On Fri, 19 Oct 2007 07:54:24 -0500 "Ann Oppenheimer"
I do love your writings about the beautiful area in which you live.
In Hood County, some settlers had farms on Stockton Bend, Mitchell
etc. I think I have located Mitchell Bend, but do you know where
Bend is? Is it on the east side of the Brazos River?
Thanks, Ann- I saw some connections I did not mention concerning Paluxy
drainage area. Had to think some on them.
Mitchell Bend- Mitchell Creek Baptist Church was across the road from
Pony Creek school before Three Way took over the area. by consolidation
and busses. Itwas a few yards below the school on Mitchell Creek. I
wild think a Texas map would show where Mitchell Creek joins the Paluxy
River- have been by there, but so many branches with crooks I cannot
picture it now.
I also attended Stephenville High School with a LouJane Mitchell . 1945-.
Dad and Carl used to visit at cattle auctions and sometimes in the road
ditch when heading to auctions or whatever. His granddaughter Donna
Mitchell of Dublin married my wife's nephew Joe Mack Riley of Dublin.
My Great Grandad Robert Augustine Wyly was a stepson of Martha Catherine
Mitchell Wyly back in Georgia. his mom was Lucy Eddins, an aunt of
Martha. Martha came to Texas by boat and came to Selden then to Wyly
kin on high Plains. Great Uncle Albert Charles Wyly of Selden took some
of his nieces to the Ireland or Mitchell Cemetery in Hamilton County
near Comanche. He had Mitchell Uncles and aunts buried there. Across in
Comanche County Great Grandad's older brother Benjamin Franklin Wyly ,
with 5 of his family on his land . He and his Uncle A.C. Wyly ran the 4
story Brick Wyly Wholesale Merchandise before the Civil War. Some of
these had connections to Cage, Trammel and Crow in Erath County, but most
of his family went to Thurber.Coal mines and East Texas oil fields
I think Stocton Bend was below Mitchell Creek - Paluxy junction. and
near a long straight section of the Paluxy River where some claim that
Jesse James had hidden a small treasure box of gold and silver coins. a
young man I knew said he had swam this stretch and found a steel box he
could not move, and when he returned in a few days with help and cable,
the box was gone.Hesse also was reported to have buried emergency
funds under an oak Tree between Three Way School and Pony Creek church (
Box Cemetery). Also left some money in a cave near Lake Whitney Dam,
Some coins were found there, but torches were used to keep rattlesnakes
away and coins were displayed in a showcase in a fishing camp on Lake
Also have possible connections to the names you are researching - mine
from Georgia, Tennessee and Texas. For instance, a Wyly in Georgia
married an Underwood. 3 0r 4 houses - two story stone- 2 story were
built between Tolar, Maratheal's Gap, Chalk Mountain south of the
Paluxy. and old Johnsville in mid 1800's I think they were on a Bumper
gate road where older cars with steel bumpers could bump then and they
would open and swing closed. One had Carbide gas tank in the yard and gas
lights in the house. They were empty last time I saw them-. Built like
Rock Church, where we used to play as teenagers , near theSuspensoin
Bridge over the Paluxy. I actually lived in Johnsville and Fort Worth
and a year in Stephenville and 2 in the Army during Korean War. before
finishing my degrees. Dad and Virgil Underwood shared a home in the
Charles Neblett Home while attending Tarleton Virgil became a Vocational
should I send info on names on a letter off TxErath site?
Charles A. Wyly