ARLEDGESin some TEXASCEMETERIES

contributed by Robert Thornton "Bob" Arledge , March 1999


Contents:

1. ARLEDGE RIDGE CEMETERY INSCRIPTIONS AND NOTES (Arledges and Some of their Descendants and Other Connected Persons) 4.5 Miles South of Bonham, Fannin County, Texas, East Side of State Hwy 78

2. BLACKWELL (Nolan County, TX) CEMETERY INSCRIPTIONS AND NOTES Formerly James Cemetery (Located 1 miles N of Blackwell, Nolan County, TX on the east side of State Hwy 70)

3. MARYNEAL (Nolan County, TX) CEMETERY INSCRIPTIONS AND NOTES Located approximately 2 miles W of Maryneal (Go 2 miles W from Maryneal on Farm Rd. 608, then S on cemetery road about mile)

4. ROSCOE (Nolan County,TX) CEMETERY INSCRIPTIONS AND NOTES Located approx. 1/2 mile N of Roscoe on I-20 on Nolan County Rd. 104

5. SWEETWATER (Nolan County, TX) CEMETERY INSCRIPTIONS AND NOTES (Located in Sweetwater, TX on Alabama Ave. (Nolan County Rd 208)

6. MASONIC CEMETERY, ABILENE, TAYLOR COUNTY, TX (Located in NE Abilene, TX; near NE 10th St & Treadway)

7. HILLCREST MEMORIAL GARDENS (Orange County, TX) CEMETERY INSCRIPTIONS AND NOTES (Located on N side of State Hwy 87 west of Orange approx. 6 miles toward Bridge City, TX)

8. WILLOW WILD CEMETERY INSCRIPTIONS AND NOTES (Arledges and Some of their Descendants, Ancestors, and Other Connected Persons) Located on western edge of Bonham, Fannin County, TX on Hwy 121

9. GREENLEAF (Brownwood, Brown County, TX) CEMETERY INSCRIPTIONS AND NOTES

10. STAMFORD (*Haskell County, TX) CEMETERY INSCRIPTIONS AND NOTES

11. MASONIC (Seymour, Baylor County, TX) CEMETERY INSCRIPTIONS AND NOTES


ARLEDGE RIDGE CEMETERY INSCRIPTIONS AND NOTES (Arledges and Some of their Descendants and Other Connected Persons) 4.5 Miles South of Bonham, Fannin County, Texas, East Side of State Hwy 78

In December 1998, I visited the Arledge Ridge Cemetery and photographed the markers of the Joseph Cyrus Arledge and William Arledge (sons of Cyrus Arledge) and some of their descendants and other connected persons. In addition, I wrote down the information and used both methods to confirm what I had observed. I have included their actual inscriptions as well as other notes that I had to make the information more complete. The inscriptions are shown first with quotations around them. If you have any questions or desire other information, please email me at bobarledge@aol.com or through the Arledge discussion list at arledge@tx3.com . Sincerely, Robert (Bob) Thornton Arledge

The Texas Historical Commission in 1988 erected a historical marker describing the history of the cemetery with the following inscription next to state highway 78 and the entrance to the cemetery:

ARLEDGE RIDGE CEMETERY

"Among the early settlers of this area were Joseph and William Arledge, brothers who arrived from Alabama in the 1850s. Both established successful farms in the area, and the growing settlement became known as Arledge Ridge. Joseph Arledge operated one of the earliest freight lines in Fannin County, with regular routes to the port city of Jefferson. William Arledge established a cotton gin in the central part of the county and later sold an acre of land to be used for a community school and church".

"A tract of land, deeded by William Arledge in 1876, was designated as a community burial ground. According to local tradition, burials may have taken place in the cemetery as early as the 1840s, but the oldest documented grave is that of Joseph Arledge, who died in 1855".

"Interred in the Arledge Ridge cemetery are many early settlers, as well as a number of Civil War veterans. Additional land acquisitions in 1893, 1948, and 1965 enlarged the cemetery tract. The Arledge Ridge Cemetery Association, organized in 1948, maintains the historical graveyard and sponsors an annual homecoming event". Note: The annual homecoming event for the Arledge Ridge Cemetery is the first Sunday of June each year.

"JOSEPH ARLEDGE OCT. 19, 1812 JAN. 27, 1855 LYDIA A. ARLEDGE APR. 24, 1818 MAR. 16, 1871" Note: This looks like a replacement marker, as I found a broken piece of Lydia's early marker next to it. The newer stone marker is for both Joseph Cyrus Arledge and his wife, Lydia Ann Slaughter Arledge.

"WILLIAM, HUSBAND OF MARY W. ARLEDGE, BORN NOV. 8, 1814, DIED NOV. 16, 1894: An amiable father here lies at rest As ever God with His image blest; MARY W. SLAUGHTER, WIFE OF WM. ARLEDGE, BORN OCT. 28, 1819, DIED FEB. 21, 1876, Mother, thou has from us flown To the regions far above [jointly: "The friend of man, the friend of truth, We to thee erect this stone, The friend of age, the guide of youth. Consecrated by our love"]. Note: This is a beautiful stone marker of two columns joined at the top with an arch. On the base of each column is the name and vital information. On the base that the two columns rest is a poetic inscription for both William and Mary.

"DARLING, CLEMIE, Son of Jas & S. ARLEDGE DIED May 5, 1872. AGED 2 yrs., 6 mo. 20 ds" Note: This stone had been broken off from its base and was laying flat on the ground. Clement Arledge was the toddler son of James Cyrus and Savannah Shaffer Arledge. In can be deducted that he was born October 15, 1869 in Fannin County, TX and died in Fannin County, TX.

"JOSEPH C. ARLEDGE BORN MAY 17, 1850. DIED JUNE 15, 1910. Tho' lost to sight, to memory dear. ARLEDGE" Note: Joseph Clinton Arledge was the youngest son of Joseph Cyrus and Lydia Ann Slaughter Arledge and husband of Delia A. Stone. Joseph Clinton Arledge was born in Limestone County, AL.

"DELIA A. WIFE OF JOSEPH C. ARLEDGE DIED NOV. 21, 1921 -- Precious in the sight of the Lord Is the death of his saints. ARLEDGE" Note: Delia A. Stone was married to Joseph Clinton Arledge January 22, 1873 in Fannin County, TX.

"SAM STONE ARLEDGE BORN DEC. 7, 1873 DIED AUG. 7, 1914. -- Tis hard! So hard to say good by to one you love so dear, But our prayer, loved one, is to meet you over there. ARLEDGE" Note: Sam Stone Arledge was the son of Joseph Clinton and Delia Stone Arledge and the husband of Zora Delay.

"ZORA ARLEDGE MARCH 4, 1885 June 13, 1983" Note: Zora Delay Arledge was the wife of Sam Stone Arledge and the mother of Joe Sam Arledge.

"JOE SAM SON OF SAM & ZORA ARLEDGE JAN. 8, 1912 MAY 4, 1921. Good Bye, Angel Child, Till We Meet Again".

"CHARLIE HAYDEN Son of JOE C. & DELIA A. ARLEDGE BORN FEB 28, 1875 DIED AUG. 29, 1875". Note: Charlie Hayden Arledge

"WEST WILLIAM PATTIE ARLEDGE JULY 2, 1873 AUG. 31, 1877 MAY 9, 1935 NOV. 16, 1970" Note: Pattie Arledge West is the wife of William West and the daughter of Joseph Clinton and Delia Stone Arledge.

"MAMA OLEVIA. Dau of JOE C. & DELIA A. ARLEDGE BORN OCT. 23, 1879. DIED AUG. 14, 1880". Note: Not sure why this daughter would be named "Mama" Olevia Arledge.

"UNDERWOOD CLARENCE E. MARY ANNIE MAR. 26, 1914 APR. 27, 1906 APR. 11, 1978 MAY 16, 1979" Note: Not absolutely sure of Mary Annie's birth and death date years (should be close, but camera strap made shadow on print blurring last two digits in each and I forgot to write these down). Marie Annie "Mary" West Underwood is the daughter of Pattie Arledge and William West.

"M. J. FLETCHER Born June 29, 1839 Died Dec. 29, 1867" Note: Martha Jane "Mattie" Arledge Fletcher was born in Limestone County, AL. She was the wife of Henry Fletcher and mother of John W. Fletcher. Last digit of death date appears to be a "1", but could possibly be a 4 or 7. It is more likely that it is a 7 since the date I have for the birth of son, John W., is 1865.

"C. C. ARLEDGE Born Nov. 9, 1845. Died July 10, 1857". Note: Clement C. Arledge was born in Limestone County, AL, the son of William and Mary W. Slaughter Arledge, and died in Fannin County, TX.

"FATHER ---- MOTHER ANDREW JAMES OCT. 15, 1859 -- OCT. 27, 1923 MARY ELIZABETH NOV. 12, 1861 ---- DEC. 3, 1928 DEAR PARENTS, THO' WE MISS YOU MUCH, WE KNOW YOU REST WITH GOD. ARLEDGE" Note: This is a single stone for husband and wife. Andrew James Arledge was the youngest son of William and Mary W. Slaughter Arledge and the husband of Mary Elizabeth Meridith. He was born in Fannin County, TX.

"BABY ARLEDGE OCT. 2, 1888 OCT. 23, 1888" Note: Baby Arledge was the child of Andrew James and Mary Elizabeth Meridith Arledge.

"SAMUEL C. ARLEDGE SEPT. 12, 1892 FEB. 29, 1956" Note: Samuel C. Arledge was a son of Andrew James and Mary Elizabeth Meridith Arledge and husband of Leona Mae Young.

"LEONA MAE ARLEDGE JAN. 10, 1895 JAN. 5, 1979" Note: Leona Mae Young Arledge was the wife of Samuel C. Arledge.

"MOLLIE ARLEDGE SHORT JAN. 25, 1895 SEPT. 25, 1980" Note: Mollie Arledge Short was the wife of (1) Tom Stokes and (2) E. A. Short and the mother of Arledge Stokes.

"CROW J. FRANK OLLIE L. 1884--1950 1890--1978" Note: This is a single stone for husband and wife. Ollie L. Arledge Crow was the wife of (1) Earl Hancock and (2) J. Frank Crow and the mother of Peggy Jean Crow and other children.

"EARL HANCOCK FEB. 16, 1885 JAN. 3, 1919 -- How desolate our home bereft of thee. HANCOCK" Note: Earl Hancock was the husband of Ollie L Arledge.

"PEGGY JEAN DAU. OF J.F. & OLLIE CROW NOV. 3, 1931 SEPT. 8, 1937" Note: Peggy Jean Crow is the daughter of J. Frank and Ollie L. Arledge Crow.

I am sure there are a few other Arledges in the Arledge Ridge Cemetery and definitely other descendants that I was not aware of or did not locate. I also could not find gravestones for the following that I thought should have been located in the Arledge Ridge Cemetery:

John W. Fletcher, William L. "Billy" and Nan Agnew Arledge (husband and wife)

If you have any information on these or others, please contact me.


BLACKWELL (Nolan County, TX) CEMETERY INSCRIPTIONS AND NOTES Formerly James Cemetery (Located 1 miles N of Blackwell, Nolan County, TX on the east side of State Hwy 70)

In late February 1999, I visited the Blackwell Cemetery and photographed the markers of the descendants of Joseph Cyrus Arledge and Lydia Ann Slaughter and other connected persons. In addition, I wrote down the information and used both methods to confirm what I had observed. I have included their actual inscriptions as well as other notes that I had to make the information more complete. The inscriptions are shown first with quotations around them. If you have any questions or desire other information, please contact me at bobarledge@aol.com or through the Arledge discussion list at arledge@tx3.com. If you would like to have Microsoft WORD attachment file of this information that I have produced here and can receive attachments, please let me know. Sincerely, Robert Thornton Arledge

ARLEDGE FAMILY PLOT (located in SW quadrant of cemetery)

"J. THOMAS ARLEDGE JAN. 13, 1916 MAY 30, 1930" Note: James Thomas Arledge was the son of George Harve Arledge and Lillian Teague.

"LILLIAN ARLEDGE MAR. 23, 1883 JULY 6, 1958" Note: Lillian Teague Arledge was the wife of George Harve Arledge and the mother of James Thomas and Frances Alice Arledge Guest.

"GEO. HARVE ARLEDGE MAR. 26, 1877 NOV. 6, 1957" Note: George Harve Arledge was the son of George Wade Arledge and Frances E. "Fannie" Wheeler and the husband of Lillian Teague. His children were James Thomas Arledge and Frances Alice Arledge.

"FRANCES ARLEDGE GUEST APR. 29, 1901 MAR. 27, 1985" Note: Frances Alice Arledge Guest was the daughter of George Harve Arledge and Lillian Teague and the wife of Norm O. Guest.


MARYNEAL (Nolan County, TX) CEMETERY INSCRIPTIONS AND NOTES Located approximately 2 miles W of Maryneal (Go 2 miles W from Maryneal on Farm Rd. 608, then S on cemetery road about mile)

In late February 1999, I visited the Maryneal Cemetery and photographed the markers of the descendants of Joseph Cyrus Arledge and Lydia Ann Slaughter and other connected persons. In addition, I wrote down the information and used both methods to confirm what I had observed. I have included their actual inscriptions as well as other notes that I had to make the information more complete. The inscriptions are shown first with quotations around them. If you have any questions or desire other information, please contact me at bobarledge@aol.com or through the Arledge discussion list at arledge@tx3.com. If you would like to have Microsoft WORD attachment file of this information that I have produced here and can receive attachments, please let me know. Sincerely, Robert Thornton Arledge

ARLEDGE PLOT (located in NW quadrant of cemetery, just to left of NW gate)

"ARLEDGE Father Mother GEORGE W. FRANCES E. 1845 - 1923 1848 - 1918" Note: This is combined husband and wife marker. George Wade Arledge was the son of Joseph Cyrus Arledge and Lydia Ann Slaughter Arledge and the husband of Frances E. "Fannie" Wheeler. George Wade Arledge was born in Limestone County, AL July 8, 1845 and died October 4, 1923. Frances E. "Fannie" Wheeler Arledge was born in TN June 17, 1848 and died October 20, 1918. George Wade Arledge and Frances E. "Fannie" Wheeler were married June 17, 1868 in Bonham, Fannin County, TX.

EATWELL-BURROW-COOK FAMILY PLOT (located in southern part of cemetery about half the distance through cemetery using SW gate)

"NANNIE T. EATWELL 1870 - 1942" Note: Nancy Caroline "Nannie" Thornton Eatwell was the daughter of John Wesley Thornton and Mary Jarvis Silliman. She was also the wife George Eatwell and the mother of Sunny Eatwell Burrow Cook. She was also the half sister of Martha Ann Thornton who married James Shaffer Arledge.

"SUNNY EATWELL BURROW COOK JAN. 25, 1907 FEB. 17, 1992" Note: Sunny Eatwell Burrow Cook was the daughter of George Eatwell and Nancy Caroline "Nannie" Thornton. She was also the wife of David H. Burrow and Henry B. Cook, Jr.

"DAVID H. BURROW DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 2 LIEUT. Q.M. CORPS NOV. 22, 1890 - DEC. 7, 1945" Note: David H. Burrow was a husband of Sunny Eatwell Burrow Cook.

"HENRY B COOK JR TEXAS CM1 USNR WORLD WAR II JAN 7 1907 OCT 7 1971" Note: Henry B. Cook, Jr. was a husband of Sunny Eatwell Burrow Cook.


ROSCOE (Nolan County,TX) CEMETERY INSCRIPTIONS AND NOTES Located approx. 1/2 mile N of Roscoe on I-20 on Nolan County Rd. 104

In late February 1999, I visited the Roscoe Cemetery and photographed the markers of the descendants of Joseph Cyrus Arledge and Lydia Ann Slaughter and other connected persons. In addition, I wrote down the information and used both methods to confirm what I had observed. I have included their actual inscriptions as well as other notes that I had to make the information more complete. The inscriptions are shown first with quotations around them. If you have any questions or desire other information, please contact me at bobarledge@aol.com or through the Arledge discussion list at arledge@tx3.com. If you would like to have Microsoft WORD attachment file of this information that I have produced here and can receive attachments, please let me know. Sincerely, Robert Thornton Arledge

ARLEDGE FAMILY PLOT (located in the NW quadrant of cemetery)

"T.E. ARLEDGE 1875 - 1939" Note: Thomas Emmett "Em" Arledge was the son of George Wade Arledge and Frances E. "Fannie" Wheeler, and the husband of Zella Pope Arledge. Thomas Emmett "Em" Arledge was born May 19, 1875 and died July 5, 1909.

"ZELLA P. ARLEDGE 1882 - 1964" Note: Zella Pope Arledge was the wife of Thomas Emmett "Em" Arledge. Zella Pope Arledge was born October 26, 1882 and died in 1964.

"BAST CHARLES L. "BUD" MARRIED MARY V. ARLEDGE" AUG. 21, 1917 SEPT. 1, OCT. 8, 1994 1942 Note: This is a double marker for husband and wife. Charles L. "Bud" Bast was the husband of Mary Virginia Arledge.


SWEETWATER (Nolan County, TX) CEMETERY INSCRIPTIONS AND NOTES (Located in Sweetwater, TX on Alabama Ave. (Nolan County Rd 208)

In late February 1999, I visited the Sweetwater Cemetery and photographed the markers of the descendants of Joseph Cyrus Arledge and Lydia Ann Slaughter and other connected persons. In addition, I wrote down the information and used both methods to confirm what I had observed. I have included their actual inscriptions as well as other notes that I had to make the information more complete. The inscriptions are shown first with quotations around them. If you have any questions or desire other information, please contact me at bobarledge@aol.com or through the Arledge discussion list at arledge@tx3.com. If you would like to have Microsoft WORD attachment file of this information that I have produced here and can receive attachments, please let me know. Sincerely, Robert Thornton Arledge

ARLEDGE FAMILY PLOT (located in Section 108; just west of the Veteran's flagpole)

"JOHN PALMER LEEPER APR. 4, 1894 SEPT. 19, 1967" Note: John Palmer Leeper was the husband of Jo Ella Arledge. They were married February 26, 1938.

"JO ELLA ARLEDGE LEEPER AUG. 23, 1903 OCT. 15, 1996" Note: Jo Ella Arledge Leeper was the daughter of Joseph Wade Arledge and Lydia Elizabeth Badgett, and the wife of John Palmer Leeper. They were married February 26, 1938.

"JOE W. ARLEDGE FEB. 22, 1870 OCT. 11, 1945" Note: Joseph Wade Arledge was the son of George Wade Arledge and Frances E. "Fannie" Wheeler, and the husband of Lydia Elizabeth Badgett. They were married September 18, 1895

"LYDIA E. ARLEDGE JAN. 4, 1876 MAR. 31, 1946" Note: Lydia Elizabeth Badgett Arledge was the wife of Joseph Wade Arledge. They were married September 18, 1895.

"JOE W. ARLEDGE, JR. SEPT. 2, 1913 SEPT. 28, 1961" Note: Joe Wheeler Arledge, Jr. was the son of Joseph Wade Arledge and Lydia Elizabeth Badgett Arledge, and the husband of Geraldine Ann "Jerry" Youngblood.

Note: There appears to be a new grave to the right of Joe. W. Arledge, Jr. It was unmarked as of February 21, 1999.

When I sent out the Sweetwater (Nolan County, TX) Cemetery Inscriptions and Notes I included a note as to an unmarked grave next to Joe Wheeler Arledge, Jr. Jack Edd Arledge send me this answer:

One bit of information -- The unmarked grave in Sweetwater next to Joe Wheeler Arledge, Jr. is is wife, Geraldine (Jerry) Youngblood Arledge. She was born on Oct. 2nd, l9l8, and died on April l5, 1998.

"CALLA MAE CARGILE OCT. 15, 1898 MAY 11, 1991" Note: Calla Mae Arledge Cargile was the daughter of Joseph Wade Arledge and Lydia Elizabeth Badgett, and the wife of Jesse S. Cargile.


MASONIC CEMETERY, ABILENE, TAYLOR COUNTY, TX (Located in NE Abilene, TX; near NE 10th St & Treadway)

In late February 1999, I revisited the Masonic Cemetery. I photographed the markers of the descendants of Joseph Cyrus Arledge and Lydia Ann Slaughter and other connected persons in July 1995. In addition, I wrote down the information and used both methods to confirm what I had observed. I have included their actual inscriptions as well as other notes that I had to make the information more complete. The inscriptions are shown first with quotations around them. If you have any questions or desire other information, please contact me at bobarledge@aol.com or through the Arledge discussion list at arledge@tx3.com. If you would like to have Microsoft WORD attachment file of this information that I have produced here and can receive attachments, please let me know. Sincerely, Robert Thornton Arledge

ARLEDGE FAMILY PLOT (located on far east side of the old part of the cemetery)

"ED ARLEDGE NOV. 9, 1907 AUG. 14, 1927" Note: George Edward Arledge was the son of James Shaffer Arledge and Martha Ann "Mattie" Thornton.

"SISTER LYLIAN G. ARLEDGE JULY 3, 1897 MAR. 5, 1976" Note: Lylian Grace Arledge was the daughter of James Shaffer Arledge and Martha Ann "Mattie" Thornton.

"JAMES S. ARLEDGE DEC. 19, 1872 MAY 3, 1963" Note: James Shaffer Arledge was the son of James Cyrus Arledge and Savannah Shaffer, and the husband of Martha Ann "Mattie" Thornton.

"MARTHA ANN ARLEDGE AUG. 27, 1874 MAY 13, 1957" Note: Martha Ann "Mattie" Thornton was the daughter of John Wesley Thornton and Sarah Jane "Sallie" Pratt, and the wife of James Shaffer Arledge.

"MARY GLADYS ARLEDGE MAR. 16, 1899 JAN. 13, 1982" Note: Mary Gladys Arledge was the daughter of James Shaffer Arledge and Martha Ann "Mattie" Thornton.

"ARTEMAS W. MARGARET ARLEDGE MAY 15, 1918 JUNE 7, 1942 DEC. 5, 1992 TOGETHER 50 GOLDEN YEARS MABRY BELOVED CHILDREN - MARTHA ANN, LINDA, & ALAN" Note: This is a combined husband and wife marker. Artemas Wynn Mabry was the husband of Eleanor Margaret Arledge.

"J.W. THORNTON APRIL 19, 1832 - JAN. 25, 1918 SALLIE J. HIS WIFE FEB. 23, 1839 - JULY 19, 1928 MY FAITH LOOKS UP TO THEE" Note: This is a combined husband and wife marker. John Wesley Thornton was the son of Carlton Crawford Thornton and Mary Wise, and the husband of Sarah Jane "Sallie" Pratt. He was also the father of Martha Ann "Mattie" Thornton. Sarah Jane "Sallie" Pratt Thornton was the daughter of Thomas Albert Pratt and Mary Jane Earle, and the wife of John Wesley Thornton. She was also the mother of Martha Ann "Mattie" Thornton Arledge.


HILLCREST MEMORIAL GARDENS (Orange County, TX) CEMETERY INSCRIPTIONS AND NOTES

(Located on N side of State Hwy 87 west of Orange approx. 6 miles toward Bridge City, TX)

About twenty years ago, I visited the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. More recently my sister photographed the markers of James Thornton Arledge, descendant of Joseph Cyrus Arledge and Lydia Ann Slaughter, and James Thornton Arledge's wife, Ruth Ratliff Arledge. I have included the actual inscriptions as well as other notes that I have to make the information more complete. The inscriptions are shown first with quotations around them. If you have any questions or desire other information, please contact me at bobarledge@aol.com or through the Arledge discussion list at arledge@tx3.com. If you would like to have Microsoft WORD attachment file of this information that I have produced here and can receive attachments, please let me know. Sincerely, Robert Thornton Arledge

ARLEDGE PLOT (located in SE quadrant of cemetery)

"JAMES THORNTON AUG. 5, 1900 SEPT. 15, 1983 RUTH RATLIFF MAY 7, 1900 FEB. 11, 1978 TOGETHER FOREVER! ARLEDGE" Note: This is a combined husband and wife marker. James Thornton Arledge was the son of James Shaffer Arledge and Martha Ann "Mattie" Thornton, and the husband of Ruth Ann Ratliff Arledge. Ruth Ann Ratliff Arledge was the daughter of John Beasley Ratliff and Jennie Ethel Hudspeth, and the wife of James Thornton Arledge.


WILLOW WILD CEMETERY INSCRIPTIONS AND NOTES (Arledges and Some of their Descendants, Ancestors, and Other Connected Persons) Located on western edge of Bonham, Fannin County, TX on Hwy 121

This is a companion resource to the other Bonham, TX cemetery inscriptions entitled, Arledge Ridge Cemetery Inscriptions and Notes. In December 1998, I visited the Willow Wild Cemetery and photographed the markers of Arledges and their descendants, ancestors, and other connected persons. In addition, I wrote down the information and used both methods to confirm what I had observed. I have included their actual inscriptions as well as other notes I had that makes the information more complete. The inscriptions are shown first with quotations around them. If you have any questions or desire other information, please email me at bobarledge@aol.com or through the Arledge discussion list at arledge@tx3.com . Robert Thornton "Bob" Arledge

A BRIEF BONHAM HISTORY

Bonham became a reality in 1837 when pioneer settler Bailey Inglish arrived bringing a group of approximately 10 families to settle in Bois d'Arc flats. In response to the increased Indian raids in the area, Inglish and his men erected Fort Inglish and stockade, the first public building in the area.

At the creation of Fannin County in 1837, Fort Warren was designated the county seat until 1843 when new laws required the seats of government be located near the geographical center of the area. The town of Bois d'Arc near Fort Inglish was chosen. Later that year the settlement was renamed Bonham in honor of Alamo hero James Butler Bonham.

Bonham is the oldest town in the Red River Valley of Texas. For 10 years, during the Republic of Texas, it was the seat of government for the vast Fannin County which stretched 385 miles from east to west and encompassed land from which 26 present-day counties were created.

Up to shortly after the Civil War, Bonham was the leading trade center of northeast Texas. During the war the headquarters of the Northern Subdivision of the Confederate Army was located in Bonham under the command of General Henry McCulloch.

"JAMES C. ARLEDGE FEB. 16, 1839 AUG. 31, 1896" Note: James Cyrus Arledge was the first son of Joseph Cyrus and Lydia Ann Slaughter Arledge and the husband of Savannah Shaffer. He was born in Limestone County, AL and died in Fannin County, TX.

"SAVANNAH ARLEDGE AUG. 14, 1842 SEP. 21, 1917" Note: Savannah Shaffer Arledge was the daughter of Col. John and Cynthia Harris Shaffer and the wife of James C. Arledge. She was born in Dallas County, AL and died in Fannin County, TX.

"(Master Mason Emblem) COL. JOHN SHAFFER MARCH 19, 1813 JUNE 10, 1891" Note: Col. John Shaffer was the husband of Cynthia Harris and the father of Savannah Shaffer. He was born in Richmond County, GA and died in Bonham, Fannin County, TX. The Biographical Souvenir of Texas of 1889 indicates John Shaffer held the rank of lieutenant-colonel in "the late war" and was active on the frontier.

"CYNTHIA SHAFFER SEP. 18, 1820 SEP. 12, 1904" Note: Cynthia Harris Shaffer was the daughter of William H. Harris and Cynthy __ and the wife of Col. John Shaffer. She was born in Autauga County, AL

"MARTHA ARLEDGE RUSSELL 1847 -- 1933" Note: Her tombstone is in a plot with a very large "RUSSELL" family marker. Martha Eleanor Arledge Russell was the wife of William Wardlaw Russell, the youngest daughter of Joseph Cyrus and Lydia Ann Slaughter Arledge, and the sister of James Cyrus Arledge. She was born in Limestone County, AL and died in San Antonio, Bexar County, TX.

"W.W. RUSSELL 1831 -- 1907" Note: William Wardlaw Russell was born in Ripley, Lauderdale County, TN and died in Bonham, Fannin County, TX. He was the husband of Martha Eleanor Arledge Russell. His tombstone is in a plot with a very large "RUSSELL" family marker and next to Martha Eleanor Arledge Russell.

"ANNIE RUSSELL BRADFORD 1868 -- 1961" Note: Annie Elizabeth Russell Bradford was the wife of Claude Lane Bradford and daughter of William Wardlaw and Martha Eleanor Arledge Russell. She was born in Bonham, Fannin County, TX and died in Tallahassee, FL. Her tombstone is in a plot with a very large "RUSSELL" family marker. "C.L. BRADFORD 1865 -- 1923" Note: Claude Lane Bradford was born in Pittsburgh, Camp County, TX and died in Bonham, Fannin County, TX. He was the husband of Annie Elizabeth Russell. His tombstone is in a plot with a very large "Russell" family marker.

"JOHN F. ARLEDGE OCT. 12, 1860 SEP. 19, 1936" Note: John Fisher Arledge was born in Parker County, TX. He was the oldest son of James Cyrus Arledge and Savannah Shaffer Arledge and the husband of Elizabeth German.

"ELIZABETH GERMAN ARLEDGE 1859 -- 1940" Note: Elizabeth German Arledge was the daughter of Frank M. and Mary C. Thompson German. She was born September 21, 1829 and died November 7, 1940.

"MARY C. WIFE OF F.M. GERMAN OCT. 23, 1838 OCT 3, 1919" Note: Mary C. Thompson German was the wife of Frank M. German.

"PAUL C. ARLEDGE SEPT. 22, 1884 AUG. 18, 1978" Note: Paul Cleveland Arledge was born and died in Fannin County, TX. He is the son of John Fisher and Elizabeth German Arledge and the husband of Jim Lew Yerion.

"JIM LEW YERION ARLEDGE OCT. 14, 1884 NOV. 17, 1957" Note: Jim Lew Yerion is the wife of Paul Cleveland Arledge. She was born in Millsap, Parker County, TX and died in Bonham, Fannin County, TX.

"JOHN ROBERT ARLEDGE OCT. 14, 1909 APR. 12, 1980" Note: John Robert Arledge is the son of Paul Cleveland Arledge and Jim Lew Yerion. He was born in Ravenna, Fannin County, TX and died in Bonham, Fannin County, TX.

"PAUL C ARLEDGE JR SP2 US NAVY WORLD WAR II AUG 8 1913 JULY 14 1975" Note: Paul C. Arledge, Jr. was the son of Paul Cleveland and Jim Lew Yerion Arledge. He was born in Honey Grove, Fannin County, TX and died in Wichita Falls, Wichita County, TX.

"SMITH BLAND S. MARRIED MAMIE A. DEC. 28, 1884 JUNE 6, MAR. 29, 1886 APR. 11, 1974 1906 MAY 7, 1976 Note: This is a single gravestone for husband and wife -- Bland Sneed Smith and Mary Savannah "Mamie" Arledge Smith. Both were born and died in Bonham, Fannin County, TX.

"SMITH NUNNELEE A. 1911 -- 1993 //WED DEC. 29, 1933// MARY HELEN 1911 -- 1991" Note: This is a single gravestone for husband and wife -- Nunnelee Arledge Smith and Mary Helen Kennedy Smith. Nunnelee Arledge Smith was born in Bonham, Fannin County, TX and died in Bonham, Fannin County, TX. His parents were Bland Sneed and Mary Savannah "Mamie" Arledge Smith. Mary Helen Kennedy Smith was born April 28, 1911 and died November 28, 1991 in Dennison, Grayson County, TX. Mary Helen Kennedy Smith's parents were Jack and Annabel Hood Kennedy. Nunnelee Arledge Smith also has a footstone that reads: "NUNNELEE A SMITH US NAVY WORLD WAR II APR 3 1911 OCT 1 1993"

"JOHN F. ARLEDGE SEPT. 7, 1902 JAN. 16, 1988" Note: John F. Arledge, Jr. was the son of John Fisher Arledge and Elizabeth German Arledge and the husband of Madeline Jones Arledge. He died in Bonham, Fannin County, TX.

"MADELINE JONES ARLEDGE NOV. 1, 1899 OCT. 26, 1983" Note: Madeline Jones Arledge was the wife of John F. Arledge, Jr.

"GEORGE EDWARD ARLEDGE SEP. 19, 1865 AUG. 7, 1907 He died as he lived -- a christian. Resting in hope of a glorious resurrection." Note: George Edward Arledge was the son of James Cyrus and Savannah Shaffer Arledge and the husband of Laura Stewart Arledge.

"LAURA WIFE OF G.E. ARLEDGE MAR. 26, 1869 NOV. 14, 1905 She was a kind and affectionate wife; A fond and loving mother." Note: Laura Stewart Arledge was the wife of George Edward Arledge.

"CORA E. STEWART MAY 11, 1866 OCT. 6, 1937" Note: This stone of Cora E. Stewart was to the right of Laura Stewart Arledge's stone. Based on the nearness of the dates of birth, I assume she was probably a sister of Laura Stewart Arledge.

"ARLEDGE STEWART E. JULY 13, 1895 APRIL 10, 1903 BONNIE L. MARCH 16, 1983 MARCH 8, 1954" Note: This is a single gravestone of husband and wife -- Stewart Edward Arledge and Bonnie Louise Leslie. Stewart Edward Arledge was a son of George Edward and Laura Stewart Arledge. In addition, Stewart Edward Arledge has a footstone that reads: "STEWART E. ARLEDGE PVT US ARMY WORLD WAR I JUL 13 1895 MAR 16 1983"

"ARLEDGE: JAMES HAROLD MAY 30, 1897 AUG. 18, 1900, IMA T. APR. 25, 1963 JAN. 23, 1988" Note: This is a single gravestone of husband and wife -- James Harold Arledge and Ima Thrift Arledge. James Harold Arledge was a son of George Edward and Laura Stewart Arledge.

I am sure there are other Arledges in the Willow Wild Cemetery and definitely other Arledge descendants, and other connected persons that I was not aware of or did not locate. If you have any information on others, please contact me. If you would like to have a Microsoft Word attachment file of this information that I have produced here and can receive attachments, please let me know. Robert Thornton "Bob" Arledge BONHAM ATTRACTIONS

Thirty-five Texas historical Markers are displayed throughout the City of Bonham detailing the history, people and events of the oldest town along the Red River. Many restored and preserved historic structures are also available for tours.

In addition, there are more than 100 historical markers throughout every area of Fannin County. Bonham and Fannin County are here for the history buff, the expert historian or the casual observer to explore and learn.

FANNIN COUNTY MUSEUM OF HISTORY is located at the restored Texas and Pacific Railway depot and offers a glimpse into the lives of the early citizens of the "Red River Valley." The museum displays antique furniture, vintage fashions, works of art, Indian artifacts, railroad memorabilia, early photographs, historical documents and records of Fannin County history from its beginnings in 1836 to the present.

FORT INGLISH VILLAGE is a restored early 19th century log village that offers hands-on experience in quilt making, soap rendering and other pioneer crafts. Special demonstrations and exhibits are staged during the Bois d'Arc Festival. Fort Inglish Village is open April 1 - September 1.

SAM RAYBURN LIBRARY-MUSEUM is an elegant structure of white Georgia marble that contains a duplicate of Speaker Rayburn's Capitol office, including a crystal chandelier more than a century old which hung in both the White House and the Nation's Capitol. Numerous other historic, political and personal mementos, including a 2,500 year-old Grecian urn are on display, which is open seven days a week.

SAM RAYBURN HOME is located a mile west of Bonham on highway 82. It is open to tours. It is maintained and furnished just as it was when Mr. Rayburn lived here -- it appears that Mr. Sam just stepped out of the House.

LAKE BONHAM RECREATIONAL AREA is located north of Bonham on Recreational Road 3. Large enough for skiing, the lake is stocked with Black Bass, Hybrid Striped Bass, Channel Catfish and Crappie. Campsites are available.

BONHAM STATE PARK is a 261-acre park which includes a 65-acre lake. It provides outdoor activities such as camping, picnicking, fishing and boating. Raccoons, opossums, squirrels, rabbits and various songbirds are among the wildlife in this natural prairie and forest park. (Bonham Area Chamber of Commerce)


GREENLEAF (Brownwood, Brown County, TX) CEMETERY INSCRIPTIONS AND NOTES (Arledges and Some of their Descendants and Other Connected Persons)

In March, 1999, I visited the Greenleaf Cemetery and photographed markers -- one of a descendant of Joseph Cyrus Arledge and Lydia Ann Slaughter and several other connected persons. In addition, I wrote down the information, and used both methods to confirm what I had observed. I have included their actual inscriptions as well as other notes that I had to make the information more complete. The inscriptions are shown first with quotations around them. If you have any questions or desire other information, please email me at bobarledge@aol.com or through the Arledge discussion list at arledge@tx3.com . Sincerely, Robert (Bob) Thornton Arledge

The location of the Yantis plot is northeast part of the cemetery in the Masonic section. There is a very large YANTIS Family stone in the center of the plot.

"HOPE ARLEDGE YANTIS 1894 -- 1981" Note: Hope Arledge Yantis was the daughter of John F. Arledge (b. Oct. 12, 1860) and Elizabeth German. Hope Arledge Yantis was wife of John Thomas Yantis. Hope Arledge Yantis was born July 10, 1894 and died April 14, 1981.

"JOHN THOMAS YANTIS 1890 -- 1966" Note: John Thomas Yantis was the son of Thomas Caldwell Yantis and Ellender Elizabeth Yantis. John Thomas Yantis was born in 1890 and died July 10, 1966. John Thomas Yantis was the husband of Hope Arledge Yantis.

"THOMAS CALDWELL YANTIS 1854 -- 1922 GRAND MASTER GRAND LODGE OF TEXAS A. F. & A. M. DEC, 9, DEC. 8, 1909 1910" Note: Thomas Caldwell Yantis was the husband of Ellender Elizabeth Yantis and the father of John Thomas Yantis. He was a Mason.

"ELLENDER ELIZABETH YANTIS 1857 -- 1939" Note: Ellender Elizabeth Yantis was the wife of Thomas Caldwell Yantis and the mother of John Thomas Yantis.

"VIDA YANTIS ROBNETT 1876 -- 1970" Note: I believe that Vida Yantis Robnett was the daughter of Thomas Caldwell Yantis and Ellender Elizabeth Yantis. She was the wife of James Powell Robnett.

"JAMES POWELL ROBNETT 1876 -- 1900" Note: James Powell Robnett was the husband of Vida Yantis Robnett.

ADDITIONAL NOTATION: Although I did not photograph it, there is a marker near the cemetery office for Ellen Elizabeth Timmins (in the TIMMINS plot). Ellen Elizabeth Yantis Timmins was the daughter of John Thomas Yantis and Hope Arledge Yantis. Ellen Elizabeth Timmins was also the wife of James Clairborne Timmins. Ellen Elizabeth Timmins was born July 27, 1918 and died August 24, 1991.


STAMFORD (*Haskell County, TX) CEMETERY INSCRIPTIONS AND NOTES (Arledges and Some of their Descendants and Other Connected Persons) North of Stamford, Texas on east side of US 277 (*Cemetery is located in Haskell County although most of Stamford is in Jones County, TX)

In February and March, 1999, I visited the Stamford Cemetery and photographed the markers of a few of the descendants of Joseph Cyrus Arledge and Lydia Ann Slaughter and other connected persons. In addition, I wrote down the information, and used both methods to confirm what I had observed. I have included their actual inscriptions as well as other notes that I had to make the information more complete. The inscriptions are shown first with quotations around them. If you have any questions or desire other information, please email me at bobarledge@aol.com or through the Arledge discussion list at arledge@tx3.com . Sincerely, Robert (Bob) Thornton Arledge

The location of the ARLEDGE markers is in the southeast corner of the cemetery; the location of the GOODMAN markers is in the southwest corner of the cemetery.

"ARLEDGE HORACE H. LOVE LIVES ON THELMA KING 1908 -- 1984" Note: This is a combined marker for husband and wife. Thelma King Arledge was the wife of Horace Halbert Arledge. Thelma King Arledge was born November 9, 1908 and died December 25, 1984.

"LARRY JAY GOODMAN MAY 7, 1947 MARCH 10, 1968" Note: Larry Jay Goodman was the first husband of JoAnne Arledge, and son-in-law of Horace Halbert and Thelma King Arledge.

"MELISSA LAYNE GOODMAN JUNE 24, 1965 APRIL 20, 1969 PRECIOUS MEMORIES" Note: Melissa Layne Goodman was the daughter of Larry Jay Goodman and JoAnne Arledge Goodman.

"ROY WADE LOIS LEE AUG. 10, 1903 AUG. 21, 1906 SEPT. 7, 1993 JUNE 19, 1990 ARLEDGE"

Note: This is a husband and wife marker. Roy Wade Arledge was the son of Thomas Emmett "Em" Arledge and Zella Pope, and the husband of Lois Lee.


MASONIC (Seymour, Baylor County, TX) CEMETERY INSCRIPTIONS AND NOTES Located approximately 1 miles SE of Seymour, TX (From Seymour, TX, take State Hwy 114 SE toward Olney approx. 1 mile, turn right on Cemetery Rd., go approx. mile to the first cemetery on the left side of the road. )

In late February 1999, I visited the Masonic Cemetery (Seymour, Baylor County, TX) and photographed the markers of the descendants of Joseph Cyrus Arledge and Lydia Ann Slaughter. In addition, I wrote down the information and used both methods to confirm what I had observed. I have included their actual inscriptions as well as other notes that I had to make the information more complete. The inscriptions are shown first with quotations around them. If you have any questions or desire other information, please contact me at bobarledge@aol.com or through the Arledge discussion list at arledge@tx3.com. If you would like to have Microsoft WORD attachment file of this information that I have produced here and can receive attachments, please let me know. Sincerely, Robert Thornton Arledge

ARLEDGE PLOT (take the middle entrance to the cemetery and go to the last road at the back of the cemetery, turn left, and large Arledge plot marker will be on the right)

"HENRY ARLEDGE OCT. 17, 1900 NOV. 27, 1983" Note: Henry Pope Arledge was the son of Thomas Emmett "Em" Arledge and Zella Pope, and the husband of Ruby Carlyle.

"RUBY ARLEDGE JAN. 15, 1906 MAR. 13, 1994" Note: Ruby Carlyle Arledge was the wife of Henry Pope Arledge.


Thanks to Bob Arledge for this great inventory of some Texas cemeteries. If you have additional cemetery listings for ARLEDGE and related families, please contact Pam Wilson.

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