Dresden Cemetery, Dresden, Navarro Co., TX
Biography of William Madison Ellis, M.D.
from Texas Under Many Flags" (Chicago, IL; American Historical Society,
1930, Clarence R. Wharton author and editor), Vol 5, page 200)
"William M. Ellis, M. D. Known all over Navarro County as an able and
experienced physician and surgeon, Dr. William M. Ellis is held in the
highest of esteem by his fellow citizens. For years he has responded to
the calls made upon his skill and kindly sympathy, going forth in all
kins of weather and serving by night as well as by day. He has brought
into the world children and continued to minister to them until they in
turn brought forth a new generation. Whenever sickness or death has come
into the home of his patients, he has proved himself the helpful,
sympathetic friend as well as the "good physician," and he is entitled
to the success which has attended him, for he has fairly earned it.
Doctor Ellis was born at Durant, Mississippi, February 28, 1865, but was
early taken by his parents to Arkansas, where he attended public
schools. For two years after reaching young manhood he was engaged in
farming in Arkansas, and then he began the study of medicine, for he had
determined to become a professional man, in Vanderbilt University,
Nashville, Tennessee, and was graduated from there in 1890 with the
degree of Doctor of Medicine. Returning to Oil Trough Bottom, Arkansas,
he was engaged in the practice of his profession for five years. In 1895
he came to Texas, and after eight years of practice at Purden, he
located permanently at Blooming Grove, where has built up a large and
profitable practice. In 1897, 1901, 1903 and 1905 he attended clinics in
New Orleans, and 1909 he did post-graduate work in Chicago, and is
thoroughly abreast of the progress made in his calling. As a member of
the Navarro County Medical Society [new member in June 1912], the Texas
State Medical Society and the American Medical Association he is
conversant with work in connection with these bodies, in whose efficacy
he has great faith. He is a Royal Arch Mason, and belongs to the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias and Woodmen of the
World. In addition to his large practice he is interested in farming and
stock raising, and he owns a drug store in Blooming Grove. While he is
not very active politically, he is a loyal Democrat. The Methodist
Episcopal Church, South, is his religious home.
On January 18, 1891, Doctor Ellis married at Elmo, Arkansas, Miss Delia
Hinkle, and one son and two daughters were born to them, namely: Kay
Ellis, who is an oil operator of Nocona, Texas; Mrs. Beulah Patterson,
who resides at Frost, Texas; and Mrs. Mary Grady, who resides at
Blooming Grove. The first Mrs. Ellis died in 1914, and December 29,
1925, Doctor Ellis married Ruby McSpadden, of Blooming Grove. There are
no children of the second marriage."
James Henry Hook - Born 3 Jan 1872 in Alabama. Died 15 Jun 1944. Son of
James A. Hook and Bettie Moffitt. Married 1st Chloe Potter (d. 1899
Galveston). Married 2nd Sarah McHale, who was born 19 Feb 1881 in
England. Sarah McHale Hook died 6 Nov 1964 and is also buried in Oakwood
Cemetery. - Obituary
Their only daughter, Helen Hook Elliott and her husband King Fount
Elliott are buried in Oakwood. Helen was born 12 Jun 1905 and died 15
Jul 2004. King Fount Elliott (son of Fountain Alexander Elliott and
Martha Josephine "Mattie" Murrell) was born 13 Apr 1897 and died 4 Jul
James Henry Hook's son by his first wife (Chloe Potter), is buried in
Oakwood too. His name is Don Leon Hook and he was born 26 April 1893 in
Galveston, TX and died 14 April 1960. He served in WWI. His wife,
Josephine Stanford Hook, is also buried in Oakwood - she was born 27 Mar
1902 and died 4 Feb 1976.
William Madison Ellis, M.D. Born 28 Feb 1865 in Durant, Mississippi.
Died 8 May 1932. [Obituary]. Son of James Madison Ellis and Nancy Blackwood Stroud.
Married Delia Hinkle on 18 Jan 1891 in Elmo, Independence Co., Arkansas.
She was born 28 Feb 1871 in Arkansas and died 29 Nov. 1914. Delia Hinkle
Ellis is also buried in Dresden Cemetery.
Hazel Ellis Born 23 Nov 1897 Died 8 Apr 1898, daughter of William
Madison Ellis and Delia Hinkle.
Infant Girl Ellis: Born 25 Aug 1917, died 13 Oct 1917. Buried Dresden Cemetery. Daughter of Kay Vance Ellis and Ila Belle Swanson Ellis. (Kay
Vance Ellis was the son of Dr. William Madison Ellis and Delia Hinkle).
- Submitted by Jaime Teas Dilger, Houston, TX,
Great-granddaughter of James Henry Hook and Chloe Potter
Comments On Scenes in Old Home
To The Times:
My recent visit to the old home in Arkansas made me feel proud
that as a
boy my lot was humbly cast within the sound of babbling brooks
the shade of the oaks. I was delighted to steal away even for a
days from the stress and duties of my work and once more go out
bathe my spirits in the freedom of the old woods and for a time
young again. I like to steep my soul in a sea of quiet, lying
mossy banks of a dear old stream that babbled me to sleep in
days with nothing passing over me but the perfume of the
soaring birds and the shadow of the clouds, lying there moored
thoughts even as holy memories go stealing over the vaulted
thinking of the changes time hath wrought. Many of the faces
so brightly then have ceased to glow, may of the hands that
warmly then have grown cold, many of the voices that sang so
then are forever stilled, and many of the eyes that sparkled so
then have lost their luster in the grave. And the dear old
unchanging, unfaltering never growing old, smiling in your
and calming yourself in the broad, placid pools. I love you as
I love a
And as down in the sunless retreat of the ocean fair,
Flowers are blowing no mortal can see,
So deep in my heart thare is a song of devotion,
For Arkansas, the state that is dearest to me.
W. M. Ellis.
We are mighty glad to get the above from the pen of Dr. Ellis.
were on boyhood soil some weeks ago, and we know the feeling of
passing currents through one's soul as he draws from memory's
tries to adjust them into new scenes and changed conditions. We
appreciate this M. d.'s impressions as he stood on the banks of
Arkansas stream on this occasion and compared it with the days
thoughts were tender, his heels tough and his stomach crowded
watermelon from a neighbor's patch. There is a degree of
sadness in a
visit to the old home when one finds so many old landmarks
by the hand of time, so many voices as silent as the tomb, but
other hand there is a comforting sweetness whose exquisite
by no other paths save the paths around the old hills and
valleys and under the giant oak trees about the old home place.
- The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Sep 19, 1930
- Submitted by