• Photo by Roxanne Thompson/The Groesbeck Journal
    Ten descendants of some of Limestone County’s first residents were recognized at the Oct. 24 commissioners court meeting, gathering on the steps of the courthouse after the ceremony at the meeting. Those recognized were Teresa Stafford Penny, Eddie Durham, Denise Wilson Pike, Geri O’Docharty, Vickie L. Box, W. Lamont Brown, William Franklin Reagan, Jimmy Lewis Stafford, Thomas Earl Hawkins and Shelly Elizabeth Richardson-Burnash.

Limestone County’s first families recognized

Staff Report

Ten descendants of Limestone County’s first families were recognized at commissioners court’s Oct. 24 meeting.

The presentation was part of the County Historical Commission’s First Families Program. Anyone who can verify they are a descendant of someone who lived in Limestone County during its first 50 years of existence, that is, from before or during 1896, the 50th anniversary of the county, is eligible to be so recognized and presented a certificate confirming their status.

County Historical Commission Vice President Linda Jordan presented a certificate to each of the descendants present after naming the ancestor and relating genealogical details that had been confirmed. Jordan briefly introduced the program, and told those present that the project is ongoing and applications are available  on the Limestone County Historical Commission website:  www.limestonechc.com. Those honored at the Oct. 24 meeting included these:

• Teresa Stafford Penny was recognized for her ancestor Eunice Jane Aarons Morris, who is Penny’s fourth-great grandmother. Eunice was born in 1844 in Louisiana, married Henry F. Morris in 1861 and they came to Limestone County before 1880. Their daughter Mildred married Hardy Andrew Moody in Limestone in 1895. Eunice continued to live in Limestone County until her husband’s death which was sometime after 1905.

• Eddie Durham was recognized for his ancestor Andrew Lewis Durham, who was born in 1853 in Georgia. He was living in Limestone County as early as 1877 based on his marriage to Katie Louise Bell. The couple lived and raised their children in the Thornton area. Andrew died in 1919 and is buried in the Thornton Cemetery with his wife.

• Denise Wilson Pike was recognized for her ancestor Sophia Williams McDaniel, who was born about 1805 in Georgia and married Allen McDaniel in 1825. She was a widow with nine children prior to 1850. In 1852, she and her children, four of whom were adult sons, traveled by wagon train to Texas, where she purchased 200 acres in the Eutaw area. Sophia died in 1867 and is buried at Eutaw Cemetery. 

• Geri O’Docharty was recognized for ancestors George W. Fullen and John Bishop. Fullen was born in 1831 in Indiana and married Louisa McCallister in 1854 in Robertson County. In 1850, George was working as a farm laborer in Precinct 1 and in 1870 the couple was living in Oletha. By 1880, George and Louisa had their own farm and were raising six sons. One of those sons, Silas, had a daughter Myrtie, who married Lafayette Bishop, and they are Jerri’s parents.  John Bishop, was born in 1843 in Alabama and arrived in Limestone County in 1869 after serving in the Confederate Army. He married Martha Easterling and had his first child in 1871. Later, John married Isabella in 1872-73. The couple had seven children and lived in the Farrar community. John was appointed Postmaster for Farrar in 1883.

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