MATHIAS T. SWEAZEA was born 06 Jan 1860 in Shelby County, TX (Source: Edmund West, comp. Family Data Collection – Births[database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2001.), and died 11 Sep 1899 in Union City, OK. He was the son of Mathias Sweazea and Hannah Lucinda Stephenson. He married (1) L. A. MARTIN 16 Aug 1881. She was born 28 May 1866. He married (2) ANNIE GARDNER 19 Apr 1883 in Ellis County, TX (Source: Texas Marriages 1814 – 1909.). She was born 24 Oct 1866.
Notes for MATHIAS T. SWEAZEA:
Another son of Matthias Sweazea, Matthias Thomas [Matt] migrated to Oklahoma. Matt homesteaded near Union City, and was a farmer/rancher [planter] as was many of the Sweazeas, for generations before. He married L. A. Martin, Aug 16, 1881, who died of child birth, June 12, 1882, leaving a son Matthias Thomas, Jr, who lived only a short time, to Oct. 23, 1882. He married a second time, Apr. 19, 1883 to L. A. Gardner, and to this union was born three sons: Mark, Jan. 30, 1884 – Dec. 29, 1884, Ira, Dec. 13, 1885 – Sept. 29, 1959, and Aulsy Ernest, June 11, 1888 – Oct 12, 1910.
Matt died of pneumonia, Sept 11, 1889. After Matts death, his second wife, the mother of Ira and Ernest relocated near Piedmont, Okla., and staked out a new claim. there, she died, June 24, 1892, leaving her two sons as orphans.
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Census 1: 1860, Shelby County, TX, Clays Mound, Beat 11, HH 527, July 28, 1860
Census 2: 1870, Shelby County TX. BuenaVista P.O. Precinct 5, HH 234, Sept 10, 1870
More About MATHIAS SWEAZEA and L. MARTIN:
Marriage: 16 Aug 1881
More About MATHIAS SWEAZEA and ANNIE GARDNER:
Marriage: 19 Apr 1883, Ellis County, TX (Source: Texas Marriages 1814 – 1909.)
Child of MATHIAS SWEAZEA and L. MARTIN is:
i. MATHIAS THOMAS3 SWEAZEA, b. 11 Jun 1882; d. 23 Oct 1882, Oklahoma.
Children of MATHIAS SWEAZEA and ANNIE GARDNER are:
ii. MARK3 SWEAZEA, b. 30 Jan 1884.
2. iii. IRA SWEAZEA, b. 13 Dec 1885, Fort Worth, TX; d. 29 Sep 1959, El Paso County, Colorado.
iv. AUSLEY ERNEST SWEAZEA, b. 11 Jun 1888.
Notes for AUSLEY ERNEST SWEAZEA:
Ernest is found in the 1900 census living with his Uncle James Sweazea after the deaths of his parents.
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Census: 1900, Castro County, TX, Precict 1, ED 152, HH 60, June 27, 1900
Generation No. 2
2. IRA3 SWEAZEA (MATHIAS T.2, MATHIAS1) was born 13 Dec 1885 in Fort Worth, TX, and died 29 Sep 1959 in El Paso County, Colorado. He married SARAH EMLIE GUYER 17 Apr 1912 in Potter County, Texas. She was born 29 Feb 1892.
Notes for IRA SWEAZEA:
Ira was 7 years old, Ernest was 4 years old at the time their mother died. Apparently there was communication between the families, for the two sons were brought to Texas, Ira lived with Thomas Flinn, and Ernest lived with James Franklin. This arrangement lasted until Ira was, about 14 years old, when he became restless, “stole” one of his uncle’s horses, rode it west as far as about Vernon or Childress, left the horse there and sent word back to Thomas as to where his horse could be found. He found his way further west to his Uncle Jim’s ranch, then took his brother with him, back to Oklahoma, to claim the property that was left by his mother, and was rightfully theirs.
Ernest was killed, 1910, in some problem with a town constable, somewhere in Oklahoma. Aulsy Ernest Sweazea’s body was brought to Bellevue, Texas, for burial, and his headstone rests in the cemetery lot of Thomas F. Sweazea, Bellevue Cemetery, Bellevue, Texas.
By this time, some “oil activity” had begun on the property that was left to Ira and Ernest, and Ernest’s death probably caused Ira to sell the property and return to Texas.
There he met and married Sarah Emily Guyer, April 17, 1912. Into this union was born nine children.
Ira pioneered in New Mexico, owning, operating, and improving a very fine livestock operation, in the vicinity of Quemado. Very near the ranch is where older maps show a village, Sweazeaville. Sweazeaville is eight miles east of Quemado, New Mexico It was on hiway 60 until the hiway was moved north, changing all activity. Sweazeaville was sold to a man by the name of Hinds. A family was living there in the house and refused to move when he asked them to. So he burned them out. All that remains of Sweazeaville is a concrete foundation. The Federal Goverment got the fellow for burning down a U. S. Post Office. Omega, New Mexico had nothing to do with Sweazeaville. [Myrtle Sweazea Cox, 1998] Ira Sweazea died in Colorado Springs, CO., was brought back to the ranch via train to Holbrook, Arizona. Ira is buried on the home ranch.
The log House that Ira built in 1919 is still standing on the ranch, and is still in good living condition. .
The ranch is now owned and operated by Myrtle Sweazea Cox, daughter of Ira Sweazea. At this time, , Myrtle is eighty two and still going great. I visited with her in the winter of 1998. Myrtle said that when she was a young girl that they would have to drive their cattle to Magdalena, New Mexico to the railhead to ship them. which was a distance of over 100 miles. I thought that would be fun. But Myrtle said, no it was not fun. Trying to keep the cows from spooking was not an easy job. It took several days to make the drive.
More About IRA SWEAZEA:
Census: 1900, Clay County, TX, Precinct 5, ED 16, HH 118, June 7, 1900
More About IRA SWEAZEA and SARAH GUYER:
Marriage: 17 Apr 1912, Potter County, Texas
Children of IRA SWEAZEA and SARAH GUYER are:
i. WALTER WOODROW4 SWEAZEA, b. 22 Jan 1914, Oklahoma; d. 1920, New Mexico.
ii. MYRTLE SWEAZEA, b. 22 Mar 1915, Portales, New Mexico; m. CLAYTON COX, 03 May 1940, Arizona; b. 11 May 1904, Indiana.
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Marriage: 03 May 1940, Arizona
iii. THOMAS IRA SWEAZEA, b. 25 Jul 1916, Dusty, New Mexico; d. Mar 1985, Quemado, Catron County New mexico.
iv. PEARL LOUISE SWEAZEA, b. 03 Nov 1918, Magdalena, New Mexico; m. MAYBERRY BOND, 09 Mar 1946, New Mexico.
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Marriage: 09 Mar 1946, New Mexico
v. LILLIE SWEAZEA, b. 09 Apr 1922, Magdalena, New Mexico; d. 01 May 1922, Magdalena, New Mexico.
vi. JOHN ERNEST SWEAZEA, b. 09 Apr 1922, Magdalena, New Mexico; d. Jul 1971, New Mexico.
vii. MARY SWEAZEA, b. 17 Jun 1923, Magdalena, New Mexico; d. 21 Dec 1923, Magdalena, New Mexico.
viii. CARL SWEAZEA, b. 08 Nov 1925, Magdalena, New Mexico; d. 30 Mar 1968, Demming, New Mexico.
Notes for CARL SWEAZEA:
Carl McGhee was killed by an unknown assailant at his ranch near Deming New Mexico on march 30, 1968. Carl was a Rancher and had a trucking Business. He served in the Merchant Marines in WWII.
ix. RAYMOND SWEAZEA, b. 09 May 1928, Magdalena, New Mexico.