In about 1872, my Saxon ancestors came to Fayette Co. and died in 1873. Accounts said it was the same year. Does this mean the same numerical year or the same 12 month time frame?
In most records Rev Saxon is listed simply as S.S.Saxon, so it could be Sanford Samuel or Samuel Sanford.
I'd like to know anything more than I have already. How did they die, who were his ancestors, etc.
Rev. Samuel Sanford Saxon (1825 GA - 1873 Fayette Co.) and his wife, Maranza Anna Adams (1831 NC - 1873 Fayette Co).
Paratine Saxon 1862–1946 [my line, m. Wm Henry Jones]
Edward A. Saxon 1865–1875
*Samuel Lewis Sexton 1867–1941 [m. Lou Allie Kilgore]
Marietta Saxon 1868–1933 [m. Wm Henry Duty]
Emma Jane Saxon 1870–1947 [m. Junius Fletcher "Punch" Nash]
Everett Saxon 1872–1873
All I know of Samuel's family is his parents, Robert Saxon (1800-? GA) & Nancy Driskill of GA (1793-? NC).
Mary Garrett Saxon 1824–1901
Sarah Saxon 1824–
[Rev.] Samuel Sanford Saxon 1825–1873
Thornton Saxon 1832–
Charity Emaline Saxon 1834–
Maranza's line: Elijah Adams (1804-1877) & Mary Lewis (1813-?)--> Absalom Adams (1767 - 1855) & Jane Grantham (1770-1877?)
Shortly after Rev Saxon & Maranza arrived in Fayette Co., something happened and they died. It is not known if they died together or months apart. I suspect it was in close proximity to one another due to the news report.
FROM THE BASTROP (TX) ADVERTISER
Abstracts published online at
09 October 1875
DIED - - - Edward D. SAXON on the 11th inst. He became entangled in the shaft at Mr. BARBEE's Steam Mill. Relatives unknown. SAXON has been living with W. H. COULSON, Sr. at Mcdade. SAXON said his parents settled in Fayette County [TX] 2 or 3 years ago, both dying in the same year they came to Texas. Said his father was a Baptist minister. There were many children, all scattered about after the parents' deaths. One is a sister of SAXON living with Mr. BASTIAN of Bastrop. [this girl is Emma Jane who married Punch Nash]
30 October 1875
N. THOMAS of Winchester, Fayette County, reports on the family of Edward D. SAXON who died recently. The Rev. Sanford SAXON, Baptist minister, came to this vicinity three years ago and settled on Maj. J. C. STRIBLING's farm in CUNNINGHAM's Prairie in Fayette County [TX]. This man and wife died the same year, leaving 8 children. The oldest, a girl of 17 or 18, married Sam SMITH who keeps "Jonis' Ferry" three miles from here. Robert, the eldest boy, is at the ferry. Paratina is with Major STRIBLING. Samuel is with Mr. Wesley HUNT in Williamson County. Margetta is with Mrs. COOK at Rutersville in this county. The little girl Emer is in your place [i.e., with Mr. BASTIAN of Bastrop]. The youngest is deceased. This family came from Florence, a small place in Alabama.
*Samuel Lewis was the only child to spell "Saxon" as "Sexton", the reason is uknown. Speculation is that the Hunt family thought it was "Sexton", since they lived in Williamson Co.
Emma Saxon had taken a stagecoach to a town, more than likely it was in Bastrop County. As she was getting off the stagecoach, a gust of wind raised the hem of her dress enough to show her ankle. She was so embarrassed that she promptly fainted. Junius Fletcher "Punch" Nash was the stagecoach driver, probably sitting "shotgun". ( See Business Directory Compiled from the Bastrop Advertiser 1854 - 1879 "NASH, J. F. ("Punch") -- stage coach driver, Bastrop to McDade [12 Apr]" ) He later became a Deputy Sheriff (see 1910 Census Bastrop Co. TX) and by the 1930 Census, was listed as "Warden" in the Kleberg County Jail.
An interesting story surrounds the death of baby Everett. It was one evening, just before dark, and shortly after the death of their parents that Paratine saw her mother walking down the dirt road towards the place where they were staying. I don't think the children had been parcelled out yet because Paratine was holding little Everett. She saw that her mother's arms were out-stretched and Paratine understood that Maranza wanted the baby. Paratine shouted, "No! No! You can't have the baby!" and her mother vanished. Later that night little Everett passed away in his sleep.
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