogical Society.  1990. page 137.
11. Census Records:
     a.  1850 Cass county, Texas census (Hickory Hill, now called Avinger), page 727.
     b.  1880 Tarrant county, Texas census (James & Martha Beall).
     c.  1850 Attala county, Mississippi census.
     Note: No census after the 1850 Cass county, Texas shows the John S. Barns family.  They could have been in the 1860 Tarrant county, Texas census, but it was burned.  (I need to check alternate spellings of the Barns name on the census).
12. Jean Jones (Barnes researcher): auntjean@rapidramp.com - Family Talk.  Thelma Jean Jones (great grandaughter of Lily Barnes).
13. Barnes mailing  list: MAISER@rmgate.pop.indiana.edu  SUB BARNES (Place on first line of message and send).
14. Internet links that may prove helpful:
     Genealogy Online
     WWW Genealogy Databases
     Surnames: WWW surname archive
     National Queries Forum
     Rand Genealogy Club
     Roots Surname List Name Finder
     Roots Location List Name Finder
     Roots - L
15. Jean Jones e-mail:  DNNM42A@prodigy.com
16. Cecilie Gaziano (major source of information on Barnes families).
17. A Sketch of Sam Bass, The Bandit by Charles L. Martin.  Dallas: Herald Steam Printing House, 1880.  Reprinted in 1956 by the University of Oklahoma Press (Charles L. Martin was a Dallas newspaperman).
18. Sam Bass by Wayne Gard.  1936, reprinted by the University of Nebraska Press.  Lincoln, 1964.
19. Charline Morris (Mrs. Alonzo Morris).  Information regarding Barnes Lake in Cass county, Texas.  She gave me the following sources:
     a.  Mr. Harlan B. Pitchford
     b.  Lilly Barnes (used to live at Barnes Lake; in her 70s in 1997).
     c.  Maude Marie (Simpson) Salmon (wife of Jack Salmon, dec'd).  She owns Barnes Lake.
     d.  Fred McKenzie: Wrote book on Avinger, Texas.
20. The Texas Rangers by Walter Prescott Webb. Publisher: University of Texas Press. Copyright: 1965.
21. San Antonio News article on September 30, 1980 by Leonard Dansby (about Seaborn Barnes).
22. Frontier Times, Vol. 2.  October, 1924. No. 1 (Published monthly at Bandera, Texas by J. Marvin Hunter). p. 11 - The Complete Version of the Sam Bass song.
23. The Cattlemen: Article, "Texas Branding of Sam Bass" by Mildred Cooke Clopton. 1953.  pgs. 31, 47-49 (DRT Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas).
24. The Authentic History of Sam Bass and His Gang by a citizen of Denton county.  Frontier Times, 1932. pages 170-175.  (DRT Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Tx).
25. The Tenderfoot Bandits Sam Bass and Joel Collins, Their Lives and Hard Times, by Paula Reed and Grover Ted Tate, 1987. Vol. 51. Great West & Indian Series.
26. The Dallas Morning News, July 26, 1936.  Article, "Account of Sam Bass is Exciting and Authentic" by Walter Prescott Webb (DRT Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas).
27. The Sun, July 25, 1878 article "The Tragedy in Round Rock" (DRT Library in the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas).
28. The Houston Post, Sunday, September 26, 1965 article, "Sam Bass: Walter Prescott Webb's Story of Texas' Beloved".  (DRT Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas).
29. The Dallas Morning News, January 2, 1927 article, "Sam Bass, Texas" by Walter Prescott Webb (DRT Libary at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas).
30. Article, "The Story of Sam Bass" by Charles Lee Martin (DRT Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas).
31. American-Statesman, Sunday, August 14, 1927.  Article, "Death of Sam Bass Retold by Spectator" by Ted Thompson.  (DRT Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Tx).
32. A Sketch of Sam Bass, The Bandit by Charles L. Martin.  University of Oklahoma Press.  The Western Frontier Library.
33. Round Rock, USA !!! Project of the Round Rock Kiwanis Club, 1972.
34. Williamson County, Texas: Its History and It's People.  Williamson county sesquicentennial Genealogical Society.  Article, "I Saw the Shooting of Sam Bass" by J.B. Warden (submitted by Mrs. Clara Warden Pafford).
35. Initial sources in Cecilie Gaziano research:
     a.  1850 Cass county, Texas census (John and Martha Barns).
     b.  Yalobusha county, Mississippi Tax List 1834-35; 1836 and 1841 (for John and Martha Barns group).
     c.  Cooke county, Texas Tax Roll, 1878 (James & Martha Beall).
     d.  Texas General Land Office, File 848.
     e.  Tarrant county, Texas Deeds (Vol. F, p. 516, 1876; Book C, p. 508, 1877) (John & Martha Barns).
     f.  Personal papers/ notes of Aileen Beall Whaley (deceased) of Sweetwater, Texas (James & Martha Beall).
     g.  Texas death certificate # 71559 (James & Martha Beall).
     h.  1880 Tarrant county, Texas census (James & Martha Beall).
     i.  March, 1876 Denton county, Texas guardianship file (James & Martha Beall).
36. Yalobusha county, Mississippi Tax List for 1834 and 1835.
37.  Yalobusha county, Mississippi Marriage Records 1846 - 1870 by Frances L. Turnage.  Water Valley, Mississippi: comp. 1958. (Note: Book A has been lost for many years; only the index remains.  Fort Worth library has a hand copied index with the Barns marriage date. page 6) (John and Martha Barns).
38.  Yalobusha county Historical Society Files & Records, vol. 1, page 7.
39.  Article, "Comments on the Early History of Water Valley" North Mississippi Herald, author unknown, August 4, 1938, Yalobusha Pioneer, vol. 17, # 4, Winter, 1992. (page 15).
40.  Mack Digby, June, 1980.
41.  Vera (Barnett) Digby, 1980.
42.  Pearl (Griffin) Digby, May 11, 1980.
43.  Mrs. Elmira Tennessee (Barnes) Digby Confederate Pension Application, Texas State Archives, Austin, Texas.
44.  The Donahoe Community and Donahoe, Texas - A Ghost Town by Mr. E.A. Limer Jr.
45.  1880 Texas Soundex (D-210 micro-copy T-773, Roll # 18.  D200-0450).  Fort Worth, Texas library.
46.  The Texas Ranger Museum, Waco, Texas - 1995.  (Note: Ranger Ira Aten identified Ranger Dick Ware's gun as a Colt 44; this was the gun that killed Seaborn Barnes in Round Rock, Texas.  The gun is not located at this museum; the type of gun was identified.  The Colt 45 that killed Sam Bass is at the museum).
47.  Random search of the Fort Worth Democrat newspaper 1873-1890 at the Fort Worth library (on microfilm; difficult to read).
48.  Marcelle Hull, UTA Libraries, Special Collections (possibly has information on Seaborn Barnes).
49.  Frontier Times, 1933 (A letter from S.W. Digby about John Barnes involvement in the Mexican War).
50.  A book written by Wayne Gard in 1878.
51.  Letter from Rick Miller to Billy Blair dated December 20, 1996 requesting help for the definitive new book he's writing on the Sam Bass gang.
52.  Letter dated May 22, 1995 from Dan Agler, Collections Manager for the Moody, Texas Ranger Library at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco, Texas.
53.  Down in the Cross Timbers by Worth S. Ray.
54.  Encyclopedia of Western Lawmen and Outlaws by Jay Robert Nash (Copyright: 1994).
55.  Six Years with the Texas Rangers by J.B. Gillett (Note: J.B. Gillett was a Texas Ranger who was an eye witness to the shoot-out in Round Rock between the Rangers and the Sam Bass gang).
56.  An Illustrated History of Denton county, Texas (From Peters Colony to Metroplex) by E. Dale Odom, 1996.
57.  Pictorial History of the Wild West by James D. Horan and Paul Sann.  Bonanza Books, New York.
58.  1968 Footprints, page 77.  Patent volume 543, No. 38.  Abstract # 98/3. (B.H. Barnes land).
59.  1968 Footprints, page 77.  Patent volume #179, No. 27.  Abstract # 163/3.  (Josiah D. Beall land).
60.  Jeannine (Digby) Blair conversation on April 21, 2012 with Billy Blair (regarding Seaborn Barnes being called "Red" because he had red hair....).
61.  The Handbook of Texas - article on Texas Ranger Richard Clayton Ware (Dick Ware, who killed Seaborn Barnes).  (See citation in note below).
62.  "Find A Grave" website for Richard Clayton Ware.
63.  Pat Digby, September, 2006. (Story about Tinnie Barnes' family protecting Seaborn Barnes when the sheriff arrived).

Notes:
1.  There is an estate settlement for a John S. Barns in Tarrant county on April 26, 1852, but probably is the wrong Barns  (Billy Blair has a copy of the settlement).
2.  Problem: Confusion with other "John Barnes" or "John S. Barns" in Cass county and Tarrant county.
3.  John S. Barnes in Cass county, Texas who bought land for the International Railroad Company.  Could this one be ours?  On January 15, 1874, there was a deed of trust between John S. Barnes et. al. to the International RR Company (C611).
4.  The "Barneses" were one of seven families living in Handley, Tarrant county, Texas.  This is the same time that the railroad came through Handley.  The "Barneses" lived on Village Creek.  1876.  (Which Barnes was this?).
5.  How to get access to John S. Barnes' Mexican War record?
6.  Yalobusha county, Mississippi has two county seats: one in Water Valley and one in Coffeeville.  Our Barnes records are in Coffeeville; the other courthouse burned.  Some of the Creek Indians went to Water Valley, Mississippi about 1820 or so.  They were from South Central Georgia.
7.  Possible early migration patterns for the Barnes family:
     a.  From NC to SC to GA to ALA.
     b.  From NC and SC to TN to ALA.
8.  Cecilie Gaziano believes that William Barnes is John S. Barnes' father (not proven).
9.  How to get copies of John S. Barns land grants at the Texas land office?
10. Railroad records; books; wanted posters for John S. Barns or Seaborn Barnes.
11. Check Arlington, Texas cemetery records.
12. Check Rose Hill cemetery in Fort Worth, Texas.
13. Polly C. Barnes is listed as John S. Barnes' wife in settlement of John S. Barnes estate in 1852.  Could this have been a second wife of our John S. Barnes?
14. Cass county, Texas was renamed Davis county during the Civil War.
15. Read sheet on "Early Land Laws" in my Barnes file.
17. Migration pattern for Barnes:
     Before 1841: Yalobusha county, Mississippi.
     1841-1843: Move to Texas.
     1843-1866: Cass county, Texas.
     1866-1870's: Martha (Cannon) Barnes moves family to Handley, Tarrant county, Texas.
18. Originally, "Barnes" was "O' Barnes" in Ireland.
19. The "Cannons" lived in the northern part of the Yalobusha county, Mississippi.
20. Check the Denton county Historical Museum, especially for information on potters in Denton county.
21. Fort Tumbleweed - Gateway to the Old West.  Located 20 miles NW of Austin, Texas near Liberty Hill.  http://www.forttumbleweed.com   (Source of image of Round Rock, Texas bank which the Sam Bass gang planned to rob).
22.  There is a Tennessee Barnes (1848 - 1930) in Lincoln county, Missouri (with a picture).  Any relation?
23.  Richard Clayton Ware (Dick War) article in The Handbook of Texas:
(H. Allen Anderson, "WARE, RICHARD CLAYTON,"  Handbook of Texas
Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fwabf).  accessed April 22, 2014.  Uploaded on June 15, 2010.  Published by the Texas State Historical Association).
"Ware, Richard Clayton (1851 - 1902).  Richard Clayton Ware, Texas Ranger, sheriff, and United States marshall, the oldest son of Benjamin F. and Mary Jane (Price) Ware, was born on November 11, 1851, on the family plantation near Rome, Georgia.  In 1870 he came with his family to Texas and settled near Dallas.  Ware joined the Frontier Battalion on April 1, 1876 and was assigned to Company E under Lt. B.S. Foster.  He continued to serve in that company under lieutenants Nelson O. Reynolds and C.L. Nievill.  In July, 1878 Ware was among the rangers sent to accompany Maj. John B. Jones to Round Rock to intercept Sam Bass and his gang.  Ware was in a barbershop being shaved when the outlaws entered the town and killed Deputy Sheriff A.W. "High" Grimes.  He rushed from the shop only partially shaved and fired his gun at the fleeing outlaws.  One shot killed Seaborn Barnes, and another, it is thought was the bullet that fatally wounded Sam Bass.  Although Lieutenant Nevill's official report, based on the coroner's verdict, credited George Herold (or Harrell) with the fatal shot, several eyewitnesses, including fellow ranger Chris Connor, attributed it to Ware.  Even the dying Bass declared that the man who felled him had lather on his face.  The controversy over who really killed Sam Bass was never entirely resolved.  In 1880 Ware was transferred to Company B of the Frontier Battalion under Capt. Ira Long and sent with them to Hackberry Springs in Mithcell county.  Ware resigned from the company in 1861 to become the county's first sheriff.  He had won that job by a single vote, and not long afterward his opponent was killed by Ranger Jeff Milton while resisting arrest.  Ware was re-elected until November 11, 1892, when his deputy defeated him.  President Grover Cleveland appointed Ware U.S. Marshall for the Western District of Texas on May 11, 1893.  He held that office at Colorado City headquarters until January 26, 1898, when the McKinley administration replaced him.  Ware was a Mason, an Oddfellow, and a lifelong bachelor.  He moved to Corpus Christi for his health and later to a Fort Worth hospital in 1902.  He developed heart trouble, which resulted in his death on July 2, 1902.  He was buried in Colorado City.  
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Corpus Christi Caller, July 4, 1902.  H. Gordon Frost and John H. Jenkins,  'I'm Frank Hamer': The Life of a Texas Peace Officer (Austin: Pemberton Press, 1968).  J. Evetts Haley, Jeff Milton (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1948).  Robert W. Stephens, Texas Ranger Sketches (Dallas, 1972).  Thomas Thompson, The Ware Boys: The Story of a Texas Family Bank (Canyon, Texas: Staked Plains, 1978).  Walter Prescott Webb, The Texas Rangers (Boston: Houghton Miffin, 1935, rpt. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1982).  H. Allen Anderson"