John Erwin English

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JOHN ERWIN ENGLISH

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      JOHN ERWIN ENGLISH, fourth child of Thomas and Sarah Coulson English, was born  January 22, 1825 in Lincoln County, Tennessee.  He married MARGARET FLEMING on September 10, 1852.  Margaret was born on February 11, 1835 in Lincoln County, Tennessee..   John and Margaret Fleming English left for Shelby County, Texas in a covered wagon pulled by oxen.  Their wagon was filled with food, clothing and small amount of furniture, such as a chair, machine , table and bed rolls.   They kept a bucket filled with fire as there was no matched to build a fire to cook their food and keep them warm.   When it rained, they slept in the covered wagon.  during the day they killed deer, rabbits and wild animals such as squirrels and hogs.  Their water was kept in a barrel which they would refill when they came to a creek or river.  When John and Margaret came to the river, they had to let the oxen swim, pulling the wagon which floated.   They floated to the west bank until they landed.  Trees were cut to make roads and trails for easier traveling.  One road was later known as the Old San Antonio Road, going from Nacogdoches through Weches, Crockett and on west to San Antonio.  The family turned off to Pine Prairie where they build a log cabin.  They cleared land for gardens and fields in which to raise vegetables, fruit, cane and peanuts.  They raised cattle for milk, steak, hides for clothing and blankets.  They raised a large family.  When one would marry, they would build near their parents and raise their own family.  Soon it was like a community.  Everyone worked hard, The men worked in the fields, hunted, fished and helped their wives and children.  The women and girls cooked, kept the house clean, washed the clothes and tended to the children.   Soon schools were built out of logs, with mud and straw to fix the cracks to keep the rain and cold wind out.   Fireplaces were built and big logs burned in them to keep the children warm.   Uncle Hugh was one of the first teachers.  He also taught the mother how to keep their children.                             

Roads and bridges were made to cross the rivers.  Soon stores where you could buy food, clothing and whatever one needed, were built.  The women and girls wee busy making cloth which they made in dresses, blankets, quilts, their husbands' clothes and children's' clothing.  Times were hard, winters were cold, and there were few doctors and many people died-- especially young babies.  Everyone worked hard and finally things improved so that there were better homes, school houses, churches and farms.   The Bible and blue-backed speller were the main books brought from the homeland, along with the McGuffie Reader. 

The children of John and Margaret Fleming English:

Index The Children Date of Birth/Notes
1. Louisa English 12/02/1854
2. Jonas D. English 12/03/1856
3. Sarah Elizabeth "Betsy" English 07/11/1859
4. Henry Wilburn English 11/14/1861
5. John Thomas "Pompey" English 11/22/1863
6. Mary Jane English 03/11/1866
7. Lucinda English 1868-1871
8. Hugh Pennington English 07/29/1872
9. James Nathan English 08/30/1875
10 William English 08/11/1880

The children of John and Margaret Fleming English:

1.  LOUISA ENGLISH, first child of John E. and Margaret Fleming English, was born December 2, 1854.  She married SAM WESTERMAN.

2.  JONAS D. ENGLISH, second child of John E. and Margaret Fleming English, was born December 3, 1856.  He married LOU HAGER.

3.  SARAH ELIZABETH ENGLISH, third child of John E. and Margaret Fleming English, was born July 11, 1859.  She married RUBEN H. "RUBE" WESTBROOK.

4. HENRY WILBURN ENGLISH, fourth child of John E. and Margaret Fleming English, was born November 14, 1861.  He married first R. MACK WILBURN on May 12, 1879 in Trinity County, Texas. He married second time LOU AUGUSTA TAYLOR on January 9, 1885 in Trinity County, Texas,  Wilburn earned his living as a farmer and store owner.  Lou was born May 11, 1868 and died November 16, 1944.  Wilburn died on December 30, 1949.

The children of Wilburn and R. Mack English:

Index The Children Date of Birth/Notes
a. Woodie R. English 01/28/1880

a.  WOODIE R. ENGLISH, child of Wilburn and Mack English, was born January 28, 1880  He married ROXIE SIMMONS.

The children of Woodie and Roxie English:

Index The Children Date of Birth/Notes
1) Clell English 05/20/1902 married Naoma Hager
2) Claude English 04/09/1904 married Virgie Dowdy
3) Hoyt C. English 1910 married Marie Hill, Killed in Kennard, Texas

 

The children of Wilburn and Lou English:

Index The Children Date of Birth/Notes
b. Arthur Benjamin English 05/15/1886
c. Julia A. English 10/08/1888
d. Edna English  
e. Eva M. English 10/15/1893
f. James Clyde English 09/16/1898
g. Lela English 09/30/1901
h. Clarence English 12/22/1904

b.  ARTHUR BENJAMIN ENGLISH, first child of Wilburn and Lou English, was born May 15, 1886.  He married first MARIBEL IVIE on December 1, 1907.  She was born in 1888.  To this union no children were born. She died in 1909.  He married second time to LENA ADDIE WALKER on August 15, 1909.  Arthur farmed and raised cattle for a living.  In 1938 he was elected County Commissioner and moved to Kennard.   During his tenure, he voted to build a new courthouse for Houston County, Crockett, Texas.   Arthur died on June 16, 1970.  Both are buried in Ivie Cemetery, Houston County, Texas.

The children of Arthur and Addie English:

Index The Children Date of Birth/Notes
1) Roscoe Collier English 07/30/1911
2) Vera Myrtle English 10/27/1914
3) George Reagan English 12/03/1917
4) Arthur Benjamin English II  
5) Max Garner English 10/06/1932

 

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JOHN THOMAS ENGLISH AND SARAH ISADORA POMPHAM ENGLISH

5.  JOHN THOMAS "POMPEY" ENGLISH, third child of John Erwin and Margaret Fleming English, was born about November 22, 1863.   He married SARAH ISADORA POMPHAM.  She was born on February 9, 1865.  John Thomas died in 1937.  Isadora died November 25, 1957.  Both are buried at Ivie Cemetery, Houston County, Texas.   

The children of John Thomas and Dora Pompham English:

Index The Children Date of Birth/Notes
a. Minnie Maude English 08/08/1889
b. Walter Coleman English 12/28/1891
c. Dudley Marshall English 12/06/1894
e. Dona Etta English 10/25/1896
f. Willie Estelle "Billie" English 11/21/1900
g. Reba Lillis English 11/15/1904

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BACK - BILLYE ENGLISH HOLDREN, WILL "BILL" BARCLAY, REBA ENGLISH STOLEBARGER, DR. DUDLEY ENGLISH

FRONT - WALTER C. ENGLISH, ISADORA ENGLISH, MINNIE ENGLISH STEED

a.  MINNIE ENGLISH, first child of John Thomas and Sarah Isadora English, was born August 8, 1889.    She married CHARLES LOVELACE STEED on February 8, 1908.   He was born August 16, 1887. Charles died on August 11, 1974.  Minnie died November 4, 1978. Both are buried in Antioch Cemetery, Ratcliff, Texas.

The children of Charles Lovelace and Minnie English Steed:

Index The Children Date of Birth/Notes
1) Cloyce C. Steed Married Lillian Moore
2) Mozelle Steed Married John Thomas Warren
3) Margaret Steed Married Manford Williams
4) Marcus Steed Married Hazel Johnson
5) Mack Steed Married Mildred McKinney
6) Ray Steed Married Ruth Weeks
7) Dona Sue Steed Married Billy Rex Rudd
8) Jarvis Lacy Steed Married Theresa Bobbitt

b. WALTER COLEMAN ENGLISH, second child of John Thomas and Dora English, was born December 28, 1891. He married HELEN MCKENZIE.  Walter    English died November 5, 1959 and he and his wife Helen are buried in Beaumont, Texas.

The children of Walter and Helen McKenzie English:

Index The Children Date of Birth/Notes
1) Walter Coleman English, Jr.  
2) Eleanor English 01/18/1922 Married Arthur Coleman Stimson
3) Helen English 01/14/1927 Married Conrad Bering, Jr.

c. DUDLEY MARSHALL ENGLISH, third child of John Thomas and Dora English, was born December 6, 1894.  He married LOUIE BURGIN. Dudley English lived and practiced medicine in Beaumont, Texas until he retired in 1979 and moved to Camp Waldemar in Hunt, Texas, with his daughter Marsha Gale. Marsha Gale owns and operates Camp Waldemar.  He continued to his practice until his death.  He died June, 1986. Both Dudley and Louie English are buried in Beaumont, Texas.

The children of Dudley and Louie Burgin English:

Index The Children Date of Birth/Notes
1) Marsha Gale English 03/04/1938 Married Dale Barnhill Elmore
2) Linda English 08/28/1941 Married John Pipkin

d. DONA ETTA ENGLISH, fourth child of John Thomas and Dora English was born October 25, 1896.   She married WILLIAM BOWER BARCLAY.    To this union WILLIAM BOWER BARCLAY, JR. was born May 18, 1921.   Dona died  June 18, 1921.  Bill Barclay never married and was raised by his grandparents Pompey and Dora English.

e. WILLIE ESTELLE "BILLIE" ENGLISH, fifth child of John Thomas and Dora English was born November 21, 1900.  She married HARRY M. HOLDREN.  Both Billie and Harry are buried in Beaumont, Texas. No children were born to this union.

f. REBA LILLIS ENGLISH, fifth child of John Thomas and Dora English was born November 15, 1904 . She married LAWRENCE STOLEBARGER on June 10, 1929 in Shelby County, Texas.   Lawrence Stolebarger died October 10, 1983.  Reba English Stolebarger died July 14, 1994.  Both are buried at Fairview Cemetery, Center, Shelby County, Texas.  To this union REBA JUNE STOLEBARGER was born August 3, 1930 in Center, Texas.

JUNE STOLEBARGER was a 1947 graduate of Center High School.

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JUNE, LAWRENCE AND REBA STOLEBARGER

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6. MARY JANE ENGLISH, sixth child of John E. and Margaret Fleming English, was born March 11, 1866.  She married first ALBERT TERRY and second time RULF THAMES.

7. LUCINDA ENGLISH, seventh child of John E. and Margaret Fleming English, was born in 1868.  She died at the age of three in 1871.

8. HUGH PENNINGTON ENGLISH, eight child of John E. and Margaret English, was born July 29, 1872 in Trinity County, Texas. He married first OTTIS STOREY KENNEDY on December 23, 1896.  She was born January 5, 1880 and died February 15, 1914.  Hugh and Ottis English came to Kennard, Texas shortly after the the town was founded in 1903.   They built a house on FM 357 which is still standing today.  Hugh became the Postmaster of Kennard on May 7, 1906.  He served until his retirement on July 30, 1942.  The Hugh Pennington English family was very active in the Baptist Church of Kennard.  After the death of Ottis English, he married second time MAUDE DYKES.   Maude was born January 1, 1891.  After Hugh retirement as Postmaster in 1942, he was succeeded by his wife, Maude, who served until March 30, 1949. 

The children of Hugh Pennington and Ottis Story Kennedy English:

Index The Children Date of Birth/Notes
1. George Dewey English 01/05/1899-Died 05/07/1948 Antioch Cemetery.
2a. Earl P. English 11/27/1901 Twin
2b. Erma English 11/27/1901 Twin-Married Winifred English.
3. William O'Connor English 10/07/1903-Died 11/16/1932-Never married
4. Hulamae English 06/25/1906-Married "Sissy" Manning

The children of Hugh Pennington and Maude Dykes English

Index The Children Date of Birth/Notes
5. Margie Juanita English 06/01/1916-Died 01/01/1977-Married Wm. Cole
6. Kenneth Dykes "Pete" English 10/15/1918-Married Bonnie Bradbury
7. Jacqueline English 09/13/1926-Died, is buried Arlingtion, Washington.D.C.

9.  JAMES NATHAN ENGLISH, ninth child of John E. and Margaret English, was born August 30, 1875 in Trinity County, Texas.  He married GEORGIA ANN THAMES on July 14, 1901. 

The Children of James Nathan and Georgia Thames English:

Index The Children Date of Birth/Notes
1. Velva May English 05/19/1902
2. Mildred English 07/21/1905 married Reuben Dominy
3. James Earl English 01/16/1909
4. Lloyd Dinford English 05/08/1912

1.   VELVA MAY ENGLISH, first child of James Nathan and Georgia Thames English, was born May 19, 1902.  She married BOONE BALL TAYLOR.  He was born October 11, 1902 to WILLIE RUSK and ADA MCCLAIN TAYLOR.  To this union BOBBIE VIRGINIA TAYLOR, born December 30, 1934 and JAMES WILLIE TAYLOR, born November 8, 1941.  Vela May died February 20, 1990.  Boone died November 14, 1965. 

4. LLOYD DINFORD ENGLISH, fourth child of James  Nathan and Georgia Thames English, was born May 8, 1905.  He married WILLIE VERA TAYLOR on April 29, 1939 in Forest, Cherokee County, Texas.  She was born April 29, 1920 to WAYNE and SALLIE TUNSTALL TAYLOR.    Lloyd worked mostly as a farmer and a carpenter, but he also worked with the Soil Conversation Service, and held many civic positions.  He was active with the City of Kennard, Houston County and Texas Farm Bureau, Local and Houston County Democratic Party, Crimestoppers, and Lion's Club.  To this union DELOYD ENGLISH was born.  Lloyd died in July 1991. 

 

10. WILLIAM ENGLISH, tenth child of John E. and Margaret English, was born August 11, 1880.  He never married and died on April 19, 1901. 

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