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Abbie Tabitha Bragg

Female 1898 - 2002  (103 years)


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  • Name Abbie Tabitha Bragg  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Born 16 Nov 1898  Isla, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Gender Female 
    Died 4 May 2002  San Augustine, San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried New Hope Cemetery, Milam, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • The following article appeared in The SAN AUGUSTINE TRIBUNE:

      Abbie Stewart Observes 100th Birthday

      November 15, 1998 Abbie Bragg Stewart had her 100th birthday with a party at Twin Lakes Care Center. Her children and grandchildren hosted the party at 2 pm on Sunday afternoon. Relatives and friends attended.

      Abbie was born November 16, 1898 in Sabine County at Isla, Texas (Milam now). She is the daughter of the late David Benjamin and Naomi Dorsey Bragg, granddaughter of the late Frank and Tabitha Halbert Dorsey, and the great granddaughter of the late Joel and Emaline Grindle Halbert from Mila

      Abbie and her siblings grew up just off the Carter Ferry road in the Sabine river bottom, or Bragg Community. Her parents were farmers and raised cattle. She and her brothers and sisters went to school at Ross Springs school, which was approximately 3 miles through the woods from their home. They walked there and back each day, having to cross the Patroon Creek on a log. She attained the highest level of education taught at the school which was the tenth grade.

      Abbie has one living brother, Edward of Center, Texas. Her other siblings were William Herman Jr., Carson, Sallie (Sanders), Anna Belle (Brown), Leona (Waller-Boyette) and Bessie Mae (Jones) and two brothers that died in early childhood.

      Abbie and her family attended Bethel Church near Moss Springs school and there she met Thomas Grady Stewart. (This was later called the New Hope Church). After he returned from World War I the were married January 26, 1919. They lived in Hemphill about three year and then moved back on Dave Bragg's place, and later bought a home from Tom Bragg on the Carter's Ferry road. They remained there, farmed, and raised cattle. After Grady died in 1975, Abbie remained there until she was approximately 90 years old and then moved to the Twin Lake where she is living today.

      To Grady and Abbie's union was born James Dalton, Doris Aileen (Waits), and David Gerald. Dalton and Gerald reside in San Augustine and Doris in Tyler.

      Abbie has seven grandchildren, David Waits, Linda Jean Lyons, Judy Hodges, and Janice McCoy, Timothy, Bradley and Roger Stewart. She has ten great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

      Abbie is Baptist and was active in the church, and played music for the church until she was approximately 88 years old. Beside being a homemaker, she loved to garden and flower garden. Back in the 30's and forties she loved her radio programs, Our Gal Sunday and Helen Trent. If she could not listen to the stories she would see that someone did and at lunch the story was told to the rest of the family, and every one kept up. Her hobbies were reading, tatting, crocheting, quilting, and sewing. She would read her Bible, and what ever else was available. At night during her children's high school years she would sit by the fireplace, and read the Literature assignments to them by the light of the fire and a kerosene lamp. She also read the Bible and Sunday School lesson to them.

      There have been good times and bad times but Abbie was always there and willing to help.

      Happy Birthday Abbie!!

      In the January 27, 2000 issue of the SAN AUGUSTINE TRIBUNE, another article featuring Abbie Bragg Stewart appeared, containing much of the same information as the article written in honor of her 100 birthday in November, 1998.

      The subsequent article noted that she had 12 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren.

      Her obituary was published in the SAN AUGUSTINE TRIBUNE on 9 May 2002. She died at the Twin Lakes Care Center in San Augustine, where her son James Dalton Stewart was also residing. At the time of her death, she had 12 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren.
    Person ID I2471  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father David Benjamin Bragg,   b. 6 Mar 1868, Isla, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Feb 1922, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Mother Naomi Leona Dorsey,   b. 19 Sep 1872, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jul 1964  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 1 Nov 1888 
    • Virgie Speights wrote that when Naomi married David Bragg in 1888, the bought the house and farm where she was still living in 1963. It is a pleasant tree shaded, double penned square logged house, and already old. Repairs and additions have been added to the original logs, which are still underneath

      The Braggs were farmers, and also raised sheep, which he sheared and she spun into yarn, and then knit into sweaters, gloves and socks for her family. (Speights, Old Timers of Sabine County, p. 20).
    Family ID F1186  Group Sheet  |  Family chart

    Family Thomas Grady Stewart,   b. 21 Sep 1895, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1975, San Augustine, San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 26 Jan 1919  [1
    Children 
     1. James Dalton Stewart,   b. 14 Nov 1920, Hemphill, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 May 2002, San Augustine, San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     2. Doris Aileen Stewart,   b. 18 Mar 1927, Milam, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Nov 2015, Tyler, Smith County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     3. Living
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2006 
    Family ID F1072  Group Sheet  |  Family chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Nov 1898 - Isla, Sabine County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 4 May 2002 - San Augustine, San Augustine County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - New Hope Cemetery, Milam, Sabine County, Texas Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S342] San Augustine Tribune, weekly, 807 E. Columbia, San Augustine, TX, (San Augustine Tribune, USPS No. 479-040, Published every Thursday at 807 E. Columbia St., San Augustine, Texas 75972 Stephen Hays & Arlan Hays, Publishers. Postmaster: Change of Address notice should be made at P.O. Box 539, San Augustine, Texas 75972. The Tribune is a continuation of the Texas Chronicle moved from Galveston to San Augustine in 1837 and published as the Redlander.).

    2. [S632] Descendants of William Mercer http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mbonsal/mercer/william.html.

    3. [S384] 1900 United States Federal Census [Ancestry.com database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004, (Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls. This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1900 United States Federal Census, the Twelfth Census of the United States. Census takers recorded many details including each person's name, address, relationship to the head of household, color or race, sex, month and year of birth, age at last birthday, marital status, number of years married, the total number of children born of the mother, the number of those children living, birthplace, birthplace of father and mother, if the individual was foreign born, the year of immigration and the number of years in the United States, the citizenship status of foreign-born individuals over age twenty-one, occupation, and more. Additionally, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1900 Federal Census.), Texas, Sabine, Milam Enumerated 15 and 16 June 1900 SD 8 ED 71 Sheets 8 B and 9A 141-141 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S336] The Sabine County Reporter, P.O. Box 700, Hemphill, Texas (Published Weekly), (Founded in 1883, The Sabine County Reporter (USPS 474-660) is published once a week on Wednesday. The Reporter is Published by Sabine County Reporter, Inc. Postmaster: Send change of address to P.O. Box 700, Hemphill, Texas 75948-0700. The Sabine County Reporter and The Rambler merged March 1, 1988. Member National Newspaper Association and Texas Press Association.), May 8, 1996, Page 12, obituary of Leona Bragg Waller Boyett (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S374] Speights, Virgie "Old Timers of Sabine County, Texas Vignettes of Pioneer Families" (S. Malone, c. 1983), p. 20 (Reliability: 3).