|The O'keefe family moved to Jacksonville from Bullard sometime after 1906
and before 1916.
In 1916 they are found in the Jacksonville Telephone Directory on Bryan
Street. By 1923 they had moved to 527 El Paso where they lived until
both James (Pa) and Etta died.
James and Etta Myrtle were the parents of five boys and two girls: Herman, Murl, Bruce, Lymon, Jimmy, Edith and Kate.
Herman married Lilla Mae and had a daughter Laska and a son Bud. Murl married Louise and lived in Oregon and had William, Patricia, Peggy, Michaele (Miki), and Sharon. Lymon married Opal Newburn and had a son Jim. Bruce did not marry. Jim married Marie Lammons late in life. One daughter Edith died young. Kate married Ross Dorbant and had one child Kate Clair. Kate died in child birth and Kate Clair was reared by her grandmother.
Herman, Murl, Lymon, Bruce, and Jim all were onion growers in Laredo. Only Herman made Laredo his permanent home. Lymon, Bruce, and Jim lived in Jacksonville and would go to Laredo during onion season as did Murl who commuted from Oregon..
A weird coincidence? Maybe. Five members of the O'keefe clan share the same birthday.
As the kids used to say in the "oldie days" our electric meters were inside the house. The meter reader would come inside the house to read the meter. One day Mrs. O'keefe was just coming out of the bath when she heard someone coming to back door. She jumped into a little closet to hide. Also in the little closet was the electric meter. Imagine her and the meter reader's surprise when he opened the door.
|A tomato shed just North of the railroad tracks on Bolton Street still carries the O'keefe name as does the Road leading to the O'keefe/Pinecrest Lake Region. The damn broke on the lake sometime during my life.|
Thad Ray married a Jenobia (Nobie) Fair and had three daughters: Maxine, Florence (died young) and Betty. Maxine married Charles Harris and had two sons Don and John. Betty married twice I believe. One husband was J. C. Wells.
Thad was the brother of S. W. Ray of Jacksonville. Both he and his brother married sisters of Walter Fair of Tyler.
The Rays first lived on North Bolton street and later moved to Austin Street.
When my mother first met Maxine she went home and told her mother about the new girl in the neighborhood Magazine Ray.
I. T. and Mamie Shotwell lived at 509 Nacogdoches Street. Ira was
associated with Jacksonville Grain and Commerce. I. T. and Mamie had two
children I. T. Jr. and Ernestine. My mother was good about naming
people. She came in from Sunday School one day telling about the new boy
Iron T. I. T. Jr. helped improve Sunday School attendance for Mom would
love to go to Sunday School so she could hold I. T.'s hand. In her teens
and early twenties it was Earnestine who played an important part in Mom's
life. They graduated together in 1928 and taught school together at Old
East Side. Mr. Shotwell was on the school board and had to retire so
Ernestine could teach in the school system in Jacksonville. Ernestine
would often comment she and mother had no desire to keep children after school
for it punished them as well as the children.
Ernestine married Clifford Payne and had one son Clifford Earl (Chip) Payne. Clifford was a doctor and owned a private hospital in Lubbock. After the death of Clifford Ernestine married Jimmy Wellborn, a family friend.
I. T. Jr. settled in Leveland.
1880 United States Census
Precinct 4, Hopkins, Texas
Henry SMITH Self Male M W 34 TX Occ: Farmer Fa: GA Mo: GA
Julia A. SMITH Wife F M W 28 TX Occ: Keeping House Fa: IN Mo: IN
Mary E. SMITH Dau Female S W 9 TX Fa: TX Mo: IN
Albert B. SMITH Son Male S W 6 TX Fa: TX Mo: IN
Julia SMITH Dau Female S W 4 TX Fa: TX Mo: IN
William SMITH Son Male S W 2 TX Fa: TX Mo: IN
Tol M. SMITH Son Male S W 1 TX Fa: TX Mo: IN
Extract: 1880 United States Census
Census Place: Fincastle, Henderson, Texas
Chas. MUCKLEROY Self Male M W 27 TX Occ: Farmer Fa: AL Mo: NC
Martha MUCKLEROY Wife F M W 26 SC Occ: Keeping House Fa: SC Mo: SC
Javies W MUCKLEROY Son Male S W 8 TX Occ At Home Fa: TX Mo: SC
Dora MUCKLEROY Dau Female S W 5 TX Occ: At Home Fa: TX Mo: SC
N. JOHNSON Sister Female S W 45 AL Occ: At Home Fa: VA Mo: AL
Extract: 1880 United States Census
Precinct 3, Cherokee, Texas
Samuel GOVER Male M W 81 VA Occ: Farmer Fa: ENG Mo: ENG
Isabelle GOVER Wife F M W 72 KY Occ: Keeping House Fa: KY Mo: KY
Lewis GOVER Son Male S W 54 KY Occ: Farmer Fa: VA Mo: KY
Lou GOVER Dau Female S W 32 AL Occ: At Home Fa: VA Mo: KY
Francis GOVER Dau Female S W 30 AL Occ: At Home Fa: VA Mo: KY
Charlie WILSON Other Male S B 23 AR Occ: Survant Fa: --- Mo: ---
Thomas WEBB Other Male S B 26 TX Occ: Survant Fa: --- Mo: ---
Sallie GIBSON Other Female S B 22 TX Occ: Survant Fa: --- Mo: ---
Lewis GIBSON Other Male S B 23 TX Occ: Survant
|Ed and Maggie Tipton were old time residents of Jacksonville. Ed ran Tipton Drug. The store was located on the NW. corner of North Bolton and Woodrow. In later years Henry Linder ran the drug store.|
The Tiptons had four children: Ruth, Margaret, Edward, and Ralph. Ruth married Edgar Shirley of Sonora, Texas (1 daughter Derry Kay, 1 step-son Bill); Margaret married a Weaver and lived in Snyder (one son Billy Weaver), Edward married Gurtrude and ultimately moved back to a farm near Troup area, (I believe Edward was married more than once and had a son Edward and daughter Heidi) and Ralph married late in life Ella May Moss Robbins (no children.)
At the time of their death the Tiptons lived on Pineda Street.
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