Obituaries from
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Joseph Doty Caddel
Mar 21, 1863 - Feb 19, 1940

Funeral Services Are Conducted For J. D. Caddel (No date)

Services were held this afternoon at three o’clock at the Winn Hill Chapel for J. D. Caddel, 78, who died Monday after a short illness at his home, 902 Carolina Street. Rev. Carl Clark of Graham, assisted by Rev. Sid Mat(l)ock of Antelope, conducted the service.

Mr. Caudal was born March 21, 1862 (cor.. 1863) in Lamar (cor. Navarro) county. He has been a resident of Young, Archer, and Jack counties for the past sixty-five years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Eva Caddel, several years ago. Surviving him are four sons, Marvin, Elmer, and L. C. of Lubbock and Ozie of Archer City; three daughters, Mrs. Mattie Amburn of Lubbock, Mrs. Lannie Holt of Idalou, and Mrs. P. O. Miller of Graham, twenty-five grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Obie Clay, Jack McCoy, Bearl Clay, Henry McCoy, Buck Clay, and Nat McCoy.

Internment was in the Winn Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Morrison Funeral Home.


Jeremiah Doughty Caddel

J. D. Caddell was killed at Petersburg on June 17, 1864. Struck by a shell the pieces of which lodged in his right eye, breast, and groin. Death was instantaneous. Thus passed one of our best soldiers. Peace be to his ashes. "May no vile yankee ever be permitted to trample upon the hollowed ground under which he is buried."


  • Copied from a soldier's Civil War diary by W. M. Caddell. Original in possession of Mr. Hamilton Caddell.) Note: Jeremiah (D.) Caddell enlisted with The Navarro Rifles which became a part of Hood's Brigade, served in Winkler's unit.
  • Donated by Jean Caddel
  • Added 4/30/1998
  • Winklers Co. I, 4th Texas CSA (short biography)
  • Jeremiah was the brother of Joseph Doughty Caddell. Their father was Andrew Caddel who fought at San Jacinto with Sam Houston. He married Rhonda Doughty. They had the following sons: John Calvin, Jeremiah Doughty, William James, Andrew Bell, Anthony Bain, Joseph Doughty, Thomas Newton (died as young man in 1856), Robert Joseph, and Richard Marion. All living sons fought for Texas in the Civil War. Andrew Caddel and my ggg grandfather were brothers.
    Information from Dale Richardson of Kerrville, TX

Viola (Castellaw) Price
Jan 23, 1869 - Oct 1, 1912

Mrs Viola Castellaw Persons Price

After a long and lingering illness , Mrs. Viola Price departed this life October 1, 1912, aged 43 years, seven months and seven days. She is survived by seven children, two by her first marriage and five by her last marriage. Her first two children are married, being Mrs. Lee Jergins (Alice "Allie" Irene Persons) of Powell, Texas , and Mrs. Luther Rhoden of Corsicana.  Six brothers and three sisters also survive her, being Mr. J. T. Castellaw of Barry, Mr G. F Castellaw ,Mr. J. R. Castellaw, Mr. H. H.  Castellaw, Mr. D. F. Castellaw, Mrs. M. T. Smith, Mrs. J. R. Bristow, all of Corsicana, and Mr. K. S. Castellaw of Dallas and Mrs. M. A. Arnold of Mansfield.


George Washington Lafayette Baker
Jan 3, 1836 - Jun 18, 1915

18 June 1915

On the morning of the 18th of June about 8 o'clock the soul of G. W. L. Baker was called to leave this world. He had been afflicted for many months and was so feeble that he was not able to even walk around in his yard, but he bore his affliction with patience, never murmuring, but even trying to be cheerful and seemed to enjoy the company of his friends. He was born in Mississippi and moved to Texas in boyhood, where he spent the remainder of his long life, widely known and respected by all who knew him. He served as a soldier in the war between the stated and was as a soldier, true and faithful just as in all other walks of life. He was a kind, charitable neighbor, a good, indulgent father and husband and an honest, upright, law-abiding citizen. He ever sought, as long as he was able, to make one feel at home when visiting him. He left an aged and afflicted wife, three sons, Thomas Baker of Dresden, Joe and Ira Baker of the Pansy community, and three daughters, Mrs. Olive Tadlock of Purdon, Mrs. May Eley and Mrs. Lida Farmer of Pansy. All his children were present at his bedside when he was called to go. He was 79 years, 5 months and some days old. Truly a long life which had been spent in honest toil, charitable deeds and in providing well for his family. He had never made a public profession of faith in Christ, but those who were around him the last few weeks of his life believe that he was prepared to meet his God.

He was gently laid away in the Campbell cemetery (should be Marshall Cemetery, see notes) in the presence of a large circle of friends and relatives. Rev. Moore conducted the funeral services. Our aged friend will be greatly missed, missed by his sorrowing wife and children, missed by all who knew him. But let us all strive to live an honest, upright, industrious life, as he did.

Written by his friend, MARY C. WILLLIAMS



Passed Away After Many Months of Feeble Health.

G. W. L. Baker, commonly called “Fate” Baker, died at his home in the Pansy community yesterday at the advanced age of 80 years, and the remains were interred in the Campbell cemetery this afternoon.
Surviving the deceased are his widow and six children. The children are Tom Baker, Joe Baker, Ira Baker, Mrs. Ealy and Mrs. Joe Farmer, all of Pansy, and Mrs. Tom Tadlock of Purdon.


Mary Elizabeth (Woodard) Baker
Aug 13, 1848 - May 4, 1920

4 May 1920
In Loving Memory of Mrs. M. E. Baker. On the morning of May the fourth at 5 o'clock the death angel knocked at the door of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Farmer and took from them their beloved mother. All was done for them that loving hands could do, but God saw fit to take her.

To know her was to love her. The writer knew her from childhood many happy hours have I spent with her. She was always ready to wait on the sick and to help in any way she could to relieve their suffering and to help those who were in need and distress. Oh, it was pleasure to be with her for she was always cheerful and trying to make everyone happy around her. Poor thing suffering seven long years, she bore her affliction with patience; never grumbled or complained and always cheerful until she got so bad, then she would say May let's go home. Weep not dear children for your mother is at rest. God saw fit to relieve her from her suffering and pain and give her new life and make her see, as she was blind in this world, but God took her to see Heaven. You know heaven is being filled dear children and she was the next to go. She was ready and your loss is heaven's gain. You live the life your mother did and some day you will meet her where dear ones never part, where there will be no sad parting, no sorrow or pain, no tear drops to be shed. She has gone away many a time and come back, but she will never come back to this sinful world any more, but children go to her. See how time is passing, see the many hours you can put in God's service in which you can prepare yourself to meet your dear mother for He will come after us all as he did dear mother and is sure to come sooner or later. Try to be ready when He calls. God bless you all in this sad hour with comfort May you all try to be submissive to his will.

She was laid to rest by the side of her dear husband who passed on before seven years ago. She has left behind her six grown children and lots of relatives and friends to mourn her death. The children are Mr. Joe, Ira, Tomie Baker, Mrs. Joe Farmer, Mrs. Charley Ealy, Mrs. Tom Tadlock.

The funeral services were held at the Marshal cemetery conducted by Rev. Hux of Barry. A large procession paid their last sad regrets and many beautiful flowers covered her resting place. Weep not, dear children, walk the path your mother did and some day you will meet her in that bright and beautiful home where there will be no sad partings or tears to be shed.


Elvira (Wingfield) Wallace-Marshall
Jan 30, 1818 - Feb 14, 1913

The following appeared in the Dallas News


Corsicana, Texas, Feb 22nd 1913

In the death of Mrs. Elvira Marshall there passed away a noble woman, who had a most remarkable experience. She was born in the Northwestern Territory, now Illinois, January 18th 1818, died in Navarro County, Texas, February 14th 1913, at the age of 95 years and 27 days.

At the time of her birth Illinois was a Territory, but became a state later in the year of her birth, thus at the age of one year she had lived under two governments, at that time Illinois was a New Far Western State when four years of age. In 1822 with her parents she moved to Grimes County, Texas. They were a part of Stephen F. Austin's Colony that the President of Mexico gave permission to settle 300 families. The same year Spain granted Mexico her Independence as A Republic. With the settling of this colony commenced the uneasing conflict with Mexico and
Indians, and with this courageous band of Patriots she shared the perils, thrilling experiences and hardships incedented to the life of a Pioneer.

She was 18 years old when Gen. Sam Houston, with 700 men, fought the decisive battle of San Jacinto, defeating Gen. Santa Anna's Army of 1800 Mexicans, which gave Texas her Independence. Thus in the spring time of her life she experienced the changes of Texas as a Mexican State to Texas as a Republic. During these years she and her family were associate with the founders and heroes of Texas, and it was interesting to hear her relate experiences.

Let us consider what wonderful inventions have occurred during her life. She was 1 year of age when the first steamship crossed the ocean, that honor belongs to the United States--the ship sailed from Savannah, Ga. to London, in 1819. She was 9 years of age before matches were invented. Eleven years of age before there was a mile of railroad in the United States. Twenty six years of age when Morse, the inventor, sent the first telegraphic message from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore, announcing the nomination of Henry Clay for president of the United States. She was 40 years of age when the postage on a letter was 40 cents from New York to San Francisco.

Thus we see the progress and wonderful changes wrought during the life of this gentle modest Christian woman, and what an interesting experience, along with the development of a New Country.

Her husband Joseph T. Marshall, died in 1892, at 77 years of age. They reared a family of the best type of American Citizenship, who stand for, and are a part of the progressive and enlightened government of today. Mrs. Marshall first lived under the flag of Northwestern Territory; second, under the flag of Illinois; third, under the flag of the Mexican State of Texas; fourth, under the flag of the Republic of Texas, from 1845 to 1881; fifth, under the flag of the State of Texas in the Southern Confederacy; sixth, back in the United States in the ever bright and brilliant Lone Star State, where for nearly half a century under the reign protection of a peaceful prosperous government she with her loved ones has lived, wielding an influence for good, inspiring her children, grand-children, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren to become law abiding Christian Citizens, standing for the higher life and development of our country.

Geo. T. Jester,
Corsicana, Texas


  • Submitters note: Elviira was originally a WINGFIELD who first married Caleb WALLACE, one of the "Old 300" in Austin's Colony. Joseph T. MARSHALL was her second husband. 
  • Submitted by Brenda Baker-Jackson
  • Marshall Cemetery, Corbet, Navarro Co., TX
  • Added 5/9/1998

George Elbert Moore
Mar 26, 1843 - Mar 4, 1914

It was 3:30 o'clock, March 4, 1914, when the loving wife and affectionate children, the dear brother and the host of friends from thesurrounding county were called to witness the departure from this earth the beloved husband, father, brother and friend, Mr. G. E. Moore of Emmett.

The All Wise having spared this truly great character for three score years and Even - why should we mourn the loss of a tender companion, a kind teacher, a brother indeed and faithful friend? Because kind Providence gave us this untiring Christian example and influence, his undoubted honesty and integrity, his care and devotion to the sick.

We should view this long and useful career and his passage to a better world as one of the boons of nature.
He was truly a son of the south. He loved the principles of the Southern flag under whose banner he marched four long years, being engaged in a dozen of the fiercest battles of the Civil War, viz., Gettysburg, Chicamauga, Missionary Ridge, Ft. Donnelson, etc. Not only was he four years a true soldier of the lost cause, but for fifty (50) years he had trusted and been a soldier of the cross and attended to his Master's business.

He was born in Alabama in 1843, moved to Tennessee, thence to Texas in 1871, living one year at Old Raleigh, thence to Drane several years, thence to Emmett where he lived a quarter of a century. He and his now bereaved wife were blessed with seeing all their sons and daughters live to be grown, married and settled down, viz., J. M. Moore of Hubbard City, Lula Wilkinson of Abeline, Bettie Thomason of Haskell, W. P. Moore of Emmett, Alice, a daughter deceased; L. Moore of Emmett.

Our subject leaves one brother, Mr. B. L. Moore of Emmett, who is far past the meridian mark, but yet enjoys active life.

For a score of years the writer has known this family [?]energatic Christian characters and can well say he never knew a better people.

"May green be the turf about thee, Friend of our better days; We knew him but to love him."

To his bereaved wife and precious children and loved brother, we charge you not to grieve, or this noble spirit is now resting in the sweet land of paradise where the angels and Jesus are gathered to welcome him there, and it seems I see him beckon and say "Loved one, wife, children, brother and friends, be reconciled and grieve not for me. I am now entered into the joys of my Lord whom I trusted the many years there and he said come up higher where there's no more heartaches nor pains no sadness nor griefs nor sorrows, no more parting nor death. While with you, I fought a good fight, I finished my course, I kept the faith, henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord the righteous judge shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.



General Milledge Hannibal, General Woolf
Aug 17, 1847 - Aug 31, 1945

Funeral Services for Gen. Woolf to be Held Saturday
Last Remaining Confederate Veteran in County Died Friday.
With his wish to live to see the defeat of Hitler fulfilled, General Milledge Hannibal Woolf, 98, last Confederate veteran in Navarro County died Friday Morning. A familiar figure on the streets of Corsicana, and active until a short time before his death, he was well known to hundreds of local citizens. The veteran, his mind alert to the last, enjoyed discussing past and present events with his friends

Funeral services will be held from the McCammon Funeral Chapel Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery. Survivors are a number of nieces and nephews.

Native of Florida

Born on Aug 17, 1847, In Monticello, county seat of Jefferson county Florida, Woolf was one of 12 children. His early life was spent on a 300-acre plantation worked with slaves. In 1864, the 17-year old Florida plantation lad joined the Confederate army and served 12 months with the Second Florida Infantry Reserves, Co. E. Most of his fighting experience was in skirmishes in the Gulf of Mexico area and the one big battle in which he fought occurred March 6, 1865, the Natural Bridge Battle.

No Normal Schooling

After the war, he returned to his mother's home at Monticello, the home which was taken up from a grant of the government. He had no formal schooling, other than what his mother taught him and what he learned himself. "I learned to read the newspaper in 1887," he once said. There was state prohibition and not much interest and talk about it I decided I had to learn to read to keep up"

In October 1869, the war veteran came to Navarro county, where he made his home since. Only two stores were in existence in Corsicana then, he often recalled. One was owned by Uncle Jimmy Kerr and the other by Uncle Billy Melton. The second courthouse, a small one-story brick structure, was established when he came here.

Wanted See Hitler Downfall

General Woolf told a Daily Sun reporter on his 95th birthday that he hoped to live to see the end of the war and the downfall of Hitler. He often carried on an animated conversation about the war with soldiers and aviation cadets on the streets of Corsicana. He was named commander of the Texas Division, United Confederate Veterans in 1943 at the 3rd annual reunion held at Camp Ben McCulloch.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Fri., Aug 31, 1945
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Cemetery records shows: Milledg Henielal Woolf b. 17 Aug 1847 - Jefferson Co. Monticello, Florida, Service Wiley Barwick Capt. Second Florida Infantry, Reserve Company E
  • Added 9/10/1997
  • Clipping with picture copied in Navarro Leaves & Branches August 1992



Funeral services for M. H. Woolf, aged 98 years, last surviving Confederate Veteran in Navarro county, who died early Friday at the P. and S. Hospital, were held Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock in accordance with his wishes and request. Burial was in
Oakwood cemetery. The veteran had requested his friends, Richard Mays and Perry McCammon, speak at his funeral rites. Illness prevented Mr. Mays’ participating and McCammon made an address. A resolution from the United Daughters of the Confederacy was read.

Pallbearers were Wiley Robinson, Alva Taylor, R. P. Bates, W. J. King, T. J. Walton, and W. M. Davidson. Honorary pallbearers were members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

A familiar figure on the Corsicana streets for many years, General Woolf saw his expressed wish fulfilled—that he might live to see the defeat of Hitler.

Surviving are a number of nieces and nephews.




Navarro county’s only remaining Confederate Veteran, Lieutenant General Milledge Hannibal Woolf, recalled much of the colorful history of the Old South, Texas and Navarro county, as he was interviewed this week on the occasion of his 95th birthday.

Still active in mind and body, Lt. Gen. Wolf told an interesting and unusually accurate account of his early life and participation in the war between the States. Born on August 17, 1847, in Monticello, county seat of Jefferson county, Florida, one of 12 children. Woolf’s early life was spent on a plantation. His boyhood was that of the typical farm boy, he narrated, on a 300-acre plantation worked with slaves.

Joined Confederate Army.
In 1864 Woolf, who was 17 years old, joined the Confederate Army and served 12 months with the Second Florida Infantry Reserves, Co. E.. Most of his fighting experience was in skirmishes in the Golf of Mexico area, but he emphasized, his company emerged victorious in all skirmishes. The one big battle in which he fought was in the Natural Bridge Battle on March 6, 1865.

Here the old soldier digressed from his own story to give a historical sketch which he says few people know. According to Woolf the last shot of the war was fired on Texas Soil, May 13, 1865 at Palmito Ranch, under General J. E. Slaughter.

After the war he returned to his mother’s home at Monticello, the home which was taken up from a grant of the government. Speaking briefly concerning his ancestors, the Southerner said his parents and grandparents came to Florida from Georgia and South Carolina.

No Schools After War.
When questioned about schooling, Woolf said he never had any except what his mother taught him and what he learned himself. Before the war all schools were paid schools and when these were destroyed after the war, there were no schools until the free ones were established. “I learned to read the newspaper in 1887,” he told the reporter. “There was state prohibition and so much interest and talk about it I decided I had to learn to read to keep up.”

In October 1859 the war veteran came to Navarro county, Texas, where he made his home since. He found a heavily wooded area of post oaks and a different country from the one we know today. His account of the great blizzard which a few old-timers will remember was interesting. He and his brother were working in a wooded section on a warm day, when the blizzard suddenly struck in the form of a blue norther. “We had to cross a clearing of about a half mile,” he related, “and were both nearly frozen by the time we reached shelter. Blizzards were fairly common until the earthquake at San Francisco and, although no one has explained it, there have been none since.”

Negro Soldiers On Guard.
One incident stood out in Lt. Gen. Woolf’s review of Texas politics. In 1872, the year Texas was readmitted to the union, an election was called to vote the state ticker, he reported. All voting had to be done at the county seat and E. J. Davis, “carpetbagger” governor was in Corsicana with a company of negro soldiers to keep order. Every voter had to walk between a double column of the negro soldiers, each one holding a bayonet, to vote. Colonel R. Q. Mills, who was running for his first term in Congress, stood on a goods box not 30 feet from the “scalawag” governor, Woolf recalled, and abused the governor heartily. Every man had on his six-shooter and the governor took the abuse. Ben Wimberly and Woolf are the only two men alive who were present for the election which voted down martial law.

Only Two Stores Here.
Only two stores were in existence in Corsicana when Woolf came to Texas, one owned by Uncle Jimmy Kerr and the other by Uncle Billy Melton. The second courthouse, a small one-story brick structure, was established when he came here.

Many and varied were the tales the Veteran could tell with an amazing accuracy as to dates and names. Concluding his interesting interview, Lt. Gen. Woolf said he hoped to live to see the end of this war and the downfall of Hitler.

Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Taylor honored him on his birthday with a dinner at which time a cake beautifully decorated with 95 candles was presented to him. Members of the local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy surprised him with an informal party and individual gifts. Lt. Gen. Woolf comes to town daily and may often be seen in animated conversation with soldiers and aviation cadets of the present war.



Gen. M. H. Woolf To Attend U. C. V. Reunion August

Gen. M. H. Woolf, commander of the Texas Division, United Confederate Veterans, who is one of only 50 former members of the Confederate Army in the State of Texas, will attend the joint reunion of the Texas Division and Camp Ben McCulloch, which will be held at Ben McCulloch Camp Grounds near Driftwood, Hays County, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, August 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

Thursday, the second day of the reunion, will be known as Confederate Day, and will be the only day of interest to Confederate.

Gen. Woolf will preside for a business meeting, at which time the annual election of officers will be held.

Lt. Gov. John Lee Smith has been announced as speaker for the occasion.

In addition to being one of 50 Confederates in Texas, Gen. Woolf is one of 300 Confederate in the world—all of them over 95 years of age.


Ralph Marvin Beeman
Apr 19, 1906 - Dec 14, 1924



"Ralph Beeman, age 18 years, son of J. Walter Beeman who lives on the Drane Pike one mile west of the Orphans Homes [sic] died at the County Hospital at 9:30 last night as the result of internal injuries sustained at 11:30 Saturday night when the Ford auto he and his brother, Earl Beeman, were driving collided with a truck loaded with lumber on West Second Avenue, near the home of W. B. Gray. "Immediately after the accident the young man was removed to the County Hospital and all that could be done was of no avail in deferring the coming of the death messenger. "Earl, his brother, escaped with a few scratches, but their Ford was demolished. "The funeral services were held at the family home at 2:30 this afternoon, and interment followed in Oakwood Cemetery."



Funeral Yesterday largely Attended.

The funeral procession that followed the late Ralph Beeman to his last resting place in
Oakwood Cemetery, yesterday afternoon was one of the larges seen here in many months, the procession being near one and a half miles length.

The last sad rites at the home and at the grave were conducted by Rev. L. C. Howell of Corsicana, and Rev. W. T. Allmon of Dawson, and the following acted as pall bearers:

Active: Irvin Jordan, Polk Frost, Jack Powell, Jim Burkhalter, Norbet Crow and Herbert Spurlock.

Honorary: C. E. Lane, Will Stone, Jim Taylor, W. H. Crow, F. P. McQuiston, Tom Garner, John Young, Albert Young, Edgar Young, Ralph Bell, Chas. Jester and Sam Butler.

There was a profusion of beautiful floral offerings, and the large throng in attendance were all in deep sympathy with the bereaved parents in their great sorrow.


J. Frank Quarles
Dec 8, 1860 - Apr 29, 1924

Died in Dallas

Mr. and Mrs. M. M. [Madison Marvin] White returned from Dallas this morning where they attended the funeral of their brother-in-law, J. F.[rank] Quarrels [sic; should be "Quarles"], aged 63, who died at his home there Tuesday afternoon after a long illness. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock. "The deceased was a former resident of Corsicana and was well known here.


  • April 1924 probably a Corsicana newspaper; date uncertain
  • Donated by: Gary Richards
  • Laurel Land Memorial Park, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX
  • h/o Lou Emma Quarles

Alexander Stroder
Oct 17, 1834 - Sep 19, 1903

"Uncle Alex Stroder

"The subject of this sketch was born October 17th, 1834. United with the Primitive Baptist church Saturday before the third Sunday in June, 1866, and was baptized by Elder L. G. Neal. Ordained to the office of deacon in June, 1899. Died September 19, 1903.

"That sad and solemn day, which we were so loth to see, has come at last, and dear old Uncle Alec Stroder has gone the way of all the earth ... We laid him to rest in the Hopewell cemetery, by the side of his beloved companion and little child, whose departure from this world man him a man of sorrow, and acquainted with grief.

"Great is our loss ..."


"Written by request"


  • Donated by: Gary Richards, great-great-grandson
  • Added 5/29/1998
  • September 1903 - probably a Corsicana newspaper; date uncertain

** another obituary

Alexander Stroder, the subject of this article, was born in Adams county, Ill., October 17, 1834, moved to Texas with his parents in 1852, stopped in Freestone county one year, then moved to Navarro county and settled near where the present postoffice of Re is situated. Friend Stroder was happily married to Miss Catherine W.[est] Rankin on the 19th day of January, 1865. There were born to them ten children, nine of whom survive him, six sons and three daughters.

Friend Stroder had been in bad health for several years, and rarely ever left home except to attend his church meetings, which he never failed to do. About the 12th of September he had an attack of malarial fever, that, in connection with his other afflictions, resulted in his death on the morning of the 19th of September, 1903. His companion preceded him several years to her home beyond this vale of tears.

The writer has been personally acquainted with deceased since the winter of 1861, when he first met him at Velasco in Company E, Thirteenth Texas Infantry, C. S. A., Capt. Melton's company, Bates' regiment. We served a short time together, when the army was reorganized, Capt. C[linton] Fouty organizing a company for active service. Friend Stroder enlisted in Fouty's company and went into active service in the trans-Mississippi department, while the writer remained at the mouth of the Brazos river.

Just after the war the writer moved into the community where the deceased lived, and has been personally and intimately acquainted with him since. It is a custom to eulogize the dead, but in all sincerity the writer of this article don't [sic] think he ever knew a better man. He was a devout Christian, a good citizen, a kin and obliging neighbor, an affectionate husband and father, has raised a large family of children, who are an honor to him and society. He was laid to rest in the Hopewell cemetery on September 20th, in the

presence of a large assembly of sorrowing friends and neighbors. His aged sister, a widow, Mrs. Furlough [Mary (Stroder) Parrack Furlow], who had lived with him for a number of years, is the only surviving member of their father's family. His sister and all his children and several grandchildren were present at the funeral. Mrs. Elizabeth Grace [sic; should be Goree] of Sugden, I.[ndian] T.[erritory], arrived just in time to view the remains of her affectionate father.

Brother Stroder was a consistent member of the Primitive Baptist church; in fact, as a member of that church remarked to the writer, he was the pillar of their church organization of Antioch church. He was a man with a host of friends, and few if any, enemies. In the death of our old Friend Stroder the country has lost a good citizen, the neighborhood a kind and obliging neighbor, his sister a loving brother, and his children an affectionate father.

A long chapter could be written on the merits of this good man, but the writer feels his inability to do justice to the subject, and we hope this short article will give some idea of the esteem in which he was held by his friends and neighbors.



  • Donated by: Gary Richards,, great-great-grandson - Added 7/5/98
  • Hopewell Cemetery, Navarro Co., TX
  • Married Catherine West Rankin on 19 January 1865 in Navarro Co., TX

Mary Elizabeth (Bressie) Boyd
Sep 26, 1847 - Dec 17, 1916


"Mrs. Blair Boyd of Navarro Passed Away Yesterday "Mrs. Blair Boyd, aged 69 years, of Navarro, died yesterday afternoon after a long illness. The deceased has lived in this county for nearly 50 years and was well known. She is survived by her husband [Hugh Blair Boyd], [son] George W.[esley] Boyd of this city, county tax assessor; James Boyd of Navarro, Mrs. Tom Fouty [Rosa Maggard (Boyd) Fouty] of Navarro and Miss Tensie Boyd of Navarro.

"The remains were buried this afternoon in Hopewell Cemetery, Rev. R. C. A. Ashcroft officating."


  • Donated by: Gary Richards, great-great-grandson
  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Dec 28, 1916

Melissa Jane (Beeman) Young
Dec 25, 1844 - Oct 13, 1907


Sister Melissa Young (Beeman) was born in Baron County, Ill., Dec. 25, 1843. At the age of 28 years she married to William Young. To this happy couple was born four children, one having died in infancy. Her husband passed to his reward about twenty years ago, leaving Sister Young a widow with three orphan children to care for and train up in the way they should go. She was able for the task, being more than an ordinary woman. She possessed a great mind and having high ambitions she met life's responsibility to the credit of her good name. Her devotion to her family and the church knew no bounds, and qualified her not only for a mother, but a great mother. To know her children is to knew her home life was right with God. Sister Young was one of the greatest women I ever knew. Her prayers had been answered. All of her chldren are religious and members of the M.[ethodist] E.[piscopal] Church, South, the church that she joined when a girl. In a visit to her home just before her death she said, I thank God my dear children have never caused me a real heart-ache. My last days are my happiest. Her home was a preacher's home, and when you had gone you not only felt you had visited a great woman but that you had been in the presence of a saint.

Sister young joined the church when a girl. Her devotion to the cause of Christ, her Lord, was always marked with fervor. Her place in the church was that of a mother of Israel.

Three dear children [Thomas Edgar Young, Joseph Albert Young, and Loualla (Young) Hamilton], mother [Sarah Ann (Wantland) Beeman] and two sisters [Rachel Emily (Beeman) White and Sarah Ann 'sade' (Beeman) Redden] are left to mourn her loss. You cannot call her back but you know where to look for her. She is not daed, but asleep in Jesus. Resting from her labors, but her works will follow her. "The wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament forever." Her sickness was but of a few days. She passed to her reward from her home near Pleasant Grove church Sunday, October 13, 1907, and was laid to rest in the Hamilton cemetery to await the coming of her loved ones.

W. Vinsant


  • Donated by: Gary Richards
  • probably a Corsicana newspaper; date uncertain

Sadia (Love) Rakestraw
Feb 28, 1880 - Oct 22, 1921


Well Known Navarro County Resident Died Suddenly

Mrs. Sadia [nee Love] Rakestraw, aged 42 years, wife of [George] Albert

Rakestraw of Grape Creek, and mother of six chidlren, all girls, ranging in age from six to eighteen years, died Saturday night [October 22, 1921] after a few days' illness and was laid to rest in the Grape Creek cemetery yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock.

The death of this good woman has brought sorrow throughout the whole community in which she, with her family, have lived for many years at the old Capt. Rakestraw home place in the southern part of the county, the old colonial home being a landmark in this section of Central Texas.

The deceased was taken suddenly ill and lingered for only a short time, when her spirit was called to the great beyond. The funeral services were held at the Grape Creek church, with Rev. F. M. Noe, the paster officiating, and appropriate music was rendered by friends from Corsicana, consisting of Mrs. P. C. Townsend, Mrs. Henry Robbins, Mrs. Sam Spikes, Edgar Metcalf and Jack Haslam.

The service was very impressive, and as Rev. Mr. Noe told of the many good traits of the deceased, both in her home and community and in church work, there was scarcely a dry eye in the audience. The deceased was a prominent worker and official in the church and its auxiliaries, and was active in all affairs for the general welfare of her community and its people, and her fine womanly character and lovable disposition had won for her many good friends who are grieving over this good woman being called away. The deceased leaves a husband and six girls, Pauline, Allyne, Elizabeth, Maggie Louise, Rodie Lane and Leah, together with four sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Emma Jackson of Angus, Mrs. Willie Seay of Fort Worth. Mrs. Jim Brickell of Dallas, Mrs. Maggie Smith of Dallas, and Mr. John Hays of Fort Worth and Mr. Joe Hays of Corsicana.

The floral tributes were numerous and beautiful, attesting in a degree the esteem and love in which the deceased one was held by those who knew her best.


  • Donated by: Gary Richards
  • Married George Albert Rakestraw, Jr. 12 October 1897 in Navarro Co., TX; Vol X- #303
  • George Albert Rakestraw b. 9 April 1875 - d 24 September 1931 
  • bur. Grape Creek Cemetery
  • October 1921 - probably a Corsicana newspaper; date uncertain

Catherine West (Rankin) Stroder
Jul 6, 1843 - Feb 2, 1892

"Died at her home, near Hopewell church, Navarro county, February 2nd., 1892, of LaGrippe, Mrs. Catherine Stroder.

"The subject of this sketch was born in the State of Missouri, July 6th., 1843.

"With her father, the late John Rankin, she came to Texas before the war, and settled in this county, in the Eureka neighborhood. Her mother having died before, she being the eldest child, assisted her father in the raising the family of younger brothers; bringing to this trying station a patience and ability equaled by few in one so young.

"On June 19th, 1865, she married A.[lexander] Stroder, with whom she lived happily over twenty-seven years. To them ten children were born. One died in infancy; nine survive, five of whom are grown.

"In 1864 she joined the Methodist church, and by her pious walk and practice of the Christian graces for over a quarter of a century, gave evidence to the world of her faith in redemption through the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

"In the death of this good woman the church has lost an active member; the community a model neighbor; the sick and afflicted had in her a friend, and the distressed a warm symfathizer [sic].

"To the husband, bereft of his companion, who shared the joys and the burdens of life, and the children of the love and care of a mother, we command to the grace of Him, who 'Tempers the wind to the shorn lamb, and hears the young ravens cry' in this their home of affliction, and may His grace and spirit gratify each of their wants to make the needed preparation; that when they too shall be called to go, they can go to her."



  • Hopewell Cemetery
  • Married Alexander Stroder on 19 January 1865 in Navarro Co., TX
  • Donated by: Gary Richards, great-great-grandson - Added 5/29/98
  • February 1892 probably a Corsicana newspaper; date uncertain

John Tapley "Tap" Redden
abt 1850 - Jun 11, 1924


T.J. (Tap) Redden, aged 74 years, and a resident of Corsicana and Navarro county for near sixty years, died at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon after many months of ill health, and the remains were interred in Oakwood this afternoon at 4 o'clock, Rev. J. A. Sanders officiated, and the pall bearers were: Active -- Nate Goodman, Dude Ransom, Bell White, F. M. Allison, Gus Young and Bob Johnson.

Honorary--C. C. Walton, T. P. Little, S. J. Rogers, Donald Smith, Mr. Pruett, Bert Montgomery, G. B. Wallace, Jerry Robinson, John Young, John Gainer, J. D. Hamilton, Chas. Bee, Jas. Robinson, P. M. Lea, Dr. I. N. Suttle, E. W. Johnson and John Stewart. The deceased is survived by his wife [Sarah Ann 'sade' (Beeman) Redden] and five children, C.[harles] W.[esley] Redden, John Redden, James Redden, O.[scar] E. Redden and Mrs. Andy [Lila (Redden)] Autry; a sister, Mrs. W. W. Clopton, and three brothers, James Redden, Corsicana; Dick Redden, Waco, and Annie [sic] Redden of Terrell. D. C. Redden of Corsicana and Harvey Redden of Dallas are cousins.

The funeral was largely attended this afternoon, and there were many beautiful floral tributes. The deceased was a quiet and retiring citizen, and among those who knew him he had many warm friends, with whom his memory will linger during their lives.


  • Married Sarah Ann Beeman on Mar 18, 1876 in Navarro Co., TX
  • Sarah Dec 21, 1855 - Mar 3, 1946, daughter of William Harvey & Sarah Ann (Wantland) Beeman
  • A Corsicana newspaper; June 12, 1924
  • Donated by: Gary Richards - Added 5/29/1998

Sarah Ann (Wantland) Beeman 
Mar 16, 1825 - Feb 4, 1914


Exhorter Tells of Life of Mrs. Beeman, Who Died Wednesday

Mr. Editor:

Do you know that there are many noted characters amoung the 6400 readers of my sermonettes. It is a misfortune that so much valuable history has been unknown to many of us in Navarro county. It is spoken in the Bible, "A great man of Israel hath fallen," which would be applicable to Grandma Beeman, who died yesterday on West Seventh avenue in our city at the home of her daughter, Mrs. S.[arah] A.[nn] Redden and husband [John Tapley Redden]. She was 92 years old. She was born in Tennessee in 1825; she and her husband [William Harvey Beeman] came to Texas in 1845 and lived in a tent one year on Red river. Rev. Andrew Davis, father of Mrs. Trav Brooks, when only 17 years of age, was circuit rider in the Southern Methodist church at that time. He rode up to their tent with the usual saddle bags of an itenerant preacher and said, "Who do you suppose I am?" He said, "Well, you look like a Methodist circuit rider." The boy preacher answered, "You are a good judge." "Get down and come in and make yourself at home." That night in the tent he preached and opened the doors of the church and Brother and Sister Beeman and her father [Marshall Wantland] and mother [Rachel (Wadlow) Wantland] joined, and two sisters. The next year, 1846, they moved to Navarro county, therefore she has been in the county 68 years. She was a member of the Methodist church 79 [sic] years and held her membership at Pleasant Grove.

Rev. K. S. Vansant, her pastor, and Rev. F. A. Smith, presiding elder, conducted the funeral service, assisted by myself by request. She had been afflicted and a shut-in for many years. She was buried at the old family grave yard, Hamilton cemetery. They had eight children, four boys and four girls. Mrs. R.[achel] E.[mily] White and Mrs. S.[arah] A.[nn] Redden are still lving. There are 32 grandchildren, representing five generations. This family was noted for their abundant hospitality. At an early day Bro. Beeman, the husband, would cut and haul cedar poles to make a brush arbor for the camp meetings, which took the name of the Beeman camp ground.

Days before hand great preparations were made, cooking bread, cakes, meats, etc. They kept what is now called open house, a stranger was as welcome as a friend. Often at these meetings when people were converted she would shout aloud. She was a very strong character and let her light shine in every phase of life. Brother and Sister Beeman came here at such an early day that they saw wild buffalo feeding where Beaton street now is.  Bro. Beeman hewed out the logs that built the first courthouse in town.

The broad-ax that he used is still preserved and in Hill county. I will say right here it would be well to procure this relic and put it in a glass case and hang it in the county court room as a tribute to the honor of this pioneer and souvenir to the county. To the Christian this present life is simply a pilgrimage to a better country and a city whose builder and maker is God. Every day he moves his tent nearer to his true home. Death is but a gate of life. Grandma is not a stranger or foreigner in Heaven, but is one of the saints in the household of God. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, for they rest from their labors and their works do follow them. The battle done; the victory won; rest, warrior, workman, pilgrim, rest.



  • Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery
  • Married William Harvey Beeman on 5 September 1840 in Illinois
  • Probably a Corsicana newspaper; February 4, 1914
  • Donated by: Gary Richards, great-great-great grandson

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