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  1. Information Concerning More Remote RICHARDS Relatives.
  2. Thomas Allen RICHARDS and wife Lucy Ann RAY.
  3. Samuel Paisley RICHARDS and wife Maryetta (Mamie) McCARLEY.
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A.)   Information Concerning More Remote RICHARDS Relatives.

According to family tradition, passed from her uncle Burrow RICHARDS to Ruth RICHARDS WILSON and from her to me, "Three brothers came from England - First settled in Tennessee. Uncle Burrow said his grandfather remained in Tennessee and raised his family there. The other brothers - one went north and one south - maybe Louisiana.... T. A. RICHARDS had brothers and maybe 2 sisters...." I wrote the first part of this when genealogy was new to me and had no idea in how many families that was a tradition. However, in some it was true. Maybe it was here.

If this tradition is true, the family member who remained in Tennessee would be the great grandfather of Samuel Paisley RICHARDS and the third great grandfather of Sam R. BREEDLOVE. His children would include Thomas Allen RICHARDS who is more fully described in the following section, William RICHARDS, born about 1819 in Tennessee, a Cumberland Presbyterian minister and school teacher who married Levina and is in McNairy County in 1850, at page 16, and "Doc" Richards, a farmer, and perhaps two daughters.[COMMENT-1] The Historical Foundation of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church states that William RICHARDS is listed in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church General Assembly Ministerial Directory for 1854 as living in Purdy, Tennessee and a member of the Madison Presbytery. Purdy is in McNairy County.

The most intriguing and difficult to confirm part of the family tradition passed along by Ruth RICHARDS WILSON is this: "My grandfather [Thomas Allen] RICHARDS' grandmother practiced medicine in Tennessee and raised a family while her husband was in prison during a war. She was one of the first women to have a license to practice medicine. She went to school in St. Louis, Missouri."

This would probably have been at the medical school established by Dr. Joseph Nash McDOWELL, who opened the first medical college west of the Mississippi in June of 1840. Located southwest of the city overlooking Chouteau Lake, it was a part of Kemper College, named for its founder, Episcopalian Bishop KEMPER.

Whatever truth lies behind the story, the idea that she was licensed is inaccurate if we are talking only of the licenses issued by the state of Tennessee, but does help date the time period as possibly occurring shortly after 1830 if licensed by the state medical organization:

It was on May 3, 1830, that forty-seven of the physicians of Tennessee assembled in Nashville for the purpose of organizing the Medical Society of Tennessee.... More than sixty years had passed since the first permanent settlements had been made in the northeastern corner of East Tennessee; fifty years had passed since James ROBERTSON had led his small band of pioneers into Middle Tennessee; but only twelve years had passed since the claims of the Chickasaw Indians to West Tennessee had been extinguished and that large portion of the state thrown open to occupation by the white man.... Dr. Felix ROBERTSON, the first white male child born in Nashville, was forty-nine years of age and bridged the gap between the frontier settlement of 1781 and the thriving capital city of the state of 1830....
For some years there were no regular physicians on the frontier and when the first physicians did arrive so unspecialized as yet were occupations in the primitive frontier communities that the practicing of "physick," to use a term at that time current was only one of several occupations in which a man might be engaged. Dr. William P. CHESTER, for example, physician to John SERVIER, was in 1799 the keeper of an inn and apothecary's shop in Jonesboro. Samuel CARRICK who settled near Knoxville not only preached the Presbyterian gospel and taught every subject in the curriculum of a private school, but practiced medicine as well. For many years in Nashville the only doctor was a horse doctor....[COMMENT-2]
Into Tennessee, of course, there came at an early period some physicians who had received a medical education as good as could normally be obtained in the United States. They had studied in the office of some local physician and had attended two courses of lectures at some medical school, many of them at the University of Pennsylvania. They had learned from books and from the mouths of great physicians. But their practical study of anatomy had been small and their clinical experience limited. Of laboratory instruction in the sciences of course they had had nothing....
It is unquestionably true that a large proportion of those who professed to practice medicine in Tennessee were not graduates of any medical college. While some of those who had received only preceptorial training were to be numbered among the state's best physicians, many were disgracefully ignorant. There were some who professed to be practitioners of medicine who had not even had preceptorial training. The medical literature of the period before the Civil War contains a multitude of complaints regarding the discredit that was being cast upon the profession by ignorant pretenders who took it upon themselves to call themselves doctors. One explanation of this, of course, was the fact that the state did not require that those who wished to practice medicine must procure a license that evidenced the possession of at least a certain minimum of medical knowledge. As early as 1817 an attempt was made to secure the enactment of a law for the regulation of the practice of medicine in Tennessee, but the attempt failed, and it was not until 1889 that licenses were required of those who practiced in the state.... [COMMENT-3]

However, although physicians were not licensed by the state, the Medical Society set up on 1830 did have three boards of censors in the three geographical areas of the state, and these boards of censors did issue licenses.[COMMENT-4]

The difficulty with talking about the RICHARDS family in McNairy County is that we are sure there are two distinct family groups. Two sisters of Lucy Ann RAY, wife of Thomas Allen RICHARDS, married RICHARDS half-brothers who were said not to be related to Thomas Allen RICHARDS. That is the family of Green RICHARDS (born about 1794, died about 1859) who married twice, once to Elizabeth HAYS and second to Nancy RIMMER. Because the families were closely related and traveled together and because of the confusion of the names, it seems appropriate to set out information about Green RICHARDS here by way of elimination in looking for the more remote ancestry of Thomas Allen RICHARDS. Green was the son of Benjamin RICHARDS (born about 1763, died about 1827), and his wife Ann of Franklin County, North Carolina. Other children of Benjamin and Ann RICHARDS included Archibald RICHARDS, James RICHARDS, and Polly H. RICHARDS SMITH, wife of John B. SMITH. Other possible children were Walter and Ann RICHARDS.[COMMENT-5] Benjamin's parents were William RICHARDS and wife Mary, and other children of William and Mary were Major RICHARDS, born about 1750, and William RICHARDS.[COMMENT-6] Children of Green RICHARDS include the following children of the second wife: Ann RICHARDS born about 1838, Mary RICHARDS, born about 1841, William RICHARDS, born about 1842, James RICHARDS who married Mary Doak (Polly) RAY and was born about 1844, Margarette RICHARDS, born about 1845, and Lucy RICHARDS, born about 1850. Children by the first wife include Chesley Allen RICHARDS, born December 19, 1827, died November 8, 1909, who married Susan Rebecca (Becky) RAY, sister of Lucy Ann RAY. [COMMENT-7]

The 1850 census in McNairy County shows the following:

There only two Thomas RICHARDS listed on the census index for 1850, although of course if Thomas Allen RICHARDS, who would have turned 23 that summer was living with his parents, he would not have been indexed. One of the indexed Thomas RICHARDS, living in Scott County, is 46 years of age and born in Virginia, not Tennessee, and is not the right person. The other, however, could very possibly be the right person. On page 210 of the Bedford County, Tennessee 1850 census, we find three young men living together: James EVANS, 32, male, "manufactor", Tennessee; Jesse (EVANS), 30, male, "manufactor", Tennessee, and Thomas RICHARDS, 22, male, laborer, Tennessee. A summary of other RICHARDS on that county's 1850 census follows, for use in tracking down potential relatives:

Page 222, David RICHARDS, 22, Tenant, Tennessee; Harriet RICHARDS, 20, Tennessee
Page 221, David RICHARDS, 40, Tenant, Maryland; Jane RICHARDS, 29, Tennessee; Wiley RICHARDS, 20, Tennessee; Jane RICHARDS, 17, Tennessee.
Page 241, Lyttleton RICHARDS, 23, Tenant, Tennessee; Mary RICHARDS, 22, Tennessee, Nancy RICHARDS, 15, Tennessee; Rebecca RICHARDS, 11, Tennessee; Mary RICHARDS, 10, Tennessee; Samuel RICHARDS, 6, Tennessee; and Mariah RICHARDS (female), 2, Tennessee. Living a few households before this family is Calvin BURROW, which I found interesting because of the unusual name Thomas Allen RICHARDS gave one of his children, Lafayette Burrow RICHARDS.
Page 215, William RICHARDS, 53, Tenant, Tennessee; Polly RICHARDS, 41, Tennessee; Tabitha RICHARDS, 19, Tennessee; William RICHARDS, 14, Tennessee; and Sarah RICHARDS, 13, Tennessee.

RICHARDS families living in McNairy County in 1860 include the following:

Charles A. RICHARDS, 31, ___________ ____; Susan R., 29; Nancy E. 5_____; Thomas J., 3_____; Margaret M. 1 _____. (Mn/137/422) This should be Chesley Allen RICHARDS and wife Susan Rebecca RAY.
H. C. RICHARDS, 49, _________ _____; Ann, 51_____; Wm. G., 21_____; Carline, 18_____; David W., 15_____; Lee, 13_____; Jefferson G., 11_____; Mary J., 5 ____. (Mn/122/414)
James H. RICHARDS, 29, _________ ____; Mary K., 23_____; Eliza A., 2_____; Jonathan, 5/12 ____. (Mn/123/415)
Jonathan RICHARDS, 84 _________ ____; Nancy, 78_____; John, 38_____; J. D., male, 36_____; Martha J., 25_____; Nancy E., 23_____; William W., 21 ____. (Mn/96/401)
Nancy RICHARDS, 44, _________ ____; Phebe A., 22_____; Mary P., 20_____; William H., 19_____; James L., 17_____; Margaret E., 15_____; Lucy K., 10 ____. (Mn/144/425) This is Nancy RIMMER RICHARDS, widow of Green RICHARDS. The James L. who is 17 should be "Uncle Jim" who married Mary Doak RAY
R. C. RICHARDS, 38, _________ ____; Martha, 32_____; John W., 8_____; Nancy J., 6_____; Frances E., 3_____; Mariette, 9/12. (Mn/106/406)
Thomas A. RICHARDS, 32, _________ ____; Lucy A., 31_____; William H., 7_____; Jonathan J., 5_____; Thomas B., 3_____; Mary S., 6/12_____; Martha WRAY, 24, N. C. (Mn/136/421) This is our Thomas Allen RICHARDS and Lucy Ann RAY.
T. M. RICHARDS, 26, _________ ____; Margret, 29_____; Mary J., 3_____; Nancy A., 1 ____. (MN/231/469)
Wiliam RICHARDS, 41, _________ ____; Lueza, 37_____; James L., 18_____; Wesley, 16_____; William, 13_____; Martha A., 10_____; Samuel L., 7_____; Hezikiah, 3 ____. (Mn/107/407)
William RICHARDS, 42, _________ ____; Lavina RAIMER, 40 ____. (Mn/127/417) Is this a minister, and Thomas' brother? If so, why a different name for "Levina"?

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B.)   Thomas Allen RICHARDS and wife Lucy Ann RAY.

Thomas Allen RICHARDS was born August 28, 1827, in Tennessee. He married Lucy Ann RAY, who was born May 27, 1829, in North Carolina, probably in Orange County, the daughter of James RAY and wife Nancy BARLOW, who are described in the RAY Chapter (Error! Reference source not found.). The marriage between Thomas Allen and Lucy Ann took place March 20, 1852, in McNairy County, Tennessee. Thomas Allen RICHARDS died March 30, 1871, at the age of 43 years, 7 months, and 2 days. He is buried at Walters Chapel, Loneoke County, just across the county line from Prairie County, Arkansas. Lucy Ann died October 18, 1893, in Hillsboro, Texas, and is buried at Cottonwood Cemetery, near Dublin in Erath County, Texas.

Thomas Allen RICHARDS was a Presbyterian preacher. "My Grand-mother & Grand-father RICHARDS (Lucy Ann & Thomas Allen) moved from Tennessee to Collin County, Texas near McKinney and lived there one year and moved near Carlile, Arkansas. On the way, Grand-father held a wagon wheel to stop the wagon to keep it from running over Uncle Bob, and he pulled something loose inside him which caused his death. Walters Chapel Ark. is the burial place of Grand-father and Daddy's brother Bee--a horse threw him and hurt his head and he died. They lived in Arkansas about 6 or 7 years and returned to Texas and settled in Erath county, Cottonwood Community, near Dublin."[COMMENT-8] Des Arc and Carlisle, Arkansas, are about fifteen miles apart, and Sam Paisley RICHARDS remembered the store owned by his future father-in-law, Thomas McCARLEY.

Living with the family in 1860 in McNairy County, was Martha WRAY, born North Carolina, age 24.[COMMENT-9] Next door was Charles A. RICHARDS, 31, blacksmith & teacher, born North Carolina; Susan R. RICHARDS, 29, born North Carolina; Nancy RICHARDS, 5, born Tennessee; Thomas J. RICHARDS, 3, born Tennessee, Margaret M. RICHARDS, 1, born Tennessee, and Lucy BARLOW, 80, born North Carolina. Lucy BARLOW was Lucy Ann RAY RICHARDS' grandmother, Lucy HARGUS, wife of Thomas BARLOW.

When Lucy Ann RAY RICHARDS died, four of the heirs bought the other heirs out. Sam's land was on the west and extended south. Henry's (the home place) was just east of Sam's. Burrow's land was east of Henry's. The house Burrow built is still standing where he built it. Bob's land was south. Burrow and Bob sold their farms and moved away. Bob moved east of Stephenville and lived there until he died, and Burrow moved to west Texas. He later lived at Abilene and Austin. Sam's house has been moved across the road in front of where Uncle Henry's house used to be which has been moved across Highway 6 east of the Cottonwood Church.[COMMENT-10]

Ruth RICHARDS WILSON remembers that Sam Paisley RICHARDS said when he was a boy, when other people's boys were riding calves on Sunday afternoon, his mother had her children at home reading the Bible. She raised a very good family.

After the death of her husband, Lucy Ann RAY RICHARDS moved to Erath County, Texas. Three sisters and one brother settled in the Cottonwood Community near Dublin around the middle part of the 1870's (1876.) They were John J. RAY and wife Alice; Susan Rebecca (Beckey) RAY RICHARDS, and husband Chesley RICHARDS; Mary Doak (Polly) RAY RICHARDS and husband Jim RICHARDS, and Lucy Ann RAY RICHARDS, widow of Thomas A. RICHARDS who died before they moved. They were Presbyterians, and the first church at Cottonwood was a Presbyterian church. More information on this family can be found on the Ray Page about their parents, James RAY and Nancy BARLOW.

On the 1880 Erath County Census, the extended family is together on page 54:

141/141 C. A. RICHARDS
142/142 John J. RAY
  • L. A. RICHARDS, white female 50, Keeping house, North Carolina, North Carolina, North Carolina
  • Samuel P., white male 17, Tennessee, North Carolina, North Carolina
  • John Sidney, white male 15, Tennessee, North Carolina, North Carolina
  • R. C., white male 16, Tennessee, North Carolina, North Carolina
  • Lafayette B., white male 9, Arkansas, North Carolina, North Carolina
  • W. H. RICHARDS, white male 26, Tennessee, North Carolina, North Carolina (this is Lucy's son Henry);
  • Kate, white female either 15 or 25; North Carolina, North Carolina, North Carolina
  • Thomas E., white male 2, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina

After the family was already situated in Erath County, they joined with others of the family in Mississippi and other places to dispose of the property inherited through their mother, Nancy BARLOW RAY: "Mrs. L. A. RICHARDS, C. A. RICHARDS and S. R. (his wife), W. C. RAY, J. T. RICHARDS, and M. D. (his wife) and John J. RAY - all of Erath County, Texas, 28th of February, 1887, appoint C. E. PARISH of Orange County, North Carolina, Attorney, to receive the amount due the heirs of Nancy RAY, deceased." [COMMENT-11]

The following are the obituaries for Lucy Ann RAY RICHARDS from the Hillsboro paper and from the Dublin paper:

Death of Mrs. RICHARDS. The west bound Texas Central passenger train Thursday was the bearer of a casket that contained all that was mortal of Mrs. Lucy Ann RICHARDS, who had left Dublin just three weeks prior to that day in apparently good health for the purpose of paying a visit to her sons at and near Hillsboro, Texas. She was sick about ten days and died Wednesday morning at the home of her son, Rev. J. J. RICHARDS, near Hillsboro. Her remains were brought up Thursday and interred at Cottonwood cemetery.
Mrs. RICHARDS was a sister of Mr. Jno. J. RAY and of Mrs. J. T. RICHARDS, and leaves six sons and one daughter, all grown. She was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church, and had been for many years.
The corpse was accompanied to Dublin by Mr. J. J. RICHARDS and wife, and Messrs. J. S. and L. B. RICHARDS, the gentlemen all being sons of the deceased lady.
The funeral ceremony, which occurred at Cottonwood at 4 o'clock Thursday evening, was conducted by Rev. J. H. CHAMBLISS, of Dublin, and was very largely attended. Mr. CHAMBLISS says the large attendance and apparent grief and respect for the dead were a most fitting and unquestionable testimonial of the very high esteem in which she was held by all who knew her.
The TELEPHONE tenders its heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

RICHARDS - Mrs. L. A. RICHARDS, nee RAY, was born in North Carolina May 27, 1829. She professed faith in Christ at an early age, and joined the church soon after. Ever since she has lived a consistent Christian life. She was married to Mr. T. A. RICHARDS March 20, 1852, in McNairy county, Tenn. She was the mother of nine children, eight boys and one girl. Her husband and one son preceded her in death. Her father and family moved from North Carolina in 1846 to near Purdy, McNairy County, Tenn.; from there to Collin county, Texas, in 1870; and from there to Arkansas the same year; from there they came back to Texas, locating near Dublin in 1876. Here was her home until death. Thirteen days before her death in company with Dr. W. C. RAY and wife, her brother and sister-in-law, of Carlisle, Ark. she came to Hillsboro, Tex., to see her son Rev. J. J. RICHARDS. Five days after she came to Hillsboro she took sick, and in eight days died....

Children of Thomas Allen RICHARDS and wife Lucy Ann RAY included the following:

William Henry RICHARDS, born February 9, 1853, in Tennessee; married Kate HINTON January 13, 1876. Their children were
  • Willie RICHARDS,
  • Lula RICHARDS READ, and
Henry is buried at the Cottonwood Cemetery, having died January 31, 1944.
Jonathan James (Jim) RICHARDS, born February 14, 1855, in Tennessee; married first Ona PATTERSON, August 29, 1886. Jim married a second time. He was a Presbyterian minister. His children included
  • Albert RICHARDS,
  • Hugh RICHARDS,
  • Tom RICHARDS, and
Mary Susan RICHARDS COZBY, born December 5, 1859; married J. A. W. (Drew) COZBY July 25, 1878, in Erath County; died June 21, 1932, age 72 years, 6 months, 16 days. Her children included
  • Joe COZBY,
  • Johnnie COZBY,
  • Burrow COZBY,
  • Allie COZBY BLAIR, and
Samuel Paisley RICHARDS married Maryetta (Mamie) McCARLEY and is described in the following section.
Robert C. (Bob) RICHARDS, born May 17, 1866, in Tennessee, married Essie TRAWEEK April 28, 1889. Their children were
  • Whit RICHARDS,
  • John Dennis RICHARDS,
  • Glen Evans RICHARDS,
  • Mable RICHARDS ALLEN, and
  • Mary RICHARDS.
John Sidney (Sid) RICHARDS, born June 21, 1864; died June 20, 1945. Sid's first wife died, and then he married Una LONG, a sister of Gaudie LONG who married Burrow RICHARDS. The child of the first wife died in infancy, and there were no children born of the second marriage.
Lafayette Burrow RICHARDS was born June 18, 1871, in Carlisle, Arkansas; he married first Gaudie LONG (sister of Una LONG) and second Alice Mable ALBERT. His children by Gaudie LONG were
  • Herbert Prentice RICHARDS, born January 7, 1897, and
  • Sidney Leon RICHARDS, born November 15, 1896, and
  • Gaudie Lafaye RICHARDS, born March 30, 1907, died August 28, 1907.
Prentice's son James P. RICHARDS of Kingwood, Texas is a genealogist.
Thomas Barlow ("Bee") RICHARDS was born May 24, 1857 and died June 30, 1870, age 11 years, 1 month, 6 days. He died from a fall off a horse.[COMMENT-12]

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C.)   Samuel Paisley RICHARDS and wife Maryetta (Mamie) McCARLEY.

Samuel Paisley RICHARDS, son of Thomas Allen RICHARDS and wife Lucy Ann RAY, was born April 9, 1862, in McNairy County, Tennessee. He married Maryetta (Mamie) McCARLEY on December 17, 1890, near Dublin, Erath County, Texas. Mamie was the daughter of Thomas McCARLEY and his first wife, Isabella (Belle) McKENDREE, born March 8, 1872, 2 1/2 miles from Des Arc, Prairie County, Arkansas and died February 17, 1954, at Abilene, Taylor County, Texas. Both she and Sam are buried at Cottonwood Cemetery 4 miles east of Dublin on Highway 6. Sam died March 7, 1943, at his home 2 1/2 miles east of Dublin.

Sam Paisley RICHARDS was born April 9, 1862 in McNairy County, Tennessee, three days after the Shiloh battle. They were in hearing distance of the battle. Daddy was named for his Uncle Sam Paisley RAY who died in that battle. [COMMENT-13]

Mamie was raised by her uncle Robert McCARLEY in Arkansas and her uncle James McCARLEY in Alabama after the death of her parents. She came to Erath County as a single woman to visit her sister, Maggie Belle McCARLEY JAMESON, and brother-in-law, Rev. Homer JAMESON in Harbin and met S. P. RICHARDS. She returned to Arkansas and came back latter to marry him.

S. P. RICHARDS never learned to drive a car, although one was given to him. He tried to learn to drive it, but when it pulled to the right and he said "Gee" it didn't correct itself, when it pulled to the left and he said "Haw" it didn't center itself, and when he said "Whoa", it wouldn't stop. He continued to drive his buggy, at least one of which was a surrey with a fringe on top in which Sam BREEDLOVE remembers driving all day from Dublin to Comanche County to Eugene RICHARDS', spending the night, and driving all day the next day to go back.

Mary Ruth RICHARDS WILSON wrote concerning her parents:

Sam and his brother Henry never had a fence between their places until a short time before Daddy died except around the fields. Daddy and Uncle Henry did a lot of chores together. They had a sorghum mill together and made molasses for themselves and their neighbors. Daddy fed the cane into the mill which was operated by his mules that went around and around the part that pressed the juice out of the cane. The juice was piped down hill to the furnace which had the cooking vat on it with several sections, to dip the juice from one section of the vat to the others according to how done each pan was. Uncle Henry and Mamma (when she had time) cooked the juice that made the molasses. This process was set up by Cottonwood Creek, where they had a well on Daddy's place.
Daddy always raised hogs and he and Uncle Henry had a big vat large enough to scald a large hog in it. They heated the water in the vat over a furnace when they killed hogs. Of course the weather had to be cold, so the meat would chill thoroughly and keep, since they had no refrigeration back then. Afterwards they cured the meat for it to keep. After the hog was scalded, they scraped the hairs off it. The neighbors would also bring their hogs there to kill and scald. This was set up back of Uncle Henry's house.
Uncle Henry's oldest daughter, Lula, didn't marry until she was in her 30's, and she lived with her daddy until she married Will READ. The READS had a dairy south of Dublin, and his daddy lived with them as long as he lived. They moved near Waco. Lula and Will had 2 boys, Billy and Allen (Buck). During this time, (5 years) Uncle Henry took his meals with us but lived at home unless he got sick. Lula and Bill READ came back and lived with Uncle Henry the rest of his life.
We had peaches, blackberries, pecans, and grapes on a fence row between Daddy's and Uncle Henry's fields. Uncle Henry had peaches, apples, crab apples, plums and figs. He also had honey bees. Daddy raised cotton for his money crop and corn to feed the mules and horses. He also raised some peanuts and feed grains. Mamma raised chickens, turkeys, guineas, and ducks. She sold eggs, butter and cream. They always had good cows. They also always had a good garden. Mamma canned a lot. Mamma was a very good cook; so we had lots of company, especially in the summer.
Daddy was very religious, and he could pray the most beautiful prayer I have ever heard. He said when he was a boy, when other people's boys were riding calves on Sunday afternoon, his mother had her children at home reading the Bible. She raised a very good family.
When people in the community needed help, Mamma was always ready to help them. When people were sick, a death, a new baby, or just needed her to sew, Mamma helped. Lula was good to help, also. Mamma was a good seamstress. She also did fancy work and of course made and quilted quilts. Allora was a good seamstress and did fancy work. Irma and I weren't good at sewing. I mend. I think Irma did some fancy work. I have a pretty doily she crocheted.
My oldest sister, Irma, married when I was 4 years old. My brother, Eugene, married when I was 7 years old. Allora, my other sister, married when I was 11 years old, but she had worked away from home before she married. She worked at the county clerk's office in Stephenville and also clerked in a store. I was raised almost like an only child, but I guess I was spoiled by all of them.[COMMENT-14]

At the McCARLEY family reunion in June of 1991, Ray ELLIOTT and Sam BREEDLOVE were talking about their grandfather, Sam RICHARDS, and the following dialogue took place:

Ray: Our grandfather Sam RICHARDS was a man of great faith and he could take fire from a burn if any one was burned and also he could stop bleeding. He could stop bleeding in animals and in human beings and used passages of scripture from the Old Testament. Now to take fire from burns he would recite this (hope I can remember it):

"Fire, I beseech thee in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost to come out."

and he'd say it again:

"Fire, I beseech thee in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost to come out."

and the third time he'd change it just a little:

"Fire, in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost I beseech thee to come out."

Now to stop bleeding he would use this incantation I guess you'd call it:

"As I walked by thee and saw thee polluted in thy own blood yea I said unto them let thee in thine own blood live."

And he said this three times.

"As I walked by thee and saw thee polluted in thy own blood yea I said unto them let thee in thine own blood live. As I walked by thee and saw thee polluted in thy own blood yea I said unto them let thee in thine own blood live."

and the bleeding would stop.

SAM: That's true!

RAY: A neighbor of theirs who lived quite some distance from them had a mule that ran into a wire fence, a barbed wire fence and cut his shoulder severely and it was bleeding to death, and they called our granddaddy and told him where the wound was and he made this incantation and the bleeding stopped almost at the moment. They had their watches on either end and by the time our grandfather had finished saying these words, the people at the place where the mule was said that the bleeding stopped.

Ray and the others around continued talking in conversation I didn't record word for word, and he was asked to recite the blessing Sam RICHARDS always used, which he said was, "Our dear Heavenly Father, we thank thee for these and all other blessings in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord."

The obituary from the Dublin paper for S. P. RICHARDS follows:

Funeral services were conducted at the Cottonwood church Monday afternoon for Samuel Paisley RICHARDS who died at his home east of Dublin of a heart attack Sunday morning at nine o'clock. Rev. J. H. BALDRIDGE, pastor of the Dublin Methodist Church officiated.
Mr. RICHARDS was born on April 9, 1862 in McNary County, Tennessee, and came with his parents to Texas when he was a boy. About 65 years ago he moved to the Cottonwood community and had resided on the same farm for the past sixty five years. In December, 1890 he was married to Miss Mamie McCARLEY to which union six children were born. Two of his children preceded him in death.
Mr. RICHARDS is survived by his wife, four children, Mrs. R. T. BREEDLOVE of Dumas, Texas; Mrs. V. R. ELLIOTT, Abilene, Texas, T. E. RICHARDS, Dublin; and Mrs. C. L. Wilson, Route 1, Comanche; ten grand children one of whom, Lt. Sam BREEDLOVE, is in Central Africa and another, Richard ELLIOTT, is in the Army Air Forces; and two great grand children. All of the children were present for the funeral as well as his four surviving brothers, Henry RICHARDS of Dublin; Sid, of Spur; Bob, of Stephenville and L. B. of Austin. John J. RAY of Ft. Worth, an uncle of the deceased was also present.
Mr. and Mrs. RICHARDS celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at their home two years ago. He is one of the few remaining pioneers of Erath County and has many friends in this community as well as the entire county, who will miss him from their midst.
Out-of-town people attending the Sam RICHARDS funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. J. B. McCARLEY, Stamford, (Mrs. RICHARD's brother). Mrs. John BERRY, Clyde, Texas; L. B. RICHARDS and wife, Austin, Tex.; John J. RAY and son, of Ft. Worth; Whit RICHARDS, Desdemonia, Tex.; Miss Mary RICHARDS, Stephenville. Mr. and Mr. Glen ALLEN, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis RICHARDS, Mr. and Mrs. G. E. RICHARDS, Stephenville; Mr. Sid RICHARDS, Spur, Texas; Mrs. John COSBY and son, Spur; Mrs. BREWER and Mrs. COKER of Comanche, Mr. and Mrs. Doyle BROWN and Mr. and Mrs. James PETSICK of Gustine.

At his death during World War II, S. P. RICHARDS' son-in-law, Rhapherd Thomas BREEDLOVE, wrote the following eulogy. Ray ELLIOTT, S. P. RICHARD'S grandson, a Methodist minister, read this same passage at the funeral service of R. T. BREEDLOVE, who wrote it.

A Saint Translated

He was eighty-one years old, had lived on the same little farm for sixty-five years, often neglecting his own affairs to help his neighbors, and going at the call of need for many, many years.
His home was his particular earthly heaven; his children, his particular devotion. For them he lived. Nothing was too good for them; and now, theirs is the richest heritage on earth, the memory of a sainted father who was a lifelong Christian influence in their lives.
With their mother, they revere his memory and know that he is with the Lord.
The preacher has known him for thirty-five years, yet never saw him ruffled or in any way disturbed. His was the most serene of spirits; his was the simplest, the most effective faith ever known.
He daily prayed for each of his loved ones by name, and the grandsons in the army, were always objects for his special prayer.
Who knows but that they will come through the hell of battle unscathed, because a good man held them up in his intercessions with his God?
He is my father-in-law. I never knew, and never expect to know a better man. His counsel, his simple faith, his stainless life have been and will continue to be an inspiration and ever present help in undertaking to live as he lived.
Death for him, was as simple and beautiful as was the life he lived. Quietly with never a word of foreboding or fear, he slipped through an open door, last Sunday morning and now is singing with that magnificent bass voice of his youth, in the heavenly choir.

The Pastor.

Six children were born to the marriage of Mamie McCARLEY and S. P. RICHARDS:

Mark Paisley RICHARDS, who was born dead April 6, 1892, buried at Cottonwood Cemetery.
Irma Lorene RICHARDS BREEDLOVE, wife of Rhapherd Thomas BREEDLOVE, who is described on the BREEDLOVE page.
Esther Allora (Lora) RICHARDS ELLIOTT was born September 11, 1895, in a log cabin near Dublin, Erath County, Texas.
    Lora attended Cottonwood School for the first seven years and then went to Dublin for grades eight through eleven. She graduated from Dublin High School in 1914. She went to what was known as summer normal at Tarleton College in Stephenville, Erath County, Texas, and then to a business school at Dublin. After that, she worked at the county clerk's office in Stephenville or as a clerk in Snobel's Department Store at Windom, Fannin County, Texas until she married. She went to Windom while her brother-in-law R. T. BREEDLOVE was pastor there. She joined the Methodist church there and remained a member of that church until her death.
    While Lora was still a young child, her parents built a new house which was across the creek and closer to the road. At the same time they moved the log cabin, and it became the barn. This was the home place that all of the grandchildren knew.
    Lora remembered her childhood as a happy one. The Presbyterian Church at Cottonwood played a significant part in the life of the S. P. RICHARDS. The family always attended all of the activities there, and many times people would go to their house to eat Sunday dinner and to spend the afternoon. At times there were "singing-get-togethers", and the RICHARDS family certainly did their part because the family loved music and had beautiful voices.
    At the age of nine, Lora had pneumonia. She was seriously ill for three months, and after her recovery, she actually had to learn to walk again. During her illness, a neighbor, Mr. Johnny HIGGINBOTHAM, wanted her to have something pretty growing by her window so he planted two cedar trees and two crepe myrtle bushes. These became important to the grandchildren. One grew very tall, and it became the one that they all loved to climb. (Later, R. T. BREEDLOVE used branches from this tree to make keepsakes for the family.) Lora's three children and Sam BREEDLOVE now have crepe myrtle bushes which are cuttings from that original plant at their own homes.
    During her childhood Lora was climbing off the roof of the barn at her uncle Jim's, stepped on broken glass, and cut her little toe off. The skin at the top was the only thing holding it on. Her father put the toe back where it belonged and bandaged it. Using a saying from the Bible, he stopped the bleeding, and with time the toe grew back. This was done long before doctors had attempted it.
    Lora grew into a stately, slightly heavy, pretty young woman with black hair and black, captivating eyes that sparkled when she smiled. During her twenties she met Vilas Roscoe ELLIOTT, and they were married at her parents' home in Dublin on March 28, 1921. Vilas was born November 8, 1887 at Corinth, Mississippi, the son of William Franklin ELLIOTT and wife Mary Anna COLLINS. Lora and Vilas had three children, Ray, Richard, and Katherine. During their marriage they lived in Colorado City in Mitchell County, Dublin in Erath County, Spade in Lamb County; Brownfield in Terry County; and Abilene in Taylor County, Texas. They moved to Abilene in 1941 and lived there until their death. Vilas worked in and owned a grocery store, farmed, and was employed by Banner's, later known as Foremost Creamery. Lora worked at two department stores in Abilene. The majority of the time she was a homemaker. She was an excellent cook and seamstress, but her greatest talent was providing a home for her family.
    We, her three children, think she was the greatest mother. She had an uncanny ability to know what to say to guide us, to correct us, to befriend us, and to inspire us. She always had high standards for both herself and for us. She died December 13, 1980, at Abilene, Texas, four years after her husband of 55 years died October 16, 1976 at Abilene. Written in her birthday book is the following: "I pray that you may be a woman good and true and that this world will be better by your having lived in it and that Heaven will be your home after death." How well she lived up to this is known by all who knew her.[COMMENT-15]
Vilas Roscoe ELLIOTT and wife Esther Allora RICHARDS' children are:
  • Edward Ray ELLIOTT, who was born October 28, 1922, at Colorado, Mitchell County, Texas. He attended elementary schools in Colorado City and Dublin and high school in Colorado City and Brownfield. He graduated from McMurry College in Abilene, Taylor County, Texas, with a B. A. degree in May, 1940. While there he continued his activity in the band which he had begun in Colorado City and Brownfield. He was also a member of the Ministerial Forum there. He has done graduate work at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas and at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth. He married Frances Marie HEAD on June 27, 1943, in Abilene, at Fairmont Methodist Church. Frances was born December 19, 1920, in Snyder, Scurry County, Texas. After serving in the United States Army for eighteen months during World War II, he was a Methodist Pastor for forty years, retiring in 1985. He has served on the Town & Country Commission, the Council on Finance and Administration, as Conference Statistician for twenty five years, and as Superintendent of Homes for Retired Ministers for eight years, all in the Central Texas Conference. He and Frances live at 1110 Sandstone, Cleburne, Johnson County, Texas 76031. Ray and Frances are the parents of three children:
    • Kenneth Ray ELLIOTT was born July 14, 1944, at Abilene, Texas. Kenneth married first Pricilla Ann MARLEY on July 3, 1965.
    • Jerrel Don ELLIOTT was born September 9, 1945, at Abilene, Texas. He graduated from McMurry College and married Cindy Sue McCANN. Jerrel died in 1991.
    • Mersha Beth ELLIOTT was born February 3, 1953, in Waxahachie, Texas. She graduated from McMurry College, and on February 21, 1987 she married Michael Lee ELLIOTT.
  • Richard Allen ELLIOTT, the second son of Esther Allora RICHARDS and her husband Vilas Roscoe ELLIOTT, was born March 12, 1924. He attended McMurry College. He married Bonita WILSON and they live in Aledo, Texas. Their children are
    • Stephen Allan ELLIOTT, born November 4, 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas,
    • Thomas Ray ELLIOTT, born December 5, 1953, in Fort Worth, and
    • Lora Ellen ELLIOTT, born January 30, 1964.
  • Mary Katherine ELLIOTT, the third child of Lora and Vilas ELLIOTT, was born January 24, 1930, in Colorado City, Texas. She graduated from Abilene High School in 1947 and attended McMurry College in Abilene, receiving her B. A. degree there in 1950 and an M. E. in 1957. She married William Douglas (Bill) COOK September 25, 1953, at McCamey, Upton County, Texas. Both were involved in the school systems in Rankin, Armstrong, and Dumas. Bill was a teacher, coach, and principal, while Katherine was a teacher. They lived longest at Dumas, Moore County, Texas. There Bill was honored by the Dumas High School Exes Association in 1979 and Katherine was named as one of the teachers in the 1976 book, Outstanding Leaders in Elementary and Secondary Education. Both were active in other organizations. Katherine has sung in choirs all her life, in church, public school, and college. She is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, and Bill was a member of Phi Delta Kappa. They and their three children always enjoyed going places and staying in their "Trusty Trailer". Bill was six feet tall, with brown hair and brown eyes. Katherine is five foot five with brown hair and brown eyes. Bill retired in 1985 after thirty six years in education; Katherine retired in 1989 after thirty three years. Bill died June 26, 1989. Katherine and Bill have three children:
    • William Douglas COOK, Jr., was born July 22, 1954, in Abilene. He married Karen Leslie WEBB.
    • Darrel Wayne COOK was born June 12, 1956, in Abilene. He married Mickie Lynn EVANS on May 8, 1980. He was a master roofer and died September 9, 1989.
    • Robert Allen (Rob) COOK was born August 15, 1961, in Abilene. He married Cheryl Jean SPENCER.
Thomas Eugene (Gene) RICHARDS was born June 11, 1897 at the home near Dublin. He married Golda HOLIFIELD June 7, 1917. Eugene was a farmer in Comanche County for forty years, living first in the Pettit/Gustine area of that county and then in the town of Comanche, at 709 N. Austin Street. Most of his life he was a member of the Pettit Baptist Church. He died at the age of 61 on May 5, 1959 and is buried in Union Cemetery near Gustine. Eugene and Golda were the parents of three daughters:
  • Mamie Laura RICHARDS BROWN was born August, 1918 and married Doyle BROWN July 16, 1936. They were the parents of one son, Dale BROWN; Mamie Laura has had at least four other husbands but all died.
  • Alline RICHARDS PETSECK was born March 25, 1921. She married James PETSECK June 8, 1939. Their son is Gail PETSECK, born October 5, 1946, in Eastland County. Alline lives in Comanche
  • Jean RICHARDS COLEMAN was born September 23, 1929. She married Otis COLEMAN June 7, 1945, and they live at Route 2, Eastland, Texas 76448. They have two daughters:
    • Susan COLEMAN who was born December 24, 1948, in Eastland and married Kenneth PAYNE on August 20, 1990, in Eastland County, and
    • Jill COLEMAN who was born July 3, 1961, in Stephenville, Erath County, Texas, and married Richard HALLMARK July 21, 1979 in Eastland County.
Lucy Belle RICHARDS was born November 9, 1903. She died of a spasm May 23, 1905, and is buried at Cottonwood Cemetery.
Mary Ruth RICHARDS WILSON was born January 25, 1910, and tells her own story:
    Irma, Allora, and Eugene were about two years apart. Lucy Belle was six years younger than Eugene, and she was 18 months old when she died. I was six years younger than Lucy Belle. Irma, my oldest sister, was married to Rhapherd T. (Ike) BREEDLOVE when I was four years old. Allora was married to Vilas R. ELLIOTT when I was eleven years old. She worked away from home a lot after she graduated from high school in 1914. She worked in the Erath County Clerk's office and also clerked in a store. Eugene married Golda HOLIFIELD when I was 7 years old. Since I am so much younger than my sisters and brother, I was raised almost like an only child, with the exception of being spoiled by my whole family.
    My father was a farmer, and we lived two and one-half miles east of Dublin, Texas in the Cottonwood community. I attended school at Cottonwood through the fourth grade. When I was in the fourth grade, my parents took me to Dublin about three times a week to take music from Irene LAMBERTH. I started to school at Dublin in the fifth grade and graduated from there in 1928. I had another piano teacher, Mr. Clint ROBBINS, after Miss LAMBERTH married and moved away. I graduated from his School of Music when I graduated from high school in 1928.
    In the late summer of 1928 as I was on my way to Tahoka to play for a Revival, I met Curtis WILSON whom I later married. My brother-in-law, Ike BREEDLOVE, the Methodist pastor at Tahoka, came to meet me at Post. Curtis was on his way to teach school at Tahoka and discovered there wasn't a bus going from Post to Tahoka that day, so he and another man from Tahoka rode with us.
    Curtis WILSON and I were married August 29, 1929, and we both went to school at Tarleton College in Stephenville. The next two years he taught school at Lone Oak, south of Stephenville. It was while we were living there that our first child, Curtis Lambert WILSON, Jr., was born November 9, 1930.
    We moved to Hasse, Texas form there and both of us taught at Hasse. Curtis taught there three years and went back to Texas A&M for a year in order to get his degree in Vocational Agriculture. I continued to teach at Hasse until around mid-term that year. Then I resigned and went back with Curtis to A&M. We had taught in the winter and gone to school in the summer at A&M. Even then women could go to school there in the summer, so I took some courses. Curtis graduated from A&M in 1936 and we moved to Rising Star, Texas that summer.
    It was while we lived at Rising Star that our second son was born, Robert Ray WILSON, on December 2, 1937. Curtis taught Agriculture there four years. Then we moved to Selden, south of Stephenville, and both of us taught there a year. At the end of the school year in 1941, we bought our farm between Hasse and Comanche. When we had taught at Hasse, we had bought 50 acres of land, and this farm joined our first acreage. We then moved to the farm. Curtis had a job as Field Man, Producer Liaison, working out of the Comanche cheese plant.
    We later moved to Huckabay, north of Stephenville, and both of us taught school again in 1944-45. The next year, 1945-46 we taught school at May, Texas, between Brownwood and Rising Star. We bought a house from an old lady in May, but she backed out and wouldn't sell so we drove back and forth from the farm. I taught there until Christmas and resigned. Sammy John WILSON, our third son was born February 15, 1946. That was the last school I taught. We farmed with extra help and Curtis taught some G. I. schools at Rising Star and Gorman. In 1948 we went into the dairy business and remained in that business until our third and last sale in 1965. After our last sale, we ran beef cattle until the early 80's, and we have been leasing the land to the same family ever since. The cattle became too big a problem for the two of us.
    We were visiting Curtis Sr.,'s sister and her husband in San Antonio in August 1985 when Curtis had a stroke. He remained in a hospital in San Antonio until his death September 8, 1985. We were married 56 years and 10 days when he passed away. Curtis and Sammy John are both buried in the Garden of Memory Cemetery between Dublin and Stephenville.
    I still live on the farm. When we were in the dairy business, we built some houses behind our house for the dairy hands. They are now rented, so I have people close to me.
    I have a lot to be thankful for, good children and other relatives and friends, good health and a fair mind. And at 81, I can still drive a car, even in Arlington and San Antonio. [COMMENT-16]
  • Curtis Jr. spent one year in Tarleton in Pre-Vet and graduated in Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M in 1952, the youngest member of his class. He had to go to Korea in the 50's. He was a Captain in the Air Force when he got out of the service. He then built a veterinary clinic in Arlington and married Linda REAVES in 1957. Curtis WILSON, Jr., married second Jill ROBBINS WITCHER. Curtis and Linda are the parents of two children,
    • Curtis Lambert WILSON, III (Buddy) and
    • Shelley WILSON GRIMES.
  • Robert Ray (Bob) WILSON went to Tarleton some, but he has a B. S. and Masters degree from Texas A&M University. He has also taught and done some research at Texas A&M. He has another Masters degree from the University of Missouri and all except his thesis at the University of Minnesota on his Ph.D. degree. Bob married Jo RODGERS July 10, 1958. His second wife is Suzanne ____. Bob and Jo are the parents of two children,
    • Judy Nell WILSON HOLLAND who married David HOLLAND, and
    • Rob WILSON, Jr.
  • Sammy John WILSON attended Tarleton State University at Stephenville, but he got a job the day he was 21 with Brain International Air Lines. He was a stock clerk in their stores and lived in Dallas. He was with Brain until his death from a heart attack May 27, 1980 at the age of 34 years.

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