Yes, this is the same Church, but the location has changed a mile or so.
It used to be farther south near the Valley Grove school location and
Gentry Bridge and
W.T. Graves home- more in a Valley than the present location at the Y in
Hico Highway location. Grandad Henry and Becky Hipp Carey and family
including mom Emma Carey Wyly and siblings attenmded Church there. . Mom
said she Aunt Ada Hatchett and Aunt Effie Evans walked from Oak Dale to
Valley Grove driving their milk cows and calves on foot. One reason the
church was moved upstream was the odor from the Stephenville Sewer
plant, across the iron Bridge from W.T. Graves House on the old Hico Hwy.
It was fine if wind was not out of the west and better with a South or
East Breze blowing.
One of the nearest cemeteries is on Pole Hollow or Pole Holler, visible
from the Highway.
Now, what was the name of the old School across U.S. 67 and across the
creek from Parham's Wrecking Yard? Mom sand when she was small a Blue
Norther rolled in and Grandad stopped the wagon at the School on this
Road towards Evergreen and others already had a Fire going. They spent
the night in the old School with the others. This was across the creek
from the old Historic 2 story Limestone Rock historic House south of U.S.
Take care, Charles A. Wyly
On Thu, 10 Feb 2005 14:56:31 -0500 "Rick and Susan"
Yesterday afternoon I called the Valley Grove Baptist Church in
Stephenville to see if it was the same Valley Grove Church begun in
the last half of the 1880s by the DuPuy/Roberts clan of Valley
I have been looking for actual Roberts for 5 years in Stephenville.
I have met some. But none from the John Kyle Roberts & Rebecca DuPuy
Yesterday I hit pay dirt!
The church gave me the number of the church historian who descends
from James Roberts & Sarah McCormick, John Kyle's brother. She then
called some Roberts and two called me last evening.
This gave me connections, information and some information I'd
rather not have ever known. (Do you tend to idealize your ancestors
I thought this tip might help some else?
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