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Re: John & Margaret Reader Despain
Posted by: Dianne Erwin (ID *****4791) Date: March 11, 2007 at 11:56:44
In Reply to: Re: John & Margaret Reader Despain by Kathy Duncan of 522


I ran across the pictures I took of Cathy's quilt at the quilt show just this past week.

Isn't it strange how we seem to connect to others? I've found I have connections to 3 people in the school system where I teach. One I have been really good friends with for over 30 years and never had an idea that we might have common ancestors.

I --or really my husband--connect to the DeSpain line thru one of his gg-aunts, Margaret Missouri Erwin Day DeSpain. She was the sister of Tim's g-grandfather. Her marriage to Benjamin Lynn DeSpain was her second marriage, after the death of her first husband. I have found some interesting connections with the Erwin, DeSpain, and Crisp families and also with David Crockett.

Tim's Erwin gg-grandparents, Samuel A. Erwin and Sarah Rodgers Crisp were married in Lawrence Co., TN by Crockett in 1819. According to family legend, Crockett lived with the Mansel Crisp family while he was in TN. The Erwin family came to TX and settled in what became Honey Grove, Fannin Co., TX after hearing about the area in a letter send by Crockett back to TN.

I have read that Crockett was the leader of the wagon train that the DeSpain's were in coming to Texas, but that they were taking too long--or some such thing--so he came on without them. Not sure about where I read that or the accuracy.

Anyway, the Crisps and the Matthews and the DeSpains--who all connect by marriage--ended up in Hopkins Co. I would like to find out more on them.

This is what I have in FTM on the DeSpain line. I have some information in paper form that deals with Benj. DeSpain and his family. Since it's a distant line, I haven't worked much on the rest of the line, but I do have contact with some DeSpain researchers that I can give you.

Descendants of Marshall DeSpain

Generation No. 1

1. MARSHALL1 DESPAIN was born Abt. 1773 in Montgomery Co., VA. He married RACHEL E. LYNN 08 Jan 1799 in Greene Co., KY, daughter of BENJAMIN LYNN and HANNAH SEVERNS. She was born Abt. 1782 in KY, and died in TX.


1809 Census for Madison Co, Mississippi Territory [Madison Co, AL today]

Joseph Mathews
Walter Mathews
Redden Crisp
William Crisp

These are all people who went on to Hopkins Co, TX.

Also in the 1820 Franklin Co, AL census, Edley Ewing had 7 slaves and Marshall Despain had 6. This would have made them two of the richer families in the county. By comparison, Marshall's brother, Solomon, and his 2 nephews had none.
Madison Co., MS Territory, January 1809
Redden Crisp
William Crisp
James Crisp
Walter Mathews
Joseph Mathews

List of Taxable property Madison Co, MS Territory, 19 Jul 1810
John Chisholm
William Crisp
Benjamin Linn
Joseph Mathews
Walter Mathews
Marshall D. Spain

As Marshall D. Spain, Benjamin Lynn and John Chisholm are not on the Jan 1809 census, but are on the 19 Jul 1810 tax list it can be assumed that they arrived in AL between these dates.

Ephraim D. Moore is on Solomon Andrew D. Spain and Marshall D. Spain's marriage certificates. Joseph Matthews is on John D. Spain's.

Chuck Despain

Restoration messages reach many Valley area pioneers

By Melanie B. Smith
DAILY Religion Writer • 340-2468

One of the founders of the Restoration Movement preached in Limestone County during pioneer days, but it wasn't to a group of settlers. Barton Stone of Paris, Ky., preached three sermons to a group of Indians living near what is now Brown's Ferry Nuclear Plant.
According to Wayne Kilpatrick of Florence, who has researched the movement for three decades, Stone was a frontier man who knew Cherokee and other Indian languages.
Stone came to the Ripley community to help his niece, whose husband was killed in 1839 building canals around shoals on the Tennessee River, said Kilpatrick, history teacher at Heritage Christian University in Florence.
Sermons handwritten
Copies of Stone's sermons, written out phonetically, survive. The preacher's family donated the handwritten sermons and other materials to the Disciples of Christ Historical Society in Nashville.
Kilpatrick wrote four articles for a new "Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement."
The Restoration Movement's start in North Alabama didn't come with visits by Stone or Alexander Campbell or even their followers, according to Kilpatrick.
Some early church starters taught beliefs that were similar to those of Stone and Campbell's, but pre-dated their spread into the Tennessee Valley, the historian said.
Kilpatrick said two men founded a Bridgeport church, Rocky Springs Church of Christ, in 1810, years before followers of the Movement came to Alabama.
The men came from a congregation near Viola, Tenn., started by settlers from different Christian backgrounds who put aside doctrinal differences to organize. They decided to just use the Bible, he said.
That idea is a key one of the movement, and when members of the congregation came into contact with the teachings, they "realized they all believed the same thing," Kilpatrick said.
Spreading beliefs
Meanwhile, also about 1810, Benjamin Lynn, along with his daughters and their husbands, settled in Huntsville. Lynn built a meeting house on the farm of his son-in-law, John Chisholm, and practiced some of the same principles of the movement, again without contact with it, Kilpatrick said.
The historian said he read in an obituary of a Texas woman of her baptism by Lynn in 1812.
Lynn died in 1814, and the Chisholms moved near Florence where they started Stony Point Church of Christ, which still survives. Lynn's other daughter and husband moved to Waterloo in Lauderdale County and started a church that survived until 1835 and then disappeared. The Waterloo group ordered 300 songbooks from Stone in 1830, so they were thriving, Kilpatrick said.
Historical journal
The historian said he learned from reading a journal kept by a schoolteacher and preserved at Texas Christian University what happened: The entire congregation moved near present-day Clarksville, Texas, after Mexicans were driven out of the area.
An early major mover in the movement in North Alabama was B.F. Hall of Harrodsburg, Ky. He was influenced by Campbell, but trained by Stone, said Kilpatrick.
Hall would preach in camp meetings in Rocky Springs, then travel across the Valley, preaching in Limestone County and in the Florence area. Other men who spread the movement in North Alabama included James Anderson, Tolbert Fanning, James Matthews, Elisha Randolph, James Young and Ephraim Moore.
"There is a legend that Alexander Campbell preached in North Alabama, but he did not," Kilpatrick said.
Campbell kept meticulous records and never mentioned visiting Alabama, said the historian.
Crockett McDonald started the church in Moulton in 1826, making it the oldest in Lawrence County, Kilpatrick said. The church was named Moulton Christian Church for many years, said associate minister Michael Strickland.
Preached at courthouse
John Hardin, 89, who wrote a church history, said McDonald first preached at the courthouse. The first building that he found records for was bought from Methodists and a second one from Presbyterians. His wife, Erline, also 89, recalled worshipping in that second building.
"Good men kept it going," Hardin said of the congregation's survival.
The congregation at Mooresville, where President James Garfield is supposed to have preached, started as a house group in the home of J.H. Hundley about 1836, according to Kilpatrick.
That was the oldest continuous congregation in Limestone County until a few years ago when it stopped holding meetings.
Cedar Plains Christian Church at Massey got its start in 1837. It is the oldest existing Christian (Disciples of Christ) church in Alabama, said the Rev. James H. Henderson of Hartselle. Early records of the church burned in a house fire in 1890, but family Bibles show baptisms in 1837.
Hundreds of Tennessee Valley Churches of Christ, plus independent Christian and Disciples of Christ congregations, are the legacy of the Restoration Movement.
201 1st Ave. SE
P.O. Box 2213
Decatur, Ala. 35609

Notes for RACHEL E. LYNN:
This is from the TCU magazine for Spring 2001:

She made her mark

Give TCU's cofounders credit where due, but without Rachel Lynn DeSpain, the University might never have begun
By Carmen Goldthwaite '66 (MEd '72)

Fifty-six-year-old widow Rachel Lynn DeSpain climbed from the buckboard at Pecan Point and set her first footprint on Mexican Texas soil in January of 1836.
The mother of nine carried her grief in silence "to the Lord." She had buried a daughter beside the trail, victim of snakebite. Anticipation of joining her sister and another daughter and son kept her headed west.
Another son -- the namesake of Rachel's father, Benjamin Linn, a Revolutionary War scout, Indian fighter and longbow-hunter turned preacher -- led the 156-member wagon train. Davy Crockett had pointed them west from Alabama, but left early, fearful he would miss the fight brewing between Texas and Mexico. Crockett was impatient with this "church on horseback," a community of Christians descended from French Huguenots.
They did not travel on the Sabbath. Benjamin Linn DeSpain, a preacher like his grandfather, practiced what Rachel had instilled. They worshipped God on Sundays. Shaking dust from her apron, Rachel suggested they "celebrate the Lord."
An oak stump draped with a buffalo hide served for a pulpit. Setting up the large white tents, their homes for winter, could wait. Hunters supplied game, and Rachel supervised meals at the communal fire. After supper she would sit on a barrel, tap her feet and clap to "happy tunes that make me feel good." Her warm, ringing laughter thawed Texas' wet and bitter winter.
By March though, a chill pervaded. A rider brought word of her son Randolph's death at the massacre at Goliad. By late spring when lush green prairie grass along the Jonesborough bluff rose "saddle skirt" high, the Texians had won at San Jacinto. Rachel buried her grief. Her family turned south. Near Nacogdoches, she and her youngest, Hettie, 12, moved into a log house.
The Republic of Texas granted Rachel her headright, 1280 acres, in 1838. She made her "mark" on the deed with an "X" because, she said, "Us girls didn't go to school; boys did during winter. Our chores, cooking, cleaning, spinning went on all year."
She would be the last woman in the DeSpain family left out of schooling. "We raise the little onesÉwe need to teach them right," she said, and that meant reading, writing, ciphering, understanding the "Lord's word so we know how to conduct our lives."
Candles in the window, lanterns glowing, pine smoke curling from the chimney and a well-laden table beckoned family, friends and sojourners, especially circuit-riding preachers. After dinner, Hettie played the piano and sang while Rachel rocked in rhythm with the hymns.
One day, a traveler on his way east stopped in. He acquired office space and a room from Rachel and enjoyed her hospitality. But it was Hettie's beauty, music and challenging mind that altered Joseph Addison Clark's plans. He and Esther "Hettie" DeSpain married in 1842.
Enchanted by the good nature and laughter in Rachel's home, his skeptic's view of religion was challenged by Rachel's practices of kindness and acceptance. Joe Clark studied and was baptized, attracted to the faith by his mother-in-law, her home a center for this band of Christians.
When he and Hettie moved on, Rachel moved with them. Over the years, she gathered more land. She received 960 acres, Randolph's "bounty" for serving the Republic of Texas, and when a "good deal" was offered, she sold and bought more, making her "mark" once more. By the time Texas was a state, she owned parcels in Grayson, Fannin and Hopkins counties. Impressed with Joe Clark and his "newspapering,"
Rachel loved and respected him. She wanted Hettie to "keep up," so she tended their toddlers, Addison and Randolph, while Hettie went east to seminary. Coming home the next year, Hettie advertised in the newspaper as a "femme seule" (a woman declaring herself legally responsible for her business matters), bought a piano and began a seminary for girls in Palestine.
Years later, Randolph wrote of his family: "blessed with a mother and a grandmotherÉ Esther and Rachel, and the unfeigned faith that dwelt in themÉlearned that God is an ever-loving FatherÉthe world and all things, even the commonplaceÉbelong to HimÉpeople must be about the Father's work."
Horse trader, homemaker, independent woman of strong and joyful faith, shy on education but not of common sense, Rachel and her footprints led from the Red River to the Sabine and Trinity rivers. Her legacy included love, joy, faith, a zeal for education and land that would be brokered to begin a coed school in 1873.
Rachel did not live to hold her great grandson, AddRan Clark, for whom TCU was first named -- AddRan Male and Female College. Rachel's spunk fell to numerous DeSpains who pioneered, "preached and taught."
All of the women descended from Rachel have been educated well, although I am the first of the DeSpain line -- a great, great, great granddaughter -- to attend TCU.

Carmen Goldthwaite is a Fort Worth freelance writer. Her essay about Rachel Lynn DeSpain, she said, comes from "a wealth of family stories from a strong oral tradition, diaries, family Bibles and letters." Additionial sources include: genealogical tracts of the DeSpain Log, Reminiscences of Randolph Clark; Thank God We Made It, by Joseph L. Clark; Colby D. Hall's A Fruitful Huguenot Strain through the DeSpain Family; Albert B. Shankland's Benjamin Linn, Indian Fighter-Hunter-Scout-Preacher; H.L. Waldrop's Wagons and Wit; Anglo-American Activities in Northeast Texas, 1803-1845 by Rex Strickland; Heroes of the Saddlebags by Jesse G. Smith; land records from the original Red River County and Nacogdoches County courthouses, military records and state archives.

Ruth Fish who is also a descendant has some differences with this article. She sent me a copy of the article.

Benjamin Lynn

       Per "A collection of Green County history", compiled by Kate Powell Evans in 1976, Benjamin Lynn led one of the first group of white men of record to visit LaRue County. They came from Harrodsburg KY. He was b. ca 1750, left his brothers when they settled in Monogahela in 1769 and went "west" living with Indians. Lived with Shawnee and Delaware Indians for a period of seven years. He and a companion named Clark helped build the fort, later called Harrodsburg, the first known attempt at settlement in KY, then went to PA, but apparently returned soon. A skirmich with the Indians occurred at the Forst 7 Mar 1777 and Benjamin Lynn killed and scalped the first Indian killed in KY. on 9 Jul 1777, Benjamin Lynn m. Hannah Severn, a sister of an early Hardin county settler, John Severn. Hannah, her mother and several brothers and sisters had been captured by Indians in the French and Indian War but had been returned to their people. The wedding at Harrod's Fort was the first to occur in KY and "doubtless the ceremony was performed by Squire Boone, brother of Daniel." Lynn and his bride returned to PA and were probably there in 1778 when Gen. Clark appointed Lyn to raise a company of soldiers. In 1779 Benjamin Lynn became the first man to own property in what is now LaRue County by claiming by right to settlement and reemption [sic] of 1,400 aces that included the Indian mound and the area now covered by Hodgenville. After converting to a new religion called the "New Light", He and Preacher Elkin "Laid on hands" and denounced slavery in KY cabin meetings. He lived at Greensburg for several years where he performed the marriage ceremonies for three of his dauaghaters; he performed hundreds of such ceremonies in Green and Nelson counties. On Dec 23, 1814, Ben Lynn died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Chisholm in Madison County, AL, near Huntsville and is bur. in the Christian Church burial ground there.
       More info is there as to his activities and places named after him. Sources gave The Draper papers, Collins History Vol. II, John Chisholm, the diary of George Rogers Clark, the Mather Papers, Filson Club bulletins on the Lynns, and others.
       This particular articles does not give any other names of his children. He had a brother Wilburn and a sistger Nancy Elizabeth who m. William Graham.


Rachel is suppose to have died in 1867 Cleburne, Johnson Co, TX

Chuck Despain

I have this marriage record somewhere....
2.       i.       DR. BENJAMIN LYNN2 DESPAIN, b. 1815, KY; d. Bef. 1880, TX.
       ii.       RANDOLPH DESPAIN.


Notes from an
Unfinished Study of

Fannin and His Men

with biographical sketches

by Harbert Davenport, 1936


Edited by H. David Maxey, 2002

SPAIN, RANDOLPH T.       Private
[Ed: Randolph DeSpain in Davenport's "The Men of Goliad"; Randolph "D. Spain" elsewhere in this manuscript]
Age       Burke's Company

Spain's name appears on Llewellyn's muster roll, and not on Burke's, but he is listed both by Dr. Barnard and on the T&TR roll as one of Burke's men who was massacred on March 27th. The explanation seems to be that Spain, Reed and Gatlin of Llewellyn's Company escaped together from Grant's defeat at Agua Dulce, joined Burke's company at Goliad, and shared its fate.

Goliad Bounty & Donation Land Grants

Thomas Lloyd Miller, 1967

Spain, Randolph D. *(BD) Gol-d Delta, Hopkins

The Telegraph and Texas Register Roll
Names in Alphabetical Order (469 names)
This list of names on the 1936 Telegraph and Texas Register roll of Fannin's men is from the Texas Almanac for 1860, pp. 88-91, reprinted from a clipping supplied, with other information, by Captain John C. P. Kennymore, a Fannin survivor who was later an officer in the Army of the Republic of Texas.

Spain, Randolph T. Burke's Co.

Mobile Grays.
David N. Burke Capt., on furlough; J. B. Manomy, 2d Lieut.; James Kelly, Ord. Sergt., H. D. Ripley, Sergt.; Privates Kneeland Taylor, Chas. B. Jennings, P. T. Kissam, John Richards, Orlando Wheeler, John D. Cunningham, Wm. Rosenbury,$ Wm. McMurray, Alvin E. White,$ John Chew, M. P. King, Jacob Coleman, W. P. Wood, Wm. Stephens, Peter Mattern, Herman Ehrenberg,* Conrad Egenour, G. F. Courtman, Jos. H. Sphon,$ Thos. Kemp,* N. J. Dwenny,* James Reid, Wm. Hunter, M. G. Frazier, S. M. Edwards, Wm. J. Green, A. Swords, Z. O'Neil, Chas. Linley, Wm. Gatlin, Randolph T. Spain.

       iii.       HETTIE LYNN DESPAIN, m. CLARK.

Generation No. 2

2. DR. BENJAMIN LYNN2 DESPAIN (MARSHALL1) was born 1815 in KY, and died Bef. 1880 in TX. He married (1) MATILDA LONG 25 Oct 1840 in Nelson Co., KY. She was born in KY, and died Bef. 1850 in KY. He married (2) REBECCA G. BAILEY 12 Jul 1850 in Boyle Co., KY. She was born Abt. 1826 in KY. He married (3) MARGARET MISSOURI ERWIN 15 Jun 1854 in Fannin Co., TX, daughter of SAMUEL ERWIN and SARAH CRISP. She was born 06 Jan 1829 in Somerville, Fayette Co, TN, and died Aft. 1900 in TX.


In 1846 Benjamin Lynn DeSpain was Minister to the Church of Christ (the division between the present-day Church of Christ and the Disciples of Christ had not yet taken place) in Jackson, LA, and was also teaching at the Jackson Academy. "Dr. James Shannon was a noted educator of his day and a leader among the ministers of the Church of Christ, active in the movement for religious unity. Subsequently to his tenure as head of Jackson Academy he served as president of Bacon College at Georgetown, Kentucky, and after that as president of the University of Kentucky." (by Dr. Joseph Lynn Clark).

Probably her brother's being there is why the family encouraged Hettie DeSpain Clark to leave Addison, 4 1/2, and Randolph, 2, in the care of mom Rachel DeSpain (who was already living with the Clarks), and go to school in Jackson for a while. Big brother was twenty years older than Hettie (Esther).

Extremely liberated for that day and age!

I learned a lesson in dealing with the will of Marshall DeSpain. The typescript of it that I ordered named Hettie as his "inferred daughter." Was there doubt about her paternity?!! So I ordered a print of the original. The handwritten will plainly said "infant daughter." She was nine months old at the time of Marshall's death. Instead of wondering what a "tallow" crop might be, I could read "cotton" crop. Read the original carefully. No wonder there are errors in genealogy!

Carmen Goldthwaite went out on a limb when she stated in her article that she was the first descendant to go to TCU. How could she know? I, for one, went to TCU and I imagine I'm older than she is. I tried to get in touch with her through the office of the TCU Magazine. Either they didn't forward my letter to her or she didn't respond. She seems to have an unlisted number and a PO Box that I don't know.

103 Centre
Hereford, TX 7904

1870 Fannin Co., TX Census

Schedule 1, Precinct 4, Town of Honey Grove
page 9; taken Oct 26, 1870
Household 49/49
Samuel Erwin Farmer 38, male white b. Mo. personal property val. $10,000, real estate $3000 (Brother of Missouri DeSpain)
Elizabeth 35 f. w. b. Ill
Mary 17 f w b. Tex
John 14 m w b. Tex
Missouri 12 f w Tex
William 9 m w Tex
Nancy 6 f w Tex
Evie 4 f w Tex
Sarah 16 f w Tex
Missouri DeSpain 40 f w b. Mo
Benjamin " 55 m w b. Ky
Edgar Moores 20 m w b. Fla
Joseph Day 13 m ( say m for mulatto??) b. Tex (Don't know his parents)

This is in p. 106 of Frances Terry Ingmire's 1870 Fannin County Census

Sent by Susan Hawkins
Fannin Co. GenWeb

This info is from Patti:

MARSHALL DeSPAIN was born ca 1779 in Meadow Creek, Montgomery Co., VA. He died on Jan. 4, 1825 in Lauderdale Co., Alabama.

He was married to Rachel Lynn (daughter of Benjamin Lynn and Hanna Severns/Soverigns) on Jan. 8, 1799 in Green Co., Kentucky. Rachel Lynn was born about 1782. She died in Cleburne, Johnson Co., Texas. Marshall DeSpain and Rachel Lynn had the following children:

Soloman Andrew
Benjamin Lynn DeSpain
John D.
William (K/R)
Esther (Hettie)

NOTE: RACHEL LYNN DeSPAIN'S FATHER BENJAMIN LYNN was known as The Preacher of Kentucky. There are many historical references to him in Kentucky historical books.......

BENJAMIN LYNN DeSPAIN: was born ca 1815 in Kentucky.

Benjamin Lynn DeSpain married to Matilda Long on Oct. 25, 1840 in Nelson Co., KY. They had the following children:
Alonzo Lynn and Laura E.

Benjamin Lynn DeSpain also married Rebecca G. Bailey on July 12, 1850 Boyle Co., KY and a woman named Missouri Day on June 15, 1854 in Charlotte, Va.

Hopkins Co, TX Deed Book K page 286

Benjamin L. D'Spain to B. H. Dodson for the sum of $160 a parcel of land on the Sulphur Fork containing 160 acres per patent 162, vol 13 issued to the heirs of Randolph D'Spain March 1, 1867. Benjamin confirmed the sale on 12 Dec. 1868 and signed B. L. D'Spain

All of the Despains except Benjamin [older brother of Marshall] moved to Green Co, KY in the 1790s. Benjamin went to Greenville Co, SC. His descendents are mostly in GA and AL and use the Dispain or Disspain spelling. Peter, James Scott, Charlotte & Temperence stayed to Green Co, KY. There are still many descendents there. Marshall, John & Solomon went south about 1810/12. In 1820 Marshall & Solomon are in Franklin Co, AL and John is in close by Lincoln Co, TN. About 1822 Marshall's nephew, Solomon, joined them in AL. [ Not everyone will agree with this.] Marshall was a very successful farmer and minister. He was the driving force behind the church @ Waterloo, AL. With his death in 1825 the clan began to break up. By 1830 brother Solomon was in Shelby Co, TN and John and part of Solomon's family were in McAiry Co, TN. Marshall's wife, Rachel, and the younger children [This includes Benjamin Lynn - my opinion] is in Lauderdale Co, Al as is their son, John. Their son, Solomon Andrew [yes, another Solomon], is in Tipton Co, TN with his in-laws. I have never been able to find their son, Randolph. Nephew, Solomon, is in Macon Co, IL.

Randolph entered Texas in 25 May 1835 and their daughter, Hannah and her husband Wilson Ewing were in San Augustine County in 1835. The younger son, William, was also there. By early 1836 Rachel had brought the rest of the family that were still at home to Texas.

To the best of my knowledge he only had 2 children. 1. Alonzo Lynn DeSpain & 2. Laura E. DeSpain. (Both listed on the 1860 Johnson Co., TX census)

Benjamin L. D'Spain is listed in Ewing Store Ledger Book 1857 -1861 Hopkins Co, TX

Chuck Despain

From "History of the Churches of Christ in Texas 1824-1950"

"Lynn D'Spain, who arrived with the 'church on wheels' at Clarksville in 1836, ministered to the group for a short time. In addition, he conducted a school for settler's children with the bible as one of the textbooks. After the congregation had moved to other localities, D'Spain went to Nacogdoches County and established a church in the vicinity. Little is know of his later activities."

"D. L. D'Spain [It is thought that it should read B. L. D'Spain] at first found that in Henderson that sects -'are saying are manner of evil against us...' and denied him the use of their houses of worship and even the courthouse. However, by April 1852, he had overcome prejudice to the point that he Baptist permitted him to preach in their building. D'Spain then publicly clarified his position in regard to faith, repentance, baptism, and the Holy Spirit, and organized a church with fourteen members,"

" B. L. D'Spain, preached three sermons in Van Zandt County in May 1869, and immersed seven one who was a seventy year old lady of the Roman Catholic faith."

Marriage record of Boyle Co, KY - B. L. Despain - Rebecca G. Bailey 12/07/1850 [B. L. D. moved around so fast I am not sure where he was in 1850, but not surprised the census taker didn't find him.]

I have found another Hopkins Co, TX Deed Book K page 372 by B. L. Despain to Allen D. Vaden [This is his son-in-law. I will get you a copy.]

Book 2 page 58 12 JUL 1850 Boyle Co., KY
groom DeSpain, B. L.
bride Bailey, Rebecca G.
Bondsman Thomas Bailey
No consent given.

Boyle County Ky 1850 census
Page 343 Dwelling 408 Family 434
Bailey, Thomas age 55 Male Farmer Born VA
Frances 49 F Tenn
Rebecca 24 F KY
Oliver W. 16 M Farmer KY

JoAnn Arnold []

In Frances Terry Ingmire's book of Fannin County marriages 1838-1870 *which are returns that came to the courthouse. The first book is missing you know from the Fannin Co. courthouse and she reconstructed through a variety of sources the two books she wrote of the marriages.
There is a marriage of Benjamin L. DeSpain =M. Missouri DAY 17 Jun 1854

From Susan Hawkins
Fannin Co. GenWeb

From the family bible of Samuel A. Erwin Jr. as transcribed by Ray Erwin in the 1970's while it was in the possession of Erwin descendant Mrs. Rex Hendrix of Bonham, TX.
M. Missouri Day and Benj. Lynn D'Spain were married in Honey Grove on 15 Jun 1854 by Dr. A. Padon.
       i.       ALONZO LYNN3 DESPAIN, b. 10 Apr 1843, Burkesville, Cumberland Co., KY; m. MARY E. VADEN.


Hayes Co., TX Confed. Pension
D'spain, Mary E. 38517 Husband: Alonzo L. D'Spain Pension Number: 18773

1920 Comanche Co., TX census:
Prec. 5, DeLeon [unincorporated], Comanche Co, TX 14 Jan 1920:

Family #283, LaSalle Street.
Alonzo L. D'Spain , head, 76, KY, father b. AL, mother b. KY
Mary E. D'Spain, wife, 77, MS, father b. TN, Mother b. SC


1880 Hopkins Co., TX


Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Alonzo L. DESPAIN Self M Male W 37 KY Preacher KY KY
Mary E. DESPAIN Wife M Female W 38 MS Keeping House TN SC
Allen L. DESPAIN Son S Male W 12 TX Farming KY MS
Howard A. DESPAIN Son S Male W 10 TX KY MS
Laura E. DESPAIN Dau S Female W 8 TX KY MS
Francis M. DESPAIN Dau S Female W 6 TX KY MS
Carthagenia DESPAIN Dau S Female W 3 TX KY MS

Source Information:

Census Place Hopkins, Texas

       ii.       LAURA E. DESPAIN, b. Feb 1846, KY; m. ALLEN D. VADEN.

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