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we visited Stephenville Country Opry last Saturday night, and Selden
community homecoming Sunday. Also the Selden Hatchett Cemetery . Who was
the first one buried there/ His headstone is gone- may have been
scratched rock, in way of a mower in the past? They may have not
recognized the rock as a headstone. Legend says Dr. Hatchett had a
westbound coverred wagon of settlers whom camped out near the creek and
present Cemetery. One son was sick and the westbound settlers got Dr.
Hatchett to check him, but he was too far gone. The dad then asked Great
Grandad Hatchett for a burial place. Several Hatchetts are buried in
Chalk Mountain and Indian Creek cemeteries, and There are at least 8
generations in Selden Cemetery. Fire ants are a problem there, and aunt
Mary Wyly, Capt. Army Nurses in South Pacific, passed on a few years ago.
Question 1: I have seen this on the internet but have problems doing it
now. How does the moon affect the dirt used to cover the coffins/ At
times they have to haul in dirt to fill the grave, and at other times
so much dirt is left over, it is used to level sinking graves nearby.
Try Google Searches on lunar effects on the soil.
One of my Co-op Students in Midway High was a plumbing trainee and his
dad taught him that one watching the moon knew when burying a pipeline
would sometimes have dirt hauled in and at other times they had dirt
left over. No wonder we have some rough road patches.
2. Somewhere on Rootsweb there are reports of useing a metal dector to
find lost graves, Others used the 'Witching Wires in each hand, or used
a green t tree fork to locate it. I tried and could find water lines
with both of the last two.
Any input apreciated. .
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I am working on the John Jefferson CANADY family and I need help with
some newspapers articles.
He moved there as a child and lived in Erath County until he died in
1957 at the age of 87. He and May Bell ARMSTRONG had the following 11
Henry Jackson md Nettie Blanche HOOKER - shot and killed her in 1937
and committed suicide with the same gun.
Emma know nothing
John W served in WW I was divorced when he died but do not know his wife
Texas know nothing about her
Thomas Franklin (Frank) md Ruby Essie HUKEL who committed suicide with
carbolic acid ten months before shootings above
Gracie know nothing
Hunter know nothing
George Floyd died at age 4 in Clairette from being kicked by a horse.
May Bell know nothing
Clinton Ellis he was married to Dollie HUKEL (sister to above self-
murdered Essie). I believe he in died during WW II.
Several years ago there were a lot of newspaper articles on the Erath
County website and one of them was about John CANADY being the oldest
man in Erath co. I cannot find any of those newspapers now. I would
like the aforementioned article as well as any thing that pertains to
the shooting/suicide mentioned above and/or the suicide by carbolic
acid carried out by Essie.
Also if anyone has any information as what happened to Lucinda TURNER
CANADY, John Jefferson's mother I would greatly appreciate it. She
was in Erath County in 1880 but can find no trace of her after that.
I would be glad to reimburse for time and expenses in obtaining
information from the newspapers.
Charmaine Riley Holley
"...but hobbits have a passion for family history."
- Tolkein in Lord of the Rings
"Cuimhnich air na daoine o'n d'thainig thu"
~Remember the men from whom you are sprung ~
Yes, please send the article directly to my E mail, not through
Txerath-L- or do you wish to mail it to me. ? Let me know.
My grandmother was Ida Catherine or Kathryn MOXLEY Wyly. Her dad was
under Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest and after their defeat hey started
walking home, and had to eat a horse or two. His family included a Gates.
His wife died, and he married Mary Ann Fleming in Missouri. The Kansas
Jayhawk contract reconstruction crew under U.S contract, raised taxes
too high to keep the land, esp since so many had lost husbands in the
War. They even passed a reconstruction law that said no one related to
a member of the Confederate Army could hold a office of leadership,
including Jesse Jame's father, who was a Baptist Minister who had to
I have a photo of Great Grandparents in chairs in their yard. I remember
them both. They joined a wagon train Texas bound with Ogan, Fleming,
and friends and neighbors, bound for Erath County, Texas. They lived on
land joining the land by Pleasant Hill (Chigger Hill) Methodist Church
and Indian Creek School. Their scout and helper was a full blood Indian
who would watch for signs of Indian Raiders, apparently the time of the
Erath County Minute Men. He is buried under a flat rock just outside the
main Cemetery Gate, with no markings whatever. Seems like he earned more
than that. He is buried by some Moxey and Fleming Graves.
Great Grandparents never had electricity or indoor running water , even
to the 1950's when Aunt Susie Moxley lived after finishing Tarleton
and Mary Hardin Baylor. They used a hand pump and some creek water. The
house had a long dining room when I was in high school, and Great
Grandparents had a weaving loom and spinning wheels. I have a piece of
the rag string carpet they wove . Severl in the area had their floors
coverred with these runs of carpet, fully carpeted floor, with wood
stoves . Aunt Susie had dated a Baylor student and she tught in
several Erath County Schools , refused a Principal's position in
Bloomington, Texas as she would not be a woman supervising a man
teacher. She also taught at Texas A&M Consolidated Public School.
They also had some marriage connections to Tom Arendell's family, who
built his log Cabin between Indian Creek and Selden, not in Stephenville
as some claim. The cabin was moved from the Moncrief Dairy the Wood
family dairy, and Garvin restored it with a fireplace , dirt floor, and
a rocker- just a good quiet place to take a short rest, behind their
I have Aunt Susie's well written diary, with some Quaker Quotes in it,
from Missouri. They were Baptist, most of the Flemings were Methodist,
and Great Great Grandmother Fleming was Catholic She attended church
with family. Either the Moxleys or Flemings had connections to Mayflower
and some had learned weaving and spinning in Boston. Her dad was an
immigrant naturalized in a Missouri Port city.
Aunt Susie also taught one Golightly youth who was in a wheel chair
after her return home. . Hugh Herring worked peanuts on their sandy land
and lived near us in Johnsville during WW2. Connie taught in Johnsville,
then Selden, and has her name on a Quilt square , quilted in Selden
Auditorium, after the women finished tearing sheets into bandages for
Red Cross in WW2.
Soirry if I bored you, but thought someone might see other connections to
those listed above.
Charles Augustine Wyly
On Thu, 05 Jun 2008 11:42:17 -0600 Clyde Edmonds <edmonds01(a)bresnan.net>
> Mr. Wyly,
> Did you have any Moxley or Maxey relations who lived in KS in the
> 1800's. I came acrosse a very interesting article which appeared in
> KS Oldnewpaper Rootsweb group.
> I'll be happy to send it to you if you wish.
> Clyde Edmonds
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Did you have any Moxley or Maxey relations who lived in KS in the late
1800's. I came acrosse a very interesting article which appeared in the
KS Oldnewpaper Rootsweb group.
I'll be happy to send it to you if you wish.