|Scan of tintype of woman identified as Elizabeth Ware McCammon, by members of her daughter Lena McCammon Phipps' family.|
Friday, January 31, 2014
Thursday, November 10, 2011
THESE ARE NOTES FROM ELNA KING
Notes for LENA LEONA MCCAMERON:
According to her granddaughter, Jo Ann Schulze, she came to Texas on a wagon train when she was 7 years of age. Her mother died in Shilo, Missouri and Lena was adopted by her aunt and uncle, the Howells. They lived in Fort Worth, Texas. Mr. Howell became the water commissioner. She lived a very good life with the Howells and was often on the society pages of the newspaper. Lena's older sister did not fare as well, she was adopted by a farm family, who worked her very hard. She became very bitter, mean, and spiteful. Lena did not have much contact with her sister for about 16 years and then they finally were reunited. When they were, Lena learned the truth about her father and then all of the pieces began to fit together including and a chance encounter her husband, Hadley, had had with a gentleman on the street in Fort Worth. Lena's, Jo Ann's grandmother, was a McCameron (the family always pronounced it Macammon). All that Lena remembered about her father was that he had flaming red hair and broke horses. She had been told that he died before her mother did. Lena's sister had told her "no, he did not die." " He ran away to Texas with her mother's sister (their aunt)" Her sister also told her that their mother knew she was dying and was trying to join her family on the wag train to Texas in the hope of finding her husband and their father so he could give the girls a home after she died. Hadley, Lena's husband, told of sitting in the wagon outside a store in Fort Worth while Lena did some shopping when a man with flaming red hair approached him and asked him if he was the man who had married Lena McCameron? Hadley said that he was and the man asked, "Is she happy?" Hadley, the newly wedded groom, said yes. The man then answered, "Thai’s all I wanted to know." and with a tip of his hat he disappeared into the crowd. Jo Ann surmised that Lena's father kept up with her through the Fort Worth newspaper society pages or a mutual acquaintance. Lena never ever saw him. (Story relayed by Jo Ann Murray Schulze)
Lena McCameron was raised by her aunt and uncle after her mother died. They were named Howell and lived in Fort Worth, Texas.
Additional notes for Lena L. McCameron Phipps ancestors: from Jo Ann Schultz
Grandma did not call them "aunt" and "uncle", but "Mr. Howell" and "Mrs. Howell". They had a daughter who committed suicide at about age 16. Her name was "Betsy"......unrequited love. Grandma said Mr.
Howell was the first water commissioner for Ft. Worth and had the first bathtub with running water. When he and his family moved to Wills Point, about sometime after 1884 he was the banker (maybe owner) for First National Bank, Wills Point. They lived on 7th St. in Ft. Worth. He went to Ft. Worth (the wagon train) around 1880....it would be the year of my great grandmother's death certificate. I believe his name was John Howell. Grandma said Ft. Worth was still a fort when they went there. She said they could see the army tents for days (when they topped a hill) before they got there. I am sure he is buried at White Rose Cemetary in Ft. Worth....close to my grandparents' graves. After Mama was born in 1905 and they wanted to take the baby and raise her "properly" and my grandparents refused
(Naturally) I don't think they ever spoke to Grandma again. She was disowned and abandoned by that family.
More about LENA LEONA MCCAMERON:
Burial: 16 Dec 1968, White Rose Cemetery, Wills Point, Van Zandt, Texas
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
FEBRUARY 29, 1884 MATHEW ALEXANDER MCCAMMON AND MARY ANN BUTCHER PALMER WERE MARRIED IN WEST PLAINS, HOWELL CO., MO.
12-9-1884 SARAH HOWELL DIED AND IS BURIED IN COCHRAN CHAPEL CEMETERY, DALLAS, DALLAS CO., TX
1886 MATHEW AND MARY ANN'S DAUGHTER PEARL BORN
12-21-1887 JESSE LEE MCCAMMON (NEWPHEW OF MATHEW A) MARRIED NANCY C MAY CALLAHAN CO., TX
THE BAIRD WEEKLY STARTHURSDAY DECEMBER 29, 1887VOLUME 1 NUMBER 4
MR. LEE MCCAMMON AND MISS NANCY MAY WERE MARRIED ON WEDNESDAY THE 21ST INST.
THE STAR EXTENDS CONGRATULATIONS TO THE HAPPY COUPLE.
1888 MATHEW AND MARY ANN'S DAUGHTER MINNIE I BORN
AUGUST 21, 1890 SUSIE AND EDWIN "TED" ARCHER MARRIED IN BOSQUE CO., TX
1891 MATHEW AND MARY ANN'S DAUGHTER EMMA BORN
APRIL 26, 1891 LENA AND HADLEY PHIPPS MARRIED IN VAN ZANDT CO., TX
CA 1891-1892 IT IS SAID WHEN LENA AND HADLEY WERE NEWLYWEDS THEY WERE SHOPPING IN FORT WORTH. WHILE
HADLEY WAITED IN THE WAGON FOR HER, HE WAS APPROACHED BY A MAN WITH RED HAIR WHO ASKED IF
HE WAS MARRIED TO LENA MCCAMMON. HADLEY REPLIED, YES. THE MAN ASKED IF SHE WAS HAPPY, WHEN
TOLD SHE WAS HE SAID THAT WAS ALL HE WANTED TO KNOW AND LEFT.
THIS STORY HAS BEEN ATTRIBUTED TO BEING MATHEW. ALTHOUGH THAT MAY BE A POSSIBILITY THERE ARE OTHERS.
IN 1870 THE WIDOW AND CHILDREN OF MATHEW A'S BROTHER JESSE WERE LIVING IN THE AREA. IN 1929 ONE SON
DIED IN TARRANT CO. I BELIEVE, SINCE NO AGE WAS EVER GIVEN FOR THE MAN, THAT IT WAS QUITE POSSIBLY ONE OF
MATHEW'S RELATIVES LIVING IN THE AREA. OF COURSE THE POSSIBILITY EXISTS THAT THEY HAD LET MATHEW KNOW WHERE LENA WAS AND HE CAME TO CHECK ON HER BUT BEING THEY WERE LIVING IN VAN ZANDT COUNTY I THINK THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A LONG SHOT.
8-11-1892 ...I find an old article on Matthew A that states...Matthew A McCammon living 4 miles from town died last night. He will be buried in Oak Grove Cemetery.
In the cemetery book,
Matthew A. McCammon, husband of Mary A. 46 years 8-10-1892 Langston Howell Valley Cemetery.
12-16-1896 J N (?ISAAC NEWTON) MCCAMMON AND DOLLIE CRUTCHFIELD MARRIED IN CALLAHAN CO., TX
ALTHOUGH INDEXED AS J. N. I BELIEVE THIS IS PROBABLY I. N. THE YOUNGER BROTHER OF JESSE LEE
CA 1881 LENA WAS SENT TO LIVE WITH A FAMILY NAMED HOWELL THAT LIVED IN WILLS POINT, VAN ZANDT CO., TX. THEY WERE SAID TO BE FAMILY AND WAS HER AUNT AND UNCLE. THE MAN'S NAME WAS JOHN, THE WIFE'S NAME MATTIE AND SHE HAD A DAUGHTER NAMED BESSIE FROM ANOTHER MARRIAGE. (John Howell was married 3 times, Elizabeth Proctor Spencer, Sarah E Trimble (Trimble I think is a married name) and Mattie A. He married Elizabeth probably in Alabama and they came to Van Zandt County before 1860. Elizabeth died in 1875, buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Kaufman County. John married Sarah E Trimble in 1875. She dies after 1880. He is married to Mattie by 1900. 1910 Mattie's daughter, Bessie is living with them. Bessie was the daughter of Walter Benjamin Thompson. I think Mattie and Walter divorced. Bessie married Ben D Shannon and had a son, Howell, in 1912. She committed suicide by mercury poisoning in 1939)
ACCORDING TO LENA'S FAMILY SHE HAD SAID SHE CAME TO TEXAS WHEN SHE WAS 7 YEARS OLD. SHE SAID SHE REMEMBERED COMING OVER A RISE AND SEEING THE TENTS IN FORT WORTH.
ACCORDING TO LENA'S FAMILY SHE HAD BEEN TAKEN IN BY A HOWELL FAMILY THAT LIVED IN FT. WORTH AND HE THE 1ST WATER COMMISS-IONER AND WAS TO HAVE BEEN IN THE BANKING PROFESSION. SHE WAS SAID TO BEEN A DEBUTANTE AND IN THE PAPERS QUITE OFTEN. HOWEVER, THE FAMILY WITH A WIFE MATTIE AND STEP DAUGHTER BESSIE, APPEARS TO HAVE MOVED DIRECTLY TO VAN ZANDT COUNTY WHEN THEY CAME TO TEXAS AND HE WAS ALWAYS LISTED AS A FARMER.
SUSIE LIVED IN BOSQUE COUNTY WITH A FARM FAMILY WITH A NAME SIMILAR TO KIMBRELL (CAMPBELL, KIMBELL). SHE WAS PRETTY MUCH TREATED LIKE A SLAVE.