H. G. ASKEW was a St. Louis Railroad official from Tyler, Texas. He bought one
of the BLOCKS in the downtown section of Kerens on the first day of sale for speculation. In 1884 he also bought all of the
remaining unsold LOTS then owned by Sam Frost and his partner, Bryan Barry.
BRYAN F. BARRY
married Odore E. ____ and their son, Charles Thomas Barry was born 2-27-1875. Bryan Barry was the Law Partner of Sam Frost in
Corsicana. The townsite of Barry, Texas was named for him.
(born 1844, died 1909) married Sallie W. ____. She died in 1877. They are both buried in the Jimmerson cemetery south of
EZEKIEL CHERRY(born around 1817 in Louisiana) and his wife Mary Jane, settled in
the Kerens area with a number of their children. Descendants still in Kerens are Lucille Anderson Reese, a great granddaughter;
Peggy Anderson Brown, a great, great granddaughter; Laura Brown, a great, great, great granddaughter; Karen Crawford, a great, great,
great, granddaughter; Michael Crawford, a great, great grandson Ben Russell Cherry, and great great grandson and his wife, Mary Nell
Shelton Cherry, their son Benny Cherry and his wife, Sherry Cherry and their two children. Benny Cherry has been actie on the
Kerens School Board and on the Kerens City Council.
LAFAYETTE "FATE" CHERRY was a son of Ezekiel Cherry. He married Willie ____. They had no
children. He erected the first business building in Kerens on LOT 5, BLOCK 47. In this building the first Post Office for
Kerens was situated in 1883, with S. P. Day serving as the Postmaster. Colonel Day, as he was called, had lived in Wadeville
where he also served as the Postmaster and his wife taught school.
ARTHUR LEWIS LOWRY CLEMENTS (born around 1826) married Sarah W. Brown. He was on the 1860 US Census as living in Rural
Shade. They were among the first purchasers of LOTS in Kerens, buying all of BLOCK 88. Their daughter, Mary E. Clements,
married Washington Ingram. Descendants of this family living in Kerens in 1985 are: Walker Pittman "Red" Ingram (and
wife, Maggie Norris Ingram) - a grandson: (sic) Marilyn Coates Tekell (and husband, Billy Bob Tekell) - a step-great granddaughter;
Glenda Tekell Sessions (and husband, Kenneth Sessions) - a step great, great, granddaughter and their two children, Misty Michelle
Sessions and Ryan Tekell Sessions; Tanya Tekell Hobbs (and husband, Leroy Hobbs, Jr.) - step-great great granddaughter and their two
children, Kelly Milia and Leroy Hobbs, III; Billy Ruth Arnold Coates - a step-great granddaughter-in-law and her granddaughter, Tandy
b. 5 December 1823, d. 20 January 1893,
buried at Ingram family Cemetery, Rural Shade, Navarro Co., TX. Married Sarah W. Smith on 30 January 1845 at Telfair Co., GA by Judge Cullen O'Neal.
Married Mary A. (Millie) Paul on 7 May 1876 at Rural Shade, Navarro Co., TX.
the red headed daughter of W. P. Noble. They had one child, Travis Coates. Following Ora's death Claude, with the help of
his brother, raised Travis in Kerens where they continued to run a livery stable.
WASHINGTON FORD COATES graduated from Tuland Medical School and married Elizabeth Polk. They had only one child, Les M.
Coates, who owned Rush Creek Ranch, southeast of Kerens. After Elizabeth's death Dr. Coates married Sarah Moore and they moved to
Van Zandt County. He wrote a letter to his Coates' relatives during the Reconstruction Era and encouraged his brothre, Wiley
Burton Coates and his three sons, William W. Coates, and his family, and Bruce Coates, and Robert Coates to come to Navarro
DANIEL (born 5-17-1859, died 1-17-1938) was the younger brother of T. S. Daniel. He married [Virginia] Jennie Stokes
and they had four children. He was in the mercantile business with his brother, T. S. Daniel. he was active in the
SMITH DANIEL, SR. - (born 9-24-1851, died 5-15-1933) came to Navarro County in 1856. He married Lelia Weisner in
1878. They had 5 children. He was elected to the first City Council as an Alderman in 1888. He was responsible
businessman and was President of the first Bank established in Kerens. His son, Josiah Martin Daniel, Sr. (Born 1-27-1880,
died 2-20-1968) served as the Mayor of Kerens, was President of the Chamber of Commerce and was very active in the American Legion and
the Navarro County Historical Society. Another son, Theophilus Smith Daniel, Jr. (born 9-24-1890, died 7-9-1956) also served as
Mayor. His youngest son, Jere Augustus Daniel, Sr. (born 12-20-1895, died 11-7-1963) served as an Alderman. One of his
grandsons, John Keitt Beck, Sr. (born 1920) served as an Alderman, was the Navarro County Democratic Chairman for 16 years and is on
the Session and its Treasurer of the Kerens Presbyterian Church. Descendants of T. S. Daniel living in Kerens in 1985
are: Eleanor Files Daniel, the widow of Jere A. Daniel, Jr. who was a grandson; John Keitt Beck, Sr. (and his wife, Kenna Watson Beck) -
a grandson, and their two children, Nancy Clyde Beck and John Keitt Beck, Jr.
FROST (born 1846, died 1908) married Mary Winkler in 1872. They had 9 children. He was a lawyer in
Corsicana. He was the first County Judge under the Constitution of 1876, after serving as the County Attorney in
1871. The townsite of Frost, Texas was named after him.
J. H. HERRING married Maria Acker in 1856. They came from Limestone County.
B. HUBBARD was from Tyler, Texas and was a "silent partner" in the purchase and development of Kerens. He
served as Governor of Texas from 1876-1879, after serving as Lieutenant Governor from 1873-1876.
C. KERENS (born 1842 in Ireland, died 1918) was a St. Louis
Railroad Director and was another "silent partner" in the
purchase and development of the townsite. He was a devout
Richard C. Kerens was born in
Killberry, County Meath, Ireland in 1842. He served in the Union
Army during the Civil War and was a member of the Republican
National Committee from Missouri, 1892-1900. Kerens also served as
U.S. Ambassador to Austria-Hungary, 1910-13.
Kerens was prominent in the railroad industry. In 1881 the
Texas and St. Louis Railway built a narrow gauge line through
Navarro County, Texas, and established a 270 acre town site in the
county. That community, which still exists, was named for Kerens,
reportedly a silent partner in the venture, although it is believed
he never saw the town.
In association with Col. Ennis Ward Taylor, Arkansas Governor
Powell Clayton and others, Kerens next project was the construction
of a railroad from Seligman, Missouri, to Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
In 1883, passenger train service between the towns commenced. The
spur connected to a major line running between Chicago and parts of
south Texas, including San Antonio, thus making it easier for many
vacationers to travel to Eureka Springs. The development of Eureka
Springs as a tourist attraction sprang from the building of this
short railroad. The earnings of the road for eighteen months were
set aside for the benefit of its development, for which was
organized the Eureka Improvement Company and the building of the
magnificent and palace-like Crescent Hotel of Eureka Springs, which
opened for business in 1886.
St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church in Eureka Springs, Arkansas,
began as a chapel Kerens built in memory of his mother, whose name
was Elizabeth and whose patron Saint was Elizabeth of Hungary.
According to a 1907 article in the Arkansas Traveler, the chapel was
completed in 1906. Kerens, one of the builders of the Crescent
Hotel, also donated the land below the hotel for the Eureka Springs
Carnegie Library. He eventually built the remaining section of the
structure of St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, which was dedicated in
1909. The church is connected to the memorial chapel and is in
memory of both of his parents.
Kerens died September 4, 1916.
WASHINGTON LOOP (born 1836 in Indiana) married Cathreine
Naudain in Athens, Texas in 1853. They had 9 children.
He was a Navarro County Commissioner from 1878-1881. They
settled in Rice, Texas. He was a land speculator in Kerens in
1881 and did not live in Kerens.
MARION MARTIN (born 1830, died 1903) first married Mary
Hodge. They had 7 children. Following her death he
married Angie Harle in 1877 and they had three children. He
came to Navarro County in 1853, was elected as a State Senator in
1859 and became Lieutenant Governor in 1882. During the Civil War he was the Captain of the local military group with headquarters
RICHARD J. MAYS (born 11-23-1848 in Kentucky, died 6-8-1894)
married Addie Root on 11-29-1876. They had three
children. He bought all of BLOCK 84 for his home and was the
first to move into his new residence at this site.
KIMES MELEAR married Ella Daniel, the sister of Theophilus
Smith Daniel and Robert Hiram Daniel. They had nine
children. From Kerens they moved to Waco, Texas and settled
there. He was elected to serve as an Alderman on the first
City Council in 1888.
GREEN McCLUNG (born 1856, died 1946) had nine children.
he was the brother of Will Cowan McClung and the son of Cowan M
McClung. The widows of two of his sons, Andrew (Mrs. Ellen
Seale McClung) and Ashbell Green McClung, Jr. (Mrs. Hazel Kimes
McClung Weedin) still live in Kerens.
M. McCLUNG was the father of 11 children. He served as
the Justice of the Peace in the Kerens area in 1888 and was
appointed as the Election Judge for the April, 1888 election to
incorporate Kerens. many of his descendants followed his
example and were active in civic affairs. A son, Arthur,
served as a County Commissioner. Another son, Will C. served
as one of the first Aldermen. A grandson, Earl Monroe McClung,
served as a Councilman and also as the City Secretary for many
years. A great, great grandson, Russ Crawford, is a present
Councilman . Descendants of Cown McClung living in
Kerens in 1985 are: Hazel Kimes McClung Weedin, Ellen Seale McClung,
and Margaret Ivy McClung (all widows of his grandsons, Ashbell Green
McClung, Jr., Andrew McClung, and Drew McClung); George Washington
Speed, a grandson of his son "Buck McClung; Laurette McClung
Kittley (and her husband Wayne), a granddaughter of his son
"Buck"; Hayden Bond, a grandson of his daughter Sarah
McClung McKinney; Ellen Tanner, a great granddaughter of his
daughter Sarah; Ruby Doris Moore (and her husband Curtis), a
granddaughter of his son Will C. McClung; and their grandchildren,
Keri Fields and Brian Fields; Adren "Lip" Crawford, a
grandson of his son, Will C., his son Stacy Crawford and their
daughter Cathy Crawford Spicer Auerbach (and her husband Gary
Auerbach) and their children, Jeremy Spicer, Niki Spicer, and Blair
Auerbach; Dawin "Ickey" Crawford (and his wife Joyce
Shelton Crawford), a grandson of his son Will C. McClung, their son
Russ Crawford (and his wife Lynelle Williams Crawford) and their
three children Courtney, Katy and Kelly Crawford.
COWAN McCLUNG (born 8-23-1851, died 11-17-1891) married Emma
Selman. They had 8 children. He was elected to serve as
an Alderman on the fist City Council in 1888. They bought all
of BLOCK 86 for their home. A granddaughter, Ruby Doris
Crawford Moore (and her husband Curtis Moore) presently resides in
Kerens, as does two of her grandchildren, Keri Fields and Brian
Fields. A grandson, Adren "Lip" Crawford, his son
Stacy Crawford and daughter Cathy Crawford Spicer Auerbach (and her
huband Gary Auerbach) and their children Jeremy Spicer, Niki Spicer,
and Blair Auerbach all live in Kerens. Another grandson, Dwain
"Ickey" Crawford (and his wife Joyce Shelton Crawford)
lives in Kerens, as does their son Russ Crawford (and his wife
Lynelle Williams Crawford) and their three children, Courtney, Katy,
and Kelly Crawford. Russ Crawford, the great grandson, is
serving on the City Council in 1985.
HAL C. McKINNEY (born 1847, died 1919) married Henriette
Sawyer in 1871. They had six children. He practiced medicine
in Wadeville before moving to Kerens in 1882 to continue his
PITTMAN NOBLE (born 12-5-1830, died 5-13-1893) married Eliza
Owen, who was the oldest sister of Preston Owen. they had
seven children. He was elected as the fist Mayor of Kerens in
1888. Of his many descendants only one, a grandson, Walker
Pittman "Red" Ingram (and his wife Maggie Norris Ingram)
remains in Kerens. W. P. Noble's son, Joseph Valentine Noble,
managed the first Cotton Oil Mill in Kerens and his daughter, Ora
Noble Coates and her husband Claude L. Coates operated a livery
stable in BLOCK 72 around 1890.
OWEN (born 8-28-1844, died 9-24-1910) married Anna Fortson on
October 22, 1872. They had five children. He moved to
Navarro County in 1852 and settled in Kerens in 1883. he was
elected to the first City Council as an Alderman in 1888. His
house (BLOCK 114) has been restored and is now owned by Mr. and Mrs. Doane L. Fessenden, 407 SW 5th Street, Kerens.
W. PARAMORE (died around 1890) He and his wife, Helen,
had two sons. He served as the Financial Agent for the Texas
and St. Louis Railway Co. and was another "silent partner"
in the purchase of the townsite of Kerens.
FORD POSEY (born 1831, died 1913) had three daughters,
Nettie, Lula and Queen. Nettie married W. M. Seale and their
daughter, ellen Seale McClung still lives in Kerens.
W. SHERRILL (born 1819) was a settled farmer in the Rush
Creek area for the 1860 US Census, with 8 children. Of his
descendants Wade Price (and his wife Gladys Harris Price) a great
grandson; Bernice Sherrill Hagler (and her husband Jesse Hagler), a
great granddaughter; and Julia McConnico Jones (and her husband
Robert D. Jones), a great granddaughter; still all live in Kerens.
EUGENE SMITH (born 6-19-1860, died March 1936) married
Florence Sherrill Wade, the widow of William Wade and the daughter
of David W. Sherrill. They had three children. He
operated a saloon in Kerens for a number of years. Following
the death of his first wife he married Mrs. Mossie Garrett Phillips,
he widow of Warren Martin "Ban" Phillips in 1927.
She survives him and still lives in their home in Kerens. The
only descendants of his still living in Kerens are the
step-grandchildren and descendants of his daughter, Myrtle Smith
Seale (Mrs. K. W.). John Seale, her step-grandson, and his
wife, Hester, their son, David Seale (and his wife Becky Scott
Seale) and their son, John David Seale, all live in Kerens.
W. STONE married Marion Martin, the daughter of Frances
Marion Martin and his second wife, Angie Harle Martin, in 1872.
RETTIE WASHBURN (born 1809, died 1911) married Louisa A.
Bosworth in 1875. They had five children. He operated
the first Drug Store in Kerens. Three of his grandchildren,
Gwendolyn Washburn McCown (Mrs. F. E.), Elise Washburn McDowell
(Mrs. Gid), and Tom Burton Washburn (and his wife Dovie Lena Jackson
Washburn still reside in Kerens.
TOM WASHBURN (born 1852, died 1929) married Mary ___ (born
1866, died 1919). They had 5 children. A great grandson,
Richard Holiman and his wife, Johnnie B. Radney Holiman, their
daughter, Tammy Holiman Mullen and her husband Kenneth Mullen and
their son, Kael Mullen all live in Kerens. A granddaughter,
Jessie Mae Griffis Hancock and her husband Clarence Hancock, one of
their sons, Griffis Ray Hancock, his wife, Betty and their daughter
Trisha Hancock also live in Kerens. Joe Tom Washburn operated
a cafe in Kerens and bought all of BLOCK 110 for his home in 1883,
next to his brother's home (George R. Washburn) which encompassed
all of BLOCK 111.
YARBROUGH (born 1854, died 1928) married Ida Head. They
ran a boarding house-hotel and he had a blacksmith shop in downtown
Kerens. A granddaughter, Lucille Holloway Crofut Scogin (and
her husband Ed Scogin) now lives in Kerens, as does her
granddaughter Teresa Crofut Jennings (and her husband Gary Don
Jennings). A granddaughter-in-law Wilma Westbrook, the widow
of Sidney Westbrook, also lives in Kerens.