Some Thaxton news – San Saba, Texas

From the San Saba News (TX), 03 Feb 1883, the obituary of Betty Wadsworth, wife of Thomas Benjamin Thaxton (son of Robert Carroll Thaxton):

We are pained to announce the death of Mrs. Thaxton, wife of our esteemed friend, Tom Thaxton, of this county.  She died last Wednesday near Liberty Hill, where they were visiting relatives and friends.  Mrs. Thaxton had been sick for some time with a lung affection.  She leaves a mother and sisters in this county, where she was born and raised, besides a host of friends to mourn her loss.  We extend sympathy to her bereaved husband and child.  She will be buried in the new cemetery this evening.

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From the San Saba News, 18 Jan 1889:

Tom Thaxton is busy again.  It is a boy this time, and Tom will be excused for a time from prompt attendance at the lodge, as he will be very busy at home.

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From the San Saba County News, 28 Sep 1916:

Cherokee News (From the Herald)

Thompson Thaxton and family have arrived from Oklahoma where they had formerly made their home.  Mr. Thaxton informs us that he will build a house on and go to improving the land of his wife which is located in Geo Gray’s pasture southwest of town, and that they will reside here in the future.

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From the San Saba County News, 15 Mar 1917:

T. B. Thaxton Dies Suddenly

  

Another Confederate veteran has answered the roll call up yonder.  Another pioneer citizen has finished his work and doth rest from his labors.  T. B. Thaxton died suddenly at his home at Mesilla Park, New Mexico, Wednesday, March 7.  The body was embalmed and brought to San Saba for burial, interment being in the Wallace Creek cemetery Saturday afternoon.  Rev. Polk Burke conducted the funeral services and Hon. Joe Frasier Brown, an old time friend and comrade in arms, paid a fitting tribute to the life, and character of deceased.  Tho he had been away for 17 years, many of the old time citizens and neighbors were present at the funeral.  This was a splendid tribute to the esteem of his old-time neighbors.  The floral offering was one of the prettiest ever seen.

 

Tom Thaxton was born June 4, 1845, at Neosho, Mo., and came with his father to Williamson county, Texas, in 1857 and to San Saba county in 1875.  He ranched on Wallace creek until in 1901 when he sold out here and invested in ranch property near Marfa.  Later, in 1910, he moved to Mesilla Park, N. M.  He is survived by a wife and six children.  They are Parker Thaxton, county surveyor of Culberson county; Rufus Thaxton, official engineer for the State Board of Water Engineers at Austin; Thomas Thaxton, who ranches near Marfa; Early Thaxton, of San Miguel, N.M.; Clifton Thaxton a student in the State College of New Mexico; and Miss Eleanor, who lives at home with the family.  Also a sister, Mrs. Sarah Hall of San Saba, and brothers, J. C. Thaxton of Runnels county, Calvin Thaxton of Mason county, John B. Thaxton of Cherokee and Hence Thaxton of Dolphin, Okla.

 

He was only sixteen years of age when the civil war broke out but he was a patriot and shouldered his musket and went away to do his duty to the beloved Southland.  He was mustered into the 7th Texas Calvalry, the famous Sibley and Green brigade, and saw service in all the memorable and gallant dashes of that heroic command.  He was a soldier who bore no malice and when the uneven struggle was over he went back home with a smile, looked the future square in the face and took up life’s duties and responsibilities where he had left off.  And every task was afterwards met with the full measure of a man.  Ruggedly honest, he was as generous as he was just and charitable.  His home was the acme of hospitality and every question or issue which affected his community, county, state and nation was worthy of his deliberate and careful consideration.  He never did anything in his life that he was ashamed to face and his Confederate record was a pride in every company.  He was a most regular and punctual attendant on all the reunions.

 

Two weeks ago the News published the last letter he ever wrote for publication and in it he expressed a desire to come to the reunion next summer at the San Saba Fair and Encampment, and spoke a word of cheer to the surviving members of the “thin grey line.”

 

His good deeds shall live after him.

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From the San Saba County News, 13 May 1920:

JNO. B. THAXTON DIES

 

Jno. B. Thaxton of Cherokee died rather suddenly in a Fort Worth Sanatarium  Monday morning.  The body was shipped home, passing through San Saba Wednesday, for burial.  Mr. Thaxton had been in poor health for some time.  He returned about a week ago from Temple, where he got no satisfaction.  Thursday he passed here on his way to Fort Worth.

 

Deceased was past 60 years of age and has lived in the Cherokee community for a long time.  Some twenty years ago he was married to a Miss Barber of near Pontotoc and to them were born three children.  He was at one time deputy sheriff of the county for two terms.  He was a good citizen, a charitable neighbor and always aligned himself with the educational and religious elements for the development of the community and county.

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From the San Saba County News, 04 Aug 1921:

Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Thaxton left for Delfin, Okla., to visit his parents.  His father is very low.  Mr. Thaxton has been in bad health for a long time.

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From the San Saba County News, 22 Jun 1922:

Leslie Thaxton of Georgetown passed thru San Saba last week en route to visit his mother, Mrs. J. B. Thaxton, at Cherokee.  Leslie is holding down a good position with a large department store in Georgetown and is making good, to the delight of his friends.

 

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From the San Saba County News, 21 Dec 1921:

(Cherokee)  Mrs. John Thaxton and other relatives received the sad news the first of the week that Mr. Hence Thaxton had died at his home in Oklahoma.

 

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From the San Saba County News, 09 Sep 1926:

 

The following families enjoyed a reunion in the home of Mrs. Cora Thaxton last Sunday:  Calvin Thaxton and family of Mason, Henry Palm, wife and three daughters, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Kimbrough and children of San Saba, Mr. and Mrs. Thomson Thaxton and children of Cherokee and Harold Thaxton of Africa.

 

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  1. sally finley (Ellibee)

    I am the daughter of Donald Ellibee (Thaxton). would like to contribute.

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