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Vawter Francis Edwin [Male] b. 30 MAR 1909 Pipe Creek, Texas - d. 28 APR 2002 Pipe Creek, Texas

Source
Title: The Vawter Family in America by Bicknell

Details: 
Event: Burial Place: 01 MAY 2002

Delayed Birth Certificate:
Francis Edwin Vawter
Born March 30, 1909
Father: George Lewis Vawter, white, age 47, born in Texas
Mother: Junie Ettie Dickerson, white, age 39, born in Nebraska

1920 Bandera Co., Texas Census
George L. Vawter.........57...... TX
Ettie Vawter.......... 49........ NE
Matie Vawter......22........ TX
June Vawter.......... 19.......... TX
Ferris Vawter.......... 15........... TX
Rebecca Vawter..........12.........TX
EDWIN VAWTER..........10..........TX

1930 Bandera Co., Texas Census
George L. Vawter.........67
Junie E. Vawter........60
Junie M. Vawter..........29
Rebecca Vawter..........23
EDWIN F. VAWTER...........21
Doris...........(s/b Bowman).... 5......Granddaughter
Frank..........(s/b Bowman).... 2.......Grandson
Billie J...........(s/b Bowman) ...1 & 2 months...... Grandaughter -- (this is Bettie Jo)

1940 Medina Co. TX census:
Edwin Vawter...........31......TX........name written Vawte
Thelma Vawter......26.....OK

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Johnson Thelma Jeane [Female] b. 28 MAR 1914 Wagoner, Oklahoma - d. 18 SEP 2002 Bandera, Texas

Source
Title: Birth Certificate

Event: Burial Place: 21 SEP 2002

Delayed Certificate of Birth
Wagoner Oklahoma, March 18, 1914

1920 Kerr County, Texas Census
"Ewdard" A. Johnson, age 36 (Edward Asa Johnson)
Bessie Johnson, age 31
Bessie (Faye) Johnson, age 11
"Ewdard" A. Johnson, Jr. age10
Thelma J. Johnson, age 6

One of Thelma Jeane (Johnson) Vawter's ancestors on her mother's side was in Bacon's Rebellion.
William West was a man of considerable means which is shown in patents for more than 4000 acres in 1663-1665. He also participated in Bacon's Rebellion; the West family strongly opposed Governor Berkeley during BACON"S REBELLION, because Henry West, father of the family, had been barbarously murdered by the Indians and William West, his son took up arms and joined a force which marched against Berkeley's troops, but was captured. William West escaped and evidently ** was afterwards pardoned. . Following William's pardon, we next find him purchasing the original Bracewell mill from (wife) Rebecca Braswell's brother, Richard, along with the adjacent dam, pool, and two acres of land. West stayed in close proximity to Rebecca's sister, Jane, and their brother, Richard, as evidenced by a series of deeds of land from the 1690's from the Blackwater Swamp area in the lower parish of Isle of Wight County.

** Note: . He escaped from prison and a petition for his reprieve was circulated by his brother, Henry WEST, in Oct. of 1677. It was signed by 88 people (almost half the inhabitants of Isle of Wight Co.). Among the signers were his brothers-in-law, James BAGNALL and Richard BRASWELL. Henry WEST, in the petition, stated:

"Petition of His Majesties most loyal and obedient subjects of Isle of Wight to his Majesties Commissioners, in behalf of William WEST, a rebel absconding, who took up arms against the Indians by whom his father had been most barbarously murdered, was taken prisoner and carried aboard a ship, from hence to prison and was condemned to death, but has made his escape and as yet has not been found. We pray for his life and the restitution of his estate to his wife and children."
(Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County Virginia - by John Bennett Boddie.)
(The petition apparently was granted.)

The Rebellion forced Governor Berkeley to be recalled to England. The King and Colonial Proprietors were forced to rethink core issues and it began the change in the policy of indentured servants coming to the colonies. To get the manpower needed a system of racially based slavery was expanded and became to way of life for almost 200 more years. Many feel that this was the start of the displeasure with Great Britain, which eventually lead to the Revolutionary War. (GJ)
Many Vawters lived in the area at the time of this rebellion and likely were involved.

An uncle of Thelma Jeane's mother, (Bessie Sheppard Long Johnson) was Jesse Grimes. Jesse was another signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, along with Elijah Stapp, son of Margaret Vawter Stapp. Jesse was also a friend and correspondent of Sam Houston.

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Johnson Edward Asa [Male] b. 03 JUN 1883 Pottsville, Arkansas - d. 23 SEP 1968 Bandera, Texas
Census: 1900
Event: Census (2): 1910
Event: Census (3): 1920
Event: Census (4): 1930

1900 Grayson Co. TX Census:
Julius T. Johnson....... 50...... NC......Farmer,
Mary E. Johnson......45.........TN
Valter Johnson...... 22...... AR
Twiggs Johnson...... 21........ AR
Hershel Johnson...... 18....... AR
Edward A. (Asa) Johnson...... 16 ... (birth given as Mar 1884, but it was June 3, 1883)..... AR
Julius C. (Clyde) Johnson...... 15 ...... AR
Otis (daughter) Johnson...... 12 .....AR
Joy V. (daughter) Johnson...... 8.......... AR
Herbert Johnson...... 6 ...... TX
Idus Johnson...... 1........TX (so the family moved to Texas around 1893)

They must have moved to Oklahoma sometime after the 1900 census. They are in the 1910 census for Wagoner, Oklahoma.

Asa and Bessie were married in Oklahoma (Indian Territory), October 13, 1907. Oklahoma became a State in Nov.

1910 Wagoner Co, BLUE MOUND township , OK Census:
Asa Johnson....... 27......AR
Bessie Johnson......22......OK
Fay Johnson......1 yr 8 months.....OK

Asa kept a journal of a trip to Texas hill country, in a covered wagon, to visit in 1914. And they took a lot of pictures. They moved to the Harper, Texas area about 1916.
They lived in the Harper, Texas area, ranching, about 8 years. Lived for a time near Rio Frio and moved from there to the Pipe Creek community.

1920 Kerr Co, TX Census
"Ewdard" A. Johnson .......36.......AR
Bessie Johnson...... 31........OK
Bessie (Faye) Johnson...... 11......OK
"Ewdard" A. Johnson, Jr....... 9.....OK
Thelma J. Johnson....... 6......OK

1930 Kerr Co, TX census
Asa Johnson.............46......AR
Bessie Johnson............41......OK
Bessie F. Johnson..........21......OK
Edward Johnson.........19......OK
Thelma J. Johnson ........16......OK

1940 Bandera Co. TX census:
E Asa Johnson......56.....AR
Bessie Johnson.....51...OK

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Sheppard Bessie [Female] b. 23 SEP 1888 Webbers Falls, Indian Territory - d. 20 DEC 1969 Bandera, Texas

The family bible bought by William Penn Sheppard September 3rd 1886 has Bessie Sheppard's birthday as September 23, 1888, in Oklahoma, Indian Territory.
Her grandfather, John Sheppard, Jr. was 1/2 Cherokee Indian.

Bessie's Dawes Roll number is #28350. Her mother, Mattie Frances James Sheppard Long made the application February 14, 1901 on behalf of her two children, William Ernest and Bessie Sheppard (for enrollment as citizens of the Cherokee Nation). She did not qualify for membership herself because after the death of her Cherokee husband, she had remarried to a white man.

Asa and Bessie were married in Oklahoma (Indian Territory), October 13, 1907. Oklahoma became a State in Nov.

1910 Wagoner Co, OK Census:
Asa Johnson, age 27
Bessie Johnson, age 22
Fay Johnson, age 1yr 8 months

Asa kept a journal of a trip to Texas hill country in a covered wagon to visit in 1914. And they took a lot of pictures. They moved to the Harper, Texas area about 1916.
They lived in the Harper, Texas area, ranching, about 8 years. Lived for a time near Rio Frio and moved from there to the Pipe Creek community.

1920 Kerr Co, TX Census
"Ewdard" A. Johnson....... 36.........AR
Bessie Johnson.........31...........OK
Bessie (Faye) Johnson.......11.......OK
"Ewdard" A. Johnson.Jr..........10........OK
Thelma J. Johnson....... 6.........OK

1930 Kerr Co, TX census
Asa E Johnson.........46.......AR ......Farmer
Bessie Johnson.......41.......OK
Bessie F Johnson ........21.......OK.......Teacher
Edward A Johnson .......19.......OK........Farmer
Thelma J Johnson .......16........OK

1940 Bandera Co. TX census:
E Asa Johnson.......56......AR
Bessie Johnson......51......AR (s/b OK)

Have Bessie's diary covering parts of 1941 and 1942, including "little Patricia's birth" June 13, 1941 and Grandma Johnson's death in May 1942.

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Johnson Edward Asa [Male] b. 16 NOV 1910 Oklahoma - d. 05 JAN 1994 Kerrville, Texas

1940 Bandera Co. TX census:
Edward A Johnson.......28.....OK
Loy Ellen Johnson......22......TX
Loy Ed Johnson......3 months.....TX

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Dickerson Mary E. [Female] b. 06 OCT 1861 - d. 08 AUG 1886 Texas

Buried in Pipe Creek cemetery, Bandera Co. TX.

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James Mattie Frances [Female] b. 26 SEP 1863 Gibson Co. Tennessee - d. 10 JAN 1951 Claremore, Oklahoma

The family Bible shows William and Mattie's marriage as September 25, 1884.
Births:
William Penn Sheppard, Sept 30th, 1843
Mattie F. Sheppard, Sept 26, 1863
William Ernest Sheppard, Oct 13th, 1886
Bessie Sheppard, Sept 23, 1888
Deaths:
Wm. Penn Sheppard, Jan 23rd, 1890
W. E. Sheppard (Long) March 11, 1924
James Edward Long, December 31, 1931
Mattie Sheppard Long, Jan 10, 1951.

Mattie Frances James Sheppard Long made the application February 14, 1901 on behalf of her two children, William Ernest and Bessie Sheppard (for enrollment as citizens of the Cherokee Nation). She did not qualify for membership herself because after the death of her Cherokee husband, she had remarried to a white man.
Because Mattie could not produce the marriage certificate, Susan Lynch, wife of Judge Lynch, gave a statement.
She said that her husband performed the marriage ceremony at their house. (September 25, 1884) She said that William Sheppard had been married once before to a cousin of hers, Mary Ann Wilson, who had died.
When asked for the names of William's parents, Mattie replied Jack and Josephine. She never knew either one, they had been dead for years before she met William. (Josephine could have been a step-mother for all she knew.) "Jack" had been married 4 times.

Letter to Mattie's mother, Mrs. H. A. James, Eureka Springs, Ark.
:
Webbers Falls, Indian Teritory
September 19th, 1884
Dear Madam
I am sure that I ougt no longer to delay addressing you upon a subject with which is concerned not only my own happiness but also my duty toward your self. I have had Miss Matties company since she came to this place. I can say to you she has won all my love and affections and I will do all there is in my power to make her happy the rest of her dayes. She has also agreed to give me her heart and hand and it is her request for me to drop you a few lines wich I have done to gratify her wishes.

Hoping to hear from you soon I remain yours respectfully
William P. Sheppard

William P. Sheppard's will:
Cherokee Nation }
Canadian District }

Know all by these present that I Wm. P. Sheppard, of Canadian District, Cherokee Nation, being in my sound and disposing mind make this my will. That Charley Sheppard is to have Fifty Dollars in cash as his portion to my estate. The remainder of my property and effects, personal and real and mixed of what nature and kind soever and wheresoever the same shall be at my death to go to my wife Mattie Sheppard & my two children I have by her and for them to have and keep, jointly while the said Mattie Sheppard lives. At her death the property and effects as I have mention above to go to my two children Earnest and Bessie Sheppard, my farm situated on the Dirdene Creek and joins Ike Beuge's place on the southern side is not to be sold but keep for Earnest & Bessie Sheppard. Annie Smith has no interest in my estate whatever, she is no child of mine and I never has claimed her as one.
In witness wherof I herewith set my hand in presents of these witness.
This the 21st day of Nov. 1889.
Wm. P. Sheppard

Witnesses
J. W. Bumgaener
Thomas Carlile

I do hereby certify that the above will of Wm. P. Sheppard was signed and witnessed in my presence.
This the 21st day of Nov. 1889.

Irving Vore, Depit Clk.
SEAL Canadian Dist.
C.N.

This will indorsed as follows:
Recorded this 27th day of January 1890
Chas E. Vann
Clk. C.D.

1900 Indian Territory Census:
James E Long b. Dec 1866 33 Arkansas Indiana Missouri
Mattie Long b. Sept 1863 36 Tennessee TN TN
Sallie Long b. Jan 1892 8 Ind. Ter. Ark TN
William E Sheppard b. Oct 1886 13 Ind. Ter. Ind. Ter. TN
Bessie Sheppard b. Sept 1888 11 Ind. Ter. Ind. Ter. TN

1910 Wagoner, Oklahoma census:
James E Long 47 Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas
Mattie Long 46 Tennessee TN TN
Sallie Long 17 Oklahoma Ark. TN

1920 Rogers, Oklahoma census:
James E Long 57 Arkansas Arkansas Missouri
Mattie F Long 56 Tennessee TN TN
Sallie J Long 27 Oklahoma Ark. TN

1930 Rogers, Oklahoma Census:
James Long 67 Texas Arkansas United States
Mattie F Long 66 Tennessee TN TN
Mary F Gillespie 6 Gr.daughter Oklahoma United States Oklahoma
Charles Gillespie Jr 4 1/2 gr.son Oklahoma United States Oklahoma

Mattie Sheppard Long died January 10, 1951:

SERVICES FOR MRS. LONG TO BE FRIDAY:
Last rites for Mrs. mattie Long, 87, who died of a heart attack Tuesday night, will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist church. Rev. L. C. Robbins will officiate.
Burial will be at Woodlawn cemetery under Musgrove funeral home direction.
Mrs. Long,who had lived here for many years, is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Sallie McGinnis, Claremore, Mrs. Bessie Johnson, Pipe Creek, Tex. and six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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Long James Edward [Male] b. 06 DEC 1862 Arkansas - d. 31 DEC 1931 Oklahoma

1900 Indian Territory census:
James Long....Dec 1866......(should be 1862)....33....AR
Mattie Long.....Sept 1863......36.....TN
Sallie Long......Jan 1892......8.....I T
William E Sheppard......Oct 1886.....13.....I T....step-son
Bessie Sheppard......Sept 1888......11.....I T.....setp-daughter

1910 Wagoner, OK census:
James E Long......47.....AR
Mattie Long.........46......TN
Sallie Long......17.....OK

1920 Rogers, OK census:
James E Long......57......AR
Mattie F Long.....56.....TN
Sallie J Long.......27......OK

1930 Rogers, OK census:
James Long......67.....TX ?
Mattie F Long...........66......TN
Mary S Gillespie......6.....OK.....g.daughter
Charles Gillespie Jr.....4.....OK.....g.son

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Sheppard William Penn [Male] b. 30 SEP 1843 Cherokee Nation I T - d. 23 JAN 1890 Cherokee Nation I T

OLD SETTLER ROLL - 1851

John Shepherd.........Family group 269, Canadian District
Ruth Shepherd "
William Shepherd "
Albion K Shepherd "
Chiantian Shepherd "

Also, Clem Shepherd and Joseph and wife Nancy Shepherd - Canadian District

OLD SETTLER ROLL - 1894

CA269 JOHN SHEPHERD, dead
A. George Shepherd son age 39
B. Ruth Shepherd Wickett 44 see affidavit as to correct age
[ a. Richard Shepherd gson 20
C. [ b. Eliza Shepherd gdau 25
[ c. Malinda Thompson gdau 23

[ a. Charles Shepherd gson 25
D [ b. William E. Shepherd gson 8 J. E. Long, gdn.
[ c. Bessie Shepherd gdau 6 J. E. Long, gdn.

[ a. Jack Shepherd gson 46
E. [ b. Emma Thompson gdau 33

F. Clementine Colston gdau ? 39 (probably s/b daughter)

CA269 WILLIAM SHEPHERD, dead
A. Charles Shepherd son 25
B. Mattie Long wid 31
C. William E. Shepherd son 8 J. E. Long, gdn
D. Bessie Shepherd dau 6 J. E. Long, gdn

CA269 ALBION K. SHEPHERD, dead
A. Richard Shepherd son 20
B. Eliza Shepherd dau 25
C. Malinda Thompson dau 23

Civil War Service Records show William Shepherd in Company F of the 2nd Cherokee Mounted Volunteers. (Confederate)

William Penn Sheppard was married to Mary Ann Wilson and had a son Charles, born November 7, 1870.

The family Bible shows William and Mattie's marriage as September 25, 1884.
Births:
William Penn Sheppard, Sept 30th, 1843
Mattie F. Sheppard, Sept 26, 1863
William Ernest Sheppard, Oct 13th, 1886
Bessie Sheppard, Sept 23, 1888
Deaths:
Wm. Penn Sheppard, Jan 23rd, 1890
W. E. Sheppard (Long) March 11, 1924
James Edward Long, December 31, 1931
Mattie Sheppard Long, Jan 10, 1951.

His second wife, Mattie Frances James Sheppard Long made the application February 14, 1901 on behalf of her two children, William Ernest and Bessie Sheppard (for enrollment as citizens of the Cherokee Nation). She did not qualify for membership herself because after the death of her Cherokee husband, she had remarried to a white man.
Because Mattie could not produce the marriage certificate, Susan Lynch, wife of Judge Lynch, gave a statement.
She said that her husband performed the marriage ceremony at their house. (September 25, 1884) She said that William Sheppard had been married once before to a cousin of hers, Mary Ann Wilson, who had died.
When asked for the names of William's parents, Mattie replied Jack and Josephine. She never knew either one, they had been dead for years before she met William. (Josephine could have been a step-mother for all she knew.) "Jack" had been married 4 times.

William wrote several letters in 1883 and 1884 asking for license to trade in general merchandise. Don't know if he ever got it.

Also Letter to Mattie's mother, Mrs. H. A. James, Eureka Springs, Ark.
:
Webbers Falls, Indian Teritory
September 19th, 1884
Dear Madam
I am sure that I ougt no longer to delay addressing you upon a subject with which is concerned not only my own happiness but also my duty toward your self. I have had Miss Matties company since she came to this place. I can say to you she has won all my love and affections and I will do all there is in my power to make her happy the rest of her dayes. She has also agreed to give me her heart and hand and it is her request for me to drop you a few lines wich I have done to gratify her wishes.

Hoping to hear from you soon I remain yours respectfully
William P. Sheppard

William P. Sheppard's will:
Cherokee Nation }
Canadian District }

Know all by these present that I Wm. P. Sheppard, of Canadian District, Cherokee Nation, being in my sound and disposing mind make this my will. That Charley Sheppard is to have Fifty Dollars in cash as his portion to my estate. The remainder of my property and effects, personal and real and mixed of what nature and kind soever and wheresoever the same shall be at my death to go to my wife Mattie Sheppard & my two children I have by her and for them to have and keep, jointly while the said Mattie Sheppard lives. At her death the property and effects as I have mention above to go to my two children Earnest and Bessie Sheppard, my farm situated on the Dirdene Creek and joins Ike Beuge's place on the southern side is not to be sold but keep for Earnest & Bessie Sheppard. Annie Smith has no interest in my estate whatever, she is no child of mine and I never has claimed her as one.
In witness wherof I herewith set my hand in presents of these witness.
This the 21st day of Nov. 1889.
Wm. P. Sheppard

Witnesses
J. W. Bumgaener
Thomas Carlile

I do hereby certify that the above will of Wm. P. Sheppard was signed and witnessed in my presence.
This the 21st day of Nov. 1889.

Irving Vore, Depit Clk.
SEAL Canadian Dist.
C.N.

This will indorsed as follows:
Recorded this 27th day of January 1890
Chas E. Vann
Clk. C.D.

(Annie, who "is no child of mine" listed William as her father on her Dawes application). Must have been step-father.(?)

And the farm "that is not to be sold" was sold by the step-father, James Long.

Emmit Starr's "History of the Cherokee Indians" :
Gosaduisga (full blood cherokee) Starr does not show her husband, but she married Walter Scott, trader.
Elizabeth Scott married James Vann, William Springston, John Shepherd, and Edward Adair.
John Shepherd, Jr. married Ruth Fawling July 29, 1820, Sallie Daniel, circa 1838 and Josephine Killian, circa1841. (further research by David Keith Hampton shows another wife first, around 1815 named Sally McDonald. Marriage dates were supplied by David.)
Also, William Sheppard married, Mary Ann Wilson and Mary Frances James.
Children: Charles, William Ernest and Elizabeth.
(Frequent misspellings: Bessie was her name, not nickname. Mattie, not Mary. And William is shown many places with middle initial as "V" instead of P. for Penn. And last name is sometimes Shepherd instead of Sheppard.
Also from "History of the Cherokee Indians":
Senators from Canadian District: 1844, John Shepherd.
Councilors from Canadian District 1889, William Shepherd and the notation that he died January 23, 1890.

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Sheppard William Ernest [Male] b. 13 OCT 1886 Oklahoma, Indian Territory - d. 13 MAR 1924 Oklahoma

WWI Draft Registration Card - June 1917
William E. Long (was using step-father's name)
Born Oct 13, 1886
Nearest relative - "wife and child"

1920 Claremore Ok. Census:
William E. Long...... 32...... OK
Hattie Long .........26....... AR
Ernestine Long ........6 5/12....... OK

1930 - see Hattie's record

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Long Sallie [Female] b. 11 JAN 1893 Oklahoma - d. OCT 1974 Oklahoma

Sallie and her first husband, Charles Gillespie, were divorced and she later remarried.
Birth and death dates for Charles Gillespie and Oscar McGinnis were taken from a posting on Ancestry.com.

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Vawter George Lewis [Male] b. 22 NOV 1862 Grand Bluff, Panola County, Texas - d. 20 FEB 1944 Pipe Creek, Texas

1870 Harrison Co., Texas, Census
J. M. Vawter......... 42........Kentucky
Mary Vawter........... 34...........Mississippi
Edwin Vawter...........15..........Texas
Thomas Vawter..........13.......... Texas
Luna Vawter.......... 11......... Texas
LEWIS G. VAWTER......... 8.......Texas
Frances Vawter......... 3.......... Texas
Eugene Vawter........3/12......... Texas

1880 Panola Co., Texas, Census
John Vawter.................52.......Kentucky............Merchant
Mary Vawter...................44..........Mississippi
LEWIS VAWTER...........17........Texas
Fannie Vawter..........13.........Texas
Eugene Vawter...........10.......Texas

Family notes:
Mr Vawters parents, J M Vawter & Mary Durkey Vawter came to Pipe Creek in 1884.
Grandad Vawter orgenized the first union Sunday School at Pipe Creek.

1900 Bandera Co., Texas, Census
Lewis Vawter........ 38........November, 1862.....Texas
Ettie J. Vawter........ 30........March, 1870......Nebraska
Eugenia Vawter.......... 7.......April, 1893......Texas
Walter Vawter........... 4.......September 1895.....Texas
Matie Vawter........... 1.........September, 1898.....Texas

1910 Bandera Co. TX census (page is so dim, it is almost unreadable):
Geo. L Vawter..........47....... TX
Ettie J Vawter......... 40....... TX (s/b Nebraska)
Eugenia Vawter..........16....... TX
Walter Vawter..........14...... TX
Matie Vawter.......... 11.......... TX
Junie Vawter......... 9......... TX
Ferris Vawter............ 6.... TX
Rebecca Vawter....... 3....... TX
Edwin Vawter........... 1...... TX

1920 Bandera Co., TX Census
George L. Vawter........57..... TX
Ettie Vawter.......... 49........ NE
Matie Vawter......... 22.......... TX
June Vawter........ 19......... TX
Ferris Vawter........ 15......... TX
Rebecca Vawter.........12......... TX
EDWIN VAWTER............10.... TX

1930 Bandera Co., TX Census
George L. Vawter.......67
Junie E. Vawter...........60
Junie M. Vawter...........29
Rebecca Vawter...........23
EDWIN F. Vawter...........21
Doris (s/b Bowman)...... 5..... Granddaughter
Frank (s/b Bowman).... 2...... Grandson
Billie J. (s/b Bowman).......... 1 2/12..... Granddaughter (should be Bettie Jo)

1940 Bandera Co., TX census:
G L Vawter......77.....TX
Junnie Vawter......70.....NE
Rebecca Vawter.....33.....TX

George Lewis Vawter attended college (normal school ?) in Ohio.

January 4, 1892
A love letter to "My Dear Little Girl" states that he "does not forget my little blue eyed girl for one hour" and ends with
Your true lover, Lewis Vawter.
In this letter, written from Marshall, Texas on Waters Pierce Oil Company letterhead, Lewis mentions brother Ed, cousins Keley & Willie Power, sister Luna and cousin Willie Durkee. He had a letter from (brother) Tom, and Tom had told "Grandpa Shirley" that Lewis was getting married. "Grandpa Shirley" must be an honorary grandpa, because both David Vawter and William Durkee both died many years before. Lewis also says he went to Jefferson and spent the night with Aunt Nemia Nickls.

Lewis & Ettie married May 25, 1892 and celebrated their 50th anniversary in 1942.

In 1895 Lewis bought the J. W. Hamilton Store in Pipe Creek, added on to it and moved the Post office to this building. He served as Post Master for thirteen years.

Ettie and Lewis raised seven children; they lost one in infancy. They helped raise a nephew, Sylvan Odom, who also stayed quite a bit with Grandpa Dickerson. They gave a home to two orphan boys who had run away from the orphanage in San Antonio. After Ettie and daughter Rebecca found them walking along Hwy 16, they called the orphanage and offered them a home. (John Kelly and Charles Talley)

Lewis worked during the construction of the Medina Dam, building housing for the workers. Aunt Junie remembers going down to visit him while he worked there.

Obituary:
G. L. Vawter, Pioneer,
Has Tragic Passing

Bandera and surrounding communities were shocked to hear of the death from exposure
of G. L. Vawter, pioneer ranchman of Pipe Creek. He was lost two days and nights on an
old trail while en-route to his son Edwin's ranch house some 10 miles north of Pipe Creek.
Mr. Vawter left home early Friday morning presumably for a walk around his ranch and
farm. When he had not returned Friday night a searching party of some 100 men from Pipe
Creek, Bandera, Privilege, Boerne, and smaller settlements in the vicinity went into the hill
country, after it was decided that he had made an attempt to reach his son's home by way of
an old mail route, instead of the main highway.
It was not until Sunday afternoon when the searchers picked up his trail on the old
abandoned mail route. The two canes the aged man used were found at the bottom of a
cliff where he apparently had fallen in the darkness. One mile farther along his body was
found. Apparently he had died the night before.
G. L. Vawter was born on November 22,1862, at Grand Bluff, Texas. He married
Miss Junie Ettie Dickerson on May 25, 1892 at Pipe Creek, and went to live on his ranch
where he has lived ever since.
There were eight children born to this marriage, one son, Wyatt, dying in infancy. He is
survived by his wife, Junie Vawter; three sons, W. L. Vawter, Loesch, Mont; J. F. Vawter,
El Monte, Calif., and Edwin Vawter of Pipe Creek; four daughters, Mrs. J. W. Bradley,
Houston; Mrs. John Kempf, Los Angeles, Calif; Mrs. Junie Bowman, San Antonio, and
Miss Rebekah Vawter, Pipe Creek; 16 grandchildren and 8 great grand-children; three sisters,
Mrs. Lunie Bickers (should be Vickers), Hagerman, N. Mex., Mrs. Frances Noble, El Paso, and Mrs. Octavia Victory, Conroe.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Plummer Funeral Home, with
interment at Pipe Creek. Rev. G. A. Garig officiated.

February 18, 1944.
(J. B. Edwards remembers Mr. Vawter being found the next day after he was lost. Octavia Herrera found him.)

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Dickerson Junie Ettie [Female] b. 08 MAR 1870 near Tecumseh, Johnson Co, Nebraska - d. 19 JUL 1950 Pipe Creek, Texas

1880 Bandera Co. TX Census
Wyatt Dickerson...........43 (still spelled "Dickison")
Rebecca Dickerson.........51 (?)
Sarah J. Dickerson ..........15
Flora B. Dickerson ...........12
Juneatta (?) Dickerson.......... 9 June Ettie, born in 1870

From old family notes:
Mrs Ettie Dickerson Vawter came to Pipe Creek with her parents in June 1876,
being 6 years old at that time.
Born March 8, 1870, died July 20 1950.
Mrs Vawters parents, Mr Wyett Dickerson, born July 15, 1837, died June 5, 1915.
Mrs Rebecca Poiner Dickerson was born Nov 26. 1826, died April 2, 1903.
Mr Dickerson bought Amiza Beatman (A M Beekman) home, now Mr. Sylvan Odom hom.
There is where the Post Office was. Mr. Beakman mooved the P O to were Mr & Mrs Lawernce Edwards now lives.
Mrs. Marron Hodge took the P O from Mr. Beatment & mooved it to what we now call the old Miller place under the hill
from where the Pipe Creek P O is now. Mrs Hodge was Mr. Beakmans sister.
There was a picket (?) school house on the place the fall of 1876 Miss Annie Finch taught the school. Then for several years grandmother Dickerson taught school there. Grandmother Dickerson was loved dearley by those that knew her. She was all ways ready to go when called to the sick. Served as midwife. Taught school in Bee county several terms.

1900 Bandera Co., TX, Census
Lewis Vawter............38.......November, 1862..........TX
Ettie J. Vawter.........30........March, 1870.........NE
Eugenia Vawter............ 7.......April, 1893............TX
Walter Vawter........ 4.........September 1895........... TX
Matie (?) Vawter.........1.......September, 1898........ TX

1920 Bandera Co., TX Census
George L. Vawter..........57...... TX
Ettie Vawter............ 49.......NE
Matie Vawter............22.......TX
June Vawter............ 19..........TX
Ferris Vawter.......... 15..........TX
Rebecca Vawter............12..........TX
EDWIN VAWTER...........10.........TX

1930 Bandera Co., TX Census
George L. Vawter.......67
Junie E. Vawter........60
Junie M. Vawter........29
Rebecca Vawter.........23
EDWIN F. VAWTER.......21
Doris...... 5.........Granddaughter (Bowman)
Frank...... 2........Grandson...(Bowman)
Billie J.........1 2/12..........( Bettie Jo Bowman, grandaughter)

Grandma Vawter is fondly remembered by granddaughter Doris. She was alway busy, cooking, canning or taking care of sick people
in the area. One family Grandma nursed had diptheria or some bad disease and Grandpa would have water boiling when she got home and they boiled her clothes. She even made some of the medicines she used, with herbs or horehound.
She and Grandpa took in two orphan boys who had run away from an orphanage in San Antonio.

THE BANDERA BULLETIN
JULY 21, 1950

Mrs. G. L. Vawter
Of Pipe Creek Died
Wednesday Night.

Last rites were held yesterday (Thursday) for Mrs. G. L. Vawter who passed away
at her home in Pipe Creek Wednesday. Mrs. Vawter was one of the best loved women in
the Pipe Creek community and had lived there for about 74 years. She had been in ill health
for some time and loving hands of friends and her family ministered to her and made her last
days as comfortable as possible.
June Ettie Vawter was born on March 8, 1870 in Johnson county, Nebraska and moved
with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. Dickerson to Pipe Creek in 1876 where she resided ever since.
She was married to Lewis Vawter on May 25, 1892 at Pipe Creek. In 1942 they celebrated
their Golden wedding anniversary with most of their children present. Five of her children
were with her when she passed away. She became a Christian in early life and united with
the Baptist Church. Mr. Vawter preceded her in death on February 20, 1944.
Survivors include three sons, Walter of Loesch, Montana; Ferris of Elmonte, California
and Edwin of Pipe Creek; four daughters, Mrs. Eugenia Bradley of Houston, Mrs. Mattie Kempf
of Natalia, Mrs. June Bowman and Mrs. Rebecca Edwards of Pipe Creek; 17 grandchildren and
10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at the Pipe Creek Baptist Church, of which she was a member, yesterday (Thursday) afternoon at 4 o'clock with Rev. E. Ray of San Antonio and Minister Ralph
Sweet of the Bandera Church of Christ officiating. Interment was made in the Pipe Creek cemetery under the direction of Plummer Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Raymond Buck, Arthur Pickens, Ed Welch, Hubert Rohrbach, Lawrence Edwards and Bill Edwards.

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Vawter Walter Lewis [Male] b. 27 SEP 1895 Texas - d. 31 JAN 1965 Texas

WWI Draft registration - June 5, 1917.

Walter was listed in the 1930 census in Powder River Montana.

1940 Powder River, MT
Walter Vawter.......44......TX
Zelda Vawter.......37......TX
no children

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Vawter John Ferris [Male] b. 07 MAR 1904 Texas - d. 16 JUL 1974 California

1940 Los Angeles, CA census:
John F Vawter......36....TX
Evelyn L Vawter.....29....CA
Evelyn D Vawter......9....CA
Carrol A Vawter......6.....CA

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Vawter John Milton [Male] b. 25 MAR 1828 Kentucky - d. 09 FEB 1909 Timpson, Texas
Event: Burial Place

1850 Panola County, Texas Census:
Lucenda Vauter.........45......KY......widow
John Vauter............. 21.........KY
David Vauter........... 15............ TX
Martha Vauter.............12..........TX
Eugene Vauter............ 6...........TX

1860 Panola Co, TX census:
John M. Vawter.............33.........KY........ Post Master
Mary Vawter.............24........ MS
Edwin Vawter.............. 5.......... TX
Thomas Vawter.......... 3......... TX
Mary Vawter..........1...........TX (Mary Luna ?)

1870 Harrison Co., TX, census
J. M. Vawter.............42.......KY
Mary Vawter............ 34........MS
Edwin Vawter............15........TX
Thomas Vawter............13.......TX
Luna Vawter.............11........TX
LEWIS G. VAWTER........... 8......TX
Frances Vawter............ 3........ TX
Eugene Vawter..........3/12........TX.
Living next door - M.A. Durkee, age 58

1880 Panola Co., TX, census
John Vawter............ 52.........KY..........Merchant
Mary Vawter.............44.......MS
LEWIS VAWTER.............17.......TX
Fannie Vawter.............13......TX
Eugene Vawter.............10.......TX
Octavia Vawter.......8.....TX
John Vawter..........6......TX
Kate Vawter.........3.......TX

Family notes:
Mr and Mrs. John M Vawter came to Pipe Creek in 1884.
They bought J W Hamilton Gen. grocery store and took over the Post Office.
Having been Post Master at Pipe Creek 12 years, they moved from Pipe
Creek in 1895. Their son, George L Vawter took the Post Office & was Post Master
from 1895 until 1909. Mr Moore brought the first telephone to Pipe Creek in 1908.
Mr Moore would sell telephone boxes & furnish wire & put in switch board.
People would not, for one telephone in a community was plenty.
Grandad Vawter organized the first union Sunday School at Pipe Creek.

1900 Shelby Co., TX census:
J. M. Vawter............ 72.......March 1828....KY.....married 48 yr
M.A. Vawter............. 63.......August 1836....MS..... had 10 children, 8 living
E.O. Vawter..............28......May, 1872....TX
K.K. Vawter.............. 23.........May, 1877....TX

1910 Shelby Co, TX census:
Albert S Victory........42.......TX
Octavia Victory....... 37..........TX
Sidney P Victory...... 3........TX
Mary Vawter..... 73..........MS.... mother-in-law
Katie K Vawter....... 32.........TX.......sister-in-law

Both buried Woodlawn cemetery, Shelby Co. Tx.

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Durkee Mary Grigsby [Female] b. 10 AUG 1836 Lawrence Co., Miss - d. 22 JUN 1918 Timpson, Texas

was born in Lawrence Co. MS.
Some records show Chickasaw Co. MS

Little is known about the Weir side, but the Grigsbys have a family website (ngfs@grisgby.org) and an organization with regular reunions. Their records go back to "Immigrant" John Grigsby, who was born in England in 1624.

The Durkee family also has a large association, with a quarterly newsletter. (durkee.org)

1850 Panola Co. Tx census:
Mary "Dirkey" 36 b. VA
James Dirkey 18 b. VA
Adolphus Dirkey 16 b. VA
MARY Dirkey 16 b. Miss
William Dirkey 12 b. Miss
Hannah Dirkey 10 b. Miss
Hester Dirkey 8 b. Miss

1910 Shelby, Tx census, Mary is living with her daughter and family, Ella Octavia Victory.

Buried Woodlawn cemetery, Shelby Co. Tx.

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Vawter Edwin [Male] b. 07 MAY 1855 Grand Bluff, Panola County, Texas - d. 12 OCT 1942 Harrison Co. Tx

1900 Harrison Co. Tx census:
Edwin Vaughter.........May 1855.........45 .......TX
Vesta C Vaughter........Aug 1856.......43.......TX
Adason G Vaughter.......May 1884........ 16.......TX
Edman A Vaughter........Aug 1887.........12......TX
Ugene Vaughter...........Oct 1892.......... 7......TX
Benn Warkum (?)...........Feb 1884......... 16......TX Boarder
William Warkum...........May 1886.........14......TX Boarder

1910 Harrison Co. Tx census:
Edwin Vawter.............54........ TX
Vesta Vawter...............54.........TX

1940 Harrison, TX census:
Edd Vawter......52.....TX
Willie M Vawter......53.....TX
N June Vawter......19.....TX
Lucile Vawter.....15......TX
Edwin N ? Vawter......84.....TX......father

Death certificate - born May 7, 1855, in Grand Bluff, Panola Co. Tx & died Oct 12 1942, in Harrison Co. Tx.
Widowed, father John Vawter

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Vawter Thomas Milton [Male] b. 08 MAY 1857 Grand Bluff, Panola County, Texas - d. 18 MAR 1935 Harrison Co. Tx

1900 Harrison Co. Tx census: (name written as Vawters)
Thomas M Vawter......May 1857...........43......KY
Magnolia ? Vawter..........Feb 1857..........43.........NC
Thomas M Vawter........Apr 1882.........18.......TX
May H Vawter..........July 1884............16........TX
Alexander Vawter........July 1886........14..........TX
Lula Vawter.......... Aug 1887 ..........12........TX
Louis Vawter........... Aug 1889 ...........10.........TX
Octavia Vawter..........Mar 1891......... 9..........TX
Carter Vawter...........Aug 1893............ 6..........TX
D Vawter............... May 1900.........5/12.........TX
Carl Wall..............June 1876.............23............TX step-son

1910 Harrison Co Tx census:
Tom V Vawter......... 52........TX
Nolie M Vawter..........52.....TX
Luna Vawter........ 22.........TX
Lewis Vawter...........20........TX
Octavia Vawter..........18.......TX
Carter Vawter............16.......TX
Dee Vawter .......... 9.......TX...(son).

1920 Harrison Co Tx census:
Tom Vawter.......... 62.......... TX
Hannah Vawter.........62.......... TX
Luna Vawter.............32...........TX
Carter C Vawter............26.........TX
Thomas A Moore........... 5..........TX ...... grandson
Carter Moore.............2 6/12.........TX...... grandson

1930 Harrison Co Tx census:
Thomas M Vawter.............73.......TX
Hannah M Vawter..........73......TX
Carter D Vawter...........35........TX
Carter W Moor............12....... TX..... grandson

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Vawter Frances Louisa [Female] b. 07 JAN 1867 Marshall, Texas - d. 04 DEC 1945 Texas

1900 Timpson, Shelby Tx census:
Mrs. Fannie Noble...1867....33
Vawter Noble....Oct 1891....8
Bennett Noble....Jan 1896....5
D C Rounds....boarder
E B Dyer....boarder
Joe McCullum (?).... boarder
Jessie Thomas....servant

1910 Timpson, Shelby Tx census:
Fannie L Noble....42..TX..VA..US
Vawter J Noble...18...TX
Julian B Noble....14...TX

John Vawter Noble listed "mother" as next of kin on his WWI Draft Registration in June 1917.

1930 Timpson, Shelby Tx census:
Frances L Noble......63.....TX...KY...KY
John V Noble....38...TX...MS...TX

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