There is a Limestone County museum Grosebeck. There are street signs which point the way. I tried to visit the museum once but it was after hours. I believe it is closed in evenings and weekends but not sure of its hours. If you are interested in history of that area, that would be a good place to start. As I mentioned, my direct ancestor, Tilman Wolverton (b. 1807, VA...now West VA) married Agnes McVickers in Ohio and then moved to Illinois before joining a wagon train to Texas in the fall of 1842. Now, Tilman settled on the west bank of Plummer's Creek in the spring of 1843 and took possession of "all the land as far as the eye could see"...supposedly a league and a labor. At that time, the nearest community was Springfield and in those early days, was a candidate to become the county seat of Limestone County, but Grosebeck was chosen because its was nearer the center of the county.
Tilman had several sons, two of which are important to the story I am about to tell. One son, John B. Wolverton fought in one of the Texas Brigades in the Civil War and was in Louisana when the war ended and there he married Martha "Mattie" Evans and brought her back to Texas. Their first infant died and their only son William Clarence was born July 07, 1867 after they retured to Limestone County, Texas. Here, they had two more children, daughters, Cora (b. 1871) and Ida (b. 1974). Within several years after Ida was born, both John and Martha deceased and all three children were taken in by John's brother, Mack C. Wolverton (my gg-grandfather) and were living with him at the time of the 1880 census. In 1881, both Cora and Ida died within several months of each other leaving only 14 year old William Clarence surviving this once promising family.
William Clarence was raised by Mack like his own son and was like an older brother to my g-grandfather William Mack Wolverton (b. 1874).
In his handwritten autobiography, William Clarence gave the following account: "In 1850, General E. A. Mexia of Mexico and his sister Adaline came to Limestone County where his family had claim to old Spanish Land Grants. Adaline took a liking to the orphaned William Clarence and wanted to adopt him and take him back to Mexico. The Mexia's were a wealthy and prominent family, both in Mexico and in Washington DC where he served in official capacity from Mexico. William declined the offer and elected to stay with his uncle in Limestone County."
Will, as William Clarence Wolverton was called, moved to Horn Hill in Limestone County several years after his marriage to Elizabeth Alford. About 1900, they moved into Groesbeck. Will was a farmer and owner-manager of a cotton gin in Groesbeck for over fifty years. He was a Methodist, Mason and a Shriner. In 1947, he was awarded the fifty year Mason Gold Button. He spent his entire life in Limestone County. He died in 1952 and is buried in Falkenberry Cemetery.
Sometime in the 1940's, Will took a #2 pencil in hand and documented Tilman Wolverton's descendants up to that time. He is also responsible for writing the story about John Franks, the "Old Sea Pirate", to whom Tilman traded a yoke of oxen for his dugout shelter in 1843 when Tilman first arrived in Limestone County. (As of March 2001, a copy of Will's original handwritten document was in the archive files of this researcher, William D. Gorman).
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