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In searching earlier this year for some other Texas Poythress folk, I
compiled the below info on this fellow and his parents, his 2 sisters,
his wife, and their daughter. By putting all this info here, it (like
all our Poythress-List emails) will get automatically archived and be
available to others. I put the various sources at the bottom. One
could not ask for a more informative obituary than the one for his
daughter Susan, giving all of us a lot of info on the family.
John Henry Poythress was born in Louisiana (LA) per his household's
entry in the 1900 and 1920 Censuses in Dallas County, TX (images
available at FamilySearch.org; see transcriptions below). He was born
on 19 Jan 1863 per his TX Death Certificate (image also available at
FamilySearch.org; see below transcription).
He married Minnie Brown, per his death certificate. They had 3 children:
- daughter E.J., born 29 April 1891 in TX
- daughter Mattisu or Matti-Sue, born 28 January 1894 in Dallas, Dallas Co, TX
- son John Douglas Poythress, born 4 Dec 1903 in Dallas, Dallas Co, TX
John Henry Poythress died 23 March 1922, soon after their daughter
Mattisu (who was married) died 9 Aug 1921 (see her TX Death
Certificate transcription below).
John Douglas Poythress, per the 1940 Census (image available at
FamilySearch.org; see transcription below) was married to Dorothy
[Dorothy Ann Mosley, per their daughter's obit]
He and Dorothy had only one child, Susan Poythress, who was quite a
successful woman, and whose obit (says she was an only child.
John Douglas Poythress died 17 Feb 1967 per his TX Death Certificate
(image available at FamilySearch.org; see transcription below).
Dorothy's death info from the Social Security Death Index shows she
was born 12 Sep 1903, but died in Apr 1971
Seen at Legacy.com, as published in The [Colorado Springs, CO] Gazette
from January 23 to January 25, 2007 [obit photo is available at
Susan "Jane" Poythress entered eternal life January 17, 2007, due to
complications following a stroke. She was born on October 23, 1940, an
only child, to Dorothy Ann Mosley Poythress and John Douglas Poythress
at the Methodist Hospital in Dallas, Texas. After graduation from
Highland Park High School in Dallas, she attended the University of
Oklahoma and received her BA degree in geology with a minor in French.
She also took courses at Southern Methodist University and later took
graduate courses at Pennsylvania State University. Her career included
working for the Department of the Interior at the Office of Geography
in Washington, D.C., then at the Department of Geography at Penn State
University. Later she joined IBM and became a Systems Engineer working
with customers throughout the U.S. The need to care for her mother
took her back to Dallas and she continued to work for IBM as an
Administrative Assistant. In 1985 she transferred from the Dallas
office of IBM to Colorado Springs along with her devoted workgroup.
Her activities and offices included French Club, Gamma Theta Upsilon
historian, Alpha Gamma Delta House President, Dean's list, Kappa Phi,
Bible Study Fellowship, and orchestra. As a child she attended summer
camp in Colorado, where she mastered riflery, swimming, and archery.
In the summer of 1960, she was a camp counselor at Camp Ton-A-Wandah
in Henderson, North Carolina. Retirement allowed her more time to
pursue sewing and she became an avid quilter. She was also an
accomplished musician, playing the piano, violin and flute. Susan
loved football and always followed the OU team. She had season tickets
to the Cowboys games while in Dallas, and loved them when they were
tops. After moving to Colorado Springs she adopted the Denver Broncos.
Susan loved riding in the Colorado mountains, with the car window
down, breathing in cool, fresh air. Shrine Pass from Red Cliff to Vail
was one of her favorites. Loyalty and generosity were her dearest and
most treasured traits. She remained in close contact with, and
cherished dearly her childhood and college friends, as well as
neighbors, co-workers, church, and quilting buddies. Her faith
remained strong through her cancer treatments and stroke. A Memorial
Service celebrating Susan's life will be held Friday, January 26 at
11:00 a.m. at First Lutheran Church, 1515 North Cascade Avenue,
Colorado Springs, CO 80907, phone (719) 632-8836. Susan has requested
that any donations be made to the church in lieu of flowers.
For the marker for John Douglas Poythress & Dorothy Ann Poythress
(Susan's parents) FindAGrave has a photo of their mausoleum marker at
Restland Memorial Park, Dallas, Dallas Co, TX, showing the husband and
wife's names side by side, with only years of birth and death or
burial below their names: Dorothy Ann Poythress 1903-1975 [sic; SSDI
shows she was born 12 Sep 1903, but died in Apr 1971 -- so maybe a
mistake on the marker, or perhaps Susan kept Mother's ashes until
1975, when they were added?] & John D Poythress 1904-1967.
Photos of the Oakland Cemetery markers in Dallas, Dallas Co, TX, are
at FindAGrave.com for
- John Henry Poythress and both his daughters:
- Mattisu Poythress wife of L.B.Lyon
- E.J. Claywell -- She died 12 Sep 1956 in San Francisco, San
Francisco Co, CA and her San Francisco funeral home record is included
at her FindAGrave site, showing her as wife of Wm Roy Claywell &
daughter of "Henry Poythress" and Minnie Brown.
- NOTE: ALSO BURIED AT THIS CEMETERY, per her Death Certificate, but
I saw no photo of a marker for her, is John Henry Poythress' wife,
Minnie, died 22 Dec 1960 at age 97 of senility in Dallas, Dallas Co,
TX per her Death Certificate (image available at FamilySearch.org; see
1900 Dallas, Dallas County, TX 1900 Census, Ward 9 of city of Dallas,
Dallas Co, TX, Supv Distr 6, ED 118, sheet 12-B, enumerated 8 Jun
1900, Lines 92-95, address of 125 Allen, Dwelling 255, Family 277:
- Poythress, John H, Head, White Male, b.Jan 1863, age 37, Married
for 10 years, b.Louisiana, father b.Georgia, mo b.Alabama, Occupation
"Salesman (Dry G[oods]), 0 months not employed, Yes reads, writes &
speaks English, Owns, Mortgage, Home
- , Minnie B, Wife, White Female, b.Feb 1863, age 37, Married for
10 years, 2 children born & 2 living, b.Texas, fa b.Missouri, mo
b.Alabama, no occupation, Yes reads, writes & speaks English
- , E.J, Daughter, White Female, b.Apr 1891, age 9, Single,
b.Texas, fa b.Louisiana, mo b.Texas
- , Matti-Sue, Daughter, White Female, b.Jan 1894, age 6, Single,
b.Texas, fa b.Louisiana, mo b.Texas
FHL Film 1241625
Image Number: 00578
Source Citation "United States Census, 1900," index and images,
FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M3LZ-T5R :
accessed 12 April 2012), John H Poythress (Dallas city, Dallas,
1920 Dallas County, TX FHL film 1821792] Dallas Co, TX, J Precinct 1,
Supv Disct 5, ED 29, Precinct 16 of Dallas City, Sheet 21-B enumerated
15 Jan 1920, Lines 94-97, address of 4826 Junius, Dwelling 413, Family
- Poythress, John H, Head, R[ents], Male, White, 56, Married, Yes
able to read, Yes able to write, b.Louisiana, fa b.United States, mo
b.United States, [fa & mo Mother Tongue was English, by ditto from
above], Yes speaks English, Trade/profession Buyer, Dry Goods, Wage
- , Minnie, Wife, Female, White, 56, Married, Yes able to read,
Yes able to write, b.Texas, fa b.Kentucky, mo b.Alabama, [fa & mo
Mother Tongue was English, by ditto from above], Yes speaks English,
- , Mattisu, Daughter, Female, White, 25, Single, Yes able to
read, Yes able to write, b.Texas, fa b.Louisiana, mo b.Texas, [fa & mo
Mother Tongue was English, by ditto from above], Yes speaks English,
Trade/profession Teacher, Public School, Wage
- . Douglas J, Son, Male, White, 16, Single, Yes attended school,
Yes able to read, Yes able to write, b.Texas, fa b.Louisiana, mo
b.Texas, [fa & mo Mother Tongue was English, by ditto from above], Yes
speaks English, Trade/profession "none"
Film Number: 1821792
Digital Folder Number: 4391970
Image Number: 00356
Sheet Number: 21
Source Citation: "United States Census, 1920," index and images,
FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MCM1-N9D :
accessed 12 April 2012), John H Poythress (, Dallas, Texas).
1940 University Park, Dallas County, TX SD 5, ED 57-7F, University
Park (City), Sheet 1B, enumerated 16 April 1940 by Mrs. Evelyn Marie
Hickey, lines 62-63, at 3446 Pateman, hh #33 (in order of visitation),
which address is Rented for $45/mo:
- Poythress, J D, head, Male, White, 36, Married; no did not attend
school since 1 March 1940; highest grade of school completed was c-4
[college 4 yrs]; b. Texas; on 1 April 1935 lived "same place" [same
city, county, & state as currently]; No that was not on a farm; Yes
this person was at work for pay the week of March 24-30; -, -, -,
- ; 44 hours worked that week; -; occupation "manager" in industry of
"wholesale heat & ventilatn Co," Pw [Paid a wage], 52 wks worked in
1939; $2,400 income in 1939; No did not receive income of $50 or more
from source other than wage or salary in 1939
- , Dorothy [circled x mark indicates she was the person
furnishing the info], wife, Female, White, 35, Married; no did not
attend school since 1 March 1940; highest grade of school completed
was c-2 [college 2 yrs]; b. Texas; on 1 April 1935 lived "same place"
[same city, county, & state as currently]; No that was not on a farm;
No this person was not at work for pay the week of March 24-30; no
this person was not at work assigned to public emergency work [WPA,
NYA, CCC, etc]; no this person was not seeking work; no this person
does not have a job/ business, etc; H [home housework], - [blank for
# hours worked week of March 24-30] , 0 wks worked in 1939; 0 income
in 1939; No did not receive income of $50 or more from source other
than wage or salary in 1939.
DEATH CERTIFICATES, all transcribed from images at FamilySearch.org,
from "Texas Deaths, 1890-1976"
1921 Death Certificate, Mattisu Poythress Lyon, Reg Dis # 21796
(stamped), Registered # 1275 (handwritten), in Dallas, Dallas Co, TX.
Mattisu Poythress Lyon, resident of 4826 Junius, who had lived in the
city for 27 years. The form lists her as a married white female, born
28 Jan 1894, age 27 years, 6 mo, 11 days, whose occupation was
Housewife. Her birthplace was Dallas, Tex; name of father
J.H.Poythress, born LA; maiden name of mother Minnie Brown, born TX;
Informant for that information was [her father] J.H. Poythress of 4826
Junius. Medical Particulars: death occurred 9 Aug 1921 at 11:15 a.m;
attended the deceased from June 29, 1921 to Aug 9, 1921 and last saw
her alive on Aug 9, 1921. Cause of Death was Pernicious Vomiting of
Pregnancy - Toxic [in?] Neuro[---] type, duration of 1 mo 15 days.
Contributory (Secondary) cause: Acidosis accompanied with acute
dilation of heart, duration of 30[?] days. Disease contracted at
Dallas; no operation preceded death; no autopsy. An illegible word
appears beside "What test confirmed diagnosis?" Signed by C.R.
Hannah[?], M.D. on Aug 9, 1921. Burial at Oakland Cemetery on 10 Aug
1921, Dallas. The record was filed 10 Aug 1921.
1922 Death Certificate, John Henry Poythress, from Texas Deaths
1890-1976, FamilySearch Digital film # 4166798. TX Death Certificate
Reg. Dis. # 7414 (stamped) Registered # 618 (handwritten) for John
Henry Poythress who died in Dallas, Dallas Co, TX at St Paul
Sanitarium [hospital], and whose residence was 3411 Asbury St. He had
resided in the city for 33 years. The certificate records that he was
a married white male, born 19 Jan 1863; at death was age 59 yrs, 2 mo,
4 days. His occupation was Dept. Mgr & Buyer for Sanger Bros. He was
born in LA; father J.A. Poythress, who was listed as having been born
in LA; maiden name of mother Martha Susan Farmer, listed as having
been born LA. Informant for the info was [his son] J.Douglas Poythress
of 3411 Asbury. The Medical Particulars: died 23 Mar 1922; attended
the deceased only on that date of death; death occurred at 3 p.m.
Cause of death was chronic Myocarditis, of 1 year duration. A check
mark is all shown on the Contributory (Secondary) cause line. Disease
contracted at Dallas; no operation preceded death; no autopsy; no test
was done to confirm diagnosis. Signed C.H. Bellaney, MD, on 24 Mar
1922. Place of Burial Oakland Cemetery on 25 Mar 1922. Filed 25 Mar
1960 Death Certificate, Minnie Poythress, TX State File # 71118, who
died in Dallas, Dallas Co, TX on 22 Dec 1960 at Garrett Hostel (1505
North Garrett), the institution where she had stayed for 1.5 years,
usual resident of 3429 Hanover [presumably this is the address of her
son, the Informant, as well as her legal residence], University Park,
Dallas Co, TX. She is listed as a Widowed White Female, age 97, born
10 Feb 1863 in Texas, whose father's name was John D Brown and
mother's maiden name was Elvira James Hicks. Her usual occupation was
Retired Housewife, in the home; no Social Security number was listed
for her. Informant was [her son] Mr. J.D.Poythress. Cause of death was
Senility; no other significant conditions contributed to death; no
autopsy was performed. John Bradfield, M.D. of Dallas, TX certified on
23 Dec 1960 that he had attended her from 26 May 1945 to 21 Dec 1960;
that he last saw her on 21 Dec 1960; and that death occurred at 2:15
pm on 22 Dec 1960. She was to be buried on 24 Dec 1960 at Oakland
Cemetery, Dallas, TX, with Sparkman's Inc Funeral Home handling
arrangements. The certificate was received by the local registrar on
23 Dec 1960.
1967 Death Certificate, TX State File # 08297, for death of John
Douglas Poythress on 17 Feb 1967 in Dallas, Dallas Co, TX, who died on
arrival at Baylor Medical Center; his usual residence was 3429 Hanover
in University Park, Dallas Co, TX. He was listed as having died at age
63, and as a Married White Male, born 4 Dec 1903, in Dallas, TX, whose
father's name was John H Poythress and mother's maiden name was Minnie
Brown. His usual occupation was Sales Engineer at Barber Coleman
Heating & AirConditioning; he was never in the US Armed Forces; his
Social Security # was 478-01-4875. Informant was [presumably his wife]
Mrs. Dorothy Poythress. His immediate cause of death was Acute
Coronary Occlusion with death occurring Instantly. Contributory
condition was listed as "Coronary Scleronia(?)" for "10 yrs (?).
Listed as Part of Other Significant Conditions Contributing to Death
was "Chronic aortic valvular heart diesase." No autopsy was performed.
John Bradfield, M.D. of Dallas, TX certified on 20 Feb 1967 that he
attended him from 1 Jan 1960 to 17 Feb 1967; that he last saw him on
17 Feb 1967; and that death occurred at 7:55 pm. Under "Burial,
Cremation, Removal (Specify)" is listed "Entombment" to be on 20 Feb
1967 at Restland Garden Mausoleum, Dallas, TX, with Sparkman's Inc
Funeral Home of Dallas, TX handling arrangements. Certificate was
received by local registrar on 20 Feb 1967.
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