H. C. Talbot & Minnie C. (Barry) Talbot
Navarro County, Texas


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H. C. Talbot , who was elected Clerk of the Navarro County District Court in November 1890, is a native of Kemper County, Mississippi, and was born August 22, 1859. He is the only son of Mathew and Sarah Powe Talbot, the former of whom was a native of Alabama, and the later a native of Mississippi. Mathew Talbot was a physician and followed his profession successfully until his death, which occurred when the subject of this notice was in his fourth year. Twelve years later the mother died; then young Talbot with his two sisters was taken into the family of his uncle, the Rev. A. R. Scarborough, a minister of the Baptist Church, by whom he was partly reared and mainly educated. His earlier education was obtained in the schools of Alabama; later he attended college at Glasgow and Louisville, Kentucky, quitting the University of Louisville in this twentieth year, in 1870, and coming to Texas, where he began life for himself. He located at Dawson, Navarro county, in December of the year just mentioned and found his first employment at this place as clerk in a drug store. A year later he took charge of a branch house there belonging to Sutherland, furniture dealers, which position he held till this interest was sold out in 1885. He then came to Corsicana and went on the road as traveling salesman for the Texas Mill & Elevator Company, and traveled for that company until he was elected District Clerk in November, 1890, on the Democratic ticket. Mr. Talbot has made a very efficient clerk. He was elected by a handsome majority, receiving the second largest vote cast for any candidate at the November election in 1890, and he has steadily grown in favor with the people. In many ways he is specially adapted to fulfill the duties of the position he holds, being neat, accurate and rapid in handling clerical work, always at his post and courteous and accommodating to all.
April 15, 1885, he married miss Cinnie Barry, a daughter of Major A. Barry, now of Tehuacana Hills, Limestone county, but formerly of Navarro county and one of the county's earliest settlers, as he was for many years on of her worthiest citizens.  Of this union for children were born: Bryan B., Abner B., Madge and Janie. Mrs. Talbot is a member of the Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Talbot is a member of the Elks and of the Masonic fraternity, has taken the thirty-second degree, and is also a member of the Mystic Shrine.
He is a liberal, progressive, pubic-spirited citizen, and is one of the youngest men ever elected to office in Navarro county, having no "influence" on which to draw, but, having sought and obtained the office on his own merits, his election may justly be considered a high compliment to his character and ability. He was nominated almost by acclamation on the regular Democratic ticket for re-election in 1892, and was elected after a close contest.
Mr. Talbot is the only representative of his name in Navarro county, two sisters being residents, - the older, Mrs J. A. Cunningaham, of Jackson, Tennessee, and the younger, Mrs. A. G. Lard, of Shannon, Mississippi.


  • Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, 1893, pg. 487

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