Hood County Texas Genealogical Society
OLD SETTLERS REUNION
Held July 13, 1986 in Granbury
Reprinted from Hood County Genealogical Society Newsletter dated August 1986
Originally called the Old Soldiers and Settlers Reunion, this annual event was begun after the Civil War and honored the veterans of that conflict. It was a three-day affair and families came from all over Hood County to participate. There were speeches, entertainment for the children, and much visiting. During World War II the reunions were not held, but they were revived afterward. Now a one-day reunion is held each summer at the Reunion Grounds located on a bluff northeast of the city and which affords a beautiful view of Granbury, the lake, and Comanche Peak to the south.
Following is a partial list of those who were present this year, and the information they gave on their roots in Hood County. All of the persons listed live in Granbury, or nearby, unless otherwise noted.
Noble Hall Smith of Van Horn, Texas came the farthest to the reunion. Her parents were Estes Hall and Dora Mullins. Her mother died last year at age 106. Her grandparents were Tom Mullins and Nannie Elizabeth Terrell who settled in Hood County in 1866.
Miss Alleene Mullins of Granbury, and cousin of Noble [Hall Smith], was also present. They share the same grandparents, but Alleene's father was Sam Mullins, brother of Dora Mullins.
Bethel Baker's grandfather, James Minitree Baker, a Methodist minister, retired to a farm in the community of Hill City in 1915. Bethel's parents were William Guy Baker and Maggie Brand.
Dooley Baker Watts was also present. She was the youngest daughter of James Minitree Baker.
Josephine Shaw Brown [was in attendance]. J. D. Brown, father of her husband, began his business career as a clerk in McCarty & Brown in Acton in 1874. Soon thereafter he opened his own store in Granbury. The Shaw family arrived [in Hood County] in 1914.
Twin sisters Nell Copeland Allen and Stell Copeland Gray [Nell & Stell] and older sister, by 18 months, Margaret Copeland Hambright, were all present. Their parents, John W. Copeland and Mary Dona Cooper, settled in Tolar in 1918.
Gladys Crockett Hendricks is the great-granddaughter of Elizabeth Patton Crockett and Davy Crockett. Elizabeth and her sons settled on land given to her by the State in 1852.
Ken Hendricks, son of Gladys, and his wife, Jessie, also attended the reunion.
Dollie Cogburn Henslee's husband was Arvellor Henslee, born in Hood County 11 May 1892. His parents were Lucinda Matlock and Mack Henslee, early settlers.
LuDean Henslee King, daughter of Dollie, was also present.
Norma Kelly Crawford [was in attendance]. Johnnye Kelly, widow and postmistress of Eastland, Texas came to Granbury in April 1911 with her young daughter, Norma, when she married Henry Zweifel of Granbury.
Vircenoy (Vircy) Baker Macatee, daughter of Oran Baker and Fern Barker [was in attendance]. Oran Baker was Hood County Sheriff in 1951 - 1955 and again in 1969 - 1972. Her grandfather, Austin Baker, came to Paluxy in the late 1880's. He was a school teacher and jeweler. Great-grandfather Wilson Hopkins Barker settled here in the 1850's and was [among] the first Commissioner[s] of Hood [County elected] in 1866.
Glenn Etta Thornton Nutt's first Hood County forebear[er] was her grandfather, Walter Braley Glenn, who came to the Acton area in 1853. Her grandparents were Columbus Bonaparte and Mary Glenn, and her mother was their daughter, Nellie.
Georgia Nutt Ramay, Glenn Nutt's daughter, is descended from a great-grandfather, Harris J. Nutt born 1842 in Tennessee, who came to Hood County on November 11, 1890. Her grandfather was Jefferson Newton Nutt. Her father was Jefferson Newton Nutt, Jr.
Milton and Nell Kennon [were in attendance]. Milton Kennon's grandfather, A. J. Wright, arrived [in Hood County] in 1853 and was the first elected Sheriff of this county. His grandmother was Martha Bond. Nell Durant Kennon's grandparents were David Reece Durant, a Confederate soldier, and Mary Holmes, early settlers.
Edith Kennon Jackson, sister of Milton [Kennon], was also present.
Martin Matlock's grandparents were Billy Matlock and Sarah Purselley who settled in the Fall Creek area after the Civil War. An interesting fact about the Matlock family: Five of Martin's brothers and sisters, counting himself, are 90 years old and above.
Miss Florence Moseley's grandparents were Captain George Moss and Phoebe Ann Moss who moved to Hood County after the Civil War from Georgia.
Ruth Wilson Moseley is a sister-in-law of Florence Moseley. W. S. Wilson and Abby Jones were early settlers in Hood County. Her father was John Wilson.
Albert Porter's grandfather, W. A. Porter, came [to Hood County] in 1875. Mr. Porter, 91, is still very actively engaged in his business, Porter Abstract & Title Company. His father was Luther Preston Porter, born in Hood County.
Garth A. Porter, son of Albert, and his wife, Nora, also attended the reunion.
Lola Maude Sears is a descendant of the Peveler family for whom Peveler Valley is named. David Peveler came [to Hood County] in 1864 from Young County. Her grandparents were James Lewis Peveler and Sally Alford.
Ruth Harrison Rogers came as a young girl with her family [to Hood County] in 1933. Her father was Benjamin Claude Harrison. Her grandfather was Benjamin Harrison, President of the United States.
Ann Smith's grandfather, Joe Powell, was a deputy sheriff in 1902. Her grandmother was Minnie Saul.
Murlin Tomlinson's parents arrived [in Hood County] in 1919, and they were Ardren R. Tomlinson and Dora Molder.
Tollie Williams, E. G. (Pig) Williams, Ed Williams, brothers, and their sister, Willie Mae Williams Reeves, were all present. They all have homes in the Williamsburg Addition to Granbury. They came to Hood County in 1910.
Mary Ella Swindall Clark came to Granbury in 1922 as a young girl when her father, the Reverand E. P. Swindall, became the minister at the First Methodist Church.
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