JAMES HAMPTON OVERSTREET and HIS KIN
Updated May 14, 2015

Howdy !

I'm Ronny Eller and the following is the result of work by me and many others.
At this time it's a work in progress. I freely borrow from others from time to time
when their information is more complete than mine. The exclusive purpose of
this projects to help paint a more complete portrait of our Overstreet family.

The Overstreet's were early pioneers in Hardin and Polk Counties. They arrived
before the Civil War and carved out a home in the vast Big Thicket area of South-
east Texas. One thing I found or rather did not find on a single census was our
Overstreet families owning slaves. Excuse me for gloating, but I take a lot of pride
in that.

In 2012 I began using FIND-A-GRAVE Web Site to verify information, much of
which I had previously obtained solely by the old fashion method of physically going
to the cemetery and copying information from the headstones. Because of
repetitiveness I choose not to post that I used Find A Grace with each entry. If you
question some information please feel free to check it out yourself. The search for
fresh or updated information on our family is never ending so if you have information
you wish to share, update or correct you can contact me at ronnyeller@yahoo.com. I
can be reached at the same address if you wish to have information removed.

OVERSTREETS

In 2003 a DNA a sample was taken from a male Overstreet in the linage of James
Hampton Overstreet. I am told that results from this testing indicated that James is
directly linked to the Henry Overstreet mentioned by General James Oglethorpe.
Because of this DNA connection I borrowed some Overstreet information From
“HISTORY OF TIFT COUNTY” by Ida Belle Williams – 1948.

The Colonial Records of Georgia, Vol. XXII, page 245 quote from a letter of General
James Oglethorpe to accountant in which he mentions “a loan in cattle to one
Overstreet, an industrious man with a wife and six children in Augusta.” This was
in 1739.

The Colonial Records of Georgia, Vol. XXII, page 245 quote from a letter of General
James Oglethorpe to accountant in which he mentions “a loan in cattle

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to one Overstreet, an industrious man with a wife and six children in Augusta.” This
was in 1739.

In 1743 a document in London set forth that the township of Augusta outside of the
garrison embraced only a few white people, traders with Indians. Among the list of
sixteen names of settlers at the fort was Henry Overstreet.

In 1762 at a meeting of Council in Savannah, on May 4, was read a petition of Henry
Overstreet, lately come into the province of Georgia with his wife and six children in
order to settle. He was granted 150 acres of land about three miles above the mouth
of Briar Creek, famous in history as the stream believed by Georgia’s early historian,
Jones, to be that which De Soto and his men swam in their march through Georgia.
Also it was the stream near which was captured the valiant Colonel John McIntosh,
American patriot of the Scotch colony of New Inverness, later called Darien; Near
this stream.

Overstreet was granted additional acreage and this became the Georgia home of the
Overstreet’s.

JAMES HAMPTON OVERSTREET is the earliest Overstreet I have been able to
link directly to my family. Therefore, he is listed as the 1st generation. However, in
2003 DNA was taken from a male Overstreet in the James Hampton Overstreet
linage. Results from this indicate that James is directly linked to the Henry Over-
street mentioned by James Oglethorpe, founder of Georgia Colonies, in his diary.
Seems other family lines were able to trace farther back than we are.

Much of the information about James and his continuing family comes from the
1850 Conecuh County, Alabama Census; the 1860 Hardin County, Texas Census;
the 1870 Hardin County, Texas Census; headstone information and news paper
obits;

I started with Mr. Warren Collins family history book and began expanding
from there. Mr. Collins may have made a few minor errors but taken as a whole,
it is a very useful book.

I sought and found Genealogy Information from the Tyrell Historical Library and the
downtown Beaumont Library. Those were some long dull hours.

Recently I began using the web site "Find A Grave" which uses the work of many
willing volunteers to update information, including pictures of headstones and
occasionally personal information. It has been rewarding and in some instances
backs up information I had already located.

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CHAPTER 1

JAMES HAMPTON OVERSTREET


[ 1st Generation ] JAMES HAMPTON OVERSTREET was born on Friday,
February 22, 1822 in Alabama. Some time prior to 1848 he married MARY
ANN HARRISON, ‘Polly’
. Polly was born in 1831 in Alabama. According to
the 1850 Conecuh Alabama census James was a farmer The 1860 Hardin County
Texas census showed that he continued to farm in Texas. James and Polly had
four children while living in Alabama. Theise children are: WILLIAM, SAMUEL,
THOMAS
and DANIEL.

The 1850 Conecuh Alabama census indicates that Richard Fuqua, was about age
13 and Coleman Overstreet, about age 26 and they both live on the farm with
James and Polly. Both Richard and Coleman were born in Alabama. The same
1850 census has a family named Fuqua living next to James and Polly. It is reason-
able to assume that Richard was part of that family. When James and his family
relocated to Polk County, Texas prior to 1858 Richard and Coleman made the
journey with them and continued to work on the new farm, just as they had in
Alabama. They are found with James and his family in the 1860 Hardin County
Census.

I have no record of James and Polly’s trip from Alabama to Texas. But there is
some speculation that they may have traveled to the Big Thicket portion of South-
east Texas with Hamp Herrington and a family named Mason in the fall of 1853.
[See Hampton Herrington Story –below] It is more likely however, that they
made the journey sometime later since there is no mention of Coleman or Richard
on that trip. We know from the 1860 Hardin County Census that they lived on the
farm with James and his family so it should be safe to assume they travel to Texas
with together.

In 1858 the portion of Polk County, Texas where James was located was combined
with land from other counties to from Hardin, County, Texas. Captain Warren J.
Collins of Olive, Hardin County, Texas relates in an interview on September 19, 1908,
to a Beaumont Enterprise reporter that when Hardin County was formed in 1858, James
Overstreet was one of the County Commissioners. A fire in the Court House in Old
Hardin destroyed records, which might have confirmed this. But Captain Collins, an
original Hardin County Citizen, was known to be very knowledgeable of county history.
In addition, had that not been true, plenty of people would have written the paper to set
the record straight. A review of later issues of the paper shows this did not

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happen.

The 1860 Hardin County census indicates that four children were born to James and
Polly after they moved to Texas. They are MARY, LEWIS, SARAH and
MARGARET Polly died around 1886 or 1887, The sparse information on her
head stone in the Holland Cemetery, Hardin County, Texas indicates that she
died at age 55. James died May 9, 1897 [about age 75] and is buried beside Polly
in the Holland Cemetery.

I continue to be convinced that Samuel Overstreet is the father of James Hampton
Overstreet. Though my evidence is circumstantial, it has enough ring of truth for me.

1st - James Hamilton Overstreet, my grandfather, spoke of both of Hamp Herrington’s
wives, { sisters } as the sisters of his grandfather, James Hampton Overstreet. My
grandfather was born in 1879 and lived in the same broad area as the Herrington
family.He was in a position to know the history of his family and to know who his
grandaunts were. Although they are gone now many of the elder Herrington family
knew of this connection also.

2nd – Butler County and Conecuh County Alabama are adjacent counties so it’s no
stretch to believe that James bought land and farmed in Conecuh County. We see
that same thing happening in later years between Polk County and Hardin County
Texas.

3rd – Although you can’t prove something by it’s omission, it is reasonable to observe
that the birth dates of James, Elizabeth or Sarah are not in conflict with any of the birth
dates of the children listed on the 1850 Butler County Alabama Federal Census as still
living at home.

4th – The names of Daniel, Samuel and Sarah are found in both Samuel’s family and
in James Family. It’s not unusual to name your children after family members. I know
because I did it myself. For those who choose to believe that Rhoda was the widow of
Samuel. I can’t help but wonder why none of her Rhoda’s family names show up on
the children.

5th – I don’t know how Coleman fits into the picture. If he is an older brother to
James then we would have a conflict with information on the 1830 Alabama Census.
There are a number of other Overstreet families in this same area and it’s reasonable
to believe that Coleman is possibly a cousin hired to help James work his farm much
in the same way that Richard Fuqua was.

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6th – I have no proof what so ever but it seems reasonable to me that Samuel’s middle
name was Columbus. In Genealogy one occasionally finds the name Columbus shorted
to Lum; so the events in Virginia Herrington Gale’s account of Lum traveling with the
Herrington family to Texas. Lum is again mentioned in an article in a special news
addition celebrating Hardin County’s history. It explains how Lum accidently
died. Again, the time of this event is not in conflict with known records.

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THE CHILDREN OF JAMES HAMPTON OVERSTREET

Each child represented an additional chapter

WILLIAM OVERSTREET . . . . Chapter 2
SAMUEL HAMPTON OVERSTREET . . . . Chapter 3
JAMES THOMAS OVERSTREET . . . . Chapter 4
DANIEL OVERSTREET . . . . Chapter 5
MARY OVERSTREET . . . . Chapter 6
LEWIS HAMPTON OVERSTREET . . . . Chapter 7
SARAH JANE OVERSTREET . . . . Chapter 8
MARGARET MISSOURI OVERSTREET . . . . Chapter 9


LINKAGE TO Rev. JOHN KNOX . . . . CHAPTER 10

GENERAL JAMES OGLETHORPE . . . . CHAPTER 11

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“ THE HAMPTON HERRINGTON STORY ”

James and Polly’s move from Alabama would have been much the same as the
story related below. I’m including the Hamp Herrington and his family information
since he is knows to have married to Overstreet girls. James Hamilton Overstreet
family tradition says that Rachel and Elizabeth Overstreet Herrington were the sisters
of James Hampton Overstreet. At this time I can not prove it, however, I personally
have no doubt that it's true.

Ruby Herrington gave the following account of her family’s move to Texas.
“ Hamp was looking for greener pastures and deeper woods by 1853. His family,
along with a family of Overstreet’s and of Mason’s started out for Texas in two
wheeled carts drawn by oxen in the fall of 1853. The men rode on horseback. They
crossed the Alabama, Tom Bigbee, Pascagoula, Pearl, Mississippi, Red,, Atchafalay
Calcasieu, Sabine and Neches Rivers by log floats and ferries.” There is also some
speculation that the Herrington’s or Overstreet’s may have been related to the
Mason’s. This is reasonable since traveling as they did, was more of a family event
rather than the movie’s wagon trains we see depicted today where strangers signed-up
for a journey.

In “ TALES FROM THE BIG THICKET ” Francis E. Abernethy recorded
that Hamp Herrington did not believe in slave holding; his father did. So after a long
running argument, Hamp left home. He married RACHEL OVERSTREET and
started farming near Montgomery, Alabama. They had five children before she died in
1844. As was frequently the case in those days, the families took care of each other.
Rachel’s sister came to stay with Hamp and looked after the house and the children. As
Enoch Bentley Herrington tells it: “ After Rachel’s death, my grandmother,
ELIZABETH
, and her mother were staying at Grandfather’s house, taking care of the
two children still living,

Lynn and John. My Grandmother said the only courtship she and Grandpa ever had
was one day at noon she was on the front porch and had just finished washing the
faces of Lynn and John and was putting clean dresses on them when Grandpa came
up on the steps at the end of the porch, took a gourd of water in his hand, took a long
drink while he was kicking off his plow shoes, and said, “ Well, Becky, it looks like you
are going to have to stay here and attend to the children so I’m going to town Saturday
and if you are willing, I’ll get the license and bring the preacher and we’ll be married. ”
Grandmother said, “ All right Hamp. ”

In her account, Virginia Herrington Gale list that LUM OVERSTREET was the one who
traveled with Hamp Herrington from Alabama to Texas.

Lum might be a long forgotten family name for James or Coleman, however, it is
more likely the shorten name for Columbus. It is possible that Samuel

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Columbus Overstreet is the father of Rachel and Elizabeth, Hamp’

I found in " The Texas Armadillo Days," a special paper celebrating Kountze, Texas
history an article about Hardin's first judge: Herrington. It is an in depth story of
the Herrington Family History. Since the above article about Hamp Herring and his
Overstreet wives is in the story, just as it is shown here, I suspect the whole article
was written by the same person. But I don't know that for fact. In the news paper it
states:

“ Grandmother's father, Lum Overstreet, was wounded in the leg accidentally by
his little daughter. He was lying on the front porch in the middle of the day and
the little girl was playing near by. She had a small pen knife in her hand and when
she stumbled and fell she stuck the knife in his thigh. He only considered it a small
wound as the knife had penetrated but half an inch, but infection started in and
soon caused his death.”

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CHAPTER 2 . . . . WILLIAM OVERSTREET

[ 2nd Generation] WILLIAM OVERSTREET was born in Conecuh County,
Alabama about 1849. There is very little known about William. For some unknown
reason, he isn't listed on the 1850 Conecuh County Alabama Census. This may have
been a mistake by James or by the census taker or it's possible that William was actually
born in 1850 after the census was taken. He would have been 8 or 9 years old when
the family made the long hard journey from Alabama to the 'Piney Woods' of Texas.

NOTE: William is listed in the 1860 Hardin County Census on sheet 343, the family
relationship is not stated and it may well be that he is someone other than a son 124.
But he is listed in such an order as to indicate that he could have been the eldest
son. Non-family residences are listed at the end of the family listing as seen with
Coleman Overstreet and Richard Fuqua.

William is not seen on any of the subsequent censuses. Although there are a number
of reasonable reasons for this I tend to believe that he died between 1860 and 1870.
If so, he may have been buried on property owned by James Overstreet. This grave
would have been long since lost. It is also possible that he may have fallen victim to
the Civil War.

Many of the Overstreet family, including James and Sarah, have been laid to rest at
the Holland Cemetery in Hardin County over the passing years. Elizabeth Holland
was one of the first to be buried on the Holland land in 1878. It was sometime after
this date that it officially became a public cemetery. If William passed prior to 1870
it would account for his not being listed on the census. It would also explain why
he wasn't buried in the Holland Cemetery.

I don't think it unreasonable to consider William to be a son of James and Sara
Overstreet. I will continue to list him as such until proof of some other relationship
is discovered.


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CHAPTER 3 . . . . . . . . SAMUEL HAMPTON OVERSTREET SR.

[ 2nd Generation] SAMUEL HAMPTON OVERSTREET SR. was born in May of
1849 or 1850 in Conecuh County, Alabama. He would have been 9 or 10 years old
when the family made their long hard journey from Alabama to the Piney Woods of
Polk County, Texas.

At this time I know little of the every day life of Samuel. I do know that on December
30, 1871 Sam and MARTHA ANN HOLLAND appeared before Harden County Clerk
John J. Dollard and obtained a marriage license. That same day they had Hardin County
Justice of the Peace, Samuel E. Parker, perform their marriage service. Martha, the
daughter of William Holland and Nancy Watts was born in 1854 in Texas.

He was a farmer and did the normal task a person does who farms and raises a few
livestock. It is recorded that on May 09, 1887 Sam paid $ 2.00 in scrip to the Hardin
County Commissioners Court. There is no explanation what the payment was for.

The couple had 5 Children: WILLIAM, JAMES, ROBERT, SAMUEL and
MARGARET.

Gladys Overstreet Eller remembers that " ' Aunt Matt ' was short, maybe 5’4” or 5’ 5”
while ' Uncle Sam ' seemed so tall. He was probably 6’1" or better.”


Samuel died November 13, 1927 [about age 77] in Polk County, Texas [ file # 38096
and Martha died in 1949 [about age 97]. They are buried side by side in the Holland
Cemetery, Hardin County, Texas.

NOTE: Gladys Overstreet Eller remembered that her 'Aunt Matt' was short; maybe
5’4” or 5’ 5” while her ‘Uncle Sam' seemed so tall. He was probably 6’1" or
better.

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[ 3rd Generation] WILLIAM HENRY OVERSTREET was born November 07, 1872
and past on December,10 1877 [About 5 years old].

NOTE:

I am not sure how the boys died but it was believed by both Gladys Overstreet Eller and her
brother, James Vinson Overstreet that one fell from a rail fence and a rail fell, killing him.

The other boy is believed to have died from a disease he contracted during and epidemic.








[ 3rd Generation] JAMES DANIEL OVERSTREET was born October 13, 1876 and
passed on February 28, 1878. [Less than 2 years old].

NOTE:

I am not sure how the boys died but it was believed by both Gladys Overstreet Eller and her
brother, James Vinson Overstreet that one fell from a rail fence and a rail fell, killing him.

The other boy is believed to have died from a disease he contracted during and epidemic.


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[ 3rd Generation] ROBERT COLEMAN OVERSTREET was born in 1881 and
married MAGGIE ETHEL REESE ‘ Maggie ’ in September 1904. Maggie was
born on December 02, 1887.

Their children are: BESSIE, VERNIE, JIMMIE, RUBBY, WILSON, DELBERT,
MARGARET, MATTIE, ANNIE
and ROBERT.

Robert died in 1947 [about age 68] and is buried in the Simmons Cemetery, Dallardville,
Polk County, Texas. Maggie died March 17, 1968 [about age 80] and is buried beside
her beloved Robert. The Simmons Cemetery is about 2.2 miles west on Camp Seal Road,
off FM 1276; Simmons Cemetery Road dead ends at the Cemetery.

NOTE: Birth and death information on Maggie come from head stone Information.

[ 4th Generation] BESSIE MAE OVERSTREET was born in 1906 and passed in 1907.
She is buried in the Simmons Cemetery, Dallarville, Polk County, Texas.

[ 4th Generation] VERNIE COLEMAN OVERSTREET was born in 1908 and passed
in 1910. Vernie is buried in the Simmons Cemetery, Dallarville, Polk County, Texas.

[ 4th Generation] JIMMIE WILORY OVERSTREET ROSS was born and raised in Dallardsville,
Polk County, Texas. She married HERMAN E. ROSS. The couple had no children. They
made their home in Beaumont, Jefferson County for about 40 years. She taught and retired from
the South Park Public School System in Beaumont.

I’m not sure when Herman passed away but know it was prior to Jimmie’s. She passed on
December 27, 1994 following an illness and a memorial service was held on December 29,
1994 at Forest Lawn Funereal Home in Beaumont, Texas. I have not been able to locate
Jimmie's grave.

They had no children.

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[ 4th Generation] RUBY LUVERNE OVERSTREET GILCREASE was born ___?___ . She
married OTHO VALLEY GILCREASE ‘ BO .’

Their children are: BFFORD and JOHN.

[ 5th Generation] BUFORD ANTHONY GILCREASE was born on ___?___. He married
GLORIA RICCHI.

Their children are: MARK, MICHAEL and JULIE.

[ 6th Generation] MARK ANTHONY GILCREASE was born ___?___ . He married
DEBBIE ___?___ .

Their children are: MATTHEW and LUKE.

[ 7th Generation] MATHEW GILCREASE was born ___?___ .

[ 7th Generation] LUKE GILCREASE was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation] MICHAEL GILCREASE was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation] JULIE GILCREASE VENURAKES was born ___?___ . Julie married
___?___ VENURAKES.

Their children are: SINDEY NICOLE and ___?___ .

[ 7th Generation] SIDNEY NICOLE VENURAKES was born ___?___ .

[ 7th Generation] ___?___ VENURAKES was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation] JOHN ROBERT GILCREASE was born ___?___ . He married
JO ANN HARRISON but marriage end in divorced.

The children of John and Jo Ann are: ELISHA ANN and MICHAELE.

[ 6th Generation] ELISHA ANN GILCREASE was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation] MICHAELE GILCREASE ‘ Missy ’was born ___?___ .

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[ 4th Generation] WILSON CARLISLE OVERSTREET was born on September
4, 1919. He married VESTA LOIS MURPHY on July 02, 1938. Vesta was on
born April 16, 1921 Fuqua, Liberty County, Texas but was raised in Polk County,
Texas. Vesta was the daughter of Jasper ' Jap ' and Emma Blankenship Murphy.

They moved to Nederland, Jefferson County, Texas where Wilson worked for the
Union Oil Refinery. Here they raised their three children, WILBURN, JAMES
and MARION. The family was very active in Central Gardens Baptist
Church. After Wilson retired they moved back to Big Sandy in Polk County, Texas.
Wilson and Vesta loved living in the country, farming, fishing and hunting.

She also loved having their children “come home” and spend time reminiscing
with her.

Wilson passed away November 1, 1987 [ about age 73 ]. Inscription on his headstone:
‘In loving memory.’ He is buried in Big Sandy Cemetery.

Vesta passed away April 14, 2004 [about age 83] in Polk County after a courageous
battle against cancer, emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. She
was a member of Big Sandy Baptist Church. She leaves behind her sons, Wilburn and
his wife Nancy, James and his wife Ann and daughter Marion Overstreet LeBlanc; five
grandchildren, Kim Saw and husband, Richard, Cory Overstreet and wife Jenny, Amy
Overstreet, Mandi LeBlanc and Dustin LeBlanc; five great grandchildren, Riley and
ReeseShaw and Olivia, Caroline and Luke Overstreet.

Vesta is buried beside her beloved Wilson at Big Sandy Cemetery.

NOTE: Much of this information is from the Beaumont Enterprise, April 16, 2004.]

[ 5th Generation] WILBURN GENE OVERSTREET married NANCY SMITH.

Their children are LEA and AMY.

[ 6th Generation] LEA OVERSTREET was born ___?___ . [She died at the age of 6 years].

[ 6th Generation] AMY OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation] JAMES ROSI OVERSTREET married ANN BREWER.

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Their children are SHARON and CORY.

[ 6th Generation] SHARON OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation] CORY OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation] MARION RUTH OVERSTREET Le BLANC married
DANNY Le BLANC.

Their children are MANDI and DUSTIN.

[ 6th Generation] MANDI Le BLANC was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation] DUSTIN Le BLANC was born ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation] DELBERT C. OVERSTREET SR. was born on June 18, 1916.
He married ANN KOEPPE. According to the Kountze News, August 31, 1967
Delbert was living in Warren, Tyler County, Texas. Delbert and Ann had one
son, DELBERT.

Delbert passed away on July 5, 1982 [about age 99] and is buried in the
Simmons Cemetery, Dallardsville, Polk County, Texas.

[ 5th Generation] DELBERT C. OVERSTREET Jr. was born on ___?___. He married
AMY McINNIS Amy was born on ___?___. Their children are SUSAN and DOUGLAS.

[ 6th Generation] SUSAN OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation] DOUGLAS OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation] MARGARET GLADYS OVERSTREET HERRINGTON was born
in Hardin County, Texas. She married WILLIAM HERRINGTON 'Bill' .

They didn’t have any children.

Bill passed away first and Margaret died around September 1994 [about age 75] from
a heart attack.

NOTE: At this time I don’t know where they are buried nor do I remember
where I got the information on Margaret or Bill but I suspect it was from Gladys
Overstreet Eller.


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[ 4th Generation] MATTIE DELPHENE OVERSTREET GUNTER was born on
October 12, 1921 . She married TULLOS BULFORD GUNTER on October 06,
1945. Tullos was born on August 28, 1911. They lived in Cleveland, Coleman County,
Texas.

Tullos passed on August 16 1981 [just shy of his 70th birthday]. He is buried in
the Simmons Cemetery, Dallardsville, Polk County, Texas.

Mattie passed on December 15, 2000 [about age 79]. She is buried beside
her beloved Tullos. Their double headstone is the newer flat style.

Their children are ROBERT, LEVENIA, LARRY andDEBRA.

[ 5th Generation] ROBERT GUNTER was born on___?___.

[ 5th Generation] LAVENIA ANN GUNTER HENNAN was born on___?___. She
married CHRISTOPHER HENNAN. Christopher was born on___?___.

[ 5th Generation] LARRY COLEMAN GUNTER was born on___?___. He married
IRENE BEATY. Irene was born on___?___. They are now divorced.

[ 5th Generation] DEBRA KAY GUNTER ADAMSKI was born on
___?___. She maried BRUCE ADAMSKI. Bruce was born on___?___.

[ 4th Generation] ANNIE BURIOUS OVERSTREET PRICE was born on
___?___. She married DAVID GILBERT PRICE.

Their children are GILBERT, JAMES and MARGARET.

[ 5th Generation] GILBERT COLEMAN PRICE ‘ Butch ' was born on ___?___, He
marriedCAROLYN HENNAN. There were no children from this union. The
marriage ended in divorced.

[ 5th Generation] JAMES PRICE was born on ___?___ . It is possible he has passed
away.

[ 5th Generation] MARGARET PRICE LONG was born on ___?___. She
married TOMMY LONG.

Their children are MARGARET and JEFFREY.

[ 6th Generation] MARGARET LONG was born on ___?___ .

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[ 6th Generation] JEFFREY LONG was born on ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation] ROBERT COLEMAN OVERSTREET Jr. ‘ June ’ was
born on June 18, 1931 in Big Sandy, Upshur County, Texas. He married
ANNETTE GONSTOBEE. They lived Nederland, Jefferson County, Texas

Although a native of Big Sandy, Texas June lived most of his life in Nederland
where he retired from Pipe Fitter Local #105 in Nederland. He served his
country in the U.S. Army.

Their children are KATHY and ROBERT.

On Saturday, October 11, 2008, ‘June’ passed away at Christus St. Elizabeth in
Beaumont, Jefferson County on Saturday, He was about age 76 . ‘ June ’ was
buried in the Mings Cemetery, Big Sandy, Upshur County, Texas.

[ 5th Generation] KATHY OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation] ROBERT K. OVERSTREET ' Robbie ' married Tawana
__?__ .


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[ 3rd Generation] SAMUEL HAMPTON OVERSTREET Jr. 'Hampie' was born
in 1885 in Hardin County, Texas. He married PAIRLEE GIEGER about 1905.
Pairlee was born on November 24, 1887.

Gladys Overstreet Eller related to me the following incident about Hampie
and my Grandmother. “Hampie was a farmer and his place was across
Creek in the general direction of Fount Overstreet’s Place.”

“One January morning in 1924, Papa’s first cousin, Hampie Overstreet, came walking
up to our place in Polk County. He anticipated talking with Papa, but when he learned
that Papa had already gone to the woods he had to tell Mama that her sister Janie
unexpectedly died.

He said that her body was being transported from her home in Port Neches, Texas,
where she and her family lived, to the Simmons Cemetery. The funeral would be that
day. Mama took the news very hard. Hampie stayed around for a short time and then
started walking back home. Mama gained enough composure to go after him. 'Please
wait’, she pleaded. ‘Let me get the children dressed. I’ll need your help getting them
across Village Creek.’
She was referring to a foot log used as a footbridge across the
creek. Henry Olen was about five years old and I was about nine. Hampie waited and
helped us all get across before walking back to his place. We walked to the Simmons
Cemetery and waited for the funeral.”

“I also remember that Hampie would go to church singing conventions. But I don’t
remember if he was a singer or just a listener.”

In Hardin County History Margaret Cannon wrote: “ In 1937 Mrs. Clifton Bobbitt,
Mrs. Lloyd Collins, Mrs. Sam Overstreet and Mrs. Jim Sumrall organized a prayer
meeting to pray for a church at Long Station. On June 14, 1942 Long Station
Methodist Church was dedicated.

Pairlee pass away on August 03, 1959 [about age 72] and is buried in Big Sandy
Cemetery, Dallarsville, Polk County, Texas.

Sam died January 8, 1978 [about age 93] and is buried in the Big Sandy
Cemetery, Beside his beloved Pairlee at Big Sandy Cemetery.

Children of Sam and Pairlee are: ALVIN, LONNIE, FREDDIE, JESSIE,
EMMIT and GRACE.

[ 4th Generation] ALVIN M. OVERSTREET was born January 23, 1906 in
Polk County, Texas. He married EDNA SARAH HOLLAND. Edna was born
on September 06, 1906 in Dallardsville, a small community in Polk County but


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was reared in the community of Village Mills, Hardin County, Texas. Around 1941
Alvin and Edna moved to Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas where they
resided at 648 Garland. She was a member of the South Park Church of Christ.

Edna died Sunday, December 25, 1966 [around age 66] at Mid-County Hospital,
Nederland, Jefferson County, Texas after a long illness. She is buried near
an infant son and daughter in the Fellowship Baptist Cemetery, Warren,Tyler
County,Texas. The inscription on her headstone ‘ Your gentle face and
patient smile with sadness we recall. You had a kindly word for each and
beloved by all.’


After Edna’s death Alvin married BEULAH E. PITTMAN. Beulah was born
August 31, 1913 in Blessing, Matagorda County, Texas. There are no children
from this union; however, she had children from a previous marriage: a son,
Michael and a daughter, Linda.

Alvin worked and retired from Pure Oil Refinery, which later became Unocal Oil
Refinery. He was a Blender Operator at the refinery. They lived in Beaumont,
Jefferson County, Texas where he died, Sunday, September 15, 1991 [ about
age 85 ] and is buried at Big Sandy, Polk County, Texas.

Beulah passed on February 15, 2005 [about age 92] in Beaumont and is buried
buried near Alvin in the Big Sandy Cemetery.

[ 5th Generation] INFANT SON died September 26, 1937 and is buried
in Fellowship Baptist Cemetery, Warren, Tyler County, Texas,
.

[ 5th Generation ] INFANT DAUGHTER died September 10, 1945 and is
buried in Fellowship Baptist Cemetery, Tyler County, Texas, about 3 miles
northwest of Warren.

[ 4th Generation ] LONNIE OVERSTREET was born between 1907 and 1910.
He married HAZEL ___?___ .

They have two daughters, ROSE LEE and SHARON.

[ 5th Generation ] ROSE LEE OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] SHARON OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

After Hazels death Lonnie married ___?___. There were no children from this
union. They made their home in Baytown, Harris County, Texas.

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[ 4th Generation ] WILLIAM FREDDIE OVERSTREET was born on January 09,
1909 in Texas.. He married ANNIE BELLE NEAL on November 21, 1936. Annie
Belle, the daughter of John Lee and Lilly Holligan Neal was born on August 22, 1917 in
Warren, Tyler County, Texas.

Freddie and Annie Belle lived in Baytown, Harris County. Texas.

Annie Belle was a seamstress and member of Memorial Baptist Church and the 42
Domino Club. Her other hobbies included quilting, ceramics, doll collecting and
African violets.

Freddie passed away September 08, 2000 [about age 91] ending their sixty-five years
of marriage and is buried in the Fellowship Baptist Cemetery, Warren, Tyler County,
Texas.

Annie Belle died February 27, 2008 in Baytown, Harris County, Texas and is buried
beside her beloved Freddie. They have a double headstone.

NOTE: Some information about Annie Belle and her family comes
from her Obit.
Since I have no date of birth on any of the children or the grand-
children of Freddie and Annie Belle, I don't know oldest from youngest.


[ 5th Generation] Dr. DENNIS OVERSTREET married VIKKI ___?___ .
They made their home in Austin, Texas.

[ 5th Generation] ROYCE OVERSTREET He was living in Bryan, Texas.

[ 5th Generation] BETTY OVERSTREET STEWART She married
MICKEY STEWART and they made their home in Friendship,
Milam County, Texas.

Their children are DAVID and RUSSELL.

[ 6th Generation] DAVID STEWART was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation] RUSSELL STEWART was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation] SHARON OVERSTREET HOLLAWAY married
MICHAEL HOLLOWAY.

NOTE: I'm also not sure where these grand children and great
grandchild fit - Rene Sellers, Phillip Overstreet and Kathleen Trevino
and great-grandchildren, Cody Stewart, Koulton Sellers and Tres Trevino.


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[ 4th Generation] JESSIE OVERSTREET WILLIFORD was born
June 20 1911 in Polk County, Texas. She married JAMES
IRVING WILLIFORD 'Yank'
. Yank was born August 01, 1903.

He and Jessie made their home in Port Neches, Jefferson County, Texas.
The entire family agreed that Jessie was an outstanding cook. Their
friends and family especially enjoyed her old fashioned tea cakes. She
looked forward to the baseball season and was an avid Astros fan.

Yank died November 01,1983 [about age 80]. He is buried in the
Holland Cemetery, Hardin County, Texas.

Jessie passed away Monday, October 06, 2008, [about age 97] at
Magnolia Manor Nursing Facility. She is buried beside her beloved
Yank at the Holland Cemetery.

Their children are: ELTON, TROY and VIVIAN.

[ 5th Generation] CLIFF ELTON WILLIFORD was born in Hardin
County, Texas. He married CLARICE PFLEIDER on June 16 1967
at the Florida Baptist Church in Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas.
Clarice graduated from French High School in Beaumont in 1962.


They have two daughters, REGIN GAYLE and KIMBERLY ANN.

[ 6th Generation] REGIN GAYLE WILLIFORD ADAMS was born
March 19, 1969 in Beaumont, Jefferson, Texas. She married
CHRISTOPHER SCOTT ADAMS.

[ 7th Generation] ELISSA ADAMS was born on ___?___ .

[ 7th Generation] REGGIE ADAMS was born on ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation] KIMBERLY ANN WILLIFORD was born around 1976 in
Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas. She graduated high school from West Brook
High School in Beaumont.

[ 5th Generation] TROY WILLIFORD was born on October 06, 1944. He
married DONNA MUSSLEWHITE, daughter of Howard E. Musslewhite
of Port Neches, Jefferson County, Texas. For a period of time Troy and Donna
lived in Houston, Texas but have since moved. They have a son.

[ 6th Generation] ___?___ WILLIFORD was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation] VIVIAN WILLIFORD was born February 18, 1949.

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She died a month later on May 22, 1949 of a stomach problem and is buried in
the Simmons Cemetery, Polk County, Texas.

[ 4th Generation] EMMITT C. OVERSTREET was born on April 29, 1914.
He married MAE OUTLAW. Mae, the daughter of Beryl and Eunice Outlaw,
was born September 25, 1921 in Warren, Texas. They made their home
in Baytown, Harris County, Texas. Emmitt enjoyed traveling throughout
the United States and Canada and enjoyed fishing at Sam Rayburn.

Mae, a longtime resident of Baytown, retired from Lee College after 15 years as
executive secretary to the Dean of Students. She loved painting and created over
75 works in her short career as an artist. Like Emmitt, Mae enjoyed all their traveling
and some of her happiest times were fishing with her husband at Sam Rayburn. She
loved her piano and enjoyed singing, baking and being with family and friends. She
was a member of Cedar Bayou Baptist and had an avid interest in the building program.
Her church was a big part of her life. She was also a member of the Order Of The
Eastern Star. The comments on her computer guest book reflect just how beloved
she was.

Their children are ORVEL, ARANNA and LEE.

Emmitt Overstreet died on May 20, 1993 [about age 79] and was buried at the
Fellowship Baptist Cemetery, Warren, Tyler, Texas.

Mae passed away on Wednesday, December 12, 2007 [about age 86] in a local hospital.

Her family received friends at Navarre Funeral Home Friday, December 14. Funeral
service was Saturday, December 15, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 505
Rollingbrook Dr, Baytown, TX 77521, with Dr. Mark Broussard and Dr. Jim Parker
officiating. Burial follow at 3:00 P. M. at the Fellowship Cemetery next to her
beloved Emmitt. The share a double headstone.

NOTE Took some family information about Mae and her children from
her Obituary.

[ 5th Generation] ORVAL OVERSTREET was born ___?___. For a period of
time he in Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas while he was a student at near by
Lamar University. He was living in Houston, Harris County, Texas at the time of
his mother’s passing.

[ 5th Generation] ARANNA OVERSTREET was born ___?___. She was living
in Cleveland, Texas at the time of her mothers passing.

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[ 5th Generation] LEE OVERSTREET was ___?___living in Harris County,
Texas at the time of her mothers death.

[ 4th Generation] GRACE OVERSTREET MATTHEWS was born on
___?___. She married H. A. MATTHEWS, a minister. They made
their home in Dallardsville, Polk County, Texas.

Their daughter is: MARILYN.

[ 5th Generation] MARILYN GRACE MATTHEWS LANGLEY was born on ___?___.
She married LEROY LANGLEY. Leroy was born on ___?___. Their daughter is MARY.

[ 6th Generation] MARY ANN LANGLELY was born on ___?___ .

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[ 3rd Generation] MARGARET DELPHENE OVERSTREET DUFF
“ Finnie”
married LEE DUFF. Their grandson, Arlie Duff, Singer
and Composer credited his grandmother with being the inspiration behind
the hit song ‘Ya’ll Come.’

Children of Lee and Finnie are: ADOLPHUS, MATTIE, EDDIE and
ERNEST.

NOTE: Until I read and article on the Internet that said the Lee and
Margaret had five children I had no idea there was a 5th. I don’t know the
name of this child.

Note: It is remembered by Gladys Overstreet Eller that Lee was a
good singer and enjoyed going to church singings where he often participated.


[ 4th Generation ] T. ADOLPHUS DUFF ‘Dolphus’ Duff was born on ___?___.
He was a born entertainer. Born nine miles west of Warren, Texas at ‘Jack’s
Branch, he was the eldest son of four or five children. Entertainment was
nonexistent unless it was created. As a youngster, he attended gospel music
singing schools, learning "shape notes". He found his niche.

After he and LUEZELLE VINSON married and moved to Nederland, Texas, he
helped found singing conventions in the area, which were attended by
hundreds of people.

He was a member of the Neches Valley Quartet, which toured the states of
Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas. The alto singer of the group married and
moved to Dallas, leaving a tremendous gap in the quartet. Dolphus was
sorely disappointed for about three days. However, 12-year-old daughter,
Lois, was waiting in the wings.

Along with his young children Lois and Arlie he formed The Duff Trio.
They traveled throughout the area sharing their beautiful gospel music.

Their children are LOIS and ARLIE.

[ 5th Generation] LOIS DUFF was born on ___?___. She made
her debut with the quartet on live radio and before a crowd of about 100.
She felt no butterflies because she had literally never known a life without
music. From as far back as she could remember, she was awakened each
morning by the radio program theme song of the Stamps Quartet, "Give
The World a Smile Each Day". All in all, it wasn’t a bad way to start the day.

After Lois toured with the Neches Valley Quartet for a couple of years,
brother Arleigh entered the picture and the quartet became The Duff
Trio. They were known for the eautiful gospel tunes they performed
and were quite popular at singing conventions and school-shows such
as the Stamps, Hartford and Vaughn Music Company conventions in
Texas. At some point she married ___?___ FARIS.

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[ 5th Generation] ARLEIGH ELTON DUFF ‘Pee Wee’ was born
on March 28, 1924 at his ‘Grandmaw’s’ home nine
miles west Warren, Tyler County, Texas. The area was known as
‘Jack’s Branch, Texas’.

As Arleigh himself said, four things were the love of his life: God, family,
country music and basketball, in that order. Arleigh coached basketball
for three years. During this time, The Duff Trio sang in schools and
churches in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Colorado, and Missouri. Arleigh
said "Well, we have only three in our group instead of the usual four, so
we have to sing high, fast, and loud". And we did. He wrote and recorded
Y’all Come and A Million Tears with sister Lois. Ya’ll Come became a best-
seller and a standard in the country music field. He wrote the book, Ya’ll
Come; both the song and book occupy their space in the Hillbilly Hall of
Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.

NOTE: The following is taken from an article in the Sunday Beaumont
Enterprise, February 21, 1954, reads: ARLIE DUFF, ONE TIME BASKET
STAR HITS HOOP AS COMPOSER OF ‘Y’ALL COME’…by Milton Turner.


He’s still hitting the high notes as a tenor. The Duff Trio, composed of
Arlie, his sister, Lois, and his father, have been recognized long as a
feature attraction at the numerous singing conventions held in this area.

In1942, after graduating from Nederland High School, Mr. Duff matriculated
briefly at Lamar College, then cast his lot with Uncle Sam in the navy. The
navy recognized his talent as a ‘basket baller” and kept him playing the next
three years at the Great Lakes Training Center near Chicago.

Basketball always has been a motivating force in Mr. Duff’s life. After his
discharge from the navy, he took advantage of a basketball scholarship at
Stephen F. Austin College and promptly went about earning the reputation
of an outstanding player. His sports record included four letters, all earned
in basketball, a place on the second All Conference Team as Co-Captain of
the team in his senior year.

He went at college work like he did basketball, all the way. Within four years
of summer and winter study, he succeeded in obtaining a Bachelor of Science
Degree in Physical Education and also his Master’s Degree. They were awarded
simultaneously in 1950.

Singing cropped up again in college when he and Mitchell Torok became room-
mates. “Many is the time,” said Mr. Duff, “when Mitchell and I would lock the
dorm door and spend the evening singing away to the accompaniment of his
guitar.”

Mitchell was writing songs then and soon made his impression in the music
world with the tunes, “Mexican Joe,” “Caribbean.” Mr. Duff saw the hand-
writing on the wall

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and decided to devote some of his spare time to jotting down lyrics for his own tunes.

He never lost sight of his coaching career, however, and after graduation he
landed a coaching position at Deweyville where he stayed for a year. When
the opportunity came for him to teach in Warren, he jumped at it. Actually,
that is where Mr. Duff was born. The exact spot according to him was “Out
at Grandma's, nine miles west of Warren way out in the woods.”

It was “Out at Grandma's that Coach Duff first heard the typical southern
expression, ‘Y’All Come’. While sitting on the front porch one day, brooding
over the trials and tribulations of a schoolteacher, he heard Grandma bidding
goodbye to a neighbor. By the time the “y’all comes” were over, he decided
he had to do something about that phrase. During his second and final year
as a teacher he wrote the song.

With Jack and Neva Starnes guiding him, Mr. Duff and his song started going
places. He stopped his schoolwork to devote full time to singing, recording
and writing. To date, ‘Y’all Come' has been recorded by seven different stars
including Arlie’s own version on a Saturday Record. It’s been cut on wax by
a 20-piece band in Mexico and also by a band in Sweden.

According to Mrs. Starnes, 'Y’All Come' is leading the list in a Dallas newspaper
contest seeking a good phrase to be put on the 1955 Texas License Plate.
Two more songs by Mr. Duff have been recorded and are to be released soon.
They are 'Let’s All Go Back to the Country ' and 'Salty Dog.' He has written
other numbers including ‘Country Singing', ‘Million Tears', 'I’m stuck in a
Mud Hole ' and last but not least, ' Pore Old Teachers.' Unfortunately, it‘s on
the flip side of Arlie’s rendition of “Y’All Come and not often heard but it
voices his sentiments about the underpaid teaching profession.

Mr. Duff is to be starred on Houston’s king size answer to the ‘Grand Old
Opry’ and the ‘Louisiana Hayride’. The Houston Hillbilly Jamboree will begin
March 13 – Y’all Come.

NOTE: I took much of the following information off the Internet. There
are many good sites one can visit to get additional information. Just type in the
name Arlie Duff in the search engine.


In the mid-1950s, Arlie Duff was making a name for himself in the south,
in states like Texas, Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. He was said to have
a big smile and a voice to match. They wrote that every time he stepped on
stage, audiences would commence to sing at the top of their lungs. His
signature song, ‘Y’all Come.’

His daughter Becky relates a story of one such incident she saw as a youngster
at one of Arlie’s concert appearances, even nearly a decade after writing and
recording the song. It was in 1969 in Austin, Texas where he was well known
locally. Arlie was

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asked to emcee country acts that performed at the Municipal
Auditorium from time to time. On this particular show, the stars appearing
on stage were George Jones Tammy Wynnette and Jerry Lee Lewis. They had
each performed several songs and the crowd was really energetic.

While George was on stage, he yelled out to Arlie to come out and sing ‘Y’all
Come’. Becky was backstage and could see the stage and the crowd. She
remembers: “When Dad started singing, the crowd was off their chairs and
went wild with cheering and clapping. There were several encores with George
joining in the second round.”


She remembers being blown away by the enthusiasm and excitement of the crowd,
beginning to realize just how popular that song was. It was the highlight of the
evening, which said a lot considering the talent that was performing on stage that
night.


When Arlie was a part of the KNUZ Houston Hometown Jamboree in 1954, they
said he was the featured attraction of the show. His Starday Recording and Singing
was gaining him rave reviews. ‘Y’all Come’ as the theme song of the Houston
Hometown Jamboree and the audience always got into it and joining in the
singing of the chorus.

Arlie Duff married the former NANCY WHITE after an 18-day courtship on October
10, 1954. The wedding took place during the Louisiana Hayride. Red Foley was
best man and sang ‘I love you Truly’ and ‘Every Step of the Way’. It seems that
Arlie had just joined the cast of the Red Foley’s show, ‘Ozark Jubilee’ a few weeks
before that. It was there he first met Nancy. The ushers for the bridegroom
included other notable members of the Ozark Jubilee radio cast: Hawshaw Hawkins,
Porter Wagoner, Billy Walker and Tommy Sosebee. They were married for 42 years
and had nine children.

As well as all the notable singers across this country and around the world who
sang Arlie’s music, Loretta Lynn, while making a guest appearance on The Dukes
of Hazard got everyone in Hazard County, including Boss Hogg to sing a rousing
rendition of Y’all Come.

Children of Arlie and Nancy are: BECKY and EIGHT OTHERS.

Arlie passed away on July 04, 1993 [about age 72] while playing golf in Waterbury,
Connecticut. I cannot locate where he is buried.

NOTE: One source said that he died in Colorado, however several others said
Connecticut. That he died while golfing was also news to me.

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[ 6th Generation] REBECCA J. DUFF RIPPY was born 1958/1959. She married
STEVEN M. RIPPY on December 14, 1979 in Travis County, Texas. Steven was
born 1958/1959,

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CHAPTER 4 . . . JAMES THOMAS OVERSTREET


[ 2nd Generation] JAMES THOMAS OVERSTREET ‘ Tom ’ was born Saturday,
November 27, 1852 in Conecuh County, Alabama. He would have been 5 or 6 years
old when the family made their long hard journey from Alabama to the Piney Woods
of Polk County, Texas.

He married NANCY F. SHEPARD on June 9, 1873. Nancy was born in March
20, 1885 in Texas according to the 1860 Hardin County census. Her father was James
Shepard. Her headstone shows her birth date as March 20, 1885.

NOTE: Gladys Overstreet Eller recalled the following about Tom and
Nancy's home: Uncle Tom's home had room a big room and two side room. The boys
slept in one and the girls slept in the other. Uncle Tom would pull his bed close to
the fireplace. A screen was put between him and the other two beds. A quilt was
put on the back of his bed to block out the light. that was left on so the girls could
take care of their babies. There were two beds on the other side of the screen.
One was for Josie and her baby and one was for Jane and her baby.


Nancy died August 9, 1895 [about age 72] and the inscription on her headstone is
‘Dear mother has gone home to rest.’

Tom died November 09 1924 [about age 72]. Inscription on his headstone is ‘Father
let thy grace be given, that we may meet in Heaven.’
They are buried in Big Sandy
Cemetery, Dallardsville, Polk County, Texas.

Children of Tom and Nancy are: SAM, MARY, KIZZ, DAN, JOSEY, ZUDE,
HAMP, JAMIE
and ELIZERAN.

NOTE: The Jefferson County Historical Society Magazine, Kindred Konnection
list the following women as daughters of James Thomas Overstreet. MARY E.
OVERSTREET
was born 1878. RACHEL OVERSTREET was born March
1890. [I don’t remember the issue.] I discussed with times Gladys Overstreet Eller,
James Vinson Overstreet and Annie Margaret Overstreet Jordan ‘Sis Jordan’ the names
Kizz and Zude several times and they all agreed those were the only names any of them
remembered hearing used. {Nick names can drive you up the wall some times !}

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[ 3rd Generation] JAMES SAMUEL OVERSTREET “ Sam” was born January 09,
1877 in Hardin County, Texas. He married MARY ALMA Mc NEIL 'Annie. Mary
was born on July 07, 1883 in Tyler County to John McNeil and Acie Williams. Both of her
parents were born in Tyler also.

NOTE: I got the name ‘Annie’ From FIND-A-GRAVE and don’t know it’s
source. I took the information about her parents from her Death Certificate also posted
on FIND-A-GRAVE. I also reverified headstone information for both James and Mary.


NOTE: It is remembered by both James Vinson Overstreet and Gladys
Overstreet Eller that their mother, Bud Overstreet’s wife Martha, often referred to
Sam as ‘Ole Slew Foot’ because of the large size of his feet.


Sam and Mary’s children are JOHN, JAMES, INEZ, ESCAR, WILLIS, MAYBELL,
ELMER
and VIOLET.

Mary passed on March 11, 1946 of congestive heart failure [61 years, 8 months and 4
days] and is buried in the Fellowship Baptist Cemetery, Warren, Tyler County, Texas.

NOTE: It is indicated on her death certificate that Mary live in Village
Mills, Texas and had lived there for ten years. It also indicated she had heart problems
the entire time she was living there.


James passed on Aug 17, 1958 and is buried beside his beloved Mary. They share
a double headstone with the inscription At Rest.

[ 4th Generation ] JOHN T. OVERSTREET was born October 32, 1899. He was
a native of Old Olive, Hardin County, Texas. John married FANNIE GIBSON.
Fannie, a native of Fred, Tyler County, Texas. Fannie was born September 05, 1904.

John worked as a truck driver for the City of Port Neches, Texas. He and Fannie lived
at 423 Avenue I in Port Neches, Jefferson County, Texas. He retired sometime prior
to 1969. Around 1974 John and Fannie moved to Village Mills, Hardin County, Texas.

John died at 12:30 A.M. on Wednesday, September 10, 1975 [about age 76] in Hardin
Memorial Hospital. He is buried at the Village Mills Cemetery, Hardin County, Texas.

The children of John and Fannie are BERTHA, LORENE and LOUISE.

NOTE: I have no proof at this time, but I believe the ‘T’ in John’s name stands for
Thomas, after his grandfather. John’s daughter Bertha named her first son Tom.


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Shortly after John’s passing, Fannie moved to Warren, Tyler County, Texas and
sometime later married Rev. Elie Edmond Castilaw. “E. E.” was born on June 23,
1901. He was previously married to Myrtis ___?___ . This marriage ended with her
passing on May 26, 1983.

Myrtis and E.E,'s children are: Edmond, Ralph, Harry Lee and Betty. All four have
passed and are buried at Village Mills Cemetery.

Fannie died Sunday, November 10, 1985 [ about age 81 ] at St. Elizabeth Hospital,
Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas after an illness. She is buried beside John at the
Village Mills Cemetery. They share a beautiful double headstone.

Rev. Castilaw passed away on Sunday, November 10, 1985 [about age 93] at Silsbee's
Doctors Hospital. He was buried at Village Mills Cemetery, where he shares a double
headstone with his first wife, Myrtis.

[ 5th Generation ] BERTHA E. OVERSTREET WESTBROOK was born on September
11, 1923 in Village Mills, Hardin County, Texas. She married ESCAR B. WESTBROOK
and they made their home in Buna, Jasper County, Texas where Bertha lived for
over 31 years.

Escar was born on August 21, 1916 and passed away on December 22, 1976 [about age
60] and is buried in the Village Mills Cemetery, Village Mills, Hardin County, Texas.

Bertha passed on Friday, January 19, 1996 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Jefferson
County, Texas [about age 73]. Funeral services were held Sunday, January 21, at Farmers
Funeral Home in Silsbee, Hardin County, Texas. She is buried beside her beloved Escar.
Their double headstone has he inscription:"We All Love You".

The children of Bertha and Escar are: TOM and CHARLES.

[ 6th Generation ] TOM WESTBROOK was born ___?___ . At the time of Bertha’s
passing Tom was living in Evadale, Jasper County, Texas.

[ 6th Generation ] CHARLES WESTBROOK was born ___?___ . At the time of Bertha’s
passing Charles was living in Beaumont, Jefferson, County, Texas.

[ 5th Generation] LORENE OVERSTREET FOXWORTH HARPER was born
February 14, 1926 in Warren, Tyler County, Texas. She married LEVI GREENBERRY
FOXWORTH JR. 'L.G.'
when she was only 15 [ around 1941 ].

Levi was born on June 22, 1922 in Sourlake, Hardin County, Texas. He was the son of Levi
Greenberry Foxworth and Mary W. Pate Foxworth. At the time of their marriage Levi was a
Private in the United States Army, He served from 1938 until 1946 and was a

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a World War 2 Veteran.

Out of the service the young couple After a few years, settled in Port Neches, Jefferson
County, Texas and raised a family of five children: SHIRLEY, MYRTLE, THERESA,
DAVID
and BRENDA.

L.G. died of a heart attack on March 31, 1970[about age 48] in Port Arthur, Texas. He is
buried in the Village Mills Cemetery, Village Mills, Hardin County, Texas. On a plaque at
the foot of L.G.'s grave with the inscription: 'PVT1866 SVC COMD UNIT WWII'.

Lorene became a widow at age 44. Three years later she married a childhood friend,
OSMAN CLAYTON HARPER 'Goose’. Osman was born May 23, 1923.
They moved from Port Neches to Village Mills where they had a spacious home in the
woods that always overflowed with friends and family.

'Goose' died of cancer on January 17, 2000 [about age 76] and is buried in the Village Mills
Cemetery.

Lorene was always happiest when she was cooking and entertaining her family and her
many friends. She was a fabulous cook and could whip up the most mouth-watering
entrees and desserts. Her gift was serving others, always with her sweet smile and
generous heart. She loved playing dominos and cards and had many evenings of playing
games and eating delicious snacks at her home. She was always in the middle of happy
activities, usually as the hostess. Family celebrations were frequent and fun at the farm.

Loren was a member of the First Baptist Church in Port Neches as a young mother; and
a member of the First Baptist Church in Warren as a senior adult. She loved her church
and served in every way possible. She loved hearing the Word preached. She was a
great fan of gospel, country and bluegrass music and attended concerts with her friends
whenever possible.

As her cancer took a toll on her physical abilities, Lorene moved from her country
home to a comfortable apartment at The Gardens in Livingston, Texas , where she
lived for the last 2-1/2 years of her life. Despite cancer and other medical issues
over the last several years, Lorene never gave in or gave up. Her optimism, good
nature and kindness overcame much adversity. She was a woman of faith; the heart
and cornerstone of her large, adoring family. With dignity and grace, she set an
example for mothers, wives, grandmothers, friends. She was a genuine hero. She
will be missed, but remembered always with joy and love.

“I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have remained faithful”.
2 Timothy 4:7


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[ 6th Generation ] SHIRLEY FOXWORTH FAULKNER DOUGHER was born on
___?___. She married __?__ FAULKNER This marriage ended.

Her second married was to JOHN DOUGHER.

NOTE: I am totally confused about the children so will show it exactly
as it appears on the Find-A-Grave listing for Loren, “Daughter: Shirley Dougher
and her husband John (Port Neches) along with son Michael Faulkner (Lumberton)
and his children, Alex and Logan; and son Lance Faulkner, his wife Kim (Orangefield)
and their children, Liam and Presley.”


[ 6th Generation ] MYRTLE FOXWORTH BROUSSARD was born on ___?___.
She married FLOYD BROUSSARD on ___?___. Floyd was born on ___?___.
They make their home in Port Neches, Jefferson County, Texas.

There is one child from this union. SONYA

[ 6th Generation ] SONYA BROUSSARD SQUYRES was born on ___?___. She
married GARY SQUYRES on ___?___. Gary was born on ___?___. They make
their home in Tomball, Texas.

[ 6th Generation ] THERESA FOXWORTH FUKUDA was born on ___?___ She
married PAUL FUKUDA on ___?___. Paul was born ___?___. They made their
home in Bridge City, Orange County, Texas.

[ 6th Generation ] DAVID FOXWORTH was born on ___?___. He married
CAROL ___?___
on ___?___. Carol was born on ___?___.

6th Generation ] BRENDA FOXWORTH DOWER was born on ___?___. She
married CHARLES DOWER on ___?___. Charles was born on ___?___.
They were live in Livingston, Polk County, Texas.

Her second married was to JOHN DOUGHER on ___?___. John was born
on ___?___.

[ 5th Generation ] LOUISE OVERSTREET BOTTOMS was born on ___?___.
She__?__ BOTTOMS on ___?___. He was born on ___?___. For a period
of time they lived in Silsbee, Hardin County prior to moving to Jewett, Leon
County, Texas. In 1996 Louise was still living there.

[ 4th Generation] JAMES E. OVERSTREET ‘ Red ’ was born on September 23,
905. He married EBBIE MULLIN.

James worked and retired from the construction industry. He was a member of the

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Central Baptist Church of Kountze, Hardin County, Texas.

‘ Red ’ died at 9:30 A.M., Friday, July 09, 1971 [ about age 66 ] at the Silsbee Nursing
Home after a long illness. He is buried in the Village Mills Cemetery, Hardin County,
Texas near the grave of his son James.

The children of James and Ebbie are: JAMES, PAULINE, LOTTIE, MILLIE, BILL,
ALMA
and LOIS.

[ 5th Generation ] JAMES V. OVERSTREET was born on December 07,
1929.

He passed away on July 05, 1950 [about age 21] and is buried in Village Mills
Cemetery, Hardin County, Texas. The inscription on his grave store is ‘ None
knew thee but to love thee.’


[ 5th Generation ] PAULINE OVERSTREET RAY DIXON was born on ___?___.
She married JAMES RICHARD RAY on August 06, 1960. In July 1971 they
were living in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas.

At some point this marriage ended because in Millie’s obit information Pauline is
married to CHARLES DIXON on ___?___. Charles was born on ___?___.
They made their home in Mauriceville, Orange County, Texas.

[ 5th Generation ] ALMA JEWEL OVERSTREET STEPHENSON was born on
___?___. She married RICHARD STEPHENSON on ___?___. Richard was born
on ___?___. In July 1971 they were living in Silsbee, Hardin County, Texas.

He may have passed away.

[ 5th Generation ] LOIS EVELY OVERSTREET POWELL was born on February 08,
1932 She married JOHN THOMAS POWELL Jr. 'Pete' around 1947. Pete
was born on on March 06, 1924 in Carthage, Panola County, Texas. He was the son
of John Tom Powell, Sr. and Caroline Matilda (Letney)

Lois and Pete resided in West Orange, Orange County Texas for many years and were
members of the McDonald Memorial Baptist Church in West Orange.

Pete was a proud veteran of the United States Army, having served in WWII. He was an
avid golfer and enjoyed fishing and hunting with his brothers. He loved to walk his
daughter’s dachshund, Beaux, and was know around the neighborhood as being
the little old man with the little dog”. Pete and his wife, Lois, shared 67 wonderful
years of marriage. He loved his family and was proud of his children, grandchildren
and great-grandchildren.

At some point, Lois and Pete must have relocated in Wallisville, Texas. He passed
away [about age 90] on June 27, 2014 at the San Jacinto Methodist Hospital of


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Baytown, Harris County, Texas. Pete is buried in the Village Mills Cemetery, Hardin
County, Texas. Inscription on double headstone, Always In Our Memories.

Children of Lois and Pete are: JAMES, REGINA and GAIL

[ 6th Generation ] JAMES T. POWELL “Dick” was born on ___?___. He married
JONI ___?___ on ___?___. Joni was born on ___?___. At the time of his sister
Gail’s passing in 2010 they were living in Buna, Texas.

[ 6th Generation ] REGINA POWELL BROUSSARD was born on ___?___. She
married JODY BROUSSARD on ___?___. Jody was born on ___?___. At the
time of her sister Gail’s passing they were living in Wallisville, Texas.

[ 6th Generation ] GAIL POWELL GUELKER was born on February 26, 1951 in
Orange, Orange County, Texas. She married W. F. GUELKER 'Pete' on ___?___.
He was born on ___?___.

Children of Gail and Pete are ELI and KEITH.

Gail passed away on June 29, 2010 [about age 59] in Houston, Harris County, Texas.
Visitation was held two hours prior to the service for friends and family with the
Funeral Services at 1 PM, Friday, July 02, 2010 at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in
Orange. Reverend Roy Parker officiated. A grave service followed at 3”30 PM at
Village Mills Cemetery in Village Mills, Hardin County, Texas.

[ 7th Generation ] ELI GUELKER was born on ___?___. He married HEATHER
WITTERSTAETER
on ___?___. Heather was born on ___?___. At the time of his mother’s
passing he was living in Mont Belvieu, Texas

[ 7th Generation ] KEITH ALLEN GUELKER was born on ___?___. He married
JENNY ___?___ on ___?___. Jenny was born on ___?___. At the time of his
mother's passing he was living in Buna, Texas.

[ 5th Generation ] LOTTIE OVERSTREET McDONALD BEHANNON was
born on January 07, 1939 in Hardin County, Texas.

Lottie’s 1st marriage was to __?__ McDONALD.

Children from the 1st marriage are: MARC and LARRY

[ 6th Generation ] MARC MC DONALD was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] LARRY MC DONALD was born ___?___ .

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Her 2nd marriage was to JIM BEHANNON.

In July 1971 Jim and Lottie were living in Houston, Harris County, Texas.

Child from this marriage: BARRY

[ 6th Generation ] BARRY BEHANNON was born ___?___ .

Lottie passed on July 15, 2003 [about age 64] in Beaumont, Jefferson
County Texas and is buried in the Village Mills Cemetery, Hardin County,
Texas. The inscription on her headstone: " Our Mother, Sister, Friend,
Our Everything "

Note: I have no record of a previous marriage except for the last
names of Lotties first two children shown in the Find-A-Grave. It also indicated
Lottie is the grandmother of seven.

[ 5th Generation ] MILLIE OVERSTREET WIGGINS LADNER GORDY
was born December 09, 1936. in Village Mills, Hardin County, Texas.

Millie married ___?___ WIGGINS on ___?___. He was born on ___?___.

Children from this marriage: GERALD and WAYNE.

[ 6th Generation ] GERALD EDMOND WIGGINS was born on ___?___. He
passed away on ___?___.

[ 6th Generation ] WAYNE WIGGINS was born on ___?___. He married ___?___
and they have two sons ASHLY and JOEL.

[ 7th Generation ] ASHLY WIIGGINS was born on ___?___.

[ 7th Generation ] JOEL WIGGINS was born on ___?___.

She married SAM LADNER on ___?___. Sam was born on ___?___.

Children from this marriage are: RHONDA, RUDY, RANDY, RUSSELL and
RONNIE.

[ 6th Generation ] RHONDA LADNER was born on ___?___. Rhonda married
___?___ FAYARD on ___?___. He was born on ___?___. At the time of her mothers
passing they were living in Lakeshore, Mississippi.

[ 6th Generation ] RUDY LADNER was born on ___?___. Rudy married JINNIE
___?___
on ___?___. Jinnie was born on ___?___. At the time of his mothers


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passing they were living in Lakeshore, Mississippi.

[ 6th Generation ] RANDY LADNER was born on ___?___. Randy married
VALERIE ___?___ on ___?___. Valerie was born on ___?___. At the time of his
mothers passing they were living in Lakeshore, Mississippi.

[ 6th Generation ] RUSSELL LADNER was born on ___?___. Russell married
STEPHANIE ___?___ on ___?___. At the time of his mothers passing they were
living in Lakeshore, Mississippi.

[ 6th Generation ] RONNIE LADNER was born on ___?___. Ronnie married
MANDY ___?___ on ___?___. At the time of his mothers passing they were living
in Lakeshore, Mississippi.

Millie married DELBERT M. GORDY ‘D. M.’ on ___?___. Delbert was born on
___?___. They made their home in Orangefield, Orange County, Texas.

Children from this marriage are: DEBORAH, PAMELA, QUENTIN and BRIAN.

[ 6th Generation ] DEBORAH GORDY WELLS was born on ___?___. Deborah
married ___?___ WELLS on ___?___. He was born on ___?___. At the time of her
mothers passing they were living in Orange, Orange County, Texas.

[ 6th Generation ] PAMELA GORDY MILLIGAN was born on ___?___. Pamela
married ___?___ MILLIGAN on ___?___. At the time of her mothers passing they
were living in Orange, Orange County, Texas.

[ 6th Generation ] QUENTIN GORDY was born on ___?___. At the time of his mothers
passing they were living in Orange, Orange County, Texas.

[6th Generation ] BRIAN GORDY was born on ___?___. At the time of his mothers
passing they were living in Orange, Orange County, Texas.

Millie was a loving wife, mother grandmother and sister. She loved playing dominos
as well as hunting and fishing with her husband.

On Tuesday, February 18, 2014, Millie passed away [about age 77] at Baptist Hospital
in Beaumont. A visitation was from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Thursday at Claybar
Funeral Home in Bridge City prior to the Funeral Services on February 20, 2014.
Officiating was Reverend Jacob Fitzgerald of First Baptist Church in Zavalla. A graveside
service was held at 3:30 p.m. at the Village Mills Cemetery in Village Mills Texas.

She was preceded in death by her father James Overstreet; mother, Ebbie Overstreet
Pearson; stepfather, Tommy Pearson; son, Gerald Edmond Wiggins; brother, Bill
Overstreet; and sisters, Alma Jewel Stephenson and Lottie Behannan.

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Millie is survived by her husband, Delbert Gordy of Orangefield; children, Wayne
Wiggins and wife Sheryl of Orange, Rhonda Ladner Fayard, Rudy Ladner and Jeannine,
Randy Ladner and wife, Valerie, Russell Ladner and wife Stephanie, Ronnie Ladner and
Mandy, all of Lakeshore Mississippi, Deborah Wells, Pamela Milligan, Quentin Gordy,
and Brian Gordy all of Orange.

She is also survived by her three oldest grandchildren, Clayton Ladner and wife Jill,
Ashley Wiggins and Joel Wiggins, and twenty-one other grandchildren; numerous
nieces and nephews; and sisters Lois Powell and her husband Pete, formerly of
Orange, and Pauline Dixon and husband Charles of Mauriceville

[ 5th Generation ] BILL OVERSTREET was born ___?___.

[ 4th Generation ] INEZ OVERSTREET GOLDMAN DAVIS was born on
January 06 1903. She married CLYDE GOLDMAN. The children of Inez
and Clyde are: CLYDE and EARL.

At some point her marriage to Clyde ended.

Her second marriage was to LAWRENCE L. DAVIS. Lawrence was born on
December 03, 1937. In 1975 Inez and Lawrence were living in Kountze, Hardin
County, Texas.

Inez passed away in 1976 [about age 73] and is buried at old Hardin Cemetery in,
Kountze, The Inscription on her single headstone 'Gone but not forgotten ’.

Lawrence passed in 1981 [ about age 51 ] and is buried at Old Hardin Cemetery,
Kountze, Hardin, County, Texas. The Inscription on his single headstone 'Gone
but not forgotten'
.

[ 5th Generation ] CLYDE GOLDMAN JR. was born May 13, 1932. He served as
an A3C { Airman 3rd Class } in the United States Air Force.

Clyde died July 18, 1968 [ about age 36 ] and is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park
in Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas. The Plot listing is Oakcrest Garden. Inscription:
TEXAS A3C US AIR FORCE KOREA.

[ 5th Generation ] EARL GOLDMAN was born ___?___ .

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[ 4th Generation ] WILLIAM ESCAR OVERSTREET ' Hamp ' was born April 4,
1911 inHardin, County, Texas. He married MADGALENE LEE FORD, ' Maggie
Lee,'
on September 23, 1931. Maggie was born September 5, 1911. She is the
daughter of George Ford and Lucy White. In 1975 Hamp and Maggie Lee were living
at Camp Ruby, Polk County, Texas. It is later indicated that their last residency was in
Livingston, Polk County, Texas 77351 but it may still be the same Camp Ruby
Residence.

Maggie died February 14, 1989 [about age 71] and Escar died March 11, 1992
[about age 81]. They are buried at the Big Sandy Cemetery, Big Sandy, Polk County,
Texas.

The children of Escar and Maggie Lee are: RALPH, CLARENCE, CHARLES, BETTY,
LARRY
and BARBARA.

[ 5th Generation ] RALPH WELTON OVERSTREET was born July 06, 1932 .

[ 5th Generation ] CLARENCE ELTON OVERSTREET was born on February 16 1934
He married BETTY SUE MURPHY on June 03, 1960 and for some time they made
their home in Livingston, Texas.

He worked as Road and Bridge Foreman, Precinct 4. Like so many other Overstreet's,
Clarence enjoyed ranching and hunting and his chosen religion was Baptist

The children of Clarence and Betty are MORRIS, STUART and JANIS.

[ 6th Generation ] MORRIS WAYNE OVERSTREET was born on October 22, 1961 in
Polk County Hospital, Livingston, Texas. He married LINDA SUE WILSON on August
08, 1980 in First Baptist Church, Livingston, Texas.

[ 7th Generation ] DANIEL WAYNE OVERSTREET was born on February 01, 1999 in
Plano Hospital, Carrolton, Texas.

[ 6th Generation ] STUART LEE OVERSTREET was born on March 22, 1964 in Bay
Springs, Jasper County, Mississippi.

[ 6th Generation ] JANIS RENEE OVERSTREET HOWELL was born in April in Polk
County Hospital, Livingston, Polk County, Texas. She married CLYDE LOUIS HOWELL
June 20 1991 in First Baptist Church, Livingston, Polk County, Texas.

Their children are: PRESTON and ASHLEY.

[ 7th Generation ] PRESTON LOUIS HOWELL was born on August 09, 1995 .

[ 7th Generation ] ASHLEY NICOLE HOWELL was born May 09. 1999 .

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[ 5th Generation ] CHARLES RAY OVERSTREET was born April 04,1936 at Camp
Seal Polk County, Texas. He married MARGARET BARBARA JANE COMEAUX.
They lived in East Livingston, Polk County, Texas. His religious choice was Baptist and
he was owner of Overstreet Dirt in Livingston.

Charles passed away in April 1987 [about age 51] at Livingston, Texas. He is buried at
Camp Ruby Cemetery, Dallardsville, Polk County, Texas. He shares a beautiful headstone
with his wife Barbara however there is no indication as of 2014 that she has passed.

The children of Charles and Margaret are: CYNTHIA, CHARLES and REGINA.

[ 6th Generation ] CYNTHIA ANN OVERSTREET RASBERRY was born on December
11, 1956 in Crowley, Acadia Parish, Louisiana.

She married FREDERICK RASBERRY on April 19, 1980. Their children are: RACHEL
and SARAH

[ 7th Generation ] RACHEL ANN RASBERRY was born on February 22, 1983 in
Huntsville, Walker County, Texas.

[ 7th Generation ] SARAH KAY RASBERRY was born on May 23, 1986 in Huntsville,
Walker County, Texas.

[ 6th Generation ] CHARLES THOMAS OVERSTREET ' Tommy ' was born on
May 04, 1959. He married SHERRIE HOLBROOK. Their children are WADE
and AMY.

[ 7th Generation ] WADE OVERSTREET was born on June 22, 1984 .

[ 7th Generation ] AMY OVERSTREET was born on April 02, 1987.

[ 6th Generation ] REGINA FAYE OVERSTREET DILLARD was born on September
18, 1962 in Livingston,Polk County, Texas. She married ARTHUR DALE DILLARD
on June 27, 1981 in Livingston, Texas.

Children of Regina and Arthur are: CLINTON and LOGAN.

[ 7th Generation ] CLINTON KYLE DILLARD was born in February 1984 in
Lufkin, Angelina County, Texas.

[ 7th Generation ] LOGAN RAY DILLARD was born on August 12, 198__ in
Huntsville, WalkerCounty, Texas.

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[ 5th Generation ] BETTY MARIE OVERSTREET CATER JOHNSON was born on
June 26, 1939 in Big Sandy, Polk County, Texas. She married RUBEN EARL CATER
'Bobby'
on June 06, 1959 in Lufkin, Angelina County, Texas.

The children of Betty and Bobby are: BRENDA, ROBERT, MELINDA and
SANDRA.

Betty's second married was to OLUN MARSHALL JOHNSON on October 27,
1985 in Cleveland, Liberty County, Texas.

[ 6th Generation ] BRENDA JEAN CATER was born May 30, 1960 in Livingston,
Polk County, Texas. She married ALAN EUGENE WEAVER on June 02, 1979.

The children of Brenda and Alan: KAYLA.

[ 7th Generation ] KAYLA MARIE WEAVER was born on November 04, 1985 in
Snohomish, City, Snohomish County, Washington.

[ 6th Generation ] ROBERT EARL CATER was born on November 13, 1961 in
Livingston, Polk County, Texas. He married BEBE __?__ .

His second marriage was to JEANETTE BRYER on March 15, 1980 in Livingston,
Polk County, Texas.

Children of Robert and Jeanette are: SHANNON, SHEENA and KARISSA.

[ 7th Generation ] SHANNON SHEREE TANTON [ adopted child ] was born on May
20, 1982 in Galveston, Galveston County, Texas.

[ 7th Generation ] SHEENA DANESE CATER was born in Livingston, Polk County, Texas.

[ 7th Generation ] KARISSA DANIELLE CATER was born on July 07, 1985 in Livingston,
Polk County, Livingston, Polk County, Texas.

[ 6th Generation ] MELINDA MAE CATER was born on January 14, 1966 in Livingston,
PolkCounty, Texas.

[ 6th Generation ] SANDRA ELIZABETH CATER was born on June 20, 1971 in Lufkin,
Angelina County, Texas.

[ 5th Generation ] LARRY WAYNE OVERSTREET February 06, 1944 married LINDA
KAY THIGPEN
. The children of Larry and Linda are LAURA, LESLIE, LARRY and LACY.

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[ 6th Generation ] LAURA BETH OVERSTREET was born on ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] LESLIE OVERSTREET was born on ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] LARRY WAYNE OVERSTREET Jr. was born on ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] LACY OVERSTREET was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation] BARBARA ANN OVERSTREET FOXWORTH was born on ___?___.
She married FLOYD FOXWORTH. Children of Barbara and Floyd are KEITH and JIMMY.

[ 6th Generation ] KEITH FOXWORTH was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] JIMMY DWAYNE FOXWORTH was born ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation ] WALTER WILLIS OVERSTREET was born May 10, 1913 in
Warren, Tyler County, Texas. He married LORENE FOXWORTH. Lorene was
born June 15, 1918 in Warren.

Walter and Lorene were long time residents of Village Mills, Hardin County, Texas.
Willis worked in the oil field industry. He retired there as a truck driver.

NOTE: If it’s to be believed, at some point this marriage may have ended
because FIND-A-GRAVE Web Stie shows Walter’s Spouse is LOYCE E. JACKSON
GUILLORY. I have trouble accepting Loyce was born on January 22, 1922 in Texas to
Robert Villow Jackson and Lessie E; Jackson.

In the early mourning hours of June 18, 1975 Loyce passed away [about age 53] after
a struggle with Cancer. According to her death certificate she was married to Y. O.
Guillory. She is buried at the Felps Cemetery; Thicket, {Votaw}, Hardin County, Texas.

I personally feel the information about Loyce is just a mistake on Find-A-Grave.

On Tuesday, May 03, 1988 Willis died [about age 75] at Silsbee Doctors Hospital.
He is buried in the Fellowship Cemetery, Tyler County, Texas.

Loyce passed on October 24, 2003 [about age 85 in Woodville, Tyler County, Texas.

Willis and Loyce have a daughter NELDA.

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[ 5th Generation ] NELDA SUE OVERSTREET GREY married LEON GREY. Nelda
and Leon purchased the old James H and Martha Overstreet home in Long
Station, Hardin County, Texas and have improved and modernized the entire
place. It has once again become the beautiful show place home it once was.

[ 4th Generation ] MAYBELL OVERSTREET COLLINS married L. V. COLLINS.
It is noted that in 1975 they lived in Nederland, Jefferson County, Texas.
It is believed they have two children but at this time that fact is not proved.

[ 4th Generation ] ELMER OVERSTREET LILLY was born ___?___ . He married
F. A. LILLY
.

[ 4th Generation ] VIOLET OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

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[ 3rd Generation ] MARY E. OVERSTREET was born around 1876 in Texas. She
married CLINT COLLINS.

Mary and Clint had at least one son: CLYDE.

Mary died while Clyde was still a young boy. Clint couldn’t keep him at home with him,
so the boy lived with his grandfather, James Thomas Overstreet. Clint would pick
Clyde up and take him home for the weekend almost every week.

[ 4th Generation ] CLYDE NIXON COLLINS was born May 28, 1915.
It is remembered by Gladys Overstreet Eller that Clyde was a cotton headed
kid. She also recalls that he was a pretty good kid.

He served in the United States Army. He was a TEC 5 in the 740 Tank Battalion.
The rank was equal to a Corporal. The tech grades went downward unlike the
way specialists are done. T4 was higher than a T5. In modern terms a Tech 5
would be a Specialist 4. While it was a non-combat rank9more accurately a
non-NCO grade), these guys often saw a lot of combat. He's have been
referred to as 'Corporal'.

Clyde passed on September 23, 1972 and is buried at Blue Water Cemetery,
Livingston, Polk County, Texas. Inscription: TEC 5 740 Tank BN World War II.


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[ 3rd Generation ] DANIEL COLEMAN OVERSTREET was born in 1893. He
married EMMA PITTMAN. Emma was born in 1891.

The children of Daniel and Emma are: SELMAN, KATTIE, VELMA, LARENE and
DOVIE.

Daniel died in 1960 [about age 67] His head stone carries the following inscription
‘ Gone but not forgotten.’ He is buried in Big Sandy Cemetery, Big Sandy,
Hardin County, Texas.

NOTE: Unable to find a listing for Emma. It is possible that she
remarried and is buried under that name.


[ 4th Generation ] SELMAN OVERSTREET was born August 2, 1913. He
served in the United States Army as a Sergeant in World War II.

Selman died July 31, 1973 [about age 60] and is buried in Big Sandy Cemetery, Big
Sandy, Hardin County, Texas.

[ 4th Generation ] KATTIE OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation] VELMA OVERSTREET PLACKER was born in Polk County,
Texas. She married ARNER PLACKER.

They had at least one son, BOBBY. She also had two additional children from another
marriages, Steve Placker and Kelly Smith.

Velma was a very good seamstress. She was a devoted member of Soda Baptist
Church for many years. In later years she spent most of her time quitting, knitting,
doing crafts and ceramics.

Arner passed away on November 15, 1993, [about age 82] and was buried at the Camp
Ruby Cemetery.

On September 18, 2008 Velma passed away in the Bradford Nursing Home in Livingston,
Polk, County, Texas [about age 93]. Funeral service was held Sunday, September 21, 2008
in the Pace Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Frank Hood officiating. Pallbears were Steve
and Kim Packer, Ray and Kelly Placker Smith, Kyle Ramage, Rhett Smith, Bob Crawford, John
Crawford and Jerry Way Rutherford.

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Velma was laid to rest beside her loving husband at the Camp Ruby Cemetery. The inscription
on their double headstone: They gave their today for our tomorrow.

She was known as a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. At the time of her
passing she had nine great-grandchildren.

[ 4th Generation ] BOBBY PLACKER was born on ___?___. He married Wilma ___?___.

[ 4th Generation ] LARENE OVERSTREET RITTLES was born on ___?___. She married
W. E. RITTLES
.

[ 4th Generation] DOVIE OVERSTREET was born on ___?___.

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[ 3rd Generation ] MARTHA JOSEPHINE 'Josie' OVERSTREET DOWDEN MURPHY
WILLIFORD
was born March 20, 1884. Polk County, Texas. She married
TOM DOWDEN
.

Their children were R.T. and SUSIE.

Mr. Dowden died prior to the birth of Susie. Josie then married SAM MURPHY
on ___?___.
Sam was born on ___?___. They
have one son J.C. The marriage between Josie and Sam ended in Divorce.

NOTE: I suspect Josie married Edward Dillard Dowden. His death on
October 11, 1912 fits the correct time frame. That he was a good bit older than
Josie explains his passing. His mother’s first name was Susannah and finally much
of his family including Josie is buried at the Fellowship Baptist Cemetery.


Later in her life, Josie married JOE WILLIFORD, brother of Algie and Steve Williford.
She was a Hardin County resident since the late 1940’s living at Rt 2 for a period
of time.

Joe passed away on January 18, 1965 [about age 73] and is buried at the Fellowship
Baptist Cemetery in Tyler County, Texas about 3 miles northwest of Warren.

Josie died, 10”15 P.M., Wednesday, December 6, 1978 [about age 94] in Hardin
Memorial Hospital and is buried at Fellowship Cemetery, Tyler County, Texas.

[ 4th Generation ] R . T . DOWDEN was born February 3, 1912. He
married ___?___ TANTON and they lived in Port Arthur, Jefferson County,
Texas

R. T. was a carpenter by profession, working at the Texas Oil Refinery; later called
TEXACO Refinery, in Port Arthur. On December 28, 1943 an explosion and fire in
the Alkylation Unit No.2 fatally burned R. T. and two other men. R. T. passed
away at St. Mary’s Hospital at 2:15 P.M. from second and third degree burns on
his entire body.

The unit had started operations in April 1943 but unseen corrosion caused and
explosion and fire. A result of the industrial was a better method of inspection
operating units for corrosion. There was a lot of sulfur in the crude removed
from Spindletop Oil Field.

R. T. was buried at Fellowship Baptist Cemetery, Tyler County, Texas. The
inscription on his headstone 'How desolate our home bereft of Thee.' At the
time of his death he was 31 years, 10 months and 2 day old.

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NOTE: They may have had as many as five children but I don’t know the
names or the ages of the children.

NOTE: From Elton N. Gish’s HISTORY OF THE TEXAS COMPANY AND PORT ARTHUR WORKS REFINERY - Alkylation Unit No. 2 started operations in April 1943. Unseen corrosion on Alkylation Unit No. 2 caused an explosion and fire on December 28, 1943. Three men were fatally burned. [ 4th Generation ] SUSIE IVENA DOWDEN WILLIFORD Mc MILLAN was born April 10,
1913 in Segno, Polk County, Texas. She married GEORGE ALGIE WILLIFORD.
Algie was born July 3, 1907.

NOTE: The names Ivena and George were identified in the obit of their son Lenard.

Algie died June 28, 1975 [about age 68] and is buried at Fellowship Baptist Cemetery,
Tyler County, Texas, about 3 miles Northwest of Warren.

The inscription on his headstone is 'Our beloved Daddy and Husband.'

A listing of the children include the following, but there may be others who
passed earlier. JAMES, LENARD, VERNON, EILEEN, DOROTHY and BERNICE.


NOTESome time after Algie's death Susie married ___?___ Mc MILLIAN. But
he must have also past away, because he is not listed as one of her survivors, although
his son is. Susie also raised DOCIA KARNES, the youngest daughter of ELIZERAN
OVERSTREET WILLIFORD
.

Susie died, Monday, February 23, 1987 [about age 73] at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont,
Jefferson County, Texas. She had lived in Kountze, Hardin County, Texas for 48 years

preceding her death. She is buried in the Fellowship Baptist Cemetery, Tyler County, Texas,
about 3 miles northwest of Warren. The inscription on her tombstone ' Rest in Peace.' and
' Gone but not forgotten.'

NOTE: She is buried as SUSIE WILLIFORD and shares a double headstone with her
beloved ALGIE.

[ 5th Generation ] JAMES THOMAS WILLIFORD was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] LENARD WELDON WILLIFORD was born on April 13, 1939 in
Kountze, Hardin County, Texas. He married CAROLYN __?__ .

A native and lifelong resident of Kountze, Lenard was a retired ship fitter with Bethlehem
Steel in Beaumont and a member of Happy Valley Church in Kountze.

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Lenard passed on April 23, 2012 [about age 63] in Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas. He
is buried in the Fellowship Baptist Cemetery, Tyler County, Texas, about 3 miles northwest
of Warren.

The children from this union are BONNIE, TAMMIE, RHONDA and DWAYNE.

[ 6th Generation ] BONNIE WILLIFORD CARNLEY married __?__ CARNLEY.

[ 6th Generation ] TAMMIE WILLIFORD HALEY married __?__ HALEY.

[ 6th Generation] RHONDA WILLIFORD HAMILTON married__?__ HAMILTON.

[ 6th Generation ] DWAYNE WILLIFORD married ANDY __?__ .

NOTE: According to Lenard’s obit on Find-A-Grave web site, all of his children
were living in Kountze at the time of his death and that there were ten grandchildren;
and three great-grandchildren but they weren’t listed.

[ 5th Generation ] VERNON RAY WILLIFORD was born on November 25, 1947.
He served in the United States Army and earned the rank of SP5. He was a Vietnam
Veteran with at least one tour there.

Vernon married JOSIE __?__ . Children from this union are RAY and RICHIE

NOTE: I am assuming since both sons have the last name RONQUILLO they are
most likely Josie’s sons from an earlier marriage.

[ 6th Generation ] *RAY RONQUILLO married CINDY ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] *RICHIE RONQUILLO married KRISTY ___?___ .

*Grandchildren: Merissa Ronquillo, Ashley Bartley, Blake Dougherty, Brandi Williamson,
Stephanie Sirmons, Brandy McKinney and Kylie Jones.

Veron passed on September 03, 2009 [about age 62] and is buried in the Fellowship Baptist
Cemetery, Tyler County, Texas, about 3 miles northwest of Warren.

[ 5th Generation ] EILEEN WILLIFORD DEAN was born on July 27, 1929. She married
CHARLES DEAN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Escar Dean. Charles was born on March 01, 1926.

Eileen passed away on September 07, 2000 [about age 71] and is buried in the Fellowship
Baptist Cemetery, Tyler County, Texas about 3 miles northwest of Warren.

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NOTE: There is a double headstone, which includes Charles name and birth
information but does not indicate that either he has passed as of this time {2014} or that
he was buried somewhere else. I am assuming he hasn’t passed. The inscription of Eileen’s
portion of the headstone: In loving memory.

The children of Eileen and Charles are: GARY, RONNIE, BOBBY, CHARLES and
JERRY.

[ 6th Generation ] GARY L. DEAN was born October 17, 1951. He was living
in Lafayette, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana along with his parents and two brothers. Gary
was a surveyor.

He died, Saturday, February 12, 1977 [about age 26] at Lafayette General Hospital after a
short illness. He is buried in the Williford Plot at the Fellowship Baptist Cemetery, Tyler
County, Texas about 3 miles northwest of Warren. The inscription on his headstone
' At Rest ' and ' He suffered here, but never more. With God's Angels he doth
now soar. '


[ 6th Generation ] RONNIE DEAN was born ___?___. For a period of time he
was living in Lafayette, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana.

[ 6th Generation ] BOBBY DEAN was born ___?___. For a period of time he was
living in Lafayette, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana.

[ 6th Generation ] CHARLES WAYNE DEAN was born ___?___. For a period of
time he was living in Arlington, Tarrant Count, Texas.

[ 6th Generation ] JERRY DEAN was born ___?___ . For a period of time he
was living in Lafayette, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana.

[ 5th Generation ] DOROTHY J. WILLIFORD THOMPSON ' Dot ' was born
September 23, 1935. She married BILLY JEAN THOMPSON. They had at least
one son, RICHARD.

Dorothy died November 20, 1983 [about age 48] and is buried in the Williford Plot
at the Fellowship Baptist Cemetery, Tyler County, Texas, about 3 miles northwest of
Warren. Inscriptions on her headstone: ' Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother, Christian,
Friend, worth more than rubes.'
( ' Mama Dot ' ) ( 'At Rest ' ).

[ 6th Generation ] RICHARD D. THOMPSON ' Ricky ' was born November 03,
1958 He died in April of 1977 [about age 19]. Inscription on headstone: ' Watch,
for you know not what hour your Lord doth come.'
At the foot of his grave is the
marker 'Dumplin.' He is buried in the Williford Plot at the Fellowship Baptist
Cemetery, Tyler County, Texas,about 3 miles northwest of Warren.

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[ 5th Generation ] BERNICE WILLIFORD POWELL married GAVID E. POWELL
David was born in 1930 and passed in 1995 [about the age 65]. He is buried at the
Fellowship Baptist Cemetery, Tyler County, Texas about 3 miles northwest of Warren.


4th Generation ] J. C. MURPHY married ___?___ EARLYN . They have
one daughter: LANELL.

5th Generation] LANELL___?___ was born ___?___ .

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[ 3rd Generation ] LEWIS HAMPTON OVERSTREET 'Hamp' was born in July 1888
according to the 1900 Polk County Texas Federal Census The Census was taken in June,
making Hamp 13 lacking less than a month at the time. He was already working as a farm
laborer, most likely for his father.

Hamp married ___?___ and they had four children: L. C., WOODROW, EDITH and
FERGUSON.

[ 4th Generation ] L. C. OVERSTREET was born on April 14, 1912. (Bet the L was
for Lewis – Possibly Lewis Coleman).

He married BERTIE L. ___?___ . Bertie was born on January 23, 1916. L.C. worked
at the Gulf Oil Refinery in Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas. In 1969 they were living
in Nederland, Jefferson County, Texas.

Bertie passed on January 18, 1984 [ about age 72] and is buried in the Cunningham
Cemetery, Silsbee, Hardin County, Texas.

L. C. passed on December 13, 1984 [ about age 73] and is buried beside his beloved
Bertie.

[ 4th Generation ] WOODROW W.OVERSTREET was born on___?___ .

[ 4th Generation ] EDITH OVERSTREET was born on ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation ] FERGUSON OVERSTREET was born August 10, 1914 and died
on March 25, 1944 [about age 30]. Woodrow is buried at Big Sandy Cemetery, Dallardsville,
PolkCounty, Texas.

NOTE: He was a Texas Chief Motor Mechanic Mate, US Navy and his death may
have been military related.

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[ 3rd Generation ] ' KIZZ ' OVERSTREET MURPHY was born ___?___. She married
LARKIN MURPH or so I was told.

NOTE: I’m not sure what Kizz's real name is, this is the only name Gladly
Overstreet Eller or her brother Vinson Overstreet ever remembered her being called.


NOTE: I located the graves of several Larkin Murphy’s but non seem to fit. This
mystery continues for me. Could she have been Thomas’s daughter Sarah or Rachael or
maybe Nancy ? What kind of a nickname is Kizz – boy have I grown to really hate nicknames.

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[ 3rd Generation ] ' ZUDE ' OVERSTREET was born ___?___ . She never
married or so I was told.

NOTE: Im not sure what Zude's real name is, this is the only name Gladly
Overstreet Eller or her brother, Vinson Overstreet ever remembered her being called.

This mystery continues for me. Could she have been Thomas’s daughter Sarah or
Rachael or maybe Nancy ? What kind of a nickname is Zude – boy have I grown to
really, really, really hate nicknames.

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[ 3rd Generation ] JANE OVERSTREET PITMAN PARKER first married
ROBERT PITMAN and they one child: ROBBIE LEE but Robert
died before Robbie was born. Can find no grave for Robert.

Jane second married was to ___?___ PARKER. He had one child
BEATRICE from a previous marriage.

[ 4th Generation] ROBBIE LEE PITMAN SMITH

[ 4th Generation ] *BEATRICE PARKER

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[ 3rd Generation ] ELIZA ANN OVERSTREET WILLIFORD married
STEVE WILLIFORD. Steve was brother of Alvin Williford.

Steve and Elizeran's children are: FLOYD, ___?___ , ___?___ and DORCIA.

[ 4th Generation ] FLOYD WILLIFORD was born on ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation ] ___?___ . was born on ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation ] ___?___ . was born on ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation ] DORCIA LOU WILLIFORD CURTIS KARNES was born in 1931
in Woodville, Tyler County, Texas. After her mother died she was raised by Susie and
Alie Williford.

There is an obit for Docia on FIND-A-GRAVE which doesn't list a husband as her survivor,
just her children. It does not list a husband as passing prior to her either. A little
reasoning make me think that she was married first to MARTIN HENRY CURTIS
because her obit list all her children with the surname of Curtist.

___?___ KARNES is possibly Dorcia's second husband. Since the name on her
grave marker is Karnes I am guessing that was her second husband. In either case, I
believe both marriages ended before Dorcia's passing

Docia was a long time resident of Silsbee and worked for years as a beauty operator in
Silsbee, Hardin County, Texas where she lives.

Docia Lou Williford Karnes past away on August 24, 2010 [about age 79] at Silsbee
Oaks Health Care. Her funeral services were held at 10:00 am Friday, August 27, 2010
at Farmer Funeral Home with interment following in R S Farmer Memorial Cemetery in
Silsbee, Hardin County.

Her Obituary does list that a son, Larry Curtis, and two granddaughters, Cherissa and
Melissa Curtis, preceded her in death.

[ 5th Generation ] CAROLL CURTIS was born on ___?___ . At the time of his
mothers passing he is living in Nacogdoches, Texas

Docia and Martins children are: CAROLL, LARRY, KELLY, CINDY and CAROLYN.

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Her son, Larry Curtis and two granddaughters, Cherissa and Melissa Curtis proceeded
her in death.

[ 5th Generation ] CAROLL CURTIS was born on ___?___ . At the time of his
mothers passing he was living in Nacogdoches, Texas.

[ 5th Generation ] LARRY GLENN CURTIS was born on December 17, 1951 in
Hardin County, Texas. He passed away on April 26, 2000 [about age 49] in Hardin
County is buried at the R. S. Farmer Memorial Cemetery in Silsbee, Hardin County.

NOTE: According to FIND-A-GRAVE Larry is the son on Martin Henry and Docia
Lou Williford Curtis

[ 5th Generation ] KELLY CURTIS was born on ___?___ . At the time of his mothers
passing he is living in Silsbee, Hardin County, Texas.

[ 5th Generation ] CINDY CURTIS STEPHENS was born on ___?___ . At the time of
his mothers death he was living in Hemphill, Texas.

[ 5th Generation ] CAROLYN CURTIS WILLIFORD was born on ___?___ . She married
JOHN WILLIFORD . At the time of Docia's death they are living in Fred, Texas.

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CHAPTER 5 . . . . DANIEL OVERSTREET

[ 2nd Generation ] DANIEL OVERSTREET ' Dan ' was born April 02, 1855 in
Conecuh County, Alabama.

Dan and SARAH MARGARET COLLINS appeared before Hardin County Clerk,
John J. Dollard, on November 19, 1873 for a Marriage License. The next day, November
19, 1873 they were married by Hardin County Justice of the Peace, Samuel E. Parker.


Sarah was born December 09, 1856 in Hardin County, Texas. She was the child
of Warren J. and Tilitha Collins ' Eboline '.

Gladys Overstreet Eller recalled, “ My grandpa, Dan Overstreet, use to make
grape wine. It was really good. I believe it did have a bit of alcohol.

“ When I was a girl of 13 or 14 years old I thought my grandpa Dan didn't like me
very much. Papa had given me a kit with all kinds of creams and face stuff so I was
sitting in front of the heater putting it on and Grandpa was smoking his pipe. He
leaned over, squinted his eyes and sneered at me, ' You ought to be in the kitchen
helping your Mamie.' I believe I replied by saying ' She doesn't want me in there,
besides my daddy got this for me an I'm going to use it.' I think that was all that was
said and Grandpa just sit back and kept smoking his pipe.”

Sarah died October 19, 1932 [ about age 76 ] and Dan died April 4 1941 [ about age 86 ].
[ File #42493 ]. They are both buried in the Holland Cemetery, Hardin County, Texas.

Their children are: MARY EBOLINE, NANCY JANE, JAMES HAMILTON,
CYNTHIA EMMA,WARREN WALTER, OSCAR O., ARTHUR DANIEL,
WILLIE G., CARL D., TRAVIS E., JESSIE
and OLA.

NOTE - OVERSTREET INFORMATION: Dan’s son’s Oscar, Arthur and Willie
married three Youngblood Sisters, Susie, Viva and Annie Bell.

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[ 3rd Generation ] MARY EBOLINE OVERSTREET HOLMES ' Linia ' or ' Liney '
was born January 09, 1875. She married ROBERT WASHINGTON HOLMES, ' Bob ',
on December 27, 1888. Linia lacked 13 days of being 14 years old when she married.

Bob was born December 4, 1867. He is the son of William F. Holmes, born about 1836
in Tennessee and Lettie ___?___ Holmes was born about 1839 in Texas. [ Pension
application for William F. Holmes indicated he came to Texas in 1875 and to Village Mills,
Hardin County, Texas in 1858. ]

Bob died December 07, 1952 [ about age 85 ] and is buried in the Fellowship Cemetery,
Baptist Tyler County, Texas.

Linia died February 12, 1960 [about age 85] and is buried beside her beloved Bob under
a double head stone. Along with the normal information is the simple inscription ' At Rest. '

Their children are: WILLIE, EMILY, EDNA, OSCAR, CARL, CLAYTON,
MERTIE, BERTIE, LUCILLE
and VERNON.

NOTE: Birth and death information verified from headstone and information from
Find-A-Grave web site for both Bob and Eboline. There is no indication there of how
to spell her name since she is listed Mary E.

NOTE: Much of the information on all the Holmes Families come from research
information from Pamela Kaye Holmes Serda.

[ 4th Generation ] WILLIE DANIEL HOLMES was born January 20, 1890. His first
marriage was to EFFIE STACKPOLE on March 21, 1909. Effie was born on
December 05, 1890. She was the daughter of James Stackpole and Mary Pender Holmes.

The children of Effie and Willie are: MARY, WILLIAM, WILBURN and ELMER.


Effie passed on May 20, 1937 [ about age 47 ] and is buried at the Fellowship Baptist
Cemetery, Warren, Tyler County, Texas.

After Effie died Willie married MARY L. SIMPSON on October 26. 1937. At some
point this marriage ended. Their daughter is: MARY ALICE.

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Willie’s 3rd married was to SADIE M. __?__. Sadie was born February 11, 1903.

Willie died in January 1983 [about age 97] and is buried in the Jordan Cemetery, Honey
Island, Hardin County, Texas .

Sadie passed on June 03, 1995 [about age 92]. She is buried next to Willie in the Jordan
Cemetery.

NOTE: At the Jordan Cemetery the grave sharing the same base inscribed HOLMES
and with an identical headstone as Willie’s is listed as Sadie M., Feb 11, 1903 – June 03,
1995. I do not know anything about this lady but assume she must be his wife.

NOTE: Willie is listed as Rev W. D. Holmes but I don’t have information who he was
affiliated with.

[ 5th Generation ] MARY JOSAPHINE HOLMES PATTERSON was born on
February 19, 1911. She married GARLAND PATTERSON in 1926

NOTE: Pamela Kaye Holmes Serda indicates the correct spelling is JOSEPHINE.

The children of Mary and Garland are: MARY, MALBADEEN, CLARENCE,
GARLAND, BARNEY, JAMES, ROBERT
and MERLON.

Josaphine died around 1944 [about age 33] and is buried in the Holland Cemetery,
Village Mills, Hardin County, Texas.

NOTE: Information on Mary from Pamela Kaye Holmes.

NOTE: Pamela Kaye Holmes Serda indicates the correct spelling is JOSEPHINE.

NOTE: Mary’s Headstone gives the following information. Mary Holmes, born
1912 and died 1944.

*[ 6th Generation ] MARY ALICE PATTERSON DUCE married ___?___
DUCE
. For a period of time she worked at the Court House in Kountze, Hardin
County, Texas for Henry Allen Cole.

[ 6th Generation ] MALBADEEN PATTERSON FREEMAN married
HOWARD FREEMAN.

[ 6th Generation ] CLARENCE PATTERSON was born on ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] GARLAND PATTERSON was born on ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] BARNEY PATTERSON was born on ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] JAMES PATTERSON was born on ___?___ .

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[ 6th Generation ] ROBERT PATTERSON was born on ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] MERLON PATTERSON was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] WILLIAM LESTER HOLMES was born October 14, 1911. He
married MADGE NOLAN on August 2, 1934. Madge was born April 20, 1916.

William passed on June 10, 1989 [about age 78] and is buried at the Jordan Cemetery,
Honey Island, Hardin County, Texas.

Madge passed on January 31, 1993 [about age 77 and is buried by her beloved William
at the Jordan Cemetery.

Inscription on their double head stone ‘In my Father’s House are many mansions’

Their children are: CAROLYN, WILLIAM and CHARLOTTE.

[ 6th Generation ] CAROLYN ELAINE HOLMES PRICE was born August 17, 1942.
She married J. P. PRINCE on December 24, 1961.

Her second marriage was to CLYDE T. TOWNSON. Clyde was born on August 06, 1926.
It is possible Clyde had been married at sometime to Johnnie Mae Townson. Johnnie
passed February 24, 1981.

Clyde passed on November 18, 1993 [abut age 67] as is buried at the Jordan Cemetery,
Honey Island, Hardin County, Texas. It is indicated on his headstone that he was a Mason.

Carolyn passed on October 31, 1993 [about age 51] and is buried next to her beloved Clyde.
They share a beautiful double headstone.

[ 6th Generation ] WILLIAM TERRY HOLMES was born December 24, 1945. He
lived in Honey Island, Hardin County, Texas for a period of time.

[ 6th Generation ] CHARLOTTE DEAN HOLMES was born November 29, 1952.


[ 5th Generation ] WILBURN WINDEL HOLMES was born February 27, 1926 in
Hardin County, Texas. He married IVA LEE PATE. Iva was born November 27,
1927. For a period of time they lived in or near Kountze, Hardin County, Texas and
attended the Baptist Church.

Wilburn was a veteran who served as a PFC in the US Army Air Corps during WWII.

Wilburn pasted on December 26, 1992 [about age 66] in Jefferson County, Texas and is
buried in the Jordan Cemetery, Honey Island, Hardin County, Texas. He is buried under


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a beautiful double headstone. Inscription on his portion of headstone – ‘He Died as He
Lived A Christian’.


In 2014 there is no indication that Iva has passed.

Children of Wilburn and Iva: VIRGINIA, DAVID and ERNEST.

[ 6th Generation ] VIRGINIA ANN HOLMES was born May 26, 1947. She
married but I don’t have any information about that marriage. For a period of time
she worked in a video Store. I am told she is a very talented painter.

[ 6th Generation ] DAVID EARL HOLMES was born April 26, 1951. For a period
of time he lived in or near Kountze, Hardin County, Texas. As a Minister, David has
helped start several churches in the area. He was the manager of the Dairy Queen in
Kountze for a period of time.

[ 6th Generation ] ERNEST DANIEL HOLMES was born on December 15, 1956
and lived in Kountze, Hardin County for a period of time. I am told he is married and
has at least one son but I have no information about the marriage.

[ 7th Generation ] ___?___ HOLMES was born on ___?___.

[ 5th Generation ] ELMER LLOYD HOLMES was born on September 06, 1929.
He married FRANCES JEAN JORDAN. For a period of time they lived in or near
Kountze, Hardin County, Texas

Children of Elmer and Frances: LLOYD.

[ 6th Generation ] LLOYD EUGENE HOLMES was born on September 06, 1956.
I understand that he is married and for a period of time lived in Lumberton, Hardin
County, Texas but I have no information on this marriage.

*[ 5th Generation ] MARY ALICE HOLMES was born on November 23, 1939. She
married DONALD RAY DUCE on August 15, 1958.

Their children are: MARY.

[ 6th Generation ] MARY DONNECE DUCE was born on December 15, 1960.

[ 4th Generation ] EMILY HOLMES SERMONS was born July 04, 1892. She
married CARL SERMONS.

There children are: QUENTIN, LORENE, VAN and NINA.

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[ 5th Generation ] QUENTIN SERMONS lived in Baytown, Chambers County, Texas
for a period of time.

[ 5th Generation ] MARY LORENE SERMONS MARSALIS was born on April 12, 1912.
She married ELMER MARSALIS on August 12, 1928 . Elmer was born on April 19, 1906.
For a period of time the resided in Silsbee, Hardin County, Texas. There were no children from
this union. Elmer passed away on February 08, 1991 [less than a month shy of 85] and is buried
in KnuppleCemetery, Silsbee, Texas.

Lorene passed away on January 18, 1995 [about 3 months shy of 87] and is buried next to her
beloved Elmer. They share a double headstone.

There were no children from this union.

[ 5th Generation ] VAN A. SERMONS was born on ___?___.

[ 5th Generation ] NINA VEE SERMONS FLOWERS married __?__ FLOWERS.

[ 4th Generation ] NETTIE EDNA HOLMES RILEY was born June 17, 1894 in Texas.
She married GILBERT ARTHUR RILEY. Gilbert was born August 27, 1894.

Edna passed away on January 21, 1963 [about age 69] and is buried in the Fellowship
Baptist Cemetery, Tyler County, Texas, about 3 miles northwest of Warren, Tyler County.
The inscription ‘At Rest’ is on the headstone.

Gilbert passed away on February 13, 1970 [about age 76] and is buried in the Fellowship
Cemetery, beside his beloved Edna.

The children of Edna and Gilbert are: JUANITA, VIRGIL, ARTHUR and HOWARD.

[ 5th Generation ] LETTIE JUANITA RILEY LITTLETON was born March 21, 1914.
She married ___?__ LITTLETON.

Juanita passed July 07, 1941 [about age 37] from a car collision on July 04th in Vernon,
Wilbarger County, Texa. She buried at Fellowship Cemetery in Tyler County, Texas.

[ 5th Generation ] VIRGIL NORVIL RILEY 'Pete' was born on ___?___.

[ 5th Generation ] ARTHUR GILBERT RILEY was born on July 21, 1921 in Humble,
Texas. He moved to Hull, Texas for one year and Daisetta, Texas in 1924. He lived three
years in Dayton, Texas and then settled in Daisetta

He graduated from Hull-Daisetta High School in 1940.

On February 02, 1942 he married JOHNNIE MAE HICKMAN. Johnnie was born on January
28. 1922 to George Washington Hickman and Amie (Hatcher) Hickman at Marisee, Texas (Batson)
She graduated from Batson High School in 1941.

In September 1942 enlisted and proudly served in the US Navy Seabees. His service included
2 and ½ years in the Southwest Pacific Area and Okinawa in the 46th Naval Construction
‘NCB’ and 24th ‘NCB’ and was honorably discharged on November 26, 1945.

After his military service he worked in the oil industry and retired from from Bethlehem Steel
in Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas as a pipefitter in March, 1984.

He was a member of Central Baptist Church – Daisetta and has been a member of Hull Masonic
Lodge # 1193 since 1958 and received his fifty-year award in January, 2009. He served as
Worshipful Master in 1978-1979, as a member and past patron of the Order of the Eastern Star.

He remained in Daisetta until October 2007 at which time he moved to Carthage, Texas.

Children of Arthur and Johnnie are: ARTHUR and AMY.

Arthur passed away on Thursday, August 19, 2010 [about age 89] in Carthage, Texas. A funeral
service was held at 11:00 AM, Monday, August 12, 2010 at the Allison Funeral Service. At the
time of his passing he and Johnnie had celebrated 68 years of marriage. Visitation was held one
hour prior to the service. He is buried at the Guedry Cemetery, Batson, Hardin County, Texas.

Johnnie passed away on September 11, 2012 [about age 90] and is buried beside her beloved
Arthur at the Guedry Cemetery. They share a beautiful double headstone.

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[ 6th Generation ] ARTHUR WINSTON RILEY was born on November 09, 1945 in
Liberty, Texas. He graduated from Hull-Daisetta High School in 1963

He married KATHERINE LOUISE MOSELEY on June 06, 1969 in Daisetta. Katherine
was born on July 27, 1950 in Big Springs, Texas to William Stone Moseley and Lola Mae (Ruff)
Moseley. She attended the Hull-Daisetta Schools

Arthur worked and retired from Mobil Oil as an engineer. He was a member of the Mason
Lodge and a member of Central Baptist Church in Daisetta. Arthur loved to fish and loved
working with leather and woodwork.

Katherine enjoyed working in her garden, caring for her grandchildren and working for the
Superintendent of the Hull-Dasietta School System.

Children of Arthur and Katherine are: EDWARD, CARMEN and RHODES.

Katherine passed away on May 12, 2010 [about age 60] at her home. A visitation was held
on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at the Allison Funeral Service in Liberty from 5:PM until 8:00.
Services were held on Monday, May 17, 2010 at the Central Baptist Church in Daisetta at
2:00 PM with Rev. Jimmy Van Dorn officiating. Burial followed at the Guedry Cemetery,
Batson, Hardin County, Texas.

Arthur passed away on June 21, 2013 [about age 68] and is buried beside his beloved
Katherine at the Guedry Cemetery in Batson. They share a beautiful double headstone.

[ 7th Generation ] EDWARD TYROLT RILEY was born on December 17, 1971 but
only lived two days. He is buried in the Guedry Cemetery, Batson, Hardin County, Texas.

[ 7th Generation ] CARMEN LACHELLE RILEY ASHE was born on ___?___> She
married JOHN ASHE on ___?___. At the time of both parents passing they were
living in Lowell Indiana.

[ 8th Generation ] RYAN CHRISTOPHER ASHE was born on ___?___.

[ 8th Generation] CAITLAN NICHOLE ASHE was born on ___?___.

[ 7th Generation ] RHODES BLAKE RILEY was born on ___?___. At the time of his
mother’s passing in 2010 he was living in Austin, Texas. At the time of his father’s passing
he was living in Englewood, Colorado.

[ 6th Generation ] AMY RILEY SULLIVAN. Amy was born on ___?___. She married
RICHARD SULLIVAN on ___?___. Richard was from Carthage, Texas.

[ 7th Generation ] RICHARD SULLIVAN was born on ___?___.

[ 5th Generation ] HOWARD E. RILEY was born February 11, 1919. He married
MARY MARCELLA. Mary was born June 1, 1917.

Howard served in the United States Army for a period of time.

On July 16, 1976 Howard passed away [about age 57] and is buried in the Fellowship
Baptist Cemetery, Tyler County, Texas, about 3 miles northwest of Warren.

Mary died February 16, 1979 [ about age 62 ] and is buried near her husband.

[ 4th Generation ] OSCAR HOLMES was born June 8, 1896. He married
RUBY SINGLETARY. Their children are: LOIS, EUGENE, CECIL, ROBILEE,
MAURICE
and KENNETH.

[ 5th Generation ] LOIS HOLMES LADDET married ___?___ LADDET.

[ 5th Generation ] EUGENE HOLMES was born on ___?___.

[ 5th Generation ] CECIL HOLMES married LENORE ___?__ . He is the owner
of a machine shop.

[ 5th Generation ] ROBILEE HOLMES was born on ___?___.

5th Generation ] MAURICE HOLMES was born on ___?___.

[ 5th Generation ] KENNETH HOLMES was born on ___?___.

[ 4th Generation ] CARL HOLMES was born December 25, 1900. He married
MARTHA MESSER. Their children are: MAXINE and LEVINE.

[ 5th Generation ] MAXINE HOLMES was born on ___?___. She married
___?___

Children of Maxine and ___?___: CAROL.

[ 6th Generation ] CAROL ANN ___?___ was born on ___?___.

[ 5th Generation ] LEVINE HOLMES was born on ___?___.

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[ 4th Generation ] CLAYTON HOLMES was born September 11, 1903. He married
INEZ WALTERS. He died May 9, 1949 [about age 46] and is buried in the Fellowship
Baptist Cemetery, Tyler County, Texas, about 3 miles northwest of Warren. Their children
are: C. D., GLENN and YVONNE.

Inez later married E. B. Gibson.

[ 5th Generation ] CLAYTON D. HOMES 'C. D.' was born on December 28, 1928.
He was a veteran of Word War II and served in the Army Air Corp.

According to Pam Holmes Serda, “C.D. was a truck driver who was gone away from home
for extended periods of time. His first wife dropped all 3 sons off on my grandmothers
{Inez Walters Holmes} front porch one morning. {Now mind you, my grandparents were
both at work and this was in Houston in the late 50’s or early 60’s} and left them there –
not to be heard from for many many years !!! I personally think they felt very betrayed
because their father continued to be less of a part of their lives, letting my grandmother
take care of them.”

The children from C. D.’s first marriage are: WINSTON, GENE and BRUCE.

C.D. married CHARLOTTE J. ___?___ on August 17, 1955. Charlotte was born
on January 28, 1939. They had their family an eventually moved to Brandy, Texas, where
Charlotte was from.

Their children of Clayton and Charlotte are: BUD, LEAH and TERRY.

C. D. passed away on May 18, 1984 [about the age 56] in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas
and is buried at Resthaven Cemetery, Brady McCulloch County, Texas.

Charlotte passed away on April 01,1991 [about age 55] and is buried beside her beloved
C.D.

[ 6th Generation ] WINSTON HOLMES was born on ___?___. He married
ESTELLE ___?___ .

Their children are: MICHELLE and ARRON.

[ 7th Generation ] MICHELLE HOLMES was born on ___?___.

[ 7th Generation ] ARRON HOLMES was born on ___?___.

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[ 6th Generation ] GENE HOLMES was born on ___?___.

[ 6th Generation ] BRUCE HOLMES was born on ___?___.

[ 6th Generation ] BUD HOLMES was born on ___?___.

[ 6th Generation ] LEAH HOLMES was born on ___?___.

[ 6th Generation ] TERRY HOLMES was born on ___?___.

[ 5th Generation ] GLENN HOLMES was born April 12, 1931 in Honey
Island, Hardin County, Texas. He married BONNIE L. SAVOY. According
to his daughter Pam Serda, “ As a young man my Dad played football in High
School and was pretty good. He tried playing some instrument for the band and
was Horrific. It was suggested that he stick with sports. Back then; they played
6-man football at Honey Island.

When I was young I wanted to play the saxophone because that was my Dads
favorite instrument.

My Mother also played High School basketball and supposedly was pretty good.”

Glenn and Bonne’s children are: PAMELA and LESLIE.

Glenn died October 11, 1993 [ about age 58 ] in Houston, Harris County, Texas
and is buried at Village Mills Cemetery, Village Mills, Hardin County, Texas.

[ 6th Generation ] LESLIE CRAIG HOLMES was born on February 05, 1962.
He was a native of Texas City, Galveston County,Texas and a resident of Silsbee,
Hardin County, Texas for six years.

On October 24, 2003 he passed away at his home in Silsbee [ about age 41 ] and is
buried at Village Mills Cemetery, Village Mills, Hardin County, Texas.

[ 6th Generation ] PAMELA KAYE HOLMES SERDA was born on January 05,
1960 in Port Sulphur, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. She attended and graduated High
School in Houston, Texas. “I played the flute in both the Marching Band and
the Concert Orchestra. I played softball from about the age nine (9) to around age
seventeen (17) {but not in high school. I skated in competition and won a few medals.
Dance competitions were it !!! Loved Them !!! but not too good with the speed skating.
I took swimming lessons for a few years but not competing.”


Pamela married EMIL SERDIA JR. on May 11, 1984 in Anahuac, Chambers
County, Texas. Emil is the son of Emil Serda and Juanita Rodriquez. For years Emil
was been successfully involved with oil related ventures throughout Texas. Over the
years he has had several interesting careers including one in law enforcement.

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Technically Pam might be called a stay at home mom but that description doesn’t
truthfully fit this 60 “ tall, energetic and talented lady. She’s continually involved in
doing something. For a period of time she use to make custom fishing rods, which
have been used by championship fishermen and novice all over Southeast Texas and
beyond. I think from time to time she may have owned a horse but not totally sure
about that. I do know she loved her “Mustang”.

Emil enjoys hunting, fishing and is an avid gofer. Unlike many guys, Emil includes
his wife and daughter in much of his outdoor activities. What wonderful memories
daughter Tara must already have. Those are the ties that bind a family.

They have one daughter: TARA.

[ 7th Generation ] TARA RENE’ SERDA was born on December 26, 1988 in Mid
Jefferson Hospital, Nederland, Jefferson County, Texas. She was the best Christmas Gift
anyone could ever ask for. Much like her mother, this beautiful, talented young lady was
an excellent student, outstanding athlete, especially in basketball and developed a skill
in working with her show cattle. Like her Father she has the hunters spirit and is always
ready for a hunting trip.

[ 5th Generation ] YVONNE HOLMES married J. B. WILBURN.
Their children
are: MACK, STEVE, LUANN and KEITH.

[ 6th Generation ] MACK HOLMES was born on ___?___.

[ 6th Generation ] STEVE HOLMES was born on ___?___.

[ 6th Generation] LUANN HOLMES was born on ___?___.

[ 6th Generation] KEITH HOLMES was born on ___?___.

NOTE: DEBRA RUTH HOLMES was born September 15, 1955. She died March
31, 1958. The inscription on her head stone reads “Our Beloved Daughter.” Due to her
location in the cemetery, it is possible that she is a granddaughter to Clayton Holmes.
She is buried in the Fellowship Cemetery, Tyler County, Texas.

[ 4th Generation ] MERTIE HOLMES YORK ‘ Twin’ was born January 28, 1907.
She married CHARLES M. YORK. Charles was born on December 19, 1902.


Charles passed on September 19, 1961 [about age 59 ] and is buried at the Fellowship
Baptist Cemetery, Warren, Tyler County, Texas.

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Mertie passed May 23, 1996 [about age 89 ] an is buried beside her beloved Charles at
the Fellowship Baptist Cemetery.

Their children are: ROBERT and LURAL.

[ 5th Generation ] ROBERT ARNOLD YORK was born on April 83, 1925 in Honey
Island, Hardin County, Texas. His family first settled in Hardin County in 1848.

Robert married GEORGIA LOUISE DEASON on June 21, 1946. Louise was born on
December 17, 19266 In Merryville, Louisiana to George Wesley Deason and Bertie Bratton
Deason. Louise’s family moved to Honey Island, Hardin County, Texas when Louise was
agenine. She attended and graduated from Honey Island High School

In 1953 Robert and louise moved to Vidor, Orange County, Texas. He was a member of
theCarpenters Local Union #502 in Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas since 1954. He
was a charter member and a deacon of Victory Bible Baptist Church in Vidor.

Louise worked and retired from Fox Photo after 21 years

Robert passed away on April 01, 2007 [about age 82] and is buried at Restlawn Memorial
Park in Vidor. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 04, 2007


Their children are: BRENDA and DOUGLAS.

NOTE: At the time of Roberts passing his Grandchildren: J. D. Pate Jr.,
Mark Pate,Tara Zyp, Chad York, Robie York. Great-grandchildren: Kaitlyn York,
Emily Zyp, Chaz York and Grace York.

Louise passed on February 9, 2011 [about age 85] in Vidor and is buried at the
Restlawn Memorial Park with her beloved Robert,

[ 6th Generation ] BRENDA YORK ROSHTO married IRVIN ROSHTO. For
a period of time they lived in Vidor, Orange County, Texas.

[ 6th Generation ] CHARLES DOUGLAS YORK 'Doug' was born on October 22,
S1952 inilsbee, Hardin County, Texas but was a lifelong resident of Vidor. He was an
investigator with Reaud Morgan and Quinn Law Firm in Beaumont. He was also a member
of the Pipefitters Local Union #195 in Nederland, Jefferson County, Texas. Doug served
his country in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam Era.

He married BRENDA ELLIS and for a period of time they lived in Vidor, Orange
County,Texas. Their children are: CHAD, ROBIE and TARA.

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Doug passed away on March 14, 2011 [about age 58] after a brave and lengthy fight
with cancer. He is buried in Restlawn Memorial Park, Vidor, Orange County, Texas

[ 7th Generation ] CHAD YORK was born on ___?___. For a period of time Chad
lived in Vidor, Orange, County, Texas.

[ 7th Generation ] ROBIE YORK was born on ___?___.For a period of time Robie
lived in Vidor, Orange, County, Texas.

[ 7th Generation ] TARA YORK ZYP was born on ___?___.For a period of time Tara
lived in Vidor, Orange, County, Texas. She married ___?___ ZPY.

[ 5th Generation ] LURAL VERLDINE YORK was born December 02, 1929 but
25days later on December 27th. Cause of death Labor Pneumonia and acute cardiac
dilatation are listed on her death certificate #717. She is buried at the Fellowship
Baptist Cemetery, Warren, Tyler County, Texas.

[ 4th Generation ] BERTIE HOLMES JOYNOR 'Twin' was born January 28, 1907.
She married ROLAND JOYNOR. Roland was born February 07, 1901.

He passed away on April 13, 1974 [about age 73] and is buried in the Fellowship Cemetery,
Tyler County, Texas.

Bertie died sometime after Roland and is buried beside him.

Their children are: ARMOND, REAGIN and JUDY

[ 5th Generation ] ARMOND O. JOYNOR ' Brownie ' was born in Daisetta, Texas
about 1927. He married RUBY CHILDERS. Armond lived in Beaumont, Jefferson
County, Texas for 49 years. Part of that time he lived in the Woodland Acres Sub-division.

Armond worked and retired as a warehouse and business agent for the Teamsters Local
920. Like so many others of his time, he was also a World War II veteran, serving in the
United States Navy.

On Monday, July 15, 1996 Armond died in his home [about age 69] and is buried at Guedry
Cemetery in Batson, Hardin County, Texas. Ruby and Armond had no children but Ruby has
a daughter, Betty, from a previous marriage.

[ 5th Generation ] REAGIN JOYNOR was born ___?___. Regin lived in Vidor, Orange
County, Texas for a period of time.

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[ 5th Generation ] JUDY JOYNOR YOUNG was born ___?___. She married ___?___
YOUNG
and for a period of time they lived in Nederland, Jefferson County, Texas.

[ 4th Generation ] LUCILLE HOLMES MOORMAN was born in February 1910. She
married RAY MOORMAN Sr.

Their children are RAY and MICHAEL.

[ 5th Generation ] RAY MOORMAN Jr. was born___?___. He married ___?___ .
Their children are: AL and NATHALEE.

[ 6th Generation ] AL RAY MOORMAN was born on ___?___.

[ 6th Generation ] NATHALEE MOORMAN was born on ___?___.

[ 5th Generation ] MICHAEL MOORMAN was born on ___?___.

[ 4th Generation ] VERNON HOLMES was born on ___?___ anddied about age 2.

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[ 3rd Generation] NANCY JANE OVERSTREET RICHARDSON 'Jannie' was born
October 17, 1876, probably in Polk County, Texas. She married
BEN J. RICHARDSON on September 17, 1891. She died in December
1953 [ about age 77 ].

NOTE: She is listed as ' Jimmie ' in Hardin County Texas Marriages 1858 –
1900 by A. J. Guedry; but living relatives confirmed the correct spelling.

The children of Jannie and Ben are: GORDON, BURROW, JIMMIE, JEWELL
and REESE.

[ 4th Generation ] GORDON RICHARDSON was born on ___?___.

[ 4th Generation ] BURROW RICHARDSON was born on ___?___.

[ 4th Generation ] JIMMIE RICHARDSON COPELAND was born on ___?___. She
married __?__ COPELAND

[ 4th Generation ] JEWELL RICHARDSON ROBINSON was born on ___?___. She
married __?__ ROBINSON and

[ 4th Generation ] REESE RICHARDSON was born on ___?___.

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[ 3rd Generation ] JAMES HAMILTON OVERSTREET 'Bud' was born February 2,
1879 on the Overstreet family farm near Village Mills, Hardin County, Texas. He was the
third child of Daniel and Sarah Margaret [Collins] Overstreet. James worked as a
lumberman in the woods of the Big Thicket around Kountze from the time he was
ten years old, doing just about everything that a man was called on to do. In BIG
THICKET LEGACY
by Campbell & Lynn Loughmiller, Mr. Brown Wiggins, a
contemporary, recalled, “ When Bud was a young man you could put a 1 x 2 board
on the shoulders of two tall men and he could jump it. He was very athletic and
strong.”


A bill of sale dated May 29, 1922 was recently found. It indicates J.H. Overstreet
sold approximately 75 head of cattle to d [Dan] Overstreet. 65 head of the cattle
were at one location with the brand J.O. plus some special ear markings. Total
price for the cattle was $1500 or about $20 per head. The total amount of cattle
would be 75 more or less.

Bud was about 31 years old when he married MARTHA EXA WILLIFORD on ,
June 05 1910. Martha was born on the Williford family farm in Polk County, Texas on
November 29 1886. She was the 8th child of James Irving Williford and Mary
Roberts Williford.

An early home of Bud and Martha was a old boxcar in a siding around the Olive,
Hardin County, Texas area while Bud worked in the nearby logging industry. Later
they moved in or near Votaw, Hardin County, Texas. While living in Votaw an
accidental fall during Martha's 7th month of pregnancy caused her to lose the
twins she was carrying. Bud had opened a bail of hay near the back porch of the
house and the wire was still laying on the ground. Martha went outside and
became entangled in the bailing wire. She tripped and had a hard fall causing
the loss of the twins. It was hand written in Martha's Bible that the twins were
born on January 28, 1911 in Votaw Texas premature and died at birth.

As well as a farmer, lumberman and cattleman, Bud was a hunter and trapper.
He was probably as familiar with the Big Thicket as any man living at that time.
One of the more profitable ‘game’ to be trapped were coons. There was a huge
demand for coon skins for the ‘college boy’s coats’.

Addie Moye, another contemporary and life long friend related the following
event to members of the Overstreet family. In the early 1900’s the ‘Big Thicket
was still a vast untamed wilderness. It was home to almost every kind of wild
animal life known in Texas. Bears, cougars, wild pigs, mountain lions and snakes
that were too numerous to count. It was a beautiful, yet unforgiving wilderness
where more than one good man has lost his life. “ I was in the thicket alone when
a tree fell on me. I was hopelessly pinned beneath the tree. At a time such as that,
the seconds and minutes drag by, so just how long I lay there that day I don’t
know. But God had his hand on me because Bud was in the same area, hunting
wild pigs. He found me and got the tree off. My injuries had helped to prevent
me from being able to free myself. He then helped me to get home. I know that
day that Bud saved my life.”

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In an interview with Buddy Moor, Bud fondly recalled some of his earlier days
with Martha. “ We butchered our own hogs,” he said. “ After I had been out hog
hunting and when I was coming in with a big hog to be dressed, I would blow
the cow horn I always carried over my shoulder. Martha could hear the horn for
a mile or more and she would start the fire to boil the water to dress the hog or
she would use the fire to cook the meal. Some times there would be three or four
of us tired and hungry. She could always get a good meal together even in the
days before gas, electricity or freezers.”

Uncle Bud said he would follow the same horn blowing procedure after his
“cow hunts.” “ In late summer ”, Uncle Bud remembered. “Me and the other
men who had cattle running wild would cow hunt together and camp together.
We would mark and brand our calves and round up the cattle to be sold. I had
a big corral cow pen and we often pinned the cows there until we sold them to
a cow buyer, ” he said.

Bud Overstreet would best be described as a ‘ quiet ’ man. “ I have never been a
quarrelsome person,” he said. “ If Martha got to quarreling or the kids got to
crying, I always had plenty of work to do in the field or at the barn. We never
quarreled much but when she wanted to I picked up my hat and got out for a
while.”

Uncle Bud recalls some of the early Thick days. In 1975, he told Campbell and
Lynn Loughmiller about his grandpa, { James Hamption } ' Jim ' Overstreet coming
to Hardin County before the Civil War. In their book, ‘Big Thicket Legacy’, the
couple tells about the Big Thick being a good place to hide. “ Some people who
didn’t want to fight in the Civil War hid there and became know as the jayhawkers.
Bud Overstreet [95] years old at the time of the interview said, “My daddy was
Dan Overstreet and my mother was Sarah Collins. Grandpa Warren Collins was
one of those who wouldn’t fight during the civil war, was at the Kaiser Burnout.
There was lots of them that lay out. Old man Stace Collins and Newt Collins,
they wee brothers; and Lige Cain and old man Jim Williford. They were part of
the 'jayhawkers'. I know old man Cain and Jim Williford and I’ve seen Stace and
Newt Collins.” The Loughmiller’s reported.

Also in their interview with Bud they were told: “ I’ve heard grandpa say it was
a rich man’s war and a poor man’s fight. That’s the reason they wouldn’t fight,
they didn’t own nothin’. In my opinion it was the best thing in the world they
freed the coloreds. If they hadn’t all those sawmills where we made a living at,
we’d been working as slaves for them because the poor white people was just
like slaves too, no better off than the colored man.”

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Although Bud did not attend Church services in his later years; while the kids
were still living at home he would attend services regularly. His daughter, Gladys,
recalled: “ Papa would usually sit quietly towards the back of the church. He didn’t
get too involved with the service. However, he did enjoy singing conventions and
would always take us. Lee Duff, one of our relatives, was usual involved. Lee was a
terrific singer and never minded doing the introductions as well as some of the
singing. We'd all load into the wagon and off we'd go. Of course, traveling like that
was slow. I remember one trip in particular. We were traveling by wagon on a long
narrow dirt road. Every so often an automobile would overtake us. As soon as it was
practical Papa would find a place where he could pull over to allow the automobile
to pass. This went on the whole trip. Each time seemed to annoy Papa just a little
more. Finally by the end of the trip Papa was pretty aggravated saying ‘I’m going to
have me one of those things.’ The following day Papa became the owner of a Ford
Touring Car.”

During his long life, Bud opened and sold a number of stories in the Village Mills
and Honey Island areas. It was some time after 1937 when he sold the Honey Island
store to his oldest son, James Vinson.

About 1938 Bud built and ran a café/beer-joint on the Hardin County side of the
Polk County/Hardin County Line. Later he built and ran the one on the Tyler County –
Hardin County line known as 'Uncle Bud’s'. It was also called by locals as the ‘Last
Chance’, since it was on the Hardin County side and Tyler County was a ‘dry county’,
In his later years he could almost always be found there, often playing dominoes in
‘his booth’. It is said that by the second round of play he pretty well knew what
‘bones’ each of his opponents had remaining in their hands. He said the game was
99% concentration and 1% luck. Bud didn’t believe much in luck. He knew most things
happened for a reason.

During the hard years if someone needed to borrow money, the only security they
needed with Bud was a hand shake. ‘ Uncle Bud’s ’ dealings were very simple
“ When you get some money, pay me back.” If an individual did that, he could
borrow again, But if someone failed to pay him back once – Bud would wash his
hands of that person forever concerning money loans. He once said in an interview
with Buddy Moor of the Kountze News, “ I have always tried to be fair with people.
My word was always good. I have tried to lend a helping hand whenever I could.”

Martha was affectionately known as Aunt Martha,' to most everyone in the Long
Station Community. She lived the early part of her life in Polk County, Texas, After
she and Bud married they moved around a bit. They had a large farm in Polk
County. That was where they were living with both Gladys and Henry Olen were
born. They finally settling in Long Station later called Village Mills after the Post
Office resettled there.

Martha was a strikingly handsome woman, tall and lean with a smile that would
have warmed the heart of Silas Marner. Her hair was long, flowing all the way to
here waist and for many years she wore it in a bun high on the back of her head.

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Although she only had a 3rd grade education, she was determined and saw to it
that her children all went to high school. She understood the importance of having
a good education and the affect not having it could have. She would not permit
her own limited formal education to impede or limit her world. She loved to read.
Her magazines and books often carried her to the wonderful places she would
never physically see. But most of all, she loved to read her Bible. God’s Word
gave her strength and guidance. It allowed her to be near her Lord daily. It is
remembered by several family members that if there was a visiting minister,
she would always insist that he and his family have at least one meal at her
home. Since she was known to be such a good cook, no one ever passed up
that invitation.

As the years went by Bud would buy a new car ever couple of years. He wanted
to trade his old car in while it still had good resale value. Of course, in those early
years he held on to the cars or trucks a bit longer. Martha never learned to drive.
For the most part her world was within walking distance. Bud might drive her
some of the time, but more often than not she walked. There home in Village
Mills, Texas was about a mile from the post office, grocery stores and church.
She walked to and from the store or post office almost every day. She considered
even visits to friends several miles away to be ' just a good walk or stretch of the
legs.’ She’d assure that every thing was in order at home and then put on her
bonnet and start walking.

Her independence would show it’s self often. If she decided she wanted to go to
Kountze or Beaumont instead of troubling Bud or friends she would flag down
the local train or the old gray hound bus. It kind of depended which was due when
she was ready to go. She knew both schedules pretty good.

Martha had glaucoma and first lost sight in one eye and then in her later years lost
it in the other. But, even in blindness, she remained independent. Rather than
feeling down and out, she did everything possible to live a normal life. In the last
years of her life she did have to have someone staying with her but even then
she mostly cared for herself. She fell and broke her hip and had to stay in a
nursing home. She never really go over the damage done from the broken hip
and finally passed away on April 23, 1975, ending her and Bud’s marriage of
65 years. She would have been 89 on her next birthday.

In his closing years, Bud still remained equally independent also. He continued
for many years to live alone or in a house trailer next door to his son Vinson.
Somewhere during this period Bud renewed his relationship with his Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ.

It was only in the final few years of his life that he lived in a nursing home. He
could often be found in the recreation area playing a game of dominoes with
other nursing home residences. Bud only lacked three months of being 105
years old at the time of his passing on November 15, 1983.

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Martha and Bud had five children, but the unnamed infant twins, a boy and a
girl, died at birth and are believed buried in a cemetery at Votaw. That point
is still in some question. The other children are: JAMES, GLADYS and HENRY

[ 4th Generation ] JAMES VINSON OVERSTREET was born January 10, 1912 in
Fuqua, Liberty County, Texas. He started to school at the Live Oak School in
Polk County about 1919. It was a one teacher, one room schoolhouse about
a mile from the Overstreet home in Segno. Vinson’s sister Gladys recalled one
time Vinson and her were on our way walking to school.

“ We each had an apple to eat during a break time. Vinson decided he couldn’t
wait so he peeled and ate his apple as we walked that dusty road towards the
school. He then teasingly took my apple. Being a little spitfire, my temper must
have come out, because I decided to get my apple back by knocking it out of his
hand. I was a little behind him when I gave his hand a hard enough slap to knock
the apple free. I didn’t know the opened pocketknife was in the apple. I cut deep
into my hand. We had already a good ways, but immediately turned and hurried
back home where Mama tended my injury; all the while fussing at both Vinson me.
I don’t think we went to school that day. Vinson had no intention of keeping my
apple he was only teasing me.”

“ One day we had all been working out in the field. It must have been around 1923.
I would have been about 10 and Vinson would have been about 12. We were both
very thirsty and Mama had told us to go on up to the house. She said they would
be along in a few minutes to eat dinner. Henry, who was about 3 years old, stayed
with Mama. Vinson had gone into the house and I was still standing on the front
porch when I saw a big diamond back rattle snake working his way along the fence.
The rattles on his tail were sticking straight up. I called to Vinson and he reached
behind the door where Papa always kept a loaded shotgun. Taking aim, he blew
the head of that rattlesnake. A few minutes later Mama and Papa came slowly walking
up the path. When told what Vinson had done, both Mama and Papa told him how
proud they were. Back then all us kids knew that there was a loaded gun behind the
door and that we were not to touch it. Of course Vinson had already been allowed
to use the gun for hunting. I don’t know it for a fact, but I believed when they heard
the shotgun go off, they dropped their hoes and came running to the house. When
they got near, I think they both slowed down expecting to see one of us dead.”

It was sometime after the family moved to Village Mills that Vinson quit school to
begin working. About a year later, on October 18, 1929, he married OPAL HENDRIX.

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Opal was born March 24, 1911. Gladys recalls, “They were a couple of 18 year olds
who had noting but each other. Times were hard for everyone, but it was particularly
hard for such a young couple trying to get started. About a year later Dwayne was
born, making their struggle even harder. But Vinson and Opal were accustomed to
hard work. Vinson worked many different jobs to feed his young family. At one time
early in the marriage, they stayed at Aunt Ellen’s. She had a large old house and some
times took in roomers. The young couple also stayed some of the time with the Opal’s
parents.

“ Sometime after 1936 Papa sold the Honey Island store to Vinson and Opal on credit.
Together they worked hard to make it a success. Vinson built living quarters on the
back of the store and that’s where they lived until they finally built a home next door to
the store.” The store was on a curve just as you entered Honey Island from Village Mills.
Years later they moved their home to its present location in Kountze. On October 23,
1948 Vinson had the formal opening of Overstreet Butane Company. When He retired
many years later he sold the propane business to his grandson, James.

Vinson was a community leader, very active in civil affairs and a long time member of
the Masonic Lodge. He was one of the founders of Peoples State Bank and served on the
board of directors for many years. Vinson helped form Texas Butane Dealers Association
and served as District resident. He was active in the Lions Club and helped set up the
Holland Cemetery Association as well as being involved in numerous other worth causes.

But he once told me he wanted to be remembered as the devoted husband that he
knew he was and hoped he'd be thought of as a cherished father and grandfather.
He loved his family very much.

Opal was born March 24, 1911. She worked along side of Vinson in their business.
Opal, lovingly known as “ BO ” to all the grandchildren. This came from Dwayne's
oldest son, James, inability to say Opal when he was very young. It just seemed the
natural name for the rest of the grandchildren.

Opal died on March 23, 1999 [just 20 hours short of her 88th birthday]. She is
buried in the Old Hardin Cemetery, Hardin County, Texas.

NOTE: Taken from entry on Ancestry.com/Overstreet:

“She went home to be with the Lord. We will always cherish the wonderful memories of
you Bo. We are so thankful for the many years that we got to spend with you and know
we'll be together again someday.
”

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Vinson joined his beloved Opal in Heaven on February 15, 2006 [about age 94]
and is buried beside her in the Old Hardin Cemetery.

“James was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and a well known, respected
member of the community.”

Vinson and Opal have one son: DWAYNE.

[ 5th Generation ] DWAYNE VINSON OVERSTREET was born on August 13,
1931in Honey Island, Hardin County, Texas. He graduated from Honey Island High
School on March 1, 1951 he married SHIRLEY ANN SCHULL. At that time
he was described as being 6' 4”, Brown Hair, Blue Eyes and Weighing 160 pounds.

Shirley was born on February 07, 1934 in Jefferson County, Texas. She was
the daugher of Daniel Boone and Myrteel (Gore) Schull.

Dwayne earned a teaching degree from Stephen F. Austin College and later
a Law Degree from South Texas Law School while still working a 40 hour
week to support his family. Before going into private practice he was elected
and served as the Hardin County Attorney.

Both Dwayne and Shirley enjoyed hunting and fishing. They made their home
near Honey Island.

She owned and operated Shirley’s Beauty Shop in Kountze, Hardin County, Texas.
Dwayne and Shirley have four children: JAMES, BYRON, ROYCE and
RHONDA.

Shirley passed away on October 10, 2008 [about age 74] and is buried in the
Holland Cemetery, Hardin County, Texas

[ 6th Generation ] JAMES VINSON OVERSTREET II was born in Kountze,
Hardin County, Texas. James attended graduated from Kountze High School.

James and JOLINE JANET JORDON were married on April 06 1985. Joline was
born in Kountze and lived with her family near Segno in Polk County, Texas.
She attended school and graduated from Big Sandy High School in Dallardsville,
Polk County, Texas.

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James was owner operator of Overstreet Propane Company in Kountze for
a number of years before selling the business.

James and Joline have one child: MICHAEL.

[ 7th Generation ] MICHAEL BRANDON OVERSTREET

[ 6th Generation ] BYRON OVERSTREET was born ___?___ . He
married DEBBIE ___?___.

[ 7th Generation ] ___?__ OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] ROYCE OVERSTREET married ABBIE .
This marriage ended in divorce.

Their children care: DUSTY and BRITTANY.

Royce's second married is to JAYSANNE ___?___ . I understand Jaysanne
has two daughters from a previous marriage: KARAGAN and CLERRA.

Children born to Royce and Jaysanne: JACKSON.

[ 7th Generation ] BRYAN DUSTIN OVERSTREET ' Dusty ' was born on
October22, 2007 in Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas. A 1999 Kountze High
l School graduate, he was a lifelong resident of the Kountze area. He attended
Lamar Institute of Technology where he earned a degree in air conditioning.
He was employed as a construction supervisor with Ohmstede Turnaround in
Beaumont.

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Dusty passed away Monday, October 22, 2007 from injuries received in an
automobile accident in San Augustine, Texas.

[ 7th Generation ] BRITTANY OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

[ 7th Generation ] JACKSON OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] RHONDA OVERSTREET married REV. RANDY
CHATELAINE
. They make their home in Kountze, Hardin County, Texas.

[ 7th Generation ] ___?___ CHATELAINE was born ___?___ .

[ 8th Generation ] ___?___ CHATELAINE was born ___?___ .

[ 7th Generation ] ___?___ CHATELAINE was born ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation ] GLADYS OVERSTREET ELLER was born at the
family home in Polk County, Texas on October 27, 1914 near the small
community of Segno. A family member said, "Oh she is such a happy baby -
you should name her Gladys." Bud wanted to name her Lillie but Msartha
would not hear of that because she thought

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that Lillie was the name of an old girl friend of Bud's.

Gladys started school in Polk County at the Live Oak School about 1921. It was a
one teacher, one room school house.

In recalling some of those early days Gladys comments: “ When we were kids,
living near Segno, we weren't allowed to play around the wild cherry tree.
Mama would warn us that there was an old well over there and the ground
around it might cave in. Back then we didn't know that Grand Pa's old home
use to be there. It was many years later I learned this new information. But it
made sense now.”

“ When I was a young girl, wild life in the Big Thicket was still abundant. Hunters
kill bears, wild cats, wild hogs, deer, and etc. It seemed everywhere you looked
the trees were full of squirrels and birds of all kinds. Small animals like armadillos,
possums and raccoons ran rampant on the ground and different kinds of snakes
were too numerous to count. My Daddy use to trapped raccoons for their skins.
Back then coonskin coats were very popular with college kids back east. Many a
Harvard or Yale grad wore coats with skins from the Big Thicket of Southeast Texas."

Gladys enjoyed talking about every day life back then. “ Papa would build several
potato cabins in the back yard. These cabins were in the ground. He would fill
them up with potatoes. I’m not sure if they were sweet potatoes or regular potatoes
but probably a combination of each. He would open and use out of them one bin at
a time. We use to have potatoes clear up to Christmas. Keeping them in the ground
helped to keep them fresh.” Vinson said that " . . . he thought they were mostly
sweet tatters cause Papa was so found of them. "

“ Papa really did likes sweet potatoes and ate them with almost anything, except
eggs. He used them like most people use bread. Mama fixed cornbread a lot and
of course sour dough biscuits too. When Papa was heading into the woods for the
day he would put a handful of biscuits in his coat pocket or pouch.”

“ I don't remember how it was made, but, Papa use to make ' Potato Beer.' I know
you used baked sweet potatoes and water and I'm pretty sure there were other
ingredient's but I can't remember what was used to make it work. I was called beer
but don't think there was any alcohol in it. I do remember for certain that it tasted
really good.”

When asked how large a farm Bud and Martha had in Polk County Gladys replied:
“ I believe that Papa owned about 110 acres there in Polk County. I'm not absolutely
sure of the amount of acreage but think that's about right.”

Bud and Martha raised a moderate amount of assorted vegetables, including sweet
potatoes, corn, tomatoes, onions, melons, turnips beans and white potatoes. These
were primarily for home consumption. He would also raise a small crop of cotton.

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“ New Years Day was treated a lot different when I was a kid. There weren't big
sporting events are parties. Where we lived, it was kind of the custom for the men
to go around visiting on New Years Day. They would go from home to home
drinking coffee and just hanging out together. The women and kids would stay
home.”

“ Of course, it depended on the weather, but quite often Papa would butcher hogs
on New Years Day. He would butcher from one to three hogs, laying the cuts
spread out on the meat bench. He would cover the meat with a heavy course salt
and leave it for 3 days. Then he would brush off the salt and smoke the meat until
it was cured. This might take as much as 2 or 3 weeks. After that we had ham
shoulders and bacon.”

“ Papa raised a few cattle and hogs. The livestock was allowed to roam free in
the woods so everyone would mark their own animals. Papa would cut on an ear
of the hogs and cattle in a certain way to show they were his. He would also
brand the cattle. This was a common practice among many of the small farmers.


Once a year the men would have a round up of of the cattle. Usually, when it
came time, the men would meet at our home and leave their bed rolls on the
porch. Papa had the largest cow pen in the area. They were at least 8' tall,
probably 8 or 9 rails high. The coral covered a huge area and could hold large
numbers of cattle once they were rounded up. They would drive the days cattle
into the coral.

After working a long day, the tired hungry men would return to find supper
waiting for them. Mama’s meal might consist of chicken, beans, tatters, collard
greens or cabbage and corn bread. After supper the men might sit out on the
front porch and talk about the day’s roundup. They’d make plans for the
coming day and then several of them would start playing a game or two of
dominoes. Finally they would settle down on bed rolls and go to sleep on the
front porch.

Early the next morning they would head back into the woods but not without a
pocket full of Mama’s sour dough biscuits or cornbread. The roundup would take
a number of days and they wouldn't quit until they had all the cattle they could
handle. They would then drive the cattle to either buyers at Saratoga. or Sour Lake,
I don't remember which. The cattle would be shipped by rail east.”

Later the family moved to the old ‘Collins Place’ near Honey Island. It was around
1926 and Gladys and Vinson attended the Collins School for the 5th and 6th grades.


“ Mama use to cook a pot of rice in the morning for our breakfast. We ate it with sugar
and milk and sometimes butter if we had it. Other than at breakfast we didn't eat rice.
The exception was rice pudding. If she had plenty of rice she would make rice pudding.
If we were short on rice, mama would add biscuits. The rice pudding was best without
the biscuits but it was still good with them too."

"Speaking of breakfast and Mama's sour dough biscuits, we sometimes add jelly or syrup to
them. Mama made her own jelly or jam from what ever fruit or berries we had or could find.
There were lots of berries in the Big Thicket. I liked mama's May Haw Jelly a lot.

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The may-haw would lay n the water and we'd have to wade to get them. Papa would
sometimes grow his own sugar cane. When it was ready to harvest, we'd take it to
where they ran the cane through a crusher to extract the juice. We'd then take the
juice to the people who cooked the syrup. I think papa would get about 20 buckets
of syrup. If he didn't have enough juice he would buy extra.”

“Mama kept sour dough brewing all the time. She would start with a hunk of dough in an
old pot and added some flower to cover it. As she would use out of the pot she would add
new dough mixed in with what ever was remaining. In that way she always had plenty of
dough.”

Kountze and several other small schools consolidated so Gladys attended the 7th grade
in Kountze. Around 1928 the family moved to Long Station, Hardin County, Texas. Gladys
attended school at the Village Mills School House.

Gladys recalled, “ Growing up, we would catch small lizards and attach them to our ears
and wore them as ear rings. Eventually the lizards would begin to relax their jaws which
would allow they would become loose if we didn't pull on their tails. Pulling their tails
caused them to tighten their jaws.”

“ I never considered myself a mean person. Gladys confessed, “ But one time I did pulled
a mean trick on my cousin, Susie Williford. We use to have lots of company on Sunday
afternoons and everyone would sit out on the front porch. The house in Long Station
was designed so the best breeze blew across the front porch. Susie was wearing a
starched linen dress that had been ironed to perfection. I was busy bringing dining room
chairs out to the porch for everyone to sit on. Susie kept adjusting her dress so that it
wouldn't wrinkle when she sat down. As she slowly began to sit down I moved the chair
back and Susie sat all the way to the floor. I quickly ducked into the front door and out
of sight. All I can say for in my own defense is that The Devil made me do it !! ”

Gladys Overstreet Eller related this story to her daughter, Linda Eller Weston. “ One day, I
guess I was about 14 years old, I rode with Annie Overstreet and Aunt Eliza Ann Overstreet
from Long Station in Hardin County to Daisetta in Liberty County. We were going to visit
Jeff and Pearl Overstreet. Jeff was Aunt Eliza Ann's second son. We hadn't gone all that far
because the roads through the big thicket were not much more that sandy trails so the


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car was not moving very fast. Even in the day light the Big Thicket can be a spooky place
and that day was no exception. I don't remember who first saw the two men on horseback
trying to overtake the car. But, I do remember that Annie and Aunt Eliza Ann were both
nearly scared to death. I probably was too until I recognized them as a couple of guys I
knew. They caught up with the car and I talked with them as we drove on towards Jeff's.
Believe me, it was a great relief to both Annie and Aunt Eliza Ann when they saw that I
knew Morris Lee Loften and Arnold Flowers. I have no doubt the guys intended to scare
us a little. Boys their age like scaring the girls.”

“They use to have singing conventions about every 5th Sunday somewhere. These
conventions would move from location to location. Papa, Mama and us kids went to
lots of them. As far back as I can remember my Papa enjoyed listening to music. We
were fortunate to have a number of truly good singers attending. They would come
from all over the area to participate in the singing conventions. None of the singers
were better than Lee Duff, grandfather to singer and song writer, Arly Duff. Most
was glad to see Lee show up. He often led the singing.

But the singing wasn't the only fun at those events. Everyone would bring food for a
dinner on the ground. Boards were nailed between trees, making crude tables for the
food to be set. People would walk along side the tables, filling their plate from the
mixture of foods It was wonderful to be able to taste food from so many different
good cooks and - oh those deserts !! I don't think people did much calorie counting
back then.

We'd all sit around eating and visiting. There would be stories, funny tales or just
updates on every day events. Sometime people would line up workers or helpers that
they might need. As I remember, everyone had a great time. You really got to know
your neighbors a lot better in those days.

After a long dinner break those who could would go back into the church building for
some more singing. It was late in the afternoon before we would head back home.”

“ Sometimes bad things happened in the Big Thicket. There was a local girl who was at
least partially mentally challenged. She had two brothers who were always looking out
for her best interest. One day a local ' good ole boy ' turned up hung in the woods.
With no proof of foul play, The Law concluded that it must have been a suicide. But
everyone knew those brothers hung him for messing around with their sister.”

“ Another time, Cora Jenkins' son was found near death in the woods. It was obvious
that he had been shot with his own rifle. When he was finally able to talk, his concerned
Mama asked him, ' Son, why did you want to kill yourself ? ' He was surprised at her
question and replied, ' Mama, I didn't try to kill myself, the dog shot me. I was carrying
that old sick dog out in the woods to shot him when I tripped and fell. The dog fell too
and somehow he triggered the rifle and I was hit when it went off. ' ” Gladys added,
“ Everyone though that he had tried to commit suicide and if he had of died, I'm sure
that's the way it would have been remembered. Fortunately, he lived to tell the real
story.”

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“ When I was first learning to drive, Papa let me drive his car up and down the road
in front of his store in Honey Island. 'Think you can handle it?' Papa asked. After
giving him a few words of assurance, he told me, 'Take it around back and park it,'
then he went back into the store. I drove it around the front for a few more times
and then around to the back of the store. Suddenly inside the store canned goods
came flying off the shelves and dropping to the floor. Pulling up to the back of the
store I had allowed the car to roll a stop. The only problem was that I had allowed
the store wall to do the stopping."

"Another time I drove the car to the post office in Village Mills. There was some
bright red post out front of the building. ' Rail road rails cut into short equal
lengths'. Sometime after I returned home Papa asked me it there had been any
problems and I assured him I hadn't had any. 'Then what's all the red paint on
my fender?' Papa asked very mater of fact. He wasn’t one to fuss or get very
excited about things we kids did, but he did wanted us to know that we wasn’t
putting anything over on him. The old post office was above the area where you
turn to go to ' Wildwood,' but on the other side of the road. It’s above where the
old school house use to be.”

In 1931 Gladys graduated from the 10th grade at Village Mills School. They had a
ceremony and everything. The following year she attended the 11th grade in Kountze.
In those days the 11th grade was Kountze's senior year.

Gladys recalls, “ I had to walk about three of mile to catch the school bus at Hester
Switch. The bus didn't go all the way to Village Mills. I bet I didn't get a ride more
than a couple of times the entire nine months. I remember facing that cold wind
coming up the hill to Long Station. That was the coldest wind that ever has blown.

Sometimes I would ride the bus to the Holland’s house and walk on home by way
of the Holland Cemetery. That was the old highway. If you never heard pine trees
talk, you ought to be out there all by yourself, away from everybody and everything.
Sometimes I would stop and listen, trying to hear what the pines were saying. I
wasn't actually afraid or anything like that, but sometimes it did kind of make the
hair on the back of your neck stand-up. Also, in those days cattle roamed free in
the woods. I was always afraid of those wild bulls and I'd have gladly given them
the highway anytime.

I graduated from Kountze High School in 1932. Times were hard and there was no
way my parents could afford to send me to nurses training in Beaumont at Hotel
Dieu because the training there cost too much. I heard about a training program
in San Antonio, Texas at the State Hospital that was affordable. ”

Gladys graduated high school at age 17 but you had to be 18 to be eligible to
enroll at school in San Antonio. The new class started in September and she
didn't turn 18 until late October. Although it was only a little over a month's
difference the school would not waiver on its rule.

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Gladys recalls, “ I stayed home and drove my Mother crazy. I never did anything
to soil my good name, but I did go out to have fun. I guess my name probably
got mentioned in the Baptist Church because I enjoyed dancing and you know
how the Baptist feel about dancing. Near Warren there was a combination dance
hall and roller rink. The brother of one of my friends would take us girls there
to dance or skate. Sometimes Papa would drive up. He wasn't checking up on
or anything like that he just enjoyed listening to the music. On the porch out
side the dance area there were benches arranged for people who didn’t want
to dance could just sit and listen. However, he didn't want me to roller skate.
'You'll fall down and break your arm,' he would warn. But, I did roller skated
from time to time and never broke anything.”

“ I started to nurse training in 1933. It was a strain on the family budget to get the
bus fare there but they managed to get it and some extra for uniforms, etc. that
they knew I would need. Papa also gave me a return ticket. The ticket was good for
six months. He wanted me to be able to come home if I choose to do so.”

So off Gladys went to enter nurses training at the State Hospital in San Antonio,
Texas. She said, “The training there was free but you were also expected to work
also. They didn't pay you a lot but it was enough to help get the things you needed.”


While on a blind date, she met and eventually fell in love with a young army
sergeant, JOHN NOBLE ELLER. They soon wanted to get married but the
rules at the hospital would not allow married women to go through their nurses
program. Gladys elected to give up her career as a nurse to become the wife
of her handsome buck sergeant. They were married in New Braunfels, Texas
on May 9, 1935.

John was born in Miami, Texas on April 10, 1905. He served in the U.S. Army, U.S.
Army Air Corps and United States Air Force for over 30 years. He started as a private
in the Field Artillery and retired as a Major in the Air Force. During his time in the
military the family moved around the country as well as overseas.

Gladys married into the military when she married John. For the next 30 years she
moved with John every time he was reassigned. During this time she had three sons
and a daughter, only two who were born in Texas.

Places John and Gladys lived were, San Antonio, Texas; Glendale, California; Houston,
Texas; Sherman, Texas; Greenville, Texas; Pueblo Colorado; Wiesbaden, Germany;
Sioux City, Iowa,
Minneapolis, Minnesota; Waltham, Massachusetts. After John's
retirement the family made their home in Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas.

Because of his age and military service prior to WWII John wasn’t used overseas. He
and other experienced NCOs’ were tasked with opening and maintaining the new
airfields the Army needed to train aircrews. It was only after the end of WWII that
John was assigned to the Army Air Corp Inspector General’s Team. They were
tasked with the destruction of German Military Equipment.

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Gladys and the kids were riving from Village Mills to New York to join Johnny in
Germany. As she was driving off the ferry in New York a utility truck cut into their
car, causing a small dent. She suggested to the driver that if he would lead her to
where she needed to go, they she would gladly forge the whole thing. The guy was
more than willing to do that. He wasn’t looking forward to having to fill out the
paperwork involved.

NOTE: On Gladys' Colorado Driver's License the following information: 1942,
age 29, weight 110, height 5'5”, Brown hair, Grey Eyes. Address: 1324 Carter, Pueblo
Colorado.

After John's retirement the family made their home in Beaumont, Jefferson
County, Texas.

On April 15, 1957 Gladys opened and operated Eller's Beauty Shop in Beaumont.
She ran her business for 30 years, retiring in 1987. In addition in 1976 she became
a Democratic Voting Clerk and finally several years late a Democratic Voting Judge.


Glady's had a wonderful sense of humor all her life. One I remember was "Polly
Want A Cracker." She's call out, Polly want a cracker . . . then in a little different
voice reply . . . Crack Her Yourself, your closer."

On John's Texas Drivers License, 1975 and 1979: Height 5' 11” and Eyes: Grey.
Address: 6895 Concord Road, Beaumont, Texas 77709.

John died May 23, 1982 [about age 77] and is buried in the Holland Cemetery,
Hardin County, Texas. your closer."

Gladys continued to live in the Eller Family home until 2000when she sold the
house on Concord Road to relocate in a retirement home called Colliar Place.

For a period of time she lived with her daughter and son-in-law,

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One of Gladys' favorite Bible verses was Romans 8:28 "And we know that all
things work together for good to them who are the called according to His purpose.
"
Or, she might just say"All things work for good for those who love the
Lord.


Gladys and John have four children: JOHN, JAMES, RONALD and LINDA.

[ 5th Generation ] JOHN NOBLE ELLER Jr. 'J.N.' was born on May 27, 1936
in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. John was about 9 weeks old when his mother
took him to meet the family in Village Mills. Taking one look at the size of his small
grandson, Bud Overstreet, Gladys papa said, “ He's sure got to eat a lot of biscuits
before he grows to amounts to anything.”


Since his father was a career serviceman, John's life involved travel both inside and
outside the United States. Prior to the Berlin Air Lift following WWII, the family lived
in Wiesbaden, Germany and was among the dependents air lifted out of Germany
and back to the States. John attended 1st grade at Travis Elementary in Greenville,
Texas. A few of the other schools he attended were: Sioux City East Junior School
in Sioux City, Iowa; Ramsey Junior School in Minneapolis, Minnesota; French High
School in Beaumont, Texas. At French he was a member of both the football and
track teams and worked in the wood shop. In 1954 he graduated high school and
attended college at Texas A & M. While there he was a member of the Corps of
Cadets. John graduated in 1958 with a Bachelor in Business Administration Degree.
He was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. For the next 20 years John served his country as
a career officer in the United States Air Force.

In 1960 he married LOUISE M. DRAKE in Orange, Texas. Louise the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. S. C. Drake of Buna, Texas was born September 11, 1983 in Buna, Jasper
County, Texas. After their marriage, Louise continued in her banking career, as well as
starting her new career as wife to an Air Force Officer. Over the next few years she
added the additional career as Mother to their two sons: GARY and
DAVID
.

During his career in the Air Force, John had many assignments. Early in his career he
was a Supply Officer in California, Florida, Texas and remote duty on St. Lawrence
Island, Alaska. He served a tour in Southeast Asia during the Viet Nam War. There he
distinguished himself as Logistics Plans Office in the office of the Deputy Commander
for Material for the 56th Special Operations Wing Nakhon Phanom Royal A.F.B.,
Thailand. He was cited for his outstanding ability to analyzing logistical support
requirements associated with the buildup of forces for the 56th. Nakhon Phanom was
located near the North Viet Nam border, north of South Viet Nam. John was decorated
with the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service while engaged in military operations
against Viet Cong forces.

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He also served in Holland as the Depot Commander of a NATO Supply Unit and later was
assigned to the prestigious Air Force Inspector General Team for a number of years. This
is the top I.G. Team in the Air Force. It was during this time that he was promoted to Lt.
Colonel. John served a two-year tour of duty in the Pentagon. He was in the office that
coordinated the material requirements of the Air Force with the Congressional activities
who review the budget. For the final two years John worked with a group of annalist
who reviewed Soviet Logistics and looked for ways to beat them if we went to war
against them.

John retired from the Air Force with the grade of Lt. Col. He and Louise and the boys
finally settle down. They bought a beautiful hill top home out side of Conroe,
Montgomery County, Texas.

First National Bank of Conroe employed Louise; wife, Mother and Grandmother, from

1979 – 1998, [The bank changed its name several times during that time.] holding
the position of New Accounts Supervisor and Operations Officer. Sometime after 1983
she was named Operations Officer and Assistant Branch Manager of Inter-First Bank
Conroe – Plaza Montgomery County's first for a bank. She retired for a brief period of
time and then was coaxed out of retirement to a vice president position at Klein Bank
in Conroe. Louise continued to have a successful banking career until her final
retirement in 2008.

As a child and young man, John enjoyed hobbies such as model plane building, stamp
and coin collecting. As an adult these hobbies have continued however he has a lot
more mint conditioned stamps and coins. Much of his spare time is dedicated to
fishing while Louise, on the other hand, enjoys deer hunting in the fall of the year.

[6th Generation] JOHN GARY ELLER ‘Gary’ was born on August 16, 1963
near Miami, Florida, at Homestead Air Force Base Hospital during Hurricane 'Arline'.


Since his father was a career officer in the United States Air Force Gary's education was
from around the world. However, he graduated high school in Conroe, Texas in 1981.
He attended Texas A & M University and in 1985 graduated with a Bachelor of Science
Degree in Petroleum Engineering.

While attending Texas A & M he met fellow student, DONNA ELIZABETH CHERRY
of Plano, Texas. They dated until Donna graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of
Business Administration in Finance. In January 13, 1988 Gary and Donna married in the
Church of Christ where she and her family were members in Plano, Texas.

Gary was an instructor at Texas A&M University for a year while working on a Masters
Degree which he received from Texas A & M in 1989.

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Gary’s worked as a petroleum engineer moved him and his family from place to place to
place with stays in Lafayette, Louisiana and then Tyler, Texas. About 1997 he moved
again, but this time a lot further from their Texas roots. Gary, Donna and the boys
answered the call of the wild by moving to Anchorage, Alaska where this transplanted
Texas family found a home and a life ‘way up north’ that they fell in love with.

Gary and Donna are members of the Church of Christ and raised their sons in this religion.

The children of Gary and Donna are: MATTHEW and ANDREW.

[ 7th Generation] MATTHEW RYAN ELLER was born July 31, 1993 in Lafayette,
Louisiana. He moved with his family to Anchorage Alaska around the age of 6. He is
active in The Church of Christ where he has the oportunity to share his beautiful singing
voice - truly a gift from God. In the near future I hope to add his many accomplishments.

[ 7th Generation] ANDREW MITCHELL ELLER was born June 21, 1995 in Tyler
Texas. He moved with his family to Anchorage Alaska around the age of 4. He is
active in The Church of Christ where he has the oportunity to share his beautiful singing
voice - truly a gift from God. In the near future I hope to add his many accomplishments.

[ 6th Generation] DAVID STEPHEN ELLER was born September 10, 1965 near
Waco, Texas at Conley Air Force Base. Since David’s father was a career Officer, David’s
education was from around the world. After his father retired and located in the Conroe,
Texas area. David attended and graduated from Conroe High School.

On December 17, 1988 David married LISA A. SPADACHENE in Houston, Harris
County, Texas. Lisa was born July 07, 1967 in New Orleans, Louisiana. She graduated from
Alief High School near Houston in 1975 and in 1982 she graduated from North Texas State
University in Denton, Texas with a BA in Fine Arts. David received an Associate Degree in
Super Market Management from Texas State Technical Institute in Waco, Texas in 1989.
Lisa received her Masters Degree in Fine Arts from Sam Houston University in 1991. David
worked several years in the supermarket field but in the early 1990’s he began working for
Western Geophysical in Houston, Texas. He worked with computers and in the company’s
tape library. More recently David has worked as a Long Haul Truck Driver in the
Northeastern part of the nation and as a Welder in Southeast Texas.

David and Llisa's children are: ANDREA and CHASE.

This marriage ended in Divorce.

[ 7th Generation] ANDREA CHRISTINA ELLER was born April 22, 1992 in Houston,
Harris County, Texas. She is growing into a beautiful young lady.

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<>[ 7th Generation] CHASE ANTHONY ELLER was born March 24, 1997 in Houston,
Harris County, Texas. Chase required special care after his birth due to a glucose deficiency;
but has overcome that medical problem. He is growing into a handsome young man.

[ 5th Generation ] JAMES DARYL ELLER Sr. (Personal Information withheld
by request)

Daryl has three sons: KIRK, COLIN and JAMES.

[ 6th Generation ] MICHAEL KIRK ELLER (Personal Information withheld
by request)

[ 6th Generation ] COLIN KEITH ELLER (Personal Information withheld
by request) Colin has two children: BRYTON and BRIANNA. .

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[ 7th Generation ] BRYTON KEITH ELLER .

[ 7th Generation ] BRIANNA DAWN ELLER

[ 6th Generation ] JAMES DARYL ELLER Jr. ‘ Jamie ’ (Personal Information
withheld by request)

[ 5th Generation] RONALD ARVIN ELLER ‘Ronny’ was born February 04, 1945
in Pueblo, Colorado. Since his father was a career serviceman, Ronny's life involved travel
both in and out side the United States. Prior to the Berlin Air Lift following WWII, the Eller
families lived in Wiesbaden, Germany and were among the dependents air lifted out of
Germany and back to the States. Other places he lived growing up in a military home
were Sioux City Iowa; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Village Mills, Texas and Beaumont,
Texas and finally Waltham, Massachusetts.

Ronny's early schooling jumped around a lot as he attended kindergarten in Minneapolis,
parts of the 1st and 2nd grades at Edwards Elementary in Beaumont and Warren Elementary
in Warren, Texas. He split the 3rd grade between Waltham and Warren. However, by the
4th grade his Dad was retired from the service and they family finally had a permanent home
in Beaumont.

The remainder of his public education was with the Beaumont Independent School System,
going to Elementary School at Voth-Rosedale [4th- 6th grades]; Splitting Junior High School
at James Bowie [7th grade] and Stephen F. Austin [8th - 9th grades] where he was a member
of the band at both schools for a period of time and on the football teams. He attended and
graduated high school at French High School where he was a member of the track team and
the football team.

From the time the family settled in the Rosedale section of Beaumont, Ronny was a member
of the Rosedale Baptist Church where he was baptized in 1956.

In 1963 he began attending Texas A&M University for a short period of time and then trans-
ferred to Lamar University in Beaumont. While going to Lamar, Ron worked at the Beaumont
Sears Store. It was there that he met his future bride KAREN LYNELLE COWART .

On March 22,1966 Ronny enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served as an
Administrative Specialist [clerk]. He was stationed for two years at Kessler AFB, Biloxi,
Mississippi.

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On May 06, 1967 Ron and Karen married at the Lamar Assembly of God Church in Beaumont,
Jefferson County, Texas. Karen, the daughter of B.B. and Dorothy Cowart of Beaumont was
born in Beaumont on March 14, 1947. She attended all of her schooling in the South Park
Independent School System, Beaumont, Texas and graduated from South Park High School in
1965 where she excelled in Choral.

Ron served a year in Alaska at a remote Radar Site at Cape Romanzof and a year in California
at Beale Air Force Base. He has often commented that the year in Beale was the only year that
seemed like the real Air Force. It was a Strategic Air Command Base that was home base
for the famed “Blackbird,” the super secret surveillance aircraft, and an active B-52 Bomber
Wing.

Ron and Karen returned to Beaumont after his tour in the Air Force was completed. He
worked a year at the Beaumont Mobil Oil Refinery but decided refinery work was too foreign
for him; so when the opportunity to go to work for the Texas Air National Guard as an
Administrative Technician became available he took it. While serving with the 273rd E&I
Squadron he became the NCOIC [Non Commissioned Officer in Charge] of
Administration, Personnel and Recruiting. Later he became the NCOIC
of Training.
During his time with the Air National Guard he attained the rank of
Master Sergeant however he left the Guard before the rank became permanent so officially
he was a TSGT. 6 years of civil service pay convinced him that Mobil wasn't so bad after
all so in early January 1977 he again went to work for the Beaumont Mobil Oil Refinery.
Ron worked 30 years in Utilities Department where he worked most of the operation jobs
within the Power Plants. During the first 15 years his primary job was as a water
treater
at Power Plant #2. There he operated the equipment that refined the water
need to feed the huge Power Plant boilers. In addition he would run hourly samples
using the most current water testing procedures within the industry. Eventually Ron
moved within the Utilities Department to Yard Utilities where he worked as a Utilities
Serviceman. The Utilities Department operates the refinery gas system that fed heaters
throughout the refinery; the processed air system that produces instrument and yard air
throughout the refinery, the cooling water system that provides cooling water for all
equipment within the refinery. As a first class Utility Serviceman Ron was proficient
in all those areas.

Ron and Karen are members of Lighthouse Worship Center; formerly know as South Side
Assembly of God Church. Karen started as a member of the “Cradle Roll” when the same
church was called Lamar Assembly of God. She has been a Sunday School Teacher and
Sunday School Secretary. She is also involved with the choir and her beautiful singing voice
is repeatedly used in praise of God. She is often asked to sing special songs. In 2008 the
church changed it's name to Lighthouse Worship Center but it's still the same church.

On September 30, 2006 Ronny retired with almost 30 years of refinery service. He
and Karen continue to live in Beaumont. When asked how he likes retirement he will
immediately reply, “ I love it. I try to do as little as possible as often as I can.”

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Children from this union: MICHAEL.

[ 6th Generation] MICHAEL BRANDON ELLER ‘Brandon’ was born April 04,
1976 in St. Elizabeth Hospital, Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas. He attended his first four
years of school at Southside Christian Academy and then entered the Beaumont Independent
School System. He participated in karate for a number of years we he obtained the level of
Black Belt. He was on the Tennis Team during his 9th grade year at “ Little Brook. ”

Brandon graduated from West Brook High School, Beaumont, Texas in 1994. That same year
he went to work for St. Elizabeth Hospital as a Therapy Technician. In September 1995 he also
began going to Lamar University but did not go continuously and eventually stopped going.


It was during his time at Lamar University he and several other musicians formed a
Christian Band, “Among Thorns”. The group traveled to Churches and Christian style
activities around the country. Eventually the group it was necessary to relocate in a more
central part of the country so they moved to the Nashville, Tennessee area.

On May 19, 2001 Brandon married TAMMY YVONNE THEIR. Tammy was born on
December 18, 1980 in Austin, Travis County, Texas and is the daughter of Charles Frances
and Yvonne Beard Their. Tammy works in retail and has been ether the assistant manager
or manager of a number of different ladies clothing stories in several malls in the Nashville area.


Eventually Among Thorns made the decision to disband; however several of the members
continued travel together performing around the country. In addition to his music interest
Brand and Tammy remodeled and sold a couple of homes.

Brandon began making props for various productions in the Nashville area. This business
continues to grow. He has a sideline business of making furniture.

Brandon and Tammy’s children are: LIZA.

This marriage ended in divorce.

[ 5th Generation ] LINDA JANETTE ELLER WESTON was born November 04, 1948 in
Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa. The family was living in a white two story wood frame
house at 2729 S. Coral Street at the time. Her father, Captain John N. Eller St. was assigned
as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer with the United States Air Force. After her father retired
the family moved to Beaumont, Texas. Linda was the only one of the Eller children to go
from the 1st thru the 12th grade in the same school system.

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For a period of time, around 1963, Linda was a member of the world traveled Melody Maids, a
prestigious singing group, from Beaumont. She graduated from French High School in June of
1966. The Commence Exercise was held in the City Auditorium.

On March 13, 1967 Linda married CHARLES HOWARD WESTON in Lake Charles,
Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. The marriage came as quite a surprise to the parents of both
families. Charles was born on October 16, 1946 in Lake Charles but attended high school at
Beaumont, High School in Beaumont, Texas. He enlisted for 6 years in the United States Army
and served in Vietnam with the 82 Air Borne, United States Army. Their first home was on
Pamalee Drive, North Carolina where Charles was stationed. They lived there until Charles
completed his enlistment two years later and was discharged with the rank of sergeant.
Returning to Beaumont, they lived in an apartment on Woodlawn and then a house on San
Carlos. Charles went to work at Temple Eastex Paper Mill. In 1972 they bought their first
home, a small wood framed house on Mitchell Road, Rt E Box 614, Lumberton, Hardin County,
Texas. Later they bought a larger brick home at 121 Marilyn Dr., Lumberton.

Charles Mill l the signs of a natural athletic who enjoys and excelled at bowling, golf and
touch football. He had several 300 games in bowling competition. At Temple Eastex he
was a champion arm wrestler. Charles is now considered legally deaf because of nerve
deafness as a result of contact with Agent Orange while in Viet Nam.

Linda continued to work for Wal-Mart in Lumberton, Texas where in 2013 she retired.

On April 3, 2006 Linda and Charles opened their home to Linda's Mother, Gladys.

Linda and Charles have two sons: CHUCK and SCOTT.

[ 6th Generation] WILLIAM CHARLES WESTON was born July 25, 1972 at St.
Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas. He played little league
baseball through out his early years.

Chuck attended Lumberton High School where, as a good athlete, he participated in
baseball, football and weightlifting. Chuck was popular and involved in may school
social activities.

In his later years Chuck has had a number of serious health issues that he continues
to struggle with.

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[ 6th Generation] SCOTT HOWARD WESTON was born February 26, 1980
at Women and Children's Hospital in Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas.

In July 1988, Scott was a member of the Lumberton Little League Team the Astros.
The team won the Farm League Division Championship.

He attended Lumberton High School where he played football was chosen as a Class
Favorite in both his Freshman and Sophomore year. He was a Student Council Officer
and elected to the Jingle Bell Ball Court, Twerp King Court and was a member of the
Spanish Club. Scott was also involved in Public Speaking. He graduated from Lumber
High School in May of 1998.

He attended Lamar University I Beaumont for a period of time and has worked for a
number of years as a waiter at the Tamale Company Restaurant in Beaumont. For a
period of time he worked for Channel 4 TV in Beaumont and has been employed with
Verison Wireless as a Technician/Sales Representative for many years.

[ 4th Generation ] HENRY OLEN OVERSTREET was born in Segno, Polk
County, Texas on April 12. 1918. He attended school in Village Mills through the
10th grade and then graduated from Kountze High School. He married GEORGIA
RAE HINDREX
, cousin of Opal Hindrex Overstreet, on Wednesday, February 15,
1939 by Pastor Castalow. Georgia Ray was born September 1, 1919. Henry Olen and
Georgia Rae lived most of their married life in Kountze, Hardin County, Texas.

For a number of years Henry Olen worked for his brother, James Vinson, at
Overstreet Butane Service. He was Vinson's number one trouble shooter. In
addition, Henry would make some of the butane deliveries to customers in
Hardin and Tyler County.

I personally remember a time when he delivered butane to my grandmother
Overstreet. It was summer time and I was staying with her at the time. Uncle
Henry Olen invited me to go with him to finish his deliveries for the day. We
went to four homes. At each residence, Uncle Henry Olen was welcomed as
an old friend. On that day, in addition to just delivering butane, he also
changed a flat tire for an elderly man we passed on the highway. There's no

way that I remember the man's name but I do remember my uncle as addressing
him as “Mr.” and always saying either “yes sir” or “no sir.” When the man offered
to pay him for his assistance Henry wouldn't consider it. Later on the same trip
he fixed a light switch for an older lady after he learned she was having a problem
with one of the lights in her house. He told her, “I think I have an extra switch out
I the truck.” He did and within a few minutes the woman's light was working fine.
Unlike the earlier refusal, this time, when the lady asked him if he would like some
cake and milk he quickly accepted. He wasn't one to refuse a piece of chocolate
cake or cold milk. I was fortunate enough to get my share of his reward also.



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Henry Olen enjoyed hunting but believed in doing it properly and taught this belief
to his older son, Henry Olen Jr. “ The woods belong to a lot of folks so you never take
a shot until you are sure of your target. There will always be another deer, but once
you pull the trigger you can't call the shot back.”


In the early 1960's Henry Olen opened a new Phillips 66 Gas Station in Silsbee, Hardin
County, Texas. The station was in the north end of Silsbee as you were leaving the city.
He operated the station until 1965 when he ran and was elected as Hardin County Sheriff.


INTERESTING ARTICLE FROM THE KOUNTZE NEWS - date unknown –
possibly 1967

Note: My Comment first and then the article – Back in 1987 the nation held
its breath and then cheered when a little girl who had fallen into a well in her aunts
back yard was rescued. Little Jessica McClure’s rescue was one of the top stories
of 1987. But before Jessica another little girl fell into a well in Votaw, Texas

SHERIFF PRAISES CHESSHER FOR AID IN RESCUE

Sheriff Henry O. Overstreet had praise today for Weaver Chessher who he put in
charge of removal of dirt operations at the site where Theresa Fregia was lodged
27 feet down in a well shaft. Chessher brought a dragline from the Chessher-Sutton
yards at Village Mills. Overstreet said he called Houston for help and they sent the
well digger and 30-foot auger to affect the rescue.

If little Theresa Fregia’s rescue had been two minutes later in pulling her out of a
10-inch well at Votaw. She would have perished, Bill said. The rescue was made
possible by a Layne Texas drilling rig from Houston, which dug a hole down beside
the concreted shaft in which Theresa was lodged at the 27-foot level. Bill broke the
concrete and pulled Theresa out as sand began to cave in and water began to rise.

The story was so important nationally that telephone calls from New York City.
Chicago, Saint Louis, not to mention every big city in Texas were made to the
Sheriff’s Dept and the NEWS. Sheriff Henry O. Overstreet was in charge of rescuing
Theresa and he did a good job in getting the word to Layne Company of Houston.
More than 500 people went to the scene and stayed until early Sunday when the
2-year-old child was rescued. A lot of people who had no business being there got
in the way but the sheriff did his best to keep the area regulated with about 20
lawmen.

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It was the second time Theresa was near death. She was in a coma after her father
was killed in a car wreck. Her mother is Mrs. Grady Davis of Votaw. She is the
daughter of Mrs. Opal Allemanger.

Layne rushed the giant drilling rig to Votaw from Houston. It arrived at 1:25 A.M.
It had a 38-inch bit. Bill is founder of Houston Mercy Corps.

Patsy Allenmanger, 14, was babysitting with Theresa and Theresa’s cousin, Glen.
Patsy is an aunt of the two children. The two children were playing in the back yard.
“Suddenly I realized that the boy, Johnny was standing beside the well.” Said Patsy.
“This was at 5:30 P.M.. I just started to yell for help.”

Scores of pictures and thousands of words were sent over Associated Press wires
from Beaumont and Houston. It was the biggest rescue story ever sent out from
Hardin County – and it had a happy ending.

Sheriff Overstreet is to be commended for his Leadership in effecting the rescue
operation.

Bill brought Theresa a big doll Sunday and said it was a miracle we got her out.
Bill was seriously injured in a Navy explosion some years ago and all he does
now is rescue people, al over the country.

Theresa was back at her Votaw home Sunday and scores of visitors were there
too, from all over the area, bring gifts and taking her picture.

Being a very involved person, Henry was a Deacon and former Sunday School Teacher
at the 1st Baptist Church of Kountze. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of
the Hardin County United Appeals. He served as President of the Kountze School
District for 14 years. At the time of his death, Henry Olen was in his second term
as Hardin County Sheriff. On Sunday, September 14, 1969 Henry died about 10:30
AM from a blood clot that shifted in his body. He was { about 52 } and is buried at
the Holland Cemetery, Hardin County Texas.

I don't know when Georgia Rae began working in the office of Temple East Tex Lumber
Company but I do remember that it must have been prior to 1962 because she was in
a serious auto accident while returning home from work sometime in that year. I also
know that she was working thee in early 1980 but I don't know when she retired. I
assume it was around 1974.

On June 9, 2004, after a valiant struggle with cancer, Gerogia Rae passed away
[ about age 85 ]. She is buried in the Holland Cemetery next to her beloved Henry.


Their children are: CAROLYN, OLEN and TIMOTHY.

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I[ 5th Generation ] CAROLYN OVERSTREET GREGORY BROWN was born on
December 10, 1939. She attended public school in the Kountze I. S. D. where she was an
outstanding student. As well as being a talented musician she was also a twirler with the
school’s marching band. During her high school years she was always considered one of
the school beauties.

Sometime after her graduation from Kountze High School she studied at the University of
Houston. For a period of time as a professional model.

Carolyn married JACK W. GREGORY II on September 04, 1961 and they have one
child, JACK.

Her second marriage was to GRADY BROWN. Grady has two children,
DONNA and JAMES from a previous marriage.

[ 6th Generation ] JACK W. GREGORY III married TONYA ___?___ . They
have one child ALEXIS.

[ 7th Generation ] ALEXIS GREGORY

[ 5th Generation ] HENRY OLEN OVERSTREET JR. was born on November
14, 1946. He attended public school in the Kountze I.S.D. where he was active in
sports. He was in the school band f or a period of time and played both football and
basketball; excelling in basketball. After he graduated from Kountze High School he
attended Navarro Junior College in Corsicana, Texas.

In our earlier years, Olen and I shared many adventures in the woods around our
grandparents home in Village Mills. Times were different so it wasn’t unusually for
a couple of young teen boys to go hunting alone. The stock on Olen’s 22-rifle had
notches for the number of squires he had shot. So, it’s no surprise that like most
Overstreet males and many females, Olen have always been an avid hunter and
fisherman.

Olen married JUDY GOLSON, the daughter of his Kountze High School Coach.
Judy studied and became a Registered Nurse. There was one child from this union:
HENRY

This marriage ended with divorce.

Olen's second marriage is to ROBBIE CECIL. For a period of time Robbie
was a member of the United States Air Force. Olen, a successful businessman, was
owner of Continental Specialties in Fresno, Texas and he and Robbie made their home
in Houston, Texas. I know this company had something to do with oil drilling.

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For a period of time Olen and Robbie were living in Houston, Texas where they
survived a seriously motorcycle accident. They were returning home from and
afternoon ride when the accident occurred. They both have a strong Christian
relationship and both continue to give the Lord the credit for their survival of that
near fatal accident.

When the opportunity presented itself, Olen and Robbie purchased land near
Segno, Polk County, Texas and moved to the rural country and it's comfortable
life style. The land He purchased was part of the ‘Old Overstreet Land.’

There are no children from this marriage.

[ 6th Generation ] HENRY OLEN OVERSTREET III ‘Tad’ was born on
April 15, 1970. He graduated from Lockhart High School Lockhart , Texas in 1988.
Tad studied at Sam Houston State University and graduated in 2002. He married
APRIL MCKINLEY on Saturday, March 31, 2001. In 2015 they are living in The
Woodland, Texas.

Children of Tad and April: COLE, ANNA and BENJAMIN.

[ 7th Generation ] COLE OVERSTREET was born __?__ .

[ 7th Generation ] ANNA OVERSTREET was born __?__ .

[ 7th Generation ] BENJAMIN OVERSTREET was born December 17 2012.

[ 5th Generation ] TIMOTHY LIONEL OVERSTREET was born on August 06, 1956.
Tim attended school in the Kountze Independent School District. After his father’s death,
Tim helped his Mother by going to work. He entered the Distribution Education Program
in high school, going half a day to school and working half a day. He graduated from
Kountze High School on Friday, May 31, 1975.

He married PAULA WIGGINS. Paula was born in July of 1957. She was also a
graduate of Kountze High School and was an employee of the Kountze Independent
School District. For a period of time,

For a number of years Paula and Tim lived in Kountze at 155 East Williford Road. This
wasacross the street from his mother’s home

Tim was active in Hardin County politics and was on the Kountze City Council.

Like all Overstreet males, Tim enjoys hunting and fishing. The Bass mounted
on his wall give see evidence of his favorite hobby.

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Tim worked for his brother in the petro-chemical well drilling industryfor a number
of years before starting his own drilling company.

Tim and Paula have one son: WHITNEY.

[ 6th Generation ] WHITNEY CHEYENNE OVERSTREET married KALLI KEER.
They have two daughters: CARSYN and ELLA.

[ 7th Generation ] CARSYN OVERSTREET was born on ___?___ .

[ 7th Generation ] ELLA OVERSTREET was born on ___?___ .

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[ 3rd Generation ] CYNTHIA OVERSTREET MULLINS ' Emma ' was born on
September 25, 1881.

She married WILLIAM ELIJAH MULLINS 'Ligh' in Polk County, Texas on
December 23, 1897. ‘Lige’ was born June 21, 1875. He and Emma l lived near
Bud and Martha Overstreet in Polk County, Texas.

Like so many others in the Big Thicket of Polk County, Lige, was a farmer and
cattleman who supplemented his food supply with game that he hunted or
trapped. About 1922 he moved his family to Warren, Tyler County, Texas.

Emma died Saturday, June 25, 1927 [about age 43]. Inscription on her headstone
'Gone but not forgotten.' She is buried at Fellowship Baptist Cemetery, about
miles northwest of Warren.

At 2 PM on Sunday, November 22, 1959 Lige died [about age 84] at the Hardin
County Hospital after an illness of two weeks. The retired farmer and cattleman
was buried beside his beloved wife Emma in the Fellowship Baptist Cemetery.
Inscription on his headstone: ' Thy trials ended, thy rest is won.'

Emma and Lige had a large family with ten children: ELISHA, OCIE,
BERTHA, HALLIE, NICK, DOVIE, ADA, JACK, SARA
and BRYANT.

[ 4th Generation ] EDGAR ELISHA MULLINS was born March 21, 1899 in
Polk County, Texas. He married ELSIE MAE NEAL. Elsie Mae was born
October 15, 1912 in Bryan, Brazos County, Texas but lived most of her life in Tyler County.

Elisha and Elsie made their home in Warren, Tyler County, Texas.

Elisha died January 21, 1990 at his home in Warren [about age 91]. He is
buried in the Mullins Plot at Fellowship Baptist Cemetery, Tyler County,
Texas, about 3 miles northwest of Warren just off Fm Rd 1943.

Elsie Mae died October 24, 1995 [about age 83] at Tyler County Hospital in
Woodville. She had been living in Woodville, Tyler County, Texas since early
1990. She is buried beside her beloved Edgar. They share a double headstone.

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Elisha and Elsie had a large family with nine children: KENNETH, HORACE,
ESTELLE, DONALD, MARGARET, WILLIAM, LELA, ELSIE
and DORSIE.

[ 5th Generation ] KENNETH ERVIN MULLINS married BETTY HARPER.
Their children are KELVIN and KEITH.

[ 6th Generation ] KELVIN LEE MULLINS was born on June 18, 1958 .

[ 6th Generation ] KEITH ALLEN MULLINS was born March 15, 1960 .

[ 5th Generation ] HORACE VESTER MULLINS was born on May 20, 1937.
He married RUBY HOLMES. For a period of time they resided in Lumberton.
Vester was a former owner of A-1 Stripping Service and a 37 year employee of
Southern Pacific Railroad of Beaumont, Texas where he was a locomotive engineer.

Vester and Ruby have three children: STEVE, JAMES and VIOLET.

His second marriage was to ANNA L. THORNTON. She had two children,
Tammy and Dwayne from a previous marriage.

Vester died Friday, May 29, 1992 [about age 55] at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont,
Jefferson County, Texas. He is buried at the Fellowship Baptist Cemetery, Tyler County,
Texas, about 3 miles northwest of Warren just off Fm Rd 1943.

[ 6th Generation ] STEVE MULLINS was born ___?___ . He lived in Lumberton
Hardin County, Texas for a period of time.

[ 6th Generation ] JAMES MULLINS was born ___?___ .He lived in Dallas, Texas for
a period of time.

[ 6th Generation ] VIOLET LEE MULLINS DUGAS married GARY DUGAS.

[ 5th Generation ] BERTIE ESTELLE MULLINS BAILEY ARVETAKI She
married HORACE ROLAND BAILEY.

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Her second husband was ___?___ ARVETAKI. It is indicated that in October 1995
she is living in Avon, Hartford County, CT.

[ 5th Generation] FLOYD MULLINS ' twin' died at birth. He is buried at the
Fellowship Baptist Cemetery, Tyler County, Texas, about 3 miles northwest from
Warren just off Fm Rd 1943.

[ 5th Generation ] DONALD LLOYD MULLINS ' twin ' married AUDREY
BUDIA
. They have two children from this union: DANAL and
DAMON.

[ 6th Generation ] DANAL MULLINS was born on ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] DAMON MULLINS was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] MARGARET ANN MULLINS BRAMER was born on Aug
02 _?_ . She married LEIGHTON MEAD BRAMER JR. ' Bud. ' Bud was born
around 1938. *In 1990 they were living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and were still
there in 1995.

NOTE: *Location dates from family members obit information.

[ 5th Generation ] WILLIAM EMMETT MULLINS was born on ___?___ . He
married ___?___.

He has a son: DEREK.

[ 6th Generation ] DERK MULLINS was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] LELA DELL MULLINS GERMERK was born on ___?___ .
She married __?__ GERMERK. *It is indicated that in 1990 they lived in
Youngstown, New York. In 1990 and continues to live there in October 1992. *But,
in October 1995 she is again Mullins and living in Lewiston, Niagara County, New York.

NOTE: *Location dates from family members obit information.

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[ 5th Generation ] ELSIE RUTH MULLINS HOLLINGSWORTH was born
on January 23, 1949 in Tyler County, Texas. She married ELTON
HOLLINGSWORTH.


n January 1990 and 1995 they were living in Warren, yler County, Children from
this marriage: DWAYNE, JEANNIE, KATHY and CASEY.

[ 6th Generation ] DWAYNE HOLLINGSWORTH was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] JEANNIE HOLLINGSWORTH was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] KATHY JOLENE HOLLINGSWORTH was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] CASEY HOLLINGSWORTH was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] DORRIS LANELL MULLINS CLEARLY was born on
April 10, 1954. She married CHARLEY CEARLY.

*In January 1990 they were living in Silsbee. Hardin County, Texas. *They are
again shown in Silsbee in 1995.

NOTE:*Location dates from family members obit information.

[ 4th Generation ] OCIE MULLINS GAY was born on January 08, 1901. She
married PAUL GAY. Paul was born on February05, 1900.

*In 1959 Paul and Ocie were living in Liberty, Liberty County, Texas.
*In August 1985 Ocie was still living in Livingston, Texas.

Paul passed on March 06, 1965 [about age 65] and is buried in Holly
Grove Cemetery, Holly Grove, Polk County, Texas. Inscription: In My
Father’s House Are Many Mansions.

Oice passed on September 27, 1996 [about age 95] and is buried besie
her beloved Paul at the Holly Grove Cemetery.

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Children born from this marriage are: JOHNNIE, EFFIE, CARL,
ROBERTA, EDGAR
and LARRY.

[ 5th Generation ] JOHNNIE GAY CRABTREE AUGERI was born on
April 30, 1923. Her 1st married was tp LUTHER CRABTREE Sr.

Their children are: LUTHER.

Her 2nd marriage was to JAMES S. AUGERI. James was born on January
18, 1925.

Johnnie passed away on October 22, 1989 [about age 65] and is buried in the
Holly Grove Cemetery, Holly Grove, Polk County, Texas.

James passed on April 14, 2009 [about age 84] and is buried beside his beloved
Johnnie. They are buried under a beautiful double headstone.

He was a Veteran of WWII in the Army Air Corp and possibly continued his service
in the United States AirForce. At some point in his service he was awarded the Air
Force Commendation Metal. His plaque doesn't indicate a grade or rank.

Children from this marriage are: RICHARD, MICHAEL and JAMES.

[ 6th Generation ] LUTHER CRABTREE Jr.. was born June 08,1943. He
passed away on May 9, 1986 [ about age 43 ] and is buried in Holly Grove Cemetery,
Holly Grove, Polk County, Texas.

[ 6th Generation ] RICHARD WAYNE AUGERIwas born onJune 20, 1944.
He passed away on April 20, 1983.

NOTE: Richard may have been the son of Luther Crabtree and may have
been adopted by James. At any rate his headstone list him as Augeri.

[ 6th Generation ] MICHAEL ANN AUGERI married someone from Bogota
Columbia. She died under very suspicious conditions and is buried in Bogota.

[ 6th Generation ] JAMES AUGERI was born in 1959.

[ 5th Generation ] EFFIE LEE GAY was born in Fuwua, Texas on December 19,
1925. She married W. D. MERCER Sr.

Children from this marriage are: WILLIAM, HUGH and JOHN.

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Effie lived in Hull, Liberty County, Texas since 1984 where she enjoyed her life as a
homemaker. Friends and family all agree she perfected the cooking to and art. She
was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Hull.

Effie passed on March 01, 2011 [about age 86] and is buried in Holly Grove Cemetery,
Holly Grove, Polk County, Texas. A service of remembrance will be held Saturday,
March 05, 2011 at 11;00 A.M. at First Baptist Church of Hull with reverend David
Pursley officiating interment to follow at Holly Grove Cemetery of Segno.

Grandchildren Hugh Paul Mercer Jr. of Hull and William D. Mercer III of San Francisco.
California, Great grandson Paul Christopher Mercer of Hull.

William passed on January 11, 2013 [about age 83] and is also buried at Holy Grove
Cemetery.

[ 6th Generation ] WILLIAM D. MERCER Jr. ' Butch ' was born on July 12, 1944.

At some point, William was a Sergeant in the United States Air Force.

He passed away on September 26, 1997 about age 53 and is buried at Forest Lawn
Memorial Park, Cypress, Orange County, California.

[ 6th Generation ] HUGH PAUL MERCER was born ___?___ . He lived in Hull,
Liberty County, Texas for a period of time. *Location information from Mothers Obit.

[ 6th Generation ] JOHN MERCER was born ___?___. He live in Houston, Texas
for a period of time. *Location information from Mothers Obit.

[ 5th Generation ] CARL ELTON GAY married ALINE STONE. They
lived in Library Pennsylvania for a period of time. Location information from sister’s Obit

Their children are JOE, DAVID and SANDRA.

[ 6th Generation ] JOE PAUL GAY was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] DAVID GAY was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] SANDRA GAY was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] ROBERTA GAY URSPRUNG was born on ___?___.
She married ARNOLD BRURSPRUNG. For a period of time they
lived in Rye, Liberty County, Texas. Location information from sister’s Obit.

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Thier children are: DEBORAH and JERRY .

[ 6th Generation ] DEBORAH LYNN UPSPRUNG was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] JERRY NORMAN UPSPRUG was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] EDGAR GAY was born on December12, 1935.
He passed away and is buried in the Holy Grove Cemetery.

[ 5th Generation ] LARRY GAY was born ___?___ . He ived in
Houston, Texas for a period of time. *Location information from
sister’s Obit.

[ 4th Generation ] BERTHA MULLINS KELLAR was born on
January 10, 1903 in Polk County, Texas. She married JUNE
KELLAR
. June was born on June 10, 1906 in Picayune, Pearl
River County, Mississippi.

During World War II June was a member of the United States Army.

It's not certain where they lived but it's remembered that in 1959 they
lived in Saratoga, Hardin County, Texas. It is believed they resided in
Laredo, Texas sometimes after that for a period of time. But most of
June's life was lived in Kountze, Texas. He retired from TEXACO INC
as a pumper.

Bertha did on August 3, 1985 [about age 82] in Pasadena, Texas. She is
buried in the Mullins Plot at the Fellowship Baptist Cemetery, Tyler
County, Texas, about 3 miles northwest of Warren just off Fm Rd 1943.

June died December 21, 1992 [ about age 86 ] at Seven Acres Nursing
Home in Houston, Texas. June is buried beside Bertha.

* * * * *

THERE IS QUESTION ABOUT THIS PORTION OF INFORMATION
BUT I WILL GO AHEAD AND INCLUDE IT
.

NEWTON SIMMONS – In 1985 they are located living in
Pasadena. Texas. In 1992 they are indicated as living in Houston,
Texas. These may both be the same address. Their children are
SHARON and ___?___{ son }.

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[ 6th Generation ] SHARON KELLER was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] BURT TATUM KELLAR was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] ___?___ KELLAR ___?___. was born ___?___ .

* * * * *

[ 5th Generation ] BILLIE JUNE KELLAR DEES married ___?___ DEES.

[ 4th Generation ] HALLE MULLINS MEHELICH was born on July 25, 1905.
She married RUDOLPH MEHELICH. Rudolph was born April 17, 1895. He
and Hallie resided in Ace, Polk County, Texas for a period of time. Ace is a small
community on the Trinity River. In 1959 they were living in Livingston, Polk
County, Texas.

Their granddaughter, Glena Ann Mehelich Green related the following
information, “ I was told as a child that Rudolph came from Czechoslovakia.
I recently found out that he had a brother named Peter who lived I San Jacinto
and Polk Counties. He was married to Grace Schrader. I think they may have a
doughter also named Frances, but am not sure.”

Rudolph died on May 26, 1966 [ about age 71 ]. The inscription on his headstone
' Gone but not forgotten.' He is buried at Fellowship Cemetery, Tyler County, Texas,
about 3 miles northwest of Warren just off Fm Rd 1943.

[ 5th Generation ] FRANK NEAL MEHELICH was born on January27, 1936.
He marriedFANNIE EUGENE MATTHEWS. Fannie was born in Brownsboro,
County, Texas.

Children from this marriage: GLENA.

This marriage ended with divorce.

[ 6th Generation ] GLENA ANN MEHELICH GREEN was born on April 29 in Athens,
Henderson County, Texas.

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[ 4th Generation] NICK MULLINS was born on December 29, 1907. It is said
that he was a fun loving person who enjoyed picking at people. Sadly on one occasion
the picking went too far in March of 1937, when his cousin H.I.B. Williford pulled out a
knife and cut Nicks arm. Although they knew the cut was bad they chose to drive
through Village Mills and Kountze to take Nick to Hotel Dieu in Beaumont, Texas.
After treating the cut the doctors kept him overnight for observation. The next
morning Nick got up to put his clothes on and dropped dead from a loss of blood.
The doctors failed to realize how much blood Nick had loss on his long trip to the
hospital.

He died March 9, 1937 [about age 30]. The inscription on his headstone
' Look on Me as Ye pass by. As Ye are now, so once was I. As I am now, so ye shall
be. Prepare for God and Eternity.' Nick is buried in the Mullins plot of the Fellowship
Cemetery, Tyler County, Texas, about 3 miles northwest of Warren just off Fm Rd 1943.

[ 4th Generation ] DOVIE MULLINS DRHAM was born on November 23, 1910.
She married CARL ELTON DURHAM. Carl was born July 27, 1907. They made
their home in Warren, Tyler County, Texas

.

Carl died on December 09, 1963 [about age 53] and is buried in the Fellowship Baptist
Cemetery in Warren, Tyler County, Texas about 3 miles northwest of Warren just off
Fm Rd 1943. The inscription on his head stone reads ' Death is the crown of life.'

Dovie remained very active and enjoyed playing inside and outside with her grandchildren.
She was blessed with wonderful health. On April 18, 2910 Dovie passed and is buried
beside her beloved Carl at the Fellowship Baptist Cemetery. She was 99 years and 5 months
old at the time of her passing.

Carl and Dovie had two daughters: EMMA and CHARLOTTE.

[ 5th Generation ] EMMA JEAN DURHAM STATUM was born on July 30, 1939.
She married WHITFIELD SWEARINGEN.

Their children are: SCOTT, PATRICIA and CARLA.

Emma later married HAROLD STATUM and they have one child by birth:
CHARLOTTE. Harold adopted the other three children and their names
were changed to STATUM.

[ 6th Generation ] HAROLD LAWRENCE STATUM ' Scott '. was born ___?___ .

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[ 6th Generation ] PATRICIA JEAN STATUM WHITLOW born ___?___ . She
married PHILIP WHITLOW.

[ 7th Generation ] KATHY WHITLOW was born ___?___ .

[ 7th Generation ] RYAN WHITLOW was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] CARLA DIANE STATUM SHEENAN 'Baby' was born ___?___ .

[ 7th Generation ] EMMILEE STATUM ' Sammee ' was born ___?___ .

[ 7th Generation ] LOREN MUDDY ' Peanut ' was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] CHARLOTTE SUZANNE STATUM HIEST ' Charlee' was born ___?___ .

[ 7th Generation ] ASHLEY HAGHEY ' Cricket ' was born ___?___ .

[ 7th Generation ] ROBERT TAYLOR HIEST ' RT ' was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] PATSY JANE DURHAM RHODES DOWNING was born in February
1942. She married D. L. RHODES. For a period of time they lived in Warren, Tyler
County, Texa.

Their child IS: DARRELL

She later married ___?___ DOWNING. Their children are DARRELL and
LANA.

[ 6th Generation ] DARRELL LANDE RHODES was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] LANA La JEAN RHODES was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] LESLIE ELTON RHODES was born ___?___ .

[ 7th Generation ] LESLIE ANN RHODES was born ___?___ .

[ 7th Generation ] LACY LYNN RHODES was born ___?___ .

[ 7th Generation ] DUSTY ELTON RHODES was born ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation ] ADA MULLINS IRBY was born on August 28, 1913. She married
EMERSON L. IRBY. Emerson was born August 7, 1907 in Port Neches, Texas. In
1959they were living at Carlsbad, New Mexico. Emerson earned his living as an electrician.
Around 1966 they moved to Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Emerson died February 19, 1986 [ about age 73 ] in Las Vegas. He was buried in
the Fellowship Cemetery, Tyler County, Texas, about 3 miles northwest of Warren
just off Fm Rd 1943. The last accounts of Ada in 1996 she was still living in Las
Vegas. Their children are:DEAN, LINDSEY and KENT.

NOTE: Unable to find any updated information about Ada to indicate she has
passed.

[ 5th Generation ] DEAN IRBY was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] LINDSEY IRBY was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] KENT IRBY was born ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation] FLETCHER JACK MULLINS was born on April 30, 1917 in
Segno, Polk County, Texas. He married SUE JOHNSON.

Jack served as a private in the United States Army during World War II. In 1959 he was
serving at North Pole, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska. Jack received a disability
retirement from the Army. Except for the time in the service Jack lived most of his life
in Warren, Tyler County, Texas.

Jack died Wednesday, January 6, 1988 [ about age 71 ] at the Veterans Administration
Hospital in Houston. He was buried in the Fellowship Baptist Cemetery, Tyler County,
Texas, about 3 miles northwest of Warren just off Fm Rd 1943.

Their children are: ROSE, BILLY, REGINA, JEFFERY, WILLIAM, REBECCA and
FREDERICK.

[ 5th Generation ] ROSE LYNN MULLINS SMITH married ___?___ SMITH.
In 1988 they were living in Liberty, Liberty County, Texas. *Location information from a
family Obit.

[ 5th Generation ] BILLY HACK MULLINS was born ___?___ .In 1988 He were
living in Warren, Tyler County, Texas. *Location information from a family Obit.

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[ 5th Generation ] REGINA ANN MULLINS married ___?___ PLACKER.
In 1988 she was living in Liberty, Liberty County, Texas. *Location information from a
family Obit

[ 5th Generation ] JEFFERY MULLINS was born ___?___ .In 1988 he was living in
California. *Location information from a family Obit. *Location information from a family
Obit.

[ 5th Generation ] WILLIAM H. MULLINS ' BO ' was born ___?___ .In 1988 he was
living in Alaska. *Location information from a family Obit.

[ 5th Generation ] REBECCA MULLIS WHITEKER married ___?___ WHITEKER.
In 1988 they were living in Liberty, Liberty County, Texas. *Location information from a
family Obit.

[ 5th Generation] FREDERICK MULLINS was born in 1960 and died in 1968
[ about age 8 ]. The inscription on his headstone ' Asleep in Jesus.' Frederick was
accidentally shot and died from the injury. He is buried beside his dad in the
Fellowship Baptist Cemetery, Tyler County, Texas, about 3 miles northwest of Warren
just off Fm Rd 1943.

[ 4th Generation ] SARAH A. MULLINS HARPER ' Skinny' was born on March 18,
1920 in Segno, Polk County, Texas. She married CLARENCE EARL HARPER. They
began living in Port Neches, Jefferson County, Texas around 1937. They continued
to live there for 59 years.

‘ Skinny ’ worked and retired from the White House Department Store in Beaumont.

For a period of time she lived at Cresthaven Nursing Home in Groves, Jefferson
County, Texas until her death on Monday, April 1, 1996 [ about age 76 ]. A
graveside service was held at Fellowship Baptist Cemetery Tyler County, Texas, about
3 miles northwest of Warren just off Fm Rd 1943 at 2 PM on April 3, 1996. The
funeral service was under the direction of Livingston Funeral Home of Port Neches.

Earl passed away on January 20, 1999 [ about age 91 ] and is buried in the Fellowship
Cemetery next to his beloved wife, Sarah. Their children are: DONALD and
CECIL.

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[ 5th Generation ] DONALD EARL HARPER married BEVERLY LEE.
Their children are: LESLIE, LINDSEY and DONALD.

[ 6th Generation ] LESLIE HARPER was born on ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] LINDSEY HARPER was born on ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] DONALD DEAN HARPER was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] CECIL GERALD HARPER married NANCY JOHNSON.
In 1996 they were living in Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana. *Location
information from a family Obit.

[ 6th Generation ] MARVIN HARPER was born on ___?___ .

[ 7th Generation ] daughter { twin } was born on ___?___ .

[ 7th Generation ] daughter { twin } was born on ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] BENJAMINE HARPER was born on ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation ] BRYANT D. MULLINS was born on November 16, 1922. He
married JO ___?___ . He died around 1991 [ about age 69 ]. Both he and his
wife are said to be buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Beaumont, Jefferson County,
Texas. Note: Unable to locate graves.

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[ 3rd Generation ] WARREN WALTER OVERSTREET was born on November 5,
1884 but died in infancy [ about age 5 months].

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[ 3rd Generation ] OSCAR OREN OVERSTREET was born on December 26,
1885 in Johnson City, Blanco County, Texas. He grew up in Polk County, Texas and
there for a period of time after his marriage. Eventually he moved his family to
live Hardin County, Texas where he lived at Old Nona, south of Kountze.

As many of the men of his youth, Oscar liked to hunt, especially turkey and deer.
He enjoyed the sport as long as he was able and whenever he felt like it. One of his
children related that Oscar told the game warden, ' If you catch me I'll pay the fine. '

Oscar married SUSIE WALL YOUNGBLOOD on August 28, 1907 in Segno, Polk
County, Texas by Rev. Thomas Lily. Susie was the daughter of Jefferson Davis
Youngblood and Joanna Bailey Youngblood. She was born November 18, 1891, in
Livingston, Liberty County, Texas. Sussie lacked about 3 months of being 17 when she
married.

In his early days at Old Nona he was a Woods Foreman for Nona Fletcher Lumber
Company. It was only after the mill burned down that Oscar ran for County
Commissioner of Prescient 2, defeating H. A. ' Bud ' Hooks by only fourteen
votes. He held this office for 24 years beating any opposition handily and never
had a run-off in any of the twelve times he ran for office. When he took office he
said there were two graded roads of any length in the precinct – from Kountze to
Honey Island and from Kountze to Saratoga. There was not a paved road in the
county. His first purchase was motorized road building equipment to replace
teams, slips and shovels. He constructed many miles of good graded roads as
well as some hard topped ones. Before he left office there were paved roads over
most of the county.

Besides working for good roads, he was a major influence in establishing a county
health clinic and hiring a county nurse, providing a county agricultural agent and a
home demonstration agent to improve the quality of life for farmers, ranchers,
gardeners, homemakers and their children.

After Oscar became road commissioner he and Susie took Oscars parents into their
Nona home to live with them. For some time previous to this, his parents, Dan and
Sarah, would stay with one family member for several months and then move on to
another. Susie told them that Oscar now made a good enough living that ' … this
would be their home from here on.'

Oscar Overstreet was a commissioner at a time whee n he could help people in need.
He helped put food on many tables during ' hard times .' He was a big hearted,
generous, friendly and a good neighbor. Oscar always shared with his neighbors at
hog killing time. He is considered by many as the best all around County Commissioner
this precinct has ever had.

Susie and Oscar celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on August 28, 1957 at
their home in ' Old Nona.' At that time there were 5 children, 11 grandchildren and 4
great grandchildren. Oscar and Susie have 6 children: They are: CECIL, JAMES,

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A. B., ANNIE MARGARET
and DIXIE.

Oscar passed on November 29, 1960 [ about age 75 ] and is buried in the Holland
Cemetery, Hardin County, Texas North of Kountze.

Susie passed on December 19, 1979 [ about age 106 ] and is buried beside her beloved
Oscar in the Holland Cemetery.

[ 4th Generation ] CECIL VINSON OVERSTREET was born on October 10, 1908 on
"the Old Clint Collins Place," in what was known in 1990 as the Segno Oil Field.
Polk County, Texas. The family moved round following the lumber industry, finally
settling in Old Nona, Hardin County, Texas. Cecil went to school in the old traditional
one room school house. When the schools in Hardin County were consolidated in
1925 he changed to the Kountze School District, graduating May 28, 1927 from
Kountze High School.

While attending high school he worked for R. A. Myer Lumber Company and in his last
year in school he drove the school bus. He continued to drive the bus for two years after
he graduated.

On March 30, 1929 Cecil married BESSIE LEE GARDNER in Village Mills, Hardin County,
Texas. Rev. Richard Huff performed the ceremony. Bessie was born in Warren, Tyler
County, Texas on August 14, 1911. She and her family lived five miles west of Warren.
Cecil was introduced to Bessie Lee by a cousin, Nick Mullins. They dated about a year
and after marriage settled in ' Old Noma.'

In October, 1929 the county fell into what some people called ' The Great Depression '
but Cecil was lucky and found work in a garage, drove the school bus and farmed. In
1929 he went to work for Predatory Animal Control out of Austin as a government wolf-
trapper. He stayed for about three and one-half years. Starting in 1934 he worked three
years in the oilfields. In November 1937 he became the first R.F.C. mail carrier in Hardin
County, working out of the Kountze Post Office. When he first started delivering mail, he
would finish early and had time to work in the oilfields, but deliveries began to take longer,
so after two years he had to give up the oilfields.

On May 1, 1944, Cecil enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corp in San Antonio, Texas. He
qualified Expert – Rifle on June 15 1944. Hi primary assignment was as a Postal Clerk.
He was discharged with the rank of PFC on February 13, 1945. At the time he was
discharged he was issued an Honorable Service Button. According to his

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discharge paper, Cecil was 70” tall, Blue eyes, black hair and a ruddy complexion.

For twenty-eight years Cecil was affiliated with ' Uncle Bud's Place,' working for and
then becoming a partner with his uncle. Finally about 1967 he bought his partner
James Hamilton Overstreet out. Bud felt the need to retire when his son Henry Olen
was running for Sheriff. Cecil ran the business for another six years before he sold
out in 1973. He didn't want to give Henry's opposition fuel for the election.

In 1974 he became Justice of the Peace. An office he held until he retired in early
1990's. Bessie Lee was always active in the Order of the Eastern Star, where she
was Worthy Matron, until she and Cecil had to retire on account of their health.
Before this, Cecil was active as a Mason in the Kountze Masonic Lodge and a
member of First Baptist Church of Kountze.

Bessie Lee died Tuesday, July 9, 1991 [about age 80] at St. Elizabeth Hospital in
Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas. She is buried in the Holland Cemetery, Hardin
County, Texas. Cecil died May 25, 1997 [about age 88] and is buried beside his
beloved Bessie Lee.

Their children are SONYA , VIOLA, and WINSTON.

[ 5th Generation ] SONYA NAOMI OVERSTREET SNYDER was born on January 22,
1930 in Old Nona, Hardin County, Texas. She married PERCY CLIFFORD SNYDER.
They made their home in Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas.

On March 28, 1971 Sonya became a member of St. John Lutheran Church by Adult
Confirmation. Over the years, she faithfully served her Lord.

Sonya worked and retired from Williamson Insurance Agency.

Clifford Passed away on September 23, 2001and is buried at the Holland
Cemetery, Village Mills, Hardin County, Texas. He lived in Beaumont and
Kountze area all of his life and was a retired Fluor Corp. as a Instrument Field
Engineer.

Sonya passed away on February 26, 2003 [ about age 73 and is buried with her
beloved Clifford at the Holland Cemetery .

Their children are: CLIFFORD, ROBERT and DAVID.

[ 6th Generation ] CLIFFORD VINSON SNYDER was born on March 08. 1947.
He married LYNN ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] ROBERT EDWARD SNYDER ‘ Bob ’ was born on July 19, 1950 .

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[ 6th Generation ] DAVID SNYDER was born on December30, 1957.

[ 5th Generation ] VIOLA La REE OVERSTREET CALAME was born on October
15, 1931. She married FRANKLIN CALAME. In 1991 they were living in Hurst,
Tarrant County, Texas according to information from a family Obit.

Their children are: CAROLE, CULLEN and CEVIN.

[ 6th Generation ] CAROLE LEE CALAME was born on March 21, 1952.

[ 6th Generation ] CULLEN CALAME was born October 17, 1953 .

[ 6th Generation ] CEVIN CALAME was born April 08, 1958 .

[ 5th Generation ] OSCAR WINSTON OVERSTREET was born on August
22, 1938. He married VIVIAN WHISENHANT. Vivian was born on
December 29, 1940. In July 1881 they were living in Bryan, Brazos County, Texas.
At some later date they moved to Segno, Polk County, Texas and live on land once
belonging to Bud and Martha Overstreet.

Winston has worked in the petroleum industry and has done a some work outside
of the United States. Their children are : TONYA, QUINTON and WADE.

[ 6th Generation ] TONYA LEE OVERSTREET IVINS BOWMAN was born on
May02, 1961. She married SCOTT IVINS. Scott was born ___?___. Children
from this marriage: EMILY.

This marriage ended with divorce.

Her second marriage was to GENE BOWMAN. Glenn was born ___?___ .

[ 7th Generation ] EMILY IVINS was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] OSCAR QUINTON OVERSTREET was born on April 06,
1964. He married SHARLENE ___?___. Sharlene was born ___?___.

Their children are: CALEB and CONNOR.

[ 7th Generation ] CALEB DANIEL OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

[ 7th Generation ] CONNOR VINSON OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] WADE OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

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[ 4th Generation ] JAMES BURROW OVERSTREET ' Burr ' was born on
October 14, 1910 and never married. ‘ Burr ’ died October 01, 1968 [ about
age 58 ] and is buried in the Holland Cemetery, Hardin County, Texas.

[ 4th Generation ] AB OVERSTREET ' Abe ' was born on December 30, 1912
in Polk County, Texas.

NOTE: Family tradition says that his name ' is the initials. There’s no record
that they stood for anything other than the initials.

NOTE: On Laura Fleebee's web site she indicates that: AB enlisted October 5,
1934 as a private in the Ranger Force.

He married BIRDIE MAE KNIGHT ‘Birdie’ on May 05, 1940. Berdie Mae was
born on August 01, 1916 in Segno, Polk County, Texas. She was the daughter of John
Henry Knight and Cecil Annie (Carroll) Knight. Birdie Mae graduated from Big Sandy High
School in 1934. Big Sandy was not accredited at that time so she had to go to Livingston
High School to finish her credits to go to college. After graduation, she worked in the
Capital at Austin for Representative Edgar Loggins and some times fro the Governor also.
Not certain which Governor it was; possibly Miriam “Ma” Ferguson but more likely it was
James V. Allred. She went to college, and after finishing, she moved back to Segno to work
for the contractor, D.B. Evans who was the contractor building the new school. After the
school was built she was hired as Mr. Burkett's secretary and to substitute teach.

Birdie Mae eloped with A.B. in Louisiana and kept it a secret, as married women could not
teach. The rule was married men and single women. So, when they got back and she went
to work on Monday morning, Mr. Burkett asked her, “What is this I hear?” He had found out
she was married. She to this day does not know how he found out. So, she worked the rest
of the month till school was out and then had to quit as she was married. Mr. Loggins, the
Representative, got her a job at the Indian Village working for the white Chief. She worked
there until Dianna was born in May 1941.

A.B. worked in the shipyard in Houston for a period of time but they eventually moved back
to Segno where A.B. opened and operated the Overstreet's cafe.

In 1955 Dianna moved to Houston to go to High School and shortly thereafter, Birdie Mae
and then A.B. moved and worked there. After that she went to Beauty School (Cosmetology
School) and made an instructor.

They moved back to Segno later and she opened a beauty shop but closed it when A.B.
moved to North Carolina. They traveled working for Brown & Root in several states and
finally retired in Rosenberg, Texas, and moved back to Segno. ‘Abe's’ occupation was as
a Mechanical Engineer.

AB’s knowledge of the woods was well known. It's said this man of the woods knew his
portion of the ‘Big Thicket’ and could track better than an Indian. But even the best
woodsmen get snookered some times. It's reported in one publication that "Two years
ago {1958} Abe Overstreet was leaning up against a sweet gum tree late one evening
waiting for a buck to cross an old logging road when he heard movement in the brush
about 150 feet ahead. He clicked off his safety and watched as a doe nervously slipped
out of the myrtle and ran down the road into the thicket on the other side. He noted a
movement in the myrtle where the doe had come from and saw antler less silhouette,
which he took to be another doe. By the time the silhouette became an animal running
down the road and as the animal became recognizable as a panther it was out of his
shotgun range".

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AB enjoyed the woods as few men ever do. It is said that he felt truly at home in the
Big Thicket. But he never forgot just how dangerous a place it could be and often help
others learn from his experiences. The things others learned from him could have
easily saved their lives.

Birdie Mae became Church Clerk in 1978 for Magnolia Hill Baptist Church and remained
until her death. Birdie Mae loved her church and never missed unless ill.

She was the bookkeeper for her son-in-law's business and her grandson's business from
1975 until she turned 98. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved to
cook and always enjoyed someone coming to visit. When living in Segno they followed the
Big Sandy basketball team everywhere they went and supported them. She loved supporting
them all the way to the state playoffs.

She is the last of the pioneers of our family. She has hunted and killed deer and squirrels
and fished and cleaned and cut up the meat. She loved fresh vegetables and appreciated
all the ones who brought her fresh vegetables when she was unable to raise her own anymore.

AB died on October 05, 1985 and is buried in the Magnolia Hill Cemetery.

Birdie was a charter member of “Old Friends/New Friends;” she was a charter member of
“REA” which is now Sam Houston Electric; loved to attend and cook for the senior citizens
lunches and singing’s and was very active. She loved visiting until she was unable and loved
to send birthday cards. She always wanted her bills paid early or on time. She was a “straight
shooter”. There were no pretends with her. She had the gift of hospitality and never met a
stranger. Her love language was “work”. However, she loved to have fun and laugh. She made
our family fun and can never be replaced. We look forward to being with her one-day in Heaven.
We will miss her so much until then.

Children of A.B. and Birdie Mae are: DIANNA and ARLIN.

Birdie later married Vernon M. Bearss and they continued to make their home in Segno. Veron
was born on December 31, 1916.

Veron passed away on December 10, 2006 [about age 90]. Vernon is buried at Magnolia Hill
Cemetery with a single headstone. He is buried next to AB and Bertie Mae.

After Vernon's death Bertie Mae continued to live in her home in Segno until she passed away
on March 20, 2015 [about age 98] in Livingston, Polk County, Texas. She is buried beside her
beloved first husband A. B.

A celebration of her life was held at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 24 at Pace Funeral Home in
Livingston with visitation an hour earlier.

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[ 5th Generation ] DIANNA SUE OVERSTREET ROBI married THOMAS
GEREALD ROBINSON ' Jerry '
in Houston, Harris County, Texas. Their
children are: DAVID, KENNETH, KATHI and KARYN.

[ 6th Generation ] DAVID KEITH ROBERSON married PATRICIA
PITTMAN ' Pattie '
in Houston, Harris County, Texas, Pattie had one child
from a previous marriage,

Rachel David and Pattie's second daughter is ASHLEY.


[ 7th Generation ] RACHEL NICOLE PITTMAN COLLINS married
ERIC COLLINS.

They have one daughter: ZAVIER.

[ 8th Generation ] XZAVIER ALEXANDER COLLINS was born ___?___ .

[ 8th Generation ] HAYDEN TAYLOR COLLINS was born ___?___ .

[ 7th Generation ] ASHLEY NICHOLE ROBINSON was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] KENNETH MICHAEL ROBINSON married JANELL
CONNELLY
. Janell has two children from a previous marriage: CHRISTOPHER
and CASSANDRA. Kenneth and Janell have a son: KALEB.

[ 7th Generation ] CHRISTOPHER CONNELLY was born ___?___ .

[ 7th Generation ] CASSANDRA CONNELLY was born ___?___ .

[ 7th Generation ] KALEB JOHN HENRY ROBINSON was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] KATHI LYNN ROBINSON MAY has one son: BLAKE
THOMAS
.

[ 7th Generation ] BLAKE THOMAS ROBINSON-LEE was born on February 05,
1996.

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[ 6th Generation ] KARYN SUE ROBINSON was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] ARLIN BRUCE OVERSTREET ' Butch ' was born on June 05,
1950 in Livingston, Polk County, Texas. Bruce served in the Navy. He married
CHERL THORNTON. They have one son KRISTAN.


This marriage ended in divorce.

Over the years Butch wore man hats. He has worked construction, police officer,
auctioneer, writer, trucker and sales executive.

On Thursday, February 26 1999 Bruce died from cancer at the Veterans Hospital
in Houston, Harris County, Texas. A memorial was held for him at the Broussard’s
Mortuary in Kountze, Hardin County, Texas on Wednesday, March 3, 1999. His
ashes were spread around his land .

One of the tributes to Bruce was his unyielding efforts in reviving the Overstreet
Reunions. He was responsible for organizing the 1997, 1998 and 1999 reunions.
Until he took up the cause in early 1997 there hadn't been one in possibly 20
years or more.

[ 6th Generation ] KRISTAN OVERSTREET was born in Roxboro, Person County,
North Carolina. 1994.

[ 4th Generation ] ANNIE MARGARET OVERSTREET JORDAN ' Sis ' was born on
September 25, 1921 in Nona. Hardin County, Texas where she grew up. She was
best known to everyone as "Sis" Jordan.

She graduated from Kountze High School in 1938 where she had been an outstanding
basketball player. Sis started nursing school at St. Mary's Nursing School in Port Arthur,
Jefferson County, Texas but during her senior year she resigned to marry the man who
swept her off her feet as he was stealing her heart, FLOYD CLAYTON JORDAN Sr.
She said she never once regretted the choice she made. { In those days a married
woman couldn't be in nurse training. }

Floyd was born on June 27, 1919. He served in the United States Army during World
War II and earned the rank of Tec 5. It was during this time he married Margaret. After
World II they moved to Polk County, Texas near the Segno Oilfield where they spent
the remainder of their lives.

Floyd had a such a deep love and respect for the outdoors. He was an excellent tracker
and deer hunter. Some say he was able to identify individual deer by their tracks. It
was Floyd's dearest wish to go deer hunting just one more time but it wasn't to be.

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He passed away October 14, 1988 and is buried at the Holland Cemetery in
Hardin County, Texas.

Sis Jordan was a warm, honest, straight forward person who was never afraid to speak the
truth as she saw it. Her warm comfortable smile and sincere friendliness would make a
visitor in her home feel welcomed. I am also told that she was an extremely talented writer
and showed the depths of her feelings in the poems, letters and stories she wrote.

On a personal note: I, along with my mother, Gladys Overstreet Eller, enjoyed many
visits to Sis's home during their latter years. Mom and I looked forward to those visits.
Sis would make a pot of Sea Port Coffee and the two 1st cousins would discussed
childhood memories. Only a few people in my life have left such a strong and favorable
impression on me and I grieved her passing deeply.

Sis passed away on February 3, 2005 [ about the age of 84 ] and is buried beside her
beloved Floyd.

Their Children are: BONNIE, FLOYD, GINGER, SUSAN and JOLINE. There
were also two infant daughter who passed away.

[ 5th Generation ] BONNIE BEATRICE JORDAN GATES married WILLIAM EARL
GATES
on September 26, 1964. Two children were born from this marriage:
MICHELLE and SHANNON. This marriage ended with divorce in 1980.

[ 6th Generation ] MARGARET MICHELLE GATES FERGUSON married MITCH
GENTRY
. There was one child born to this union: CHRISTOPHER. This
marriage ended with divorce.

Her second marriage is to SCOTT FERGUSON. One child was born to this marriage:
JORDAN But their marriage ended with divorce.

[ 7th Generation ] CHRISTOPHER RAYMOND GENTRY was born ___?___ .

[ 7th Generation ] JORDAN DANIELLE FERGUSON was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] BILLYE SHANNON FRENCH married SERGEL FRENCH
in Paris France in January 17, 1997.

[ 5th Generation ] FLOYD CLAYTON JORDAN Jr. ' Sandy ' was born on July
13, 1943 in Hardin County, Texas. He attended school at Big Sandy in Dallardsville,
Polk County, Texas where he graduated high school on May 12, 1960.

From 1960 to 1963 he worked all around the country on pipeline construction. In late
’63 he went to work in Pasadena, Texas for CMI, working on gas engines and
compressors.

Sandy married SANDRA L. BATEMAN on April 04, 1969 in Houston, Harris
County, Texas. Sandra was born in Leon County, Texas on January 08, 1947. She is
the daughter of Edward Bateman and Erma Woods Bateman.

In 1973 Sandy started UGI with Buddy Deese and Raymond Williams.

Children of Sandy and Sandra are: STACY, SCOTT and VICTORIA.

This marriage ended with divorce.

In 1990 he sold out of UGI and went to work for Arrow Industries until mid 1997.

[ 6th Generation ] STACEY JEAN JORDAN BARRETT - Sandy and Sandra
adopted her about 1970. Stacey married MARK BARRETT. Their children
are: CHELSEA, MICHELLE and SHANNON

This marriage ended with divorced.

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[ 7th Generation ] CHELSEA C. BARRET was born on November 06, 1991.

[ 7th Generation ] SHILO R. BARRET was born on November 14, 1993.

[ 6th Generation ] SCOTT CLAYTON JORDAN was born on July 20, 1971 in
Houston, Harris County, Texas. He lived about 7 week in the Intensive Care Unit at
the Texas Children's Hospital in Houston and died on September 08, 1971. Scott was
buried September 10, 1971 in the Holland Cemetery, Hardin County, Texas.

[ 6th Generation ] VICTORIA ANN JORDAN DAVIS ' Viki ' was born in Houston,
Harris County, Texas. She married KELLY DAVIS.

They have one child, MITCHEL. This marriage ended with divorce in 1991.

[ 7th Generation ] MITCHEL S. DAVIS was born on August 08, 1989.

[ 5th Generation ] GINGER MARGARET JORDAN MCMILLIAM married ___?___
Mc MILLIAM
. They have two sons: JONAS and JOHN.

[ 6th Generation ] JONAS FLOYD Mc MILLIAM was born in 1972 but
died October 9, 1986 [ about age 14 ].

[ 6th Generation ] JOHN SCOTT Mc MILLIAM was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] SUSAN LINDSEY JORDAN CAIN was born in Kountze, Hardin
County, Texas. She married BUDDY CAIN in 1969.

[ 5th Generation ] JOLINE JANET JORDAN OVERSTREET was born in Kountze,
Hardin County, Texas. She married JAMES VINSON OVERSTREET II on April
06 1985 in Chambers County. Joline and James have one son: MICHAEL.

[ 6th Generation ] MICHAEL BRANDON OVERSTREET was born in Beaumont,
Jefferson County, Texas

[ 4th Generation ] DIXIE MAE OVERSTREET DONELSON was born on March 27,
1926 in Kountze, Hardin County, Texas. She graduated from Kountze High School in
1942. It is remember that she loved basketball and was an outstanding athlete. She attended
Sam Houston State Teachers College and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in
1946. Later she received a Master of Science Degree from the same institution.

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While attending college she met HENRY MALCOLM DONELSON Jr. who had
returned to his parents home in Huntsville, Walker County, Texas after serving in the
United States Army in World War II. They met on a blind date and were marred on the
radio show, ' Bride and Groom ' on July 26, 1946.

Dixie continued her education at Sam Houston. After graduation from college, she
moved to accept a high school teaching position at Silsbee High School in Hardin
County, Texas.

While teaching advanced sciences at the secondary school level she would return to
Sam Houston University to complete work on her counseling certificate. After receiving
her certificate, she became a guidance counselor for Silsbee High School.

In 1989 Dixie retired from teaching after a 41 year career.

Dixie had a lifelong love of travel. Upon retirement She and Henry purchased a travel
trailer and started a decade of adventure. They spent much of the summer escaping
the Texas heat in Gunnison, Gunnison County, Colorado, where Dixie enjoyed her other
passion; fishing. She and Henry journeyed through much of the United States, including
Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, the Ozarks and most of the Southern United States.

Dixie did not return to Silsbee to rest between travels, but to participate in the
organizations which she supported. She represented Hardin County in the Texas
Silver-Haired Legislature and was an active member of the First Methodist Church.
She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, served as the chairman of the Hardin
County Retired Teachers Association.

She was a former member of the Texas State Teachers Association, Texas Classroom
Teachers Association, the Sabine-Neches Guidance and Personnel Association in which
she was secretary. She served as a senator to the Texas Guidance and Personnel
Association. She was also a member of the Silsbee Country Club Ladies Golf Association.

However, Dixie was happiest when she was spending time with her six grandchildren and
reserved every summer vacation in order that each grandchild could have a special time
with her. She was their mentor and guide as well as a truly loving grandmother. Henry died
July 6, 1997 ending their 50 years of marriage.

Dixie passed away at Memorial Herman Hospital on July 22, 2000 ( about age 74 ]. She
died as a result of injuries received in an automobile accident. Funeral Services were held
at the First United Methodist Church in Silsbee. She is buried in the R. S. Farmer Memorial
Cemetery in Silsbee.

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County Judge Billy Caraway said, “ She was a very fine lady who was always very active
in the community.” This sentiment was shared by hundreds of people.

Dixie and Henry had two children: JAMES and KATHLEEN.

[ 5th Generation ] JAMES HENRY DONELSON married KAREN JEAN FERNER

Their children are: RYAN, JULIA, KELLY and MICHAEL.

[ 6th Generation ] RYAN HENRY DONELSON was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] JULIA ANN DONELSON was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] KELLY LYNN DONELSON was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] MICHAEL JAMES DONELSON was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] KATHLEEN DONELSON WESTOVER married
JOHN BROCK WESTOVER III

[ 6th Generation ] CHRISTIAN BROOK WESTOVER was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] ERIN KATHLEEN WESTOVER was born ___?___ .



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[ 3rd Generation ] ARTHUR DANIEL OVERSTREET ' A.D. ' was born on September
13,1888. He married VIVA WALL YOUNGBLOOD ' Vivie ' on January 1, 1909.
Vivie was born on September 15, 1889. They were residents of Kountze, Hardin County
about 40 years.

Grandson, John Overstreet recalled. “ Late in his life, my grandfather enjoyed sitting
on his front porch. He would wave and call out to friends and strangers alike. He
probably knew most everyone in Kountze.”

Viva was a very religious lady who enjoyed reading her bible and talking about Jesus.
Her strong Christian Witness was an inspiration to her family and friends.

Arthur died, Thursday, August 7, 1975 [ about age 87 ] in the Kountze Nursing Center.
He was buried in the Holland Cemetery, Hardin County, Texas.

Vivie died at 7:00 AM, Saturday, May 5, 1978 [ about age 89 ] at Hardin Memorial
Hospital. She was laid to rest beside her beloved Arthur.

The children of Arthur and Vivie are: WILLIAM, TROY, PAT, MACULA, JOE,
KYLE, SYBLE
and WALTER.

[ 4th Generation ] WILLIAM DOUGLAS OVERSTREET married MATTIE HUTTO
and they live in Kountze, Hardin County, Texas. William worked as a plumber for an oil
company. He also worked in the oil fields. Both he and Mattie were small framed individuals.

In later years, Will was an easy going person who was seldom provoked to anger. But
it is said that in his younger days, he was just like a Banta Roster, willing to take on a
wild cat. He was a very likable person and was remembered to be a sharp dresser who
liked to look well dressed. For a period of time he also worked for Kirby Lumber Company.
Mattie was a stern and strict disciplinarian. Both have passed away in recent years.

Their children are: MARY and WILLIAM.

[ 5th Generation ] MARY ANN OVERSTREET BLYTHE wac born on ___?___. She
married WAYNE BLYTHE.

Their children are SHERI, BOBBIE and TRACI.

[ 6th Generation ] SHERI BLYTHE was born ___?___ .

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[ 6th Generation ] BOBBIE BLYTHE HERRMANN was born on ___?___. She
married RONNIE HERRMAN. Their children are: CHRIS, MELISSA
and SCOTT.

[ 7th Generation ] CHRIS HERRMANN was born ___?___ .

[ 7th Generation ] MELISSA HERRMANN was born ___?___ .

[ 7th Generation ] SCOTT HERRMANN was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] TRACI LYN BLYTHE BAIRD was born on ____?___ in Beaumont,
Jefferson County, Texas but grew up mainly in Louisiana. Traci married LARRY BAIRD.

Their children are: JORDAN and LACI.

[ 6th Generation ] JORDAN BAIRD was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] LAYCI BAIRD was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] WILLIAM DOUGLAS OVERSTREET Jr. ' Bill ' was born ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation ] TROY OVERSTREET ' Sug ' was born on August 22 1911 in
Votaw, Hardin County, Texas but lived most of his life in Kountze, Hardin County, Texas.

He married MINNIE LEE PHILLIPS YOUNGBLOOD in Hardin County, Texas on
November 12, 1939. Minnie was born October 14, 1917 in Warren, Tyler County, Texas.
She had one son, Jimmy by her marriage to Mr. Youngblood. { according to Mimmies funeral
notice Jimmie was living in New York in August 1979. }

‘ Sug ’ was indicted into the United States Army in Houston, Harris County, Texas on
October 30, 1943 and served with the 1057th Engineer Port Construction and Repair
Group. His primary job was as a rigger. According to his discharge document, under
the title: Battles and Campaigns – in Ardennes, in Rhineland, in Central Europe GO 105
WD. His Decorations and Citations include: EAME Campaign Medal with 3 bronze stars;
Good Conduct Medal, Victory Ribbon and 2 Overseas Bars. At the time of his discharge,
Sug is indicated to have blue eyes and blond hair, 5'11” and weighing150 pounds. He
separated from the Army at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas on
September 6, 1946. Sug worked and retired as a boiler fireman in marine construction work.


On August 19, 1979 Minnie passed away [about age 62]. She is buried in the Holland
Cemetery, Hardin County, Texas.

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Sug passed away, Sunday, May 26, 1984 [about age 73] at St. Elizabeth Hospital in
Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas. He is buried beside his beloved Minnie in the
Holland Cemetery.

[ 4th Generation ] PAT HARRISON OVERSTREET was born on July 11, 1914 in
Bragg Community of Hardin County, Texas.

Pat wanted to be in the U.S. Calvary and when the opportunity presented itself, he
joined and was station at Fort Brown, Brownsville, Texas, one of the few remaining
Mounted Calvary Posts. Fort Brown, Brownsville, Texas.

While there, he met and married MATTIE LOU ELLEN BARNES. Mattie was born
on August 13, 1923. She grew up in the Harlingen, Cameron County, Texas area. During
World War II Pat served in the Signal Corps.

After the Army, Mattie Lou and Pat continue to live in the Brownsville area before eventually
moving to Kountze, Hardin County, Texas where for the next 30 years they made their home.
Pat enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping out. At one point he held the record for the largest
Jew Fish caught surf fishing along the Southern Gulf Coast. His son John Overstreet stated “
It was so large, that when cut open, I could have crawled through it as a baby.”

Pat worked and retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. But after he retired he
wasn't one to just sit around and be retired. When the opportunity presented itself, Pat
became a Game Warden for the Hardin County Game Preserve. What an opportunity to do
something that you really enjoyed and get paid to do it. A true Overstreet dream.

Pat died Thursday, November 10, 1988 [about age 74] at the Baptist Hospital, Beaumont,
Jefferson County, Texas. He is buried in the Holland Cemetery, Hardin County, Texas.

Pat and Mattie Lou have 4 children: JAMES, LYNDA, WILLIAM and JOHN.

[ 5th Generation ] JAMES ARTHUR OVERSTREET was born on August 06. 1942
in Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas. After his family moved to Hardin County, Texas
he attended school in the Kountze I. S. D. and graduated from Kountze High School.

James married BARBARA BENKIN.

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[ 6th Generation ] STEPHANIE OVERSTREET BONNER was born around 1970.
She married DAVID BONNER.


Their children are: TRACE.

[ 7th Generation ] TRACE BONNER was born on December 04, 1995 in
Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas.

[ 6th Generation ] JAMES ALLEN OVERSTREET was born about 1974. He
worked in the Health Care Industry for a period of time.

[ 5th Generation ] LYNDA GAYLE OVERSTREET POWERS was born on April 07,
1946 in Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas. After his family moved to Hardin County,
Texas she attended school in the Kountze I. S. D. and graduated from Kountze High
School.

While was attending Navarro Junior College – From ‘The Kountze News’ it was mentioned
that she and Olen Overstreet “ Began showing how well they were brought up and became
missionaries for the Democratic Party . . . They are at Navarro Junior College in Corsicana
and they found when they got there some Republicans for Goldwater, that’s what ”.

Later attended East Texas Baptist College on a Vocal Scholarship. She travelled with
the school’s A Cappella Choir to Europe.” Gayle

Gayle met and fell in love with JIM POWERS and they were married on ___?___.
Jim is an ordained Baptist Minister and half owner in a car dealership in Kountze.

Gayle has a degree in Hearing and Speech Therapy and in Special Education and has
worked for the Woodville I. S. D. in Tyler County and the Kountze I. S. D.

[ 5th Generation ] WILLIAM ERNEST OVERSTREET ‘ Ernie ’ was born on
___?___ in Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas. After his family moved to Hardin
County, Texas. He attended school in the Kountze I. S. D. and graduated from Kountze
High School.

A talented musician, Ernie played and sang with his band throughout the area. I believe
from time to time he entertaining at the Honey Island Swimming Pooling. There was a
dance area adjacent to the smaller pool.

Ernie spent one semester at East Texas Baptist College before joining the United States
Air Force.

During the Viet Nam War Ernie served with the United States Air Force in Viet Nam as a
Postal Clerk. While in the U S. Air Force he obtained the rank of Sergeant, E-4

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on January 01, 1972. His service decorations and citations included the National
Defense Service Medal, the Viet Nam Service Medal, the Republic of Viet Nam Campaign
Medal, the Small Arms Expert Marksman Ribbon and the U. S. Air Force Good Conduct
Medal.

Ernie married BEVERLY GWEN WILLIFORD ' Missy ', daughter of Elmer and
May Ann Gibson Williford, on December 14,1973 in the First Baptist Church of Kountze


At age 12 Ernie attended R.A. Camp and during the decision night he went
down with the rest of the boys and answered all the questions. They filled out the card
and he was patted on the head and told that he was saved. Then In 1979, while working
in the oil field, God caused him to look at his life. It was then that he realized that there
had been no change in his life. He asked God to save him and change his life into the
life that would bring honor and glory to Him.

In 1980 God gave Ernie his first job serving Him as a part-time minister of music in a
local church where two years later he felt the Lord called him into full-time service. In
1984 God directed he and his family to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where
in 1988 he received a degree in Church Music. During this time Ernie was called to his
first full time church as minister of music and youth. While in Seminary, the Lord allowed
Ernie to participate in several evangelistic ministry events where he began to feel God's
call into evangelism.

After almost eleven years on staff in several churches, the Lord opened the door for
Ernie to enter into a fulltime evangelistic ministry. This ministry is dedicated to sharing
the message of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world. Ministering to and lifting up the
church, the church staff and singing the praise and glory of our Lord and Savior, the Son
of the Living God, Jesus the Christ.


Children Ernie and Gwen's marriage are: PAT and WILLIAM.

[ 6th Generation ] PAT HARRISON OVERSTREET II was born on October 27,
1976 in Houston, Harris County, Texas.

[ 6th Generation ] WILLIAM CODY OVERSTREET ‘ Cody ’ was born July 11,
1980 in Beaumont, Jeffersn County, Texas. He married SHEILA CAVA. They
have one son.

[ 5th Generation ] JOHN EDWIN OVERSTREET was born on September 16,
1953 in Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas. The family moved to Kountze, Hardin
County, Texas while John was still young. As a boy, he was troubled with life
threatening health problems but with God's wonderful grace over came them all.

After his family moved to Hardin County Texas John He attended school in the
Kountze I. S. D. He had a natural ear for music and played a French Horn in the
school band. In his senior year he was the Drum Major of the band. He was also
the president of the Science Club, president of the Spanish Club, member of the
Student Council and member of the National Honor Society. He was also winner
the John Philip Sousa Award. After graduation from high school John attended
Neese College in Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. His musical talent
also led him to play in several bands.

John married REBECCA JAMES MUSGROVE HENDERSON 'Becky' on
October 26, 1975. Becky was on December 17, 1949 in Silsbee, Hardin
County, Texas. She is the daughter of Daniel Iveson Musgrove and Lois Ann
Moss Musgrove John and Becky were married in his mother’s home in
Kountze. Becky has two sons from her first marriage: CLAYTON
and LANCE. John and Rebecca have one son from their union:
SEAN.

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Becky graduated from Kountze High School where she lettered in basketball and
volleyball. She worked 18 years as a Social Worker for the State of Texas. Later
she opened and operated REBECCA’S GIFT & ACCESSORIES in
Lumberton, Hardin County, Texas. It was Lumberton’s loss when it closed after
a few years. Becky enjoys most outdoor sports and is an avid fisherman.

A talented singer and Christian man, John directs his musical talent in Christian
Praise. He gives much of his time to the Church and is ready to step forward when
called upon. I have to be totally honest and admit, I don't feel I have begun to truly
express what a talented singer John is. This is just opinion on my part, but over the
years I have met a lot of good and talented individuals but I believe John stands
hands and shoulders above any of them.

He worked several different jobs within the Mobil/Exxon Oil Refinery in Beaumont.
Most of his refinery time however was in the Utilities Department but he also worked
for a period of time as a pipe fitter. He was a qualified Operator in the Power Plants
and in the Utilities Department he earned the classification of 1st Class Utilities
Serviceman. John surprise everyone when he took a year’s leave of absence from
the Mobil Oil Refinery to do Missionary work in Africa. He actually risked not having
a job when he returned. But, God is so wonderful; His hand had everything in control
and John returned to the same job he had prior to his leave of absence. With the
closing of 2008 John retired from Mobil, which has allowed him to put all of his
energy into his Christian Ministry.

Like so many Overstreet’s, John enjoys hunting, fishing, camping and is a stanch
Dallas Cowboy Football Fan.

John's roots ran deep in Kountze. Working in Beaumont, it might have been easier to
relocate his family closer to his job; but John knew the value of small town America
and wanted his sons to have that same opportunity. It was only after all the boys
were grown out on their own he and Becky finally located in Beaumont, near Roy
Guess Elementary School.

John’s first name is in honor of his mother’s younger brother, John Barnes.
His middle name is in honor of the Army doctor who delivered all four of Pat
and Mattie’s children.

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[ 6th Generation ] *CLAYTON ALLEN HENDERSON was born on November
12, 1969. He attended Kountze High School where he was on the football, baseball
and track teams. He graduated from Kountze in 1987 and attended Lamar University
where he earned a BA Degree in Biology in 1995. He was also commissioned a 2nd Lt
in the United States Marine Corp and entered their flight program.

Clayton married RACHAEL LEA HOMMEL. Rachael was born on ___?___.

In the Marines, Clayton earned the grade of Captain and flew F 18’s. After his tour of
duty was completed he and Rachael located in Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas.
Rachel bought a hair salon in the Mildred Building in Beaumont and Clayton became
owner of Internet Highway 2000 ‘IH2000’ a Digital Internet Company located in
Beaumont; but serving Southeast Texas.

[ 6th Generation ] *DAVID LANCE HENDERSON was born on September 23,
1971 in Kountze, Hardin County, Texas. He attended school in Kountze where he was
on the football, basketball and track teams. He graduated Kountze in 1989 and attended
Lamar University where he earned a BA in Criminal Justice. He was commissioned a
2nd Lt in the United States Marines Corp and flew CH 46’s. In August 2001 he earned
the grade of Captain.

David married DANA BUCKLEY. Dana was born on ___?___.

Their sons are: DONAVAN and DAVID.

[ 7th Generation ] DONAVAN BRICE HENDERSONwas born in Beaumont,
Jefferson County, Texas.

[ 5th Generation ] DAVID CONNOR HENDERSON was born in Beaumont,
Jefferson County, Texas.

[ 6th Generation ] SEAN MATTHIAS OVERSTREET ' Matt ' was born on
September 04, 1971 He attended Kountze High School where he excelled in Art,
winning 1st place in area art contest his senior year. He graduated from Kountze
in 1995 and attended Lamar University in Beaumont, Jefferson County for a period
of time.

Sean moved to Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota where he worked for a
blood-processing lab. He is an accomplished musician where he both plays the
base guitar and sings. Like so many of the Overstreet’s Sean enjoys camping,
hunting and fishing.

Sean met and fell in love with KELLY JO DONOHUE. They were married
on ___?___. Kelly was born on ___?___.

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Their children are: DRAKE.

[ 7th Generation ] DRAKE EDWIN OVERSTREET was born in ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation ] MACEL OVERSTREET COLE was born in 1916. She
married WILLIAM MARION COLE "William", born in 1915, was a native
of Silsbee, Hardin County, Texas.

Macel and William lived in Houston, Harris County, Texas for a period of time
before moving to Kountze, Hardin County, Texas around 1978. He was a retired
traffic manager for General Electric in Houston.

William passed on April 03, 1990 [about age 75] and is buried in the Holland
Cemetery, Hardin County, Texas.

Macel passed in 2008 (about age 92] and is buried beside her beloved William
in the Holland Cemetery,

Their children are: WILLIAM, RONNIE and TRUDY.

[ 5th Generation ] WILLIAM DOUGLAS COLE was born on ___?___. He
married MARY GAYLE MONTGOMERY. Gayle was born on ___?___.

Their children are RONDLE and RHONDA.

[ 6th Generation ] RONDLE COLE married ___?___ .They have
at least one child: BRAD.

[ 7th Generation ] BRAD COLE was born in ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] RHONDA SUSAN COLE was born in ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] RONNIE K. COLE was born in ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] TRUDY MARIE COLE EDDY was born in ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation ] JOE BAILEY OVERSTREET was born on June 17, 1918.
He married LOIS Mc CAULeY. Lois was born on April 16 1918.

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During World War II Joe served in the United States Army. Some time after the war
Joe began working for the Overstreet Butane Service where he drove a truck and did
routine maintenance service for customers. He eventually retired from the Butane
Service but from time to time would still help out a friend or neighbor if they were
having service problems.

Lois passed on Aug 07. 1995 [just 8 days short of her 79th birthday] and is buried
in the Holland Cemetery, Hardin County, Texas.

Joe passed on March 29, 2015 [about age 97] and is buried beside his beloved Lois
in the Holland Cemetery.

Their children are GEARY and JOE.

[ 5th Generation ] GEARY DEAN OVERSTREET Sr. was born on November 05,
1943. He married DOROTHY QUINN, daughter of Doyle R. and Lois Mae
Richardson Quinn. Dorothy was born on November 02, 1968.
Their sons are: GEARY and DAVID.

{ Borrowed from Hardin County News, Wednesday, Feb 02, 2000 - POLITICS }

OVERSTREET RUNS FOR COMMISSIONER’S POST

Geary D. Overstreet is proud to announce that he has received the endorsement of the
Sabine Area Central Labor Council and that he will be running without opposition in his bid
for the Democratic nomination for the office of County Commissioner, Pct. 3.

“I am 56 years of age, a Christian and lifelong resident of Hardin County. My wife, Dorothy
Overstreet and I have been married for 31 years. We have two sons and four grandchildren,
all of whom are Hardin County residents.”

Overstreet volunteered for the United States Marine Corp in 1966, reaching the rank of
sergeant. While participating for 13 months in extensive combat in the DMZ area of
Vietnam, Overstreet was a Battalion Scout and Vietnamese Language interpreter receiving
two Purple Hearts during his tour of duty.

For the past 31 years Geary Overstreet has been employed by DuPont-Dow as a maintenance
mechanic. In addition he is a captain of the fire brigade and rescue team.

He is a current member of Foreign Wars Post 1514, as well as a current member of both
the Sour Lake and Kountze Chamber of Commerce.

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He has served as a Little League Coach, president of the Kountze Little League, school
board member, President of the Kountze School Board and has served as Master of Pine
Lodge 642.

He is also a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and a member of AARP.

“If I am elected, the residents of Precinct 3 will have a full time commissioner that is
dedicated to making this office responsive to the needs of all Precinct 3 residents.”


[ 6th Generation ] GEARY DEAN OVERSTREET Jr. ' Sonny ' was born October 21,
1969. He married LAURE ALLUMS on November 02, 1968.

Their children are: BAILEY and MILEY.

[ 7th Generation ] BAILEY OVERSTREET was born Oct 04, 1996.

[ 7th Generation ] MILEY OVERSTREET was born November 24, 1998.

[ 6th Generation ] DAVID ARTHUR OVERSTREET was born August 24, 1972.
He married SHANNON CARTER Their children are: KARLI, DANIEL
and MATTI.

[ 7th Generation ] KARLI OVEERSTREET was born May 09. 1994.

[ 7th Generation ] DANIEL OVEERSTREET was born June 10, 1999

[ 7th Generation ] MATTIE ANN OVEERSTREET was born March 26, 2003

[ 5th Generation ] JOE DAVID OVERSTREET was born in Silsbee, Hardin
County, Texas.

[ 4th Generation ] KYLE SAM OVERSTREET ' Sam ' was born March 19, 1921.
He married FRANCES NADINE DAVIS. She was born September 1922.

Nadine and Sam have two children: KYLE and KEVIN. This marriage
ended with divorced around 1961.

Nadine passed away on August 19, 1987 [ about age 65 ] and buried in the Holland
Cemetery, Hardin County, Texas.

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Sam’s second marriage was with BETTY LEE KILESER, daughter of Karl and
Virginia Roldan Kileser. Betty had two children from a previous marriage: *PAUL
and *ALICE. Sam adopted both children.

For a period of time I believe they lived in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan but
in May of 1978 were living in Woodville, Tyler County, Texas. At some point he moved
to Owasso, Oklahoma.

Sam passed on February 02, 2013 about age 65 and is buried in the Holland Cemetery.

OBIT NOTICE FROM CATOOSA TIMES . . . . February 12, 2013

Sam Overstreet Sr., resident of Owasso, passed away Saturday, Feb. 02, 2013, at his
home, at the age of 91. Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb, 06, at
the funeral home. Funeral services was held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 07, 2013,
in the chapel of Mowery Funeral Service with Pastor Sam Dougherty officiating. Burial
followed in the Fairview Cemetery, Owasso, Oklahoma.

Sam was born March 19, 1921, at Nona, Texas, to Arthur and Viva (Youngblood)
Overstreet.

He was raised and received his education at Kountze, Texas. Sam worked in the ship-
yards at Beaumont, Texas, for several years, later receiving training in construction
engineering, eventually working for Zurn Industries as construction superintendent,
retiring in 1989. He was a member of the Apostolic Worship Center in Catoosa and
the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Union, Local 587.

He enjoyed working in his yard and fishing.

Children were a great joy to him, especially his grand and great grandchildren.
Survivors include: his wife, Betty, of the home; children, Brenda Tomnitz and
husband Tom, of Verdigris, Kyle Overstreet Jr. and wife Gemma, of Owasso,
Paul Overstreet, of Bristow, and Allysa Overstreet, of the home; grandchildren,
Adam, Kara, Kaitlin, Andrew, Alyssa and Ashley Overstreet; great grandchildren
Asia and Brooke; and brothers, Joe and Walter Ray Overstreet, both of Kountze,
Texas.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Kevin Michael; and a daughter,
Kyle Ann.

Arrangements and services have been entrusted to Mowery Funeral Service of Owasso

[ 5th Generation ] KYLE ANN OVERSTREET was born on March 9, 1943. She
died in a car accident on October 9, 1960 [about age 17] when a drunk driver running a
stop sigh struck the car she was riding. It was her senior year in High School.

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Kyle Ann is buried in the Holland Cemetery, Hardin County, Texas. On her headstone,
as well as birth and death information there is a beautiful photo of her.

[ 5th Generation ] KEVIN MICHAEL OVERSTREET was born on September 03,
1956 in Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas. From the time of his birth Kevin lived in
Kountze, Hardin County, Texas where he graduated from Kountze High School.
He was a Navy Veteran. In civilian life he worked as a boilermaker as well as a
rough neck in the oil fields.

Kevin died on March 12, 1989 [about age 32] at St. Elizabeth Hospital in
Beaumont following a short illness. He is buried in the Holland Cemetery,
Hardin County, Texas.

[ 5th Generation ] KEVIN MICHAEL OVERSTREET was born on September 03,
1956 in Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas. From the time of his birth Kevin lived
in Kountze, Hardin County, Texas where he graduated from Kountze High School.
He was a Navy Veteran. In civilian life he worked as a boilermaker as well as a
rough neck in the oil fields.

Kevin died on March 12, 1989 [about age 32] at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont
following a short illness. He is buried in the Holland Cemetery, Hardin County, Texas.

[ 5th Generation ] *PAUL OVERSTREET was born on ___?___.

[ 5th Generation ] *ALICIA OVERSTREET was born on ___?___.

[ 5th Generation] [ KYLE SAM OVERSTREET Jr. was born on February 17,
1969 in __?__. He studied Engineering at the University of Oklahoma for a period of
time in 1988.

He married GEMMA T. KIER on 06, 1994 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Gemma was
born on August 24, 1964 in Manila, Philippines. She is the daughter of Karl Kier and
Virginia Rodan Kier. For a period of time they lived in Owasso, Oklahoma.


Their children are: { Twins } KAITLIN and KARA

[ 6th Generation ] KAITLIN OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] KARA OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] KYLE SAM OVERSTREET Jr. was born Feb 17, 1969 in
Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas.

He married GEMMA T. KIER, on June 06, 1994 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Gemma
was born August 24, 1964 in Manila, Philippines. She is the daughter of Karl Kier and
Virginia Rodan Kier

Children of Kyle and Gemma are: ALYSSAL, KAITLIN and KARA

[ 6th Generation ] ALYSSAL OVERSTREET was born on May 29, 1990 in
Tulsa, Oklahoman.

[ 6th Generation ] KAITLIN OVERSTREET [twin} was born on November 11,
1999 in Tulsa, Oklahoman.

[ 6th Generation ] KARA OVERSTREET {twin} was born on November 11, 1999
in Tulsa, Oklahoman.

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[ 4th Generation ] SYBLE OVERSTREET CUSTIS STILL "Ma Maw" was born
on May 07, 1923 in Nona, Hardin County, Texas

Syble's first marriage was to RONDEL D. CUSTIS "Ronnie". They lived in
the Baytown and Texas City area for a period of time.

Their children are: ELOISE and SANDRA.

Ronnie passed away on February 18, 1989 [about age 68] and is buried in the
Holland Cemetery, Village Mills, Hardin County, Texas.

In 1968 Syble became a resident of Texas City since 1968 and a member of The
Fellowship Church of Texas City. Later Syble's second marriage was to JACK
B. STILL
sometime after 1978 .

Syble passed away on January 01, 2012 [about age 88] at her residence in Texas City,
Texas. Her survivors include her husband, Jack B. Still of Texas City; two daughters,
Eloise Herrin and husband Delbert of Texas City, Sandra Roberts and husband Joe of
League City; two step-daughters, Sharon Sorrells and husband Gene of Jacksonville,
Arkansas, Renee` Morris and husband, Bill of Nashville, Tennessee; twelve grandchildren,
twenty two great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Casket bearers were
Donnie Rogers, Ronnie Rogers, Steven Rogers, Kevin Herrin, Matt Morris, and Joel Sorrells.

Visitation was held from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, January 8, 2012, at The Fellowship with a
musical celebration of her life from 7 to 8 p.m.

Funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Monday, January 09, 2012 at The Fellowship of Texas
City with Graveside Services at 3:30 p.m. Monday, January 09, 2012 at the Holland Cemetery
in Kountze, Texas.

[ 5th Generation ] ELOISE CUSTIS HERRIN was born on August 25, 1944.
She married DELBERT HERRIN.

Their children are: KEVIN and CINDY.

August 01, 1968 Delbert and Eloise Herrin, along with their 2-year-old son, Kevin,
drove into Texas City, Texas. Their destination was a rented house at 1025 23rd
Avenue North. Their purpose was to follow the call of God to a little Pentecostal
Church on 22nd Street as the new pastor. It was a small congregation of about
20 members, but the Herrins were welcomed warmly.

In June of 1993, Pastor Delbert was led of the Lord to leave the congregation of
Christ Temple 29th Street and the denomination who he’d held ministerial license
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years to begin a new independent church. Christ Church Fellowship held
it’s first service June 20, 1993 in the old Tradewinds Theater a 1200 21st Street
North. The theater at that time was occupied by the Texas City Opry. The Opry
subleased one of the auditoriums to the Herrin Pastors. After only a year CCF was
able to lease the whole building and do some renovations. CCF has grown
steadily to a membership of 400-500 and is one of the city’s largest churches.

Around 2001 CCF paid $100,000 cash for 10 acres on 2222 Highway, 146 North
in Texas City. In 2006, the church broke ground on the property and built what
is now called The Fellowship of Texas City. Pastors Kevin & Melissa Herrin are
now the senior pastors while Bishop Delbert & Eloise Herrin serve as overseers
of this and many other ministries.

Eloise's Lineage

Her father, Rondel Custis, lineage/heritage goes back to John Custis 1st , who
came over from Gloucestershire England.

His son, John Custis II was given 110 acres of land in Virginia as a land
grant. He formed Arlington Plantation that stayed in the Custis Family
through successive generations.

Daniel Parke Custis married Martha Dandridge and when he died, she
married George Washington. Martha inherited Daniel’s plantation called
The White House but the Custis’s still owned Arlington Plantation and
their grandchildren intended to make it a place to honor George Washington
since he raised and adopted the Custis children and he and Martha never
had children of his own.

A few generations later, Mary Custis married Robert E. Lee and their house on
Arlington Plantation became know as the Custis/Lee Mansion. When the War
Between the States started, Lee went with Virginia and the South. Being right
across the Potomac from Washington DC, His wife had no choice but to move
out of her house and the Union took it over. A Union general, whose name
Eloise can’t recalled a the moment decided to dishonor Robert E. Lee by burying
Union Soldiers in his front yard and you guessed it, it’s now Arlington Cemetery.
It occupies 600 of the 1100 acres that were the original plantation.

They held slaves but in 1857 before the War Between the States they manumitted
all their slaves.

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[ 6th Generation ] KEVIN RONDEL HERRIN was born on April 20, 1966
in West Monroe, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana. In 1984 Kevin graduated from Texas
City High School and left in the fall for Jackson College of Ministries in Jackson,
Mississippi. He graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor's Degree. During his college
years he traveled across the nation with Lanny Wolf Singers and ministry for two
yeas, until the Lord called him back to Texas City to become his father's assistant
pastor, youth leader and choir director.

Kevin found the love of his life, MEISSA L. BROWN and they were married on
May 19, 1990 in her home-town of Newark, Ohio.

Their children are: JADE, COLE and JENTRY.

Kevin and Meissa have served the church faithfully and 2000 became the Senior
Pastors at The Fellowship of Texas City.

In November of 2010 Kevin recorded "Unbelievable. Here is the music on the
Album Unbelievable: "In You Hands", "Every Time", "I Need You", "What a Friend",
"I want to Praise You Jesus", "Blessing and Honor", "One and Only", "Somebody
Somewhere", "I'm Gonna Rise", "Unbelievable", "Live", "Extraordinary", "How"
and
"Home."

[ 7th Generation ] JADE MELISE HERRIN was born on January 24, 1994
in Texas City, Texas.

[ 7th Generation ] COLE B. HERRIN was born on August 07, 1997
in Texas City, Texas. He died three months later after a short illness.

[ 7th Generation ] JENTRY COLE HERRIN was born on April 12, 1999
in Clear Lake, Texas.

[ 6th Generation ] CYNTHIA K. HERRIN ‘ Cindy ’ was born April 09, 1968
in Houston, Texas.

[ 6th Generation ] CHRISTINA ASHLEY HERRIN ‘ Crissy ’ was born
December 28, 1985 in Oceanside, California. She married JERRY BUSSEL 'Rex’
on August 27, 1973. Their children are: KYLEE and KAYSEN.

[ 7th Generation ] KYLEE JADE BUSSELL was born in Clear Lake, Texas

[ 7th Generation ] KAYSEN D. BUSSELL was born in Clear Lake, Texas.

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[ 5th Generation ] SANDRA KAY CUSTIS ROGERS ROBERTS was born on
___?___ . She married ___?___ RODGERS. He was born on ___?___.

Her second husband was JOE ROBERTS.

Sandra has three children: RONELD, DONALD and STEVEN.

[ 6th Generation ] RONELD ROGERS { twin } was born in Jefferson County,
Texas. Roneld married ___?___ .

They have at least one child: GEOFFREY.

[ 7th Generation ] GEOFFREY ROGERS was born in Orange County, Texas

[ 6th Generation ] DONALD ROGERS { twin } was born in Jefferson County,
Texas.

[ 6th Generation ] STEVEN ___?___ was born in Jefferson County, Texas.

[ 4th Generation ] WALTER RAY OVERSTREET Sr. was born on August 30,
1926 in Nona, Hardin County, Texas. He married BETTY JEAN NORMAN.
Betty Jean was born July 7, 1929 in Houston, Harris County, Texas.

Walter and Betty made their home in Kountze, Hardin County, Texas and
were members of the First Pentecostal Church of Kountze.

On June 23, 1992 Betty Jean passed away [ about age 63 ] and is buried in
the Holland Cemetery, Hardin County, Texas.

Walter Ray was a true public servant. He was the first paid police officer for
the City of Kountze and also served as their Chief of Police. He was on the
City Council and had been elected Mayor. His last public office was Justice of
the Peace of Precinct 3 in Kountze.

Walter Ray died Thursday, March 14, 2013, [about age 86] at his residence.
His funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2013, at
First Baptist Church of Kountze, 100 Monroe, Kountze, and is buried beside
his beloved Betty Jean at the Holland Cemetery, They share a beautiful headstone.

The children of Walter Ray and Betty Jean are: SHEILA, TROY, WALTER,
JOE LYNN JO ANN
and KIMBERLY.

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[ 5th Generation ] SHEILA DIANE OVERSTREET LAIRD TROTTER SWOR
married JOE LAIRD.

The children from this marriage: { Twins } RANDYand CANDY.

[ 6th Generation ] CANDY JEAN LAIRD {Twin} was born on October 26, 1968.

[ 6th Generation ] RANDY RAY LAIRD {Twin} married was born on October 26,
1968. He married JACKIE LANEY.

The children from this marriage:: LUKE, LANE and LANEY.

[ 7th Generation ] LUKE ASHTON LAIRD was born on July 01, 2002.

[ 7th Generation ] LANE ALUSTI LAIRD was born on March 23, 2005.

[ 7th Generation ] LANEY DIANE LAIRD was born on December 04, 2006.

Sheila's second husband was DONALD WAYNE TROTTER SR.

Sheila and Donald had one son: DONALD.

[ 6th Generation ] DONALD WAYNE TROTTER JR. was born on November
19, 1973. He two children: REICHEN and CAIDEN.

[ 7th Generation ] REICHEN BRADLEY TROTTER was born on March 31,
2006. Her mother is GINA LOWE.

[ 7th Generation ] CAIDEN BLAINE TROTTER was born on May 17, 2006.
Her mother is LEAH BANTA.

Her third husband is CHARLES DAVID SWOR.

The children from this marriage: WESLEY and KASEY.

[ 6th Generation ] WESLEY DAMON SWOR was born on August 04, 1978.
He married ___?___ .

They have one child: McKAYLA SWORN .

[ 7th Generation ] McKAYLA SWOR was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] KASEY DIANE SWOR was born on April 24, 1982.

On April 1, 2006 Sheila passed away [ about age 57 ] and is buried in the
Holland Cemetery, Village Mills, Hardin County, Texas.

[ 6th Generation ] KASEY DIANE SWOR was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] TROY DANIEL OVERSTREET first marriage was to
CAROLYN ROBERTS. They have one son RODNEY.

Troy's second wife is ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] RODNEY LANCE OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

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[ 5th Generation ] WALTER RAY OVERSTREET Jr. was born on February 28,
1951. He went to public school in the Kountze I. S. D. and graduated from Kountze
High School.

At the age of twenty we find Walter serving in the United States Navy.

He married DEBRA KUCERA. Debra was born on ___?___.

Their children are: CORY.

Walter and Debra lived in Lumberton, Hardin for a period of time. Walter worked as a
Supervisor at the Mobil Oil Refinery in Beaumont.] The refinery would later be called
Exxon-Mobil.] At Mobil Walter worked closely with contractor personnel inside the
Refinery as Contract Administrator.

Like most Overstreet’s, Walter is an avid out doors man, loving hunting and fishing.
So it was no surprise that after he retired from EXXON-Mobil, Walter and Debra
moved to the fisherman's paradise of Zavala, Texas.

They have one child: CORY.

[ 6th Generation ] COREY MICHAEL OVERSTREET was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] JOE LYNN OVERSTREET {twin} married KIMBERLEE
ANN HARGROVES
. They have one child: RYAN.

[ 6th Generation ] RYAN Mc COY OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] JO ANN OVERSTREET { twin } married
ROY GLENN DUNCAN ‘ Cotton ’. Their children are: DEVIN
and KAYLA.

[ 6th Generation ] DEVIN BROOK DUCAN was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] KALA LYNN DUNCAN was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] KIMBERLY LOU OVERSTREET GORDEY, TINKLE
attended school in the Kountze I. C. D. and graduated from Kountze High
School. Her first married was to LAWRENCE ANTHONY GORDEY.
They have a
son: LAWRENCE.

Her second marriage is to DENNIS WAYNE TINKLE. There are no
children from this marriage however Dennis has 2 daughters from a
previous marriage.

[ 6th Generation ] LAWRENCE COLIN DANIEL GORDEY was born ___?___ .

[ 7th Generation ] AUDI GRACE GORDEY was born ___?___ .

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[ 3th Generation ] WILLIE G. OVERSTREET was born on November 05, 1890.
He first married ANNY BELL YOUNGBLOOD { sister to Oscar's and Arthur's
wives. } Anny Bell was born December 25, 1896.

She died May 05, 1913 [about age 17]. They didn't have any children. Anny Bell is
buried in the Big Sandy Cemetery, Dallarsville, Polk County, Texas.

On September 26, 1915 Willie married GERTRUDE MEDEARL. Gertrude
was born on 1897 in Polk County, Texas. She passed away January 21, 1939 [about
age 42] in Livingston, Polk County, Texas. She is buried at Big Sandy Cemetery.

Willie died November 09 1967 [ about age 77 ]. Willie and Gertrude are also buried
in Big Sandy. Their children are: LILLIE, WILLIE, HARRY, ROSCOE, JIMMIE,
RAYMOND, STEVIE,
and LEROY.

[ 4th Generation ] LILLIE BELL OVERSTREET SANDERS was born in 1919. She
married TRAVIS SANDERS. Lillie passed away in 1939 [about age 19] during .
child birth and is buried besides her parents in the Big Sandy Cemetery, Polk County,
Texas.

[ 4th Generation ] WILLIE MAE OVERSTREET HARROW GIBSON was born
on March 17, 1921. Her first marriage was to I. B. HARROW. Their children are
WILLIE and GLENDA.

Her second marriage was to ARTHUR GIBSON. Arthur, the son of John and
Emma Gibson, was born on February 18, 1919.

Arthur severed in the U.S. Army in World War II. He was a Sergeant in the 64th
Service GP. A picture of Arthur on the Web Site Find-A-Grave indicates that he was
a senior sergeant with 7 hash marks on his sleeve. {hash marks indicate time re-
enlisted.} They may have lived in Kountze, Hardin County, Texas.

Arthur passed away on June 14, 1968 [about age 49]. He is buried at Franks Branch
Cemetery, Fred, Tyler County, Texas.

Willie Mae passed on December 01, 2002 [about age 81] and is buried beside her
beloved Arthur at Franks Branch Cemetery.

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[ 5th Generation ] WILLIE HARROW was born on ___?___. He married
DIANNE STONE.

Their children are: SHERMAN and BEATRICE ANN.

[ 6th Generation ] SHERMAN DALE HARROW was born on ___?___.

[ 6th Generation ] BEATRICE ANN HARROW was born on ___?___.

[ 5th Generation ] GLENDA LOIS HARROW VIEGON CHURCH was
born on ___?___. She married ALBERT GLENN VIEGON Sr. on ___?___.

Their children are: ALBERT and ARTHUR.

Her second marriage was to: ARTHUR GIBSON on ___?___.

[ 6th Generation ] ALBERT GLENN VIEGON Jr. was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] ARTHUR LEROY VIEGON was born ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation ] HARRY B. OVERSTREET was born on November 23,
1922. He married MILDRED TAYLOR.

He worked as a laborer in the oil fields.

Their children are: DANNY and LINDA.

Harry died September 16, 1973 [ about age 51 ]and is buried in the Holland
Cemetery, Hardin County, Texas. Inscription on his headstone: A
precious Loving husband, Father and brother.


[ 5th Generation ] DANNY LEE OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] LINDA GAYLE OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

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[ 4th Generation ] ROSCOE OVERSTREET ' ROCK ' was born on June 19,
1924. He married NELLENE SINGLETARY. Roscoe was a life long resident
of Kountze, Hardin County, Texas. During World War II he served in the United
States Army. Later he earned his living as a welder.

Roscoe passed away on Friday, November 08, 1985 [ about age 61 ] at Baptist
Hospital in Beaumont, Jefferson County Texas after an illness. He is buried in
the Holland Cemetery, Hardin County, Texas.

Nellene and Roscoe's children are: RON, ROSSAN and JESSIA.

[ 5th Generation ] RON OVERSTREET married TARIA ROMSRO
in Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas. Their children are MICHAEL, BRIAN
and BRAD.

[ 6th Generation ] MICHAEL OVERSTREET was born on ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] BRIAN OVEERSTREET was born on ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] BRAD OVERSTREET was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] ROSSAN OVERSTREET was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] JESSIA OVERSTREET was born on ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation ] JIMMIE OVERSTREET WOMACK was born on January 11
1925 in Polk County, Texas. She married RALPH WOMACK. Ralph was
born on October 22, 1919.

For over 40 years Jimmie was a school in the South Park Independence School District
in Beaumont, Jefferson County. Ralph and Jimmie made their home in the south-end
of Beaumont, a few blocks from South Park High School.

Their children are: JUDI, CHARLELS, STEVE and CHARLOTTE.

Ralph died on January 18, 2000 [about age 81] and is buried at Village Mills Cemetery,
Village Mills, Hardin County, Texas.

Jimmie died on June 19, 2004 [about age 79] and is buried beside her beloved Ralph
at Village Mills Cemetery.

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[ 5th Generation ] JUDI WOMACK BEHAR was born on ___?___ . She married
BILL BEHAR.

[ 6th Generation ] GARI BEHAR COTTON was born on ___?___ . She married
ARCHIE COTTON.

[ 6th Generation ] KRIST BEHAR READ was born on ___?___ . She married
BARRY READ.

Their child's name is CALEB.

[ 7th Generation ] CALEB READ was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] CHARLES EUGEN WOMACK was born on ___?___ . He married
PATTI ___?___

[ 5th Generation ] STEVE WOMACK was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] CHARLOTTE WOMACK DAVIS was born on ___?___ . She
married JOEY DAVIS.

[ 4th Generation ] RAYMOND G. OVERSTREET was born on was born in
1925. He married ETHEL GIBSON. He lived in Newton, Texas a number
of years.

His second marriage was to JAMIE ___?___ . The made their home in Cotulla,
La Salle County, Texas.

Raymond died on January 13, 2000 in San Antonio Hospital. Jamie continued
to live in Cotulla.

Raymond had two children: SHEILA and LARRY.

[ 5th Generation ] SHEILA GAYLE OVERSTREET Mc ALLEN was born in 1948.
She married ___?___ McALLEN.

[ 5th Generation ] LARRY DALE OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation ] STEVE JACKSON OVERSTREET was born in 1928 Honey
Island, Hardin County, Texas. He married MARY ANN ___?___ .

Steve retired from the United States Army with the rank of SSG 'P' [ E-6 ]. His last tour
of service was H Troop, 2nd Squadron, 9th Cav. In 1995 they were living in Kountze,
Hardin County, Texas.

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Steve passed away on April 29, 2012 at his residence in Kountze [about age 83] and is
buried at the Holland Cemetery in Hardin County.

Their children are: TOMMY and STEVE.

According to his obit: Steve was survived by his wife Mary Ann Overstreet of Kountze,

Son: Steve Overstreet Jr. and wife Connie of Gainesville, Texas.

Son: Tommy Overstreet and Wife Sharon of Honey Island, Texas.

Five Grandchildren: Troy Brown, Danny Overstreet,
Michael Overstreet, Jamie Overstreet and Patti Overstreet.

[ 5th Generation ] TOMMY OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] STEVE OVERSTREET ‘ Buddy ’ married ___?___ .
They had a son: BRUCE.

[ 6th Generation ] BRUCE OVERSTREET was born on ___?___.
He died in July 1993.

[ 4th Generation ] OSCAR LEROY OVERSTREET was born in Segno, Polk
County, Texas about 1930.

He married JOSEPHINE Mc COLLUM They live in Kountze, Hardin County,
Texas prior to moving to Warren, Tyler County, Texas where they have lived for
over 23 years. Oscar was an operator at Trinity Industries. He was a veteran of the
United States Army and Navy.

Leroy passed away on March 20, 1995 [ about age 65 ] and is buried in Justice
Cemetery, Tyler County, Texas near Warren.

Josephine passed away August 09, 2010 [about age 73] in Trinity Rehab Care Center,
San Augustine, Texas. There was a graveside service on at 10 a.m., Friday, August
13, 2010 at the Justice Cemetery, Warren, Texas with Rev. Winfred Johnson and Rev.

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Lee Elam Sr. officiating. Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, San Augustine, coordinated
the service.

Their children are CRAIG and
CYNTHIA.

[ 5th Generation ] CRAIG LEE ROY OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] ___?___ OVERSTREET ___?___ was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] CYNTHIA MORROW OVERSTREET NELSON was born
on ___?___ . She married ___?___ NELSON. In 1995 they were living in
Votaw, Texas. They have one child: ___?___.

[ 6th Generation ] ___?___ NELSON. was born ___?___ .

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[ 3rd Generation ] CARL D. OVERSTREET " BUNK " was born on March 10, 1894
10, 1894. He married HENRETTA KNIGHT “ Retta. ” Retta was born on July 04,
1893. She was the daughter of Henry S. and Annis Knight.

Children from this union are CLYDE, BILL, JEFF, HENRY, WILMA, ANICE, J.B,
CARL and LORA MAENICE.

Bunk passed away on May 08, 1951 [about age 57] and is buried in the Holland
Cemetery, Village Mills, Hardin County, Texas.

‘Retta’ passed passed away on May 08, 1951 [about age 57] and is buried in the
Holland Cemetery, Village Mills, Hardin County, Texas.

NOTE; It is remembered by Gladys Eller that Retta was a red head.

[ 4th Generation ] CLYDE IRON OVERSTREET was born on September 28, 1912.
He married MARGARET BRACEWELL “Jackie.” Margaret, “Granny Jack,”
was born on September 28, 1918 in Old Town, Dixie County, Florida to Minnie
Kimes Bracewell and Robert Bracewell.

Clyde passed away on January 04, 1987. He is buried at the Holland Cemetery,
Hardin County, Texas. He has a single headstone.

“Granny Jack” passed on May 11, 2012, [ about age 93 ] in Kountze. She
was a sixty [60] year resident of Kountze, Hardin County, Texas. Jackie is buried
beside her beloved Clyde at the Holland Cemetery. She has a single headstone.

Their children are CLYDE, JAMES, WILLIAM, JOHN and DOUGLAS

NOTE: According to Hardin County History - Clyde was married to
MARGARET KELLY OVERSTREET ].

[ 5th Generation ] CLYDE RICHARD OVERSTREET “ Buddy ” was born on
August 22, 1942 in Livingston, Texas where he attended school in the Livingston
I.S.D. He served his country proudly in the United States Army during the Vietnam
War.

Buddy 1st married JUDY BUILDERBACK. They Their children are: RICHARD,
ADAM, APRIL
, and MIRANDA.

His 2nd marred PAMELA JEAN ZELLER at Evadale, Jasper County, Texas on
September 03, 1973. They made their home in Silsbee, Hardin County, Texas

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Their children are: TRACIE, JUDIEand ZACHARY.

Buddy passed away in June 25, 2012 [about age 70] at his residence in Silsbee.

Visitation was from 5 until 8 pm on June 28, 2012 at Ross Sterling Farmer Funeral
Home in Silsbee, Texas

Funeral services for Clyde Richard Overstreet, 69, of Silsbee, were at 10:00 A.M.,
Friday, June 29, 2012, at Woodrow Baptist Church in Silsbee with burial at the
Resthaven Cemeter in Silsbee. Clyde has a double headstone.

From Obit: Clyde is preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Margaret Overstreet
and one brother, William Daniel Overstreet. Survivors include wife, Pamela Overstreet:
three sons, Richard Overstreet of Lumberton, Adam Overstreet Silsbee, and Zachary
Overstreet of Silsbee; four daughters, April Overstreet of Kountze, Miranda Overstreet
of Port Arthur, Tracie Butler of Mauriceville, and Judie Overstreet of Silsbee; three
brothers, James Overstreet of Fred, Rocky Overstreet of Warren, and Doug Overstreet
of Shepherd; eleven grand-children; and four great grandchildren. He is also survived
by several nephews,nieces, family members, and a host of friends.

NOTE: Clyde's double headstone includes marriage information, listing
for his wife Pamela and the following inscription, 'Together In Life - Forever In
Eternity'.
A motorcycle is carved in the stone with another inscription 'An
Old Biker and The Ride of His Life Live Here'


[ 6th Generation ] RICHARD DARREN OVERSTREET was born in Beaumont,
Jefferson County, Texas. He is listed in his fathers obit on June 28, 2012 as living
in Lumberton, Hardin County, Texas.

[ 6th Generation ] JUDITH OVERSTREET "Judie" was born ___?___ . She is
listed in his fathers obit on June 28, 2012 as living in Silsbee, Hardin County, Texas

[ 6th Generation ] ZACHARY OVERSTREET was born ___?___ . He is listed
in his fathers obit on June 28, 2012 as living in Silsbee, Hardin County, Texas.

[ 6th Generation ] ADAM OVERSTREET was born on August 18, 1968 in
Kountze, Hardin County, Texas. He is listed in his fathers obit on June 28, 2012
as living in Kountze.

[ 6th Generation ] APRIL IDONA OVERSTREET was born on August 30, 1969
in Silsbee, Hardin County, Texas. She is listed in his fathers obit on June 28, 2012 as
living Kountze, Hardin County, Texas.

[ 7th Generation ] RODNEY ___?___ was born ___?___ .

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[ 7th Generation ] COLEMIN ___?___ was born ___?___ .

[ 7th Generation ] JOSEY ___?___ was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] MIRANDA LYNN OVERSTREET was born on November
09, 1971 in Silsbee, Hardin County, Texas. She married ___?___

Their children are: DAKOTAand MEGAN.

At the time of Clyde’s passing on June 28, 2012 Miranda was living in Port Arthur,
Jefferson County, Texas.

[ 7th Generation ] DAKOTA ___?___ was born ___?___ .

[ 7th Generation ] MEGAN ___?___ was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] TRACIE MICHELLE OVERSTREET BUTLER was born on
November 03, 1975 in in Silsbee, Hardin County, Texas. She married ___?___.

At the time of Clyde’s passing on June 28, 2012 Miranda was living in Mauriceville,
Orange County, Texas.

Their child is: TROYA.

[ 7th Generation ] TROYA ___?___ was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] JAMES FULTON OVERSTREET ' Bobo ' in Livingston,
Polk County, Texas. He married NELDA OWING on May 15, 1965 in
Winnie, Chambers County, Texas.

Nelda was born in Pine Bluff, Jefferson County, Arkansas to Sam and Juanita Owings.
She graduated from Kountze High School in 1963 and has been back in the Kountze
area since 1988. She was a math teacher who retired after thirty two years of service
to Channelview, Silsbee and Warren ISD.

She was a volunteer Curator and former member of Kirby-Hill House Board of Directors,
founder of the Old Hardin Wildflowers Association, former director of Holland Cemetery
Association and the Southeast Texas Arts Council, Hardin County Representative to
Jefferson County Regional Tourism Center.

She was the Founder, former president, and general manager for the Hardin County
Tourist Bureau, Inc., a member the Ghost Road County Park Committee, First Mate to
the Captain of Timber Ridge Tours, and also published weekly stories in the Hardin
County News for five years.

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On Wednesday, July 27, 2005 Nelda lost her battle with kidney cancer. She is buried in
the Holland Cemetery, Hardin County, Texas.

[ 6th Generation ] LEANNE MELISSA OVERSTREET IMER was born on ___?___.
She married BRADLEY IMER on ___?___.

[ 7th Generation ] MICHAEL LEALLEN IMER ' Mikey was born on ___?___ .

[ 7th Generation ] ANTHONY LEALEW IMER ' Tony ' was born on ___?___ .

[ 7th Generation ] MADISON IMER was born on ___?___ .

[ 7th Generation ] ELSIE BELLE IMER was born on ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] AMANDA LEARIEL OVERSTREET was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] WILLIAM DANIEL OVERSTREET ' Possum ' was born on August
09, 1947. He attended school in the Kountze I.S.D. and graduated from Kountze High
School. After graduating, he joined the United States Army. He lost his life in the service
of his country in South Viet Nam on March 19, 1969 [about age 22]. At the time of his
death he was a member of the United States Army, Company A, 1st Infantry, American
Division, Viet Nam.

He was the holder of the Bronze Star Medal and Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart Medal.

NOTE: The cluster indicates ‘Possum’ was awarded the Bronze Star a second time.

[ 5th Generation ] JOHN WAYNE OVERSTREET ' Rocky ' was born on January
2, 1951 in Kountze, Hardin County, Texas. He married LORRAINE REESE in
February 1971. They have one son: JIMMY.

Some time later John married WANDA LEUING. There were no children from this

His third marriage was to DRBBIE___?___ . They have two daughters;
ANGELA and MICHELLE.

[ 6th Generation ] JIMMY ALLEN OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

[ 7th Generation ] JOHN RICHARD OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] ANGELA OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] MICHELLE OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

page 156 [ 5th Generation ] DOUGLAS EUGENE OVERSTREET was born in
Kountze, Hardin County, Texas. Douglas married BETTY ANN MOSS.

They had one daughter: LORRIE.

This marriage ended in divorce.

His second marriage was to TERESA ___?___ .

They had one daughter: SONIA.

This marriage ended in divorce.

His third marriage is to ___?___ . live in Shepherd, San Jacinto County,
Texas.

Their children are NICLOLE and DONNA.

[ 6th Generation ] LAURIE ANN OVERSTREET RYAN was born on
November 19, 1972 in Silsbee, Hardin County, Texas. She married
MICHAEL WAYNE RYAN on December 21, 1990 in Hardin County,
Texas. Michael has a daughter, NATASHA, from a previous marriage.

Together Laurie and Michael had two sons, CHRISTOPHER and COTY.

Although a native of Silsbee, Laurie lived the last 10 years of her life in
Kountze,Hardin County. She was a home heath aide.

On May 31, 1998 Lorrie Ann died [about age 28] in Romayo, Liberty County,
Texas in a drowning accident. It was reported she was trying to save her son
Christopher, after he had gone under. Little Cody followed his mother into
the water. Sadly all three drown. The accident occurred Sunday afternoon at
Horseshoe Lake Estates, about 45 miles northeast of Houston.

Their funeral was held the following Thursday at Broussard's Mortuary
in Kountze with burial at Jordan Cemetery in Honey Island, Hardin
County, Texas. They are all buried under a double heart headstone.
The brothers were buried together.

[ 7th Generation ] CHRISTOPHER WAYNE RYAN was born on
1992 in Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas. He lived most of his life in
Kountze and was a student at Kountze Elementary School. On May
31, 1998 Christopher died [ about age 6 ] in a drowning accident near
Romayor, Liberty County, Texas. He is buried at the Jordan Cemetery,
Honey Island, Hardin County, Texas.

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[ 7th Generation ] COTY LYNN RYAN was born about 1996 in
Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas. He lived most of his life in Kountze,
Hardin County, Texas On May 31, 1998 Christopher died [ about age 2 ]
in a drowning accident near Romayor, Liberty County, Texas. He is buried
at the Jordan Cemetery, Honey Island, Hardin County, Texas.

[ 6th Generation ] TERESA OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] SONIA OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] NICLOLE OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] DONNA OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation ] BILL KNOX OVERSTREET was born February 12,
1914. He married LORA BELL YOUNG.

Bill passed on November 2, 1976 [ about age 62 ] and is buried at
Magnolia Hill Cemetery, Segno, Polk County, Texas.

Lora Bell passed May 12, 1990 [ about age 85 ] and is buried beside her
beloved Bill at Magnolia Hill Cemetery

[ 4th Generation ] JEFF OVERSTREET was born on October 19,
1916 in Hicksbough, Tyler County, Texas. He married GERTIE
WOODARD
and worked for Gauger Petroleum Production.

Jeff enlisted in the Army Air Fore at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio,
Bexar County, Texas on March 31, 1944. His primary military occupation
was as a Fire Fighter. He quantified: Expert-Rifle on June 30, 1944.
His awards and citations include: The American Theater Campaign
Medal, World War II Victory Medal and The Good Conduct Medal. At
the time of his separation from the service, Jeff was described as 6' tall
with blue eyes and blonde hair. He weight about 207 pounds. His final
assignment was as Corporal in the 1459th Army Air Force Base Unit
He was separated from the service at Camp Fanning, Texas on February
8, 1946. At that time he had three dependents, a wife and two children.

Jeff died October 20, 1957 [ about age 41 ] and is buried at the Holland
Cemetery in Hardin County, Texas. Their children are: CARL, AUDRY,
JEFF
and CYNTHIA.

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[ 5th Generation ] CARL MERION OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] AUDRY JEWEL OVERSTREET TOWNSENDwas born on ___?___.
She marriedJIMMY TOWNSEND on ___?___.

Their children are: JULIE, JEFF and CYNTHIA.

[ 6th Generation ] JULIE KATHRYN TOWNSEND ___?___ was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] JEFF LARUE OVERSTREET was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] CYNTHIA RAE OVERSTREET was born on ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation ] HENRY D. OVERSTREET was born on October 13,
1921 but passed on October 23, 1922 [ about age 1 ]. He is buried in the
Holland Cemetery, Hardin County, Texas. At the time of his death the family
was living at old Village Mills.

[ 4th Generation ] WILMA OVERSTREET DUFF was born September 27,
1927and married WOODROW WILSON DUFF. Woodrow was born January
14, 1915 in Livingston, Polk County, Texas. His parents were Calvin Duff and Nancy
Elizabeth Murphy Duff. He was number 13 of 14 children.

Woodrow was a land man, who bought and sold timber and land. He loved to
deer hunt and always had some favorite dogs that he hunted with. He always had
a smile and was a friend to everyone.

Woodrow pass on October 17, 2000 [ about age 85 ] and is buried at Menard
Chapel Cemetery, Segno, Polk County, Texas.

They had at least one child: LINDA.

[ 5th Generation ] LINDA DUFF married BUBBA MUECKE . They have
two sons: CURTIS and MARK.

[ 6th Generation ] CURTIS WAYNE MUECKE was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] MARK MUECKE was born ___?___ .

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[ 4th Generation ] ANICE OVERSTREET COLLINS was born on December 15,
1929 In Segno, Polk County, Texas. She married JOHN MATISON COLLINS
on June 25, 1946.

John passed away on November 2, 1988 [ about age 64 ] and is buried in
the Holland Cemetery, Hardin County, Texas.

Anice passed on Thursday, October 8, 2009, [ about age 79 ] in Allen. Funeral services
were held Sunday, October 11, 2009 in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev.
Danny Moye officiating. Burial followed in the Holland Cemetery beside her beloved John.


Their children are JOHN and DANETTE. was born ___?___ .

Anice's obit indicates that she was formerly of Livingston, Texas. Her great-grand children
are listed as: Koby, Jeff, Jake, Jared, Jagger, Madison and Drew. Pallbearers were Joshua
Wolverton, John Matthew Collins, Danny Collins, Koby Wolverton, Jeff Collins and Jake Collins.
Honorary Pallbearers were Robert Rice, Lee Parrish Jr. and John Collins.

[ 5th Generation ] JOHN JEFFERY COLLINS married ___?___ ,

Their children are: JOHN and DANIEL.

[ 6th Generation ] JOHN MATHEW COLLINS was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] DANIEL COLLINS was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] DANETTE COLLINS WOLVERTON married ___?___
WOLVERTON
. It was noted in 2009 that she was living in Allen, Texas,

Their children are: DANA, CHRISTY and JOSHUA.

[ 6th Generation ] DANA WOLVERTON was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] CHRISTY WOLVERTON DAVIS was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] JOSHUA WOLVERTON was born ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation ] J. B. OVERSTREET was born October 9, 1924 in Kountze,
Hardin County, Texas. He married GRACE AMANDA MARLENE BYERS.
Grace was born in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas on July 7, 1936.
Her parents were Vernon and Lucy Byers

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A resident of Alvin, Texas for the last six years and had lived in Texas City
for more than fifty years. J.B. was a retired maintenance worker for the
City of Deer Park and he had also served his country in the United States
Army during World War II.

J. B. passed away on Monday, April 30, 2012 [ about the age of 87 ] at his
residence in Alvin, Brazoria County, Texas and is buried at the Holland
Cemetery, Village Mills, Hardin County, Texas. At the time of his passing,
he and Grace had been married for 59 years according to obit listed on
Find-A-Grave }

Grace passed away on March 8, 2013 [ about age 76 ] and is buried beside
her beloved J.B. at the Holland Cemetery. At the time of her passing she had
fifteen grandchildren and ten great grand children. I don’t have their names
at this time.}

Their children are: CARL, JAMES, PAMELA, KENNETH and CAROLYN.

[ 5th Generation ] CARL WESLEY OVERSTREET was born on ___?___.
He married LYNN ___?___ .

NOTE; According to the Obit on Find-A-grave both Carl passed and his
wife have passed away. At this time I can't loate them.

[ 5th Generation ] JAMES OVERSTREET was born on ___?___. He married
LANEL ___?___ . Lanel was born on ___?___.

[ 5th Generation ] PAMELA OVERSTREER MAPES was born on ___?___. She
married LARRY MAPES.

[ 5th Generation ] KENNETH OVERSTREET was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] CAROLYN OVERSTREET BORDERS was born on ___?___. She
married GLYNN BORDERS. Glynn was born on ___?___.

[ 4th Generation ] CARL VERNON OVERSTREET Sr. ' Jaggers ' was born on
February 03, 1932. He married BESSIE LEONA KERVIN. Bessie was a native
of Livingston, Polk County, Texas where she lived all her life.

Carl passed on July 29, 1979 [about age 46] and is burial at Menard
Chapel Cemetery, Polk County, Texas.

Bessie died October 31, 1999 [about age 61]. Her funeral was held
November 2, 1999 at Pace Funeral Home in Livingston with burial at
Menard Chapel Cemetery.

Their children are: CONNIE, TERESA, ANICE, KATHY, CARLA, LOIS,
CARL, CODY
and SAM.

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[ 5th Generation ] CONNIE LEE OVERSTREET BUTLER was born on October 22,
1954, She married STEVE BUTLER. Steve was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] TERESA OVERSTREET PUCKETT was born on June 23, 1956.
She married GREG PUCKETT Greg was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] ANICE FAYE OVERSTREET HOLMES was born on October
27, 1957. She married PHIL HOLMES Phil was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] KATHY LYNN OVERSTREET ELLIOTT was born on April 23,
1959. She married KIM ELLIOTT. Kim was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] CARLA SUE OVERSTREET EDWARDS was born on January 06,
1962. She married CHARLES EDWARDS. Charles was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] LOUIS OVERSTREET PERKINS was born on ___?___ .She
married ___?___ PERKINS. He was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] CARL VERNON OVERSTREET Jr. was born on ___?___ . He
married SHARON ___?___ . Sharon was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] CODY DANIEL OVERSTREET was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] SAM OVERSTREET was born on ___?___ . He married
AMY ___?___ . Amy was born on ___?___ . For a period of time they lived in
the Segno, Polk County, Texas area.

[ 4th Generation ] LORA MAE OVEERSTREET RICE married NORMAN
DAVID RICE
. Norman was born was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] NORMAN LARUE RICE was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] ROBERT LEE RICE was born ___?___ .

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[ 3rd Generation ] TRAVIS E. OVERSTREET was born on July 17,
1896.

He died as a young man on April 19 1919 [ about the age 23 ] and is
buried in the Holland Cemetery, Hardin County, Texas.

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[ 3rd Generation ] JESSIE LEE OVERSTREET RICHARDSON as born on
January 13, 1899. She married RAYFORD C. RIHARDSON on May 26,
1920. Rayford was born December 26, 1898. They resided for a period of time
in Livingston, Polk County, Texas.

Rayford died May 27, 1978 [ about age 80 ] and is buried at and Holly Grove
Cemetery near big Sandy, Texas. Jessie passed on September 17, 1979 [about
age 80] and is buried next to her beloved Rayford at the Holly Grove Cemetery.

Their children are: NORVELL, WILBUR and EARL.

[ 4th Generation ] NORVELL WAYNE RICHARDSON 'N.W'was born April 25,
1921 in Hardin County, Texas. He married INEZ L. JORDON on June 23,
1943. Inez was born January 20, 1920 in Hardin County, Texas; daughter of George
Algon Jordan and Bertie Bell Jordan

Norvell passed on July 15, 2001 [about age 80] in Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas
and is buried at the McKinney Cemetery, Kountze, Hardin County, Texas.

Inez passed on March 07, 2002 [about age 82] and is buried beside her beloved
Norvell at the McKinney Cemetery.

They had at least one child: JERRYLYN.

[ 5th Generation ] JERRYLYN LANELLE RICHARDSON was born ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation ] WILBURN RAY RICHARDSON was born on December 07,
1923. He married FRANCIS ELAINE DOMAGUE on July 8, 1947. Francis was
born on May 02, 1932.

Francis passed on Feb 08, 2011 [about age 78] and is buried at Holly Grove Cemetery,
Holly Grove, Polk County, Texas.

{Obit for Francis}

Funeral services for Frances Elaine Richardson, age 78 of Livingston were held
Friday, Feb 11, 2011 at 3:00 PM graveside at Holly Grove Cemetery in Livingston
with Rev. Billy Bracken and Rev. Denton Mayes officiating. Pallbearers will be
Ernest Richardson, Jr., Heath Richardson, Derrick Richardson, Jason Hendrix,
Sidney Cox, Jr., and Remington Richardson.

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She was born May 20, 1932 in Baytown, Texas the daughter of Wilbur and
Devota Stringer Domangue and passed away February 8, 2011 in Lufkin, Texas.

She is survived by Wilburn Richardson, husband of Holly Grove, Texas,
Toni Renee Amard, daughter of Irving, Texas, Thecia Yvette Fulgium,
daughter of Magnolia, Texas, grandchildren are; Ernest Ray Richardson, Jr.,
Heath Richardson, Derrick Richardson, Brandi Hendrix, Jason Hendrix, Alfie
Ferguson, Alyssa Fulgium, Christian Fulgium, great grandchildren are; Sidney, Jr.,
Timbre, Remington, Colton, Hannah, Joshua, Walker, Lane, Lexi Jo, Grace and
Emily.

[ 5th Generation ] ERNEST RAY RICHARDSON Sr. married ___?___
. It is indicated that Ernest lives in Holly Grove, Polk County, Texas.

They have at least one child: ERNEST Jr.

[ 6th Generation ] ERNEST RAY RICHARDSON Jr. was born on February 18,
1951.

[ 5th Generation ] TONI RENA RICHARDSON AMARDwas born on ___?___. She
married ___?___ AMARD . Toni was possibly living in Irving, Texas for a period
of time.

[ 4th Generation ] EARL WINFRED RICHARDSON was born on September 17,
1927 in Village Mills, Hardin County, Texas. He married WILMA LOUISE WILLIAMS
on February 28, 1948. Wilma was born on March 14, 1931 in Segno, Texas.She was
the daughter of Robert B. Williams and Bernice Cain Williams.

They made their home in Livingston, (near Segno) Polk County, Texas.

Earl proudly served in the United States Marines and the Merchant Marines.

He retired with Phillips Petroleum after 25 years of service.
Wilma and Earl were long time members of the Magnolia Hill Baptist Church in
Livingston.

Their children are: DALE and SHERLYN

Earl passed away on September 17, 2013 [ about age 86 in Livingston, Texas. He is
buried at Magnoli Hill Cemetery in Segno, Polk County, Texas.

Wilma passed away on July 10, 2014 in Segno, Polk County, Texas. She was [about
age 83] buried beside her beloved Earl at the Magnolia Hill Cemetery.

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Those left to cherish her memory are son, Dale Michael Richardson; daughter, Sherlyn
Gale Harbuck, grandson, Seth Michael Richardson and wife Michele, Frank Harbuck III;
granddaughter, Lauren Richardson; great grandsons, Tyler Michael Richardson; great
granddaughter, Taylor Richardson, Reese and Bree Richardson; numerous other relatives
and dear friends. [ 5th Generation ] DALE MICHAEL RICHARDSON was born on June 02, 1950 .

[ 6th Generation ] SETH RICHARDSON was born on ___?___. He married
MICHELE ___?___.

[ 7th Generation ] TYLER RICHARDSON { son } was born on ___?___ .

[ 7th Generation ] TAYLOR RICHARDSON { daughter } was born on ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] LAUREN RICHARDSON was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] SHERLYN GALE RICHARDSON HARBUCK married
FRANK HARBUCK JR.

Frank has passed away but I don't have any information about this other than the
notice in Earl Winfred Richardson's Memorial.

[ 6th Generation ] FRANK HARBUCK III. was born ___?___ .

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[ 3rd Generation ] VIOLA OVERSTREET FREEMAN ‘Ola’ was born on January
20, 1902. She married JIM JACKSON FREEMAN. Jim was born in 1896.

He served as a PVT in the United States Army during World War I.

For a period of time Ola and Jim lived in Kountze, Hardin County, Texas.

There children are RAY, JACK and JERRY.

Jim passed in 1978 [about age 82] and is buried in the Holland Cemetery, Hardin County,
Texas.

Ola passed in 1987 [about age 85] and is also buried in the Holland Cemetery next to her
beloved Jim.

[ 4th Generation ] RAY FREEMAN was born on ___?___ . He died around age 5 of
Diphtheria.

[ 4th Generation ] JACKIE FREEMAN PRICE was born on about 1920. She married
CHARLIE PRICE. Charlie was born about 1918. They have at least one child:
DEBBIE.

[ 5th Generation ] DEBBIE PRICE was born ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation ] JERRY ALTON FREEMAN was born on November 11, 1934. He
married BILLIE HALL. Their children are: JAMES, ' Sissy ', and JERRY.

[ 5th Generation ] JAMES DESKELL FREEMAN was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] ' Sissy ' FREEMAN was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] JERRY LEE FREEMAN was born ___?___ .

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CHAPTER 6 . . . . MARY OVERSTREET

[ 2nd Generation ] MARY OVERSTREET was born about 1858 in Alabama.
She married ISACC ___?___ on November 7, 1883 in Hardin County, Texas.
Isacc was born on ___?___ . Mary and Isacc have both passed away and are buried ___?___ .

NOTE: Mary is shown in the 1860 Hardin County, Texas Census on July 03, 1860.
It also indicates that she is 2 years old.

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CHAPTER 7 . . . . LEWIS HAMPTON OVERSTREET

[ 2nd Generation ] LEWIS HAMPTON OVERSTREET ' Fount ' was
born on October 14, 1870 at the family farm near Village Mills, Hardin
County, Texas. He married ELIZA ANN WILLIFORD on December 31,
1891. Eliza Ann, the 5th child of James Irving Williford and Mary Ellen
Roberts Williford, was born July 27, 1874 on the family farm in Polk
County, Texas.

Lewis is located on the 1900 Hardin County Census as living in the
Village Mills area. He and Eliza are located living next door to the
James Irving Williford family. At that time all 5 children were still
living at home. They had been married about seven years.

Fount passed away March 23, 1932 [about age 62] in Tyler County,
Texas and is buried at the Big Sandy Cemetery, Big Sandy, Cemetery.
Inscription on his headstone: ' Our father has gone to a mansion of
rest to the glorious land by deity blest.'


Eliza passed away October 8, 1938 [about age 64] in Tyler County, Texas
{file #48067 } and is buried by her beloved Fount in Big Sandy Cemetery.

The children of Lewis and Eliza are: ISAAC, THOMAS, MARY, ROBERT
and ALLEN .

NOTE: ELIZA ANN is also know as LIZA ANN WILLIFORD OVERSTREET.
A letter from Collie and Chauveaux Attorneys – At – Law, dated September
7, 1984 to Martha Williford, Overstreet identified her sister, Liza Ann, as a
paternal first cousin [ half blood ] to Bryant Burton Williford.

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[ 3rd Generation ] ISAAC EDWARD OVERSTREET was born
on the family farm on May 28, 1893 in Polk County, Texas.

After his fathers passing, Ed stayed at home and continued to farm
the family land that his father had hued out of the Big Thicket. Ed
never married but did share the home with his sister Annie.

On June 3, 1955, Ed passed away [about age 62] after being sick
for a while. He is buried in the Big Sandy Cemetery, in Big Sandy,
Texas. The inscription on his headstone' His record is on high. '

NOTE: Laura Flebbe indicates on her web listings that Ed passed
in 1954 but his headstone indicates 1955. I remember visiting with
Ed shortly before he passed. It was one of those visits you do when
you have the opportunity to say good-by. But for the life of me I can't
be certain if it was '54 or '55.

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[ 3rd Generation ] THOMAS JEFFERSON OVERSTREET SR. was born
on the family farm in Polk County, Texas on February 28, 1895. He married
AMANDA PEARL MULLINS in Hardin County, Texas Pearl was born
on March 18, 1901.

NOTE: Birth date from headstone information.

Jeff was a seaman in the United States Navy for a period of time.
Around 1928 Pearl and Jeff were living near Daisetta, Liberty County,
Texas for a period of timed.

Their children are: MILDRED, THOMAS, ANNE, DOROTHY and
MARGARET.

Jeff died May 7, 1935 [about age 40] and is buried in Big Sandy Cemetery,
Dallardsville, Polk County, Texas. Original headstone was single white stone
with “TEXAS” SEAMAN U S NAVY. The inscription was difficult to read but
I believe it was “My love goes with you and my soul waits to love you.”

Pearl died January 12, 1978 [about age 75]. And is buried beside her
beloved Jeff. They share a new head. The inscription on the headstone
“Gone but not forgotten.”

[ 4th Generation ] MILDRED OVERSTREET

[ 4th Generation ] THOMAS JEFFERSON OVERSTREET JR. ‘ T. J.
was born on November 22, 1926 in Liberty County, Texas. He was killed
in a car accident about 1986.

[ 4th Generation ] ANNE MARIE OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation ] DOROTHY OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation ] MARGARET ANN OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

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[ 3rd Generation ] ROBERT IRVING OVERSTREET was born on the
family farm near Village Mills, Hardin County, Texas. He married
LEONA ROSE KIMMEY on March 28, 1934 in Kountze, Hardin County,
Texas. Leona was born September 18, 1909 in Nacogdoches,
Nacogdoches County, Texas.

Robert served as a corporal in WWI in the United States Army.
He worked in the motor pool.

Gladys Overstreet Eller remembered several things concerning Robert:

“ Robert was a large man, possibly 6'1” or 6'2” probably weighing
over 200 pounds. He was stern and there was no mistaking his
meaning when he spoke.

At one time Robert and my papa, Bud Overstreet, opened a grocery
store in Village Mills together. About a year later Bud sold his interest
in the store to Robert.

While living in Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas Robert and Leona
lived for a period of time at the Multi-Max Village Apartments before
moving to their house on Ives Street.

Leona worked and retired from Gulf States Utilities Company as a
meter reader.”

Robert died January 1, 1939 [ about age 47 ] and is buried at Big Sandy
Cemetery, near Dallardsville, Polk County, Texas. The inscription on his
headstone ' Thy earthly song is ended and thy voice joins the heavenly
choir.'

Leona was a long time resident of Warren, Tyler County, Texas. She was
a member of Bethe Baptist Church of Warren. She died Friday, May 3, 1996
[ about age 86 ] at Doctors Hospital in Silsbee, Hardin County, Texas and is
buried beside her beloved Robert in the Big Sandy Cemetery.

Their children are: BOBBY GENE and MILTON.

. . . . . . . .

In the web site Find A Grave the following information about Leona is listed.

Wife of ROBERT IRVIN OVERSTREET

Daughter of William Alva Kimmey and Maggie Josephine Allen
Granddaughter of James Sinclair Allen and Maryann Tabatha Phillips
Great granddaughter of William Hodges Allen and Nancy Elizabeth McKinnon
Great great granddaughter of William H. Allen and Mary Chickasaw
Great great great granddaughters of Richard R Allen and Mary Braxton.

172 [ 4th Generation ] BOBBY GENE OVERSTREET was born in Huntsville,
Walker County, Texas. She married ROBERT EUGENE FLEBBE, son of
Kenneth and Vessie Evans Flebbe. The marriage ended in divorce.

Children from this marriage are: ROBERT, KENNETH and TIMOTHY.

[ 5th Generation ] ROBERT BRUCE FLEBBE Sr. was born in Chelsea,
Suffolk County, Massachusetts. He married DONNA SUE DICKEY ___?___ .
The marriage ended in divorce. Their children are: ROBERT and CARL.

Bruce’s second marriage is to STELA LOUISE KADNER, daughter of
Rudolph Kadner and Alice Fruge Kadner.

[ 6th Generation ] ROBERT BRUCE FLEBBE Jr. was born in Beaumont,
Jefferson County, Texas.

[ 6th Generation ] CARL DAVID FLEBBE was born in Beaumont, Jefferson
County, Texas.

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[ 5th Generation ] KENNETH RAY FLEBBE was born in Beaumont, Jefferson
County. He married LAURA LEA GOUMAZ on August 13, 1977 in Tulsa,
County, Oklahoma. Laura is the daughter of Robert Goumaz and Marilyn McKinney
Goumaz.

Laura has been doing serious work on family genealogy for both hers and her husbands
family. Her work has been used as source material by a number of people in their own
family searches.

Their children are: JEREMY and KENDRA.

[ 6th Generation ] JEREMY COY FLEBBE was born on May 16, 1978 in Tulsa,
Tulsa County Oklahoma.

[ 6th Generation ] KENDRA LEANN FLEBBE was born on October 09, 1981 in
Tulsa, Tulsa County Oklahoma.

[ 5th Generation ] TIMOTHY EDWARD FLEBBE Sr. was born on July 02, 1959 in
Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas. He married JANNELL MONRIQUEZ.

Children from this marriage are: TIMOTHY and JENNIFIER.

This marriage ended in divorce.

Timothy married LINDA FAY WILLIFORD in Kountze, Hardin County, Texas.
Linda, the daughter of James and Era Ward Williford,

Children from this marriage are: JAMES, STACY and GRACE.

[ 6th Generation ] TIMOTHY EDWARD FLEEBE Jr. was born on December 01,
1978 in Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas.

[ 6th Generation ] JENNIFIER FLEEBE was born on November 22, 1978 in
Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas.

[ 6th Generation ] JAMES R. FLEEBE was born on April 20, 1982 in Silsbee,
Hardin County, Texas.

[ 6th Generation ] STACY FLEBBE was born on August 25, 1984 in Beaumont,
Jefferson County, Texas.

[ 6th Generation ] GRACE FLEEBE was born on December 23, 1987 in Galveston,
Galveston County, Texas.

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[ 4th Generation ] RONERT MILTON OVERSTREET Sr. was born in Village Mills,
Hardin County, Texas. He graduated from French High School in Beaumont, Jefferson
County, Texas. At French High School Milton was on the football team.

Milton married DOROTHY SILVERNAIL on January 26, 1956 in Beaumont. She
is the daughter of William and Rosalie Silvernail. Dorothy owned and operated a
nursery school in Lumberton, Hardin County, Texas for a number of years.

Milton worked and retired from Central Freight Line in Beaumont. He later worked
as a jailer for the Hardin County Sheriff's Department.

Dorothy and Milton live in Lumberton and have been active in Lumberton School
activities for years. In addition, Dorothy, a very talented piano player has over the
years been a pianist at several local churches.

Their children are: DIANE, DEBRA, ROBERT, DONNA, TIMMY and ROY .

[ 5th Generation ] DIANE OVERSTREET ' Muffin ' was born October 02, 1957
in Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas.

[ 5th Generation ] DEBRA OVERSTREET ' Cookie ' on February 02, 1959 in
Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas. She married CHRIS CLEMENTS .

[ 5th Generation ] ROBERT MILTON OVERSTREET Jr. was born in Nacogdoches,
Nacogdoches County, Texas. He married DANA ___?___ on April 15, 1988. Dana was
born on ___?___

He married DANA ___?___ on April 15, 1988 .

[ 6th Generation ] B. J. OVERSTREET {stepson} was born on April 06, 1985 .

[ 6th Generation ] ROBERT MILTON OVERSTREET III ' Trey ' was born on
November 26, 1988.

[ 5th Generation ] DONNA ANN OVERSTREET was born on July 30, 1963 .

[ 5th Generation ] TIMMY OVERSTREET {adopted son} was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] ROY LEE OVERSTREET {adopted son} was born ___?___ .

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[ 3rd Generation ] MARY ANN OVERSTREET was born on the family farm
in Polk County, Texas on March 26, 1898. A very colorful and independent
woman, Annie never married.

A hard worker, she was a rural mail carrier and helped farm ' the old place '
that she shared with her brother Ed.

Annie passed away on October 2, 1984 [ about age 86 ] and is buried in the
family plot at the Big Sandy Cemetery near Dollarville, Polk County, Texas.

NOTE: Laura Flebbe indicated on her web site that Annie passed away on
August 7, 1984.

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[ 3rd Generation ] ALLEN DOUGLAS OVERSTREET ' Adden ' was born on
the family farm in Polk County, Texas on March 10 1900. Allen married
ELIZABETH GUSSIE.

In later years ' Eliz ' lived at 1709 Liberty Ave., Beaumont, Jefferson County,
Texas. She was a saleswoman at New Berry's Department Store in Beaumont.

At some point this marriage ended in divorce. Adden and Elizabeth's
children are: EARL, LOIS and HELEN.

His second marriage was to BLANCH ___?___. Adden and Blanch lived in
Neches, Anderson County, Texas 75779.

Douglas died on March 13, 1966 [about age 66]. He is buried in the Big
Sandy Cemetery, near Dallardsville, Polk County, Texas.

[ 4th Generation ] DOUGLAS EARL OVERSTREET
from Tyler County Booster on August 30, 2012

Douglas Earl Overstreet – “Exacto Facto” Master Mason

Douglas Earl Overstreet, Earl to his friends, was born not far from Village Mills, Texas,
on on the edge of Tyler County. Without electricity or indoor plumbing, Earl’s job was
drawing water, one bucket at a time for clothes, cooking, and bathing. They had to heat
water for a bath. It was tough.

He went to school in Warren through the fifth grades while his father worked for 35 cents
an hour in the Warren saw mills. At the end of the day working in the Warren grocery story,
if there was old meat or day-old bread, Earl was allowed to take it home for free.

Earl remembers President Roosevelt’s speech on December 8, 1941, after Pearl Harbor.

“It scared a lot of us. Nobody knew what was coming. Defense jobs started to open up.
Daddy got a job working in the Beaumont shipyards.” Soon they moved to the govern-
ment built Multi-max Village into an apartment with indoor plumbing and a refrigerator.
It seemed like the high life.

“Daddy hired a guy to haul our stuff on a flatbed truck. My dad, mom, and younger sister
rode inside. My older sister and I sat on a couch on the back of the truck all the way to
Beaumont.”

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Earl finished the seventh grade in Beaumont as WWII wound down in 1945. “One day in
1945, I woke up and my father was gone. Our father left us. It was just my mother, two
sisters, and me,” Earl said. Shocking. “My mother got a job at Kress’ dime store for $18
a week. I got job at a grocery store for $2 a day. That was all we had to take care of four
people!”

At 15 Earl was providing for his family. He would never leave his family. Soon a friend told
Earl about a job for Western Union paying 65 cents an hour to deliver messages. “I never
heard of such a wage,” Earl said. “Only, one had to be 16 years old, so I told them I was 16.
I did that for three years, making about $30-35 a week. Now we could get candy bars and
cokes and things.” He bought a scooter on credit, which made delivery a lot easier.

In 1952, Earl joined the U.S. Army and became a gunner on a tank. “I never got into any
trouble,” he said. “I did not like the Army telling what to eat and what to wear, but I
endured.”

After the Army, he met Sue *(Myrtle Marie LeJeune, daughter of Dewey Joseph LeJeune
and AdaBell Leger LeJeune. ), the love of his life, and they married in June of 1954 (Sue
was born in 1937). In 2012, they have been together 58 years. They have one daughter,
Sharon Overstreet.

A better job availed itself making templates at Consolidated Worth, later the Convair
Corporation. Earl signed up for everything the company offered, including math,
trigonometry, welding, drafting, and such.

During their three years there, they rented a little house on a hill, only to find out they
were in the glide path of the Convair B - 36 Peacemaker, which shook dishes in the
house. The B-36 had six engines, three on each wing pointed backward each with
19-foot propellers. It was 35 feet from the pavement to the fuselage.

As government contracts ended, the Overstreets moved to Denver, Seattle, Oklahoma,
and Houston.

A friend from Earl’s days in Fort Worth came by as the National Guard was called up to
deal with the Bay of Pigs and later Cuban Missile Crisis. His friend needed someone to
fill in for him at Cameron Iron Works. Earl worked for Cameron from 1961 to 1994 –
33 years! Cameron grew as it manufactured products for the military, energy and
aerospace industries, including the Alaskan pipeline. In 1989, Cameron Iron Works
merged with Cooper Industries.

Earl was in quality control and acquired the moniker of “Exacto Facto,”which he did
not like at first. “I held things to a strict tolerance,” Earl said. “I’d kick it out if it failed
inspection. Some of the bosses wanted me to fudge a bit, and I would not do it.”
Measuring tolerances could be exacting and relentless work. He inspected parts for jet
engines, fans, guns, landing gear, missiles, ball valves, blowout preventers, and

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“I never tried to fool anybody,” he said. “Many times if I was not there, customers would
not work with anyone else. I told it like it was, good or bad. I was good at memorizing
specs.” A coffee cup was given to him with “Exacto Facto” enameled on the side.

After retiring to Woodville, Earl became a Freemason in 1996 at 63 years old, and he
applied himself with his usual gusto. He was initiated in February and completed his
Master’s work in June, being made a Master Mason. That was quite a feat. But Earl was
just beginning. On top of that he earned an “A” Certificate in all of the Texas Masonic
work – perhaps a first to have learned so much so quickly. Not many can, because it
involves a high volume of memorization.

“Earl is a local icon in Masonry,” said Keith Fuller. There is hardly a leader in Masonry
in Deep East Texas that does not feel the same about Earl’s legendary mastery and
skillful presentations.

As a master teacher, Earl taught hundreds of men the “work” that the candidates
memorized in order to progress. More than that, Earl memorized all of the lectures
for the various parts of each of Masonry’s three primary degrees, including lodge
installations and funerals. Earl’s mastery impressed the best in Texas Masonry, and
he brought a dignified aura to public presentations with his perfected diction and
smooth deep resonating voice.

Dignity is important. One does not become a Mason by simply paying annual dues;
one has to be “made” a Mason. Most people are aware that Masonry has a detailed
initiation. Yet, because this very public fraternity has secrets, most non-Masons rely
on the reputation of their Mason friends and famed Masonic charity for the fraternity’s
integrity and dignity – like Earl – and unfortunately some rely on the hearsay of anti-
Mason critics and a few disenchanted ex-Masons for nonsense.

I was honored to be taught by Earl, and I dedicated my book on the fraternity to Earl,
titled Character Counts—Freemasonry Is a National Treasure and a Source of Our
Founding Fathers’ Constitutional Original Intent (2006; see PreciousHeart.net). The
book challenged the best critics and outlined the best work on Freemasonry in the
spirit (I pray) of Earl Overstreet’s dignity. Masonry is all about character counting.

For the last fifteen years, Earl’s woodshop was the primary schoolhouse for hundreds
of newly initiated Masons from all over East Texas, sometimes over some sausage
cooking on a small grill.

Also since retiring, Earl has played the guitar and violin and engaged in woodworking.
His lavishly detailed cedar birdhouses created another kind of reputation for generosity.
Each one was unique, created with meticulous care to doors, farm implements, secret
passages, and innumerable nuances – Exacto Facto in

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cedar too. Never charging, he gave every one of them away.

Laverne Darsey said, “I’m proud to say he taught my husband and I’m a proud owner of
one of his famous birdhouses. Truly an honor to know him.”

In 2005 when the Tyler County Courthouse needed a fundraiser for their Relay For Life
team. Sharon Fuller said, “I asked Earl if he would make a birdhouse. Boy did he make a
fine one. It was his 100th birdhouse and the last birdhouse he made. We raised $600.00.
Walter and B.J. Fink became the proud winners that year.”

Earl’s serious health problems have slowed him down considerably. Yet, for those who
have had the privilege of knowing him, Earl’s personal character is as “exacto facto” as
his work.

OBIT:

Earl passed away on Sunday, March 03, 2013 [about age 80] t the Tyler County Hospital
in Woodville, Texas.

Visitation was held on Tuesday, March 05th from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Stringer and Griffin
Funeral Home in Woodville. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 06th at 10:00
a.m. at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville.

*NOTE: Name information taken from Find a Grave and from Family Tree Maker.

Earl is buried at Magnolia Cemetery, Woodville, Tyler County, Texas.

[ 4th Generation ] LOYCE OVERSTREET FONTENOT was born ___?___ . She
married ___?___.

[ 4th Generation ] HELEN OVERSTREET was born ___?___ .

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CHAPTER 8 . . . . SARA JANE OVERSTREET

[ 2nd Generation ] SARA JANE OVERSTREET WILLIAMS was born on January13,
1862 in Hardin County, Texas. Sara Jane continued to live there with her family until she
married ISAAC A. WILLIAMS ' Ike ' on November 7, 1883. He was born March 20, 1862.

Ike and Sara Jane made their home in Hardin County.

Sara Jane died on May 13, 1913 [about age 51] and is buried in the Holland Cemetery,
Hardin County, Texas.

Ike died January 7, 1934 [ about age 72 ] and is buried by his beloved Sara Jane.

Sara and Ike's children are: MARY, JAMES, ANNIE, HENRY and MARTHA.

NOTE: It was remembered by Gladys Overstreet Eller ' Uncle Ike was a medium to
small framed man who sported a long handle bar mustache. "It use to tickle us kids to watch
Uncle Ike drink his coffee from a small dish through his mustache.'


NOTE: The initials S. J. are found in the “ Hardin Count Texas Marriages – 1900 ”
by A. J. Guedry.

NOTE: Some information verified by Headstone, Holland Cemetery.

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[ 3rd Generation ] MARY KATHERINE WILLIAMS COGGINS was born on
August 23, 1884. She married J. T. COGGINS.

They had one daughter: NORA.

Mary Katherine died April 28, 1942 [ about age 58 ] and is buried in
the Holland Cemetery, Village Mills, Hardin County, Texas.

[ 4th Generation ] NORA COGGINS was born on April 2, 1917 in Hardin
County, Texas. She died on May 19, 1919 [ about age 2 ]. Nora is buried
at the a Holland Cemetery in Village Mills, Hardin County, Texas.
Inscription on her headstone: ' In after time we'll meet her .'

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[ 3rd Generation ] JAMES FINLEY WILLIAMS ' Finley ' was born in
1887.

At this time I know very little about James other than he was a member
in good standing with the Masons.

James died in 1947 [about age 60] and is buried in the Holland Cemetery,
Hardin County, Texas.

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[ 3rd Generation ] ANNIE WILLIAMS was born on September 23, 1890.
Annie never married. In her later years, Annie live with Kathleen and
her family.

Annie passed away on February 16, 1969 [ about age 79 ] and is buried beside her
brother, Finley, in the Holland Cemetery, Hardin County, Texas.

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[ 3rd Generation ] HENRY WILLIAMS was born on August 23, 1884.
He died on May 28, 1929 [ about age 36 ] and is buried in the
Holland Cemetery, Hardin County, Texas.

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[ 3rd Generation ] MARTHA JANE WILLIAMS DANIEL was born on December
31, 1895. She married CARL WILBUR DANIEL.

They have at least two children: KATHLEEN and J. C.

Martha died on October 24, 1935 [about age 40] and is buried in the Holland
Cemetery, Village Mills, Hardin County, Texas.

Carl died December 24, 1972 [about age 82] and is buried beside his beloved
Martha Jane.

[ 4th Generation ] KATHLEEN DANIEL WALCOTT was born on July 14
1915. She married LEE WALCOTT. Lee was born June 4, 1911.

Lee died on December 24, 1981 [about age 70]. He is buried in the Holland
Cemetery. Hardin County, Texas. Inscription on his headstone: ' He died as he
lived, a Christian.'

Kathleen died February 08, 1996 [about age 81]. She is buried next to her beloved
Lee. The Inscription on her headstone: ' A Mothers Love Lives Forever. '

Kathleen and Lee have two children: JANE and ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] JANE WOLCOTT ROBERTS

[ 5th Generation ] DANIEL LEE WOLCOTT Sr. was born on November 04, 1938.
He married AUDREY LOIS BRYAN. Audrey was born on November 26, 1942. She is the
daughter of Arbie Bryan and Alma Marie Flowers Davis.

Daniel and Audrey had at least one child: DANIEL.

Audry passed on November 02, 1979 [about age 37] and is buried in the Holland Cemetery,
Hardin County, Texas. The Inscription on her single headstone: "She was a kind and
affectionate wife, A loving mother and a friend to all."


NOTE: According to picture on her headstone Audrey was a nurse.

Daniel passed on June 18, 2002 [about age 64] and is buried beside his beloved Audrey at
the Holland Cemetery. His single headstone also has a picture of him.

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[ 6th Generation ] DANIEL LEE WOLCOTT Jr.

[ 4th Generation ] J. C. DANIEL was born on August 27, 1912.

J. C. passed away on September 19, 1977 [about age 56] He is buried in the Holland
Cemetery, Hardin County, Texas. It is indicated on his headstone that he was a Mason.

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CHAPTER 9 . . . . MARGARET MISSOURI OVERSTREET

[ 2nd Generation ] MARGARET MISSOURI OVERSTREET COLLINS was born
on September 09, 1867. On September 19, 1883 she married EDWARD
WARREN COLLINS ' Ed. '
Ed was the fourth child of W. J. and Eboline
Collins. He was born on March 13, 1860.

Missouri died on May 28, 1937 [about age 70]. Inscription on headstone: ' In
Heaven above the angels whispering to one another can find among their terms of
love, none so dear as that of Mother. '



Ed died on September 12, 1946 [about age 86]. Inscription on headstone: ' A devoted
husband, affectionate Father and a kind and true friend to all. '

Ed and Missouri are buried side by side in the Holland Cemetery, Hardin County, Texas.

Children of Ed and Missouri are: LEE, JOHN, JAMES, OLA, OSCAR
and DANIEL.

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[ 3rd Generation ] LEE DEBBS COLLINS was born on August 22, 1904.
He died October 15, 1926 [about age 22] and is buried in the Holland
Cemetery in Villages Mills, Hardin County, Texas.

NOTE: Birth and Death dates taken from headstone information.

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[ 3rd Generation ] JOHN VINSON COLLINS was born on August 9, 1894.
He died August 25, 1921 [about age 27] and is buried in the Holland
Cemetery in Villages Mills, Hardin County, Texas.

NOTE: Birth and Death dates taken from headstone information.

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[ 3rd Generation ] MARY TELITHE COLLINS was born on June 18, 1897
and died on February 10, 1898 [about age 8 months] and is buried in the Holland
Cemetery at Villages Mills, Hardin County, Texas.

NOTE: Birth and Death dates taken from headstone information.

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[ 3rd Generation ] JAMES WARREN COLLINS Sr. ' Jim ' was born on October
12, 1885. He married LOIS PATTERSON, on March 17, 1914. Lois was born
February 14, 1898.

Jim was a Mason and Lois was a member of the Eastern Star.

According to his death certificate. James was living at 646 Peck Ave, San Antonio, Texas.
He had been living there for about two years. He was the retired owner of a retail grocery.
He was pronounced dead at the Robert B. Green Hospital in San Antonio on November 01,
1958 [about age 74] at 4:30 P.M. He was a pedestrian, struck by a passing car about 3:24
P.M. He had multiple fractures. James is buried in the Holland Cemetery that he loved so
dearly.

Lois died June 20, 1970 [about age 72] and is buried beside her beloved Jim. They share a
beautiful double headstone of granite.

NOTE: Warren, along with Louis Collins and Edgar Collins were the original
three Trustees of the Holland Cemetery. The land, sold to these men and their
successors as a public cemetery by Mrs. Eldorado McCawley. { Taken from an article in
Hardin County News, August 12, 1987 by Rev. Harold Holland. }

The children of Jim and Lois are: JAMES and LOUIS.

[ 4th Generation ] JAMES WARREN COLLINS Jr. was born in 1916 in ___?___.
in ___?___ . He married MARY DULSKY.

Their children are: LOIS, MARIA, JAMES, MARGARET, JOHN andDAVID.

[ 5th Generation ] LOIS E. COLLINS was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] MARIA COLLINS was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] JAMES WARREN COLLINS III was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] MARGARET COLLINS was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] JOHN COLLINS was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] DAVID COLLINS was born ___?___ .

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[ 4th Generation ] LOIS MARGARET COLLINS KELLY was born on September 25,
1918. She married RICHARD KELLY. Both were in the United States Navy. She
was an Ensign in the Nurse Corp. While en route home from work she was killed in a car
wreck on December 23, 1943 [ about age 25 ]. She is buried in the Holland Cemetery,
Hardin County, Texas.

NOTE: Birth and Death dates taken from headstone information.

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[ 3rd Generation ] OLA EDGAR COLLINS WILLIAMS was born on October
30. 1886. She married DAVID E. WILLIAMS on ___?___. Dave was born in
1876. Dave passed away in 1959 [ about age 83 ]. He is buried in the Holland Cemetery,
Hardin County, Texas.

Ola passed away in 1969 [about age 83] and is buried beside her beloved David.

NOTE: Birth and Death dates taken from headstone information.

Their children are: ELMIRA, MAE, JAMES, HAZEL, SYVIRA, SARA, JESSIE,
O. D., FLOYD
and MARGARETT.

[ 4th Generation ] ELMIRA WILLIAMS GRIFFIN was born on March 5, 1906.
She married MIKE MALONE GRIFFIN Sr. in September of 1924.

This marriage ended in divorce.

Children from this marriage are: MIKE, GLORIA, CLFTON, STERLING and
DAVID.

Elmira passed on December 21, 1983 [about age 77] and is buried in the Holland
Cemetery, Hardin County Texas,

NOTE: Birth and Death dates for Elmira taken from headstone information.

[ 5th Generation ] MIKE MALONE GRIFFIN Jr. married BARBARA JEAN
UNSWORTH
. Their children are MIKE, DAVID and JEFFERY.

[ 6th Generation ] MIKE MALONE GRIFFIN III was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] DAVID GRIFFIN was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] JEFFERY GRIFFIN was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] GLORIA MAE GRIFFIN WILLIFORD married
EDWARD WILLIFORD ' Ed '. Their children are: NANCY, JOYCE
and JAMES.

NOTE: Edward Williford was the great grandson of Wade H. Williford.

page 194 [ 6th Generation ] NANCY WILLIFORD was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] JOYCE WILLIFORD was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] JAMES EDWARD WILLIFORD was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] LORICE GRIFFIN LOOSE was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] BEVERLY LOOSE was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] CATHY LOOSE was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] KAREN LOOSE was born ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] MARK LOOSE was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] STERLING DAVID GRIFFIN married ANNA BELL
WILBURN
.

[ 5th Generation ] PAUL GRIFFIN was born ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation ] STELLA MAE WILLIAMS LYONS was born on
August 25, 1909. She married WESLEY LYONS on February 23,
1928. Weslley was born Jan 3, 1910. They had at least one child: ANNIE.

Westley passed January 19, 1998 [about age 98] and is buried at
the Rockland Cemetery, Rockland, Tyler County, Texas. Inscription
on his headstone ‘In God’s Care’.

Mae passed on December 29, 1999 [about age 90] and is buried by her
beloved Westley at the Rockland Cemetery. Inscription on her headstone
‘In God’s Care’.

[ 5th Generation ] ANNIE YVONNE LYONS BREAYX married
HAROLD BREAUX. They have at least one child: HAROLD.

[ 6th Generation ] HAROLD WESLELY BREAUX


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[ 4th Generation ] JAMES WARREN WILLIAMS was born on December
18, 1910. He married PEARL ASHMORE. Pearl was born in Louisiana
on May 15, 1913.

James and his family lived in Alvin, Texas for a period of time.

James passed on August 30, 1991 [about age 81] and is buried at Palms
Memorial Park, Dayton, Liberty County Texas,

Pearls last residency was Gilmer, Upshur County, Texas. She passed on
March, 14, 1991 [about age 79] and is buried beside her beloved James
at Palms Memorial Park.

Their children are: JUANICE, FLORETT, JENNETTE and JAMES

[ 5th Generation ] BUREANDEAN JUANICE WILLIAMS CHITWOOD
was born March 20, 1931 in Louisiana. She married GEORGE
EARL CHITWOOD SR.
George was born on March 27, 1927 in
Mangum, Greer County, Oklahoma.

George died of a heart attack on April 27, 1985 [ about the age 58 ]
and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Ruston, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana.

Juanice always felt she could never find anyone as kind and sweet as
George and the thought of re-marrying never entered her mind

Juanice passed away on September 18, 2007 [about age 76] at Saint Joseph’s
Nursing Home in Monroe, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana. She suffered a short
term battle with cancer which was first diagnosed in December of 2006.
She had also suffered two strokes with the first one being in 2003 and the
last being 2004. The last stroke more or less left her incapable of
performing most if not al of life’s daily activities.

Sick for a long period of time due to her strokes and later cancer, she was
unable to attend church however, she studied and read her Bible and had a
personal relationship with Christ. She loved her family dearly and devoted
her entire life to them.

Their children are JOAN, ROBERT and JEFFREY.

[ 6th Generation ] JOAN CHITWOOD ROGERS married STEVE
ROGERS
. They have one son: RYAN.

[ 7th Generation ] RYAN KIMBRELL CHITWOOD was born ___?___ .

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[ 6th Generation ] ROBERT EARL CHITWOOD was born on ___?___ . He
married ___?___. Robert and his family lived around Baja, California for a period
of time.

They have one daughter: RACHEL.

[ 7th Generation ] RACHEL CHITWOOD was born on ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] JEFFREY BRIAN CHITOOD was born on ___?___.

[ 5th Generation ] FLORETT WILLIAM CRABTREE was born around 1933.
She married BILLY GENE CRABTREE.

They have at least one child: LESA .

[ 6th Generation ] LESA KAY CRABTREE was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] JENNETTE WILLIAMS BILNOSKI was born on ___?___.
She married CLARENCE BILNOSKI.

They have at least one child: KEITH.

[ 6th Generation ] KEITH BILNOSKI was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] JAMES WARREN WILLIAM JR. ' Butch ' was born ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation ] HAZEL WILLIAMS GANDY was born on ___?___.
She married BUSTER GANDY.

Their children are : WALTER, HELEN, CHARLES, DOROTHY, EARNEST,
DAVID, HAZEL
and DON.

[ 5th Generation ] WALTER RAY GANDY was born ___?___. He married
NELL BRYANT.

[ 5th Generation ] HELEN GANDY LYNN was born on ___?___. He
married BUDDY LYNN.

Their children are: KATHY and JOHN.

[ 6th Generation ] KATHY LYNN was born ___?___ .

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[ 6th Generation ] JOHN OLAN LYNN was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] CHARLES GANDY was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] DOROTHY MARIE GANDY was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] EARNEST GANDY was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] DAVID GANDY was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] HAZEL GANDY was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] DON WAYNE GANDY was born ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation ] SYVIRA ELIZABETH WILLIAMS ASHMORE was born
on June 19, 1915. She married EARL SPENCER ASHMORE. Earl was
born on October 28, 1917.

Earl passed on March 15, 1941 [about age 24] and is buried at Holland Cemetery,
Village Mills, Hardin County, Texas.

Syvira passed on August 22, 1983 [about age 68] and is also buried at the Holland
Cemetery.

They had at least one child: WANDA.

[ 5th Generation ] WANDA ASHMORE HATCHER was born ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation ] SARA LOIS WILLIAMS RICHARDSON was born on
September 15, 1917. She married BERNARD I. D. RICHARDSON Sr.
He was born April 5, 1909.

Bernard passed on August 4, 1968 [about age 59] and is buried at
Forest Lawn Memorial Park and Funeral Home, Beaumont, Jefferson
County, Texas. Inscription on his head plaque 'Husband Father and
Grandfather’ The plaque also indicates he was a Mason.

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Sara passed on October 13, 1996 [about age 79] and is also buried at
Forest Lawn. Inscription on her head stone ‘Wife Mother and Grandmother’
I suspect the star on her flat head plaque indicates she may have been a
member of The Eastern Star. I don't know this to be a fact but the emblem
suggest it is possible.

Their children are: BERNARD, SHARON and WILLIAM.

[ 5th Generation ] BERNARD I. D. RICHARDSON Jr. ' Sonny ' was
born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] SHARON DARLENE RICHARDSON was born ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] WILLIAM FRANCIS RICHARDSON was born ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation ] JESSIE LEE WILLIAMS JORDAN was born on
December 21, 1920. She married JOE RADFORD JORDAN ‘J. R.’
He was born in Votaw, Hardin County, Texas on October 27, 1916.

J.R. passed on March 29, 1977 [ about age 61 ] and is buried in the Jordan
Cemetery, Honey Island, Hardin County, Texas. Inscription on his headstone
is ‘The Lord be with you’

Jessie passed on December 2m 1997 [ about age 77 ] and is also buried in
the Jordan Cemetery.

Their children are: DENNIS, JUDITH, RONALD, HOWARD, LINDA, PEGGY
and DON.

[ 5th Generation ] DENNIS LEON JORDAN was born on ___?___ .


[ 5th Generation ] JUDITH EARL JORDAN was born on ___?___. She
married BUDDY ___?___.

[ 6th Generation ] ___?___ was born on ___?___ .

[ 6th Generation ] ___?___ was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] RONALD LARR JORDAN was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] HOWARD RAY JORDAN was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] LINDA SUE JORDAN was born _on __?___ .

page 199 [ 5th Generation ] PEGGY JORDAN was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] DON CECIL JORDAN was born on ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation ] O. D. WILLIAMS was born on April 17, 1923. He
married CONSTANCE KAY O'NEAL on March 22, 1947.

They have at least one child: CAROL.

[ 5th Generation ] CAROL DEE WILLIAMS was born on ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation ] FLOYD ELMER WILLIAMS was born on January 2,
1926, in Thicket, Texas, He was raised in Honey Island, Texas where he spent
his youth hunting and fishing in the woods and creeks with his cousins and
nephews. After serving in The United States Navy during WWII, he returned
home and married LOUISE BRYAN on July 26, 1946.

He has been a member of the Masonic Lodge for over fifty years. Floyd was a
member in good standing of Pine Lodge 642 in Kountze. He retired from The
Sun Pipe Line Company after forty-two years of service. Floyd and Louise then
retired to Tivoli on the Guadalupe River. They had many wonderful years on
the river, fishing and entertaining family and friends.

Their children are: VIRGINIA, LINDA, BEVERLY, KATHAYNE,
PAMLA
and NATHAN.

Floyd passed away Monday, June 17, 2013 [about age 87] and is buried at the
Holland Cemetery, Village Mills, Hardin County, Texas.

From OBIT: Floyd is survived by Louise, his very loving wife of sixty-seven years;
son, Nathan Williams; daughters, Ann Boyett, Linda Gober, Beverly Jones, Pam
Sandiford and Kathy Savoy; twenty grandchildren; thirty-seven great-grandchildren;
and eight great-great grandchildren.

Floyd is also survived by Copper, his "good old hunting dog".

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[ 5th Generation ] VIRGINIA ANN WILLIAMS BOYETT was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] LINDA DARNELL WILLIAMS GOBER was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] BEVERLY DIANNE WILLIAMS JONES was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] KATHAYNE DENESE WILLIAMS SAVOY was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] PAMLA LOUISE WILLIAMS SANDIFORD was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] NATHAN WAYNE WILLIAMS was born on ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation ] MARGARET MARIE WILLIAMS O’NEAL was born on
June 18, 1928. She married JAMES DWAYNE O'NEAL.

They have at least one child: DEBORAH.

Margaret passed on March 20, 1999 [ about age 71 ] and is buried at the
Holland Cemetery, Hardin County, Texas. Inscription on the headstone is
“ In loving memory ”.

[ 5th Generation ] DEBORAH KAY O'NEAL was born ___?___ .

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[ 3rd Generation ] OSCAR HAMILTON COLLINS was born on January 21/25,
1889. He married PAULINE PATTON. Pauline was born on January 7, 1888.
They had no children of their own but raised two girls who took their name: VELMA
and LILLIAN.

Oscar died on December 13, 1971 [ about age 82 ] and is buried in the Holland Cemetery,
Village Mills, Hardin County, Texas.

Pauline passed in 1990 [ about the age 102 ] and is buried beside her beloved Oscar in the
Holland Cemetery

[ 4th Generation ] VELMA LIS COLLINS was born ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation ] LILLIAN EVELYN COLLINS JENKINS married ___?___
JENKINS
.

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[ 3rd Generation ] DANIEL MATHIAS COLLINS was born on January
12, 1891. He married MABLE PATERSON in 1920.

Dan served in the US Navy during World War I. He and Mable resided
in Liberty, Liberty County for a period of Time.

He passed on September 13, 1980 [ about age 89 ] and is buried in
Fairlawn Cemetery, Liberty, Liberty County, Texas.

Their children are: DANIEL, EDWARD, MARY, OSCAR, JAMES, JOHN ,
MARY, DAVID
and LEE.

[ 4th Generation ] DANIEL MATHIAS COLLINS Jr. was born on April 11,
1921. During World War 2 Dan served in the United States Navy. I am told the
CTC on his plaque indicates a rating as Chief Turret Captain. I accept this unless
something changes.

He married KATHERINE MORRIE. Katherine was born August 22, 1923.

They have at least one child: DANA.

Daniel passed away on September 13, 1980 [about age 57] and is buried in the
Fairlawn Cemetery, Liberty, Liberty County, Texas

Katherine passed away on March 31, 1992 [about age 69] and is buried in the
Fairlawn Cementery.

[ 5th Generation ] DANA LEE COLLINS was born ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation ] EDWARD WILLIAM COLLINS ' Ducky ' was born on
January 23, 1923. He married OUIDA FAY Mc CUSTION. Ouida was born on
September 08, 1924 in Beaumont Texas. She was the daughter of
J. Weldon McCuistion
and Vaude Sitton McCuistion.

Ed was a graduate of Texas A & M University.

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He and Ouida were living in Port Neches, Jefferson County, Texas. He worked and retired
from the Mobil Oil Refinery in Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas where he served as
the Personnel Manager for many years .

They attend church at Calder Baptist Church in Beaumont.

Both Ed and Ouida were committed to the academic and athletic pursuits for their children.
Later they showed the same commitment to their grandchildren.

After he retired from Mobil Ed was running for a Port of Beaumont Commissioner position
but passed away suddenly on May 13, 1989 and is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park
and Funeral Home, Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas.

After Ed passed away Ouida stayed busy working at her son’s dermatology office where she
was beloved by patients and staff.

Ouida Fay passed way on September 25, 2012 [about age 88] and is buried beside her
beloved Ed “Ducky”.

Ouid attended and graduated from South Park High School in Beaumont where she was
the Valedictorian for the class of 1941. She was awarded the American Legion Award of
Leadership. After working for the City of Beaumont, Ouida married Ed in 1947.

Their children are: DEBRA, BEVERLY and EDWARD.

NOTE: Much of this information comes from the web site FIND-A-GRAVE.

[ 5th Generation ] DEBRA COLLINS MINYARD was born on ___?___ . she married
JERRY MINYARD

[ 5th Generation ] BEVELY COLLINS was born on ___?___ . she married MIKE BAKER

[ 5th Generation ] EDWARD WELTON COLLINS was born on ___?___ . He married
KAREN ___?___ . Edward is a doctor in the field of Dermatology.

[ 4th Generation ] MARY LOUISE COLLINS SKINNER married
HOMER DAVID SKINNER Jr.


Their children are: REBECCA, THOMAS, PATRICK, CINDY and JAMES.

[ 5th Generation ] REBECCA ANN SKINNER was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] THOMAS DANIEL SKINNER was born on ___?___ .

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[ 5th Generation ] PATRICK DAVID SKINNER was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] CINDY LEE SKINNER was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] JAMES PAUL SKINNER was born on ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation ] OSCAR LOUIS COLLINS was born on October 05, 1928.
He married ROSE ANN KENNEDY.

Their children are SHARON and SUSAN.

[ 5th Generation ] SHARON ANN COLLINS was born on ___?___ .

[ 5th Generation ] SUSAN MARIE COLLINS was born on ___?___ .

[ 4th Generation ] JOHN VINSON COLLINS was born on August 9, 1894.
He served in the Navy four years including World War I.

John was killed during a drilling rig accident in August 1921 [ about age 27 ] and is
buried at Holland Cemetery, Hardin County, Texas.

[ 4th Generation ] DAVID LOUIS COLLINS was born on August 29, 1901.
He married IDA M. HOLLAND on November 29, 1933. Ida was born
December 13, 1897. For many years they made their home in Beaumont,
Jefferson County Texas at 4105 Redwood Drive.

Ida passed June 03, 1980 [ about age 83 ] and is buried at the Holland Cemetery
in Hardin County, Texas.

Louis died February 13, 1984 [ about age 83 ] and is buried beside his beloved
Ida at the Holland Cemetery.

Child of Ida and Louis: SHIRLEEN and five un-named children.

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[ 5th Generation ] INFANT DAUGHTER November 11, 1934.

[ 5th Generation ] INFANT SON December 18, 1935.

[ 5th Generation ] INFANT SON November 18, 1939.

[ 5th Generation ] INFANT DAUGHTER July 14, 1940.

[ 5th Generation ] INFANT DAUGHTER July 10, 1941.

[ 5th Generation ] IDA SHIRLEEN COLLINS BISCAMP was born on
April 10, 1937. She graduated from French High School in Beaumont,
Jefferson County, Texas.

I remember a time when Mom, Ida, Ida’s Mom, Shirleen, my brother’s JN and Daryl,
my sister Linda and I all traveled to San Antonio. Of course we were in two separate
cars. It was one of those trips were you stop at every item of interest and did a lot of
walking. Several times when we would stop Shirleen would stand behind me, rest her
folded arms on the top of my head. She told me that was the perfect size for a good
armrest. She was one of the sweetest persons I knew and for some reason I felt like it
was some kind of and honor when she would do it.

As a freshman Education Major at Lamar College Shirleen was voted 'Best Pledge of the
Year' by LAMBA TAU SIGMA Social Organization for Women. The award was made at their
formal dinner at the Golden Arrow Restraint.

Shirleen married GENE A. BISCAMP on December 16, 1959. Gene was born on December
01, 1936. He was the son of Lewis and Eunice Biscamp. He was a 1956 graduate of
Kirbyville High School.

Gene was in the military and they were stationed in German when a pregnant Shirleen
was given something she was allergic to during childbirth. She didn't recover and passed
away on February 23, 1961 [about age 24]. She is buried in the Holland Cemetery, Hardin
County, Texas.

Shirleen and Gene had one child: CONNIE.

Gene later married Judy Blanchard Biscamp and worked and retired fro Southwestern Bell
Telephone Company after 40 years of service. He was a member of Noth Bon Ami Baptist
Church.

Gene passed on Sunday, June 23, 2013 [about age 76] at his home. His burial site is
unknown.

[ 6th Generation ] CONNIE LARUE BISCAMP was born on December 16, 1960. She suffered
from medications that she was given at birth and there was never any

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hope that she would survive. Her grandmother, Ida Collins, cared for her until on
November 25, 1964 when little Connie passed away [about age 4]. She is buried by
her mother in the Holland Cemetery, Hardin County, Texas.

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CHAPTER 10

Overstreet Linkage to Rev. John Knox

Taken from the works of Mr. Warren Collins - "John Knox is one of the three great
protestant preachers who broke the stronghold of Catholicism in world religion.
John Knox was suppose to be one of the best educated men of his time and he
collaborated with Martin Luther and John Calvin in breaking the bonds of Catholicism
in the world.

He had one daughter named Elizabeth Knox and she married a very learned man by
the name of John Welch. He became professor of Humanities at the University of
Edinburgh and served in the capacity for a long time. He raised a son known as
John Welch of Iron Gray Scotland who was know as the greatest orator who ever
occupied the pulpit in that country. He and his family were harassed and oppressed
by the Catholics and finally two of his sons migrated to America. They brought a wealth
of the blood of the Welch family to America, but when they reached America they did
not have the culture and scholarship that they had in the old world. They were still
leading people, but just became as other people."

Genealogical linkage to the Overstreet Family - borrowed from Eloise Custis Herrin.

John Knox 1505-1622,

Elizabeth Knox (married Rev. John Welch)1568-1622.

Josias Welch 1590-1634

John Welch 1612-1681

Thomas Welch 1645-1729

Walter Welch 1664-1736

James Welch 1698-1754

James Welch ( Jr? )1733-1764

Richard Welch 1762-1838

Bryant Welch 1786-1830,

Cynthia (Eboline Welch 1814-1887 married Allen Valentine,

Tolitha (Sintha) Eboline Valentine 1837-1920 (married Warren J. Collins

1833-1926, Sarah M Collins 1856-1932 married Daniel Overstreet 1855-1941





CHAPTER 11

OVERSTREET – GENERAL JAMES OGLETHORPE

From "HISTORY OF TIFT COUNTY” by Ida Belle Williams 1948



NOTE: NOT SURE HOW ALL THIS FITS BUT IT’S INTERESTING.
DNA TESTING SEEMS TO INDICATE THE HARDIN COUNTY TEXAS IS LINKED
TO THIS OVERSTREET LINE.


THE OVERSTREETS - The Colonial Regords of Georgia, Vol. XXII,
page 245 quote
from a letter of General James Oglethorpe to accountant in which he mentions "a
loan in cattle to one Overstreet, an industrious man;with a wife and six children in
Augusta." This was in 1739.

'In 1743 a document in London set forth that the township of Augusta;outside of
the garrison embraced only a few white people, traders withIndians. Among the
list of sixteen names of settlers at the fort was 
Henry Overstreet.

In 1762 at a meeting of Council in Savannah, on May 4, was read a petition of
Henry Overstreet, lately come into the province of Georgia with his wife and six
children in order to settle. He was granted 150 acres of land about three miles
above the mouth of Briar Creek, famous in history as the stream believed by
Georgia's early historian, Jones, to be that which De Soto and his men swam
in their march through Georgia. Also it was the stream near which was
captured the valiant Colonel John McIntosh, American patriot of the Scotch
colony of New Inverness, later called Darien. Near this stream

Overstreet was granted additional acreage and this became the Georgia
home of the Overstreet’s. Thence one crossed over into South Carolina and
wed. This was James Overstreet who, in 1771, married Sarah Booth (born
Dec.' 10, 1756, died December 24,1818). Sarah was daughter of Mary and
John Booth, who wed in 17S3. John Booth served with the upper Granville
County regiment of the South Carolina Militia and was killed in action at
Hutson's Ferry 1779 (see Memoir of Tarleton' Brown, reprint of IWI, pp. 5
and 6). For this Revolutionary patriot the John Booth Chapter of the Sons
of the American Revolution, Columbia, South Carolina, is named.

To James Overstreet and Sarah Booth Overstreet was born a son, James
Overstreet, Jr., born in Barnwell District, South Carolina, February 11,1773;
married, in 1795, Eliza Holcombe Brown (born April 13, 1773; died September
6, 1817) whose mother, nee Holcombe, was a daughter of the widow Holcombe
who married Bartlett Brown, Sr., uncle of Tarleton Brown, a captain in the
Revolutionary War.

James Overstreet, Jr., was a lawyer, was justice of the peace at Barnwell, in
1807, and was representative from South Carolina to the 16th and 17th
congresses. He died at China Gro~e, North Carolina, May 24, 1&1 , while
returning from Washington, and Congress adjourned in respect to his
memory and a sketch of him was printed in the Congressional Record.

Sarah Booth Overstreet, wife of' James, Sr., received 125 acres of land from
her mother, and the deed was recorded April 9, 1801. By her will, recorded
November 29, 1818, Sarah left property to her son, James Overstreet, and
others. Sarah is buried in the Brown graveyard, Barnwell, South Carolina.

Sarah Booth Overstreet and James Overstreet. Sr., had six children: James,
John, Henry, a daughter (Mrs. Brown), Mary, Samuel. Of the above family of
Overstreets, Moses Overstreet (born about 1798, died March 1, 1852; buried
at Royal's Church, Coffee County, Georgia), married in March, 1819 Elizabeth
Carter. Of this union were ten children: 1. Henry Josiah (born Sept. 25, 1820;
never married); 2. James W. 3. Sarah Ann (born Feb. 25, 1825; died May 5,
1898; married William Royal). 4. Jane Elizabeth (born December 5, 1827; died
July 20, 1828); S. Mary A. (born July 11, 1829; died Sept, 27, 1829); 6 Moses
William (born March 10, 1832; died Jan. 9, 1852 never married); 7. Martha
Amanda (born Oct. 21, 1835; married Griffis Richatson); 8. Seaborn Franklin
(born July 28, 1&38; killed in War Between the States, May 26, 1865); 9. Benjamin
Jacob (born May 13, 1841; killed in War Between the States, June 29, 1862); 10.
Mary Catherine (born July 25, 1843; married John Spell. Of these children of Moses
and Elizabeth Carter Overstreet, James W. Overstreet was the only son to survive
the War Between the States and leave descendants. He was born in Burke County,
Georgia, October 27, 1822. On February 3, 1852 he married Susan Ann Solomon
(born in Coffee County, May 16, 1836; died May 30, 1925; buried at Ty Ty Church),
daughter of Godwin Solomon. James was reared in Screven County; later went to
Worth County; apparently he or one of his name went from Screven County over
into South Carolina but later moved back to Georgia. James was among the pioneer
residents of what is now Tift County. He lived on a large farm, which he owned near
Little River, on the Omega Road, and he had built the Overstreet Bridge, which formerly
stood, near his plantation. This old bridge has been replaced by a concrete structure.

James was a Godly man, interested in charity work and is said by some, "to have
done more of this personally than any other man of this section in his !day." He
was interested also in building schools and roads. James and Susan had a large
family of children and James died March 6, 1900, and is buried at old Ty Ty Church.
Children of James and Susan Ann Solomon Overstreet were: 1. Delilah. 2. Henry Clay;
3. Elizabeth; 4. Mary Jane; 5. Martha Ann; 6. Staborn Franklin; 7. Arjane; 8. Susan
Clayton; 9. Moses Oscar; 10. James W., Jr.; 11. Josiah; 12. David; 13. Lilla; 14. Lula;
15. Benjamin Jacob.

Of the above fifteen children fourteen lived to maturity. Of these several lived in
Tift County. Of these was Judge Seaborn Franklin Overstreet, born August 18,
1864, Coffee County, near Durham's Mill, died Sept. 17, 1941; buried Tifton-,
married Mary Ann Eason Wilts (born May 30, 1872, Worth County) daughter of
Dempsey R. Willis and Mary Ann Baker, Issue were: Bessie, C Crandall, Henry C., N.
Russell, Seaborn Franklin, Jr., Julian (Dock), Flora Kate, Lillian. Flora Kate Overstreet
(Mrs, Emerson Mitchell) is possessed of an extraordinarily sweet soprano voice,
and for many years sang in the choir of the Tifton First Baptist Church. Arjane
Overstreet, born March 17, 1866, Coffee County, married, June 24, 1880, in
Irwin County, George Washington Fletcher (born Nov. 11, 1858; died Feb. 17,
1920) son of Jehu Fletcher and Matilda Sumner Fletcher. To Arjane and G. W.
Fletcher were born Susie, Leonard and Louise. Early left a widow, Mrs. Fletcher
reared her orphaned children and also her orphaned grandchildren. At more
than eighty, slit is still a beautiful woman; and her piety and shrewd common
sense are of exceptional order. Of her grandchildren, Martha Louise Greene was
Miss T. H. S. the year of her graduation from Tifton High School. She is a young
woman of great beauty. Another granddaughter, Mary Catherine Driskell, is an
unusually beautiful blon& Another granddaughter, Gladys Greene, a talented writer,
married R. H. Me-Millan (see article on McMillans).Lilla Overstreet, born Dec. 13,
1876, Worth County (now Tift); died Jan. 18,1930; buried Ty Ty Church, Tift County;
married Feb. 23, 1893, in Worth, now Tift, George Washington Crum (born Feb. 25,
1869; died Feb. 11, 1913; buried Ty Ty Church). Issue: Jewel, Homer P. (married
Ted Wallace); Elder Lloyd, Jim, Robert, William Paul.

For several years prior to World War Il the Overstreet Family held a reunion at
Abraham-Baldwin Agricultural College, Tifton. Several hundred members of
the Overstreet family were in attendance. Mrs. Arjane Overstreet Fletcher, of
419 Park Avenue, Tifton, is the oldest living member of the Overstreet family
(in 1947).