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Barber, George

Bennett, Jeff Davis

Blue, Moses

Boone Family

Bowden Family

Clarke, Mary Whatley

Collins, Hal H.

Corbin, Ella Ann (Keller)

Cox, Bates

Crawford, Albert

Creighton, Thomas William

Crouch Family

Daves, James Lovin

Draper, Asa Lee

Ficke Family

Fowler, Jonathan & Thirzzie

Heath, Richard Spencer

Hill, Ferdinand Hammond

Kay, Nina Belle

Keller, Casper Culwell

Kidwell, Addie B.

Lebleu, Arsene

Logsdon, Bill

Luttrell, John Martin

McBrayer, CC

Miller, Anna

Mills, Willis


Perry, Dunman, Jr.

Pollard, Thomas

Ramsey, Clarke

Richards, Mary Elizabeth

Slaughter, George Morgan

Smith, George Sandefer

Smith, S.A.

Spencer, William A


Terrell, Alexander Watkins

Veale, Jesse

Wells, David B

Whatley, R. A.

Wilson, James Clifton

Young, Jacob Riley


Jacob Riley Young served in the Confederate forces during the War between the States. He served for a short time and then came home for illness purposes.  Then, he served again for the Confederacy.  He drew a Confederate pension benefit from Texas.  He is buried in Bosley Cemetery.  --Submitted by Maisie Louellen McBrayer Pledger,


C. C. McBrayer, was a Methodist minister at one time in Mineral Wells.  He is buried in the cemetery in Mineral Wells.  --Submitted by Maisie Louellen McBrayer Pledger ,


Richard 'Spencer' Heath (1891-1957) born 23 March 1891 in Mineral Wells, TX . He was the firstborn of Walter Lee Heath (1868-1925) and his wife Frances 'Fannie' Caroline Price (1874-1955) of Mineral Wells. Richard 'Spencer' Heath married in 1912 Bertha Elfrieda Dora Ziebell who had immigrated from Germany and was working as a Harvey Girl. They began their marriage in Mineral Wells.

They had five children: William Lee Heath (1914-1994), Daisy Grace Heath (1915-1985), Richard Spencer Heath Jr (1917-2000), Ruby Agnes Heath (1920-2001), Charley Stuart Heath (1923). They left Mineral Wells and lived in San Antonio, Morenci, AZ, Phoenix, AZ. and divorced 1924. Richard 'Spencer' Heath married 2nd Adabelle Coon (1897-1978) who was born in Kaufman, TX. Richard Spencer Heath is buried in Riverside County CA, San Jacinto Valley Cemetery. Donated by Cameron Heath.

Richard 'Spencer' Heath Richard Heath's gravestone
Richard 'Spencer' Heath
San Jacinto Valley Cemetery
Riverside County, CA



Nina Belle Kay was born in March 1877 in Palo Pinto, Texas. Nina Belle Kay's father was J. Thomas Kay and was born in South Carolina. Her mother's name was Macilla, and she was born in Mississippi. Nina Belle Kay married Thomas P. Gore who was born as "Governor Thomas Pryor Gore" on December 10, 1870 in Walthall, Sumner County, Mississippi. One of their children, Nina S. Gore, was born in Lawton, Comanche County , Oklahoma , in 1904. -- Information from Wiki Encyclopedia.


SLAUGHTER, GEORGE MORGAN (1862-1915). George Morgan Slaughter, eldest son of Cynthia Ann (Jowell) and Christopher Columbus Slaughter, qv was born on November 2, 1862, in a log cabin on his father's Palo Pinto ranch. The family moved to Dallas when he was eleven. After preparatory school in Dallas he graduated from a military school in North Carolina before starting work on his father's newly acquired West Texas ranches. He became the principal administrator of the cattle empire owned by his family in West Texas. In 1884 Slaughter became a director of the Running Water Land and Cattle Company, organized by his father, and lived in a dugout qv west of Plainview. He was made ranch manager in 1890 and married Alice Louise Donohoo in 1893. They had four children. After his father bought and leased a half million acres, including 250,000 acres in Cochran and Hockley counties, Slaughter assumed management of what became the Lazy S Ranch; he moved to Roswell, New Mexico, in 1900 for better control of the extended holdings. A large alfalfa farm near Roswell became the Slaughter Hereford Home, a model breeding farm, under his direction. Slaughter also established the American National Bank in Roswell and participate in the Panhandle Stockmen's Association, whose annual meeting he hosted at Roswell in 1906. He was a Mason and belonged to the Albuquerque Temple. Slaughter died on July 15, 1915, and was buried in Roswell.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: David J. Murrah, C. C. Slaughter: Rancher, Banker, Baptist (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1981). George Morgan Slaughter Collection, Southwest Collection, Texas Tech University.
David J. Murrah -- Information from The Handbook of Texas

More Information about George Morgan Slaughter


John Martin Luttrell  was born on 19 Apr 1853 in Fayetteville, Lincoln, TN, USA. He died on 12 Oct 1923 in Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto, TX, USA. He married Mary Elizabeth Richards on 22 Dec 1889 in Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto, TX, USA.

Mary Elizabeth Richards  was born in Mar 1864 in , , AL, USA. She married John Martin Luttrell on 22 Dec 1889 in Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto, TX, USA.

They had the following children:

U i Infant Luttrell died .
F ii Mary Thomas Luttrell was born in 1893. She died .
F iii Bertie Luttrell was born in 1895. She died .
M iv Wyeth W. Luttrell was born in 1896. He died .
M v Pruett S. Luttrell

Information from All Family Connections


1857 Star News Centennial Edition 1957
Section 3: Story on page 1

submitted by Bob Jessup

Albert Crawford Arrived In Palo Pinto County From Kentucky In 1855

Albert Crawford, a native of Breathwitt County, Kentucky, and his wife, Amelis Brawner Crawford, also of Kentucky, came to Palo Pinto County in 1855.  Mr. Crawford was born in 1826 and married in 1851.  The couple had one child, Breckenridge, who was born before they came to this county.

The next child, Joseph Lane Crawford, was born here in 1860 and he married Ollie Coarse; Catherine, married Mack Geddis; Brawner Baylor, married an Edwards; Richard Coke married Mece Couger; Archie never married; Millstredt (Millie) married Webb McAdams; Harry never married; Albert Raines, who was born in 1875, married December 1906, Violet Wilson, whose family came from Kentucky to Parker County in 1887 and to Palo Pinto County the next year.  The Albert Raines Crawfords had five children, none of whom live in this county.

James Lovin Daves

James Lovin Daves came to Palo Pinto, TX in 1856. He married Margeret Carter on Jan 3, 1858. They had 13 children. His mother was Rebbeca Daves. His siblings were sister, Jershua, and brothers, Green, Cullen, Jaspher, William, and Harrison.

Submitted by Chris Daves

Moses Henry C. Blue

Moses Henry C Blue born in 1846 and died in 1936 in Palo Pinto County. He enlisted in the Civil War in Palo Pinto and returned there to live after the war. He married Safronia Mayo, who was hit and killed by the first car in Gordon.

Moses' son, John Walter Blue, was the "oldest native man" at the Palo Pinto County Old Settlers Reunion in 1965. He and his wife were also the longest married couple the same year. John Walter and his wife are buried in the New Gordon Cemetery.

Submitted by: Alfred Grieshaber

Arsene Lebleu

Arsene LEBLEU, b 1828 in LA, died 1850, married Josephine BERTRAND. Arseneb is buried in CA. Josephine BERTRAND b. 1831 LA, d. 1906 buried in Santos Cemetery, Palo Pinto Co., TX.

Their Children were:
Jospeh Eugene LABLUE b. 1849 m. Rachel TEAGUE
Kathryn L. LABLUE b. 1857 m. William M. ELKINS
Arson/Arsen LABLUE b. 1859 m. Mollie MEEKS, Ellen DAUGHTERY, Nora HOLLER
Martin LABLUE m. Lucy DAVIS
Louis Leon LABLUE m. Sarah Jane COOK

Submitted by JoAnn

Casper Culwell KELLER

Casper Culwell Keller (b. Oct 18, 1867 in Quincy MO) traveled to Palo Pinto from Missouri with step father Andrew Frank Corbin and mother Ella Ann Phillips (Keller) Corbin in 1879. The 1880 Census (Jun 23, 1880) for Palo Pinto lists C C Keller at age 13 in the household of Andrew and Ella Corbin. Other families in the move from Missouri were Jerry and Josie Penix and family, and Green and Kate Clark and family. Ella, Josie and Kate were all (Phillips) sisters.

Casper C Keller married Katherine May PARRISH on January 30, 1892, perhaps in Palo Pinto. Their daughter, Neomi May KELLER, was born October 23, 1892, perhaps in Palo Pinto. Other children were a daughter Beulah, and son, Leroy.

Katherine PARRISH's family reportedly came from somewhere in Tennessee. She was born August 25, 1875, the daughter of William Calvin PARRISH and Lusindy (Eula?) WILLIAMS.

The KELLER family moved west to ranch in the Guadelupe Mountain region between Carlsbad and Pecos sometime after 1892.

Submitted by CC Pineo III

George Sandefer Smith

George Sandefer SMITH, born Aug 1 1872 and died July 30, 1933. He married Isabell PUTT (b 1890 d Dec 1947). They grew up in Santo, Texas. George Sandefer SMITH's parents were S.A. SMITH b Nov 1, 1842 d Nov 11, 1921 and Harriett E. (Hattie) RUSSELL SMITH. They are buried at Santo East Cemetery. They had 10 sons and 4 daughters. Known names are: George Sandefer SMITH, Arthur SMITH, Jim SMITH, Tom SMITH, Tony SMITH, May SMITH BRANUM, Tallie or Callie SMITH BAKER.

Isabell PUTT SMITH's parents were Oliver? and Amanda PUTT. Their children were Clyde H PUTT wife Ethel (Santo), John Putt (Mineral Wells),A.M. PUTT MARTIN, Lizzie PUTT GUESS (Arizonia), Doily PUTT GREENE, Sarah PUTT DENNING, Rebecca PUTT NEWBROUGH, and Isabell PUTT SMITH.

submitted by Carole Vaught

Jeff Davis Bennett

Jeff Davis BENNETT, born in Winfield, Tn on 9-29-1886. Died 5-10-1928 in Desdemona, Tx and buried in Gorman, Tx. He married Mattie Alice THOMAS, born in Comanche County, TX, on 3-5-1888.

submitted by Mark Barnes

William A Spencer

William A. SPENCER, alias Champ MEANS, in his application for a pension from the TEXAS RANGERS stated that he was a member of the PALO PINTO COUNTY RANGERS, 1873-1874.

W. C. McADAMS was the commanding officer. SPENCER/MEANS states that he served with Wash HULLUM, Joe SCHOOLCRAFT, William J. HALE, Jim OWENS, Matthew LAMBERTH, and Long Billy NICHOLS. He knew John POLLARD, Sam and Bill WARD, John (Bud) MATTHEWS, and Bill DOGGETT. He said that he worked on the Narborough (sp) Ranch, 15 or 20 miles from Cisco, Texas. He worked on the HITTSON Ranch. He was also in Throckmorton County at the Old Stone Ranch where he worked for Martin HOOVER. He also lived in Strawn, Eastland County. All of this took place around 1869-1876 before he went to Denton County and married. From there he moved to Grandbury, Hood County until 1884 when he returned to Palo PintoCounty. He lived there until 1889.

He was known as CHAMP MEANS from 1869 to 1876, but when he returned to Palo Pinto County he went by his real name, William A. SPENCER or Bill Spencer.

submitted by Shirley Spencer Wells

David B (DB) Wells

David B Wells was born on 21 Apr 1839 in Morgan Co, KY, and lived much of his life in Palo Pinto County, TX.He served in the Union Army, according to family history, in Civil War, probably from Illinois. He married, in 1869 in Coles Co., Illinois, Mary Alice MOORE who was born on 10 Nov 1854 in "Near" Columbus, Ohio. She died on 11 Sep 1936 in Albany, Shakleford, Texas.

The 1860 Coles Co., Illinois census lists both the WELLS and the MOORE families -- only WELLS is detailed here. David B. WELLS parents, William and Sarah PRATER WELLS, had 13 children, the last 7 are listed in this census with them. Their children were all born in Morgan Co., KY.

Elijah WELLS was born ca 1831
William WELLS Jr. was born ca 1832
John WELLS was born ca 1834
James WELLS was born ca 1836
Nancy J. WELLS was born ca 1838
DAVID Brooten WELLS born ca 1839 m. Mary Alice MOORE
Elisha WELLS was born ca 1842
Benjamin WELLS was born ca 1843
Rebecca A. WELLS was born ca 1845
Mary E. WELLS was born ca 1846
George A. WELLS was born ca 1848
Daniel T. WELLS was born ca 1849
Sarah E. WELLS was born ca 1851

David and Mary Alice appeared on the census in 1870 in Coles Co., Illinois. They first appear in Texas 1880 Census in Iredell, Bosque County, with 3 children all born in Illinois.

By 1900, the family is in Palo Pinto County, the Mingus area. The home they lived in was on "The Back Road to Thurber" -- as written about by Leo Bielinski whose grandfather lived in the home right behind DB and Mary Alice.

DB and Mary Alice WELLS children:

1) Fred WELLS was born about 1869 in Coles Co, IL. This Child's mother may not be Mary Alice (Moore) WELLS. He is listed in 1880 Palo Pinto Co, TX Census with family and shown to have been born in
ILLinois. He was NOT included in the family history, but he was included in DB's Will.

2) Charles WELLS died in 1871. He was b. 21 Jul 1871 in Prob Coles Co, ILL.

3) Albert B. WELLS was b. ca 1872 in Coles Co, IL. In DB's estate, but not in family records. However, David B's will also leaves property to AB Wells, with no mention of any child named "John".

4) Willie WELLS was born on 21 Nov 1872 in Prob Coles Co, ILL. He died on 21 Nov 1872 in Prob Coles Co, ILL.

5) John Albert WELLS was born on 1 Dec 1873 in Coles Co, IL. He died on 14 Aug 1883 in TX. It is
possible that he is the same person as Albert B. Wells also listed here as a child. However, I believe him to be a different child, since the 1880 census shows Albert B. and not John A. Wells. David B's will also leaves property to AB Wells, with no mention of any child named "John".

6) Jennie WELLS was born in Nov 1876 in Coles Co, IL. She married Frank BUPP, b. ca 1876 TX. Family photos of this family were taken in Studer, TX. One photo of a Max Bupp is labeled "son of Dorace Bupp."

7) David Herbert "Herb" WELLS was born in May 1882 in Iredell, Bosque, Texas. Known to have been in Oklahoma in 1940's, and believed to have had two sons. Herb WELLS may have owned a cafe in Mineral
Wells, Palo Pinto County. "In the meantime [ca 1920s], cafe owner HERBERT WELLS had concluded that he could do better as a house painter, as there was no painter in town. He became a good one. Dad's home stayed white for twenty or thirty years after Herb painted it. After completing a round of painting in Mingus and Strawn, Herb found himself out of work and moved to Oklahoma City." Taken from THURBER TEXAS story.

8) MARY ALICE (Allie) WELLS b. 6 Aug 1885 in Mingus, Palo Pinto, TX. She was married 1905 in Dallas, TX to WILLIAM R. WILSON, Sr.

9) Frances Mae WELLS was born on 10 Apr 1891 in Iredell, Bosque, Texas. She died about Jan 1989 in Albany, Shakleford, Texas. She was a teacher. She was named after her grandmother Frances Kepler Moore. She never married.

10)Walter Edwin WELLS was born on 14 Nov 1892 in Iredell, Bosque, Texas. He died on 10 Jun 1914 in Roswell, Chaves Co., NM. Died while visiting his sister Allie. Apparently, he was accidently electrocuted
while working on a telephone pole. He also never married.



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