Terry Mason's Family History Site

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Selected Families and Individuals


David Fox

BIOGRAPHY: E-mail from Sherry Isbell Fox to T.Mason on 23 Jun 2001. EXTRACT: Family history says that David Fox came down the Mississippi River bringing goods in 1830. He married Eliza Ann Dean ; they had one child, Jesse F. Fox (named after her father, Jesse Dean). David drowned in 1832!

Eliza Ann Dean

BIBILOGRAPHY: See notes under her second husband.

BIRTH: In 1880 census birthplace is listed as Georgia

DEATH: Date of 1883 is unsubstantiated. It would be of worth to find her gravesite and see if there is a date on her tombstone. In the biographical sketch for William Henry Fenter in the "The Fenter Family - An American Frontier Experience" by Edgar Hugh Williams, Jr." it says, "The exact date of Eliza Fenter's death is unknown, however, it is most likely that she was buried in the Fenter Cemetery on the Lindsey Ranch in Jack County, Texas."

There is an entry in the Oakwood cemetery, Jacksboro, for an Eliza Fenter 67 years 1883 which would make the birth year correct with this Eliza.

Jesse Dean

of Hot Springs County, Arkansas

The following information found on web site on 5Feb2002. [HYPERLINK http://www.fortunecity.com/tinpan/nirvana/621/henson.html ] COPY: The older Jesse Dean arrived in 1811 in the land south of the Caddo River, bounded on the west by the Indian Territory, in the Arkadelphia area. This became Clark County, known early as Arkansas County of Missouri Territory. He reportedly received land grants for service in the Indian Wars. This was very sparsely settled land. In the late 1820's a large contingent of citizens gathered in what was loosely called Miller County in Arkansas, near the Red River. When the group became large enough and when political conditions were satisfactory, this contingent planned to move southward into Texas as one of Stephen F. Austin's colonies. 1830 saw this move.

His sons Asa, Jesse, and Edward Dean came to Texas between 1830 and March 4, 1836. Asa's land grant file in the Texas General Land Office Archives reads that he arrived in Texas October 28, 1835. Another son, Levi Dean, came a bit later, probably between 1835 and 1837. However, they all hit it right and received large land grants. The first census of the Republic of Texas, taken in 1840, shows them prospering in Red River County:

-Asa Dean was taxed on 2,000 acres and 4 work horses.
-Jesse Dean was taxed on 6 slaves, 25 head of cattle, 3 horses, and $4,605 worth of property.
-Levi Dean was taxed on 1,280 acres, 3 slaves, and a wood clock.
-Edward M. Dean taxed on 3,728 acres, 7 slaves, and 10 head of cattle.
-Willis Dean taxed on $100 at interest and 4,605 acres

The family had been in Jacksboro (Jack City) for about eight years when Joseph's son Asa (Ace) met and married, in 1865, Julian Ann Dean Jay who came from Paris, Red River County, Texas with several of her relatives, and her one year old son George Seman Jay in late 1860 or 1861. There are Confederate muster cards for "the Red River Dixie Boys" of Red River County for Joseph M., Jesse C., and George W. Jay. Jessee was twenty-eight years old in 1861. Jessee and Julia Ann Dean married in Lamar County just west of Red River County in 1855. Family tradition reads that Jessee was away in the War and presumed dead at the time Julia and her son came west to Jack County about 1861. Others feel that they were divorced shortly after the birth of Julia's son George. Julia waited the prescribed seven years for her first husband to be declared legally dead before marrying Asa.

Julia's father, Asa Dean had died about 1844 and her mother, Susan, married Jesse Jay's father, George Seman Jay, indicating a close family relationship. One of the children of George and Susan was Susan Jay who went on to become the wife of Ira Cooper who settled on a ranch in Jack County. She was Julia's half-sister.

At their marriage, Ace Henson was a nineteen year old frontiersman and Julia was about thirty years old and a mother, born in 1836 on the Red River near Clarksville, the oldest American settlement in Texas.

The Clarksville, Texas newspaper 'The Northern Standard' of February 1843 has the following excerpts of interest to these times:
"The money market in New Orleans quotes coined dollars and half dollars at par; smaller coinage slightly discounted; and gold coinage (sovereigns, Spanish doubloons, and Patriot doubloons) at roughly $16.60; and various discounted values for banknotes issued by 31 U.S. Banks." "An elderly lady in her eighties dies of shock from the delusion of 'Millerism' as she views the flames of the conflagration at Cambridge, Massachusetts and the reflections in the clouds. She shrieks 'it is the end of the world!'" "10,000 acres of farm land for sale. Cash or negroes."

An Austin newspaper of August 1842 has these excerpts of interest to these times: "Houston is moving the seat of government! This leaves us open to Indian depredations. Nearly half the population of Bastrop and Travis are preparing to depart for the U.S. and other parts of Texas. There is no money in circulation." (This attempted move from Austin to Washington on the Brazos was caused by the abruptly renewed presence of Mexican soldiers in the Mission city of San Antonio. The proposed relocation was thwarted by the 650 residents of Austin.)

The lure of the frontier continued and the area around the SW corner of Arkansas was a hotbed of emotion relative to secession from the Union. Arkansas was to have the dubious privilege of two governments (both Union and Confederate) at the same time. There was a group where the Deans lived who called themselves the 'Red River Dixie Boys'. Julia married Jessee Jay in Lamar County in 1855 where they had one child , George S. Jay, born in 1859. Family tradition reads that Jessee Jay was missing and presumed dead in 1860. Other sources believe there was a divorce. Whatever the reason, in late 1860 Julia Ann kept the name Jay and put herself and son George Jay in a wagon with her brother James and his new wife, and aunt Eliza to come to Jack County, Texas, far from the pressures of civilization as they knew it.

Against the strong wishes of its president Sam Houston and many of the people on the frontier, Texas was still of an independent spirit and opted to secede from the Union. Julia Dean Henson told the story of soldiers rummaging through her household, taking everything they could including the last needles and thread. The Texas Brigade distinguished itself in Virginia during the War Between the States. These efforts depleted the manpower available to defend and develop the Texas frontier. Even those with no strong feelings for the Confederacy moved to organize with the 'Confederate Texas Frontier Rangers'. G. A. Dean, George Dean, J. A. Dean, and Levi Dean were listed on Frontier Ranger muster rolls for this region. Asa L., J.F., Joseph, W. M., and William S. Henson were also on these muster rolls to defend their families.

The frontier homesteads were in severe jeopardy and in some areas the frontier moved back as much as a hundred miles during 1861-1866. The 'History of Jack County' could be a background for many a 'Western Tale'.