Kinsearching October 28, 2012




Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     The selected excerpts below can be found on page 8 of the 27 April 1906 issue of the newspaper, Dallas Semi-Weekly Farm News. (In the items, surnames are capitalized for emphasis and sometimes punctuation may be added for clarity.)

     Brenham, April 24 – “News has been brought to the city of the drowning of Tarver WILKINS at Mackey’s Lake, eleven miles from Brenham, this afternoon. Wilkins was secretary of the city of Brenham and was serving his first term in that capacity. He went to the lake this morning in company with a party of friends for a day’s sport, and it was while moving from one part of the lake to another in a boat that the accident...occurred.” Although they were able to bring him to the surface, he was already dead. “It is believed that he was knocked from the boat by the limb under which it passed....Wilkins comes from a prominent family.”

     Dallas, April 24 – “The annual meeting of the members of the Interior Texas Compress Association is being held at the Oriental Hotel in this city.” The short article also states: “About eighty members from different parts of the State are in attendance and the meeting is presided over by J. A. HOOPER of Austin....”

     Dallas, April 25 – William H. TENISON, who was “aged 54 years, died yesterday morning at the corner of Hall and Bryan streets. The funeral will be held this morning at 10:30 o’clock from the residence of J. B. LOUCKX, 446 Fairmount Street, and interment will be made in Oakland Cemetery.

     Mr. Tenison is survived by a wife, three brothers and two sisters. His brothers are E. O. TENISON, A. P. TENISON, and J. R. TENISON, and his sisters are Mrs. J. B. LOUCKX and Mrs. Josephine TERRELL. The deceased has been engaged in the saddlery business for thirty years, conducting a business in Weatherford for a time and later locating at Ardmore, I. T., where he had lived for the last ten years.”
     (Editor’s note: I. T. means “Indian Territory,” now Oklahoma.)

     Dallas, April 26 – “There was filed for probate yesterday in the County Clerk’s office the last will and testament of the late Mrs. Mabel Day LEA. The instrument was written on Oct. 14, 1906, and was witnessed at Leaday, Comanche County, by D. S. and Dora B. HARRIS. It is estimated that the value of the property named in the will aggregates not less than $350,000. Mrs. Mabel Day Lea PADGITT of this city is made sole executrix, without bond and without review of any court.

     Mrs. PADGITT is made sole beneficiary. Should she die without heir, the will states that the estate shall go to the Leaday Christian Settlement, except the separate property in New Mexico of the testator, and excepting from this the 220-acre Will Day filing, which will go to the sisters of the testator, Mrs. E. C. DONIPHAN and Mrs. Hattie MCKINNEY, who are to have three-fourths and one-fourth each, and excepting J. C. LEA’s estate in Roswell, which will go to the Roswell Military Institute for the erection of a chapel, to be known as the Joseph C. Lea Chapel. Three-fourths of all the rest of the estate shall then be given to the Christian Settlement....”
     (Editor’s note: A biographical sketch of Mabel Doss Lea and a brief history of the town of Leaday, Texas, can be found in THE NEW HANDBOOK OF TEXAS, VOLUME 4 (Austin: The Texas State Historical Association, 1996), pp. 125-126 and 127 or on the website at


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