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Navarro County, Texas


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Conner, Edward Parkson

Edward P. Conner, an early settler and honored citizen of Navarro County, is a son of Thomas Conner who was born in Alabama in 1802.   He afterward emigrated with his parents to Tennessee, where he remained until 1823, was then employed in the lead mines near Galena, Illinois, about four years, purchased a small farm in Bond county, same State, and in 1856 came to Navarro county Texas, where he departed this life in 1888.  He was a son of Edward and Elizabeth (Carter) Conner, natives of North Carolina.  The father participated in the battle of New Orleans in the war of 1812, under Jackson, and his father, the great-grandfather of our subject, was the first of the family to come to America.  Our subject's mother, formerly Rosanna Parkinson, was a daughter Colonel D. M. Parkinson.  Her mother was a full cousin of Wade Hampton.  Mr. and Mrs. Conner were married in 1829, and were the parents of two children: Mare E., deceased, was the wife of Hillard Becket; and Edward P., our subject.

The later was born in Illinois in 1832, and came with his parents to Texas in 1856.  He was engaged in blacksmithing in connection with farming 18--, but since that time has given his attention exclusively to agricultural pursuits.  He located where he now lives in 1866.  In 1862, he enlisted in the Confederate service in Comapny F, Morgan's battalion, and served to the close of the struggle.  The subject of this sketch was thrown upon his own resources when young, with no financial assistance, but by economy and good management has acquired a competency, now being the owner of 190 acres of land, aside from 160 acres which he has given his children.  He is truly devoted to his home and the general interest of his county, is a man of good information, and for some time occupied the position of Lecturer and President of the Alliance.

In 1855 Mr. Conner married Miss Mary Diamond, a daughter of Samuel and Catherine (Jones) Diamond.  Mrs. Conner was a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and her death occurred in 1863.  To this union were born four children: Rosanna, Samuel, Lucy and Eliza, all now deceased.  Lucy was the wife of John T. Bragg, a sketch of whom is given.  Our subject was again married, in 1868, to Mrs. Sharp, a daughter of David and Mary (Dew) Cockrell, natives respectively of North Carolina and Tennessee.  The father was a son of -- and Elizabeth (Pillar) Cockrell, and the mother was a sister of "Billy" Pillar, who gained notoriety in the Seminole war of Florida and also in the war of 1812.  She was an aunt of General Pillar.  Mr. and Mrs. Conner have had eight children, viz.: Anna, wife of J. H. Garner, of Navarro County; Elizabeth and Edward, deceased, Louisa, at home; Orlena, deceased in infancy; Matilda and Thomas, twins, the later deceased and the former at home; and Nathaniel.  In his political views, our subject is independent.  Before the war he served three years as Bailiff, and has also held the positions of Assessor and Collector.  He has been a member of the I.O.O.F. since twenty-two years of age, and also affiliates with the Masonic order.


  • Extracted from: Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone, and Leon Counties, Texas - Illustrated - Chicago: "The Lewis Publishing Company. 1893
  • (4 August 1832-5 January 1911), bur at Conner Family Cemetery, Roane, Navarro Co., TX

Thomas J. HAYNES

Born. in Williamson co., TN in 1824.  Moved to Navarro Co. about 1852.  He was a Mayor of Corsicana and built one of the courthouses.  He died there in 1877 and is buried at Oakwood Cemetery.  His wife was Amelia Kellum. Thomas and Amelia Haynes had the following children: Frank Emma "Frankie"; Mary  who married J. B. Scoggins; George H and Thomas E.


Thomas R. KELLUM

He was a postmaster at Kelm and later owned a hotel in Corsicana.  He moved from AL to Navarro County about 1854 with his wife Catherine and their daughters, one of which was Amelia.  Others
included, Lucy who married Daniel B. Henderson; Priscilla who married William B. Rose (she is buried beside her father at Oakwood Cem.); Emma who marred Mr. Alston; Mary Jane who married Irwin P. McCrary and Sarah who married Richard Martin.

Henry Vincent HURLOCK

District Clerk in Navarro County.  He married to Amelia Jane CUBLEY.  Henry was born in 1833 in AL and was in Navrro County after 1860.  He married Amelia in Anderson Co. in 1858.  She was the daughter of Robert M. Cubley, a Methodist minister who was in Anderson and Nav. Co.  Her brother was "Little Bob" Cubley a lawman who was a Corsicana policeman.  He too, is buried at Oakwood Cemetery  Henry and Amelia had a son Samuel who married Frankie, daughter of Thomas J. Haynes in Corsicana In 1883.

James Varnell Family

A.  John James Varnell
so Albert & Eliza Bradford Varnell
b   18 Apr   1852                                                       
 Whitfield Co.    Georgia
m  25 Aug  1878                                                        
Whitfield Co.    Georgia
d   26 April 1928             Barry                                   
Navarro Co.      Texas

B.  Theodocia Williams
do  Enos C. & Elizabeth Wood Williams
b    6 Aug   1861            Cohutta                                
Whitfield Co.     Georgia
d  17 Nov    1937            Barry                                    
Navarro Co.      Texas

1.  Lucretia May
b    3 Sept  1880            Cohutta                                 
Whitfield Co.    Georgia
m   2 June  1909            Pitt Frank Walton
d    3 Dec.  1961

2.  William Fred
b   25 Aug  1882             Cohutta                                
Whitfield Co.    Georgia
m    6 June 1910            Edith Boosenbark McCall     
d   23 April 1968

3.  Thomas Eugene
b   18 Mar  1884             Cohutta                                
Whitfield Co.    Georgia
m  13 Nov  1905             Myrtle Lorraine Ranson                    
d   25 Jan  1935-Left home & was never heard from again             

4.  Lillias Pearl
b     5 June 1887            Dresden                                
Navarro Co.      Texas
m    8 Dec  1907            Ura Virgil Ferguson
d     4 April 1965

5.  Dessie Lida
b   31 Aug  1890            Barry                                    
Navarro  Co.     Texas
m    6 May 1925             John Oliver Walton
d   24 Oct. 1971 

6.  John Edgar
b   26 Sept 1892            Barry                                    
Navarro Co.      Texas
m    2 July  1921            Mayvious Woodruff
d     9 Aug  1980

7.  Flossie Elizabeth
b   23 April 1895            Barry                                    
Navarro Co.      Texas
m  16 Nov  1915            Claude Otto Williams
d   12 Sept 1976

8.  Mattie Glynn
b    6 Oct   1896            Barry                                    
Navarro  Co.     Texas
m  26 June 1921           James Milton Garrett
d   17 July  1979

9.  Eunice Esther
b   14 Apr   1899            Barry                                    
Navarro Co.      Texas
m  14 Sept 1922            Ralph Desmond Christie
d     6 Oct  1980

Submitted by: Anne Wilson

Onstott Brothers

My ancestors graves are located in the Dawson Cemetery, Liberty Hill Cemetery and one in Hamilton County. There were three brothers and two first cousins who rode from just south of Dawson to the Spring Hill trading post and joined co. i 19th Texas Cav.   I have all of the necessary war records to prove this. They are listed below:

T. B. Onstott (buried Dawson; unmarked) newspaper verification
F. M. Onstott (buried Dawson with civilian marker).          
John H. Onstott (buried Liberty Hill with civilian marker
Marker Photo]).
William Riley Onstott (died during the war near Camden, Arkansas)          
J.P. also known as J. K. P. Onstott is buried in Hamilton, Co Tex.(exact location of grave is unknown to me at this time) I know he is buried there from information on his CSA pension records.                                                         

Please check this out and add their  names respectively on different rosters
the last name was severely misspelled as follows: Onstatt, Onstot ,

I have two large notebooks full of their records from the national archives ,CSA Museum in Hill Co. as well as census records and family history to withstand  the hardest scrutiny. my forefathers
settled the Dawson area in 1845 as part of the mercer colonists at the time this was Robertson County. this was 39 years before there was a Dawson, Texas.  I imagine none of this was known to you but it can all be verified.  I will bring you any information I have I  just want these brave men duly recognized.

David Onstotts sons:
                     William Riley Onstott
                      Thomas H. B. Onstott
                     John k.p. Onstott
                       Joshua Onstott's sons:
                       John H. Onstott
                        Francis Marion Onstott


D. D. Onstott
P.O. Box 324
Dawson TX. 76639

Morgan Sykes CPD

4/3 Sykes, Morgan named CPD officer, employee of the year
By JUSTIN LEWIS/Daily Sun Staff

The Corsicana Police Department has named its officer and staff employee of the year for 2000. Detective Keith Sykes and secretary Shirley Morgan were named Officer of the Year 2000 and Staff Employee of the Year 2000 respectively. According to Chief of Police G.M. Cox, Sykes has solved several major crimes
in Corsicana this past year. "Last year, Keith solved several major crimes," Cox said. "There was an internal theft issue that he helped Kmart Distribution Center solve and Comet Cleaners to solve an internal theft ring there."

Sykes worked with the management at Kmart Distribution center to crack a theft ring at the center. The thefts were committed by contractors working on equipment at the warehouse. "He uses a lot of detective work and what I call "creative investigative skills,'" Cox said. According to Cox, Sykes is well respected in the community and has a great deal of enthusiasm for his job. He is also a mentor and role model to many officers within CPD. At the Corsicana Police Department Leaders' meeting for the month of November, Sykes was named Officer of the Quarter for the third quarter. "Keith always does great work," CPD Chief G.M. Cox said in an earlier interview. "He is well respected in the department as well as the community." Cox described Sykes as the type of worker who does a good job every time out and needs very little supervision. "I never have to ask him to do something more than once," Cox said earlier. "He crosses all his "t's" and dots all his "i's" when he works a case. Any case he works will be a good, solid case. According to Cox, Sykes started at CPD in June, 1979, as a telecommunicator.

Sykes has political aspirations after his career in law enforcement is over.

He has said that he plans to run for Justice of the Peace for Precinct 1 when present JP Wanda Hartley retires. Shirley Morgan, secretary to Cox, has been with CPD for just over 14 months.

According to Cox, Morgan is always enthusiastic about her job, loves being with the department and never misses an opportunity to be a professional.
"Not only are her contributions recognized within the police department, but throughout City Hall," Cox said. "She works well with other departments and
their clerical staff with whatever they need help with." Morgan is currently taking a class in conversational Spanish so that she can better help others when a language barrier arises. According to Cox, Morgan has affectionately acquired the nickname "The Warden" for keeping everyone in line. "She is a tireless assistant, is always willing to learn something new and help others if she can," Cox said.

W. D. {William Doss} FRENCH,

Born March 15, 1832, near Blountsville, Alabama. Enlisted in the Confederate Army in August, 1863, at Spring Hill, Texas, as a private in Company D, J. B. Johnston's Regiment, Brown's Brigade, Magruder's Division. L. B. Haynie, first Captain and J. B. Johnston, first Colonel. Was never changed, wounded, captured nor promoted. I was a courier until I was transferred to the government works in Dallas, Texas about August 19, 1864. Present age (1909) 77 years, hale and hearty and still a Rebel.

Navarro Co., Texas from Reminiscences of the Boys in Gray 1861-1865 Compiled by Mamie Yeary Published by Smith and Lamar


  • William Doss married Sarah Ann Berry (18 June 1832 - 3 February 1919). They are both buried at Brushie Prairie Cemetery, Navarro Co., TX.  3rd Sgt. under Capt. Samuel Wright's 19th Regiment Texas Troops. Col. N. M. Bufford, C.O. Enlisted April 2, 1862 at Dresden, Navarro County, TX
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