Thomas Flynn Sweazea

Generation No. 1

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THOMAS FLINN SWEAZEA was born 15 Jun 1848 in Shelby County, TX (Source: Shelby County, TX Edmund West, comp. Family Data Collection – Births[database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2001.), and died 29 May 1928 in Clay County, TX.  He was the son of Mathias Sweazea and Hannah Lucinda Stephenson. He married CANDACE BRYANT 26 Nov 1865 in Shelby County, TX. She was born 15 Jul 1848 in Georgia, and died 18 Jun 1936 in Clay County, TX.

Notes for THOMAS FLINN SWEAZEA:
From a history of North and West Texas about 1907.

Thomas Flinn Sweazea, The gentleman whose life achievements and whose family genealogy are treated in the following article is one of the substantial citizens and successful farmers of Clay County. On his advent hither in 1878 he pre-empted a tract of land five and a half miles northwest of Bellevue and, with his limited means, began its improvement and cultivation. His industry and his thrift worked marked changes in it during the twelve years he occupied it and when he deserted it to take possession of his present home it had the appearance of a Clay county farm.
In 1888 Mr. Sweazea bought three hundred and sixty-four acres of land two miles northwest of Bellevue, which has been transformed, under his magic touch, into one of the most attractive and valuable farmsteads near Bellevue. Good land was only worth four dollars an acre when he purchased his, and this tract, together with the one he entered from the state, gives him a holding of more than six hundred acres in the county.
Thomas F. Sweazea was born in Shelby county, Texas, June 13, 1848. His father, Mattias Sweazea, was a Wayne county, Missouri, settler and located in Shelby county about 1846. The latter’s birth occurred in Missouri about 1820 and his death in Shelby county, Texas, in 1865. He left brothers in Wayne county, Missouri, and had a brother, Jeff, who passed his life in California. Mattias Sweazea was a Confederate soldier, having served intermittently under several enlistments, and died in the prime of life at the close of the war. He married Hannah L. McFadden in Wayne county, Missouri, who, at the age of eighty-one, is active and is in the enjoyment of life among her several children. She was married to Mr. McFadden prior to her union with Matthias Sweazea and had the following issue: Nancy J., who died in West Texas, as Mrs. Fernando Wheeler, leaving children: Artemissa, who passed away in Robertson county, as Mrs. Joe Bolton, also leaving children: Mary Ann, Mrs. Charles Bolton, who died in Robertson county, was the youngest child and she also left heirs. Thomas F. was the first Sweazea, and the others were: James F., of Castro county, Texas; Elizabeth, wife of Nathaniel Wilson, of Indian Territory; Amanda J., who resides in Greer county, Oklahoma, as the wife of James Watson: Matthias, who died in Oklahoma, leaving a family, and Laura, wife of Rankin Clark of Portales, New Mexico.
The school advantages of Thomas F. Sweazea were poor. He grew up during and just after the war when conditions were very unstable and when facilities for educating the young were very meager. The log schoolhouse with slab benches was the natural habitation of the children of the war period and the teacher’s occupation was, oftentimes, that of keeping school instead of teaching it.
Mr. Sweazea became acquainted with work very young in life. He began life at “cropping” about the first years of the ’60s, and his efforts had won him an eighty-acre farm before he left Shelby county. He pocketed the proceeds of its sale in 1873, when he started west, and had spent the most of it in search of the “right place” before he concluded his four years of wandering. After he finally settled down “he made up for lost time” and is today in a financially healthy condition. Grain, feed and cattle-raising has he devoted himself to and with what success the county tax rolls will positively reveal.
In Nacogdoches county, Texas, Mr. Sweazea married, in December, 1865, Candace A. Bryant, a daughter of Mrs. Clarissa A. Bryant, Texas settlers from Georgia Mrs. Sweazea was born in Georgia in July, 1848, and is the mother of Thomas Matthias, Modeline, a Wise county teacher who died at twenty years of age: Jeff, who married Ida Mills, has children, Loma and Edith, and farms the old family homestead; Elbert, Stella, wife of Walter Mills, of Castro county, Texas, with one child, Jay, and Odie and Bertie.
Although nearing his sixtieth year, Mr. Sweazea appears in robust health and it is evident that his years of unremitting toil have not imperiled his constitution. His efforts here have redounded to the substantial development of Clay county and he deserves credit for his success.

Sweazea family History by J. E. Sweazea [1968]

Thomas had begun his farming at an early age, had proved up on 80 acres of land. By the time the family determined that they should leave Shelby County, Thomas was married, and had sold his 80 acre tract. There were three families in the move, Thomas and his family, James headed up a wagon [it is not known whether James was married at this time] and Elizabeth and her husband, Nathaniel Wilson, headed up another wagon [Hannah moved with Elizabeth] and possibly there was a fourth, Mary Ann [Bolton], first born Sweazea by Matthias and Hannah [1845].
Their move led them, first into the hill country of Texas, later into Tarrant County, Wise County, some went into Oklahoma, Mary Ann and her husband, Charles Bolton, eventually wound up in Robertson County, Texas, and the end of the trail, after four years, for Thomas and James, was Clay County. They forded rivers, braved the weather, suffered the storms, the cold and the heat, each in search of their “utopia”. They stopped and stayed in one place for only a short time, slept with guns, at reach, with someone on guard at all times, in fear that the Sapp clan might locate them.
Thomas and James “drove up stakes” in Clay County, the date and time cannot be accurately determined, but by the time they reached Clay County, Thomas and his wife Candace, had one son, Thomas M., and had lost one baby girl, Amanda, in 1870, another girl was born, Sept. 17, 1873 [Delia]. It is not known whether Delia was born before or after they reached their new home. It is known that their new home was a “dug out” [cellar], and their son Jeff, was born, May 5, 1878, in this cellar, and spent the first few years of his life there. It is known, to this date, the exact location of the cellar [ by some or at least one of the descendants of Thomas F. Sweazea ]. By the time Thomas, et al, reached Clay County, he had used up most of the money he had received when he sold his 80 acre tract in Shelby County, but with his limited means, he began cultivation and improvements. His industry and thrift brought about marked changes in the property, and he so occupied this land for 12 years before acquiring other property, retaining the original property until the early 1920’s, when he sold it to his son Elbert [Ebb].
In 1888, records show that Thomas acquired 364 acres of land, about 3 miles northwest of Bellevue, Clay Co., Texas, increasing his land holdings, at that time, to more than 600 acres. It was on this newly acquired land that he spent the remainder of his life, and died at the age of 79, about 15 days before his 80th birthday. (June 15, 1848 – May 29, 1928).
Thomas Flinn Sweazea was one to be reckoned with. Seeing his father shot in the back at the age of 15, married at the age of 17, proving up on 80 acres of land by the time he was 18-19, avenging the death of his father at about the age of 18, wandering about for 4 years, until about the age of 25, recovering from the expenditure of what little money he had left when he reached Clay County, recovering from the theft of every horse he owned, by the Indians, and sometimes, theft by “white” horse rustlers, withstanding sickness, death and providing for a large family.
There were times when Thomas and his wife (Candace) would hear the Indians “stealing” his livestock during the night, and being the wise man that he was, would not make a sound to alert the Indians that he was aware of what was going on. His philosophy was, ” I can get more horses, or maybe get these back, but if the Indians are a mind to, they might kill my entire family, and I can’t get my life (or that of my family) back.”
Fencing, or no fencing. was a problem during his early days in Clay County. There were no fences, and realizing that he had to protect his crops, his livestock and his boundary (from open grazing), Thomas and a man by the name of Gaines, traveled with team and wagon, from Bellevue to Gainesville, bought barbed wire, hauled it back to Bellevue, and with same, built the first barbed wire fence west of Fort Worth. Needless to say, his popularity waned for a time, but it soon became evident to others that barbed wire fences had to come, with the opening of the west.
Another problem Thomas faced, was, his farm (#1) was nestled in among large ranches. One, in particular, joined his land on the east, and was owned by a family by the name of Carr. This Mr. Carr had an old boar hog that was rather roguish, and would come to his corn crib and root his way into access to his corn. Thomas was a good farmer, the land was “new” and fertile, and he raised, mostly, small grains and corn. His early cribs were slatted, thus, the boar hog had very little problem gaining entrance, for he could root up or into just about anything he wanted to. Thomas told Mr. Carr to keep his boar Hog from his corn crib, for if he didn’t keep him away, he was going to kill him. Mr. Carr didn’t keep the boar hog away and Thomas did kill the hog. Mr. Carr was irate, rode his horse to Thomas’ house, fully intending to give him a sound beating. Mr. Carr wore top hat and tails all the time, and was quite a sight, horseback. Thomas saw him coming and felt he knew what was up, so he mounted his horse and took chase. Thomas couldn’t quite catch up to the point that he could drag Mr. Carr off his horse, but they were going at such speed that the “tails” of his coat were flying aft. Thomas managed to get one of the coat tails into a good grip, thinking he might pull Mr. Carr off his horse by this means. The coat ripped up the seam, out through the neck, and at that point, Thomas wound up with “half a coat”, including the sleeve. The half coat hung on one of Thomas’ tall – lot fence posts until it rotted and fell, but that was the end of that problem.
Thomas Flinn Sweazea was a man to be reckoned with. Don’t shake his tree, step on his toes or blow smoke in his face!
In his earlier days in Clay County, there was no medicine. If illness occurred, either use kerosene or whiskey, and that was it. On one occasion, Thomas had sent for a bottle of whiskey, strictly for medicinal purposes. By this time the railroad had moved through Bellevue, and the whiskey was to arrive by train, and to be picked up at the depot. Someway, somehow, word was sent out to Thomas that his whiskey had arrived, so he and his son Ebb (then 17 years old) rode horseback into Bellevue to get the whiskey. (Thomas never owned an automobile, and up until his death, hadn’t ridden in but a few.) Thomas and Ebb went to the depot and got the whiskey, then rode their horses to the back of a general store. In that day and time, every store had a coal bin “out back”, and that is where they tied their horses, then laid the whiskey over into the coal bin. For some reason, they needed to go into the store, and weren’t in there very long, but as they were leaving, one of the local preachers came in the back door and claimed to have killed a rattle snake “out back”. Thomas didn’t take that very seriously, until he reached into the coal bin to get his whiskey – it was broken! He still didn’t tie the “rattle snake” story and the broken whiskey together, but on the way back to the farm, BINGO, he put the two together. Upon arriving at the horse barn he told Ebb, “Saddle us two fresh horses, we are going back to town.”
As they rode their horses back toward town, rather “pertly”, Thomas told Ebb that he was going to “whip” that preacher for breaking his whiskey. They arrived back at that same coal bin, tied their horses and entered the back door to find the preacher still lecturing about killing a rattle snake. Ebb’s assignment, and part in this, was to keep anyone from interfering with the scuffle. Thomas told Ebb on the way back to town that he didn’t intend to “hurt” the preacher badly, only scratch him up and give him a proper lesson about not killing rattle snakes. Thomas kept his finger nails trimmed and cleaned, immaculately, for a farmer/rancher. The preacher held a pipe in his mouth, as he talked, and Thomas approached, hit him one blow with his fist that sent the pipe sailing catapult into space, and at the same time knocking the preacher to the floor. Thomas straddled him and took his neatly trimmed finger nails and scratched his face as if a mountain lion had attacked. This ended that problem, except, the following Sunday morning, the preacher included in his sermon the reason for his facial problem, and from that day forward, he would not take it upon himself to extend his judgement too far into other people’s personal life. [J.E. Sweazea] 1968.

More About THOMAS FLINN SWEAZEA:
Census 1: 1850, Shelby County, TX, HH 504, Oct 29, 1850
Census 2: 1860, Shelby County, TX, Clays Mound, Beat 11, HH 527, July 28, 1860
Census 3: 1870, Nocogdoches County, TX, District 5, Linn Flat P.O., HH 307, Aug 11, 1870
Census 4: 1880, Clay County, TX, Precinct 2, ED 164, HH 97, June 10, 1880
Census 5: 1900, Clay County, TX, Precinct 5, ED 16, HH 118, June 7, 1900
Census 6: 1910, Clay County, TX, Precinct 5, ED 35, HH 23, April 19, 1930
Census 7: 1920, Clay County, TX, Precinct 5, ED 22, HH 27, Jan 9, 1920

More About CANDACE BRYANT:
Census 1: 1870, Nocogdoches County, TX, District 5, Linn Flat P.O., HH 307, Aug 11, 1870
Census 2: 1880, Clay County, TX, Precinct 2, ED 164, HH 97, June 10, 1880
Census 3: 1900, Clay County, TX, Precinct 5, ED 16, HH 118, June 7, 1900
Census 4: 1910, Clay County, TX, Precinct 5, ED 35, HH 23, April 19, 1930
Census 5: 1920, Clay County, TX, Precinct 5, ED 22, HH 27, Jan 9, 1920

More About THOMAS SWEAZEA and CANDACE BRYANT:
Marriage: 26 Nov 1865, Shelby County, TX

Children of THOMAS SWEAZEA and CANDACE BRYANT are:
i. THOMAS MATHIAS3 SWEAZEA, b. 03 Feb 1868, Texas; d. 16 Nov 1906, Clay County, TX.

More About THOMAS MATHIAS SWEAZEA:
Census 1: 1870, Nocogdoches County, TX, District 5, Linn Flat P.O., HH 307, Aug 11, 1870
Census 2: 1880, Clay County, TX, Precinct 2, ED 164, HH 97, June 10, 1880
Census 3: 1900, Clay County, TX, Precinct 5, ED 16, HH 118, June 7, 1900

ii. AMANDA SWEAZEA, b. 1870, Texas; d. 1870, Texas.

More About AMANDA SWEAZEA:
Census: 1870, Nocogdoches County, TX, District 5, Linn Flat P.O., HH 307, Aug 11, 1870

iii. MODELIA SWEAZEA, b. 17 Sep 1873, Texas.

More About MODELIA SWEAZEA:
Census: 1880, Clay County, TX, Precinct 2, ED 164, HH 97, June 10, 1880

2. iv. JEFF SWEAZEA, b. 05 Apr 1878, Texas; d. 27 Jun 1943, Witchita County, TX.
3. v. STELLA SWEAZEA, b. 18 Oct 1881, Texas; d. 06 Dec 1966, Tulia, Swisher County, TX.
4. vi. ELBERT SWEAZEA, b. 08 May 1884, Texas; d. 19 Feb 1965, Travis County, TX.
5. vii. ODIE SWEAZEA, b. 12 May 1887, Texas; d. 24 Feb 1937, Henrietta, Clay County, TX.
6. viii. BERTA SWEAZEA, b. 04 Feb 1893, Clay County, TX; d. 23 Apr 1971, Clay County, TX.

Generation No. 2

2. JEFF3 SWEAZEA (THOMAS FLINN2, MATHIAS1) was born 05 Apr 1878 in Texas, and died 27 Jun 1943 in Witchita County, TX. He married (1) FLORA POWELL. He married (2) IDA ANN MILLS 28 Oct 1900 in Clay County, TX. She was born 05 Nov 1878 in Texas.

More About JEFF SWEAZEA:
Census 1: 1880, Clay County, TX, Precinct 2, ED 164, HH 97, June 10, 1880
Census 2: 1900, Clay County, TX, Precinct 5, ED 16, HH 118, June 7, 1900
Census 3: 1920, Clay County, TX, Precinct 5, ED 22, HH 26, Jan 9, 1920

More About IDA ANN MILLS:
Census: 1920, Clay County, TX, Precinct 5, ED 22, HH 26, Jan 9, 1920

More About JEFF SWEAZEA and IDA MILLS:
Marriage: 28 Oct 1900, Clay County, TX

Children of JEFF SWEAZEA and IDA MILLS are:
7. i. LOMA MAE4 SWEAZEA, b. 21 Sep 1901, Clay County, TX; d. 23 Sep 1990, Benton, Saline County, Arkansas.
8. ii. EDITH SUSIE SWEAZEA, b. 19 Oct 1902, Clay County, TX; d. 08 Sep 1965, Dallas County, TX.

3. STELLA3 SWEAZEA (THOMAS FLINN2, MATHIAS1) was born 18 Oct 1881 in Texas, and died 06 Dec 1966 in Tulia, Swisher County, TX. She married AUGUSTUS WALTER MILLS 28 Oct 1900 in Clay County, TX. He was born 22 Jan 1877 in Rockwall County, TX.

More About STELLA SWEAZEA:
Census 1: 1900, Clay County, TX, Precinct 5, ED 16, HH 118, June 7, 1900
Census 2: 1920, Castro County, TX, Precinct 1, ED 16, HH 157, Feb 20, 1920
Census 3: 1930, Castro County, TX, Precinct 1, ED 35-2, HH 164, April 15, 1930

More About AUGUSTUS WALTER MILLS:
Census 1: 1920, Castro County, TX, Precinct 1, ED 16, HH 157, Feb 20, 1920
Census 2: 1930, Castro County, TX, Precinct 1, ED 35-2, HH 164, April 15, 1930

More About AUGUSTUS MILLS and STELLA SWEAZEA:
Marriage: 28 Oct 1900, Clay County, TX

Children of STELLA SWEAZEA and AUGUSTUS MILLS are:
i. JOYE BEULAH4 MILLS, b. 12 Jan 1902, Clay County, TX; m. ROBERT HOUSTON BRALY, 25 Jul 1934; b. Jun 1897.

More About JOYE BEULAH MILLS:
Census: 1920, Castro County, TX, Precinct 1, ED 16, HH 157, Feb 20, 1920

More About ROBERT BRALY and JOYE MILLS:
Marriage: 25 Jul 1934

ii. ROY DOUGLAS MILLS, b. 31 Aug 1908, Clay County, TX; m. NONA HEDGECOKE.

More About ROY DOUGLAS MILLS:
Census: 1920, Castro County, TX, Precinct 1, ED 16, HH 157, Feb 20, 1920

iii. BERNARD WADE MILLS, b. 11 Feb 1915, Clay County, TX; m. TINA LORETTA REED, 25 Sep 1937, Plainview, Hale County, TX; b. 13 Nov 1916, Vernon, Wilbarger County, TX.

More About BERNARD WADE MILLS:
Census 1: 1920, Castro County, TX, Precinct 1, ED 16, HH 157, Feb 20, 1920
Census 2: 1930, Castro County, TX, Precinct 1, ED 35-2, HH 164, April 15, 1930

More About BERNARD MILLS and TINA REED:
Marriage: 25 Sep 1937, Plainview, Hale County, TX

iv. AMY AUDREY MILLS, b. 28 Feb 1917, Clay County, TX; m. (1) HOWARD O’DANIEL; m. (2) KENNETH RUSHER.

More About AMY AUDREY MILLS:
Census 1: 1920, Castro County, TX, Precinct 1, ED 16, HH 157, Feb 20, 1920
Census 2: 1930, Castro County, TX, Precinct 1, ED 35-2, HH 164, April 15, 1930

v. LAWRENCE DONALD MILLS, b. 13 May 1924, Clay County, TX; m. (1) FRANKIE WILHELM; m. (2) RUTH HARRIS, 05 Jun 1947, Arkadelphia, Clark County, Arkansas; b. 24 Mar 1924, Tulia, Swisher County, TX.

More About LAWRENCE DONALD MILLS:
Census: 1930, Castro County, TX, Precinct 1, ED 35-2, HH 164, April 15, 1930

More About LAWRENCE MILLS and RUTH HARRIS:
Marriage: 05 Jun 1947, Arkadelphia, Clark County, Arkansas

4. ELBERT3 SWEAZEA (THOMAS FLINN2, MATHIAS1) was born 08 May 1884 in Texas, and died 19 Feb 1965 in Travis County, TX. He married (1) ILA PORTER 25 Jan 1905 in Clay County, TX. She was born 15 Feb 1888 in Clay County, TX, and died Bef. 1920 in Clay County, TX. He married (2) ONA MAE MAYO 07 Feb 1917 in Clay County, TX. She was born 14 May 1902 in Palo Pinto County, TX.

More About ELBERT SWEAZEA:
Census 1: 1900, Clay County, TX, Precinct 5, ED 16, HH 118, June 7, 1900
Census 2: 1910, Clay County, TX, Precinct 5, ED 35, HH 71, April 23, 1910
Census 3: 1920, Clay County, TX, Precinct 5, ED 22, HH 28, Jan 9, 1920
Census 4: 1930, Clay County, TX, Precinct 4, ED 39-15, HH 7, April 2, 1930

More About ILA PORTER:
Census 1: 1910, Clay County, TX, Precinct 5, ED 35, HH 71, April 23, 1910
Census 2: 1930, Clay County, TX, Precinct 4, ED 39-15, HH 7, April 2, 1930

More About ELBERT SWEAZEA and ILA PORTER:
Marriage: 25 Jan 1905, Clay County, TX

More About ONA MAE MAYO:
Census 1: 1920, Clay County, TX, Precinct 5, ED 22, HH 28, Jan 9, 1920
Census 2: 1930, Clay County, TX, Precinct 4, ED 39-15, HH 7, April 2, 1930

More About ELBERT SWEAZEA and ONA MAYO:
Marriage: 07 Feb 1917, Clay County, TX

Children of ELBERT SWEAZEA and ILA PORTER are:
i. ARCHIE CLYDE4 SWEAZEA, b. 02 Apr 1906, Clay County, TX; d. 02 Oct 1978, Los Angeles County, cA.

More About ARCHIE CLYDE SWEAZEA:
Census 1: 1910, Clay County, TX, Precinct 5, ED 35, HH 71, April 23, 1910
Census 2: 1920, Clay County, TX, Precinct 5, ED 22, HH 28, Jan 9, 1920

ii. WILMA LOIS SWEAZEA, b. 16 Nov 1907, Clay County, TX.

More About WILMA LOIS SWEAZEA:
Census 1: 1910, Clay County, TX, Precinct 5, ED 35, HH 71, April 23, 1910
Census 2: 1920, Clay County, TX, Precinct 5, ED 22, HH 28, Jan 9, 1920

iii. LAWRENCE DELBERT SWEAZEA, b. 02 Feb 1910, Clay County, TX.

More About LAWRENCE DELBERT SWEAZEA:
Census 1: 1910, Clay County, TX, Precinct 5, ED 35, HH 71, April 23, 1910
Census 2: 1920, Clay County, TX, Precinct 5, ED 22, HH 28, Jan 9, 1920

iv. ORLAN SWEAZEA, b. 06 Sep 1911, Clay County, TX.

More About ORLAN SWEAZEA:
Census: 1920, Clay County, TX, Precinct 5, ED 22, HH 28, Jan 9, 1920

v. EDMOND TROY SWEAZEA, b. 17 Apr 1913, Clay County, TX.

More About EDMOND TROY SWEAZEA:
Census: 1920, Clay County, TX, Precinct 5, ED 22, HH 28, Jan 9, 1920

vi. BEN IRBY SWEAZEA, b. 08 Apr 1914, Clay County, TX; d. 21 Jan 1979, Dallas County, TX.

More About BEN IRBY SWEAZEA:
Census 1: 1920, Clay County, TX, Precinct 5, ED 22, HH 28, Jan 9, 1920
Census 2: 1930, Clay County, TX, Precinct 4, ED 39-15, HH 7, April 2, 1930

vii. VETA MARIE SWEAZEA, b. 24 Oct 1915, Clay County, TX.

More About VETA MARIE SWEAZEA:
Census 1: 1920, Clay County, TX, Precinct 5, ED 22, HH 28, Jan 9, 1920
Census 2: 1930, Clay County, TX, Precinct 4, ED 39-15, HH 7, April 2, 1930

Children of ELBERT SWEAZEA and ONA MAYO are:
9. viii. JEFF ELBERT4 SWEAZEA, b. 15 Nov 1920, Clay County, TX; d. 25 Jan 1995, Kaufman County, TX.
ix. LOTTIE MAE SWEAZEA, b. 03 Jan 1925, Clay County, TX.

More About LOTTIE MAE SWEAZEA:
Census: 1930, Clay County, TX, Precinct 4, ED 39-15, HH 7, April 2, 1930

x. FINIS SWEAZEA, b. 19 Aug 1926, Clay County, TX; d. 27 Oct 1992, Tarrant County, TX.

More About FINIS SWEAZEA:
Census: 1930, Clay County, TX, Precinct 4, ED 39-15, HH 7, April 2, 1930

5. ODIE3 SWEAZEA (THOMAS FLINN2, MATHIAS1) was born 12 May 1887 in Texas, and died 24 Feb 1937 in Henrietta, Clay County, TX. She married PERRY CHILDS 19 May 1907 in Clay County, TX. He was born 17 Jun 1885 in Texas, and died 24 Jun 1950 in Henrietta, Clay County, TX.

More About ODIE SWEAZEA:
Census 1: 1900, Clay County, TX, Precinct 5, ED 16, HH 118, June 7, 1900
Census 2: 1920, Clay County, TX, Precinct 1, Henrietta, ED 17, HH 437, Jan 19, 1920

More About PERRY CHILDS:
Census: 1920, Clay County, TX, Precinct 1, Henrietta, ED 17, HH 437, Jan 19, 1920
Occupation: 1920, Mail Carrier

More About PERRY CHILDS and ODIE SWEAZEA:
Marriage: 19 May 1907, Clay County, TX

Children of ODIE SWEAZEA and PERRY CHILDS are:
10. i. THELMA BERNICE4 CHILDS, b. 05 Feb 1909, Clay County, TX.
ii. IRA DELMAR CHILDS, b. 01 Mar 1911, Clay County, TX; d. 21 Jul 1979, Hockley County, TX; m. JEWEL MAE PEMBROKE, 28 Jan 1935, Cooke County, TX; b. 21 Jun 1908, Cooke County, TX.

More About IRA DELMAR CHILDS:
Census: 1920, Clay County, TX, Precinct 1, Henrietta, ED 17, HH 437, Jan 19, 1920

More About IRA CHILDS and JEWEL PEMBROKE:
Marriage: 28 Jan 1935, Cooke County, TX

11. iii. HELEN WINONA CHILDS, b. 06 Jan 1913, Clay County, TX; d. 10 Aug 2002, Bell County, TX.
iv. DOROTHY MAE CHILDS, b. 14 Nov 1917, Clay County, TX; d. 18 Dec 1990, Odessa, Ector County, TX; m. BENTON SINCLAIR, 23 Sep 1933, Witchita County, TX; b. 19 Jul 1911, Texas; d. 21 Jul 1993, Odessa, Ector County, TX.

More About DOROTHY MAE CHILDS:
Census: 1920, Clay County, TX, Precinct 1, Henrietta, ED 17, HH 437, Jan 19, 1920

More About BENTON SINCLAIR and DOROTHY CHILDS:
Marriage: 23 Sep 1933, Witchita County, TX

6. BERTA3 SWEAZEA (THOMAS FLINN2, MATHIAS1) was born 04 Feb 1893 in Clay County, TX, and died 23 Apr 1971 in Clay County, TX. She married LINDSEY CALVIN CHILDS 09 Jan 1916 in Clay County, TX. He was born 12 Mar 1893 in Texas.

More About BERTA SWEAZEA:
Census 1: 1900, Clay County, TX, Precinct 5, ED 16, HH 118, June 7, 1900
Census 2: 1910, Clay County, TX, Precinct 5, ED 35, HH 23, April 19, 1930

More About LINDSEY CHILDS and BERTA SWEAZEA:
Marriage: 09 Jan 1916, Clay County, TX

Children of BERTA SWEAZEA and LINDSEY CHILDS are:
i. WILMA KATHRYN4 CHILDS, b. 26 Jan 1918, Clay County, TX.
ii. MELBA DORIS CHILDS, b. 06 Feb 1921, Clay County, TX.
iii. TOMMY ODELL CHILDS, b. 23 Jan 1923, Texas.

Generation No. 3

7. LOMA MAE4 SWEAZEA (JEFF3, THOMAS FLINN2, MATHIAS1) was born 21 Sep 1901 in Clay County, TX, and died 23 Sep 1990 in Benton, Saline County, Arkansas. She married THOMAS WETSEL 28 Sep 1919 in Clay County, TX. He was born 22 May 1900 in Texas, and died Bet. 1924 – 1930 in Clay County, TX.

More About LOMA MAE SWEAZEA:
Census: 1930, Clay County, TX, Bellevue, ED 39-12, HH 101, April 5, 1930

More About THOMAS WETSEL and LOMA SWEAZEA:
Marriage: 28 Sep 1919, Clay County, TX

Children of LOMA SWEAZEA and THOMAS WETSEL are:
i. JAMES5 WETSEL, b. 28 Jul 1920, Clay County, TX.

More About JAMES WETSEL:
Census: 1930, Clay County, TX, Bellevue, ED 39-12, HH 101, April 5, 1930

ii. THOMAS WETSEL, b. 09 Apr 1923, Clay County, TX; m. EDYTHE MEEK, 04 Feb 1947, Crane County, TX.

More About THOMAS WETSEL:
Census: 1930, Clay County, TX, Bellevue, ED 39-12, HH 101, April 5, 1930

More About THOMAS WETSEL and EDYTHE MEEK:
Marriage: 04 Feb 1947, Crane County, TX

iii. EDITH MARGARET WETSEL, b. 06 Mar 1925, Clay County, TX; m. WILLIAM JEFFERSON, 17 Sep 1948, Tarrant County, TX.

More About EDITH MARGARET WETSEL:
Census: 1930, Clay County, TX, Bellevue, ED 39-12, HH 101, April 5, 1930

More About WILLIAM JEFFERSON and EDITH WETSEL:
Marriage: 17 Sep 1948, Tarrant County, TX

iv. DORIS WETSEL, b. 02 Feb 1929, Clay County, TX; d. Nov 1929, Clay County, TX.

8. EDITH SUSIE4 SWEAZEA (JEFF3, THOMAS FLINN2, MATHIAS1) was born 19 Oct 1902 in Clay County, TX, and died 08 Sep 1965 in Dallas County, TX. She married WILLIAM KITCHENS 03 Jan 1925 in Washington, D.C.. He was born 02 Oct 1883 in Texas.

More About EDITH SUSIE SWEAZEA:
Census: 1920, Clay County, TX, Precinct 5, ED 22, HH 26, Jan 9, 1920

More About WILLIAM KITCHENS and EDITH SWEAZEA:
Marriage: 03 Jan 1925, Washington, D.C.

Child of EDITH SWEAZEA and WILLIAM KITCHENS is:
i. PEGGY5 KITCHENS, b. 09 Feb 1926; m. THOMAS CHRISTIAN.

9. JEFF ELBERT4 SWEAZEA (ELBERT3, THOMAS FLINN2, MATHIAS1) was born 15 Nov 1920 in Clay County, TX, and died 25 Jan 1995 in Kaufman County, TX. He married LORENE BELL DARR in Kaufman County, TX. She was born 05 Oct 1915 in Nevada, Texas, and died 18 Aug 2004 in Kaufman County, TX.

More About JEFF ELBERT SWEAZEA:
Census: 1930, Clay County, TX, Precinct 4, ED 39-15, HH 7, April 2, 1930

Notes for LORENE BELL DARR:
Obituary, The Terrell tribune

LORENE SWEAZEA

Loren Bell Sweazea was born in Nevada, Texas on October 5, 1915 to Clyde N. and Daisy Shoman Darr and had lived most of her life in Terrell where she graduated from Terrell High School. Mrs. Sweazea was a homemaker and a longtime member of Poetry Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jeff E. Sweazea and is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Jeff and Marjorie Sweazea and Bill and Sandy Sweazea, all of Terrell; her sister, Pauline Stoy of Kaufman; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held in the Chapel of Goggans Funeral Home in Terrell at 2 p.m., Saturday, August 21, 2004, with the Rev. Fred Heath and the Rev. Dewayne Ply officiating and interment will follow at Campground Cemetery in Poetry Community. Visitation with the Sweazea family is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, August 20 at Goggans Funeral Home.

More About JEFF SWEAZEA and LORENE DARR:
Marriage: Kaufman County, TX

Children of JEFF SWEAZEA and LORENE DARR are:
i. JEFF5 SWEAZEA.
ii. BILL SWEAZEA.

10. THELMA BERNICE4 CHILDS (ODIE3 SWEAZEA, THOMAS FLINN2, MATHIAS1) was born 05 Feb 1909 in Clay County, TX. She married ROGER HENRY HICKEY 23 Dec 1924. He was born 04 Mar 1903.

More About THELMA BERNICE CHILDS:
Census: 1920, Clay County, TX, Precinct 1, Henrietta, ED 17, HH 437, Jan 19, 1920

More About ROGER HICKEY and THELMA CHILDS:
Marriage: 23 Dec 1924

Children of THELMA CHILDS and ROGER HICKEY are:
i. ROGER HENRY5 HICKEY, JR., b. 01 Oct 1925, Texas.
ii. RUTH HICKEY, b. 25 Dec 1926, Texas.

11. HELEN WINONA4 CHILDS (ODIE3 SWEAZEA, THOMAS FLINN2, MATHIAS1) was born 06 Jan 1913 in Clay County, TX, and died 10 Aug 2002 in Bell County, TX. She married ARTHUR FREEMAN LAIN 25 Nov 1928 in Clay County, TX. He was born 25 Sep 1908 in Texas, and died 11 Dec 1967 in Randall County, TX.

More About HELEN WINONA CHILDS:
Census: 1920, Clay County, TX, Precinct 1, Henrietta, ED 17, HH 437, Jan 19, 1920

More About ARTHUR LAIN and HELEN CHILDS:
Marriage: 25 Nov 1928, Clay County, TX

Child of HELEN CHILDS and ARTHUR LAIN is:
i. DOROTHY SUE5 LAIN, b. 19 Nov 1934, Clay County, TX.

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