I have been researching WILEY FRANCIS (FRANK) JAMES (1838-1895). He was born in Tennessee with the distinctive family name, "Wiley" and came to TX. Several of his descendants are scattered through the area. From Callahan County, in particular:
Born and died in Coleman County:
Arthur Herman Jones (b. 1908, d. 1908)
Ima May Armstrong (b. May 01, 1902, d. Feb 24, 1981)
Born in Coleman County:
Arthur Herman Jones (b. 1910, d. Apr 24, 1971)
Marie James (b. Apr 07, 1912, d. UNK)
Died in Coleman County:
Mary Malzina Bailey (b. Sep 23, 1861, d. Jul 10, 1957)
An excerpt from my genealogy report (so far):
WILEY FRANCIS (FRANK) JAMES was born August 20, 1838 in Tennessee, and died September 24, 1895 in Tarrant County, Texas. He married (1) JUDITH (JUDA) HENDERSON January 08, 1858 in Waxahachie, Texas. She died between April 12, 1863 - July 02, 1865 in Mansfield, Texas. He married (2) MARGARET F. SWANN July 02, 1865 in Johnson County, Texas. She was born February 14, 1841 in Mississippi, and died in Tarrant County, Texas.
WILEY FRANCIS (FRANK) JAMES is buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery (Old Tye Cemetery) in Tarrant County, Texas, 1 1/2 miles northeast of Burleson.
From Marie James Oughton:
"Family tradition says that when Wiley Francis James was a little boy, his mother died. His father gave him to relatives to raise. I found him in the home of Thomas M. James and his wife Samantha in the Perry county Tennessee census of 1850.
"In an application for voter registration in Tarrant County, Texas, he says he came to Texas in 1854.
"He married Judith (Juda) Henderson in Waxahachie in 1858. Our cousin Stella James Boren said Judith was the daughter of a very wealthy family, but she didn't know Judith's father's name. Judith had a sister who married Mr. Kimmel. They had a son, Johnny Kimmel, who used to visit them quite a lot. Stella also said that Judith's father was given three parcels of land near Mansfield for his services in the war to free Texas from Mexico.
"Wiley F. James had blue eyes and brown hair. He always wore a beard. An accident while blacksmithing a piece of steel put out one of his eyes. He loved horses. He bought and sold them, making a profit each time.
"He had a general store in Mansfield during the Civil War. The government asked him to allow wives of soldiers to buy staple goods on credit; the government stood good for it.
"He and his family moved around quite a bit. They lived at Mansfield, Cedar Hill, Ft. Worth, Venus, Oak Grove, & Bureson."
I have extensive info after WILEY FRANCIS JAMES. If anyone has additional information, please contact me.
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