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Bessie Mullins Neely, 1874 1910

Calvin Monroe Neely, 1868 1948


The second daughter of Thomas P. and Nannie E. Mullins, [Nancy Elizabeth (Bessie) Mullins] was born November 21, 1874, in Granbury, Texas. She attended school at the old Granbury College, but later entered the Granbury public school. Early in life she became a member of the Methodist church. Her father died June 3rd, 1892, and approximately four months later she married Monroe Neely, [1] October 4, 1892, when she was eighteen years of age.


John Ishmill Mitchell with

Ida, Attie Mae, Willie & Georgia about 1900


The Neelys were friends and neighbors of John Ishmill and Mary Ellen Mitchell, who were the parents of five children, four girls and one son. On February 10, 1903 another baby girl, Mendozia, was born into the family. Sad to relate the mother passed away shortly after the birth of this little daughter.


Mary Ellen Mitchell was buried next to

General Hiram Granbury in Granbury Cemetery


The father, hard pressed and left alone with six children after the death of his wife, was urged by the Neelys to let them have this little one for their very own, as they did not have any children. The father gave his consent for her adoption by the Neelys. The Neelys were so happy to have this little one come in and fill the void in their lives and home. They adopted her on May 18th, 1903.


Bessie Mullins Neely

with little Mendozia


Bessie Mullins Neely led a busy life as housekeeper, dressmaker, and one who was always ready to help those in need. As time passed she developed a sickness that became a long lingering illness from which she died on February 20, 1910. Your author remembers, at the time of her death, going with his mother and grandmother, M. Hiner, to bring condolences and comfort to her in the loss of her loved one.


Mendozia Mitchell Neely Biggs, 1903 - 1997

Hershel Raborn Biggs, 1902 1984

Photo taken in 1926


Your author remembers the time of her death very well, but was not well enough acquainted with Mrs. Neely to remember her personality clearly to comment on it, but if we judged her disposition by that of her adopted daughter, Mendozia, then one could truly say that she had excellent qualities and a fine personality. Mendozia[2] later married Hershel Biggs. [3] They lived in Granbury where both have taken an active part in the affairs of the community. She was seven years old when her foster mother passed away.


Calvin Monroe Neely

Photo taken about 1945


Your author was very well acquainted with her husband, Monroe Neely. He was a good personal friend of my father. Monroe later became a part time Methodist preacher, and when my father passed away, he was one of the ministers who took part in his funeral service.








Thomas Patrick Mullins, Sr.

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Nannie E. Terrell Mullins



Edward B. Mullins



Lula Mullins



Samuel Patrick Mullins



Nannie Elizabeth Mullins Neely



Thomas P. Mullins, Jr.



Sweetie Mullins Leitch



Eudorah Alice (Dora) Mullins Hall Hancock



Charlie G. Mullins



Joseph Anderson Mullins



Johnnie Mullins



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[1] Calvin Monroe Neely was born February 22, 1868 and died November 18, 1948.

[2] Mendozia (Mitchell) Neely Biggs died February 13, 1997.

[3] Hershel Raborn Biggs, was born July 10, 1902 and died January 26, 1984. Hershel and Mendozia married September 20, 1925. Both spent most of their lives in Hood County and are buried in Granbury Cemetery.