Janice, Your grandfather was one of the younger children of Redmond Durant "Short" Eckols (sometimes known as "Joseph") by his second wife, Mollie Daniels. Redmond was one of the sons of Noah Reese Eckols who was born in Tennessee, probably Wilson County, in 1816.
How do I know this? Because I wrote to your grandfather while he was living in Dallas in 1964 and he wrote me back, indicating his wife was Rose W., that his son was M. B. Eckols, that his daughter was Joyce L. Eckols, that another daughter was (if I's reading his handwriting right) Annia Lou, and that his youngest was Francis J.
His half-siblings by his father's first wife, Adeline Scoggins, were Bud Lewis Eckols, the second was Emma Eckols who married Dan Denman, the third was Alexandra Eckols.
His whole siblings were Harvey R., Belle, Edward, Eda, Ruby, Robert (all older than Whit/and younger than Whit:) Sid and Mamie.
Noah R. Eckols and his wife Isabella Wilson Harris, had married in Madison County, Tennessee, and moved to Gonzales County in 1851. Some of the older members of the family were buried in the Harris Chapel Cemetery by the San Marcos River in Gonzales County right next to Guadalupe County.
Also among the group that travelled to Texas from Madison County at the time were Isabella's parents, Isham V. Harris and Nancy Rogers who were both born in North Carolina but married in Humphreys Co., Tennessee.
Your great-grandfather Redmond was probably named after his uncle, Redmond Rogers.
Noah is most likely the son of John Eckols who was living in Ft. Bend Co., Texas, at the time of the 1850 census with Noah's brother Anderson Taylor Eckols who was listed as Andrew in that household.
Lance (descendant of John William Eckols, Redmond's brother)
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