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Re: Thomas Taylor Ewell, Hood Co. TX- Alvah Jefferson Biggs
Posted by: Marilyn Brien (ID *****1622) Date: June 16, 2010 at 13:39:29
In Reply to: Re: Thomas Taylor Ewell, Hood Co. TX by Rhonda Warmack Houston of 420

Rhonda, thank you for your post and the many more details about the Ewell family. I want to update my files with this new information and will comment in a future post.
But, I would like for Alvah Jefferson's place in the Ewell family to be clarified in this post. This story has been part of our Biggs family lore. I remember Uncle Alvah from my childhood. This past Thanksgiving we participated with Alvah's descendants in celebrating their 70th annual Thanksgiving Biggs Family Reunion. His great great granddaughter, Pat Baker Parsons, had just completed her meticulously documented book Bringing the Gospel to Texas: The Life of William Henry Harrison Biggs, 1840-1932. This information is from that book.
Rev. William Henry Harrison Biggs was the Methodist minister in Goliad, Texas. Alvah's mother, Sarah Julia Bell, died of respiratory disease on January 27, 1881, when Alvah was 12 days old. Charles and Mattie Ewell had a son, James Evans Ewell, b. Dec. 21, 1880, who lived only 3 weeks and died January 12, 1881, four days before Alvah was born. Mattie Ewell became the "wet nurse" to Alvah.
W.H.H. and Sarah already had 5 other boys. Alvah was left with the Ewell's when W.H.H. and the older boys moved to his next ministry in Texana in Nov. 1881. A couple of months later, Jan. 1882 Rev.W.H.H. Biggs and Pattie Dallam Taylor were married. Their firstborn was my grandfather, William Taylor Biggs. She was the daughter of Thomas Charles Taylor. Her uncle, Henry Taylor, had married Lucy Naylor, granddaughter of Charles Ewell of Paducah. Her sister, Mary Thomas Taylor, would later marry Evans Word. As far as I know Alvah stayed with the Ewell's thru childhood. Alvah named one of his sons Ewell. He did go to West Texas with his brother Henry Scudder Biggs as a young man. It is ironic that Pat Baker Parsons and her brother, John Baker, have done more on Biggs genealogy than any other descendants of Rev.W.H.H.Biggs.
So yes, I'm sure Alvah Jefferson Biggs was dearly loved and a part of both his Ewell family and his Biggs family.
Marilyn Brien

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