JAMES CONNALLY BROGDON:
born in Durham, North Carolina. He migrated, at a young age in the early
1820's, to , Alabama with his parents, William Joseph Brogdon and Frances
Eleanor Flynn then in their early 20's. The family went initially to
Morgan County but at about age eight they moved again to Butler County.
After his marriage in 1844 to Mary Anna Wilson, it is not clear if he
had land separate from his father, William, but he lived and apparently
farmed in the area of Oakey Streak, AL until his late 50's. Records
indicate he had 16 children during this period. From a letter of Col.
William T. Stallings to Aline: " The Civil War had ruined the country
and the population of Oakey Streak decided to move West so they sent
a delegation to Texas and were told they could settle in what is now
Brazos and Robinson Counties on each side of the "Old San Antonio Road".
I have been told that your Grandfather was a member of the delegation."
It's generally felt that they left for Texas in 1877. Family
records state that they migrated to Wheelock, Texas from Greenville,
Alabama when James Connally Brogdon was about 57 and Louisa Wilson Stallings
Brogdon, "Liza", was age 44. Occupation.........farmer. Church affiliation
the information of the James Connally Brogdons family was obtained from
notes in the family bible of his son Jacob Vernon Brogdon, census 1870
Butler County p.33-34, Alexander Cemetery Brazos County Texas. Betty
Gowing in Bryan now has the family Bible. Jacob Vernon Brogdon is her
OBITUARY from THE DAILY EAGLE June 4, 1901 .
J. C. BROGDON...DEATH OF ANOTHER PIONEER CITIZEN......LEAVES A LARGE
home in Roberstson county, a few miles north of Benchley, on Sunday
morning at 10:30 o'clock, Mr. J. C. Brogdon came to the end of
an active life of more than four score years, his spirit passing peacefully
out from its earthly tenement. Mr. Brogdon was a native of Alabama and
a pioneer citizen of this section of the state. For many years he resided
in Brazos county in what is known as the Higgs neighborhood, near Bryan.
He was an industrious farmer all his life and the father of a large
family. He was a good man, a good neighbor and a good citizen. He was
twice married and leaves a wife and ten children, as follows: George
Brogdon, J.W. Brogdon, Luck Brogdon, J.V., R. L. and R. H. Brogdon,
Mrs R.J. Deens, Mrs. Dick Skains, Mrs. Warren Haygood and Mrs. H. H.
Henry. In the presence of relatives and a large number of friends and
neighbors the remains of the venerable octogenarian was laid to rest
yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Alexandria chapel cemetery.
The members of the bereaved family, nearly all of whom reside in Brazos
county, have the sympathy of the Eagle."
I am pleased
to hear from you and that the information was of use to you. You must
remember that the information you have is based primarily on memory,
much of it before I was 10 years old. I am not sure that Grandma and
Grandpa Brogdon are buried at Alexander Methodist Church although I
think they are. Should you go to Alexander Church, as you drive on to
the church yard you will see a small white house about 300 yards away.
This is the house of Miss Mae Walker whose mother was a Wilson related
to Grandma Brogdon, a niece I think. I know that the cemetery at Alexander
was used well before 1900, however, I remember a cemetery called "Red
Top" which was called a family cemetery and the Brogdons may be buried
there. Once a year we would load the wagons with tools and fried chicken
and go spend the day cleaning up the cemetery. The cemetery was at either
Benchley or Guinten sp, I can''t remember which, however I do know that
Grandma and Grandpa Brogdons lived about half way between the two places
on the Old San Antonio Road (OSR). The only Brogdons I ever met were
Uncle Jake and Uncle Rube, I never met Aunt Bette nor Uncle Bob, whom
I understand left home as a teenager. I understand that Grandpa Brogdon
had two brothers who settled in the area, one near Kurten sp, I don't
remember their names nor any of their family, also Grandpa Brogdon had
children by his first marriage, I know nothing about them or if they
came to Texas with him. Grandpa and Grandma Brogdon were up in years
when they married. Mary Ann Stallings (Mrs. L.B.Kerns of Bryan), Grandma
Brogdon's daughter in her first marriage was born in Oakey Streak, Alabama
in 1851 and my Grandfather was born in Butler County, Alabama December
11, 1860. I have been told that Aunt Mary was a "young lady" when her
mother married Grandpa Brogdon. Whatever age designated a "young lady"
in those days. 16 or 18 years perhaps. I do not recognize any names
in Amon Brogdons letter but since her father was born in Texas she could
well be descended from one of Grandpa Brogdon's brothers or even a son.
was "Buggy" BIRTH: Handwritten extracts of 1850 Proctor, Crittenden
County, Arkansas Census lists Alexander as eight years old, born in
Mississippi with "Henry Brogsden" as father; 1860 Cedar Plains P.O.,
Morgan County, Alabama Census lists "Buggy A. Brogdon" as 16 years old,
born in Mississippi living with the John A. Stringer family; 1870 Gibsons
Beat, Bashams Gap P.O., Morgan County Alabama Census lists " Alexander
Brogdon" as 27 years old, born in Mississippi; 1880 Beat 5 Valley Grove,
Cullman County, Alabama Census lists "Brogden A." as 38 years old, born
in Mississippi; all in possession of Carl and Fairalyn Spaeth
SERVICE: Held the rank of Private in Company D, 5th Regiment, Alabama
Calvary, Army of the Confederate States of America; issued clothing
Mar 1864; captured 26/29 Dec 1864 at Courtland/Pond Spring, Alabama;
forwarded to Louisville, Kentucky 15 Jan 1865 as a Prisoner of War;
received at military prison and discharged at Louisville, Kentucky 16
Jan 1865; sent to Camp Chase, Ohio and arrived 18 Jan 1865; transferred
to Point Lookout, Maryland 26 Mar 1865 for exchange; released at Point
Lookout, Maryland 3/4 Jun 1865 after taking an Oath of Allegiance to
the United States; copy of records in possession of Carl and Fairalyn
Morgan County Alabama Marriage Book C1, page 178; certified copy of
extract of marriage authorization and solemnization as well as copy
of actual book entry of marriage; in possession of Carl and Fairalyn
MARRIAGE: Morgan County Alabama Marriage Book C2, page 152; certified
copy of extract of marriage authorization and solemnization; Olivia
used her nickname "Lovie" as her first name and "Elliot" as her married
name from her first marriage; in possession of Carl and Fairalyn Spaeth
DEED: Copy of handwritten entry of page 364 in Book 8 of Cullman County
Deeds, Alabama, stating that on 16 May 1879 A. B. Brogden with
his second wife O. C. Brogden sold 40 acres of land in Cullmann County
to an Emily Harbinson for 180 Dollars; in possession of Carl and Fairalyn
Spaeth DEATH: Certified copy of Texas State Board of Health Standard
Certificate; Registered No. 345; in possession of Carl and Fairalyn
Spaeth BURIAL: Copy of Weatherford Daily Herald "News from Poolville"
dated 2 Apr 1912 (Tuesday) stated that "...the remains were laid to
rest in our beautiful cemetery (Poolville) Saturday evening (30 Mar
1912)..."; in possession of Carl and Fairalyn Spaeth.
GATHERS TO HONOR MOTHER
of Mr. and Mrs O. H. Brogdon of 1312 Stratford avenue was the meeting
place on Sunday afternoon of members of a widely separated family. The
mother, Mrs. L. B. Brogdon, of 1431 El Centro street, was the
recipient of many lovely gifts, including a huge birthday cake, in anticipation
of her ninetieth anniversary, which will be occurring in a short time.
Four sons, with their wives, and a daughter and her husband were present.
They were: Mr. and Mrs. V. H. Brogdon of Houston, Texas; Mr. and Mrs.
V. R. Brogdon of Talare, Peru, South America; Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Brogdon
of Santa Barbara; Mr. and Mrs. Frank P. Waltman of Montebello Park,
and Mr. and Mrs. O. H. Brogdon of South Pasadena. Grandchildren present
were: Mr. and Mrs. Ted Lemcke and Mrs. Imogen Fitts of Los Angeles,
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Owen of Santa Monica and O. H. Brogdon,Jr. Great
grandchildren were Miss Eleanor Owen and Douglass and Joyce Fitts."
Anna Brogdon, 90, of 740 Alston, died in Los Angeles, Cal., at 5 a.
m. Saturday. She had been a resident of Houston for 27 years. She is
survised by seven sons, Claude E. of Santa Barbara, Cal., Oliver H.
of South Pasadena, Cal., Vivian R. of Talara, Peru, Ernest Bernard of
Waco and Vas H., John T. and R. Otis Brodon of Houston; two daughters,
Mrs Loduska Waltman of Los Angeles, and Mrs. Fannie L. Blaackwell of
Houston, 21 grandchildren and 16 great - grandchildren. Funeral services
will be held at 4:30 p. m. Wednesday at Heights funeral home chapel.
Rev. Norman Seavy officiating. Height chapter No. 258, Order of the
Eastern Star, will be in charge of services at the grave. Burial will
be in Forest Park cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Raymond Stauffacher,
Wilbur Lawler, Tom Reed, Fred Huebner, Earl Foust and M. C. Waltrip.
Heights funeral home directing."
VAS HUBERT BROGDON:
5, 1961..Houston, Texas:
everyone in Spring Branch knew and liked "Judge" Vas Hubert Brogdon.
Mr. Brogdon was a judge of Precinct 273 and active in Spring Branch
politics. But he was best known for his activities in the many Masonic
orders to which he belonged. The list is impressive and these memberships
constituted his hobby, occupying much of his leisure time. Mr. Brogdon
died yesterday at the age of 75. He lived at 11117 Beinhorn Road in
had lived in the Houston area for more than 70 years. He was born in
College Station and came here with his parents in his early childhood.
For more than 40 years he was a U.S. government railway postal clerk,
until his retirement 11 years ago. He never held any other job. He worked
aboard the trains of the Southern Pacific, mostly between Houston and
was a member of the Spring Branch Community Church, a charter member,
past master and secretary of S.P.Waltrip Lodge 1328 AF and AM, a past
master of Reagan Lodge 1037 AP and AM, a member of Ruthven Commandery
KT, San Jacinto Council 347 R. and SM, the William Kidd Chapter 424,
RAM, and the Railway Mail Association.
are his widow, Mrs Alice L. Brogdon; daughter, Mrs Bernice Stauffacher
of Houston; son, V. Hubert Brogdon Jr. of Riverside, Conn; sisters Mrs.
Fanny Lou Blackwell of Houston and Mrs. Loduska Whitman of Santa Monica,
Calif; brothers, V.R.Brogdon of Waco and John T. Brogdon of Austin;
eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren and a number of nieces
RALPH OTIS BROGDON:
Cary writes: I met a "boy" from Bryan, Texas, son of "Lucky" and Anna
Brogdon. He was the youngest of thirteen children and no name was given
him until he was many months old, but was finally named Ralph Otis,
his family calling him "Bubba" or "Bub", which he carried throughout
life. His friends knew him as "Otis". He was quite irrespossible, lived
with his parents in Bryan, Texas, and two brothers in Houston, Texas
Vas and John T., who worked but were rather "wild". That is the best
description I can give for them. Otis would be in Bryan a while and
then in Houston. This worried his parents, who wanted him to "go to
work". John T. did get him a job as typist. He had a quick mind and
pleasing personality, was a few months my senior. We became friends,
which grew into a romance, his quick mind and friendliness attracting
me. One Christmas time I visited his parents in Bryan and we became
good friends. Dad, "Lovett", conceived the idea of taking Otis and me
to California with he and Mother (Anna) in the hope I could "tame" Otis
and help him be more dependable. I really loved Otis and I am sure my
affection was returned, as much as he could ever love anyone. We were
both so young! Looking back, two "kids", no real foundation for a successful
marriage. Otis was nineteen and I, eighteen.
family lore claims that "Bub", being the last child, was always just
called Bub because they had run out of names- having come up with eleven
before him. When he grew up, seeing the name OTIS on an elevator he
was riding on, decided that was a fine name, and took it for his own."
I met Otis only once, in about 1942 when he visited Aunt Alice and Uncle
Vas. It was when they lived in the "little house". At that time he had
become rather chubby and didn't look too good as he had been quite sick.
Aunt Tot usually went with us when we would go out to Aunt Alice's but
she chose not to go. Aunt Tot really loved Otis with all her heart and
I think she never quite got over him. She was very happy with Mr. George
Cook but he was much older than she.
often talked about Otis, their life apart and together, as he traveled
to South America for a year or two at a time. She would stay with his
parents, which was a difficult time for her, as she wanted so badly
to have her own home and family. When evidence was given to her concerning
Otis not being faithful to her, she wanted to go home. Otis had been
so good to her and she often would say, "Otis gave me this". In the
early days he would go with her to Bible Studies and get-togethers but
he quit going quite suddenly. I do not know what happened. Aunt Tot's
faith in the Lord was very strong and very important to her. This was
a really hard time for her to understand as he had been so good to her.
Grandfather Cary would not allow her to come home unless it was with
a divorce. The whole family was very upset with Otis and grandfather
didn't want him hanging around. So Grandfather went down and got the
divorce for Aunt Tot. It cost a whole $15 which was a lot in those days
but the disgrace of a divorce was even worse. I can barely remember
those days but do remember there were lots of tears Otis was a romantic
at heart. I read some of his letters years ago and also some of the
inscriptions on pictures etc. I think distance took its toll on their
marriage as he was gone so much His parents had pushed their marriage
and gave them a trip to California as a wedding present. Grandmother
Cary was not too happy about the suddenness of their marriage but accepted
Hubert Brogdon, Jr. began writing an autobiography in 1983 and finished
in 1990, some six years before his death in 1996. The following excerpts
are respectfully taken out to primarily reflect his person and the flow
of his life.
on his 8th Birthday, October 5, 1921." And in my mothers' handwriting
the following quotation. "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a
workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly divining the word of
Truth. IITimonthy 2-15." What better plan for living could a boy of
8 have? Perhaps it has had a measurable influence on my actions over
the remaining years of my life. "Would you like to help me blow out
the candles on my birthday cake", I asked Crayton, my youngest grandson,
and the only one of my 15 grandchildren who will carry forward the family
name of Brogdon. Beaming while he helped the gathered group of friends
sing "Happy Birthday", Crayton dutifully helped blow out the seven candles
representing my 70 reasonably happy, useful, and sometimes adventurous
appropriate to begin an autobiography with a meeting or joining of the
old with the new. Those present were some of my oldest and closest friends
who I had worked (with at Freeport Sulphur Company), played and traveled
with for almost 50 years and who we consider as much family as those
blood related. Crayton, on the other hand at the age of 3 and son of
William my youngest, is destined to carry the name Brogdon into the
New Age. What changes will he witness? What part will he play in making
this world a better and happier place for having lived in it?
In my lifetime
I have witnessed the development of the automobile and airplane as the
primary means of transportation; the start of Space travel and the conquest
of space; the advent of radio and television (which we still have to
learn to utilize to build, instead of to tear down); a revolution in
the food and agricultural industry; a major change in government and
political isms, not all for the good; a buildup and then a breakdown
of the cities resulting from the governments's shortsighted excesses;
the military use of the atomic bomb; the beginning of a nuclear power
industry which in the long run is the only hope now on the horizon for
maintaining and/or improving on the standard of living which the 20th
century has become accustomed to. How will Crayton fare in the New Age
which will be his? Will he, by luck or by design, find and nurture that
Spark which will permit him to rise above the average man? Mother enjoyed
playing the piano and teaching me the words to the little children's
songs and hymns..............
played the piano and sung with all of my grandchildren from the time
that they could talk, usually with such numbers as "Twinkle, Twinkle
Little Star", "Jesus Loves Me", "Jingle Bells", "Old McDonald", etc.(10/30/83)
Memories become a little vague for the time period when you were 2-4
years of age. I remember that my Gpa. Cary had a meat market across
the street from 736 Allston Street where I was born. About this time
(after a fire at their home) we stayed with Gma and Gpa Brogdon (Lovett
Blackshear Brogdon) which was in the country about 9 miles out the Katy
Road. Gpa farmed about 10 acres of land. There was a horse named "Nellie",
the usual milk cow, a hog pen, and numerous chickens running about..............
we would occasionally sit on the front porch and Gpa Brogdon, who everyone
called Dad, would get out his fiddle and play "Old Dan Tucker" or "Turkey
in the Straw"......He was pretty good, and I was told that earlier he
sometimes played for a barn dance and would prompt the dances. Maybe
I inherited some of his musical ability! I must have been 15 or 16 when
I became interested in playing the piano. My Uncle Bub was very good
at playing chords, maybe musicians call it "faking". Anyway you don't
try to carry the melody, but play chords with the right hand and single
notes with the left. ..........I
have always enjoyed sitting down at the piano and playing old favorites......also
an old banjo....................
of course, greatly elated when during the summer of 1930 I received
notice that I had been accepted at Rice. .........I have never worked
consistently as hard as I worked in College. In 1931.....
gave me his 1917 Model T Ford............with two of my buddies (we
travelled out) to West Texas and the Carlsbad Caverns. Graduating in
1934 just after the big depression made jobs difficult to find..........The
offer from Freeport was to go to work at Happy Jack, Louisiana at 55
cents per hour..........
for Freeport all of my 44 years of working life. On the morning of June
11,1934 at the age of 20 I left home......not without a few tears (with
Mom). Blackstone who was a year ahead of me at Rice called out "Hello
Broggie" and that nickname has stuck with me to this day...... In the
summer of 1934 most of the employees lived at Grande Ecaille in bunkhouses.
There was the original 14 houses at Grandeport (later called Port Sulphur).
WILLIAM GRENN BROGDON:
the American troops entered WWII in North Africa and eventually fought
their way to Sicily and up through Italy. The United States was fully
mobilizing its resources for the war effort. Armor plate, containing
nickle, was needed and dad, Vas Hubert Brogdon Jr., who was employed
by Freeport Sulphur Company, joined the Defense Industries Cuban project
to develop the sulphur ladened lateritic nickle ore in Nicaro, Cuba.
The family joined him in Cuba in 1943 when I was nine months old, and
lived there for about four years until the War ended. ( See notes from
sisters Louise and Diane about living in Nicaro. Also see Vas Hubert
Brogdon Jr's autobiographical references to his work there.) In 1947,
the family moved to the little company town of Port Sulphur, Louisiana
some 60 miles south of New Orleans next to the Mississippi River. This
was the main sulphur producing area for Freeport Sulphur with its principal
mine at Grande Ecaille some eight miles west in the marshlands of Plaquemines
Parish. (see VHB Jr notes on his first job at Grande Ecaille and meeting
Vesta Lanita Grenn). Port Sulphur was where we spent our childhood years.
A small company town of about 1,200 people with well planned neighborhood
streets, churches, sports fields, school, hospital, wading pools, community
social house, and swimming area with beach. It was a nice place to grow
up. Hubert and I had lots of boyhood friends and we enjoyed the Louisiana
outdoors, swimming, fishing, hunting and pretty much staying out of