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Photos of Pate family members and friends

My great-grandmother, Frances Milbre "Fanny" Pate Rhodes, was living with a Mrs. Holmes in Warren, Tx for a time.  She had moved there when she and the  children, (my grandmother, Bessie Agnes & brother Henry Howard, Jr.)  left Ottawa, KS after the death of Henry Rhodes.  Her husband then, Albert Lindstrom was not someone she wanted to stay with and left him about 1914-15.   The family traveled in a covered wagon.   "Mrs. Holmes lived in a house on a hill and her son, Oscar Holmes, is buried on that hill." - Bessie Wilkinson

Mrs. Holmes introduced Fanny (who was seeking work) to the widow Mrs. Belle Payne, who was seeking a housekeeper.  Mrs. Payne's son, Marion, took a shine to Fannie's cooking and housekeeping talents, according to my grandmother's story.  After Fannie's divorce from Albert was final, William Marion Payne  & Frances Milbre Pate Rhodes Lindstrom were married. 

Mrs. Payne was so angry that she went to Evadale to live with her daughter, Sarah Cowart, telling my great grandmother, "I hired you to keep my house, NOT to marry my son!".

In 1910, while Fannie was in Oklahoma with Henry Rhodes, her future husband, Wm. Marion Payne was living with his widowed mother and younger brother.  Marion was working as a laborer at the planing mill. I wonder if this was the planing mill at Olive?

1910 Hardin Co. Tx Payne family
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When just 17, Sarah Payne married 25 yr old Joe C. Cowart and had at least 10 children according to census records.  Birth dates are estimated based on 1910 census ( Justice Precinct 4, Jasper, Texas;  Roll: T624_1567;  Page: 8A;  Enumeration District: 63;  Image: 480.)

1. Gladys V.   b.  1903 
2. Belle B.   b. 1905  (Bernice Isabelle "Belle" according to the back of the photo below )
3. Sybil P.  b. 1907
4. Clarence P.   b. 1910
5. J. C.  b. 1913
6. Tom  b. 1915
7. Inez  b. 1918
8. Edward  b. 1920
9. Juanita  b. 1923
10.  George  b. 1930

1910 Jasper Co. TX (pg1) Joe & Sarah Payne Cowart
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1910 Jasper Co. TX (pg2) Joe & Sarah Payne Cowart
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1930 Sabine Co TX (pg1) Joe & Sarah Payne Cowart
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1930 Sabine Co TX (pg2) Joe & Sarah Payne Cowart
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In searching for Confederate Pension Application Records, I found this from the website of the Texas Archives.

(The links are active however they will take you to a search page. Just type in the name as requested and include the Application number.)

Payne, Belle12384HardinPayne, W. M.07028
         Claimants Name                                                            App. #                  County              Husband                              Husband's App #

The Payne Family
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Front, L-R: Mr. Payne, Mrs. Belle Payne, Sarah Payne Cowart (Mrs. Joe Cowart) 
Back, L-R: Wm Marion, Fayette, John, Lee, Nelson, Mary Payne Cole (Mrs. Rufus T. Cole)

Sarah Payne as a baby. ca. 1885
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From my grandmother's notes, about her step-father, William Marion Payne: "Daddy Payne had an interest in a fig farm between Beaumont & Galveston but it went broke and he lost his money."

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Payne Fig Farm between Beaumont & Galveston
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Martha Ernestine Pate
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Bobby Pate s/o Roy & Grace Pate, Woodville TX
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Grace Pate , w/o Roy Pate
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Mrs. Belle Payne
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Sarah Payne Cowart with daughter Bernice Isabelle "Belle" in her lap. ca. 1905

Tom Cowart's 1932 Pineland High School Grad.
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son of Sarah Payne Cowart

Wm Marion married Fanny Pate Rhodes Lindstrom, Fayette married a wealthy Hispanic lady from San Antonio and relocated there. Henry John became a dentist and also moved to San Antonio.

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3 Brothers - Wm Marion, Fayette, and Henry John Payne ca. 1885

Tommy and Martha Pate taken about 1920 in Silsbee, TX. Children of David Thomas Pate and Julia Carolyn "Callie" Creel.  Uncle Tommy & Aunt Callie had another daughter, Violet Marie who was born Feb. 9, 1925, Hardin Co., TX Tommy was chiropractor in Silsbee. Callie lived with a family named Lindsey prior to marrying Tom Pate

Tommy & Martha Pate
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