Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Family Photo

George Marlow and Sallie Lucille Scoggins
I do not know any details about this picture other than it is a classic of my grandparents. This was taken early in their lives, based on the car. However, they look old. They always looked old, maybe having twelve children would do this to you. This is their home place where they always lived. 
Some special things to notice:
Their pose
Their shoes and clothes
The girl on the porch
The car and the house

Questions I have about the picture:
The occasion
The year
The girl on the porch
How did they have enough money to have all their assets

Friday, February 15, 2019


I really do not know too many stories about my grandparents and "greats" relationships, but I do know about my parents. One of my favorites and one of the last is the week my father died. It was April 11 - three days before he passed away. He was sick and had been in the hospital. He was pretty much stuck at home. This morning he told mother to go get him a dollar bill. She argued with him that he did not need a dollar bill, that he was not going anywhere. He kept on until she brought him one. He had cut a heart out of the newspaper and had taped a fifty dollar bill to it. He gave it to her for their anniversary - a dollar for every year they had been married - 49 years.
When he passed away, some part of my mother died, too. She really never got over losing him although she lived 15 more years without him. . Even though they were pretty much opposites in many areas, what they had - worked. I guess they balanced each other out with their love and respect for each other.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Surprise - I found a Gem

One of the questions that I keep researching is why did my people come to Grayson County. Last week in the library I found this answer to why my Taylor line came to the area. Here is what I found:

Parents: Perigan Taylor and Sarah Nelson (died in Taylorsville, Tenn)
John Nelson Taylor 1805-1862 and Carey Ann Shepherd 1812-1865 (died in Taylorsville)
         Children:Phalander (Pete) Y. Taylor, John Nelson Taylor, Robert (Bob) Taylor, James (JIm) H. Taylor, and Surse Shelby Taylor came to Texas in 1866-1867 from Flora, Mississippi, after the Civil War in a covered wagon and horseback. They left Mississippi because they lost their slaves and their land. They could no longer farm their cotton plantation or operate their cotton gin. The Taylor boys stayed 4 years on a farm they bought 10 miles west of McKinney in the Pecan Grove cemetery area. The move to Texas revealed many hardships. They had no money left to build homes after purchasing their land. For the first year they put their wagon beds together and that was sleeping quarters. They cooked on open fires. After 4 years in Mckinney, three of the brothers married. The two unmarried brothers John and Surse then went to Brady in south Texas about 1870 to 1883. In this area they built up a sizeable heard of cattle with their own brand –heart up- heart down. After 13 years they sold out for $14,000 and the balance due in cattle. 
         In 1882 the Taylor brothers sent for Thomas Taylor and Margaret Nelson Hulme, fully aware of the hard times in the south after the Civil war. They lost all their property during the Civil War. In 1883 they decided to come to Texas to live with Thomas's brothers until a house was available.
They came with eight children by train to McKinney and lived with his brothers until a house was available. They shipped their household items, cattle and horses by train to Texas. Sallie Lucile, "Granny" was 2 or 3 years old. Sally  crossed the Mississippi River on her third birthday, the story is told. Every family member worked on the farm to make a living. Life in Texas was a big change. Margaret and the girls had never cooked or sewed. Slaves had previously done all their work, so they all learned together. Three more children were born in Texas, for a total of 11 children.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

At the Library

I spent one morning at the Sherman Public Library. I chose the Pioneers of Grayson County to research to see if any of my relatives were listed in the book. While perusing the book, I found this jewel. A picture of my Great Grand Parents in their early years. 

I did find some interesting stories that I am compiling for another post.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Lindsey Hamilton Scoggin 1823 - 1907

Nelda Reynolds, a cousin that is responsible for the majority of the research of the Scoggin/s family wrote this eulogy for Lindsey Scoggin at his memorial service we did for him so that he had a proper burial and tombstone. The highlighted paragraph tells about Lindsey and his family coming to Grayson County and where they settled.

Eulogy for Lindsey Hamilton Scoggin and Julia Ann Lawrence Scoggin

             Lindsey was born April 9, 1823 in Newton County, Georgia and died September 25, 1907 in Grayson County, Texas.  No one here today ever met him or shook his hand. None of us have ever seen a photograph of him.  Yet we know that he was a man of courage and vision with a deep Christian faith, a sense of duty and history, and a love of family.
      His parents were William Dulaney and Mary Cleckler Scoggin.  The records tell us that from the beginning the Scoggin family members stuck together.  They lived close to each other and moved together westward across Georgia. By 1830 the large family was in Troup County, Georgia.  The 1832 Land Lottery opened new land to the north and in 1835 William moved his wife and four children to Chattooga County.
    Then tragedy struck. Lindsey’s mother died when he was fifteen, and he lost his younger brother and sister. Facing the future with courage and faith, Lindsey’s father William married again, this time to Elizabeth Sewell, and began rebuilding his family.  It must have been a time of great celebration when once again the Scoggin household on the farm at the foot of Little Sand Mountain had a mother and a growing number of little brothers and sisters.  There were no schools. All of William’s children were taught at home to read, write and perform calculations.  They were expected to work in the fields and to attend church with the family.  In 1843 Pleasant Grove Baptist Church was built near William’s farm. Lindsey’s grandmother Winnie Watson Scoggin was a charter member there.  The Scoggin family had their own pews as did another family, the Lawrences.  It was probably at that very church that Lindsey met Julia Ann Lawrence, the daughter of Malachi Lawrence and Isabelle Grimsley, and they were married on September 8, 1845 in Chattooga County, Georgia.  
      Living in Dirt Town Valley among their many relatives, Julia Ann Lawrence and Lindsey Hamilton Scoggin began farming and started their family. By 1860 Lindsey and Julia had eight children.  
      Then tragedy struck again.  It must have been the most difficult decision of his life when Lindsey, then thirty-eight years old, answered the call to duty. Leaving his wife and eight children, he joined Company I of the 35thRegiment of the Georgia Volunteer Infantry and marched away to Virginia in September 1861.  Almost immediately Lindsey was assigned to hospital duty where he was exposed to every illness that beset the men of the Confederate army; measles, mumps, chicken pox, small pox, typhoid fever and pneumonia.  He was a hospital patient himself by April of 1862. Finally, his health in ruins, he was sent home to his farm for a sixty day furlough.  He arrived at his farm to find his wife grieving for her brother who had been killed in the Civil War.  Within three months she lost her brother, her father and her mother. Lindsey’s health did not return, and he was separated from the army in February 1863. Basic supplies like sugar and salt became scarce and very expensive if they could be found.  Then the war came to Georgia. They could hear the cannons from the Chickamauga battlefield just miles from their farm.  In September 1863 the Union army swept through the valley taking everything including farm animals, food, horses and wagons.  Again it must have been family support that saw them through this difficult time.  
    The years following the war brought five more children.  Like his father, Lindsey wanted an opportunity to start over with his family on a new farm. For the first time in his life, Lindsey left the comfort of the Scoggin and Lawrence families leaving behind the valley where they had lived for forty years.  Lindsey, Julia and their thirteen children loaded into eight wagons and arrived here in Grayson County November 1875.  They settled on a one hundred acre farm touching White’s Creek near Elmont.  The family attended the Elmont Baptist Church where Elder T. B. McComb had served as the minister since 1869.  Grayson County marriage records show that T.B. McComb married two of Lindsey and Julia’s children.  
       In 1889, Lindsey allowed his biography to be published in a book called ABiographical Souvenir of Texas, and in doing so, he provided the only written documentation of the genealogy of the Scoggin family. He must have had a sense of history that told him how important this document would be to his descendents.  Julia died the following year in October of 1890.  Lindsey, his daughter Margaret, his son Gilbert Lawrence and his grandchildren continued to live on the farm until 1907 when Lindsey passed away on July 25. He was laid to rest beside his beloved Julia in Van Alstyne Cemetery.  He was a Baptist, a Mason, a farmer, a son, a husband, a father, a grandfather and a soldier.
    As I thought about this event and these two ancestors, the following poem came to mind.

A Confederate soldier lies buried here
Beside his beloved wife Julia so dear,
More than a hundred years have passed
Since their family gathered last.

To honor them we come today,
With great respect we want to say,
“Your memory lives while here you dwell.
Thank you both for lives lived well.”
Nelda Scoggin  Reynolds

Eulogy given at the tombstone dedication ceremony for
Lindsey and Julia Scoggin by:

Nelda Scoggin Reynolds
(Great, great granddaughter)
October 30, 2010

Monday, January 21, 2019

I Would Like to Meet.....

WOW! This is a loaded question. There is no way that I could just list one person; however, there are many people that I would love to meet and I have many questions to ask them. I would love to meet ALL of them. I have a very inquisitive mind and would love to know their story.

  • I would ask the ones that came to Grayson County - Why did you come? What brought you here?
  • The ones that fought in the Confederate way I would ask - Where did you fight? What battles? and What was it like?
  • Since I have done a great deal of cemetery pictures - I would ask the ones that I do not have or know where they are buried, where they will be buried so I can document their burial sites.
  • Even though I knew them, but was way too young to ask questions that are important to me toady, I would love to MEET up with my parents and grandparents just to ask personal questions that I never thought to ask while they were living. 
To anyone reading this, make sure to talk to your living elderly family members. In a blink of an eye, they may be gone and so will your answers to questions that you may have someday.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Unusual Names - The Dawson Family

Ephraim Dawson  - 2nd great grandfather
Arphaxad (Arphaxton) Dawson - 3rd great grandfather

When Ephraim A Dawson was born on December 10, 1840, in Franklin, Illinois, his father, Arphaxton, was 35 and his mother, Mary, was 35. He married Lucinda Parsons on July 8, 1868, in Cooke, Texas. They had six children in 13 years. He died on January 28, 1926, in Collinsville, Texas, at the age of 85, and was buried in Cooke, Texas.

When Arphaxton R Dawson was born in 1805 in Oglethorpe, Georgia, his father, William, was 25 and his mother, Judith, was 23. He married Mary Horn and they had 13 children together. He then married Jane Caroline Stalcup and they had three children together. He died on October 19, 1862, in "The Great Hanging of Gainesville".  He has a fascinating story that will show up as a post of its own. At this point, I have not found out where his body was taken after the hanging. Some times his name is spelled Arphaxad, and I have no idea what the R is in the middle name.

Ephraim had two sisters that also could make the list - Minerva and Canzada Dawson.