Posted By:Elizabeth Allway
Subject:Professor Elijah Clarence Wade late 1800's to early 1900's
Post Date:April 06, 2007 at 20:09:47
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Forum:Ward County, TX Genealogy Forum
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Does anyone have any information about Elijah Clarence Wade. He and his wife were teachers in Grandfalls, Texas in the late 1800's to early 1900's. Elijah was my great-grandfather. He was killed by a man named M.H. (Jake) Kimberlain. After Elijah's death, his wife and three children went back to Mississippi in early March, 1904. I traveled to Grandfalls about four years ago and was introduced to Eleanor Eudaly. She remembered a woman who lived to be 101 years old and claimed, late in her life, to have overheard the argument between Elijah and Jake Kimberlain and to have witnessed the murder of Professor Wade. She had not come forward earlier because she was afraid. Elijah Wade lived in a house that was previously owned by a Danish farmer named Larsen. After Professor Wade died, a William Aaron Estes lived there. He and his wife raised eight children in the house. It was called the "Old Nest". When W.A. Estes died, the old house was abandoned. It was next owned by Russell Williams. We think we were able to find the spot (or close to it) where my great-grandfather lived and died - thanks to Eleanor Eudaly. I feel an attachment to Grandfalls since visiting there and I would love to visit again some day. If anyone has anything to add to what I already have found, please let me know.