Bourland in North Texas and Indian Territory During the Civil War: Fort Cobb, Fort Arbuckle & the Wichita Mountains

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Benjamin Franklin Bourland, Jr.   (1818-1900)


               My direct ancestor is a sister to B.F. Bourland, Temperance Bourland Griffith


Marriages of Benjamin Franklin Bourland Jr, b-Mar 14, 1818 Hopkins Co KY to Agnes Nancy McElroy and Benj Bourland [1779 Wilkes Co NC-1851 Fann Co TX]. "Uncle Ben died while saddling his horse, lived to be age 84, same as Mr. Bartlett. He was a character, believe me" per 1937 letter Egbert Samuell in the Arrington Papers. Ben died Aug 17, 1900 Wolfe City, Mt Carmel Cem, Hunt Co TX.

m,1. in Red River Co TX [now Lamar Co TX] on Apr 16, 1839 to Nancy Epps Chisum, b. Jan 22, 1822 Hardeman Co TN to 1st wife (?) 2nd wife [cousin] Lucinda Armstrong Chisum [1801 Grainger Co TN-1837 Paris TX] and Claiborne Chisum. "Benj Bourland Jr m-Nancy Eps Chisholm, the first wedding to occur in what was to become Lamar County." per p32 Neville's HISTORY OF LAMAR CO TX." Nancy's bro, John Simpson Chisum [1824-1884] exe Mack Bourland's Lamar Co 1851 will (see p5-8). "..trusted in Christ Jul 28, 1846 and in Oct 1850 joined the Bap Ch of which her husband was a member. Survived by husband and 10 ch. signed B.F.B." per obit Texas Baptist Herald Jan 6, 1869. Nancy died Oct 5, 1868, s/s Ben Mt Carmel Cem, Wolfe City TX

m,2. in Hunt Co TX on Sep 8, 1869 to Martha A Yarborough [Feb 15, 1823 GA GA GA-Feb 15, 1894], bur s/s Ben and Nancy by Nancy Epps Chisum.

1. Lucinda M. Bourland, b-Apr 4, 1840 Lamar Co TX; d Jan 12, 1927 Enid, Garfield Co OK; m Jonathan  Whatley

2. Nancy Matilda Bourland b Jan 1842 d Sep 27, 1923 Whitewri, Grayson Co TX m Scott/Holland

3. Martha Isabel Bourland b May 1844 Fannin Co TX d Oct 7, 1934 Alameda Co CA m Hicks/F Thomas

4. Cyntha Adelaide B. b Jul 28, 1846 Fannin Co TX d Dec 18, 1885 Blue Ridge, Collin Co TX m. Ira D Sellers

5. Benj Clayborn "Clabe" b Apr 1850 Fannin Co TX d aft 1920 ?Greenville, Hunt Co TX m Emily Mashburn

6. James Patrick "Paddy" b Jan 22, 1853 Fannin Co TX d Apr 19, 1935 Bristow, Creek Co OK m Hynds/Green

7. Mary Ellen "Ella" b May 1855 Fannin Co TX d aft 1935 ? Bentonville AR m Graves/Currie

8. Wm Hampton Bourland b May 23, 1858 Fannin Co TX d Feb 27, 1888 Stonewall, Chick Nat IT m Franc Harrison

9. Laura Josephine B. b. 1861 Fannin Co TX d Sep 19, 1907 Whitmore, Shasta Co CA m. Th Jef Wright

10. Camilia Elliott B. b Aug 6, 1866 Hunt Co TX d Sep 11, 1951 OKC, Oklahoma Co OK m. Lawson Glenn

                   mabye ch by Martha Yarborough and Ben Bourland

11. Sarah Bourland b 1869 Hunt Co TX d. bet 1870-1880 Hunt Co TX cen single

"Ben had 6 females, 2 boys." per H.W. Whatley letter. ......... "Youngest of 13 ch" per Camilia Glenn’s obituary

1. Lucinda M. Bourland, m. in Fannin Co TX on Oct 31, 1859 to Jonathan S. Whatley [1837 GA-Jul 27, 1904 Chickasha IT], son of Penelope Holmes and Rev Hampton: . Lucinda Bourland Whatley and family mvd to what became the Bourland Community, 5 mi East of Vernon, Wilbarger Co TX, Bourland School located near the East View Cem. Lucinda bur Chickasha OK. Issue, 7 ch: Ida Zelmma "Ida Mae" Whatley, May 23, 1866 TX-Nov 24, 1948 Florence, Marion Co KS and m. Dec 28, 1887 TX to James Ottaway Mason, 11 ch; Nancy Chisum "Nannie" Whatley, Feb 21, 1870-Jan 24, 1905 Grady Co OK and m. Robt McCamey Harrison; Cynthia Whatley, Jan 1872-Jun 10, 1915 Grady Co OK and m. Richard Martin Cochran; James P "Jim" Whatley, 1874-Aug 11, 1924 OKC, OK Co OK and m. Virgie Huie Whatley; Emmitt G Whatley, b. 1876 and m. Eva Staley in Wilbarger Co TX, div 1916 Dallas/m,2. Mrs Anna Maxwell 1918 Dallas; Ben Hampton Whatley, 1879 TX-aft 1900 Wilbarger Co TX single;

2. Nancy Matilda Bourland, m,1. in Fannin Co TX on Dec 13, 1859 to Jesse Calhoun Scott [d-bef 1870 Hunt Co cen, Matilda next door to her parents]. see 1900 Hunt Co TX cen p _, one Sadie Bourland enum w/ Scott, also Sadie J Bourland m. A Mitchell 1874 Hunt Co TX. Issue, min 3 ch: Ben Calhoun Scott (Clabe Holland in 1880 cen), b. 1858; Mary Scott, b. 1862; Altha Epsey Scott, Nov 5, 1867 Orangeville, Grayson Co TX-Sep 30, 1898 Orangeville, Grayson Co TX and m. Apr 8, 1885 Fannin Co TX to Addison Frank Vestal, 8 ch.

Nancy m,2. prob in Grayson Co TX on Aug 31, 1871 to Lewis Holland [Nov 25, 1840 Searcy Co AR-Jul 15, 1914 Bexar Co TX], son of Leah Allen and James Holland. lvd Whitewright, Fann-Grayson countyline, TX. Lewis Holland was an exe of Ben F Bourland Jr's 1900 Hunt Co TX will. Nancy said 1900 cen had 3 ch alive of 7 births. Nancy bur Oak Hill Cem, Whitewr’t, Fann Co TX. Issue 3 ch: Wm Foster Holland, Jul 12, 1872 Medlin, Fann Co TX-Jun 2, 1926 Whitewright TX and m. 1894 Whitewater TX to Lula Bendict, 6 ch; Leah E Holland, 1876-aft 1926 and m. J.G. McKinsey; Walter C Holland, Oct 1882-aft 1926 and m. Sally _.

3. Martha Isabel Bourland, m-Fann Co TX on Sep 4, 1860 to Wm Clayton Hicks [Jan 16, 1832 Roane Co TN-1863 CW], son of Christine Matheny [b-Aug 17, 1806 TN] and Absalom Hicks [b-Jul 18, 1793 Surry Co NC]. John Holmes MG perf 1860 m; Wm Hicks stockraiser in 1860 cen; CSA. 22 Reg, prob Co A, mortally wounded (asked Lt Francis M Thomas of Co A to care of son and wife). Issue, 1 ch: Frank C Hicks b-Sep 4, 1861 Denton Co TX m-May 2, 1888, d-aft 1933 Masonic Home, Arlington, Tarr Co TX

Martha, m,2-Fann Co TX on Aug 27, 1865 to Francis Marion "Frank" Thomas [Mar 4, 1837 Fayette Co IN-Aug 18, 1910 Whitmore, Shasta Co CA], son of Mary C _ [b-840 IL] and Richard R. Thomas [Jul 2, 1832 Fayette Co IN-Feb 2, 1877 Fann Co TX, son of Mary Ann Risk [b-Nov 2, 1801] and Richard Thomas [b. May 27, 1802, m-1822]. In 1861, Frank vol for CSA TX Troops -Oakland [prob in Ind Terr, twp 5S ran 5E, now Marshall Co OK) Home Guard Cav Co, Beat 7, 14th TX Brigade then served as Lt in Co A, 22nd Reg TX Cav. Frank came to Bonham in Apr 1851; lvd Fann Co TX, mvd c1879 to Clay Co TX, to Throckmorton Co TX, by 1884 to ? Montague Co TX, 1900 Dewey Co, Okla Terr, c1900 to Whitmore, Shasta Co CA. Martha s/s husband Masonic Cem, Millville, Shasta Co CA. Issue, 9 ch: Albert Richard Thomas, Feb 8, 1867-c1940 Carter OK ( ?Carter Co or prob Carter, Beckham Co OK) and m. May B Bennett on Jun 15, 1890; Oliver Claiborne "Clabe" Thomas, Feb 19, 1869-1951 Throckmorton Co TX and m. 1890; Mary Eppie Thomas, Aug 4, 1871-Jun 22, 1903 and m. H.C. Coffee on Dec 25, 1890; Mattie Matilda Thomas, b. Aug 4, 1874 and m. Ney O'Neel on Apr 10, 1890; Thomas Marion Thomas, Dec 25, 1876 Savoy, Fannin Co TX-Apr 24, 1954 Sacramento CA and m. Alice May Armstrong; Lou Ellen Thomas, May 9, 1878 Fannin Co TX-Nov 18, 1931 Redding, Shasta Co CA and m. James Cochran on Jul 7, 1901; Myrtle Sadie Jewel Thomas, b. Jul 20, 1880 Clay Co TX and m. Mr Boren on Nov 25, 1898; Stella Laura Thomas, b. Jun 6, 1882 and m. Waler H Hughes on Mar 24, 1901; Lillie Elliott "Lana" Thomas, b. Mar 10, 1886 Throckmorton Co TX and m-Jesse Hufford.

4. Cyntha Adelaide Bourland, m-Wolfe City [Fann Co TX record] on Aug 21, 1865 to Ira Dobin Sellers [May 1839 TN-Feb 9, 1912 Bennington, Bryan Co OK], son of Mahala _ [Apr 17, 1815-Apr 17, 1917 Burns Cem, Celina, Collin Co TX] and B.J. Sellars. Ira Sellers, CSA vet, wounded in battle at Helena AR; carpenter. Old Grounds Cem, Blue Ridge, Collin Co TX. Issue, 8 ch: John Wm Sellers, Jun 11, 1866-Sep 19, 1938 Blue Ridge TX and m. Oct 2, 1887 Collin Co TX to Sallie A Mitchell, 5 ch/m,2. Effie Cochran, 2 ch; Suella Sellers, Jan 1870 Sweat Box, Hunt Co TX-1922 Commerce, Hunt Co TX and m. Dec 6, 1888 to Eugene Mallachi Nickolson, 11 ch; Llewellen "Ellen" Sellars, b. 1871-lvd and bur Richland, Navarro Co TX and m. Arnold Oliver, 1 ch; Leona Hampton Sellers, Dec 25, 1874 Blue Ridge TX-1956 Garvin Co OK and m. Gran Alexander, 4 ch; Maggie Z. Sellers, b. 1876 Blue Ridge TX and m. Tom Buford; Fanny Laura Sellers, b. Nov 25, 1879 Blue Ridge TX-Jun 12, 1931 Siloam, Benton Co AR and m. Jun 19, 1899 Collin Co TX to George Carroll Gilliand; Edna Gertrude Sellers, Jan 1, 1882-1967 Laredo, Webb Co TX and m. c1899 to Charles E Press; Altha Lee Sellers, Dec 11, 1884 Blue Ridge TX-Sep 10, 1964 and m. James M George.

5. Benjamin Claiborne "Clabe" Bourland, m-Hunt Co TX on Oct 29, 1879 to Emily Jane Mashburn [b-Dec 27, 1859 Forsyth Co GA], dau of Lucretia Moon Blake and Jos F Mashburn. "..alloted to my son B.C, now insane, I have $650" per 1900 will; 1920 cen "traveling salesman, supports himself"; Clabe in 1900 Wilbarger Co TX cen w/ niece Ida Whatley Mason; "Cyntha Sellers had a bro, Clabe Bourland, who wrote poetry." per J George of Midland TX.

6. James Patrick "Paddy" Bourland, m. in Hunt Co TX on Mar 21, 1880 to Lilla Viola Hynds [1862 TN], next door in 1880 cen to David J. Hynds 36 TN VA VA. Bourland twp, Jefferson Co OK named for Paddy. J.P. Bourland, Creek Co OK death cert #171; Hastings Cem, Jefferson Co OK. "named Jefferson on some records, but James on later records, plus son is named James." Issue, 4 ch: James C Bourland, b. 1881 Hunt Co TX and m. Nancy, 1900 Throck Co TX cen, ED154p?254, 1935 lvd Houston, Harris Co TX; Mamie Bourland, May 4, 1883 Throck Co TX-Jun 10, 1961 OKC and m. Jesse Stibling, 1935 lived Walters, Cotton Co OK; Bertha Bourland, Oct 2, 1886 Throck Co TX-Mar 20, 1983 Delaware Co OK and m. Aug 16, 1918 El Reno, Canadian Co OK to Boston F Liggett, 1935 lvd Bristow, Creek Co OK, at death lvd Ketchum, Mayes Co OK, Ketchum Cem; Lilla Viola Bourland, Jan 30, 1893 Throck Co TX-May 18, 1928 Stillwater, Payne Co OK and m-Dec 10, 1917 Clarend, Donley Co TX to Orville Clyde Whipple, dau Margie of OKC

Paddy, m,2. in Oklaunion, Wilbarger Co TX on Sep 6, 1894 to Mary Elizabeth Green [Mar 1862 TN-d bef 1920 cen]. 1905 IT deed refers to J.P. and Eliz Bourland. 1900 Throckmorton Co TX cen ED154-3(116). Issue, prob none

7. Mary Ellen "Ella" Bourland, m in Hunt Co TX on Jan 7, 1873 to Dr. Lawrence W Graves [b-1841 TN TN TN-1885 Old Grounds Cem, Blue Ridge TX, lvd Dalton, Walker Co [now Whitefield] GA. Sis Laura Ernest Graves m-Jacob Moyers. Lawrence had 1st pharmacy in Blue Ridge; physician. Issue, prob none.

Ella m,2. in Hunt Co TX on Oct 25, 1887 to William H. Currie [Feb 1845 NC NC NC-1927]], farmer owns home no mortgage, 1935 lvd Bentonville AR. Ella had 1 ch alive of 3 live births per 1900 cen. Issue, 1 ch: Henry Currie b-Oct 1892

8. William Hampton "Hamp" Bourland, m-c1882 to Frances Taliaferro Harrison [Mar 26, 1865 Chick Nat IT-Aug 3, 1936 prob Ada, Pont Co OK], dau of Mary Burris [Jan 1832 [Old] Pont Co, Mississippi-Dec 22, 1885 Frisco Cem] and Wm Fitzhugh Harrison [1825 VA-c1865]. Hamp bur Frisco Cem while some ch in Rosedale Cem, Ada OK. Frances, wife of dec'd son, W.H. Bourland, ment. Item 5 of B.F. Bourland's 1900 Hunt Co TX will (see p10-7). Issue, 4 ch born Frisco, Chick Nat IT: Mary Ellen Bourland, Aug 3, 1883-Nov 19, 1901 Frisco, Old Pont Co IT and m. Andrew Jackson "Jack" Hatcher; Lillie May Bourland, Mar 10, 1885-Jan 19, 1972 Ada, Pontotoc  Co OK and m,1. Robt E. Lee Hatcher/ m,2-Henry Clay "Mack" McClure; Norman Dale Bourland, Jan 1, 1888-Jun 21, 1911 Frisco, Pont Co OK single; Estelle Valeria "Stella" Bourland, Jan 1, 1888-aft 1972 ?Fittstown, Pontotoc Co OK and m. Jim Vincent.

Frances, m,2. in Ada, Pontotoc Co, Chick Nat on May 16, 1905 to W.E. "Bill" Little [b-TN], son of Jane Floyd [d-c1860 AR] and Dr H Thomas Little [b. GA, mvd to Webster Co MO where enl in CSA, 1869 mvd to Ind Terr and m,2 to Sarah Pickel, then mvd back to MO]. In 1873 son Bill Little came to IT, then Stonewall area and stayed, where he was in the insurance and real estate business, then for 14 yrs was a Deputy U.S. Marshal and Treasurer of the school board in 1908. "Florence d. Aug 3, 1936" per Arlene Hatcher records. Issue, none.

9. Laura Josephine Bourland, m-Hunt Co TX on Aug 29, 1875 to Thos Jeff Wright [Jul 1846 TX-May 23, 1928 Oakland, Alameda Co CA], son of Matilda Ballentine Chapman {1816 NC/TN-Jan 18, 1898 Red Bluff, Tehama Co CA] and Griffin R Wright [1813 SC-1850, m-1835]. 1880 Hunt Co TX cen, 1900 Round Mt, Shasta Co CA. Arr CA by 1887. Issue, 5 ch: Lula Alcee Wright, 1876-1955 Almeda Co CA and m-Emil Leschinsky, 3 ch, son Byron changed name to Lesley; Ernest Wallace Wright, 1881 TX-1953 Mendicino Co CA; James E Wright, b-1883 TX, m-twice; Thomas B. Wright, b-1887 CA; Arthur Wright, b-1891 CA.

10. Camelia Elliott "Milley" Bourland, m. in Collin Co TX on Feb 13, 1883 to Lawson N "Nuss" Glenn [Aug 26, 1857 Blue Ridge, Collin Co TX-Jun 4, 1922 Collin Co TX while visiting sis, buried Ardmore OK], son of Nancy __ Sep 22, 1823 MO-Aug 27, 1910] and Solomon Glenn [Jan 19, 1819 TN-Jan 17, 1892, both b. Old Richards Cem, also 3 Glenn ch d. 1880's, 3 mi east of Blue Ridge TX. 1883 marr perf by W.L. Seaye. L.N. Glenn was exe of Ben Bourland's 1900 will. ...This fam lvd in 1935 Ardmore, Carter Co OK, both b. Rosehill Cem, Carter Co OK. Issue, 6 ch: Lawrence Ernest Glenn, Dec 6, 1883 Blue Ridge, Collin Co-Oct 28, 1894 Ardmore, Ind Terr, single; Geo Tate Glenn, Nov 17, 1885 Blue Ridge-Jan 22, 1962 Carter Co OK and m,1. Eugenia Grace Laughridge Oct 3, 1906, div Oct 1, 1921, m,2. Blanch Walls on Feb 12, 1928 Marshall Co OK; Jewel Glenn, Dec 30, 1887 Wolfe City, Hunt Co TX-Jul 3, 1982 OKC and m. Jan 4, 1912 Carter Co OK to Paris Stringer, (son Paris Glenn Stringer, gdau Loretta Deane [Stringer] Wood); Elmo Currie Glenn, Feb 26, 1890 Wellington, Collingsworth Co TX-Aug 2, 1964 Tulsa Co OK and m-Feb 15, 1911 Carter Co to Willie Hardy; Aliena Glenn, May 17, 1894 Ardmore, Ind Terr-Dec 18, 1975 Dallas Co TX and m. Sep 8, 1923 Collin Co TX to M.W. Chapin, div Apr 15, 1925, m,2. May 24, 1925 Bryan Co OK to L.L. Withers ; Mary Ellen Glenn, b. Jun 6, 1903 Carter Co OK and m. Sep 3, 1930 Dallas Co TX to Olan Harrison (desc lives in Seagonville TX).

1835 Hardemann Co TN deed. Benj Bourland Sr and wife Martha sold land to Wm Thompson.

1837 Republic of TX, 2nd Class Headright. B.F. Bourland File No 116, Cert No 200, 321 ac in [now Lamar Co TX] Lamar Land Dist (Mar 2, 1836-Oct 1, 1837). B.F Bourland File 112, Cert No 102, 319 ac in [now Fannin Co TX] Lamar Land Dist.

Editor’s note: ... Red River Co TX, this cert for 640 ac is available, part of this land was in Fannin Co TX, part of this land sold on Jan 12, 1858, the transfer was signed by Benj Bourland (refer to File Fannin 2-112 and Lamar 2-116), Gen Land Office, Austin TX. "... Claiborne Chisum came late Sept 1837 to TX, wife Lucinda died Oct, stayed a winter in Clarksville, pd $10,000 to Asa Jarman for 2085 ac in western [now] Lamar Co TX. .." per Harwood Hinton of Austin TX.

1838 Red River Co TX (now Lamar Co TX), Jan 12. Benjamin F Bourland of Fannin Co TX transferred to John T Mills land in Lamar Co TX. Field notes: survey date Jun 13, 1841, cert 200, 321 acres in Lamar Co X, abstract No. 70. "rec'd 640 ac Aug 16, 1839 Red River Co TX." per Chs Martin of Lancaster CA.

#323, Jan 12, 1838, surveyor, James Bourland, wit: B.F. Bourland

#325, Feb 1, 1838, wit: B.F. Bourland and R.H. Sisk

#456, Jul 1, 1838, B.F. Bourland, wit: Thos Stanford

"Ben F Bourland rec'd a certificate for 640 ac granted by the Board of Land Comm, part of the land was in Fann Co (see File Fannin 2-211); part of this land grant cert sold Jan 12, 1858 (see File Lamar-2-116), order from General Land Office, Austin TX

1839 Red River Co TX [later Lamar Co TX], Apr 16. "Benjamin Bourland Jr m. Nancy Eps Chisholm, the first wedding to occur in what was to become Lamar County. " per p32 Neville's HIST OF LAMAR CO. Evidently that record has been lost.

1840 Red River Co TX cen. Benjamin Bourland [Jr], owned 1 slave

1841 Lamar Co TX, Apr. Ben Bourland [Jr] served on the First Grand Jury of the District Court at Paris on Apr 12, 1841,

1841 Fannin Co TX, Sep 28, Unconditional Certificate # 102, Benjamin F Bourland, 640 acres by Lamar County Board of Land Commissioners. Field notes: survey date Apr 24, 1844, cert 102, 319 acres in Fannin Co TX, abstract no 50. Patent to Benj F Bourland on May 9, 1848, Patent No 216, vol 2. Affidavit of Loss of Conditional Certificate: Nov 9, 1847, Fannin Co TX, Benj F Bourland swears his conditional certificate for 640 has been lost, signed Ben F Bourland.

1842 Red River Dist [now Bowie Co TX], Benj F Bourland was one of the guarantors of a performance bond for James Bourland

1848 Fannin Co TX, Rehobeth Community and Greenville. John Gillespie of Harris County TX, transferred 640 ac to James Bourland of $60, who was then living in the Rehobeth Community, 4 miles northwest of Ladonia. In 1859 Benjamin F Bourland, a younger brother to James Bourland, gave the land for the Rehobeth Church and Cemetery.) per p20 of Horne’s Hist of Hunt County (see pp10-8f, 3-10)

1848 Fannin Co TX, Deed Book, p323, May 10. Benj rec'd 319 ac from Governor of Texas

Fannin Co TX, Deed Book, p311, Benj sold to G.W. Marrs

Fannin Co TX, Deed Book, p316. B.F. Bourland from John Briscoe

Fannin Co TX, p620, relinguishment. B.F. Bourland from W.F. McKee

1850 Fannin Co TX cen, p160, Jan 24, 1851, 211-211 Ben Bourland 32 KY $700, Nancy E 28 TN, L.B. (fe) 10 TX, N.B. (fe) 8 TX, M.G. (fe) 6 TX, C.A. (fe) 3 TX, J.B. Hannah (male) 12 KY, 4 slaves (including 28-yr old fe and 3 ch)...

Editor’s note: "Eveline Hannah is married. She married a man by the name of Poole. She has one child, a daughter. James B. Hannah was sixteen years old last January, but I do not know the day of the month that he was born." per Mar 22, 1856 letter of Nancy Bourland Griffith (1800-1874) to Jas Bourland. per BP-DM4406-3N-079. Nancy Eveline Hannah [b-1838 MO] m-1853 McCracken Co KY to Caldwell Pool; James B. "Run" Hannah [b-1839 KY] ... Maybe J.B Hannah took the name of J.B. Bourland later.

1850 Lamar Co TX records, Sep 27. Ben Bourland and Martin H Ragsdale a secured $1400 loan for Mary Dalton Highsaw and John S Chisum, wit: E. Early and John Loving. exe in Sep 30, 1850 Fannin Co TX. (see p10-6)

1850 Fann Co TX Slave Schedule cen, B.F. Bourland p397 (probably the one who m. Nancy Chisum), Benjamin Bourland p395 (probably Sr,) 1779-1851

1854 Ballard County, Lovelaceville, Nov 25. Dear Brother [Ben Bourland, Ladonia, Texas]: Yours of the 30th ulto. came to hand by last mail. I was pleased to hear from you as letters from Texas are few and far between. I have answered every I have received from you. I am truly sorry you had not received the letter containing the check. The check was drawn by Watts Given Co. in New Orleans and endorsed over to you so that no person could draw the money without your endorsement on it. I have inquired at the Post Office in Paducah and it has never returned. If is should, I will forward it again.

We have had two serious droughts. One in last year, our corn crop was short about one third, and tobacco about one third of an average arrange crop. This year, we have about one fourth of a crop of tobacco and hardly a fourth of a crop of corn. Some places they have a third of an average yield whilst others have not made the seed they planted. I have seen large fields that have not two ears of corn to the acre. I have the best crop in the county and not half crop at that. I have my stock in the cain [cane breaks] on the Ohio River and if the winter should continue favorable, should have corn enough. I am now living 5 miles from the Ohio River.

My daughter Sarah [Bourland Gardner] has a son 4 weeks old, he is a fine boy. They have named him Reece Bourland [Gardner]. My son Hillen is at college in Claiborne [prob in Mississippi]. He left home the first of last February and has not been home since. He will be home in December. He is a very fine boy. Joseph is at home and is a stout robust boy and a remarkable good child. I have good boys as can be found in any country. Hillen is a good Latin and Greek scholar.

I have been very anxious to hear what has become of William Bourland. I think Brother James must think but little of me as he has not written me a word since he left here near four years ago. I had William with me a great deal when he was single and feel much anxiety about him. I received a letter from Bro. William last winter enquiring about Curtis, but he did not say anything about the family. I wrote you two letters in the latter part of the summer requesting you to see John Henderson on some business for myself and an old gentle in this country, but have no doubt they want the same way of the other. Andrew Gilmore and sister, S. [Seby Bourland Gilmore], were here about two months ago. They were in good health. He has much benefited (pecuniarily) by his move to Illinois. John Griffith and Nancy are well also and so are their children. They are all doing well.

Seibert Griffith sold his land last spring to Moore, but the hardness of the times has prevented him from moving this year. His health has been very bad but I understand a few days ago, he was gaining.

I purchased a tract of land two years ago in five miles of Louisville and improved it and expended in all about $2,000 dollars and could not get entitled and had to leave it and purchase the place I now live in which has borne heavily on me as I have received nothing back. I brought suit for my money back and have just got a judgment for about 1200 dollars but do not know when it can be made, so you see I have hard luck as well as yourself.

My little wife is busily engaged sewing, of which she does a great deal, and I think I had as well stop and make her go to bed. She sends love to yourself and family. Give my love to sister Nancy and the chaps (as you call them) and to all of the relations. I understand some time ago that Bro James had married a young girl. Write me all of the news. Yours truly.

R. Bourland [Reece Bourland (1812-1864) of Lovelaceville, Kentucky]. per BP-DM4406-3N-87

Editor’s note: This 1854 Letter was written to Benjamin F. Bourland of Ladonia, Fannin Co TX, who in turn, sent it to Col. James Bourland of near [later Gainesville], Cooke County, TX. Ben F. Bourland m-1839 Red River County TX to Nancy Chisum. Col. James Bourland m,2-May 1854 Collin County TX to Nancy Salina Barnett.

John Griffith m-1821 Hopkins County KY to Nancy Bourland.

Seibert Griffith m-1822 Hopkins County KY to Temperance Bourland Griffith. Their oldest son, Joseph McElroy Griffith married Martha Ann Moore, daughter of Mary "Polley Ann" Boone and Wm. H. Moore. In April 1852 Joseph Griffith moved from the Lovelaceville area to Polk County, Missouri. When Wm. H. Moore moved to Missouri is in question, probably Apr 1855. The Moore that Seibert Griffith sold property to was probably Wm H. Moore, but could have been one of his sons.

Andrew Gilmore (d-Aug 22, 1855), m-1827 Calloway County KY to Seby Bourland. They had moved to Effingham County IL after the 1850 Graves County KY census.

1857 McCracken Co KY, Padacuh, Apr 26.....Dear Uncle [B.F. Bourland and Family]: I received your letter of April the 11th days ago and was glad to hear from you. I received a letter from you last winter, that is, my wife did. I was not at home longer than ten minutes at a time from the first of december until March. I was on the river & left New Orleans & Since that time I have been at home. I have not had the opportunity of writing since. When I came home off the river and found Penelope [Bearden] very sick and been sick for some time, she came very near dying. She is at present in tolerable good health. 

I am improving some property, building houses and have got a Beautiful place or will have when finished improving it. I would have met with you in New Orleans this winter.

I am a good deal like you. In regard in amusements, I have never been in a Theater in New Orleans and was there 14 days at one time this winter. I was on the Steamer Cherokee this Season and if Penelope would not have been sick, I should have run Red River this Spring from New Orleans to Scrieves Fort [Shrevesport, Caddo Parish LA] and I have a good berth offered me on the Steamer William Garvin. I suspect, to run the river, & then I will quit. I have a beautiful situation for a Business house & expect to go in to th business of Grocerys after while. The connexion [connection] are all well as far as I know.

Uncle Reece [Bourland (1812-1864)] got his house and furniture all burnt this winter. I saw Uncle Reece and gave him name of your Post office said he would write to you a line. I heard cousin Hillen [Armour Bourland (1838-1918)] preach a few days ago. He is a Star preacher for a young man. He is on what is called the Clinton [Hickman Co KY, Methodist] circuit this year. Provision ever description is very high. We have had a very cold spring. Remember me to the little boys and tell them I desire very much to see them and hear from them.

I am glad to hear of the return of Cousin William Bourland [1811-1860]. If you see him shortly, tell him that a few lines from him would be thankfully received. I think from what information I gained about Texas in my traveling that she will be one of the finest states in the Union before many years.

William Gilmore and his father-in-law are going to Texas this next fall to look at the country.

I have such a desire for the river it will be hard for me to quit it. A man has to go in some kind of speculation and I thought I would try the river for my start, although I have promised my wife that I would quit the river after next winter. She is very much opposed to me being from home so much.

Give my love to all the connexions [connections] and receive a due portion for yourself and family. Write soon and frequent. I remain your affectionate nephew.

William S. Bearden, Cleopatra P. Bearden. (addressed to) B.F. Bourland & family. per BP-DM4406-3N-072

1857 Fannin Co TX, p371, B.F. Bourland given power of attorney by A.G. Clark. Fannin Co TX, p414, deed, B.F. Bourland sold land to Thomas and Robt R Shaw.

1858 B.F. Bourland, 321 ac Texas Land Title Abstracts: vol 1, abs #70, cert 102, orig patentee John T Mills Pat vol 6 #91, 321 ac File #116 dated Sep 1, 1858 .....Jan 11, 1857 B.F. Bourland named executor in Hampton Whatley’s will

1859 Fannin Co TX, DB/481-441, Jan 17. B.F. and Nancy Bourland gave 2 ac for the Rehobeth Missionary Baptist Church, Bethel Lodge No 134 (Committee: Wm Stone, Anslam Terry and David Partlow), part of 640 ac patented to John Clayton, assignee of __ Green on Sulphur River, sec 13 Y vares north 35-1/2 degree West 40 vares magnetic varies 8 deg E, on the head waters of the Middle Sulphur River. "Lucinda Bourland m. Jonathan Whatley, whose gfather, John C Holmes, was the first minister and his father, Hampton Whatley, succeeded him as min, later, a bro, Jol Whatley, became minister of the church.

1860 Fann Co TX cen p12(205) Jul 24 Pct 3 Orangeville 853-875 Jane Scott 50 SC $8000/$7000; Jenus Scott 36 SC; Louisa A Scott 20; Calhoun Scott 28 GA farmer; Matilda [Bourland] Scott 18 TX. Jane Scott had 15 slaves in 1860

1860 Fann Co TX cen, p116(232), Jul 18, Pct 4, Ladonia 757-778 B.F. Bourland 42 KY farmer $4500/$7500; N.E. 39 TN; Martha I. 16; Cintha 14; Clackborn B 10; Jeff P 7; Mary E 5; Wm H 3; W.C. Hicks 28 TN stockraiser $600.

1860 Fann Co TX cen Males born 1811-1847 available for CSA, B.F. Bourland, b-1818, farmer, worth $6500/real estate $7000 Dwelling 757-778

1860 Fann Co TX cen, p116(232) Jul 18, Pct 4 Ladonia 758-779, J.S. Whatley 23 GA $1600/$400; L.A. 20; S.B. White 55 SC, teacher, conscription school; Allen Gilliam 30 SC $2500, S. (fe) 25 GA

1860 Fann Co TX Slave Schedule cen p13(308) Beat 2 Jul 13, Ben Bourland had ten (10) slaves

1861 Fannin Co TX, Bonham, Head Quarters 14th Brigrade, Texas Militia. To: Benjamin F. Bourland, Sir:

You are herby appointed Enrolling Officer of Precinct No. 7 Fannin County.

You will immediately in recpt of this appointment give written notice by posting in three public places places in said Precinct to all Free White Male Inhabitants in said Precinct between the ages of 18 to forty five to appear at the usual place of holding elections in the said Precinct on the 6th day of July A.D. 1861 at which time you will enroll all who may appear stating the ages of each and you will also add to the roll the names of all others you may know liable to Militia duty in said Precinct you will complete said roll by two o’clock of said day and at that time you will arrange those enrolled into companies (provided the roll contains over 100) of not less than thirty two nos [numbers] over one Hundred rank & file. If there be one hundred or less you will form only one company. [Note: If there are over 133 members, make 2 companies, otherwise companies should be between 32 and 100 members.]

In arranging companies you will place the youngest in the same company the next in age in the next company and so on. After the companies are thus arranged, you will proceed immediately to hold an Election for officers of said companies. (viz) To each company: one Captain; one 1st & 2nd Lieutenant; 1st, 2d, 3d, & 4th Sergeant; 1st, 2d, 3d, & 4th Corporal. As soon as the Elections are complete, he Captains of said companies will forward to the Brigadier General duplicate rolls of their company certifying under oath when his company was organized, the names and ages of all its officers and members. The judges of probate court, clerks of District Courts, Justices of the Peace, Post Masters, Post Riders, public Ferrymen on public roads, [plus] teachers and professors in academies are exempted from this enrollment as are all who are incorporated into companies which have tendered their services to the Confederate States under the Proclamation of the Executive of the State of he 17th & 24th April 1861.

Volunteer companies organize under the Act of 15th February 1858, will also be excepted from enrollment in the militia. Members of mere volunteer associations or companies, who have not conformed to the said act will not be exempt. A residence of one month in the state and ten days in the precinct will subject any one within the required ages to militia duty. All persons liable to militia duty neglecting or refusing to obey this order at all, will be proceeded against to the utmost extent of the Law.

Samuel A. Roberts, Brigadier General, Head Quarters, Bonham Texas, per Wm. M. Woods, Aid de Camp.

per 14th Brigade Correspondence, Texas Archives. (see 14th Militia Brigade in Appendix F)

Civil War. Fannin Co TX, Beat 8, Jul 8. Ben Bourland, age 45 mustered as Pvt in Capt. Wm. N. Nail’s Militia Company, Brig-Gen S.A. Roberts, Commanding 14th Texas Militia Brigade. Also in Capt. Nail’s Company was his son- in-law, Jonathan S. Whatley, age 24; Oct 10, 1861. (one Private Ben F. Bourland, Co D, 2nd Regt Cav, Texas State Troops, six (6) months, 1863-64, Remarks: R & F 59; Co Comm.) The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors website states: B. F. Bourland in the Second Regt. Texas Cavalry State Patrol.

1865 Fannin Co TX, Oct 30. Ben Bourland and Joel Conyer Fuller listed as securities for Gabriel L. Bourland bond posted. This was one of twenty (20) Fann Co TX instruments in the settlement of the estate of Ebenezer Jackson Bourland Jr of Titus Co TX. [son of Ebenezer Bourland, not in the Ben Bourland (1779-1851) fam]. (see Fuller, p13-3)

1865 Cattle Trails. "James P [Paddy] Bourland helped John [Simpson] Chisum in Texas drive a herd of cattle up the Trail. Chisum sold over 130,000 head of cattle. [Paddy] Bourland went then and established a store in McAlester. Later in Texas. Then back in Oklahoma Territory..." per Mrs [George] Aron, Scott-Dickson Chap U Dau of Conf.

1866 Fann Co TX, Bonham. Ben Bourland and Joel Fuller vow they will take care of Ben's sis Sarah, who was declared insane. (see Chapter 1)

1868 Hunt Co TX, Oct 5. Nancy Epps Chisum Bourland's obituary says she had 10 ch:

1869 Collin Co TX, Blue Ridge, Ira and Cynthia Bourland Sellers mvd to Blue Ridge.

1870 Fannin Co TX cen, p64, Sep 2 Bonahm 413-413 Marion Thomas 33 GA farmer &1500/$900; Martha Isabel (Bourland Hicks) 24 IN; Albert R 3; Oliver C 1; Frank Hicks 9.

1870 Cooke Co TX cen p28(228) Nov 10 Gainesville 177-178 James Bourland 67 SC $18,770/$2,850; Nancy C [Celina Barnett] 44 KY; Marg Ruby/Roby/Roley 24 AR housekeeper; James Barnett 12 TX; Camelia Elliott 6 TX [g-gdau] fam Sarah McCarroll 26 MO cook; 5 black McCarroll ch; Wiley Wilson 16 TN white laborer; Henry Wilson 11 AR. (see Barnett p3-55, 3-56)

1870 Hunt Co TX cen, Nov 1 p55(360) Pct 2 White Rock 428-428 Benj Bourland 55 TN farmer $208; Sarah 50 GA; Clayborn 20 at home; Patrick 16; Ella 14; Sarah 11; Tila 3 (fe) at home (Camelia Elliott Bourland Glenn); Sarah 1 TX. (may be dau of Martha Yarborough by m-1)...; Matilda Scott 30 TX keeping house, (maybe the the 5 groups of numbers refer to values of five (5) properties); Clabe Scott 12 at school; Mary Scott 8 at home.

1870 Collin Co TX cen p78(409) Pct 2 Jul 25 Farmersville 490-568 Jonathan Whatley 34 GA farmer $1200/2000; Lucinda [Bourland] 30 TX; Ida Whatley 4 TX; Nancy Whatley b-Feb 1870; Laura Bourland 9 TX (fe); David Aughton 24 England laborer; (same dwelling) 499-568 Matilda [Bourland] Scott 28 keeping house $320/300; Calhoun Scott 9 TX; Altha Scott 2 TX. door sis Cynthia Bourland Sellers.

c1873 McCrack Co KY, Jas Bourland’s letter to Sarah Bourland Gardner. ment bro Ben Bourland (see p9-7, 9-4, 3-10Arrington Papers

1880 Collin Co TX cen ED8-23(295) 205-205 L.W.Graves 39 TN TN TN physician; Mary E 25 TX KY KY.

1880 Clay Co TX cen, p14(498) Jun 14 Pct 4 134-134 F.M. Thomas 43 IN NC OH, M.I. 36; A.J.R. 13; O.C.W. 11; M.E.C. (fe) 9; M.A. 6; TML 3; LE.2; John Meakes 27 TN _ NC boarder works farm; S.J. 41 IN sis; Sarah Tinsley 69 OH aunt

1880 Fann Co TX cen, ED24-51(372) Jun 7 Pct 2, 432-445 Louis Holland 39 AR TN IL teacher; Nancy M [Bourland Scott] 37; Ben C. 19 farming; Altha E 12; Wm T. Holland 8; Leah E Holland 4 TX.

1880 Hunt Co TX cen ED65-21(453) Jun 12 Pct 2, 187-187 J.S. Whatley 45 GA GA GA farmer; Lucinda [Bourland] 40 TX; Ida Z 14 TX; Nannie C. 10 TX; Cintha J 8 TX; James P 6 TX; Emit G 4; Ben Hampton Whatley 1 TX; Jessie Lisenby 34 TX boarder.

1880 Hunt Co TX cen ED7-28(549) Pct 5 Jun 21, 237-244 Benj F Bouling 62 KY NC NC; Martha A 56 GA GA GA housekeeper, Camilla E 14 TX KY GA asst housekeeper

1880 Hunt Co TX cen ED7-28(549) Pct 5 Jun 21, 240-247 Jefferson P Bouling 27 TX KY GA; Lila V 18 TN unk unk; _ arris 29AL board

c1881 McAlester, Choctaw Nat IT, "James P 'Paddy' Bourland opened a store in McAlester." per Ms [Geo] Aron,

1886 Hunt Co TX, PROBATE BK J-p181-186, Nov 22. refers to his first will pp81-83. exe’s: L.N. Glenn and Lewis Holland. B.F. Bourland wrote Nov 1886: "I have aided my youngest son, W.H. Bourland, now deceased in like manner, $700 and since his death, have aided his wife Francis Bourland in money $175 making $875. (filed Oct 30, 1900, see below).

1893 Abilene, Taylor Co TX, "Uncle Ben lvd Wolff City." per H.A Bourland’s 1893 letter. Arrington Papers

1900 Hunt Co TX, WILL BK B-pp81-3. B.F. Bourland's will written Nov 22, 1886, mentions Frances Bourland, widow of dec'd son.

1900 Hunt Co TX cen, ED 122-p17, Ben Barlin b-1869 TX, one Sadie Bourland enum w/ Sadie m. Mitchell in 1874 Hunt Co

1900 Fann Co TX cen, ED70-12(230) Pct 3 Jun 12, 147-149 Addison Vestal, b-Jul 1857 MO TN TN owns farm no mortgage; Rollo C Vestal b-Mar 1886; Lillie M Vestal b-Sep 1887; Grover A Vestal b-Sep 1890; Ora A Vestal b-Aug 1892; Ronald A Vestal b-Dec 1894; Miriam C Vestal b-Jun 1822 TN, 8 ch alive of 14 births; Katherine Moore b-Mar 1861 sis, 3 ch alive of 7 births

1900 Hunt Co TX cen, pct 5, ED134-21(98), 372-372 Wm Currie b-Feb 1845 NC NC NC, m-12 yrs farmer owns home no mortgage; Mary E. Bourland], b-May 1855, 1 ch alive of 3 births; Henry Currie b-Oct 1892 TX NC TX; Benj Bourland b-Mar 1818 TN TN TN, f-in-law; Lizzie Hartsfield, b-May 1888 TX nurse.

1900 Grayson Co TX cen, ED105-6, Whitewright, Spence St 109-111 Lewis Holland, Nov 1840 AR TN IL landlord; Nancy M, Jan 1840, 3 ch alive of 7 births, m-38 yrs; Walter S Holland, b-Oct 1882.

1900 Throckmorton Co TX cen ED154-3(116) Jun 9 Pct 1, 35-36 Jefferson P Bourland Jan 1853 TX salesman D.G.& Gro owns home free; Mary L [Green], b-Mar 1862 TN TN TN, 2 ch alive of 2 births, milliner; Bertha, b-Oct 1886 TX, Lilla V, b-Jan 1893 TX. ... p7(120) 88-90 James C Bourland Feb 1880 owns farm; Mamie E Bourland, May 1883 sis.

1900 Wilbarger Co TX cen ED128-10(255) Pct 1 Jun 13 Vernon 259-259 James Mason Sep 1857 VA VA VA own farm mortg; Ida [Whatley] May 1866 TX GA TX 7 ch alive of 9 births; Lena Feb 1886 TX; Lillie Sep 1888; Agnes Apr 1890; Lola Jul 1,1891; Lucy Jul 1894; Vivian b-May 1897; Lee Nov 1899; Ben C Bowlin Apr 1853 TX AL GA boarder (prob Ben Claiborne Bourland b-1850)

1900 Oklahoma Territory, Dewey Co cen, ED43-10(10) Jun 19, Cleveland twp, Lenora, Francis M Thomas, b-Mar 1837 IN NC OH m-34 yrs owns farm; Martha I b-May 1844, 9 ch alive of 10 births; Luelan Thomas b-May 1878; Stella Thomas b-Jun 1882; Lilla E Thomas b-Mar 1886; Flora Neil b-Mar 1893 TX KY TX gdau; Ruth M Neil b-Jan 1895 I.T. KY TX gdau.

1900 Hunt Co TX, Oct 30, recorded Apr 2, 1901, B.F. Bourland’s will, see 1886 above.

1905 Oklahoma Terr, [Old] Comanche Co, Hastings (now Jefferson Co OK). J.P. Bourland & Eliz sold Apr 21, 1905 for $1,050 from John P. Moss lots located in Duncan; filed Apr 27, 1905 Ryan, [Old] Comanche Co, Oklahoma Territory. Bourland township in Jefferson Co OK named for Paddy Bourland.

1920 Hunt Co TX cen ED125-3, 3337 Lee St, Greenville 39-39 Benj Bourland 69 TX TN KY widow traveling salesman, own acc’t

(supports himself); enum w/ 30-34 Sam Brooks proprietor hotel

1920 Harris Co TX ED39-11 Houston 1805 Congress St, Jun 18, 99-254 J.P. Bourland 66 TX KY KY widowed retired stockraiser, own account (supports himself)...105-274 Jim Bourland 38 TX TX TX manufacturer medicine; Nancy 34 KY KY KY ... (Paddy's son)

1924 Donley Co TX, "Paddy Bourland lvd 1924 in Clarendon" per 1924 letter of H.W."Jol" Whatley (see p10-26)

c1930 Scott-Dickson Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, No 197, organized 1898. "James P Bourland. Worked for John Chisum in Texas. Helped Chisum drive a herd up the Trail in 1865, possibly establishing the Chisum Trail. Chisum sold over 130,000 cattle. Bourland went then and established a store in McAlester [OK]. Later in Texas. Then back in Oklahoma Territory. He was a bro of the mother of J.W. Sellers, a McKinney businessman, whose mother was Cynthia Bourland. Cynthia m. I.D.Sellers at Wolfe City in 1865. He was ex-confederate. ....James P. Bourland was a nephew of John Chisum. Mrs Aron [Regina Artema George Aaron, b-1914]

1935 Creek Co OK, Bristow, James P Bourland had at least 5 obit: DAILY OKLAHOMAN, May 19, 1935; WALTERS HERALD, Apr 25, 1935 and May 30, 1935; BRISTOW DAILY RECORD, Apr 19, 1935 and Apr 20, 1935. Facts mentioned: "related to Hollands of Whitewright, Fannin Co TX, Whatleys of Okla City. Survived by 2 sis: Mrs M.G. Currie of Bentonville, Benton Co AR and Mrs Miley Glenn of Ardmore, Carter Co OK. Three surviving ch: Mamie Stribbling of Walters, Cotton Co OK; Mrs B.F. Liggett of Bristow OK, and James P Bourland of Houston TX. Jas Bourland m-Lilla Hynds on Mar 21, 1880

c1937 Coleman Co TX "[Uncle Ben Bourland] He lived to be 84, the same as Mr Bartlett. He was saddling his horse when he died. He was a character, believe me." per E Samuell’s 1937 letter, (Col Bourland’s gson) Arrington Papers

1951 Okla Co OK, OKC, Camelia Elliott (Bourland) Glenn's obit said she was youngest of 13 ch. (see p10-32)



Claiborn Chisum [Jun 22, 1797 Grainger Co TN-Oct 24, 1857 Paris TX], m,1. ?unk/m,2-cousin 1822 to Lucinda Armstrong Chisum. Claiborn born to Eliz Gibbons [Nov 12, 1774 Abermarle Par, Surry Co VA-Aug 4, 1851 Hardeman Co TN] and James Stewart Chisum [Nov 26, 1774 Halifax Co VA-d-c1834 Hardeman Co TN, m. Jan 26, 1794 Hawkins Co TN], son of Lucy Claiborne and Elijah Chisum. Eliz Gibbons born to Anne Epps [bap Jan 8, 1744 Albermarle Parish, Surry Co VA] and Thomas Gibbons [Oct 30, 1734 Chs Par, York Co VA-1809 Hawkins Co TN. ...Lucinda Armstrong Chisum born to Mary Ann Armstrong & John Chisum, bro of James Stewart Chisum. .... Chisum vs Chisholm "story goes that Capt James Chisum spelled his name Chisum because Gen Andrew Jackson dispatched a message to Capt Chisholm spelled phonetically "Chisum and to honor Gen Jackson, the family thereafter spelled the name that way, knowing however that it was properly spelled Chisholm." per HARDE-FACTS quarterly of Bolivar TN.

Martha Isabel Bourland Hicks Thomas    (1844-1934)


Martha Isabel Bourland Hicks Thomas     (1844-1934)


Martha Isabel Bourland Hicks Thomas     (1844-1934)


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