Mary Cantrell of Texas: Bingham, Holder, Townsley Families

Mary Cantrell
daughter of Miles S. Cantrell

 Mary Cantrell married Thomas Bingham May 12, 1873 in Uvalde Co., TX , daughter of Miles Cantrell and Isabel Collier. She was born March 1858 in Fannin Co., Texas, and died 1944 in Travis Co. TX.

On Mary's marriage certificate, she is
listed as Mary Cantwell married 12 May 1873 to Tho Bingham in Uvalde Co., Texas.

1880 Prec. 3, Uvalde Co., TX census: Mary, 21, born March 1858, is with her parents.

1880 Uvalde Co., TX census: Tho Bingham 27, born about 1852, with son James, age 4.

Mary divorced Thomas Bingham and married a Mr. Holder. Later Mary married Jefferson Winfield Townsley.

Clara Cantrell had Mary's obit and said Mary died in 1944 at age 85.
"Died Friday morning, age 85 yrs at home of her dau, Mrs. J. A. Moran near Austin". Obit says she was born & reared Travis Co TX , survived by daughter, Elizabeth Moran, 2 sons: Milas S. and William E. (no last names) of Austin, TX. Burial at Fiskville Cem., north of Austin, Travis Co., Texas.

Remember, most of this is family history and not documented.
This is a work in progress to be continued..........

Mary Cantrell, Jefferson Winfield Townsley
and Aunt Jane (Martha Jane Townsley Garrard?)

Douglas Townsley and Family, January 1940

  1880 June, 7, 8, 9, Precinct 3, Uvalde, TX: Miles Cantrell 45, 1835, MO, teamster/ wife Elizabeth Cantrell 37, Ind, house keeping/dau at home Mary Cantrell 21, 1859 / Henry Cantrell 19, teamster /son Charles Cantrell 13, /son Joshua Cantrell 10/son Jesse Cantrell 7 /dau Nancy J. Cantrell 1.

1880 Precinct 3, Uvalde, Texas: Thomas Bingham 27, TX, KY, Unk, farmer, widower/son James R. 4.
next to Harmon Bingham, 42, KY, farmer/ wife Lucinda, 41/ son Joshua, 14/son John, 12/dau Saraha W, 11/ dau Melissa, 7/son Nathan, 5/dau Ella 2.
next to Benjamin Maples, 28, GA, Unk, Unk, farmer/wife Sirilda,(dau of William Cox) 27/ dau Alice 11/dau Melissa 9/dau Sarah 6/dau Ida 5/son Robert J. 2.

Not sure, but I think this Prec 3 must have been up the Dry Frio River Canyon.

1910 Smithwick, Burnet, Texas: Jess Holder 28, abt 1882, head, post hauler/wife Sarah Holder 24, post chopper/dau Maggie Holder 6/son Johnie Holder 5/mother Mary Townsley, 50, abt 1860,/sister Lizzie Townsley 17/brother Miles Townsley 11, home place, odd jobs/hand Martin Prewet 24.

1920 census Mary is not found.

1930 Prec 3, Austin, Travis, Texas: head Joe A Moran 46, TX, TX, TX, day labor, odd jobs, home: rented, $7 / wife Elizabeth Moran 37, housekeeping, private family/ step dau Ada J Cantwell 18, laundress, laundry/ step son Charley Cantwell 16, delivery boy, meat market/ step dau Gertrude Cantwell 18 / dau Henrietta Moran 6/ dau Margarite Moran 4/ son Fred Moran 2/ mother in law Mary Townsley 71, 1859/ nephew Debert Moran 27, auto mechanic, garage.
on same page is head Milas S. Townsley, 30, truck driver, home: rented, $7/wife Hattie, 31/son Raymond, 8/son James M., 2/sister in law Laura Barber, 28, /nephew Arlton, 2/nephew William 2/12.

This is not a flattering picture of Mary. She probably would not have wanted her picture taken at this age. She would rather be remembered as young and full of the vitality that it took to get her through life.

My mom passed away January 2006. She was 84 and time had not been good to her body. Her mind was sharp til the end.
I had to sneak around to get her last photos.

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Subject: Mary Cantrell Family ........ I welcome all corrections and additions.

Clara Cantrell had this photo. Could this be James R. Bingham son of Mary Cantrell and Thomas Bingham?