3. Thomas Alexander "Tom" STEWART (William Shepard ) was born on 20 Feb 1858 in Tennessee. He died on 30 Sep 1927 in Tom, McCurtain County, Oklahoma and was buried on 1 Oct 1927 in Tom, McCurtain County, Oklahoma.
The town of Tom, Oklahoma was named for him. The town formally came into being in 1916 when a post office was established in Tom Stewart's store with him as the first postmaster. The community was thus named for him.
Following the death of Thomas Stewart on September 30, 1927 The McCurtain Democrat newspaper ran the following eulogy: "Tom was stopped with sorrow Thursday afternoon when the news was wafted over the village that Mother Stewart and her husband Tom had passed away, the later having been in bad health for over a year. They were taken sick with malaria on Sunday night before. On Monday morning their home physician was called and attention was given their case which at that time was not alarming. Each day they grew weaker with consulting physicians attending, until Thursday afternoon it was noticed that Mother Stewart was suddenly unconscious. A physician was hurriedly called and he pronounced a blood vessel had broken on the brain. And the husband was also in a serious condition. They continued to grow weaker throughout the night. Mother Stewart's spirit passed away most peacefully the following morning at 6:00 AM and Mr. Stewart likewise at 12:00 noon the same day, each passing over the river to the great beyond within six hours of each other; neither knowing that the other was going. They were laid side by side and those viewing them said they were so natural they looked as though they were taking a quiet slumber. They will be missed more than usual because they were pioneers. The town of Tom, Oklahoma was named for him and the town of America, Oklahoma was named for her". One of Tom Stewart's grandsons tells the story of the time that Tom got hijacked and the hijacker was rather disappointed. Tom carried two wallets with him and the hijacker got the empty one.
James & Shirley Webb visited the graves of Tom & Maggie Stewart at the Tom
cemetery in August 1996.
Thomas married America Arminda "Maggie" SUGGS on 16 Aug 1876. America was born on 5 Apr 1856 in Mississippi. She died on 30 Sep 1927 in Tom, McCurtain County, Oklahoma and was buried on 1 Oct 1927 in Tom, McCurtain County, Oklahoma.
The town of America, Oklahoma was named for her.
Shirley & James Webb visited the cemetery at Tom Oklahoma in July 1996 and saw the gravestone of Arminda America Suggs.
The newsletter of the McCurtain County Genealogical Society for March 1992
carried an article written by Patsy Stevens on The Stewart Family. It gave some of the history of the family as they lived in Tom Oklahoma. The McCurtain Democrat newspaper on Thursday, October 6, 1927 ran the following obituary:"Mrs America Stewart, age 71 years, died at her home in Tom, September 30 at 6 AM. Her husband, Thomas Stewart, 70 years old, died at 12 o'clock noon September 30 from the shock of the death of his wife. The double funeral service of this pioneer couple was held in the Bryan cemetery on Saturday, October 1, 1927 at 3:00 PM. The service was in charge of Rev. M L Matthews and Rev. Applebury. Tom Oklahoma was named for Mr. Stewart and America Oklahoma was named for Mrs. Stewart. Nothing remains of the once flourishing town of America which was located on the Frisco Railroad four miles from the Oklahoma-Arkansas border. The town was founded in 1903 by William Spencer who had come to the Indian Territory the previous year and settled at Goodwater, six miles to the northwest. Realizing the advantage of being situated near the railroad, Spencer moved to the new site. The town was named for America Stewart, wife of the first postmaster, Tom Stewart. The post office began operating on July 24, 1903. And then came the Great Depression which was the beginning of the end for America, Oklahoma. There was no longer profit in cotton farming and most of the residents moved to other towns or states. The post office closed on February 15, 1944.
Thomas and America had the following children:
+ 12 F i Lela Violet STEWART + 13 F ii Nora Belle STEWART + 14 F iii Lillie Arminda STEWART + 15 M iv William Thomas STEWART Sr + 16 F v Nellie May STEWART + 17 M vi James Edward STEWART + 18 F vii Bessie Lee STEWART
4. Malissa Elizabeth STEWART (William Shepard ) was born on 11 Mar 1860 in Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi. She died on 4 Aug 1962 in Sinton, San Patricio County, Texas and was buried on 6 Aug 1962 in Martin Cemetery, Hays County, Texas.
James & Shirley Webb visited her grave in the Martin Cemetery on February 24, 1995.
The following was written about grandmother Malissa Hamm.
"GRANDMA HAMM" was always a very special person in our Allen family. It seemed that Olene Allen Pfeiffer, mother of Gayle was born prematurely and only weighed around three pounds. Arnie and George Allen had four other children when she was born, so "GRANDMA HAMM" came to help take care of Arnie and the new baby. She said "give her to me and she'll be fine and make it". She made a cardboard box, with blankets and put it near the wood stove. Of course it was like the modern day isolettes in Neo-natal units of today. So, she was very special to my mother. After her husband, James B Hamm passed away (diabetes), she came to stay with different children. Most of my life she lived with her youngest daughter, Hattie Cave and her family in Sinton, Texas. I couldn't begin to tell you how many birthday parties the entire Allen family attended for her. Malissa Stewart Hamm lived to be almost 103 years old. She was the perfect example of a perfect old age with wonderful memories of traveling in a group of covered wagons from McNairy County, Tennessee to a new land in Goforth, Hays County, Texas. The area was overpopulated with pioneers and the land and crops soon were non-existent. My Grandmother Allen told of near starving families and hard times. The J T Goforths, daughter Sally and family, the Hornes (another daughter Maggies family) and a son, Morries Hamm, plus GRANDPA AND GRANDMA Hamm, moved to the Bishop and Corpus Christi area to farm. Most of the family stayed there and the Allen and Hamm family descendants travelled to the area for much loved visits and "fish frys".
Malissa married James Buchanan HAMM, son of James Jefferson HAMM and Malinda SPRINGER, on 11 Dec 1880 in McNairy County, Tennessee. James was born on 8 Jun 1856 in McNairy County, Tennessee. He died on 3 Nov 1927 in Bishop, Nueces County, Texas and was buried on 6 Nov 1927 in Martin Cemetery, Hays County, Texas.
James & Shirley Webb visited his grave in the Martin Cemetery on February 24, 1995.
James and Malissa had the following children:
+ 19 F i Sallie Dove HAMM + 20 F ii Arnie Belle HAMM + 21 F iii Maggie Mae HAMM + 22 M iv James Arlen HAMM + 23 M v William Robert HAMM Sr 24 M vi Henry Telman HAMM was born on 20 Nov 1894 in Hays County, Texas. He died on 6 Sep 1901 in Nueces County, Texas and was buried in Sep 1901 in Martin Cemetery, Hays County, Texas.
James & Shirley Webb visited his grave in the Martin Cemetery on February 24, 1995.
+ 25 M vii Morris Lee HAMM + 26 F viii Hattie V HAMM
William married Mary Matilda FRANKS, daughter of William Louis FRANKS and Mary Elizabeth REID, on 22 Nov 1888 in Hays County, Texas. Mary was born on 30 Jul 1866. She died on 7 Jun 1928 in Dilley, Frio County, Texas and was buried in Jun 1928 in Dilley, Frio County, Texas.
In the Dilley Local News column of the Dilley Atmosphere, which was the Dilley, Texas, newspaper published on November 5, 1913 there was a line: "Mrs W I Stewart and daughter Miss Ruth attended to business in Pearsall last Thursday".
William and Mary had the following children:
+ 27 F i Rena Ray STEWART + 28 F ii Minnie Maud STEWART + 29 M iii Joe Dee STEWART + 30 F iv Emma Ruth STEWART + 31 M v William Don STEWART Sr 32 F vi Lenora Pearl STEWART was born on 1 Oct 1906 in Dilley, Frio County, Texas. She died on 30 Jan 1989 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. Lenora married Lawrence HORD.
From Allene Gless 1-20-1996. "Aunt Sarah Smith was one of the slowest people I ever knew. In fact. if anyone was slow, we called them Aunt Sarah". James & Shirley Webb visited her grave in the Kyle Cemetery on February 24, 1995.
Sarah married Julius Franklin SMITH Jr, son of Julius Franklin SMITH Sr and Martha Susan Beatrice MCCOY, on 18 Dec 1879 in McNairy Co., Tennessee. Julius was born on 11 Mar 1863 in McNairy Co., Tennessee. He died on 16 Aug 1950 in Buda, Hays Co., Texas and was buried in Aug 1950 in Kyle, Hays Co., Texas.
James & Shirley Webb visited his grave in the Kyle Cemetery on February 24, 1995.
Julius and Sarah had the following children:
+ 33 F i Ida Bell SMITH + 34 M ii William Kelley SMITH + 35 M iii Robert Carl SMITH + 36 F iv Susie Beatrice SMITH + 37 M v Henry Claude SMITH
In the Dilley local news column of the Dilley Atmosphere, which was the Dilley, Texas newspaper published on November 5, 1913 there was a line: "Mr Henry Stewart, daughters Mrs Fox Pryor and Miss Rachel visited in our city Saturday".
Henry married Laura L SOUTH, daughter of Levi SOUTH Sr and E H, on 3 Nov 1886 in McNairy County, Tennessee. Laura was born on 10 Aug 1867 in McNairy County, Tennessee. She died on 4 Feb 1937 in Dilley, Frio Co., Texas.
They had the following children:
38 F i Hestel STEWART Hestel married Elide POWELL. + 39 F ii Ethel STEWART + 40 F iii Bertha Edna STEWART 41 F iv Rachel Veatrice STEWART was born on 3 Jul 1897. She died on 4 Sep 1947 in Dilley, Frio County, Texas and was buried on 5 Sep 1947 in Dilley, Frio County, Texas. Rachel married William Robert WEATHERSBY Sr on 3 Jun 1921. William was born on 10 Aug 1897. He died on 28 Dec 1959 in Dilley, Frio County, Texas and was buried on 30 Dec 1959 in Dilley, Frio County, Texas.
9. James Robert STEWART (William Shepard ) was born on 28 Apr 1871 in McNairy County, Tennessee. He died on 18 Jan 1946 in Dilley, Frio County, Texas and was buried on 19 Jan 1946 in Dilley, Frio County, Texas.
James Robert Stewart and Mary Coral Adair moved from Hays county Texas to Frio county Texas in 1906 and lived there on a ranch which bordered on the Frio River. Their ranch was near the town of Dilley which is a small agricultural-related community situated between San Antonio and Laredo. Ranching and farming were the main industries in the area, sometimes called the "Winter Garden" area of Texas. They became mainstays of the community and highly respected citizens who raised a family of six fine children. These sons and daughters remained close and visited often, even after adulthood and marriages took them to other areas of the state. A tradition which remained with the family even after the parents were gone was a Thanksgiving gathering in Dilley for a big dinner. Everyone would come from Dallas or Haskell, bring the young children, and set up tables and benches while Lex would barbeque a freshly slaughtered calf. Out-of-towners would stay overnight at the various homes of those who lived in Dilley. As time went by, the children would bring their children and the group grew larger. When James R (Jim Bob) Webb was a boy he remembers that his Granddad Stewart's ranch had mostly cattle, but there was a watermelon patch, too. Every year his Grandfather would go out and find the biggest watermelon they had and ship it to Jim Bob. The watermelon patch was harvested each year and the crop would fill a railroad car as it was loaded at the rail station in Dilley. Wesley, the eldest son, married later than most and stayed with his parents to help with the ranch before that. He kept hives of bees and gathered honey which he sent to various family members. Clyde and Stella were the children who married and moved away from Dilley. Wesley and his wife, Ruby, Lex and his family and Cleo and May stayed at Dilley and lived the rest of their lives there. Lex's first wife died of complications of diabetes, early in their marriage. He married Kathleen Bennett later and they had two children, Shirley and Larry. Lex's life continued to be marked by sadness as he and Kathleen parted, amicably, and Shirley became troublesome and had run-ins with the law. Larry married Pat and they have helped raise Shirley's son and took care of Lex in his later years. Lex died on Christmas Eve in 1990 in his apartment in Dilley, after having participated in a party with Santa Claus at the Community Center. Lex sat on Santa's lap to show the children that Santa was not to be feared. Wesley and Ruby did not have children of their own but always had toys at their house for visiting nieces and nephews. Ruby diligently drew up the family history and had it typed, sending copies to all. It was titled "The Stewarts in America". Clyde and his wife Mildred, lived in Dallas where he was co-owner of a refrigeration and air conditioning business. Their son Robert (Bobby) attended schools in Dallas and has worked for Texas Instruments for many years. Stella and Oran owned a farm just outside the small town of Haskell in West Central Texas. Oran died suddenly at the young age of 50 and Stella was left to care for the farm and property on her own. Nearly twenty years later she married a local widower who was a retired mail carrier, Oscar Tooley and they enjoyed each other's companionship in their final years. Lula May, called May, taught school and did not marry until she was in her mid 40's. And she married Mr Lloyd Wright whose son was married to May's younger sister, Cleo. This made her Cleo's sister and step-mother-in-law. Mr Wright, a widower when he married May, loved to tell the young grand nieces and nephews that they could have any pig that they wanted to take home with them if they would just catch it. Of course, no one could ever catch a pig but he loved to pull the joke on each new group of young children. Cleo and Harvey married and had a daughter, Alice Rhea. The baby soon showed signs of not hearing and turned out to have been born deaf. This was such a tragedy to Cleo and Harvey that they did not have another child in fear that her deafness was caused by some genetic defect in them. Alice Rhea grew up, learned sign language and lip reading and made a good life for herself in Dilley working at the bank. Jimmy also remembers going to Dallas in 1936 and spending a week with Uncle Clyde during the Texas Centennial Celebration. Clyde was overseeing the installation of refrigeration and air conditioning systems at the Fairgrounds and they enjoyed going to the various exhibits and events.
As the years passed by and it became necessary to travel to Dilley for funerals when the Stewart sons and daughters passed on, it was plain to see how important this family was to the town. Funerals were attended by large groups of mourners and the church was always filled with floral tributes. And the memories of how life was in the community of Dilley during those Thanksgiving celebrations and special occasions will always remain.
James Robert Stewart, pioneer citizen of Dilley Texas, died Friday, January 18, 1946 at his home from an extended illness. Funeral services were held at the home Saturday afternoon at 3:00 PM and also a short service was held at the grave in the Dilley City Cemetery. The attendance and funeral cortege was one of the largest ever witnessed in Dilley. James Robert Stewart was born in McNairy county Tennessee on April 28, 1871. He came to Hays county Texas when a young man and there was married to Mary Coral Adair on November 22, 1893. In 1906 he moved his family to Dilley Texas and there he made his home until his death on the afternoon of January 18, 1946.
James married Mary Coral ADAIR, daughter of Andrew Jackson ADAIR and Frances Ann GANT, on 22 Nov 1893 in Kyle, Hays County, Texas. Mary was born on 16 Dec 1874 in University, Lafayette County, Mississippi. She died on 29 Dec 1950 in Dilley, Frio County, Texas and was buried on 30 Dec 1950 in Dilley, Frio County, Texas.
Mrs Mary Coral Adair Stewart was born December 16, 1874 at University Mississippi and passed away at her home in Dilley Texas on December 29, 1950 at the age of 76 years. She moved to Texas with her family when but a girl and resided in Hays county. She was married to James Robert Stewart on November 22, 1893 and moved to Frio county in 1906.
James and Mary had the following children:
42 M i John Wesley STEWART was born on 5 Jan 1896 in Goforth, Hays County, Texas. He died on 17 Sep 1974 in Dilley, Frio County, Texas and was buried in Sep 1974 in Dilley, Frio County, Texas.
Served in the 131st Artillery of the 36th Division in France during the first World War.
John married Ruby GATES on 18 Oct 1942. Ruby was born on 9 Apr 1910 in Crown, Atascosa County, Texas. She died on 28 Oct 2000 in Pearsall, Frio County, Texas and was buried on 31 Oct 2000 in Dilley, Frio County, Texas.
Ruby Stewart compiled an extensive listing of the Stewart family ancestory from 1832 through 1963. It is the basis for much of the information on the Stewart family in this geneological file. Much credit is due Ruby for compiling this very informative study.
Ruby Gates Stewart, 90, of Dilley died on Saturday, October 28, 2000 in Pearsall, TX. She was born April 9, 1910 in Crown, TX. She was the last of her generation in her family. She was preceeded in death by her husband, John Wesley Stewart in 1974, five sisters, Eva Lee, Ola Williams, Lemmie Davidson, Jimmie Gates and Beulah Hodges: two brothers, Grover Gates and Ellie Gates. She is survived by several nieces and nephews, Donald E. and Janice Lee of Houston; Jack Hodges of McAllen; William R. "Bill" Davidson of San Antonio, Lillie Kaiser of Victoria, Judy Gates of Killeen, Janet Gates of Killeen, Jane Gates Skaughthaug of Spokane, WA, Jim Bob Webb of Kerrville, Mary Lou Gilleland of Haskell, Alice Rhea Wright of Dilley, Bob Stewart of Dallas, Shirley Adams of Pearsall and Larry Stewart of Dilley. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Oct 31, 2000 at Dilley United Methodist Church. Pastor Evelyn Glazner-Cooney officiated. Interment followed in Dilley Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Hurley Funeral Home.
+ 43 F ii Stella Victoria STEWART 44 F iii Lula Mae STEWART was born on 17 Aug 1901 in Goforth, Hays County, Texas. She died on 3 May 1993 in Pearsall, Frio County, Texas and was buried in May 1993 in Dilley, Frio County, Texas. Lula married Lloyd Clay WRIGHT, son of Henry Clay WRIGHT and Melissa Ann MILLS, on 22 May 1946 in Dilley, Frio County, Texas. Lloyd was born on 6 Oct 1884 in Texas. He died on 29 May 1965 in Dilley, Frio County, Texas and was buried in May 1965 in Dilley, Frio County, Texas.
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".
+ 45 M iv Jackson Lex STEWART + 46 M v Clyde Cecil STEWART + 47 F vi Cleo Coral STEWART
11. Franklin Shepard STEWART (William Shepard ) was born on 16 Apr 1877 in Falcon, McNairy County, Tennessee. He died on 1 Jun 1972 in Dilley, Frio County, Texas and was buried in Jun 1972 in Dilley, Frio County, Texas.
In the Dilley local news column of the Dilley Atmosphere, which was the Dilley, Texas newspaper published on November 5, 1913 there was a line: "Mr and Mrs Frank Stewart and little daughter visited friends and relatives in Kyle last week".
Franklin married Margaret Jane ALLEN, daughter of Phillip Hansbrough ALLEN and Samantha FIELDER, on 10 Nov 1897 in Goforth, Hays County, Texas. Margaret was born on 17 Mar 1876 in Goforth, Hays County, Texas. She died on 1 Jun 1959 in Dilley, Frio County, Texas and was buried on 3 Jun 1959 in Dilley, Frio County, Texas.
They had the following children:
48 F i Edna Lee STEWART was born on 25 Dec 1899 in Hays County, Texas. She died on 9 Jan 1990 in Dilley, Frio County, Texas and was buried in Jan 1990 in Dilley, Frio County, Texas.
The Dilley Atmosphere, which was the newspaper at Dilley, Texas, published the honor roll for the Dilley schools on November 5, 1913 and Edna Stewart was second on the honor roll for the sixth grade. Edith Wright was first.
Edna married Coy Earnest DILLARD on 14 Sep 1920 in Derby, Frio County, Texas. Coy was born on 14 Sep 1895 in Dilley, Frio County, Texas. He died on 6 Nov 1974 in Dilley, Frio County, Texas and was buried on 8 Nov 1974 in Dilley, Frio County, Texas. + 49 F ii Allene STEWART