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Posted by: Virginia Hale (ID *****2798) Date: May 10, 2005 at 17:22:35
In Reply to: RANDLE/CARUTHERS by Hazel Honke of 286

Dear Hazel,

The following information comes from the book entitled "Hood County History" by Thomas Taylor Ewell (published in 1895).

In the neighborhood below, and yet tributary to Acton, we find John Randle, one among the oldest settlers here, in what is known as Carmichael Bend. His first cabin is standing to this day, and the place is said to be the poorest land in that neighborhood, but this seems to have been no unusual thing, however, for an early settler to do. Many of those who came here when this territory was a vast unlocated public domain, abounding in some of the richest lands in the state, passed over such and established their pre-emptions upon the poor hilly slopes and back-bones. "Uncle Johnny" Randle remained in Hood county till a good old age, and oppressed with the weight of years and troubles growing out of litigations, he moved west some fifteen or more years ago. Two of his daughters were the wives respectively of Newton and Wm. Manley heretofore mentioned. Norv Randle, a son, is said to have been the first settler on George's creek.

Among those who settled in the Acton neighborhood early in the fifties were John Morris, James McCoy, the widow Huffstettler, James and Peter Plemons, G.W. and O.P. Hutchison, King Harwick, "Father" Nance, Isaac Vannoy, Newton and William Manley, Wm. Wright, George Smart, J.R. and G.W. Patton. "Father" Nance, the two Manley brothers, Vannoy and Robert Patton were all Methodist preachers, and it is not therefore surprising that, although not the first in point of strength at the start, yet the Methodists soon gained somewhat an ascendency, and have ever since maintained a strong influence in the community, noted for sobriety and good behavior.

The law named the new county "Hood, in honor of General J.B. Hood, of the late Confederate army." And prescribed "that the county site of said county shall be located within six miles of its geographical center, and be called Granberry," and further "that Clairborne Arrington, Wm. Manley and C.C. Alexander be, and are hereby appointed commissioners with full power and authority to organize the said county of Hood," with the duty of opening and holding an election for county officers, and to receive donations of lands for public uses, and report their actions when the county should be organized to the county court of said county, and turn over all papers and records to said court. Just when and how this work of organization was completed, rests in the uncertainty of the past, since if any record was ever fully made, it has long ago perished, with the burning of the county records in March 1875.

ACTON CEMETERY - all buried side by side

Rev. W.G. Randle [William Greene]
b. 06/19/1828
d. 11/09/1871
[served in Civil War]

Sarah E. Hutcheson Randle
b. 04/23//1838
d. 07/29/1922
Wife of W.G. Randle

Lundy P. Vannoy
b. 02/09/1827
d. 07/10/1856

Rev. Isaac N. Manley
b. 06/05/1818
d. 07/30/1859

Emeline Manley
b. 11/21/1822
d. 12/07/1899

You can learn lots of information on the Randle/Manley/Caruthers families at:

Ashley Norvell Randle; born October 10, 1825, TX; died October 21, 1876, TX, married Henrietta C. Caruthers on September 10, 1846, Henry Co., TN.

John Hogan Randle married 2nd, to Susan F. Caruthers, born January 5, 1824, TN; she died January 1863, Fort Worth, Tarrant Co., Texas. John and Susan married on Nov. 6, 1845 in Henry Co., TN.

Best wishes,
Virginia Hale

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