Joel D. Treadaway & Josephine H. (Alexander) Treadaway
of Ellis & Navarro County, Texas


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This photo was probably taken at around the time they were married in 1869 or shortly after.  They were married in Alabama and came to Texas soon after with the John Marion Harper's who settled in Chatfield.  Rebecca Jane Alexander Harper was Josephine's sister.  The Treadaway's were pioneers in Ellis County, but are buried in the Rice Cemetery.


Rice Cemetery, Rice, Navarro County, Texas
FEB 19, 1844
APR 30, 1906

Rice Cemetery, Rice, Navarro County, Texas
Josephine H. TREADAWAY
MAR. 25, 1850
NOV. 30, 1916


Joel D. Treadaway

A successful farmer of Ellis County, was born in Floyd County, Georgia in 1844, a son of James and Caroline (Birch) Treadaway, natives of North Carolina and Florida. Grandfather Thomas Treadaway moved from South Carolina to Florida, where the father, James M., was born, and when a boy he went with his parents to Georgia. He was reared among the Cherokee and Creek Indians, and assisted in removing the Seminole Indians from Florida in 1836. After reaching manhood he engaged in farming in Floyd County. He was the father of three children: Joel D., our subject; Nancy Jane, who married E. G. Logan, a farmer of Cullman County, Alabama; and Larkin B., a merchant at Cedartown, Polk County, Georgia.

Joel D., our subject, removed with his parents from Georgia to Randolph County, Alabama, where he remained until sixteen years of age. In 1859 he went to Calhoun County, same state, and engaged in farming until 1862, when he enlisted, at Cedartown, Georgia, in Company D, under Johnson, Bragg and Hood. He served through the Tennessee and Georgia campaign until the close of the war, after which he returned to Calhoun County. Mr. Treadaway came to this county (Ellis County) January 1, 1886, settling at Price’s crossroads, where he remained about one year, and then located on his present farm of 630 acres, 350 acres of which are under cultivation. He also has 200 acres of timberland, twenty-five or thirty head of cattle, and the same number of horses and mules.

Mr. Treadaway was married in 1869, to Josephine H. Alexander, a daughter of Matthew and Anna (Borden) Alexander. They have had 12 children, eight of whom still survive: James M.

Annie Caroline, Nancy Fanny, Joel Birch, Henry Borden, Mattie Hudson, Jack Woodfin and Grady. Mr. Treadaway is a member of the Knights of Honor and the family is identified with the Christian Church.

            *The above was copied from Ellis County history; the basic 1892 book (with the presidents section deleted) with additional biographies compiled by the Ellis County Historical Museum and Art Gallery, Inc. It was published by: Waxahachie, Tex., Ellis County Historical Museum & Art Gallery, 1972. 

Private J. D. Treadaway
Civil War Service Record
Company D,  14 Battalion Georgia Light Artillery
Cap. King’s Battery


Joel D. Treadaway enlisted April 21, 1863 at Cedartown, Georgia.  He served in the Confederate Army in Capt. King’s Battery, Company D, under Johnson, Bragg and Hood.  He fought through the Tennessee and Georgia Campaign until the close of the war.

He was married to Josephine Helen Alexander, daughter of Major Matthew and

Anne Borden Alexander of Borden Springs, Cleburne County, Alabama in May of 1869.

Along with Josephine’s sister, Rebecca Jane Alexander Harper and her husband, John Marion Harper, they came to Lamar County, Texas where they bought land and stayed for about twelve years before settling in Ellis and Navarro County, Texas.  The Treadaway’s moved to Alma, Texas and the Harper’s moved to Chatfield.  Captain John Marion Harper, CSV is buried in Chatfield. 

In April of 1906, J. D. Treadaway was attending a Civil War Reunion in New Orleans where he was assaulted and died in a hospital there.  He is buried in the Rice Cemetery, along with his wife and son, Joel B. Treadaway.  Clipping from Waxahachie Weekly Paper.


Died In New Orleans
News has been received here of the death of Mr. J. D. Treadaway, which occurred in Now Orleans, La., at 4 o'clock Monday evening.  Mr. Treadaway was a well-to-do and successful farmer living near Alma and had many friends in Ennis and surrounding country.  r. Treadaway left with his old comrades and neighbors to attend the re-union in New Orleans and is is supposed the he was about ready to return home when death overtook hi in that far away city.



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