Carolyn Ericson

1614 Redbud Street

Nacogdoches, Texas


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August 28, 2015

         Reverend Gene Tomlin, pastor of Old North Church, compiled a church history and book of first church minutes several years ago. It contains a list of past ministers – up to 1978, beginning with Rev. Isaac Reed, who was first pastor. He and Robert E. Green decided to organize a church, an answer to many of the prayers of Mrs. Massie Sparks.

         There is a list of black members who joined the congregation with their masters, as well as a list of male members and female members.

         Many early families attended this church, but I have been trying to locate a list of Union veterans who died in Nacogdoches and were buried in unmarked graves at Old North Church Cemetery. I believe there were about30-35 men who died of disease while they were stationed in Nacogdoches during reconstruction after the Civil War.

         Does anyone have a list of these men or know where to find one? I would appreciate help on this project.

         Carolyn Ericson, 1614 Redbud Street, Nacogdoches 75965-2936

         Would like to contact descendants of Davis King or John Turner King. I believe they were related, but cannot prove it. I am willing to pay for a DNA test to prove or disprove this relationship. I would prefer a male descendant, if possible.

         James Hudler, 2271 SW. Mollywagnon Road, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701. You may phone me a 1-479-409-4678

Another early Nacogdoches obituary:

Friday, December 17, 1901


         Last Tuesday evening while a crowd of apparently jagged negroes were cavorting past Charlie Byrd’s store near the foot of Orton Hill some scalawag in the lay out fired a pistol, the ball of which struck a little son of Byrd, mortally wounding him. The awful deed so enraged Byrd that he jerked up a double-barrel shot gun and fired into the crowd wounding two or three and putting a hot get-away on the others. The boy died the next day.

         Now what should be done to the black scoundrel that killed this little Negro boy? No doubt the cussed pistol that done the deed isn’t worth 74 cents. The carrying of pistols is getting to be uncommonly dangerous. Every paper, almost, contains an account of how some innocent person has lost his life by the accidental discharge of a worthless gun.

         Let whoever runs for the legislature next year, come out squarely on an anti-pistol toting platform.

Saturday, December 28, 1901


         Mrs. L. M. Orton, or “Grandma” Orton, as she was familiarly and lovingly known, died this morning at 7 o’clock at the residence of her son, John Orton in the eastern suburbs of the city. Grandma Orton was 81 years of age and her life has been one of usefulness and affectionate regard for all who had the honor of knowing her.

         [Louisa M. Timberlake Orton, born 27 July 1820, died 28 December 1901, buried Oak Gove Cemetery.]

         Wednesday, January 1, 1902


         Mrs. Louisa M. Orton, nee Timberlake, was born July 27, 1820, near Louisburg, N.C. and died at Nacogdoches, Texas Dec. 28, 1901. Her life was eventful. Her father, Richard Timberlake, removed to Tennessee with his family and settled three miles east of Lexington in 1836. This was always his family homestead. On the way from North Carolina to Tennessee they crossed the Cumberland river in wagons driven over the ice.

         On January 1839, she married Sidney Maury Orton, a widower with one child, a daughter, who came to Texas with them, but returned soon to Tennessee, was married and later died, leaving descendants.

         S. M. Orton preceded her to Texas a few months. Their first child, Adaline, was born in Tennessee, and after coming to Texas was married to James H. Haltom.

         The Orton family made their first home in Texas in the spring of 1840 on the spot where the William T. Sanders family now reside, next at the present Nelson old place, and last, in 1841, cleared, built and settled the present Orton homestead in the woods on the hill a half mile east of our court house. This, the place of birth of the three other Orton children, was and still is the permanent Orton homestead. The present road was straightened by him to run in front of the dwelling. It had run on the north side in a crooked direction, winding up the big hill.

         S. M. Orton died Oct. 10, 1858, and at his own request was buried without formality alone in his field upon the brow of the hill two hundred yards north of his dwelling. His daughter Winfrey, who was the wife of Dr.J. E. Mayfield, was buried beside him at her own request in the same informal manner, on October 2, 1895. John G. Orton is the only one of the four children surviving, and still lives in the original old dwelling of his parents. His home has been his mother’s home, but she died at the home of his oldest daughter, Mrs. Jno. T. Lucas, where Mrs. Orton in her late years spent most of her time with her granddaughter and great grandchildren. She was converted at Abe Mulkey’s meeting and became a member of the Baptist Church in 1892 and was baptized at a spring upon her own original homestead. She was true to the faith as she was ever true, firm and devoted to the principles of right and duty......