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328. George William SMITH (Eliza Terissa Angelina FARNSWORTH , Samuel Hill , Henry , Henry , Thomas , Thomas , Thomas , Thomas ) was born on 5 Feb 1875 in Moscow, Hickman County, Kentucky. He died on 9 Nov 1909 in Alto, Lincoln County, New Mexico.

George married Rebecca Lenear ROGERS on 13 Jan 1895 in Stephenville, Erath County, Texas. Rebecca was born on 17 Jan 1878 in Howard County, Arkansas. She died on 20 May 1959 in Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma.

They had the following children:

+ 626 M i Ansell Allen SMITH
  627 F ii Thelma Lillie SMITH was born on 24 Sep 1897.
+ 628 M iii Lon William SMITH
  629 M iv Len George SMITH was born on 9 Jun 1899 in Stephenville, Erath County, Texas. He died in Feb 1974 in California.
        Len married Esther.
  630 F v Ora Vanna SMITH was born on 23 Nov 1900 in Rush Springs, Grady County, Oklahoma.
        Ora married Walter BOLINGER.
  631 M vi Alton Parker SMITH was born on 4 Jul 1902 in Rush Springs, Grady County, Oklahoma. He died on 14 Apr 1981 in Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma.
        Alton married (1) Ova CHRISTMAS.
        Alton also married (2) Curtis OWENS.
+ 632 M vii Joseph Franklin SMITH
+ 633 F viii Annie Laura SMITH

329. Lurline SMITH (Eliza Terissa Angelina FARNSWORTH , Samuel Hill , Henry , Henry , Thomas , Thomas , Thomas , Thomas ) was born on 6 Jul 1878 in Moscow, Hickman County, Kentucky. She died on 18 Jun 1966 in Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona and was buried in Jun 1966 in Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona.

Lurline married Charles Britton LANE on 29 Nov 1899 in Stephenville, Erath County, Texas. Charles was born on 4 Mar 1868 in Cherokee, Labette County, Kansas. He died on 8 Oct 1926 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California and was buried on 9 Oct 1926 in Forest Lawn, Glendale, California.

They had the following children:

+ 634 F i Sallie Mona LANE
+ 635 F ii Charlotte Beal LANE
+ 636 F iii Mary Emma LANE
  637 M iv Ralph Waldo LANE was born on 16 Feb 1904 in Alto, Lincoln County, New Mexico. He died on 22 Sep 1964.
+ 638 F v Lorena LANE

330. Mary Araminta FARNSWORTH (George Washington , Samuel Hill , Henry , Henry , Thomas , Thomas , Thomas , Thomas ) was born on 8 Sep 1871 in Moscow, Hickman County, Kentucky. She died on 14 Feb 1925 in Brownfield, Terry County, Texas and was buried in Feb 1925 in Brownfield, Terry County, Texas.

An article published on November 5, 1913 in the Dilley Atmosphere, which was the Dilley, Texas newspaper reported on a meeting of the "Parents and Teachers Club". A report on the Farm and Home Economy was made by Mrs Webb.

Mary married James Davis WEBB, son of John WEBB and Apalany Kennedy CHANDLER, on 14 Jan 1890 in Limestone County, Texas. James was born on 11 Sep 1861 in Butler County, Alabama. He died on 12 Sep 1944 in Wichita Falls, Wichita County, Texas and was buried on 15 Sep 1944 in Brownfield, Terry County, Texas.

James Davis Webb was born in Alabama but little else is known about his childhood before arriving in Texas. He married Mary Araminta Farnsworth whose family can be traced back to the Revolutionary War when her ancestor, Henry Farnsworth, was a lieutenant in the Revolutionary Army of Virginia. James Davis "Jim" and Mary Araminta "Minta" had 4 children who lived past infancy: Mary Lillian born November 18, 1891 and died February 6, 1925 at the age of 33; Elma Davis born July 12, 1893 and died May 10, 1953 at the age of 60; Oran Ewart born August 26, 1897 and died April 4, 1948 at the age of 50; and Alton born October 23, 1904 and died August 21, 1983 at the age of 78. Lillian died of pneumonia during the influenza epidemic of 1925. The members of the family attended her funeral, some traveling by horse-drawn buggy. Right after the funeral Minta became ill and quickly succumbed to the flu, also, dying at the age of 53. The family stayed and attended her funeral which was one week after Lillian's. Minta and her daughter, Lillian are buried in the old Terry county cemetery at Brownfield with a large tombstone heading both graves. Nearly 20 years later when Jim died, he was buried beside them with a tombstone fashioned to match theirs. The first thing you see when you enter the cemetery are the two large "WEBB" tombstones beside the road. Jim Webb and his father-in-law, George Washington Farnsworth were evidently good friends and sometimes business partners. They purchased land together and, at one time, lived in Dilley, Texas. Jim bought and sold several pieces of land both in Floyd County and other areas where he lived. His wife purchased some land in her name, too. The deed records show numerous transactions by the family. Possibly they bought and sold land as a way of making money.

The Webb family came to the Plains in the 1890s from Coolidge in Limestone County. They first settled in Hale County then in Floyd County where at one time they owned four sections of land. The Lockview Farm is located on part of the land the Webb family once owned. The family moved to Dilley in Frio County in 1908, later settling at Brownfield in Terry County. Family members have said that Jim always seemed to have some money.

The Webb men were characterized by one family member as being a little dull but devoted to their families. Jim Webb tended to be cool and not overly affectionate but he was very fair-minded. His favorites seemed to be the children of Alton and Elma. Oran's family lived too far away to ever be very close to their grandfather. The only thing his grandson, Jim Bob, remembers about his Grandfather Webb is him telling their father not to let the children eat chocolate because it was bad for them. Four years after Minta's death, Jim Webb married a second time to Grace Youree. Her name is spelled different ways in various family documents, but the tombstone spells it "YOUREE". Billy Rex says he remembers "Grandma Grace" as the only grandmother he knew since Minta died before he was born. When Grace died, Jim went to her sons by her first marriage (to J D Youree) and gave them half of whatever he had acquired during his marriage to their mother.

James Davis (Jim) Webb a former resident of Floyd County died September 12, 1944 and was buried at Brownfield, Texas Friday morning beside the grave of his first wife.

During his years of land speculation, Jim Webb had bought some land in Yoakum County, Texas. He purchased nine sections of land by deed dated May 14, 1906 from P S Roberts and wife Alma, for $2.50 per acre. The Roberts had acquired the land from some people named Johnson in September 1903, and the Johnsons had acquired it by paying the taxes owed on it, getting it from the State who had originally granted it to John H Gibson in return for surveying it. One of the sections went to Alton and a portion of another section purchased by the Farnsworths became a part of J D Webb's land, making it eight and one-half sections. Family members still maintain some ownership interest in this land today.

When the hard winters were too much, the Webbs moved from Floyd County to Yoakum County to farm this land and they thought it was a dream come true. It was a good year, the crops were lush and they were happy. But it was only a dream. It turned out that this was an unusual year and, after that they struggled to survive in the harsh terrain.

Minta died and Jim and Alton moved to Post, Texas to farm. Jim tried and tried to sell the sections of land. He was able to sell some of the surface land but kept part of the mineral rights which he later deeded to his sons. Each received certain portions of the sections, divided in such a way that one son got two thirds of certain sections and one third of others. Fortunately it was written down since it was rather complicated, to say the least. Jim farmed in Post to pay the taxes on the land. Some of the surface land was kept in the family. Elma farmed on one section, No. 425, and that remains the "family farm" in his son's name (Billy Rex).

After having survived two wives, J D "Jim" Webb came to his final years. He became mentally feeble and stayed in the hospital at Brownfield. However, he began to wander into other rooms and the hospital finally told the family they could no longer keep him. Elma and Lena brought him into their home to care for him. He would only allow Lena to give him his medication. He became difficult and would do such things as wander outside at night. Once he fell into the cistern and Elma had to get him out, clean him up and get him back to bed. So, Elma and Alton decided he needed to be put into a home and they chose one in Wichita Falls. Two months after he went into the nursing home, he died. Alton remarked that if he had known his father was going to die so soon, he would never have put him in the home. He died at the age of 83 years - just one day after his birthday.

And he never knew the legacy he left his descendants. In 1951 oil was discovered in the area where he had purchased those nine sections of land in Yoakum County. Although none of the wells were huge producers, some have steadily pumped oil for over forty years. Although no one got "rich", the oil gave the children and grandchildren and their spouses a comfortable life. It took care of Oran's widow so she did not have to work, it put the grandchildren through college and provided nice homes and cars for everyone.

In the Dilley local news column of the Dilley Atmosphere, which was the Dilley, Texas newspaper published on November 5, 1913 there was this line: "The following prominent Dilley citizens attended the State Fair in Dallas last week: J E J Pouncey, C L Busby, J D Webb and L C Wright. Mr Wright purchased a pair of very fine registered Poland China pigs while there, which he will add to his already very fine herd".

James and Mary had the following children:

  639 F i Mary Lillian WEBB was born on 18 Nov 1891 in Limestone County, Texas. She died on 6 Feb 1925 in Brownfield, Terry County, Texas and was buried on 8 Feb 1925 in Brownfield, Terry County, Texas.

This letter was received from J W Baughman following the funeral of Lillian Webb. "I am addressing this letter to Alton so that the family will get it. Ever since I met you good people I have appreciated you and now I feel like writing you a few lines since your recent sorrow. I have never been so forcibly impressed with a funeral ceremony as I witnessed at the funeral of Miss Lillian there Saturday. I thought it was pretty enough and impressive at the grave but when it ended in your own grief-stricken home with "In the Sweet Bye and Bye" my heart overflowed with gratitude for the good work of those brave and loyal Klanswomen. It was the prettiest ceremony I ever saw. I feel sure it had a wonderful effect on all that witnessed it. Miss Lillian had many friends there who appreciated her. Here was a life in which there was no guile. Brother Webb, you must bear up under this and don't harbor any malice toward that bunch that talk before they think. I see a new day approaching for the better element there. That Klan ceremony will be an eye-opener. May God bless you good people and when we have an oppurtunity we are coming to see you."
+ 640 M ii Elma Davis WEBB
  641 M iii George Evans WEBB was born on 28 Jan 1895 in Hale County, Texas. He died on 3 Feb 1895 in Hale County, Texas.
+ 642 M iv Oran Ewart WEBB
+ 643 M v Alton WEBB

331. Julia Etta FARNSWORTH (George Washington , Samuel Hill , Henry , Henry , Thomas , Thomas , Thomas , Thomas ) was born on 8 Nov 1873 in Moscow, Hickman County, Kentucky. She died on 4 Sep 1930 in Lockney, Floyd County, Texas and was buried in Sep 1930 in Lockney, Floyd County, Texas.

Julia married Charles Henry HUFFMAN on 8 May 1895 in Mayshaw, Floyd County, Texas. Charles was born on 25 Aug 1859. He died on 9 Jun 1925 in Lockney, Floyd County, Texas and was buried in Jun 1925 in Lockney, Floyd County, Texas.

They had the following children:

+ 644 F i Mary Edna HUFFMAN
+ 645 M ii Charles Herman HUFFMAN
  646 F iii Susan Elizabeth HUFFMAN was born on 5 Nov 1906 in Lockney, Floyd County, Texas. She died on 12 Jun 1909.
  647 M iv HUFFMAN
  648 F v HUFFMAN
  649 M vi HUFFMAN
  650 M vii HUFFMAN

332. Nancy Rebecca "Nannie" FARNSWORTH (George Washington , Samuel Hill , Henry , Henry , Thomas , Thomas , Thomas , Thomas ) was born on 27 Feb 1876 in Armour, Limestone County, Texas. She died on 28 Aug 1951 in Lockney, Floyd County, Texas and was buried in Aug 1951 in Lockney, Floyd County, Texas.

From the Floyd County Hesperian, published by the Hesperian Publishing Co., Inc. at 212 South Main St., Floyada, TX, HOMER STEEN Editor. Thursday, September 6, 1951.
The funeral service for Mrs. Nannie Rebecca RAMSEY, 75, one of the first persons to live in the area now known as Lockney, was held last Wednesday, August 29, 1951 at the First Methodist Church in Lockney with the Reverend H. W. HANKS, pastor of the Muleshoe Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in Lockney Cemetery. Mrs. RAMSEY had been bedfast for eighteen months. She had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Henry BOLLMAN of Lockney. Nannie Rebecca FARNSWORTH was born at Armour, a ghost town in Limestone County, Texas on February 27, 1876 where her father had a cotton gin. She was the third daughter of George W. FARNSWORTH and Mary Ann Aldridge FARNSWORTH. On July 9, 1887 her mother died in childbirth and was buried at Tehuacana, Texas. Mr. FARNSWORTH went back to Kentucky to marry his second wife, Mattie BROWN, who was a cousin of his first wife. In December 1890, the FARNSWORTHS came to Floyd County to live. They made the trip to Childress by train and their things were brought to Lockney from Childress by wagon. They lived at first in old Lockney, southeast of where Al Smith now lives in a half dugout. Mrs. RAMSEY attended the second school in Lockney. In 1891 the FARNSWORTHS moved several miles east of Lockney just west of the old RAMSEY place. While they lived there, Mr. RAMSEY operated a store at MAYSHAW, a ghost town in Floyd County. It was located on the Smalley place south of Lockney. Mrs. RAMSEY recalled that E. C. HENRY bought some percale with a small dot to make baby dresses for Mrs. George SMITH (Beatrice Henry) from her father's store. The FARNSWORTH children attended the Mayshaw school. Miss Rose EWING, later Mrs. E. P. THOMPSON, was Mrs. RAMSEY'S teacher at Mayshaw. The Roseland school was named after Mrs. THOMPSON. In 1894 Mayshaw was moved away. Mrs. Alice BAKER was postmistress at old Lockney. Mr. FARNSWORTH had about a $75 stock of goods left and he asked Mrs. BAKER if she would see if she could dispose of the goods. It was from this small stock of goods that the BAKERS started their first store and it was moved to the present site in Lockney in 1894. One time part of Lockney was burned to the ground and the BAKERS were wiped out completely. Mr. FARNSWORTH had $1500 which he offered to the BAKERS so that they could start all over again. The BAKERS have often expressed their appreciation for the money he let them have. Mrs. RAMSEY recalled that she was visiting her sister, Julia, and her husband, Charlie HUFFMAN, who were working at the F ranch when Will MASSIE brought his bride back from Weatherford and spent the night. Mrs. MASSIE made the remark to Miss Nannie that "she didn't know that he had a sweetheart that had been waiting for him all these years". The FARNSWORTHS later moved northwest of Lockney on what is now the old Guy RAMSEY place. It was while they lived here that Robert, the FARNSWORTH'S oldest son was killed. Robert and Lee LLOYD were heading maize and the team of horses started to run and Bob started to head them off. He stumbled, falling on his knife which stuck in his heart. In 1903, Mr. and Mrs. FARNSWORTH, along with Miss Nannie, moved to Dilley, Texas. On August 16, 1903, Nannie FARNSWORTH was married to J. W. HAMMONDS at Dilley, Texas. They returned to Floyd County to live. To this union two children were born, Mary Lou HAMMONDS, who is now Mrs. Henry BOLLMAN of Lockney and Edwin HAMMONDS of Sand Hill. Mr. HAMMONDS died July 20, 1919. On February 4, 1923, Mrs. HAMMONDS married C. F. RAMSEY who died February 17, 1942. In addition to her two children, she is survived by six grandchildren: Eddie Lynn and Jimmie HAMMONDS, Sand Hill, Nancy, Wiley, Louise and Billy BOLLMAN, Lockney. Mrs. RAMSEY was the last survivor of the original FARNSWORTH family. George FARNSWORTH died on April 14, 1913, Minta, Mrs. J. D. WEBB, died February 14, 1925, Julia, Mrs. Charlie HUFFMAN died September 4, 1930, Robert FARNSWORTH was killed on November 4, 1904, Sam FARNSWORTH died September 8, 1935 and Lena, Mrs. Arthur DAVIS, died on August 15, 1948.

Nancy married (1) James William HAMMONDS on 16 Aug 1908 in Dilley, Frio County, Texas. James was born in 1870 in Lawrence County, Tennessee. He died on 20 Jul 1919 in Floydada, Floyd County, Texas and was buried in Jul 1919 in Floydada, Floyd County, Texas.

They had the following children:

+ 651 F i Mary Louise HAMMONDS
+ 652 M ii Robert Edwin HAMMONDS

Nancy also married (2) Charles Franklin RAMSEY on 4 Feb 1923. Charles died on 17 Feb 1942.

334. Samuel Isaac FARNSWORTH (George Washington , Samuel Hill , Henry , Henry , Thomas , Thomas , Thomas , Thomas ) was born on 15 Aug 1881 in Armour, Limestone County, Texas. He died on 9 Sep 1935 in Lockney, Floyd County, Texas and was buried in Sep 1935 in Lockney, Floyd County, Texas.

Samuel married Bertha Emma HAMILTON on 16 Jun 1909 in Lockney, Floyd County, Texas. Bertha was born on 23 Sep 1880 in Trenton, Grundy County, Missouri. She died on 13 Mar 1953 in Tuolumne, Sonoma County, California and was buried in Mar 1953 in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California.

They had the following children:

+ 653 F i Zanona Lee FARNSWORTH
+ 654 M ii Robert Melvin "Bob" FARNSWORTH
+ 655 F iii La Vonne FARNSWORTH

335. Eva Lena FARNSWORTH (George Washington , Samuel Hill , Henry , Henry , Thomas , Thomas , Thomas , Thomas ) was born on 11 May 1884 in Armour, Limestone County, Texas. She died on 15 Aug 1948 in Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas and was buried in Aug 1948 in Plains, Yoakum County, Texas.

On March 1, 1906, Arthur J Davis married Eva Lena Farnsworth in Floyd county Texas. Arthur and Lena hitched up their horses to the wagon with all their belongings and towed their buggy behind the wagon. They headed for the land that was given to them by Lena's father, G W Farnsworth, located about seven miles southwest from Plains. They lived in a half dugout for awhile. Arthur did freighting from Canyon, Seagraves and Big Spring, hauling lumber and other supplies for ranchers and business places in town. He spread his roll of bedding at night under the stars in heaven and this was his bedroom. He carried his cooking supplies in his chuck box. Arthur was born March 27, 1881 in Erath county Texas. Lena was born May 11, 1884 at Armour Texas. They were stock farmers and like most all the families in the area were in the same boat, poor, but had a loving family life and enough to eat, since they raised most of their food. The kids were happy for Saturday to come since they could take eggs, milk and butter to Plains and exchange it for flour, sugar or whatever was needed and the treat of an ice cream cone, "sode" pop or a lemon stick candy.

Eva married Arthur Jefferson DAVIS on 1 Mar 1906 in Floyd County, Texas. Arthur was born on 27 Mar 1881 in Erath County, Texas. He died on 20 Jun 1948 in Brownfield, Terry County, Texas and was buried in Jun 1948 in Plains, Yoakum County, Texas.

They had the following children:

+ 656 M i George Wilburn DAVIS
+ 657 F ii Vera Estelle DAVIS
  658 F iii Sallye Ruth DAVIS was born on 2 Oct 1916 in Plains, Yoakum County, Texas. She died on 20 Aug 2005 in Denver City, Yoakum County, Texas.

In 1996 Sallye celebrated her 80th birthday and family and friends came from
far and wide to extend their good wishes. Sheila wrote the following which
expresses the sentiments of her family.

A few years ago, in 1916, Arthur and Lena Davis had a little queen. A petite curly haired babe, Sallye Ruth, being her name. She lived in this county as she grew up, along with her brother and sister, and speckled pup. It was off to Lubbock to complete her schoolin' to make her grades there was no foolin'.
Then came the nursing, but after a while, along came Lynn with that winning smile. Before too long they crossed the stateline, tied the knot "til the end of time". It was off to California they went, most of last month's paycheck they'd already spent. Repairing airplanes was Lynn's occupation, Ruth was "Ma Bell's" sensation. Off to Oregon after retirement they fled, then after several years they migrated back to Yoakum County instead. It was in the fall of 1987, After much illness Lynn took his trip to Heaven. Sal's hung tough, she's so busy, tending two places and traveling, you'd think she'd be dizzy.
We're happy to celebrate this special event, Bringing joy and happiness is our intent. Now relax and enjoy this "birthday show",You're "our gal, Sal", and we love you so.
        Sallye married Lynn S SHOEMAKER on 19 Sep 1938 in Lovington, Lea County, New Mexico. Lynn died in 1987.

336. Henry Alfred BELL (William Virgil BELL , Jane Gibson FARNSWORTH , Henry , Henry , Thomas , Thomas , Thomas , Thomas ) was born on 29 Dec 1862 in Greeneville, Greene County, Tennessee. He died on 20 Jan 1955 in Denton, Denton County, Texas and was buried on 22 Jan 1955 in Denton, Denton County, Texas.

Henry married Susan Loretta BAYLESS, daughter of Robert BAYLESS and Sarah PETERS, on 1 Jan 1882 in Greeneville, Greene County, Tennessee. Susan was born on 13 Jun 1862 in Jonesboro, Washington County, Tennessee. She died on 15 Apr 1937 in Aubrey, Denton County, Texas.

They had the following children:

+ 659 F i Minnie Ethel BELL

337. Leota Phillis MADDIX (Alva MADDIX , Elizabeth HALL , Mary FARNSWORTH , Henry , Thomas , Thomas , Thomas , Thomas )

Leota married Lemuel Vern COLE.

They had the following children:

+ 660 M i Philip Lemuel COLE

351. Edward E FARNSWORTH (William Alexander , John Gass , David , Henry , Thomas , Thomas , Thomas , Thomas ) was born in 1880. He died in 1970.

Edward married Eva FOWLER.

They had the following children:

+ 661 F i Ada FARNSWORTH
  662 M ii Elmer Lee FARNSWORTH
  663 F iii Susie Mildred FARNSWORTH
  664 F iv Mary M FARNSWORTH
  665 F v Eva G FARNSWORTH
  666 M vi John E FARNSWORTH
  667 M vii Bill F FARNSWORTH

358. James Martin FARNSWORTH (George Washington , George , Benjamin , Henry , Thomas , Thomas , Thomas , Thomas ) was born on 12 Oct 1876 in Greenridge, Scott County, Arkansas. He died on 6 Oct 1963 in Blueball, Yell County, Arkansas.

James married (1) Maggie Leona WILLIAMS on 6 Oct 1898 in Blueball, Yell County, Arkansas. Maggie was born on 6 Sep 1881. She died on 28 Sep 1914 in Hunt, Scott County, Arkansas.

They had the following children:

+ 668 M i Ongie Loy FARNSWORTH
  669 M ii Joseph Walter FARNSWORTH

James also married (2) Annie WEBB.

They had the following children:

+ 670 M iii Earl FARNSWORTH
  671 M iv Glen Thomas FARNSWORTH
+ 672 M v James Clayton FARNSWORTH

365. Lee Joseph FARNSWORTH (John Alexander , Alexander , Benjamin , Henry , Thomas , Thomas , Thomas , Thomas )

Lee married Mary Elizabeth SMITH.

They had the following children:

  673 M i Jack Lee FARNSWORTH
        Jack married Nancy Renee YOUNG.
  674 M ii Stephen Joseph FARNSWORTH

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