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Leonidas "Lon" Cartwright

Male 1842 - 1922  (79 years)


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  • Name Leonidas "Lon" Cartwright  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Nickname Lon 
    Born 14 Nov 1842  Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Died 25 Feb 1922  Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 5, 6
    Buried Oakland Memorial Park Cemetery, Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Notes 
    • Obituary

      The death of Leonidas Cartwright, Sr., at Terrell, Tex., on February 25, 1922, removed one of the most influential citizens of that community, a leader in movements for the public good. He was born at San Augustine, Tex., November 27, 1842, the third son of Matthew and Amanda Holman Cartwright. His grandfather, John Cartwright, was one of the pioneers of that section, going there from Tennessee in 1819, and the place where he located became, in 1831, the site of the present town of San Augustine.

      Leonidas Cartwright was educated there and at the Military Institute at Bastrop, and when the war came on he and his brother, A. P. Cartwright, enlisted in May, 1861, in Company E, 3rd Texas Cavalry. When this regiment was reorganized in 1862 it became part of Ross's Brigade, and in 1864 this command took part in the Atlanta campaign under Gen. Joseph E. Johnston. During this campaign he was selected as one of a hundred picked men from this brigade, as scouts under Lieutenant Taylor, to operate in the rear of Sherman's army, getting valuable information, tearing up railroad tracks and bridges, etc., to interrupt his lines of communication; and it was in this department of the Confederate army that he was mustered out after a service of four years.

      He was married to Miss Ludie Ingram in December, 1868, and engaged in farming until 1870, when his father died and he assumed the extensive land business of the latter, and carried it on with marked success until 1894. He opened up a ranch in Cooke County, Tex., and another in Taylor County, and he took great interest and pride in the raising of fine horses and cattle. He located in Terrell in 1895. Four sons and five daughters survive him. He had long been a member of the Methodist Church.

      SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, August, 1922.
      www.confederatevets.com

      Henson and Parmelee note that in the early 1880's, Lon wanted to move to the boomtown of Terrell, where traveling by train to oversee his ranches would be easier. Hoping to persuade his reluctant mother, he bought a large residential block on Griffin Avenue in Terrell and divided the property with Matthew. (Henson and Parmelee, THE CARTWRIGHTS OF SAN AUGUSTINE, p. 295). Intrigued by the success of his older brother, Cumby, with racing stock, Lon also invested in thoroughbreds, much to the diguist of their youngest brother, Matthew. The ever practical Matthew chided his mentor for risking money on exotic horses when mules were the real money makers. "Mules are a staple article," Matthew wrote, "and will command money; horses can scarcely be bartered for trash." (ibid, p 299). As his mother refused to leave San Augustine, however, Lon and his family remained in San Augustine until after her death in 1894. They built a custom Queen Anne style home on the lot they owned on Griffith Avenue, which was finished in April 1895.
    • (Research):

      Census Listings:

      1880 Census
      Texas, San Augustine County, San Augustine
      Page 4D SD 1 ED 80
      Enumerated 7 and 8 day of June 1880
      24-24
      Cartwright, L. W M 38 (head) Land Business TX TN TN
      Cartwright, Ludie W F 30 wife Keeps house GA GA GA
      Cartwright, Amanda W F 9 daughter at School TX TX GA
      Cartwright, Anna B. W F 6 daughter at school TX TX GA
      Cartwright, Leonidas W M 4 son at home TX TX GA
      Cartwright, Amanda W F 62 Mother Widowed at home TN TN TN
      Mays Sally B F 38 Servant Cook Ga Ga Ga
      Dixon Aron B M 23 Servant Laborer Miss Ala Ala

      1900 Census
      Texas, Kaufman County, City of Terrell, Ward 3
      Enumerated 21 Jun 1900
      SD 6 ED 75 Sheet 35B
      676-687
      Cartwright, Leonidas Head W M Nov 1842 57 M 31 Tx Tenn Tenn Capatalist
      Cartwright, Ludie Wf W F Feby 1850 50 m 31 9/9 Ga SC SC
      Cartwright, Leonidas Son W M APr 1876 24 S Tx Tx Geo Stock Man (live)
      Cartwright, James I Son W M Apr 1879 21 S Tx Tx Geo Live Stock Man
      Cartwright, Columbus Son W M Oct 1887 17 S Tx Tx Geo At School
      Cartwright, Ludie Dau W F July 1885 14 S Tx Tx Geo At School
      Cartwright, Mary L Dau W F Oct 1887 12 S Tx Tx Geo At School
      Cartwright, Grover C Son W M Dec 1889 10 S Tx Tx Tx At School
      Cartwright, Velma Dau W F Oct 1892 7 S Tx Tx Geo
      Paine, Thomas Servant B M Apr 1857 43 Wd Tx Tx Tx Hostler
      Stephens, James Servant B M Mch 1876 24 Wd 1 Tx Tx Tx Carriage Drivcr
      Stephens, Roxie Servant B F Feby 1878 22 M 1 0 La La La Cook
      677-688
      Cartwright, Matthew and Mary and Family
    Person ID I9969  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  [7, 8
    • 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 Lucella "Ludie" Ingram,   b. 17 Feb 1850, Randolph County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1908, Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Married 17 Dec 1868  Sexton, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • They were married after a a four-year courtship. They moved to the rural home of her deceased parents, farming in partnership with her brother-in-law Dr. Gustavus Hendrick, husband of Ann Ingram. The arrangement led to a quarrel that was settled in court in December 1869, with Lon forced to buy her property for $8,100 (Henson and Parmelee, p. 267).  In August, 1870, Lon and Ludie returned to San Augustine from the old Ingram farm in Sexton to help Amanda settle her husband's estate. (ibid, p. 279), moving back to Sexton after they settled Matthew's estate, and back to San Augustine once again in July 1873, when they exchanged properties with Jimmie and Mary Ingram. (ibid, p. 283).
    Children 
     1. Amanda "Mantie" Holman Cartwright,   b. 19 Mar 1871, San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1957, Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     2. Annie B. Cartwright,   b. 2 Jul 1873, San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 1947, Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     3. Leonidas Cartwright, II,   b. 27 Apr 1876, San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 May 1944, Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     4. James Ingram Cartwright,   b. 16 Apr 1879, San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jul 1960, Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     5. Columbus William Cartwright,   b. 10 Oct 1882, San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Apr 1957, Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     6. Ludie Cartwright,   b. 30 Jul 1885, San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1970, Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     7. Mary Lillian Cartwright,   b. Oct 1887, San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1984  (Age ~ 96 years)
     8. Grover Cleveland Cartwright,   b. 13 Dec 1889, San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1962, Gainesville, Cooke County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     9. Velma Cartwright,   b. 8 Oct 1892, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1975, Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    Last Modified 31 Dec 2012 
    Family ID F3483  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Nov 1842 - Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 17 Dec 1868 - Sexton, Sabine County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Feb 1922 - Terrell, 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. [S308] 1880 United States Federal Census [Ancestry.com database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005., (1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints © Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. All use is subject to the limited use license and other terms and conditions applicable to this site. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1880. T9, 1,454 rolls. This database is an index to 50 million individuals enumerated in the 1880 United States Federal Census. Census takers recorded many details including each person's name, address, occupation, relationship to the head of household, race, sex, age at last birthday, marital status, place of birth, parentsí place of birth. Additionally, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1880 Federal Census.), Texas, San Augustine County, San Augustine Page 4D SD 1 ED 80 Enumerated 7 and 8 day of June 1880 24-24 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [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).

    5. [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).

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

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

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

    9. [S1426] Henson, Margaret Swett and Parmelee, Deolece "The Cartwrights of San Augustine" (Texas State Historical Association, Austin, 1993), p. 267 (Reliability: 3).