Saturday, November 27, 2010

Great Photo from the Texas Castellaws

The family of Jeremiah Fletcher and Mary Aurelia Blaydes Castellaw
Back row: Lucy Albina "Bina" Castellaw Cobb and Albert "Al" Lafayette Cobb, Likely Arthur Fletcher Castellaw, Jack Castellaw, Thomas Jefferson "Tom" and Helen Moody Castellaw, Rosie Whitamose (girl the Castellaws raised) and Egbert Castellaw
Front row: Paul Cobb & Flynn Cobb, Jelks F. Castellaw, Jeremiah Fletcher Castellaw, Charlie Castellaw (in framed photo) Mary Aurelia "Pus" Castellaw, and Jessie Beatrice Castellaw. (Myrtle Castellaw died when a small child).
I think the great thing about the internet and genealogy is, it allows people who appreciate their ancestors to connect and share stories, photos, documents and other pieces of history. My recently-discovered cousin, Lynn Graves from Texas, just posted this awesome picture of our descendants on his Facebook page. I love the fact that someone on this branch of the tree was a bike-rider. You can see it on the porch leaning against the wall.

Lynn and I share a relative in Thomas Jefferson Castellaw and his second wife, Mary Cole. He was my third great grandfather. He was quite wealthy, was a substantial land-owner and was very active at Zion Baptist Church beginning in 1839.

T.J. Castellaw Obituary

"Brother T.J. Castellaw. Sr. died the 23rd December 1878 at the residence of his son, G. W. Castellaw, near Jones Station. T.J. Castellaw Sr. died in the 71st year of his age. He was born in Bertie County, North Carolina on the 15th September 1808. He moved to Haywood County, Tennessee while young. He married Mary Cole at age of thirty-one years. He professed religion about 1839 and joined Zion. He was a sufferer for many years before died."
My second great grandfather, Thomas Jefferson Castellaw Jr. was a brother of Jeremiah Fletcher Castellaw whose family is pictured in the photo. Jeremiah took off for Ennis, Texas and lived a while with his family. After several of his children died, he left Ennis and returned to Haywood County, TN.

Fortunately, Lynn's mother took the time to write the identities of each of the people in the photo so we know exactly who each person is: 

Looking at a variety of other sources, including Joe Cobb's book, we can know what happened to most of the people in the photo.

Fletcher and Mary Aurelia Blaydes Castellaw
After returning to Haywood County, TN, Fletcher and Mary's home was on Poplar Corner Rd. about a half mile from Holly Grove Baptist Church. Mary's nickname was "Puss" and both she and Fletcher were very well liked in the community. Fletcher was very prosperous and they had nine children. Fletcher died in 1915 and Mary died 18 years later. They are both buried in the Holly Grove Baptist church cemetery.

Al and "Bina" Cobb
Fletcher's daughter Albina or Bina as she was called, married a son of Sim Cobb named Albert Lafayette who was also called "Bud Al."  Sim Cobb was a brother of William Thomas Cobb, my maternal third great grandfather and Mourning Adeline Cobb Watridge, my paternal second great grandmother so both Al and Bina are on my family tree. You can read more about the Cobb Family here.
According to Joe Cobb's book, Al was handsome, witty and good conversationalist. However, he ended up loosing his property for whatever reason. Al and Bina moved to Ennis with Fletcher in 1896. They had three children and shortly after the third child was born, Bina died and was burred in the Myrtle Cemetery.  Al returned to Haywood County, TN by 1900. Their three children, Alice, Paul and Harry, were living in the household of Al's father Sim along with Ida and Dorsey T. Watridge. Al Cobb later married Lenora "Nonie" Thomas and he and Lenora raised Alice and Paul. They also had three other children. Fletcher and Mary Castellaw raised Harry Cobb.  Al died of a heart attack in 1936 and he and his second wife are burred in the Holly Grove Baptist Church cemetery.

Thomas Jefferson and Helen Moody Castellaw
Fletcher's son, Thomas Jefferson and his wife Helen also returned to Haywood Co., TN. They built a house across from Holly Grove Baptist Church and the school that was on the corner of Poplar Corner and Dr. Hess Rd. They were also members of that church and he was a magistrate. They had three children, J. Clarence, Grace and Moody. He died in 1940 at the age of 69. His obituary mentions two sons, Moody and Clarence and one daughter, Grace Powell.

Jack Castellaw
Jack Castellaw probably stayed in Ennis, Texas. He married Lila Janie Pender from Abilene. Jack eventually opened a drug store in Ennis and became very successful there. He and Lila's son Jack was a scorekeeper for the Baylor basketball team and was killed when the team bus, on the way to a game,  was hit by a train. They are now referred to as "The Immortal Ten." You can read more about that here. Jack died in 1951 and Lila in 1969 and both are buried in the Myrtle Cemetery in Ennis, TX. Prior to her death, Lila made a significant donation to Baylor University for the construction of the Castellaw Communications Center named in memory of her son.

Jelks Castellaw
Jelks left Haywood County and returned to Texas where he opened a men's clothing store, eventually becoming the secretary of the Chamber of Commerce in Ennis, TX, organizing the first Texas State Fair and creating a magazine called "Texas Livestock Journal." He died in 1966 in San Antonio at the age of 78 and was buried in Gilmer, Texas. He was survived by his wife Mildred, a son Bill J. and a daughter, Mrs. J.D. Graves.

Egbert O. Castellaw
Egbert returned to Haywood Co., TN and never married. He died in 1941 at 92 and is buried in the Holly Grove Baptist Church cemetery.

Jessie Beatrice Castellaw
Jessie married J.H. Shettlesworth and moved to Memphis. She had three sons, John Jelks, Jesse Hugh and Charles.

Pat Castellaw
This is likely Arthur Fletcher Castellaw who died in 1899 at age 19. You can imagine this may have been one of the final blows that caused the family to return to Haywood Co., TN.

You can read lots more about The Castellaw Family on my site Haywood County Line.

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