Smith County, Texas

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JOHN ENGLEDOW, born Virginia. He married ELIZABETH SIMPSON, 14 NOV 1808, in Grayson County, Virginia, born 1792, Virginia? Tennessee?, daughter of ISAAC SIMPSON and HANNAH, died 16 FEB 1852, Cherokee County, Texas. JOHN died 27 JUL 1840, Nacogdoches County, Texas, buried: Halderman Place, East of Nacogdoches, TX. According to Son, Robert D. Engledow, his father, John Engledow, was "blinded by surgery on his eyes by a traveling doctor". John brought his family to Texas, from Tennessee around 1835. They settled between Nacogdoches and Melrose, Texas, on the west bank of Atascosa Creek. In The Handbook of Texas Online, Knoxville, Texas: Knoxville, an early town on the "John Engledow" survey between State Highway 110 and Farm Road 856, seven miles north of New Summerfield in northeastern Cherokee County, was first settled by immigrants from Tennessee in the late 1840's.

  • I. Oscar Engledow, born 13 NOV 1809, Wythe County, Virginia. He married (1) Julia Ann Jewell, 16 APR 1838, in Nacogdoches County, Texas, born 1820, Tennessee. He married (2) Julia Fulgham, 27 APR 1843, in Nacogdoches, Texas, born 1829, Hardeman County, Tennessee, daughter of Arthur Fulgham and Alice McKennie, died 1883, buried: Oak Grove Cemetery, Nacogdoches, Texas. Oscar died 01 FEB 1868, buried: Oak Grove Cemetery, Nacogdoches, Texas. Oscar owned thousands of acres of land. Julia is buried at Oak Grove, but her grave is 40 to 50 steps from her husband, Oscar's, grave.
    • A. Euphemia Engledow, born 1839-1841, Nacogdoches, Texas. She married Walker Wythe Wheeler, 18 FEB 1863, son of Royal Tyler Wheeler and Emily Walker. Euphemia died 1867, Brenham, Texas.
  • II. Amanda Engledow, born Wythe County, Virginia. She married Thomas Jefferson Johnson, 1841, born 25 JUL 1799, Dinwiddie County, Virginia, died 12 OCT 1856, At home, Melrose, Texas, buried: Methodist Churchyard, Melrose, TX. Amanda died 12 MAR 1875, At home, Melrose, Nacogdoches Count, Texas, buried: Methodist Churchyard, Melrose, TX. This couple was childless. They raised niece, Martha Angelina Thomas, daughter of Benjamin Rogers Thomas, Jr. and Martha Engledow Thomas, sister of Amanda. Thomas: Called "Tom Jeff". Was a physician. Found in "Celtic Place Names" on the internet: Melrose, Texas, founded by: Doctor T. J. Johnson from Scotland.
  • III. Creed S. Engledow, born 1814, Wythe County, Virginia. He married Elvira Randolph, born Warren County?, Tennessee, buried: Canton Cemetery. Creed served in the War for Texas Independence in 1836. . Elvira: Elvira was the daughter of Henry and Sarah Randolph of Tennessee.
    • A. Sarah Payne Engledow, born Missouri. She married Henry F. Blackwell, 22 SEP 1852, in Nacogdoches County, Texas. Sarah died 1916, Halten Gap, Arkansas, buried: Halten Gap, Arkansas. Sarah, at age 82, was on a train trip with her young grand daughter. While in Arkansas, Sarah took very ill. They stopped at a hotel in Halten Gap, Arkansas and Sarah died there. She is said to have been a brilliant woman and to have kept a daily journal. Shortly after marrying in 1852, the couple migrated from Nacogdoches County to Van Zandt County by horseback. Blackwell House, home of Chamber of Commerce, Canton, Van Zandt, TX, donated by family.
    • B. John Henry Engledow, born Nacogdoches County, Texas. He married Ella Elizabeth Rosenbaum. John died 1880. He had served in the Civil War. Ella was of German descent.
    • C. Creed Engledow, born 1839, Nacogdoches, Texas, died 17 FEB 1863, Camp Douglas, Illinois, buried: Oakwood Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois. Taken prisoner by the Union forces in January of 1863. Creed Jr. died in the prison camp as a prisoner of war.
  • IV. Martha Engledow, born Wythe County, Virginia. She married Benjamin Rogers Thomas, 30 DEC 1838, in Nacogdoches county, Texas, born 1806, Edgecombe County, North Carolina, died 1891, Bexar County. TX. Martha died 1840/48, San Antonio, Texas with Tuberculosis. Benjamin: Son of Benjamin Rogers Thomas, Sr. and Mary Ann Dickinson. According to The Texas Handbook Online: "Benjamin Thomas, early settler and soldier in the Texas Revolution was born in South Carolina?? in 1806. In 1823, he moved to Texas and settled in Ayish Bayou (later San Augustine). During the Texas Revolution, Thomas served in Capt. William Kimbro's company from March 16 to June 16, 1836. He was a member of the Texas Veterans Association. Thomas died in San Antonio in 1891." (Children listed on the Thomas Page)
  • V. R. Harrietta Engledow, born Warren County, Tennessee. She married Madison H. Langham, 30 JUL 1840. R. Harrietta died 1840/50. (Harrietta's Invitation to the Battle of San Jacinto Anniversary Ball - 1839.)
    • A. Martha Sybil Langham, born 22 MAY 1841, Leon County, Texas. She married Joel Cross. Martha died 25 MAR 1907.
    • B. James M. Langham.
    • C. Joel Langham. Twin of John B. E. Langham.
    • D. John B. E. Langham, born 1846. Twin of Joel Langham
  • VI. Isaac Wayman Engledow, born 1823, Warren County, Tennessee. He married Carolyn Langham, 1849. Captain in the Confederacy during the Civil War.
    • A. John Matison Engledow, born 1850.
    • B. Lockhart Monroe Engledow, born 1853.
    • C. William Cicero Engledow, born 1855.
    • D. George Washington Robert Engledow, born 31 JUL 1859. He married Nora Ellen Thomas, 06 NOV 1888, born 26 NOV 1870, died 09 APR 1952, George died 16 JUL 1948. They are both buried Old Palestine Cemetery. This couple moved from Nacogdoches County to Cherokee County, Texas in the early 1900's. In the 1920's they were living in the Linwood community, near Alto, Texas, in a home which today bears a State of Texas Heritage Medallion. Nora: Daughter of James Oliver Thomas and Buena Vista Corley.
    • E. Mary Elizabeth Engledow, born 1862/63.
    • F. Isaac Wayman Engledow, born 1868.
  • VII. William Gunn Engledow, born 1827, Warren County, Tennessee. He married Nancy Eliza Ridgell, 15 JUL 1850, in Nacogdoches, County, Texas, born 1826, Alabama, died 12 JUN 1879, Troup, Texas, buried: Old City Cemetery, Troup, Smith Co., TX. Tombstone William died 11 SEP 1870, Knoxville, Texas, buried: Knoxville, Texas. Served in the 11th Texas Infantry during the Civil War. He lost his arm in the Battle of Pleasant Hill. He entered the War as a Captain and left as a Lt. Colonel. He was a Mason. Much of the last years of William Gunn's life were spent in court. Before he had gone into military service, he had borrowed money. After the Civil War was over, his creditors demanded payment. The Bible of William Gunn Engledow wound up in the possession of Pansy Clifford Engledow Sohn, who in 1969, filed an affidavit documenting the information contained in the Bible's Family Registry, in Harrison County, Texas.
    • A. Martha Florence Engledow, born 1852. She married William Armstrong Lewis, 23 FEB 1871, in Cherokee County, Texas. Martha died 21 FEB 1880, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
    • B. Oscar Albert Engledow, born 10 FEB 1854, died 03 JAN 1856.
    • C. James Robert Engledow, born 17 SEP 1856. He married Cora Hardeman, 27 JAN 1884, born 1865, daughter of Major Blackstone Hardeman and Rebecca Jane Bruce. James died 14 MAY 1924, tombstone. Cora died 17 SEP 1953, tombstone. They are both buried Old City Cemetery, Troup, Smith Co., TX. Bookkeeper in Troup, Texas.
      • 1. Horace Carlisle Engledow, born 1887, died 1888; buried Troup City Cemetery, Troup, TX Tombstone
    • D. Mary Josephine Engledow, born 04 MAR 1858. She married Noel G. Roberts, 12 FEB 1881, born 25 MAY 1859, son of John Fenley Callier Roberts and Josephine Milam Shaw, died 20 OCT 1933, buried: Oak Grove Cemetery, Nacogdoches, Texas. Mary died 10 APR 1947, Nacogdoches County, Texas, buried: Oak Grove Cemetery, Nacogdoches, Texas. This couple had no children but adopted a daughter named
      • 1. Mabel. who married Willie Pack. Their had two daughters:
        • i. Noel, who married A.J. "Whitey" Thompson
        • ii. Josephine, married John Bird. Mary Josephine, or Mary Jo, as she was called, was a member of the Knoxville Presbyterian Church.
    • E. William Ridgett Engledow, born 27 AUG 1860, died 1912. Was handicapped. He was cared for by his brother, James Robert Engledow. Lived at Troup, Texas.
    • F. George Bunyan Engledow, born 23 JAN 1868. He married (1) M. Lula Davis, 15 OCT 1890. He married (2) Elsie, AFT 1892, died BEF 1900. George buried: Oak Grove Cemetery, Nacogdoches, Texas. George left his wife, M. Lula Davis in 1892 and divorced her. In the 1900 Federal Census, George was a widower, living with his sister, Mary Josephine and her husband, Noel G. Roberts. He is buried in the family plot of Noel G. Roberts in an unmarked grave.
  • VIII. Julia Ann Engledow, born 1829, Warren County, Tennessee. She married John Bellenfont Hardeman, 11 SEP 1848, born 1829, Tennessee, son of Dr. Blackstone Hardeman and Anna Bunch. John built Julia Ann, in 1848, what later became known as the old Barret home. For after Julia Ann Hardeman had died a young woman, the home was sold to Captain L.T. "Tol" Barret and his wife, Angelina Thomas Barret, according to Gladys Hardeman of Nacogdoches. In 1860, John lived in Nacogdoches County, Texas, with $9000 of Real Estate and $2500 of Personal Property. He listed his occupation as a Boss Miller. The old Barret home, or rather The Tol Barret House, became a Registered Texas Historical Landmark and was on the National Register of Historical Places. In 1990, The Tol Barret House won the Lucille Terry Preservation Award. It was moved in 1975 about ten miles to avoid destruction for barn lumber. In the year 2003, it was a Bed and Breakfast, located at Route 4, Box 9400, Nacogdoches, Texas 75961, 1-936-569-1249.
    • A. Thomas P. Hardeman, born 1849, Texas.
    • B. Bob E. Hardeman, born 1851, Texas.
    • C. William P. Hardeman, born 1853, Texas.
  • IX. ROBERT D. ENGLEDOW, born 02 MAY 1831, Warren County, Tennessee. He married HARRIET CATHERINE BELL, 25 SEP 1857, in Smith County, Texas, born 04 OCT 1843, Hawkins or Green, Tennessee, daughter of THOMAS WESLEY BELL and SUSANNA BULLEN, died 06 SEP 1906, Troup, Smith County, Texas, buried: Old City Cemetery, Troup, Smith Co., TX. ROBERT died 14 NOV 1901, Troup, Smith County, Texas, buried: Old City Cemetery, Troup, Smith Co., TX. (Children listed on the Robert D. Engledow Page)

The First Presbyterian Church, Troup, TX.

Sources of Information:

Information on the descendants of Oscar were provided by information from Brent Fulgham and Danial Rowan's information at Ancestry. com.

In the Lyne Barret Papers, located at Stephen F. Austin's Skeen Library, Folder 6 contains the T. Jeff and Amanda Johnson Papers, 1843-1893.

Cemetery Records of Smith County, Texas, Vol. 4 (Tyler, TX: East Texas Genealogical Society, 1986);

Marriage Records of Smith County, Texas 1846-1899 (Tyler, TX: East Texas Genealogical Society, 1979)

Smith County Probate Records, Case No. T, Oscar E. Thomas, Minor; Case No. 29-A, Martha S. Langham, et al., Minors;

John Engledow: Texas Census 1835 Nacogdoches County

Elizabeth Engledow: 1850 Census-Nacogdoches County, Texas, 1860 Census - Nacogdoches County, living with

Oscar Engledow: Photo of the Oscar Engledow Home, 1850 Census - Nacogdoches County, Texas, 1860 Census-Nacogdoches County, Texas

Amanda Engledow/Thomas Jefferson Johnson

The Handbook of Texas Online: Melrose, Texas, "It was founded around 1840 by Dr. Thomas Hefferson Johnson, who is said to have named the town for Melrose Abbey in his native Scotland."

Headstones of Amanda Engledow Johnson and T.J. Johnson.

1850 Census-Nacogdoches County, Texas: T. Jeff Johnson

Creed S. Engledow and Elvira Randolph
Letter from Henry and Sarah Randolph to daughter, Elvira Randolph Engledow, July 13, 1840
1835 Census Nacogdoches county, Texas -
Creed & Elvira Engledow, & 1 yr old daughter, Sarah
1840 Tax Rolls of Texas - C. S. Engledow - Robertson County
1850 Census-Nacogdoches County - Elvira Engledow
1860 Census-Nacogdoches County - Elvira Engledow, living with B. Hardeman Jr.
Creed served in the Texas Revolution - Information from Perlie Hadi

R. Harrietta Engledow and Madison H. Langham
1850 Census-Leon County, Texas, living with Isaac W. Engledow
1860 Census (Harrietta has died and Madison married Lucille Cross) Smith County, TX
Also, Madison and Lucille have a daughter, Eula, born 1866.

Isaac Wayman Engledow and Carolyn Langham
1850 Census-Leon county, Texas
1870 Census-Smith County, Texas-Caroline Engledow
Dr. Samuel Overton's Ledgers: Wayman Engledow - D112-8/6/1867, Mrs. Wayman Engledow - B048-3/15/1869
Handbook of Texas Online: Omen, Texas- "Isaac Wayman Engledow opened the first store in Canton in 1852".
Cherokee County History, published by the Cherokee County Historical Commission,
The Engledow Family, page 260, written by Ola Mae Cooper
Information from Trent Engledow

William Gunn Engledow and Nancy Eliza Ridgell
1850 Census-Nacogdoches County, Texas - William and Nancy living with Elizabeth Engledow
1860 Census-Cherokee County, Texas - W. G. Engledow
1870 Census-Cherokee County, Texas - Nancy Engledow
1900 Census-Smith County, Texas - Son, James Robert Engledow and Cora Hardeman
Affidavit of Clifford Engledow Sohn - William Gunn family Bible
Texans Who Wore Gray, by Sid S. Johnson-Page 94
Bible of George Bunyan Engledow

Julia Ann Engledow and John B. Hardeman, son of Dr. Blackstone Hardeman
(Cora Hardeman who married James Robert Engledow, was the daughter of John B. Hardeman's brother, Major Blackstone Hardeman Jr.)
Hardeman & Barret General Merchandise:
The Handbook of Texas Online: Hardeman's, Texas
The Handbook of Texas Online: Thomas Jones Hardeman (Brother of Dr. Blackstone Hardeman)
Hardeman information from Jeanne Hale


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