Carolyn Ericson

1614 Redbud Street

Nacogdoches, Texas


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July 27, 2014

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         Looking for information on Charles C. GRAYSON, born Montgomery County, Alabama 12/6/1802, and died in Nacogdoches County between 1857 & 1860.. He and his wife Elizabeth CRAFT and five children came from Alabama to Texas about 1835.

         Charles C. was the son of John and Sarah (CARTER) GRAYSON. He was listed on the 1837 Tax List, the Board of Land Commissioner Minutes of 1838; and the 1847 Census. I suspect that they lived in the Linn Flat area of the county.

         Does anyone have burial information for either Charles or Elizabeth? Where were they buried and when did they die? Would really appreciate your help.


The following is taken from JUDGES OF THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS 1836 - 1846, p. 102

FALL, JOHN NEWTON, A native of Clarke County, Georgia, Dr. John Newton Fall was born January 28, 1810, the son of John Strader and Fidelia Newton Fall. He settled in Nacogdoches County about 1836 and lived there until his death November 13, 1866 at Chireno. He is buried in the Lower Chireno Cemetery. Dr. Fall was a Justice of the Peace in Nacogdoches County (1839 -1841) and Texas State Senator (1858 - 1861/1862).

         John N. Fall’s first wife was Susan Taylor Wilson (born 1813 in Georgia) whom he married March 11, 1831. This couple had ten children....

         Dr. Falls’ second wife was Minerva Hankla Atkinson whom he married July 16, 1865. They had one child, a son: Randolph Hankla (born May 29, 1866 in Texas) who married Carrie Jacobs 9 July 1893.

An early Nacogdoches obituary:

         The Weekly Sentinel, May 24, 1900


         Bunch Hardeman, a well known citizen of this county, died at Athens, Henderson County, Tuesday at 11 o’clock a.m. of paralysis. Mr. Hardeman was born at Melrose, Nacogdoches County in 1846 and was therefore 54 years of age at the time of his death. He spent his childhood as well as the best part of his after life in and near the village of his birth. When about 18 years of age, Mrs. Hardeman was thrown from a horse and sustained injuries on his head from which he never entirely recovered and which finally super-induced his death. People now living in Melrose and vicinity will call to mind the occasion of the accident to which we refer. It was a gala day and several hundred people had gone to the race tracks near where Allan Seale Sr. Now lives to see John Green and Speckle Dick try their speed. John Green was a fine race horse that belonged to Mr. Pleasant while B. Hardeman, father of Bunch, owned Speckle Dick. In due time the horses were started, but for some cause when in the midst of the course, Speckle Dick flew the track and threw Bunch against a sapling, striking his head and knocking him senseless. The doctors say that his skull was fractured and a false growth set up on the under side that pressed upon the brain as it grew and thus finally produced paralysis and death. Of a family of fifteen brothers and sisters, Bunch is the second to die, his brother Peter being the first. Several years ago, Mr. Hardeman professed religion and has since been a devout member of the Methodist church.