Carolyn Ericson

1614 Redbud Street

Nacogdoches, Texas


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August 23, 2015

         John S. Roberts was an early settler in Nacogdoches County, He was a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence in 1836, he had participated in the War of 1812, the Fredonian Rebellion in 1826, the Battle of Nacogdoches in 1832 and the Texas Revolution in 1836.

         Joe Ericson has compiled a book illustrating his life. He once owned a home on the corner where the Old Time String Shop is today. He and his wife owned the Old Stone Fort and were very prominent on the town of Nacogdoches. SPOILING FOR A FIGHT is the title of the book dealing with his life and the early days of the city of Nacogdoches.

         There is a chart dealing with his known land transaction in Nacogdoches County.

         This hard bound book contains 250 pages, with a full name index. It is an excellent source for early history of Nacogdoches. You may order a copy of this title from Ericson Books, 1614 Redbud Street, Nacogdoches, Texas for $25.00 plus 8.25% sales tax and $4.00 shipping and handling. You will be glad to add this to your collection of early Nacogdoches records.

         Doctor Joel Hamlett Barham was born 27 April 1847 near Savannah, Tennessee. He died 14 June 1915 and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery. He married Ruth Garrison 3 April 8, 1878 and was the son of John & Emily F. (Hamlett) Barham. He received his diploma from the Medical University of Louisville, Kentucky. He took a supplemental course in 1879 from the University of Louisiana (now Tulane). He had a Certificate issued 18 May 1896 by the Board of Medical Examiners of Nacogdoches, Texas. His Board Exam was dated 3 March 1908, and his license was registered 6 March 1908. He moved to Nacogdoches in 1883.

         Dr. John Marion Sparks was born 26 June 1831 in Lawrence County, Mississippi. He died 17 April 1909 in Nacogdoches County, Texas and was

buried at Old North Church Cemetery. He married first to Martha Ann Crain on 19 September 1851 and secondly to Elizabeth Whitlow Hazle 8 April 1884. He was the son of Richard & Elizabeth (Cooper) Sparks. Hie medical Board exam was dated 25 June 1908, and his license was registered 29 June 1908. He practiced medicine in Nacogdoches and was the originator of “Dr. Sparks Hair Vigor.”

Another early Nacogdoches obituary:

Wednesday, December 11, 1901


         He first took Laudanum and then dose of Cocaine.

Lufkin, Texas December 7 - Mr. Andrew Wise, a gentleman traveling out of Beaumont representing some oil concern, committed suicide today at the hotel by taking an unknown amount of Cocaine. Last night Mr. Wise drank the contents of a two ounce bottle labeled Laudanum and a physician was called who administered antidotes and he was completely restored. In some ways he afterwards procured a quantity of cocaine and was found in his bed in a dying condition.

         Mr. Wise left a note stating he wanted to die and also giving instructions to notify his brother in West Norfolk, Virginia. Mr. Wise was neatly dressed and a man of apparent good standing in the world. He will be buried here unless contrary instructions from his friends are received.

Wednesday, December 18, 1901


         The news was received her by the telephone early this morning that Capt. A. P. Stephens died at his home at Black Jack this morning at a few minutes before 4 o’clock. He had been at the point of death several days and his death was not unexpected. The news is received with deep sorrow in Nacogdoches owing to the high standing of Mr. Stephens in business circles and his popularity and prominence as a citizen. For thirty-five years he has been among the foremost of the business men of the county., first launching out a Melrose and latterly at Black Jack, where he achieved success in the mercantile business. He was a good man, public spirited, charitable and kind to all with whom he came in contact. In his death Nacogdoches sustains an irreparable loss, his family a devoted husband and indulgent father and his neighbors a loyal and true friend.

         He will be buried at Black Jack at 1 o’clock P.M.

         [Augustus Perry Stephens, born 22 November 1840, died 18 December 1901, buried Black Jack Cemetery]