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)..
|S.G. Leatherman Family|
(low mid-page; Ancestry.com)
|S.G. Leatherman Family|
8-30-1870-Bell Co., Tx. Census
(middle of page; Source: Ancestry.com)
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:
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.
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
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
|William Jasper Johnson|
Source of Image: Mary V. (Johnson) Edgar.
Added to "Find A Grave" website on
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")
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.
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: email@example.com
27. Mildred Edwards: firstname.lastname@example.org
28. Sue Meadows: email@example.com (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: firstname.lastname@example.org (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 (email@example.com); "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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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)).
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