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Matthew Cartwright, Jr.

Male 1855 - 1925  (70 years)


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  • Name Matthew Cartwright  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born 11 Aug 1855  San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Gender Male 
    Died 11 Nov 1925  Kaufman County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5, 8, 9
    Buried Oakland Memorial Park Cemetery, Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Notes 
    • In the fall of 1870, he was sent to a school in Gilmer, Upshur county, founded by Morgan Harbin Looney, a native of Georgia. One of the instructors was Judge Oran M. Roberts, adding to the schools prestige. He left after a term, and spent nine months travelling with elder brother Lon, learning the family business, and returned in the fall of 1872, staying only a few days before returning to San Augustine and enrolling at a school in Shelbyville.

      His life was soon married by tragedy. On December 26, 1872, 17 year old Matt and 40 year old Carroll Ballard exchanged pistol shots near the old customs house in San Augustine. Details of the affray were suppressed by family and friends. While Matthew was not injured, he severely wounded the Ballard. Ballard's friends tied him to a horse and led him home to his wife, Clementine Texas "Tet" Ingram, the older sister of Jimmie Ingram (Mary's husband) and Ludie Cartwright (Lon's wife). Tet was a widow with three children and lived near Sexton in Sabine County when she married Ballard. They settled in Buena Vista in Shelby County, and had a stormy relationship, separating several times. Ballard had a violent temper, and had appear in court several times on charges of attempted murder. Matthew was arrested, but freed on bond. Rumors indicated that Matthew's life might be in danger from friends of the Ballards. He was acquitted on a charge of "assault to kill," but found guilty of unlawfully carrying a gun. He paid a $25 fine and surrendered his pistol.

      Within a month, he was sent to Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee, well out of reach of Ballard's friend. Ballard died in December, 1873, a year after the shooting. Rumors continued to spread that his death was due to his earlier wounds, and that Ballard's friends still sought revenge. Other residents of Sabine County, however, told Mary Ingram that during his last feverish days, Ballard had expressed no animosity toward Matthew, believing that God had arranged the shooting to punish him for past misdeeds, and allow him to repent.  Matthew left school in May, 1874, and decided not to return to the stagnating redlands, chosing to settle in the new railroad town of Terrell, in Kaufman County, opening a grain farm on inherited land, and engaging in the land business, as had his father. (Henson and Parmelee, pp. 280-293). Henson and Parmelee note that in the early 1880's, Matthew's brother Lon also wanted to move to the boomtown of Terrell, and ev even bought a large residential block on Griffin Avenue in Terrell and divided the property with Matthew. Matthew began building his large house in Terrell in 1882. His three story, five bedroom frame house with its square tower was impressive. It was finished by 1883, when his daughter Jerome Broocks was born. (ibid, pp. 295-296).
    • (Research):
      Census Listings:

      1900 Census
      Texas, Kaufman County, City of Terrell, Ward 3
      Enumerated 21 Jun 1900
      SD 6 ED 75 Sheet 35B
      676-687
      Cartwright, Leonidas and Ludie and Family
      677-688
      Cartwright, Matthew Head W M Aug 1855 44 M 24 Tx Tenn Tenn Capitalist
      Cartwright, Mary Wf W F July 1856 43 M 24 10/10 Tx Tenn Tenn
      Cartwright, Lou D. Son W M May 1877 23 M 0 Tx Tx Tx Stock Man (Live)
      Cartwright, Justa J Dtr-inllaw W F Aug 1878 21 M 9 Tx Tx Tx
      Cartwright, Amanda Dau W F Mch 1879 21 S Tx Tx Tx At School
      Cartwright, Eugenia Dau W F Dec 1880 19 S Tx Tx Tx At School
      Cartwright, Estelle Dau W F July 1882 17 S Tx Tx Tx At School
      Cartwright, Jerome Dau (?) W F Nov 1883 16 S Tx Tx Tx At School
      Cartwright, Mary Dau W F May 1885 15 S Tx Tx Tx At School
      Cartwright, Sam R Son W M Feb 1887 13 S Tx Tx Tx At School
      Cartwright, Holman Son W M Mch 1889 11 S Tx Tx Tx At School
      Cartwright, Matthew Jr Son W M Jany 1892 8 S Tx  Tx Tx
      Cartwright, Bourke Son W M Jany 1894 6 S Tx Tx Tx
      Ellis, Henry Servant B M Mch 1883 17 S Tx Tx Tx
      Slaughter, Ruff Servant B M Jany 1875 25 S La Tx Tx
      Roberts, Millie Servant B F Mch 1870 30 S La La La

      1910 Census
      Texas, Kaufman County, Terrell Ward 3
      Enumerated 18 Apr 1910
      SD 8 ED 30 Sheet 4A
      500-73-73
      Cartwright, Mathie Head M W 54 m 34 Tx Tenn Tenn Stockman ranch
      Cartwright, Merry B Wf F W 53 M 34 10/10 Tx Tenn Tenn
      Cartwright, Holman Son M W 21 S Tx Tx Tx
      Cartwright, Mathie Jr Son M W 15 S Tx Tx Tx
      Cartwright, Bourke Son M W 14 S Tx Tx Tx
      Johnson, John Servant M Mu 55 M1 6 Tx US US Servant house
      Johnson, Alice Servant F B 40 m1 6 Tx US US Servant house

      1920 Census
      Texas, Kaufman County, JP 3, Terrell City,Ward 3
      Enumerated 21 Jan 1920
      SD 3 ED 40 Sheets 20B and  21A
      505-358-400
      Cartwright, Matheu Head M W 64 M Tx Tenn Tenn Stockman Ranch
      Cartwright, Mary C Wf F W 63 M Tx Va Tenn
      Cartwright, Bourne Son M W 25 S Tx Tx Tx Farmer
      Cartwright, Mathue Son M W 27 M Tx Tx Tx Farmer
      Cartwright, Emelia DtrInLaw F W 25 Tx Tx Tx
      Cartwright, Mathue Jr GrdSon M W 1 5/12 Tx Tx Tx
      Jones Dinah Servant F B 65 S Tx Tx Tx Servant Cook
      Johnson Levi Servant M Mu 36 M Miss Tn Tn
      Adama Neoma Servant F B 15 S Tx Tx Tx Servant House
      Towell Grady Servant F Mu 26 M La La La Cook House
    Person ID I9723  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father Matthew Cartwright,   b. 11 Nov 1807, Wilson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1870, San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Mother Amanda "Mandy" Holman,   b. 24 Jul 1817, Shelbyville, Bedford County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1894, San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 18 Oct 1836  San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 11
    • In "The Cartwrights of San Augustine,' a transcription of a stilted, formal note written by Matthew Cartwright to his future bride reads as follows:

      Miss Amanda Holman,

      Please allow me to address you for the first time with the most profound respect. I admire your person, your addrss and appearance....I have come to the conclusion that of all other objects met with in this life...you are the one. Therefore I now address you for the purpose of requesting permission to pay my suit on that of which is the most importance to me and I hope not indifferent to you. Please reply as soon as convenient and relieve the suspense of one who is desiorous to unite his fate and happiness in life with yours.
      Your obedient servant,
      Matthew Cartwright

      Amanda soon accepted Matthew's proposal, scheduling the ceremony for Octobe 18, 1836. Some months prior to the wedding she bought seven yards of French muslin and two bonnest at Matthew's store, and later pink silk and gauze ribbon, all suitable for a wedding.

      The couple was married nearly thirty-five years before Matthew's death, and Amanda survived him for nearly twenty-five additional years. They were buried side by side in a small family plot near their home in San Augustine. Youngest son Matthew later made arrangements to have his parents reinterred in Terrell, Texas, with a suitable marker, in September 1896. (Henson and Paremelee, p. 308).
    Family ID F3418  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Cynthia Davenport,   b. 18 Jul 1856, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Oct 1937, Kaufman County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 24 Jul 1876  Pittsburg, Camp County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • The young couple settled in a boardinghouse in Terrell, but while expecting her first child, Matthew took Mary to San Augustine to await the birth amid friends and relatives while he traveled on business. (Henson and Parmelee, p. 292). In late 1877, Matthew bought a four bedroom house in on the edge of Terrell, on the road to Rockwall for his little family. Mary later invited her younger sister to live with them and attend school in Terrell. Lizzie Davenport's presence made Matthew's long absences more tolerable for Mary. He was following in his father's footsteps and increasing his land holdings in developing areas. In Kaufman county alone he had his farm and ranch, eight town lots in Terrell (some with improvements), livestock, and brick buildings on his commercial lots, which became known as the Cartwright block (ibid, p. 294).
    Children 
     1. Leonidas "Lon" Davenport Cartwright,   b. 9 May 1877, San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Sep 1963, Houston, Harris County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     2. Amanda "Mant" H. Cartwright,   b. Mar 1879, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1977  (Age ~ 97 years)
     3. Eugenia Polk Cartwright,   b. 3 Dec 1880, Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Oct 1937, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
     4. Estelle Cartwright,   b. Jul 1882, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jul 1973, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 91 years)
     5. Jerome Brooks Cartwright,   b. 3 Nov 1883, Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1976, Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
     6. Mary Davenport Cartwright,   b. May 1885, Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 May 1964, Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 79 years)
     7. Samuel Reagan Cartwright,   b. Feb 1887, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1917, Maricopa County, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 29 years)
     8. William Holman Cartwright,   b. Mar 1889, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1980  (Age ~ 90 years)
     9. Matthew Cartwright, Jr.,   b. Jan 1892, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1962, Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years)
     10. Bourke Cartwright,   b. 21 Jan 1894, Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1965, Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    Last Modified 19 Dec 2012 
    Family ID F3902  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 Aug 1855 - San Augustine County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 24 Jul 1876 - Pittsburg, Camp County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 Nov 1925 - Kaufman County, Texas Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S633] Davis, Kathryn Hooper "San Augustine County, Texas Census Records 1860".

    2. [S292] Collins, Jerry H. (Jerry H. Collins@comcast.net) Ver. 2009-01-18; http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=jhc-3cousins.

    3. [S207] 1870 United States Federal Census [Ancestry.com database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2003., (United States. Ninth Census of the United States, 1870. Washington, D.C. National Archives and Records Administration. M593, RG29, 1,761 rolls. Minnesota. Minnesota Census Schedules for 1870. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. T132, RG29, 13 rolls. This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1870 United States Federal Census, the Ninth Census of the United States. Census takers recorded many details including each person's name, age at last birthday, sex, color; birthplace, occupation, and more. No relationships were shown between members of a household. Additionally, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1870 Federal Census.), Enumerated 6 July 1870 Page 20 121-121 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [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, Kaufman County, City of Terrell, Ward 3 Enumerated 21 Jun 1900 SD 6 ED 75 Sheet 35B 677-688 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S873] Find A Grave [database online]; http://www.findagrave.com/, (Thousands of contributors submit new listings, updates, corrections, photographs and virtual flowers every hour to the FIND A GRAVE website. When it comes to administrating, building and maintaining the site, Find A Grave is largely operated by its founder, Jim Tipton.), Oakland Memorial Park, Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S1426] Henson, Margaret Swett and Parmelee, Deolece "The Cartwrights of San Augustine" (Texas State Historical Association, Austin, 1993), Appendix, Chart II: John Cartwright's Children and Grandchildren (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S1426] Henson, Margaret Swett and Parmelee, Deolece "The Cartwrights of San Augustine" (Texas State Historical Association, Austin, 1993), p. 177 (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S1426] Henson, Margaret Swett and Parmelee, Deolece "The Cartwrights of San Augustine" (Texas State Historical Association, Austin, 1993), Appendix, Chart II: John Cartwright's Children and Grandchildren, show 1924 (Reliability: 3).

    9. [S1426] Henson, Margaret Swett and Parmelee, Deolece "The Cartwrights of San Augustine" (Texas State Historical Association, Austin, 1993), p. 311 (Reliability: 3).

    10. [S233] Noble, Harry P. Jr TEXAS TRAILBLAZERS: SAN AUGUSTINE PIONEERS (Best of East Texas: 1999), 85 (Reliability: 3).

    11. [S1426] Henson, Margaret Swett and Parmelee, Deolece "The Cartwrights of San Augustine" (Texas State Historical Association, Austin, 1993), p. 99 (Reliability: 3).

    12. [S1426] Henson, Margaret Swett and Parmelee, Deolece "The Cartwrights of San Augustine" (Texas State Historical Association, Austin, 1993), p. 292 (Reliability: 3).